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September 13 1902

September 13 (1902/2002)


Lawton, Rush Twp. - The third game of a series was played on Haire's Flat Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Warren Centre [baseball] club, reinforced by two men from Rome, came up to do, but they didn't, as the Lawton boys had on their skirts and won the game easily by a score of 26 to 5. Curran twirled the ball in fine style, striking out twenty of their heavy batters (supposed to be). Robert Carey (Auburn) caught Christie's curves in artistic style. Smith, of our local team, covered shortstop satisfactorily. "Dick" O'Connor umpired the game and his fair decisions were appreciated by all concerned. A large number of people witnessed the game. Thus far Lawton has not received a defeat.


Forest Lake - The 9th annual reunion of Co. H., 143d Reg. Pennsylvania Volunteers will be held at the house of Asa Warner, in Forest Lake, Sept. 24th, 1902. All members of Co. H., and honorary members-with their wives, or widows of members, or of honorary members are cordially invited. [Some of the battles they participated in were Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness and Spottsylvania].


Montrose - The new telephone line from Brooklyn was connected with the Bell Central in Montrose, yesterday. It will later connect Hopbottom, Kingsley and Lindaville. AND The funeral of the late Mrs. Betsey Smith was held on Sunday afternoon last from Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, where for many years she had been a faithful attendant. Nearly everyone in our midst had a personal acquaintance with "Aunt Betsey." She was kind and obliging to all, and to her children, especially, was a deeply devoted mother. Her husband, William, a former local preacher in this place, has been dead several years. Rev. I.B. Walters, pastor of the church, conducted the service and delivered the sermon. A son, Rev. Chas. Smith, also made a few touching remarks. The interment was made in Montrose cemetery, and the following acted as pallbearers; Three sons, Charles, Will and George; Archie Smith, a grandson; Joseph Dodge, a son-in-law; and Chester Reed. The following children survive: Rev. C.A. Smith, Oneida, N.Y.; Rev. Geo. C. Smith, Towanda, Pa.; William and Samuel, Montrose; Mrs. Maria Dodge, Scranton; Mrs. May Mason, Utica, N.Y.; Miss Jennie Smith, Auburn, N.Y., and Mrs. Anna Battles, Montrose. Deceased was about 87 years of age. [Betsey's husband, William, escaped from slavery in 1842. Both William and Betsey were born in Maryland. Their son, Charles, was a member of the famous Black 54th Regiment, Massachusetts, during the Civil War.]


Glenwood - Sunday, August 31st, Hon. Galusha A. Grow celebrated his 80th birthday anniversary. Mr. Grow is as young looking as he was 20 years ago, but for his whitened hair, and his health is of the best. Every Republican and every "good" Democrat honor and respect the greatest of our county's noble men, and every word uttered by him is known to be sound and true. Straight as an arrow, alert of eye and quick of step, he makes a striking figure; one who all may look upon with feelings of pride and especially by Republicans, to whom he has ever proved true and faithful. He ranks as a statesman with Clay, Webster and Calhoun, and we might say, outranks them in many respects. Mr. Grow has announced his intention of retiring from his country's service, and with his many years of faithful duty, every one of which may be looked back upon with feelings of satisfaction, it is but just that he should take a respite from active work, but his sound judgment and far seeing eye cannot help being missed in national affairs. It is hoped by many that Mr. Grow would write a book dealing with the political events which have taken place during the long period he has served the Republic and such being the case, it is safe to say that it would prove interesting as his ability as a writer is equal to that of his speaking. [Galusha Grow was elected to Congress in 1851, where he was the youngest member at the age of 26. He kept his seat until the fall of 1862, having been elected Speaker of the House in July 1861. It was in this period that he authored the Homestead Act and had the satisfaction, after ten years of arduous labors, of seeing the bill signed into law by President Lincoln, May 30, 1862] Galusha A. Grow died March 31, 1907].


Susquehanna - A number of Susquehanna veterans and their wives will attend the grand encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, at Washington, D.C.


Forest City - Night after night, almost every night, crowds of boys can be seen loafing about the different corners along Main street until long after the hour they should be at home, if not in bed. They are getting a liberal education in the most approved forms of profanity and a choice store of obscene stories. Most of them are already inveterate tobacco users and a good sized number think it "smart" to be able to drink a glass of beer "like a man." They are in a first rate school for turning out loafers and louts, if not drunkards and dead beats. Meanwhile there are a few boys around town who are putting in several hours of each night at their books who go to bed early and are laying foundations for future success, which will be attributed by the shiftless fellows to be luck.


[Forest City News]


Brooklyn - A visit to the great orchard of E.S. Eldridge disclosed what is perhaps the greatest apple crop ever produced in Susquehanna county. Nine hundred trees are there bending under their great loads of fine fruit. It is estimated that from ten to twelve hundred barrels of fine Baldwins, Greenings and Kings will be picked in September.


Lakeview - L.D. Hall offers $25 for information leading to conviction of parties robbing his cemetery lot of plants and flowers.


Auburn Corners - School opened on the 1st with Miss Hardic, of Fairdale, as teacher.


Jackson - Mr. Verman [Vernon] Slocum is placing hot and cold-water bath-room & c. in his late purchased residence, known as the Jotham Pickering place.


Hopbottom - Can. Stone, a model hotel keeper (his wife ditto by the looks of the table) caught a pickerel in Loomis Lake that weighed 6 pounds - 4 1/2 pounds after it was dressed. Can is the fellow who can tell a true fish story. He has the head in a glass jar so anyone can see it. By the looks of the head it must have looked like a monster.


Heart Lake - Griffing's Cider and Jelly Mill will start Sept. 22nd. Sweet apples make best jelly and should be clean and well matured. Customers supplied with boiled cider. Also a process for making sparkling champagne, cider and clarified sweet cider. Warranted to keep sweet throughout the year. Customers from a distance can have their goods same day.

September 19 1902

September 19 (1902/2002)



Montrose - The trustees of the A.M.E. Zion church are having electric lights put in the church and are painting and having window shades hung. They are asking the aid of the good citizens in this work. They wish to raise $150 and have authorized Rev. Dawson Edwards to solicit this aid. William Spence, Chairman; Chas. VanRansallar, Acting Sec.; Hamilton Young; Rev. Dawson Edwards; I.B. Walters, Pastor. AND There are over 40 dressmakers in Montrose Boro.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna has one of the finest public libraries in this section of the State-and it doesn't cost Carnegie a red cent. The membership is the largest in its history, 185. AND The season in Hogan Opera House will open on Saturday evening by the presentation of "The Middleman." Manager Doherty will take charge of the House for another year.


Lawsville - The annual reunion of the Hill family was held at the home of G.W. Meeker. The Hill family is noted for their musical talent and many brought their instruments and joined the Lawsville band in producing fine music. Lydia Rogers recited an address of welcome. There were 67 present. F. VanHouten photographed the group.


Rush - Edward Hoag of Birchardville, has taken charge of the wheelwright department in Hickok's blacksmith shop.


North Jackson - Miss Nora Hill, daughter of Dr. T.C. Hill, of Lake View, and Miss Ida Larrabee, daughter of Geo. Larrabee of North Jackson, are enrolled as students at Wyoming Seminary. AND Dr. Clayton Washburn, a son of C.D. Washburn, Esq., of Lake View, and a graduate of the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, has located in Susquehanna for the practice of his profession.


Dimock - J.M. Crisman can now be seen daily driving to the milk station as in times past; may he live a to a good old age is the wish of the writer. AND H.D. Johnson drives a fine surry.


South Auburn - Dana Winans is employed in the iron works at Johnstown. Mrs. Winans is staying with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Place.


Forest City - Henry Box was awarded the contract for the erection of Mr. Joseph's new brick building on the corner of Main and Depot streets. The contract price is $4,350. AND T. C. Manzer was removed to Dr. Wheeler's private hospital at Carbondale, and his leg was operated on by Dr. Reed Burns, assisted by Drs. Wheeler and Knapp. His many friends will be pleased to learn the operation was successful.


Lawton - The people who went down to Lawton, Wednesday of last week, to see Judge Pennypacker, Republican candidate for governor, didn't see him. He was not there. AND The fair held on the park the 10th was successful. There being about 120 people. The day was enlivened by ball games, foot races and music by the Sylvara [Silvara] band. There was a goodly exhibit of agricultural and domestic articles. Altogether, the fair was a success and we hope for a repetition next year.


New Milford - G.H. Edwards and wife have removed from Clarks Summit to New Milford and will engage in the bakery and restaurant business in the building formerly occupied by Mr. Fancher. AND At the ball game in New Milford, Thursday of last week, with Montrose, there was a slight misunderstanding over the way the Montrose players, it is alleged, were interfered with, and a "mix-up" occurred, in which there were some good natured love-taps given and received, and a few black eyes resulting, followed by one or two arrests.


South Montrose - Mr. & Mrs. Percy Balentine, of Scranton, are planning to occupy D.R. Lathrop's furnished residence on South Main St., while the big Balentine home on the Parke farm here, is being built. Mrs. Balentine was formerly Bessie Parke, of Montrose.


Glenwood - Our school teacher, Miss Mildred Nichols, is doing good work. The pupils all like her, but she is here for the benefit of the children.


Gibson - The ball game between Brushville and Gibson, which was to come off the 12th, at Gibson, has been postponed. The idea of charging ten cents admission to the ball grounds does not take well in Gibson.


Silver Lake - The wedding of Miss Jane Gillooly and John Kanane occurred at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10th, in St. Augustine's Church, Silver Lake. Father J.J. Lally officiated. Miss Mary Heavy, of Binghamton, was bridesmaid and Frank Kanane was best man. The bride wore blue silk and crepe with white appliqué and a white hat trimmed with chiffon and taffeta and white tips. The bridesmaid wore white organdie and black hat. Mr. and Mrs. Kanane will reside at King's Point, L.I. after a western trip.


News Briefs - It has been discovered that the grounds of coffee, after the liquid, are excellent to mix with the earth used in flowerpots. They keep the earth moist and facilitate blossoming. It is astonishing how many things are wasted for which, if we only knew, there is a valuable use. AND Susquehanna County Fair Notes: Mrs. C.E. Roberts received first premium on best bread made from Bissell's flour, Mrs. J.B. Sheen second. Best bread from J.C. Harrington's Crown flour, Mrs. J.B. Sheen; Annie Andre, second. Best bread from Snow's Gold Dust flour, Laura Shelp. Best bread from J.L. Quailey's Superlative flour, Mrs. M.E. Mahon. Best from Duluth Imperial flour offered by Lyons Company, Franklin Forks, Mrs. B.A. Oakley. The cattle classes were well filled. Some of the largest exhibitors in this class were L.B. Miller, Lathrop, Shorthorns; B.F. Jones, South Montrose and Banker Brothers, Upsonville, Devons; L.T. Birchard & Sons, Birchardville, and D.O. Turrell, Upsonville, fine exhibitions of thoroughbred Jerseys; Dr. J.F. Butterfield, South Montrose, had a large exhibition of Ayrshires. Holsteins were the largest class-55 head, being on exhibition. F.S. Wells, South Montrose, captured the larger part of the prizes in this class; also his stock took premiums for best herd of any breed. G.F. Decker, of South Montrose, A.E. Robinson and Patrick & Bennett, had fine specimens of this breed. The Ladies of St. Mary's Church served an excellent dinner to between 500 and 600 persons. It required 300 lbs. of beef to satisfy voracious appetites. AND Mules are being returned to the Lackawanna coal mines from Susquehanna Co. farms.

September 26 1902

September 26 (1902/2002)



Fairdale - Milton Roy and wife, B.A Risely and wife, and two children, Hattie and Arthur, attended the Lathrop-Snyder wedding, Sept. 10th. The presents were fine, especially the lamps, so if the kerosene barrel doesn't run dry they will always have light.


Uniondale - some midnight marauders entered the chicken house of Mrs. S.D. Carpenter and carried off a number of her fine chickens.


East Bridgewater - An old landmark has been removed-an old barn on the farm now owned by W.F. Gardner (formerly by David Bushnell), who built the barn over 80 years ago. For every pound of nails he gave a bushel of oats. AND John Carter is preparing to move his horse barn to a new location, more out of the wind.


Flynn - It is rumored that John Lane is an aspirant for office at our next town meeting. He will receive two votes for everyone he received one year ago. John has the boys on his side.


Ainey [Springville Twp.] - While at Foster for a load of apple barrels, Louis Johnson's team ran away, distributing apple barrels around town in a promiscuous manner and smashing up the wagon somewhat. No serious damage was done.


Glenwood - Help is scarce in this place and fifty men could find employment provided they like hard work and plenty of it. Wages are good and the pay is sure--$20 a month and board goes begging and no takers. Young man stick to the farm and be a trust in your own rights. The time is fast approaching when the old gray-headed farmers will leave the farm-for your benefit stick to it.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn has now excellent connections with the outside world. Mail is delivered three times each day and the completion of the telephone line to Montrose gives a direct connection with any point having Long Distance Bell phones. There is also a local line for the benefit of farmers out of the village and independent lines to Foster [Hop Bottom] and Lindaville and also one nearly completed to Kingsley.


Lynn - Remember, M.G. Welch, the people's boot and shoe black, is in Springville on Saturday of each week. Give him your patronage, as he is a good workman.


Thompson - G.F. Spencer of the Steam Heater Co. is putting in a number of bathroom apparatuses for different parties here.


Jackson - A farmer saw in a paper an advertisement of a fire escape for $2. He sent the amount and received a copy of the New Testament; he indignantly claims that he was swindled.


Susquehanna - The charity entertainment held in Hogan Opera House on Saturday evening was largely attended. Receipts $85.


Franklin Forks - Fred Knapp's cider mill is running now, and large loads of apples are going there.


South Montrose - Mr. and Mrs. Bert Conklin, of New Brunswick, N.J., after the burial of a twin daughter, spent a few days at the home of Mr. C's parents and returned to their home. When they started from here their remaining twin daughter seemed perfectly well, but was taken sick before they reached home at night, and died at 4 o'clock the next morning. Symptoms as of the first, dying of convulsions. Interment in South Montrose cemetery. The parents have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends and relatives here.


Great Bend - The spire on the Great Bend M.E. church is nearing completion and is a decided improvement on the old one.


Montrose - Many watched the placing of the large pole in front of the bank building last Wednesday morning by a gang of workmen employed by the new telegraph and telephone company, which is locating its exchange over the banking rooms. No better location could have been secured, it being near the vortex of business traffic and it will undoubtedly prove of great benefit to the town and community.


Gibson/New Milford - Hemlock timber has been cut on the Harding and Tingley tracts near Gibson this season, which will afford 1,000 tons of bark, which will go to the New Milford tannery. It is estimated that the trees will make 1,200,000 feet of lumber. Hotchkiss, of Windsor, will put up a steam mill and will manufacture the same, which it is believed will take about two years, counting the hardwood and all. The hemlock timber in Susquehanna county is soon to be a thing of the past.


Forest City - The 13th Regiment was called out on Tuesday [23d], and Co. G [Susquehanna County] being of that regiment our boys left on the 12:30 train that day for Scranton, after which they were ordered to Archbald, the scene of the disturbance between the non-union men and the strikers. The first outbreak and trouble at Forest City, in this county, was occasioned by the starting up of No. 2 colliery, by the Hillside Coal & Iron Co. The whistle blew Wed. morning, but few men other than those that have been working responded to the call for work, but there was no attempt at violence until evening when the non-union men started home. Some boys began calling a group of workmen "Scabs," and in a few minutes about 100 people had assembled. The non-union men stopped to reply to the jeerings of the crowd and in an instant pandemonium reigned. Stones were hurled and two of the workmen drew revolvers. A number of special policemen on hand attempted to restore order but with little effect. It was a riot such as Forest City people had never before witnessed, and do not care to witness again. Wed. evening the Burgess ordered all saloons closed, and also called a special meeting of the Council. Sheriff Maxey, fearing a more serious outbreak might occur at any time, held a conference with Gov. Stone, by phone, and the next day Co. E and F of the 13th Regiment arrived in town. At present perfect peace seems to prevail in Forest City.

October 03 1902

October 03 (1902/2002)



Susquehanna - On Friday night, four tramps entered the building occupied by the Erie airbrake inspectors in the West Susquehanna yards and took possession. The airbrake inspectors were out working and when they came in found the tramps asleep on the bunk. The tramps were told to move on. Failing to go, and after a lively disagreement, the police were called and they were placed in the borough jail. On Saturday they were arraigned and sent to county jail to serve a 20 days' sentence. AND Charles Graves, a New York artist, is making sketches for a series that he will call "Child Studies," and is using as models Susquehanna boys and girls.


Forest Lake - Our new stage driver, Mr. Winner, is well liked, and the harder it rains, the louder he whistles.


Montrose - Bruce Tyrell, a young man who has resided in this place for several years with his grandfather, A.J. Brewster, will leave in a short time for Toppenish, Yakima County, Washington, where he will clerk in a store on an Indian reservation; the store being under the supervision of his father, LeRoy M. Tyrell, a former merchant in this place. This location is in one of the most fertile regions of the Northwest, fruits of all kinds being successfully grown, and it will be no doubt a most desirable place in which to reside. Bruce has many friends in this place who will greatly regret his departure, but as he is a lover of athletic sports, hunting and fishing, his new home will probably prove most agreeable.


Harford - This is phenomenal year for fruit in Susquehanna county, especially apples. A recent visit to the fruit farm of George R. Ressiguie confirms this fact. His extensive apple orchards are bending under their loads of as fine fruit as one could wish to see, and containing several thousand bushels, will not only tax the owner's resources to secure before the freezing winds of the late autumn shall injure the crop, but also to get the fruit to market, as farm help is scarce. The loss of corn to the Susquehanna county farmer will be more than made up in cash received from fruit.


Lake View/Susquehanna - A strange fatality seems to have followed the family of the late Jacob Boldt, a German farmer, who a few years ago came from Scranton and purchased a little farm near Lake View, in Jackson Twp. The family consisted of himself and wife and adopted son. All seemed to be well with these hard toiling people until one fatal day the son, while raking hay, his horse ran away and he was thrown to the ground. A foot penetrated his skull, producing an injury that caused his death. Selling the farm, the bereaved father and mother removed to Susquehanna and in a few months the wife was taken with a fatal illness. In a short time she passed away. To complete the chain of fatalities, on Wednesday, of last week, Mr. Boldt, the only remaining member of the family, was killed by a D & H passenger train at Scranton. The funeral at Scranton closed the last act in a life drama at once tragic and only ending when the last victim had passed unto death, and that in a terrible manner.


Glenwood - Michael Cadden, a prosperous farmer, of this place, took a herd of young Jersey cattle to the Maitland Fair, which took first premium, also a crock of butter which took the premium and was made by Mrs. Cadden.


South Gibson - T.J. Manzer has just received a Heebner Superior leveltread power thresher and cleaner, built in Lanesdale, Pa; also one of their ensilage cutters, 16 in. cut, with 34 ft. elevator; it will cut and elevate 60 to 70 tons in 10 hours, with Earl Manzer as captain and his fine team on the tread. We timed one load and it was judged to be over one ton, was cut and elevated into the silo in less than 7 minutes and the knives were dull at that.


Lenoxville -The mysterious poisoning of two good horses belonging to Vernan White, a young farmer living near this place, has caused quite a sensation here. One morning several weeks ago Vernan went to the pasture to get his horse and found it tied to a stake and dying from the effect of poison the effect of poison administered by some unknown person or persons. This was a hard blow to the young man as he had but the one, and used it to haul his produce to Scranton market, and not only was it a hard blow, but a surprise as well, as he did not believe he had an enemy in the world who could even wish him such hard luck. One week ago last Saturday he purchased another horse and fearing harm would befall this one also, he took the precaution to lock it in the stable for the night. On going to the barn the next morning he found where some contemptible sneak had forced an entrance through a window and, after feeding the horse poison, in order to be sure and finish the dastardly work, had cut one of its fore legs so it would slowly bleed to death, and turned it loose in a field near the barn, where it would have access to water, which hastens the work of poison. There are many conjectures as to who could be the perpetrators of this heinous crime, but as yet their identity is not known. We hope, however, that the time is not far distant when they may be apprehended in their dirty work, and punished to the full extent of the law.


Rush - R.D. Wilcox has refitted his cider mill at the Mineral springs. He is ready to receive apples at any time.


Silvara [Bradford County] - O.D. Culver, while working in the field, saw what appeared to him like a cloud of smoke near his barn and sent his hired man to see if it was fire, but he found to his astonishment an immense swarm of flies. They extended down the street and over the hill to the Wilbur place. The swarm was so dense it was an annoyance to teamsters as they drove through. Mr. Culver said they could not do the milking until the flies had settled. On passing down the street the next morning the ground was literally covered with them.


News Briefs - Two soldiers were accidentally shot this morning [in Olyphant] while examining a revolver. Both are members of Company G, of Montrose. The men were in their tent when the shooting occurred. Private Rutan held a loaded revolver in his hand and was examining the weapon when it suddenly went off. The bullet passed through the third finger of his left hand and then struck Private Byron Hawley under the right eye where it became imbedded. Dr. Gunster extracted the bullet and dressed the injuries of both. The shooting was reported to Colonel Watres and as a result he immediately ordered all revolvers in the possession of privates taken up. All has been quiet since. AND A singular accident occurred at the Cortland county fair. A woman fainted on the Ferris wheel when at the highest point, about 30 ft. from the ground. Her false teeth fell out, striking a lady below in the face, cutting her nose open and inflicting an ugly gash in the cheek.

October 10 1902

October 10 (1902/2002)



East Rush - The 13th of September '02, being the 77th birthday of Jacob Cronk, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren assembled by invitation at his home in East Rush to celebrate the day with him. Although rainy, they began to assemble about 10 o'clock, and when the dinner hour arrived 40 were on hand to help take care of the bountiful dinner provided by Mr. Cronk and his good wife. Soon after dinner the clouds broke away and the sun came out bright, so that E. Smith could photograph the group. A few friends outside the family enjoyed the day with them.


Forest City - There are 881 pupils enrolled in the public schools. This is something like 200 more than the number enrolled in Towanda, the one borough larger than Forest City in this congressional district. AND John, the nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lawrence, stepped on a rusty nail. Nothing was thought of the matter until his limb began to swell and blood poisoning set in and he died of lockjaw, Friday of the following week. Johnny was an exceptionally bright boy and a great favorite among his playmates who gave him the cognomen of "Mark Hanna," by which he was probably best known.


Flynn [Middletown Twp.] - E. Whalen has erected a cider press and is converting apples into the best of cider. AND Messrs. Riley and McNerny are furnishing the wood for the schools. AND Misses O'Day and Kauffer, of Pittston, teachers of Triangle and Turkey Red schools, contemplate a visit home institute week, "but not to stay."


Auburn - B.E. Thornton, the Auburn stage driver, has a pair of lamps on his stage, so arranged as to make the night as light as day, so far as his ability to see the road ahead of his team is concerned.


Fairdale -The Fairdale Ball Club gave an oyster supper and hop at Imon Very's, Saturday evening. A very enjoyable time is reported. Burt Horton furnished music. AND Thursday evening last, while Mrs. Claude Downer was sorting beans, the lamp she was using fell of the shelf and broke, the oil taking fire; she tried to put out the fire, but failing in that she ran to the barn to call her husband, but before they got back to the house the fire was bursting out of the windows and soon the house, with all its contents, except a few chairs and some canned fruit, was consumed.


Little Meadows - The Ladies Aid Society of the M.E. Church will hold an old time spelling school, to be in charge of Prof. A.C. Lowe at the church parlors, Wed. Eve. Oct. 15. A Chicken Pie Supper will also be served.


Montrose - A recent number of the Kansas City World contains an article under the heading "A Coming Man," relative to Harry McMillan, of Ottawa, Kansas, a native of Susquehanna county, and at one time a student in the Montrose Schools. He was some time ago, elected state senator from his district, on the Democratic ticket, and is prominent in political and business circles. He is a nephew of A.N. Bullard, of Montrose.


Binghamton/Friendsville - In Binghamton, Oct. 6th, in the hospital contagious ward, Miss Nellie McDonald, of diphtheria, aged 20 years. Her two sisters are sick there now. Her mother, Catherine McDonald, died in the same place of same disease just a week before. The family formerly lived at Friendsville, where Mrs. McDonald was for many years the organist of St. Francis Xavier's church.


Susquehanna - The Erie railroad has just sent to the "scrap heap" six locomotives, none of which was less than 30 years old. One of the six, No. 79, was the road hoodoo, having been in more accidents and killed more persons in its life than any other locomotive on the system. AND The first boy to be arrested in the borough for truancy was placed in the lockup here, yesterday. There will be more if some lads don't show up regularly at school.


New Milford - Considerable excitement was occasioned on Friday by two prisoners in charge of State Detective Hooker jumping from the car window of train 3, a short distance below town. The officer gave chase as soon as the train could be stopped and succeeded in recapturing one of them. The other was not caught until evening, when he foolishly, for himself, walked into town. They were taken to the Elmira reformatory.


East Lenox - Recently, Robert Lewis, lost four very fine cows. The flooring directly under the animals gave away, and the cows were suspended in mid air, they being unable to release themselves on account of their inability to loosen their horns from the stanchions.


Springville - A horse belonging to William Mulligan, ran away last Friday while he was driving down the Meshoppen creek road below Parkvale. Mulligan was partially thrown out and got wedged in between the wheel and cart in such a manner that the wheel would not turn, and was dragged nearly a mile. Dr. Pickard attended him and although in a rather serious condition, succeeded in bringing about his recovery.


Lathrop - A grand parlor entertainment will be held at the home of Elmer Johnson, in Lathrop, on Saturday evening, Oct. 11. A rich program consisting of vocal and instrumental music will be rendered. Also, light refreshments will be served. Bill 25 cents a couple; proceeds for benefit of the church. All invited.


News Briefs - The entire State militia is now in the coal regions and an extra effort will be made to stop rioting and see if the mines can be started up. The entire division of the guard has only been called out once for duty on account of a strike since the great railroad riots of 1877. That was during the Homestead riots in 1892. At that time two brigades were placed on duty at Homestead and one, the First, at Mount Gretna, to await orders. The cost to the State of this tour of duty will probably exceed $1,000,000. How long the troops will be kept in the field depends entirely on the situation in the coal regions. AND Horses rarely live to a greater age than thirty, and are not generally very serviceable for speed or hard work more than half that long. Custer's horse, which was the only thing to escape when the Indians massacred Custer and his soldiers on the Little Big Horn, lived to the age of 45. AND A weather prophet named David Mansides, of Bristol, predicts seventeen snow storms this coming winter, the heaviest fall to be between February 4th and 10th. The winter is to be long and severe.

October 17 1902

October 17 (1902/2002)



Rush - Take heed, all ye fair maids and mistresses, brave youths and gentlemen! On Friday evening, Oct. 31st, at Jack-'o-lantern light, will gather in the lower room of Trinity church, those spirits of the air which are wont thus to gather on All Hallow E'en. All people are asked to come and join their revels, but lest some spell be cast upon you, maids and mistresses bring in your hand this charm:--A box wrapped in a paper of color brown, and in this box 2 pieces of pumpkin or apple pie, 2 fair-cheeked apples, 2 slices of bread and butter, 2 pieces of plain cake and nuts for two, and youths and men carry in your pockets some pieces of silver that ye may not be spirited away. Once more we say thee, come! Signed-"Witches of the Night."


New Milford - An extra freight train running east was wrecked at a point a few miles west of this place Monday morning. The accident was caused by the breaking of an air hose; several cars containing merchandise were demolished, but no lives were lost.


Little Meadows - Graves and Bow Bridge schools, which have been closed on account of Diphtheria in the vicinity, both opened again recently much to the satisfaction of the teachers. AND The Neville school house, number 4, caught fire recently and must certainly have burned but for Mr. Baker, who luckily happened to be passing, saw the smoke and succeeded in extinguishing the fire.


Glenwood - P.P. Squires will draw his carp pond off on Oct. 25th. All are invited to attend and eat a carp dinner. AND Would it not be a good idea to know where our young girls go evenings?


Franklin Forks - Earl Tiffany is hard at work building his excelsior factory at Steam Hollow. AND The Epworth League will hold an experience social at Mrs. William Osborne's the first Friday evening in November. It was decided last summer that each member was to earn some money by something outside their usual work, and give that to the League. Supper will be served. Price given later.


Middletown - Thos. Golden bought a colt to mate his, now drives a span of 2 year olds, weighing 20 hundred.


Lathrop - Mrs. Dennis Johnson had her breast bone broken by a barn door which she and her daughter were trying to replace on the track, and which lost its balance, falling over on her shoulders and bending her with force to produce the fracture as above noted. Dr. Decker, of Nicholson, was called and reduced the fracture. Mrs. Johnson, being 74 years old, the injury is more serious than if she were younger.


Kingsley - The D.L.&W. Railroad company have been making decided improvements at Kingsley station and their grounds, tracks, buildings and water ways have all been remodeled and greatly changed for the better. A force of more than 50 men have been employed since early in the season at a cost of $5,000, erecting new buildings, moving the station, changing the tracks and building a new storage reservoir, and in many other ways changing the entire property at that point.


Brooklyn - A patent has been issued to Wm. L. Sterling, of Brooklyn, for an attachment for wagon endboards. AND Word was received a few days ago from our State Superintendent that he had granted Brooklyn Graded School the title of "Brooklyn Township High School," which carries with it an extra appropriation from the State. Prof. M.W. Stephens has put forth strong efforts to secure this and the people of Brooklyn are to be congratulated upon having [the] teachers and [the] school having qualifications entitling them to such recognition.


Susquehanna - Rev. J. L. Williams, pastor of the Baptist church, proposes that popular meetings be held in each city and town and people express their views on the coal strike. He has called for a meeting of the editors and clergy in Susquehanna to arrange one. But one can hear people express their views, on all sides, without holding a meeting and some of the things that are said would not sound well in a church.


Montrose - Sidney W. Park, of Red Wing Minn., the youngest son of the late Dr. Ezra S. Park (who removed from Montrose to Iowa in 1858, and to Red Wing in 1862) has been visiting his many friends in the place of his nativity and childhood. He came east to attend the recent meeting of the G.A.R. Encampment at Washington, and on his way homeward stopped for a few days at Montrose. His mother was a sister of the late D.D. and N.C.Warner and there were numerous cousins to welcome him. He finds that many changes have taken place in the past 44 years, and many whom he knew in boyhood are now sleeping on the hill.


Clifford - The death of Thomas David, published last week, was a mistake. It was intended for and should have been Thomas N. Doud, one of Clifford's oldest and most highly respected citizens. He was 85 years old, formerly a very hard worker, and quite active up to within a few days of his death, Sept. 27. He leaves a wife, one of the most amiable old ladies of our town and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Bennett.


Dimock - Stang & Whitney have sold out their stone quarry in Dimock, and as Mr. Stang has the western fever, he will probably depart for the West soon.


Forest Lake - H.B. Stone was kindly remembered on Wednesday of last week by about 20 of his neighbors and friends who went to his house and assisted him in cutting his corn.


Fairdale - Names of pupils receiving 100% in spelling: Mattie Hewitt, Carrie Shelp, Wilber Hewitt, Pearl Fowler, Lee Robinson, Fannie Shelp, Lillian Rosenkrans. Those having 90% or above: Harry Clark, Carrie Shelp, Mattie Hewitt. Nellie Hewitt, teacher.


News Brief - In reply to a subscriber we would say that Miss Blackman's history gives the number of Civil War soldiers accredited to this county as 3,100 and from best possible information there are about 850 still living. Authentic figures as to the number enlisting from this county are hard to obtain, as a great many enrolled outside the county.

October 24 1902

October 24 (1902/2002)



Harford - On the Indian Territory, Oct. 10th, occurred the death of Ed. Tanner, a former Harford boy. He was a nephew of J.C. Tanner. The remains were taken to the home of his mother, at Coffeeville, Kansas, for burial.


Susquehanna - The Susquehanna football team speak in high terms of praise of their treatment while at Montrose on Monday; but the score-oh me, oh my! [28-0] AND Thomas Sheridan, a 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sheridan, while hunting late yesterday afternoon, received injuries from the accidental discharge of a shot gun which proved fatal to-day. The young man was hunting in the woods near here and while standing on a large rock, with the butt of the gun resting on the ground, he fell and the gun was discharged, the shot entering his side. He was brought home in a neighboring farmer's buggy and medical assistance was summoned.


Hop Bottom - Three Foster [Hop Bottom] young men, R.S. Strickland, Thomas Drake and William Haggley, aged about 18 years, registered at the Grand Central annex, Scranton, last Saturday and when retiring for the night young Strickland drew a revolver from his pocket and looked down the barrel, when it accidentally discharged. The bullet, which was of 32-calibre, entered at the right side of the upper jaw, knocking out three teeth and badly splintering the jawbone. The bullet could not be found and it is thought he probably spat it out. He will undoubtedly recover. Each of the trio was armed with a revolver.


Gibson - Archie Smith, clad in white duck trousers and raglan, filled the position as drum major, with the Gibson band, yesterday. He did it up very creditably.


Tripp Lake [Liberty Twp.] - Alva Madison left his home last Monday. Any information concerning him would be gladly received as the last seen of him he was going west with his skates under his arm.


Forest City - Robert H. Dunn was almost instantly killed at the No. 2 breaker of the Hillside Coal and Iron company last Friday morning. He was employed at the foot of the breaker plane, and reaching down to uncouple two cars was caught between the frames and squeezed to death. Mr. Dunn had charge of the prop yard and had worked at the plane for only a few days. He was 65 years old and one of Forest City's most prominent citizens. He was a member of the Episcopal church. Deceased is survived by his wife, one son, George S, of Jermyn, and two daughters, Miss Eunice of Forest City and Mrs. E.B. Goodrich, of Alford. Interment was made near his old home at Ararat.


Birchardville - A pleasant evening was spent at Jesse Edwards' last week, when the light fantastic toe was tripped. Messrs. Horton and Kane furnished music.


Springville - Old Folks Services were well attended at the Methodist church last Sunday morning. The church was beautifully decorated with autumn leaves and flowers. Two of the venerable members took part. Mr. Kasson, of Kasson Corners, gave an appropriate recitation and Henry Spencer, of Lynn, gave some interesting reminiscences of old time meetings and ministers. The members of the Epworth League had prepared a lot of bouquets, which were distributed and made a happy closing to this interesting service.


Flynn [Middletown Twp.] - The funeral of L. Curley was largely attended: 115 carriages.


Kingsley - Kingsley has, in a few years, become one of the most important shipping points on the D.L.& W. road between Binghamton and Scranton. One item alone in the shipping business at this station is worthy of note. The Harford Creamery company this year, from present indications, will send out $100,000 worth of dairy products. W.W. Adams is agent at this place. An important industry in the little town is the manufacture and sale of mill feeds. This business is assuming vast proportions and is conducted by the Stearns Brothers and W.W. Sloat.


Lawton - A number of the boys called on John Potts one evening last week and husked three acres of corn and after a fine supper returned to their homes in the wee hours of the morning, feeling fine.


Brushville - The reunion in Susquehanna of four brothers of the Brush family, after a separation of nearly half a century, is worthy of note. We have yet to find an inferior Brush in the whole outfit of Brushes whom we have met, but the four Brushes in question-D.A., of California; Edwin, of this place; E.J. of Port Jervis, and A.A., of Titusville, are genial, whole-souled gentlemen, who make the world better for having lived. They are here to-day, negotiating with "Dick", for special rates for board in the event of his election as sheriff of Susquehanna county.


Montrose - E.H. True lights his store by means of a private acetylene gas plant. It is one of the best-lighted business places in town. AND The telephone line on the Montrose branch is completed and in operation between Tunkhannock and Lake Carey. It will be pushed through to Montrose as rapidly as possible. There will be five or six instruments put in at stations along the line, and an emergency phone installed in the baggage car on the train. In case of breakdown or other occurrence requiring communication with the terminal office, this instrument will be connected with the wires at any place the train happens to stop.


Lathrop - A very pretty wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Rockwell, Oct. 15. As the hands of the clock pointed at the hour of 12 the Mendelssohn Wedding March was rendered by Miss Lena Johnson. The bridal party consisted of Miss Maude May Rockwell and Mr. Fay A. Brotzman; Miss Pearl Mackey, acting as bridesmaid and Forest Brotzman, brother of the groom, as best man. The bride was attired in Turquoise Blue Crape de-Chine trimmed in white silk and lace. The bridesmaid was attired in white; the groom and best man wore the conventional black. After a bountiful dinner was served the bride and groom departed amid a shower of old shoes and rice. The presents were numerous and valuable, consisting of money, silver, glass and chinaware, an elegant dinner set and a beautiful oak rocker.

October 31 1902

October 31 (1902/2002)



Montrose - The "Black Diamond March," which has just been composed by H.A. Lyon[s], of Sayre, is winning great praise wherever it is played. Mr. Lyon[s] is a former Montrose boy, his father, M.A. Lyon[s], being engaged in the drug business here. He is a member of the R.A. Packer Band and is at present in the Civil Engineering Department of the L.V.R.R. The march will be sent to any address, postpaid, for twenty-five cents. AND The Bell telephone company is making arrangements to connect South Montrose, Dimock, Springville and other places between Montrose and Tunkhannock, directly with its new exchange in this place.


Hallstead - "It is the darkest just before the dawn." With the chair factory working all the men they can find room for; the silk mill contemplating doubling the size of their plant in the spring; work going on at the gas well; the chamois factory running steadily, and the railroad men all coming back here, there is a prospect of Hallstead having a boom to make up for the depressed feeling that has existed during the past year. AND Hallstead people celebrated on Tuesday evening of last week the order of the D.L.& W. Company to make Hallstead the terminal of the freight runs. Cannons boomed, bonfires were lighted and the Hallstead Band discoursed music. There was good feeling all around, not only because of the increased business for Hallstead, but because the strike was over.


News Briefs - George Hull, maker of the famous Cardiff Giant, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, in Binghamton, says the Susquehanna Journal. The famous hoax that he originated created a sensation throughout the entire country more than thirty years ago. He conceived the scheme of fashioning a giant. After considerable labor he had an immense figure of a man carved from a solid rock. This he buried and, about a year later, caused it to be found. The Cardiff giant, as it was called, became very famous, men coming from all parts of America and Europe to view it. The fraud was finally discovered, but not until Hull had become rich. He, however, died poor. [The Cardiff Giant is on display at the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown, New York]. AND The manager of the Williamsport telephone requires all unmarried young women, securing employment at the exchange, to sign an agreement not to marry in three years. He claims that the enforcement of this restriction is the only way in which he can keep good help; for otherwise, about the time a girl becomes expert, she marries.


Lakeview - The Burdick brothers, with their steam thresher, threshed 138 bushels of oats in one hour and forty minutes.


Clifford - No people, outside the striking miners, are gladder to see the strike settled than are those who pastured mine mules for the coal companies in the vicinity of Welsh Hill, Elkdale and Clifford. The mules destroyed the trees, by eating the bark as high as they could reach, knocked down stone walls, ate the fence posts in such a manner as to allow the wire on the barbed wire fences to fall, destroyed crops, and even killed domestic animals, besides making themselves general nuisances. While the price paid for keeping them was fair, it is doubtful if any who have kept them this summer could be hired to do so again.


Franklin Forks - Mrs. A.M. Snow has a fine lot of canary birds of which she would like to dispose. AND A.M. Snow and others occasionally spend a day in setting telephone poles. AND Fred Knapp met with a terrible accident on Thursday of last week. In going up stairs in his mill his coat caught in a pulley wheel drawing him in and carrying him over a shaft and wheel. His coat and shirt were torn off. His left arm was broken several times, one bone broken in the right one, his legs were both pulled out of joint at the knees and the ligaments torn loose. He is as comfortable at present, as one could expect.


Susquehanna - The old Erie hammer shop building is to be transferred into a tube shop.


Jackson - Alva Roper, Jackson's oldest resident has just passed the 91st year of his age. He is a farmer by occupation and formerly lived in Brooklyn, this county. Hale and hearty, he now bids fair to complete a century of life.


Liberty Township - The Howard, Wilber and Chalker school districts are being consolidated by moving the Chalker schoolhouse to a place near Addison Fish's. The people generally are very indignant over it as the papers show that were circulated, being five persons for the change and forty against. The Chalker school house (now torn down) was built by the people about 50 years ago and some years ago was burned down and rebuilt by the school directors, and the church people were given the privilege of holding meetings there by building the foundation; and there has been meetings held there for a good many years, but the five wise men thought that some of the children could walk or have to be taken by their parents more than five miles to school, no matter how drifted the roads were. Did Governor Stone have anything to do with this move by cutting the school fund down?


Herrick Centre - Alick Hathaway, who is driving team for W.H. Fletcher, of Herrick, at North Jackson, where Mr. Fletcher has a lumber contract, hauled 5,910 pounds of bark from the woods to Lanesboro with a team of four year olds. He expects to haul an even sixty hundred and then demand the belt.


New Milford - Some New Milford young men have organized a football team. The team consists of the following young men: Robert Wilkinson, Merle Shelp, Maurice Hand, Fred Whitney, Lee Tiffany, George McConnell, Bert Howell, Leslie Stark, Joe Dale, Ray Ainey, Allie Turner, Corliss Bradley, Harvey Grinnell and Louis Smith.


Great Bend - Conductor C. U. Stoddard was killed by Lackawanna train No. 3, at Nicholson, at 2:30 o'clock, Oct 25. Mr. Stoddard's train had been sidetracked. He stepped on the westbound track in front of No. 3 as it came along, and was killed. It was his first trip since the settlement of the coal strike. A widow and one child survive.


Foster [Hopbottom] - Mystery surrounds the strange death of H.F. Lord, of Foster, Pa., who died at the Lackawanna hospital Saturday night, which the Lackawanna company detectives and relatives of the deceased man are unable to solve. Several incidents enter into the strange disappearance, accident and death, which afford abundant room for speculation. [More next week].

November 07 1902

November 07 (1902/2002)




Brandt - Several citizens of Brandt will apply for a charter for an intended corporation, to be known as the Brandt Clay Product Co.


Susquehanna - Corse and Winans, photographers, have formed a co-partnership. AND The bell at the tower of the Susquehanna Universalist church, which has not been in use for several years, has been purchased by a Kingsley church congregation.


Silver Lake - Miss Lydia Hill pleasantly entertained her Sunday school class of young men, and Mrs. Alice Rodgers' class of young ladies, at her home Friday evening, Oct. 31. Games wee indulged in. Light refreshments were served by Miss Hill, assisted by Mrs. Carrie Meeker and Mrs. Bell Hill. All reported a very enjoyable evening. Those present were Daisy Bramfitt, Lydia Rodgers, Lucia and Ruth Meeker, Luella, Georgia and Emily Hill, and Andrew Martin, George Palmer, Floyd Jenner, Charles Rodgers, Chalmers and Lincoln Bramfitt.


Brooklyn - The Brooklyn High School is one of the best of its kind in Susquehanna Co. Prof. M.W. Stephens, with three able assistants, have charge of about 100 students. Brooklyn supports, besides this school, three churches and for 35 years has not had a license hotel. A good place to send your boys and girls for preparatory education.


Forest City - The Forest City News last week entered on its sixteenth year. AND Although the collieries of the Hillside Coal and Iron company are again in operation, there is much grumbling among the men over the fact that the non-unionists are retained in the places they have filled.


Hallstead - The American Chair factory is filling an order for thirty-six Morris chairs for a western hotel.


Harford - Miss Hattie Chamberlain has accepted a position with Lazarus Brothers, prominent Wilkes-Barre merchants, to attend to their advertising. She is a graduate of the Page-Davis School of Advertising, of Chicago, and goes to that city very well recommended as an "ad" writer.


Thompson - There is little likelihood that the trestle on the Jefferson division of the Erie, near Thompson, will ever be filled in. A large force of men have been at work on the project all summer without any appreciable success. Over 5,000 carloads of earth and rock have been dumped into the cut and apparently lost. Much of it has sunk out of sight and the rest carried some feet from the trestle by the quicksand on which it was dumped.


Montrose - A person standing in front of the Republican [newspaper] office may count nearly 70 separate wires, either telephone, telegraph or electric. This, however, is only a part of those already in use, and many more are being strung. An extra crossbar is being placed on the poles leading to South Montrose, Dimock and Springville and poles for the Brooklyn branch are being set. Besides this the telephone line along the tracks of the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley has just been completed. Montrose has a network of wires which is seldom seen in a place with three times the number of inhabitants, and the service received from both local and long distance companies is unsurpassed.


South Montrose - The Aid Society will meet with Mrs. A. Wells, Nov. 13. Every lady to bring thimbles and something to eat. Dinner will be served. A general invitation to all of the gentlemen to bring hammers and help re-shingle the church sheds.


Great Bend - The Alonzo Hatch Electric Photo Musical Co. is billed to be at Kistler Opera House, Saturday evening, Nov. 15.


Retta, Auburn Twp. - The dedicatory services of the church will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at 10 o'clock. The services will be in charge of Dr. Sweet, assisted by Dr. VanCleft and others. An oyster dinner will be served by the Aid Society at Robert Stevens', near the church, the proceeds of which will be used to finish the indebtedness. The pulpit furniture, a gift of Mrs. Jennie Brundage, nee Wilcox, of Scranton, was received on Saturday.


Uniondale - A party of witches gathered at the "Band Hall" on Hallowe'en, found themselves out-witted by other witches, and instead of stalking abroad for mischief, were kept prisoners until too near morning for witchery. Good!


Foster [Hop Bottom] - Mystery [still] surrounds the strange death of H.F. Lord at Scranton. Lord was brought to this city from Mt. Pocono on the 1o'clock train, horribly mangled and in a dying condition. No one seemed to know how or when the accident occurred, and little information could be obtained from the railroad men. Up to this time nothing suspicious developed in the case, which was regarded as a plain accident. Upon notifying the family, however, questions have arisen which cannot be answered. Upon the person of his father, his son found a check for $200 given by J.L. Crawford, president of the People's Coal Co.


Developments would show that the deceased drove to this city last Thursday with a load of farm products from his place at Foster. Seven days were consumed in the sale, together with that of his team of horses purchased by Mr. Crawford on Saturday. The products realized about $40. Mr. Crawford stated that the deceased was accompanied by a man named Henderson, also of Foster. Nothing has been heard of Henderson since the death of Lord.


After the sale of the horses, Lord left, presumably for home, with about $240 in his pocket. Whether he was accompanied by anyone is unknown. He went to the Lackawanna depot and boarded a south-bound train for Mt. Pocono, in the directly opposite direction for home. That was the last trace of him obtained until he was picked up on the railroad track, a short time later.


Why he should have gone south instead of north to his home is mysterious. When found, but little currency was left on his person. Friends and relatives suspect foul play. What deepens the mystery is that fact that Lord owns a quarry in Foster, the operation of which involved considerable litigation some time ago. Lord received a $4000 settlement. A motion for a new trial was made and strange to say, the decision was to have been made yesterday. Lord was 54 years of age and is survived by three sons.

November 14 1902

November 14 (1902/2002)



Lenoxville - Mrs. Leroy Allen met with quite a serious accident while coming from here, one night last week. On the hill above Adam Miller's, one of the holdbacks to the harness broke, letting the wagon against the horse, which started on a run. At the foot of the hill they came in contact with Mrs. Timothy McCarthy, who had heard them coming and turned out by the roadside. The wheels of both buggies locked and the harnesses were stripped from both horses, while the occupants of the buggies were thrown to the ground. Mrs. Allen sustained quite serious injuries, but is now able to be around the house again.


East Rush - East Rush is quite a thriving place, for a town of its size. It has an extensive creamery business and the buzz of the sawmill denotes that the woodman's axe is always busy. There is a large mercantile exchange, blacksmith shop, wagon repairing shop, agricultural agency, saw filing and gumming factory, and last but not least, an apple juice extractor, which although established quite recently, is reaping a large patronage. East Rush also boasts a neat church, and substantial school building.


Forest City - The school board has decided to elect two additional teachers to relieve the congested condition of affairs in the public schools. All the rooms at present are overcrowded. AND James Chambers was critically injured by a fall of top coal in the old Forest City slope of the Hillside company, Saturday morning. He was paralyzed as a result of his injuries and his recovery is doubtful. He was taken to Emergency Hospital, Carbondale.


Oakland - An Oakland young lady, Miss Gertrude Markhart, recently visited Binghamton and became exposed to smallpox. Binghamton authorities telegraphed the fact to the health officer here, and now she, as well as the balance of the family, is quarantined until it shall be known whether or now she has contracted the disease.


Montrose - Messrs. Fayette F. Sprout and Herbert F. Brewster, two popular young men of this place, have purchased the stock and fixtures of the well-known Fordham store and restaurant, and will conduct the business themselves under the firm name of Sprout & Brewster. Both gentlemen are progressive and industrious and their energies will be bent upon keeping the store in as fine a condition, as formerly, which is a standard of excellence seldom surpassed. Mr. Fordham has accepted a similar position to the one in which he has been engaged in here; in connection with the Y.M.C.A. building at Scranton and with his family will remove to that place.


News Briefs - A woman, says an exchange, would not be satisfied without having an unnatural hump on her somewhere. For a time the bustle sufficed. Then the big sleeves with an unnatural bump at the shoulders. This didn't last long, and the puff moved from the shoulder to the cuff. Just now the fad is to wear a shirtwaist that looks as if a peck of apples has been dumped into it in front. AND The new special delivery stamp to be issued within a few weeks by the Post-office Department is to bear the picture of a boy riding a bicycle, instead of the familiar messenger running with a letter in his hand. This will certainly bring the stamp up to date. AND It is said the latest fad now is to send your picture to those of your friends on whom you cannot find an opportunity to call.


Susquehanna - Mr. and Mrs. George Boyden and son George, of Oakland, and Messrs. E.R. Barrett and Charles Allapaugh, of Susquehanna, are in the wilds of Pike County, hunting deer. AND - Susquehanna now has a member of Congress, a Sheriff and a County Commissioner, with a second Commissioner three miles distant. AND Charles Schmidt, of Lanesboro, is erecting a residence and bakery on Erie Avenue.


Brandt - The Chapot-Shirlaw Chamois Co. recently formed at this place, is at present in a prosperous condition, constantly taking on more hands and expecting to add new machinery in a short time.


Kingsley - The Ladies' Aid Society of the Methodist church will serve a chicken pie dinner at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Tiffany on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 29th. The menu reads: chicken pie, mashed potatoes, turnips, cabbage salad, raised biscuit, brown bread, pumpkin pie, berry pie, mince pie, pickles, cranberry sauce, celery, cake and cheese, tea and coffee. Price 20 cents; children under 12, 10 cents.


Welsh Hill - Morgan Morgan recently lost a valuable horse.


South Auburn - L.M. Pipher has been having a furnace and bath tub placed in his house.


Hopbottom - A sad accident occurred last Saturday evening. The oldest son of Milo Tiffany, a boy about 14, while attempting to cross the DL&W tracks near the station by climbing over a passing train, slipped, catching one foot neath the wheels, severing it above the ankle.


Lawton - As election is over and the base ball season is at an end, Lawton is to have a little excitement in the line of foot ball. A team is being organized which promises to be as strong as the base ball club here this season.


Fairdale - Mrs. Milton Roy, mistaking the sound of wood being dropped by her husband between 3 and 4 in the morning as he built a fire, for burglars kicking in the door, jumped from the 2nd story to find help at Mr. Shelp's. In her half-awake state she injured herself. Her husband heard her moans but could not find her and started for Shelps, some 30 yards away, to get their help. Mrs. Shelp met Mr. Roy and said his wife had come to their home and was put to bed. Dr. Frye was telephoned for and in the meantime Mrs. Roy was taken home and all done for her that loving friends and neighbors could do to lighten her sufferings. The doctor thought she was badly hurt inwardly, as she bled from the lungs, but about 3 o'clock p.m. she appeared better and told some things about her perilous journey. She remembered raising the window and putting out her right foot and right arm, and swinging herself out but could not hold fast and had to go down and that the stones hurt her feet when she went through the gate, but nothing more until Mr. S. and his wife got her into their house. Mrs. Roy has so far recovered as to be out of bed part of the time and the bleeding from the lungs nearly ceased.

November 21 1902

November 21 (1902/2002)



Hopbottom - It is reported that Humphrey Lord, who was [mysteriously] killed by the cars two weeks ago, willed one-half of his property to a Mrs. Bronson and that the people in Lathrop are very much wrought up over the matter.


Lenoxville - Lenoxville should have a young peoples society. Other small places with fewer young people than we have seem to support a good society and derive much benefit from it. Why should not we?


South Auburn - The Graphaphone entertainment held in the Grangers' hall by P.E. Treible, last Saturday night, was favored by a full house and enjoyed by all. AND John Gross has sold his team to T.R. Place. John looks rather lonesome now-a-days. AND At Auburn Corners M.L. Lake lost a fine cow last Saturday. Cause, an apple in the throat.


Friendsville - The members of St. Francis Xavier's parish will hold their annual Festival and Supper on Thanksgiving night. A delightful and bountiful spread will be served up by the ladies of the parish. Good music will be in attendance. Nothing will be left undone to make the occasion agreeable and pleasant for all patrons. Adm. 25 cents.


Lemon - A genuine wild cat was killed by Ollie Ward, in the rear of the school house in Lemon, near Lake Carey, last week. It is thought that this was one of the wild cats that Engineer Deubler and his fireman, of the Montrose railway, stopped their train for and went out and had a fight with.


Great Bend - Namon T. Boorn, of Windsor, was struck by an Erie fruit train east of the Main street crossing, Sunday evening. Mr. Boorn, who was driving across the tracks, turned his horse directly in front of the approaching train, which was going at the rate of 30 miles an hour. The wagon was struck in the rear and was completely demolished. The horse and wagon were thrown 60 feet down an embankment against the creamery. Mr. Boorn, however, had disappeared. About 11 o'clock there was a telephone message received that he was at Red Rock Tower, three miles east of Great Bend, and uninjured. The following morning Mr. Boorn returned to Great Bend apparently none the worse for his experience. He says that he was so frightened that he ran up the track and when he recovered his senses, was at Red Rock. The horse also escaped without a mark.


Susquehanna -Hatch's moving pictures appeared in Hogan Opera House on Tuesday evening, under the auspices of the Susquehanna band. The "My Island Prince" Co. appeared in Hogan Opera House on Wednesday evening. Daniel Sully will appear in Hogan Opera House on Friday evening, Nov. 21, in "The Parish Priest" a star attraction.


Welsh Hill - Among those who attended church here from a distance last Sunday, we noticed the following: Mrs. James McAlla and Gene Tinker, of Elkdale; Dr. Davis and wife, of South Gibson; Robert Richards, Pittsburg; Henry Jones, Denver, Col.; John Jones and Merryl and Robert Jones, Elkdale.


Brooklyn - The place known as the David Kent farm, where the Kent family was reared, and which was in the Kent name for about a century, has now passed out of the family into other hands.


Thomson - Fred Tyler came home from the lumber woods with typhoid fever and is being attended by Dr. McNamara.


Rush - The community is saddened to learn of the death of the little 8-year-old daughter of George Pickett on Monday night. An operation for appendicitis had been performed and the child seemed on the road to recovery when unfavorable developments set in and death resulted quite suddenly.


South Gibson - A Thanksgiving cantata is being rehearsed under the direction of the Epworth League with Mrs. G.R. Resseguie, as instructor, and will be given in the M.E. church, Wednesday evening, Nov. 26. All know the ability of Mrs. Resseguie as musical instructor and a fine thing is expected. The months will be represented by 12 persons in white suitably adorned-ranging from 7 to 20 years; the year by Mrs. Nellie Brundage. Excellent solos and quartettes will be included. Admission 20 and 10 cents.


Montrose - On Tuesday afternoon the case of Dr. J.G. Wilson vs. the Boro. of Montrose was called for trial and the plaintiff's case was heard until Wednesday noon, at which time defendant's council moved for a compulsory non-suit. At the opening of court Thursday morning the court refused to enter the compulsory non-suit and the Boro proceeded to put in its evidence. The case grows out of the smallpox at the Gilbert home last winter and has attracted considerable attention, owing to the prominence of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert and the terrible circumstances of their death. Dr. Wilson brings his suit to recover the sum of $200 for fumigating the Gilbert home and the Presbyterian church. The borough alleges that under the law it is not liable for the bill. The jury verdict for plaintiff for the full amount of his claim with interest.


Forest City - Alfred Chambers, who was badly hurt in the mines, died in Emergency hospital, Carbondale, Wednesday, Nov. 12. The old man, beside his external injuries, was injured internally and his death was due to the latter. The deceased was well-known in Forest City and his death will be regretted by all who knew him. The body was taken to his late home for interment.


Kingsley - W.T. Byram and E.C. Tingley, of Hopbottom, are painting the churches in this place.


News Briefs - It is said that the latest fad now is to send your picture to those of your friends on whom you cannot find an opportunity to call. AND Instead of putting food into the oven to keep it warm for the late comers, try covering it closely with a tin and setting it over a basin of hot water. This plan will keep the food hot and at the same time prevent it from drying up. AND Eggs are still soaring upward in price; the dealers paying 26 cents per dozen and scarce at that price. Dairy butter brings 23 cents per pound and potatoes 60 cents per bushel.

November 28 1902

November 28 (1902/2002)



Bridgewater Twp. - Samuel D. Warriner, of Wilkesbarre, has purchased the farm of Mrs. B.H. Mulford for $6000. He is a son of Rev. E.A. Warriner and is Superintendent of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company. It is a fine, large farm in good condition and with a fishpond on it. It is about 2 1/2 miles northeast of Montrose. AND A.H. Pickering raised his big barn for the second time Monday; the wind leveled it after the first raising.


Susquehanna - Homer E. Spencer, miller, has purchased the "Transcript" building. The paper will return to its old quarters on Euclid Avenue. AND Harry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kane, on Friday afternoon, underwent a successful operation for appendicitis. He will probably recover.


Lakeview - Frank Benson is building a fine sugar house.


South Gibson - Henry Manzer, one of the best known residents of this county, died at his home on Nov. 17. He was nearly 83 years of age. Deceased was born in Otsego, NY, Dec. 14, 1819. He was the son of Lawrence and Polly (Price) Manzer. On Feb. 22, 1840, he was married in South Gibson to Mindwell Sparks, who was born in Sullivan Co., NY. The pair rounded out over 60 years together and Mrs. Manzer survives her husband. To them were born five children: Charles H., Truman C., Charity, Harriet E. and Mary. The latter two died in early life. Mr. Manzer was a farmer and at the outbreak of the Civil War, on Aug. 13, 1861, at Harrisburg, enlisted and became sergeant of Co. M, Fourth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. He participated in all the battles and skirmishes of this regiment. In June 1862, he was injured by a horse falling on him at Harrison Landing, and was confined in hospitals at Blackwell's Island, NY, and Washington D.C., for nearly four months. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 20, 1864, at Alexandria, VA. His brother, Horatio, served in the union army and his grandfather, Lawrence Manzer, participated in the War of 1812. Mr. Manzer's son, Charles H., enlisted in the same company with him and died in the service in 1861, at Georgetown, D.C. After the war Mr. Manzer resumed farming. He was a member of A.J. Roper Post, No. 452 and always took a great interest in Grand Army affairs.


Fairdale - Report of Fairdale School for month ending Nov. 14. Names of pupils receiving 100 % in spelling - Mattie Hewitt, Carrie Shelp, Pearl Fowler, Fannie Shelp, Lillian Rosenkrans, Herman Olmstead, Wilbur Hewitt, Harry Clark, Ethel Sterling. Those having an average of 90 % - Carrie Shelp, Pearl Fowler. Not absent - Lee Robinson, Fannie Shelp, Blennie Very. Nellie Hewitt, Teacher.


Montrose - Beginning with Monday, Nov. 24th, the Montrose Bell Telephone exchange is now giving day and night service, Sundays included. The operators are Miss Mildred Holbrook, Bertha Place, day service, and Miss Janet McCausland, night service. Stacy Oakley, manager of the Western Union Telegraph, looks after the messenger service.


North Jackson - Misses Lena and Mabelle, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Whitney, had a miraculous escape from death on Saturday morning. While driving across the D. & H. tracks, a short distance south of the Lanesboro station, they were struck by the northbound express and sent flying by the trackside. They were but little injured. The horse ran away but was unharmed and the wagon was smashed to kindlings.


New Milford -F.N. Gillespie has sold his mill property and lease of land on which it is located to A.C. Crossley, of Starrucca, who will locate his stick factory here. We understand that the transfer of property will be completed this week and the work of remodeling the building will be started at once. In the spring we are informed that a $5000 plant will be erected. From 25 to 40 hands will be employed.


Forest City - A deal of great importance to Forest City has, it is reported, just been consummated, whereby the Hillside Coal and Iron Co. will mine the coal owned by the Delaware and Hudson in and above Forest City. The Delaware and Hudson gets in return some Erie land down the valley.


Owego, NY - A telegraphic machine has been invented by Louis Myers, of Owego, which may revolutionize the methods of sending of messages. The new transmitter, in general appearance, resembles a typewriter and is so constructed that anyone, without a knowledge of telegraphy, can send messages with complete accuracy and with greater speed than the most expert operators of the present system.


Birchardville - Mr. Winner, who drives the stage from Friendsville to Montrose, had the misfortune to lose one of his horses Friday evening. He had just arrived at the postoffice here when the horse dropped dead in the harness.


Elk Lake -The Shaner barn, which was burned last week, had an insurance of about $400 on the contents and $100 on the building. A horse and colt were burned to death and seven tons of hay, a quantity of oats, rye and buckwheat straw, a carriage, cutter, harnesses and many other valuable articles were consumed. It was reported that human bones were discovered in the ashes, but the reliability of the statement is doubted.


News Briefs - The Scranton Tribune says: The transportation of freight and coal over Lackawanna railroad since the coal strike was declared off has been the largest in the history of the company, and the work has been handled without delay or accident. The company is moving 1000 carloads of freight and coal east, and 1000 west from Scranton every day. All this, in addition to the immense amount of passenger business that is being handled. AND Miss Blackman's history [of Susquehanna County] gives the number of Civil war soldiers accredited to this county as 3,100 and from best possible information there are about 850 still living. Authentic figures as to the number enlisting from this county is hard to obtain, as a great many enrolled outside the county. AND A weather prophet says that the real cold weather won't set in before the middle of next month, and perhaps not then, for the reason that snakes are still to be seen on top of ground. He says that the ophidian tribe invariably goes into hibernation for the winter at least two months prior to the advent of real frigid weather. That there will be no snow he regards as certain from the fact that the mountain grass and other wild growth is not high enough to insure feed to the birds of the woods, and nature, he argues, is not cruel enough to starve the innocent things.

December 05 1902

December 05 (1902/2002)



Susquehanna - Susquehanna can in a short time boast of an up-to-date astronomical observatory, says a correspondent. Mr. Manning Pope, a local scientist of no mean repute, has erected on the roof of his home on Jackson Street, a small tower, and he has ordered a large observing telescope, which he will install in the tower. The tower is built entirely of glass and when it is completely equipped will make an ideal place for astronomical observations.


South Montrose - The Ladies Mission Band will meet at the home of Mrs. Frank Millard for dinner, Wednesday, Dec. 10th. AND J.M. Crisman has a 'phone put in his house.


Lakeside - Our school was closed part of last week on account of Prof. Bryant being ill with mumps.


Silver Lake - Miss Lula Hill, daughter of Hon. Geo. Hill, had a narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident. Mr. Leighton and Miss Hill were returning to Binghamton from Silver Lake, Thanksgiving night, which was very dark, and their horse left the road when crossing a bridge and all landed in a creek. No injury resulted except on the wagon. The driver claims that the road over the creek was unprotected.


West Lenox - On Friday night, Nov. 21st, Fred J. Bennett, aged nearly 20 years, son of Mr. And Mrs. C. D. Bennett, met a horrible death. He had been to Susquehanna, and secured a position with the Erie Railroad as Fireman, and was returning on a fast freight. At Foster [Hop Bottom] he jumped from the train and by some means was drawn under the cars and terribly mangled. AND At Lenoxville, those who are at work on the new road which is to be a short cut between this place and Nicholson, say that when completed it will be a fine one, not only shortening the distance by one mile, but it will have the natural advantage of being level, and built of material that will wear.


Lanesboro - The residents of Lanesboro have made a beginning towards a public library and each member in addition to the membership fee donates a good book.


Montrose - Eight inches of snow on the level, and still snowing, is Montrose's record for the fifth of December.


Thomson - Miss Mabelle Whitney, who with her sister, Miss Lena, was struck by a locomotive at Thomson, as reported last week, was injured more seriously than was suspected. The D & H company sent a number of Scranton physicians to Thomson one day last week to make an examination of her injuries, which are internal.


Clifford - Henry W. Coil died Nov. 23, '02, after a few weeks' sickness of Dropsey of the heart. Funeral at the house, Nov. 25, Elder Gillett officiating. Burial was in Dundaff Cemetery. He leaves a wife and three young children, all entitled to a pension. Mr. Coil was about 75 years old and old soldier and pensioner of the late rebellion [Civil War].


Heart Lake - The ice has not been removed from the large icehouse at this place [from the year before], which means no work filling it the coming winter, which brings disappointment for a great many people.


Great Bend - The improvements recently made at the Central House reflect credit on the manager, Landlord Crofut. Electric lights have been added to all the rooms, and J.B. Rogers has recently been improving the plumbing, putting in new piping for heating purposes, etc. There are warm and cold bath facilities and everything that the traveling public needs.


Glenwood - The winter snows are upon us. Are we ready to greet old Jack Frost? Are our coal bins full? Wood a-plenty? Hay and grain for the cattle: Or have we played away the fine weather? Everything should be tight and snug so that nothing suffers these cold days and nights. A merciful man is merciful to his beasts. AND H. McKerving and George Hunt have sent on their first consignment of furs; minks, coons, muskrats and skunks, of which they have a goodly number.


Lathrop/Montrose - A big fight has been started over the will of the late H.W. Lord who died mysteriously [as reported in previous 100 years columns]. There is much interest aroused over the contest of the will of the late Humphrey Lord, late of Lathrop, which was probated in favor of Mrs. Theresa Bronson and it is likely to be one of the biggest will fights ever known in Susquehanna County, with some sensational features thrown in. A hearing was to have been held before Register of Wills, Buffum, Friday, and a large number of witnesses were here from Lathrop, some 50 or more. T.J. Davies, representing LaVerne Lord, Harry Lord and Glenn Lord, children of H.W. Lord, filed an affidavit alleging the instrument probated was not in fact the last will of said Lord and asking that a re-hearing be had to revoke the will and the letters testamentary issued to McCollum & Smith, as executors of the will. Mrs. Bronson was represented by J.M. Kelly. Arguments were made by J.M. Kelly and T.J. Davies and the Register of Wills refused to hear any testimony on the part of the heirs, reserving his decision until Monday, Dec. 1, when he filed his opinion, sustaining the demurrer and dismissing the action, thus allowing the will to stand. [Other reports say that Geo. S. Mackey was arrested and charged with forging the will, upon complaint of LaVerne Lord, and brought to Montrose, where he entered bail for his appearance at the next court. The will of H.W. Lord referred to Theresa Bronson as "my affiancee."]


News Briefs  - Traveling free State libraries are now found in 30 of the 67 counties of Pennsylvania. AND The testimony given before the anthracite strike commission, which has been holding sessions in Scranton, is preserved in a novel way. The stenographers read their notes into a gramophone and the cylinders are put away, to be brought out and reproduced on occasion. AND The village of Glen Eyre, Pike county, was sold at auction a few days ago. The village consists of seven dwellings, one store house, blacksmith shop, barns and other buildings. Included in the sale was the pretty little depot erected by the Erie railroad company one year ago. It was bid in for $5,050.

December 12 1902

December 12 (1902/2002)



Forest Lake - Our stage driver has bought another horse and expects soon to have everything in apple pie order, so that any one wishing to ride will find it more comfortable than before. He having bought the route we wish him success.


North Jackson - After a few weeks' illness, Elliott Bryant died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. Griggs, North Jackson, Dec. 3. He was a veteran of the War of the Rebellion, and his funeral services were conducted under the auspices of Myron French Post G.A.R., of Jackson, last Friday afternoon, Rev. Harry Kelly officiating.


Susquehanna - An effort will be made to electric light the road between Susquehanna and Lanesboro. AND The stage of Hogan Opera House has been changed and improved. The larger troops can hereafter use their own scenery. Fred Raymond's big scenic production, "Old Arkansaw" will appear on Dec. 18th.


Lawsville Centre - A Pie Social will be held by the School Library Association at Creamery Hall on New Year's Eve. There will be a grab bag in connection with the social. The ladies are requested to bring a pie and two forks. AND There will be a "neighborhood" Xmas Tree, at the Baptist church, Christmas Eve, and all are invited to hang presents on the tree and enjoy the festivities.


New Milford - J. Reed Powell gave a stereopticon lecture at the opera house, Thursday evening: subject, "Destruction of St. Pierre." This was the second number of the lecture course. The third will be given next week, Wednesday eve, by the Hearous Sisters' Co.


Lawton - The Rush Grangers annual feast will be held at Kahler's Hall, on Dec. 20th. Having a membership of about 160, it will be no small affair. The Grange will also have a Christmas tree and entertainment Christmas night. All invited.


Hallstead - While Victor Stack and Frank Smith, of Hallstead, were out shooting with a small caliber rifle, they saw John VanAuken, the 10 year-old son of Henry Van Auken, of Great Bend, some distance from them and one of the boys thought he would see if he could hit him at so great a distance. He pointed the gun at the boy and fired, the ball striking the boy's head just above the ear. Dr. Hines was called and after locating the ball, which had lodged just within the skull bone, removed the same and at last accounts the patient was doing well and will recover. Pretty careless business.


Montrose -The Narrow Gauge train was caught early this year by winter's snows, and has been making but one trip a day part of the week. AND The stereopticon machine to be used at Village Hall, this evening, is one of the very best to be had, it costing $900. The excellent work done with this machine causes the views to stand out with life-like distinctness, which coupled with the interesting and instructive lecture by J. Reed Powell, almost transport the people who are hearing of this dire catastrophe to that terror stricken island itself. The opportunity may never again be presented to our people to hear this wonderful lecture, and all should avail themselves of this opportunity.


Clifford - a ping-pong club has been organized in Clifford with J.W. Edwards as president. They meet Tuesday evenings in Finn's Hall.


Hopbottom - Those in the primary department of the graded school, Lillian Byram, teacher, who have not missed a day during the past month of school are: Ruth Watson, Albert Strickland, Elwood Tiffany and Paul Warner. Many other would have been included in the list had it not been for the severe storm Friday. Those having had perfect spelling lessons since Nov. 17 are: Mamie Brown, Roy Case, Edward Conrad and Clyde Luce.


Forest City - The Forest City News has been enlarged, and is now a six-column, eight-page paper. It makes a great improvement, even in that excellent publication.


Lathrop Twp. - In the matter of the contested will of the late H.W. Lord, in which it is alleged the will is a forgery, court appointed Geo. P. Little, a master, to hear evidence submitted and make a report thereof to court.


Herrick Center - Announcement is made of the marriage of Rose, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Flynn, to Matthew Crowley, of Long Eddy, N.Y. She is an accomplished young lady and we extend to them our heartiest congratulations.


Gibson - A Christmas sale under the auspices of the Ladies Aid of the Methodist church will be held at Grange Hall, Dec. 12. Many useful and fancy articles will be for sale and a chicken pie dinner will be served. The band will be present in the evening and the entertainment will be given by the Kann sisters, of Scranton. An evening of pleasure is promised all who attend. Adm. 10 and 20 cents.


News Briefs - In the House, yesterday, Hon. Galusha A. Grow delivered an address on the relations of labor and capital. At the end of the present session he retires at the age of 79 years, after a career in public life extending over half a century. His speech was regarded as his valedictory to public life and was listened to with close attention by his colleagues. His conclusion was that some sort of co-operation between labor and capital was the only solution of the problem. AND Rev. J. V. Hussie, rector of the Honesdale Catholic church, has urged the young ladies of the church to marry, even if the young men with whom they go are poor. He offers to perform the marriage ceremony without charge.


Friendsville - Dr. Nathan Y. Leet died at his home in Scranton Saturday night. Deceased was born in Friendsville March 2, 1830, being nearly 72 years ago, and in 1866 went to Scranton where he had an excellent medical practice until the time of his death. AND John E. O'Brien, of Montrose, and Miss Catherine S. McMahon, of Friendsville, were united in marriage at Friendsville, Wednesday morning, Nov. 26th, by the Rev. B.V. Driscoll. Thomas J. Mangan, of Binghamton, was best man and Miss Mary T. McMahon was bridesmaid. A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. McMahon. The couple will reside in Montrose, where the groom is engaged in [the] furniture and undertaking business.

December 19 1902

December 19 (1902/2002)



Forest Lake - Misses Lura and Orpha Warner have returned from a pleasant visit with friends at Little Meadows, Owego, Union, Cincinnatus and Binghamton. While in Cincinnatus they attended the 20th wedding anniversary of their brother, Adelbert; and on their return home they spent Thanksgiving at their friend's, Mr. Green, who gave them a pleasant ride on his automobile.


Montrose - Among the new popular books at the Montrose Library are: Cecelia Avery, Glengarry School Days, The Fortunes of Oliver Horn, The Friend of the Countersign, Those Black Diamond Men, The Leopard's Spots, Up From Slavery, The Vultures, The Little Green God, The Kentons, The Battleground, The Virginian, etc. Yearly subscription only $1.50. Four books a week can be drawn, so you can read 200 books a year for three quarters of a cent a book. Your choice of 1,000 volumes of fiction (new ones added quarterly), splendid biographies, histories and books of travel, reference, etc.


Springville - Until the rain of Tuesday the snow has been so deep in the woods that it was very difficult to navigate. The sleighing has been very fine. AND Mrs. Allie Lyman had the misfortune to upset a lamp setting on a table which broke, setting the oil on fire on the carpet. By prompt work with loose carpet and blankets, the blaze was extinguished before any material damage was done.


South Auburn - Ernest Carlin has purchased Andrew Carpenter's farm, known as the Peter LaFrance farm. He expects to take possession April 1st.


Stevens' Point - The Stevens' Point Creamery Company will apply for a charter of incorporation.


West Lenox - Nelvin Empet has accepted a position as traveling salesman for Dr. Noble's Family Medicines and will begin work soon.


Great Bend - P.R. Barrager, who has been Justice of the Peace, in the township of Great Bend for 25 years, is about to move to Uniondale, where he will engage in the harness making business, he being a harness maker by trade. Mr. Barrager has large real estate here, owning 350 acres of land, reaching near where they are now drilling for oil, also the land where the mineral deposit is for making the venation red. Mr. Barrager's farming interests will be looked after by his son, K.W. Barrager. AND About 11 o'clock Sunday morning an alarm of fire called the firemen and citizens of Great Bend. The house next to the M.E. church, owned by Daniel Leary, was on fire. The family was at church, except an old lady 90 years old, and a little boy. They discovered that the kitchen was on fire near the chimney and ran out and gave the alarm and the fire was put out before much damage was done.


Franklin Forks - E. Barlow's child was buried on Sunday last. A prayer and singing service was held at the house. The funeral sermon was preached at Vestal Centre where interment was made. The little one fell from a chair on the stove and was so badly burned before the mother could reach it, that in a day or so convulsions set in and it died on Friday morning. The child was buried on Wednesday and was about 20 months old and was an only child. AND The following were elected officers in the G.A.R. Post: Commander, E.L. Beebe; Senior Vice, G.P. Stockholm; Junior, B.C. Vance; Quartermaster, A.M. Snow; Chaplain, A.E. Stockholm; Sergeant, I. Monroe; Officer of Day, S.L. Stilwell; Officer of Guard, John Devine.


Brooklyn - Coasting on the hill is being enjoyed by our young people during vacation. AND By request of Postmaster Eldridge, the Department has sent a letter-mailing box to be erected at the schoolhouse. This will be a great convenience for those coming in from their homes. Each morning the mail will be taken up at 10 a.m., on school days only.


Glenwood - The sleighing is excellent and snow 15 inches on the level and drifts 15 feet, but it is so far an old fashioned winter just to let the boys see what the older ones saw years ago.


Flynn (Middletown Twp.) - James Conboy is rushing his bark to the market, taking advantage of the fine sleighing.


Thomson - E.E. Gelatt has a number of teams drawing logs to his mill. Thomson is having fine sleighing, snow over a foot deep. AND The Creamery Co. has rented the creamery and [it] will be run under the name of the Alex. Campbell Milk Co. and will sell the milk.


Silver Lake - Many from this place attended the dance given by Hugh Murphy in the Alliance Hall in Brackney, and report a good time. AND Johnie McInerny and James Kane, of Forest Lake, had the sad accident of running off the bridge between Jos. Conaty's and M. Coyle's one evening last week. Neither of the young men were injured, but badly scared, and the horse was somewhat injured.


News Briefs - The Wells-Fargo Express Company advise all people to forward Christmas packages as early as possible to avoid delay in the great holiday rush. They furnish special labels requesting the package not to be opened until Christmas. AND The postoffice department will make an official attempt to wipe out whatever sectional feeling may yet remain between the people of the north and south by the new five-cent postage stamp of the series of 1902. The countenance of Abraham Lincoln will occupy the central portion of the stamp. Upon either side and occupying three-quarters of the length of the design are female figures standing, one representing the North and the other the South. The figures will face the full front and the one upon the right will bear in her left hand a partly furled American flag. The figure upon the left will hold a similar flag in her right hand. The disengaged hands will be clasped about the head of President Lincoln, their arms forming the oval, each supporting upon her hand a palm branch. AND Good manners, plenty of soap and water and a little shoe blacking will secure a position for any boy. Then all it will take to hold it and make it grow more valuable is energy.

December 26 1902

December 26 (1902/2002)



Foster [Hopbottom] - The pumps which have supplied water for the D.L.& W. tanks for years, are no longer in operation. There being such a heavy grade there, trains stop at other places for water.


Harford - Mrs. Cooper was very agreeably surprised one evening last week by finding a load of wood in her yard which had been left there in the moonlight. She is very thankful for the same.


Elk Lake - Mr. Justin took the Elk Lake school children for a sleigh-ride on Friday to Dimock. They were served with refreshments by their teacher at the home of B.E. Crisman. They report a good time and a vote of thanks was extended to Mr. Justin for his kindness.


Rush - A Public Ball will be held at the Rush House, New Years night, Jan. 1, 1903.


South Montrose - Tuesday morning, between the hours of five and six, the horse barn on Guy E. Wells' farm caught fire from the overturning of a lantern and was burned to the ground. The animals, as well as the most valuable farming equipments were saved, although the fire spread very rapidly.


Jackson - The North Jackson Methodist church is being reseated and repaired. AND Wheaton Denney, after an absence of 35 years in Wisconsin, is visiting here. AND What was perhaps the largest funeral held in North Jackson in many years was that of Mrs. Grant Bryant, Saturday afternoon, Dec. 20th. This estimable woman died at her home here Thursday morning, Dec. 18th, after an illness of 4 days, with paralysis of the bowels. She leaves a husband and five little children to mourn. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stoddard of Lake View. The funeral was held from the Methodist Church at 2 p.m., Revs. French of Thomson and Kelly of Jackson, officiating.


Hallstead - The Hallstead chair factory will be doubled in size and capacity.


Susquehanna - The Street Commissioner announces that people, who persist in throwing ashes upon the highway during sleighing or at any other time, will be dealt with promptly for violating an ordinance of this borough. AND On Tuesday evening the Sunday School of the Presbyterian Church held its Xmas exercises. An admission of one or more potatoes was charged. The proceeds were distributed among needy people.


Mud Lake [Silver Lake Twp.] - Friday evening, Dec. 19, was the scene of a very pleasant gathering, when a number of young people from Birchardville and Mud Lake gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Rodgers. Dancing was indulged in; music furnished by Messrs. Hill, O'Day and Donovan, violinist, with organ and flute accompaniment. Lunch was served about midnight.


Great Bend - Dr. E.P. Hines is the only physician on our side of the river, at present, and he has success in his practice.


Lakeside - Floyd Perry and wife have gone to Florida to spend the winter.


Uniondale - Among the Xmas shoppers who visited Carbondale on Saturday were Mrs. F. Westgate, Mrs. C. Mills, Mrs. A.H. Smith and Edith Smith.


Forest Lake - D.H. Wheatcroft is very sick with erysipelas in his head. AND On Friday night last a sleigh load of 19 from this place attended a dance at Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Rodgers' at Mud Lake. A splendid time is reported.


Brookdale - H.F. Adams says he has a chair that was taken out of the Fort at Wilkesbarre when it was burned by the Tories and Indians at the time of the great massacre. [He] Also has a cow-bell that was bought by his grandfather soon after the Revolutionary war. Mr. Adams' father, Jeddiah Adams and wife, came from Connecticut to what is now called Hallstead, when there were only three houses there, and by marked trees through what was then called Beach Woods. Mr. Adams says he has a record of the Adams family since the year 1535, and some of them held office under the King of England; also, relatives to John Quincy Adams.


Montrose - Merchants offer the following for Christmas: A.B. Burns has boxing gloves, fencing foils, Indian clubs, punching bags, ping-pong sets, foot ball and Whitman's holiday candy and cut glass olive dishes; horse blankets at J.E. Barney's; soap-stones, ribbons for fancy work at Ryan's; confectionery, cigars, various brands of the best tobaccos, pipes at T.F. Kelly's; all the late copyright books W.H. Turrell's. Remember that Sprout & Brewster have oysters, clams, crackers, etc., also family and party supplies.


Binghamton - When under-sheriff Worthing returned to the city last last night with Fuller, he also brought with him James Casey, who is charged with grand larceny in the second degree, and who was captured in Cohoes. Casey is alleged to have been an accomplice of Frank E. Durfee in drugging and robbing James A. Curley, of Flynn [Middletown Twp.], Pa., last Saturday night, of about $445. Casey pleaded not guilty and the examination was adjourned until Friday morning at 9 o'clock.


Welsh Hill - O.C. Jones had a merry party out for a sleighride, Saturday.


Lynn - The marriage of Miss Mame Sheldon of this place to H.E. Grow, of Towanda, occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Sheldon, Dec. 18th.


News Briefs - More than fifty girls are studying scientific farming in the Minneapolis College of Agriculture, says an exchange. Perhaps that is to be the future plan for inducing the boys to stick to the farm instead of going to town. These educated girls will make no mistake in picking out the cow that gives the buttermilk. AND A Virginia clergyman wants a law passed prohibiting sweethearts from kissing each other unless they first secure a certificate from a physician, pronouncing them free from disease, under penalty of a fine. The enforcement of such a law would start a revolution that the standing army would be unable to suppress.

January 02 1903

January 02 (1903/2003)



Glenwood, Lenox Twp. - Hon. Galusha A. Grow, who was the war speaker of the House of Representatives, will write "Lincoln Life in the White House" in the February "Success." AND At the home of P.H. Hunt, our genial blacksmith, all was Christmas jollity. Those from out of town were Perry Hunt, wife and daughter, of Mill City and Mrs. Cora Cole, of Carbondale. All enjoyed a family sleigh-ride to Clifford. Mrs. P.H. Hunt was made glad by the gift of a fine new cooking range, Miss Martha Hunt, a gold watch and Mrs. Susie Sprague, a beautiful fur cape. There was scarcely any one slighted.


Montrose - Editor Taylor celebrated the holidays by removing the whiskers, which have long been a part of his facial expression, and joined the bare-faced brigade, which gives him a distinguished appearance. It is getting to be the fashion among statesmen, diplomats, and other distinguished people. Perhaps the fact that brother Taylor is now a grandpa for the second time has something to do with his casting aside such frivolous adornment as chin whiskers. AND Elliot and Thomas Davies, two young men of this place, have constructed a telegraph line between their homes, the distance traveled being about two blocks. It works to perfection.


Little Meadows - Two men engaged in cutting trees from the woods picked out a magnificent oak of apparent health. During the time they were engaged in sawing the tree they noticed nothing peculiar, until they got to the point where the tree toppled over. It was then discovered that the center of the tree was hollow and when the top fell over a peculiar hissing was heard coming form the cavity. The men stopped to express their wonder at the phenomenon and one of them lighted his pipe. He then held the burning match over the hollow stump to see if possible what was in the tree to make the noise. Imagine his astonishment when a stream of fire shot up into the air. The hole in the stump of the tree evidently tapped a subterranean vein of natural gas and that in escaping from the hole it made the hissing sound. The gas continued to burn until the stump of the tree was nearly consumed. The discovery has again caused much excitement in Little Meadows and may result in further attempts to locate gas wells in the vicinity. Two years ago, local capitalists were unsuccessful in finding gas.


New Milford - About six o'clock last night, while the guests at the Jay House were eating supper, the gas plant which is at the rear end of the hotel, blew up, causing a loud report and completely breaking out all the windows in the house. Fortunately, no one was hurt and no fire occurred.


Great Bend - The gold watch given by the Great Bend Pleasure Club, as a prize for the best lady waltzer at the Christmas night dance, was awarded to Miss Joe Kilrow.


Susquehanna - A committee from Susquehanna Town Council will confer with a committee from Lanesboro in regard to lighting the road between the two boroughs. This is a dark and dangerous road and needs lighting badly. AND John McMahon opened a shoe store in the Lannon block and Lloyd Knise opened a tonsorial establishment in the Pope building.


Lawsville - A very pleasant affair was the surprise party given on Christmas night to Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Bailey, it being the occasion of their 39th wedding anniversary. Their friends (95) assembled to help them celebrate and to wish them many happy returns of the day. We were very pleasantly entertained with both vocal and instrumental music, and last but not least by a recitation, "The Judgment Day," by Miss Mary Wheaton, which deserves great praise. Just before 12 o'clock we were invited to partake of ice cream and cake; also bananas, to which we all did ample justice and each one departed declaring it as being a very pleasant occasion.


Birchardville - Frank Fessenden took a load from here over to Mr. Beebe's, near Montrose, where they tripped the light fantastic until the wee small hours, one night last week.


Springville - Howard Taylor, a young ministerial student of Wyoming Seminary, is spending his vacation with his parents at Lynn. Owing to the pastor, Rev. J.W. Price, being engaged in revival work at Lymanville, Mr. Taylor preached at East Lynn, last Tuesday evening.


Lakeside - J.R. Barrett's people have added to the comfort of their home, a telephone.


Auburn Centre -As a rule, gentlemen are not pleased when they "get the mitten," but when B.B. Lowe received a nice pair of double mittens as a Christmas present from his wife and learned that they were knit by her grandmother, who is known through Auburn as Aunt Lovisa Carlin, a lady who celebrated her 90th birthday, Nov. 26, 1902, he was more than pleased. The yarn was taken to her Friday evening, Dec. 19, and the following Monday her daughter, Mrs. J.C. Tyler, who lives with her, went away and was gone until Tuesday, so the old lady had to go ahead with the housework for two days, but by Wednesday night she had them finished and nicely washed and dried ready for wear. The wrists are knit what is called fox and geese and are striped. What is more remarkable, she knit them without the aid of spectacles, and she has also knit several pairs for her great-grandsons and she also sews and reads without glasses.


In her younger days Aunt Lovisa used to spin wool to make kersey blankets and sheets, also weave cloth for the girls dresses and spin flax and weave her own towels, beside caring for a family of seven or eight little ones, all of whom grew to man and womanhood and are now all numbered with the dead except one daughter. Now in the summer season it is no unusual thing to see Aunt Lovisa out hoeing and weeding in the garden, and when in the house she peels potatoes and apples, washes dishes and is more active than lots of young girls.


News Briefs - In Wilkes-Barre, police attended a Christmas night dance in that city and sent home 45 girls they considered too young to frequent such affairs. AND The old home of Horace Greeley, on the New York State line, six miles from Correy, Pa., burned last Friday. In this dwelling Horace and Barnes, his brother, spent many years of their life. Burt Greeley, a nephew, occupied the house and barely escaped with his family.

January 09 1903

January 09 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - Miss Louise Curtis has been elected principal of the Gibson school, to fill out the unexpired term of Prof. Ernest Tiffany, who resigned on account of ill health. AND Messrs. Manning Thompson and Howard Collins have gone with the Alonzo Hatch moving picture company for a 20-week trip.


Ararat - It is understood that N.L. Walker will take a clerkship in the office of the Secretary of Internal Affairs, at Harrisburg, made vacant by the death of the late B.H. Prizer.


Forest Lake - We think our stage driver, Mr. Winner, is rightly named, as he has won our neighbor, Mrs. Ella Hollis and on Sunday morning the happy couple went to Apalachin, N.Y. where they were united in marriage by Rev. G.D. Fisher. They were attended by Miss Helen Howell and Myron Campbell of Apalachin. May peace and happiness follow them through life.


Upsonville - Jerry Banker is attending the meeting of the American Devon Cattle Club at West Chester, Pa. He is recognized as one of the very foremost among the breeders of Devons in this country. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of this association for 16 years and president of the same association for 6 years.


Montrose - E.H. True, who has lighted his store for several months by means of a private acetylene plant, will be obliged to remove his plant in order to maintain the insurance on his store and goods, as the insurance company have entered protest. Since the explosion of the plant at the Jay House, New Milford, the feeling against private gas plants has deepened, and in this case it undoubtedly precipitated matters.


Forest City - George Goodman, who has been boring for coal on the Watt-Williams tract above Forest City, found evidence of a very valuable mineral deposit and has purchased the tract, which comprises several hundred acres. The core shows the coal to be of very excellent quality and the vein of good thickness. The property, which it is said brought a goodly sum, has already been transferred to Mr. Goodman, and, it is said, he will soon begin the erection of a large breaker. The colliery will be at the extreme north of the anthracite coal field. AND Mr. and Mrs. John Muchitz, of Austria, parents of Martin Muchitz, arrived in Forest City on Christmas eve and will hereafter make their home with their son. It was a happy Christmas for this family that had been reunited after so many years.


Birchardville - Thursday afternoon a party of 25 started from this vicinity, their destination being Asa Coleman's near Herrickville, Bradford Co. Oysters were served and dancing indulged in until the wee small hours. Breakfast was served and all returned to their homes, reporting a fine time.


Clifford - Clifford's new club, which is proving such an important spoke in the social wheel, has at last received a name. It is to be known as the "Knogrowold" and has chosen the following officers, president, Doctor J.W. Edwards; vice president, L.E. Taylor; secretary Miss Ruth Miller; treasurer, P.A. Rivenburg; executive committee, Miss Ella Maude Stewart, Mrs. P.A. Rivenburg, Messrs, E.G. Greene, W.M. Bennett, and Dr. Edwards. The club meets at Finn's hall every Tuesday night and plans ping pong, etc.


East Bridgewater - In Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 28th, Fred A. Baldwin entered into his rest. He was the son of Geo. H. Baldwin, dec. and Paulina (Tiffany) Baldwin, and was 37 years of age at his decease. His father died when Fred was a mere lad, and his early life was spent with his mother on the old homestead farm of his grandfather, the late Matthew Baldwin, deceased, in East Bridgewater, locally known as the "Baldwin Hill." When Fred became of age he followed Horace Greely's advice to young men and went West. For the greater part of 16 years he has resided in western Arizona. A few months ago consumption developed and he was directed by his attending physician to go to Southern California, where the end came.


Lawsville Centre - A quantity of buckwheat and chickens were stolen last Saturday night from Frank Travis' and Webb Hollenback's. The perpetrators were found and we trust severely punished.


Harford - The band will hold a masquerade and box social at Odd Fellows' Hall, Wednesday evening, Jan. 28. Ladies are requested to bring a box with lunch for two.


New Susquehanna County Officials: At the Court House this week the new officials have settled down to work. R.N. Brush assumed the duties of the Sheriff's office. G.E. McKune, of Harmony, M.J. Lannon, of Susquehanna, and A.O. Tiffany, of Dimock, are in the Commissioners' office. P.H. Lines, of Great Bend, was here to take charge of the Treasurer's office. He will be here part of the time and when he is not here, W.A. Titsworth will attend to his matters. T.W. Atkinson, U. Kinney and M.J. Lee, the board of auditors, are right busy at the County accounts. B.B. Buffum commences his second term in the Register's office. Deputy Sheriff Leonard, who thoroughly understands the Sheriff's office and its affairs, is retained; and W.A. Titsworth, the same, as Commissioner's clerk; and W.N. Barnes, deputy Register.


Oakley - The latest news is that Oakley is to be connected with Kingsley by a telephone line, in the near future.


News Briefs - A few drops of oil of lavender poured into a glass of very hot water will purify the air of a room almost instantly from cooking odors. The effect is especially refreshing in a sick room. AND The return of the miners to work resulted in a marriage boom such as the region never before experienced. Since the settlement of the strike over 400 licenses to marry have been issued in Luzerne county alone. AND The assault on one Republican by another on county committee day (last Saturday), wherein a good umbrella was smashed on the offender's head, was a mild illustration of the brotherly unity and good will among our Republican neighbors. While some heads are not of much account, perhaps good umbrellas are valuable. AND An exchange announces that "the United States leads the world in furnishing armor for battleships and corsets." That's no joke; it's the truth.

January 16 1903

January 16 (1903/2003)



Starrucca - Coran, the 19 year-old son of John Davis, while attempting to board a freight train to go to Thomson, was thrown under the car and two wheels passed over his leg crushing it below the knee. Dr. E.L. Ward, of Starrucca, assisted by Dr. McNamara, of Thomson, and Dr. Downton, amputated the limb above the knee.


Montrose - The ice on Jones' Lake [Lake Montrose] is about 14 inches in thickness and a cake the regular size weighs over 100 lbs. Hart Bros. have been busy cutting for various parties the past week and there is a continuous line of teams waiting for ice throughout the day. The sleighing is perfect and as the ice is of excellent quality the work is being pushed to the utmost. AND About 20 young men of this place have formed a club for the promotion of indoor athletic sports with quarters in the rink. They indulge in such sports as wrestling, boxing, indoor baseball, basketball, etc.


Springville - Some time ago it became necessary for Mrs. Geo. Bushnell to have some "store" teeth. Recently they began hurting her gums so much that it was thought their use would have to be discontinued, and an investigation was made which revealed the fact that a whole upper set were growing again.


Rush - The primary class of Trinity Methodist Sunday School were entertained by their teacher, Mrs. S.B. McCain, at her home on Saturday afternoon. Among the young ladies and gentlemen present were-Misses Ella Wilcox, Helen Adams, Faith Devine, Anna Garrison, Martha Hendershot and Masters Frank Terry, Raymond Smith, Earle Canfield, Warren VanDyke, Homer Canfield, Frank Williams, Lee Garrison, Clarence Williams, Paul McCain and Clifford Devine.


Susquehanna - Trustee Harrison Conklin, of Montrose, on Monday afternoon sold at auction the residue of grocery stock of John Duffy-late a grocer in this place, who is a bankrupt. The goods sold for $1.25.


Franklin Forks - A large number of young people attended a party given by Messes May and Julia Wheaton, at their house at Salt springs, with music, games and an advertisement-guessing contest. Miss Alice Smith and Frank Cole won first prize, Miss Lillian Church and Sidney Dearborn second and Miss Blowers and Miss Hunsinger won the consolation prizes. A delightful luncheon was served. AND Nellie Hickok had the misfortune to freeze her feet quite badly while out coasting on last Saturday evening.


Uniondale - Benjamin Curtis, who has been in the west for the past four years, has returned to his "father's house."


Brooklyn - George Terry is a businessman, and is also kept busy with his large and growing trade, and superintending the telephone business. It is surprising the amount of business done in the telephone office here. But a few years ago when there was a line in town the business did not pay and the company cut down the line and gave up the business. Now with the local and long distance, one is kept busy most of the time, attending the phone.


Brandt - The new works of the Brandt Clay Product Co. are progressing rapidly. They expect to be ready to make brick by April 1st.


Jackson - On New Year's day, as is their usual custom, the children and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Barrett gathered at their home in West Jackson. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett are among the few of Jackson's first settlers who still survive and they have reached the advanced age of 83 and 85 years. This enjoyable event was attended by 47 of their immediate relatives, among who were Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Hazen and son, Binghamton, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Barrett, Windsor, and Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Barrett, New Milford.


Birchardville - The neighbors gathered at Mrs. G.B. Strange's Saturday, Jan. 10th, and got out about 15 cords of wood for her, for which she is very thankful. AND Mrs. A.J. McKeeby lost a pair of shell back mittens at the Grange meeting. Finder please leave at Hosford's store.


Glenwood - Dame rumor says that Patrick Hefferon is going to take unto himself a charming young bride. The bride-to-be has a large farm, well stocked with poultry, cows, horses, sheep and pigs. Good for you, Patrick.


Clifford - The members and congregation of the Baptist church gave their pastor's wife, Mrs. C.C. Gillett, a black silk dress as a Christmas present. AND Arnold Green, who died Dec. 18, was one of our kind Christian neighbors, a life long resident of this place. He was our undertaker before the Rebellion, also door and sash manufacturer. About the year 1865 he sold out his undertaking business to B.F. Wells, of this place. From that time he has lived a quiet, retired life. For many years he has been a leading member of the Clifford M.E. church. He buried his wife, who possessed a beautiful Christian spirit many years ago; he has also buried one son and one daughter and has two sons and two daughters left to mourn their loss.


Lenoxville - It sounds old fashioned to hear the saw mill running again. Almond Doud, our veteran sawyer, is still one of the best.


Elk Lake - The Grange is in a flourishing condition and is taking in new members every week. AND The patrons of the East Rush creamery are getting ice from the lake and the ice is about a foot thick.


News Briefs - Put away your Ping Pong board and balls for the newer absurdity is out-blowing soap bubbles is the new thing. It is said to strengthen the lungs, increase the circulation of the blood, harden the muscles, brighten the mind, enliven the imagination, cure warts, remove freckles, purify the conscience, elevate the morals, create riches, fill the missionary boxes, sweeten an onion breath, decrease the price of beefsteak and ice, abolish monopolies and do a lot of other good things. AND The Grand Grill, 28 Chenango St., opposite the Stone Opera House, is the most popular dining room in the city, where nothing but pure food is served at popular prices on the European plan only. "Order what you want and pay for what you order." It is really the "home for the hungry." The first time you come to Binghamton call in and see us. Oysters a specialty.

January 23 1903

January 23 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - Mrs. Sophia [Benson] Brigham, aged 88 years, died at her home in Susquehanna Monday morning, Jan. 19, after a long illness. She was one of a family of 13 children and was the first girl born in Jackson township. Two sons, Emery Houghton, of Susquehanna and Nathaniel Houghton, of Binghamton, survive; also three brothers, Coryell Benson, of Susquehanna; L.D. Benson, of Jackson, and A.M. Benson, of Cleveland, O., and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Starkweather, of Susquehanna and Mrs. Eliza Moxley, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. AND We understand that a number of Front St. businessmen are about to be taken into custody, on charge of stealing ice. A big water tank of the Erie, in that locality, overflows, and a pillar of ice several feet in thickness and about 40 ft. high has formed. Then citizens, when they want ice, beat the dealer by taking an axe and hacking out a chunk.


Hopbottom - While walking the tracks at Foster [Hopbottom], on the Lackawanna road, Thursday evening of last week, Frank Ritter, residing at that place, was struck by a passenger train and sustained injuries which resulted in his death about an hour later. His death was unexpected as his only apparent injury was a compound fracture of the leg. Owing to the fact that Ritter did not regain consciousness after receiving the injury, no details of the accident are known. He was walking the tracks toward his home when the southbound train struck him and he was hurled along the track about 25 feet before he fell to the side. The train crew cared for the remains and took them to Scranton. Ritter was admitted to the Lackawanna hospital at 8:10 o'clock and died five minutes later.


Montrose - An elegant Saturday night lunch will be given at Sprout & Brewster's, Jan. 24, from 5 till 8 o'clock. Look over the menu: Soups: Chicken, Ox-tail, Tomato, Cream of Celery. Roast Turkey, Celery, Cranberries. Oysters: Stews, Raws, Fried, Plain. Sandwiches: Schweitzer, Ham, Egg, Oyster and Sardine, Cream Cheese. Ice Cream: Coffee, Vanilla, Pistache. Fancy Cakes, Crackers, Coffee, Cocoa, Milk AND Quite a quantity of pork was shipped on Tuesday via the L & M railroad, shippers paying 8 cents. Calves have commenced to be among the shipments, for which they were paying 10 cents, dressed.


New Milford - About fifty people from Susquehanna County, a number of them being from New Milford and Heart Lake, left for Lake Hopatcong, N.J. to work for the Mountain Lake Ice Company. L.O. Farrar has charge of the work.


Brookdale - A company to the number of 50 gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bailey, Jan. 13, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. After a short talk by their Pastor, Rev. Vale, of Waverly, a sumptuous dinner was served, after which the time was spent most pleasantly in visiting and singing. A reminder of the event was left in the form of a collection of $57, with best wishes of all for many happy returns of the day.


Stevens Point - The rumor that David T. Spears, who was reported to have perished in a wreck at Rowlands, has visited his father at Stevens Point, is untrue. Mr. Spears was a brakeman on an Erie coal train, which was wrecked at Rowlands, Dec. 30. He was supposed to have been in the caboose at the time but nothing could be found in the ruins to prove that a human being had been burned. He was the only train hand missing and the case still remains a mystery. His father, Thomas Spears, who resides at Stevens Point, this county, states that he had neither been seen nor heard from and if he is alive the family has no knowledge of it.


Silver Lake - Neil [Cornelius] Giblin shot a wild cat in Lynche's woods. AND A party of 20 young people enjoyed a sleigh-ride to Brookdale, Friday night, to attend a dance in the Tingley Hall.


North Branch - Alva Johnson has traded farms with Orvel Ellsworth, at LeRaysville, and expects to move there the first of March.


West Auburn - James Yonnker, while cutting down a tree, met with an accident so serious as to necessitate the amputation of his leg about four or five inches below the knee. The tree, instead of falling as he expected, was fastened by wild grape vines to other trees at the top and swinging around crushed his leg between that and a sapling. He was immediately taken to Sayre where amputation was found necessary.


Gibson - Monday last a daughter, aged 6 years, of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Resseguie, who was seriously ill with diphtheria and who was afflicted with spasms, was, by her grandmother, Mrs. Emory Resseguie, given by mistake, a dose of carbolic acid. Death resulted in a short time. The child's grandmother is almost crazed with grief at the result of her error, although the physicians say that the child could not have survived, had not the poison been administered. The funeral occurred Thursday and was largely attended.


Pensions Granted - The following pensions have been granted through the agency of M.H. VanScoten, of Montrose: Original, Jacob E. Rice, of South Montrose, Company G, 13th Regiment P.I., for disabilities received in the Spanish-American War, $6 per month with back pay amounting to about $250. Elizabeth Bennett, widow of Miles Bennett, late of Stevensville, $12 a month; Edwin A. Leonard, of Cooperstown, N.Y., $14 a month; Isaac N. Corbin, of Apolacon, $8 a month; Thomas Conlon, of Flagstone, Pa., $14 a month; Chas. W. Stanton, of Rush, $24 a month; Joseph C. Shadduck, of Rushville, $17 a month; J.S. Rifenbury, of West Auburn, $10 a month; Wm. H. Fordham, of Carbondale, $14 a month.


Hallstead - Ernest Crabill, former pitcher for the Binghamton baseball nine, has arrived in Hallstead, accompanied by Mrs. Crabill, to take charge of the Baptist church for two months. The pulpit was left vacant by the death of the Rev. Mr. Watkins. Mr. Crabill is known as the "pitcher evangelist."


News Briefs: A nearby pastor preached on Sunday from the text: "Is the world growing better? It is. Right here in Susquehanna county it is not necessary to lock ice-houses in the winter. AND A domestic training school is to be opened in the hospital at Wilkes-Barre to teach young women the art of housework in all its branches. AND Mince pie was formerly called mutton pie, as mutton was used instead of beef in making it. The term mince was applied in derision by the Puritans, who refused to partake of it.

January 30 1903

January 30 (1903/2003)



South Montrose - The Ladies Mission Band recently surprised Miss Harriett Lozier of this town with a load of coal.


Hopbottom- The team of E. Conrad fell into Struppler's pond, from which ice was being drawn to the creamery. While loading ice, in some way, the bobs got off the ice into the water and backed the team in too. Ready help rescued the team, which was driven home.


Great Bend - Erastus Green, while adjusting a belt at the chamois factory, Monday, was caught in the pulley. His clothing was torn from his body and one of his shoulders was dislocated.


Forest City - The Coal Commission investigation has brought out the fact that the Hillside mine, at Forest City, pays the best wages, has had the least trouble, and is withal one of the most prosperous mines in the anthracite region. Old Susquehanna county always leads and such a conclusion was to have been expected. AND All telephone, telegraph, electric railway and other poles will hereafter be taxed twenty-five cents per pole each year in Forest City.


Montrose - Street Commissioner Rutan was out with his snowplow Sunday morning and soon had the sidewalks in such excellent condition that all who wished could, without difficulty, attend the morning church services. Mr. Rutan can now accomplish the work of a score of men by the use of the plow and the fine manner in which the thoroughfares are cleared of snow, making it much more convenient to the traveling pubic, is very much appreciated. Property owners should not think, however, that the snowplow can do all the work properly, as the loose snow on the sides cannot be prevented from falling back to some extent. The use of the shovel will make a decided improvement and give our streets the reputation of being kept in the best condition of any town its size in the State.


Hallstead - John Robinson was instantly killed on the Lackawanna track near the silk mill last Friday evening. Mr. Robinson was the drillmaster on engine No. 2. He was riding down the long switch by the silk mill on an engine. Upon nearing the mill he stepped off the platform of the engine without noticing that another engine was following close behind. He stepped off the track directly in front of this engine, which knocked him down, and he was immediately killed by the train running over him. Deceased was about 45 years of age and for a number of years had been a faithful employee of the Lackawanna company. He is survived by a wife and three children.


Birchardville - The Center school, drawn by a 4 horse team, attended the closing exercises of the Hamlin school last week.


Lenoxville - A merry party of young people gathered at the home of Mr.& Mrs. W.E. Ross, on the evening of the 15th inst., it being the 17th birthday of their daughter, Ruth. Games were indulged in until midnight, when elegant refreshments were served, after which the company was photographed by flashlight. In the "small hours" the young people departed, leaving some fine gifts as a testimony of their good will towards Miss Ruth. Those present were Misses Gertie and Mae Lewis, Sadye Sager, of Foster; Debbie Davis, East Lenox; Leta Green, Glenwood; Flora Kennedy, Orla Severance, Inez Roberts, Veda Sherman, Jennie and Fae Halstead, Mary Skinnard, Minnie Everts, Emma, Ruth and Shirly Ross, Lenoxville. Messrs Sammie Lewis, John Sager, Foster; George Hasbrouck, West Clifford; Clarence Gumaer, Marshbrook; Willie Bennett, Clifford; Silas Decker, Clarence Sheridan, Ray Roberts, Glen Harding, Fred Skinnard, James Bennett, Lenoxville; and Lee Swingle.


Susquehanna - The Boston Musical Dramatic Company will appear in Hogan Opera House, Feb. 21, under the auspices of Grace Episcopal church, Oakland. AND Jas. Montgomery has purchased the cigar and tobacco store of J.J. Ryan. Mr. Montgomery is a man well known and highly respected and we predict for him success in his new calling.


Forest Lake - There was a large wood bee for Dwight Rhinevault on Tuesday of last week and about 25 cords of wood were cut.


Springville - A merry crowd of Epworth Leaguers gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Haldeman last Friday evening. The time was pleasantly spent in various games, the most interesting item being the knot-tying contest. One of our young men broke the record by tying 26 knots in 5 minutes. A bountiful lunch was served at 11 o'clock.


Glenwood - And still it snows and the logs are piling up around the mill of G.N. Bennett. AND A horse and cutter was found standing in front of George White's residence on Sunday morning, about 5 a.m. Mr. White took the horse to the barn of A.W. McAloon and gave it a good feed. The cutter was somewhat broken and the horse was shivering with cold, he being covered with snow. Later in the day G.W. Hinkley, of Nicholson, came up and claimed the out-fit but who the parties were that had the horse was not learned.


Jones' Lake (now Lake Montrose, Bridgewater Twp.) - The residence of Mr. Hoyt, on the south side of the lake, was destroyed by fire early Monday morning with nearly all its contents. The fire originated from the kitchen stove. No attempt was made to get the fire fighting apparatus on the grounds, owing to the distance and depth of the snow. Mr. Hoyt and son, Charles, worked vigorously in getting out the furniture and other valuable articles and they succeeded in saving the piano, sideboard and other loose articles, besides some men's clothing, but that belonging to Mrs. Hoyt and little daughter, Nora, was burned, except that in which they were attired and a few other articles of wearing apparel hastily collected. The family will occupy the Crocker house on Mill street, but they are at present located with a neighbor-Bert Sprout.


News Brief - The story comes from Judge Pennypacker's hometown, and there is no reason to doubt it, that the governor has returned all the complimentary passes sent him by railroad companies. He says that he prefers to pay his traveling expenses just the same as any other man, and he believes that his salary will enable him to pay his own way.

February 06 1903

February 06 (1903/2003)



Franklin Forks - Our blacksmith, Charles Towner, has left this place. John Dillon, of Lawsville, has rented the shop of Carrol Tiffany for three years. George Hickok has got his engine and boiler moved here, preparatory to starting a shingle mill.


Dimock - The Aid Society of the Baptist church met at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Newton on Thursday, Jan'y 29th, for dinner. There was a large attendance and being industriously inclined, they not only did justice to the abundance of good things provided for the occasion, but attacked the carpet rags with a vigor which rolled up the balls to the amount of 27 lbs. There were 53 present and all report a good time.


Auburn Corners - John Bushnell returned Monday evening from a visit to his daughter at North Bridgewater; while absent, he was juryman at our County court, was out all night on duty, and marched at the head of the column to breakfast next morning. This for a man past 82 years of age; fifty years ago he was on the jury, being the youngest man of the number. G.W. Smith was also on the jury, aged 81 years.


Montrose - In Susquehanna the ground hog saw his shadow on Monday, but in Montrose he didn't get a chance, therefore, according to tradition we will be enjoying ethereal balminess while the "city of stairs" is writhing in the throes of howling blizzards and icy cold. AND Henry J. Rose was a pleasant caller on Saturday, en route from Harrisburg to his home at Silver Lake. Mr. Rose is on several important committees, among which are Mines and Mining Ways and Means, Military, Public Health and Sanitation and Counties and Townships. The first three are regarded as especially important.


Harford - Mr. S.E. Carpenter, one of the oldest citizens of the town of Harford passed away Jan. 28th, 1903, after a few days illness. He was born Aug. 19, 1822 and married Jan. 30, 1845, to Hannah E. Tiffany, who passed away June 14th, 1872. Two daughters, Mrs. C.H. Birchard of Philadelphia, and Mrs. L.M. Gillett, of Thompson, and two sons, Frank E., of Harford and Homer E., of Kingsley, and five grand-children survive him. Mr. Carpenter served as Assessor for 19 years and as Jury Commissioner for two terms.


Susquehanna - Another claimant to the title of the youngest engineer on the Erie has appeared. He is Engineer Smiley, of Susquehanna, who is 23 years old. He began firing at the age of 18 years and has been acting as engineer for some time.


Springville - The members of Utility Grange, No. 873 will hold a box social at their hall on Friday evening, Feb'y 13; each lady is to bring a box containing lunch for two, which is to be sold for 25 cents. All are invited.


North Jackson - D.R. Pope, of North Jackson, who is past 81 years of age, is braving the severe winter and daily looks after a stock of fourteen head of cattle, twenty-five head of sheep and a span of horses. He has made frequent trips to Brandt for ashes and weekly visits to Susquehanna. None are more active at 81 than Mr. Pope.


Brooklyn - Ice formed a gorge in the stream below the old factory school house and the road was filled with cakes of ice and water, so that it was impossible to go through with teams. The stages with the mail had to go around the Hill road by Henry Roper's for several days.


Silver Lake -Frank Ward will be paid a liberal sum if he keeps the road open between the school house and Liberty


Lawton - Well, we are not quite so badly shut off from all the world as we were, as G.W. Meeker, also G.W. Lindsley, have new telephones put in their places, so now we can talk more than usual, if possible; and we are very glad to be connected with the outside world. AND Ed Hollenback went to Georgia several weeks ago and last Wednesday he returned bringing with him a charming bride.


Oakley - Mrs. Rose Carpenter has a tame dove that follows her children to school every morning and returns with them at night. E.E. Titus has a tame crow that cackles in exact imitation of a hen and tries to talk.


South Gibson - The Cornet Band, under the capable leadership of Professor D.J. Morgan, is making excellent progress.


News Briefs - The Postoffice Department has decided to furnish every farmer, at its own expense, with an official letter box, which being the property of the government will be protected against theft by lawful authority of the Federal law. In the future, on rural free delivery routes, mail matter will be as safe from robbers as when deposited in receptacles on urban street corners. Another new departure is likely to be the employment of women more extensively as carriers on rural routes. Already a few mail carriers of the gentler sex are in the service at the customary $50 a month and they have been found very satisfactory. AND The U.S. Naval tug Lyden, which was recently wrecked in a dense fog, off the Block Island coast, was commanded by Lieut. Chester Wells, a young officer with an excellent record. He was on the Texas during the Spanish war. Lieut. Wells is a son of Major Levi Wells of Spring Hill, Bradford County, and has many friends here who will be interested in the above. AND At the ex-prisoners of the war convention held at Scranton, on Thursday afternoon and evening of last week, the old soldiers had a very enjoyable meeting which they spent in singing, recounting personal reminiscences and having a good time generally. The Scranton Republican says the following, which will interest many: "Protests against the [Robert E.] Lee statue were made by P.H. Campbell, President Lathrope and by Comrade Dodd, of Montrose. The latter met his old friend, 'Squire Davis, of Parsons, for the first time in 41 years. They enlisted together, were separated, both captured and made prisoners of war, yet have lived all these years in ignorance of the other's existence. Comrade Dodd was roundly cheered when he took the platform and delivered the most enthusiastic and humorous speech of the evening. AND The Philadelphia Press had an interesting article relative to salaries of female school teachers, which shows that 16 Pennsylvania counties pay their women teachers less than $30 per month. Our county [$25 per month] is among the 16 and it isn't likely many of our readers will be proud of it when they come to know it.

February 13 1903

February 13 (1903/2003)



Susquehanna - Joseph, the 15-year-old son of Engineer Michael Kane, met with a severe accident on Monday evening. He is employed on a steam hammer in the Erie blacksmith shop, and while putting on his coat to quit work his left hand was caught in the cogs of a machine and crushed so badly that amputation was necessary. AND In the Erie shops the work is the heaviest in years. Many of the men are working 14 hours a day and about 30 locomotives are handled monthly.


Lawsville - D.W. Bailey recently had a desperate encounter with a gray squirrel. Armed only with a large club he made a gallant attack and the victory was soon his. AND Prof. Thayer will hold singing school here and at Franklin Forks-four nights each week, two nights at each place.


Jackson - A Valentine Social will be held in Roberts' Hall on Friday evening, Feb'y 18th, under the auspices of the North Jackson Ladies' Aid: supper 10 and 20 cents.


Friendsville - Friends and neighbors of Michael Fitzgerald met at his home last Tuesday and cut him a nice lot of wood, for which he returns many thanks.


Upsonville/Forest Lake - The Peoples' Mutual Independent Telephone Co., running from Upsonville to Forest Lake, has made connection with the Bell Telephone Exchange in Montrose, so that patrons of either can have the benefit of the service of both.


Brooklyn - The Ladies' Aid Society of the Brooklyn M.E. church will hold an Apron Bazaar and a Martha Washington Tea in the Odd Fellows' Hall at that place on Friday afternoon and evening, Feb. 20. Tea will be served from 5 to 7:30 P.M. In the evening a musical and literary entertainment will be given. Supper and entertainment, 15 cents; entertainment alone, 10 cents.


Jackson Valley - F.M. Thompson, of Juaniata [?], Neb., is visiting in this vicinity; he formerly lived at Neath and Jackson Valley. He was a soldier in Co. I, 6th Regt., PA Reserves in 1861. Samuel Jessup was Chaplain. Mr. Thompson left Montrose in 1873 and went to Nebraska.


Montrose - M.H. VanScoten left on Tuesday morning for Harrisburg and will return tomorrow. Mr. VanScoten is the originator of the monument bill recently introduced in the Legislature by Rep. Rose, providing for the erection of monuments at Antietam for the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Regt's, Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps.


Great Bend - Great Bend and Susquehanna are already beginning to talk baseball, and the sooner the Montrose Athletic Association takes up the matter of organizing a team the better. In the past few months some of our best players have removed, among whom are "Dick" Conners, Arthur Smith, "Shorty" Hollister and "Pete" and Bliss Lott, but there is still plenty of good material for forming an excellent team, and this will be strengthened by students from the colleges. The work should be taken up as soon as possible in organizing the club, and making plans for the coming season. Last year's team was well supported and so will it be this year.


South Montrose - While E.W. Sloate was drawing logs last week and when passing through a lot full of stone, his dog caught and killed two snakes, one a large milk snake that lay on the ground in the sun. That was pretty early for snakes and no mistake. We are told it is a sure sign of an early spring. (Most people would make an "early spring," to see the ground covered with snakes.)


North Branch [Middletown Twp., etc.] - The dance at Randall Owens' was largely attended and a good time enjoyed. AND There is to be a pie social at Neath, Wednesday evening.


Rush - There will be a Washington Birthday party at Haire's Hotel, Rush, on Monday evening, Feb. 23.


Fairdale - Fairdale is booming. Adelbert Allen, of South Montrose, has rented a lot from Mrs. James Robinson and built a feed store thereon, so we have now three stores in good running order.


Thomson - Prof. Compton is ill with the grip and no school was held in his room last week. AND Frank Hall Post No. 505, of this place, has sent a vigorous protest to our representatives at Harrisburg against the erection of the proposed monument to the memory of Robert E. Lee, on the Gettysburg battlefield.


Hopbottom - The high school has formed into two literary societies, with Leon Cool and Miss Ethel Titus as leaders. One of the societies give an entertainment every two weeks, the first one being given by Miss Titus in the school building. Considerable talent was shown by the members and all conceded it a pleasant entertainment.


News Brief - The Oldest Member: An Elaborate Sketch of Hon. Galusha A. Grow. The following extracts are from an article, which appeared in the Washington Post on Jan. 24, 1903. "In the winter of 1851, at the age of 27, he took his place in the 32nd Congress, the youngest member of that body. The days were pregnant with peril. The most 'startling drama of all national life' was just beginning. The fight over the repeal of the Missouri Compromise was near at hand. The south was boldly asserting that 'slavery must live and increase.' The north was resolutely muttering that 'slavery must be restricted or die.' The irrepressible conflict was approaching with a swiftness that made the nation quake. Wise men were trying to keep folded the 'wings of human strife.' Patriot hearts were making for harmony, but the waves of war broke over the dikes of peace and drenched a land with blood.


With sublime determination to save the Union President Lincoln called the 32nd congress together in extra session on the 85th anniversary of our nation's birth. It was a notable assemblage of men and of them all, only one, Galusha A. Grow, who shared the gloom and glory of that session, is still a member of the house. There was Elihu Wash-


Burn, afterward the 'Father of Congress,' who received Lincoln upon his entry into the capitol of the nation he had come to serve. There was the courtly Morrill, of Vermont, the memory of whose chivalrous spirit still pervades the capitol. There was the gallant Logan, whose memory is dear to every man who wore the blue. There was Thaddeus Stevens, the great commoner of Pennsylvania, and Roscoe Conklin, the brilliant son of the Empire state, and Blair, the bold trapper of the Rockies. There was Cox, the promoter of our life-saving system, and Pendleton, the earnest reformer of the civil service, and Holman, the 'burglar proof safe' of the national treasury. Among them all were five subsequent vice-presidents, four governors, seven senators and other distinguished men."


To be continued.......

February 20 1903

February 20 (1903/2003)



Birchardville - The magic lantern show at this place Saturday evening was good, but the attendance was small. AND Mrs. M.L. Ball has 24 nice hens, Plymouth Rocks and Brahmas, that have had the best of care all winter, but have not laid one egg since Sept. 28. Can anyone give a reason, and the remedy?


Susquehanna - Richard Scales, a veteran Erie engineer, was killed near the coal pockets on Tuesday afternoon. He stepped off his engine to oil the machinery when the engine of express train No. 1, which was coming into the yard, struck him. Death was instantaneous. He is survived by the widow and several children. AND Anton Gamer, a well-known tailor of Binghamton, has disappeared, leaving his wife, who was formerly Miss Verna Churchill, of Susquehanna. They had lived in apparent happiness for some time and no cause other than insanity can be given for his curious actions. He left a note saying he was going to enlist in the army, but this is thought to be false, being used to throw searchers off the trail.


Uniondale - The Frances Willard Memorial exercises, given by the Temperance Alliance Tuesday evening, were well attended. The selections were appropriate and well rendered.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - Tom Watkins and Wallie Watkins are hauling telegraph poles to West Clifford.


Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - An attempt to kill two birds with one stone met with a setback last Saturday. Worthy Master B.W. France and wife started to attend Grange, she with a pail of eggs. When within one-fourth mile of Hall the coupling of the wagon broke. The horses moved right on. So did the occupants of the wagon-but not the wagon. It stopped, and they alighted in the mud-eggs and all. Fortunately, no bones were broken-just the eggs. They had to go back home and change their wearing apparel, and were late to the Grange-which does not often occur.


New Milford - Had it not been for the prompt work of guests and firemen the Jay House would have been destroyed by fire. A lamp fell from the hands of a guest, who was walking in the corridor, breaking it, and the oil spread, burning fiercely, and soon the hall was in flames. By prompt work it was saved; there being no serious loss as a result of the conflagration.


Montrose - The "Narrow Gauge" failed to reach here Tuesday, but on Wednesday it made one trip, getting here shortly before noon. The snow was badly drifted all along the route, and some difficulty was experienced in getting through. The first of the week a cold wave, accompanied by snow, reached this vicinity from the West, and throughout the week we have been experiencing severe weather. The mercury hovered around zero all day Tuesday and on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning it registered eight and ten degrees below, while it is estimated that there is over a foot of snow on the level. The entire country was swept by a storm of unusual severity. Snow fell in Louisiana and Texas and the temp's tumbled to a point that brought on much suffering in the usually mild climate. In the West and Northwest the snow was drifted to such a depth and the cold was so intense that railroad trains were stalled and cattle and sheep died in large numbers.


Kingsley - G.G. Rought, of Nicholson, and J.W. Ballard, of Binghamton, have bought the Kingsley acid works of Porter & Baylas, including saw mills and contracts for timber. The consideration was $60,000. The factory will not be removed from Kingsley.


Little Meadows - The results of the recent election are: Justice of the Peace, E.B. Beardslee; Collector, F.A. Johnson; Auditor, I.R. Beardslee; School Directors, S.A. Pitcher, A.D. Brown; Judge of Election, G. Gould; Inspectors, L. Williams, C.I. Downs; Poor Master, S.A. Pitcher; Burgess, J. Guyles; Council, A.D. Brown, S.A. Pitcher; Road Com., J. Ragan.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - An animal came to the Triangle school and scared some of the children. Some supposed it to be a tiger.


Rush - The Baptists had a wood bee at their church Thursday. The men chopped and sawed, which gave them a good appetite for the dinner the ladies aid society had furnished at ten cents a meal. They got up a nice lot of wood and the ladies took in over three dollars.


Gibson - Earl Evans has the mumps.


News Brief - (Continued from last week) Galusha Grow Elected Speaker: From that bright galaxy of mental stars a young Pennsylvanian, only 37 years of age, was chosen, without the formalities of a caucus, to preside over the deliberations of that congress, which made the unparalleled record of appropriating five hundred millions of dollars in less than 15 minutes of time, it being the largest single appropriation ever made to save a nation or protect a flag; and when that congress closed its great career it bestowed a unanimous vote of thanks upon the young and popular speaker. There is one thing which he did that stands out among the deeds of men like the bright star of the morning. The first time he lifted his voice in the capitol he pled for the sons of toll, and the last set speech he will probably ever utter there was a plea for those "whose hearts are the citadel of a nation's power and whose arms are the bulwark of liberty." The Homestead Law:


The enactment of the homestead law was due to his intelligent and ceaseless efforts and is the proudest achievement of his useful life. There can be no question as to the paternity of "Homestead Bill." Galusha a. Grow, although a bachelor, is the happy father of that wholesome child. He conceived the bill and he introduced it into congress. He fought its battles for ten years on the floor of the house. He signed the bill as Speaker of the 37th Congress, and by the signature of Abraham Lincoln, it became a law. Nearly 90,000,000 acres of public domain have been permanently occupied under the homestead law, making about 670,000 entries and the beneficiaries number over 7,000,000 of souls. This land has been given to honest settlers and not to land grabbers and railroads. It is an area covering more territory than all of New England and it now represents, roughly estimated, the astonishing value of $15,000,000,000.

February 27 1903

February 27 (1903/2003)



Kingsley - A horse belonging to Urbin Sloat became unmanageable, broke away and ran for nearly eight miles up the D.L.& W. tracks, crossed the culvert safely on the way, passed three trains and was not even scratched or bruised, says a Brooklyn correspondent.


Montrose - A tramp coming from the direction of New Milford passed through here Wednesday going in the direction of Rush, and when later in the day suspicion was aroused by his answering almost identically to the description of a murderer who was wanted in Elmira, several of our officers of the law started in pursuit. County Detective Perigo and Chief Tingley captured the man at Stevensville and brought him to Montrose and yesterday morning it was found, upon being given a hearing before Justice Courtright that he was not the one wanted and was allowed to go. He was a genuine "hobo" and gave his name as Floyd Jackson. When captured he said he had been fasting for two days, so on the return trip he was given a good "feed" at Hotel Haire, and as Sheriff Brush treated him well he didn't fare badly after all.


Lakeview - C.G. Course has placed a telephone in his house.


Elk Lake - E.E. Stevens is cutting some very fine poles for the new telephone line running from Montrose to this place.


North Jackson - Intelligence has reached Charles T. Belcher of the death of his only brother, John Belcher, which occurred in Denver, Col., January 3d, 1903. He was born in Jackson in June, 1850, and removed to Colorado in early manhood. He was appointed deputy sheriff of Jefferson county and later was elected to the office of sheriff. He was an active Republican and an intimate friend of Senator Teller. At the time of his death he was a member of the Rocky Mountain Detective force and stationed at Denver.


Forest Lake - The Slatter Brothers extend their thanks to their neighbors and friends who have been so kind in cutting and drawing wood for them.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - A young lady of this place, returning from Birchardville one day last week, came in contact with something spitting fire. Supposing it to be a wild cat she whipped up the horse and escaped without serious injuries.


New Milford - While Dr. D.C. Ainey was being driven along a road east of New Milford, by his driver, Ben Tewksbury, in turning a corner the sleigh was upset and Mr. Tewksbury was dashed head-first against a tree, making him insensible, in which condition he remained till the next day, when death ensued. He was about 65 years old. It was not at first supposed that Dr. Ainey was much injured, but later it was discovered that he had received a broken rib though he is able to be around.


Brooklyn - There was much excitement in town over the election of collector of taxes-both candidates made an active canvass of the town before election which resulted in a tie vote between N.C. Packard (R) and W.I. Bunnell (D). Each received 89 votes. Since election each has been canvassing the town with petitions for appointment. What will the harvest be? Party lines have been buried in Brooklyn and the blanket ballot is of no use in holding the voter in line.


Ararat - The blizzard got here just in time for election but howling of the wind was no comparison to the howling of the old bosses when they found that the Democrats and Prohibs had made a sweep. Consequently the G.O.P. flag is at half-mast. Men can't carry the votes of other men in their vest pockets in this part of the state. It may do for little towns like Harrisburg, but it won't do for Ararat.


Glenwood - Marvin Barber and Loren Stephens have sold their timberland to the acid factory company which will make business brisk in this vicinity for the next two years. AND Miss Susie Sprague was storm-stayed at her sister's [home] in Lathrop and on reaching home found her fine collection of houseplants frozen down.


Stevens Point - Near the close of 1902 there was a collision at Rowlands between two coal trains and several cars and a caboose were burned up. It was thought one of the trainmen, David T. Spears, was burned to death, but nothing was ever found of his remains, although diligent search was made. Recently, while two boys were digging in the debris they found the remains of a gold watch, which the father, who lives here, fully identified as having belonged to his son, as he had given it to him for a Christmas present. This seems to settle all doubts as to the death of Mr. Spears, about which there has been some mystery.


News Brief - (continued from last week) "Galusha Grow and the Homestead Law." Over forty years have passed away since Grow's great law became a reality and go where you may in our western states and territories, you will find startling evidence of the wisdom of the homestead law. On the banks of the Mississippi, in the vast forest and plains of the northwest, on the borders of Mexico and by the shores of the inland seas, are the marks of its influence and proofs of its magic power. The farms which it has created from the Blue Ridge to the Sierra Nevadas and on to the Golden Gate have become the homes of some of our greatest men. The hopes of those firesides mingle with the progress of a happy yeomanry. The fertile valleys of our western rivers resound with the harvest songs of the homestead reaper. The prairie plowman recounts the blessings which it has showered upon his race, and the cowboy, in his lonely watch on the Colorado, chants the toilers' anthem of "Free Homes For Free Men."


Such is the character and the work of the great citizen who is about to disappear from the arena of active public life. The industry with which he has labored for the public good; the dignity with which he has borne political adversity; the modest but firm demeanor which he has shown in high offices of trust: the disdain with which he has looked upon the bossism of commercial politics; the firm hatred which he has shown to all forms of political immorality and, above all, the absolute faith he has kept with his friends, his country and his reputation, rank him high among the republic's greatest sons-the peerless champion of American husbandry. The Washington Post, Jan. 24, 1903.

March 06 1903

March 06 (1903/2003)



New Milford - On Saturday night, Edith Howard, aged 12 years, was drowned here, and it was not until an early hour Sunday morning that that the body was recovered about a half mile from where she fell in the water, on Johnson's flats. Her father, Charles Howard, had just removed from Franklin to New Milford, and it being necessary to obtain some milk she started out alone after it. A bridge spans a creek near the center of the town and she had to cross it on her way. The bridge is narrower than the street, so instead of the sidewalk taking a straight course it turns off at an angle shortly before reaching the bridge. The street lamps were not lighted and being unfamiliar with the place she kept going directly ahead. In another instant she fell, screaming, into the torrent, which had been greatly swollen by rains, and melting snow, and was swept down the creek. A searching party was immediately organized, finding her as stated above. She was an only child, her mother having died some time ago. The remains were taken to Franklin for interment.


Uniondale - Fred W. and Edgar J. Crandall, who were born and lived at Uniondale until grown to manhood, but for the past 20 years have resided near San Jose, California, will pay a week's visit to Susquehanna county and visit old friends. Fred is engaged in raising and packing fruits and Edgar sells real estate and mining stocks. Continuing this trip Fred will visit Germany, France, Scotland and England, expecting to return about May 15. Each is married and have families.


Friendsville - On Thursday night of last week at about 11 o'clock, a large barn belonging to Thomas Byrne, including its contents, was destroyed by fire. Out of a herd of 32 cattle 27 were burned to death, and all the hay, wagons, sleds and farming implements were destroyed. When the fire was discovered it had gained such headway that it was impossible to check it. There was only a small insurance.


Montrose - John V. Meehan has sold his blacksmith shop to his brother Joseph, of Rush, and after April 1st will conduct a grocery store in the location now occupied by N. Warner (the Mulford building). Leo Lannon, formerly with N. E. Bissell, has accepted a position in his new store. AND Olin B. Tingley has rented the store room formerly occupied by Philip Marks and will soon open a five and ten-cent store, together with a stock of useful household articles. AND The Montrose House is to be leased to E. Hibbard, of South Montrose.


Susquehanna - Burgess John V. O'Connell and the new Common Council were sworn into office on Monday evening. There is a deadlock in the vote for President of the Board, between W. Epes and James Lannon, and a deadlock in the vote for Thomas Doherty, the present incumbent, and Wm. A. Skinner, candidate for borough attorney. The following were re-elected: T.J. McMahon, chief-of-police; Wm. Allpaugh, borough treasurer; Daniel Lynch, borough sec'y; Stephen Mahoney, street commissioner. AND The Standard Oil Company's pipes, which cross the river at Tuscarora, between this place and Windsor, on Saturday evening, sprung a leak, and it is estimated that 5,000 barrels were lost. On Sunday, the river was covered with oil and the odor was very strong.


Franklin Forks - The ice banked up against the bridge over Stony Brook on Saturday morning-that one could not get to the bridge from the Forks side of the creek, and only for the hard work of George Hickok and son Earle, the bridge might have gone out. The water ran down the road past the M.E. church, and the yards near were filled with large cakes of ice.


Hopbottom - The Foster Mattress Co. is rushed with orders.


Lawton - Hugh McGovern, while returning from a call the other evening, was startled by a wild cry on the tree above him. Running to his house he seized his gun and returned, shot the animal, which proved to be a large cat of M.A.Wood's.


Auburn - We will soon be connected with the outside world by telephone.


Thompson - Charles Chandler, the wild man of Thompson, was on his way to jail yesterday, handcuffed to Constable Fred Empet, of Thompson, and another officer. Chandler has been demented for some time. Of late he amused himself in threatening and attempting to kill all his relatives in order to obtain their possessions. He himself is estimated to be worth many thousands of dollars. The man was arrested at the insistence of his relatives on the charge of assault and battery and committed to jail to await the action of the grand jury in the case.


Choconut - Thomas Coyle and family are moving to Friendsville where Mr. Coyle expects to take charge of the creamery. AND Miss Winifred Stanley, who has been confined to her bed on account of illness, will soon be able to attend to her duties again as teacher at the Graves' school.


Clifford - We are well supplied with blacksmiths, but lack a good harness-maker and shoemaker. AND Several of our young people attended the social at the Dundaff rink last week. Fine music furnished by James Brownell and wife.


Brooklyn - Eighty-one solemn strokes of the church bell floating over the hills, Friday morning, Feb. 20, gave sad announcement to the people of Brooklyn that another familiar and venerable landmark had been removed from our midst. Albert Rezin Gere was born in Brooklyn, on the farm now owned by Wm. R. Caswell, April 29, 1822, being the only son of Stephen and Abigail (Olney) Gere, and grandson of Capt. Rezin Gere, who was killed in the terrible massacre of Wyoming, July 3, 1778. Albert's childhood and all his mature years were spent on a farm, nearly 50 years in the same home. In 1845 he was united in marriage to Sarah E. Tewksbury, who with the eight children born to this couple, survive him. Today that home is shadowed by a venerable chair vacant. The wise, cautious counsel of loving husband and father, so unassuming, yet so tactful and sympathetic, is sadly missed. A large gathering of friends were present to manifest kind respects to an esteemed neighbor, a worthy citizen, and a man exemplary in all the relations of life. The casket was bourn to its final resting place by the six sons, amid the tolling of the bell, whose solemn notes added deeper impress to the loss we all have sustained.

March 13 1903

March 13 (1903/2003)



Harford - It is reported that Henry Jeffers has purchased the Soldiers' Orphans' School buildings and will have them removed. He has an offer of $500 for the boys' dormitory.


Forest Lake - The recluse of Forest Lake township, old Michael Sullivan, who for many years has lived in a hut on the hill above the St. Joseph Church, was buried on Wednesday. The last few days of his life he was cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan-his nearest neighbor.


Lenox Twp. - The boiler in the Crawford saw mill, at the foot of Pine Hill, blew up Tuesday morning of last week, wrecking the mill and badly injuring and scalding Daniel Rought and his son Jule. The latter died from the effects of the explosion the following Thursday morning and grave doubts are entertained for the father's recovery. At the time of the catastrophe the younger man was filling the boiler with water and was thrown 150 feet, landing in a creek, while his father was buried under the debris. The boiler was an old one and it is thought the water got too low, so that when the cold water was turned into the highly heated boiler it was unable to withstand the suddenly increased pressure. Two other men, Messrs. Crawford and Barber, were in the mill at that time, but both escaped unharmed.


Glenwood - There will be busy times here this summer. The old hotel is being fixed up for a boarding house. The prospects of Glenwood look bright for the future. Anything that will give it life and prosperity will be welcomed. It will be like the young lady who went to the forest to pray for a man, when a owl sitting up in a tree sang out, "Who?" "Who?" "Who?" She hallooed, "good Lord, anybody." So anything that will give activity to this place will be welcomed.


Montrose - When Jacob Titman went to milk his cow last Wednesday morning, he found that during the night she had got cast, and so badly disabled that she died.  This is serious calamity to Mr. and Mrs. Titman, for this cow furnished the supply of milk for themselves and three neighboring families. They can ill afford such a loss and they have the sympathy of all who know them. [Jacob Titman was a Civil War veteran, serving with Co. K, 187th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was one of the guard of the martyred President Lincoln.]


New Milford - A drowning accident occurred at Moon's pond New Milford township, on Friday. A child of Mr. and Mrs. William Felton, aged 3 years, fell into the water and was drowned before it could be rescued. A second child of the same parents, aged 5, narrowly escaped a like fate.


Fairdale - P.L. Shelp was a pleasant caller at this office Wednesday. Mr. Shelp intends removing to Binghamton where he has secured a fine position with the Stickley & Brandt Furniture Company.


Ararat - Cecil Pocock of Bayonne, N.J., is spending a few weeks at Leonard Baldwin's in search of health.


Little Meadows - A grange was organized here on Saturday night by Hon. A.C. Barrett, with 28 members. Thus it seems that Hon. A.C. can find time to circulate among the farmers and boom up the grange, as well as attend to his legislative duties. It is said that the farmers are more enthusiastic in grange matters by reason of the insurance rates on farm property and they hope to be able to secure better rates through the instrumentality of the grange.


Lawsville - Otis Chaffee sold horse, buggy and harness one day last week. He is going to visit his son at Los Angeles, Cal. AND The road is nearly impassable from here to Conklin. In fact, roads are in terrible condition everywhere. We hope spring is here and that the mud will soon be dried up.


Brooklyn - C.A. Courson has begun sawing out the large stock of logs, which he bought of E.L. Weston. The sound of the whistle three or four times a day is a welcome sound in this quiet town. AND M.W. Palmer is putting in a bathroom and plumbing his house with all modern improvements. Will have hot and cold water all through his large and elegant house (the old Col. Frederick Bailey homestead, of whom his wife is a grand-daughter).


Hallstead - Work at the silk mill is now heavier than at any time since first the mill was built. The force of employees is larger and the amount of work turned out far exceeds that of the old plant. Last week a large consignment of materials and machinery was received. Among the new equipment received were four new looms.


South Auburn - The new Methodist church will be dedicated on Thursday, March 19.


Susquehanna - The subject of a borough building is again agitated. AND Charles Ball is still seriously ill with typhoid fever. AND The widow of the late Michael Hines of the Oakland side will receive $2,000 from the Modern Woodmen. Michael Hines sustained fatal injuries in the Erie shops, while at work with a hydraulic jack.


Rush - In 1865 there were 12 schools in Rush Township; in 1901 there are 44. The tax levy in 1865, 3 mills; in 1901, 3 mills-and one mill building tax. Average cost per month, per pupil in 1865, 65 cents and in 1901, $1.87.


News Brief - Anna, daughter of the late Joseph Drinker, died at Edgemont, Pa., Feb. 25, 1903, after living the life of a recluse for 13 years. Her age was 76 years. Her father was the owner of a great tract of land in Susquehanna county, known as the "Drinker Tract," and lived for a long time in a big house on South Main St., Montrose. Joseph Drinker, a brother of Anna, shot W.H. Cooper, the banker, several years ago at Montrose, after brooding over fancies as to the way he thought Cooper had handled Anna's estate. Drinker was tried for murder and the jury rendered a verdict of insanity. Drinker was sent to an asylum and died there about six years ago. Anna had the body taken to Rockdale, Pa., where her own body now rests. She was a gifted writer and many of her poems were published under nom de plume of "Edith May." The greater portion of her life, however, was spent in an asylum.

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