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May 15 1914/2014

Susquehanna – Andrew and Abram Clendenning found a number of Indian arrow heads of flint near this place the other day that had evidently been unearthed by the recent high water. This part of the country along the Susquehanna river, as far north as Windsor, NY, appears to have been a favorite camping ground for the noble Reds of centuries ago.  Charles McKune, who lives near Lanesboro, has a fine collection of Indian relics picked up on his farm as has also J. Fred Carl, of Great Bend.  Nearly every year new specimens are brought out by the floods that loosen the earth near the river bed. Tradition has it that an Indian burying ground was once located near Windsor and that skeletons have occasionally been found by farmers in that city. The Susquehanna valley extending from Windsor down past Susquehanna, Great Bend and Binghamton to Waverly, NY, where Queen Esther [of French and Iroquois descent and famous for her role in the Wyoming Massacre] was located in Revolutionary time, is the most fertile of any land on the Pennsylvania and New York state border line and it was undoubtedly the home of some of the tribes of the six nations before they turned their faces westward and settled in Ohio and Indiana.

Lawsville – Merchant Geo. W. Meeker offers a quantity of flour and sugar, in all seventeen attractive prizes, to the ladies, baking best bread from flour to be purchased at his store, the bread to be on exhibition and judged at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Friday evening, May 29th. Lawsville Grange will also give a membership to the lady taking first prize. The ladies of the grange will serve a variety supper the same evening.

Flynn, Middletown Twp. – Miss Green, of Jackson Valley, is dressmaking for Mrs. John Murphy and Mrs. L. L. Curley.

Hopbottom – The Commencement exercises of the Hop Bottom High School were given in the Universalist church, Friday evening, May 8th. A large and appreciative audience was in attendance.  The graduating class was a follows: Beulah Downey, Ruth Mead, Elizabeth Mahar, Ruth Miller, Gladys Rose, Stewart Button, Laurence Bertholf.

East Kingsley – Mrs. Alzina Hull has been visiting her son, Charles and family. She is past 80 years old and cares for herself and lives in a house alone, near the “Acre” in Lenox.

Springville – Maxwell Agent, C. H. Young, was in Montrose, driving up a Maxwell, nine years old, which negotiated the muddy, rutty road easily. Mr. Young says the Maxwell grows better with age.

Montrose – The Bible conference will be held July 31 to August 9th, both dates inclusive. A strong program is arranged with Rev. W. H. Riley, of Minneapolis, Rev. R. V. Miller, Rev. Canon Howit, of Hamilton, Ontario, Rev. Joseph W. Kempt, of Edinburg, Scotland and Rev. James M. Gray, D. D., of Chicago, as the principal speakers. ALSO Parents in Montrose, whose children are in the habit of playing and romping in our cemetery and taking and demolishing flowers, vases and other properties belonging to lot owners, are requested to look into the matter and prevent their children from making a playground of the resting place of the dead. The lots and accessories are private property and sacred to the owners. There is a law which fines and imprisons the perpetrators of these deeds.

Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – The large barn of Andrew Maxwell burned to the ground on Thursday last, together with the farming tools, hay, grain, etc. Mr. Maxwell was away attending a funeral the time. His wife, who has been sick a long time, succeeded in getting one horse out.  Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Maxwell in this heavy loss.

Hallstead – There is considerable complaint from people who have to travel the township roads that the roads are in some places dangerous to travel, have not been worked and have bad ruts in them. One of the places complained of is the river road, a short distance above this place, where it is very narrow and rough, with no guard rails to prevent one going into the river in case of accident. ALSO The old Margaret Hines building has been purchased and removed, by W. P. VanLoan, to his “Riverview Farm,” near Hallstead.

Uniondale – The Uniondale band reorganized Saturday evening with all members present. The boys are determined to make a success of the undertaking and should receive encouragement from our people. They cannot be expected to play without being recompensed. Give the boys a chance.

Forest City – The party who have been planting trees under the auspices of the Delaware and Hudson company on the mountain side east of the Lackawanna broke camp Saturday and started for Quebec, where they are to transplant 600,000 trees. The men were delayed in their work by the frequent rains and it will be necessary to increase the force to insure the early planting of their new contract. There were 280,000 trees planted in this vicinity and next year there will be a larger lot set out.  The company proposes next year to do a larger business than ever before.

Deaths of two Civil War Veterans – James Curry, a member of Four Brothers Post, G. A. R. having been in the marine corps during the Civil War and saw considerable service, died at his home on Jackson street, May 14, 1914. He was greatly interested in all pertaining to the conflict and the organization to which he belonged, and to the last took an active interest in the present Mexican situation.  He was a man loyal to his family and friends, of quiet disposition and kindly nature and those who knew him will miss his cheery face and hearty greeting. Capt. Abel T. Sweet, died at his home in Harford on May 7, 1914.  He spent three years in the Union army, in Co. H, 4th Pennsylvania Reserves, enlisting as a private and came back a captain. He participated in about 20 battles. His comrade, M. H. VanScoten commented that it is just 50 years since the battle of Clyde Mountain, VA was fought. “After we had routed the enemy General Crook, who was in Command, seeing the indomitable bravery displayed by the right wing of the army, rode up to where the men were standing and inquired who was in command of that detachment. Capt. Sweet was pointed out as the man and Gen. Crook saluted him by taking off his hat and congratulating him and the men under his command for their conspicuous bravery.” Everyone feels a personal loss in the passing away of Mr. Sweet. No man in the village was so well known and general beloved as he.  His genial presence will be missed in every place and especially in his chair in front of his home, leaning on his cane, with his pleasant smile, betokening contentment within. There were elegant flowers in great profusion and the U. S. flag covered his coffin. Burial was in the Harford cemetery.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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