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September 21 1900/2000

Ararat - Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Brush will soon return to their home in California, after having passed the last three years with friends here. Mr. and Mrs. Brush are both fine artists and will leave many mementoes of their skill with their many friends.

Thomson - the new creamery at Thomson blew its first whistle, Sept. 17, 1900. AND: The 11th annual reunion of the Gelatt family was held at G.A.R. hall here, Sept. 5. The first Gelatts who settled in this section were George Gelatt, Sr. and family, who came from New Hampshire. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, serving in the navy until its close, and then settled in Gibson township 101 years ago. His son George, Jr., remained in Gibson. Robert, Jonathan and Collins settled in Thomson and Richard in Iowa. George, Sr. died and was buried at Gelatt, at the advanced age of over 100 years. He was of French descent.

Bridgewater Twp. - Guy P. Wells has returned from Des Moines, where he spent several months visiting his brother, Levi, who conducts a livery that keeps 125 horses at work [and] also has a bank. AND: J. W. Mott, manufacturer of woolens, sells most of his goods in the coal valley and because of the strike demand has fallen off and has closed his mill.

Montrose - At St. Mary's Catholic church on Sunday morning, Father Brodrick warned all members of his flock from attending the Wednesday evening dancing class now being conducted in this place. It took the young folks greatly by surprise, but they will heed the advise.

Dundaff - It is the talk around town that Luman White expects to soon take to himself a wife. He will not mention her name for the cards are not out yet.

Little Meadows - A member of St. Thomas' church presented the church with a valuable statue of "The Sacred Heart." AND: Karl Churchill, of Springville, is teaching the boro school. AND: Philip Stang is attending school at Springville.

Fairdale - Last Saturday Mr. Rhinevault went down to Snow's mill after a barrel of cider, taking with him a boy living with Rev. Cochrane. After loading the cider he started up from the mill when near the top of the hill the shafts broke loose, letting the boy, wagon and cider (an overturned mass) down the hill. An eye witness said the barrel seemed to roll right over the boy, yet, strange to say, although very much frightened, the boy was unhurt.

Rush - The building committee of the proposed M.E. church have purchased the lumber and the work of building will be pushed vigorously to a finish before cold weather sets in.

Brooklyn - Bert Perigo, wife and infant, of New York, have been spending their vacation at the old homestead here. We are always glad to see the city boys come back to the farms in the summer.

Springville - Thursday last was Mrs. Z. N. Smith's birthday and her friends surprised her in great shape, something over 60 gathering there. Mr. Smith was in the field cutting buckwheat and his wife was busy with her household duties and the surprise was complete. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are a worthy couple and deserving of the fine lot of gifts received.

Dimock - It is announced that the pastor, Rev. E. B. Hughes, will preach on "High and Low Places in Heaven," on Sunday evening next, at the Baptist church.

Lathrop - The work of grading for the Lathrop quarry switch is finished and as soon as the bridge is erected, which will be in a couple of weeks, the rails will be laid. It will probably be a month before the steam horse can get to the quarries.

Susquehanna - Profs. Flood and Pierce, of Binghamton, will open a dancing school in Hogan Opera House on Monday evening next. AND: On Oct. 3d, in St. John's church, Joseph Dougherty will be united in marriage to Mabelle R., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Perry. A reception at the home of the bride's parents and supper at the Starrucca House, will follow.

Hopbottom - The Angel of death visited the home of Hunter Kerr, in Lathrop, Monday morning at 4 o'clock, when Mrs. Kerr breathed her last after a fearful battle with that dreaded fever, typhoid. Mr. Kerr had been sick for some time and she, the faithful wife, cared for him until last week, when she was obliged to give up and take to her bed. The deceased was a lovely woman and model housekeeper.

Hallstead - The railroad men are having a much needed rest. Times are very dull here at present, on account of the strike. There are but few trains running. It makes all people look blue. Coal is advancing in price.

Clifford - When September skies were bending low and fitful breezes joined attendance, the descendants of Capt. Jonathan Burns and the connections of the Burns family were gathering from near and from far to hold a glad reunion near the Burns homestead. The twelfth day of September was, in fact, a notable occasion--it was the centennial of the settlement of the Burns family in Susquehanna county. As pioneers, two brothers, David and Jonathan, sought homes on the rugged soil [coming from Otsego Co., NY, in 1800].

NEWS BRIEFS - The recent frost killed everything killable. And now there will be good weather again. AND: The gale of last week blew thousands of bushels of apples off the trees. The cider mills are being rushed to take care of them before they rot. The familiar strings of apples, drying over the kitchen stoves in country houses, that once were so often seen, are now almost a thing of the past. The evaporators and canneries have usurped the market. AND: There was a slight fall of snow at Lake Carey, last week, Monday. AND: There are many benefits in the county for the Galveston (hurricane) sufferers.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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