September 14 1900/2000
Hallstead/Great Bend - John Aitken is destined to become a general favorite with the young ladies, having purchased a stylish young horse and buggy.
Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Scholastic Assn. has organized a football team with James Dougherty as a manager. The team will be glad to hear from other teams. AND: A few days ago George Grady and John Dugan killed a blacksnake in the suburbs of the borough, measuring 5 ft. They saw something protruding from the reptile, pulled it out and found it was a copperhead snake, still alive.
Rush - A Gospel wagon made its appearance in Rush on Saturday, on its way to Fairdale, coming back on Tuesday and stopping at the M.E. Parsonage. AND: S. B. McCain has introduced the National Cash Register into his store. It is a wonderfully ingenious piece of mechanism, making a complete record of cash received or charged, with the names of the clerks, foots up the day's business, &c.
Montrose - Among the exciting events of fair day afternoon was the wandering away from Hon. D. C. Titman's barn, his favorite and famous family cow, and no quicker had "Clint" discovered her absence than he started in hot quest of her--"Along the street, 'with might and main' Rushed a man shouting this refrain--Where's my cow?/ From street to street, uphill and down, He hurried on all'round the town--Where's my cow?/ He met the men--and the women too--No words he spoke except these few: Where's my cow?/ He met the boys, and asked them where? He met the girls, coming from the fair-- Where's my cow?/ And thus it went; again and again He repeated that same wild refrain--Where's my cow?/ At last a maiden told him how, A boy had found a lone, lost cow--It was his cow!
Flynn - Nellie and Anna Conboy and Mary McManus, of this place, are attending school in Montrose. AND: The Gillin school is progressing finely under the able management of Miss Catharine Giblin.
Forest Lake - Frank Fessenden is putting up a cider mill in connection with his sawmill.
South Gibson - Mrs. Lucy Chandler, now in her 90th year, is enjoying her usual good health. She is tenderly cared for at the old homestead in "Kentuck" by her daughters, Mrs. W. H. and Mrs. Mary Davall. AND: Alonzo Kinney, now in his 95th year is able to ride from East Mt. to Burnwood and return the same day, a distance of 10 miles; he also walks to his neighbors for a mile around. His eyesight is somewhat impaired but his hearing is good. He hopes to be able to wear his "campaign boots" on November 6, and put in a vote for McKinley. Mr. Kinney is pleasantly situated at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed. Bennett.
Dimock - School commenced at Hillsdale on Monday, Sept. 3d. with Miss Nettie Stilwell, of Dimock, as teacher. School commenced at West Valley on Monday, Sept 3d, with Miss Katie Stilwell, of Dimock, as teacher.
New Milford - A very severe accident occurred here Wednesday. Leon, son of Jerome Gunn, while out hunting, in drawing his gun over a log the hammer came in contact with the log and it went off and the whole discharge passed through the arm shattering the bone and muscles of the arm near the shoulder. The injury was so serious that amputation was necessary, which was done by Dr. Ainey, assisted by Dr. B. W. Blakeslee of Newport News, VA.
Franklin Forks - The Stockholm gathering was held at the home of A. E. Stockholm on Saturday of last week. Friends came from far and near and by noon 68 had gathered. It was an occasion long to be remembered by those who were present. The old officers were chosen for another year. The next meeting will be at the home of J. W. Palmer, at Franklin Forks, in September 1901.
Auburn - The Retta and Beach Grove nines played a game of base ball on Carter flat last Saturday. The score was 35 to 2 in favor of Beach Grove.
Ararat - The camp meeting is a thing of the past, and an excellent meeting it was. One hundred tents and many of them more than full.
Alford - At 9:20 p.m. on Saturday night last, fire was discovered in the large stock barn of Omar J. Jackson, two miles from Alford, in Harford Twp. In a few minutes the structure was ablaze. The neighbors responded promptly, but owing to the drought, Jackson's wells were dry and water had to be drawn in wagons and this method was so slow it availed little. Nothing was saved except the house and one out house. The farm contained the finest lot of barns and sheds of all the country round. Sixteen head of cattle were cremated and two acres of land were burned over, the cow barn, the horse barn, the wagon barn, a granary, two henneries, 100 ft. of sheds, a hog house, an ice house and a carpenter shed being destroyed. The farm is owned by Otis Grinnell and he had an insurance of $1,575 on the buildings. The fire was undoubtedly of incendiary origin and has caused intense feelings among the farmers of the neighborhood.
NEWS BRIEF - In 1865 there were 10,088 pupils in the schools of Susquehanna county. Today there are 8,630. In 1865 there were 384 teachers; in 1900 there are 320. There were three graded schools in 1865; today there are twenty. The State appropriation in 1865 was $33,031; in 1900 it is $49,737. In 1865 the average wage paid male teachers per month was $30.70; in 1900 it is $40. Female wage in 1865 was $20.47 per month; in 1900 it is $25. In 1865 the average cost of instruction per pupil was 64 cents; in 1900 it is $1.40. AND: The Pomona Grange of Bradford county passed resolutions condemning Congressman Wright for what they believe to be his aid of oleomargarine and the Susquehanna County Pomona Grange, at its meeting at Thomson, after a somewhat exciting session, passing resolutions commending his course. And there you are! AND: Chicago is agitated over premature burials. Susquehanna [co.] physicians ease their patients by reminding them that there is no possibility of being buried alive after they get through with them.
Compiled By: Betty Smith