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March 20 1903

March 20 (1903/2003)


Brooklyn - C.A. Corson's saw and feed mill near Brooklyn, together with the contents, was entirely destroyed by fire yesterday morning at about three o'clock. Sleighs, wagons, lumber, feed, etc., besides valuable machinery, composed the contents. Several small outbuildings were burned at the same time. There was no insurance, and the origin of the fire is a mystery. AND The oldest inhabitants report the month of March so far to be the warmest they ever remember. Mercury stood last Sunday, 64 degrees in the shade.


Montrose - The soda water season opened Tuesday and many were treated to a surprise in having the price per glass advanced from five to ten cents. The dealers claim that they are losing money in the making of this delightful summer drink. Montrose soda water is noted for its excellence and undoubtedly the profits are not large, as it assuredly surpasses that made in the cities. Our sympathy, nevertheless, is with the small boy. AND The thermometer registered over 70 degrees in the shade here yesterday, March 19, 1903. Paste that in your scrapbook.


Kingsley - Kingsley people want eight months of school, instead of seven as heretofore.


Heart Lake - The Cutler Bros., of Binghamton, have bought 8,000 tons of ice at Heart Lake. AND Mr. Cook, of Cook Brothers, of Binghamton, meat dealers, have lumber on the ground to commence a new cottage at Heart Lake, at once.


Forest City - A National Protective Legion has been organized at Forest City. They are successfully working in many neighboring towns and greatly benefiting the citizens in the places located.


Susquehanna - A Susquehanna minister, a few days ago, narrowly escaped being drenched by an irate person who was throwing a pail of water on some noisy youngsters playing marbles. It was a Baptist preacher, too. AND Frederick D. Lyons, Susquehanna county's oldest merchant, on Saturday celebrated his 84th birthday. He has been in business continuously in Susquehanna for 46 years and in Lanesboro ten years proceeding.


Hop Bottom - Canfield Stone will retire from the hotel business the first of April, he having leased his hotel to E.A. Sweet, of Gibson. Mr. Stone began hotel business in Rush twenty years ago. About eleven years ago he purchased the Niver House at Nicholson, which he ran successfully for two years. Nine years ago he bought the Foster House of Charley Kellum. "Can" is a natural hotel man being genial and accommodating. He is also quite a power in county politics. Mr. Stone will continue to reside here, he having rented rooms over the furniture store. He is a lover of outdoor sports and spends a portion of his time on the water and in the woods. One of his trophies is the head of the largest pickerel ever caught in this section.


Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. - Prof. Elmer Clapper and scholars of the Jersey Hill singing school, will give a concert on Thursday evening, March 19. AND In Auburn Centre the house of Mrs. Caroline Carlin, with its entire contents, was destroyed by fire, Thursday night, March 12. Cause unknown, but supposed to have been of incendiary origin. No insurance.


South Gibson - A shadow social and free entertainment, consisting of vocal and instrumental music by the M.E. choir and band, will be held in the McMacmara [sp?] Hall on Tuesday evening, March 24. Ladies are requested to bring lunch for two. Proceeds for new books for the choir.


Harford - It is with sorrow that we learned of the death of Mrs. P.H. Hawley. She leaves, besides a husband, five children, three of whom are under three years of age. AND Mumps are raging in Harford.


Jackson - Miss Nora Pickering, who was born in Jackson, has been appointed postmaster of Peckville, Pa.


Glenwood - Harry Potter will work his father's farm the coming season. As Harry has taken unto himself a life partner, his prospects for the future look bright indeed. AND Daniel Rought, who was hurt by the explosion, is gaining rapidly under the care of Dr. Decker.


Choconut - The stockholders of the Crystal Spring creamery have employed Mr. Rogers to take charge of the creamery for the coming season.


North Branch, Middletown Twp. -Babe Avis and Miss Cora Owens attended the dance at Delbert Camp's, in Middletown Centre.


News Briefs - The ice went out on Heart Lake on Thursday; also on Forest Lake. J.T. Potts, of Lakeside, says ice has not yet disappeared on Lakeside. AND With birds caroling, flowers blooming, and mud and mildness on every hand, the question arises as to what had become of the "terrible month of March." Some of the weather-wise say we will soon see people again riding in sleighs and the mercury only ten degrees above zero.  AND Many a boy has made a good impression when he did not even know he was being watched. Business men are continually watching the boys. If they see one boy come out of a saloon with a cigarette between his lips, and another with a clean collar on coming out of a Sunday School, it does not take long for them to decide which one of the boys they want to employ. Many business and professional men do a great many things themselves they don't want their boys to do. The great trouble with the average boy of today is his big head. AND The Wilkes-Barre men who were planning for a railroad from Williamsport to Binghamton, via Wyalusing, Birchardville, St. Joseph, Choconut and Vestal, took out a Pennsylvania charter for a road from Williamsport to the New York state line at Vestal, under the name of the Binghamton and Southern railroad. They also secured a charter covering the 15 miles from Binghamton to Vestal, under the name of the Broome Co. Railroad Co. [They have] capitol [of] $450,000 to hitch onto the line they have already had chartered in Pennsylvania. Hence, it is evident they have no intention of abandoning their project.

March 27 1903

March 27 (1903/2003)



Little Meadows - The following retail and wholesale businesses who pay the mercantile tax in Little Meadows are: Thomas Fitzmartin, Cigars; Frank Palmer, Feed; A.D. Brown & Co., General Merchandise; O.M. Garfield, General Merchandise;


Great Bend - Edward Ketchum, a young man 23 years of age, committed suicide on Sunday afternoon in the loft of a barn owned by Mrs. Ritter and situated a short distance from the Ketchum home. Young Ketchum, who had worked for some time in the Great Bend, at the chamois factory, went to work in the Erie shops at Susquehanna on the preceding Tuesday returning Saturday night in apparently good health and spirits. Sunday morning he borrowed a revolver from Frank Gifford. The report of two shots was heard in the afternoon by the elder Ketchum from the vicinity of the Ritter barn. Temporary insanity is given as the only explanation of the deed, but by some it is said his rash act was due to a quarrel between himself and a girl to whom he was greatly attached.


Montrose - The new store of J.V. Meehan will open on April 1st, at his headquarters in the Mulford store building, lately vacated by N. Warner. Mr. Meehan wishes to announce that he will carry everything in the line of a well-equipped and up-to-date grocery store. He respectfully invites a share of your patronage.


Susquehanna - Dr. J.J. Boyle, the health officer, is urging the people to clear up and disinfect their homes and to be vaccinated in view of the reported prevalence of small pox in this section. AND The "Wine, Woman and Song" company will appear in Hogan Opera House on Saturday morning.


Jackson - The survivors of the noted Pennsylvania Reserves are to have a grand reunion at Harrisburg, June 25-26. Two survivors of that famous command, C.T. Belcher and M.V. Larrabee, reside in Jackson. AND The Hallstead Baptist church has extended a call to the Rev. Herbert Pease, of Centermoreland, to be its pastor. Rev. Pease was born in Jackson and is a son of Geo. H. Pease and a cousin of Prof. Pease, principal of the Hallstead Public School, and was educated at Bucknell University.


Forest Lake - Mrs. Hanna Amelia Griffin is having a telephone put in at her home.


Springville - The proposed new road that was to have gone from near J.O. Lymans down by the quarries, and was let last fall, has been advertised for a re-letting on Saturday, next.


Brooklyn - Thursday morning, March 19, the steam saw mill of C. Corson burned to the ground. Fearing the barn would burn the cow and colt were turned out of doors loose. The colt ran away and has not yet been found. AND On March 4th, Willis T. Lee, a son of Mrs. Louesa Lee, of Brooklyn, was appointed a place on the staff of the U.S. Geological survey, Hydropathic department. He thinks his work for the early summer will be in Arizona.


Thomson - G.F. Spencer, who has sold his patent on steam heaters, intends to move to Scranton in the near future.


Lakeside - The graduating exercises of the graded school will be held at the church Friday evening, April 3. The graduates are: Lena Page, Grace Tingley and Earl Tourje. AND John Morse, a student in a medical college at Philadelphia, is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Morse.


East Bridgewater - Artie Roper and Anson Curtis caught a 'possim in a deadfall the other morning.


South Montrose - Pupils of the Wells school receiving high marks in spelling and percentage in studies the past month are: In spelling, Lillian Martin, 90; Hannah Martin, 100; Hazel Lake, 100; Hugh Jones, 90; Prichard Jones, 100; In percentage: Hazel Lake, 97 4-9; Prichard Jones, 96 7-9; Hannah Martin, 94, 2-3; Hugh Jones, 93 2-3; Emma Vail, 93 2-3.


North Branch, Middletown Twp. - Wm. H. Millard spent the fore part of the week at Towanda and brought home a fine Graphaphone. AND W.H. Clink has bought him a fine horse. AND John Bennett, of Jackson Valley, is moving to Montrose where he will keep a boarding house.


New Milford - U.B. Rice was kicked on the head by a horse. The blow rendered him unconscious and he suffered from the effects for some time, but no serious results followed.


South Gibson - James Risley has rented the hotel formerly kept by E.H. Sweet and Charles Bennett, of West Windsor, will occupy the house vacated by Mr. Risley.


Forest City - Henahan & Mahoney have opened a cigar factory in the Brown building.


Lenox -Mrs. Bessie Smith, widow of the late F. H. Smith, whose remains were laid to rest in the Tower cemetery less than three weeks ago, moved to her father's, D.N. Hardy recently, and Saturday night her only child, Lena, who would have been a year old April 2, died of gastric fever. Funeral from D.N. Hardy's residence on Tuesday. Mrs. Smith has the sympathy of all in her double bereavement. AND In Lenoxville, our schoolteacher, J.B. Handricks, has been compelled to give up his school here on account of the illness of his father, it is said, and there will be no school here for the balance of the term.


Uniondale - At a recent library meeting officers were elected for the ensuing year, as follows: Pres., Frank Lewis; Vice Pres., Alice Barriger; Secretary and Librarian, Daisy E. Bronson; Treas., J.F. Bass.


Stevens Point - There are persistent reports that there are a number of small-pox cases in Stevens Point, at the extreme eastern end of the county. A man returned from New Jersey, was taken sick, and the neighbors thought it was "the itch." It turned out to be a light form of small-pox and some of the neighbors have it and others have been exposed.

April 03 1903

April 03 (1903/2003)



Brooklyn - Having recently attended the "Vienna School of Millinery" in New York, for the purpose of becoming acquainted with the technical work in this line, I am pleased to announce that on and after Monday, March 30, 1903, I will be pleased to see any and all who desire work in this line. Mrs. S. B. Eldridge, Brooklyn, PA.


Friendsville - A successful term of school closed at the Baldwin schoolhouse, March 20th with Sarah C. Reilly as teacher. Miss Reilly intends visiting a month or so in Binghamton.


Montrose - On Tuesday evening "The New York Girl" will be the attraction at Village Hall in a two-act musical comedy, headed by Eulalie, a remarkably versatile and exceedingly clever young actress. The comedy is clean, crisp and up-to-date. It is interpreted by Eulalie, whose delicate handling of the title role of "Frolicksome Flo Flyaway" indelibly stamps her as the foremost of the profession; by well known comedians who introduce high class vaudeville and by bright pretty girls in singing and dancing numbers. AND The Farmers' National Bank was organized last Saturday. C.F. Pross, of Scranton, is to be cashier.


Susquehanna - Rev John A. Sophia and family have returned to Harford, their former home, to the general regret of the people here. AND Rev. Mr. Crydenwise, of Copenhagen, N.Y., the new rector, will begin his labors in Christ church next Sunday.


Uniondale - Bessie Coleman is preparing to attend State Normal School at Bloomsburg.


Auburn Corners - Effie Dunmore, a missionary in Mexico, is expected to leave there the first Monday in April; stopping in Chicago and some other cities, she hopes to reach her home here in May, where she will spend her vacation.


South Gibson - Dr. and Mrs. Davis will leave this week for their new home near Wilkesbarre, where he has secured a more lucrative place for his profession.


Harford - Those courageous enough to brave the severe storm Monday evening, were amply repaid by the entertainment given by the Juniata College Quartette; it was one of the finest entertainments ever given in Harford.


Brookdale - On March 7th, Mrs. Mary Travis was married to Mr. Douglass, and will live on her farm. And in Lawsville O.H. Chaffee has moved to California and his wife has moved to Corbettsville to live with her daughter, Mrs. C.A. LaSure.


Franklin Forks - The young lads of this place have organized a baseball nine.


Springville - The baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class will be preached by Rev. H.P. Walter at 11 o'clock in the Methodist church; the graduating exercises will be given at the academy instead of the church as stated in these items last week. The class of '03 numbers 13, as follows-Willie Pickard, pres; Anna Florence Dolan, vice pres; Beatrice Aldrich, treas; Nellie Bly Marcy, sec'y; Claude Carter, mantle orator; Ethel Mae Niebell, historian; Ross Carter, Class orator; Pearl Mae Pickard, prophecy; Lula Vera Squier, testator; Leigh Culver, poet; committee, Clarence Taylor, Carrie Magdalene Gray, Gretchen Carlin, Class Motto --Labore Vincimus.


East Lathrop - We are glad to state our two old veterans, Pardon Lindsey and Orwin Hinkley, have enjoyed fairly good health this winter. AND Miss Augelia Sweet and Miss Augusta Brotzman carried off the prizes in spelling at Maple Grove School.


Heart Lake - L.O. Farrar is putting a new roof on the icehouse, which was broken in by the heavy snow during the winter.


Auburn - P.C. Bushnell sold his entire stock of shoes to parties in Philadelphia. The writer learned of one of the parties that he had been engaged in this business ever since a boy. They go all over and buy old stocks of shoes and other goods and ship them in the southern states and make big sales by advertising shoes at ten cents a pair, which brings out thousands of people from which they realize a fine profit. Mr. B. has painted his storefront red, which means a dead slaughter on old shoes, and that a fine stock of the best and latest fashions will take their place.


Silver Lake - Neil F. Kane has accepted a position in the Susquehanna Erie shop.


Clifford - Douglas Miller, of Lenoxville, who died March 25, was buried the 28th in the Clifford Valley cemetery. Peter Rivenburg, our undertaker, was in attendance, driving on the hearse his nice team of creams. AND Mr. Higgins, representing the Royal Baking Powder Co., was in town last week, furnishing our merchants with several new designs of advertisements. He said that the company intends to furnish our neighboring town, Royal [named for the company], with a new Liberty pole in place of the broken one, and would send one of their new advertising flags in place of the old dilapidated one.


New Milford - Evi DeWitt, whose death occurred on Saturday, was a direct descendant of Tjerck Claeszn DeWitt, who came to this country from Holland in 1638 and settled in Kingston, N.Y. Moses DeWitt, the grandfather of Evi, was captain of militia and served with distinction in the Minisink war [Revolutionary War] in Orange and Sullivan counties. For his military service he was awarded a grant of land in Wantage, N.J., where he settled. Evi, the subject of this sketch, was born in the township of Montage, Sussex Co., N.J., November 14, 1819. When quite a young man he removed with his family to Brooklyn, Susq. Co. In 1843 he married Annie Elizabeth Wilson at Carbondale. They commenced housekeeping in Brooklyn, where they resided one year, and afterward removed to Nicholson for three years. In 1848 they removed to New Milford upon a farm situated just south of the borough, where Mr. DeWitt has resided since that time.


News Briefs: Stick to your flannels until they stick to you. This is the time of the year when in olden times our mothers would give us sulphur on bread and molasses. AND 120,000 pairs of shoes were manufactured at the Lestershire [now Johnson City] and Endicott factories the week ending March 14th, the largest in the world

April 10 1903

April 10 (1903/2003)



Great Bend - It is reported that there is only one surviving veteran of the Mexican War [1846-1848] in Susquehanna county-Dr. Ebenezer Gill, one of the State's oldest practitioners. AND Michael Kilrow, Sr., was in Binghamton, Monday, to have optical work done. This was the first time in 35 years that Mr. Kilrow has been outside of Great Bend Township.


Stevens' Point - The cases which have been called by some as Cuban chicken pox, German measles and various other names, were pronounced genuine smallpox by Dr. Lathrop, State Board of Health Inspector for Susquehanna county, on Friday last.


Silver Lake - J. Townsend Russell, of Brooklyn, NY, who has been building a very beautiful modern summer house here, will probably occupy it the coming summer, as the work on the building is now nearly completed. It has been in the course of construction for several months, a large force of workmen from Binghamton and vicinity being engaged in the work. This magnificent mansion, when entirely finished, will cost about $65,000 and will be up-to-date in the minutest detail. The structure is over 100 ft. in length and four stories high, and as it is situated on the border of one of the most entrancing and picturesque lakes in Pennsylvania it doubtless will prove as imposing as its surroundings.


Susquehanna - The base-ball season will open on Saturday, May 2, under the old management of Messrs. Kendrick and McGinty. Among the old players signed for this season are: O'Gara of Susquehanna, Pethich of Windsor, Taylor of Chicago and Wright of Washington. The diamond and grounds will be greatly improved.


Springville - W.W. Prichard has given up the wagon business and will either sell his shop or tear it down. AND Strickland and Winnie last week made ready a large derrick, which they took over to their quarry on Monday and erected. Their quarry is over on the Blakeslee farm below the old cheese factory.


Elk Lake - Died at his home, April 1, James A. Lathrop. The funeral was held at the house on Sunday at 1 o'clock. The Rev. Tilden of Birchardville, officiating. He [James] is survived by a widow and five children: Mrs. Fred Russell of Auburn; Mrs. Kathryn Gorr, Miss Anna Lathrop and Guy and Ralph Lathrop. Pall-bearers, Rodney Kent, J.G. Cart, Warren Lathrop, P.A. Linaberry, F.M. Gray, W.J. Brodhead. Burial in the Lathrop cemetery near the Lake.


Birchardville - Rev. Mr. Miller gave a good example of perseverance last Sunday. He was to preach here. By mistake he left the [railroad] cars at Hallstead instead of Alford and missed the train to Montrose where he could have taken the stage for the rest of the journey. After walking to within 5 miles of Silver Lake, he staid all night at a farm house, starting out again at day-break, Sunday, and passing through Silver Lake about 7 o'clock, determined to meet his appointment. It is hoped that his efforts to fulfill his promise were appreciated and rewarded by a larger audience than some of our churches in the country held on that cold, bleak Sabbath morning.


South Gibson - Supt. Moxley was professionally engaged here last Friday. He pronounced the graduating class here the best he has examined this year. This speaks well for Prof. McNamara. The graduates are the Misses Anna Moses and Osca Wright and Messrs. Fred McNamara, Scott Manzer, Ray Lewis and Fred Pickering.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - We are glad to welcome Mr. Nelson Cool and family. Mr. Cool has purchased the property formerly known as the Jagger place, it having been owned by the Jagger family since the year 1837, when E.J. Jagger bought it from David Sherer. He [Sherer] purchased it a few years before from its first owner, Mr. Wallbridge.


Little Meadows - The Iron Bridge Creamery is to be run this summer by Herman Card. AND Charles Downs recently purchased the promising young horse, Robert Douglas."


Thomson - The Alex Campbell Milk company has placed in the creamery the Miller Pasteurizing apparatus which will insure its customers pure milk.


Montrose - The old Mulford stand [now the site of the Montrose Theater], which has been the scene of great activity as a grocery store in years gone by, is again serving the same purpose and presents a bright, wholesome appearance, as conducted by John. V. Meehan.


Middletown - If the father of that bill which gives teachers $35 lived in Middletown, I think he would be in favor of some amendments to it. In the first place we can hire the teachers that we will get for $20 just as well as $35. Our teachers are satisfied with the going wages, as there are three teachers for every school at the present salaries. The most of our schools do not number over 7 or 8 pupils, and are not at all advanced. If our township were divided into two districts, then we might be able to pay better wages and have better schools. A teacher to demand $35 per month should be required to be up to a certain standard in order to teach. AND Flynn is to have a telephone to Birchardville and Friendsville in the near future, $100 having already been subscribed for the putting in of the line.


Clifford - Walter Spedding shipped 200 barrels of cold storage apples recently and E.G. Green sowed one half acre of onions, March 18, pretty early. AND D.L. Potter recently returned form a business trip to Tennessee where he has large lumbering interests.


News Brief - It was a "LeRoy Plow" that plowed that rough new land without breaking. It was a "LeRoy Plow" that ploughed the hard dry ground where others failed. It was a "LeRoy Plow" that ploughed that sticky clay and made work easy for man and team. It was a "LeRoy" Reversible Plow that plowed the steep side hill. It is a "LeRoy" Reversible Plow that will do good work on flat land doing away with all furrows leaving your land level and suitable for all crops. For sale by J.C. Harrington, Montrose; P.C. Bushnell, Auburn 4 Corners; A.O. Dunlap, Springville; F.S. Warner, Forest Lake; H.R. Bertholf, Rushboro; E.D. Benjamin, West Lenox; Uzal Kinney, Rush; or W.E. Ross, Lenoxville.

April 17 1903

April 17 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - The Erie shop men will receive their ducats on Friday. It will be the largest pay in years. There are now about 1,000 men in the shops. AND The Susquehanna Transcript on Saturday came out with a high-colored Easter cover. Brother Birchard is getting gay.


Lanesboro - A fatal accident took place at the home of Mrs. Ruby Cook near Lanesboro, Monday afternoon. Her 2-year old son was found in a room with a bullet wound in its head. It lived but a short time. Near it was a revolver. It is not known whether the child shot himself while playing with the weapon, or was shot by his 12-year-old brother who was about the house.


Forest Lake - Frank Chalker shot 8 wild ducks on the lake on Saturday. AND There will be several new cottages built at the Lake this summer. C. C. Wells, Myron Bradshaw and Dr. Taylor are grading off the ground for picnic parties, which will make it very pleasant around the lake.


Brandt - The Brandt Clay Product Co. expect to commence the manufacture of brick soon. The capacity will be 26,000 per day.


Brooklyn - C.H. Ely is grubbing out the stumps of the large pine trees that stood in front of the Ashley homestead and which was [were] the old land marks of the town until recently sold to C.H. Tiffany at $1 each. AND Brooklyn has a tax collector. After a long and stubborn contest between two worthy candidates, N.E. Packard landed the prize, receiving the appointment on Monday. Mr. Packard has held the office for the past three years and has proven himself a careful official.


South Montrose - Miss Jennie Wells closed a very successful term at the Bunnell school last Thursday. As a token of regard her pupils presented her with a very fine silk umbrella.


Auburn - Leslie Lathrop, who went from here three years ago to DeKalb, Ill., and became an expert barber, has recently taken a fair young bride of that city. AND Mart Lake butchered 13 hogs last week for the Scranton market. AND In Retta, Claude Ross and Lucy Carter have returned home from Springville, where they were attending school the past winter. Claude and Lucy were members of the graduating class.


Lynn - The special services Palm and Easter Sunday combined, on April 5th, were largely attended and well enjoyed by the congregation. The Sunday school pupils did their parts of the program well. The pulpit was decorated with houseplants all in full bloom, and palms made it look grand. AND Edwards and Titman clip horses.


Montrose - Mr. Denniston, of Rochester, is here to assist C.L. Stone in installing the new Stromberg & Carlson switchboard for the Montrose Telegraph & Telephone Company. He is putting in a switchboard and fittings for the local company second to none. AND And now it is possible Montrose will have a cut-glass factory.


Glenwood - Mrs. Goss, an old lady living in this place, had some of the limbs of her young trees broken off. The right one will be caught, as there are watchers on the lookout; then look out!


Lenox - A letter from G.W. Mapes, Lenox, Pa., relates "An Incident in the Life of [Galusha A.] Grow." "It was in the winter of 1862 that the writer of this article was in camp at Suffolk, Virginia. Our Regiment were drafted men, and had left home with slender means to provide any luxuries for themselves, very many of the boys having families at home dependent upon them for support. What little money they had at the time of departure from home, in many instances the last dime was given with a sigh and a tear from the little ones left behind. Thus it was with empty purse, we were without means to purchase a few articles of stationery to communicate our thoughts to absent ones. In this dilemma it was suggested to the writer to communicate with Grow, at Washington, to loan a small sum of money to buy the needed supplies. A week elapsed and no tidings, when lo! On the morning of December 30th, who should ride into camp but the estimable wife of Frederick Grow and Galusha A. himself. There is no recipient living of Grow's bounty that day that will ever forget while life lasts. The boys were generously supplied with fractional currency and as much stationery as the occasion required. How many hearts were gladdened by this act of generosity it is needless to say, but this much we do know, that histories of love and tenderness were written on those blank pages that night. The prevailing sentiment at that time was and is now-Loyalty to our country and gratitude to Grow."


Bridgewater Twp. - A pleasant event, and one long to be remembered in the minds of the pupils, also their parents, was a Flag Raising held at the Sprout School House in Northwest Bridgewater, on Thursday afternoon, April 6, 1903. It was planned to have this in connection with a patriotic entertainment on Washington's birthday, but owing to a delay in getting the flag, it was postponed and took place on the above date, the closing day of school. After the indoor exercises, the school marched out and encircled the beautiful hickory pole, which had been cut, peeled and placed in position by the patrons of the school, and then raised the handsome flag, repeating as they did so, the pledge. After this all joined in singing, "Red, White and Blue," and the company of happy school children dispersed, patrons as well as pupils thanking the energetic and painstaking teacher, Miss Annie Brewster, for her labors in connection with the event which brought so much joy and pleasure to all present.


Uniondale - An entertainment will be held in the M.E. church under the auspices of the Temperance Alliance. The Thomson male quartet and Uniondale female quartet will render music.


News Brief - A colony of 45 farmers from Mifflin county left Lewistown, Pa., for North Dakota, where they will take up claims and enter agricultural pursuits. A greater portion of these have been tenants on the most fertile farms in Juniata valley. They have sold their effects and left, asserting they could no longer compete with western farmers in crop raising. Several other colonies expect to leave in a short time.

April 24 1903

April 24 (1903/2003)



Harford - The Commencement exercises will be held in the Congregational church, Friday evening, April 24. There are three graduates, Carol McConnell, Mame Gleason, and Gladys McConnell.


South Montrose - The business of the South Montrose lumber company has grown to such a magnitude they found it necessary to employ a book-keeper and Jennie Wells has been appointed to the position.


Susquehanna - Two tramps, John Burns and Thomas griffin, who recently were released from the County jail on Saturday lured Geo. Hoadley, aged 15, of Great Bend Township-who had been at work on the Oakland Side, to a box car in the Erie yard here, and after brutally assaulting him, robbed him of $12 in cash, and a portion of his clothing. (Hoadley received his month's pay and started for the depot, intending to go to his home and give his widowed mother the money). After a struggle, chief-of-police McMahon and Officer Palmer captured the rascals in Oakland township, and were arraigned before Justice Williams, charged with robbery and felonious assault, and an additional charge against Griffin of drawing a knife upon Chief McMahon. The prisoners are in the Montrose jail to await the action of the Grand Jury.


Kingsley - Isabel Goss has returned from Binghamton; she has dressmaking apartments at Mrs. C.C. Steere's.


Little Meadows - The boiler at the Iron Bridge creamery exploded Tuesday. Fortunately no one was injured. AND A.C. Lowe is making arrangements for an old fashioned school exhibition, consisting of recitation, songs, dialogues, etc., to be held at the hall, Friday evening, May 1st. Proceeds to swell the fund for the school library.


South Gibson - Eldridge Pickering met with a serious accident while returning from Montrose last Friday evening. When about 2 miles from home he started across the fields and in the darkness lost the path and walked off the ledges on the W. Gardner farm-8 feet high and struck on stones below where he lay unconscious for some time. When he came to, he saw a light going over the hill and he called for help. Geo. Davis & C. Pickering came to his assistance and helped him home, where he is confined to the house with lameness and numerous bruises.


Hopbottom - At the reception at Burt Gardner's on Thursday evening, April 16, in honor of their oldest son, Judson, and his bride, 90 relatives and friends spent a very pleasant evening and left some very nice tokens, including a bedroom suite, dining room set, quantity of silver lamps, toilet towels, linen and lots of other things. All returned to their homes whishing them a long and happy life.


Great Bend - Miss Nellie O'Neill died last Sunday, April 19, after several days' illness at her parents' home. The young lady expired in her mother's arms and the shock following her death prostrated the mother, who failed rapidly until Monday evening when death released her from all sorrow and suffering. Mrs. O'Neill was about 55 years of age and her husband, Thomas O'Neill, three sons and three daughters survive. The funeral of mother and daughter was held in St. Lawrence's church yesterday morning at ten.


Springville - Large quantities of stone are being shipped from here via the Lehigh Valley. Springville stone has won and is still winning a famous reputation.


Montrose - At the close of court last Thursday afternoon, F.I. Lott, Esq., announced to those present that the tree sent from Nebraska by Mr. [Daniel] Freeman, the first Homesteader, it being a tree grown on the first pre-emption claim under the Grow Homestead Act, would be set out on a prominent corner of Monument Square, county grounds, and invited those present to come out and assist and witness the planting, which they did, persons from different parts of the county taking part, following which Mr. Lott, chairman of the "Welcome Home to Grow" committee, was called upon for some remarks and responded in a happy and appropriate vein.


Choconut - E.J. Stanley had a wood bee Thursday and quite a number from Choconut and vicinity attended.


Alford - Thirteen ladies, friends of Mrs. I.D. Conrad, joined her in sewing carpet rags and sewed thirty-two pounds.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Ladies Aid met with Mrs. Laura Shelp on Friday. About 20 were present. All had a good time. A most excellent dinner was served, after which our Pres., Miss Laura Shelp, in a few well chosen words, presented to Mrs. Cochrane a very handsome quilt as a token of the high esteem in which the pastor and wife are regarded by those in this place. Mrs. Cochrane responded expressing her thanks for and appreciation of the same. Soon came time to separate and all departed feeling that the day had been well and pleasantly spent.


Gibson - Omar Olin brought a suit for damages received by falling through what he alleges was an unsound and defective bridge in Gibson township. Presently on trial.


Hallstead - James Banker was appointed High Constable to fill the unexpired term of R. Terboss, who has removed from this place.


Towanda - William Barnes and his son went to the jail here this afternoon and shot Charles Brooks, a tramp, who was arrested on Sunday for assaulting Barnes' 13 year-old daughter. Father and son planned it so that they would both have a hand in the shooting. They had no difficulty in getting into the jail, as it was visiting day and they were not recognized. When they got to Brooks' cell they boy took a revolver from his pocket and handed it to his father. Barnes fired two shots through the cell door at Brooks. Then he handed the revolver back to his son, saying: "My son, we have done our duty." One bullet struck Brooks in the hand and the other lodged in his breast. He is not seriously hurt. Barnes and his son were arrested and taken before the grand jury, which was in session. The grand jury refused to indict them on the ground that they were justified in shooting Brooks. They were cheered as they left the jail.

May 01 1903

May 01 (1903/2003)


Susquehanna - The baseball season will open on Saturday next with a game between the local team and the Great Bend club. The band will be present and the Burgess will throw the first ball. AND The Oakland Sewerage system is being enlarged.


Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - The Ladies' Aid met at the school house Thursday and made a quilt for Marble Gay's people, who had the misfortune to be burned out recently, with no insurance. The quilt was presented to them the next day by Mrs. L. Carter and Mrs. Retta Fuller; and also a can of fruit contributed by each member of the Aid Society.  In South Auburn Daniel Jayne, who was ill with a fever sore on his leg, has gone to Sayre Hospital and was operated upon. Later-he had one leg amputated. AND Marion, the little daughter of Ern Lott, who has been ill with scarlet fever, has recovered. Every precaution has been used to prevent the spread of the disease; bedding and carpet burned and house thoroughly fumigated.


Hopbottom - A serious accident happened to Henry Lindsley on his way home from this place, where he had been working with his team. He stopped at the watering trough to let his horses drink, walked out on the tongue to let down the checks, and by some means slipped off and fell right between the horses. The wagon ran over him and four ribs were broken, besides getting terribly bruised. The horses ran a short distance and were caught. AND A boy, the second grandson in the family, arrived at the home of John Hortman.


South Montrose - The Long Distance Telephone has recently been installed in the store of Moody and Lake.


Lawsville Centre - A game of baseball was played Saturday last between the Lawsville and Franklin Forks team. Game stood 17 to 9 in favor of Franklin Forks.


Franklin Forks - The Junior League received some Chinese coin from China, sent by Joseph Beach, a missionary there, as a token of love to the Juniors for the missionary money they sent to China last year. Each Junior had a coin, which is valued at one-fourth of a cent in our money. AND All who attend the Decoration at Lawsville, May 30th, and bring lunch will find a nice place to leave their baskets at creamery hall; it is a fine place for eating lunches also.


Lenox - James Snyder was born in Clifford, Feb. 28, 1818 and died in Lenox on March 5th, 1903. He was one of the pioneers of Lenox Township, having settled there when 18 years of age. Here by industry and economy he cleared and improved nearly 200 acres of wilderness and in the long struggle of those early days developed the strong vigorous character so often found among the pioneers of our country. He was a member of the first Methodist church organized at South Gibson in 1838 and remained a member until his death. In 1838 he united in marriage to Miss Louisa Pickering, daughter of Corbett Pickering, one of the pioneers of Gibson. For many years their home was a model Methodist house-hold, with its family altar, its Christian literature and its old fashioned hospitality to the circuit preachers. Death claimed three of the six children born to him and in 1874 the wife of his youth was called to the better land. In 1876 he was married to Miss Susan Andrews of Condor, N.Y., who with three children by his former marriage survive him. Although he lived for some years upon "borrowed time" as he expressed it, both mind and body retained their faculties to the last. When 76 years of age he wrote most interesting reminiscences of his life as a pioneer, and each succeeding birthday his ready pen carried to some of his loved ones the strong vigorous thoughts of this Father in Israel. In 1902, on his 84th birthday, he writes. "The Lord has seen fit to prolong my life to four score and four years this day, with a sound mind and eyesight to read an ordinary newspaper without glasses. In renewing my past life and all its providences I am lost in wonder love and praise."


Herrick - It is reported that the new State fish hatchery for this section will be located at Herrick.


Montrose - The positive demand for the legitimate drama, rendered in an adequate manner, has literally forced the production of Shakespeare's beloved play, "Romeo and Juliet." The Simville presentation of the beautiful love story will be staged and costumed in such a manner as to delight taste of all refined people. Scenery, costumes, properties and effects, will all be made especially for this one complete production to be given at Village Hall next Friday evening. AND T.D. Lyons rode over from Binghamton Sunday morning on his motor cycle, returning in the afternoon. "Ted" made the trip over in about two hours, not withstanding the poor roads.


New Milford - A collision between a freight and passenger train on the Erie near Red House, N.Y., April 20, caused a wreck in which 8 persons were killed and several injured. One of the passengers injured was Mrs. [Lydia, wife of Norman] Foote, an old resident of New Milford and a sister of D.D. Lathrop of Montrose. Mrs. Foote has been totally blind for several years and is now past 80 years of age. She was on her way to New Milford from St. Paul, Minn. She heard the crash of the collision and soon the debris of the wreck came into the coach and surrounded her so that she could not get out. The shock stunned her so she did not fully realize her situation and did not know that others were killed in the same coach. She soon heard two men say, "we must get this old lady out." They took her out of the window and her head was cut with glass and her side was bruised, but as yet no serious injuries are discovered. Her trunks with all their contents were burned in the wreck. It seems miraculous that she escaped with her life. The cars burned up.


Ararat - Mrs. Freelove Brooks celebrated her 84th birthday last Tuesday.


Thompson - Thomas Lister was recently married to a lady of that vicinity. There is nothing particularly remarkable about that, except, perhaps, that he is 85 years of age and his bride is 60. [Thomas Lister died in 1905. His obituary states, "A dozen years ago he was a resident of Carbondale, and on each birthday it was his habit to walk fifty miles...His only near survivor is his wife."]


Springville - On the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley railroad, which is being made standard gauge, the iron is nearly up to Lynn station, two miles below Springville. A larger force of men is to be put on and the work pushed to completion.

May 08 1903

May 08 (1903/2003)



Auburn Twp. - The Jersey Hill Creamery Co., on Monday, April 27, shipped 2,200 pounds of fine gilt-edge butter.


Hallstead - The Commencement exercises will be held in the Baptist church, Tuesday evening, May 19. Miss Julie Cruser, reader, of Montrose, will assist during the evening. Music will be furnished by Prof. Charles Cohen, of Montrose. The members of the graduating class are: Loda Sloat, Leta Simrell, Cecil Ross, Len Barnes, Florence Swartz, Parna Wolcott, Hylie O'Dell and Lizzie McCormack. The Baccalaureate sermon will be preached by Rev. H. M. Pease. AND Plans are being discussed for the erection of an addition to the Hallstead Y.M.C.A. building and much attention is being given to the subject by the male citizens of that town. AND The new bell has been placed in the belfry of the Methodist church.


Montrose - For some time those who have been at all interested in the work of securing a profitable industry for this place have known that the board of trade was negotiating with a Brooklyn, N.Y. firm who wished to locate a factory for the manufacture of cut glass in some suitable town. The transaction being now completed, with the exception of a few minor details, we are enabled to divulge the facts relative to the securing of this highly desirable industry. It is expected that the plant will employ from 30 to 40 persons.


The wages paid the cutters and other workmen are much higher than those paid the average factory employee, and while only skilled labor is used there is always a chance for young men to secure apprenticeships and work their way up.


Susquehanna - The Erie has put a cheese train on the road: two trains of salt passed eastward on Monday night. A large quantity of livestock is going east. AND Our milkmen have reduced the price of milk from 6 to 5 cents per quart.


Alford - O.W. Titus and son, Jess, have gone to Lestershire to work in the shoe factory. AND Mrs. Jos. Oakley, owing to the death of her son, Lee, who had been conducting her farm, will sell all her personal property, on the Jos. Oakley farm, near Alford, on Saturday, May 16. The young man's death was a severe blow to Mrs. Oakley and she has the sympathy of many friends.


Springville - Lyman Meserole and Welton Sheldon have gone to take a course at Cayuga College.


Harford - There will be a bee next Wednesday at the Congregational church; the gentlemen are to look after the grounds and sheds and the ladies clean the church and serve dinner.


South Gibson - A very sad accident occurred here Monday, April 27th, to little Josephine Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark, aged 7 years. She told her mother she would commence the dinner while she finished the washing. While putting in chips to start the fire, her apron caught fire and she ran screaming out of doors, enveloped in flames. Before her mother could get to her, her clothes were nearly all burned off. She was terribly burned about the body. Dr. Cole, of Jackson, was called but in spite of medical aid and tender aid death came to her relief at 8 p.m. the same day. Her funeral was held the following Wednesday at the M.E. church, Pastor Gorisse officiating. A large number of relatives from Forest City and surrounding towns were present. The white casket was covered with beautiful flowers. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have the sympathy of all, in this their first great sorrow.


Dimock - Wm. Gray has taken Horace Greeley's advice and gone west.


North Branch [Middletown Twp.] - The home of Martin Curley, of Flynn, was burned on Thursday last. The fire caught from the chimney. Mr. and Mrs. Curley have the sympathy of the community.


Birchardville - Fred S. Birchard is home from the Medical College at Philadelphia, where he has passed his examinations successfully. He will return to commencement in two weeks and will soon be a full-fledged M.D.


Glenwood - Mrs. Kate Hall has got settled in her new home in this place. Anyone coming this way hungry can find plenty to eat at Mrs. Hall's. Also good stabling for horses. This is as it should be.


North Jackson - Willie Cox, a son of Emory Cox, of North Jackson, in attending school at Bear Swamp, in Thompson township, has not missed a day in five years.


Uniondale - Miss Gertrude Tucker, daughter of Charles Tucker, the harness maker, is now a resident of Los Angeles, California, where she went recently. Mr. Tucker and his family expect to go to same place in August.


Hopbottom - One of the pleasantest hostelries in the county is the house kept by E.H. Sweet, at Hopbottom. The arrangements are first-class and the table unexcelled. The place is becoming very popular with the traveling public.


New Milford - The Moses Shields Stone company, of New Milford, have a traction engine on trial hauling stone from the Everett quarry to the dock in New Milford. If it proves a success it will be purchased and continued in use in the future. Two stone wagons are coupled on to the engine and about fifteen tons are brought from the quarry each trip.


News Briefs - The original Declaration of Independence is to be seen no more. An order has been issued that henceforth the historic manuscript shall be kept under lock and key in a fire-proof safe. AND Illinois ranks first among the states in the manufacture of agriculture implements, bicycles, cars, glucose and distilled liquors and in slaughtering and meat packing. AND The factory girls of Worcester, Mass., use four tons of snuff every week. It is shipped from Chicago. AND The longer a boy is tied to his mother's apron-strings the nearer he is to success when he does cut loose.

May 15 1903

May 15 (1903/2003)



North Jackson - Fire broke out about 7 o'clock Thursday evening of last week in the farm dwelling house of Mrs. Chauncey VanAllen, residing near North Jackson, and burned the farm buildings, consisting of the house and contents, barn and wood house. The origin of the fire is not known but is supposed to have caught from the chimney in the house. The high wind, absence of water and scarcity of help gave the fire a free hold and sweep and raged until all that was combustible was consumed. But little was saved from the lower floor of the house, and although the loss was heavy, there was only an insurance of $400.


Forest City - The musical entertainment given by the National Protective Legion of Forest City was a great success. The program, with the exception of the address by George A. Scott, the National secretary, and two selections by the orchestra from Carbondale, which also furnished music for the dancing, was entirely of home talent and was well rendered. Ice cream and cake were served.


Montrose -In former years, when there was a North Main street running out of Public Avenue at the north, it was proper enough to call the street running out of it at the south, "South Main street." But North Main street was changed to Lake Avenue years ago and since there is not a North Main street, nor even a plain Main street, it is somewhat awkward to have a South Main street. Why not give it a shorter and less awkward name? Why not call it, for instance, Post Avenue, in honor of one of Montrose's most industrious citizens, Wm. M. Post, Esq., his home long occupied by him and still owned by him, being a prominent feature of this thoroughfare. Other Posts were among the earlier settlers too, and it would not be out of the way to name an avenue for them. But if not Post avenue, make it something else, so as to dispose of the incongruous name, "South Main street."


Great Bend - A crank came running into a Great Bend newspaper office and said that a man had swallowed a two-foot rule and died by inches. The editor started out at once to learn further particulars of the death, and meeting the doctor, told him about the case. He said that was nothing, that he had a patient once that swallowed a thermometer and died by degrees. A couple of bystanders then chipped in. One of them said it reminded him of a fellow down in Laceyville that swallowed a pistol and went off easy. The other said he had a friend in Skinners Eddy who took a quart of applejack and died in good spirits.


Friendsville - To the people of Friendsville and vicinity. Frank Flynn & Co. having several years experience in the undertaking business at Pittston, Pa, have rented rooms opposite Flannigan's Hotel. The rooms are stocked with caskets of the latest design or pattern. All new stock and a complete burial outfit. Call and see before purchasing elsewhere. A good hearse in attendance at all funerals.


Susquehanna - A few of the very oldest employees have been discharged from the Erie shops. AND The Erie detectives have asked for an increase in wages from $50 to $50 per month.


Hop Bottom - Our creameries are working five men daily.


Silver Lake - What threatened to be a serious fire was started Saturday by burning a brush heap. A quantity of rail fence was destroyed; the fire then burned over a meadow, crossed the road and burned a strip of woods on the bank of Cranberry Lake. A large force of men fortunately stopped its progress before it reached the deep woods surrounding the lake.


Kingsley - Miss Allyce Capron has millinery rooms in the new store building of her father, E. C. Capron. She has a fine line of millinery goods, and solicits the patronage of the ladies.


Kingsley - Dr. Noble, of Forest City, will have dental rooms over Reynold's store, and will be here Wednesday and Thursday of each week. AND It is rumored that the creamery comp'y has sold out to a New York firm, who will erect a cheese factory.


St. Josephs - The death of Mrs. Anna Kelly, beloved wife of Simon Kelly, occurred at her late home on Thursday, May 7, 1903, after an illness of several days with pneumonia. Possessed of a strong and affectionate character, adorned by many womanly and Christian graces, she had endeared herself as a sincere and worthy friend to all whom she met in the closer walks of life. As a true, devoted mother, she linked herself heart to heart with her children-thus making a happy home for them, and one that was "good to enter." Mrs. Kelly, who was a life-long resident of St. Josephs, was 58 years of age. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Matthew and James, and three daughters, Maggie, Mary and Daisy; two sisters, Mary and Maggie O'Reilly; and four brothers, Father Michael O'Reilly of Danville, Father James O'Reilly of the Cathedral in Scranton, Father Edward O'Reilly of Waverly and Aloysius O'Reilly of St. Josephs. Two brothers, Father's John and Patrick, died several years ago. Mrs. Kelly was the daughter of the late Terence O'Reilly, who was at one time postmaster of St. Joseph, and a niece of Very Rev. John Vincent O'Reilly, the pioneer priest of northern Pennsylvania. Seven priests attended the funeral.


News Briefs - Blacksmiths are reaping a harvest now. On account of the almost continuous wet weather the past two years the tires have kept tight and snug, but the present period of dry weather has caused the wood to shrink and in order to keep the vehicles from rattling to pieces, it necessitates the resetting of tires and the readjustment of the other iron work. AND Gov. Pennypacker has signed the judge's salary bill and the salary of the judge of Susquehanna Co., after Jan. 1, 1904, will be $6000 per annum, an increase of $2000 per year. AND Twenty-one ministers of the M.E. Conference wear the G.A.R button [Grand Army of the Republic-Civil War veterans]. AND The Milwaukee Division of the International Harvesting Co., of America, manufacturers of harvesting machinery, on May 5th, through their local agents, M. Harris, Rush, S.A. Stone, Forest Lake, and B.I. Robinson & Son, Montrose, assisted by J. W. Kinney, traveler, and S.H. Miller, block man, distributed a car of Mower's, reapers and rakes among the farmers of the vicinity. These goods are fast coming into use, being noted for durability, lightness of draft and easiness in operating. After loading their machines the farmers drew up in line, making a fine display, and were photographed by Photographer Bronson, before leaving for home.

May 22 1903

May 22 (1903/2003)



Bridgewater - Some of the finest stone ever found in this region has just been discovered on C.W. Hoyt's farm near Williams' Pond. The tract covers considerable area and is easy of access and being on the edge of a ravine it affords a convenient place for the dumping of waste material and superfluous dirt and rock which accumulates during the process of quarrying. The leading quarrymen of this vicinity who have examined the stratus and geological formation, state that there is no doubt regarding its value, while Scranton parties estimate its worth in the neighborhood of $35,00. The stone lies very close to the surface which makes the expense of uncovering but a small sum, thus greatly reducing the cost of quarrying.


Susquehanna - The commencement exercises of the Susquehanna High School will be held in Hogan Opera House on Thursday evening, June 11. The class of 1903 is composed of the following: Emma Maud Ash, Ruth Ella Matthews, Lela May Outwater, Cora Eloise Persons, Della Frances Townsend, Martha Virginia Topping, Nellie Jane Tucker, Charles Robert Carrington. AND Henry Church, for many years employed by the Erie as a switchman, died suddenly at an early hour on Sunday morning, of paralysis. He is survived by a widow and four children and was a veteran of the Civil War.


Franklin Forks - B.C. Vance left for Kansas on Tuesday last. He expected to meet John Snow of Conklin, who is to accompany him; their destination is the Soldiers' Home.


Springville - S.O. Culver has been engaged to repaint the Hungerford store building; also Dr. Lathrops' tenant house. He is also painting W. B. Lathrop's at Elk Lake, Handrick Miles' near Pleasant Grove School House and F.C. Risley's at East Lynn. He has two helpers. AND We understand that Polk Aldrich has purchased the old wagon shop occupied by Pritchard and also a strip of land down near the old church, where he expects to move and convert said shop into a dwelling.


Montrose - Three men have arrived from Brooklyn, N.Y., to start work in the cut glass factory, more are coming. It is expected the whole factory will be moved to Montrose by July 1st. AND Dr. W. W. Smith is the inventor of a very practical corn husker. It enables one man to perform an increased amount of work without making the hands sore. A patent has been applied for.


South Montrose - Miss Anna Decker, a former teacher of Susquehanna county, now of Tempe, Arizona, daughter of Silas Decker, of South Montrose, has been given the principalship of one of Tempe's first schools.


Clifford - Tan Wells has lost his hired man, Grover Sickler. His father, who has been absent for nearly two years, came here last Thursday and took his boy away with him, did not state what he was going to do with him or where he was going to take him.


Auburn - Mart Lake's fine road horse died from lock-jaw. This making two with the one that he was compelled to kill a few days ago, owing to a broken leg. His kind neighbors made him a plowing bee.


Jackson - Rev. Almon Stearns, one of the oldest Baptist ministers in Northeastern Pa., died at the residence of Frank Doud in Gibson Twp., May 9, 1903. He went to his room as usual that evening and Sunday morning was found dead in his chair, with the lamp still burning. He was nearly 82 years of age and had been pastor of churches in Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. His only child, Rev. Austin Stearns, died in Clifford some fourteen years ago, and his wife died ten years ago. He had been in failing health for some months. He died on the farm adjoining his birthplace.


Elk Lake - Alonzo Shelp recently lost his only cow. Friends raised money to buy him another.


Glenwood - Memorial Day preparations by Capt. Lyons Post, G.A.R. are as follows: General Order No. 1: The return of May brings to our minds that one more year has past and many of our comrades have folded their tents and lain down to their sleep that knows no waking to earthly cares. Hence all comrades are requested to assemble at headquarters Sunday, May 24, at 2 P.M. and march to the first M.E. church to attend divine worship.


On May 30 Memorial services will be held at Tower cemetery. Post 85, with all old veterans, and Russell Phillips Camp Sons of Veterans, will assemble at Tower church at 10:30 sharp, form in column, march to cemetery and strew garlands upon our late comrades' graves, then dismiss for dinner.


Call to order at 1:30 for more public services. Addresses by our comrade, the Rev. P. R. Tower, of Thompson. All patriotic people are requested to unite with us in this beautiful service. The Sunday schools and other societies are requested to assist by furnishing flowers for the occasion. Ladies' Aid will furnish dinner. By command of Post: D.N. Hardy, Adjutant; Thos. Alderson, Post Commander.


New Milford - Colonel and Mrs. C. C. Pratt are at their home in New Milford where the colonel is looking after the erection of the public library that he has now nearing completion, and which will be donated to the use of the people in New Milford and immediate vicinity.


Thomson - Fire destroyed three or four hundred cords of four-foot wood for Mr. Crossley on the Jackson Chandler lot in Thomson, besides much other damage for the farmers in that vicinity the past few days.


News Briefs - During the 19th century 200 ships, numberless lives and over $30,000,000 were lost in futile efforts to reach the north pole. AND The building of enormous canals is in the air. Canada is ahead of the United States in providing water transportation from Lake Superior to the Atlantic, having flanked Niagara Falls with a ship canal. But the State of New York is going to convert the Erie canal into a ship canal at an expense of over 100 million dollars. AND The old-fashioned sunbonnet-the kind our mothers used to wear-promise to be much in evidence at the fashionable resorts during the coming season. AND If new tinware is rubbed over with fresh lard, then thoroughly heated in the oven before it is used, it will never rust afterward, no matter how much it is put into water.

May 29 1903

May 29 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - The Canawacta Water Supply company, will in a few days, begin the work of bringing the water of Comfort's Pond, in Thompson township, to Susquehanna, a distance of 5 miles. AND In the high school building on Tuesday evening, the pupils produced "Cinderella in Flower-land." There was an exhibit of school work. AND Rev. Father Miles J. Millane, curate of St. Thomas Aquinas' Church, in Archbald, Pa., died on Wednesday morning, May 27, 1903, at 12:20 a.m., of paralysis. Father Millane was born at Susquehanna 43 years ago. He was educated in the public school of his native place, and after his graduation he entered St. Bonaventure's College to prepare for the priesthood. After finishing school Bishop O'Hara adopted him for the Scranton Diocese and after ordination he was assigned a place at the Cathedral. In 1901 he was sent by Bishop Hoban to Archbald to assist Father Comerford. Father Millane is survived by his father, a brother and a sister, all of Susquehanna.


Hallstead - The following young people picnicked at Loomis Gorge, Friday-Mary Perry, Grace Read and Maud Trowbridge of this place; Virginia Alden of Conklin, and Jeanette Holdrich of Binghamton, and Emmet Osterhout, Simeon Fish, William Schibbly, Archie Fisk and William Harvey.


Auburn Corners - P. C. Bushnell has purchased a new road wagon and Glen Voss a new buggy.


Hopbottom - We have several octogenarians in this place namely, Mrs. Emily Reese 86, Mrs. Pease 82, Miss Cynthia Davidson 82, Wm. P. Crandall 80, Philino Crandall 80.


Montrose - Leo Mahon, for several years a clerk in J. L. Quailey's store, has relinquished his position there and on Monday started to learn the glass cutter's trade. James Mahon succeeds his brother as clerk. AND The marriage of John Hefferon to Miss Abbie D. Lester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Lester of Montrose, occurred in Binghamton, N.Y., on Wednesday, May 20, 1903. Rev. Charles M. Olmstead of the Chenango St. M.E. Church, performing the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Hefferon will reside in this place, where the groom holds a responsible position in J.E. Barney's harness shop. AND C. F. DeLong, Clarence Swink, John Rutan, Jacob Rice and Wiliam Lenox were among those who went to Scranton, Monday, to see Barnum & Bailey's circus. The last named gentleman, who is an excellent horseman and driver, secured a position with this famous company.


Franklin Forks - The Franklin Forks district school base ball team played with what was nick-named the county nine, composed of players from Silver Lake, Mud Lake and Lawsville Centre, with a score of 7 to16 in favor of the county nine. AND Mrs. D. D. Turrell has ice cream for sale at her home every Saturday evening, and it is fine ice cream too.


Ararat - Mrs. Anna Mumford, of Thompson, for many years a missionary in Bulgaria, gave a Bible reading at the home of Mrs. Nellie Wallace, Friday afternoon, to several friends who gathered to hear her.


Glenwood - By the collapse of the upper Glenwood bridge, usually called the old tannery bridge, G.N. and W.G. Bennett had several cows hurt, none seriously, but a narrow escape. Now a petition is being circulated through Lenox for an iron bridge to take the place of the old wooden structure, which is badly needed.


Heart Lake - Boy Lost: Left home Friday, May 18, boy 14 years old, weight about 130 lbs. When left home wore everyday clothes. Also had a dark blue suit and soft brown hat. Information gratefully received by C.M. Bullard, Heart Lake, Pa.


Harford - Henry Jeffers, who some time ago purchased the buildings formerly occupied by the Harford Orphan School, recently bought farm and buildings owned by Prof. H.S. Sweet and expects to take possession next spring.


Dimock - J. M. Calby, was calling on friends in Montrose on Friday. He is an expert carpenter and is engaged on the Ballantine residence.


Welcome Home To Grow: A huge celebration is being planned to honor the homecoming of Galusha A. Grow. A letter sent to Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, reads: "Susquehanna County, the home of Hon. Galusha A. Grow, desires, in the most fitting and public manner, to extend to him a cordial and hearty "Welcome Home" upon his retirement from the scenes of his active labors in the Legislative Halls of the Nation, labors that have not only crowned his name with honor, but have made him a benefactor of mankind. Our County believes that nothing is too good for Mr. Grow and we voice the unanimous wish of our people-that the President of the United States would honor the occasion-not only by his presence, but by aiding them to make this a memorable event in the life of their loved and honored neighbor. (The letter elaborates more and ends "With an earnest hope that you will accept our invitation.")


News Briefs - There are graduated from colleges in the United States from 10,000 to 12,500 physicians. The actual needs of the country call for only about 2,500 annually. AND Henry Waterman, the man who issued the first postage stamp, died recently at Woonsocket, R.I. He was a postmaster in 1839 when no stamps were used and invented one, the die of which was made in Boston. These stamps are now so rare that collectors pay $1,000 each for them. AND As to naming the farm-if there's nothing about the place to suggest a nice name, the probability is it doesn't need one.


The following is a list of birds seen in Susquehanna County between the 1st and 16th of May, 1903: Purple Finch, Junco, Robin, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Catbird, Black & White Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Oven Bird, Maryland Yellow Throat, Redstart, Yellow Throated Bird, Barn Swallow, Scarlet Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Chewink, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Grackle, Blue Jay, Phoebe, Chebec, Redheaded Woodpecker, Bobolinks, Bluebird, Wilson's Thrush, Lark (meadow), Nuthatch, House Wren, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Green (and Blue) Warbler, Red-eyed bird, Warbling bird, Cedar Waxwing, Chimney Swift, Gold Finch, Field Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Baltimore Oriole, Kingbird, Wood Pewee, Downy Woodpecker, Sandpiper and Flicker.

June 05 1903

June 05 (1903/2003)



Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - The sawmill, belonging to E. P. Mack & Son, was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon at about five o'clock, including the machinery and contents. The house and barn, which are located near the mill, caught fire several times, but by hard work on the part of the neighbors who had gathered at the scene of the conflagration, the buildings were saved. There was no insurance, and it is not probable that the mill will be rebuilt.


Hallstead - A steam stone crusher will, in the near future, be placed in the O'Neill stone quarry at Hallstead for the purpose of breaking stone for use in making roads. Nothing but crushed stone can ever lessen the muddy condition of our roads.


Dimock - The managers of the Dimock camp-meeting met on the grounds on Tuesday of last week and fixed upon August 26 to September 3 as the time of the fall meeting. The privilege of running the boarding hall was let to Howard & Baker, of Lynn, and the barn was let to Fred A. Risley, of Springville. The management will do considerable in the way of repairs and improvements to the grounds this season. The boarding tent will be overhauled; Epworth Hall will be repaired; the board walks relaid, and a great deal of cleaning up done. The Sperry cottage, next to the preacher's stand, which was purchased for the presiding elder's use, will be fitted up and furnished. The usual admittance fee of ten cents to the grounds will be charged.


Montrose - The many friends of Miss Clara A. Winans will receive with regret the news that she will not hold next year her former position as assistant principal in the High School, having accepted a very fine offer from the Mansfield Normal School. Miss Winans is a teacher and disciplinarian whose equal is seldom found, and during the number of years she has faithfully taught in our schools the high standard of education has been greatly advanced, both directly and indirectly, through her efforts. The loss to the school and town will be keenly felt, and for her a pleasant remembrance will always exist in the memories of our citizens and students.


Lanesboro - While catching baitfish in the river on the Oakland Side on Saturday afternoon, Bert Chase, of Lanesboro, aged 27, was seized with a paroxysm and was drowned in two feet of water. The body was soon recovered. Deceased, who leaves a widow, was employed in the Susquehanna [railroad] shops. The remains were on Monday taken to Sherburne, N.Y. for services and interment.


Susquehanna - Mrs. Kate Taylor, who has been convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of her husband, the late LaFayette Taylor, in the court at Monticello, N.Y., was the former wife of the late Willis DeKay, who some 12 years since was a prominent druggist here. Ida May, the daughter, who saw the murder and the burning of the body in the stove, is the only child of DeKay and Mrs. DeKay Taylor. The murderess came from a fine family and before marriage studied medicine and graduated.


Auburn Centre - The Auburn Centre Wrecking Co. took down a barn for E. W. Tewksbury, last week.


Thomson - Telephone meeting here June 11; about 200 stockholders are expected.


Uniondale - An ice cream social for the benefit of the Public Library will be held in the rooms, Friday evening, June 5. AND Patterson Brothers, of Carbondale, have purchased a timber tract owned by Hon. Philo Burritt near Uniondale.


Harford - Mrs. Chester Williams was one of the oldest residents of Harford. She was born in Massachusetts, Oct. 25, 1811. Her maiden name was Parker, and after her marriage with Chester Williams she came to this state to reside. They settled on a farm about three miles from Harford village. Here they lived until Mr. Williams died in 1875. Since that time Mrs. Williams has lived with her children. She was the mother of five children, three of whom survive her. In her last sickness she was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Mary Brundage and Mrs. Austin Darrow. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the Peck cemetery. Her age was 91 years, 6 months. AND The school directors met Monday and the following teachers were hired for the Graded school the coming term-Principal G. A. Stearns; assistant, Carolyn Brewster; primary, Nina Moore. It was also decided to give Kingsley an 8 months term.


Birchardville - The friends and neighbors of Chester Bennett gave him a pleasant surprise May 21st, it being his 41st birthday. Dinner was served at 1 P.M., followed by ice cream and cake and soon the friends took leave, wishing him many returns of the day, leaving him money for a rocker for his declining year. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Pickett and son, Mrs. V. E. Cobb, Mrs. N. C. Babcock and daughter Pansy, Hazel Potter, Mr. & Mrs. H. F. Baker and son, of Birchardville; Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Colver and son, of Opposition; A.E. Turrell, Mrs. Frank Turrell, Mrs. Newell Turrell, of Forest Lake; Fred Webb, Mrs. J. E. Webb, who is 84 years old, Mrs. Hulda Green and daughter, Bina, of Montrose.


New Milford - Chas. M. Howard has brought suit against the borough of New Milford, because of the drowning of his little girl last spring, claiming the bridge she walked off was not sufficiently guarded. Suit is brought for $10,000. W. D. B. Ainey is his attorney.


News Briefs - So far as can be said at present there have been 955 cases and 64 deaths from typhoid fever at Ithaca. This ranks the epidemic among the most important of modern times in this part of the world. AND As shown in the annual report of the 13th Regiment's inspector of rifle practice, Co G. [of Susquehanna County] may well be proud of the magnificent record it has made. The company is now composed of eight sharpshooters, twenty first-class marksmen, thirty-two second-class and three third-class. No other company in the regiment has either as many sharpshooters or first-class marksmen, which speaks volumes for the clear eye and steady nerves of those composing G Company. Out of the twenty-seven company officers who are ranked as expert in the use of the revolver, we find three of our company: Captain Dennis and Lieutenants Barron and VanScoten. With the new magazine rifles, which have a greater range than the old Springfield, much more effective shooting can be done, and with plenty of practice our boys, we are certain, can win even higher standing in the regiment.

June 12 1903

June 12 (1903/2003)



St. Josephs - There are plans in view to re-fresco the interior of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in this place. Rev. Father Lally's reputation in the matter of church improvement is widely known, and the parish church here is one of the most beautiful and devotional in the State, (considered so for a little country place.) The altars and stained glass windows are costly works of art. It is a church with a history and the pride of its people.


Hopbottom - We would be very much pleased if the citizens owning property here have pride and ambition enough to remove the weeds and rubbish about their homes, by the side of their walks, trimming up shade trees &c. Follow the example of N. M. Finn in regard to keeping the sides of your walks clean.


Elk Lake - Norman Stewart has erected a large windmill so as to be able to bring water from the Lake to his summer residence. AND Homer Young has opened a barber shop at this place.


Brandt - At a meeting of the School Board the following teachers were elected - Melrose school, Margaret Coughlin; Mountain school, Margaret Smith; Stevens' Point, Leon Storer; Bethel Hill, Ethelle Wrighter; Brandt school, Lottie Townsend and Martha Peck; Green Grove School, Mary McKune.


New Milford - A felicitous event of interest to the people of New Milford occurred in the city of Philadelphia on Monday evening, June 1, 1903, in the marriage of Albert VanBuskirk, one of our popular and active young businessmen. The happy bride was Miss Catherine Verbena Warner, formerly of Montrose, but who for the past year has resided in Philadelphia. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. C. Edgar Adamson, pastor of the Thirteenth street M. E. church. Mr. and Mrs. VanBuskirk reached New Milford Tuesday evening where they were met by the hearty congratulation of many warm friends who wish them continued prosperity and happiness.


Susquehanna - Former Street Commissioner Edgar N. French is ill with a light attack of smallpox. The house, corner of Jackson and Grand Streets is closely quarantined, and there are no other cases in town. AND Out-of-town workmen, who are employed in the Erie shops here, will hereafter be required to produce a certificate that they are not suffering from a communicable disease.


Montrose - Andrew Leighton, of Glenburn, while here to attend the Grow celebration, was the guest of Mrs. Julia Warner. He was so unfortunate as to lose his pocket book containing $100 in money and checks. He thinks his pocket was picked at Alford, where the crowd was changing cars. He offers a reward for the return of his property. He is the only surviving classmate of Mr. Grow at the old Harford Academy.


Uniondale - Some unscrupulous parties dynamited the private pond of W. E. Gibson and hundreds of dead fish were floating on the water next day.


Clifford - Our creamery is doing a booming business under the management of E. E. Finn. This adds much to the life and business of our town. AND We are soon to have better roads in town as we have a stone crusher now at work.


South Gibson - Miss Ida Witter, of this place, has opened a dressmaker shop at the home of Mrs. Fred Moss, of New Milford. She will be in the shop or go out by the day and sew. She is a dressmaker who comes well recommended.


Little Meadows - The mill men are very busy on Peter Nevill's hill sawing logs at present. AND The iron bridge creamery is running satisfactory under the skillful management of Hermon Card.


Silver Lake - If in want of a hair cut or shave call on Bert Wells, as he has a chair and is prepared to do that kind of work now.


Welcome Home To Grow: It was indeed true on Tuesday morning that all roads led to Montrose, for people were coming from all directions by twos, by fours, and by wagon loads, and soon the streets of our village were thronged. Business places and residences were draped with flags and bunting; across prominent streets were stretched banners in red, white and blue, bearing this inscription, "1851 Welcome Home 1903". Upon the arrival of the train, as Mr. Grow appeared before the vast throng assembled, some one cried out "three cheers for Grow and Freeman," and they were given with a will. The carriage bearing Mr. Grow swung into line, preceded by the Endicott band, with Co. G acting as escort. In the carriage with Hon. Galusha A. Grow were Hon. D. W. Searle, President of the day; F. I. Lott, chairman of executive committee; and Mr. Daniel Freeman, the first man to pre-empt a farm under the Homestead laws. Then following were carriages bearing the reception committee and other distinguished citizens. Bands included the Forest City drum corps, Bullard's band of Hallstead, Harford band, Morgan's band of South Gibson, and Lawsville Centre drum corps, while Fire Co. No. 11, with their attractive hose carriage and Hook and Ladder Co., with their truck drawn by two handsome black horses, added much to the attractiveness of the procession.


The procession passed in review before Hon. Galusha A. Grow, who had taken his position on the balcony of the Court House. The Court House had been artistically draped in red, white and blue bunting and as Susquehanna county's Grand Old Man, with shoulders erect, head proudly poised, and with piercing eyes, stood in bold relief between the colonnades, it constituted a picture worthy of the brush of an artist.


From the speech of Chairman F.I. Lott the following is extracted: "He [Grow] was amongst the foremost of that sturdy band, who in the years immediately preceding the civil war, battled in the halls of congress for free speech, free soil, free men. When the strife was transferred from the forum to the field he was selected to preside over the deliberations of the house of representatives, a place in actual power and responsibility second only to that of the President. He holds the proud position of author and successful champion of legislation which gave the millions of acres of government land in the great west to the formation of free homes for free men. As Speaker of the House of Representatives he affixed his name to the bill, the passage of which was the fruition of his years of strenuous labors. He takes his place amongst the great and good sages and statesmen of our republic, and like them his grandest monument will be the well-earned love of his countrymen."

June 19 1903

June 19 (1903/2003)



Lanesboro - In Lanesboro there are 12 houses placarded with smallpox signs. There are 2 guards to each house, a day and a night shift. By order of the postal authorities no mail now leaves the Lanesboro post office, and but one mail is received each evening. By order of the Susquehanna Common Council and Board of Health, fences have been erected between the two boroughs, and no one is permitted to pass through without a certificate from the health officers of both boroughs. In Susquehanna there is but one case, and that is in a state of convalescence. It is closely quarantined. Both boroughs are doing all that is possible to do to prevent the further spread of the disease, which is of the mildest type. A number of persons have had it without calling in a physician. Butchers, milkmen, hucksters, etc., are allowed to enter Susquehanna from Lanesboro, under certain conditions. (A child of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Bennett died on Friday, after a long illness. As there is an infectious disease in the house, the interment was held at 3 o'clock on Monday morning.)


Susquehanna - The old Universalist church edifice, on Grand St., has been sold to B. C. Glidden, who will erect a residence upon its site. No regular services have been held in the church, which was built some 30 years ago, in a number of years.


Gibson - The ladies of the Aid Society are making preparations for an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Every effort will be put forth to make this one of the best ever held here; come and see; we need the money for the repairs on our church-which are being made, and we will endeavor to give you a fair return for your patronage.


Silver Lake - The Silver Lake Creamery is now in successful operation. The milk on one of the routes is collected daily by the managers. The new milk is collected in the morning and the skim milk returned to owners in the evening. 16 cans is the average number taken each trip, the weight about 1,500 lbs.


Brooklyn - A humorous entertainment will be given at the Presbyterian church next Wednesday evening, June 24, entitled "Aunt Samantha's Album." The Ladies Aid Society is at much expense to provide a strictly first class entertainment. Mrs. Jillison is an entertainer far above the average. It will be a distinct loss to those who will be unable to attend. The same Society will give another entertainment Aug. 7, when such artists as Mrs. Mollie Weston-Kent, of Boston, Dr. F. Ellis Bond, of Great Bend, and E. C. Rogers will take part. A season ticket good for both these entertainments is sold for 35 cents.


Montrose - A trio of Italian men, with a couple of bears, furnished considerable amusement for the youngsters (not to say older people) of this bailiwick on Monday afternoon. AND The "Bloomer Girls" were here last Thursday to play ball with the Montrose boys, but a big shower came along and spoiled the game. Mr. Pope said that for some reason, the shower did no harm, possibly good. You may ask him why.


Rush - C. R. Sutton, a graduate of one of the best eye colleges and clinics in the United States with the degree of doctor of optics, will be in Rush to examine eyes and fit glasses in Suttons' Clothing house after June 22. Examination and consultation is free. Suttons' Store opens June 22nd. With the first boys' suit sold, a choice of any knee pants in the store goes free.


Jackson Valley, Middletown Twp. - On Tuesday, June 2, David J. Jones, one of Jackson Valley's most prosperous farmers, fell from a ladder in the barn, breaking his neck and causing instant death. The accident happened late in the evening and no one was with him at the time of its occurrence. That evening he had been called to P. Farnell's to assist in dislodging an apple that had become fastened in a cow's throat, and about 11 o'clock started for his home a short distance this side. Arriving home he went to the barn and went up stairs and threw down some hay for his cow and horse. There were no stairs, but a ladder led to the second floor. In descending he must have slipped and fell and striking on his head, broke his neck. He was 71 years of age. He is survived by an aged wife and one son, George H. Jones, of Middletown Center, and one daughter Miss Mattie, at home. Interment at Neath.


Ararat - The Brooks school opened June lst, with Miss Maggie Smith, of Orson, as teacher.


Forest City - The Melrose Minstrel Company, a local organization, will give an entertainment in the opera house. The young men have been rehearsing for some time and will give a good performance. AND Benjamin Harris had his left hand crushed between two mine cars in No. 2 shaft this afternoon and it was necessary to amputate the thumb and first finger.


Dimock - Norris Williams, son of T. B. Williams, is reported to have fallen from an engine on the Lehigh Valley railroad, down in the coal region, and received injuries from which death resulted. A brother also met a tragic death some years ago while working on a breaker in Forest City, where he got a fall that resulted in death.


News Briefs - "Mett McKune's" Death - The body of Robert E. Hall, better known perhaps at "Mett McKune," a former inmate of the Binghamton State Hospital, was found Tuesday morning in the Susquehanna River, in the town of Conklin. The clothing was not in very good condition and no money was found on his person. He wore a Masonic emblem in his tie and wore a cheap watch. Robert Emmett Hall had a very wide acquaintance in Montrose and vicinity and formerly resided in Fairdale. He was 62 years of age and at one time was a clergyman. Although a brilliant man in many respects, he was addicted to an unfortunate habit which compelled him to lay aside the more active Christian work and engage in literary pursuits. Many newspapers have frequently given space to the gem verses of "Mett McKune," including our own columns. He loved nature, and much of his traveling was done afoot. Late years he became somewhat peculiar and was admitted to the Binghamton State Hospital in 1896, for the first time, and again in 1899. Last August he skipped out, and after 30 days, according to law, he was discharged from the hospital. When next heard from he was in Connecticut. AND Rev. Charles L. Rice, a former pastor of churches in this county, died recently at the residence of his daughter in Cortland, N.Y. He was the last surviving member of the original Wyoming Methodist conference, organized in Carbondale fifty years ago.

June 26 1903

June 26 (1903/2003)



Ararat - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brooks sustained a serious loss Sunday night by the death of their horse, "Mateo." She got to the feed box Saturday night and ate an unknown quantity of corn meal. She was buried Monday on the farm where she has served so faithfully.


Jackson - The following teachers have been hired for the Jackson schools: Graded, F. N. Tingley, principal; Alice Griffis, primary; No. 1; Blanche Hall; French, Abbie Thomas; Ridge, Odesa Arnold; Lake View, Mabel Tucker.


Birchardville - Isaac Duel, an aged citizen of this place, died June 19, 1903, aged 85 years. Besides the lonely and aged widow, Mr. Duel leaves one son, Ira, who resides in Illinois, and one daughter, Mrs. Nathan Miller, of this place; his eldest daughter, Mrs. Ira Brister, having gone before. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church at that place, Monday, June 22nd. Rev. W. C. Tilden, officiating.


Hallstead/Great Bend - Hallstead and Great Bend have organized a driving association to be known as the Hallstead and Great Bend Driving Association. The following gentlemen were elected to office: President, John E. Clune; Vice President, J. W. Cleveland; Secretary, Charles L. Cook; Treasurer, W. J. Day; Trustees, F. J. Fiske, F. M. Nowell, Franklin Lusk. The old racetrack, which was known as the fastest track between New York and Buffalo, has been leased and the work of getting it in readiness for races on the Fourth has been begun.


Springville - Allie Lyman has a good washing machine and a Chase organ, both as good as new to sell cheap. Call at Mrs. L.Barnes' and examine. AND The Dentist from Tunkhannock, who comes here every Saturday, has all he can do when [he] is here at the home of Edgar Ely.


Hopbottom - Hopbottom people are arranging for a big time the 4th of July. A parade, music, speeches, a fine dinner, ice cream, games, fire-works and a band are expected to add to the pleasures of the day. Anyone looking for a place to go the 4th will be assured a pleasant time and entertainment.


Glenwood - Sterling Watson, a life-long resident of Lenox, died Friday morning, June 19, 1903, aged 86 years. He lived alone during all those years and was very conscientious in all his dealings with his fellow men, never saying a harmful word of anyone, generous to a fault; forgiving any slight of wrong done to him. He leaves one sister and several nephews and nieces to mourn their loss. His creed was spiritualism; he had a right to his own belief and who shall say him nay. He was buried in the Tower cemetery, Sunday afternoon.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Elmer Shannon and wife presented to the church two very handsome contribution plates. They were made by J. J. Sherwood, of Meshoppen, and are very fine pieces of wood turning.


Fairdale - The ladies of Fairdale will hold their annual strawberry and ice cream festival on the evening of July 3rd, in the tent in front of the M. E. church. All are cordially invited.


Susquehanna - Three locomotives, rebuilt in the Erie shops, are being given trial trips. AND Susquehanna has but two cases of smallpox-George Sandel and Mrs. Nicholas Brandow, of South Pine St. The first case E. N. French, has recovered. The strictest quarantine is manifested.


Lanesboro - According to State Health Officer, Dr. Gross, of Philadelphia, who is inspecting the towns hereabouts, Lanesboro and immediate vicinity, has 26 cases of smallpox including the convalescents. All possible means will be taken to prevent the further spread of the disease.


South Gibson - On Saturday, June 13, occurred the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Howell, and the day was fittingly observed by the gathering of their children and grandchildren at their home in this place. Dinner was served to about 30. As this is an annual meeting of this family, it brings and leaves memories to brighten the year for this aged father and mother.


South Montrose - The recent copious rains have thoroughly soaked the ground, and vegetation is very promising.  AND Our "Village Blacksmith," Mr. Loren Allen, after having following his chosen vocation over half a century, is still hale and hearty and always ready to do your work on short notice.


Franklin Forks - The mush and milk social held at Melvin McKinney's on Tuesday night of last week, was of much amusement for the young people who attended it.


Springville - R. E. McMicken has been busy setting up the cigars since Wednesday, because of the new wife installed at his home.


Montrose - While sitting on the iron fence rail, which divides Sprout & Brewster's restaurant from Cooley & Son's property, on South Main Street, last Sunday evening, Bruce D. Titman and Ennis Birch lost their balance and fell backwards in the hatchway below-a distance of nearly nine feet. When Bruce found that there was no possible chance of saving himself, he attempted to push Ennis back again on the landing, but it was too late. Bruce struck on a ladder, which was stored in the hatchway, and Ennis fell with great force upon him. Ennis released himself easily, and a bad gash was found in the back of his head, and his right arm, from shoulder to wrist was a mass of bruises. He was taken home and his wounds attended to. After some difficulty, Bruce was removed to Dr. Mackey's office, where he was made to feel as comfortable as possible. His right hip was badly injured, (although no bones were broken) and he received a hard bump on his head. Later in the evening he was removed on a cot bed to his parents' home, where he is improving nicely. It was a close call for both the young men, and quite remarkable that no bones were broken.

July 03 1903

July 03 (1903/2003)



Lanesboro - The State Board of Health on Monday took charge of the sanitary matters in Lanesboro and that borough and Harmony township are in a state of quarantine. Dr. Groff, of Philadelphia, is in charge, with armed guards. The assemblies of more than five persons is forbidden, except in families; small attendance at funerals is urged, and no bodies will be taken into churches; dogs and cats running at large will be killed. Other strict measures will be adopted to prevent the further spread of the [smallpox] disease.


Brandt - At the Brandt Brick Works on Saturday morning, Eugene Campbell, of Stevens Point, was killed by the caving in of an embankment. Deceased leaves a widow and four children. The funeral took place, Monday, with interment in Stevens Point Cemetery.


New Milford - Prof. Clare Snyder has been engaged as principal of the New Milford Graded School for the next term.


Susquehanna - Erie Hose Company, No. 1, has elected the following officers: Pres., M. F. Drooney; vice pres., T. J. Lannon; foreman, Harry Smethurst; ass't foreman, Harry Brown; financial sec'y, Edw. Guinan; treas., R. J. McCarthy; steward, Edward Joyce; trustee, Thomas Lannon.


South Montrose - Prof. George Baker left for Toronto, Canada, where he makes a balloon ascension, July 45yh.


Alford - The funeral of Earle, the 18 months' old child of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Oakley, was held at the church here Tuesday; interment in Squier's cemetery. While out playing Saturday afternoon, Earle fell into the spring and was drowned.


Ararat - A fine pole was raised Saturday at the Brooks schoolhouse. AND The Bushnell family held their annual reunion at the Bushnell homestead, June 25.


Brooklyn - Lawn festival July 4th! Ice cream and cake will be served on the Universalist church lawn during the evening; there will be music, a speech, fireworks, etc. The band will be present; all are invited. AND The Rev. T. L. Drury will preach at the Universalist church Sunday morning on, "The ten virgins and the bridegroom."


South Auburn - Floyd Taylor has returned from State College to his home here, having graduated, receiving highest honors in a class of about 70.


Jessup Twp. - It was the year 1853, June 28, that Wright Bedell and Marinda Leonard were united in marriage, making 50 years this worthy couple have traversed the sea of matrimony. As 50 years of wedded bliss so seldom occurs, kind friends thought to give them a surprise. Little did "Aunt Marinda" think what was in waiting for her, when she had the "old rooster" killed on the morning of June 27th, and prepared him to eat. Then thinking that the morrow was their anniversary, she would invite George and Francis (her sons and wives) to come and help eat him; she did not think, when she left her work and went up to Francis' to ask him down on the morrow, that they were lying in wait to rise up with the mob who were so soon to swarm in on them. About 10 o'clock the people began to pour in from all parts of the country-they came from Port Dick, N.Y., Binghamton, Wilkes-Barre, Laceyville, Montrose, Dimock, Forest Lake, Auburn, Rush and Jessup, until the number present, young and old, was 125. Now when "Aunt Marinda" saw so many had come to see her, she just put that "rooster" down cellar and said they might eat their own chicken. But this chicken, with many other good things, was devoured. When the hunger of the crowd was satisfied chairs were placed on the porch, Mr. and Mrs. B. and as many of the friends and neighbors as could be were seated the rest occupying the steps and ground. Mr. Edgar Bolles was called for a speech, then Mr. John Smith. This gentleman, who is upwards of 80 years, in his genial manner, told of "Wright's sparking days," of his adversity, and how God prospered him, and how he was always ahead, and to prove that what he said was true, said this was not their anniversary, but one day ahead. M. B. Perigo presented a purse of money from the friends. The purse also contained a 20 shilling gold piece, which had been collected with other gold pieces when gold was at premium by John Bedell. Mr. Bedell thanked the friends and said he had nothing to say unless he told them how they [Mr. and Mrs. Bedell] were treated the evening after their marriage, by friends who had come to make merry the occasion, by coming into their room after they had retired for the night, with a pan of custard and big spoon and fed them. The little speech called forth much laughter.


Forest City - A rod and gun club has been organized, the aim of the club being to suppress as much as possible illegal fishing and hunting. The officers are: president, Attorney H. O. Watrous; vice president, Dr. C. r. Knapp; secretary, Dr. F. L. Grander; treasurer, Walter Brain. The violations of game and fish laws have become so numerous that unless similar means are taken the game and fish in this state will become practically extinct.


Uniondale - Monday morning the Erie flyer, running between Carbondale and Binghamton, came in collision with two pusher engines at Uniondale and eleven persons were injured, but none seriously, while the two engines and the flyer's baggage car were demolished. Among the injured are: Polk Palmer, John King, Benj. Dunlop, Daniel Creegan and John Duggan, all of Susquehanna; and A. L. Arthur, of Forest City. Mr. Palmer is the most seriously injured. It was remarkable that no one was killed.


Montrose - An electric fire alarm system of the latest type is soon to be installed. The service will consist of twenty boxes, located in convenient places in every part of the town, and will add a protection to our buildings, which cannot be overestimated. The addition of this invaluable aid in fire fighting should stimulate our fire department to greater enthusiasm along this line. They will find the town's citizens willing supporters of every project intended to increase their efficiency as a fire fighting organization.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - A loop has been put in the telephone line from the office at Lynn to the quarry. Altogether Lynn is getting to be quite a lively place. But they say they want very much a resident physician. There was some talk last spring of having an undertaker locate there but he failed to materialize. Possibly the lack of a resident physician had something to do with the failure.

July 10 1903

July 10 (1903/2003)



Great Bend - Burglars entered the store of P. H. Lines, securing considerable clothing, underwear and other articles. An attempt was made to enter by a rear window, but failing in this, one of the large plate-glass windows in the front was smashed and entrance gained through this aperture. The watch dog confined in the store evidently considered them welcome visitors


New Milford - Col. C. C. Pratt recently bought an automobile but still says a horse is good enough for him. And the Colonel knows what [a] horse is.


Heart Lake - The Fourth at Heart Lake passed off quietly, there being a much smaller attendance than anticipated. A society from Scranton, known as the Modern Woodmen of America, rented the grounds and ran an excursion: This society has about 500 members, and at least 1500 excursionists were figured on, but strange to say only about 200 came up. It was reported that 600 got on the wrong train and were taken to Binghamton.


Montrose - To live and board in Montrose and leave one's employment in a city as far away as Scranton is an unusual condition here, yet we have had for the past month a young lady, Miss Clara Oakley, who has boarded with her mother on Depot street, going back and forth daily to attend to her duties as stenographer in the office of S. B. Price, Scranton. This is not, however, so unusual in places lying out from the larger cities and the railroad makes a special and very low rate to this class of patrons who are compelled to buy monthly tickets. These "Commuter's tickets were placed on sale in Montrose years ago, but Miss Oakley has been the only person to ever purchase. AND The return of the hot sultry days cause our thoughts to turn with renewed appreciation to our faithful and obliging ice dealers, the Messrs. F. W. & S. E. Hart, who are always on the alert to take good care of their customers. Their ice is always pure and the coolest we ever saw.


South Auburn - The McCoy boys from Hoboken, N.J. are spending their summer vacation at Harry Lowe's.


Hopbottom - The Fourth of July celebration at this place was a success in every way. The parade was one of the best ever seen in a country town. $100 was received from the dinner and sale of ice cream. AND Monday evening a meeting of those interested in the traveling library was held at Janaushek's store. Through the efforts of Miss Amelia Brown, a library of 50 books has been received for a period of six months.


Ararat - The sudden out-break of small-pox in Thomson is causing some alarm among us poor fellers, for we don't want it to come any nearer. AND The 29th of June, two months from the day of planting, Fred Brooks had new potatoes for dinner.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Javan Sterling, of Hopbottom, has recently opened a meat market.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Nearly everybody from this place attended the celebration at Birchardville on the Fourth, and all report a good time. Old men joined in the dance the Fourth that have not been able to stir, owing to rheumatism, in years. AND That young man who used to drive past where his girl lived, Sunday evenings, must have stopped


Middletown - Well, the happy old 4th has come and gone, but it has left memories of olden times in the minds of many old people, including the old soldiers from '61 to '65. We had a fine day. The people had grand times at LeRaysville and at Birchardville. No accidents heard of yet, July the 4TH. AND John Maloney is seen training his runner each day, expecting to take in some of the fairs the coming fall, after winning the race at Birchardville the 4th.


Lenoxville - Thursday, July 2d, Mrs. Elery Robinson pleasantly entertained the Soap Club, in which she is a member.


Glenwood - The 4th passed off very quietly at this place. No celebration to mention. The town was alive with out of town visitors from Nicholson and Mill City.


Lanesboro - At the home of Postmaster and Mrs. Nicholson, in Lanesboro, June 23, occurred the marriage of Alice Annette to Leslie Dewight Jones. They were attended by Miss Mabel Taylor and Mr. Valentine Soop. Two hours after, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Taylor occurred the marriage of Mabel Edyth to Valentine Soop. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Jones. The two couples left on the D & H train for Albany and down the Hudson to New York. After a very pleasant trip they returned to their homes in this place. Twelve of their young friends accompanied them as far as Nineveh. Needless to say they had rather a ricey time of it. We understand they used 130 pounds of rice on the happy couples.


Susquehanna - Sunday morning last, James E. Scanlon, assistant night yardmaster of the Erie, at this place, was found lying in the track near the depot, both legs having been run over and severed. He lived but a short time after being found and did not regain consciousness. How he met with the accident is a matter of conjecture only. Deceased was a gentleman well known and highly respected and has for many years been a faithful and valued employee of the Erie. He is survived by his wife and his father, John Scanlon, of Drinker Street. AND Landlord Andy J. Ryan is the proud possessor of a 50 pound snapping turtle, which was captured in the highway in Oakland, a few days since. He's an old chap (the turtle, we mean), and bears a date upon his shell of 1873.


A Snake Story - A big blacksnake wound itself around the leg of a horse belonging to Ernest Diamond as he was driving a few miles out of Waterloo Thursday. The beast leaped to one side and the reins fell to the ground. As the horse sprang forward, Diamond leaped on to the horse's back and tried to bring it to a standstill, but without success. At just that point Diamond was pitched into a brush heap wherein a swarm of bees had built a nest and was badly stung. The horse fell into a mud hole and was later pulled out by a team of horses. Binghamton, N.Y. Herald.

July 17 1903

July 17 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - Dr. F. A. Goodwin, the county coroner, has taken the initial step in establishing a hospital in Susquehanna by leasing the Curtis property on Willow street for three years. The dwelling as it stands will be converted into the hospital building of four ward beds, two male and two female and one private room. The operating room will be under the personal direction of Drs. Goodwin and Washburn. This department will be fitted throughout in the latest improved manner with all modern appliances. Drs. Boyle, Peck and Birdsall will constitute the advisory and consulting board. Drs. Pratt and Ard, of Binghamton, will serve as specialists. Dr. Washburn will be the resident physician and specialist in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. This hospital is a much-needed institution in this county and will undoubtedly receive such support as to make its extension and enlargement imperative. The hospital will be opened about October 1.


Great Bend - J. W. Cleveland, proprietor of the Kingston House, with his wife and child were out riding Saturday morning when the horses became frightened and ran away. They were thrown out and Mr. Cleveland had his hip injured while Mrs. Cleveland and son escaped with a few bruises. The carriage was badly wrecked. AND Prof. Thorpe, of Forest City, has purchased a house and lot in Great Bend near "Lover's Bridge" and is having Knoeller remodel the same.


Birchardville - L. T. Birchard & Sons received by express on Saturday a Jersey bull calf imported by T. S. Cooper. His sire is the Island bull What's Wanted, by Financial King, imported by P. J. Cogswell of Rochester, N. Y. and sold to William Rockefeller for $5,000. This calf's dam is Flying Fox's Pansy, now in T. S. Cooper's herd. She is one of the best daughters of Flying Fox, who was considered the handsomest, the best bred and the most popular bull the Island has had for many years, and at Mr. Cooper's last sale sold for $7,500. This calf is the most fashionably bred animal ever brought into the county. Mr. Birchard & Sons feel proud in having so fine an animal to head their fine herd. They are always on the lookout for the best. AND Mrs. Arthur Gary, of Iowa, is visiting relatives in this vicinity.


Thomson - A new corps of teachers has been engaged for the ensuing term. Prof. O. R. Maynard, of Harford, is the new principal and Miss Kate Stevens, of Susquehanna, will have charge of the other rooms.


Hopbottom - The Ladies' Aid of the Universalist church met with Mrs. Linda Hilton last Wed. About fifteen enjoyed the straw ride on Will Brown's "rigging" which took part in the parade the 4th.


Dimock - Don't forget the Annual Union Picnic at the Dimock campgrounds, Friday, August 7th. Ice cream, fruit and confectionery will be sold at the dining hall to defray expenses. The Springville Cornet Band will be present to discourse music. The chapel and cottages will be open and no admission will be charged to the grounds. Addresses will be made by well-known and fluent speakers both in the morning and afternoon. Choir music and recitations will be among the many entertaining features on the day's program.


Lanesboro - The small pox epidemic in Lanesboro and Harmony townships, where Dr. Groff of the State Board has official supervision, is gradually subsiding and the quarantine has been raised.


Heart Lake - The click of the mowing machine is heard in every direction.


South Gibson - A heavy wind and rain storm accompanied by heavy thunder and lightning passed over this place last Friday afternoon, overturning apple and shade trees, and leveled the cheese factory to the ground; the workmen had just finished putting on the rafters.


Middletown - We are very sorry to record the sudden death of one of our highly esteemed young men, Frank Millroy, who died on his way home from the creamery at Rushville, July 9, 1903. When he got near John Wood's he became very sick and called for help, and was taken to Mr. Wood's house where he died two hours later. He was buried in Irish Hill cemetery, Saturday. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his aged foster mother and his many friends who mourn his loss.


Springville - H.D .Wilcox, a traveling salesman, was badly injured at Springville. While driving along the road a runaway team dashed into him from the rear and he was thrown out of the buggy and dragged some distance. He suffered bruises from head to foot and his wagon was demolished. The owner of the runaway team settled. AND In Lynn, Booker Washington wishes to announce that he is prepared to shave or cut your hair at any time or place as he is a traveling tonsorial artist and carries his tools in his pockets.


Forest City - Michael Krantz, of Forest City, was in Honesdale on Friday and took home with him Patrick Igo's iron gray horse. The bargain was made in about one minute. Mr. Krantz said: "Mr. Igo, is that your horse?" "Yes sir," was the response. "Is He sound?" "Yes sir, through and through." "How much do you want for him?" "$200." "Here is your money" and Mr. Krantz counted it out and Mr. Igo reluctantly took it.


Brooklyn - It is said Arthur Mack intends building a sawmill and shingle mill at Lindaville.


Steven's Point - George Sampson killed a rattle-snake 4 ft. and 1in. long with 10 rattles.


News Briefs - The Philadelphia North American is authority for the latest fashion in women's hose. It says that the gentler sex have taken to wearing half hose, commonly called socks. A reporter called on a sales lady in one of the department stores and she said: "Why shouldn't they! They are cool and comfortable and if you have any doubt about women wearing socks, you keep your eyes peeled if you ever visit Atlantic City, or even in Philadelphia on a windy day." AND An exchange states that a western medical association has attributed liver and stomach troubles to the practice in the majority of families of warming up coffee for table use and adding coffee once used to fresh coffee to be drunk. In such families addicted to this practice it was found that 50 percent were victims of stomach and liver troubles.

July 24 1903

July 24 (1903/2003)



Forest City - The stockholders of the proposed knitting mill to be located in Forest City, held a meeting and effected an organization. It was decided to name the concern the Anthracite Knitting mills, and the capital was fixed at $15,000. AND Mrs. Margaret Evans instituted proceedings to recover $30,000 damages, from the Scranton Railway company, for the death of her husband who was killed on the Carbondale line last January. It is alleged that he was jostled off a crowded car between Carbondale and Forest City and allowed to lie unconscious where he fell until another car came along and crushed out his life.


Auburn - The residents along the route connecting Auburn Centre and Meshoppen are striving to secure rural free delivery. The prospects are considered bright. And in West Auburn Mr. and Mrs. Fred Swackhammer, with their 8 children and 12 grandchildren, 7 daughters and 1 son, of whom 4 daughters and son are married, camped at the Lake, Thursday, something unusual for so aged a couple.


Hallstead/Great Bend - The postponed races of the Hallstead and Great Bend Horse Breeders Association will be held on Saturday afternoon July 25. Races begin at 2 o'clock P.M. sharp. The program will consist of [a] three minute race; 2:40 race, mixed; running race; ladies' driving race; bicycle race; motor cycle race; automobile race; foot race. Liberal premiums are offered. Bullard's Band will furnish the music. Remember the date, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock P.M.


Montrose - Montrose was defeated here, Wednesday, in an eleven-inning game with Camp Choconut, the score being 5-4. The game was well played and contested hotly from first to last, but a lucky hit by Whipple in the first of the 11th brought in a man, and our boys failed to score in the last half and the game was theirs. Carey pitched a fine game, not allowing a single player to walk and struck out 12 men. Gardiner did all around good work and his double, unassisted, was up to the limit. Over two score came over from Camp Choconut, Liveryman Harrington conveying them both ways by means of three four-in-hands. They were a jolly lot of young men and in the future Montrose will endeavor to defeat them as fairly as they did the home team.


Susquehanna - The work of razing the old Universalist church edifice is in progress. Benjamin Glidden will build a double residence building upon its site. AND At Columbian Grove in August, E. R. W. Searle will dump a carload of rock salt in the river near his summer cottage and endeavor to raise salt water clams. He has the formula from a New Haven expert. AND The quarantine has been lifted from Hogan Opera House.


Lanesboro - The quarantine has been removed from the Methodist church and services will be held therein next Sunday morning.


Harford - The telegraph men that are stringing a wire from Binghamton to this place stayed at Seaman's boarding house over Sunday.


Springville - Work on the Narrow Gauge railroad is getting on nicely, the third-rail being laid nearly here. The piers at the Meshoppen Creek bridge are being strengthened to receive the new bridge, which is at Tunkhannock. AND Strickland & Winnie have purchased a team and wagon for hauling stone from their quarry to the railroad.


Franklin Forks - Mrs. Owen Tiffany serves ice cream on the lawn at their home here. If not pleasant it is served in the house. So all lovers of ice cream take notice. Every Saturday evening their lawn is nicely fitted up with swings, croquet and lit up with Japanese lanterns, making it very pleasant for the guests.


Thomson - Prof. O. E. French, of Creston, Ia., called on friends here this week, on his return trip to the Boston National Education Convention. He was a former county superintendent of this county and is now superintendent of city schools.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Postmaster A. L. Mack has purchased the undertaking business of his father, E. P. Mack. We learn that A. L. Mack will build a saw mill and shingle mill in the near future on the site of the one recently destroyed by fire.


New Milford - A New York dispatch dated July 22, says: "Mrs. Adelaide Hawley was instantly killed and Mrs. Hattie Elbretch was very seriously injured as a result of an automobile accident near Manhattan Beach last night. Both women are from New Milford, Pa. and were visiting Mrs. Hawley's son, Edward E., of 12th street, Brooklyn. They went to Manhattan Beach yesterday afternoon in a big Mercedes machine and were returning home about midnight when the mishap occurred. Mr. Hawley was steering the machine, which was bowling along at a fast clip. He cut a corner too sharp and crashed into the curb with such force as to cause a sudden stop. The occupants were thrown into the roadway and Mrs. Hawley suffered a broken neck. Mrs. Hawley's two sons, Arthur and LeRoy, went to New York with the intention of bringing her remains home."


Silver Lake - W. J. Sullivan and P. J. O'Day captured a wild eagle at Mud Lake that measured 6 1/2 ft. across the wings.


Lenoxville - Oscar Miller, who as been suffering with a slight attack of appendicitis, is a little better at this writing. He is attended by Dr. Fike, of Dundaff.


Ararat - Mrs. Wm. McMurray and daughter, Madeline, of Brooklyn, N.Y., are the guests of friends here. Mrs. McMuray will return to Brooklyn this week but Miss Madeline will spend the summer here. George Nott and sister, Miss Hilda Nott, of Bayonne, N. J., are boarding for the summer at the pleasant home of Mr. Mock.


Fairdale - During the shower on Tuesday of last week lightning struck J.B. McKeeby's house, knocking the chimney to pieces, going down the stove pipe into the room where Mrs. McKeeby was sitting. She being sick, was sitting up a short time and they were just going to help her into bed when the clap came; it struck the bed and split every post in it. If she had been in bed it no doubt would have killed her. AND Claude Allen has bought of the heirs of J. H. Rosenkrans, deceased, the lot on which the dwelling house and store stands and hired George Ralston to come over from South Montrose and move his [Claude's] feed store, which stood near the Grange Hall, down to the lot.

July 31 1903

July 31 (1903/2003)



Rush - Over 15 years ago, the writer visited the once noted Mineral Spring, in this locality, and on Sunday afternoon again drove to the spot. Midway between the hotel and the spring we stopped to chat with a friend at Farview Farm-a delightful country place which commands a wide range of view of excellent farm-lands-the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Pickett. When we reached the old spring from which thousands have drunk of its cool and health-giving waters, we were amazed to note the change in its surroundings. What was once a charming place has fallen into complete disuse, and the old grove near the spring is scarcely ever visited now. A bit of history, so far as my memory allows, is not inappropriate here, regarding this historic spot. The plot of land originally belonged to the old Drinker estate. After several years, during which time its name and fame was quite generally recognized, in the year 1869, E. S. Butterfield, Esq., of Syracuse, and his brother, A. D. Butterfield, of Montrose, purchased the land and made preparations for bottling and selling the water. They erected a large and attractive summer hotel, which stood on a high and stately hill above the spring. The place received a liberal patronage from invalids hailing from all parts of the country, many of whom were greatly benefited by the baths, etc. Prosperity and popularity reigned undisturbed here until 1896(?) when fire broke out and destroyed the hotel, which has never been rebuilt. It is said a fish will not live but two or three hours in this water. When the resort was in its prime, people to the number of 700 a day have been known to visit the spring.


Elk Lake - C. M. Young and F. A. Green are selling a number of mowing machines and horse rakes to the farmers in this neighborhood.


South Gibson - A sister of Mrs. Jerry Bennett's, formerly Miss Vida Young [married Charles Heisig, of Beaumont, Texas], with two children and a nurse, arrived here from Texas ten days ago. The little boy was taken sick with membranous croup, and Dr. Johnson, of Harford and Dr. Fike, of Dundaff, were summoned, but in spite of all that medical aid could do, death claimed the little one. The father arrived just before the child died. The funeral was held from Jerry Bennett's just one week from the day they came. The sorrowing parents returned to their home in Texas the next day. AND Glenn Morgan and Miss Lizzie Richards, of Union Hill, were married in Hancock, [N.Y.] July 6. They are among our prominent young people and have the best wishes of their many friends.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - D. J. Morgan and wife entertained the members of the South Gibson band at Lake Idyll Wilde cottage, last Saturday evening.


Auburn Twp. - Frederick Fargo died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Q. Adams, Friday, July 24, 1903, after a long sickness, aged 73 years. The deceased was a veteran of the War of the Rebellion, being a member of Co. H., 142d Pa. Volunteers, and seriously wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville. After services at the house, the sermon being delivered by the Rev. Mr. Williams, the Lieutenant H. C. Titman Post, of Auburn, conducted the rites at the grave in Bunnell cemetery. Four members of his company were among the pall bearers-Judge D. W. Searle, J. C. Rifenbury, John Rollison and Filander Lott-the other bearers were D. C. Titman and D. D. Layton. Mrs. John Q. Adams is the only child surviving. E. M. Fargo, of Montrose, and Mrs. J. Bunnell, of Auburn, are his surviving brother and sister.


Montrose - There will be a ball game at Athletic Park, Monday, Aug. 3d. Printers and Barbers vs. Clerks. The line up is as follows: Printers and Barbers-Ed Thompson, c; Ennis Birch, p; Mort Smith, 1b; Will Cruser, 2b; Ray Cruser, ss; Carlton Griffis, 3b; Corella North, cf; George Daunie, lf; Stuart Watrous, rf. Substitutes: Will Aitken, Henry Whalen, George Mack. Clerks - Fred Connell, c; Fay Sprout, p; Lou Herrick, 1b; J. C. VanCampen, 2b; O. B. Tingley, ss; Bruce Titman, 3b; James Mahon, cf; John Youngs, lf; Chas. Sprout. Substitutes: Ed. Foote, Mott Fessenden, Gerrie Griffis. As this is to be one of the most exciting games of the season, everyone should attend. Adm. 10 cents to any place in the park.


Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Athletic Club entertained its lady friends with a social hop in Hogan's opera house, on Tuesday evening. Houlihan & King's orchestra furnished music for the occasion. AND The small pox will cost Susquehanna about $1300.


Lanesboro - Small pox patients have all recovered and but six houses are now quarantined. The books of the Lanesboro Book Club have been fumigated.


Herrick Centre - Marilla Gates, of Susquehanna, has been elected assistant principal of the Herrick high school.


Oakland - James Barnes, who conducted a shoe shop on Exchange St., in Susquehanna, on Friday night while in a somnambulistic state, walked out of the third story window of his house and fell into the yard, a distance of about 25 ft. He sustained injuries from which he died at four o'clock on Sunday morning. He is survived by the widow, two daughters and a son. The funeral took place from the house on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. F. Stowe, pastor of the Oakland Congregational church, officiating.


Howard Hill - Anyone seeing this who is the owner of a chain found around the neck of a yearling belonging to Isaac Travis, can have the same by calling at his home, proving property, and explaining how it came there.


News Brief - According to figures that have been tabulated, the casualty list of the Fourth of July celebration is 52 killed and 3665 injured. This exceeds the worst battle that was fought in the war for independence. The powder that was burned would have blown the entire British and American armies into the Atlantic Ocean.


Friendsville - Mrs. Catherine Purtell, an old and respected resident of Binghamton died July 25, 1903, at 3 o'clock. Mrs. Purtell was born in Friendsville 60 years ago and 40 years ago removed to that city with her husband, Michael Purtell. Mr. Purtell was killed in that city about 20 years ago, at the Jarvis street crossing. She is survived by four sons and three daughters.

August 07 1903

August 07 (1903/2003)



Brooklyn - T. C. Allen, of Montrose, has had "an elephant on his hands" this week in the shape of a 7-ton monument intended for the Weston family plot at Brooklyn. Monday it was started on its journey but the timbers on which the huge stone rested broke while being hauled over Grow Avenue's (Montrose) macadam pavements and delayed the onward progress until the following morning. At present it is at Reynolds' bridge, about three miles from Brooklyn, and those conveying the stone to its destination have returned to Montrose. The difficulty being met with, may perhaps be realized, when in one mile the monument slipped from the wagon no less than five times. It requires four of the best teams procurable to draw it. AND A.G. Mack has sold his interest in the Lindaville Telephone line to Waldie & Terry, who will put up a metallic circuit line.


North Jackson - Out of the ten [school] districts in North Jackson township, only three will be maintained this winter. The other seven will be centralized, all the pupils attending a graded school at Jackson.


Montrose - All lovers of music are requested to meet in the arbitration room in the courthouse on Friday evening, Aug. 14, at 8:30 sharp. Object, the organization of a Cornet Band. AND Depot street will hereafter be known as Grow Avenue [named for Galusha A. Grow], the council having passed a resolution to that effect. When the broad gauge on the Lehigh Valley is established that street will have double reason to be proud of its name, for we are of the opinion that it will add greatly to the amount of business already being done in that section of the town. AND - The A.M.E. Zion Sunday school will picnic at Heart Lake, Saturday, August 8th.


Susquehanna - Thursday morning, a little girl, aged three years, daughter of P. Wilmot, of Lanesboro, was run over by a D. & H. pusher engine near the depot at that place. AND Casper Smith and James Donovan have returned from the Philippines, where they have served Uncle Sam for 3 years.


Hopbottom - The sudden death of Mrs. Barney Gardner, which occurred Monday, Aug. 3d, was very unexpected to her friends and neighbors. Her son, who was in the employ of the D.L.$ W. R.R. Co., went up to call on his mother for a few moments while the train was waiting here. He found the house open, but no one there. He finally passed through the back yard, where he found his mother dead. She went to feed the chickens and died.


Brandt - Maye Peck, having completed a course of studies at the Virgil-Claviere School of Music, has a position on [with] the Ocean Grove orchestra.


Thomson - The Baldwin family are at the Jefferson House for the summer and Mr. O'Brien's family are at the Jud Witter place on the Highlands. The above parties are proprietors of the new creamery of Baldwin & O'Brien.


South Montrose - Work on the telephone line between East Rush, Elk Lake and Montrose is nearly completed.


Middletown Twp. - On July 27th, a bad runaway occurred on the farm of Clark Coleman. John Wood occupies Mr. Coleman's farm. The two men were mowing and had gotten through on the hill. Mr. Wood, having left the field to go home, was some distance ahead. Mr. Coleman stopped to get a water pail, when his team started down the hill towards home and ran against Mr. Wood, throwing him from his machine and came near killing him, cutting his head quite badly and bruised his left hip. The Doctor was called and examined him and found no bones broken, but shaken up. The cut on his head had 8 stitches taken in it, but he is better and we are in hopes he will be out again soon. AND Frost here on July 27, enough to hurt corn, potatoes, beans and buckwheat.


Hallstead - The races were well attended. The following horses won: Fannie D, owned by Fred Decker, won the 3 minute race in strait heats; Fred Fisk's horse second, Chas. Capwell's horse third. Provido, owned by E.C. Downs, first; Mindy, owned by Glen Chamberlain, second in 2:40 race. Betsy, owned by Geo. Dobinson, won the running race. Maud, owned by W. J. Day and driven by Miss Lulu Day, won the ladies race. A horse owned by Mr. Bolles and driven by Mrs. Florence Woodward, won second. The foot race was between Ira Jones, the Binghamton High School sprinter and Michael Kilrow. The first heat was very close and was called a dead heat. The second run was given to Mr. Kilrow, as Mr. Jones did not get the start.


Gibson Twp. - W. W. Williams, whose death occurred in Binghamton last week, was as a boy a clerk in the store of John Smiley, in Gibson [Smiley Hollow], this county, and later was in business in Susquehanna, a member of the firm of Williams, Pope & Co.


Choconut - Mr. Murphy is building an elegant cottage. When it is completed he expects to give a dance.


Forest Lake - It is reported that John O'Connell, while working the old Sullivan farm, was very fortunate in finding a can containing some $2000 in gold, supposed to be part of the money buried by old Mr. Sullivan, years ago.


Kingsley - A band has organized and a concert was recently given for its benefit. Local talent being assisted by Mrs. E.M. Tiffany and Miss Lillian Byram, of Hopbottom, Mrs. Alice H. Brundage, of Somersville, Mass., and the Brooklyn Cornet Band.


Scranton - They had a big time with Mrs. Carrie Nation down at Scranton the past week, where she was arrested four times in 24 hours by the police, fined once $10 and once $100, etc. The police and authorities adopted exactly the right course to create public sympathy for Mrs. Nation. Prominent citizens came forward and became sureties for her, and thousands cheered her and derided the police. And Carrie had the time of her life. Ex-Mayor Fellews went her bail. Mrs. Nation, on Monday, was given a hearing and the court held the matter till Tuesday, before deciding whether to fine her $100 or 30 days in jail. Her lawyers said they would not have the fine paid and they immediately applied for a writ which gave her liberty while the law under which she was arrested for selling her hatchets, without a license, is to be tested. Mr. Law, the millionaire coal operator, expressing himself as determined to push this part of the question, at his own expense. Tuesday night she went to Forest City, delivered a lecture, and the saloon smasher did a rushing business selling her hatchets in peace. Carrie is of medium height, 55 years old, fleshy, swarthy of countenance, quick of action, positive in manner, ready of tongue and has a rather pleasant voice. She has a wide mouth, which opens and closes when she is animated, with a motion suggestive of a steel trap.

August 14 1903

August 14 (1903/2003)


Clifford - The descendants of Capt. Jonathan Burns will hold their 4th annual reunion at the old Captain Burns' homestead in Clifford, Tuesday, Aug. 28. The old original house, built in 1812, is still standing and if thought advisable this old landmark will hereafter be used as the meeting place from year to year. Let every relative come and bring their lunch basket.
Bridgewater Twp. - Mrs. Huldah Hinds Burrows, with two of her sons, James and Howard Burrows and their wives, of Picture Rocks, Lycoming Co., Pa., are making a two week visit with their friends and relatives in Montrose, Fairhill, Lawton, Rushville, Bridgewater and Franklin Twp. Mrs. Burrows is a daughter of Deacon Conrad Hinds who was one of the early settlers of Montrose. He spent a number of years on a farm about 11/2 miles west of Montrose. Mr. Hinds, who died Oct. 26, 1860, was a deacon in the Baptist church of that place and a strong advocate of right principles. Her husband, Asa, was a son of Amos Burrows, who in 1848, with his family, moved from a farm, known as the Avery Frink farm, about one mile from Montrose, to Picture Rocks, where he was engaged in the manufacture of furniture. Asa died July 1, 1903. The family has enjoyed the long rides over the splendid road and have succeeded in landing some fine fish from Wyalusing creek and other streams.
Susquehanna - The Starrucca House has discontinued business, after having been conducted for about half a century. Martin J. Ryan, proprietor of the Starrucca House, has purchased the Canawacta House and will take possession Saturday next. The Starrucca House will be closed, but the Erie will maintain a lunch room; the building will be used for railroad purposes. AND Work on Drs. Goodwin and Washburn's Willow Street Hospital has begun and it will be open in October.
Oakland - A. W. Cook, of Oakland, desires to furnish Susquehanna with artificial gas for lights, heating and power purposes, for a period of three years. The Common Council will consider the matter.
Dimock- A lawn social will be held at the residence of C. H. Newton, Thursday eve, Aug. 20th, under the auspices of the Dimock Literary Society. If stormy it will be held the following evening. Excellent music will be furnished and the proceeds will go towards the purchase of new books for the library.
Harford - The Harford Salvation Army gave a street parade last Monday night and if the weather permits will give an open-air concert in the band pagoda, Monday evening.
Silver Lake - The funeral of Mrs. Michael Reardon was largely attended from St. Augustine's church, Sunday; 78 carriages were in the funeral procession. Mrs. R. was 73 years old and is survived by five sons and six daughters.
West Auburn - Wednesday morning, after the heavy fall of rain, Asa Hitchcock, on entering the Swisher quarry for a load of stones, met with a mishap. The embankment gave way and team and wagon fell a distance of 20 ft., dislocating things in general. Byron Angell, trying to hold one of the mules, the snap caught his fingers and lacerating them so it was necessary to have Dr. Beaumont dress them. Harry Younker and John Devine each received a kick. That mule certainly was impolite.
Lawton - The Lawton Farmers' Club are making extensive plans for their Fair to be held at Lawton, Sept. 9-10. Remember that this is to be an important event in our midst, and it is urged that a very large exhibit be made this year. Farmers, we can make this fair a grand success. Let us be up and doing!
Uniondale - The School Directors have secured the services of a Mr. Dexter, of Damascus, Pa., as principal of our schools.
Friendsville - Patrick Matthews, the veteran wagon builder, was in Montrose Monday and put a notice in the Democrat as to his wagons. Call and see him, if you want a wagon you can rely on.
Forest City - Miss Letitia E. Brown and her father, John C. Brown, began a suit against the Scranton Railway company to collect $20,000 damages. Mr. Brown is engaged in the furniture business in Forest city and in May, 1902, his daughter got on one of the company's cars at her home to ride to Carbondale and the car collided with a train at a crossing and the passengers were thrown about and several of them injured, among them Miss Brown, who sustained an injury to the knee that was painful and permanent.
Springville - A number from this place attended the [Anna May] Stark and [Ernest] West wedding at R. Squire's on Wednesday last. The contracting parties were recipients of many useful and valuable presents. They left amid a shower of rice. They passed through Springville with quite a stock of shoes strung underneath their carriage for which it is hoped that none of the guests would have to go home in stocking feet.
Great Bend - The driving association are busy preparing the race track and building stalls. They will also prepare seats for 1000 people. The dates are August 10, 21, 22.
Jackson - A. B. Larrabee is in poor health. Sunday, last, he was 86 years of age and is one of Jackson's oldest residents, having removed from Vermont with his parents in 1832 and has since resided in the township. AND Wm. Birdsall will dispose of his farm and remove to New Milford, where he has purchased the Moss property.
South Gibson - On a recent evening, the members of Morgan's South Gibson cornet band, with their families and friends, met at the home of their leader, David Morgan, by special invitation of Mr. Morgan. The band played a number of choice selections after which they were treated to ice cream, cake and lemonade.
Montrose - There will be a piano recital given at Presbyterian church, Tuesday evening, Aug. 25th. The performer will be Franklin Sonnakolb, of New York City, one of the leading concert players of the country. This will be a rare musical treat for Montrose and all lovers of music should avail themselves of this opportunity of hearing the great artist.

August 20 1903

August 21 (1903/2003)



Clifford - Australia does not provide for her boys so many fascinating "Log Cabin to White House" stories of industry and success as the United States of America did when that great country was making its early history; but the political success of the Hon. John Greeley Jenkins-Premier of South Australia, bears a marked resemblance to the examples which were set American boys by some of the Presidents. Little did Mr. Jenkins dream when with his three elder brothers he roamed the woods of Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania, that he would become Prime Minister of a large and important British State in the Southern Seas and that he would live to establish a record for the State in the length of his term of Ministerial office. Few men who have been only 25 years in any of the States can boast of having spent more than 20 of them in the service of the public in this manner. He landed in Adelaide in April 1878, unknown to anyone. Today he has the reputation of knowing more men and women in South Australia than any other man. His position as Premier has brought him before all sections of the community and he has been able to adapt himself to his surroundings with a facility possessed by few. [John G. Jenkins left Clifford at the age of 16. He was the brother of Sheriff Z. D. Jenkins. J. G. died Feb. 22, 1923 in London, England.]


Harmony Twp. - Mrs. E. C. Webb, of Scranton, is visiting at the home of her granddaughter, the Misses Alice and Gertrude Buckley in Harmony Twp. Mrs. Webb, who is 80 years old, while taking a leisurely walk over the fields on the farm of her son-in-law, Jas. Buckley, on Aug. 17th, killed a rattle snake 3 feet long, and 8 rattles, with a stone. Mrs. Webb, relict of the late R.A. Webb, for many years resided on the large farm near Lanesboro, now occupied by L. R. Barnes and James Buckley. In 1844 Mr. Webb and family removed from Oneida county, N.Y. into the deep woods in Harmony township. He bought of the Drinkers a 240 acre tract, on which was a 10 acre clearing with a small log house. In less than 20 years he cleared 200 acres, putting it into a high state of cultivation with good fences and substantial buildings. Mr. Webb was an earnest advocate of good schools and good roads. Fifty years ago, by his personal efforts, he left both institutions to this community. As early as 1852 he built, largely at his own expense, a nice school house that is doing good service and in 1858 he built, with limited town aid, three miles of the best public road ever built in the county. Richard A. Webb died in 1871, after a long illness.


Montrose - The Montrose High school opens September 1, with Prof. Ernest W. Sipple, of Downington, Pa., as principal. The outlook for the coming year is very bright and with the thoroughly competent corp[s] of instructors, fine building and surroundings, latest and most approved books, together with a well supplied laboratory to aid in the pursuit of various studies, it seems almost impossible that other than satisfactory results could be obtained. The new principal, elected by the board Friday evening, comes here most highly recommended and his past experience evidently justifies his selection. Mr. Sipple is a tall, athletic and fine appearing gentleman, aged about 28 and is unmarried.


Susquehanna - William Hannon, aged 15, was electrocuted in this place on Sunday evening. While standing at the Erie telegraph office building he rested his hand on a gutter pipe, which extends down at the corner of the building. He struggled for a moment to free his hand, but he was soon motionless and death was almost instantaneous. The zinc pipe had been charged with electricity from an electric light wire at the top of the building. The funeral took place from St. John's Catholic church on Wednesday morning and interment took place in Laurel Hill cemetery. AND The Erie has reconsidered the plan to run passenger locomotives through from Jersey City to Susquehanna, without changing at Port Jervis. AND On September 1, Joseph Ryan & Co. will open a clothing store in Mrs. R. Kane's building.


Springville - Last Friday our ball team went down to West Nicholson to play with the team there; not only the team but a lot of rooters went too. As there is no connection with that place, we had to be content to wait until some one came back to give results; the team and its friends felt so good over the victory that a noisy demonstration was excusable. Ross Avery had a megaphone and made the largest noise-although even the young ladies tried hard to drown his din. The score stood 8 to 3. It is expected the next game will be played here.


New Milford - On Friday evening of last week about 20 of the friends of K. Macauley, for the past 8 years general superintendent of the tannery here, gave him a farewell reception at the Jay House, the gentleman having resigned to return to his home in Woburn, Mass. They presented him with a beautiful gold-headed cane, suitably inscribed and enjoyed a delightful supper served by Landlord Carpenter. Thomas Taylor, of Malone, is the new superintendent at the tannery.


Lanesboro - The small-pox epidemic came near bankrupting Lanesboro. Atty. W. A. Skinner secured a grant of the court here enabling the authorities of the town to levy a ten-mill tax for three years to meet the indebtedness.


North Jackson - Fifteen out of a flock of twenty-five sheep and lambs belonging to Mr. Will Killea were killed by dogs. Those appointed to appraise the loss fixed the sum at $61.00, which sum will be paid by the township from the dog fund. When will a law prevail abolishing the horde of wolfish and worthless curs that abound in almost every locality! Speed the time.


Flynn [Middletown Twp.] - S. J. Gillen and Owen McDonough attended the Barnum and Bailey circus at Binghamton. Some [more] of our people went down to Binghamton to see the big elephants August 7. AND Charles Hoag, our traveling grocery man, says fresh eggs are liable to come up.


Harford - They are catching nice strings of bass and pickerel at Tyler Lake now, while others catch large turtles.


Kingsley - A. H. Tiffany and mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Tiffany, extend sincere thanks to the Odd Fellows and neighbors who so kindly volunteered to finish their haying.


Franklin Forks - Harry Vance's little girl found a can with some kerosene in it and drank some of it on Saturday. It caused her to bloat and suffer great pain. Dr. Caterson was called and the child is still improving.

August 28 1903

August 28 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - On Tuesday Susquehanna had the worst windstorm, accompanied by rain, thunder and lightning, in many years. Scores of shade and fruit trees, telegraph, telephone and electric light poles were blown down, and some streets were blockaded with the debris. Fences, bill boards and sheds went down with the gale; one house was unroofed. The only person injured was Mrs. Harriet Townsend. In closing a window a blind blew shut and smashed a pane of glass, a piece of which entered one of her eyes, and she will probably lose the organ. AND Howe's Moving Pictures will appear in Hogan Opera House, Sept'r 2, under the auspices of the Oakland Methodist church.


Thompson - During the storm on Tuesday morning, Hugh Perry, a well-known farmer of Thompson township, near Comfort's Pond, had a narrow escape from death. While in a field at his work with a harvester, lightning struck the machine, the horses ran away, and Mr. Perry sustained severe injuries. Dr. M. L. Miller, of Susquehanna, was called and rendered surgical aid.


Franklin Forks - The poverty social netted the Epworth League a little over $7. Susie Green took the prize for the poorest dressed lady, and Tracey Webster for the gentleman; several had to pay fines for dress ups. AND School commences Monday, Aug. 31st, with Mary Wheaton, teacher. Julia Wheaton will teach at Salt Springs and Alma Smith is to teach the Turrell school.


Herrick Centre - Weston Wilkinson, of Iron Mountain, Montana, is visiting friends here.


Elk Lake - At a meeting of the Dimock school board the following teachers were hired for the coming term-Dimock, Jessie Titman; Main, Giles Seeley; Conklin, Catharine Cokeley; Creek, Carrie Gray; Parkvale, Homer Smith; Pleasant Grove, Mabell Pritchard; Tyler, A. C. Lowe; Smith, Dora Smith; Elk Lake, Winifred Hoag.


New Milford - The New Milford graded school opens on Monday, Aug. 31, with the following teachers: C. M. Snyder, principal; Nettie Stilwell, grammar department; Nina Taft, intermediate; Elizabeth Shelp, primary.


Lakeside - Samuel Townsend, a farmer, was killed at Lakeside, Tuesday, during the big storm. A barn door blew off and fell on him.


Montrose - The gallery at the Village Hall will be open to spectators for 15 cents admission to the Domino dance occurring to-night. The girls will be masked. The Montrose Orchestra will furnish music.


Uniondale - A Uniondale woman has found a new use for the telephone. She pulled the baby in its crib up to the phone and laid down the receiver telling central if they heard the baby cry to call her up at a neighbors.


Hallstead - During the races at Hallstead, Saturday afternoon, Secretary Crook stepped to the gates and invited in several poor little boys standing there-all save one, whom he would not let in, and warned not to try to get in. It was a boy who had previously been caught stealing. This was the way Mr. Crook punished the boy and gave him something to remember. He certainly looked punished when his mates went joyously in, and he singled out and thus reprimanded. It looked like an illustration of the dividing of the sheep and the goats.


Silver Lake - Mrs. Margaret Keenan, widow of Patrick Keenan, deceased, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Kane, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1903, after a lingering illness. Her funeral was held from St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She was 75 years of age and a pioneer resident of the township, a good Christian woman, a devoted Catholic, an affectionate mother and a kind neighbor. She is survived by her three daughters, Mrs. Patrick Maher and Mrs. Bridgie Murray, of Binghamton and Mrs. Joseph Kane, of Silver Lake.


Dimock - A stone quarry is being opened on the large Dolan farm south of Dimock, which promises to be a success.


Hopbottom - Ed. Gardner, thinking he heard some one in his garden one night, was going out to investigate when he slipped and fell, dislocating his shoulder. Two doctors and several men worked faithfully all the morning trying to reduce the dislocation without success. He was taken to the hospital at Scranton, where the shoulder was fixed up.


Auburn Twp. - The second annual reunion of the Overfield family was held in the orchard adjoining the old homestead, now occupied by "Uncle Ben" Overfield, near Meshoppen, Saturday, August 15. The following officers were elected: President, N. E. Overfield; secretary, Mrs. Albert Overfield; assistant secretary, Mrs. W. T. Dunlap; chaplain, Rev. A. G. Overfield; treasurer, Arthur Dunlap.


Brooklyn - The band boys, who have been circulating a subscription to secure money to build a hall, are about discouraged; the people do not seem to feel interested enough to help them after they have tried so faithfully for more than three years to keep the band an organization, and have asked for no help. Such a hall as they propose building is what the town needs; there is nothing of the kind here and before they give up trying entirely let us hope the people will respond willingly and generously when asked to help.


Jackson/New Milford/Susquehanna - A rural free delivery route is to be established Oct. 1, as follows-Beginning at the Susquehanna postoffice, it will be through Lakeview, via Holmes' Corners to Steinback's Corners, to the New Milford road; returning, via Bradfords, to Susquehanna. Length of route, 24 5/8 miles; area covered, 13 square miles; number of houses, 110; population served, 500.


News Briefs - The female school teachers in Kansas are required to sign a contract not to marry within the time for which the contract runs or permit any courting during their school engagement. AND The present fad of high heeled shoes and slippers is making business for chiropodists. Don't wear them. Be sensible.

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September 04 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - The Erie freight business is immense and its motive power is taxed to the utmost. AND All of the labor organizations in Susquehanna will parade on Labor Day, Sept. 7th.


Forest Lake - Marian Booth is teaching the school at Forest Lake Centre; Ruth Fessenden at Forest Lake; and Nellie Jagger, at the Warner School.


Lawton - The Rush School board met at Hotel Haire Saturday last. Among the business transacted by the board was the closing of the Keach Hill school and hiring the board of its one pupil, Lee Walker, at Eugene McCarthy's for the present term, where he will attend the Snyder School. Schools in this vicinity opened Monday. Christie Curran is teaching at Rushboro; Archie W. Pickett at Rush; Anna McGovern at Logan; and Leila Hardic at the school in this place. Rushville is without a teacher.


Springville - The Lott brothers went fishing over to Schooley Pond one day last week and caught 460 bullheads. AND C. S. Gates, a former resident, after an absence of 19 years in Nebraska, is visiting relatives here.


Hopbottom - Lester Kinney, on his return home from Scranton, Tuesday evening, Aug. 25, on No. 5 [train], went to the hotel barn and hitched up his blind horse and started home in the dark. The horse took the side track of the bridge, which was not wide enough to let the wagon pass. Consequently one wheel ran up on the iron railing and threw Mr. Kinney 15 feet into the water, besides upsetting the buggy and horse. Assistance soon came and they were rescued without any serious damage being done.


Montrose - "Doc," the faithful old horse owned by Mrs. Susannah Webb, is dead, he having expired on Wednesday, August 26, 1903. We consider his death worthy of mention, as this noble animal possessed all the characteristics which are required to make a good, kind, equine friend. AND Montrose vanquished the Carbondale Crescents here Tuesday by a score of 6-1. Yesterday our boys in turn were defeated at Owego, the score being 5-3. Of course, Owego didn't have a Cornell catcher, or a Yale and Princeton player, or Delahanty, of Binghamton, and an umpire that was cross-eyed-but the time for kicking is past. Carey pitched a good game and the team gave him good support. They hope to retrieve their ill fortune in next Wednesday's game. The Athletics will play at the Knights of the Maccabees clambake Monday, with the Susquehanna nine-a game in the morning and one in the afternoon.


Jackson - W. W. Pope has been granted a patent upon an improvement in ladders.


Ararat - During the absence of Mr. and Mrs. John Beaumont, from their home the 22nd, thieves broke into their home and stole about $100 worth of articles including a gold watch, silverware, table linen and other things.


New Milford - Rufus Rought, of Hopbottom, while working with the section gang near the Lackawanna station at New Milford, on Thursday of last week, was struck on the head by the pilot beam of a locomotive and painfully injured. His head was cut and he was rendered unconscious. Dr. Merrell, of Hallstead, ordered his removal to his home, where he is recovering. Mr. Rought, who is a man past middle life, was married three weeks ago to a woman who had been married twice before and both of whose husbands were killed by the [railroad] cars.


Harford - T. E. Richardson will have a chicken and pigeon shoot at the Harford Fair ground, Saturday, September 5th.


Hallstead - The school board of Hallstead is tied up over the election of a principal, Prof. B. W. Pease, who was elected principal of the Damascus, Wayne county high school-declined the place and wishes to retain his place as the head of the Hallstead school. He has three members of the board on his side and they refuse to recede from their position and they hope, with Mr. Pease, that the other three who are standing out against him will acquiesce to their wishes. It is a doubtful proposition, however, and the chances of Hallstead having a school until the court is appealed to is even more doubtful. For the good of the school it would be a real nice thing for Mr. Pease to gracefully adjust the troublesome matter by stepping down and out. The people's interests are entitled to consideration.


Reunion of the 141st Regiment - At the annual reunion at Monroeton, Bradford County, on Wednesday of last week, 91 members were present and Lawton, this county, was named as the next meeting place, one of the companies having been largely recruited from that town. The officers elected were: Judge D. W. Searle, Montrose; President, G. W. Kilmer, of Monroeton, and D. J. Sweet, of Towanda, vice presidents; W. T. Horton, of Towanda, treasurer; Rev. David Craft, of Angelica, N.Y., secretary. The regiment in its original make up consisted of 38 commissioned officers, 911 rank and file, recruits 87, total 1,036; killed and died of wounds, 167; died of sickness, 82; transferred to other regiments, 214; living at close of war, 775; now living, 410; of the original ten captains three are living-Tyler, Beardsley and Davies. Of the members of the regiment, one had been lieutenant governor, two represented the national government abroad, three judges, one a member of congress, six members of the state legislature, one first assistant secretary of the interior, besides many others holding high county offices, while the professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, etc., are well represented. In both military and civil life they have a record of which they well may be proud. [Some of the better-known battles the 141st fought were: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.]


News Briefs - The Grow welcome committee gave the $118.48 surplus, after the bills were paid, to the South Gibson and Harford bands and to the Forest City and Lawsville drum corps, which organizations gave their services gratis; except the sum of $18, which is to be used in printing an official report of the day's proceedings. AND The Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone company will build a line from Lenoxville to Nicholson via Fleetville. AND The 57th Annual exhibit of the Susquehanna County Agricultural Society will be held at Montrose the 15th and 16th of September. The Cycle Whirling Bretons will give their sensational act the last day of the fair in full view of all of the people. These people are from Washington, D.C. and are the only riders who do this seemingly impossible feat of carrying a full grown person on their shoulders while riding the whirl at full speed. Don't fail to see them Sept. 16th.

September 11 1903

September 11 (1903/2003)



Hallstead - B. W. Pease, on Monday, resigned as principal of the Hallstead public schools and Prof. Cornelius Manning, of Old Forge, former principal of the Herrick Centre schools, was elected to succeed him. Thus the deadlock that has existed all summer is broken. Also, the board reduced the pay of the principal greatly below what Prof. Manning is receiving in his present position and it is doubtful if he accepts.


New Milford - Hon. A. C. Barrett, who ably represented Susquehanna county in the State Legislature during the last session, will this fall complete five years as overseer of the State Grange. He was overseer of Susquehanna county Pomona Grange two years and lectured eight years.


Jackson - The rural free delivery route to be established Oct. 1, will cover a large part of the township, bringing to many residents a daily mail service of which until now they have been always deprived. AND Leroy and Velosco Leonard, of Plattsmouth, Neb., are visiting here.


Kingsley - Miss Alice Capron will return from New York, Sept. 15, with a full line of fall millinery and will be pleased to see all old customers and friends at the new store building. Will be at Harford Sept. 21-22. Will have a small stock of up-to-date flannel shirt waists, belts, etc.


Leonxville - The annual ice cream festival, given by merchant C. G. Stephens to his customers, occurred on the evening of the 1st. It was largely attended and South Gibson band was present and dispensed some excellent music during the event.


Fairdale - The Terry painting company of Rush, are busy at present here, painting many roofs black. AND The East Rush telephone line now connects with the Wyalusing line at the home at E. W. Bolles. AND Some evil disposed person set fire to the bee house of C. Haight, located in Jessup Twp., and it was destroyed with all its contents.


Harmony - A week ago Saturday, Mr. Kessler's spirited black team took a play spell by cantering away from the freight car at the Brandt station, while their driver, A. Lee, was loading the wagon to which they were hitched. At a lively pace they sped over the track and across the bridge, making some graceful curves and obtuse angles on their way to the barn where they landed, without injury. Frank Efner, Jr., a boy, was run over, but not seriously hurt. AND Several stone cutters from here are employed in New York at a reported wage of $5.75 per eight hour day.


Thompson - The Free Methodist campmeeting brought the usual number of people and the usual amount of rain. 120 tents were occupied.


Lawton - Bids for building the Lawton grange hall, will be received until Saturday at 1 p.m., Sept. 19. Plans and specifications can be seen at G. L. Pickett's.


South Montrose - A. S. Allen and son are erecting a large number of their very popular silos for the farmers of the surrounding country.


Montrose - The young men of the High School are organizing a football team for the purpose of coping with the amateur teams of this section of the state. There is good sturdy material to form an eleven and with Prof. Sipple as manager and coach, who by the way held for four years a prominent position one of the "big four" teams, we may expect to see some games this fall that will start the most sluggish blood bounding.


Mott's Mill, Bridgewater Twp. - The following persons are busily employed at this factory, turning out cloth and other wool products: Misses Emma Mott, Ethyl Smith, Belle Patrick and Samuel G. Raynor.


Brooklyn - Have been told that in Brooklyn township there is not a licenses place where intoxicating drinks are sold. All honor Brooklyn for such a temperance position. If Christian sentiment and action were more prevalent every town in the county could present like results. The satanic clause, "and to sell spirituous liquors," ought to be stricken out of every application for a tavern or hotel license and no township ought to have twelve men willing to sign a request for such whiskey corruption in their midst.


Forest City - Another handsome brick block will shortly be built by Ike Joseph, the popular clothier, who has purchased the lot between H. M. Joseph's new store and the post office.


Uniondale - P. R. Barriger, our popular harness maker, has one of the finest up-to-date harness shops in Susquehanna county. Step in and look at his fine harnesses, whips, lap blankets, etc. and then come and tell me that I told you no lie. AND Mr. Osgood, of Forest City, the popular telephone man, was in town to-day, looking after the interest of the company by putting in a new phone in the house of Rev. Davies. By the way, Mr. Davies can talk with the phone or without, now, but just go and hear his sermons and you will say he is O.K.


Lanesboro - While walking across the great Starrucca Viaduct, at an early hour Sunday morning, Sept. 6, with a number of companions, Ray Larrabee, of Susquehanna, was struck by Erie express train No. 5 and hurled from the Viaduct and the body, which was terribly mangled, lodged on a telegraph pole under the bridge. Mr. Larrabee was a son of Oscar G. Larrabee. He is survived by a wife and one son. He was about 30 years old and was employed in the Erie boiler shop. County Coroner Goodwin deemed an inquest unnecessary.


Great Bend - Outing parties and picnics are being enjoyed every day by the people of Great Bend and Hallstead, who never cease to admire the beauties of the picturesque "Rocks," which through the generosity of Hon. Jas. T. DuBois, is free to all admirers of nature. He is having the roads improved and the ruins of the fire cleared away, and it should be a pleasure as well as the duty of every one of us to help preserve the grandeur of this ideal spot.


Hopbottom - President Roosevelt passed through here early Monday morning, on his way to the Syracuse fair.

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