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September 12 1902/2002

Lawton, Rush Twp - The third game of a series was played on Haire's Flat Saturday, Aug. 30 when  the Warren Centre [baseball]] club, reinforced by two men from Rome, came up to do, but they didn't, as the Lawton boys had on their skirts and won the game easily by a score of 26 to 5. Curran twirled the ball in fine style, striking out twenty of their heavy batters (supposed to be). Robert Carey (Auburn) caught Christie's curves in artistic style, Smith, of our local team, covered shortstop satisfactorily. "Dick O'Connor umpired the game and his fair decisions were appreciated by all concerned. A large number of people witnessed the game. Thus far Lawton has not received a defeat.

Forest Lake - The 9th annual reunion of Co. H., 143d Reg. Pennsylvania Volunteers will be held at the house of Asa Warner, in Forest Lake, Sept. 24th, 1902. All members of Co. H., and honorary members-with their wives, or widows of members, or of honorary members are cordially invited. [Some of the battles they participated in were Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness and Spottsylvania.

Montrose - The new telephone line from Brooklyn was connected with the Bell Central in Montrose, yesterday. It will later connect Hopbottom, Kingsley and Lindaville. AND The funeral of the late Mrs. Betsey Smith was held on Sunday afternoon last from Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, where for many years she had been a faithful attendant. Nearly everyone in our midst had a personal acquaintance with "Aunt Betsey". She was kind and obliging to all, and to her children, especially, was a deeply devoted mother. Her husband, William, a former local preacher in this place, has been dead several years. Rev. I. B. Walters, pastor of the church, conducted the service and delivered the sermon. A son, Rev. Chas. Smith, also made a few touching remarks. The interment was made in Montrose cemetery, and the following acted as pallbearers; Three sons, Charles, Will and George;  Archie Smith, a grandson; Joseph Dodge, a son-in-law; and Chester Reed. The following children survive: Rev. C. A. Smith, Oneida, NY; Rev. Geo. C. Smith, Towanda, PA; William and Samuel, Montrose; Mrs. Maria Dodge, Scranton; Mrs. May Mason, Utica, NY; Miss Jennie Smith, Auburn, NY; and Mrs. Anna Battles, Montrose. Deceased was about 87 years of age. [Betsey's husband, William, escaped from slavery in 1842. Both William and Betsey were born in Maryland. Their son, Charles, was a member of the famous Black 54th Regiment, Massachusetts, during the Civil War.]

Glenwood - Sunday, August 31st, Hon. Galusha A. Grow celebrated his 80th birthday anniversary. Mr. Grow is as young looking as he was 20 years ago, but for his whitened hair, and his health is of the best. Every Republican and every "good" Democrat honot and respect the greatest of our county's noble men, and every word uttered by him is known to be sound and true. Straight as an arrow, alert of eye and quick of step, he makes a striking figure; one who all may look upon with feelings of pride and especially by Republicans, to whom he has ever proved true and faithful. He ranks as a statesman with Clay, Webster and Calhoun, and we migh say, outranks them in many respects. Mr. Grow has announced his intention of retiring from his country's service, and with his many years of faithful duty, every one of which may be looked back upon with feelings of satisfaction, it is but just that he should take a respite from active work, but his sound judgement and far seeing eye cannot help being missed in national affairs. It is hoped by many that Mr. Grow would write a book dealing with the political events which have taken place during the long period he has served the Republic and such being the case, it is safe to say that it would prove interesting as his ability as a writer is equal to that of his speaking. [Galusha Grow was elected to Congress in 1851, where he was the youngests member at the age of 26. He kept his seat until the fall of 1862, having been elected Speaker of the House in July 1861. It was in this period that he authored the Homestead Act and had the satisfaction, after ten years of arduous labors, of seeing the bill signed into law by President Lincoln, May 30, 1862] Galusha A. Grow died March 31, 1907.]

Susquehanna - A number of Susquehanna veterans and their wives will attend the grand encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, at Washington, D.C.

Forest City - Night after night, almost every night, crowds of boys can be seen loafing about the different corners along Main Street until long after the hour they should be at home, if not in bed. They are getting a liberal education in the most approved forms of profanity and a choice store of obscene stories. Most of them are already inveterate tobacco users and a good sized number think it "smart" to be able to drink a glass of beer "like a man." They are in a first rate school for turning out loafers and louts, if not drunkards and dead beats. Meanwhile there are a few boys around town who are putting in several hours of each night at their books who go to bed early and are laying foundations for future success, which will be attributed by the shiftless fellows to be luck. [Forest City News]

Brooklyn - A visit to the great orchard of E. S. Eldridge disclosed what is perhaps the greatest apple crop ever produced in Susquehanna County. Nine hundred trees are there bending under their great loads of fine fruit. It is estimated that from ten to twelve hundred barrels of fine Baldwins, Greenings and Kings will be picked in September.

Lakeview - L. D. Hall offers $25 for information leading to conviction of parties robbing his cemetery lot of plants and flowers.

Auburn Corners - School opened on the 1st with Miss Hardic, of Fairdale, as teacher.

Jackson - Mr. Verman [Vernon] Slocum is placing hot and cold-water bath-room &c. in his late purchased residence, known as the Jotham Pickering place.

Hopbottom - Can. Stone, a model hotel keeper (his wife ditto by the looks of the table) caught a pickerel in Loomis Lake that weighed 6 pounds-4 1/2 pounds after it was dressed. Can is the fellow who can tell a true fish story. He has the head in a glass jar so anyone can see it. By the looks of the head it must have looked like a monster.

Heart Lake - Griffing's Cider and Jelly Mill will start Sept. 22nd. Sweet apples make best jelly and should be cleam and well matured. Customers supplied with boiled cider. Also a process for making sparkling champagne, cider and clarified sweet cider. Warranted to keep sweet throughout the year. Customers from a distance can hace their goods same day.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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