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October 19 1917/2017

Herrick Twp. – Joseph Tonkin, one of the most highly respected residents of Herrick township, met death by being struck by the engine of a fast moving freight train on Saturday. He owned property on both sides of the railroad track. The crossing was in need of repairs and he was engaged in fixing it when the train bore down on him. He was thrown some distance and was picked up by the section gang and taken to his home. Mr. Tonkin was afflicted with deafness and probably did not hear the approaching train. Deceased was born in Cornwall, England in 1846 and came to this country when 6 years old. He lived in Herrick most of his life, with the exception of 8 years spent in the west, assisting in the construction of the Great Northern Railway from Dakota to Seattle, being employed in the dangerous task of delivering the mail. He was a man of honor and integrity, kind and hospitable and ever ready to aid any good cause.

Thompson – The Red Cross work is proving a great success in Thompson, everyone seems interested and the ladies are improving all of their spare time in knitting and otherwise. The meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays are looked forward to as a sort of “Red Letter” day to many of us when we can get together and have a little social time and yet be doing something that will be of such value and comfort to the soldier boys away on the battle fields. The work room is so pleasant, so cozy and comfortable that it is really a pleasure that we all look forward to and by the way, the ladies of the Red Cross tender a copious-shower of thanks to the I.O.O.F. for so kindly offering us their hall for our work room and we wish to have it definitely understood that we do most assuredly appreciate their kindness in giving us the use of it free of charge.

Forest City – Joseph Mazuhowski is in receipt of a letter from Frank S. Wisneski, who enlisted shortly after the outbreak of the war. The letter is dated “Somewhere in France,” and shows marks of the censor. Many passages are clipped out and very little information is given. He states that there are ten beside himself from Forest City in his regiment. He is a member of Co. I, 23rd Reg’t, A.E.F.  Among the Forest City boys he names are John and Fred Strach, Stephen Lupyak, Joseph Stannulas, and a son of George Payne of Richmondale.

Uniondale – Sidney Osborne, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on the Belmont turnpike between here and Orson, Tuesday morning, of general debility. He had been in poor health for some time. His aged companion is very low, and fears are entertained that she will not recover.

Franklin Hill – Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Harrington and Florist, W.W. Nash and daughter, Mrs. F.N. Felker, of Montrose, attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Julia J. Looker, at Franklin Hill, on Tuesday. Mrs. Harrington was a sister-in-law of the deceased. Mr. Nash, as a young man, lived with the family for some years and had been a lifelong friend.

Great Bend – The Rossville Silk Mill Co., of Binghamton, will soon open a branch silk mill in this place. William J. Day’s stone factory building has been rented for the purpose. Workmen are now making repairs to the structure, and as soon as completed it is expected work of installing machinery will be started. The new mill will give employment to many local people.

Hallstead – The silk mill here, operated by the Meisch Manufacturing Co., is an important industry in the town. The owners are considering building a larger plant, with double the capacity of the present mill. It is planned to run a free bus from Great Bend to New Milford, to accommodate the employees to and from the mill every day,

Jessup Twp. – The Bolles School opened this year with 8 boys and 4 girls in attendance. The following have not missed a day during this month: Meta Harvey, Helma Snell, Norma Sivers, Paul Snell, George Harvey, Bruce Harvey, Francis Sivers, Leon Warner and Franklin Warner.

Hop Bottom – There have been a great many rumors afloat to the effect that Dr. Van De Sand had been arrested as a German spy, had been found taking pictures of the Nicholson viaduct for the German government, etc.  During all this time Dr. Van de Sand and wife were in Wisconsin visiting his brother, which shows the absurdity of the stories.  Mr. Van de Sand tells us that he has never been detained for a single moment in all his travels, and regards the whole matter as quite humorous.

Susquehanna and vicinity – The following marriage licenses have been issued: Arthur N, Thompson, Oakland and Lucile A. Warner, Susquehanna; Frank Powers, Susquehanna and Pearl Skinner, Oakland Boro.

Snake Creek – The Lawsville creamery is turning out nearly 1000 pounds of butter every other day and paid 56 cents for butter fat for September. ALSO A new concrete bridge is under construction at Lawsville by the State Highway Department.

Montrose – There appears to be a large crop of chestnuts, the recent heavy frosts having opened up the burrs.  The small boy is happy.

News Brief: Civil War widows are lifting up their hearts and voices in praise and thanksgiving to dear old Uncle Sam for the new pension law which went into effect Oct. 6th. ALSO Now that Uncle Sam has the young men of the country in training for military service, he finds that he needs 10,000 typewriter operators and stenographers and typewriters, both men and women, for the departments at Washington. While examinations are now held weekly in 450 cities, arrangements will be made to have an examination held at any accessible place where a small class of applicants can be secured. The entrance salaries range from $900 to $1200 a year. This is a splendid opportunity to serve your country.

200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa. for October 18, 1817.

*NOTICE. Public Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Nathan Mitchell late of the township of New Milford in the County of Susquehanna, deceased, that Mary Mitchell administratrix and Seth Mitchell administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said deceased, have filed their account of the administration of the estate aforesaid in the Register’s Office, & that the same will be presented to the Orphans’ Court of the said County for confirmation and allowance on the first Monday of December next at the Courthouse in Montrose. JABEZ HYDE, Jr. Reg’r. Register’s Office, Montrose, October 16th 1817.

*NOTICE. All persons indebted to the estate of Joel Hickox, late of Springville township, deceased, are requested to make immediate payment; and all who have demands against said estate will present their accounts properly attested for settlement. MARY HICKOX, Admr’x. SPENCER HICKOX, Adm’r. Springville, Oct. 18, 1817.

*One Spur Enough – An Irish gentleman went into a hardware shop in Baltimore, some time since, & enquired of the shopkeeper if he had spurs?  The shopkeeper said he had—the gentleman said he wanted to buy one—the merchant observed, I suppose you want a pair, sir? Not at all, says he, for by my soul, you know, if one side of the horse goes, the other side must!

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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