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November 29 1907/2007

Forest City - With a blare of music the Gem Theatre opened in the Bloxham building yesterday afternoon. This little playhouse is patterned after those that have proven popular in the bigger cities. There will be three performances daily, one at 4:30 and two in the evening. The price to the afternoon performance is five cents and in the evening a dime admits you. The matinee features McKane's Famous Moving Pictures and Illustrated Songs and in the evening, Vaudeville and Moving Pictures and Illustrated Songs.

Birchardville - While Wm. Flynn was drawing apples on Monday, one of his fine black horses playfully kicked over the wagon pole, throwing the boy off the load. The horses ran away, down the road, throwing off the wagon box and nineteen bushels of fine apples. The box was turned bottom-side up, with the crates right under it. The horses ran a short distance up the road and got caught on a stump. They were both quite badly hurt. This is the second time Mr. Flynn has had a runaway with a load of apples.

Harford - At the home of Mrs. Mary Payne was the scene of a pretty wedding on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20, 1907, when her daughter, Edna, was married to Fred D. Miller by the Rev. B. L. Lyon. The house was tastefully decorated and the ceremony took place under an arch of evergreens. The bride was charming in a white gown. Only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties were present, and after the ceremony a fine supper was served in the dining room by four of the bride's intimate friends.

Montrose - Judge Daniel W. Searle died at his home on Nov. 27th. He was the son of the late Daniel and Johanna Stark Searle, was born Jan. 7, 1836, attended Montrose Academy and entered Yale, only to relinquish his education because of illness. He returned to Montrose and became a student of law in the office of Hon. William Jessup and William H. Jessup. He was admitted to the bar in 1859 and practiced with his brother-in-law, Hon. J. B. McCollum. During the Civil War Mr. Searle enlisted in Co. H, 141st Regiment--the enrollment of Co. H. largely the work of young Searle and Casper W. Tyler. The company reached Washington on the second day of Bull Run, were at Fredericksburg and lost 234 of its 417 men at Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg the regiment took 200 men and nine officers into battle and lost 145 men and six officers. Among the wounded was Adjt. Searle, who on account of his wound was honorably discharged, June 2, 1864. Returning home Mr. Searle was elected district attorney in 1865 and again in 1868. In 1883 he entered into a partnership with a. H. McCollum and A. B. Smith. In 1888 he was elected as president judge of the district and again in 1898. Fair and profound as a lawyer, he exhibited the same traits as a judge. In a State, which is justly noted for the high character and ability of its judiciary, there was none more honored or more universally respected than Judge Searle. He was a Free Mason, a member of the Loyal legion and of the G. A.R.

Springville - About midnight last Saturday, as G. P. Stang was about to enter his residence, a suspicious character was seen prowling about his hen roost, and as G. P. is an inquisitive fellow, he took a notion to investigate, but the fellow stood not on the order of going, but went without saying good night. And, Pete says he was a good runner. The roost, however, was locked.

New Milford - D. R. Braman has received an answer to the bill in equity he filed a few weeks ago [see 100 Years, Oct. 18, 2007, Forest City News], asking that his wife be compelled to account for money taken by her from a bank, was filed in court by Mrs. Braman. She sets up the defense that her husband's mind is affected; that she acted with the power of an attorney. About $4000 and house furnishings are involved in the case. Mrs. Braman claims that she was instructed by her husband to withdraw the money from the bank and that she is now using it to care for him and their family. Both are former residents of New Milford--Mrs. Braman being the daughter of the late L. L. LeRoy,

Upsonville - Dr. Hallstead is stopping in town a few days, making teeth for several people.

Brandt - Preparations are now being made for the placing of electric lights in this place.

Susquehanna - The local Italian colony was thrown into great excitement this week. During the forenoon, while the men were at work [on the railroad], someone broke into all the houses they occupy and departed with a new suit of clothes, razor, sweater, overcoat, two pairs of shoes and overshoes. Pandemonium reigned supreme when the extent of the thefts was learned. The owners soon learned that three strangers were seen near their quarters and when last seen were going west along the Erie tracks. The men secured a handcar and gave chase, catching up with their visitors near Hickory Grove. After recovering their property, they allowed the men to depart.

Ararat - Mrs. W. N. Lee has sold, to Scranton capitalists, 28 acres of land near Burnwood for $2,800--$1,400 cash and the remainder in stock in a new business enterprise, known as the Burnwood Brick and Tile Company, which will be chartered and in the spring erect suitable buildings and install machinery for the manufacture of brick, tile and pottery. Grading is now in progress and machinery costing $25,000 has been ordered and early next season it will be installed and work begun. It is expected the plant will give employment to about 40 men.

North Jackson - Superintendent C. F. Whitney, of the M. E. Sunday school, is completing arrangements to secure one of the State free circulating libraries for the use of the school and people in this vicinity. This is a commendable enterprise on the part of Mr. Whitney and others and to insure success should be well patronized on the part of all our people, old as well as young.

Thompson - They have organized a band and a basket-ball team in town.

Elk Lake - The friends and neighbors of Mrs. C. S. Hall made her a wood-bee Thursday, and cut her a nice lot for which she is very thankful.

News Briefs: Most of all of us like to see our hometown prosper, don't we? And yet there are people so short sighted that they will patronize a mail order house or city department store at the holiday season and neglect the home merchant. Don't take advantage of the two-cent rate law to buy city goods a few cents cheaper. The two-cent law applies to postage as well railroads. AND "And great was the fall thereof." Of the snow, we mean, which mantled Mother Earth the forepart of the week. It fell to a depth of about a foot in Montrose and other places in the county, starting up the merry jingle of the sleigh bells. In Springville they say the roads are a sight to make animals weep. AND Coal is scarce in the east, as the coal companies have been rushing it westward to get it there before the boating on the lakes is closed for the winter; after which the eastern towns will probably be supplied.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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