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May 04 1917/2017

Jackson – Melvin V. Larrabee, aged 82 years and 11 months, died at his home in the township, April 30, 1917.  Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of Myron French Post, G.A.R. He is believed to be the last survivor of Co. K, Sixth Pa. Reserves, which was largely recruited in Susquehanna, Harmony and Jackson. He was a brother of the late County Superintendent of Schools, Alfred Larrabee, of Uniondale, who was run down and killed by a  D&H passenger train about 16 years ago.

Montrose – Captain George E. Hall is having the tract of land on Scenery Hill, donated by W.M. Post to the citizens for food production purposes, plowed this week. The two local troops of Boy Scouts, it is stated, will work a portion of the plot, and there will still be considerable land for others who may wish to take it up.  Apply to the captain for a plot before they are all taken up. There seems to be a steadily growing desire to plant every available acre in Montrose, scores of business men, clerks, professional men, etc., planning to grow gardens large enough to keep their families supplied with vegetables. There will be little waste land. [This is being done for the war effort.]

Harford – The Senior girls in our High School went into the rooms occupied by the town library and overhauled the books, disposing of all truck and leaving the place in a more healthy and wholesome condition. Now is the time for some live individual, or individuals, to take hold of the library and bring it back to its proper place in the community.

Rush – John Harford, a graduate of the class of 1910, R.H.S., has proved a very capable civil engineering during his two years’ experience with the Binghamton branch of the DL&WRR. He has now accepted a position with the Philadelphia & Reading railroad and will take up the new duties at the Philadelphia office, on May 1.

Dimock – Mrs. Betsey Calby, aged 96 years, died at her late home in Dimock on April 21, 1917.  Deceased was born in Ireland, coming to this country when a young woman, and was one of the best known and most beloved women of that township and retained a remarkably clear mind, despite her unusual age, until the very last.  Her husband, the late Lawrence Calby, died about 20 years ago and her only daughter, Mary, died the preceding Monday.  Two sons, James and Michael Calby, survive.  The funeral was held in St. Bonaventure church, Auburn.  Interment in the church cemetery.

Forest City – A number from this place went to Scranton to secure their final citizenship papers. Being of Austrian birth they were notified in Judge Witmer’s court they were not to receive their papers owing to the fact that Austria had broken off diplomatic relations with the United States and that no Austrian or German need apply until peace is declared. ALSO The “Bowery” section of this town is surely entitled to the pennant when patriotism is concerned. The section before the declaration of war had six men of military age, four of whom have responded to the call to arms.  We doubt if there is a section in the country that has responded so quickly to the call to arms, and every home floats a flag.

Uniondale – The Suffrage Club has postponed its meeting from Friday evening to a later date. The change was made in order that the members might attend the Red Cross meeting. ALSO Shubael Carpenter, 86 years young, recently sold what potatoes he could spare. They were of his own raising.  Few men have better gardens than he, and he does the work.

Ararat – Married at Scranton Pa., April 17, 1917, by Rev. W.E. Webster, pastor of the Court Street M.E. church, Miss Delcie Wademan and Elmer C. Glover; also Miss Ida May Bryden and Hobert Davis. The young couples returned to this place where they will reside and received the hearty congratulations of many friends. Other Ararat people, “Newly Weds,” also receiving congratulations are Mr. and Mrs. Carl Morgage and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Warner. ALSO Fiddle Lake – Now that the snow banks are gone and the mud nearly dried up, stock buyers and rag peddlers seem to be just the order of the day. As high as three in one day have called on us. Let them come, the more the merrier.

West Clifford – Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hasbrouck have moved into their new house which is nearly completed.

Birchardville – Jacob J. Ely departed this life from his late home here. He was 83 years of age and had lived in this vicinity for more than 50 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War. One son, Stanley Ely, of Dimock and daughters, Mrs. Cobb and Mrs. Rolles of Binghamton, and Belle, of Birchardville, survive him.

Friendsville – School has been closed for the past three weeks on account of the illness of the teacher, Miss Elizabeth Connell. Our doctor is convinced she is suffering from a light form of scarlet fever, while another doctor believes the malady is German measles. The people of Friendsville, very naturally, object to the school re-opening until they know positively that no danger from scarlet fever contagion exists.  Thus far very little is known of the case.

Hop Bottom – The Universalist Ladies will give a merry-making, fun-provoking, laugh-contagious entertainment at the church, Thursday evening, May 17, under the direction of Miss Clara L. Moyer, of Cleveland, Ohio.

New Milford – James Florence, who brought action against the DL&WRR for damages to his farm by the building of the cut-off, which resulted in him not being able to reach a large portion of his land, received a verdict for $2300. The case was hotly fought. Mr. Florence claimed his farm was worth $8,000 and after the cut-off went through the larger part was practically worthless. J.H. Oliver, Esq., of Scranton, and A.B. Smith, Esq., of Montrose, counsel for the railroad, and John Ferguson, Esq. of Susquehanna, and J.M. Kelly, Esq. of Montrose, for the plaintiff.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, May 3, 1817

*DISTRESSING.  A daughter of Samuel Scott of this township [Bridgewater], living on the Chenango road, who has for some time been deranged, on Wednesday night last left the house unknown to any one, and has not been heard of since.  Some of her cloathing [their spelling] we understand has been found in the wilderness, some miles from home. The alarm has spread and the people of the township generally are now searching the country round about to find her.

*NEW CASH STORE. Isaac Post Has again received a general assortment of GOODS direct from New York, which he offers to sell for Cash or Country Produce, at less prices than goods have ever been sold in this place, as he proposes to sell for ready pay only (for his own good and that of his neighbors.)  He solicits a share of public patronage and assures those that trade with him, that every exertion will be made to accommodate them, whether they call personally or send by another person. He has also received a general assortment of patent and other Medicines for Family uses.  Montrose, April 19th, 1817.

*E. H. MANSFIELD, Gold & Silver Smith, Clock & Watch Maker, Has commenced business in the village of Montrose in the room lately occupied by Maj. I. Post, as a Store, where he will repair Clocks and Watches in the best possible manner, on the shortest notice. He has on hand and for sale a quantity of new English Watches, warranted. Also, a general assortment of Gold and Silver work, which he will dispose of at reduced prices.  He solicits the patronage of the public.  May 3, 1817.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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