September 02 (1904/2004)



Brandt - It is reported that the Brandt acid factory will be closed for all time, in less than a year, owing to the exhaustion of the wood supply. AND As an experiment, brick was made on the new yard of the Diamond Brick Co., on Monday.


Montrose - Morveldon Plum, the oldest Odd Fellow in the state, died at his home in Hawley on Monday of last week. He was a native of Montrose, having been born in this place 82 years ago. In childhood he removed with his parents to Honesdale and later to Hawley, where for over 50 years he was a prominent and active citizen. AND John Snell and wife of Grow Avenue have received a double yellow-headed Mexican parrot from the Iowa Bird Co. AND The annual handicap golf tournament of the Lakeside Country Club has resulted to date in the leadership of J. Woodbridge Riley, in the men's and Miss Mary Edgar in the ladies' contest. The finals are yet to be played. Miss Mary Sayre won the championship of the club.


Tunkhannock - Herman Jackson, an employee of the Hawke Stone company at this place, will go to Panama shortly, where he has an engagement for stone cutting under the employ of the United States government. The job is in connection with the Panama Canal, and the wages paid will be $7 per day. The high price for labor is due to the unwholesomeness of the climate and the scarcity of men who are willing to go there.


Hallstead - A black snake nearly four feet in length was killed recently at the Hallstead chair factory. The snake was evidently attracted by the sound of the machinery, and as he darted in a window across one of the benches, he was killed by a workman.


Forest City -Last Saturday afternoon in number two mine at Forest City, Hugh Curran and his laborer, a foreigner, were very badly burned by an explosion of powder. They were taken to the Emergency hospital at Carbondale, where the laborer died Sunday morning. Mr. Curran, although suffering greatly, will probably recover.


Susquehanna - Co. B 17th Penn'a Cavalry [G.A.R.] will hold its 24th annual reunion on Wednesday, Sept. 7th, at the home of A.M. Griggs, in this place. AND Miss Charlotte Townsend has accepted a position as assistant principal of the Damascus, Pa., High School.


South Montrose - On Thursday of last week Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballentine drove to Scranton with their automobile, leaving at 10 a.m., returning home at 6 p.m. While there Mr. Ballentine purchased a fine pair of draft horses.


Brooklyn - The authorities, to the delight of the public, have notified the Brooklyn condensery company to remove the broken down traction engine and wagon, which have been partially obstructing the highway between here and Hopbottom. AND The wire has been strung for the new Alford telegraph line. AND Our staunch friend, Ammi Ely, always takes a great interest in producing exceptionally fine "garden sass," and this year is evidently no exception, as we hear of his exhibiting tomatoes measuring 15" in circumference.


Rush - J. W. Gray has been at his former home for two weeks, after an absence of thirteen years. He left for Beaver Bay, Minn., where he will begin his 4th year as teacher of the Beaver Bay School on September 6th. AND Mr. Shadduck, of the Shadduck Clothing House, and daughter, Mary, spent Tuesday in Binghamton.


Uniondale - Apples are plenty. Potatoes are cheap. School opens next Monday.


Lawsville - The Southworth reunion was held at the home of Spencer Luce, August 17th; 110 present. AND The schools at Stanfordville and Lawsville commenced last Monday, both schools retaining their former teachers--Misses Jennie Sprong and Jessie Grieff.


Highlands [New Milford Twp.] - W. A. Kenyon says he took quite a sweat last Saturday while threshing for Carrington Brothers, near Susquehanna. He bagged 145 bushels of oats in 45 minutes. Next!


South Gibson - The postoffice was robbed one night last week. Nothing was known of the burglary until next morning about 8 o'clock, when Galusha G. McNamara, the post-master, went to his store, in which the office is located. In the postoffice department he found that the safe had been blown open and the papers strewn about the floor showed that the robber had made a thorough search for booty. $45 in money had been taken together with a number of registered letters containing money; several checks for small amounts and a pension check for David Michael in the sum of $120.


Thomson - The fifth annual reunion of the Carpenter family convened on August 18. The day was most beautifully cool and inspiring. The literary program opened with music by Miss Ruth Kennedy followed by Mrs. Mott with choice selections, "My Mother's Prayer" and "The Shelf Behind the Door." An interesting program of recitations was then delivered by Messrs. Rounds, and Albert, Elmer and Stephen Carpenter, Miss Ruth Kennedy and Mrs. Barlow. Among the many good things in this feast was, "How Jamie Came Home," delivered by Miss Ruth Kennedy in her most charming style, after which she responded to two encores. A collection was taken to defray expenses. The sentiment of the convention was unanimous for Prohibition and if the Rum Traffic could be left to it for lease of power there would be no need for any more signers on license petitions.


North Bridgewater - During the thunder shower last Thursday night, about 9 o'clock, lightning struck a hay stack belonging to A.R. Bush and consumed the same, and by the combined help of neighbors they succeeded in saving another stack a few feet away; also the barn which was within 35 feet of the burning stack.


Clifford - The annual reunion of the descendants of the Calendar family was largely attended at Finn's hall, Aug. 23rd.


News Brief: The ladies who struggle with the drudgery of dish washing would be interested in the new patent dish washing machine, which with a few quick turns of a crank (the dishes being in a circular tank filled with hot water) are almost instantly made clean. The machine cost, with a new hot water heater and connections, $200 to install.


September 09 (1904/2004)



New Milford - The barrel makers at Whitney's storehouse have stopped work for a time. They have made up 5,000 barrels and later on 15,000 more will be turned out. Mr. Whitney has bought up a large number of orchards through this section of the county and expects to do business until cold weather closes up the work; the apple crop will be large.


Hickory Grove - An exciting bull fight occurred here which excited the people to some extent. It was a purely American affair, nothing Spanish entering into the proceedings. The free show was brought about by the blooded bulls belonging to L.B. Parks, Patrick Shea and R.B. Colwell breaking down enclosures and getting together. They did not agree on political and other measures and went about settling matters in the usual way. The owners, with the use of pitch forks and other weapons, finally separated the combatants before they had inflicted serious damage upon each other.


Glenwood - A. W. McAloon has a three-horse corn cutter, which cuts and binds several acres per day. It puts us in mind of the first steam shovel that was used in this country. Two sons of the Emerald were stranding by while the machine was doing the work; one said to the other "Mike, look at him, he does the work of a hundred men, but he can't vote."


Thompson - The borough is experiencing a building boom, several fine buildings being in the course of construction. C.C. Wilmarth is building a commodious storehouse for use in the flour, grain and feed business, a new department that he will add to his already extensive mercantile and shipping trade. The building will be fitted with hoisting machinery and all other modern appliances used to facilitate the rapid handling of all goods in this line.


Auburn - Mr. Hardic will soon move his mill near Springville, known as the John Lake timber tract, but now owned by Tunkhannock parties. AND We wish to correct an item in our last writing. It should have read: R.S. Hardic has purchased the entire outfit of horse, wagon, harness &c., of our blacksmith, John McGavin. Not the shop.


Forest Lake - Thomas Booth drew the water from his mill pond and hundreds of suckers, pickerel and sunfish were caught and the people were well supplied with fish.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Our school will open Monday with Miss Sarah Riley as teacher. Also, the Bergin school, with Miss Lizzie McCormick as teacher.


Ararat - The temperance lecture at the M.E. church, Sunday, was largely attended. Hector is a great man and his immense frame is full of gospel truth that chokes the old hardened sinners who think more of the G.O.P. than they do of their own souls. The singing by Mrs. Hector and daughter was fine, and altogether it was a great treat.


East Dimock - Campmeeting is over and people are attending to their work again. There was a large crowd at their meeting on Sunday. AND Threshing is nearly done in this place. H. A. Stone has done the most of it with his new machine; he does good work and anyone having threshing to do will be in luck if they employ him, as he is a hustler.


Herrick Centre - Phillip Todd, the fourteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Todd, who lives on the road between here and East Ararat, was drowned while bathing in the Hollenback pond at East Ararat, Aug. 31. The distressing accident was witnessed by the lad's sister, Nellie, and two cousins, Mamie and Pearl Dunn, who were on the shore watching the boy's sport in the water. Phillip was a good swimmer and had gone to the middle of the pond, which is not very large, when he suddenly called for help, and before assistance could be given him went down. It is supposed that he must have been seized with cramps. The water was drawn off the dam and the body secured in about an hour.


Montrose - Mrs. Rhoda M. Brooks gave the first of her series of Talks at the home of Mrs. Albert Miller, last evening. Mrs. Brooks teaches helpful physical culture exercises and gives many instructive hints to women, regarding health and saving energy in home duties. Having a wide business experience and being highly educated Mrs. Brooks is capable of handling her subjects with ease. The second will be at Miss E.J. Brewster's and the third and last of the series will be given at the home of Mrs. E. P. Stamp, 50 S. Main Street, on Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. All women are cordially invited to attend without charge. AND - Billings & Co., undertakers, have secured the services of Maurice J. O'Brien to superintend the catholic funerals. Billings & Co. Furniture Store advertises that "your home is not complete without a porch swing.


Susquehanna - Floyd D. Axtell, Esq., of Susquehanna, has been nominated for District Attorney by the Prohibition and Democratic parties of the county. He is well equipped for the position and he is a gentleman of excellent reputation.


Tunkhannock - In making excavations Tuesday at the railroad bridge at the mouth of Tunkhannock Creek, the steamboat that was run from Tunkhannock to Wilkes-Barre, 50 years ago, was unearthed.


Franklin Forks - Frank H. Shafer is teaching the Franklin Forks school. In spare time he is whisking the ball across the plate for the nine at that place and reports indicate that he is doing good work along both lines. As "Frank" is known as a "sure hitter," we advise the youngsters to be good.


Jackson - Alvin W. Barrett and Adin B. Larrabee each celebrated his 87th birthday this month, the former on the 18th and the latter on the 9th. They were born in Vermont in 1817 and removed to Jackson in 1838, having resided in that township for 66 years. Both cast their first presidential vote for Wm. H. Harrison in 1840. They voted for Fremont in 1856 and have supported the Republican ticket in every campaign and expect to aid in the election of President Roosevelt this fall. Mr. Barrett is the father of Hon. A.C. Barrett, of New Milford, the present representative in the legislature and Mr. Larrabee is an uncle of M.J. Larrabee, a former representative, and has been a member of the I.O.O.F. since 1856.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - Work commenced on Monday on the much-needed new road from Fairdale to Fair Hill.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - At the Cole reunion held at L.B. Cole's, Aug. 29th, all the children and grandchildren were home; J.H. Cole, wife and two daughters, of Detroit, Mich., Alma Cole, of Binghamton, F. T. Cole, of Indiana, and Lottie M. Cole. Forty-seven were present, among them the Rev. Mrs. Dawson, of Birmingham, Mich. Rev. L. W. Church made a fine address. After the sumptuous repast the company went up to Mt. Huron to view the landscape.


Rushboro - F. M. Gray and Mr. Stone are busy laying out our telephone line. They began digging the holes on the 4th inst., and expect to have the line complete by Dec. 1st.


Silver Lake - Mrs. Whitaker caught a 6 lb. salmon trout in the lake, recently. AND City boarders are returning to their homes.


September 16 (1904/2004)



Friendsville - A meeting of the gentlemen of St. Francis Xavier's parish was called on Sunday last to decide whether the old church should be repaired, or a new one built. A committee who had been appointed to examine the condition of the old church building reported it to be in need of much repairing and finally a new church was decided upon. AND The new flagstone walk which has recently been laid in the boro is a much needed improvement.


Elk Lake - W. J. Young has on his farm a huge apple tree that was known to be bearing fruit in 1816. Four feet from the ground the trunk measures six feet five inches in circumference, while the longest limb spreads a distance of thirty-eight feet. Although so very old it still yields fruit of fine quality. This is undoubtedly the oldest bearing tree in the county.


Montrose - The two new store rooms in the Maxey and Bissell block have been rented to Carlson & Berry, of Owego, a well known piano company, and D. L. Robinove, who will conduct a dry goods store. Albert Smith is Carlson & Berry's agent here and he will act as manager, occupying the room adjacent to Barney's harness shop. Mr. Robinove locates in the other.


Hallstead - Barney Phillips, an Erie employee living here, was killed late Friday night at Susquehanna through the bursting of a cylinder head of an engine. Mr. Phillips was crossing in front of an engine when the engineer started up. The cylinder burst and portions of the flying steel struck him in the head and body, killing him instantly. He was about 45 years of age and is survived by a wife and several children. A son of the deceased was crushed under the cars near Scranton a few weeks ago. The remains were taken to Hallstead on Saturday for interment.


Susquehanna - At a meeting of the Susquehanna Library Association held Saturday evening, the following named officers were elected to serve for year ending Sept. 1, 1905; Pres., O. H. Simmons; vice pres., M. Terwilliger; treas., A. H. Falkenbury; sec'y, Mrs. C. R. Peck; Librarian, Mrs. M. Boynton.


Silver Lake - The Hill reunion was held at the home of C. Southworth, Friday, Sept. 9. There were 50 descendents of Ansel Hill present, and a very pleasant time reported. There had been, during the year, 3 births, 1 marriage and no deaths. AND The death of Bert Kane resulting from an attack of appendicitis, occurred at the home of his father, Patrick R. Kane, at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning, Sept. 13th. Besides his parents he is survived by one sister and four brothers, all of who were present at his death-bed. Bert was a favorite with all and much sympathy is expressed for the family in this their great bereavement. The funeral was held from St. Augustine's church on Thursday morning.


Harford - There was a bee at the M.E. church on Thursday to repair sheds, cut wood and fix up in general for winter; dinner was served at J. A. Sophia's. AND The Northeastern Telephone Company has bought out the Harford and Kingsley line and is extending a branch line down Tingley street.


Lenoxville - Schools have all begun in Lenox with the following teachers: Glenwood, Nettie Crandall; Titus, Lou Lamberton; Loomis Lake, Maggie Maher; West Lenox, Katherine Maher; Pease, Blanche Hoppe; Wright, Deborah Davis; Howard, Mrs. Ralph Archibald; Gunn Hill, Marion Snyder; Wilson, Ruth Ross; Rought, Veda Sherman; Green Grove, Fred Pickering; Lenoxville, Mrs. W. S. Robinson. AND Aunt Dorothy Doud, an aged resident of the village, is very poorly.


Jackson - Rev. B. R. Hanton officiated at the funeral of Mr. [Hiram] Williams last Thursday. The deceased was nearly 84 years old and had worked in the Susquehanna shops till nearly 81 years old.


Fairdale - Supervisor McKeeby had a narrow escape on Thursday while using the road worker on the new road to Fair Hill. Getting near the lower side, the machine turned over and in the act of jumping he caught his foot and was thrown, cutting his leg, spraining an ankle and bruising his side.


Little Meadows - Michael Crimins and wife gave a very nice party Wednesday evening, Aug. 31, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Crimins, of Texas. All report a fine time. Those from out of town were: William Crimins, of Scranton; Ed Crimins and daughter, of Binghamton; Misses Juliette Matthews, of Binghamton; Maggie Matthews and Anna Kane, of Lestershire; Will Gilroy, Art Hoover and Will Murphy, of Lestershire.


Brooklyn - Professors H. L. Fairchild and E.S.P. Hine made a trip to Elk Mountain in the interest of science, Wednesday of last week. AND Harold and Clarence Gere have returned to their respective schools, the former to Keuka Lake Academy and the latter to Perkiomen Academy.


Clifford - An incident in Clifford involving a drunk and very abused young man by the postmaster of Clifford, was reported in another paper, chastising the postmaster and sympathizing with the young man. However, the follow-up is reported that this poor, much abused victim, came to the stoop of the store and postoffice beastly drunk and planted himself near the entrance with his nether habiliment in such a condition that he was not decent to be seen upon the street. Uncle Sam does not allow his mail depositories to be obstructed by any nuisances and he was promptly ordered away. He refused to go and was pushed away. He came back and was kicked away. He attempted to come back and was knocked away. This was in presence of others and incidentally and in part in presence of the landlord across the way, who gave him some rough but good advice, to go home and stay there. The next morning said victim approached and entered the store saying to the merchant and postmaster who battered him so the night before, "Allie, you done me a good job last night and it was just what I deserved. Now I am going to straighten up." Report says he has been to church twice since. Now we say to this poor, troubled father, and much-abused victim, if they wish to know the sentiment of the good people of Clifford, it is "to push this thing along."


Heart Lake - W. H. Wall, of the Lakeside House, reports that his house has been full of guests through the past few weeks and the fishing [is] good.


September 23 (1904/2004)



Harford - We once again have a harness shop in our town, George Tiffany having opened one in the Osborn building.


Susquehanna - The entire force of 150 union boilermakers, employed in the Erie shops, were locked out on Tuesday morning. There had been no trouble at the shop and this action was unexpected. As they arrived for work each man was met at the door and dismissed and paid off at 8'clock. While no explanation was made by the shop officials, it is understood to be the first step in an "open shop" policy that the Erie is trying to force.


Brooklyn - Building an addition to the High School and engaging an extra teacher is strongly talked. The lower rooms are crowded.


Upsonville - Three suspicious looking persons were seen on our streets with not a first-class team and market wagon on Tuesday evening. The same night about 10 bushels of potatoes were dug from the field of E.J. Lindsey, and some hens from G. H. Brownson's hennery.


Strickland Hill, Springville Twp. - Burton H. Shoemaker and wife, of Lincoln, Neb., have been visiting his brother O.T. Shoemaker and other friends here. Mr. Shoemaker and family went to Nebraska some 41 years ago, he having made but one visit to his boyhood home in that time, which was about 21 years hence. AND Between one and two o'clock Monday morning the large new dwelling house of Alva Button, near Card pond in Springville Twp, was discovered on fire. The flames had made such a rapid headway that the inmates were just able to escape by jumping from the porch in their night clothes. Mr. Button, however, succeeded in saving a box, containing about $100 in cash. The house and its contents were worth in the neighborhood of $1500, with no insurance.


North Bridgewater - Hard frost the morning of Sept. 22. AND Samuel Warriner is preparing to build a fine residence on his farm, for his summer home.


Lanesboro - It is reported that coal has been discovered in a range of mountains near Canawacta creek, above Lanesboro, and parties from Susquehanna and Forest City are completing arrangements to begin operations at once. AND In Glenwood, the prospects for a find of coal is very promising on the farm of M. Cadden. Slate, sulphur and coal have been found at a depth of 27 feet in digging a well on the farm.


Montrose - Harrington's Mills has been very attractively re-painted--in fact, "It's gay." The work was under the supervision of James Smith. The new sign that spans the main entrance of the mill shows Mr. Hedden at his best in lettering. AND "Harry Lumley, the local ballplayer who is making good with a vengeance at Brooklyn, has become the recipient, perhaps unconscious, of another honor in the baseball world--an honor, in fact, which could not be left out of the past master's outfit." says a Lestershire writer. "He has been made a character in the Merriwell series of weekly novels for boys. In the line-up of the team appears his name although the author got crossed on the position the famous ball players plays and listed him for third. Still this crowning honor of all will not be disparaged because of a little slip of the pen. Lum is in a fair way to have a soda biscuit and a necktie named after him if he continues in his present winning ways." Lumley is well remembered by the Montrose lovers of the game, having played with the team one season several years ago. AND An alarm of fire a little after 4 A.M. called out the firemen to find that the beautiful new home of A.R. Anthony, on Lake Ave., was on fire. Mr. Pennypacker, Commander Richards, and other neighbors were the first to arrive, while Miss Mary Sayre ran down to the Court House and rang the alarm bell. The upper part of the house is badly damaged. The family will move into Mrs. Post's residence on High Street.


New Milford - E.S. Garratt, E.S. Hayden, F.N. Gillespie and Geo. P. McConnell, have gone to the big woods of Oregon, where they intend to camp in tents through the winter and look the country over, with a view of taking up timber claims, if the prospects prove favorable.


Hopbottom - Roberts Brothers' store was opened on Saturday with a fine display of goods.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - It is surprising how some of the old bachelors are learning to cake walk.


Birchardville - Rev. W. C. Tilden has been pastor of the Baptist church for the past 50 years and during his pastorate he has performed more than 700 marriage ceremonies and preached at 876 funeral services. An old horse of his that recently died, he had driven more than 60,000 miles in Susquehanna county. He was at one time county superintendent of schools.


Great Bend - The county commissioners were here last week looking the bridge over and investigating the matter of trying to recover some of the ironwork of the old span, which lies in the bed of the river at different points. We trust that our county fathers will see the wisdom of having the permanent span put in before the cold weather comes on and makes such work more difficult


Lakeside - Bert Oliver, who operates the traction engine owned by the Moses Shields stone company, while watching the game of ball between Hallstead and New Milford, was struck in the face by a "foul tip," the ball striking him squarely on his nose and crushing it badly. Dr. Hull was present and took Mr. Oliver to his office and patched up the injured member.


News Briefs: A telephone arrangement, by which a person speaking may also see the face of the person at the other end of the line, has been invented by J.B. Fowler of Portland, Oregon. AND Bunnell & Pierson's new ad will appear next week. It will tell you about New York millinery, at unapproachable prices. AND It is not generally known, but it is nevertheless a fact, that Scranton has the largest button manufactory in the world, and that in all parts of the world its buttons are being sewed on garments. AND Paris has decided that tall, thin women shall be the style this year.


September 30 (1904/2004)



Franklin Twp. - A.C. Lowe was in Montrose on Saturday; and, by the way, Mr. Lowe has a baby pretty enough to capture the first prize, a $5 gold piece, offered by the Dr. Clements Prescription Co., for the picture of the handsomest baby.


New Milford - The Susquehanna County Medical Society will hold a quarterly meeting at the Jay House, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. Dr. Wilson, of Montrose, will give a demonstration of the analysis of the gastric contents and of Fluorescent Trans-illumination of the stomach by means of the Diaphane. The report of [the] committee on revision of [the] constitution and by-laws will be disposed of. All regular practitioners are cordially invited to attend.


Gibson - Fire broke out in the barn of James Gow destroying it and all surrounding buildings excepting house. All of Mr. Gow's summer crops were stored in the barn.


Silver Lake - Elizabeth M. Ward, of Silver Lake, and Cornelius Donovan, Hoboken, have applied for a marriage license.


Springville - The Hawke Stone company has opened a new quarry at Springville, which promises to yield a large profit. The company has made arrangements to build a switch, which will be over a mile in length and go direct to the new opening. With this convenience the company expects to be able to take out 400 carloads of stone next year.


Forest City - John Yeager, the liveryman, has purchased the opera house and will conduct it. AND John Bregar [Brager?] and Ana Korasec have applied for a marriage license.


Clifford - John Miller, son of Andrew Miller, was married to a highly respected Belle of and in Carbondale, Sept. 21. John is a nice boy and now has a fine wife. We think we cannot too highly congratulate them.


Hopbottom - A temperance lecture was given in the M.E. church, Monday evening, by Mrs. Roe, of Factoryville. A Women's Christian Temperance Union was organized.


Lathrop Twp. - All are invited to attend a pumpkin pie social at Arch Smith's on the evening of Sept. 30th.


Jessup Twp. - A warrant for Walter Bruglar was issued Monday morning charging him with larceny of a gun, watch and rings from the house of Byron C. Horton, in Jessup. It is said he came from Lestershire, fair day, and finding Mr. Horton and family at the Montrose fair proceeded down through the country to their home and took the articles and also articles from other houses. He was traced to Pittston this week, where all trace of him was lost.


Susquehanna - In the belief that the union boiler makers, who were recently locked out had been planning an attack on the non-union workingmen besides, perhaps, destroying the plant, the Erie railroad officials have a force of armed detectives constantly on guard and barbed wire has been strung along the fences and buildings and through the yards.  The company erected bunks in the shops for the workingmen they imported. Chief of Police McMahon, of the Susquehanna force, indefinitely postponed his trip to St. Louis. A number of Susquehanna boilermakers have been offered positions at other points and will move away with their families. So far quietude has, as a rule, prevailed. Some of the "imports" had trouble among themselves, caused by drinking, fighting, etc., and two of them were arrested and brought to the Montrose jail.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - The ladies aid society of the F.B. church met with Mrs. Mary E. Ingraham, Sept. 14. After sewing 23 lbs of rag rugs and quilting a quilt for Miss Lucy Ingraham and enjoying an unusually pleasant time, we adjourned to meet with Mrs. Henry Howard, Saturday, Oct. 8. The collection amounted to nearly $4.


Auburn Twp. - A large force of men with teams turned out to move Mr. Hardic's saw mill for him, over near Springville. AND Ed Lemon, our once famous horse dealer, has now just broke out anew. He let his fine bay to Mr. Chase for a fine mare and colt. He has since matched the colt, and now thinks he has the fastest span in the county.


Laurel Lake - Our school is progressing finely, under the management of Miss Susie Murphy, of Choconut.


Great Bend - A large force of men are putting in new switches between here and the Newman farm. The Erie Company has purchased a strip of land from Mr. Newman for that purpose.


Herrick Centre - The stonework is finished for the new county bridge near Fletcher Stone's. AND About 80 pupils are attending school here now. We understand there will be several more later.


Uniondale - George Esmay has purchased J. F. Bass' stock of hardware and will continue to do business in the Bronson building.


Montrose - The formal opening of the Montrose and Bridgewater Roosevelt and Fairbanks Republican Campaign Club takes place this evening. Attend and hear a stirring address by W. A. Skinner, Esq. AND Tom Houghton should come around with his charcoal now. Send him your name if you want any.


News Brief: Men who would dress in the newest and highest style must wear brown leather overcoats this winter. The rage for [the] automobile is responsible for these overcoats but the truly fashionable are wearing them even when they deign to walk. Leather overcoats will never wear out and so should recommend themselves to those who are not enormously rich.


October 07 (1904/2004)



Glenwood - Shooting has already commenced and by the time squirrel season opens there will be none left for the law abiding citizens. Go slow boys and give all a chance to have a pot pie. AND J. H. Hartley has a sick cow caused by eating too many apples. She helped herself and did not know when to quit.


Hallstead - On October 3d, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Lowe celebrated their golden wedding at which time many friends and relatives from different states, some from across the continent, gathered to make merry with them. Mr. Lowe has for many years guarded the safety of pedestrians and teams at the Church street crossing.


Harford - The entertainment in the church by the Scranton Oratorio, Thursday night, was grand, but not very largely attended on account of the rain. Had it been a tent show by a bum troop the crowd would have been enormous. AND Edward E. Hawley is a former Harford boy. He was at one time a bicycle racer in New York. Later, he became a driver of automobiles in races, and is now famous in that line, taking part in the Vanderbilt cup races.


Hop Bottom - The Hop Bottom graded school carried off 21 premiums at the Harford fair and 11 at the Montrose Fair.


Little Meadows - Thomas Clarey and Miss Jennie Murphy attended the fair at Binghamton. AND Tom Hickey is doing a rushing business in the painting line.


Great Bend - If there is any one pleasure resort in this vicinity more appreciated than another it is the one opened up by Hon. James T. DuBois on Mt. Manotonome, better known as "The Rocks." AND Mr. Samuel Joines, Erie station agent, was struck by an Erie train at this place, Saturday morning, shortly after 6 o'clock. He was on the track and stepped aside for a freight train when he was struck by the passenger train locomotive and hurled beneath the wheels of the freight train. He was a former resident of Susquehanna and was universally esteemed. His father and mother are residents of Oakland. He is survived by a wife and one child.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna had a slight fall of snow Monday. Now let them forever hold their peace as to Montrose being outside the "banana belt."


New Milford/Gibson - The Crossley Bros., of Wayne county, established factories for the manufacture of the blocks of wood from which calicoes are printed. The product of their factories, one of which is at Starrucca and the other in Gibson, is shipped to Germany and Scotland, where the designs are engraved on the blocks after they have been turned into rollers. The factory at Starraucca will be removed to New Milford, where they will put in more machinery. They employ from 18 to 30 men at the Gibson mill.


Thomson - Mrs. S. B. Whitney shipped to Scranton, twenty-two canary birds, nine singers and thirteen females. They were beauties and attracted much attention while at the depot.


Brooklyn - About 11 o'clock last night Miss Hattie McMillan discovered a small blaze in the milk condensary here. She gave the alarm and the citizens promptly responded. A bucket brigade was organized and with the help of a small hose, heroic efforts were made to save the building, but without avail. When discovered the fire was in the east end of the tin shop, near the boilers. It spread so rapidly that it was impossible to save any of the contents of the building and it was only by the hardest kind of work that the residence of Lyman Tewksbury and the Methodist church property were saved. The church sheds were on fire but were extinguished. The loss is very heavy, the plant being complete in every department, making the cans and cases for shipping the product. Owing to some difficulty with the farmers the contract, which expired Oct. 1, had not been renewed and the force of workmen had been reduced. During the busy season about 50 hands were employed, but only 12 were working. Several thousand cases of condensed milk and all the books and accounts were lost.


Montrose - Death visited our quiet town on Sept. 24 and took from it one of its oldest and most substantial residents, Herman Canfield Fairchild, at the age of 84 years. He was born in Litchfield Co., Conn., in 1820 and came with his father's family to Auburn Twp. in 1834. He learned the carpenter trade of the late Wm. H. Boyd and became his master carpenter until he formed a partnership with Garner Boyd and began contracting on their own account. Their shop stood where the barn of the Montrose House stands. In 1848 he married Mary Amanda Bissell, daughter of Dr. Bissell, who had been a surgeon in the U.S. Army in the War of 1812 and was the second resident physician in the town or county. About 1856 Herman purchased the old Bissell homestead in Brooklyn where he has since resided. He invented and patented one of the first corn-planters. One of his sons, Herman LeRoy Fairchild, is Professor of Geology in the University of Rochester and another, Rev. Bert Bissell Fairchild, is living in North Bloomfield, N.Y.


Springville - Although the day set for the reunion of Co. C, 203d P.V. was stormy, a good company gathered at the home of W. B. Lathrop, Elk Lake, on the 14th of September. A large tent had been erected on the lawn in which dinner was served. Messrs. Fargo, Young and Kent furnished music with violins and cornet, and some songs were sung, including "Marching Through Georgia," by a comrade. C. F. Rosencrans told some of his bear stories which amused the Vets. Minutes were read and election of officers followed. About 20 comrades and their wives usually attend these gatherings. One comrade, Nathan C. Strickland, died since last meeting. It is 40 years since the comrades were discharged from the army.


Matrimonial - [As there had recently been two or three marriages in Susquehanna and Wayne counties, brought about through advertising for correspondents, with matrimony as the object; and feeling that quite possibly there might be a legitimate field for correspondence of this nature, we gave notice that ads, written in good faith, would be published free in the Democrat, until further notice.] Wanted--By a middle aged lady, a husband of good character and reputation. None other need answer this adv., and for further particulars, address, B.C.W., Dimock, Susq'a, Pa. Wanted--To correspond with and make the acquaintance of a lady from 45 to 50 years old; object, matrimony. Address, "Widower," care Democrat office.


October 14 (1904/2004)



Rush - Daniel Oakes was selling onions through Auburn Twp last week at 80 cents a bushel. He has a truck patch of three acres. We asked him how much he realized from it. Now for the benefit of your readers I will give it just as he told your correspondent. 300 bu. of onions at 80 cents a bu., 238 bu. of potatoes, 500 heads of sorted cabbage, 27 bu. peas sold for $27, and 6 1/2 bu. of buckwheat. It is quite evident that a man with a very small capital can become as prosperous and more so, than those with their hundreds of acres.


Auburn - Last week Will Donlin let a fellow take his horse to drive to South Montrose and not returning at the time he said he would, Will went for him and found him at Brooklyn, at which place he had gotten in some trouble by doing a little forgery which detained him, so Will got his horse all right, and sent the man to board with Sheriff Brush.


Silver Lake - Clarence W. Hill and Caroline Meeker applied for a marriage license.


Montrose - E. Tracy Sweet, formerly of Montrose, who has been news editor of the Scranton Tribune for several years, has been appointed managing editor of the paper.  AND - Daniel Sommerlott, an employee of the cut glass factory met with quite a painful accident of his right hand while at work on Monday afternoon. He had put on a pair of heavy rubber gloves, which are used by the workmen in dipping the cut glass articles in the acid vat, and did not notice a very small hole in the thumb of the glove, sufficiently large enough for the powerful acid to work its way through to the flesh. Help was summoned and when the glove was removed his thumb was found to be badly eaten, and the pain was intense. At last reports the injured member is slowly recovering and fortunately it will not necessitate amputation. (Daniel, formerly of Germany, married Matilda Galdas, in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, October 5th. They immediately went to housekeeping in a suite of rooms in the Maxey & Bissell block on Church St.)


Brooklyn - It is estimated that the loss sustained by the burning of the Brooklyn condensery amounts to about $24,000, on which there was an insurance of $17,500. There is considerable indignation felt by the citizens of that town owing to the charge a Scranton newspaper made in stating that the conflagration was a result growing from a grievance between the patrons and the owners. There is a strong probability that the plant will be rebuilt, even though the company lately operating it fails to do so, as many of the most influential citizens are taking up the matter. AND In Alford, J. M. Decker has put in a new hydraulic cider press, of entirely new movement.


Lathrop Twp. - The report comes from Lathrop that what has every appearance of being human footsteps have been found impressed in the rock at Dale's stone quarry, that place. The footsteps were 20 feet under the surface, nearly the entire covering being rock. The prehistoric man had very large feet, which probably explains why some of the people of that place have such good-sized pedal extremities.


Susquehanna - A. J. Ryan has returned from Mt. Clemons, Michigan, Mineral Springs, after a sojourn of several weeks, very much benefited in health. His son, Harry, is also much improved and will remain there some time longer. AND "A Funny Side of Life" was the attraction in Hogan Opera house last Saturday evening.


Springville - F. W. Weiss has sold his grocery and meat business to Fred Risley and will move away in the spring or before. He is away on business now. AND Stephen Tuttle has purchased a brand new hearse.


East Dimock - We are informed that Homer Smith, son of W. C. Smith, of Parkvale, and teacher of the Main School, had the misfortune Saturday, while in Montrose at the planning mill, to get some of his fingers cut off.


Friendsville - A 12-year-old boy of Martin Clarey's met with quite a serious accident while chestnuting. The lad in some way lost his balance and fell from the tree, breaking both arms, dislocating one shoulder and spraining a wrist. He is under the treatment of Dr. E. L. Handrick, and at this writing is comfortable.


Lenoxville - Anyone wishing a new hat will do well to call on our milliner, Mrs. B. E. Clarkson.


Jackson - Last Friday night the ladies of the M. E. Church served a pie social in Robert's Hall. The young people decorated the hall with fall leaves and pumpkin lanterns.


Hallstead/Great Bend - Work on the bridge between Hallstead and Great Bend is now in progress and the span will probably be completed in a couple of weeks. The bridge is closed to traffic and boatmen are kept busy ferrying passengers between the towns.


County Teachers Institute Entertainment and Notes: Starting Monday evening, the Dunbar Company Male Quartette and Bell Ringers will entertain. During the remainder of the week, Dr. Frank Dixon, will deliver a lecture, The Threat of Socialism." The Cleveland Ladies' Orchestra will perform and Dr. John Merritt Driver will lecture. A social dance will be given at Village Hall, next Thursday evening, Oct 20th, the last night that the teachers attending the institute will be in town. The orchestra engaged for the occasion has a repertoire containing many new pieces which they say will "make a hit." (Spectators admitted to gallery, 10 cents.) The lady teachers have a treat in store when they visit the store of Jessie B. James on South Main Street. They will find that Dame Fashion has never dealt more kindly with femininity than this season, in giving them beautiful creations in stylish millinery. They will find a line of trimmed and untrimmed hats and an expert New York trimmer to incorporate stylishly and becomingly the many things in feathers, flowers, ribbons and the hundred and one other necessary adjuncts, all contributing to millinery. She also has corsets, girdles, hosiery, toboggans, tam o'shanters and black underskirts.


October 21 (1904/2004)



Harford - As D. M. Farrar, familiarly known as "Uncle Dan," was about to remove from here to reside at Elmira, the members of Live Oak Lodge wished to show their appreciation and respect for him, for though he is not a member, we venture to say was more faithful in attendance and it was decided at the close of the installation on a recent meeting night to give him a reception and also a present. Sickness prevented his going to the hall, and E. J. Whitney, A.M. Leslie and W. H. Brown called at his home and presented him with a very nice gold-headed cane, on which were inscribed his initials and three links. It was a complete surprise to him, but he highly appreciated the gift. Mr. Farrar is in his 90th year and until this fall, has been quite smart for one of his age. AND Wesley Ousterhout, a well known citizen of Harford, dropped dead in Andrew Mead's tinshop, Tuesday evening. Funeral will be held from the house, Friday.


Glenwood - Election news scarce in this vicinity: no one is peddling or saying very much, as about all have their minds made up to vote for their favorite, which seems to pull toward Parker.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Epworth League will hold a box social at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Sivers, Friday evening, Oct 28th. Ladies bring lunch for two. Don't forget the date or that you are invited to be present.


Jackson - Myron French Post, G.A.R., of Jackson, will hold a campfire in Roberts' hall, Friday evening, Oct. 28, on which occasion Rev. O.L. Severson, of Pittston, will deliver his popular lecture, "The Battle of Gettysburg."


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - One of the most interesting surprise parties ever held here was given by the youngsters of the vicinity, at Wm. Buckley's, in honor of Miss Susie Murphy, teacher of the Laurel Lake school. There were about 75 in attendance, among who were many from Montrose and Binghamton. They were highly entertained, ice cream and fancy cakes being served, after which a recitation, "The Country School's Last Day," [was] given by Miss Susie Murphy, and Blue bell, sung by [the] Binghamton ladies. AND With a firm and strong step, John L. Murphy, aged 98 years, walked by the side of Recorder Roberts, on Collier Street, Binghamton, this morning and rivaled the young man in agility of action. In December, Mr. Murphy will reach his 98th year, bringing with it recollections of almost a century of bustling activity of the American nation. He was born in 1806. Mr. Murphy resides a few miles south of Silver Lake and drove to town [Binghamton] yesterday. He weighs 167 pounds and is anything but the shriveled up being which usually emerges from a career of 90 or more years. His cheeks are ruddy, his face fat and plump and his body fleshy.


Springville - Wanted, a good barber. The shop has been closed nearly a week and some of our townsmen have had to visit Montrose to get a shave.


Montrose - The Ossian Club's third annual dance will take place at Village Hall this Thursday evening. The orchestra will furnish the latest two-step waltz, three-step and Bellefield music. Spectators admitted, 10 cents. AND W. D. B. Ainey has sold his building on the east side of Public Ave., occupied by the Horse Shoe pool room & cigar store and the Lyons bindery, to W. L. Carey, of Auburn, N.Y., who buys it for investment.


Clifford - L. E. Taylor, of Clifford, who is well known here, has purchased of B. F. Wells, of that place, his undertaking business, together with his house and lot. Mr. and Mrs. Wells will go to Florida for the winter, but have not decided upon a permanent location. Mr. Taylor will take possession early in November.


Forest City - If the population of Forest City will continue to increase at the present rate, where to put the surplus population will become a source of considerable anxiety to the borough fathers, says a correspondent. Every piece of available property is occupied, and naturally, independent property owners realize high rates from tenants. In some parts of the town three and four families occupy an ordinary six and seven room dwelling. Every boarding house in the city is doing a rushing business. Under the circumstances it is surprising that a few ingenious persons do not build a number of suitable dwellings. This would be a sure moneymaker and a success in every respect.


Ararat - Teachers and their schools are: Clary Avery, Ararat; Mabel Hobbs, Burnwood; Margaret Smith, Ararat; Maggie Smith, Orson.


Apolacon Twp. - Teachers and their schools are: Nettie Curley, Little Meadows; Mary Nichols, Cadis; Loretta Butler, Little Meadows; Margaret Keenan, Friendsville; Loretta McCabe, Richmond Hill.


Susquehanna - It is said that the differences between the Erie and the machinists here have been amicably adjusted.


Rush - The oyster supper held in the basement of the M.E. Church for the improvement of [the] sidewalk was well attended. $16 was realized.


Auburn Corners - Mrs. Judson [Sarah] Hibbard died at her home on Monday. Interment at Jersey Hill, Wednesday at 11 a.m. Mrs. Hibbard had lived almost a decade beyond the years allotted to man, being able to care for herself until near the end. A family of ten was reared by her busy hands, two of whom, with her husband, preceded her to the spirit land. [Sarah was born 25 December 1828.] AND Our blacksmith, McGavin, has resigned his position and taken a more lucrative one at Lynn.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - A very pretty home wedding occurred Oct. 12, at J.W. Hunsinger's, when Miss Mertie, their only daughter, was married to Friendly Smith, of Hallstead. The parlor was prettily decorated with evergreens and potted plants and an arch composed of evergreens and chrysanthemums. A ribbon aisle leading through the room to the arch was supported by Miss Bessie Dean, maid of honor, who was beautifully attired in white Swiss and lace. The bride, escorted by her brother and best man, carried bridal roses and carnations and was gowned in a becoming suit of gray cloth. The bridesmaid, Mrs. Edna Hunsinger, carried chrysanthemums and wore a suit of blue and white. Rev. L. W. Church, pastor of the bride, solemnized the marriage rites.


October 28 (1904/2004)



Glenwood - Squirrel pot-pie is now all the go.


Montrose - The "roughers" in the cut glass factory have been working a couple of hours over time each night this week in order to keep in advance of the "smoothers." Work is coming in more plentiful and it is expected they will work full time when the election is over.


Hallstead - Edward and Ray Hazard, aged 14 and 12, were out shooting last Wednesday, when Ray espied within tempting reach a red squirrel. He had been told that the powder he was using was not strong, so he had used a double amount in loading. After having fired at the squirrel, he found himself holding in each hand a portion of the gun, fragments of which had scattered in every direction. One part was found later in his shirt bosom. He then noticed that his left hand was apparently all blown into ragged pieces and the blood spurting in a large stream. Instantly placing his thumb on the artery he called to his brother who tied a handkerchief above the wounded portion of the wrist in the manner described in school physiologies. This was done so scientifically that Dr. Schoonmaker did not remove the bandage until the operation, in which he was assisted by Dr. Lockwood, amputating the thumb and skillfully taking out portions of the wrist and replacing other injured parts in such a manner that they hope to save the rest of the hand. It is considered a miracle that, under the circumstances, the boy was not instantly killed. When the accident took place the boys were on a hill some distance from their home, which is more than two miles from Great Bend, and the wounded boy would doubtless have bled to death before help could have reached him, had it not been for the presence of mind of his brother, who so successfully stopped the flow of blood.


Friendsville - With the decision to erect a new St. Francis Xavier's church, it is time to reflect on the old. The present edifice is fast falling into decay and is one of the oldest churches in the county. As originally built, in 1831, by Edward White and others, it was small and plain. Improvements were made later by Fr. Mattingly, new deceased, who also supplied it with a fine-toned bell, whose notes will likely be heard from the belfry of the proposed new edifice. In the graveyard of the old church are two mounds of historical note. Resting there are Patrick and Ellen Griffin, the parents of the gifted Irish poet and writer, Gerald Griffin, who later became Brother Joseph, of the Order of Christian Brothers. In one of the monastery cemeteries in Ireland, the remains of this gifted man sleep, his gift to the literary world being book after book of pure and excellent thought. A complete description of the new edifice has not reached the newspaper office.


South Montrose - We have heard of Paddy keeping his pig in the parlor, but never heard of any one keeping a cow in the cellar, until one day last week. In bringing his cows from the pasture, one of our farmers missed one from his herd. A search was made but she could not be found. It was continued next day, but without avail. Having occasion to go to his cellar the farmer found his bovine contentedly munching his apples and potatoes. Moral, "Always keep your cellar door closed."


Silver Lake - Miss Emily C. Blackman [author of our county's history] visited friends at the lake last week, Tuesday. It was Miss Blackman's first visit in 20 years and the place had changed so much in that time she could scarcely recognize it.


Harford - Prof. J. A. Sophia is tearing down the old red shop, one of our oldest landmarks, built in 1824 by Joseph Sweet.


South Gibson - Oscar Belcher, after an absence of several years spent in the Klondike, Siberia, and the far West, has returned to his old home at East Mountain, where he will spend some time with his parents.


New Milford - Carl Tracy Hawley, associate professor of drawing in Syracuse University, returned to Syracuse yesterday after a year spent in study abroad. He will take up his work again in the Fine Arts College at the beginning of the fall term. Honors that are the acme of every artist's ambition were granted in Europe, for in the salon of the French metropolis were hung the pictures which he completed while in France. In addition to this, many of his artistic efforts received recognition in the exhibits of the American Art Association in Paris. His studies were pursued in the art schools of Colarossi and Julian, where the most celebrated of modern painters gather to do their work. Carl is formerly of New Milford.


Jackson - Miss Matie Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Curtis, a trained nurse in the city of Denver, Colorado, but formerly of Jackson, will spend the winter in California.


Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - Several of the neighbors made a surprise bee for Mrs. Hattie Fuller, Wednesday, and dug over 50 bushels of potatoes. The ladies also took their shears and thimbles and made themselves useful in a general way, all of which was very gratefully received.


Hop Bottom - The Auxiliary of the Universalist church will hold a masquerade social in Tennant's Hall, Monday evening, Oct. 31st, in celebration of Hallowe'en. Come and have your fortune told.


Great Bend - An attempt to wreck train No. 3 on the Erie just west of this place, was made on Sunday night. The accident was averted by a freight eastbound train discovering a tie upon the track. It was soon removed from the track.


News Briefs: The State Game Commission has instructed its wardens and agents everywhere to arrest boys using slings as a weapon with which to kill song and insectivorous birds and already some arrests have been made. AND "Christy" Mathewson [of Factoryville, PA.], pitcher for the New York Giants, is to be a member of the Los Angeles Pacific Coast league team, until the close of their season, on or about Jan. 1905. AND The New York City subway opened on October 27.


November 04 (1904/2004)



Forest City - Charles Sczlinsky, whose back was broken under a fall of rock on Aug. 8 last, and has since been at Emergency hospital, was reported last night to be so low that it was not believed he would survive the night, says a Carbondale correspondent in yesterday's Scranton Tribune. Sczlinsky's case excited a good deal of interest among local surgeons, who realized in his recovery a great surgical triumph. Though in a desperate condition when received at the hospital and with scarcely a prospect of his living any length of time, the one chance of preserving his life lay in a most delicate operation. He rallied and lived so long that there was a faint hope of his recovery. The past week, however, he weakened and last night there was absolutely no hope beyond a few hours' life.


Susquehanna - Messrs. Thomas and William Ahearn have returned from a two months' trip to Ireland.


Montrose - On Hallowe'en some of the young men and boys of the town take the liberty of destroying property and doing injury of various kinds and it is the duty of the Boro. officials to put a stop to this thing, which grows worse from year to year, simply because it is tolerated and nothing done about it. Innocent fun is all right, but damage to private property is all wrong. For instance, when somebody decorated the front door of the residence of the Democrat editor with a picture of President Roosevelt, that was innocent fun and harmed nobody. But when they broke down the fence in front of Mrs. McCollum's, an aged lady upwards of 91 years, it was wantonly destroying property. In front of the Crocker property, owned by two orphan daughters of a dead soldier, the sidewalk was torn up and thrown into the gutter. We need speak of these cases only, but there were scores of them all over town, fences broken and board walks torn up and other damages to repair, for which the innocent owner must now be put to an uncalled for expense. These property owners have been paying taxes and are entitled to have their property protected. But there is practically no protection given them from year to year, nor anything done as to it. The excuse given is that one policeman or two or three specials cannot patrol the whole town. Then hire 40 specials, which could be done for $100. The citizens and tax payers are entitled to protection, no matter what the cost. It wouldn't be stretching the case far to say that the people who had their property destroyed ought to be able to recover from the Boro.


Harford - A party consisting of Henry LaBarr, James LaBarr, Frank LaBarr, Charles LaBarr, George LaBarr, Arthur Tingley and Andrew Mead left here Monday morning for the wilds of the Pocono Mts. of Pike Co. Last year Frank and his two sons killed a fine doe, and we wish as good success to the whole party this year. AND E. J. Whitney and wife have moved in with their mother, Mrs. Osterhout, owing to the death of Mr. O. and Mr. Whitney will conduct the wagon shop formerly run by Mr. Osterhout.


Silver Lake - John Mahoney picked from his apple trees, 1,150 bushels.


Lenox - At Loomis Lake, Saturday evening, a pedro party was given by M. L. Smith and wife, and S. W. Kellum and wife at the Kellum Cottage. The guests were: E. E. Tower and wife, Chris Tiffany and wife, Galusha Benjamin and wife, N. M. Tingley and wife, Will Jeffers and wife, the Misses Bird Tingley and Bess Tiffany. The refreshments, which were served at 7 o'clock, were in the nature of "A spread" to which all did ample justice. The hours were merrily chased away by games, recitations by Mrs. Jeffers and the skillful manipulations of the phonograph by Mrs. Smith.


East Dimock - Many farmers are feeding their large crop of apples to stock and find it pays better then to draw them away and sell them for the small sum of 40 cts. per 100 lb.


Rush - Notice- Five per-cent will be added to taxes in Rush, after election day. R. H. Hillis, collector.


Jackson - C. L. Marsh, of Jackson, was seriously, if not fatally, kicked by a horse. Drs. Goodwin, of Susquehanna and Cole, of Jackson, trepanned the skull, 2x3/4 inches being removed.


Hallstead - At Mount Manatonome, Hon. James T. DuBois has spent the summer, as he has several preceding summers, in constructing a macadam road from the red shale rock found in a quarry on the mountain, and in beautifying the park. The work all having been done at his personal expense and at a cost of many thousand dollars. Upon the top of the mountain is a level tract of several acres where he has constructed a speedway exactly one mile around, and from which a wonderful and beautiful scene presents itself, mountain ranges fifty miles distant in view. Several thousand visitors have enjoyed the beauties of the scenery from the mountain park this summer, Mr. DuBois having given a general invitation to the public to visit the mountain and enjoy its grandeur.


Hop Bottom - A sad accident occurred on Wednesday, the 26th, to Bert, the 5-year-old son of Perry Chamberlain. While attempting to cross the track he was struck by a passing train and instantly killed.


Brookdale - Clara Fisk, we are pleased to say, is able to ride out. She has been confined to the house for nearly three months with typhoid fever.


Friendsville - Mrs. Mary Tierney moved the Post-office into her residence.


Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. - Fred Lee, while assisting Daniel Everett with his thrashing, fell through the scaffold to the barn floor and was badly bruised, but we are glad to say was not seriously hurt. AND In Auburn Center, T. Strickland has rented the blacksmith stand and is now doing a rushing business. He is a fine shoer.


News Briefs: Scranton is to the front again, the Lace Curtain Manufacturing Company having captured the gold medal at the St. Louis Exposition for the finest exhibit of lace curtains. The second prize, a silver medal, was awarded to the Wilkes-Barre Lace Curtain Manufacturing Co. There were exhibitors from Philadelphia and England, who, however, received no special recognition.


November 11 (1904/2004)



Rush - Sheridan & Price of Meshoppen are holding a special clothing sale at the store of Kahler & Terry, Lawton, and showing the largest assortment of new fashionable suits and overcoats for men and boys, as well as ladies' coats, furs, walking skirts, suitings, waistings, etc., ever shown in this vicinity and prices rock bottom. Don't miss this chance. The sale will last only until the 19th of the month.


Kingsley - Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Jeffers, of Plainsboro, N.J., visited their parents and joined by Mrs. Watson Jeffers, went on to the exposition at St. Louis; upon their return stopping at Chicago and Niagara Falls, and visiting relatives at LaGrange, Ill. Mr. Jeffers also spent a day at the Walker-Gordon milk plant at Milwaukee.


Montrose - Sometime during Monday night burglars entered the office connected with Harrington's Mills by removing a pane of glass. They then proceeded to crack the safe, using some strong explosive, with which they blew it to pieces. The contents were about $10, which they took. The greater loss was the wrecked safe and damaged office. Mr. Harrold and Mr. Bond heard the explosion but thought it was someone firing a gun, and paid no attention to it. The burglars also visited S. E. Hart's store, breaking a window and took some shoes, cigars, and other goods in a small way. Mr. Munger, the book keeper at Harrington's, tells us it was probably done by amateurs. And yet the job seemed to have been successfully done. They probably were looking for a much larger wad of money in Harrington's safe, but John keeps his money in the bank, like nearly everybody else, and not in a safe.


New Milford - Col. C. C. Pratt has sold to P. S. Strader, of Lexington, Ky., his three fast horses, Donna MacGregor, Mona S. and Norva. E. C. Downs and an assistant left Binghamton yesterday to take the horses to Lexington.


Forest City - The new glass front in the city building transforms it into a very sightly store room. AND George Antonitis and Annie Zanoski applied for a marriage license.


Lenox - Don't forget the Grange fair and chicken pie supper, Thursday evening, Nov. 17. AND W. R. Doran will have a public sale next Tuesday. The Grange literary society will furnish sandwiches and coffee for those who desire lunch.


Franklin Forks - Frank Pierson and Nelson Green moved their threshing outfit to North Bridgewater, where they will engage in threshing.


Fairdale - The new road to Fair Hill is finished as far as Merton Palmer's, the part above they expect to finish this fall. One farmer said if it had been done 30 years ago it would have been worth dollars to him; to some of the other farmers it would have been worth more, but Oh! dear, the taxes! Keep good courage, Mr. Selfishness says we won't all go to the poor house yet awhile.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Let all of those who think poultry does not pay, read the following facts: Mrs. M. V. Davidson had January 1st, 1904, 16 Barred Plymouth Rock hens. Nov. 1st she had 29 hens and pullets, [and] during that time she raised and sold $23.59 worth of chickens at the market prices, 12 to 14 cents per pound. Also sold $26.66 worth of eggs at 15 to24 cents per dozen, making a total of $50.25. Who can beat that?


Brooklyn - From the present outlook it does not look as though the recently burned condensery at Brooklyn would be rebuilt. Some of the farmers have not yet received all their pay for milk, and several have brought suit against the company.


Susquehanna - Patrick Shay, the veteran Erie track walker, who was struck by a train on Monday, October 31st, died from the injuries sustained, on Sunday last, and the funeral was held from the Catholic church in Susquehanna, last Tuesday morning.


South Gibson - Mr. and Mrs. Green and Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds will soon start for Florida to spend the winter. AND Samie Hull is the prize raccoon hunter. He has caught eleven.


Middletown Centre - Several from this place attended the dance at Birchardville and report a fine time. AND Miss Margaret Coleman is attending school at Laceyville.


Great Bend - The Ladies Aid of the M.E. Church, served sandwiches, coffee and clam chouder [chowder] on election day and evening. A neat sum was realized.


News Briefs: Mrs. Jenny Lasher was sentenced, at Binghamton, to 30 days in the county jail for endangering the lives of her children by smoking cigarettes in their presence. The complaint was made by her husband and the conviction is the first of its kind under the New York State law. AND A safe remedy for want of sleep is nothing more or less than eating onions. The late Frank Buckland once said, "Everybody knows the taste of onions; this is due to a peculiar essential oil contained in this most valuable and healthy root. This oil has, I am sure, highly soporific powers. In my own case it never fails." AND According to an exchange, the Maple Dale Good Roads Club at Middletown, N.Y., is furnishing that section of the country with a roadbed equal to the high-priced State roads at an actual cost of about $100 per mile. The club contends that good roads ought to be made anywhere, exclusive of cutting down grades, at an average cost of $200 per mile in a country where stone is so easily obtained as it is almost anywhere in the East. AND The Sayre hospital operated on 60 patients for appendicitis during the year ending June 1, only four of whom died. The present year promises to greatly exceed the number of last year, as during the first five months 60 persons were treated for that disease. AND None others like the cow! There is not a thing from her nose to her tail but that is utilized for the use of man. We use her horns to comb our hair; her skins are upon our feet; her hair keeps the plaster upon our walls; her hoofs make glue; her tail makes soup; she gives our cream, milk, cheese and our butter, and her flesh is the great meat of our nation; her blood is used to make our sugar white; her bones are ground to fertilize our soil, and even her paunch she herself has put through the first chemical process necessary for the production of the best white cardboard paper, and now they have discovered that such paper can be made into the finest quality of false teeth.


November 18 (1904/2004)



Snow Storm - The snow storm the first of the week was the worst experienced in this section so early in the winter, or rather late in the fall, in many years. It is said that along the Atlantic coast it was nearly as bad as the fierce storm of 1888. Railroad traffic and telephone communication was greatly hampered and on some roads, as was in the case of the D. L.& W. over the Pocono mountains, snowplows were required to clear the tracks. In Montrose the first train over the Lehigh Valley did not reach here Monday until about 2 p.m., owing to the snow drifts, and returning reached Tunkhannock at about 4 o'clock. The roads through the surrounding country were many of them blocked with snow, necessitating shoveling in order to get through. The temperature, on Wednesday, registered 17 degrees above zero at 7 a.m. At Silver Lake, the mail carrier, A. Foster, had to come through fields part of the way from Laurel Lake on account of snow drifts on Monday. The direct road to Binghamton also had to be shoveled out. This is quite an unusual experience this early in November.


Jackson - To Miss Matie Curtis belongs the proud distinction of being the first lady of Jackson to exercise the right of suffrage. On Tuesday, in Denver, Colorado, she voted for the Republican electors. AND Jackson has several aged voters who came out on Tuesday and helped to swell the victory for Roosevelt. We noted at the polls Charles Hazen, aged 89, A. B. Larrabee and Alvin W. Barrett, 87, and Orin Mattison, 84. Messrs. Barrett and Larrabee have voted for 16 Presidential candidates, beginning with Wm. H. Harrison in 1840, a period of 64 years, and Mr. Barrett has voted at every State election during this period. He is the father of Hon. A. C. Barrett, re-elected to the Pennsylvania legislature. All the above voted for Freeman in 1856. Mr. Matteson is a G. A. R. man and the oldest member of the Myron French Post, here.


Birchardville - Clark Dayton and son, William, who are shipping apples from the Lackawanna station, have shipped about 20,000 bushels so far this season. AND The railroad man was through this place Friday and he says we are sure to have a railroad in the near future. We hope so.


Montrose - The apple evaporator on Grow avenue closed down for the season this week. The old skating rink is being used as a packing station and presents quite a sight with its piles of dried fruit. Tons of apples have been dried and made ready for shipment, and the project has resulted profitably for employer and employee.


Springville - Rev. W. A. Noble, a County boy, who has been a missionary in Korea the past 12 years, will spend a Sunday at the Springville church in early December.


West Lenox - C. L. Carey and wife enjoyed a drive to Shickshinny last week; they returned Saturday with a fine yoke of oxen.


Susquehanna - The Baptist church edifice on Jackson street, will be enlarged and improved in the spring.


Great Bend - A meeting of the board of directors of the Chapot-Shirland Chamois Company was held last Friday and officers for the coming year were elected and other business matters were considered. The officers elected were: Pres., Thomas F. Wells, Vice Pres., Norman H. Parke; Sec., George W. Phillips; Treas., Percy Ballentine. Board of Directors, T. F. Wells, Percy Ballentine, G. W. Phillips, W. G. Parke, S. M. Parke, and N. H. Parke. Norman H. Parke was made business manager and Chas. V. Chapot was made manufacturing manager. Carpenters are at work building a large two-story store house. It will be on the north side of the switch in front of the factory. A fire house will also be built at the fire plug large enough to accommodate a cart and several hundred feet of hose. In the tannery a new cement hot house is being built for cooking the skins. The trimming room has been painted white to improve the lighting and new windows will be put in.


Clifford - John Hunter has returned from Carbondale to his home here, the house being occupied by L. E. Taylor, the past year. Mr. Taylor has taken possession of the property recently purchased by him of B. F. Wells. Mr. Taylor is not a novice in the undertaking business, as he was undertaker and embalmer for W. L. Smith of Montrose, who was successor to his father, the late W. W. Smith. AND T. S. Morgan, of West Clifford, takes possession of the Hotel at Royal, this week.


Silver Lake - Thomas Clune will sell on his farm, Nov. 22, commencing at 10 o'clock, 8 choice cows, 19 choice sheep, pair of mares, (one sired by Dr. Livingston; he by young Sweet-meat, imported thoroughbred, run in England as a two-year-old and entered in the Derby Stakes, but imported before the race). Suckling colt, bull calf, 20 hens, 18 tons of hay, McCormick mowing machine, McCormick rake, hay fork, wagons, two-horse sleigh, plows, harrows, cultivators and numerous other articles.


Alford, Brooklyn Twp. - Frank Richardson, the veteran violin man, has done more violin playing as a business than any other Susquehanna county player and besides this is a maker and repairer of violins of local repute. Although Mr. Richardson is not young in years, yet his step is as elastic as many young men.


Forest Lake - E. B. Birdsall has just purchased a new concert violin, reported at $75.


Rush - We have postponed laying our side walks until Spring, and then we expect to have flagging, and when we get the trolley through from Montrose to Wyalusing we don't care if they never put that southern railroad through.


Harford - The harvest festival will be held in the Odd Fellows Hall, Friday night, entertainment in the M. E. church. AND People were using sleighs Monday and Tuesday.


Dimock - Anyone wanting barrels hooped, call on G. G. Miller.


West Auburn - The ladies of West Auburn will serve a chicken pie supper in the church parlors on Thanksgiving evening. A literary feast will also be served in the church consisting of music, recitation, &c. Rev. J. W. Johnson will be present. Proceeds for benefit of the church.


November 25 (1904/2004)



Choconut - In the case of Com'th vs. Frank and William Regan, on trial when the Democrat went to press last week, William, the younger brother, was found not guilty and Frank Regan, who had the gun and who did the shooting, was found guilty as charged in first count of the indictment, "assault with intent to disfigure." This was the "horning case" from Choconut. Defendant was sentenced to pay fine of $25 and imprisonment in the Montrose jail for nine months.


Gibson - Another rural free delivery mail route, starting from New Milford, is about to be established. It will go over Mott Hill via South New Milford to Gibson and Union Hill and will accommodate a large number of people in New Milford and Gibson Township.


Great Bend - Sheriff Brush was here on Monday and sold at sheriff's sale the property of Addison Mesick. Of the property sold, a horse, that has been at the Central House barns since April 21, and eaten itself up to a valuation of $117, was knocked down to William Newman for $5. The board bill will come out of the proceeds of the sale.


Alford, Brooklyn Twp. - I would respectfully announce that I have opened dining and lunch rooms at Alford, about 100 feet south of the station, and will appreciate your patronage. Also lodging furnished and horses stabled. Respectfully, Mrs. H. L. Hubbard.


Lenox - Dr. E. E. Tower lost a horse recently, as a result of falling through the barn floor at G. N. Bennett's. AND In East Lenox, "The Old Lady aloft has been picking geese" of late. Let's hope she will not find as many to pick this winter as last.


Middletown - Miss Rose Coleman has gone to Owego to have her eyes treated.


Thomson - It is said that Jackson Chandler, an old resident of Thomson who has been ill a number of months, has had his grave dug and has made other preparations for the final dissolution.


Uniondale - George Carpenter had the misfortune to lose another cow the other day. This makes the eighth animal Mr. Carpenter has lost since early in the season. Some mysterious disease, seeming to be poisoning of some sort, as cause of death. A theory is that it is caused by the cattle feeding on land that had formerly been inundated.


Friendsville - Word was received here yesterday of the death of John Hannon, who was killed by the [railroad] cars at Endicott. The remains were brought here for burial.


Rush - There was good skating on the pond here on Saturday, Nov. 19th, that is earlier than usual. The youngsters think it quite a treat if they can skate on Thanksgiving day.


South New Milford - The teams are busy drawing the saw mill from North Bridgewater. AND The turkeys are roosting high.


Springville - Luther Smith left a box of cigars at Avery & McMicken's store last Monday and the boys just smoked. Luther has been married, that's all. Report says Miss Mead Tiffany is the lucky bride. Anyway, we extend congratulations. AND Dan Cokely got quite badly hurt recently, over at the Lott quarry. He was riding from the dump back to the block when a chain became unfastened, letting the scale box dump, and throwing him on his head; he has a cut on the head besides other bruises. He is improving nicely.


Susquehanna - J. Pierpont Morgan, of New York, was in town last Friday.


Montrose - A gang of men came up under the charge of Henry Green, of Towanda, this morning and are engaged in removing the old turntable near the Lehigh Valley station. This removes the last vestige of the "narrow gauge" in this vicinity. AND Over 200 persons took [Thanksgiving] dinner at the Montrose House yesterday; every one of whom are voicing their praise of the manner in which it was cooked and served, and of the abundance and variety.


Herrick Centre - Thomas Carlin, of Starrucca, was fatally injured here Saturday. He is supposed to have been riding on an Erie Coal train and fell off. Both legs were cut off and he was otherwise injured. He died later at the Carbondale hospital. Carlin was a section hand on the Erie and the accident occurred near his home, it being supposed that while preparing to alight from the moving train he was thrown under the wheels.


Elk Lake - B. A. Horton has sold his personal property and on Tuesday went to Binghamton where he and his family will make their home. He has accepted a good position with the Stickley-Brandt Furniture Company.


Dimock - George Woodruff, the former football coach and athlete, is Pres. Roosevelt's chum on most of his rides and tours and is one of his most intimate friends, according to a recent article in a leading Philadelphia paper. Mr. Woodruff is a native of this county, formerly residing at Dimock, which makes the above-mentioned fact more interesting to citizens hereabouts. Both men are large and strong; ardent admirers of nature, and have much in common, so that the existing friendship is not to be wondered at.


South Auburn - While pressing hay at South Auburn, Monday, Thomas Dornblazer had his feet in the press tramping the hay down, when the horses suddenly started and the young man had both feet badly squeezed. Dr. Sturdevant was called from here and found the young man suffering intense pain. Both feet were greatly swollen and the left one had burst open. The doctor could not find whether any bones were broken or not. Dornblazer wore a new pair of very heavy shoes, which saved his feet from being completely crushed. The shoes were twisted out of shape.


Clifford - While S. E. Finn and son, Harry, were exercising their pacers one day last week, the horses became frightened while going down the dug road, and turned around, running to their stable. Horses and men both escaped without injury but the wagon was no so fortunate.


December 02 (1904/2004)



Franklin Forks - The young hunters had quite an experience a few days ago. While out hunting the dogs started up three wild cats. The boys succeeded in shooting two of them. One measured 34 inches from the tip of its nose to the roots of its tail.


Forest City - Irving Goodrich and Raymond bond, two boys aged 16 and 13, broke through the ice on the water company's reservoir on Tuesday afternoon of last week and both were drowned. Searching parties were out all Tuesday night, but not until Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock was their fate known, when Howard Goodrich and his son, George, father and brother of one of the boys, found the place where they were drowned. A pair of rubbers was found on the shore and a few feet out a skate and the boys' caps. Help was immediately secured from the town and the bodies recovered. The supposition is that Bond fell in and that Goodrich, in attempting to rescue him, met his death also. Both were said to be able to swim, but their clothes, skates and the icy water handicapped them.


Hallstead - John VanValkenburg and Miss Minnie Waldron, of Unadilla, N.Y., were united in marriage last Wednesday evening by Rev. C. J. Benjamin at that gentleman's residence. The contracting parties arrived in Hallstead about noon and were greatly surprised and disappointed to find that our laws require a license from the Register and Recorder. The groom was not to be baffled, however, and with becoming perseverance he dispatched an agent across country to Montrose for the necessary papers which arrived in time for the ceremony the same evening. "None but the brave deserve the fair."


Montrose - The Montrose Telegraph and Telephone company have their trunk line with the Tunkhannock and Wyoming Valley Telephone company completed and are now enabled to give service to distant points, as Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia, Towanda, Elmira, etc., with their intermediate points and connections. AND Glenn Nash is preparing to remove his family from Brooklyn to this place.


Rush - The annual Gentlemen's supper of the Trinity M.E. church is arranged to be held on Saturday night, Dec. 10th. Bill of fare will be: Hot corn bread, pork and beans, rye coffee, pumpkin pie, doughnuts and possibly meal pancakes.


Susquehanna - Lampham's Band, scheduled to appear in Hogan Opera House last Friday evening, failed to materialize.


Silver Lake - Supervisor P. R. Kane's family are again called to mourn. Only a little more than two months ago Bert, the 18 year old son, died suddenly from appendicitis. Last week, Wednesday, word came to them that Frank, the oldest son, had been injured at Schnectady while at his work as foreman of the carpenter shop of the locomotive works of that place. Mr. Kane and daughter, Mary, hurried to Schenectady only to reach there too late to find Frank alive, his death occurring at 1 o'clock Thanksgiving morning. He was 25 years of age. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in St. Augustine's church.


Upsonville - S. A. Smith and H. F. Smith, with relatives of Wyoming and Lackawanna counties, spent Thanksgiving at the pleasant home of D. J. Osterhout near Dalton, Pa. The aged mother of Mr. Osterhout, who was present at this happy gathering, is the only one now living of the 12 children of Stephen Barnum, Esq., who cleared up and over fifty years lived on the large farm now owned by R. S. Searle, of Montrose.


St. Joseph - The marriage of Mr. Vrooman Gardiner and Miss Anna Shea, of Montrose, occurred in the church here Nov. 23d, Father Lally officiating.


Clifford - The oyster supper given Thanksgiving night by the men of the Baptist church proved a surprising success, considering the rather unfavorable weather. The singing of the Clifford singing society elicited favorable comment, as did the male quartette. The pictures of Pilgrim's Progress placed on the screen by Rev. Mr. Earl and the explanations were very instructive and well received. The receipts of the evening were about $17.


Lathrop - Pearl Mackey is teaching the Lakeside school. Lena Johnson is teaching Pine Grove school. Ethel Saunders is teaching Maple Grove school. Victor Mackey is working in the jelly mill. Genevieve Mackey is attending school at Nicholson.


Auburn - Will Quick did his chores one night recently and five minutes later he found his barn on fire. He was fortunate in saving all his stock except two pigs, and all his hay, grain and farm tools went down in ashes. It was insured, yet a big loss. He had no lantern with him in the barn. AND The recent blizzard did much destruction. Am sorry to say that not one telephone pole from Elk Lake to Auburn Corners was found standing on Monday after the blow.


Little Meadows - E. Hartigan and Miss Lauretta Butler attended the dance at Riley's, at Flynn, also Michael Crimmins and T. Creagh attended.


Hop Bottom - By accepting an open date, the people of HopBottom and vicinity will receive a treat of a high order on Dec. 16, when a man of high standing in his line--High by name--Mr. Fred High, humorist, vocalist, ventriloquist, impersonator and dramatic entertainer, will give an evening's entertainment at Tennant's hall. This event will be one bubbling over with fun. "How is that for High?" For benefit of the graded school.


New Milford - Bullard's band and orchestra will give one of their fine concerts in the opera house, Dec. 15.


Honesdale - An accident occurred about noon Tuesday by which Samuel Stone, of Elk Lake, met his death and Lloyd Harding, of Eaton Twp., near Tunkhannock, was painfully cut and bruised. The men were at work on the State bridge in course of construction over the Lackawaxen, being 30 ft. above the river, when the foreman, supposing all was safe, started hauling up an iron girder by means of an engine. The bridge was heavily loaded with the iron sills and trusses, and the temporary structure on which the men were working was precipitated into the river. Stone fell among the iron and timbers. He was carried to Kroll's blacksmith shop and from there he was taken to the National Hotel on a cot, where he died about 5 hours later. Mr. Stone was but 19 years of age and was well known in Montrose, having resided with his grandfather, the late Appolas Stone, on Cherry Street, a number of years ago.


December 09 (1904/2004)



"The leaves have turned to yellow,

The porch's charm has died;

Now Gladys and her fellow

Must lallygag inside."


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - Frank McGraw is drawing wood to the Tripp Lake school. AND Dannie Mahoney and Dannie Coughlin met with a serious accident while making a short turn at Mrs. Lindsley's store, in Lawsville.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Wm. McGee, of South Auburn, starts for Montana today for his health. His many friends hope he may be benefited by the trip. AND Clark Dean has gone to Scranton to work.


South Gibson - Our stores are in holiday attire. Don't go out of town for Christmas goods. AND John J. Potter, of Binghamton, formerly a well-known and popular Gibson boy, is now a successful real estate man.


Susquehanna - Attorneys Richard J. Manning and E. B. Curtis have formed a co-partnership for the practice of law at Susquehanna. AND Mary Blake has secured a position with the Chapot-Shirlaw Chamois Co. at Hallstead. AND "Why Women Sin," is the attraction at Hogan opera house, next Monday evening.


Harford - S. J. Adams has sold his old sugar bush to the Rought & Ballard Co.


Middletown Twp. - Harry Jones has purchased the store at Neath. We wish you success, Harry.


Dimock - The Dimock Literary Society will give a free entertainment, Saturday evening, Dec. 10; all are invited; they have $49 worth of new books, which are free to everyone.


Friendsville - Remember the night of Dec. 26th, St. Francis Xavier's Bazaar will open on that night. Admission only 25 cents. A pleasant time is expected. All look forward to it with the greatest anxiety. One of the pleasing features will be the music both vocal and instrumental. Proceeds for the new temple of worship, work on which will be commenced early next spring. Door prize given to holder of lucky number. A bountiful repast will be served by the young ladies and all the delicacies of the season will there be found, in sufficient variety, to gratify the tastes of the most refined epicurean. The Bazaar is gotten up for a good cause. Friendsville has in the past assisted most generously in the building up of every Catholic church in this county, why now in its present undertaking should it not expect a helping hand from those whom it so cheerfully and generously assisted. All are invited.


Montrose - A Reminiscence from E. R. Smith: Through the kindness of Miss Emily C. Blackman, I received the program of a concert given by the Montrose band in October 1851. How well I remember it--though 53 years have passed--and how genial was the merry company that made up the old Montrose band of those days. It was composed of Theo. Smith, Alex. Smith, Rob't A. Smith, R. C. Simpson, C. A. Foster, A. P. Keeler, L. C. Keeler, Theo. Lyons and myself. Imagine, if you can, the joy, mirth and gladness that freely flowed in that "merrie companie" at rehearsals for preparation, and how it occurs to one now-a-days that the present generation know naught of "ye goode time." The weight of years slips from me as I recall those days and think of those dear old friends, now all "passed over," excepting Theo. Lyons, Chas. Foster and myself. Thanks to Miss Blackman for her kindness for the program and may she have an enjoyable winter. (Some of the songs on the program were: Love Not Quick Step, Bloomer Medley, Dead March, Happy Are We, Sweet the Hour, Ben Bolt Quick Step, Irish Emigrant's Quick Step, Home, Sweet Home, and more).


Forest City - Reported last week: Constable "Jack" Jones started out from Forest City with a prisoner, Edward Correll, whom he was to put under the guardianship of sheriff Brush. And thereby hangs a tale--one of the Sherlock Holmes variety. Now if you have ever looped the loop from the black diamond village to Montrose, via Carbondale and Scranton, you'll find it not nearly as exciting as you would imagine. It was this way with Jack. With his undemonstrative captive beside him in the seat, he found the journey long and tedious. The rhythmic rumble of the train and the swaying of the cars produce hypnotic effect, and a few miles this side of Scranton he dropped into a doze. But Correll didn't, and when the train stopped at Glenburn, so did Correll. It was near Dalton that Jack missed his charge. Then he got off. He hit the pike back to Glenburn, and who should he meet coming towards him but his friend Correll. Correll started to run; so did Jack. Jack ordered him to stop. The woods were near, however, and Correll heeded not the orders. Then the leaden messengers were sent after him and one lodging in the escaping prisoner's leg brought him to a halt. The prisoner was taken to Glenburn and brought on to Montrose. The examination by the physician showed the bullet to be in the fleshy part of the leg, and at last reports had not been extracted. Unless complications arise there is little danger of the wound resulting seriously. Correll was arrested for larceny, the goods stolen having said to be a couple of boxes of cigars. Mr. Jones is of powerful physique, fully six feet high and weighing over 200 pounds. His features are strong and quite handsome, and he conveys the impression of being a man who would act deliberately and not hastily. He seemed chagrined at his prisoner's escape and the necessity of shooting to effect a capture, and was reticent in discussing the subject.


News Brief: The next great fair will be the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition at Portland, Oregon, opening June 1 and closing October 15, 1905. The exposition grounds cover a space of 407 acres and include a beautiful natural lake. The United States government has appropriated for it's building and exhibits $475,000. The approximate cost of the whole exposition is $5,000,000. The exposition will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the "Oregon country' now comprising the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and a large part of Montana and Wyoming.


January 06 (1905/2005)



Rush - S. H. Smith writes: "About three weeks ago I purchased a herd of cattle of a Mr. Seymour, of Binghamton, N.Y. I bought them square and honorable; paid spot cash for them and took his receipt. I did not smuggle them in the night from New York State into Pennsylvania. Furthermore, none of them were condemned. I drove them through the city of Binghamton between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock a.m. Now, I wish to say, for the information of all concerned, and also for my own defense, that the story which has been current that these cattle had been condemned is absolutely false and entirely without foundation. Before this rumor came to me, however, I had disposed of five of the herd, two of which have been tested and declared healthy. Two others I sold to a neighbor who was perfectly satisfied they were healthy without having them tested. The remainder I had tested by a veterinary, who pronounced them all healthy except one. That all may know the facts in the case I make this statement for publication."


Montrose - The Montrose Telegraph and Telephone company have completed their lines to Angle Corners, Rushboro, Retta and West Auburn and give their patrons this addition to the already large number of places they can get without extra charge. AND Brig-Gen Edward R. Warner died Jan. 2, 1905, at the Hotel Marlborough, New York, of heart disease. He was born in Montrose, 69 years ago and was graduated from West Point in 1857. In the war he was a Lieutenant-Colonel of Volunteers and was later an Inspector of Artillery on Gen. Mead's staff. After the war he was appointed assistant professor of mathematics at West Point. Later he was in command of the artillery at San Francisco, where he remained until 1880, when he retired. He was an expert on ordinance and made trips to other countries to study the work of foreign artillery for the benefit of our army.


One of his pupils at West Point was Gen. Fred Grant, who when notified of his death, sent over from Governors Island, a guard which escorted Gen Warner's body to the Pennsylvania railroad depot in Jersey City and watched it all night until it was brought back to Montrose. Col. Warner recently gave $1000 for the erection of a historical building in Montrose, as a memorial to his father and mother.


Springville - Mr. and Mrs. Lucius E. Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in Newark Valley, N.Y., on Wednesday evening, Dec. 28. Mrs. Williams was before marriage, Miss Anna Lane, daughter of Thomas Lane, one of the leading citizens and early settlers of Springville. Among the guests present, of whom there were about 65, were Mr. and Mrs. George Haldeman, of Springville. AND A.O. Dunlap, Springville's enterprising hardware dealer, gave each of the churches a Bissell carpet sweeper for a Christmas present and is also giving out some nice calendars with a picture of Springville on them.


Stevensville, Bradford Co. - While visiting near Stevensville, Frank Riley, of Auburn 4 Corners, was seriously stabbed with a jack knife in the hands of one Ulysses Emmons, on Thursday afternoon of last week. Riley is in a precarious condition and was taken to a hospital in Wilkes-Barre on Friday evening. Riley and Emmons were in Wyalusing on Wednesday and when they went home that afternoon were a little the worse for wear. Mrs. Emmons objected to their condition and the two men stayed that night at "Snide" Shumway's. About 4 o'clock the next afternoon Emmons called Riley upstairs and after a word or two he made a lunge for Riley's heart with a knife. Riley attempted to escape but was cut in the region of the heart. Emmons then went after Riley like a mad man and the latter threw up his right hand and received a stab through the palm of his hand and his left arm near the shoulder was also frightfully cut. Shumway was called and his timely assistance probably saved Bradford county another murder case. The interested parties are very reticent regarding the affair, but it us surmised that there was a woman in the case.


Susquehanna - New theatre chairs have been placed in Hogan Opera House. AND The Athletic Club held a hop on Monday evening and the Century Club held a hop on Wednesday evening; the Thimble Club recently met with Mrs. Edward Owens.


Dimock - Edward Chamberlin is again at the shop of C. W. Barnes, where the ring of his anvil can be heard as in times of yore. AND A new derrick has been erected in the large Chase stone quarry near Dimock.


Brooklyn - Among the many guests in town during the holidays are: Mrs. Gerritson, of Montrose, Miss Kornmann of New York, Mr. and Mrs. Bond of Great Bend, Earle Ainey of Philadelphia, Clarence Gere of Perkomia Seminary, Prof. and Mrs. Robert Breed of Meadville, Ralph Bookstaver of Schenectady, Louis Gere of Kingston, Mabel Rogers and Clare Whitman of Kingston Seminary, Harold Gere of Keuka, and Lela Sterling of Mansfield State Normal.


Birchardville - A young man by the name of James Edward Robinson came to the home of C. R. Bennett, Dec. 16th, claiming he had no home, no friends, no place to go, asking for work. Mr. B., feeling sorry for him, took him in and fed him as he would like people to do by his son, only to be rewarded by being robbed by the young scamp. He stayed until the 24th of Dec., then stole Mr. B's son's best clothes and gun and departed for parts unknown. He is a German by birth, 5ft, 7in., weighing about 135 lbs., black eyes and hair, face badly broken out. People are requested to inform the Constable of Friendsville if they know him or where he is.


Hopbottom - Bessie Tiffany, after spending the holidays here, returned Monday to the Woman's Medical College at Baltimore.


Quaker Lake - The skating on the lake is fine and many are taking advantage of it. AND Chickenpox is visiting the children at the Quaker Lake school.


Franklin Forks - The following officers were elected by the G.A.R. for 1905: Commander, George Stockholm; Senior Vice, J. W. Palmer; Junior Vice, Job Knapp; Quartermaster, A.M. Snow; Chaplain, A. E. Stockholm; Door Keeper, John Devine.


Forest City - A real estate deal that may have a very beneficial effect on the growth here was consummated when H. W. Brown became owner of the Williams tract on the east side of the river, from J. J. Williams, of Scranton. The plot contains over 60 acres and includes the old ball field and the woods known as Father Coroner's grove. The land is being surveyed and plotted by an engineer and will be put on the market. Already he has closed contracts for several lots and contractor H. T. O'Neill has the lumber on the ground for a large building, which it is said will be designated for hotel purposes. The plot, owing to its proximity to the railroad, and the opportunity for cheap fuel, is an excellent location for factory purposes and Mr. Brown will make efforts to attract them. He is offering factory sites free and is already negotiating with some cut glass and silk manufacturers.


January 13 (1905/2005)



Susquehanna - Walked Ten Miles to Marry: The Romance of a Susquehanna Young Couple Who Over Ruled Parental Objections. Married, at Windsor, N.Y., Dec. 29, 1904, by Rev. J. C. Langford, Harry Kent and Miss Bernice Tiffany, both of Susquehanna, Pa. Within the compass of the above four lines there is contained an episode of human interest--a romance to tingle the heart-strings of the coy maiden, embolden the spirit of hesitating youth, to cause remonstrating papas to bounce the locksmith and hire one that Love won't laugh at. "Ran away and got married," is a familiar caption. Not so with Harry and Bernice. They walked. What, to them, were ten long miles, darkness, mid-winter, fifty cents in cash, and the folks at home raising strenuous objections? Nothing. Their one thought was of each other. They wanted to wed and they did wed. Mr. Kent and Miss Tiffany reached Windsor via foot-path at a reasonable early hour on Thursday morning. Meeting a mutual acquaintance, they were taken to his home for dinner and there gradually imparted the information that they wished to get married. The groom-to-be was a little short of funds, but the mutual acquaintance loaned him another half-dollar, his whole fortune being pressed into the hand of the clergyman following the solemn words, "I pronounce you man and wife." The newly married couple staid over night with the mutual acquaintance. They decided to go to Binghamton and Rochester the next morning, but at the last moment changed their minds and went up on Kent street to visit friends. On Friday afternoon a horse and carriage moved rapidly into town from the direction of Susquehanna. The carriage bore the male parent of the new made bride. He manifested much impatience and irritableness, while inquiring the whereabouts of the young couple. Then the mutual acquaintance hereinbefore mentioned, deserted his colors, for he gave it dead away to the M.P., who pursued and overtook them, tracing hurried footsteps near the summit of Kent street hill. Denunciation, protestation, reconciliation (add a few tears}. Then all three came down the hill and drove away together. Meantime the groom's male parent had telephoned his forgiveness and told them to come home. Felicitous circumstance. Mr. and Mrs. Kent are numbered with Susquehanna's most estimable young people. The chief objection made to the match by their fathers and mothers was a difference in their ages. Harry being 18 and Bernice four years older. But they think these few years really make no difference, for they truly love each other and they should do so always. Heaven bless them. May they live happy ever after. (From the Windsor Standard.)


Montrose- On Sunday night three prisoners escaped from the jail and up to time of going to press only one of them had been apprehended. They were Charles Ploutz, George Lucatz and Robert J. Sands. Ploutz was captured in Binghamton and returned to the jail. $50 reward has been offered for Lucatz and $75 for Sands. The manner of their escape is more conjecture than anything else, but it is supposed that George Reasch, a boy of 12 or 13, who was indicted for larceny along with Ploutz, aided them in getting out. The boy was not confined with the other prisoners, but was allowed the freedom of the corridor and assisted about the jail. It is thought that he secured the keys in some way and let the three men out into the jail yard, from which they escaped by means of their bedding, which they tore into strips and scaled the wall.


Ararat - Mr. and Mrs. Silas Sartelle celebrated their Silver Wedding, Dec. 20, and were presented with a set of China dishes.


Harford - Winfield VanBuskirk has gone west for his health. He is in Oklahoma, filling the position of station agent and telegraph operator.


Silver Lake - There are only three children of age to attend school in the Sheldon district; this number not being enough to keep the school open, they all attend different schools, none of which is nearer than one and two miles. A graded school in this township would be a great improvement.


Springville - The Grangers have rented their hall to Crescent Lodge Coming Men of America, which meets every Tuesday night. This is a patriotic and fraternal order, composed of the best young men of Springville and neighboring towns.


Auburn Corners - Frank Riley, of Auburn Corners, who was stabbed by Ulysses Emmons, near Stevensville a short time ago, and was taken to a Wilkes-Barre hospital, is improving.


Forest City - The proposed bridge across the Lackawanna river is again a dead issue for the time being. The Grand Jury refused to approve the viewers report in favor of the bridge. One reason for the failure was probably due to the lack of interest shown by our citizens at the crucial moment. Of those appointed by council only Atty. Carpenter and J. R. Budd went to Montrose. Mr. Carpenter should be commended for the efforts he has put forth, and it was through no fault of his that the project failed. The county is certainly not playing fair with Forest City. The next court should be asked to appoint viewers to go over the ground and report on the necessity for a bridge at this place.


Glenwood - The three Wescott brothers spent Xmas at the old homestead and caught a fine string of fish through the ice. AND C. W. Hoppe has a fine new cutter.


Clifford - R. H. Wells died Dec. 27th, 1904. He was born in Orange county, N.Y. in the year 1820, being at his death nearly 85 years of age, having been a man of very little sickness, although frail in appearance. He was one of those honest, hard working Christian men; a true Christian, not by pretense, but by acts and deeds. He was one of a large family but has now living but one brother and two sisters. AND Thomas Morgan, our old Supervisor, is now proprietor of the Royal Hotel. Travelers and teamsters will find everything O.K. He is a fine fellow.


Kingsley - Rev. T. L. Drury will deliver a Temperance address at the M.E. Church here next Sunday evening. Subject: "The Saloon as seen by a news paper man."


Rushville - It is reported that there will be a telephone line from West Auburn to Rushville in which John Power expects to furnish poles.


Elkdale - Joel Stephens, one of the oldest residents in Elkdale, died very suddenly Monday evening. He was past 90 years old. He is survived by three sons, John, James and Grant and one daughter, Martha.


January 20 (1905/2005)



Brandt - W. R. Wheeler, charged with larceny of a horse, at a hearing before Justice Williams, of Susquehanna, in default of bail, was committed to the jail in Montrose to await the action of the Grand Jury. Wheeler was arrested in Binghamton several weeks ago and has since been confined to the jail there awaiting the requisition from the governor of New York. Wheeler and another man's wife eloped to Lestershire, taking the horse along and now he is in all kinds of trouble, and has neither the woman nor the horse.


Brackney - A reception was held, Dec. 29, 1904, at Villa Maria, West Chester, Pa., at which 19 novices were received into the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Among those received was Miss Mary Donovan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Donovan, of Brackney, who will be known in religion as Sister Mary Lawrence.


Uniondale - Mr. Guard, while watering his horse at the big watering trough, which is a big kettle, it [the horse] got frightened at the cars and jumped in, breaking the supply pipe and causing lots of trouble. No lives lost but rather chilly for the poor horse. AND The rural free delivery from Uniondale to Elkdale, etc., was let to John Bolter to accommodate the good people on that route. Please treat him kindly and tip your hat and no doubt [you] will be responded to most courteously by friend Bolter, who will deliver the fresh and newsy Democrat paper right to your door.


Lanesboro - Clothes-line thieves are operating here.


Bridgewater Twp. - Ice, 14" thick, is being harvested on Jones' Lake [Lake Montrose]. It is of good quality and the dairymen are busily engaged in filling their icehouses.


Montrose - Phones were installed last week by the Montrose Telephone and Telegraph Co. on the West Auburn line: H. Bertholf, Rushboro; F. E. Carter and Mrs. G. Carter, Retta; and A. F. Lacey & Son, West Auburn. Also in Montrose, J. P. Taylor, Residence; E. W. Rogers, Residence; Rev. H. B. Benedict, M. E. Parsonage; Becker & Wilson, glass factory; W. W. Reynolds, egg shop.


North Jackson - Thomas C. Lister died Jan. 18, aged 88 years. Mr. Lister was a native of England, and came to this country many years ago, locating in Carbondale, moving to North Jackson a few years ago. In his youth Mr. Lister gained quite a reputation as a long distance walker in England. After coming to Carbondale he won widespread renown for his vigor by taking an overland tramp of 50 miles on each succeeding birthday. This practice he kept up until his 80th year. His only near survivor is his wife.


Hallstead - What might have been a serious accident, and perhaps loss of life, happened in the yard here Friday when William Austin, a switchman, slipped off from his engine in front of another engine. He was drawn underneath the engine, but had the presence of mind to cling to the journal, which saved him from being run over by the wheels. When rescued it was necessary to pry up some part of the engine to release him. He luckily escaped with a broken ankle bone and some other slight injuries.


Hopbottom - The Phoebe birds have made their appearance here several times this winter. AND The men of the Universalist church and their friends will serve a six o'clock dinner at the church for 25 cts. a plate. It is expected that something in the way of an entertainment will be thrown in. Everyone come and see how handy the men are at doing things.


Lathrop - Mrs. E. M. Fowler had pansies picked from her pansy bed on New Year's Day. Who can beat that?


Harford - Our creamery here has changed hands and is now called the Harford Dairy Co., under the firm name of Watson, Jones and Richardson. AND While coasting down Fair Ground Hill, last Tuesday evening, Harry Shannon was quite badly hurt.


Springville - Stuart Riley has purchased a large Edison photograph of Charles Lake. AND Dayton Tuttle has been appointed deputy constable of this town.


Middletown Center - Joseph Murphy has gone to Denver for the winter.


Birchardville - Prof. Warner is giving Fanny Boyd and Pansy Babcock music lessons.


Forest City - In regard to the proposed bridge at Forest City, between the counties of Susquehanna and Wayne, the jury for the county of Susquehanna reported as follows: There were 23 grand jurors present and voting. Four voted that the bridge was necessary for the benefit of the traveling public and two expensive and burdensome for the boro of Forest City and township of Clinton to bear and in favor of making a county bridge. Nineteen voted against making it a county bridge. The reason so many voted against it was because of its great length and heavy costs.


Elk Lake - We have seen several items lately about the enterprise of the Montrose Postmaster establishing a mail box at the depot, but our P.O. is one ahead of that. Each morning the genial and obliging clerk goes out and collects the mail around the neighborhood. We have no railroad at present, but our P.O. is up-to-date. Call us up by phone. Both phones.


Apolacon - On Sunday, January 15th, Thomas McVinnie, a resident of Apolacon, near St. Thomas' Church, Little Meadows, received injuries, which caused his death the evening following. Usually he preferred to walk to church rather than ride and following his usual habit he started out ahead of the family. On his way he was overtaken by teams going the same way and also to church, and as the foremost team came near him he stepped aside for the team to pass and directly in front of another team that was attempting to pass the first team. In another instant he was struck by the horse, was knocked down, and beneath the horse and then under the wheels, receiving injuries, which caused his death. He was picked up unconscious, removed to his home and a physician summoned, who dressed his wounds, but gave no assurance of his recovery. He did not regain consciousness. He had been a resident of Apolacon twp. for years.


January 27 (1905/2005)



Forest Lake - The rural free delivery subject is receiving a good deal of attention at present. There might be those it would benefit, but certainly the majority would get their mail, daily papers included, one day later than at present. There is also the inconvenience of waiting on some corner, on a cold windy day, to register a letter--or to get a money order. Taking all things and all people into consideration we believe the rural free delivery, in our place, would prove anything but beneficial.


Rush - Oscar Hardic is improving rapidly at the Packer Hospital, after undergoing a very difficult operation for appendicitis.


Susquehanna - On Friday evening Erie Hose Co. held a musical and smoker in their parlors on Exchange St.


Friendsville - Mrs. R. P. Mulford recently received news of the death of her nephew, Dr. Churchill Carmalt of New York. Deceased was the eldest son of James Edward Carmalt, who formerly resided at Lakeside, near this place.


Brooklyn - It is definitely decided to have a butter factory in Brooklyn. The large ice house in connection with the institution is in the process of building. The factory itself will be erected later. Jones & Watson of Harford will run the institution.


Franklin Forks - the Haymakers' Association is going to give a dance in Red Men's Hall, Wed. evening, Feb. 29. There is never a lack of fun at the dances given by the Haymakers and the persons getting it up hope to make this an exceptionally pleasant one.


Montrose - While S. B. Rogers was driving down Lake Avenue yesterday afternoon, his horse attempted a faster gait than the law permits, resulting in Mr. Rogers being thrown out, badly mutilating the snow bank in which he landed. The horse was captured by a park policeman, John Doyle, near the court house, and matters set to rights. Mr. Rogers has been in a couple of lively runaways the past year, and although not in his teens, he always comes out unscathed and regards them as lightly as would a man much younger.


15th Annual Meeting Susquehanna County Historical Society--In an address by Wm. M. Post, many interesting accounts about the founding of Montrose were read from a diary of Isaac Post. This Isaac Post, my uncle, was born Aug. 12, 1784. His father fell from a fence, injured the spinal marrow and died soon after, leaving three small children, Isaac, David and Polly, the latter dying when about seven years old. The estate [on Long Island] was quite extensive, and the widow had little business ability, and several heirs wanted a share in the property. In 1794 the widow married Bartlett Hinds, a man who had spent most of his money in the Revolutionary War. He had lots of Continental money, which was worthless. Slaves were owned by the Post family, but finally set free. Hinds was asked to come to this section and settle on an 1800 acre tract of land under the Connecticut grant, and was to have a large share for looking after it. Isaac and David were then about 16 and 14 years old. [After an eventful trip through Brooklyn, NY, to Potter's Hook, to the Delaware, to Blooming Grove, Sheholen [Shohola], the Lackawaxen, Mt. Pleasant and the Nine Partners] they stopped to Hosea Tiffany's, who had just bought a barrel of cider for $8. and the whole settlement had turned out to drink it. Mr. Tiffany netted $8.06 on the cider. Continued next week.


Forest City - Mrs. John Churney, aged 38 years, was struck and instantly killed by the D & H passenger train north of Clifford breaker. With some other women, Mrs. Churney was picking coal on the track. She stepped on the south track to get out of the way of an Erie freight, and failed to see the D & H train which bore down upon her. She was hurled off the track and instantly killed. Deceased came to this country from Austria a month ago and was unable to talk English. Besides her husband she leaves three small children.


Fairdale - Burt Robinson, who was working for the Anthracite Coal Co., at Dickson, met an untimely death last week. He was a carpenter and was working at the top of a breaker, when a beam broke, causing him to fall, death resulting. He was 29 years old and a young man highly thought of. Burt was the twin brother of Byron Robinson, sons of Jas. and Eliza Robinson. He was a member of Co. G, of Montrose, and served in the Spanish-American war. He was married Nov. 26, 1902 to Miss Nina Roe, of Fairdale, and had since lived in Green Ridge. Last September they buried their infant babe, which lived only one week.


Great Bend - The big brick smoke stack at the old tannery in Great Bend was taken down by the Chamois Co. The whole town turned out to witness the downfall of the great stack. The Plaindealer says it was a grand sight. The compact mass did not break into sections as it fell, but retained its form until it struck the ground.


Glenwood - J. C. Lott lost a valuable cow last week. Last spring she was bitten by a mad dog, this just broke out, and she had to be shot.


East Dimock - Milk took a drop at the Dimock station Jan 1st, from $1.34 per can of 40 qts. to $1.24 per can; too bad, but that is the way they do it as they please and the farmers furnish the milk just the same and smile.


Choconut - The phonographic entertainment given by Farr Bros., at our school, was a brilliant success.


South Gibson - The neighbors made France Davis a wood bee last Wednesday and got him a nice pile of wood.


News Briefs: Don't throw salt on the snow-covered pavement. The salt is intended to remove the snow, but physicians say that this act has been the cause of more than one case of pneumonia. The salt makes the snow stick to the shoes and soak so thoroughly into the leather that the footwear is spoiled. Once the shoes are saturated with the stuff they remain damp all winter, hence the danger of taking cold. AND Lackawanna County is the first in the State to take the benefit of the Good Roads bill, appropriating $5,000,000 to that purpose. The road from the city line to Glenburn is the first demonstration of what the good roads movement is destined to accomplish. It is finished as far as Clark's Summit and will be completed as soon as the weather permits. It is a beauty as far as it has gone. Matrimonial: Wanted--A fastidious and friendly bachelor, 50 years of age, would like to make the acquaintance of a few lady correspondents between 20 and 50 years, who have plenty of means for two, and would like a noble and generous hearted husband or manager to care for their property.


February 03 (1905/2005)



South Gibson - Hon. William E. Maxey, a former member of the Legislature from Susquehanna county, died very suddenly at his home at South Gibson, January 28, of apoplexy. Mr. Maxey, at the age of 12, worked in the mines; he later helped his father manage a farm in Gibson Twp. Meanwhile he attended the Franklin Academy at Harford and the Wyoming Seminary at Kingston. He was twice elected to the Legislature--in 1886 and again in 1889. His age was 60 years, and he is survived by his widow, Emma Harding Maxey, and two children. He was the leading merchant of the village and was universally esteemed.


Jessup Twp. - While in the woods on Monday, getting wood, Webber Hall, a well-known citizen of Jessup, met a serious accident, a tree falling on him. Dr. Wilson reports that his skull is fractured and it is also thought that he is injured internally. He remained unconscious most of the week and his recovery is much in doubt.


Auburn Twp. - We were visited by a very blizzardy storm last week, which made it impossible for the mail carrier to deliver the news for two days, making the people feel very much shut in. AND Bennie Parker met with quite a serious accident last week. He was riding a horse to water and thought to ride into the stable, but the door being low he was caught and bent double, nearly breaking his back. He is doing well at present.


Silver Lake Twp. - Our school [Laurel Lake] is progressing finely under the successful management of Miss May McGraw. AND Mr. and Mrs. Leahy held a reception at their home for their daughter, Miss Nellie, who was married last week to Daniel Sullivan, of Oriskany Falls.


Middletown Twp. - Joe Phalen reports good sleighing on [the] Friendsville road.


Clifford - Our hotel ice house was filled with nice ice the past week, Nelson Spedding doing the packing, which was nicely done. Anyone in town next summer in need of ice will be sure to find it here.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - The blizzard of last week in this section will long be remembered and trust it has reached the limit. The roads were blocked from all points of the compass. The stages from Brooklyn and Lindaville made their regular trips, but the hauling of milk was somewhat delayed.


Uniondale - The annual meeting of the Herrick Elgin Butter Co. was held Jan. 28th. The following officers were elected: Trustee, W.B. Churchill; Secretary, J.J.L. Jones; Treasurer, A.M. Williams; Auditors, J. Tonken and W.S. Lyon. The past year was a very successful one notwithstanding the low price of butter. The patrons seem to be well satisfied and that speaks well for the managing officers. Their butter has certainly listed with the best, and so let the good work go on.


Heart Lake - The ice cutting gang have ceased operations, the big D.L.& W. ice house, as well as that of the creamery, being filled.


Ararat - There was a wreck out of the ordinary near Ararat Summit, on the D. & H. road, Thursday of last week that endangered the lives of all the crew. A long coal train had been stalled during the night. The two pusher engines ran out of water and backed down a few miles to refill the tanks. On the return trip the forward engineer must have miscalculated where he backed away from the train, for both engines ploughed into the caboose. The caboose and two cars were demolished. In the caboose were most of the crew, who had no intimation of danger. The caboose was almost turned over, the trainmen being thrown about and squeezed, but fortunately without painful injuries. How loss of life was averted remains a mystery.


Susquehanna - The watchman at the house of William Kishpaugh, who is ill with varioloid [smallpox], has been provided by the Borough Council with a booth. AND Mrs. Reasch, of this place, convicted at court of keeping a disorderly house, has been sentenced to 90 days imprisonment in the county jail.


Springville - The ladies' aid are planning to have a supper in the basement of the church on the evening of St. Valentine's day. One of the features of the evening will be the reproduction of the Tom Thumb wedding, received with such favor a year ago.


Dimock - A.S. Bailey took a sleigh load of neighbors to the home of W.A. Felter, where they enjoyed a very pleasant evening.


Forest City - Frank O'Peaka, a miner at Vandling, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in his chamber Tuesday. The funeral took place today, Father Tomsic officiating and was a very large one. St. Joseph's Society and the Workman's Sick and Death Benefit Society, of which he was a member, attended in a body. Deceased was born in Austria. He was 35 years of age and had been a resident of this vicinity for a long time. His wife and two children survive him.


Montrose - "Joshua Simpkins" the great New England comedy, will be the attraction at the Colonial Theatre, Feb. 7th. The company is said to be a good one, and carry their own band and orchestra and the band parades the principal streets at noon when some good music may be looked for. Prices 25, 35 and 50 cents.


Hopbottom - Several in this place and vicinity are ill with grip. Rev. Pope is on the sick list--unable to preach last Sunday evening. Mrs. Almira Brown and daughter, Permelia, are on the sick list.


News Brief: The Carbondale branch of the W.C.T.U. has taken a stand against swearing among women, which it fears is getting to be an alarming habit among this sex. Such expressions as "Good Heavens" and "My Lord," are cited as evidences of thoughtlessness among women. The Bible is quoted to show these expressions are improper.


February 10 (1905/2005)



Dimock - Chauncey Loveless has taken Horace Greeley's advice and gone west. AND O. W. Chase has bought the one-half interest in the stone quarry of Conrad Grim, and now Mr. Chase owns the whole quarry where work is being rapidly done.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - Mrs. Christian, grandmother of Mrs. M. A. Lindsey, is not better at this writing. She has been obligated to sit on a rocking chair night and day, not being privileged to lie down in bed since last May, on account of her severe illness.


Lawsville - The cold weather of last week stopped the water supply of a number of farmers in this locality. Many have to drive their cattle some distance to the creeks or carry water from wells.


Clifford - E. G. Green is having some logs cut and hauled to a mill to be put up near the red school house. J. J. Lee is doing the job.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Last week occurred one of those sad shocks, which occasionally comes to stir a community, when friends would do everything but are powerless to do anything to help and to save. There was sadness at the announcement that Mrs. Murray lord has passed away at about noon, Feb. 1, 1905, at her home in Lathrop, being ill several months, the result of consumption, and died in her husband's arms. Mrs. Lord was, before marriage, Miss Nina Williams, daughter of Joseph Williams, of Harford, having been married nearly 4 years, and at the early age of 25 she has been called home, leaving besides her husband, one son, Roy. The remains were taken to her father's home, Friday; funeral the following Saturday, at one o'clock p.m. with interment at Harford. Death has been a frequent visitor to this home. Since Oct. 1, 1900, the Angel of Death has removed five of the loved ones.


Auburn Twp. - B. J. Dougherty has sold the Riverside Hotel at Meshoppen to Edward Donlin of Auburn, who will take possession in the near future. Mr. Donlin has been overseer at the Auburn-Rush poor house for several years.


Jessup Twp. - Weber M. Hall, who was hurt in the woods by a falling limb a week ago, died on Sunday night. The accident and his death caused a wave of sorrow to pass over this community.


Middletown - Married, in Montrose, on Feb. 2, John Shadduck and Miss Blanche Wood, of this place. AND Invitations are out announcing the marriage of David J. Jones, of this place, and Miss Lena Baldwin, of Neath.


Jackson - Ansel Page has taken the Montrose Democrat since he was 20 years of age; Mr. Page is now 82. As Mr. Page was so young a man at the time, it is not surprising that he remembers the name of a story running through the first year's edition, "Kate in Search of a Husband" and has forgotten who was the Editor then. Mr. Page would be glad if some one would supply this--also the names of subsequent Editors in their order. He also remembers when the mail was carried through Jackson by a Mr. Snow who carried the mail in saddle bags on his horse. Later he used a sleigh, the first Mr. Page ever saw. The cutter was drawn by a single horse attached to a tongue by means of a neck-yolk fastened to the side of the tongue; which was held up by a strap fastened around the horse's neck.


Apolacon - John Clark, Jennie Murphy and Loretta McCabe called on friends one evening and met with a serious accident while returning home. They lost their way in a field and ran into a big snow bank, the sleigh being upset. They had to stay all night at Mr. Butler's.


Rushboro - We all are very glad to see the sunshine and people on the road again, for last week the mail carrier missed us from Wednesday morning until Friday night, and we felt very much out of the world. It's well the snow drifts didn't reach the telephone wires.


Hopbottom - A Valentine Silhouette and Box Social will be held at the home of E. M. Tiffany, on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14. A prize of a fine painting by Mrs. E. M. Tiffany will be given to the one who guesses the largest number of silhouettes. There will be Valentines for sale and a post-office in which to mail them, also a Zon-o-phone entertainment will be given.


Springville - Morris Sleight proposes to move to the state of Wyoming about the middle of this month. His family will accompany him. Before leaving, the Rebekah lodge, of which himself and wife are active, will give a party and enjoy a social time together.


Montrose - (Continued from Jan. 27th article on the coming of the first settlers to Montrose) After leaving Mr. Tiffany's the party then went to Mr. Tracey's near Hopbottom, then went to Mr. Chapman's, north of Brooklyn, which is 6 miles from Stephen Wilson's (now the poor farm). The party reached Wilson's at 4 p.m., March 18, 1800. The party finally went to Dave Reynolds's cabin, and Hinds and Foster went down the Wyalusing for provisions. They took a sleigh, but the snow went off, raised the creek, and compelled them to abandon the sleigh, and get oxen to bring their goods back. They bought meal, flour, a barrel of pork and a barrel of whiskey (that rolled off, went down a hill and broke--they saved only what they could drink). They made sugar that winter and drank hemlock tea. Hinds wanted hardwood land and decided to locate where Montrose now is. The land was bought from the Penn estate--the purchase was for the Post boys. The Milford and Owego and Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre turnpikes were built and crossed here. The place known previously as the Hinds' settlement now became Post's Four Corners. Putnam Catlin said he would come to Susquehanna County and establish a county seat. He located near Brooklyn, but the Posts were located on the corners of two turnpikes, had a hotel, and gave ten acres for county buildings. Dr. Rose was influential and helped the Posts. He gave for county funds 100 acres near the village. Hinds asked Dr. Rose to name the town, which became the first Montrose in the U.S. Dr. Rose came from near Montrose, Scotland. Rose then asked Hinds to name the lake near his home. They went out in a boat, and Hinds threw in a silver dollar and christened it Silver Lake.


News Briefs: In a sermon on "Child Labor" at Saint Peter's Cathedral, on Sunday, the Right Ref. Michael John Hoban, D.D., Bishop of Scranton, came out unequivocally for permitting working boys to play athletic games on Sunday. After picturing the hardships many of the boys of that community are put to in the mines and mills, day and night, six days a week, the Bishop criticized those who protest against them enjoying Sunday in harmless recreation, and added--"I say let them play baseball, or football, or any other kind of ball to their heart's content. The good Lord will be pleased to see them do it, I aver, providing they are good boys."


February 17 (1905/2005)



Forest City - The temporary structure of St. Stanislaus' church was burned to the ground early Saturday morning. About a month ago the members of the church contributed a bell and organ and other additions were completed and they were beginning to feel a sense of contentment while awaiting the erection of their new structure, which is to be started about the middle of April. The new church is to be built of brick and stone and in size will be 105x52 ft. The loss is placed at $1,500 with an insurance of $800.


Clifford - It is strange, but true, nevertheless, that at the present time we only have in Clifford three single young men, says a writer from that place. Is it any wonder that our young ladies look elsewhere for husbands? AND Last week, several of our nearby farmers were busy filling a car at Carbondale with apples. They had to draw them from 8 to 10 miles through the snow and blizzard, with the thermometer near zero. W. H. Hasbrouck broke down in a snow drift with a load and T. S. Morgan went to his assistance with his horses and sleigh and took his load through, leaving Royal after 3 p.m. He had the load of apples at the car in Carbondale before 6 p.m. Tommy is a hustler.


Springville - S. O. Culver is selling nursery stock for the Stark Bros. N. & O. Co., and is offering four and five-foot apple trees for 13 cents each, and the other fruits at half the usual prices of other nurserymen.


Kingsley - Mercury registered the lowest here on Tuesday morning--20 degrees below zero.


Uniondale - The Carpenter Bros, Edwin and George, are prospecting for coal on the mountains east of our borough. They have their steam drill in operation and hope to find a good paying vein sooner or later. This is on the tract of land controlled by Judge G. S. Purdy and others of Honesdale. Should coal be found on this tract our town would be "right in it," so to speak. There is not much doubt that it exists somewhere in the strata of this mountain. AND J. J. Walker, of Tirzah, and Miss Pearl M. Wells, of Elkdale, were united in marriage on Wed., Feb. 9, 1905, at the M. E. parsonage, Uniondale, by Rev. W. E. Davis.


Silver Lake - Mr. Foster, the stage driver, is the only one who makes out to get through drifts in all kinds of weather. He has missed only one trip this winter.


Brooklyn - The Christian Endeavor Society of the Presbyterian Church has made arrangements for a concert to be given on the evening of Washington's birthday, Feb. 22. The program will be rendered entirely by Welsh singers, members of the famous choir which won the $5,000 prize at St. Louis. We congratulate the people of Brooklyn and surrounding villages upon having this opportunity to hear the best singers in the best choir in the whole land. General admission 25 cents.


Montrose - Frank Davies went to Hopbottom Monday. He started off in great style with two horses prancing; in the air, that is. One didn't want to go at all, but when Frank had turned out Church St., they went "a flying," and Frank holding the ribbons like a Jehu of old. AND The banquet tendered by the members of the bar of Susquehanna County to Wm. M. Post, Esq., on his 80th birthday anniversary, took place at the Montrose House, [Church Street], on Feb. 10. A beautiful silver pitcher, said to be valued at $75, was presented to Mr. Post as a testimony of the high regard in which he is held by his brother lawyers. It is very fitting that Mr. Post's 80th anniversary day should be thus celebrated and he is deserving of all the good things that come to him--an able lawyer, a courteous gentleman, a loyal, affable, and genial son of Susquehanna County.


Susquehanna - John J. McGinty has succeeded Wm. F. Moran as proprietor of the Central House.


Little Meadows - Fred Zimmers is hired to run Iron Bridge creamery this summer.


Harford - The death of Mrs. Fowler Peck, of Kearney, Neb., occurred at the home of her son at Amherst, where she was spending the winter, Jan 29. Former residents of Susquehanna County, Mr. Peck was one of the first to inaugurate the county fairs--first at Montrose and afterward gave part of his farm for the location of the Harford fair grounds. The pupils of the Orphan school at Harford will remember Mrs. Peck for her many generous acts of kindness and for her interest in their behalf.


Glenwood - Our popular stage driver, Silas Aldrich, has secured the mail route for another four years. He proposes to give better service, if such a thing can be, and all comers and goers will find Mr. Aldrich a courteous gentleman in every sense of the word.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. - Our school teacher, Miss Bertice Carpenter, received word that her mother was sick, so there was no school Friday afternoon.


Fairdale - Bone-setter Sweet is expected here this week to remove the bandages from Robert Strange's hip, which was broken a short time ago.


Lawton - The writer was through Lawton recently. There is a force of men working on the new railroad at that place and it now looks as though they mean business. They are now surveying at St. Joseph.


Alford - Alford now has two stores, Archie G. Betts having built a new one on the west side of Montrose street, and stocked it with groceries, &c., and is busy waiting on his friends.


Jackson - Chas. Lee, a veteran circus man, died at Canton, Bradford County, recently, of paralysis. Many years ago he traveled with Dan Rice, acting as strong man, or "giant," and later was proprietor of the old "Gerry House" at Jackson.


Friendsville - Michael Foran, of Cincinnati, whose health is quite impaired, returned with his brother, Richard, to this place.


February 24 (1905/2005)



Susquehanna - Hatch's Moving Picture Company appeared in the opera house Saturday evening to good business. AND On Sunday evening, in Christ Episcopal church, the rector delivered an appropriate sermon on the life of George Washington.


Brooklyn - The framework of the new butter factory has been raised and the building will be rapidly pushed to completion.


Birchardville - The fine sleighing has made lively times with lumbermen drawing logs to mill. The mill is running every day, and those wanting sawing, planing, turning shingles made, or grinding done, can have it done without delay. AND The new bell for the church is hung, and such a fine tone--no country church can boast of a better one. Its sound can be heard from three to four miles. May it be a means to the call of a preacher for the people.


Great Bend - One of the old landmarks on Main St., an old oak tree, standing at the corner of the Hill block, was cut down Monday afternoon.


Silver Lake - The road to Binghamton is reported as impassable, on account of the high drifts melting so as to let a horse break through. AND Many of the young people of this place attended the dance given by the Red Men, at Franklin Forks, Wednesday night.


Lathrop - A.G.C. Deacon, of England, and Miss Emily Purkiss, of Lathrop, were united in matrimony, Saturday, Feb. 11th, at the bride's home by Rev. H.T. Purkiss, James A. Decker acting as best man and Mrs. R.A. Squires as bridesmaid. Miss Grace States rendered a beautiful march. After congratulations they repaired to the dining room where a sumptuous repast was served. The bride received six dollars in cash as a gift from the following: Mr. and Mrs. S. Quick, Mr. and Mrs. Will Kerr, Miss Grace Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Squires, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Decker, Rev. and Mrs. H.T. Purkiss.


Hopbottom - A sleighride party attended a party at Archie Pratt's last Monday.


Elk Lake - Our supervisor has been a busy man lately, shoveling snow. The Dimock and Rush mail failed to go through Monday night.


Springville - Elias Titman is getting well along in years, and yet many days this winter he has trudged down to Lynn and done his day's work and walked back home at night. Young men might benefit by his example. AND The Odd Fellows made a bee for Bro. Chas. A. Thomas last Saturday and hauled and cut a good-sized pile of wood and also took along a ton of coal. And yet a few see-so-good-in-ems are not satisfied.


Montrose - Several people have contracted the bad habit of burning waste paper in the main streets of the borough, and it should cease. The burning paper flies in all directions and while there is not a great deal of danger in starting a conflagration, the filmy residue swirls into business places with each gust of wind when doors are ajar, making it very disagreeable to occupants and unsightly to customers. It is against the ordinances of the borough. "Cut it out."


East Bridgewater - A largely attended and enjoyable social was held at the home of H.W. Jameson, Friday evening. Three four-in-hand sleigh loads from Montrose and one from Brooklyn, besides many single teams, gathered at the Jameson domicile and a fair estimate places the number in attendance at 150. The drifted roads made the journey spicily exciting and many were the narrow escapes from a "spill." Notwithstanding the bitter cold on returning the beautiful moonlit night and thoughts of the preceding pleasures made even this not a disagreeable experience, while taken as a whole it will be an event long to be remembered with pleasant thoughts.


Uniondale - Frank Westgate and his men cut and shipped about 12,000 tons of ice the past month; two large orders going to Deposit. It is 27" thick and is cut into 500-pound blocks. It looks nice but we think it will look nicer next July. Mr. Westgate has ordered four carloads of wagons to be shipped in March; also two cars of farm implements for spring trade, and says he is going to handle the high grade M.E. Wheeler fertilizer. He also has the agency for the eastern part of Susquehanna county and part of Wayne county for the well-known Oliver Chilled plow. That is right, Frank, something to please the farmers, for they are the main stay in the family.


Glenwood - John Rulyea, of Kingsley, gave a performance in the Glenwood school house on Saturday evening, consisting of sleight of hand and fire eating, then the graphophone did the rest.


Dimock - Some of the Democrats from Dimock were in town yesterday and were feeling good as to the result of the election, the Democratic ticket having swept everything clean in Dimock--a clean sweep, they said, no matter whether or not the broom was put out as an emblem of the clean sweeping.


Ararat - Wm. Leach is a candidate for sheriff.


Clifford - John Hunter has been keeping company with a nice large carbuncle for the past week.


Kingsley - The Kingsley concert band gave a pleasing program at Alford, Thursday evening, for the benefit of the band recently organized in that place.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Marion Griffis, the "Picture Man" of Montrose, passed through this vicinity delivering crayons [drawings], which are exceedingly good. By the way, this county has been canvassed several times during the past year by slick talking Chicago and New York firms. Most people who gave them orders have found to their sorrow that they bought cheap, inferior work, at high prices.


March 03 (1905/2005)



Montrose - A meeting of the Directors and the Building committee of the Susq'a Co. Historical Society and Free Library Assn. was held Saturday evening. For the past year it had been planned to proceed early the coming summer to erect a building and a motion was adopted to proceed as early as practicable. H. A. Denney, Esq., F. A. Davies and Dr. J. G. Wilson visited the libraries at Wyalusing, Towanda, Sayre, Athens, and Waverly on Wednesday and Thursday, in the interest of our society. Mr. Davies secured blue prints of nearly all the buildings, and Mr. Denney and Dr. Wilson gathered information in regard to purchasing books and cataloguing the same. These energetic fellows also investigated the concrete block, as are manufactured and used at Waverly and Sayre for building purposes, and will have something tangible to report at the next meeting of the committee, and we may feel sure that the historical and library building will be a certainty in the near future.


Lathrop Township - William Walker met death by freezing, the latter part of last week. A coroner's jury empanelled by Justice Swartz, of Glenwood, rendering a verdict to that effect. He lost a leg in a railroad accident several years ago, and the supposition is that fatigued with walking he sat down to rest and succumbed to the intense cold. His little dog was still waiting faithfully by his side when the body was found. He was last seen alive Thursday evening. There was found in his pocket, $7 in bills and silver and a jack knife.


Lanesboro - Traffic on the Jefferson division was blocked for several hours Sunday evening by a wreck, which took place between Jefferson Junction and Lanesboro. Two D & H coal trains were involved and while no one was badly injured the wreck was a very costly one, one locomotive having been badly damaged and a number of coal cars demolished. The wreck was caused by Conductor Edward Ruch's train crashing into the rear of Conductor George Kelley's train. The members of the crews were saved by jumping. Both the D & H and Erie wreckage crews were called out to clear away the debris.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - The entertainment given by the pupils of Welsh Hill school on the evening of Washington's birthday was a decided success. Gaylord Jones as George and Miss Robert Morgan as Martha, acted their parts creditably and the interesting talk by Rev. Garretson, of Clifford, was much enjoyed by all. AND Wm. Jones has purchased a farm near Elkdale and has commenced moving.


South Auburn - A runaway horse attached to a cutter, belonging to Warren Tewksbury, was stopped at this place. Although it had run two miles, neither horse nor cutter was injured. The presence of mind and bravery of a woman, combined with the usefulness of her apron, prevented further disaster. AND At Auburn Four Corners, E. T. Smith returned from Buffalo, bringing a herd of 19 steers.


Heart Lake - Two sleighloads of young people went to Brooklyn last Wednesday night to hear the Welsh singers. AND Heart Lake is to have a base ball team the coming season


Silver Lake - Letters are daily received from Col. J. West and Edward Kernan, who are at Hot Springs, Ark. They are much pleased with the effect already noticed from using the baths, and Edward says he hopes to bring Mr. West home entirely cured by the treatment, also to be benefited himself by the use of the baths, which he says are truly wonderful.


Springville - E. L. Button, who has charge of the Lynn milk station, is walking to and from his work every day, his horse having been sick a long time.


Harford - There will be no graduating exercises at the Harford High school this year. An extra year's work is now necessary to bring a student up to the standard for graduation, the curriculum having been correspondingly enlarged. The students, who would have graduated this spring will have the benefit of the higher standard, and do the honor in 1906. Prof. Stearns leaves nothing undone for the promotion of education.


Forest Lake - A large number of logs have been received at Booth's Mill and more are being drawn all the time. Messrs. Booth have an enviable reputation as first-class sawyers as is shown by the large share of patronage they receive.


Alford - J.S. Marean will attend the inauguration of President Roosevelt and also visit his sisters in Washington.


Dimock - The Dimock Literary Society will give a supper, called the Feast of Seven Tables, at their room, March 4, Saturday evening. It is the only pay entertainment that the Society will give this winter. Supper, 20 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. Come and enjoy a rare treat. The chicken pie supper that was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Mills was a social and financial success. Proceeds, $21.76, number present, 95. Everyone spoke particularly of the excellent supper served. AND Singing by the Sheen brothers treated the Literary Society at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Halderman.


Rush - The new basement of Trinity M.E. Church will be christened on Friday evening, March 10, when the young people and the intermediate department of the Sunday school sill hold an orange fete and serve supper. A cordial invitation is given to all. Come and pick oranges right off the tree and enjoy their finest flavor. AND A large number of the elite attended Nella Hibbard's birthday part on Monday evening.


Great Bend - Chas. Hamlin was confined to his house a few days as the result of a run-away while delivering groceries for P. H. Lines. He was badly bruised about the body and his face badly cut above and below the right eye.


Meshoppen, Wyoming Co. - On Wednesday evening the parties interested in building a telephone from here to South Auburn and West Auburn met at Hotel Kennard and formed a temporary organization for carrying out the plans. The name of the company will be "Meshoppen & Auburn Telephone Co."


March 10 (1905/2005)



Dimock - M. H. VanCamp took a sleighload of neighbors to the home of John Wallace, where they spent a very pleasant evening. The chief attraction was a phonograph of which they have a fine one. AND The M.E. ladies' aid society met at the pleasant home of Mrs. F. H. Wanick, March 2nd for dinner. This home is noted for its large aids, never yet having been excelled, and this one went far ahead of any on record, there being 102 present.


Uniondale - The many friends of Miss Nina Raynor will be pleased to know that she carries off the highest honors in the graduating class of Vassar college, being valedictorian of her class.


Brooklyn - Dave Catterson now drives the school sleigh, which brings the Watrous school children to town.


South Gibson - The singing school, taught by Prof. John Sophia, of Harford, has a membership of 54.


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - The people of this place are very much interested in the prospects of a telephone line extending from Hawleyton, N.Y. to Laurel Lake.


Montrose - J.B. Stephens has added an assortment of Columbia Graphophones and Records to his stock, also over 500 new Edison Records, and several Edison Phonographs. AND F. P. Mills, of Gordon, Neb., has been here the past week and disposed of a carload of fine horses at the Tarbell House barn. Those who purchased animals are: John Blaisure, W.B. Davis, D.Yeoman, Clark Brant, S. W. Bunnell, H. J. Bush, Hanie Travis, G. Snover, A. L. Burke, Canfield Estus, W.A. Norton, Rev. L.T. VanCampen, Bert Very and W.T. Grow. They are a fine, sound lot of horses and brought good prices. Mr. Mills has sold horses here for a number of years and his word goes with horsemen. He is very well pleased with his sales here and expects to return next sprint with another carload.


Glenwood - Don't forget the Public sale at Wm. Pratt's on March 22nd. Mr. Pratt leaves the farm on April 1st to reside in Hopbottom, where he goes after spending nearly his life- time in active service. He has worked hard, has dealt with his neighbors honestly, owes no man a dollar, and is entitled to a life of ease and plenty. We all wish him a long life, that he may enjoy the fruits of his labor.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Mrs. B. B. Smith and family expect to move on her farm at Opposition, which she recently purchased. We regret to have her leave us.


Fairdale - Mrs. J.O. Bullard was taken very ill with pain in her side at about midnight on Saturday at the residence of Bert Risley. Dr. Wilson was called by telephone and was soon at her bedside and gave her medicine which partly relieved her of pain. Today (Monday) she is better. AND There will be an entertainment at the Fairdale M.E. church, singing and recitations on March 17. B.A. Risley will be there with his new talking machine, the male quartet from Dimock and two young ladies with their musical instruments from a nearby town.


Jackson - In a Jackson family, out of a membership of five, three die within a month. The sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Mary French and her daughter, Mrs. Lena Houtalin, the former occurring March 2nd and the latter, March 6th, has caused a terrible shock, not only to the family, friends and neighbors, but to all the surrounding country by whom they were universally known and respected. Their deaths following so closely that of their son and brother, Albert French, whose death occurred Feb. 8, breaks all records and for terrible fatality in a family and is unequaled in the township's records of history.


Susquehanna - In matters firemanic, Susquehanna is going forward rapidly backward. On Saturday she had a splendid chemical fire engine. Today she has none. About three years ago Keystone Hook and Ladder company, a wide-awake organization, purchased the engine with its own funds. When it arrived in town the fire department paraded, red fire was burned, and there was rejoicing galore. This is about the only recognition the machine or the company ever received. Since that night of jubilation, successive common councils have failed to provide a proper place to house the engine or the company, and the engine, like a tramp, has hibernated in barns. Patience finally ceased to be a virtue and the company sold the machine to Fountain, No. 4 Fire Company, of Binghamton, for less than half of its original cost. There was no red fire when it departed, but many a good citizen said things not to be found between the covers of the revised edition. Eventually Susquehanna will return to the bucket brigade. A chemical engine is too rich for her blood. (From Correspndent Whitney, of Susquehanna)


Franklin Forks and Brookdale - Mr. and Mrs. Clare Summers, who were married on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, spent the forepart of the week in town with Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Tuttle. Mr. Summers formerly lived at Franklin Forks, PA, but is now located in Cando, North Dakota, where he has taken out one of the United States Government claims. Mrs. Summer's home previous to her marriage was at Brookdale, PA.


Factoryville, Wyoming Co. - Factoryville people had some exciting events in their midst in the past 24 hours. Yesterday morning a fierce fire swept away a number of buildings at the heart of the town and last evening burglars visited the place. They broke into the post office but did not secure much. They then entered the barn of Benton Coleman and stole a valuable horse and carriage. With this they went on to Dalton where they effected an entrance into the post office of that pretty little place. No clue has been had as to the identity of the burglars, but a telephone message received at the "Leader" office this morning describes the stolen horse as being a sorrel, with white stripe in face and white hind feet; weight about 900; bar shoes on front feet. The carriage is nearly new, with side springs. As the men are supposed to be coming this way [toward Susquehanna Co.] the above description of horse and rig may help in effecting their capture.


March 17 (1905/2005)



Great Bend - The Chapot-Shirlaw Chamois factory is to have $48,000 expended in improving it this spring. About 100 are now employed in the factory and when the proposed additions are made and new machinery installed it will be the largest of its kind in the world. W.G. Parke and Chas. V. Chapot are to visit France in the near future. They will endeavor to have larger quantities of chamois skins shipped to the plant.


Montrose - The congregation of the A.M.E. Zion church has divided, part of the members going with Rev. J.E. Williams, while the remainder go under the pastorship of Rev. Dawson Edwards. The affairs pertaining to the split in the church have not been entirely devoid of excitement and it is the main topic of discussion and argument among the colored brethren. Some dissatisfaction had arisen among the members about the taxation of the church by the conference which was considered too high. AND Business is booming at the Beach foundry and saw works. Orders for the machines turned out by this well-known establishment are being received in numbers highly complimentary to the works.


South Gibson - It is reported that H.T. Taylor was relieved of $150 by his hired man, Floyd Morris. Morris is a general chore man, making a living by doing odd jobs for the farmers. For the past three or four days he worked for Taylor. Early Tuesday morning Taylor prepared for a trip to Forest City where he was to sell his produce. In a vest he had $150 in bills which he was to take along to deposit in the bank at Forest City. The vest he left on a chair while he went out to the barn to feed the horses. When he returned to the house both hired man and money had disappeared.


Kingsley - W.W. Adams, station agent on the D.L.& W. R.R., who is enjoying an extended vacation, sailed from New York on March 11th, via Ward Line, for the Island of Cuba. He will visit Havana, Santiago and other important and historic places, traveling perhaps 500 miles on the island. While there he will visit M.S. Lamb, a former Hallstead boy who now holds [an] important position as engineer on the Cuba R.R. During Mr. Adams' absence J.E. Masters, relief agent, will be in charge at Kingsley.


Susquehanna - C.E. Whitney, the well-known newspaperman, died at his home last Tuesday morning. He was about 60 years old and is survived by a wife, two daughters and two sons, Mrs. F. Mastin, Deposit; Mrs. C. Curtis, Harford; Charles E. Whitney, Erie; and a boy two and a half years old. Mr. Whitney was one of the best-known and most versatile newspapermen in Northeastern Penna. For years he acted as the Susquehanna correspondent of several vicinity newspapers and city dailies and a contributor to most of the New York papers. He possessed a delightful sense of humor and his snake and bear stories were extremely interesting. He was one of the quartette of remarkable newspaper fiction writers who during the past third of a century did much to call attention to Northeastern Penna. by the charm of their overdrawn bear, snake and wild animal stories. AND The Susquehanna Tri-Weekly Journal, one of the best papers in this section, is offered for sale by the proprietor, B. F. Pride, who has conducted it for 34 years. It is a well equipped establishment.


Forest City - The moving picture entertainment given by the Alonzo Hatch company in the Opera house Monday night was well attended. Unfortunately a large number of the company were suffering with one malady or another and the specialties were perforce not given. The Enterprise Hose company, under whose auspices the affair was given, had no knowledge of the crippled condition of the company until after the performance began and greatly regret the elimination of advertised features. The moving pictures were good.


Brooklyn - Burbank and Whitman, who had the contract for building the new factory for the Brooklyn creamery association, have finished their contract and the concrete floor is being put in by the company, C.F. Watrous superintending the work. Watson & Jones, who have rented the buildings for 5 years, have part of the machinery here, and expect to be ready to receive milk April 1st.


Auburn Four Corners - C. E. Voss is treating the interior of his store to a new coat of paint. Jesse Conklin is doing the work. At P. C. Bushnell's there is a nice line of new spring goods. AND At Auburn Center, Arthur Harrison recently purchased an Edison Home phonograph of Chas. Lake, of Springville.


Harford - Geo. Doloway, of Elmira, was the lucky man to draw the prize ticket on the steel range, given with Aderney baking powder at Frank Lott's. AND We are to have a village meat market the coming season in the Osborn building, E. E. Lewis, proprietor.


East Rush - A goodly number of young lambs are found straying around this little town. Anyone wanting a good flock just inquire at the postoffice.


New Milford - S. A. Benninger and Alva Tourje left Monday for New York, from which place they sailed Tuesday for Panama, where they have positions with the government in the engineering department of the building of the big canal, they having civil service positions.


Birchardville - Wm. Flynn is entertaining the railroad men while they are surveying for our new railroad. We think now we are sure to ride on the Binghamton & Southern R.R.


Uniondale - Leon Reynolds had one of his fine horses stricken down with a disease called azoturia about 10 days ago. The horse seemed to be paralyzed and had no use of his hind parts, so they loaded the horse on sleighs and hauled him to Wm. Morgan's shop, which is a good, warm place and Mr. Morgan commenced treating him, and now the horse is walking around nicely. Mr. Morgan should have great credit as a good many said the horse would never get well.


Jackson - Miss Beva Leonard very pleasantly entertained a party of friends last Saturday evening at progressive Flinch. After a few games had been played and each person had untangled the cob web and found his partner, lunch was served. This was followed by a few other games and at a seasonable hour the guests departed feeling that all had passed a very enjoyable evening.