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October 10 1902/2002

East Rush - The 13th of September '02, being the 77th birthday of Jacob Cronk, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren assembled by invitation at his home in East Rush to celebrate the day with him. Although rainy, they began to assemble about 10 o'clock, and when the dinner hour arrived 40 were on hand to help take care of the bountiful dinner provided by Mr. Cronk and his good wife. Soon after dinner the clouds broke away and the sun came out bright, so that E. Smith could photograph the group. A few friends outside the family enjoyed the day with them.

Forest City - There are 881 pupils enrolled in the public schools. This is something like 200 more than the number enrolled in Towanda, the one borough larger than Forest City in this congressional district. AND John, the nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lawrence, stepped on a rusty nail. Nothing was thought of the matter until his limb began to swell and blood poisoning set in and he died of lockjaw, Friday of the following week. Johnny was an exceptionally bright boy and a great favorite among his playmates who gave him the cognomen of "Mark Hanna," by which he was probably best known.

Flynn [Middletown Twp.] - E. Whalen has erected a cider press and is converting apples into the best of cider. AND Messrs. Riley and McNerny are furnishing the wood for the schools. AND Misses O'Day and Kauffer, of Pittston, teachers of Triangle and Turkey Red schools, contemplate a visit home institute week, "but not to stay."

Auburn - B. E. Thornton, the Auburn stage driver, has a pair of lamps on his stage, so arranged as to make the night as light as day, so far as his ability to see the road ahead of his team is concerned.

Fairdale -The Fairdale Ball Club gave an oyster supper and hop at Imon Very's, Saturday evening. A very enjoyable time is reported. Burt Horton furnished music. AND Thursday evening last, while Mrs. Claude Downer was sorting beans, the lamp she was using fell of the shelf and broke, the oil taking fire; she tried to put out the fire, but failing in that she ran to the barn to call her husband, but before they got back to the house the fire was bursting out of the windows and soon the house, with all its contents, except a few chairs and some canned fruit, was consumed.

Little Meadows - The Ladies Aid Society of the M.E. Church will hold an old time spelling school, to be in charge of Prof. A. C. Lowe at the church parlors, Wed. Eve. Oct. 15. A Chicken Pie Supper will also be served.

Montrose - A recent number of the Kansas City World contains an article under the heading "A Coming Man," relative to Harry McMillan, of Ottawa, Kansas, a native of Susquehanna county, and at one time a student in the Montrose Schools. He was some time ago, elected state senator from his district, on the Democratic ticket, and is prominent in political and business circles. He is a nephew of A. N. Bullard, of Montrose.

Binghamton/Friendsville - In Binghamton, Oct. 6th, in the hospital contagious ward, Miss Nellie McDonald, of diphtheria, aged 20 years. Her two sisters are sick there now. Her mother, Catherine McDonald, died in the same place of same disease just a week before. The family formerly lived at Friendsville, where Mrs. McDonald was for many years the organist of St. Francis Xavier's church.

Susquehanna - The Erie railroad has just sent to the "scrap heap" six locomotives, none of which was less than 30 years old. One of the six, No. 79, was the road hoodoo, having been in more accidents and killed more persons in its life than any other locomotive on the system. AND The first boy to be arrested in the borough for truancy was placed in the lockup here, yesterday. There will be more if some lads don't show up regularly at school.

New Milford - Considerable excitement was occasioned on Friday by two prisoners in charge of State Detective Hooker jumping from the car window of train 3, a short distance below town. The officer gave chase as soon as the train could be stopped and succeeded in recapturing one of them. The other was not caught until evening, when he foolishly, for himself, walked into town. They were taken to the Elmira reformatory.

East Lenox - Recently, Robert Lewis, lost four very fine cows. The flooring directly under the animals gave away, and the cows were suspended in mid air, they being unable to release themselves on account of their inability to loosen their horns from the stanchions.

Springville - A horse belonging to William Mulligan, ran away last Friday while he was driving down the Meshoppen creek road below Parkvale. Mulligan was partially thrown out and got wedged in between the wheel and cart in such a manner that the wheel would not turn, and was dragged nearly a mile. Dr. Pickard attended him and although in a rather serious condition, succeeded in bringing about his recovery.

Lathrop - A grand parlor entertainment will be held at the home of Elmer Johnson, in Lathrop, on Saturday evening, Oct. 11. A rich program consisting of vocal and instrumental music will be rendered. Also, light refreshments will be served. Bill 25 cents a couple; proceeds for benefit of the church. All invited.

News Briefs - The entire State militia is now in the coal regions and an extra effort will be made to stop rioting and see if the mines can be started up. The entire division of the guard has only been called out once for duty on account of a strike since the great railroad riots of 1877. That was during the Homestead riots in 1892. At that time two brigades were placed on duty at Homestead and one, the First, at Mount Gretna, to await orders. The cost to the State of this tour of duty will probably exceed $1,000,000. How long the troops will be kept in the field depends entirely on the situation in the coal regions. AND Horses rarely live to a greater age than thirty, and are not generally very serviceable for speed or hard work more than half that long. Custer's horse, which was the only thing to escape when the Indians massacred Custer and his soldiers on the Little Big Horn, lived to the age of 45. AND A weather prophet named David Mansides, of Bristol, predicts seventeen snow storms this coming winter, the heaviest fall to be between February 4th and 10th. The winter is to be long and severe.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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