October 27 1899/1999
Hallstead - The appointment of foreman Harvey in the DL&W Railroad shops at this point, relieving T. H. Hays, who for years has been in authority, occurred Monday morning. Surely few men have been so painstaking in discharging duties as Mr. Hays, whose fidelity cannot be questioned, while his courtesy and kindly ways haunt every hook and corner of the round house and shops. AND - The W.C.T.U. (Women's Christian Temperance Union) was organized a quarter a century ago and the organization has been holding a jubilee at Philadelphia in commemoration of its 25th anniversary. The union was organized by Mrs. F. D. B. Chase, of Hallstead.
New Milford - A Board of Trade is being organized.
Forest City - The formation of a boys' brigade, by Rev. E. J. Broadhead, rector of the Episcopal Church, is meeting with much greater success than expected. After only two meetings, 35 boys are enrolled.
Clifford - W. S. Robinson now has the stage line [from] Clifford to Carbondale. Ralph Robinson is driver. It is in good hands and will be handled in good shape.
East Rush - Uncle Sam Brugler's barn recently burned containing about 30 tons of bailed hay belonging to Preston Linaberry and Gus Crisman. AND - F. A. Bedel went to Tunkhannock Saturday night with his hearse to bring the remains of a person named McKeeby.
Lanesboro - On Friday evening Mrs. Edna VanHorne, an aged widow residing on the Belmont turnpike, went into her barn to do some chores. While she was at work the lamp upset and in a moment the barn was afire. In endeavoring to save her horse, Mrs. VanHorne's clothing caught fire. She rushed into the open air where neighbors quenched the flames enveloping her, but she died in a few moments. The barn was destroyed together with the contents, including the horse. Deceased, who was the mother of Charles E. VanHorne, of Susquehanna, intended moving to Susquehanna on Monday.
Rush - C. H. Davis has been remodeling and repairing a house for Fred Fargo that was built by the late Asa Packer some 70 years ago. Beech and pine timber of the finest quality was used in its construction. Mr. Davis has also made some new additions to the building and is doing several other jobs in Auburn. [Asa Packer, prior to moving from Springville, was a carpenter by trade. Among his accomplishments - President of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, a member of Congress, founder of Lehigh University and became one of the wealthiest men in Pennsylvania. He resided in Mauch Chunk.]
Susquehanna - We had a visitor this week, the Hon. Daniel Tallon, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland. He was the guest of a relative, Mrs. Joyce and also visited an aged cousin, Thos. Merrigan in Starrucca, whom he had not seen in 40 years. Mayor Tallon has held his office as the Chief Executive of Ireland's metropolis for a longer period than any other man in the city's history. AND - Victor de Gal, the well-known opera singer, member of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, will give a grand concert in Hogan Opera House, Oct. 28th.
Montrose - Work on St. Mary's Rectory is progressing nicely under the supervision of Contractor Ayers, and will be ready for occupancy in April, 1900. Davey & McGlynn, of Wilkes-Barre, are the architects. The rectory is to be a two-story and attic frame building, 34x36 feet, including porches. First floor contains 4 rooms and a large reception hall, dining room, library, sitting room and kitchen, front and rear stairs with front and rear porches. The 2nd floor contains 4 bedrooms, bath and sitting room, with closets, etc., and balcony in the rear. The attic contains two bedrooms, store room, closets, etc. The basement will contain a Chapel furnace room, cellar and coal bins. The building will be heated by furnace, and low down grates, and will contain all modern improvements. Cost about $3,500.
Gibson - The annual meeting of the Gibson Library Association will be held in the Universalist church, Friday evening, Nov. 3. Homer E. Greene, the well-known and popular author, of Honesdale, will be present and assist in the entertainment.
Lynn - Lewis S. Taylor died in the triumphs of the Christian faith on the 23rd of Sept. 1899, in the 78th year of his age. His father's home was a centre to which Methodist Ministers felt a sympathetic attachment; where young Ministers boarded and many a wagon-load of worshippers attending the old-time quarterly meetings were entertained with generous hospitality. Amid such influences Lewis Taylor was converted at 11 years of age. As he grew to manhood he assumed the burdens of the church. He took a great interest in seeing that the ministers had their salaries paid. His attendance at public worship on Sunday and the week day prayer meeting was a matter of principal. He was always cheerful and always had a kind word for all. He maintained the same traditions for hospitality that his father had done before him and kept his family in touch with the most spiritual characters. All six children are living and all are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They are - B. L. Taylor of South Auburn, F. A. Taylor of Lymanville, Mrs. Frederick Quick of Lemon, Mrs. Jennie Stevenson of Williamsport, Mrs. Ella Titus of Lemon and W. Emory Taylor of Lynn.
NEWS BRIEFS - Eagan and Shew, convicted for the murders of farmer Jackson Pepper, have been respited once more, this time to Nov. 23rd. The last previous date fixed for their execution was Oct. 26th. AND - The enrollment of students at the West Chester State Normal school for the fall term shows a total of 535. Miss Susan Warner of Montrose, Louis G. McCauley of Susquehanna and Miss Martha Peck of Brandt represent Susquehanna County. AND - Firemen and engineers, it is said, do not take kindly to the new monster DL&W locomotives. It is claimed that the steaming qualities of the new machines are not first class and that they are too heavy and ponderous to be economical in operation. Each of these great machines requires two firemen, one to pass the coal from the tank to the firebox platform and the other to put the coal into the fire box.
Compiled By: Betty Smith