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May 15 1903/2003

North Jackson - Fire broke out about 7 o'clock Thursday evening of last week in the farm dwelling house of Mrs. Chauncey VanAllen, residing near North Jackson, and burned the farm buildings, consisting of the house and contents, barn and wood house. The origin of the fire is not known but is supposed to have caught from the chimney in the house. The high wind, absence of water and scarcity of help gave the fire a free hold and sweep and raged until all that was combustible was consumed. But little was saved from the lower floor of the house, and although the loss was heavy, there was only an insurance of $400.

Forest City - The musical entertainment given by the National Protective Legion of Forest City was a great success. The program, with the exception of the address by George A. Scott, the National secretary, and two selections by the orchestra from Carbondale, which also furnished music for the dancing, was entirely of home talent and was well rendered. Ice cream and cake were served.

Montrose -In former years, when there was a North Main street running out of Public Avenue at the north, it was proper enough to call the street running out of it at the south, "South Main street." But North Main street was changed to Lake Avenue years ago and since there is not a North Main street, nor even a plain Main street, it is somewhat awkward to have a South Main street. Why not give it a shorter and less awkward name? Why not call it, for instance, Post Avenue, in honor of one of Montrose's most industrious citizens, Wm. M. Post, Esq., his home long occupied by him and still owned by him, being a prominent feature of this thoroughfare. Other Posts were among the earlier settlers too, and it would not be out of the way to name an avenue for them. But if not Post avenue, make it something else, so as to dispose of the incongruous name, "South Main street."

Great Bend - A crank came running into a Great Bend newspaper office and said that a man had swallowed a two-foot rule and died by inches. The editor started out at once to learn further particulars of the death, and meeting the doctor, told him about the case. He said that was nothing, that he had a patient once that swallowed a thermometer and died by degrees. A couple of bystanders then chipped in. One of them said it reminded him of a fellow down in Laceyville that swallowed a pistol and went off easy. The other said he had a friend in Skinners Eddy who took a quart of applejack and died in good spirits.

Friendsville - To the people of Friendsville and vicinity. Frank Flynn & Co. having several years experience in the undertaking business at Pittston, Pa, have rented rooms opposite Flannigan's Hotel. The rooms are stocked with caskets of the latest design or pattern. All new stock and a complete burial outfit. Call and see before purchasing elsewhere. A good hearse in attendance at all funerals.

Susquehanna - A few of the very oldest employees have been discharged from the Erie shops. AND The Erie detectives have asked for an increase in wages from $50 to $50 per month.

Hop Bottom - Our creameries are working five men daily.

Silver Lake - What threatened to be a serious fire was started Saturday by burning a brush heap. A quantity of rail fence was destroyed; the fire then burned over a meadow, crossed the road and burned a strip of woods on the bank of Cranberry Lake. A large force of men fortunately stopped its progress before it reached the deep woods surrounding the lake.

Kingsley - Miss Allyce Capron has millinery rooms in the new store building of her father, E. C. Capron. She has a fine line of millinery goods, and solicits the patronage of the ladies.

Kingsley - Dr. Noble, of Forest City, will have dental rooms over Reynold's store, and will be here Wednesday and Thursday of each week. AND It is rumored that the creamery comp'y has sold out to a New York firm, who will erect a cheese factory.

St. Josephs - The death of Mrs. Anna Kelly, beloved wife of Simon Kelly, occurred at her late home on Thursday, May 7, 1903, after an illness of several days with pneumonia. Possessed of a strong and affectionate character, adorned by many womanly and Christian graces, she had endeared herself as a sincere and worthy friend to all whom she met in the closer walks of life. As a true, devoted mother, she linked herself heart to heart with her children-thus making a happy home for them, and one that was "good to enter." Mrs. Kelly, who was a life-long resident of St. Josephs, was 58 years of age. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Matthew and James, and three daughters, Maggie, Mary and Daisy; two sisters, Mary and Maggie O'Reilly; and four brothers, Father Michael O'Reilly of Danville, Father James O'Reilly of the Cathedral in Scranton, Father Edward O'Reilly of Waverly and Aloysius O'Reilly of St. Josephs. Two brothers, Father's John and Patrick, died several years ago. Mrs. Kelly was the daughter of the late Terence O'Reilly, who was at one time postmaster of St. Joseph, and a niece of Very Rev. John Vincent O'Reilly, the pioneer priest of northern Pennsylvania. Seven priests attended the funeral.

News Briefs - Blacksmiths are reaping a harvest now. On account of the almost continuous wet weather the past two years the tires have kept tight and snug, but the present period of dry weather has caused the wood to shrink and in order to keep the vehicles from rattling to pieces, it necessitates the resetting of tires and the readjustment of the other iron work. AND Gov. Pennypacker has signed the judge's salary bill and the salary of the judge of Susquehanna Co., after Jan. 1, 1904, will be $6000 per annum, an increase of $2000 per year. AND Twenty-one ministers of the M.E. Conference wear the G.A.R button [Grand Army of the Republic-Civil War veterans]. AND The Milwaukee Division of the International Harvesting Co., of America, manufacturers of harvesting machinery, on May 5th, through their local agents, M. Harris, Rush, S. A. Stone, Forest Lake, and B.I. Robinson & Son, Montrose, assisted by J. W. Kinney, traveler, and S. H. Miller, block man, distributed a car of Mower's, reapers and rakes among the farmers of the vicinity. These goods are fast coming into use, being noted for durability, lightness of draft and easiness in operating. After loading their machines the farmers drew up in line, making a fine display, and were photographed by Photographer Bronson, before leaving for home.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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