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November 04 1910/2010

Montrose - Hallowe'en night was the "kids" night all right, and they turned themselves loose in a big, noisy, good natured demonstration on the streets. Every variety of costume was seen, many very ingenious affairs too, all immensely appropriate for the raucous revel. An occasional father or mother was seen, ostensibly to help the "kids" have a good time. Everybody was glad to welcome the little Hallowe'eners whose worst prank was to misplace some one's door mat, cover some one with flour, or make grotesque pictures with soap on one's windows. There were some pranks by the older ones who satisfied no inherent desire for fun but made the night a license for breaking and damaging property, tearing up sidewalks and breaking stones in some cases where perhaps it would make old people or ladies much trouble and expense which it would be hard to bear, and although likely not done with a malicious intent, these things constitute selfish hilarity, and should be discouraged and suppressed.

Great Bend - Daniel Sullivan, one of the old and respected citizens here, met instant death on the Erie tracks at Great Bend on Tuesday afternoon, when he was run down by a fast freight. Dr. Merrill was called but Mr. Sullivan had expired before he arrived. Mr. Sullivan was a valued employee of the Lackawanna for 40 years, recently entering the employ of the Erie.

Springville - Monday evening being the date fixed for the kids to be smart, a lot of them played it to a frazzle, and now there is a scurrying around to replace property carried off just for fun. Some people see a lot of fun in carrying off wagon wheels, [carriage] robes, harnesses and various other articles, and making the owners a lot of trouble.

Hallstead - The Hallstead board of trade has secured for this village a large cut glass factory which is anticipated to open for business immediately after January 1, 1911.

South Harford - The fields are filled with hunters and the song of the hounds fill the woods with sweet music.

Flynn - I have often read where a dog was so attached to a scholar that he would accompany her to school and then return home to spend the day, and then he would again return in the evening to see her safe home, but we have had one here, that leaves that in the shade, and it was not a Collie either.

Forest City - Infuriated by a beating sustained at the hands of John Politza during a fight over a woman, Michael Salajada crept up behind Politza on the street in Forest City last week, and plunged a penknife into his neck, severing an artery so that the victim bled to death in a few minutes. The assassin was captured after a chase by Michael Sogotsky, a companion of the slain man. He was committed to the Susquehanna county jail to await trial for murder. Politza was Polish, 28 years old, and has a wife and one child in the old country. The man that slew him came from the same town, is 27 years old, and has a wife and two children in Forest City. ALSO Thomas Faulkner died October 17, 1910, of pneumonia. He had been sick only three days. A pathetic feature in connection with the death of Mr. Faulkner was the birth of a child, the seventh in the family, only a few hours before the father's death. The oldest child is only about fifteen years of age. Deceased was born in Ireland 43 years ago.

New Milford - William D. Knapp, who on Tuesday went to Bath to spend the winter in the Soldiers' Home, died October 27, 1910. He served his country as a soldier of the Civil War, being a member of the 11th Regiment, New York Volunteers. After the war he went to New Milford and for a number of years was engaged in the tanning business with his brother-in-law, Albert Moss, and here he married Miss Mary Moss, daughter of Levi and Sarah Moss, deceased.

West Auburn - There are prospects of a new doctor coming here soon. Dr. Austin, from Sullivan County, was up with Dr. Beaumont looking over the situation and seemed favorably impressed. If he comes it will be inside of two weeks.

Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - Hallowe'en night a bunch of boys waited quite a while down the road near a certain farmers for the family to retire, but the family was in no hurry, so they quietly opened the barn and took a heavy market wagon out and "rattle-ty-bang" they went with it for about half a mile. The owner with horse and buggy was after them in about ten minutes but when he found the wagon, the guys had scooted. Another wagon was left by a farmer with the wheels well chained to the reach, so the boys did not go far with it. Well "boys will be boys" they say.

Hop Bottom - Who said Hop Bottom was behind the times? The hobble skirt is here, also the peach basket hat.

Susquehanna - Susquehanna was visited by two fires last Sunday morning. The first occurred at 2:30 o'clock in a three-story tenant house on Front street. The damage estimated at $250. The second fire was at 4:30 o'clock and completely destroyed the large barn of James E. Paye on East Main street. The firemen were handicapped by insufficient water pressure. The loss is $5000 which is not covered by insurance.

News Briefs - As shown by the statistics of the last 15 years, Nov. 12 has been the latest date that the first snowstorm has occurred in this part of the country. In 1897 we had the first snow on Oct. 31; in 1899 if fell on Nov. 12; in 1900 on Oct. 20, and in 1908 our first snow came on the 31st of October. This year the first snow flurries, nothing like a snow storm, however, came last Saturday, Oct. 29. But, on Nov. 4th, Montrose is in the depths of a snowstorm the like of which has not occurred within the recollection of the oldest citizen. To have nearly 2 ft. of snow on the ground and piled high in drifts on Nov. 4, is something unusual even for this altitude and latitude. The trains on the branch roads have been hampered and drifting snow has made travel into the country extremely difficult. Drifts 4 to 6 ft. ft. high are common. Sleighing is easier than using wheels, but owing to the drifts and poor "bottom" it is not pleasant riding.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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