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November 01 1918/2018

Forest City – Indications point to a relief in the epidemic that has prevailed here the past three weeks. The prompt action of the board of health in taking action to prevent its spread and the care of the afflicted has undoubtedly materially helped the situation. The prevailing opinion is that it has reached the maximum. ALSO Uncle Sam will not get silk for aeroplane construction from the Forest City silk mills this week, at least. Both mills were ordered closed by order of the board of health. It was feared that by working the employees might spread the influenza. ALSO Much delay is occasioned in the interment of influenza victims, owing to the scarcity of coffins. J. R. Bell, undertaker, was informed yesterday that only one coffin each day to each patron was the limit until the death rate decreased.

Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Mead were happily surprised Sunday night, Oct. 20th, when upon answering a ring at the door in walked his sister, Mrs. Nellie Messenger of Blackfoot, Idaho, and her son, Dana, pharmacist in the medical corps of the navy, U.S.S. Louisville, who was granted a leave of absence for five days. Mr. Messenger has been overseas five times during his 18 months service. He sent a message to his mother to meet him at Thompson, and she started Friday and very unexpectedly they met at Susquehanna and arrived in Thompson at midnight. Friends from a distance were notified and he received a rush of calls during his stay. Mrs. Messenger will remain indefinitely.

Uniondale – Richard Davis has been helping Everett Giddings in the potato field the past week. He is 80 years old, but can handle a potato fork with the next one.

Clifford – In an endeavor to do his bit in stopping the Hun, Leon Smith, of Lenox, made the supreme sacrifice last week.  His body was laid at rest in the cemetery at this place last Saturday.

Montrose – Clarence A. Dawley, former Montrose young man, was appointed pneumatic engineer of the U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation in New York City. Some years ago he invented and developed a meter for measurement of compressed air which has proven so successful that it has been adopted by all the leading mining, railway, steel plants, industrial and chemical plants in this and foreign countries. He organized the New Jersey Meter Co. to handle this business and since the war started he has given his principal efforts to this concern. Burgess Preston Asks No Vandalism Hallowe’en Night: There appears to be a popular misconception of the way in which this occasion should be celebrated. In previous years some of our young people celebrated by damaging property as much as possible. The ruthless destruction carried on in the past is to be deplored. We believe it to be the result of thoughtlessness, and appeal to the better sense of our young people on the approaching Hallowe’en. There certainly can be no pleasure in such demonstrations and in many cases it means loss and suffering to those afflicted. Young people, we place you on your honor and have sufficient confidence in you to believe you will confine your demonstrations to legitimate fun this year.

North Bridgewater – Walter A. Jackson, an aged veteran of the Civil War, died yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles R. Fancher. He was a former resident of Harford. Mr. Jackson was a member of Company E, Ninth Cavalry.  He enlisted Oct. 29, 1861 and was discharged Dec. 24, 1864.

Summersville, New Milford Twp. – Three members of the Anderson household are dead as a result of the epidemic of influenza. Mrs. Alfred Anderson died Friday night of last week, after a few days’ illness. Her daughter Leona, aged three years and six months, died Monday. Clyde Anderson, a brother-in-law of the dead woman, also died on Monday. Another child has been seriously ill but at last report was convalescing.

Silver Lake Twp. – Miss Josephine Murphy, aged 16 years, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Murphy, Friday, Oct. 25, 1918. Death was due to influenza and pneumonia. Deceased attended the Montrose High School last year and had a large circle of friends in her home community and Montrose. Besides her parents she is survived by three brothers and three sisters. The funeral was held at St. Augustine’s Church, Silver Lake.

Hallstead – W.P. VanLoan will auction off his stock Nov. 7, across the track from the Chair Factory. Mr. VanLoan [who is] going out of the milk business leaves only one milk-man to supply this place. At one time there were five milk-men supplying the town and milk was five or six cents a quart. It is now 13 cents. At the same ratio we should think if milk was selling for three or four cents it would require eight or ten milk-men to supply the town. But that was “before the war.”

Susquehanna – Who was the fellow who works here and lives in Hallstead that forgot to set his clock and watch back Sunday morning—got his breakfast early and hiked it to the Erie, where he found no one—didn’t dare go back for fear of meeting the fellows coming over, and who spent an unpleasant time hiding around until train time? We bet he sweat more over that hour than any work he did for the Government that day.

Lynn, Springville Twp. – Two of our enterprising neighbor-women have been compelled to take up the axes and go to the woods and chop wood for their fuel. ALSO The scarcity of wood choppers almost compels them to do it. Potato digging and apple picking are in order these days and the farmerettes are taking an active part in the work on account of the shortage of help.

East Rush – Glen Quick was out one night last week and caught six skunks, one being a black one, two half stripes, and three full stripes, making him a pretty good night’s work.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, October 31, 1818.

*Stop The Thief. Was stolen from the subscriber’s Inn, in Braintrim, Luzerne county [now Wyoming County], a saddle with plated stirrups, bare-skin housing, one blue surtout coat, with a large cape put on with hooks and eyes. The above articles are supposed to have been stolen by Baley Blakesly—he is about middling size with black eyes—had on a blue coatee & olive velvet pantaloons. It is also strongly suspected that said Baley stole a chestnut colored Horse. Said horse has a star on his forehead and had a bloody wart in his ear. Whoever will apprehend said thief so that he may be bro’t to justice and secure the property shall be entitled to Fifteen dollars reward. Wm. T. Alden. Oct, 14, 1818.

*ANOTHER REVOLUTIONARY OFFICER GONE. On Friday last at New London, Gen. Jedediah Huntington, aged 79 years, formerly collector of that port, and a highly distinguished Officer of the Revolution. [From Gazette of October 26, 1818]

*NOTICE. The annual general meeting of the Stockholders of the Silver Lake Bank will be held at their Banking house in the village of Montrose on the first Monday of November next. The annual election of Directors for said Bank will be held at the same place on the third Monday of November next at one o’clock in the afternoon. By order of the Board. PUTNAM CATLIN, Cash’r. Montrose, Oct. 22, 1818. [From Gazette of October 26, 1818]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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