March 28 1898/1998



Hallstead - Tingley's vacant store has been fitted up neatly as a confectionery store by Lewis Phelps, of Great Bend, who purchased the stock and fixtures of Bert Waterman, who has retired from business.


Upsonville - If the party who took the book "From Manger to Throne" from Merriman's store the day of the sale, by mistake or otherwise, will return the same to Wm. Berg, within one week, no questions will be asked. If not he must expect the consequences as he was seen by several with it in his possession. This is no bluff but means you.


Hopbottom - Mrs. Mary Strickland, of Lathrop, and the Post Mistress, attended to her household work, and the postoffice, and wove 14 yards of carpet from 7 o'clock until half past five in the afternoon. Who ever heard the like of this in the weaving line? We have it from her own lips, so it is true.


East Rush - Boys were bathing in Fargo's pond March 17th. Next!


West Auburn - Prof. E.L. Clapper's concert at the West Auburn Hall, was well received, and highly spoken of, although the class was mostly beginners. They were nobly assisted by Mrs. B.W. Wood and Mrs. George Wakeman, of East Springville, and Mr. and Mrs. Joel Carter, of Opposition. Miss Angie Parker did the organ and was complimented by the Prof. for her exactness and faithfulness.


New Milford - The Cornet Band is reported as showing symptoms of returning [to] life. The Montrose Band is--nit!


Fairdale - The Fairdale Grangers will hold a cronkinole and maple sugar social, Tuesday evening, March 29th. Everybody can get sweet for 10 cents.


Brooklyn - The Brooklyn Graded School will hold its commencement exercises in the Universalist church, Friday evening, March 25. The members of the graduating class are Florence Watrous, Nellie Terry, Jennie Tiffany, Mabel Nash, Glen Tiffany, Raymond Gere, Cady Weston, Berwyn Gere.


Forest City - An Italian named Giscomozzi, has for two years been troubled with very peculiar feelings in his stomach. Last week he called upon Dr. Knapp and explained his trouble. The medical man prescribed total abstinence from food and drink for 48 hours, then to take a powerful cathartic. The medicine proved effective, and the man was relieved of a snake measuring nearly 18 inches in length. This story is true and Dr. Knapp has the snake preserved in alcohol.


Montrose - The long-looked for furnishing of the Sheriff's office at the Court House has at last commenced, a fine new cherry counter desk being put in place the last of the week, to be followed by other improvements which are today, and have long been, really necessary for the proper equipment of the office. The new desk is a model of fine workmanship and was built by our townsman, A.E. Stephens.


Susquehanna - While on a steamer from Seattle, en route to Klondike, John Leavy, of this place, encountered his brother Patrick, who 20 years ago was a resident of this place. Patrick has not written home in ten years and it was supposed that he was dead. He is employed on the steamer. AND A Council of the Knights of Columbus was organized on Sunday in Odd Fellows Hall, with about 70 charter members.


Bridgewater Twp - A sad and fatal accident occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.N. Catlin on Saturday, resulting in the instant death of Claire, the oldest daughter. While the children were playing in the kitchen the second son, a boy aged about 12, stepped upon a chair and took down a rifle which hung high up on the kitchen wall. The weapon was supposed to be unloaded, but when the boy jumped from the chair to the floor, there was a sharp report and the leaden messenger sped on its mission of death to the bright 10 year old daughter, Claire, who was standing at the kitchen table wiping the dinner dishes.


Grand Jurors - Drawn to Serve for Week Beginning Monday, March 28. Ararat, Monroe N. Walker; Dimock, James Cokely; Forest City, Alfred Davies, T.P. McCormick; Friendsville, Geo Davies; Gt. Bend twp., Charles L. VanAntwerp, Thos. R. Messick, Wm. Parks; Hallstead, Walter Smith; Harford, F.A. Osborne, Hollis Bailey; Harmony, Fred Lee; Hopbottom, Nelson M. Finn; Lanesboro, Wm. H. McCoy; Lenox, Peter Barney; Liberty, Levi Northrop; Rush, Oscar Bunnell; Springville, Fred Smales, Wesley Bush, John J. Strickland; Susquehanna, M. Lannon, Jr., George Starkweather, Peter McHugh, Mil. Eidman.


Franklin Forks - Mrs. A.M. Snow has some very fine canary birds for sale. Anybody wishing a nice singer would do well to purchase of her.


April 04 1898/1998



South Gibson - The people of South Gibson and vicinity are greatly interested in the proposed railroad from Nicholson to Lanesboro and held a very enthusiastic meeting in G.A.R. Hall. At the meeting $150 was raised, making a total fund of $220 to be used in making a preliminary survey and obtaining a charter. At the meeting Hon. Wm. Maxey was elected chairman, Wm. Tobias and Wm. Shafer, committee on subscriptions, reported a large increase in the subscription list. Mr. Maxey gave some statistics showing how the population of the rural districts is depleted and that the township of Gibson has fallen off over 300 in the past ten years on account of so many drifting to the cities and railroad.


Upsonville - The men of the congregation met at parsonage and with the aid of a buzz saw cut up a good pile of wood for the pastor.


Herrick Centre - G.S. Tingley is laying a foundation for a store and postoffice building. AND Mack Sparks has sold his interest in the Herrick Cheese company to Stephen Carpenter.


Lynn - Eggs are ten cents a dozen at the Lynn stores.


Brooklyn - The ladies of the Presbyterian church will give a Colonial evening entertainment on Friday evening. An old-fashioned singing school and apple cut will be two pleasing features of the performance. AND The dwelling house of Hubert Johnson was destroyed by fire on Monday night. Scarcely anything was saved except the piano.


Susquehanna - a sewing machine agent was recently attacked by a fierce wildcat near Melrose; the only way the animal avoided buying a machine was by climbing a tree. AND The Canawacta House is to be enlarged and generally improved.


New Milford - Albert Heitzman will soon take up his residence, entering again in partnership with B. Carpenter in the grist mill. AND Miss Maye Seymore has a position as saleslady at Hills, McLean & Haskins, at Binghamton.


Rush - A strong delegation of witnesses in the Pepper murder case attended the meeting of the Grand Jury on Monday.


Silver Lake - Daniel J. Quinn, who was killed by the cars at Owego last week, was a former resident of this county, a son of John Quinn, a veteran of the late war.


West Bridgewater - Report of the Sprout school for the month ending March 15th: Those not absent during the month were: Thomas Groves, Charles Sprout, Arthur Bush, Alfred Lindsey, Shedric, Ethel & Dora Horton. Those receiving 100 percent in spelling: Carlton Hawley, Mabel Decker, Arthur Bush, Alfred Lindsey, Sirle Baxter, Elsie Imhoff, Thomas Groves, Shedric & Ethel Horton. Those receiving 100 percent in deportment were: Horace Baxter, Dora Horton, Nellie & Alfred Lindsey, Stuart and Charles Sprout, Flossie Brotzman, Elsie & Herman Imhoff, Susie Brotzman, Arthur Bush.


Montrose - An officer of the State Pure Food Commission visited Montrose last week and called upon the grocers to inspect the goods sold by them. In most of the stores he found some goods not permitted under the pure-food laws. In nearly every instance it was a case of goods coming from the manufacturers improperly labeled and no fault attached to the dealers here. They were glad to be informed as to what goods would not pass muster.


Forest City - It is rumored that the stone to be used in the erection of the new capitol building in Harrisburg will be taken from the quarry near Forest City. Stone from this quarry has been used in the Binghamton Court House and in the Hotel Jermyn building in Scranton.


Lanesboro - H.C. Chamberlain says he has sold nearly a car-load of the new Wheeler and Wilson sewing machines.


Baseball News: When the captain of the various professional baseball teams assemble their men for the customary practice preliminary to the regular opening of the season, they should understand that the most important study to begin with is literary and intellectual rather than athletic. In other words, the prerequisite of a successful season in 1898 is a thorough under-standing of the rules and an accommodation of the ball player's state of mind and habit of play to their intention. If any player thinks that the new rules are too rigid and too restrictive of the liberty that he has been enjoying for some years, he should change his mind and perceive that they in no wise overstep the requirements of sport. If a player thinks that it is suppression of liberty to be forbidden to pit his opinion against the umpire's, and that the order for him, when declared out, to retire to his seat in silence, is a violation of the principle of free speech, let him remember that he is hired to play and not to talk. All the talking this year is to be done by the umpire. We hope for less talking and better playing.


April 11 1898/1998



Forest Lake - The whistle of the merry plowman and the frogs are features of the present time. AND Miss Gracie Shelp has just bought a new Carpenter organ of Mr. John Howard, agent for those instruments and who is selling them like hot cakes. Mr. Howard comes to us well recommended.


Montrose -The electric light poles having been erected, wires are now being put up and the work of getting the plant ready is being pushed in all directions. AND Among the numerous views reproduced at the Methodist-Episcopal Church tonight by the Electromotiscope, will be the Inauguration of President McKinley, Niagara Falls, The Horse Market, New York Fire Department and Battleship Maine as she appeared in Havana Harbor, prior to the explosion. The Electromoti-scope is the latest Thomas A. Edison's 1898 model and a more perfect machine than the Vitascope or Animotiscope, and it gives the most wonderful, awe-inspiring and yet delightful entertainment it is possible to conceive. A leading feature of the entertainment will be the fine phonograph which will reproduce the sounds of life corresponding to the views. Admission: reserved seats, 35 cents; general admission, 25 cents; children, 15 cents.


Auburn - A double wedding here on Thursday of last week, and still there's more to follow. These happy couples were Charles Green and Miss Jennie Severcool; and Dana Stevens and Miss Estella White. May their remaining days be as happy as their wedding day.


Ararat - Dr.'s Cole, of Jackson, and McNamara, of Thomson, performed a very successful operation on Mrs. Eugene Stone last week for the removal of an abscess that has been troubling her for a long time.


Susquehanna - On Tuesday morning a team belonging to John Nye, of Jackson, attached to a lumber wagon, ran away when on East Main St. Dashing rapidly down that street they turned into Erie Avenue, and when near the Drinker foot bridge, went down a 10 ft. embankment to the creek. The team escaped injury, but the wagon was somewhat damaged. AND Jim Hurley, of this place, has challenged Jim Robinson, of Port Jervis, to spar him for the [boxing] championship of the Erie Railway. In any event, Jim will be the victor.


Forest City - Rev. G.B. stone, a few days since, pulled a shad from the Lackawanna river near the railroad station. To prove that the shad was not a sucker, he had it photographed.


Lawsville - I.H. Travis has started his meat wagon and will be pleased to furnish you with nice fresh meats.


Clifford - It is said the Misses Belcher will go to Klondike, as missionaries to the gold fields. The young ladies have two brothers in the Klondike.


Brooklyn - The Brooklyn school closed March 25th. The graduating class numbered 8 members. Cady Weston, pres.; Florence Watrous, sec.; Raymond Gere, Mabel Nash, Glenn Tiffany, Nellie Terry, Berwyn Gere, Jennie Tiffany. The program consisted of essays and orations by the members of the class, interspersed by solos, choruses and instrumental music which made a very interesting entertainment.


Hallstead - A small but enthusiastic company of Prohibitionists gathered in the office of the Messenger and effected a union for the advancement of the principles of the Prohibition party. Among those present were some of our best residents.


Kingsley - Miss Louise Sophia and Ruth McConnell entered Bloomsburg Normal, Saturday, in time to begin the spring term.


Bridgewater Twp. - Report of the North School, month ending April 2d: Perfect attendance - Agnes Hollister, Minerva Green, Bessie Holbrook, Ralph Vaughn, Glen Taylor, Eugene Hollister, Enie Holbrook, Walter Fancher, Ernest Green, John Clark. Absent one day - John Carr. Those receiving 100 per cent in spelling were Ralph Vaughn, John Carr, Ray Hallstead, Robert Shipman, Charlie Lindsey, Agnes Hollister, Minerva Green, Bessie Holbrook, Glen Taylor, Walter Fancher, Enie Holbrook, Eugene Hollister, John Clark, Ernest Green. Those receiving 100 percent in deportment were Bessie Holbrook, Minerva Green, Agnes Hollister, Ralph Vaughn, Delbert Tyler, John Carr, Ray Hallstead, Sarah Hollister, Ernest Green, Eugene Hollister, Walter Fancher, Enie Holbrook.


Harford - Mrs. Lucretia Tiffany, aged 81 years, got a carpet into the loom and wove 4 and 5/8ths yards, 4 consecutive days, the second week in March.


Uniondale - Married, at the home of the bride's parents, by Rev. H.J. Crane on April 6th, 1898, Miss May Bell Bennett and Frank L. Rounds.


January 28 1899/1999



Rush - Judson Millard, while driving his high-spirited horse toward home the other night, had just turned Angle's corner's when the bit broke and the horse sprang into a terrific run. Judson had no control and so he climbed over the dash and got on the horse's back and then moved forward and put one arm around the horse's neck, and with the other got the horse by the nose and stopped his wind and the horse stopped. A novel and successful way and worth noting.


Brooklyn - Mr. Richardson, our shoemaker, is able to be out again after suffering several days with severe bruises, caused by a fall on the ice.


Lanesboro - At last! Lanesboro has organized a fire company and expects to have an electric fire alarm system.


Susquehanna - It was last week reported that Miss Kittie Thompson, an aged lady, was dead. It was later discovered that Miss Thompson was alive; she has the satisfaction of reading her own obituary.


Dimock - There will be a social held at the house of J.D. Baker on Tuesday evening January 31, for the benefit of the Baptist church. Oysters will be served. All are invited.


Uniondale - The Uniondale Orchestra practices two or three times each week and we anticipate hearing some fine music in the near future. AND Dr. Underwood, osteopathy physician, makes his headquarters at Urbane Barriager's.


Franklin Twp. - At the sheriff's sale last Saturday Henry Patrick bought the Bloom Howard farm in Franklin, 125 acres, for $1500.


Great Bend - J.F. Carl, of Keystone farm, will open a store for the sale of flour, feed and agricultural implements. AND Last summer Robert Ferguson built one of the finest modern-style porches on the front of his house to be found in the town, and underneath his porch, unbeknown to even his own family, Bob operated an incubator. The middle of January his people were surprised to see the favorite old Dominick proudly march out with a small brood of thoroughbred old-fashioned chickens. Some of the family scolded at the idea of a Notary Public raising chickens in mid winter but Bob said he would show Frank Clauss and Sam More that he could raise just as early chickens as they could. Now Robert takes the chickens to bed with him nights and he has invented a patent feeder which acts automatically. We expect to be invited to eat chicken-pie and strawberries and cream at his residence the last of May if Robert's bodily heat and hovering qualities hold out during February and March.


Harford - Word was received that Judge Henry Warren Williams, one of the seven justices of the supreme court of Pennsylvania, died January 25th. Born in Harford in 1830, he studied law at Wellsboro, Tioga county, and was admitted to the bar of that county in 1854. In 1865 he was appointed by Governor Curtin as law judge of the fourth state judicial district. He was subsequently elected and re-elected and occupied the position for over 22 years. He was elected a supreme court judge in 1887 for a term of 21 years.


Brookdale - Mrs. L.W. Allen celebrated her 79th birthday last Tuesday, the 24th. She walked to her daughter's a short distance, and took dinner with her family and some friends.


Montrose - The dispute that has arisen as to who is entitled to the $1000 reward offered by the Commissioners for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the murderers of Jackson Pepper, is to be settled in the courts. W.S. Merselis, who was the first to give the District Attorney the information that led to the arrest of Shew and Eagan, has brought suit against the county to obtain the payment of the reward. Chief-of-Police McMahon, of Susquehanna, and Deputy Sheriff Perry, of Deposit, who assisted in the arrest of the prisoners, both claim the reward and Susie Graham thinks she is entitled to it.


Ainey - Mrs. Ida Sutton requests the person who has her hay knife to please return it as it is needed.


Forest City - The hotel of Peter Walsh, near the Erie depot, was completely gutted and the building nearly destroyed by fire last week. Mr. Walsh's loss was about $1500 with $500 insurance. It was insured for $2500. It will probably be rebuilt.


Gibson - The Historical Society received two calls regarding the five boys who were drowned in the sledding accident reported in the 100 Years column of January 20, 1999. Fred Hoal informed us that his father, Leonard, owned the sled that carried the boys who were drowned. The sled was taken from his father by an older boy who wanted to drive, and therefore Leonard was not among the ones who perished. Jay Tripp also survived. Carol Tripp called to correct the name of Jay Tripp, not Ray, as the newspaper reported. Also, it is thought that a memorial window was placed in an area church for the boys. Does anyone know what church?


February 04 1899/1999



Alford - The thermometer is said to have registered 20 degrees below zero early this morning and at Montrose, 16 degrees [below].


Elk Lake - Elk Lake is to have a new church, operations to begin in the spring. J.M. Whitman, of Lindaville [Brooklyn Twp.], has the contract. It will be like the new church at Alford, built by him, which pleased the Elk Lake people so well that they duplicate it.


South Montrose - A chicken pie supper will be held at the home of J.D. Baker on Tuesday eve., Feb. 14th, for benefit of pastors of Union church. Each person is expected to bring a photo taken in childhood or youth. A cordial invitation is extended to all.


New Milford - G.H. Edwards has sold his blacksmith business to Leroy Brundage, of Gibson, who will take possession the first of April. Mr. Edwards has not settled upon his future plans.


Thomson - The following programme was rendered by the Literary society: Recitation, "Mrs. Piper," Theresa Burns; quartette, "Don't Leave the Farm Boys;" recitation, "Guilty or Not Guilty,: Irene Barnes; solo, "Father is Drinking Again," Bessie Bloxham; select reading :Kentucky Belle," Ethel Smith; violin solo, :Tornado Galop," Charlie French; recitation, "Betty and the Bear," Rosa Garvey; quartette, "We Are Sailing;" recitation, "A Grievous Complaint," Leon Potter; select reading, "A Model Love Letter," Edith Smith; solo, "My Sweetheart of Years Ago." Hannah Latham;


"A Slight Misunderstanding," Charlie French and Ethel Smith; closing song, "Farewell," school.


Franklin Forks - G.P. Stockholm killed a Chester White hog recently that weighed 650 lbs. He deals in this kind of hog.


Rush - There has been some grand and lofty tumbling on the icy roads the past week and while some of the falls were ridiculous and made even the fallen ones to smile, others were of a more serious nature. Old Mr. John Hibbard started from his house to carry water to his horse, but fell as he left the steps and striking against the post of the stoop, his collar bone was broken. He and his aged wife could not get to the neighbors for assistance and so the doctor was not called to set the fracture until Saturday morning, when Dr. Warner went to reduce it. Also S.A. Edwards was thrown from his wagon, when it slewed around, cutting his face and head somewhat and spoiling his physiognomy. AND The bell for the Rush Baptist church was transported from the L & M depot by M.B. Perigo.


Brackney - Miss Minnie Cahill entertained the Silver Lake Pedro Club at her home last Saturday evening, Feb. 3. The following guests were present: Misses Lizzie Ward, Julia Gahagan, Mary Kelly, Mattie Kelley and Messrs. J. Gahagan, F. Ward, W. Whalley, J.O. Day, J.M. Cahill, G.H. Booth and E. Cahill.


Brooklyn - A.W. Kent will sell at his place, Feb. 18th, at 11 o'clock, quite a lot of personal property; 8 choice cows, horses, wagons, mowing machines, etc.


Forest City - The people here vote at the coming election on the question of purchasing a farm upon which to care for the poor of that district. Overseer Holmes of that place, wrote to B. Thatcher, overseer of the Montrose district to learn the result of his experience with the Montrose Poor Farm. Mr. Thatcher's reply was as follows: "Yours of the 30th received. In the summer time, before we bought the farm, we had 24 on the town at an expense of $30 per week. In the winter it cost a great deal more as we had to furnish a great many with fuel. The day I made the contract for the farm I gave them all notice to go there as we should not help any more outside of the farm. We did not have one that went to the farm until we had it 8 weeks. Then one person went. Now we have three on the farm at a cost of $6 per month.


Uniondale - The farmers have organized a branch of the Five States Milk Producers' Association.


Susquehanna - A party of Susquehanna young people enjoyed a sleighing party to New Milford on Tuesday evening. AND Keystone Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, enjoyed a social hop and banquet on Tuesday evening at the Starrucca House.


Silver Lake - Silver Lake is deserted by all the Rose family this winter, except E.W. Rose. The death of Mrs. Main, that occurred in December at Brooklyn, NY, leaves Mr. Rose the only surviving member of Dr. Rose's family, Mrs. Main was nearly 90 years old. I think Dr. Rose gave Montrose its name; his father was from Scotland and the Doctor named our Montrose after the city of that name in Scotland, unless I have been misinformed in old letters. A relative of Dr. Rose always writes the name Mount Rose. It is to be hoped that all doubts about the year in which Montrose was settled can be removed. It matters little about who gave its name.


[There is great controversy as to the year--either 1799 or 1800 when the first person settled within the town limits]. Emily Blackman urges.."the celebration in 1899, of the settlement of at least ten of Susquehanna county's townships. Bridgewater and Montrose have a common interest, also Franklin and Liberty, Springville and Dimock, Jessup and Forest Lake, with Middletown and Lathrop and Clifford with townships settled earlier, besides Lenox the second township erected. Brooklyn, Harford and Gibson, much earlier in settlement would do well to celebrate--'Better late than never'--with the townships formed from them. As for Rush, as it originally included nearly the west half of the county, and was the objective point of settlers, at least on the Wyalusing, years before Bridgewater, it would seem fitting that it should celebrate along with Auburn and the other townships once included in it, with the exception of those settled in 1800 and later...." A.B. Smith writes that Stephen Wilson settled in 1799, about 1/2 mile below the centre of the present borough of Montrose and Bartlett Hinds came to the present site of Montrose in 1800, built his cabin and brought his family in 1801.


February 18 1899/1999



Susquehanna - On Tuesday morning some one stole a nickel machine from Hogan Block billiard room and, taking it to the Erie tracks, smashed it and secured 15 cents. AND Atlantic Lodge, No. 452, K. of P., enjoyed a banquet and smoker on Monday evening, in honor of the anniversary of the order.


South Montrose - The chicken pie supper held at J.D. Baker's last week was a success socially and financially; receipts, $21. There were 110 in attendance.


East Franklin Twp. - We have a Glee Club started, which has quite a number of members already. They meet once a week, serve refreshments and have a jolly time.


Brookdale - Patrick Kelly has taken to himself a wife--Minnie Grace, of Kirkwood. AND A few weeks ago Miss Woodworth, of Binghamton, and Edgar VanDewater, of Scranton, were at a social gathering here and for the fun of the thing played the part of bride and bridegroom in a mock marriage. It happened that the man who impersonated the clergyman was a justice of the peace, and on the strength of this, VanDewater, who is an elderly man, recently insisted that Miss Woodward should go with him to his home. She refused and vehemently denied that she was his wife. VanDewater purposes testing the legality of the marriage in the courts.


Birchardville - Our doctor, Mr. Coutan, is having a large ride; he has had nearly 100 cases, this winter, and has been very successful, not one terminating fatal.


New Milford - The Jay House is very pleasantly lighted by gas. AND The Pratt Library will soon have several new books to distribute to members of the Library.


Springville - Three new houses will be built here in the spring, one by Prof. Allyn, Elias Titman and Davis Leighton.


Forest City - At l o'clock Tuesday afternoon fire destroyed the Lithuanian Catholic church. Just how the fire originated is not known, but it is thought to have started from a lighted candle.


Uniondale - Bronson & Finn are supplying customers with best feed, meal, buckwheat flour, etc., at reasonable prices.


Montrose - The "weight social" at H.S. Conklin's Monday night was a record breaker, as a matter of fun. The ladies were packed away behind a large curtain at one end of the parlor, and through holes in the curtain, (the ladies eyes only being seen), the gentlemen made their choice of partners and took them to supper, but before going to supper each lady was placed on large scales and weighed, the gentleman paying in proportion to the weight of the lady he happened to choose, and whom his choice was he could not be sure until she had come from behind the curtain. They do say that some of the ladies never weighed so much before, and probably will not again, as they were recorded that night.


Clifford - George Simpson, one of our oldest blacksmiths, has sold his house, lot and shop and its contents to Will Lott, a young blacksmith of this place. Mr. Simpson thinks of moving to Tunkhannock in spring. George is a fine neighbor and will be much missed in this place.


Harford - The Gibson Dramatic Society presented the drama, "Sweetbriar: or, the Flower Girl of New York" at Odd Fellows' Hall, Feb. 7, to a large and appreciative audience. The musical part of the program was given by Kingsley orchestra, which, by the way, is the best musical organization in this section. The play and music were pronounced first-class by all. Receipts nearly $35.


Flynn - Jerry Lane says the mercury went so low at his place that his thermometer was not long enough and it went down through the porch. AND William Conboy is in the lumbering business.


Fairdale - The annual oyster supper will take place in the basement of the church, Friday evening, Feb. 24. All are cordially invited. Supper 75 cents a couple; one person, 40 cents; children under 12, half price.


Thomson - The Excelsior society of the Thomson Graded school expects to have a drama in the near future.


Brackney - James O'Day entertained the Silver Lake progressive pedro club, Feb. 12th. those present were the Misses Julia & Anna Gahagan, Genevieve McCormack, Minnie Cahill, Lizzie Ward, Lizzie & Kittie Giblin, Mart Whalley, Lena Phalen, B. Gillooley, F. Ward, J. McCormack and T.H. Ward. Mary Whalley captured the ladies' first price and E. Cahill the gentlemen's prize. Genevieve McCormick and Bernard Gillooley each got a "booby."


East Rush - J.H. Hall passed away after a lingering illness, Feb. 11th. He was born in Connecticut in 1820 and came to this county when but four years of age.


News Brief: James Blakslee, who was for many years president of the Montrose railroad, celebrated his 84th anniversary at the Blakslee mansion, at Mauch Chunk, Feb. 12th. Many people called to tender congratulations. Mr. Blakslee was born in Susquehanna county [Springville] and resided here until 1833, when he removed with his brother-in-law, Asa Packer, to Mauch Chunk.


February 25 1899/1999



Forest City - voted emphatically for the purchase of a farm by the poor directors where the indigent of that place will hereafter find a comfortable home. Neither the taxpayers nor the poor of Forest City will ever regret the action. AND Forest City can now be safely placed in the column with Susquehanna as one of the banner Democratic towns of this county.


Harford - The Harford band will give a concert in the Odd Fellows' Hall, Monday evening, March 6, assisted by the Gibson Band and Miss Jennie Moore, of New Milford. The program is a good one and all attending are assured of a splendid musical treat.


Lanesboro - The hand fire engine which had done valiant service as the property of Rough & Ready Fire Company of Montrose has been sold to the newly organized Lanesboro fire department. The apparatus has reached its destination and undergone a successful trial.


Great Bend - The Junior League of the Methodist church held a pink tea social in the church parlors on Friday evening.


Rush - The hoisting of the bell to the belfry of the Baptist church on Saturday, the 25th, was successfully accomplished under the engineering skill of County Surveyor Hickok. The bell is a large one weighing, without the bearings, 850 lbs and barely cleared the aperture by an inch. The hoisting apparatus worked perfectly and it only took ten minutes to raise it from the ground and place it in its proper position. Great credit is given Mr. Hickok for the successful accomplishment of the feat, as it had been proposed to send of L.B. Pickett, who raised the Fairdale bell, but that was overruled in favor of home talent. The bell is an exceedingly sweet toned one and the society is to be congratulated on the possession of such a pleasant addition to the church.


Jackson - Uncle Charles French, after an illness of ten days from grip, died Feb. 19th. He was the oldest man in the township and at his decease had attained to the advanced age of 89, having been born in Vermont, Aut. 9th, 1809. He came to Jackson in 1832. He married Eliza Wilder, also of Vermont, and from their union ten children were born.


Springville - Sugar makers are just boiling over with sweetness these days. AND N.D. and Geo. Taylor are doing a right smart lot of work at their gallery. One dozen pictures for half a dollar.


Susquehanna - At a recent ball of the S.A.C. held this place, Miss Mamie O'Neill was [the] bell. Miss O'Neill wore a pink satin, elegantly trimmed with pearl passementerie and chiffon.


Ararat - Those who neglected to get their ice before the blizzard are having an unpleasant task harvesting and hauling it now.


Hopbottom - Mrs. E.A. Williams visited her daughter in Binghamton and got caught in the blizzard. You could not see but a little ways, it snowed and blowed so hard, but when over the snow plow was used; men and boys using the shovel very brisk to keep warm. The street cars stopped running, and but few ran on the other roads.


Kingsley - The pupils of the Kingsley graded school and their teachers enjoyed a sleigh ride on Monday to the home of Miss Louise Sophia, the primary teacher, where they were delightfully entertained.


Flynn - Jim, when you take your sweetheart out again, keep your cutter [sleigh] right side up. AND On account of the storm Maggie Golden and Lizzie McCormick were unable to reach their schools on Tuesday.


Quaker Lake - The Quaker Lake Creamery Company advertises for a buttermaker. Married men need not apply.


Silver Lake - Some of the officers of the A.O.H. thought it would not pay to walk to the meeting in the rain Sunday, on $1 a year salary.


Herrick Centre - John Murray has sold his fast horse to the man who has taken the Tresco mail route to Uniondale, to commence March 1, and to be a daily mail. According to the price for carrying the mail the driver needs a fast horse. AND Town meeting in Herrick was a wide awake one and one of great interest. There were 7 Republicans elected, 4 Prohibitionists and 2 Democrats. There was a good deal of loud talk by one of the Prohibition leaders on election day near the polling place, against Mr. P.H. Flynn (Dem) for school director, on account of Mr. Flynn being a hotel-keeper, but it did not seem to cut any ice, as he received the largest vote of any of the School Directors. There was great debate about who was and wasn't on the ticket and a decision by the State Superintendent that the voters were ignorant of. The debate ran well into the next day.


Death of Amos Bunnell: The late Amos Bunnell, of Rush, whose funeral took place on Sunday, the 19th, lived to the unusual age of 95 years and 3 months, retaining much of his native vigor up to a year or so of his death. He frequently walked to Birchardville, a distance of five miles, after he had passed 90. His memory of much of the early history of Montrose and vicinity and of the older inhabitants was quite vivid, and he liked to dwell on old times, old customs and contrast them with the present. At one time nearly everything was bought and sold by barter and a poor man had hard work to secure money to pay taxes, which had to be paid in cash. He remembered the first store in Montrose, the first store in Rush, the first wheeled vehicle and nearly the first of everything.


March 04 1899/1999



Montrose - On Saturday afternoon last the members of the Baptist church and congregation held a meeting to consider the question of erecting a new church building. After considerable discussion as to which would be the better--erect a new building or repair the old one--nearly every person present expressed themselves, by a rising vote, in favor of the new building and a committee was at once appointed to solicit subscriptions and report at an adjourned meeting on Saturday afternoon, March 18, at which time every member should be present. The present church building was erected in 1829 and is therefore about 70 years old.


Birchardville - Misses Anna and Urania Dayton, and Mr. Fred Dayton, all students of the State Normal School at Mansfield, Pa., passed through Montrose last Saturday afternoon on their way to Birchardville, to spend a short vacation at their home.


Great Bend - As a result of eating buckwheat cakes when his blood was overheated, John Nichtke was compelled to undergo a critical operation at the Binghamton City Hospital, and is now there recovering. Owing to the condition of the man's system the cakes failed to digest and inflammation followed.


Brooklyn - Prof. Hamlin E. Cogswell, director of music of the Binghamton public schools, has been appointed supervisor of music of the public schools of Syracuse, NY. Prof. Cogswell is a native of Brooklyn, where he resided for many years.


Lanesboro - Rev. George Comfort, for the past 20 years missionary in Montana, will soon remove from Bozeman to Lanesboro, the place of his birth.


Uniondale - Persons interested in horse trotting have leased the Lyons farm and will early in the spring build a first-class trotting course.


Auburn - The Poor Directors of Auburn Poor Asylum met on Monday and transacted the following business--They hired F.E. Donlin of Auburn for steward, salary $375; Secretary, W.N. Barnes, retained, salary $33; Treas. Chas. Stevens, salary, $15; Physician, Dr. C.H. Warner, salary, $30; The hiring of a farm hand was postponed. The newly elected Director, L.T. Birchard, of Forest Lake, was qualified and entered on his duties.


Melrose - Three Scranton young chaps, Louis Singer, Edward Gilroy and Fred Lannon, March 3d, made a target of the door of the little school house and filled it with shot. On the 6th, Constables Isaac Johnson and A.M. Cook went to Scranton and arrested the young men and brought them to Susquehanna, when the matter was amicably arranged.


Prospect Hill - While cutting ice on what is called Mud Pond, Layton Green and Foster Card pulled out of the water the largest sucker (as they say) they ever pulled out, but C.C. Ruland says it was the coldest bath he ever took. AND A merry sleighload visited at Mart Kennedy's recently. C.O.D. Ruland says that is a good place to go on your birthday, if you want your nose greased, and I guess he knows.


Lawsville Centre - During the recent blizzard the Truesdell schoolhouse was consumed by fire.


Hallstead - The following are the names of the prospective graduates of the Hallstead high school: John O'Brien, Claud Simmons, Odesta Arnold, Marcella Normile, Edith Trowbridge, Georgia DeWitte, Ida Hill, Hazel Ross and Arlene Millett.


Susquehanna - Richard Connors, Susquehanna's great composer, made a great hit in his latest song. Everyone enjoys to hear him sing as he is the possessor of a fine voice.


Choconut - W. Stanley has been busy all winter hauling logs to the Nugent lumber factory.


Dimock - A drove of cattle passed through this place last week. AND Eggs are 20 cents a dozen.


Elkdale - The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Burdick died this morning of spinal meningitis.


Forest City - The Ontario and Western railroad, having purchased the different properties of William Richmond, consisting of coal lands, expect to build a new railroad around Forest City soon, terminating at Stillwater.


Fairdale - Our Grange has been doing some strange things lately. It had been understood that the ladies were going to surprise the men at their meeting at the hall two weeks ago; so when the men came the women had a grand feast prepared, of which all partook. But next would be the men's turn to do the surprising, and all were wondering how they would do it; accordingly, on Thursday last, they met at the hall again. When the ladies got there, behold! there were nuts, candies, oranges and refreshments of nearly all kinds, and to cap all, an artist on hand to take their pictures; and the trouble was they had not frizzed their hair or dressed for the occasion, one lady having on a dress she had spun and wove the cloth and made nine years ago; but they either had to fall into line or back out entirely. They chose the former, everything passing off nicely, the ladies voting that the men were ahead of them this time.


Lenox - Organ agents have been doing quite a business in this vicinity. G.S. Bell has purchased a fine piano and B. McDonald, L.M. Titus, W.G. Squires and A.E. Rynearson, each an organ.


March 11 1899/1999



Birchardville - The seven months' term of school has been very successfully taught by Miss Lena Lyman of Springville and will close in about two weeks. AND A Literary Exhibition will be given by the people of the Forest Lake Center M.E. church at the Hall here, Friday evening, March 24th. Adm. 10 cents.


Forest City - Thomas P. McCormick, one of the sterling Democrats of this city, who ran like a house a fire for school director from the first ward, will soon take his seat.


South Montrose - A.H. Jones will take no one's dust this summer as he now draws the reins over a fine cream-colored horse.


Auburn - But a few changes will take place here this spring. Joe Westler will take charge of the John Lake farm and Flan Hibbard takes his place on the Mrs. D. Voss farm. John Smith and bride will occupy his house near the creek and Westbrook will move in the Mrs. D. Voss Tenant house. Adie White will leave the Corners and take charge of the large dairy farm near Dimock owned by M.S. Allen, Esq. Finley Green, of Dimock, has rented his farm to a Mr. Roberts, of Auburn, and will leave the farm and occupy J.J. Titman's tenant house. John Tewksbury, of Retta, will take charge of Mrs. John Smith's farm.


Gelatt - Harry Daniels has rented the grist mill at Gelatt. AND Arthur Bowell has taken to himself a wife and will occupy his farm in a few days.


Susquehanna - Having received his discharge, Horace Shannon, late of the First United States Cavalry, stationed in Nebraska, has returned to his home. AND Between 12 and 1 o'clock on Sunday morning a gang of 8 burglars entered the residence of Patrick Maloney at West Susquehanna. Mr. Maloney is a night employee of the Erie Railroad Co. and Mrs. Maloney and one daughter--a school teacher--were alone in the house. The spokesman of the gang told Mrs. Maloney that they knew that there was money in the house and they wanted it at once. Being refused the burglars seized Mrs. Maloney and the daughter and tied them with ropes. The hired man Kinley arrived home at this juncture and he was promptly seized and tied with ropes to a hook in the wall. The burglars lighted candles and applied fire to the feet of Mrs. Maloney, who from pain, was compelled to divulge where the valuables were kept. The burglars secured $41 in cash, a gold watch and some jewelry and fled. The condition of the family was soon discovered and they were released. Mrs. Maloney was considerably injured and for several days was ill from fright and her experience. It was probably the work of tramps, who are still at large.


East Rush - Our mail carrier is a good one and always at his post. Asa has not missed but one trip this winter; he makes the trip from Rush to Dimock, a distance of 9 miles and return. Wednesday he drove from Rush to Elk Lake and could drive no further; took the mail and walked to Dimock and back. AND W.V. Bedell, who has been quite sick with inflammation of the roots of the tongue, is better.


Lawsville - Last Monday a team of horses belonging to Levi Northrup, of this place, became untied and backed out from the church sheds at Franklin Forks and ran away, completely demolishing the wagon and harness. The team did not run far before it was caught. Fortunately no one was hurt.


Hopbottom - The maple sugar social at O. Case's was a success.


Brooklyn - Among those spending the mid-term vacation from Mansfield school are Misses Mollie Weston, Ethel Sterling and Cady Weston.


Montrose - Watch for Fordham's new ad next week, calling attention to the opening of the ice cream and soda fountain season, April 1st. AND Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Smith, of Drinker St., gave a reunion dinner to the children of Nathaniel Webster Eastman and Lucy E. Cook. Included in the party were John J. Eastman and Mrs. Elmira Beebe of Binghamton; Mrs. Elvira Southworth, of Lawsville; Mrs. Caroline Hopkins, of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. Fanny L. Burrows of Grand Forks, N.D. The only member of the family absent was Austin V. Eastman of Lake Charles, La. This family is one of the oldest in the country, being descendents of Roger Eastman, who came to America in the ship Confidence in 1640, and of Francis Cook, who came to this country in the Mayflower in 1620.


Hallstead\Great Bend - Hallstead-Great Bend held their jubilee over he return of the soldiers of Co. G. on Tuesday, and those from here who attended the celebration say that it was the greatest day in the history of the two towns. The principal features of the program were a monster parade, a public meeting and a grand banquet in the evening.


Jackson - Obed Moore, 17 years ago a resident here, was killed by a falling tree at Abbottsford, Wisconsin, on Monday.


Little Meadows - This place is now experiencing a dearth in empty houses to live in, there being several applicants for those at all likely to become vacant. More houses is now the cry.


Shew & Eagan - Just after the Democrat went to press for last week, Sheriff Ward Deuel received by mail, from Harrisburg, the "death warrants" of James J. Eagan, and Cornelius W. Shew, convicted of the murder of Jackson Pepper, in Rush. The date set for the hanging of the two is May 18th.


March 18 1899/1999



Forest City - St. Patrick's day was observed by the Catholics here by attending high mass in the morning and by parading in a body to the hall of the Y.M.I. Society later. AND The Hillside Co. and the D. & H. paid one day late this month so that the men could celebrate St. Patrick's day.


Hallstead - At a "welcome home" to the soldier boys of Hallstead, given recently by the citizens of that place, I noticed an evergreen arch upon which was inscribed "Welcome The Brave." I thought of the days of Gettysburg and certainly there was one who passed under that arch that was indeed a "hero"--J.J. Stockholm of Hickory Grove. During the fight at the "Peach Orchard" at the "Bloody Angle," the 141st PA, was being driven back; two color-bearers were shot down and the Regiment had fallen back leaving their colors behind; the first to miss the colors was Comrade Stockholm and he ran back in the face of a galling fire and grabbed up the colors and brought them back to the Regiment. This brave act should have brought him promotion but for some reason it was never done. I noticed others of the old veterans at Hallstead whose acts of heroism in the days that tried men's souls had made applicable to them the inscription on the arch. So it was fitting that the old as well as the new soldiers should share in the honors of the day.

"From One Who Was There"


Montrose - A beautiful new line of spring neckwear--dozens and dozens of them--ties, bows, four-in-hands, Tecks, once-overs, imperials, puffs, Arcots, at Warner's next week. Call and make your selection for Easter wear. AND A letter just received from W.D. Lusk, Esq., at Seattle, announces the death of Mr. T.D. Cashin. We understand that Mr. Cashin was with the Lusk party of gold seekers on the Copper River at the time of his death but we have learned no particulars as to the sad event.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna Council No. 384, Catholic Benevolent Legion, will hold its second annual ball in Hogan Opera House, on Monday evening, April 3. Doran's orchestra will furnish music for the occasion.


Rush - Mrs. Hiram Devine, an old and respected resident of this neighborhood, was buried in Devine Ridge Cemetery. She was the mother of four sons who served their country during the Civil War and one of whom spent a year of untold suffering in Andersonville.


Harmony Twp. - Miss Susie Storer has returned to her studies at the State Normal School at Mansfield.


Franklin Forks - The Salt Spring school taught by Miss Deackon, of Upsonville, and the school at the Forks taught by Miss Williams, of Dimock, close this week.


Herrick Centre - We saw in the Hallstead Messenger that the correspondent from Herrick Center to the Democrat had misconstrued the ideas of the Prohibitionist who spoke so freely his ideas on town meeting day. According to his writings he did not speak to defeat Mr. Flynn, but did it to reprimand his brethren for signing a petition to grant a hotel whiskey license. But still it looks to us as though the motives of politics played an active part. In the same item the writer referred us to the Pennsylvania School Law 245-246. We do not think it will make any difference with the Pennsylvania State law or our school in regard to branches of studies to be taught in our schools, whether one of the school directors is a hotel keeper or a Prohibitionist.


Ainey - W.B. Lathrop has sold his personal property, except his horse, yet to sell, and expects to act as salesman for the Home Comfort Steel Range Co. A.C. Brink has leased the farm for the coming season.


Friendsville - The Crystal Springs Creamery Co. has engaged T.F. Coyle, one of the best creamery men in the county, and who has been at the Forest Lake creamery for some six years.


Thomson - Hon. John Wesley Cargill has purchased a farm here and has abandoned his contemplated removal to Arkansas.


Birchardville - L.T. Birchard, the well known stock breeder puts an ad in the cent-a-word column of the Republican when he has any of his fine stock to dispose of and the results therefrom are always prompt and satisfactory. The reputation of Mr. Birchard's blooded stock has become known far and wide and when well posted people are in want of good cows for dairy or family use they are in the habit of selecting them from Mr. Birchard's herd.


News Brief: A bill has been introduced in the House directing township supervisors and road commissioners to annually, on April 1, enter into a contract with the taxpayers in their jurisdiction to remove loose stones from the main traveled highways at least once a month during April, May, June, July, August, September and October.


Great Bend - A delightful evening was spent on the lst inst. at the residence of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. Harding. The occasion was the entertainment by Miss Ivah Cobb of the following persons: Prof. John Richards and his corps of teachers of the high school: Misses Helen Bard, Lugerda Eggleston, Ella Munson, John Barry, Floyd Smith, Courtland Bradshaw, Vernon Reckhow, Dr. Hagar, Fanny Reckhow and Bessie White of Bainbridge, NY. The time was spent in elevating and instructive exercises; ice cream and cake were served and on retiring it was the unanimous verdict; "We had a good time."


March 25 1899/1999



Uniondale - The Graded School will have a graduating class of eight. Baccalaureate sermon on Sunday evening, April 2, and graduating exercises on Thursday evening, April 6.


Kingsley - The masquerade and sugar party recently held at E.C. Capron's was well attended. Receipts $5.40.


Starrucca - Mrs. E.P. Strong has her house beautifully lighted with accetelyne [acetylene] gas. AND Rumor says J.T. Hyatt will open his commodious house for a temperance hotel.


Herrick - A young man in Herrick started for Montrose to get a marriage license. When he arrived at the Court House the offices were closed. He invested in a pair of shoes and walked home, perfectly satisfied.


Montrose - The Baptists have about reached a positive conclusion to build a church this year. It is quite likely they will move the present edifice back and build in front of it, and use the present structure in connection with the new part, for Sunday School.


Forest City - Rev. J.J. Coroner, for six years pastor of St. Agnes Roman Catholic church, has been appointed by Bishop Hoban to succeed Rev. Kelly as pastor at Towanda. The Democrat congratulates Father Coroner, who is a genial gentleman and a faithful worker and has done much for the Forest City parish, being its first pastor. Rev. Richard Walsh, of Moscow, succeeds Father Coroner. Towanda's gain is our loss: "Farewell dear friend, you were a gentleman to meet in sunshine or shadow. Long may you be spared....."


Lenox - A large and appreciative audience listened to the play, "Mopsey, the Girl Tramp," given by Clifford talent, at Glenwood, Friday evening.


Alford - Cyrus Dixon and family moved here last week from Louman, NY. They occupy Perry Sweet's house on High St.


Birchardville - The supper given by the Red Men at this place was a grand success. About 150 took supper and everybody was happy. The band entertained with very fine music. By invitation the District Deputy Sachem, George Lindsley, of Lawsville, and a few of the tribe from that place, were present and took part in the exercises in the wigwam before taking supper. In the small hours of the morning they all returned to their homes feeling that they had a good time and hope it may be repeated.


Thomson - James Burnes is building an addition on his blacksmith shop to be used for a wagon shop.


Shannon Hill - Our creamery will start the first of the month with Calvin Dean as buttermaker.


Susquehanna - Mr. M.E. Wallace, an old Susquehanna boy, who learned the business of draughting here, and whose people reside here, has been for some years employed by the Westinghouse Air Brake Co., at Hamilton, Canada, and has been sent by that company to St. Petersburg, Russia, to superintend the erection of a plant in that city. Mrs. Wallace and the children will remain, for the present, at her old home in Jefferson, Iowa. AND Today is the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Gus. J. Cohen's Clothing and Gents furnishing store. Mr. Cohen has been a live, up-to-date dealer, and merits the success he has achieved.


Ararat - This little town was thrown into a state of greatest excitement on Monday morning by the killing of a burglar, and its attending exciting events. At half past one six masked men broke into the power house of the Traction Co., at Mayfield, injured three employees and took the cash box. They proceeded to Carbondale and boarded a freight train going north. At Forest City they were ordered off but produced a gun and demanded of the conductor that they move on. Conductor Robbins shut the door of the box car on them, locked it, and telegraphed ahead to Uniondale to have the constable take the prisoners.


Before Uniondale the robbers suspected something wrong and forced open the door and jumped out and ran ahead. Suspecting they would board again, Conductor Robins had a telegram sent on to Mt. Ararat to have a posse at the station. Sure enough, all six of the gang again boarded the train.


The operator at Ararat, upon receiving the message from Uniondale, hastily summoned Hotelkeeper "Bill" Leach and Miller Jesse M. Vailes and other men and boys. Leach brought along his repeating Winchester rifle and Vailes had a revolver.


Leach and Vailes went over to the car and in the name of the law ordered the men to come out and surrender. They refused and began to scramble out of the car continuing to fire as they emerged. They did not know their man. Leach is an old hunter and a sure shot. When he first touched the trigger there was a flash, a quick report and then the dead face of a burglar staring at the stars.


He fired again and a second burglar's arm was torn to shreds. A third shot and another fell, shot in the back and through the right lung. The remaining three escaped and fled in the direction of Thomson.


The two wounded men were taken to Lackawanna hospital in Scranton. The one who was shot through the body is a mere boy not over 18, giving his name as James Kelly of Ashley. The other is apparently 30 years of age, giving his name as James Cummings, of Logansport, Ind.


Constables Moran, Woodmansee and Neary followed the route taken by the pair and after a brief search came upon their trail. Following the footprints in the soft snow the officers, after a 3 mile tramp, came upon their men in a patch of woods. One gave his name as William Zerby and the other Joseph Leonard.


The dead burglar was photographed and buried at Ararat without being identified. He looked to be about 40 years of age. There was no funeral cortege and no one to mourn. The wounded pals refused to tell his name. He is buried in an unknown grave marked by a wooden slab of pine.


April 01 1899/1999



South Gibson - The following students passed examination for graduation: Fora Belcher, Bertha Owens, Portia Bennett, Lizzie Moses, Earl Maxey, Geo. Payne, Carl Peck, Clair Lewis, John McNamara, William Moses, Randall Belcher, Howard Michael. Graduating exercises will be held in the M.E. church Wednesday eve, April 6.


Forest City - For the second time within one year the large school house at Vandling has been reduced to ashes. It burned Saturday.


North Jackson - William Fox, a son of Walter Fox, of North Jackson, this county, who left home about a month since, was killed Tuesday morning at Gulf Summit, by being struck by the milk train just as he alighted from a freight train going in the opposite direction. His body was taken to Susquehanna. His age was about 19 years.


Hallstead - The Century Club held its final meeting for this season, Monday. A flashlight picture was taken by L.B. Vanness, photographer.


Ararat - The man killed at Ararat, as a result of Landlord Leach's marksmanship, has been identified through the Pinkerton detective agency as William Barry, alias Jack Brady, a noted crook who has made his headquarters in New York most of the time since entering upon a criminal career. For years he has operated throughout the eastern States. The coroner's jury in the case rendered its verdict to the effect that a band of six strangers opened fire upon residents of that township and that the said townsmen "fired back," and in this affray an unknown man was killed, whether by the hands of one of his own party or by those of the residents, the jury is unable to state.


New Milford - Col. Charles C. Pratt was at the State capitol a portion of last week. Col. Pratt is said to be the handsomest man on the Governor's staff.


Susquehanna - Following is the Class of '99: Anna Mae Ash, Alice J. Bloxham, Harry Burrhus, Ethel Emery, L.K. Fisher, Lela Mae Howard, Alice F. Mitchell, R. Bruce Moore, Mamie Matilda Metzger, Gertrude Phillipi, Ira H. Spencer, Lottie Francis Townsend.


Lawsville - The Baptist Aid met at creamery hall on Thursday evening, March 30th. There was a large attendance and the proceeds of the supper was $12. The blocks for the name quilt were brought in together with the names and the money. The whole amount of money with the names was $100.40. Miss Ella Stanford having the most names--605--won the quilt.


Hopbottom - E.M. Loomis has opened a hardware store in this place.


Springville - Ed. S. Avery was setting up cigars to the boys last week because he had taken unto himself a wife in the person of Miss Belle Crisman.


Silver Lake - The lake is still frozen over, furnishing a bridge to the postoffice, which is very unusual at this time of the year.


Birchardville - The entertainment held at Griffis school, in Jessup, March 25th, with Nellie Hewitt, instructor, was a grand success. A stormy night but a full house.


Jackson - Charles Holmes has gone to Boone, Iowa, to visit his brother, Dr. Ed Holmes.


Brooklyn - One of the American soldiers who met death in battle near Manila recently was a former resident of this county, Herman Adams. He was the son of Rev. F.E. Adams, at one time pastor of the Universalist church, Brooklyn, and went west several years ago. When the war with Spain broke out he enlisted in one of the western regiments.


Montrose - The person who took a Marlin Magazine Rifle, 22-calibre, from the Independent Republican office, April 1st, will please return the same. The time has arrived for contributions on "beautiful spring" and we need it. AND The Baptist congregation, at its recent meeting, resolved to go ahead and build a new brick church, at a cost of about $7500.


Shew and Eagan: The condemned murderers of Jackson Pepper are both in excellent health and spirits. Although the day appointed for their execution is but a few weeks off, the fact does not appear to depress them to any noticeable extent, and both men cling to the hope that their sentences will be commuted to life imprisonment or at least that they will be respited before the 18th of May. Shew spends much of his time in making paper flowers, hanging baskets and other fancy work; it is said that he has orders for more baskets than he will have time to make should there be no change in the date fixed for his execution. Eagan whiles the hours away by eagerly devouring everything printed in the newspapers and it is said that there are few men hereabouts better posted as to the news of the day than is he. In a recent interview with a reporter of the Susquehanna Transcript, Shew expressed no regret for his own sad fate but told of his sorrow for his family and friends whom he has dishonored. Among other things Shew said: "The law, I suppose, can take any body but the soul is beyond its reach." Eagan is said to have gained 22 pounds since his trial. The cases of Shew and Eagan will be reviewed by the board of pardons at Harrisburg this month.


April 15 1899/1999



Hallstead - The band has been reorganized and now has 27 members, including a number of the famous musicians of the Thirteenth Regiment band. AND Wood Bros. complete this week the frescoing and decoration of the Baptist Church.


North Jackson - Charles French died at his home on Feb. 19th, 1899, age 89 years, 6 months and 10 days. He was the third child of Ephraim and Priscilla French, who at the time of his birth (1809) resided in West Dummerston, Vt. In 1835 he came to Jackson, the roads being almost impassible, and eleven days were consumed. In later years he often referred to this time with the remark, "We can now cross the Continent in less time than it took us to travel 220 miles."


Susquehanna - Four residents of the county met tragic deaths during the week. Early on Monday Leroy Phillips, 25, a young man employed in the Erie boiler shops, was caught between the "baby" shop engine and a tank which he was repairing, in the round house, and [was] terribly injured; he died two hours later. On the evening of the same day John Minehan, 20, was fatally injured in the Erie yard and lived but a short time. Archie Crozier, of Thomson, was struck by a train on the Jefferson Branch and instantly killed; and Judson Tingley, of Herrick Centre, was struck and killed by the D. & H. night express between Forest City and Carbondale. AND The operetta "The Merry Milkmaids" will soon be produced here, under the auspices of Christ Episcopal church.


Forest Lake - Our old stage driver, Connie Mack, drove through this place on Wednesday, enroute for Montrose on business. AND John Howard, agent for the Carpenter organ, is doing a large business in the western part of the county selling organs. Reed Very, of Fairdale, is working for him.


Uniondale - Mrs. L.P. Norton has had a very severe time with the quinsy--so bad that she had to rest from talking at two different times.


East Rush - Some miscreant entered Geo. Fargo's barn Friday night and took his horse out and rode as far as Rush and there turned it loose.


Middletown Centre - The house of Lawrence Curley, about four miles from here, was destroyed by fire together with its contents on Sunday morning. AND After the Republican caucus in Middletown, it was declared, "this is the greatest crop of Republicans ever harvested in our town."


Little Meadows - John Gould expects soon to start out on the road selling patent medicine.


Montrose - No, that military-looking man marching up Public Avenue Monday afternoon wasn't a member of Co. G, and he didn't have a gun. It was simply Banker Gilbert with a fish pole over his shoulder. AND On Wednesday evening Deputy Postmaster Bostwick and his wife discovered two men forcing an entrance into Lake's meat market. Leaving his wife on watch he hastened to notify Officer Tingley, but not finding him other help was summoned. However, on reaching the market the birds had flown. Thursday morning an investigation showed that several hams were missing and a little quiet detective work was all it required to fix suspicion upon two local characters. It is believed that their escapade was the result of a too generous imbibing of ardent spirits, for in their sober moments they manifested deep repentance. The stolen hams, we understand, were returned.


Auburn - A little five year old daughter of John Carney can repeat the name of each President back to Washington and also the name of each county in this state as fast as any one can read them on paper. How many grown people can do it?


Lynn - There is a new firm at Lynn. Herbert Fish had planned to sell his mercantile business to Lyman and Stephens. But when April 1st came they were not ready to take it so Mr. Fish sold one-half to J.A. Lyman, retaining the other half, the new firm being Fish & Lyman.


Harford - A carload of 130 barrels of flour has just been received at the Harford Orphan School. Mr. Hartweg, the baker, uses five barrels of flour a week.


Great Bend - On the new money orders and other blanks issued by the government for Great Bend post office, Great Bend is spelled "Greatbend," which does not meet with the approval of many of the people, who will continue to write it with a "big B."


Clifford - Dr. Gardner, after a few days of sickness, expired Sunday morning, April 5th, 1899. Funeral at the house on Wednesday. Interment in the Clifford Valley cemetery. Mr. Gardner was the only Doctor we had in the place and will be much missed. There is a good opening for some other doctor here.


South Jessup - Herbert Fargo, of Elk Lake, passed through this place last week, delivering garden seed.


Springville - On Tuesday evening, a little after 8 o'clock, fire was discovered in Tucker's shingle and planing mills, situated two miles east of this village, and before any assistance could be given the entire structure, together with the machinery, was a mass of ruins.


State and County News: The bill making bridges county instead of town charges passed both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature and now awaits the Governor's approval. The bill was championed by residents of Hallstead, Great Bend and Susquehanna, and E.R.W. Searle, Esq., interested himself in its behalf, visiting Harrisburg and working heroically for its passage.


April 21 1899/1999



Harford - Dr. Wirt H. Conklin of Montrose has a larger contract for dental work on hand just now than often falls to the lot of a county practitioner. He will visit the Soldiers' Orphan School and perform whatever dental work is needed by the army of students of that institution. He expects that the work in hand will occupy about three weeks of almost steady "pull."


Thompson - The reported killing of Archie Crozier, as noted in our last issue, was based upon mistaken identification; the body was identified as that of Crozier, but further investigation showed that the unfortunate man was Judson Tingley. Mr. Tingley was a relative of County Commissioner Tingley.


Lanesboro - Sunday night, between 11 and 12 o'clock, the residence of Mr. Silas J. Benedict was entirely destroyed by fire, together with part of the household furniture. Mr. Benedict's household effects was packed in readiness for his removal to Lake View.


Franklin - Mrs. D.O. Turrell died suddenly at her home on Saturday last; twin babies survived their mother but a few hours. Mrs. Turrell had been subject to heart trouble and to this her death was partially due.


Susquehanna - A large number of city people charmed with the unexcelled picturesqueness of the vicinage, will spend the summer in this place. AND Rev. Linnaberry, the new pastor of the Avenue church, will endeavor to unite the two warring Methodist churches in Oakland. He has tackled a job. AND There are about 1100 men employed in the Erie shops at this time.


Rush - Veteran Barney Kirkhuff was buried on last Thursday at Jersey Hill Cemetery. Funeral services at the house, Rev. Millard officiating, assisted by the choir of the Baptist church. Mr. Kirkhuff was a member of Co. D, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers (Civil War), and a soldier who knew no fear, was wounded early in the service.


Silver Lake - Mr. James West received a visit two weeks since from an old friend, James Locke. The Locke family formerly lived in Choconut this county and were among its first settlers. Edmund Lock, the father, removed with his family to Union, N.Y. After his death his sons went to Iowa, and three of the brothers served in the Civil War. Gilbert and Parmenas were severely wounded in the battle of Gettysburg. Gilbert died soon after the close of the war, and Parmenas, who will be remembered by many in Montrose, where he lived for some years, now lives in Texas. James B. and his son are prominent bankers in Des Moines, Ia. [The grave of John Locke, Revolutionary War veteran, was restored by Dayton Birchard several years ago. It is located in Choconut Twp.].


Herrick Centre - Daniel Gettle, Jr., gave a tea party Saturday to the boys and girls of the town.


Little Meadows - Miss Kate Bergen, a fashionable dressmaker from Friendsville, has opened a shop in a part of Mrs. Woolhiser's house.


Auburn - Rob Gyles, our new supervisor, is setting a good example by working the roads so early, thus preventing the destruction made by the spring rains, and also giving pleasure to the traveling public.


Lenoxville - Another fine time was enjoyed by all who attended the party at John Bennett's. John is still in the lead for dancing.


Montrose - Norman Stewart has purchased a fine new rubber-tire buggy. AND E.C. Sherman, of the Montrose Klondike party, who has been very sick for a couple of months, has recovered, we learn through Mr. Harry Taylor, who had a recent letter from him. Jas. Harrington in a letter home of the same date, said that James Stoddard, whose supply of tobacco was temporarily exhausted, was smoking a combination of tea and coffee.


Hallstead - James T. DuBois, U.S. Consul General to Switzerland, and family, sail to New York the last of May and will arrive in Hallstead the first of June and take up their residence on the mountain. Mr. DuBois expects to make many improvements on his mountain home during the summer.


Forest City - Irving Reese, son of T.J. Reese, was seriously injured at No. 2 shaft. He was employed as a doortender, but at the time of the accident was engaged in driving a team of mules attached to a trip of cars. His light went out and in some manner he stumbled and fell between the cars. He received a severe wound and his left arm was badly bruised.


Brookdale - April 13th, seventeen ladies met at Mrs. Mary VanLoan's and helped her sew carpet rags. They also organized a society called the Helping Hand with nine charter members. The husband of each lady was invited to spend the evening. Cake and ice cream were served.


Brooklyn - The ladies of the M.E. Aid Society met with Mrs. Chas. Rosengrant last Thursday, and decided to paint their church. They will let the contract to the lowest bidder, he to furnish lead and oil of the best quality. For further information inquire of Mrs. F.T. Austin, Mrs. O.M. Doloway, Mrs. L.S. Ely.


South Gibson - We learn that J.H. Pritchard will aspire to the Republican nomination for Sheriff.


April 29 1899/1999



Hopbottom - Mrs. Law has opened a bakery on Front street. She will have cookies, doughnuts, etc. Everyone who likes good things to eat should give her a call.


Lindaville - Miss Jessie Packer will open a select school at Brooklyn Center, soon.


Herrick Centre - Harry Curtiss and A. Bowell attended the Prohibition Convention at New Milford, Monday, and the Co. S.S. Convention at Harford, this week.


Susquehanna - At about 2 A.M. on Saturday the barn on West Church street, owned by Benjamin Gregory, took fire and was destroyed. The flames communicated to the residence of Mr. Gregory, which was also destroyed, and the adjoining residences of Mrs. Sidney Dimon and Thomas Fitzgerald were damaged. Mr. Gregory saved his household effects. James McCoy, who occupied the second floor of the Gregory house, lost everything. Mr. Gregory was insured for $1,300 and McCoy for $300. The fire department was hampered by an inadequate water pressure. The fire is supposed to be of an incendiary origin. Mr. Gregory will rebuild on the old site.


Montrose - Jacob Titman has been fishing again. Last Monday he walked over to Heart Lake and cast in his hook for bullheads. They were hungry and went eagerly for his bait, keeping it up until two poles were broken and there were 65 fine large fish on his string. Jacob was so elated with his success that he returned home on the train, instead of walking. AND The Western Union telegraph office was struck by lightening last Monday and T.A. Lyons, who was at the instrument, was severely stunned, more so than in 40 years experience in telegraphing.


Forest City - The Davis house, a three-story building belonging to T.C. Manzer, was destroyed by fire on Sunday morning, the inmates having barely time to escape. Chas Crandall, who was conducting the dining rooms and sleeping apartments is a heavy loser. The only furniture saved was from John Franko's barber shop on the first floor. Owing to the excessively high rate asked for insurance in that portion of the town, the hotel was but lightly insured.


Hallstead - A severe hail and wind storm passed over Hallstead and vicinity Tuesday afternoon. A large fifty dollar window in the St. Lawrence Catholic church was broken during the icy precipitation. Also many window lights were broken and fireman's hall also suffered damage. Franklin St., from the Major House to Pine Street, was completely submerged and resembled a lake. The incandescent street lamps were also broken. This was the worst story in the memory of many old residents.


Ainey - The festive thief is again abroad, this time the house recently vacated by A.C. Brink was broken into and a quantity of pork and cider taken.


Lenoxville - We didn't suppose that we had any thieves in this section and hope that they belong to some other locality, however they entered the house of P.J. Karney and took from him two nice hams. But they were a little more liberal than the old adage of "whole hog or none," for they left him a share. But they will have to squeal from this time on, for Karney will keep a bulldog chained to the barrel. Such fellows had better be a little shy or they will have something besides meat to pick from their teeth.


Little Meadows - Mrs. F.R. Major has just received a fine line of millinery goods from New York.


Lanesboro - The High School held very interesting commencement exercises in the Methodist church on Tuesday evening. Following is the class of '99: Martin Taylor, Arthur Munson, Sidney McKune, Claire Taylor, Ida Larrabee, Lena McCullough, Lelia Storer; Professor Homer N. Barrett is the right man in the right place.


Oakland - In a newspaper card, George Eaton, of the Oakland Side, gives notice that his wife, Tillie, has left his bed and board.


Alford - Fires have been running over the hills along the railroad near Alford. They have also been burning fiercely along the line of the Montrose railroad. Constables are now authorized by law to call out men and subdue forest fires when they threaten to do much damage. The men called get pay.


Harford - The children of the soldiers of the late war [Spanish- American] are now eligible to admission in the Orphan's School, by a bill signed by the Governor.


County News: On Monday the mercury registered 90 degrees in the shade--about the hottest first of May we have ever experienced. AND As reported in the Scranton Tribune, "A milk war up in the vicinity of Montrose may cause a revival of the butter-making industry at home. The farmers of that section believe that the man who feeds the cow should have some show in the division of profits, hence they have organized and refuse to sign the iron-clad contracts furnished by the milk buyers this year. The shippers have given the milk producers until April 25 to consider the matter. If they do not sign by that time interesting developments are promised." AND - The cases of Shew and Eagan, under sentence of death for murder of Jackson Pepper, were brought before the board of pardons in Harrisburg yesterday. The board held these cases for advisement, giving no definite time for its report. As the day set for their execution is May 18th, a stay may be ordered. The prisoners show much interest in the outcome of the case.


May 06 1899/1999



Crystal Lake - The Crystal Lake House is now open, and guests are beginning to arrive from the cities. AND There is a movement on foot by a number of farmers and property owners to organize a company in and about Forest City and here for the purpose of drilling for coal on several farms adjoining Forest City.


Forest City - This year's graduating class was the largest in the school's history and consisted entirely of young ladies.


Dimock - W.G. Thornton has been granted an increase of pension [Civil War veteran, Co. H. 141st Regt., Pennsylvania Volunteers].


Hallstead - Preparations are being actively made for the minstrel entertainment next week at Kistler's Hall, for the benefit of the fire company.


Montrose - This year on Memorial Day there will be eighty graves to decorate in Montrose Cemetery. they are divided as follows: War of the Revolution, 3; War of 1812, 7; War of the Rebellion, 68; War with Spain, 2. AND W.H. Dennis has put up new awnings for a number of our merchants. The workmanship is of the very best. Dennis' shop on South Main Street is a hustling place. Awnings made, furniture upholstered, carriages trimmed, carpets laid, etc., etc., on short notice, and in a workmanlike manner.


Heart Lake - Owing to the refusal of the patrons to sign a contract to furnish their milk for the season to the Heart Lake creamery, the establishment has been closed.


East Ararat - The terrible wind and hail storm which did such damage at Hallstead and vicinity last week, seems to have reached its climax here, where the residence of Ira Tinklepaugh and family was take up by the force of the storm and carried a distance of six feet. With the assistance of neighbors the building was raised and placed upon a new foundation the following day. Other out-buildings were blown over. The house was badly torn up inside, but no one was injured. The storm also wrought considerable damage at Thompson.


Susquehanna - Homer Lattimer, a fourteen year-old boy, was run over while attempting to crawl under some cars in the Erie yard, on Tuesday. One arm was crushed and he sustained internal injuries which may prove fatal. We learn later that he died Tuesday evening. AND What was to have been a five-round-go took place in the Hogan opera house on Friday night between Tim Hurley, of Susquehanna, and Dick Moore, of St. Paul. The bout ended, however, in the fourth round by Hurley knocking out Moore with a right hand uppercut on the jaw. We had understood that pugilistic encounters were not permissible in this county. They are certainly in violation of law.


Springville - Mrs. Carrie Stark distinguished herself the other day by capturing a chicken hawk in her hands. Hearing a commotion in her poultry yard, Mrs. Stark ran out and catching sight of the intruder she pounced on and captured his Hawkship before he had time to fly. The bird measured across its extended wings, from tip to tip, four feet and three inches.


Forest Lake - About a year ago a son of John Quinn was found dead on the railroad track near Owego, and it was supposed that he had been killed by the cars, and a verdict to that effect was rendered by a Coroner's jury. Nothing had since happened to controvert the supposed cause of death until a week or so ago, when Sheriff Thurston, of Owego, found a letter beside the jail door, which had evidently been lost by some person who had been visiting some of the prisoners and which contained hints of many dark crimes, including that of the murder of a young man who was, according to the letter, knocked down and robbed and then carried up the river and laid on the track, where he was struck by the cars and the public misled as to the cause of his death. The letter contained the names of a number of local crooks, some of whom the police believe will enable them to solve the apparently dark mystery at an early date and the guilty parties will be brought to justice. Young Quinn was a cigar-maker by trade and had been visiting his father, at his home in Forest Lake township, but a few days before his death.


Rush - An heroic act on the part of Mrs. Mary Grow saved the horse barn of Elder Millard from being destroyed by a fire a few days since. The Elder and his daughter, Mary, were attending to the last duty at the barn in the evening and whilst he had taken one of the horses out to the watering trough, some rods away, Mary was forking over some straw or hay that was immediately under the lantern hanging on a hook; whether she struck the lantern with the fork handle or not she does not know, however the bottom of the lantern fell with oil, wick and flame onto the straw. Mrs. Grow tried to smother it, but failed, and not thinking of danger to her person he gathered up the burning mass of straw in her arms and rushed out of doors screaming to her father to come quick, which he did, being much frightened at hearing her screams. There was some little fire left on the floor, but was quickly extinguished. When asked if she was not afraid of being burnt she replied that she did not think of that, only of saving the barn from destruction.


Hopbottom - Mrs. G.W. Strupler wishes me to say that she has just received a letter from her husband, who is in Alaska. He is in the best of health and has not worn an overcoat this winter and dressed there as we do here in quite warm weather.


South Auburn - Miss Elizabeth Manning was married recently to Louman Meacham and has now gone to Lynn to reside.


Shew and Eagan: With the day set for their execution less than a week distant Shew and Eagan are still hoping that their sentences will be commuted or at least that a respite will be granted them. It is said that both men cling tenaciously to the belief that they will never hang.


May 13 1899/1999



Rush - The Rush Cornet Band accepted the invitation of Michael Hill to his residence on last Friday evening. The band report a splendid time being royally entertained by the genial host and his family. Mr. Hill and his talented daughter entertained the band with violin and organ and the band discoursed some excellent music. Refreshments were served and wit, humor and music ruled the fleeting hours. It was morning before the party retired to their couches. AND Wilmot Hillis, of Alpina, South Dakota is on a visit to see his mother who is quite sick. Mr. Hillis is a successful druggist in Alpina.


Susquehanna - Miss Bessie Congdon, an accomplished and talented young lady, has entered St. Rose of Lima's Convent in Carbondale, as a postulant in the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. AND The Susquehanna Journal has just celebrated its 30th anniversary; for 28 years it has been edited and published by B.F. Pride.


Jackson - The farm dwelling-house, owned and occupied by Mrs. W.H. Whitmarsh and son, Lou, was completely destroyed Friday evening, May 5, in a fire which lasted but about an hour from the time the alarm was given until every wall had fallen in and this fine country home reduced to a mass of blackened and charred ruins. Many neighbors promptly aided in saving the contents of the building and although the fire was so rapid in its progress, nearly all inside was saved. By hard labor all the adjacent farm buildings were prevented from burning, although many times on fire.


Hopbottom - Mr. Robert Adams has opened a select school for small children. He is well-liked and gives good satisfaction.


Forest Lake Centre - Miss Florence Burr celebrated her eleventh birthday, May 16, by having a quilting. There were about thirty there, older ones to quilt and nineteen children of about her own age. The presents were numerous, useful and pretty, and all wished her many happy returns of her birthday. The dinner was very nice and included ice cream, cake and candy and was enjoyed by all.


Heart Lake - It is rumored that the popular "Spring House" is about to change hands, the present genial proprietor, Mr. U.E. Crofut, to be succeeded by a gentleman from Binghamton. Mr. Crofut established this delightful resort in 1893.


Hallstead - The Herald wisely suggests the abandonment of a careless practice of throwing mail wrappings, envelopes, circulars, etc., on the street at and near the post-office. This would be an advance step, as also would be the abolishment of the burning of papers in the roadways as is not infrequently done on the principal business streets. A revival of the Village Improvement Society might now be received with a spirit of co-operation which was lacking at its inauguration.


Choconut - A very sad picture is that at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John McGraw. Typhoid fever has entered that humble household and the entire family, consisting of now eleven members-father, mother and nine children-are prostrate with the dread disease. The ages of the sick range from seven to fifty years. Eight cases are in one room-two in a bed, which is a pitiable sight, and the family is in destitute circumstances. One son died over two weeks ago and two others are past recovery. One of the victims, a young lady, is a school teacher.


Kingsley - The concert given by the Kingsley Orchestra was a success and is said to be the best concert ever given in that place


New Milford - F.W. Boyle lost a good horse. The beast jumped the fence and was crossing the railroad track when train 18 struck him, killing him instantly. AND J.H. Safford and wife will entertain the Magazine Club at their cottage, at Heart Lake, next week.


Montrose - Mrs. Elizabeth Safford, now in her 88th year, has just completed a fine quilt all her own handwork. Every block and every stitch in the quilting was done by her, of which she is justly proud. AND The death of Miss Naomi Thomson occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. Madge Johnson. for some time Miss Thomson had been afflicted with a kidney complaint, which seemed beyond the reach of medical aid. The deceased, with the exception of a few years, had always resided in Montrose, where she had a large circle of friends. The funeral was held in the African M.E.Zion church on Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended. Miss Thomson is survived by a sister, Mrs. Johnson, and a brother, Arlington Thomson, both residents of this place.


Forest City - St. Agnes' Pioneer Corps will run an excursion from that place to Lanesboro on Tuesday, June 20.


Lenoxville - Mrs. Emory Whipple was at J.E. Severance's, this week, with a fine display of millinery goods.


Franklin Forks - Mrs. Eugene Osborn, of Harford, is spending the week with her sister, Mrs. Harry Beebe, of this place. Mrs. Osborn had the misfortune to lose her wedding ring between Summersville and this place. It was a wide band, plain gold ring. The finder would be suitably rewarded by leaving the ring at H.W. Beebe's at Franklin forks.


Brooklyn - Rogers Post, No. 143, G.A.R., will attend services at the Universalist church, Sunday, May 28th; Rev. N.S. Sage, pastor, and a member of the Post, will preach the memorial sermon; all are cordially invited to attend and the members of the Post are requested to meet at the hall at half-past ten o'clock sharp, and march to the church.


Shew and Eagan - May 18, 1899 was the date set for the hanging of Shew and Eagan, inside the Montrose jail yard, for the murder of Jackson Pepper, of Rush. All preparations had been made, a gallows had been brought from Wilkes-Barre and all the details arranged for, when notice was received a few days ago, that Gov. Stone had granted a respite of 60 days.


May 20 1899/1999



Susquehanna - Owing to the scarcity of flowers, Moody Relief Corps will not this year decorate the graves of its deceased members until June. AND Burglars broke a rear window in the store of Gus Cohen and, with a long hook, stole several suits of clothing and other goods, and levanted. Local detectives are hot-footed on the trail.


Hopbottom - Some of our people attended the Buffalo Bill show at Scranton the 22nd. AND Our little town has been quite excited over a fishing excursion at Mr. Can Stone's. They [thieves] used the rod and hook and hooked out his pants through his bedroom window, taking his pocket-book and $50; so you see it was a big fish they caught. No clue to the thief, so we are informed.


Lake View - Do not forget the dates of the Jackson Band Fair--May 29 & 30.


Forest City - "A long-felt want" of our people is to be filled this season by the erection of a new Erie depot. AND A young man, aged 13 years, fell by stepping on a banana peel in front of the Davis Opera House, Friday night, and broke his leg.


Montrose - Patronize home industry and leave your orders for Memorial Day flowers with W.W. Nash at South View Gardens. Mr. Nash makes a specialty of fine floral pieces. AND The Afro-American citizens of this borough wish to call the attention of the public that a concert will be given on Thursday evening, June 1st, for the benefit of the pastor's salary of A.M.E. Zion church. This concert will surpass any previous one ever given. No pains are being spared in preparing a splendid program for the event and the best talent has been secured. Everything new and up to date. Manager, Arlington Thompson.


Brooklyn - Members of Mrs. White's vocal class attended Rough & Ready's entertainment at the armory [in Montrose] last Thursday eve. After the entertainment the class partook of an elegant supper at the Tarbell House which was prepared and served in a manner which attested Mr. Raynsford's ability as a caterer and entertainer. The merry party included the following persons: Mesdames White, Shadduck, L.S. Ely, S.B. Eldridge, J. Tewksbury and Misses Nellie Bunnell, Hettie Caswell, Josie Doloway, Jessie Doloway, Grace McKeever, Louise Ainey, Lena VanAuken, Lillie McMillan and Grace Cameron.


Jackson - After a protracted illness, Emery Larrabee, one of the oldest residents of the county, died at the residence of a son, William H., on Grand street, Susquehanna, on Saturday evening, aged 88 years. He resided for the greater portion of his life in Jackson Township. He, and five sons, served as soldiers in the civil war. The funeral was largely attended on Tuesday afternoon from the family residence, in Susquehanna, Rev. D.I. Sutherland, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. The five sons and a nephew of the deceased, were bearers; the Jackson Grand Army Post, of which the deceased was a member, attended in a body and interment was made in North Jackson cemetery.


Lenoxville - The village is noted for its beauty and quietness. Leading from it are several picturesque country roads, over which many people daily and weekly wend their several ways to feast their eyes on the verdant fields and the beauties by the wayside. If any of these riders wish to see a modern Santiago, they should take the road leading past the outlet of Robinson pond, where the far-famed barbed wire fence may be seen.


East Rush - T.A. Roberts, accompanied by his daughter, went to Milwaukee last friday, upon very unusual, not to say remarkable, business. In that city was a man named Rowan who conducted a matrimonial paper. In some way he got hold of the name and address of Miss Roberts and advertised her in his paper as a desirable acquisition for any one in need of a wife, and stating, among other things, that she was possessed of $20,000 in her own right. This was last fall, and soon after Miss Roberts began receiving letters from men who wished wives, from all over the country, over 200 in all, until it became a nuisance generally. In the meantime, some of the men who patronized Rowan's paper concluded they were being swindled and set the post office department after him. They caused his arrest for fraudulent use of the mails and Mr. and Miss Roberts were subpoenaed as witnesses and went to Milwaukee, where the trial is now on.


Glenwood - Many of the farmers in this vicinity are having sheep and lambs killed by dogs. It would be a good plan if the owners of dogs would keep them tied up, nights especially. AND Capt. Lyon's Post [G.A.R.] will attend divine services, in a body, at the M.E. church of this place, Sunday, May 28, at 2:30 p.m. All comrades are requested to be present in full uniform.


Uniondale - Among the duties of Uniondalers are: To attend church twice on Sunday and never miss the Thursday Night Prayer meeting; to take along a coat-pocket cuspidor, to save spitting on the floor; always throw in a dime for the necessary expenses, to keep the church warm while you are listening attentively to a cold-blooded or a warm-hearted sermon, as the case may be; help the Preacher to prepare his warm-hearted sermons by paying his full amount of salary; visit the sick and take good care of them, for they are liable to turn up their toes if you don't.


Harford - Miss Lucretia Tiffany has been weaving carpet this spring and wove four yards a day, two consecutive days. She will be 83 in August.


May 27 1899/1999



Susquehanna - Burglars on Saturday night broke in to Kayser's Main street clothing store and stole two suits of clothing and some gents' furnishing goods.


Montrose - Ashbel Warner, of Toledo, O. made his cousin Ex-Postmaster Warner a short visit last week. He is a son of Phineas Warner, Dec'd. He left this place 35 years ago at the age of 15 and is now a large real estate holder in Toledo. AND We noticed the other morning that a young lad, in "slicken' up" one of our shoeshops, brought out some large pieces of old newspapers, threw them into the street and left them there. It was a case of either ignorance or thoughtlessness, but it is a thing that should not be permitted. Paper not only makes the street untidy but it is a constant source of danger, for it often frightens horses and sometimes causes them to run away. Don't throw paper or other rubbish on the street.


Forest City - Assessors F.J. Hood and A.L. Morgan have completed their registry of voters and made their returns at Montrose Monday. 485 voters were registered in the second ward. This is an increase of over 70. Estimated by the generally accepted ratio of five persons for every voter, this would give us a population in the neighborhood of 4,990.


Uniondale - Our little town seems to have reached a point where business enterprise, improvements, etc., are at a stand still. We need some enterprise that will enliven trade, build up the town, and give us a new impetus generally. If we can't find coal let someone start something else.


South New Milford - Rolla Vergason is driving the milk team on the East New Milford line and Lee Jones runs the Harford milk train by here, making business look lively.


Herrick Centre - Mr. Rowley and family have moved to West Herrick. Mr. Rowley is employed as cheesemaker at the Crystal Spring creamery.


Brooklyn - It is rumored that there is to be an anniversary reunion of the Tewksbury family July 4, in the old church.


South Gibson - The many friends of Dr. McNamara were pained to hear of his death which occurred recently. His wife (nee Miss Ida Harding) was formerly one of Lenoxville's most esteemed young ladies. She has the sympathy of her many friends in her bereavement.


Rush - The Methodist society is showing considerable activity, they have a new church in contemplation, to be built in this village and have applied for articles of incorporation; they also propose to hold a grand Fourth of July celebration, the particulars of which will appear in these items later on. AND Mrs. Arthur Norton proved herself to be a plucky and skillful markswoman the other day when a hawk had swooped down into her yard and was carrying off a chicken, she seized a gun, shot the hawk and saved her chicken. Mrs. John Ball was not so successful, although she followed a hawk to the woods but missed hitting it and lost her chicken.


Great Bend - Mrs. Chas. Emmerson and son, Frank, and two grandsons, were thrown from a wagon in which they were riding, and all were bruised, more or less. Mrs. Emmerson being quite badly injured, but fortunately no bones were broken.


Lawsville - Persons who get lost after dark should carry a lantern.


Silver Lake - Lady Jane Grey School has made its annual visit here. While here the ladies visited Montrose as the guest of Miss Grace Camp, a former member of the school, and expressed themselves much pleased by their reception and entertainment.


Birchardville - Decoration Day was observed in a very becoming and pleasing manner. There was a goodly number present and Elder Tilden delivered a very interesting address. Beautiful wreaths and bouquets were laid on the graves of dead soldiers, also on the graves of many others. We have heard it said there is only one cemetery in Susquehanna county, where there are more soldiers buried than at Birchardville.


Jackson - Miss Mattie Curtis in the Post Graduate Hospital, New York, enrolled as a candidate for a trained nurse.


News Briefs: While digging a ditch at Owego a laborer came across the skeleton of four Indians. The bones were in good state of preservation, one of the skulls still retaining the teeth. The bodies had been buried surrounded by charcoal.


A fact not generally known, perhaps, is that Brigham Young, for so long the head of the Mormon churches, was baptized into that faith in a pool in Troy township, Bradford county, by a Mormon elder named Elezer Miller.


An exchange calls attention to the fact that persons owning land are in duty bound to destroy all Canada thistles found growing upon their premises. The legal penalty for non-compliance with this provision of law is from five to twenty dollars. It is the duty of constables, road supervisors and street commissioners to see that all Canada thistles are destroyed, or to enforce the penalty against the owner of the land.


A new law provides that all packages of butter made by working over stale butter and adding skimmed milk and other ingredients shall be plainly marked with the word "Renovated." There was a big fight in the legislature on the passage of this bill, a determined attempt having been made to have the term "new process" used instead.


June 03 1899/1999


Rush - George Snell had the misfortune to have a leg bone fractured below the knee whilst umpiring the game between the Fairdale and Rush baseball clubs. He started on his return trip to New York on the 6th. AND There will be a baseball game played on Saturday afternoon on Rush flats, by the Birchardville and Rush baseball clubs.


Susquehanna - A splendid musical organization in this place is the orchestra connected with Laurel Hill Academy, and composed of 15 pupils of that school AND Night work in the Erie shops has been discontinued. AND The coming street fair will be a hummer; in the band contest, one of the attractions, 30 bands will participate.


Lenoxville - Mrs. Arthur Snyder, of East Lenox, has two hundred and fifty ducks, hatched by the incubator method.


Lindaville - Within the past week the skillful use of road machines has improved the people's ways very much.


Lake View - All members of the Jackson Cornet Band are requested to be present on Friday evening and bring their wives and ladies. Ice cream and cake will be served.


Forest Lake - A pleasant family reunion took place at the home of Wm. H. Lester, May 27, about 30 being present, among them being four brothers--Myron of Lestershire, NY; Wesley of Vestal Center, NY; George A. and Wm. H. of Forest Lake, with their families; also two sisters, Mrs. Holley of Montrose and Mrs. Willard Weston and daughter, Mrs. Geo. Jackson and husband and niece, Miss Veda Weston, all of Nebraska, after an absence of 25 years; also a niece, Mrs. M.M. Scott and son, Harry, of Creede, Colorado, after an absence of 21 years.


Bridgewater - Wm. Robbins, a farmer living near Williams Pond, Tuesday morning, June 6th, took his gun and went to a field not far away to shoot crows. His daughter, Mrs. Frank Leslie, heard calls and she, with her husband, went to investigate and found Mr. Robbins near a stone fence, badly wounded. The family thinks the old-fashioned gun was discharged accidentally while he was climbing over the fence. Mr. Robbins lived but a short time. He would have been 46 on July 27th.


Shew and Eagan Case - It will be remembered that Susie Graham, who was under indictment for conspiracy, in connection with the Pepper murder case, was released on bail some time ago. Once free, the gay and festive Susie did not tarry in these parts, but shaking the dust of Pennsylvania from her sandals, she hied herself to pastures new. Her conduct was not reassuring to her bondsman and he took measures to capture Susie and again and place her where she would be found when wanted. Chief of Police McMahon, of Susquehanna, located Miss Graham at Norwich, NY and brought her back to Montrose and delivered her into the custody of Sheriff Deuel, where she will doubtless remain until arraigned for trail.


Heart Lake - Preparations are being made for a celebration and general good time on Griffing's picnic grounds on July 4th. A most enjoyable program is being arranged and Mr. Griffing will spare no pains in giving those who attend a pleasant day's outing.


Montrose - A large force of workmen have been busily engaged in tearing down the Baptist church and in a few days that ancient and historic edifice will have become only a memory. Some interesting history on the pillars, those used in the auditorium to support the ceiling and those in the basement supporting the floor. Mr. H.F. Turrell relates that at the time the church was erected there was no lathe in this section suitable for turning the pillars, so the inventive genius of those sturdy pioneers was brought into play and indeed did necessity prove the mother of invention, for a "home-made" lathe was constructed which was worked by turning a crank by hand. Mr. Turrell, who was then a boy, remembers taking a turn on the crank, "just for fun.: The pine logs were brought in from the woods, dressed down partly with a drawing knife and then put on the lathe and turned by hand into the sturdy pillars that have so long and admirably filled the purpose for which they were designed and stood as monuments of the zeal and tenacity of those early Baptist brethren.


Forest City - A horse getting beyond the control of the driver, plunged into the plate glass window in Jack Alexander's store, smashing it into a hundred pieces. The horse was cut about the head and breast. The glass was worth about $40.


Clifford - Mrs. C.C. Gillett and ten of her Sunday school class, visited the Harford Soldiers' Orphan School, witnessed the drill in the afternoon, dress parade after supper, and returned home in the evening. The children were much pleased with the trip.


Uniondale - The Fourth will be observed by the Uniondale cornet band. Celebration in Carpenters' Grove and a drama in the evening.


Elk Lake - E.L. Estes, of East Rush, was getting out the foundation stone for the new church at Elk Lake, last week.


News Briefs: A bright preacher has hit upon a scheme that will effectually wipe out the high hat nuisance in his church. He will make a division, putting the women on one side and the men on the other, with the exception that women who take off their hats may sit with the men. It is a great head that man is wearing. AND The horseless carriage comes high, costing about $1000. Everybody is interested in the performance of the gasoline vehicle which arrived in New York recently after a journey from Cleveland. It traveled 707 miles in five days and on a part of its journey made 38 miles an hour, beating the French road record. This is less important as fore shadowing the future of such vehicles than is the demonstration made of their endurance and practical adaptation to use on rough country roads and their exceeding cheapness as regards power cost. About $1 covered the entire fuel charge on this long trip and three cents worth of gasoline served for a run of 218 miles.


June 11 1899/1999



Springville - Springville is going to have a 4th of July celebration, with a balloon ascension by Prof. George Baker, dropping suspended from a parachute at a height of 4,000 feet. There will be a ball game between Rush and East Lemon, a fantastic parade, games, and dinner by the ladies, for which this place is noted.


Lynn - N.G. Sherman was attending the annual reunion of his old war regiment, the 9th Pa. Cavalry, at Gettysburg, last week.


Elk Lake - The corner stone of the M.E. church will be laid Tuesday June 20, at 10:30, Mr. Gerritson, of Lynn, is doing the mason work. Presiding Elder Floyd, Rev. Haskill Benedict of Montrose, Rev. G.E. VanWoert of Brooklyn, Rev. Davis of Springville, Rev. Thomas Eva of Fairdale, and Rev. Gorisse of Rush and others are expected to be present. The good ladies of that place will serve a chicken pie dinner for all. Now let us all go and take an outing and hear some good speaking and enjoy that good dinner, besides the free steamboat rides on the beautiful lake.


Heart Lake - Miss Fanny Jessup and friends spent a very enjoyable day last week. During the severe thunder storm the party took refuge in the dancing pavilion, where they were delightfully entertained by palmistry, as interpreted by Mrs. C.M. Post, of Washington.


Hopbottom - The floral exercise Sunday at the M.E. church was a success and the children's parts were well rendered from the oldest to the little tots. Miss Sadia Sager sang a solo; also Miss Lottie Byram, with their usual success. The flowers and the birds were complete until our minister said he forgot his piece and he gave us a good talk. The two Sterling boys and Ray Byram sang together a well-rendered selection.


Clifford - The young boys hanging around the hotel Saturday nights and getting some of the older ones to buy them bottles of liquor and strong beer, and carrying them out in the dark to drink, better stop while they can. They little think what it may lead to, and the older ones that buy it ought to be ashamed of themselves, or kicked out of town.


Birchardville - L.T. Birchard recently purchased a very highly bred Jersey bull calf, from H.C. Taylor, in Oxfordville, Wisconsin. It came by express last week, the express charges along being over $19. His name is "Brown Bessie's Diplomat, 51090" and he is closely related to Brown Bessie, the famous cow which won the world's record at the World's Fair in Chicago, and other famous butter cows. Mr. Birchard and his son Selden have a herd of 30 registered Jerseys and are constantly improving their strains.


Susquehanna - At the meeting of the school board held Monday evening the following teachers were hired for the coming year: First ward school, Misses Cecelia Lanning, Mary Hattan and Margaret McDonald. Second ward school, Misses Elizabeth Brosman, Ruth Phillipi, Elizabeth Cahill, Mary Graves, Anna Doran and Louise Smith. AND Officers McMahon and Palmer, on Monday, recovered a team of horses belonging to LeGrand Simrell, of Brooklyn, NY, who has a farm near Starrucca. The team was found between New Milford and Montrose. It was presumably stolen from the pasture, ridden to Lanesboro, and turned loose.


Gibson - A.O. Stockbine and H.C. Estabrook, fishing at Page pond, caught 97 pickerel.


Silver Lake - There will be a picnic held in the grove on the south shore of Mud Lake on July 4th. Proceeds to be used in fencing and otherwise improving the public cemetery near Quaker Lake, known as Friend's cemetery.


Montrose -The events planned for July 4th are: Hon. James T. Dubois, of Hallstead, U.S. Consulate-General to Switzerland, will deliver the address; a Mammoth Fantastic Parade upon the principal streets and ending at the Fair Ground, where all the other events of the day will occur; athletic sports will include foot races; sack race, potato race, wheelbarrow race, jumping contest, etc.; Great Wrestling Match for the championship of the county; Dancing Pavilion will be open throughout the day; fireworks in the evening.


Rush - Miss Grace McKeeby and Louis Downer, of Fairdale, were on their way from the Methodist church on the State Road on Sunday, and when near Elias Jones', where the road is on the edge of a steep bank, the colt they were driving became unmanageable, frightened and upset the whole outfit--itself, buggy and occupants down the bank. The occupants were thrown out of the buggy, the horse parted from the thills, and although no one was hurt, yet it was an unpleasant predicament for a party out for a pleasure trip. The only way to get the buggy up the bank was supplied by the crowd of witnesses who lent a helping hand and sent them on their way again.


North Jackson - Mr. and Mrs. I.B. Irvin and grandson, of Clearfield, Pa., were visitors Wednesday last at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Larrabee. Mr. Irvin is engaged, as a solicitor, for J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, who are making a canvass of Susquehanna county for a new county history, to be known as "The Commemorative Biographical Record." Mr. Irwin will devote one month to the work in Jackson and is meeting with gratifying success.


Brooklyn - Strawberries are getting plenty and selling at 3 baskets for 25 cents.


Lanesboro - Excursions from Riverside Park will begin running on Sunday next. The steamers commenced running last Sunday.


July 05 1899/1999



Susquehanna- On Sunday, on account of the existing financial depression, Rev. J. Marsland, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, voluntarily reduced his own Salary $100 per annum.


East Rush- The meetings held at the church under the direction of George Gardner, have closed. Mr. Gardner is a young man with a very pleasant address, and while here made many warm friends.


Bridgewater Twp.-  J.F. Blessing informs us that he made his first trip over the L & M Wednesday. "And thereby hangs a tale." With a ticket in his pocket, the train slipped away from him at Alford and he had to walk home! He tells the joke on himself with great gusto.


Montrose- On Tuesday next the citizens of this borough will have an opportunity to vote on the question of bonding the town for the purpose of putting in an electric light plant. Every voter should place himself on record as either for or against the project.


Thompson- Now is the time when you have to get up early if some of the boys don't get ahead of you on a fish story.


Hopbottom- We understand that boring has again commenced in the Brooklyn well where gas was struck.


Oakland- Messrs. O.A. Gilbert, N.M. Finn, and James West, viewers appointed in connection with the proposed county bridge to span the river between Susquehanna and Oakland, will perform their duties this week.


July 08 1899/1999



NEW MILFORD: Mr. L. Gillespie, of Binghamton, is improving his property on the hill by grading and adding a broad porch to his residence and will soon take possession of it.


GIBSON: Death has again visited our midst and removed to that higher life our friend and neighbor, Mrs. Ollie Craft. She was stricken down suddenly while at her usual household duties with heart failure. She has a husband and seven children and a large circle of friends to mourn her untimely death.


AUBURN: P.M. Harris of Auburn 4 Corners, while planting corn recently, found a half cent dated 1804.


HARFORD: the Harford Cornet Band made a most favorable impression on Tuesday, both by their handsome appearance in their neat and effective uniforms and the excellent variety of high class music which they rendered throughout the day in such an admirable manner. It is rumored that this band will be engaged by Montrose Hose Co. No. 2 to accompany them to the firemens' convention at Tunkhannock the last of next month.


SUSQUEHANNA: on Monday evening fire was discovered in Fenner's photograph gallery on the second floor of the Falkenbury Block, corner of Main St. and Erie Ave. The fire department responded promptly to the alarm and by hard work averted a serious blaze. As it was, the Falkenbury Block was badly damaged, and the Central House damaged to the extent of $1000. The gallery was ruined by fire and water and the contents of Buckley's store room and O'Leary's tailor shop, also on the second floor, were badly damaged. John Buckley's dry goods and clothing and French & Allpaugh's printing establishment were damaged by water. The cause of the fire is unknown.


MONTROSE: Sheriff Ward Deuel distinguished himself on the Fourth by an act of bravery which undoubtedly saved the lives of at least two people and saved a number of others from serious injury. A horse running away, with a drunken driver, was about to dash into a crowd of women and children and was almost upon two women when the Sheriff, taking in the situation at a glance, made a dash for the horse's head, grasped it by the bit, and by main force turned the horse and wagon completely around and brought them to a stand-still.


FOREST LAKE: A pleasant social event took place at the home of George Small on June 26th. It being his 59th birthday, his sisters, Mrs. L.H. Lincoln and Mrs. D.L. Dewers, planned to surprise him. Guests, numbering 40, gathered at his home, and when all had arrived, Mr. Small was called from his work in a field near by. After a bountiful dinner was served some bright recitations were rendered by Misses Lena and Hazel Ball, Lula Lindsley and Lee H. Lincoln, Jr. The chief feature of the afternoon was the presentation of a purse to Mr. Small tendered by L.H. Lincoln in behalf of the company.


GREAT BEND: Miss Anna Mae Wilmot was graduated at the Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, in the stenography course. She has a position in stenography in the city.


HOWARD HILL [Liberty Twp.]: Elmer Bailey has purchased a new Deering mowing machine.


RUSH: The ever-glorious 4th was ushered in very early in the morning by the firing of cannon and ringing of church bell. Old glory was flung to the breeze from every house and vantage point. A new 20 foot flag was secured for the flag-staff near McCain¹s store and the old one was stretched from the Post-office to Overton¹s harness shop and dwelling. The rattle of the cracker from big heavy detonators to the diminutive snapper was heard from early morn to late. The day was clear and hot without sultriness; the crowd was large, orderly and happy; the grove was filled to overflowing and was a surprise to everybody, even the villagers did not know there was such a place susceptible of use for picnic purposes. The programme of the day was gone through with in a highly creditable manner. A very interesting ball game was played by the Fairdale and Rush clubs. There was some very good and very poor playing but that did not prevent it from being enjoyed. The crowd was in good humor and laughed where it could not applaud. The total receipts were $145.23.


OAKLAND: An unfortunate accident occurred on Sunday afternoon at Riverside Park. The steamer "Erminie," leaving the Oakland Side at two o'clock, steamed up alongside of Riverside Park dock, reached by a suspension bridge which had been newly erected. On the shore were several hundred people awaiting a ride on the steamer to Forest House Park and return. There was a rush of ticket holders through the gate upon the bridge leading to the steamer and when possibly 200 people filled the bridge, with a sudden crash it collapsed and all were precipitated in the water, which at that point was two or three feet deep. The ladies and children were promptly rescued and no one was injured. After the excitement was over the steamer again filled up, the band played on and pleasure reigned supreme once more.


WEST LENOX: The booming of cannon at Montrose, the 4th, was distinctly heard at this place, and forcibly reminded us of the days of '61 and '65.


FAIRDALE: Gilbert Robinson, from Deadwood, South Dakota, is visiting friends here. He formerly lived near Fairdale. He brought a car-load of horses and had an auction sale.


SOUTH MONTROSE: The L.A.S. has purchased cushions for the church. Now those who could not attend on account of the hard seats, come and enjoy one of the good sermons which we have every Sunday afternoon at 2:30.


July 14 1899/1999



FOREST CITY - James McKinney, Esq., has been appointed to the position of farm agent for the D. L. & W. Railroad company, with headquarters at Scranton. This is an important and lucrative position and has been filled for over twenty years by W.H. Freeman, who has just resigned. Mr. McKinney is a member of the Susquehanna County bar and had been quite a prominent figure in Democrat politics in this county, being a candidate for the State legislature in '96.


SPRINGVILLE - Celebrated an old-fashioned 4th of July with the booming of a cannon at 3 a.m. and the snapping of fire-crackers. From 6 a.m. on the crowd came from every direction and in every sized vehicle. On the morning train came Reed¹s band of Tunkhannock with Co. K., N.G. Pa. and a little later came the Nicholson band. The parade was a success as were the races and greased pole. Several weeks ago it was said that the balloon would not go up. At the proper hour, when it was nearly filled, it swayed considerably in the wind and a snap by which it was held at the top came loose and let it collapse. The "I told you so" element was very prominent, but a blacksmith was speedily found and the damage repaired, the canvas again put in place and the fire started. When it was again filled Prof. Baker took his position on the bar, the word was given to "let-er-go" and she went, the first thing of the kind that Springville ever saw. The rise was very nicely made but not to sufficient height to allow the parachute drop. The crowd was very good natured, it being the biggest crowd the town ever saw --more than 2000 people. The receipts were a little less than $700.


SUSQUEHANNA - The Erie Hose Company has given a contract to A.F. and J.C. Steward, of Rochester, NY, to build them a new hose wagon for one or two horses, to be completed in 8 or 9 weeks. AND - Prof. I.L. Twilley, of Baltimore, Md., has been elected Principal of the Susquehanna Schools. The Professor is a graduate of Washington College, and has taken a post-graduate course at Harvard College. He has also made a trip around the world. AND - Pawnee Bill's circus is soon coming.


SILVER LAKE - The picnic on the 4th on the shore of Mud Lake was well attended, refreshments were served afternoon and evening, and dancing and other amusements indulged in till a late hour. The money received to be applied toward fixing the cemetery on the hill near Quaker Lake.


HARFORD - The district teachers are as follows - Naaman Wilmarth, Orvey Maynard, Flora Jackson, Libbie Gillespie, Minnie Stearns, Flora Sweetser, Anna Quinlan and Carrie Brewster.


WEST LENOX - Last Tuesday, while Mrs. G.S. Lawrence and Mrs. A.W. Miles were driving down Kingsley hill, the horse stumbled and fell, throwing the occupants from the wagon. Mrs. Lawrence fell between the wheels and Mrs. Miles was thrown on the horse near its head. Fortunately two gentlemen, Mr. Ingeman and Mr. Wilmarth, came to the ladies' rescue. Neither of the ladies were seriously injured, but sustained a pretty through shaking up. The result of the accident was one broken thill, a broken dash and a few scratches on the horse.


THOMSON - Mrs. Ada Turrell has received a gift or legacy from her father of the old Toby farm, about 3 miles from here, on the road to Lanesboro. It contains about 80 acres of land valued at $1000.


MELROSE - Two large wildcats were killed near her on Saturday last.


MONTROSE - C.R. Woodin, of Berwick, was in town Monday, with his horseless carriage, which was an object of considerable interest. In appearance it looked like an enlarged covered buggy, and was run by a little gasoline engine inside the body.


DUNDAFF - Mat Gebens has rented the Phinney farm of 160 acres. Himself and family live in the building that at one time served as a bank. The structure is said to be about 90 years old. It is one of the landmarks of the county.


HALLSTEAD - A farmer named Vandemark was in town with a box containing two live rattle-snakes which he caught. AND  A new turn-table in the center of the round house was placed in position to take the place of the old one that has seen a long service.


BROOKDALE - There was a large gathering at A.L. Roe's on the evening of the Fourth. Ice cream, cake and lemonade were served and a fine display of fire-works. All the accidents we heard of was the constable shooting the postmaster behind the ear with a Roman candle. Aside from that, everything went lovely.


ARARAT - Peas and new potatoes have been on the bill of fare at Fred Brooks's for the past two or three weeks. AND  All the farmers about here are engaged with their haying.


HERRICK CENTRE - Will Pickering has sold his farm to the Forest City poor district.


JACKSON - Fred Sheldon, returning from Susquehanna, encountered a large rattlesnake on the "barrens." Mr. Sheldon soon dispatched the varmint and secured the rattles, ten in number.


BROOKLYN - Prof. Stephens and Miss Lizzie Wright are retained as Principal and primary teacher, with Mr. Schook of Bradford County as assistant Principal, and Mable Nash as fourth teacher.


AUBURN CENTRE - William Baldwin, of Jenningsville, passed though this place selling stereoscopic views.


HOPBOTTOM - A complete surprise as a family gathering came upon Mr. and Mrs. Edward Conrad Tuesday the 11th, of their friends from Scranton bringing with them the celebrated Bauer's band. When the band returned home their wish was gratified in riding on a partial load of new hay, which they seemed to enjoy and discoursed sweet music on their way to the depot.


July 21 1899/1999



FOREST CITY - Editor Gelder, of the Forest City News, is hereafter to be addressed as Judge, or Squire Gelder, he having been appointed by the Governor a Justice of the Peace to fill the place of M.J. Collins, who recently removed--to New Jersey.


MONTROSE - If you wish to help swell the fund for building the new Catholic parochial residence, attend the picnic, August 9th, on the Fair Ground and at the Armory, in the evening, a musical program. AND - At 1 o'clock last Saturday, there was not a team (nor single horse) hitched in the streets of Montrose a very rare occurrence, but the farmers were all too busy haying to be in town. Fifteen minutes later, Caleb Bush, Jr., drove in, hitched near the Globe store and reported that he had finished haying. A little later some others came, but it was an exceedingly quiet day in town.


FRIENDSVILLE - On Saturday last, Miss Mary C. Byrne, a former Susquehanna county teacher and frequent contributor to the Republican, took the solemn pledges, the habit of religion, and white veil of the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the ceremony occurring in the chapel of St. Rose's Convent in Carbondale. Rt. Rev. Bishop Hoban of Scranton officiated. Miss Byrne will be known in religion as Sister Mary Rozine. The home of her parents borders on Carmalt Lake. Mrs. P. O'Reilly and son of St. Joseph's, and D.P. Byrne of Friendsville, attended the ceremonies.


HALLSTEAD - The Hallstead School Board elected teachers last Saturday evening. The following were chosen--Prof. B.W. Pease, Principal; Misses Grace Harding, Ellen Burns, Lillian Church, Ida Tuttle and Messrs. Fred Moore and John O'Neill.


EAST LENOX - Sunday, July 23rd, is the regular day for preaching services at the school house. Come and hear our new minister.


BROOKLYN - The prize speaking contest on Friday evening of last week was a very pleasing entertainment. Miss Ethel Sterling won the ladies' prize and Wade Barnes won the gentleman's prize.


AUBURN - The young people on this line would be very much pleased if those young people of Elk Lake, who are in the habit of taking midnight rides and stopping at each house and disturbing others, learn that no gentleman or lady would ever indulge in that kind of business. Should this be repeated, the names will be given.


HOPBOTTOM - The Ladies Aid of the Universalist church will hold an apron sale and ice cream festival on Friday 28th, in Tingley's hall.


SOUTH MONTROSE - Chas Goodwin had all his pork stolen from his cellar recently.


SOUTH GIBSON - The W.R.C. will serve ice cream in G.A.R. hall Saturday evening, July 22. All members are expected to bring ice cream or cake. Come everybody and get a big dish of ice cream for ten cents.


FOREST LAKE - E.J. Noble received serious injuries by falling through a hay loft, a distance of 15 feet, rendering him unconscious. He is recovering.


SUSQUEHANNA - On July 26 Pawnee Bill's Exposition of Frontier Life will be in Susquehanna. The show comprising a genuine Wild West Indian Village, Indian Museum, Hippodrome, Mexican Bull Fight, and Exposition of Trained Animals, headed by the famed guide, scout, U.S. interpreter and Oklahoma hero, Major G. Wm. Lillie (Pawnee Bill) with his own company. Genuine and true--it is no imitation. His Indians are Indians, his Mexicans are Mexicans, his cowboys are cowboys, his vaqueros are vaqueros. Also Miss May Lillie, the 19th century, Diana, the champion girl horseback rifle shot of the world. A band of Australian Bushmen, famous Black Trackers and Boomerang Throwers plus a troupe of famous Japanese Lancers and much more. Admission reduced to 25 cents.


NEW MILFORD - Viola, aged seven, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Watson Granger, was the victim of a distressing accident Wednesday evening. About half-past seven o'clock she and two other little girls were crossing the road in front of Bert Turner's house on the Montrose road, just above the Phinney crossing, when Allie Tuner came down the road on his bicycle at a furious pace. He struck the child with the wheel and the force threw him to the ground and rendered the child unconscious. Dr. Snyder attended her and by Thursday morning she was resting easy. Bicycle riders who have been in the habit of speeding down this particular hill should take this as a lesson that it is always dangerous, not only simply to themselves, but to everyone who has business requiring them to pass over the road.


RUSH - Edward S. Perigo, of Ellis Co., Kansas, accompanied by his wife, has been visiting his brother, Albert, in this place, and his brother, sister, and other relatives at Rush, the home of his boyhood. Mr. Perigo left Rush many years ago and for a time lived at Corbettsville. He went west 21 years ago and took up a claim under the Homestead law. For a time it was a hard struggle for existence, but by perseverance he managed to at least succeed; he secured a position on a railroad and was employed by the Company for 17 years, when he quit railroading to embark in the mercantile trade in Ellis, where in company with his son he conducts a hardware store and does a flourishing business. This is Mr. Perigo first visit home since he went west in 1878.


FAIRDALE - The members of the Fair Hill Church will hold an ice cream festival July 25th, on the lawn of Mr. George Lewis. The Birchardville band is expected to be present. All are invited to attend.


July 28 1899/1999



FRANKLIN - The "Boys and Girls" of ‘76, of Franklin and Liberty, will hold their third annual reunion at the Salt Springs, Thursday, August 3. Their friends are cordially invited to meet with them and make it an old-fashioned picnic. AND - The annual reunion of the seven Smith brothers will be held at the home of Harvey Summers, Aug. 25th.


MONTROSE - "The Prince" is the name of a new brand of very fine cigars put on the market by our enterprising cigar man, D.V. Gardiner. The boxes in which these cigars are packed bear a finely lithographed picture of "Prince," a favorite horse owned by Mr. Gardiner. The cigars are of the finest quality and will doubtless have a large sale. AND - Can any of the pioneer residents of Montrose give any information in regard to William Mosher, who is reported to have lived at this place about 1836-37 or 8? If so, please inform Postmaster Stoddard.


FOREST CITY - was visited early Monday morning by the most disastrous fire in the history of the town. Eleven buildings, in the very heart of the business centre, were destroyed before the flames were brought under control. The local Department was assisted by the Vandling Hose Co. The burned district included these business places - The Davis House and stables, occupied by Chas. Crandall, Wellbrock's liquor store, Frano's barber shop, Gardella's fruit store, Carpenter's meat market, Wildenberger's jewelry store, Miss Hyatt's millinery store, Knapp's drug store, Spencer's blacksmith shop and a double dwelling occupied by Jerry Westcott and Miss Anna Fox. The Conyngham hotel was also badly damaged. All the burned buildings were on Main street. Estimated loss $50,000.


NEW MILFORD - The C.T. Whitney store house has been turned into a barrel factory, employing eight men. It is merely a temporary affair to supply farmers in this vicinity with apple barrels.


SOUTH GIBSON - Landlord Shafer's pacer narrowly escaped being killed, Friday last. It seems that Mr. S. was out with a couple of gentlemen buying stock and they stopped at a farm a short distance from town. After getting out of the wagon he stepped to the back to lift it around when the horse started on a run down the hill, at the foot of which is a sharp turn and a bridge about 20 ft. high. The horse, being unable to turn the corner, jumped the bridge. When Mr. Shafer found the horse it was standing in the creek. Upon examination it was found to have escaped with several ugly cuts and stiff joints.


STRICKLAND HILL (Springville) - The people of this vicinity were greatly shocked on Sunday to hear that Rollie Taylor had met death by drowning in Schooley's Lake. He and three companions were in to bathe and gather pond lilies. The other boys did not discover his danger until he had come up for the last time, and it was then too late to rescue him, although every effort was made to do so. After he had remained in the water four or five hours, Eli Barber dived under the water and brought him to surface. He was taken to Oliver Squires' where he was working, and thence removed to his home in Springville. His age was 21 years.


ELK LAKE - Petty thieves did considerable work in this vicinity last week. They took hams, canned fruit and vinegar from Mrs. Rogan's cellar, wool from Richard Arnold's and bedding, etc. from the cottage occupied by Rev. E.A. Warriner. The party was apprehended and goods recovered, in the latter instance.


SUSQUEHANNA - The Susquehanna Athletic club treated their lady friends to a moonlight excursion on the steamer Erminie to the Forest House on Tuesday evening. There was supper at the Forest House and music by Doran's orchestra. AND - Pawnee Bill's big show held forth to big audiences in Beebe's Park on Wednesday.


OAKLEY - The annual reunion of the Jeffers, Loomis ad Titus families will be held on Aug. 16th at the home of Watson Jeffers. It will be a basket picnic. The exercises will beheld in Union Hall, near by, and the company will be photographed.


LENOXVILLE - The centennial of the settlement of Lenoxville will be celebrated on August 24th. Isaac Doud was the first settler.


ELKDALE - On Friday evening, J.W. Davis, of Welch Hill, gave a phonograph concert in the church after which the ladies served ice cream on the lawn.


CLIFFORD - The ice cream festival held at Finn's Hall last night was financially a success but rather noisy for such an occasion.


BROOKDALE - M. Dolen's horse ran away last Monday evening with three of his little children. All attempts to stop it was of no use till it reached the barn, when it turned into the yard, tipping the wagon over and throwing the children out. We are thankful to say they escaped with only a few bruises.


HEART LAKE - The black population of Montrose held their annual picnic at Heart Lake on Thursday. Shortly after their arrival at the Lake, Maurice Brown, the 13 year old son of Mrs. Johanna Brown, rigged himself in a bathing suit and started for a row on the lake with Willie Dodge, his 14 year old companion. Young Dodge refused to go until Maurice agreed not to go in bathing. When about 250 ft. from shore, Maurice slipped from the prow of the boat into the water. His companion heard the splash and saw the boy for an instant under the water, trying to paddle as he disappeared from sight without rising again. The accident occurred so suddenly that but a few saw it. The boy was doubtless deceived in the depth of the water by the growth of grass which rises nearly to the surface. Once in the water, being unable to swim, he doubtless became entangled in the grass and was unable to extricate himself. The stricken mother was at once informed of her bereavement and went to the lake on the noon train. Maurice was a bright and promising boy and a general favorite with his companions and the public.


August 04 1899/1999



FRANKLIN FORKS - A merry load of young ladies and gentlemen from Montrose enjoyed an outing at Salt Springs on Monday, going via a band wagon and four prancing steeds. Small picnics are held almost daily at Salt Springs.


NORTH JACKSON - The death of Amasa Page, 75 years, 3 months and 3 days, an old and respected resident, occurred Friday eve. of last week, at his late home. He is survived by a widow, one daughter and five sons. Willis A. Page, of Omaha and Friend Page, of Chicago, two of his sons, are in town, called by their father's death.


FOREST CITY - Franklin M. Gardiner, a young attorney of promise, has moved from Montrose to Forest City for the practice of his profession. There appears to be a good field for a lawyer here and Mr. Gardiner, being a young man of good habits and ability, a close student and attentive to business, will, we believe, be a success.


SUSQUEHANNA - The managers of the Susquehanna Street Fair offer a valuable housekeeper's outfit to any couple who will be publicly married on Main Street, on the first day of the Street Fair, Sept. 6. The managers will also pay the license and marriage fees. The names of the parties will not be disclosed until the day of the wedding. AND - A.F. & S.C. Stewart of Rochester, NY, are building for Erie Hose Co. a hose wagon of the latest design. It will be very highly finished in gold leaf ornamentation and full nickel railings and trimmings, and will be equipped with nickel-plated extinguishers and roller bearings axles and wheels.


RUSH - Lee Hickok, Andrew McGovern and Christy Curran went to the Wild West Show in Binghamton, on their wheels; in returning they made a detour, coming by way of Owego, a journey of 70 miles, which they covered from 2:30 p.m. till between 11 and 12 p.m.


FOREST LAKE CENTRE - The annual picnic of the M.E. Sunday School was held in Suel Warner's grove last Thursday. The dinner was well under way when a heavy shower came up, scattering the crowd. Suel sugar house proved a refuge. Then there was a second shower which again dispersed the crowd. This time the class-leader took refuge under the table, where there was a good thick tablecloth. Of course, there was much merriment, wet garments and spoiled refreshments, but after all, we had a good picnic.


WEST LENOX - Baptist Sunday school held an ice cream social on A.W. Miles' lawn Thursday evening, July 20. About 50 were present. A very pleasant evening was spent with innocent amusement out doors, while a fine musical program was rendered indoors. Much credit is due Flossie Carey, Kittie Lawrence, Alice Dodd and Vevie Whiting.


THOMPSON - The fresh air children from New York, that have been staying with our people for the past two weeks, started for home.


UNIONDALE - Oney Rounds, Sr., one of the oldest farmers in this vicinity, died at his home near this place, July 25th, after 11 days of illness of pneumonia. Interment in the Westgate Cemetery.


BROOKLYN - After years of separation the descendants of Isaac and Judith Tewksbury renewed the social and family ties in a gathering in the old Methodist-Episcopal church, July 4. This was the 37th anniversary of the first gathering, which was held at the home of Stephen Smith of Brooklyn, and was the occasion of the marriage of one of his daughters. Over 100 braved the heat, coming from Salamanca, Pittston, Great Bend, Tunkhannock, Auburn, Franklin, Gibson, Lenox, etc. Elected were, President, Isaac Tewksbury, Brooklyn; Vice-Pres., Marvin Tewksbury, Catawissa, Pa.; Sec., Mrs. B.T. Case, Brooklyn; Treas., Benjamin Tewksbury, New Milford.


HERRICK CENTRE - Arthur Perrington is ill with typhoid fever. Dr. Pike, of Dundaff, is attending him.


HALLSTEAD - On Tuesday evening, Arthur Cook, a young man of Hallstead, while having sport with some of the Crandalls, of Smokey Hollow, pulled young Grover Crandall out of the rear end of a moving wagon by taking hold of the muzzle of an old-fashioned rifle which Crandall was holding fast by the stock. As Crandall fell, the gun was discharged and the ball struck Cook in the abdomen, inflicting a wound from which he died a little later. There was great excitement for a time, and the story was heralded far and near that a "murder" had been committed, but such does not appear to have been the case, though young Crandall and his father, Nate Crandall, were arrested and locked up at Hallstead, awaiting the verdict of the Coroner's jury. The story, as told by an eye witness, exonerates the Crandalls from all blame. Arthur Cook was a young man 22 years of age and leaves a wife and one child. Mrs. Cook is the daughter of George Shoemaker, formerly of Rush.


HOPBOTTOM - Mrs. C.S. Miller will have fresh bread at the post office, hereafter, until further notice.


WEST AUBURN - Red raspberries have been very abundant in this vicinity this season, one family canning 60 quarts and the canning of 40 quarts being a common occurrence.


MONTROSE - An unusual and pitiful sight was presented at the L&M station, early on Tuesday morn. At the depot platform, stretched at full length, lay a woman, miserably clad, while clasped in her arms was a tiny babe, whose clothing was a piece of bran sacking, which its mother in a rude way, had improvised into a slight semblance of a dress. There, in the open air, with so little to shelter from the chilly dew, these two unfortunates spent the night. Inquiry elicited the information that the woman's name was Barber and that she hailed from Springville. Her husband had left her and she had come up on the Narrow Gauge the previous day to bring some action in court again him. Intending to return the same day, she boarded the wrong train and found herself stranded in Montrose. Kind hearted people took her in and gave her breakfast, while another furnished the little one with needed clothing.


HARFORD - The city water pipes are to be extended to the Whitney, Rogers and VanBuskirk properties.