August 11 1899/1999
HEART LAKE - The excursion on the DL&W railroad from Elmira, Binghamton and intermediate stations along the route to Heart Lake on Sunday, was patronized by over 300 people, who spent the day drinking in the natural and acquired beauties and attractions of that popular resort. It is said that two excursions are to be run by the DL&W to Heart Lake next Sunday, one from Scranton and another from Elmira. It is probable that under the new administration of the DL&W, excursions will be very frequent, and it is feared by some that the privacy so much desired by cottagers will be rudely shattered by these weekly incursions of motley crowds of pleasure seekers.
SOUTH GIBSON - Several from here went huckleberrying over on the Forest City mountain. AND - A lady from Harford was bitten on the lip by a kissing bug here, recently. She with several others was on her way to Elk Mountain for a picnic.
FRANKLIN FORKS - The floor in the new Hall at the rear of the Alliance Store was completed Tuesday in time so that the young people enjoyed the playing of many games.
HALLSTEAD - Rev. H.A. Williams, pastor of the Hallstead M.E. church, preached a sermon Sunday evening on the killing of Byron Cook, Aug. 1. It was just such a sermon as is needed in many communities where rowdyism is winked at. The sermon could not fail to open the eyes of the people to their personal responsibility in promoting order and good government. (About 20 witnesses were examined by the Coroner's jury, all evidence showing that the shooting of Cook was accidental, the unfortunate man being himself more responsible for the fatal result than was anyone else, and released Nate and Daniel Crandall from custody.)
JACKSON - The lamb-Hall reunion was held yesterday. The Lamb's and Hall's are about the nicest people in the State.
SUSQUEHANNA - Tim Hurley left on Tuesday night for New York where he is to fight Harry Fisher, of Brooklyn, before the Broadway Athletic club, August 18.
RUSH - The Auburn and Rush baseball clubs met in a friendly but spirited contest on Saturday afternoon on Haire's flat, the game resulting 18 to 5 in favor of the Rush club.
MONTROSE - Twenty-seven hundred glasses of chocolate, to say nothing of the countless glasses of other flavors, have been served thus far this season from Morris' soda fountain, to appease this unparalleled appetite of the public for Morris' chocolate syrup. AND - The electric lights installed at the Presbyterian church last week were given their first public trial at the union service held in that edifice on Sunday evening and they gave perfect satisfaction.
EAST LENOX - Miss Grace Evans and her two sisters, of Carbondale, are rusticating at E. Snyder's.
KINGSLEY - Mr. U. Sloat was obliged to draw his mill pond off to repair leaks in the dam and the people of Kingsley and vicinity have been having some fine fish for several days.
HOPBOTTOM - Geo. W. Strupler has returned home from the Klondike with lots of relics and filthy lucre. AND - The Foster House is now lighted by Acetylene gas. E.M. Tiffany's store will be furnished from the Hotel plant.
AUBURN CENTRE - There will be a game of base ball played at this place Saturday, Aug. 12th by the Regular Nine and the Volunteers. A hot time is expected and all are invited.
LAWSVILLE - Perry Wandell has bought a new Champion reaper and binder and is ready to do work for any who may want.
BROOKLYN - Charles Tiffany is laying pipes for supplying good spring water to such as may desire it.
BRANDT - One of those terrible deeds which occasionally occur to shock and sadden humanity, was the killing at Brandt, near Susquehanna, by Charles Yeager, of his three little, motherless children, he afterwards attempting suicide. And the reason given is most pitiable. Shortly after commencing work at the factory in Brandt, Yeager met with an accident by which he lost all the fingers of his left hand. Being thus crippled, he could command only small wages. It is reported that this pittance was recently reduced, making it so difficult to provide for his family that his mind became deranged, and while in that condition he took the lives of his children. A search of Yeager's house showed that a small piece of meat and a few crackers were all that it contained in the way of eatables. At last report Yeager is still alive.
LANESBORO - For several weeks Mr. Geo. B. Giles, of Carbondale, has been engaged in putting in a water plant at Lanesboro; a land, it is said that is the home of rattlesnakes. A day or so ago, some of the men in his employ chanced to meet one of these reptiles and knowing that George delights in reptiles of the docile and tractible order, they decided to capture it. So they got an old barrel and several long, crotched sticks and drove the snake into it. As it lay coiled up, shaking its rattle, the men had no idea as to its length, but they soon found out how long it was. No sooner had it been driven into the barrel, which had been turned on one end and an attempt was being made to place a board over the top, when the snake made a leap for its captors, its head coming above the top of the barrel several inches. After several attempts the board was fastened and the barrel was presented to Mr. Giles & a splendid little speech was delivered by one of his men. Highly appreciating the gift, Mr. Giles brought it to his home. The snake is over 4 ft. long and has 12 rattles. In color it is yellow, a kind very unusual in this section. Mr. Giles presented the reptile to Ernest Downton, who is studying medicine in Philadelphia and his snakeship was shipped to the Quaker City to be used in some experiments to be made in poisons by various members of the college faculty.
August 18 1899/1999
AUBURN - Our enterprising miller, Mr. Tanner, at Elk Lake, just went to the expense of $500 to furnish his grist mill with a first-class wheat mill, which is now kept busy grinding out the beautiful golden wheat to the satisfaction of his many customers. This will now encourage farmers to raise their own bread, which will be quite an item in money saving.
GIBSON - Ira Lewis and wife, who have spent the summer with friends here, have returned to their home in Illinois.
LAWSVILLE - G.W. Lockwood has traded his farm in this place for a house and lot in Binghamton with J. VanHoten.
FOREST LAKE CENTRE - Edward Marshall, the noted war correspondent of the New York Journal, who was shot through the spine and paralyzed from the hips downward, in the fight at LaGuasima, Cuba, June 24, 1898, has recently had one of his limbs amputated in order to save his life. He is the author of the book, The Rough Riders. He is a grandson of Dexter and Fanny Marshall, deceased, who resided for many years at Birchardville, and he is a son of Rev. Davis C. Marshall, a Baptist minister who preached for many years in different parts of York State.
HOP BOTTOM - The Foster House is now lighted by Acetylene gas. E. M. Tiffany's store will be furnished with light from the hotel plant.
FOREST CITY - The recent disastrous fire is to be followed with a lively building boom. Several of those who suffered by the fire, having already completed arrangements to erect modern brick structures on the sites of the burned buildings, T.C. Manzer, W.H. Wildenberger and J.F. Wellbrock, are among those who will rebuild. AND - Mr. N.W. Dow had the electric lights put in his house recently.
SPRINGVILLE - The Springville band will enter the great band contest at Tunkhannock to be held in connection with the Firemen's Convention, and will try conclusions with such well-known bands as Bauer's, of Scranton; Bakers, of Binghamton; the "R.A. Packer," of Sayre, and the "Germania," of Towanda. The Springville boys have got plenty of grit, that's certain.
ELK LAKE - The new church is progressing finely under the skillful workmanship of Mr. Whitman and son, of Lindaville.
RUSH - The buckwheat on Devine Ridge was destroyed by the hail which fell in chunks and was driven with great force by the high wind that prevailed. Corn suffered severely, the foliage and outer skin being literally cut into ribbons. A.D. Gary had 40 window lights broken.
HERRICK CENTRE - At a meeting of the Herrick school board they passed a resolution to secure one acre of ground in Herrick Center and build upon it a good Graded School building to be completed by the first of January, 1900. The town is to be congratulated upon its up-to-date Board of Directors. AND - It is rumored that water will be carried from a spring on G.L. McGonigal's farm to Uniondale and Herrick Centre.
LENOXVILLE - The Lenoxville Centennial will be celebrated Aug. 24 in Robinson's Grove. Just 100 years ago Isaac Doud settled near the place where Walter Bennett now lives and our quiet little town was then known as Doud Hollow. Great preparations are being made for the celebration and it will, no doubt, be a very pleasant and memorable event.
DIMOCK - This is the 25th session held on the Dimock Camp Ground, and bids fair to be one of the best. Most of the rooms of the association are taken and but few cottages are to rent. From a wild wood this spot of ground has changed into quite a village of cottages. There are at present 91 cottages owned by stockholders and the association has three buildings containing 49 rooms which they rent; 22 are furnished with springs, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, wash bowl and pitcher. In fact, all but a brush and comb is needed and beside[s] there is a large boarding hall, market and barn which will accommodate 50 horses and a strong lockup which has had but one patron since it was built 40 years ago.
CLIFFORD - The Farmer's Alliance picnic held in the Grove at Crystal Lake the 15th, was well represented from Clifford. Also the Owen Phillips Post Camp fire [G.A.R.], held at Decker's Hall, Dundaff, was well attended from this place.
BRANDT - Yeager, who murdered his three children and cut his own throat, died of the injury on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
SUSQUEHANNA - Mrs. Wm. H. McCoy, the estimable wife of the proprietor of the Central House, on Erie avenue, a few days ago purchased some strychnine with which to poison rats. She put a portion of it in her pocketbook. On Saturday last she purchased some headache powders, which she also put in her purse. Wishing to take a headache powder, she, by mistake, took the strychnine. Drs. Miller and Goodwin were summoned and they did all in their power to save her, but she died about one and one-half hour after taking the poison. She was formerly Miss Lulu Hunt of Hancock. Her age was 22 years. Mr. and Mrs. McCoy were married in April, 1898.
MONTROSE - Scholars from out of town who expect to attend Montrose High School this winter, and desire to rent rooms, should apply to Mrs. Agnes Gill. AND - Persons wishing to subscribe for the Union Signal, Women's Christian Temperance Union, can do so by sending address and $1 to Mrs. Henry Warner. If sent before Sept. 1, you will receive with it a life-size picture of Miss Francis E. Willard.
JACKSON - A large portion of this month is devoted to family reunions and this year is no exception. The first was the Payne gathering Sat. last at H.C. Payne's, N. Jackson, Wednesday of this week is the Lamb-Hall meeting at C.D. Washburn's, Lake View, to be followed by the French's, Thursday, Aug. 17, at Geo. French's in N. Jackson.
August 25 1899/1999
HERRICK CENTRE - The Coal Prospecting Co. will commence boring at Herrick soon, on G.L. McGonigal's farm.
JACKSON - Mrs. S.J. Engle, of Susquehanna, will conduct a class in instrumental music here, each Wednesday.
LAWSVILLE - The Southworth family reunion was held last Wednesday at the home of T. Whitmarsh, in Franklin. There were 83 present and a good time is reported. AND - T.L. Smith is working with a gang of hands building a new road from near C.D. Berg's to Rhiney Creek road near J.P. Fisher's.
THOMPSON - Herbert Birchard, of Thompson, had his barn struck with lightning, killing three cows. The barn did not burn.
BIRCHARDVILLE - Several new carriages of late are seen on our street, one owned by Silas Jagger another by A.B. Cole, and a person remarked - "Wonder what that means?" AND - Suel Warner and Judson Birdsall are giving the school house at the Centre a face of new siding preparatory for school, that will begin the 21st, taught by Mr. Edwards.
LITTLE MEADOWS - During the shower last night the barn formerly owned by D.O. Minkler, but now belonging to Mrs. Jno. A. Howell, was struck by lightning and entirely consumed, together with its contents consisting of wagons, harnesses, robes, tools, and a quantity of butter tubs. Two horses were in the barn but they were with some difficulty removed. The barn was partially insured.
FLYNN - Thomas McDonough has taken the contract to build a new bridge over the North Branch creek. Thomas intends to get there.
NEWS BRIEFS - "Will Come Home Awheel" The following was clipped from a Seattle paper of recent date - "The first Alaskan prospector to return to his home in the East using a bicycle as a means of transportation will be James Stoddard, of Montrose, Susquehanna county, Pa, who has recently returned from a fruitless tour through the Copper river country, and will depart this week on his overland journey. The distance from here to Montrose by way of any of the wheel routes is from 3,500 to 4,000 miles, but Stoddard has no fears of being able to make the distance without difficulty and long before Thanksgiving. He has not yet picked his route, but will do so today or tomorrow, and then make his start. His outfit will consist of a light blanket, tools, a lamp, cup, canteen and knapsack. He expects to get most of his provisions from farm houses, except where he rides long distances through sparsely settled regions, when he will carry a supply. Mr. Stoddard is not a stranger to the rigors of such a long journey. When he was at Montrose, operating the city water-works, he frequently toured through the surrounding country. In once case he made a circuit from Montrose to Atlantic City, NJ, a total distance of 811 miles in 7 days; another time he went to the Copper river in Feb., 1898, in company with five others, all of whom, except himself, have returned to their homes. He has a wife and son at Montrose."
FOREST CITY - The school directors of Forest City have just let the contract for the erection of a five-thousand dollar school house. Work on the new building to commence at once.
HALLSTEAD - The Prohibition County Convention was held here on Aug. 17. About 25 delegates were present and the following county ticket was nominated - For Sheriff, A.H. Crosier, Thompson; Register and Recorder, Geo. A. Stearns, Harford; Treasurer, B.H. Tiffany, Gibson; Commissioners, W. Rounds, Herrick Center and E.W. Bolles, Fairdale; Auditors, W. Knoeller, Hallstead and R.H. Alexander, Forest City. AND - The citizens of Hallstead have petitioned the authorities of the Lackawanna road to change the name of their station to Hallstead instead of Great Bend.
MONTROSE - The spire manufactured by Geo. Woodruff, at Boyd & Cooleys, will be hoisted in place on the Presbyterian steeple.
BRANDT - The Brandt Clay Product Company's works have resumed operations, after a shut-down of several weeks.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Eire shopmen and their friends, about 1,400 people in all, "excurted" to Eldridge Park, Elmira, on Saturday, in a special train of 18 well-filled cars. The Susquehanna Band accompanied them. All had a jolly time and all came home sober. Match it who can. AND - That splendid old educational institution--Laurel Hill Academy, is of necessity enlarging its buildings. Like old wine, this famous school, one of the very best in Northern Pennsylvania, improves with age. It is a great credit to the community, to the pastors, and the splendid corps of teachers.
RUSH - Mr. Asa Hitchcock was made glad by the visit of his old comrade, A.W. DeWitt and wife, of Philadelphia. These two comrades and veterans were ploughing in adjacent fields and as they met at the end of the furrows, they talked together of the war and as they ploughed the next furrow they were thinking seriously of what they were going to do about it. About 3 o'clock in the afternoon they had made up their minds to enlist and there and then unhitched their teams, informed their people of their intentions, and then left for Montrose where they enlisted in the 9th Calvary on Oct. 29th, 1861 and served during the war, being mustered out with their company at the expiration of their time.
FRANKLIN FORKS - The boys of this place and the boys of Conklin Forks played a game of ball on Tuesday of last week. It was a close game, resulting in a victory for the boys of this place. AND - The roof of the [horse] sheds in the rear of the M.E. church were shingled and the sheds otherwise repaired on the 15th; it was done by a bee. The ladies, not to be outdone, provided a nice dinner in Alliance hall. The dinner was enjoyed, if the work was not.
SILVER LAKE - A gay party of young people from Montrose called at Silver Lake on their way from Salt Springs, Thursday, and a four-horse load from the same place had a picnic at the "Head of the Lake" and called on Mrs. West, Friday.
September 01 1899/1999
HERRICK CENTRE - An ice cream social was held at the home of W.H. Fletcher, Friday evening. A literary program was finely carried out. Proceeds, $15 toward an organ fund.
RETTA - After a delightful trip to California and the Rocky mountains, Miss Carrie Cogswell has returned to her home at West Auburn. She leaves for Strasburg this week, where she teaches in the graded school.
THOMSON - We see that A.H. Crosier has the nomination for Sheriff on the Prohibition ticket. We do not think he will make as successful a run there as he does running his undertaking business.
SUSQUEHANNA- "The Widow Brown" will appear in Hogan Opera House, on the evening of Sept. 6. AND In Christ's Episcopal Church on Wednesday evening, Miss Ella Raynsford and Lewis Rockefeller, two popular young people, were united in matrimony. A reception followed at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Raynsford on Grand Street. The bride received many elegant gifts. Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller left the same evening for Chicago and the west.
SOUTH MONTROSE - At the recent horse race on the South Montrose track, "Major Hicks" won the race; time 2:20.
HEART LAKE - The Ladies Aid met Monday with Mrs. Henry Cobb. The church sheds are progressing finely, nearly logs enough having been purchased and drawn to L.E. Griffing's mill. The people in this vicinity have done nobly and our sheds are going to be and that soon.
GIBSON - E.H. Sweet, who has moved into C. C. Lupton's house, is prepared to entertain the traveling public and keeps an A. No. 1 place. AND The 4th annual reunion of the Stone and Slocum families will be held at Willard Estabrook's on Sept. 13th.
HOPBOTTOM - On the 26th of August, Mr. Richmond Gavitt and four sisters from Dimock met with Mrs. Rosencrantz at Brooklyn on the King place, Mrs. R. being the fifth sister. They all had a good time talking over the old times and the present and feeling if they all never meet again that they will have a reunion over on the other side. AND Jack, the good faithful dog at the post office, is dead--killed by the cars some time since.
MONTROSE - James Stoddard arrived at his home in this place on Saturday last, after spending considerably over a year in search of gold in the frozen northwest. Mr. Stoddard came from Seattle to St. Paul, Minn. by train and from St. Paul to Montrose by wheel, covering the distance -1354 miles- between the two latter places in 13 days, riding from 12 to 16 hours per day. The last night out he rode all night for fear of getting caught in a rain storm.
ARARAT - The Avery and Severs reunion will be held at the home of E.L. Avery, September 2.
CHOCONUT - Pat Behan wants better roads or his new buggy will be injured.
AUBURN - Our boys went over recently and played a game of ball with the Springvillers and defeated them to the tune of 17 to 6; and on Friday last the return game was played on the hill near the Corners, and for all the Springville team came with two expert players from Buffalo, was beaten again. A very large crowd was present, and the game was said to be very exciting with lots of cheering.
FOREST CITY - W. McKernon has purchased the "Kelsey" house on Sus'q'a St. AND Mrs. I.V. Smith and Mrs. H.F. Aldrich spent one day last week at Coxtown [Coxton] lake, the new summer resort.
A FATAL RUN-AWAY - While James Bishop and family, who live on the Lott farm at South Montrose, were returning to their home Friday afternoon, and while going down the hill near John Cooley's, their horses ran away without apparent cause, and when near the bottom of the hill, while making the turn at the bridge, the occupants of the wagon were thrown out and struck the bridge, or the stone wall at its side.
His wife and five children were with him and Mr. Bishop saw at once that some of them were injured but could not tell how much. Stepping up to one boy, about 7 yrs. old, who seemed to be uninjured, he said to him, "Bennie, you stay here with mamma and help her, while I run to town for a doctor," but now remembers that he received no reply.
He came for Doctor Gardner and when he returned little Bennie was dead, though there were no marks or bruises on him sufficient to account for his death, and it is supposed that the fright and shock caused his death, in other words, that he was frightened to death. Two of the other boys were considerably injured, one of them so badly that it was thought that he might die at any moment, but he is now much better. Mrs. Bishop's arm was injured, the cords being severed. The oldest child and the baby were not injured. Mr. Bishop was shaken up and bruised somewhat.
Among those earliest on the scene to assist were Lyman Bunnell and Geo. Halpin. The neighbors have expressed their sympathy not only in words, but in deeds as well. Mr. E.P. Pope, with a subscription paper, raised about $150 in town, and the neighbors at South Montrose also added about $50 for the afflicted family.
September 08 1899/1999
WELSH HILL [Clifford Twp.] - There is some talk of getting up a petition to change the name of our post-office from Welsh Hill to Idyl Wilde. This certainly ought to meet the approval of all, for the lake called by this name is well known and no confusion would result from making the change suggested.
GREAT BEND - Some of our young people started on a pleasure ride with a nice vehicle and a spirited span of steeds. The horses became frightened soon after leaving, ran across the flat and over the bridge which spans the river between the two boroughs, and through the streets of Hallstead, until stopped near the Depot. The occupants of the carriage were as badly frightened as the horses but all escaped without injury. Very soon two officers, whose duty it is to preserve order and protect the lives and property of their city, appeared in our borough in search of the man who held the ribbons, armed with the authority to arrest him for fast driving on the bridge and through the town. While they were searching for him, he went to Hallstead, to settle all damages with the Squire. The vigilant officers of Hallstead, supposed the driver had been drinking, but when it was learned that the company were all sober and honored citizens, and that it all came through the fright of the horses, apologies were exchanged and the matter was dropped.
HERRICK CENTRE - Miss Margaret E. Bowell will commence a seven months' term at the Herrick School, Tuesday, Miss Bessie Walker will commence the Lyon St. school, Tuesday.
SUSQUEHANNA - The public schools have opened with a large attendance and splendid outlook. Prof. Twilley is in charge, assisted in the work of education by an efficient corps of teachers. Mrs. Mooney, organist and vocalist in St. John's church, is the instructor in music. AND - Reports from Susquehanna are to the effect that the Street Fair was a fine success. On Monday afternoon Edgar D. Plew, of Thomson and Miss Laura C. Hyne, of Orson, Wayne county, were publicly married on a platform on Main Street. Rev. George M. Leach, the venerable Oakland clergyman, performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by a vast crowd. The bride received a large number of useful and fancy gifts from Susquehanna and Binghamton merchants. The happy couple shook hands with hundreds of people.
FOREST LAKE - William Birdsall has been in Towanda this week. It was his first visit since 1864. He was an old friend of the late Ahira Wickham and D.C. Dayton. Mr. Birdsall is a Civil War veteran, having belonged to the 22d New York cavalry.
DIMOCK - It was rumored the first of the week that the milk station at Dimock ceased to do business and that the man who runs it (a man living in Brooklyn, NY) is behind some two months in his payments to the farmers for their milk--some $1800 in all. A hard loss.
HEART LAKE - The people who made up Jonas Long's Sons' excursion party, were delighted with Heart Lake. The Scranton Tribune says - "It required ten cars to carry the party of jolly excursionists, who returned to the city soon after 8 o'clock last evening, tired but very much pleased with the day they had spent at Heart Lake."
UNIONDALE - Most of our farmers are having their grain threshed by steam and the whistle of the threshing machine engine, added to that from the locomotives of two railroads, gives us plenty of music.
FOREST CITY - Preparations are being made to build our new high school.
ARARAT - Myron Avery and family will vacate the farm and move to Susquehanna in the near future. We understand that Myron will work in Bryden's mill.
SOUTH MONTROSE - The school here opened on Monday with Lila Brooks as teacher, and the Tewksbury school, with Jennie Wells as teacher.
SPRINGVILLE - Carl Churchill is doing well as a fever patient can; his sister and brother, Mrs. Irwin Luce, of Wilkes-barre, and Frank Churchill, of Scranton, and with his mother and Doctor Lathrop in attendance, we hope he will gain fast. He was to have begun teaching Sept. 4th, at Little Meadows, but we understand they will kindly wait a few weeks for him to recover.
EAST RUSH - Paul Miller started Saturday for St. Joseph, Missouri, where he expects to pass the remainder of his days, with two nieces.
HARFORD FAIR - Improvements are being made on the grounds and buildings. A first-class balloon ascension and parachute drop is assured. The society spares no expense in getting a first-class man to do this work. The Granger's exhibit will be finer and all Granges are invited to compete for the liberal premiums offered.
REUNION - A triple family reunion including the Truesdells, Warners and Marshes, was held Aug. 31 at Ross Park, Binghamton, about 60 persons being present. the gathering was the 23d annual recurrence of the reunion. The three families, before settling in Susquehanna county, were neighbors in a farming district in Connecticut prior to 1811. Henry A. Truesdell, of Hallstead, was elected president, Geo. B. Warner, of Binghamton, vice president, and Mrs. Geo. A. Adams, of Hallstead, secretary and treasurer. R.B. Truesdell, of Binghamton, Rev. Dr. Hayes and others spoke interestingly.
MONTROSE - People intending to exhibit anything at the Susquehanna County Fair, which occurs at Montrose on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 19 and 20, should remember that under a new rule all entries must be made by the close of the first day, Tuesday. This will give the judges time to do their work more carefully.
September 15 1899/1999
ELK LAKE - Norman Stuart has placed a small steam launch on Elk Lake. AND - Work on the church is progressing rapidly. It is hoped that it will be completed in time for the next quarterly meeting.
HALLSTEAD - A small steamer on Monday ran from Hallstead to the Lanesboro dam. AND - The "Red Rocks" at Hallstead, famed in song and story, and which at times have been shamefully desecrated by the profane hand of irrepressible patent medicine advertisers, have been purchased by D. Arthur Teed, the well-known artist and will now be restored to their original beauty by the removal of all defacements that have been made and hereafter they will be protected from the onslaughts of vandals. All lovers of the historic and picturesque will return thanks to Mr. Teed for rescuing the rocks from the fate which threatened them and ensuring their preservation in all their pristine beauty, for the edification and delight of future generations.
FRIENDSVILLE - Bruce Buffum was a visitor in town yesterday. He is a manly, good-looking, straightforward man, and is the Democratic nominee for register and Recorder of this county. AND - The new St. Francis Xavier pastor's residence is nearing completion.
HEART LAKE - E.B. Hupman, the proprietor of Herbalist remedies, who has been spending the summer at his cottage, was in town Saturday, on business connected with his remedy which is sold by McCausland's Pharmacy, and the testimonials of people in this county and in Binghamton, are nothing short of marvelous, and "Herbalist" must surely have merit.
AUBURN - Claud Otis has sold the Auburn stage route to James Donlin, who will take possession Oct. 1st.
ARARAT - Last Saturday afternoon the house of Gurden Barnes was burned, with a part of its contents. It is supposed to have caught fire from the chimney which had burned out about two hours before.
FOREST CITY - A farewell reception was tendered Mrs. M.D. Evans at her home on Lackawanna street by the Ladies Aid of the Presbyterian church. They presented her with a beautiful china berry set, teacups and saucers. We are sorry to part with our dear sister, but what is our loss is another's gain. She intends to live in Scranton.
CLIFFORD - In the midst of the Green family gathering, at 4 o'clock, came the news that George Pattent had just died. Pattent was one of the brave old soldiers of the rebellion and did good service on the battle of the wilderness and many others. He was 87 years old. Funeral in the M.E. church, services by Rev. Mr. Williams and by his soldier comrades at the Clifford cemetery. AND - We have farmers living near here that have potatoes dug and cows milked during the night. It is hard to steal, but much worse to sell liquor to a drunken or intemperate man.
BIRCHARDVILLE - The 6th annual reunion of Co. H, 143d Pennsylvania Volunteers, met with other comrades at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Melhuish, the 1st. Three long tables gave a grand display of military power, presenting not only the produce in abundant variety, of our country, but also well equipped with weapons, though stacked as in times of peace and plenty. The day being favorable, everybody was made to rejoice and feel very kindly toward the host and hostess for their generous hospitality.
DIMOCK - A bald-headed eagle was shot recently on the farm of Ernest Handrick. It measured five feet, four inches from tip to tip. An unerring rifle had been aimed at it some time previous, as a wound in one wing and the breast plainly showed. AND - Miss Woodhouse still has charge of the postoffice and is giving entire satisfaction to all patrons.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Forest House, seven miles up the river, a noted pleasure resort, was destroyed by fire last week; but few of the contents were saved. The hotel was the property of M.J. Lannon, of Susquehanna. The insurance, $2000, but partially covers the loss. AND - The Erie has now in use 1004 locomotives, 905 passenger coaches (not including Pullman's) and a freight equipment of 45,186 cars.
LAWSVILLE - Miss Lelia Chaffee was severely shocked by lightning on Sunday, Sept. 2d, and was unconscious until next day.
SPRINGVILLE - Mrs. Grattan has added a new feature to her millinery and fancy goods store in the way of a dressmaking department, which is conducted by herself and Miss Myrtie Risley, who for the past year has been sewing with a French dressmaker in Binghamton.
RUSH - S.B. McCain sold to Mr. Reynolds, of Montrose, during the year, 27,750 dozen of eggs--not counting those he shipped elsewhere. Truly, "eggs are eggs."
MONTROSE - Capt. Mark Hersey, of the 9th U.S. Infantry, has opened an office, over the postoffice, where he is prepared to receive recruits. The applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and they can enlist in any branch of the service--infantry, cavalry, or artillery; they can also designate service in the United States, Philippines, West Indies, Puerto Rico, etc., provided vacancies exist in those districts. The pay for recruits is $15.60 per month, including clothing, board, medical attendance, etc.
NEW MILFORD - A town resident sat himself down in the window of Barrett's meat market yesterday and--out went the window in small pieces. The man settled.
LANESBORO - The latest snake story comes from above Lanesboro. A man named Smith is reported to have struck a 5 ft. rattler with a club, whereupon a terrific explosion occurred knocking Smith 15 ft. into the air and landing unconscious against the tool house. An investigation showed that a stick of dynamite from the tool house was missing. This demonstrated the cause of the explosion. The snake had swallowed the dynamite and was digesting it when Smith began the extermination.
September 22 1899/1999
EAST RUSH - The Cronk family reunion took place at "Uncle Jake's" Wednesday, Sept. 13th, the day being Mr. Cronk's 74th birthday. Each year his birthday is kept in like manner. Forty-five were present on this occasion. A very enjoyable time is reported. May there be many more such.
HALLSTEAD - Miss Lizzie Gilchrist has gone to New York City for specialist treatment and will remain with relatives there till the Dewey parade. AND - The silk mill pay-day occurred Saturday. Monday the D.L. & W pay car was here.
HOPBOTTOM - On Sat., the 9th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Quick, was the scene of a pleasant little gathering, it being in honor of their daughter, Clara's, 11th birthday. The following little people being present who enjoyed themselves during the afternoon - Pearl and Dora Russell, Dora Vanalystyne, Lulu Reynolds, Amanda Strickland, Josie and Mildred Carpenter, Hazel Merrill, Alla Case, Alice Tiffany, Dimond Rose, Ethel Merrithew, Ida Sterling. They left several pretty tokens of their friendship for their little schoolmate.
RUSH - Several have visited this place from the far west, who formerly lived here; some of them had been gone 20 years, but last week, to the surprise of his sisters, Samuel Crawford, of Kansas, came to visit them. He left here for the west 51 years ago and had not been heard from but two or three times during that period. He is now 76 years of age. He has three sisters living, Mrs. Thomas Haney and Mrs. Nathaniel Hillis, of Rush and Mrs. James Mitten of Herrick, Bradford county. He had three brothers, who have all died during his absence. He expects to spend two or three weeks with friends here, and then return to his home in the west. This probably will be his last visit to the east.
UNIONDALE - Report says that the Uniondale Coal Co. is about to commence operations. May success attend it. AND - The Uniondale coronet band held an oyster supper at Thomas Rimron's on Tuesday.
FOREST CITY - St. Anthony's Lithuanian church, commanding a beautiful view, is in the course of erection and promises to outrank any similar structure in town. The dimensions are to be 45x102 feet, 8 inches. The foundation will be of the celebrated blue stone, from the Lanesboro quarries. It is a well-equipped, modern building in every way. Much credit is due to the untiring pastor, the Rev. Father John Kuras, and his flock of devoted members. The work is in the care of Contractor, E.A. Barber, of Peckville. The contract price being about $8,800. The building will be completed in November and will seat 600.
BROOKDALE - Our schools are now in full operation. Miss Roe, of Fairdale, teaches the Wilber school; Miss Mary Cosgriff, the Chalker; and Miss Rose Risley, the Brookdale school. AND - Luman Tingley has gone to work for Frank Tingley, at Tingley, Pa.
MONTROSE - The annual Harvest Home gathering will occur at the M.E. church, Sunday morning, Oct. 1st, with special music, program, decorations in fruits and farm products, etc. AND - The government recruiting station has been closed--they couldn't do business enough. They only got five men. The people here are not suffering for army experience.
SUSQUEHANNA - Near Columbian Grove, on Sunday, 300,000 feet of lumber and a portable steam mill, belonging to Edwards & Co., of Windsor, were destroyed by fire. The lumber had just been paid for at $15 per thousand feet. AND - Wm. P. Agnew, an old and respected resident, died at his home on Jackson and Cross streets, on Sunday evening, aged 83 years. He is survived by the widow and several sons. For many years he was employed as a blacksmith in the Erie shop. He followed blacksmithing 65 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon from the Baptist Church.
SOUTH MONTROSE - Dr. M.B. Crisman will extract teeth by the Odontunder process (painless), at his office one mile south of here, until Sept. 26, for 25 cents. After the above date his office will be closed. He will also be at Rush, Saturday, Sept. 23rd.
RETTA - On Sept. 9th, the descendants of the late Daniel Carter, to the number of about 45, gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Carter, for the annual reunion. The day was an ideal one and everybody was happy and ready to do justice to the sumptuous repast, served at 12 o'clock. After dinner, ball-playing, etc. was indulged in until about 4 o'clock, when the good-byes were said and all departed, looking forward to the next gathering, which will be held at Andrew Carter's in 1900.
LATHROP - Mr. Jos. Jagger and Miss Estella Wade, of Dubuque, Iowa, were married in that city on the 7th inst. Mr. and Mrs. Jagger are spending their honeymoon at the home of Mrs. Jagger's sister, Mrs. J.S. Rockwell, in Lathrop Twp.
NEW MILFORD - J.M. Calby and several other carpenters have been repairing the fire damages at M.J. Crane's hotel.
FRANKLIN - On Aug. 25th, the 9th annual gathering of the descendants of the seven Smith brothers was held at the pleasant and hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Summers. The day was calm, bright and beautiful and from early morn till high noon, relatives and friends continued to arrive, a total of 120 or thereabouts. Their hearts all seemed to beat in unison, especially so when they were seated in a leafy-festooned arbor hall, at several tables, laden with abundant, varied and sumptuous viands, to gratify both fastidious and robust appetites.
EAGAN and SHEW - Along in early summer, the governor respited J.J. Eagan and Cornelius Shew, confined in the Montrose jail for the murder of Jackson Pepper, in Rush, to Sept. 26, for the purpose, as then given out, that the Board of Pardons might have further time to consider their cases. It seems the Board hasn't got around to them, for now comes their respite until Oct. 26th.
September 29 1899/1999
HALLSTEAD - Some people thought the Hallstead Land Improvement Co. was a thing of the past. Had they passed near the silk mill the other day and seen the activity displayed in roadmaking, their ideas would have changed. Since Messrs. Teed, Bernstein and Hayes have become interested in this property they have secured the cooperation of the neighbors and tax-payers, and are changing the appearance of the Indian trails into the very best roadways and streets imaginable, and these, when more settled, are to be covered with ashes. If you have any lots in the Land Company's tract you will find a safe investment.
ARARAT - Work on the M.E. Church is nearly completed and the re-opening will consist of a three days' service, commencing the night of Oct. 5th and continuing over the following Sabbath.
SOUTH GIBSON - C.D. Manning is soon to re-open the Manning store.
SUSQUEHANNA - Tim Hurley, of this place, met Jim Hanrahan of Brooklyn, before the Pelican club of that city, Saturday evening. Hurley was knocked out in the 8th round. AND - As Atty. Wm. A. Skinner was returning home from Montrose, walking the Erie track from Great Bend to Hickory Grove on Saturday afternoon, he found an iron bar resting in the center of the track against a tie, and the other, a longer end resting upon the inside rail of the inside track, there being a curve at this point. Just as Mr. Skinner had succeeded in removing the obstruction, east bound express train No. 8 went whizzing by.
RUSH - The old M.E. church on Devine Ridge is being taken down and any suitable material in it will be used in the new church about to be built here.
BROOKLYN - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Breed have gone to Harvard where he [Mr. Breed] will take a post-graduate course.
HARFORD - The annual fair of the Harford Agricultural Society for 1899, held yesterday, was a great success. The weather was delightful, the attendance of people and exhibits in all departments exceeded that of any previous year. Gate receipts were $1780.
SILVER LAKE - Mrs. Electa A. Meeker, an old resident of Mud Lake, died on the 21st inst. and her funeral was held from the Silver Lake Presbyterian church [of which she was the oldest member] on Saturday last.
FOREST CITY - Michael Cawley is well along in the autumn of life, but he is hale and hearty with a spirit so fresh and bounding as to make one think that his silver crown is a wig and that he is only verging on twenty. But he was a seeker for gold way back more than 40 years ago and tells stories by the hundred of the wild camp life in the pioneer days of the gold fields. He is one of the founders of Carson City, Nev., and he continued to live there during the days when miners were coming every day by the hundreds and when it was a dull day indeed that did not furnish news of four or five shooting affrays in the saloons and gambling houses. He tells of his relations with Mackay, Flood, Fair and O'Brien, the Bonanza millionaires, with whom he prospected in the early 60's. He was particularly intimate with Mackay, whom he held in high esteem, because he saw him when he hadn't a second dollar in his pocket nor a second shirt to put on his back. He saw him again, after he had become a millionaire, and he was the same good-natured, unpretentious man, living simply and plainly himself, but glorying in the ostentatious display made by his wife with his money in Paris and other European capitals. It is a fact, vouched for by Mr. Cawley himself, that he narrowly escaped becoming a millionaire with Mackay, Flood, Fair and O'Brien. It was at the time that President Lincoln made his first call for 3000,000 men to go and fight the rebels. Mr. Cawley concluded to go to the front and battle for the unity and indivisibility of his adopted country. Mackay tried to dissuade him and asked him to come into a venture that he was about to make with the others that promised well. Cawley resisted and went to fight for Uncle Sam at $13 a month. The venture into which he had been invited was the world-famous Bonanza mine, from which more than $1000,000,000 was made.
MONTROSE - It seems that Jerry Cokely, of Dimock, who was only about 18 years old, signed papers to join the U.S. Army. Jerry's father claimed that he did not sign the papers and what was more he didn't wish the son to go to the army for three years. Corp. Shouse, the recruiting officer, was to take young Cokely to Scranton but he was not to be found and Shouse so telegraphed his superior officers [in Scranton]. Next morning's train brought a spruce looking officer, neat and showy, who registered at the Tarbell House as - G.C. Clegg, U.S.A.
Briefly, here is what transpired - The officers could not find young Cokely and in the meantime the father secured the services of W.D.B. Ainey, who informed the father that the Army could not take the boy without his consent, except for desertion, and they couldn't declare him a deserter till 10 days had expired...and to go and get the boy and let the matter be tried. When the boy arrived, Sgt. Clegg took him into custody and expected to leave for Scranton. However, Mr. Ainey went to Judge Searle who issued the proper papers demanding Sgt. Clegg produce Jerry Howard Cokely in Court. Clegg was served the papers and contemptuously said he would not take the boy to court, etc. and condescendingly wrote across the back of the same, to the Judge, that the case was not within the jurisdiction of the civil court here.
Judge Searle, after some words to Sgt. Clegg, had him placed under arrest for contempt of court and for the first time, seemingly, Sgt. Clegg began to think things might after all be getting serious, and that, after all, it might not be safe to run up against a country Judge in a manner too "bumpy." After informing Clegg that it was not a "bailable" offense, and after Clegg requested and was denied "getting his supper at the Tarbell House," it happened that Clegg, U.S.A., who came to take young Cokely, went to jail and young Cokely went home with his father. [Fortunately for Clegg, his commanding officer came the next day and with much humbleness, Clegg was liberated.]
October 06 1899/1999
LENOXVILLE - There has been some talk of a new school house in the Rought district. It is certainly very much needed and we think if the school directors had to sit in the school building on cold wintry days, in its present condition, as do the little children, they would not long hesitate in having a new and comfortable building.
GREAT BEND - Great Bend boasts of a canine milk thief which has successfully plied his trade for some time to the great annoyance and considerable loss to divers housekeepers and the milk dealers. The dog's mode of procedure, as told by the Plaindealer is to watch the milkman when the latter stops at a house and as soon as the wagon is left alone, the dog will make a dash for the cart, jump in, seize a bottle by the neck and scamper off with it before the owner's return. If he misses the milkman, then the dog visits the doorstep where a bottle of milk has been left and if no one is about he takes it as before described to a secluded spot. Once alone, the dog raises up on his hind feet and then lets the bottle fall, thereby breaking it, when he secures what he can of its contents.
HALLSTEAD - Misses Edith Trowbridge and Josephine Millard have gone to Chicago to pursue a course of study in Moody's school for christian workers. AND - C.A. Lawrence narrowly escaped injury last week, while lighting the lamps of the chandelier of the Baptist church. Through some defective construction the entire combination of reflector and 25 lamps and pendants, was precipitated to the pews and seats, 22 feet below. Fortunately, the accident occurred earlier than the evening service or many people would have been injured.
OAKLEY - The coldest weather on record for the first of October, so says the oldest resident.
HOPBOTTOM - A Harvest Home service will be held at the M.E. church, Sunday morning, Oct. 8th, at 10:30. Decorations are Autumn leaves, grain, vegetables and fruit. A cordial invitation is extended to everyone.
MONTROSE - It was quite a sight along up the Montrose railway when the little engine, the Asa Packer, first went up over the road. Then another engine was added to the road and it was known as the Montrose and the Montrose end of the road felt reasonably proud over the fact. Montrose has come to have a broad gauge railroad and the little engines are not of as much account any more. The Asa Packer has been to the Sayre shops and has come back with the name erased and the plain figure "1" takes its place. The Montrose comes from the same shop, where it has been overhauled and it no longer bears the name Montrose, but the number "2" occupies the name place on the engine.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Erie Hose Company's elegant new hose wagon arrived from Rochester on Monday. It is a bran-span, bang-up, new wagon, all shiny, with nickel and varnish. It is a beauty and runs as easily as a bicycle, having ball bearings. In the evening the Company, headed by the Susquehanna band, paraded the principal streets with the wagon. There were rockets and red fire galore. The company enjoyed a social in the evening. It cost $525.
OAKLAND - The Oakland Water company is building a new reservoir on Westfall Avenue, with a capacity of 4,500 barrels.
BROOKLYN - C.H. Tiffany has nearly completed the piping for his water works. Connection was made this week with the residence of Dr. A.J. Ainey. The prospect is that the supply will always be adequate as there was no falling off of water during the recent drouth [drought].
FOREST LAKE CENTRE - We have had very heavy frosts through this valley. Charles Sivers found frozen apples in his orchard.
HARFORD - The Congregational church purposes to celebrate their centennial June 15, 1900. They have selected officers and committees and the work is well under way. A reunion of Franklin Academy students is also planned. AND - The balloonist at the Harford fair was unable to make an ascension, as his balloon bursted while inflating. The report that it was purposely cut had no apparent foundation in fact, as the balloonist seemed to regret the occurrence much. But his balloon didn't look like a first class article.
HEART LAKE - Jersey Ice Company haws sold its ice houses and land to the Pocono Mountain Ice Company. Consideration, $5000.
FOREST CITY - The miners went back to work last week, being out but a few days, and prosperous times are promised for that interesting burg.
UNIONDALE - The first snow storm of the season--Saturday. That's getting after us pretty early. AND - Marion Dimmick, of Uniondale, and Miss Annie Burdick, of Elk Hill, were married at Elkdale, Sept. 20th.
LANESBORO - A sad and fatal accident occurred here, Sept. 28th, resulting in the death of a daughter of Frank Prentice, three years old. Mrs. Prentice was engaged in cleaning the M.E. church when the child fell backward into a tub containing hot water. Dr. Goodwin was called but in spite of all he could the child never rallied from the shock and died on Friday morning.
NEWS BRIEFS - The odor of tar balls on the clear, frosty air, tells us that winter garments are making their annual debut. AND - There is an unusual rush of tramps over the Erie. Gangs of from ten to twenty-five constantly move from east to west and from west to east, over the line between New York and Buffalo, a menace to life and property.
October 13 1899/1999
CLIFFORD - Our boys around the barber shop and Clifford House better not make quite so noisy a time as they do Saturday nights, or we will half [have] to build a cooler.
FRIENDSVILLE - The voters of this section should not forget their friend, B.B. Buffum at the polls in November. Bruce is an honorable man; no bigot; no understrapper; does not carry two faces under one hood; always a friend to those in need. He is a man for the people, and if the people vote him to office, a clearer administration was never recorded than will be that of B.B. Buffum's. Smash the "ring," which is only a synonym for all that is corrupt in politics.
BRACKNEY - Timothy Murphy, one of the oldest residents of Brackney, met a sudden death Oct. 5, 1899. He led a horse to the pond near his residence, as usual, and in some way the horse wheeled around and threw him down into the water where he drowned before he could be rescued. He was 87 years old and is survived by T.H. Murphy of Hawleyton, M.W. and J.T. Murphy of Silver Lake, James of Colorado, Mrs. Welch of Brackney and Mrs. Mary Ann Curley of Middletown.
AUBURN - Wilber Mason is now the happiest man in town because of a 9 pound boy. Dewey is his name. AND - John Titman has sold his farm to John West, consideration $4600. This includes the house and lot. Well, Mr. West, were it not for the writer's farm you might say, as many others do, that you now own the nicest farm on the road between Meshoppen and Montrose. Mr. T. will take up his abode in Montrose and expects soon to become the mayor of that city.
HOPBOTTOM - School has commenced again after two weeks' vacation on account of a case of diphtheria.
UNIONDALE - The Browning Literary Society of the Uniondale graded school will hold the second meeting of the term on Friday. Oct. 18 in room No. 1.
BROOKDALE - Our school was closed last week on account of the death of Mrs. Risley, the teacher's mother. The patrons of her school offer their sympathy to her in this sad bereavement.
MONTROSE - Archy Cashin, who went to the Pacific coast last year, now has a position as clerk, or something of that sort, on a steamer running between San Francisco and [the] Philippine Islands. He is on his second round trip and likes it.
FOREST CITY - The breakers have orders to work twenty full days this month. AND - The Forest House looks conspicuous with its new coat of paint.
GREAT BEND - The brush factory at Lestershire, NY has been purchased by Great Bend capitalists and will be removed to Great Bend where it will be put into full operation, giving steady employment to about thirty hands.
RUSH - Prof. Button, who will give one of his unique entertainments of magic and ventriloquism, was born in Rush, and as a boy was peculiar and some folks thought him anybody's fool; he has turned the tables and is able to fool anybody. Come and see him do it on Saturday, the 14th, and enjoy a good laugh.
THOMSON - The livery business seems to be booming. There are two new livery stables started in town, by A.H. Crosier, and Jud Witter. AND - Mr. Hollenback is putting up a steam saw mill near Mr. Evel Stoddard's, to saw the lumber from the Whitney lot. Mr. Sherwood has taken the job to deliver the logs to the mill.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Young Men's Library Association will soon receive a new installment of books. The Association is very prosperous and an honor to the town.
LANESBORO - A burglar, on Sunday morning, entered the residence of Arthur Taylor, who at present uses crutches. Taylor beat the burglar so hard with the crutches that he broke them. The fellow said his name was Ryan and he was a stone cutter. He was allowed to go.
SOUTH AUBURN - James Manning has a new wheel and is studying telegraphy at Skinner's Eddy.
DIMOCK - A family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.B. Donahoe on Oct. 1. The following members of the family were present - Mrs. James Murray & family, the families of John, James and Patrick Donahoe, Misses Kate and Agnes Cantwell and Mr. John Whiteside, all of Dimock; the Richard Casey family and Miss Katie Casey of Lenox; the Fitzsimmons family of Auburn; Mrs. James Fitzpatrick of Rush; Mr. and Mrs. Morrison and sister of Sayre and Mrs. Richard Hillary of South Montrose. There were present 30 youngsters, all first cousins. The day was spent in merrymaking and after dinner the young folks indulged in a ball game. The evening was spent in dancing until 12 o'clock when supper was served. Music was furnished by Eddie Donlin of Rush and M.E. Calby of Dimock.
RED ROCKS - Arthur Teed, the well-known Hallstead artist, has purchased the Red Rocks or "Painted Rocks," an historic spot between Susquehanna and Hallstead, and will improve them by obliterating the unsightly painted advertisements, etc. At the Rocks can still be seen traces of the neglected grave of a beautiful Indian maiden, the only daughter of a noted chief. She was betrothed to a young brave, a member of her father's tribe, but her father decreed [her] to wed the son of a chief of a neighboring tribe. As the ukase of her paternal ancestor usually counted, she resolved to fly to the happy hunting grounds, and one night she glided noiselessly out of her wigwam and with the death song on her lips, she threw herself off the high cliff and her life blood stained the rocks below. Until this day the rains and floods of a century have failed to efface the blood stains, and the "Red Rocks" are known the country over. When the maiden's lover saw her mangled corpse, he fled to a cave in the mountains, where, 40 years later, the petrified remains were discovered by the wandering remnant of his tribe.
October 20 1899/1999
HALLSTEAD - The name of the station at Hallstead, which has heretofore been Great Bend, will after this be known as Hallstead.
BRANDT - Fred Winters, a respected resident, died on Friday afternoon of typhoid fever. He is survived by the widow and seven children. Funeral services were held from the Brandt Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon.
JACKSON - The annual Camp Fire of Myron French Post, G.A.R., will beheld in Roberts' Hall, Wednesday evening, Oct. 25. AND - The North Jackson Cemetery Association elected the following officers on Oct. 2 - President, James E. Curtis; Secretary, Fred F. Corse; Treasurer, T.J. Tallman; Manager, L.D. Benson, Esq. AND - Clayton Washburn, a medical student in Philadelphia, who spent the summer with his parents Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Washburn at Lake View, has returned to his studies in that city.
SOUTH AUBURN - The horses here are getting rather fractious, as Luther Jackson and John Bird have two broken wagons to testify. AND - Auburn has been heard from and that stalwart old town holds the belt up to date in the big apple contest. On Tuesday we received, from C.W. Pierson, a selection of ten apples of the "Pumpkin" variety, the combined weight of which was 11 1/2 pounds; one of them tipping the scales at 1 lb. 4 oz. Mr. Pierson's orchards bore 600 bushels of apples this year.
FOREST CITY - F.M. Gardiner, Esq., formerly a sergeant of Co. G is one of the moving spirits in organizing a military company here.
GIBSON - E.L. Hill, a farmer here, gathered 65 bushels of Pippin apples from one tree.
NICHOLSON - C.M. Parker and Miss Mary Cornell, both of Nicholson, had set Thursday, Sept. 28, as the day for their marriage. When the time arrived, Mr. Parker was confined to his bed by illness, but the important event took place, nevertheless, though the bridegroom was unable to stand up.
NEW MILFORD - The barrel factory is rushed with orders. More than 10,000 have already been turned out, but the demand is yet far from being filled. AND - J.W. Jay has sold his meat and vegetable market to L.A. VanCott.
FAIRDALE - A large delegation of veterans of the War of the Rebellion, from this place, attended the funeral of their comrade, the late Peter Roe, on Sunday. Mr. Roe was a man of high character, a good soldier, an upright citizen and a staunch Republican. It was one of the largest assemblages of people ever known in the locality and gave evidence of the high regard in which Mr. Roe has long been held. Before the hour came the street, barns and grounds about the house were filled with teams, and still they kept coming until the drivers were compelled to go into the fields to find places to secure them. The house was filled to overflowing and there were many who could not get into the yard surrounding it. The Grand Army was largely represented by members of Bissel Post, Rush (to which Mr. Roe belonged), Four Brothers Post, Montrose, Lieut. Titman Post, Auburn and Spaulding Post, LeRaysville.
MONTROSE - Mrs. C. Tucker Scott returned to her home in Wilkes-Barre, Saturday, having attended the A.M.E. District conference held in the Montrose Zion church, last week as one of the representatives of that city. Mrs. Scott is an accomplished pianist, and at a small informal gathering in the Y.M.C.A. parlor, Friday evening, gave several selections to the delight of all. Vocal solos by Henry Nailor and Edw. Nelson added a good spirit to the occasion and the programme ended with a charming soprano production by Mrs. Scott, entitled, "Sweet, Sweet Love." AND - We understand that E.A. Main [photographer] has sold his gallery to E.D. Bronson, of LeRaysville, the latter to take possession Jan. 1st.
SUSQUEHANNA - Chief of Police McMahon, recently received a reward of $150 for catching a convict that had escaped from Trenton, NJ.
FOREST LAKE - Forest fires are raging in Forest Lake and Choconut townships, greatly damaging several hundred acres of timber.
GREAT BEND - The St. Lawrence Catholic church is holding a fair, closing on Friday evening. The Thirteenth Regiment band, of Scranton, the Susquehanna band and the State Hospital band furnish music for the occasion. Under the able direction of the pastor, Rev. James Fagan, it is sure to be a success.
BROOKLYN - The Universalists will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the dedication of their church by a three-days meeting, beginning on Friday, Nov. 10. Leading clergymen of the denomination are expected to be present.
HOPBOTTOM - We wish to state that the little daughter of our miller, Mr. Merrithew, has not had the diphtheria. It is a false report. There are no other cases in town, we are glad to state.
WELSH SETTLEMENT, Clifford Township - On Oct. 5, 1899, death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Anthony and took from it their daughter, Margaret, aged 12 years and 9 months. She was a bright, lovable, little girl, cherry in temperament, modest in manner and winsome in deportment. Funeral services were held Saturday and four boys, her class-mates, acted as pall-bearers, while four little girls of her Sunday School class dressed in white and bearing flowers, preceded the casket. Interment in the Welsh Congregational church cemetery.
NEWS BRIEF - Our esteemed Democratic contemporary, the Scranton Times, celebrated its fourth anniversary under its present live and able management, last week, by issuing a double number of 16 pages filled with interesting matter. Since Editor Lynett assumed the ownership of the Times it has become one of the newsiest and best edited evening journals in Northeastern PA. Politically it is all wrong, but as a newspaper, it is all right. Independent Republican.
October 27 1899/1999
HALLSTEAD - The appointment of foreman Harvey in the DL&W Railroad shops at this point, relieving T.H. Hays, who for years has been in authority, occurred Monday morning. Surely few men have been so painstaking in discharging duties as Mr. Hays, whose fidelity cannot be questioned, while his courtesy and kindly ways haunt every hook and corner of the round house and shops. AND - The W.C.T.U. (Women's Christian Temperance Union) was organized a quarter a century ago and the organization has been holding a jubilee at Philadelphia in commemoration of its 25th anniversary. The union was organized by Mrs. F.D.B. Chase, of Hallstead.
NEW MILFORD - A Board of Trade is being organized.
FOREST CITY - The formation of a boys' brigade, by Rev. E.J. Broadhead, rector of the Episcopal Church, is meeting with much greater success than expected. After only two meetings, 35 boys are enrolled.
CLIFFORD - W.S. Robinson now has the stage line [from] Clifford to Carbondale. Ralph Robinson is driver. It is in good hands and will be handled in good shape.
EAST RUSH - Uncle Sam Brugler's barn recently burned containing about 30 tons of bailed hay belonging to Preston Linaberry and Gus Crisman. AND - F.A. Bedel went to Tunkhannock Saturday night with his hearse to bring the remains of a person named McKeeby.
LANESBORO - On Friday evening Mrs. Edna VanHorne, an aged widow residing on the Belmont turnpike, went into her barn to do some chores. While she was at work the lamp upset and in a moment the barn was afire. In endeavoring to save her horse, Mrs. VanHorne's clothing caught fire. She rushed into the open air where neighbors quenched the flames enveloping her, but she died in a few moments. The barn was destroyed together with the contents, including the horse. Deceased, who was the mother of Charles E. VanHorne, of Susquehanna, intended moving to Susquehanna on Monday.
RUSH - C.H. Davis has been remodeling and repairing a house for Fred Fargo that was built by the late Asa Packer some 70 years ago. Beech and pine timber of the finest quality was used in its construction. Mr. Davis has also made some new additions to the building and is doing several other jobs in Auburn. [Asa Packer, prior to moving from Springville, was a carpenter by trade. Among his accomplishments - President of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, a member of Congress, founder of Lehigh University and became one of the wealthiest men in Pennsylvania. He resided in Mauch Chunk.]
SUSQUEHANNA - We had a visitor this week, the Hon. Daniel Tallon, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland. He was the guest of a relative, Mrs. Joyce and also visited an aged cousin, Thos. Merrigan in Starrucca, whom he had not seen in 40 years. Mayor Tallon has held his office as the Chief Executive of Ireland's metropolis for a longer period than any other man in the city's history. AND - Victor de Gal, the well-known opera singer, member of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, will give a grand concert in Hogan Opera House, Oct. 28th.
MONTROSE - Work on St. Mary's Rectory is progressing nicely under the supervision of Contractor Ayers, and will be ready for occupancy in April, 1900. Davey & McGlynn, of Wilkes-Barre, are the architects. The rectory is to be a two-story and attic frame building, 34x36 feet, including porches. First floor contains 4 rooms and a large reception hall, dining room, library, sitting room and kitchen, front and rear stairs with front and rear porches. The 2nd floor contains 4 bedrooms, bath and sitting room, with closets, etc., and balcony in the rear. The attic contains two bedrooms, store room, closets, etc. The basement will contain a Chapel furnace room, cellar and coal bins. The building will be heated by furnace, and low down grates, and will contain all modern improvements. Cost about $3,500.
GIBSON - The annual meeting of the Gibson Library Association will be held in the Universalist church, Friday evening, Nov. 3. Homer E. Greene, the well-known and popular author, of Honesdale, will be present and assist in the entertainment.
LYNN - Lewis S. Taylor died in the triumphs of the Christian faith on the 23rd of Sept. 1899, in the 78th year of his age. His father's home was a centre to which Methodist Ministers felt a sympathetic attachment; where young Ministers boarded and many a wagon-load of worshippers attending the old-time quarterly meetings were entertained with generous hospitality. Amid such influences Lewis Taylor was converted at 11 years of age. As he grew to manhood he assumed the burdens of the church. He took a great interest in seeing that the ministers had their salaries paid. His attendance at public worship on Sunday and the week day prayer meeting was a matter of principal. He was always cheerful and always had a kind word for all. He maintained the same traditions for hospitality that his father had done before him and kept his family in touch with the most spiritual characters. All six children are living and all are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They are - B.L. Taylor of South Auburn, F.A. Taylor of Lymanville, Mrs. Frederick Quick of Lemon, Mrs. Jennie Stevenson of Williamsport, Mrs. Ella Titus of Lemon and W. Emory Taylor of Lynn.
NEWS BRIEFS - Eagan and Shew, convicted for the murders of farmer Jackson Pepper, have been respited once more, this time to Nov. 23rd. The last previous date fixed for their execution was Oct. 26th. AND - The enrollment of students at the West Chester State Normal school for the fall term shows a total of 535. Miss Susan Warner of Montrose, Louis G. McCauley of Susquehanna and Miss Martha Peck of Brandt represent Susquehanna County. AND - Firemen and engineers, it is said, do not take kindly to the new monster DL&W locomotives. It is claimed that the steaming qualities of the new machines are not first class and that they are too heavy and ponderous to be economical in operation. Each of these great machines requires two firemen, one to pass the coal from the tank to the firebox platform and the other to put the coal into the fire box.
November 03 1899/1999
HALLSTEAD - The Hallstead Herald tells of a man claiming to be a tailor appearing in that place a few weeks ago looking for work. He was given employment by P.J. O'Connor, Hallstead's merchant tailor. He repaid the kindness of his employer by robbing him of several pairs of trousers; he also went through the rooms at the Mitchell House stealing clothes, underwear and money before he left town. It has since been learned that the fellow is an all-around crook and tailors are warned to look out for him. He is a smooth faced young man of medium height and weighs about 160 pounds.
HARFORD - The Library Association gave a delightful entertainment in that historic old town on Monday evening. W.D.B. Ainey, Esq., of Montrose, was present and made an address.
CLIFFORD - The ladies of the Methodist church gave an oyster supper at Finn's hall on Saturday evening, Oct. 28th.
NEW MILFORD - One of the most famous steeple climbers in the world is Clarence Ward, of Indianapolis. And by the Way, he is a former Susquehanna County boy, and was born at New Milford. When 13 years of age he suddenly left home and went to sea as a sailor, following this course for several years. Then he began his career as a steeple scaler, in which he has been quite fortunate having fallen only three times during his career. The first tumble was from the roof of a Presbyterian edifice in Indianapolis, 45 ft. to the ground. His most serious fall was from the smokestack of St. Elizabeth's Hospital at Dayton, O. Among the highest steeples that Mr. Ward has climbed are the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Cincinnati, 287 ft and the steeple of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York--334 ft. high. Mr. Ward is in Buffalo, at present, placing a new cross on top of the steeple of St. Mary's Church. This steeple is 237 ft. high and the cross being reared to surmount it is 13 ft. in length, by 6 ft. in breadth, to be anchored to a large ball. On this job he is working by lantern light at night because of a temporary affliction of the eyes, which makes it painful for him to endure the light of day. Mr. Ward has been engaged in steeple climbing for 22 years. It is a remarkable fact that from the first day he started in the business he never suffered from nausea or dizziness. Mr. Ward bears the distinction of being one of only three steeple climbers in the country. They make about $100 a week.
SUSQUEHANNA - A terrible accident occurred on Thursday evening of last week at Windsor Crossing, six miles east of Susquehanna. During the afternoon Patrick O'Rourke and Michael Creegan, of Windsor township, has been in Susquehanna selling potatoes. They started for home in the evening and arrived on the crossing at about 8:30, when they stopped, that O'Rourke might go to his house by a short path. Suddenly an Erie locomotive, Frank Robbins, engineer, which was backing swiftly down the Gulf Summit grade to this place, struck the wagon and both men were thrown high into the air and instantly killed. Both horses were also killed and the wagon was wrecked. The remains of the men were carried to their homes and an inquest was held during the day. O'Rourke left a wife and eight children and Creegan a wife and six children. The funeral occurred from St. John's church in Susquehanna.
FOREST LAKE CENTRE - The farm adjoining Lester Turrell's farm, owned by George Johnson, has been sold to a Mr. Palmer of Apalacon, who intends to put in a steam mill this fall, as the place is mostly timberland.
FRIENDSVILLE - Charles Tierney has purchased a building lot on Turnpike street, of M. Walsh, containing about 1/4th acre of land and blacksmith shop. M. Walsh is building a blacksmith shop on the corner of Turnpike and Lake streets.
MONTROSE - A unique and artistic musical entertainment is that of the world famous Rock Band from London, Eng. with their marvelous ringing rocks. Mr. Till spent 11 years in manufacturing this monster stone band from rocks dug out of the mighty Skiddaw Mountain, England. Swinging Harps, Westminster Chimes, Musical Glasses, etc. songs, duets and readings. Will appear at the Armory, Nov. 18 for the benefit of the Baptist church. Admission 25 cents. Reserved seats 35 cents.
LENOXVILLE - The new school house in the Rought District has begun; Adam Miller is doing the work. AND - The E.M. Hartley's are the possessors of a new buggy.
FOREST CITY - William J. Maxey, the Republican candidate for Sheriff, was greeting friends in Montrose this week. He expects to take up his residence there in January next.
HERRICK CENTRE - A.D. Barnes had a gas plant placed in his house and store building last week.
GREAT BEND - One of the saddest incidents of which we have ever been called upon to make record, through this newspaper [The Great Bend Plaindealer], is that concerning the death of the Ketchum children. We make note some time since of the fact that Ms. Chas. Ketchum, with two children, who we learn were aged 14 years, had started for Los Angeles, Cal. to join the husband and father, who shortly after returning from a year's suffering in the Klondike, had returned here only to lose his railroad job in the general changes on the DL&W and had then gone West and secured a position at Los Angeles. The children we learn, were seized with bilious colic owing to drinking too much ice water while on the road. Words cannot describe the sufferings of the mother and the bereaved father, who has been watching with fondest expectancy the coming of his little family to join him in the western home. The sad news brings sorrow to many hearts in this vicinity.
NEWS BRIEF - The Susquehanna River is reported to be lower than recorded in the past 20 years. Throughout the entire northeastern section of the state agricultural and industrial interests, dependent upon water, are suffering for the aqueous fluid. Farmers are obliged to haul water a long distance or drive their stock, while mills are idle. But the remains of the week will help.
November 10 1899/1999
FAIRDALE - The ladies of Fairdale will have their annual chicken pie supper in the basement of the M.E. church, on Friday evening, Nov. 17. All are cordially invited.
MONTROSE - The 10th day of August last was the 70th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Ellen Mitchell, missionary physician at Maulmein, Burmah, India. The Rangoon News of September gives a very interesting account of the celebration of the event, which is read with great pleasure by the Doctor's friends in Montrose, her native place, and elsewhere in Susquehanna County. AND - Miss Sarah Dolbeare, who lives with her sister Mrs. E. Lathrop on Scenery Hill, was 92 years of age on Nov. 6th. Aunt Sarah is as lively as a cricket. Mrs. Perrin Wells of Bridgewater will be 92 on the 21st of November.
JACKSON - Myron French Post, Nov. 512 [Civil War Veterans], held their annual campfire on Wednesday evening, Oct. 25. The evening being propitious, a fair audience came together early in the evening. In place of the old-time custom of using home talent exclusively for the entertainment, it was reduced to the address by Rev. D.I. Sutherland of Susquehanna, which held the entire audience from start to finish rapt in interest, carrying all of his listeners back to the scenes which many only recollect from history. Mr. Geo. Larabee and family came to the platform with two of their well-chosen patriotic airs, while the colored quartet from Montrose came to the front and brought up the rear with their captivating songs which brought out encore after encore from an all-ready well pleased audience.
LANESBORO - Rev. Hunter Reid has recently been doing missionary work in Africa near where the Boers and the British are fighting. When last heard from Mr. Reid was rapidly making a pedestrian tour across the country to catch a steamer for home.
HERRICK CENTRE - Ed. Walker has sold his cows and in the near future will move to Uniondale and occupy the hotel.
FRANKLIN FORKS - The remains of Mrs. Lyman Beebe, a war of the Rebellion widow, was brought to this place for her funeral and burial, Oct. 30th, from Hallstead. Mrs. Beebe's early life was spent in this place. From here her husband went to the war from which he never returned. She lived and brought up her family in our midst, but for a few years past, and in her old age she has lived with her daughter, Mrs. L. Frudd, in Hallstead. Mrs. Beebe was nearly 80 years old. She leaves two daughters in Hallstead and one son, living in Washington Territory. She rests in our little cemetery among her native hills. AND - G.P. Stockholm lost one of his horses. Old Jim, as he was called, was always ready for any kind of work or business.
GIBSON - John Potter, having bought the Gillespie mill property is erecting a new mill on the site of the one burned. Griswold Gelatt and a Mr. Adrian are doing the work. He intends to place the engine and machinery from his home plant onto it.
LAWSVILLE CENTRE - The Oregon Indian Medicine Company, having made a three weeks' stay here, have gone to Franklin Forks.
SUSQUEHANNA - Mr. D.M. Handrick, of Great Bend, a graduate of Boston Embalming College, has taken charge of the furniture and undertaking establishment of Mrs. O.T. Smith and is ready for all orders in furniture dealing and picture framing. Orders will receive prompt and satisfactory attention.
HOPBOTTOM - G.W. Strupler has two incubators in operation, each having a capacity of 360 eggs, and at this writing the chicks are coming out. AND - Mr. H.W. Ball is improving finely for one of his age. He has a farm of 50 acres with two very nice stone quarries on it, which pays well, to sell or trade for a house and lot.
KINGSLEY - Rumor says there is to be an acid factory put up at Oakley in the near future.
HALLSTEAD - At a meeting of the Good Citizens League recently the decision was made to change the name to "The Citizens League of Susquehanna Co." A donation of $500 was made by the president, D. Arthur Teed, on the basis of $100 annually for 5 years, to insure the stability of the organization. Arrangements were made for the formation of a "Citizens Library," and donations of 50 volumes were made by President Teed, Sec. B.F. Bernstein and Hon. S.B. Chase. Col. C.C. Pratt, of New Milford, granted temporary circulation of 100 volumes of the Pratt Memorial Library of New Milford, exchangeable for other complements of 100 volumes until the Citizen's library is established independently.
BRUSHVILLE - About 25 former members of the Baptist church in Susquehanna contemplate organizing a church, here, their home.
SOUTH AUBURN - Mrs. and Mrs. W.S. Lewis, of Custer co., Nebraska, Mrs. Fred Rush and son, of Vestal Centre, NY and Mrs. Ed Smith, of Wyalusing, have been visiting Mrs. Chas. Marshall. The sisters had not met for 16 years. They all visited at the home of Mrs. Thomas Jackson, who is a daughter of Mrs. Marshall.
NEWS BRIEFS - Binghamton is the third largest cigar making city in the United States. New York ranks first, Key West second and Binghamton third. AND - "Woman Battles a Wild Cat" Under the above heading, and several others, which together occupy three times the space of the article following, we find in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer the following stuff - "Alarmed by the cries of her poultry, Mrs. Hemstead, of Cascade Valley [near Susquehanna], last evening, went into her barn where she saw a large wildcat eating a turkey. She returned to the house, secured an axe, returned to the barn and gave battle to the wildcat, killing it after a severe struggle in which she was painfully lacerated and her clothing was badly torn. The wildcat weighed 30 pounds." It's funny how the Metropolitan newspapers swallow such stuff.
November 17 1899/1999
SOUTH AUBURN - The report of the South Auburn school for the two months ending Nov. 7, is as follows - Those not absent during term - Sammy Robbins, Harl Crawford, Charley Eyler, Grace Love, Ruth Love; those late one day but not absent, Elmer Benninger; absent but not late, Frank Love, Harvey Robbins.
JACKSON - The recently formed "Jackson Literary Society" will meet this Friday evening with Miss Ethel Whitney at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Whitney.
SUSQUEHANNA - Francis L. Murphy, a young fellow of this place, had distinguished himself as a genius in the line of taking flashlights. He is now the inventor of flashlight photography by electricity.
HOPBOTTOM - Lem Stone is having a well dug and is going to have a windmill to fetch the water to the house. AND - Marian Titus is home from the evaporator.
EAST LENOX - Frank and Paul Felton have enlisted for service in the Philippines.
SILVER LAKE - Our schools have not all opened yet; lack of pupils is said to be the cause.
RUSH - Corp. Clarence Brown writes from Jackson, Montana, that he is well pleased with it, after a five months trial. He is working for his uncle, Chauncy Brown, who owns 700 acres of good land situated in Big Hole Basin, a valley 9 or 10 miles wide. It is the best cattle raising section in Montana. There is no way to get out of the basin without going over the range. They cut 315 tons of hay this year and it took about 20 days to put it up.
BROOKLYN - The ladies of the Presbyterian church will serve a chicken pie supper at Mrs. Bullard's on Wed. evening, Nov. 15. Supper will be served from 5:30 till 9 p.m. Price 20 cents.
HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND - The river bridge connecting the boroughs has at last become the property of Susquehanna county and so is no longer a toll bridge. The change will be most appreciated by the residents of the two boroughs directly interested, but will also be gratifying to the public generally, that hereafter, when crossing the river at that point, one may do so without having to pay for the privilege. Later--we learn that the formal transfer of the bridge from the company to the county has been postponed for a few days. Consequently the bridge is not yet free.
GULF SUMMIT - L.E. Lowery purchased a fox hound and while out hunting one day last week startled a fox. The hunter did not know just where the runaway was until [it] ran between his legs, tripping him up in such a way as to throw him and in falling one barrel of his gun was discharged, killing a valuable cow in an adjacent field. A farmer who was working nearby saw the accident and ran to his assistance, only to find him with a sprained wrist.
MONTROSE - On Saturday morning, Fordham's delivery wagon was coming down Church street and had just reached the Montrose House when the king-bolt broke; the front and rear wheels of the vehicle parted company into the sudden, but fortunately soft and muddy embrace of Mother Earth, while the nag, accompanied by the front wheels, tore down the street at [a] fearful pace. No serious injury resulted either to man, beast or wagon. AND - The first snow-storm of the season came on Tuesday afternoon and night. In the evening our streets were made merry by the jingle of sleigh-bells.
NEW MILFORD - Dr. A.E. Snyder had a very narrow escape as he was returning home last Monday evening. When he was near the railroad crossing, a short distance before reaching Tiffany's, he looked and listened for the train which he thought to be nearly due. Not seeing or hearing it he proceeded and just as he reached the track the headlight of the locomotive coming out of a cut flashed suddenly and frightened his horse; the hind wheels of his carriage were struck and the doctor was thrown out but he clung to the lines. The horse escaped and the doctor was slightly injured and the carriage was wrecked.
FOREST CITY - No one would blame Sheriff-elect Maxey if he favored removing the county seat to Forest City. His home town saved his bacon.
UNIONDALE - S. Bronson's new double store is approaching completion and will be an ornament to the place.
BROOKLYN - S.N. Clark has recently dug a well, 30 ft. deep, for E.P. Bailey. 5200 square feet of stone was put in 31 hours.
JESSUP - Report of the Bolles school for month ending Nov. 7. Those not absent - Florence Quick, Edith & Margery McKeeby, Willis Fleming, Dexter Very, Ray & Roy Oakes, Glen Cronk, Martin Blaisure. Those receiving 100 per cent in spelling - Daisy & George Blaisure, Bessie Bolles, Jennie Kane, and Florence Quick. Those receiving 96 per cent in spelling - Earl & Dexter Very, Glen Cronk and Guy Snow.
HARFORD - Plans for Centennial and reunion, June 15, 1900 - Excursions to points of interest in the township; relics connected with church history to be exhibited and anyone possessing such is hereby requested to inform the Secretary; historical address and poem in the afternoon; greetings from other churches and addresses.
Students of Franklin Academy are indicating strong preferences for the reunion (June 14th) to take place on the old ground--the present location of the Soldiers' Orphan School. All students are requested to write [the] Secretary as to their wishes and also enclose lists of fellow students.
Relatives of Miss Sarah Jones are taking steps to prepare a volume of her poems. Surely the ablest poet Harford has produced should have a place in the approaching celebration. She had planned to prepare this herself but death, in 1887, prevented. Persons having copies of her verses are requested to lend them to the Secretary. (From W.L. Thatcher, Secretary)
November 24 1899/1999
NORTH JACKSON - While the guests at the Vandemark--Tallman wedding were partaking of the wedding breakfast, along with the bride and groom, the wedded pair quietly slipped away and thus escaped the shower of rice and other mementoes that had been prepared, and it dawned on the guests that the joke was on them.
HARFORD - W.W. Wilmarth has put up a wind-mill and has his ensilage cutter, a corn and cob crusher and a feed mill attached to it. A fair volume of wind will run any of these machines easily.
SUSQUEHANNA - The dance at Kistler Hall, Great Bend, Monday, was largely attended. Hassett & Houlihan furnished excellent music. Among those from Susquehanna were James Brennan, Eddie Conners, James Creegan, Thomas Keefe, Frank Burns, F.A. Ryan, Eddie Ryan and Dave Barr. AND - John Dwyer has opened a cigar manufactory on Broad Street.
BIRCHARDVILLE - Miss Fannie Boyd is the owner of a fine piano, so they say. Pianos are getting to be quite as fashionable as carriages ‘round about. AND - Birchardville School report for the month ending Nov 20th, names of pupils receiving 100 percent in spelling; Chadija Dayton, Edna Small, Bessie Greene, George Dayton, Wakeman Small, Harry Green, Henry Griffis, Ray Greene, Elmer Dayton, Isaac Hart, Wannie Picket, Floyd Greene. Enrolled 23.
SPRINGVILLE - Dr. H.B. Lathrop went to Philadelphia with Mrs. West, of Lynn, one day last week, where she will undergo an operation some day this week.
SOUTH GIBSON - At the John B. Manning Cash Store you can buy 18 lbs of standard granulated sugar for $1; 8 lbs mixed cakes for 25 cents; headlight oil for 9 cents; Arbuckle coffee for 11 cents and 4 lbs best rice for 25 cents.
FOREST CITY - The dedication of the bells and laying of the corner stone of St. Anthony's church took place on Wednesday, Rt. Rev. M.J. Hoban, bishop, officiating. AND - Two hotels at The Blazing Stump were destroyed by fire last week. One was that of Mrs. Mary Dunn and the other was S.T. O'Neill's.
LITTLE MEADOWS - Mrs. Mary Boland, aged 90 years, and residing in Cadis, Pa., met death in a terrible manner, Wednesday, the 15th inst. She was walking through a field where sheep were grazing and one of them, being vicious, knocked her down and butted her so fiercely she was unable to rise from her feet to escape from him. Her son Daniel and wife were absent from home at the time and she was discovered by another son who resides at Little Meadows. Deceased is survived by three sons and three daughters. Rev. Fr. O'Malley, pastor of St. Thomas' Church of Little Meadows, officiated at her funeral.
HOPBOTTOM - The drouth this fall has caused several to dig wells in town. Among the number are Myron Titus, Can. Stone, B. Williams, Mrs. A.E. Seaman and D.S. Quick.
MONTROSE - Shew and Eagan, the convicted murderers of Jackson Pepper, who were to have been executed on Nov. 23, were again respited by Governor Stone this week. The day now fixed for their execution is Monday, January 9, 1900. This brings the date beyond Ward Deuel's term of office and Sheriff-elect W.J. Maxey will be called upon to carry out the sentence of the court, provided the State Board of Pardons, which meets in Harrisburg next week, does not interfere.
LAWSVILLE - The ladies aid society of the Baptist church will hold an oyster supper in the creamery hall Thanksgiving night. Come everybody and bring your families and best girls.
SILVER LAKE - On Nov. 8th Jennie E. Bolles and Erve Brugler, of Fairdale, were united in marriage at the bride's home here. At high noon, as the march was nicely rendered by Bessie Jenner, a niece of the bride, the wedding party, Miss Minnie Roberts of East Rush, acting as bridesmaid, and Ernest Horton, of Fairdale, as best man, took places beneath an arch of running pine and white chrysanthemums. The room was beautifully decorated with potted plants and evergreens.
The bride was attired in light brown broadcloth, trimmed in white silk. The bridesmaid in dark brown, trimmed in light blue. Both wore white carnations. The ceremony was performed by the bride's former pastor, James Wilkes, assisted by the groom's pastor, Rev. Thomas Eva, of Fairdale.
After congratulations, they partook of a beautiful repast. The tables were decorated with ferns and cut-flowers. She received about $75 worth of beautiful and useful presents.
NEWS BRIEFS - It has lately been declared by a medical expert that sitting with the legs crossed produces appendicitis. He reasons it this way--that the leg-crossing habit restricts the digesting process and renders obstruction of the vermiform appendix more likely, and furthermore, says that women are less liable to it than men. AND - It is stated that within a year over 200 eloping couples from Pennsylvania have been married at Binghamton. Several cases of bigamy having developed, the ministerial association of Binghamton has decided to refuse to marry any more Pennsylvania couples unless such proof is furnished as would be required in their own state. AND - Susie Graham Discharged. Susie Graham was acquitted on the charge of conspiracy which has been pending against her in the murder of Jackson Pepper. Judge Searle, in charging the jury, said it was a matter of public notoriety that the two persons with whom she was charged with having conspired were now in jail under sentence for murder in the first degree, and from the nature of the charge against her it would seem difficult or impossible to convict without the evidence of Shew and Eagan; that he understood they had declined to give any testimony against her. Judge Searle closed by saying that the commonwealth officers had properly performed their duty and that District Atty. Little had wisely exercised his discretion in not pressing a trial when he had not sufficient evidence to convict.
December 01 1899/1999
GIBSON - A Susquehanna correspondent writes that on Wednesday, Nov. 29, the dead body of Mrs. Suter, a married woman, aged 26, was found in her home at Gibson with a bullet wound in her heart and a revolver near by. It is not yet know whether it was a case of suicide or murder. Coroner A.J. Taylor, of Hopbottom, who is in charge of the case, has summoned a jury and at this writing is holding an inquest. Mrs. Suter had been married four times and her husband three times.
ELK LAKE - The church at Elk Lake will be dedicated Thursday, Dec. 7; services at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Dr. H.M. Crydenwise, of Lestershire, NY, will preach either in the morning or afternoon. Rev. L.C. Floyd will have charge of the services. All former and neighboring pastors are invited to be present and assist in the services. L.T. VanCampen, Preacher in charge.
LENOXVILLE - If we could have a stone road all the way from Carbondale to Nicholson, like Greenfield township is building on Finch Hill, the teamsters could travel with some comfort and haul a fair sized load. But then, good things come slow.
CLIFFORD - Those of our townspeople who attended the rabbit roast given by the West Clifford Evangelical church, at the home of Rev. Mr. Faus, the pastor, report a sumptuous supper and a most delightful evening.
THOMSON - Mrs. [Roxey] Cox, aged 68 years, one day of last week took her first ride on a railroad train. Her son, Emory Cox, aged 44, has yet to take his first ride in the cars.
MONTROSE - Sneak thieves are still at work. With the approach of Thanksgiving, their fancy naturally turned to thoughts of poultry, and on Sunday evening they visited the premises of Mrs. Anna M. Cox (the old Chandler place), just above the Presbyterian church) and made away with three fine hens. The identity of the thieves is pretty well established and a sharp watch will be kept on them; should they again visit Mrs. Cox's they will be welcomed by a greeting of hot shot.
HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND - On Wednesday County Commissioners Tingley, Harrington and Haire visited Hallstead, where they met representatives of the Hallstead-Great Bend Bridge Co. As a result of the meeting the Commissioners paid the company $15,500 and the bridge was formally transferred to the County of Susquehanna. On and after yesterday, Nov. 30, the bridge is free--and for this the people of the twin boroughs and the people of the county generally, had an added reason for observing the annual Thanksgiving day. AND - Hallstead and Great Bend have been made aware of a "long felt want" since the Lackawanna has commenced paying its employees by check, and that want is a bank.
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Abraham Kersey, an eccentric character of Franklin Township, and who is said to have descended from Hessian-Indian stock, is dead.
HARFORD - In writing [to] the Scranton Tribune relative to the late Rev. Nathan Leighton, and incidentally alluding to the statement that has been going the rounds of the vicinity press, that Hon. Galusha A. Grow is the oldest living alumnus of the old Franklin Academy at Harford, Andrew Leighton, of Glenburn, a brother of Nathan Leighton, says that his brother Nathan was an alumnus of the old academy and was at one time principal of that school; he was ten years older than Mr. Grow. "There are living in this immediate neighborhood" says Mr. Leighton, "three alumni of the same school - L.W. Stone, Mrs. Esther Sisson Stone and Andrew Leighton, who are respectively five years, two years and one year older than Mr. Grow. I recall others whom I suppose to be living, among them, Mrs. Clarissa Tucker Tracy, of Illinois, who, older than any of these three, was at last accounts still engaged in her lifelong work of teaching.
SUSQUEHANNA - Thieves have been stealing copper pipes from locomotives in Susquehanna and elsewhere along the Erie. Some arrests have already been made in Great Bend. AND - The Oakland Water Company's new reservoir has been completed and water has been let into it. It has a capacity of about 4,5000 barrels.
RUSH - Daniel Terry owns a venerable relic of the past; it is a violin of the vintage of 1697. It is ripe and mellow with its 202 years of age.
FOREST LAKE CENTRE - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bolles are visiting Bradford county this week. They have had a present of a very nice covered buggy from their son, Silas Bolles, of Denver, Col. The carriage was shipped from Detroit, Mich., and it is a beauty.
UNIONDALE - H.C. Crane has gone to Scranton where he has obtained a position on an electric car.
AUBURN - There is some excitement in Auburn over a now famous horse case. W.A. Harrington, of Montrose, traded a horse to John Adams, of Auburn. He didn't like it as well as he expected and he traded it to a man named Kellogg. The latter's wife didn't like the animal, and claimed the horse her husband traded to Adams was hers and wanted to trade it back. Adams didn't see it that way, and now he finds himself sued for the value of the horse or some horse, and the hearing is to occur at Montrose next Monday, when M.S. Allen will present the claims of Kellogg and W.D.B. Ainey will look after Adams' side.
NEWS BRIEFS - A Pennsylvania builder, in the lumber section, gives it as his opinion that cement houses are to be our abodes in the future, and not more than ten years away. AND - The custom of throwing rice at newly married couples has been denounced in the press and denounced from the pulpit. The pastor of St. Mary's church, Rochester, Rev. James P. Kiersnan, says" "In future, at all weddings celebrated in this church, I want rice left at home. Rice throwing is an abominable pagan custom and it has no place at Catholic weddings. At all events I will not tolerate it in the church."
December 02 1899/1999
FRANKLIN FORKS: A.W. Snow has moved in Fred Knapp's house by the mill. Clarence Devine has moved in a house on the Patch. Ciel Babcock, from Kirkwood, has moved in the Cameron house, near Salt Spring.
GIBSON: The coroner's jury, after investigating the tragic death of Mrs. Suter, who was found dead in her home last week with a bullet through her heart, returned a verdict that the woman came to her death by her own hand while temporarily insane.
SUSQUEHANNA: Michael Murphy, who was arrested by Chief McMahon for stealing a suit of clothing, worn by a dummy in front of Kayser's store, was sentenced by Justice Williams to 60 days in the Montrose jail. AND: The 14th annual ball of the Erie Hose, which was held Thanksgiving eve, proved to be a gratifying success both socially and financially. The grand march was led by Mr. John Doherty and Miss Mable Perry, and about 40 couples participated in the march. Music by Doran's orchestra was an enjoyable feature.
BROOKDALE: Through the efforts of the Helping Hand Society, Lena and Maud Tarbox, children of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Tarbox, were sent to the Soldiers' Orphan School at Harford. The society furnished them with comfortable clothing, and C.H. VanLoan took them to the school, Nov. 28th.
LANESBORO: Judson Ellis, a hermit writer for the leading periodicals of the county, died a few days ago near Walton, NY. Years ago he occupied a hut on the rocks above Jefferson Junction, a herd of goats his only companions. In early life he was a member of a book publishing house in Connecticut. He was a man of culture and refinement. It is not known what caused him to lead the life of a recluse, and his secret died with him.
SPRINGVILLE: Alton Packard gave the first of the course of five entertainments. It was the finest ever given there. The Independent Male Quartette, assisted by Miss Evelyn Fraser, will give the second number at the Academy Hall, Dec. 21.
LENOXVILLE: Charley Walker has been making his home with a widow and her son for a year. It is hinted that he had promised to marry her, she agreeing, believing that Walker would get the George W. Walker farm. Finding that Charley would not get the farm the widow sued him for his board. The case was heard up at Lenoxville. (From the Nicholson Examiner.)
FOREST CITY: The citizens of this place held a public meeting to take action looking to the securement of a silk mill. A company which thinks of locating here desired a concession in the matter of local taxes and some financial aid from the residents of the town. Favorable action was taken at the meeting and it is quite possible that we may have a new and important acquisition to our industries.
SOUTH GIBSON: Frank Belcher is again home from Alaska and will spend the winter at his old home. Mr. Belcher first went to the Klondike five years ago and located claims about 16 miles from Dawson City. The claims have proven very productive and it is said that Belcher has brought $150,000 from the gold fields. A year or so ago it was reported that Mr. Belcher had died of fever up in the frozen north, but he came home on a visit a year ago and has again made the round trip since last spring.
FOREST LAKE CENTRE: Elder W.C. Tilden went to Montclair, NJ, last Friday, and on Saturday preached the funeral sermon of Charles Gorton, a friend of his; he took the train Saturday night and got to Alford some time in the night. Sunday morning he walked from Alford to Montrose, a distance of nearly ten miles, drove his horse--which he had left in Montrose--to Forest Lake, preached there in the forenoon, at Birchardville in the afternoon, and attended the Christian Endeavor meeting at Forest Lake in the evening. Three hard days work for a man in his 71st year.
FRIENDSVILLE: Anyone having any fancy sewing to do, cheap, please apply to Miss Lydia Barten, Forest City, Lake Street.
DIMOCK: A telephone wire is being put through from Dimock to Lynn by way of Springville.
AUBURN: The suit over a horse trade between Messrs. Kellogg and Adams, which was to have been heard in Montrose, Monday, was postponed and it is now thought it will not come up again. AND: The annual oyster supper will be held at the parsonage Wednesday evening, Dec. 13. A cordial invitation is extended to all to lend a helping hand. If very stormy, next fair evening. Proceeds for Steward's fund.
MONTROSE: Mrs. C.E.S. Brewster has published a book of poems, entitled. "Wayside Blossoms." Their reading will cheer the hearts of the most downcast, while useful lessons may be learned therefrom by those of an attentive mind. "Wayside Blossoms" for a charming little booklet, gotten up in excellent taste, with an artistic cover design in gold, and the binding is accomplished by means of a ribbon. The book is issued from the press of the Independent Republican, Montrose. AND: Mrs. Lucy Warner Maynard, of Washington, has written a book entitled "Birds of Washington and Vicinity," which is being used in some of the schools in Washington as a text book. Mrs. Maynard is now the guest of her mother, Mrs. Henry Warner, of Montrose.
HOPBOTTOM: There will be New Year's dinner served in the transept of the M.E. church; also an apron sale. Everyone should attend.
UNIONDALE: Rev. A. Eastman is holding revival meetings at Dart's corners. AND: Louis Crandall, of this place, and Edith Owens, of South Gibson, were married on Thanksgiving day. They will reside on North Main Street.
December 09 1899/1999
RUSH - Robt. Hillis drove a flock of 200 sheep and lambs through town on their way for shipment at Montrose on Monday. AND - Pansies are still in bloom in Overton's yard and there are young shoots on rose bushes an inch long.
EAST LENOX - Nathan Lavene, a peddler, who makes weekly trips through this place, recently lost a valuable roll of Brussels rugs between S. Gibson and Royal. Finder will please leave at some post office on the route.
HARFORD - People in this town would like to see the steeple that originally surmounted the Congregational church. A draft of the whole building has been found. Also to see a plan of the gallery and find pews there, numbered and sold. The old pews below were longer than now, 58 in number; the poorest one marked 6 cents, the best one $70. They will marvel at 46 men, subscribing $1375 towards building the church away back in 1821.
HOPBOTTOM - The marriage of Grace Palmer and Archie Pratt took place Wed. eve at the home of Frank Squier here, performed by Rev. S. Homan at 8:30. The bridal party entered the parlor during the playing of the Mendelsohn Wedding March by Alta Finn and were preceded by four flower girls--Harriett Homan, Ethel Gavitt, Diamond Rose and Alice Conrad. The best man and maid of honor, Olney Pratt and Miss Jessie Lord then took their places; the bride then followed leaning on the arm of her father; they were met by the groom. Taking their places in one end of the room which was tastefully decorated and curtained, they were made one. The bride wore a handsome gown of blue trimmed with white velvet.
BROOKLYN - The Aid Society held an oyster supper in Creamery Hall, Lindaville, Thanksgiving eve., which was well attended. Franklin Hill was pretty well represented, there being over 20 down from the bill. they seemed to enjoy themselves hugely, and we invite them all down again. AND - There will be given in the Methodist church, Wed. eve., Dec. 20, under the auspices of the Epworth League, a grand entertainment by Lu B. and Ella Meade Cake, impersonators, elocutionists, and musicians. Come and enjoy a good thing.
NEW MILFORD - Mrs. H.A. Lyons entertained the "Magazine" club of New Milford. Those present were the Mrs.'s Jay, Tucker, Vail, Badger, McCollum, Hager, Moss, Carpenter and Safford, all of New Milford Mrs. Todd, of Scranton, and Mrs. C.H. Ainey, of Montrose.
HERRICK CENTRE - The Senior young people held their annual thanksgiving supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. N.A. Kishbaugh. The table was loaded with the delicacies of the season. One of the chief sources of amusement was the fortune teller who expounded the future to those who cared to look into its mysteries.
The Junior young people held their supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Holford. This was the fashionable supper of the evening; turkey, celery and doughnuts graced the centre of the table, while the fashionable dishes filled the rest of the table to overflowing.
The most enjoyable time of all was spent by the Freshmen at Mr. and Mrs. Alf Ogden's. Music, fun and oysters helped to fill their young hearts so that as they wended their way homeward in the wee hours of the morning, they would frequently break forth in songs of praise.
LINDAVILLE (Brooklyn Twp.) - The district school has 14 pupils with Miss Florence Watrous as teacher. AND - Who could wish for nicer December weather.
FRANKLIN FORKS - The Ladies' Aid for the month of November was held at the home of William Osborne. About 30 were present. A quilt was quilted for the work of the day.
ELKDALE - Frank Belcher has arrived home from the Klondike country. His brothers, Oscar and Greeley, will not come home this winter but will stay in the camps looking after their claims.
SILVER LAKE - The death of Bernard Gillooly, son of John and Mary Guiton Gillooly, occurred at his parents' home on Dec. 1st, at the age of 18 years. His death was caused by typhoid fever. The interment was made in the churchyard cemetery. The pallbearers were - Thos. Clune, Joe Whalley, Jas. Lynch, Thos. Giblin, Wm. McCormick and Lou. Donavan; flower bearers--Chas. Donavan, Lawrence Giblin and John Foster. Bernard had been teaching school in Flynn [Middletown Twp.] since August last. It is very hard to part with one so young and good.
SUSQUEHANNA - Miss Annie Griffin left Thursday for Carbondale, where she will enter the Convent St. Rose, as a postulant in the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. AND - Mr. Edgar Sampson and Miss Margaret Scanlon were united in marriage in St. John's parochial residence, Wednesday evening.
MONTROSE - Geo. Felker is preparing to move his birch still machinery from LeRaysville to Montrose, and will establish a birch oil still near the Loomis brick yard.
BIRCHARDVILLE - The new mile boards provided for the township of Forest Lake, by L.H. Lincoln, are a luxury to be appreciated, not only by the traveler, but by the housekeepers, often with dough in hand, [who] are called to direct the traveler on his journey, while he in recompense, often grumbles that woman don't know anything--about distance.
MANSFIELD NORMAL SCHOOL - The school's Quarterly gives a complete list of students registered up to date - Seniors--Lena A. Bushnell, of Auburn Four Corners; Anna M., Urania C. and Fred W. Dayton, of Rush; and Cady Weston and Louise E. Newton, of Brooklyn. Juniors--Dora J. Ainey, of Ainey; Myra L. Jackson, of Hopbottom; Lulu Matthews, of Harford; Irving Pentecost, of Forest City; Bertha Sage, of Brooklyn; Julia Stockbine, of Gibson, and Glenn Tiffany, of Lindaville. Molly T. Weston, of Brooklyn, is registered as a student in music and Ethel Sterling, of Brooklyn, is taking the college preparatory course.
December 16 1899/1999
DIMOCK - There will be a dance at the Dolan House, Dec. 29th.
MONTROSE - The Senior Class of ‘00 of the M.H.S. was very pleasantly entertained at the home of Prof. B.E. James on Friday evening last. The members of the class began to gather at the house at 6:30; when the class was in full attendance refreshments were served, and afterwards various games of amusement were indulged in until late an hour. The class of ‘00 consists of the following members - Misses Nellie Banker, Emily Beebe, Rose Horton, Annah James, Jessie Horton, Lucy Bush, Lydia Rogers, Jessie Titman, Lizzie Tiffany, Katherine Lonergan. Messrs. Riggs Brewster, Ray Curser, Harry Place, Charles VanScoten, Joseph Coyle, Willard Kinney, Edgar Judson and Lee Bolles.
SPRINGVILLE - James Tuttle had the misfortune to have tool and work shop, situated near the railroad and opposite his house, burned Monday by the train throwing fire; cutter, sleighs and everything was burned.
EAST RUSH - H.T. Fargo met with quite an accident recently. Himself and dog started out hunting, they had some difficulty, and the dig returned to the house. "Herb" returned to persuade him [dog] to return to the chase, resulting in a badly bitten hand that required a physician to dress.
AUBURN - The annual oyster supper at the parsonage was a success both entertaining and financially. The Springville band came over and played several selections for which we give many thanks on behalf of all present. The boys will have a grand band concert entertainment at Springville the 21st.
HALLSTEAD - The Wellsboro Carriage Co., is building for Dr. Hacker, the English specialist, a parlor car, to be drawn overland by horses. It is to have an office, three sleeping apartments, a culinary department and all the advantages of a Pullman; with the exception that it is to be drawn overland from Boston to the Pacific. It is understood that Hallstead is not down on the "Doctor's" schedule of towns to be visited. And still Hallsteadians are not unhappy.
GLENWOOD - The store and mill property in this place, owned and conducted for the greater part of the past 50 years by Grow & Bro., is now owned by G.N. Bennett, who is doing a good business.
SUSQUEHANNA - Quite a number witnessed Edison's moving pictures at the Baptist church Monday evening.
LYNN - Otis Whipple, of Auburn township, fills a cell in the Wyoming county jail, charged with the murder of Dillas J. Koons, of Lynn, after an altercation at the farm of Bill Clark, a short distance from Avery station in Lemon township, Wyoming County. The story is one of a night's carousal in which liquor, jealousy, bad temper and a knife apparently played leading parts.
LAKE VIEW - The school report for month ending Dec. 6, 1899 - Those not absent; Edna, Mabel, Iva, and Velma Ely, Samuel Stone, Hazel Daugherty. Those receiving 90 or above in examinations; Samuel Stone, Mary White, Mabel, Iva, Velma, and Eda Ely, Mary Tanner. Number enrolled 15.
FRIENDSVILLE - Bert Beers and J. Hosford are running a steam buzz saw.
JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS...Items listed in local newspapers for purchase - Water sets, bread and milk sets, salad dishes, cracker jars, chocolate pots, cake plates, cup and saucers, dressy silk gloves, rich silk umbrellas, nobby canes, dress suit cases, swellest neckwear, diaries for 1900, children's caps and bonnets, fur robes, fresh to order candy, hair receivers, Japanese novelties, perfumery by the best Paris and American perfumers, silver lockets, toilet sets, manicuring sets, shaving sets.
NEWS BRIEFS - It is said that in Pennsylvania, many schools have done away with the old time recess, and have shortened the school hours instead, finding it is better for the health of the scholars and that better attention is paid to lessons. AND - Every old solider who has reached the age of 62 years is entitled to the minimum pension of $6 whether he is disabled or not, and every soldier who has reached the age of 75 is entitled to the maximum pension under the law which is $12 a month. AND - "On the Banks of the Silvery Susquehanna" is a new and popular song, destined to have a big run. It was composed by W.P. Fanning, a broom-corn broker, of Oakland, Ill., who was formerly a resident of Susquehanna County, and he now has relatives in this county. He was inspired to write the song through remembrances of the Susquehanna river's meanderings through the county. AND - As the buckwheat batter is in full flow now the following is given as a receipt for greasing the griddle - Take a turnip, cut in half, rub the griddle with the inner side, and you will find the cakes come off nicely and smoothly, and you will be rid of the disagreeable odor of burning fat.
December 23 1899/1999
HERRICK CENTRE - Some of our young people went over to Welsh Hill on Monday night to see the ship that had just arrived from Wales laden with Christmas present[s].
JACKSON - H.M. Benson has taken a course of instruction in embalming, at Scranton, under the instruction of Prof. F.A. Sullivan.
BRUSHVILLE - Ground is broken for a new Baptist church at Brushville, and the building is to be completed in 1900.
GLENWOOD - The Christmas Tree at Mrs. Grow's chapel, Monday evening, was a grand affair. The house was neatly decorated and the tree was a thing of beauty heavily laden with presents. Dialogues, recitations and singing were participated in and the Lenox cornet band added much to the occasion.
FOREST CITY - Forest City will establish a high school for the use of pupils who are unable to attend school during regular school hours. The school to be kept open at least two hours each evening.
SUSQUEHANNA - Prof. Flood, of Binghamton, will organize a dancing class in Susquehanna, January 5th. AND - George H. Downing, of Binghamton, is organizing a class in voice culture, in this place. AND - Beginning early in January, all of the printing for the Erie Railway will be performed in Susquehanna. A plant will be established in the Erie shop, and it is reported that 25 men and women will be employed to do the work at the start. The work will be done by contract. It is now performed in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere.
BROOKLYN - Mr. Bedell and Miss Lena Miller were married on Christmas day at the home of the bride's parents. Rev. Bedell, of Syracuse, a brother of the groom officiated. Congratulations.
MONTROSE - The streets were particularly full of Christmas shoppers Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. And there were not a few weary looking faces among them with a sort of "I'll be glad when this Christmas-hunting time is o'er" appearance.
LAKESIDE - F.R. Tiffany has bought the stage business between Kingsley and Gibson.
HOPBOTTOM - C. Stone has his windmill erected and will have clear spring water throughout his hotel.
NEW MILFORD - M.J. Crane, who has been a resident of New Milford for more than 25 years, has disposed of his interest and moved his family to Scranton. F.D. Oliver has leased the place vacated by Mr. Crane and will conduct an eating house.
AUBURN - The Auburn Four Corners Creamery Co. recently elected the following officers - Directors Ernest Lott, John Adams, Raville Harris, H.E. Young and G.W. Bunnell; president, Ernest Lott; secretary, G.W. Bunnell; treasurer, E.L. Adams.
GREAT BEND - What came very near being another horrible accident was narrowly averted last Thursday afternoon, the particulars of which are as follows - Mrs. Henry Deakin and Miss Mercy Ann Stoddard, of Franklin Township, were driving a one-horse rig approaching the Erie crossing. As they came near the crossing they did not notice any train in sight, and started up, expecting to drive across the tracks. It so happened that express train No. 8 was late and that she was being run with extra speed, endeavoring to make up lost time and we may imagine the feeling of Engineer Dana Welsh when, at the instant he swung around the curve, he saw, at the exact point where he almost lost his life in a wreck a few months before, two women in a closed carriage about to drive to sure death in front of his engine. He had only time to blow the danger signal before he was at the crossing, and by good fortune he reached that point just ahead of the horse, who, as he came almost in touch with the engine, plunged down the embankment to the left, overturning the carriage and throwing out the occupants and plowing through a fence at the foot of the bank. Witnesses to the narrow escape hurried to the spot to assist the ladies, who fortunately were not injured, aside from a few bruises. The horse, which was down and tangled up in the harness, was not hurt, and the wagon though broken and marred, was patched up so the ladies were enabled to drive home. And two more nervous people it would be difficult to find. They had started for Great Bend to purchase holiday goods, but returned to Franklin satisfied with one day's experience.
UNIONDALE - The barn on the farm owned by Miss Annie Burritt was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. Cause of fire is unknown. The barn was unused except for storage and nothing of value was destroyed except the hearse belonging to undertaker, H.J. Orce.
LAKE-A-MEADOWS - Mrs. Anna Bowen and family have moved to Warren Centre. She will open a dress-making establishment and the children will attend the Graded School.
CLIFFORD - Hotel Clifford has a new cook. Fish at the table every meal. AND - Stephen Green died Dec. 13, 1899. Funeral at his home Dec. 16. Rev. Wm. Miller conducted and preached an able and very instructive sermon. Interment in the Clifford cemetery. Among the bearers were two of his childhood schoolmates of his own age, Nelson Spedding and T.J. Wells. We think there is but three more living at the present time - Jackson Thatcher, Alfred Baker and George Hull. Mr. Green was 64 years, 10 months and 10 days old and was one of Clifford's best citizens, honest, upright, industrious, and a hard worker, beloved and respected by everybody that knew him. His death takes from Clifford township an Auditor. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, one daughter, two brothers and everybody that knew him.
SHEW AND EAGAN - The Board of Pardons denied a re-hearing in the case of Shew and Eagan for the murder of Jackson Pepper. Preparations for the execution, on Jan. 9, will now proceed.
December 30 1899/1999
BROOKDALE - Thursday, Dec. 28th, there was a bee at J.A. Wilber's and a dance in the evening. AND - Charles Wandall is home on account of his hand, which he had shot through the middle.
MONTROSE - E.D. Bronson, our new photographer, has arrived in town with his family and taken up his residence in the F.H. Cooley house on South Cherry street. Mr. Bronson comes to Montrose bearing the best of recommendations both as to personal character and worth and as to ability as an artist. He succeeds E.A. Main, in the studio over H.P. Read's store and we bespeak for him a liberal share of public patronage. AND - The death of Mrs. Ann Lyons, one of our most highly esteemed and life-long residents, occurred Dec. 28, after a long illness. She was a daughter of General D.D. Warner. Several years before the Civil war she was married to Jerome Lyons, who with his three brothers entered the war, but he died late from the effects of wounds received in battle. He led the movement and was the architect who drew the plans for the soldiers' monument which adorns the public square here.
SUSQUEHANNA - Sylvester L. French, one of Susquehanna's most respected residents, who has for years been foreman of the Erie carpenter shop, died suddenly of heart failure, at his home on W. Main Street, on Monday morning. He is survived by the widow and a son, Adelbert P. French, the druggist. He was a veteran of the late [Civil] war. Interment was in the North Jackson cemetery. Canawacta Lodge No. 360, attended in a body.
LITTLE MEADOWS - Bert L. Williams and Miss Lydia Bundle were married at the bride's home, near Owego, last week.
NEW MILFORD - On Saturday last, Mrs. Mariah Rosencrants, who lived on the old Montrose road, just outside the limits of New Milford borough, was sitting before a coal fire in her home when the gas blew out and the flames ignited her clothing. She was alone in the house at the time, her son William, with whom she lived, being away from home. In her terror and agony Mrs. Rosencrants rushed frantically to the porch, crying for help. A young man and woman, who were just then driving by, saw the woman's pitiful plight and hastened to her assistance; they succeeded in extinguishing the cruel flames which enveloped her, tenderly conveyed her to her bed and Dr. D.C. Ainey was summoned. The doctor found her terribly burned and did all that medical skill could to alleviate her sufferings, but death came to her relief Sunday. The funeral was attended on Monday, Rev. Charles Smith, of the M.E. church, officiating. The deceased was an aged and respected resident, who had lived in New Milford township upwards of 30 years. She is survived by three children, Mrs. A.C. Merriman, Mrs. Sarah Lowe, and William Rosencrants, all of New Milford.
BROOKLYN - On Saturday evening, Dec. 30th, a reception was given to Mr. and Mrs. D.U. Bedell, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Miller. Over 50 guests were present. About 10 o'clock ice cream and cake was served. All report a very pleasant time and congratulations were extended to Mr. and Mrs. Bedell.
UNIONDALE - H.H. Finn will erect a planing mill and establish a lumber yard in Forest City.
CHOCONUT - James Burke, from Bolder, Colorado, is visiting friends at his old home in Choconut. It is 25 years since he first went west and has been home but once since, about 8 years ago.
LYNN - It is said that Otis Whipple, the man who stabbed Dil Koons, near Lynn, as soon as it was found that night that Koons was badly hurt, ran to his home two or three miles. Being so uneasy over the matter and wishing to know Koons' condition he soon hurried back and, finding that Koons was dead, once more rushed back to his home where officer Harding, of Tunkhannock, found him.
HALLSTEAD - William J. Pike, who some time since sustained a stroke of paralysis, has so far recovered as to be able to resume his duties as private secretary to Congressman Galusha A. Grow, in Washington.
CLIFFORD - The Crystal Lake House, at Crystal Lake, was burned Monday. It was a large well-known house, and an old landmark, but had been removed into a summer hotel and had many guests summers. It was owned by S. Whitmore, of Jermyn. The loss is said to be $15,000--probably pretty high.
FOREST CITY - The silk mill is a certainty, as the town clerk, John McDonald, was notified that Alfred J. Harvey, of Scranton, had rented the C.W. Lott house, that his furniture was shipped and the the mill would be in operation in a few weeks. The school, poor boards and the councils will exempt the mill from taxes for 15 years.
DIMOCK - The Post Office will soon be moved to the vacant store of O.W. Chase, with Miss Woodhouse as Post mistress.
JACKSON - A.F. Yale and Elmer Brown returned from a month's sojourn in Wayne county with a fine string of fox and mink trophies secured by their skill as hunters.
AINEY - It was the pleasure of your correspondent to attend Christmas service exercises at Strickland Hill. The presents were numerous and a few were quite costly. The attendance was good and program well-rendered. The surprise of the evening was the entrance of Santa, with a large bag of peanuts for the little (and some big) folks. It will be long remembered as a most pleasant time by all.
SHEW AND EAGAN - In reply to many inquiries by readers of the Republican we wish to say that the execution of Shew and Eagan on Tuesday next, will not be public but will be conducted privately within the yard of the county jail. No one can gain admittance and witness the execution except those who secure passes from Sheriff Maxey; these are issued in the name of the person and are not transferable.
January 06 1900/2000
WELSH HILL, CLIFFORD TWP. - The Sunday School of the Welsh congregational church gave a Christmas entertainment, which was largely attended. After a short program had been rendered, a Christmas ship, loaded with presents, and flying the American flag, made its appearance under the care of four sailor boys, making a very pretty effect. Many neat and beautiful presents were distributed. Nearly all the Sunday School teachers were remembered by their classes. John Davis, the builder of the ship, displayed much taste and originality in his design.
HERRICK CENTRE - G.S. Tingley went to Montrose on New Years to take his oath of office, as County Commissioner.
MONTROSE - The best reading for the long winter evenings, at the Montrose Library, over McCollum & Smith's law office. For only $1.50 a year (the price you would pay for a good book) you have your choice of over 1000 books; the best standard and recent fiction, juveniles, travels, biographies, histories, a carefully selected collection. Open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Miss Blackman's excellent history of Susquehanna county is on sale at the Library.
SUSQUEHANNA - Last sad scene of all! The remains of Cornelius Wells Shew, who was executed in Montrose on Tuesday morning, were interred in this place on that evening. AND - Keystone Hook & Ladder Co., No. 1, agrees to purchase a chemical fire engine if the borough will furnish a building in which to store it. What more can the borough ask?
LANESBORO - The teachers in Lanesboro are preparing for the coming meeting of the Susquehanna County Teachers' Association, to be held January 19-20. It is expected that the attendance will be large. An excellent programme has been arranged.
ARARAT - A "stake" [railroad] car, which works upon a pivot, has been received.
SOUTH MONTROSE - The gentlemen of this vicinity will hold their annual chicken pie supper at the home of Albert T. Wells, Friday evening, Jan. 19th. All are invited. Proceeds to apply on pastor's salary.
RUSH - The Republicans say it is good times for the farmers because hay and butter bring a good price. Well, let's see--most of the farmers don't have butter to sell this time of year; we will see how the prices are next summer when the farmers have more to sell; and as far as hay is concerned, most of the farmers in this section of the country use all the hay they have and some have to buy. Where are the better times? Oil 12 to 15 cts. per gal., all hardware, boots and shoes and, in fact, everything that the farmer has to buy has advanced. Look out boys! These "Gold Bugs" are trying to pull the wool over your eyes for the next Presidential Campaign.
AUBURN - The good ladies of Shannon Hill recently donated, to Rev. and Mrs. L.T. VanCampen, a couple of handsome bed spreads. AND - J.R. Cooper, the noted butter maker, at Jersey Hill, who has been ill for some time, is now fast falling and his death looked for at any moment.
HALLSTEAD--GREAT BEND - James E. Tallon entertained his mother this week, who came all the way from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a visit to Susquehanna county, the scenes of her childhood, after many years' absence. Mrs. Tallon is now visiting other relatives in Montrose. She has reached the advanced age of nearly three-quarters of a century.
LENOX - Mrs. Maria Brewster returned Saturday from Philadelphia, where she went to have her eyes operated upon.
SPRINGVILLE - After an illness of about 12 days, John Beach Beardsley died, Jan. 2d, 1900, at the home of his daughter in Towanda. Mr. Beardsley was born in Kent, Litchfield Co., Conn., June 5th, 1808, and came to Susquehanna Co., with his father in 1817 and there lived on the same farm for nearly 70 years. His wife, Mrs. Lucy Kasson Beardsley, passed from life about 5 years ago; also two sons died in early manhood. Charles, at Wyoming Seminary, while attending school, in 1859, and Edward, a few years later, while Principal of a high school in Hyde Park, Pa. Two daughters survive him, Mrs. W.T. Horton, Towanda and Mrs. Dr. A.D. Tewkesbury, Tunkhannock. Interment in Springville on Thursday.
SHEW AND EAGAN EXECUTION - On Tuesday last, within the confines of the yard of Susquehanna county's jail, the curtain was rung down upon the last grim act of that awful tragedy which had its opening on a fateful night in October, 1897, when Andrew Jackson Pepper, an aged and respected farmer of Rush, was struck down in cold blood, without a moment's warning, and for no reason in the world, except that the old man's savings of a lifetime were coveted by his cruel assailants. In the first act of this tragedy, a human life was sacrificed upon the altar of wicked lust for money; in the last, two lives were exacted by the law to pay the penalty.
Both men went unflinchingly to their legal death, though the more experienced of the spectators were of the opinion that Shew would have weakened if there had been any material delay or hitch in carrying out some of the final details on the gallows platform.
Sympathy, if the word is permissible, may, up to the hour of execution, have been more generally extended to Shew than to Eagan, who is commonly believed to have been the leader in the crime; but on the gallows, and with the rope around his neck, Eagan certainly must have been accorded much of that sympathy which had previously been given his fellow. This was particularly due to the expression of moral and physical fear which was stamped like a mask on Shew's countenance which was drawn into a contortion of dread and horrors. Eagan, on the contrary, went to his death bravely and as calmly as ever a man could under such conditions of personal horror.
Shew's remains were interred in Susquehanna and Eagan's sent on the train to Long Island, to be cremated.
January 13 1900/2000
SOUTH AUBURN - On account of the funeral of Isaac Bunnell, at Bunnell Hill last Wednesday, the wood-bee for the church here was not very well attended, only three teams being there, they hauled 10 loads of wood.
MONTROSE - "Captain Jack," a faithful four-footed servant belonging to W.F. Babcock, died on Jan. 11, aged 30 years. Deceased was an old white horse and has been a familiar figure upon the streets of Montrose for many years. He acted well his part in life.
LITTLE MEADOWS - C.M. Garfield and his sister, Mrs. A.W. Cogswell, of Forest Lake, have gone to South Haven, Michigan to visit their brother, Solon F. Garfield, who has been seriously ill for more than four weeks.
HALLSTEAD - It is probable that the American Chair Co. Will remove its factory at Brandt to Hallstead. The company has agreed to go to Hallstead if the borough will provide a free building and site, and the Hallstead Board of Trade is hustling to that end. The factory is Brandt's chief industry.
SUSQUEHANNA - Both Susquehanna papers very properly defend former District Attorney W.D.B. Ainey from the charges made against him by the late Eagan and Shew. Mr. Ainey is all right. He has a host of friends who will not believe he acted unprofessionally or unfairly in his work of securing evidence against the murderers; the charges made did not come from a very good source.
EAST RUSH - The attendance of our school has increased very much since the small-pox scare has blown over. It was reported that the teacher had visited a small-pox patient at Dimock; in a short time after this report there was but a very few pupils present at school.
HARFORD - Dr. W.J. Galbraith, formerly of Harford, was recently divorced from his wife and has since married his stenographer and is going to China. Since going west the Doctor has established a great reputation as a surgeon and for several years he was Chief Surgeon of the Union Pacific road, at a salary of $10,000 per year. The New York "World" of Sunday last has portraits of the Doctor and of his former and present wife.
HOPBOTTOM - Fire visited our town on Wednesday night, the 10th inst., burning Charles Miller's building which contained the post office and meat market. Frank Bell's barber shop and Grace Lord's Millinery shop were also burned.
GLENWOOD - We understand that Mr. Duane Potter, of Clifford, has purchased another saw mill in Potter County, and will go into the lumber business there. Mr. Potter owns and carries on a saw mill at the foot of Pine Hill--about two miles from this place. He is a good business fellow, is well liked, and we wish him success.
SPRINGVILLE - The report that a form of small pox has developed in the home of Jerome Johnson, manager of the milk station at Woodhouses', has caused much alarm among the people of this vicinity, and many are censuring the attending physician for not quarantining the house.
NEW MILFORD - The young men's Social Club gave a hop at the Opera House, Friday evening. AND - One hundred and fifty new books have been added to the Pratt Library.
WELSH HILL [Clifford Twp.] - Bennie Anthony met with quite a painful accident while gong to school one morning recently. On account of the distance from his home to South Gibson he drives, and while going around the corner at Davy Davies', he was thrown out, cutting and bruising his head, rendering him unconscious for several hours.
HERRICK CENTRE - The following is a report of the Herrick Centre School, of which Miss Margaret Bowell is teacher, for the past month--Those averaging 90 per cent or above in their studies were - Nettie Thompson - Reading 95, arithmetic 97, spelling 96, writing 94, grammar 99, geography 96. Rose Kiernan - Reading 88, arithmetic 98, spelling 100, writing 95, grammar 90, geography 96, history 87, physiology 100, composition 90. Miss Nettie Thompson was the only one perfect in attendance during the past month.
UNIONDALE - A Uniondale merchant has posted a notice forbidding the discussion of the century question in his store. AND - Last week, Tuesday, as Charles Wilkenstein was moving a load of household goods from Pleasant Mount to Uniondale, where he has just taken up his residence, his aged father, who was riding on the load, reached down for the brake as the wagon was going down a steep pitch; just then a wheel struck a large stone and the old man was thrown out, falling under the wagon, where he was struck by a wheel and instantly killed.
LENOXVILLE - If true, ‘tis strange, and strange as it is, ‘tis true. Tuesday the 2nd inst., with a boisterous wind and temperature hovering about zero. Miss Ethel Hartley, an estimable young lady, went at noon hour to feed some chickens that were housed in an end of the mill sheds. The wind closed the door after her and made her a prisoner for the entire afternoon. A much traveled road runs within a 150 ft., while an unoccupied house is between shed and road. She saw her father, S.B. Hartley, and brother, Harold, pass along the road in addition to many others, but in vain did she halloa and pound upon the door. She gave up her efforts to make any one hear and concluded to make the best of a bad situation, by petting her companions, the chickens, and otherwise keeping herself warm until the brothers returned from school when her absence was discovered. Fortunately she suffered but little by the mishap.
FRANKLIN FORKS - The ladies of this place raised $20 on their album quilt; the money was used to buy furniture for the parsonage. The quilt has not yet been disposed of.
NEWS BRIEFS - The days are getting long, says an exchange, and we are on the high road to the first summer of the nineteen hundreds. So far the wish-bone of the old gray goose maintains its reputation as an weather prophet. Here we are in the middle of winter and yet we have had scarcely a cold or even a disagreeable day. The sun was nearer to us on New Year's day than it will be again this year, but as it is laying low for us at present, we don't feel the warmth of its ruddy beams as we will when it mounts higher in the heavens, even if it does shy off a bit. The goose says good weather until March.
The pay of census enumerators will be, it is said, not less than $3 or more than $6 for each day's work of 10 hours.
January 20 1900/2000
THOMSON - A.H. Crosier has the agency for putting in gasoline lamps. AND - While Conductor White's Erie coal train, west bound, was here taking water, on Sunday night, a D & H train ran into it, and a number of cars were smashed and piled up and the D & H locomotive was badly damaged. The tracks were blocked for several hours; Susquehanna, Oneonta, and Carbondale wreckers were called.
RETTA (Auburn Twp.) - Mrs. Sally Sterling, who has reached the advanced age of 86 years, keeps house, does all her own work, makes and tends her garden, makes her own dresses, and does all her own sewing. Since last spring she has pieced eight quilts, quilted two and has two more ready to quilt. In the meantime, she has made a trip to her daughter's in Scranton, alone, did two weeks' sewing there, and since her return has woven a piece of carpet. What is still more strange, she can thread her needle and do some of her sewing without the aid of glasses. She was heard to remark a short time ago that if it was not for rheumatism troubling her, she would feel as well as she did many years ago.
SILVER LAKE - Jeremiah J. Donovan, a respected citizen, died at his late home on Thursday night, January 18, 1900, after an illness of a year. Mr. Donovan, who was 54 years of age, was a Veteran having served faithfully as a private in the 89th New York Regiment. During his residence at Silver Lake, he made a successful record in farming and for many years held the office of Town Assessor. In politics, he was loyal to the cause of Republicanism. He is survived by a widow, 7 children, one sister and two brothers.
FOREST LAKE - Parties from Binghamton have been up looking around the lake to see if they could find places to build several cottages for the coming year; let the good work go on.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Susquehanna Ledger-Transcript on Saturday, passed into the hands of the Country Press Association. Editor H.T. Birchard will remain at his old post and have the business in charge. AND - Charles Burr, about 14 years of age, was instantly killed Saturday morning. With his brother, Albert, and another boy he was picking coal opposite the Erie depot, when switch engine 1169 backed some cars in on the track, knocked him down, running over his head. His body was dragged from under the car by his two companions and taken to the Erie depot until cared for by the undertaker.
DIMOCK - Telephone wires are being strung on poles from South Montrose to Lynn.
TUNKHANNOCK - After changing his plea from "not guilty" to "guilty of manslaughter" in the death of Dil Koons, Otis Whipple was given a sentence as follows - To pay a fine to the commonwealth in the sum of $500 and undergo confinement in the Eastern state penitentiary for the period of 8 years and nine months.
RUSH - Chas. LaRue had a thrilling experience on a runaway trolley car in Scranton the other day. The rails were icy, and going down a heavy grade the motorman lost control of the car and it went like a streak of lightning down grade, and when it came to the turn it jumped the track and struck a lamp post and stirred up things generally. Our Charles did not wait for that catastrophe but jumped, landing on his head and face which was pretty badly used up. He came home swathed in bandages and looking much the worse for wear, but fortunately he is coming out of it and as good looking as ever.
LANESBORO - Frank Taylor, who lives on a farm near here, was in town Tuesday night exhibiting a large snake which he had captured and had confined in a glass case. Quite a find for this time of year.
FOREST CITY - Treasurer Cleary recently received the annual school appropriation from the state. It amounts to $3,193.25. AND - Sidney Lott is the new jail warden in Montrose.
HERRICK CENTRE - Ed. Curtis, whose wife died quite suddenly, has found a suitable place for the children.
ELK LAKE - The Elk Lake school is doing nicely, with Lena Tyler as teacher; also the Lake View, with Bertha Risley, as teacher.
LAWSVILLE - The Lawsville Debating Club met representatives from the Hallstead Club last Monday night at Creamery hall in a debate, when the home club scored a point, or rather received the decision over the Hallstead people.
FRIENDSVILLE - Jan. 16th, the house of Mrs. E. Moran was the scene of a joyous occasion, it being the birthday of her daughter, Nellie. There were about 20 or 25 of her friends present. Amusements of various kinds were indulged in until a late hour, when they retired to the dining room, and were served to refreshments, which were followed by more games.
ARARAT - The question of a graded school is being agitated by our town people. A meeting was held by our directors last week, which was attended by the Co. Supt. and others. We hope that Gov. Stone will reconsider his decision in regard to school appropriations and let us have a little assistance from the State, for we farmers are wondering how we are going to manage if our taxes are advanced much more. New roads, new road workers, and no one knows what all, besides being a dumping ground for all the paupers, we think we will be pardoned for asking the question, what next? No wonder our own buildings about the farm have to crumble.
A graded school is all right, and quite the thing when we can have it, and we hope that day may be hastened, but we are opposed to debt and we begin to think it time to curtail somewhere.
MONTROSE - The Montrose Matinee Club has been so fortunate as to secure Mrs. Hadden Alexander, a noted pianist of New York, for a recital. Mrs. Norman Stewart has kindly offered her house and her Steinway grand piano for the occasion. Tickets secured from club members.
January 27 1900/2000
BRANDT - John Wanamaker and Siegel, Cooper & Co., of New York, have purchased the entire finished product of the Brandt chair factory. It is reported that Union, N.Y., is also desirous of securing the Brandt chair factory. [As is Hallstead.]
FOREST CITY - Editor Gilder, of the Forest City News has been nominated by the Republicans of his town for the office of Justice of the Peace.
MONTROSE - Miss Frances K. Ammerman and Miss Sue Strous have passed the preliminary examinations and registered as students at law. Miss Ammerman will pursue her studies under the preceptorship of W.D.B. Ainey, Esq., and Miss Strous will study in the office of J.M. Kelly, Esq.
NEW MILFORD - The well-known and popular Crandall House, Binghamton, opened yesterday under the management of John W. Jay, formerly the popular New Milford landlord. Mr. Jay will conduct the Crandall on up-to-date lines which are sure to please his patrons, while he has placed the rates at popular figures, $1 and $1.50 per day; single meals, 40 cents. One of his clerks is Wm. O'Neill, formerly of the Tarbell House in Montrose. Mr. Shafer, of South Gibson, is the new landlord of the Jay House.
JACKSON - Mortuary Record for 1899 - Charles W. Pickering, ae 69; Amasa A. Page, ae 75; Maria Brown, ae 86; Theodore Boldt, ae 15; Claud Washburn, 11 mo.; Edwin B. Moxley, ae 77; Marietta Case, ae 86; Phidelia Griffis, ae 79; Walden B. Payne, ae 62; Henry Cobb, ae 76; Edwin A. French, ae 61; William Fox, ae 18; Edna Pickering, ae 10; Emily Stoddard, ae 55; Charles French, ae 89.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Thirteenth Annual Ball of the Susquehanna Athletic Club, held on Tuesday evening in Hogan Opera House, was largely attended and a success in every respect. A large number of out-of-town dancers were present. The leading march was led by Daniel Furey and Miss Mame Teskey. Music was furnished by Doran's full Susquehanna orchestra and the supper by restaurateur Bennett.
OAKLAND - The Oakland Methodist church edifice was sold at sheriff's sale on Saturday, and purchased by Abraham Jordan, of Oakland. Until further notice, congregational services will be held in the church, conducted by Rev. Dr. Edward Taylor, of Binghamton.
EAST LENOX - Eddie Davis has received announcement of the marriage of his brother, Judson L. Davis, who left here nine years ago for Hebron, Wis., where he has since resided. AND - Those who were present speak in the highest terms of the phonograph entertainment given at the school house, Saturday evening, by Johnnie Davis, of Welsh Hill.
HERRICK CENTRE - The next election promises to be a very exciting one; the question of higher education may be settled for some time by the election of Directors. It is strange that people of otherwise good common sense will oppose the erection of a much needed school building because of the small extra tax it will cost - some even going so far as to say that our boys and girls are getting too much education in our old 7 x 9 school house. Let us throw away our old fogy ideas, and come out in the bright light of progress and show by our votes that we approve of what our Directors have done.
THOMSON - Some of our people who have been drawing coal from Forest City, say the wagoning can not be beaten. We remember some years ago when they were building the Erie railroad that iron was drawn from Honesdale to Lanesboro through here all one winter on wagons.
RUSH - The Young People's Society of Christian Workers will give a necktie party at the house of S.F. Bolles on Friday evening, Feb. 9. Each lady will bring a necktie enclosed in an envelope with her name thereon; each gentleman will draw an envelope and will take the lady whose name is on the envelope to supper, at a cost of 25 cents.
GLENWOOD - S.B. Mott, Henry McCracken and Wm. Raub, of this place, went fishing one day recently at the Acre Pond, and succeeded in catching 103 pickerel. How is that for fish?
SPRINGVILLE - The firm of Strickland and Osborne, blacksmiths, was dissolved a few days since, Mr. Osborne retiring. Mr. Strickland will continue business at the old stand, having secured the services of Ray Culver, late of Eatonville, Pa., as assistant.
HOPBOTTOM - Javan Sterling has taken the Lathrop mail route.
CLIFFORD - Mrs. Elmina (Palmer) Kent, the oldest person now living in our township, celebrated the 90th anniversary of her birth on the 12th of the present month, at a gathering at the home of her nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Mack, at Lindaville, where she is spending the winter. Aunt Elmina, was born in Groton, CT, and when about 2 years of age her parents, Esek H. Palmer and Amy (Smith) Palmer, with their four children, came to Susquehanna Co., then sparsely settled and commenced making for themselves a home in the township of Brooklyn. She became the second wife of Robert Kent, who died in 1878. Elmina has been a woman of strong nerves, and as a rule has enjoyed good health, and since she reached the age of four score years, her movement has been much more like a 16 year old girl than like an old lady of her age.
HALLSTEAD - At the silk mill business seems very stagnant and a large number of employees have been laid off. Reports of every nature are circulated as well as the abandonment of this industry, but the management will give no information as to their plans. For six years the force employed in the mill has been as high as 100 and never less than 70.