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September 13 1918/2018

Stevens Point – To be dragged over a ten acre lot by an enraged bull and not seriously injured ten days ago, then, a few days later, figure in a runaway, in which his carriage was smashed and horse badly hurt and escaped injury, only to be instantly killed by the falling of a hay loader, was the fate of Charles Tewksbury, aged 65, of this place. His life was blotted out Saturday afternoon in a most unusual manner. After helping his neighbor, Perry Bushnell, to place hay in the barn, the loader was being taken down when it fell a distance of 30 feet and struck him on the shoulder, crushing it, and the heavy loader ploughed its way through his body, striking the heart and causing instant death. His friends said he was destined to die a natural death but fate has decreed otherwise.

Montrose – The old foundry building at the corner of Mill and High streets, formerly occupied by the American Metal Edge Box Co., is being repaired and machinery installed in it. The owners of the building, McKeage Bros., propose to soon have the machinery in operation and as they are at present engaged in government work at their plant, it is probable the additional machinery will be used on government contracts.

Little Meadows – Prof. E. B. Beardslee has accepted the principalship of the Apalachin, NY school.

Great Bend – A Ford car and a cow met on Main street Friday evening, with the result that the cow is dead and an occupant of the car, Mr. Lewis, of Owego, has a broken arm, while the front of the car suffered from the impact. The autoist was coming down Wolcott street and as he turned into Main street the cow stepped in front of the machine. The animal was instantly killed and the car turned turtle.

South Gibson – Mrs. Mary C. Risley and Bessie L. Reynolds have returned to take charge of their school, the former at Atlantic City and the latter at Bryn Mawr, PA. They spent their vacation with their parents at this place.

Lenox – School has not commenced here, being unable to get a teacher.

New Milford – O.C. Whitney, Edwin H. Dean and wife, coming from Plainfield, NJ, in Mr. Dean’s automobile, escaped serious injury as a result of an accident to the automobile. Coming down Robert’s hill, just below Nicholson, the brakes refused to work because of a broken axle. The car rushed down the hill at a terrific speed, luckily however, no other vehicle was in sight and they had full use of the road. Suddenly the tonneau sagged and as the car slowed up Mr. Dean steered into a sand bank at the side of the road. It was discovered that the right rear wheel had come off. It was found about half a mile from the car in a field having jumped a stone wall and a brook. The car was towed to Nicholson where it was repaired. Fortunately no one was injured.

Susquehanna – The dam of the Susquehanna Light & Power Co. is being raised and repaired to increase the volume of water at the power plant.

Forest City – The Gordon Coal company has a force of men employed in loading culm at Richmondale. It is being shipped to the Winchester Arms Co., Hartford, Conn. The men came here from Honesdale where they have been loading culm for some time. ALSO Our schools opened with an enrollment of 1196 and this number will be greatly increased during the next two weeks. Twenty-nine out of town students have enrolled.

Uniondale – Twenty years ago D.W.B. Jones taught the Lyon Street school and on Monday he again began his duties as teacher there. He is one of the best teachers in this vicinity and one of the oldest.

With “Our Boys” in the Field.  Lt. Wm. E. Park, of New Milford, recently wounded in France, is recovering. A letter to his wife stated that he had been burned quite badly by an explosion of gas while on the fighting front. He expects to be in active service again. Stephen Button, of Springville, is among those reported as wounded in action, but the extent of his injuries are unknown. Ernest Champluvier is on the list of wounded. He and brother, Leon, were formerly of Auburn and both are in France. Their parents were natives of Belgium, coming here about 40 years ago. Raymond Lee, of Middletown, is a stretcher-bearer at the front and recently, when he made a brief visit to the base hospital, he was surprised and delighted to find among the nurses, his sister, who had volunteered for work with the Red Cross. At the time, neither knew where the other was. Lt. Arthur S. Richards, South Montrose, writes that he has been in the midst of the recent big drive and for three weeks his command has been among those forcing the Huns back. Heavy rains have been falling, but the men would lie down in their wet uniforms and let them dry on them. A short time ago Max Freedman and Robin Kelleher, of Forest City, enlisted in the Naval Reserve. They were called Monday and left yesterday for Newport, RI, where they will undergo training. Sgt. Braton R. Gardner, Montrose, was dismissed from a base hospital and sent back to his company. He is a member of Co. D of the now famous 109th infantry of the Iron division—a name which our Keystone boys, the 28th Division, won for themselves during the first days of the ill-fated German drive in July. Sgt. Gardner writes that it is impossible to adequately describe it all, and would not be fit reading were it written.

News Brief: With the receipt of a contract from the government, Henry Ford has begun the filling of an order calling for many thousands of small tanks of the “whippet” style. It will be possible to turn out these tanks at a rate of 1,000 or more every 24 hours. ALSO Susquehanna County young women are offering their services as nurses in army hospitals in gratifying numbers. Among the more recent to enlist in this great work of caring for the wounded soldiers are Misses Gertrude Southworth and Enola Webster, of Lawsville and Miss Hazel Scott of Springville. Miss Jessie Pritchard, formerly of Springville and Montrose, is now in the service at Otisville, NY and Miss Bessie Downer, a Montrose young lady, who has had a number of years’ experience in hospital service, has gone to New York with the intention of entering upon this work. ALSO Youths of 19 and 20 years and men from 32 to 36, inclusive, will be the first called under the new draft law.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, September 12, 1818.

*On Sunday last the house of John N. Deans, of Bridgewater Twp., was broken open whilst the family was at church & a silver watch taken. Suspicion fell upon two boys who reside in the neighborhood, A. Deans and T. Fuller. They were arrested on Monday, and after an examination before J.W. Raynsford, Esq. were committed to take their trial at the next sitting of the Court in this place. One of these boys has long been suspected of pilferings, and we understand, since his arrest, he has acknowledged the fact. Neither of these boys are over 17 and one of them is shut up in prison, and the other under bonds to appear at the next Court, to take their trial for Grand Larceny! The natural consequence of dissipated education! Let this warn parents so to educate their children, that when age shall have furrowed their cheeks they may not be wet with tears that flow from a consciousness of not having done their duty to them in their youth.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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