October 12 1923/2023
Harford – The graduates of the Normal School, at Harford, recently held the customary annual reunion of their class—1856-- at the home of Levi T. Birchard, in Birchardville. The classmates, the only ones living, gathered along two long tables loaded with good things. They were: Mrs. Betsey M. Jeffers, of Harford; Edgar W. Bolles, of Fairdale; Hon. E. B. Beardslee, of Little Meadows; Levi T. Birchard, of Birchardville, and H M. Benson, of Jackson. One more classmate living is Mary L. Burns, of Eveleth, Minn. As related by H. M. Benson: “It was sixty-seven years since we were schoolmates at the normal school at Harford University, where over 200 teachers gathered for normal training by our county superintendent, B. F. Tewksbury, “Uncle” Lyman Richardson, Prof. Stoddard, author of Stoddard’s series of arithmetic’s and Prof. Charles W. Sander, author of Sander’s Series of Readers—all the very best teachers that could be obtained. We were not sent there by rich parents. Our tuition was made at cost. The most of us had rooms furnished and we did all of our own cooking. There were then between two and three hundred school houses that graced every school district in the county, and every little boy and girl had the best times of their lives [at Harford Normal] without being carted for miles in a “kid wagon” on those cold winter days.
New Milford – A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Stone on Saturday, Sept. 29th. Mrs. Stone died on Sunday night. She leaves besides her husband and four children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Schippert, of East Orange, one brother and three sisters. ALSO Nelson Wood had the misfortune to fracture his arm while cranking M. A. Blair’s Ford car.
Forest City – The tremendous loss of life brought about each year through careless and reckless driving is the cause of much sorrow and misery. Officials of this place are aware of this condition and therefore call for the hearty and sincere cooperation of every citizen. Miss Tillie Friedman had made the first step by securing the Paramount picture, “Manslaughter,” which vividly depicts the cause and effect of recklessness, both on the part of drivers of automobiles and pedestrians. Besides being highly entertaining, the photoplay tells us that “The Golden Rule” is the best after all.
Hallstead – Owing to the failure of the state to accept the Hallstead-Great Bend bridge as a state structure, and furnish funds for its rebuilding, there is considerable agitation for making the new bridge, which must soon be constructed, a toll-bridge. It is estimated a new bridge will cost the county around a quarter of a million dollars, and as the bridge will accommodate thousands of autoists and tourists, and could be paid for in a short period by levying a small assessment on each auto crossing the bridge, it is considered the easiest and best way to prevent the county from being burdened by so great a cost. There is growing belief that those who use it should pay for it.
Uniondale – Fire Prevention day was observed by our schools in a practical manner under the direction of Theron B. Dimmick, fire warden of the borough. He gave the pupils a thorough talk on fire prevention and urged them to have in mind the losses by fire which are caused by carelessness. Following his talk a fire drill was gone through in the primary room, in the morning, and the other rooms in the afternoon. The building was evacuated in less than fifteen seconds, in an orderly manner. Mr. Dimmick feels justly proud of his first effort in instructing the pupils.
Montrose – Looking back nearly a half century, it is remembered when Attorney John M. Kelly came to Montrose, attended school in the old academy, studied law and was subsequently admitted to the bar of Susquehanna County. He ranks among the leading lawyers in the Northern Tier.
Hop Bottom – There will be a Hallowe’en social in the Eastern Star room, Masonic Hall, the last Friday evening in October, at which time a very amusing play will be given by home talent. Refreshments served and prizes offered for the best costume, so be getting your togs ready.
Franklin Forks – Edward Bailey has accepted a position at Crowley’s milk plant, in Binghamton, commencing work on Monday.
Lakeside – Thieves made a raid at Riley Jennings’ recently, taking two sets of harness, an overcoat and sweater that had been left in the barn. They returned a few nights later, but had the misfortune to break a key in the lock and were unable to get a second supply.
Dimock – The Junior and Senior girls of our Vocational School expect to present a health play entitled, “The House the Children Built,” at the community building, Friday at 2 o’clock. The play will be given as part of the work of their child welfare course. The public, and especially all parents, are earnestly requested to be present to see the work the girls are doing and to encourage them in their efforts to develop correct health habits among the children of the community.
Susquehanna – James Washburn, one of our oldest and most highly regarded citizens, died on Oct. 6, 1923, aged 73 years. Mr. Washburn was a carpenter by trade and nearly his entire life was spent here. He was a native of Jackson township. He is survived by three sons, Leon and Gale, of Susquehanna and Guy, in the west. Interment was made in the Blaisdell cemetery at Brushville.
Jackson – A Boy Scout troop is being organized by the principal of the Jackson Graded School, Ralph Felton. New uniforms have been ordered and much interest is being manifested by the boys. This is one of the finest organizations in existence for boys and Jackson is fortunate in having the movement started here,
News Brief: The initial game of the World’s series was played in the stadium of the Yankees yesterday, when the ‘Giants and Yankees clashed for honors. A vast throng of 55,000, that shattered all records for World’s series attendance, witnessed the struggle between New York’s rival teams. The Giants, though victorious, came out of the initial fray with a slight margin of 5 to 4. Ryan and Watson hurled for the Giants.
Compiled By: Betty Smith