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May 23 1924/2024

Harford – Over 2,000 attended the field and track meet held here. The Harford Vocational School won the Class A trophy; Hop Bottom secures cup in Class B, and Harford Grammar in Class C. The outstanding long distance runner of the meet was Edson Washburn, of Susquehanna.

Dimock – The high school base ball tam defeated the married men by a score of 15-10 in a spirited contest. All they [married men] lacked were the pitchers. They put in all the pitchers they could find, but still they could not find the right one. In the 5th inning they were ahead six points and were yelling, “who said the married men could not play ball?” But in the last of the 7th inning the score was getting so bad that some of them [married men] happened to think about chores, consequently going home. It rained off and on all the afternoon but the game was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants, including the umpires. We hope to play the dignified gentlemen many more times. ALSO Our school was represented at the track meet at Harford. Oscar Heitsman proved to be our outstanding candidate. Violet LaRue out threw Class A in the basket ball throw.

Kingsley – The party who stole the box of dynamite from my property, will save prosecution by calling at my home and returning dynamite or settling for same, not later than May 30th. The party was seen and recognized. If settlement is not made by above date, I shall take legal action against the party and also the receiver of stolen property promptly. George E. Capron.

Lenoxville – The “It’ll Do Club” was very pleasantly entertained by Miss Edra Jones. ALSO Joseph VanFleet closed a very successful term of school at the Wilson district, May 18.

Thompson - About 70 people from Thompson attended the track meet at Harford. The following from this high school received a placing in the athletic contest: Edward Carpenter, Wilbur Brooks and Lawrence Shelley.

New Milford – Decoration Day services will be held on May 30, assembling in the park at 1 P.M. Marchers will proceed to cemetery and return to Opera House where a special program of music [will be given] by the high school orchestra and singing by school children and oration. Bring flowers and be present in the march to the cemetery.

Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – But very little farming has been done, as it has been too cold and wet, with 4.29 inches of rainfall, to date, this month. ALSO Frank Strong took two loads of potatoes to Montrose, which he sold to F. I. Hillis for 60 cents per bushel.

Susquehanna – The “hill-side city” has no more loyal champion than William B. Main, who is heart and soul in many enterprises in that thriving borough. “Billie,” as his friends enjoy calling him, is “thoroughly human,” and while taking a delight in business affairs, enjoys casting a line and hook, in stream and pool, as a means of recreation. As has been frequently quoted, “one touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” We believe that it is his keeping in touch with nature that makes him so agreeable a companion and friend.

South Montrose – In Conversation with Atty. F. I. Lott, he mentioned an interesting circumstance in the wounding of Theodore L. Ainey, of South Montrose, in the third day’s fight at Gettysburg. During the battle Mr. Ainey was shot in the leg and the limb so badly injured it had to be amputated. When he fell the Confederates were numerous in the vicinity and to avoid capture he crawled under a building and kept out of sight until the Union soldiers gathered up the wounded. He was still at Gettysburg, in October 1863, when Lincoln came and delivered his memorable address, at the dedication of the battlefield as a national cemetery. Mr. Ainey was carried to the base of the stand, where Lincoln spoke, and heard him give the address, which will live as long as the United States remains a nation. [Dr. Wm. F. Norris had just finished his studies at the Pennsylvania Hospital, in Philadelphia, when he was sent to Gettysburg. He later wrote a letter describing the limbs of soldiers piled outside the surgical tent. Dr. Norris came to Dimock, in 1876, when he purchased “Woodbourne” from George Walker.]

Franklin Forks – On Memorial Day the graves in Brookdale and Lawsville cemeteries will be decorated at 9 o’clock. At 11 o’clock those assembled at the Franklin Forks church will march to the cemetery, headed by the Community Boys’ Band of Montrose. At 2 o’clock an address will be given by Henry P. DuBois, of New York City.

Fairdale – The bee for the Fairdale Cemetery was a decided success. Two teams and sixteen men moved 150 feet of stonewall. Many heavy rocks had to be moved up hill and over soft ground. Twenty new plots were staked out. The Ladies’ Aid served one of their famous dinners. All seemed to be interested in the place where they sleep the long sleep and agreed that the church, school and cemetery are the index to the community. The board of managers raised the price of burial plots to $25.00 and fixed the date of May 28 to mow and straighten up leaning headstones. Come out the 28thand beautify the place where our loved ones sleep.

Montrose – Barely a dozen Civil War veterans remain in Montrose and the immediate vicinity, which once swelled the roll of Four Brothers Post, Grand Army of the Republic, to goodly proportions. Of those who now live are the following: J. H. Corwin, F. G. Warner, James S. Daugherty, Theodore F. Mack, George Simpson, Barrett I. Robinson, A. J. Holley, Henry Safford, F. I Lott, J. I. Chapman, Henry L. Beach, Theodore L. Rainey, Benjamin Naylor, Tracey Whit marsh, and possibly a very few others who have been overlooked in a hurried survey of those who wear the little bronze button in their coat lapels. With their steadily diminishing numbers they draw closer together in fellowship, as the years pass on, while the people, in thought at least, if not in actual observance, give the day of hallowed memories a steadily increasing consideration. Memorial Day should become one of the most constructive holidays in America—a day when our thoughts should go back to the glorious deeds and heroes of the past, with a brave looking forward to the future. It should not be a gala day, but a day fraught with sacred memories.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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