September 06 1907/2007
North Bridgewater - While in North Bridgewater recently Fred Stockham of Brooklyn, N.Y., met with a thrilling experience in which his life might have been lost, but for the bravery displayed by his companion, Kenneth Crandall, in saving the young boy from a horrible death. They were on their return from a berry patch in the woods, and arriving at the big creek in the vale, decided to fish awhile in the inviting stream. About four o'clock their sport took an ill turn. The mammoth Guernsey bull belonging to Mr. Tyler, grazing in the midst of a herd of cattle, suddenly took exception to anyone fishing on the premises, and with a snort and bellow of warning, made a "center rush" in the direction of the young fishermen. No second warning was necessary, and with pails of berries and disheveled fishing tackle, the pursued ran for dear life for the nearest fence, which was some distance off. The bull made rapid progress and was furious, clawing and tearing the earth. On reaching the bars, it was too late to let them down, and they were made too close together to crawl between, so in order to save themselves the fence must be jumped. Kenneth did so, and Fred, for some reason, hesitated. The animal was only a few steps from the lad, and in a moment more would have gored him to death. Crandall quickly realizing his peril, again jumped the fence, grappled Fred and threw him over the other side, where he landed in a pail of berries, safe and sound. Just as Kenneth reached the boy to minister to him, the infuriated bull dashed into the fence, and was baffled in his purpose. The two young fishermen will never forget their danger, and Mr. Crandall received many congratulations for his daring act of heroism.
Great Bend - All the lumber for building the derrick at the proposed oil well near here has been delivered and work has commenced on the derrick, which will be 75 ft. high. Not only are there anticipations of striking oil and gas, but it is confidently believed that the locality is on a direct line with the coal deposits of Forest City and Carbondale.
Uniondale - A very important business deal has been arranged by which D. B. Gibson, of Montrose, will take over the wholesale meat business of Stephen Bronson, of Uniondale. Mr. Bronson has conducted the business for nearly 50 years, during which time he has built up a large business and established a reputation for integrity. We are pleased to say that he has amassed a comfortable competency during this active career and will, we understand, as soon as his business affairs are adjusted, go to California, where part of his family are now sojourning, for an extensive stay. Mr. Gibson will take up his residence here, but will continue his business in Montrose.
Gibson - Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Senior started for Connecticut with team, expecting to be a week on the road.
Auburn - School began Monday at Auburn Centre, Ernest Cobb, of Opposition will board at A. S. Mericles' and carry the children from this place there. Lola Green began her school at Silvara. Ethel Green begins her school at Opposition where she taught last year, and Maude Mericle begins her school at Retta. We wish them great success.
Forest City - Invitations have been issued for the marriage of Miss Mary Gertrude Miskell, the charming young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Miskell of Delaware St., and Michael Edward Troy, a young man of excellent character. Both are well known socially. The wedding will occur Sept., 25, at St. Agnes Church.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Andrew Phalen is making big improvements, enlarging his cellar and bringing the water in the house.
Clifford Twp. - Thos. E. Jones, an aged resident of this place, died Aug. 22, 1907, and was laid at rest in Welsh Hill cemetery the following Sunday. He was a widower, and was born in Wales 84 years ago.
New Milford - Robert Mitchell, son of Charles Mitchell, formerly of New Milford, is singing in opera at a Boston play house.
Birchardville - Miss Flora Bell, of Birchardville, is back in the Montrose Telephone Exchange, as day operator, and Miss Belle Dunlap is the new night operator.
Rush - We correct the mistake in print last week. Mrs. Swan had her dwelling house and not her hen house painted.
Springville - Charley Barber has hung out his shingle and is doing shoemaker work.
Hallstead - Edward Nichols was serenaded by a mysterious visitor who played his instrument beneath Mr. Nichols' window on several occasions last week. Friday Mr. Nichols armed himself with a club and carefully searched his grounds for the intruder, which was found and proved to be a yellow rattler. Mr. Nichols quickly dispatched his snakeship, which measured 5 ft. and 4 inches.
Brooklyn - The kid wagons are on the go again, and school has begun with much success.
Montrose/Brooklyn, The Great Race continued.....They again put on the whip and reached the hotel in Brooklyn shortly after the Doctor, they having gone the distance a little over 7 miles, through the deep mud, in one hour and 5 minutes and the Doctor in two minutes less time. On their arrival, the Dr. came out of the hotel and started back, and they followed. They almost overtook him again near Col. Watrous's but he kept the lead in splendid style, although they received occasional reports from residents along the route, that he was riding with his brother. Some of them enquired if the Dr. was crazy. The Dr. and his brother deny that he rode, and the former alleged that there was no violation of the terms in his holding on to the buggy. While Post and Hinds were coming down the hill by the "Dunn place" the Dr. was ascending the opposite hill, and they reached town about 20 minutes after he did. The case was referred to arbitrators, viz. W. K. Hatch, F. Fraser, and J. F. Dunmore, who met the next evening, but from the absence of material witnesses, or other causes, adjourned for the oysters, and continued the case till the following evening. After several similar adjournments and much difficulty with refractory witnesses, who could not find it convenient to attend the court, but were always on hand to help discuss the oysters, the case was finally decided in the Doctor's favor, Fraser dissenting; and it is expected that hereafter the doctor will drive the sorrel in his rounds to visit his patients, except in cases of emergency, when he will go afoot.
Compiled By: Betty Smith