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September 03 1915/2015

New Milford – The New Milford band has handsome new uniforms and wore them for the first time last Friday evening, when they gave a concert in front of the Carpenter House. Landlord Carpenter served a splendid supper to the members of the band. ALSO The 33rd reunion of Co. F, 141st Regiment, P. V., was held here. There are 16 living members of the 96 who were mustered in on August 22, 1862.  One member of the company, Philander J. Bonner, of Thompson, died during the year.

Brooklyn – When a young man contemplates taking the most serious step in his life—that of getting married—it is the custom to make the night before the nuptial event a most joyous one with the assistance of his unmarried friends.  In most cases, practical jokes are played on the bridegroom-to-be on that particular night. Friends of Joseph Walsh, of Dunmore, planned such a night, but the adventure ended with the arrest of four young men from this city, near Montrose, for the larceny of Walsh’s automobile. Walsh, with friends and neighbors of his, were celebrating the coming event on Monday night. In some manner the quartet eluded the Dunmore man and, taking his Ford automobile, drove towards Montrose.  When near Brooklyn, a tire came off. Next the party gave the tool box to a farmer and ended with making a present of the automobile to a farmer boy they met on the road. A charge of disorderly conduct was placed against them by J. P. Davies, of Montrose. They were given a hearing yesterday and Scranton parties appeared and paid their costs and took them home on the train.

Susquehanna – Susquehanna Grange, No. 74, dedicated its new hall on the 28th. The event was a great success both socially and financially. Dinner was served to about 200 and supper to 100. A nice sum of money was realized from the sale, making a total profit of $105 to furnishing their hall. A variety of articles remain to dispose of which will be sold at some future time.

Lanesboro – A barbecue will be the leading feature for the Lanesboro Fire Department’s picnic on Labor day. A large ox will be roasted whole and served with the trimmings. There will also be a tug-of-war, athletic contests, a parade and large delegations from around the county.

Gibson – The Universalist Fair was a grand success. Friends and neighbors were very kind in many ways helping, sending flowers, patronizing the different booths, entertainment and dinner. Over $100 will be cleared. Pretty good for a small town like Gibson.

Fowler Hill – Mrs. John Wootton has gone with the Maxfield children to the Soldiers’ Orphan school, at Scotland, Pa., and will return Saturday.

Dimock – Several young people from here will attend the high school, at Montrose, this term, returning home on Friday nights of each week. [Room and board was offered to out-of-town students, who had no nearby high school and desired to further their education].

Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – The lightning rod agents were busy in this vicinity. No sales were made, however. ALSO School at Rhiney Creek will open today, with Miss Jennie Webster as teacher. We wish her unlimited success.

Birchardville – The State road is being built through this place to the York State line. Harry Cruse has taken the road from here to St. Josephs, and is building a good wide road. ALSO Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Gary are on their way back to Walker, Iowa, after spending time with relatives here. [Dr. Gary posed as the farmer for the painting, “American Gothic,” by artist Grant Wood.]

Montrose – The management of the Fair, through the assistance of F. D. Morris, of the Rexall Drug Store, has secured Mr. L. D. Willis, one of the crack-shots of the world, to give an exhibition.  Mr. Willis is a wonderful performer with the rifle and shot gun, some of the feats being lighting a match with a shot, shooting pennies in the air, causing a shower of tomatoes from a shot from his gun, and cutting a card in two when held edgeways from a man’s hand. A more extended notice will be given next week.

Elk Lake – Born, to merchant and Mrs. E. E. Stevens, August 22, 1915, a daughter, Marian Clare Stevens.

Forest City – Patrick McCormick died in a hospital at Allentown in his 85th year. Deceased was born in Ireland and in infancy removed to England with his parents, and when 12 years of age came to America where the family located in Dunmore. He was enlisted in the Union service in 1862 and remained at the front until the close of the war. He was an early settler of Forest city and resided here for more than two decades, where he was well and favorably known. The remains were brought to the home of his daughter Mrs. James McCabe, of Vandling, and the funeral was held from St. Agnes church, Forest City. ALSO Timothy Connelly, of Percy, Ill., arrived here Friday evening for a short visit. He states that Percy is a mining town with but little business being done. The Forest City colony there is thriving.

Clifford – Former County Commissioner T. W. Atkinson, of this place, is in his 85th year, but sprightly and active a man nevertheless. “Uncle Tommy” came from England in 1849 and since that time has resided here or in the immediate vicinity. He failed to become naturalized in time to vote for Fremont, but his first vote was cast for Lincoln, and he has voted for every Republican president since.

Heart Lake – About 50 veterans, their wives, and a number of sons and daughters, attended the annual encampment here. Commander M. H. VanScoten was re-elected, although against his protest, but the “boys” would not have it otherwise. David F. Gaston, a native of Alabama, gave a stirring address, giving the Southern viewpoint of the war, which was heartily enjoyed by all. Mr. Gaston’s father and four uncles were “on the other side,” and two uncles lost their lives for the Southern cause.

Hop Bottom – The Ladies Equal Suffrage club held a bake sale in Loomis Hall on Wednesday of last week and over $7 was realized to defray expenses. Mrs. Maxwell Chapman and Miss Walford, an English Suffragette, gave addresses in the open and drew attentive listeners.

Middletown Center – Miss Blodwin Jones is attending school at Montrose.

News Briefs: An exchange says that a nearby editor threatened to publish the name of a certain young man who was seen hugging and kissing a girl in the park unless his subscription was paid in a week. Fifty-nine men called and paid up nest day, while six paid a year in advance. ALSO The ship-building industry along the Delaware has developed so fast during the past year that Philadelphia is today the greatest ship building center in the United States and is a close rival for world honors.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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