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May 06 1899/1999

Crystal Lake - The Crystal Lake House is now open, and guests are beginning to arrive from the cities. AND There is a movement on foot by a number of farmers and property owners to organize a company in and about Forest City and here for the purpose of drilling for coal on several farms adjoining Forest City.

Forest City - This year's graduating class was the largest in the school's history and consisted entirely of young ladies.

Dimock - W. G. Thornton has been granted an increase of pension [Civil War veteran, Co. H. 141st Regt., Pennsylvania Volunteers].

Hallstead - Preparations are being actively made for the minstrel entertainment next week at Kistler's Hall, for the benefit of the fire company.

Montrose - This year on Memorial Day there will be eighty graves to decorate in Montrose Cemetery. they are divided as follows: War of the Revolution, 3; War of 1812, 7; War of the Rebellion, 68; War with Spain, 2. AND W. H. Dennis has put up new awnings for a number of our merchants. The workmanship is of the very best. Dennis' shop on South Main Street is a hustling place. Awnings made, furniture upholstered, carriages trimmed, carpets laid, etc., etc., on short notice, and in a workmanlike manner.

Heart Lake - Owing to the refusal of the patrons to sign a contract to furnish their milk for the season to the Heart Lake creamery, the establishment has been closed.

East Ararat - The terrible wind and hail storm which did such damage at Hallstead and vicinity last week, seems to have reached its climax here, where the residence of Ira Tinklepaugh and family was take up by the force of the storm and carried a distance of six feet. With the assistance of neighbors the building was raised and placed upon a new foundation the following day. Other out-buildings were blown over. The house was badly torn up inside, but no one was injured. The storm also wrought considerable damage at Thompson.

Susquehanna - Homer Lattimer, a fourteen year-old boy, was run over while attempting to crawl under some cars in the Erie yard, on Tuesday. One arm was crushed and he sustained internal injuries which may prove fatal. We learn later that he died Tuesday evening. AND What was to have been a five-round-go took place in the Hogan opera house on Friday night between Tim Hurley, of Susquehanna, and Dick Moore, of St. Paul. The bout ended, however, in the fourth round by Hurley knocking out Moore with a right hand uppercut on the jaw. We had understood that pugilistic encounters were not permissible in this county. They are certainly in violation of law.

Springville - Mrs. Carrie Stark distinguished herself the other day by capturing a chicken hawk in her hands. Hearing a commotion in her poultry yard, Mrs. Stark ran out and catching sight of the intruder she pounced on and captured his Hawkship before he had time to fly. The bird measured across its extended wings, from tip to tip, four feet and three inches.

Forest Lake - About a year ago a son of John Quinn was found dead on the railroad track near Owego, and it was supposed that he had been killed by the cars, and a verdict to that effect was rendered by a Coroner's jury. Nothing had since happened to controvert the supposed cause of death until a week or so ago, when Sheriff Thurston, of Owego, found a letter beside the jail door, which had evidently been lost by some person who had been visiting some of the prisoners and which contained hints of many dark crimes, including that of the murder of a young man who was, according to the letter, knocked down and robbed and then carried up the river and laid on the track, where he was struck by the cars and the public misled as to the cause of his death. The letter contained the names of a number of local crooks, some of whom the police believe will enable them to solve the apparently dark mystery at an early date and the guilty parties will be brought to justice. Young Quinn was a cigar-maker by trade and had been visiting his father, at his home in Forest Lake township, but a few days before his death.

Rush - An heroic act on the part of Mrs. Mary Grow saved the horse barn of Elder Millard from being destroyed by a fire a few days since. The Elder and his daughter, Mary, were attending to the last duty at the barn in the evening and whilst he had taken one of the horses out to the watering trough, some rods away, Mary was forking over some straw or hay that was immediately under the lantern hanging on a hook; whether she struck the lantern with the fork handle or not she does not know, however the bottom of the lantern fell with oil, wick and flame onto the straw. Mrs. Grow tried to smother it, but failed, and not thinking of danger to her person he gathered up the burning mass of straw in her arms and rushed out of doors screaming to her father to come quick, which he did, being much frightened at hearing her screams. There was some little fire left on the floor, but was quickly extinguished. When asked if she was not afraid of being burnt she replied that she did not think of that, only of saving the barn from destruction.

Hopbottom - Mrs. G. W. Strupler wishes me to say that she has just received a letter from her husband, who is in Alaska. He is in the best of health and has not worn an overcoat this winter and dressed there as we do here in quite warm weather.

South Auburn - Miss Elizabeth Manning was married recently to Louman Meacham and has now gone to Lynn to reside.

Shew and Eagan: With the day set for their execution less than a week distant Shew and Eagan are still hoping that their sentences will be commuted or at least that a respite will be granted them. It is said that both men cling tenaciously to the belief that they will never hang.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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