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September 23 1921/2021

Dimock – Many people have been going to F. R. Cope’s place of late to inspect the great work being done there by a machine that drills through solid rock by means of compressed air forced through by gasoline power. A water system, one of the best in this part of the country, is being installed by this means. The source of the water supply is an artesian well which has been located for years on the hill top above the mansion. Water is now being pumped from this artesian well into a newly made reservoir. It is then piped to all the houses and barns below. It is an expensive undertaking, as the work has already been going on for the past five weeks and has required an average daily gang of from 8 to 12 men, to carry on the work, being done by a Philadelphia firm.

Forest City – The body of Corp. Joseph P. Dearie, who made the supreme sacrifice in France, arrived here Saturday. The body was escorted to the home of Mrs. H. Dearie, on Main street, by members of Charles and Martin Skubic Post of the American Legion. Corp. Dearie was born in Forest City and left for Camp Meade on November 1, 1917. On July 4, 1918 he went overseas and was killed November 1, in the Argonne Forest Sector, on the first anniversary of his induction into the service. ALSO The old McLaughlin pond is being cleared of stumps and other debris by the Forest City Ice company, who intend this season to harvest sufficient ice to furnish the town.

Thompson – Mrs. Fay Sumner has the honor of being the first lady to sit on the election board in Thompson Borough.

Friendsville – It seems that some Binghamton beer with a “kick” was imported into Friendsville on Friday night last, the occasion being a dance. At any rate, about 3 o’clock on Saturday morning Sheriff Darrow received a phone call, stating that Friendsville was in a state of general uproar and requesting that immediate action be taken. Sheriff Darrow, Chief of Police Tingley and Constable Arthur Smith sped toward Friendsville. Upon their arrival, the chief asked a rather unsteady individual, where he might get a drink. He, being more than obliging, pointed to “the barn on the left side of the road, under the hill.” Proceeding there the officers found both whom and what they were seeking. Gathered around four cases of beer was a gang of men, and the dispenser, William Moan, was arrested. He declared the beverage to be nothing more than “near” beer. Disbelieving the man’s assertion that the beer was more than “near” is attested by the fact that even the small tastes (to see what it was) taken by the officers rendered them dizzy. Some indication of the amount of beverage consumed may be had from Sheriff Darrow’s assertion that he counted 149 bottle caps on the barn floor. The officers took Mr. Moran and the four remaining cases of beer to Birchardville. Here Moran was given a hearing before Justice S. T. Birchard and fined $500 bail, which he furnished. The beer was stored in Mr. Birchard’s cellar.

Harford – Hon. George Reed Resseguie died suddenly at his home here, Sept. 18, 1921 at the age of 82. He was a native of Gibson Township. He enlisted in August of 1862 and was a member of Co. F, 141st Regt P. V. I. and participated in several of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War—Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Culpepper, Centerville, The Wilderness and more. He was twice wounded. When mustered out he held the rank of first sergeant. In civil life Mr. Resseguie was a farmer and extensive fruit grower. He was elected to the State legislature in 1885.

Rush – A. W. Hickok is a veteran of the Civil War and has the unique record of not having been sick, even for one day, during his four years’ service. He has been a subscriber to the Montrose Republican for fifty years.

Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Clayton Bennett has returned to his work at A. L. Mericle’s, after being laid up for a few days with a lame foot, caused by his brother, Dick, running over it with their auto.

Montrose - The Old Town Pump, by D. T. Brewster – Today I noticed the filling up of the old well at the corner of Church street and Public avenue, in Montrose, and the laying of a concrete pavement across its mouth. In the early days of Montrose that well supplied more families and business places with a necessity of life than any other well in the community. Just when the well was dug I do not know, but considerably more than a hundred years ago. Located as it was, at the crossing of the Milford and Owego turnpike and the Wilkes-Barre and Bridgewater turnpike, around the corners of which the first principal business places and most ambitious residences were built, that old well was the center of the town. It was a gathering place for families and there they obtained all the water for culinary and drinking purposes. The hotel kept by Preserved Hinds, and later by Leonard Searle, was perhaps its principal customer. The well was deep and cold, and used as a refrigerator in which to hang a side of mutton or a haunch of venison to become properly mellowed. Today I suggested to the street commissioner, who was filling the well, that he ought to first fish around in it with grappling hooks.

Springville – Everyone who is interested in organizing a book club is invited to meet in the Community building next Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Great Bend – The Co-operative Association of the Dairymen’s League has purchased the creamery here and plans to open it about October 1st. This creamery has been closed for about a year.

Herrick Twp. – Dr. A. L. Craft has been appointed state medical inspector for Uniondale, Ararat and Herrick townships.

New Milford – Marcus Blair, Jr., has returned to Philadelphia to resume his studies in the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy.

Kingsley – James Merritt is driving a new Overland “4” touring car, purchased of the Kingsley Garage.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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