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May 01 1903/2003

Susquehanna - The baseball season will open on Saturday next with a game between the local team and the Great Bend club. The band will be present and the Burgess will throw the first ball. AND The Oakland Sewerage system is being enlarged.

Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - The Ladies' Aid met at the school house Thursday and made a quilt for Marble Gay's people, who had the misfortune to be burned out recently, with no insurance. The quilt was presented to them the next day by Mrs. L. Carter and Mrs. Retta Fuller; and also a can of fruit contributed by each member of the Aid Society.  In South Auburn Daniel Jayne, who was ill with a fever sore on his leg, has gone to Sayre Hospital and was operated upon. Later-he had one leg amputated. AND Marion, the little daughter of Ern Lott, who has been ill with scarlet fever, has recovered. Every precaution has been used to prevent the spread of the disease; bedding and carpet burned and house thoroughly fumigated.

Hopbottom - A serious accident happened to Henry Lindsley on his way home from this place, where he had been working with his team. He stopped at the watering trough to let his horses drink, walked out on the tongue to let down the checks, and by some means slipped off and fell right between the horses. The wagon ran over him and four ribs were broken, besides getting terribly bruised. The horses ran a short distance and were caught. AND A boy, the second grandson in the family, arrived at the home of John Hortman.

South Montrose - The Long Distance Telephone has recently been installed in the store of Moody and Lake.

Lawsville Centre - A game of baseball was played Saturday last between the Lawsville and Franklin Forks team. Game stood 17 to 9 in favor of Franklin Forks.

Franklin Forks - The Junior League received some Chinese coin from China, sent by Joseph Beach, a missionary there, as a token of love to the Juniors for the missionary money they sent to China last year. Each Junior had a coin, which is valued at one-fourth of a cent in our money. AND All who attend the Decoration at Lawsville, May 30th, and bring lunch will find a nice place to leave their baskets at creamery hall; it is a fine place for eating lunches also.

Lenox - James Snyder was born in Clifford, Feb. 28, 1818 and died in Lenox on March 5th, 1903. He was one of the pioneers of Lenox Township, having settled there when 18 years of age. Here by industry and economy he cleared and improved nearly 200 acres of wilderness and in the long struggle of those early days developed the strong vigorous character so often found among the pioneers of our country. He was a member of the first Methodist church organized at South Gibson in 1838 and remained a member until his death. In 1838 he united in marriage to Miss Louisa Pickering, daughter of Corbett Pickering, one of the pioneers of Gibson. For many years their home was a model Methodist house-hold, with its family altar, its Christian literature and its old fashioned hospitality to the circuit preachers. Death claimed three of the six children born to him and in 1874 the wife of his youth was called to the better land. In 1876 he was married to Miss Susan Andrews of Condor, NY, who with three children by his former marriage survive him. Although he lived for some years upon "borrowed time" as he expressed it, both mind and body retained their faculties to the last. When 76 years of age he wrote most interesting reminiscences of his life as a pioneer, and each succeeding birthday his ready pen carried to some of his loved ones the strong vigorous thoughts of this Father in Israel. In 1902, on his 84th birthday, he writes. "The Lord has seen fit to prolong my life to four score and four years this day, with a sound mind and eyesight to read an ordinary newspaper without glasses. In renewing my past life and all its providences I am lost in wonder love and praise."

Herrick - It is reported that the new State fish hatchery for this section will be located at Herrick.

Montrose - The positive demand for the legitimate drama, rendered in an adequate manner, has literally forced the production of Shakespeare's beloved play, "Romeo and Juliet." The Simville presentation of the beautiful love story will be staged and costumed in such a manner as to delight taste of all refined people. Scenery, costumes, properties and effects, will all be made especially for this one complete production to be given at Village Hall next Friday evening. AND T. D. Lyons rode over from Binghamton Sunday morning on his motor cycle, returning in the afternoon. "Ted" made the trip over in about two hours, not withstanding the poor roads.

New Milford - A collision between a freight and passenger train on the Erie near Red House, NY, April 20, caused a wreck in which 8 persons were killed and several injured. One of the passengers injured was Mrs. [Lydia, wife of Norman] Foote, an old resident of New Milford and a sister of D.D. Lathrop of Montrose. Mrs. Foote has been totally blind for several years and is now past 80 years of age. She was on her way to New Milford from St. Paul, Minn. She heard the crash of the collision and soon the debris of the wreck came into the coach and surrounded her so that she could not get out. The shock stunned her so she did not fully realize her situation and did not know that others were killed in the same coach. She soon heard two men say, "we must get this old lady out." They took her out of the window and her head was cut with glass and her side was bruised, but as yet no serious injuries are discovered. Her trunks with all their contents were burned in the wreck. It seems miraculous that she escaped with her life. The cars burned up.

Ararat - Mrs. Freelove Brooks celebrated her 84th birthday last Tuesday.

Thompson - Thomas Lister was recently married to a lady of that vicinity. There is nothing particularly remarkable about that, except, perhaps, that he is 85 years of age and his bride is 60. [Thomas Lister died in 1905. His obituary states, "A dozen years ago he was a resident of Carbondale, and on each birthday it was his habit to walk fifty miles...His only near survivor is his wife."]

Springville - On the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley railroad, which is being made standard gauge, the iron is nearly up to Lynn station, two miles below Springville. A larger force of men is to be put on and the work pushed to completion.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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