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September 20 1918/2018

“With Our Boys in the Field.” Stanley Crissell, of Brooklyn, is reported to be a prisoner in the German prison camp at Cessel; Wesley G. Straitmell, of Brooklyn is reported killed and Andrew Warhola, of Forest city, severely wounded; Lt. Stanley Loomis, Auburn, has been seriously wounded in both legs; David Chichester, of Hallstead, is in the second line trenches in France. Corp. Dewey Carpenter, of South Gibson, wrote that he is in France and told of the retreat of the German [army] along the Marne sector; Curtis E. Sharp, of Kingsley, was wounded while fighting on the Marne with the 28th division.

New Milford – Acting under orders from the Federal government, the State Highway department will close down work on the New Milford highway as soon as the supply of material on the ground is used up in carrying forward the construction of a portion of the contract. This will leave about 2,500 feet of roadway through the borough unimproved.

Bridgewater Twp. – Mrs. John Hawley died at her home on Sept. 17, 1918, following a short illness from peritonitis. Deceased was 37 years of age. She was a devoted mother and wife and her death is sadly felt by the husband and nine children who survive, the youngest being less than a year old.

Brooklyn – Mrs. Mary Stephens celebrated her 91st birthday anniversary last Monday. She is well and hearty and has her mental faculties to a wonderful degree for one of her years. AND in Oakland, Mrs. Sarah Burgess is 97 years of age. She has been blind for the past 25 years, but, notwithstanding her affliction, it is claimed, she is one of the most cheerful of that section.

Susquehanna – George T. Depue, superintendent of the Erie shops here, has been notified that the Erie plant at Susquehanna has been selected as an auxiliary to the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, which is building a portion of 3,000 locomotives to be known as the “Pershing Engine,” for use on the military railroads of France. The work assigned to the Susquehanna shops consists of constructing 100 engine frames, material for which is now in transit.

Retta, Auburn Twp. – During the thunder shower on Thursday night of last week, the residence of Ross Carter, at Retta, was struck by lightning. The bolt is believed to have entered the house on the telephone wire, as the instrument was torn from the wall and flung across the room. Practically all the windows in the house were shattered, a large bay window torn to pieces, and in nearly every room splinters of wood and plaster were thrown about. A bed in one of the sleeping rooms occupied by their youngest son was broken by the shock and the bedding burned full of holes, but the sleeping child escaped without apparent injury. Judging the damage done, it was a wonder that the boy was not seriously hurt.

South Auburn – While Olin Green’s house was being remodeled, 136 lbs. of honey was found when siding was removed.

Dimock – A long and cold winter will soon be here. See that your coal bins and wood houses are filled with good fuel before the snow falls.

Springville – Dr. Warren Diller has been called to report for duty and will leave on Sept. 21st. We understand he goes to Washington, D. C. and will receive the appointment of captain. Dr. Diller has a large practice and will be greatly missed. His family will go to Buffalo, NY.

East Rush – Daniel Lowe, living near the poor farm, had a number of lambs bitten by dogs and one killed last Sunday night.  If the owners of dogs would live up to the law in regard to knowing where their dogs were from night until morning, there would be fewer sheep killed.

Rushville – J.A. Shadduck has a large apiary and although he lost about 20 swarms last winter, has a large yield of honey this fall, having approximately 1500 pounds.

Montrose – Rev. Dwight Safford, widely known as “The Cane Man,” wishes us to announce that he will preach from the Court House steps, next Sunday afternoon, at four o’clock, and promises some good gospel singing. Rev. Safford’s canes will be held in increased esteem should they be used in the rout of the devil. ALSO Friends will regret to learn that Lieut. W. Beck is in a hospital at Newport News, suffering with Job’s comforters. [One who discourages or depresses while seemingly giving comfort or consolation.]

Forest City – A mass meeting of Polish residents was held in the Family theatre Sunday afternoon. The exercises were opened by devotional services followed by singing of “America,” by the choir of Sacred Heart church. Lieut. Piec, of Pittsburg, who has been instrumental in securing many recruits for the Polish army in training at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, spoke for over an hour. His coupling of the Stars and Stripes and the banner of Poland was vociferously applauded. The program was brought to a close by the singing of a Polish national hymn.

News Briefs: The ten million imprisoned people in occupied Belgium and France are facing shame, suffering, disease, and some of them death, for lack of clothing this winter. A clothing drive is called for. ALSO Lieut. Robert E. Lee, U.S.A., grandson of Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander in chief of the armies of the Confederate states during the Civil War, is fighting for the United States. He has the mark as a military leader set by his famous grandfather as the goal of his efforts. Gen. Lee’s fame as a soldier is secure, for he is rated by military experts as one of the greatest commanders the world has known.  If Lieut. Lee inherits his military skill there will be no question about his chances of being rated a military genius. Maj. William Fitzhugh Lee Simpson, a grand-nephew of Gen. Lee, recently died while on duty in France. He was in charge of the American school of machine gunfire in France.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, September 19, 1818.

*DIED in this township [Bridgewater], on the 17th instant, in the 67th year of her age, Mrs. Betsey Brewster, wife of Nathan Brewster.

*MARRIED, On the 15th inst., at New Milford, by Joshua W. Raynsford Esq., Mr. Linus Foot to Miss Laury Palmer.

*MARRIED, In this township [Bridgewater], on Sunday evening last, by D. Post Esq., Mr. George Mauger to Miss Sally Case.

*MARRIED, In Waterford [Brooklyn] on Tuesday the 10th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Doolittle, an itinerant preacher in the Methodist connexion [connection], Mr. Thomas Garland to Miss Judith Teuxbury [Tewksbury], both of that place.

BLACKSMITHING. I. & D. Post having employed workmen in the above business will execute all orders in that line or the shortest notice, and in the best manner, at the stand formerly occupied by Curtis & Coy, a few rods east of the public avenue. They solicit the patronage of a liberal public. Montrose, Sept. 18, 1818.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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