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September 11 1908/2008

Lenox Twp - The police of the surrounding towns are looking for a man who is one of the three who brutally tortured an aged farmer, Edwin Hartley, Saturday night. Hartley, who resides with his daughter on his farm near Glenwood, a mile from the main road, sold some sheep on the day preceding the crime, for which he realized nearly $1,000. Early on Saturday morning he sent his daughter to the bank at Montrose with the money. She had not returned when the three robbers went to Hartley's home and demanded the money. The men were masked and carried revolvers. Hartley told them that he had no money in the house, that he had sent it to the bank. But the robbers would not believe him. They took an old ploughshare, heated it in the fire and applied it to the soles of his feet, and otherwise maltreated him, some of it unprintable. The old man, in his agony, protested that he had not the money. The thieves then searched the house, but secured only $8.50 and left. The robbers then took to the woods in the neighborhood. Later a man, supposed to be one of the robbers, was captured the same night--William Wandell. Another man named Oscar Platt was captured and brought to Montrose.

Gibson - Lester Pritchard, Tracy Bailey, Burr Wilder, Gus Clark and Charlie Lupton, are in Cooperstown, employed in picking hops. AND In South Gibson, Byron Tiffany and Lennie Hoel are taking a pleasant trip to Niagara Falls.

Hallstead - For the second time within a few weeks the shoe store of R. Sayre was entered by burglars about midnight. Early in the evening two suspicious looking strangers were seen loitering in front of the store. It is thought that later they entered the store by breaking the glass in a front window. Most of the shoes were pulled down from the shelves, removed from the boxes and scattered about the floor. Several pairs of fine shoes were taken, but the thieves did not get any money. No trace of the burglars has been found.

New Milford - Will McManus goes to New York to take a course in vocal music under the instruction of Signor DeMacchi, one of the most noted tenors of that city.

Herrick Centre - Sunday p.m., as Miss Dimmock, of Uniondale, was out driving with a friend from Hallstead, they came down the hill crossing the Erie tracks at Herrick and the horse became unmanageable and started to run. One of the lines broke causing the horse to turn towards the Post Office. As they made the turn the wagon was thrown into a fence completely wrecking it. Miss Dimmock remained in the top and was bruised but not badly hurt and her friend was thrown over the fence and quite badly shaken up.

Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - There was quite a good crowd at Mrs. Peter Kintner's aid last Wednesday, considering it was in silo-filling time; a nice lot of carpet rags were sewed and all enjoyed the music on the new piano.

Forest City - Harry A. and Samuel H. Cohen, the resident managers of Cohen Brothers' new store, which is being opened in the Leonard building, have arrived in town and are working like Trojans to get their store in shape for business on September 10th. The two gentlemen above mentioned will manage the store in this city while a third brother will take charge of their well established store in Pittston.arry A. and Samuel lH. Cohen, the resident managers of Cohen Brothers new store, which is being opened in the Leonard building, have arrive Harry

Springville - L. W. Welch lost a horse in an unusual way. He drove it into a pond to get water and it got into the mud and was drowned, though its mate was saved by Mr. Welch, who walked on the dead horse to unfasten the other and almost lost his own life in doing so. AND In Lynn, the 4'oclock train on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley met with quite a wreck on Saturday, caused by the rails spreading near Cool station. The engine and one milk car were overturned, causing a delay of several hours until the wrecking train arrived.

Hopbottom - The only schoolhouse in this place, when the Lackawanna Railroad went through here, was situated just west of the Marvin Tiffany home, on a road then leading from the Tiffany homestead to where Milo Tiffany now lives. This road has been vacated for several years. When people began to move into town they wanted the school building in the town and the school board erected a schoolhouse on the hill a little south of where Chauncey Rose's house now stands. It was used on Sundays for religious meetings, there being no churches here at that time. After a few years the building was sold to Enoch Lord, who moved it away and added more to it, making it a dwelling house, where he lived and died. After a great deal of contention and strife, the school building was located where it now stands.

Summersville, New Milford Twp. - Rattlesnakes have been plentiful in the mountains of Susquehanna and Jefferson counties this summer, and a very strange snake story has come to light--that of a snake swallowing a 5-lb. weight. John Frazier, a quarryman residing near here, missed a big weight he used at his scales at the barn several days ago, and while picking berries near the barn he heard a rustling in the underbrush and found a rattler confronting a rabbit. Having been skeptical concerning snakes' ability to charm prey, he then awaited results. The rabbit disappeared in the reptile's mouth when he dispatched it. Its stomach contained two rabbits and his missing 5-lb. weight. Great snakes!

Montrose - Donning their riding habits, on Saturday, Sept. 5th, our popular liveryman, William A. Harrington and Minnie C. Stoddard, mounted their favorite ponies, "Spot" and "Whistle," for the purpose of taking an enjoyable horseback drive through the picturesque country. It was just at the sunrise hour, when they dismounted and entered the Presbyterian Manse, on Maple St., where in the quiet of the early morning, Rev. John M. MacInnis pronounced them man and wife. They then took breakfast with the groom's Mother, at Ferncliff Farm in East Bridgewater, after which they continued their drive. The beautiful Elk Mountains and Fern Hall, at Crystal Lake, were among the points visited.

Susquehanna - Work is progressing rapidly on the new concrete dam that is being constructed across the river for the Susquehanna County Electric company. The old wooden dam had been badly damaged by high water and floods and it was decided to replace it with a more substantial structure.

News Brief: The low condition of the water has caused much typhoid through all the State. We will undoubtedly live in dread of this disease until an educated public insists upon proper filters.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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