October 18 1897/1997
Ararat - Frank Belcher, late of Ararat and Jermyn, reported dead in Dawson City, has recovered from a severe attack of typhoid fever. He is said to have cleared up $50,000 in two years.
Jackson - Jackson, this season, raised a big crop of potatoes. "Jackson against the world," the flesh and the devil.
Hopbottom - Mr. Nelson Fletcher, who has been in the West for the past four years, has returned to his wife and two little boys. The waiting wife and sick little boy were glad to see husband and papa again. May the sum of prosperity shine upon them. AND Mrs. Mary Strickland and two granddaughters go to Wilkesbarre for a vacation. Mrs. S. has been Post Mistress for 14 years. She tells me it has been but very little vacation for her.
Rush - Although the Shoemaker buckwheat flour has had a reputation for making the finest flour, yet progress is the motto of the proprietors. They have just put in a costly separator that effectually prevents gravel and dirt from mingling with the grain during the process of grinding. That will insure a still finer grade of flour than formerly.
Alford - A Phonographic concert will be given in the Alford M.E. church, Wednesday evening, Oct. 20, 1897, at 7:30. Admission 10 cents.
Susquehanna - The shirt factory has once more resumed operations, under the new manager, Hathaway. Let us hope that he Hathaway of keeping the wheels whizzing.
Great Bend - The Port Jervis Union says that "several citizens of Great Bend township have established a rattlesnake farm and that the product is contracted for in advance at $2.75 a snake by a patent medicine firm in Philadelphia which uses the oil for rheumatism." People in Great Bend township don't have to establish a rattlesnake farm, they are already established, and all that anyone needs to do if he wants a rattler is to go and pick one.
Brushville - O'Dell, the Brushville farmer who was robbed last Friday night, and who, after securing the arrest of the highwayman, upon a sworn information, suddenly disappeared, is still in retirement, but he will be obliged to come to the front, all the same. Later -- Frederick O'Dell unexpectedly materialized and gave bail to appear before the Grand Jury and prosecute. He says that on the day of his sudden disappearance he took a drink of Front Street whiskey, and when he awoke from his trance he was in a locked box car in the Elmira yard. He supposed he was at Klondike. He came back by easy stages, and the turnpike.
Montrose - There will be a grand concert given by the A.M.E. Zion church talent of this place, under the management of Arlington Thompson, in the Village Improvement Hall, on Wednesday evening, Oct. 27th. This concert will be strictly up-to-date in every respect. They earnestly solicit patronage of the citizens of this place. Proceeds for benefit of A.M.E. Zion Church.
Harford - South Harford is suffering from diphtheria. Henry Booth's family and Miss May and Hattie Alworth are recovering from it. They are attended by Dr. Hooven.
Lynn - Owing to the teachers' institute at Montrose there will be no schools in the county next week.
News Briefs: Did anyone ever see such a stretch of beautiful weather in this latitude, in October?
Some newspapermen are terrible liars. In writing of a cyclone out west one of them said that it turned a well wrong end up, a cellar upside down, moved a township 20 rods, blew all of the staves out of a whiskey barrel and left nothing but a bung-hole, changed the day of the week, blew the hair off the head of a bald man, blew all the cracks out of the fences and took all the wind out of a politician.
To those of our correspondents who use lead pencil in writing, we make the suggestion: Bear heavier as you write, and the compositors will do less straining of the eyes in placing items up in type. Or perhaps it is easier to "wet the point of the pencil" as in your early school days. Do either one way or the other, please. The last issue of the Binghamton Chronicle, in speaking of the reading by Mrs. Sears, (in a Susquehanna County town) last week, states that "Her readings were musically illustrated by the "Sunday" Matinee Club. It really seems incredible that the people of staid (unnamed town), whose puritan ancestry is traced from Plymouth Rock, should be even suspected of introducing a continental Sabbath in our midst. We have a Tuesday Matinee Club, composed of the best talent and best ladies of the town, but a "Sunday" club we have not, and will not have as long as our Church spires point heavenward and their bells summon the villagers to worship on the Lord's day.
Compiled By: Betty Smith