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May 06 1904/2004

Lenox - Three of our young men, Claude Harvey, Lloyd Coil, and Arthur Hoppe, will be graduated from the Nicholson high school this spring.

Springville - The newly installed officers of Maple Lodge, I.O.O.F., at Springville, are noble grand, A. O. Dunlap; vice-grand, D. D. Layton; secretary, E. R. Lake. The lodge has membership of over eighty, and $2,000 in cash, while the lodge property is valued at $750. AND At Lynn, Miss Allie Dawson is teaching a term of select school here. She is one of the graduates at Springville this year.

Herrick Centre - A horse and buggy that was left standing in front of P. H. Flynn's hotel, Sunday, was frightened by the [railroad] cars and ran away. The animal was not caught until it reached E. H. Ledyard's five miles away. No damage to the rig.

Ararat - Willie Meade, a bond boy of W. L. Leach, has left for parts unknown, taking the opportunity while Mr. Leach was away from here.

South Gibson - While in town yesterday, Secretary Hay subpoenaed the three Mormon Elders of this place for the Smoot trial. He went from here to Harford, as he had the names of several of the Mormons of that town on his subpoena. [In 1902 Reed Smoot was elected to the United States Senate from the State of Utah. Before seating the senator-elect the U.S. Senate conducted lengthy hearings (1903-1907) into his alleged involvement in plural marriage and into the policy and government of the Mormon Church. Charges against Senator Smoot and the Church proved groundless.]

North Branch (Middletown Twp.) - Mr. Baldwin expects to open his skimming station about May 10th, under management of James Conboy, of Jackson [Valley].

Montrose - J. C. Beck's horseless carriage has been put out of commission, by accident. AND The base ball season will open here Saturday, May 7th. The Montrose Athletics will play the Superbas of Binghamton and an exciting time may be looked for. The Athletics are in better shape than ever, with new uniforms, new players, etc. The line up for the Athletics is: Conklin, catcher; Hover, pitcher; Gardiner, 1 base; Rice, 2 base; Shafer, short stop; Lott, 3 base; Bush, left field; Strouse, center field; Brush, right field.

Susquehanna - James Paye, whose horse, wagon, implement and harness emporium, on Grand street, is well and favorably known to the public, has the finest display of vehicles of the best grades ever seen in Susquehanna. The assortment comprises a carload of hand-made wagons of different styles at prices to suit the needs and means of all.

Friendsville - His descendants in Susquehanna county will be interested to learn that a monument to the gifted author, the late Gerald Griffin (Brother Joseph), is to be erected in Limerick, Ireland. The monument will take the form of schools, and will be built on the site of the court house in which Gerald reported for a newspaper the trial of the case whose incidents furnished him with the idea of his greatest novel, "The Collegians."

Silver Lake - The ice entirely disappeared from the lake on April 25th, but snow drifts between here and Binghamton were still visible April 30th.

Tunkhannock - The new Packer House pet bear, "Rob," draws many people to the lawn in front of the hotel to watch his laughable antics. He appears to appreciate the fine weather even more than "humans." AND The Tunkhannock quoit club pitches for the championship of Wyoming and Susquehanna counties at Conrad's place Saturday afternoon.

New Milford - Street Commissioner Valles, on Wednesday, had the Shields quarry traction engine running over the Croker stones in the road above the Main Street Bridge, leaving them in very good shape.

Birchardville - A pretty wedding occurred at the home of Milton E. Warner. The bride being Mrs. Warner's sister, Irania L. Dayton and the groom, D. Frederick Birchard. The bride was dressed in gray crepe de chine, carrying white carnations; the groom wearing the conventional black. Miss Anna Dayton, the bride's sister, acted as bridesmaid, wearing white and carrying pink carnations, and Mr. Barton Baldwin, as groomsman.

Choconut- Jeremiah Regan, of Choconut, was married last Saturday, to a widow lady, Mrs. Laura Lown, from Binghamton. Last night a party of 12 or 15 neighbors went to his home to tender the newly wedded couple a serenade--sometimes poetically in polite society referred to as "a horning" using a bell for a chorus. Not being invited in, they were starting away, when some one came out of the Regan house, while the party was on Mr. Donnelly's premises, and fired a shot gun at the party. The charge taking effect in the body of Joseph Maroney, aged about 16 years, seriously injuring him, how badly is not known now. [Another account reads as follows: In the country where young people gather to serenade in an untimely manner a newly married couple the usual procedure is to make merry for a while until the bridegroom appears and asks the party to his home and then the spirit of good will and genial hospitality mingle; the result being a happy evening for all. It is alleged that the party that made the night hideous with a large bell, horns and good lungs were not invited to the Regan home. Perhaps one reason why the noisy serenaders were not thusly favored is that a son of the bridegroom, Frank Regan, was on the first night one of the offenders. It is stated that such was the case. The next night they came again with the bell and horn, and on Wednesday night the third and last visit which terminated in a tragedy and put an end to a silly and foolish custom that antedates history. On Wednesday night Frank Regan, who had before then assisted in the "horning," began to think he ought to stay at home and show some filial affection. When the band of noise makers came and stationed themselves in a field across the road from the Regan house, Frank thought that three nights in succession was more than enough. He took a shotgun and, as alleged, went out in a field across the road...the gun failed to shoot and Regan took the gun in the house to fix it. In the meantime the boys thought that Regan was joking and considered his action a huge bluff. They continued to ring the bell and blow the horns and hurrah for Regan. Young Regan, however, was in no joking humor, for without warning he pulled the gun, which he had fixed and deliberately shot into the crowd wounding Joseph Maroney. Dist. Atty. R. R. Little visited the scene of the tragedy and on Thursday afternoon Frank and William [a brother] Regan were arrested.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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