November 28 1908/2008
Harford - The encounter with a bear in Pike county, in which two Harford young men figured, calls back the time a couple of generations ago when wild animals were numerous in this section. Having used his last shot upon a huge black bear, which had wandered to the outskirts of the LaBarre hunting camp, near Peck's Pond, late Saturday afternoon, Ray Tingley, an 18 year-old youth of Harford, dropped unconscious from fright. His companion, another boy named LaBarre, manfully disputed the bear's attack and when but an arm's distance away sent a heavy 40.40 Savage rifle bullet direct to the animal's heart. The bear dropped dead across the body of young Tingley. Game Warden Charles Lowry, of Scranton, and other hunters in the vicinity came running up, attracted by the shots, and assisted LaBarre in removing the weight of the bear from Tingley and restoring him to consciousness. The bear weighed 400 pounds.
Jackson - Mrs. R. G. Lamb, one of Jackson s oldest residents, and widow of Rev. R. G. Lamb, a former pastor of Jackson Baptist church, died Thursday morning from the effects of severe exertion caused by fighting and sub-doing, single-handed, a conflagration in her home. It is believed the aged woman while seated at a table wrapped in a heavy quilt, fell asleep and knocked a lighted lamp from the table into her lap, setting the quilt on fire. After extinguishing the blaze she rolled the quilt up and placed it in the stairway. Being somewhat exhausted she retired and was aroused from a sound slumber by smelling smoke. Going to the stairway she found it to be a mass of flames. Unable to summon help for fear the fire would gain too great headway, she alone carried water and beat out the flames after a long struggle which taxed her strength to the limit, collapsing when the danger was over. About 8 o'clock in the morning she crawled to a window and attracted the attention of W.W. Larrabee, who was passing. Neighbors were notified and she was given every care, but lapsed into a comatose condition from which she did not recover, death resulting four days later. The deceased was a woman of literary attainments and a book of poems by her was published several years ago. She also wrote for many papers in this section of the state.
Montrose - Last Saturday was the big day for shipping turkeys over the Lackawanna from the station here and 80,000 lbs was the record established, probably the largest in the town's history. The principal shippers were Robinson, VanHorn, Raub, Hibbard and others.
Highlands - The Brushville Ladies Aid Society will meet at Mrs. Will Kenton's on Tuesday. Ladies will sew rags and the men will cut wood.
Auburn - J. C. Rifenbury, one of the pioneers of Auburn Twp., visited Montrose recently. He went into the them primeval forest and fell trees to build his first rude habitation. This was in the fifties, but the breaking out of the [Civil] war found him with his axe laid aside and with musket in hand fighting with the boys at the front. Upon his return he again took up the work of clearing a farm and now has one of the best in that vicinity. On his farm he still has 18 acres of the finest timber. Only the trees that fall from natural causes are taken out and consequently the woods retains its original beauty and grandeur.
Brooklyn - Oscar Stephens, son of W. B. Stephens, who was badly injured while playing football at the high school, is slowly improving. His kidneys were ruptured. Dr. A. I. Taylor, of Hopbottom, is attending him. AND Apples are selling for $1.00 per 100 lbs; eggs, 32 cents a dozen; turkeys, 16 cents live weight; potatoes 70 cents; potatoes 70 cents a bushel.
Forest City - The truant officer has been appointed and has already served several parents with notices to send their children to school more regularly. The real truants have been few in number but it still remains for every parent to see to it that his or her child attends every day unless prevented by sickness or death in the family. Adam Spyhalski returned to school after having spent some time working in the breaker. Joe Bugake and Peter Markizinski also returned from like positions.
Birchardville - Dana J. Edwards is advertising photographic work. He makes the copying of pictures into postcards a feature. Tiffany, Bridgewater Twp. - John Carter is one of the best-known horsemen in the county. He has the reputation of knowing the exact age, various owners, weight and complete record of every "hoss" within the boundaries of the county, and he has owned at different times a majority of them. There was a time when it was said that John had to make a trade in the morning before he had an appetite for his breakfast.
Thompson - Quite an excitement was raised in our midst last week over a hotel license. The very ones who have voted whiskey all their lives, got a hustle on them to defeat their neighbor in his supposed endeavor to secure one. Approaching "one of the fanatics" for help in the good cause, they were told that he would just as soon sign a petition for license, as he would vote for a law granting licenses. The excitement was up, nor need we tell who did the foaming.
Gelatt - The worst runaway we ever had took place Thursday evening. Benny Felton and Dock Pickering were on their way home from Burnwood where they had been hunting. When they got past Geo. Barnes place the horses got frightened at a pile of lime and jumped on the bank and threw the men out, and being near a bridge they ran off and it killed one and broke the back of the other.
Gibson - "Hipper," a valuable birddog belonging to F. W. Barrett, died Sunday and though but a dog he was a general favorite and will be greatly missed.
Laurel Lake - A mad dog came through from Binghamton as far as this place and bit several dogs. It then went back by way of Conklin Forks.
Ararat - Pierce Dunn, the Ararat checker expert, was the first turkey man in town this year. He has raised 150 of the Kings of the Thanksgiving table.
Compiled By: Betty Smith