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November 27 1914/2014

Lynn, Springville, Twp. – Winter is here in good shape. Get out your furs. ALSO There was a soldiers’ oyster dinner served at the M. E. church parlors

Clifford – The Village Improvement Society’s supper and entertainment on Friday evening was a grand success. The entertainment, being much above the ordinary and did honor to all the participants, calling for many encores. ALSO Another beautiful snowfall on Sunday afternoon. Will it stay with us till April?

Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. – The friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Butts gathered at their home Saturday and cut them some wood.

Dimock – E. O. Bailey, having sold one of his fine matched team of horses, his place is [now] filled with Professor Tiffany’s bay horse, which makes a good team leaving the dust far behind.

Thompson – Charlie Belcher, a veteran of the Civil War, who had been in poor health for a long time, passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, 1914. Funeral was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Whitney, Wednesday morning. Burial at Jackson. Crosier & Gelatt funeral directors. The deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Whitney and Lulu Belcher and two sons, Frank and George. [Charlie was a Private in Co. K, Sixth Pennsylvania Reserves.]  ALSO No school this week after Wednesday, as the teachers go to their various homes for Thanksgiving. ALSO The gentlemen of the Pessimistic Club will entertain the ladies of the Optimistic Circle in the near future at Tallman-Lamont hall.

Uniondale – Our hunters have returned from Pike County with a fine deer. A game supper will be held in the near future. The writer has a cousin in New Hampshire near the White Mountains, who thinks no more of seeing deer than we do a rabbit.

Gelatt – The wedding shower on Thursday was well attended and a great surprise to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Harding, when the Women’s Christians Temperance Union met and took possession of their home. They soon regained their composure and a bountiful dinner was prepared. Nothing was lacking, not even the bride’s cake, which bore the inscription in raised letters, Thomas Harding, 1914.  A token of friendship and love was presented to her by the president, Mrs. Addie Gelatt. Among the number from out of town were Mrs. Lewis Thomas and daughter, Elizabeth, of Maple Ridge and Mrs. Earl Evans and son, of Gibson. We wish them a long and happy wedded life.

Birchardville – George Owen’s house burned to the ground Sunday afternoon. A few pieces of furniture were saved and a few things from the cellar. Origin of the fire is uncertain, but probably started from a defective chimney.  The loss is a heavy blow to Mr. Owens, who is well along in years, and his health being poor.

West Lenox  - The farm house of Edwin Oakley was consumed by fire, Wednesday of last week, with all contents. The origin of the fire is unknown, the family being absent from home at the time. With timely assistants the remaining buildings were saved.

Jackson – On account of long vacation for the measles epidemic there will be school Thanksgiving day.

Hallstead – The recent cold weather has frozen the river over above the bridge. ALSO Angelo Scottina, a section foreman here, was badly injured by being struck by a fast freight. He was taken to the Binghamton Hospital and it is expected that he will recover from his injuries. Some months ago his wife was struck by a train at New Milford and later died from her injuries.

Fairdale – The annual meeting of the Prospect Hill Telephone Association will be held in Grange Hall, Fairdale, Tuesday, Dec. 8, commencing at 10 o’clock a.m. All stockholders and interested parties are urged to attend. Dinner will be served by the Ladies Aid Society.

Middletown Twp. – The Middletown Literary Society was organized at Mrs. H. C. Colemans, Saturday evening, Nov. 21, with a membership of 29. The following officers were elected: John Coleman, president; Marie Curley, secretary; Martin Guiton, treasurer; Margaret Coleman, critic; Mary McHale, Cecile McManus, Thomas Lee, Alfred Jones, entertainment committee. After the election a debate was held: “Resolved that the literary society will prove beneficial to the young people.” Mary McHale, the affirmative, and John Coleman, the negative. The judges decided in favor of the negative. The debate was followed by several songs, violin solos and recitations after which lunch was served. Next meeting will be held at John Murphy’s on Dec. 4.

Dundaff – The license of Ernest Gelatt, proprietor of the hotel at Dundaff, was revoked by Judge Little, to take effect Dec. 1. Witnesses swore that Gelatt sold liquor to men who were intoxicated. Attorneys F. A. Davies and H. A. Denney appeared for the prosecution and Attorneys T. A. Doherty and A. B. Smith for the defendant.

Montrose – Complaint has been made that children are using the sidewalks for coasting and making them so slippery that it endangers the life and limb of all, especially elderly people. No one but likes to see children enjoying themselves and none would take away from their pleasure, but where it becomes a menace to others the practice of using the sidewalks for coasting must be stopped. The borough council and burgess are united in enforcing the ordinance against it, and children indulging in the pastime are likely to get picked up by Chief of Police Rosenfeld. Parents are urged to assist in discouraging their children in following this sport where it is a danger to others.

Susquehanna – The Erie Hose hold their annual ball at the L. A. Hall Thanksgiving eve. ALSO Our young people are certainly improving the beautiful snow by the way coasters fly down the hills.

Towanda – Samuel Billings, aged 99 years, believed to be the only son of the Revolution in Pennsylvania, died on Sunday at his home in Towanda. The Billings family was one of the first to settle in Wyoming Valley and was there at the time of the Wyoming Massacre. Samuel’s father was one of the defenders of the fort near Wilkes-Barre in which were gathered the women and children at the time of the massacre and which was nobly defended against the Indians and British by the old men and young boys unable to go with Washington’s army. Mr. Billings was for some years a partner in the lumber business, at West Pittston, with Cornelius Stark, father of W. H. Stark, of Bridgewater [Susq. Co.]. He was twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth Stark, of Wilkes-Barre, and his second wife, Adelia Bramhall, of Wyoming county, who died 22 years ago. Two sons and six daughters survive.  Interment was made in Camptown.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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