November 19 (1909/2009)
Bridgewater Twp. - As the Lehigh Valley train on the Montrose branch was returning to Tunkhannock, Monday, the engine ran over a cow while near the "horseshoe," on the Jessup farm, and overturned the engine, tumbling it into the ditch and derailing a mail car and a freight car, the latter being reduced to kindling wood in short order. Engineer Greisinger was injured and Fireman Cook got out without knowing how (it was later learned he was hurled from the engine and tossed down the slope with the coal in the tender). The train was coming down the grade at a rapid rate and the engineer did not notice the animal, it being on the outside of the track, until they were almost on it. The pilot struck the cow, dragging her under the wheels and as the engine lurched to one side the engineer was pitched through the cab window. The engine plowed into the bank on the upper side of the track, doubling the cowcatcher under the body of the locomotive. The force with which the train stopped was such as to throw detachable portions of the cars a long distance. The wrecking train was sent for, and worked Monday afternoon and night and part of Tuesday. And before they got away the big steam derrick got into trouble and off the track, in Charlie Post's orchard, and that took a lot of work to get it back and right. The cow was killed.
Hallstead - During a game of football between the Hallstead team and the Greene, NY team, last Saturday at Hallstead, H. A. Keigwin, a Hallstead player, had his shoulder broken. Singularly, this game was a benefit game for Glen Peck, of Susquehanna, who had been seriously injured in a contest the `preceding Saturday.
West Lathrop - The quilt made by the Lakeside M. E. Ladies' Aid was a grand success financially. It brought, together with the supper, $32. George Osborne drew the lucky number.
Hop Bottom - The Ladies' Aid of the Universalist church will hold a fair Thanksgiving day. A fine chicken dinner with all the fixin's at 25 cents a plate. In the evening the young ladies of the Y.P.C.U. will give the burlesque, "The Sweet Family," a whole evening's fun. Come out and help the young people. Proceeds are to help pay church insurance.
Lawsville - James W. Howard, a veteran of the Civil war, died at his home here on Monday, Nov. 8. His age was 77 years. The funeral was held from the Baptist Church.
Great Bend - Charles Reinhard, who so efficiently filled the position of janitor at the public school, resigned last week and the place is being filled by Mr. Johnson. All who had anything to do with Mr. Reinhard in the school are sorry to see him leave.
Forest Lake - Last Friday the large frame house on the old Griffis homestead in this township, was burned to the ground, leaving only its ashes as a memory of the many and varied events which have occurred under its roof. With the passing of the house an old familiar landmark has been removed. It was built by Elisha Griffis in 1836 and was designed and used for many years as a wayside inn or tavern for the accommodation of the traveling public. Possibly the "oldest inhabitant" may recall the four-horse stage coach that made its tri-weekly trips over the road, which was then known as the Milford and Owego turnpike. [The tavern was a relay station where drivers changed horses. The third floor was a dance hall.] After Elisha Griffis' death, the youngest son, the late Jefferson Griffis, became its owner and under his management the place was much improved. Truman Chamberlin and family occupied the house and the fire was not discovered until it burst through the side of the building. Friendly neighbors, as soon as the alarm was sounded, removed the majority of the household goods and saved the fine barn and other nearby outbuildings from the threatening flames and flying cinders.
Montrose - In a stroll down Chenango street, a sudden pause before Bethel A.M.E. church, recalled the lines, "Change and decay on every hand I see." Only 25 years ago this meeting-house, in its good, clean, white dress and well-kept surroundings, was the pride of Chenango street, and the "wilderness," masquerade "cake walks" and festival debates, were very interesting features to the white neighbors and friends. Now-a-days the doors of old Bethel church are rarely opened, its outer walls are weather beaten and worn, and its steps are old and creaky. What was once a flourishing congregation has dwindled into a mere few, and probably now the only surviving "patriarchs of Bethel" are Mr. and Mrs. George Battles. The Bethel church was first organized about three miles from Montrose by fugitives in slavery times.
Springville - Wednesday night of last week R. E. McMicken was disturbed by hearing a commotion around his hen roost, and he quickly investigated with a shotgun, firing as well as he could in the darkness. It is not known whether the shot took effect, but the poultry was dropped. Petty thieving in this town is getting to be a nuisance and some fine time in the darkness of night someone will need a doctor to extract bird shot from his vile carcass.
Gelatt - Work is progressing nicely on the new Grange hall and when completed it will be one of the best Grange halls in the country.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Mass will be at St. John's church, Flynn Corners, Sunday, Nov. 28th, at which time Bishop Hoban, of Scranton, with a number of priests to assist, will lay the corner stone and dedicate the church at 2 p.m., the same day the new burying ground will be consecrated, also the bell will be blessed.
Susquehanna - Sgt. Davenport of the State constabulatory and troopers, who have been located at Montrose since the opening of the hunting season, have been transferred to Susquehanna where they will look after the illegal hunters.
Herrick Centre - P. H. Flynn is having steam heat put in his hotel and is also adding a laundry to his kitchen.
News Brief - Susquehanna County has a good representation at the Bloomsburg State Normal School this year. Those enrolled for the year are: Pauline Coleman, Frances Corse, Ruth Reynolds, Uniondale; Lawrence Savige, Brooklyn; Ruth Kinney, Springville; Edith Corse, New Milford; Emma Davis, Loretta Sullivan, Forest City; Joy Harding, Great Bend; David Moses, Tresco; Affa Rosengrant, Susquehanna.
November 26 (1909/2009)
The snow of Wednesday and Thursday was very timely to give the regulation Thanksgiving atmosphere and spirit. Many sleighs were out, and while the sleighing was not the best, it was much enjoyed. "HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ONE AND ALL" FROM THE STAFF OF THE SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND FREE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION.
Tunkhannock - The Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley seems hoodooed. Last Friday afternoon it met with another accident, the culmination of a series for that week. Two milk cars, as a result of a rail breaking, rolled over the steep bank a short distance out of Tunkhannock as the afternoon train was coming up the mountain. They crashed through the timber, uprooting trees fifteen inches through, and clearing a path for themselves down the side of the ravine. One went as far as the wagon road, a distance of nearly 200 feet, turning over a half dozen times in the descent. The passengers were considerably scared to see the cars leave the track and expected their coach to follow, but although the breaking of the coupling and the air brakes saved them, the front wheel of the track nearly left the track. The rattling of milk cans and crashing of bottles as the cars plunged downward added to the excitement, and after the damage had been repaired they were thankful to arrive in Montrose with no worse discomfiture than being 5 hours late.
East Ararat - A surprise party was tendered Dave Rogers last Saturday night. There were 65 present, and a rocking chair was presented to him, also other presents. ALSO Many farmers in this vicinity have sulky plows and are turning over the soil quite lively.
Montrose - Messrs. Morris Catlin and Floyd Andre have taken the contract to erect a new smokestack on the electric light plant, which has been awarded them by manager A.M. Ayars. ALSO Master David Stilson has accepted a position at the Cnic theatre.
Heart Lake - Frank T. Mack, proprietor of Heart Lake, having closed the pleasure resort until next season, has accepted a fine position in the new D.L. &W. lunch rooms, at Scranton, for the winter.
Jessup Twp. - The executrix of the estate of Hollis Parks will hold a public sale on the premises near Fairdale, on Saturday, Dec. 4, commencing at 10 o'clock a.m. Among the articles enumerated to be sold are: Two cows, a gray mare, hens, wagons, sleighs, mowing machine, harnesses, potatoes and apples, and a lot of household goods. A farm of 50 acres will also be sold on the aforesaid date. W.W. Cox is the auctioneer.
Forest City - Wm. Myers, while out hunting in the vicinity of Vandling last Saturday afternoon, shot himself in the left forearm and it is feared amputation of the injured member may be necessary. Myers dropped the rifle he was carrying from his hand, the gun in some unknown way discharging from the fall, and the bullet lodged in his arm. He was taken to the Emergency Hospital at Carbondale and an operation was performed for the removal of the lead. His condition for several days has been quite serious.
Hallstead - Last Wednesday night, as Dana Inman, his father and Will Overfield were coming from Mrs. Ella Dougherty's, where they had been threshing, the horses took fright when hear the barn of Will White and ran away throwing the men out. They ran into a wire fence near William Dougherty's, but luckily no one was hurt.
Hallstead - H. C. Soden has closed his stone quarry in this place for the winter and accepted a position in the roundhouse.
Harford - Information has been recently made by Pure Food Agent Hutchinson against five farmers of Susquehanna county, charging them with furnishing watered milk to seven creameries which supply milk to New York and Philadelphia. Mr. Hutchinson, who was aided by State Chemist, C. B. Cochrane, of West Chester, spent nine days in investigating the condition following complaints in the State Department, and as a result he discovered that some of the milk was adulterated with from 20 to 30 per cent of water.
Brooklyn - The water in the village reservoir gave out on Sunday last and little washing was done on Monday, but there is plenty to supply the town now.
South Gibson - Our pastor, Rev. B. R. Hanton, met with a genuine surprise on Sunday, after church, to find his horse hitched to a fine new carriage, with a new whip and nice new robe and a paper containing the names of the donors.
Great Bend - Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Scoville, of Mankato, Minn., have been visiting at the home of Mrs. Ettie Vance. This is Mr. Scoville's first visit east in 46 years.
South New Milford - We hear that Clarence Brush was waylaid by some men and robbed of $25. His head was injured and his side hurt badly. He is now at the home of his father, Rev. O. J. Brush, but as soon as he recovers will return to his work in central New York. ALSO Miss Eliza Foot closed a very successful term of school at the Brooks district and Friday afternoon was devoted to songs, recitations and dialogues by the school, which were well rendered and quite a number of visitors were present.
Uniondale - Frank Westgate has started a new feed store in town. Frank is a hustler.
Clifford - Will Bennett's shooting match here last Saturday, to shoot for ducks and geese, was well patronized and quite amusing. A good many fine shots were made, but most of the ducks and geese won and went in the direction of Royal.
Lawton - E. Wood, of Birchardville, is furnishing the wood for the McNulty school.
Niven - A number from this place have attended the Salvation Army meetings at Lake Side and Hop Bottom, and were well pleased with the meetings. The singing and music were excellent.
Susquehanna - Sunday was Anti-saloon league day in Susquehanna and Lanesboro churches. The aim is to prevent the granting of licenses. The league has evidently concluded that this town is unable to properly look after its own affairs and they have delegated themselves as the ones especially adapted for that work. That a house cleaning is needed in Susquehanna no one will dispute, but the people of the town resent having outsiders come in to do the work. They think the work can be best done by those who understand the conditions and not by those who are simply seeking notoriety or venting personal spite.
December 03 (1909/2009)
Rush - The race between Benjamin Anderson's and George Gray's oxen took place one day this week. Anderson won. ALSO Wm. Devine, a glove cutter in Binghamton, is a guest of his parents here.
Fowler Hill - Harry Hogeboom had a narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident Saturday morning. The horse he was driving stumbled and threw him out of the wagon, leaving him to catch up if he could, and he did.
Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - The blizzard of last Wednesday and Thursday reached the limit for November.
Montrose - The crisp wintry weather results in a desire to keep indoors in the evening and as a result the library reading rooms show an increase in nightly visitors. In the well lighted, comfortable quarters, with the crackle of the wood fire in the fireplace, and all around the literary atmosphere that breathes of quiet and refinement, the bookworm finds a bit of earthly paradise. And, four new traveling libraries have been sent out, going to Kingsley, Little Meadows, Birchardville and Lynn.
Fairdale - Imon Very has hung out his shingle as auctioneer.
Susquehanna - Messrs J. M. Tinkler and H. G. Pride were in Montrose during the week, attending court. Both gentlemen are members of the "art preservative" craft, employed in the Erie printing office located in our hillside town. Like all good printers who have received their education in the University of Adversity, with the printing office as a post-graduate course, they are men of uncommon sense with a genial affability which wins them friends everywhere.
Springville - John Cokely has "shook the town," announcing his intention of going to California, but it looks good to see Jerry Cokely on the street again after the stroke of paralysis he suffered about three weeks ago. ALSO Alfred Grow, instead of taking his trip to California as reported, changed his mind and took him a wife. He was married to Mrs. Sarah C. Linaberry, of Auburn 4 Corners, at Binghamton, Nov. 24, 1909, by Rev. Sweet. They arrived at Montrose Friday, Nov. 25, on the afternoon train. In spite of snow banks and bad roads they continued their wedding trip over the hills in an automobile, amid showers of rice and well decorated with flags and old shoes, under the power of the famous Ford, to her daughter's, Mrs. C. E. Roberts
East Kingsley East Kingsley - For the past few weeks Melvin Tingley has been suffering from a very severe attack of sciatica rheumatism, being unable to walk without the aid of crutches. On Tuesday, Nov. 23, his many friends and neighbors gathered at his home and made him a wood bee. A good supply of winter wood was cut and through the columns of this paper Mr. Tingley wishes to thank all who were so kind to help him, for cold weather is coming and how good a big woodpile looks.
Uniondale - Thanksgiving was celebrated in the usual way here. Some had turkey, some chicken, some spare ribs and some had to be satisfied with a piece of an old cow.
Thompson - Eight inches of snow fell the night before Thanksgiving, and the sleigh bells have jingled merrily since then, but the warm weather has called a halt to their music.
Dundaff - Mrs. Ada White accepted the position of housekeeper at Hotel Rivernburg.
Hallstead - Freeman Slater, a young man of 18 or 19 years, was placed in jail Sunday night charged with having kidnapped Ella Ellis, a 13-year old Hallstead girl, while she was returning from school. For four days, according to the girl's story, young Slater held her a prisoner in Smoky Hollow, a neighborhood of unsavory reputation a short distance east of Hallstead, and she was rescued by Constable Decker and her stepfather, Andrew Colwell, on Saturday night. The girl is rather large for her age and of attractive appearance and she claims that Slater met her on the road home and forced her to accompany him to "old" Galloway's house, where he detained her two days. She was then taken to the home of Scott Melody where she was found Saturday night by the searchers. The parents conferred with Justice J. F. Carl, informing him of attentions Slater had been paying Ella. Searchers found that Slater's house was quarantined on account of diphtheria and his whereabouts were said to be unknown, until he was found at the Melody home which resulted in the discovery of the whereabouts of both. Justice Carl sent Slater to jail in Montrose to await the action of the grand jury in January. The girl is at her home.
Forest City - Mrs. Della E. LeRoy has opened a Baby's Bazaar and Ladies Furnishing store in the Bloxham building opposite the Methodist church. This is a line for which there would seem to be an opening in town and it is probable that Mrs. LeRoy's venture will meet with success.
East Bridgewater - J. F. Gardner was among the Democrat's welcome callers Tuesday. He reports that the recent snow storm cut up capers with a lot of the roads, there being drifts between Tiffany and Montrose, six or eight feet high, blocking the roads entirely for a day or so.
St. Joseph - Mrs. Patrick O'Reilly has purchased the store of Mrs. Hickey at St. Joseph and with her son, Michael, will conduct the same in the future. Mrs. Hickey and her daughter, Miss Catherine, went to Scranton to reside.
Elk Lake - Mrs. Miranda O. Stevens, widow of Philander S. Stevens, died at her home in Elk Lake, Thursday night, Nov. 25, at about 11 o'clock. She had been in failing health for some time and her death was anticipated for some weeks. Her age was 79 years. Mrs. Stevens had resided in Elk Lake nearly all her life and was a woman widely known for her lovable nature and kindly disposition. She was a sister of Mrs. Eliza Smith, of Montrose, who with a granddaughter, Mrs. H. F. Brewster, of this place, alone survive. A son, Frank Stevens, resided in Montrose for years, his death occurring about 25 years ago. She was a member of St. Paul's church of Montrose. Interment in the Elk Lake cemetery.
December 10 (1909/2009)
Jackson - The M. E. Ladies Aid gave a chicken dinner last Thursday at 10 cents a plate. It was worth many times the price asked. ALSO C. M. Rosengrant is attending school at State College.
Franklin Forks - Miss Mary E. Downs, our teacher and several of her pupils, are entertaining the chicken pox.
Silver Lake - We are glad to know that the roads are in traveling condition again after the Thanksgiving blizzard. ALSO Thomas Conaty and lady attended the ball at Friendsville on Thanksgiving.
Great Bend - John Handrick, who is traveling salesman for the American Chair Manufacturing Company of Hallstead, is home on a month's vacation.
Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - Nelson Smith has built a new hen house and put a concrete floor in it. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Penny have broken up housekeeping and gone to live with their children.
Ararat - Floyd Sartell, one of our most promising young men, left Monday for Rochester where he will enter a business college. We wish him success. A few friends and neighbors gathered at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Sartell for a farewell visit before his departure. Refreshments were served and a pleasant evening enjoyed.
Brooklyn - The pie social at H. W. Roper's was a great success. Nearly 100 people enjoyed the evening and $12 was added to the S. S. treasury. Charles Jewett and Will Rozelle were the champions, each eating eleven pieces of pie.
Little Meadows - Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Belig. ALSO Pat McNamara has gone to Parlor City where he has secured a position.
Springville - The team of C. E. Voss, merchant at Auburn Corners, was at Springville depot when the train drew in, Mr. Voss's son handling the lines. The horses became frightened at the cars and sprang on the track just ahead of the engine, but were brushed aside and fell between the station platform and the train, one horse being on the ground and the other practically on its back. Singular to relate, the animals came out with only slight scratches though wedged in a space not much over 18 inches wide.
Ainey, Springville Twp. - Paul, the youngest son of Frank Johnson, was badly burned on the face one day last week. Much sympathy is felt for the little one.
Forest City - Watts Brasso has purchased the restaurant and pool business, for several years conducted by P. F. Morrison. It has been moved from the Lyons building to the Cleary building next to the First National bank. Mr. Brasso has been employed in the business for some time, knowing the trade, and should make a success of his venture. William Lambert has accepted a position in the restaurant succeeding George Cavanaugh, who resigned.
Birchardville - The farmhouse on the Edward Green farm, near here, was burned to the ground Wednesday evening, the fire being discovered at about 9 p.m. It had gained such headway that all the family could do was to get out the furniture on the first floor and part of the canned goods from the cellar. Nothing could be removed from the second floor, owing too the spread made by the flames. The fire caught near the stovepipe. Much sympathy is felt for the family, as no insurance was carried. They were taken in by neighbors, while making arrangements for the future.
Montrose - Dr. E. R. Gardner received a handsome 22-horsepower Holsman automobile this week through the agency of H. E. Cooley. The machine is a new style for this section, being constructed on the cab principle, with high, hard rubber-tired wheels, and is well suited for a physician in making calls in all kinds of weather. Patrick Gilroy, for a number of years the doctor's faithful driver, who prefers a team to any power vehicle, is studying up the requirements of a chauffer.
South Gibson - A surprise party was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Will Warren recently, at their home on the Thomas Warren farm, where they have just commenced housekeeping. About fifty were present and all had a good time. They left as a reminder of their visit a full set of dishes and four dollars in cash.
South Auburn - R. J. Carter is having a pipe laid from the creamery well to his barn to supply his stock with good water. AND Peter Benninger is having water piped into the house.
Susquehanna - A dog poisoner is at work in Susquehanna again, for the fourth time within a year. Several alleged harmless and valuable dogs have fallen victims.
Off to "Sunny South" - Last week five veterans of the Civil War went to Johnson City, Tenn., where they will remain during the winter in the National Soldier's Home. They are William H. Street, of Fairdale; George E. Woodruff, S. W. Wood, of Montrose; Charles Read, of Great Bend, and James Strange, of Birchardville. All excepting Mr. Wood have been at the home during the winter months before and like the conditions there very much. A number are already there from this county, among them B. W. Clark, William McKeeby and L. B. Decker. The climate is warm in that section and the aging veterans are given excellent treatment and good fare. They invariably like it.
News Brief - An article in one of the trade journals says that for the year of 1910, with the combined power of all the automobile factories, there are four buyers for every machine that can be turned out. This means the fellow who waits until next summer to give his order will be obliged to wait until 1911 for the delivery of his machine. AND If you are interested in a fine, healthy, money making climate, don't overlook the great state of Oklahoma in the sunny Southwest. For description and prices of the country, write L. B. Sawyer, Enid, Oklahoma, Lock Box 596.
December 17 (1909/2009)
Glenwood - Owing to the belief in some quarters that the old Galusha Grow homestead was burned by incendiaries, last September, Walter P. Kellogg, of Syracuse, the present owner of the property, has offered a reward of $500 for information that will lead to the detection and conviction of the guilty parties, if they exist. Detectives have been working on the case, and while information regarding the matter is little known, at least to the general public, it is supposed there is enough evidence of incendiarism to warrant the offering of the reward. Every resident regarded the Grow homestead as a sort of shrine and when it burned the loss, through association with its great owner, was keenly felt.
Forest City - Two large two-story frame buildings were destroyed by fire that started early Monday morning in the business section. The buildings were owned by Frank J. Osgood and Max Heller and very little was saved from the flames, the loss of each being heavy as little insurance was carried. The high wind and storm interfered with the work of the firemen and all they attempted was to keep the flames from spreading. Located in the Osgood building were: Davis Bros., confectioners; Joseph Komeski, meat dealer, and Polansky Bros., clothiers. The second floor was occupied by H. F. Schultz, photographer, and the Northeastern Telephone Co's exchange. The Keller building was occupied by the owners as a meat market. The Northeastern Telephone Co. had its valuable switchboard burned, putting the service out of commission for a few days.
Brooklyn - In the death of Miss Hattie D. Lee, who was buried in Evergreen cemetery Friday last, Brooklyn has lost one of its most worthy members of society--one who has made many a home pleasanter by her pictures. She kept her camera well in touch with the people and the product of her art will be found in almost every State in the union. She helped to give Brooklyn its reputation of culture and refinement.
Lynn - The engine and two freight cars got off the track at Lynn siding Tuesday morning while some shifting was being done. It is stated that a rail tipped under the weight of the train. The wrecking crew was called and the train was able to reach Montrose at about 6 o'clock that evening. For the past month the branch has caused more trouble than the balance of the Valley system.
Montrose - Stores were never more handsomely decorated nor better stocked with Christmas goods than the present season. Each merchant seems to be vying with the other in doing his best. The trade, which was languid up to Wednesday, commenced picking up and the outlook for a brisk trade the coming week is assured. The roads are in excellent condition for travel and many drive from 10 to 20 miles to do their shopping.
Lakeside - The men of the community held a hunt Thursday of last week with E. E. Mosher and Frank Howland as captains. The Ladies' Aid served supper at the home of O. Washburne. Mr. Howland's side paid for the other fellows' supper. ALSO - The young people have been enjoying a week of fine skating.
South Montrose - W. H. Allen returned last week from a western trip, where he went to purchase lumber for the mill company. Nothing but a high grade of elm lumber is used in the manufacture of trunk slats. The mill is running full time and turning out several thousand slats daily.
New Milford - Hadley's moving pictures were shown at the opera house, Tuesday evening, to a good sized audience.
Lanesboro - A rear-end collision occurred on the Erie near Lanesboro on Tuesday morning at about 2:30 o'clock, when two coal trains, an Erie and the other, a D & H, came together. The Erie train was the one run into, a caboose and several cars being badly smashed. No one was hurt, but traffic was delayed several hours.
Great Bend - The Chapot-Chamois Co. has received a proposition to locate in Newark, N.J., and the first of the year they will locate in that city. The removal of this plant will be quite a loss to Great Bend, both in a business way and also from the fact that the number of men employed will take up their residence elsewhere.
Silver Lake - The Silver Lake stage, on Monday, made its trip on runner. Alvah Foster, the veteran driver, says that he has met with some of the worst weather this season he has ever experienced. During Thanksgiving week he encountered snow drifts 6 ft. deep and was obliged to shovel his way through or cut across the fields. He has about the worst section in the county to travel over when it comes to wind exposed roads, hills to climb and declivities to descend. It is said that when the Friends, who originally settled Friendsville, coming here from Southern Pennsylvania, built the road to their settlement, they sighted from one hill to another, building the road in a direct line without avoiding hills. Much of this same road is traversed by travelers today, who never compliment the Friends for the ability as engineers.
Dimock - Hon. George W. Woodruff has sent in his resignation to President Taft as district judge for the territory of Hawaii. Judge Woodruff has been offered a position as attorney for a Virginia coal company, which he will take up as soon as his resignation is accepted. Mr. Woodruff is a native of Dimock, and well known to many in this section. He was one of the most celebrated football players Yale ever had, and originated the famous "guards back" formation. For years, after graduating from Yale, he continued in athletics as coach for the University of Pennsylvania and put out some winning teams. He was a close friend of President Roosevelt and for a number of years was assistant attorney general for the department of the interior.
Jackson - Homer Hartt is in Binghamton attending Lowell's Commercial College. ALSO Rev. Sanders Wright, an aged Methodist minister of Ulster, Bradford Co., has purchased the VanAllen property in North Jackson and will move there in the spring.
Susquehanna - Saturday evening in the R.R.Y.M.C.A. rooms, in an exciting game of basketball, Susquehanna Y.M.C.A. defeated the Cortland A.C. team by a score of 33 to 22. The work of Captain Smith and Charles Gouge, of the Susquehanna team, was particularly noticeable.
Gibson - School was closed for a few days in order that the room could be thoroughly disinfected. At this time no new cases of scarlet fever are reported.
December 24 (1909/2009)
Candy Parlor - W. T. Morgan Co's Candy Parlor offers a very fine selected stock of candy for Xmas at the lowest possible prices on clear toys, baby mixture, cut rock, mixed Lyon, San Blas coconut, chocolate chips, chocolate dates, Ideal chocolate drops, Dutchess bon bons, fancy mixture, pop corn loose, pop corn balls and other specialties. Also a complete line of nuts, oranges, figs, grapes, salad dressing, chila sauce, olives, pickles, etc.
Great Bend - A daring robbery occurred here Tuesday evening shortly after eight o'clock by which crafty thieves secured about $300 in cash and stamps from the postoffice. Although the robbery was discovered almost immediately, as no suspicions were aroused against anyone, the criminal or criminals have disappeared as completely as they always do in mystifying detective stories. Postmaster Fred Trowbridge, just prior to closing the office for the night, placed the money, about $100 with nearly double that amount in postage stamps, in a tin box and laid it on a shelf near which was burning an electric light. He then locked the door and went across the street, bought a cigar, and returned ten minutes later. A window in the front of the building near the main entrance, he noticed, had been broken out, and on going inside the box was discovered missing.
Hallstead - Giles M. Carpenter has taken the agency for the Ford automobile. Mr. Carpenter has run a Ford the past year and understands its operation in a way that can be learned only through experience and longs runs. Being an enthusiast, he should make a good salesman. As a pointer we would advise him to try Editor Ira A. Thomas, of the Herald. It is rumored that Br'er Thomas has the auto fever and they say there is only one cure for it--to buy one.
Auburn Four Corners - The death of Mrs. Jane Bennett occurred on Saturday at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wm. Bennett, at Lynn. The funeral was held on Tuesday from the Baptist church in this place, of which she had been a member for nearly 75 years, Rev. Downing officiating. Interment in the Bunnell cemetery. Mrs. Bennett was the oldest person in this community, having attaining the age of 96 years. Aside from her hearing she retained her faculties, being able to oversee her farm work and drive her own horse until within the past two or three years. She is survived by four sons and two daughters. ALSO In Auburn Center Mrs. John Schoonmaker won third prize in the bread contest, which entitled her to a sack of flour.
Susquehanna - Clarence Matthews, of Gibson, employed for a fortnight at the Erie shops, and not familiar with the surroundings, fell into a vat of lye at the shops on Thursday morning of last week. The young man was standing on the edge of the vat, which is filled with a strong solution of lye and used in removing grease and oil from portions of the machinery. He stumbled into the vat, the lye burning him badly from the waist line down, and hands and arms were also burned. Fellow employees pulled him out and he was hustled to the Barnes Memorial Hospital where the burns were dressed. He is now in a fair way to permanently and rapidly recovering.
Middletown - Sister Mary Veronica, of Kingston, Jamaica, spent Saturday as a guest of friends. She is a native of Susquehanna county, and with her sister, Sister Mary Magdalena, of Allegheny, NY, they are visiting their brother Daniel S. Murphy here. Sister Veronica has been a member of the Franciscan Order for forty years, thirty of which have been spent in Jamaica. She is highly cultured and is a teacher in French, German and Latin. Two years ago, when the terrible earthquake shook Kingston, the fine property of the Franciscans was destroyed and Sister Veronica was of the number to experience a miraculous escape.
Elk Lake - The gale of Dec. 13, evening, wrecked the shed back of the M. E. church here. It was lifted up and thrown over the fence into Mr. Cart's field. ALSO The lake froze over Dec. 15 and the young people are enjoying the skating.
Springville - E. R. Thomas has his house finished and is getting settled this week. He has one of the best arranged and nicest finished kitchens in this vicinity.
South New Milford - Farmers in this vicinity are selling their cattle as fast as possible. Hay and water are scarce.
Herrick Centre - The boys are enjoying the fine coasting on Herrick Hill.
Dimock - C. C. Mills and daughter, Isa, of Dimock, proprietors of the "Mills House," have an advertisement in another column today, announcing that they are now prepared to entertain the traveling public. It will be a temperance hotel.
Franklin Twp. - Mrs. J. E. Webb celebrated her 90th birthday, Nov. 25th. There were 30 present, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and she received 75 beautiful postals.
Montrose - Messrs Philip Allen and Carlton Shafer are endeavoring to organize a basket ball team here. An initiatory game between two teams made up of local players will be played at the Palace Rink, Christmas afternoon, commencing at 2:30 o'clock. The admission will be 10 cents. After the game, which occupies a period of about 40 minutes, roller skating will be in order. Skates $1.50.
News Briefs - The interests of Lackawanna county have at last united and the improved highway from the Luzerne line to the Susquehanna county line is to be built. The road is to be 30 ft. wide, of macadam, and will cost $369,000. ALSO Ice 10" thick has frozen on the neighboring lakes and ponds. Preparations are being made to commence cutting at Heart Lake next week, and work will also be started soon at Lake Montrose and Post's pond. At the latter place arrangements have been made so that four [railroad] cars can be loaded at the same time, permitting rapid progress, as previously only one could be loaded readily at a time. ALSO - Rubber goods, which sold last year at $1.07, now bring $2.15. The rise in price is due to increase in demand. Automobile tires, rubber carpets, mats, etc., consume great quantities of the product, and it is getting scarce. ALSO - While doing chores after dark, make it a rule never to set the lantern down on the barn floor. Hang it up where it will not be knocked over. It is an awful thing to have the barn burn up. By the way, a harness snap suspended from the ceiling by a bit of old pump chain is a good thing to hang the lantern on. Have it just above the reach of your head.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! From the Board, Staff and Volunteers of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association and Branches.
December 31 (1909/2009)
Montrose - Sheriff H. S. Conklin provided an elaborate Christmas dinner for the eighteen prisoners in the county jail last Saturday. Mr. Conklin had the table set in the corridor and the prisoners were permitted to leave their cells and partake of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, etc., to their stomach's content--or discontent--according to capacity. The "boys" are all good feeders and they had as good a time as a lot of college youths at a "frat" dinner. It is understood they passed a resolution endorsing the present sheriff for a second term. ALSO Snow commenced falling on Christmas day and before 24 hours passed nearly a foot of snow lay on the level. Although drifting some, it was not serious enough to impede travel and the sleighing has been fine.
Forest City - Thomas Meddleton, fireman at the Clifford colliery in Forest City had his left leg ground off at the knee Tuesday night by getting it caught in the rapidly moving coal conveyors. He was taken to the Emergency hospital, Carbondale, and the limb was amputated above the knee.
Springville - Yes, we've got it last, and sleighs are just making merry. The snow that fell on Christmas Day amounted to six or eight inches and with the hard roadbed the sleighing is fine. ALSO - The Lehigh Valley has issued an order that skunk skins must be put in air-tight boxes for shipment and not in sacks, as is usually the practice.
Rush - Quite an excitement in our town one evening last week when the Dimock stage horses and two wheels came in sight at a rapid rate. Later Mr. Harris came on foot with the mail bag. No one was hurt.
Harford - The Harford orchestra has resumed regular Monday evening rehearsals. The orchestra, under the direction of Dr. H. H. Hooven, is doing some very nice work and an organization of its size and quality is very rarely found in a small town.
Friendsville/Susquehanna - This newspaper has been presented a handsome little volume called "Idylls of Lakeside," the authorship being announced as by "the O'Byrnes." It is dedicated to Laurel Hill Academy, of Susquehanna, for a golden jubilee which it celebrates next year, and it is published by the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Besides being a volume of much literary worth, its local setting adds very much to its value and interest to the people of this corner of Pennsylvania. It is written by the children of Christopher Byrne, of Lakeside, Friendsville, which family, (a large one) for literary ability and good citizenship, has few equals. While the work is announced as of joint collaboration, as a matter of fact the greater part of it is written by the one who is a Sister of the Immaculate Heart. The various poems touch upon local affairs, including one of Silver Lake, also the "Green Meadow Farm" and the old Friendsville church.
Silver Lake - John Murphy brought a cow to the Montrose stock yards and sold it. It seems that the cow was shipped all right, but made its escape from the cars at Alford, and within 48 hours after he had left home with the cow, it had returned.
Uniondale - Harry Yarrington and wife spent Christmas with their daughter in Olyphant. Mr. Yarrington has three lunch wagons, one in Carbondale, one in Peckville and one in Olyphant. ALSO Ira Thomas was in Scranton during Christmas and over Sunday playing with one of the leading orchestras of the city. Ira is called quite often. Comment is needless.
Hop Bottom - Earl Pratt, of the steamship "Vermont," and shipmate, Mr. Childer, are spending the holiday vacation with Mr. Pratt's mother, Miss Willard Gavitt.
Great Bend - Walter Wilmot, arrested for robbing the Postoffice here, said he was a greatly wronged man and implicated Mrs. Ella Miner, his landlady, testifying that she stole the money, accomplishing the deed by disguising herself in man's attire, taking his (Wilmot's) clothes for that purpose. He also said that the money remaining could be found in Augustus Dobson's barn in Great Bend (a wallet containing $125 was found there). Mrs. Miner's residence was searched and $16.38 was found in a baking powder can buried in the dirt of a flour pot. She was arrested along with her son, he being held as a witness. All three went on a spending spree in Binghamton, the day after the robbery and the son said his mother did nothing more than go along with Wilmot to help spend the money. More public sympathy is naturally shown for the woman.
Deaths of Civil War Veterans - Jeremiah Cokley, of Springville died Monday evening after a brief illness at age 68. He enlisted in Co. H., 4th Pa. Res. and was transferred to the 2nd Regt. Cavalry. Lewis Price died at Cresco, Pa., a fortnight ago. Deceased resided in East Bridgewater for a number of years and was well known to the members of the Four Brothers Post, G.A.R. He enlisted in Co. H., 90th Regt, P.V.I. He was about 70 yrs. old. ALSO George Corey, a section employee in the Lackawanna yard at Hallstead, was hit by a car while working on the track. He was a member of Co. H, 4th Pa. Reserves and Co. E, 54th Pa. Vols. He had three other brothers in the army, two, John and Isaac, serving in the same company and regiment, while the third, James, a member of Co. D., was taken at Spottsylvania, Feb 4, 1865 and died at Scranton the March following. Both of the other brothers have since died. George was about 65 years old.
News Briefs - Frederic Remington, the artist, died suddenly at his country home in Ridgefield, Conn., on Sunday, after an operation for appendicitis. He was born in New York State. His father was a newspaper man of Canton, St. Lawrence county, and there his son was born on Oct 4, 1861. At age 18 he was permitted to go to the Yale art school but the death of his father interrupted his course and he returned home. Afterward he went west as a cow puncher in Montana. He got work as an illustrator for the Century and Harper's and in 1891 painted "The Last Stand" for the Paris exposition. Numerous other well-known paintings resulted and in 1895 Remington published many of his stories and sketches. Later he turned himself to sculpture, two of them being "The Bronco Buster" and "The Wounded Bunkie." ALSO Salt will save almost anything, says an exchange; but it is reported to be bad when used on snow or sidewalk, causing pneumonia and diphtheria.
January 07 (1910/2010)
Uniondale - Newton J. Corey has a fine new cutter, springs on every side, and the thill like a sedan chair. Newton looks happy when out sleigh riding with his wife, son and daughter, and driving his famous pacer, Bills S. C. Newton says that he has no return ticket on this trip in life, so he is going to take all the comfort he can on the out going trip.
Rush - Much excitement was created in our town New Year's eve and many aroused from their beds about 10:30 when the cry of fire was heard and the T. S. Wheatcroft house, lately occupied by Benj. Anderson, was discovered to be in flames. The fire gained such headway that no entrance could be made to the burning building. The entire contents, with the dog, were destroyed. Mr. Anderson carried no insurance. It will be remembered by some of our readers that the Wheatcroft store and dwelling, on the same ground, were destroyed by fire New Year's night, sixteen years ago, when Romeo Robinson's goods and dog perished.
Jackson - H. M. Roberts received a letter last week from Frank B. Lamb, of Westfield, N.Y., offering the Jackson Library Association a donation of fifty newly published books as soon as their membership reaches fifty. It will be remembered that Mr. Lamb gave the library a fine lot of books when it was first opened. The patrons of the library held a meeting last Tuesday evening and decided to give a year's membership the month of January for 50 cents. We have enrolled the past week 40 members and hope to get as many more.
Franklin Forks - Miss Mary Bailey has returned to Great Bend after spending her vacation at her home in this place. ALSO Franklin Forks school is closed this week because George Peck, one of the pupils, has the diphtheria. It is reported he is much better.
Friendsville - Bird Corson is the new stage driver on the Friendsville end of the route.
Glenwood - H. N. Wilson has harvested his ice for the winter. ALSO The severe cold weather stopped all the water in town.
Springville - Jeremiah Cokely died December 27, 1909, after a brief illness, aged 65 years. He enlisted in Co. H, 4th Pennsylvania Reserves, June 18, 1861 and was transferred to the 2nd Regiment Cavalry, being discharged at the close of the war.
Montrose - The Palace Roller Skating Rink will be open Tuesday evenings only, until further notice. Considerable enthusiasm is being aroused over basketball and several good games have been played at the rink already and more will follow as soon as teams can be gotten in shape.
New Milford - Engine 849 on the Lackawanna road turned turtle here, Tuesday, Engineer Humphrey sustaining a sprained wrist and Fireman Fisher receiving burns which it is feared may cause his death. Fisher was taken to Moses Taylor hospital. The engine was backing up on a siding at the time of the accident and ran past the block, when it careened over on its side and pinned the engineer and fireman in the cab. A special train was fitted out and Fisher was hurried to Scranton for treatment. His injuries are such that very little hope is entertained for his recovery.
Fair Hill, Jessup Township - The photograph entertainment given in the Taylor Hollow school house, by Prof. Samuel Bazzler, was well attended and all report a good time.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The next time you go to see your best girl you'd better take a carriage instead of a cutter when it is all mud over in Auburn.
Ararat - Our roads have been so bad that the mail man, Mr. Brown, has been compelled to stay at home two days of last week, Monday and Thursday. If you don't think we have any snow banks in "Old Ararat," just take a pleasure ride to this place and you will go back contented.
Hopbottom - The annual New Year's Ball was held in Masonic Hall New Year's Day; Wm. Purvis, of Factoryville, presided at the piano and all who attended report an enjoyable time.
Forest Lake - H. B. Stone & Son are operating a portable sawmill and doing considerable custom sawing. While the sawmill is in operation in that locality, it makes it very convenient for the residents, nearby, who desire timber sawed for building purposes.
Brooklyn - B. A. Oakley, the breeder of fancy rose combed Brown Leghorns, was at the Madison Square Garden poultry show last week. He entered one hen and a cockerel. The exhibit of this particular breed was the largest and best ever made at the garden, yet he succeeded in securing second prize on the hen and first on the cockerel, also securing the specials for best shape and color, competing with twenty males.
Harford - Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Lott entertained their entire family of children and grand-children, at their home, Christmas day. The pleasure of the day was somewhat saddened by the thought that this would be the last Christmas dinner mother would cook in the old home, as Mr. Lott sold his farm to his son-in-law, Art Turrell, who will take possession March 1. Mr. and Mrs. Lott have lived forty years on this farm, but declining health has compelled them to sell.
News Briefs: - The prevailing high prices of agricultural products are sure to send thousands of men back to the farm and increase the valuation of the land. This is as it should be. There is no more honorable and wholesome vocation than farming, but far too many men have held it in disdain and sought the marts of trade or speculation. "Back to the farm" is a safe and sensible slogan. ALSO The famous Big Six of the New York Nationals--Christy Mathewson, has just about completed the manuscript of a baseball story for boys of all ages, and it is the promise of his publishers, the R. J. Bodmer Co., of New York, that it will be ready for delivery in February. This will be the first of a series of boys' stories on sports, top be known as the Matty Books.
January 14 (1910/2010)
West Lenox - Last Saturday "Old Dick" the faithful white faced horse of G. S. Lawrence, fell on the ice and broke his shoulder, dying soon after. He was about thirty years old. ALSO - The wood bee at the church was well attended and a nice pile of wood cut.
Great Bend - Walter Wilmot and Mrs. Ella Miner, who were arrested and charged with the robbery of the postoffice on the night of Dec. 21 last, were indicted in the United States Court at Williamsport and Tuesday afternoon were sentenced. Wilmot gets two years in the federal penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Mrs. Miner was sentenced to six months in the Susquehanna county jail. They admitted their connection with the robbery, Wilmot confessing to stealing the money and Mrs. Miner owned up to having helped him spend it.
Forest City - The Forest City News announces Benjamin Maxey, a former mayor and one of the town's best known citizens, as a candidate for the legislature.
Harford - Hon. E. E. Jones, who has served two terms very acceptably, is in the hands of his friends for renomination. Mr. Jones, it may be said, while not actively seeking a renomination at this time, would abide by the decision of his friends in going before the people for third term honors. ALSO On account of the high price of butter a number of our residents are using butterine and say they cannot tell it from the real thing; and the price paid for it is only 21 cents.
Springville - There has been a shortage of coal here for a week and some families have been depending on wood for fuel. ALSO It seems to me poor railroad policy for the Lehigh Valley railroad people to lay off all their trainsmen, when we are having such snow and ice storms as we have had lately. The other day passengers had to wait two or three hours for train men to clean and open switches, we are informed.
Brooklyn - In response to an invitation from the G. A. R. Post at Brooklyn, a large delegation composed of members of the Four Brothers Post, in Montrose, their wives and the Daughters of Veterans enjoyed a delightful sleighride last Saturday where they partook of a splendid chicken dinner. At the conclusion of the day, Commander Lott of Four Brother Post, proposed three cheers for the members of the Brooklyn Post and the ladies who served the dinner, which were given with a tiger.
Uniondale - Bruce Tinker took quite a number of our young folks for a sleighride to Forest City on Saturday.
Hopbottom - People are improving the sleighing and icemen are busy from daylight till dark filling icehouses for the coming year.
Franklin Forks - The Epworth League will hold a social in Alliance hall Friday evening, Jan. 14. Refreshments, consisting of crackers, cheese, cake and cocoa will be served. Price of supper 15 cents. All are invited.
Susquehanna - urrounded by the members of his family and grandchildren, and enjoying the best of health, Alonzo Boyden celebrated his 100th birthday at his home in Oakland Township. Mr. Boyden was born in Massachusetts on January 8, 1810. After moving to New Jersey and Pike county, he removed to Susquehanna in 1870, driving his horses and cattle all the way and resided with his daughter, Miss Mary Boyden. In his early days Mr. Boyden rafted on the Delaware river. Although having reached the century mark, Mr. Boyden still retains his mental faculties and reads the daily papers and is still active working in his garden and the farm. He is strictly temperate and has never used tobacco. He does not worry and to these facts he attributes his old age.
South Gibson - Mrs. Sabra Carpenter celebrated her 90th birthday Dec. 23 and received nearly 100 postcards from friends.
Dimock - W. W. Pritchard, wagon maker of Springville, is repairing wagons and sleighs at the shop of C. W. Barnes.
Franklin Township - Henry Webster, who spent his vacation with his parents, E. A. Webster and wife, has returned to the Pentacostal Bible School in Binghamton.
Ararat - George Ogden and Ina Glover were united in marriage Friday, at Thompson.
Brackney - Jacob Baumgarten, an aged resident of Brackney, died at the home of Henry Fritz on Wednesday, Dec. 29, after a short illness. He had been a resident of this place for more than forty years and was a veteran of the Civil War. The funeral was held from St. Augustine's church on Friday, Dec. 31.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - John Cole, an old soldier living near here, who has been sick for some time, is failing and there is but little hope of his recovery.
Heart Lake - The Mountain Ice Company began filling their large house here Monday. The ice being of an extra fine quality.
Silver Lake - Chas. B. Dayton, the wide-a-wake foreman of the Sheldon farm was in town Saturday. Mr. Dayton is a scientific stockman and is getting together a fine herd of Jerseys.
Montrose - Lack of patronage is causing the management of the Palace Skating Rink to consider whether or not they shall continue to conduct the rink the balance of the winter. The heavy expense in maintaining this up-to-date amusement place with the present attendance makes it impossible to make the venture pay. It is probable that next Tuesday night will decide whether or not the rink be continued, so all lovers of skating should get out and bring their friends if they wish to continue the sport.
January 21 (1910/2010)
Hallstead - Work is again to be commenced on the Hallstead oil well, if 2,000 or more shares of stock can be sold, which the promoters seemed inclined too think will be accomplished. Each stockholder will be asked to take thirty per cent more stock than his present holdings. When the money is paid in, a driller will be secured and operations resumed.
Montrose - The Cnic is giving 6 reels every once in a while and two songs for a nickel. Special nights, of course, with a biograph thrown in. Miss Phillips announces a pretty song this evening. ALSO The little daughter of T. B. Dewees was quite painfully injured while coasting on Bank street Saturday. It was at first thought her leg had been broken, but fortunately did not prove to be. Coasting on steep hills is often perilous sport and parents will do well to "regulate" this popular pastime with the youngsters.
Bridgewater Twp. - Daniel W. Swackhamer was quite badly injured by a cake of ice striking him in the chest and abdomen while at work at Lake Mont Rose Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Swackhamer was on the platform adjusting the cakes into the carriage as they are hauled up the steep incline into the ice house. One heavy cake shot down the chute, knocking him from his feet, and as he lay prostrate another struck him with terrific force before he could recover himself. When taken to his home on Wilson street, Dr. Birchard found that two ribs were broken and the body badly bruised.
New Milford - Herbert Blanding, aged 72, died suddenly at his home on Wednesday while eating his dinner. Mr. Blanding was a retired farmer and well known in G. A. R. circles. He served during the Civil War in Co. B, 17th Rgt. Pa. Cavalry. He is survived by his wife. A number of comrades from Four Brothers Post are planning to attend his funeral. ALSO The Electric Light Co. has purchased an engine and it will be installed as soon as they have decided on a location, as the present plant is run by water power, and water has been so scarce the town has been without lights since last fall.
Kingsley - Mrs. G. C. Finn entertained the Book Club on Friday last, seventeen members being present.
Thompson - Last Friday, it is said, there were six wrecks on the Jefferson division. Because of these and the storm all traffic was delayed several hours. ALSO - Robert Leach got a fall on the ice. Next morning he went to his work, but his left arm failed him and he went to the doctor, who found a bone broken and adjusted it.
Alford - Jan. 17, being Grandma West's 82nd birthday, a few of the ladies met with her to celebrate the occasion. Refreshments were served.
Springville - Prof. Tiffany, principal of the high school, is arranging for a musicale to be held in the auditorium of the school building, and has fixed the date for Friday evening, Feb. 4.
Jackson - The graded school building was discovered to be on fire at about 10 o'clock one night by some boys on their way home from coasting. After two hours hard fighting by a bucket brigade, the fire was extinguished. The damage was confined to the interior and is estimated at $250.
Brooklyn - J. J. Austin has sold his farm to Chas. Austin and bought E. T. Ely's house and lot in town. Mr. Ely is reserving a building lot where he will erect a fine new home. It is reported that Mr. Austin will run a boarding house and livery.
Herrick - The roads are drifted nearly as bad as they were in 1888.
Uniondale - We re having a hard winter. So with William Tell, we cry, "Blow on thou wintry winds for this is the land of liberty, for Vanderbilt has the coal, John D., the oil, Frederick H. Wayerhauser the fire wood. J. Pierpont has the earth, while Gifford Pinchot got the ax. The winds howl, the politicians rail midst this howling railing list, the wailing of the poor, the cry of the poor widow goes up to the throne of the Eternal, asking why bread and coal are so dear and human blood so cheap. Who is looking after the interest of the orphan since Pinchot got it in the neck? An echo answers back who?" [Pinchot had just been fired as Pres. William Taft’s head of the U.S. Forest Service. He later served as governor of Pennsylvania.]
Forest City - The scholars of the Uniondale intermediate school and their teacher, Miss Gear, took a sleigh ride here, Friday, and the young ladies and their escorts reported a good time. The young gents furnished the ice cream and candy. The girls said it was too lovely for anything, and they had such a nice driver too, Bruce Tinker.
Rush - It was so rigid here during the recent "spell of cold weather" that one farmer vows he had to put an oil stove under the family cow before he could begin the milking process.
Harford - A Harford correspondent says that Wallace L. Thacher, well known as an author, historian, writer, lecturer and educator, realizing that his mind was failing and fearful that he might injure some one, has of his own free will, gone to the Hillside Home, in Lackawanna county, for treatment. The people of Susquehanna county hope that he may return to his home fully restored in health and to his former brilliant mental powers. [W. L. Thacher helped to organize the Susquehanna Co. Historical Society and was its first president.]
News Brief - Susquehanna county residents in the neighborhood of the section traveled by the Lackawanna railroad are excited over the prospect of a trolley line being run through to capture the freight and passenger traffic now quite removed from a railroad. The line will be a continuation of the Northern Electric from Factoryville and will connect the cities of Scranton and Binghamton. The freight business, it is believed, would alone warrant running the line through, as there is a heavy milk shipment at all times, while shipments of farm produce of all kinds, to both cities and distant points, would be greatly facilitated.
January 28 (1910/2010)
New Milford - Two sleighloads of young people from Forest Lake came over Wednesday evening of last week and were entertained at Mr. Coy's. ALSO In South New Milford wells, springs and brooks continue to get lower. Some have hard work to get water for the cattle.
Dimock - Judge R. B. Little rendered his decisions for liquor license applications and R. S. Wheeler, proprietor of the Dimock Hotel, was summoned to court and there agreed not to sell to certain named parties, to keep the bar closed on the Saturday camp meeting is held, and to personally conduct the hotel business. In Forest City licenses were refused to Jos. Narasovitz, Wm. Muchitz, P. F. Murray, E. J. O'Neill, and C. L. Carpenter.
Rush - Much interest is taken in the literary society recently organized in the High school. A program is prepared each month which is conducted entirely by the members of the society. The object is to accustom the pupils to public speaking and for personal research in literary subjects. ALSO David Reynolds has sold his matched team of horses to the directors of the Auburn and Rush poor asylum. Consideration $430.
Clifford - At the home of B. F. Bennett, Henry Dann, of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Miss Ella Maud Stewart, were united in marriage by the Rev. W. J. Seymour, Jan. 19. The happy couple started on Friday for their home in Idaho. Miss Stewart was very popular here and was known further than the circle of her home acquaintances. We wish the couple all the happiness and prosperity possible for them to attain. [Ella wrote the book, Majella, or Nameless and Blind: A Story of the Susquehanna. Printed by J. B. Lippencott Co., Philadelphia, 1892] ALSO While returning from church, Sunday, Mrs. C. H. Griffin was thrown from her cutter by its slewing around and overturning. No damage was done.
Springville - The meat boycott has not struck this here town yet, but we are looking for it every day. Gee, but won't things just frizzle when she comes. [Boycott was started because of the high price of meat.]
Harford - Miss Mildred Forsyth met with an accident, which might have proved serious, in trying to cross the bridge near E. Flint's, last Saturday morning. The stream was swollen and was much deeper than she expected. The sleigh was overturned and swung around by the ice and swift water, the horse plunged back the way it came, and by holding to the lines she was drawn out to safety. ALSO A number of the citizens of Harford and vicinity are talking of organizing a Game Protective Association and Gun Club, which will be for the purpose of preventing unlawful hunting and to protect the game from unsportsmanlike shooting,. The Gun Club part of the organization is for those who enjoy trap shooting, which is not to be an expense to those who do not take part.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Will Dougherty has sold his gray horse to parties from below. ALSO In Pleasant Valley, Glenn Linaberry had what might have been a serious runaway. He and A. L. Mericle spent the evening with Ernest Carlin, of South Auburn, when upon returning home and in turning a curve in the road near Andrew Carter's, the cutter ran upon the bank, overturning the cutter and throwing out its occupants. Tearing the reins loose from Glenn's hands, the horse started to run; it ran until it came to the hill near Richard Kinney's, which it ran part way up then stopped. The horse was slightly bruised and the cutter slightly damaged. The men escaped uninjured, which was very fortunate.
Susquehanna - Much unfavorable comment has been heard regarding the increase of rates made by the physicians of Susquehanna. Formerly the price charged was fifty cents for an office call and a dollar for a house visit. Commencing with the New Year the price of an office call was raised to seventy five cents and a house visit to $1.50. If the house call is made after 6 p.m. the price is $2. For a call in the country the rate of $1 is charged with an additional rate of 50 cents for every mile the person lives outside the borough limits. There is no denying the fact that the raise in the price of the services of the physicians has been keenly felt in this place. Some people are so economical that they cannot afford to be sick, while others, after they have taken ill, wait as long as possible before calling in the family physician. The question of the raise is really working a hardship in some families, it is claimed.
Jackson - Hugh Roberts has another alligator. ALSO The school has a fine circulating library from [the library] at Montrose.
Little Meadows - Laurence Kiley was badly hurt while putting up telephone wire on the branch between Nixon and Warrenham. His safety strap broke and he fell backward to the ground, injuring his left ear and head badly. Dr. J. C. Tripp was called and dressed the wounds and thinks no bones [were] broken.
Montrose - By an error last week we spoke of T. B. Dewees' daughter being injured coasting. It should have been H. L. Holmes' daughter. She is improving very nicely, we understand.
Tunkhannock/Springville/Great Bend - Among the most prominent families in Springville some years ago, was that of William B. Handrick, there being a large family of sons and daughters, all of whom became well known citizens. Two of them were Col. Eugene Handrick, of Tunkhannock; another was his brother, next younger, Byron C. Handrick, who has resided at Great Bend, on his fine farm, for many years. Both had been in failing health for some time and on Friday, Jan 21, occurred the death of Col. Handrick at his home in Tunkhannock, aged 69, and on the next day, Jan 22, his brother Byron, died in Great Bend, aged 67 years, death coming unexpectedly while he was sitting in his chair and before he had heard of the death of his brother. Among the surviving brothers and sisters are: Mrs. Sherman, of New York; Mrs. J. K. Aldrich and Mrs. Stephen Tuttle, of Springville, and Julian Handrick, of Binghamton.
News Briefs - John Argeyle, of Bradford county, is undoubtedly the largest man in Pennsylvania. He is six feet five inches tall, weighs 420 pounds, and there is not an ounce of fat on him. It requires ten yards of cloth to make him a shirt. He is 22 years of age, very intelligent, fond of books and is a devoted physical culturist. He is quite proficient at boxing and fond of all out door sports.
February 04 (1910/2010)
Hopbottom - The Foster basket ball team, composed of W. Hoppe, A. Hoppe, Brown, Coil and Bertholf, hopped all around the Montrose team at the skating rink Tuesday night. The score was 25-7. The Montrose players were B. Gardner, Kelly, Zopff, Stroud and Conklin. B. W. Camp refereed. The Foster contingent is a husky bunch and hasn't been defeated this winter. The teams will probably play a return game.
Franklin Forks - The G.A.R. of this place gave a birthday party to J. J. Stockholm, of Hickory Grove, Jan. 29, in the Alliance Hall, it being his 69th birthday. About 45 sat down to a bountiful dinner and all seemed to enjoy themselves very much. John was a member of the old Buttermilk regiment, the 141st, Co. H. It was at the now famous peach orchard that he saved the colors from capture. It was there that our Daniel Searle received a wound that he would never accept a pension for. Mr. Stockholm was the first commander of Post No. 222. ALSO - The outlook now is that between the two rival barber shops, we will all get shaved.
Alford - J. P. Roach, who has leased the Hubbard boarding house, took possession on Monday. Rev. and Mrs. Hubbard, who have successfully conducted the place for several years, have gone to Binghamton to reside and Mr. Hubbard will resume his ministerial duties. Mr. Roach is an affable, energetic businessman and his experience in various enterprises on a large scale should result in the popular boarding house becoming even better known to the traveling public. ALSO Orne Titus and son Jesse, the champion trappers in this section, report a fine winter for their business. The denizens of the woods and creeks have suffered at their hands very much.
Herrick Center/Forest City - Clarence Fives, who has had charge of the Forest City poor farm for the last two years, died suddenly Sunday afternoon. A little over a week ago the house on the poor farm was burned to the ground and Mr. Fives and family lost everything except the clothes they wore. Sunday afternoon Mr. Fives was down town and took his wife and children from the home of his brother-in-law, Ira L. Curtis, to the Barnes house, where they expected to live until spring. After dinner he was taken suddenly ill and died before 6 o'clock. He leaves a wife, two children, father, mother and a number of brothers and sisters to mourn for one who has been called in the springtime of life.
Ararat - The heavy snow storm of Saturday caused the section foremen, along the branch, to call in plenty of help to shovel snow that night and they are still at it. Some of the men at Ararat worked Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday without sleep.
New Milford - A sad fatality occurred at New Milford Sunday morning when Harold Hill, son of Edward Hill, of Gibson, was instantly killed by a Lackawanna train. The young man, with his mother, sister, and brother, went to Binghamton on Saturday and were returning on Sunday on the milk train going west, which is due in New Milford at 12:30. The train stopped at the creamery a short distance from the station, to take out a car of milk. Young Hill got off the train and started to walk to the station and was hit by a west bound milk train which he failed to notice before it was upon him. Death was instantaneous and the body, which was badly mangled, was taken to VanBurkirk's undertaking rooms and prepared for burial, being taken to the Hill home later in the day. He was a bright young man of 17 years and besides his parents and the brother and sister mentioned, he is survived by one other sister.
Montrose - Manager Ernest Caruso, of the Cnic, on Wednesday afternoon and evening last, gave performances for the benefit of the Library. Special pictures of an instructive character were presented, much to the delight of the large number of patrons. The musical program rendered by Miss Elizabeth Phillips evoked appreciation, also. The Library management and patrons have freely expressed their gratitude toward Mr. Caruso in having provided such a pleasing entertainment for the benefit of the fund.
Susquehanna - The Rev. Jas. F. Houlihan has been appointed to a First Lieutenancy and the Chaplaincy of the Fifth U. S. Cavalry, which at the present time is stationed at Honolulu. Chaplain Houlihan is a former member of the diocese of Scranton. He was born in Susquehanna, 34 years ago and studied for the priesthood at Dunwoodie Seminary and Niagara University. Chaplain Houlihan is a relative of Mrs. Matthew Griffin, at Forest Lake.
Lawton - There is a tendency on the part of some of our young men to send their young ladies home with their brothers and some times to bring another girl home when she is to ride home with mother. ALSO James Conboy is fast becoming known as the best buck and wing dancer in this section of the state.
Choconut Valley - Miss Anna O'Connell entertained some 40 of her friends Friday evening. Progressive pedro was played and a bountiful lunch was served and all skipped the light fantastic to the music of E. Ames' violin till the wee small hours.
East Lynn - Clyde Travis and A. D. Rogers took the job of filling the ice house at the Lynn milk station. It is reported the cakes of ice they are handling weigh over 300 lbs.
Glenwood - Earl Tourje has been in Great Bend the past week working on the telephone line.
Elk Lake - The snow storm on Saturday blocked the roads so they were impassable in a good many places, but as soon as the storm was over, the men got out with shovels and opened them up, so they are out sleigh riding again. ALSO Anyone wishing to hear good phonograph music should call on M. L. Biesecker. He knows how to handle a phonograph and has the Edson phonograph and records for sale.
Thompson - Watch out for a marriage license for one of the North Western's best hello [telephone] girls.
News Brief - At Towanda, on license day, 16 out of 78 licenses were held up for investigation by court. The judge in his instruction to the landlords, put a ban on the "village chorus" and "bar room soloists," and also will not permit music of any kind in the barrooms or the congregating of men in front of hotels.
February 11 (1910/2010)
Forest City - Three double dwellings, in which twenty families lived, were destroyed here Monday night. The houses were located on Lackawanna street and were owned by Frank Niebsydowski. The loss is $12,000. The fire plugs were frozen and the firemen could do nothing.
Susquehanna - Shortly after returning from St. John's Catholic church, where she attended mass, Mrs. Robert Keenan, a highly and estimable resident, died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin J. Kendrick. Mrs. Keenan was in apparently good health early Friday morning. She arose at the usual hour and at eight o'clock went to mass and received Holy Communion. She returned to her home and while eating breakfast expired. Dr. W. J. Condon was summoned and pronounced her death due to heart failure. She is survived by three sons and three daughters.
Heart Lake - The Mountain Ice Co. finished filling their large ice house at this place, Saturday. F. I. Hillis and family have moved back to their farm, after running the boarding house during the ice job.
Harford - Henry Jones has gone to Massachusetts, where he will enter some college and finish the term.
Montrose - Jos. M. Bush, trainmaster of the Wyoming Division of the Lehigh Valley, was engaged here Friday. When a mere boy he drove the stage between Montrose and Rush, carrying the mails and passengers for about two years.
Hop Bottom - There will be a Washington's Birthday hop at the Valley View House, Hop Bottom, of which H. C. Carpenter is proprietor, Feb. 22. Mahon's orchestra, of Montrose, which gives such general satisfaction, will go down to furnish music for Mr. Carpenter. Arrangements have been made to afford the guests at this hop an excellent time as usual.
Hallstead - G. M. Decker, Hallstead's bustling laundryman, last week purchased the Susquehanna laundry and he is moving the same to Hallstead, where the various machines and implements will be incorporated as a part of the laundry here. These additions will make Mr. Decker's laundry one of the most complete plants in Northern Pennsylvania.
St. Joseph - M. J. O'Reilly is doing a hustling business as proprietor of the store here.
Forest Lake - John Reilly saw his shadow candlemas day. Six weeks more winter weather, John.
Fairdale - There is no school this week, Miss Browning, the teacher, being absent on account of drifted roads.
Ararat - Twenty-eight below zero Monday morning at this place. How's that for fresh air?
Dundaff - Mrs. Ada White, who has been house keeper at the hotel for the past month, has accepted a position at the Forest House, at Forest City. Mrs. Pengelly, of Wilkes-Barre, fills the place made vacant by her.
Brookdale - The old school Baptists of this vicinity, held a meeting at the home of Mrs. Laura Bailey.
Burnwood - George and James Wademan were courting at Montrose last week.
Alford - William L. Stone, flagman on the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna, met with a sad and sudden death on Monday morning. The Montrose train was being made up near the water tank on a siding alongside the main tracks, Mr. Stone, being at work between the tender and car, uncoupling the air hose. A train was going up on the track furthest from him and as he stepped back from between the cars on the rails of the adjoining eastbound track, the noise of the train going up prevented him from hearing the down coming freight. The pilot of the engine struck him on the side of the head, hurling him some feet and causing almost instant death. Conductor E. F. Wilmot telephoned his wife to impart the heart rending news, which was done as gently as the dread circumstance permitted and bravely borne by the widow. Mr. Stone was nearly 48 years of age and was a native of Franklin township. His parents were Stanley and Ruth (Darrow) Stone, both natives of Montrose. The father resides in New Milford and one sister, Mrs. N. O. Roach, at Tiffany and two sons and two daughters survive.
Crystal Lake - Robert Wood Johnson died suddenly at his home in New Brunswick, N.J., on Tuesday. He was the head of the large firm of Johnson & Johnson, makers of surgical dressings and appliances. In 1874 he organized the firm of Seabury & Johnson for the manufacture of medicated plasters and dressing, and in 1887 the present firm was organized. He was born in Carbondale and was well known in the eastern part of the county. Sylvester Johnson, of Crystal Lake, is a brother.
Uniondale - John Smith is moving to the Forest City poor farm, where he will work during the coming season. ALSO Rev. William Usher braved the snowstorm Sunday and walked to Pleasant Mount, where he preached in the Presbyterian church.
Herrick Center - Peter Stanton died last Wednesday after a long illness of typhoid fever. The funeral was held Saturday morning at the home. The deceased is survived by a wife and fourteen children. Much sympathy is felt for the family.
February 18 (1910/2010)
Springville - Monday evening Helen and Mary Potter entertained a goodly company of young people at a candy pull, and a general good time was had.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Charles Stevens and wife were given a surprise last Thursday evening it being 37 years that day since they were married. About 50 were present and spent a very social evening. Lunch was served by the ladies and purse of money presented to Mr. and Mrs. Stevens as a token of the esteem in which they are held. The presentation speech was made by P. F. Kintner.
Great Bend - The Black Horn Leather Co. is busy working double shifts. ALSO Dr. E. P. Hines, one of the best known physicians in the county, is seriously ill at his home in Great Bend. Dr. Rosenkrans has charge of the case and the genial doctor's many friends hope for his speedy recovery.
Hallstead - As an evidence of coming prosperity the Lackawanna Company has ordered 10 passenger engines, 24 freight and 12 switching engines from the American Locomotive Works. The first delivery of these engines will be made during the coming summer. ALSO While two freight trains were endeavoring to make a siding to get out of the way of a fast freight train, at Clarks Summit, the trains collided, smashing the caboose of the first train in charge of conductor James Allen of Hallstead. In the caboose was Patrick Falley, a brakeman, aged 25, also of Hallstead. It is reported that he was fatally injured, his head being cut, an arm crushed, a leg broken and he was otherwise internally injured. Mr. Falley was taken to the Moses Taylor Hospital at Scranton, where it was reported that an arm had been amputated. It is not expected that he will survive the shock. ALSO While crossing the tracks on his return from carrying dinner to his son, Benjamin, who is employed in the silk mills, John S. Brooks, aged 82 years, was struck by a fast east-bound milk train and instantly killed. The body was badly mangled as the entire train passed over it.
Jackson - Much interest has been taken locally in the coming appointment of census enumerator for the township, and some of the most prominent people in the north end of the town are seeking the place. ALSO The average depth of snow at this time is the greatest since 1888. The winter of that year was much like the present one, and culminated in the great blizzard in March. Yes, there is some snow here, but we manage to get out with the aid of second story windows.
South Gibson - A part of our choir succeeded in reaching Gibson last Sunday evening, where they were due to sing at a temperance meeting. Two rigs, after floundering in snowdrifts on the cross roads for a time, managed to turn around and start for home, one reaching there at 8:30 p.m. Those who reached Gibson speak highly of the way they were entertained at the parsonage after the services, where hot coffee and cake were served.
South Montrose - The severe storm of Feb. 11 caught Frank Austin, who lives on James Caton's farm, near Prospect Hill, while he was returning from Montrose. He left town at about 8 o'clock in the evening, and was able to keep the road until he reached Silas Decker's. There, the road being drifted full, he had to take the fields, and in going through Mr. Decker's big meadow, with no fences to guide him, he got off the track and wandered around the field without being able to get his bearings until nearly 12 o'clock, when his horse brought up at one of Mr. Decker's grape vines. Then Mr. Austin knew he must be near a house and succeeded in finding Mr. Decker's residence, and aroused him. They got the horse into the barn and Mr. Austin remained all night with Mr. Decker. The snow was falling very fast so that one could see but a short distance, and had not the horse come in contact with the grape vine, it is possible that Mr. Austin would have frozen as it was bitter cold.
Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - The roads are very bad. Harvey Sutton and friend, from Kingsley, broke the first track through here Saturday, after the large snow fall Friday.
Jessup Twp. - The death of Richard Bliss Downer chronicles the passing of the oldest citizen of Jessup. He was born in Bozrah, New London Co., Conn., in the year 1820, and had attained the advanced age of 88 years and nine months and had outlived all the friends of his youth. He was a son of Ezekiel and Susan (Bliss) Downer and came with them to the county when five years of age. In March 1846 he married Miss Elizabeth Fullerton. Three sons and three daughters were the offspring of this worthy pair. William, the first born, yielded his young life in the conflict of the Rebellion. To secure his remains involved a costly and difficult undertaking, realized by none but the resolute father, and confided by him to few. Mr. Downer was of a kind, courteous disposition, a man of active habits. The closing of his life occurred on Dec. 29, 1909. The remains were borne to the Fairdale cemetery and laid to rest by the side of his companion.
Franklin Twp. - Last Friday night, Mr. Finley, an old man that lives alone, was at his neighbor's, Mr. Donovan's. When he started home they gave him a lantern but the snow storm was so bad that he lost his way; he got so bewildered he just wandered around all night. The next day P.Dacey's boy found him and took him home. His hands were frozen.
Ararat - Some one entered the home of Elmer Tiffany Sunday night, while the family was in bed, took Mr. Tiffany's best suit of clothes, two gold watches, two razors with honing tools, underwear and about $15 in cash. There is some disadvantage in being too sound a sleeper.
Montrose - J. Vail Griffis received his appointment to the Annapolis Naval Academy from Hon. C. C. Pratt. The young man has been preparing himself for the difficult examinations for some time and hopes to be successful in entering the academy.
Susquehanna - An inspection of the fire hydrants here found that 8 of 27 in the borough were frozen up. They were located in the vicinity of the most valuable property and in case of a conflagration the situation would be serious.
News Briefs - Every living soldier who enlisted in the Civil War, following Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers, will receive a medal that has recently been produced at the Philadelphia mint. ALSO - The soldier who fought through the Civil War as the personal substitute of Abraham Lincoln may have a statue erected in commemoration of his services. A bill appropriating $20.000 for the purpose was presented in the House by Rep. Palmer, of Pennsylvania. The name of this hitherto almost unknown here is J. Summerton Staples, of Stroudsburg. He died some ten years ago, and it is at Stroudsburg that it is now proposed to erect the statue.
February 25 (1910/2010)
Jackson - On Monday evening, Feb. 14, the M. E. ladies aid gave a valentine social which consisted of instructive and ingenious amusements, a fish pond and refreshments. All spent a very enjoyable evening and a neat little sum was realized.
Forest City - The Clifford breaker, which has stood as a towering sentinel at the North End of Main street, having outlived its usefulness, is being torn down. The breaker has been idle for about a year. The contractor has been using dynamite to dislodge some of the heavy timbers.
Brooklyn - Considerable excitement has been caused by the refusal of the health officials of New York City to receive milk shipped from our creamery. They have been inspecting the sanitary conditions around town and some rather pointed statements have been given out. It is hoped that our school board and individuals may take immediate steps toward better sewerage. ALSO The large barn attached to the Tewksbury Hotel was demolished by the heavy weight of snow on Monday morning; fortunately there was no stock in the barn at the time of the collapse, as Mr. Tewksbury left for his farm a short time before, taking his horse with him. The horses of the guests will be cared for in the large barn of H. H. Craver's. Mr. Tewksbury will rebuild as soon as possible.
Lynn - A. B. Sherman has purchased the farm of his father where he has lived since boyhood and is one of the best farmers in this locality.
Springville - There will be no commencement exercises at the Springville high school this year, as they are adding one year to the course, elevating the standard of the school accordingly. Prof. J. Lee Tiffany, the principal, has the work of elevating the high plane of the high school much at heart, and it will rank favorably with the high schools of the county.
Lanesboro - James Buckley, an aged man residing on a farm above here, died Monday morning, Feb. 21, as the result of being kicked in the face by one of his horses, Saturday. He was leading a horse with a halter when the animal suddenly turned and kicked its hoofs, striking Mr. Buckley on the jaw and fracturing it. Dr. Miller, of Susquehanna, was called to attend the injured man.
Sankey - The pluck shown by our teacher, Miss Hazel Smith, in coming through the snow drifts Monday, will explain in part the success of our school.
South Auburn - Mrs. T. C. Brewer is spending a short time with her son, Tracy, of Black Walnut, who was injured by the overturning of a load of witch-hazel brush that he was taking to Meshoppen.
Silver Lake - W. Donovan had the misfortune to freeze his ears coming home from Hallstead, Sunday last. ALSO Frank McGraw and Willie Mahoney cut ten cords of wood for M. J. Hannagan, last week.
Little Meadows - Miss Theresa H. Shaughnessy is very busy arranging her line of spring millinery. Oh! you Easter bonnet.
Elk Lake - Plenty of snow and it is on the move and the boys have hard times to make their Sunday calls. The ice is 36 inches thick at the Lake.
Howard Hill - The wood bee for the Brookdale Orphanage Thursday was well attended; they got the wood on Mrs. O. B. Howard's farm.
Forest Lake - Pat Carney and lady friend took advantage of the sleighing last Sunday. He reports a good sleighing and but one serious upset with his new cutter. Watch the horse and not the lady, Pat.
New Milford - Amos Kent is getting up an autograph book of the names and date of birth of friends, having already secured names and date of birth of six hundred. Mr. Kent is 84 years of age and a fine writer for one of his age.
Susquehanna - A big ice gorge three miles above here threatens to take out the bridge connecting this place and Oakland, if the river suddenly rises. Ice is piled up to the height of 30 feet in the gorge. The county commissioners and Erie officials have been consulted, but no action has been taken. It is feared to dynamite the gorge, as it might cause the huge mass of ice to go out at once, which would prove disastrous.
Hallstead - A young man named Lewis was arrested here last week for selling oleomargarine without a proper license. Special agent of the dairy and food department investigated the case and made the arrest. He represented the firm of Mitchell & Lewis of Binghamton. The case will be heard before Justice Crook at Hallstead.
Montrose - The afternoon passenger train on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley, due here at 4 o'clock, failed to get through Wednesday afternoon, getting stalled in huge snowdrifts a short distance this side of South Montrose. Liveryman Cox was phoned for and he went down and brought the passengers and mail up in a sleigh. The train managed to back down to South Montrose, allowing the snow plow to pass, and arrived at the station about 6 o'clock Thursday morning. Much snow was encountered and the snowplow had difficulty in getting through.
Hopbottom - We have had sleighing every day since Christmas. It is thought by some that the great snowstorms are intended to make up for the rain we so much needed last fall.
South Montrose - The mill has been temporarily shut down for a few days on account of there being no lumber on hand. A car of lumber arrived the first of the week and on Wednesday work was again resumed. From 12,000 to 14,000 trunk slats are manufactured daily and still the company cannot fill all the orders on hand.
March 04 (1910/2010)
Flooding - The rise of water in the Susquehanna river was largely checked when a lowering temperature stopped the thaw of snow and ice in the mountains along its course and that of its tributaries. At Great Bend and Hallstead high water did considerable damage and caused discomfort to the residents on the lowlands. The Black Horn Tanning Co., at Great Bend, lost heavily, water getting into the basement of the plant and making it necessary to suspend operations. The American Chair Co., at Hallstead, has been shut down and the silk mill, employing about 60, mostly girls, stopped work. Five or six feet of water stands on the floor of the June Dairy Co. At Susquehanna and Lanesboro the electric light plants were forced to shut down. The Erie officials in conjunction with the county commissioners are jointly erecting a retaining wall above the Erie bridge to protect that structure, and at times so fast was the rise of the water that it was within two feet of the top of the wall. At New Milford the creek ice was dynamited just in time to prevent the flooding of the streets, the ice gorge giving way just as the water commenced overflowing the banks. Everything on the flats is under water. Fifteen or sixteen farmers and families, between Great Bend and Riverside, have had to get out of their homes in order to escape the rising flood, often the rescue being made by men in boats. Many curious things are reported. A man named Davis, living at Riverside, has placed his ten cows on top of a hay mow, out of reach of the water, until the flood abates. Another farmer killed his three hogs and placed them safely from the water, as they were in danger of being drowned.
The Census - Taking the census will begin April 15. In towns and cities the job must be completed in two weeks, in the country in thirty days. Enumerators are allowed no less than two cents a head, and not more than four or no less than $2 a day or more than $3, at the option of the supervisor. In the country the enumerator is allowed 20 cents per farm. He must hustle to make $2 per day.
St. Joseph - Rev. Edward O'Reilly, the last of four brothers who were ordained to the priesthood, died Feb. 24, 1910, at the parochial residence at South Waverly, PA. The deceased was born at St. Joseph, was educated at Holy Cross college and received his theological training at St. Mary's of Baltimore. He was the brother of the late Rev. James, Rev. Michael, and Rev. John O'Reilly and survived by one brother, Aloysius, of St. Joseph. The funeral was held at St. John's in South Waverly, with 75 priests present. After the funeral the remains were taken to St. Joseph, where he was interred, it being the largest funeral ever seen at the church.
Forest City - The D.H. Co. and the Hillside Coal and Iron Co. appealed to the commissioners for decrease in assessment on their coal properties. The assessment on their coal properties is much lower than in Lackawanna, and has been fixed on basis of $150 to the foot acre. They ask for the Luzerne assessment rate of about $62. The companies have been assessed but little in the past and the raise is more keenly felt. The matter is being held under advisement.
Lawton - Atty. F. A. Davies and John Rosche drove here on Wednesday, where Mr. Davies was called on legal matters. They report that roads were in very bad condition. Near the Truesdell farm in Rush, the water had overflowed the banks of the creek, and for about 300 feet they passed through water several feet deep in places, coming into the cutter so that they had to stand on the seat to keep from getting wet. While they were making the ford, a pair of bobs came along driven by a farmer, in which there was a dog. The current was so swift that it washed the dog out of the bobs and whirled it against a rail fence, where the animal clung until rescued. After such a thrilling experience, "Jack" says he will always have greater sympathy for the Eliza's of Uncle Tom's Cabin fame when they appear in the river of floating ice in Montrose's play houses.
Clifford - On account of an ice jam the lower part of town was flooded early Monday morning. The water did not get down so that danger of damage was not over until the afternoon, although several men worked all day to break the gorge and release the water.
Brooklyn - The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac VanAuken, to the number of about sixty, gathered at their home on Thursday last for the purpose of extending a friendly greeting and also to put that friendship into practical form by getting up a wood pile for their use. Charles Snyder brought his sawing machine and the ladies brought well filled baskets and served a bountiful dinner. No less than 20 cords of wood, all ready for use, was left at the door. The VanAuken's wish to thank their friends for the substantial aid rendered them.
Auburn Twp. - The funeral of Rev. J. J. Henry, which was held at Jersey Hill on Wednesday, was not largely attended owing to the bad roads. The men had to go ahead of the procession and shovel the snow banks.
Hopbottom - The Hopbottom National Bank will open for business Monday, March 7. Light refreshments will be served by the lady friends of the bank, and every one is cordially invited to call and have lunch and inspect the new institution.
Kingsley - Notice has been given to the employees of the Kingsley Chemical Co. that owing to the exhausted supply of wood the factory will close April 1. Whether it will be closed permanently remains to be seen.
South Gibson - Mrs. Addie Gillett has been engaged to teach school at the Columbian district again this year. Parents and children all seem well pleased. School will commence the first of May.
Springville - Stuart Riley says in his advertisement today, that you can get almost anything at his store, from chewing gum to an automobile. Mr. Riley has a large store, and the people here and in the vicinity may take Mr. Riley at his word, we believe. He buys eggs and butter, and has a very fine line of goods for his trade.
Herrick Center - Oscar Hugaboom has a bass horn with which he entertains the neighbors evenings.
Watrous' Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - For the first time our carrier, Homer Smith, failed to get through Monday, but he started to make the trip Tuesday, "backwards."
March 11 (1910/2010)
Montrose - One of those big never-to-be-forgotten programs at Steine's Nickelet tonight. Western pictures--"Red Wing's Gratitude," "From Cabin Boy to King," Seven pictures; two songs. ALSO - Beach Mfg. Co. has had a rapid increase in the business. More help is constantly being added, they having this week telephoned to Wilkes-Barre to Mr. L. T. Harrower, who still has a warm spot in his heart for the prosperity and welfare of this plant, as well as Montrose, to send three machinists as soon as possible. Between 25 and 30 men are now employed there, all making good wages, ranging from 25 cents to 37 ½ cents an hour, working 10 hours a day and some over time. They have been considering 12 hours a day.
Auburn Four Corners - Why doesn't some good doctor locate here? Four doctors from nearby towns were professionally engaged here last week. At Shannon Hill - S. L. Overfield went to Wilkes-Barre one day last week and purchased a horse, three wagons and some harness,, and started to drive home. When near Falls the horse was taken sick and died, so he came the rest of the way by train. Mark Overfield took a horse and went after the wagons, returning home Friday night.
New Milford - B. Z. Cobb has bought the timber which is mostly composed of hemlock, on the Hon. A. C. Barrett farm in the township. This is one of the largest tracts of timber in this part of the county, and Mr. Cobb expects to cut from it about a million feet of logs.
Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Isn't it glorious to see the sunshine and blue sky once more? Indications point to be an early spring. ALSO In Brooklyn - owing to the condition of the roads the drama which the Y.P.C.U. is preparing will not be given until the middle of April, but on the evening of March 18th, they will hold a social at the home of Mrs. W. L. Kent, when an evening of enjoyment is promised to all. The popular game of "Peanut Whist" will be played, and there will be guessing contests, with prizes for the successful contestants. Refreshments will consist of sherbet, cake and wafers.
Alford - The first maple syrup of the season was brought into town by Edward Goodrich, selling at $1.25 per gallon.
Forest Lake - Arlie Warner has been very busy this winter, drawing logs to Fessenden's Mills, at Birchardville.
Hopbottom - On Friday evening, March 4th, in an exciting game of basket ball, Hopbottom defeated the fast L. A. C. basket ball team of Susquehanna, by a score of 29 to 16. Next Saturday evening, March 12, Hopbottom will play the UY.M.C.A. team from Binghamton, better known as the Yellow Jackets. Great game promised.
Brookdale - Much credit is due to our R. D. mail carrier, Mr. Smith, who braved danger to himself and horse last week to deliver our mail.
Choconut - The Chalker school has had a very small attendance for the last two or three weeks on account of the grip; hardly any one escaped having it.
Hallstead - The ladies' aid of the Baptist Church planned a sleigh ride to the home of Deacon Sherwood and all started out expecting a joyous time. There would have been a good time with nothing to mar the enjoyment of the occasion, had it not been for a mishap to one of the loads when a sleigh over turned in Steam Hollow, near the old school house bridge. B. F. Perry was one of those sitting on the lower side of the sleigh as it went over and he sustained serious injuries, the worst of which was a dislocated shoulder, which will keep him from work for some time.
Lawsville - In the recent contest given by Mrs. Earle Northrop for the three best loaves of bread made from the Gold Medal flour, Mrs. Helen Luce received first prize of three sacks of flour; Mrs. Alva Rockwell, second prize of two sacks of flour; Mrs. Thomas Mahoney, third prize, of one sack of flour. The judges were: Mrs. Henry Ives, Mrs. Ella Russell and Mrs. Laura Southworth.
Rush - James Marbaker has carried all the school children on his road to school this winter, free of charge, and deserves the thanks and best wishes of all.
Lenox - "Uncle" Jack Thatcher, an old time railroad man, was found unconscious at his home Friday p.m. the victim of a stroke of paralysis. He was immediately removed to the house of his niece, Mrs. F. T. Doran, and medical assistance summoned, but at this writing he appears to be gradually failing.
Thompson - S. D. Barnes has purchased the coal and feed business of A. W. Larrabee, of Starrucca and Floyd Salisbury has accepted a position as clerk in the store of Myron B. Miller.
Springville - Rev. A. E. Potter is walking to some of his appointments, his horse being disabled.
News Brief - The Pennsylvania law requires that every automobile shall carry during the period from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise two lights showing a white light visible at least one hundred feet in the direction toward which the vehicle is proceeding, and also exhibit one red light visible in the reverse direction. ALSO - The State memorial to Pennsylvanians who fought in the battle of Gettysburg, now being erected near the "High Water Mark," at a cost of $140,000, is to be dedicated Sept. 27th next. The monument will be 104 ft. high and will be one of the handsomest on the field. It will be a double arch surmounted by a dome on which will be a large figure of Victory. It will be surrounded by a low, solid wall on which will be placed 96 bronze tablets bearing the names of 22,000 Union veterans, taken from the muster rolls of Pennsylvania regiments of June 30, 1863, the day before the opening of the battle. ALSO - The old time kiss-ing parties are again coming in vogue at social functions. It is hoped thus to refute the impression that osculation is a means of spreading contagion. Thoughtless young people will take such risks. ALSO - The spring-like weather of the past week caused the sap to run and new maple sugar is being sold in the market. Robins and bluebirds made their first appearance the latter part of the week. Our warm weather has since "caught cold."
March 18 (1910/2010)
Forest Lake - The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Quinlivan were sorry to learn of the sad accident that happened to their daughter, Irene, while coming from school last Friday night. Near P. S. Kane's she was thrown from the kid wagon, falling between the wheels, the first wheel passing over her leg, breaking both bones just above the ankle, besides bruising her badly. She was carried to her home, nearly two miles away, and the bones [were] set by Dr. Gardner. She is doing as well as can be expected. She is of a family of seven children, who were conveyed from the Warner to the Kane school by Michael Sullivan. There were eleven in the wagon at the time.
Harford - If those owning dogs do not want them killed they must keep them away from their neighbor's chickens. B. D. Sherwood had 16 hens killed last week, some of which he paid $2 apiece for. Walter Maynard had one hen killed, and there was one dog that will not trouble any one else.
Uniondale - L. P. Norton came home Saturday night from down the valley, to stay over Sunday with his better half; but he won't own up that she is better than he is. ALSO Those having sugar camps are very busy these days making maple syrup and sugar. Hope those that are looking serious will take a bite and look pleasant.
Springville - Dr. Diller, of this place, and Dr. Birchard, of Montrose, performed an operation on a young boy of Arthur Comstock's to save him from having lock jaw, caused from a kick on the knee by a horse. The boy for some reason had not mentioned the hurt and had been going to school, until the knee had caused him so much pain that he then told his parents. Last reports say he is doing well.
Montrose - Mrs. George Battles, a respected colored lady, died at her home on Locust Street, Montrose, March 15, 1910, after being confined to her bed for some time. Mrs. Battles was an earnest Christian woman, and greatly respected by all who knew her. Besides her husband, she is survived by five children, three daughters and two sons, as follows; Mrs. Lila Johnson, of Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Hattie Raymer, of Chicago, Miss Susie Naylor, Henry and Benjamin Naylor, of Montrose, and one sister, Mrs. Martha E. Harris, of Waverly, Pa. Her age was 87 years. [Catharine Waters Naylor Battles was born in Maryland and came to Montrose, with her family, in 1859.] ALSO The store building now occupied by the Express office will be converted into a bowling alley after April 1st. Frank Depue is to be the proprietor.
Hallstead - Thomas Gathany, who resides a short distance from Hallstead, while hauling a load of stone, met with a severe and painful accident to himself and also the loss of one of his fine horses. He had reached a point in the road where it was necessary for him to cross a small bridge, and just as he got into the middle of the bridge it went down with the heavy load. The horses became entangled in the lines, but one succeeded in breaking loose and swam to safety. The other was so entangled that he drowned before he could be rescued. Mr. Gathany also had a narrow escape from drowning but managed to get out and swim to shore. The timbers became loosened by the high water and were unable to stand the strain.
Ararat - We are glad to see that our new supervisor, Eli Avery, is interested enough to see that the roads are kept passable. It is something fine for us to see our supervisor out using plows to clear the roads, but you can bet we are glad; good luck to the old gray headed man.
Gibson - A weight social will be held in the P.O.S. of A. hall Friday evening. The Harford orchestra will be present, and those who have heard them know they will be sure of an enjoyable evening, as their music is first class. Proceeds for the benefit of the church. Supper will be served.
Susquehanna - William Belcher was held up by foot pads on Jackson street, Saturday night. He was badly beaten and kicked by three young men, who jumped out unexpectedly and knocked him down and then relieved him of $22. He was thrown down a steep bank, but recovered sufficiently to crawl home, arouse the family and secure medical treatment.
Lenoxville - Everyone who has a "sugar bush" is kept busy nowadays. In this vicinity there has been the greatest run of sap known for several years, as early in the season as this.
Little Meadows - An executor's sale of the personal property of the late Thomas McVinney will be held on his farm near Little Meadows, March 26. The circumstances connected with the sale are quite unusual, the deceased when in apparently good health having advertised the sale for the above date. Meanwhile he was taken seriously ill, his death occurring, and the executors are now to conduct the sale on the same day he had fixed.
Elkdale - J. G. Wescott has purchased a small farm near Elkdale from the Lowry estate and will, within a month, move his family to that place. He will probably go into the chicken business. Mr. Wescott has been a resident of Forest City for a great many years and has been an exceedingly active member of the community. He has held several borough offices. His departure will be regretted by many people.
Forest City - Lucy A. Riefler, wife of Henry E. Riefler, of Forest City, is keeping house and living with Warren S. Thomas, at present, at Honesdale. Mrs. Riefler and Mr. Thomas have proclaimed that her husband is dead. Lucy A. Riefler's husband is not dead. He is living and boarding at the Forest House, Forest City. Signed-Henry E. Riefler
News Briefs - Local people who attend the moving picture shows will be interested in knowing that Thomas A. Edison has just been awarded, by the federal court of New York, royalties from moving picture films amounting to $72,000 a week. Film manufacturers have been infringing on Edison's patents and refused to pay the royalties. Edison gets half a cent per foot for every film manufactured. As there are 20 manufacturers and each film is 900 feet in length, making 18,000 feet, and 80 of each are issued, making 1,440,000 feet, his royalty can be easily figured out at the sum above mentioned. Edison is the inventor of the extremely sensitive films that allow the taking of about 60 pictures per second, which alone makes it possible to produce motion pictures.
March 25 (1910/2010)
Hallstead - Fire broke out at 11:45 Sunday night in the residence of Mrs. Thomas Lahey, a widow, living on Railroad street, back of the old Lackawanna yards, and one boy, Richard, aged 7, was burned to death. John Maher and John Downey risked their lives in attempting to find the boy, and Maher was quite badly burned about the face and head in the several attempts made. Railroad men occupied the boarding house conducted by Mrs. Leahy. Fireman Ernest Spence, of Montrose, was a boarder and he said the little boy who met such a sad fate was a great favorite with the railroad men and was usually waiting for them on their return from trips. He was a bright little fellow and all who knew him feel the loss secondary only to that of the immediate relatives.
Taylor Hollow, Forest Lake - There was a public sale at the home of Mrs. J. D. Taylor, Tuesday. That in itself was nothing extraordinary, as sales are of frequent occurrence. But the dinner that Mrs. Taylor presented was certainly remarkable and men present who have been attending sales all their lives said they never saw anything to equal it at a sale before. There were several kinds of meat, potatoes, two or three kinds of sauce, pickles, biscuit, bread, several kinds of cake, &c., two kinds of cookies, apple pie, coffee, tea, milk and as the sale bills say, "other articles too numerous to mention." Mrs. Taylor was assisted by several ladies in her neighborhood and they must all be model housewives. "You gave too much for the money," (25 cents) we said to Mrs. Taylor, and her reply was, "well, I didn't want to feel that the men who came to the sale were stinted." They were not; more likely foundered, we judge; the way Auctioneer Cox, Attorney Allen, L. B. Hawley and a lot of other good farmers laid away the grub, was a caution to all people who are planning for a sale dinner in the future.
Brooklyn - The spring so far has been a remarkable one for maple products. The snow in the woods has kept the roots of the trees warm and the result has been a good run of sap.
Dimock - Selden Bunnell now drives the stage from East Rush to Dimock, a distance of ten miles making the round trip the same day.
Clifford - Mrs. Wines Bennett died Saturday noon, March 19, 1910, after a few days sickness of la grippe and old age. Mrs. Bennett was a highly esteemed old lady and was 86 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, six sons and one brother. Her funeral was largely attended, interment in the Clifford cemetery.
Ararat - We are glad that A. L. Bowell made Eli Avery open the roads so Mrs. H. M. Davis can get out because we know that she has much to tell, for Square [Sauire?] Shayer married her daughter, Leona, one day last week. She will tell you more about it in the next paper.
Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - I. H. Travis and wife were in Hallstead, Friday. Mr. Travis is having a bad time with his hand; last December, while butchering hogs, he had the misfortune to run the hog hook into his hand leaving a bad sore and it does not heal up. ALSO - C. D. Berg is suffering with the affliction of Job.
Montrose - Cooley & Son have a striking new automobile advertisement to-day. They have recently received a carload of the famous Reo touring cars and they made one nice sale even before he got them fairly on exhibition. A. W. Lyons, having got his discriminating eye upon one of the fine machines--could not resist. Messrs. Cooley are very fortunate in getting a fair allotment of cars, for they inform us that, normally, the Reo output is 10,000 autos, but they already have orders for 15,000 machines--more than they can possibly deliver.
Lynn - The mustache craze has struck our town. All of the young men who are able are letting them rush. Those that are not are using charcoal instead. In Springville, at Ed Brown's, his son, Paul, has been sick a long time with typhoid fever and it was reported some time since that the fever had left him, but Sunday night a message came over the phone that he was suffering a severe hemorrhage. Dr. Diller, being sick, his wife, who is a trained nurse, went down and succeeded in checking it. The young man, however, is in a precarious condition.
Hopbottom - Tuesday evening the Hopbottom basket ball team defeated the Montrose team by a score of 25-10. The Hopbottom team is about the speediest bunch of players, as they have played together for four years.
Jackson - A few evenings ago Jackson had a mad dog scare. Rev. Mr. Brush, pastor of the Baptist church, relates that while milking his cows a large white and brown hound with a broken tail ran into his barn, yelping and biting at everything. It grabbed one of his rubbers and tore it from his foot. After the dog ran out of the barn and into the road, the minister telephoned O. C. Wakefield, a neighboring farmer, to be on the lookout for a mad dog. The dog reached Wakefield's farm and ran into the barn yelping and snapping. The cattle stampeded. The dog then went to the kitchen of the farm house and into the cellar and out again. All of the dog's moves were so quick that Mr. Wakefield could not capture it. When the farmer went into the house to get his shotgun the dog ran down the road, heading for Susquehanna. It is not known who owns the dog nor where it came from.
South New Milford - A boarder at Mr. Decker's left suddenly and took a new watch, suit of clothes nearly new, pair of shoes, new shirt, $2 cap and some other things valued at $45. No clue as to his whereabouts.
Susquehanna - Monday the bankruptcy sale of the machinery, stock, patents, etc., of the Susquehanna Metal Manufacturing company was held at the plant on Erie avenue. The entire stock and equipment was bid in by William A. Skinner, representing the local bondholders. Tuesday work was commenced, cleaning the plant preparatory to reopening in April. The plant will be entirely in charge of local people, who will now control all the patents formerly owned by the old company, which includes the making of gum machines and other articles.
Rush - Uzal LaRue has purchased the Shoemaker mills and the Theodore Otis farm and has taken possession of the same.
Forest City - J. G. Wescott has purchased a small farm near Elkdale from the Lowry estate and will, within a month, move his family to that place. He will probably go into the chicken business. Mr. Wescott has been a resident of this town for a great many years and has been an exceedingly active member of the community. He has held several borough offices. His departure from town will be regretted by many people.
April 01 (1910/2010)
Flowery Valley - March 22, being the 7th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hill, their friends and neighbors to the number of abut 30 gathered at their home for a surprise, which proved to be genuine. At a late hour they all sat down to a bountiful dinner, such as the people of Franklin Forks and Laurel Lake know how to prepare, and after a good social time all departed for their homes.
South Gibson -The silent reaper has again entered our community and taken one just budding into young manhood, and one who has outlived the allotted time of man. Raymond Penny, aged 15 years, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Penney, died March 16, after an illness of a few days of brain fever. Raymond was a young man of promise, loved and respected by all his schoolmates and acquaintances. Albert Follett, a veteran of the [Civil] war, died at his home here March 25, after a severe illness of three weeks. During his illness his wife and daughter were taken very sick and Mrs. Follett is critically ill. The G.A.R. Post, of which he was a member, held a service at the grave in South Gibson cemetery. [Albert belonged to Co. D, 188th PA Volunteers and 152nd PA Volunteers, Battery F, Third Artillery]
Clifford - The jingle of the quoits can be heard evenings under the gaslight on the corner.
Harford - Ray Allen was thrown from his horse and injured so that he was unable to teach school for several days.
Susquehanna - Clarence E. Titsworth has joined the ranks of automobilists, having purchased a Buick automobile of N. E. Bissell.
Montrose - There was never a bigger demand for real estate in Montrose than at the present time. Every desirable building lot is under surveillance. Within the past three years real estate has advanced in some instances from 25 to 100 percent. The outlook for the summer season in the way of "boarders" is ahead of anything within previous years. Many boarding houses are already booked for the entire season.
Great Bend - "Clapper" Crandall, a well-known character about town, was seriously wounded Sunday evening at the "Patch," his assailant being alleged as one Muncia Cappadapa, a workman. Crandall received a bad wound in the side from a 38-calibre revolver, and a slight wound in the arm. The two men got in a heated argument over a woman of the "Patch" and the shooting was the consequence. It appears that Crandall and the woman were enjoying a "can" party at the eastern end of the bridge and had a quantity of cider in a pail, which they were drinking, when Cappadapa came along. Both were rivals for favors from the lady in question, in fact it is alleged the woman is Cappadapa's wife. After the shooting, which followed a heated argument, the assailant disappeared and was later found at his home. He was arrested after some resistance. ALSO Messrs. Charles and Joseph Chapot, with their families, yesterday left Great Bend to make their home at Newark, N.J. They have closed their business, the Great Bend Chamois Factory, and will open one in Newark. A number of workmen will follow them to their new location. Its loss is a serious one to the town.
Forest Lake - Amelia Taylor, widow of J. D. Taylor, deceased, on Friday last filed in the Orphans' Court her claim and inventory for $5,000 under the Act of April 1st, 1909. This is the first claim filed in Susquehanna county under the new law, by a widow taking against the will of her deceased husband. The decedent left a will which was duly probated, but the widow, through her attorney, J. M. Kelly, promptly filed papers refusing to accept the provisions of the will, and claiming her right under the intestate laws, which laws only apply in cases where the decedent left no issue.
South Montrose - M. L. Lake, the stock buyer, has lately sold a hog to Wm. Trostel of Laceyville, a butcher, that weighed 539 lbs. It was sold for 11 cents a pound, making the total price $59.29. Mr. Lake has sold a number of others at the same rate, but they were not as heavy as this huge porker.
Forest City - George Robinson, aged 28 years, was kicked in the face by a horse on the farm of J. J. Geuther, near here, on Wednesday of last week. The accident happened in the barn, and the injured man was taken to the Emergency Hospital, Carbondale, where every effort to save his life was made. He died, however, the same night. The funeral was held from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Robinson, at Browndale. A brother Jason and two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Geuther and Mrs. Henry McAvoy survive.
Rushboro - Chester Brown and family will move to Lestershire this week, he having been steward for several years at the Auburn and Rush poor farm. F. G. LaRue will move in to take charge of the farm. V. E. Pierson has purchased the LaRue farm.
Laurel Lake - Ben Scott has gone to Denver, Colorado for his health.
Thompson - Miss Beatrice Harpur, who has been the efficient clerk at the postoffice for over three years, has resigned the position, and Miss Addie Queker has taken the place. "And thereby hangs a tale."
Springville - H. B. Kilts met with a serious mishap last Thursday up in the Chase quarry in Dimock. In drilling out an unexploded blast the charge ignited, sending a heavy churn drill into the air, breaking his left arm, besides lacerating his hand quite badly. He was brought to his home here and Dr. H. B. Lathrop reduced the fracture and made him as comfortable as possible.
Birchardville- Several of the housekeepers in our vicinity have purchased a vacuum cleaner, which will lessen the labor of house cleaning.
Franklin Forks - The Snake Creek Telephone Co. is putting cross-arms on their poles in order to string one more set of wires.
Lake Montrose - Frank A. Warner, of Binghamton, closed the sale of his house and 22 acres of land, this side of Mott's mill, to W. A. Lathrop, whose farm adjoins. It was for many years the home of the late Albert Warner. Mr. Lathrop will tear down the old house, one of the oldest landmarks in that neighborhood.
April 08 (1910/2010)
Dimock - John W. Donahue was quite seriously injured while driving a lively team. One of the animals was a colt and it jumped over the pole and became entangled in the harness. In the mix-up that followed Mr. Donahue was pulled from the wagon, the team breaking loose, and he was thrown heavily to the ground. He pluckily held on to the horses, which did not run far, and even after assistance arrived, although suffering great pain, he drove the fractious team into the barn. Dr. Gardner was summoned and it was found that one or more ribs had been disjointed from the spinal column.
Brooklyn - A delightful time was spent in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lodowick Bailey, March 22, when about 40 of their friends gathered at their home in honor of their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Bailey enjoys the unique distinction of having been born and having spent all his life, 78 years, on the same farm without being absent from home for more than two weeks at one time. It is here that he took his young bride, who was Louisa A. Giles, and it is here all their lives have been spent. Four children were born to them. ALSO F. B. Jewett has purchased L. S. Ely's old house and will move it to the lot between the hardware store and O. M. Doloway's house and will remodel it into a cozy dwelling.
Montrose - The Board of Health met on April 4th and adopted an ordinance that prohibits the loaning of books from the public school or public library, to any individual or any family having a communicable disease. ALSO Maurice J. O'Brien, who for several years has been connected with the firm of F. W. Hart & Co., has relinquished his position and gone into business for himself. He is located in the O'Brien building and is prepared to do undertaking and will soon have a large line of furniture to sell. He is a graduate in embalming and an experienced undertaker.
Forest City - The contract for erecting a new poor house, to take the place of the one recently destroyed by fire, was let to E. A. Bloxham. The building will be of two stories, containing 12 rooms, 28 by 38 feet in size. The contract price was $1620. Architect Buckland, of Carbondale, planned the building. AND Raymond Wolfert, 7 years old, was drowned in a cave hole full of water last Saturday morning. When he fell in an older brother, James, was with him, who immediately ran for assistance. The boy was dead, having sunk from sight, when help arrived.
Thompson - Thompson Camp, United Sportsmen of America, organized Wednesday evening with the following officers: Pres. F. D. Wrighter; Vice Pres, R. F. Howard; Secretary, C. A. Lamont; Treas. H. T. Wright; Exec. Comm., Allan D. Miller, W. F. Spencer, L. N. Spencer, C. B. Jenkins, C. Z. Pickering.
Little Meadows - The barn belonging to Joseph Russell was totally destroyed by fire Thursday morning about 7 o'clock. The horses and wagons belonging to Mr. Russell's son, a rural [mail] carrier, were saved. Two loads of hay were put in the barn the day before and it is thought that some one slept in the barn that night and accidentally set the hay on fire.
Hallstead - Mrs. Patrick Leary died at her home here on Monday. Mrs. Leary fell down stairs the preceding Wednesday, breaking her leg and severely cutting herself about the head and body. She was past 80 and owing to her heavy weight her injuries were especially severe. Correspondents to the dailies tried to make a murder story out of it, but an investigation proved it to be an accident.
Birchardville - George Owen and family have moved into the house owned by his son, William, and Mr. Bradshaw, of Great Bend, has moved into the house vacated by Mr. Owen; Wm. Owen has moved the shop on his place to a new location and is fixing it up for his father to use as a blacksmith shop. Thomas Flynn has moved from Friendsville to the house owned by H. C. Cruise and rented the blacksmith shop owned by the Red Men.
Harford - If you would like to see what excellent work one who is totally blind can do, you should call on Miss Anna Quinlan and examine the cane chairs which she has re-seated and if you have work of that kind to be done, remember her.
Clifford - Arthur Williams, D. H. Coleman and M. D. Daniels were in Forest City, Saturday, listening to testimony in regard to some roads in Clifford township. M. D. says, judging from the testimony of some of the witnesses, the hills stand perpendicular and some lean over. If you must go down, invest your money in guy ropes and lock chains at the top of the hill, and if you're dry, drink water at the bottom, and don't eat onions, for if you are found dead at the bottom they will say you was drunk at the top and that you ate the onions to cover the scent of the McHenry, so your mourning widow cannot recover from the township money enough to get another man heroic enough to break his neck going down those pesky hills.
Springville - Considerable excitement was caused on Saturday by the finding of Edward Button, a well known farmer, lying at the point of death at the foot of the stairs in his home. From his incoherent talk when found it was thought he had been beaten to a point near death. The disappearance of a cousin, the same day, was also regarded as evidence of foul play, but this was later satisfactorily explained. A bloody axe handle next to the body was explained as being dropped at the side of the wounded man when the body was discovered and the blood stains were caused in this way. His wife and children did not live with him and the parties with whom he had resided [presumably the cousin] had moved to another farm the day of the accident.
Susquehanna/New Milford - G. A. Browning, foreman of the Susquehanna Transcript Office, has secured control of the New Milford Advertiser and will take charge soon. He will move his family to that place. Mr. Browning was for several years foreman of the Republican office in Montrose and a most capable printer and businessman. The best of wishes is extended him in his new venture.
Hopbottom - The Hopbottom National Bank has issued a statement after 19 days of business which shows deposits amounting to over $34,000 and its number of depositors have reached the 200 mark. The bank has shown a remarkable advancement for the brief time it has been doing business and its home is a handsome, well constructed and designed building, equipped with the most modern facilities for transacting business.
April 15 (1910/2010)
Susquehanna - Monday afternoon Attorney H. A. Denney, Chairman of the Republican Committee, received a telegram from Gov. Stuart announcing the appointment of Hon. C. Fred Wright to the position of State Treasurer. Gov. Stuart has known Mr. Wright personally for a number of years and after the death of Jeremiah A. Stober, who was elected last November, the Governor was advised by the attorney general to appoint a successor.
Oakland - Fred D. Merrihew, aged 21, despondent over a love affair with a young lady of that town, killed himself last Saturday by putting a bullet from a 32-calibre revolver through his heart. He was found lying in the street, on Westfall avenue, and an inquest was held at 4 o'clock the next afternoon. The testimony of witnesses examined indicated that Merrihew had become enamored of an Oakland young woman. His affection, however, was not returned, she preferring another fellow. She was questioned by the district attorney and she testified that on several occasions the young man had accompanied her to church and escorted her home. That she had received a number of letters from him avowing his love, and that he expressed himself as wishing her to refuse the attention of another man. Merrihew's mother, Cora, identified the revolver as one that had been about the house for a number of years. The district attorney said after the hearing that there was absolutely no evidence to show that the young man's death was other than a case of suicide, the cause being temporary mental aberration, caused by disappointment in love.
South Auburn - Our school closed on Friday last. Much credit is due the teacher, Miss Ella Crawford, for her faithful and earnest work among the children.
Springville - Gardening has begun--something rarely done so early in the spring. Several have planted peas, radishes and onions. ALSO J. H. Kelly is putting in a bow window and making other improvements to his hotel.
Little Meadows - Businesses in Little Meadows that were listed in the 2010 Mercantile Appraisement for the County are: A. D. Brown, general merchandise; Thomas Fitzmartin, Cigars; Palmer & Son, Feed; William Purtell, Retail.
Forest City - Cole & Johns have purchased from the Morss (or Morse) Estate, 224 acres of timberland. The tract is situated about two miles northwest of Forest City and is the only full growth timber in this section. They will erect a mill and saw the logs into lumber.
Uniondale - Commencement exercises in the M. E. church were well attended. Recitations, drills, etc., were creditably rendered by the pupils. Rev. Wm. Usher, Presbyterian pastor, gave a brief address urging co-operation between parents and teachers. Rev. H. J. Crane presented the diploma and suitably addressed Miss J. Fay Smith, the one graduate of the year.
Brooklyn - Three large houses are going up and Brooklyn is just now enjoying a boom in the building trade.
New Milford - Mrs. Mary Tierney, a much esteemed lady, died at her home on April 2, at the great age of 100 years. Up to a few years ago when her health began to fail, she was a great worker and supported herself by housecleaning, washing, etc., and her services were in great demand on account of the neatness and thoroughness with which she did her work. Since the death of her husband, which occurred a number of years ago, she had lived alone. She was born in Ireland and with the exception of a niece in New Jersey, had no relatives in this country. The funeral was held from St. Lawrence church, Great Bend and burial was made in the Catholic cemetery in that place.
East Ararat - Rumor has it that Silas Aldrich is about to sell his stage route to James McAlla, of Elkdale.
Laurel Lake - Chalmer Bramfitt has gone to Elmira and taken up the study of telegraphy.
Clifford - We are of the opinion that the proposed route of the Scranton-Binghamton Trolley R.R. would find a much larger supply of milk to go by the way of Greenfield, Clifford, Gibson, &c., than they will by way of Benton, Nicholson, Glenwood or Hopbottom, &c.
Fowler Hill - Frank Hill had his horse fall down Monday on the way to the creamery and upset the wagon, spilled part of his cream and broke some eggs, but did not hurt his son or himself seriously.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - What is the matter with the bell on the St. John's church when it can't be used? ALSO The new addition to our graded school is to be named Mother of Sorrows.
Montrose - The A. B. Burns' Son drug store has installed some very neat show case soda tables which gives their soda department a very metropolitan appearance. ALSO Dr. C. C. Halsey came to Montrose from Niagara county, N.Y., April 10, 1845, and four days afterward, just 65 years ago today, commenced teaching as principal of the Susquehanna Academy. He taught two years, and has survived most of his pupils. Of those now living are the two Jessup brothers in Syria, Hon. Frederick Mott, living in the west; Mrs. Endora Lathrop, Mrs. Ann Maria Cox and Miss Hetty Biddle, living in Montrose.
Dimock - Mr. Longwell has accepted a position in the milk station here. He has moved into L. J. Coleman's tenant house near the camp ground. Thomas Dolan also started work at the milk station.
Thompson - G. F. Spencer has raised the walk in front of his residence and filled in the lawn and reseeded. Several along Jackson street have re-laid their walks and the street commissioner is putting our streets in good shape, all of which adds to our good looks.
Herrick Center - Saturday the section men on the O. & W. struck for $1.50 per day. This morning most of them have gone back to work for $1.40.
April 23 (1910/2010)
Susquehanna - Fred Langford, who conducts the Langford Hotel, while out in his new automobile last week, met with an accident which completely demolished the car, but fortunately the occupants were uninjured. They were on their way to Windsor when the auto struck a post which was placed there temporarily in making new roads. Mr. Langford has only had the car about six weeks.
Hop Bottom - The Adams Orchestra of Factoryville will furnish music for the Hop Bottom High School Alumni banquet, April 22. Mr. Adams is becoming associated with the better class of musicians and his music is always tasteful and appropriate and is becoming popular. The musical part of the Alumni banquet will be a treat.
Hallstead - Mrs. Henry Smith was struck a glancing blow by an engine drawing passenger train, as it passed eastbound at the rate of 50 miles an hour in Great Bend. As a result she is now at the Moses Taylor Hospital, in Scranton, where it may be necessary to amputate the left leg. Her husband is suffering from a severe bruise and cut of the wrist, received from the engine as he was swinging Mrs. Smith from before the train to a place of safety. ALSO Willard Tillyou, an employee of the American Chair Manufacturing company dropped dead at his work in the factory Monday morning. He was about 55 years of age and is survived by his wife and several step children.
Kingsley - Some one with a very epicurean taste made two or three attempts to steal some choice hams and bacon from J. J. Wagner on a recent night. Mr. Wagner was awakened by the barking of his dog, and it was a very fortunate "bark" too, for it scared away some one who was just upon the point of taking off with 13 choice hams and bacon which Mr. Wagner was curing in his smoke house. Mr. Wagner saw somebody making large tracks across the country, and his faithful dog followed the intruder across the hills, and had Mr. Wagner got hold of his double barrel shot gun, it would have been a different story.
Brooklyn - F. B. Miller returned from Toronto Veterinary College from which institution he has just graduated. Mr. Miller will practice his profession here in his hometown and vicinity.
Ararat - The house of Dallas Carpenter, at Burnwood, was burned so quickly Saturday evening that help could not save his invalid wife, who has been a victim of paralysis nearly a year and she was burned up. Sparks from the Erie engine, which ignited the straw that filled the cellar hatchway, is thought to be the cause of the fire.
Carbondale - While endeavoring to reach a high note, while singing a solo in the Grace Episcopal church, Miss Minnie Smith struck her head against a lighted gas jet, igniting a large picture hat. Immediately the feathered plumage was a mass of flame, and cries of horror were heard throughout the church; but a panic was averted when the soloist coolly removed her headgear and handed it to one of the male members of the choir, who hurriedly carried it outside, but too late to save the Easter chanticleer.
Forest City - Frank Lavendowski, a bright young man who had charge of the jigs in the Forest City breaker was, on Friday, caught in the machinery and badly injured about the lower portions of his body. He was taken to Emergency hospital but expired in a few hours. He was 18 years and 6 months old. ALSO Aleck Mansfield, a well known citizen for 26 years, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the old Slope. Deceased was born in Germany 56 years ago and came to Forest City in the early 80's.
Uniondale -Fishermen are plentiful but trout seem to be scarce. The drought killed many of the fish last fall, but the fish lies seem to have survived. They have come out of cold storage as fresh as when put in last spring. ALSO Dan Gibson has purchased the John Thomas farm of 30 acres in town. Price $3000. Dan is a hustler; he owns one-half the town now and is talking of buying the other half next week.
New Milford - W. B. Phinney, proprietor of the Eagle Hotel, died at Glenmary Sanitarium, Owego, N.Y., last Saturday. The remains were brought home and the funeral was held from the house on Tuesday.
Heart Lake - Levi Campbell, of Binghamton, has purchased a lot at the Lake and will build a cottage in the near future.
Choconut - The managers of the Choconut Valley creamery expect to have it ready to open in a few days. They have been making repairs on the building, putting in a new concrete floor and doing some other repairing.
Auburn Four Corners - Under the auspices of the county W. C. T. U., Miss Hendrick, of Gould, N.Y., gave a very interesting and inspiring temperance address at the M. E. church, Monday evening. An effort is being made to organize a union in this place.
Montrose - A chorus of 100 voices, accompanied by a 16 piece orchestra, will be heard in Mendelssohn's, "Elijah," his most famous musical composition, at the Palace Skating Rink on April 29th. Tickets are on sale for 50 cents each. Jenny Lind, the world famous soprano and personal friend of Mendelssohn, first sang it in 1845 and it appears that certain melodies, especially in "Hear ye, Israel," were written having her wonderful voice in mind.
News Brief - President Taft was hissed while speaking before the National American Woman's Suffrage Association at the Arlington hotel in Washington. It was a good sized hiss that started in the back of the auditorium and quickly spread to other parts. It came when Mr. Taft was giving his reason for opposing woman's suffrage. Explaining his opposition to the suffrage movement, the president said: "If I could be sure that women as a class in the community, including all the intelligent women most desirable as political constituents, would exercise the franchise, I should be in favor of it. At present there is considerable doubt upon this point. In certain states which have tried it women's suffrage has not been a failure. It has not made, I think, any substantial difference in politics. My impression is that the task before you in securing what you think ought to be granted in respect to political rights of women is not in convincing the men, but it is in convincing the majority of your own class of the wisdom of extending the suffrage to them and of their duty to exercise it."
April 29 (1910/2010)
South Gibson - Greeley Belcher, of Crystal Lake, and Miss Osea Wright, of Glenwood, were married at the Elm Park M. E. parsonage, Scranton, last Wednesday. Mr. Belcher is a Gibson boy and spent several years in the Klondike. Both he and his wife are graduates of the South Gibson graded school and have the best wishes of their many friends for continued happiness.
Gibson - Prof. John Sophia, of Harford, is conducting a singing class in this place. It meets every Tuesday evening.
Birchardville - Wm. A. Owen is employed by E. D. Bronson and will represent his studio in making photographic work in different parts of the county this summer. All work made by him is fully guaranteed by Mr. Bronson.
Rush - The following members of the graduating class of 1910, Rush High School, visited Bronson's studio last Tuesday to have their pictures taken - Grace Lowe, Nora McManus, Hettie Granger, Byron Guy, John Howford, Roland Dayton and Clark James.
Montrose - Tunkhannock people are circulating a paper to raise sufficient funds to pave a street. It is a good idea. Wonder if such a movement was started in Montrose, say among the merchants fronting on Public Avenue, if that wide thoroughfare could not be paved with asphalt or vitrified brick? It would add fifty per cent to the appearance of the avenue, do away largely with the dust nuisance and make it much better for travel. ALSO The Presbyterian church is planning to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The celebration will probably take place July 1, 2, and 3.
Ararat - Mrs. Wm. Cobb was hooked in the face by a cow while standing in front of her last week. ALSO At Ararat Summit, Clark Avery is calling on everybody in this vicinity. Get ready to entertain him. He is the census enumerator for Ararat and Thompson townships and Thompson Borough.
Lawsville - Several new 'phones have been placed in town. The happy possessors are Wm. Ladd, P. S. Caswell, R. A. Fish, I. C. Ireland and F. L. Bailey.
Forest City - Will Lavin caught a 17" trout weighing a pound and 12 ounces on Friday, just below the Stillwater dam. It is surprising that the big fish escaped Walt Brain, Dan Allen, Phil Lee, Proky and the other anglers who cast lines in that water regularly, a dozen times a season. How'd he ever get the chance to grow?
Harford - Paul Thomas, son of Rev. H. W. Thomas, has a vacuum cleaner and is prepared to do housecleaning for all who wish.
Thompson - A. W. Gates and wife, who spent the winter with their daughter, Mrs. J. W. Browning, in Scranton, are home again for the summer. They are in comfortable health, though they are not the sprightly pair they were before they passed their four score years. He will be 90 years old at his next birthday and she is but two years younger. Mrs. Julia Cayill is caring for them in their home on Main Street.
Uniondale - The largest locomotive in the world is pushing cars through Uniondale every day. It is 3,700 horse power. It takes two men as engineers and two men as firemen. It is owned by the D & H Co.
Herrick Center - Some time Wednesday night a low down thief entered the barn of Constable Curtis and stole a fine Holstein calf, two months old, worth about $25. They left the chain and strap with which it was tied, thinking perhaps Mr. Curtis would raise another one for them. Thursday night Mr. Davis lost all of his hens except one (that was setting in the hay mow.) Messrs Fuller and Churchill lost some the same night. People should prime up their shot guns. ALSO Jerome Tonkin is in New York State. Rumor says he will not come back alone. [Jerome came home in June with his wife, Mrs. Bessie Gavitt, of Schenectady, NY. However she died in September of 1910. Jerome married twice more, in 1912 and 1922.]
Lynn, Springville Twp. - Miss Miles, the census enumerator, was calling on the citizens here last week. ALSO Burton Taylor has taken unto himself a wife, also George Bennett, we are told. We wish them much happiness in their new venture.
Springville - Homer E. Kerr has secured a patent on a fruit gathering pail, which promises to have a future. By the use of this pail, one can enter a tree and pick apples or other fruit, and safely empty it into a crate, box or any other receptacle without injury and without getting out of the tree or changing his position. Mr. Kerr and his father, W. H. Kerr, were recently in Washington on business in regard to the patent.
Laurel Lake - Hon. George C. Hill, a man of varied talents, and one who does his own thinking, was in town Thursday shaking hands with his many acquaintances here. Mr. Hill has the reputation of being one of the best violinists of the old school who ever drew a bow across a piece of "cat gut." His friends are always glad to meet him and a chat with him is as refreshing as a gentle zephyr on a sultry afternoon.
Susquehanna - An application has been filed for a charter for a company to furnish gas for heat, light and power purposes. A gas plant would be welcomed here, it is said.
Mehoopany - R. S. Hardic's hotel the Mehoopany House, at North Mehoopany, was entered by burglars. The thieves went to Mr. Hardic's bedroom and taking his trousers to the bar room, relieved the pockets of nearly $100.
News Briefs: - The body of the late Samuel G. Clemens (Mark Twain) was taken through this county over the Lackawanna railroad Sunday morning. A good many people were at the stations along the line to see the train pass by bearing his body. The remains were taken to Elmira for burial, President E. B. Thomas' private car being used for that purpose. Mrs. Thomas is a niece of the late humorist.
May 06 (1910/2010)
Forest City - William Doud, a well know young resident, died at an early hour yesterday morning, of pneumonia. He was about 16 years old and was employed at the Forest City breaker. "Willie," as he was known, was a genial young man and his death will be deplored by many friends. He is survived by his mother, three brothers and six sisters.
Bridgewater Twp. - At Watrous Corners M. F. Bissel has a fine show of alfalfa, it being 12 inches high now, while James Mead, up near North Pond [Brooklyn], has the champion wheat field.
Dimock - Jonathon Estus and son, Lee, are building a new wagon shop near the blacksmith shop of C. W. Barnes. ALSO C. C. Mills, who is 8o years old, seems to enjoy these pleasant days by sitting on his front porch reading his paper while he smokes his favorite pipe.
West Auburn - The little girls of this place made Mrs. Fred Rider a handkerchief shower and a surprise party last Saturday, it being her birthday. Mrs. Rider received 41 handkerchiefs and a good time was enjoyed by all.
Montrose - Dr. Henry H. Jessup, a former resident of Montrose, died at Beirut, Syria, on Thursday last. He was 78 years of age, a graduate of Yale college, and had been doing missionary work in Syria for fifty years. His father was judge of this county in the forties. Ten children survive him. ALSO Will the person who took the umbrella from the Court House, on Sunday, April 24, kindly return same at once and save trouble, as he is known.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Most of the valley people attended the commencement exercises at Auburn Centre, Thursday evening. We have the honor again of having one graduate in the class of thirteen. We are proud to say it was one of our finest young men, Fred Pierson. We extend congratulations.
Jackson - Roy Roberts is becoming an expert motorcyclist. ALSO In North Jackson two stray dogs made sad havoc, Friday last, in the fine stock of sheep of Amos Potter, killing two of the best sheep in the bunch. Sheep raising has become almost a thing of the past as so many worthless dogs are at liberty and no one seems willing to take chances in the business.
Choconut Valley - An automobile party, consisting of Wm. Dean and little daughter, Mrs. Margaret Ryan and nephew Bernard Gilroy and Miss Hickey, all of Endicott, called on Mrs. R. Dean Sunday.
New Milford - New Milford people are jubilant over the fact that the tannery at that place, which has stood idle for a number of years, is soon to be reopened by a number of capitalists and the business of tanning sole leather carried on. A man named Hill, of Endicott, and the present foreman of the Endicott-Johnson Co. tannery, are the promoters of the business venture. They are practical tanners, and it is expected that New Milford will be greatly benefited by the transaction.
Heart Lake - An entertainment that will be sure to please will be given at the Heart Lake M. E. Church, Friday evening, May 6. Music, song and story, four hand piano recitals, solos, duets, and recitations. Admission 15 cents; children 10 cents. Benefit of the church.
Springville - Last Thursday, J. H. Kelly received a message from Little Meadows stating that Mrs. Kelly's sister was dying and they engaged Minot Riley to take them over in their (Riley's) auto, and they got there a few minutes before she died. ALSO Prof. J. Lee Tiffany was in town last week and purchased a horse and buggy of Sam Bennett while here.
Hallstead - E. A. Harmes, superintendent of the American Chair Manufacturing Co., has been elected general manager and treasurer of the company. ALSO Hallstead is interested in having a factory that will manufacture a patent horse shoe locate there. The Board of Trade held a meeting Monday evening to consider the proposition which was that a site be furnished and a specified number of shares of stock be subscribed.
Susquehanna - Treasurer John O. Sheatz, on Monday, admitted the right of Hon. C. F. Wright to take the position of State Treasurer, to which he was appointed by Governor Stuart, and on Tuesday the formal transfer was made. The Supreme Court handed down a decision in the matter on Monday.
Elk Lake - Edward Hassen, of Auburn, was seriously injured while working in the woods here on Wednesday of last week. He was driving a three-horse team hitched to a wagon, when his foot slipped from the vehicle and catching in a root was forced backward. The bones in the ankle and leg were both broken. Dr. H. B. Lathrop reset the bones and the injured member was encased in a plaster paris cast. He was taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Mary Hassen, at Auburn, and appears to be doing nicely.
Binghamton - Alexander LaHare, a unique old character in the history of the city of Binghamton, called out "Evening papers" for the last time Friday evening. On Saturday morning he was found dead in bed. For many years, the blind newspaper dealer, day after day, through rain and sleet, cold or hot weather, was stationed at the corner of Washington and Court streets selling daily papers. The public was very kind to the old man, and out of sympathy he was given liberal patronage. His death was due to a severe stroke of apoplexy. His funeral was largely attended from the Church of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday morning.
News Brief - Most every man and woman remembers the shoes which squeaked when new. A few years ago, when a man wore shoes with soles as thick as those worn today, the first few weeks of their services made him think of an overloaded box car grinding through a union station. The squeak was agonizing. One good strong pair of boys' new shoes could put a school room out of business. "What has become of the squeak?" a shoe sales man was asked. "The soles of most shoes are made from two pieces of heavy leather," he replied. "Manufacturers learned that by putting a piece of canvas or a fiber of some sort between these two pieces, the squeak would be eliminated. They did this, and that's why the shoes don't squeak now."
May 13 (1910/2010)
Thompson - The commencement exercises of the Thompson Graded school were held in the M. E. church Friday evening. Those graduating were Ethel Sanford, Nora Brown, Ruth Crosier, Rachel Potter, Esther Garvey and Maynard Van Horn. Dr. Kemp, principal of the East Stroudsburg State Normal, delivered the commencement address.
Heart Lake - The opening dance of the season will be held at the Heart Lake pavilion Memorial Day evening. Music will be furnished by Mahon's orchestra.
Uniondale - Harry Orce lost a cow last week, valued at $60. It is quite a loss for a farmer to lose a cow, when it takes 200 bushels of potatoes to pay for another.
Susquehanna - The Erie telegraph operators received the welcome announcement that in the future their working day would be 8 hours. The working day used to be 12 hours and later was cut to ten. The 8-hour day affects only those who are connected with the movement of trains, and is in compliance to the state law.
Montrose - Chas. E. Roberts, who represents the Ford automobile in this county, has lately received machines for Edward Lott, of Dimock; G. E. Carey, of South Montrose; and Willis Gould, of Birchardville. Mr. Roberts is making big sales in the famous Ford machines and there are a number more contemplating buying before the season is over. F. A. Davies, Esq., has purchased a beautiful Reo Touring car of Cooley & Son and will very soon be in the "Honk Honk" class.
Auburn - Benjamin [Blennie] Hay had a narrow escape from death or serious injury on Wednesday of last week. He was leading a four-year-old Guernsey bull, owned jointly by himself and E. T. Smith, when the animal, without warning, plunged at him. He was thrown to the ground and a gash several inches long torn in his thigh and other lesser cuts and bruises sustained. Fred Lea and Frank Snover, who were within calling distance, came to his rescue and the angry brute was finally subdued. His injuries, while painful, are not serious.
Springville - The body of Amanda Turrell, an aged colored lady, formerly of this place, was brought here last week for burial. ALSO Workmen are putting new cross arms on the poles of the Bell telephone line and will string wires into Montrose. ALSO Stuart Riley is digging a ditch and will lay pipe to bring water from a spring on A. C. Grow's lot down to his house.
Clifford - Ice cream will be served in Finn's hall Saturday evening.
Middletown Centre - Joe Leary and sister Kate were shopping in LeRaysville Tuesday.
Brackney - J. H. Nolan died in the Binghamton City Hospital of pneumonia. A widow and eleven small children survive. The funeral will be held this morning from St. Augustine's church, Silver Lake. His age was 48 years.
Forest Lake - Ed Kane has made a log drag, and used it from his home to the corners and it worked so successfully and made his roads look like state roads, he has discontinued the use of it. Us it, Ed, it will be appreciated by all.
Liberty Twp. - Halley's comet has made its appearance in this vicinity and although some have made the remark that it is not worth getting out of a warm bed to see, it is a beautiful sight with its long shining tail. We would say to others that they must have been like some in this place, who have been watching the morning star and calling it the comet. The writer has seen it (the comet) three times without the aid of a telescope and it didn't take much patience either.
North Bridgewater - Jesse Noble and family left here this week for their new home in Kansas. What is our loss we trust will be another one's gain.
Hallstead - The old Lusk barn, a famous landmark on the farm just east of here, is being razed to make room for a more modern and up-to-date structure.
Jessup Twp. - J. W. Bolles, who lives on the road between Fairdale and Montrose, has a very intelligent dog. He will let the family know when their phone calls, 4 short and 1 long.
Forest City - Marion, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. John Maxey, died May 7 from peritonitis. Deceased was 16 years of age. Interment made in Maplewood Cemetery, Carbondale.
Dimock - James Greenwood is contemplating electric lights around his potato patch. ALSO - Dr. G. W. Norris, of Philadelphia, has been at his summer home, Woodbourne, for several days.
St. Joseph - Miss Ellen Kane says her father, Michael Kane, commenced taking the Montrose Democrat when he commenced keeping house in 1837, and he died in 1862, and Miss Ellen Kane has continued taking the paper ever since, except one year ago she stopped the paper but thinks now she couldn't do without her weekly visitor. Young lady, when he speaks to you about it say Yes, and start on a 73 year journey, and if possible, break the record.
Scranton - David J. Nelson, a colored man, who during the Civil war times was active in the work of the Montrose station of the "underground railroad," which aided slaves in escaping from the South to Canada, died on Friday at his home in Scranton. Mr. Nelson was born in Ithaca, NY, 77 years ago, and as a free man entered into the fight to assist those of his race who desired to escape from the slave states. For several years he aided in guiding the slaves from the station in Montrose to the New York State line, going half way to Canada with many a squad. With the breaking out of the Civil War, Mr. Nelson, then a young man, volunteered to go to the front, and for two years fought in Company C of the U. S. Colored Troops. He fought valiantly, too, and was known as one of the most courageous members of the company. Mr. Nelson was a student of the Bible, and when he wasn't reading the Holy Writ in the Post rooms in Memorial hall, he was wont to entertain his comrades with stores of the Montrose station and his experiences. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon and was in charge of Ezra S. Griffin Post. The deceased is survived by three sons, James, of Scranton; William, of Newburg, and David.
May 20 (1910/2010)
Brackney - Many people who were out looking for the comet Wednesday night were startled at the unusually brilliant meteor which dropped from the sky. They will be still further surprised when they learn that the meteor really struck the earth, landing on the Dusenberry farm at Brackney. Mr. Dusenberry was awake at the time, watching for the comet. He surely thought the end of the earth was at hand when he heard a swish and whirr like a ricocheting shell and saw a huge ball of fire strike near his home, making it as light as day during its passage through the air. With his household and the hired man, Mr. Dusenberry rushed to the spot where it struck, which was in a field not a rod from the main road. Hissing and sputtering in the ground was the meteor. For some minutes the gasses it emitted were so suffocating that it was impossible to get near it. After throwing several pails of water on it to cool it, the men excitedly began to dig it out. It was under the surface a distance of five feet, where it had struck a rock preventing further progress. The meteor is about a foot square, of mottled appearance, and is largely mineral. Mr. Dusenberry drove to Binghamton yesterday morning with his find and took it to the Barkman drug store, where it was chemically analyzed, proving it to be beyond question a meteor. The object is now on exhibition in a window of the store, where it is gazed upon by gaping crowds.
Auburn - The Grand Army Post and Odd Fellows are to hold Memorial Day services at the Jersey Hill cemetery, May 30.
Montrose - Liveryman W. A. Harrington is in the West buying a carload of horses. ALSO H. E. Cooley has taken the agency for the Hupp automobile. Mr. Cooley is running a 12 horsepower runabout of the Hupp make and its ease of operation and good running qualities make it noticeable as one of the best machines of its kind. Allyn M. Ayars purchased a 20 horsepower Hupp runabout, having recently disposed of his White steamer to Benj. McKeage, of Chicago.
New Milford - Stanley Stone, aged 72, died at his home here, Sunday morning, and interment was made in the New Milford cemetery, the Masons having charge of the services. Deceased was one of the best known men of this section. He was a veteran of the Civil War and active in the G. A. R. He enlisted in Co. B, 17th Pa. Cavalry, Sept. 18, 1862, and served until the end of the war. He was under command of Generals Stoneman and Sheridan and saw considerable service, until his capture and confinement in Libby Prison [and released] after Lee's surrender. Besides a widow he leaves two sons--Hugh and Stanley of New Milford.
Uniondale - The wagon shop of Ira Churchill was completely destroyed by fire last week. The owner lost all his tools and a large stock of hard lumber. By the efficient work of a bucket brigade the fire was prevented from spreading. Ira received $700 in insurance but the Uniondale band lost about $25 worth of music and racks. ALSO The people of this village should make use of the new morning train, which will run once a week, commencing the 29th, and maybe the Erie company will be disposed to run it every day.
Middletown Twp. - Jerome Keough, a native of Susquehanna county, whose birthplace is at Middletown, is now the champion pool player of the world. ALSO The young people are having a comet party once a week and they are enjoyed by all.
Lawsville - A new organization has been formed, known as the Lawsville Center Cemetery society, for the maintenance of the cemetery. Any person may become a member of the society by paying into the treasury a membership fee of 50 cents. Annual dues 25 cents.
Springville - If the young men who go home along toward midnight would make less noise, their neighbors would get more sleep.
Harford - We need not watch the comet, they tell us any more. But we surely need a padlock for our chickencoop door.
Susquehanna - Susquehanna citizens are going to experiment with oil in the streets to prevent the dust. This method has been tried in many places and is reported to work satisfactorily.
South Gibson - Samuel A. Jackling, an enthusiastic old Vet, being a member of Co. G., 73rd Volunteers, was over to the county seat last week, doing the town and making numerous calls among the business places. Mr. Jackling recently removed to South Gibson from Scranton, and has opened a barber shop for the accommodation of the citizens.
Hopbottom - An unknown man was killed by the cars a short distance below here last Thursday. Undertaker Terry, of Nicholson, was notified and he took the remains to his morgue. The body was that of an Italian, abut 30 years of age. There was nothing about him by which he could be identified and the Lathrop poormasters buried the body.
Birchardville - The Loyal Temperance legion met at the home of Mattie Birchard last Friday evening and organized the society fully. The following officers were elected: pres., Ralph Griffis; vice pres., Byron Griffis; second vice pres., Lena Ball; corresponding sec'y, Belle Ely; treas., Nathan Cobb; director of music, Ray Birchard.
Choconut Valley - Joseph Clarke, son of Frank Clarke, who has been employed in the State Hospital at Binghamton, for some time, has obtained a position on the police force. ALSO E. J. Stanley has commenced taking calves every Monday through this place, stopping at Hotel Mooney for dinner. Judging from the amount he is taking, calves must be plenty.
Forest City - Two men, who came to this country on the German ship of the Hamburg line, are known to be in Forest City, and as this vessel had small pox on board, the local health authorities are keeping a watch on them and will until all danger of the disease breaking out is over. ALSO William Pentecost, of Prompton, is one of those who saw Halley's comet when it passed through the heavens in 1835.
May 27 (1910/2010)
Forest City - Forest City is getting some notoriety from down-the-valley newspapers which allege that the youthful inhabitants of this place act like a lot of imps throwing sticks, stones and dirt at automobilists and otherwise disporting themselves in an unbecoming manner. Our boys are probably no better or worse than the average lusty, strong lunged and limbed, untamed youngsters of other towns, but there is no use dodging the fact that too much "rope" is given them by local custodians of law and order. We do not desire a bunch of starched and prinked little "mamma's angels," for there is as much real maliciousness, if not as much mischief, in the little Lord Fauntleroy ilk, when mamma isn't looking, as in the more untrammeled children. The youngsters should, however, be taught to have a decent respect for other people's rights. We have a chief of police and no dearth of specials. The burgess might instruct his officers that the sole purpose of investing them with a star is not that they may use it as a passport to nickelettes and other places of amusement, nor even that they may make arrests. The chief and his "specials" can, if they will, have a deterrent effect on the boisterous conduct of the children, without doing them the injury of locking them up.
South Gibson - Decoration Day will be observed here. The services in the forenoon will be conducted at Manzer cemetery. The Ladies' Aid will serve one of their famous 25 cent dinners, veal potpie with all the good things of the season. Our band and choir are preparing to give us some fine music.
Brackney - The Democrat has apologized for the appearance of the "fake" meteorite article of last week. The story created a great deal of interest and comment, and was none the less interesting for its having turned out a "fairy story."
Montrose - An electric motor is soon to be installed in the Presbyterian church to pump the large pipe organ. A storage battery will be used during the daytime, when the plant is not running, Montrose not having an all day service.
New Milford - The Phinney Hotel was sold at trustee's sale, on Tuesday, by F. B. Jewett to Frank W. Tennant, of Clark's Summit. The hotel was purchased by Philander Phinney in 1857 and until the present time has been run continuously by father and son. Mr. Phinney, in his will, gave instructions to sell.
Susquehanna - Shortly after 9, Thursday morning, an operator in the exchange of the Susquehanna Telephone and Telegraph Company, discovered flames and smoke issuing from the roof of the Blue Ridge Manufacturing Company's plant. She telephoned to the offices of the Blue Ridge Company and told them of the fire. An alarm was turned in but the alarm was out of order. A telephone call was sent to the engine rooms at the Erie shops and the alarm sounded, and the fire was extinguished in short order. The fire is thought to have originated from a defective chimney.
Harford - Watson Jeffers died at his home on May 12. He was 79 years of age. Mr. Jeffers was born in Harford and always resided in that place. He was a farmer by occupation and was always deeply interested in the affairs of the town; he was connected with the Harford Fair for 21 years; he was instrumental in establishing the [railroad] station at Kingsley and was president of the society which made possible the centennial of 1890, which commemorated the settlement of the Nine Partners in Harford. He was for many years closely associated with the work of the Congregational church and considered one of the most prominent and influential citizens of the town.
Heart Lake - As the L & M was making the down trip Sunday evening, when near a curve below here, the vigilant engineer, "Jack" Spence, as the train was bowling along at a good clip, detected something on the track ahead, and by quick use of the brakes brought the engine to a stop just before some old ties, which had been placed upon the tracks, were reached. DL&W detectives thought that an attempt had been made to wreck the train but a solution of the mystery was soon brought about, when it was found that a young boy of the neighborhood had placed the obstruction upon the track and readily admitted it all, but seemed to little realize his grave act. LATER - The boy's parents declare that their son, who is only 13 years old, was with them from 10 in the morning till 6 at night, that day, and the boy now declares that he was scared by threats into saying he did it, but that he had nothing to do with it.
Brooklyn - The Merchants Telephone Company, who lately bought out the local company of Ely & Rogers, are having troubles of their own to care for it. The Bell Telephone Company bought a line with two pair of lines, of G. H. Terry, which gives them connection via. Nicholson and Lindaville, to the long distance points and they propose to establish an exchange in the home of Mrs. Gertie Peckham on Maple Street.
Thompson - Mrs. Samuel Hubbard, who has been unable to walk for some weeks, was wrapped and put in a wagon and taken to the home of her daughter, yesterday.
Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - Rev. Preston Kennedy, of Binghamton, expects to be at the Orphanage at Brookdale for services next Sunday morning and evening.
Auburn Twp. - It is rumored that a portion of Buffalo Bills Wild West Indians got strayed from the original tribe and made a stampede over Jennings Hill on Sunday afternoon last, with wild yells, making one think greatly of colonial days.
Jackson - Mrs. LaVere Marsh is just alive and William Holmes is expected to live but a short time.
Flynn - The choir at St. John's church, although composed of very young girls, does very nicely and in short time will be fine, as they have the right kind of mettle in them to succeed.
News Brief - For the transportation of all honorably discharged Pennsylvania soldiers who fought at Gettysburg, to Gettysburg and return, so that they may be present at the dedication of the Pennsylvania monument on Sept. 27, $10,000 has been appropriated. The monument will contain the names on bronze tablets of all Pennsylvania soldiers who fought at Gettysburg.