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October 25 1918/2018

With Our Boys in the Field: Archie Ireland, of Lawsville, age 29, died at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, of pneumonia; Pvt. Leon LaBarr, Lanesboro, died at Camp Meade of pneumonia; Lt. J. J. Strack, Forest City, at Camp Zachary Taylor, of pneumonia; W. C. Taylor lost both legs in the fighting in France; Tracy Bailey, age 28, of Gibson, influenza; Lee Hitchock, of Rush, arrived safe in France; Earl Canfield, of Camp Hancock, GA, was quarantined for 30 days for diphtheria; Dr. John Corson, of Brooklyn, died at Camp Bayand, New Mexico because of failing health. He enlisted in the Medical division of the U.S. Army and saw much overseas service until last May when he returned because of his health; Wm. McAvoy, Auburn Twp, who was on the Mexican border, is now in the thick of the fight in France; Charles Baker, Brooklyn, a laborer of E. L. Palmer; Thomas Reddon, of Susquehanna, was slightly wounded in the hip, after 76 days of continuous fighting in France.

Influenza and pneumonia deaths. Mattie Dickerson Catlin, wife of Morris Catlin, age 27, Montrose; Mrs. H. H. Hoven, wife of Dr. Hooven, Harford; Joseph P. O’Brien, age 29, formerly of Montrose, now of Binghamton; Oney T. Rounds, Supt of State Highways in Susq. Co., Uniondale; Earl A. Clinton, age 33, New Milford; John T. Baldwin, Wooster, Mass, husband of the former Lillian Lathrop, of Springville; Frank Merrill, Brooklyn; Edith DeGroat, age 15, at the Barnes Hospital, Susquehanna; Mrs. Sandy Munroe, Susquehanna; Bessie Dann, age 15, at the Barnes Hospital, Susquehanna; Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin S. Cogswell, at the Ballentine farm, South Montrose; Leon Curran, age 21, Susquehanna; Mrs. Charles F. Sweeney, of Brackney, mother of ten children; Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mawhiney, Montrose; Mrs. Michael Foley and daughter, Dorothy, of Watervliet, NY, formerly of Susquehanna; Mrs. John Randall, age 22, of Franklin township and 3-month old child. The bereaved husband and another child are reported to be very ill with the same malady; James Donohue, age 35, Hallstead; Frank Craft, age 24, Hallstead; Geneva S. Whalen, age 3 and Mary C. Whalen, age six months, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Whalen, of Hallstead. There are five children in the family, all of whom have been ill with influenza. Burial was made Brooklyn, PA; Mrs. Ida Avery, age 56, Uniondale; Mrs. Frank VanHousen Mead, Vestal, formerly of Heart Lake; Augustus Murphy, formerly of Susquehanna. His wife and three children are dangerously ill with influenza; Alfred Halderman, Great Bend; Miss Maud Robbins, former resident of Harford, died in Scranton. Deceased was one of the most prominent nurses in the state and had been for 15 years a member of the State Hospital Alumni and a former superintendent of Dr. Burns’ hospital in Scranton; Mrs. Norman White, nee Catherine Hoag of Elk Lake, at Baltimore; Miss Helen B. Reynolds, a teacher in the Forest city schools. Death occurred on her 23rd birthday; Mrs. Claude L. Hoffman, Binghamton, daughter of the late Henry Smith and Mrs. Crandall D. Hawley, of Montrose.

Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stephens and children, of Springfield, Mass., visited at the home of Clark L. Stephens last week. Their son, Ensign Charles Stephens, who was with them, had just come through a thrilling experience. When 500 miles out of New York a steamer he was on was sunk in a collision. He was in the water for nearly an hour before being rescued.

Factoryville – Christy Mathewson has arrived safety in France.  The great sphere twirler is an officer in the Chemical Warfare branch of the U.S. army, bearing a captain’s commission. Ty Cobb, of the Detroit team, and Branch Rickey, of the St. Louis Cardinals, who are also in the army, are still in America. They are three of the biggest figures in the national game.

Forest City – How would you like to be a soldier trudging along a foreign roadway and suddenly recognize a brother you had not seen for months—marching along, too—and yet be so bound by military discipline that you could not even speak to him? Read a portion of the letter sent by Thomas J. Burns to his mother, Mrs. William Burns, of this place: “Just a few lines to let you know that I am well and happy and hope these few lines will find you all the same. I sure have done some traveling since I left home. This certainly is a big old world we live in. I am in a wonderful country out here.  But give me the dear old American scenery and I will be satisfied. Dear mother, what do you think about this? I saw Willie (his brother) on my way to the front. It certainly was some surprise to both of us. My heart was up in my throat for a while and I could tell by the way he looked that he was in the same plight. It was hard to pass him by without saying a few words to him but the army rules are strong and all that I could do was to salute and pass on. When I could, I went back to try and find him, but there was nothing doing. I was disappointed and although I was glad even to get a look at him, I wished I had had time to say a few words to him. Mother, I can’t tell you anything about this country in any of my letters, but will have a great story to tell you all when I get home, and that will not be long if we keep on driving the Huns the way we have. Now, don’t worry about your boys, mother. They are well taken care of. Always say a little prayer for your soldier boys over here. Good-bye and God bless you all.” [On the list of those who died in France appears the name of William Burns. No mention of where he lived.]

North Bridgewater – Walter A. Jackson was stricken with paralysis at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles R. Fancher, in North Bridgewater, on Sunday. Mr. Jackson is a veteran of the Civil War and for some time has been in quite feeble health. Owing to his advanced years his condition is cause for concern.

Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – A goat belonging to Mark Lake, of Auburn Center, has wandered to this vicinity and is stopping at A. L. Mericle’s.

Heart Lake – One of the meanest pieces of thievery we have heard of was when 30 bushels of picked apples were taken from the orchard of “Nick” Williams, near here, one night recently, which he had left in piles.

Thompson – During the prevailing epidemic much praise is due the Misses Hannah Walker and Helen Weir, who have been very busy the past two weeks in helping those who were sick and in need of help. Mention should be made of Mrs. Robert Leech, and probably others, who have been untiring in their efforts to help when and where most needed.

News Briefs: Fuel Administrator Garfield proclaimed the gasless Sundays at an end the later part of last week. Sunday was so rainy that it was well-nigh gasless. ALSO Owing to the large number of influenza cases in Shamokin, that town has been placed under martial law. No one is permitted to go in the place or out of it without a pass.

Notice to Spinsters: A Lynn correspondent says: “If any young lady is contemplating marriage and has any doubt about the question, they should get a position as clerk for our enterprising merchant, F. S. Greenwood, as the last five or six lady clerks he has had have resigned their position for that purpose.”

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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