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November 28 1913/2013

Forest City - M. E. Reilly, of Rock Lake, was in town Monday. That there might not be a dearth of turkeys, he loaded up his wagon with the national birds and found a ready sale for them here. He delivered 96 turkeys at an average price of $3.50 each, a sum total of $336 and yet some people claim that it does not pay to raise poultry.

Harford - Our High School boys have equipped themselves with a Basket Ball outfit. ALSO: Charles Hull captured a wild cat near the Nine Partner Spring, recently. ALSO: Charles Harding seems to be the champion fox hunter in this section, he having captured 17 this fall.

Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - O. B. Howard has purchased Mrs. R. M. Borne’s telephone and has built the line between his place and Elmer Bailey’s and now has the telephone in working order.

Thompson - Mrs. E. C. Layton and Mrs. Dr. McNamara, attended the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention at Melrose last Saturday. There were delegates from Jackson, Lanesboro and Melrose. Also, there were several in attendance from the Starrucca Union in Wayne County.

South Ararat - Our milk man, Charles Westgate, who comes from Burnwood [Ararat Twp.] to this place and thence to Orson [Wayne Co.], with his load of milk, reminds us of the song called “The Whistling Farmer Boy.” “Whistling Farmer Boy/Sometimes sunshine/Sometimes rain/Sometimes snow/Then mud again/But Charles whistles/Just the same.” No doubt he thinks old bachelors have a perfect right to whistle.

Gibson - The Ladies Oxford Class, of the M. E. Sunday School” met with Mrs. John Tompkins last Wednesday. Mrs. Tompkins served an elegant roast chicken dinner to which 34 ladies and their children did ample justice. ALSO: J. J. Potter had 36 sheep killed and injured by dogs recently.

Great Bend - The T. H. Gill Company has made a cinder path on the flats between Hallstead and Great Bend, which makes it much better for the traveling public. ALSO: P. C. Burns, for many years local insurance agent in that vicinity, has sold his business to Charles H. Judd, who took possession last week. Mr. Burns, who is a veteran of the Civil War, will spend the winter at the Soldiers’ Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

Birchardville - A load of young people from this place attended the masquerade social at Forest Lake on Friday evening.

Rush - The High School Basket Ball meet was largely attended and about 150 witnessed the contests. The first teams played the first game with a score of 6 to 11 in favor of the Rush team, while the game between the girls resulted in favor of the Auburn team with a score of 4 to 9. The last game was between the second teams, but was a snappy interesting contest and resulted in favor of the Rush team with a score of 21 to 0. Both schools are to be congratulated on the good nature and clean playing manifested through out the contest. Many witnessed the game of basket ball for the first time. The Rush Center Aid cleared $30.50 from the dinner at the home of Mrs. Alden Devine, served for [people attending] the basket ball game.

Franklin Forks - The [horse] sheds are being repaired at Franklin Hill church.

Montrose - “Peter Pan” reading by Mrs. Friedewald, at the Library building, Thanksgiving afternoon, at 3:30 o’clock. Go and take the children. ALSO: A good many thrifty residents bought turkeys from the farmers at the Lackawanna station Saturday for 22 cents per lb. dressed. The birds brought 20 cents per lb. live weight.

Alford - People who are a little “skittish” over the trestle at Alford will be pleased to know that when the new D. L. & W. cut off is completed a new station will be built on this side of the Martin Creek (mill pond) and the old trestle will not be used. A new inter-locking signal system and tower will also be established at Alford, which will relieve the labor and consequent danger of switching at Alford. The whole map of Alford will be changed.

Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - John VanGorden and family, who recently returned from the West, have moved on the Amos Storm place for the winter. They have purchased the Benjamin Overfield farm at Brick Chapel. They expect to take possession in the spring.

Susquehanna - Earl Gillette, of 312 Grand street, while jumping a freight train, had his foot quite badly crushed. ALSO: William Kreiter and wife have gone to Huntingdon, Ind., where he has charge of the Erie telephone system.

Old Veteran on Long Tramp - Martin Hill, aged 70 years, a veteran of the Civil, Indian and Spanish-American wars, arrived here the latter part of last week on a tramp from Martinsburg, W. Va., being practically destitute. He applied to some of the local veterans for a change of underclothing, announcing his intention of walking to his destination, at Buffalo, where he expected to make his home with a niece, his only relative. Hill’s story was a pitiful one. His wife had died in October and being without funds he started the tramp of hundreds of miles to Buffalo. After he had been on the road a week he suffered a paralytic stroke, crippling his right arm. Nothing daunted he continued his journey, and stated while here that he was somewhat improved and expected to recover. His deplorable condition appealed to the members of Four Brothers Post G.A.R., and the camp of Sons of Veterans, and they provided him not only with the underclothing he asked, but also with comfortable shelter, food, and purchased a ticket for him to Buffalo. The old veteran had served for 15 years in the armies of his country. During the Civil War he was with the 13th. Mass. Volunteers and was transferred to the 13th U. S. Regulars. After the war he was in the service fighting Indians in the West. During the Spanish-American war he went out with the 4th Missouri Volunteers as wagon-master. Afterwards he married and one child born to them died. When asked why he did not remain at Martinsburg, he remarked to the effect that some of his southern neighbors would not own up that they were “licked” and therefore they could not agree. Perhaps Hill is not as open of mind and ready to yield as those of a younger generation who never faced a leaden ball in a fight for principle. It has been learned that on his arrival at Buffalo the home he had hoped for was not to be his. But here ready hands aided him in reaching the soldiers’ home at Erie, and in that quiet haven, provided by a grateful government, he may rest till the drum sounds “taps.”


Compiled By: Betty Smith

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