March 24 (1905/2005)



Springville - Elaborate preparation is being made by the high school graduates for the commencement exercises, which are to be held in the evening of April 5th. The graduates will also have a banquet, April 2d. The baccalaureate sermon will be preached by Rev. Williams, of Auburn, on the evening of April 5th. Graduates are: Mabelle E. Stark, Charles W. Lee, Addison W. Lyman, C. Audley Stark, Wade A. Brink, Glenn L. Voss, Myra H. Fish, Sadie F. Rogers, C. Leon Thomas, Vannie M. Wilson, Halford Culver, Ernest C. Deubler, Bessie U. Smith, William Turrell.


Clifford - Our tin shop has turned out a lot of sugar-making utensils lately.


Laurel Lake - The ladies of this place met with Mrs. G. C. Hill this week, Thursday. Sewing carpet rags was the order of the day. AND Clarence Hill, of this place, and Fred Gage, of Binghamton, are repairing the cottages at Quaker Lake that they may be ready for occupancy the coming summer.


Wyalusing, Bradford Co. - An ordinance passed by the Wyalusing council makes it cost a man one dollar for spitting on the sidewalk. Two dollars [for the] second offence.


Susquehanna - Jas. Paye's elegant big barn and livery stable, on Church hill, was burned early yesterday morning, caused by an overheated stove. The loss was large. He carries $2000 insurance with Lathrop and Titsworth. It was necessary to remove the furniture from Mr. Paye's residence. Had it not been for the snow on the roofs of the surrounding buildings, the conflagration might have been a very serious one.


Montrose - Harry W. Beach has purchased a fine new White touring car, made in Cleveland, which is of higher horsepower than his present machine. Percy Ballentine also intends buying two new cars this spring--one of which will be of 25 horsepower, while the other will be more ostensibly for short trips and will be less powerful. Attorney W.D. B. Ainey is also considering buying a swifter machine than his present one and with the advent of summer our residents will probably see "Cap" defying all speed regulations on the Grow Avenue boulevard. H. E. Cooley is among the prospective purchasers, too, and would dispose of his neat runabout and purchase a larger and speedier one if the opportunity offered. Mr. Cooley made over 2,000 miles in his auto last summer and the total expense for repairs was covered by a few dollars, which may well be considered a remarkable record as well as a remarkable machine. There are others who have the "craze" and it is quite likely several more new machines will be seen on our streets (or in ditches) the coming season.


Brooklyn - The death of Dr. Chamberlain occurred early Tuesday morning. The doctor was an old resident of Brooklyn and was widely known and esteemed as a physician and citizen. AND In Alford, Sherman Ralph, the Alford blacksmith, will soon move to this place and work for E.E. Lewis.


Harford - Ira Osmun, of this place, who has served as a member of the hospital corps, U.S.A., in the Philippines for three years, was honorably discharged at San Francisco, and is home once more. During his stay on the islands he saw some service, also was sick with typhoid fever. He has a genuine bolo, which he brought back, and a collection of other relics.


Glenwood - Sugar camps are in full operation. It makes good syrup to eat but Oh the trials of the sap-boilers. We can assure you it is no picnic to stand 18 hours out of the 24 to keep the sap boiling.


Middletown - Edward Kelly, one of Middletown's oldest citizens, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Maloney, March 9.


Hallstead - W. H. Austin has traded his fine residence on the West Side with H.J. Deakin for his farm in Franklin, which is one of the finest farms in the township. Mr. Austin will move his family to their new home on April 1st.


Rush - This is a list of some of the families which are moving in or out of [the] neighborhood: Ray Daugherty is moving near LeRaysville, Ed Donlin goes from the poor farm to Meshoppen and a Mr. Brown, of Forest Lake, comes to the A. & R. [Auburn & Rush] poor asylum. Elia Jones to Rush, Mrs. W.A. LaRue to Rush and Mr. Shaner, of Elk Lake, on her farm. John Gardner to Shannon Hill, [the] Will Severcools move to Auburn and James Robinson to the Risley farm, near Springville. James Bishop to the Grow farm near Auburn 4 Corners and M.H. Crisman and family move to Meshoppen. Clarence A. White and wife run the store here and H.R. Bertholf and wife move from the store building to Hallstead where he will take another store.


Forest City - W. F. Yarrington has resumed his duties as mail agent on the Erie Flyer, after nearly a year's absence on account of injuries received in the wreck at Uniondale. AND George Simons, for some months employed in McGrath's barber shop and Thomas Francis, the versatile young gentleman who this winter has been "soapin'em up" for Richard Gray, are negotiating for the purchase of Truman Sprague's barber shop in the Osgood building. Just at present the business has been put "hors de combat" by a landlord's warrant, but Mr. Sprague expects to emerge from his difficulties this week and then the young men will take charge. Here's luck to them.


Ararat - George Burman called on his numerous friends here Thursday, soliciting the ages of the "three score years and ten." AND The Erie yard in this place has resumed operations and a force of men are again employed therein.


South Gibson - John H. Pritchard, candidate for sheriff subject to the Republican nominating convention, was fixing his political fences in Forest City on Monday. Mr. Prichard has many friends who hope he may be successful in capturing the nomination he seeks.


March 31 (1905/2005)



Springville - Did you ever stop to appreciate the fact that Springville is one of the nicest little towns in northeastern Pennsylvania? Nowhere can be found more attractive or busier stores--their proprietors are courteous and pleasing. And where can a cleaner, better hotel be found than the Springville Hotel, under the proprietorship of Jos. H. Kelly? We have a stone quarry industry doing its thousands of dollars of business yearly, conducted by Lott Bros. The milling interest is ably taken care of by Mr. Thomas. P.W. Terry makes the best harness in existence and story would be incomplete if we did not allude to the tonsorial artist, C.H. Young, whose work and courteous ways elicit the highest praise.


Forest City - Dr. William J. Hansee, a nomadic physician, and for years a picturesque figure in northeastern Pennsylvania, died at the McLaughlin hotel Tuesday, March 21, aged about 70 years. Death was due to acute gastritis. The doctor had been in town about a week and up to Saturday was going about among his old friends in apparently the best of health. He was a large man, over 6', with flowing beard and fine physique, and had been away from this section for about 4 years. He was, as far as known, not a graduate of any medical school, having as he said on the witness stand at Montrose on the Waltz-Lemon case "learned his profession in the school of Hard Knocks, and received a diploma from the college of Experience." For 50 years he has doctored in northeastern Penna., for the most part, and 30 years ago he was located near Equinunk, Wayne Co., and had a thriving practice. The body was taken to Bell's morgue and from there it was laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. There were no services and no mourners to follow the remains to the grave. Deceased is said to have 4 daughters and one son, but their whereabouts is unknown.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - Homer Smith has accepted the agency for the Bates-Hawley patent signal mail box for the R.F.D. route that comes from Montrose south to this place. He will call on the patrons soon, and it would be advisable for everyone to see his samples before purchasing, as this is certainly the best box in every way that there is on the market.


Great Bend - The high water between Hallstead and this place is causing much inconvenience.


Ararat - Following is a list of the people of Ararat who have passed the age of 70 years. When the size of the place is considered, the longevity of the residents of this mountain town is really remarkable: Wm. W. Cobb, 70; James P. Wademan, 72; Jones W. Walker, 72; Leonard O. Baldwin, 73; William Harris, 75; Mrs. Samantha Slocum, 76; Mrs. Minerva Carpenter, 77; Mrs. Olive Bushnell, 77; Mrs. Amanda Ferris, 78; Mrs. Desdemonia Borden, 76; Mrs. Georgiana Avery, 79; David Miller, 79; Rolla Carpenter, 80; Abner B. Avery, 80; Mrs. Emily Williams, 81; Mrs. Deborah Dexter, 83; Mrs. Caroline Yarns, 84; Mrs. Harriet N. Hathaway, 84; Mrs. Lettitia Shaver, 84; Ezra Ferris, 84; Mrs. Freelove Brooks, 85; Mrs. Jane Beaumont, 85; Mrs. Margaret Sartell, 86; Mrs. Hannah Burman, 89; Edward Atwater, 89; Mrs. Susan Baldwin, 94. Average over 80 yrs.


Montrose - Miss Eliza J. Brewster leaves for New York the first of the week, where she will act as private secretary to Mrs. Charles M. Schwab, wife of the steel magnate. Miss Brewster has known Mrs. Schwab for a number of years, having made her acquaintance while a teacher in the school at Weatherly, PA.


Auburn 4-Corners - On Sunday night, while Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grow were milking, their house caught fire from the chimney. When discovered, it was under considerable headway, and had it not been for the timely assistance of neighbors and a supply of water near by, it would have been completely destroyed.


Uniondale - The young men here have presented to the M.E. church a very beautiful Rochester hanging lamp. They believe in letting their light shine. Probably so the other members can see to walk in the light and not stumble.


Forest Lake - C.W. Brown is the new steward at the Auburn and Rush Poor Asylum.


Skinner Hill, Franklin Twp. - Rufy Summers lost one of his work horses and a cow recently. Bad luck for Rufy.


Rush - The roads are very muddy now and the stages are generally late.


Little Meadows -Mr. Hartigan is one of the county's largest and most successful growers of potatoes, having over 1,300 bushels of fine tubers in his cellar yet.


Choconut - The house of Frank Dugan, near the Crystal spring Creamery, was burned to the ground Sunday last. Mr. Dugan was lying on the couch reading, when he heard something drop. On investigation he found the house to be on fire, sparks having dropped from the chimney to the roof and igniting it. All he saved was about one half his clothes and his face was badly burned in trying to extinguish the flames.


Harford Twp. - A very pleasant surprise occurred at the home of Austin Darrow, Feb. 28, it being his 80th birthday. Forty-three persons sat down to a sumptuous repast. Austin, son of Gurdon, was born Feb. 28th 1825. Gurdon was born in Groton, Conn. and came here in 1812, arriving on the 12th day of May at the old Avery tavern, now the property of T.J. Davies. The following winter he taught school at Kentuck [Gibson Twp.] and the next winter he taught at New Milford. If not the first, Gurdon was certainly among the earliest teachers in this vicinity. At that early day there were only a few houses where the borough of New Milford now stands, and those, as well as the school house, were of a comparatively primitive type. Gurdon took the place of his brother-in-law during the war of 1812 and afterwards married Sally Moxley. In 1816 he purchased a tract of land and commenced a home on the line of marked trees between South New Milford and Harford, at that time a wild, unbroken wilderness. Here were born their 6 children, including Austin. "Uncle Austin." as he is called, is well preserved for a man of his age and his memory of the many scenes and events of the olden times, when log houses and log barns and log fences and far reaching forests were in vogue. He has built many buildings, among the rest the Baptist church at S. New Milford.


April 07 (1905/2005)



South Gibson - Greeley Belcher, of South Gibson, who has been previously engaged in the mining business in Alaska, started last week for the Klondike, where he has a number of claims.


Montrose - John Hefferan has purchased the harness shop for a number of years owned by Joseph E. Barney and will hereafter conduct the business himself. Mr. Hefferan is a harnessmaker of many years experience, besides being an affable gentleman. The large patronage of the establishment will unquestionably be continued as he has been practically entirely in charge the past two years, not only during this time demonstrating his ability but making many friends as well.


Franklin Forks - Frank H. Shafer closed his term of school here yesterday and will put in some of his spare time from now until the baseball season opens up in tossing the ball across the plate and getting in shape to "put it all over" what teams the local nine may come up against. Frank displays good headwork in connection with his speedy curve and his many admirers are expecting, with every promise of their expectations being fulfilled, to see his pitching the coming season surpass the excellent record he established last season.


Alford - Perry Sweet was in Montrose on Monday and renewed the Independent Republican for the 41st time, having commenced taking it when in the army, in 1864, then only a boy of 17. Mr. Sweet can be classed as one of our youngest old subscribers, and one of the pleasantest of our many pleasant ones. He tells us he has secured a position with the International Correspondence School in Scranton and will commence his duties shortly.


Silver Lake - John Quinn, for 36 years color-bearer of Four Brothers Post G.A.R., gave some facts concerning his interesting life. He was born in England 78 years ago and came to this country when a boy, getting his first glimpse of Montrose 65 years ago. His patriotic ardor caused him to enlist with Co. C, 151st Regt, Pennsylvania Volunteers, which was formed here by the late Major Young. For 17 months our redoubtable old warrior served in the army and that he saw active service is attested to by the three wounds he received during that time. One, which was received at Ft. Donaldson, in repulsing a cavalry charge, he shows with not a little just pride. It is a clean cut saber wound and had it not been for the flag-staff of the colors which he was bearing he would have been minus a hand. As it was the staff was cut in twain and his wrist nearly so, hanging only by a few shreds. Mr. Quinn has the soldier's love for President Lincoln and recounts with pleasure the review of troops at Belle Plains Landing, where he saw and had the honor of saluting him. Mr. Quinn is the father of ten children--9 boys and a daughter. Seven of the boys and the daughter are now living in Binghamton where Mr. Quinn has been spending a good part of the winter. One son was killed in a runaway accident several years ago and the remaining boy is in Golden, Ohio. He is a grandfather of 37 grandchildren. His strong face and manly, erect bearing have made him always a striking figure, marching at the head of the column of old veterans, with the stars and stripes floating over his head.


Rhiney Creek - C. L. Bailey has planted his garden. Let's hear from the man who can beat that! March 31st. AND The acid factory is closed for cleaning and repairing and A. L. Rose is doing a rushing business with his grist mill.


Kingsley - March 31st being the day that W.W. Adams, of Kingsley, was to return from a month's visit in Cuba, the members of the band, together with his many friends, met at the depot to greet him. As train No. 5 stopped at Kingsley, the band was playing an appropriate piece, and as he stepped off he knew by the many faces that he was welcomed back. They then went to the basement of the Universalist church and had a maple sugar social for the benefit of the band. Mr. Adams deserves a great deal of praise for his untiring effort displayed is the building-up of the Kingsley band.


Brooklyn - Mrs. Willis Kent took carbolic acid by mistake, Sunday evening, and only by prompt and heroic means was her life saved. Mr. Williams, who lives in part of the house, gave white of eggs and warm water, and Dr. Ainey was soon there and after a long time succeeded in counteracting the poison, although it has left its effects somewhat. AND The new butter factory started April 1st and received the first morning over 7000 lbs. of milk. The Harford Dairy Co. has leased the plant for five years.


Little Meadows - Arthur Deuel, of the State College, is spending his Easter vacation with his mother, Mrs. Jane Deuel.


Jackson - E. A. Page, one of Jackson's oldest and the most respected citizens was in Susquehanna Saturday. Mr. Page, at 84, is a well-preserved man, retaining his mental faculties in an eminent degree. He informed the writer that he had been a subscriber to the Democrat for a period if 62 years--a most remarkable record.


Middletown Center - Miss Harriet Jones has returned home from school at Leraysville. AND The wood bee at J.F. Golden's was largely attended.


Susquehanna - The following notice was posted in the Erie shops: "Beginning Monday, April 3, the shops will work ten hours per day, six days in the week." The shops have been working nine hours per day and five days in the week for the past eleven months. The difference between the union boilermakers and the company continues unsettled.


Clifford - Business is starting up in all of its branches. E. E. Finn is busy looking after our creamery and the creamery co.'s different skimming stations. Our merchant, Bliss, has put in a full line of groceries on one side of his furniture store. Frank Spedden shipped from Carbondale 280 barrels of apples. Our blacksmiths are doing a lively business and are getting well supplied with summer hardware. Our Stores are waking up from February and March dullness. Mr. Taylor, our popular undertaker, has opened a tin shop. T. J. Wells has purchased a gold, silver, nickel, copper and brass electro plating outfit, also a Royal silver plated by the new process. His dynamos and machinery are of high grade and guaranteed to do first-class plating of all kinds. Our town has no harness shop. It's a good opening for some one.


April 14 (1905/2005)



Uniondale - Our borough council has voted to put up some new street lamps, which will be very much appreciated. New walks next! AND Last Friday afternoon there were public exercises at the High School, which were attended by a large number of patrons. The exercises by the pupils were pleasing. The geographical collection recently received from the Philadelphia Commercial Museum was on exhibition and greatly admired by all.


Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp.- Quite a little excitement was created here one day last week, when Warren Fish's team, which he had left standing near his well, went racing up the road. They ran in at the open door of A.A. Fish's horse barn, where their owner caught them. No damage was done.


Montrose - Thomas L. Dolan and family have removed from Noxen to Montrose, Mr. Dolan having purchased the exchange Hotel from his brother, James, and assumed the proprietorship. He has been in the hotel business in that place for a number of years and is as near a model landlord as they make, having an excellent reputation as manager of a public house wherever known. Consideration, $8,500. AND The ladies of St. Mary's Catholic church took a very unique way of raising money to buy a carpet for their church by sending out a little poem, asking the recipient to give them in pennies just thrice the size of the shoe he wears. Accompanying the poem were little silken socks cut and made by the committee (Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Becker, Mrs. Kelly and Miss Katheryn O'Neill) of different colors and sent out to all friends of the church. The returns are reported as good.


Harford - Our supervisors are getting ready to start the road machines or mud mixers, as they should be called. Our roads are getting worse and worse. What we need is more stones and less mud. AND Besides additional facilities for obtaining something to eat, we are to have a store at which our lady friends can be provided with articles to wear--that is to say, Miss Lou Rogers, as already intimated, will next week open a millinery establishment at her home and we wish her every success.


Springville - Prof. T.C. Hinckley started out last Saturday for a drive. The horse took a notion to "do" things, and as a result the carriage was much broken and minus a top when quiet was restored.


Auburn Center - Dougherty & Kellogg, who are operating the famous Burke quarry near here, have placed an order for a 25-horse power traction engine. It is guaranteed to draw 20 tons over the road from Auburn to Meshoppen. In hauling heavy loads of stone, flag, etc., they propose to use heavy wagons in trains of two or more. AND At Auburn Four Corners, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grow left the house one day to do the milking, leaving a small child asleep in one of the rooms. A neighbor happened to drop in and found the kitchen on fire. Prompt measures saved the house from burning. Some furniture was destroyed. But for the timely call of the neighbor the fire would doubtless have gained such headway before being discovered as to have been beyond control and the child might have perished.


Rush - The friends of Rev. O.E. Bishop are cordially invited to meet at the parsonage on Tuesday evening, April 18th, at which time they will have an opportunity of showing their appreciation of his decision to remain with us another year by assisting him with their mite toward the purchase of a horse.


Little Meadows - Nicholas Murphy is confined to his home suffering from a fracture of the jaw bone and other injuries caused from being thrown from his wagon against a barbed wire fence, where he was entangled when found, and but for the timely assistance of George Regan, would have been seriously, if not fatally, injured. He was conveyed to his home by M. Hate, where medical aid was summoned. Mr. Murphy has no recollection of how the accident occurred.


West Lenox - Mrs. Nelvin Empet is our new postmistress.


Thompson - The Bordon Bros., with their attorney, A.B. Smith, of Montrose, are here today and have bought of C.M. Lewis, a plot of land on which they will erect a condensary, and our business men are putting on a bold front. AND Rev. and Mrs. P.R. Tower spent the Sabbath with relatives in Afton and attended the 40th Anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox, Va. Mr. Tower was at the surrender and he enjoyed the masterly address of Lu B. Cake, Esq., on this occasion immensely.


Forest City - E. Deming, who has been Forest City's collector for the past two years, has announced his intention to resign this coming year from the office and will not qualify for this coming year.. Mr. Deming says that he has had two years of very arduous work with inadequate remuneration and he intends to give some other citizen the opportunity to enjoy the "sinecure." Since the company refused to collect the taxes from its employees, the work of the collector in Forest City has been anything but a soft snap.


Susquehanna - M. J. Lannon has opened, in Hogan Block, one of the finest restaurants in this section of the country. The walls are covered with handsome and expensive paper, a new oaken floor has been laid and is covered with fine linoleum. The kitchen is a model in every respect and the furniture throughout is without cause for criticism. The culinary department is under the charge of experienced caterers and anyone who is in need of meals or lunch will be more than pleased with the service. The new restaurant is already patronized by the best of people and it is a rousing success. AND The death of Sister Mary Felicitas occurred at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Scranton. Deceased was Miss Lizzie Baxter, formerly a resident of this place. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. John Lannon, of this place, and Mrs. W. Moffatt, of Wilkesbarre; two brothers, Peter and George Baxter, of Sayre.


News Briefs: It was an honest doctor who defined appendicitis as a modern pain costing one hundred dollars more than an ordinary stomach-ache. AND In many states the idea of giving names to the farm homes is growing. A name for a farm tends to fix the identity of the place, just as it does in the case of an individual. There are pretty or characteristic names of farm homes in many locations. Name your farm.


April 21 (1905/2005)



Birchardville - We had a small-sized 4th of July celebration upon receipt of the news of Milton E. Birchard's nomination for Register and Recorder. The church bell was rung and all were happy and joined in the racket. Milton is in every way worthy of the place.


Hop Bottom - The milling and feed business heretofore conducted at Foster Station, under the name of Foster Mill, M. Merithew, agent, will hereafter be conducted by Frank R. Zimmerman, to whom has been transferred the property and business. Mr. Zimmerman was for over 12 years with the Empire Mill and Elevator Co., Binghamton.


Oakley, Harford Twp. - W. H. Wilmarth is hired by H.W. Jeffers to take down buildings at the Orphan School and erect them on the farm of Watson Jeffers this spring.


Thompson - Miss Madge E. Brown, of the township, who closed a term as principal of the graded school in this borough, the 7th inst. [present month], began a term in the school at Medina, N.Y., Monday morning. She had several flattering offers from other places. AND One can go to New York and back from here much easier and quicker than he can make the trip to Montrose.


South Gibson - Mrs. Alvira Pickering passed her 90th birthday on April 10. She is well and in possession of all her faculties. AND Commencing the first of May, the Department at Washington has ordered that a free rural mail service be extended between Kingsley Post office and South Gibson.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Some of the people here are putting teams on the grading for the new railroad--four dollars per day.


Hallstead - A temporary bridge has been erected over the Harmony creek, near Hallstead, where the bridge went out this spring, by contractor A.J. Cosgriff, of New Milford. A permanent structure will be put up as soon as possible, and the commissioners are in hopes to find the superstructure, which was washed down the creek, uninjured and capable of further use, thus incurring less expenditure of the county's moneys. It is thought that it may be necessary to raise the bridge a number of feet higher than its present level in order to prevent a repetition of this spring's disaster. The abutments are in good condition and were little damaged by the high water. AND Preparations are being made to put a swift ball team in the field this season. A dancing pavilion, swings, etc., will be erected at Riverside Park to further attract the followers of the game.


Brooklyn - Miss Alice Lee has been spending a few days at Dr. Wilson's. Miss Lee's literary ability is becoming pretty well known, as we often see articles from her pen in some of our leading magazines. AND Fred P. Miller, now Corporal in the signal corps, U.S.A., visited his parents last week. Mr. Miller enlisted in the service on April 7, 1902 in Chicago. Has been at Washington, D.C., Kansas, New York, San Francisco and assisted in the laying of the ocean cable from Seattle to Valdee, Alaska, during which time they were shipwrecked, having run into an immense iceberg. Mr. Miller plans to enlist again for 3 years.


Montrose - There is altogether too much fast driving on the main traveled streets of the town and many narrow escapes, especially among the children, are reported. One such instance of a little girl of Maple street being very nearly run over by a young man who was out for a drive, is reported, and frequently even older, and many times feeble and aged people, have their lives endangered by these drivers of the 2:22 class. Small children playing in the street may often escape the attention of the driver, who is generally giving most of his attention to his equine's "fine points," and for the safety of the pedestrians, in general, they should curb their steeds and moderate their speed.


Forest City - The Bell Company has put in operation its new system by the use of which they dispense with a central operator. An automatic arrangement makes connections. The system is a new invention and the Forest City plant is the fourth to be installed east of Chicago.


Susquehanna - Isaac Lauder Son & Co., of Binghamton, will conduct the marble and granite works, formerly conducted by the late E. J. Matthews. AND Bake Sale and Rubber Donation: In Falkenbury Block, Erie Avenue, April 29th, everybody come, bring your old rubbers [boots], your husband's rubbers, and your children's rubbers and patronize the bake sale, for the benefit of the City Hospital.


Lawton - Work on the New York, Pennsylvania & Southwestern Railway is now progressing rapidly. Nearly every mile of road between Williamsport and Lawton has been touched in spots by the grading contractors. The Lawton & Meryall sections are being graded by Allen, Donally & Co. While the McGowan Coon Co. is working heavy rock cuts south of the river below Wyalusing. Ten carloads of culvert pipe were received last week for use on the grade construction. It says, too, that the line down Choconut creek to St. Joseph's will be the first section on which ties and rails will be laid.


Kingsley - M. J. Corbet & Son, of Conklin, has purchased the wood acid factory here, formerly owned by the Ballard-Rought Chemical Co., and are making extensive repairs; they expect to commence operations soon under the name of the Kingsley Chemical Co.


New Milford - The firm of the New Milford Hardware Company has been dissolved. Charles Phelps retiring from the firm and A.C. Risby continuing the business.


Brackney - The death of Mrs. Minnie C., wife of Tracy Gage, aged 27 years, occurred at her home last Sunday evening. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, two of whom were born on the 10th inst., her mother, five brothers and four sisters. The funeral was largely attended from St. Augustine's Catholic church, at Silver Lake, on Wednesday morning, her pastor, Rev. Father John J. Lally, officiating.


News Brief: Gov. Pennypacker has signed the act, which makes it unlawful for boys under 16 to visit pool rooms, billiard rooms, bowling saloons and ten-pin alleys--Good Law.


April 28 (1905/2005)



Bridgewater Twp. - Lathan Mack, who lives on the D.T. Brewster farm, it now develops, is the man who holds the lucky number in the "Right of Way" cigar contest. Mr. Mack had not given the matter any particular attention but happening to run over his tickets he discovered that ticket B 1333 was in his possession. Mr. Mack had offered these same tickets to the dealer of whom he had purchased the cigars, T.F. Kelly, for $1, but Mr. Kelly didn't want to buy. We understand the cigar manufacturers have offered him the automobile valued at $2,500 or $2,000 cash. Mr. Mack is a deserving man and we hope he will secure enough out of it to buy a good farm and live long and prosper. He went to Scranton yesterday to see about the matter.


Susquehanna - During a row in front of a lunch wagon on Front Street, yesterday morning, Thomas Moran was shot in the thigh by a man named Boynt, proprietor of the wagon. The wounded man was taken to the office of Dr. J.J. Boyle and the bullet probed for, but could not be extracted. No blame is attached to Mr. Boynt for the shooting, as Moran stated he was at the time endeavoring to protect Mr. Boynt from some intoxicated young men and the discharge of the revolver was accidental. AND The officers of the Susquehanna's Delaware Division have been removed from Port Jervis to Susquehanna, which means an addition to Susquehanna of about twenty-five families.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - John G. Jenkins, a native of this place, when a young man, went to Colorado as a book canvasser, going in the interest of J. W. Lyon, who was in the subscription book business. He succeeded so well that he was sent to South Australia in the same business. While there he went into the book publishing business and made a great success. Afterwards he got into politics and became a member of Parliament and later Premier; and now he has resigned that and been made Agent General for south Australia, in London. He is now on a trip to Canada and Washington on official business and will also call on friends in Montrose and Clifford. He is a cousin of T.J. and F.A. Davies and a brother of the late Sheriff Z.D. Jenkins. He is the first native American to hold such stations of importance and honor in that country.


South Montrose - The new station is nearing completion. This will be the most attractive station on the Montrose branch of Lackawanna Valley R.R. between Montrose and Tunkhannock.


Jackson - Perhaps no other teacher in the United States has so long a record for teaching as has Mrs. Clarissa T. Tracy, who has been a teacher 61 years. Mrs. Tracy was born in Jackson nearly 87 years ago and is a sister of Emerson and Evander Tucker, of the township. For 45 years she has been an instructor in Ripon College, Wis. AND Rural free delivery, route No. 3, starts from Susquehanna, May 1. It will serve the people in the vicinity of Lanesboro, Comfort's Pond, Thompson, East Jackson and North Jackson.


Elkdale, Clifford Twp. - S.E. Lowry is disposing of his stock, poultry, etc., and will move to Forest City in the near future. It is with the keenest regret that we see them depart from our midst, as Mr. and Mrs. Lowry as the best of neighbors and active members of the church and choir in this place.


Silver Lake - M.J. Hayes and three sons are kept busy in the Rose saw mill, having a large number of logs to convert into lumber. AND Charles Eckhech and family have moved to Binghamton and M. McEnery is to take his place at Sheldon Croft.


Alford, Brooklyn Twp. - The water tank at this station has been raised and repaired so that the larger class of engines that the D.L.&W. is installing can take water here.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Our graded school is again agitated here and we think the last act passed, granting people the privilege of sending their children to a high school and the fee to be paid by the township, will help our cause.


Hopbottom - A broken rail caused a wreck just below this place Sunday evening. Four coal cars were overturned, obstructing both east and west bound tracks, so that trains were delayed for several hours. AND Harvey Carpenter, of Lathrop, is driving a fine, new rubber-tire run-about, purchased of Elbert Tiffany. It makes a fine appearance and Harvey is justly proud of it.


Rush - Henry Zacharias is sawing wood for B.L. Pickett, with his steamer.


Montrose - One of the saddest accidents that has occurred in this vicinity for a number of years took place Saturday afternoon. By it Cassius Tallon [step-son of George E. Woodruff, Cliff Street] met his death at the hands of a friend, Lawrence Arnold, a boy about the same age. The boys, in company with Clarence Riker, had been spending the afternoon along the Wyalusing creek, just below town, and had been amusing themselves with a 22-calibre rifle, the kind commonly used by boys, shooting at sparrows, trees and any object that attracted their attention. It was while crossing the Dr. Gardner farm on their return home, young Arnold carrying the rifle, that the tragedy happened. They were passing near Scott's woods, loitering along after the carefree manner of boys. Lawrence Arnold was giving the small firearm a casual inspection when his finger in some way came in contact with the trigger and the rifle was discharged. The bullet barely grazed the left arm of the boy standing in the line of the leaden missile's flight and penetrating his side, pierced him to the heart. He wavered unsteadily and the Riker boy, who was standing near him, attempted to keep him from falling, while young Arnold dropped the rifle and ran to his companion's assistance. "I'm dead," came the agonizing words from the stricken lad's lips, and they had hardly passed his lips when he was dead in truth. [The story was related by Arnold and Riker who, overcome by grief and panic-stricken, fled from the scene of the accident. Edward White found the Tallon boy Saturday evening and notified the authorities. On Sunday afternoon Lawrence Arnold finally told his mother about the accident and he and Clarence Riker then told their story to the authorities. The shooting death was ruled an accident]. Further details may be found in the Independent Republican, April 28, 1905.


News Briefs: Forty-eight years ago snow fell to the depth of over three feet in Susquehanna County, on April 20th and 21st, 1857. AND Gov. Pennypacker has approved the bill which provides for a system of humane education, which includes kind treatment of birds and animals. The instruction along this line is to be given to all pupils up to and including the 4th grade. The same law prohibits experimenting with any living creature in the schoolroom.


May 05 (1905/2005)



New Milford - Ray G. Pratt, son of Col. C.C. Pratt, has joined a United States geological surveying party, with whom he will spend the summer in the Adirondacks.


Clifford - The telephone exchange will be moved next week from the store of L. Rivenburg to the residence of Mrs. B. Lott.


Forest City - F.B. Carpenter, Esq., is planning an extensive western trip and will, if conditions are to his liking, locate in the state of Washington. Mr. Carpenter sees great possibilities in this flourishing and fast growing state, which seems adapted to be the gateway of the Pacific and he believes that in time a city rivaling New York will grow in Puget Sound. The western fever seems to have attacked a large number of our people and while there will probably be no general migration, there are several who are watching with great interest news from the west.


South Montrose - The tragic death of George Ralston, a well-known young farmer of South Montrose, occurred in a remarkable manner on May 3. After dinner he went to a field to plow accompanied by his boy, four years old. He went to a spring for a drink and handed a cup-full of water to the boy, then reached back for one for himself, when he fell dead. The boy staid there half an hour perhaps, then went to the house and told his mother, "Papa is in the spring." But little attention was paid to the statement at first, but an investigation proved its truth. He had had trouble in his head and had operations and it is thought that the bursting of a blood vessel caused it. He was 43 years old.


Hallstead - The First National Bank of Hallstead opened for business May 1st, and the amount of business being done augurs well for the new institution. Its officers are: Pres., John B. Jones, Wellsville, N.Y.; Vice Pres., Dr. A.F. Merrill, Hallstead; Cashier, W. H. Windus, Hallstead; Directors, J. B. Jones, James Miller, Wellsville, N.Y.; Dr. A.F. Merrill, C. E. Moxley, John Clune, Hallstead; N. H. Parke, Great Bend; and W. H. Windus, Alleghany. A new block is in course of erection for their permanent home. AND V.D. Hand, proprietor of the People's Cash Store, and one of the most progressive merchants in the county, has purchased the New York Store in Great Bend and will continue the business in both stores.


Susquehanna - And now our Borough Council, or a portion of it, we understand, is talking of buying a new chemical engine, with borough funds, to replace the one which didn't cost the town a cent and which was sold by the company which owned it, because the council would not give it a decent place for housing. That new chemical will be a long time coming we reckon. The chemical engine sold was one of the best made.


Brooklyn - The senior class of the Brooklyn Township High School will have their Annual Commencement exercises Friday evening, May 5th. The following ladies and gentlemen form the class: Pearl C. Brotzman, Bernice I. Meade, Daisy B. Fish, Ross Tewksbury, Myron O. Tiffany and Tracy V. Stephens.


Great Bend - "Wild Marsh," the young stallion owned by W.J. Day, dropped dead on the street Sunday while being driven. His death was caused by a rush of blood to the head. He was called one of the most beautiful horses in this part of the country, and secured a ribbon at Madison Square Garden, N.Y. AND An alarm of fire at 11 P.M. Friday brought the whole town out. Five tanks of crude oil were burned on the main line of the Erie, just back of Grace Episcopal church. The houses of Mrs. Fay and Mrs. Tierney were badly scorched. They were covered by insurance.


Glenwood - A good sign that summer is here is the way the autos spin along nearly every day. Reckless running should be prohibited, but all the same they make record runs.


Kingsley - The Kingsley Chemical Co. started the Acid Factory May 1st after making extensive repairs.


Dimock - Urban Barber, who was so seriously disabled by an explosion of dynamite in his face a year ago, rendering him blind, passed through this place this week taking orders for the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. His daughter, Eva, accompanied him.


South Gibson - Mrs. Alvira Pickering passed her 90th birthday April 10. She is in possession of all her faculties and is up to date in the news of the times, taking great pleasure in reading the papers.


Auburn 4 Corners - Ed Blakeslee, of Springville, was through here Monday delivering fruit trees and seeds for Elmer Sherwood, of York State.


Hopbottom - A pubic meeting was held Monday evening in the council room and it was decided that water supply be furnished the town for protection in case of fire.


Harford - The first automobile this season passed through Harford on Saturday. Few who drive horses would be sorry if it were the last. AND The people of Harford are very much elated over the election of G.A. Stearns for County Superintendent.


Franklin Township - The death of Timothy O'Shea, a highly respected resident, occurred at his late home on Sunday, April 30th, 1905, after an illness of some time [caused by a wound inflicted some 20 years ago]. Mr. O'Shea was born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1843 and came to America, 1865. He was married to Miss Mary O'Brien of Syracuse, in 1865. The deceased is survived by a widow and six children. The funeral was held in St. Augustine's Catholic church on Tuesday, May 2, at Silver Lake. Rev. John J. Lally officiating. Burial in Binghamton.


Thompson - Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Aldridge, of the township, a son, last week. As their former and only child before this was born 19 years ago, this event has caused a little ripple in the community, though "Clare" is quite composed.


Montrose - Lathan Mack, who won the automobile given by the "Right of Way" cigar manufacturers, has found a probable purchaser in Scranton and will undoubtedly sell it. Failing in this he will have the machine brought to Montrose.


May 12 (1905/2005)



St. Joseph - M.D. Sweeney is the proprietor of the noted spring which he discovered on his farm many years ago, and from whose source gushes forth the most pure and sparkling water in that section of the country. This spring is very old, a century or more, and was made by the Indians who had a trail through that picturesque valley at that time. It is possessed of wonderful curative qualities and at the urgent request of friends interested in the matter, Mr. Sweeney has placed the water on sale in the larger cities and towns. It is 50 cents a case and includes six bottles containing three gallons of the water. Best of references furnished on application. Send for a trial case to M.D. Sweeney, at St. Joseph, Pa., and he will deliver one or more cases for 50 cents per case at your door.


Montrose - Mrs. Sara Burgess, widow of the late J.W. Burgess, a former proprietor of the Tarbell House, died at the home of her son-in-law, W. H. Whyte, at Hotel Terrace, Scranton. Mrs. Burgess came of old Revolutionary stock and her ancestors were among the first settlers of the Wyoming Valley. Her great-grandfather went to join Washington's army, leaving his wife and son in the old fort at Forty Fort. They were there during the massacre, but managed to escape death by hiding in the woods until after the slaughter. Mrs. Burgess is well-remembered in Montrose and had visited friends here only a few weeks ago, when she appeared in good health. AND A wagon loaded with three tons of oats and drawn by J. C. Harrington's large team of blacks went through the floor of W.A Harrington's livery stable Wednesday morning. Luckily, as the heavily loaded wagon crashed through the planking the horses plunged forward simultaneously and the kingbolt broke, thus saving them from a fall of several feet. The wagon escaped injury and outside the damage to the floor little harm was done.


Auburn 4 Corners - A.B. Tuttle and son of Springville, are repairing the belfry and steeple of the M.E. church. AND In South Auburn - Tuesday being the 14th birthday of Elmer Benninger, a few of his young friends were invited in to take tea with him.  AND Quite a large body of men attended the raising of John Treible's barn on Saturday.


Friendsville - Bids are requested on the new St. Francis Xavier Catholic church. With the passing out of existence of the old structure, to be superseded by a place of worship more commodious and modern in style, gives evidence that the pastor and people are intent on keeping abreast of the times in beautifying and improving their pleasant little village.


Upsonville - Ralph Smith, of Binghamton, is home and will be our traveling tea man this summer. Arthur Hunsinger, who traveled for this firm, will work in a tea store in Binghamton.


Uniondale - The commencement exercises will be given at the M.E. church this Wednesday evening. There are but two graduates this year--Misses Alice Carpenter and Bessie Furman.


Lathrop - There will be a warm sugar social at the Grange Hall on Saturday evening, May 13, for benefit of Lakeside M.E. church. All are invited.


Harford - The hen business is booming here, quite a number of new buildings going up here in the village. AND The Harford cemetery has a population of 1,600 dead, while the village has not more than 200 living.


Susquehanna - Miss Ella Stamp was recently cured of a terrible cancer by Dr. S. Andral Kilmer, of Binghamton. AND Those who have anything to donate to the Susquehanna band and baseball fair are requested to leave same at B. S. French's stationery store.


Lanesboro - The late Simon H. Barnes, who was considered one of the wealthiest men in Susq. County, left an estate variously estimated from $100,000 to $200,000. The will of deceased named his wife, Anliza Barnes, executrix. Mrs. Barnes is not in strong health and we learn indirectly, that to avoid the immense responsibility which her late husband's will brings upon her, she has placed the settlement of the estate entirely in the hands of S.P. Quick, of Windsor.


Clifford - Our Supervisor Snyder has put up a fine road from Clifford to Lenoxville via Royal. AND Rev. F. B. Earl is not only an able devine but a first-class horse farrier.eart LakeHeHeart :ale


Thomson - The managers of the Northeastern Pa. Telephone Company were in town Saturday looking up the business of the company the past year. Their annual meeting comes here the 8th of June and this is quite a gathering, composed as it is of the stockholders, which number over 600, and they all seem to have the familiar "Hello."


Hallstead - The First National Bank of Hallstead {now Peoples National Bank], capitalized $25,000, [and] commenced business. Landlord Clune, of the Mitchell House, has offered to erect a building for the institution. In the meantime, business will be transacted in quarters already secured. AND C.W. Banks will erect a building adjoining the cash store on Main St., for the First National Bank.


Great Bend - Earl Ames, who has been employed as a porter at the Central House for some time, hired a horse and wagon belonging to W. B. Hamlin and drove to Binghamton, where he sold the rig to B. O. Moffit for $145. He was arrested and is now in jail.


Forest City - The baseball season opened and patrons of the sport had a chance to view the work of the locals on one of the finest diamonds in this section of the state. There is some dispute as to the score of Saturday's game. The Taylor Reds claim the score was 10-8 in their favor, but from reliable witnesses of the contest we have been informed that the score was a tie 9-9. Kelleher pitched the first two innings. He was not in form and the Taylor lads landed on him for seven runs. In the third inning the new pitcher McMannamum went into the box and for the next seven innings he made the hearts of the fans throb with joy, the way he shot 'em over. Monroe, our new catcher is certainly a find. Canterbury was not in the game and Garman played shortstop. He is a fast player. Willis was in his regular position in left field, and the fans say he's all to the good. Hughes was at second base; Miskell held down third very creditably. Kelleher did great work at first base. Troy was in center field and Lewis played right field.


May 18 (1905/2005)



Brooklyn - The G.A.R. Post of this place has made arrangements to observe Memorial Day. Rev. Pope of the M. E. Church at Hopbottom, will deliver the oration; the music will be given by a cornet band.


Harford - "Who are the best entertainers, ladies or gentlemen?" This question is to be decided at Odd Fellows' Hall on Wednesday evening, May 24, in a contest between the ladies and gents of Floral Rebecca Lodge, each side being allotted one hour--so come out and enjoy the evening with us and have a hearty laugh. Adm. 10 and 15 cents. Judges, Prof. G. A. Stearns and Mrs. Usher, the third person to be chosen by them.


Thomson - County Surveyor Tingley was officially engaged in the township the past week. He succeeded in establishing a line satisfactorily to all parties, that had been a source of unpleasantness for some few years.


Hallstead - Edwin R. Weeks, the Binghamton humorist and entertainer, has purchased the unique D. Arthur Teed [art] studio at Hallstead and is now repairing the building. The picturesque summer home {called Teed Castle] at the foot of Mount Manotonome will be occupied by Mr. Weeks soon. AND A grand benefit fair, under the auspices of the Hallstead band, fire company and baseball club, will be held at the Clune opera house, Hallstead, June 13-16, inclusive. An entertainment will be given each evening and a game of ball will be played on each of the last three days of the fair with strong teams.


Montrose - The Montrose firemen are planning to make Tuesday, July 11, a red-letter day in the town's history. It is the 50th anniversary of the organization of No. 2 company and it is their intention to celebrate the event in an elaborate manner. It is expected that the annual parade and inspection of the department will be held that day, together with a first class ball game and other amusements. In the evening No. 2 Company will hold a reception and supper. The firemen and citizens should unite to make this a day long to be remembered. AND Geo. B. Felker is a busy man now-a-days, supplying his many customers with his famous soft drinks. If you wish the best ask for "Felker's make." His goods are all right.


Dimock - Two barns and a granary belonging to D. V. Shaw, of Dimock, burned to the ground Friday night, including all his farming tools, hay and some grain. The family was awakened in the night by the barking of a dog and on getting up saw the building on fire. Mr. Shaw thinks that had not the dog awakened the inmates of the house, the house would have surely burned, and perhaps his wife and children as well. Mr. Shaw was working in Montrose at the time with his team, wagon and harness and with these alone Mr. Shaw has to commence the summer's work. It is thought to be the work of tramps. There was a meager insurance on the buildings. Mr. Shaw has the sympathy of many friends.


Tunkhannock - About three years ago, during a forest fire in Forkston, Wyoming county, a man by the name of Robinson picked up a little bear cub about the size of a half grown kitten, which had become separated from its mother. The little bear came into the possession of landlord J. P. Collins, of Tunkhannock, and has been kept at the Packer House ever since, where he has recently purchased another bear as playmate for "Bud" and will keep the two on a plot of ground in the rear of the hotel, around which he is having a high iron fence erected.


Susquehanna - At his late home, of valvular disease of the heart, occurred the death of Dr. J. J. Boyle, aged about 58 years. Dr. Boyle was born in 1846, at New Milford, and attended the district and public schools of that village, furthering his studies at St. Joseph's, Pa. At the age of 18 (in 1864) he began the study of medicine under Dr. D. C. Ainey, of New Milford and continued his studies the following year at Ottawa, Ill., and at Buffalo University, Buffalo, N.Y. received the degree of M.D. in 1869. After moving to Ottawa and California he returned to New Milford and in 1877 removed to Susquehanna.


Dr. Boyle inherited some of the characteristics which so distinguished his father, Judge Boyle. He was a man of culture and refinement and enjoyed a large practice. He was a genial, courteous gentleman, with a high sense of honor and had the esteem and respect of the community at large. A wife and two sons, Dr. J. A. Boyle of New York and Leonard, of Susquehanna, and a daughter, Miss Coletta Boyle, a favorite vocalist, who resides in New York, survive him.


Heart Lake - Sherman Griffing's boarding house, a three-story frame structure, is expected to be open for the accommodation of the public about June 1st; William Wall has opened his boarding house for the season and E. D. Cook is building a fine boathouse for his new boat which he expects soon.


Great Bend - The Great Bend ball team is made up as follows: M. A. Kilrow, captain and second base; James Donohue, catcher; Casey Tierney and O'Gara, pitchers; Hal Hays, first base; Neil O'Brien, short stop; John Collins, third base; Neil Donohue, right field; Jerry Carroll, left field and Richard Stack, center field.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Reimel Bros. have commenced their job of peeling bark for their father, L. Reimel. AND F. S. Wells, of South Montrose, recently purchased a fine thoroughbred Holstein heifer of J. and F. Schoonmaker. They also purchased a fine thoroughbred Holstein bull calf of Mr. Wells, which is closely related to the world's butter record cow, which recently sold for $6000.


Lenoxville - The town was very much disturbed over a very serious affair. Thursday night, about 12 o'clock, the sky was lighted up to such an extent that people traveling along the roads or through the fields could easily be distinguished and what caused such a brightness? --Fire. Our skimming station was in flames. Men were soon on the spot but the building was too far-gone to be saved. It is thought to be the work of an incendiary.


Springville - Ensign Urbane and wife, the Salvation Army workers from Tunkhannock, held a series of special meetings in the M.E. church, at Lynn, last week. Including all the week, but Sunday, three large audiences--morning, afternoon and night, tested the entire capacity of the church. A number were converted. The entire services were inspiring, but especially the music, by Mr. and Mrs. Urbane, stirred up the hearts of the people.


May 26 (1905/2005)



Springville - The men who have been in the habit of getting a Sunday morning shave will be obliged to have their tonsorial work done Saturday evening, or furnish their own scraper, as the barber has shut up shop on Sunday. AND S. O. Culver wishes to state to the public that he is handling wall paper as usual, at the same reasonable prices, contrary to some of the reports afloat.


Oakley, Harford Twp. - Charlie Tanner seems to be the banner fisherman in this section, as he caught a carp in Oakley pond, Tuesday, that weighed 8 1/2 lbs. AND W. J. Daley and Archie Carpenter attended the Barnum [Circus] show at Scranton on Monday.


Uniondale - Stephen Bronson was in Buffalo the forepart of the week, after fat cattle.


North Bridgewater Twp. - Nine of the boys of the North school played base ball against three of the regular team of this place on the home diamond last Saturday afternoon, the B.B.C. boys winning to the tune of 23 to 37. Our B. B. C. talks of playing with the Heart Lake team in the near future.


Lake Carey, Wyoming County - A steamboat capable of carrying 200 passengers has been placed on the Lake. It will be run in connection with the Lehigh Valley picnic grounds at that place.


Montrose - Commencement exercises were held in the Presbyterian Church, Thursday, May 25. Reig's Orchestra of Binghamton furnished excellent music. The graduates are: Richard C. Upton, Homer Butterfield, Iva B. Hards, D. Truman Brewster, Jr., Frank A. Roy, Fredricha A. Horn, Nellie F. Quain, C. Pauline Cruser, John E. O'Brien, Ella Kintner, Edith Bronson, Marion Allen, Ernest E. Finn, M. Carlton Griffis, Fredrick W. Connell. AND  The Montrose Golf links, a 9-hole course, are destined to be among the most famous in the U.S. There are but two clubs in America having an island green, so far as known, and Montrose is one of them. The whole grounds are being made as smooth as a velvety lawn. AND Ground was broken on May 23, between the Court House and School building, for the new Historical and Free Library building. The breaking of this ground stands for the beginning of the erection of a building suitable not only for the safe preservation of the historical relics which have come and are coming into the possession of the Society, but for housing and protecting a valuable working library for the community.


Susquehanna - Thursday, May 25, is the day for the opening of James Paye's wholesale and retail auction of wagons, harness, farm implements and household goods. Geo. H. Stevens, the celebrated auctioneer, has been engaged to address the multitude assembled in his unique way.


Brooklyn - Mabel Tiffany is teaching in South Dakota, where she went from Brooklyn for her health. AND The Christian Endeavor society of the Presbyterian church will sell ice cream on the lawn of S. B. Eldridge, Memorial day.


Harford - Mrs. Ansel Stearns, with her grand-daughters, Lena and Georgianna, have been in Philadelphia attending the graduating exercises at Blockley Hospital, from which institute Miss Gertrude Stearns, who has been there for the last three years, now graduates. AND The annual Memorial Service in connection with the Grand Army will be held in the Congregational church on Sunday morning. The sermon will be preached by the Rev. Wm. Usher. Army veterans will be present and special music will be rendered. The community at large ought to show their respect for the men who fought to save the Union by coming to church. On Memorial Day meetings will be held in the Odd Fellows Hall in the afternoon, when the chief speaker will be the Methodist minister, Rev. E. E. Pearce.


Liberty Twp. - The neighbors met at Thos. Wilbur's for a bee, to assist him with his farm work, as he is behind on account of the sickness of his little son, Lawrence, who is ill with rheumatism; he is some better, but still unable to work.


Hopbottom - The Hopbottom graduating class of 1905 is as follows: Ethel Cool, Lulu Reynolds, Tracy Brown and Susie Pope.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Those who attended the opening party at the Hillis Hotel, in Rush, reported a good time. AND Joseph Degnan reports the fishing fine in the North Branch creek. AND Miss Catheryne Degnan is teaching in St. Josephs Academy, Binghamton.


South Auburn - G. C. Judson celebrated his 90th birthday last Wednesday. Mr. Judson is remarkably smart for a man of his age. He takes his daily walk with the aid of a cane. [Rev. Gould C. Judson was born in 1815 in Woodbury, Conn. He died at the age of 92 years, 8 months, Feb. 2, 1908.]


Forest City - Thomas Hudson, one of our best-known and most esteemed citizens, died at one o'clock Sunday morning as the result of injuries received in the mines on Saturday. By a fall of overhead rock, he was squeezed against a mine car and so badly injured internally that death was the inevitable result. Thomas was born at Essington, England, on the fifth day of March 1842. In the year 1861 he was married to Mrs. Margaret Mead, and in September 1888, came with his family from the mother country to Forest City. Besides his wife, one stepson, Thomas Mead, of Avoca, and two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Mott and Mrs. Joseph Adley, survive him. His was the simple life of an honest, unassuming and contented man, at peace with his God, his neighbor and himself.


Herrick Twp. - Answering a correspondent who wishes to know the highest point in the state, the Scranton Tribune says: The report of the United States geological survey gives Bald Knob, 2,924 feet, as the highest point in the state, but it is impossible, with the publications at hand, to identify Bald Knob. In one publication, North Knob, 2,700 feet, which is in Herrick township, Susquehanna county, is given as the highest point in the state. It may help to settle the dispute to say that Farview is 2,328 ft.; Bald Mount, 2,287 ft.; Sugar Loaf, in Wayne county, 2,450 ft., and Elk Hill, 2,600 ft. The North Knob of Elk Hill, noted above as the highest point in the state, is owned by W. T. Davis, of this place, and his brother, T. B. Davis, of Tresco.


June 02 (1905/2005)



Harford - The annual memorial service held in honor of those who fell in the Civil War was held this year in the Congregational church. A fine congregation attended, including the Methodist minister, Rev. E. E. Pearce, who assisted in the preliminaries of the service. The anthem and hymns were most tastefully rendered and the highest encomiums were pronounced on the sermon preached by the pastor, Rev. Wm. Usher. In eloquent words the preacher showed how the principle of the text, fruitfulness through sacrifice, pervaded all nature and operated in relation to individuals, families and nations and particularly the United States in connection with the War of the Rebellion. A number of grand army venerables were present, both in uniform and as civilians. It was a service that will not soon be forgotten.


Brooklyn - F. B. Jewett is remodeling the barn on the Dr. Chamberlain property. The house, which is one of Brooklyn's landmarks, and has been in Mrs. Chamberlain's family for many generations, will be made over new this summer. .


Little Meadows - Mr. and Mrs. Boland, of this place, are rejoicing over the arrival of a young son. AND Mr. Hannen gave a dance Monday evening. A large crowd was present. The music was by James Hickey and son, Michael.


Elk Lake - Bert Thomas has purchased a new portable gasoline engine of I. Estus, the agent here. Bert has made no mistake in buying a Badge engine. AND Mr. Quackenbush and family, of Scranton, are occupying their new cottage at the lake.


Ararat - Following is a list of people of Ararat who have passed the age of 70 years. When the size of the place is considered, the longevity of the residents of this mountain town is remarkable: Wm. W. Cobb, 70; James P. Wademan, 72; Jones W. Walker, 72; Leonard O. Baldwin, 73; William Harris, 75; Mrs. Samantha Slocum, 76; Mrs. Minerva Carpenter, 76; Mrs. Olive Bushnell, 77; Mrs. Amanda Ferris, 78; Mrs. Desdemonia Borden, 76; Mrs. Georgiana Avery, 79; David Miller, 79; Rolla Carpenter, 80; Abner B. Avery, 80; Mrs. Emily Williams, 81; Mrs. Deborah Dexter, 83; Mrs. Caroline Yarns, 84; Mrs. Freelove Brooks, 85; Mrs. James Beaumont, 85; Mrs. Margaret Sartell, 86; Mrs. Hannah Burman, 89; Edward Atwater, 89; Mrs. Susan Baldwin, 94. Average over 80 yrs.


Kingsley - A band draws more than simply the small boys and girls. It gets everybody out, quickens their step, and makes the old feel young. Tuesday was the Kingsley band's first appearance in Montrose, but they played like regular veterans at the business. They made "bang-up" good music. Come again.


Dimock - Dimock Camp Meeting will be from Aug. 23d to 31st. The boarding tent will be conducted by Fred. A. Risley, of Springville, and the barn by Simms and Beeman of Black Walnut.


Forest City - A number of the High School graduates have gone to Uniondale to register as students of the Uniondale summer school, under the direction of Prof. B. W. Pease. AND William Owens, of the firm of Taylor & Owens, has purchased a pacing horse with a record of 2:24. Mr. Owens expects to enter the horse in the new park in the near future.


Herrick Twp. - It seems our cherished idea that Elk Hill is the highest peak in the State has been erroneous. As noted by an article from the "Scranton Tribune" there seemed to be a conflict on the question. The "Tribune" wrote to the U. S. Geological Survey asking for detailed information and this week received reply to the effect that the highest point in the State is Blue Knob, in Bedford county, the altitude of which is 3,136 ft. This would seem to settle the matter adversely to us, but still the old Elk Hill is high.


Thomson - Thomas Walker, our veteran shoe dealer, was relieved of 65 pairs of shoes last Thursday night, and the burglars left no trace to indicate whence they came or whither they went.


Clifford - C. G. Stevens, department store merchant of Lenoxville, came up here Monday p.m., to show his new gasoline motor car.


Auburn Four Corners - The Ladies' Aids of Auburn charge are expected at the M. E. parsonage on June 6, to do some needed work. The gentlemen will accompany them.


Upsonville - Andrew Reynolds went to Hallstead on Tuesday, May 22nd to do some shopping. An automobile frightened his team and they plunged into a barbed wire fence, injuring Mr. Reynolds very badly. Mr. Wheaton kindly removed him to his home near the Forks. The wagon was demolished.


Montrose - The C. J. Post house on Bank street has been thoroughly renovated and improved, and will be occupied by W.W. Gilchrist, a celebrated Philadelphia artist, this summer. He has taken premiums in the Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and will give lessons this summer to those wishing to avail themselves of the opportunity. Mrs. Gilchrist was Miss Lucretia DeSchweinitz, formerly of this place, and her sister will also spend the summer with them.


News Brief: "For Better Roads" The last session of the legislature passed a bill appropriating $6,000,000 for good roads in Pennsylvania, which has been signed by the governor. Any township in the state may use its portion of this money by paying only one eighth of the cost of building of a section of road agreed upon. For example, if a piece of road were to cost $2,000 the township would pay $250, the county $250 and the state the remainder or $1,500. It should be remembered that these roads when built will last for many years without repair and at all seasons be hard and dry. One horse on these roads will draw as much as 5 on the ordinary country dirt road. AND The automobile owners of Susquehanna county will do well to carefully peruse the following summary of the Grim automobile bill which has been approved by Gov. Pennypacker. "The bill regulates the speed limit of automobiles to a mile in six minutes in cities and boroughs, a mile in three minutes in the country; requires operators to take out a license for which they shall pay $3 to the State Highway Dept.; requires the machine to carry a light in the front and back; regulates the proceedings of action against offenders and prescribes a penalty of from $10 to $25 for the first offense, and from $25 to $100 and 30 days' imprisonment for the second offense. The fines are to be used for the improvement of the public road within the municipality in which violations of the act may be committed. The bill goes into effect Jan.1, '06, and no person under 18 yrs of age may take out a license.


June 09 (1905/2005)



Brooklyn - The Swiss gentleman, who with his wife came here from the old country to make fancy cheese at the creamery, will move to South Gibson within a short time, where he will follow his trade.


Auburn Four Corners - The fine flock of sheep owned by Mr. Bishop was nearly ruined by dogs on Friday night. There were 26 sheep and lambs in the flock and only one escaped without being bitten, while some were killed and a number have died since.


Forest Lake - LaGrange Griffis, of Montrose, will build a new house this summer on the old Griffis farm, just east of the Lake. AND It is reported that about 1000 men are coming next week to work on the Binghamton & Southern R.R.


Lakeview - Leon Gunn, of New Milford, and Blanch Barrett, were married on Thursday evening, June 1, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Barrett.


Harford - Sunday, June 18th, will be observed at the Congregational church as Children's Day, and the 105th birthday of the church will be observed on Thursday, June 15th. Dinner at noon, and a varied program afterwards, including roll call of members and a lecture by the pastor, Rev. William Usher, on his "Visit to the Catacombs of Rome." Everyone will be heartily welcomed.


Lawsville - The marriage of Rose M. Bailey, of this place, to photographer Fred Van Hoten, of Franklin Forks, occurred at Binghamton, recently.


Fairdale - There will be an ice cream social, on Friday evening of this week, at the church.


Friendsville - Died at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, in Manhattanville, N.Y., Mother Ellen Griffin White, on May 29, 1905, after a long illness, in her 65th year. She was a daughter of the late Judge James W. and Rhoda E. White, and a cousin of the late Irish poet and writer, Brother Joseph (Gerald Griffin), whose parents are buried at Friendsville, with remnants of the Griffin family still scattered throughout Friendsville, St. Joseph, Montrose and Binghamton. Some 45 years ago in New York, in what was known as "the New York set," Miss Ellen White, who was then a charming young girl, held a prominent position in the drawing room doings of the period, and a great social future seemed to be before her. But her strong religious temperament pointed out to her the life of a Religieuse, which she gladly embraced, continuing faithful to her vows until called to her reward. Requiem Mass for the deceased was held in the Convent Chapel on May 31st, with interment made at Kenwood, near Albany. At both Masses in St. Mary's church, in Montrose, last Sunday morning, public prayers were offered for the peaceful repose of her soul.


New Milford - Several gentlemen interested in fast driving met Saturday and formed a company to be called the New Milford Driving Park Assoc. with Colonel C. C. Pratt as president, G. M. Carpenter, as manager and T. G. Shay as treasurer. They are widening the trotting course on Colonel Pratt's flat and making other needed improvements. AND After weeks of patient waiting, New Milford people were delighted at the appearance of electric lights on their streets Saturday night, June 3. The power is obtained from the water of East Lake, the plant being located about a mile and a half east of the borough.


Forest City - John Kresal went to his death in the mines at Vandling. Kresal, with his laborer, was tamping a charge of dynamite which exploded prematurely. The laborer escaped with injuries to the eyes but Kresal's injuries were mortal. He was born in Austria, May 15, 1871, and had lived here several years. A few months ago his wife died leaving him with an infant son, and on Memorial Day Kresel applied for a marriage license to again wed a Forest City young lady. Besides the infant child an aged mother survives him in the old country. Kresal was quite well to do. He owned a property in Austria and had considerable money. His estate will also receive $1,200 death benefits from a local society.


Montrose - Aaron Brown, of the firm of Brown & Fassett, of Tunkhannock, was in town Tuesday, accompanied by Mr. West, to make arrangements for the erection of a new building the firm is about to erect on the new L.V. switch just below Fred Hart's. They gave the job of building the foundations to Geo. Sautter, and will purchase lumber and have the building erected by days' work. They expect to occupy it with wholesale flour, feed, sugar, etc., in a couple of months. AND Ex-Sheriff W. J. Maxey has purchased an automobile. He rode it from Montrose to Forest City yesterday in two hours and 45 minutes. His son, Rexford, accompanied him.


Heart Lake - A fine naphtha launch has been placed on Heart Lake by Mr. Cook, and a snug boat house built for same.


Susquehanna - Druggist A. P. French has installed, in the basement of his store, an ice-cream freezer-capacity 40 quarts-and a three-horse power electric motor to run it. He can provide cream for the multitude. AND The fresh-air children from New York are now very soon due. An agent of the fresh-air committee was in town, yesterday.


Herrick Centre - On May 31, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Fletcher, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Laura E., to J. Newton Corey, of Uniondale. At 7 o'clock, to the strains of Lohengrin's Wedding Chorus, the bridal party entered the parlor. The bride was attended by Miss Ruth L. Holmes, of Jackson, the groom by W. Stuart Fletcher, a brother of the bride. Gertrude Corey and Helen Russell were flower girls. The bride was attired in cream china silk trimmed with all over lace. The bridesmaid's dress was similar to the bride's. Immediately following an elaborate dinner was served. The presents were numerous and costly, showing the high esteem in which they were held.


Ararat - Cool nights seem to prevail.


Binghamton - Binghamton was visited by a fierce tornado Monday night in which half a dozen houses were totally destroyed and scores of houses and barns badly damaged. No lives were lost although the damage was large, reaching up toward the $100,000 mark.


June 16 (1905/2005)



Flynn (Middletown Twp.) - There was a school meeting held here on Saturday for the purpose of locating a graded school site, also to see if the majority were in favor of one. After a stormy debate and one old fellow accused our postmaster of going to see his lover, the vote was in favor of the graded school and to be built on the four corners near J. W. Flynn's. With a graded school and a new railroad along the border, Flynn is expected to become one of the mushroom towns the coming winter.


Harford - Two cyclists on their way from New York to San Francisco breakfasted at the Central House on Tuesday morning. They are trying to beat the record of 28 days.


Springville - The ladies aid will celebrate the Fourth by serving one of their famous teas in the afternoon and during the evening ice cream and other refreshments. One of the special features of the occasion will be a fantastic parade. Do not fail to see it. AND Anna B. Stevens is offering, as a bargain, a fine line of corsets at 35 cents each, as well as many other bargains. Call and examine goods and prices.


East Bridgewater - William Baldwin has been in poor health for a long time, not being able to lie down, and is no better at this writing. Not being able to work his wood pile became low. Many thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly replenished it, also plowed and put in some crops and did many other favors.


Ararat - The 13-year old boy of Emmut Denney fell under the cars while attempting to jump on the train, Sunday morning, and was bruised and mangled badly. Dr. McNamara was called and amputated the left foot and the thumb and two fingers of his right hand. The Dr. is having quite a run in such cases and can but expect more as the car jumpers are numerous in his region and the oft repeated warnings go unheeded.


Susquehanna - Mrs. H. T. Birchard presented each member of the graduating class at Susquehanna with a fine oil painting, executed by herself. It will be remembered that her son, Harold, was a member of the same class of students. AND The University Council of Columbia University, New York, has awarded a scholarship valued at $150 to Winifred C. Decker. Mr. Decker is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Decker.


Forest Lake - John Quinn, having sold his farm, will have a public sale, June 20, at 1 o'clock, a complete list of articles appearing in another column. Mr. Quinn is 70 years of age and has never been absent from his post as color bearer at our Memorial Day exercises, in the many years since the Civil War. He will spend much time now, with his sons, in Binghamton. He sold his farm to J. M. Jeffers.


Choconut - Walter, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick, passed away at his home, May 22, 1905. Little Walter was 7 years old and a bright and manly little fellow and although only a child, he was noted for his sweet respect to his parents and brothers. He was sick only a short time with appendicitis, and although a severe sufferer he had his smile so sweet for every one through it all. He underwent an operation and lived a short time after. Besides his parents he is survived by four little brothers, Michael, James, Joseph and Thomas. The flower bearers were Joseph Sweeney, James Cadden, Gregory Hannigan and John Murphy. The pall bearers were Thomas Cadden, William Hannigan, Ward Murphy and John Cane. Interment in Silver Lake Catholic cemetery.


Montrose - Boys, don't hold up the street corners too much. They don't need your support. AND The excavation for the Susquehanna County Historical Society building is now nearly finished and the foundation will be started at once. Thomas Howley, of Towanda, who has just completed the foundation for the Lehigh Valley depot, and whose work was highly praised Wednesday by the Lehigh inspector on his tour, will have charge of the erection of the foundation for this building. The structure will be three stories high, including the basement, and will be 30 x 50 ft. in size, being made of block concrete. The time for closing of bids has been extended one week.


South New Milford - Rev. O. J. Brush baptized Maud Gleason and Cecil Clifton and Floyd Brainard last Sunday, and they were united with the Baptist church that same day.


Brooklyn - Clare Whitman, Harry Shadduck, Charles Savige and Louis Gere, students of Wyoming Seminary, have come home for their summer vacation.


Uniondale - Fourth of July celebration at the Driving Park. Amusement will consist of races, ball games, etc.


South Gibson - A New York State paper tells of a heroic deed done by Winfield Tripp, a former South Gibson boy, who plunged into the Delaware river at Sandy Bottom, and rescued a boy by the name of McCierry and brought him to shore when he rose to the surface for the third time.


Dimock - A public sale of personal property will take place next Friday, June 23, on the Julia A Burdick farm, about two and one half miles from Dimock, on the Meshoppen creek road. Among the things to be sold are three cows, one horse, several good wagons, mowing machine, horse rake, plow, cultivator, harrow, harnesses and innumerable other articles.


Forest City - On Monday next, John Mitchell, the great leader of labor will be here, accompanied by District President T. D. Nicholls, Secretary-Treasurer Dempsey, Vice President Roscavage, National Board Member, McCollough and other notables in the labor world. They will arrive on the 6:20 Erie Flyer. At the depot they will be met by several locals of this vicinity, the Star and Vandling Drum corps and some of the city officials. A parade will take place along Main street to the No. 2 school building where a platform will be erected in the open air for the speech making. All workingmen, union or non-union, are urged to attend and the ladies are given a special invitation. All merchants are encouraged to decorate in honor of the occasion. AND Extensive interior decorations are taking place in St. Anthony's church that will make that place of worship one of the most ornate in North Eastern Pa. The work is being done under the personal supervision of Frank Bogdan, a New York artist. Six large pictures of scriptural scenes are already completed. Included are "The Good Samaritan," & "The Resurrection,"


June 23 (1905/2005)



Thomson - Linn Spencer is making it very enjoyable for a couple of ladies, probably cousins, his sisters are entertaining these days, by giving them an automobile ride each evening. Linn is a good driver and one rides quite securely when they ride with him. Then, his auto is a fine one--the only one around town.


Brooklyn - The Dr. Chamberlain residence and Odd Fellows' Hall will be raised several inches above the present foundations. The house is to be remodeled and the hall to be newly painted and some important improvements be made.


Kingsley - A gang of Western Union Telegraph men are making changes and improvements in the telegraph service at Kingsley station, putting in new wire and cable.


South Montrose - Jerome Shannon has been appointed foreman at the Ballentine farms, taking charge on Monday. Mr. Ballentine is to be congratulated in securing Mr. Shannon for the position.


Silver Lake - Rev. and Mrs. J. Russell arrived at Shelden Croft Tuesday, having come from New York in their automobile, making the trip in four days, though hindered some by heavy rains.


Forest City - The Star drum corps, after paying all bills realized $125 by their recent picnic and the boys feel very proud of their accomplishment and grateful to the public who helped them to such in gratifying success. AND An entertainment presenting the "Life of Christ" with a cameragraph, the latest and most approved moving picture machine, will be given in the opera house on Sunday evening for the benefit of St. Joseph's church. There will be a musical program in connection with the picture exhibit.


Montrose - A party in a big 40-horse Pierce touring car, comprising Norman Stewart, formerly of Montrose, owner of the machine and three friends, passed through Montgomery, N.Y. Monday evening. They left Buffalo Monday morning at 7 o'clock, on an endurance run, to Boston, going along the Lackawanna railroad to Scranton, across the mountains to Stroudsburg, Port Jervis, Middletown, Goshen, and from here went to Newburg, making a detour to Walden to escape the slate on the turnpike, then to Albany, which they expected to reach at one o'clock Tuesday morning, across to Springfield, to Boston, returning by way of Providence, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, to Scranton and back to Buffalo. Judging from the way in which they came into the village and the way the car ran when they went out of town, they evidently would make the trip in record time, if they were not arrested somewhere for exceeding the speed limit.


Springville - Nearly a carload of butter is shopped by express from Springville each week. It comes from creameries located at Elk Lake, Auburn, Auburn Center and Jersey Hill.


Susquehanna - James F. Houlihan, of Susquehanna, who has many acquaintances in the vicinity, was ordained a priest by Rt. Rev. M. J. Hoban, D.D., in St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, last Saturday. Fr. Houlihan is a graduate of St. Joseph's Seminary, Dimwoodie, N.Y., and is an accomplished pianist.


Lawsville - W.S. Drake, the efficient and obliging manager of the creamery, although badly afflicted with rheumatism, is attending to his duties just the same, being at the creamery at 2:30 in the morning. How's that for an early riser? AND G. C. Shafer, S.E. Osborne and T. B. Hewitt, have organized an Athletic Camp at Tripp Lake, near Lawsville, similar to Mr. Mulford's Camp Choconut, which will open Thursday, June 29, and close September 1st. They already have 12 boys for the season, and no doubt will have more later. They have rented the Moran and Campbell farms consisting of 270 acres, bordering on the lake, a splendid place for canoeing, swimming, fishing, etc.; also a base ball field, tennis court, golf links and croquet grounds. The farm house and other buildings have been repaired, making very comfortable quarters for work of this kind.


Glenwood - 100 in the shade Thursday; 98 on Friday with Saturday and Sunday about the same. No complaint now of cold weather giving the corn a set-back.


Heart Lake - Eugene Whitney and Will Smith have just completed a new dock for the Goldsmith cottage. Messer's Whitney and Smith are in great demand these days having several carpenter jobs on hand.


Franklin Forks - F. M. Pierson, the wagon maker and painter, is busy these days. Mr. Pierson is a painstaking and obliging workman. AND John Dillon is fitting up his blacksmith shop in an up-to-date manner, and when completed will be one of the neatest and handiest shops in the county.


Forest Lake - Fred Maynard is driving stage from Friendsville to Montrose. AND Mrs. Jane Vaughn, widow of Calvin B. Griffis, died at her home at Hancock [N.Y.] on June 10. She was born at Forest Lake, this county, 83 years ago, married Mr. Griffis at Montrose in 1844, and he died in 1900. She was the last survivor of the 13 charter members of the Hancock Baptist church.


Gibson - The Band Festival held Friday evening was a success. The Kingsley Band was present and rendered many fine selections.


Auburn - The 2nd annual reunion of the descendants of David and Tirzah Bushnell was held at the home of R. M. Bushnell, June 15. Relatives came from Scranton, Sayre, Binghamton, Bradford county, Montrose and Springville.


News Brief: Men who wear collars, which resemble a whitewashed length of stove pipe, will not be in style again very soon. The low and comfortable collar is now coming forward.


June 30 (1905/2005)



Heart Lake - There will be baptizing at Heart Lake, Sunday, July 2, 1905. Services 11 a.m., Rev. M. L. McKessic, B.D., of Wilkes-Barre. Baptizing by Rev. J. T. Thornton, B. D. of Pittston. All Baptist and other churches are invited. AND Wm. Brown has his cellar nearly completed for his new house. Eugene Whitney has the contract for the stone job.


Laurel Lake - The O'Day Brothers have joined the Empire baseball team, in Binghamton. This team will play in Forest City, July 4th.


Springville/Lenox/Montrose - The three highest honors won in Keuka College this year were won by Susquehanna county students, as follows: The Gates oratorical prize offered by Dr. L. M. Gates, of Scranton, for best oration, won by Carl Churchill, of Springville. The mathematical gold medal, offered by ex-County Superintendent Moxley, for best rank in mathematics during the freshman year, won by Clarence M. Snyder, of Lenox. The diploma giving degree of B. S., with honor, which is the highest honor given by the regents of the University of the State of New York, was received by Charles W. Finn, of Montrose. Prof. H. H. Larrabee, of Keuka College, who is known as the Susquehanna County professor, is justly proud of the county contingent.


Jackson - Prof. Walter Fish, of Springville, has been elected Principal of the Jackson Graded school and Miss Alice Griffis, of Jackson, as teacher of the primary department. F. S. Bingham will teach the North Jackson school, Mrs. A. D. Corse, Lake View, and Miss Nellie Tucker at Maple Ridge.


South Gibson - Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Howell are among the very few couples who ever have the privilege of living together threescore years. They recently celebrated their 64th anniversary of their marriage surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


South New Milford - Walter A. Crossley and Miss Jennie Smith were married Wed., June 21. They went to New York and will visit other places of interest, being gone about two months and upon their return home will reside at Gibson. Mr. Crossley is boss at Crossley's Mills.


Brooklyn - F. B. Jewett has purchased the "city hall," which will be moved down on the corner by Watrous' and the Odd Fellows' Hall will be moved where the "city hall" now stands.


Birchardville - The new barn on the old Murphy homestead, belonging to John Murphy, of Kings Park, N.Y., was struck by lightning Sunday night, the 18th, and burned to the ground. It was full of hay belonging to Mr. Murphy, also all of Wm. Flynn's farm implements, including a new drop reaper, mowing machine, hay rake, new plows and other things too numerous to mention. The barn was built only two years and was a very large and up-to-date one and it is a great loss to Mr. Murphy, also to Mr. Flynn. The neighbors saw the fire but could not save anything. It was one mass of flames at once. It burned fiercely for almost two hours although rain fell in torrents.


Harford - The members of the Ladies Guild are doing their utmost to raise funds for the carrying out of needed improvements in connection with the Congregational church, including renovation of interior. An ice-cream social will be held on the lawn at the parsonage, on Saturday eve. It is expected the Band will play.


Hallstead -William Smith has lived in this vicinity nearly all of his life and remembers many of the personages who figured so largely in the early settlement of the town and neighboring districts. As a boy he remembers of seeing Joseph Smith, who afterwards became head of the sect known as the Mormons, who founded Salt Lake City in Utah. Mr. Smith remembers too, of seeing Emma Hale whom Joe Smith married, says she was often a visitor at his father's house and his recollection of her is that she was a very pretty girl. Mr. Smith's father, Jonas Smith, built the house once occupied by Joe Smith, which is still standing near Oakland, this side of Susquehanna. This is the house which the Mormons talk of purchasing and removing to Salt Lake City. Mr. Smith remembers also of seeing the painting on the rocks something over a mile up the river, which is now effaced, and that it was the picture of an Indian Chieftain in his canoe. Mr. Smith says that both the Indian and his canoe were quite plainly to be seen.


Montrose - Montrose Fire Co. No. 2 Golden Wedding. Among the causes that contributed to bring about the organization of this company was the big fire of Nov. 12, 1854, which started in the store of Bentley & Read, or the harness shop of O. Baldwin, that then stood as part of the frame row on Church street, where the brick block now stands, and burned its way to the corner of Main street, then down Main street to Mr. Neeley's, and on the opposite side to Mr. Turrell's house; also on Turnpike street as far as Mr. Baldwin's house. The loss was at least $100,000. At that time Rough & Ready, No. 1, was the only company in town and they promptly responded to the alarm and set their hand engine at a reservoir near Searle's Hotel [bottom, west side of Public Ave], but for some reason, not known to the writer, the engine failed to work, and the town was left to the mercy of the fire. This unfortunate circumstance caused an agitation to be started for another engine. The town council was appealed to in vain to order another; finally it became necessary to get the voice of 2/3rds of the legal voters to say they were willing to be taxed to pay for another engine. Montrose Fire Co. No. 2, met and adopted their constitution selected their officers on the 11th of July 1855. Among the charter members were, Elijah Mott, Henry Drinker, Wm. L. Post, Benj. S. Bentley, Albert Chamberlin, Wm. H. Boyd, Geo. V. Bentley, H. J. Webb, Wm. J. Mulford, J. P. W. Riley, A. E. Hawley, J. F. Dunmore, C. M. Gere, W. V. Hatch, D. C. Hendrick, Geo. Keeler, Wm. A. Crossman, A. J. Brewster, Henry Clemons, Isaac L. Post, S. M. Wilson, S. A. Woodruff, F. M. Williams and a few others. It is impossible to estimate the property saved by these brave firemen, but they have always responded promptly to the alarm and have sacrificed much in the discharge of their self-imposed duties.


Flynn - One young man went three nights in succession fully determined to ask his best girl to go to the fourth with him; the fourth night she asked him.


July 07 (1905/2005)



West Auburn - The entire entertainment that was given here on the evening of July 4, including the flag drill by 12 little girls and scenes from the Civil War, will be repeated at Grange Hall, Lawton, on Tuesday evening, July 11. This certainly will be a treat for the people of Lawton and vicinity.


Forest Lake - E. J. Noble's barn, near Forest Lake, was struck during the shower Sunday afternoon and burned to the ground, including the contents, farming implements, wagons, etc. The only animal killed was a hog, which was near the building when the bolt struck. Another animal of the same species, strange to say, was inside the barn during the entire period and was driven out only by the falling of blazing timbers, when it was found to be uninjured. Mr. Noble, in attempting to pull a pair of bobs out of reach of the flames, was painfully burned about the neck and face. It is reported that there is an insurance with the Grangers of $150. This will, however, go only a short way in covering the loss.


Dundaff - Horace Stevens, son of Postmaster and Mrs. John Stevens, was killed some time during Thursday night of last week on the Erie railroad near the Hollenback mills, a few miles above Carbondale. The young man's remains were discovered by the crew of a south-bound pusher and taken to Carbondale. The deceased was not yet 19 years of age and was a young man of good habits. Being of a generous, fun-loving nature, it was natural that he had many friends among the young element of that vicinity.


Birchardville - Situated ten miles west of Montrose, with a postoffice delivery of 150, two up-to-date stores, blacksmith and wagon shop, creamery, undertaking establishment and church and with Fessenden's mills, where almost any kind of a job can be turned out, from the grinding of a pound of corn to the entire wood furnishing for a house, is quite a lively little place and with the completion of our railroad will be strictly up to date.


Clifford - The game of base ball between a team from Carbondale and this place resulted in a victory for the visitors. Too bad, but no one has told us yet "how it happened."


Thomson - Misses Ena, Della and Iva Callendar, Belle Barton and Addie Tucker, go this week to Point Chautauqua, N.Y., where they spend two months as dining room girls in a summer boarding house.


Jackson - Misses Nora Hill and Ida Larrabee, two Jackson young ladies, have been elected to their former positions as teachers in the Harford and Oakland graded schools.


Harford - Considering the many distressing accidents that occur and the serious losses involved each year in connection with 4th of July celebrations, the storekeepers here are to be congratulated in not purchasing any fire works.


Brooklyn - The small boy did not forget the all-glorious Fourth. He kept the town awake from 12 o'clock the night before until late into the evening of the day.


Kingsley - The celebration held by the band was a great success. There was a large, orderly crowd in attendance. The band commenced the exercises with music, followed by the street parade headed by mounted men, then came the band, next came a wagon load of young ladies, following was a fire engine and hose company, next was J. J. Wagner leading the wild animals of Borneo and lastly, T. M. Maynard with a wagon load of old men.


Meshoppen - J. Eppes Wells, who went to Sankey [Wyoming Co.] to visit his wife's people, Mr. and Mrs. David McCain [formerly of Rush], was taken much worse but has been somewhat improved for the last few days. In accordance with directions by his physicians he is to live out of doors in a tent, on a diet of raw eggs and milk. Mrs. David McCain, who is quite poorly, will take the same treatment.


Forest City - The most serious accident of the Fourth of July took place Tuesday night when William Wolfert, of Delaware street, was painfully injured. Mr. Wolfert is a very prominent young man and with some of his companions was celebrating with fireworks and also dynamite, when suddenly the latter exploded. Mr. Wolfert was the only one injured and he was terribly burned about the face and neck. It is feared that his eyes have been badly affected.


Susquehanna - The 45th Annual Commencement of Laurel Hill Academy will be held at Hogan opera house on June 29th. Vocal and instrumental music, essays, etc., and a well-rehearsed and executed play by students are advertised. All should attend. Price of admission, 25 cents. The class of 1905 is as follows: Helen Buckley, Minnie Blake, Hattie Clapper, Florence Dunlea, Camilla Fitzgerald, Grace Kelly, Harry Mooney, Frances Minehan, Josephine O'Neill, Mabel Reilly, Mary Sullivan, Annie Sullivan, Francis Teskey. Commercial Dept.: Anna Pell, Isabel Birdsall, Anna Bergstrom, Mary Foley, Eva Klees, Anna Nichols, Albert Paye.


Montrose - The remains of Charles M. Crandall, of Waverly, N.Y., were brought here for burial on Tuesday. Mr. Crandall was at one time one of the most prominent and influential men of this place and was the proprietor of the large Crandall toy factory, which was burned. [August of 1886] The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John. M. MacInnis, pastor of the Presbyterian church. In 1886 Mr. Crandall moved to Waverly, where three years later he made his greatest success. This was with the Pigs In Clover puzzle, which he invented. This puzzle became popular all over the country. It was taken on by everybody, even invading the Senate chamber at Washington. One Senator became so fascinated with it that he took the elusive "pigs" and "pen" to the session one morning and soon had half a dozen trying their skill in a committee-room. It was probably the greatest selling puzzle ever produced.


News Brief: The man who erects and properly maintains a water trough on the highway receives an annual rebate of taxes not exceeding five dollars annually. It must adjoin his premises and be the only rebate trough within a five-mile limit. The conditions are all specified in the Monthly Bulletin for June.


July 14 (1905/2005)



St. Joseph - "Camp Choconut" members are pleasantly located just over "Hurley hill," near Carmalt lake-that delightful sheet of water which inspired the poetess, Sister M. Rozine (Byrne) to speak of its beauty, and that of the "wooded hills," just before she entered "the cloister dim." The home of the poetess was just across the way from the lake, in the restful looking old farmhouse. AND The question, "will that much talked of railroad pass through St. Joseph," is still the topic of conversation.


Hopbottom - Parley Lord and family left LaGrange, Ill., on the 10th, by automobile, to visit his parents here.


Heart Lake - James Melhuish, of Binghamton, who is spending the summer here, was in Montrose Tuesday. Mr. Melhuish stated all the cottages well filled and the fishing excellent, many cottagers capturing pike and bull heads of unusual size.


Great Bend - J.N. Sackett, aged 76 years, has just returned from a bicycle trip, which included Candor, Vestal and other places in New York State. The trip covered over 125 miles, but Mr. Sackett is none the worse for it. AND Harry G. More, who has been the junior editor of the Great Bend Plaindealer the past two years, has secured the position of state editor on the editorial staff of the Binghamton Press. Mr. More will also edit the sporting page.


Montrose - The management of the Montrose Athletic Assn. have secured a date with the St. Louis Stars ladies ball club, for Thursday, July 20. This team is touring the country in their private car and has the reputation of being excellent ball players.


Harford - A peculiar accident occurred the other day. A young farm hand on W. Smith's farm was milking the cows when one of the cows, in switching off the flies, wound her tail around the young man's ankle. The tail caught in the shoestring fasteners and the animal, becoming frightened, started off on a run, dragging the unfortunate youth after her. Mr. Smith, who was near, ran to the rescue, but before he could liberate him the young man was unconscious. He was carried to the house, where restoratives were applied and in a short time he was little the worse for his accident. AND In Oakley it is hoped for a school to be continued as they have 12 scholars in the neighborhood and some that will attend in the fall. Miss Little will be returned here, as her school was a success last year, and she deserved great praise.


Fairdale - The annual celebration of the 3rd was a grand success. There were two balloons sent up and other fireworks that the boys seemed to enjoy. There was a large attendance and all seemed to enjoy the evening. The proceeds were $40.


Brookdale - A.L. Roe, A.B. Mitchell and Jud Tingley have the Bell telephone in their homes. If you want to talk to any of them, just ring them up.


Hallstead - M. F. Decker, a Lackawanna freight conductor, was seriously hurt in a peculiar manner this morning at 4:35 o'clock in the Binghamton yards. As extra freight, No. 873, was pulling down into the yard at a speed of about 8 miles an hour the train line broke and the sudden parting of the air hose brought the train to a sudden stop. Decker was riding in the caboose and was thrown with considerable force striking his head on the cupola ladder. A deep gash was cut in his head and one of his ears was nearly torn off. He was brought to the local baggage room in an unconscious condition and Dr. Moore was sent for. It was necessary for the physician to take several stitches in the man's head. He stated that the injury is very serious and probable that Decker's skull was fractured. Decker was put on a freight train and sent to his home. Word has been received that he is resting quietly and his recovery is looked for.


Lawsville - Mary Wheaton's class in music is making rapid progress under her efficient teaching.


Forest City - The Forest City Grist mill burned to the ground recently. The blaze was first discovered in the hay on the second floor and spread in a short time to the entire building despite the efforts of the Hillside and Enterprise hose companies. It is supposed the fire originated from a locomotive spark. The loss will be over $15,000 and the insurance $8,500. The mill was a large three-story structure, equipped with a large steam boiler and engine, the latest mill machinery and a big stock of goods. In addition to the usual stock the proprietors, E. Feldman & Co., used the building for storage purposes. The building was erected by E. Corey, of Uniondale, about 15 years ago. Three years ago it was purchased by Finn and Wademan who installed a power plant and up to date machinery. The building and business was purchased last April by E.Feldman & Co., the owners at the time of the fire. They have already secured a store in the Opera House building and are conducting the business there for the present.


Susquehanna - Seven of the Erie's oldest conductors were notified on June 28th that they would be retired on July 1st and placed on the pension list, they having passed the age limit of 70 years. Gabriel Wrighter, of the Susquehanna division, received his notice and will now receive $40 per month pension.


Uniondale - The Fourth passed off very nicely at the Uniondale driving park, with a very large attendance, considering so much going on at other places. The ball game between Forest City and South Gibson boys was a cracker-jack in favor of the City boys.


Brooklyn - C. H. Tiffany is making a large derrick, which will be used in his bridge building.


Clifford - P.A. Rivenburg, who spent the winter at Seabreeze, Fla., is now anxious to sell his entire property here with the intention of returning to Seabreeze. He has one of the most desirable homes in Clifford and the man that buys it will get a bargain. AND B. F. Wells, who has spent every summer here for the last 70 years will not be with us, as he is at Seabreeze, where he expects to make his future home.


News Brief: The largest American flag ever made is to be unfurled at Denver on the occasion of the G.A.R. encampment. It is 115 feet long and 55 feet wide and weighs 450 pounds.


July 21 (1905/2005)



Springville - Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Hibbard and daughter, Ella, of Toronto, Kansas, are visiting relatives in this vicinity. Mr. Hibbard is a native of Springville and this is his first visit home since going to Kansas 34 years ago. He has done well in the cattle business and speaks highly of his adopted state.


Quaker Lake - A team of horses owned by B. J. Barney, a hotel keeper at Quaker Lake, ran away, in Binghamton, Monday evening. Two ladies were in the carriage, but escaped with only a scare. The frightened animals were stopped by a street car conductor.


Silver Lake - In the afternoon of July 10th, a severe thunder storm caused considerable damage to the telephones. The instrument at Rose brothers' was struck by lightning and set on fire, burning the fuse. All communication was stopped with the central and local, except at Laurel Lake. All the surrounding 'phones fared badly.


Franklin Forks - F. M. Peirson, who learned his trade with S. E. Newton, of Montrose, has lately gone into business for himself at his home here. Mr. Peirson is occupying the Simeon Stilwell building and is doing a general wagon repair business, such as iron and wood work, painting, etc., and is meeting with good patronage. AND E. P. Munger has just received, from the Stock Farm of W. M. Lantz, Monroe, N. J., a registered Dutch Belted Bull--Gold Dust Boy. Mr. Munger's herd of Dutch Belts has been notable at our Fairs and a pleasing sight when grazing on his large pasture. This is the fourth registered bull he has bought.


Montrose - Tuesday noon, Dr. C. D. Mackey met with an accident, which luckily did not result seriously. He had just returned from a call and jumping from the carriage left the horses standing alone for a moment. He had scarcely turned, however, when they started to run and the doctor leaped to their heads, grasping the reins near the bits. After a short run, one of the animals kicked and a portion of the harness becoming unfastened, he was thrown under their hoofs and the carriage passed over him. His right arm was dislocated and he was bruised to some extent, but fortunately escaped permanent injury.


Stevens Point - A wreck occurred Sunday. Twelve cars went down an embankment, and brakeman Edward McMahon, of Susquehanna, although buried in the debris, escaped uninjured. The Carbondale flyer was delayed two hours, while the wreck was being cleared away.


Forest City - John Thomas, a fireman on the Ontario & Western railroad, was burned to death, Tuesday evening, in a caboose, which caught fire after being wrecked at Forest City. Members of the train crew saw Thomas but were unable to do anything to save him. On his way home to Mayfield, Thomas got into the caboose of a train, running south, and soon fell asleep. At Forest City the train was delayed and while standing on the main track an engine crashed into the caboose, wrecking it and setting it on fire. Thomas was pinned under the wreckage and could not be taken out before the flames had burned him to death. The engine, which crashed into the caboose, was in charge of Engineer Doherty and was running at a high rate of speed. Doherty thought the track was clear and did not see the caboose ahead until he dashed around a sharp curve and too late to avoid the crash. When he saw that a collision was inevitable he and his firemen escaped by jumping. The engine, caboose and several cars were smashed and the rails torn up for some distance.


Susquehanna - Quite a number of Montrosers came over Saturday to witness the game between the Montrose and Susquehanna baseball teams. They bore the defeat of their club without flinching. AND During a quarrel here Saturday night, between a unionist, named Frazier, and non-unionist, named Brensley, both of whom were under the influence of liquor, the latter pulled a revolver and J. M. Kelly, an Erie engineer of Susquehanna, who was standing by watching the affair, received a bullet in the cheek, but it was not a serious wound. Both combatants were placed under arrest.


North Bridgewater - Grant Gunn, a prominent lawyer of Everett, Washington, is visiting his parents in this place.


Oakley, Harford Twp. - During the hard thunder shower on Monday of last week the wind blew down C. M. Tiffany's wind mill, besides doing other damage.


Birchardville - Chas. Burr's hen roost was visited one night last week and relieved of some hens. R. Turrell also missed some milk cans.


Dimock - Milk is 71 cents a can at the Dimock station and is getting scarce at that. AND During a rain storm lightning struck the large steeple on the M. E. Church, tearing it to pieces and also tearing the shingles off the roof and then ran down the chimney and tore up the carpet on the first floor. AND Preston Maryott has gone West to spend the remainder of his days with his children.


Hopbottom - Wm. Chapin and Jacob Kemmerer, of Scranton, have been granted a franchise to construct a system of water works and it is expected that work on same will be commenced soon. Under the contract the town has the free use of water for eight fire hydrants. Also, the right to purchase the water works at any time within five years at a 10 % advance over cost of construction, interest, &c. The plant is to be in operation by Jan. 1, 1906.


Flynn - Our new stage driver is making splendid time on the route and gives good satisfaction.


Rushboro - Our creamery recently shipped a ton of butter at one shipment. AND Hull, the huckleberrier, was here Saturday morning and sold fine berries for 10 cents a quart.


News Brief -"In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree" is becoming as popular with the whistlers as were "Bluebell," "Hiawatha" and "Navajo," in their palmist days. AND If this warm, dusty period continues, it will be necessary to get the "water wagon" out and sprinkle the streets.


July 28 (1905/2005)



Herrick - Tyler Hankin, the new stage driver, carries passengers to Pleasant Mount for 25 cents and covers them up with a $25 lap robe. AND George M. Curtis has come to the conclusion that a man who deals in horses is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things.


Alford - The building occupied by J.M. Decker, as a store and postoffice, was entered by burglars and $140 in cash, a postoffice money order book and about 200 one and two cent stamps, were taken from the safe, which was blown open with nitro-glycerin, and eight fine razors were stolen from a show case. The safe was dragged from the main room of the store to a room in the rear before it was blown open, the burglars probably thinking that less noise would be made by the explosion by confining the safe in a smaller room.


Springville - On last Saturday night some malicious person or persons went in Judson Gavitt's barn and poured some acid on his horse's neck that burned the poor beast's neck and caused him such intense suffering that it aroused the family. Such a person hanging is too good for, and I should not expect that my life or buildings were safe with such persons in the neighborhood and it is to be hoped they will be "marked."


Glenwood - The parties who make it a practice of going round after dark to listen at the neighbors houses had better be in other business, as it is a mean contemptible piece of foolishness and their names may appear in print if they do not call a halt.


Dimock - The managers for the Dimock Camp Meeting Association voted to hold the annual camp meeting commencing August 23 and closing August 31. The boarding hall was let to Fred A. Risley for $127 and the barn was let to John Sims and Beeman for $45.


Heart Lake - While Harry Shaner was raking hay yesterday morning one of his horses kicked over the pole, breaking it. The team ran and the rake tipped over in such a way that an iron rod pierced one of the horses and it bled to death in 10 minutes. Harry was bruised and his clothes torn and he escaped serious injuries by a narrow margin. AND The D.L. & W. ice houses are being emptied at the rate of four carloads per day.


Susquehanna - The name of ex-Congressman C. F. Wright has been suggested and wisely, too, as a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania next year. Mr. Wright has represented his district with honor to himself and credit to his constituents and the Republicans of Pennsylvania might look long before they find a man better qualified to fill this high office. AND And now Montrose and Susquehanna "are at it again" trying to decide which of the two baseball teams is the best. Let each one "whoop 'er up" as lustily as possible for his own team. That's fair. Or as the old Irishman said: "Each man for his own country--and the divil for us all."


Hopbottom - Mrs. S. C. Merrill, of Lestershire [Johnson City], formerly of Hop Bottom, received a letter Monday afternoon from a brother, George Betts, whom she has not seen or heard from before in 40 years. Mr. Betts, who is now in Oklahoma, wrote to the postmaster in Nicholson, where he formerly lived, inquiring for the address of his sister, Mrs. Merrill. The postmaster replied that Mrs. Merrill was a resident of Lestershire. It was believed that Mr. Betts had been dead for several years. He left home when but 15 years of age and not a word had been heard from him since.


North Bridgewater Twp. - C. F. Wademan suffered a peculiar and painful accident last Tuesday while working in the hay field. A load of hay had been put on the wagon and Mr. Wademan threw his fork up on the load, which was a high one, then proceeded to climb up the side to ride to the barn. He had nearly reached the top when he slipped and fell, the fork handle striking the ground on the end, a tine passing entirely through his leg near the hip, and impaled him in the air. His son, who happened to be near, ran to his assistance and laid him on the ground. The wound was dressed by Dr. Gardner, and the patient is doing well.


Hallstead - The American Chair factory is doing a heavy business. Last week, to fill the large orders, it was necessary for many of the employees to work until midnight.


Montrose - Montrose plays at Forest City to day and the team goes to Tunkhannock to-morrow to win from the Tritons. The game with the latter team last Saturday, at Tunkhannock, was not finished as the Montrose aggregation had to hustle to catch the train home. The score when the game closed was 8-8.


Dundaff - The borough of Dundaff is afflicted with an epidemic of typhoid fever in a malignant form. In the past month 15 cases have been reported and the only local physician, Dr. Fike, has been kept almost constantly on duty attending the sick. Only one death has resulted as yet, that of Beatrice, the 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Richardson, who died Wednesday morning. The source of contagion is thought to be from the well water and as that is the only water supply, fears are entertained that the sickness will spread.


Forest City - Vrooman Gardiner, of Montrose, accepted a position at a good salary on the Forest City ball team. "Vroom" is a good player and should materially strengthen that excellent aggregation of players.


Laurel Lake - On Saturday morning last a great loss fell upon the community by the death of Timothy Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan had resided at the lake for over 50 years and during the last few years filled the office of postmaster. Such was his general character that we have heard it said more than once, he did not have an enemy.


South New Milford - Austin Darrow's barn was struck by lightning last week and burned to the ground. Nearly all his hay excepting five loads was burned up and nearly all his farm implements destroyed. No insurance.


News Brief: The towns touched by the proposed railroad between Binghamton and Ansonia are given on a map of the road as follows: Little Meadows, Jackson Valley, Warren, LeRaysville, Potterville, Orwell, Rome, Wysox, Towanda, Monroeton, Powell, Franklin, LeRoy, Canton, Union, Liberty, Oregon Hill, Haptville, Wellsboro and Ansonia. From present appearances it seems as if the road would be more than a phantom. The Binghamton Press, of a recent date, states that the entire block of stock has been disposed of and that $800,000 is available to commence the work. By some it is thought that the road will be in operation in a very few months.


August 04 (1905/2005)



Susquehanna - A most singular accident occurred on Main street, Saturday afternoon. A big St. Bernard dog, in a wild chase after another canine, came in sudden contact with Wm. Best of Scranton, who was passing down the street. In his fall to the pavement, Mr. best was rendered unconscious for a short time. He was attended by Dr. Goodwin. AND Residents in the neighborhood of Grand street cemetery are complaining of nightly desecrations in that quiet spot where rest the dead.


Harford - Miss Lou M. Rogers has her new millinery shop nearly completed and wishes to announce to her friends that she expects soon to go to New York and make a specialty of the trimming department of the millinery work and will return in time to meet her friends with a full line of new goods for the fall and winter trade.


Lawsville - Frank McLeod shot a mink a few days ago that was standing with its front feet on the door sill, looking into the house in quest of a hen and chickens that had run into the room to escape capture.


Thompson - A number of campers are already on the Free Methodist campgrounds, making ready for their meetings which begin on the 16th. Dr. C. H. Mead, of New York, is their speaker Friday afternoon, Aug. 18, when Prohibition will be the theme dwelt upon.


Great Bend - A burglar tried to force an entrance into the home of Post-Master F. G.Trowbridge early Tuesday morning. Mrs. Trowbridge heard someone trying to open the front door, awakening her husband it frightened them and they ran to the rear of the house into a shed. Mr. Trowbridge spoke to the intruder several times as to what he wanted. When he threatened to shoot, the man said he "wanted to get in." He ran from the shed into the street and disappeared, but there is a chance of his being recognized if he stays in this vicinity.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - H. W. Roper has been employed to convey the school children of this district to and from the Brooklyn High School.


East Rush - The East Rush ball team complain because they have had no chance to play ball. They have asked four or five different teams, but all have declined. They have not been defeated this year.


Friendsville/Montrose - F. J. Elliott, driver of the Friendsville stage, on Thursday afternoon of last week, was found missing when it was the usual time for the stages to start out on their return trip. Chief of Police Tingley at once instituted a search and found the driver-less wagon near the L. & M. station. As Elliott was not discovered during the day his horse and wagon were placed in good hands and the search for the missing man continued. He was on Tuesday found at Alford, having evidently been wandering about several days. The unfortunate man has been thought to be mentally unbalanced for some time.


Lawsville - F. B. Travis was here Tuesday. "Fred" is a clever violinist and can do stunts on the hornpipe and reel line that puzzle the best of 'em.


Fairdale - They are making extensive repairs on the Fairdale M. E. church. Dan Oaks and Will Blazier are doing the work.


Heart Lake - A surprise party was made for Mrs. Martin Whitney at Heart Lake, Wednesday, July 26th, it being her birthday anniversary. A large number were present and a fun time was reported. A large portrait of herself was left as a memento of the occasion.


St. Joseph - Fr. John J. McCahill, the "St. Joseph boy," recently ordained, is now at work as assistant in the Annunciation Parish, in the heart of New York City, its rector being Dan Penny. Many friends will wish the young priest unbounded success in his life work.


Forest Lake - The Stone family reunion will be held at Forest Lake, Aug. 5th, 1905. Picnic dinner at 12 o'clock. An invitation is extended to the descendants of Canfield and Benajah Stone.


North Jackson - Samuel Coddington recently was attracted to a bush-lot by dogs barking, where he found two dogs confronted by an enormous "rattler." Obtaining a pole and driving off the dogs he dispatched the snake, which was 4 1/2 feet in length.


News Briefs: The New York, Pennsylvania & Southwestern railroad project appears to be "going up the flue." In fact some of the officials admit the future is surrounded by a purplish haze and that all work on the road will stop within a week. The offices of the Colonial Construction company are closed and an attachment on the office furniture for $400 was issued a few days ago. The resignation of Chief Engineer Webster from any connection with the road, which went into effect this week, is one of the most severe blows which the road has sustained and is believed to mean the finish. Up until this time some work along the proposed route has been kept in motion, but now everything is at a standstill awaiting the outcome of the conferences in New York. AND A circular has been issued announcing that the dedication of the memorial erected in the National Cemetery at Andersonville, Ga., in memory of the Pennsylvania soldiers who died while confined during the Civil War in prison at that place and also, that the dedication of the monument which is to commemorate the services rendered at the Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., by the 45th, 50th, 51st and 100th Regiments, Pa. Vol., and Durell's Battery of Penn., will take place some time in October or November of 1905. By recent Act of General Assembly all honorably discharged Pennsylvania soldiers who have been confined in the Confederate prison at Andersonville during the War of the Rebellion are entitled to free transportation to and from the Memorial dedication; and all surviving soldiers of the organizations mentioned who participated in the Siege of Vicksburg are entitled to free transportation to and from the dedication of the monument mentioned. AND Gossip is a humming-bird with eagle wings and a voice like a fog-horn. It can be heard from Dan to Beersheba and has caused more trouble than all the bedbugs, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, coyotes, grass-hoppers, chinchbugs, rattlesnakes, sharks, sore toes, cyclones, earthquakes, blizzards, small pox, yellow fever, gout and indigestion that this great United States has known or will know when the universe shuts up shop and begins the final invoice. In other words, it has got war and hell both backed up in the corner yelling for ice water.


August 11 (1905/2005)



Clifford - Royal Base ball boys had a very good game last Saturday with the Harrison House pets of Carbondale. Score--Carbondale 10 and Royal 7. If the dirty work of one or two Carbondale players was cut out, Royal would have won by a big score. Royal will play East Benton, at East Benton, next Saturday, Aug. 12th.


Flynn - This place has organized a ball team for the remainder of the summer. They will be heard from later.


Harford - The 50th anniversary of the wedding of Ansel J. Stearns and Ann Brewster Stearns, postponed from April 11th, was held on Wednesday of last week. A good number of Stearns, Brewster's and other relatives assembled by invitation. Prof. George A. Stearns, County Superintendent of Schools, presided. One interesting feature of the gathering was the presence of several relatives and friends who attended the wedding half a century ago. AND A good number of visitors are now in town and we are glad to hear that the Central House, the temperance hotel under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Seamans, is enjoying a fair share of patronage.


Great Bend - Horses are arriving daily to train for the races to be held here on the 16th, 17th and 18th. The track is in fine condition and some fast stepping will be witnessed. Every effort will be made to have these races properly conducted; nothing of a questionable character will be tolerated. AND Dr. Ebenezer Gill died August 1st, his death probably removing the last survivor in the county who fought for the Lone Star State during the Mexican War. Dr. Gill manufactured the Gill pill, which has been a great seller. He was a prominent Mason and the Gill Chapter, No. 12, Order of the Eastern Star, of which he was a worthy patron, was named for him.


St. Josephs - The eleven months old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ryan, who was badly scalded by getting into a pail of hot water, is fully recovered under the treatment of Dr. Gardner.


Thompson - Gus Burns is preparing to open a meat market on Main street. Such a place has been needed for a long time and ought to be a profitable outcome. AND The Thompson Flour & Feed Co. have dissolved partnership and the business will be run at the old stand by Arthur Smith, one of the old firm.


New Milford/Montrose - Capt. Henry F. Beardsley was born in New Milford township July 18, 1836 and died Aug. 9, 1905. He attended Wyoming Seminary, taught school for several terms, and in 1861 commenced the study of law with McCollum & Searle. The commencement of the war at this period touched the martial chords of his energetic spirit and receiving authority from Gov. Curtin, he became one of the foremost in organizing a company at New Milford and vicinity to go to the front. He was elected captain and his command, known as Co. F, 141st Regiment, P.V.I., served with bravery and distinction through its term of service. He was in many hard fought battles, among which were Fredericksburg, Chambersburg, and Chancellorsville. Among the comrades it was a standing joke that the captain's tall, spare, but nevertheless soldierly frame, afforded an almost impossible mark for the foeman, and from the accounts of his men as to his intrepid bravery it would almost seem such to be the case. An instance of Capt. Beardsley's coolness and strategy was shown when in the enemy's hands. On the forced march from Arlington Heights to Poolsville, which his regiment was obliged to make, Capt. Beardsley was disabled and left behind. In the role of a Quaker cattle buyer, however, and aided by his Quaker host, he outwitted his would-be captors. A valise containing his commission and private papers fell into the enemy's hands, but so well acted was his part that his real identity escaped detection. After his return to the county he edited and published a paper at New Milford. He was elected in 1875 Register and Recorder and served three successive terms. Remaining a resident of Montrose he was chosen commander of Four Brothers Post, G.A. R. and held the office for 11 years. The captain will be missed on our streets; he will be missed at our gatherings or at a political meeting; he will be missed by the comrades at their encampments, while relatives will mourn for one who was kind and loving, staunch and true, noble and generous.


Franklin Forks - The Boys and Girls of '76 held their 10th annual picnic at Salt Springs last Thursday. The day was fine and a bountiful dinner was served to about 180. After dinner the company was highly entertained with speeches by Rev. Marsland of Franklin Forks and Rev. Warnock of New Milford and fine singing by a selected choir. The graphaphone entertainment given by Mr. Stephens, of Montrose, was appreciated by all.


South Montrose - The Dukes Mixture team played the S. Montrose Semi-Professionals here on Saturday. They played ball too, the score being in their favor either 27 or 28 against 8. It was decidedly interesting at the start, when the score was in its youth, but in the third the batting commenced and the Duke's Mixtures ran in 19 scores. Home runs were numerous and the player that did not have at least two homers to his credit was "benched" and a more proficient swiper installed. Jack Robinson, the skillful cutter of fine glassware, acted as umpire and the S. Montrose boys insist he was the best player on the Duke's team. A return game will probably be played here tomorrow afternoon, when the Semis say they will make the Dukes look like the proverbial thirty cents.


Hopbottom - Hopbottom is certainly waking up. A charter has recently been granted Scranton parties to install a system of waterworks and now comes the report that Tarbell's Pond, near that place, has been purchased by parties with a view of furnishing the town electric lights, using the water from the pond as a means of generating power to run the plant. We hope such is the case and we also hope that Hopbottom has got borough officials with sufficient backbone to see that the citizens are not buncoed. Propositions from speculators often have a missionary-like sound, but experience proves that it's the coin of the realm they are after. A "square deal" for everybody is what is wanted.


Susquehanna - On the morning of July 28, between 10 and 11 o'clock, a sewer which is being constructed on East Main street, caved in, burying Philip Muscanara and Dominick Pisanto. Fathers Broderick and Kelly were soon at the scene of the accident and assisted in the act of rescuing the entombed men. Muscanara, after being entombed for more than two hours, was comparatively uninjured. His companion when found, was dead. His collar bone was broken and three ribs fractured. His death was due to suffocation.


August 18 (1905/2005)



New Milford - The culmination of a pretty romance that was begun at New Milford, one year ago last June, took place this morning when Miss Ella E. Carr, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Carr, a descendant of President Thomas Jefferson, and John A. Hirlinger were married by Rev. Dr. John B. Sweet, presiding elder of the Binghamton district of the New York central Conference. Mr. Hirlinger was formerly a Spanish war veteran and after he returned to his home in Scranton he secured work as a bridge painter for the Lackawanna Railroad. One year ago he was doing some work in New Milford and while there attended the graduation exercises of the High School. One of the young women, attired in white, attracted his attention and he managed to get an introduction to her. They fell in love at once. Mrs. Hirlinger was formerly a belle of New Milford and is a handsome and talented young woman. They will reside in Binghamton.


Montrose - The Montrose Golf team went down to Scranton on Saturday of last week and badly defeated the Scranton team by the overwhelming score of 18 to 4. The Montrose team consisted of Riley, Ramsay, Pennypacker, M. Jessup, Fitzgerald, C. Shafer and I. A. Pennypacker. The best score of the day was made by R. Pennypacker, who did the 18 holes of the unfamiliar course in 87, and carried off the prize put up by the Scranton club.


Susquehanna - The prospects are bright for a good attendance at Laurel Hill Academy this fall and winter. This is a very old seat of learning and is still under the direction of Sister Mary Casimir. AND The funeral of the late Benjamin Gregory, a veteran of the Civil War, was attended Saturday afternoon from the Cascade House. The funeral was conducted by Moody Post, No. 53, G.A.R., and Rev. J. L. Williams, pastor of the Baptist church officiated. Interment in Grand Street Cemetery.


Uniondale - Edward Morgan has sold his mail route from Uniondale to South Gibson to Stephen Carpenter of the latter place.


Thomson - N. S. Foster has a force of carpenters changing his house from a flat roof to a Gothic. He had already made changes in the shape and size of his barn.


Brooklyn - Our base ball team crossed bats with the Hopbottom team on Wed., August 9th, the score resulting ten to eight in favor of Brooklyn.


Harford - A jolly party of Grangers and their friends went on a straw-ride to Heart Lake Friday to attend the Grange picnic. When they left town they were singing: "In the shade of the old apple tree," but in the afternoon a terrific rain storm began and they returned to town singing: "How wet I am."


Herrick - Our school will begin September 4 with Prof. Moses as principal, Miss Philippi as assistant and Miss Bunnell as primary teacher.


Great Bend -Miss Betsy Hays recently celebrated her 84th birthday. She is in good health and invited a number of her schoolmates to spend the evening at her home. Among them were: Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. S. B. Munson, Mrs. J. N. Sackett, Mrs. T. D. Estabrook, Mrs. Ellen Sears, Mrs. Rose Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hays, Mr. and Mrs. James Hays and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hays. Light refreshments were served and at 9 P.M. all went home wishing the estimable schoolmate and mother many happy returns of the day.


Lenox - Clara Tower, the eldest daughter of E. E. Tower, of Loomis Lake, was the victim of a run-away accident one evening last week. It was so dark she did not know what did happen, but thinks the harness broke. The wagon was upset throwing [her] head against a fence post. She was picked up unconscious and badly bruised all over, but seems to be recovering all right.


Hickory Grove - As Frank McAllister was caring for his stallion "Duster" in L. B. Park's barn at Hickory Grove, the horse manifested anger by grating his teeth and giving other evidences of bad temper. Mr. Parks advised McAllister to keep away from the brute, but he, believing that he was the master, went into the stall when the animal plunged at him and fastened his teeth in the muscles of McAllister's arm and an instant later had him down and was stamping on him, one of the hoofs crushing McAllister's neck. Before being killed outright, McAllister was pulled out of reach of the horse and a physician was sent for. An examination showed that the "Adams apple" of the throat had been crushed and the doctor said it was a miracle that the man's neck was not broken. This is the same horse that came near killing Wm. J. Day, of Great Bend, some time since, biting his face in a terrible manner. If this horse was now put to sleep with a dose of chloroform it would seem to be a case of excellent judgment.


Lanesboro - At a meeting of the directors of the City Hospital, in Susquehanna, Mrs. S. H. Barnes, of Lanesboro, made the unsolicited gift of $5000 to the Hospital. Mrs. Barnes is a lady well known and always highly appreciated, but this generous act will endear her still more to the people of the locality.


Tunkhannock - John Hefferan, a respected and well-to-do farmer living about a mile north of town, was instantly killed by falling from a load of oats. Assisted by his son, George, he was hauling the grain to the barn, Mr. Hefferan being on the load driving the horses. As the wagon came out of the field into the roadway, the front wheels went into the gutter with a jolt that threw him off the load and he struck upon his head on a stone, crushing his skull. George alarmed the neighbors and Dr. McKnown was telephoned for, but when he arrived nothing could be done, as death had been instantaneous. He was the father of John Hefferan, harness-maker of Montrose.


Middletown Twp. - If a young man goes out with his horse and carriage on Sunday evening and it rains, that is no reason why he should not try it some other time, Edmond.


News Briefs: Thomas Edison, the noted inventor, has been touring the Pocono mountains in an automobile, accompanied by his son and some friends. Mr. Edison says that with his new storage battery, recently perfected, it will be possible to manufacture an automobile for $250 or $300, which will embody practically all the essential features of the present machine, although the new auto will necessarily be of smaller dimensions than a touring car.


August 25 (1905/2005)



Elk Lake - G. T. Lowe, of Elk Lake, is driving the Auburn stage during the illness of Canfield Estus. Mr. Lowe says he did a good business last week, carrying 25 passengers in five days-20 women and 5 men. Five of them were widows. Mr. Lowe took quite a fancy to one of them, which he says was, according to his notion, "the dandiest of the lot."


Montrose - Timothy Murray, a retired master of arms of the United States navy, is spending some time in Montrose. Mr. Murray entered the navy at the age of 14 years and was a powder boy on board Admiral Farragut's flagship during the battle of Mobile Bay. By faithful service he worked up to chief master of arms and retired after 42 years of service.


Harford - Prof. F. D. VanOrsdale and Miss Edith McConnell are the two teachers in the High School course at Harford this year. Harford is maintaining her reputation for the best educational advantages for her boys and girls in now offering this course. Students in towns not having such a school will do well to take advantage of the new law which provides that their own towns must pay their tuition at such a school as Harford's.


Susquehanna - Yes, Montrose came over and licked the daylights out of our ball team on Friday and Saturday. That's all!


Springville - Mrs. Layton and Nancy Culver had quite a thrilling experience last Sunday evening. In coming down the hill east of town in a carriage, the bridle bit broke letting the horse roam at his own sweet will. It ran down through town and up toward the depot where it was stopped; no one was hurt.


Lanesboro - On Monday evening the house of David Fritchley was the scene of a peculiar accident. His daughter used a parlor match to light the lamp and a piece of the head flew on the couch and set it ablaze.


Great Bend - The three days' races are over and were very successful. The first day it rained so hard no races were held. The postponed races were held on Thursday. The meet closed on Saturday. The feature of the day being the ladies races, Miss Lulu Day winning in three straight half-mile heats. Mrs. H. Pierce, of Carbondale, second; Mrs. Yocum, of Deposit, third. Time, 1:08; 1:8,4; 1:09. At times the horses were neck and neck. They were loudly applauded. The track was fine, good judges and starter and large attendance each day made the races of great interest.


Glenwood - This has been a galy week in this place--three socials; one reunion, that of the Conrad family; one base ball game; Grange meeting and an ice cream festival for the benefit of the base ball club. AND The grange hall is nearing completion and will be the finest hall in the county so far as heard from.


Heart Lake - W. H. Wall, proprietor of the Lakeside House, has two pretty sailboats plying the Lake. Mr. Wall's house has been enjoying a nice business this year, and his guests are enthusiastic over his hospitality and accommodations.


Forest City - Because of a protest of the Musicians' union against the Star Drum corps of Forest City, taking part in the parade at Wilkes-Barre, the Total Abstinence societies of Forest City did not go to Wilkes-Barre. They had engaged the drum corps to accompany them and would not go without it. AND The Borough Council passed on third reading, the ordinances to sewer and pave Main street. Work will commence immediately and the job completed before winter.


Hop Bottom - Chapin and Kemmerer, of the Hop Bottom Water Co., have bought the property of Oney Case, on which are located the large springs for the town's water supply. It is expected work will be commenced on the system by Sept. 6th, or before.


Lawton - The 12th annual reunion of Co. H, 143d Regt. PA Volunteers, was held with Comrade M. D. Baldwin, at the house of I. Haire, August 19, 1905. The day was pleasant and at an early hour comrades and friends began to arrive. At roll call eleven members of Co. H. answered to their names, as follows: M. D. Baldwin, O. A. Baldwin, Myron Bradshaw, W. H. Deuel, C. L. Lincoln, M. B. Perigo, O. C. Caswell, A. S. Horton, James Strange, Asa Warner and W. B. Southwell, of Akron, Ohio. Comrade Strange thanked Co. H. for the honor of being their president next year and urged all to attend the next reunion. Comrade Southwell said it was a pleasure to him to meet the comrades that he had not met in 40 years, if we are getting gray. Comrades Bradshaw and Camp spoke of the joy derived by these reunions. Asa Warner spoke of the 19th of August as being the anniversary of the battle at the Yellow House, Va., in which the 143d regiment did their part and the engagement following, in which the regiment participated.


Birchardville - Elder W. C. Tilden started for the Sunday School Convention at Heart Lake on Wednesday last, but on reaching Montrose his horse was taken sick and he was obliged to wait until there was improvement in the condition of his faithful equine servant. During the past three score years we never heard of the Elder himself being sick, or saw him wearing cravat or necktie. He is the premier among the clergy of the Baptist persuasion in Susquehanna county. A man widely known and respected. May his tribe increase.


Clifford - The Green family reunion held in Finn's hall, Aug. 16th, was well attended and a jolly good time it was. Quoit pitching was the main order of the day.


Lenox - School in the Titus district begins to-day with the same teacher as last year-Miss Lou Lamberton, of Dalton Pa., who is to make up nearly three weeks time lost last year on account of illness..


News Brief: Sullivan county exchanges are telling about a dead man who recently sang at his own funeral. A phonograph was placed on the lid of the coffin. When the religious ceremonies were over the phonograph was turned on and the mourners in the church listened to the dead man's voice rendering one of his favorite selections.


September 01 (1905/2005)



New Milford - The Pratt Memorial Library was opened for the public Saturday evening, with dedicatory services. The opening prayer by Rev. Warnock of the M.E. church was followed by remarks by the pastors of the other churches, Col. Pratt and Mrs. Staples, a former resident of New Milford. The people should feel very grateful to Mr. Pratt for the opportunity thus afforded them for the free use of the library. The building is an ornament to the town and Mrs. Gillett, the attendant, has the interest of every member at heart.


Lawsville - Prof. Royal Meeker and wife, who have been spending a few weeks with friends, have gone to Princeton where Mr. Meeker will resume his duties as professor in the college there.


Franklin Forks - A very quiet wedding took place at the home of Harvey Summers, Aug. 23d, when his son Archie was united in marriage to Miss Clara Greene. Rev. McInnis, of Montrose, performed the ceremony. A wedding breakfast was served on the lawn at 9 o'clock. They took the noon train at Hallstead for Niagara Falls.


Springville - Last Saturday evening O.T. Shoemaker drove up the hill above the hotel in a cart behind an automobile. About midway of the hill the auto took a notion to run backwards and before O.T. could get out of the way the machine struck his cart and he was minus a wheel in a jiffy.


Brooklyn - The stone masons are laying the foundation for the Odd Fellows' hall. A number of improvements will be made in the building.


Hopbottom - A shocking accident occurred last Friday p.m. to Hayden Hughes who went in company with one of the Chamberlain boys fishing to the Lord pond. By some means he was unfortunate enough to fall out of the boat and was drowned about 4 o'clock. His body was recovered and taken to his home here. He leaves one son, Will Hughes, of Scranton, one sister, Mrs. Sam'l Kellum, one brother Freeman Hughes to mourn his loss. Interment in Squires' cemetery.


Thompson - C. C. Wilmarth and wife of the Ready Pay Store are in New York purchasing goods for their fall and winter trade.


Harford - The Republican voters of Harford township, feeling that they are entitled to political honors, not having a candidate for many years, are pleased to announce through the columns of your paper that Mr. E. E. Jones is a candidate for the next legislature, subject to the decision of the county convention. Mr. Jones is a life-long resident of the township, a son of Hon. Henry M. Jones, who so ably represented our county in the legislature of 1872-3.


East Bridgewater - Horton Reynolds is improving his mill property by remodeling the building so that the basement will accommodate the shingle machine, planer, etc. This mill has had a busy season, being operated day and night for some time in the spring.


Herrick - Jolly loads of young people attended camp meeting both Sunday and Wednesday nights.


Montrose - Manufacturer H. W. Beach is at work on an order for 10 of his famous sawing machines to be shipped to Los Angeles, Calif. All machines for Calif., Oregon and Washington shipment are sent to New York; thence by boat to New Orleans and from there to destination by the Santa Fe route by rail. Transportation in this indirect route is much cheaper than by the trans-continental railroad lines. AND Joseph Mawhiney, the cemetery caretaker, has been greatly inconvenienced by persons allowing their cows to enter the cemetery and browse about. Owners of cows should see that they are not allowed to roam about the streets at will, and should especially keep them from entering the grounds deemed sacred by so many.


Glenwood - The telephone poles are standing like lone sentinels through this town and soon the "hello" will be sounded in several houses here.


Auburn - Mr. Pepper, our butter maker, has purchased the Ed. Lemon dwelling opposite the church and will take possession in the near future. Consideration about $1100.


Little Meadows - The Catholic picnic recently held here was a success in every way notwithstanding the forbidding weather. The amount realized for the society was slightly over $300 after the payment of all the expenses.


Middletown - The party at M. Golden's was the feature of the season.


Jackson - While returning home from church last Sunday, C. T. Belcher was painfully injured by being thrown from his wagon and dragged some distance on the ground. The accident occurred at the foot of Wheaton hill near the residences of F. J. Payne and H. E. Hobbs and was caused by the breaking of a clip letting one corner of the wagon box drop down and frightening the horses.


Susquehanna - "Erie Chemical No. 1 is the name of a new fire fighting organization organized Monday evening last. The new engine will, it is said, arrive in October. The officers of the company are as follows: Thos. Keffer, pres., Rob't Terboss, vice pres.; Charlton Alpaugh, fin. Sec'y; Jas. Tinkler, rec. sec'y; Patrick Sullivan, treas.; Jack Palmer, foreman; Thos. Madigan, asst. foreman; E. J. Ryan, 1st engineer; Ned Proctor, 2nd engineer; John Whitney, 3rd engineer; A.P. Griffin, steward; Henry Perrine, Wm. Ryan, John Hogan, trustees; John McGinty, Matthew Creegan, pipemen. Members: Michael Coughlin, Jas. Hannon, John T. Buckley, Jake Teakey, Patrick Connors, Thos. Keefe, Thos. Burns.


News Brief: Despite the fun that is being made of the hoop skirt it is catching on and more than 2,000 women in Chicago are now wearing them. It is not the old style crinoline, but instead the three coil featherbone, which will keep the skirt away from the feet and will prevent it from sweeping up the sidewalks.


September 08 (1905/2005)



West Bridgewater - Tuesday evening was the occasion of a joyous gathering at a lawn fete held at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Stephens, of Orchard Farm. The premises were gaily decorated with Japanese lanterns which gave an effect and beauty to the surroundings lessened only by the gaiety which abounded and the pleasures brought forth. To the merry strains of the music the hearts of the throng were made glad and night was turned into day by the dancing element. Special features of the occasion was the singing of many classical selections which were beautifully rendered by Mrs. John Reinl of New York City, bringing forth many rounds of applause. These were followed by piano recitals by Miss Sussie Stephens, vocal selections of Sanford E. Smith, a special butterfly dance by Mrs. Oswald Reinl, which was noted for its grace and beauty. Recitations filled with pathos and humor, songs of mirth and laughter by the entire company, and imitations of many noted artists of the day brought forth tumultuous applause. George Sprout must not be forgotten in the rendition of his character songs together with the parodies sung by Charles Schwoerer.


East Middletown - A very pretty wedding occurred at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Edwards, Aug. 31, when their only daughter, Gertrude M., was married to William E. Chaffee, of LeRaysville. The bride dressed in a gown of Persian lawn, carrying a bouquet of sweet peas and Maiden Hair fern, entered promptly at noon on the arm of the groom. They were married by the Rev. W. C. Tilden, under a bower of evergreen entwined with white flowers and embanked by potted plants.


Susquehanna - Telford's undertaking and furniture establishment has secured the services of a practical and experienced undertaker, Mr. F. E. Bleckins, and is prepared to attend to all calls in the business, in a manner that leaves no room for criticism.


Dimock - George Baker, the well-known aeronaut of this place, while making an ascent at South Norwalk, Conn., recently came near losing his life. When at an altitude that made him appear but a speck, the cordage of his parachute got entangled with the mechanism of the balloon and he was unable to drop away from the huge floating sphere. The balloon, parachute and aeronaut dropped with increasing momentum into Long Island Sound and wind and tide carried him away with a speed faster than a steam launch, a number of which started in pursuit. After being dragged over a mile, he was rescued in a nearly lifeless condition. "I'm going to continue my ascents. I guess I came as near losing my life as I ever will," said Baker when he had recovered.


Silver Lake - During the thunderstorm Sunday night lightning struck a cow barn belonging to J. Gubbins, and that with adjoining sheds and season's crop of hay, was consumed. Mr. Gubbins says, that, had it not been for the help of two young men who saw the fire when it first started and ran to assist, his house too would have been destroyed. As it is the loss is a heavy one to Mr. Gubbins and it is hoped that friends will help in his time of need.


Heart Lake - Fay Curtis left this week for DeMoines, Ia., where he has accepted a position with the National Biscuit Co. Mr. Curtis is one of our best young men in this sector and the best wishes of many friends go with him to Western lands.


Thompson - The Thompson school began Tuesday of this week with Mary A. Donovan, of Susquehanna, as principal and Inez Fike, of Dundaff, as primary teacher.


Auburn Four Corners - Among those from Auburn Corners attending school at Montrose are Miss Anna Carney, Miss Pearl Pepper, Miss Lora Bushnell and Ada Benett.


South Gibson - School began Monday with Prof. Paul Smith, principal and Miss Hattie Baldwin, primary.


Flynn - Sarah Riley is teaching at the Triangle school this season. AND Our base ball team had better get busy or it will be too late for them to do much.


Glenwood - Hon. Galusha A. Grow celebrated his 82nd birthday Thursday.


Montrose - Montrose is unfortunate in that her electric light service is erratic and inconsistent, full of idiosyncrasies and this has been called particularly to the attention of the public in added emphasis recently upon the occasion of two entertainments, one in the Presbyterian church, also the Lyman Howe entertainment, upon both of which occasions the lights went out. AND The property and franchises of the Montrose Railroad Co., were sold at sheriff sale at Philadelphia Saturday last, on execution issued by the creditors of the road. The property was bought by John G. Johnson, attorney.


Gibson - B. H. Tiffany is erecting one of the finest barns in the county. It will be a large imposing structure with concrete floor carriage room, stables, &c.


Harford - We regret to learn that Rev. S. B. York lost a valuable cow last week.


Springville - Compton, the photographer, is exhibiting fine pictures of the ball team and post cards of Springville and vicinity.


Brooklyn - High School Notes: Genevieve Mackey, of Lathrop is boarding at S. H. Stanton's and attending BHS./ The noon hour is pleasantly employed by our boys in playing ball./ Carl Aldrich and sister, Lola, of Bridgewater, are attending BHS./ Wesley Sweet, Lowell Smith and Glenn Saunders of Lathrop, are attending BHS.


Hop Bottom - Mrs. Bert Bertholf, of Lathrop, will occupy their house in town this winter in order that their children may continue their studies here.


News Brief: The Lehigh Valley has now joined the list of railroads that ban cigarette smokers from employment as trainmen. The trainmasters have received orders to turn down all applicants for positions on trains, that are versed in the knack of rolling cigarettes, or whose finger nails show the yellow hue that is the badge of the cigarette smoker. No matter what other qualifications a young man may possess, the fact that he smokes cigarettes settles it.


September 15 (1905/2005)



Harford - The Harford Fair, to be held Sept. 27-28, with its beautiful grounds and splendid buildings, full of fine exhibits, make the day one of greatest pleasure and profit to everyone. The united bands of Hallstead have been secured for music. People cannot afford to miss the fair, for its influence makes better farms and happier homes. The new premium lists are out and can be had for the asking of the Secretary, E. E. Jones.


Great Bend - Vacant houses are a scarcity here, owing to Erie shop men locating here. The trains run so as to accommodate the employees to and from Susquehanna.


Silver Lake - The school in this district opened last Tuesday. No school in the Sheldon school house for lack of pupils.


Auburn Twp. - The Meshoppen & Auburn Telephone company have the holes dug for a line to connect this place with Meshoppen. AND The Ladies' Aid of the Methodist church of Auburn Corners will give a "Yellow Tea" at the home of Mrs. C. E. Voss, Friday evening. Price 10 cents. Louis Lathrop will have his fine Phonograph there to help entertain the guests. Proceeds for pastor's salary.


Dimock - A party of Springville people recently spent the day picnicking at Cope's pond. Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Cope left for their home in Philadelphia last Monday. Their many friends regret the necessity which compels their return at so early a date.


Thompson - Newton Pepper, while reaping for a neighbor with a three horse team, left his team and went for a drink to a nearby spring and while he was gone the team, disturbed by flies or for some other cause, got uneasy and in the melee one of them got a foot into the reaper and cut his foot and leg so badly that the animal is ruined, notwithstanding great effort has been made to save it.


Susquehanna - Many old soldiers attended the reunion of Co. B. 17th Pa. Cavalry at Wm. Lake's. Sept. 6th. Of the 151 enlisted men but 27 are now living, 11 answered to roll call, 5 of whom live in Jackson.


Rush - Dr. Lee Hickok put in a busy day last Monday. Four lusty newly arriving infants and 25 miles of driving occupied his time for 11 3/4 hours, to the exclusion of rest and reverie. We deem this a local record of its kind. AND The Lawton fair last week drew its usual crowd, who enjoyed a pleasant day of meeting with old friends. The exhibits of produce, livestock, needlework, bake stuff, etc., formed a constant subject of conversation. Only one accident was reported for the day: A horse frightened by a South Montrose automobile, plunged out of the road near L. Terry's and wrecked the carriage which it was drawing.


Little Meadows - Dr. Clarence Klear, who has been located [here] for the past two years, received a flattering offer to succeed to an old and established practice at Covington, Pa, has accepted it and has departed to his new field of work. We are sorry to lose him, both as a physician and as a man. It is hoped that the vacancy caused by his removal may very soon be acceptably filled.


North Jackson - T. W. Kennedy attended the funeral of his daughter, Mrs. L. J. Wells, at Dundaff. Mrs. Wells was a victim of typhoid fever and one of a number who have died from the disease during the epidemic of the past few weeks.


West Lenox - Our ball team played East Lenox team last Thursday. They stood 9 to 0 in favor of our boys and they were well pleased by the sound when they arrived at home. AND E. W. Brundage is so as to wear his shoe again. He has been suffering with a bad abscess in the ball of his left foot.


Springville - Rev. J. O. Spencer, who has been spending his vacation at his old home at Lynn, returned to Baltimore, where he resumes his duties as President of Morgan College.


Brooklyn - Charles Kittle, a former Brooklyn boy, was seriously injured near Binghamton. His horses became frightened at an automobile and ran away. He was thrown from the wagon and his skull was badly fractured. There is little hope of his recovery. Mr. Kittle was driving the team of Frank Robinson, of Slawson & Robinson, Birchardville.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Miss Lizzie McCormick is teaching the Gillin school this term, starting with 30 scholars, with prospects of 40. Miss Catheryn Degnan is teaching the Baldwin school and Miss Mary O'Brien, the Stone school. AND One of Mrs. Daniel Reed's children, a boy of 7, got his leg broken by getting his foot caught in the wheel of a wagon that he was catching on to. Dr. Hickok is attending him.


Friendsville - Camp Choconut closed on Friday last after a very successful season.


Forest City - Sept. 15th, at the Davis Opera House, the well-known melodrama, "Tony the Convict," will be given by local talent. Cast of characters: Tony Warren by George Doolittle; Weary Wayside by Terrance Anderson; James Barclay by John Kilnoski; Philip Warburton by Joseph Anderson; Judge Van Cruger by Hiram Watkins; Warden Burrows by Joseph Kaffo; and in other rolls, Joseph Caffery, Lillian Doud, Sadie McCusker, Evalgeline McCloskey and Lucy Meddleton.


Montrose - The 59th annual Susquehanna County Agricultural Society's fair was held Sept. 13 and 14th. The weather was all that could be desired and at an early hour the people from the surrounding country commenced to arrive and before noon the grounds were well filled with pleasure seekers. It is estimated that about 4,000 people were present, making the gate receipts $870, exclusive of the stands. There was the largest exhibit of gasoline engines ever on the grounds--ten engines being in operation. The Japanese fireworks were "all to the good." When the bombs burst high in the air and out floated butterflies, animals, geese, roosters, fishes, serpents, etc., they created outbursts of pleased surprise. It was something entirely novel and an entire success. There were 24 entries in the baby contest. Winners: for baby not over 1 year-Mrs. W. H. Tanner, Elk Lake; 2nd, Mrs. Martha L. Cronk, East Rush. For baby between 1 & 2 years-1st, Jean Merritt; 2nd, Mrs. Emma Brown.