October 05 (1906/2006)
Susquehanna - Susquehanna is booming now and no one idle. That is cheering news for once. The new hardware plant employs about fifty hands on construction, and pay as high as $2 per day for laborers, and the work on the round house is doing the same, and if a party wants a small job done around town, it is most impossible to get a man to do it. Let the good work go on.
Silver Lake - Many in this locality find their potatoes not worth digging and potatoes are selling here at 80 cents a bushel and hard to get at any price, while they are only bringing 35 cents in Binghamton.
East Rush - Miss Sarah M. Bedell has gone to Morris county, N.J., where she takes up a position as teacher.
Auburn High School Notes - The Auburn twp. High School opened its third week of work Oct. 1, with an attendance of 91, distributed as follows: 28 in the primary room; 25 in the intermediate, and 38 in the high school. Sept 29, the neighbors from near and far gathered to move the old school building and do the grading around the new building. A good lot of work was accomplished and the rest is to be done Oct. 6. Anyone having a second hand organ, in good condition, for sale, will confer a favor by writing to F. H. Taylor, giving description and price as an organ is wanted for the school.
South Gibson - Wedding bells have been ringing here of late. Mr. Smith, of Uniondale, and Miss Fay Bartholomew, of this place, were recently married in Binghamton, N.Y. On Sept. 25, Homer Ressiguie, of this place, and Miss Hazel Bennett, of Lenoxville, were married at the M.E. parsonage in Gibson, by Rev. George Beers. These young people all start out on the sea of matrimony with the best wishes of hosts of friends.
Springville - Eugene States, former principal of the Springville High School, entered Yale University on Sept. 27, as a student in the Department of Medicine.
Montrose - J. A. VanFleet, of Marshall, Minn., who is visiting his sister, Mrs. Herbert Blanding, in New Milford, for a few weeks, called on friends in Montrose this week. Mr. VanFleet was for a number of years employed as a printer in the office of the Montrose Spectator and on the Susquehanna Register, edited by the late J. W. Chapman. He went west nearly 40 years ago, making his first home in the primitive sod cabin, so common at that period. Although 84 years of age he appears to be not over 65, this being even more remarkable when it is known that 30 years ago he sustained a fall from a carriage, which nearly dislocated his neck. He was months recovering from the accident, which left him in a condition necessitating his retirement from the printing business. Mr. VanFleet is a most agreeable man, taking a lively interest in current happenings and present day advancements, while it is also a pleasure to listen to his recountings of the town's earlier days, during the Searle stage coaching period, and of the many incidents connected with those whom we now regard as pioneer residents. This is his third trip east during his 40 years' absence, and he is passing the time enjoyably visiting relatives, friends and scenes associated with his younger days.
Elkdale - Two of our townsmen, Mr. T. J. Owens and Mr. David Bowen, received their Naturalization Papers last week from Scranton.
Lawsville - Mrs. Phoebe A. Law, of Ithaca, N.Y., but who was for many years a resident of this place, died at Ithaca, Sept. 6th, aged 87 years.
Brooklyn - While out hunting early Monday morning, E.F. Ely, Brooklyn's popular merchant, was accidentally shot by George Benjamin of New Milford, with whom he was out gunning. Sixteen shot entered his side and hand, but fortunately struck no vital organs and after having the wounds dressed, was able to be about the store. A close call.
New Milford - The Mahon Orchestra will give a dance at New Milford Town Hall, the evening of Oct. 11. AND The following young people are attending the East Stroudsburg State Normal school: Miss Lucia VanCott, Lawrence and Ellery Aldrich, and Herbert Hand.
Jackson - E. S. Stack has 10 Chester white sows, which recently gave birth to 126 squealers. The little ones are ready for adoption, at $1.50 each.
East Great Bend - A bee tree was found and cut on Henry Hendrickson's farm, which afforded about 200 pounds of honey. Henry thinks that amount of sweetness will fix his pancakes until summer comes.
Meshoppen - Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Pneuman celebrated their golden wedding on Monday, Sept. 17--Fifty years ago that date Mr. Pneuman and Miss Harriet Overfield were married at Springville by the late Rev. George Langdon. They immediately removed to Meshoppen, where they have since resided.
Heart Lake - The Mountain Ice Co. finished shipping ice from this place Friday last.
Thompson - Our three blacksmiths attended the blacksmith's convention at Hop Bottom last Saturday. We hear the convention nominated higher prices for horseshoeing, which will carry in most shops.
Uniondale - Peter Broat was pleasantly surprised last week by four of his brothers coming to see him. They had not all been together before in years. Two came from Michigan, one from Bangor, and one from Hancock, N.Y. The eldest is 83 and none of them are under 70 years.
Middletown - The baseball club crossed bats with the Friendsville club on Sunday, the 29th, the same old story-- 4 to 5 in favor of Friendsville.
Harford - Operations have commenced on the new M. E. parsonage.
Franklin - Chicken thieves are operating in this town now. Wait until we catch some of them and it will not be so much fun.
October 12 (1906/2006)
Montrose - The younger generation, if methodical enough to keep diaries, can write yesterday down as having one of the severest snowstorms for the time of the year in a generation at least. The storm was general, extending over portions of Pennsylvania and New York. In Montrose it is estimated that four inches of snow fell, which probably exceeds the average fall in other sections. The mercury registered from 30 to 45 degrees, but this morning the outlook is for warmer weather, the snow fast disappearing under Old Sol's welcome rays. It is not thought the apple crop is affected, although there is much fruit on the trees. Several have spoken of their remembering a fall of snow covering the ground when the apples were unpicked, which furnished a novel and easy method to gather them. Men and boys simply climbed the trees and shook them off into the soft carpeting of snow. They were as unharmed as though handpicked, the only bruises they received being from contact with the limbs.
Harford - Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Harford Agricultural Society. The management is already planning to have a three days' carnival and home-coming celebration in honor of the event. AND Isaac Rynearson, one of the oldest and most respected citizens, died on Sept. 29, at the home of his son, A. H. Rynearson. Mr. Rynearson was born in 1819 and had lived at Harford the greater part of his life. He was of revolutionary descent, his grandfather being a survivor of the Wyoming massacre and saved his life by swimming the Susquehanna river.
Tunkhannock - Marshall W. Reynolds, the well-known Tunkhannock football player, has been engaged to coach the University of Pennsylvania eleven. Reynolds was the star player of that institution a couple of years ago, but was barred out last year.
Lawsville - James Mahoney, a farmer residing near Lawsville, while working around horses in the lumber yards of C. D. Middlebrook & Co., in Binghamton, late Thursday afternoon of last week, was kicked in the face and rendered unconscious for some time. He was so dazed by the blow that he could not remember where he was or what he was doing at the time. Neither could he tell whether his wife came to the city with him or not. Meanwhile his team was taken to a stable and while on the way were seen by his wife, who hurried to the scene of the accident. After the wounds were dressed and he had recovered consciousness, Mahoney was taken to the home of a brother residing in that city, on Clinton St., and has since completely recuperated from the accident.
Hallstead - The Lackawanna Railroad Co. engineers have been at work recently laying out the route by which a spur will be built across the river from the main line in Hallstead to a point near the Penn'a Tanning Co.'s plant in great Bend. A bridge will be built on the site of the former bridge and the grade already established will be utilized. A track is already in use as far as the river. Such a branch will be a great convenience to the citizens of both towns and will be a paying investment for the D.L. & W. Co.
Brooklyn - Hon. J.H. W. Adams attended the dedication of the new capitol at Harrisburg, last week.
Dimock - L. F. Thornton is digging and laying the cellar wall for his store building in town, which he will fill with a fine and large stock of new goods from the city, in the early winter.
Thompson - Guss Burns is doing the races at Starrucca with his fast bay, these racing days.
Clifford - The book club has received their first installment of winter reading and will begin at once to burn the midnight oil. Each member has a book selected. Every two weeks they are to change, in a manner prearranged, until all have read all the books, then each one receives the book selected as their own.
Susquehanna - In accordance with advice of Bishop Hoban, delivered to the priests of the Scranton diocese at their annual retreat at Glen Summit early in the summer, they will put into effect some time this month, the order of Pope Pius, that male voices only be allowed to sing the masses in the church choirs. It is expected that the Gregorian music will be used in St. John' church, Susquehanna, on Sunday, Oct. 21, the beginning of the Forty Hours' Devotions. A number of young men are now under instruction, and it is expected that the music in St. John's church will continue to be classed among the best in the diocese.
Uniondale - Frank Westgate delivered a car load of coal to the town people last week. He is also building, in front of W. Morgan's blacksmith shop, and against the switch bridge, a building 60 ft. long to be used for storing wagons and farm implements. Charles Coleman, Jr. and Mr. Entrot, of Fiddle Lake, are the architects and they have made quite a showing in the construction.
New Milford - The neighbors of Mrs. A. E. Brink met at her home Friday afternoon to make a carpet, she being unable to do it, as she has the use of but one hand. Ice cream and cake was served and a good time enjoyed. Won't some one ask us to make another carpet, please?
Middletown Twp. - If something does not occur to stem the tide of emigration of young ladies from this place, in a few years hence Middletown will be a colony of old bachelors. AND Thursday last, while threshing at M.W. Conboy's, the engine run by Wood & Jones blew off the cylinder head. Threshing is at a stand still until such time as will be required for new fixtures to arrive; as none of the attendants were injured, Mr. Wood, like the good Christian man he is, took it as a joke.
Forest City - The carpenters began laying the foundation timbers on the First Methodist Church and the work will be pushed rapidly. It is expected that in a few weeks the basement will be ready for occupancy.
Heart Lake - Master Homer Cobb, aged 10, picked from trees, 17 bushels of apples before half past three p.m. He had planned to pick 20 bushels in all and would have easily done it, had not the rain come and stopped him. He picked two trees clean, moving his own ladder and emptying his own basket.
October 19 (1906/2006)
Hallstead - On Saturday morning last, about two o'clock, the people of Hallstead were awakened by the sounding of the fire alarm and the blowing of whistles at a lively rate. Investigation soon showed that the fire was in the Franklin street school house, and soon the interior was a roaring mass of flames, which threatened the adjoining property. The school building is a complete ruin, and nothing but the walls are standing. The cause of the fire is unknown but it is estimated to be between $10,000 and $12,000. Temporary quarters will be provided for the different departments of the school in some place in town. The building was of brick and stone, with a wooden wall adjoining, and was built about ten years ago at an expense of $7,000. There was an insurance of $5,000 on the building; school supplies to an amount over $200 and a heater that cost $900 last year, along with about 20 tons of coal, were in the building.
New Milford - A band has been organized, starting out with about a score of members. Charles Culver, a well-known and proficient musician of that place, is the musical director, and the prospects for a strong musical organization are excellent.
Montrose - Mrs. Nimrod Slaughter, an old colored lady of this place, died Wednesday, after a long illness. She was once a slave in the South. Her belief in Christ was very strong. Mrs. Slaughter was a member of Bethel church, on Chenango street. AND Mrs. Cornelia Lathrop died a little before 2 o'clock a.m., Oct. 17, 1906. She was born near New London, Conn., Feb. 23, 1818. She spent many years in the Choctaw Nation as a missionary teacher, and there met and married Edwin Lathrop, who was a missionary farmer. They located in Montrose in 1859 and here the rest of their lives were spent. Deacon Edwin Lathrop died Dec. 22, 1896. Georgiana, their only child, died many years ago. Funeral services will be held from her late residence on Scenery Hill at 2 o'clock this Friday afternoon.
Susquehanna - Friday afternoon, John J. Prater, of Chatsworth, Ill, and Mrs. Ida Crofet [Crofot], of Oakland, were married by Rev. J. R. Austin, of the Oakland M.E. church. The ceremony was preformed at the home of Mrs. Crofet's daughter on State street. They left for their home in the West, Saturday evening. Mrs. Crofet, about two months ago, it is reported, answered an address in a matrimonial paper and received a prompt reply. Later, photographs were exchanged and the man came here last week, Tuesday. Mrs. Crofet met him at the depot. He had a red and white ribbon on the lapel of his coat and she had the same on her dress. Mrs. Crofet is a good-looking widow and Mr. Prater is a prosperous Western man.
Rush - Photographer Roberts leaves for New Milford, November 1st, closing his studio here at that time.
Lenox - The grange fair was very much of a success notwithstanding the day was so unpleasant. A net profit of $130 was realized. State Master Hill was present and showed his shrewdness not only in his fine speech, but also in selecting the lucky number on the clock and in guessing on a can of beans by which he won the jardinière. The oil painting was drawn by J. L. Tower, of Hop Bottom, and the $5 gold piece by G. N. Bennett.
Springville - Mrs. Mowry, of Meshoppen, brought her grandmother, Mrs. Overfield, home to her daughter's, Mrs. Warren Dunlap's, Saturday. On going to the barn Sunday a.m. they found her horse dead. She also received a telegram that her father, Mr. Bunnell, was dead. Deceased was Mrs. Dunlap's brother, and resided near Meshoppen.
Brooklyn - A. Ely raised 170 1/2 bushels of corn to the acre this year. AND Mrs. S. B. Eldridge has returned from New York with all the latest styles of ladies hats. Her shop is profusely decorated with autumn leaves and plants.
Uniondale - Last Saturday, as Lewis Norton was driving home from Forest City towards evening, he met with an accident that nearly cost him his life. At Stillwater a telephone wire had fallen across the road which he did not notice; as he came to it the horses were trotting along and the wire struck him on the throat just below the chin, dragging him over the seat into the back part of the wagon. The horses went on about 1 mile before he could recover his seat and get the lines. The cut was bleeding badly and the neck swollen when he reached H. J. Orce's, where he stopped and had the wound dressed. He was also bruised by the fall.
Heart Lake - L. O. Farrar, Sup't of Mountain Ice Co., is busy with his men, making extensive repairs on their large ice houses here.
Tunkhannock - A small epidemic of the itch has appeared in the public schools at this place. At a meeting of the school board one day last week the principal met with them and stated the facts. A doctor was appointed to examine the children and on his report several children were excluded from the school until such time as they could prove they were cured.
Forest City - Foreign-born residents who have not become citizens of the United States should remember that they must take out a license before hunting in this state. The fine for a non-citizen or non-resident hunting is $25. AND There is a project on foot to organize a state bank here. One of those interested in the movement stated that the capital stock of the institution would be placed at $50,000 and that already there had been a number of subscriptions pledged.
News Brief: Hereafter, clergymen performing marriage ceremonies cannot keep it a secret for a little while, when requested to do so by the contracting parties, without violating a new law which went into effect Sept. 1. This law compels every clergyman, within 24 hours after performing a marriage, to record the names and other specified particulars in the city or town clerk's office. The law was passed to prevent secret marriages.
October 26 (1906/2006)
Susquehanna - Work on the round house is progressing rapidly and should be enclosed by Dec. 1. The hardware plant is at a standstill on account of the high water and an accident to their concrete mixer. Work will be resumed and it is hoped by the first of the year to have it in operation. AND Several politicians have been in town in the last few days extending the glad hand and looking after their interests. It is the same old story in the same old way, support me and everything will be A. O. K, and if you don't things will go to the dogs. At election time the politicians know every voter in his district, but afterwards things are different.
Hop Bottom - Hon Galusha A. Grow, living a few miles from this place, explains how Hopbottom received its name. It was left to him and he named it from the wild hops then growing along the banks of the little stream that flows through the town. Hops are not and never have been raised in the valley for beer making or any other use.
Starrucca - Mrs. Reddington, who has conducted the Mountain House, at Starrucca, for over 20 years, died Sunday morning after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Reddington made friends with everyone she met and used all alike, rich and poor. She will be greatly missed by the different parties who always stopped with her during trout and hunting seasons, and if anyone was not successful in capturing trout or game, she always was sure of them having better luck the next time, which always was cheering news.
Brooklyn - The Young People's union of the Universalist church have arranged for a masquerade social at Mrs. S. B. Eldridge's home on Hallowe'en, Wednesday evening, next week.
New Milford - The stores of this place close at 7:30 o'clock every evening, with the exception of Saturday evening and pay day on the D.L. & W., and pay day at Crossley's mill. AND Mr. Cobb's sawmill, on the Hayden tract at the lower end of New Milford. is now doing business, while Mr. Crossley's men and teams are capturing all the marketable timber on F. W. Boyle's hill, overlooking the town. When the jobs are finished it will greatly mar the beauties of our landscape.
Hallstead - The new reservoir which the Hallstead Water Company has been building in Steam Hollow is completed and now the reservoir is 225 ft. higher than the town of Hallstead, and covers ten acres, and has a storage capacity of sixteen million gallons. AND The employees of the chair factory are working nights this week owing to a rush of orders which speaks well for that branch of Hallstead's industries.
Forest City - Annie, the 4 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dzikas, who live in the Maxey block, died early Thursday morning of last week, as the result of severe burns received on Sunday. With some little companions she was playing in the yard and her dress caught fire from a small bon fire they had started. Before it could be extinguished her skirt was burned off and the flesh from waist to knee burned to a crisp. Medical assistance was at once secured, but while she lingered for two days her case was hopeless.
Montrose - The excavation and foundation for the Susquehanna County Historical building and Free Library is now well under way and rapid progress is being made by the contractor, A. E. Badgley, of Binghamton. The cribbing for the concrete foundation is partially in place and as much of the structure as possible will be erected before cold weather sets in. AND Miss [Emily C.] Blackman [author of the History of Susquehanna County] is preparing to return to Florida, permanently, and not expecting to return to Montrose in her lifetime, but has made all arrangements for her burial here, when that time shall come, which her many friends trust may be a long way off.
Steven's Point - The second annual reunion of the Chamberlain and Seamans families was held Sept. 6th at the pleasant home of Wm. G. Seamans, Stevens's Point, Susq'a Co., Pa. The day being all that could be desired they gathered at an early hour until they numbered 57. The host and hostess did everything possible to add to the pleasure of the day. The next reunion will be will be held at the home of H. T Seamans on the old Seamans' homestead at the three lakes, the last Thursday in August.
Harford - A large congregation attended the Harvest Festival at the Congregational church Sunday. Rev. Usher preached on "Going through the corn field with Christ." The decorations were tasteful and music well rendered by choir.
Middletown - Alfons Lee, our genial stage driver has purchased of D. J. Jones a full- blooded, speckled hound. Alfonso thinks he can teach him to deliver postals. AND On Sunday the entire population of this place attended the dedication of the new St. Francis Xavier church.
Franklin Twp. - C. R. Tiffany and wife started Friday, in their locomobile, for a month trip in New Jersey to sell his pruning shears.
Clifford - P. A. Rivenburg's house is looking fine in its new dress of paint, in colors.
Rushville - County Treasurer N. R. Jones showed us several ears of sowed corn the other day, raised on his farm in Rushville, which were fully a foot in length. After filling a large silo the remainder of the field of corn was husked, netting some 400 bushels. This year, too, was considered a poor one for corn in this section, but the country over shows that Uncle Sam has in his store houses nearly three billion bushels, one of the largest yields in history.
News Briefs: Judging from the popularity with which Roosevelt's "strenuous" and "square deal" have been received, simplified spelling will be in common usage in this country at least within a few years. We have received a neatly compiled catalog of the 300 words recommended by the President, from the Superintendent of Public Documents, William L. Post, of Washington, D.C., who is related and well known in Montrose. AND We have no prejudice against the neatly drest, nice appearing boy, while we do detest the fellow who goes around looking like a bunch of hard luck, but a girl looking for a model husband should be careful. If you don't know one when you see him, girls, ask mother, she will recognize him at first sight.
November 02 (1906/2006)
Hallstead - The young people of Hallstead and Great Bend held a masquerade ball at Kistler's hall, Great Bend, on Hallowe'en evening. The music was furnished by Susquehanna people and all report an enjoyable time.
Susquehanna - The rabbit season opened yesterday, now the sportsmen want to use judgment and not use ferrets. No sportsman will use one and it is against the law and should be lived up to. AND Bert L. White, of Montrose, who recently resigned as Rural mail carrier, Route 2, is removing his family to Susquehanna where he has a good job in the wood working department of the Erie shops which is in line with his trade. He is a pleasant and straightforward young man and the Democrat wishes him all kinds of success in his change. Fred Hawley, the plumber, also has a job in the Erie shops there.
Brooklyn - A dancing class of over 30 members has been formed here. Prof. Fuller has placed a piano in the village hall for the class, which meets every Saturday evening.
Springville - E. H. Sherman and family are preparing to leave for California and they expect to start Wednesday of this week. Mr. Sherman and his wife are highly esteemed and their going will be a matter of regret. The lodge, ladies' aid and church will miss their presence and help. They have the best wishes of their neighbors and friends as they start on their western trip. Friends gathered for a little surprise on Monday evening. About 40 were present and spent a very pleasant evening.
Uniondale - Found between Susquehanna and Windsor a ladies' hand satchel; contents two watch keys, hair pins, black beaded and common purse, thimble and C, &c; tell what the C was, and which side of the river lost, address L. P. Norton, Uniondale, Susq'a Co.,.
Glenwood - The blacksmiths of this county are trying to form a union, which, undoubtedly, will be a success. Let the good work go on.
Oakley/Hop Bottom - On Saturday last, about noon, a freight train going east on the D.L. & W. was wrecked between this place and Foster [Hop Bottom], caused by a broken car wheel. An oil tank exploded, then took fire and burned four carloads of oil in barrels. The flames, which were terrific, were seen for miles. Traffic on the road was interfered with until about midnight in consequence. No one was hurt, though a large crowd had gathered to see the sight.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Some of the farmers in Auburn are being greatly annoyed by losing their turkeys while out rambling on their farms. It is feared they are shot or killed by some of the many hunters or their dogs that throng the woods and fields. The hunters ought to appreciate the farmers' kindness in allowing them the privilege of hunting the game on their farms without destroying their property, and should the miscreants be found out, they may not fare so fine.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Judging from the amount of cider made on this hill this fall there will be considerable visiting done. Friends who did not know you for the past two years will call.
Rush - The Rush High School opened Oct. 21st, with a large attendance and bids fair to be a success, which is the wish of all sensible people.
Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - A big wind storm visited this place Oct. 27, 1906 and did some damage to orchards and buildings. Considerable thunder and lightning, followed by snow, followed this storm. It completely unroofed the big barn of R.C. Tobey, taking rafters and everything and hurling them off in the meadow below.
Montrose - A very enjoyable masquerade dance was given by the young ladies of the Semper Felix Club to their gentlemen friends at the Colonial Wednesday night. The party composed a score of couples, who met at the Curry boarding house prior to the dance, being in costume, and were admitted by card. When all were assembled they walked to the hall, a short distance away, and for a number of hours rollicking All Hallowe'en merriment held sway. The costumes varied from the gorgeous to the severely plain, and were somber or ludicrous, as their wearers designed. His Satanic Majesty and witches joined heartily with the parson, Mother Goose, Goddess of Liberty, the Grecian maid, the Jew Hibernian, Uncle Josh, cowboys and girls, Indian Princesses and a score of other characters in having for their one object a good time. The hall was decorated in autumn style, with pumpkin moonshines, Japanese lanterns, bunting and paper festooning much in evidence, creating a beautifully weird effect.
Harford - Harford Choral Union was organized on Tuesday--President, Dr. Hooven; vice president, Eva Sophia; director, Prof. J. A. Sophia; secretary, Minnie Darrow; treasurer, Rev. U. Usher. Meetings on Fridays at 7:30.
Thompson - The farmers of Thompson township are putting up "No trespassing on these premises" on their farms. The city shooter has made it dangerous for some to venture from the house, their shooting was so reckless.
Lakeside - The L. L. A. have purchased a fine new bell for the School building so that now they can tell the time of day by the ringing of the bell.
Forest City - The application for a county bridge over the Lackawanna river was approved by the Grand Jury.
That County Poor House - As next Tuesday is election day, is it not time the farmers in this county wake up to the above question and decide to vote a solid no and let the towns support their own poor. The Auburn & Rush Poor District, Auburn, Rush, Springville and Forest Lake is a farming community and they are keeping their own poor very nicely on an average of less than 4 mills levy for the past six years. If Montrose, Forest City, New Milford, etc., want a county house, let them build it themselves. The farmer has all the tax he can bear on hand now. [The writer of the above evidently misapprehends the provisions of the law governing county poor houses. The expense will be charged to the towns according to the number of inmates they have. If Auburn, for instance, should have but four and Forest City 12, Forest City would pay three times as much as Auburn, but the cost for each would be less pro rata, when there is but one poor house and one set of officers to maintain, then where there are several sets of stewards and other officers.]
November 09 (1906/2006)
Hallstead - Architect E. W. VanSlyke, of Binghamton, has arranged with the Hallstead School Board to prepare plans for a new school building to take the place of the one recently burned. The plans will be for a two-story brick building with a seating capacity of nearly 400, to cost about $12,000 dollars. Common red brick will be used. It will be heated by the direct-indirect system.
Rush - Grace Snell, is being treated by a medical expert of New York for injuries caused from being thrown from a carriage--the experts say the spine is badly twisted from the accident and term it railroad spine. AND Election passed off very quietly here. Of a total of 138 voters in the Eastern district 108 voted. The Republican vote averaged about 60, Lilley dropping to 53. Democrat average, 32; Kipp dropping to 53. Democrat average, 32; Kipp coming up to 42. Prohibition average, 8. Decker for Coroner, 13.
New Milford - A couple of weeks ago our electric lights were noticed to be a little dimmer than usual and quite a number of uncomplimentary things were said about them. Nothing seemed to be the matter only with the power and after a few days about a dozen eels were found in the propeller. The lights are all right now.
Susquehanna - It was amusing here before election to hear the different groups of men talk politics, and it was all New York State that was talked. A great many of our citizens did not know who were running on the different tickets in their own state, but could tell you all about New York state. This should not be so but as the Republican majority in this state is so large that the people do not take the proper interest in our town elections, and as the candidates in York state were fighters, and made tours of the state several times and kept the people guessing as to the outcome. In our own Congressional district the candidates kept sending out circulars of different kinds telling their good qualities and that their opponent should be in jail, etc., and the people got tired of receiving such slush every time they went to the postoffice, and we hope the best men won: next time let Pennsylvania nominate a couple of fighters so they can present to the public their views, and not have to leave cheap political fodder sent through the mails that is cast into the waste basket nine times out of ten unread.
Montrose - The ladies of the Zion A.M.E. church will give a Patriotic Concert on Tuesday evening, Nov. 13th. There will be solos, duets and choruses, recitations, select readings and addresses. The committee asks the solicitation of their many friends to help them at this time. Admission 15 cents. Refreshments at moderate prices. Doors open at 7. AND As a safeguard against intemperance, the young boys of St. Mary's church will act upon the advice of their pastor, Father Broderick, and take the pledge of the Sacred Thirst Society, until they are 21 years of age.
West Auburn - B. W. France' tenant house, containing several hundred dollars worth of household goods, etc., burned last week. It is especially hard as much of the contents were prized on account of having belonged to Mrs. France's parents.
Lynn, Springville Twp. - One of the domestic animals on the farm of Engineer James Deubler, near Lynn, is a bulldog. Another is a saddle horse, which Mr. Deubler recently bought for his daughter, Rachel. A few days ago Miss Rachel went for a ride and the saddle not being tightly buckled on, turned and dumped the miss off, practically unhurt. The horse galloped away, but the bulldog, taking in the situation, ran and grabbed the bridle rein in his teeth, stopping the pony. Pretty well done for a dog.
Laurel Lake - Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Kathryn Giblin.
Friendsville - A Teachers Social Institute was convened in this place on Saturday, by Supt. George a. Stearns. The meeting was well attended and the subjects of Reading, Arithmetic, History, Grammar, and care of school property were profitably discussed. AND Miss Lena Deuel, of Little Meadows, has a fine millinery display at E. E. Lee's store.
Thompson - The postoffice will be a lonesome place, and its burdens greatly reduced now [that] the campaign is over. AND Quite a surprise came upon Thompson the other day when S. D. Barnes, our druggist, miller and all around dealer, put up a notice. "This store, house, etc., for sale."
Hop Bottom - Workmen are busy building a new concrete wall around the Highland Dairy Co.'s ice pond.
Hickory Grove, Great Bend Twp. - A short time ago a miniature cyclone, accompanied by severe thunder, lightning an down pour of rain, swept over Hickory Grove, doing considerable damage to buildings, trees, fences, etc. The barns on the farms of R.G. Colwell, E. B. Fox and A. L. Kent were partially unroofed; shade and fruit trees uprooted and fences demolished. Every rod of fence on the farm of Milton Brush was leveled to the ground. Lightning visited several telephones along the Hickory Grove line, burning out fuses and also the sires in the receiver of E. B. Fox.
South Gibson - W. W. Resseguie and family have gone to Hanford, Cal., where they will spend the winter with their mother, Mrs. Vianna Resseguie, and sister, Ethel. Their uncle, Will Pickering and family, went to Hanford several years ago.
Brooklyn - The young men who put their horses in the blacksmith shop should remember and return the key to the blacksmith before returning home.
West Lenox - The milliner, Mrs. Maud E. Michael, of South Gibson, was at Nelvin Empets, Thursday--had a big day as usual.
Birchardville - Quite a crowd at the spelling school last Friday evening. Hazel Ball won the prize for the contest for the scholars. Cake and cocoa were served at the close of the contest.
November 16 (1906/2006)
Great Bend - Last night at about 8 o'clock the barn just back of Franklin street, owned by William Colsten, was burned, together with its contents and a loss estimated at $800 was sustained. The barn is located on the hill near the residence of Terrance Murray and in a rather isolated position. As soon as the flames were discovered the fire company responded to the alarm, but it was impossible to save the barn. The firemen devoted their efforts to saving the Murray residence. It is now firmly believed here that a fire bug is operating in this place and Hallstead, and steps are to be taken by the village officials to apprehend the incendiary. It was but a short time ago that the Hallstead High School was burned, with great loss to that town, and only a few days ago an attempt was made to burn the old creamery near the Erie tracks in this place. The fire in the latter place is known to have been of incendiary origin and no other explanation can be made for the fire at Hallstead. Both towns are becoming excited over the matter.
Brooklyn - E. L. Weston, of Brooklyn, had the misfortune to lose two valuable cows. He had let his cows into his orchard about an hour each day, but his attention being called in another direction they were left in about three hours, with the result that all ate too much. Two could not be saved.
Montrose - Consider Wood, grandfather of our townsman, Sylvester Wood, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, having enlisted in Rhode Island in Feb. 1777 and served three years as a private under Col. Rufus Putnam, and was discharged at Highlands, N.Y., Feb. 9, 1780. The noted warrior was engaged in several important battles and has a good record in the War Department. On the 11th of Sept. 1820, Consider Wood appeared before the Court of Record, "holden at Meansville (now Towanda) in and for the said county of Bradford," and made personal application for pension. The grandson, Sylvester Wood, is a member of Four Brothers' Post G.A.R., and it may be said of him that his was an inheritance of the military spirit. AND "Doc" Carey was the first on the boulevard on runners this morning and the first of the season. Eight inches of snow makes fair sleighing.
Dimock - C. W. Barnes has been appointed Constable for Dimock township.
New Milford - Leo Benninger and Charles Risley have secured positions as firemen on the Lackawanna Railroad. AND T. J. McCarthy is temporary Lackawanna agent here. Wm. Cooper, night operator, is taking Mr. McCarthy's place in the tower days, and Fred Farrar, of Scranton, is working nights. Rumor says that the Lackawanna tower operators are to be given an eight-hour schedule after Jan. 1.
Middletown Twp. - Middletown has two game wardens who are looking after the game law some. AND From all appearance our new telephone line is going to die a natural death. The farmers around here haven't enterprise enough to put up a clothes line.
Franklin Twp. - Will Van Cott, of New Milford and B. F. Walters, of Whitney's Point, came through here Tuesday making contacts with agents for Patten and Stafford Co., manufacturers of the celebrated New York Champion horse rakes.
Heart Lake - The box social at G. F. Allen's was a success, the most interesting feature of the evening being "The Girl I Left Behind Me;" principal actors, two bashful young men; place, depot platform; object, two lunch boxes planned for four but consumed by two.
South Gibson - Our town has been flooded with hunters the past two weeks.
South Montrose - R. E. Carey has the boss cider mill, having put in a new gasoline engine. With his hydraulic press he is able to make seventy-five barrels per day.
Rush - A very pleasant family gathering was held at the home of W. H. Deuel on Oct. 27, and there were present 43 of the family, including 10 children out of 13. John of New York, Samuel of Binghamton, and Asa of Tracey Creek, were not present, but the children who attended were: Alice Rhinevault Marcus of Orwell, Lorinda of Lestershire, George of Montrose, Mary of Lestershire, Ranston, Fay and Hattie of Jessup. At 11 o'clock they commenced to fill the house of closely affectioned relatives. Refreshments were served and some fine music given on the graphophone, by Reed Snow of Franklin Forks.
Harford - J. L. Robbins is a veteran of the Spanish-American War, enlisting in Co. D, 21st. Infantry. He fought in the great battle at Santiago, and was one of the fortunate American soldiers to escape death in that scene of awful bloodshed, on the memorable July 1st, of 1898. Mr. Robbins afterwards went to the Philippines. He served in the army for three years lacking ten days, as faithfully as becomes any boy in blue, and when his health became impaired he was granted an honorable discharge. Mr. Robbins tells some interesting tales with relation to hardships encountered in army life, and we were glad to listen to him.
Thompson - They are loading another [railroad] car with apples, which brought a number of Jackson farmers over this morning, notwithstanding the drizzling snow. AND Herbert Burchel has his new saw mill nearly ready for work, and E. C. Gelatt has begun work on his lumber job. Both of these enterprises are in the township just north of the boro, and indicate plenty of work for good hands.
News Briefs: It is said that in order to keep the odor of vegetables, cauliflower, turnips and cabbage from permeating the house, lay a cloth over the top of the pot in which they were boiled and then sprinkle a little salt over the cloth. This is a very simple remedy and is said to be very effective. AND Heretofore the Government has made its own postage stamps, but after February next the American Bank Note Co. will do the work under contract. This company will have to deliver twenty-seven millions of stamps daily, six times a week. AND It would be very gratifying to the editor of the Republican if persons who borrowed one volume of "Life of Abraham Lincoln," and also of "James A. Garfield" would return them to this office. The Lincoln volume has been out a long time; the Garfield volume not so long--about three years.
November 23 (1906/2006)
Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. - Don't forget the oyster supper at the Hall at Auburn Centre, Thanksgiving night. On account of only part of the numbers being in, the quilt was not given away at the pie social, but will be given away at the oyster supper. Come for a good time and excellent supper. Proceeds for Rev. Fiske.
Brooklyn - Rev. Drury will hold a Thanksgiving service at the Universalist church on Thursday morning at 11. "Are we appreciative as a people" The service will be followed by the ladies' fair and chicken pie dinner in the basement. AND Miss Alice Lee has been visiting at Dr. Wilson's. We congratulate Miss Lee upon the series of stories from her pen, now being printed in the Youth's Companion. The scene is laid in a Wyoming mining camp, which she recently visited.
Rush - S. B. Roberts, the well-known Rush photographer, is getting out some very fine post card views of scenes in that vicinity. The business has grown steadily and he now gives considerable time to this class of work.
Clifford - The raising of the sidewalks and filling the street between with broken stone and gravel, has made a great improvement in front of our hotel, Finn's store, Harrel's store and Dr. A. E. Hager's office.
Susquehanna - In accordance with the other extensive improvements all along the line of the Erie, this place is coming in for its share. Within a few months will be constructed here on the bank of the Susquehanna river, new storage track, a new roundhouse, and a number of new shops. For a long time the land north of the present tracks was of no value, owing to the freshets [floods] in the river, but already a large retaining wall has been built along the bank at this point. The well is 446 feet long, 10 feet wide at the base and narrowing down to 21/2 ft. at top and about 30 ft. in height. Much of the ground so enclosed has been filled in and there is now ready for use enough territory to permit the erection of the new shops. The largest of the new repair buildings is the roundhouse, which is to contain 29 stalls, each 95 feet deep. These stalls open on to an 80-ft. turntable, which will be operated by a motor. Close by this, toward the river, will be built a modern machine shop containing all of the machinery necessary for modern repair work. A little further west is a powerhouse equipped with two 4-horse power engines and a water tank with a capacity of 500,000 gallons, which is one of the largest on the line of the road. In the yard will be erected a modern oil house and engineers' tool room and general store house. Further to the west will be built a sand house, two sand towers, a water crane for engines going in or out of the roundhouse, and coal pit with a crane track.
Montrose - Miss Sallie Courtright had a narrow escape. She was suffering from [a] toothache and had a cloth to her face, containing chloroform, and its fumes overcame her, and medical attention and the best of care was necessary to save her.
Liberty Twp. - On the farm of Jas. Adams, on Snake Creek, is an 18-inch vein of coal which for several years the people in that vicinity have been digging out and burning. Those who have seen some coal have become considerably interested in it of late and are agitating the organization of a company for the purpose of prospecting in the vicinity of Steam Hollow for both oil and coal. Those interested claim that there is every indication of oil and coal there and they think that the vein which starts on the Adams farm could be located and that a stock company organized for that purpose would have no trouble in disposing of enough stock to do the prospecting.
Uniondale - We had two days of good sleighing, which the people made good use of. To-day they were obliged to use their wagons again in the mud. AND Miss Bertha Dimmick is doing house work for Mrs. R. Hoel, who is living in rooms at Terrace Cottage. Mrs. Hoel is a consumptive and is trying the cold air cure. She spends about 20 hours out of 24 out of doors, facing the winds and storms, when I would rather die in a warm, comfortable room. [Mrs. Roma Hoel died in March of 1907, age 39.]
Thompson - S. D. Barnes has sold his grist mill property to G. F. Spencer. Mr. Spencer owned this plant some years ago and will be at home with the patrons of the mill. He has taken possession of the business and his family is already in his fine residence, moving up from Uniondale where they have resided for a year or two. Mr. Spencer has not sold his milling business at Uniondale and will run the two plants for a time.
Hopbottom - The apple evaporator, which has been running here for several months, has closed for the season.
Elk Lake - Miss Mary Arnold has been having the Stevens store building changed into sheds for horses, which will be a great accommodation to the public.
Franklin Forks - Fred Van Houten has moved his [photo] studio from this place to Hallstead.
New Milford - Everett S. Garrett, one of the best known business men in the county, died early last Saturday morning at his home. Mr. Garrett was a man who had a high sense of honor and who possessed the esteem of all with whom he came in contact.
Dimock - A. W. Newton has sold one of his horses to Homer Smith, to drive on the mail route from Montrose to Dimock.
Harford - The Aid Society of the Congregational church will serve a roast pig supper, Saturday evening, Nov. 25 from 5 to 9 at the home of H. S. Esterbrook. Price 25 cents. Menu: Roast Pig, Mashed Potatoes, Squash, Biscuits, Cranberry Sauce, Jellies, Celery, Pickles, Ice Cream, Cake, Tea, Coffee.
Great Bend - Miss Lulu VanAuken has gone to Binghamton where she has secured a fine position, being an expert silk weaver.
News Briefs: "Notice," says an exchange. "This fall when you think a woman is coming toward you she is very likely going from you. They are wearing their waists buttoned in the back and their skirts down in front. Their hats have broad brims in the back and little narrow brims in front. Everything they put on this fall is put on backwards."
November 30 (1906/2006)
Hallstead - A new rural free delivery route is soon to be opened which will go via Tingley and Hallstead, having its starting place from Hallstead. It was secured thru the efforts of Postmaster Simrell of Hallstead, and will give daily mail service to about 110 families. AND One of the most progressive and up-to-date stores in the county is The People's Store, which, under the pushing and liberal management of its popular proprietor, V. D. Hand, has made a wonderful growth.
West Auburn/St. Charles, Mo. - Married in St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 14, 1906, by Rev. Robert W. Ely, Henry S. Bolles and Miss Ella F. Townsend, both of St. Louis. The groom is the eldest son of Geo. W. and Lucetta L. Bolles of West Auburn, while the bride is the eldest daughter of Mrs. Ellen F. and the late Capt. Geo. E. Townsend, a veteran Mississippi river steamboatman. They immediately began housekeeping in their new home in Edgewood Park, a suburb of St. Louis.
Montrose - An article about a band concert a half-century ago leads some of our younger readers to ask where "Bloomer Hall" was and why so called. Well, the building now occupied by Billings & Co. originally extended clear thru from Public avenue to Chestnut street and was owned by the late B. R. Lyons, who fitted up two-thirds of the upper story as a place for entertainments. About that time Mrs. Bloomer was advocating dress reform and the papers were filled with articles for or against the short skirt for women, with pantalettes brought close around the ankle. Altho the idea was adopted only to a limited extent, the widespread discussion led Mr. Lyons, who was in favor of the reform, to fix upon "Bloomer" as the name for his hall.
Forest City - A Carbondale correspondent writes interestingly of the passing away of Richmondale, a little hamlet a few miles from Forest City, as follows: "Richmondale is practically no more. Last week a force of men began to tear down the mammoth steel shaft that for years was a distinctive feature of the little mining hamlet. The iron work of the tower has been sold to J. E. White, of New York, a fact that blasts all hope of a resumption of operations at the colliery. The heavy stone foundations of the tower are being torn away and it is expected that on Tuesday everything will be in readiness for hurling the huge steel structure to the ground when it will be broken apart and used as junk. Richmondale was named for Wm. H. Richmond, who was at the head of the company that erected the Richmondale colliery, and established the little mining hamlet upwards of twenty years ago."
Springville - The firm of Avery & McMicken has dissolved, Mr. McMicken retiring. Mr. Avery will continue the business and has secured the services of W. R. Meserole as clerk, and ordered a new sign. AND Lott Brothers, E. W. Lott senior member, has extensive quarries at both Springville and South Montrose and gets out stone of a superior quality, which finds a ready sale in the city market. They employ several men.
New Milford - Miss Jane Boyle has resigned her position as librarian at the Pratt public library. She is succeeded by Miss Elizabeth Shelp. AND Word has been received from Havana, Cuba, saying that Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Huntley and two sons, who left here Nov. 8, have arrived in that port safely.
Rush - The friends of Mrs. A. Canfield made her a wood bee. She is worthy of any help she may receive from her neighbors, so let the good work go on. AND Sometime since the First National Bank became convinced that some of the notes put in the bank by W. E. Harvey, of Rush, contained forged names as endorsers and prepared for his arrest. An execution was also taken out and Sheriff Pritchard went down to make a levy on the personal property and about the same time Constables Chapman and Perigo went down to arrest Harvey, and all got there about the same time. The sheriff read his legal paper to Harvey, standing beside the road, while the constables stood near, expecting to make the arrest as soon as the Sheriff had finished his business, but about that minute Harvey jumped and ran into the bushes, without so much as saying good night. Constable Chapman fired his revolver after him three times, but without effect, and as darkness was now coming down, Harvey made good his escape. It is reported that he afterward drove to Binghamton, where he left his horse and buggy, leaving a note in the buggy requesting the return of the horse to Lawton. There is much sympathy for Mr. Harvey's family.
Dimock - James M. Calby is an expert carpenter and has been engaged for nearly two years in erecting up-to-date barns on Mrs. Norris's farm [Woodbourne] here. As a side-line he has a nice little farm with a lot of nice cattle on it. "Jim" is all right.
Uniondale - Mrs. Frank Westgate has excited the envy of her neighbors by receiving a new set of fine china dishes, also several pieces of very nice furniture has found its way into her house.
Middletown - At last our telephone line is now going to be built. At a meeting held recently the following officers were elected: President, R. D. Owen; Sec., F. J. Conboy; Treas., Lawrence Coleman; Directors, E. T. Beaumont, J. T. Jones, and F. J. Golden. Also at the same meeting the wire and other necessary fixtures including the phones were ordered of the agent, F. P. Conboy.
Flynn - The old maids and old bachelors seem to be more than pleased on account of the telephones being in their residences, for what reason I can't say; perhaps they can talk to their lovers better at a distance. AND James Conboy is moving the old school house to his home, for an addition to his barn.
Birchardville - The co-operative creamery company have sold out to Mr. Possinger, of West Auburn; consideration, $1900.
Thompson - The election returns make Thompson the banner Prohibition district in the county.
Harford - The boys of Mrs. O. J. Maynard's class will hold a box social in the lecture room on Monday, Dec. 3. Ladies will please provide boxes with lunch for two. Boxes will be sold. AND The Creamery company had a successful barn raising on Friday. Nearly 50 men helped and these were provided with a good dinner in the lecture room.
December 07 (1906/2006)
Brooklyn - The people of this town are agitated over the new road law recently passed by the legislature, which provides that a vote shall be taken in each township to decide whether the road tax shall be paid in cash or worked out. In 1871 a special road law was passed for Brooklyn township, providing for the payment of cash tax and the contracting of keeping the roads in repair for a term of five years. The roads in the town were measured and divided into about mile sections and let to the lowest bidder to be kept in repair for five years, payable so much per year. The operation of the law has been very successful for the past 35 years and it has been noted that the town of Brooklyn has had the best roads in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but it was not thought the new act would repeal the local law, but as the contract expires next March, the proposition to pay cash or go back to the old way of serving time on the road in lieu of paying tax. A petition is being signed asking the court to grant an order to so vote at our February election, and it seems now as though our special road law, which is most practicable in the interest of good roads, will be a thing of the past.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The Thimble party held at Thomas Shields on Friday evening was worth remembering, as everybody had a first class time.
New Milford - Geo. E. Bennett, who recently sold out his grocery business in this place, has secured and taken possession of the Kendrick Cafe in Susquehanna.
Clifford - Our town is progressive. Will Lott, our blacksmith, is over run with work. AND We had a very quiet wedding Tuesday, Nov. 20, when Walter Lyman and Sadie Morgan, both of Lenox, were joined together in the holy state of matrimony by T. J. Wells, Esq.
Susquehanna - Whether a young man, of Susquehanna, was implicated in the robbery in Roy Leonard's store at Endicott or not, one thing is quite certain and that is he knows something about the gang who did and could, if felt so disposed, furnish some very damaging evidence. He was caught with the goods on by Detective Stephenson, and Mr. Leonard identified the same as being from his place of business. The young man told many conflicting stories as to how he came in possession of the goods. First his brother gave part of them to him but he finally admitted having no brother. Then he told the officers he bought the pieces for sixty cents from an unknown person. He admitted knowing "Tennessee Red," of Susquehanna and several other well-known characters who make their home at Canavan's Island. The young man is now out on bail furnished by relatives. He will be arraigned before Judge Ingerson, Saturday. Later - The hearing was put over till after the holidays. It is now said the police do not think the young man was in it, and that he has told who he got the watches from, and a number of arrests will be made.
Laurel Lake - Last Wednesday morning, St. Augustine's Church was the scene of one of the prettiest weddings of the season when Anna O. Shea became the wife of Thomas Campbell. Rev. Father Lally performed the wedding ceremony. Miss Mary Walsh, of Binghamton, as bridesmaid, and Francis, brother of the bride, as best man.
Crystal Lake - Randolph Potish was hunting on the Sanborn farm near here and came across a flock of pheasants in the orchard. He shot one and the others did not fly at the report of the shot but seemed to be in a stupor. He picked up seven and carried them to a farm house, put them in a box, tied the feet of one and left it on the porch. After a short time it sobered up and flew off to the woods. Investigation showed the pheasants ate fermented apples and all had a "jag on" and Randolph is feasting on pheasant now.
Montrose - Contractor G. O. Ayres is pushing work on the new club house of the Country Club, as fast as possible. It will be a large one, somewhere about 50 ft. square, if we remember correctly. It is located on the Lake Avenue corner of their grounds. Notwithstanding the cold weather of this week, the men employed in erecting the foundation of the Historical Society [and Library] building have kept bravely at work and several courses of dressed stone now rest on the solid wall of concrete. The work, we understand, has been continued so that the contractor may realize a payment on what has been accomplished, while if he ordered work to cease with not the required amount done necessary to secure the first payment, the money he put in for material, labor, etc., would be tied up until spring. The contractor, A. E. Badgely, is the same who erected the annex to the court house. This was so well done that excellent and satisfactory work may be expected of him.
Lanesboro - Master Edward Gilson, who spent last week awaiting the decision of the Juvenile Court, with reference to his case, in which he was charged with malicious mischief, has been sent by Very Rev. P. F. Brodrick, of Susquehanna, to Father Baker's Home for Boys, at West Seneca, N.Y., near Buffalo. The doors of this immense institution, under the protection of Our Lady of Victory, are open to white and black, Catholic, Jew or Protestant, and thousands of homeless boys have been cared for there, and given a free education and taught any trade desired. The "boys" run a printshop as well, and have a large band under the direction of an eminent professor of music.
Christmas Hints - A nice Meerschaum or brier pipe, or box of cigars makes an ideal present for your friend. Burnt wood outfits, also patterns for burning, fancy baskets and novelties. How about a croquet set, or a fine hammock for a gift. Oh yes, iron toys, mechanical toys, shooting gallery, swords and children's wash sets. Drums, pianos, mouth organs, tubaphones, photograph albums, toilet sets, collar & glove boxes, all at your local stores.
News Briefs: In 1896 there were 608 Grand Army Posts in Pennsylvania. At present there are but 523, showing a loss of 82. Death is rapidly depleting the ranks of the veterans of the Civil War. At the close of 1905, 640 Posts had been organized in the State. The largest membership was that of Ezra Griffin Post, at Scranton-428; 39 Posts had a membership of 10 each; 8 of 9; 3 of 8; 4 of 7, and 2 of 5. AND The new electric railroad from Scranton to Factoryville is nearly graded and much of the track is laid. This road will eventually be extended to Tunkhannock and may come over the hill to Nicholson. This road is of the standard gauge and will increase the value of property in the towns thru which it passes. A large power house is being erected at Dalton, also a large car barn. AND The plan they pursue in New England of observing Apple Tuesday might well be adopted in this state; the exact date is immaterial, the idea is the thing. In their school on that day the New England children had instruction in the planting, pruning and grafting of apple trees. It is expected in this way to promote the interest in that section in apple products.
December 21 (1906/2006)
Montrose - Willis Bishop Deans, who died Dec. 19th, was born in Montrose, Aug. 11, 1825, but his boyhood was spent on his father's farm in Bridgewater township, not far from South Montrose. He made good use of the best educational advantages available in his time, especially at Harford Academy. He came to Montrose to reside in 1848, and about a year afterward engaged in the Daguerreotype business, in which he continued until after the war of 1861. After that he kept a book and stationery store until his health failed in 1895. In 1855 he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Reynolds and two children survive, James Willis of Passaic, N.J. and Miss Lottie, of Montrose. AND Misses Annie and Mamie O'Neill have rented the Wm. M. Post residence on South Main Street, formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. James P. Taylor, and after April 1st, will conduct a first-class boarding house within its walls.
Great Bend - It is stated plans are being made for the enlargement of the industrial population here, which if carried out will make that village one of the largest manufacturing towns along the line of the Erie railroad. An impetus to the manufacturing spirit of the place has been given by the successful building up of the Pennsylvania Tanning Company's plant, which is the only one of its kind in the country making over 30 different grades of chamois leather. Vice President and general manager, Norman H. Parke of the tanning company, has announced that a large amount of new work is to be started soon, including the erection of a new dry house. Negotiations are now being carried on with the Lackawanna Railroad for the rebuilding of the old crossover from Hallstead across the Susquehanna to Great Bend and it is stated upon good authority that if this is done the Ballantine Brewery, of Scranton, will establish a branch brewery here.
Springville - Christmas eve there will be appropriate exercises, including a Christmas tree, at the M. E. Church.
Susquehanna - Saturday night about 11 o'clock, Church Hill was the scene of a shooting affair, but no one was injured. The cause of the disturbance was a woman who had a friend with her, and two other young men tried to get the girl away from the other party, who began to shoot. This female damsel has caused a great deal of talk since she has been here, and the officers should look after her in the future. AND The bowling contest at Edwards' parlors for the ten highest games, before Christmas, is creating a great deal of interest.
Jones Lake, Bridgewater Twp. - About 100 "sons of toil" predestinated to Jones' Lake Sunday afternoon, and limbered up their muscles by gliding over its glassy surface awhile. One fellow averred he could see no harm in taking an hour's exercise, as long as he had put in his ten hours a day, and "paid his tithes" on Sunday.
Hop Bottom - Mrs. Kate Turner lost two silk embroidered table doilies, on Main street, one day last week; they were wrapped in a newspaper and the finder will confer a great favor by returning them to the owner.
South Auburn - Punderson Benninger had the misfortune to lose a horse last week. AND At Pleasant Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Oakley, of Auburn Centre, visited A. L. Mericle and family, Saturday evening and Sunday and entertained them with some very fine music on their phonograph.
Uniondale - Farmers are still busy loading cars with apples and bailed hay, at the upper end of the switch, while at the lower end another set are being filled with mine props and lumber.
Silver Lake Twp. - A jolly party of young people thoroughly enjoyed the skating on Laurel Lake, Sunday.
New Milford - E. B. Stillwell, of Binghamton, was found dead in bed at the Thomas House, Thursday morning. Mr. Stillwell has been painting scenery for the Opera House, and has been here since last September. He has a wife in New York; also relatives in Scranton. His funeral was held at the Opera House yesterday. Interment in the New Milford Cemetery.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The Batchelor's Club was royally entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lane, Friday evening, Dec. 14. Music and games were indulged in until about midnight when a bountiful repast was served, which was up to the Queen's taste in every respect; the only feature the writer did not like was when it came time to go home. AND Since the Middletown supervisors have gone to purchasing town supplies on a large scale, what would be the matter with buying some street lamps? They could be used to advantage on the road leading from Middletown Centre to Jackson Valley, by those who have to travel them after dark.
Frankliln - This town is growing very fast; we have two barber shops, Thomas Scott is proprietor of one, and Geo. French, the other.
Harford - Sunday morning Rev. W. Usher will preach a Christmas Sermon at Cong. Church "How Christ has enriched the worlds'life" [with] special music. The Christmas exercises and tree on Monday evening.
News Briefs: The city of Binghamton will remove about 500 bodies from the old abandoned Eldridge cemetery on the North side and the same will be buried in some spot designated by the city. The grounds of the old cemetery will then be cut up into building lots and sold by the city. A possibly dangerous situation confronts the grave diggers, the question of contamination from smallpox having arisen. Several prominent physicians of the city have propounded the question of "What will be the result of opening the graves of those persons who died from smallpox?" Although years have passed since a number of persons who died from the dread disease were interred in the burial ground, there are physicians who maintain that there is still danger in digging up and transferring these bones. Other physicians contend that after a body has remained buried for a few years, every danger of contamination is removed by the chemical action of the earth and the germs destroyed. And there you are! AND The substitution of modern enameled ware for the old-fashioned copper and iron cooking vessels is believed by Prof. William H. Diffenbach, of New York, to be largely responsible for the increase in the number of cases of cancer of the stomach. He also says that the X-ray produces cancer.
December 28 (1906/2006)
Montrose - Other than the services held in the Catholic and Episcopal church here on Christmas morning, and the merry festivities at the M.E. church at night, there was no outward demonstration of the fact that Tuesday was Christmas. The day was cold--intensely so, and it seemed like Sunday inasmuch as it was so very quiet. Most persons were content to spend the day at home, occupied in reading, writing and music, while some few went out of town to enter glad homes for the day. Others there whose hearts were saddened by the changes of the year, who in spirit trod the cold Judean hills to offer their gift of myrrh at the Bethlehem crib. We trust every home in this community felt the true spirit of Christmas. AND S. T. Flummerfelt's steady old grey horse, with which he has peddled milk so long, indulged in a short runaway last week. Everything is gay at holiday time.
Gibson - Greely Belcher, who is on his way home from the Klondyke, met with a street car accident while in San Francisco and is now in a hospital and expects to soon be able to resume his journey.
Silver Lake - Today was the work day of the season still the usual number attended church at St. Augustine's and one who attended St. Josephs' said he never saw a more crowded church, Christmas being the chief day of the year in that church.. Silver Lake Presbyterians held their Christmas exercises last Sunday. The church was prettily decorated and special new music rendered for the occasion. After the sermon the little ones were presented with candy, oranges, &c. to take to their homes. It was well for the little ones that the services were held Sunday, as all of the children live a mile or more from the church and would have been troubled to get there--those who had to walk could not have attended. The members of the Sabbath School presented the pastor with a gift to show that his efforts were appreciated.
Brookdale - Clark Stephens and wife, of Montrose, came over to visit their uncle, G. H. Brownson, December 23. Not finding them at home, they prepared themselves a dinner and getting comfortable and warm, returned home. They resolved to come again, soon.
Thompson - They had an old fashioned Christmas tree in the M.E. church Christmas eve.
Forest City - A remonstrance was circulated here against the granting of any new liquor licenses. There are a number of new applications. When Henry O'Neil got a license for a new place last year it set a lot of fellows' crazy for licenses.
Lynn - A. B. Sheldon's store building at Lynn was burned Monday night, being set by an oil stove in the cellar. AND Earl L. Very, of Fairdale, and Miss Sadie Rogers, of East Lynn, were married at the home of the bride, Wednesday at noon, Dec. 19th. After the ceremony, which was performed by Rev. J. W. Price, of Springville, more than 40 guests were present, mostly the near relatives of bride and groom, and sat down to a bountiful wedding dinner. There were useful presents including glass, linen, silverware, and a nice purse of money.
Springville - R. E. McMicken goes into the store with Stuart Riley as clerk. Mr. Riley is also putting up a building for salt storage.
Dundaff - A Dundaff man was fined $10 and costs for having his horse out in the cold on the street without food or water. There are some men in this part of the county who deserve the same treatment at the hands of the authorities.
Uniondale - It is early Christmas Eve--just before the stockings are hung, just before the trees are unloaded. The Eve before the anniversary of the Day of Days when the morning Stars sang the Birthday hymn of man's redeemer--just before the day that every loyal family should herald with gladness, the day when families should meet together when old feuds should be settled, and Peace and good will should predominate. AND George Esmay bought a horse of Stanley Norton, giving him in payment 246 chickens. Some of the fowl were blooded stock and cost Mr. E. $5 a piece. Mr. Norton sold the fowls to his son, Glen, for $125, and Glen is now coaxing them to lay while eggs are 36 cents per dozen.
M'Kinney Mills - Charles Morgan discovered a man in his chicken house one evening who, owing to the darkness, escaped, carrying with him one or two fowls. A night or two later, James Florance, who had a beef and a hog hanging near the house, heard some prowling around about 11 o'clock and when he opened the back door he heard them running away in the darkness. Farmers between here and Tingley have recently lost several fowls by chicken thieves until it has become a common occurrence.
New Milford - On Sunday, Dec. 16, in Elmwood, Neb., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Stark, a son. Mrs. Stark was formerly Miss Howell, of New Milford. Her many friends send congratulations.
Elkdale - Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Stevens celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, Saturday. A number of their friends joined with them in celebrating the affair.
East Kingsley - (a poem) Where is East Kingsley? I hear you ask/ To tell you that will be no task,/Up east of Kingsley, a mile or two,/ A prosperous place for all to go./There's Jeffers farm very up-to-date,/As fine as any in the state./And E.M. Loomis who has a mill down town/He sells the best meal that was every known./Then there's W. Oakley who can doctor a cow/To cure them all he knows just how./There's Melvin Tingley over-seer of the poor/He will show all paupers to the poor house door./Also Mr. A.M. Tingley director of the school/To pay good wages is his rule/And we have a carpenter, W. Wilmarth, is his name/In building houses he wins great fame./ E.D. Tanner does the school children take,/In a covered wagon with a second-hand brake,/To the Harford High School away/Each fall and winters day/Down the street the telephone runs along/And you may call up your neighbor and sing him a song./Or tell him his cows are running loose/Or ask for the pattern of his new blouse./As yet we have no trolley car/But then the time may not be far,/When electric cars and lights we'll see/Then very popular we will be.
Our Warmest Wishes in this Holiday Season. The Staff and Board of Directors of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association
January 04 (1907/2007)
Great Bend - We are authorized to say that if the party who took Postmaster Simrell's underclothes from the line Monday night, will return the same at the same time they return William Knoeller's bicycle, Charles Knoeller's washing, and George Lamb's and Charles VanZant's porch chairs, it will be all right. With the exception of Mr. Simrell, the above named parties advertised that the one who purloined the mentioned articles was known. Mr. Simrell says he has not yet made the thief's acquaintance, but he would like to meet him and thereby have as extensive an acquaintance as the other sufferers.
Forest City - Between the noises of exploding powder, the tooting of whistles and the commotion in the streets among those who celebrated the advent of the new year, Forest City people didn't enjoy peaceful sleep Monday night. It's all right, perhaps, but someone has a numerous and diversified list of cuss words to answer for.
Dimock - While engaged in work on the large barn being erected on the Cope farm at Dimock last Saturday, Werdon H. Allen sustained painful, and at the time it was feared, serious injuries. With his brother, Claude, assisting him in throwing a plank to the ground, he overbalanced in the act and was unable to save himself from falling. He is now recovering at the home of his father in law, Commissioner O. A. Tiffany, and will probably be out in a few weeks.
South New Milford - Mrs. B. F. Burdick received the sad news that her half brother in law, in North Dakota, was covered by a fall of coal 70 miles out on the frontier and was killed.
Montrose - The mercury on Monday, Jan. 7th, registered 60 degrees in the shade. To you who have just started new diaries for 1907 it might be worth mentioning the fact. Usually we are burrowing in snowdrifts about this time. AND In carting barrels or boxes of swill, or any other refuse through the streets, be careful in doing so, and drive slowly. To spread dirt of this kind carelessly is a violation of the law of good citizenship, and if complaint is entered to the council against the offending parties, they will learn a right smart and timely lesson on the proper observance of sanitary rules.
Lanesboro - Burglars entered the store of Buckley Bros. on Friday night, by boring a number of holes in the door and removing a panel. Little booty was secured, only 45 cents being found in the money drawer and a number of boxes of cigars taken. The tools by which entrance was affected to the store were taken from J. A. Taylor's blacksmith shop, they breaking into that building and appropriating the desired articles. They got away unapprehended, the first intimation of the robbery being the finding of the money drawer broken open the following morning upon the arrival of a clerk.
Susquehanna - Chicken thieves and hold-up gangs are pretty numerous around this section at present. If Susquehanna Borough can get what is their due from the Erie $10,000 tax, more officers could be employed to look after the people's interests. No other section of the county gets the travel that does Susquehanna, and everything drops off here from the main line and it would take several officers to keep suspicious characters under their eyes. We need the money, and we need the officers, and the question is, "will we get either?"
Uniondale - The ice last week rendered the roads almost impassable [and] some of the drivers said that in going down steep hills the wagon would nearly get ahead of the horses. Now the roads are muddy and in many places are broken up.
Friendsville - Francis Keenan has gone to Hoboken, where he has accepted a position. AND A beautiful statue, of exquisite workmanship, has been lately donated to the Catholic church. The statue represents St. Francis Xavier, the pattern [patron] of the church, and was a gift of Miss Mary Hickey, of Scranton, formerly of this place.
Brooklyn - The friends of Roy Shadduck entertain grave fears for his safety, as he is employed in Sonora, Mexico, and has charge of the company's store for the Cananea Yaqua River and Pacific Railway. Details of the Indian massacre on the line of that road were read in the Binghamton Press, of Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 29. Young Shadduck has many friends in New Milford and throughout the county, who will wait with much anxiety to hear from him.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - The little run of fine sleighing which was ours has given place to a fine lot of mud; as ever, we get the bitter with the sweet, which teaches us to appreciate our blessings. AND In Retta, we are glad to notice a light in the window of J. G. Sterling's these long, lonesome nights.
Harford - Norman Adams has bought a set of blacksmith tools and will work at his trade with his farm work the coming season.
News Briefs - How many of our readers can tell us what the stripes on the barber pole signify? You see the pole with the stripes and you know there is a barber shop back of the pole, but here the knowledge of the average person ceases. In the early days barbers did the bleeding for the community and surgeons were not as plentiful as now. The first thing thought necessary way down to the time of George Washington's death, was that every patient should be bled. Well, the red stripes on a barber pole mean the red ribbon bandages that barbers bound over the wounds caused by bleeding people. That's all. When they got through with a plethoric man, of full habit, and had tapped him like a hard maple tree in February, he was patched up and bandaged till his arms, legs, and trunks looked like a much-gartered leg. AND Borden's Condensed Milk company is just 50 years old, and their business continues to grow with each year, so that today all over the country and throughout the civilized world they are regarded as the largest manufacturers of milk products and "Leaders of Quality." AND Vigorous condemnation of home euchre clubs and progressive euchre parties as demoralizing and paving the way for the young people to become gamblers, has been uttered by the City Epworth League of Scranton.
January 18 (1907/2007)
New Milford - A rather peculiar case was heard before Judge Searle, Friday, involving the custody of a child, Elizabeth Walker, adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walker of New Milford, habeas corpus proceedings being brought against Wm. Lacey of Franklin township, charged with detaining the child. From the judge's opinion it shows that about five years ago Mrs. Walker took the child at the age of three months from a Binghamton institution and had cared for it as her own up until about two months and a half ago. At that time she left the child at the home of Mr. Lacey, telling him she would return in a couple of weeks, Mr. Walker being employed in Sayre, where their household goods had been shipt and where they intended residing. Mrs. Walker, being taken sick at Sayre and unable to return for the child as she had stated, Mr. Lacey had an order of relief issued to him by the Franklin poor overseers and the child was apprenticed to himself and wife. This was the condition of affairs Mrs. Walker found when she recovered from her sickness and returned for the child, and the Laceys, having evidently formed an attachment for the little girl, desired to keep her. Mrs. Walker then took the matter before her Lawyer, Attorney Selden Munger, and habeas corpus proceedings were instituted, the court after the hearing, ordering the return of the child to her keeping.
Rush - The Automatic Merchandising Co., of Brooklyn, N.Y., of which T. S. Wheatcroft, a former resident of this county [Rush], is secretary, has just declared its fifteenth quarterly dividend. The dividend is at the rate of 12 per cent per annum. When they've got a man like "Tom" at the helm, through, they've naturally just got to pay dividends.
Elk Lake - Mrs. Mary A. Blakeslee, wife of the late Gibson Blakeslee, was born in Delhi county, Pa., in 1833, and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. C. Henry, in Binghamton, Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 07, aged 73 years and 11 months. Her home had been near Elk Lake for the past 24 years where she was held in high esteem. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Warren Lathrop of Elk Lake, and Mrs. J. C. Henry of Binghamton. Also two brothers, C. E. Griswold of California, and K. E. Griswold of South Montrose, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Wm. Henry of South Montrose. The funeral was held at her late home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. H. B. Benedict officiating. Burial was made in the cemetery at South Montrose.
Hallstead - Hallstead people are going to make a thorough test as to whether there is oil or gas in paying quantities in that region. A meeting will be held this evening in the office of the Hallstead and Great Bend Water Company for the purpose of organizing a company to do the prospecting.
South Montrose - The young people here will give "The Old Maid's Convention" Friday evening, Jan. 25, at the church. Admission 20 cents, children 15 cents. Proceeds for minister's salary. Prof. Pinkerton's electric machine and the "Old Maids" will furnish lots of fun.
Forest City - George L. Crofoot, of Crystal Lake, has purchased the entire milk product of Valley Farm and will give his patrons in Forest City the purest of milk.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - B. B. Lowe was out Saturday driving his spanking young team of blacks which he is very proud of, and he well may be, as they are the finest span of colts in this section.
Birchardville - The Red Men have bought the property on which the blacksmith shop stands, for the purpose of building a new hall.
Susquehanna - J. W. Dewitt, chief train dispatcher of the Delaware Division, with headquarters here, has resigned and G. H. Ford, of Port Jervis will succeed him [and] M. H. Hanrahan goes to Port Jervis to fill the vacancy by Mr. Ford being promoted. The railroad boys will be sorry to see "Jack" leave them, as he has been with the Erie for over 25 years and has the best wishes of all his associates.
Elkdale, Clifford Twp. - Many from Dundaff attended the surprise party at the home of T. J. Owens, in honor of his son, Edward Owens, who is home on a furlough from the 110th company of the U. S. A., stationed at Newport, R.I. AND Gerauld Burdick has opened a wagon repair shop in Harry Taylor's sawmill.
Lathrop Twp. - R. T. Everson lost a valuable cow one day last week.
Hop Bottom - J. J. Quailey has been very faithful and painstaking in looking after the interests of both patrons and the management of the Foster creamery, and in recognition of his services received a very handsome watch and chain for Xmas. Mr. Q. is a resourceful manager and if there are repairs or improvements to be made gets right into the harness himself, thereby saving the company much expense.
Ararat - "Aunt" Susan Baldwin is very feeble and failing fast from old age, she being 95 years old last October.
Fairdale - Dr. Buck and son Walter, entertained friends with some fine music on Saturday evening. The Doctor played the violin and his son managed the phonograph.
Glenwood - Installing officers in Capt. Lyons Post [G.A.R.] took place Jan. 12th. D. N. Hanly installed the following comrades: E.E. Smith, Post Com.; W. F. Medler, Adjt.; B. McDonald, O. M.; J. Cline, Officer of the Day; J. B. Swartz, Sergeant Major. The installation passed off in good form. The officers and their wives sat down to a fine collation; oysters were served in the first course, then came the sweetmeats; cakes, pies, doughnuts, coffee and cream. The ladies present were the life of the occasion; wit and humor flowed freely and all enjoyed the repast.
News Brief: A heat wave, such as has seldom been experienced in the Middle West during January, prevailed there recently. In the Ozark region a temperature of 70 degrees was recorded and the unusual warmth caused fruit buds to swell. In St. Louis, Kansas City and other cities fires were allowed to die out in the big office buildings and men employed outdoors worked in their shirtsleeves. Burean reports that this January is the warmest in years. At Austin, Tex., a temperature of 86 degrees was recorded. The summer weather caused serious floods in Ohio and Indiana and at Murphysboro, Ill., twenty houses are under water as the result of an overflow from the Mississippi River.
January 25 (1907/2007)
Brooklyn - There is a fine opening for a stirring, up-to-date doctor. The vacancy caused by the death of Dr. A. Chamberlain has never been filled and a good place awaits some one.
Carbondale and Thompson - A peculiar burglary occurred at Carbondale on Saturday, where some one broke into the property room of the theatre there and took two of a group of six pistils, which hung on the wall. Suspicion fell on two young men who had been seem loitering about the place and who had left the town, but later the manager of the theater was surprised to receive, by express, the missing pistols, they having been sent from Thompson, this county.
Lawton - Isaiah Haire, who has for a number of years conducted Hotel Haire at Lawton, has rented his hotel property to William H. Millard, who will take possession soon.
Susquehanna - Edwin G. Taylor, who died suddenly Tuesday evening of heart failure, was one of our oldest and most respected residents. He was apparently as well as ever when he attended the Republican caucus on Tuesday evening. Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War, county treasurer of this county in 1873, and has served the borough as councilman and filled other positions of trust during his residence here. Mr. Taylor was 77 years of age and is survived by a wife and two sons, who have the sympathy of their entire community in their sad bereavement.
Springville - Several teams went over to Hopbottom, last week to get coal, as there seemed to be a shortage. AND Ice men are beginning to look across their noses. AND Dr. J. O. Spencer, President of Morgan College, Baltimore, will deliver a lecture in the High school building, Wednesday of this week. The fact that Mr. Spencer started out as a boy from this vicinity, his home being in the village of Lynn, should be a reason as well as his ability as a speaker to insure a full house. The subject is "Japan Yesterday and Today."
South Montrose - The large ice house at the milk station is being filled with ten-inch ice from Decker's pond.
Gelatt - The Sleighing this winter is like the old woman's soap-it comes and goes.
Birchardville - A medicine company will have a vaudeville every evening this week at the Grange Hall. Admission ten cents.
Flynn - William Lane, who has been in the contracting and building business in Elmira for the past year and a half, is about to purchase the J. W. Flynn farm, one of the most desirable locations in western Susquehanna.
Forest City - The borough council recently took the first steps toward another effort to sewer the town. An ordinance passed two readings providing that a special election be held asking the voters of the town to authorize a bonded indebtedness of $10,000 for sewer purposes.
Uniondale - Mrs. Edith Churchill Dickey, who has been a great sufferer from consumption, died at her home in this vicinity Monday evening of last week, leaving five motherless little boys. It is reported that her father, sister and brother, each took one, and there are still two left without any place.
Friendsville - Last week A.O.H. Hall was the scene of a series of plays, presented by the Trixie Monroe Company, a troupe traveling for the Modern Remedy Company, of Ohio. Prizes were offered for the most popular baby; also the most popular lady. Baby prize, a gold necklace, was won by little Juan Casey, niece of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Hannan. The lady's prize, a silver set, was won by Celia Matthews, only three ladies contesting.
East Kingsley - Elmer D. Tiffany is busily engaged in trapping, having made over $16 this winter in the sales of furs.
Montrose - The death of William K. Harris, occurred at his late home in Waverly, Pa., on Jan. 21, 1907, after enduring with patience a severe attack of rheumatism, which produced heart failure. We always claimed Mr. Harris as one of our own citizens, despite the fact he left Montrose several years ago. While a resident here he owned a home on Chenango street next door to Bethel church, where his friends used to love to go and have social chats. He was a great reader and ever ready to discuss both religious and political questions of the day. While he and his good Christian wife lived near Bethel church, they were instrumental in doing great good for it and services were regularly held there, and warm enthusiasm prevailed, especially during the pastorate of Rev. Mr. Burrell, when in this church Mr. Harris was leader of a large and excellent choir. He is remembered in this community as a God-fearing man and upright citizen. His wife, Mrs. Martha Harris, and an adopted daughter, Mary, are left to mourn his loss. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the Bethel A.M.E. church, at Waverly.
Scranton - The number of typhoid cases in Scranton has reached to 1076; diphtheria cases, 45; scarlet fever, 71. Official deaths from typhoid, 93 up to noon Saturday. In one house in one family there was one stricken with diphtheria, one with typhoid, one with scarlet fever. Three signs are on the house.
News Briefs: A York state man gathered and sold $28 worth of burdock seed last fall. It is used in making burdock blood bitters and is worth a dollar an ounce. AND Over 10,000 tons of toys, most of them cheap little articles hand made by the thousands of persons engaged during the winter in that business in Germany, were shipped to this country for the Xmas trade this year. AND On Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock, at Montrose, the thermometer registered 11 degrees below zero, and on Thursday morning, 17 degrees, and at Hawley's farm 22 degrees. At Franklin Forks it went down to 25 degrees. [Assuming all temps were below zero]
February 01 (1907/2007)
Montrose - One of the worst fires which has visited Montrose in over a decade occurred last evening. As a result the buildings occupied by Billings & Co., furniture dealers; L. B. Hollister, pool and billiard parlors; W. L. Carey's grocery store; J. C. Harrington's feed store; Geo. H. Lyon's binders and the offices of Attorneys M. S. Allen and Selden Munger, are a mass of charred ruins, while the loss is estimated at close to $25,000, with a total $13,000 [insurance]. All the buildings which were burned were wooden structures, located on the east side of Public avenue, just above the First National Bank building, and consequently in the very heart of the business section of the town. Had it not been for the fact that the bank building was a brick structure, there is no question but what the entire east side of the avenue would have been burned, as a stiff east wind was blowing. (Uncle Avery Frink, who built the bank building, said it was fire proof.) The T. J. Davies' building on the upper side was also in imminent danger and had the building gone it would undoubtedly have also swept away the Tarbell house [County Seat Hotel] and the Searle building, occupied by McCollum & Smith, the Montrose library [old library site] and the law offices of J. S. Courtright and Searle McCollum.
Brooklyn - The subject of Rev. Drury's sermon at the Universalist church next Sunday morning will be "Eve and the Apple" or "Is the consciousness of sin a benefit to the race."
Springville - Last Friday morning the house of M. L. Scott was discovered to be on fire, and when help arrived the house and contents were beyond help and nothing was taken out but a chair and washer. The sad part, however, was the burning of the 10-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Scott, which was in bed when the alarm was given. Mr. Scott was at his barn when the fire was discovered, and although he made heroic efforts to save the child, the fire burned so rapidly that it was not done. Some of the family were turned out in their night clothes, a brother, Eugene Scott, who was sick being one of the number. As it has left the whole family without shelter or clothing they are being cared for the present by kind neighbors, and about $400 has been raised with which to help the family in their distress. There was no insurance.
Clifford - A goodly number of the Methodist congregation and their friends, took it into their heads to have a frolic. They laid some plans and Friday night called on B. F. Bennett while he was taking his evening chat at one of the stores. After all had assembled Mr. B. was sent for. The lights were turned low to allay any suspicions which might have been lurking around his hat. B. F. came stamping in when all at once the lights were turned on full head and then was revealed a house full of people. As soon as he could get his tongue from the roof of his mouth, he said, well--ask Frank what he said. At the proper time dainty and abundant refreshments were served to which all did justice. Before leaving, Ella M. Stuart presented, in behalf of the friends assembled, a splendid silk umbrella. The presentation speech was apt and well received by all.
Susquehanna - Sunday morning fire was discovered in the old telegraph office of the Erie company, but of late has been used by the carpenters for their tools and the plumbing department of the Delaware division had their shop there. The fire department responded promptly and fine work was done to save the adjoining buildings, the thermometer registered below zero and work was difficult. Several of the firemen were injured, but not seriously. The loss is $10,000, which is covered by insurance.
Ararat - "Aunt" Susan Baldwin died last Tuesday at the advanced age of 95 years. The funeral was held at the M.E. church, of which she had been a life long member, having united at the age of 9 years. AND C. G. Mumford is making extensive preparations for improving the "first run" in the coming sugar season. He has a large evaporator, new pails, and is having a convenient building erected with all the conveniences of improved sugar making; also syrup. Mr. M. is a scientific farmer and believes in doing things on a correct plan; so we shall look for an invitation to sample the "first run."
Forest City - The "Hand of Man" company [shows called off in Susquehanna and Hallstead] seems to be an enterprise similar to the show Ed Main organized a few years ago, and which lasted only a few days. It was organized at Forest City under the management of C. C. Manzer, of that place, and started on the road Jan. 18. They were billed for Olyphant, Wednesday night; Montrose, Thursday; Hallstead, Friday; and Susquehanna on Saturday, but did not meet with the best of fortune during their first week. At Olyphant, for some reason, the play was not put on and the company, missing connections, failed to get to Montrose until nearly nine o'clock on the day they were billed to appear. At Hallstead the show went to pieces.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - If this fine sleighing continues for a month or two there will be less old bachelors on the hill, if I don't miss my guess.
Uniondale - A unique conveyance passed through town Saturday morning. A Russian, living on the side of Moosic mountain, had a yoke of oxen hitched to a short sled on which was fastened a sap kettle and a couple of bags of grain, on which he sat comfortable riding, while a miss, 12 or 14 years of age, was leading the oxen with a rope hitched to their horns, in the fast falling snow, which was then above her shoe tops.
Brookdale - Mrs. Harriet Allen celebrated her 87th birthday, Jan 24. It proved a happy birthday, [even] if it was zero weather.
St. Joseph - Joseph O'Connell, engineer of the Good Shepherd Laundry, also his sister, Miss Loretta, of the Scranton Private Training School, are visiting their parents here.
Hop Bottom - Funeral services of Martin, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Beeman, age 14, were held from their home Friday, Rev. Pope officiating. Six of his schoolmates were bearers: John Palmer, Roy Case, Claude Ellsworth, Lee Bertholf, Emmet Wood, Charles Kellum. Interment in Brooklyn Cemetery.
Crystal Lake - Samuel Dixon, health commissioner of Pennsylvania, was here Monday looking after the sanitary condition of the watershed. It is no wonder the people of the towns and cities down the valley would have an epidemic of typhoid fever and other contagious diseases. The city people will come here in the summer and go in bathing and pollute the pure waters of the lake. The lake and streams are little less than drains or sewerage for horsestables, hog pens, slaughter houses, cesspools, etc. Great water supply this is.
February 08 (1907/2007)
Great Bend - All scarlet fever cases are of light form. Quarantine was lifted from the home of Richard Stack Sunday.
Fairdale - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Birchard are rejoicing over the arrival of a pair of twins but we are sorry to note they will move on with the medical show.
New Milford - Parties were in town last week looking over the old tannery, which has been idle for the past four years. AND This is a good time for the farmers to talk up good roads and how to improve roads by reducing the grades so the teams can handle the loads easier. It's to the farmers' good to have better roads.
Jackson - Dr. Thomas Jefferson Wheaton, one of Wilkes-Barre's oldest physicians and a native this county, died on Jan. 2nd. Deceased was the 9th child of a family of 14 born to Moses and Sarah (Ballon) Wheaton, who were residents of Jackson. He attended the district school of that place and the Harford Academy and later studied medicine with his brother, Dr. W. W. Wheaton, also taking the lectures at the Eclectic Medical College at Rochester, N.Y. He practiced medicine from 1849 to 1858 in Bradford and Susquehanna counties and Binghamton. During the Civil War he was on the iron clad monitor "Dictator," and upon its conclusion took up the practice of dentistry in Binghamton and in 1873 in Wilkes-Barre, and then retired from active business. He is descended from Robert Wheaton who came from England to this county in 1636 and joined the colony of planters at Salem, Mass.
Upsonville & Franklin Twp. - The school on Franklin Hill has closed and the scholars attend the East school. F. L. Dearborn takes them to and from the school each day. AND Last Friday night students of the Baker school took a sleigh ride to Montrose to view the newly burned district.
Alford - J. M. Decker is filling the D.L. & W. Co. ice house and T. C. Tingley is filling the creamery ice house.
Montrose - Becker and Wilson will cease to operate the cut glass factory longer than this spring, as they wish to go elsewhere, though the business is a profitable one, apparently. Others have the business under consideration. Whether it will be continued by other parties depends on the attitude assumed towards it by the businessmen of Montrose. AND A club known as the "Topsy Girls" was very pleasantly entertained by Miss Alice Gardner at her home on South Main St. During lent these girls will dispense with playing cards, as is their custom, and instead will embroider and read together.
Harford - Our representative Hon. E. E. Jones, of Harford, has introduced a bill in the lower house of the state legislature for an appropriation of $15,000 to the Simon H. Barnes Memorial Hospital at Susquehanna.
Susquehanna - E. F. Hopton has exchanged his new Collier street hotel property, in Binghamton, with C. Fred Wright, of Susquehanna, for a farm of 322 acres in Susquehanna county, and 50 percent in cash. The farm contains a large tract of timber and five dwellings. The hotel, which is practically completed, contains 65 rooms and all the latest improvements. Mr. Wright will not run the hotel himself, but will employ a manager.
Choconut - The will of the late Miss Ellen Heavey was admitted to probate on Monday by Surrogate Parsons in Binghamton, and letters of testamentary issued to Rev. Father J. J. Lally of St. Joseph. The estate consists of personal property amounting to $1400, most of which is bequeathed to Catholic clergymen.
South Gibson - On account of poor health, W. Earl Maxey has sold his mercantile business to Sheriff Pritchard & Sons, who are doing business at the old stand. Mr. Maxey and wife have gone to Clark's Summit, where his mother resides. In the near future he will take a trip to another climate.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Some from this place have taken advantage of the fine sleighing during the past week by hauling lumber to Meshoppen for Frank Carter and Redding & Hahn.
Welsh Hill - The people of this place are busy harvesting the large crop of ice on Lake Idlewild.
Brooklyn - A Valentine Social will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Palmer next Thursday evening. Teams will take all who wish to go. A pleasant time is assured.
News Brief: "The Presidents Lark" President Roosevelt's chief recreation nowadays seems to be found in giving the secret service men nervous prostration. Whenever he can escape their scrutiny he does so, and each time there is an epidemic of nervous prostration in the corps. It is a tough job to dodge the secret service men, for, knowing his disposition to do so, they are on the alert, and they know most of his tricks. Tuesday night, however, he succeeded in eluding them for an hour and a half and had the time of his life. He had not been gone for more than a minute before his guardians discovered his escape, and they were thrown into a panic. One of them started on a rapid run toward Senator Lodge's, while another deployed along the avenue toward Georgetown on horseback. Two more hastened into streets where the President had occasionally taken a horseback ride, while a fifth investigated to see if a horse was missing anywhere and found that the President was undoubtedly afoot, wherever he might be. Meanwhile, happy in his newfound freedom, the President had made a beeline for the white lot, the big vacant space back of the White House ground. It is big enough to hide 50 Presidents and so gloomy at night that no President would ever be suspected by the most imaginative guardian of a desire to go there. The President walked all around this big lot a dozen times, momentarily expecting to be over hauled and recaptured. Finally he became bold and walked down one unfrequented street and turned up another. He walked ten blocks and back, meeting hardly anybody, and returned to the White House chipper and exultant. As he arrived he ran into half a dozen limp and disheartened looking secret service men, who had given up the chase and were preparing to lose their jobs. He grinned pleasantly at them and vainly they tried to grin back.
February 15 (1907/2007)
New Milford - The Jay House has recently installed electric lights, call bells and a barber shop. They are now figuring for an elevator.
Gelatt - E. P. Whitney is the man who fired the first shot at the battle of Gettysburg. Although 78 years old the veteran is as robust and happy as a man of middle years and tells of his experience in the war, recalling his sufferings in the Salisbury prison and all the famous battles in which he fought. Mr. Whitney was born in Gelatt in 1833 and is engaged in farming. He has a comfortable home and a farm of 100 acres. He enlisted in the army for three years on Oct. 1, 1862, with Company B, 17th Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry, at New Milford, and during his stay in the army participated in 73 battles. On July 1, 1863, he was stationed on the line picketing. Shortly before 6 o'clock in the morning he spied the enemy approaching. "They were about a mile off," said Mr. Whitney, "and when they got near enough, I fired at them. We immediately formed a picket line. We held them back until 10 o'clock, when the infantry relieved us." In the winter of 1864-65 Mr. Whitney, with nine others, were detailed by Brigade Colonel Sheridan, stationed 60 miles above Shenandoah Valley, W. V. The ten were captured about 30 miles above Winchester by Mosby's guerrillas and thrown into prison. Five weary months Mr. Whitney spent in prison walls, and after he was relieved he went to Annapolis, Md. A week later he was given a furlough and went home. In the spring of the same year the war closed and he did not return to the army.
Lathrop - Union Grange No. 152 P. of H., met with the Worthy Secretary and wife, Mr. and Mrs. E. E .Johnson, Jan. 25, for their annual installation of officers. The Grangers are anticipating the erection of a new Grange hall in the near future, the land opposite the M. E. church at Lakeside having been purchased of the Nicholson Water Co.
Brooklyn - W. L. Sterling is talking of buying the Waterworks, which was owned by Charles Tiffany and connecting his large spring on the "Baker" property with the present system and thus supply the town with spring water and also good fire protection. AND The old mercantile firm of A. Ely & Sons is succeeded by Luther S. Ely, one of the members who will continue the business. "Luce" has a lot of friends who will heartily wish him well.
Montrose - On Tuesday afternoon between twelve and one o'clock, four persons in a bobsleigh, in passing the door of the laundress, Mrs. Joanna W. Brown, on Church Street, stopped and picked up a pillowcase with lace edge--the property of Mrs. Brown. The parties looked toward the clothes line, and must have known to whom the article belonged. A neighbor was an eye witness to it. Please return the pillowcase.
Susquehanna - The Beach Sanitarium Co., which recently purchased the old Beebe homestead, has been enlarging and equipping it with all the requirements of a first class sanitarium. It will make a specialty of the cure of cancer by the Beach method, a treatment exclusively controlled by the company, which has been successful in hundreds of cases and has not a single record of failure. No knife is used. The treatment consists entirely of the injection of a serum that effectually removes the cancer permanently and with very little pain. The alterations in the building are nearly completed and the company is about ready to accept patients, of which a long waiting list has been awaiting the completion of the building. The company is a responsible one with ample capitol and intends to advertise themselves to people all over the country so that in all probability Susquehanna will soon be a famous for its cure of cancer as Mt. Clemens, Mich., is for the cure of rheumatism.
Harford - Henry W. Booth, who had just recovered from a serious illness, sustained painful injuries, Saturday, by a tree falling on him.
Great Bend - While harvesting ice on the river, the large team of draught horses owned by J. W. Snedaker went through the ice and were rescued with difficulty, but with the aid of ropes, planks, & c., they were saved, and aside from a bad drenching they were none the worse for their experience.
Elk Lake - Elwood Griswold is filling the ice house at the Star Creamery.
Clifford - Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday our streets were filled with coal teams. AND R. E. Wells made a business trip to Scranton last week; he expects to be the proprietor of the Royal hotel in the near future.
Springville - Lost -- A young man fresh from the vine clad quarries of the east. If in quest of a job see A. L. Stevens.
Lawsville - We are having a good show at present. It is given by Mr. Cot and family. Mr. Cot represents the Standard Medicine Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dimock - Walter Newton has purchased a fine 4-year-old colt of Glen Watrous, which is a good single driver. Walter also has a phonograph to give you some nice music when you call at his home.
Thompson - Ernest Potter, who has been in the employ of the Erie company for some time, has reopened his blacksmith shop and is doing a rushing business at the old prices.
Lakeside - F. E. Benson, of the N. E. Telephone company, placed a phone in the home of B. C. Tourje on Monday.
News Brief: The postoffice department will hereafter give preference to married men, with large families, in dealing out new jobs and passing around the promotions. Rather hard on a young fellow too poor to marry. AND [Susquehanna] County Commissioners, G. E. McKune, O. A. Tiffany and M. J. Lannon, yesterday morning, started out on their long trip about the county delivering ballots [for the coming election]. This is a delightful journey for these busy officials and they always look forward to it with keen enjoyment. Often their horses are unable to get through the drifts and then they are treated to superb exercise by frequent health-giving walks of from three to five miles with arms lightly encircling thirty or forty pounds of "saviors of the country." The weather was pretty moderate yesterday, but doubtless all three are sighing for a good cold snap, with plenty of snow and wind.
February 22 (1907/2007)
Susquehanna - An engine at the Erie roundhouse in Susquehanna on Friday night sunk into the ash pit, the supposition being that the supports in the pit became loosened, allowing the engine to fall. The hostler, R. E. Bedford, sustained a broken nose and other severe injuries in the accident.
Montrose - Geo. H. Watrous' annual sale of muslin underwear begins Feb. 23, and closes March 9. This is the sale the ladies have all been waiting for. AND On Tuesday afternoon, Lewis T. Harrower, the mill man, and Claude Rafe, a well known Wilkes-Barre businessman, were mixed up in a lively runaway. Mr. Harrower was driving his restive horse down Cherry street, Mr. Rafe being seated beside him. While making the turn down the steep grade at Church street, one of the thills dropped and the horse was off like a flash, tearing down the street at an uncontrollable pace. Nearing the Turrell book store, Mr. Harrower, endeavoring to turn the frightened animal into the alley leading to Perrigo's livery, and thinking to slacken its speed by steering it into a snowdrift, encountered an unexpected rock, used for a stepping stone, in the center of the drift. The sleigh runners struck the rock, the horse parted from the vehicle, as did the young men, taking the quickest and most direct route over the dashboard. Strange to relate, all escaped injury, the sleigh, however, being put out of commission temporarily.
Forest City - Editor F. T. Gelder, of the Forest City News, has been named as postmaster. Editor Gelder, besides being a good newspaper man and also versed in Blackstone, having acted as justice of the peace for a number of years, is a good all round fellow and will make the black diamond town a good postmaster.
Rush - Clarence Larue has torn down and moved the old Featherly house and will re-erect it on the site of his recently burned home. AND There will be a "toe" social at the home of Uzal Kinney on Friday evening, March 1. All are invited to purchase the foot of their chosen fairy. AND After many months of patient suffering Jacob Cronk passed peacefully away on the night of Feb. 18, 1907, aged 81 years and 5 months. He had been a resident of Rush since 1844 and was one of the very last of the old settlers.
Gelatt - An automobile passed through here on Sunday en route for Susquehanna. They said it was hard work to get through the snow. AND E. R. Gelatt and Hubbard Payne went to Philadelphia, last week, and bought them each a farm horse.
New Milford - Jasper Jennings, in his "Geography and History of Susquehanna County" column, talked about New Milford Township and Moon's Mills: The first mills at this place were built at an early day by Jeremiah Dowd. He constructed a log dam and reared a primitive grist and saw mill in the dark and frowning hemlock forest in a spot now covered by the pond, where he did custom grinding and sawing. Later he built the present building, which was purchased by Archibald Hill, who built a new stone dam and saw mill, and for many years did a large business. Hill finally sold the mill to Elias Moore, a first class mill-wright from Lenox township, who remodeled both mills, making them first-class in every respect and who did a very large business for a time. Ferdinand Whipple next came into possession of the property when the lumber business gradually played out in the section and the saw mill was permitted to go to decay, as many others have done where the stately forests have passed away. The grist mill was run for some time by D. A. Moon, and last by M. M. Moon, since which the place has been called "Moon's Mills." The plant has lately been purchased by the Electric Light & Power Co. of New Milford, who also purchased the Page Pond, at Lakeside, as a reservoir, and with an efficient dynamo and approved machinery furnish lights for New Milford borough. What a contrast to the primitive tallow dip used by the early settlers and even by many in the memory of our older inhabitants.
Uniondale - Thomas Davis, a man from near Elkdale and a little past middle life, went out one day last week to water his horses and fell dead.
Hop Bottom - To keep abreast of the times and have their product reach the city market in the most cleanly and sanitary condition possible, the milk station at Foster [Hop Bottom], in charge of J. J. Quailey, is undergoing a very thorough overhauling, in fact so much that nearly the whole building will be rebuilt like new, and large additions made to same, the complete structure having a frontage on the D.L.& W. of over 80 feet besides the ice houses.
Great Bend -What might have been a serious accident was averted as William Ely was driving E. E. Brooks' young horse. Mr. Burke was in the cutter with Mr. Ely and as the sleigh struck a bare spot on the river bridge the weight of the load caused the horse to stagger and fall against the iron fender or guard rail which broke, and in an instant the horse partially fell over the bridge. Mr. Burke and Mr. Ely leaped from the cutter and quickly caught hold of the horse, whose head and forward feet were extending over the bridge, and as the animal did not struggle they succeeded in pulling him back and righting matters.
Glenwood - James M. Conrad, a veteran of the Civil War, departed this life Sunday morning, Feb. 18, 1907 at 8 o'clock a.m., aged 82 years. He leaves four children: Dennis, of this place; Ira, of Scranton, Alma, of Factoryville, and Lelia, of Lathrop. He had been a great sufferer for many years by reason of a gun-shot received while serving his country in its time of greatest trial. Peace be to his ashes.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - Rev. R. N. Harris, formerly of Welsh Hill, went to Yale University about 18 months ago to take a post-graduate course and now has just accepted a call to become pastor of the Memorial Congregational church at New Haven, Conn. This church was established in 1835 and is one of the most influential in New Haven.
Dimock - There will be an oyster supper at the home of C. C. Mills, Feb. the 26th, for the benefit of the Dimock Free Library. Adults 20 cents; children 10 cents.
Lathrop - L. V. Lord got burned quite bad on the face. He was working in the stone quarry and one of the pipes bursted.
March 01 (1907/2007)
Kingsley - The Kingsley Hotel is famous as a place for fine meals and the traveler is always glad to stop there. This house has been newly papered and painted and presents a very wholesome and neat appearance.
Carson, Nevada - Thomas J. Tennant, who is said to have written more of Nevada's laws than any other man living, a historian miner and ex-state senator, was discovered dying of heart disease on the basement floor in the state capitol building at Carson, by lieutenant governor Don S. Dickerson. Governor Sparks was called, but when the chief executive arrived, Mr. Tennant was dead. The report of the death on the street caused gloom to settle on the city and flags were hung at half-mast. The deceased was one of the best-known and best-informed men in the state of Nevada. He was a fine parliamentarian, had a good knowledge of the state and was one of the pioneers who passed through the first boom days. Mr. Tennant was born in Susquehanna Co., this state, on January 1, 1837, and went to Nevada, settling at Hamilton, White Pine county, in the early 50's. He served three terms as treasurer of that county and also represented it in the state legislature. He is survived by three brothers, Julian, of Tirzah, Pa., Judson, of Jackson, Pa., and Derrayne, of Red Cloud, Nev.
Lanesboro - Saturday afternoon, while Myron Foote was hauling ties with his horse from the side of the tracks on the banks of the Susquehanna river, the horse slipped and fell down the embankment, pulling Mr. Foote with him. They landed on the ice some 50 ft. below. The horse's neck was found to be broken and Mr. Foote received serious bruises. If his son, Floyd, had not been there to call help, he probably would have frozen to death.
Susquehanna - The Erie-D & H "crossover" on the Jefferson division, some two miles from Susquehanna, was the scene of a bad wreck on Saturday afternoon, both engines of Erie No. 121 and D & H No. 2 being derailed with several cars. The D & H train was late and accordingly was supposed to wait at the crossover for the Erie train to pass, but owing to some mistake was standing on the crossover when 121, running at about 30 miles an hour, came around a sharp curve. Engineer Wood, of the Erie train, applied the air and had the speed of his train reduced sufficiently to avid a fatal crash, but the two trains came together with sufficient force to derail both engines and smash the D & H baggage car. A number of the passengers of No. 121 were badly shaken up, while the crew of the D & H engine were also hurt.
Maryall, Bradford Co. - The A. J. Elliott homestead, at Merryall, three miles from Wyalusing, was, with most of its contents, destroyed by fire on Sunday last, the origin of the fire being a defective chimney. It was a large farm house built by Hon. John Elliott about 80 years ago, the site being near that of a log house erected by Joseph Elliott in 1794. Joseph, the father of John, was one of the few who escaped from the Wyoming massacre, not many years after which event he removed to Merryall, being one of the first settlers in the valley of the Wyalusing creek. The house burned was on the main road nearly opposite the Merryall cemetery and but a few rods from the old Presbyterian church, originally organized in 1793. It was occupied by the family--widow and children of the late A. J. Elliott.
Gelatt - Mrs. Geo. Hine is getting out lumber and will erect a number of cottages on the shores of Reilly Lake next summer.
New Milford - One of the most enjoyable church functions of the winter was held on Washington's Birthday, when the Philathea class of the Presbyterian church served a colonial dinner in the parlors of the church. The rooms and tables were attractively decorated with flags and bunting, while pictures of George and Martha were conspicuous. Arthur Hawley impersonated the first president and Mrs. Delia Smith, Mrs. Washington. About 100 guests were present, each of whom were presented with a souvenir hatchet.
Bridgewater Twp. - Guy Wells, one of the best-known residents of this section died Feb. 20, 1907, after but a day or two of illness. Mr. Wells was one of the best blacksmiths and mechanics of his day but on account of old age has been living quietly on his farm near Watrous corners, on the road between Montrose and Brooklyn, for several years. He had charge of all the iron work in building the jail, about 1870, and also the Bradford county jail, at Towanda, working with Avery Frink, the contractor in both instances. His body was laid to rest in the Newton cemetery in Brooklyn beside that of his wife, who died several years ago. He is survived by one son, D. O. Wells.
Great Bend/Hallstead - The people on both sides of the river are pleased because Wm. Knoeller has been awarded the contract to build the new school building in Hallstead.
Lathrop - Homer Johnson, a son of Elmer Johnson, of Lathrop, a young man about 21 years old, has been hauling milk to the creamery at Hop Bottom for some time past. On Thursday he stayed around here until nearly night, when he left for home. At a late hour his family became alarmed and started out in search of the missing man. His team was found out in a field with Johnson unconscious. The lines were frozen fast to the man's hand and had to be cut before the team could be driven. The man's hands and arms were frozen, as was his feet and legs to above the knees. Little hopes are entertained of saving his life. Johnson was unmarried. [Homer survived and on the 1910 census he is married, with one child.]
Thompson - Leon Hallstead, of the firm of Burns & Hallstead, running a meat market here, gave shelter for a few days to a crippled base ball player. Friday morning last, said tramp relieved his hostess of sixty dollars and took the Flyer for parts unknown. AND The Flyer ran into the engine of the Saratoga at the Jefferson Junction Saturday afternoon, causing a delay of a few hours and a general shaking up of the passengers on the Flyer, among whom was J. Dm Miller, Esq., of this place.
Brooklyn - There were many surprises in the result of the recent election. The town is a strong Republican town, but with a few exceptions, the entire Democratic ticket was elected and the question whether to bond the town and build the section of State road, from Lathrop town line to a point north of the village, was carried to build the road and it is expected that work will be commenced in the Spring. This is part of the proposed State road to be built from the State line to Scranton, and it is expected that road will connect Binghamton and Scranton via. Franklin Forks, Montrose, Brooklyn, etc.
Harford - The Central house had 26 guests for supper, Thursday night. Mr. and Mrs. Seaman are ideals as hosts and hostess and keep a splendid house. The viands are always of the best and everything about the place is cleanly and neat as wax.
Middletown - Middletown Grange held a very interesting meeting Saturday evening, Feb. 22. The principal feature was a debate on the question "Resolved that the horse is more useful to mankind than the cow?" From the arguments given the judges decided that the cow was more useful.
March 08 (1907/2007)
Auburn Twp. - Wm. D. Schoonmaker was born in Sullivan Co., N.Y., May 24, 1824 and died Jan. 18, 1907, at his home in Auburn, Pa., where he had lived for 49 years. May 1st, 1851, he was married to Eliza Smith, daughter of Stephen and Lavina Smith, of Brooklyn, Pa. They lived in Brooklyn about 6 years. They then moved to Auburn, living in a one-roomed log house for a time, enduring all the hardships of early settlers. He was never too busy to help others in sickness and trouble of any kind. He was a great worker, working early and late, singing as he worked, the songs of Zion. The last time we heard him sing "Beulah Land," he was in his 80th year, his voice was very weak then, but now he can sing it with a strong, triumphant voice. The sudden death of his youngest daughter, Elmira Howard, July 2, 1905, was a great shock to him, from which he did not recover. Also, the death of his beloved wife, June 22, 1906, left him very lonely, and he only seemed to be waiting to join the loved ones in the Better Land. Out of a family of seven children, four remain for a little while longer, when they too, will join father, mother and loved ones waiting to welcome them. AND The memorial windows for the new Jersey Hill church have come and they are extra fine.
Franklin Forks - Carroll R. Tiffany left Monday for a trip through West Virginia, where he expects to introduce his patent tree trimmers.
Montrose - It is now known definitely that Becker & Wilson, the cut glass manufacturers, intend to locate in New Brunswick, NJ. They have some of their machinery ready for shipment, although they will continue to run the factory for several weeks yet, about 20 employees being at work at present. This means that when the factory closes down the employees will seek other places where they can pursue their vocation, as no opportunity will exist here. It means that young men who have always lived here, now drawing remunerative wages, will be forced to leave in order to keep from idleness. It also means that $20,000 annually is going into the hands of merchants in other towns, which might better remain here. Many of the employees are waiting in the hope that the factory will be continued and it would seem that with one man alone, offering to take $6,000 of the capital stock, that the two or three remaining thousand necessary to finance it would be rapidly forthcoming.
Brooklyn - Much excitement was caused last Friday by the announcement of the death of Irene Palmer, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Palmer, who bought the T. F. Reynolds farm last spring. The girl, who was about 15 years old, was a scholar of the Brooklyn High School, riding from home a distance of about four miles each morning in the "kid wagon or sleigh." She had been earnest in her studies and attendance until Feb. 20, when she came to school as usual but did not feel well and had to leave school before noon, going to the home of Mrs. J. S. Wright, where she stayed until night. She said she did not want to miss a day, but never came back to school. On Thursday of the following week word came to the school directors that she was very sick and as her people were Christian Science, no medical attendance had been provided, and requesting the directors, who in the county are the board of health, to look into the matter. Arrangements were made for a committee to take Dr. A. J. Ainey and go up on Friday morning, but it was too late.
Death claimed its own before morning. The directors found that two healers of the faith had been in attendance, one from Kingsley and one from Scranton, but no physician had been called.
Fairdale - Two loads of poles were delivered Tuesday for the extension of the Bell Telephone line, which will pass through Taylor Hollow to Forest Lake Center.
Springville - The fire fighters at the high school building had a rather rough experience one day last week. In playing the rescue act Lloyd Johnson missed connection and fell with Perry Mills under his arm. When picked up Lloyd was insensible and Mills had some cracked ribs. Everyone is wondering what the next move will be.
Gibson - A sleigh load of young people from Upper Lake visited at the Gibson House recently.
Lenoxville - Clarence G. Stephens, the Lenoxville merchant, went to Wyoming to dismantle a grist mill, the machinery of which he purchased and will move it to Lenoxville and place in the mill, which he is erecting. The machinery is about new, having been used only a short time when the owner of the mill failed.
Great Bend - A great many from here attended the beautiful play of J. Q. Adams Sawyer, in Clune's Opera House, Monday evening, and it was a rare treat.
Dimock - Revival meetings are being held at the Baptist church by Elder Cleaver.
Harford - A. H. Mead wishes us to announce that in regard to the five birds shot in one day that they were secured one day last November. (No stretches of imagination could picture Andrew huntin' out o' season. He is too much of the true sportsman for that).
Forest City - Mrs. Annie E. Wilcox died two weeks ago at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. J. F. Biggart, in Carbondale, at the ripe age of 96 years, six months and eleven days. She was born in Connecticut and was a niece of General Zachary Taylor, the noted American leader in the Mexican war and later president of the United States. She had many remarkable anecdotes to tell of her early days and her distinguished relative, with whom she had been brought much in contact. Mrs. Wilcox was a woman of remarkable memory and possessed her faculties almost to her death.
Uniondale - The farmers are taking advantage of the good sleighing and the road is full of teams every day drawing props to Forest City.
News Brief: The Service Pension bill, recently passed by congress and signed by the president, insures a pension to all soldiers who served in the Civil war or in the war with Mexico, without fees to pension or claim agents. In case such person has reached the age of 62 years, $12 per month; 70 years, $15 per month; 75 years or over $20 per month.
March 15 (1907/2007)
Glenwood - This town has been kept in a whirl of excitement for the last month, sleigh ride parties, socials, dances, surprise parties, oyster suppers, card parties--in fact the whirl has been so great it makes the head dizzy. AND What might have been a serious accident occurred here Wednesday evening. A livery rig from Nicholson was driven up here and on starting back, the horse became frightened at some logs and shyed out of the road striking on other logs, throwing the young men out then hitting the curb stone of the sluices, tearing the cutter to pieces and leaving it scattered along the road. The horse never stopped until it reached home. We are told they could not get the horse out of the stable next morning.
Harford - Miss Gertrude Stearns, a graduate nurse from the Philadelphia hospital, with city experience, has returned to her home at Harford and will take up her profession in this county, for the summer at least. She makes this change in order to be at her home more of the time, feeling that her work would not be as confining here as in the city. The people of Harford and surrounding towns are fortunate in having Miss Stearns take up work here.
Silver Lake - Joseph Ward, of Laurel Lake, was here Tuesday. Mr. Ward has lived in Silver Lake township longer than any other citizen, except one, Alpheus Whipple, 77 years, and gets around as gracefully yet as the younger men. He is one of the men that years do not seem to make old.
Jackson - Jackson had a conflagration Monday morning resulting in the total destruction of the old Geary hotel, occupied as a hotel for over seventy years. The fire, discovered by Wm. Cole, had gained such headway that it was found impossible to save the hotel, and attention was given to E. W. Pickering's store near by. The hotel, vacant at the time of the conflagration, was last occupied by Freeman Howell, whose household goods were stored in the building and totally destroyed. The fire was thought to have been of incendiary origin. A light snow had fallen during the night and there were sleigh tracks leading to and under the meeting house sheds nearby and the track of a man from there to the rear of the hotel and back again. The hotel had recently been purchased by Joseph A. Perry and the court, upon remonstrance of the citizens of Jackson, refused a license.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - We are having a fine run of sleighing now, which makes it easy to get the summer wood hauled as well as a sleighride for pleasure now and then. AND In West Auburn, the house occupied by Will Swisher, known as the G. L. Swisher house, was destroyed by fire last Saturday evening. Mrs. S. was putting the children to bed when Harold, a small boy, upset a large lamp, which caught fire. Nothing was saved and there was no insurance.
Great Bend - Great preparations are being made for the 2nd annual ball under the auspices of the American Chair Co. employees association to be held in Clune's Opera House, April 12. Conner's orchestra; tickets 50 cents. AND Miss Lulu Brown is the assistant of Miss Genevieve Jackson, who has charge of the Central for the North-Eastern Telephone Co. Miss Jackson also has all the daily papers and magazines, novels and stationery.
Susquehanna - The bowling team is winning from all comers at present. Tuesday evening they defeated one of Binghamton's crack teams in three straight games.
South New Milford - G. Hayes went to Binghamton and had three teeth extracted and has been suffering with neuralgia in his face the past few days. The dentist said he never saw teeth pull so hard.
Montrose - Chief of Police W. E. Tingley has a couple of hens that should be arrested for disorderly conduct. They created a stir on the L & M yesterday when the morning train pulled in, which created considerable comment among the trainmen and spectators. The chief has a fine flock of chickens at his home near the tracks and yesterday being a fine day the chickens were allowed some exercise. When the train came in the startled chickens attempted to fly home, being across the tracks, but failed to calculate the speed of the approaching locomotive. Two of them truck the engine, one landing on the pilot, where it clung, the other flying into a drivewheel, where it "looped the loop" in one continuous performance until the station was reached, a couple of hundred yards below the starting point. They were unharmed, but "didn't know where to get off at," so Engineer Spence showed them, but they didn't want to leave even when persistently "shooed." Up until a late hour last night no news of the missing birds had been received.
Brooklyn - John H. Platt, of the Wheel and Wood Bending Co., of Bridgeport, Ct., is in town purchasing large quantities of white ash. He finds several lots of this kind of lumber in Brooklyn and vicinity.
Lathrop - Elmer, the youngest child of Mrs. Chas. Hunt, near Lathrop, was fatally injured last Friday afternoon. He was on his way to school with his two brothers. They were riding with Charles Rockwell, and when near the school house the boy fell off and the sled passed over him. He lingered till about midnight. The funeral was held on Monday from the home of Mrs. Peter Phillips, with interment in the Deckertown cemetery.
Forest City - While returning to their home in Clinton last week George, Robert and William Watts had an exciting time. In descending the mountain one of the holdbacks of the harness gave way and the horse became unmanageable. Oran Wagner, of this place, was driving a team in front and the Watt's horse landed in his sleigh. Robert was thrown into a snow bank and George and William were thrown with considerable force against the sleigh, but fortunately were not badly hurt.
News Briefs: A clerk in a Lestershire [Johnson City] store sleeps every night in a coffin, which he has rigged up as a bed in the basement of the store. It is not stated whether or not he is embalmed. AND Owners of sugar maples are already preparing for a heavy run of sap, the ground being frozen deep and well covered with snow, which is propitious for the sugar-making season. AND Monday was the anniversary of the violent blizzard of 1888. Railroad and street car traffic was almost entirely suspended in the east, and from the 11th to the 16th trains running from New York or Buffalo were unable to get through and there was practically no mail received for a number of days.
March 22 (1907/2007)
Montrose -The cut glass factory closed down last evening. A number of the employees intend going to New Brunswick with Messrs. Becker and Wilson, while some will not leave for the present, or will go elsewhere.
Silver Lake - Mrs. Holland, Binghamton's oldest resident, was buried the first of the week in St. Augustine's cemetery, at Silver Lake. [Hannah Buckley Holland was born in 1815 and was the wife of John Holland.]
Scranton - Dr. J. F. Everhart has presented the city of Scranton with a museum and academy of fine arts. The gift is valued at $300,000.
Dimock - The Dolan House was quite badly damaged by fire on Tuesday night. It is supposed the fire originated from the placing of a lighted pipe by one of the men in his coat pocket before retiring and leaving it hanging in the barroom. The fire ate its way upward through the roof before it was discovered, and after some effort, extinguished.
Rush - The store of Rogers' Bros., at East Rush, was completely destroyed by fire, together with most of their large stock of goods. The store has done a large business with the farming population of that section, being conducted by two young men well known here, Messrs. Benton I. and P. H. Rogers, former students of the Montrose High school. AND There will be an Easter social at the home of S. B. McCain on March 27. The ladies announce the following menu: Saratoga chips, salads, eggs to order in any style, baked beans, white and corn bread, pickles and sauces, ad lib, coffee and tea. Ice cream and cake will be served extra. Supper, 15c; ice cream, 10c.
South Auburn - The family circle of Frank Gay has been increased and enlivened by the addition of a daughter called Fieda, who arrived March 14.
Lanesboro - Thieves broke into the engine room of the Lanesboro Stone Mill Company and stole brass to the amount of $20. AND The old tannery buildings, purchased some time ago by W. E. Bennett, are being torn down and shipped to East Windsor, where the lumber will be used in making a brick-making plant.
Gelatt - While returning from Herrick Centre with a load of coal, Wellington Howell's team ran away, breaking the sleighs and cutting one of the horses quite badly.
Brooklyn - S. J. Bailey, manufacturer of cross arms pins and other wooden articles was in Montrose on Monday. Mr. Bailey has given Brooklyn a very nice enterprise and his products find a very ready sale. AND A pleasant social event took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Weston, when they were surprised by a number of their friends from Heart Lake, and a few from out of town. One large four-horse sleigh load came from Heart Lake. Dancing and social amusements were enjoyed until a late hour.
North Jackson - It is said that the North Jackson postoffice will be discontinued April 1.
Uniondale - The roads are in very bad condition. Teams break through the deep drifts and have to be shoveled out.
St. Joseph - Mrs. Mary Hanly is contemplating a trip to Binghamton.
Harford - Hon. E. E. Jones has introduced a bill into the Legislature providing that in view of the frauds sometimes practiced in the sale of mixed feed or "concentrated commercial feed stuff," that hereafter all such feed sold shall have a label on the bag, showing its contents. Mr. Jones seems to aid the public in his bills.
Retta, Auburn Twp. - F. E. Carter has purchased Mell Cornell's interest in the sawmill. Suppose business will hum now.
New Milford - Jasper Jennings writes some interesting facts about New Milford in his series "Geography and History of Susquehanna County." Some of the first settlers were Jediah Adams, who came in 1789, Robert Corbett in 1790 and Benjamin Hayden in 1794. The people at that time had little or no money and many drove ox teams and sleds, even to town and church. They manufactured nearly all their clothing, homespun was never scoffed at, and pleasure carriages were never seen. Goods were transported or hauled all the way from Newburg, NY, over the old turnpike, in wagons. William Ward, who came in 1806, opened the first store in 1815 and Henry Burritt came in 1821, established a general store, and ran it for nearly 60 years. William Ward's enterprises did much in developing the resources of the Salk Lick Valley.
Herrick Centre - Floyd Perrington is recovering from a severe attack of typhoid fever.
Forest City - Forest City Local 1688 Carpenters and Joiners have issued a new code of rules in which they announce that beginning April 1st the scale for journeymen, who have heretofore received $2.48, will be $2.75 for an eight-hour day with time and a half for over time. As the local contractors have agreed to the new price there will be no dissention in the craft over the change.
News Briefs: It is slightly over two years ago since we first got up a few post card designs and placed them on sale. We were pioneers in the selling as well as the manufacture of local view cards, which then were something very "new." We were urged to supply local retailers, furnishing them new designs as published, and now perhaps have over one thousand engravings for this special work, which item alone is not a small one. Now, in view of the handsome, richly colored postals made abroad, we are importing cards made from local scenes, and having made shipments large, will be able to supply retailers of cards. Montrose Democrat AND It is said that Susquehanna County is so thoroughly organized that there is not room for another Grange, and it is recognized as one of the strongest Grange counties in the state.
March 29 (1907/2007)
The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, Celebrating 100 Years of Continuous Service to Our Communities, 1907-2007.
Friendsville - A favorite poetess in Carbondale is "Mary Rose," formerly of Friendsville, and familiarly known to us as Miss Mary Byrne. She united with the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and in religion is known as Sister M. Rosline.
Little Meadows - Thomas Evans was a visitor in Montrose the first of the week for grand jury duty. Mr. Evans has been a subscriber of the Montrose Republican for nearly half a century, commencing before the Civil War, and has always since been numbered among the paper's most valued subscribers. He was a member of Co. C, 151st Regiment, which went out from this county under Capt. Crandall. Mr. Evans saw considerable service and has a war record of which he may well be proud.
Wayne County - Joseph Ferguson, of Sterling, Wayne county, has been made famous as a bear killer and a well-preserved widower of 57 years in quest of a thrifty widow for a mate, through the publication of a letter written by himself to the New York World, which paper also contained a picture of him standing beside one of the bears he killed hanging from the limb of a tree. He says that he has a farm containing 135 acres, stocked with horses, cows, hogs and sheep and has all the necessary equipments by way of utensils to carry on farm work. He is willing to remain on the place or will sell out and go elsewhere to live if the widow who accepts him prefers to do so. In a postscript he says, "This is business and no humbug."
Springville - Charles Lee is proving to be a very efficient clerk in Avery's store.
Harford - Mr. and Mrs. James Howell have adopted a little daughter from the Maternity Hospital in Binghamton.
Uniondale - Miss Daisy Bronson has manifested some considerable skill in handling a rifle during her stay in Southern California. She has a gun and a dog and takes long trips hunting. One day the dog jumped into a pond of water, and after coming out he was rolling on the ground trying to shake off, when he uttered a terrific howl of pain, the cause was the bite of a snake that was burrowed in the ground, all but his head. After the first cry the dog was game all right, and dug the snake from the ground and Miss Daisy came forward and shot its head from the body. She has also killed considerable game besides. She can walk seven or eight miles and her health is much improved. [Miss Daisy was a former Uniondale young lady and married Austin Cole, of San Diego, in 1908.]
Auburn Twp. - P. J. Rickard, the well-known West Auburn miller, dropped dead while oiling his wagon yesterday afternoon, being found by John Devine, who was passing, some time later. He was lying on his back, one hand still clasping the wrench, which he had been using. The body was removed to his residence and Dr. Beaumont called, but life was extinct.
Great Bend - From Great Bend comes the harrowing tale, by drowning, of Rolin, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. McDaniel of that place, in the Gillespie Creek, on Sunday afternoon. The child, who was between the ages of two and three years was playing with several other children on the bank of the creek, throwing stones into the water from the road bridge, when he suddenly lost his balance and fell into and fell into the swollen stream. The strong current carried the little fellow down stream, and the remaining children, by their cries, attracted the attention of men at work nearby to the spot. The child had then been carried along some distance, and they followed as rapidly as possible. A dog belonging to R. T. Gillespie plunged into the turbid water and grasped the child's clothing in his teeth, but was unable to tow the unconscious child to the shore. The body was finally lost to view and it was feared it had been carried out into the river, which was but a short distance from the scene of the accident. A thorough search, however, revealed the body lodged in the bushes at the mouth of the creek, after being in this water for half an hour. Dr. E. P. Hines was called and efforts were made to resuscitate the child, but without success.
Montrose - The Montrose Telephone & Telegraph company have been at work this week erecting poles on Public avenue, preparatory to stringing a cable and establishing themselves in their new exchange, over Pope's express office.
Welsh Hill - The first electric storm of the season passed over this place Friday evening, lightning striking the large barn of Henry Butler, doing considerable damage to the barn and killing a St. Bernard dog.
Dimock - George W. Woodruff was on Saturday appointed by the President to be Assistant Attorney General of the United States, detailed to the Department of the Interior. He has been connected with the Forest Service since Dec. 3, 1903. He was originally selected to take charge of the legal work of the Forest Service when that work began to assume importance, because he was known by Mr. Pinchot to possess special qualifications for this work. Since the transfer of the Administration Department to the Department of Agriculture the questions of law involved in the work of the Forest Service have made Mr. Woodruff intimately familiar with the workings of every phase of the public land laws. Mr. Woodruff was born in Dimock, Pa., Feb. 22, 1864. He spent most of his boyhood on a farm, taught school at 15, graduated first in his class from a state normal school, worked awhile on the farm, and in 1885 decided to enter Yale. At Yale he was Phi Beta Kappa. He was on four varsity teams, rowed on four crews, and was a member of the track team. In his senior year he was captain of the Yale crew, which never lost a race during his college course. He is a member of Phi Epsilon and of the Yale Skull and Bones Society
News Briefs: Go out in the garden and dig some horseradish. It's good for you at this time of the year. AND Now that the warm spring days are on deck, the baseball fever is beginning to make itself felt among the sporting element. Groups gather and discuss the matter before and after school hours. In fact, some of the enthusiasts of that sport have already used their pedal extremities in making a home run on the diamond.
April 05 (1907/2007)
Glenwood - Former Congressman Galusha A. Grow died at his home in Glenwood, Sunday afternoon, as a result of a general breakdown attributed to old age. Mr. Grow was elected to congress from the Wilmot district, of Pa., as the youngest member of that body in 1851, and after retirement from public life for 30 years, he re-entered the House of Representatives as congressman-at-large from Pennsylvania, 14 years ago. He retired four years ago, his public service in the house extending over the longest period, although not continuous service, of any man who ever sat in that body. His retirement was celebrated at Montrose with a big demonstration. During the ante-bellum days he was one of the best-known men in the United States and in 1864 he came within one vote of being nominated for vice-president in place of Andrew Johnson, who became president on the death of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Grow was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1861 and occupied that position during the first two years of the war until his retirement from congress in 1864. Mr. Grow's greatest public service was as the "Father of the Homestead Act," through which measure many million acres of western farm lands were opened up to settlement by homesteaders, an act which had been credited with doing more than any other one thing for the development of the great West. Mr. Grow was the last surviving member of a family of six children. He never married.
Gibson - Little Thomas Cameron, while playing with other children at throwing stones into the water, lost his balance and fell into the rolling waters, which carried him rapidly down stream. He was rescued by Sherwood Ball, who, on hearing the screams of the children, jumped from the shop window and caught the boy as he passed by.
Susquehanna - The Erie has ordered three locomotives of the American Locomotive Co., which will weigh 410,000 pounds each and will be the three largest in the world. The engines will be used between Susquehanna and Hornell. AND Prof. Killian, of the Susquehanna Public schools, after 42 days under quarantine at his home on Broad Street, occasioned by the illness of his daughter with scarlet fever, is able to go out, as the quarantine has been discontinued by the health authorities.
Hallstead - Edwin R. Weeks, the impersonator, has returned to his home in Binghamton from a tour of the New England States where he has been filling engagements, the season being now closed. The "Castle" so prettily located along the road which leads to the top of Mt. Manotonome, at Hallstead, is Mr. Weeks' summer home.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - James Conboy has purchased a horse and wagon for creamery purposes. AND Edward Gillin lost an old family horse one day last week, 35 years old and highly prized by the family.
Oakley, Harford Twp. - Mrs. Whitman and Ralph are just getting an attack of mumps. AND M. C. Young sold his horse to a Mr. Betts, last week, for $75.80.
Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - The Brookdale Chemical Co. has closed its factory for an indefinite period.
Brooklyn - Nearly a year ago a Village Improvement Society was organized in our town, which has been the means of removing some unsightly fences, and encouraged several residents to improve their property by painting buildings and giving better care to lawns and shrubbery. Last fall, through their efforts, about a dozen street lamps were set up and a man was engaged to fill and clean them. But it is a matter to be regretted that persons who agreed to light these lamps on dark or moonless nights do not attend to it with regularity. Consequently our streets are often without sufficient light on cloudy nights. We hope the Society will remind people of their duty, and that in the coming summer they may secure still further village improvements.
South Montrose - J. B. Sheen recently received a pair of richly bred Berkshire pigs from the Aldoro Farm at Rosston, Pa. They bear the aristocratic names of the Duke and Earl of Montrose.
Montrose - The Misses O'Neill have taken possession of the Wm. M. Post house, South Main Street, and will open it to summer boarders. It is a fine place for that. AND A. E. Badgely and little daughter, of Binghamton, were in town Friday. Mr. Badgely has the contract for the erection of the Historical building in Montrose and is preparing to push the work. He is sure to complete the building within the contract time--by August--and it will be a beauty.
Jail Break - While the two prisoners in the jail were in the jail yard for exercise Sunday, Walter Brugler affected his escape, at evening. As near as we can learn, he took a board he found in the yard, took it up to his cell, which was about even with the top of the jail yard wall, and some six feet from the wall. Then he took the bed blankets, torn into strips, tied together, thus making a sort of rope, one end of which he fastened at his cell window. He then went back down into the yard, climbed up the top to the board mentioned, walked on to the top of the wall with its upper end still fast, put the rope down the outside of the wall, slid down it and dropped to the ground outside the wall, and to--freedom. Brugler was to have been tried next week for the robbery of Cooley & Son's store, last summer. Sheriff Pritchard offered a reward of $50. It is reported that Brugler took breakfast at Charles Mead's near Heart Lake, Monday morning.
Heart Lake - Several from here attended the April Fool social at New Milford Monday evening and all report a very pleasant time and thanks to Carl and Guy for taking the loads.
Fairdale - A few days ago while B. A. Risley was trying to catch a pig, he struck his hand on a rusty spike, making a bad wound, but by prompt treatment the poison was taken out and it soon healed.
Harford - In connection with the medicine show held at the Odd Fellows Hall last week the largest number of votes and prizes were awarded as follows: Miss Myrtie Forsyth, the most popular young lady in Harford, and the little daughter of Lenn Brainard, the finest baby
News Brief: The "honk-honk" of the automobile is a welcome sound after the long and tedious winter.
April 12 (1907/2007)
Friendsville - Considerable mystery surrounds the death of Mrs. E. L. Handrick, wife of Dr. Handrick, on Wednesday last. On Wednesday morning Dr. Handrick left home to attend a patient and on his return in the afternoon his wife was missing. Thinking that she had stepped out to a neighbor's, he put his horse in the barn. She failed to return, however, and a search was started, which finally resulted in the discovery of her body in an unused well at the rear of the house. The well is only about 11 ft. deep and the body was in a sitting position with the water up to the woman's neck. How the affair took place cannot be accounted for and all suggestion of suicide are discredited by Dr. Handrick, as the woman's life had been devoid of unpleasant incidents. In the morning she was seen by neighbors going to a brush pile at the rear of the house to throw away a pan of garbage and she was seen returning in the direction of the house. Whether she gained the house or fell into the well at that time cannot be discovered. When found life had been extinct for some time and it is thought that the shock from the fall caused it, as there was not enough water in the well to drown her. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Leet, one of the first settlers of Friendsville, and sister of the late Dr. N.Y. Leet, of Scranton.
Uniondale - Last week a team of horses drawing wood broke through the ice and one horse settled so far that they took the other one to pull it out, then the wagon was in so far that they had to hitch to the end of the tongue to get that out.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Wednesday, March 27, the Ladies Aid Society met in the basement of the church and tied a nice quilt, which was presented to Libbie Cole and the members of the society to Mrs. Will Swisher, of West Auburn, who lost all of her household goods by fire. The ladies also donated to her a nice lot of clothes, muslin, gingham, canned fruit and carpet rags. Mrs. Swisher resided in this place several years ago and she wishes to thank her friends for their kind remembrance to her in her time of affliction. Dinner was served and the school children and teacher were invited and were served at one table. A very nice time was had by all. Receipts $6.00.
Ararat - Mrs. Elbertun Leach and family have moved to Carbondale, but the miserable saloon business goes on just the same. She is succeeded by Chas. Walker, who seems anxious to keep up the reputation of the place. The devil always finds some one to carry up his satanic business, but we sorrow to think that a place like this, that is feeding on the life and souls of our young men, has the protection of our glorious government, and is licensed to rob our homes. The whole nation is wondering where the little Marvin lad is, and is mourning in sympathy with that bereaved father, but what of the boys that are being daily lost--lost to parents, lost to manhood, --just through this legal channel and there is no fuss made about it. Is this "the land of the free" that we talk so much about? God help us.
Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Ladies Aid will meet at the church Thursday to remodel the cushions and enjoy a basket lunch, the gentlemen cutting wood that has been given for the church.
New Milford - The Jay House is now owned by H. G. Stratton, who is conducting the business with great success. Mr. Stratton is a genial and popular hotel man, having worked at the business a number of years, and his hotel equipments, table board, etc., cannot be excelled in any hotel in Susquehanna County.
Forest City - A. L. Morgan, one of the oldest residents here, is moving his family to Binghamton.
Hop Bottom - Pupils having the best record for attendance during the last month of school are: Floyd Titus, Maurice Packer, Clarence Phillips, Ermon Palmer, Claude Phillips, Paul Hettes, Thursey Palmer, Edna Wright, Belle Hine, Alice Aldrich, Myrtle Titus, Emma Patterson, Mildred Patterson, M. Meeker, Bulah Hine, Maude Reynolds and Marion Kerr.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - People should be on their guard for Sunday night walkers, or eve droppers, or have the blinds down. AND In Middletown Twp. the hens are working overtime this spring. For the first week in April our hustling merchant, M.M. Curley, took in an average of 250 dozen per day.
Great Bend - The second annual ball of the American Chair Mfg., Co.2, Employees' Aid Association, will be held on Friday evening in Clune's Opera House. Music by Conner's popular orchestra. A buffet lunch will be served on the stage. April 12 is the date.
Harford - W. L. Thatcher is busy preparing his history for the 50th anniversary of the Harford Fair. A big time is expected. Don't you forget it!
Montrose - H. E. Cooley, local representative for the Pope-Hartford automobile, has recently sold two large 22-horsepower touring cars, one going to Maryland and the other to a gentleman at Mount Pocono. Both were handsome, finely constructed machines. This year there has been an unprecedented demand for cars, and the various manufacturers find it impossible to supply the trade. Many farmers are placing orders for autos, and the prejudice against them in the country is gradually being overcome. A number a local people are considering purchasing machines this summer.
Susquehanna - The Susquehanna bowlers defeated the Lackawanna club of Binghamton Tuesday evening, at Edwards' parlors. The home players are playing in fine form, and if they continue, have a good chance to win first place in the league.
Dimock - Luman Thornton will soon fill his new store with a fine lot of goods.
News Briefs: The feather duster must go. It is charged with spreading the germs of tuberculosis. And the latest idea brings moistened scraps of newspaper spread up on the floor when the floor is swept, as an arrester of the spread of dust. It has the same effect as snow scattered over the floor, except that it is not liable to melt and is therefore cleaner. AND The pansies which attracted our attention Sunday morning were buried in snow on Monday morning. Crocuses shared the same fate.