September 18 (1903/2003)



Lanesboro - Buckley Brothers' store was entered by burglars Tuesday night. Among the goods stolen were thirty pairs of shoes, twelve or fifteen hundred cigars, pocket knives, razors, etc., valued at about $200.


Hallstead - School opened Monday morning without a principal in charge. Prof. Cornelius Manning, who was elected principal after Prof. Pease resigned, did not go to them because he has a position at Old Forge, in Lackawanna county, where he receives much larger pay than he would had he accepted the Hallstead school. Thus the situation becomes more complicated and is a bad state of affairs viewed from any standpoint.


Dundaff - Six burglars entered Hill's store, about 1:30 o'clock yesterday morning, and escaped with a large amount of money from the cash drawer. Mr. Decker, the proprietor of a nearby hotel, heard the sound of breaking glass as the burglars smashed a window to gain entrance. He hastily summoned a number of citizens and armed with shot-guns they went to the store. The man on guard warned those inside and the burglars exchanged about 40 shots with the citizens. By this time the town was aroused and a large party secured horses and followed the men, who jumped in a wagon and lashed their horses into a mad gallop [and] started toward Scranton. The pursued and pursuers passed through Carbondale shortly after 2 o'clock. The burglars left a number of tools and a quantity of dynamite in Hill's store.


Gibson - The descendants of Wright and Moses Chamberlin, pioneer settlers of Gibson Township, held their first united union at the pleasant home of Whitney Chamberlin, in Harford Township, on August 20th. After dinner a prayer was offered by the presiding president, the report of the Secretary and several interesting letters from absent relatives were read, also a letter written by William Chamberlin, son of Moses Chamberlin Sr., of Gibson, in the year 1839, while on his way as Missionary to the Cherokee nation, which fully described the mode of travel at that time from New York to St. Louis; the average rate, with a horse, being 30 miles a day. The letter was folded to form its own envelope and the postage was marked as 25 cents.


New Milford - Beginning Sept. 21, the following merchants will close their stores every evening except Saturday evening, pay night in the tannery and on the railroad, at 8 o'clock-John Hand, Benjamin Bros., C. N. Wood, J. C. McConnell, Sam Moss, F. G. Inderlied, E. W. Boyle, J. A. Werner, Mrs. F. T. Austin, F. T. Austin, New Milford Hardware Co., Mrs. Gillespie, H. D. Albee. During the holidays, the early closing hours will not be observed.


Susquehanna - The Susquehanna ball club is anxious to play the Montrose club at Great Bend, with an outside umpire, with [the] same teams that played at Montrose, Sept. 9, for a purse of from $100 to $300.


Brooklyn - James Bookstaver was drowned in Acre Pond, Lenox Twp., Friday night last. It is believed he lost his balance while trying to anchor his boat. The boat was found drifting about at 10 p.m. by a fishing party. The lantern was burning in the boat and everything indicated he had not begun fishing when the accident occurred. His body was found Saturday morning. Mr. Bookstaver leaves a widow and seven children to mourn his loss.


Upsonville - While picking blackberries on the hill above Shields' quarry, Mrs. E. J. Lindsey saw four black snakes. In stepping on the edge of a large brush pile to reach a bush of fine berries, four large blacksnakes raised up out of the brush pile and showed signs of flight. They were large and between four and five feet long. Mrs. L. tarried long enough to be sure what they were and then hastily left the field.


Heart Lake - Therman Griffing is preparing to build a boarding house.


Fairdale - Earl Sherwood, aged 12, disappeared from the home of Christopher Shelp, in June. He is supposed to be in the company of another boy. His mother, Mrs. F. M. Sherwood, of Hydro, Oklahoma, is very anxious to learn of his whereabouts. AND At Fair Hill, Mr. and Mrs. O. S. Lewis and two children, of Gold Bar, Washington, were present at the Lewis and Ross family reunion on Thursday last at the residence of F. A. Lewis. They will spend a month or six weeks in this state before returning home. Mr. Lewis is engaged in lumbering, having in his employ nearly 100 men. Mr. Lewis has been in Washington about 17 years and thinks it pays for people to go west.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McCormick, of Fort Wayne, Ind., are visiting relatives here; John McCahill and sister, Miss Minnie, of New York, visited friends here; John O'Brien is teaching school in Jackson Valley. AND Mrs. Hugh Kelly, Mrs. Joseph Delaney, Samuel and Frank McCormick, of Binghamton, and Sister Mary Philemeno, of Troy, were called home last week by the serious illness of their mother, Mrs. John McCormick.


Montrose - If the people of Susquehanna County could have had the privilege of selecting what they considered the finest day in the year for the [agricultural] fair, they perhaps could not have chosen a better day than Wednesday, Sept. 16, the one on which the annual exhibition took place. Between 9 and 10 o'clock the well known Gibson band arrived and with its enlivening airs, thronged streets and moving herds of cattle, sheep, etc., the town presented its usual pleasing fair day aspect. At 11 o'clock the Cycle Whirling Bretons gave a public performance below the rocks, which was witnessed by a large crowd of spectators and as the fearless riders sped around the almost perpendicular course, there were numerous expressions of surprise at their daring to perform this exciting and seemingly impossible feat. During the noon hour many enjoyed themselves in partaking dinner with their friends and relatives on the famous rocks or under the beautiful shade trees. The exhibition hall commanded the greatest attention showing grain, fruit, vegetables, canned goods, pastry, ornamental needlework, fancy work, paintings, school work and many others. The "baby show" awarded prizes [name of baby or one of its parents] for the handsomest baby not over one year old. It went to Samuel Bennett, of Glenwood; second to Mrs. Ida Schmidt, of Fairdale. Between 1 and 2 years, Arthur Hayes, of Silver Lake; second Isaac Terry (one of pair of twins) of Rush. Largest and fattest baby, awarded to Mrs. Perry Besteder, of Tiffany. Between 5 and 6,000 people were in attendance, S. A. Pettis, age 92 years, being the oldest.


September 25 (1903/2003)



Harford - Although yesterday was a rather unfavorable day the attendance at the Harford Fair was up to the ordinary large number, the receipts being about $1,300. all classes of exhibits were well represented. Owing to unavoidable reasons over which we had no control we are unable to make a full report. AND Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Maynard, of Harford, have gone to Wisconsin to visit Mrs. Maynard's sister, whom she had not seen in 38 years.


Montrose - We consider ourselves particularly fortunate in securing one of General Charles King's latest stories, "A Daughter of the Sioux," Which will soon appear in these columns. This is General King's latest novel, and like all of his narratives is brimful of action, yet containing sufficient romance to suit the most sentimental. To the older ones it will bring back memories of the bloody times in the West during the seventies, which with the youngsters always has a peculiar fascination. It is a story which will suit every member of the family. Watch for it!


Susquehanna - The marriage of Dr. William Edward Kelly, of Susquehanna, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kelly, of Pleasant View Farm, and Miss Esther Helen Caton, of Jessup, was solemnized in St. Mary's Catholic Church, on Wednesday, Sept. 23d, at noon. Many relatives and friends witnessed the pretty ceremony. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Rose Caton, of Scranton, and the best many was Dr. John D. Kelly, of Susquehanna, the groom's brother. The bride is a very popular young lady of St. Mary's parish and for several years has been a successful teacher in the district schools of the county, while the groom is one of the leading dentists of Susquehanna.


New Milford - Burglars entered the New Milford post-office, Saturday night, and for their trouble found $1.00 worth of stamps. They also entered Carpenter and Heitzman's mill and secured $1.00 in change. Some carpenter tools were also taken from the barns owned by Henry Morse and N. Burdick. The next thing that happened in this line was something else. Early Wednesday morning the Erie station at Great Bend was entered and the safe dynamited. The building was nearly wrecked and the safe ruined, but they got nothing, as Station Agent Donohoe had sent his money away by express the night before. The windows of the building were blown out and the floor torn up. It is presumed to be the same artists who operated at New Milford. Detectives are at work.  AND The Lackawanna Company have their new iron bridge east of the depot nearly ready to be placed.


Hallstead - James Humphrey, of Hallstead, a Lackawanna trainman, was found early Tuesday morning beside the track between New Milford and Alford with one of his arms crushed. The crew of the work train picked him up and he was taken to the Moses Taylor Hospital at Scranton. His brother lost an arm through an accident on the railroad several years ago. AND At the Hallstead chair factory more people are employed than ever before and the company is unable to keep up with orders not withstanding that the factory is run night and day. The silk mill is continually taking on more help and is being run to its greatest capacity. Railroading is good and all the men are putting in good time and altogether business is booming here as compared with a year ago.


Thompson - The Teachers Association meeting held at Thomson, last Saturday, was quite interesting. The following is the list of educators present: M.W. Stephens, Brooklyn: Mary Davidson, Thomson: Virginia Cargill, Thomson: Nellie M. Clancey, Uniondale, Electa Potter, North Jackson: Mary A. Donovan, Lanesboro: Nettie Crandall, Thomson: Catherine Stephens, Thomson: O. F. Maynard, Thomson: B. W. Pease, Hallstead: Cornelius Manning, Old Forge: Charles E. Moxley, Hallstead: F. H. Greene, Lanesboro: C. T. Thorpe, Great Bend: Carrie E. Gregory, Elizabeth Davies and Isabelle Johnson, Forest City: Nora Hill, Laura Landis and George A. Stearns, Harford. The next association meeting will be held at Forest City.


Dimock - Mrs. Nancy Main, widow of the late Lansing Main, died at her home in this place last Friday night, aged 83 years. The funeral services were held on Monday at the Dimock Baptist church, being conducted by Rev. J. W. Raynor, in the absence of her pastor, Rev. A. F. Von Tobel.


Rush - Our enterprising harness-maker, Wilbur Terry, will soon erect a building to be used exclusively for his special industry.


Great Bend Fiddler Charmed Rattlers: Here is one of the latest reports by Whitney, of Susquehanna. It was printed in the New York World. "Fiddler Sam Needham, of Great Bend Township, who has considerable local fame, played a solo under remarkable circumstances. He was wending his way toward a farmhouse along a narrow mountain road, which at one point winds around a sharp spur. As he reached the spur he heard the warning noise of a rattlesnake. Looking up he saw a big rattler directly in his path. He turned to run back when from the weeds at the side of the road another rattler rose up and there was not room to safely pass the snake. In his dilemma he backed up against a ledge of rock and gazed spellbound at the reptile. Then, an inspiration came to him. He remembered to have heard of Eastern magicians charming snakes with music. Drawing his violin from its box he began to play the weirdest air at his command. Presently the snakes gradually uncoiled themselves and began to slide slowly toward him, obviously attracted by the music. Needham's impulse was to drop his violin and flee, but he realized that that might be fatal, so he stood his ground and continued to ply his bow. Nearer and nearer drew the rattlers, until they reached a point within two feet of the terrified fiddler, when they coiled again and lifted their head threateningly. Then Sam's nerves gave way and with a yell, he struck out with his violin, bringing it down with crushing force on the reptiles, stunning them. Before they could recover Sam grabbed up a rock and killed them. His beloved fiddle was a wreck, but it had saved his life.


News Briefs - An innovation in the line of railroad telegraph service has been put into use on the New York Central railroad between Utica and Albany. By means of the apparatus a single wire can be used for telegraph and telephone messages at the same time. While the operator is ticking away a telegram in the Morse code, another person can telephone a message without the least interference. AND Thirty-three women keep light-houses for Uncle Sam. From New England to the gulf and from Key West to California are scattered the beacons of which they have charge. The pay is from $500 to $800 per year and a few perquisites.


October 02 (1903/2003)



Clifford - Five masked robbers, after entering the home of John Stephens at Gun Hill, near West Clifford, tortured the inmates, stole $1,200 and escaped by holding villagers at bay with drawn revolvers. The family consists of two brothers, Alpha, Fayette, and two sisters, Deffy and Mary. They were awakened from their slumbers by the crashing of the main door and soon after five men, wearing masks entered the bedroom. The women were compelled to go in one room where they were tied to a bed. The robbers secured $800 in cash, a note for $350 payable to F. M. Stephens, and signed by Susie and John Bennett, a check for $30 signed by E. L. Ridgway and other valuables. The quintet then bound and gagged the four inmates leaving the house at a slow pace. Farmers in the vicinity halted the men but with drawn revolvers the robbers made their escape. One sister in the house who had escaped notice from the robbers untied the bonds about her brothers and sisters when the robbers left and a search was made for the burglars, but no trace of them could be found. Sunday night there was another house-breaking in that section, but not with the success that attended the visit to the Stevens homestead. The entry Sunday night was at the home of the widow of James Duncan, on the T. D. Reese farm, Welsh Hill, about four miles from the Stevens house on Gun Hill. Another circumstance of peculiar interest is that the supposed Troinkle was taken from Welsh Hill. The visitors to the Duncan home were frightened after making an entrance. There is a decided shaky feeling in that community over the presence of marauders. This is the third robbery within two weeks. (William Dennier, better known as Bill White, a professional criminal, is in the lock-up on suspicion of being a member of the gang that robbed the Stevens family.) More next week...


Lanesboro - Walter Kitchen, who has been clerk in Buckley Bros' store for a number of years, has secured a position at Olean. His place in the store being filled by David Soop. AND In the Lackawanna county court last week, W. "Hub" Bushnell, formerly of Lanesboro, was indicted for murder of 13-year old Andrew Doran at Dunmore, May 13 last. The child was playing in a field and was shot by Bushnell, who is a farm overseer for a railroad company, who claims that he mistook him for chickens.


Oakland Twp. - The County is building an iron bridge at Canavan's in Oakland Township, in charge of a. J. Cosgriff.


Brooklyn - "On and after Monday, October 5, 1903, I shall be pleased to show all the new things in Millinery. Having spent the past two weeks in New York in connection with this work, I feel confident that I can please all who may trust their work with me." As advertised by Mrs. Alice Eldridge, Brooklyn, Pa. AND The new condensery plant which has just been erected here will be started up Thursday morning. The company has already hired 10 women and a number of men. W. Cameron has been engaged as night watchman.


Starrucca - About 600 tons of coal were dumped near Starrucca in a recent wreck on the railroad and now people in that vicinity are taking advantage of the situation by buying it at $3 per ton.


Montrose - The Western Star Jubilee Singers, the concert company which is to appear at Village Hall, next Tuesday night, has the following review by Rev. A. Bergen Brown, of McGrawsville, N.Y.: "It is the only entertainment that I have had experience with that will invariably draw a larger crowd the second night than the first. Their singing of old plantation melodies and Southern camp-meeting songs is splendid." They are refined people and well educated, possessing clear, sweet, soul-touching voices. It is an opportunity for lovers of pure, unadulterated music that should not be lost.


Rush - Mabel McCain leaves this week for New York, where she will take a course in music. [Mabel attended Julliard.]


Silver Lake - The annual reunion of the Hill family was held at the home of Arthur Hayes on Sept. 11th. There were 66 members of the family present and 22 were children under the age of 10 years. The dining room was beautifully trimmed with autumn leaves and dahlias. After dinner and business meting a greeting was read by Lydia Rogers, followed by a recitation and music. The party was then photographed.


West Auburn - The carpenters had just completed a silo 36 ft. high Saturday evening for W. B. France, and the windstorm of Sunday last blew it to the ground.


Fairdale/Rush - Elmer Dayton, while engaged in cutting ensilage on the farm of his father, C. D. Dayton, between Fairdale and Rush, accidentally thrust his right hand among the rapidly revolving knives and in a twinkling his arm was severed between the wrist and forearm. He was immediately cared for and when Dr. E. R. Gardner, of this place, who was summoned, arrived, he found the young man in a much better condition than is usually the case when an accident occurs, owing to prompt measures being taken to prevent loss of blood. The unfortunate young man is still in his teens, and a host of friends have expressed their deep and heartfelt sorrow that he should be thus handicapped through life.


Uniondale - Last week, Wednesday, our little town was the scene of two very pleasant weddings. Prof. A. P. Thomas, of Carbondale, and Miss Carrie Bronson, were quietly married at an early hour by Rev. A. G. Miller, of Phillipsburg, N. J. Prof. And Mrs. Thomas are taking an extended tour in New York State and will, on their return, reside in Carbondale. In the afternoon Harry Goodrich, of Forest City, and Jennie Bennett were married at the M. E. parsonage. A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents on River St. and the happy couple took a north bound train for a tour.


Lenox - Lenox Township maintains 14 schools for teaching about 150 scholars. The directors have tried to consolidate several of the schools but the patrons, objecting to the closing of the school in their districts, it has not been dome. It takes a long time to convince people that concentration of schools is not only better for the pupil but [also] cheaper for the taxpayers. Four teachers could give the children of the township better instruction and at an expense of $200 less a month, which would more than pay the expense of taking every child in the township to a central school.


October 16 (1903/2003)



Flood Notes - The heavy and continuous rain for the past three days has caused trouble in this section. Friday night, the Starrucca Creek, swollen by the heavy rains, overflowed its banks and caused considerable damage in the northern end of Lanesboro. J.F. Lovelace's shop was undermined and precipitated into the stream, together with many tools. At Stevens' Point, on the Delaware and Hudson road, the flood of Friday night last washed away the ballast in such a manner as to make the rails insecure and caused the wrecking of fast freight train No. 69 Saturday night. About ten cars were ditched and more or less seriously damaged.


The first train to run through from New York to this place on the company's own tracks, in four days, arrived last night between 10 and 11 o'clock, when train one pulled into the station, says Tuesday's Susquehanna Transcript. The mail and express were no heavier than on ordinary trains, as they had been transferred. The tracks are in the worst condition ever known in the history of the road. It will be necessary to rebuild nearly the whole road on the Eastern division. Only one track is open and the eastbound trains are still run over the Lehigh from Waverly.


At Thomson early Saturday morning Conductor Becker's train was wrecked and half a dozen cars were badly damaged.


Forest City escaped comparatively easy, but both the trolley lines and railroads were forced to quit business for a couple of days to the great inconvenience of the public in general. The mines were also flooded.


John Madigan, of Lanesboro, attempted to drive across the Starrucca creek and with his team was swept into the river from which he and his horses were rescued with great difficulty. Mrs. L. Armstrong, who was ill with typhoid fever at her home, near the D & H station, was taken from her bed in a boat over the same creek. Sunday no teams were permitted to cross the Susquehanna and Oakland bridge, but it was found to be intact when the flood had subsided. Great damage was done to the summer cottages at Columbian Grove. The river, on Sunday, was within eight inches of the high water record made in 1865 and was at the highest point ever reached with the rise due to rainfall only. For two days there was no telegraphic communication between this place and Scranton, Philadelphia and New York.


South Montrose - The local telephone has again been installed in the store of L. W. Moody.


New Milford - The new Pratt public library building will not be opened until spring. This has been decided by Colonel and Mrs. Pratt to be the best course possible, owing to the condition of the building, which is not yet completed. The delay occasioned in the beginning, owing to the contractor not being able to secure material, made it necessary for a change in the plans of the opening. The library has been re-opened in the old building and its patrons will there find plenty of the latest and best productions of the popular authors. In the spring the new building will receive the finishing touches and the grounds laid out and beautified.


Forest Lake - Bradley Fessenden, of Hibbing, Minn., is visiting his brother, Charles and others, whom he has not met in 40 years.


Lawton - Thos. McManus, while driving to Middletown Centre recently, met with an almost fatal accident. The horse became frightened while Mr. McManus was talking to some friends and ran away, throwing Mr. McManus out of the carriage. The horse was caught by one of the neighbors at that place and Mr. McManus was obliged to stay there all night.


Hallstead - There is lively times among the school principals in Susquehanna county this year. Prof. A. C. Paul has now resigned the principalship of the Oakland graded school to accept the principalship of the Hallstead schools, and entered up on his new duties. The Oakland School Board, at a meeting held on Monday evening, decided to advertise for a principal and defer the selection for one week.


Silver Lake - While in attendance at a funeral near Silver Lake, the team attached to Billings & Co's hearse ran away and damaged the body of the vehicle, the thick plate glass sides being shattered. It occurred after the house had been reached and the contents removed and was caused by hogs that suddenly frightened the team, unpreventable.


Montrose/Harford - Andrew Mead, for many years with Cooley & Son, has purchased the tinning and plumbing business of Omar Jackson, Harford, and will remove there at once. Mr. Jackson, becoming the owner of Mr. Mead's house and lot in Montrose in the transaction. Mr. Mead is an energetic, competent tradesman, enjoying the fullest confidence of a lot of friends here. We bespeak for him success.


Springville - School was closed on Friday evening and will remain closed until after the Montrose Institute, as two little girls of Arthur Tuttle, have been sick with scarlatina, or scarlet fever, so there would be no danger with other children.


Gibson - J. G. Manzer celebrated his 81st birthday September 28. About 50 of his friends and neighbors met with him to help him enjoy it. A fine dinner was served by the ladies and they spent a very pleasant day visiting, telling stories and playing games. After dinner Charles H. Manzer, of South Gibson, assisted by Henry Sumner, of New Milford, made a short speech and presented him with a purse of money as a token of respect by those present.


Mud Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - Timothy Sullivan has been appointed postmaster at Mud Lake.


Thomson - F. D. Wrighter has taken possession of the Jefferson House.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Mr. George LaSure has taken the road to build from Rhiney Creek to the road that goes to Conklin Forks. When it is finished it will make it only about eight miles to Binghamton.


South Montrose - E. C. Wells recently lost his old "Prince" horse because of old age.


October 23 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - Arthur W. Cook, of Oakland, has been granted permission by the Common Council to lay gas mains through the streets of that borough.


Springville - The new road from John O. Lyman's down through by the Lott and Fike quarries is now open for travel and is a great improvement over the old one.


Rush - Lorenzo Bunnell and wife, after living in Binghamton a number of years, have returned to Rush, their old home. AND Eva Wilcox, our popular dressmaker, has returned from Binghamton.


North Bridgewater - James Clough worked Monday and Tuesday putting up wires for the Montrose Electric Light Co.


Herrick Centre - Wm. Rushmore, a prosperous Herrick Centre farmer, was buncoed out of 50 of his good dollars, which he tilled out of the soil, through the means of an entirely new scheme on Monday. It happened this way: Rushmore was fixing a piece of highway fence when a stranger came along; apparently the man was greatly disturbed. He anxiously scanned the ground as he walked along, in a manner that led the unsuspecting farmer to think that he had lost something so he followed up the impression with the question "Lost something stranger?" The man said that he had lost a diamond ring valued at $600. He also said that he was in a great hurry to reach Scranton and that if the farmer would take up the matter for him and find the valuable he would present him with $100 as a reward. Rushmore agreed, and the man passed on to be followed by another stranger, No. 2, smoking a pipe. As he passed by Rushmore, he dropped his pipe and on recovering it uttered a surprised exclamation which attracted Rushmore's attention and he saw the stranger holding a case in his hand which contained a bright, sparkling diamond. Rushmore, with more visions of that $100 reward in his head than sense, offered the man $10 for his find which was of course refused and a compromise was effected on $50, which Rushmore paid as a monument to fool sense and cupidity. He went to Scranton to restore the lost treasure and secure his reward from the stranger who had offices in the Connell building, but he found him not. A jeweler told Rushmore that the diamond had no value.


West Auburn - Monday evening, while Charley Bowen and Merton Bolles were coming to the village, their horse became unmanageable and they both jumped out and left the horse to drive himself. No serious damage resulted, merely a nervous shock to the young men.


Jones Lake [Lake Montrose] - A band of gypsies have been camping near Jones' Lake the past week.


Lanesboro - Mrs. Fred A. Taylor, formerly of Lanesboro, but more recently of Butte, Montana, and the past year of Seattle, died very suddenly in the latter place Oct. 4, of dropsy of the heart. Mrs. Taylor was a lovable lady and her sudden death is a great shock to her friends everywhere. She leaves a husband and two sons to mourn her loss.


Heart Lake - The last carload of ice was shipped from the big icehouse at Heart Lake on Oct. 9. From 8 to 12 men have been employed loading it since May 20 and about 400 carloads have been shipped.


Silver Lake - The name of the postoffice at Mud Lake, this county, has been changed to Laurel Lake, it is reported.


Montrose - On Thursday, October 15, Mrs. Armaluna Park celebrated her ninety-sixth birthday anniversary. Mrs. Park, we believe, is our oldest resident and for one of her age is exceedingly active and in good health. Born the same year Fulton invented the steamboat, think of the innumerable improvements in every line she has witnessed during this long period; things then unthought of have been invented, perfected and are now so common that they are regarded as necessities. Will the next century see such great advances? Undoubtedly. Electricity and the air are yet to be conquered and in them lie unimaginable possibilities. It is quite remarkable that three of our oldest citizens should have their birthday anniversaries fall so closely together--Miss Maria Avery having reached the age of eighty years on Tuesday of last week; D.H. Coon, eighty-one years on the day following, and Mrs. Park, as stated. Congratulations in having reached such a grand old age and hope that they may continue hale and hearty for many more years to come.


Stevens' Point - At Stevens' Point, during the recent high water in the Starrucca creek, the dwelling house occupied by V. Paugh was carried away, together with the contents. The blacksmith shop of Mr. Parker was wrecked. The creek was the highest in 20 years. At one point a cow fell into the creek and had a free ride of three miles, when she was pulled out.


South Gibson - The new South Gibson creamery, it is said, will be the finest in the county.


Ararat - Mr. and Mrs. John Graham received word Saturday of the death of their daughter, Frances, in Carbondale, Friday night.. The remains came up on the flyer, Saturday night, and the funeral will be held on Tuesday. Interment in our cemetery. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in the sudden bereavement.


Harford - Our harness-maker is getting extravagant--driving a fast horse, new wagon and a new harness, and smoking a ten cent cigar. How's that!


Glenwood [Lenox Twp] - The Glenwood hotel has passed into the hands of the Grange Society of Lenox and we now expect to see a general overhauling of the building, which when completed will be the most commodious Grange hall in the county, if not in the State. It contains a large hall, toilet and dressing room; a large dining room, and a kitchen separate, also a large barn for the comfort of the grangers' teams; also a fine meadow where hay enough can be cut to keep the team chewing while the lodge is in session. A good investment sure.


Great Bend - Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Baldwin are entertaining their three sons--one a doctor from Florence, Italy, one a doctor from Connecticut and one a lawyer from Tioga Co., N.Y. AND Many from here went to Deposit [N.Y.] to attend the races. The track was good and the large number of good trotters and pacers were shipped directly there, from this place.


New Milford - Two men from New Milford, formerly acquitted on the charge of breaking and entering the boathouse and dynamiting the waters of Loch Eden, the summer home of Dr. J. Arthur Bullard of Wilkesbarre, were arrested when State Fish Commissioner, Meehan, came to New Milford and took up the case.


County News: Prof. Larrabee, president of Keuka College, has been spending the week in town. He is a Susquehanna county boy. AND "What, asks a lady correspondent, "do you think of the propriety of ladies' raising their skirts upon the streets?" We can't say that we are a competent judge as we have never given the subject more than a casual glance, but it's all right as far as we have seen.


October 30 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Telephone and Telegraph Company denies that it will sell out to the Bell Co. AND There was quite a fall of snow in this place and vicinity on Monday.


Oakland Twp. - The stonework for the new county bridge at Canavan's is nearly completed.


Brandt - The Brandt Clay Product Co. has gone into bankruptcy. AND On Saturday at the Cascade, two hunters killed a very large wildcat.


Thomson - A very pleasant occasion, at Dr. McNamara's, Monday night, in which about 50 took part. One of the interesting features was music by Justin Gillett of Butte, Montana, who is a pianist in an opera house there; also Mrs. Bessie Barrett and Leon Halstead rendered selections, Mrs. Halstead acting as pianist. Refreshments were served.


West Auburn - L. B. Lacey is repairing Billings' hearse from Montrose, which was wrecked at Silver Lake recently.


Franklin Forks - Van Houghton, the artist [photography], has his gallery done and is doing a good business. AND The Ladies' Aid of the Methodist church held, at Mrs. Monroe's, Oct. 4, was largely attended; a quilt was made for the hostess; proceeds, $4.90.


Springville - Matthew Collins fell from a tree, which he had climbed to knock out a raccoon, and injured himself so severely that he will be unable to work for a long time.


Friendsville - Mrs. L. Edwards and Mrs. Lottie Fox were shopping in LeRaysville, recently.


Rush - The gentlemen members and friends of the M. E. church will provide their annual autumn supper for the benefit of the hungry and also for the church finance on Friday evening, Nov. 6th. Come and eat their hot pancakes.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Alonzo A. Payne, postmaster and merchant at Royal, died suddenly at about midnight, Monday, Oct. 19. Deceased was over 70 years of age and had apparently been in the best of health, having attended to his regular duties the same evening of his death. A wife and daughter survive.


Lanesboro - An electric lighting plant has been placed in the Bennett stone quarry at Lanesboro in order to facilitate the filling of large orders, thus enabling employees to work overtime.


Montrose - The boys should not forget that Saturday evening is All Hallowe'en and as we know they are very liable to overlook it we mention it so there will be no disappointed youngsters. A little harmless mischief is all right, if not carried too far, but there should be no destroying of property or injuring of persons by means of tripping them with wires or ropes, placing obstructions on the sidewalks, etc. The average boy knows the difference between fun for fun's sake and malicious mischief-those who don't will probably be run in by the special police. AND Miss Jane Post, the daughter of the late Major Isaac [one of the first settlers of Montrose] and Susanna (Hinds) Post was born in Montrose November 14th, 1820. Her brothers were William L., Albert L., Isaac L. and George L. and her only sister was Elizabeth V. (Mrs. G. Z. Dimock). Three score years ago the Major Post homestead was on the corner of Church and South Main Streets, where the Boyd store building now stands. In youth, Miss Post was beautiful and attractive not only by her personal charms, but by her intellectual unselfish and religious character. Her unmarried life was from choice, for more than one worthy man would gladly have won her hand. At an early age she united with the Montrose Baptist church and was active in the choir and Sabbath School. After the family was broken up she lived for many years among friends in Scranton, but the last four or five were spent at the home of Mrs. W. L. Cox in Montrose. In this home Miss Post was contented and happy, appreciating all the loving care bestowed upon her. Her mind grew feeble, but it was only during the last week that there was a marked change. The end came peacefully and quietly at 11 o'clock on Sabbath morning, October 25th, 1903.The bearers were Isaac Post, a nephew, Charles Post, a grand nephew, W.H. Jessup, W. H. Warner, W. S. Mulford and W. C. Cox. The interment was in the Post family lot in Montrose cemetery.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. - James M. Conrad was agreeably surprised on his return home from York State to find a new roof ready to go on his house and part of his house painted, and his old time house-keeper, Mrs. Samantha Payne, in full possession.


Herrick Center - Saturday night about ten o'clock someone attempted to stead Stewart Fletcher's fine bay team "Prince M. and Prima M. Jr." They had the horses out of their stalls, blankets off and one of them harnessed when Stewart started for the barn. As he went in the front door they went out the back. Horse owners should load their shotguns!


Dimock - John Gavitt is reported to have killed 19 squirrels, out of 24 shot at.


Choconut - Yesterday, the 28th, the funeral of Charles McGraw was held from his home in Choconut and interment was made at Silver Lake. Mr. McGraw died Sunday, Oct. 25, from the effects of an accident in the woods of western Pennsylvania last Saturday. He was working in a lumber camp at Cross Forks when he was struck on the head by a flying piece of bark. The blow rendered him unconscious and he remained in this condition until eight o'clock Sunday night, when he died. He was 19 years old. He is survived by his parents and six sisters, Mrs. M. L. Dacey and Gertrude, of Binghamton, Katherine, Agnes, Anna and Beatrice, of Choconut and two brothers, Cyrenus and Edward of Choconut.


Elk Lake - Henry Daly, having purchased the Montrose steam laundry, will have a public sale of personal property at his residence near Elk Lake, Wednesday, Nov. 4th, at 10 a.m. AND A number of farmers from this place are hauling their apples to the Tyler station and shipping them over the L.V. R.R.


November 06 (1903/2003)



Friendsville - On Monday, Patrick Bahan, of Friendsville, drove in with some calves, which he disposed of at Hibbard's stock yards near the L & M station. After transacting the business in connection with the deal and attending to some other matters, he, in company with a friend, started homeward. As they near Thomas Houghton's farm in the township, Mr. Bahan's companion had occasion to leap from the wagon, which had in some manner unknown, become overbalanced by the load shifting to the further end of the vehicle. The result was that with the removing of the man's weight the wagon box tilted suddenly, and the horses, scared by the commotion, started on a run. Mr. Bahan was thrown to the ground and dragged a number of rods, sustaining a broken leg. The injured man was taken to the Exchange Hotel [Montrose] and Dr. Gardner attended. When a leg is broken between the knee and the hip, as it was in this case, the leg almost invariably is shortened if the bone is immediately set, owing to the contracting of the tendons when the ends of the broken bones slide by each other. It was therefore considered advisable to attach heavy weights to the injured leg and thus gradually draw it back into place. Contrary to the general supposition, he was not in very great pain during this trying ordeal. His brothers, Martin and D. J. Bahan, of Friendsville, were in Montrose to learn his condition and secure means for giving him all the required comforts. It will probably be a month before he can be removed from his room at the Exchange [Hotel] to his home in Friendsville.


Hopbottom - Javan Sterling has moved his meat market into the photo gallery. Can Stone will open a feed store in the rooms vacated by Javan Sterling.


Susquehanna - The Baptist and Methodist congregations will unite in a temperance rally at Hogan Opera House on Sunday evening. AND The Erie laid off 123 men in the shops here last week.


Brandt - At a special meeting of the Lackawanna Presbytery, held at Scranton on Monday, the pastoral relation between Rev. Samuel H. Potter and the Brandt Presbyterian Church was dissolved and the pulpit declared vacant. Mr. Potter will assume the pastorate of the church at Bridgeton, N. J.


East Bridgewater - Messrs. F. W. Bishop, Charles Lamb, Herbert Walton and George J. Mack, of Montrose, were here Sunday morning. Being great lovers of Nature in all its beauty, it is not at all surprising that these young men are prone to wander away from the noise of the city on the hill, to enact the thrilling drama, "Babes in the Woods." Alonzo McNeil, late of the U. S. Army, was along and made a good chaperone, and disciplinarian as well. Mr. Bishop, who is an up-to-date draughtsman from Binghamton, is spending long hours in sketching scenes and incidents along the way.


Harford - Allie Capron will be at the Seaman's House with a fine line of millinery from Nov. 18 to 30. AND The people of Harford were very much surprised to hear of the death of Mrs. Geo. Peck, as she was able to get supper Thursday night and was dead Friday morning, Oct. 30.


New Milford - The owners of the creamery have put in a dam just below the railroad bridge for the purpose of turning the water into their pond at the creamery. AND Inez Shelp has accepted a position in the crockery department of the Boston Store in Binghamton.


North Bridgewater - Charley Holbrook caught a raccoon recently that weighed 18 pounds.


Lawsville - The Smith house on the hill from Lawsville, burned last week; the house was vacant; the origin of the fire is unknown. AND B. L. Bailey and wife have a new piano.


Laurel Lake - As Miss Lydia Rodgers has accepted a position in Binghamton for the winter; a farewell surprise party was given her at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. A. Hayes, Wednesday evening, Oct. 28. Dancing was indulged in, music by Laurel Lake orchestra. After refreshments, remarks were made by G. C. Hill and Miss Rodgers was presented with a purse containing several dollars, with a desire for her to select a present as a remembrance from her friends.


South Montrose - Saturday, Oct 31, marked a red-letter day in the history of our town, it being the initial trip of a wide gauge Lehigh Valley R. R. engine and passenger coach. The making of our road to a standard gauge will be of much value to the surrounding country and this place is destined to be one of the largest shipping points on the Montrose branch of the L. V. R. R.


Birchardville - All speak in praise of our new Doctor, A. L. Hickok.


Lathrop - Messrs Johnson & Lord have been pressing hay in this vicinity. Harry Kinney, while driving team for them, slipped from the seat and caught his foot in the press, hurting it very badly. AND Samuel Marcy's place is much improved by a new barn being erected by the Oakley Bros.


West Auburn - On Saturday, between the hours of 12 and 1 o'clock, the large barn of C. A. Place burned with all its contents. Origin of the fire unknown.


South Gibson - An entertainment and oyster supper will be given on the evening of Nov. 12, in McNamara hall, under the auspices of Morgan's Band. AND Truman Woodard and wife of Humboldt, Ia., are visiting relatives.


Brooklyn - Geo. W. Sterling was born in Brooklyn, July 20, 1823, and has lived in the same neighborhood all his life, dying within a mile of his birthplace, Nov. 2, '03. He was converted when about 17years. His name appears on the class book of the M. E. church in 1841. He was married in 1850 to Lucy Grace Garland, with whom he lived happily for 53 years; she survives him. Three children were born to the couple, two daughters, Mrs. Eldridge and Mrs. Case, both of Brooklyn; and one son, Willis, who departed this life at the age of 8 years. They had another son by adoption, Herbert, who shared in their love and care for 30 years, "and he was not, for God took him." Brother Sterling needs no eulogy; his life was an open book read and known of all men. His last Sunday on earth he attended public worship morning and evening. The end came at the breakfast table. Clasping his hands over his heart and exclaiming, "O blessed God I'm dying," he mounted the chariot and ascended to Heaven.


November 14 (1903/2003)



Upsonville - The flag raising at the East Schoolhouse was carried out in fine shape under the able management of W.H. Harrison and his son-in-law, L.A. Sherwoood. The exercises were fine, under the training and management of the teacher, Maud Harrison.


Glenwood - Quite a number of well-dressed ladies and gentlemen gathered in this place Saturday, on inquiry it was found to be Lenox Grange members looking over their new purchase, and discussing plans for the future. After the needed repairs are made we expect to see a large gathering in the hall every other Saturday. Long may it thrive.


Susquehanna Depot - The Susquehanna Hospital Association will soon begin the erection of a hospital near Laurel Hill Academy, on the site donated by Very Rev. Father Patrick F. Brodrick. AND Whit says that a railroad man "a few days ago" killed twelve robins in the west Susquehanna yard, for which he is liable to fines of $120. The fine part is alright, but how many days is a "few"?


Great Bend - W.J. Day, of Great Bend, has taken his beautiful horse, "Wild Marsh," to New York city, where he will be exhibited at the horse show at Madison Square garden.


Fair Hill - James Winner, of the Friendsville stage route, has, we understand, purchased a mule of N.H. Cool. Mr. Cool also sold a horse last week to parties in Montrose.


Uniondale - The telephone central has recently been moved to Mrs. Lockwood's house, and we are looking for splendid service now, when they change the keys so lively now when the bell rings. Hello central! AND It is reported that John and Edson Carpenter have taken the contract to bore six holes on the twelve hundred acre tract recently purchased by judge Purdy, of Honesdale, on the mountain east of Uniondale, this county, for coal.


Forest City - The robbery of the store of Jack Alexander, of Forest City, is just now occupying the attention of the bankruptcy court, and some interesting complications are promised. Alexander conducted a gentlemen's furnishing store, and a short time ago went into bankruptcy. Frank M. Gardner was appointed trustee of the estate. Matters went smoothly until Wednesday, when Mr. Gardner left for a day or two. Early yesterday morning the store was looted, several hundred dollars worth of valuables being taken. Deputy marshall Snyder, of Scranton, went to Forest City yesterday, and investigated the case.


Oakland - Mayor Connell, of Scranton, has vetoed a recently adopted curfew ordinance of that city, on the grounds that the city has no fit place to imprison children who would be arrested. The veto was sustained. The curfew is a good thing in Susquehanna and Oakland.


New Milford - George Shay of Peckville, formerly of New Milford, who for a number of years has conducted an express business between Scranton and Carbondale, has disposed of his business and property, with the intention of going to California, the health of his wife necessitating this step. Mrs. Shay is a daughter of S.V. Trumbull of this place. AND Binghamton people are negotiating with our business men and capitalists with the intention of establishing a gas plant in town for lighting purposes. AND Inez Shelp, of New Milford, has accepted a position in the crockery department of the Boston Store, Binghamton.


Brooklyn - The traction engine has arrived in town and the horses have taken notice of the fact. AND Howard Clark, who was recently serving in the U.S. Navy, was calling on old friends in towns last week.


Montrose - When the people went to Village Hall Saturday night to see Keene, the magician, they expected to be mystified and they were; they went to be entertained and they were. From the initial act in sleight-of-hand work to the close of the entertainment, when the spirit cabinet was brought into play, the spectators were in a constant state of amazement and admiration. In fact he had all so completely befuddled that had he proclaimed himself possessed of supernatural powers nine out of every ten would have believed him. The tricks presented were not of the variety usually met with on the stage, but ones which could be performed successfully only after years of practice. For instance after growing bushes filled with roses before the eyes of those present, he clipped them off and scattered them about the house; took from a borrowed derby enough stuff to stock a country store; pounded valuable rings out of shape and tore pieces out of handkerchiefs directly before the eyes of all, yet returning them unharmed, and scores of other incredible feats.


Springville - Fred Risley of Springville has gone to Buffalo to work for his brother, Warren, in the employ of the Jones Tea Company.


Elk Lake - At Elk Lake a young man forced an entrance to Stevens' store, in which is located the post office, and pocketed several knives besides a small sum of money from the money drawer used in connection with the post office. It seems that when a store and post office are in the same building Uncle Sam considers the offence in the same light as though the post office alone were there, so that when a store is broken into it is the same as though the entrance to the post office itself was forced. A hearing was given the young man and as it concerns the postal service it is outside the jurisdiction of the county courts and it will be necessary for all connected with the case to go to Harrisburg, where it will be tried.


Bridgewater - James Clough, of North Bridgewater, killed a pig 7 1/2 months old that dressed 308 pounds. AND H.J. Stephens' residence in Bridgewater has been re-painted, L.H. Griffis doing the artistic work.


Hopbottom - The new traction engine, which is to run from Foster to Brooklyn, started on the first trip Monday, with H. Hughes as engineer.


November 20 (1903/2003)



Ararat - Warren R. Corey, of Tirzah, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hattie Stone, Sunday, Nov. 1, 1903. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union army and served three years, being wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks.


Friendsville - A new Palace Queen furnace has been placed in St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church by Cooley & Son of Montrose.


Brandt - By order of the Trustee in Bankruptcy the 650,000 bricks at the Brandt Clay Product company's plant are being finished. This will be of material benefit to the creditors. It is expected that the plant will eventually renew operations.


Bridgewater Twp. [Post Pond Road] - An artificial lake of surprising beauty has been made on Charles J. Post's farm in East Bridgewater, a short distance below Fordham's pond. The lake is set in the valley above the Lehigh Valley trestle, in plain view of the road, and with its background of evergreen and deciduous trees, the lofty hills beyond and its water of crystal-like clearness, forms a scene seldom seen even in this beautiful section. Mr. Post will place boats upon it and doubtless commence the propagation of fish in its depths sometime in the future.


Hallstead - Timothy Carter, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Carter, was killed on the railroad near Tobyhanna, Monroe county, Saturday night at about eleven o'clock. The remains were taken to Hallstead the following morning. It is not known whether he was injured by being struck by an engine or in falling from a train. Carter was employed by the Lackawanna Co. as one of the bridge building gang and was at work near the place where he was injured. He was born in New Milford about 21 years ago. His parents, a brother and one sister survive.


Susquehanna - Atty. W. A. Skinner has been appointed by Judge Archbald, of the United States Court for the Middle District, as United States commissioner for this district.. The appointment was unsought for by Mr. Skinner, which makes the honor bestowed upon him even greater, as it is simply the merited recognition of his ability. While one of the youngest members of the legal profession in the county, he is possessed of all the qualities, which go to make up a lawyer of the highest rank, and there are none who will question the wisdom of Judge Archbald's choice. [William A. Skinner was the father of B. F. Skinner, noted Harvard psychologist].


Montrose Branch of the Lehigh Valley RR - The change from the narrow gauge to the wide gauge on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley is bringing about already noticeable improvements in the business along the line. While the narrow gauge was in existence the very towns through which it passed seemed to correspond in size to the diminutive railroad; but now that is over and the towns are possessed of a certain inexplicable air of importance. We used to see the little red cars scattered along the track inscribed similar to this, "Montrose Railway No. 12," and now the huge cars of the New York Central, the Lehigh Valley and many hitherto unheard of railroads adorn the sidetracks--a condition undreamed of five, yes three years ago. We don't think there are any of us who realize the effect the standard gauge railroad will have on the trade conditions of these towns. Verily, there are many who will have ample reason to be thankful on our annual national day of thanksgiving.


Beech Grove [Auburn Twp] - Mesdames C. E. and J. O. Fuller attended a quilting at the home of Libbie Grose, Friday. The quilt was pieced by the children and old neighbors of her mother, and was a surprise present to her--she being in a helpless condition from a stroke of paralysis. AND At Auburn Corners Stanley Hibbard is at least an inch taller--it's a new boy born Nov. 12th. Also, at Auburn Corners, the Methodists are preparing to fix up the church tower and put in a new bell.


Hop Bottom - The Ladies Aid of the Universalist church will serve a dinner on Thanksgiving day in the new transept. A delicious chicken pie dinner will be served for 25 cents. Ice cream 10 cents. Aprons will be sold at reasonable prices.


Harford - J. C. Tanner, who has been the representative for the firm of Parker, Rose & Clinton, in hardware, for a number of years, on account of poor health, will leave the road the first of the year


South Gibson - A. U. Barnes, lumber merchant of Gelatt, cast his first vote for Gen. Taylor in 1848, attaining his majority the day previous. Mr. Barnes has never missed a November election since--a period of 55 years; he is hale and hearty at 76, always been a Republican, and one of our best citizens.


New Milford - Stone men have experienced bad weather for their business during the past week. The fall on the whole has been favorable, however, and there is not a great deal to complain about. The new quarry opened by the Shields' Stone Co., on F. T. Wellman's farm, is working better than was expected of it without more work being done.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. - Ad. Chandler has purchased a kennel of fat hounds and expects to rid the town of the fox nuisance, they having had too many chicken suppers to please the farmers. AND George Hunt has sent the second consignment of furs to New York. This place seems to be a Klondike for the lucky trapper. AND The busiest man in town is G. M. Bennett--sawing lumber, grinding buckwheat, hauling coal, running the store and post-office; but he is equal to the emergency.


Uniondale - A very pretty wedding was that on the evening of Nov. 2nd, at the Tinker homestead, when Miss Agnes M. Tinker and John a. Smith were united in marriage by Rev. G. R. Merrill, of the Presbyterian church. The wedding march was played by Prof. A. P. Thomas of Carbondale. About 70 guests from different places were in attendance. The presents were numerous and valuable. Amid a shower of rice Mr. and Mrs. Smith left on a southbound train for Philadelphia and other places. They will make their home in Alabama, where Mr. Smith is engaged in business.


News Brief - Every housewife will be glad to know that she can obtain a new book of original receipts by Mrs. Helen Armstrong without cost. Mrs. Armstrong's high reputation as a cooking expert and teacher of domestic sciences makes her receipts highly prized by every woman who desires to get the best results in her kitchen. This book is issued primarily to familiarize housewives with some of the many uses of Karo Corn Syrup. In writing for the book address Corn Products Co., New York or Chicago.


November 27 (1903/2003)



Springville - Tuesday morning neighbor Comstock drove up to the mill and jumped out and went inside. His team, however, conceived the idea of coming back unassisted. A phone message from there notified down town people that they were coming and they were stopped. No damage was done.


Harford - The Epworth League will hold a box and weight social at the home of H. A. Robbins on Friday evening, Dec. 4th. Ladies are requested to come and bring boxes; come and get your lady by the pound.


Susquehanna - Former Auditor-General Levi G. McCauley, an old-time resident of Susquehanna, is a Republican candidate for State Senator from Chester county. AND The Erie is building snow fences along the Jefferson Branch.


Silver Lake Twp. - Laurel Lake is frozen over, which is quite unusual for this time of year. AND Sister Mary Genevieve Morrissey died in Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Nov. 20th, 1903. Sister Genevieve was formerly of St. Cecilia's Academy, where she was Assistant Superioress. She was also directress of schools and had charge of the music classes. Sister Genevieve was a woman of superior intellect and all who were privileged with her acquaintance found in her a true friend and splendid model of Christian virtues. Her birthplace was at Silver Lake and she entered the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the early age of 15 and was a nun for 45 years. [Sister Genevieve also taught at the Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna.]


Lanesboro - The Bell Telephone company were made to remove some unsightly poles and also to change the location of several which interfered with traffic.


Montrose - McCausland's drug store is now lighted by gasoline, a device having been installed which gives not only a brilliant light but makes its use almost absolutely safe. AND The sleighing about town the past week has been quite good and our citizens have been making the most of it, especially the younger ones. Charles Sprout bears the honor of being the first one out on runners. The jingle of sleigh bells is always a pleasing sound and their merry chime lent an additional charm to the Thanksgiving Day festivities.


Thompson - The 600 tons of coal, which in a recent wreck was precipitated down a steep embankment near Thompson, has all been removed by vicinity farmers and nothing now remains but a lot of charred timbers and twisted iron and steel of the sixteen coal cars that were derailed there last September.


Gibson - Elmer S. Chamberlain, while digging a well on his farm, discovered a vein of mineral paint 8 feet in width and 10 feet in depth. Mr. Chamberlain had some of the rock assayed by a prominent assayer who pronounced it first-class mineral paint. Mr. Chamberlain will organize a stock company for the purpose of developing the "mine" and getting the paint on the market. AND In South Gibson a lamp exploded at the home of Jesse Pickering. Mr. Pickering, being absent, his wife bravely fought the flames and put out the fire but not until one sleeping room and its contents were burned.


Forest City - Thursday afternoon of last week, as Morris Rounds was hauling a load of hay through the streets of that borough, three youngsters pulled out an armful of hay and setting it on fire applied it to the load. The natural result was that the entire quantity of hay was consumed and it was only by calling out the fire department that the wagon was saved. Mr. Rounds and team also had a narrow escape. What ought to be done with boys that commit such acts? You can't lynch 'em. AND William P. Jones, a widely known citizen, was killed in the slope of the Hillside Coal and Iron company on Thursday afternoon of last week. A great mass of roof rock fell upon him. Mr. Jones was about 40 years of age. He was one of the earliest settlers in Forest City and was generally esteemed throughout the section in which he lived.


New Milford - Chicken thieves have been operating quite extensively among the poultry fancieries in this place. Several people lost from five to a dozen fowls. Last week it developed that a dealer had bought a large number of chickens from a local character and one of those who had suffered the loss of several fine fowls examined the buyer's flock and located his property among the bunch. It is understood that a warrant has been sworn out by the gentleman who bought the fowls, for the arrest of the seller.


Fairdale - There will be an entertainment in the M. E. Church, Friday evening, Dec. 5th, by the famous Peake Sisters from Alaska, assisted by Sheen Brothers' Quartette.


Clifford - The ladies aid society said, "Let there be light" and the result is six new Rochester burner lamps for the chandelier, a hanging Rochester for the choir and a large student lamp for the pulpit of the Baptist church.


Uniondale - A report is circulating that Judge Purdy, of Honesdale, has purchased twelve hundred acres of land on the mountain east of Uniondale and has contracted with Edson and John Carpenter to sink six holes therein in search of dusky diamonds.


Franklin Forks - Inspection of G.A.R. Post was to have been held on Saturday, but owing to the non-appearance of the inspecting officer, it was postponed. But not so with the supper as that feature was carried out.


News Briefs - Mistleto [mistletoe] was sacred because its berries grow in clusters of three--emblematic of the Trinity. Individuals used to hang bits around their necks as a safeguard from witches, but in modern times it leads us toward witches of a more attractive kind. The maid that was not caught and kissed under the mistleto at Christmas would not be married within one year, so the tradition goes. According to the old rules the ceremony is not properly performed unless a berry was pulled off after each kiss and presented to the maiden. When all the berries were gone the privilege ceased. AND Captain Sanford of the Salvation Army, of Binghamton, will be in the county seat on December 1, gathering clothing, magazines, books, newspapers, rubbers, etc., from your homes. Anything you have in that line kindly have ready, and thus help the Salvation Army to help those who need help. The farm hands from the surrounding country go into the city and seek for employment and help. Thus you may aid us in caring for them. People are sufficiently acquainted with the Salvation Army to know that they are the leading society of the world to help the unemployed and to feed the hungry. 10,000 men are sheltered by the Army every night throughout the country; they have nowhere else to go.


December 04 (1903/2003)



Hallstead - Beginning with Monday next, the government will establish a rural free mail delivery route between Hallstead and Upsonville.


Susquehanna - The December attractions in Hogan Opera House will be: Mary Emerson in "His Majesty and the Maid;" Stetson's "Uncle Tom's Cabin;" "The Fatal Wedding," and "Why Woman Sins" ["Why Women Sin?"].


Montrose - The telephone line from Montrose to Elk Lake and East Rush is now open to the public and subscribers of the Montrose Telephone & Telegraph Co. will have that addition to the lines they can use without extra charge. The parties with phones installed are: Frank Wells, Chas. Stedman, J. G. Cart, E. E. Stevens, Frank Gray's house and store. More to follow soon. This is one of the best lines the company has put up, being metallic circuit and in first class shape. AND The Lehigh Valley train was unable to reach here last Friday evening owing to the derailing of the work train near the Ballentine mansion and the passengers were obliged to return to Tunkhannock. A moving picture and kinetescope company was on the train with the intention of giving an exhibition here, but the accident made it impossible for them to reach town. This makes the second time they were foiled in their endeavor to reach this place.


Silver Lake - Col. and Mrs. West entertained a party at dinner on Thanksgiving. The dining room was tastefully decorated with evergreens and Xmas berries, the table with cut flowers and similax. Col. West's display of old cut glass and silver was much admired, especially an egg-castor, cups, spoons and castor all of heavy silver lined with gold, inherited from Mrs. Allison--Mr. West's grandmother; and a massive solid silver pitcher given to Capt. James West, Col. West's father by Jenny Lind.


South Gibson - The entertainment here last week was a success. Miss Cruser delighted the audience with her recitations; the singing by Mrs.Will Dodge and Mrs. Wallie Watkins, of Welsh Hill, was fine. Morgan's band discoursed some fine music; the speaking by the children and singing by our home singers were also highly appreciated.


Rush - E. Steward has been in very poor health all the fall. His neighbors and gentlemen friends have concluded to give him a bee, to get up wood, Thursday, Dec. 10, and are requested to come early armed with tools and teams to work with. The Aid Society of the Baptist church will furnish dinner; all ladies are invited to come well laden with good things to eat. AND A short time since a marriage notice appeared in the Democrat purporting to report the marriage of Geo. Quinn and Cecil Zacharias, of Rush. It turns out that the notice was spurious, as no such wedding took place. It may be of interest to persons who think it "smart" to send such notices to a newspaper for publication that there is a strict new law against it and we think plans are now set in motion whereby some of these persons will be made an example of before they realize just how funny it all is.


South Auburn - The Linaberry reunion on Thanksgiving Day was held at the home of Earnest Carlin. AND In Auburn, John McGaven [McGavin] has rented and is now running the Ed. Cavanaugh blacksmith shop. He is a young man of good habits and is well liked, which means success to both blacksmith and customers.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The ladies of Fair Hill will serve a chicken pie supper at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Shelp, Friday evening, Dec. 11th. The proceeds will be used to defray the expense incurred in painting the church building. Everyone welcome. Come.


Springville - Last Saturday E. Stevens was having a load of fodder put in his barn, the team standing in the lower door. Without warning the floor gave way and came down. The team was frightened and backed out, escaping injury. Mr. Stevens received a blow on the shoulder that rendered the arm helpless. His carriage, which was in the barn, escaped serious injury.


Jackson - Frank E. Benson, general manager of the Northeastern Telephone company is extending the line from Gelatt to South Gibson.


Gelatt, Gibson Twp. - The Gelatt brothers, of Gelatt, have this season with one team, threshed over ten thousand bushels of grain.


Birchardville - Fred Birchard met with quite a painful accident while skidding wood, he was caught between two logs and his legs were badly bruised below the knee. Fortunately no bones were broken.


South Montrose - Monday morning the west bound train switched two cars heavily loaded with corn into the South Montrose Lumber Co's switch. The brakes failed to work, the cars crashing into a store room adjoining the office, telescoping them and bursting the steam pipes used for heating the office. At the time a steam pressure of 200 pounds was turned on filling the room with steam. Worden Allen, a son of the proprietor and Miss Jennie Wells, book keeper, who were in the room at the time, narrowly escaped death by jumping from the window. The following day the company sent a gang of carpenters to repair the damage done.


Ararat - Raymond Smith and Miss Mary Graham were united in marriage by Rev. Mr. Whalan, at the Baptist parsonage in Carbondale, the 19th.


Franklin Forks - Geo. Hickok recently built a large shed for a covering for his logs and shingle blocks at his mill. He is doing a thriving business in his shingle mill.


Choconut - Wednesday, Nov. 25, occurred the marriage of Frank Burke, of this place, and Miss Mary Heavey, of St. Joseph, at the St. Joseph church, in the presence of about 40 invited guests. John Mooney was best man and a sister of the bride was bride's maid. After the ceremony they all repaired to the bride's home, where an elegant dinner was prepared for them. The bride received many useful and beautiful presents, including $150, presented by her father. Soon after dinner Mr. and Mrs. Burke left for a trip to Niagara Falls and other points of interest. AND Our creamery closed Saturday and if report be true we will have to look up a new creamery man for next season, as Tommy says there is more money in running a creamery at New York than at Choconut Valley.


News Briefs - City gunners in Monroe county have shot several black hogs which they thought were bears. A farmer who owned but one of these animals labeled it with "This is a hog." AND The finest wine ever drank by mortal man was given Pope Leo during his last days. It was 250 years old and worth $2,000,000 a bottle, $274,000 a glass or $200 a drop.


December 11 (1903/2003)



Friendsville - Thomas Ryan sustained a broken back and internal injuries as the result of a runaway accident in Apalachin yesterday [Thursday] afternoon. Ryan's team was standing in front of the hotel in Apalachin when the horses became frightened by the blowing of the 1 o'clock whistle and started to run. Ryan was taken unaware and unable to keep his balance when the horses made their first jump and he was thrown under the wheels of the heavy lumber wagon. The wheels passed over his back and the bones of the spine were badly fractured. Dr. G. W. Beach, of Binghamton, was called to attend Ryan and Dr. F. .M. Miller was called in consultation. Dr. Miller made a quick run from Binghamton to Apalachin yesterday afternoon, covering the distance in his automobile in just 40 minutes from the time that he received word that he was wanted. It is learned later that Ryan died Monday night and his body was taken to Friendsville Tuesday for the funeral and burial. He was 30 years of age and is survived by a wife and 5 children.


Brandt - The Brandt Clay Product company has commenced the shipment of large orders of brick. Both yards, under the management of Charles Lee, of Binghamton, and C. C. Pratt, of New Milford, with a large force of men and teams, under the supervision of M. W. Madden, of Brandt, are doing a hustling business.


Brooklyn - The supervisors of Brooklyn township were the first to file a petition with the county commissioners asking for about three miles of road to be built under the direction of the state highway commissioner under the provisions of the act of assembly passed April 15, 1903. The highway petitioned to be constructed extends from the foot of [the] hill near Brooklyn Centre, toward Hopbottom, to house of H. G. Wright. AND Ernest Tiffany, of Lindaville, and Lena Fish, of this place, were united in marriage Nov. 25, at the home of the bride.


Great Bend - Editor More, of the Plaindealer, has given up the fight with delinquent subscribers and inclement weather and fled to the Sunny South. Accompanied by Mrs. More he takes passage on the good ship Algonquin of the Clyde Line, sailing Thursday for Jacksonville, Fla. Editor Moore is now the Mayor of Great Bend, having been recently appointed by the Court to fill [the] vacancy caused by the removal of the elected Chief Executive. That puts him in the class with Geo. B. McClelland and the rest of the 1903 mayors.


East Dimock - On account of James Bunnell's horse being sick, Johnny Howell is hauling the milk.


Susquehanna - Over $700 was raised in St. John's Catholic church on Sunday, to defray the expenses of improving the parochial school building.


Hallstead - Thanksgiving day brought sadness to the home of E. O. Brush, near Hallstead, when his son, Harvey, aged 16 years, was killed by his gun while hunting.


New Milford - James Donahue, formerly of this place, who some time ago was appointed Lackawanna section foreman at the Factoryville tunnel, has been transferred to the section at Nicholson, to take the place of Patrick Killea, who has been placed on the retired list. Mr. Killea was appointed foreman of the section at Nicholson in '61--going to that place from Alford, then known as Montrose Depot. The friends here of Mr. Donahue will be glad to hear of his promotion, for such it is considered. AND The quarry at Summersville, operated by the Shields' Stone Co., has been shut down for the winter and probably will be abandoned altogether.


Lawsville Center - Jacob Chalker, one of our oldest citizens was robbed of between nine and ten hundred dollars last Friday night. The family was away and an entrance was forced and a small box where the money was kept relieved of its contents, with the exception of two small checks. It is not considered to be the work of experts.


Clifford - Charles Snyder, while trying to tighten a binder on a load of hay, met with an accident that nearly cost him his life. It was reported that night that he was dead, but we are glad to report that he is now well and at work again. AND Our neighboring town, Royal, has a new postmaster and merchant, Lyman C. Severance, appointed postmaster in place of A.A. Payne, dec'd, and he has leased the Royal store and is filling it to overflowing with first-class goods. Lymie is one of our most enterprising young men with plenty of cash, and is trusty and accommodating.


Ararat - The Ararat Prohibition Alliance held a very successful meeting in Ross Hall, Burnwood, Friday evening. The hall was crowded with an intelligent and interested audience.


Harford - Frank Leslie and Frank Labar have returned from their hunting expedition in the Pocono mountains and brought back a fine deer.


Hopbottom - J. L. Sterling is building a new wagon shop.


Lanesboro - As the result of a rear end collision between coal trains on the Delaware and Hudson railroad near Lanesboro Friday evening, eight cars were reduced to bits, their contents strewn down a bank, a caboose burned up and one engine badly wrecked. The trains came together on a grade, the engineer on the rear train being unable to bring his engine to a stop when the rear of the preceding train was sighted. With a terrific crash the engine plowed through the caboose, causing a fire to start and then made debris of the eight cars ahead of the caboose. The cars were hurled through the air, or at least the pieces of them, and many parts of the engine smashed. Fortunately the members of the crew, including the conductor, who were in the caboose of the first train, sighted the approaching train and realized that a crash was inevitable in time to make their escape by jumping.


South Montrose - It might prove profitable in more ways than one for some of our men and boys to refrain from hunting on Sunday, especially on other people's premises.


Forest Lake - The Christian Endeavor Society will give an oyster supper Friday evening, Dec. 11, at Philip Warner's. Price 25 cents. Proceeds to be used for missionary work.


News Briefs - Easily 15 inches of snow fell in the central part of the county, Wednesday, and the result is some of the finest sleighing ever experienced. The snow did not drift in the least, which makes almost perfect conditions for traveling. Merchants are expecting a big holiday trade, and since the snowfall many have sent in rush orders for more goods so as to be fully prepared. AND Binghamton's population is now estimated at 41,000.


December 18 (1903/2003)



East Rush - There will be given an entertainment at the church here on Wednesday, Dec. 23d, by the children of the district school. A patriotic farce entitled "Our Country," and "Mother Goose and her family," will be there. No admission charged, but a collection will be taken to cover expenses of costumes, etc. Come and see Uncle Sam, John Bull and Mother Goose.


Susquehanna - In St. John's Catholic church, on a recent Sunday, over $700 was raised to pay the expense of improving the parochial school building.


Oakland - the Oakland Methodist church will hold a roast pig supper on Saturday evening next.


Fairdale - Our new blacksmith from Birchardville, Mr. Shoemaker, has proved himself an efficient shoe setter, during the past weeks.


Uniondale - Joseph McAvoy, a 13-year-old lad of this place, had 3 fingers severed from the hand last week by the [railroad] cars.


South Gibson - Edgar Belcher is expecting his son, Oscar, home soon. Since leaving three years ago, he has traveled in Alaska and Siberia. When last heard from he was in Oregon, where he has a farm. AND After an illness of but a few days Mrs. Murandie Coil quietly entered into rest on Sunday evening, December 6, at her late home on East Mountain. She was born in Gibson on May 18, 1829 and is survived by one son and three daughters, they being Frank, who still lives at home; Mrs. Richard Burns, of Uniondale; Mrs. Geo. Holmes, of Gibson; Mrs. Chas. Day, of Clifford; and Mrs. H. Howard, of Olyphant.


Little Meadows - Dr. Clarence Klear [or Klaer] , a well known Tunkhannock homeopathic physician, has located at Little Meadows.


Ararat - Farmers near Starrucca, Poyntelle and Ararat have lost in the neighborhood of $36,500 by the failure of A. L. Wiclage, of New York city, who operated milk stations in ten different places. An effort to communicate with Wiclage has been fruitless. Many of the former patrons of the Ararat station are now drawing their milk to the Thomson creameries.


Montrose - Skating on the streets about town is fairly good, although rough in places. AND It is reported that the McCausland Medicine Company has purchased the VanWye property on High street for manufacturing purposes. The D.L. & W. runs at the rear of the lot and splendid shipping facilities can be arranged for.


Choconut - A horse balked with a woman lately and she quietly took out her knitting and sat there for nine hours, when the horse concluded to go on. He'd never had an experience with a woman before.


Great Bend - Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Bond, Mr. and Mrs. E. Hartman, Bert Beebe and Miss Mollie Cornwall, Rev. and Miss Singer, enjoyed a sleigh ride to New Milford, Tuesday evening.


Brookdale - Our school is very small now as nearly all the pupils are having hard colds and coughs.


Auburn Centre - Chas. Nicholson, the mail carrier from Auburn Centre to Skinners Eddy for the past two years, was stricken with paralysis recently and he has been given a home in the Auburn and Rush Poor Asylum, and the Directors sold his personal property to assist in maintaining him. But T. C. Allen had previously issued an execution on it and hence there is a misunderstanding just now as to whom the proceeds belong to.


Hallstead - John Cole, a young man who was shot in the leg while attempting to escape arrest at Hallstead, on Saturday, is a Moses Taylor Hospital, at Scranton. He is charged with attempting to break into a [railroad] car and says he is from New York and was only stealing a ride.


Springville - The Lehigh Valley branch had unusually bad luck this week. Monday night, the train went off the track near Springville. It took so much time to get the cars back on track that the train next day didn't reach Montrose till afternoon; and when returning, when near Ballantine's, the engine again left the track, but with no serious results beyond the necessary delay. The road is not yet in best shape, since being made a broad gauge, but is being improved upon as fast as the men can get to it.


Glenwood - We don't like to borrow any trouble but we fear of an accident during the hunting season. So many small boys carrying guns and shooting promiscuously even in the streets of the town. AND Capt. Lyons Post elected officers as follows: Post Commander, A. W. Miles; Sr. Vice, Theron Hinkley; Junior, C. E. Smith; Surgeon, Dr. Davidson; Chaplain, B. McDonald; D. M., Paul Lewis; Officer of the Day, J. P. Kline; Officer of the Guard, W. W. Hardy; Delegate, D. M. Hardy. The camp-fire will be held on Dec. 29. A small fee of 15 cents will be charged to help defray expenses. The G.A.R. members will be admitted free, with their families. Come, come, and in goodly numbers, and encourage the old vets by your presence. It will not be many more years that you will have the privilege of meeting the old soldiers of the war, '61 to '65.


Brooklyn - A new traction engine arrived in Brooklyn last week and proved its ability by pulling five tons up the hill to the condensery, in spite of the deep snow. It will probably do much of the hauling between Foster and Brooklyn until a railroad is built.


North Branch (Middletown Twp.) - John H. Jones is working for the Jones boys at the Centre.  AND Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Guiton attended the McAvoy-Murphy wedding at Kirkwood.


Lanesboro - There is a report that Rev. George Comfort, who is in the railroad hospital at Ogden, Utah, has suffered the amputation of his injured arm.


News Briefs - The automobile factory at Towanda, which was closed a few months ago on account of the manager skipping out, has again been opened up under a new management. The company will manufacture gasoline machines instead of electric, as formerly. AND There are nearly half as many more girls last year in Susquehanna county's schools as there were boys; the number of girls being 5,818 and that of boys 4,008. AND The snow storm in the eastern section of the county was a hummer. According to an old saying, the snow that sticks to the trees is a forerunner of plenty of fruit the coming year.


December 25 (1903/2003)



The Night Before Christmas--1903 Version: T'was the night before Christmas In each little house The Children were waiting, As still as a mouse, To hear the puff, puff, And the pish, chug and squeal Of good old St. Nicholas' Automobile!


Springville - Some hauling is going on lively from some of the quarries just now. Lott Bros.' especially, doing a land-office business. AND The milk station ice pond was cut over last week and the product stored. AND H.B. Lathrop received a nice Portland cutter [sleigh] as a Christmas present from his wife.


Franklin Forks - The election of officers of G.A.R. resulted as follows--G. P. Stockholm, commander; J. W. Palmer, senior vice; Israel Monroe, junior vice; A.E. Stockholm, chaplain; Simeon Stilwell, officer of the day; J. Devine, guard; A.M. Snow, quartermaster.


New Milford - Hugh McDuffee, the old veteran who has been ill for several months, died last week at the residence of Mrs. R.B. Ainey, who was employed to care for him. The deceased has resided here for about 30 years, coming from Massachusetts when the present tannery was erected and became an employee of that institution, where he remained until within the past three years when illness compelled the abandonment of continuous hard labor. He served through the [Civil] war and had a creditable record. He leaves one daughter Ethel who resides here and one daughter in Massachusetts.


Fairdale - There are now living in this town two boys, neighbors, both direct descendants of the land of steady habits, both living in the home where they were born, neither have ever had any other residence--David Olmstead, born June 9, 1829 and Edgar Bolles, July 13, 1833. AND Henry Daly recently purchased the Montrose Steam Laundry.


Forest Lake - J. W. Hoag had a severe attack of nosebleed recently. AND Elder W. C. Tilden had the misfortune to lose his horse. His friends made him a Christmas present of another one.


Hallstead - Hallstead's opera house will be opened January 3, 1904, Hi Henry's minstrels being the attraction. Three new sets of scenery are being painted for use in the remodeled house. AND A boycott of the Lackawanna railroad by hotel men of Hallstead seems to be in existence at the present time, says the Binghamton Herald. Two hotelkeepers are known to have refused to accept goods sent over the Lackawanna railroad. The cause for this boycott is said to have originated in an order which is claimed was issued by the Lackawanna railroad forbidding its employees to frequent hotels. A couple of employees of the Lackawanna are said to have been discovered in a Hallstead hotel by an agent of the road and severely disciplined for it. Two hotel men have notified the liquor dealers and other merchants in Binghamton with whom they deal, that if their goods are sent by the Lackawanna, that they will not accept them.


Crystal Lake - Mrs. A. Russell, who resided near Crystal Lake, was forced by the burning of her home to walk nearly three miles barefooted, thinly clad and with her two children in her arms to the home of her nearest neighbor, Mrs. J. Hawke. The route she traversed was across fields, through deep snow drifts and, burdened with her children, she was completely exhausted and sank in a faint when safety was reached. The fire originated from an overheated stove, which had been allowed to burn fiercely owing to the bitter cold night, that of last Saturday, and when discovered it was beyond control. It was impossible to secure any suitable clothing for herself and children as they were aroused from their sleep and made their escape with difficulty, the children, however, being wrapped in her husband's overcoat and that of a neighbor, who endeavored to save some of the furniture, but with little success.


Richmondale, Lackawanna Co. - Because Mrs. John Dilleo lost her much prized diamond ring and suspected that a chicken had swallowed it, she proceeded to kill off the whole flock of chickens one day last week. She had chopped off the heads of twelve of the chickens and was about to execute the thirteenth when the flash of the valuable shiner caught her eye a few feet from her execution block. There was a gathering at the Dilleo home on Monday night and chicken was served in every style.


Montrose - The menu for the Christmas dinner at the Montrose House is printed below. The price per plate will be only 35 cents: Menu-Blue Points on Half Shell, Consomme with Tapioca, Lobster a la Newburg, Olives, Celery, Radishes, Green Onions, Prime Ribs Beef Au Jus, Roast Turkey, Giblet Sauce, Cranberries, Roast Pig, Mashed Potatoes, Apple Sauce, Fried Egg Plant, Asparagus Tips on Toast, Browned Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Turnips, Chicken Salad, Mince Pie, Plum Pudding, Orange Ice, Boston Cream Pie, Wine Sauce, Fruit Cake, Nuts, Raisins, Wafers, Cheese, Tea, Coffee, Chocolate.


Hopbottom - A dancing party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bailey, Monday evening.


Lenoxville - If you wish to see a good display of Christmas goods, call on our merchants, Stephens and Ross. AND Soap club No. 1 met with Mrs. Emma Hallstead, Dec. 19.


Forest City - Forest City never was a "prudish" town but there should be a limit. When there is a prize fight at the Opera house it matters not that most of the "sports" are from Carbondale, Jermyn and Archbald. The moral effect is felt only by the one town--our town. The curse for a lot of unseemly things has in the past years been attached to Forest City. Pretty soon somebody will arise and speak out in meeting. (Forest City News)


Brooklyn - Mrs. T. E. Penny, of the township, has a sauce plate bearing the date 1664.


Auburn - Mr. Hardic is now sawing logs, making shingles, planing and grinding, but not making butter. AND Our school, taught by Miss Lena Bushnell, is in a very prosperous condition. Miss Ethel Young took a vacation this week and did not teach.


News Briefs - Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y., finds among her best debaters Susquehanna County students. This year Carl Churchill, until recently of Springville, belongs to the College debating team and last year G. B. Hubbard, of Thompson, was on the team that won a good victory from Alfred University. Susquehanna county students have distinguished themselves in mathematics in that institution. Charles Moxley, of Hallstead, gives a gold medal in mathematics every year. Two years ago, Chas. Finn, of Montrose, won it and last year Churchill received first mention.


January 01 (1904/2004)



Uniondale - The Uniondale Milling Co. is presenting its patrons with handsome calendars containing a life-like picture of their big mills.


Lindaville [Brooklyn Twp.] - Clarence Williams and Miss Anna Lord, of this place, were united in marriage, Dec. 23, 1903, at the home of the bride. We extend congratulations.  AND In Brooklyn, Christmas trees, well filled with presents in the three churches here, made the children and the parents happy.


Montrose - The Montrose Democrat offers the first young lady that makes a leap year proposal and is accepted, will have 100 wedding invitations free of charge, at the Democrat office. Be prompt, girls, but don't crowd. AND Miss Lillian A. Sampson, of Tarrytown, NY, graduate of Wesleyan College and Miss Sarah E. Clark, of Washington, D.C., graduate of Wellesley Women's College, have been elected teachers in [the] Montrose School. All the teachers now employed in Montrose High School are college graduates.


Susquehanna - J. F. Bronson, in the hope of benefiting his health, will take up his residence in Cuba. He left for Havana, Dec. 24.


Hopbottom - Miss Ethel Titus, a student at Bloomsburg State Normal School, and Bessie and Dean Tiffany, students at Keuka College, are home for the holidays.


Glenwood - The exercises at the Grow chapel, on Xmas eve, were a success in every way. The recitations by the younger scholars were fine, the pieces sang were well rendered and a good attendance and perfect order was noticeable on every hand. Mrs. G. N. Bennett, the master spirit, was in great demand, her time was principally taken up with the younger classes and will be remembered through all their lives, as she has pointed the way to mansions in the skies.


Auburn - Miss Lena Bushnell takes her vacation this week, so no school. AND Do not miss going to the men's oyster supper at the M.E. church next Friday night. You are promised one of the grandest entertainments ever witnessed; besides a phonograph will be present.


Harford - The dance at Kingsley was well represented from Harford and all report a good time except they broke their sleigh on the way home.


Fairdale - The ladies of Fairdale will have their annual oyster supper in the basement of the M. E. church on Friday evening, January 9. All are cordially invited.


East Bridgewater - B. R. Jewett will give a phonograph entertainment at the East Bridgewater church on Wednesday evening, Jan. 6, for benefit of the church. A small admission fee will be charged.


Wyalusing - L. B. Frink, foreman of the Wyalusing Rocket and a former resident of Montrose, has been elected chief of the Wyalusing fire department. "Verne" will make a good chief and we congratulate the people of that town in having such a wide-awake and competent head for their fire fighters.


St. Joseph - Rev. Fr. James A. O'Reilly, a native of St. Joseph, who for several years has been connected with the Cathedral in Scranton, was recently presented with a beautiful gold chalice by members of the Holy Name Society, of Nativity Church. Fr. O'Reilly, since the organization of this society, whose noble purpose is to discourage the use of profanity and obscene speech, has taken a personal interest in its welfare to such an extent that its growth and power for good seems phenomenal and in recognition of the fact, that the gift was presented. He is one out of four brothers, all ordained to the priesthood.


Forest City - Early Christmas morning, between the hours of three and four o'clock, Patrick Fleming stopped before the residence of Festus Madden and by throwing snowballs, ice and other missiles at the house aroused the anger of its occupant, who ordered him away, and he departed for his boarding house just across the street. Returning in the course of a half hour, Fleming fired a shot from a revolver, which he had evidently just procured and Madden, stepping to the door, fired a shot skywards from a double-barreled shotgun, the intention being to scare the intruder away. This, however, did not frighten him and he continued to advance again sending a bullet in Madden's direction. The latter, intent upon preserving his own life, fired the remaining barrel at his assailant, the contents of the weapon taking effect in the young man's side, below the right shoulder, tearing a hole about two inches in diameter, and he expired almost immediately.


Madden was taken to jail to await the grand jury's action after F. T. Gelder, J. P. at Forest City, heard the evidence. The reason given for Fleming's attack on Madden's house was said to be a desire on the part of the former to continue a quarrel with the latter's son, a young man of about 23 years of age.


Both men were miners; Fleming being unmarried, 26 years of age, about 3 months ago went to Forest City from Plymouth, Luzerne Co., and he was well-known and popular; he served during the Spanish-American War, and possessed a fine physique. Madden is 46 years of age and has a wife and 6 children; he also possesses many friends who are confident that the affair is a justifiable case of homicide, an opinion which is shared by a majority of the people of Forest City.


On the contrary, it is said that as a result of investigations pursued by friends of the young man killed, that they are in a position to prove that the revolver was placed by his side when he had been lying in the snow for some time; that he had never been seen with a gun of any kind in his possession.


While there are good grounds for the belief that Madden committed the act in self defense, yet there is a strong probability that when the case is tried, possibly at the April term, there will be some interesting, if not sensational, developments.


News Briefs - Christmas was a beautiful, mild day, followed the next day by a "rip-snorter," with well-defined blizzardy symptoms. AND The Catholics of Scranton diocese and of the whole world for that matter, were granted a dispensation to eat meat on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day, both of which this year fell on Friday. This dispensation is nothing new. It is allowed whenever Christmas and New Year's fall on Friday but, as it is several years since that happened before, it is new to most of the rising generations especially.


January 08 (1904/2004)



Birchardville - One of the prettiest and happiest events of the season occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Melhuish, Dec. 29th, it being the marriage of their daughter, Emma, to Mr. Kenneth D. Johnston, of Hallstead, and their son, Fred, to Miss Nettie L. Lewis, of Syracuse, N. Y. The very impressive ceremony was performed under a canopy of evergreen, holly and mistletoe by Rev. Clinton B. Henry, of Luzerne, Pa., a cousin of Mr. and Miss Melhuish. The brides wore gowns of cream white brilliantine and carried bridal roses.


Auburn - Pern Harris moves to his grandfather Lott's farm near Auburn Centre. Mr. Lott lets him have the farm and stock, implements and household goods, by paying $90 a year during the life of Mr. Lott, and at his death the whole thing falls to Pern. Who wouldn't like such a grandpa as Uncle Milton?


Glenwood - The camp fire held at the G.A.R. hall, Dec. 29, was a hummer, the house being crowded and standing room at a premium. Vocal music was fine, instrumental was of the kind that kept the young people keeping time with their feet; the graphaphone selections by Prof. Gardner were excellent, also the zebo band was well received with hearty applause. The principal speakers were Prof. Payne and Roy Austin. Then came the Grand Army bean and hard tack: 130 plates were filled, which did not go around and 30 or 40 more had to be added. The exercises closed at 11:30 p.m. One bad feature occurred, Jule Bennett lost a valuable horse. It was taken sick and died within an hour after getting to the hall.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Several from this place attended the ball at I. Haire's Hotel [Rush], New Year's Eve and report a very pleasant time. AND Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O'Brien and family attended the funeral of Mrs. O'Brien's brother-in-law, Patrick O'Shaughnessy, at Little Meadows, Tuesday.


Elk Lake - The patrons of the East Rush creamery are cutting and hauling ice from the lake.


Choconut - Creynos Donley is smiling--twin boys. AND The Friendsville stage could not get to Binghamton last Monday on account of the snow drifts.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. - Mrs. Emma Ace, of Rock Springs, Colorado, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Silas Jagger. Mrs. Ace is a fine musician and ably assisted the choir in the rendering of the Christmas music at the church here, Christmas night. The whole program was very interesting and entertaining.


Springville - Mrs. Henry Strickland, we understand, has had another attack of appendicitis. It seems strange that so many suffer from that disease when but a few years ago we never heard of it.


Harford - It was 21 degrees below zero on Monday.


Tunkhannock - Workmen on the new vehicle and foot bridge across the river have now completed the first span. There are four spans between approaches. The abutments and piers are built of imported rock. When completed the bridge will be one of the finest structures of its kind in the state. During the construction of the piers and the other work, traffic across the river has been by means of two ferries. Large loads of bark, logs and other material have been thus conveyed across.


Great Bend - Miss Carrie Lines, matron of the Conneaut (Ohio) General Hospital, spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Lines. Miss Lines and Mrs. Nellie Gillespie leave for New York city January 1st where they will take up their profession as trained nurses.


Susquehanna - Through the agency of Capt. R. H. Hall, of Susquehanna, Sidney Galloway has received increase of [military] pension from $17 to $24; Rufus Barnes, Gelatt, $8 to $10; Daniel S. Mayo, Hickory Grove, $6 to $10; Nelson F. Shutts, Starrucca, $6 to $10; Elizabeth States, McClure, widow's original pension, $8 per month. AND Eight hotels have applied for licenses in 1904: Thomas H. Reddon, Reddon's Hotel; Thomas J. Reilly, Eagle Hotel; Martin J. Ryan, Canawacta House; Andrew J. Ryan; European Hotel; John H. Connelly, Susquehanna Hotel; F. F. Langford, Hotel Langford; Fred O. Stearns, Cascade House; W. F. Moran, Central House.


Montrose - At 4 o'clock on Dec. 31, the first engine was run over the new L.V.R.R.'s "Y" in this borough, being a part of the extension into the borough. Foreman Welsh had said all the time he would have it completed before Jan. 1st, and he did, notwithstanding the severe weather.


Forest City - Five establishments have applied for hotel licenses in the borough. They are: Julius Freedman, The Fleming House; John H. Cunningham, The Forest House; John Prozopovitch, The Bennett House; W. J. McLaughlin, Forest City House; Martin Muchitz, The Davis House.


North Jackson - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. A. Wayman in North Jackson, occurred the death of Mrs. Catherine Coleman, aged 80 years. H. M. Benson, Funeral Director.


New Milford - G. M. Carpenter has applied for a hotel license to run Jay's Hotel and William B. Phinney has applied for the Eagle Hotel.


News Briefs - "While hanging out the clothes deadly colds are often taken," said a physician. "The change of temperature from the steamy kitchen to the freezing air outside is most dangerous. No one should hang out clothes without being especially dressed for it. Running in and out with a few pieces at a time, bare handed and bare armed, is inviting pneumonia. Get the clothes all ready sorted in the basket so that no time will be lost in handling them out of doors. Then put on warm overshoes and a thick jacket that will protect the arms, tie up the head and slip on a pair of knitted, coarse white cotton gloves that should be kept expressly for that purpose. Thus protected one suffers very little from the exposure." AND Thomas A. Edison has invented and made a machine which is six feet long, six feet high and five feet wide, which will generate electricity sufficient to store batteries to run an automobile and light a house at an expense within reach of people of moderate means. He says the owner of one of these machines can light his home as cheaply as he can now light it with kerosene. AND The Lestershire [Johnson City] shoe factory pays annually to its employees nearly $2,000,000. There are 2,500 hands receiving an average of $800 per year, or over $2 per day. The yearly increase of business for 1903 is over one and a quarter millions, the total yearly business being nearly $10,000,000.


January 14 (1904/2004)



Forest City - Two Forest City men, Daniel Lewis and Andrew Kilkullen, were killed and six injured in a collision between two electric mine motors in the Erie mine at that place.


Susquehanna - The officials of the First Methodist church are considering the advisability of purchasing of George Starkweather, the two vacant lots and dwelling house on River and Broad Streets, upon which to erect a new house of worship. The dwelling house would be used as a parsonage.


Rush - Clarence Gary, of Colorado, is visiting his home and many friends in this place.


New Milford - The New Milford band will conduct an old time dance at the Opera House Friday evening, January 22, for the benefit of the organization; tickets 75 cents; supper served at the Jay House.


Forest Lake - Suel and Asa Warner are filling their ice houses from the Lake.


Jackson - George Gelatt, after an absence of nearly a year at Hepner, Oregon, is at home for the winter.


Franklin Forks - The mercury stood at zero Tuesday morning and one week ago at Snow's Mill it was 32 below, and at Summers' and Wheaton's, 30 below.


North Bridgewater - A sleigh load of 16 people of this place spent a very pleasant evening at C. R. Fancher's. The hours were spent playing the popular games of Flinch and Panic.


Silver Lake - Mother Mary DeChantal, of Villa Maria Convent, West Chester, Pa., died Jan. 10, 1904, at the convent where she had presided as Sister Superior for 16 years. Mother DeChantal was formerly Miss Katharine Hays, a daughter of the late Patrick Hays, of Silver Lake, Pa., an early settler in Susquehanna County, where she was born 62 years ago. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Mahoney, of Silver Lake; Mother Mary Columba, of West Chester, who is Sister Superior of the Boys' College; and nine brothers, Rev. Father T. W. Hays, of Centralia, Pa.; ex-Alderman Matthew Hays, of Binghamton; Maurice, of Washington; Daniel, of Emporium, Pa.; John, of DuBois, Pa.,; Aloysius and Frank of Bradford, Pa.; and James and Joseph, of Colorado. Mother DeChantal joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary forty-four years ago. At the age of 15 she was a teacher in Silver Lake Township.


Glenwood - We think there should be some stir about the re-building of our bridge at Upper Glenwood, as the non-building is depriving children of their school.


Montrose - Owing to the abandoned trips by D. L. & W. and L. V. trains, Wednesday night, on account of impassable snow drifts, accommodations at the Tarbell House were taxed to full capacity, every bed being occupied by from one to three guests. The difference in the climate between Montrose and Scranton was illustrated when a snowplow was telephoned for to open up the L. & M.'s tracks. It had rained all day in that city, so the request for a snowplow seemed absurd, and the train officials here had some difficulty in convincing them they were not "joshing."


Elkdale - We think Elkdale has claim to the honor of having a citizen who has resided longest in the same place and that is Joel Stevens, a gentleman of 98 years, who has always lived in that town. Mr. Stevens is one of the many thrifty and prosperous agriculturists who have lived for many decades, almost within the shadow of Elk Mountain, he having been among the earliest to make his home in that beautiful region. Although ripe in years he is still possessed of much activity and frequently takes long walks around his extensive farm. That he will become one of the county's centenarians seems very probable. [ Joel Stevens died January 8, 1905].


Friendsville - The Catholic Light, of Scranton, in its last issue, contains an article on "Gerald Griffin's Work and Life," which will be of interest to many in this county, who are proud of the fact to belong to this noted Irish family. The gifted author's parents' remains repose in the little churchyard at Friendsville, while Brother Joseph, as he was after many years known to his friends, sleeps in a lowly grave in the cemetery at North Monastery, Cork, Ireland. The article is a reprint from the Holy Family magazine, and its writer is Katherine E. Conway.


Great Bend - Charles Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Smith, of Great Bend, and a sailor in the U. S. Navy, is critically ill in a Philadelphia hospital as the result of exposure and injuries received in a shipwreck. During a storm a government transport was driven ashore while en route from Port Tampa to Philadelphia. The crew and passengers drifted in small boats to a barren island and before relief arrived, were nearly starved. On re-embarking several of the small boats were swamped and it was necessary for some of the sailors to don life jackets and jump overboard, running their chances of being picked up. One of the brave men to respond to the captain's order was Mr. Smith, who nearly perished from exposure before he was rescued by a passing steamer. The father of the young man is now in Philadelphia. AND C. G. Chaffee, 70 years old and a resident of Great Bend, was killed at Gardner's Crossing, one mile west of Conklin, on Wednesday afternoon, while on his return from Binghamton, by Lackawanna train No. 6. The snow was falling fast when he reached the crossing, and his head was down to protect his fact. It is quite evident that he did not hear the approaching train. Mr. Chaffee and the horse were killed instantly, and the sleigh smashed into fragments. Mr. Chaffee formerly owned The Chaffee House in Hallstead.


Lanesboro - The State Board of Health has appropriated $1,100 for Lanesboro to pay the expenses of the sanitary policemen during the smallpox epidemic last summer. The epidemic cost the borough about $1,800.


Brooklyn - The entertainment given last Friday at the Presbyterian church was the best of its kind that has been in town for some time. Mr. Kirk has a rare gift both as an impersonator and elocutionist. The singing of Mrs. E. M. Tiffany and Lillian Byram, of Hopbottom, was excellent.


Auburn - Terrance Smith, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in Auburn Township, Sunday, Jan. 3, 1904, from heart disease and dropsy, his age being about 62 years. He is survived by a wife and one brother, John, of Springville, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Kernan, of Briar Ridge.


January 22 (1904/2004)



Forest City - Judge Searle handed down an opinion Thursday morning in the case of Festus Madden, of Forest City, who was in jail for killing Patrick Fleming at Forest City, in which J. M. Kelly, Esq., had entered habeas corpus proceedings. The Judge decided that Madden should be released on bail, $5,000, and W. J. Maxey and M. J. Welsh, qualified for that sum and Madden was released and returned to his home in Forest City Saturday.


Montrose - The young people of the A.M.E. Zion Sunday school will give one of their pleasing entertainments at the church, Monday evening, Jan. 25th, to which all are invited. Admission 20 cents. Programme: Chorus, Jubilee Song, Gospel Train; Solo, One Little Word, John Stewart; Jubilee, Turn Back Pharaoh's Army; Trio, Treasures That Gold Cannot Buy, Rosa Smith, Chester Reed, Henry Naylor; Solo, Hope Beyond, Mrs. Ella Chappel; Jubilee, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Medley, Mrs. Ella Chappel; Bass Solo, Mighty Deep, Chester Reed; Recitation, Jesse Thompson; Solo, Who's At My Widow? [Window?] Rosa Smith; Organ Solo, Sunset. AND It was 22 degrees below zero at the Montrose House Tuesday morning. It was said to be -38 at Will Webb's. Oh yes, this is an old-fashion winter.


Franklin Forks - The People's Telephone Co. have elected the following officers for the coming year: Pres., James Clough; Sec'y-Treas. and Business Manager, A.R. Bush; Directors, E. L. Bailey, T. L. Smith and William Booth.


Jackson - Henry Holmes and family have moved to Niagara, where they will keep the boarding house for W. H. Fletcher and son.


West Lenox - Frank Resseguie, of South Gibson, is bringing his milk to our station. Frank knows what is best for his pocket book.


Brookdale - Bartley Burns received word last week, from Cedartown, Georgia, that his son, Peter Burns, had been terribly burned from the effects of which he died in a few days. He had been absent from home about 16 years.


Hopbottom - An oyster supper will be held at the home of Mrs. Will Wright, Saturday evening. Sleighs will be at the M. E. church at 7 o'clock to carry those wishing to go.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn is to have a traveling library.


Middletown Twp. - On December 31, 1903, occurred the death of Maurice Fitzgerald, aged 63, one of the most highly respected citizens of Middletown township, after a short illness. The funeral took place Sunday, Jan. 3, Rev. B. V. Driscoll officiating. In his sermon he paid a glowing tribute to the departed. Deceased had been a life-long resident of Middletown and gained the respect and confidence of all with whom he came in contact. Besides a wife to mourn his loss he leaves seven children, Michael, William, Edward, Daniel and James of Middletown; John, of McKean county; Mrs. E. H. Redding, of Rush. Deceased was borne to the grave by his six sons acting as pall-bearers, and laid beside five children who preceded him to his eternal reward. Rest in peace.


Uniondale - Miss Augusta Curtis visited her sister, Mrs. A. Corey last week; she leaves soon for Alaska, where she will engage in teaching.


Alford - On Wednesday, while at Alford, Engineer "Jack" Spence applied the brakes when nearing the terminus of the road, but owning the icy condition of the rails the wheels were unable to grip them and the consequence was the engine ran into the bumping post, which, by the way is a good strong one, damaging the pilot and injuring the front of the locomotive to a considerable extent. Had the engine gone ten feet further it would have plunged over a high wall and the results would have been very serious. The rails were icy last evening from the sleet storm, which made the running much more difficult, but as the snowplow had been up in the afternoon the track was clear and Engineer Spence brought her in ahead of schedule-time.


Auburn Twp. - An Auburn Four Corners correspondent says that some miscreant, "too cowardly and contemptible to be considered human," entered the mill of R. S. Hardie last Wednesday night and so displaced one of the head blocks that when the mill was started the saw was ruined and the operator's life endangered. Mr. Hardie also had one of his heavy belts cut not long ago. When the miscreant is caught there will be "something doing."


Susquehanna - The Alice Carey Concert Co. was to have appeared in Hogan's Opera House on Sunday evening, but the clergy objected, and the attraction, which was in the regular entertainment course, was cancelled.


Lawton - At a meeting of Rush Grange No. 1167, the following officers were installed for the coming year--G. L. Pickett, master; Martin Golden, overseer; Mrs. Wm. Brotzman, lecturer; Jos. Brotzman, steward; Ira Terry, ass't steward; C. G. Flummerfelt, chaplain; C. D. Williams, treas.; D. W. Terry, sec'y; D. A. Shadduck, gatekeeper; Mina Wilbur, Pomona; Margaret Coleman, Ceres; and Rena Shadduck, Flora.


Hallstead/Great Bend - A fair is to be held by the Hallstead and Great Bend Horse Breeders association to raise money to make necessary repairs and improvements to their grounds and buildings for the coming season. It is expected that the races to be put on next summer will eclipse anything ever seen in this section, and a large number of horsemen are coming here to train their horses upon the track and to be here for the races. It is expected to build as many more stables in the early spring as there are at present upon the grounds.


New Milford - The Lackawanna railroad has 700 locomotives and 27,000 cars of all descriptions. The combined length of these, coupled up, would reach a distance of 300 miles from Hoboken, N. J. to Bath, N. Y.


News Brief - The sleet and rain storm of last night and this morning has wrought havoc in this vicinity. Telephone wires are down and communication with neighboring towns is practically shut off. The trains are experiencing considerable trouble in making anything like schedule time, owning to icy rails, and travel by wagon or foot is rather risky. The electric light plant in Montrose was obliged to shut down this morning as the wires were broken in many places by the weight of ice and huge limbs breaking off and falling upon them. In some instances even trees have been uprooted by the weight of ice, which clings to them, while limbs and smaller branches are littered about everywhere. The trees bordering the highways and in the spacious yards present a beautiful spectacle in their mantles of ice and the imposing grandeur of the scene will long be treasured within our memories.


January 29 (1904/2004)



Forest City - A street car running from Forest City to Carbondale jumped the track Sunday night last at about 10:34 o'clock and plunged down the 12 ft. embankment between Forest City and Wilson Creek. Every one on the car, except the conductor, was injured and the car was badly wrecked. The injured are: Charles Gallovitz, motorman, of Carbondale, chest wrenched; James Merrit, bruised and sprained elbow; Homer Labar, of Forest City, chest lacerated and sprained ankle. Three or four others were also injured. All, excepting Labar, were taken to the Carbondale Hospital. AND The German Catholics are planning to erect a church. Forest City will then have five Protestant and three Catholic churches.


Fairdale - The Ladies' Aid will meet at the church on Friday evening, Feb'y 5. Songs, recitation and some remarks on "Old Abe, the War Eagle of the 8th Wisconsin Regt." by Edgar Bolles.


Scranton/Friendsville - A Scranton writer in the North American, dated January 17, says: "The congregation of St. Patrick's Catholic church was pleasantly surprised today when the assistant priest, the Rev. J. E. Lynott, announced that the congregation was free of debt. The parishioners, who believed they were owing $25,000, were unable to understand the announcement, until Father Lynott explained that the venerable pastor, the Rev. James B. Whelan, during his 21 years' pastorate, had never drawn a cent of salary, but instead, had quietly diverted it to the payment of pressing bills." Father Whelan is known by many in this county, having been born at Friendsville and lived there a number of years. His sister still resides in the old homestead at that place.


New Milford - High water again played havoc with us on Saturday. The rain on Friday broke up the ice in East creek above the center of the town and gorging at the Main street iron bridge threw great volumes of water over the retaining wall in the main street. About 4 o'clock in the morning the fire bell called the people out of their beds and at [that] time Main street was in an impassable state; great cakes of ice were carried and distributed along the street. Men worked at dynamiting the ice between the railroad bridge and the Main street bridge and not until about 3 o'clock in the afternoon did they succeed in relieving the congestion. When the water ceased flowing down the street the ice had ceased flowing down the street the ice had to be removed before travel could be resumed; much damage and inconvenience resulted.


Susquehanna - An Oakland side company, one day of last week, started for Windsor to have a marriage ceremony performed, taking a local clergyman and a constable with them; when the State line was reached the bridegroom elect suddenly decamped, and is still at large. AND A. Severson has succeeded Harry Holmes as rural route mail carrier. Mr. Holmes has removed to Herrick Centre.


Franklin Forks - No services at the Presbyterian church, for the present, owing to the high snow banks and bad roads.


Lawton - Sheridan & Price, of Meshoppen, made a deal with a Philadelphia manufacturer whereby they came in possession of a large stock of men's, boy's and youths' clothing; all new and up-to-date, at a sacrifice price and will hold a special clothing sale at Kahler & Terry's store at Lawton, from Jan'y 27 to Feb'y 6. All people of the vicinity should avail themselves of this great opportunity.


Upsonville - The heavy rains have settled the snow banks somewhat around here, yet no teams have yet gotten through from the Merriman Corners to the Stanley Stone farm; old inhabitants say the roads were never so filled with snow in many a year.


Elk Lake - The Grange is in a flourishing condition, taking in new members at each meeting.


Lynn - A sleigh load from Springville passed here Saturday.


Lenox - The literary society connected with the Glenwood grange will give an entertainment in the Glenwood M. E. church on Friday evening of this week. They will be assisted by Mrs. E. M. Tiffany, soloist of Hopbottoom as well as by J. Gardner of South Gibson, with his graphaphone, so we feel sure no one will begrudge the price of admission, which is only 10 cents.


Montrose - We are informed that four new hands have been added to the force in the cut glass factory within the past few days, namely Charles Chilson of Elmira, Alex Law of Scranton, Joseph Miller of Philadelphia, and James Loftus of Scranton. Foreman H. E. Walton states that work is brisk here and that over 30 hands are now employed.


Forest Lake - Hugh Booth, of Nebraska, who went west nearly 25 years ago, is visiting relatives. The first time he has been back east.


Harford - Miss Ruth Mac Connell has secured a position as teacher in Wilkes-Barre and while there makes her home with her sister, Mrs. Paul Sherwood.


Hallstead - The Democratic caucus was held in the firemen's hall Thursday evening and the following ticket nominated: Assessor, Henry Smith; Justice of the Peace, C. R. Eldred; Judge of Election, John Driscoll; Inspector of Election, Carl Tingley; Auditor for three years, Chas. Austin; Auditor of two years, W. H. McLeod; Council, P. H. Allen, Thomas Haggerty; School Directors, T. J. Conner, B. R. Tanner, Poormaster for two years, G. W. Capwell.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Andrew Rogers, who has been ill for several weeks, died Saturday, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Ely. The funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. and were attended by a large number of mourning friends and relatives. Mr. Rogers, who was past 80 years of age had spent nearly all his life in Brooklyn, and was held in high esteem by his neighbors. He is survived by a widow and three children: Will Rogers and Mrs. Fanny Lindsey, of Factoryville; and Mrs. Lillie Ely and a brother, Christopher, of Brooklyn.


News Brief - A report by Jasper T. Jennings in the Independent Republican, Montrose. "The Winter of 1903-04 will go down in history as a very remarkable one for the latitude. We know people are very likely to say, when we have an unusual cold snap, that it is the coldest weather they ever saw. They say they never experienced anything like it; when the facts are if they would only take the trouble to look up the records, they have, in most instances seen just as bad, perhaps many times before. But this winter is really an exceptional one. The ground froze suddenly on the night of the 14th of November and up to this time, Jan. 19, there has been but two or three days that the thermometer has registered above the freezing point in the shade. A heavy fall of snow took place on the 12th of December and although it rained twice before Christmas, once slightly and once considerable, there has been but very few days from the time of the first fall of snow to the present date that snow has not fallen."


February 05 (1904/2004)



Hop Bottom - Mr. William Crandall and wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, Feb. 1st, at the home of William Wright, on the same farm where they commenced housekeeping in a log house 60 years ago. He is 81 and she is 80. Mr. Henry Coleman and wife celebrated their 50th anniversary, Jan 30th, at the home of their daughter, Mrs. VanAlstyne.


Glenwood - Mrs. Goss, who is blind, was left for a short time by her daughter, her dress coming in contact with the stove at once took fire. Smelling smoke she found that she was on fire, she then took the dinner horn, which she keeps near her and finding her way to the door gave the alarm. The neighbors rushed to her, finding her in flames, the fire was soon smothered and all damage passed, one dress and two cushions was the extent of the damage.


Jackson - The North Jackson long distance telephone wire, was last week strung to the borough limits of Susquehanna. AND W. W. Pope and P. K. Benson are building a large number of Pope extension ladders.


East Dimock - Mrs. Henry Perry is now making butter and her patrons will be glad to hear of it, by the way it is fine. AND In Dimock L. F. Thornton will buy all pole cats alive, brought to him.


Dundaff - The mail carrier from Dundaff to Elkdale has to wear snow shoes on account of the deep snow.


Birchardville - There is quite a strife with us about our schools; some want one school and some two, but those that have the most to say are those who have no children to send. AND Jas. Hallinan's barn blowed down the 21st. It was known as the Thacher barn.


South Auburn - The Grangers and their families, of this place, and a few invited guests were given a feast at the home of the retiring Master D. L. Carter. 108 were present and a very enjoyable time was spent.


Clifford - Perry and Willie Yarns are building an electric light plant or machine to light their house and mill [and] if they succeed in producing the light it will be a wonderful thing. It is now being completed and will be watched by many to see whether it will be a success. At any rate, there is some very difficult work about the machine.


Welsh Hill - The friends in this place of Walter Horn were pained to hear of his tragic death, being killed by [railroad] cars, at Carbondale, Sunday morning. Mr. Horn was married about three months ago to Miss Etta Wells, of Elkdale, who is well known here having been a frequent visitor at the home of her cousin, Mrs. D. J. Morgan.


Rushville - C. E. Hoag has purchased the stage line from Rushville to Montrose. He wishes to announce that the stage will leave Rushville at 6 o'clock a.m. and leave Rush at 7:45 a.m.


Montrose - The National Stock Co., at Village Hall, this week, gave three good plays that were witnessed by large and appreciative audiences. A very striking feature was Miss Frankie Partridge, assisted by F. C. Turner, in her illustrated songs. Frank Evans in his buck dancing, whirling the baton and his clever handling of the tambourine, made a great hit. The company as a whole is seldom surpassed.


Great Bend - Probably one of the most interesting antiquities in the county is now at Reckhow's store in this place. It is an old style chair and was given by Martha Washington to Rachel Hasbrook, when the Washington's were leaving the army headquarters at Newburg at the close of the Revolutionary war. From Rachel Hasbrook the chair descended to her grand-daughter, Elizabeth Eager, who now leaves it together with other antiquities to her daughter. [Elizabeth Eager, of East Great Bend, died May 13, 1903, death resulting from a fall.]


Oakley, Harford Twp. - Letter to the Montrose Democrat: "I wish to report that I am wintering 160 hens. I use Cypher's poultry foods and methods, and think it pays. In the month of December they laid 1516 eggs, which sold for $45.48. In January they layed 2156 eggs, which sold for $50.56, besides keeping out 50 doz. to fill incubator. Respectfully, W. M. Wilmarth."


Forest Lake - Elder Tilden buried poor old Jack, his horse he had driven for 25 years.


Susquehanna - Borough politics are warming up. The sewerage question is to the front. AND Miss Bridget Millane, an aged resident of Hallstead, died on Friday morning at the home of her brother, Michael Millane, in this place. While walking along Main Street a few weeks since, she was pushed over by some young people who were scuffling and sustained a fractured hip.


Ararat - The report is current that a large summer hotel will be erected at Fiddle Lake the coming summer.


New Milford - Richard Moss, a native of New Milford, son of F. F. Moss, for many years a resident of New Milford, has been promoted to the responsible position of master mechanic of the Jersey City, Hoboken and Paterson Street Railway company shops. Mr. Moss learned his trade in the Susquehanna machine shops.


Forest City - Thrilling escapes made in night attire by several persons, damages to the amount of nearly $30,000, narrow escapes of firemen and spectators from the falling walls, were the main happenings of a destructive fire which raged for several hours on the east side of Main street in the business section. The fire was discovered by Dr. Knapp, on a 2 a.m. call, who first noticed smoke issuing from a single dwelling. Fanned by a strong wind the flames made great headway in home of H. W. Brown, and used as his harness shop, in which was also Hennan & Mahoney's cigar factory and the tailoring shop of Benjamin Gilgenast. The blaze jumped to the adjoining double building, which was occupied by E. E. Deming's feed store on the first floor and by Mr. Heller's and Brown's families on the second floor. In this building was also the residence of Tailor Gilgenast, and his escape was one of the most thrilling of the fire. Being a sound sleeper he had been awakened only after much shouting. It was so hot in the room that the tailor was compelled to go out on the porch to dress and left his jewelry behind. After dressing in part on the porch, Mr. Gilgenast had no way to escape, all routes being cut off, and he prepared to jump from the porch. While the crowd fell back, the tailor coolly walked to a point above the ground where a large drift of snow had rested and then made the jump, landing without any injuries. In other homes there were several narrow escapes and it was more to good fortune than anything else that fatalities are not recorded.


February 12 (1904/2004)



New Milford - While E. J. Lindsey and wife were returning from Hallstead, Feb. 5th, they saw a large ball of great brightness pass through the air in range of A. Geer's residence, and seemingly dropping down in the woods beyond, and out of sight. It looked as large as a bushel basket.


Rush - Wm. Hendershot has rented the Watson Dayton farm.


Susquehanna - There is a solid field of ice in the river, averaging 2 feet in thickness, between Lanesboro and the headwaters near Cooperstown. Should this ice go down with a freshet, the damage on the lowlands will be very great. AND John Tooley, an old resident and veteran of the Civil War, has sustained a stroke of paralysis.


Brooklyn - A. S. Waldie and F. B. Jewett have made arrangements to have electric lights put into their residence from the condensery and a proposition to light the whole town from that plant has been made, and if the people would interest themselves the company will furnish light for the whole town. For a town its size, there are few that get ahead of Brooklyn in progress and enterprise.


Ararat - Pastor Crane filled his place at the Presbyterian church last Sunday. There have been no services for 2 months owing to the illness of the pastor.


Franklin Forks - Wm. Bridger, of Iowa, was a guest of S. Stillwell last week. Will was brought up and educated by Mr. Stillwell of this place and is doing honor to him. He is doing a flourishing business in egg packing in different portions of the west and is associated with a Mr. Hathaway, of Binghamton. He is cordially welcomed on a visit to his old home.


Lawton - The Lawton Grange has the honor of being the banner grange of the county, having 196 members enrolled and 17 applications on hand. AND Lumber is being drawn for the creamery to be erected here; parties from Allentown are to put up the plant.


Springville - Maple Lodge had its banquet at Kelly's hotel, recently. There were nearly 90 present, and the occasion was greatly enjoyed. The supper proved that Mrs. Kelly and her assistants know how to cook and serve for such gatherings. AND A. D. Shoemaker, having sold his farm to Frank Dodge, will go to Kansas soon. His family will remain for the present.


Montrose - A "pan-cake toss" was given by the ladies of Zion church, last evening. AND At the prize waltz contest in Village Hall, the couple awarded the first prize, a gold medal, H. E. Walton and Miss Mae Porter; the second prize $2.50, went to Charles Sprout and Miss Lillian Thompson.


Harford - The annual meeting of the Harford Agricultural Society was held in Odd Fellows' Hall, Monday evening, Feb. 1. Total receipts for the Fair (with last year's balance) were, $2,036.22


Hallstead - A few years ago the late N. T. Mitchell had a tame bear chained to a post near his barn. In the fall bruin dug a hole beneath the barn and to the length of his chain, undermined a hay mow. On the succeeding Feb. 2, some people watched to see if the superstition about the bear coming out of his hole on that date would be verified, and sure enough about noon out came the bear and to this day you cannot make Hallstead people believe that bears do not regulate the weather.


Elkdale - Joel Stevens is 98 years of age and has always lived in Elkdale.


Great Bend - Levi Banker's team was tied to the metal post in front of the Kistler block in Great Bend when they became frightened and as they were tied with considerable length of rope they wound around the post and almost instantly both horses were thrown down, breaking the tongue of the sleigh and portions of the harness as well. AND Pete Rinehart, who lived for many years in the Egypt tract of the county, in Great Bend Twp, about 3/4 mile from the main Susquehanna road, was found dead in the shanty he called his home on Monday, his death having occurred on Friday, and his wife, who was ill, having remained alone with the body of her husband for four long days, with scarcely any food or fuel excepting that which the neighbors had provided. W. A. Kenyon, on Monday, found Rinehart and his wife suffering from cold and hunger and both of them ill. He informed the poor authorities of Great Bend township of their condition, but nothing seems to have been done for them only what their neighbors did. Pete was given Christian burial on Tuesday and his wife was taken care of by her neighbors.


Auburn Township - C. A. Dean has been engaged as butter maker at the Jersey Hill creamery, which is undergoing some repairs and which will be ready for business in the near future.


North Branch - The people of Middletown were greatly shocked on Thursday of last week to learn of the death of Miss Anna Curley of Flynn, which occurred at her home. The funeral was held from St. Patrick's church, Rush, on Sunday, Rev. B. V. Driscoll officiating.


Heart Lake - The big ice house at this place is more than half full. This has been a very hard winter to gather ice on account of so much snow. Several teams have been kept busy scraping the snow since before new years. About 80 men are employed.


Hopbottom - On April 1st, Dr. E. E. Tower and family will move to their hold home at Loomis Lake near Hopbottom, to spend the summer. His work for the State Live Stock Sanitary Board will continue the same as heretofore. A telephone will be placed at his residence as soon as possible which will connect with Brooklyn, Montrose and other points, and all cases reported will receive the same prompt attention as before.


News Briefs - The lower parts of Wilkes-Barre were inundated by the backing up of the Susquehanna river Tuesday and from that city to Sunbury many towns have been flooded and thousands of dollars of damage done. An even more disastrous flood is anticipated, as the ice is gorged in many places in a manner which defies all artificial means of removing it. AND The following persons are drawn as jurors for the term of United States court beginning in Scranton, Feb. 29: Grand jurors--Frederick Terboss, Hallstead; W. H. Wilmot, Gibson. Petit jurors--W. H. Foote, New Milford; Wm. Kendrick and H. C. Miller, Susquehanna; John West, Auburn Four Corners; Charles Moses, Brackney.


February 19 (1904/2004)



Montrose - Zion A.M.E. Church was crowded last Sunday evening by friends who listened with interest and marked appreciation to the Sacred Concert given under the auspices of the choir, with Mrs. Ella Chappel as manager. The exercises began at 8 o'clock, the pastor, Rev. J. E. Williams reading an appropriate Scripture Lesson. The choir then sang "Rock of Ages," followed by a fine bass solo by Chester Arthur Reed. Ella Slaughter read a Psalm and two little girls, Mazie Lewis and Georgia Reed, sweetly rendered "Vale of Beulah." Henry Naylor, in his usual pleasing manner, gave a solo and Miss Rosa Smith, rendered most credit to "Cavalry." Mrs. Chapple's solo also elicited many compliments. Quarterly Meeting will be held in the church next Sunday. The order of services is as follows: Love Feast and sermon in the morning and in the afternoon Rev. Frank W. Young, pastor of the M. E. Church, is expecting to preach. In the evening Presiding Elder Ross will administer Holy Communion and preach. There will be special music. AND Samuel A. Pettis celebrated his 93d birthday on Monday. On that day he walked from his home on Depot street down town and back as is his custom every few days. Mr. Pettis stands almost erect and walks as spry as many a man of 60 years.


Gibson - The Crossley brothers, of New Milford, have recently added to their plant near Gibson, machinery for the cutting from large maple timber, roller blocks used in calico printing. They also have a plant at Starrucca, Wayne County. The output is exported to Scotland and Germany. These two mills are about the only ones of the kind in the United States.


Jackson - Hon. John Wesley Cargill died at his home in Jackson township, Monday morning. The funeral services were conducted from his late home on Thursday at 11 o'clock. He was born in Jackson township May 25, 1831, of colonial ancestry; he was a life-long Democrat, the only departure from his extreme political faith being his advocacy of the election and policy of the lamented President McKinley; he served Susquehanna county in the legislature one term and was a man of more than ordinary ability; he is survived by a wife and other relatives, his only child, a son, Prof. Manlius W. Cargill, having died some two years ago.


New Milford - All work will be completed at the tannery this week and then the institution will be closed down. Just how long the plant will lay idle seems at this time to be a mere matter of conjecture, but we have hopes, and very good reason for believing that it will not be for long, as Mr. Safford, the owner of the plant, has parties interested in the matter.


Susquehanna - It is said that the Erie will hire no more women stenographers. AND Hatch's Moving Pictures appeared in Hogan Opera house, on Tuesday evening, under the auspices of grace Episcopal church, Oakland. AND The Susquehanna Hospital association will, in the spring, erect a two-story brick hospital building near Laurel Hill. It will be modern in every respect.


Auburn - Feb. 6, while sleigh-riding, Miss Lena Bushnell had the misfortune to hurt one of her eyes by being hit with a brake handle, and was unable to teach last week. Her eye was almost swollen shut almost instantly. She is getting along nicely but still has a black eye. Jessie Bushnell took her place for a few days.


Thompson Twp. - Mrs. Eliza Clapper, wife of John W. Clapper, died Feb. 2, after a short illness from pneumonia. Mrs. Clapper was a daughter of Aaron and Mary Aldrich, of New Hampshire. She was born in 1833 and when a child came to Thompson with her parents. She married Mr. Clapper in 1853 and they went to live on the farm that has ever since been their home. During the dark days of the civil war Mr. Clapper enlisted in Co. A, 137th New York Volunteer Infantry and remained in the service until hostilities ceased, and during this time Mrs. Clapper cared for five little children and managed the affairs at home in such a way as to give her great credit. She is survived by her husband, one brother, Aldrich, of New Milford; eight children, Alvina, wife of George Curtis, of Herrick; Emma, wife of Hezekiah Robbins, of Harford; Charles, who lives on the old homestead; Eudora, wife of Harney Brown, of Thompson Twp.; Julia, wife of Lewis Banks, of Susquehanna; Alice, wife of Vernon Slocum, of Jackson; Lena, wife of Myron Avery, of Susquehanna; and Adalaide, wife of Jerry Robbins, of Harford and several grand-children and great-grand-children.


Heart Lake - Mulford Gay is the champion egg producer of this section. From less than 100 hens he has sold for the month of December about $30 worth of eggs; and for January about $40 worth; who can beat it?


Harford - The Harford grangers have purchased one of the vacated Soldiers' Orphan school buildings for a grange hall, consideration $500.


Springville - There will be an oyster supper and entertainment in the M. E. church, Thursday evening, Feb. 25. A very interesting program is being arranged. One of the specially interesting features of the evening will be a "Tom Thumb" wedding. AND A. D. Shoemaker, having sold his farm to Frank Dodge, will go to Kansas soon. His family will remain for the present.


Fairdale - The Sheen brothers and sister will give an entertainment in the M. E. church at Fairdale on the evening of Feb. 22, Washington's birthday. A lady will also read a paper on "Travels in the Holy Land." Very interesting. Tickets 15 cents; children 10 cents. Receipts to apply on the minister's salary.


Hallstead - For several weeks the Lackawanna has been doing a greatly increased volume of business in Hallstead. Many Utica trains are being sent from this point and a number of engineers and crews have been sent from Scranton to Hallstead. At present there are six extra engines and engineers and firemen in service, and also four train crews. These men having all been sent from Scranton. Heavy shipments of coal are being made to Utica and Syracuse and the resulting is unprecedented. It is a great boom in railroading and to railroad men.


Birchardville - Anyone wanting to buy a swell body cutter or a hand made buggy, call on F. S. Ball.


Ararat - The following were elected on Tuesday last: Assessor, Titus Shaver; J. of P., V. O. Stearns; Sup. A. L. Bowell; and R. F. Stone; school direc., G. W. Gelatt, R. J. Avery; town clerk, O. F. Potter; town treas., J. N. Sartelle; poor master, C. P. Rose; judge of elec., G. F. Barnes; ins., W. Burman. In Herrick the following were elected: Assessor, Ashford B. Tingley; sup., Austin Smith and E. I. Baker; school direc., William Todd, William Pickering; judge of elec. S. O. Churchill; ins., Alexander J. Scott; town clerk, R. M. Tingley; town treas., F. D. Fletcher; poor master, Geo. H. Reynolds.


February 26 (1904/2004)



Susquehanna - March 1st, Editor-Manager H. T. Birchard will assume the proprietorship of the Transcript/Ledger. AND It is said that James Paye recently received an order for 500 horses for the Japanese cavalry. Now if the Japanese really want 500 horses and have got the price, Mr. Paye is just the boy who can furnish them quick.


New Milford - The Lackawanna bridge gang, who are engaged in erecting the new iron bridge between this place and Summersville, will place the structure in position on Sunday next. AND W.A. Kenyon, who recently bought a traction engine of the Huber Mfg. Co., has taken an agency in the company for Susquehanna county.


Vestal Centre - Will Rounds, wife and son, are sick with scarlet fever; they contracted the disease by attending the funeral of Mr. R.'s sister's child, who died of it at Franklin Forks. AND Regardless of the weather Aunt Eleanor Platte is seen daily on our streets; she celebrated her 88th birthday Feb'y 10th, and thus expressed herself on that day--when calling on her friends, "I never felt better than I do to-day." Her form is erect, and intellect and memory such as to make it a pleasure to converse with her. In her early days she graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music and with her husband toured the states giving concerts. She is perfectly at home at piano or organ at this age. The summer she spends at her antique home "Solitude"--but spends the winter with friends; her maiden name is Lathrop, and she is a cousin of D.D. Lathrop, Montrose.


South Auburn - It is reported that the Rural Delivery No. 2, passing through here from Meshoppen, will begin April 1. The post office here will be discontinued.


Brandt - Monday evening the A.A. club held a progressive flinch party at the home of H. E. Morgan and wife.


Great Bend - William J. Day, while putting a bridle on his horse Thursday afternoon of last week, had his nose almost bitten off by the animal, it simply hanging by a shred of skin. It was sewed on, twelve stitches being taken, and he is now considered past any dangerous effects which might have resulted. Animals of all kinds are more irritable during periods of extreme cold weather as in very warm seasons of the year. Dozens of instances in this section of the state where dogs have gone mad this winter might be cited to support this view.


Lenox - A little hamlet in Lenox township, Susquehanna county, is called "Hell's Half Acre." It got its name many years ago in the following manner, according to a writer in the Nicholson Examiner: "The place is situated on the Montrose and Carbondale turnpike and in 1844 was the principal stopping place for stage coaches and teamsters. The postoffice was kept at the hotel and the Grow Brothers--of which ex Congressman G.A. Grow was a partner--were doing a flourishing business in the community. The changing of the turnpike to run through Glenwood, a few years later, left the little place off the main artery of travel, and business so decreased that the hotel proprietor finally sold out to a man who came in merely to sell what grog he could. The temperance people became so indignant at the way he ran the place that they determined to drive him out. Somebody wrote a song about him and his business, the first line of which was "Hell's Half Acre can't be beat." They sang this so lustily and incessantly that the maddened landlord had one of his tormentors arrested and brought into court at Montrose, where he obtained $1,500 damages. But the name Hell's Half Acre still sticks to that locality.


Lanesboro - An interesting truth in the life of William [Wilhelm] Schmidt, of Lanesboro, was developed yesterday in United States court, when he applied to Judge R. W. Archbald for naturalization papers. Schmidt came to this country from Germany when 16 years of age and has lived here 43 years, four of which were spent in the army during the Civil War, and the remaining time at Lanesboro, first as a farm hand, and now as a prosperous merchant. Until yesterday, on the eve of his first return to Germany, he had never thought of becoming a citizen. The explanation given by Schmidt himself, is that the step was taken at this late day to ward of a feeling, when he got across the water that the boast he might make of "our country" would not be an honest one if not a real citizen. The fact that Schmidt was not a full-fledged citizen was not generally known, his loyalty to the cause and public-spiritedness in affairs at Lanesboro tending to dispute it. A retiring nature was the excuse made by friends when he declined office, when really it was for the above reason. Mr. Schmidt said the reason he had not had his papers before was because he wanted to convince himself that he would be a good citizen if once he did, and it took him a long while to find out, he said, laughingly. [Mr. Schmidt ran a home bakery in Lanesboro].


Oakley, Harford Twp. - The gray mare familiarly known as Old Nellie, owned by W. M. Wilmarth, was killed last week, she having outlived her usefulness, being 28 years old; she had been a faithful servant on the farm where she died, for over 20 years.


Little Meadows - Election results: Assessor, G. R. Graves; Justice of the Pease, A. Graves; Commissioner, E. B. Beardslee; Auditor, P. Foster and S. A. Pitcher, each received 19 votes; School Director, A. G. Darling and J. M. Russell; Judge of Election, Joseph DeKay; Inspector, Lindley Williams; High Constable, A. C. Darling; Town Council, I. R. Beardslee.


Hopbottom - The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. [William P.] Crandall was celebrated on Feb.1st on the place where they commenced housekeeping. He is 81 and she is 80.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - H. W. Roper, who conveys the children to and from the Brooklyn High School, had the misfortune to tip over [his kid wagon], Monday morning; fortunately no one was injured.


Clifford - Jason Brownell met with an accident that nearly cost him his life. While feeding his cows that were in stanchials [stanchions], he stooped down to pull some hay off that had lodged on one cow's horn, just at that moment the cow next to that one turned her head and hooked at her, one of her horns struck Jason in the neck, passing through the skin; with her horn in his neck she raised her head up until Jason's head hit the top of the stanchial then her horn tore out leaving a large hole and a bad wound within an inch of the jugular vein. Dr. Edwards dressed it and although very sore, it is doing well.


Montrose - A new feature of the season is the rain-proofing of the overcoatings sold at the Warner Store--without additional cost.


North Bridgewater - Feb. 12 being the 81st anniversary of the birth of C. S. Bush, about 50 relatives and friends gathered at his home and gave him a pleasant surprise.


March 04 (1904/2004)



Susquehanna - Of the $10,000 paid annually by the Erie Railroad company to this state, in lieu of taxation, Susquehanna county receives $7,862.90.


Rush - Among the recent curiosities shown us was one by N. R. Jones. It is a power of attorney directed to Henry Jones by his son, Andrew Jones, dated at or near Middletown, Virginia, Oct. 17, 1864 and empowers the former to vote for him in the town of Marcellus, Onondaga county, N.Y. It was customary during the Civil War to issue such powers of attorney, a fact which will undoubtedly interest the present generation. Mr. N. R. Jones, who is a brother of Andrew H. Jones, also has in his possession the musket carried by his brother.


Montrose - A letter was received from Charles Warner, son of Edson Warner. Charles is located at Johannesburg, South Africa and is employed in the cyanide department of the Bonanza Mines, of which Ruel Warriner, son of Rev. E. A. Warriner, is General Manager. We gave notice of the departure from Washington of Mr. Warner nearly a year ago. He sailed and sailed, "crossed the line," "rounded the horn" and finally after a rough passage arrived at Delegoa Bay. From that point he went to Johannesburg. AND H. W. Beach has a new automobile, the largest one yet brought to Montrose.


Bridgewater Twp. - The L & M morning train left Montrose at the usual hour on Tuesday. It met with some resistance from the beautiful snow near Harrington's Mills, but at about 8:30 puffed up the hill until Babcock's Woods were reached. There it decided to stop as the engine and baggage car left the track. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to proceed, the engine, which had been placed on the track, proceeded to Tiffany and the train was finally brought back to Montrose. Over 200 men shoveled the sugar-like snow to clear the way. A train came from Alford but failed to connect with its stranded neighbor. Many passengers including Mrs. H. W. McCartney, Mrs. W. H. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Ayars, of Wilkes-Barre, Messrs. Norman Stewart, Wm. S. Mulford, of Scranton and Ex Sheriff W. J. Maxey were among those on the train that did not go. Squire Tiffany opened his comfortable home for all who cared to enjoy his hospitality.


South Gibson - The tolling of the church bell on Tuesday morning announced the death of Mrs. T. Wescott, who died at the home of her son, Jerry, in Forest City on Sunday evening; funeral held from [the] Methodist church in this place on Wednesday.


Uniondale - Bronson & Westgate have shipped 13,000 tons of ice. AND The Herrick Elgin Butter company of Uniondale elected the following officers: trustee, A. A. Tingley; secretary, J. L. Jones; treasurer, Arthur Williams; auditors, J. Tonkins, A. Odgen. The company has secured the services of A. A. McCredie, of West Davenport, N.Y.


South Montrose - Percy Ballentine has purchased a new Peerless automobile, costing $6000.


New Milford - Bert Howell left for New York, Tuesday. where he has secured employment on the elevated railroad; Bert was one of the leading and most enthusiastic members of the cornet band and that organization will feel his loss. AND A correspondent says the New Milford tannery is about to stop work which will throw about 30 men out of employment.


East Lenox - News has been received from A. J. Archibald, saying that he arrived safely at the home of his sister, at Big Foot Prairie, Ill.


Silver Lake - Mr. Gillooley, while helping on his son's barn, fell through a trap door last Saturday, and was seriously injured. Dr. Gardner was called and Mr. Gillooley removed to his home near Quaker Lake, and at last reports was said to be comfortable.


Brooklyn - F. B. Jewett has been dangerously ill, with erysipelas in the head, the past week.


Flynn - Mr. and Mrs. John Curley are rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter.


Brookdale - A sleigh load of Brookdale people spent Saturday eve. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pope in Kirkwood. A first-class supper was much enjoyed by all. Mr. and Mrs. Pope are first-class entertainers.


Glenwood - A surprise party in honor of Claude and Clyde Hardy was tendered them on Saturday evening, their 17th anniversary. It was a surprise to the boys, truly, and a very sociable evening was spent at the old homestead. Music and singing was enjoyed by all. Refreshments were served by the host and hostess. All returned home feeling it was good to be there. The presents were useful and ornamental. Those present were: Mr. & Mrs. Gardner, South Gibson, Mrs. Frank Smith, Miss Maude Burklin, Miss Grace Morey, Maude Medler, Jean Tourge, Beatrice Hopper, Verna Bell, Mabel Jeffries, Walter Hopper, Guy Ritter, Rob McDonald, Arthur Hopper, Earl Tourge, Harry Hardy. AND Roy Wilson has been doctoring a sick horse for the past few days. Mr. Wilson seems to have bad luck. But a sort time ago he lost a valuable horse and how with is one sick it breaks up his team and leaves him in bad shape to do his work.


North Jackson - The sale of the personal property of the late E. R. Barrett was largely attended at the farm here Friday. Cows sold for about $30 each and the fine gray horses were purchased by James Paye, of Susquehanna.


Forest Lake - Bruce Griffis is going to commence running a general store at the old Stone stand, Forest Lake, on April 1st.


News Briefs - When you get a catalogue from a big mail order house, just look it over and see what they will pay you for your produce, also investigate and see what their terms of credit are in case you do not have the ready cash; how much they will give towards the keeping up of the sidewalks; just write them and ask how much they will give towards the erection of a church or how much they will give to assist the poor. After you have done this and received a reply, see if your home merchant won't do as well. AND This is a poor time to buy maps of the world. The accurate map of to-day may be all wrong before the year is ended. AND March came in like a lion, served with sugar-snow when cold. Let us hope for a lamb-like departure; but come to think of it we have seen some lambs that were quite frisky after all.


Correction: Aunt Eleanor Platt is an aunt, and not a cousin, of our townsman, D. D. Lathrop, as stated in the Vestal Centre items in our last issue.


March 11 (1904/2004)



Auburn Twp. - A second rural free delivery route with a starting point at Meshoppen, will be opened April 1. The route traveled will include South Auburn, Doolittle and a portion of South Auburn Township.


Hallstead/Great Bend - The steel stringers and girders have taken the place of the wooden ones in the Hallstead-Great Bend county bridge, and the entire structure has been re-planked. The ice on the river was thick enough to permit even the heaviest loaded vehicles to cross between the two towns in safety, thus giving the workmen full swing, as interference from passing traffic was eliminated.


Choconut - James Mooney will sell, March 21, at his home in Choconut, horses, wagons and farming implements.


Montrose - The fiery steed of Mr. Samuel B. Rogers ran away on Tuesday morning. Mr. Rogers had hitched up his colt and went into the house. The horse realized that it was untied and without waiting for Mr. Rogers, started from the barn at a terrific rate. Consternation was created along Lake avenue when the terrified residents saw the animal rushing headlong down that thoroughfare. Mr. Rogers followed shortly afterwards in a special conveyance, and upon arriving at his office found his horse had stopped in front and that no damage was apparent. It is claimed, for the horse, a 2:03 clip while coming down Jail Jill.


Franklin Forks - The report reached Montrose Monday that a son of Wallace McGee had the smallpox, he having contracted it in a lumber camp where he had been employed. Dr. Caterson has the family in charge and as they have been strictly quarantined since the discovery of the disease, no great fears of its spreading are entertained, although it is said some have been exposed.


Susquehanna - The ice went out of Drinker creek Monday afternoon, taking some small buildings down stream. AND The new Common Council organized on Monday evening. D. J. Connors, of the 4th Ward, was elected president; Thomas J. McMahon was re-appointed chief-of-police; William Allpaugh was re-appointed borough treasurer; Stephen Maroney was re-appointed street commissioner; and W. A. Skinner was appointed borough attorney.


Elk Lake - James Justin's brown team took a flying trip from the Lake postoffice, home, on Thursday; damage--broken pole and whiffletrees. AND James Hoag has purchased a residence in Sayre and expects to move his family there as soon as he disposes of his property and store here.


East Dimock - Mylie Birtch, who sold his farm, intending to go west, has rented Almira Reynolds' farm in West Brooklyn.


Hopbottom - About 25 widows are living in this borough, and more looking for rooms. AND Parley Wright and family have moved back from LaGrange, Ill., and now live on a farm in Lenox.


Rush - Jessie Hasting, having just finished an apprenticeship with the most stylish dressmaker of Tunkhannock, has returned and taken rooms at the home of Uzal Kinney, where she will be prepared for work after the middle of March.


Uniondale - The Herrick and Uniondale Temperance Alliance gave an interesting program at the Methodist church, last Tuesday evening.


Lindaville - Some of the changes that will occur about April 1st are as follows: Mr. Pickering to A. L. Roper's farm in Lathrop; Isaac Grannis, near Hillsdale; Benjamin Green to Horace Brewster's farm in Bridgewater; Frank Tiffany to his farm in this place; Bert Kinney to the Johnson farm in Lathrop.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - George LaSure has a 3 year-old colt and it is the opinion of all that he is the largest and best colt in the township for his age.


Ararat - Notwithstanding the cold weather our old people are wintering well. Aunt Susan Baldwin, over 90, is with M. V. Walker; Mrs. Margaret Sawtelle, 89, is with her daughter, Mrs. Eli Avery; Mrs. Freelove Brooks, 84, is with her son F. F. Brooks.


Harford - Rev. Walter Blackmar, who so ably filled the Congregational pulpit last Sunday will preach here again next Sunday. There should be a large congregation for Mr. Blackmar comes very highly recommended and is also a candidate to fill the vacancy of pastor in the church.


Lenoxville - Much sympathy is expressed for Mr. Charles Price and family, who were obliged to leave their home on Tuesday, because of the heavy rain and an ice gorge in the East Branch near their house. For some time huge blocks of ice have been piled up to within a few feet of the bridge, and it was thought that when the ice moved out the bridge would also go. The gorge failed to go after the rain and the water turned across the road, flooding Mr. Price's house and barn to the depth of six feet, and sweeping all smaller buildings before it. One end of the bridge settled down, while the other still remained at a late hour on Tuesday evening. All travel by the turnpike through that place is stopped for a time. The stage came wandering over the hill on its way to Lenoxville, startling the neighboring farmers out of their winter drowsiness. Truly, the point is hard to decide, which is more destructive, fire or water.


News Briefs - Prof. Foster predicts another severe storm period from the 17th to the 21st of this month. AND The Stone Opera House at Binghamton will be opened the middle of next month.  AND Many of the towns along the Susquehanna river have been menaced by the high water caused by the gorging of the ice the past few days, among those most seriously affected being Bloomsburg, Danville and Wilkes-Barre. At the latter city the streets nearest the river are flooded to the depth of several feet and boats have been in constant use as a means of travel. In many cases families have been made homeless, but in no instances have lives been lost, although some narrow escapes are reported. A number of bridges have been carried away and it is feared that others will follow. Railroad traffic has been suspended in some cases and attempts at making anything like schedule time has been abandoned. The water is higher than at the disastrous flood of 1902 and it is feared that the greatest damage is yet to follow.