January 26 (1912/2012)



Forest City - Judge Little, Monday afternoon, in disposing of the license cases evidenced strong disapproval of the beer wagons and delivery of intoxicants to homes. He said that if a man must have drink and would have it, it was better for him to go after it, rather than having it brought into his home by the case, where children and women also partake of it, and where the man also would probably drink much more than at the bar. This was in reference to the four wholesale license applicants at Forest City, who had been charged with violations of the law. ALSO The Church of the Sacred Heart will receive a contribution of $2500, from Andrew Carnegie, toward the payment of a $3000 pipe organ. ALSO Frank Eustice, the Forest City man who had his feet so badly frozen that they were amputated, died in the State Hospital, Scranton.


Great Bend - Mr. Isaac Roosa is arranging his affairs to leave next week for Mobile, Ala., where he will take up land and locate. His family will go about March 1st. Mr. Roosa has been a resident of this place all his life and he will be greatly missed in the community.


Springville - The death of Mrs. Emily Riley occurred Jan. 15, 1912. She was the oldest resident, having passed her 91st birthday a few weeks prior to her death. She was the widow of Minot Riley, for years one of the storekeepers of the place, and of their four children but one is left, Stuart Riley, who has conducted the business since the death of his father. Mrs. Riley shared her commodious home with her son and his wife and during the many months of decline received a daughter’s care and attention. The funeral took place at her late home Wednesday. Interment in the Bunnell cemetery at Auburn. ALSO Benvan Johnson has sold his house and lot in town here to John Mitchell, who expects to occupy the same April 1st. Dr. Diller will move, but does not know exactly where yet; we hope he will remain with us. We certainly need two doctors; the ride over these hills is too much for one.


Brooklyn - The class of 1912 held a class party at the home of Miss Louise Reynolds at East Bridgewater, last Friday eve.


South Montrose - Lewis Hawley, who went to Florida last fall, has rented the Fish and Clark farms for the coming summer; there is no place like old Susquehanna after all. ALSO On Sunday, Jan. 28th, at 2:30 p.m., there will be preaching in the little Union church. Rev. Harmon will bring a man from Wilkes-Barre who will speak for the Anti-Saloon League.


Montrose - The management of the C-Nic theatre wishes to announce that owing to the fact that under present conditions the theatre is not on a paying basis and hereafter the price of admission will be 10 cents; furthermore wishes to announce that he is raising the price only to be able to continue the amusement for its patrons. I hope the change in price will not prove detrimental to the past liberal patronage. D & H Green Trading Stamps will still continue to be given with each ticket. (Frank Caruso, prop.)


South Gibson - Stephen Carpenter has sold his old Stage route to Ralph Gelatt of North Jackson. Mr. Gelatt will soon move to this town and will occupy the Dr. Haverly house.


Susquehanna - Mrs. Thomas B. Blake had a narrow escape from being killed recently when the water front of the cook stove exploded. Mrs. Blake had started the fire only a few minutes when she noticed the water in the hot water compartment was frozen. She was about to put out the fire when the explosion took place. The shock was so great that a number of window panes were broken and the stove was completely ruined. Mrs. Blake received several bad bruises on the face and arms.


Friendsville - Morris Tingley, of Hop Bottom, the genial and efficient County Surveyor, spent the past week at A. Minehan’s running the lines on Lake Side Farm, some of which were not run since 1845.


Brooklyn - A sleighload of young people from Montrose had supper at the Austin House one night last week. ALSO Couger [Conger] Tiffany celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday last Wednesday.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - Frank Catlin and Will Very are working on the ice house at Heart Lake.


East Ararat - A great many men are working at Hathaway pond harvesting ice.


Hop Bottom - Jasper T. Jennings wrote the following about the history of Hop Bottom. “Hop Bottom was incorporated in 1881. The first permanent settler, where the borough now is, was Orson Case. Truman and Elisha Bell, two brothers, took an active part in the early progress of the village and the first person to sell goods in the place was Amos B. Merrill. Other early merchants were: Geo. W. Rees, E. M. Tiffany, Nelson M. Finn, George P. Tiffany, Geo. Strupler, J. S. Wright, M. A. Blair, J. P. A. Tingley, Frank Jeffers and others. The D L & W railroad passes through this place, stopping at the Foster station. The first school house was built in 1858. Hop Bottom is said to have derived its name from the abundance of wild hops that were growing in the valley.


Montrose - The trial of Mrs. Minnie Lee, charged with the arsenic poisoning of her husband, Willis Lee, of Lanesboro, took place in Montrose. Atty. F. D. Axtell told of the circumstances in which Lee had placed his wife by his neglect and attention to another woman who had usurped her in his affections. The prisoner and her daughter, Flossie, a young woman of about 20 years, showed their emotion by quietly sobbing in their handkerchiefs, while the attorney briefly sketched the early happy married life of Lee and his young bride and how through baser passions he had finally drifted from her, bringing her into surroundings of squalor and poverty. Several testified that they had purchased arsenic, in small quantities for Mrs. Lee, but none surfaced when the home was searched.

                     After Lee’s burial his body was ordered exhumed and a second autopsy was performed in a barn near the cemetery. However, prior to this Loren Prentice, a cousin of Willis Lee, and the grave digger, stated that the first body exhumed was that of a woman. Said she was a suicide. She was buried about the same time as Lee. Her body was returned to the cemetery and Lee’s was brought to the barn. The barn was used for storing wagons and had a basement in which horses were occasionally kept. Arsenic was found in the remains, but may have been from the medication Lee received. [More next week]


February 05 (1912/2012)



Lee Murder Trial - The jury in the Lee murder trial acquitted Minnie Lee of the charge of poisoning her husband and made her a free woman. The jury filed into the court room, Tuesday afternoon, shortly after court convened at 2 pm and in response to the query by Prothonotary Foster, A. J. McKeeby, the foreman, announced the verdict as “not guilty.” Mrs. Lee, who was sitting beside her attorney, W. D. B. Ainey, did not seem to hear the welcome words, but when the question was put “What say all of you,” and the twelve men responded as one voice: “not guilty,” she straightened up and a transfiguring light flooded her face, in strong contrast to the masked countenance that concealed her emotions during the weary eight days’ trial. Other than the grasping of her attorney’s hand in mute thanks, there was no demonstration in the court room, but a short time afterward in the sheriff’s office, when congratulated by men and women and in her joy she appeared a changed woman. The daughter, Mrs. Flossie Butts, who had remained at the jail with her mother since the preceding Saturday, when told that a verdict had been reached, was overcome with emotion and could not accompany her mother to the court room. When Dep. Sheriff, H. E. Taylor telephoned the verdict to the jail, the young woman alternately and simultaneously laughed, cried and danced in a hysteria of joy. When they later appeared on the streets together, you could not have found in the whole country a pair who showed their happiness more than they. They left on the 5:25 train for Great Bend, where Mrs. Lee intends to remain some time with a brother named Van Vleck.


Bridgewater Twp. - We hear of a groundhog in Bridgewater that got the dates mixed and came out of his hole Thursday, but discovering his mistake, scampered in again.


South Montrose - It is believed that the recent derailment of a Lehigh Valley passenger train near here was caused by some party placing a fish-plate on the rails in such a position as to derail the train. A fish-plate was found embedded in the snow as though hurled by a force and Engineer Geisinger felt a jar as though the locomotive hit an obstruction before the engine left the track. An investigation is being made. Thoughtless youths sometimes fail to recognize such pranks as one of the most serious they can commit and upon conviction will land them in the penitentiary.


Brooklyn - T. B. Morgan, of Dixon, Ill, writes of the great storm of 1836. I was there in person and took part in the fight to keep stock alive. Deacon Gidding was browsing cattle and met with an accident, breaking his arm. Our folks sent me to take his place. One cow determined to commit suicide by going where a tree fell across the road. Kill her? No. I scraped away the snow and chopped her out—76 years ago. This will not be found in the Register, but I have it in my head O. K. I was born in 1824. Now, if you have any old settlers living in Brooklyn who had experience in the big snowstorm, trot them out. Rodney Jewett, who lived a little north of David Kent, had a little child crippled by being run over by a load of potatoes. I think F. B. is a son of Rodney, and is a member of the M. E. church in Brooklyn. Well, I married a wife from that church and never regretted it. Over 60 years ago we turned our backs on Brooklyn and the Lord has been good to us all these years. I guess by this time you need no introduction, but will say that Capt. David Morgan was my father and Jezreel DeWitt, my father-in-law. [The brick Morgan home is located on 167, south of Tall Pines Farm.]


Richardson’s Mills, Harford Twp. - Don’t forget the box social at the schoolhouse this Friday eve. Come and see the black bear—he will be out—and all will have a good time.


Hopbottom - A merchant’s telephone has been installed in the National bank here.


Thompson - Nearly every cottage at Coxton Lake has been burglarized recently. Mrs. Ellen Messenger and Mrs. Carrie Clark visited their cottage and found everything ransacked from cellar to garret.


Choconut - We have a scarlet fever scare in this neighborhood. If persons will take the following prescription they will have a sure preventative: Extract of belladonna, 2 grains; cindamon [cinnamon?] water, 1 oz.; alcohol, 10 drops. Dose, one drop for each year of the age of the child, two or three times a day. Ten drops maximum.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Who said “no winter?” This has been the coldest winter so far in years, accompanied by severe biting frosts. A number of our men have even lost their mustaches.


Montrose - Susanna Bush Beebe was born in a log cabin near her late home, Jan. 29, 1820, and died Jan. 24, 1912. She was a daughter of Adrian and Amy (Kellum) Bush, pioneer settlers here, both her father’s and mother’s families coming from Connecticut. She was married Jan. 8, 1846, to Wm. L. Beebe, to whom were born four children. Mrs. Beebe had lived in her late home for more than 50 years. Her husband died 18 years ago, leaving her alone in the old home, but her daughter and family were near and came often to attend to her wants and cheer her loneliness, that her wish to remain in the old home so dear to her might be gratified.


South Gibson - Cyrus Tanner, an old veteran of the Civil War, died at the home of Carl Peck on Sunday morning last. Interment in the Tower Cemetery.


Dimock - Rev. Parker J. Gates, of Prohibition Park, S. I., died Jan. 10, in his 78th year. He was born in Dimock and upon the formation of the 141st. Penna. Volunteers, enlisted in Co. H. serving until the close of the war. He was seriously wounded at both Gettysburg and Poplar Spring Church. In every respect he was a brave and faithful soldier and for meritorious conduct was promoted from private to first sergeant. After the war he entered the ministry of the M. E. church in the Wyoming Conference.


Jackson - Jackson has an industry that few towns of its size can boast of—“an automobile factory.”


Hallstead - Glen Lane, a lumberman, had a severe accident on Wednesday. He was drawing a load of lumber to the chair factory and when about to turn down the roadway to the factory the wagon slid around on the ice and went over the retaining wall, falling about eight feet, carrying with it team and driver. Mr. Lane jumped and saved himself from the falling mass of lumber, but was seriously bruised about the legs. The horses escaped with slight cuts and the wagon was wrecked.


February 16 (1912/2012)



Rushville - Former County Treasurer R. N. Jones’ farm house came near being destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon. The fire was discovered, having caught from a heater, and but for the assistance of some half hundred men, who promptly formed a bucket brigade (buckets supplied from the stores of Daniel Terry and Charles Bowen) and after hard work succeeded in quelling the flames, the building would have been destroyed. The house is occupied by R. J. Haney and is located on the Wm. H. Sherwood farm, being at one time used as a hotel. ALSO At East Rush, while enjoying the fine coasting on Newton Hill, at East Rush, Miss Anna Morley met with a serious accident. She was riding on a sled with Miss Stockholm and when going at terrific speed they crashed into a telephone pole. Miss Morley was rendered unconscious, had her nose broken and was badly bruised about the face. Dr. A. L. Hickok dressed the injuries.


Heart Lake - A chicken house, owned by George C. Bayless, was burned this morning at about 4 a.m. It caught from some live coals in ashes that had been placed in the building, it is presumed. The lives of all the chickens were saved.


Oakley, Harford Twp. - During the late severe cold snap water pipes froze on C. L. Snyder’s and C. M. Tiffany’s farm, and unless a thaw or rain comes soon, a water famine seems imminent, as wells and streams are very low.


Thompson - Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Mead, Miss Julia Mills and Miss Deline Fritz, have gone to Florida to spend the rest of the winter.


Great Bend - Dr. Frederick Brush, superintendent of the New York Post Graduate Medical School and Hospital and son of A. G. Brush of East Great Bend, has recently won first prize in Collier’s vacation story contest over 3,000 competitors. The prize was $100 and the story will be published in the spring. This is the second prize that Dr. Brush has won in Collier’s contests.


Hallstead - On Thursday morning, about 6:30, the Misses Katharine Fitzgerald and Laverne Franks, while crossing the river to go to their work at the silk mill, the ice gave way and the two young ladies fell in and surely would have been drowned only for the heroic action of Margaret Murray. She also crossed the river that morning but got across safely. Miss Fitzgerald sank twice and was about to go under the third time when Miss Murray rescued her. She was removed to the home of Mrs. H. Doherty, on Railroad street, where she was made as comfortable as possible and Miss Franks was taken to her home in Great Bend. Both will be able to be out in a few days. Miss Murray deserves a Carnegie medal.


Montrose - One of the most interesting of the new books on the juvenile shelves at the library is entitled “Elliott Gray Jr.,” by Colton Maynard. As a successful, beloved teacher, the author had a wide acquaintance among boys, and his characters are real flesh and blood specimens. The story describes the first year at a preparatory school where athletics play an important part in making the boys not only strong physically, but true and honorable. Colton Maynard, whose untimely death brought deep sorrow to many friends, spent many of his boyhood days in Montrose as the guest of his grandmother, Mrs. Henry Warner.


West Auburn - F. L. Possinger has received his commission as postmaster, to succeed A. F. Lacey, who resigned.


Brooklyn - Miss Alice Lee, the gifted authoress of this town, is spending some time in the Bermuda Islands in company with her cousin, Miss Gertrude Resseguie, of South Gibson. Miss Lee’s new book, “Cap’n Joe’s Sisters,” will be issued this month by the Stokes Publishing House.


Elk Lake - The men of the town are passing the days and long winter evenings playing crokinole at Stevens’ store. Lee Green is the champion player.


Susquehanna - Our new Erie restaurant, under the management of James Sherman, is largely patronized by traveling and town people. ALSO Eisman & Hersch are remodeling and beautifying the interior of their store.


South New Milford - It was rather cool here last Saturday morning—18 below zero and 14 below Sunday morning.


Herrick Center - Several sleigh loads of people from Forest City were happily entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jones in honor of her birthday.


Springville - Feb. 17th, at 8:15 p.m. the Orphean Musical Club, a male quartette, will hold forth at the Methodist Episcopal church. This is a magnificent opportunity to hear one of the leading musical organizations of the country. The program will be a varied one and will consist of vocal quartets, horn quartets, solos, illustrated songs and impersonations. There will also be a “Brass Quartet, consisting of a cornet, mellophone, baritone and trombone. Admission 25 cents.


Uniondale and Tirzah - Sleighing parties are the order of the day (or night rather) in this place, about every evening when the weather will permit from one to three large parties will make the night merry with songs and laughter. It must be the girls are taking advantage of leap year and taking their best fellow for a ride.


Friendsville - Our school is progressing fine with Mr. Calby, of Montrose, as the new teacher.


Forest City - Mine inspector S. I. Phillips, of Scranton, will give two addresses in the Welsh Congregational church next Sunday. The first will commence at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m. All the Welsh people of Forest City and nearby who are interested in St. David’s day are earnestly requested to attend a meeting Sunday evening after the service.


February 23 (1912/2012)



Northern Electric Railway - The extension of the Northern Electric from Factoryville to Nicholson will be opened for traffic May 1. There is considerable work yet, but it is being rushed in order to be ready for the business that comes with the spring and summer. This seven--mile stretch of road to be opened will be an important link in the Scranton--Binghamton railway. It is likely that the next stretch of road taken up will be from Nicholson to Brooklyn, but some contend that work will be started from Binghamton end towards Hallstead. Nothing official has been given out regarding future work.


Oakland - A shooting accident occurred here Friday morning and as a result Ernest Gibson has a hole in his left hand. He was examining a revolver that “was not loaded” and the usual thing happened and the bullet went through Gibson’s hand.


Montrose - Most of our readers know something of the big amusement place in New York known as the Madison Square Garden, but not many are aware that a Montrose man is one of the owners. Geo. C. Comstock, whose summer home is on Lake Avenue, is one of 4 or 5 men who bargained for the Garden last summer and their intention was to tear down the building and erect a 25 story office building. But it is now announced that the Garden will be saved for another year. The old company, which controlled it ever since it was opened in 1890, recently turned it over to the Foreign and Domestic Company, which is composed of Olney & Comstock and three other owners. The structure will remain intact for at least a year, during which time it will be used as before, for amusement purposes.


Thompson - A D. & H. engine sideswiped another here on Monday, near a crossover, both locomotives being completely stripped. The engineers and firemen on both escaped injury.


Middletown Center - Rev. Hugh Jones lost a valuable horse last week.


Clifford - Mr. and Mrs. James Orr, of Forest City, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Homan, of Scranton, called on Undertaker Taylor one day last week.


Brooklyn - The numerous friends of Isaac VanAuken were sorry to hear that he had fallen off a load of straw, but will be glad to learn that in spite of his advanced age he is getting better rapidly. After surviving 60 years of wedded life, falling off a load of straw does not cut much ice.


New Milford - The town council has commenced blasting the ice in the creek, preparing for the spring flood. Owing to the long period of zero weather, the ice is of unusual thickness, and it is hoped that by breaking it up it will gradually go out without serious trouble.


South Montrose - The trunk slat factory is working 13 hours a day, and has a large number of orders ahead.


Hopbottom - About 30 boys and girls were entertained at the Foster House recently in honor of Master Freddie’s tenth birthday. A dainty supper was served. All report a delightful time.


Jessup Twp. - After March 1 the Prospect Hill line will be included with the Montrose exchange of the Commonwealth Telephone Co. as a free line to the subscribers. A toll of ten cents is being charged at present.


Susquehanna - The prettiest wedding of the season occurred at St. John’s church at four o’clock Tuesday afternoon when Anna Sullivan, of this place, became the bride of Harry McCoy, of Lanesboro. Father Broderick performed the ceremony. They will be at home to their friends after March 10.


Rush - Fay Rose, of LeRaysville, agent for self--heating sad irons, took orders for a large number through this vicinity this week. Lawton – Wm. Phillips, of the Haire House, has moved back to Dalton. The hotel and barn will be run by A. Packer the coming year.


South Ararat - Men are very busy drawing props, mine ties, lumber and sawdust from Finch’s mill. But there is no work this week; the severe cold weather freezes the water in the pipes making it impossible to carry on business until we have a change in the weather. ALSO Benjamin Smith and lady friend, from Gelatt, passed through this place on Thursday.


East Kingsley - E. E. Titus has a very intelligent and well trained dog. They can tie a letter on his neck, tell him to go to a friend’s house, near half a mile distant, and he will deliver it and bring one in return. ALSO LeGrand Williams, of Avon, N.Y., was calling on his old friends in this vicinity a few days last week. He will assume the position as manager of Mrs. Norris’ dairy farm, in Dimock [Woodbourne], the first of March.


Niven - It is rumored that Olin Stark has taken a bride. They will live in the Stephen’s house at the corners.


Choconut - Our school is progressing finely under the direction of Miss Nora McManus. Miss Lena Dunn is teaching in London Hollow.


Forest City - Mrs. F. M. Gardiner entertained a large party of ladies at a domino party at her home on Delaware St. ALSO Rev. E. G. White, rector of Christ Episcopal church, is at the head of the Boy Scout movement here. ALSO E. J. Wells has purchased the rectory property of Christ Episcopal church.


Jackson - While coasting near the school house last Tuesday, Geo. Renville had both bones broken in his leg. He was walking up the hill and was struck by a sled that was coming down.


Clifford Twp. by Jasper T. Jennings - Clifford village is a thriving little town pleasantly situated in a valley surrounded by hills and dates back to the early history of the township. Its early industries, such as tanneries, carding machines and fulling mills, for the manufacture of woolen cloth, and steam mills for the sawing if the timber, once so abundant in that section, have passed away, but the village still exists, with its stores, churches, school house and shops and the people continue prosperous and happy.


March 01 (1912/2012)



Death of a Veteran - George E. Woodruff died at his home in Montrose on Feb. 28, 1912. He was born in Montrose, April 10, 1841. At the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. H. 4th Pa Reserves, mustered in June 1861, this company being the first one recruited in Susquehanna county. He was not discharged until May 31, 1865, when he was paroled as a prisoner at Annapolis, Md., where he had been sent after Lee’s surrender. Mr. Woodruff had a fine war record, having participated in 38 engagements, but was never seriously wounded. Among the principal battles were those of Mechanicsville, Gaines Mill, Charles City Crossroads, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Cloyd Mountain, Lynchburg, Snicker’s Gap, Barryville (two battles), Winchester (two battles), Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek, Hatcher’s Run, High Bridge, and others. The past few years he had been in ill health, and for five winters, excepting the past year, had been spent at the National Soldiers’ Home in Tennessee.


West Auburn - We have been having a nice (ice) time recently. Some people did not care to let their cows out of the stable for three or four days. A lot of coal was used to make safe paths to walk on.


Bridgewater Twp. - L. H. Sprout had a cow die Friday afternoon, which had for some time exhibited signs of suffering. On opening the animal a piece of hay wire was found to have pierced its heart. Indications were that the wire had been gradually penetrating the heart for weeks. The animal was kept in the barn of Mrs. Dora Lathrop, which was burned Saturday morning. Many people who viewed the ruins of the fire thought the cow had been suffocated and burned to death. She died some hours previous to the fire.


Harford - Representative Edward E. Jones, of Susquehanna county, known to legislators and to people all over the State as “Dirt Road Jones,” because of his activity in behalf of the appropriation for improvement of township, or dirt roads, today filed his nominating petition to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the House. Mr. Jones was a member of the House in the sessions of 1907, 1909 and 1911, being author of the “dirt roads” bills in the last two sessions, in both of which he was one of the most active members and attracted wide attention by [his] work. He is prominent in agricultural affairs in his county, having been president of the Harford Agricultural Society for years. In 1910 Mr. Jones was elected on both the Republican and Democratic tickets. [E. E. Jones was also known as “Good Roads Jones.”]


New Milford - Arthur Wadsworth, a well known salesman for S. Mills Ely & Co., has placed an order with Bissell & Cooley for a new Model 28 Buick Roadster. Sale price $1,075. Mr. Wadsworth saw the new car at the Binghamton show and gave his order on the spot. The above firm also reported the sale of a Model 10 Buick to John J. Slatter, of Montrose.


Clifford by Jasper T. Jennings - Clifford twp. lies at a high altitude; nearly the whole surface being from 11 to 1800 feet. Above all towers the lofty peaks of the Elk Mountain, looking down like ever watchful sentinels upon the whole county from a height of 2700 feet. The blue peaks of these mountains form landmarks for scores of miles in nearly every direction. The view from the top of the high ledge, known as Prospect Rock forms one of the grandest of nature’s panoramas, worth journeying many miles to behold nature’s wonders and sublimities. Many often fail to realize that they have beautiful and enchanting scenery in our own county.


Hopbottom - An electric bell has recently been placed at the railroad crossing.


Springville - Mrs. Lemuel Bushnell has been seriously ill with appendicitis. Owing to age and heart weakness, no operation was performed. Mrs. Bushnell is now improving.


Susquehanna - General Manager Stuart has furnished the Erie Hose Co. with rubber hats, coats and boots so that they are now all well equipped for fighting fire. ALSO Ellsworth Englehart was surprised Saturday afternoon by ten of his young friends in honor of his 10th birthday. They left many tokens for their friend and after a delightful luncheon, they departed wishing him many more happy birthdays.


Choconut - Raymond Donnelly and Frank McManus have recovered from the mumps.


Uniondale - Uniondale is a pretty little village and has a great many very nice people; the school, stores and railroad facilities are excellent, with flour and feed mills, wholesale meat markets and last but not least, is its honest, charitable intent. ALSO Miss Mabel Lowery, of Carbondale, has a young ladies’ class of four in Uniondale; she is giving lessons on the violin. Girls, join her class and learn to be a fiddler.


Great Bend - Mathew Gannon, employed as a drill master by the Lackawanna railroad, in the yards at Hallstead, was injured last Wednesday as he was attending to his work along the tracks. Gannon stood watching his drill train slowly advance as it passed he stepped around behind it, and was struck by a Utica engine on the west bound track. He was knocked across the tracks, striking upon his head, and receiving severe cuts abut his face and neck. Dr. A. F. Merrill, the Lackawanna physician, was summoned and dressed the injured. Afterwards he was taken to his home on DuBois street.


Forest City - The iron work for the bridge to go across the Erie railroad, has been unloaded near the site of the proposed bridge, north of the Forest City breaker. It is probable that work on the structure will begin as soon as the weather permits. The Hillside company is building a terra cotta sluiceway on the trestle, from the breaker to the settling tank, to take care of the culm coming from the washery.


Montrose - A very fierce blaze, starting in the old canning factory building, Saturday morning at about 1:30, quickly reduced it to ashes and destroyed the residence of Miss Anna Burns, just east, and barns belonging to D. V. Gardiner and Mrs. Dora Lathrop, across the street to the north. Those early on the scene found the old canning factory a seething mass of flames, burning with a roar which could be heard all over town. They also saw the fire communicated to the residence owned by Miss Anna Burns, and the two barns. All this occurred in a very few minutes, before the fire companies had time had time to reach the scene, and the situation looked extremely grave, because of the possibility of the fire spreading through town. In the south--east corner of the factory building was a machine shop, including a trip hammer and forge, operated by Messrs. Floyd Andre and Maurice Catlin. Their lease expires soon and they were working nights to close out their stock of iron and it is supposed that the fire caught from the forge.


March 08 (1912/2012)



Susquehanna - Susquehanna was visited by a $40,000 fire Wednesday morning in the destruction of the Metal Manufacturing Co’s plant, and the conflagration for a time threatened to wipe out the entire business section of the town.


New Milford - Miss Verna Williams, whose home is near New Milford but who has been employed in the Black Horn Leather Co’s plant at Great Bend, died under peculiar circumstances at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Flynn, where she boarded. Miss Williams complained of a severe toothache Saturday evening and to relieve the pain she had been given a small bottle of chloroform and a bit of cotton and instructed how to use it. Sunday morning the young woman did not appear at the accustomed hour and Mrs. Flynn, on going to her room, found her unconscious and her death soon resulted.. She was subject to convulsions and friends believe her death was due to the combined effects of the chloroform and the attacks.


Herrick Center - The funeral of John Williams, an old and respected citizen of this place, was held at the Methodist church Tuesday morning.


Little Meadows - I. Chester McCormick and Iva B. Ford have applied for a marriage license.


Lawsville - Wallace Southworth, a well known farmer of Lawsville, residing near Tripp Lake, met with a shocking accident on Thursday of last week. Mr. Southworth was tightening a nut with a wrench, the nut being fitted on a bolt holding the rapidly revolving saw in position. The wrench slipped and his right arm came in contact with the sharp teeth of the saw, shearing through bone and muscle from just below the elbow to the hand. Drs. C. W. Caterson and J. G. Wilson were summoned and determined that the only thing possible was amputation.


Great Bend - James Straney, none of Great Bend’s oldest veterans, died at the home of Miss Mary Allen, in that township, March 3, 1912. He was one of the first to volunteer on the call of President Lincoln, and had a good war record. One daughter, Miss Mary Straney and one son, James Straney, survive.


Ainey - Willie Bailey, of Lindaville, played [the fiddle] for the dance last Thursday night at E. Suttons.


Hop Bottom - This has been a winter of accidents and sickness. There have been many deaths among aged people. March has come and the cold winds are calling for more coal.


Pleasant Valley - We are glad to note that Miss Ethel Green is again able to resume her teaching. Her sister, Mrs. Lola Hibbard, has been teaching for her the past two weeks.


Middletown - The Borden plant will cease manufacturing condensed milk on account of the large supply on hand for which there is little demand. The manufacture of candy will be taken up and the number of employees will be doubled. A small amount of candy has been manufactured there in the past. The plant has also been making a quantity of butter which was sold to the employees for 28 cents a pound but this practice was discontinued after vigorous protest of the merchants of that city.


Silver Lake - On Thursday last, a bee was held at Col. West’s. Twenty--three were present and fifty cords of wood were cut.


East Ararat - Leo Silver purchased a fine Edison phonograph recently.


Montrose - Miss Mary Meehan, the organist at St. Mary’s Catholic church, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Meehan, is the youngest church organist in Susquehanna county, if not in the Keystone State. Miss Meehan, who is only 12 years of age, plays very well, and devotes much spare time to the study of church music. ALSO Tonight at the Cnic Theatre—”Our U.S. Navy,” launching of the battleship Florida, battleship New Hampshire and her sailors. “A Summer Adventure,” a deep story costing a large sum of money to produce. Deer being chased by wolves, etc.


Forest City - Pipes have arrived to complete the sewering of the town. This work will be completed as soon as weather will permit. ALSO Sheriff Benj. Reynolds, of Montrose, was in town a few days ago, probably looking after prisoners to replenish the depleted stock.


Uniondale - We hear that Louis W. Norton and his wife offer their dairy farm of 98 acres, with all improvements, for sale, situated two miles west of Uniondale, ½ mile from the butter factory. They have a southern fever and if anyone wants a bargain they better look after it before the fever turns to homecoming.


Northeast Telephone Company - is planning many improvements as soon as the season opens up. They will take on additional men. Those who wish to learn the business will be given a good opportunity. They also have some good positions for operators. Only those who wish the position for permanent employment need apply. However, this company does not require bonds from its operators not to get married.


Interesting facts about Dundaff, as written by Jasper T. Jennings - Dundaff borough was incorporated in 1828 and in the most flourishing period of the old Milford and Owego turnpike it was one of the most thriving villages along the line. Benjamin Bucklin made the first clearing in 1799 and the first store was opened in Dundaff by Asa Dimock in 1818. Colonel Gould Phinny, from Wilkes--Barre, came here in 1824 with fourteen others to take an active part in turning the settlement into a busy village. Archippus Parrish became a hotel keeper, Ebenezer Brown, became a miller, Nathan H. Lyons became a distiller, John Wells became a clothier, C. B. Merrick, a physician, George W. Healey, a merchant, Benjamin Ayres, a stage proprietor and Jacob Bedford had a hat shop. In 1831 an extensive glass factory was started. About 100 hands were employed to make ordinary window glass. The sand for making the glass was obtained on the shores of Crystal Lake. An academy was established in 1833 and there were three churches established, Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal. In 1840 the population was 300.


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March 22 (1912/2012)



Springville - The young men’s orchestra seems to be making good progress under the direction of Dana Taylor, of Elk Lake, and expects to go to Dimock on Friday evening of this week, where they will make the program Miss Ethel Thomas has prepared a pleasing one. [Nathan Dana Taylor was the uncle of Maurice Taylor, who started his music career in Montrose by organizing a band comprised of his brothers and neighbors. Maurice went on to organize the first Montrose High School band in 1927. He wrote Easy Steps to the Band and Orchestra, books used to teach music in schools throughout the United States. From 1931 to and including 1937 he organized the popular Massed Band Concerts in the natural amphitheater behind the Lake Avenue School. The highest crowd recorded was 12,000 people, at 25 cents each. Prior to his death, at age 95, he organized the first Blueberry Festival Massed Band concert in 1994, an event which continues to this day.]


South Gibson - An operetta entitled, “Cinderella in Flower Land,” will be presented by the Primary Department of the South Gibson Graded School, in the church in that place, on Friday evening, March 29, at 8 pm. Admission 15 and 25 cents. Those who will take part in the operetta are: Edna Owens, Celia Carpenter, Gertrude Resseguie, Rachel Pritchard, Emory Resseguie, Thelma Michael, Sarah Michael, Henry Davis, Harry Pickering, Silas Pritchard, Erma Pickering. Marion Pickering, Wm. Prentice, Helene Pickering, Ruth Pritchard, Roy Gumaer, Geo. Lewis, Geo, Decker, Bernice Pritchard, Raymond Lewis, Will Gumaer, Geo. Carpenter, Lewis Pickering, Gaylord Pritchard, Marguerite Manning, Beatrice Thomas, Thelma Keech, Ethel Thomas, Manuella Lewis and Geraldine Pickering.


Great Bend - The ice started in the river here about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon, but jammed up at Stillwater, backing up the water and large cakes of ice which flooded the flats and low lands along the river, causing some damage to property Sunday afternoon. The ice at Stillwater moved down the river and the water began slowly to recede and it is now believed that all danger is past.


Union - On March 18, Mrs. Mary Ainey, Sadie Ainey and Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Squires and little daughter, Mary, started for Pashall, Colorado, where they expect to make their future home. Their many friends hope they will reach there safely.


Ainey - The West Lathrop creamery will not run the coming year for want of patronage.


Thompson - Frank Smith, of Avoca and Miss Susie Denney, of this place, were married on the evening of March 20 at the home of the bride, Esq. W. P. Tallman officiating. Mr. Smith is a brakeman on the Erie and if the threatened strike does not affect him they will reside at Avoca. Later they anticipate a wedding trip to Brooklyn, N.Y. and Niagara.


Kingsley - The “Anti--Kants” of the M. E. Sunday school will hold a warm sugar social this Friday evening at the home of C. H. Stearns. All come and be sweetened.


Susquehanna - On Thursday of last week Frederick D. Lyons celebrated his 94th birthday anniversary. Mr. Lyons has long been one of that town’s prominent merchants, starting in business in that place nearly 60 years ago. He has, for many years, been vice president of the First National Bank, and is interested in different enterprises in his home town.


Uniondale - Arthur Crosby, aged 22, was killed Sunday afternoon when struck by a southbound O. & W. freight train. He was a resident of Mt. Pleasant and had been with several young men to dispose of some cattle. When the freight on which they were riding reached Uniondale it stopped for water and the young man started down the track to board another freight expecting to reach home sooner. He did not see the oncoming train and was run down. His companions failed to miss him until they reached home. ALSO Frank F. Hayden, an old veteran of the Civil War, answered the final roll call, March 17, 1912. Mr. Hayden was out the night before, taking care of his horse and doing chores as usual. He left his farm several years ago and moved here. About three years ago he went to live with his son--in--law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, in the Welsh Settlement. Mr. Hayden was nearly 85 years old and leaves a widow and the following children to mourn his loss: George Hayden, Mrs. Alva Corey, Mrs. John E. Jones, Mrs. Ed. Thomas and Mrs. John Davis.


Montrose - The first robins and bluebirds made their appearance here on Monday morning, which was balmy enough to bring the welcome little feathered friends out. Already people are beginning to wonder whether or not there will be more snow. It will be very strange if there is not, but with such a peculiar winter—a maximum of cold and a minimum of snow, it would not be out of keeping with the funny actions of the climate. Later—and it snowed!


Harford - Frank LaBarr and son, George, were cutting ice one day last week on Tingley Lake, the ice being 26 inches thick.


Forest City - There are fourteen inmates at the poor farm, one man, three women and ten children.


Friendsville - St. Patrick’s Day was fittingly observed here by Division No. 3, A.O.H., which marched from their hall to St. Francis Church, where at the 9 o’clock Mass they read Holy Communion in a body, after which they partook of a bountiful breakfast, prepared by the young ladies of the Parish. Addresses were made by Joseph Mullen, H. J. Matthews and County President Shea and at the 7:30 service Father Cawley gave a forceful lecture on Ireland and her Patron Saint.


Elk Lake - The Rabbi, from Pittston, was here Monday doing some butchering for Abe Wruble, of Pittston.


Franklin Forks - Perry Waterhouse, with one of C. S. Atwell’s teams, came from Sanitaria Springs, Thursday, to move Charles Skinner to that place, where he will work for Mr. Atwell, a prominent lumberman of that section. On account of the high water and ice jams it was impossible to return with the load of household goods until Saturday.


March 29 (1912/2012)



Brooklyn - Dr. A. J. Ainey retired from his practice after 45 years. In 1867 he came to Brooklyn, fresh from his medical studies with his aged mother. Prior to his medical studies he was a private in Co. D, 35th Pa. Emergency Militia. He married Lila Haight, of Forest Lake, in 1874.


Lenox - Mrs. Sarah Moore Ferguson, mother of District Attorney John Ferguson, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jos. Sinsabaugh, in Lenox. March 25, 1912. She had been failing in health for some time and death was due to heart failure. Mrs. Ferguson was born in Ireland, March 6, 1827, coming to America and settling at Newburgh--on--the--Hudson in the same year with her parents. Later they moved to Baltimore and in 1867 came to Lenox, where since has been the family homestead. Besides the son mentioned, three daughters survive, Mrs. Elizabeth Conrad, of Lenox, Mrs. A. W. Hawley, of Harford and Mrs. Sinsabaugh. The interment was made in Tower cemetery.


Auburn 4 Corners - Miss Annie Cavanaugh closed a most successful term of school here Monday. A pleasing program of music and recitations was given in the afternoon. It is with much regret that we hear that Miss Cavanaugh does not intend to return another year.


Fairdale - Geo. F. Frink and W. E. Barron each lost a valuable cow recently.


Choconut - The Choconut Valley Creamery Co. has 100 cords of wood stacked up in readiness for next season’s business. ALSO James Moony and an assistant opened up the snow blockade on the main turnpike to Friendsville. The snow was packed in places four feet deep.


Vestal Center - John L. Shore, breeder of full--blooded Rhode Island Red fowls, operated upon one of his 7--pound chickens on Saturday for the removal of the appendix, and found many full--sized eggs, some of which had shells on, and removed 12 ounces of fat.


Fowler Hill - More snow on the ground than at any time this winter.


Howard Hill - Philip Hayes and Cleo Chamberlain, of the Orphanage at Brookdale, visited Mrs. Effie LaSure, Monday last. [Appreciate information on the Brookdale Orphanage. Reply to S.C.H.S., 18 Monument Street, Montrose 18801 or info@susqcohistsoc.org.]


Jackson - A new exchange of books has been received from the Montrose Public library, and our book lovers can now be accommodated with the best literature. ALSO There is, or will be a change of operators at the Jackson Exchange, Miss Pauline Darrow having resigned and Miss Ada Dimock, of Uniondale, has been assigned the position. The Jackson Exchange seems to be a matrimonial oasis; no less than three pretty girls have fallen into the net that shy Cupid has set for them; and we soon expect to chronicle the debut of Miss Ada on the matrimonial barque.


Elk Lake - Homer Shay has a sugar bush of nearly 300 trees in operation.


HopBottom - March 23, the mercury registered four degrees above zero, with more snow than at any time during the winter.


Susquehanna - John Buckley, who ran a clothing store in Susquehanna for over forty years, and was highly respected wherever he was known, dropped dead of heart disease March 12, 1912, on the street, on his way from his store to his home. He put in the forenoon going over inventory with a New York man, who was arranging to buy him out, as he desired to retire from business. As he almost reached his home he dropped down in front of the McGinnis residence and was dead before a doctor could be secured.


Dimock - The school house near Harmon Stone’s house, in Dimock twp., caught fire between the hours of 3 and 4 a.m., Tuesday morning, and burned to the ground. The cause of the fire is unknown. Miss Eva Sheridan, sister of Mrs. Thos. F. Kelly, was teaching there.


Montrose - Liveryman W. A. Harrington arrived the first of the week with his carload of heavy draft Missouri horses and is having fine success with them, having already disposed of 13. W. A. knows the kind that takes the eyes of the agriculturists in this locality and aims to bring back that kind. Among the sales was a handsome pair of mules to M. W. Palmer, of Brooklyn. He also sold four head to J. D. Williams Co., of Scranton.


Little Meadows - FOR SALE: Situated near Lake ‘a’ Meadows, known as the Houghton farm, 125 acres cleared, balance in woods. Well watered, large basement barn, 30 x 76 feet; silo and wagon house, other outbuildings. Large 16 room house, fine cellar, lawn surrounded by evergreen hedge. Price $2500. Address owner, C. J. Camp, Little Meadows, Penn’a.


Great Bend - In a telegram received from Washington last week, William Williams was notified that he had been appointed postmaster at Great Bend in place of F. G. Trowbridge, whose commission expired in February. The appointment was confirmed Monday by the Senate. Mr. Williams is well known in this section. For a number of years he was a conductor on the Lackawanna and at present is one of the proprietors of the Great Bend Plaindealer.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - The drama, “A Country Store” that was staged by the members of Cambrian Grange, last Thursday evening, was a complete success in every way. The play was very pleasing, the situation unique, and a Comedy well worth seeing. The amateurs acted like old--timers and kept the house in roars of laughter; there was not a poor character in the cast, everyone acted a star part. Boys and Girls, do so again. Receipts $39.35 net.


News Brief - People who are in a hurry to tell disquieting news, or to say something that will make some one uncomfortable, or parade around with a bit of unfounded gossip, sorrow to say, are to be found in every community. For such there is splendid advice in the following lines clipped from a scrap book—If you know of a thing that will darken the joy of a man or a woman, a girl or a boy, that will wipe out a smile, or the least way annoy a fellow, or cause gladness to cloy—it’s a pretty good plan to forget it.


April 05 (1912/2012)



Montrose - The death of Daniel D. Lathrop ends an interesting and useful career. Born Dec. 25th, 1833, in Rush, the 8th son of a family of eleven children, his father being Rev. William Lathrop, Jr. a Baptist preacher. He secured his education at the county schools and later taught several terms. Before the close of the Civil War he enlisted as a ship carpenter, but saw no action. Three of his brothers met death on the battlefield. His first wife was Emma Handrick and he married, second, Mrs. Sallie M. Sherwood. He was one of the first official court stenographers in the county, taking up the study of “phronography,” as it was then called, in 1851. He took up the study of Civil Engineering and as he was a competent mathematician his reputation for care and accuracy in surveying and mapping was soon well established. In recent years he took a special course in mechanical drawing to more fully equip himself for this class of work. In 1902 he started the work, during leisure moments, of writing the New Testament in shorthand, concludeing the task in 1907. Thus closes the earthly record of a man who so performed his day of work that when the Master called him from his labor, he responded unabashed and confident. ALSO Harry Patrick took possession of the Horseshoe Cigar Store and Billiard Parlors, which he has purchased of H. B. Camp.


South Gibson - Col. A. Bedford, who has been for a few months looking over the picket lines of some three or four counties, has returned and reports that all is well, but advises all progressive voters to be on the alert. He anticipates a hot, old time during the coming months. He says, “Keep posted boys; Teddy’s in the field!


South Auburn - Mrs. Mort Grow pleasantly entertained a number of ladies at a rag bee last Wednesday. They sewed over forty pounds of rags for her.


Hallstead - A number of young men have made applications to the Lackawanna officials, at Scranton, for positions as firemen on the road. Among the applicants were: Will Russell, Leon Huffman, John Rifenbury and George Ward. ALSO Hallstead has three cases of scarlet fever. The High School has been closed for the week and the building is being thoroughly fumigated by the Board of Health.


Brackney - G. Carlton Shafer is adding to the beauty of Camp Susquehannock by an avenue of maple trees, running from the Club House down to the lake.


Dimock - James E. Dolan sold the old Dolan homestead, one--half mile below Dimock, to T. R. Jones, a manufacturer of miners’ caps, of Wilkes-Barre, the first of the week. ALSO The school house near Harmon Stone’s, in Dimock, caught fire between the hours and 3 and 4 o’clock, Tuesday morning of last week, and burned to the ground.


Lathrop - G. A. Sweet recently visited his daughter Mrs. Foster Dyer, of Endicott, NY. While there he visited the Susquehanna Valley Home at Binghamton and brought a boy home with him. There are 175 boys and girls under 16 years of age, being cared for there at the present time.


South Montrose - It is reported that H. R. Decker is to remodel the old Coolville school house into a dwelling house. ALSO The South Montrose slat mill is the largest plant of the kind in the United States, turning out 20,000 slats [for trunks] a day.


Crystal Lake - Work has been started on a new hotel at Crystal Lake on the site of Crystal Inn, which was destroyed by fire a few months ago. The place will be conducted by the owner, William Coffin. The new building will be a three-story wooden structure, 40 x 50 feet. Contractor James Lorenson, of Carbondale, is building the hotel, which will be ready for occupancy June 1st.


Great Bend - The river is rising steadily, caused by the rains and the flats along the river are submerged.


Brooklyn - C. L. Stephens has moved his wagon shop tools to his home, about a mile south of the village, and the shop in town is now vacant.


Susquehanna - The Blue Ridge Metal Manufacturing Co. plant, which burned down a few weeks ago, will probably be rebuilt. Much of the machinery that went through the fire can be repaired. It is planned to erect a one-story factory building 100 feet long and so constructed that an addition can be made as business warrants.


Birchardville - Birchardville can boast of two millinery shops, one at Mrs. Lena Fessenden’s and the other at Slauson & Robinson’s.


Uniondale - On March 27, W. E. Gibson was 70 years of age. He had gone to a neighbors unaware that he was to be tendered a warm reception on his return. Seeing lights in the house and about the premises he hurried home to find in possession, D. B. Gibson and Family, C. E. Gibson and wife, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilcox Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Wilcox, of Pleasant Mount, Floyd Allen and Emory Washburn. Supper was soon prepared and a fine collation it was. Many useful articles were left by the visitors as tokens and reminders to the host, who felt that he was captured. Mr. Gibson is a veteran of the Civil War and survives four brothers who were engaged in defense of their country. Long may he be in our midst is the hearty wish of all.


Forest City - Bargain for Star Soap wrappers. 6 dinner plates or 6 cups and saucers or 3 plates and 3 cups and saucers for only 50 wrappers. Regular value, 150 wrappers. This is the best semi--porcelain ware, beautifully decorated in floral designs in color. Can be obtained only by bringing Star Soap wrappers to W. J. Jones, Furniture Dealer, Forest City. Sponsored by the Procter & Gamble Distributing Co.


News Brief - Friends of the temperance cause are invited to be present at a Women’s Christian Temperance Union Rally at the Library, in Montrose, Tuesday evening, April 9th, at 7:30. One feature of the program will be a roll call of active and honorary members to be responded to by short items of temperance news. Come, and bring your friends.


April 12 (1912/2012)



Bridgewater - Mrs. J. Green and Annie Andre attended the sale at Mrs. Nelson Birchard’s, April 8. There was a large crowd and cows brought $80, potatoes $1.45 a bushel and chickens 60 cents each. ALSO Mrs. Sarah Mitchell, aged 93 years, the oldest resident of Nichols, N.Y., died last week. She was formerly Miss Sarah Stephens, of Bridgewater


Heart Lake - Two small children of H. E. Taylor were badly burned last Friday. The family had moved to the Gardner farm, owned by E. Griffing, from Franklin, and in the confusion of entering a new home an oil can had been left in the kitchen near the stove. The children, a boy of three years and a girl of seventeen months, left a little while alone, poured oil into the hot stove. The can of oil ignited, and the subsequent explosion scattered oil over their clothing, burning each severely before the startled parents came to the rescue. Dr. Wilson was summoned and found the little girl seriously burned about the face and the boy about the abdomen, but the outlook is for the recovery of both. Miss Alice Kelly is caring for the little sufferers.


Dimock - The Dimock school, with Miss Ethel Thomas as teacher, closed April 5, 1912. The scholars perfect in attendance were Lena Bailey, Lillian Thornton, Martha Cronk, Leon Crisman, Ernest Benninger, Raphael Dolan, Lena Bailey, Lillian Thornton, Martha Cronk and Leon Crisman were not tardy during the entire year.


Springville - D. D. Layton has commenced demolishing the old store building and will erect an up--to--date building on the premises. ALSO Isaac Button, an aged resident of East Lynn, died Monday afternoon of general debility, aged about 85 years. Some years ago he made all the arrangements for his funeral with Undertaker Tuttle, who had charge of the funeral on Wednesday, with interment in Strickland Hill cemetery.


Forest City - Martin J. McAndrew, who has had charge of the Farrell hotel for several years, retired from the business on April 1st and S. J. O’Neill has become proprietor. Mr. O’Neill will remove his family to the hostelry in a short time and his change of residence will make a vacancy on the borough council. ALSO The rebuilding of the trestle at the Forest City breaker was started last week.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Some parties from Carbondale are unroofing or uncovering a large block of flag stone on the side hill a little way south of here. Some of the heavy blasts of powder jar our town making windows, china and glassware jingle. The stone will be carted to Carbondale for sidewalks and other purposes.


Lanesboro and Montrose - Monday morning, Pat Joyce, Harry Howell, James Gallagher, Edward Kelley and Frank Kelley were placed on trial for burglarizing the Buckley store in Lanesboro and by the Wednesday evening following, they had been tried, found guilty and Joyce, Gallagher and Howell lodged in the Eastern Penitentiary at Philadelphia, for safe keeping. They entered Buckley’s store about a month ago and a telltale glove dropped in the store, the mate of which was found in Joyce’s pocket at their rendezvous, where the stolen goods were found, connected him directly with the crime. The case assumed a dramatic appearance when Joyce was brought in for sentence. After a sentence of not more than ten years nor less than five years had been pronounced, Joyce “sassed” the Judge who immediately modified the sentence. “Your sentence is for not more than ten years nor less than nine years.” Not long after, on April 5, Joyce escaped by scaling the jail wall of the jail. After jumping to the ground he made a dash down Prospect street and across the fields to Ball’s woods. The sheriff soon spread the news of the escape to all parts of the county by telephone, offering a reward of $25 for his capture. He then started with a posse of men to search. The prisoner was finally captured two miles north of Small’s Hotel below Lawsville, 20 hours from the time he made his escape. Much credit is due to the telephone operators along the lines for their persistent effort in locating the prisoner. The reward was paid.


Elk Lake - W. H. Tanner is building an addition to his store for the better accommodation of his customers.


Hallstead - Galbraith T. Rogers, the aviator who passed over Susquehanna County last summer, was killed in an accident at Long Beach, California, last week. Aviator Rogers made a stop at Hallstead in his cross country trip, where he was greeted by a great many citizens and where a great many school children wrote their names upon his aeroplane.


Brandt - The farmers of the neighborhood are happy now that the Stevens Point Creamery has re--opened and saves the disagreeable trip to Susquehanna.


Laceyville - The Laceyville Messenger writes up a family difference, thusly: A Laceyville man, who complained that his wife spent too much time on her hair puffs, was rightly rebuked by the good woman, telling him that he spent much more time on his cigar puffs.


Kingsley - We are informed that B. A. Oakley and Phil Burbank, of Brooklyn, will build for Coe Stearns and brother, a large hotel here, which will be used to care for the business expected in connection with the cut-off on the D. L. and W. Railroad.


Franklin Forks - William Dacy’s house burned Sunday afternoon. The household goods were partly burned. The fire started from the stove pipe. No insurance. ALSO The Webster brothers are making quite a quantity of maple sugar and syrup.


South Harford - A party was held at G. T. Carey’s on Tuesday evening for the school children. A good time is reported by the youngsters. Peanuts, candy and oranges were served.


News Briefs - Watch out for the T. G. S. & Co. gymnasium suits; very chic and up-to-date in every particular. ALSO With the admission of New Mexico and Arizona into the union of states, two more stars must be added to the union or blue field of the national flag. Under the law the change cannot be made, however, before July 4 next, notwithstanding actual statehood will be accomplished before that date.


April 19 (1912/2012)



The Titanic Sinks: Loss of Life Heavy. 1525 Probably Dead in Iceberg Disaster. Only 675 are saved. Survivors are mostly women and children. - The greatest marine disaster in the history of the world occurred last Sunday night, when the Titanic, of the White Star line, the biggest and finest of ocean steamships, shattered herself against an iceberg and sank with about 1525 of her passengers and crew in less than four hours. At first it was said that all the passengers and the crew had been taken off from the Titanic. Then A. S. Franklin, vice president of the International Merchant Marines made the admission that it “could not be definitely stated that no lives had been lost.” [It is reported that Rev. Stuart Holden, of England, the distinguished minister who has been in Montrose twice as a speaker at the Bible Conference, had secured berths on the Titanic on its fatal trip, but could not take passage owing to the illness of his wife. Later it was reported that Mr. Holden was, after all, on the ship and among the lost.]


Heart Lake - Newell S. Harrison, aged 72 years, died at his home near here, April 12, 1912. Mr. Harrison was a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting in Co. F, 7th Regt., P. V. I., on June 13, 1861. He was captured at Spotsylvania, in the Wilderness campaign, May 5, 1864, and for eight months was confined in Salisbury prison, being released the following February. He was discharged from the service May 11, 1865, having served four years, and passing through such great battles as the Peninsula Campaign, Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness and numerous other engagements. Brother members of Four Brothers Post, G. A. R., acted as bearers.


Montrose - Bissell & Cooley, automobile dealers, have added the Chalmers line to their Reo and Buick agencies. They have recently received a Chalmers “36”, which is one of the newest models from their factory, and equipped with 4 forward speeds, and compressed air starter. Sells for $1935. ALSO At a special meeting of Rough and Ready Hose Co., No. 1, held Tuesday evening, a committee consisting of H. E. Taylor, D. R. Cook and R. D. Cruser was appointed to sell the entire property of the company and the money realized by this sale to be applied on the indebtedness of the company. An adjourned meeting will be held Friday evening, April 26. All members of the company interested in its welfare are urged to be present.


Prospect Hill, Jessup Twp. - Harry Palmer and E. J. Stockholm are suffering with bruises caused by running off the bank near Russell Very’s while returning from election Saturday evening.


Nicholson - A correspondent writing for the Philadelphia North American says: Prompted by nickelodeon, no doubt, two Nicholson boys, Harry Moore and Howard Casterlin, with visions of fighting wild Injuns, left home but came to grief in Buffalo, where the police found young Casterlin in a hospital with a broken ankle and Moore staying with his pal. Moore’s father took them home and it is likely that they will in the future leave Injun fighting to the movies exclusively.


New Milford - David B. Taft, who was formerly a director in the North--Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Co., died of heart failure his home in New Milford. He was born in Harford and spent most of his life there and at Gibson and New Milford. Mr. Taft was a genial man and his host of friends along the line of the North-Eastern will be sorry to learn of his death.


South Montrose - Percy Ballentine, of Louden Hill Farm, has presented his brother--in--law, Norman H. Parke, general manager of the Black Horn Leather Co., of Great Bend, a new 2-passenger automobile. It arrived two weeks ago, and is a Ford model of 1912.


Hopbottom - On Friday evening, April 26, Mrs. Mollie Kent, of Montrose, will present “The Taming of the Shrew” in monologue, at the Universalist church, this being the first number of a series of entertainments to be given under the auspices of the Ladies’ Literary Club.


Kingsley - Machinery and laborers for work on the new cut--off of the Lackawanna are arriving, thus preceding the official purchase of the right of way from the property holders. ALSO In East Kingsley, Daniel Little, of Binghamton, has been spending a few days with his nephew, E. N. Hammond, and has been renewing his age by doing the stunt of his boyhood days, helping to make maple syrup. All men who were brought up on a farm, no matter what their business is in after years, have a longing for the woods when spring comes.


Harford - Monday last a party of friends tendered Mrs. T. Glenn Sophia a birthday surprise. The event was heralded by a magnificent electrical display and heavy cannonading. The party broke up just before midnight and the verdict was that birthdays should come oftener.


Forest City - Miss Matilda Arrowsmith, of the Warren tract, and William J. Murray, formerly of Wellsley, Mass, who has resided here for some time, were united in marriage in Christ Episcopal church last evening. The couple was attended by Miss Lillian Wood and Wm. Arrowsmith.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - George Hankinson has enlivened our town by furnishing a beautiful gas light in front of his hotel. Many thanks to George.


Franklin Twp. - Our old friend N. W. Scott, who always takes a great interest in the farms, relates a visit to Michael Kane’s in Franklin, and in remarking upon Mr. Kane’s handsome herd of Holsteins describes his stables as “cleaner than the average kitchen.” Mr. Scott also tells us of making a purchase while there of a bushel of apples and says Mr. Kane’s bushel was so liberal that it was necessary to put the side boards on the measure.


Springville - School closed last week; the graduating class consisted of four young ladies, Misses Bernice Sheldon, Meta Greenwood, Irene Lake and Marian Lott.


News Briefs - Their principal prejudice against the split--log drag is that it is cheap, but as a road maker it has no equal on common dirt roads. The best dirt roads in Pennsylvania are those on which these drags are used after every rain. When each farmer owns, and uses a log drag after rain, instead of sitting in the barn door waiting for the fields to dry off, then will the question of better roads be solved. Drag, brothers, drag your roads carefully for at least a half an hour, after every shower. ALSO Declaring that his wife Mary beat him on the head with a poker when he remonstrated with her for espousing the cause of woman’s suffrage, James Rideout, of Chester, Pa., had her arrested. Rideout displayed a gash six inches long in his scalp.


April 26 (1912/2012)



Lanesboro - The postoffice was burglarized by a lone robber Sunday night, but only 94 cents secured. Postmaster T. J. Nicholson saw the burglar at work in the building and took a shot at him with a gun, firing through a store window. The burglar, in haste to get out, jumped through a window, taking glass and sash. The postmaster blazed away again and the robber dropped and when Nicholson ran up the marauder again bolted. Bloody tracks were found, but whether from the shot or caused by broken glass is unknown. The injured man has not been located.


East Lynn, Springville Twp. - The pupils who will receive perfect attendance certificates from County Supt. Stearns, this year, are Emma Brown and Alwildah Travis.


Rush - The birthday of our oldest resident, Abraham Carter, occurred on Friday last. Mr. Carter, although 95, still goes about with a firm step.


West Bridgewater - Quite a number from this place attended the horning at Lewis Hawley’s for Arthur Bolles and Bride, of Hallstead.


Thompson - Henry B. Bredison, Edison Co. photographer, is at L. J. Wrighter’s preparing to photograph their maple sugar camp in detailed operation, to be used for moving pictures.


New Albany/Forest Lake - The death of James E. Patch occurred April 11, 1912, at New Albany, Pa. He was born at Forest Lake, on Sept. 29, 1820 and was married to Miss Susan Steiger of Forest Lake. In 1870 he moved to Evergreen, where he was postmaster for a number of years. For 70 years he was a member of the Baptist church. In his earlier life he was a bridge builder and carpenter for the New York and Erie railroad when that road was being built from New York to Binghamton. Mr. Patch was a member of the Montrose I.O.O.F. Lodge for a great many years.


West Lenox - On Thursday morning while Harley Tingley was handling a gun that he thought wasn’t loaded, it went off and the bullet struck his mother in the knee. As yet they have been unable to locate the ball. Her daughter, Mrs. Leo McDonald, of Endicott, is caring for her.


New Milford - The Lackawanna surveyors are all back again, also some of the contractors have leased houses for a period of three years and have moved their families here. The outlook at present is very bright for the L. & M. change from Heart Lake to this place being commenced in the near future. ALSO Samuel Moss died Saturday night after an illness of a few weeks. He had been in the mercantile business in this town for a period of 35 or 40 years and was one of the town’s most esteemed citizens.


Heart Lake - Newell Harrison, born Aug. 5, 1841, died here April 13, 1912. When the war broke out in 1861 he was one of the first to respond to the call for troops. He entered the State service at West Chester and was mustered into the U.S. service July 18, 1861. He fought at Bull Run, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mills, White Oak Swamp, Antietam, Fredericksburg and the Wilderness. Was captured and confined in Andersonville Prison eleven months. His last illness was the outcome of injuries received during his faithful service and the brutal treatment dealt out to our Boys in Blue while in the foul place of dread disease and untimely death. He was a member of Four Brothers Post, No. 453, of Montrose, having officiated as deputy inspector. A tender, loving husband and father, a loyal friend and kind neighbor has gone from our midst, and will be greatly missed.


Forest City - The work on the county bridge, which was suspended last fall when the cold weather came on, was resumed last week. It will be but a short time now until we have adequate connection with the farming districts of Wayne county, lying east and north--east of us.


Montrose - J. C. VanCampen, a former well--known resident, has returned to Montrose, opening an undertaking and upholstering business on Church street, in the Kraiss stand. Mr. VanCampen has had 15 years experience in the business in both city and towns. He and Mrs. VanCampen are heartily welcomed here by hosts of old friends. ALSO Montrose friends of the family learn with sincere regret that Mr. A. W. Kent, an architect in Buffalo, N.Y., lost his life on the ill-fated Titanic. Mr. Kent was a son of the late Mrs. Harriet Kent, who purchased the beautiful estate on Lake Avenue, of Artist James D. Smillie, where she made her summer home for many years. ALSO A follow-up from last week’s report that the Rev. Dr. J. Stuart Holden, a former speaker at the Montrose Bible Conference, was on the Titanic proved to be false. He had cancelled his passage because of the illness of his wife.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The young men who are committing those pranks around the school and church should be brought to account. ALSO We cannot expect much good weather until after the old maid’s excursion to Washington, about June 1st.


West Auburn - The people of this place are highly interested in the subject of road improvement and are doing all they can to promote it in general, which is of course a very good motive. But they are shamefully neglecting and overlooking the subject of education, which is in much greater want of improvement.


Clifford - Ord Morgan has rented the Grimes Miller farm for another year. He has not bought the Geo. Stephens property, as given by your Royal correspondent two or three weeks ago. Also, John Wilson has not sold his place and moved to Buffalo, as related by the same authority.


News Briefs - The town of Crossfork, Potter Co., will soon be obliterated off the map and the old lumbering town will only be a memory in the minds of those who visited it in the days when the sawmills and other industries were running full blast. The past week was the last for the only industry which has been keeping the town together for some time. ALSO Because no hearse in Washington, Pa., was big enough to accommodate the large coffin built for William P. Bane, the body of the tallest man who served in the Civil War was carried on a draped wagon. He was 7 ft. 4 in. tall and weighed 300 pounds. It was Bane whom Lincoln addressed at Gettysburg, saying: “Will that fellow please get down off the stump?”


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May 05 (1912/2012)



Heart Lake - The season at Heart Lake has opened and many new improvements have been made for the welfare of guests. A more extended notice will be given next week, by Proprietor Frank T. Mack. Arrangements are well under way for the big 4th of July celebration at the lake.


Brooklyn - The Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club held a very interesting shoot on their grounds Tuesday afternoon. J. M. Hawkins, of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., was present and demonstrated the high qualities of the arms and ammunition of the company which he represents by doing some very clever and difficult shooting with rifle, revolver and shot gun. More than 200 persons were present. Expert trap shooters from Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Nicholson and Montrose were present and made most excellent scores. Harry VanStorch, the genial proprietor of the Parker gun store of Scranton, was present and although severely handicapped by having the use of only one arm, ranked among the highest scorers of the day both in single and double events. ALSO Valedictorian of the Brooklyn H. S. is Stanley M. Williams and the salutatorian is Miss H. Louise Reynolds.


Elk Lake - John Ralston, of Montrose, is moving a barn for Mrs. M. F. Cadden.


Fairdale - Last Sunday a large congregation met together in the M. E. church to show their sympathy with the relatives of the victims of the recent disaster at sea. The church was draped for the occasion. A full choir sang suitable hymns, including “Nearer My God to Thee.” The pastor spoke on the subject “Lessons from the Titanic disaster,” basing his remarks on the text “God is Love,” showing that many of the so--called dark providences” are but the working of natural laws. If we disobey we must be prepared to accept the punishment.


Kingsley - Workmen are in town to move the large storehouse building owned by C. H. Stearns back from Main street to the completed concrete foundation for a livery barn, and also to move the blacksmith shop to a foundation adjoining, thus leaving the lot vacant for the erection in the near future of a temperance hotel.


Harford - Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Sophia accompanied their daughter, Louise, to Binghamton, where she took leave of them for Butte, Montana. There she will become queen of the heart and home of Frank Alexander, a former Harford boy. Hearty congratulations will follow the couple.


Clifford - Last Friday the town—en masse almost—wended their way to the new home of Hiram Rivenburg for a house-warming. Dainty refreshments—cake, pickles and lemonade—were served, and at a reasonable hour the self-invited guests wended their way home in the rain.


Jackson - Last Monday evening the friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Wheaton made them a surprise visit. After partaking of a bountiful luncheon served by the ladies, Rev. H. L. Renville, with a few well chosen remarks, presented Mr. Wheaton with a purse of $113.00 toward buying another horse to replace the one that died recently.


Dimock - The two small boys of Mr. Lewis, who live on the Dolan farm, can be seen daily making their way to the post office, bare footed on warm days, with their satchel in hand to get their mail from Wilkes--Barre, their former home. ALSO Ray Palmer has gone to Scranton where he will take lessons in learning to run an automobile.


Montrose - “Bill” Lorrimer, of the Horse Shoe cigar store, is the possessor of a calabash pipe which he has colored only through the art of smoking it. It has the admiration of salesmen who have made “bill” some tempting offers for his work of art. After such an acquaintance, said Bill, “to release this calabash would be somewhat too summarily for mine.” [This is exactly how it reads.]   ALSO A hound belonging to Leonard Corey was killed by an automobile, Friday. The day following a brother of the hound died from grief and mortification—supposedly.


Birchardville - O. F. McDonough came near meeting with a painful accident one day last week, while trying to stop the speed of a runaway gasoline engine, his head coming in contact with the exhaust. He escaped with a hole being blown through his cap.


Lenoxville - C. G. Stephens and D. W. Wright returned from Philadelphia last Saturday. Now if D. W. hears of a trout of record breaking dimensions anywhere within a radius of one hundred miles, he will go after him in a fine new automobile.


Uniondale - Hon. Philo Burritt, who is located in Fairfax county, VA., in a letter to a townsman, states that fruit trees are in blossom in that locality and that he had planted potatoes and had the corn ground ready. A portion of his farm is on the Bull Run battle field.


Forest City - Harry Estabrook, who opened and conducted the first moving picture playhouse here, several years ago, was in town this week calling on friends. It was in that part of the Bloxham building now occupied by Walker’s restaurant that Mr. Estabrook opened the Lyric theatre.


South Auburn - Leon Champluver’s house was burned to the ground Friday forenoon. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed that a defective chimney was the cause. The wind was blowing a gale so that little time was given to save the contents of the house, although they did succeed in saving a few things. They carried a small insurance, but the loss will be heavy. Much sympathy is expressed.


Forest Lake - The Warner school closed Friday with a pleasant entertainment given by the pupils, assisted by Mrs. A. C. Newton and Edith Horton, Miss Horton as organist and Mrs. Newton assisted in the singing. The teacher, Miss Cole, has given excellent satisfaction in her school work this term and is deserving of much praise.


St. Joseph - Aloysius G. O’Reilly, one of our leading and most respected citizens, died at his home April 29, aged 48 years. The deceased was one of a family of eight children, all of whom have preceded him to the grave, excepting one sister, Miss Mary O’Reilly, of St. Joseph. Four of his brothers were priests, well known throughout the state.


May 10 (1912/2012)



Royal, Clifford Twp. - Our base ball game last Saturday was a one sided affair, as the Carbondale team that was expected, failed to appear.


Brooklyn - Dr. F. B. Miller has a new Flanders automobile.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Some people think Flynn is a dull place and not much doing, but such is not the case as there was lots of things doing that the Democrat will not publish when the facts are given truthfully, only a little modified. It pays to be careful. ALSO Now let the young men that took the flagpole from the school grounds bring it back within a very few days or there will be more to it. If some of those boys parents knew the seriousness of this charge they would not take it so cool.


Hop Bottom - The Shakespeare Club presented Mrs. E. M. Tiffany with a handsome memorial volume of poems, a tribute to the memory of Mr. E. M. Tiffany, deceased. The volume is specially prized by Mrs. Tiffany, not alone for its beauty and literary worth, but for the fact that the volume is a compilation by the club members. The exquisite cover was the handiwork of Miss Lee, of Brooklyn. (Eva Lee was an artist).


Forest City - Dominick Scagello, aged about 21 years, is at Emergency hospital, Carbondale, with a bullet in his chest, near the heart, inflicted from a revolver in the hands of Anthony Pite or Betro, also of Forest City, who made his escape following the shooting. The shooting occurred about 5 o’clock last evening, on Delaware street, near the Clifford colliery. The two men were standing talking, when Pite (Betro) drew a revolver from his pocket and without warning or cause fired into Scagello’s chest. He then made his escape into the woods nearby. A large crowd of people joined in the chase after him, but were unable to locate him. Pite (Betro) is an Italian, aged about 25 years. He wore a light suit, light hat and tan shoes. The bullet has not been located and owing to the region it entered, its seriousness will not be known until after an X--ray is taken today.


Montrose - The electric light, which for many nights has hung over the entrance of the Fire Engine House, has been moved, thanks to Edward G. Foote, to the Lake Avenue corner of the Court House and thereby serving two excellent purposes, its original one and the lighting of the avenue at this point for pedestrians. Another such light in front of the school house would be as deeply appreciated by pedestrians despite the fact that it might impair and greatly discommode the trystings of Phyllis and Corydon. ALSO John Ralston reports several contracts this spring for the moving of buildings. Mr. Ralston knows how to handle them too, having had years of experience and is better equipped than ever, with a new outfit.


North Bridgewater - Dr. A. E. Hollister, who has returned from his course at the veterinary school the past year, is now prepared to receive calls. They had a phone installed in their home last week.


West Bridgewater - Quite a large crowd of young (and older) people turned out to the demonstration given in honor of the Green--Seely wedding here, the evening of May 1 and the morning of May 2. Twenty-five were present at the first organized “demonstration,” and a second bunch of 20 young people, from South Montrose, arrived later in the evening. But it was for a small band of militant suffragettes to capture the groom some time after midnight and escort him on an enforced moonlight walk, putting the finishing touch on the “chiveree.” The serenaders were all very properly provided with refreshments, which were enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. Green have been on a wedding journey to Philadelphia, Atlantic City and West Chester, Pa.


Lakeside - Mrs. A. L. Shay has moved back to the farm, but Mr. Shay will still follow railroading.


Uniondale - The air is resonant with the sound of the carpet whips and the query is when will my dinner be ready? ALSO Frank Westgate is preparing to move his house across the road onto the Davis lot.


South Harford - Wedding bells were ringing here last week when Flora Parmalee, of this town, and G. Manzer, of S. Gibson, were united in marriage.


Salt Springs, Franklin Twp. - James Calvin Wheaton’s death occurred at his home Sunday evening, May 5th. He was born in Franklin township, Oct. 10, 1844, and at the age of five years the family moved to the present home at Salt Springs. Mr. Wheaton received his early education at Wyoming Seminary, paying especial attention to surveying and civil engineering, which he practiced until the past few months. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Montrose for 45 years. In 1882 he received the nomination for the State legislature by the Democratic party. For the past 40 years he had been justice of the peace of Franklin township and also held the office of school director. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Howard Reynolds, of Factoryville, and Miss Julia Wheaton, of Pocatello, Idaho, and three sons, Philip, Arthur and Ezra, also one sister, Mrs. L. M. Kenyon of Montrose.


Friendsville - The death of Christopher O’Byrne, of Friendsville, is announced. He lived at Lakeside, near Camp Choconut, and is the father of Sister M. Rosina, whose book of poems, “Idylls of Lakeside,” have given such pleasure to Susquehanna County people.


Susquehanna - Joseph McMahon has gone west after another carload of horses. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. R. I. Westcott attended the “Red Window” at the Stone Opera House, Monday night.


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - We are glad to have Wm. J. Rodgers with us again. He came this spring from his far western home in Wyoming and is staying with his sister, Mrs. A. L. Martin. ALSO Last Saturday morning G. C. Hill caught ten bullheads from the lake and returned home in time to help with the milking.


Birchardville - Fred W. Dayton has had a fine flock of sheep killed by dogs.


May 17 (1912/2012)



Silver Lake - Rev. J. Townsend Russell and family and servants arrived at “Sheldoncroft” last week. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearsall and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pascall are occupying the corner house at “Sheldoncroft Farm” again this year.


Rush - John Reynolds shot and killed a black owl that measured four feet 6 in. from tip to tip.


New Milford - F. G. Inderlied is fixing a place in his block for a meat market to be used by the D. L. & W.


Bennett Corners, Auburn Twp. - Alfred Grow, of Auburn 4 Corners, was 72 years of age on May 8. About 50 gathered to help celebrate the occasion and were entertained royally and all enjoyed the excellent dinner. There were 18 grandchildren present. Among those present from a distance were Mrs. Bullock, of Tunkhannock and Mrs. Carrie Bagley, of Sayre.


Montrose - Atty. G. C. Comstock, daughter, Mary, and son, George, together with a nurse and maid, are expected to arrive here from New York today and will open the Comstock summer home for the season. Mrs. Comstock will come later in the month. Their house on Monument Square will be occupied this season by the Brown family, which was here two years ago. AND Miss Louise Jessup has opened her summer home on Monument Square for the season.


Heart Lake - Frank T. Mack, proprietor of Heart Lake Inn, has purchased a motor boat for the entertainment of his patrons.


Alford - The first steam shovel to work on the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna, in connection with the Clark’s Summit-Hallstead cut-off, was unloaded at Alford yesterday. Work will be started at once to dig away the mountain above the L & M track and the track will be located fifty feet further above, but on the same grade as at present. The wagon road will be re--located some 75 or 100 feet beyond its present location. An electric plant, valued at $50,000, is to be temporarily installed for drilling rock, furnishing light, and work will be pushed day and night and Sundays until completed. A large force of men is being gathered and the L & M track will be moved first to make room for the main line track, which is to be located on the lower side of the creek, towards Montrose. Alford is to remain the terminal of the L & M branch, the line not being changed to New Milford, as was once contemplated.


Forest Lake - The 20 horsepower traction engine purchased by the township for working roads has arrived and is in use. It is a powerful machine, coming from the International Harvester Co. and the supervisors of the township expect to make the roads of their township models for the rest of the county within the course of a few years. Scarcity of horses for road-working purposes caused the supervisors to make the purchase, many farmers disliking to have their teams do the hard work which is usually attended by a nerve-wracking, tissue destroying pull at the road-working machine. The cost of the engine is $1,500.


Springville - There has been quite a change in the faculty of the high school in this place. Prof. Tiffany did not apply for the principalship and a young man, who graduates from Mansfield, in June, is engaged for the position. Miss Wilson was reengaged, if she wishes the place, but rumor has it she may teach in California this year, where she goes on a trip. Miss Seeley, of the intermediate room did not apply, as she will teach near her home in Bridgewater. Her place was given to Miss Lena Lyman. The primary children are again taught by Miss Nettie Muzzy. Quite a sweeping change, but all hope matters will soon adjust themselves although, at first, it may seem odd to the children, as these teachers have been together here for several terms.


Franklin Forks - May Monroe & Frances Summers will sell ice cream in the Alliance Hall on Decoration day, and every Saturday evening through the summer.


Elk Lake - C. S. Lathrop has purchased a trio of Indian Runner ducks of an Iowa firm.


Lathrop Twp. - Grandma Sweet had a stroke and is not much better at this time.


Hop Bottom - People whose property will be taken by the railroad company in building the cut--off are wondering where they will live when it becomes necessary to vacate, there being no houses or barns for rent. Quite a large gang of workmen are quartered in shacks, built by contractors, about a mile above the village.


Clifford - A good congregation assembled in the Methodist church last Friday evening to listen to a report of the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union held last year. After a short entertainment by local talent, Mrs. Stanton gave a report of the meeting which was very instructive as well as entertaining. In the afternoon the young people met at the school house and Mrs. Stanton organized a Loyal Temperance Legion.


Herrick Center - Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Bowell gave a reception in honor of their son, Elmer, and his newly made wife, whose marriage occurred at Buffalo, NY, May 8.


South Harford - Mrs. Hull, who is 80 years old, walked to Harford recently. She is very smart and active for one of her age.


Flynn - For Sale: A good dairy farm of about 150 acres, well watered, situated in the township of Middletown. Close by church, graded school, stores, post office, creamery near by etc. About 35 acres of wood and good timber. Terms $500 down and $100 of principal with interest yearly until paid for. Write J. W. Flynn, 16 Eaton Pl., Binghamton, NY.


Lenoxville - A large number of unemployed men from near by cities have been drifting into this place for the past week, seeking work, which cannot be found.


News Brief - Employees of the Erie R.R. have been notified that hereafter smoking and chewing tobacco, while on duty, will not be permitted. The order points out that the habit is unsanitary and unpleasant to passengers.


May 24 (1912/2012)



Memorial Day Observances - Again, the 30th of May approaches; again, we are reminded of the sad duties we owe to our soldiers and sailors dead; again, with loyal hearts and tender bands we will endeavor to perform that duty in the most appropriate and fitting manner within our power, that of bedecking their graves with flowers, and by exercises expressive of our gratitude and love. And for this purpose other patriotic and civic orders and the citizens generally, are most kindly solicited to lend their aid in the observance of the day. The Sons and Daughters of Veterans, the Daughters of [the] American Revolution, the K of P Lodge, the Borough Council and each of the respective Fire Companies are requested to join in the exercises. In South Gibson services will be held in the M. E. Church at 11 a.m. The old soldiers will meet in a body and attend the service. In Brooklyn the soldiers will meet at the hall at 10:30 and proceed in carriages to the cemetery and place flags on the comrades’ graves. The Titman G.A.R. Post of Auburn will decorate soldiers’ graves and hold memorial services at Jersey Hill. Other services will continue throughout the day.


Alford - The whole map of Alford will be changed in the DL&W cut--off operations. The transformation was started last week when the first big steam shovel was unloaded on the Montrose branch, and preliminary lines of rails laid to be used in the immense amount of excavating in the hill west of the L&M tracks north of Alford. The residence of F. W. Sickler, the Alford creamery, the coal pockets and the DL&W tenant house, and other buildings will obliterated. The line of the new road runs back of the main street about half way up the hill and it is possible that an immense retaining wall will be built to save the buildings on the west side of the street, which includes J. M. Decker’s residence, Perry Sweet and Charles Tingley’s residences, etc. It is said that the railroad company would very much like to purchase all the properties on the west side of the street, so that they could either remove them or protect them with walls. The present DL&W turntable also comes out, and the tracks of the cut--off will pass almost directly over it, about 30 feet above. The operations will destroy the stone quarry of R. W. Sickler, of Alford, and it is understood that large damages will be asked.


Little Meadows (Barnumville) - The Jones Brothers have moved their portable saw mill from Prattville to Carmalt Lake, where they expect to work soon. ALSO S. H. Barnum lost a cow last week from a dislocation of the hip.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Miss Mamie Maloney, along with taking in the sites of New York, has taken a trip out to sea, where the Titanic sank. ALSO Any young man having a father or mother, sister or brother or sweetheart, whom he intends taking for a good time the coming summer, would do well to wait until the 15th of August, when the people of St. John’s church will hold a picnic for the benefit of their church where the daintiest of dainties will be served in abundance to suit those who may wish to be served and one jolly good time will be provided for all who attend.


Susquehanna - Hugh McTeehan, of Newark, N.J., was found cut in twain along the Erie tracks, Monday, but no one knows how the accident happened. He was a section hand.


Hop Bottom - Mark Smith, wife and daughter and S. W. Kellum and wife, of Scranton, arrived in town this afternoon in their big auto.


Lenoxville - We hear that Howard Stephens has gone to Nicholson to chauffeur for Dr. Decker. That boy seems to be a regular hustler.


Brooklyn - J. L. Kent recently exchanged his farm property in Brooklyn Twp. to Wm. H. Horton, of Forty Fort, for a house and lot in Forty Fort. Mr. Horton intends moving up here next spring. The deal was made through C. F. Watrous, Jr., of this place.


Montrose - Work began last Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for installing a new organ. The new organ will be placed in the front of the Church and the space where the old organ stands will be replaced with pews. With these alterations the vested choir will enter the church from the Chapel singing the processional and retire there from singing the recessional.


South Auburn - Fred Love, who was at White Haven, receiving treatment for a few days for tuberculosis, but returned home several weeks ago, has greatly improved since his return. He is continuing the treatment of the hospital and is rapidly gaining in health and weight.


Dimock - The old store building belonging to the Blakeslee estate has been purchased by Chas. Babcock, and moved to the hill nearly opposite the Baptist church.


Scranton - Aviator O. E. Williams, of Scranton, had a narrow escape from death while on a trial flight in his Curtiss monoplane near Forty--Fort Monday morning. Mr. Williams was about 30 ft. in the air and flying over a ploughed field, when the propeller snapped. The machine keeled over and dropped to the earth. The ploughed ground acted as a cushion, and Williams escaped uninjured. The machine was somewhat damaged. Mr. Williams’ work as an aviator has attracted considerable local notice and interest, as he is the husband of a former Montrose young woman, Inez Blessing. He has made over 100 flights since January. [Men, Wind and Courage: A Pioneer Aviation Story of O. E. Williams and His Associates is available at the Susquehanna County Historical Society, Montrose, PA. Written by Nancy Mess, formerly of Susquehanna, PA].


Heart Lake - “Como” the pet alligator brought from Lake Como, Fla., in February, by Frank T. Mack, as a result of the recent rainy spell, died at Heart Lake, Saturday.


Clifford - Many autos were in evidence on Sunday. But say, just wait till we get our State road.


South Gibson - Gomer Pritchard is agent for the book, “Story of the Titanic,” and has already sold a large number.


Forest City - Paul E. Fives of Forest City and Florence R. Hood, of Philadelphia, will marry in the near future.


May 31 (1912/2012)



Montrose - A hose race between the Montrose fire companies will take place tomorrow evening. A purse of $5 and a box of cigars will be presented to the winning company. The bell will be sounded between 7 and 8 o’clock, which will be the signal for the contesting companies to rush to the rooms and mosey down the pike to the corner of Union and South Main streets and lay a length of hose and turn a stream of water on. Judges will be stationed to give a proper decision, and the prizes will be awarded at Gardiner’s tobacco store after the contest. Mr. Gardiner hopes to have a number of these contests during the summer, but several members of No. 2 claim that after Rough & Ready have run a time or two they’ll be mild and—ready to quit.


Harford - We are sorry to see the band stand removed from our public square but as our boys are so scattered, it would not be likely to be used for its original purpose. ALSO The cannon and ball on the green have been painted and the carriage renovated. A new flag has been purchased which will float over the big gun on the green. ALSO Mr. Withers, one of our old “vets” is confined to his couch, but takes his sickness as he took the hardships that came to him in the war—uncomplainingly.


East Lynn, Springville Twp. - Dyer Taylor recently had a fine lighting system installed in his house and barn. It is so constructed that matches are absolutely unnecessary. ALSO In Springville, C. H. Lake is installing a modern bath room in his house, also putting in hot water.


Ararat - Mrs. Robert H. [Libbey] Shelley, aged 36 years, died at her home here, Saturday morning, May 18, 1912. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock, Rev. Father Eugene O’Boyle, of Susquehanna, officiating. Interment in Ararat cemetery. Besides her husband, Mrs. Shelley is survived by three children, Marion, age 9; Beatrice, age 7; and an infant, Libbey, who was born but a few hours previous to the sad death of the mother. Mrs. Shelley was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jones W. Walker.


Susquehanna - Rev. Harry A. Mooney, a son of Mrs. Mary Mooney, (organist at St. John’s church and formerly and for many years musical directress at the county teachers’ institutes), celebrated his first Mass in his native town at Susquehanna last Sunday morning. He was ordained Saturday in the cathedral in Buffalo, by Bishop Golton. Father Mooney is well known in Montrose, having spent his vacations for a number of seasons at the home of Mrs. Calby, on Maple street. He is a very fine young man, a writer of excellent verse and a host of friends in all denominations wish him well.


Kingsley - Henry Seamans had the misfortune to lose ten cows, registered stock, which were struck by lightning in the shower Friday afternoon.


Brooklyn - Work on the State road is completed and the contractors have shipped their tools and material away. When Brooklyn bonded the town in order that the county should get the benefit of State aid in building four and a half miles of good road, she ought to have had the short piece of road built that would connect the present State road with the station at Foster [Hop Bottom]. At present the road is worth but a fraction of what it would be if connection were made with the station.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Arthur C. Severance, postmaster and owner of a grocery store at Royal, near Crystal Lake, was run down and instantly killed at the Carbon street crossing of the Delaware & Hudson railroad in Scranton on Saturday night, when a passenger train struck and smashed to bits an automobile which Severance was driving. Severance was in the middle of the track when a passenger train going to Carbondale came along. Men called to him to jump, but he tried to back his car off the tracks. The pilot hit the auto, carried it 20 feet to one side and it struck the side of a house with a crash, then rolled into a ditch along the tracks. Severance was lifted from the debris to the sidewalk, where he breathed twice and expired. The auto was broken into bits and Severance was badly mangled. The body was removed to Cusick’s morgue and Sunday afternoon taken home to the widow, who was prostrated by the news of her husband’s awful death.


Forest City - Orlin Davis, a clerk in the Davis & Allen pharmacy, was badly burned about the head and face Friday afternoon, when a bottle of alcohol exploded in the prescription room of the store. When the alcohol blazed up, furnishings in the room caught fire. The damage to the store was slight. Davis was standing near an open bottle of alcohol and a can of kerosene oil and was lighting a match when the flame was attracted to the alcohol and then came the explosion.


South Gibson - Mrs. Will Owens has been assisting the town people with their house cleaning. She has a new vacuum cleaner.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The young ladies here are practicing playing ball, as they intend to give an exhibition game the day of our picnic, the 15th of August.


Thompson - We are glad to note that the department at Harrisburg has notified the Thompson school board that their application for a High School has been approved. The term will open Sept. 1, with Prof. H. C. Burleigh, of Mansfield, in charge.


New Milford - Elwin Decker’s son was badly poisoned in an effort to clean the nozzle of a spraying pump. In order to loosen it he placed the nozzle in his mouth to suck it out. It loosened suddenly and a large quantity of the poison, composed of Paris green and creolin, entered his mouth and he swallowed some of it. Dr. W. E. Parks was hastily summoned and administered the usual antidotes and soon had the young man out of danger.


Dimock - W. J. Cronk has purchased a fine road horse, which leaves the dust far behind. AND Emma Avery, of Springville, has a large class of music pupils here, to which she gives lessons every Saturday.


Fairdale - Next Sunday in the M. E. church at Fair Hill there will be Sunday school at 1 o’clock and divine service at 2 o’clock. The pastor will preach. Subject, “Lessons from Springtime,” or, “Good sowing means good reaping.” You are cordially invited to the service. Epworth League at 7:30 p.m.


June 07 (1912/2012)



South Gibson - The will of Jesse L. Holmes, leaving his estate of $100,000 to his niece, Ethel M. Resseguie, instead of his wife, was decided in favor of the niece by Judge R. B. Little. The will was contested by George R. Resseguie and with this decision it is probable that the losing side will carry the case to the Supreme Court, hoping to reverse the opinion. The will was executed Feb. 12, 1908.


Harford - Howard Seamans, age 8, attempting to capture pigeons, fell down a 26--foot silo at the home of his grandfather, Henry Seamans, at Middle Lake. Howard, when at the top of the silo, reached too far in attempting to catch a bird, and plunged headlong to the concrete floor 26 feet below. He was on his way to a Scranton hospital, on the noon train, when arriving near Hopbottom the boy’s condition was so critical that he was taken to Dr. Taylor’s home, where he died soon afterward.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna is talking very favorably of paving the streets of the town and the council is expected to further the project through State aid. ALSO Four Hoboes “tapped” an Erie train of 21 cars one night last week, near Susquehanna, throwing the goods they wanted from the moving train and then picking them up. One of the most prized prizes was a cask of good (?) Scotch whisky. They all climbed off when the cask rolled out the car door. The amount they imbibed to save the precious fluid from wasting proved their undoing. Two Binghamton detectives succeeded in securing the bunch without the aid of handcuffs.


Ararat - An ice cream social for the benefit of the Presbyterian church will be held at the home of Mrs. Mary Sartell, June 14.


Jackson - Tuesday, May 21, the remains of the late Alvin Griggs, of Oakland, were interred in the North Jackson cemetery. He was an old soldier and during the Rebellion served in Co. B, 17th Pa. Cavalry. He was the 49th soldier to find a final resting place in the beautiful cemetery.


Auburn Four Corners - The L. T. L.’s [Ladies’ Temperance League(?)]held a basket picnic on H. D. Ross’ lawn, May 24. Miss Vivienne Bushnell was crowned the temperance May Queen, it being her birthday.


Uniondale - Prof. A. P. Thomas, who has made his home in California for the past four years, returned to Uniondale last week. His many friends welcome him back.


Hallstead - Five Susquehanna County merchants were fined in United Sates Court, in Scranton on Friday, for shipping bob veal in violation of the laws.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Memorial Day was well observed here. Carbondale was well represented, about 40 eating dinner at our hotel. The ball game was played for all it was worth, Carbondale No. 1 team and Royal; Carbondale won. This is the first time the Royal team has been defeated this season. The game here last Saturday, with Dundaff, was a one sided affair. Royal made 32 runs and Dundaff 7.


Elk Lake - George Ridley has got his mill rigged and is sawing the lumber on his farm for the Summit Lumber Co.


Lathrop Twp. - Messrs. Lowell Smith and Lawrence Wells took in Ringling Bros. circus, in Scranton, Saturday.


East Kingsley - W. H. Wilmarth came near having a severe accident by having a tine of a manure fork run through his hand, but they treated it with turpentine and it is hoped it will not give him severe trouble.


East Lenox - Eldridge Snyder was in Montrose Wednesday morning. This gentleman is the proprietor of Round Lake farm, one of the handsomest places in northeastern Pennsylvania, famous for its shrubs, flowers, potted plants and green vegetables, which have a splendid market in several cities. We asked Mr. Snyder how the late season had affected matters at his greenery and he informs us that they never had so large a stock nor so many orders as this year.


Montrose - The work of improving and putting into playing condition the tennis court on South Main Street was started last Monday morning by the members of the South Main Street Tennis Court Club, under the direction of its President, Elliott LaG. Davies. The club regrets that in acting under orders it is unable to give any public expression of its gratitude for kindnesses gratuitously bestowed. In 1908 the court ground was covered with four inches of clay which was applied like mortar. Beneath the clay is a thick layer of ashes and beneath the ashes is old hard pan, which, when in condition, makes the fastest tennis court in Montrose.


News Brief - With the world watching, hoping that he might win, Wilbur Wright lost his gallant fight for life against typhoid fever. Not until his physicians uttered the final syllable of the last word did his loyal brother, constant companion, and sharer in his world triumphs, give up hope. The Wrights—they share equally in all their inventions—showed themselves to be of an inventive turn before they got out of knickerbockers. When mere lads they invented a wood lathe. Later they opened a printing office and built a machine to fold newspapers. Still later they built and repaired bicycles. They first turned serious attention to aeronautics in 1900, some years after Chanute and Lilienthal had begun their experiments. Wilbur Wright was ill and it was to provide some work of interest which would keep him out of doors that the experiments were really undertaken. The Wrights said little concerning their endeavors, but the word got around Dayton that they believed they could fly, and they were looked upon as harmless cranks. The first aeroplane, constructed largely out of bamboo, flew in a room as long as its power lasted and then settled to the floor. Those who saw the toy shrugged their shoulders. They said the machine could not be built which would take up a man. The Wrights thought differently and spent every dollar they could lay their hands on in experimenting. About the only person who had faith in them was their sister, Katherine.


June 14 (1912/2012)



Auburn Twp. - Wm. Magee, who went West three years ago and took up a claim at Kalispell, Montana, was killed while assisting to operate a steam plow, at North Cote, Minnesota, June 5, 1911 (12?). Mr. Magee was well known in Auburn Township, where he was reared. He is survived by a wife and six children.


Kingsley - Stearns Bros. are erecting a fine new hotel, which they hope to have ready for guests about August 1st. It will be a temperance house, having 40 rooms, we understand.          This hotel will have modern conveniences and will fill a long needed want for this town, and the fact that Stearns Bros. are the proprietors, is a guarantee that travelers may find entertainment there which will be satisfactory. This house has assurance of a good patronage for 2 or 3 years, through the activities incident to the cut--off operations on the D. L. & W. railroad. A competent couple has been engaged to take charge when it opens.


Lake View - The preachers of Susquehanna Co. held their annual picnic on the church grounds last Tuesday. There were about 30 who came. The Walters catered for them.


Fairdale - A tennis club has been started and if we are to judge by the enthusiasm with which the young people have taken the matter up, we are safe in predicting many enjoyable evenings for the young people during the summer months,.


Thompson - The Thompson boys played their first game of base ball last Saturday, when they crossed bats with Starrucca, who beat Thompson 17 to 14. Next Saturday they play with Como.


Uniondale - Hugh Williams has been making improvements in and around his store; gasoline lights and a new stone walk in front of the building.


Franklin Forks - Children’s Day at Franklin Hill was well attended and the children recited and sang lovely. Mrs. A. Fish, of Franklin Forks, had charge of the music.


Heart Lake - Heart Lake Inn opens this Sunday for the summer season. Preparations are made for a bigger season than ever before and this popular resort is fortunate in having such a fine hotel where you can go and spend a day and get a good meal.


Brooklyn - C. A. Roselle is now making regular trips to Montrose, coming Tuesday and Saturday, bringing inviting loads of green vegetables. Mr. Rozell’s operations are on an extensive scale, as he informs us that he has three and one--half acres in sweet corn; nearly an acre in peas, and has asparagus beds started covering a half acre of ground. The frosts damaged him about $300, he estimates.


Montrose - Charles E. Roberts has an argumentative new automobile adv. today, “Charley” says Ford--i--fy yourself—there will be 75,000 people who will do it this year.


Flynn - On Saturday afternoon J. E. Lane had 6 acres of corn planted by three young men, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., about 3 hours. That was going some and done a good job,


Hallstead - It is now several years since the good people of Hallstead and vicinity have had an opportunity to entertain any of the poor children of New York during the summer. But now another opportunity is to be given, by which it is hoped to give an outing of two weeks or more to a large number and let the people extend their charity in this direction. Miss Arden, of New York City, has been here for several days canvassing in the interest of the Tribune Fresh Air Fund, and is desirous of placing as many of these little ones in this section as possible. It is requested that all who will care for one or more children for a period of two weeks, beginning July 8th, will give their names to any of the local pastors as soon as possible, in order to obtain places for as many as possible.


Friendsville - This end of the Binghamton stage has changed drivers, Orrin Rounds having taken the place of Bird Corson.


Nicholson - The borough of Nicholson will have six teachers for the coming year. The principal will receive $1100 per year.


West Auburn - George Brotzman is very feeble. It is not thought that he will last many days.


Herrick Center - Wallace Dunn, the 10--year--old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dunn, met with a painful accident last Thursday. He was thrown from a horse which he was riding and received a blow on the face from the horse’s hoof. The jawbone was broken and nearly all the teeth in the upper jaw knocked out. Dr. Craft carefully set the jawbone and dressed the lacerations and the injuries, while not serious, are very painful.


Elkdale - Mr. and Mrs. James Stevens attended commencement exercises at Wyoming Seminary, where their daughter, Janette, is a member of the graduating class.


South Gibson - Photographer Roper, of Heart Lake, who has been located here for three weeks, has done a good business and the pictures have given good satisfaction. ALSO Peter Patterson, an old war veteran, has moved to Marathon, N.Y., where he has sisters residing.


Susquehanna - Our citizens were awakened early Sunday morning by the fire whistle. The fire was in the old Cascade House, one of the town’s landmarks. It was badly damaged and will not be rebuilt.


Foster (Hopbottom) - Measles have broken out in town, but thus far have been confined to one family, that of Mr. Hardy.


Forest City - Frank Janezie and Jennie Karley, John Roginsky and Josephine Rusczyk have applied for marriage licenses to marry in the near future.


News Brief - Thomas A. Edison has taken up the problem of harnessing the wind. His idea is to generate electricity thru means of a dynamo driven by a windmill and stored in his improved type of storage batteries, when it can be used as desired for lighting power or heating purposes.


June 21 (1912/2012)



Harford - The 51st anniversary of Co. H., 4th Penn’a Reserves, was held at the home of Capt. A. T. Sweet, in Harford, June 14, 1912. The four surviving comrades from Montrose, J. P. Gay, C. S. Gay, R. S. Searle and M. H. VanScoten; and C. A. Kenyon, of New Milford, were present. These are eight survivors of this company, all being present but two, John Anderson, of Nebraska, and W. K. Trippler, of Brooklyn, NY. Three adopted brothers of this company also survive, namely, Perry Sweet, of Alford; J. W. Adams and O. M. Doloway, of Brooklyn. Emma Shadduck Jewett was also present at the reunion. Since the last reunion, June 13, 1911, the following comrades have answered to the last roll call—John L. Smith, Johnson City, Tenn., Dec., 1911; George E. Woodruff, Montrose, Mar. 28, 1912; and George Brotzman, West Auburn, June 4, 1912. ALSO  The subject of the sermon Sunday evening in the Congregational church will be, “Liquor in Dry Territory.”


Montrose - “Myths and Legends of the Flowers,” by Skinner, “Astronomy in a Nutshell,” by Serviss, and “Color--Photography,” by Johnson, are three new books added to the public library, since the last report. ALSO   A “Tea House” opens tomorrow at the old Country Club house, under competent management. It is called “The Bluebird,” and auto parties and little parties of friends who wish dainty refreshments will be served at moderate prices.


Alford - J. M. Decker was a visitor in town on Monday. Mr. Decker is much interested ion the contemplated cut off of the Lackawanna railroad. The new line will run through about two miles of his land, and will also go directly through his residence property and his home itself. Mr. Decker claims damages to his property to the amount of $25,000, which the railroad company will not allow. It will probably be contested in the local courts before a settlement is reached.


St. Joseph - Miss Margaret Sweeney, a teacher in the Indian Government School at Carlisle, PA., is spending the summer with her sister, Miss Anastasia Sweeney, at their home—Indian Spring Farm, at St. Joseph, PA. ALSO   Thomas E. O’Connell, a New York policeman and formerly a resident of St. Joseph, died Monday, June 17, in the Holy Family Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, where he has been confined since Jan. 20 as a result of an heroic attempt to save a would--be suicide from the East River. O’Connell, who was considered one of the strongest swimmers on the New York police force, jumped into the East River to save a man who had attempted to drown himself. When the two came together a terrible struggle ensued. The unknown got O’Connell by the throat but he fought clear. The man was so strong and heavy, however, that O’Connell. who was fast losing his own strength, could do nothing. The man finally sank and O’Connell was rescued, revived and removed to the Flower Hospital in a serious condition. Here a complication of diseases set in and he lingered until Monday morning. The deceased was a son of James O’Connell, of St. Joseph, and was 27 years of age. Six brothers and one sister survive, namely, Michael, William, Matthew, Frank, James, Charles and Mary.


Gibson - Mrs. W. H. Estabrook entertained on her birthday her children—Hiland and wife, of Gibson; Wm. C. Tiffany and family of Harford; Mrs. B. M. Moore and daughter Nina, of Hopbottom; Mrs. George C. Pritchard and daughter Maxine, of Syracuse; Mr. & Mrs. George Justice, of Allentown. ALSO  Mrs. Henry Breese, of Canton, Bradford Co., and Mrs. Nettie Olin, of Thompson, are guests of their parents, Mr. & Mrs. S. J. Estabrook.


Auburn 4 Corners - An accident occurred last week which was nearly a parallel to the man who sat on a limb and sawed the limb between himself and the tree. G. W. Bunnell, while peeling bark, had occasion to fall a small birch tree across a ravine. The center of the tree remained about ten feet above the banks of the creek. Mr. Bunnell crawled out and chopped the tree near the center, and was much surprised when he fell to the bank below, striking in a sitting posture and then taking a headlong plunge into the creek, straining his side and otherwise injuring him. We hope for his speedy recovery.


Susquehanna - The Canawacta Water Co. will supply the Erie shops with water the first of the week while the latter company is making repairs.


Franklin Forks - Edward Conklin, 76 years old, went hunting and shot 8 woodchucks with 7 shots, and brought them to the house and dressed them for dinner.


Forest City - Jacob Kretchek, a former well known resident of this place, who acted as high constable for a time, and who has been spending the past year with Mrs. Kretchek in Lithuania, Russia, the land of their birth, is again on the high seas, on his way back to America. Mr. Kretcheck went to Russia for the benefit of his health and we understand is much improved. While sojourning in the land of the Czar, he kept in touch with Forest City affairs through the columns of the News, which he received weekly during the greater part of his stay.


Clifford - Oney T. Rounds, of this township, received notice from Highway Commissioner Bigelow of his appointment as a Highway Superintendent, under the new State Highway department. He will have jurisdiction of the state highways in Susquehanna and Wayne counties. Mr. Rounds has been a supervisor of Clifford township for several terms and is a practical road builder.


West Auburn - George Brotzman died on June 14, 1912, aged 81 years. He served in Co. A, 151st Pa. Volunteers, and was severely wounded at the Bttle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863. He re--enlisted March 18, 1864, in Co. H, 4th Pa. Reserves. He was a prisoner of war with Lee’s army at his surrender at Appomattox and was discharged May 31, 1865. He was a great sufferer from cardiac dropsy and was helpless for six months prior to his death. He leaves an invalid wife and three sons. His funeral was attended by three of his old comrades from Montrose—J. P. Gay, C. S. Gay and M. H. VanScoten, who were honorary pall bearers. Following a pact made between Mr. VanScoten and the deceased, twenty years ago, that the one surviving should pronounce a eulogy over the bier of the one fist summoned, Mr. VanScoten very eloquently discharged this obligation, paying an eloquent tribute to his dead comrade. Much sympathy is expressed for Mrs. Brotzman. She is in very poor health and a cripple, having broken her hip in the early spring, but it was not set on account of her advanced age, 87 years.


News Brief - Local automobilists are growling because they have to pay 17 ½ cents per gallon for gasoline at wholesale. They are not made any happier when the representative of the Atlantic Refining Co. comes around and tells them if the company could use the tank recently erected here they would deliver gasoline at 13 ½ cents.


June 28 (1912/2012)



Franklin Twp. - “Four Living Brothers, All in Two Greatest Battles of the Civil War.”  Aaron Stockholm enlisted in 1861 in the 44th NY.  He re-enlisted in 1864 and was discharged at the close of the war.  John Stockholm enlisted in 1862 in the 141st Pennsylvania and was discharged at the end of the war.  George Stockholm, youngest brother, enlisted in the 151st in 1862, for 9 months, and re-enlisted in the 1st NY Mounted Rifles in 1864 and served to the end of the war.  Jacob Palmer, a brother-in-law, enlisted in the same regiment and was also honorably discharged.  All four were present at two of the greatest battles, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.  Aaron was on Little Round Top, the second day at Gettysburg, as was John, George and Mr. Palmer. John and Jacob were at the now famous Peach Orchard, when they were driven back.  All the color guards were shot down and John, although wounded in the arm, ran back and brought both state flag and the stars and stripes.  Jacob was wounded at Mine Run, through the thigh, and pieces of bone came out for 20 years after, which made him a cripple ever since.  George was located at the old Theological Seminary and was in the First Army Corps that was engaged in battle the first day of July, was taken prisoner on the retreat through Gettysburg, and laid behind the Rebel lines during the rest of the battle, as the other troops did not come up until late that night and the next day.  He has a Rebel canteen that was given him in exchange for his, that was full of water.


East Rush - This quiet little hamlet was in tumult one day last week when the news was flashed over the wire that the 8 year old child of Judson Bell’s had been kidnapped from the home of C. L. Hughes.  No reason so far has been asked for now nor no record offered.  Detectives are in hopes to run down the guilty parties.


Kingsley - The M. E. Aid Society met with Mrs. Will Bennett last Thursday, 46 were present.  They sewed 21 lbs. of carpet rags, added to the treasury about $7 and had a royal good time.  Mrs. G. C. Finn photographed the crowd.


South Gibson - Leonard Hoal has purchased a new automobile of Ralph Tiffany, who is agent for the Buick make of machines. ALSO Philura Powers celebrated her 95th birthday June 14.  She is very active and retains all her faculties.  She has recently pieced a quilt for Mrs. George Stevens, to be forwarded to the State of Washington.  South Gibson has two others, Curtis Howell and Mrs. Sabra Carpenter, who are well in the nineties.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - We think Mrs. James Marbaker is the champion lemon raiser.  She has a lemon tree which has several lemons and also a blossom, and one that has ripened that is 12” around and 13 1/2”  in length.


West Auburn - We will all miss that grand old soldier, George Brotzman, who passed away June 14.


Montrose - The band rendered a fine concert from the porch of the Montrose House Saturday evening. ALSO  Rough and Ready’s Minstrels, which are scheduled to appear at Colonial Theatre on July 23d, are not only for a beneficial cause but to give to the dull routine of every day life a little laughter, a little music, and a little of that beautiful land of make-believe.  If we do this and send you away from the doors with a smile we will feel assured that our efforts have not been in vain.  Special permission was obtained to use some of the songs, music, etc., used last season in the New York Hippodrome. The first Minstrel Troupe appeared in 1843, five years before Rough & Ready was organized.  You old timers, come and see how minstrels have improved.


Uniondale - Jesse, the young son of James Burns, is suffering from a broken arm, the result of falling from overhead in a barn.


Elk Lake - Don’t meditate where you will spend the Fourth, but “put on your old gray bonnet with the blue ribbon on it and hitch old Dobbin to the shay,” and come to Elk Lake.


Heart Lake - This is our last chance to impress upon the people that the best balloon ascension ever seen in Susquehanna county will be seen here, July 4th.


South Montrose - The mail car on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley railroad took fire from the stove on the morning of the 15th and it was necessary to stop the train near here, get out the kit of emergency tools and chop a hole in the roof to extinguish it.  The car is an old one which is kept for use while the regular car is being repaired and the heating apparatus had no fire brick in it, which permitted the wood--work to become over--heated.


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - Miss Lydia Hill, assisted by Mrs. Asher Hill, gave a children’s party last Saturday afternoon.  The time was spent in games and in displaying their dolls.  All returned home happy after tea.


St. Joseph - The funeral of Thomas E. O’Connell, formerly of here and a New York policeman, was held Friday morning at 10 in St. Joseph’s Church, Rev. J. P. Dunn, of Friendsville officiated and preached the funeral sermon.  The pall bearers were Thomas O’Connell, Michael O’Connell, George Kane and James Healy, all patrolmen of New York, who were sent by the commissioner of police.  Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.


Susquehanna - James E. Paye was engaged in business in Montrose on Monday.  Mr. Paye is a pleasant man to meet, always refreshing and with some new thought and with such a strong individuality that to think of Susquehanna is to think of Mr. Paye.  And Mr. Paye will sell you a piano--while you wait. ALSO One hundred horses will be sold at auction here on Monday.


Great Bend - Demer Brothers, of this place, have recently employed a number of new glass cutters; business is booming here in this line.


Hopbottom - The ground is getting very dry, making the dust from the autos very disagreeable to property owners.


July 05 (1912/2012)



Springville - Springville boasts of an orchestra of a dozen members which is giving the residents of that town considerable pleasure along musical lines. It started about 6 months ago, and for the past 4 months it has been under the able direction of Dana Taylor, a musician capable of playing many of the most difficult instruments and a leader of pronounced ability. Rev. P. N. Taylor, the Methodist clergyman, who delights in promoting the organization, has given the use of the parsonage for a meeting place to practice. Members are: Dana Taylor, violin, trombone; G. A. Lathrop, Dyer Shoemaker, first violins; H. H. Gavitt, first cornet; Lee Compton, second cornet; Harold Ferguson, B--flat clarinet; Howard Thomas, Jerre Stephens, C--clarinets; Walter Spencer, violin cello; R. L. Avery, E--flat bass; Minot Riley, trombone; Ziba Shoemaker, pianist. [Dana Taylor was the father of Maurice Taylor, former director of the Montrose H. S. band and author of “Easy Steps to the Band,” and “Easy Steps to the Orchestra”] still used by students throughout the United States.


Great Bend - The supervisors of Great Bend township have been notified that a suit has been started against them by Earl Tiffany, one of the proprietors of the excelsior factory, in the sum of $500. We understand that the supervisors will contest the claim. Tiffany claims that while coming to Hallstead with a load of excelsior, last winter, his wagon went over the bank where the highway was unprotected, no guard rail having been erected at that point. Tiffany claims to have received injuries at this time which have caused much suffering, and that one horse was badly injured.


Silver Lake Twp. - An interesting but somewhat one--sided contest was played on the Laurel Lake diamond the first of the week when the aggregation from Richmond Hill defeated the Lake team by the score of 10--4. “Wild Bill” Furey, the promising young southpaw, was in excellent form and his control was faultless; at times the Lake boys were helpless before him. Mark Lannon, the second part of the battery, played a fine game behind the bat. The other members of the team all played well, and “swung the willow” vigorously. The Laurel Lake team used two pitchers, but with little effect on the victors. Their part of the game was lacking in anything sensational. The new uniforms recently purchased by Richmond Hill were worn for the first time at this game, making a snappy appearance.


Harford - Fresh Air children are to be entertained in Harford by the following: Mrs. Cullings, two girls; Mrs. A. E. Turrell, two girls; Mrs. Ira Chamberlain, two girls; Harry Chamberlain, one boy; Mrs. Hollis B. Bailey, two girls; Mrs. A. R. Grant, two girls; Mrs. E. M. Watson, one girl.


Montrose - Our attention was called to the fact that the other night, after dusk, one of the oldest residents of the town was nearly run down by an automobile without lights. This aged man was crossing the street, slowly making his way alone, when the machine, with a couple of occupants, hove into view unexpectedly. Only quick work on the part of the startled driver of the car saved the pedestrian from probable death. There is yet too much reckless driving of cars on the streets of the town, and especially when automobilists are out after nightfall with unlighted lamps. And it is not necessary to kick up a cloud of dust by fast driving to impress pedestrians on the sidewalks, or friends sitting on porches or lawns. Go slow, it is safer, pleasanter, wiser. Better for the driver and the machine. Even 20 miles an hour on our roads is too fast; fifteen is better.


New Milford - Dewitt Vail is so progressive that he can stand 8 or more feet in the air, and bring down the news, having erected a bulletin board on the corner, opposite the post office. Now it is up to farmers and their wives to patronize his family theatre so he may fully equip his wireless office to get the weather reports for them. ALSO: Miss Rachel Brundage is the owner of a handsome Cadillac, five--passenger touring car, purchased of George McConnell, the local agent.


Thompson - A horse driven by William Weir, a prominent Thompson farmer, and attached to a carriage containing the Weir family, Mrs. Weir and daughter, Helen, while passing the cemetery Sunday, became frightened at a passing train and ran away, throwing the family out. Weir was thrown over the fence and landed on a tombstone, fracturing his skull. Mrs. Weir fell on one of the iron pickets, inflicting a deep gash in her thigh that required twenty stitches to close it up. The girl, Helen, also landed on a picket, having her arm badly cut.


Nicholson - About 70 men are at work getting things in shape to begin building the large concrete bridge here, which will be the largest in the world. It will take several weeks yet before things will be ready to start on the job. A hospital has been erected for the treatment of the sick and injured workmen and a physician will be in charge of it.


Towanda - Charged with using the mails to defraud, Mrs. Roles, Miss Tracy Johnson, John Wolfe and Mrs. Michael Johnson, all relatives of the famous Bigler and Chas. Johnson, who were hanged at Towanda years ago for murder, were arrested for further hearing, which will be held next week. A soap firm is the complaining company, the allegation having been made that the company has lost $1000 through the swindle said to have been originated by those now under arrest. It is claimed that since the early part of 1909, the Soap Co. has been filling orders for soap sent them by soap clubs formed in and around Towanda, but when payment was not made investigation showed that fictitious names had been used.


Forest City - The Forest City Realty Co. has started the erection of four houses on their plot of lots here. They expect to build more later in the season. ALSO The Roosevelt sentiment will not [die] down in this vicinity. People here about still consider “Teddy’s hot in the ring.”


Franklin Forks - Fred Southworth killed a rattlesnake on his farm, 4 ft and 9 inches long, last week.


Clifford - Fourth of July celebrations were thick hereabouts. Dinner and celebration at Dundaff, baseball and ice cream at Royal and ice cream at the hall here. That ought to be sane enough.


News Brief - The indications are that berry pickers will have their troubles with snakes this year. The fine rains in the early spring and summer have put a productive outlook on the berry bushes, but the same conditions that make for berries have been conducive for the snake families to remain on the high ground, where the berries grow, instead of taking to the valleys as is usually the case in dry summers. There were no forest fires this summer, a fact which means a 25 per cent increase in the snakes, for every year heretofore the extensive fires have burned many reptiles. Rattlers and copperheads are especially plentiful, so trout fishermen report, for they have come across many a big fellow in the mountain paths.


July 12 (1912/2012)



Susquehanna - John Pulaski, a member of the Canavan Island Gang, who frequently has been in Binghamton to visit his brother, “Pete” Pulaski, a worker in Endicott, and known to the police courts of this city, lies dead and the authorities are searching for Frank Granger, a brother knight of the road, who is suspected of having fired the shot that brought Pulaski low. Back of the murder lies the sinister shadow of Canavan Island, the resort which has given forth mystery after mystery for the police of a dozen cities to untangle. Pulaski, it is said, for three days was at the Island, and is well known among the residents here. Granger may be hiding near here, according to Chief McMahon of Susquehanna, but the local police have not been notified, for the reason that he had ample time to get away before they fastened upon him as being the cause of Pulaski’s death. The shooting happened on July 4th, in the bar--room of the Canawacta House on Front street, at about 11:30 o’clock. Granger had been celebrating outside with his revolver and carried it in the bar--room, in which were Pulaski, his chum, Mike Mooney, and fully a dozen others. In the celebration that followed here Pulaski was shot and Granger is said to have left soon after. Pulaski was taken to the hospital, where he died. All the others in the party had disappeared by the time the police arrived.


Heart Lake - The Fourth of July celebration here was a rip--roaring success, with a big crowd of people and everything went off “as advertised.” The boats, merry-go-round, the innumerable ice cream, candy, “hot dogs” and souvenir stands, presided over by bright young men and winsome lassies, all attracted their share of attention. The two balloon ascensions, with parachute drops, were the finest ever seen in Susquehanna County and the proprietor, F. T. Mack, is to be congratulated upon the day’s festivities.


Nicholson - One of the editors of the “Democrat” was in Nicholson to attend a shoot of the gun club there and met John Phillip Sousa, also attending the shoot. He learned that the great bandmaster’s name was originally John Phillip So, but an admirer, realizing that his surname was a decidedly unpretentious affair, and seeing an opportunity for a most significant suffix (Mr. Sousa being director of the U. S. Military Band), proposed adding the initials U.S.A., and John Phillip So then became John Phillip So--u--s--a.


Montrose - A meeting will be held at the Library building, Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock, July 18. All members of the Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of Veterans and Kings Daughters, are earnestly invited to be present and take action in regard to the improvement of our cemetery.


Uniondale - The L. A. S. of the M. E. Church served a chicken dinner in Todd’s Grove, on July 4th, to about 200 people. Proceeds, $65.80.


Brooklyn - Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Uptegrove have sold their farm. They have bought a building lot of J. J. Austin, on Maple St., and will have a new house erected during the next ninety days. F. M. Whitman has the contract.


Lenoxville - About daybreak, Sunday morning, the 30th ult., the phones of the quiet little hamlet of Lenoxville, aroused the sleepers to the fact that a bold robbery had been attempted in their midst. B. E. Clarkson, our respected blacksmith and wagon maker, after a fatiguing day in the shop, had accompanied R. J. Robinson to Clifford and returning late dropped down upon a rustic couch, in a small unfinished room, made by enclosing one end of the porch of their fine residence, without disrobing, and as it appears had almost instantly fallen asleep, which continued uninterrupted until about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, when something aroused him and discovered that someone was in the room and trying to get a hand in his trousers pocket. Burt at once cut loose from the shoulder and hit something, then instantly springing to his feet, grappled with the intruder, both landing outside on the floor of the porch, with Burt on top. Thinking that he may have mistaken a friend for an intruder, Burt backed away, but the intruder came back and let drive at him, which Burt dodged and his blow landed on the side of the house. This convinced Burt that he had made no mistake in his first estimate of the man, and at once dealt him an upper cut with his left, landing in the ribs, following it with a right to the fellows left jaw, taking him over the railing, and he fled toward the woods. A mask made out of a ladies’ black cotton hose, with blood inside, was found along with a few other objects. The fellow was well--built, about 160 weight, with a mustache.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - A. E. Rodney is our tonsorial artist over F. S. Greenwood’s store, having recently bought the good--will and fixtures of Grant Button.


Thompson - We celebrated a “safe and sane” 4th here. Two games of base ball--Thompson against Oakland, Score 6 to 5, in the morning, and 9 to 2 in the afternoon, both in favor of Thompson. Two grand speeches in the afternoon by J. D. Miller and Rev. Gillespie. Sandwiches, pie, cake and ice cream, lemonade, etc. were served on the grounds to a goodly number of people. Fireworks and a dance in the evening.


Rush - Dr. Fry has purchased a new auto. We expect to see (or hear) him “cutting the corners” from now on.


Forest City - P. T. Cheevers recently received a patent on a metal and wood railroad tie, which he believes will revolutionize the present method of construction. At present railroad ties are universally made of wood and one of the greatest sources of expense in maintenance is the replacing of ties which rot out in a comparatively short time. In the past metal ties have been tried but without success, as they have not the necessary elasticity. Mr. Cheevers employs both metal and wood in a method calculated to retain the best features of each. The body of the tie is a cross section of T shaped metal, and at either end is a box like arrangement to hold a wooden block to which the rail is spiked, thus insuring the necessary flexibility. The community would like to see the invention become popular and Mr. Cheevers land on the sunny side of Easy street.


News Brief - Good Roads Proverbs: If you want to know if good roads are a good thing, ask a horse. Good roads promote prosperity; bad roads provoke profanity. Good roads will decrease profanity, discouragement, back taxes, sheriff sales, sour--grapes and grouches. Good roads will keep people in the country and will bring the city folks out for fresh air. Did you ever hear this? “The roads were so bad that the only way he could get to town was by telephone.


July 19 (1912/2012)



Montrose - Samuel Smith, a well known colored man of this place, died early Wednesday morning on the porch of Dr. F. S. Birchard, where he had gone to secure medical aid. He was subject to heart trouble and being a taken with an attack during the night and attempted to reach the doctor’s office alone. His cries of pain awakened a many along the street, and reaching the doctor’s office he rang the bell and toppled over on the porch. Dr. Birchard hurriedly came to his aid, but he was then beyond mortal aid. the body was prepared for burial in Undertaker Van Campens’s rooms nearby and later removed to the home of his wife and daughter on Chenango street. Deceased was about 60 year’s old and besides his wife he is survived by two daughter’s, Mabel and Rose and a son, Archibald. His brother, Rev. Geo. Smith, of Cortland, N. Y., attended. The funeral was held from the A.M.E. church.


Hallstead - Millard F. Decker, one of the most highly respected residents of this town, and for many years a popular conductor on the Lackawanna Railroad, died July 13, 1912, at the age of 58 years. He is survived by his wife and one son, Grant, of Binghamton. Two brothers, John and Elias and one sister, Mrs. Rice, all of Hallstead, also survive. Interment in Rose Hill cemetery


Susquehanna - Thomas Ahern was one of six young men who were ordained into the Catholic priesthood in the cathedral in Scranton. Thomas was born in Susquehanna and his parents are both deceased. Very Rev. P. F. Bodrick, his sponsor, had been his pastor for many years. Father Ahern graduated from Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna, Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. and St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, N. Y., and is an accomplished pianist. On Sunday morning last, before a large congregation of friends and well wishes in St. John’s church, Father Ahern officiated at his first Mass.


Franklin Forks - Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Wheaton and son, Joseph, have been spending a few days with Mr. Wheaton’s mother here. From the good shade of tan required, we judge that the change of work from the banking house to the hayfield was beneficial to Arthur.


Hopbottom - Andrew Reynolds has accepted a fine position as a night watchman at Glenwood Switch at $60 per month.


Ainey - A small band of gypsies camped for one night near the Shoemaker farm, but moved out early in the morning.


Brooklyn - A camping party, chaperoned by Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ely, is spending the week at Ely Lake.


Clifford - A drama, “A Country Doctor,” will be played in Finn’s Hall, Saturday night of this week. there is enough fun in this play to make you feel good for awhile.


Dimock - Emma Avery, of Springville, was here Saturday giving music lessons to her many pupils.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - The Fourth of July dance, at Hotel Royal, was a grand affair. About 70 couples were present. They made way with the 20 gallons of ice cream and a large amount of cake which the Royal baseball team furnished for the lawn festival that evening and could not use it on account of rain.


Ararat Summit - The hail storm which swept over this vicinity Tuesday afternoon did considerable damage to gardens and crops and was so severe as to break several window panes at the Brooks School house and also at Mrs. Bushnell’s. During the storm a team of horses belonging to Amos Avery was killed by lightening. Although the rain was greatly needed and every one anxious to see it come, it will be remembered by those who have to suffer such loss.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - One of Middletown’s young ladies offered herself as door prize at the picnic to be held on August 15. And as the young ladies of Middletown are noted to be the most beautiful in Northern Pennsylvania, this in itself should be a good drawing card.


Harford - We understand that the poormasters and a physician put in a day and evening over a patient the other day, whom they found along the roadside, prostrated, seemingly near the portals of death, when lo and behold, the patient, after their painstaking care, awoke and walked away--a well man. It is said that an automobile party passing the patient earlier in the day, in the road below Harford, offered their “good cheer” to him in large quantities and that his powers to assimilate we’re inadequate to a big thirst, incident to a very warm day. The experience cost the poormasters seven or eight dollars and their patient did not as much as give them a “thank you” for their solicitude and nursing.


Great Bend - There will be a special election, August 6th, to vote on the proposition of bonding the town for $5000 to pave Main street. The borough has $2000 in the treasury, no indebtedness and the State will pay a good portion of the cost of the improvement. If voted on favorably, as expected, work will start in August.


New Milford - The exhibition of a male rattler, four ft. Long with 12 rattles, at Walker’s hotel, created quite an excitement. He was found in the hay that the men were pitching on the load, Monday.


Liberty Twp. - Mr & Mrs. Ed Southworth were through this place delivering the books on the “Titanic.”


Forest City - The town council has ordered a number of property owners to lay sidewalks. Walking will soon be good here. ALSO If some-body would shoot some of those dogs that make the nights wakeful, etc., we would all join in singing the doxology--thank you.


News Brief - Victory in the 5th Olympiad goes to the United States. The point scores for all sports, including shooting, swimming, lawn tennis, football, etc., gave the U. S. a score of 128 over their nearest competitor, Great Britain, at 102. Great Britain’s score includes points won by Austria, Canada and South Africa. The U.S. scored 82 in track and field games. James Thorpe, of Carlisle Indian School, was first in the decathlon.


July 26 (1912/2012)



New Milford - Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Carpenter, and daughter, Olivia Carpenter, and Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Carpenter, of Hallstead, have just returned from a motor trip through Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Canada, Lake Ontario, Dansville and Elmira. The trip was made in H. B. Carpenter’s new Ford automobile, and covered over 800 miles.


Meshoppen - Skinwaw, a full blooded Indian living near Salamanca, N. Y. is spending a few days in this vicinity, visiting the scenes of his childhood. He was born at Meshoppen some 25 years ago. Many of our older readers will recall his father, who gained considerable fame as an Indian doctor.


Camp Choconut, Friendsville - Levi Wells, of Kentucky, aged 55 years, a colored cook at Camp Choconut, died July 24, from acute bronchitis. Dr. E. L. Handrick was the attending physician. The deceased was unmarried. F. W. Hart, undertaker of this place, yesterday prepared the body for burial.


Forest City - Horsemen are interested in establishing a driving park here. A committee has been appointed to see about selecting a site, which will probably be located on the flat south of Farrell’s Hotel, if the project materializes. ALSO Patrick McAvoy, aged 93 years, Forest City’s oldest resident, died July 15, 1912, having attained his 93d year the day previous. He had been about the house on his birthday and was in apparently good health. He was born in Ireland July 14th 1819. Three sons and four daughters survive, his wife having died at Herrick six years ago.


West Auburn - The West Auburn Creamery Co. has been doing an unusually large butter business the past season, due to the fact that another skimming station was opened at Neath. This takes the milk from the section surrounding Potterville and South Warren. The butter fat is taken to the central creamery at LeRaysville, of which B. L. Taylor is manager, and there made into butter. During the height of the season about 1,000 pounds was made daily—the product of about eleven tons of milk.


Montrose - Like other borough ordinances, the one which prohibits riding bicycles or other vehicles on the sidewalks of Montrose is constantly violated. Only recently a most serious accident was prevented by prompt action of a man who took the brunt of a collision to save a woman from injury. We have an excellent Chief of Police. He cannot prevent lawlessness, but he can arrest those who ride bicycles on the sidewalk and thereby endanger life and limb of pedestrians. ALSO After 14 years of debt, the Rough & Ready Fire Co. No. 1 paid off their chemical engine, the original cost being $1000.


Susquehanna - Mrs. H. F. Dolan has been arrested by Deputy U. S. Marshall Hugh Evans, of Scranton, charged with violating the postal statutes. She is charged with having used the mail to injure the character of a well known Susquehanna married woman and two of her young lady friends. A hearing was given Mrs. Dolan before U. S. Commissioner W. A. Skinner, and she pleaded not guilty and emphatically denied all the charges.


Fairdale - Dr. R. A. Torrey and son, Reuben, L. H. Griffis and H. M. Cole were here on Sunday, where they attended the morning church services and heard a sermon by the Rev. James Lawson. Reuben Torrey favored the congregation with a solo.


Lakeview - The Hall and Lamb Reunion will be held Aug. 14 at the home of S. E. and J. C. Morse. All friends and their families are cordially invited to attend.


Springville - The Springville Giants played Camp Pokanoket, of Lake Carey. The latter is composed of some high class players and the game proved to be the best ever witnessed in Springville. The fans were kept guessing throughout the grueling contest, which ended with the score being 8--5 in favor of Springville.


Forest Lake - We hardly realize what a little village we are getting at the lakeside. There are eleven cottages—some new ones and many improvements in and around others. Among those now occupying cottages are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Whipple, Mr. and Mrs. Hathaway and Miss Grace Tibbetts, Mr. and Mrs. Dyer, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor, Mr. Bradshaw, Mrs. Caleb Bush, Miss Nash, Mr. Safford, Mr. and Miss Lee, with a whole lot of their friends who fish and gain health for the work that is to come later. The Stone reunion is planned for Saturday.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Thomas McGavin had a bee last Tuesday to raise the new barn he is building.


Lawsville, Liberty Twp. - Thomas Mahoney wears a smile—a 10--pound grandson, Thomas Mahoney, Jr.


Glenwood - We wish some people in this town would lay down their great burden of sins. We know they would feel better and happier. The writer has been accused of firing some hot shots at certain individuals. We are not guilty. We have none but the kindest regards for every citizen of this town and community. Put us to the test and we will prove it. Don’t pick out an item against certain propositions and harbor them as a direct slur at you. Don’t accuse us of being personal. We have got enough sins to answer for that are true. We want to be a benefit to every one in this vicinity, if possible. Don’t go to carrying imaginary burdens. It is energy wasted.


News Briefs - A new design will be used on 5 cent pieces in the near future. The present one doesn’t coincide with the Treasury Department’s conception of art, and will be changed entirely. Sec. McVeagh has decided to replace the Goddess of Liberty on the face of the nickel, with a buffalo. The reverse side of the new coin will contain the head of an Indian. ALSO: Postmaster General Hitchcock has issued an order to all postmasters that will affect flirtatious people and those using the mail for clandestine purposes. For some time the general delivery window of postoffices has been used by young people to carry on correspondence with people their parents might object to, the mail not being delivered in the usual way but called for at the general delivery window. Under Hitchcock’s new regulation, postmasters may require all persons to furnish in writing their names and addresses and statements of their reasons for preferring to receive their mail at the general delivery. Minors may also be required to furnish the names of their parents, in order that they may be notified and have an opportunity to control the delivery of mail to their children.


August 02 (1912/2012)



Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Elmer Bailey, who has been in poor health for some time, went to Binghamton last week for medical treatment. Monday his friends and neighbors gathered at his home with their mowing machines, teams, wagons, etc., and assisted in finishing his haying.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The few Taft republicans who were here have taken to the brush and it is almost impossible to find one.


Brooklyn - Geo H. Terry is getting the right of way for laying gas pipes for a town plant. ALSO Tracy V. Stephens left Sunday for Nebraska, where he has a position.


Lenoxville - We are fortunate in securing the services of Miss Ruth Jeffers as teacher for the coming term.


Dimock - Thomas Dolan has purchased the trotting horse “Skeeter” from James P. Collins, of Mehoopany, the latter having bought a Ford car.


Montrose - Judge R. B. Little directed the hotel keepers of Montrose to close their bars at 11 o’clock each night and keep them closed until 5 o’clock in the morning. Also to keep their houses clear of loungers of known intemperate habits. The bowling alley and shooting gallery conducted in the Tarbell House basement was ordered closed, which was done the same day. The judge’s order is a good one and will benefit all parties concerned, including the hotel men.


Lake Mont Rose, Bridgewater Twp. - The Consumers’ Water Co. is about to construct a new gate in the dam which holds back the water of the small pond just below Lake Mont Rose. The work of removing the old gate was done on Wednesday afternoon by G. W. Rutan and Neal Chesley, who secured five eels, two suckers and a large pickerel, when the water drained off. Two of the eels weighed five pounds each and the suckers between two and three pounds each.


Hallstead - B. B. Handrick says that the Montrose Republican has been in the Handrick family as a constant weekly visitor for about 75 years. He states that he can remember when it was delivered on horseback, before the days of the stagecoach and locomotive. ALSO: Arthur Tallon was drowned in the Susquehanna River, Saturday afternoon, while learning to swim. It is believed that he was taken with cramps or suffered a sudden attack of acute indigestion. Accompanied by George Nichols, who was to act as his instructor, Tallon went to the vicinity of the old stone piers marking the place where the old railroad bridge crossed from Hallstead to Great Bend some years ago. The men were splashing about in the water, when Tallon suddenly sank from sight. Nichols dove for him, along with others on the river bank, and his body was taken from the water about five minutes later. A physician was called but could not resuscitate him. Tallon was 28 years old and is survived by his wife and two children.


New Milford - F. W. Dean held up Lackawanna railroad employees one day last week with a shotgun, while the latter were planning to commence grading for the new cut--off over his land. He looked so business--like that they withdrew and a preliminary injunction was issued by the court on application of the railroad’s attorneys, restraining him from using a gun to retain possession of his land. On Saturday quite a large number of residents of that vicinity gathered at the hearing before Judge Little, where it was argued that the railroad had a special title to the land, a private indemnity bond having been given by the railroad to Mr. Dean. It was shown, however, that Mr. Dean had refused the bond, returning it with a written refusal to C. M. Shelp, the company agent. E. W. Safford, counsel for Mr. Dean, moved for dissolution of the injunction, and the court decided that as the bond had not been accepted the injunction would not be continued.


Springville - At a meeting of the Ladies’ Aid on Friday last, the pastor, Rev. Taylor, gave notice of his intended marriage, in the near future, to Miss Bessie Cogswell, one of the many fair ones of Lynn, and tonight there is to be a real variety shower, whatever that means, tendered them, at the home of the bride to be. Everybody’s doing it.


Lynn, Springville Twp.& Bridgewater Twp. - Lemuel H. Bushnell, of Lynn, and nephew R. M. Bushnell of Auburn, were guests during the week of the former’s niece, Mrs. Girton M. Darrow. Lemuel is 85 years of age and was born in Bridgewater, near where he has been visiting. His father, David Bushnell, erected the house at the foot of Bank Hill (Bank St.), now occupied by M. G. Parmentier, the year that Mr. Bushnell was born. One of the men employed in its erection was the late Horace Brewster, who was then a carpenter’s apprentice. Tradition relates that Mr. Bushnell intended using the house for a hotel, but becoming converted at a revival during the process of its erection, refused to make a licensed house of it and occupied it as a dwelling.


Elk Lake - Miss Juliet Arnold and Mr. Hirschberg, of New York city, are the guests of Richard Arnold. The latter is the champion fisherman of Elk Lake, having captured a channel catfish which weighed two pounds, the largest one of the species ever landed here.


Elkdale - John L. Jones is suffering from a badly sprained arm. While returning from Clifford, Saturday night, part of the harness broke and his team ran away, throwing him from the wagon.


Uniondale - Mrs. E. Burns has picked over 2000 quarts of cherries from her orchard of less than an acre. The amount realized after expenses were paid was over $100. And yet some people say that fruit culture does not pay.


News Brief - As a result of protests against the attempt of railroads in the country to charge excess baggage rates on pieces exceeding 45 inches in height, the Interstate Commerce commission has decided to allow the former schedule of rates to continue until Nov. 1.


August 09 (1912/2012)



Four Tragic Accidents Involving Children - ARARAT: Fred Howell, 8--year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Howell, was found in a pasture Thursday morning with a gash six inches long across his forehead, where a horse had kicked him. The outer table of the skull was crushed in, exposing the brain. Dr. Craft, of Herrick, and Dr. Garrison, of Jackson, attended him. The boy had been sent to the pasture to bring in the horse and was absent about two hours before an older brother, Russell, aged 15, found him sitting near a fence holding his head. The little fellow was able to say that he had been there “about half an hour” but that was all before he lapsed into unconsciousness. Several messages were sent to doctors and Harkness Cochrane drove over to Herrick, four miles, and got Dr. Craft, who was out working in his hayfield and could not be reached by phone. Death ended Fred’s sufferings Saturday night. He did not regain consciousness. AUBURN: The entire community was saddened when hearing the news that Lee Grant Benscoter, age 4, fell from a wagon with fatal results. The happy little fellow was riding on a load of manure which was being drawn on a heavy wagon, and in passing over a rough place the wagon jolted and the boy fell to the ground. The wagon passed over him and he died in a short time from internal injuries. ELK LAKE: Just as we were writing a few lines last evening, speaking of the many fatalities in which young boys have lost their lives came the distressing information that Bruce Harrington, age 14, son of Capt. J. C. Harrington, of Montrose, had accidentally shot himself while camping at the lake with a number of his young friends. Leon Chesley and Bruce had been using a small rifle in target work just a few moments before the accident. Mr. Chesley, having to leave for a short time, admonished the young man not to touch the rifle until he came back, but it seems that he, Bruce, took up the arm and went through some maneuvers; bringing the butt of the gun to the ground, it exploded and as the rifle was a small one, it brought the muzzle in line with his right side. He simply exclaimed, “I am shot,” and expired in a few moments. The news was wired to Montrose and his father, while rushing to the scene at high speed, overturned his automobile and it was only by the sheerest good fortune that he was not severely injured. The boys went into camp last Friday, and their outing had been particularly pleasant, without an accident to mar the pleasure, till this awful accident. FOREST CITY: Bruce, the 7--year old son of Contractor E. A. Bloxham, had his life crushed out beneath a pile of lumber last week while watching a game of ball near his father’s lumber yards. He with another boy, John Zaller, who also sustained a broken leg, was sitting beside a pile of timber on top of which several children were playing. It is supposed the running of the children on the pile, which was 6 x 4 plank, toppled it over. One of the heavy timbers fractured the boy’s skull, killing him instantly.


Birchardville - Rev. Dr. Chas. Tracey, President of Anatolia College, at Marsovan, Turkey, who has been visiting relatives at Athens and Birchardville, called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Brewster while enroute. It was at this college, where the Rev. Riggs Brewster, formerly of Montrose, was a teacher during his three years in Turkey.


Susquehanna - Frank Granger, who killed John Pulaski on the night of July 3rd, was captured in that place on Saturday and the same evening was brought to Montrose and placed in jail. Both men were members of the Canavan Island gang, which is made up of roughs and hoboes that occupy this island near Susquehanna, and they were celebrating together the night before the Fourth. Granger claimed he had no intention of killing his friend and his story is generally believed. He first drew a toy pistol, which he pointed at his friend as they stood with others before the bar of a Susquehanna hotel. “I’m not afraid of that,” remarked Pulaski. “Well, maybe you are of this,” answered Granger with drunken bravado as he pulled forth a revolver. Supposing it was unloaded he pulled the trigger, there was a report, and Pulaski dropped to the floor. Granger assisted him to his feet, and after doing what he could for him, later disappeared. Returning to Susquehanna he was arrested and the last grand jury indicted him for involuntary manslaughter.


Silver Lake - Miss Mary Hawley, who resided in Montrose for several years, has been received into the Order of the Immaculate Heart, at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, in Scranton. She was accompanied by Mrs. T. L. Dolan, of Montrose, and Mrs. Dr. Dolan of Scranton, who witnessed the profession.


Montrose - D. V. Gardiner has had a fine electric sign placed in front of is cigar store and pool room. This is the first sign of its kind to be erected in Montrose, “Dave’s” accustomed enterprise in inaugurating the use of this popular city form of advertising, causing considerable favorable comment.


Great Bend - John Cameron Smith and Genevieve Spaulding leave this week for Memphis, Tenn. to join their parents, where they will make their future home.


Heart Lake - Misses Blanche Smith and Helen Bayless and Guy Bayless are camping with a party from New Milford at VanCott’s cottage at Upper Lake. The party is chaperoned by Miss Frances Carter.


Springville - Next Sunday morning a representative of the Anti-Saloon League will hold the service in the M. E. church, and will be at Lynn in the afternoon and Dimock in the evening.


West Auburn - Messrs Lay and Walpole, of Owego, are hard at work repairing the county bridge at this place. They are replacing the plank flooring with concrete, which will make a great deal less noise when teams pass over. They are also adding a fine foot bridge for pedestrians.


News Briefs - James A. Hubbard, of Factoryville, through his attorney, Geo. W. Maxey, has begun suit to revolver $15,000 damages from the Tobyhanna Creek Ice Co. He alleges that while he was loading ice into the ice house a trestle gave way precipitating him and a heavy cake of ice to the ground. His right leg was badly broken and crushed. It is now two inches shorter than the left, he says, and is shaped like a rainbow. If it hadn’t been for the accident, he opines, it is possible that he might have married a woman with a world of money, but the rainbow leg puts that prospect out of business. ALSO: The State automobile division, which is in charge of the registration of automobiles, will order 75,000 license tags for the year 1913, an increase of $15,000 over the present year. The color adopted for 1913 is olive green with white letters and figures.