May 3 (1911/2011)



Montrose - A hose race between the Montrose fire companies will take place tomorrow evening. A purse of $5 and a box of cigars will be presented to the winning company. The bell will be sounded between 7 and 8 o’clock, which will be the signal for the contesting companies to rush to the rooms and mosey down the pike to the corner of Union and South Main streets and lay a length of hose and turn a stream of water on. Judges will be stationed to give a proper decision, and the prizes will be awarded at Gardiner’s tobacco store after the contest. Mr. Gardiner hopes to have a number of these contests during the summer, but several members of No. 2 claim that after Rough & Ready have run a time or two they’ll be mild and—ready to quit.


Harford - We are sorry to see the band stand removed from our public square but as our boys are so scattered, it would not be likely to be used for its original purpose. ALSO The cannon and ball on the green have been painted and the carriage renovated. A new flag has been purchased which will float over the big gun on the green. ALSO Mr. Withers, one of our old “vets” is confined to his couch, but takes his sickness as he took the hardships that came to him in the war—uncomplainingly.


East Lynn, Springville Twp. - Dyer Taylor recently had a fine lighting system installed in his house and barn. It is so constructed that matches are absolutely unnecessary. ALSO In Springville, C. H. Lake is installing a modern bath room in his house, also putting in hot water.


Ararat - Mrs. Robert H. [Libbey] Shelley, aged 36 years, died at her home here, Saturday morning, May 18, 1912. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock, Rev. Father Eugene O’Boyle, of Susquehanna, officiating. Interment in Ararat cemetery. Besides her husband, Mrs. Shelley is survived by three children, Marion, age 9; Beatrice, age 7; and an infant, Libbey, who was born but a few hours previous to the sad death of the mother. Mrs. Shelley was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jones W. Walker.


Susquehanna - Rev. Harry A. Mooney, a son of Mrs. Mary Mooney, (organist at St. John’s church and formerly and for many years musical directress at the county teachers’ institutes), celebrated his first Mass in his native town at Susquehanna last Sunday morning. He was ordained Saturday in the cathedral in Buffalo, by Bishop Golton. Father Mooney is well known in Montrose, having spent his vacations for a number of seasons at the home of Mrs. Calby, on Maple street. He is a very fine young man, a writer of excellent verse and a host of friends in all denominations wish him well.


Kingsley - Henry Seamans had the misfortune to lose ten cows, registered stock, which were struck by lightning in the shower Friday afternoon.


Brooklyn - Work on the State road is completed and the contractors have shipped their tools and material away. When Brooklyn bonded the town in order that the county should get the benefit of State aid in building four and a half miles of good road, she ought to have had the short piece of road built that would connect the present State road with the station at Foster [Hop Bottom]. At present the road is worth but a fraction of what it would be if connection were made with the station.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Arthur C. Severance, postmaster and owner of a grocery store at Royal, near Crystal Lake, was run down and instantly killed at the Carbon street crossing of the Delaware & Hudson railroad in Scranton on Saturday night, when a passenger train struck and smashed to bits an automobile which Severance was driving. Severance was in the middle of the track when a passenger train going to Carbondale came along. Men called to him to jump, but he tried to back his car off the tracks. The pilot hit the auto, carried it 20 feet to one side and it struck the side of a house with a crash, then rolled into a ditch along the tracks. Severance was lifted from the debris to the sidewalk, where he breathed twice and expired. The auto was broken into bits and Severance was badly mangled. The body was removed to Cusick’s morgue and Sunday afternoon taken home to the widow, who was prostrated by the news of her husband’s awful death.


Forest City - Orlin Davis, a clerk in the Davis & Allen pharmacy, was badly burned about the head and face Friday afternoon, when a bottle of alcohol exploded in the prescription room of the store. When the alcohol blazed up, furnishings in the room caught fire. The damage to the store was slight. Davis was standing near an open bottle of alcohol and a can of kerosene oil and was lighting a match when the flame was attracted to the alcohol and then came the explosion.


South Gibson - Mrs. Will Owens has been assisting the town people with their house cleaning. She has a new vacuum cleaner.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The young ladies here are practicing playing ball, as they intend to give an exhibition game the day of our picnic, the 15th of August.


Thompson - We are glad to note that the department at Harrisburg has notified the Thompson school board that their application for a High School has been approved. The term will open Sept. 1, with Prof. H. C. Burleigh, of Mansfield, in charge.


New Milford - Elwin Decker’s son was badly poisoned in an effort to clean the nozzle of a spraying pump. In order to loosen it he placed the nozzle in his mouth to suck it out. It loosened suddenly and a large quantity of the poison, composed of Paris green and creolin, entered his mouth and he swallowed some of it. Dr. W. E. Parks was hastily summoned and administered the usual antidotes and soon had the young man out of danger.


Dimock - W. J. Cronk has purchased a fine road horse, which leaves the dust far behind. AND Emma Avery, of Springville, has a large class of music pupils here, to which she gives lessons every Saturday.


Fairdale - Next Sunday in the M. E. church at Fair Hill there will be Sunday school at 1 o’clock and divine service at 2 o’clock. The pastor will preach. Subject, “Lessons from Springtime,” or, “Good sowing means good reaping.” You are cordially invited to the service. Epworth League at 7:30 p.m.



August 27 1897/1997


North Jackson - Miss Myrta French, so well known in American musical circles as a soloist of rare ability, is a granddaughter of Charles French of Jackson and a niece of the writer. Miss French is now a member of the famous "New York Symphony Co.," Walter Damrosch, conductor. In this company, associated with such well-known musical people as Miss Gertrude Stein, Mr. Evan Williams and Signors Del Papa and Bologna, Miss French retains her reputation as one of America's finest young vocalists. At the recent "Opera Festival" in Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia, Miss French sustained her solo parts in Gounod's "Faust," Verdi's "Rigolette" and Donigetti's "Lucia" in such fine voice as to divide the honors of the occasion with the brilliant stars of the operatic profession with whom she is associated in this company.


Susquehanna - A Binghamton man has been in town during the week, endeavoring to establish a plant for the manufacture of illuminat-ing gas.


Elk Lake - Miss Sallie Stevens will memorialize the honored name of the Stevens family by her generous gift of a valuable building site upon which is to be erected a temple for the Lord.


Hallstead - The people of Hallstead have erected a large tent on Chase Avenue in which to hold evangelistic services for two weeks to come. The attendance is large, the religious tide runs high.


Springville - A bad accident occurred in Dimock on Monday. The milk station people have put in a new engine and it being so close to the highway the steam frightened the horse of Wm. Thornton, causing it to run away. Mr. and Mrs. Thornton were thrown out and seriously injured. Dr. Lathrop was called and while he found no broken bones, he says it will be some time before they are out again.


Montrose - Wirt H. Conklin, D.D.S., a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has entered into partnership with Dr. M.B. Crisman, for the practice of dentistry in all its branches. Their office is in the Titsworth Block, over Stoddard's store, and is one of the most finely appointed in the county.


Gelatt - The 8th annual reunion of the descendants of Capt. Oliver Payne was held Aug. 6 at the home of Urbane Barnes, near Gelatt. About 70 were present. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, W.B. Payne; Vice President, B.F. Barnes; Secretary, Geo. B. Tiffany. It was decided to meet next year with our President, W.B. Payne, near Jackson.


Harford - Wednesday morning of last week, at about 8 o'clock, at the store of Postmaster F.A. Osborn, burglars secured an entrance and blew open the safe. It exploded with such terrific force that it knocked out the glass front of the building and knocked over the mail boxes. The robbers quickly gathered up $60 in stamps and $12 in cash, some deeds, wills and other papers. A gold watch, the property of G.B. Tiffany, of Gibson, also was taken, after which they departed for parts unknown. G.L. Payne, who resides near, heard the explosion and saw four figures rapidly disappearing down the street in the darkness. He called after them but the only reply he received were several pistol shots. They broke into Robbins' blacksmith shop and the wagon shop of Osterhout and Whitney, to secure tools, it is supposed.


Lake View - H.H. Stoddard has been appointed by Gov. Hastings to represent the 15th Congressional Dist. of Pennsylvania in the next annual session of the Farmers' National Congress of the United States in St. Paul, Minn. from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5. AND Alvin W. Barrett, one of Jackson's first settlers, from Vermont, celebrated his 80th birthday, Aug. 18th, having been born Aug. 18, 1817. He is a hale and hearty man for one of his years and has resided on his fine farm, near Lake View, some 60 years.


Hop Bottom - While Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williams were away from home one day, someone entered their home and took nearly all their pork. We hope the parties will enjoy the stolen pork. No clue to the thieves.


South New Milford - W.B. Roe harvested, this year, 100 plus bushels of strawberries and 150 bushels of red and black raspberries.


Lawsville - Fred Travis and Arthur Small have bought a threshing machine and want to thrash anyone who needs it, and guarantees a first-class job. AND The annual reunion of the Southworth family was held Aug. 18. Gideon Southworth left Saybrook, Conn., in 1813, to seek lands in Susquehanna county, and drove across country with his family and household goods in two hand-made carts, drawn by two oxen and two cows. One of these handmade carts has its own history. Gideon had made it the year before, expressly for this trip, but the U.S. government appropriated it to transport gold and silver from New Haven to Hartford out of harm's way, during the War of 1812. The cart was finally recovered and carried its share of the family across the country. There are now 115 descendants of Gideon living in this vicinity.



September 13 1897/1997


Hopbottom - An aged lady, over 80 years old, by the name of Mrs. Clark, walked the distance of five miles, on the 5th inst., from Brooklyn to her home in East Lenox; and stopping in neighbor Robinson's, nearly home, they were surprised when she told them how far she had walked; and felt none the worse for it.


North Jackson - Isaac Daniels, of Sanborn, Iowa, visited his brother, A.E. Daniels last week. The brothers had not met since 1864, a period of 33 years. The visitor was the youngest of six brothers who wore the blue, enlisting at the age of 15 years. Singular to relate all lived to see the "conflict o'er" and return to the loved ones at home.


South Gibson - Frank Belcher, late of South Gibson, has arrived home from Klondike, it is alleged, with $100,000. [Another article in the same newspaper] "Last week, a news item in the New York World, told of the death at Dawson City, of a young man named Belcher. It is feared by his friends that the deceased was Frank Belcher, whose parents reside at South Gibson, this county, and who went to Alaska three years ago, located a rich claim, and is believed to have made about $100,000. Further particulars will be anxiously awaited. Some $25,000 in gold dust was found under the dead man's bed, and $20,000 was due on a claim which he had recently sold."


Harford - There was a very pleasant gathering at the home of Mason Tingley, Aug. 28th, in honor of his 40th birthday. About 40 ate dinner in the log cabin in the style of "ye olden tyme" and then repaired to the house and had speaking and singing of modern type.


Tunkhannock - Robert Lane, the boy who was lost in the woods, Aug. 27, was found Sept 2, nearly three miles from where he entered the woods, having been lost six days. He was still looking for the cows and was worn out and badly scratched up.


Birchardville - J.M. Hewett has invested $57 in a very fine carriage for the pleasure of himself and family, and neighbors. Del Stark, of Rush, takes silver. AND Philip Swackhammer met with a loss a few nights ago. Some persons drained his carp pond, caught all the large ones, and let the small ones out into the creek. The persons are known by Mr. Swackhammer and it will be the best and cheapest way for them to settle with him at once.


Forest City - George Arthur, a fireman for the D & H company, had a thrilling experience last week, which he does not long to have repeated. After attending to his -fires and noting that everything inside the building was all right, he stepped outside to enjoy the balmy breezes of the wood. A sudden rustling of the bushes attracted the young man's attention, when a large catamount sprang out and alighted upon his shoulders, preparatory to having a good square meal. A number of berry pickers, hearing the alarm, ran to his assistance and with hard fighting finally killed the beast. Its weight was 120 pounds. Mr. A. intends taking the skin to a taxidermist and have it stuffed.


Lenox - Mrs. E.G. Palmer, missing her little boy, Ward, one day last week, instituted a search and found the youngster inside the well curb, perched on the stones.


Montrose - W.H. Turrell, the news man, now handles the New York and Philadelphia Sunday papers, receiving them via the milk train, Sundays, and his store is open at 2 o'clock sundays for a short time, for the accommodation of people wishing the papers.


Susquehanna - Quarrymen near the Cascade, on Saturday, while blasting rocks, unearthed a den of rattlesnakes, and succeeded in killing seven of the reptiles. AND In Oakland on Saturday, the Oakland club defeated the Lanesboro club 35 to 1. The Lanesboros are still wondering how they got that one run.


Middletown - One Aug. 29th a very pleasant time was spent by a large gathering of young folks who assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Keren Farrel's and surprised the inmates of the house by having a dance. Music was first-class, it being furnished by Phelan Bros.


Uniondale - Frank Westgate was hustling the ice last week, shipping 6 cars to Carbondale.


Fairdale - Someone going from Montrose to Fairdale on Monday evening, with a load of butter tubs, dropped quite a number at different places on the way. What was the trouble?


Lanesboro - Notes from the Thayer Reunion on Aug. 12th at Riverside Park. After a picnic lunch, first in order was the election of President; Dr. S.J. Engle was nominated and he being absent at the time Mrs. Engle declined for him, but after a short consultation it was decided not to leave so serious a case in the hands of a physician's wife, so the Dr. was elected unanimously. After vice-president Chas. Burrhus was nominated and elected, Dr. L.S. Potter was elected Secretary. Pres. elect Engle was elected Treasurer. Secretary and Treasurer's report was then called for, but as usual, the minutes were forgotten, so report was verbal. And thus the Secretary left it. Before completing the report he was ushered into eternity. How true, "we know not what a day may bring forth." The boat ride up the river which so many of us had looked forward to could not materialize on account of one of the oldest, if not the oldest member of the family. If all is well, the next meeting will be held at the residence of Mr and Mrs. Chas. Burrhus in Susquehanna. [Obviously, this was a very "colorful" reunion].


September 20  1897/1997


Forest City - The famous Columbia Quartette has been engaged to appear in the opera house Sept. 15th, the occasion being the presentation of the comedy, "The Congressman from Texas." AND Blackberries are selling at three cents per quart. The surrounding mountains are said to look like a berry pie--minus crust.


South Montrose - The first frost was seen Wednesday morning of this week, Sept. 15th.


Susquehanna - "Mr. and Mrs. A. Gardner of Buffalo" registered a week ago at the Hotel Reddon, paying a week's board in advance. In a few days Mrs. Gardner left town. On Sunday while Mr. and Mrs. Reddon were at church, Gardner entered their apartments and stole $110 and fled, following the Erie tracks eastward. Reddon secured a switching engine and help, and Gardner was pursued and overtaken at Lanesboro. He produced a revolver, but was soon overpowered and the money was taken from him. Then he was permitted to continue his journey.


Hopbottom - A Mr. Pease, from the West, is visiting relatives and other friends after an absence of 40 yrs. He is the son of the late Rev. Elder Pease, a Baptist minister. We do not doubt but that aged mother's heart was made glad to see her boy once more. He gave a very interesting talk in the M.E. Church Sunday. AND A bean-bake social will be held at the residence of Chauncey Rose on Friday evening. All are cordially invited.


West Bridgewater - Dr. Buck, of Fairdale, stopped a couple of days last week at J.R. Beebe's and pulled and filled teeth for a number of people around here.


Forest Lake - Allen Deuel, who used to be known as "little Al Deuel," spent a week recently with is cousin, Isaac Deuel. He is 69 years old. He went to Michigan when a boy; came home and made a visit before the war, and had not been here since until now. He started from Louisiana last April and walked nearly all the way--1,800 miles. He came through Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


Hallstead - Artist Teed has returned from Binghamton after a weeks absence and will now devote himself to the improvement of the property purchased of Hon. J.T. DuBois and the erection of a model residence. [Later known as Teed Castle] AND Mrs. George Lamb gave a driving party last week to a half dozen lady friends, to Susquehanna, Lanesboro and a steamboat ride on the river was included.


Auburn - John and Sam Williams, assisted by C. Bennett, of Auburn Centre, are opening up a valuable stone quarry which they have recently found on their farm, one mile from Auburn 4 Corners. AND Miss Lena Bushnell is teaching her first term of school at Kasson Corners, a distance of 2 miles. She boards at home and makes the trip on her bike.


New Milford - The tannery is running full time.


Lawsville - The Bailey reunion was held Sept. 1, at the house of Miss Amanda Bailey; there were 62 present and a very pleasant time reported. The Lawsville Orchestra was in attendance and furnished some excellent music. AND D.W. Bailey and G.W. Lindsley, Jr., have each purchased new surreys.


Herrick Centre - Llewellyn Bowell, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Bowell, passed to his rest Wednesday morning, Sept 8th. He would be 12 years old the 18th of this month. Interment at Ararat cemetery.


Montrose - On Sept. 28th the ladies and gentlemen of the M.E. church will hold a "Colonial Supper" embracing many novel features not alone in the bill of fare, but likewise in the decorations and in the program of music and recitations accompanying the supper, to which a whole evening and a full program will be devoted and which will carry our people back, in a measure, to "the fathers" (and mothers) of colonial and continental times.


News Briefs: A mob of marching miners, mostly Slavs, was fired upon by a posse of Deputy Sheriffs at Lattimer, near Hazleton, Pa., Friday after-noon, and 20 were killed and a number between 40 and 70 were wounded, some of them fatally. The men had previously been driven away from the Hazle workings, after a sharp conflict, and were intercepted, as they were on the way to the Lattimer breaker. Sheriff Martin, in command of the posse, says he was knocked down and trampled upon before he gave the order to his deputies to fire. The firing of the deputies had been so sudden and its results so terrible that those who had assembled with the Sheriff could scarcely realize the extent of what had occurred. Co. G, 113th Regt., from Susquehanna County, departed and is now camped on the property Calvin Pardee & Co., proprietors of Lattimer mines. *


[On Sept. 10, 1897, immigrant anthracite coal miners and mine workers marched peacefully and unarmed from Harwood to Lattimer in Luzerne County, to secure the participation of Lattimer mine workers in a strike protesting mine owner policies. Among the strikers' demands were the right to organize, an end to a payroll tax imposed on immigrant miners, wage increases, and dissolution of company-owned stores. The Lattimer Massacre was one of the most significant events in American ethnic and labor history. It legitimized the United Mine Workers of America as the representative of anthracite miners.]



September 27 1897/1997


St. Joseph - The Forty Hours' Devotions, at St. Joseph's church, was largely attended, and is spoken of as an interesting occasion, fraught with much good. Father John J. Lally, always popular with his people, did all in his power to make the occasion more than an ordinary success, and was ably assisted by a number of rising priests, as follows: Fr. James Fagan, St. Lawrence, Great Bend; Fr. Jas Moffit, St. John's, Scranton; Fr. Colligan, St. Thomas, Little Meadows; Fr. Lafferty, St. Bonaventure's, Auburn; Fr. Driscoll, St. Francis Xavier's, Friendsville.


Montrose - A "Klondike Company" is likely to be organized in Montrose, for the purpose of sending men to the famous gold regions to secure claims there. Some well-known business men are now making plans to this end.


Choconut - Patrick Byrne, of Choconut, recently treated himself to a 2-horse-power feed cutter, a new and improved machine of value to any farmer. Mr Byrne is always up with the times. He has 21 acres of fodder corn. Another large grower of fodder corn is Adelbert McCollum, of Bridgewater. He has a machine for cutting it and binding the stalks.


Little Meadows - Several of our young people have left for the different schools and colleges which they are attending, as follows: Miss Etta Palmer, Cortland Normal; Jennie Beardslee, Mansfield; Calvin L. Barton and Geo. B. Palmer, Cornell; and soon Walter Barton goes to the University of Pennsylvania.


Auburn - We regret to note that it has become necessary for F.R. Russell, who has been suffering with appendicitis, to go through a surgical operation. Mrs. R.A. Fessenden was chosen to accompany him to a Philadelphia hospital and acting as his nurse, but owing to sickness could not go. Dr. Leonard, of Montrose, goes instead, and will start Thursday. We, with scores of others, hope for a successful operation and a permanent cure.


Gibson - Frank Belcher, whose parents live in Gibson, this county, was sometime since reported as having died in the Klondyke gold fields last July. The report has recently been confirmed by the Klondyke News, a copy of which was received by the Jermyn Press, as which place the family of the deceased resided. The paper was dated July 17 and contained the following. "Frank Belcher, aged 29 years, of Pennsylvania, died Wednesday night of typhoid fever. He had about $25,000 stowed in his cabin and had sold his claim for $25,000 more. It was his intention to leave on the "Healy", but fate willed it otherwise. He was buried at Prospect Hill.


Susquehanna - The proprietor of the Honesdale and Susquehanna shirt factories is negotiating with the West Side Board of Trade of Scranton, with a view of removing his plants to that city. The Susquehanna Board of Trade has requested an explanation.


Rush - Arthur Gary has returned to Iowa to attend the winter session of his college.


Thomson - The Water Co. has extended their water pipes along Van Horn street to W. VanHorn's.


Elk Lake - A genial party, consisting of the family of Mr. Isaac Woodhouse, Rev. and Mrs. Madden, Charles Bolles and daughter, Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Griffin, recently spent a day in Rush at the bachelor home of Mr. Edward Stewart. They report him a royal entertainer, with a home beautified by lovely flowers and as perfect in all its appointments as if presided over by some aesthetic priestess.


Springville - C.A. Strickland has lost his nice gray horse over on his farm near Springville.


Hallstead - A few evenings since, Arthur Alden, aged 16, son of Everett Alden, who resides a mile west of Hallstead, on the river road, returned home from one of the Gospel tent meetings and soon after retired. A little later he was aroused by an unusual noise at the barn and jumping out of bed he went to the door and in the darkness could make out the form of a light gray horse which was walking out from the stables. The horse walked up a lane which opened into an old wood roadway which led over the hills to Snake Creek. Supposing that the horse had slipped his halter and escaped, the boy partially dressed himself and started after him. As the horse was not in sight he mounted another horse and rode in the direction his gray horse had taken. Coming to a pair of bars he found that they had been opened and then he knew some thief had stolen his horse, for it was one his father had given him. He then lashed the horse he was riding to a good pace and before long came within hearing of the clattering hoofs of the one in advance. Over the mountain and through the dark, lonely woods the gritty lad followed on; once his horse plunged in a mire hole and threw him, but he remounted and hurried forward. Just as he reached the summit of the mountain, where the road abruptly declines towards the valley he overtook the thief, who abandoned the stolen horse and took leg bail for other territory. The boy returned home gratified that he had recovered his horse.


October 04 1897/1997


Stevens Point - The funeral of Mrs. Charrington, occurred from the Stevens Point Free Methodist church on Tuesday. She was over 100 years of age and was doubtless the oldest inhabitant of Susquehanna Co.


Montrose - Tonsorial artist, Henry Smith, whose pleasant parlors under Gardiner's cigar store enjoy an ever increasing popularity as a resort at which hair and whiskers are amputated, "without pain," has found that his enlarged patronage demands an assistant, and he has secured the services of Harry Slocum, of Susquehanna, who is gentlemanly and obliging and an up-to-date manipulator of the razor and shears.


Great Bend - The telephone exchange has been removed from F.E. Sands' Drug Store to Kyling's Bakery.


Susquehanna - In Beebe Park, on Monday, the Great Bend club won 2 games from the Susquehanna club and secured the championship. During the series of 16 games both clubs have played good ball.


Lynn - George Gesford has moved in his new shop on Main street, where he is ready to do all kinds of work in his line of business, including shoeing horses, repairing wagons, sleighs, cutters, carts, tools and mowing machines, cheap for cash.


Oak Hill (Oakland Twp.) - Miss Grace Waterman, who teaches school on Oak Hill, while walking in a field, killed 14 rattlesnakes with a stick less than three feet long. Three of them had 15 rattles on.


Ararat - Mrs. Freelove Brooks is laid up with erysipelas.


Brookdale - Sept. 15th a party of friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Robert Boren to celebrate his 50th birthday. It was a complete surprise to Mr. Boren, he having his barn floor covered with rye ready to spend the day threshing. In the evening the time was spent with music and dancing. The Red Men of Franklin Forks, of which Mr. Boren is a member, presented him with a fine easy chair. His children presented him with a writing desk. Several other presents were given; one was a carving knife and fork from Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Corbett. A most enjoyable time is reported.


Fairdale - Fairdale home guards came home [from Lattimer mines] arriving late on Saturday evening. We hope the thing will not have to be repeated. It costs too much.


Gibson - D.E. Evans, of Gibson, raised 82 1/2 bushels of rye on two acres and 85 rods of land. Gelatt Bro's who did the threshing say it was the largest yield they have known in 15 years experience.


Lathrop - Lathrop schools are taught as follows: Maple Grove, T.J. Lean; Glenwood Switch, Lee Kinney; Pine Grove, Mary Redding; Lakeside, Chas. Hunt; Hillsdale, Rose Risely; Deckertown, Taylor Hinkley; West Valley, Gertrude Deans.


Clifford - B.F. Wells and Wife, L.Z. Burdick and wife, and others of this place are ready to start for Florida to spend the winter.


Harford - As we go to press, the Harford fair is in full blast, with good weather. Many exhibitors went from Montrose, among the most extensive being; G.H. Watrous, cloaks, etc.; J.E. O'Brien, furniture; D.C. Titman, wagons.


Forest City - J.C. Hogan is circulating nomination papers to have his name placed on the state ticket as the new Liberal party's candidate for auditor general. AND The amount of money put into circulation at the last pay day was greater than for many previous years, and it is expected that the next pay, about middle of October, will be the largest in the history of the town. The miners have received so much work and the business men and all the people, in fact, in that lively town, are feeling good. Besides, there is good prospects that the D & H Co. will put up a new breaker and open more mines soon. Forest City seems likely to have a real boom. The small production in the Hazleton region has made business for the other coal towns.


News Briefs: The veterans who followed Sherman in his march to the sea have a delightful trip in prospect, the State furnishing free transportation for them to attend the dedication of the Pennsylva-nia monuments on the battleground at Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain. Among those who are entitled to go are Col. E.S. Handrick, of Tunkhannock and C. A. Hungerford, of Springville; G.H. Sheldon and N.G. Sherman, of Lynn; B.O. Camp, of Montrose and Robert Blakeslee, of Nicholson, all members of the 9th Pennsylvania cavalry. The survivors of the 77th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, some of which were mustered in this county, will also attend. They will go about the 9th of October.


A lot of Indian skeletons, well preserved, were found while excavating for a barn at Plainsville, Pa. They were probably killed at the time of the Wyoming massacre.

The first American newspaper was established in September, 1690.



October 11 1897/1997


Rush - A reward of $1 is offered by Miss Sarah Perigo for the return of her rough black coat, which she lost between Rush and Montrose. Finder will leave it at David Roe's store in Fairdale, or S.B. McCain's in Rush, and get the reward.


Forest City - W. S. Hoskins has purchased the Forest City steam laundry from Eichholzeyr Bros. AND All the members of [the] Hose Company will be off early Thursday morning for Wilkebarre to take their new hose wagon and no doubt will make a fine appearance.


Montrose - Sheriff Deuel conveyed John Waltz, who was convicted of the murder of J.E. Lemon (2nd degree), to the Philadelphia peniten-tiary Tuesday to start in his term of 9 years. There are many people who firmly believe Waltz innocent, notwithstanding his conviction, there were so many elements of doubt in this case.


Lenoxville - Died, on Monday Sept. 23rd, Grover Cleveland Robinson, aged 13 yrs., only son of Ellen Robinson. The funeral service was held in the M.E. church at Lenoxville, the interment at Clifford cemetery, Rev. F.E. Adams officiated. Little Cleve, as he was called, was a great favorite, as the large funeral showed the esteem he was held. The many friends extend sympathy for the bereaved parents.


Birchardville - A band of Gypsies (so called) passed through this place a few days since. They consisted of two teams with covered wagons, three dogs and from 10 to 12 persons including a number of children. AND Rev. J.C. Swackhammer, pastor of the Baptist church at Towlesville, Stuben Co., NY, passed through here a few days since, going to visit his father Philip Swackhammer, who he'd not seen in ten years. He weighs 270 lbs.


Brooklyn - Dogs are making havoc with the sheep in this town. It is about time the owners of the curs should pay the damage and dispose of their dogs by giving them lead pills. AND H.H. Craver is moving the old office building into the yard back of his house.


Susquehanna - Erie Hose Company No. 1 will hold its 12th annual ball in Hogan Opera House on Thanksgiving eve., Nov. 24. Music will be furnished by Baker's Binghamton orchestra. AND About 200 new volumes will be added to the Young Men's Library, which now contains over 4,000 volumes.


Franklin Forks - A thief has been visiting the hen roost at J.W. Palmer's hen house for a couple of weeks, and on Saturday night made way with 5 pullets. Not satisfied with that and to set all doubts at rest as to whom the thief could be--he had the boldness to come close to the house on Sunday morning after more, but strange to say he was too spry to be captured. It was a large black mink, which takes refuge under the smoke-house. It has already killed 10 chickens.


Hallstead - Our people are looking forward with bright anticipation to Thursday evening, Oct. 21st, when A. Aaron Bower, Esq., of Scranton, will give his lecture on Pompeii, in the R.R.Y.M.C.A. Hall. The lecture is illustrated by 100 stereopticon views, and is highly spoken of. AND Messrs. John Tyler, John Decker, Fred McLeod and & Chas. Ketchem, will leave the last of February for the Klondike, Alaska.


Prospect Hill [Jessup Twp] - Devine & Jenner's new steamer has arrived, and it is a shiner.


North Jackson - F.E. Sheldon exhibited 16 varieties of grapes at the Harford Fair. Mr. Sheldon's grape crop this season is estimated at nearly two tons of fine fruit. AND Mrs. M.A. Yale, North Jackson's postmistress, lies at death's door with no prospect of recovery.


South Montrose - The three rear coaches of the Canadian Pacific express were derailed at Milford, Mass and thirty persons were more or less injured. All were New Englanders except George Baker, of South Montrose, who had his left hand and fingers crushed. Later--George has arrived home, with his hand in bandages. This is the second [wreck] which George has gone through, having been in the wreck at Jackson, Michigan, in 1893. The Supt. of R.R. was here yesterday to settle the damages, and did well by George.


Lanesboro - At the Deposit street fair, the Canawacta Band captured the second prize of $50. It ought to have received the first prize.


News Briefs: It is said that an order has recently been issued by the postmaster general forbidding the renting of lock boxes and call boxes, in postoffices, to minors, without the written consent of parents or guardians. The order is said to have been issued because the postal authorities found that many young girls and boys carried on correspondence without the consent of their parents, receiving their mail in the boxes which they rented.


October 18 1897/1997



Ararat - Frank Belcher, late of Ararat and Jermyn, reported dead in Dawson City, has recovered from a severe attack of typhoid fever. He is said to have cleared up $50,000 in two years.


Jackson - Jackson, this season, raised a big crop of potatoes. "Jackson against the world," the flesh and the devil.


Hopbottom - Mr. Nelson Fletcher, who has been in the West for the past four years, has returned to his wife and two little boys. The waiting wife and sick little boy were glad to see husband and papa again. May the sum of prosperity shine upon them. AND Mrs. Mary Strickland and two granddaughters go to Wilkesbarre for a vacation. Mrs. S. has been Post Mistress for 14 years. She tells me it has been but very little vacation for her.


Rush - Although the Shoemaker buckwheat flour has had a reputation for making the finest flour, yet progress is the motto of the proprietors. They have just put in a costly separator that effectually prevents gravel and dirt from mingling with the grain during the process of grinding. That will insure a still finer grade of flour than formerly.


Alford - A Phonographic concert will be given in the Alford M.E. church, Wednesday evening, Oct. 20, 1897, at 7:30. Admission 10 cents.


Susquehanna - The shirt factory has once more resumed operations, under the new manager, Hathaway. Let us hope that he Hathaway of keeping the wheels whizzing.


Great Bend - The Port Jervis Union says that "several citizens of Great Bend township have established a rattlesnake farm and that the product is contracted for in advance at $2.75 a snake by a patent medicine firm in Philadelphia which uses the oil for rheumatism." People in Great Bend township don't have to establish a rattlesnake farm, they are already established, and all that anyone needs to do if he wants a rattler is to go and pick one.


Brushville - O'Dell, the Brushville farmer who was robbed last Friday night, and who, after securing the arrest of the highwayman, upon a sworn information, suddenly disappeared, is still in retirement, but he will be obliged to come to the front, all the same. Later -- Frederick O'Dell unexpectedly materialized and gave bail to appear before the Grand Jury and prosecute. He says that on the day of his sudden disappearance he took a drink of Front Street whiskey, and when he awoke from his trance he was in a locked box car in the Elmira yard. He supposed he was at Klondike. He came back by easy stages, and the turnpike.


Montrose - There will be a grand concert given by the A.M.E. Zion church talent of this place, under the management of Arlington Thompson, in the Village Improvement Hall, on Wednesday evening, Oct. 27th. This concert will be strictly up-to-date in every respect. They earnestly solicit patronage of the citizens of this place. Proceeds for benefit of A.M.E. Zion Church.


Harford - South Harford is suffering from diphtheria. Henry Booth's family and Miss May and Hattie Alworth are recovering from it. They are attended by Dr. Hooven.


Lynn - Owing to the teachers' institute at Montrose there will be no schools in the county next week.


News Briefs: Did anyone ever see such a stretch of beautiful weather in this latitude, in October?

Some newspapermen are terrible liars. In writing of a cyclone out west one of them said that it turned a well wrong end up, a cellar upside down, moved a township 20 rods, blew all of the staves out of a whiskey barrel and left nothing but a bung-hole, changed the day of the week, blew the hair off the head of a bald man, blew all the cracks out of the fences and took all the wind out of a politician.


To those of our correspondents who use lead pencil in writing, we make the suggestion: Bear heavier as you write, and the compositors will do less straining of the eyes in placing items up in type. Or perhaps it is easier to "wet the point of the pencil" as in your early school days. Do either one way or the other, please. The last issue of the Binghamton Chronicle, in speaking of the reading by Mrs. Sears, (in a Susquehanna County town) last week, states that "Her readings were musically illustrated by the "Sunday" Matinee Club. It really seems incredible that the people of staid (unnamed town), whose puritan ancestry is traced from Plymouth Rock, should be even suspected of introducing a continental Sabbath in our midst. We have a Tuesday Matinee Club, composed of the best talent and best ladies of the town, but a "Sunday" club we have not, and will not have as long as our Church spires point heavenward and their bells summon the villagers to worship on the Lord's day.


October 25 1897/1997



Hallstead - The opening of an office of the Postal Telegraph Co. in the Messenger building is a thing the public will generally appreciate. E.D. Gorton is in charge.


Auburn - Mr. Joe Quinn has returned after three week's sojourn at Hazleton. Joe says he saw turkeys there with their summer hats on.


Tunkhannock - A large number of people went to Tunkhannock Tuesday to attend the unveiling of the fine Soldier's monument there, some six car loads from Montrose and along the line. They report a good time and royal entertainment. The Four Brothers' Post, together with other comrades from Susquehanna county, presented a larger number in line than any other G.A.R. organization and their soldierly marching, headed by the veteran color bearer, Sgt. John Quinn, with the beautiful Post colors, elicited many favorable comments.


Brookdale - James Adams brought his bride home last week and the boys gave them an old fashion horning. The second night they went they were treated to cigars.


Hopbottom - Quite a good deal of sickness from colds, or some epidemic, is going the rounds here, and whole families are affected.


Jackson - Dr. Edward S. Benson died at his home, Monday morning, Oct 18. He had been making late calls on patients and had told his man to go to bed, immediately on returning, saying that he would sit up to study further on cases he had under treatment. He was found dead at his desk a short time later. He was a brilliant young profes-sional man with a most promising future before him.


Brooklyn - As Mr. and Mrs. John Doran were driving to Montrose on Friday last week, the horses became frightened at children playing by the roadside. One line broke and they became unmanageable. Mrs. Doran jumped and Mr. Doran was thrown out. But little damage was done.


East Lenox - Nelson Carr has ripe strawberries and a 9 1/2 lb. boy at his house.


Rush - John Devine, in shooting twice at a skunk that had invaded his poultry yard, killed three turkeys instead of the skunk L.A. Devine had a similar experience. He shot at a woodchuck and hit his favorite cat.


Susquehanna - has a barber shop conducted by two ladies. "Susquehanna has all the luxuries in their season," remarks editor [Sam] Moore, of the Great Bend Plaindealer. Yes, and we shall expect to see Sam coming to this market regularly with his week's crop of whiskers. AND The Binghamton Chronicle, of today, contains a sketch and a fine portrait of Miss Winifred Williams, Binghamton's sweetest singer. Miss Williams is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Williams, formerly of this place.


Montrose - "A Correction" - Dear Mr. Editor - In the premium list of the Susquehanna Co. Agricultural Fair I read the following: "Woolen quilt made by Mary Sherer, age 80 years." Will you please state that the said quilt was made by Mary Sherer's great grand-mother, the wool being combed and spun by her; and it is the Quilt, not Mary Sherer, that is 80 years old.


Forest City - Mrs. Stanley Capula, who resides in the Dais Block, went to the meat market yesterday afternoon and left her little three-year old daughter in the bedroom until her return. After a few minutes absence, she entered the house and heard screams coming from the bedroom. When she opened the door a volume of smoke rolled out which nearly stifled her. When she recovered from the smoke and shock she entered the room and found the child on the bed enveloped inflames. The little one died last evening. The fire is supposed to have started from matches which the child found in the room.


News Briefs: Farmer A.J. Pepper, of Rush, Found Murdered. A.J. Pepper, a well to do farmer, living near Rush township, died yesterday afternoon from the effects of a most brutal and murderous assault committed upon him the night before. Pepper is a bachelor, 75 years of age, and lived with his step-mother, a woman five years his senior, upon the Wyalusing creek road in a rather lonely place. Tuesday noon he left the house and went to the barn, which stands some distance from and partially out of sight of the house, to husk corn. When he did not come to supper at the accustomed time his step-mother thought it was strange and after waiting nearly an hour she went to the barn to look for him and was horrified to find his badly bruised body lying upon the floor with his hands and feet securely tied. Physicians were called, but it was impossible to do anything for the injured man. The only motive that could be suggested for the crime was for the purpose of robbery, as Pepper was supposed to have considerable money about the house, and it was suggested that the murderers intended, after killing him, to go to the house and ransack it, but that they became frightened before they could carry out their designs. Pepper had the reputation of carrying considerable money about with him, and was in the habit of keeping money about the house. Coroner Taylor and District Attorney Ainey were early at the scene of the crime, but as yet no tangible clue to the murder or murderers has been obtained.



November 01 1897/1997



New Milford - Last Saturday morning the people of this place were startled by a blaze of light which turned the dusky shade of dawning twilight into the glaring brightness of noon. It was soon discovered that the large barn and outbuildings belonging to Wm. H. Foot were wrapped in flames. The cause is said to be due to the explosion of a kerosene lantern, which Mr. Foot had in the barn while he was doing his chores. Mr. Foot succeeded in getting his horses and one wagon out but the fire was so rapid that all else, including his farming tools, hay and grain, was totally consumed. Insurance, $800.


Franklin Forks - The trustees of the M.E. church had a bee recently to fix the stoop and walk in front of the church which was very much needed, as the old plank walk and platform were very dangerous. A goodly number of teams and men responded to the call. Dinner was provided by the ladies at J.W. Palmers.


Susquehanna - Owing to the prolonged drought, a large number of the wells and small reservoirs of the town are dry. In the suburbs many of the running streams are dry and cattle are driven a considerable distance for water.


Herrick Centre - Mrs. N. Tonkins had the misfortune to lose a gold watch last Friday, somewhere between here and Carbondale. The watch was a Columbus make and was attached to a hair chain.


Thompson - Mr. Eli Bloxham's team of horses ran away from the depot last Thursday. When they turned the corner on to Jackson street they left the wagon box, running home with but little damage.


North Bridgewater - Hettie Pickering and Bert Shay dug and picked up 57 bushels of potatoes on Monday.


Moon's Mills [New Milford Twp.] - The Pratt and Shields quarries on the Everett farm are doing a smashing business. Two steam engines with powerful hoisting machinery, steam drills and three derricks are run almost constantly. A large force of men find steady employment in this extensive double quarry, and the stone, which are of the best quality, find ready market at good prices. Some are of immense size and thickness and their vast weight requires heavy teams and strong wagons for the work of transportation.


Forest City - Owing to diphtheria, the Forest City public schools are closed at present.


Montrose - A bright light in the heavens on Wednesday night attracted much attention and it was at first thought to be caused by the burning of some building at South Montrose but investigation showed that the woods near the "horseshoe" on the Montrose R.R. had caught fire from the locomotive, and hence the light.


Clifford - The finishing part of the Lenox and Glenwood ball game was done at the office of T.J. Wells last Saturday, in the way of an assault and battery suit. W.E. Maxey, of Montrose, represented the commonwealth and W.S. Robinson, the defendant. Case settled and the game was ended.


Cascade Valley - Emelius Boyden, while working in his mill at Cascade Valley, above Lanesboro, was instantly killed Tuesday night, by the explosion of his engine. He was the youngest brother of County Treasurer Boyden.


Bridgewater Twp. - The Poor Directors are arranging to purchase part of the R.G. Scott farm for a poor farm, also to be used for the purpose of a plant for the disposal of the sewage from the borough of Montrose. It seems to be a wise move. The price is $2,500.


Transue Valley [Auburn Twp] - The people living in Transue Valley have wanted a postoffice at that place fora long time but seemed to think it beyond their reach until a short time ago when M.H. Christian took hold of the matter and hustled things along. A few days ago he was notified that he had been appointed postmaster and the new office will be ready for business before long. It is in Susquehanna County and it will be called Transue.


Hopbottom - Mrs. Philander Bronson wishes your correspondent to state that Mr. Free West, our Miller, makes the best buck-wheat flour in the Hopbottom mills she ever tasted.


Royal - Abner Wells, wife and daughter, of Middletown, NY, have been spending a week with friends and relatives here and at Clifford. His daughter, Miss Lottie Wells, is a professional violinist. She rendered to some of the people of this vicinity, the sweetest music they ever heard from a violin.


Wilkes-Barre - The selection "Cuba Libre" as played by Sousa's band at the Grand Opera House on Tuesday evening was by Mark C. James. The selection was very well received and Mr. James was given many compliments (Wilkesbarre Record). Mr. James, formerly a Susque- hanna boy, is now principal of the Meshoppen Graded Schools and is a fine musician. Sousa's band, which is now considered the best in the United States, thus pays him quite an honor. People wishing the music can obtain some by addressing Mr. James. It is also in piano form.


November 08 1897/1997



Rush - Chas. M. Snell, a native of Rush and son of Dr. Snell, is the champion shot in Uncle Sam's army. "Facts" published at Colorado Springs, in its issue of Oct 2nd says: "When the competitive shoot, which was in progress all last week at the Broadmoor range, came to a close, it was found that Sgt. Snell, of C Company, 7th Regt, U S Infantry, stationed at Ft. Logan, had piled up the remarkable aggregate of 624 points, beating all previous records by 26 points. AND T.S. Wheatcroft is at home, visiting his mother. He is looking well, feeling finely, and his "automatic peanut vender" is a perfect success. Our enterprising citizen is on the high road to fortune. [Mr. Wheatcroft invented an automatic peanut vender in New York City]


Brookdale - Rev. Fisher, of Franklin Forks, has been holding revival meetings in the school house here for the past 3 weeks. There has been more interest than usual shown and prospects are now that Brookdale will have a church. A lot has been purchased of M. Dolan and logs are being drawn to the mill to prepare timbers for the foundation.


New Milford - A building for borough purposes is being erected in the rear of the Opera House. J.T. Richardson is doing the foundation work. The building will be 30x40 ft. and two stories high. It will contain a room for the use of the Council, a lock-up and a room in which too keep the fire apparatus.


Friendsville - Dr. M.B. Crisman will be in Friendsville on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to extract teeth by the use of the Odontunder.


Montrose - One of the excellent suppers which the Presbyterian ladies know so well how to serve, will be given for the benefit of the church, on Friday evening, Nov. 12. The menu will include chicken salad, escalloped oysters, potato salad and salmon salad. Price 25 cents.


Hallstead - Quite a bad wreck occurred on the DL&W at this point Tuesday night. At about 10:15 Train #37 was leaving on her trip for Syracuse, when going over the long switch near John McLeod's, engine #24, of an Elmira wild-cat train, John Jennings, engineer and Patrick Moran, fireman, crashed into it. The engine of the latter train was derailed and thrown over on her side. Engineer Jennings saw the train ahead and applied the air brake, but as it would not work the collision was the result. He and the fireman saved themselves by jumping. All the tracks were blocked and by hard work one was cleared sufficiently to allow the night lines to pass. Besides from here, wreckers from Binghamton and Scranton came to clear up the debris.


South Auburn - A new postoffice has been established on Taylor hill, called Transue. M.S. Christian has been appointed postmaster.


Kingsley - The corner stone of the new M.E. church of this place was laid Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23, with interesting and appropriate exercises. The day was beautiful and many people from Kingsley and vicinity were in attendance.


Lathrop - The friends of Miss Lillie Strickland made her a very pleasant birthday surprise to the number of 84 on the evening of Oct. 26, it being her 14th birthday. After spending a very pleasant evening, all departed for their homes feeling they had a very enjoyable time. They left a very nice dresser, an album, a work-box and other presents as tokens of the esteem in which they held their friend.


Lenox - P.P. Squires sold a thoroughbred guernsey yearling heifer to parties in Benton last week. Consideration $50. Mr. Squires is one of the leading dairymen of our county. His dairy at present consists of 32 choice cows.


Jackson - Thursday evening, Nov. 18, in Roberts Hall, "The Peck Sisters of Alaska" will give an entertainment under the auspices of the Ladies' Aid of the M.E. church. Adm. 10 cents. Proceeds to apply on Pastor's salary.


News Briefs: The following young men, from Susquehanna County, are students at the Pennsylvania State College: F.M. Carpenter and D.E. Carpenter, Lake View; W.A. Thomas, Lynn; F.T. Cole, Upsonville; M.A. Taylor, Lanesboro; Guy and Daniel Searle, Montrose.


Rural free delivery has been put to the test of practical experi-ment in 29 states and over 44 different routes. The co-operation of the communities served has in every instance been effectively given. The general satisfactory results suggest the feasibility of making rural delivery a permanent feature of postal administration in the United States.


There is no change in the situation at Rush, at last accounts, as to the Pepper murder, no arrests having been made. The Coroner's inquest will meet on Friday next at Isaiah Haire's. Public sale of the personal property of the late unfortunate will take place on Saturday of this week.



November 15 1897/1997



Susquehanna - Leo G. McCauley, an old Susquehanna boy, received a splendid majority. He will make an excellent auditor-general of the State.


Oakland - The Oakland Water Company has just largely increased its water supply by connecting its reservoir with several fine springs upon the Craver farm, in Oakland Township.


Brooklyn - The young ladies of Mr. M.W. Palmer's S.S. class will serve a chicken pie supper in the basement of the Universalist church on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 25th. A short entertainment will be given by the class. All are invited.


Hopbottom - We were at Mr. Daniel Miles [home] recently. They are aged folks. What pleased us most was the old-fashioned fire place with all of the hooks on the crane from big to little, and the logs on the fireplace. Mrs. Miles, who is an invalid and has not walked in five years, said they had all the kettles to cook with.


Retta - Vern Tewksbury, who has been prospecting for the precious metal in Wyoming during the summer, has returned East and has secured a position for the winter at Buffalo.


Birchardville - A few of the boys of the Birchardville school crossed bats with the scholars at Forest Lake Centre a few days ago. At the close of the game scores stood 7 and 42 in favor of Birchardville. As it was not much of a beat, they intend to try them again.


Jackson - David W. Cole, M.D., has located at Jackson. Dr. Cole is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Baltimore University School of Medicine; passed with success the medical examining board of the state of Maryland in Oct. of 1894, and the state of Pennsylvania, in July 1895. He is Pennsylvania's secretary of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.


Montrose - Geo. H. Watrous calls attention in today's paper to his line of winter underwear. He makes special mention of the men's all-wool, fleeced-lined garments and the women's one-half wool, ribbed garments. AND At the armory on Thanksgiving night, under the supervision of Harry W. Gross, Rough & Ready Chemical and Hose Co. will present the sterling western drama, entitled "The Ranch King."


West Bridgewater - A much enjoyed social event was an old fashioned "husking bee" given last week at the hospitable home of Mr.& Mrs. A.P. Hinds. It was indeed a merry party of young friends and neighbors who gathered by invitation to engage in what, in the good old days, was a social function much in vogue. While the male portion of the assemblage did the husking at the barns, the fair ones passed the time in pleasant social converse within the house. The husking completed, the boys and men returned to the house well laden with the traditional "red ears" which entitle their possessors to reap a sweet reward from willing lips. Next the guests were invited to an elaborate spread of wholesome and substantial viands to which ample justice was done by all present. Old-fashioned games held sway until a late hour when the company reluctantly dispersed. Those in attendance were Mr.& Mrs. Beebe & son Joe, Mr. & Mrs. Barrett Robinson & daughter Miss Jessie, Miss Libbie Sprout, Miss Anna Tyler, J. Mame Keeler, Miss Mame Sweet, Miss Addie Keeler, John Horton, Will Sweet, Franz Mack, Fred Tyler,George Mack, James Clough, Adelbert Tyler, Frank Sprout and many others.


Springville - Twelve deaths occurred in Springville Twp. from Sept. 1896 through Aug. 1897, as follows: Bessie M. Button, ae 24; John Conrad, ae 68; Cornelius Cozine, ae 81; Hascoe A. Fish, ae 25; Ida F. Pickard, ae 41; Isaac Penrith, ae 78; Leon E. Palmiter, infant; Ira Raub, ae 66; John A. Rozelle, ae 48; S.W. Smith, ae 85; A.D. Woodhouse, ae 79; David Wakelee, ae 77. There were also 26 births during the same time.


Herrick Centre - Miss May Allerton of Scranton spent Sunday and Monday with her uncle, G.L. McGonegal. Monday night she took the 10:13 D & H Train homeward, accompanied by her uncle.


Forest City - Forest City is to have a businessmen's carnival, under the management of Kate B. Saxe, similar to the one given in Montrose under her management.


Clifford - Andrew Miller has returned home, after an absence of four months in Tioga county, where he had been selling steam cookers.


New Milford - The New Milford Dramatic Society will, on Nov. 18 and 19, produce "The Deacon," a comedy drama. The object of these performances is to raise money for the purchase of an artificial leg for Charles Brandow, who recently had the misfortune to lose a member.


Rush - The Coroner's Jury met again yesterday and ten witnesses were examined but the session being private it is impossible to state what new facts were produced, but from casual remarks of some of the witnesses it is believed that the knotty tangle which surrounded the untimely taking off of Jackson Pepper is being slowly but surely unraveled.


November 22 (1897/1997)



Forest City - According to the Forest City News surveyors have been at work on the tract of land on the Wayne county side of the Lackawanna, opposite the Erie depot, there, laying out the site for a new town.


New Milford - G.C. Howell and Chas. Brandow visited Rochester recently for the purpose of procuring an artificial leg for Mr. Brandow.


Hallstead - The establishment of the steam laundry by Holden and Barnes is the inauguration of a new industry that will greatly tend to lighten the burden of the resident householders and it is to be presumed they will take to this improved method of wash-day economy.


Brooklyn - The young ladies of Mr. M.W. Palmer's S.S. class will serve a chicken supper in the basement of the Universalist church Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 25th, from 7 to 10 p.m. A short entertainment will be given by the class: Misses Bertha Packer, Grace Cameron, Mable Nash, Lena Fish, Jessie Packer, Florence Watrous, Maude Waldie and Ethel Sterling. A cordial invitation is extended.


Rush - One of the newest developments in the Rush murder case is that the Commissioners of Susquehanna County, on Tuesday, offered the reward of $1000 for the arrest and conviction of the murderer or murderers of A.J. Pepper. AND Mr. Rakestraw, of Boston, is expected to come to east Rush, Saturday evening, Nov. 20th, with a graphone and give an entertainment. Proceeds to apply on pastor's salary.


Montrose - The high wind one night last week wrenched the Presbyte-rian church spire, near the top, causing it to now stand somewhat out of plumb. AND Every man, young, middle-aged and old, under 100 years of age, is urged to attend the men's mass meeting in the armory, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m. Turn out men and crowd the house to the doors.


Susquehanna - Jack Moran, catcher of the base-ball nine of this place, has returned to his home at Carbondale. AND The "Finnegan-'s Fortune Co." appeared in Hogan's Opera House on Saturday evening, giving an exasperating performance before a slim audience. Later in the evening the troupe struck the rocks of adversity and went to pieces.


Forest Lake - The descendents of Benjamin Russell met at the home of Joseph Russell in Liberty, this month, on the 6th. Those present from this place were Elder and Mrs. Tilden [formerly Flavilla Amelia Russell], and Mrs. Lucy Cobb and son, Elmer.


Jackson - Martin A. Pickering and son are the champion onion raisers in this vicinity, growing this season nearly 200 bushels. AND Uncle Austin Benson, as he was familiarly called, died suddenly at his home with Truman Clinton, near Jackson, Monday evening Nov. 8, at the advanced age of 86 years. He was, with but one exception, the oldest man in Jackson. He was the oldest brother of County Surveyor L.D. Benson, Esq., of Jackson, L.C. Benson, of Susquehanna, and A.M. Benson of Cleveland, O. He was a member of Myron French Post, G.A.R. The funeral was Wednesday, Nov. 10, W.W. Pope, funeral director. Interment in Lamb cemetery.


Hopbottom - Mrs. Sarah Reynolds is sick with the measles and does not know where she caught them. Her daughter, Jessie, came home to take care of her.


Glenwood - Preparatory to resuming the arduous duties of his position at Washington, Congressman at Large Galusha A. Grow is spending a few weeks in the quiet of his home.


Auburn - Report of Dunlap School for month ending Nov. 9th. Those receiving 100 percent, in spelling. Rose, Mary, Johnnie and Felix Fitzsimmons; Mary, Terry and Bettie Smith; Johnnie and Willie Singer; Sarah Humphrey, Edith Turner, Harry Rowe. Twenty-three pupils enrolled. T. [Thomas] J. Rafferty, Teacher.


Lawsville - Frank H. Bailey and Jessie M. Southworth were married at the Manse, Conklin, NY, Nov. 12 by Rev. I.P. Emerick. The bride was dressed in white silk and white kid gloves and slippers. They took a train to Ohio, where they will reside. Mr. Bailey is a graduate of Pennsylvania State College and an expert creameryman, having won the gold medal for butter-making.


Herrick Centre - Rev. E.R. Allen, of Susquehanna, will give a Temperance lecture n the Baptist church, Friday evening, November 26th.


November 29 1897/1997



Hallstead - Hon. James T. DuBois, recently appointed by President McKinley to be Consul General to Switzerland, sailed for his post of duty last Tuesday on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, accompanied by his family. Mr. DuBois was born in Hallstead. He co-authored the book, Centennial of Susquehanna County.


Kingsley - Thanksgiving Day Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Tiffany entertained W.E. Tiffany and family, of Heart Lake, Myron Titus and family of Foster and Mrs. Chas. Stearns, of North Harford.


South Montrose - Mrs. Wells, mother of F.S. Wells, celebrated her 90th birthday, Nov. 21.


New Milford - Mrs. D. VanBuskirk, Mrs. Laura Badger, Mrs. A. Ward, Mrs. L.G. McCollum, Mrs. F.S. Garratt, Misses Maye Butterfield, Nina and Jennie Moore and Mabel Tucker, witnessed "Faust" at the Stone Opera House in Binghamton on Saturday night.


Susquehanna - Wm.C. Kotz is having a large building erected on Main St. AND The pews for the new Presbyterian Church have arrived.


Herrick Centre - There will be two Thanksgiving parties in town this year; one at the home of W.H. Fletcher for the young men and maidens, and one at the home of Dr. Craft for those that have lived long enough on this mundane sphere to become sedate.


Silver Lake - We are having winter weather. The ground is covered with snow. Saturday last dandelions were in bloom and the air balmy. The sudden changes seem to effect the horses. A.J. Patton lost one of his team a week ago and Nov. 22d one of the Rose Bros' valued black horses died from taking cold. AND The entire stage route from Binghamton to Montrose via Silver Lake, is now owned by Frank Cameron. The stage leaves the Exchange Hotel at 3:30 each day.


Thomson - There is a great amount of sickness here among children with the whooping cough, measles and mumps. Some old people are very sick with the whooping cough. AND All persons who have reached the age of 60 years are especially invited to attend the Thanksgiving services to be held at the M.E. church. AND The lecture, "The Battle of Gettysburg" was highly enjoyed by the Grand Army boys.


Auburn - The large hotel of Mr. Haire, which burned on Friday night, was observable at this place. Mr. Haire has the sympathy of all from this section in the loss of house and contents. AND Pork 4 1/2 to 5 cents per lb.; turkeys 10 c and 12 cents; buckwheat 60 c per 100; oats 25 c; corn 35c; fall pigs 50c, to give away. This is the prosperity prices which have reached us here.


Birchardville - Measles are all the go in this vicinity. The teacher, Miss Hewitt, had to close her school for two weeks. She is now able to teach again but it is thought she will have to wait another two weeks for the scholars.


Lawsville - J.W. Russell's team ran away last week. He was drawing stone and left them for a moment when they started. They broke the wagon some and knocked the hide off their legs, in several places, but are so he uses them now.


Montrose - The funeral of the late Andrew Washington was largely attended from the house on West Church street on Saturday after-noon. Out of respect to one who for so many years had been their fellow-workman and good friend, the foundry employees attended the funeral in a body and all work in the shops was suspended. [Mr. Washington was born in Maryland, about 1824. He came to Susque- hanna County prior to the Civil War, most likely by way of the under-ground railroad.]


Bridgewater Twp. - The first to appear upon our streets with sleighs this season were Frank Gardner and Thos. Houghton. These gentlemen taking advantage of the fall of snow on Mon day evening.


Lynn - Anyone wanting butchering done, call on W.A. Chamberlain, as he is a first-class butcher. AND N.G. Sherman and Geo. Sheldon were among the old soldiers who went to Chatanooga last week from this county.


Brooklyn - The death of Fredrick Miller, an aged resident, occurred recently.


Burrows' Hollow (Gibson)- E.D. Shepardson, having rented his farm, known as the Clinton farm, will offer at public sale on Nov. 30th the following personal property consisting of six cows, about ten tons hay, one horse, lumber wagon, market wagon, plow, harrows, cultivators, farming implements, generally, and household goods.


December 06 1897/1997



Rush - Our 14 Rush schools are under the charge of the following teachers to wit: Fargo, Mrs. Franklin Lowe; East Rush, Lou Lowe; Rush Centre, Annie Mc Carthy; Devine Ridge, John Devine; Rush, Mary Hickok, Rushboro, Anna Cavanaugh; Snyder, ‘Fred Hillis; Tupper, Eona Kunkel; Fowler Hill, Nellie Swackhammer; Mcnulty, Andrew McGovern' ;Logan, Alice McCormick; Forks, Lora Hillis; Keech Hill, Martha Wood; Shadduck, Mrs. Mary Johnson.


Springville - It seems strange that there is so many of the feminine gender here that annoy others every time they attend a church service, by whispering, laughing and other unladylike acts. names will appear in print if it is not stopped.


Susquehanna - A list of plants growing wild on the upper Susquehanna and its tributaries is now being published by W. N. Clute, of Binghamton, and James Graves, of Susquehanna. The portion of Susquehanna County included will contain the plants of the watershed marshes, lakes, ponds and streams flowing north from them into the Susquehanna. This will be the first list of the flora of this region that has been published.


Great Bend - Old Mrs. Colston, a lady of 93 years of age, is gradually sinking; probably before this item appears in print she will have crossed the river. Since writing the above Mrs. Colston passed away.


East Bridgewater - Report of the Passmore School for the month ending Dec. 7, 1897. The following pupils received 100 percent in spelling: Lola Aldrich, Alta Wood, Florence Tiffany, Harry Curtis, Anson Curtis, Willie McDonald, Ernest Ayers, Jessie Campbell, 96; Bessie Curtis, 95; Katie McDonald, 96; David Campbell,96. perfect attendance: Lola Aldrich, Carl Aldrich, David Campbell, Guy Bayless, John Roach, Eva Hoyt, Minnie Pettis, Teacher.


North Jackson - Mary S. Yale has been appointed postmistress.


Forest City - J.R. Budd has been appointed justice of the peace to succeed D. R. Braman. AND The Methodists will observe the birth of the new year by holding and old-fashioned watch meeting.


New Milford - "Sense and Nonsense Club" is the name of an organization just formed by New Milford Young Ladies. AND The G.A.R. Post has surrendered its charter and gone out of existence. Lack of interest on the part of the veterans is given as the cause.


Tunkhannock - Tunkhannock's new electric lights were turned on for the first time last week and are said to be satisfactory in every way.


Montrose - Very rapid progress has been made toward bringing about the realization of our long dream of electric lights and it now seems well nigh certain that the time when the dark places shall be no more is near at hand. The kerosene lamps are scarcely visible. AND Christmas will be observed at the Presbyterian Church on Christmas night with pleasing entertainment appropriate to the occasion and bountiful laden tree from which the gifts will be distributed by Santa Clause. The Baptist Church will have exercises consisting of music, recitations, etc., and then two handsome Christmas trees will be stripped of their bountiful lading of beautiful gifts for young and old.


Thomson - Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 22, Miss Bessie Lamorte will be wedded to Prof. Holmer N. Barrett, the able principal at the Lanes Boro graded schools.


Oakland Borough - A.S. Van Fleet gives notice that his wife, Jennie, has left his bed and board.


Oakley - Dec. 3 was a large day for school district No. 10. A 60 ft pine flag pole had been donated by Mr. Frank Wilmarth, and through the untiring efforts of O. J. Bailey and others of the district, was raised to position. The flag which is 10 x 15 ft. and all wool, was hoisted to it's place on the pole by masters Jesse Wilmarth and Dewie Carpenter. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by the choir, and three rousing cheers given for "Old Glory."


Brookdale - The Hance School was closed for two weeks on account of measles. Miss Cora Phillips, the teacher, is now able to walk without crutches, we are happy to say.


Fairdale - Farmers are taking advantage of pleasant weather in turning over the soil.


Harford - David L. Hine, one of Harford's best known and most respected citizens, died at his home in that village, Dec. 2, after a severe illness of about three weeks. he was born in new haven, Conn., Jan. 12, 1815, having thus nearly completed his 83rd year.


News Briefs: By an order just issued by the post office Deparment the mails will hereafter be closed to papers or other periodicals that advertise or print missing-letter word contests or similar chance schemes which violate the spirit, if not the letter of the anti-lottery law. AND One of the youngest couples ever married in this State were make one in Berks county a few days since. The groom, John H.Seyler, of New Jerusalem, is 16 years of age and discarded knickerbockers just recently. The bride Emma Youse, 14, still wears short dresses.


December 13 1897/1997



St. Joseph - Through the kindness of their pastor--Rev. John J. Lally-- a way has been provided by which the parishioners of the Catholic Church may purchase a new organ for that church.


Friendsville - If a Friendsville correspondent writes correctly, the residents of that town hold the belt for longevity. According to this writer there are 20 persons in the town over 90 years of age and five who have lived beyond the century mark. The names of the latter are given as: Mrs. Mary Cullen, 104; John Gilson, 102; Wm. Seeley, 102; and Mrs. Ellen Garcey and Mrs. Pilaney Goelen, whose exact ages are not given.


Forest City - The Greek Catholics are building a church.


Hallstead - Our representative made a visit to Hallstead silk mill recently and found a hive of industry. The manager, Mr. Bernstein, said it was an assured fact that he had orders enough to more than keep the machinery busy all winter and would soon have to enlarge. Employment would be given to all the steady girls that might move to this place. While inexperienced help was paid moderately at first, the company has now in its employ 75 girls, a number of whom are paid $5.50 a week with opportunity of earning more money. It is a nice clean business and a desirable place to get employment.


Lenoxville - Some little stir was occasioned in the social circle when it became known that two of its popular young people had been quietly married in Jersey City. The young couple were Miss Grace Morgan and G. Severance. It had been suspected that the young persons desired to join fortunes, but it was objected to by the parents of the young lady, who is but 16 years of age. They left Lenoxville together, ostensibly to attend the theater in Carbon-dale, but instead they proceeded to Jersey and were made man and wife. Parental forgiveness ensued without delay.


New Milford - New Milford is covering herself with glory. She has furnished both Binghamton and Montrose with Mayors this year. That is, Mayor Smith, of Montrose, and Mayor DeWitt, of Binghamton, were both New Milford boys.


Susquehanna - Plans have been made for a 30x50 feet four story addition to the Canawacta Hotel owned by Wm. Donahue. The dining room will be enlarged to 60x22 feet and a 22x36 foot office will occupy the present site of the bar-room. A new sample room 24 ft square will occupy part of the new addition. Each of the three floors above will contain eight rooms and bath. The exterior of the hotel is tastefully designed with a tower and balcony. The improvements will cost about $4000.


Brookdale - The new Methodist church has been pushed with great energy, under the direction of Rev. Fisher, who lets no grass grow under his feet, and is now nearly completed.


Ainey - I.A. Strickland is erecting a large wind mill upon his premises, for the purpose of grinding feed, cutting fodder, etc. Gibson - George Hulburt and A. Stockbine have purchased the saw mill formerly owned by Payne & Decker and are doing a fine business.


Flynn - Our steam mill has not come yet, but if all hands draw their logs there, Mr. Terry will put the mill in the spring, which would be better than drawing the logs away and the lumber back.


Birchardville - The trustees of the creamery have let the furnish-ing of the wood for the creamery for 94 and 95 cents a cord, to be 2 feet long and delivered at creamery.


West Auburn - Report of West Auburn School for month ending Nov. 12. Names of those averaging 90 percent or over: Anna Fuller, 96; Clara Herman, 90; Bessie Sink, 91; Effie Inman, 91; May Wootton, 90; Mamie LaFrance, 90, Eliza LaFrance, 90; Sulia Angell, 93; Rose Wootton, 92; Jessie La France, 92; Edna Swackhamer, 94; Florence Lacey, 91; Eva Baker, 90; Bryce Cogswell, 95; Allie Jayne, 93; Lisle Horton, 91. Whole number enrolled 44. Average attendance for the month, 40. Susie Swackhamer, Teacher.



Montrose - The store of George H. Watrous has donned its holiday attire and presents to the beholder a sight of wondrous brilliancy and beauty; it is a veritable Christmas dream fulfilled. Utilized in the elaborate trimmings are magnolia, holly and wild smilax from the southland, together with our native running pine. Fourteen gorgeous Christmas trees add to the realism and beauty of the scene, and these trees are heavily laden with gifts of all kinds. It is well worth your while to drop in and view these decorations, whether bent on purchasing or not. AND Mr. Andrew Washington was born in Maryland in 1828 and died in Nov. of 1897. He came by way of the underground railroad from Dixie's land to the freedom of Montrose, when a young man, and was for nearly 10 months employed by Henry Clemons who at that time was in the carriage manufacturing business. After the labors of the day were over, this young man, taking a tallow candle, would retire to some quiet corner and there devote himself diligently to reading and study. Mr. Washington was married to Sarah Thompson in 1852 until her death July 12, 1887. Their surviving daughter, Mrs. Johanna Brown, has kindly and faithfully looked after the household duties.


December 20 1897/1997



Jessup - The 13th of Dec. 1897, being the 14th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Griffis, their neighbors and friends decided to make them a surprise party. What good things to eat chicken Pie, cake, pudding, cabbage, celery, pumpkin pie &c. The couple received a nice set of dishes of 120 pieces, l doz. silver knives and forks, a nice rocking chair, a pair of bed blankets and a number of smaller but useful articles.


Montrose - At the regular meeting of Four Brothers Post, G.A.R., last Saturday evening, Comrade Surgeon, Dr. C.C. Halsey, presented a cannon ball taken from the ruins of Fort Sumter soon after the war, also a piece of wood taken from the hull of the Confederate ship Merrimac. Also a book entitled "Four Years in the War of the First Delaware Volunteer Infantry." The gifts were gratefully received and it is hoped they will be a nucleus for a large collection of war relics. Those having war relics that they are willing to donate to the Post need not be timid about making their wishes known.


Rush - S.B. McCain's store was broken into Sunday night. Two holes were drilled in the safe preparatory to blowing it open, but one of the drills breaking off, work on the safe was abandoned. The cash register was broken open, only to be found empty, and then the would-be thieves left in disgust, for all the trouble they had been to. Three tramps were seen in Rush on Sunday and they are suspected of being the guilty parties.


Thompson - We learn that Miss Libbie Hine and Mr. E. Bennett, of Lanesboro, were married last week.


Brookdale - Lina Tripp has struck a Klondike--not a gold-mine exactly, but a mine of gray foxes, of which he has captured three within the last ten days. As there is a bounty of one dollar on each one, he is the only man in the town, who is making any money.


Forest Lake - Thieves entered the cellar at Charles Burr's after he had butchered, and carried away his pork that was cut up ready for packing, but some wily person, or persons, packed his pork for him. Such help is not gratefully accepted, and had Mr. Burr met his helper in the cellar, the results might have proved another tragedy.


Clifford - In Congress, Rep. Grow presented the petition of citizens of Susquehanna county praying for the establishment of a mail route from Royal Post Office to Herrick Center Post Office.


New Milford - A.H. Crosier, of Thomson, has purchased the undertaking business of N.F. Kimber and has taken as a partner, Mr. David VanBuskirk, of New Milford.


Hallstead - Hallstead and Great Bend ought to have a county bridge. There is no good reason for refusing the request. Those boroughs never kick when other towns ask for something. And it's greatly to their credit.


Birchardville - An effort is being made to raise funds for the purchase of a new organ for the church.


Lynn - Truman Baker has a good covered carriage for sale cheap for cash.


Hopbottom - Miss Grace Lord and Miss Bessie Lord have some very nice Christmas goods. Give them a call.


Susquehanna - The citizens of Susquehanna were thrown into a state of excitement early Saturday morning, Dec. 18, by a terrible tragedy on Church Hill. About 11 o'clock Friday night persons residing near the corner of Grand and Jackson streets heard a pistol-shot and shortly afterward, Mrs. Flora Yeager, aged 40 years, who resided with her mother, Mrs. Elvira Sweet, appeared upon the street in her night-clothes and stated to some passers that she had shot her mother. People quickly gathered, and entering the house, near the head of the stairs, found the prostrate form of Mrs. Sweet. She was fully dressed and conscious, but had a bullet-hole in her side, just below the heart. She said that "Flora did it," but immediately began making excuses for the daughter, saying that she had been sick so much that she was not accountable for the act. The daughter said they had quarrelled (which they frequently did) and that the mother had "made her mad." Mrs. Sweet lived about an hour and a half, and was conscious to within ten minutes of her death. Officer Washburne took Mrs. Yeager to the lock-up. She appeared perfectly calm, and gave some evidence of being insane. Mrs. Yeager was brought to Montrose jail, Saturday, where she remains impassive and will not talk. The murdered woman was the widow of the late G.O. Sweet, a leading Susquehanna photographer, whose death occurred about 20 yrs ago. Mrs. Yeager was the divorced wife of William Yeager. She and her mother have lived very quietly together and have, for several months, insulated themselves from their friends, and neighbors have believed that the mother and daughter were at loggerheads, and near neighbors predicted a tragedy at no far distance.


December 27 1897/1997



Brackney - Will Lealy, a successful telegraph operator, has secured a position in Scranton. Better run a line to Brackney, Will. AND Eddie Cahill contemplates going to the Klondike in the spring. AND A big time in Brackney New Years eve.


Brooklyn - There is an old barn in Brooklyn in which Bishops Asbury and McKendee preached in the year of 1814. Only five of those who heard these famous men of Methodism preach are still living. Rev. VanWoert has had the barn photographed. He intends selling these photographs throughout the Wyoming conference and the money he raises in this way he will give to the missionary cause. Any one desiring a copy of the barn can obtain it by writing to Rev. G.F. VanWoert, Brooklyn, Pa.


Gibson - George Hurlburt, with his partners, Almon Stockbine and Alvin Sweet, is adding to his saw mill, a feed grinding arrangement. AND Alvin Sweet has his new feed mill running. He gets his power from Hurlburt and Stockbine's steam mill. We think he will do well for he is an honest and obliging man.


Birchardville - Miss Frankie Howell is confined to the house with the fashionable disease, the measles. AND Report of the Birchard-ville School, month ending, Dec. 13th. Perfect attendance: Floyd Ball, Eddie Birchard, Harvey Birchard, Frank Robinson, Charlie Strange, Mabel Powers, Walter Jagger and Mariam Jagger. Those reciving 100 per cent in spelling: Rilla Ball, Hattie Jagger, Mariam Jagger, Harvey Birchard and Walter Jagger.


Uniondale - Mr. and Mrs. Mapes entertained several friends on Xmas, among whom was L.P. Norton, of (the) Montrose Democrat. L.P. is still alive at this writing; some of those at (the) table bid him good-bye with tears, but he said it was not his fault as he loved a good meal and meant to do full justice to it.


Rush - One of G.W. Devine's barns was burned on Friday night. Five hundred bushel of oats and 100 bushel of other grain were consumed. The fire was caused by an overturned lantern. Loss $1000, insurance $500.


Montrose - A child was born in Bethlehem, Pa., on Christmas morning, coming as a gift from Heaven to its happy parents, Mr. Joseph D. Weldon and wife (nee Margaret Smith). Its grandmother, Mrs. Ed Smith, of this place, left on Monday to visit Mrs. Weldon and the little one.


Susquehanna - In Hogan Opera House on Saturday evening, "Reddy" Connolly, of Carbondale, will spar 15 rounds with Jim Hartley, of Susquehanna, before the Pastime Athletic Club. AND It is rumored that the Borough authorities will close the woodyard on account of the expense of conducting it. Tramps will be set to work cracking stones for the streets. AND There is excellent skating hereabouts and hundreds of young people daily enjoy it.


St. Josephs - On Wednesday evening, Dec. 29th, the Misses O'Rielly and Messrs John and Joe Quinn and Miss Eliza Quinn, entertained at the respective homesteads, the following persons: Miss M. McDonald of Susquehanna; Miss Winters of Binghamton; and Julia A Coyle, Katherine and Anna O'Neill, Julia Calby, E. Bessie Coyle, Mary Hand, Mame and Joey O'Neill, Messrs. George Mack, Joe Meehan, John and James O'Neill and M. Smith, who drove out from Montrose about 7 o'clock. During the evening duets were rendered by Miss O'Rielly and Miss McDonald, and instrumental solos were given by Miss Coyle, organist of the Catholic Church in Montrose, and others. Joe Quinn favored the company with two especially rich and comic solos. The pedro tables were well filled all the evening. Suffice it is to say that the bountiful suppers provided for the visitors were partaken of with the greatest relish and the manner of serving was fault-less. The company, on departing for their homes, carried with them the highest conception of the generous hospitality of their St. Joseph friends.


New Milford - The Dramatic Society will present "The Deacon" in Harford, Jan. 7th.


Oakland - After peddling milk in Susquehanna and Oakland 40 years, Charles Beebe has discontinued the business. Charley always lived near the river, but he never scooped any of it into his cans.


Great Bend - The Christmas exercises at the M.E. Church were very entertaining. The auditorium was tastefully decorated with evergreens; the children performed their parts in a commendable way; the choir sang to the delight of all; many received valuable presents and each member of the Sunday School received a sack of candy and an orange.


January 03 1898/1998



Forest City - A ten year-old lad named Marsland, while sliding down Dundaff street the other day, was kicked in the face by a horse and painfully injured. AND James H. Buckland has been granted a government [military] pension of $10 per month.


Brooklyn - Chas. H. Tiffany, the enterprising business man and all-round hustler, is engaged just now in the establishment of a system of water works with which to supply the denizens of Brooklyn pure and sparkling water.


Great Bend - A most serious wreck occurred on the Erie railroad on Saturday afternoon. The engine attached to No. 8, a vestibule train, jumped the track on the curve near the station, turned around and fell over on its side. The baggage car was also derailed. Fireman Ready, of Owego, was caught by the corner of the tender, on the back of his neck, and pinned to the earth and killed. Engineer Welch and fireman Smith were seriously injured. Congressman C. Fred Wright was a passenger on the train, but escaped injury. No. 8 is a fast train and does not stop at Great Bend, its usual rate of speed through that place being 35 to 40 miles per hour. The derailment was caused by the spreading of a rail at a slip switch. No blame or negligence is attributed to any one, the accident being one of the occasional unavoidable happenings of railroading. The locomotive is the E.B. Thomas which was on exhibition at the world's fair, and is a total wreck.


Bridgewater - J.R. Beebe has been appointed Assistant Doorkeeper of the State Senate at Harrisburg. "Jo" is an unswerving Republican, who has done valiant work for the party and is in every way worthy of the honor bestowed.


Rush - The death of Mrs. Sally Frink Pepper, widow of the late Philander H. Pepper, died at the home of her nephew, J.O. Hartford on Jan. 22, 1899. In the 79th year of her age. Burial at the Snyder cemetery where she was laid to rest by the side of her step-son, the late Jackson Pepper, who was brutally murdered in October, 1897. The terrible experience of the night of Jackson Pepper's murder produced a shock to the old lady from which she never recovered.


Lanesboro - It is stated that the authorities will offer a reward of $500 for the apprehension and conviction of the fire bugs recently operating in that borough.


Hallstead - The Methodist official board has consented to allow preparations for raising the church structure about two feet higher on the foundation, excavating and completing the basement into several rooms for social uses of the church societies, at an expense of over $600.


East Rush - Our blacksmith, Mr. Hunsinger, is rushed with business from early morn till late at night.


Clifford - D.C. Wells, while doing some chores in his barn last week fell from a mow of hay to the barn floor, striking on his head, not only cutting but bruising his head so as to make him unconscious and caused a blood vessel to burst near one eye. He laid there he does not know how long, but made his way to the house. Dr. G.A. Fike was called and found him in a critical condition. He is now in a fair way to recover. The doctor thinks there are no bones broken. AND T.J. Wells has sold his black pacer, Topsy, to a Mr. Manning, of Lenox. T.J. thinks he has had enough of fast horses.


Uniondale - The semi-monthly exercises of the Browning Literary Society, were held at Room No. 1 Graded School, on Friday last.


Lenox - Monday evening one of the pleasant events of life occurred when the friends of Mrs. G.N. Bennett assembled at her pleasant home in Glenwood, to celebrate her birthday. A sumptuous supper was provided by the invading party and the evening was spent in playing games, music, etc., and a substantial token or respect was presented to the hostess.


Montrose - At the annual meeting of the Historical Society, on Jan. 21st, many interesting reports were given including R.S. Searle's reminiscences of going to a Quaker meeting near Friendsville, where the audience sat two hours without a word from anyone, and then they all quietly filed out. He also reported that it once took about two days to go to New York by stage--fare $5. Still earlier, the mail was delivered once a month by a carrier on horseback. D.T. Brewster spoke of Hamilton Youngs, the last surviving slave to come here by way of the "underground railway," coming with four others, assisted along the line by the "agents" of the underground line.


New Milford - J.H.W. Bradford died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. U.B. Gillett, on Jan. 14, aged 78. Mr. Bradford was born in Connecticut and removed with his parents to this county in 1840. He married Hannah M. Page in 1843, bought a farm and lived thereon until the death of his wife, since which time he has made his home with his daughter. It has been said of him: "He was a kind, good man; honorable, just and peace-loving. Having worked out the problem of life, he is now resting from his labors in the eternal sleep of a peace well earned."


Tunkhannock - J. Walter Tewksbury, son of Dr. Tewksbury, and a former resident of Susquehanna County, has just made a new indoor record in the special intercollegiate 60-yard handicap at Madison Square Garden, NY. His time was 62.6 seconds, winning by 3 yards over his nearest coompetitor.


January 10 1898/1998



Susquehanna - Last week's issue of the New York Police "Gazette" has a cut, supposed to represent Flora Belle Sweet, in the act of murdering her mother with a razor! The "Gazette" is evidently indebted to its imagination for its facts. AND The "event of the season" at Susquehanna occurred in Hogan's opera house on New Year's night, when "Tim" Hurley, of Susquehanna, and "Reddy" Connolly, of Carbondale, indulged in a 15-round sparring contest which was won by Mr. Hurley. Presented by the Pastime Athletic Club.


Hopbottom - Mrs. N.M. Finn, on Christmas night, lost a very nice black fascinator and wishes the finder to leave it at F.M. Tiffany's store or at her residence and thereby greatly oblige her. AND During the heavy snow storm Friday a fine large dog, about a year old, got lost from the team it was following. It will be found at the residence of Mrs. E.A. Williams. White fore legs and white around its neck and in front and a strip of white on its head. As we have no use for a dog, we wish the owner would come and get it.


Brookdale - Mr. Leon Wayman had the misfortune to have two of his cows get into the barn and eat all the grain they wanted. They were injured somewhat in breaking in the building.


Ainey - The dwelling house belonging to Herbert Button was destroyed by fire on Sunday evening, Jan. 2nd. along with all household goods, sixty bushels of potatoes and forty dollars in gold, together with a quantity of greenbacks. Mr. Button saved a coat and overcoat, but lost his hat and boots. He carried his children about 1/4 of a mile barefooted and his feet were quite badly frozen. Cause of fire, an over-heated stove pipe and absence of chimneys.


Gibson - The Y.P.C.U. will present the popular drama, "Out in the Streets," in Robert's Hall, Jackson, Pa., Tuesday evening, Jan. 11. The Gibson Cornet Band will furnish music. Adm. 10 and 20 cts.


Montrose - While B. Sebring was in town yesterday, and driving fast, he ran into a livery cutter belonging to A. Perigo, and occupied by Mrs. W.W. Reynolds and children. He was taken into custody before Justice Courtright, where he said the boys who had jumped into his sleigh urged him to drive fast so that other boys could not jump on, and to please them did so, not seeing the other conveyance in time to prevent the collision. He was allowed to go, but must settle for the broken sleigh. The occupants of the sleigh were slightly injured, but the cutter was completely demolished. Justice Courtright ruled that the boys who catch on sleighs and throw snow-balls at teams, and pedestrians, must watch a little out or they'll get "snatched" and he told the policemen to bring any caught at it to him.


Gun Hill - One of West Lenox's young men thinks that there is something attractive at the gables on Pond St. That is right. Come again, Arch.


Franklin Forks - G.P. Stockholm and wife, E. Stockholm and wife, J.W. Palmer and wife and Charles Palmer and family attended the family reunion at J.J. Stockholm's, at Hickory Grove, on Christmas.


Springville - Last Spring the Supervisors bought two new Climax road machines at a cost to the tax-payers of over $400 and one of them at least is safely housed under the broad canopy back of Albert Moody's barn in the field. The people pay taxes to buy these things and elect good trusty men to use and care for them. It is "supposed" that the tax-payers of this town "are able" to buy as many road machines as they wish, and house them as the Supervisor's see fit, but some of them would like to have at least a stone under each wheel to hold them up out of the mud. A word to the wise is sufficient.


Harford - Tuesday, Dec. 21, a party of friends and neighbors assembled at the house of C.C. Rhodes, near the Orphan School, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Rhodes' mother, Mrs. Sally Rhodes, who has been a resident of Harford township for many years.


Lenox - Cards were out announcing the marriage of W.G. Squires and Miss Nellie Nichols, to take place on Jan. 12. We extend congratulations in advance.


Uniondale - Who said the wedding bells were ringing? It was only the ring of Bro.'s anvil. Of course there was some cause for the story. He was offering honey at 10 cts. a pound in car-load lots, but we didn't hear of any sales being made. People seemed to be cautious about buying winter-made honey. Better wait, Bro., until spring trade opens, and then change the queen bee into the new hive and then let the bells jingle.


New Milford - Lots of good sleighing and lots of drifts to make it pleasant.


Rush - There is nothing new as to the Pepper murder case. There have been one or two more hearings, but nothing made public. Some persons think the guilty parties will yet be found, but the greater number are now of the opinion that nothing will be found that will warrant an arrest.


January 17 1898/1998



Forest City - Attorney James McKinney, of Susquehanna, has opened a law office. AND We are pleased to learn that Mr. Krants, who has been suffering for several weeks past from a attack of typhoid fever, is recovering.


Susquehanna - Chas. Beebe, a Susquehanna milkman, after 40 years of service, has retired. AND A Committee from the Board of Trade is wrestling with the sewerage question. From all the evidence now in, it would appear that Susquehanna needs sewerage, Montrose electric lights and Great Bend a County bridge-- and religion.


Harford - The Soldiers' Orphan School now has telephone connection with Kingsley and Harford. AND The Christmas presents for the children from the Commission of Soldiers' Orphan Schools: 855 lbs of candy; 107 lbs peanuts; 50 lbs walnuts and almonds, and three boxes of oranges.


Auburn - Our school took a week's vacation during the holidays. The teacher was kindly remembered by her school by receiving a fine pair of skates and two other beautiful gifts.


Dundaff - "The Villa," Dundaff's well-known summer resort, was burned a short time since. It was formerly the Ayers homestead and afterwards remodeled by Rev. Christopher.


Friendsville - Our dramatic association gave a first-class play entitled "Uncle Josh," the evening of December 31st, for the benefit of the Catholic church. The entertainment netted over $90, with an audience of over 200. They are showing "Uncle Josh" all round--brought him to Little Meadows and to Birchardville last week and will appear in Rush in the near future.


Dimock - The sleigh bells are opening their joyous music.


Hopbottom - Miss Grace and Bessie Lord are closing out their feather boas, fascinators, walking hats, sailors, etc., at great reduced prices.


Ararat - Fred Brooks found a ladies' gold breast pin, Dec. 15th, in the road between H.M. Davis' and the station. Owner can have same by calling and proving property.


Jackson - Miss Bertha Pope, of Jackson, a niece E.P. Pope, has accepted a clerkship in the Commissioners' office. Miss Lottie Deans, of Montrose, is filling a similar

position in the same office.


Montrose - The guns to be carried by five of the Montrose Klondyk- ers, who soon start for the gold fields, are now on exhibition in the window at the Central Drug Store of F.D. Morris & Co. They are Marlin carbines, seven shot, 30-30 smokeless, throwing a ball 4 1/2 miles. The happy owners of these guns are Messrs. L.M. Tyrrel, J.F. Harrington, Frank Lusk, Elijah Sherman and Jas. Stoddard. AND The contract was executed yesterday afternoon between the Borough and the Electric Light Co., for the lighting of our streets by electricity.


Great Bend - Prof. Cargill gave his high school class a sleigh ride to Susquehanna last Friday afternoon. They visited the Erie machine shops--and after partaking of a bounteous repast at the Cascade House, they returned home about 10 o'clock in the evening.


Brooklyn - Misses Josie and Jessie Doloway gave sixteen of their lady friends a sleigh ride to Foster (Hopbottom), after which they returned to tea, on Friday of last week.


Franklin Forks - A new firm has bought the acid works here and expects to begin work in the spring. Wood is being drawn and piled on the lot, which makes it look like business.


Jessup - In speaking of the death of "Uncle Lucius" Birchard, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Montrose, who held the position of tipstaff in the Courts, Mr. L.B. Pickett tells us that in early childhood Mr. Birchard and his (Pickett's) mother were schoolmates, attending a school located in a part of Rush, which is now Jessup, near the Bolles school house, to which five families contributed fifty scholars at one time, which number were included Mr. Birchard and Mrs. Pickett. Verily, those were the "good old days" of which we read but which are no more.


Lawsville Centre - B.L. Bailey had a chanticleer badly disabled by a rampageous canine.

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January 24 1898/1998



Bridgewater - At various times during the past three years the Montrose Democrat has referred to the fast approaching date of the 100th Anniversary of the coming of the first settler to what is now Bridgewater and Montrose, and suggested that this important event in local history ought to be properly celebrated. We are pleased to see that the Republican also advocates, in its last issue, a celebration, Miss Blackman having written a letter regarding it. In the fall of 1798 the first settler (Samuel Wilson) came into what is now Bridgewater and arranged to settle just below the present Montrose line, bringing his family the next spring. It is therefore nearly 100 years. A fitting celebration of the event ought surely to be held, either in fall of 1898 or spring of 1899.


Oakland - Oakland has one case of diphtheria closely quarantined.


Lanesboro - It is rumored that Drs. Miller and Newton will establish a hospital or Sanitarium.


Gibson - The newly elected officers of the Gibson Grange are: Worthy Master, Mrs. Ida Brundage; Sec., Effie Tingley; Treas., Mrs. N.L. Guard; Lecturer, Berton Tiffany; Overseer, Mr. E.T. Senior; Steward, R.M. Tingley; Asst. Stewards, Frank Payne and Mrs. B.H. Tiffany; Gatekeeper, John Hill; Flora, Mrs. John Hill; Ceres, Mrs. Sarah Tingley; Pomona, Bessie Senior; Chaplain, Belle Senior.


Ainey - A meeting of people interested in the Strickland Hill Cemetery was held this afternoon for the purpose of considering the advisability of forming a company for the purpose of having Cemetery chartered. It was decided to apply for charter at April Term of Court, in the name of Strickland Hill Cemetery Assn.


Susquehanna - It is stated that a party numbering 25 residents of Susquehanna will leave for Klondike in the Spring.


Montrose - William D. Lusk, Esq., will accompany the Montrose Klondikers as far as Seattle and will superintend their embarkation from that point for the gold fields. Franklin Lusk, Esq., of Philadelphia and Elijah Sherman, of this place, will, we are informed, start for Seattle in about ten days, where they will remain until joined by the balance of the party about March 1st.


Courthouse - Our venerable and honored Court Crier, Mr. Edmund Baldwin, tells us that during his long term of service, which commenced in 1870, there have been removed from our County Court, by death, two president judges, twelve members of the bar (in active practice at time of death) and three tipstaves, viz: Judges F.B. Streeter and P.D. Morrow; Attorneys, L.F. Fitch, R.B. Little (the first), B.S. Bentley, M.J. Larabee, Eugene O'Neill, L.P. Hinds, E.L. Blakeslee, C.E. Lyman, A.O. Warren, Hugh McCollum, Geo. S. Jessup and Huntting C. Jessup; tipstaves, James Simmon, Christopher Sherman and Lucius W. Birchard.


Hallstead and Great Bend - Hallstead and Great Bend people have formed a base ball pool, and will jointly put an aggregation of diamond stars on the road in the early spring to play exhibition games in various places, after which they will return home prepared to meet all comers. It is rumored that Susquehanna and Oakland sports are also contemplating partnership in a base ball venture.


Forest Lake - The day for the Ladies' Aid at Mrs. Silas Jagger's, being the New Year's Day, was one of snow, but Messrs Cole and Hoag broke roads and a party of 15 gathered for New Years' dinner. The quilting was postponed to the Tuesday following.


Auburn - Henry Johnson, of Dimock, and Miss Nettie Stillwell, of Lynn, were united in marriage here at the parsonage, on Tuesday night of last week. It so happened that Rev. Jenkins was called to preach at Fairdale that night, consequently the contracting parties were compelled to wait until nearly 12 o'clock. We think it was really too bad, but then better late that never.


Lenox - W.G. Squires new house had a narrow escape from being consumed by fire recently. The smoke pipe from the furnace runs very close to the floor in the cellar, and that is where the fire caught, but the presence of workmen and a barrel of water in the cellar prevented any serious damage.


Rush - Wm. Hibbard, a dealer in pork, calves, poultry, etc., bought just previous to the holidays a quantity of pork and shipped it to a man by the name of Canfield, at Trenton, N.J., who sold the pork to various parties among whom was a lady who purchased a hind quarter of a pig, and in preparing it for the oven, discovered on the pig's tail a gold ring set with three stones. The ring was partially imbedded in the tail, showing that it had been there for some time. The lady reported the find to Mr. Canfield who in turn wrote Mr. Hibbard for information regarding the ring. Mr. Hibbard is unable to account for the ring, but during a recent trip to Trenton, ascertained that the ring is valued at about $40. An effort will be made to discover the owner of the ring. This is the latest from Rush, and is not a fish story.


News Briefs: Congressman Arnold, who desires to slide into the seat of our own Galusha Grow, uses as a trump card the fact that Mr. Grow is old. All the same, Mr. Grow is the youngest old man in public life to day, and he will probably stay just where he is until he either dies or resigns. The esteemed and astute Mr. Arnold will do well to get another issue. He is getting a match pretty near to a powder barrel. (The bold key was on by mistake. Please use regular type for the above).


January 31 1898/1998


Lawsville - Frank Bailey, who went to Mount Pleasant, Ohio, last fall to take charge of a creamery, likes the country very much and also his position, and by the way Frank understands the business all right.


Uniondale - Lewis Lake was largely patronized by the young people of this place last Saturday night. Large fires were built and a merry time had even though the rumor that a large party from Carbondale were coming failed to materialize, and many of the young people were disappointed, still on a whole a very enjoyable time was had. AND Frank Westgate is erecting a large ice house and when finished it will have a thousand ton capacity, which he has contracted for. He also has orders for 500 cars for shipment this winter. A big quantity, but Frank is a hustler and will see that all orders are promptly filled.


Brookdale - There has been no school for three weeks. The teacher was sick first, and now a great many of the scholars are. All of Mr. Dolan's children are sick with the measles; Miss Mary Bruce is getting better; Mrs. Burns is quite sick; Mr. Kelly's girl and boy are on the sick list.


Susquehanna - A Susquehanna shop mechanic, and Methodist, has invented an improved Church contribution box, with a bell attach-ment. When a penny is put in it rings slightly. A nickel, a little louder. When a dollar is dropped in it calls out the fire department and a brass band two blocks down the street. AND St. John's old school building, on Broad street, one of the landmarks of the place, is being torn down.


Flynn - The Triangle Literary Society and other guests to the number of about 50, were very pleasantly entertained at the home of Mr. P. O'Brine, Jan. 14th. A well-selected program, including an amusing original comedy, a beautiful fairy divertisement [spelled exactly as it appears], various recitations, readings, vocal and instrumental solos were charmingly rendered.


Starrucca - Some of the young people drove to Jackson Friday night to attend the drama in Roberts' Hall. On their way back the sleigh tipped over and one of the gentlemen got his shoe wet.


Lathrop - Union Grange, No. 152, will have an oyster supper at Mackey brothers', Jan. 22d.


Montrose - Beach's foundry is now running ten hours a day. Harry is making things hum. AND The tip of the Presbyterian church spire blew off during the high wind of Saturday night, and striking the roof of the church, broke a hole through it some ten feet square. It had to be repaired Sunday afternoon.


Ararat - Mr. Barney Ferry wishes to announce that he found a purse containing two cents the other day in the road between the summit bridge and G.N. Wallace's AND A.N. Walker is stationed in his new store catering to the wants of those in need of food and clothing. West Liberty - Master Wallace Southworth is selling non-alcoholic flavoring powers. They are very good.


West Auburn - Singing school every Tuesday night at the West Auburn Hall.


Rush - Arrested For Murder: James Eagan and Cornelius Shew Now in Jail Charged With Killing Jackson Pepper. "They have arrested the Pepper murderers and have got them in jail!" was the startling though welcome news that went like wildfire through Montrose on Monday morning and quickly radiated to the furthermost extremities of the county of Susquehanna. Later in the day it was ascertained that after months of untiring effort light and truth had, apparent-ly, triumphed over what had seemed the most blind and baffling circumstances. The Crime. Few there are who will forget the horrid details of the crime--how A. Jackson Pepper, a farmer of Rush township, was foully murdered in his own barn on the night of October 19th, 1897. He had left his house, where he lived with his aged stepmother, known in the vicinage as "Aunt Sally," to go to the barn, just across the road, and husk corn. It was dark and the old gentleman took with him his lantern and a broom. His prolonged absence alarmed Aunt Sally, who had retired, and she got up and went to the barn; finding no light she returned to the house, rigged up an old lantern, and again made her way to the barn where she was horrified to find her aged stepson weltering in blood. Neighbors were quickly summoned and hurried to the scene. An examination of the unfortunate man disclosed the fact that life was not yet extinct, although his head was fearfully beaten, the skull fractured, and more than twenty distinct wounds in the scalp. Beside him lay a piece of an old whiffletree, which had been used as the implement of death, and it was bathed in the old man's blood; the grey hairs which clung to it told the story of the fiendishness of whoever used it. Near by were ears of freshly husked corn, showing that he had been at work when attacked. The victims hands and legs were bound with ropes and he had evidently been gagged with a handkerchief which was found wadded up and saturated with blood, indicating the motive for the crime to have been to secure the money the old couple were reputed to have hidden about the house. The unconscious man was tenderly carried to the house by Oliver Wilber, George Granger and George Pickett, and medical aid summoned. Dr. C.H. Warner promptly responded but the pulse was gone and the unequal struggle for life kept up by nature ended at three o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, when, possibly for the first time, the hand of Cain was placed upon the brow of some one unknown. [continued......]


February 07 1898/1998



Herrick - Two ladies have been nominated for school directors in Herrick township, Mrs. W.F. Lyons and Mrs. White. Good for Herrick; it has set an example that other towns in the County might follow with no risk of their school Boards deteriorating.


Susquehanna - The worst snow and windstorm of the season visited this section on Monday night and Tuesday. The railroad tracks were badly drifted and trainmen had a tough time. The big Leslie steam snow excavator was sent from this place to Middletown (NY) to release a drifted-in freight train and to clear the track along the New York Division. Two locomotives hauled Palmer's Jefferson "Flyer" and all trains ran several hours late.


Montrose - Mrs. H.A. Gregory recently sustained a broken arm, the result of being tipped out of a sleigh. AND The blizzard which struck town Monday night and continued the next day, so impeded travel that our streets presented a rather deserted appearance. The Narrow Gauge had a hard time getting up that evening, only as far as H. Brewster's farm, and three passengers stayed at Mr. Brewsters that night.


West Auburn - A jolly load from Silvara attended our literary Friday evening, also a load from Spring Hill.


St. Joseph - The Parlor Stove on which tickets were sold to pay for a new organ in St. Joseph's Church, was dispensed of Thursday evening, Jan. 27th. The winning ticket was No. 37 and was held by Mrs. Daniel F. Donovan of Brackneyville, Pa. Some 800 tickets were sold and placed in the jury box for disposal.


Hallstead - According to reports Carl's race track is to be the scene of every conceivable type of athletic game during the coming summer. It is doubtful if the place will be recognized by old residents once these features crystalize into reality. AND Owing to a neuralgic affliction Rev. D. L. McDonald was not able to return from a visit to Binghamton to occupy the Methodist pulpit Sunday, and Rev. A.F. Harding, of Great Bend, delivered an interesting and convincing sermon that "the arm of the Lord is not straitened." Though Mr. Harding is an aged gentleman and pleased to style himself "one of the old fashioned folks," yet everywhere he is regarded with great veneration and broad love.


Hopbottom - A birthday party was held at the residence of Mrs. Almira Brown and a few neighbors and relatives came in to help her enjoy her 66th anniversary the other day. They brought their work and had an old fashioned visit. Mrs. Candace Newton, over 80 years old, sewed without glasses. Others present were: The Mrs's Rhoda Case, John Tiffany, Myron Titus, Alzina Cory, Alonzo Bell, J.Y. & N.Y. Saunders, , N.M. Finn, F.E. Adams and Miss Pamelia Tewksbury. They all had a good time and it will be long remembered by those that were there. Each guest took an old-fashioned doughnut as a souvenir of the occasion.


News Brief: The time-honored prophet, the ground hog, emerged from his winter quarters on Wednesday, basked in the sunshine for a few minutes, beheld his shadow and beat a hasty retreat. The meaning of all this is, of course, that we are pretty sure to have six weeks more of winter.


Rush - Continued: (Arrested For Murder: James Eagan and Cornelius Shew Now in Jail Charged with Killing Jackson Pepper). "Suspicions" On Wednesday morning, following the murder, District Attorney Ainey was summoned to Rush and quickly responded, reaching the scene of the crime several hours previous to the death of Jackson Pepper. Suspicions of all kinds were presented to him. Some people in their eagerness insisted that everyone in Rush township should be arrested and made to prove their whereabouts at the time the crime was committed--a sort of putting everything through the sieve, in the hope that the guilty person would not go through. Some wanted blood hounds, ignoring the fact that the rain of the previous night or early morning had obliterated the trail--and also that with nothing to set the dog to, the scent would more likely lead to the body of A.J. Pepper himself, or possibly to Mr. Pickett, Mr. Wilber or Mr. Granger, who had so kindly helped to carry the body to the house. There were theories and suspicions by the score; this one and that one being pointed out by an anxious public as the guilty parties. Realizing that there was a double duty to be performed--first to discover and bring to justice the guilty, if possible; second to clear away unjust suspicions resting on the innocent--Dist. Atty. Ainey offered his service to the acting coroner, A. Carter, Esq., who availed himself thereof. Every person with a theory or suspicion or a "suggestion" was heard, and so far as practicable, each of these was run out. At the very outset, two theories presented themselves prominently. First, that the crime was the work of local people; second, that it was the work of tramps. The former seemed the more feasible, because it was hardly to be credited that tramps would know the rumors concerning Pepper's secreted wealth, or that they would leave a pocketbook containing $85 untouched in the old man's pocket. There was, however, to support the tramp theory, the fact that two men who were credited with belonging to the "hobo" family, were seen in the vicinity of Fairdale, at Swackhammer's near Butterfield Springs, and at several other places on the road to Skinner's Eddy. Mr. Ainey had at once placed himself in communication with one of the best detective agencies in the United States, and within a week from the date of the murder one of their most skilled operators, fresh from the succesful solution of another murder case, was in Rush and hard at work. He was given full sway and his daily operations were reported through headquarters to the District Attorney's office. One by one all "clues" concerning the local suspects were run out and abandoned. About 150 witnesses were examined before the coroner's jury, and a record of their evidence preserved for future use. [To be continued....]


February 14 1898/1998



Dimock - The condition of the roads in Dimock Make it quite evident that the supervisors have all drifted under.


Auburn - Virgie Birch Lost a nice horse not long since. About a year ago he lost the mate to it. He has the sympathy of all.


New Milford - The Pythian Minstrels gave a very pleasant entertainment at the Opera House.


Franklin Forks - Dimock Turrell and wife are taking care of old Mrs. Colter. She has lived alone in her little old house for years, but she is getting so feeble that she consented to come and live at Mr Turrell's she is well up[ in her eighties.


Susquehanna - At St. Rose's Convent , Carbondale, this week , eight ladies took the white veil , and were received into the Religious Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Novices. Two from this place were: Miss Celia O'Connell , in religion Sr. M. Martina and Miss Mary Kinsley, in religion Sr. M. Servula


Gibson - The Kingley Orchestra furnished a very fine entertainment on Tuesday evening. The playing of Mr. Adams on the violin and piccolo called for repeated encores.


North Jackson - The anual campfire of Myron French Post, G. A. R. , was given Friday evening. it was one of the best entertainments given by the Society. The selections rendered by the New Milford Banjo and Mandolin Club were new and up to date. The vocal solos of Master Leon Bryant and recitation of Miss Mate Curtis were of high order of merit, Receipts $20.00.


Hallstead - Hallstead is afflicted with measles, burglars, and a toll bridge. The latter only is chronic.


Lanesboro - Some wicked wretches have been stealing hides from the tannery.


Ainey - Parties interested are preparing to build sheds for teams at the church. AND There will be an oyster supper at the home of Fred Kittle, near Lindaville, For benefit of the Pastor of Union church, on Friday evening, Feb 11th.


Rush - Continued from last week: (Arrested For Murder: James Eagan and Cornelius Shew Now in Jail Charged With Killing Jackson Pepper). Next, attention was called more particularly to the so called tramps. Their steps from the time they left Rosencrantz' store in Fairdale to the time they stopped at Sylvester Powers', and later reached Skinner's Eddy, were carefully traced and the conclusion was reached that if tramps they were so only by disguise. J.H. Rosencrantz, the merchant at Fairdale and Wellington Harvey, who passed them on the road, were enabled to give a very complete description of them, which with a briar pipe tobacco coupon issued by D.M. Scotten & Co., a white handkerchief covered with blood, and the ropes with which Jackson Pepper was tied, furnished the only clues. No rope of the kind used was to be found at any store within a radius of 20 miles of Rush, neither was tobacco, contain-ing the peculiar kind of coupon mentioned, to be found in any store in that vicinity. It was conceded that the prospects of a solution of the mystery were dark, and the detective ventured the opinion that it was one of those cases wherein the evidence outside the knowledge of two or three, including the perpetrators of the crime, was of trivial character and that its ultimate solution would depend on some chance word dropped by the guilty parties or their friends. On the first day of January the detective was withdrawn from the case,and the District Atty. was left to his own resources in carrying on further investigation. On Wednesday of last week, W.S. Mersels, of Binghamton, formerly of Susquehanna county, and uncle of Susie Graham, communicated with the District Atty. that he had reason to suspect that James Smith and another person, whose name he did not know, were the guilty parties, and that his information was derived from statements made to him by Susie Graham. On Thursday, Susie Graham was prevailed upon to visit Montrose, where she told the District Attorney that shortly after the Pepper murder, she had heard Cornelius Shew and James Smith discuss the matter. Her description of Shew tallied exactly with that one of the two so-called tramps, and her story agreed with the evidence already in the hands of the officers. The Mystery Solved. The story of the murder of Jackson Pepper, as the District Atty. expects to prove at the trial, is certainly startling, and, if true, would seem to leave nothing lacking in the web of evidence, which envelops Smith [Eagan] and Shew, who are now in jail charged with murder. The story is as follows: Some time in the spring of 1896, James Smith, or as he now calls himself, James Eagan, met Susie Graham, daughter of George Graham, of Rush township, this county; they were both residing in Binghamton, where Smith was employed on the D & H R.R. Smith lived with the Graham woman for about a year and a half, she taking his name being known as Nell Smith, although they were not married. In March, 1897, they went to George Graham's in Rush, remaianing there until June or July, when they left for Susquehanna, where they continued together until November or December, when they separated. While in Susquehanna, for the greater part of the time, they occupied a portion of Mrs. Janet Witbrook's house. While there Smith became acquainted with Cornelius Shew, and Shew subsequently took his meals at Smith's. It was in this house that the plans were made between Smith and Shew to go to Rush, overpower Pepper and his stepmother, "Aunt Sally," and secure the large amount money which they were supposed to have secreted about the house and which smith had heard about while living in Rush. [To be continued next week...]


February 21 1898/1998



New Milford - A New Milford man shot seven times at a wild cat, killed his own dog, wounded a farmer in the leg and nearly put out his own eyes. The wildcat escaped.


Susquehanna - Billy Reagan, of Corning, is in training here for his fight with "Reddy" Connolly, of Carbondale, to take place in the latter city on Friday evening. Reagan is being trained by Jack Stavin, of San Francisco.


Brookdale - Last Wednesday, Feb. 9, there was a party at Wm. Wilber's in honor of birthdays of his wife and son, she being 56 and he 12 years of age. The old folks went in the day time and the young people in the evening. All had a good time.


Silver Lake - The ice houses around the Lakes are now filled with a fine quality of ice. O.C. Caswell has stored 50 tons, Rose Bros. 100 tons, Col. James West the same and B.J. Barney, Quaker Lake, 130 tons. Many teams are still hauling ice to the Richmond Hill creamery.


Gibson - Word has been received here of the death of Rev. George. R. Haire, which occurred in Mankato, Minn., Jan. 23d. He was the minister in charge of the Gibson Methodist church at the time of its dedication in June of 1869. He came to America in 1858 from England, and first served in the Wyoming Conference. During his ministry of 42 years he missed but one appointment. He served 14 years as presiding elder, the last six in the district of Mankato. Peritonitis was the cause of his death.


Montrose - A picture of youthful depravity was presented one evening last week in front of Village Hall. Several boys, apparently ranging from 10 to 15 years of age,

had gathered there, and were down on their knees on the sidewalk throwing dice for pennies, their operations being carried on by the pale glimmer of the street lamp.


Auburn - G. Warner was arrested last week and brought before Justice Adams, charged and convicted of having carved an immoral figure beside the school house door. Bail of $100 was required, but failing to obtain it, he was taken to jail by constable Edwards. Boys of other schools take warning.


Choconut - The many friends of Thomas Winters will be sorry to hear of his sudden departure to the Golden Fields of Klondyke. AND It is not unusual to see a dashing Portland cutter drawn by a spirited grey go by on these moonlight nights. "Good for Charles."


Hopbottom - The Ladies' Aid of the Universalist church, will give a Colonial Supper on Tuesday evening, Feb. 22d, in I.W. Wright's building. Come one and all, and see the dear old ladies spinning. Geo. and Martha Washington will be there and many notable dames of ye old time. There will be a sale of fancy articles, useful and ornamental, at reasonable prices. A delicious New England supper will be served at 20 cents a plate, at 6 o'clock. A pleasing programme will be rendered.


Forest City - There was a hot fight at Tuesday's election in which M.J. Collins (D) was elected Justice of the Peace by 3 majority and Henry Ordung, Assessor, by 2 majority.


ARRESTED FOR MURDER: [Continued from last week]. It was in this house that the plans were made between Smith and Shew to go to Rush, overpower Jackson Pepper and his stepmother, "Aunt Sally," if necessary to do so, and secure the large amount of money which they were supposed to have secreted about the house and concerning which Smith had heard so much while he was living in Rush. On Sunday night, Oct 17, last, Smith and Shew secured from Wing Lee, a Chinese laundryman of Susquehanna, a piece of rope under pretext that they were going fishing and wanted it for anchor ropes. The next morning, at 6 o'clock, they started on foot, going to Brushville, and from thence by the Moss road to New Milford; from New Milford they walked to Heart Lake, and from there they followed the railroad track to Montrose, which latter place they reached at about 6 o'clock in the evening. They went to the boarding house of E. Griffis, in Montrose, where they secured their supper and asked for lodging. Owing to the Teachers' Institute then in session, Mr. Griffis was unable to accommodate them, but granted their request to sleep in his barn. After breakfast at his house, Tuesday morning, they left continuing their journey on foot toward Rush. Inquiry was made by them of a boy as to the road to Rush, and they secured a ride for part of the way to Fairdale. They stopped at the store of J.H. Rosencrantz and bought crackers and cheese. At all these places as well as along the road they were observed; features of Shew were such as made him an easy mark for the memory, because of a big scar across the nose. Smith concealed his face as much as possible as he was somewhat acquaint-ed from his former residence at Graham's. In order to avoid the village of Rush they made a detour to the right and north, again coming to the Wyalusing Creek road, not far from the house of Squire W.L. Vaughn. Crossing this road they went through the woods to the creek and gaining the opposite bank set down to eat their lunch and await night's arrival. While here, they saw Jackson Pepper come down into the field and milk his cows, and as he went to the house they went up through the field to the Butterfield Spring road, not far from the house of County Commissioner Haire. It had then gotten quite dark and they walked up the road toward Pepper's--passing the barn. They sat on a small lumber pile by the end of which they hid when the old gentleman, unmindful of his danger, with the lantern in hand, started for the barn. Smith and Shew here changed their plans, concluding that it would be easier to dispose of Pepper in the barn than to wait until he had gone to bed, because it might be difficult to get in the house without disturbing him. [Continued next week....]


February 28 1898/1998



Lawsville - The Baptist church has been papered, varnished and stained, and looks very nice. The work was done by Mr. Albee, of Hallstead.


Clifford - One of our business young men put his arms perversely around one of our fair young ladies in the street the other day, lifting her from the ground to the buggy seat. The young lady, being armed with an umbrella and feeling somewhat insulted, soon made fragments of her umbrella over the head and shoulders of the young man, to the great amusement of the bystanders or lookers-on. AND Henry Acker is supplying our town with new carriages and wagons.


Susquehanna - Among the sailors lost on the battleship, Maine, was William H. Tinsman, son of William Tinsman, of Portland, Maine, but formerly and for years of Susquehanna. He was 27 years old. [USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, killing 250 of the crew, initiating events leading to the Spanish American War].


Montrose - A rare treat is in store for those who attend the Magniscope Entertainment at the Armory, Tuesday evening. In all probably it will be the most wonderful sight ever witnessed. Life motion is reproduced with scientific accuracy. This marvelous instrument projects apparently living figures and actual scenes upon a canvass or screen. It brings before the eye an exact life- size reproduction of life motion with all its accompanying effects of light, shade and expression. The famous "Black Diamond" express, "The New York Fire Department Going to a Fire," The Little Reb," Lone Fisherman and His Finest," "The Farmer's Troubles or the Mishap of a Rural" and many other scenes will be given on Tuesday eve, March 1st at 8 o'clock. Popular prices 24 and 35 cents.


West Auburn - A.F. Possinger has returned from State College, a full-fledged butter maker.


Forest City - Last week a meeting was held at the office of James McKinney, Esq., to take steps toward securing a county bridge across the Lackawanna river from a point in the borough to the Ontario & Western railroad station in Wayne county. It seems that some time ago an effort was made in this direction but was not acted upon by the Courts on account of a dispute over the boundary line between the counties of Susquehanna and Wayne.


Jackson - Wm. W. Estabrook, aged 86, died at his home in West Jackson, Wednesday morning, Feb. 16th. He came to Jackson from Vermont and had resided in the neighborhood where he died, more than 60 years.


East Lenox - Cows are selling from $30 to $35.


Friendsville - The funeral of the late John Mooney, an old and honored solder of Middletown, was held from the Catholic Church here Friday morning.


The Pepper Murder - [continued] Mr. Pepper first turned his horses into the lot and then entered the barn for the purpose of husking corn; his lantern was hung on the end of a pitch-fork thrust in the mow, and he seated himself for his work, his back turned toward the door. His assailants, having armed themselves with a piece of whiffle-tree, crept up to the barn, observing him through the cracks; quietly opening the door they stole in upon him, and before he was aware of their presence struck him a heavy blow across the head. The old man tried to rise to his feet, but blow after blow followed in quick succession. Jackson Pepper fought well for his life, but his struggles were unavailing. His hands and feet were bound, and to stifle the groans of the victim, a handkerchief was thrust into his mouth. Having completed their work the assailants started for the house for the purpose of securing "Aunt Sally" who was seated in the kitchen not far from the window. Here their courage evidently failed, for placing their lantern just inside the gate they departed, going up toward Oliver Wilbur's, cutting across to the West Auburn road on their way to Skinner's Eddy. At Skinner's Eddy they found a freight train which took them to Sayre. They walked to Waverly, and from there rode to Susquehanna on top of an Erie freight, reaching the Witbrook house between 8 and 9 on Wednesday morning. Search and Arrest. To know the guilty parties is one thing, but to find and arrest them is quite another. Where were Smith [Eagan] and Shew? Susie Graham had not seen Shew since November, nor Smith since December. Smith had a brother named Kern Eagan, in the vicinity of Coventry, Chenango Co.; an adopted father, Catlin Smith, at Windsor, NY, and his own father, Stephen Eagan, residing at Forest City. Shew was thought to be in the vicinity of Deposit or Port Jervis. To issue a warrant for murder would have been to give fair warning, therefore the District Attorney concluded to take advantage of Susie Graham's allegation that Smith and Shew had taken her household goods which were at Susquehanna and disposed of them. Upon her sworn information warrants were issued on that charge by Justice of the Peace J.S. Courtright, of Montrose. So carefully was the real secret guarded that not until after the prisoners reached the Montrose jail was it known by the officers who accompanied Mr. Ainey, that there was a more serious charge against them. On Thursday a telephone to Chief of Police McMahon, of Susquehanna, brought back the information that he knew Shew, but had not seen him in some time. Mr. Ainey reached Susquehanna at about 9 o'clock that evening; and together with Mr. McMahon made careful search and inquiries for Shew. It was found by Mr. McMahon that Shew was likely to be at either Deposit, Rock Rift or Hale's Eddy, NY. Concluding to go to Deposit first, they boarded a freight engine, reaching their destination at midnight. Chief of Police Charles Perry was found and employed; a New York State warrant for Shew being procured from Magistrate Scott. Shew could not be found in Deposit and plans were at once made for the party to drive to Rock Rift, Delaware Co., a distance of 17 miles up the west branch of the Delaware, or Mohawk river, before morning. Continued next week.......


March 07 1898/1998



Susquehanna - Susquehanna has caught the fever of patriotism, now epidemic in this country. A military company is being organized. In case of a war with Spain, the members agree to fight for Uncle Sam for a period of one year. Now who's afraid?


New Milford - Mr. Heil will occupy the rooms over L.G. McCollum's store after March 8th and resume the tailor business.


Montrose - In driving home from Birchardville last Saturday, Messrs G.B.Horton and L.J. McKeeby, accompanied by their wives, found the roads in an impassable condition and were obliged to drive through the lots from J. Burr's place to T. McKeeby's, crossing many bad places, in one of which a spring was broken and the ladies were thrown out and quite badly hurt. The supervisors should look after that piece of road.


Forest City - Rev. J.C. Hogan was in Columbus, O., this week, as a delegate to the national conference of the Liberty party which was held in that city on Wednesday and Thursday.


Auburn - John VanScoten lost his cow and the good people here chinked in and replaced it, for which he is most grateful.


Great Bend - The re-opening of the Central House occurred Wednesday evening. Music was furnished by the Hallstead band. The house was recently purchased by Mr. Holmes, of Cortland, who has had it remodeled in the latest style.


Upsonville (Franklin) - There will be a "Card-board" social at Mrs. E. Lindsley's Friday evening, March 4th. A reward in money will be offered to the person making the prettiest article. There will also be a fish pond from which the articles will be drawn. The supper will consist of sandwiches, cake and coffee. Price 10 cents, children 5. Everyone come and have a good time.


Carmalt Lake (Apolacon) - A number of our young people attended the oyster supper and dance at Andrew Minehan's.


Flynn (Middletown) - The Triangle Literary Society spent the evening of the 17th very pleasantly at the home of Mr. Wm. Conboy. The program arranged for the evening showed that our young people are cultivat-ing the acquaintance of the very best authors; recitations were given by Misses Lane, Flynn, Conboy, O'Brine and Byrne; Messrs. O'Brine and Lane. Vocal solos, Messrs Flynn, Conboy and O'Grady. Instrumental solos, Messrs. Flynn and Golden. Sketch, Messrs. Conboy and Murry. Comedy, Messrs. Murry, Conboy, Gillen, FitzPatr-ick, Kane and O'Brine. Refreshments were served and before adjourning a vote of thanks was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Conboy for the cordial entertain-ment received.


Ainey (Springville) - People who have not got their supply of ice are hauling with wagons.


West Auburn - Dr. W.B. Beaumont, wife and daughter were taken quite seriously ill recently, but are now convalescent. Cause of illness, canned beef. Take warning and avoid it.


Rush - The Pepper Murder (continued). At Rock Rift it was found that Shew had been gone since Christmas; for a short time previous he had been working in the woods for a Mr. Lenox, with whom he boarded, and who lives some miles up in the mountains. A drive to Mr. Lenox's resulted in the additional information that he had gone to Kerrysville Acid Factory, and was still there two weeks before. Returning down the precipitous mountain road to Rock Rift, the journey was continued toward Kerrysville, up over the mountain, past a small station called Apex on the Ontario & Western R.R. Another turn off from the main road, and a few miles travel brought the party to Kerrysvile, just as the factory whistle brought the noon hour to a close. As the party pulled up in front of the factory office, a man rather undersized and with a shuffling gait was seen going behind a large horse barn across the creek, eight or ten rods away. McMahon said "that's our man," and no more quickly said than the three searchers started taking in both front, sides and rear of the barn. Shew was not to be seen. The officers kept perfectly quiet and finally a slight noise was heard in the mow and Shew came down the ladder; as he reached the floor he was quickly secured. Kerrysville would appear to be a typical place for hiding--situate away up in the mountains of Delaware county with neither railroad, post-office, business enterprises or residents, except those pertaining directly to the Acid Factory, it is a place not likely to be visited by strangers. With the prisoner, the officers drove quickly to Hancock and from thence crossing over into Wayne county, Pa., up the Delaware to Deposit, where a commitment was obtained and placed in the hands of Officer Perry, who started with the prisoner, on Erie train #5, for Binghamton. At Susquehanna, Officer McMahon served the Pennsylvania warrant upon Shew and Friday at midnight the District Attorney knocked at the door of the Montrose jail and turned over to Sheriff Deuel the first of the two suspects. The arrival of this midnight prisoner at the jail was sufficient to set gossip afloat, and it was known that the work in capturing Smith (Eagan), if successful, must be done quickly. So Mr. Ainey, accompanied by his brother, Charles H. Ainey, started Saturday evening for Binghamton and from Binghamton by the Erie to Susque-ha-nna; from Susquehanna they drove, together with Officer McMahon, to Windsor, where they arrived about midnight and where Smith's adopted father, Catlin Smith, lives. Inasmuch as none of the party had ever seen Smith, the services of John Squiers were obtained. Smith had not been seen in the vicinity since Christmas. At the suggestion of Mr. Squiers, Catlin Smith was visited. He is one of Windsor's well-known and most respected citizens. He was unable to give any information of value, as he had not seen James Smith or heard from him in over a month. It was then decided to go to Coventry, Chenango county, where Kern Eagan, James Smith's brother, lived. Harpursville was reached at 4 a.m., where breakfast was obtained. From there the journey was continued to Coventry, where a stop was made. Continued next week....


March 14 1898/1998



Stevens Point - The house of Daniel Deyo was destroyed by fire with all its contents, the family barely escaping with their lives. They had not even time to dress and were obliged to wrap up in horse-blankets.


Herrick Centre - As Mr. and Mrs. Howe were returning home from a drive on Sunday evening, their cutter was overturned in the snow banks near Casius Harding's. They were thrown out and the horse proceeded on his way alone. The cutter, somewhat fractured, was left at the Baptist church. The horse was found in the rear of the church. No damage was done, we understand, except to the cutter.


Brackney - Report from the Howard School District, Brackney, Minnie Cahill, teacher. Those getting 100 per cent are as follows: Patrick Lynch, James Lynch, Cassie Cahill, Joseph O'Connell, Mary Lynch, Nellie Cahill.Those not tardy during the month: James Lynch, Mary O'Connell, Cecilia O'Connell, Joseph Lynch, Mattie Cahill.


Susquehanna - Miss Julia Doran is in charge of the Travelers Home Magazine booth at the Commercial Travelers fair in Madison Square Garden, in New York. AND Up-to-date, Susquehanna's new military company is composed entirely of officers. For the looks of the thing, there should be a few privates.


South Gibson - I am sure your readers will be pleased to learn to that Frank J. Belcher, who has been reported dead for some months, is alive. I send you for publication extracts from his letter just received by his parents, dated Dawson City, Jan. 20th: "I am still alive and in the Klondike District. We have had a very mild winter for the Yukon country. I think there will be no suffering here this winter on account of the scarcity of provisions, although everything commands high prices. I think the country has been very much over estimated by the world, and if the rush here is equal to reports I think there will be a great deal of suffering and financial ruin here in another year. I may come to the States next summer if I get money enough and a few quils of dust." Oscar and Greeley, brothers of Frank, at last accounts were working at Hunter's Gulch, some distance from Dawson City.


East Lenox - Your correspondent failed to state that the "twins" at J.S. Belcher's were Jersey calves.


Montrose - Wednesday eve., March 23, will occur the "New Woman's" supper, at the Baptist church. This supper will be up to the usual excellent standard, and you will make no mistake attending it.


Rush - The Pepper Murder (continued) - It was ascertained here that Kern Eagan lived some miles beyond Coventryville, not Coventry as was supposed. A New York State warrant was secured of Esquire Kelly, at Coventry, and placed in the hands of Thomas Tifit, Constable. Inquiry was made of the Postmaster if there was mail for J.J. Smith, and it was ascertained that there was a letter in the office so addressed. The history of that letter is as follows: On The Thursday previous, at Montrose, Mr. Ainey had Susie Graham write several letters to James Smith, dating them at Binghamton, asking forgiveness for leaving him, and requesting him to meet her on the Monday following at the Central House in Susquehanna. These letters were addressed so that one would go to each of the towns where it was thought possible that Smith might be. They were expressed to Binghamton and mailed from there in order that the Binghamton postmark would appear on the envelope. It was one of those letters that was found undelivered at the Coventry post-office. A Special Delivery postage stamp was placed on this letter at Coventry and the postmaster at Mr. Ainey's request, secured a messenger who was well acquainted with Kern Eagan to deliver the letter at his house to J.J. Smith, with instructions that it should not be left unless Smith was there or his whereabouts ascertained. With this arrangement the party started out with the messenger about ten minutes in advance. The plan worked nicely;the letter was delivered at Eagan's, where the information was given that Smith was down at the next house, where he was living with his wife and mother-in-law. (This was the first intimation that Smith was married, and it was soon ascertained that he had married [the] daughter of Mrs. Streeter on the Monday before his arrest). The messenger turned back and in a few minutes after he had informed the search party of this news they were in front of the house where Smith was said to be. A girl in short dresses, and who appeared to be not over thirteen or fourteen years of age, but proved to be Smith's wife, said he was not there but was at the barn, several rods away. Here he was captured, without resistance, while reading the letter, which had just been handed him by his brother, Kern Eagan. Smith said that he would prefer to go to Susquehanna direct rather than go to the jail in Norwich and await requisition papers, as he thought he could readily clear himself of stealing Susie Graham's household goods. The return trip to Susquehanna was uneventful and likewise from Susquehanna to Montrose, by way of New Milford. At two o'clock Monday morning, after a carriage ride of 86 miles, James Smith was turned over to Sheriff Deuel. Later in the day both Shew and Smith waived a hearing before J.S. Courtright, Esq., on the charge of stealing the househhold goods of Susie Graham. On the same day W.S.Merselis made the following information before J.S. Courtrig-ht: Susquehanna County, ss. Personally appeared Winfield S. Merselis, who being duly sworn according to lawmakers information as follows: That on the 19th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven, within the County of Susquehanna, one Cornelius W. Shew, yeoman, and one J. James Smith, alias J. James Eagan, yeoman, unlawfully, willfully, feloniously and of their malice aforethought, did kill and murder one A. Jackson Pepper, contrary to the form of the Act of the General Assembly in such case made and provided, and further the deponent saith not. [Signed] Winfield S. Merselis, Sworn and subscribed this 24th day of January, A.D., 1898, J.S. Courtright, Justice of the Peace. (Conculsion next week)


March 21 1898/1998



Great Bend - Some parties in town who have a fondness for helping themselves to the sap which drops from the maples along the streets, declare that maple sap this year acts as a most vigorous cathartic. This discovery was made soon after one of the owners of the trees put an amount of croton oil in the sap buckets for the purpose of gratifying the appetites of the ones who "swipe" his sap.


Uniondale - What! oh! what! is the attraction at Pleasant Mount? Some we know, or else our boys would not wander that way so much and not return till the wee small hours. We are on to them and oh, we are rubber necked enough to find the cause.


Forest Lake - There were four men in this place who cut, split and piled twelve cord of two foot wood in one day, one man stopping at three o'clock. Who can beat that?


Pleasant Valley - A number of the young people of this place attended the singing school at Jackson Valley. AND John Curley, of Middletown, had a severe attack of measles, but we are glad to say that he is improving, but his daughter is very ill with the same disease at this writing.


Montrose - The bicycle season has opened with a rush. Boyd & Cooley inform us that they have already sold eleven wheels.


Birchardville - For the benefit of the public, [we] will say that Birchardville consists of 2 stores, 2 blacksmith shops, wagon shop, feed and saw mill, creamery, undertaking establishment, church and a number of residences; it is a very prosperous place and we feel very proud of it.


Susquehanna - The presence of the too-previous robin and the omnivorous crow is prime evidence of the presence of almanac spring. Watch the early crocus and the earlier tramp-cuss, get ready to move or clean house--and keep on your flannels!


Ararat - March 8th, being the 70th birthday of Mrs. Olive Bushnell, notwithstanding the bad condition of the roads, over 20 of her friends gathered at her home, giving her a glad surprise.


Hopbottom - The entertainment given by the Willing Workers, Friday evening, was well attended and greatly enjoyed by all. The ladies wish to express their thanks to the friends from Montrose who so ably assisted, and also Mr. J.M. Jeffers for furnishing a conveyance to bring them here. Many complimentary remarks were made by our people in favor of Leonard Titsworth, Van Munger, Robert Raynsford and Bert Barney, and everyone was delighted with Mr. Joe Barney's solo. Miss Jeffers received her share of applause for the recitations she so ably rendered, and although Miss Titsworth was the smallest one of the company, she was in nowise to be overlooked for she sang very sweetly.


News Brief: Until recently, only those having ample means were able to possess a talking machine, but now there has been placed upon the market a Graphophone at a price within the reach of all. For home entertainment it is unsurpassed. You can sit at your own fireside and enjoy the music of artists, both vocal and instrumen-tal, by investing $5 in this wonderful invention.


Rush - The Pepper Murder (concluded) - The warrants were served upon them at the jail, and hearings waived and the case will go before the March Grand Jury. The District Attorney throughout the investigation and in all his labors connected with this case has had the hearty cooperation and support of Commissioners Tingley, Harrington and Haire, without which the successful solution of the crime might never have been accomplished. Rumors of confession are rife, the latest story being that both of the accused have given their version of the crime. Just what truth there is in this story cannot be ascertained, but it is believed that either one or both of the prisoners have made some admissions, on which the stories of "confession" are founded. At the inquest of the accused, T.J. Davies, Esq., visited them at the jail and had a talk with them, but whether or not he will engage in their defense is not yet decided. From the March 17, 1898 Montrose Democrat - Smith and Shew


Examined: Each Accuses the Other of Killing A.J. Pepper. Smith and Shew, the murderers of A.J. Pepper, were brought from the jail to the office of Justice Courtright Monday, where they were formally charged with murder, preparatory to bringing them before the Grand Jury Monday, March 28. The principal witnesses was Selden Munger, who testified that Shew had confessed to him (after his arrest) that Smith killed Pepper and that he (Shew) helped to bind him. This was enough to inculpate both in the murder, equally so no further testimony was taken, although it is understood that Smith, after his arrest, confessed, also, that he and Shew did the job, but that it was Shew who struck the blows that killed Pepper and that he (Smith) helped to bind him. Each seemed to think that if he could lay the striking onto the other, he would get off easier, though the law makes no such distinction--they are both presumed to be equally guilty before the law. They sent for T.J. Davies, Esq., as attorney.