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October 03 1902/2002

Susquehanna - On Friday night, four tramps entered the building occupied by the Erie airbrake inspectors in the West Susquehanna yards and took possession. The airbrake inspectors were out working and when they came in found the tramps asleep on the bunk. The tramps were told to move on. Failing to go, and after a lively disagreement, the police were called and they were placed in the borough jail. On Saturday they were arraigned and sent to county jail to serve a 20 days' sentence. AND Charles Graves, a New York artist, is making sketches for a series that he will call "Child Studies," and is using as models Susquehanna boys and girls.

Forest Lake - Our new stage driver, Mr. Winner, is well liked, and the harder it rains, the louder he whistles.

Montrose - Bruce Tyrell, a young man who has resided in this place for several years with his grandfather, A. J. Brewster, will leave in a short time for Toppenish, Yakima County, Washington, where he will clerk in a store on an Indian reservation; the store being under the supervision of his father, LeRoy M. Tyrell, a former merchant in this place. This location is in one of the most fertile regions of the Northwest, fruits of all kinds being successfully grown, and it will be no doubt a most desirable place in which to reside. Bruce has many friends in this place who will greatly regret his departure, but as he is a lover of athletic sports, hunting and fishing, his new home will probably prove most agreeable.

Harford - This is phenomenal year for fruit in Susquehanna county, especially apples. A recent visit to the fruit farm of George R. Ressiguie confirms this fact. His extensive apple orchards are bending under their loads of as fine fruit as one could wish to see, and containing several thousand bushels, will not only tax the owner's resources to secure before the freezing winds of the late autumn shall injure the crop, but also to get the fruit to market, as farm help is scarce. The loss of corn to the Susquehanna county farmer will be more than made up in cash received from fruit.

Lake View/Susquehanna - A strange fatality seems to have followed the family of the late Jacob Boldt, a German farmer, who a few years ago came from Scranton and purchased a little farm near Lake View, in Jackson Twp. The family consisted of himself and wife and adopted son. All seemed to be well with these hard toiling people until one fatal day the son, while raking hay, his horse ran away and he was thrown to the ground. A foot penetrated his skull, producing an injury that caused his death. Selling the farm, the bereaved father and mother removed to Susquehanna and in a few months the wife was taken with a fatal illness. In a short time she passed away. To complete the chain of fatalities, on Wednesday, of last week, Mr. Boldt, the only remaining member of the family, was killed by a D&H passenger train at Scranton. The funeral at Scranton closed the last act in a life drama at once tragic and only ending when the last victim had passed unto death, and that in a terrible manner.

Glenwood - Michael Cadden, a prosperous farmer, of this place, took a herd of young Jersey cattle to the Maitland Fair, which took first premium, also a crock of butter which took the premium and was made by Mrs. Cadden.

South Gibson - T. J. Manzer has just received a Heebner Superior leveltread power thresher and cleaner, built in Lanesdale, PA; also one of their ensilage cutters, 16 in. cut, with 34 ft. elevator; it will cut and elevate 60 to 70 tons in 10 hours, with Earl Manzer as captain and his fine team on the tread. We timed one load and it was judged to be over one ton, was cut and elevated into the silo in less than 7 minutes and the knives were dull at that.

Lenoxville -The mysterious poisoning of two good horses belonging to Vernan White, a young farmer living near this place, has caused quite a sensation here. One morning several weeks ago Vernan went to the pasture to get his horse and found it tied to a stake and dying from the effect of poison the effect of poison administered by some unknown person or persons. This was a hard blow to the young man as he had but the one, and used it to haul his produce to Scranton market, and not only was it a hard blow, but a surprise as well, as he did not believe he had an enemy in the world who could even wish him such hard luck. One week ago last Saturday he purchased another horse and fearing harm would befall this one also, he took the precaution to lock it in the stable for the night. On going to the barn the next morning he found where some contemptible sneak had forced an entrance through a window and, after feeding the horse poison, in order to be sure and finish the dastardly work, had cut one of its fore legs so it would slowly bleed to death, and turned it loose in a field near the barn, where it would have access to water, which hastens the work of poison. There are many conjectures as to who could be the perpetrators of this heinous crime, but as yet their identity is not known. We hope, however, that the time is not far distant when they may be apprehended in their dirty work, and punished to the full extent of the law.

Rush - R.  D. Wilcox has refitted his cider mill at the Mineral springs. He is ready to receive apples at any time.

Silvara [Bradford County] - O.D. Culver, while working in the field, saw what appeared to him like a cloud of smoke near his barn and sent his hired man to see if it was fire, but he found to his astonishment an immense swarm of flies. They extended down the street and over the hill to the Wilbur place. The swarm was so dense it was an annoyance to teamsters as they drove through. Mr. Culver said they could not do the milking until the flies had settled. On passing down the street the next morning the ground was literally covered with them.

News Briefs - Two soldiers were accidentally shot this morning [in Olyphant] while examining a revolver. Both are members of Company G, of Montrose. The men were in their tent when the shooting occurred. Private Rutan held a loaded revolver in his hand and was examining the weapon when it suddenly went off. The bullet passed through the third finger of his left hand and then struck Private Byron Hawley under the right eye where it became imbedded. Dr. Gunster extracted the bullet and dressed the injuries of both. The shooting was reported to Colonel Watres and as a result he immediately ordered all revolvers in the possession of privates taken up. All has been quiet since. AND A singular accident occurred at the Cortland county fair. A woman fainted on the Ferris wheel when at the highest point, about 30 ft. from the ground. Her false teeth fell out, striking a lady below in the face, cutting her nose open and inflicting an ugly gash in the cheek.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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