September 22 (1905/2005)

 

 

Brooklyn - Alice Lee, who has taken a trip to the gold districts of Wyoming, has arrived safely. She had a ride of 80 miles by stage after she left the railroad.

 

Franklin Forks - The annual reunion of the Stockholm family was held in this place at the home of A.E. Stockholm last Saturday. Over 80 relatives partook of the bountiful dinner, which was served under a large tent on the lawn. A delightful time was enjoyed by those present. William J. Stockholm, formerly of the Philippine Islands but now of Cleveland, Ohio, made the long trip to spend the day with his relatives, returning to his western home on Sunday. Relatives were present from Binghamton, Paterson, N.J., Hallstead and other places.

 

Great Bend - Master Russell Dowling was playing with a pistol Sunday morning, having the barrel filled with chunks of coal, dirt, pins and almost any other substance he could poke down the barrel. It unexpectedly went off when his hand was over the muzzle. Dr. Treat extracted the charge and unless blood poisoning develops the youngster will experience no serious consequences.

 

Uniondale - E. Feldman & Co., of Forest City, are soon to open a store in the building owned by Mrs. A. E. Ellis.

 

South Gibson - We were the glad recipient of a beautiful bouquet of asters and gladiolas from the extensive flowerbeds on Eldridge Snyder's lawn, which is the admiration of all who see it. Mr. Snyder intends to add to his already flourishing business, flowering plants and roses, which will be appreciated by all lovers of flowers.

 

Lakeside - Some person maliciously bent entered the schoolhouse Saturday night and stole all the pencils and tablets and disarranged things in general.

 

South Montrose - A. H. Conklin exhibited his Elwood flock of registered Shropshire sheep at our County fair last week, winning every first prize in class, together with all specials on sheep. This demonstrates that Mr. Conklin has the best flock of Shropshires in the county.

 

New Milford - A project is now on foot, which bids are to be realized. It is the connecting of the cities of Scranton and Binghamton by a model roadway and will traverse the county. Colonel Charles C. Pratt, New Milford, originated the idea and together with Civil Engineer A. B. Dunning, Scranton, Highway Commissioner Hunter, also of that city, and F. D. Lyons, Binghamton, examiner of highways, they went over the proposed route this week. It is thought the promoters of the project will be confronted by a pretty formidable task when it comes to getting anything like a level road between New Milford and Kingsley. Between Alford and New Milford are some of the steepest hills to be found in this section, but there are many automobile enthusiasts interested and consequently plenty of energy and sufficient funds to shove it through.

 

Friendsville - Register and Recorder B. B. Buffam's store and dwelling house were destroyed by fire Wednesday night. The fire was discovered at about 12 o'clock by Mrs. Harry McMahon, who lives nearby. The flames had gathered such headway by the time the residents were aroused that little could be done in the way of saving the store building or contents. Owing to the limited facilities at hand it was impossible to keep the flames from leaping the intervening distance to the house. Some of the furnishings were saved from the house and [fortunately] Mr. Buffam had not moved all his household goods to Friendsville from Montrose. How the fire originated remains unsolved. The building had been in use for a number of years and as is often the case with old buildings, the theory of rodents gnawing matches, etc., has been advanced.

 

Montrose - A. W. Lyons made a business trip to Binghamton yesterday for the purpose of purchasing a dynamo. It is Mr. Lyons' intention to place the dynamo in his store building, using a gasoline engine located in the basement to furnish power and thus generate the electricity for lighting his business place and residence.

 

East Lenox - The West Lenox correspondent must have been misinformed in regard to the scores between the Gunn Hill and West Lenox base ball team, or the players counted their scores before playing, as the game stood 6 to 10 in favor of the Gunn Hill boys, instead of 9 to 0 in favor of the West Lenox boys as printed in last week's items.

 

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Mrs. Wells is dressmaking at Mrs. John Murphy's. AND James Conboy visited on the creek over Sunday. AND Henry McInerny is wearing a broad smile, the cause is a young boy at their house.

 

Thompson - Thompson's undertaker, A. H. Crosier, who was so seriously sick a few weeks ago, and who went to Chenango county, N.Y. to recuperate, if so he did not die, then and there, is home again and his many friends will be glad to know that he seems to be well on the way to recovery.

 

Susquehanna - Last Saturday morning the Erie depot at Susquehanna was damaged by fire to the extent of about $1000. The fire was discovered by Erie employees and was extinguished with difficulty. Freight bills, records and other valuable papers were destroyed.

 

Little Meadows - The marriage of Miss Lucinda A. Bowen, of Little Meadows, to Charles K. DeWitt, of Binghamton, occurred at the home of A.D. Brown at Little Meadows on Sept. 13, 1905, Rev. F. A. King officiating.

 

Silver Lake - A sadness followed the Hill reunion. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newton Rogers, of Silver Lake, was the youngest attending and was taken ill on her return home and died Sept. 10, 1905, aged 6 months.

 

West Auburn - Elmer B. Lacey, manufacturer of the famous Lacey round silos, has already sold about 50 silos this season and is prepared to fill all orders on short notice, either silo complete or doors or hoops separately. Every hoop or silo sold by Mr. Lacey is thoroughly guaranteed and protected by letters of patent, which insures the buyer perfect protection.

 

September 29 (1905/2005)

 

 

Susquehanna - Two men were killed and one fatally injured in a wreck of the east bound Wells Fargo Express No. 14, on the Erie last Sunday evening, here. The dead are Sam H. Hempstead, an Erie Detective agent of Clark's Summit and Frank E. Robbins, an engineer. Bert Millenpaugh, a fireman, was seriously injured. The wreck, it is claimed, was due to the carelessness of a hostler, Geo. Barrows, who was in charge of two "dead" engines. The engines were supposed to have been sidetracked for the express but the hostler ran them out on the main track directly ahead of the express and a collision resulted. Engineer Robbins, who had been a faithful employee in the Ere Co. since 1866. was born at Auburn, Pa. in 1847. He was a man much respected by all who knew him. He belonged to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and to the Order of Masons. Mr. Robbins is well known in Montrose, where he has made frequent visits. A widow and children survive him. Detective Hempstead was riding in a baggage car when the shock came. He died shortly after while undergoing an operation in the City Hospital. AND Attached to Erie Train #13 was a car conveying 20 young men from New York to the State reformatory at Elmira. They were in charge of two keepers and were a tough looking crowd of cigarette smokers. Each one was fastened to the car seat by a chain.

 

Montrose - Photographer E. D. Bronson has inaugurated a new feature in connection with his business-the making of souvenir post cards-and it's bound to "take." Post cards with local pictures photographed on them are always favorably received and as Mr. Bronson is putting out such a variety of handsome views the popularity of the fad is sure to increase. Already he is besieged with orders and is unable to keep the supply ahead of the demand. AND The trains on the Lehigh Valley, it is announced, will commence running from the new depot on Sunday. The location of the recently erected and handsome depot makes it much more convenient and pleasant for passengers.

 

Forest City - Atty. Gerritt E. Gardner has purchased from Atty. H. O. Watrous, of Carbondale, his law books and office furnishings located here and will come to Forest City Monday where he will follow his profession. Mr. Gardner is one of the county's young men who has not "missed his calling." Mr. Watrous has sold his Carbondale property and with his family will go west to reside the latter part of next month. AND Mrs. W. J. Maxey and children came here Wednesday, where in the future they will reside, Mr. Maxey having been engaged in business for some time past. Montrose has been the home of Ex-Sheriff and Mrs. Maxey for nearly 6 years, continuing to live here after the expiration of his term of office.

 

Harford - Attendance at the fair yesterday is estimated at between 4,500 and 5,000 people, the gate receipts being $1,300.

 

Elk Lake - Dr. W. H. Conklin takes his vacation next week, so persons having aching molars should come here, stand on the sandy beach and give that long-drawn-out yell, you know so well, when your teeth are aching like-well, we can't describe it. "Doc" will come to your relief (if a 4 lb. Bass is not tugging on the line) and he will remove the cause of your affliction painlessly (to him). AND C. T. Lowe, the driver of the Auburn stage, will go on the excursion to Niagara Falls the 30th of this month. Mr. Lowe is breaking all records both for carrying freight, express and passengers-especially ladies. Canfield Estus will act in Mr. Lowe's capacity as driver during his absence.

 

Brooklyn - The Odd Fellow's Hall has been moved upon the new foundation, about 18 ft. west of its former situation and was raised about 3 ft. higher than the wall on which it formerly rested. Frank Bunnell, of Dimock, did the moving.

 

Rush - Mrs. G. W. Devine has placed a beautiful monument at her husband's grave, in the Devine Ridge cemetery. When the old wall is removed and a nice fence put in its place, Devine Ridge cemetery will be a beautiful place.

 

Lenoxville - C. G. Stephens, Lenoxville's hustling merchant, drove to Montrose in his auto, last Thursday, coming the 22 miles in an hour and a quarter.

 

Kingsley - G. W. B. Tiffany, of Lebanon, N.J., has purchased the mercantile business here, until lately conducted by P. M. Wilmarth. This is an old established stand and we wish Mr. Tiffany success. He formerly was a Harford boy, moving to New Jersey 9 years ago.

 

Auburn - Reimel Bros. Are very busy skidding out logs preparatory for a sawmill, which they expect to have put in before long.

 

New Milford - At the home of Mr. And Mrs. Theron Grinnell, in the township, Sept. 20th, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Mame and William Schooley, of Iowa City, Ia. Rev. William Usher of Harford officiated; after their wedding tour, they will make their home in Iowa City.

 

Hop Bottom - Mr. And Mrs. Loomis, of LaGrange, Ill., who came here last week to visit their son, E. M. Loomis, met with an accident Monday. While driving near Lindaville their horse became unmanageable and ran away. Mr. And Mrs. Loomis were badly bruised.

 

Clifford - A good many of our citizens will move from here to Seabreeze, Florida. Those that have gone there write very favorably of that new town.

 

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The Triangle school is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Risely. AND T. Guiton has accepted the position of drawing the pupils to the Gillin school. AND James Rourke runs a 4-horse team for passengers from Friendsville to Binghamton fair next week.

 

Thompson - Gurnsey B. Hubbard is with his mother this week. His brother L. L. Hubbard and his wife, of Scranton, were up over Sunday. Next week Gurnsey will return to his studies in Keuka College, near Penn Yan, N.Y. He expects to finish his course there this year.

 

October 06 (1905/2005)

 

 

Montrose - Edward Taylor, of Forest Lake, narrowly escaped death in a runaway accident Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Taylor had just untied his horses from the railing on Public Ave. and in turning around the wagon was partially overturned. This trifling accident frightened the animals and as they plunged forward the driver was thrown in front of the wagon box, his body striking on the pole and whiffletrees. His position was an extremely perilous one. Unable to extricate himself and with the wagon being dragged along on its side at breakneck speed, the sight that presented itself to the many spectators was horrifying. To add to his danger one of the horses kicked furiously and the flying hoofs seemed as though at any moment they would implant a blow on the helpless man's skull. His lower limbs, however, received the brunt of the blows from the horse's heels. The animals ran into the railing near the drinking fountain and the man, horses and wagon were piled in a confused heap. The railing was torn out and adding to the noise of the impact was the sound of splintering wood and the thud of horses and wagon in a sickening crash. Those who ran to the spot found Mr. Taylor pale and shaking, but gritty as ever. His clothes were torn and face and body considerably bruised, but fortunately no bones broken. He was obliged to purchase a necessary article of clothing--a pair of trousers of you must know--in order to appear not like a hobo. He was evidently glad to get out of it at that price.

 

Dimock - The large horse barn on Dimock camp grounds was burned to the ground last week. Origin of the fire is unknown.

 

Ararat - Hattie, the four-year-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Keenan, was fatally burned while playing with a Jack-o-lantern. She, in company with several older girls, had been spending the early evening playing and amusing themselves. In some manner, while playing alone with the lantern, the others having tired of that form of amusement, the little girl ignited her clothing from the tiny candle. Dr. McNamara was hurriedly summoned from Thompson, and although he was able to alleviate her suffering to some extent, she died about one o'clock the following morning.

 

Hopbottom - Bessie Tiffany has returned to Baltimore to resume her studies at the Woman's Medical college.

 

Auburn Twp. - We are having tremendous weather these days. Mercury up to 120 in the sun every day, so now if you pass this way and find us comfortably seated in the shade, don't say or think for one minute that we don't like to work. AND Prof. Frank Jones, the noted cattle inspector, passed through here on Saturday. Frank was well prepared for a long journey, as he had one horse attached to the buggy and another with harness on leading behind, I suppose, in all readiness to take the place of the other when overtaken by weariness.

 

Fair Hill - About 40 relatives and friends assembled Saturday evening at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Andre. The visit was a surprise and a very enjoyable evening was the result. It being Mrs. Andre's birthday anniversary quite a number of articles, both useful and ornamental, were left in token of the high esteem in which Mrs. Andre is held.

 

Upsonville - The 92nd Anniversary of the Presbyterian church was celebrated Sunday, Oct. 1, with a Harvest Service. The church was tastefully decorated with autumn leaves, fruit, etc. Rev. Church preached an excellent sermon from 1 Samuel 7:12. The music was in harmony with the service. The offering was $22.00

 

Springville - Springville souvenir post cards on sale in town. Springville is right in the fashion.

 

Thompson - Rumor has it that our townsman, G. F. Spencer, has purchased the grist mill and the milling business at Uniondale. AND  Will Kane, who has run the Baldwin-O'Brine-Durland milk station here for the past 5 years or more is moving to Brooklyn, N.Y., and will continue in the employ of the same company. "Billy" was a good, safe man to have around. We shall know later what is to be done with the station he leves.

 

Glenwood - J. C. Lott lost a valuable cow last week by being shot. Some one in shooting squirrels or other small game mistook her for some kind of game and put a ball through her head. As it was a small ball it probably was done by boys. Mr. Lott is in search of the miscreants and if caught they will be punished according to their deserts. AND If the party who carried off the wire stretcher of J. H. Hartley will return it no questions will be asked. If not, look out as the party is known.

 

Harford - Those who are interested in keeping tab on weather conditions will find the following, taken from the memoranda of the late Capt. Asahel Sweet, of Harford. "On the 6th day of June, A.D. 1816, there was a number of snow squalls. On the 7th day, in the morning, it was frozen so hard that plowed ground would almost bear a man to walk on, and also, on the morning of the 9th, the ground was white with frost, and also on the morning of the 10th." This is a record, we dare say, that even the "oldest resident" cannot remember having been surpassed.

 

Great Bend - The little daughter of Mr. Alexander was run over by a milk wagon early Saturday morning seriously injuring her head and leg.

 

Forest City - The school statistics for the first month of the term show that there are 909 pupils attending the local public schools. Of this number 459 are girls and 450 are boys. The senior class contains 7 members and there are four post graduates.

 

Susquehanna - Frank E. Robbins, who was killed in the railroad disaster Sunday night near the Erie coal pockets, was born in Montrose in 1847. He left home when but 16 years of age to enter the army. A good horseman, he saw a great deal of exciting service as messenger and signalman, being regularly attached to the signal corps. Accompanying Gen. W. T. Sherman's army on its march to the sea, he elicited warm praise for his fearless obedience of orders in the discharge of his duty. His services on the Erie R.R. began in 1866 and he remained in their employ continuously for 39 years, an engineer for 35 years. During that time he never had an accident in front of a train. The end came quickly, through no fault of his own; he clung to the shattered 745, an engineer to the last.

 

October 13 (1905/2005)

 

 

Dimock - Hello! What is the matter of the local [telephone] line? We can not get Central half the time. AND The barn on the camp ground, it is reported, will probably not be rebuilt, as it was an investment which did not pay largely. The loss was about $800, with no insurance.

 

Thompson - A royal time was had by the I.O.O.F. last Friday evening. It was installation of officers and the Rebecca's helped to make their ice cream and spread the table and clear it. Then the order from Poyntelle and Jackson was with them so they had to open the G.A.R. hall adjoining their own hall to save the shingles on the building. Well, "boys will be boys," if part of them are bald-headed. The order here is booming. AND The Thomson school under the new principal, Miss Mary Donovan, is flourishing, so that the school board is looking for the third teacher and some of the "fast boys" are looking up their lessons. Unmistakable signs of improvement.

 

Lenox - The ladies of the Grange have arranged to hold their annual fair on Sat., Nov. 11. The dedication services of their new hall will be held that day also.

 

Harford - Collins Peck is a well-to-do farmer and seems to be spry and active for a man of his age. He celebrated his 77th birthday by going to the big reunion called the Harford Fair. What seems to be remarkable in Mr. Peck is that he had lived all these years on a farm where he was born, two miles south of Harford. His father, Joseph Peck, came from Connecticut in 1820. Young men stick to the old farms. AND The Harford Dairy Co. will build an ice house at Tyler Lake this fall or winter.

 

Hopbottom - Forty-five pupils are enrolled in the primary department of the Hopbottom graded school. The following are names of those present every day during the past month: Letah Packer, Dolly Penny, Pauline Taylor, Geneveive Case, Leola Baker, Gladys Rose, Edna Wright, Myrtie Titus, Belle Hine, David Smyth, Lawrence Bertholf, Ivan Quick, Maurice Packer, Floyd Titus, Walter Brown, Claude Titus. Teacher, Lillian Byram.

 

Friendsville - On Oct. 9th, work on the foundation of the new St. Francis church was begun. The pastor, Rev. B. V. Driscoll, is doing all in his power to further the undertaking and it is hoped that much of the work of excavating and stone drawing will be completed during the autumn and winter months. Photographer Bronson and daughter, Edith, of Montrose, were here Monday taking views of the old St. Francis church.

 

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The Centre ball nine, with one rooter, crossed bats with the Sunnysides on the hill, on Sunday last. Scores 3 and 4 in favor of the hill team, although the center nine kicked on every decision or play except where it counted a tally for them. So I might say they kicked on everything. Redding and Fitz Patrick [Fitzpatrick] certainly deserve credit for their work as battery having no support only those who have not played in years.

 

Uniondale - Some sneak thieves visited Mrs. Shubal Carpenter's and helped themselves to 6 or 8 quart cans of strawberries. Mrs. Carpenter is an old lady and it is too bad, after she worked so hard to get them to have them stolen. Set your dog or shot gun on them.

 

Montrose - The question of gambling and gambling houses is prominent in Montrose just now. The names of several young men, (some not so very young and some mere boys) who are in the gambling habit and who gather at some of the hotels for the purpose, nightly, and Sundays, too, have been furnished. The names and the circumstances in the case are under consideration by interested parties and it is expected the proper authorities will do their duty. It is said that there is enough undoubted evidence to put some Montrose hotels out of business for permitting gambling.

 

Forest City - There was a riotous demonstration here last Sunday, in which Father L. Suchowski, pastor of the Polish Catholic church, was dragged out of his house by a disgruntled committee and subjected to mob spirit. Besides the priest, his housekeeper and her brother received like treatment. There is a faction in the church with whom Father Suchowski is unpopular and there is another faction loyal to him. Rt. Rev. Bishop M. J. Hoban was here on that day to dedicate another church, and before the riot occurred he conferred with a committee from the Polish church, with whom he said he would soon send a Polish priest who would hear their side of the story and would report to him. The committee would not be guided by the good advice of the bishop and not long afterward resorted to riot. On Monday forty warrants were sworn out against the offenders and a hearing took place.

 

Hallstead - "The Castle," the unique structure once the studio of D. Arthur Teed, but now being remodeled according to the plans and specifications set forth by Edwin R. Weeks, the renowned reciter, is a rare and artistic creation in the art of building and from a distance it resembles a Swiss chateau, nearly hidden in the forest of a charming hillside.

 

Auburn Four Corners - Herbert Fish, of Lynn, passed through this place driving a fine yoke of oxen which attracted more attention than an automobile which stopped later in the day. The auto had made 200 miles the day before, coming from Potter county and stopping at Mrs. Chas. Lott's.

 

Susquehanna - Saturday last the new chemical engine of this borough was introduced to the public. The fire companies marched, Town Council, Oakland Council and citizens rode in carriages, and the Susquehanna Band furnished the music. A race between the Hose Company's outfit and that of the Chemical Co., occurred at the finale. The course was from the town clock to Main street pagoda. The Chemical Engine team was that of Mr. Jack Palmer and that of the Hose Wagon was Jos. P. McMahon's. The latter team won by 10 seconds. In the evening a smoker occurred at Oxford Club rooms.

 

Franklin Forks - George W. Baron, of Union, has two teams drawing logs from the Banker farm to Great Bend, then they are shipped to Union.

 

October 20 (1905/2005)

 

 

Forest City - St. Anthony's Lithuanian church was dedicated the first of the month by Bishop Hoban of Scranton. The Bishop was assisted in the ceremony by Rev. Father McGourty, who spent the summer in Montrose.

 

Susquehanna - Mrs. Mary M. Mooney, the accomplished organist of St. John's Catholic church, is in Montrose this week, ably discharging her duties as musical directress at the Teachers' Institute. AND An application will be made to Court for amendment to the charter of the City Hospital at Susquehanna from the City Hospital to The Simon H. Barnes Memorial Hospital.

 

Springville - F. A. Risley has sold his grocery and meat market to Mr. Greatsinger, a Connecticut man, who will take possession about Nov. 1. Fred has evidently made his pile. AND James Blakeslee has advertised his farms for sale. He and his wife expect to go to Pasadena, Cal. in the early part of November.

 

Lenoxville - The new telephone line from Lenoxville to Glenwood will soon be completed. Those having phones put in their houses are B. E. Clarkson, D. B. Robinson, W. E. Ross, J. E. Severance, A. W. Chancy, E.E. Conrad, J. P. Kline, W. M. Ransom, Walter Carpenter and Harry Wilson.

 

Thompson - Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Stager, a son, Oct. 12. Mr. Stager has been sick for a long time and for the past few days has been unconscious and has not taken any nourishment. He is not expected to recover.

 

Upsonville - A traveling salesman from Montrose put up for the night at B. Jennings' near the Shields' quarry last week, Tuesday night. During the night a person or persons borrowed the horse and forgot to return it.

 

Harford - Harford Grange is just booming with a membership of over two hundred.

 

Birchardville - Any one having any news that would be of interest to the public, would be helping your correspondent a lot if they would kindly leave a note of it at the postoffice.

 

Montrose - The Susquehanna County Teachers' Institute is holding its 38th annual session in the Montrose High School building, Oct. 16-21. There are 299 teachers attending. AND Last Friday a phenomenon was witnessed here that perhaps very few, if any, had ever before seen. A queer-shaped whitish cloud was visible floating quite near terra firma about the middle of the afternoon and persons upon being questioned reported having heard a peculiar explosion just prior to their first noticing the singularly appearing cloud. Men who are considered local authorities on astronomical questions, state that a meteor in its flight earthward undoubtedly burst over the town and the gaseous vapors escaping caused the appearance of the cloud which attracted so much attention.

 

Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. - The meteor which fell late last Friday afternoon was seen by some of the people in this vicinity.

 

Glenwood - The sale of the old Glenwood Hotel building [was held] on the 12th inst. After selling the scattered remains, such as doors, windows, old lumber and the accumulations of years, then the old building was put on sale and spirited bidding was indulged in. It was struck off to Wm. Bell for $52.

 

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Our ball nine went to the [Middletown] Centre to play a return game of ball, Sunday, with that nine. The Centre nine had three men from Friendsville to play with them, also one of their own men for umpire. They also had all the old maids and young maids out with horns and whistles to celebrate their intended victory, but instead of a victory it turned out a defeat, as the Hill nine was victorious. It would seem as though they were better at blowing horns than playing ball.

 

Great Bend - Prof. Thorpe, vice president of the Teachers Association and principal of Great Bend high school, and Misses Lou Egleston, Edith Reckhow, Minnie Banker, Bessie Patrick, Johanna O'Neil, Daisy Egleston, Florence James, Bessie Vaughn and Flora Gunn, are the teachers from here who are in Montrose this week at the institute.

 

Uniondale - H. H. Howard, of Olyphant, born and brought up in South Gibson, this county, has recently moved here and is now occupying his own property, the Uniondale hotel. But before giving the people a general invitation to share his hospitality, he seems to turn his attention to thoroughly renovating the place by papering, painting and newly furnishing the rooms throughout. It is hoped that Mr. Howard will run his hotel so it will be an honor to himself and a credit to the place.

 

Auburn - James Donlin's barn took fire at about 3 o'clock Saturday, while they were pressing hay, and no account can be given as to how it took fire. The first they knew, while hard at work, the flame came up from underneath and the men had scarcely time to make good their escape. The pressing was done by horse power. A good barn, 40 tons of hay, 20 of which was of last years' growing, hay press, which belonged to the Donlin family, besides grain and farming tools, all went up in smoke and not one cent of insurance, which makes a loss much more than one man should be allowed to shoulder. A vest snatched from the flames was the only thing saved and that contained $30.

 

Little Meadows - Wm. Butler had very good success with his buckwheat, turned out 40 bushels to the acre. AND A very pleasant dance was held at John Boland's, Friday evening. Many guests were present. Music was by James Hickey and son, Michael.

 

Alford - While coupling cars at Alford Sunday, A. J. Masters got his hand between the bumpers and several fingers were badly smashed. Mr. Masters has acted in the capacity of telegraph operator in the D.L.&W. station here temporarily, and the sympathy of many friends here is extended him.

 

Great Bend - W. B. Hamlin has purchased the express business carried on between Binghamton and New Milford.

 

October 27 (1905/2005)

 

 

Jackson - Mr. Ford Payne met with a serious accident recently. While touching off a fuse to an old cannon the wind blew the blaze from the match to the loose powder on the cannon and it exploded. It was thought at first that his eyes were put out, but further examination revealed the fact that with skillful treatment he might no lose his sight. He can now see out of one eye very well, but a very little out of the other. Dr. Coles is attending him.

 

Neath, Bradford Co. and Prattville, Midletown Twp, Susq. Co. - We believe that this section has the medal firmly anchored for the capturing of raccoons. If not then let us hear from anyone who has a better record than Guy and Albert Roberts of Neath. They are not only entitled to the medal for the total number caught but, also for the big bag of these fellows brought home on Friday, Oct. 14. Up to Saturday following they had captured a total of 29 this season and on Oct. 14 they tried their luck on a corn field near Milo Oakley's at Prattsville. This raid on the corn eaters surprised even themselves for they returned home with nine raccoons.

 

Brooklyn - Samuel Bailey has built a new shop on the site of the old condensery building. He will turn out mine rollers and other wood work. Sam is a hustler.

 

Fairdale - The spire of the M.E. Church was taken down on Oct. 19. In the afternoon they took off all but the frame, then fastening ropes to that, pulling so as to start it in the direction of the parsonage, then slacking the ropes just as the sun was setting it fell with a crash and after having stood nearly 40 years was no more. AND Milton Roy husked 37 bushels of corn for Charles Steiger on Thursday. The question may be asked--did he pull down the shocks and the stalks? We answer--he did. Mr. Roy is in his 80th year and he says if any man in the county at his age beats that, he will try again.

 

Great Bend - William J. Flynn, a former Great Bend boy, who has for some time been employed as Track Supervisor on the Tioga division of the Erie, has been promoted to the responsible position of Track Supervisor of the Susquehanna division of the Erie.

 

Susquehanna - R. H. Hall brought a suit against the M.E. church of Susquehanna, before Jos. M. Williams, Esq., claiming that the church was indebted to him in the sum of $27.30 for wall paper furnished to the church. The church admitted Mr. Hall's claim but refused to pay it, claiming that Mr. Hall was indebted to the church in the sum of $29.10 and that therefore Mr. Hall really was indebted to the church in the sum of $1.80 after allowing Hall's claim as a set-off. Justice Williams sustained the claim of the church and rendered a judgment against Mr. Hall in favor of the church for $1.80.

 

Harford - What was perhaps the largest fish ever caught in the county was captured from the ice pond of A. E. Henderson. It was a carp three 3 feet in length, 23 inches in circumference and weighing 18 pounds. The pond was drawn and the monster fish was caught in a milk can, almost filling it. It had been seen in the pond for some 10 years, but could not be induced to take a hook. AND A paper is being circulated to raise money to send Mrs. Frank Peck to a hospital, she being a great sufferer from cancer.

 

Heart Lake - Saturday evening about 70 friends and neighbors of N. Z. Sutton gathered at his home for a surprise for Mr. Sutton on his return home from the West, and as he drove up to his door, the Alford Band was playing a fine selection, after which was hand-shaking and happy meetings. Refreshments were served and the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

 

Friendsville - Hugh J. Matthews, formerly of Binghamton, recently opened a grocery store in the building opposite the Flanagan House. It is also reported that the Winters' store will reopen in the near future with a new proprietor. AND A fine new flag-stone sidewalk has just been laid on Lake Street.

 

Uniondale - We would like to ask for information what the law requires in this county, how much time the teachers of the various schools are to teach, during each session of the day. Years ago the time would be from 9 to 12 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m., and some times later in order to get through with all the lessons. They not having uniform books then as now. Then they would have school six days in a week, now only five days and frequently we see the scholars going home at three and half-past three in the afternoon; if this isn't right, ought not the school directors to look after the interest of the scholars a little closer? Will not their salaries admit it? Some might say they cut their noon hour short, or deprive them of their recess, if so, would that be right? Isn't it necessary for the children to have their recreation and exercises to assure them of good health.[?]

 

Forest City - The criminal cases cropping out of the disturbance at the parochial residence of St. Stanlius church on Sunday, Oct 8th, have all been aired before the local Justices of the Peace and 15 or 20 people have been held for court charged with assault. The matters will come up before the grand jury on Monday next.

 

Lawsville - Last Friday afternoon as Julia Mahana and Elle Bailey were driving to Brookdale after Miss Mahana's brother, who teaches school there, the harness broke, letting the wagon against the horse, frightening it so that it ran away. Both girls stayed in the wagon and succeeded in stopping the horse after it had run about half a mile. It was very fortunate, as those who saw it say the horse did some fast traveling.

 

Auburn Centre - A noticeable improvement has been made in the road between Angles' Corners and Meshoppen by the removal of the old logs which have long made riding over that stretch of highway anything but pleasant. The initial step in this popular movement was made by one of our popular citizens, Chas. Lott, a gentleman past 85 years, whose interest and work personally made to a considerable degree this improvement possible. Mr. Lott, by the way, was the first man to ride over the road in automobile when the work on the road was finished.

 

Montrose - W. C. Cox, the silver-tongued auctioneer, is again exercising his vocal organs at the local sales. "Coxey" has the persuasive power of a drummer [traveling salesman], the shrewdness of a horse trader and the voice of a "train caller." It is no wonder that his services are in demand.

 

November 03 (1905/2005)

 

 

Forest City - Morgan's Penny arcade opened on Monday and has been enjoying bunches of prosperity so far this week. The small boys and some larger were falling all over themselves Monday to spend their pennies.

 

Upsonville [Franklin Twp.] - Banker Brothers, raisers and dealers in blooded Devon stock, have just shipped two young cows to North Carolina and are preparing two more for shipment to Georgia. Banker Brothers' stock are eagerly sought after by Southern cattle raisers, this being only one of many instances where they have shipped stock to Southern states.

 

Montrose - Hallowe'en was rigorously observed by the boys Tuesday night. Noise of every variety, throwing of beans, corn, etc., changing of signs and the like, all were followed out after the usual form. Outside of daubing paint on store windows there was little done which would indicate malicious mischief on the part of the youngsters. AND W. M. Hibbard had the misfortune to lose one of his sorrel horses this week. Fred Roberts, of South Montrose, also lost a horse, as did John Munger, also. Hard luck all around.

 

Silver Lake - Oscar C. Caswell, for the past 14 years manager of the Sheldon property, has resigned and will spend the winter in California. His daughter, Mrs. Heller, has been in California since June.

 

South Gibson - A birthday surprise party was given Will Resseguie on his 27th birthday, Oct. 23d, by his relatives and many friends, who left silver tokens of their friendship and good will. A goodly number were present and report a good time.

 

Gelatt - After an absence of nearly three years in the lumber woods of Tennessee, I. J. Witter returned to his home here last Wednesday.

 

Dimock - Jerry Cokeley is building a fish pond near the old creamery. AND Election will be held at the Dolan House next week Tuesday.

 

Lakeview [Jackson Twp.] - Mabel, wife of Will Deyo, died at her home here on Friday night, Oct. 20th, aged 18 years. Funeral was held from the house on Monday at 1 p.m. and at the church at 2 p.m. She is survived by her husband and two children.

 

Oakley [Harford Twp.] - E. M. Loomis shipped 1600 lbs of poultry from Kingsley week before last, which was the largest shipment of the kind ever made from here at once.

 

Brooklyn - Last week while the scholars were playing baseball and also football on the front campus, Willie Rozelle was hit in the eye with the baseball. Serious results were feared, but the eye is improving and he is again at school. AND The pupils of Miss Ethel Sterling's room are getting up a soap order for a book-case for the room.

 

Auburn - Frederick Swackhamer was born in Sussex Co., N.J. in 1821 and died Oct. 8, 1905. At the age of 15 he came with his parents to Pennsylvania and settled in Auburn, where he spent the greater part of his life. Deceased had 4 sisters and 6 brothers; only one, a brother, is now living. In 1849 he was married to Mary Fulford of Standing Stone [Bradford Co.], who with 8 children survive him. In all his dealings with his fellow men he was strictly honest, to his family and friends faithful and self-sacrificing. For a few years past the infirmities of age had weakened both body and mind, but to the last the ruling principle of his life would occasionally manifest itself in the care for those he loved.

 

Springville - The parties spoken of in last week's items as going to the "Fair Land" was intended to read as the fair land of California. Mrs. Frank Kilts has since gone to join her son Charlie at Pasadena, Cal.

 

Herrick - Some low-down thief paid Liveryman Bowell a visit some time ago and took a good overcoat, a pair of mittens, a pair of new gloves and several other things. He then went to the barn of Daniel Gettle and took a quantity of corn in the ear. In the morning Mr. Gettle tracked them [him] to Orson [Wayne County] but could not find the corn.

 

Harford - The annual meeting of the Library Association was held in the Congregational church. A good programme was gone through including solos by Miss Larrabee, recitations by Miss Little, phonograph selections by R. Manson and remarks by Rev. E. E. Pearce.

 

Heart Lake - The Mountain Ice Company have the ice all shipped from their large house here and are busy repairing and making ready for the new crop.

 

Glenwood - Charlie Price, of South Glenwood, while delivering milk, had the misfortune to have his horse run away, break the wagon, but did not spill the milk. It got scared at Wm. Bell's oxen.

 

Uniondale -Ed Gilroy, of Hornellsville, formerly of this place, is out visiting his father and brother, Will. He fetched his fancy gun along and anticipates having a jolly good time during his ten days' vacation from the police force. Ed hasn't been out to the old homestead before in six years. His aged father ought to scold him a little for not coming to see him oftener than that.

 

From the Tri-Weekly Journal, Susquehanna - On January 1st next the law requiring all owners of automobiles to take out a license for their machines, will go into effect. This law will require owners to pay $3.00 annually for renewing the license. The money thus derived is to be appropriated to the use of the State highway department. The speed limit is fixed to a mile in six minutes in cities and boroughs and a mile in three minutes in townships. That is equivalent to ten miles an hour in boroughs and twenty miles an hour in townships.

 

November 10 (1905/2005)

 

 

Great Bend - This Borough was visited by a disastrous fire on the afternoon of Nov. 5 at 3:30. It started in the drug store conducted by F. E. Sands and was caused by the explosion of a large lamp in the back part of the store, where they were marking a quantity of dolls. The fire was under control by 4 o'clock when, unfortunately, the water gave out and the flames soon bursted anew, completely destroying the VanNess block occupied by Miss Daisy Lines, milliner; F. E. Sands, druggist; P. L. Leahey, barber. Mrs. Frances VanNess occupied the entire upper floor as living rooms and a photograph gallery. A. L. Reckhow & Sons' large block caught fire next and was badly damaged by fire and water. Mrs. Curran and children occupied the second floor and their goods were damaged. The borough pays for 75 lbs. pressure; at the start there was 50 lbs.; in less than an hour it was 20 lbs. The Hallstead and great Bend Fire companies worked faithfully and long to subdue the flames.

 

Ararat - About one o'clock Monday morning six masked burglars broke into the home of Eli Avery, a well-to-do farmer residing near Ararat, bound and gagged him and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Sartell, and ransacked the house until they found the object of their search, $800, which Avery had hidden under the pillow of his bed and which the burglars must have known was in his possession. Mrs. Avery was away from home. The burglars hastily bound and gagged Mr. Avery and the same with Mrs. Sartell. A loan amounting to $800 had been paid Mr. Avery Saturday night and it is strongly suspected the unwelcome visitors had gotten wind of the transaction. Mr. Avery had concluded not to risk placing the money in a small safe in the house and so deposited it under the pillow of his bed, and when the robbers found this in its hiding place they departed. After struggling with his bonds for nearly an hour, Mr. Avery released himself and then liberated Mrs. Sartell. He then walked to a neighbor's half a mile away, where he telephoned the Susquehanna and Carbondale police. The men who committed the crime were evidently familiar with the place as they frequently addressed him as "Eli." Although suspicion has been directed toward certain parties no real evidence of who the burglars are has been obtained. It is feared Mrs. Sartell, who is 87 years of age, may not recover from the fright she received.

 

Jones Lake [Lake Montrose] - There are several bushes along the shores of Jones' Lake, ablaze with the bright red berries known in the world of shrubbery, as "northern holly."

 

Franklin Forks - The Hallowe'en social held at Reed Snow's was well attended. Supper was served in both ancient and modern style. The witch made her appearance and told fortunes to the great satisfaction of all. Proceeds, $7.50. AND In Upsonville - The person or persons putting water in the mail box at Stone's Corners will confer a favor and save trouble by discontinuing the same. AND Geo. Campbell & Sons raised 75 bu. of golden Rutabaga turnips, 500 bu. of elegant potatoes, and 32 bu. of beans. All of this bespeaks for them a lot of work.

 

Springville - Some of the pupils of the Springville high school have left rather than be vaccinated. AND Mr. A. L. Greatsinger has taken possession of the meat market and will be glad to have you call on him.

 

South Gibson - The residence of Henry Pickering was partially destroyed by fire on Friday of last week. His mother, an aged lady, died on Saturday from the effects of inhaling smoke and heat.

 

Thompson - Arthur Washburn, clerk in Borden's, is sick at his boarding place with typhoid fever. Arthur is one of Thompson's most enterprising young men. He has made a success as a teacher, is a member of the I.O.O.F., and that order has sent a trained nurse to care for him. Dr. McNamara is the attending physician.

 

Harford - The creamery was broken into Saturday night; $2 in cash and some carpenters' tools were taken away. There are evidently some "undesirables" abroad deserving free lodgings in the "State Temperance hotel."

 

New Milford - G. M. Carpenter, proprietor for four years at the Jay House, will retire from that place on the arrival of the new proprietor, a Mr. Hoag, of Binghamton. Mr. Carpenter will move to Hallstead where he lived before coming here, and where he owns property. Mr. Hoag took possession Nov. 7th.

 

Rush - Uzal Kinney is scouring the country to secure the best edible products of the culinary skill of the vicinity for the "Gentleman' Supper." Come and enjoy the results of his energetic labor.

 

Montrose - Barry Searle and family have gone to Georgia where he has business in connection with a gold mine. His brother, Daniel, accompanies him, also.

 

Forest City - Forest City has long needed a first class lunch room and now she has one, conducted by Lee & Morrison, in the Sam Lyons building, where callers get prompt attention and everything the best. AND The Forest House has recently changed hands and is now conducted by J. J. Lumbert, who recently leased it from its owner, J. H. Cunningham. It was remodeled within the past year and is in good shape for the accommodation of its guests.

 

Susquehanna - A young lad named Skinner, who resides in New Milford twp., attempted to board an Erie engine, just as it was crossing the bridge west of this place. He was thrown to the river, 30 ft. below, and sustained a broken arm and a dislocated hip. He is now at the City Hospital. AND Eleven young men of Binghamton were jailed in this place Sunday for riding on Erie freight trains. They were brought before Justice Williams, reprimanded and allowed to go home. On the same day two boys named Conway were arrested and jailed for stealing Erie coal. They were allowed to depart, with a warning as to future behavior.

 

Auburn Twp. - Mrs. Lydia A. Albertson, of Sankey, died Tuesday, Oct. 31st. She was born in New Jersey in 1835 and was the mother of 8 children, seven of whom are living as follows: George, Elmer, Theodore, Herbert and Mrs. Theo. Labor, Mrs. Luther Conrad, and Mrs. Miner Avery. Funeral services by Rev. J. W. Price at Jersey Hill. The four sons tenderly carried the body of their mother to its last resting place.

 

November 17 (1905/2005)

 

 

Lanesboro - Jasper T. Jennings proposed a local textbook for the school and home based on the geography and history of Susquehanna County. His answer for who was the first settler in Oakland? "Jonathan Bennett, who came in 1788. In 1785 a party of surveyors passed through this locality in the employ of a Pennsylvania land agent. They found six small wigwams standing on the river flat, near where the abutment of the old Lanesboro bridge was afterwards built. They were marked on the draft survey to designate an old Indian village of the Tuscaroras. A few years later the half decayed poles of those wigwams were found by Mr. Westfield, one of the early settlers. Jonathan Bennett, who was the first pioneer to locate in Oakland, remained but a short time, when he removed to another location below Great Bend. Other early settlers were Wm. Smith, John Stid, Nathaniel Lewis and Isaac Hale, the celebrated hunter, who bought Jonathan Bennett's improvement, and in 1791 lived on the south side of the river."

 

Springville - Mrs. Eva Woodhouse and her mother were pleasantly entertained at the home of Olin Risley last Friday. Mrs. Woodhouse is 84 years of age and this was a great privilege to go back to spend the day in what was once her old home.

 

Montrose - Rogers' meat market is utilizing its lately purchased gasoline engine in furnishing motive power to run their sausage cutting machine and bone-grinder. The latter machine grinds the bones, which would otherwise be of little value, into small bits, so that it makes good food for poultry and sells readily to chicken raisers. AND Now that winter is approaching those unsightly ash piles are commencing to make their appearance, not only in the center of the town but on the outskirts as well. There is a borough ordinance with a penalty prohibiting the disposition of ashes in this manner on the street. Our citizens we hope will respect the same.

 

Ararat - The robbery of two weeks ago, in which the home of Eli Avery was broken in to by six masked burglars and $800 in cash stolen, is again brought into prominence by the capture of one of the alleged burglars--LeRoy Ballard. Ballard was arrested by Constable Fred Empet, upon information given by Eli Avery, who claims to recognize him as one of those who entered his dwelling on the night of Nov. 6. Ballard was working in the field when taken. Sufficient evidence was found against him to cause the justice to commit him, without bail, to the county jail, pending the action of the grand jury. It is stated that other arrests are to follow.

 

Hopbottom - The Willing Workers will serve a chicken pie dinner in the M. E. church Thanksgiving Day, and in the evening will serve supper, after which a fine entertainment will be given for the small sum of 10 cents. The Kingsley cornet band will furnish music.

 

Thompson - We have an up-to-date meat market in town and four meat wagons from out of town coming in once or twice a week. Who wonders that consumers are paying the highest prices for meat.

 

Uniondale - We people of Uniondale, patrons of school, Sunday school and library, would like to ask a question. What is the matter with the correspondent from Uniondale? We should judge from the tenor of his news for the last three weeks, that instead of, as he says he did "in the good old times go to school six days in the week, and from daylight to dark," it would have been an advantage to him to have gone the seventh day also.

 

St. Joseph - Geo. Mack, of the Montrose Republican, and writer of miscellaneous matters for Catholic papers, accompanied by his sister, Miss Katherine, attended Mass here Sunday, and were guests at Matt. Griffin's during the day. Mr. Mack also visited the old farmhouse, owned by his grandfather, the late George Griffin. He had not been there before in 25 years.

 

Brooklyn - The great attraction of the season, for which people are seemingly waiting, is the Thanksgiving fair and chicken pie dinner on Thanksgiving Day. AND The Old Folks' Concert given by the Universalist choir was certainly a unique affair.

 

Great Bend - Bricklayers and carpenters are at work repairing the A. L. Reckhow block. P. L. Leahey, who was burned out, is now located in the Kistler block and has a neat barber shop. His regret is that he was obliged to move too fast, but likes his new quarters. Postcards of the fire at the Plaindealer's office. AND Great Bend needs a good drug store, F. E. Sands will not re-open but will devote his time to the one in Hallstead.

 

South Gibson - On Friday afternoon, Nov. 3d, a hunter on the hills saw the chimney of H. D. Pickering's house on fire and after shooting his gun several times as an alarm, hastened toward the house, but in the mean time, A. J. Wickwire and a friend were on the street and ran in and up the stairs where they found Mrs. Alvira Pickering lying on the floor in a state of suffocation, from which she died at 9 o'clock the next morning. Nearly everything was extinguished by the bucket brigade. Mr. Pickering was on his way to Thompson and Mrs. Pickering was at a furniture store, thus leaving Grandma Pickering alone. She recovered enough to tell how it was, saying that she smelled smoke and went up stairs to investigate. Finding the house on fire around the chimney she returned with water and on entering the room was overcome by the smoke and sank down on the floor where she was found with her feet nearly in the fire. Mrs. Pickering was formerly Miss Alvira Payne and was brought up on what is now called "Tinker Hill" in Clifford township. She was 70 years of age last April and was a school teacher and a good musician in her earlier years. She was a great reader, keeping up with the times as long as she lived. She was the mother of undertaker H. D. Pickering of this place with whom she resided and of Mrs. Wick Pope, of Gelatt. The funeral was held at the house on Monday. Interment in lower cemetery.

 

News Brief: Winter pounced down upon us, like a "wolf upon the fold," with remarkable suddenness and severity, this week. Tuesday morning the thermometer stood 10 above zero and it was reported as only 5 above in Dimock. It was a great shock to the people, many of whom were unprepared. AND A physician long in the field of practice says that you can keep a cellar dry by opening the north window and keeping the other windows closed. The wind from any other direction of the compass will cause the cellar to remain damp.

 

November 24 (1905/2005)

 

 

Brooklyn - State Road Commissioner Hunter was up last week, and acquiesced to the application of Brooklyn township for a State road, as provided by law, and says same will be built in the early spring. The road, beginning at Brooklyn Centre, will be built to the Lathrop township line. Hop Bottom is anxious to see the road extended to Hop Bottom and Lathrop will be asked to consider this question. If Lathrop would build to the borough line, then Hop Bottom boro. could continue it to the railroad. Otherwise not, as a boro. can only continue a road coming to its limits. This is the only road applied for, under this law, in this county, thus far.

 

Tingley/New Milford - On Saturday morning between three and four o'clock, occurred an accident which has cast a gloom over all the surrounding vicinity, and by which Arthur Aldrich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Aldrich, of Tingley, met his death. On Friday night he attended a party near Harford, going with a load of schoolmates from New Milford. On returning he left them with a cherry good night and proceeded homeward, going down [the] railroad track. When nearly home he stepped from one track to avoid a freight train, to the other, directly in front of one of the fast night lines. He was crushed beyond recognition. He was a member of the New Milford High School and would have graduated this year. His funeral was held Monday, Nov. 20, 2005.

 

Ararat - LeRoy Ballard, of Ararat, was brought to Montrose Wednesday night of last week, by Constable Fred Empet, and placed in the county jail. Ballard was arrested on the charge of being implicated in the burglary at Ararat, when the home of Eli Avery, a well-to-do farmer was broken into and $800 stolen. It will be remembered that the occupants of the house were tortured to make them reveal the hiding place of the money.

 

Heart Lake - W. A. Brown has his mill lighted with electric lights.

 

Tripp Lake - I [Mrs. T. L. Mahoney] wish to thank my good neighbors, Messrs. M. J. Hannagan and son, Jeremiah Mahoney and son, John Mahoney, Ernest Ingraham and Morris Wilbur for their hard work and generous efforts in saving my home from being consumed by fire when we felt it would be a hopeless cause, the fire had gained such headway. Also Messrs. Salisbury and Tiffany of the F.A. & I.U. for their prompt and satisfactory adjustment of my loss.

 

Susquehanna - Jasper Jennings, in his Geography and History of Susquehanna County column writes: "Susquehanna is situated on very uneven ground; long flights of steps often reaching most of the distance from one street to the next above, and on this account it has been called 'The City of Stairs.' It is picturesquely located at the foot of the heavy grade leading over the high water-shed by the way of Gulf Summit to Deposit, 62 ft. to the mile. The principal business of the place is connected with the railway interests. Monster locomotives are kept here to help the heavy trains up the ascending grade; and during the cool and frosty mornings in the Fall of the year immense clouds of smoke and steam mark the course of the long trains as they wind around the distant curves and crawl over the large embankments, across the great Starrucca Viaduct and along the far off mountainside, combine to make an impressive picture."

 

Fairdale - J. J. Ryan & Co. put a heater into the basement of the church last week. You can come to church now and not get smoked. The carpenters are hurrying along as fast as possible and we hope the church will soon be ready for service. AND Fred Hart butchered 13 hogs for Charles Steiger and W. E. Sterling in 2 hours and 15 minutes, last Tuesday.

 

Dimock - John Park's barn burned to the ground last Friday night. Origin of fire unknown. This makes the third barn burned in that vicinity within the last three months and certainly has the appearance of suspicion. The barns burned were D. G. Underhill's, Dimock Camp Ground barn and now Mr. Park's.

 

East Rush/Elk Lake - Between East Rush and Elk Lake: brown dog and collar, his name is Browney. Please return same to Price Smith, Montrose. Reward offered.

 

Lynn, Springville Twp. - Nov. 12th the house of Nick Titman tried to burn. The neighbors carried the furniture out, put out the fire, then carried the furniture back again. The damage was slight. AND The vaccination law was enforced here Monday, Nov. 20, but against the teacher's wish.

 

Forest Lake - Turkey buyers are offering as high as 18 cents a pound for picked turkeys.

 

Factoryville - Christy Matthewson has signed with the New York Giants for the season of 1906 for $8,000.

 

Forest City - As a result of the prosecutions instituted by the Law and Order League against the saloon keepers for selling on Sunday, six persons were convicted, while one pleaded guilty in the county courts last week. Four rules to revoke the licenses of wholesale liquor dealers here were obtained, it being claimed that they had been guilty of violating the liquor law.

 

Montrose - M. Shaw, a cigar manufacturer of nearly 40 years' experience, has started a cigar factory on South Main street in [the] location formerly occupied by W. H. Dennis & Son. It will be known as The Montrose Cigar Factory. Mr. Shaw is turning out some good brands and is making a specialty of his "Teaser" and Shaw's fives and tens.

 

Lenox - The Lenox Grange held their second annual fair and also the dedication of their new hall in Glenwood on Saturday, Nov. 11. It was a complete success and the members wish to extend thanks to everyone who helped to make it so. Receipts were $146.39.

 

Middletown/Choconut - Miss Agatha K. Foran, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Foran, of "Sunnyside," Middletown, and Patrick J. Byrne, son of Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Byrne, of "Green Hedge," Choconut, were married by the Rev. B. V. Driscoll in St. Francis Xavier's church, Friendsville, on Wed., Nov. 15, 1905. Miss Mary Foran, of Binghamton, sister of the bride and Christopher Byrne, Jr., of Port Washington, L.I., brother of the groom, attended them. The bride was dressed in a dark blue voile gown, over silk, with lace trimmings, and wore a dark blue velvet toque. Immediately after the marriage ceremony the bridal party returned to "Sunnyside," where dinner was served to over a hundred guests, who by their presence and numerous valuable gifts showed the high esteem in which the young couple are held. They will be at home to their friends after Nov. 26, at "Green Hedge," Choconut.

 

December 01 (1905/2005)

 

 

Susquehanna -The L. W. Carrington building on Main Street, formerly known as the Cook block, was badly damaged by fire yesterday. The fire is thought to have originated from the explosion of chemicals in the store room of the Bell Telephone company, which is located on the second floor. The fire gained rapid headway and the occupants of the upper rooms, unable to escape by the stairway, were rescued by the firemen. The first floor of the building was occupied by J. B. Fenner, dry goods merchant, whose stock was badly damaged by water, as were the household goods of James Brensley on the second floor. The household goods of Thos. Halpin were a total loss. Within 50 minutes after the blaze started the office of the Bell Telephone exchange had been transferred to J. Harris' office on Exchange street. Mrs. Thomas Burke had a narrow escape from the burning building. She is the mother-in-law of Mr. Halpin who occupied the upper floor, and was there when the fire started, having to be carried down the ladder by the firemen. Mrs. Burke is a heavy woman, and it was with great difficulty that the ground was reached.

 

Great Bend - Mrs. Johanna Donovan, aged 99 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. Leary, in Great Bend, on Thursday night of last week. The deceased was the oldest resident of that town.

 

West Lathrop - The West Lathrop creamery company leased their plant to the Italian cheese makers of Glenwood.

 

Fairdale - An account of a party at the home of William McKeeby, published in the Republican last week, was grossly exaggerated by the writer, who hid her identity under an assumed name. The party was a small and informal one, but the intention of the writer was to convey an erroneous impression as to the number and names of those present. Persons giving or writing misleading information to newspapers are liable to heavy penalties if apprehended and is pretty small business whatever way it is looked at.

 

New Milford - About 3 o'clock last Saturday morning a gang of burglars entered the postoffice and ransacked the place, and also blew open the safe in Carpenter's feed store. Nothing was secured in the postoffice, and all that was secured in Carpenter's store were a few insurance papers and deeds, which will be valueless to the burglars. The money had been taken from the store the night before, otherwise they would have secured quite a haul. Nitro-glycerine was used to blow open the safe and although there is no clue as to who the burglars are, it is probable from their skillful methods that they are professionals.

 

Thompson - Last Saturday was Mrs. P. R. Tower's 75th birthday and she determined to spend the day with friends in Jackson. She was astir early, and arrayed herself in proper apparel and awaited the coming of her spouse, who, she supposed, had gone to the livery for a horse and carriage for the trip. He came at the set time, but instead of the horse and carriage he was accompanied by a bevy of ladies with ominous packages and queer looks, and a sort of "I am at home and am glad you are" way that so surprised her that she never inquired where the horse was. The table was spread in due time and a lengthy discussion of viands and other matters followed. After a breathing spell came a display of oratory equal to the occasion, and the bestowing of mementoes rare and precious, until the recipient could say nothing but "thanks" and wipe her weeping eyes. The day was beautiful and the occasion was joyous to all. So says one who was there.

 

Springville- The wood bee which was held for the M. E. church recently was well attended. A nice supply of fuel was secured so we can venture into the coming winter without any fear. Thanks to James Blakeslee and the many willing workers who came with axes and teams and did the work so cheerfully.

 

Little Meadows - The Little Meadows Telephone and Tel. Co. is now rushing the work on their line. The poles are mainly distributed; a part set and the stringing of the wire will be commenced at once between here and Friendsville.

 

Lake View - Three children belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Potter, of Lake View, died Nov. 23d, 1905. The nature of the disease was not discovered until two of the children had died. Much excitement prevails at Lake View, for fear of the disease spreading, as a number were exposed.

 

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The select party at Jerry Lane's, Thursday evening last, was a glittering success. The evening was spent in games and song--finished with a two-step, after which refreshments were served.

 

Uniondale - We are very glad to hear that two of our townsmen, George Esmay and Arthur Foster are getting along nicely. They were hurt in an Erie train wreck at the upper end of Carbondale yard. They failed to give the Flyer the right of way and ran into another engine. They had better change the name of the "Old Reliable" Erie to "Liable to get wrecked." They have been very unfortunate in having several wrecks lately on the Jefferson branch.

 

Montrose - Rev. J. W. H. Johnson, of Norwich N.Y., preached in the A.M.E. Zion church, Sunday. Rev. Johnson is now in charge of three churches, located in Norwich, Deposit and Montrose, making this church a call once a month. He is recovering from quite a severe illness.

 

Forest City - "It's Mr. Dooley" - He's arranging to toot weather signals in Honesdale. We note by the papers that Mr. Dooley, who floated about Forest City recently, getting up a weather signal card, is now in Honesdale. The papers say the whistles will toot the signals for the coming 24 hours each evening. Perhaps we'll hear them.

 

News Briefs: Many automobiles toot their horns as though it were a notice to the farmers to get off the earth. They have got some new tooters now with two, three and four notes and they call them Gabriel's trumpets. They are self blowing and are calculated to throw a scare into a horse that will make a war charger of a plow plug on short notice. One of these whistling calliopes with four notes seems liable to cause any old saw-horse to get action and ginger and fly the road. AND Nineteen deaths from football have occurred in this country during the season just closed.

 

December 08 (1905/2005)

 

 

West Auburn - The school at West Auburn has been closed on account of trouble over the vaccination law. It was closed by the directors, pending further instructions from the State Board of Health. It has been learned that no attempt is being made to enforce the vaccination law in other portions of Susquehanna county. There have been upwards of 25 scholars excluded from this school during the last three weeks by the teacher on account of not being vaccinated and finally the directors concluded to close the school entirely until directed how to legally settle the matter.

 

Lawsville - The vaccination question seems to be troubling both teachers and scholars alike. It seems to be a hard law for a teacher to enforce.

 

Silver Lake - Frank Heavy, son of William Heavy, who was badly burned while attending to his duties as a fireman, is now at the Moses Taylor hospital in Scranton, and is doing as well as can be expected. His escape from being burned to death was wonderful.

 

Susquehanna - As printed in the Tri-Weekly Journal: "Mrs. Sarah J. Harper-Starr, of Bellevue, PA has been buried in the family mausoleum. Mrs. Starr's marriage in Cincinnati on May 22, 1849, is of historical importance in ecclesiastical circles. Miss Harper was 16 years old, but had ideas of her own on the question of the word 'obey' in the ritual of the church and decided that for her it should be eliminated. She found a friend in Rev. Maxwell Gaddis, asst. pastor of Moses Chapel, Cincinnati, who promised to omit the word during the ceremony. She was married, but people charged that the marriage was invalid. At the next meeting of the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, held in Cincinnati, the clergyman who had omitted the word was 'churched.' Finally the question became general and later, when decisive action was taken, the sentence 'serve and obey' was ordered stricken out of the matrimonial ritual of the discipline of the ME church."

 

Gelatt - There has been a new postoffice established on East Mountain at W. Williams' house. Now the stage runs from Herrick Center to the new office, so the people along the line have their mail delivered.

 

Alford - Plummer Page, a nine-year old Alford boy, broke through the ice Wednesday on the pond near the DL&W trestle, and was drowned. When school was dismissed at noon, in company with several friends, he went to the pond to try the ice. Stepping from the end of a float which projects into the water, he commenced walking toward the shore. When about 30 ft. from land the ice gave way. The frightened children secured help and he was taken from the water in a few minutes. Every effort was made to resuscitate him, but, as the boy had a weak heart, it is thought death was due as much to the shock of the icy water and his struggle for life as it was to strangulation. It is reported that a little crippled brother of the drowned boy attempted to go to his rescue and the scene was a pitiful one. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Page, and is the second of their three children to die within a few months.

 

Heart Lake - N. S. Harrison, of Co. F, a prisoner at Andersonville at the time of the Civil war is, with the other Penn'a prisoners held in this stockade, visiting the place again. The state pays all expenses of the trip.

 

Lenoxville - Saturday evening Daniel S. Robinson's house caught fire and came very near being destroyed by the monster fiend. Neighbors and friends helped them save part of the structure. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson moved their furniture to the White house and will reside there while their house is being repaired.

 

Thompson - "Remarkable" said the pastor at the M. E. church, Sunday morning. "There are more men than ladies out this morning."

 

New Milford - L. S. Brown, one of the founders of the New Milford Advertiser, after an absence of many years, has been engaged by the owners of that paper to again take charge of it. We extend congratulations all around.

 

Forest City - E. Feldman & Co. offers the following for Christmas: Dolls-dressed, from 19 cents to $5.00 and undressed, with kid body, from 29 cents to $1.98. Swing Rocking Horses, 75 cents to $1.98. Iron Toys, Fire Wagons, Hook and Ladder and Ice Wagons, Steam Engines, Surreys, Locomotives. Plus, Soldier Suits, Harmless Guns, Wool and Skin Animals and hundreds of other toys worth seeing.

 

Ararat - (More on the robbery at E. L. Avery's) Jim Farrel was arrested on suspicion of being implicated in the recent robbery. It will be remembered that on the night of the robbery the thieves, after relieving the safe of the $800, looted the cellar and pantry of Mrs. Avery's house and carried away everything in the line of baked stuff, leaving not even a slice of bread. Mrs. Avery had baked the previous week for a company which she had invited to celebrate her mother's 86th birthday, which took place the following Tuesday, and it was all taken away, including the baked beans, a large batch of cookies, a lot of bread, butter and, in fact, just everything they could find by ransacking the entire house. They also took Mr. A.'s best overcoat and mittens, watch, glasses and $40 that belonged to Mrs. Avery's mother, that she had laid away for her burial. But we wish to say, to the credit of the marauders, they did not in any way torture or insult the person of any member of the family. There is an old saying that "there is honor among thieves," was surely demonstrated by their refraining from doing bodily harm to their victims.

 

Montrose - The work of tearing down the old Lehigh Valley depot is now going on and that familiar structure will soon be a remembrance of the past. Much good lumber is in the building and the railroad company will probably use some of it in erecting the shed where the coal will be weighed as well as for a tool house, etc., which will be built near the new coal pockets.

 

News Briefs: In Tunkhannock a warrant was issued on Thursday for the arrest of Fred Wall for malicious mischief in disfiguring a valuable horse of Coroner L. E. Meade's, by cutting a large quantity of hair from its tail. It seems that Wall keeps the prisoners of the Wyoming county jail supplied with horse hair for the making of chains during their spare time.

 

December 22 (1905/2005)

 

 

Oakland - Maude Haynes, the 12-year-old girl who disappeared Wednesday afternoon of last week, and for whom every effort has been made to locate, is believed to have been drowned in the Susquehanna river. At Wilkes-Barre, on Wednesday, the body of a young girl was seen floating down the river with the anchor ice, but the remains drifted rapidly out of sight before they could secure a boat and rescue them. The body was again seen at Nanticoke, but could not be caught owing to the floating ice. Every known theory has been advanced in this mysterious case, among which are abduction, kidnapping for ransom, murder, accidental drowning, etc. The river at Susquehanna has been dragged and detectives have worked ceaselessly following up the slightest clues without result. It is probably that the $200 reward offered will create still further efforts.

 

Montrose - Wm. Spence, an aged and respected colored resident of Montrose, is on a visit to Virginia, his early home, where he was a slave in early life. AND The best kind of Christmas present is one that lasts a year. Take a subscription in the Montrose Library, only $1.50 for a year, and you will have the reading of several hundred books--juveniles, travel, history, biography--and the best of fiction. Among new books, Burbank's Plant Life, Mem's Sydney Laurier, Sabina, The Debtor, The Social Secretary, The Man of the Hour, The Shuttle, The Wheel of Life, etc., etc.

 

Hallstead - It is reported that Roger Cole and Ed Summers, of New Milford and Summersville, have captured the $25 prize offered by the Hallstead bank for the largest load of people brought into that town on Wednesday. The load was drawn by three teams of horses and consisted of about 100 people.

 

Lanesboro - John Caul was found on Sunday on Main St., nearly frozen to death. His hands and feet were black and he was in a pitiable condition generally. He was removed to the City Hospital in this place where he received needed attention. It is uncertain, as yet, we understand, whether or not amputation will be necessary. AND James Buckley renewed his subscription to the Independent Republican and wrote: "I cannot claim the honor of being the oldest reader, but I began to read it just 50 years ago, when there wasn't a baker's dozen of Irish Republicans in Susquehanna county. Now the woods are full of them." We can put Mr. Buckley down as certainly being one of our oldest subscribers and a good staunch Republican.

 

Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. - Chas. Roe, while returning from Binghamton one day last week, heard cries of distress, upon investigation he found Mr. Shipman, of Conklin Forks, with a broken ankle. He assisted the injured man to his home, then went to the woods for the team where Mr. S. had gone for wood when the accident occurred.

 

Jackson - Mrs. C. T. Tracy died Nov. 13th at Ripon, Wisconsin, at the age of 85. She was born in Jackson and her two brothers, Evander and Emerson Tucker, are living there.

 

Glenwood - On the night of Dec. 12th or morning of the 13th, G. N. Bennett's store and postoffice was entered and robbed of considerable money besides other goods. There is trouble in store for some one.

 

Dimock - On Wednesday, December 6, the ladies of this place, instigated by Mrs. G. E. Chamberlain, in honor of Mrs. Harriet Baker's 88th birthday, made her a pleasant surprise by leaving at her home a bountiful donation in the line of provisions and wearing apparel; also three tons of coal, and $3.20 solicited by E. L Titman of the men. This aged lady is a dear mother of Israel, exemplifying great faith. Just the day previous, ignorant of what was being done in her behalf, she remarked to Mrs. Titman: "My wood is almost gone. Well, there will be some way provided." And surely her faith was rewarded in abundance. God bless such faith.

 

Uniondale - Another daring robbery was committed near Uniondale on Wednesday night of last week. The methods pursued were much the same as those in the Avery robbery at Ararat and leads to the belief that there is an organized gang of dangerous men in this vicinity. The latest victims are two old men, Simon and John Litcavitz, who about a year ago moved from Forest City to the Freeman Carpenter farm at Carpenter's crossing, near the upper end of Stillwater. The two old men, who are twins, work the farm and do their own housework. The night of the robbery they were awakened by a crash against their door which forced it open and instantly five masked men entered the room. At least two of them had revolvers. In loud tones they demanded the valuables of the old men and pointing their weapons gave them until five was counted to reveal the hiding place of their money. The old men became almost palsied with fear and turned over $27 which was all they had in the house. After a search in which two watches and a razor were taken the men departed.

 

New Milford - Frank Everett had the misfortune to have a valuable mare get her leg broken and she had to be killed. Also Nate Darrow, while on his way to town at the top of Mott Hill, one of his horses fell dead. Also, Mr. Keeney lost one of his span, it was sick only a few hours. AND The electric lights which have recently been placed in the Presbyterian church are giving excellent satisfaction.

 

Heart Lake - The skating is extra fine on the Lake.

 

Great Bend - Robert Shirlaw, who has been connected for some time with the Pennsylvania Tanning Company at Great Bend, died Monday evening. He was 30 years of age and is survived by a wife and two children.

 

Forest City - A big turkey will be given to the person making the highest score in our bowling alley, between Saturday, Dec. 23 and Saturday, Dec. 30 by Joseph Zaller, Muchitz Building, Forest City. We have a full line of candies, tobacco and cigars.

 

Brooklyn - One of the most solemn and impressive chapel services ever held in Allegheny college, Meadville, Pa., occurred in the exercises on Thursday morning, Dec. 14th, following the sudden and tragic death of Mrs. Louise Heim Breed, the beloved wife of Prof. R. S. Breed, Ph. D. [formerly of Brooklyn], who met her death in the street car accident the evening before. During the first two hours of recitation there seemed to be an unusual stillness throughout the college grounds. All this reached its greatest intensity in the chapel service. The previous evening's tragedy had made a deep and lasting impression on the minds of all. The honored and esteemed wife of one of the most honored and beloved professors had been suddenly snatched away by the hand of death. After the service the remains were brought to Brooklyn. Mrs. Breed was born in 1878 and married in 1900. Her husband and infant daughter survive her.

 

December 29 (1905/2005)

 

 

Forest City - Persons who drive to town often blanket their horses carefully upon arriving, only to have the blanket blown off by the wind a little later, exposing the animal to the rigors of the winter weather. The hardware or harness stores sell large safety pins that are very effective in keeping blankets on when properly used. Every horse owner should provide himself with a supply of these inexpensive articles and when he has occasion to blanket is horse use the pins. AND By tearing down the coal breaker at Richmondale, near Forest City, that little mining town will cease to exist and 200 men will be thrown out of employment. AND The somewhat celebrated church cases, in which a number of people were accused of assaulting Rev. L. Suchowski, have been amicably settled by the parties concerned and the court has allowed the indictments to be quashed.

 

Springville - Last Thursday, as W. E. Ward was driving down the hill past the mill, the neck yoke strap broke letting the wagon against the horse causing them to run, coming up through town and starting north up the hill where they were stopped. Two young ladies in the wagon showed grit, for they uttered no sound. No damage was sustained.

 

Rush - The Christmas exercises at the Trinity M. E. Church were enjoyed by a congregation which filled the church on Saturday evening. Santa Claus rather excelled his record and the children did their part with usual Christmas enthusiasm.

 

Oakland - No trace of Maude Haynes, the Oakland girl who so mysteriously disappeared two weeks ago, has yet been discovered.

 

Harford - We understand that we are to lose our butter maker, Mr. G. A. Baldwin, who has bought a large feed mill near Cortland, N.Y., where he will move at once. This place will lose an excellent butter maker, a good citizen, and the church a willing worker. Mr. Baldwin has been troubled with rheumatism for some time, and thinks the change will benefit his health. AND Ralph Capron's team ran away Tuesday and broke his wagon but did no damage to the horses. AND Vaccinating the scholars is the fashion of the day at schools around here.

 

Franklin Forks - The new library has come and anyone wishing a book can find it at Mrs. E. F. Palmer's.

 

Fairdale - J. J. Ryan, of Montrose, has begun to put on the steel ceiling for the M.E. church.

 

Friendsville - The Ladies' Bazaar, which is the attraction this week, is meeting with all kinds of success. The music on Christmas night was furnished by Mahon Bros., of Montrose, and Miss Anna Ryan, of Friendsville. They say it was "tip top."

 

Montrose - To former schoolmates who shared her worthy companionship in the "old academy" in Montrose, it may prove of deep interest to learn, during Yule-tide season, that Sister M. of St. Borremeo (Miss Keeler), of the Good Shepherd Order, was transferred in the fall, from the convent in St. Louis, to teach in the Aldecoa Reform School for Girls, at Havana, Cuba. Sister Mary belongs to one of the oldest religious orders in the world, and whose foundress Ven. M. St. Euphrasia Pelletier, is buried in one of the historic cemeteries at Angers, France. This is Sister Mary's second call to Cuba.

 

Hop Bottom - Canfield Stone was in town last week. He is preparing to again take charge of his hotel, the Foster House. "Can" is a popular hotel man.

 

Birchardville - T. H. Brink lost two horses recently within a few minutes of each other. It is thought they were poisoned by somebody. He had never fed any meal, but found a little meal in their mangers that day.

 

West Auburn - The West Auburn school was opened for one week, after a long fight as to vaccination and then the teacher, H. B. Lee, was taken sick with appendicitis, and now the school is closed again. Mr. Lee, in his sickness, has the sympathy of those on both sides of the late "unpleasantness," we are informed. It is said that Dr. Lathrop notified the teacher to admit the pupils and go on with the school, until such time as the State Board should take the matter up, if they did at all. There are 39 pupils in that school, 25 of which have not been vaccinated and, it is said, will not be.

 

Brooklyn - Charlie J. Savige and Clara Whitman, students of Wyoming Seminary, are spending their vacation with their parents, in this place. AND The marriage of Miss Ethel Sterling and Leon J. Russell took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Sterling, Christmas day.

 

Nicholson - While playing about the railroad, jumping on and off a freight this afternoon, little Harry Greenwood, aged 14 years, was struck by No. 6 and killed, says Friday's Nicholson "Record." The accident happened near Spencer's mill on the curve and he jumped from a freight train going west on to the eastbound track directly in front of the fast approaching train. His head was badly cut. The family is overcome by the accident.

 

News Brief: "Take Off Your Hat To Her." God bless the girl who works! She is brave, good and noble. She is not too proud to make her own living or ashamed to be caught at the task. She smiles at you from behind the desk or counter or printer case. She is like a brave mountaineer climbing, struggling, rejoicing. The sight should be an inspiration to us all. It is an honor to know this girl and be worthy of her esteem. Lift your hat to her, young man, as she passes by. Her hand may be stained by dishwashing, factory grease or printers ink, but it is an honest and helping hand. It stays misfortune from the home; it supports an invalid one maybe; a loving patient shield that protects many a family from the almshouse. All honor the brave toiler. God bless and protect the girl who works. AND An exchange gives the following advice to young men who are contemplating matrimony. Don't ask a girl to marry you after dark when she is dressed fit to kill. Call on her, and when you leave, inadvertently drop a glove on the piano. Return for it the next morning at nine o'clock. If she comes to the door with one glove and one slipper on, her hair in curl papers, dressed in an old Mother Hubbard, our advice is to take to the woods. But if she appears in a neat house dress, her hair done up, and a rose in the top of her hair, grab her quick.

 

January 12 (1906/2006)

 

 

Thomson - The old log bridge spanning Pope's pond in the township caught fire recently and was entirely consumed. Fortunately the new iron structure built by the county was in a passable condition at the time. AND The Foster Brothers are preparing to enter into the mercantile business in Thomson, in the Foster block. It is the best store in town.

 

Springville - The barn owned by Elias Titman, on the land that joins I. W. Strickland's, was consumed by fire on Friday night, Jan. 5, about 11:30. The barn contained a lot of matched lumber, a quantity of shingles, hay and farming implements. It is a big loss to Mr. Titman, with abut $100 insurance on all. "Fire Bugs" are too plentiful. Who is safe these days? AND Mrs. Emily Riley, one of our oldest citizens, was 85 years old on Sat., Jan. 6, 1906.

 

Great Bend - Speaking of nice weather and balmy climate, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1906, Mrs. B. B. Todd, Miss Eloise Wilmot and Dr. Treat, played croquet on Miss Wilmot's lawn.

 

New Milford - F. W. Dean shipped nine carloads of apples from Susquehanna Co. The last seven cars of these were loaded at Foster Station and most of the apples came from the orchards of E. L. Weston, E. S. Eldridge and J. J. Austin, of Brooklyn; also one car was loaded at Heart Lake and one at New Milford. C. G. Gage, agent for Mr. Dean, has shipped from Thorndike, Me., 13 carloads. These apples were marketed in the following states: Georgia, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Iowa.

 

Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - The telephone line from Brooklyn to Nicholson was completed last Friday.

 

Laurel Lake - The teacher and pupils of the Laurel Lake school have been much annoyed for the past couple of weeks by a man loitering about the woods behind the school.

 

Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Ernest Ingraham and Geo. LaSure have the telephone in their houses now and surely think they are all right.

 

Lenoxville - On Saturday evening the people of Lenoxville and vicinity were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Daniel S. Robinson. He has not been feeling quite as well as usual during the day but was able to be around. Mr. Robinson spent his lifetime of 80 years in Lenoxville and was always a man of excellent character, a good neighbor and was much respected by all who knew him. He is survived by a wife and three sons, Daniel, Solomon and George.

 

Rush - The great temperance drama, "Ten Nights in a Bar Room," will be given at Trinity church on Friday evening, Jan. 12, by East Rush Sunday School. Admission fee, adults 15c, children 10c.

 

West Auburn - Winter is with us again in reality. The ground is covered with a thin white mantle, and the wind is howling beautifully, filling the air with snow.

 

Friendsville, Little Meadows, etc. - A telephone line is being completed between Friendsville and Apalachin, N.Y. Also a branch built from a point near Hefferon's Corners, three miles south of Little Meadows to Jackson Valley. The line connects at Friendsville with local (or Stone) line. From Apalachin it is expected the line will be continued to Vestal to connect with the York State Telephone Co. At Jackson Valley the line connects with the People line. The new line was constructed by an independent company, superintended by Minkler Bros. of Little Meadows.

 

Susquehanna - Alonzo Boyden, the oldest man in Susquehanna county, celebrated his 97th anniversary, Jan. 8, 1906.

 

Montrose - Merchant Tailor Chas. VanBell returned from Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday, where he has been taking a course in a tailor's cutting school. He brings with him a diploma showing he passed in class A. Montrose can be justly proud that she possesses a tailor who is cutting after the latest New York style.

 

Heart Lake - The Mountain Ice Co. expect to commence putting in ice Monday. The Diamond Dairy Co. began putting up ice Wednesday.

 

Fairdale - The funeral of David Olmstead occurred on Wednesday. He was one of the oldest residents along the Wyalusing Creek, more than 75 years.

 

Forest City - Earle Golden has brought an action for damages against the Hillside Coal and Iron Co. for $20,000, for injuries received in their mines in Forest City.

 

Choconut - Michael Bahen, said to be the oldest resident of Susquehanna County, died Monday at his home in Choconut. He was 96 years of age and had been a resident of Choconut for 65 years. He is survived by a widow, six sons and eight daughters, one of who is sister Mary Chrysostem, of St. Mary's convent in Scranton.

 

Hallstead - John F. Healy, manager of the American Chair Co., of this place, is in Grand Rapids, Mich., attending the annual exhibition of furniture manufacturers.

 

Scranton - Now it is asserted there will be no more Black Hand men to terrorize Scranton and vicinity, and the law-abiding Italians will not be subject to the terrible threats sent them by vicious countrymen. Brave Father Cerutti, backed up by a large number of loyal countrymen, have organized a society to be known as St. Joseph's Protective Society, and propose to take active measures against the Mafia. No expense is to be spared to clean out the gang of desperadoes. We might add that among others who will take a deep interest in this protective society is Paul Caruso, formerly of Montrose, and his relatives of that city. They have received messages demanding money or life.

 

January 19 (1906/2006)

 

 

Ararat - Mrs. Leach has succeeded in obtaining a license and is arranging to open her bar in the near future. We are sorry that a woman should engage in the liquor business. Ararat has been free from the saloon for the past 6 months and the quietness produced thereby had been greatly appreciated and we regret that the peace and comfort of the community must be upset by 12 respectable citizens.

 

Hopbottom - Pupils of the Primary Department of the Graded school present every day of the month are as follows: Aldon Taylor, Maurice Packer, Floyd Titus, Walter Brown, Erman Palmer, Harold Packer, Claude Titus, Letah Packer, Thursey Palmer, Dolly Penny, Pauline Taylor, Alice Palmer, Maud Carpenter, Mildred Patterson, Emma Patterson.

 

Auburn Twp. - Albert Otis, living in Tuscarora Twp., Bradford Co., just across the line from Auburn twp., took his team and drove to Rummerfield a week ago Friday. There he put out his team and took the train for Towanda, where he transacted some business with A. W. Little, Esq. He also visited his brother-in-law and left at about 2 a.m. to catch a train back to Rummerfield. It was known that he failed to catch the passenger train, as he was late in getting to the depot. This is the last seen of him. Foul play is suspected. He formerly lived in Susquehanna County, near Rush. He had on his person $15 or $20 in money and a check signed by L. L. Ervine, of West Auburn, for $5. It is hoped some clue may be found through this check. Two arrests have been made: Ernest Pickett, a brother-in-law, of Towanda was put through the third degree, but was allowed to go, but will be held under surveillance. Chas. Warner, of Towanda, but formerly of W. Auburn, was examined and held under bond. Both are said to be of intemperate habits. The general supposition is that Otis never got across the river, but was murdered for money supposed to be on his person.

 

Susquehanna - Mrs. Frank Cronk has brought an action against Cyrus A. Wheaton, a well-known citizen and deputy sheriff of Deposit. Mrs. Cronk claims that while living with her husband in Susquehanna, and on the evening of March 6, 1903, late in the evening, a boy brought a telegram reading: Binghamton, March 6, 1903. "Mrs. Frank Cronk: Your daughter, May, is dangerously sick at the Susquehanna Valley Home. Come to Binghamton on the train that leaves Susquehanna at 1:10 tonight. There will be a ticket at the ticket office for you. No. of ticket 16,178." Mrs. Cronk, greatly frightened, hastened to the depot and got on the train. Just before the train reached Binghamton, Wheaton appeared and said, "I arrest you." He handcuffed Mrs. Cronk and took her to jail until a train went east, when she was taken to Deposit, where she was later released. Mrs. Cronk said she had committed no crime and that the telegram was false and that Mr. Wheaton was the author of it, and she claims maliciously and unlawfully forged it, and used it to deceive and decoy her from the State of Pennsylvania into the State of New York. That by reason of these facts she suffered great mental anxiety, anguish and distress of mind, the treatment made her nervous, weak and nearly prostrated her, and on account of it she sustained damage in the sum asked--$10,000. The case will be tried in Montrose, April court.

 

New Milford - A business starting in a small way, increasing as demand was made for its goods is the Dr. Geo. Place Clements Prescription Specialty Co., of New Milford, PA. which puts up and sells the medicine prescribed by the doctor in his long practice. The company has been incorporated and will push the manufacturing and sale henceforward. The remedies used by this company are all prescribed by Dr. Geo. Place Clements and were used by him in his extensive practice of 17 years in New York City.

 

Forest City - Patrons of the Anthracite Telephone company wishing to send long distance messages can do so at Feldman's store, the McLaughlin hotel or the exchange pending there-opening of the pay station at the Taylor Drug store.

 

East Elkdale - A social gathering was held at the home of Charles Cross Saturday evening and a good time was reported. Professor Truman Ogden, the violinist, furnished music for the occasion.

 

Franklin Forks - The Franklin Forks boys club elected the following officers for the coming year: Harry Turrell, pres.; Archie Summers, vice pres; E. Wheaton, sect.; Arthur Wheaton, treas; Orra Summers, door keeper; Sydney Stockholm, janitor. The boys are drilling for an entertainment to be given in the near future.

 

Harford - The death of Mrs. Melissa (Tower) Peck occurred at her home in Harford, Jan. 12, 1906, after an illness of four weeks, aged 86 years, 8 months and 6 days. Mrs. Peck was born in Vermont on May 7, 1819. In 1837 she married Daniel H. Peck, while living in Vermont. Four children were born to them, three daughters and one son, the son dying at the age of 2 months. In 1850 they moved to Susquehanna County, living for several years in Lenox Twp. In 1863 they purchased a farm in Harford Twp. Five more children were born to them. Oct. 8, 1872 she was bereft of a husband, he dying very suddenly, leaving her to struggle on alone. Many a one would have faltered by the way, not so with this energetic woman. By strict economy and hard work she managed to keep the home and the children together. In March 1877, her oldest son, Frank, came home from the west and took the old farm and assumed the duties of caring for mother the remainder of her days. Six children, 27 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren survive her.

 

Montrose - Go to the Colonial Theatre this evening and hear the Brockway Jubilee Singers, the greatest company of colored artists in the United States. Their hearts are filled with song and good cheer. Do not miss hearing them. Reserved seats secured at Morris & Co.'s Drug Store. Given under the auspices of the Montrose High School.

 

News Brief: An exchange states that a western medical association has attributed liver and stomach troubles to the practice in the majority of families of warming up coffee for the table use and adding coffee once used to fresh coffee to be drank. In such families addicted to this practice it was found that 50% were victims of stomach and liver troubles.

 

January 26 (1906/2006)

 

 

Lakeview - Burt Allen, 16 years of age, was arrested in Lakeview, near Susquehanna, by Chief of Police McMahon, Saturday afternoon, and taken to jail at Montrose. The story of Allen's alleged career was told in the Binghamton Press. It is said that when Allen was 14 years of age he fell in love with Bessie Knapp of Lakeview and a short time afterwards married her with the consent of her parents. Shortly afterwards he went to Lestershire, it is claimed, and fell in love with pretty Ethel Williams, 14 years of age. He appeared to the girl's parents like a promising young man and finally asked them to allow her to marry him. They gave their consent and the ceremony was performed. About the time of the wedding in Lestershire it is claimed that the Pennsylvania girl brought a suit against him for non-support. It was then learned that he had a wife living and had no right to marry the Williams girl. The Binghamton authorities will get requisition papers, when Allen will be taken there and tried.

 

Thompson - About a mile south of Thompson borough, Donald Starbird, aged 11 years, and his brother, George Starbird, aged 8, sons of William Starbird, and Ambrose Benton, a neighbor of Starbird's, were playing "Hunt the Rabbit." Donald carried the gun. George played the dog and Ambrose was the rabbit. Two caps had been snapped on the gun; then the third was put on the gun and fired and Ambrose fell to the ground, bleeding--dead, a charge of shot having lodged in the back of his head. The mother was soon by her boy and had him in her arms, but before she reached the house she collapsed and a man passing by took the dead boy and his prostrated mother into the house and gave the alarm. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the M.E. church, Rev. R. M. Pascoe officiating. The house was thronged with sympathizing friends and neighbors from far and near.

 

West Auburn - At West Auburn the school matters are reported as having settled down. At a public meeting last Saturday there was a large gathering and four of the six directors voted to keep the new teacher, Mr. Tingley, and following this it was voted unanimous to keep him and now the school is running well. {Prior to this several school board members walked in to Mr. Tingley's class and fired him.)

 

Montrose - Montrose experiencing summer heat in January is something that happens but seldom in an average mortal's lifetime. The first three days of the week, however, found the mercury registering anywhere from 50 to 65 degrees "in the shade," while in the sun it rose as high as 80 degrees. What makes it still more remarkable is the fact that the latter part of last week the light fall of snow made sleighing for a brief time possible and a number took advantage of this opportunity to get about on runners for the first time. It is doubtful if the oldest resident can remember a more phenomenal winter.

 

Susquehanna - Miss Ida Larrabee, well and favorably known as a gifted musician and vocalist, has been engaged as leader of the choir of the Susquehanna M. E. church. This will be pleasing news to the members and friends of that church, which under the able pastorate of Rev. Alex. D. Decker, supplemented by a united congregation, was never in better condition for effective Christian work than at the present.

 

Brooklyn - Farm for sale, located two miles north of Brooklyn on the old Owego turnpike, known as the Daniel Watrous farm; of 1441/2 acres. Buildings in the best of condition. Fruits of all kinds, running water to house and barn. Would exchange for house and lot. Terms easy. For further particulars inquire of Sarah Uptegrove, Montrose.

 

Tiffany - John Carter is counted one of the best judges of "hoss" flesh in the county and knows the history of nearly every equine between Wayne and Bradford counties.

 

Uniondale - Dr. Fred Grander, who has his office in Forest City, is chairman of the committee on vaccination. Drs. Fike, Nobles and Craft have lately been busy making the small boys and girls "cry" with a sore arm. All pupils who have not been vaccinated by the 22nd inst. will be turned out of the school.

 

Lenox - Winter weather by installments is not all favorable for the lumber and ice business. The weather of last Sunday would compare favorably with the best to be had in Florida. Warm and genial, in fact, an ideal April day. AND Bert Cameron has a talking machine and all roads lead to the post office these long winter evenings where Bert good-naturedly sets his machine "agoin" to the amusement and sometime astonishment of the kids, both young and old.

 

Franklin - The Independent Telephone Co. will put in a switchboard at Franklin Forks. Six new phones are now ordered.

 

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The school directors of Middletown received bids for the building of our Graded School at Flynn, which will be built the coming spring. It will be a decided improvement for the township, as it will save sending our scholars to Montrose or other places. Thomas Foster will erect the building.

 

Forest City - Twin Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs. John Opeka on Sunday last. One year ago, almost to a day, twins--both girls, were also born to Mr. and Mrs. Opeka.

 

Rush - Albert Otis, of Tuscarora township, formerly of Rush, an account of whose mysterious disappearance was published last week, has not yet been found. His wife offers a reward of $200 to the person discovering him, either dead or alive. Several clues have been followed but no trace of the missing man has been found.

 

Silver Lake - On Wednesday, January 17, 1906, a family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ward, to honor the celebration of the 50th anniversary of their married life. It is interesting to note that Mr. Ward was one of the first settlers at Silver Lake. He was born and reared about a stone's throw from the house in which he celebrated his Golden Jubilee and throughout his life he has merited the love and esteem of those who knew him. His goodness and kindness and noble unselfishness have won for him a host of friends. The little home on the hillside overlooking the beautiful Laurel Lake was tastefully decorated in honor of the occasion. {In 1856 Joseph Ward married Miss Mary A. McCormick, daughter of James and Mary McCormick, respected citizens of Silver Lake. Joseph and Mary were the parents of 13 children.]

 

February 02 (1906/2006)

 

 

Springville - The first rural route out from Springville started yesterday. It takes in the section of country through East Lynn, Avery, Tyler station and Auburn and gives service to a large number of people in that section. An application for another route has been made, but as yet there is no response from Washington.

 

Montrose - W. A. Harrington has been granted the Tarbell House liquor license, the order of the court having gone into effect yesterday and Mr. Harrington will succeed J. R. Raynsford as proprietor. As we stated last week, Giles M. Carpenter, formerly of the Jay House, New Milford, is the new proprietor of the Montrose House, formerly conducted by his brother, E. D. Carpenter. AND In a recent sermon, Rev. J. M. MacInnis, of the Presbyterian church, said he wanted to clear the town of unrighteousness, of gossip and tattling, the last two being denounced in scathing terms.

 

Rush - While Seth Stark and Grace Snell were driving near Tom James's their horse became frightened at an engine in the road, tipping the wagon over, throwing them out and hurting them quite bad. Miss Snell was brought to Rush where she is being cared for by her sister, Mrs. Roberts.

 

Herrick - A fine deer has been seen near here several times within the last two weeks. It is reported that one of our farmers took a shot at it the other morning, but failed to get it. Possibly a good thing, as the law is quite severe on those that hunt out of season.

 

Uniondale - Miss Daisy Bronson has a "den of comfort," furnished mostly with antiquities.

 

Brooklyn - The G. A. R. banquet at the Odd Fellows' Hall last Saturday was well attended, an unusually large number of veterans [Civil War], as well as invited guests, being present. The yellow-legged chicken dinner brought the clergy out in full force. The old soldiers fought their battles o'er again and did it well.

 

Clifford - We have had two or three persons buried in our cemetery under the new law, nine ft. deep, with deputy registrars, and with provisos, and removals, and burial permits and transit permits, records, births, certificate of death, death without medical attendance, undertaker's duty, certificates of physician, issue of permits, neglect to file birth certifi-cates, and 100 other things under our new law which in our opinion ought to be repealed and [Gov.] Pennypacker and Representatives that voted for the law turned out of office.

 

New Milford - Prof. Donnelley, of Binghamton, is conducting dancing school in this place.

 

Lenox - Christy Mathewson, the great base ball pitcher, of New York, J. Eilenberger of Factoryville, J. M. Jeffers, of Montrose, G. A. Roberts and J. W. Bisbee, of Hop Bottom, F. A. Jeffers and W. A. Jeffers spent Monday of last week fishing at Jeffers' Lake, with fair success.

 

Gibson - John J. Potter has taken down his factory here and is moving it to New Milford, where he will erect a mill.

 

Liberty Twp. - Jasper T. Jennings wrote the following in his "Geography and History of Susquehanna County:' Where was the first school house built? At Brookdale, on Snake creek, Edward Hazard built the house and taught the first school. The schoolhouse that Mr. Hazard built was a framed one, and was finished in quite tasty style for those days, but many of the early school houses were built of logs, with the seats made of slabs or split logs hewed smooth, with legs inserted through two inch auger holes, and arranged facing the wall, around which a wide shelf was put up for a desk, and here the "young idea was taught how to shoot." Here the teacher or "master" as he was then called, ruled with a rod of birch, which oftentimes was more a "rod of iron" than a rod of wood. They read in the famous old English Reader, or the American Precentor, or perhaps Hale's History or the Testament or Hirkham's Grammar and though they labored under great disadvantages in comparison with our school privileges of the present time, some there were who succeeded in getting a fairly good education.

 

Susquehanna - Yesterday morning P. J. Moran was at the footbridge west of Great Bend and was struck by train 20 eastward bound. He was picked up and brought to this place and is now at the home of his mother on Jackson street. He was badly bruised and cut and sustained internal injuries. His life, we understand, is in jeopardy. Mr. Moran died this morning.

 

Forest City/Uniondale - A large part of the population of Uniondale has been laughing up its sleeves the past few days. Forest City fishermen have been the cause of it all. The capturing of Forest City fishermen has become a leading Uniondale industry and one of considerable profit to those engaged in the business. William Steinburg, the baker, and his son, went fishing on Monday up to Stillwater. William cut two holes in the ice, one for himself and one for his boy and fastening a couple of lines to a piece of brush he began to fish. He noticed a young man on the ice cutting figures eights, but paid no attention to him until the skater came up to him and told him he had a bite. He pulled in a pickerel. The pickerel proved to be a bite for both Bill and the skater, however, as the latter informed Mr. Steinburg that he was C. H. Coleman, the fish warden and that he would take possession of the six fish and fishermen. He took them to Uniondale where a hearing was had before Squire Bass. William was fined $25 for illegal fishing and $10 a fish or $60 for the six fish caught. This fine with the cost made $86.60. William gave a check for the amount and departed with one of the illegal fish, which he had asked for and received so that he might eat, for once in his life, an $86 dinner. Then homeward he plod his weary way. Reaching home he consulted his attorney, F. M. Gardiner, who promptly issued orders on the bank to "stop" payment for the check. Meanwhile that piece of paper had been converted into coin at the Uniondale store and divided. Tuesday it was gathered together into a pile again. The case hinged on the question as to whether a fine could be imposed for each fish as well as the illegal devices. The case was settled on payment of $26.60

 

News Brief: Last November the veteran goose bone prophet of Reading gave the public his prophecy for the winter. It predicted mild open weather, with only an occasional sprit of cold, until about the first of February. Then he said winter really would set in and continue until the middle of March. To this date the reputation of the Reading prophet is excellent. Now let us see if we have snow and sleigh riding in February.

 

February 09 (1906/2006)

 

 

Lakeside - Our deputy fish warden and constable don't seem to attend to their duties as strictly as they might. There are reports of illegal fishing with "tip-ups" on Butler's Lake, by people from Susquehanna, nearly every week since the ice has been thick enough to bear a mans weight. If people around here are not allowed to fish it does not seem right that people from a distance should be allowed to.

 

Uniondale - The Presbyterian Ladies Aid Society met at the home of Mrs. G. Esmay, Thursday. After a bountiful dinner those present were entertained by a number of selections on the phonograph.

 

Fairdale - The two sons of Dan Oaks, Roy and Victor, ran away from home one day last week. It is pretty cold weather to start out in a cold world friendless and penniless.

 

Elk Lake - Meetings have been held in the M. E. church for the past three weeks by Rev. Cline, Mr. Webster assisting. A number have expressed a desire to lead a better life.

 

Lenox - Be sure and come to see "The spinsters convention" at Grange hall, in Glenwood, Tuesday evening Feb. 13. The spinsters will be transformed into blooming young maidens, right before your face and eyes. Admission only 10 cents. AND Two more phones were put in this place Saturday, one at Earl Tourje's and the other at Leon Conrad's.

 

Montrose - Harry White, who was married to Miss Ella Welch, of Nicholson, last fall, was given a hearing before Justice of the Peace VanScoten last Friday, charged by the girl's father with having perjured himself with regard to her age when taking out a marriage license. Her father claims she is but 19 years of age, while young White gave it as past 21. He was bound over to the next term of court.

 

Susquehanna - Frank, the 9-year-old son of Mrs. E. J. Matthews, while attempting to board a moving train at Lanesboro, on Wednesday afternoon of last week, fell beneath the wheels and his right leg severed just above the knee. The accident was at once discovered and the boy taken to the Susquehanna Hospital, where the limb was amputated. The grit displayed by the young man was remarkable and [he] is doing much to bring about a speedy recovery. AND Susquehanna's new "play house," to be erected by the Criterion Theatre Co., up on the site of the Judson H. Cook property, Main street, purchased of the First National Bank, will be completed and opened t the pubic about the first of October next. It will have a seating capacity of about 900.

 

Forest City - Leaving her store in charge of an 8-year-old girl, and her 4-year-old daughter asleep in the cradle, Mrs. Joseph Dzekas gathered a few belongings last Tuesday, including money from the till, and various sums borrowed from neighbors, and left the place, leaving no address behind, nor word as to her future intention. Mrs. Dzekas's husband is one of the men convicted of selling liquor without a license some months ago, and is in the county jail, his sentence expiring within a very few days. Since his departure his wife conducted the small grocery business. It is said that coincident with Mrs. Dzekas's departure, a good looking young Russian also gave up his Forest City residence.

 

Great Bend - Eighteen degrees below zero Tuesday morning. The ice man must feel somewhat relieved. Everything froze up.

 

Brooklyn - Harry E. Lathrop narrowly escaped being blown to pieces with dynamite, while digging telephone holes for Watrous, Waldie & Co. The men had put in double charge and supposed that it had all exploded. Young Lathrop took a heavy bar and went to cleaning out the hole, when it exploded and blew him into the air, tearing his flesh and clothes and burning his face and eyes. He is doing as well as could be expected.

 

Middletown Twp. - The farmers of Middletown offer a bounty of one dollar for every fox killed in said township. AND T. F. Hickey has the contract for hauling the stone for the basement of the new Catholic church at Friendsville.

 

Silver Lake - Jasper Jennings featured Silver Lake in his "Geography and History of Susquehanna County" column. He writes that Alpheus Finch built the first house on the east side of Quaker lake in 1809. Others who came early were Sylvanus Finch, Isaac Higgins, Zenas Bliss, Charles Wooster, Peter Soule, Philo Briggs, John Whipple, Mortimer Gage and others. The first dwellings were built of logs rolled up to form the sides and split logs served for floors, with bark and split slabs for gable ends and roof.

 

The first teacher in the township was Nathaniel Matthews, who taught in David Briggs's log house in 1815. The first township school house was built at Brackney and was also used as a house of worship. Perhaps no man had a greater influence in the early history of Susquehanna County than Dr. Robert H. Rose. He possessed great wealth for those times and purchased many thousands of acres of land in this vicinity. His home, on the banks of Silver lake, in the midst of the great wilderness, with its elegant surroundings, beautiful flower embowered lawn, ornamental trees, parks, gardens, orchards, shrubbery, walks, statuary, etc. was well calculated to strike the mind of the traveler with astonishment. Here he lived in the midst of his broad estate, like an English baronet. Dr. Rose died in 1842 and his fine residence was destroyed by fire April 30th, 1849.

 

Birchardville - C. D. Dayton was in Montrose on Tuesday. He has recently installed a gasoline engine, purchased from Cooley & Son, for the purpose of running a [milk] separator, churning and pumping water. Mr. Dayton is now making about 800 lbs a week, and having a surplus above what he sells to his regular customers, he solicits orders for any amount.

 

Hallstead - While out riding on last Thursday evening, Miss Grace Knoeller met with a sad mishap. In some manner the lines got broke and the horse taking fright, her escort, Milford Gage, could not manage the frightened animal, and it threw Miss Knoeller out, breaking her arm. AND Fred Fisk, who recently invented a patent for a trace holder on wagons, has sold his patent to a New York form for $10,000 and a royalty of 2% on all sales.

 

February 16 (1906/2006)

 

 

Susquehanna - Sam Townsend, the popular bus driver from this place to Lanesboro D & H station, gives it as a matter of congratulation that D & H trains Nos. 1 and 3 were yesterday on time and he thinks it fit for publication.

 

Gibson - Sleighing is the order of the day. The snow measured, Friday, Feb. 9, twenty-two inches on level.

 

Harford - Thursday evening, February 8th, being the 21st birthday of Earl Whiting, his mother thought to give him a surprise. A few of his friends met at his home. Games were played after which refreshments were served. Those present were: Misses Olive Usher, Daisy Tiffany, Helen Wilmarth, Edith Corse, Jessie Robbins, Messers Burt Brown, Ray Tingley, Carl Robbins, Chas Labar, Hollie Lewis, Geo. Labar, Floyd Tiffany, Mearl Ellsworth, Harry Shannon, Fanton Sherwood. AND There are six in the graduating class at the High School this year.

 

Springville - The ladies are planning to serve one of their famous dinners at the church, election day, Feb. 20. What the ladies have done along this line in the past is a sure guarantee there will be abundance of everything to tempt the palates of hungry people on this occasion.

 

Ararat - Old Mrs. Sartelle is very ill. She is 86 years old and her recovery is doubtful. She has never recovered from the shock she sustained on the night of the robbery at Eli Avery's, as she is the old lady whose room they entered, not satisfied with the money from the safe, they ransacked her room for plunder. {In the case of the Commonwealth vs. LeRoy Ballard, charged with entering Eli Avery's house at Ararat, the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty.")

 

Thompson - Fred Empet, the tax collector and constable, has an unusual record. He has served 18 years in that capacity. AND Emerson Stone is engaged this winter in erecting a fine dwelling house upon the property recently purchased by him near the Thompson Grange Hall.

 

Dimock - A. C. Mills can now be seen daily working in his shop repairing wagons, sleighs, cutters and all farming tools.

 

Heart Lake - Our school opened again Monday after a 10 weeks' vacation, on account of the sickness and death of the teacher's grandmother.

 

Montrose - What might have been a very serious fire broke out at 6 o'clock Monday night in the room over Hollister's pool room, in Geo. Lyons' bindery, it catching, it is said, from a defective flue. An alarm was given and the firemen and citizens were quickly on hand. The fire quickly spread to the upper part of the building occupied by B.L. Billings' furniture store and for a half hour it looked as though a very disastrous fire was certain in these wooden buildings. But the firemen did such good work that it was soon gotten under control. The building was damaged some, but the goods and fixtures in Billings' store and in Hollister's place were damaged even more by water. Mr. Billings informs us the damage in the casket room alone was nearly $1000. He immediately put in a new supply after the fire. Someone carried off the book-binders sewing bench. Upon information as to where the bench is, Mr. Lyons will gladly call for it. The total losses are not known at this time, but they are covered by insurance.

 

Forest City - The Forest City News reports, "A staff of the law was telling our fighting editor that the next "for the good-of-the-order raid" would be slot-machines in the different towns. "The lid is to be put on in this county" he added, "with several hot-house surprises on the side."

 

Fairdale - Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Downer, of Binghamton, have been visiting Fairdale friends. Mr. Downer has recently purchased the well known hay market at Washington and Water streets, Binghamton and his son, Claude, of Fairdale, will also go there, having leased the farm at Fairdale.

 

Friendsville - The St. Francis Xavier's dramatic and literary association will, on the night of the 21st inst., produce the popular drama, "The Commercial Traveler." On the same night the Fair held during the Christmas holidays will be continued. Many valuable articles will be chanced off. A dance will follow. Good music in attendance. A supper will be given by the ladies of the parish, for the benefit of the new church.

 

Jackson - Jackson is a "dry" town, the license for the old "Geary House" being refused by the court.

 

South Gibson - Oscar Belcher started for his home in Oregon. He took with him for companion Willie Davis, who has lived in the Belcher home for several years. Mr. Belcher is a good citizen and his many friends wish he might remain here, but wish him success in his adopted home in the far West.

 

Lawsville - Charlie Turrell and family started, Feb. 13th, for St. John's, Oregon, where they expect to make their home in the future. AND Miss Florence Bailey has returned from Montrose where she has been learning dress making.

 

Hallstead - The body of Mrs. Margaret Stack, who died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John Finnerty, of Scranton, on Friday, was brought to the home of her son, Conductor Morris Stack, on Sunday morning on Train 27. Deceased met a very tragic death by falling off the back stoop at the home of her daughter, where she was visiting, breaking her neck. Death was instantaneous. She was about 80 years of age and is survived by the following children: Morris, Edward and Richard, Mrs. T. J. Connors and Mrs. John Finnerty. The funeral services were held on Monday morning at 10 from St. Lawrence's church.

 

News Brief: It is too bad the way some doctors take advantage of sickness to run up a large bill. Doctors have been charging $100 for an operation for appendicitis. According to the best authorities this operation is very simple and almost any doctor can do it. The price demanded for the operation is too much.

 

February 23 (1906/2006)

 

 

Forest City - The resignation of A.E. Foster, as agent for the Erie here, and the resignation of his brother Guy Foster as agent at Uniondale, has occasioned a number of changes in the clerical forces on the Jefferson division. C.P. Lyden, for years agent at Herrick Center, takes charge of the Forest City office and Cecil Leach, operator and lately acting agent at this station, has gone to Uniondale to assume charge. B.B. Lyden, who has been acting as operator here, has been given the Herrick station and L. F. Flynn, of Herrick, comes here as operator. A. C. Crossley has also relinquished the Starrucca station and William Reddington takes his place. The Messrs. Foster, who have for years occupied positions of trust on the Jeff have left railroading to go into business in Thompson. They are popular young men.

 

Herrick - A. D. Barnes is wearing his broadest smile since the snow came and people have begun to buy sleighs.

 

Thomson - The G.A.R. Post had a delightful time last Wednesday. The ladies spread a fine dinner which was enthusiastically discussed by a dozen comrades and their good wives from Myron French Post, Jackson, and their own boys and their friends. After dinner an hour was spent in speeches, songs by a quartet, and selections on a phonograph and then the affair resolved into a committee of the whole and everybody talked and joked and laughed to their heart's content.

 

Glenwood - The old Spinsters' convention was a success. The hall was crowded to the very doors and the fun was fast and furious from 8 to 10:30. They gave their ages anywhere from 45 to 90 years. No one of the old maids present was anywhere behind; all acted their parts like old hands at the business.

 

Harford - The death of Mrs. Melissa (Tower) Peck occurred at her home, Jan 12, aged 86 years, 8 months and 6 days. She was born in Vermont, May 7, 1919. In 1837 she was married to Daniel H. Peck. While living in Vermont four children were born to them, three daughters and one son, the son dying at the age of two moths. In 1850 they came to Susquehanna Co., Pa., living for several years in Lenox twp. In 1868 they purchased a farm in Harford twp. Here deceased has resided 42 years. After coming to Pa., five children were born to them. Oct. 8, 1872 she was bereft of a husband, he dying very suddenly, leaving her to struggle on alone. Many a one would have faltered by the way, not so with this energetic woman. By strict economy and hard work she managed to keep the home and the children together. In March 1877 her oldest son, Frank, came home from the West and took the old farm and assumed the duties of caring for mother the remainder of her days.

 

Middletown - The good roads on the creek have attracted the attention of several of the Middletown boys. AND The dance on Friday evening was a success. John McCarthy and brother, of Lawton, attended.

 

Montrose - The postoffice department has finally announced its decision that rural mail carriers can use automobiles for that purpose. Now look out for Bert White, Homer Smith and Olin Tingley, for they may come whizzing along in autos soon. However they auto wait till the blizzards are over.

 

Susquehanna - It is said that Susquehanna has a chance to secure a hardware manufacturing plant. W. L. Reid, of Buffalo, was there Saturday in conference with leading financial men with a view of coming. It is understood that the firm wishes to put up a plant to cost not less than $125,000 and employ anywhere from 100 to 400 men daily.

 

Lawton - The firm of Kahler & Terry has been dissolved, D. W. Terry retiring. The new firm is Kahler & Son.

 

Tunkhannock - Fred Wall, who plied a busy trade by puling hair from horses' tails and furnishing it to jail prisoners, who manufactured it into watch chains, was fined $25 and sent to jail.

 

East Rush - W. V. Bedell is in very poor health at this writing, also uncle Jacob Cronk. These two old gentlemen are among our oldest inhabitants and respected by all, who regret very much their serious illness.

 

Lawsville - Susie Downs was thrown from a sled last Friday while riding down hill, and broke her arm. AND Mrs. Jennie Bailey has a bed quilt containing 18,018 pieces.

 

West Auburn - The rededication of the M.E. church will be on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Dinner will be served on both days. AND A very pleasant surprise was given to the family of A.E. Comstock on Saturday last. Their neighbors and friends, about forty in number, came with smiling faces and well filled baskets and spent a very pleasant day. They are to move to Dimock in the near future, where they expect to make their home, as he has purchased a farm there.

 

Hallstead - A streak of good luck followed bad luck in the case of Arthur Smith, the genial clerk at Sand's drug store. Mr. Smith, while seated in a private box in the Hallstead opera house, entertaining a jolly party of lady friends, dropped a ten dollar bill. He did not miss the money until he got to his home on this side of the great divide (Great Bend). He returned to Hallstead and informed Mr. Clune of his loss and that gentleman went with Mr. Smith to the opera house and after he had turned on the lights, a search was made, resulting in the finding of the money.

 

Brooklyn - The new hall under the Odd Fellows' building will make an excellent place for social gatherings.

 

Laurel Lake - George Kane and Will Hogan are helping Frank Shea cut wood for the Richmond Hill creamery.

 

March 02 (1906/2006)

 

 

Susquehanna - The Y.M.C.A. is growing very rapidly and is getting to be a very popular place for the young men to spend their evenings. AND Plans for the new postoffice block, to occupy the site of the Curtis block, are completed by Architect Lacey of Binghamton. The structure will be of brick, three stores and 80 ft. deep. The postoffice fixtures alone will cost over $3000. Work upon the new bock will begin April 1st.

 

South Gibson - Miss Gennie Fuller who has just returned from Africa is at her old home in Kentucky [a district in Gibson Twp.].

 

Dimock - The Cope farm, one of the most desirable properties located near Dimock, is advertised for rent. For particulars apply to Wm. H. VanCamp, Dimock, Pa.

 

Montrose - Three young hoboes blew into town on Tuesday night from Scranton. Chief Tingley gave them warm and comfortable quarters in the borough lockup until morning, when they went on their way rejoicing. AND Miss Sue M. Strous was on Monday, upon motion of J.M. Kelly, admitted to practice in the United States district and circuit courts. Miss Strous is one of the few lady legal practitioners in the country. She has practiced in this county for the past couple of years and is a credit to the feminine portion of the profession.

 

Oakland - Many weeks have elapsed and still there is not the slightest trace of Maud Haynes, the missing girl. The search for her has thus far been most diligent, and the interest in the mysterious case does not wane.

 

Jackson - A steam boiler in H. M. Benson's shop blew up last Friday afternoon, going up through the roof of the engine room and over the roof of the main building and landing in the creek about 60 ft. away. Mr. Benson and Mr. Randall, who were working in the shop only a few feet from the boiler, escaped without injury.

 

Hallstead - It has been stated on good authority that as soon as the weather conditions will permit, the D.L.& W. R.R. Co. will commence the erection of a new roundhouse. It will be of brick and about 8 ft. wider than the present one so as to accommodate the large engines, which are now being used on the road. It will also have a new turn-table, which is to be operated by electricity.

 

Forest City - Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Taylor, with their family, left here last week for Denver, Col., where the doctor will practice his profession. The doctor went into business at Forest City 28 years ago and continued the business until a few months ago, when he was overtaken by financial difficulties. The drug and grocery stocks were sold at bankruptcy sale on Wednesday of last week.

 

Springville - Dr. Lathrop, representing the State board of health, was in Forest City Tuesday inspecting the local typhoid fever cases and inquiring into the circumstances attending them.

 

Great Bend - The put-a-tag-on-your-dog law is a winner. The canine family is rapidly diminishing and the cost of bologna is said to be decreasing in proportion.

 

Uniondale - Mrs. B. B. Mapes, 82 years of age, is remarkably active. She works about the house, pieces quilts, makes rugs, cushions, and her mending might shame the modern young lady. AND Mrs. Olive Leonard had an 8-months old baby badly burned a few days since. Her little girl went to lift the child up and the burden proved too heavy and she dropped it on the stove.

 

Rush - A "wood bee" last week netted a fine supply of fuel for the Trinity church.

 

Friendsville - Wednesday evening, Feb. 21st, the members of the Catholic church held a dance and supper at the hall. Owing to the inclemency of the weather, but a comparatively small number were present and the hall was re-opened Monday evening, when the Friendsville Dramatic Association presented The Commercial Drummer. The characters were well chosen and the play was presented in a simple, natural manner that quite captivated the audience and proved the dramatic talent of many of the members.

 

Forest Lake - It seems a little strange perhaps that a certain young man from Montrose, when visiting in this place, should be followed and serenaded with such explosive material as we heard the other evening.

 

Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Ladies' Aid will meet with Mr. and Mrs. S. [Silas] Jagger, March 8th. The gentlemen are requested to come to cut wood for the church.

 

Heart Lake - Eugene Whitney, while helping pack ice at Heart Lake ice houses, suffered a fall of thirty feet. Fortunately no bones were broken. He does not seem to be seriously injured.

 

Scranton - Anna M. Branard issued a public appeal to the women of Scranton to claim a right to vote at the recent election, declaring that "no state law can withhold from them those privileges conferred by the United States of America."

 

St. Joseph - Tom Sullivan is drawing logs to Booth mill. Joe Kelley has purchased a new cutter [sleigh]. Matt Kelley has been drawing logs to Birchardville.

 

News Briefs: Two hundred and fifty-four Pennsylvania couples journeyed to Binghamton last year to be married. AND Rural free mail delivery, telephones and trolleys are putting a new face on farm life. These three things remove the feeling of isolation that has always characterized life in the country. AND Lumber prices are soaring. They are all ready "sky high" and they never will come down again. Every farm that has land unfit for general cropping can grow trees. Trees are a good investment for the future. Have you any "wild land" that might grow trees?

 

March 09 (1906/2006)

 

 

Clifford - Historic Land of Clifford, 100 years ago: The first man to settle here was Adam Miller, who was born in Ireland, came to the U.S. at the close of the American revolution, in 1799, and built a log cabin northeast of the ancient barn of J.M. Calender.

 

About 1800 Mr. Bucklyn built a cabin where Dundaff now is. About this time William Moss built a cabin on the Moss place, afterwards called the Galbraith place, and of late called the Ezra Lewis farm. Three cabins were all the dwellings in what is now Clifford township. The first school and first religious meetings were held in Mr. Miller's cabin. The name of this place at that time was Elkwoods, afterwards called Beechwoods. Elkwoods included Clifford, Lenox and Herrick. The name Elkwoods came from the number of elks in this vicinity at that time. Roger Orvis, of Luzerne county, is the only man that ever killed an elk in the Elkwoods, although many horns of elk have been found.

 

William Miller, oldest son of Adam Miller, is believed to be the first white person born in what is now Susquehanna county. In 1802 was the first preaching in Clifford; this meeting was held in the Miller cabin. In the year 1806 was the formation of Clifford township. This was the year of the total eclipse of the sun. The first school house was built in 1814. The Baptist church was organized in this school house soon after it was built. The first person buried in Clifford was Huldah Harding: this child was drowned in the spring near the present residence of William Lott. At this time but few cattle or sheep were owned in the vast wilderness.

 

Susquehanna - A Schener will discontinue the flour and feed business in this place April 1st. The new postoffice block will be built on the site he now occupies and as he cannot find a suitable place, he will close out his interest here, and make Buffalo his future home. AND The 14th anniversary of the Masonic order in this place was celebrated Friday evening in their parlors, in the Bank block. About 75 were present

 

Uniondale - The physician that attends Fred Carpenter reports his case as hopeless. He says: "The spinal cord is loosened, several ribs are broken from the back-bone, one shoulder crushed, and bad cut in the head." The patient is conscious of all that is going on around him, says he heard the men say when they were getting him out from under the rock, "there is no hurry he is dead." which they said was true.

 

Glenwood - The moving picture show held in Bennett Hall would have been a creditable affair had not someone come loaded with tangle foot, which for a time was quite exciting, but was soon over and the show went on. The dance, however, that followed the show, was a disgraceful affair. A small sized riot was indulged in. In cleaning up the wreck was found one bruised arm by coming in contact with a chair, a couple of sore heads, a broken organ and organ stool. The parties who caused the riot will be called upon to settle, which will be no small amount, and perhaps it will be a lesson long to be remembered. One thing is certain, anyone looking for trouble most generally finds it.

 

Hop Bottom - A telephone line has been placed between the homes of Mrs. Ida Tiffany and Mrs. E. M. Loomis.

 

Springville - Homer Young is fitting up the building he purchased for a barber shop, and has it so near completed that he moved into it last week.

 

Hallstead - W. G. Boerm, of Binghamton, has accepted a position in the chair factory as a wood carver. AND The D.L.&W. R.R. Co. is distributing car loads of new steel rails which will be laid between Hallstead and Binghamton in a few days.

 

Fairdale -You are invited to the "Birthday Party" at Grange Hall, Friday evening, March 9th. Entertainment and supper. A penny for every birthday you have had is the price. Proceeds for benefit of Epworth League.

 

Forest City - Joseph Ackerman and W. J. Maxey have purchased of W. J. Davis, of Scranton, the Forest City opera house. This is considered one of the most important real estate deals that has taken place there in many years.

 

Herrick - S. H. Pope, 84 years old, is smiling over the arrival of his first grandchild.

 

Montrose - F. P. Mills has been selling a carload of 24 Western horses at the Tarbell House barn this week, yesterday afternoon only 7 remaining. N. E. Travis, of Auburn is assisting Mr. Mills in the sale and the few remaining will sell readily. AND It is not so bad being an iceman these days if he happens to reside in Montrose. They have had to work hard though the past week cutting and storing away the blocks of congealed water, the forces of men taking advantage of the moonlight nights to work far into the early morning. Hart's ice houses at Jones' Lake [now Lake Montrose] are now filled and many of the local dairymen have also been supplied with ice for summer use. At Post's pond the Lehigh Valley has recently put in a switch from the main track and a large quantity of ice has been shipped over the line as far east as Jersey City. Every morning of the past week a large trainload of ice has been shipped over the Valley road--the railroad company paying Mr. Post at the rate of $1.50 per ton for the privilege of cutting. The filling of the Heart Lake ice house on the L. & M. branch is reported to have been completed last week. Other towns can jest about our frigid atmosphere and climate if they want to, but there is some advantage in it after all.

 

Great Bend - The freshet the first of the week along the Susquehanna flooded the flats between Great Bend and Hallstead and is said to have damaged to some extent the new bridge over Harmony creek.

 

Brushville - A very pretty home wedding was solemnized at the residence of Ex-Sheriff and Mrs. Richard N. Brush, on Saturday evening, March 3rd, when their eldest daughter Miss Lelia Elizabeth, pledged her vow in holy wedlock to William L. Deakin, Jr., of Susquehanna. The wedding was marked for its simplicity and only the immediate relatives of both families were in attendance. The bride was charmingly gowned in a dress of blue crepe de chine and carried a beautiful shower bouquet of pink roses. It was a most delightful evening parlor scene, which deeply impressed all, and the bridal pair was unattended. Immediately following the ceremony, performed by Rev. Alex. D. Decker, the happy couple was "encompassed about on every side," and best wishes showered upon them for a long and prosperous journey through life. Then all repaired to the dining room, where an excellent wedding supper was served. The bride received several elegant gifts, including $40 in money.

 

March 16 (1906/2006)

 

 

Uniondale - A serious accident took place Wednesday near Feldman & Co's store, by which two women were badly injured. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, of Herrick township, and Mrs. Emeline Lyon, of Elkdale, were just entering the sleigh when the horses became frightened and dashed suddenly ahead. The runner of the sleigh struck a stone, overturning the sleigh and throwing the ladies directly underneath the horses' hoofs. Both were badly kicked and trampled upon before they were rescued from their perilous position by several men who witnessed the accident. Mrs. Walker was struck on the temple and under the eye. Mrs. Lyon was kicked about the head and body and at last accounts was still unconscious. The former lady was removed to her home and Mrs. Lyon was conveyed to the home of her son at Elkdale. It is feared that both are of a very serious nature and as yet the probable outcome can not be surely predicted. The escape from instant death was perilously close.

 

Hallstead - David Luscom, of Great Bend, was instantly killed and Edward Day, of Hallstead, seriously injured by a landslide in Mr. Day's stone quarry, about one and a half miles west of Hallstead, Thursday afternoon of last week. Mr. Day and Mr. Luscom were engaged in uncovering a bed of stone when a huge mass of rock and earth came tumbling down upon them, burying both men. Day fell beneath Luscom and they were completely covered with the debris when the other workmen came to their rescue. Mr. Day suffered a compound fracture of the leg, besides severe bruises and internal injuries. His condition is still serious and he owes his life in all probability to the chance in falling by which Luscom's body shielded his own. The remains of the deceased were taken to Tuttle's undertaking establishment.

 

Brooklyn - A very pleasant triple wedding anniversary was celebrated at the home of W. L. Sterling last Friday. Those whose anniversaries were celebrated were Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Waldie, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson L. Tiffany and Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Sterling. The Rev. and Mrs. T. L. Drury were guests of the occasion. Mrs. Sterling furnished an excellent dinner of which the party cheerfully partook. These parties were married on the same date, but in different years.

 

South Gelatt - On Monday, Fred Holmes left his horses standing in the road. They became frightened and ran away, completely demolishing the wagon, but the horses were not injured.

 

Montrose - Nine inches of snow the first of the week made sleighing fairly good around town for a couple of days. AND Quite a number of Montrosers expect to witness "Ben Hur" which is the coming attraction at the Stone Opera House in Binghamton.

 

Heart Lake - Up to Wednesday of this week the American Ice Co., of Hoboken, NJ, had shipped 60 carloads of ice over the Lehigh Valley, shipping on an average 12 carloads every 24 hours. The company's manager was here Tuesday and pronounced the quality of the ice A No. 1. If it were possible to secure more help the output would be increased. At Heart Lake many of the men who were employed harvesting ice have gone to the Mount Pocono region.

 

Forest City - Fire gutted the lower part of the Osgood building on Main street, Forest City, on Thursday evening of last week and caused great damage to all the tenants. The grocery stock of Wm. Sredenshek, who also occupied the basement under the main store building, was wiped out. The stock of candy, etc., in the Cooley store, and the feed in the H. W. Brown store were badly damaged by smoke and water, as were also the photograph gallery on the north side of the second story and the household goods of John Rollinson, who occupied the rooms on the south side. The latter carried no insurance. Mr. Sredenshek estimates his loss at over $5,000. The other losses are much lighter. The fire originated in the basement and its cause is unknown.

 

Kingsley - F. B. Titus, of Hatboro, NY, is here purchasing a carload of cows.

 

Thompson - J. E. Bates, of Philadelphia, has moved into the Collyer house on Water street, and will devote his energies to raising fancy chickens.

 

Middletown Twp. - The new building for the skimming station near John Curley is to be erected this week.

 

Rushboro - Uda Larue recently sold his pacer, "Clip", to Mr. Houser at Meshoppen.

 

Lawsville - About 40 of the friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bailey made them a pleasant surprise Wednesday evening, March 7, it being the 17th anniversary of their marriage. The evening was spent in games and refreshments were served. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey received several useful and beautiful presents.

 

South Montrose - While drawing the gasoline engine onto the barn floor at the Ballentine farm, the sleepers gave way, precipitating the team, driver and engine to the basement. No damage was done with the exception of a few slight breakages to the engine. AND Uncle Gene's dissolving picture show was given at the church on Tuesday evening to a fair sized house.

 

Oakland - On account of the prevalence of scarlet fever in Oakland, the board of school directors has decided to close the public schools for a period of one week, and longer if necessary. Five or six cases of the disease are already reported.

 

Susquehanna - The contents of the Susquehanna Journal office is advertised to be sold by Sheriff Pritchard tomorrow.

 

Choconut - The first store in the township was kept by Peter Brown in 1815. Joseph Addison, a Protestant Scotch-Irishman settled here in 1808. His son, Isaac, was the first child born in the township. Sabra Cox, a daughter of Edward Cox, another able pioneer of this section, taught the first school. Joshua Griswold came from Vermont and located in the western part of the township. He and his two sons, Clark and George, built the first sawmill. Chancy Wright, who came from Otsego Co., NY, was a clothier and built the first falling mill. (Geography & History of Susquehanna County by Jasper T. Jennings.

 

March 22 (1906/2006)

 

 

Lenox - Why was the old veteran thrown down when the Lenox Supervisors organized this spring. The old man was elected town treasurer at the late election by a handsome majority. He being the choice of the electors it looks to a man up a tree as though it would have been a graceful thing to have appointed him treasurer of the Board of Supervisors as also the old man shouldered his musket and marched to the front and did valuable service for his country in the time of her peril. This added to his recent election by the people should have given him the appointment as treasurer to the Board of Supervisors. It may have been good politics to ignore the old man's claims, but the consensus of opinion is dead against it. There are many who say the turning down of the old soldier will forever be a boom a rang and will return to plague and torment the man or men who are responsible for it. More in the future in regard to our supervisors requesting the town clerk to act as their Secretary.

 

Springville - The Springville Hotel is greatly improved by the new hot air furnace recently installed by A. O. Dunlap. A traveler will go a long ways to find a neater or better kept house than that kept by Mr. Kelly.

 

Lynn - Just now we are having a regular old fashioned snow storm; if such weather lasts long we will have to pay for all the nice weather we have had this winter.

 

Brooklyn - Some excitement was caused on Thursday last, as constable VanAuken made the attempt to arrest a man who was temporarily stopping at the house of Mr. Hecock, east of the village. As constable VanAuken and deputy Stephens approached the house, the man ran out of the back door, and so had some the start and finally escaped over the hills after several shots had been fired by his pursuers. Constable VanAuken says "he looked like a greyhound and ran like two."

 

Hopbottom - There was an exciting runaway in town Monday. The team of Chas. Snyder started from town and ran to the creamery crossing where they were released from the sleigh. The horses then tried a race down the track ahead of a D.L. & W. train for some distance and finally ran down the bank. Fortunately the team was not seriously injured.

 

Thompson - W. W. Messinger is losing strength quite rapidly. The Dr's give him no encouragement in his case.

 

Montrose - Miss Anna Dolan, the 13-year-old daughter of Thos. L. Dolan, was taken suddenly ill, Saturday evening, and a physician being called, found the trouble to be appendicitis. She has been in a precarious condition for the days following, but appears a trifle improved now. At the time of the attack Mr. Dolan was in Buffalo, and an effort was immediately made to get him by phone, but he was not reached till Monday, when he took the first train for home. He reached Tunkhannock just after the Montrose train left, but, although the night was a blizzardly one and the roads almost impassable, he engaged a livery team and started. This team, the going being so heavy, was exhausted at Springville and here put out for the night. But Mr. Dolan was not to be kept away from his daughter when she was so ill, and at Springville offered local drivers their own price if they could get him to Montrose. He found no one who wanted to try the whole trip, but secured a horse and driver to Dimock, where another relay was arranged for, reaching Montrose about midnight. We sincerely hope for Miss Dolan's early recovery.

 

Oakland - Mrs. S. A. Ingham, who conducts a restaurant on Hawley street in Binghamton, in conversation with a Susquehanna gentleman, stated that the missing Maude Haynes was in her place of business one evening and the following morning, about three weeks following her disappearance from her home. About the same time an Indian woman from the reservation near Syracuse, a fortune teller, was in Mrs. Ingham's restaurant, and Mrs. Ingham has reason to believe the Indian fortune teller knows considerable about the disappearance of Maude.

 

Jessup Twp. - Merton Palmer, rural delivery carrier of Route No. 4, thought he was "up against the real thing" last Thursday, when he made his first trip over the route. It was the worst day so far that had been experienced and with a foot and a half of snow on the ground the wheeling was decidedly poor. He reached Montrose a couple of hours after schedule time, but the weather gods must give Mert a worse proposition than on his initial trip in order to scare him out.

 

Susquehanna - Edward Ryan smashed his toes Tuesday by a piece of steel falling on them, and Wednesday morning his brother, Frank, better known as "Peck" had a truck fall on his foot and smashed it quite badly.

 

Harford - The Congregational minister her evidently does not regard the dancing school and card parties as institutions likely to advance the best interests of the community. This opinion is shared by not a few others in the village.

 

Laurel Lake - Mr. Russell, of Sheldoncroft, has hired Clarence Hill as carpenter in erecting new barns and other buildings during the coming summer. Clarence and family will close their house and move to the Russell farm April 1st.

 

Rush - The Burke and Lindsey combination show is here playing this week. In Drama and Farce Comedy they are first class artists and their singing is exceptionally fine.

 

Clifford - Carbondale stage failed to make its trip Tuesday for the first time this year. J. B. Lowry has sold his stage route to Chas. Cross and will again take up his vocation of farming.

 

South Montrose - Dr. J. F. Butterfield has lately purchased a very richly bred Aryshire bull to head his choice herd of Aryshire cattle which is one of the oldest herds in the country.

 

Forest City - Jeremiah G. Westgate, a carpenter from Forest City, has been selected as a grand juror for the April Court of Common Pleas. One of the cases to be heard is A. Robertson & Son vs. John Nolan and John J. Collins, co-partners doing business under the name of Nolan & Collins, and the Boro. of Forest City, garnishee; assumpsit.