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October 02 1903/2003

Clifford - Five masked robbers, after entering the home of John Stephens at Gun Hill, near West Clifford, tortured the inmates, stole $1,200 and escaped by holding villagers at bay with drawn revolvers. The family consists of two brothers, Alpha, Fayette, and two sisters, Deffy and Mary. They were awakened from their slumbers by the crashing of the main door and soon after five men, wearing masks entered the bedroom. The women were compelled to go in one room where they were tied to a bed. The robbers secured $800 in cash, a note for $350 payable to F. M. Stephens, and signed by Susie and John Bennett, a check for $30 signed by E. L. Ridgway and other valuables. The quintet then bound and gagged the four inmates leaving the house at a slow pace. Farmers in the vicinity halted the men but with drawn revolvers the robbers made their escape. One sister in the house who had escaped notice from the robbers untied the bonds about her brothers and sisters when the robbers left and a search was made for the burglars, but no trace of them could be found. Sunday night there was another house-breaking in that section, but not with the success that attended the visit to the Stevens homestead. The entry Sunday night was at the home of the widow of James Duncan, on the T. D. Reese farm, Welsh Hill, about four miles from the Stevens house on Gun Hill. Another circumstance of peculiar interest is that the supposed Troinkle was taken from Welsh Hill. The visitors to the Duncan home were frightened after making an entrance. There is a decided shaky feeling in that community over the presence of marauders. This is the third robbery within two weeks. (William Dennier, better known as Bill White, a professional criminal, is in the lock-up on suspicion of being a member of the gang that robbed the Stevens family.) More next week...

Lanesboro - Walter Kitchen, who has been clerk in Buckley Bros' store for a number of years, has secured a position at Olean. His place in the store being filled by David Soop. AND In the Lackawanna county court last week, W. "Hub" Bushnell, formerly of Lanesboro, was indicted for murder of 13-year old Andrew Doran at Dunmore, May 13 last. The child was playing in a field and was shot by Bushnell, who is a farm overseer for a railroad company, who claims that he mistook him for chickens.

Oakland Twp. - The County is building an iron bridge at Canavan's in Oakland Township, in charge of a. J. Cosgriff.

Brooklyn - "On and after Monday, October 5, 1903, I shall be pleased to show all the new things in Millinery. Having spent the past two weeks in New York in connection with this work, I feel confident that I can please all who may trust their work with me." As advertised by Mrs. Alice Eldridge, Brooklyn, PA. AND The new condensery plant which has just been erected here will be started up Thursday morning. The company has already hired 10 women and a number of men. W. Cameron has been engaged as night watchman.

Starrucca - About 600 tons of coal were dumped near Starrucca in a recent wreck on the railroad and now people in that vicinity are taking advantage of the situation by buying it at $3 per ton.

Montrose - The Western Star Jubilee Singers, the concert company which is to appear at Village Hall, next Tuesday night, has the following review by Rev. A. Bergen Brown, of McGrawsville, N.Y.: "It is the only entertainment that I have had experience with that will invariably draw a larger crowd the second night than the first. Their singing of old plantation melodies and Southern camp-meeting songs is splendid." They are refined people and well educated, possessing clear, sweet, soul-touching voices. It is an opportunity for lovers of pure, unadulterated music that should not be lost.

Rush - Mabel McCain leaves this week for New York, where she will take a course in music. [Mabel attended Julliard.]

Silver Lake - The annual reunion of the Hill family was held at the home of Arthur Hayes on Sept. 11th. There were 66 members of the family present and 22 were children under the age of 10 years. The dining room was beautifully trimmed with autumn leaves and dahlias. After dinner and business meting a greeting was read by Lydia Rogers, followed by a recitation and music. The party was then photographed.

West Auburn - The carpenters had just completed a silo 36 ft. high Saturday evening for W. B. France, and the windstorm of Sunday last blew it to the ground.

Fairdale/Rush - Elmer Dayton, while engaged in cutting ensilage on the farm of his father, C. D. Dayton, between Fairdale and Rush, accidentally thrust his right hand among the rapidly revolving knives and in a twinkling his arm was severed between the wrist and forearm. He was immediately cared for and when Dr. E. R. Gardner, of this place, who was summoned, arrived, he found the young man in a much better condition than is usually the case when an accident occurs, owing to prompt measures being taken to prevent loss of blood. The unfortunate young man is still in his teens, and a host of friends have expressed their deep and heartfelt sorrow that he should be thus handicapped through life.

Uniondale - Last week, Wednesday, our little town was the scene of two very pleasant weddings. Prof. A. P. Thomas, of Carbondale, and Miss Carrie Bronson, were quietly married at an early hour by Rev. A. G. Miller, of Phillipsburg, NJ. Prof. And Mrs. Thomas are taking an extended tour in New York State and will, on their return, reside in Carbondale. In the afternoon Harry Goodrich, of Forest City, and Jennie Bennett were married at the M. E. parsonage. A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents on River St. and the happy couple took a north bound train for a tour.

Lenox - Lenox Township maintains 14 schools for teaching about 150 scholars. The directors have tried to consolidate several of the schools but the patrons, objecting to the closing of the school in their districts, it has not been dome. It takes a long time to convince people that concentration of schools is not only better for the pupil but [also] cheaper for the taxpayers. Four teachers could give the children of the township better instruction and at an expense of $200 less a month, which would more than pay the expense of taking every child in the township to a central school.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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