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November 24 1922/2022

Jackson Twp. – Although Cyrus Payne, who was brutally murdered at his home, October 27th, lived and died a bachelor, it appears that he had an affair of the heart when a young man, though destiny seems to have decreed that he and his youthful sweetheart should not tread the pleasant by-ways of life together. A letter revealing that Cyrus cherished the affections of a young lady and that their regard for each other had progressed to a point where they had planned on a life together, was sent to Sheriff Darrow by Mrs. Adie Burt, of Watervliet, NY, who had heard of the pathetic end of Cyrus Payne, and wrote for information. She shared that cruel fate had separated them and for fifty-five years she wondered and hoped, wished and prayed to learn of his whereabouts. She eventually married but her husband was killed in an accident, leaving her widowed for thirty years, “but Cyrus Payne’s name has forever been stamped in my memory, and will ever remain there until I have passed on, where I shall hope to meet my dear one.”

Brooklyn – The Ladies’ Musical club was pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. C. P. Fitch, who was assisted in entertaining by Mrs. T. A. Capron. The Club has recently joined the Federation of Musical Clubs. The program of the afternoon was grouped around the topic of Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute,” and a pleasant afternoon was enjoyed.

Montrose – Miss Katherine Bloom, for a number of years head waitress at Hotel Donovan, will relinquish her position Dec. 1st and take up practical nursing, having recently completed a course in this work. ALSO S. G. Fancher, R. C. Sprout, C. L. Stephens, E. E. Small and Glen Wilmarth, of Kingsley, went to Tarrytown, NY, Sunday, and drove through five Chevrolet cars for the L. H. Sprout & Sons Agency.

New Milford – One of the very best preserved men of our acquaintance is Charles M. Shelp, our very efficient and popular Justice of Peace. He is a very useful and intelligent gentleman, his long life having been replete with work of a worthwhile nature, and is now giving New Milford a splendid service as a peace officer, being kept very busy with duties pertaining to his office. Mr. Shelp passed his 80th milestone last month, but you would not suspect that he was this old to see and talk with him.

Fairdale – E. L. Jones, one of Fairdale’s prominent residents, is saying that the need of rain to replenish springs, wells and streams is becoming very acute and that should the ground freeze without copious rains, farmers will be put to great inconvenience for water for their stock. ALSO While Rev. John M. White, of Fairdale, was in town one night last week, assisting in the revival meetings being held at the Methodist church, an extra tire was stolen from his car. The guilty party should be found and punished. Stealing from a minister, and at a church, is particularly scurvy crime.

Thompson – E. A. Foster has just purchased a new loud-speaking wireless telephone and expects, in a few days, to be able to give us free concerts.

Hop Bottom – M. E. Rynearson is erecting a new garage on Lackawanna Trail. The building will be fire proof. The two upper floors are of red tile. The basement of concrete blocks. It is a beautiful structure. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Pease are painting their home a nice shade of green. ALSO Floyd Oakley has accepted a position as foreman in a toy factory at Ithaca.

Harford – The South Harford people are much excited about a wild cat which is prowling around the woods. A few nights ago one of the dogs treed it, but it got away. A number of boys have been on the watch out for it. It snarls and spits and makes very unearthly shrieks.

Forest Lake – There will be a carpet rag social at the Hamlin school, Friday evening, Nov. 24. Ladies bring ball of rags with name inside. Please bring cake or sandwiches.

West Auburn – Monday afternoon Harold Devine and two or three other boys and girls, who live near Kinney Pond, started to call on a friend and took some guns along, thinking they might bag a rabbit or two. On the way they stopped to rest, and young Devine stood his gun against a fence, while a ten-year-old son of Charles Winans laid his on the ground. As he did so the gun was accidentally discharged, the load striking Devine in the leg, just above the ankle. The unfortunate young man was brought to Laceyville, the wound given first aid attention and he was sent to Packer hospital on the west-bound Black Diamond, which was stopped there for the purpose.

Springville – We are planning a big, all-day community bazaar for Dec. 6th. Everything will be on sale from farm produce to fancy goods and the ladies of the community will serve dinner. In the evening there will be an entertainment. The proceeds will be applied on the community building’s debt.

Gibson – Fay Burrows and family, of Binghamton, returned to Gibson to cast his vote.

Forest City – The Hillside Coal and Iron Company is building a bowling alley for use of members of the Hillside Volunteer Hose Company. ALSO Tomorrow night the Seniors and Juniors will play basketball. There is much rivalry and a lively tussle may be expected. The high school quintet was defeated at Simpson last evening. Score: 17 to 14.

Elkdale – G.G. Wells, one of the oldest and  most highly respected residents of this vicinity and for many years our only merchant, will soon move to Scranton to reside with his daughter, Mrs. John Tinker.

News Brief: We notice by the papers of several counties that farmers generally are posting their lands with No Trespass Signs, being forced to do so by the careless acts and depredations of hunters. Farmers, in general, in speaking of the matter, say that they do not care particularly about the game that is shot but feel compelled to stop the damage done by a certain class of hunters, saying barb wire fences are cut, stone walls are often torn down in the quest of a rabbit or other game, that fires are occasionally started in woods or brush lots and that stock is occasionally shot through the carelessness of a hunter.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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