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October 29 1915/2015

Hop Bottom – Rosa Ciriello, of this place, opened a store in Montrose in the Post building on South Main street. Mr. Ciriello is a native of Naples, Italy, but has resided in America for many years. He is glad to be under the shadow of the Stars and Stripes at the time of the present awful conflict in Europe.

Fair Hill – Homer Young and Charles Brown, of Springville, were at Reed Raub’s recently, demonstrating the Maxwell car over the hills.

Laurel Lake – The accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of a companion, resulted in Patrick O’Day, of this place, receiving the load of shot in the face and neck. Fortunately, the eyes escaped injury.  O’Day, was taken to the Binghamton Private hospital, where Dr. J. J. Kane removed the shot.  He will recover, unless complications set in and will not be seriously scarred.

West Bridgewater – Hiram Rogers lost two of his horses last week, they being pet horses of his mother, Mrs. Melia Rogers, as the neighbors may all recall.  One was Dandy, aged 31, and Jacket, aged 32.  A good old age.

West Auburn – Great dissatisfaction is expressed here over the discontinuance of the stage route to Laceyville. When the deep snows of winter come it will be impossible for the R. D. carriers to reach all, and there will be most vexatious delays in getting the mail. When the farmer on the R. D. route has to spend one-half to three-quarters of a day in going with his team to be the driver on an errand that the old stage coach would have done for five cents, he will see what he has missed.

Elk Lake – Mrs. Elizabeth L. Stevens, who had been ill the past six weeks, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1915. Funeral was held at the church on Friday, Rev. Cadwell officiating. Interment in the Young and Stevens cemetery.

Lathrop Twp. – The Lakeside school opened Monday, after a three weeks’ vacation, on account of diphtheria.

Springville – A new telephone line is being built to take in the Strickland Hill section, by the Merchants Telephone Co.

Thompson – There will be a Hallowe’en masquerade entertainment at Keystone hall, Friday evening, October 29. Admission ten cents. Proceeds to be used toward paying for the new school piano.

Uniondale – Our post office is moved to Cranes’ store. Sometimes we get confused and forget where the post office is, but we will soon get over that. ALSO Some pupils for the high school are being secured in order that the appropriation of the school may be kept. There were about 10 scholars in the high school and in order to keep a high school there must be at least 12 scholars.

Montrose – Among the important local real estate transfers of the week is the purchase of the Ainey brick block on Public avenue, by merchant David L. Robinove, now located in the Republican building, a few doors below. The block is occupied at present by clothier N. Warner and grocer, H. R. Bertholf. When we asked Mr. Robinove as to his plans for occupying his newly acquired property he replied that while the purchase was made to house his mercantile business, the deal had just been consummated and he had made no arrangements. This fine property will be ideal for Mr. R,’s large and growing business.

Lanesboro – The funeral of the late Miss Edna Keyes was held Monday at 2:30.  It was doubly sad as she died on the day she was to be married.

Stories and Sketches of the Olden Days in Susquehanna Co. – “The Great April Snow Storm” by Jasper T. Jennings. It was Sunday, April 19, 1857.  About the time of year we usually begin to think of sowing our oats. It rained in the morning and about 10 a.m. in the forenoon, it turned to snow. It came down in great feathery flakes like what is often called a “sugar snow,” and none thought it would last more than an hour or two. There was no wind, and all day the huge flakes filling the air fell silently down. Notwithstanding, it was wet and heavy, packing down much, by night it had accumulated nearly a foot. The next morning it was falling just the same. We had never seen anything like it. Tuesday morning came and it was still falling. It had not ceased a moment since Sunday. The whole heavens were full of the great feather-like flakes silently dropping as they had from the first. It was up to the lower lights of glass in our windows.  Father had to shovel to get our cows to the water and we could scarcely see their backs as we looked over the snow. About 11 a.m., Tuesday, it broke away and the storm ceased. It was said that the depth was 3 ½ feet. In many places it was deeper. On the hills over New Milford it was 4 feet. Mrs. Anna Perkins, one of our neighbors, was sick at the time and she died in that big storm.  The people turned out and worked hard all day to make a road for the funeral. It was cold for a few days and then it thawed days and froze nights and produced a crust that would almost hold up an ox. The snow did not go off until the middle of May. The season was wet and cold and corn did not ripen good.

News Brief: It is good news to the residents of the eastern part of the county, especially, and to all persons having business over the Jefferson branch of the Erie railroad, that the Public Service Commission, on Saturday, issued an opinion that the Erie “flyer” be restored as an accommodation to the public. Under the present schedule it takes a couple of days for residents in the eastern part of the county to come to Montrose and return. The restoration of the “flyer” will make a one-day trip possible.

The trial for the murder of Jackson Pepper, continued…..Clifton Hickok sworn: Mr. Hickok is a resident of Rush, a surveyor by profession and is county-surveyor elect. Was at the Pepper homestead the day Jackson Pepper died, took measurements on premises at the request of the D. A. Made further measurements the next day.—made maps of the buildings and surroundings, interior of barn, etc. Maps were produced, exhibited and explained and were offered in evidence by the commonwealth. Witness was unshaken in his testimony by Mr. Davies. Artist B. L. Avery, now deceased, took photographs of exterior and interior views and were shown by Mr. Hickok, but because he could not positively identify them, they were shut out by the Court. The next witness, George Granger, was living with his brother-in-law Oliver Wilber near the Pepper home.  He was aroused by Aunt Sally Pepper, who had come to the house for help. Both he and Oliver went directly to the barn and found Jackson lying on the barn floor, face downward, with his hands drawn up under his face. Light by a lantern showed life was not yet extinct, and witness hurried to George L. Pickett’s. Returning they carried the old man into the house, and noticed that the Pepper’s legs were tied together by a rope.  He was laid upon a bed and was attended to.  Pickett summoned Dr. Warner from Rush and identified a broken whiffletree as one which he first saw on the morning after the murder.  It was offered into evidence and admitted, as was a map of barn and contents as witnesses first saw it. The doctor testified. Oliver Wilber gave testimony and corroborated the previous witness in all essential points.  George L. Pickett sworn and his evidence consisted mostly of corroboration of the previous witnesses.  In addition, he told of how he had assisted in taking off part of Pepper’s clothing; cut them off; cut the ropes off his ankles. On the way to the doctor’s he stopped at Asa Hickok’s and aroused him, also aroused them at Stark’s hotel. On cross-examination Mr. Pickett stated that the check found in Mr. Pepper’s pocket was for $14, and the money in his pocket book amounted to about $78. Mrs. Oliver Wilbur was next sworn and corroborated most of the previous testimony. She and her mother, Mrs. Martha Granger, accompanied Aunt Sally back to her home on the fateful night when she had aroused them with the startling intelligence. Court adjourned to Wednesday morning.  (To be continued next week.) The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program.  See details on the Library website.  The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on.  The museum will be open during regular hours.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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