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May 29 1902/2002

Forest City - The tide of population in Forest City is on the ebb...each train takes a number of men, some to the soft coal regions and many foreigners to the old country for a sojourn. When the strike ends, they will all come back. AND The mine mules are now generally in pasture and their antics when turned into a field were funny and pathetic. Some of those employed in the shaft openings had not seen daylight in eighteen months. They had little idea of space and could not understand how it was possible to prance about in any direction and not butt into a wall. They were unable to see for hours and it was a long time before they became accustomed to the springy turf and realize that they walk upon it. It took still longer to accustom them to grass, and they sniffed the air for hours before they could breathe naturally. After a day or two, when unafraid of the strange surroundings, they began to enjoy it.

Heart Lake - All indications point to Heart Lake as the most popular of all the excursion resorts in Susquehanna county for the approaching outing season. Summer excursionists prefer a lake resort, and the immense business of last season is likely to be surpassed this year. One notable event in June will be the Summer Normal for Sunday School workers, under the auspices of the state association.

Jackson - The farmers are interesting themselves in establishing the second co-operative creamery in the township, the plant to be established at Foley Corners. H. S. Brown and A. H. Crosier, of the Thompson Creamery, are promoting the business.

Hopbottom - The much-needed rain has come at last, and all nature is smiling-and so are the potato bugs.

Gibson - The telephone poles, on the new line from Jackson to Union Hill, are nearly all on the ground.

St. Joseph - Yes, we sampled it from David Sweeney's spring, called 'Silver Spring Water' and it was splendid. This water has been analyzed and found to contain valuable medicinal properties and some that have used it have received great benefit. Who knows, but in the near future that a sanitarium will be built at the fountain head, and that many will come and drink of nature's remedy, near St. Joseph. Mr. Sweeney has a large trade of Binghamton parties that he keeps supplied. We are told that about 100 rods from this spring, on Mr. Thomas Hawley's farm, gold has been found at the depth of 30 ft. If Mr. Hawley strikes it rich we will have to name his place Klondike.

Glenwood - There is talk of enlarging the little church as it is not large enough to accommodate all who wish to attend when ever you see a community get interested in church matters it is a sure sign of reform and the wave of reform that hits this place should be of mammoth size.

South Montrose - A. S. Allen secured the contract for building the cellar of the Ballentine mansion to be erected on the Parke's Hill. He has a large force of men at work, and wanting more. A number of striking coal miners, who are good at carpentering, are reported to be working on the mansion.

Springville - A very distressing accident befell a little child of Arthur Springer on Wednesday last. Elmer Squier, who works for Springer, on that day went into the house and took up his shot gun, which in some unaccountable manner was discharged, the shot going out through a window and striking the child in the back. Medical aid was hastily summoned, and the shot grains were removed, and the child is rapidly recovering. No blame is attached to anyone.

New Milford - Messrs. F. N. Titus and Charles Culver have formed a partnership and opened a furniture store and undertaking establishment at the old stand of N. F. Kimber.

Lawsville - The many friends and neighbors of Leonard Bailey made him a bee, the 15th, and did a good lot of work plowing and putting in crops. There were 12 teams. Mr. Bailey has been disabled all the spring with a lame arm and the assistance was very thankfully received.

Susquehanna - Memorial Day will be fittingly observed in Susquehanna. In the morning a squad from Moody Post will decorate the soldiers' graves in McKune cemetery. Rev. W. M. Bouton, pastor of the Methodist church, will deliver a short address and the pupils of the Oakland schools will sing. At one o'clock a public meeting will be held in Hogan Opera House.......and after the meeting a procession will be formed headed by the Susquehanna Band and the soldiers' graves in Laurel Hill, Grand Street and Evergreen cemeteries will be decorated with the usual ceremonies. In the evening a literary and musical entertainment will be held in Hogan Opera House, under the auspices of Moody Relief Corps, to defray the necessary expenses of the day.

Montrose - The sorrowful funeral of Prof. B. E. James took place Sabbath afternoon, May 25. The remains were taken to the M.E. church in season for all who desired to see his face. There was an immense concourse of people, estimated at fully 1200, and it was soon so crowded about the doors that hundreds went away. What an army of students will remember today, the man and teacher who has left an impress for good, that time and change will not efface from life or memory! And what a tidal wave of sorrow and tenderness will sweep over their hearts today as they say farewell to the old schoolmaster, friend of boyhood and girlhood days! Especially the teachers and scholars of old Montrose High School, who can never forget his unfailing interest in them and earnest effort in their behalf. Dr. Harrie James, of New York city, a younger brother, made a brief and exceedingly pathetic address in regard to the life and character of his brother and the loving friendship which had ever existed between them during their boyhood days in the fields of Auburn.

News Briefs - The chilly atmosphere on Wednesday forcibly reminded us of the cold, dismal Decoration Day eighteen years ago. It was the morning of May 30, 1884, when ice formed and fleecy flakes flitted through the air. AND The old wooden bridge across the river at Tunkhannock was sold at public sale on Saturday. The woodwork was bid off by Lindley Bros, of Factoryville, for $610. The stone work was not sold. James W. Platt, of Tunkhannock, bought the old toll house for $27.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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