March 18 (1904/2004)



Montrose - The Athletic association's base ball team intends to start in this season with brand new suits of a style and color that, when fitted to the athletic forms of the players, will draw the girls from the top-most seats of the grand stand. The home team is going in with the determination to "do everything that comes along," and "Uncle William's clover patch" will undoubtedly be the scene of some very pretty games the coming season. It might be a good plan to commence taking deep breathing exercises now, in order to be in a proper condition to "root" for the boys.


Hallstead - John Allen, a well-known farmer residing near Hallstead, on Tuesday evening of last week, mistook the door leading into the cellar for the entrance to an adjoining room and fell headlong down the stairs to the bottom. He was very badly injured and notwithstanding the best of care, death resulted the following morning. AND Proprietor J. E. Clune, of the Mitchell House, is preparing to greatly enlarge and beautify it. An addition the same height as the main building on the side towards Mr. Langley's residence will be 80 x 60 feet. There is to be a dining room 40 x 60 feet, a large sitting room which will face the river, and also a large reading room on the same floor. The public rooms are to have floors of inlaid marble tile and steel ceilings. It will be both a summer and a winter resort; already several rooms have been engaged for next winter by people who come for a part or all of the winter.


Upsonville [Franklin Twp.] - Another heavy rain fall has swollen the streams so as to make it impossible to travel with any kind of a rig. Hiram Stoddard, returning home from Hallstead, Monday, succeeded in getting his load as far as Shields' Farm and was compelled to leave it there and drive the team home by Upsonville until the water in the road had subsided enough to get the load. The flats are all under water near J. B. Lott's farm, and water in the road was 4 feet deep. AND Chas. Gathany, of Midvale, recently purchased a fine span of grays of A. Snow, near the Forks. Charles will work for Tiffany & Loomis in the Excelsior factory.


Auburn Twp. - Prof. [Hamlin] Cogswell, of Mansfield [formerly of Auburn Twp.], has written the music and Miss Lizzie Ogden Smith the words to a new song entitled, "I Love Thee, Sweetheart."


Springville/Lathrop Twps. - The action brought against Springville township for sheep found dead in that township by Mr. Marcy, a resident and tax payer of Lathrop, has been terminated in the Superior Court by a decision reversing the lower court. The case is interesting to farmers and township officials because the main point at issue was whether the township where the sheep were found dead or the township in which the owner resided and paid taxes should be held liable for the sheep killed. The decision, of which word was received on Thursday, will obligate the township in which the owner of sheep resides and pays taxes to reimburse him for loss of sheep killed by dogs in another township. Thus, Lathrop township will be responsible for Mr. Marcy's sheep killed by dogs and found in Springville township.


Harford - Mrs. Jennie Gambol and daughter, Julia, and son George, started for their home in Kansas, on Tuesday.


South Gibson - A coming event will be a Klondike Fair, to be given by the Epworth League, as their regular monthly meting to be held in Band hall on Thursday evening, March 24. A number of miniature claims will be sold, each one possessing more or less value, the contents of which will be discovered when worked by the purchaser. Warm maple sugar will also be sold.


New Milford Twp. - On Wednesday afternoon Glenn, the 16-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Dean, was the victim of a cruel railroad accident which resulted in the loss of his left arm. He attends the graded school and at the close of the afternoon session he went to the depot and boarded a slow moving freight train to ride to the summit bridge near his home. He jumped on the side of a box car and when passing the iron bridge was struck by a projection and thrown from the car when about in the middle of the structure. In some manner unknown, the wheels passed over his arm severing the hand and crushing the member to within a few inches of the shoulder [and] he fell between the ties on the outside of the rail, landing upon the ice. No one witnessed the accident, and he was first seen by a train employee walking up the track, acting strangely. The man who saw him walking away immediately informed tower operator T. McCarthy, who walked down to the bridge and found the young man's hand lying beneath the bridge on the ice. McCarthy followed him up the track and overtook him at the Phinney crossing where he was taken in a sleigh to Dr. Snyder's office. Dr. Snyder, not being at home, he was taken to Dr. Ainey's and he to was away from home, attending a meeting of the pension board at Susquehanna. Dr. Clements was called and he attended to his wants until Dr. Merrill's arrival from Hallstead, who had been requested to come by phone. Dr. Clements skillfully performed the operation, removing the arm at the shoulder while Dr. Merrill administered the ether. The young man is now resting quietly, and if no complications set in will have a speedy recovery.


Elk Lake - Sixteen years ago this month we had snow banks ten feet deep.


Brooklyn Twp. - During the past winter there has been 90 days of good sleighing in succession. AND An article by Dr. Robert S. Breed, entitled, "The Changes Which Occur in the Muscles of Beetles During Metamorphosis," recently appeared in the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Since the publication of this paper, Dr. Jules Anglas, of Paris, highly commends Dr. Breed's work and requests the use of some of his plates for use in writing a general account of Metamorphosis among insects for the Review Generale des Sciences. Dr. Breed is the youngest son of Mrs. E. S. P. Hine, of Brooklyn and is in change of the Biological Department of Allegheny College.


Brandt - At [a] Trustee's sale, the plant of the Brandt Clay Product Co. was sold to Andrew Blank, Jr., of Brandt, in consideration of about $35,000. The works will soon start up again.


News Briefs - Scranton has a population of 115,000, covers an area of 179 square miles and the assessed valuation of its real estate is nearly sixty-three millions of dollars. It has forty-one public schools, five libraries, four theatres, four hospitals, twelve banks and eighty-eight churches. Twenty-three miles of paved streets are within the city limits and it has sixty-three miles of sewers, while in the city's employ are sixty-five policemen, sixty-three firemen and sixty letter carriers. AND A dozen of the largest straw hat manufactories in the United States were destroyed in the Baltimore fire, and it is claimed the price of this style of headgear will soar upwards. It may be necessary to ring in some of the Panamas of two years ago, but let us hope that the demand will be supplied without resorting to such extreme measures.


March 25 (1904/2004)



Montrose - Last Friday night was one of considerable excitement, it being the night set for a special meeting of Rough & Ready Hose Co. No. 1 [and] at 8:30 o'clock there were only four members in sight. These [men] being quite enthusiastic over the meeting, agreed to ring the bell until more came and they did come in "bunches." A highly esteemed citizen thinking the long continued ringing of the fire bell meant that there was a fire down town, notified the man at the electric light plant to blow the whistle, which he did. This was followed by the L. & M. locomotive whistle and pandemonium reigned and the fire companies turned out ready for business. Some of the members of the companies became somewhat disturbed over the matter, but they must allow that No. 1's had the largest turn-out to a fire meeting ever held in Montrose.


Heart Lake - The people at Heart Lake recently built a pretty little Methodist church and now they are going to have a parsonage. W. A. Brown and wife have given a nice lot.


Great Bend - Harry G. More has accepted the position on the Binghamton Republican, formerly held by City Editor Charles Baldwin, of the Binghamton Press. Mr. More, for the present, retains his interest in the Great Bend Plaindealer.


Glenwood - A drawing for a watch was held at the home of Monroe Rought, Friday evening. The lucky number was held by John Raleigh. After the drawing the company skipped the light fantastic toe and supper was served. AND The prospects for a large crop of legal proceedings is very favorable in this section the coming season.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn has a free library, furnished by the state commission. It is kept at A. S. Waldie's and is open Monday and Friday afternoons.


Clifford - T. J. Wells has taken back the Hotel Gardner property that he contracted to H. Watres a year ago and the said property is to be occupied by Charley Day after April 1, 1904. Charley is a very clever, obliging and industrious fellow; we wish him success.


Uniondale - Miss Nell Clancy narrowly escaped being seriously burned while visiting her sister at Susquehanna last week. Her sister's clothing accidentally taking fire, Miss Clancey hastened to her assistance and succeeded in extinguishing the flames. Both escaped without serious injury, although somewhat burned.


Franklin Forks - Two more of the McGee family have the smallpox. Mrs. McGee is quite seriously ill. The boys had it in much milder form. AND Daniel Webster, who has been taking a course in steam engineering in the Correspondence School, of Scranton, will go to Plainsboro, N. J., the first of April, to take charge of the engine on the Walker Gorden farm, which is superintended by Henry Jeffers, of Harford.


Quaker Lake - A. E. Cole, formerly creameryman at West Lathrop, has moved his goods and family here, where he expects to run a creamery.


Herrick Centre - W. Scott Ogden has bought E. M. Parker's interest in the blacksmith shop.


Hopbottom - The traction engine hauling over six tons of condensed milk from Brooklyn to Hopbottom, broke through the stone bridge that covers the sluice on their way to the station, Monday, causing them to work till about two o'clock Tuesday morning before they could get it out. AND Mrs. Mary Carpenter has moved over on the east side of the railroad track where she is prepared to do dressmaking.


Susquehanna - William Kelly, an old Erie employee, met death suddenly in the roundhouse on Monday afternoon. While in a pit under a car, an engine started the car and Kelly was instantly crushed to death; his age was 73 years; he had no near relatives and boarded at Barnes' hotel. AND A leap year party was held in the parlors of the Oakland Methodist church on Wednesday evening, under the auspices of the Young Ladies' Society.


Silver Lake - Some welcome signs of spring; the blue birds and robins are again with us, and the roads open and travel resumed in [on] them--instead of through fields, as has been the case for the last four months. AND Arthur Hays, who has conducted a store at Laurel Lake, has left to take charge of a store he has purchased at Castle Creek, N.Y.


South Gibson - Norton Fancher, of Harford, has opened a barber shop in Hotel Lewis.


Harford - E. M. Watson's store was broken into on Saturday night and the usual amount of clothing and cigars was taken.


Rush - Some of our business men have been busy breaking ice in the creek to form a channel in hopes to avoid flooding the flat and mill-dam. AND David Shadduck is moving his household goods to the Vandyke building.


New Milford - Alonzo Barrett, an old veteran who recently moved from Lakeview to Lakeside will, about April 1, become postmaster at that place. Mr. M. Hayden, who has conducted a store at Lakeside and been the postmaster for several years, will retire and return to New Milford to reside. AND Glenn Dean, the young man who lost his left arm in a railroad [accident] last week, is improving finely. He is able to sit up a short time each day.


News Brief - The winter here has been the severest in 20 years and on a branch of the Lacka-wanna, from Alford to Montrose, it was felt the worst. This is a short road in the mountain region, and it took the crew 4 1/2 hours to run ten miles. Time after time they were stalled in the snow, and it took the combined efforts of the section crews and passengers to shovel out the drifts. When the train reached Montrose orders were issued not to attempt the down trip until the snow plow went over the road. When the snow plow reached Alford late in the evening it was ascertained that the crew did not know the location of the crossings on the L & M division. It was after midnight when the agent at Montrose was told to summon John Casey and his men, and told to take an engine and go to Alford to pilot the crew of the snow plow. Casey told them the engine could not go to Alford. He was told to take his hand-car and go. Casey telegraphed, "Impossible." "Can you get there any way?" was the next query. Casey's reply was that the turnpike was blocked with snow, but that he could drive on the track to Heart Lake, and there was no grade crossing between Alford and Heart Lake. Then were issued these unique "meeting orders:" "Conductor, snow plow, Alford. Proceed to Heart Lake with snow plow. Meet Casey with horse and cutter there. E.M.R." "Casey, Montrose. With horse and cutter proceed to Heart Lake and meet snow plow. E.M.R." Casey reached Heart Lake two hours ahead of the snow plow. So hats off to Casey, his horse and cutter. (John J. Wade in Locomotive Firemen's Magazine)


April 01 (1904/2004)



Glenwood - One Mr. Fisk, living near here, an old man past 80 years, was taken to the hospital, as his bills were running beyond all precedent--care and doctor bills reached nearly $125 since last fall, which has caused the poor masters to levy an extra mill tax to help them out. AND Maple sugar will soon be on the market again, as there are several fine sugar bushes in this community. Then sugar parties will be all the go.


Little Meadows - The men pushing the survey of the Pittsburg, Binghamton & Eastern railway now declare that the road will be built at an early day. This is the road that will pass through Little Meadows. AND Prominent businessman Frank Palmer died at his home March 20, 1904. Mr. Palmer had mills here and at Aploachin. He was 49 years of age.


Friendsville - The people of the vicinity are anxiously watching the progress made in completing the plans for the Binghamton & Southern railroad. The route lies through Forest Lake township, about two miles from this place.


Uniondale - Miss Daisy Bronson, retiring librarian, tendered a farewell reception to members of the executive committee. Miss Elizabeth Smith has been elected librarian for the coming year.


Franklin Forks - Mr. Melvin and Miss Ellen entertained the Webster brothers [and] Cromwell brothers, at their home on Monday evening. Refreshments were served.


Susquehanna - The Methodist church has given up the idea of a new church edifice for the present. The old one will be repaired. AND It is feared that a baseball club will be organized here.


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - J. B. Mahoney sold a big maple tree to John H. Shay, which cut into 18 cords of 16" wood. How is that for a good old Democratic sapling?


Jackson Valley, Middletown Twp. - Our school closed Saturday with an entertainment. The teacher was presented with an Easter Lilly in full bloom, raised by A. Jones.


Birchardville - There was a mad dog passed through this place recently. He bit several dogs on his way from Choconut and there are several dogs that ought to be killed, yet the owners don't think so--they have killed a number up Choconut way. We hope there will be no more mad dogs.


Montrose - The uniforms from A. G. Spalding & Brother that will be used by our ball team have arrived and are exhibited in the window of F. D. Morris & Co. The uniform is of pearl gray with jerseys and stockings of black with cardinal stripes. A large old English M adorns the left side of the shirts and if new clothes will win games Montrose will win them all. AND The ladies of the AME Zion church will give an Easter supper for the benefit of said church. They solicit the patronage of their many friends and public to help them in their endeavor, on Monday and Tuesday evening, April 4th and 5th at 5:30. Menu: Ham and eggs, coffee, bread and butter, scalloped potatoes, pickles. Ice cram and confectionery at moderate prices.


Forest City - About 2 o'clock Monday morning a band of robbers entered the Forest City postoffice and carried away stamps, money, etc., amounting to in the neighborhood of $80. An attempt was made to blow open the safe and the report from the explosive they used could be heard for blocks around, it sounding from a distance like a pistol shot. The burglars left no clue as to their identity.


Hallstead/Great Bend - Last Friday evening the north end of the county bridge connecting Hallstead and Great Bend was carried away by the breaking of an ice gorge, or really two gorges. The upper jam was located near Susquehanna and was dislocated by the elements about 3 o'clock. It moved rapidly down the river to Hickory Grove where the second gorge that had formed was encountered. Ice in a river moves with an awful force and the impetus carried away the barrier and thus augmented the moving mass approached the bridge and snapped off the north end as if it were a pipe stem. The shallow water between Great Bend and Kirkwood afforded an opportunity for another jam, and the result was the backing up of the water on the low end in that section. Wm. Hunt had the water in his barn over the heads of his cows but rescued them before the water became too high. Telegraph and telephone poles and wires were destroyed and thousands of dollars were lost in a short space of time. The bridge has recently been repaired and the commissioners have already taken steps to repair the damage that, we understand, will be paid by the State. (The only means of conveyance between Great Bend and Hallstead is by boat and those who own boats are reaping a harvest from those whom necessity compels to cross the river between the two towns. One chap on Monday, when the price demanded reached one dollar the round trip, captured 14 good plunks of the realm. The price on Tuesday dropped to fifty cents, over and back).


Lanesboro/Oakland - The ice and water in the river did considerable damage in this vicinity. At Lanesboro, on Friday afternoon, it carried along the dismantled steamer "Idlewild," two barges at the dock, all the property of Fred H. Pride, of Susquehanna. On the Oakland side of the river the main portion of Holdridge's grist mill was carried down stream; the portion torn out was two stores and contained wood working machines; the remainder of the mill is badly wrecked.


Upsonville [Franklin Twp.] - Richard Tobey, Jr. is visiting his relatives in this vicinity. He has been in the employ of J. P. Morgan, a very wealthy New Yorker. In his travels he saw many places worthy of note; he tells us of the exhibit of their fine dogs. They expect to reach the World's Fair at St. Louis, Mo., later on in the season.


Heart Lake - The Aid Society met on Thursday last at the home of Wm. Goff; about 30 enjoyed the bountiful dinner provided by Mrs. Goff; quilting and sewing carpet rags furnished work for those present. The next meeting will occur April 7 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Melhuish and a warm sugar social will be held in the evening, to which all are cordially invited.


News Brief: A law was passed in 1797 requiring that each loaf of bread must weigh a full pound--16 ounces. The fact that this law is still in force was brought to light last week when a York county baker was arrested on the charge of selling bread that weighed but 14 ounces to the loaf. Now that they have been warned, the bakers throughout the state will do well hereafter to see that their customers get a pound loaf or they may meet a fate similar to that of the York county man. The public likes light bread, but does not want the lightness to be so pronounced that it is noticeable on the scales.


April 08 (1904/2004)



Birchardville - On the evening of March 24, at the Birchard homestead, occurred the very pleasant wedding of Fred W. Dayton and May T. Birchard, performed by Rev. James S. Wilkes of Stevensville. During the day, loving friends decked the old parlor with laurel and vines and, as the appointed hour drew near, about 50 guests had gathered there, who later sat down to a delicious wedding supper.


Springville - A Springville correspondent says: When the Civil War was on four brothers by the name of Lyons enlisted and all gave their lives to the cause. Four Brothers Post was named for them and each year at Montrose, where they are buried, the G. A. R. holds its services at their graves. Dame fortune did not deal so harshly by five brothers who enlisted from Springville. All soldiers good and true who stood to the end of the war and are all living at this time. We refer to the Hungerford brothers--John K. and Hon. Charles, of Tunkhannock, Ira and Clark, of Wilkes-Barre, and George, of Nicholson. We doubt if another family can be found who were so fortunate.


Forest City - During the pure food crusade the latter part of last summer, Julius Freedman, of Forest City and Clark Bros, of Carbondale, were respectively charged with selling adulterated molasses and vanilla. Recent tests by the state dairy and food commissioners has developed the fact that neither of the articles mentioned were adulterated, although the vanilla was a low-grade extract. AND John, the five-year-old son of Michael Smith, living near Forest City, was drowned while playing around a well near his home.


Hallstead - Frank McCroy, of Buffalo, formerly of Hallstead, claims to have found the long lost art of tempering copper and has demonstrated it so thoroughly to Buffalo parties that a capitalist of that city has offered him $75,000 for the secret, but he will not sell at that price. Young McCroy is but 21 years old, but ever since a mere lad has been experimenting with this end in view, having read of the process of tempering copper being lost and hearing a fortune was waiting for the one who again found it, during a conversation in the round house at Hallstead, he commenced experimenting. Hon. James T. DuBois took an interest in his work and helped him materially, sending him to Washington where he gave a number of successful experiments at the Naval department. The young man is also well known in Montrose, having been employed a few summers ago by George B. Felker [Bottling Works]. Even then he was persistently at work during spare time trying to solve the problem, and his room in Mr. Felker's residence always bore the appearance of a laboratory. A large portion of his earnings would be expended for alcohol lamps, acids, chemicals and other things needed.


Susquehanna - The board of trustees of the Susquehanna City Hospital was organized at a meeting held recently. The following officers were elected: President, George W. Conklin; vice-president, Rev. A. D. Decker; secretary, C. F. Curtis; treasurer, L. G. Benson; executive committee, M. J. Ryan, Rev. Wilbur Stowe, Rev. Edward Berger, H. R. Benson, Dr. John D. Kelly, H. C. Miller. Active work will be done by the committee and the people who are interested in the cause are urged to give the matter their earnest support. AND William Atkinson has been offered the position of United States Consul at Bangkok, Siam, the land of the white elephants.


Rush - The Ladies' Aid Society of the Baptist church will meet for dinner at the church on Thursday, April 14; the gentlemen are all invited to come at the same time and place and bring their teams, axes and saws and get up some wood for the church.


New Milford - Dr. C. A. Hull has opened an office in Mrs. Edwin Adams' residence; Dr. Hull is a native born New Milford boy and resided here all his life until he began the study of medicine nearly 20 years ago; he has practiced medicine for the past 15 years; we expect that the friends of Homeopathy will rally liberally to his support. AND Stone quarry people hereabouts are slow in resuming operations this spring, owing to the condition in which the severe winter weather left the quarries and the continued cold weather.


Fairdale - On Wednesday morning, March 23d, Ruth Bolles counted in one tree in front of her home 18 robins; and soon after in the same tree, 17 bluebirds.


Choconut - One of the infant twins of Cyrenus Donnelly died recently of scarlet fever.


Great Bend - The contract for repairing the bridge between here and Hallstead has been let to the Canton, Ohio Bridge Co. It is to be completed on or before the 14th under a forfeit.


North Branch, Middletown Twp. - Burton and Warren Coleman had the pleasure of entertaining the mumps, recently.


Alford - J. M. Decker took up his new duties as postmaster, April 1st, in place of J. S. Marean, [who] resigned.


Montrose - The grand jury recently in session took action on a petition signed by a large number of influential citizens in regard to the incomplete condition of the soldiers' monument and recommended that the county commissioners reconstruct the parapet around the monument, and secure complete lists of deceased soldiers to be inscribed on tablets like those now in place and do whatever should be done to carry out the original design of the monument. The monument was erected by private donations, and the grand jury has recommended that the expense of putting the environments of it in creditable shape shall be borne by the county. This long delayed important matter, we trust, will soon receive merited attention. AND O. A. Basset, formerly of Montrose and for many years connected with the agricultural works in this place, conducted by Sayre Bros., died suddenly at his home in Norwich. Mr. Bassett was a practical millwright and experienced workman, and of the 25 men employed at that time was one of the four still surviving, L. B. Pickett, Shadrach Horton and Guy Wells, being the only ones known to be now living.


Glenwood - One of our near neighbors, who was lately deprived of a home by fire, is responsible for the following: He built a small house to protect himself and family from the freezing cold of winter. One evening, being somewhat colder than usual, he built a fire in three stoves and went to bed; being a man of clear conscience he soon dropped off to sleep. On awaking, long toward morning, he found his mustache was feeling very heavy and soon after water began to drop down on him. On examination he found two good-sized icicles hanging to his mustache. He was telling this to a neighbor who made the remark that this is an ad for the Democrat. But please, gentlemen, no names, nevertheless it's a fact.


April 15 (1904/2004)



Forest City - Festus Madden's trial for the murder of Patrick Fleming in Forest City, on Christmas morning, commenced in the County courts Monday afternoon. Madden was arraigned before the court and pleaded not guilty to the charge. Highlights: It is alleged that Fleming was intoxicated and threatened the Madden home with snow and other missiles, and produced a gun. Madden came out, when shots were exchanged, Fleming using a revolver and Madden a shotgun. Each fired two shots, one causing the death of Fleming. / Upon calling the roll of prospective jurors it was ascertained that a number of the men drawn for jurors had failed to put in an appearance, either through dislike in serving on a case where capital punishment might be involved or disinclination, and these the judge fined $5 each. / Calvin Lincoln, of Forest Lake, was accepted by both sides and was the first juror to take a seat in the jury box. / Judson Savory, of Jackson, had an opinion when he read the account, but has forgotten what that opinion was; let it drop. Accepted by Com'th and passed over to defense, who accepted him. / Sheridan Pierce and his son, Frederick, of Susquehanna, sat in the jury box together. This is the first time in the history of Susq. Co. that a father and son sat on the same murder case. Verdict: Sheridan Pierce, the foreman of the jury, in response to the formal inquiry of Prothonotary Titsworth, as to whether they had arrived at a verdict, replied, "we have--not guilty." The defendant was at once congratulated by his attorneys and he then stepped over and shook hands with such of the jurors as were in reach, and as he and his wife were about to leave, Mrs. Madden turned back towards Judge Searle and said, "Thank you, Judge." with happiness beaming all over her face.


Elk Lake - B. A. Risley recently purchased a phonograph and is enjoying it.


Herrick Centre - William Pickering, who with his family expects to leave for California the last of the month, resigned his position on the school board. His successor has not yet been appointed. AND The two ladies who have been occupying the old Barnes school house have been removed to the Hillside Home at Scranton and Truman Dunn has contracted for the building and land.


Glenwood - Lost, lady's hunting case gold watch, between Clark's Green and Lenoxville. Finder please inform Miss Ida Decker, of Glenwood, and receive reward. AND - Members of Capt. Lyon, Post No. 85, G.A.R., will meet in their hall, Saturday, April 30th, to arrange for decoration day. As the comrades' ranks are thinning out, we would like to see all interested there, on that day. AND A paper is being circulated to purchase a cow for George Ransom, whose only cow died a few days ago. A little from each one will help the poor man out.


Middletown - Miss Sadie Reilly, who has closed a very successful term of school here, has accepted a position as teacher near Cortland, NY. AND In Flynn, hay and cider are the two scarce commodities in the village, at present.


Forest Lake - Sap season has done well and is doing yet.


Hopbottom - The Young People's Auxiliary Society will hold a maple sugar social at the home of W. E. Brown, Wednesday evening, April 27th. Proceeds to be used toward buying a new carpet for the Universalist church. All are invited. "Flinch" and "Panic" will be the games of the evening.


Brandt - It is probable that the working force in the chamois tannery at Brandt will be doubled during the present season. Scranton capitalists are the principal owners of the industry.


Springville - The Hawke Stone company's quarry was the scene of a terrible, if not fatal, accident Tuesday just prior to the noon hour. U.D. Barber, foreman of the quarry, was preparing to remove a mass of top rock by means of dynamite, when an explosion accidentally occurred and he was blown some distance, his eyesight apparently destroyed and his face burned and blackened in such a horrible manner as to render him unrecognizable. He was alone at the time of the accident, which makes it impossible to learn any details. The theory advanced is that in his hurry to touch a blast off before dinner he accidentally dropped a match in a hole containing a charge of powder, which exploded. Mr. Barber is a steady, industrious worker, aged about 40 years, and has a wife and family who are dependent upon him for support. The possibilities of his surviving are not of the brightest. [U.D. Barber died in 1943]


Montrose - An alarm of fire was sounded Wednesday, just before noon, and the fire companies responded with alacrity, but when it was discovered that the building on fire was the old Jessup farmhouse at the top of Bank hill, which has long been a dilapidated condition, the house was allowed to burn, precaution being taken to guard the surrounding property. The house was occupied recently by Italian workers engaged on the Lehigh Valley extension and it is thought that matches left by them in the house were nibbled by rodents, thus causing the conflagration.


Susquehanna - Erie Engineer, Henry C. Pettis, of the Oakland Side, who lost both legs while on duty in January 1903, on Monday, resumed work on his engine. AND On Monday, a 58-ton electric Erie turntable replaced the old hand turntable; it required two steam derricks and a large force of men 18 hours to make the change; the old table was taken to Greenwood Lake.


Franklin Forks - Two of the small pox patients have been fumigated and clothed in a new suit and released from the house. AND We have a new blacksmith; John Dillon is working with Fred Knapp in his shop.


New Milford - The young ladies of St. Mark's church are rehearsing the three-act comedy-drama, "Diamonds and Hearts," which will be presented at the Opera House on Friday evening, April 22nd. The rehearsals are under the able management of Mrs. J. H. Safford, whose splendid efforts in the past have proven so satisfactory in the production of the drama in New Milford. Cast members are: Beatrice Howell, Mary Talbot, Henrietta Hayden, Jane Boyle, Katherine and Ralph Shields, Roy Shadduck, Merritt Hayden, A. L. Hawley, Lester Stark and Merle Shelp.


Silver Lake - Our new supervisor, P. R. Kane, is out trying to fix the roads, which are in a very bad condition.


Great Bend - Calvin Towner is suffering from an old wound received in the Civil War. It is feared he may lose his left arm.


News Brief - No doubt a lot of good people will be horrified to learn that the popular game of flinch is nothing more than the Chinese gambling game of fan tan, with a few changes to make it easier.


April 22 (1904/2004)



South Gibson - Our little village seems to have taken boom this spring; every house and barn occupied and still others are seeking for rooms to rent. We have four stores, well fitted with general merchandise, one drug store, two millinery shops, a cheese and butter factory, two blacksmith shops and wagon shop, one furniture store and harness shop, one depot (where wagons and farm implements are sold), one butcher shop, and a shoemaker shop. We also have a good gristmill and an undertaking shop. Among our citizens are carpenters, paper hangers, masons and dressmakers.


North Bridgewater - S. W. Youngs believes in being up to date; as the ground was covered with snow, April 20th, he was out driving, with sleigh bells. Seventeen years ago, last Saturday, we had 14" of snow fall. The couple of inches, which fell Wednesday, are mild in comparison, but then we can do without that kind of mildness.


Forest City - George W. Maxey, a freshman in the law department of the University of Pennsylvania, has won the Frazer prize of $75.


Montrose - Mrs. W. H. Dennis, Jr.'s. handsome horse, "Don" had a narrow escape from drowning Sunday afternoon in an old fire cistern, containing 12 ft. of water, in front of Capt. Dennis' residence on South Main St. Capt. Dennis drove up in front of the house and was very much startled to see the horse's hind quarters sink suddenly out of sight, but quickly jumping from the wagon he held the animal's head and kept it from slipping backward into the water until assistance arrived. The horse is fortunately none the worse for his experience, with the exception of a slight lameness from the strain. The committee on streets has fenced the cistern in and at the council meeting next Monday evening action will be taken as to its repair and maintenance or abolishment. AND At about 2:30 yesterday afternoon fire was discovered in S.A. Dawley's wagon shop, near the Montrose House barn, but prompt action on the part of Rough & Ready Fire company (A) No. 1, prevented much loss. No. 1, it is claimed, was on the way to the fire before the alarm was sounded, and did very effective work. No. 2 company was right on the scene, too, but as the hose-drying tower is not yet completed, they deemed it more wise to be discreet than valorous, so refrained from wetting the hose, which is no easy task to dry under the present conditions. This is the second fire within almost a week's time. Now look out for the proverbial third one.


Susquehanna - It is not likely that the Erie will enlarge its West Susquehanna yards this year. The company is reducing expenses all along the line.


Auburn Corners - Daisy, the faithful family horse belonging to L. W. Titman, after days of severe suffering with rheumatism, died last week.


New Milford - M. A. Blair, of Hopbottom, has purchased the old established J. C. McConnell drug store, taking possession on Monday. Mr. Blair is a practical pharmacist, and a business man of abundant experience. He will be a desirable acquisition to the business interests of the town. He will continue his drug business at Hopbottom until such time as he may find a purchaser. E. C. Tingley, for seven years a clerk in McConnell's drug store, has accepted a fine position in a large drug house in Hyde Park.


Loomis Lake - Dr. E. E. Tower is busily engaged in vaccinating cattle for black-leg in Forest Lake, Lawsville, Heart Lake, Brooklyn, Gibson, New Milford and Harford, under the directions of the State Board.


Brooklyn - The Methodist Church, Rev. John B. Sumner, pastor, will, in a few months, celebrate its 100th anniversary.


Birchardville - W.A. Pickett had a wood-bee Wednesday and had a nice lot of wood cut and Mrs. Pickett had a nice lot of rags sewed. Those there were: V.E. Cobb, Walter Brink, Myron Strange, Gordon Bennett, Chester Bennett, Nathan Babcock, Floyd Ball, Art Hoag, Leon Wood. The ladies were: Mrs. V.E. Cobb, Mrs. Dorr Brink and three daughters, Mrs. Nathan Babcock and daughter, Miss Will Babcock, Mrs. Minnie Bennett. AND Charley Burr had the misfortune of having his dogs and cats bitten by the mad dog that went through this place. His cat was the last one to go mad; it was taken Saturday and was not found until Monday, when it was killed. Mr. Brailey killed his dog. Wm. Flynn and R. Turrell killed theirs. Mr. Brailey and Mr. Turrell saw the mad dog and theirs fighting. We hope there will be no more of the kind.


Springville - Miss Lena Lyman, accompanied by her sister, returned to East Stroudsburg to pursue their studies in the school there. Misses Nellie Setser, Mabel Pritchard, Lou Squiers, Maude Hinkley and Nellie Marcey will all attend the same school.


Ararat - The death of Mrs. John Keenan occurred at the home of her mother, Mrs. John Terry, April 3d, after a long illness. She leaves a husband and 7 children, the oldest being 12 years. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday; interment in the cemetery close by. The sympathy of the entire community is with this distressed family.


Friendsville - Our school, which has been successfully conducted by Miss Agnes Sweeney, closed last Friday afternoon, followed in the evening by an entertainment in which some of the young people of the town took part. The numerous recitations and dialogues, in which the comic and pathetic elements blended, were much appreciated. And particularly interesting was the music, especially the singing which called forth much applause from the large and appreciative audience.


News Brief - Richard Vanderpool, Bradford county's oldest resident, died at the county house Tuesday night of last week. He was born April 11, 1799, and was therefore in his 106th year. He was married twice and was the father of 20 children. AND Drink water and get typhoid; drink milk and get tuberculosis; drink whisky and get delirium tremens; eat soup and get Bright's disease, eat meat and get apoplexy; eat oysters and get toxemia; eat vegetables and get weak; eat dessert and get paresis; smoke cigarettes and die early; smoke cigars and get catarrh; drink coffee and get nervous prostration. In fact, you should eat nothing (except beans, which make you strong; rice to sleep well; apples to be brainy; oranges to be cheerful; and drink hot water to banish the dark brown taste in your mouth.) AND The Soldier's Monument is soon to be brightened and completed in accordance with original plans. It was intended that each town's soldiers [who died in service] should have their names inscribed in the tablets, set aside for each town, but this work was never completed. It was erected by popular subscription and a good many towns gave nothing. The Grand Jury recommended the Commissioner's complete it.


April 29 (1904/2004)



Oakland - The commencement exercises of the Oakland High School will be held in the Oakland Congregational church May 10; Miss Winifred Frank is the only member of the class of 1904.


Fairdale - The recent spring floods have unearthed the first mill dam built here more than 100 years ago. AND The bee-keepers report a loss of 70 percent of their stock during the past winter.


Birchardville - L. T. Birchard & son received on Wednesday last, a fine imported Jersey heifer calf, which Mr. Birchard purchased at a combination sale at Hoboken. Last year they bought a Flying Fox bull calf. There are no finer Jersey cattle bred in this country than those from the Birchard farm.


Auburn Twp. - Death of Griswold Carter: A life of exemplary Christian character was that of whom we write. It began in South Auburn, Aug. 11, 1841, and he was the 4th of six children of Daniel and Barbara Carter. When five years old his parents moved to Retta and settled on the farm which still bears the family name. The forest disappeared under the blows of the industrious settler and soon a thrifty farm with comfortable buildings occupied the tract which Daniel Carter and his children had won from the forest. Daniel, the pioneer, finished his life work Jan. 21, 1873 and Griswold came into possession of the old homestead. Under his wise management the farm maintained a good reputation. On Sept. 1, 1861, Griswold was wedded to Susan N. Seeley, who proved a faithful and true wife and into this home came seven children. On Friday, April 1st, 1904 he entered into "the rest that remaineth to the people of God."


Montrose - Dr. D. G. Wilson received Wednesday evening, by express, a huge chicken hawk. He was afraid of the bird, but Fred Smith, the jeweler, transferred it into a berry box at Arthur Lyons' store, where the bird became more easy and comfortable. The doctor is going to start an aviary. AND Harrington's Mills is becoming quite a busy little annex to Montrose. It is not so small either. The large Borden shipping station, the creamery of the Montrose Dairy Company, the saw mill, foundry and feed mills of J. C. Harrington and the store of S. E. Hart comprise its business enterprises and there is also Mrs. Nailor, whose fame as a raiser of chickens is well known.


Brooklyn - The members of the graduating class of the High School are as follows: Bert Tiffany, Edna Ely, Grace Packer, Lillian Austin, Arthur Williams, Lena Johnson and Edith Saunders.


New Milford - The commencement exercises of the New Milford High School will be held at the Opera House, this Friday evening. The following are members of the graduating class: Glenn Brundage, Ben Morris, Marshall Benniger, Grace Tingley, Ella Carr, Mildred Cook, Katherine Kane. AND Glen Dean, the young man who lost his left arm by being run over by the cars a few weeks ago, has recovered nicely.


Lawsville - A "fixin up" mania has struck our town. Thomas Mahana is building a new kitchen; G. W. Meeker has been repairing his store; F. B. Travis is having his house painted and shingled; J. W. Russell is building a new kitchen; D. W. Bailey is going to re-model and paint his house, and F. L. Bailey is getting lumber preparatory to building a large chicken house.


Harford - Edith MacConnell is in the hospital, suffering from an injury to the back, caused by falling on the walk while attending school at Syracuse.


Hallstead/Great Bend - The Hallstead and Great Bend horse breeders won a fine success. In the absence of President Col. C. C. Pratt, Thomas Kilrow made the opening address followed by selections by the Hallstead Cornet Band. Chas. Lines drew the fine oil painting donated by Mrs. Lahey; Burt S. Beebe, the quilt; Raymond Mack, a shawl; Mrs. J. B. Rogers, a package of hankerchives, Geo. Kirby, the hat rack; Dr. Keefe, of Binghamton, the $3 worth of photographs. Miss Margaret Stephens secured the door prize, a fine umbrella. Richard Osterhout got the clock.


Nicholson - Two young men, who were convicted of stealing chickens, were sentenced to pay a fine of $10 each and to undergo imprisonment in the Eastern Penitentiary for a term of 14 months. It is not believed that they expected to get into any serious trouble when they committed the offense, nor that they stole for the sake of the goods. It more likely was a foolish prank entered into, possibly, at the suggestion of another.


Springville - Maple Lodge, I.O.O.F., celebrated the 85th anniversary of the lodge at their hall, Tuesday evening.


Elk Lake - The Grange is in a flourishing condition adding new members to their ranks at each meeting.


Friendsville - C. J. Tierney, of Friendsville, succumbed to a very severe attack of pneumonia at the Exchange Hotel in Montrose. Mr. Tierney was summoned to act as a juryman and although not feeling well for several days, was suddenly taken ill and taken to the hotel, where Dr. C. D. Mackey and Miss Alice Kelly, a trained nurse, gave him skillful but unavailing care.


Susquehanna - The Erie Shop clerks organized a union on Saturday evening. AND Forty-seven carloads of salt, valued at $47,000, passed east on Sunday night, in a solid train.


News Brief - Quite a controversy is on over in Binghamton now as to whether Sunday base ball shall be permitted to be played during the coming summer. The laboring classes especially are clamoring for Sunday games, and when it is considered that Sunday is the only day on which they may witness the national sport, it does seem as though they had some reason for wishing it. Desecration of the Sabbath even in this comparatively mild manner should not, however, be permitted. The holiness of this one day in the week ought to be observed, regardless of religious belief, by all, and with even the rigidity practiced in the time. Because there are greater violations of divine law on the Sabbath than ball playing is no argument for its being allowed. It is not in proper spirit with the day and encourages indifference to religious duties and is generally detrimental to the moral and spiritual welfare. The ministers of the gospel who are pushing the crusade are in the right, in accordance with divine law, and their efforts should be sanctioned by all thinking citizens.


May 06 (1904/2004)



Lenox - Three of our young men, Claude Harvey, Lloyd Coil, and Arthur Hoppe, will be graduated from the Nicholson high school this spring.


Springville - The newly installed officers of Maple Lodge, I.O.O.F., at Springville, are noble grand, A.O. Dunlap; vice-grand, D.D. Layton; secretary, E.R. Lake. The lodge has membership of over eighty, and $2,000 in cash, while the lodge property is valued at $750. AND At Lynn, Miss Allie Dawson is teaching a term of select school here. She is one of the graduates at Springville this year.


Herrick Centre - A horse and buggy that was left standing in front of P.H. Flynn's hotel, Sunday, was frightened by the [railroad] cars and ran away. The animal was not caught until it reached E.H. Ledyard's five miles away. No damage to the rig.


Ararat - Willie Meade, a bond boy of W. L. Leach, has left for parts unknown, taking the opportunity while Mr. Leach was away from here.


South Gibson - While in town yesterday, Secretary Hay subpoenaed the three Mormon Elders of this place for the Smoot trial. He went from here to Harford, as he had the names of several of the Mormons of that town on his subpoena. [In 1902 Reed Smoot was elected to the United States Senate from the State of Utah. Before seating the senator-elect the U.S. Senate conducted lengthy hearings (1903-1907) into his alleged involvement in plural marriage and into the policy and government of the Mormon Church. Charges against Senator Smoot and the Church proved groundless.]


North Branch (Middletown Twp.) - Mr. Baldwin expects to open his skimming station about May 10th, under management of James Conboy, of Jackson [Valley].


Montrose - J.C. Beck's horseless carriage has been put out of commission, by accident. AND The base ball season will open here Saturday, May 7th. The Montrose Athletics will play the Superbas of Binghamton and an exciting time may be looked for. The Athletics are in better shape than ever, with new uniforms, new players, etc. The line up for the Athletics is: Conklin, catcher; Hover, pitcher; Gardiner, 1 base; Rice, 2 base; Shafer, short stop; Lott, 3 base; Bush, left field; Strouse, center field; Brush, right field.


Susquehanna - James Paye, whose horse, wagon, implement and harness emporium, on Grand street, is well and favorably known to the public, has the finest display of vehicles of the best grades ever seen in Susquehanna. The assortment comprises a carload of hand-made wagons of different styles at prices to suit the needs and means of all.


Friendsville - His descendants in Susquehanna county will be interested to learn that a monument to the gifted author, the late Gerald Griffin (Brother Joseph), is to be erected in Limerick, Ireland. The monument will take the form of schools, and will be built on the site of the court house in which Gerald reported for a newspaper the trial of the case whose incidents furnished him with the idea of his greatest novel, "The Collegians."


Silver Lake - The ice entirely disappeared from the lake on April 25th, but snow drifts between here and Binghamton were still visible April 30th.


Tunkhannock - The new Packer House pet bear, "Rob," draws many people to the lawn in front of the hotel to watch his laughable antics. He appears to appreciate the fine weather even more than "humans." AND The Tunkhannock quoit club pitches for the championship of Wyoming and Susquehanna counties at Conrad's place Saturday afternoon.


New Milford - Street Commissioner Valles, on Wednesday, had the Shields quarry traction engine running over the Croker stones in the road above the Main Street Bridge, leaving them in very good shape.


Birchardville - A pretty wedding occurred at the home of Milton E. Warner. The bride being Mrs. Warner's sister, Irania L. Dayton and the groom, D. Frederick Birchard. The bride was dressed in gray crepe de chine, carrying white carnations; the groom wearing the conventional black. Miss Anna Dayton, the bride's sister, acted as bridesmaid, wearing white and carrying pink carnations, and Mr. Barton Baldwin, as groomsman.


Choconut- Jeremiah Regan, of Choconut, was married last Saturday, to a widow lady, Mrs. Laura Lown, from Binghamton. Last night a party of 12 or 15 neighbors went to his home to tender the newly wedded couple a serenade--sometimes poetically in polite society referred to as "a horning" using a bell for a chorus. Not being invited in, they were starting away, when some one came out of the Regan house, while the party was on Mr. Donnelly's premises, and fired a shot gun at the party. The charge taking effect in the body of Joseph Maroney, aged about 16 years, seriously injuring him, how badly is not known now. [Another account reads as follows: In the country where young people gather to serenade in an untimely manner a newly married couple the usual procedure is to make merry for a while until the bridegroom appears and asks the party to his home and then the spirit of good will and genial hospitality mingle; the result being a happy evening for all. It is alleged that the party that made the night hideous with a large bell, horns and good lungs were not invited to the Regan home. Perhaps one reason why the noisy serenaders were not thusly favored is that a son of the bridegroom, Frank Regan, was on the first night one of the offenders. It is stated that such was the case. The next night they came again with the bell and horn, and on Wednesday night the third and last visit which terminated in a tragedy and put an end to a silly and foolish custom that antedates history. On Wednesday night Frank Regan, who had before then assisted in the "horning," began to think he ought to stay at home and show some filial affection. When the band of noise makers came and stationed themselves in a field across the road from the Regan house, Frank thought that three nights in succession was more than enough. He took a shotgun and, as alleged, went out in a field across the road...the gun failed to shoot and Regan took the gun in the house to fix it. In the meantime the boys thought that Regan was joking and considered his action a huge bluff. They continued to ring the bell and blow the horns and hurrah for Regan. Young Regan, however, was in no joking humor, for without warning he pulled the gun, which he had fixed and deliberately shot into the crowd wounding Joseph Maroney. Dist. Atty. R.R. Little visited the scene of the tragedy and on Thursday afternoon Frank and William [a brother] Regan were arrested.


May 13 (1904/2004)



Choconut - The hearing of Frank and William Ragan was held on Tuesday before Justice J. S. Courtright. After evidence of Dr. Handrick, James Nugent and James Hawley, Frank Ragan was held in $4,000 and William in $300, conditioned for their appearance at the next quarter sessions in August. Thomas and Patrick Dean, E. J. Stanley and J. Ragan were sureties. Mrs. Jeremiah Ragan stated that she was not Mrs. DeLong before her marriage to Mr. Ragan. This is verified by the fact that Mrs. DeLong died several years ago. Mrs. Ragan was very indignant that a false report regarding her identity had become current. She was Jacob Lown's widow. Joseph Maroney, the injured boy, who was shot in the groin, continues to improve at the Binghamton hospital.


Montrose - The Prohibition Convention was attended by the enthusiastic "cold water" brethren from all over the county. The following ticket was placed in nomination: For representatives, Asa Warner, Forest Lake and Clarence G. Mumford, of Ararat; for district attorney, Floyd D. Axtell, Susquehanna; for county surveyor, G. A. Stearns, Harford. For permanent chairman, Rev. P. R. Tower, of Thompson, was re-elected; Alfred Bowell, of Herrick Centre, secretary, and Dr .A. E. Snyder, of New Milford, treasurer. Delegates were also appointed to the State convention at Uniontown. AND The commencement exercises of the Montrose High School will be held in the M. E. church next Thursday night, May 19. Only two graduates will receive diplomas, they are: Francis Hazen Shafer and Glen G. Haight.


Susquehanna - While at work in the Erie yards, on Friday afternoon, Timothy Kearsey, Jr., was caught by two locomotives and so badly crushed that he died at the City Hospital, a few hours later. Deceased came from Boston a month ago to attend the funeral of his uncle, the late Timothy Kearsey, Sr., and recently decided to remain here with his widowed aunt. He took a job in the Erie shops and had worked but 11/2 days. He had made many friends while here. The funeral took place from St. John's Catholic church and the interment took place in Laurel Hill cemetery. AND A band of fortune-telling gypsy women are among the late arrivals in town.


Brooklyn - The ladies of the Presbyterian society will hold an apron and sun-bonnet sale at the Odd Fellows' Hall on Wednesday, the 18th inst., and will serve dinner for ten cents.


Forest Lake - C. L. Stone has been doing some repairing on the telephone line in this place. We understand that Mr. Burr's and Mr. Breasley's phones are in working order now. He also put a new phone at Byron Warner's.


Upsonville - A Polly Tin Party was held last Thursday evening at L. A. Sherwood's; all report a fine time.


South Montrose - A new steam engine and boiler are being placed in the engine house at the Ballantine residence.


Elk Lake - Chas. Lathrop had the misfortune to lose a valuable cow.


Hallstead - Thursday morning last, Robert Steen, who was crossing the Great Bend-Hallstead bridge, saw a bundle of clothing on the peer near the water. When examined a letter was found in one of the pockets signed by Wm. T. Haynor, of Hallstead, in which he stated that he was tired of life and was about to drown himself. No money or watch was found in the clothes and he was known to have both. He carried an insurance of $1,200 in the S.U.N.A., which will not be paid just yet. The suicide is thought to be a ruse. [Another article states that Mr. Hainor, also spelled Haynor, had declared his intention of killing himself in a letter received by his wife in which was also enclosed a five-dollar bill. His age was about 20 years.]


Jackson - The New Milford dramatic society presented the drama "Diamonds and Hearts" in this place, on Tuesday evening. AND The Harford Creamery Company is operating this season as a branch under the management of Carl Wheaton, of the Jackson milk station. This creamery at Harford is now turning out some 2,400 lbs. of gilt-edge butter daily and the output is rapidly increasing. Yet, with this large quantity produced the demand exceeds the supply. From present indications the volume of business this season will reach $150,000, greatly in excess of any other like business in Northern Pennsylvania.


Lake Carey - The Lehigh Valley railroad company is going to expend $8,000 in booming Lake Carey as a summer resort. This includes laying a short track from the Montrose branch to the lake and the installation of sufficient sidings to care for excursion trains. John Redington, of Wilkes-Barre, has purchased a steam launch at a cost of $5,000 and forty steel boats, which he will put on the lake this summer.


Springville - W. W. Pritchard, a section man on the Montrose Branch of the L.V.R.R. went to Sayre last week to be treated for blood poison in the right hand, caused by a hurt received while at work.


News Briefs - Tuesday, June 14, will be the 127th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. For several years past there has been a growing observance of this day by the floating to the breezes of flags from every housetop that could boast a flag. It is proposed this year to have this observance more general than ever. Among the plans spoken of to keep this day fresh in the minds of the young is to have an appropriate celebration in the schools. The observance of Flag Day deserves attention. It will cost nothing to fly the national colors from every building, public and private, however humble, throughout the entire land. AND April 1904, was the coldest and most disagreeable April on record, says the Weather Bureau of Binghamton. Eleven consecutive months, during which the temperature has been below normal, is the record, which the weather has made for itself. AND Rural free delivery boxes are given the same protection by the government as the regular U.S. mail boxes. It doesn't matter to Uncle Samuel if the receptacle is a soap, starch or baking powder box as long as it is shown that it is a mail box, and he stands always ready to protect it. A man who used one for a target for his shotgun got two months' imprisonment and $200 fine. Some of the boxes are such disreputable looking things though, that it would be almost a blessing if more were used as targets.


May 20 (1904/2004)



Lanesboro - Fireman McNally, of Carbondale, was killed and Conductor Honey and a brakeman badly injured early yesterday morning at Lanesboro, in a head-on collision between two D. & H. freight trains. The first car of the northbound freight train caught fire and the local fire department was called out and handled the flames in a prompt manner. It is supposed that the wreck was caused by conflicting train orders at the chief dispatcher's office at Carbondale. Fireman McNally was pinned under his locomotive and killed. The injured men were taken to the home of J. E. Donovan, where they were cared for. The wreck occurred about 100 ft. from the local depot.


Montrose - The roller to be used in macadamizing our streets arrived the first of the week over the D.L. & W. and now rests on its private flat car near the coal pockets. It is not noticeable for its beauty, but so far as solidity of construction and bulk is concerned it certainly meets every requirement. The machine is fully 30 ft. in length with a roller surface of 10 to 12 ft. A large roller is pushed along in front, while the huge driving wheels in the rear, besides acting as propellers, increase materially the rolling powers of the machine. A curtained cab is located in the back part for the engineer and, as is generally understood, the roller will be run by steam. The stone crusher is also en route and it is likely that both will be in use within a short time.


Forest City - The Forest House at Forest City has been sold by John M. Cunningham to Taylor M. Sharpe, of Scranton, for $27,000. The hotel changed owners the first of the week. Mr. Cunningham and family will go to Buffalo to reside.


Susquehanna - A handsome new brick building is about to be erected by John Springsteen, near the Langford Hotel. AND A large number of men have been laid off indefinitely in the Erie shops here.


New Milford - Commissioner Vailes' broken stone road, which was put in last fall, stands the test, notwithstanding the predictions of some of our chronic croakers, and he is now engaged in laying another piece just above the Main street bridge. AND Five cans of wall-eyed pike were on Tuesday placed in East Lake. East Lake is one of the finest bodies of water in the county. It is fed by springs of pure water and its surroundings picturesque, appealing directly to those who wish to enjoy a quiet summer's outing.


Friendsville - Plans are being made for extensive improvements on the streets of our village; among them is the much-needed repair of sidewalks. A large quantity of the old wooden walk has been torn up, and is soon to be replaced by flags.


Brandt - Robert Shirlaw, who has charge of the splitting machine in the chamois factory, had the misfortune Saturday, to crush one finger. AND Kessler & Co., on Thursday last, erected a 60-ft. smokestack over their new boiler.


Loomis Lake - Twenty campfires of fishermen were seen around the lake one night last week.


Upsonville - Many tons of elegant stone is being quarried in the Moses Shields quarry this spring.


Brooklyn -The traction engine makes regular trips to Hopbottom now-a-days. It seems none the worse for going off the stone bridge a short time ago. AND George Gere, with two teams, has begun the much-needed job of building roads. AND Charles Tiffany has a gang of masons and men at work laying the foundation of the new creamery at Alford.


Middletown Twp. - Lena Jones, of Jackson Valley, has been dressmaking at Mrs. James Keenan's. AND In Flynn, P. T. McManus, representing the A.& P. Tea Co., passed through here last week, enroute to Binghamton, delivering a fine line of goods as ever was sold in this section.


Harford - Harford Grange has purchased the Dormitory of [the] Soldiers Orphans' School buildings and will make of it an ideal meeting place for their thrifty organization. Their efficient Secretary E. M. Tingley was here Friday transacting business connected therewith. This grange is in a very prosperous condition, paying up in full for this nice property, which includes three-fourths of an acre of land.


Kingsley - The Kingsley band will give an outdoor concert, Saturday evening, May 21. Ice cream and cake will be served. The boys are making good progress and are preparing to buy suits.


Great Bend - The Keystone race track has been remodeled and thoroughly worked and is now pronounced to be the finest track in Pennsylvania. A number of the stables are already occupied by horses to be trained for the circuit. The first race meet here will be held on July 4th. AND The new pews for St. Lawrence Catholic church have arrived and are being placed in the edifice, which has been thoroughly remodeled and is very pretty, within and without.


East Rush - Ten years ago Vinal Roberts found a land turtle and cut the date 1894 and initials on it; it was found by Glen quick, about a mile from where first found, one day while fishing.


Springville - The subscription papers circulated for the benefit of U.D. Barber, who met with so serious an accident at the Hawk quarry, injuring his eyes, have met a ready response and a nice sum of money has been raised.


Glenwood - Memorial Day will be celebrated with its quiet, solemn and patriotic services. All members of Post 85 are requested to attend services at the M.E. Church, Sunday. Members of the Post and other old veterans will meet at G.A.R. Hall at 2 and march to the church. The Decorating committee will receive marking flags at the close of service for Carpenters Cemetery, Edgar E. Smith and W.W. Hardy; Bell Cemetery, W. J. Bell; Rynearson Cemetery, Thomas Cameron. On Monday, May 30, comrades will report at Tower church at 11 o'clock, form and march to the Cemetery and perform the G.A.R. Memorial services as required by the ritual, and then dismiss for dinner. The Ladies Aid will furnish dinner. Ralph B. Little, Esq., of Montrose, will speak at 1:30.


News Brief - It is reported that the blue stone business is on the boom. The market for flagging, curb and building stone was never better and prices for some of the curbing are double what they were a few years ago.


May 27 (1904/2004)



Brooklyn - Mustered Out: Comrade Henry Tewksbury was a member of Lieut. Rogers Post 143, G.A.R. He was one of our faithful and patriotic members who always commanded the respect of all who knew him both in our order and Army life. He was a good soldier, a true man and a worthy citizen. His devotion to his country was commendable. He enlisted as a private in Co. G, 185th PA Volunteers in April 1863 and after rendering two years valuable service to his country was honorably discharged from duty on April 20, 1865. He was mustered in as a member of the G.A.R., March 30, 1880 and mustered out by the hand of death, April 22, 1904, when we believe he was enrolled above as a member of that army of triumphant heroes. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.


Choconut - Joseph Maroney, the young man injured in the recent shooting affair at Choconut, has been discharged from the Binghamton City hospital as cured.


Susquehanna - A charter has been obtained for a second hospital in Susquehanna. Plans have been obtained by a Binghamton architect and it is possible that the building will be erected during the present year. The plan provides for a two-story brick structure. Colonel Charles C. Pratt, of New Milford, is president of the association, which has taken the title of "Susquehanna Hospital Association." AND On Monday 125 men, or about 10 per cent of the entire force, were discharged from the Erie shops. The majority of the men discharged are single men and non-residents.


Binghamton - Dr. David Post Jackson died May 23 at his home in Binghamton. Dr Jackson was born in Montrose in 1841, but when only a year old his parents moved to this city. On his father's side he could trace his relationship to that great Confederate general, "Stonewall" Jackson, being a cousin of that noted leader. The doctor's father was the late Dr. Thomas Post Jackson; his grandfather was Dr. Nathan Post Jackson, and there were also three great-grandfathers who bore titles of M.D. after their names. Dr. Nathan Post Jackson was the first physician in Wyoming county, settling near Tunkhannock about 1778, he being obliged in those wild days to bring all his medicines in saddlebags from Philadelphia. The deceased succeeded to his father's practice in Binghamton and has always been acknowledged one of the best physicians in the city. He was well known in Montrose, frequently visiting relatives there with his wife.


New Milford - News reached relatives here the first of the week of Dr. M. H. C. Vail of Long Beach, Cal. His death occurred suddenly last week while he was leaving church. Dr. Vail was the founder at Susquehanna of the Northern Pennsylvanian [newspaper] and he practiced medicine at Susquehanna and Kirkwood. For many years previous to going to California, about five years ago, he was the proprietor and editor of the Newark, N.J., Morning Register; he also served in the New Jersey legislature and was an educator of some note. The Dr. and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last fall.


Forest City - The Forest House, a popular hotel at Forest City, has been sold by John H. Cunningham to Taylor M. Sharp, of Scranton, for nearly $30,000. The hotel has always done a prosperous business and earned lots of money. Mr. Cunningham and family will go to Buffalo to reside, where he has a large hotel. Mr. Sharpe is an obliging hotel man of much experience, having been connected with some large houses, including one at Lakewood, N.J. and the Crosby-side hotel at Lake George. He was also manager for the J.D. Williams Bros. Co. in Scranton.


Heart Lake - Wm. H. Wall has opened a summer hotel at the Lake and arrangements have been made with him to furnish board and lodging to all who attend the Summer Normal Bible School at the rate of $1 per day. Single meals, 30 cents. Applications for rooms may be made to him at Heart Lake or to C. F. Whitney at North Jackson, Pa.


Clifford - Lodwick Conrad has moved from the Bennett house into the Hotel Royal, of which he is proprietor. He is slicking the property up beyond expectations. He is very accommodating and a good entertainer. Travelers stopping once with him will be sure to again.


Springville -Another lot of those ladies' beautiful ready-made waists, and the largest assortment of city-trimmed hats and shirt wait hats ever displayed in this vicinity at C. Anna Barnes Stevens'. AND The new schedule gives us four trains daily, the first, which is a mail going up at 10 o'clock; the return trip, which also carries mail, is due here at 12:45; going up in the afternoon, no mail, at 3:20, returning at 4:50.


Friendsville - Mrs. Mary Tierney has been appointed postmistress in place of C. J. Tierney, deceased.


Hopbottom - The Young People's Auxiliary, of the Universalist church, will hold a festival and musical entertainment at the Foster House, Friday evening, May 27. A fine piano program will be given by Mr. Janaushek, of Owego, N.Y. Vocal selections by Mrs. E. M. Tiffany. Ice cream, strawberries and cake at popular prices. Entertainment free. All are invited.


Auburn - L. W. Titman is now the owner of a handsome 5-year-old Bulgarian colt that can make a mile in three minutes.


News Briefs - Beginning July 1, next, rural free delivery carriers will receive $720 a year. This is an increase of $120. The carrier will be permitted to carry packages but he must not solicit business. AND Memorial Day Services: At Franklin Forks old comrades of Southworth Post No.233 will meet and march to church as a body. Later will decorate the graves of their fallen comrades. Meet at Lawsville at the Baptist church at 11 and form ranks, led by the Lawsville band. At Auburn, Lieut. H. P. Titman Post unanimously resolved to invite the company of the neighboring Sunday schools, the I.O.O.F., the Grange, to turn out and decorate the graves of our fellow heroes. At Jackson the exercises will begin at 10:30 sharp at Lake View at the grave of our late comrade, Elon Dix. Next to the cemetery at the M.E. church. Sunday school children are respectfully requested to furnish flowers for the occasion. At Harford the members of the Post will decorate all soldiers' graves in the township. Those who can furnish flowers will please leave them with Mrs. Withers on Saturday, May 28.


June 03 (1904/2004)



Auburn Twp. - Charles E. Bunnell, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Bunnell, who has been principal of the Valdez (Alaska) school for several years, has, we learn, been engaged by the government for another year, proof in itself of the satisfaction he has been giving. Mr. Bunnell is located in one of the most beautiful sections of that vast country, and besides the scenery and delightful climate the region abounds in timber and many of the more valuable minerals. The town of Valdez is but a few years old, dating back from about 1898, yet its growth has been rapid and already possesses many modern buildings and conveniences. An illustration of the advance in civilization among the Indians is brought forth vividly by the fact that the money to build the church at that place was furnished by a man of the Cherokee tribe.


Susquehanna - When returning from the ball game on Saturday afternoon Martin J. Ryan, proprietor of the Canawacta House, walked down the Erie tracks with his two little sons. The youngest, Paul, aged 4, ran in front of a locomotive, and was struck by the big machine. One foot was so badly crushed as to necessitate amputation, which was performed at the City Hospital.


Uniondale - Farmers who sell their milk at the local milk station are complaining about the price of milk, which is 67 cents a can; already talk is heard about building a co-operative creamery. AND On Monday the graves of the departed soldiers were properly decorated by members of the G.A.R.


Great Bend - Charles Smith, a brakeman on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad, was killed at Clark's Summit on Thursday morning by the cars. Smith had served in the United States navy and was a man of great bravery. Last winter when the steamer "Waukerman" was wrecked off Cape Hatteras, it was seen that there was not sufficient room in the boats to hold all on board and he was among the few who volunteered to risk being picked up by a passing vessel with nothing but a life preserver to keep them afloat. After much exposure and suffering they were finally rescued, and for a number of weeks he was in a critical condition and it was owing to his crippled state that he was released from the Navy, and since then had been working for the railroad. He is survived by a father, mother and two brothers.


Forest Lake - Misses Lattice Brown, Mabel Lewis, Ethel Andre and Emma Jagger are among those who are learning music under the direction of Miss Francis Howell, of Birchardville. Miss Howell is a thorough and competent teacher of music and a large number of students are studying under her tuition.


Glenwood - The farmers are so busy these days that they can't stop long enough to talk particulars or tell any long stories, as help is very scarce. One thing we are glad to see is that all are willing to take a day off to do honor to the fallen heroes of the Civil strife, 61 to 65. A few more years until the last old vet shall be called away, to be in line with those who have gone before. Decoration has become world-wide, not only the graves of the soldier dead, but of friends in every walk of life. We gather to pay tribute to those who were near and dear.


Lawton - The ice cream parlors at Lawton re open every Saturday evening and are well attended.


Lynn - The 94th birthday of Mrs. Lucilla Avery occurred recently and was observed by several of her relatives and friends, who spent the day with her.


Fairdale - Someone reported 70 percent of the bees died during the winter. Louis Sheen had 20 swarms, lost all. Charles saved 3 or 4 out of about 80. George Frink lost all of his bees.


Montrose - For the third time within as many years the Printers and Barbers will come up against the Clerks, and there will probably be something doin'. We can't speak of the skill of the players, for some of them haven't gripped a ball since "happy childhood days." Yet wonders will never cease and we wouldn't wonder if you saw a very amusing game filled with double plays, home runs and grand stand plays in general. The admission of ten cents, one dime or a tenth of a dollar, admits you to any part of the park, which will not interfere with the players. The line up is: Barbers-Printers:Fred Connell, catcher; Corella North, pitcher; Carlton Griffis, 1st base; Ennis Burch, 2nd base; Will Cruser, 3d base; Ed Thompson, short stop; E.J. Keough, right field; Will Aitken, center field; George Daunie, left field. Clerks: Glen Roberts, catcher; Fay Sprout, pitcher; H. F. Brewster, 1st base; Olin Tingley, 2nd base; Bruce Titman, 3rd base; J. M. Watrous, short stop; M. Roberts, right field; James Mahon, center field; T. Davies, left field. Jollying of players by spectators will be -- allowed.


Hallstead - Brakeman Vanishes: Relatives of Charles Sisson, the young brakeman who disappeared mysteriously after leaving his train on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad at Scranton, May 15, have been searching in vain for him ever since without the slightest hint of success. Sisson lived at Hallstead and was respected. His friends and family alike are at a loss to assign a reason for his disappearance. The police are now inclined to believe the theory of foul play, although they have slim clues to work out this solution. He had drawn his pay and it is likely he simply "skipped." AND IN A RELATED MATTER REPORTED A FEW WEEKS AGO: William T. Haynor, the Hallstead switchman employed on the Lackawanna, who was mourned as dead for the brief space of two or three hours after he disappeared two weeks ago, leaving a suit of clothes on the Lackawanna bridge across the Susquehanna river in Owego, together with a letter of farewell saying that when it was read he would be no longer in the land of the living, has been holding quite a reception at the hotel "Reno" on the South side, Owego, and incidentally, getting reconciled with his family. Haynor appeared in the night and took refuge at the "Reno" and when morning had come he telephoned to his wife, who has been in Owego since his disappearance, and asked her to call upon him. To a curious inquirer as to why he did not call on his wife, he said that "he was afraid his mother-in-law would go for him with a knife." His first remark to Chief Robinson, who called to make sure that the "body had been recovered," was "this is a nice mess, isn't it?" The chief replied that he thought it was. Haynor says that he is not very clear as to what he has been doing, but from his appearance it is safe to say that he has been living well. He says he has been to St. Louis to the World's Fair. He inquired about the suit of clothing he had left behind and was told he could get it of Coroner E. E. Raner. Mrs. Hayner says that whiskey and cigarettes were at the bottom of her husband's trouble and that she intends to reform him. He says he is going to return to Hallstead, Pa., and intimated that his old job would be very acceptable.


News Brief - The enormity of the ice gorges along the Susquehanna last winter may be partially realized when it is stated that all of the ice is not yet melted.


June 10 (1904/2004)



Fairdale/Heart Lake - The Fairdale and Heart Lake nines came together in a game Wednesday and the former proved their superiority by defeating their opponents by a score of 23-6. There were a number of pretty plays, which were thoroughly appreciated by the crowd of spectators who witnessed the game.


Alford - Jos. Page is building a large barn on his farm near Alford. The basement floor is to be of concrete and the barn will be up to day and modern in every particular. B. A. Oakley, of Brooklyn, has charge of the carpenter work.


Forest City - At a recent meeting of the borough council of Forest City, a resolution was passed instructing the ordinance committee and borough attorney to draw up a curfew ordinance, requiring all children under 16 years to be off the street after 9 o'clock at night.


Rush - While returning from Rush with his family Saturday afternoon, W. N. Barnes, deputy register and recorder, who was driving a team of lively horses, met with an accident which might have resulted seriously. The horses were jogging along near B. I. Robinson's farm in South Bridgewater, when the king-bolt broke and let the forward part of the carriage down in the road. Aside from jarring the occupants considerably it did no other harm. The horses were frightened and still dragging the front wheels they dashed into town and into their stables at Harrington's livery. Mr. Harrington immediately started out to learn the results of the accident and it is needless to say was overjoyed at finding them unharmed.


Oakley - A very sad accident occurred at Oakley, below Kingsley, on Saturday morning last, when L. D. Wilmarth was struck by the engine of a fast freight train and so seriously injured that he died after four hours of intense suffering. Mr. Wilmarth was seventy-four years of age and had been postmaster for many years. He was as usual carrying the mail bag to hang up for the train to catch, when in some way, no one knows how, he was caught and thrown several feet and received internal injuries. He was carried to a house nearby and kindly cared for. Dr. A. J. Ainey, of Brooklyn, was called, but could do nothing for him. He will be greatly missed in that community where he was both prominent and popular. He is buried in Maplewood cemetery by the side of his first wife.


Lenox - George Wright is a honey-maker who makes a business of it. He, as all keepers of bees in the North, lost a large share of his colonies last winter. Out of about 140 hives he wintered about half and those left were weak. He sent to Florida and secured fifty queen bees, which he has introduced into his old colonies with much success. They are sent through the mails in woven wire bottles or boxes and when ready to put with the bees, the end of the bottle is opened and a wax made from honey and sugar is placed over the end removed. The bees eat this wax off in about two days and release the queen.


Susquehanna - A team belonging to Dr. F. A. Goodwin ran away on Monday afternoon, causing quite a little stir. They lit out at the watering trough near Exchange Street and ran to Laurel Hill Academy before they were stopped. AND A fifteen-year-old boy, who is better known as "Jasper Cole," was on Friday arrested on a charge of having for some months past abstracted cash envelopes from boxes in the Baptist church and appropriating the contents to his own use. On Saturday he was brought to the county jail at Montrose. It is expected that he will be sent to the juvenile reformatory at Huntington.


New Milford - Prof. C. M. Snyder, for two years principal of the New Milford graded school, has written a letter to the secretary of the board declining the offer of the position for the coming year. He will attend college, being now at Keuka College in New York.


South Montrose - A. S. Allen and son have commenced the erection of a barn for Percy Ballantine, to cost upwards of $4000; this will be one of the finest barns in Northern Pennsylvania.


Herrick Centre - Some time ago the people of the East Ararat M.E. church decided to give their worthy S.S. Superintendent a present to partially pay her for the faithful services rendered by her in their Sunday school. Through the untiring efforts of Mrs. O. H. Phillips, a nice little sum of money was raised and a beautiful chair and lamp obtained, and presented to her on May 22nd, before a large and appreciative audience.


Great Bend - Dr. F. Ellis Bond, on Tuesday, opened a branch dental office in Hallstead. He is a first class dentist, quite up to date. His many friends wish him success in this new venture.


Brooklyn - Rev. Mr. Sumner and members of his church are getting ready for their centennial celebration, which will occur June 20-22nd.


Lanesboro - Rev. George Comfort, the veteran clergyman, sustained a stroke of paralysis and his condition is serious. Last winter, when returning from a trip to Montana, he was seriously injured in a wreck on the Union Pacific road near Ogden, Utah, and since that time he has been in ill health.


Glenwood - The oration by R. B. Little, of Montrose, at the Tower church, May 30th, was delivered in a masterly manner. The church was crowded and the talk of Mr. Little was sublime. He has a flow of language seldom bettered.


Brookdale - R.F.D. No. 1, from Hallstead, passes through this place now and Mr. Birchard still continues to carry mail. We are well supplied with ways of obtaining mail.


Scranton - George H. Catlin, banker and millionaire, was last Wednesday married to Miss Ellen Walsh, a servant in his home at Scranton, and they are now at the Waldorf-Astoria awaiting passage on a steamer for a trip around the world. Mrs. Catlin's home was in Carbondale. She is thirty years old, of handsome and attractive manner. She is the second wife of Mr. Catlin, who is fifty-nine and one of the foremost citizens of Scranton, being vice-president of the Third National Bank of Scranton, has a fortune of $3,000,000 and bears the degree of Master of Arts conferred by Lafayette College.


June 17 (1904/2004)



Montrose - And now, according to the Borough ordinance, you will have to muzzle your dog, or have it shot. AND The old gray horse owned by George Battles, "passed in his checks" this week. AND In North Bridgewater frost was reported on the morning of June 10.


New Milford - The morning mail from New York which reaches this place at 7:20 on train No. 15, is thrown from the car by the mail clerk, and at times the momentum of the rapidly moving train causes the pouches to go spinning along the earth at a terrific rate of speed and anything in their path goes down. On Wednesday a pouch struck three cases of eggs which stood on the platform at the station and forty dozen of their contents smeared the rails for some distance. The question now arises as to who shall settle for the eggs, the railroad or Uncle Sam.


Heart Lake - The season for outings is once more at hand and Heart Lake is bound to be a central feature in this region. Mr. H. Griffing, proprietor of the Heart Lake resort and grounds, boats, & c. is fully prepared to wait upon the public in all these lines, also in confectionery, baked goods, & c.


Forest City - Prof. John L. Richards, the popular and successful principal of the Forest City school has been re-elected.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Edward Gillen is the owner of the oldest horse in the county. It is certainly the best looking of anything over 20 in this neighborhood. AND Mary McCormick, Middletown and Charles Walsh, a farmer of Apolacon, have applied for a marriage license.


Fair Hill, Jessup/Forest Lake Twps. - A jersey cow devoid of horns strayed, last Friday night, from the premises of J. N. Andre. Anyone having any knowledge of same please notify Mr. Andre. AND In Forest Lake, Bruce Griffis, our merchant, is running a dry goods and grocery wagon.


Glenwood - Hoodlums were abroad Saturday evening throwing stones on the houses as they passed by and breaking windows. As the parties are known, warrants will be issued for their arrest. It is time that this gang is called to a halt.


Vestal Centre - Amos Roberts, of the far West, visited his brother, Asahel, here last week. The brothers had not met in over 40 years. Mr. Roberts contemplates a visit to the old homestead near Heart Lake; his father will be remembered by the older ones as the late Asahel Roberts, the gatekeeper on the old plank road.


Thomson - The 4th Annual meeting of the Northeastern Pa. Telephone association was held at Thomson on Thursday of last week. M. D. Daniels, of Uniondale, was elected chairman, F. T. Gelder, of Forest City, secretary and J. E. Tiffany, clerk. Over 100 stockholders were present and about 400 were represented by proxies, but about 200 of the latter were not recognized, on account of a new law requiring them to be witnessed, which many had failed to do. Directors were elected as follows: T.E. Benson, J. W. Tiffany, C. K. Bigelow, F.J. Osgood and Thomas Spears. The ruling out of the unwitnessed proxies was a surprise to a considerable number of those present and an attempt was made to break the quorum by leaving the hall, but without success.


Susquehanna - Miss Gertrude Resseguie has gone to Humboldt, Ia. to assist in caring for her uncle, N. T. Woodward, who was seriously injured in falling from a bicycle. AND The School Board has elected the following corps of teachers--Principal, T. S. March; teachers, Anna Doran, Clara Hoskins, Cecilia Lanning, Elizabeth Cahill, Louise Curtis, Anna Coyle, Elizabeth Brosnan, Margaret McDonald and Nellie Mooney. The salary of Prof. March has been increased from $1,100 to $1,200 per annum.


Laurel Lake - Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Rodgers and youngest child went to Vestal Center, Saturday, to visit the latter's sister, Mrs. B. W. Jenner. Returning home Sunday they met with what might have proved a serious accident. The horse got badly frightened at a passing automobile and became unmanageable. Jumping to one side of the road the horse threw Mrs. Rodgers and child to the ground, then in jumping again turned the wagon, catching her feet between the wheel and buggy. They were dragged some distance before Mr. Rodgers could stop the horse. All came out very lucky, as there was not even a mark on the baby; the mother was badly bruised, but nothing serious.


South Gibson - At a recent meeting of our school directors, Miss Dora Follett, of Lenox, was given the principal ship of our school and Hattie Baldwin, of Gibson, the primary department.


Hopbottom - The people of this place are making active preparations for a fine celebration on July 4th. A good cornet band will be in attendance all day with a liberal program of music. A parade really worth seeing will take place at about 10:30 a.m. Rev. Thomas B. Payne of Scranton, will deliver an address in the afternoon and in the evening there will be fine music, both instrumental and vocal; and an entertainment consisting of a contest in recitations by several young ladies representing nearby villages. Dinner and supper will be served by the ladies of the Universalist church.


Auburn 4 Corners - A severe hail and rainstorm did much damage in this vicinity last week. Several people had young chickens killed and many gardens were washed out. A number have had to plant their corn over, while some fields are about ruined.


News Brief - Announcement is made that the Lackawanna Railroad will soon begin the gigantic task of removing part of the mountain below Delaware Water Gap. The mountain contains fine granite and it is proposed to crush sufficient stone to ballast the entire road from Hoboken to Binghamton. The crushing plant now being installed will have a daily capacity of 100 carloads.


June 24 (1904/2004)



Dimock - There is to be a fish-pond social at the Clubroom Saturday evening, June 25th; the ladies to bring lunch for two; only 10 cents a box--and you have a chance to eat it with somebody's best girl! Everybody welcome. Proceeds to be used in purchasing books for the public library.


Elk Lake - S. A. Young recently completed one of the handsomest cottages around the lake for G. A. Fuller, of Scranton. It is very artistically painted with a brown body, roof and lattice green and trimmed in white and making a very showy appearance, all showing Mr. Young's good workmanship. Mr. Young is now building an automobile barn for Norman Stuart.


Ararat - Jennie Bullard, aged about10 years, was kicked by a horse last Friday and was seriously hurt, her lower jaw being broken so badly that a portion of the bone had to be removed.


New Milford - The Dr. Clements' Home Remedy Company is a new institution for New Milford. It is what the name implies, a company organized to manufacture remedies for the ills of the human family. The remedies are put up from prescriptions used by Dr. Clements in his practice covering a period of 17 years in New York, and cannot be classed with many of the nostrums flooding the markets with nothing behind them excepting the force of expert advertising.


Brooklyn - The 100th anniversary of the M. E. church of this place was observed here on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The event was right royally observed, there being present a large number of ministers of the Binghamton district, besides several former pastors of the church. The meetings were largely attended and the enthusiasm of the occasion was marked throughout. The centennial addresses were appropriate and eloquent tributes to the century of Methodism. Rev. J. B. Sumner, pastor of the church, wrote and put to music the Centennial Hymn, which he also sung. Mrs. George Sterling's historical paper was well received, it being in every way unique and interesting.


Susquehanna - The graduating class of Laurel Hill Academy, alphabetically arranged, is as follows: Messrs. John Gilpatrick, Henry Houlihan, John King, Arthur MacQueen, Wm. Ryan and Frank Zellar; and Misses Camilla Baldwin, Anna Brennan, Esther Griffin, Mary Horrigan, Mary Kendrick, Clara O'Connell, Katharyn Shanley and Anna Whitney.


Great Bend - Mr. Park, of Scranton, has purchased the S. B. VanNess residence, he being the new proprietor of the chamois tannery in this place, and takes possession the first of July. There are a number of families coming from Brandt to this place to work in the chamois tannery, which is to be run by a larger force of men. AND E.E.G., of Gelatt, Susquehanna Co., Pa., advertises in the Great Bend Plaindealer that he would like to correspond with a young lady or widow--object matrimony. Says he has a good character, no bad habits, and owns a good farm.


Springville - George Lake drives as fine a team as one might wish to ride after. George is a lover of good horses.


Lawsville - A meeting was held here Tuesday and it was decided to build a Catholic church on their lot purchased some time ago, of Otis Chaffee.


Rush - M. B. Perrigo's spacious barn was struck by lightening during Tuesday's shower. The barn, containing one horse, two wagons and farming implements was burned and three wagons were saved at the risk of life. Loss partly covered by insurance.


Jackson - Nathan Guile, the oldest man in Jackson, died June 15, aged nearly 90 years. He formerly lived in Harford, working at the blacksmith trade, but came to Jackson some years ago. The funeral, conducted by Rev. P. R. Tower of Thompson, was from the Universalist church, Gibson, on Friday last.


Laurel Lake - In Franklin Forks on Saturday afternoon the Laurel Lake team defeated the home team, 10-26.


Harford - George Leonard and wife of Kansas, are visiting friends here. AND Eugene Osmun and Miss Alice Matthews of Sayre, were married at the home of the bride, Wednesday, June 15. They will reside with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Osmun.


Loomis Lake - Mr. Smith and family and Mr. and Mrs. Kellum are living at the cottages now. Mr. Casey and family will be here in a few days. A road will be built to the cottages on the east side of the lake.


Heart Lake - Sherman Griffing has started the foundation for his new house, to be built on the west side of the Lake.


Glenwood - Warrants were issued for the 3 young lads who have been stoning houses and breaking windows and the case was settled by the boys' fathers. This will be a lesson which they will long remember.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Edward Doherty, who with his parents immigrated to Michigan from here some 50 years ago, has been spending the past few weeks with his friends here.


Auburn Twp. - In the recent hailstorm that passed through Auburn, T. F. Kellogg had his entire crop of oats, rye and corn totally destroyed, while the meadows and pastures were badly damaged. Five days after the storm deposits of ice 9" thick could be found along some of his fences.


Montrose - The employees of the cutglass factory have received orders to work five and one-half days a week, which will probably be continued until fall when full time will be resumed. AND The person finding a pair of leather cuffs used by automobilists will confer a favor by returning them to H. L. Beach.


Forest City - Forest City is to have another new church. B. J. Bussman, of Hancock, N.Y., has been given the contract to construct a house of worship for St. Joseph's Catholic congregation for $10,500. It is to be constructed of brick and native stone and will be ready for dedication on December 15.


July 01 (1904/2004)



Susquehanna - Thirty or forty residents of Susquehanna have been ill as a result of tyrotoxicon poisoning following the eating of ice cream purchased from a vender. None of the cases were especially alarming. AND A camping party composed of Messrs. Will Ahearn, Joseph Kendrick, Thomas and Frank Burns, are brushing off mosquitoes on Peet's Flats, this side of Windsor, for ten days. By the aid of wireless and tireless telegraphy, we're informed there's somethin' doin' every minute.


Great Bend - Horsemen are taking an interest in the following horses now being "worked" at the Keystone Driving Park, this place: Eff Eye Ell, F. I. Lott, Montrose; John M. Sullivan and Red Sovereign, W. A. Smith, Deposit; Black Rose, J. McGinity, Susquehanna; White Line, F. Sutton; Marshland and Rose, William J. Day; Sweetheart, J. Kindrick, Susquehanna. Dr. Miller and Mr. McMahon, of Susquehanna, also have fine horses here. AND The purchase of the Chamois tannery at this place, and the consequent blending of the chamois factory at Brandt with the one here promises to develop a business which will result in a great increase in the population of the town, and more residents means the stimulation of all lines of business. The new proprietors will take possession of the property here July 1st.


Montrose - Our little next-door neighbor, Master David Eugene Stilson, whose bright and happy face greets us nearly every morning, celebrated his 7th birthday on Friday last. In honor of the event his aunt, Mrs. A. W. Lyons, gave him a party, which was held on the Fair Grounds in the afternoon. The merry peals of laughter of the children, who indulged in various juvenile sports, gave evidence that merriment reigned supreme. Refreshments were served under the management of the chaperones, Misses Emily Dennis, Lottie Fargo and Mrs. Levy. The little guests present were: Misses Florence Maxey, Margaret Lyons and Baby Mildred Lyons, Mollie Frink, Florence Bast, Mollie Miller, Beatrice and Ruth Rambo, Margaret Reynolds, and Masters Lyons, Fancher, Albert Miller, Jr., Donald Maxey and Paul Biermann. Robert Bostwisk, Harry Dolan and Charles Morris. AND Mrs. Lydia Smith, of Chenango Street, announces the engagement of her eldest daughter, Miss Rosa L. Smith, to Rev. J. H. Washington of Auburn, N.Y. Miss Smith is a prima-donna who has assisted greatly in the musical department of church work in Zion Church, while the prospective groom is one of the leaders of African Methodism in New York State.


Fairdale - J. B. McKeeby died at age 80, on May 8, 1904. He was born April 8, 1824 in Sussex Co., N.J. and moved to Dimock when 11 years old. In Nov. of 1850 he married Miss Sarah E. Shay. His children were George T., Margaret J., and Benjamin, who served for six years as a county commissioner. Mr. McKeeby enlisted in the War of the Rebellion with Company B, 17th Regt. U.S. Cavalry. He was industrious and thrifty and successful in his chosen vocation, a good citizen and neighbor, and enjoyed the good will of his friends.


Franklin Forks - The 4th will be celebrated under the auspices of the Athletic Club, a hustling lot of young men of that place and a rousing and enjoyable time is expected. Bicycle, potato, wheelbarrow, foot and sack races, fantastic parade, tug-of-war and a fine fireworks display are among the features. You are invited to attend and participate in a "good old-fashioned celebration."


South Auburn - Harry Place has gone to Scranton where he has accepted the position of streetcar conductor.


Silver Lake - At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Rose, on June 28th, Mrs. Laura Griffen and Oscar W. Caswell were married by the Rev. Robert Bramfitt. The parlor where the ceremony took place was handsomely decorated with ground pine, laurels, daisies and damask roses; also a profusion of pink and white carnations. The bride was dressed in brown silk. After the ceremony, refreshments were served. Mr. and Mrs. Caswell left for a wedding trip to Niagara Falls and other places; on their return they will reside with O.C. Caswell, Silver Lake.


Hopbottom - Surveyors have been looking over the territory from here to Brooklyn to consider the probability of having a branch railroad from this place to Brooklyn.


Friendsville - Camp Choconut opened on Friday, June 24.


Rush - The work on the Baptist church is progressing slowly. The contractor, Mr. Lacey, is waiting for the new pews and steel ceiling to arrive. B. H. Kennedy, of South Montrose, has had charge of the mason work.


Ararat - Jasper Hobbs, while drawing milk to the Thomson creamery, lost a large pocketbook containing $205 from the hip pocket of his overalls. The loss was discovered at about 11 a.m. and from that time until 9 o'clock in the evening the search was continued unabated, when it was returned by Rev. E. C. Layton, who had picket it up near his home a few hours previous. The empty pocketbook was found ground to shreds early in the day, wagon wheels having passed over it, the wad of bills having evidently rolled out when dropped from the owner's pocket. The wallet was tossed one side, while the money, almost within the range of vision, passed unnoticed.


Forest City - Harold Walker, son of Mr. and Mrs. James J. Walker, is one of the first violinists of the St. Rose Academy orchestra in Carbondale.


North Branch, Middletown Twp. - Miss Mary McCormick, one of Middletown's popular young ladies, was married to Chas. Welch, of Apolachin, at St. Patrick's church, Rush, Wednesday, June 21. The young couple has the best wishes of their many friends.


Springville - The Ladies' Aid will give a regular supper for ten cents in connection with the 4th celebration. Do not fail to see the fireworks in the evening.


Gibson - The 4th will be celebrated under the auspices of Gibson Star Grange. The speakers engaged for the occasion are Rev. G.O. Beers and Rev. H.J. Crane, Rev. G.W. Stanton and wife, of Herrick Centre will entertain with some fine vocal selections; there will be a parade led by the Gibson cornet band at 10 a.m. and a fantastic parade at 11:45. Dinner will be served in the grange hall. Oration at 2 p.m., followed by sack and wheelbarrow races, etc. Ice cream, lemonade, etc., will be dispensed at the stands. The evening entertainment will consist of songs, tableaux, recitations, dialogues and the temperance farce, "Switched Off." Admission 20 cents. Go to Gibson and have a good time.


July 08 (1904/2004)



Hallstead - The Hallstead nine and the Sunnysides, of Binghamton, played a game of baseball in Hallstead resulting in a victory for the Binghamton nine. Again in the afternoon the Hallstead boys were badly beaten in Lawsville. Fred Simpson took them over in his excursion wagon.


Great Bend - About 1,000 people attended the races here on the 4th. The attractions were all well executed. Bullard's Band discoursed sweet music. The boxing match was an interesting feature of the event. The receipts were about $300.


Lathrop Twp. - Pearl Mackey has returned home from Keystone Academy, where she graduated and was valedictorian of her class.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Saturday afternoon, while Mrs. Nettie Reynolds was driving the horses hitched to a horserake to the barn, the tongue broke and she fell under the horses' feet and was dragged several rods, tearing her clothing and bruising her body terribly. The Dr. pronounced no bones broken and her many friends will be glad to know that she is at this writing quite comfortable and can move herself slightly in bed.


Birchardville - H. F. Baker's barn burned July 4th, with all his farm implements, harnesses, wagons and other things too numerous to mention. There was only $250 insurance--not enough to pay for the reaper and drill. The Bakers were getting ready to go away when they heard a noise and going to see what it was discovered the fire just breaking through the roof. Mr. Baker succeeded in saving his horses at the risk of his own life. It is a great loss and it is unknown how the fire stated.


West Bridgewater Twp. - S. S .Gard and wife, of Wyandotte, Mich., have been spending a few days in town. Mr. Gard was born on the farm now owned by Caleb Bush, where Mr. and Mrs. Gard have been visiting, also calling on A.P. Bush to whom Mr. G. went to school, and Mrs. Amanda Smith, an old school-mate. Mr. Gard's family left here and went west in 1852, and this is his first visit back, but is so much pleased with the old county he is now coming frequently. He is engaged in the lumber business.


Auburn - Yesterday was a big day at Auburn Corners. Something less than 2000 people were present and took in the grand fantastic parade, which was called superior to any ever witnessed and the ball game was fine, resulting in favor of dads. AND B. Lathrop and Arthur Bennett, when returning from the festival at Elk Lake, collided with some one's surrey, owning to the darkness and damaged their fine buggies.


Jackson - D. W. Cole, M.D., has been granted a patent on an improvement in brushes. The doctor is making the necessary preparations to manufacture his patented brushes and will have them on the market by the last of July. He has also been granted a patent on a combined mortiser and boring machine, and will establish headquarters at Jackson for the sale of this machine. The doctor is a hustler and a fine fellow and we wish him success in this new enterprise. AND At Pueblo, Colorado, June 20, Mrs. W. D., Esterbrook, daughter of John E. Griffis, Jackson, was struck by a bolt of lightning and instantly killed. She and her husband were hurrying home to escape a shower, when he was horrified to see a bolt of lightning appearing like a ball of fire, strike her behind the ear and pass down the front of her body and off at her feet. The grief stricken husband, with a number of friends, accompanied the remains to Mayfield, Kansas, where they were laid by her infant son, Frank, on Friday, June 24.


South Montrose - C. H. Sterling, while setting off fireworks Monday night for his little daughter, accidentally received a small lot of powder in his face, injuring one eye somewhat and altogether destroying his whiskers.


Montrose - Ambrose S. Payne has secured the contract for painting the Tarbell House. The large structure will be given two coats. He also painted the large sign which graces the front of Billings & Co's furniture and undertaking rooms, which has attracted considerable attention due to its artistic appearance. AND You should read "The Red Keggers," "Tillie, The Mennonite Maid," "The Wood Carver of Lympus." The Montrose Library--$1.50 per year, 25 cents per mo.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna suffered a loss of $20,000 by fire Wednesday evening. The plant of W.B. Maine & Co., contractors, builders and carriage makers, was consumed, as was the residence of George Maine. His barn, planning mill and blacksmith shops were also destroyed. AND The music furnished by the Laurel Hill Academy orchestra, at the commencement exercises of that institution, reflects great credit on the Sisters and their pupils. AND Editor Birchard gave the employees of the Transcript a day off on the 4th--which was "meet and right."


New Milford - During the past week a deer has been wandering through this section, appearing in the oat fields and meadows of vicinity farms. It was seen by Wm. VanCott, Wm. Carey, Mrs. D. W. Shay, Charles Tyler and from there skipped across the country to T. D. Houlihan's, near Upper Lake. There is much speculation as to where it came from but quite likely has wandered from some of our neighboring deer counties or escaped from some deer park.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - Norman Stuart met with an accident to his automobile while ascending the hill here on Wednesday evening; but he succeeded in repairing it enough to enable him to continue on his way to Scranton.


Silver Lake - Lewis Hill, son of Henry Hill, was married at the home of the bride in Damascus, N.Y., June 30th, and arrived here on Saturday; they are stopping with Mr. H's father; they will reside in Binghamton, where Mr. H. is employed as electrician. AND Mr. West has purchased a handsome team of matched horses.


Brooklyn - Mr. Kirby, manager of the Condensery Co., told the farmer[s] and others that if they would collect the money in that they have subscribed, and place it in the Montrose bank, he and his backers would go on and built the railroad between here and Hopbottom and equip it before calling on them for a cent of the funds.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - The Moses Sheilds Co. have secured the right of way through A.P. Sherwood's land and will put in heavy bridges, and use their traction engine to haul stone to their landing at Tingley.


July 15 (1904/2004)



Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - Georgia Hill and Ruth Meeker went to the Forks [Franklin Forks] awheel, on the 4th, and came home the next day, accompanied by their cousin, Agnes Summers, who is staying a few days with them. AND The 10th reunion of the Hoag family was held the 29th of June 1904, at Little Lake, 47 being present. Mrs. W. D. Bolles brought a paper, the Montrose Volunteer and North Star, printed Dec. 1, 1842, edited by Abel Turrell and S.T. Scott, which contained an account of her parents' marriage, Daniel S. Hoag, of Silver Lake and Elizabeth T. Gurney, of Middletown, by W. G. Handrick, Esq. After dinner Elder W. C. Tilden gave quite a history of the old settlers, their hardships and privations. By the years of 1808 and 1811 several families by the name of Gage and Hoag came and settled near what is now called Brackney. Two deaths were noted, Henry Cole and Mrs. Carrie Baldwin; newcomers welcomed, Andrew Martin, Genevieve Coon and the bride of Edward W. Hoag.


Ararat - The Bushnell's held their family reunion June 30, at the Bushnell homestead. As this gathering is strictly a family affair and they are not numerous, it was a small gathering. Only the descendents of Albert and James gathered, viz: Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Warner, daughter Louise, and grandson, Kenneth Warner of Montrose; L.D. Shults and wife of State Line; P.K. Bushnell and son, Albert and daughter, Gertrude, of Windsor, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Banker, of Oneonta, and H.A. Bushnell and wife, of Nineveh. The day was good and a good dinner and good cheer prevailed.


Springville - Theron Strickland has a horse which he sends a half-mile every morning after a load of milk, which it brings safely back, and is then driven to the milk station here.


Jackson - Urbane Hall, a well known citizen of Jackson, who had been a great sufferer from nervous prostration for many years, died at his home in that place, July 4th, aged 82 years. Deceased was a Civil War veteran and in his time a noted musician. As a performer upon the fife, he was unexcelled, and for many years he, with B.H. and A.B. Larrabee and Leroy Cook, formed the well known "fife and drum corps," that in the early 60's made Susquehanna county justly famous for that style of martial music. A.B. Larrabee is the only survivor of this organization that in their time thrilled thousands with their vigorous and skilled performance. Mr. Hall was buried from the Baptist church, July 6th.


Auburn - Homer Young, agent for the Deering machinery, was through here last week setting up the mowers, which he had sold thus far this season, which number 36. It is quite evident that the Deering is the machine. AND In Beech Grove, Luther Jagger, one of our oldest citizens passed peacefully away at his home July 6, in the 86th year of his age. He had been very feeble for several years, gradually growing weaker till the end. He was buried in the Fuller cemetery where he had a lot and monument set a number of years ago. His wife survives him, his brothers and sisters having preceded him to the beyond.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - We saw a report recently about a cinnamon bear being seen near Montrose. There was a specie of such a bear seen at Kistler Lake a short time ago, only that it was more of a creamy color; it seemed very bold, and finally took to the woods, where it was lost sight of.


Susquehanna - His friends will regret the removal of Dr. A.E. Hager from this place; he has decided to locate at Clifford, where he will continue his practice. The doctor and his estimable wife will be missed both in church and social circles.


Montrose -The largest freight car that ever came up over the L. and M. arrived here yesterday from the West. It is a furniture and vehicle car 50 feet in length and weighs 36,000 pounds. As Mr. Merrill, the veteran railroader says: "It looks like the grandfather of the others." AND There is no truth in the report that the cutglass factory is to be taken to Lestershire [Johnson City]. That town seems to be particularly set on securing a cutglass factory. Becker & Wilson are pretty well satisfied with conditions as they exist in Montrose and it is doubtful if any great benefits would be derived by removing elsewhere.


Friendsville - Camp Choconut, which is situated near the quaint and quiet village of Friendsville, opened on June 24th with 32 members in attendance. Tho aweary from travel, the change of scenery and all thrilled the boys with a renewed ambition and Camp Choconut seemed alive with busy forms preparing their little nooks and corners for the summer's outing. The Camp is located on a proud and majestic hill overlooking beautiful Calmalt Lake--that quiet sheet of water which inspired a young girl to write in charming verse of its beauties some years ago, and to betake with her to the cloister afterwards, sweet memories of its shimmering waters, and fern-bordered banks. There are thick woods dotted here and there over rich and verdant pastures, and it seems like a very peaceful place hid among the hills north of that illustrious chain of mountains, the Blue Ridge. The air is fine and exhilarating and the boys have a run of 600 acres, which includes a baseball field, large tennis courts and tempting golf links. On Sunday mornings the hours are devoted exclusively to writing letters home, and in the afternoon the Episcopal service is read in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit near by and at the edge of the woods.


Elk Lake - Lee and Homer Green, sons of N.E. Green, met with quite an accident recently. Their horse backed down an embankment, overturning the horse and wagon. Little Homer was found under the overturned carriage, slightly injured about the head and face.


Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - July 11th was Luman Allen's 84th birthday and he is sawing wood. Mr. Allen enjoys excellent health as does his aged companion, who is a few months his senior; she has been a devoted wife for 59 years.


Clifford - A party of four from Carbondale came in town last Sunday in an automobile weighing about two tons. They complimented our landlord on the fine dinner they had.


Forest Lake - Allen Shay is in the possession of a fine new buggy, one of Titman's (Montrose). It's all right!


News Briefs - The pure food agents are after Wilkes-Barre butchers, a number of whom it is claimed have used embalming fluid to preserve their meat. AND Susquehanna county's state appropriation for the improvement and maintenance of public highways this year amounts to $10,868.18. It might just as well amount to 30 cents, so far as some sections are concerned AND Fresh eggs are now advertised in the magazines, to be delivered by express. A smart, careful woman can make more raising poultry than a careless farmer can raising corn. Women need money of their own; they can get it raising poultry. By the way, every woman who raises poultry should have the proceeds. That money should not be used to buy tobacco or coffee.


July 22 (1904/2004)



Great Bend - Hon. C.F. Wright, of Susquehanna and Mr. Ballard, accompanied by P. L. Lahey, of this place, whipped the placid waters of the Susquehanna for eels last Monday. Catching eels with live bait requires the greatest skill known to sportsmen, but Mr. Wright was equal to the occasion. After making a few throws the Congressman felt a tug at his line very similar to that of a black bass, and much time and line was given to the big fellow in order to tire him before landing. The bran span-new landing net was gotten ready and at the proper moment the scoop was made, when it was discovered that a monster eel was in evidence. Spectators on the river bank who witnessed the landing claim that the tactics displayed in the final capture surpassed those at Port Arthur and it is asserted that upon the new landing net, the clothing and boat, enough mucilage was secured to equip a first class glue factory. The eel was one of the largest ever caught here.


Susquehanna - Joseph P. McMahon has purchased of Carrington brothers, the Drinker street barn in Susquehanna, in which he conducts a livery stable. AND Four automobiles are now owned in this place.


Auburn - One of the greatest electric and wind showers of the season known for many years occurred here Tuesday, which uprooted trees, leveled grass, oats, corn, besides the big wash-out by the pouring rain. R. Harris' barn was blown down, his reaper being in it was made into kindling and he says $500 damage was done on his fine timber lot. John Burns says he thinks he hasn't one apple tree standing. L.W. Titman had a dozen or so [trees] besides some nice maples along the road go down. AND In Retta, Sunday night, during the severe electrical storm, the Methodist-Episcopal church was struck by lightning, badly demolishing the tower and vestibule and injuring one side of the auditorium. The loss is partially covered by insurance.


Harford - Chester Blanding, of Hallstead, was looking over our creamery recently and pronounced it one of the best equipped and cleanest plants he ever saw. AND The 15th annual reunion of the descendants of Capt. Oliver Payne will be held Saturday, Aug. 6th, at the home of Elmer D. Smith, near Tingley Lake, one mile northwest of Harford village. Geo. B. Tiffany, Sec.


Forest Lake - The descendants of Canfield Stone will hold their reunion July 30th.


Montrose - The old picket fence has been removed from the East side of the Abel Turrell residence and a nice gas-pipe fence put in place of it by Mr. Pickett. The best fence in a town is no fence, but next to that, the gas-pipe fence is the thing. AND Mrs. Armithea Park, the oldest resident of Montrose (97 years) has been seriously ill this week, but yesterday morning Dr. Decker reported her condition as improved. AND The Junior Base Ball team is composed of the following members: Ernest Spence, Harrold Warner, Frank Gardner, Frank Morris, Jr., Frank Upton, Phil Allen, Brayton Gardner, Mont Roberts and Guy Strous.


Liberty Twp. - The death of Jacob Chalker, on May 10th, removes from this county one of its oldest residents and one of Liberty townships most prominent citizens. His parents were pioneers who endured the hardships that such life enforces. His knowledge of law made his advice sought for, particularly in town affairs. He was an efficient officer serving as supervisor, constable and collector. During the Civil War he furnished substitutes for those who appealed to him for help. He was a keen observer, a wise adviser, a staunch friend, a devoted husband and father. Thus has passed from among us one who spent his entire life, nearly 88 years, in the town of his birth. Two sons and several grandchildren survive him.


Choconut - On Saturday night the residence of Thomas Monahan, near Choconut [located on the Quaker Lake road, about two miles south of Hawleyton], was destroyed by fire and Mr. Monahan's son, Clarence, was burned to death. Clarence had been at the barn during the evening and having finished his work returned to the house at about 9 o'clock. As he entered he smelled smoke and upon investigating found the upper part of the building on fire. His father and the hired man came in response to his calls, but their efforts proved insufficient to cope with the rapid spread of the flames, and they turned their attention toward saving the furniture. When all had been done that was thought possible young Monahan remembered that a deed and several other papers of value were in the upper part of the house. He immediately started after them and did not return. The young man was 27 years of age, a blacksmith by trade. The funeral was held from St. Augustine's church at Silver Lake. His parents, four sisters and three brothers survive.


South Gibson - Mrs. Basher, nee Grace Belcher, of east Mountain, arrived home Saturday from Africa, where she went as a missionary last fall. She felt obliged to return owning to constant illness in that hot climate.


Quaker Lake - A ride through the country and especially along the Lake, is delightsome just now. The fresh verdure, which clothes the landscape, stretching away like an immense rolling sea, makes a picture of unusual charm. Above the lake and across on the hill are the Giblin homes and "Fairy Lawn." Lovely farmhouses in this country gives an additional beauty to the surroundings.


Lawton - Now is the time/To give those vegetables care/That you intend/To take to the Lawton Fair!


East Lenox - Nelson Carr, our popular mail carrier, has sold the mail route to Daniel Newman. AND The Belcher family reunion will be held August 25 at R.M. Archibald's.


Fairdale - A well-known Fairdale farmer, while engaged in loading hay one day last week, suddenly was seized with a very strong desire to sneeze, and he did it proper. But when he recovered, his false teeth were missing and diligent search among the succulent clover and timothy failed to reveal the missing imitation molars. They are "jollying" him something terrible about his misfortune down that way, and they do say that breakfast food has taken a jump in price in the quiet little town, while the gentleman in question is carrying one less can of milk to the creamery each day. There is consolation in the thought that perhaps one of his cows may come across the missing teeth, and equipped with an upper and lower set can make up for the present shortage. We'd like to let you on to the name, but Jake is a good friend of ours, besides being bigger and since the muzzling law has gone into effect we really don't care.


News Briefs - Before a man is married he may have been a dude, but after he is married he is a subdued. AND Friday while men and women were picking berries in the Moosic Mountains, near Farview, a nude man held up a woman and took a pail of berries from her. She offered no resistance and he ran away after getting the pail without attempting any violence. He is supposed to be a man who has escaped from some insane institution.


July 29 (1904/2004)



Dimock - Percy Ballentine has just purchased a new 24-horsepower Pierce touring car. It is the most powerful machine in this section and is capable of going at a very high rate of speed. AND At the recent contest for the most popular young lady, held at Dimock last Monday night, Grace Nobles received 566 votes and Eva Bailey 515 votes. The prize was 24 pieces of silverware.


Elk Mountain - During the severe thunderstorm on Tuesday of last week the barn of Oliver Chandler on Elk Mountain was struck by lightning. In the barn at the time were nine young gentlemen tourists, who went there to seek shelter from the storm. Fortunately the only damage done was a few splintered boards and some people badly frightened.


Montrose - Are you interested in muslin underwear? Read's store might interest you. AND For a pleasant trip go on the Presbyterian-Episcopal Sunday school excursion to Lake Carey next Tuesday. There will be no changing of cars, or long and vexatious delays and the train can be boarded at the new terminal on Post Street. Fare for adults 50 cents, children 25 cents.


Vestal Centre - Amos Roberts, who now resides in Waterville, Minn. is visiting his brother here. This is his first visit to this section of the country since he went west over fifty years ago, most of which time he has resided in Waterville. A native of Montrose, he left in 1851, when 21 years of age, and although advancing in years looks well and healthy and is still engaged in active business.


Lawton - In accordance with the unanimous vote of the survivors of the 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, the 21st annual reunion of this gallant command will be held at Hotel Haire, Lawton, on Aug. 31. The house affords excellent accommodations, is surrounded by extensive grounds, and the rates for members and their families are only 25 cents per meal and 25 cents each for lodging.


Susquehanna - Miss Lizzie Brooks, a missionary in the Indian Territory field, is visiting at her former home here. AND Miss Hurley and Miss Moran of this place, who are novitiates in the Convent of St. Rose de Lima, in Carbondale, will in August make their final vows as Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Elk Lake - Miss Helen Powell is indisposed, owing to a severe cold incurred through riding on the lake in a fog.


Silver Lake - A letter from J. Cairn Simpson was mailed at Oakland, Cal., July 18 and arrived at Montrose on the 22nd--a pretty rapid trip, when compared with the time taken when Mr. Simpson first went to California to live nearly 30 years ago. The welcome sound of the postman's bell has not been heard for some days, the bell having lost its tongue. It is hoped that the loss will soon be repaired.


Hopbottom - Last Sunday evening a freight train ran off the track about a mile and a half below town; two cabooses and a carload of meat went down the embankment; it was 4 o'clock next morning before things were righted. No one was injured.


Howard Hill - Our mail carrier has a new U.S. mail wagon.


Kingsley - The Sunday Schools in this vicinity will united in an excursion on Aug. 2nd, to Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Rates reasonable; trains 2 and 5.


Lanesboro - The machine shop, blacksmith shop and one pattern house of Barnes Brothers' foundry, was destroyed by fire Thursday, July 21. The plant was one of the old landmarks in Lanesboro, having been built in the early fifties and for many years was one of the most important industries of that place. The fire is supposed to have been of incendiary origin, as there had been no fire in the building on the day previous. The property was uninsured.


Harford - During a severe shower at Harford, lightning struck the farmhouse of B. D. Sherwood, doing considerable damage and shocking the inmates. It was several hours before Mr. Sherwood was able to move.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - If present conditions continue there won't be one Republican to be found by election time in this neck of timber.


West Lenox - The drilling machine puffed out of this place Saturday morning after drilling a 160 ft. well for A. W. Miles. AND Guy Empet, a lad only 9 years old, pulled a pickerel to the surface of the water, which was estimated by those who saw it to weigh 3 1/2 lbs. anyway. That shows there are some nice fish in our pond yet.


Auburn Centre - Arthur and Harry Reimel, Thos. Sheridan, Cliff Young and Fred Rifenbury, took in the Niagara Falls excursion last Saturday. AND The Auburn Centre Creamery Co. will consider it a favor if the person or persons would kindly return the roll of barb wire to them now, as they are in need of it.


Great Bend - James Munson, with a party of boys, is camping upon the island and the Chichester Brothers are camping down the river.


New Milford - A game of ball played on Monday on Bayle's flat between New Milford and Heart Lake, resulted in a score of 27 to 14 in favor of the former. The condition of the ground was more the result of a large score than poor playing.


News Brief - Monroe and Pike county farmers are not only dead against red devils and fast driving, but seriously object to having their corn fields ruined. Recently an automobile partly stopped at a hotel near Bushkill, leaving an auto as they supposed securely outside. In some manner the machine began working and bounded at a terrific pace in a nearby cornfield, tearing up several acres of corn and finally ran into a side hill, burying the machine in sand. The machine was badly wrecked. Hotel proprietors along the famous Milford road are complaining of the injury to their business by the auto craze. This once popular drive, extending over 40 miles, from Water Gap to Port Jervis, has been practically ruined on account of the danger with timid horses and this to a large degree cuts off the revenue heretofore derived by the hotels from [horse] driving parties.


August 05 (1904/2004)



Oakley - Notice has been received from the government that after August 1st the Post Office at this place will be discontinued.


Great Bend-Hallstead - Fifteen new stables are being built at the Horse Breeders' Association track to accommodate the large number of horses being entered for the approaching races.


Silver Lake - St. Augustine's congregation of Silver Lake intend holding a picnic for the benefit of the church, August 15th, in the beautiful grove adjacent to the church. All are cordially invited. A pleasant afternoon's outing is assured and the very best of music has been engaged.


Susquehanna - The cornet band gave a delightful concert in the Main Street pagoda, Saturday evening. AND A shooting gallery is to be opened in the Birdsall block by W. Hogancamp, and a good patronage is assured. AND Work, which will terminate in a much needed system of sewerage, has been commenced.


Montrose - Welcome Clemons, of Helmetta, N.J., in town for a couple of weeks, stopped at Albert Miller's and [is] viewing the scenes of his boyhood. His brother, Wm. H., who usually comes here each summer, goes to Massachusetts this year on an automobile trip. The Messrs. Clemmons are engaged in the manufacture of snuff, on a large scale, at Helmetta. They are sons of the late Henry Clemmons [of Montrose]. There are 17,000,000 lbs of snuff manufactured annually in the United States, of which this factory produces 7,000,000 lbs.


Elk Lake - Madame Arthur, having most successfully graduated her dancing class, has now given her attention to diving, at which delightful pastime she has become most expert; her instruction to a notice, that "the bottom of the lake would push her up again if she struck it hard enough" is worth remembering. AND Will Powell and his sister, Helen, gave a swell dance at the Fuller cottage, which was elaborately decorated with Chinese lanterns.


Kingsley - The Gibson cornet band will give an open-air concert here, Saturday evening, Aug. 6. and the Kingsley cornet band will hold a lawn social on the same evening; ice cream and cake will be served.


South Gibson - Fred McNamara lost, July 31st, between Gibson and this place, a cornet and case; finder please notify the owner or leave it at G.G. McNamara's store; a suitable reward.


New Milford - A number of years ago ten young ladies organized what they were pleased to term the Sense and Nonsense Club. Several times the members have met in annual greeting and on Friday of last week nine of the original number of ten made their pilgrimage to New Milford, the scene of their earliest social gatherings, and reunited for a day in one of the most pleasurable of all their gatherings. Those present were: Mrs. R.D. Bailey; Miss Nina Moore, Seattle, Wash; Mrs. George Leonard, Kansas City; Mrs. Louis Donnelly, Miss Inez Shelp, Binghamton; Mrs. E. B. Moss, Meriden, Conn.; Mrs. Wm. Patterson and Miss Elizabeth Shelp, New Milford. AND John Jackson, who some 30 years ago left New Milford and had not until last week been heard from by any of his family, was a visitor, accompanied by his wife, to the scenes of his early youth. Miss Belle Jackson, of Binghamton, a daughter of Jefferson Jackson, recently visited the St. Louis Exposition. On her way home she stopped at Chicago and at the request of her father she began a search for her long lost uncle. It was not in vain for among the western city's numerous Jackson's she succeeded in locating her uncle John, and so delighted was he that he made immediate preparations to accompany her home.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - Someone has been breaking open the Presbyterian sheds again; there seems to be trouble in the wind.


Hopbottom - Guy Davies is the proud possessor of a new bicycle and a handsome little Scotch Collie, enough to make any boy smile.


Clifford - Winnie Tenant, of Clarks Summit, is visiting friends in town and vicinity. She drives her own rubber-tired carriage and pony. AND William Lott, our blacksmith, drives the fastest horse in town.


Birchardville - Frank Turrell is the boss butter-maker, having made 100 lbs. per cow since April. He has one of the famous separators that D.W. Terry sells. Mr. Turrell says it pays far better to keep the milk at home; you have more clear profit besides the calves and hogs. It would be hard to find a finer lot of calves than Mr. Turrell has. It would be much better if all farmers would think the way Mr. Turrell does, for it is death to horses, besides the time it takes to go to the creamery 4 or 5 miles away in haying time, when wages are $2 a day.


Fairdale - Will Rhinevault met with an accident on Friday last, while going to Montrose. Near A. Robinson's the horse caught his check in the thill and it threw him to the ground. Mr. R. sprang out of the wagon and tried to control the horse, which in its struggle to get up struck him on the foot, breaking one of the bones. Zenas Smith, who is over 80 years of age, was also in the wagon, and fearing an overturn jumped and fell, shaking him up some, but doing him no other injury.


Jackson - An auctioneer has been at the Central Hotel for the past week and has been selling goods to the public. Many availed themselves of the opportunity to buy at reasonable rates.


News Briefs - While a circus parade was in progress at Harvey's Lake, one day during the past week, a huge, black bear in the line, wheeled suddenly throwing the keeper to the ground. The animal then made a dash for the crowd, dragging its two keepers, who were unable to check its made rush. Among the large body of spectators, and in close proximity to the enraged brute, who was a Montrose young man, Lewis Loomis, who had in his charge a child in a go-cart, and it was toward him the bear directed his attention. Mr. Loomis "made tracks" with as much speed as he could shoving the slow-moving go-cart, with the bear closely following and at times almost within the reach of his teeth or claws, while the panic-stricken crowd screamed, ran or stood rooted with horror to the spot. Seeing his intended victim was escaping the bear turned on a young lady and succeeded in tearing off her skirt before the keepers had subdued him by the vigorous wielding of heavy clubs. The crowd seemed powerless to render any assistance and but for the bravery of the keepers serious injury and possibly death might have resulted, as the animal was unmuzzled. The excessive heat probably caused temporary madness. Anyway, it was a narrower escape than most of us care to go through and "Lew" knows what it is to experience a "real scare."


August 12 (1904/2004)



Springville - R. W. Kent, of Elk Lake, has been in this place the past week representing the Fyrecide Co., of New York. The company has a new idea in the way of a fire extinguisher. Mr. Kent built a fire on the street, which was burning furiously, and then to show what the apparatus would do with the contents of one tube, the fire almost was entirely extinguished. AND In Lynn, Welton Sheldon has opened a barber shop over F.S. Greenwood's store, where he will be glad to meet anyone in need of his services.


Upsonville - August 4th, 1904, Uncle Edward Curtis in his 87th year, with his daughter, Mrs. J. O. McKinney, came over to help celebrate the first year's birthday of his great-granddaughter, little Thelma Estelle McKinney; it was an enjoyable day; had the father been home to dinner, four generations would have met.


Susquehanna - Louis Fox and Robert Ticknor, two lads of this place, on Friday, killed a rattlesnake on the turnpike between the Lanesboro road and the Catholic convent. It measured 4 feet and 6 inches and had 8 rattles. AND A violent thunder shower passed over this place last Friday evening--and lots of folks were frightened into being good for a little while, as a result. AND Susquehanna has a new-born poet, and "right up to G" in rhythm. Listen to our latest, ground out in a recent issue of the Transcript: "There was a young man who worked on Canavan's farm/He sang in the Baptist church choir/His voice was pitched high/But along came a bull/And pitched it twenty feet higher."


Brooklyn - The Graded School will commence Monday, Sept'r 5, with Prof. Snyder, of Lancaster county, as principal' Miss Chamberlin, assistant; Miss Sterling, intermediate; and Miss Hearn, primary teacher.


Silver Lake - The bright light seen here Friday night was caused by the burning by lightning of Jerry Donovan's barn near Tripp Lake; none of the contents saved except the horses and harnesses.


St. Joseph - The marriage of Miss Minnie S. McCahill, of Choconut, and William Jospeh Rowan, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is announced to occur soon in the Catholic Church in this place.


Forest Lake - Our faithful and obliging stage driver, Moses Mott, has retired from the business and Jake Maynard succeeds him.


Harford Twp. - Arthur Maynard has put in a phone from his farm house to the mill. AND In Oakley, The little 4 yr. old twin son of John Bennett was terribly scalded on Saturday last by sitting down in a pail of boiling water, left standing on the floor; he is attended by Dr. Taylor and is doing nicely.


Lathrop Twp. - At the special meeting of the School board it was decided to close the Hillsdale school on account of small attendance. The two schools now closed are Hillsdale and Deckertown. AND One of our old soldiers, Parden Lindsley, is very low with typhoid fever.


Montrose - A dish-washing machine has just been installed in the Tarbell House. It is one of the best machines obtainable and when operated by two persons it does the work of six. AND Dropping in D.V. Gardiner's place of business the other evening, we found that many changes had taken place, giving this popular tobacco and cigar store an up-to-date finish in every particular. He has established a billiard and pool parlor in the rear of the store, which is attractive and very liberally patronized. Mr. Gardiner informs us that further improvements will be added in this department within a few days.


East Lenox - The neighbors of George Ledyard made a bee Monday to help harvest his oats. AND In Lenox, several Scranton people are camping at Loomis Lake. Among them is M.L. Smith, D.P.A. of the Lackawanna, who has placed a naphtha launch on the lake.


Thomson - The Thomson camp meeting grounds are well covered with tents, something over 100 tents being up. Large crowds of people will probably attend.


Hallstead/Great Bend - From the large number of entries in the different classes, the races here, Aug. 17, 18 and 19, will excel any event in the way of speed trials in this county. The Susquehanna Band has been engaged by the Association to furnish music on the first day (Wednesday, Aug. 17. To hear this excellent band is worth the price of admission. The Association has secured excursion rates on Railroads.


Ararat - Ira Tinklepaugh, of Ararat, and Mrs. Margaret E. Northup, of Stamfordsville, Pa., were married at the manse in Conklin on July 25 by Rev. William J. Bridges. Mr. Tinklepaugh advertised exclusive in the Independent Republican for a wife a few weeks ago and--well you see the result. Marriageable men and women should take advantage of the wonderful opportunity offered along matrimonial lines through our columns. But then it is that way with all our ads--they bring quick results.


Forest City - The chief of police wishes us to announce that all slot machines of a gambling nature must be put out of business or he will confiscate them.


Tingley, New Milford Twp. - Mrs. Warner killed a large rattlesnake on the farm of Ed. Summers, a few days ago.


Lake View, Jackson Twp. - A.D. Corse, postmaster, has tendered his resignation and it is thought the office will be abandoned as the free delivery route serves nearly all the patrons of the office.


News Brief - An editor in Wisconsin says the Concordia Kansan has the advertising idea proper and draws the line nowhere. Here is his write-up of a wedding: --"Miss Jennie Jones and Bob Henry were married at the Jones mansion last night. The bride is a daughter of our constable Jones, [who] made a good officer and undoubtedly will be re-elected in the spring. He offers a fine horse for sale in another column. The groom runs a grocery store on Main St. and is a good patron of our ad. columns, and has got a new line of bargains this week. All summer he has paid two cents more for butter than any other store in town. The happy couple left on the ten o'clock train for Milwaukee to visit the bride's uncle, who is reported to have lots of money and Bright's disease. Bob certainly has an eye for business."


August 19 (1904/2004)



South Gibson - Ninety-one persons were in attendance at the Brundage reunion held in Harford, August 10, despite the rainy morning. Those from a distance were Mrs. A.N. Brundage and Mrs. W.W. Michael of Syracuse; Freeling Brundage, Salem, Pa.; Ed Hight, wife and two daughters of Tunkhannock; A.W. Howard and wife and Mrs. Norman Howard and sons of Scranton; Mrs. Marion Betts of Binghamton; Mrs. Mabel Bell and son of Philadelphia, and Oliver Payne and wife of Poyntelle.


Susquehanna - One morning recently while Joseph O'Connor was walking near a clump of bushes in Drinker Creek, a large rattlesnake emerged from the bushes and was about to spring upon him. He picked up a large stone and killed it; the snake measured 4 1/2 ft, and had 12 rattles. It also had 36 young ones. AND In Hallstead, Mrs. Jacob J. Compton had an exciting experience with a rattlesnake near her home. She was returning through her garden when she was attacked by the snake. With her hand she tore the reptile loose from her garments and as she shook her clothing she was horrified to discover that it was a rattlesnake. Upon examining her clothing, Mrs. Compton found that the snake had bitten into her garments, its fangs having passed through three thick nesses of cloth, and upon this clothing the large green stains made by the poison were plainly visible.


Herrick Centre - The Baptist Sunday School will picnic at Crystal Lake, Friday. AND The East Ararat Ladies' Aid Society will meet at the home of Walter Hobbs, at Burnwood, Thursday.


Friendsville - The Juniors of Friendsville crossed bats with the Juniors at Camp Choconut, Monday, and resulted 11 to 8 in favor of Friendsville.


Silver Lake - The barn recently burned was that of Jerry Mahoney, not Donovan, as printed in the last issue.


St. Joseph - One day last week, Henry Jenner, a man nearly 80 years of age, went a-berrying on the farm near his home at St. Joseph. During the day he had a bad spell, and lay down. Being alone, he was not able to find his way out when he recovered; consequently he spent the night in the woods. His family sent out an alarm and were about to search for him, when he returned apparently none the worse for the experience. It had rained hard during the night.


Montrose - Harry G. Weeks, of Binghamton, Syracuse University, '03, has been chosen a coach for the football eleven of Beloit College of Beloit, Wisconsin. He is a son of E.L. Weeks, formerly of Montrose and has been prominent in athletics. AND On Sunday night, an employee in Becker & Wilson's cut glass factory, attempted to pawn a handsome gold watch for $2 and by other acts aroused suspicion against himself, so that an order was issued for his arrest. At about the same time [he] thought it wise to leave town and in company with a woman, who had become infatuated with him, they departed. Constable J.I. Chapman captured them at Alford and brought them to this place. In the suit case they had with them was a watch taken from John Corbett, a revolver from G. K. Stoddard and two cut glass bowls and a pitcher valued at $36 from the factory. He pled guilty to the charge of stealing the cut glass but claimed he bought the other two articles from another fellow. It is thought that the case will never be brought to trial as the articles taken have been returned and the plaintiffs are not particularly anxious to prosecute.


East Lenox - The large barn of George Ledyard was struck by lightning and totally destroyed by the fire that followed. Sixty tons of hay, a new reaper and binder and considerable other machinery was consumed in the flames. The barn was insured for $1000 and the loss was much greater. This is the second misfortune Mr. Ledyard has had from fire since purchasing the farm, which is the old Manzer homestead. Some years ago the large house, which was one of the finest in that section, was burned.


Harford - At the lumber camp of C. F. Curtis, in South Harford, at about 5 o'clock Friday, Aug. 12, the fourteen year old son of Mrs. Annis Frank was instantly killed while standing on the top of a lumber pile, by the discharge of his own gun. He was seen resting over the muzzle of his gun, and the supposition is that the butt slipped off the pile and the hammer, striking the top of the pile, discharged the gun. The entire contents took effect below the heart, ploughing a terrible furrow through his lungs, heart and neck, and lodging in his head, near the temple.


New Milford - James O. Wellman and Leroy Wellman, his son, lived alone on a small farm a short distance east of this place. Saturday night Leroy went home and engaged in a quarrel with his father, an aged and feeble man. The father went across the way to the home of D.W.Rice to remain during the night. Some time later cries were heard coming from the Wellman house and Mr. Rice, who hurried out, found the building in flames. The fire had gained such headway that there was no possible way of saving it. The next day it was learned that the son had $1000 in cash laid away in the building and that it had been destroyed. Later, when the fire cooled, about $300 of the amount in gold and silver was recovered.


Forest City - According the News, a crusade is to commence which will do away with slot machines, speak-easies, etc. In speaking of the matter that paper says: Until a few years ago, Forest City was one of the most law-abiding towns, in the matter of selling liquor, in the county, but of late there has been a growing disposition to run things in a free and easy manner and all citizens will now undoubtedly be compelled to hew back to the line. A leading hotel man said that he was perfectly willing to confine himself to the law if the other fellows do. That usually is the case.


Jackson - W. W. Resseguie will offer at public sale, on the late Guilford Tingley farm, on Monday next at ten o'clock, 13 choice cows, four brood sows, one boar, six pigs, cream separator, butter workers, barrel churn, crosscut saw, coal heater, carpet loom, spinning wheels and numerous other articles. All sums under ten dollars cash; over that amount nine months' credit. G. H. Stephens, auctioneer.


Fairdale - The ladies of Fairdale will have a Harvest Home festival, Thursday evening, Aug. 18, in the tent on the lawn in front of the church--if stormy, in the basement of the church. Ice cream will be served. All are cordially invited.


East Bridgewater - Our cemetery is in a deplorable state of weeds and briars. Some few clean up their lots; others are content to let their friends sleep in a briar patch.


Heart Lake - Annual Grange picnic, Wednesday, Aug. 24. Good music, good speakers and a good time for all. Everybody invited whether grangers or not. Come and see and hear.


August 26 (1904/2004)



Upsonville - Arthur Hunsinger, with a load of friends from Omaha, Neb., while returning from the Sunday School picnic at Heart Lake, last Tuesday, and on the streets of Hallstead, drove into a ditch which was dug across the road. The carriage was badly smashed up, hurting one of the horses, and two of the ladies to some extent. A lantern should be placed there at night to warn people of danger.


Franklin Forks - S. A. Burrows and wife were in town on Tuesday to visit his boyhood home and call on old acquaintances. [They] had been to the [G.A.R.] National Encampment at Boston and were on their way home in North Dakota.


Elk Lake - Ernest Loudenburger and sister, Miss Elleanor, who have been guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fuller, returned yesterday to their home at Freemansburg, in his Searchmont car.


Forest Lake Center - On Aug. 18, 1850, Henry Bolles and Miss Fanny Kellum, of Forest Lake, were married; therefore, on Aug. 18, 1904, their 54th anniversary [was celebrated]. Kindred and friends came from far and near for a successful surprise. A bounteous dinner was brought in, of which 70 partook. Twelve of the elderly persons sat at a table with Mr. and Mrs. Bolles--the united ages of all making 1,004 or an average of 71, 5-7 years. A goodly amount of money was gathered and presented to Mr. and Mrs. Bolles, on behalf of the company, with timely remarks by Rev. Boyce, the M.E. pastor. A pleasant day pleasantly spent with pleasant people leaves pleasant memories for days to come.


Beech Grove - There is some work being done on our roads that would likely have been done before, if our road commissioner had not been confined to his home with measles a couple of weeks.


Rush - The dedicatory services at the Baptist church were a grand success both spiritually and financially. The total cost of remodeling the church was $1,269.43; of this amount $1,106.93 is provided for, leaving an indebtedness of $162.50.


Auburn Corners - While returning from the County Seat last week, G. W. Bunnell's team was frightened by an automobile and ran away, resulting in many bruises for Mr. Bunnell and a broken wagon and harness.


Montrose - One of the features of the wedding of Harry M. Shepson and Miss Mary Agnes Little, daughter of Mrs. Jessie Little, on Aug. 18, in Binghamton, was the fact that the wedding cake used was a part of the one used by Mrs. Little, the mother of the bride, at her wedding 24 years ago to David Post Little, of Montrose. The cake was a solid fruitcake, and was in perfect state of preservation, and had evidently improved with age. The china used on the bridal table was also used at the mother's wedding and was an heirloom in the family for over 75 years.


North Jackson - Aretas Yale, the well-known farmer and fruit grower, was seriously injured Saturday morning. In sliding from a hay mow in his barn he was impaled upon the handle of a pitchfork leaning against the mow. He struck the fork with such terrible force as to break both tines and cause the handle to penetrate the body to the depth of several inches. Dr. Cole, of Jackson, the attending surgeon, is hopeful that the injury is not sufficient to cause peritonitis.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - One day last week John Titman, of Lynn, left his team standing in the field, attached to a reaper, while he went for a drink of water. An automobile scared the horses and they started on a gallop for the barn, regardless of trees, fences or stonewalls. The animals were unhurt, but the reaper looked like a Russian cruiser after an engagement with the doughty Japanese.


Lenoxville - The people of Lenoxville are taking an unusual interest in baseball this season, and the Rev. Garretson, pastor of the M.E. Church at that place, has announced that he will deliver a sermon on Sunday evening on the timely theme, "Baseball; its good and bad influences." The reverend gentleman is a player himself and is not infrequently to be seen on the diamond with that town's team. Rev. "E.K." has in him a strong rival in admiration for the national game.


Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Council is considering the advisability of buying a stone crusher and making better highways. Susquehanna, like nearly all towns, is not satisfied with "mud" roads and to keep in progress with the activity of the times, must have the machinery to improve them. In this place we can already see benefits accrued from macadamizing and there are few citizens who would consent to let the good work stop where it now is and from present prospects a few years will see the main streets of our borough properly macadamized and in fine shape for travel with the heaviest of loads the year round.


Middletown Twp. - John H. Jones has his steam thrasher on the click this week.


Forest City - Burgess Wellbrook has vetoed the curfew ordinance recently passed by council. In his opinion, accompanying the veto, the burgess said he was in sympathy with the idea to put a restraint on children being out at unreasonable hours, but he called attention to the fact that the ordinance called for the imprisonment of the children if their parents or guardians refuse to pay the fine and he considered the remedy too harsh. In his opinion the odium, which would attach to the youngster who had been in jail, would offset the good the law would do.


West Bridgewater - On the farm of Arthur Robinson is a creek. The other day, while Mr. Robinson's little daughter and her cousin were playing beside the creek, young boys, who are spending the summer at Montrose, went down there and soon ordered the little girls away. They refused to go and when the boys insisted they must, and it is said, [they] grabbed the sunbonnet off one [of] them and tramped it in the mud and soon began disrobing to go in bathing. When the little girls quickly ran away to Mr. Robinson's, and telling him, he took a horse-whip and went out where the boys were and laid it on them, more or less. The boys immediately returned home and telling their fathers (the Messrs. Jessup) of receiving a whipping, and these gentlemen thinking the castigation too severe, had Mr. Robinson arrested and brought before Justice Courtright, when Mr. Robinson demanded a jury trial. On Aug. 23 the jury found Mr. Robinson not guilty, but to pay the costs. The case drew a good deal of attention, naturally. Some people, especially those from the cities, friends of Messrs. Jessup, thought Mr. Robinson should have been convicted of assault and battery. On the other hand, many others, and especially among the locals, spoke of it as an outrage that Mr. Robinson's children should be disturbed while at play on his own premises. The fact is, the law says no one shall attack another under circumstances, as other remedies at law are provided.