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October 19 1923/2023

East Rush/ Elk Lake – One of the most complete captures of a “white mule” producer was effected by Sheriff Darrow and Police chief A.J. Tingley, Tuesday morning. As a result of their early trip to the home of Joney Gray, four men were arrested and held under the charge of illegally making liquor or partaking of it. A still in operation was found in the cellar of Grays home, and at the nearby home of Homer Johnson a keg, about one-quarter full of alleged whisky, was found. The officers visited the home of Joney Gray and informed him that he might as well own up to having a still as they had information sufficient to convict him, and Gray “acknowledged the corn.” A large amount of mash was found in the house and a well constructed still, with copper “worm,” was turning out “white mule” in the cellar. Samples were taken—also Gray.

Forest Lake – Thomas Byrne, the Friendsville R. D. [mail]man, recently bought a Ford touring car from Harold Foster, and while standing in the garage at Foster’s, it suddenly caught fire and burned. He now has a new body made and is driving it on his route. Tom has been most faithful and steady in all kinds of weather for fifteen years. We never hear a word of complaint or fault-finding. He is the kind of man that would be missed. We hope Tom will come for fifteen more years.

Lanesboro – Robert Goodman, 18 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Goodman, was accidentally shot and killed by a playmate, Llewelyn Ferry, 14 years old, Saturday afternoon. Four boys of about the same age were playing on the river bank, not far from the Ray French farm above Lanesboro. The Ferry boy had a new rifle and they were shooting at toy balloons, which they allowed to float in the air. The Ferry boy saw a balloon descending and shot at it, the bullet finding lodgment in his friend’s body. The terror-stricken boys got Mr. French to the scene as quickly as possible and he finding the boy dead, notified the parents of the sad happening. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents, as he was an only son and for the boy who was the unwilling cause of the tragedy, together with his parents, all of whom are prostrated by the shock.

Bridgewater Twp – A large stock and hay barn and adjoining sheds on the W.H. Warner farm, just east of Lake Montrose, were burned Monday night at about 11 o’clock. The buildings, together with their contents, consisting of a purebred bull and two calves, farming machinery, tools, equipment, 40 tons of hay and other farm produce, were burned. Oscar Evans rents the farm and was alerted by some young people, who were passing by and saw the flames, but too late to save the barn and contents. At another location, a day or so later, S.D. Warriner’s barn burned on the recently purchased Oscar Webb property. This is the second fire of unknown origin following the Warner barn fire of Monday night and has excited the neighborhood.

Uniondale – Theron B. Dimmock, who has been a faithful worker in the Presbyterian church for many years, lately presented the church with a memorial window of great beauty of design in memory of his wife. On the window is inscribed: “Presented by T.B. Dimmock in memory of his wife. 1851-1921.”

Springville – After four weeks in the Packer hospital, Sayre, for an operation for appendicitis, W.E. Stevens returned home. He is also taking insulin treatments for diabetes, administered by Dr. Conklin, diabetes physician in Packer hospital, and is improving nicely.

Ararat – At a meeting of the local branch of the Dairymen’s League, it was voted to incorporate and Silas Sartell, Willis Arthur, Henry Cobb, Geo. Barnes and James Tinklepaugh were elected as a board of directors.

Jackson – Members of the Young People’s class of the Methodist Sunday school had a meeting and social gathering at the home of their teacher, Mrs. R. O. Barnes. Late in the evening a light lunch was served cafeteria style. A decision was made to have a social in the church parlors on Nov. 10th. Each lady who attends must bring her name written on a slip of paper in a small or large box. The boxes will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The gentlemen who purchase boxes will take the ladies whose names are in the boxes to lunch. Plan now to attend.

Harford – The Sunshine Class will have a masquerade Hallowe’en social Oct. 25. Everyone attending is requested to come in costume and those failing to do so will be fined.

Susquehanna – E. J. Stack, a prominent farmer residing near this place, has purchased of Miss Elizabeth Kenna, of New York City, what is known as the Susquehanna House property on Front street. This, for many years, was a popular hotel. A boarding house is now conducted in a part of the building and the other portion is used for restaurant and boarding house. A vacant lot adjoining will be the site of a garage, which he proposes to erect.

Kingsley – Fire destroyed the Methodist Episcopal church yesterday, entailing a loss of $5,000. Sparks from a brush fire adjoining the church property are said to have been blown to the roof of the structure, starting the fire. The school authorities have granted the use of the schoolhouse for services pending the construction of a new church building, voted by the members to proceed at once.

County Roads – Many of the dirt roads in the eastern part of the county are now in extraordinarily fine condition, improvements having just been completed between Harford and South Gibson. And from South Gibson to Gelatt the thoroughfare is a delight to the motorist. From Smiliey, near Gelatt, to Herrick Center the road is very good, as is also the road from Herrick Canter to Ararat to Thompson. Of course, when the heavy rains come and deep ruts develop, the story will be a different one. This section of the county, with no macadam roads, feels that something should be done to connect them with a hard road and provide an outlet at all times of the year.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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