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September 01 1899/1999

Herrick Centre - An ice cream social was held at the home of W. H. Fletcher, Friday evening. A literary program was finely carried out. Proceeds, $15 toward an organ fund.

Retta - After a delightful trip to California and the Rocky mountains, Miss Carrie Cogswell has returned to her home at West Auburn. She leaves for Strasburg this week, where she teaches in the graded school.

Thomson - We see that A. H. Crosier has the nomination for Sheriff on the Prohibition ticket. We do not think he will make as successful a run there as he does running his undertaking business.

Susquehanna - "The Widow Brown" will appear in Hogan Opera House, on the evening of Sept. 6. AND In Christ's Episcopal Church on Wednesday evening, Miss Ella Raynsford and Lewis Rockefeller, two popular young people, were united in matrimony. A reception followed at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Raynsford on Grand Street. The bride received many elegant gifts. Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller left the same evening for Chicago and the west.

South Montrose - At the recent horse race on the South Montrose track, "Major Hicks" won the race; time 2:20.

Heart Lake - The Ladies Aid met Monday with Mrs. Henry Cobb. The church sheds are progressing finely, nearly logs enough having been purchased and drawn to L. E. Griffing's mill. The people in this vicinity have done nobly and our sheds are going to be and that soon.

Gibson - E. H. Sweet, who has moved into C. C. Lupton's house, is prepared to entertain the traveling public and keeps an A. No. 1 place. AND The 4th annual reunion of the Stone and Slocum families will be held at Willard Estabrook's on Sept. 13th.

Hopbottom - On the 26th of August, Mr. Richmond Gavitt and four sisters from Dimock met with Mrs. Rosencrantz at Brooklyn on the King place, Mrs. R. being the fifth sister. They all had a good time talking over the old times and the present and feeling if they all never meet again that they will have a reunion over on the other side. AND Jack, the good faithful dog at the post office, is dead--killed by the cars some time since.

Montrose - James Stoddard arrived at his home in this place on Saturday last, after spending considerably over a year in search of gold in the frozen northwest. Mr. Stoddard came from Seattle to St. Paul, Minn. by train and from St. Paul to Montrose by wheel, covering the distance -1354 miles- between the two latter places in 13 days, riding from 12 to 16 hours per day. The last night out he rode all night for fear of getting caught in a rain storm.

Ararat - The Avery and Severs reunion will be held at the home of E.L. Avery, September 2.

Choconut - Pat Behan wants better roads or his new buggy will be injured.

Auburn - Our boys went over recently and played a game of ball with the Springvillers and defeated them to the tune of 17 to 6; and on Friday last the return game was played on the hill near the Corners, and for all the Springville team came with two expert players from Buffalo, was beaten again. A very large crowd was present, and the game was said to be very exciting with lots of cheering.

Forest City - W. McKernon has purchased the "Kelsey" house on Sus'q'a St. AND Mrs. I. V. Smith and Mrs. H. F. Aldrich spent one day last week at Coxtown [Coxton] lake, the new summer resort.

A FATAL RUN-AWAY - While James Bishop and family, who live on the Lott farm at South Montrose, were returning to their home Friday afternoon, and while going down the hill near John Cooley's, their horses ran away without apparent cause, and when near the bottom of the hill, while making the turn at the bridge, the occupants of the wagon were thrown out and struck the bridge, or the stone wall at its side.

His wife and five children were with him and Mr. Bishop saw at once that some of them were injured but could not tell how much. Stepping up to one boy, about 7 yrs. old, who seemed to be uninjured, he said to him, "Bennie, you stay here with mamma and help her, while I run to town for a doctor," but now remembers that he received no reply.

He came for Doctor Gardner and when he returned little Bennie was dead, though there were no marks or bruises on him sufficient to account for his death, and it is supposed that the fright and shock caused his death, in other words, that he was frightened to death. Two of the other boys were considerably injured, one of them so badly that it was thought that he might die at any moment, but he is now much better. Mrs. Bishop's arm was injured, the cords being severed. The oldest child and the baby were not injured. Mr. Bishop was shaken up and bruised somewhat.

Among those earliest on the scene to assist were Lyman Bunnell and Geo. Halpin. The neighbors have expressed their sympathy not only in words, but in deeds as well. Mr. E. P. Pope, with a subscription paper, raised about $150 in town, and the neighbors at South Montrose also added about $50 for the afflicted family.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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