March 30 (1906/2006)
Susquehanna - The Journal has suspended publication here and the outfit purchased by the Transcript. We understand it will be moved to Montrose, to print a Christian paper. AND W. S. Porter, a salesman at the Susquehanna branch music store of Munn & Co., met with a peculiar experience. Mr. Porter, believing that "cleanliness is next to godliness," was enjoying ablutions at his hotel when the bath tub collapsed, resulting in a laceration of one of his pedal extremities. The wound was dressed by Dr. D. J. Peck. Mr. Porter says that hereafter if bathing becomes necessary during his sojourn in our midst, he will utilize the Susquehanna river, jumping from the bridge, with official consent of the county commissioners.
Fairdale - Edgar Bolles has just received from Gettysburg a very fine pair of elk horns, through the kindness of Mr. Calvin Hamilton, superintendent of the National Cemetery. The antlers are more highly prized as they have long been on exhibition at the house of Mr. F. Z. Rosensteel on the historic spot, "Little Round Top." They were formerly brought from Western Nebraska.
Dimock - A telephone meeting was held Saturday evening, March 24, 06, at the home of Fred Bunnell. After careful consideration it was decided that the Montrose Telephone & Telegraph Co. system was much preferable and the amount was soon raised to extend their lines to John Struppler's house and work will be commenced at once. F. H. Bunnell, H. A. Stone, John Struppler, F. E. Bunnell, E. W. Sloat, Geo. E. Carey, B.B. Bunnell, G. G. Seely, J. E. Rice and other parties will have phones on this line. AND Monday, the 19th, a blizzard struck this part of the county. The snow is piled in high drifts.
Bridgewater Twp. - E. M. Foster, whose death was recorded last week, was born April 11, 1828 at Bridgewater, Pa. He died at Ord, March 3, '06. He was married to Emeline Follet June 3, 1851, at Montrose. He enlisted in the war of the rebellion during the latter days of that struggle. In 1882 he settled down in Pleasant Valley, but later moved to Ord, where he has lived for the past 14 years. He was the father of 6 children, 5 of whom are still living. There are also 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He has a surviving brother 82 years old and a sister 80 years old, in Susquehanna County. --Ord, Nebraska Quiz
Montrose - A delightfully novel and unique evening was enjoyed by the members of the senior class and High School teachers last Friday at the home of Prof. and Mrs. Sipple. The invitation requested each guest to impersonate a character from Mother Goose. As a result, a motley number of grotesque costumed figures had assembled. So elaborately and carefully were the costumes arranged that no one could recognize the staid and dignified senior class and teachers of the M.H.S. After a half hour of mum sociability, for the characters were masked and sought to hide their identity by not conversing, the prize was awarded to Little Jack Horner (Tom Davies). After unmasking a pretty program, painted in water colors,was given to each guest. A later and fascinating feature of the evening was telling the fortunes of each guest by Madame Wah-ta-wah.
Glenwood - The familiar figure of James McAloon will be seen on our streets no more. He has been on a visit to his son for the last six weeks, in Wilkes-Barre, returning home on Thursday of last week, stopping with A. W. McAloon. He was not feeling well and Dr. Decker was called, but the summons had come, the last roll call had sounded, and the poor old soldier, "Jimmie Den," was no more. He was taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Barklin, from which place he will be buried, Tuesday, March 27th. The old veterans will act as pall bearers and the remains of Comrade Denn will be hidden from view. So farewell old comrade, your last march is ended.
Little Meadows - Jasper Jennings wrote the following about Little Meadows: Indian relics found in the township were flint arrow heads, stone pottery and pestles for pounding corn. Nicholas, Ben Shanks and Seth were three of the last Indians known to have inhabited this part of the country--they came from their reservation near Binghamton to hunt and fish in this vicinity. The first death in the township was that of Henia, wife of Reuben Beebe, in 1807; Joseph Beebe and Eunice Beardslee were the first married, in 1807; the first grist mill was built by Beniah Barney in 1811 the first saw mill by David Barney and Belden Read in 1816. In 1906 the population was about 210.
East Rush - Our blacksmiths are not very busy these days. Anyone wanting a nice job done call on our boys. Your work done while you wait.
Friendsville - The members of A.O.H., No. 3, celebrated St. Patrick's day in a jovial manner, marching to St. Francis Xavier's church in a body, where services were rendered by the Rev. B. Y. Driscol, after which they repaired to their hall which was prettily decorated for the occasion with green and they and their friends partook of a bounteous dinner. The remainder of the day was spent in playing Pedro. The prizes awarded to, Misses Margaret Keenan, Mary Walsh, Messrs. P. J. Byrne and J. McCormick.
Harford - Miss Rogers is expected from New York City in a few days with a new line of millinery goods.
Great Bend - Great Bend is to have another large store. Peter Dermody, of Cochecton, N.Y., having leased the Kistler block, where he will open a general store the first of the month.
New Milford - Stewart R. Carpenter, who for some time has assisted Albert Barlow in carrying the mails between New Milford and Thompson, dropped dead at Lakeside, March 19, 1906. He had been to New Milford and was on his return trip. On his arrival at Lakeside he carried the pouch into the Postoffice. When it had been returned to him he placed it in the cutter and in attempting to get in himself fell to the ground and expired. The body was taken care of and later removed to the home of his sister, Mrs. E. A. Packer, who resides at Lakeside.
Gibson - Miss Fuller, a returned missionary from Africa, gave an interesting talk last Sunday evening in the M.E. church. Miss Fuller is a resident of South Gibson.
April 06 (1906/2006)
Forest City - Auctioneer George H. Stephens had more than his share of difficulties in reaching a public sale up in Susquehanna county, on Tuesday, says the Peckville Journal.
He left Peckville on the D. H. Saratoga express. This train was wrecked a short distance north of Carbondale. He changed to the O. and W. road and finally reached Forest City. Here he telephoned to the man who was to have [the] sale to send a conveyance to take him out to the place. The man complied with this request and they left Forest City for a drive of several miles over country roads. They encountered numerable snow drifts and were finally dumped out of the sleigh, the horse was thrown down and things were badly mixed up. At last everything was straightened out and a start made and in due time they reached the place several hours late, only to find that the few who had come through the storm had gone home.
Great Bend - Miss Eloise Wilmot, one of the most prominent and popular women of Great Bend and for about 15 years the organist of the M.E. church, was stricken with paralysis Friday evening while performing her accustomed duty in the church, and died Saturday morning about 2 o'clock without regaining consciousness. Miss Wilmot had complained of feeling strangely for several days but was otherwise in good health and had practically no warning of her untimely death. She took her seat at the organ as usual, there being a lecture in the church, and began to play the voluntary, when she suddenly fell forward and grasped the keys of the organ for support. She was immediately removed to her home. Miss Wilmot was 41 years of age. She is survived by four sisters and three brothers.
Avery/Lemon - Wm. Bramer, of Avery, and Mrs. Evaline Bush, of Lemon, were married at the home of Mrs. Bush at Lemon, Thursday, March 29, '06. Rev. J. W. Price performed the ceremony. Mr. Bramer is 70 and Mrs. Bush 58. They have the congratulations of their friends.
Springville - The mail route between the postoffice and the L.V. railway has been relet and Obediah Shoemaker has the job at $100 per year. The new R.F.D. carrier, Mr. Swanick, has a beautiful new wagon. It is painted white and all embossed. AND Chas. W. Lee is intending to take in the summer term of school of the State Normal at East Stroudsburg.
Rush - The usual season of spring mud finds the sluices in their usual positions high and dry above the rest of the road. If the money system of road making will remove this one nuisance and construct decent and sensible sluices, that alone will save enough horse flesh enough to pay half the road tax.
Harford - An excellent entertainment was given in Odd Fellows hall last week for the Congregational church renovation fund. Program included orchestra, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Adams, Norman Adams, Fred D. and Lou Wilmarth; duet, Mrs. F. D. and Lou Wilmarth; violin solos, W.W. Adams; Songs, Winsor Adams; piano duet, Mrs. H. E. Miller and Miss O. Usher; recitations, Mrs. Eugene Osborne; quartette, Miss Payne, Mrs. Lou Wilmarth, Arthur Tingley and Norman Adams; An Old Maid's Tea Party, Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. F. D. and Lou Wilmarth, Miss Payne, Mrs. O. F. Maynard and Miss Hill. Proceeds over $11.
Herrick - Aaron Tingley has taken the new mail route between Herrick Centre and Parma to commence Monday, April 9.
Thompson - Thompson's reliable milliner, Mrs. A. C. Foster, returned Saturday evening from New York, where she had spent a week buying her spring supply of millinery goods.
Jackson - Measles are in town and from present indications the disease will be able to make a visit to most families. AND C. F. Whitney's sugar orchard is in full blast these days and as usual Mr. Whitney is turning out a fine grade of pure maple syrup.
Middletown - Jasper T. Jennings writes the following about Middletown: The first settlements were made in 1799 by Riel Brister and Benjamin Abbott. The nearest mill was at the mouth of the Wyalusing creek. The first pioneers prepared grain by pounding it or carrying it on their backs to the distant mill. The first grist mill was built at Prattville and conducted by Henry Gaylord. The first saw mill was built by Josiah Grant in 1801. The township was organized in 1814. The population in 1906 is 660.
About 1815 three persons, who had received information from the Indians who once lived in this vicinity, came to one of the early settlers of Middletown and desired to dig for salt. On being granted permission they removed some three feet of earth, when they came to a large flat stone covering a well five or six feet deep laid up with logs. Later wells were sunk in a number of places, and some salt was obtained but none of these enterprises have proved entirely successful.
Vestal Centre - On March 28, 1906, near Vestal Centre, N.Y., Wm. H. Lester died in the 76th year of his age. He enlisted in Co. D, 50th Reg. P.V. and served faithfully. A member of Four Brothers' Post, of Montrose, he has ever had a great regard for all veterans. Four members of the Post attended his funeral at Forest Lake on March 30th and the burial was in Horton cemetery.
Montrose - Our townsman, H. C. Burgess, returned last week from a trip to Vicksburg, Miss., and reports a very delightful time. He was a member of Co. D., 50th Regt. Pa. Volunteers, and was in the siege of Vicksburg. The U.S. Government furnished free passes for all Union soldiers who were in this siege. Comrade Burgess speaks in praise of the South, but says Pennsylvania is good enough for him. AND The sad death of Anna Dolan, aged 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. L. Dolan, occurred Tuesday evening, April 3, resulting from appendicitis and following an operation for same.
Susquehanna Depot - Nineteen establishments selling cigars have been certified as liable for a Mercantile Tax as retail or wholesale dealers for the year 1906. AND A musical entertainment will soon be held for the benefit of the Simon H. Barnes Hospital.
April 13 (1906/2006)
Susquehanna - Saturday morning, between 12 and 1 o'clock, J. D. Brown, of Jackson, Pa., while on his way from the depot to Langford's Hotel to see about getting accommodations for his daughter and himself, was held up by three men and relieved of about nine dollars in money. He was handled pretty roughly by the gang, and submitted to the outrage after being over powered. He had left his daughter at the depot. No trace of the men has been found at this writing. The hold-up was a daring one, as the Erie passenger trains are due at that hour and some one most always on the street. This is not the first time such things have happened here, and should be stopped in some way.
Wilkes-Barre - Mayor Kirkendall has put into force a new plan to regulate dances in that city in an effort to protect the young girls who are exposed to temptation at the public dances which have been held indiscriminately. Now a formal application has to be made to the mayor for permission to have a dance. Five persons must bind themselves as responsible for the obedience of rules at the dance and $4 is to be paid an officer who must remain during the dance. No boy or girl under 18 is allowed to participate unless they are accompanied by their parents or guardians and this rule is to be strictly observed.
Hallstead - Master Hamilton Alden, a little son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Alden, on Wednesday, had a narrow escape from being drowned. He, with a number of other small companions, attempted to cross the ice on a small stream near his home, when the ice broke, letting him into the deep water. His peril was noticed by one of the neighbors, Mrs. John Fisher, and to her presence of mind the boy owes his life. She waded into the creek up to her neck and rescued the boy, after he had gone down for the second time. He was removed to his home and a doctor summoned, who made him as comfortable as possible.
Kingsley - The drama entitled, "The Man From Borneo," will be given next Wednesday evening by Hopbottom talent, under the auspices of the Kingsley Concert Band. Mrs. E. M. Tiffany will sing and L. E. Warren, professional clarinetist, of Binghamton, will assist the band and orchestra. Band concert at 7:30; drama and orchestra at 8.
Uniondale - This correspondent returned last week from Scranton to be surprised in coming from dusty streets to find a snow drift several feet deep at my back door.
Ararat - Mrs. S. N. Brooks, 87 years old, went to Mrs. Baldwin's last Saturday and assisted in tying off a quilt.
Clifford - We have one doctor and two undertakers in town. If this could be reversed the undertaking business might be better.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - B. A. Shoup went to the Packer hospital at Sayre to see what could be done with his limb, which was broken last fall, and found it would be necessary to have a brace and will have to go to Philadelphia to get it.
Herrick - The grocery store and postoffice building of Raymond M. Tingley, of Herrick Centre, was destroyed by fire Tuesday, April 3, about 5 a.m. Before anyone reached the store the whole inside was in flames. C. P. Lyden, the Forest City Erie station agent made a desperate attempt to get into the building, but was driven back by the flames. There was no insurance and the loss is complete, about $2,000, besides his accounts and the U.S. property. Mr. Tingley had a separate store where he kept feed, also coal pockets. All these accounts were kept in the postoffice and will undoubtedly prove a heavy loss. Mr. Tingley has the sympathy of the entire community in his loss.
Harford - The first graduating exercises since our school became a High school will take place in the Congregational Church, April 27, to be followed the same evening by the Alumni banquet. On the preceding Sunday a Baccalaureate sermon will be preached by Rev. Wm. Usher. Prof. Sophia will lead a united choir. The church should be crowded.
Fairdale -Will McKeeby had the misfortune to lose a fine young cow a few days ago. The cause thought was the tightening of a rope with which she was tied, causing inflammation of the neck and throat.
Silvara, Bradford Co. - The remains of Adelbert R. Otis, who disappeared from his home on January 6, were found in the Susquehanna river, at a point a short distance below the West Pittston borough line. The night Otis disappeared parties at Standing Stone heard loud cries for help coming from the direction of the river, but no investigation seems to have been made. He was 37 years of age, formerly resided at Rush, and is survived by a wife and 5 children.
Jackson - Miss Cora Coddington, aged 21 years, who resides on the Jackson road about two miles from Susquehanna, met with one of the most horrible accidents that ever occurred in this section. She was gathering eggs on the hay mow and instead of climbing down the ladder she slid down the mow, striking a pitchfork that was standing against the mow, which pierced her stomach, inflicting such a serious wound that she died about 36 hours later. The funeral was held Saturday from North Jackson and was largely attended. The parents have the sympathy of the community in this sad affliction.
Forest Lake - Jasper Jennings writes the following about Forest Lake: The Milford and Owego Turnpike, the celebrated old road, crossed this township diagonally from southeast to northwest. The township was organized in 1836, taken from Middletown, Bridgewater and Silver Lake. The first settlement was made in Birchardville, in1799, by Jesse and Jabez Birchard. Dr. Plant was the first merchant and also practiced medicine. There were grist and saw mills, cloth factories and a creamery and dairy interests in the township. The Forest Lake Library Company, a commendable institution, was organized in the winter of 1831 at the home of Jehiel Warner. The population today is 780.
April 20 (1906/2006)
Auburn/Rush - Auburn township is preparing to erect a high school building at Auburn Centre and Rush township expects to open one in the Grange Hall at Lawton, next September.
Dimock - J. H. Cokely, formerly of this county and who has relatives in Dimock, is a resident of terror-stricken San Francisco. His acquaintances here are hoping that all is well with him at this time.
Montrose - Undertaker J. C. VanCampen received his new funeral car from the makers, James Cunningham Son & Co., of Rochester, N.Y. It is a modern eight-column, rubber-tired car and plainly, yet elaborately constructed, being a model of neatness in tasty design and careful workmanship. The heavy hangings in the interior of the car and about the driver's seat produce a rich and pleasing effect, while several ingenious devices add to its value and usefulness to the funeral director and assists in facilitating the movement of a funeral cortege without unnecessary delay. Mr. VanCampen has his place of business on South Main Street open, in the basement of Mrs. Jessie B. James' millinery store, and intends, besides doing furniture repairing, to carry a fine line of carpets.
Middletown - The ground is broken for the new schoolhouse and the framed timbers are on the ground. The skimming station has been erected at the Bisbee pond and rumor says there will be a store near by.
Lathrop - T. J. Davies, Esq., of Montrose, received word that the appeal taken by the Carlucci Stone Co., before the Supreme Court, has been reversed and that he has therefore won a signal victory, as the verdict of the jury was $15,000, the largest amount ever awarded in this county. In 1904 Leroy T. Welch brought an action against the stone company alleging that he had sustained injuries at one of the quarries operated by that company in this county. The amount claimed was $50,000. Welch claimed that stones and dirt caved in upon him while he was at work. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Welch for $15,000 and the Carlucci Stone company appealed.
Silver Lake - A boiler in the Rose sawmill, that has been in use for 15 years, was repaired for the first time recently. The mil is now running on full time. There is a large number of logs to be sawed, some very large ones--but not as large as some cut near Montrose--one log having furnished 20 cords of stove wood, it is said by one who saw it.
Hallstead - Three youths from Hallstead, aged about 15 years, while returning from Great Bend on Thursday evening, near 'Lavers' bridge, about one-half mile south of the town, were held up by two foot pads, who wore masks, and whom they did not know. The boys were relieved of what spare cash they had, amounting in all to about 95 cents. AND John Harley, supported by an excellent company of artists, will present his drama, entitled, "A Foxy Tramp," for one night only, at Clune's Opera House, on April 20.
Susquehanna - The Erie has 38 engines stored on sidetracks here. They have all been over-hauled and in first class condition. AND Several holdups have occurred in our town of late and it is about time it was stopped in one way or another. The wrong man will be stopped if this thing keeps up, and a little cold lead may stop it. We understand several have applied to the authorities for permission to carry a revolver. Mr. Watrous was held up on Sunday morning, but escaped from the gang without contributing.
Lanesboro - It is said the tannery property has been purchased by Matthew Stipp, of Scranton, and that it will be transformed into a silk mill.
Lenox - The frost is all out of the ground and our roads will soon be passable again. AND W. B. Manzer recently sold his pacing colt for $200 to a party from down the valley. Will understands the method of raising good horses.
South Montrose - We are again without a blacksmith at this place, George Tesford, having gone back to his farm in Springville.
Thompson - Sugar makers have seemed to thrive, notwithstanding the dark, damp weather of last week. They are delivering the full amount of sugar at good prices.
Uniondale - On account of lack of interest, the public library is closed for the present.
Bridgewater Twp. - Jasper Jennings wrote the following on the history of Bridgewater Township: When the first grist mill was built at the outlet of Jones lake, near Montrose, by Bela Jones, Abinoam Hinds went to Philadelphia with a yoke of oxen and his horses and carted the mill stones from that distant city to their destination. He also brought the first load of goods from New York city, to be sold by Isaac Post, at Montrose. The first pioneer in the township was Stephen Wilson, who came in 1798. His was the first orchard in Bridgewater and he grew the trees from seed. The first child born was Almeda Wilson in 1800. Daniel Foster built the first saw mill and John Reynolds built the first fulling and woolen factory. They came in 1800. Joshua Raynsford taught the first school in 1803.
Forest City - The Muchitz Hotel, corner of Main and Center Streets, has a fine table board and light, warm and airy rooms with reasonable terms. W. F. Tell, Proprietor, welcomes country and transient trade. The Freedman House, on Main Street, is a well-heated establishment with electric lights. The bar is stocked with the choicest wines and liquors. Fell Beer on tap. Rates are $2 a day.
News Brief: AWFUL! Earthquake at San Francisco/City on Fire/Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands Killed. At 5:10 a.m., April 18, San Francisco was visited by the worst earthquake in the history of the Pacific coast, and one of the worst in the records of authentic history. The shock lasted for three minutes. Buildings in the business center toppled,the water mains burst, great fissures opened in the earth and fires immediately broke out. The large steel and iron-framed buildings held together and did not fall, although they were practically wrecked inside. All the frame and brick and stone structures in the business district were practically demolished. Immediately after the shock fires broke out in all directions, and owing to the lack of water, the flames swept over the ruins, practically unchecked. The loss of life is 1000 or more. The confusion is frightful.
April 27 (1906/2006)
Glenwood - Farm hands are scarce and high in this place. It seems that the cities have the pull on honest country lads. Well, there is where they are to be found. AND Autos were in demand here Sunday and every one having a horse seemed to be out enjoying the dried up roads.
Silver Lake - Many birds were flying, bewildered by snow and rain, looking for food. Kind persons threw a supply to them. Am sorry that all were not so thoughtful. Some hunters were shooting in the grove near Silver Lake and a wounded partridge fell wounded by their guns. It would be well for those hunters to read the game law before they shot birds out of season. It is safe to say, no Silver Lake person would be guilty of the act and perhaps the names of the persons may be secured.
East Dimock - The Ladies' Aid Society of South Montrose met with Mrs. Margaret Allen for dinner last Thursday. The crowd was large and the dinner fine. The aid was a success all around and those two quilts that were pieced and quilted by the ladies of south Montrose and vicinity were presented to the minister on that day. Mike Lake presented them in behalf of the ladies. He made a fine speech, which all enjoyed.
Rush - In the Rush School, with an enrollment of 33, the following were the Roll of Honor pupils during their attendance: Mary Wilcox, Maude McCain, Leah Kunkel, Hattie Jagger, Hazel Otis, Lavina Bonboy, Laura Bonboy, Fred Owen, Byron Gary, Gordon Bishop, Luther Bonboy, Paul McCain. Maude McCain was not tardy or absent during the term. Nettie G. Chamberlain, teacher.
Forest City - The Clifford breaker of the Erie company was operated Friday and Saturday of last week. A number of cars of coal that had been cut during the week by miners from down the valley were run through the rollers. The company has about 100 men within the breaker stockade. This includes the guards and miners, laborers and breaker hands. The men doing guard duty are principally clerks from the Dunmore offices. The company claims to be able to keep the mine going [during the strike].
Forest Lake - Patrick Griffin is our new path master. Oliver Shoemaker has rented the blacksmith shop for another year and William Sauter has filed and gummed over 300 saws this winter. AND James Mack, our Friendsville and Montrose stage driver, we are sorry to lose, for he was the best driver we have had in a long time. Moses Mott takes his place.
Springville - A few days ago Richard Turrell, a colored man, living with his wife just out of town, was taken sick and not desiring the services of a physician, his condition was not fully known. Kind neighbors did what they could for him, his wife being unable to do much on account of age and feebleness. He lingered until Tuesday morning, when he peacefully passed away. Over 35 years ago he came here with his wife from Virginia, where they had both been held in slavery. They acquired a little home where they had lived a good many years. As was the case with many others held in bondage, these two did not know their ages, he probably being in the seventies.
Little Meadows - Miss Jennie Murphy, who is attending school at Montrose, was home Sunday and Miss Gertrude Hartigan is attending school in Binghamton, at Reilley's College.
Hallstead - Hallstead has purchased a chemical engine for fire fighting purposes. The water pressure in that borough could not be depended upon to furnish efficient protection in time of fire, so it was thought, after consideration, better to take time by the forelock and at the same time keep down insurance rates.
New Milford - The store of Frank T. Austin was robbed by burglars, Tuesday night, of a number of pairs of shoes and about $15 in cash. They then went to the carriage shed connected with the horse barn of William Phinney, of the Eagle Hotel, and started a fire of straw to warm themselves. Dr. A. E. Snyder, who lives across the street, was returning from a professional call when he discovered the blaze. Calling Mr. Phinney, the two succeeded in quelling the fire, the burglars on their approach beating a retreat toward the cemetery and eluding capture. Had the fire not been noticed in time there is a possibility that the upper portion of the town would have suffered heavily from the resulting conflagration.
Susquehanna - Susquehanna has landed the hardware plant and are now casting around for a suitable location. The committee appointed to solicit the funds that were subscribed are meeting with prompt action.
Oakland - The fire companies were called out Saturday night in response to an alarm. The fire was in the borough hall, in the part used as a jail. A prisoner was in the cell at the time and was nearly suffocated when taken out. Damage to the building was slight.
Clifford - Poultry raising is flourishing in this section. Several of our residents have incubators turning out chickens by the hundreds.
Middletown - The Rourke Bros. are doing the mason work for the new school house. AND There will be a sugar social at Middletown Center on Friday night. All are invited.
Montrose - Jasper Jennings wrote the following about Montrose: Isaac Post chopped the first tree and helped to roll up the first log house in the present limits of Montrose in 1800. Post also had the first painted house [and store], built in 1811, and the first court was held in the ball room of his tavern. The first Baptist in Susquehanna County was Bartlett Hinds, who came to the settlement in 1800. The first Justice of the Peace was Joshua Raynsford, appointed immediately after the formation of the county in 1810. In 28 years he had 36,680 law suits before him, took acknowledgements of 1000 deeds and united 104 couples in marriage. Montrose was incorporated in 1824. It was named by Dr. R. H. Rose, after a town in Scotland.
News Briefs: The Philadelphia Inquirer, of April 20, contained this: "Three towns in this State present themselves to our eye at this moment as the most beautiful in the State. Honesdale, Montrose and Bloomsburg. Better go see them. AND The fall of snow Monday recalled to some of our older residents [of the county] the heavy snowfall of April 19, 10-21, 1857, when the ground was covered to a depth of three feet.
May 04 (1906/2006)
Birchardville - All comrades, Sons of Veterans, and those interested in Memorial Day at Birchardville, are requested to meet at the church on Friday evening, May 11, at 8 o'clock, to arrange for Memorial Day services.
Forest City - While proceeding from Vandling to Forest City late, in the evening, a young man named Constantine Machin was held up by four unknown men. He was stabbed in the arm and relieved of about $40. The police now have the case in hand.
Upsonville - Banker Bros. have sold to parties in Maryland seven head of their fine Devon herd at good prices. Their stock bears a remarkable reputation and for years dairymen wishing to improve their stock have depended upon them to furnish the animals.
Montrose - The Burr McIntosh Monthly for May, contains a beautiful panel picture of the new mansion of Chas. M. Schwab, on Riverside Drive, New York City. It is considered the finest residence, inside and out, ever constructed in the Western Hemisphere. It is in this elegant home where Miss Eliza J. Brewster, of Montrose, now lives, acting as private secretary to Mrs. Schwab.
Friendsville - The cornerstone of the new St.Francis Xavier Catholic Church will be laid with imposing ceremonies sometime during the present month, the date to be announced later. The cornerstone will be laid by the Dean, Very Rev. Fr. P. F. Brodrick of Susquehanna, who has also been invited to deliver the sermon.
Alford, Brooklyn Twp. - Travelers over the L & M have some time been taking advantage of the excellent dining service provided at the home of H. L. Hubbard, a short distance below the depot. The business was started merely as an accommodation by Mrs. Hubbard, a couple of years ago, but has developed to a considerable extent of late and is a welcome haven for the tired and hungry traveling public. Shopping parties, business men and the like, when making the return trip from nearby cities, find the long wait in making connections agreeably lessened by disposing of a tempting lunch at these comfortable, well-kept dining rooms. If you are not a regular patron, when going down the line you want to prove for yourself what we have been telling you. A meal only costs 25 cents.
Hallstead - The Methodist congregation has purchased the property adjoining the church on Church street, from Mr. Handrick, and will convert the same into a parsonage.
Kingsley - The whistle of the steam saw mill is a thing of the past, as it has been removed to Hallstead to saw a large amount of logs there.
Middletown - A collection will be taken next Sunday in the Middletown church, by Father Driscoll, for the sufferers in San Francisco and sent to Bishop Hoban of Scranton. The Bishop will forward the amount, together with the collections from all the churches in the diocese, to San Francisco, on May 10.
Susquehanna - T. H. Keffer and John Murphy returned from Meadville, Monday, where they were in the interest of the Erie base ball league. Several new players have been engaged to work for the Erie company, and will give this place a fast team. The grounds have been leased for the season.
Jackson - Trout fishermen were threshing the streams here last week. W.W. Larabee and Oscar Stone made fine catches in Aldrich creek, a branch of the Tunkhannock. AND Horace Sheldon, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sheldon, is visiting his uncle, Parley Potter, in Missouri, and will push on to California later in the season.
Fairdale - The electric storm of Sunday evening that passed through Jessup and Forest Lake townships, wrecked the telephone of Raub Brothers, splitting five of the poles and damaging the phone at Read Raub's house, giving Mr. Raub quite a shock.
Great Bend - Aaron Porter, of Binghamton, with horses and George Miller, with a string of horses, are coming this week to train horses for the coming races. This track is noted for the fastest track between New York City and Buffalo. Horsemen like to gather here to give their horses a mark, as they never make better time than here.
Clifford - T. Well's hot house is producing lots of early plants this Spring. He has already transplanted or set out over 1000 fine large cabbage plants.
Ararat - We mention with pride the improvements that are being made at our cemetery. Last week was a busy one with the men grading and fixing to put up a new iron fence in place of the old stone wall, and also with the ladies preparing the dinners, which were eaten with a relish in the Town House, and Oh! such dinners, no wonder the men did such good work to make a place to rest our tired bodies when the dinners were all over, and we go to the eternal feast in the mansion not made by hands. The purchasing of the new fence was due to the faithful efforts of Mrs. Theo. Archer, who has been untiring in soliciting contributions for that purpose. We united in thanking her for her kindness and zeal.
Franklin Twp. - Two R.F.D. Routes start from here May 15. Route No. 1 goes west to Fisk's mill, Old Factory bridge, Snow Hollow, Hill school house, Ward school house, Tripp Lake, Webb Hollenbeck's, Matty McGraw's and down Turrell road to starting point. Route No. 2 goes east to Banker corners to Downs' corner, to Dillon corner, to H.F. Summers' corner, to Geo. Townsends, to E.J. Rhinevault's, to Baker's corner, to Chas. Thomas' corner, back to Summers' corner, to Bailey corner, down turnpike to starting point.
News Briefs: An effort is being made by the National Association of F.R.D. carriers to secure for rural mail carriers an annual allowance of $200 each for the maintenance of their horses, and a bill to that effect has been introduced in congress. These carriers now receive $750 per year for 24-mile routes. The expense of maintaining a horse and rig for this work is estimated at about $290, thus leaving the carrier about $400. AND Strawberries made their appearance in the local markets this week, selling for 20 cents a quart. Those being received at present come from North Carolina.
May 11 (1906/2006)
Lawton - The graded school question in this town is one to be seriously considered by the voters and tax payers. A graded school would be an improvement but the outlying districts should not be deprived of a means of educating the smaller children, which can be done at less expense and hardship for the little ones in their own districts.
Forest City - The first baseball game of the season to be reported here was played between the Polish Stars and the Stumpjumpers, on the Association grounds, Monday. The former won by a score of 5-4. The battery for the Stars was E.O. Evans and J. Mangan; for the Jumpers, Miscall and W. Hert.
Springville - Mark Scott had the misfortune to have two cows killed and another badly injured on Monday by the [railroad] cars. AND A carload of butter while being run off the siding here on Tuesday was overturned and rolled down the steep embankment. It was necessary to bring the wrecking derrick from Sayre the following morning to get the car back on the track.
Harford - The monthly temperance service will be held on Sunday evening at the Congregational church at 7:30. An address will be delivered by the Rev. L. R. Burrows, Presbyterian, of New Milford, and it is expected that a good program will be gone through.
Jones Lake (Lake Montrose) - W. A. Lathrop has a force of men engaged in converting the old shop, known as the E. T. Purdy wagon shop, into a dwelling house. Charles Berg and wife will occupy the house when completed.
Gibson - There being two Ladies' Aid Societies in this place, correspondents should designate which, what and where. People who attend both would not be so badly mixed.
Franklin - Dr. Caterson is going to have an automobile this summer. That is right, save the horses.
Elk Lake - C.W. Broadhead, of Montrose, was through here last Wednesday, dressing horses' teeth.
Great Bend - The Harmony creek bridge near Great Bend, which was carried out this spring, has been replaced higher than before on the stone piers. This raging little torrent is one of the most destructive in the county, having carried the bridge out twice in the past two years. It is hoped that the increased elevation of the superstructure will prevent the ice and water from repeating the disaster.
Dimock - L. F. Thornton, perhaps the largest buyer of furs in this region, was in Montrose on Wednesday. He tells us that he has bought over $15,000 worth of furs the past season. The open winter has been an unusually good one for his business.
Jackson - At his late home, Saturday afternoon, occurred the death of Harvey Lamb, for many years a well-known and popular Erie conductor. Deceased, while in the employ of the Erie company, resided in Port Jervis, but about a year ago he returned to his native town, Jackson, spending the last months upon the old homestead, the Chauncey Lamb farm. He is survived by a wife, one sister and one brother, Ransom Lamb, of New Jersey.
Montrose - Dogs are all the subject to palpitation of the heart these days for they know the dog catcher is camped on their trail. From now until the first of October the life of the unmuzzled dog will be anything but pleasant. (Probably some lover of the canine will say, "the life of the muzzled one too," and still be right, for the dog likes not a headgear of leather straps and telegraph wire.) But reasonable people will see the necessity of protecting our calves, not to speak of the lambs, from the bites of too affectionate mongrels, and the warning is already being generally observed. The dog tax is also to be rigidly enforced this season, as it was two years ago. A dog untaxed is in as much danger of being impounded as is that dog whose owner does not keep him up to the fashion with regard to the muzzle. Save trouble by paying the tax and providing the muzzle if it has not already been done.
Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. - The H. C. Titman Post, G.A.R., of Auburn Corners and Auburn Center Lodge No. 905, I.O.O.F., will hold Memorial services at Jersey Hill, exercises to commence at 10 A.M. Veterans of the Civil War and neighboring lodges are invited. Bring your lunch baskets and enjoy the day.
Thompson - Frank Hall Post, No. 503, G.A.R., has made full arrangements for the observance of Memorial Day. The Thompson quartette and the Thompson orchestra will furnish music. AND The Bordens (Company) are building their road from Main street to their plant, along side the Erie depot property.
Silver Lake - Oscar W. Caswell intends to leave here for Los Angeles, Cal., soon. His father and sister, Mrs. M. Heller, are there, and have sent for him. Mr. Caswell has a fine watch dog to give away where a good home will be provided. He is a little inclined to be cross to children, but is all right if left alone.
Hallstead - Mr. Martin J. Shannon, who has been visiting his mother, has returned to his home at Krebs, Indian Territory.
Susquehanna - James Paye, who had an auction, reports a large sale of horses, harness, wagons, farm implements, etc. However, he is replenishing his stock with new goods and the assortment remains large and complete.
News Briefs: The "Philistine Convention" will occur at East Aurora, NY, July 1-9, 1906. Addresses to be given by brainy men who "think, feel, and try to tell the truth." AND The postoffice department has decided that children going to and from school shall not be allowed to get their parents mail, so do not blame the postmaster if your children are refused the mail.
May 18 (1906/2006)
Auburn Center - What are the tax payers and directors thinking of to desire to erect a High School building at Auburn Center where there are only a few children? To build a school costing $3500 would be unwise, the general outlook at present being very poor. It looks as if the directors were going to put up a monument to their memory in office out of the Auburn taxpayers' pockets. It is almost impossible for a child between the ages of six and eight years to go to school two or three miles away from home. Directors think wisely. You might better pay tuition for a few years than have a building standing idle, and the children going to the district school. We are in favor of education, advancement and good schools, but when it can readily be seen that a project will fail, we are opposed.
Susquehanna - Last Friday morning the town was visited by one of the most disastrous fires in its history. The Falkenbury block is now in ruins and the Central Hotel and John Lannon estate buildings were badly damaged, the total loss amounting to about $20,000. The fire is thought to have originated in the studio of Photographer S. A. Cole, who occupies rooms over the postoffice and spread to the offices of Dr. J. D. Kelly, dentist, thence to the Central House, conducted by John J. McGinty and was, after hard work, stopped at the John Lannon estate block which adjoins the Central House. John Buckley's clothing store and Byron French's stationary store and job printing office, located in the fire-swept section, were also badly damaged. The hose and chemical companies did very effective work and the tin roofs and absence of wind aided them greatly in their efforts. Had it not been for these favorable conditions the loss would have been much greater, as at one time the entire business district was endangered. The postoffice has been transferred to the Rogers block and although the service has been hampered for the past few days, it is now straightening itself out.
Lanesboro - Scranton parties who have been drilling for coal at Lanesboro are reported to have struck a vein of coal several feet in thickness. So much secrecy is being observed that nothing definite can be learned.
Montrose - While examining a supposedly unloaded revolver at the Court House Friday morning, it was discharged and Prothonotary W. A. Titsworth received a severe wound. The revolver was in the hands of William Buchanan, of the Buchanan Bridge co. of Chambersburg, Pa. Mr. Buchanan was also wounded by the same bullet, which passed through the fleshy part of his right hand. The bullet had been deflected from its course after entering Mr. Titsworth's body by coming into contact with the pelvic bone, which it followed, being cut out later from the side of the hip. The shooting occurred in the commissioner's office, where Mr. Buchanan was calling on business, his company having erected many of the bridges in the county. Mr. Titsworth, having known the gentleman a number of years, stepped in from his office across the hall to shake hands. During the conversation which followed the subject of a new revolver, belonging to Mr. Buchanan, was brought up. He took the firearm from his pocket, removed the cylinder and displayed the mechanism of the weapon. Commissioners' Clerk Foster asked if it was loaded and received an answer in the negative. The remark was then made about frequent shootings that took place from guns that "they didn't know was loaded." It was while replacing the supposedly empty cylinder that a sharp report startled those present.
Foster [Hopbottom] - Sunday evening, Fred Chamberlain, son of Brakeman Perry Chamberlain, of Foster, was run over by the cars at that place. The boy had just jumped off one train and was attempting to board another, when he fell under the wheels, striking the rail and lying at full length on the track. The cars passed over him, killing him instantly. It is reported that this is the second son Mr. Chamberlain has lost through being killed by trains within the past year. He is a well-known Lackawanna brakeman and much sympathy is expressed for himself and family.
New Milford - The 3rd annual reunion of the 4th Regt., Penna. Volunteers, will be held at the home of Charles A. Kenyon on June 21 & 22. Important business, outside of the usual pleasurable gathering of these comrades, is to be considered. Among them are the making of arrangements to attend the dedication of the regimental monument at Antietam, and the recently revised and enlarged history of the regiment. [In related news, the age limit pension bill, passed by both houses of Congress, has become a law. Under its provision, when a soldier of the Civil war arrives at the age of 60 years he is allowed $6 per month without examination as to disability. At 61 he gets $8; at 70 years he is allowed $12. The measure does away with any question as to disability and gives every soldier a pension regardless of disease contracted in the war or since that time.]
Kingsley & Harford - The buildings from the former Soldiers' Orphans' School property, now owned by H.W. Jeffers, of Plainsboro, N.J., form an important part in the improvements still progressing on the "Jeffers Farm." One of the finest and most modern barns in this section contains the lumber from the old chapel. The building known as the office was used in the construction of a fine tenant house, just completed. A dairy house soon to be constructed there will contain the lumber from the old dining hall.
Lenoxville - Just listen! Did you hear the wedding bells? No, but I heard the booming of guns, the drumming of old tin pans, the ringing of cow bells and the blowing of horns of a regular old-fashioned skimelton. Where did you hear them? In Lenxoville, between the homes of C. A. Utley and E. K. Severance. When, did I say? Monday evening, May 14, 1906, just about the curfew hour.
Brooklyn - A new grocery and meat wagon, from Alford, visits this place twice a week. AND Mr. Taylor, our new neighbor from Scranton, is building a pigeon house.
Ararat - E. L. Avery was badly hurt last week by a vicious bull. While driving the stock into the yard the bull turned on him and he escaped only by rolling under the fence where the bull had thrown him. He has been confined to the bed.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Miss Lizzie V. McCormick spends her vacation this summer at Ocean grove, where she goes for health. AND The Middletown Center Baseball team has come to the conclusion that they will not carry the rusty penny for luck this season.
Herrick -Dr. Lee, who makes his home with Charles Hart, is on the road selling medicine.
May 25 (1906/2006)
Hallstead - Fire broke out in the millinery store of Mrs. W. L. Evans on Monday morning destroying millinery goods and furniture to the value of $500. The new chemical engine checked the flames and saved the building form destruction.
Susquehanna - Joe Taylor, formerly of Susquehanna, and well known to base ball "fans" in the county, is now captain and pitcher of the South Side League team at Chicago. AND The young boys between 12 and 16 years of age, who are in the habit of riding on freight trains, received a good lesson from Justice Williams Monday afternoon. Seven of them beat a freight to Callicoon [N.Y.] on Sunday and then came home on the tank of the engine of No. 5. When they arrived here Officer McMahon met them at the station and told them all to be at the justice's office at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon. After a good talking to the boys were discharged, and it is hoped they will profit by their experience.
Forest City - Simon Zolennis, an 8 year-old boy, was drowned at Stillwater Monday evening. AND Twins were born to Mrs. Helen Zuaski of Susquehanna street on Friday. Her husband died from the effect of injuries received while at his work in the mines some months ago and she is left with five children, the oldest but 14 years of age. This little fellow, a slender, bright-eyed youngster, has just secured a position in the breaker and must henceforth take up the burden of a man.
New Milford - D.L.& W. workmen have arrived and are preparing the lawn near the depot for a beautiful design of flowers. AND Charles H. Darrow, aged 81 years, died at his home in New Milford township on Wednesday of last week. Deceased was a veteran of the Civil war and is survived by one son, Nicholas P. Darrow, and one daughter, Mrs. Augusta Miller. Interment in Blaisdell cemetery.
Montrose - H. L. Beach has been hard at work for some time on an invention, which is to answer the purpose of both automobile tire protector and to prevent the machine from slipping on muddy roads. It is a hinge-like arrangement which encircles the tire, and while the device is rather crude, owing to its being the first one yet made, it will doubtless be perfected so as to answer the purposes of its inventor. The tire question is one of the greatest expenses to the motorist and should he solve this important problem it will mean a great saving to users of these vehicles. Mr. Beach was the inventor and manufacturer of the famous Beach sawing machinery, and the foundry and plant here, where it is still largely made, is now conducted by his son, H. W. Beach. He is giving his recent invention a thorough test on his own auto to demonstrate its practicability.
Hopbottom - Will our young boys take warning and not be jumping off and on trains. Think how quick Fred Chamberlain was killed. Beware, young men.
Elk Lake - It is reported that Lee Moody, of South Montrose, is running a grocery wagon through here.
South Gibson - Karl Peck, the lightning sheep shearer, was called to East Hill, Thursday, by Prof. Whitney Polaski Chamberlain [and] 125 lbs. were clipped from seven of the Prof.'s registered Shropshires. AND George Davis is at State College this week, learning how to make butter.
Franklin - We had quite a serious runaway Sunday on the south side of Franklin hill, near Hiram Smith's. Will Ladd and Miss Josephine Pope were on their way to Will Berg's, when the horse ran and threw them out at the turn at the foot of the hill. There were no bones broken, but they were bruised quite badly. AND Dr. Caterson has an auto. It will cause quite an excitement when the thing gets to climbing the hills like Franklin Forks.
Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - Lightning struck a willow tree in M. J. Hannagon's yard, near Laurel Lake, about 12 ft. from the wood house, and about 10 ft. from the spring house, and ran along on a limb and struck the corner of the pig pen and killed a litter of O.I.C. breed of pigs, from stock purchased from W.C. Cruser.
Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Aid Society, held at the pastor's at Fairdale, was not very well attended, owing to planting corn. It is to be regretted as a very pleasant social time and a good dinner were enjoyed by those present. $1.50 added to the treasury.
Lathrop - Another mysterious fire took place here when the old landmark, Concert Hall, went down in ashes. The building was erected about 50 years ago by Curtis Tiffany, a dancing master and music teacher who was well known among the older citizens of this section.
Clifford - Sidney Rivenburg, formerly of this place, who has spent the last 20 years as a missionary preacher in the far east, has returned with his wife, here, to stay for a while. His father, Henry Rivenburg, who has been spending the winter at Chester, returned with them to his summer house here for the summer. He was quite feeble but is much worse now, and looked as though he would not be with us long. Henry is one of our old citizens, loved and respected by everybody that knows him.
Friendsville - The cornerstone of the new St. Francis Xavier's church was laid with imposing ceremony, at 4 o'clock, Sunday afternoon, May 20th. The ceremony was performed by the Very Rev. P.F. Brodrick, of Susquehanna, assisted by Rev. Father J.J. Lally and Rev. Father McGuckin, of St. Josephs; Rev. J. V. Simmons and Rev. J. J. McDonald, of Binghamton; Rev. Father Fagan, of Great Bend; Rev. A.T. Brodrick, of Montrose, and Rev. B.V. Driscoll, of this place.
News Brief: Rural mail carriers have frequently been delayed in going over their routes, being stopped along the roads by farm wagons. The mail carriers are obliged to cover their routes in a specified time and because of these delays they are frequently behind time. The reason of this delay was reported to the postal authorities at Washington, and as a result the post master general has issued [an] order to the effect that the mail carriers are entitled to the right of way and that vehicles failing at once to turn aside for the mail wagon is liable to prosecuting.
June 01 (1906/2006)
Brooklyn - Brooklyn has a village improvement society, which, all expect, will beautify the town. These officers were elected: Rev. R. L. Roberts, President; Rev. T. L. Drury, Vice-president; G. H. Terry, Secretary; H.H. Craver, Treasurer. Constitution and by-laws were adopted which provided for seven committees that have charge of the improvements to be made in the village. AND The Watrous school house was sold to H. N. Johnson.
Fairdale - E. W. Bolles had a number of valuable sheep and lambs killed by vicious dogs last Tuesday night. Oscar Downer lost three sheep at the same time.
Montrose - At the auction sale on the Tyler property, [recently purchased for the new library and historical society], the barn was purchased by T. W. Tinker for $97. The woodshed was bid in by L. W. Bunnell for $23. AND Everyone has troubles of their own. And now it has behooved the women folks in the several flats along the Avenue here to sound forth lustily the trumpet notes of war in strong protest against those individuals who burn the contents of waste baskets under their clothes lines on wash days--Mondays and Tuesdays. It has proved a great nuisance to the patient housewives, who now kindly make the following request of those to whom it concerns: "If the old papers, etc., are to be burned on either of those days, touch the match early, or else behold the operations of our newly organized bucket brigade."
South Montrose - E. W. Lott, of the firm of E. W. Lott & Bros., stone dealers at Springville, have recently opened a new quarry at South Montrose from which they are getting a large quantity of stone of excellent quality. The firm has done a large wholesale shipping business for several years, and under its present capable management is increasing its output.
Brandt - Thursday morning of last week George Storer, of Harmony, was driving across the railroad track at Brandt, when the pole of his wagon dropped to the ground. The shock caused Mr. Storer to be thrown to the ground. He was stunned by the fall and was unconscious for several hours. Dr. Washburn, of Susquehanna, was called and attended him. It was found necessary to take several stitches in a large gash on the injured man's head.
Hallstead - The entire family of Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson, who live about 3 miles from here, on the river road toward Susquehanna, had a narrow escape from death on Friday by poisoning, says a correspondent. A few days previous Mr. Jackson purchased some milk from the creamery and made the same into pot cheese of which they all partook very heartily. The milk must have become tainted in laying in the can too long, and was evidently poisoned, for the family soon became deathly sick, being taken with cramps and convulsions and suffering great pain. Dr. Merrell, of Hallstead, was hastily summoned and remained with the stricken family all night until they were pronounced out of danger, and they are resting very comfortably at present.
Rush - By the death of James McManus, which occurred May 17, '06, Rush lost one of its most highly respected citizens. The funeral was held in the Catholic church at Middletown on Monday, May 20, when Rev. Father Driscoll said Mass. Mr. McManus lived the greater part of his life in Rush township, coming to this country from Ireland, in 1828, when but a boy. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss: Patrick, Margaret, Frances and Anna, of Rush; and Peter, Thomas and Mary of Binghamton. His leading characteristics were uprightness and fairness in all his dealings.
Springville - The A. Beardsley property, owned by Rev. C. D. Shepard, is being remodeled, beginning with raising the house, taking out the fireplace, etc. It will be very much improved when finished.
Clifford - The Baptist members in charge of the entertainment part of their centennial anniversary are working diligently for success.
Auburn Centre - Allen Bros, of Meshoppen, have the contract for erecting the new graded school building; price $2,825.
Birchardville - James Strange, who has been spending the winter at the Soldier's Home in Tennessee, has been calling on friends in this vicinity.
Glenwood - Memorial service was held in the Glenwood church Sunday by Rev. Mr. Hillery. He handled his subject with great earnestness in speaking of the great hardships in the south-land, and the dangers that accompanied the many battles. It seems almost a miracle that any lived to tell the tale but there came a goodly number back to their homes, but scarcely a sound man in the ranks of the G.A.R. to-day. He then branched off on the great danger of being overcome by temptation not to enlist in the army of the Lord, where all can be soldiers and win any battle that is fought. AND C. H. Doran and Ray Conrad have been supplying two tables with eels and bullheads for the last two weeks.
Thompson - Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Gelatt are entertaining her sister, Mrs. Emma J. Dolph, of Denver, Col. and her brother, Rev. G.R. Merrill and family for a few days. She had not seen her sister before in 25 years and her brother is visiting before going to his new pastorate in Oxford, N.Y. He preached a fine sermon in the M.E. church here Sabbath morning. AND The Jefferson [railroad] Branch quartette will sing for the boys at the services Decoration day.
Heart Lake - The Misses Nellie Powell, Bertha Wall, Elizabeth Lee, Blanche Smith and Alice Lee were treated to a ride to Salt Springs by their friend, F. W. Sherer, May 19.
Tunkhannock - The borough has just passed an ordinance imposing a fine of $10 for the following: Obstructing sidewalks, riding bicycles or vehicles on sidewalks, coasting on streets, throwing stones, snowballs or baseballs on the streets, shooting guns, fireworks or slingshots or to congregate or loiter in a manner to obstruct public travel.
News Brief: Craze for arm enrapture, started at Atlantic City, has reached Honesdale says the Independent. It is a harmless bear cub made of plush and wood and is supposed to supplant the lap dog. The girl who does not tote a ferocious looking artificial bear is not now regarded as being in the social swim.
June 08 (1906/2006)
Brushville- Last Sunday afternoon Delos Carrington, Jr., while strolling through the woods near here, killed a blacksnake five feet long. He tied a string around its neck and dragged it about 20 rods to a large rock, on which he went to sleep. After sleeping about two hours he awoke and upon going to get the dead snake found another large black snake near the dead one, which evidently had followed the trail where the other had been dragged along. Delos cut a stick and captured the second snake alive, which measured 5'& 6", and brought him home to Susquehanna. A large number of people saw the snakes and were astonished that we had as large snakes in this section. The snake would climb the large maple trees as easily as crawling on the ground, which was a new feature of snake life to most everyone. He [Delos] has it in a box and will keep it for a time as curiosity. Samuel Bagnall, who touched the snake's tail, was struck in the knee, but fortunately his loose fitting trousers saved him from being bitten.
Springville - Bessie Coons had the misfortune to fall from a chair, striking her face against the stove and knocked out one of her eyes. The eye, however, was one which had troubled her considerably and was nearly or quite blind.
Great Bend-Hallstead - The opening of the racing season of 1906 will occur on the fourth of July. Come and enjoy the sport, consisting of harness racing, running racing, automobile race [and] foot race. Cake walking will also be a feature of the contest. At the park a large force of laborers are cleaning up the grounds and placing the fine track in condition for the event. The management has offered the free use of its track and barns to all persons desiring to condition their horses, and for the purpose of training and practicing for this event. An excellent place to spend the fourth and have a good time. Good order will be maintained. All faking will be prohibited.
Montrose - While alighting from a carriage in front of her home, Mrs. D. W. Searle, wife of Judge Searle, was tripped by her dress and falling, sustained a broken arm. The other arm was also badly sprained and the ligaments torn, so that it was necessary to place both in plaster paris casts. It is expected no permanent inconvenience will result from the injuries. AND A man with a trained bear gave exhibitions on our streets Wednesday eve.
Susquehanna - The Rail Road Y.M.C.A. organized a boat club Tuesday evening, with John Barnes as commodore. This is a good thing as it will bring a number of new boats here on the river, and give the young men practice and recreation at the same time. AND The Erie is to build another new round house. The plans have been accepted and the work will be started as soon as possible. It will be situated near Jackson and Millane's coal pockets. It is also currently reported that the Erie is to install a number of new and up to date machines in the shops, the cost of which will amount to $80,000.
Dimock - During the thundershower Tuesday afternoon, lightning struck the big barn on the Cope farm, burning it, and four other buildings close by. Lightning also struck the Ballentine barn, three quarters of a mile away, but did not burn it, but stunned a couple of men who were in it, it being an hour before one of them, Albert Avery, regained consciousness.
Glenwood - Decoration day was fittingly observed at the Tower cemetery. Capt. Lyons Post was assisted by the Sons of Veterans; also the Spanish American Soldiers' dinner was served by the Ladies Aid Society--and such a dinner! Everything good and plenty, and the inner man was well satisfied. Afterwards we had another feast in the chapel. Selden Munger, of Montrose, was the speaker and his address was well rendered, and listened to with rapt attention. The day being fine, a goodly number were out, and all spent the day with good feeling and profit to themselves and to all concerned.
South Gibson - The death angel has again visited our village and taken from us a good neighbor and a useful citizen. On the morning of May 29, A.J. Wickwire, who kept a shoe store and did repairing in leather, went to this shop to finish a pair of shoes for a Mr. Freeman, who had stopped in town over night. Mr. Freeman entered about 5 minutes after Curtis Howell had left the store and found Mr. Wickwire gasping his last breath. A physician was called but was too late. Burial at Union Hill cemetery.
Harford - Roll call service on Friday the 15th, the 166th anniversary of the Congregational church. Dinner at noon. Everyone welcome. AND Geo. Tiffany has traded his house and blacksmith shop to Andrew Meade for his farm and will take possession soon.
Brooklyn - Rev. T. L. Drury will preach to the Order of the American Boys next Sunday morning at the Universalist church. The boys will attend in a body. His subject will be: "Daniel in Babylon" or "The Value of Character." [Does anyone know if the Order of the American Boys became the Boys Scouts of America?]
Lanesboro - The drilling for coal on the States farm near Lanesboro has been discontinued for the present and no information has been given out as t the results obtained. Some say a seven-foot vein was struck and others claim it was another bubble gone wrong.
Scranton - A Scranton youth was arrested the other night for prowling around a house in which his sweetheart resides, not being bold enough to enter in at the door, as he suspected pater familas was also holding sway in the parlor. At the investigation in police court the girl was loyal to her "best fellow" and saw him safely out of his predicament. But after the magistrate had finished his lecture and the couple departed, the young lady took it upon herself to tell the young man to ring the doorbell in the future. It takes some youthful admirers a long time to find out it is best to enter in by the door even with the "old man" hanging onto the door knob, than to run the risk of wet feet from the dewy lawn.
News Briefs: In the opening of the Shoshone reservation this summer one railroad in Wyoming will organize a subsidiary automobile service over a gravel road 100 miles long. A railroad cannot be built in a day, but little time is needed to get up steam in a skidoodle annex. AND Twenty-three veterans of the civil war are in the United States Senate, of whom 13 were confederates. In the lower house are 32 who served in the Union army and 12 were Confederates. The total of 67 civil war soldiers in Congress, 41 years after, is a striking fact. AND The milking machine promises to become quite a factor before long. they are now in successful use.
June 15 (1906/2006)
Heart Lake - A terrific wind storm, accompanied with blinding sheets of rain, passed over Sunday afternoon, attracting a great deal of attention. Several trees were blown over, including a fine old chestnut tree up in the grove in the rear of the cottages. In its fall an old rustic seat was demolished. Two beautiful rainbows appeared after the storm--a token of God's peace settled over all. AND A. W. Lyons of Montrose, having leased the store of Harvey Griffing for the summer, is drumming up a right smart little trade already. Art has everything you wish in baked stuffs, and his lunch department and soda water fountain are a drawing card.
Montrose - Last night a gang of burglars were busy about town, but it proved to be a fruitless job for them. Borden's creamery was visited and an entrance made by forcing the lock on the door. The combination on the safe was broken but they failed to get the safe open. Beach's machine shop was then entered and several tool chests ransacked, evidently in search of tools, but they did not take anything. The office door was broken open, but the safe had not been molested. The window fastenings at the L. & M. depot were broken and the casings somewhat mutilated, but they did not gain an entrance. There is no clue to the identity of the burglars or how many there are in the gang.
Clifford - The Forest City News reports: "We want to congratulate the supervisors of Clifford township on their compliance with the law that all crossroads be equipped with sign posts pointing the way to the wayfarer. In the east district, at least, the work has been thoroughly done. Other townships in this vicinity might well follow the lead of Clifford. The person traveling a territory with which he is familiar gives little thought to the matter, but to the occasional traveler sign posts at every intersection of the road is an improvement of importance and one that is appreciated."
Silver Lake - J. C. Simpson, a native of Silver Lake, died at his home in San Francisco, May 28, 1906, aged 81 years. The deceased was a former resident of Montrose and is well remembered by the older citizens. He was also at one time a resident for several years at Towanda. Mr. Simpson was editor of Field and Turf, a paper which he published in the west and which enjoyed, under his management, a wide circulation. A number of relatives still survive in the county and his death is learned with sincere regret by many friends.
Thompson - Charles Raymond Corey and Lena Grace Whitney have applied for a marriage license.
Fairdale - During the storm on Sunday the roof of Cornell's barn was taken off and carried about ten rods and landed in the road between Halsey Smith's and Fairdale. The silo on the Griffis farm was also torn to pieces and many apple trees were uprooted.
Dimock - The coal trade will hereafter be taken care of by L.W. Moody and R.S. Wheeler, the firm name being Moody & Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler will give personal attention. Both gentlemen are energetic, hustling fellows, and all patrons may expect good treatment.
Hallstead/Great Bend - The fire insurance rates, because of the San Francisco fire, have been advanced 25 %. The people are already beginning to "kick." The local representative of the fire insurance companies are also making objections to the rates, which are already too high. Probably they will have to pay and look pleasant.
Uniondale - Roses are with us again; the people are in good health; all kinds of industries are thriving; fruit and vegetation look promising. On one end of the railroad switch they are unloading machinery to be used in town and vicinity; at the other end they are loading cars with ice and lumber to be shipped. Many of the farmers are using separators at their homes, and this saves time and labor.
Kingsley- A "Peeping Tom" has made his appearance at Kingsley. It would be well for him to beware and desist from further practice.
Springville - On Tuesday of last week, while the roof around the cupola of M.B. Johnson's house was being repaired by his son Lloyd and Geo. Savige, a shower came up and they sat down against the cupola. During the shower the lightning struck the roof about six feet from the place where the two men were sitting, tearing up shingles and splintering the plate, slightly shocking both. They came to the ground considerably frightened but unhurt.
Oakland - After nearly six months one of the greatest mysteries in Northeastern Pennsylvania was solved in Binghamton, when the body of Maud Haynes was discovered floating in the Susquehanna River, near the Rockbottom dam, by two boys, Leon Coleman and Charles Weslar. Although they had no means of identification the police at once came to the conclusion that the body was that of Maud Haynes, who disappeared on December 4 from Oakland. Mr. and Mrs. Haynes and Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlin, parents of Mrs. Haynes, arrived in the city and after a short rest went to Cornell's undertaking rooms. It was feared that the shock of seeing the body in its terrible state would be too much for the women and they waited in the front rooms. Various articles of apparel were brought to the parents and were identified as Maud's. The mother asked if there was a three-cornered scar on one of her feet near the toe. It was identified and instantly the grandfather said, "That's enough. I know it is Maud." Both Mr. and Mrs. Haynes, the grandparents and other relatives are of the opinion that there has been foul play and that Maud was killed after being assaulted.
News Briefs: The many improvements being made by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company near East Towanda has practically destroyed one of the oldest burial grounds in that county. It is said that the cemetery was first used in 1770, being used as a burial ground by the French refugees in1793. This old cemetery has been practically obliterated for years, it being 75 or 100 years since any burials were made there. Occasionally a bone is found and they will be preserved and buried elsewhere. AND Thursday, June 14, will be the 129th anniversary of the adoption of the Star Spangled Banner as our national ensign. Every true American honors the flag, not because of its beauty, but because it is the symbol of liberty, good government, civil rights and human progress.
June 22 (1906/2006)
Birchardville - The Misses Landfield met with what might have been a serious accident while returning home from the Mission circle Wednesday. Their horse became frightened at an automobile and ran into the school house yard, tipping them over and kicking itself loose from the wagon, running for home. The wagon was only slightly broken and the girls not much hurt but badly frightened.
Susquehanna - Ex-Congressman C. Fred Wright has been appointed by Governor Pennypacker a member of a committee to locate a site and erect a new State asylum for the criminally insane.
Heart Lake - Heart Lake promises to be the Mecca for pleasure seekers from this vicinity on the Fourth. The Odd Fellows' Band has rented the grounds at that place and are going in for a glorious time. Local excursions will be run and they promise to have 'sumthin doin'"every minute. A late train will be run from the lake at night, so that those attending may put in a long day of it, even if to the participants is seems all too short.
Jackson - Dr. Cole is the inventor and patentee of a new household device which prominent Susquehanna people have become interested in and intend to manufacture. It is a hollow stove blacking brush, so constructed that the housewife can put the finest kind of a shine on the kitchen range without getting her hands soiled. Under the dauber is a cup which holds the blacking and which feeds out through the bristles, water being poured through the hollow handle to make the blacking of liquid form. The bottom of the brush is covered with felt to be used in producing the polish. The brush is known as the X-L-C-R and has been placed on the market by the Cole Novelty Co.
Dimock - Last Saturday afternoon during the severe storm, Frank E. Bunnell was struck by lightning and instantly killed. Besides being a first-class farmer, he also had a remarkable mechanical bent, and made a specialty of moving buildings. His brother, James, who was with him, was also badly shocked but has completely recovered, while another man employed with them also received a less severe shock. The men, J.W. & L.F. Thornton, Harry Brown, Thomas Oliver, D.G. Underhill and Johnnie Donohoe, were at work moving what had been a creamery building and were waiting for the rain to cease before resuming work. The Bunnell brothers were seated on the sill of a door and over their heads from the smokestack ran a wire. This wire was not grounded, but the end was fastened in the woodwork a few feet over their heads. The men were conversing with each other when a bolt of lightning struck the stack and ran along the wire. Frank, who was seated nearest the end of the wire, received the full force of the electric current directly on top of the head, causing instant death. His brother was also rendered unconscious and it was thought for some time he had been fatally injured. The deceased was 38 years of age and is survived by a wife and four children.
New Milford - A New Milford correspondent writes that Earl Gardner and family, while driving recently, had a narrow escape from a serious accident by being hit by an automobile and one of their wagon wheels was smashed. The auto didn't stop.
Brooklyn - Earl Ainey is home from Philadelphia where he finished his course in dentistry. Earl is a full fledged Dr. now.
Uniondale - Ed Morgan has for sale a very effectual automatic screen door fastener. Try them, they are a thing of joy.
Great Bend - It is rumored that out of town parties are negotiating with our town people in regard to locating here as the taxes are not nearly as high as in New York State and the railroad facilities are good here. Let them come.
Glenwood - Road making and farming is the order of the day and not an idle man or boy in town and work for more. AND The talk now is that the public schools in Lenox will be consolidated-the proper thing to do is to have a graded school in each voting district. That would give three schools and be cheaper in the end. Let every interested citizen have a loud say on the subject.
Montrose - A thief was busy at E. R. Smith's chicken house last Saturday night and took the choicest two on the roost. Look out for him.
Hallstead - At the meeting of the Board of Trade, the members had a pleasant surprise when John E. Clune, proprietor of the Mitchell House, requested the privilege of building a band stand, which the members of the Board had been talking of. Mr. Clune's generous offer makes their plan of raising money by popular subscription, unnecessary.
Ararat - Mrs. Fred Brooks entertained her brothers and sisters with their families at her home last Saturday. The day was somewhat unpleasant, but the old big farm-house rang with merriment and the big dining room fairly bulged with the good things that were loaded onto the tables. Mirth, good cheer and jokes proved a good digester, however, for no sooner was the dinner over than all were ready for the ice cream, candies, peanuts and lemonade. The photographer performed the last act and the most enjoyable time of our lives closed with the day.
Harford - There was a successful barn raising at A. R. Grant's farm last week. About 50 men rendered willing assistance and the way in which the parts fitted together was highly credible to the carpenter, G. Tiffany.
Starrucca - The post office was entered Saturday night by burglars, who helped themselves to money, postage stamps, shoes and straw hats.
Scranton - Daily flights in an airship will be made at Luna Park for a week beginning June 21st, weather conditions permitting.
June 29 (1906/2006)
Thompson - During the fearful electric storm and copious downfall of rain that visited this place last Saturday afternoon, a current of electricity went down the chimney of C. B. Jenkins' dwelling on Jackson Street, loosening the soot and letting it escape like volumes of smoke therefrom, which was witnessed by a number of neighbors, while Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins were sitting in the sitting-room, unconscious of the stirring events. That the chimney ran to the cellar must account for the absence of damage. AND The 23d annual reunion of the Clapper family was held at the home of J.W. Clapper, June 16. In 1851, while a young man, Mr. Clapper came down the Susquehanna from New York State and settled on the farm he now owns. At the age of 22 he was married to Miss Eliza Aldrich and raised a family of one son and seven daughters. Mr. Clapper is 75 years of age and is real active for a man of his age. He served under Gen. Hood during the rebellion, while his wife struggled with hardships at home. The day of the reunion was an ideal one, and when mess call sounded there were 60 seated at the tables.
Auburn - The Auburn High School building is now in rapid progress. It is said that its foundation is the finest piece of masonry in this section of the country. Same being done at a moderate cost by Chas. Stephens, head mason. The building is now being rapidly pushed by six experienced carpenters, Allen Bros., of Meshoppen, being the contractors. We are looking for one of the neatest, most convenient and up-to-date high school buildings. Our directors say that this school must be supplied with the best qualified and experienced teachers, from principal down. P. F. Kintner is president of the school board.
Hallstead - Trackmen employed on the D.L. & W. have had their wages increased from $1.25 to $1.40. AND The Hallstead Blue Stone Co. has shipped 60 cars of stone so far this season.
Montrose - We herewith state to the public that we will reorganize the A.M.E. Zion Church and start out in full swing, methodically, on the second Sunday in July, under our new pastor, Rev. J. C. Walters. He is a graduate of the Government College, at Jamaica, British West Indies; a man of great ability who has always won the confidence of his members and esteem of his friends. The past with us is physically dead, but we hope to spiritualize the future and carry on this work committed to us with a resolute will in the spirit of our forefathers. We have high ideals before us this conference year with efforts correspondingly great, therefore we again solicit the help of our friends who have so nobly helped us in the past, and assure you of our confidence in the future.
Bridgewater Twp - Thirty-five years ago, a Bridgewater boy, Oscar Stephens, asked his father, Jerry Stephens, a farmer living near Munger Tannery, for money, and didn't get it. The next morning Oscar was missing. He went west and made a fortune in Montana. His death occurred June 25, 1906, aged 57 years. He was the owner of 27 ranches, one of them containing 5,000 acres, and "cattle on a thousand hills," besides mines, bank stock, etc., being a millionaire. He sent for two of his brothers and they have done well. One brother, Ethen S., lives in Binghamton and two sisters in the West. He was a cousin of Clark Stephens, of Montrose.
Tunkhannock - Landlord James P. Collins, of the Packer House, has a pair of young eagles, which were captured in the hills near Springville.
New Milford Twp. (Highlands) - Last Friday, while some men were working with their teams on the road machine, a runaway horse came down Squires' Hill with such force that when the wheels of the lumber wagon he hitched to came in contact with the road worker wheels it bent a 21 1/4" steel axle. The horse belongs to Pat Hand, of New Milford, who had left him without tying while he went in the tannery at that place.
Alford/Hopbottom - On Wednesday, June 20, Mrs. Amanda Sweet, mother of Perry Sweet of Alford, died at his home in that place. She was 85 years of age. Mrs. Sweet (nee Wright) was the last of the Anthony Wright family of Foster (Hopbottom). She gave two sons to the Union army, one dying in the service and of her six children, one son, Perry, is the only survivor. Burial was made in the Wright cemetery, situated on the farm on which she was born.
St. Joseph - What should we drink, now-a-days? What purer water can be used than that flowing from a nice cool spring? We know of no water better for the health and so satisfying to the taste. We take pleasure in recommending the excellent water from the old spring walled up and made by the Indians many years ago, on the farm of Dan'l Sweeney at St. Joseph. This water is in great demand every summer, and Mr. Sweeney makes extensive shipments to nearby cities and towns. Drop a line.
Forest City - News has been received of the death at Fort Baird, New Mexico, of William L. Eagan, a former resident of Forest City, who went to the southwest six months ago in the hope that the change would benefit his health. He was 37 years old and is survived by two brothers in Forest City, K. C. and Matthew Eagan, and a sister in Nyack, N.Y. Deceased served three enlistments in the regular army and saw service in Porto Rico and the Philippines.
East Rush - There will be a ball game and pigeon shoot here Tuesday afternoon, July 3rd, and in the evening an ice cream social and fire-works. The proceeds will be for the benefit of the church. AND In East Rush, Dr. Lee Hickok put in a busy day last Monday. Four lusty, newly arriving infants and 25 miles of driving occupied his time for 11 3/4 hours, to the exclusion of rest and reverie. We deem this a local record of its kind.
Brooklyn - The pupils of the Peckham school district will be carried in a wagon to the High School. Elmer Breed, we understand, has the contract for carrying.
Little Meadows - Our village fathers have procured a car of flagging stone, hoping to place our walks on a sure foundation. A laudable undertaking, certainly.
Lawton - The fair last week drew its usual crowd, who enjoyed a pleasant day. The exhibits of produce, live stock, needlework, bake stuff, etc., formed a constant subject of conversation. Only one accident was reported for the day: A horse, frightened by a South Montrose automobile, plunged out of the road near L. Terry's and wrecked the carriage which it was drawing.
July 13 (1906/2006)
Brushville - The crop of raspberries is fine this season and there are many berry pickers out. All are cautious not to encounter the blacksnakes which inhabit our hills. We have the usual summer supply this season and several have been captured and killed. The other day Alfred Brush, son of ex-Sheriff R. N. Brush, shot and killed one that measured 5 ft. in length. The black serpent was coiled round and round, up on the limb of a tree, down by the mill. Alfred fired but once and shot its head off.
Rush - For Sale--The Rush House. Good location; remodeled, new plumbing, hot and cold water. For further particulars inquire of R. H. Hillis, Rush, Pa.
Gibson - Alfred Chandler died at the Hillside Home, near Scranton, on Thursday, July 5. He had a mania for rare coins, old newspapers and relics, and traveled about the country a great deal on foot, making him a well-known character. AND Mrs. Caroline Sweet recently celebrated her 85th birthday. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present to the number of fourteen. Aunt Caroline is a Sweet and well old lady for one who has attained such an advanced age, and she can work yet, as those who partook of her excellent dinner can testify and it was all prepared by her own hands.
Heart Lake - A couple of Montrose lads who went to see the Binghamton maids here last Friday night, had a delightful moonlight walk home Monday morning. They understand the meaning of "forced" marches and in the future will lock the stable door.
Tripp Lake - The camp composed of young men, conducted by G. Carlton Shafer, has been named "Camp Susquehannock." Mr. Shafer now has in the party some 13 lively young fellows, whom he tutors a portion of the time, if they are so inclined, or are permitted to indulge in the various outdoor sports enjoyed by healthy, vigorous young Americans, such as canoeing, swimming, fishing, roaming through the woodlands, and the like. They are college students, sons of well-to-do parents, and the country life and surroundings is what appeals to them during the summer while the manager also reaps a reasonable compensation for his services. The camp is conducted on lines similar to that of Camp Choconut, which was instituted near Friendsville a number years ago and is still growing in popularity. While the boys are subject to quite rigorous discipline, yet they enjoy a peculiar, untrammeled freedom which is suited to their physical and moral welfare, and parents may be assured their sons are surrounded by promoting influences when in the wild, care-free atmosphere of either camp.
Susquehanna - George Boyden, of Susquehanna, who was arrested in Starrucca July 1, for illegal fishing, was brought before J.P. Mumford. J.D. Miller appeared for the defendant and asked for his discharge on the grounds that the arrest had been made illegal, etc., but the Justice held the that everything was legal and proceeded with the case. When Boyden was arrested he had three trout in his possession and was fined $10 for each. Mr. Boyden would not settle so the Justice sentenced him to 30 days in the Honesdale jail. The Game Warden took Boyden to Honesdale, Mr. Miller accompanying them and going before Judge Purdy and obtained a writ of habeas corpus directing the sheriff to bring Boyden before the court. The case was argued and the Judge discharged him on the ground that no illegal act had been committed and the season for trout is now open and the fish were over the length required by law. The case aroused much interest here and the next time an arrest is made it will be done according to law.
Fairdale/Lynn - Fairdale went over to Lynn the 4th and enjoyed a very interesting game of ball--score resulting 11 and 12 in favor of Lynn. The Lynn boys and their mothers are all right and know how to treat a visiting team up-to-date. But the umpire and those young ladies--Deliver us!
Lathrop Twp. - Tarbel Lake, at this place, is very beautiful since the Nicholson Water Co. has had the shores cleaned and raised it to its greatest capacity. There is a great deal of fishing. Carp are abundant but very had to catch.
Great Bend - A large crowd enjoyed the first concert given by the Union Band in the new pagoda, donated by John Clune, on Saturday evening. The Italian clarinet player was a great addition, having studied music in the conservatories abroad.
Brooklyn - Rev. D. C. Barnes and Rev. Wilcox have recently had a Bell telephone installed in their residences.
Montrose - The firm of Becker and Wilson and their corps of glass cutters enjoyed a clam bake at Jones' lake, Thursday afternoon. AND Rosemont cottage is full to overflowing and has control of 8 rented rooms in other houses and is constantly turning away applicants for board, same as all other people who take summer boarders. It's a great misfortune Montrose hasn't a summer hotel to hold the many people who wish to come here. Why not?
Harford - A new steel boat may now be seen on Tyler lake, the property of E. E. Jones.
Uniondale - The ladies' aid of the Presbyterian church met at the Misses Tinker's Thursday of last week. The fatted calf was killed and almost consumed. 70 took dinner from it. They live about 2 1/2 miles from here, and the drive was very enjoyable.
Forest Lake - The ice cream social held by the C.E Society, on the lawn at Mr. Joseph Potts, was a very enjoyable affair. The cream was excellent and easily disposed of, while the peanut and candy stands were liberally patronized.
Middletown Twp. - Charles and Martin Golden are home on vacation from New York, but do not look so Yorkey as some others from that place.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Glenn Linabury and Louis Postleman assisted Cyrus Tyler in moving his house last week.
Friendsville - Mass was celebrated at the Catholic church by the Rev. Father Colligan, who was ordained June 29. During the services he delivered a short though eloquent sermon, in which he displayed splendid oratorical power. Father Colligan is a grandson of the late Michael Bahen, of this place and a nephew of Father J. P. Colligan, formerly of Little Meadows.
July 20 (1906/2006)
Brooklyn - The subject of Rev. Drury's sermon, to the young and others, on Sunday morning, will be, "What is it Worth in Money." This theme is especially for the times.
Montrose - Plans were completed yesterday for an extensive building operation by J. J. Ryan, the hardware man, and W. A. Harrington, the liveryman, for the erection of a large building, or rather two buildings, with a joint party wall between. The Ryan part will be 33x60 and the Harrington, 30x50. The construction will be of cement and cement blocks, and will be up-to-date all around. George Sauter has already begun work, getting ready for the foundations. The location is in the rear of Ryan's store and adjoining Harrington's livery.
Oakland - Dist. Atty. Denney went to Susquehanna to inquire into the Maude Haynes case. He says so far as he knows no arrests are contemplated and he learned little of importance. The fact that the initials of the murdered girl were marked in large letters in the inside of one of her shoes is one of the puzzling features of the case. It is an unusual thing for anyone to wear their initials on the inside of a shoe and this fact alone may throw a different light on the case. Why her relatives looked for this unusual means of identification the first thing after the body was found and why the initials of the murdered girl were placed in the she in the first place are questions that have caused
considerable comment in official circles.
Forest Lake - Lee Lincoln, formerly of Forest Lake, went to Lestershire a few years ago to work in the Endicott-Johnson factory. Later the firm transferred him to its big tannery at Endicott, where he has advanced step by step, 'till he is now assistant to the foreman in that great plant, one of the largest tanneries in the world--perhaps the largest. Good for the Susquehanna county boy.
Uniondale - They are putting a double track on the O. & W. R.R. The report of some of the blasts make the people on this side of the valley think of earthquakes. AND Miss Edna Burdick is engaged at the Telephone central during the absence of Mrs. L. Lockwood. AND The school board has engaged as teachers, Mr. Bradford, as Principal and Miss Jennie Watson, of great Bend, as primary teacher.
Birchardville - A strange looking man passed through this place a few days ago, carrying a large banner with the inscription, "The World is coming to an end." No other information could be had from him. He passed on towards Montrose. It is thought he was out of his mind. AND Slauson & Robinson have a new 'phone in their store
Harford - Mr. Andrews, of Scranton, who is at present visiting his parents here, has entertained a number of residents--adults and children--with rides in his automobile.
Thompson - A band of Gypsies visited last week.
Hallstead - The members of the Hallstead Fire Co are being supplied with goggles and smoke respirators to be used in fighting fire. It is also being planned by the fire department to divide the borough into five or six wards and to have a fire alarm system for each ward. They will be operated by electricity and will be connected with the roundhouse so that when the alarm is given it will be known just in what part of the town the fire is located.
Lenoxville - Miss Madge Bennett has accepted the position of vice-principal in the Lanesboro High School.
Rattlesnakes - Dr. D. C. Ainey killed a rattlesnake on his farm near New Milford measuring over 4' in length. In Hallstead Robert Stuckey and Geo. Steele, while returning from the reservoir, discovered a large rattlesnake in the road at the head of Pine St. They quickly dispatched him--it measured 4' and had ten rattles and a button. In East Bridgewater Mrs. Elmer Pickett, who resides on the Giles Watrous farm, while out berrying on the Kent place, was bitten and her condition is still serious. Dr. Mackey was summoned and has since been successfully treating her, although last night her condition was not thought so favorable. This is the first instance known that rattlers have been in the immediate vicinity, residents of the neighborhood where the accident occurred claiming, however, to have seen the poisonous reptiles thereabouts before.
Tunkhannock - Fourteen-year-old Loretta Rosengrant was married at Tunkhannock recently to Claude Ross, a lumberman, after obtaining her father's consent. Her father, in 1900, sold her mother for $3, and in the paper which was drawn to record the transaction was the statement, "and to throw in the little girl." She met Ross in the Wyoming lumbering district, where her mother and Palmer took her after the sale and have since been living.
Forest City - Mrs. M. Hendler, Main Street, advertises: "Owing to the fact that I am going out of business my entire stock consisting of $8,000 worth of clothing and shoes must be sold at once. They have been marked down to fifty cents on the dollar."
Scranton - A terrible tragedy occurred at Hillside Home, near Scranton, Wednesday afternoon, when Ignantz Krewsyp, an inmate, suddenly became a raving maniac, and having secured a long, sharp, amputating knife from the surgeon's office, killed two patients--Mrs. Annie Golden and Mrs. Ann Van Vallen. Mrs. Golden was a widow, 53 years of age. Her name is enrolled on St. Mary's [Montrose] parish register and she is a sister of Mrs. John Donohoe, of Dimock. The funeral will be held from St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church in Auburn.
News Brief: In 1903 we had very wet weather during June, July and August; wetter than it has been this season, an exchange says. But it does not seem possible. AND Every Catholic family in the Diocese of Scranton [of which diocese St. Mary's church in this place is a part], will be assessed $1 to assist in paying for the new Bishop's House, in Scranton, now being erected. The cost of the residence will be $75,000. There are about 40,000 families in the diocese. Members of the Scranton parish will pay half.
July 27 (1906/2006)
Harford - Harford is noted as a fine summer resort and many residents of cities go there for relief from the sultry heat and confusion. There are many lakes here and their beautiful surroundings are enjoyed by all.
Forest City - The official board of the Forest City Methodist church has decided to make extensive alterations and improvements to the present edifice, which when completed will give the congregation a larger and much more attractive place of worship.
Glenwood - Joe Cadden has the dog in his possession that killed the sheep. The owner can have him by claiming the property. One thing certain, he will kill no more sheep, for now he is a good doggie. Mr. Cadden has the finest crop of produce on his farm of any one around. His oats are at least six feet tall and the heads average 14 inches in length. His Early Fortune potatoes take 3 hills for a peck. His yellow flint corn is a sight to behold, stands 8 feet high and loaded with ears. His crops certainly look very promising. He uses the best seed that can be purchased and it pays.
Clifford - Could a man conceive of a place where he would not sooner be placed than in front of the teeth of a horse rake with the rake attached to a horse running away? But such was the case in the dreadful accident to P. A. Rivenburg, July 18th. He left his horse hitched to a rake standing in the field where he had been raking and went to help Emory Green put on a load of hay. There came a very sharp clap of thunder and lightning, scaring the horse, which ran with the rake, passing close by where they were loading hay. Rivenburg thought he could catch his horse and made the attempt, but missed the horse and went under the rake [and] the horse ran with him rolling under the rake some 80 rods, when the rake struck a rock and let him out. Green and his workmen pitched him up for dead, placed him on the load of hay and took him to Dr. Hager's office, where by the aid of two Drs. and the more than brotherly care of Rev. Sidney Rivenburg, at 4 o'clock the next morning he came to his right mind and it now looks as though he would recover.
Uniondale - Some of the lumbermen have gone back to the primitive way of carting and a number of ox teams with wide leather straps on them are daily passing, loaded with wood, R.R. ties or lumber and the deliberate way in which they move gives the drivers time to think and pray.
Birchardville - Dr. Fred S. Birchard, of Scranton, formerly of Birchardville, has an English dog with a solid gold tooth. A few days ago, noticing that one of its front teeth was very much decayed, Dr. Birchard took him to a dentist. The dentist suggested that the best thing to do was to insert a gold tooth, and the operation took a little more than half an hour. All that time the intelligent animal laid back in his master's arms, submitting with an occasional whine of pain, and now he sports about the fine gold tooth, a curiosity for all the small boys of the community.
Montrose - Albert Miller has recently added to his tonsorial parlor a towel steamer, which makes his shop complete and up-to-date in every respect. Walter Benjamin, the well known barber, is assisting in his shop. AND The managers of the Athletic baseball team have made arrangements with the "Phoebe Snow" team of the D.L.&W., at Scranton, for a game at Athletic Park, Aug. 18. The "Phoebe Snow" team has played 35 games this season and has won 33 and tied two.
Lawton - It is reported that Isaiah Haire, has gone into bankruptcy. We regret to hear of Mr. Haire's financial difficulties, which were aggravated by circumstances connected with the railroad survey through that place, when supposing all was in good faith, he boarded for a long time the gangs of surveyors, also advanced money to some of the men till the whole amount due him ran up into large sums. His indebtedness is given as $11,509.69 and his assets are set forth as being $15,665. Of this amount his property is valued at $10,300.
Bridgewater Twp. - Mrs. Elmer Pickett, who was bitten by a rattlesnake last week, is recovering.
Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Erie league team of this place defeated the leaders of the league Saturday by a score of 4 to 0. The Galion, O., team expected to have a cinch and win in a walk but with the boy wonder, Ahern, in the box, they were up against the real thing. The local team is now the strongest one in the league and should win the pennant. They play in Hornell Saturday, and as these two teams are now tied for second place, it will be an interesting contest.
Auburn Twp. - F. E. Fuller was appointed Judge in Nome, Alaska. He has been practicing in Nome since 1900. He came to Alaska in 1897 and first resided in Juneau. Mr. Fuller was born in West Auburn, the son of Charles Fuller. He was graduated from the Wesleyan University of Middletown, Conn. in 1890 and attended the law department of the National University, Washington D.C. He will take over Judge Reed's position.
Thompson - Accidents and wrecks on the Jefferson Branch are about as frequent as the showers on the farmer's hay, these days, with far sadder results. Last Sunday a boiler was burst between here and Stevens' Point and the fireman was scalded so severely that he died in a few hours.
News Briefs: It is a question never decided whether or not the farmer ought to work on Sunday in order to get in his crops if the weather looks threatening. Last Sunday scores of farmers in this section failed to put in an appearance at church and if you had visited their farms you could have seen them at work in the hayfield. Those who had hay down and did not get it in Sunday had it practically all spoiled by the rain that night. AND The pendulum is swinging back. Old fashioned names for girls are again in favor after the years of Eloise, Mayme, Kathryn, et cetera. The girl who spelled her name Carrye now signs it Caroline and rejoices in the beautiful old-fashioned name. Sara has resumed her final "h" which she once dropped in disgust. Mollie, Marie and May are now Mary, a beautiful and modest name. Lizzie would be horrified if called anything but Elizabeth and Jennie wants to be known as Jane, with no mistake about it. Suzette and Susanne are glad to return to the plain, dignified old name of Susan and Nannette calls herself Nancy with more pleasure than she ever dreamed. AND A thought for to-day--Make good your standing place and move the little sphere in which you dwell, by self-sacrifice and charity.
August 03 (1906/2006)
Middletown Centre - The Centre base ball team crossed bats with the Irish Hill boys for the first time this season, Sunday. It was an exciting game from start to finish. The Centre went to bat first, scoring 1 run in the first inning by an error of Irvin Wood's. The next two were pitched by Frank McCormick, holding them down to 3 scores. He was relieved in the 4th by Ed Redding, whose appearance in the box was received with cheers from the grand stand, bleachers and players on both sides, but the Centre boys' cheers soon changed to groans as it was soon evident that Ed had control of the situation, especially the spit ball. The Centre's pitchers, Jones and Golden,did fine pitching, as the result of the score shows: Centre 5, Hill 3. Time 1 hour and 40 min. Umpire, M. Golden.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - B. B. Lowe, Glen Linabery, Lewis Postlemen and Mort Grow, visited the huckleberry Mountain Tuesday and Wednesday and report huckleberry picking not very good.
Franklin - We see a new up-to-date mail wagon on Route 2. W. Bailey is an up-to-date man. AND We hear that Dr. Caterson is making very long trips with his auto, giving his neighbors delightful spins. Very nice for the people in the auto, but how about the people who have to meet him on the road?
Harford - The ice cream social held on the lawn of E. E. Jones, under the auspices of the Congregational C. E. Society, realized over $22.
Heart Lake Resort - is again open to the pleasure-seeking public, with one of the best boat liveries in Northern Pennsylvania; also nice naphtha launch for pleasure riding and with merry-go-round, pavilion and grounds in good repair. H. Griffing is ready to wait on picnics, fishing or sailing parties as usual. Cottages to rent by week or month.
Montrose - Some of the newest and most popular books just in Montrose Library for your summer reading. New catalogues. Only 25 cents a month draws 2 books, twice-a-week.
Great Bend - The little son of Wm. Sullivan killed a rattle snake 4 1/2 feet long, with 13 rattles.
Glenwood - Catchy weather for haying. Dog days must be blamed for it as well as for souring the milk.
Brooklyn - L. Tewksbury has recently had a telephone installed in his residence.
Forest City - The dilemma of the town authorities in regard to the collection of taxes has at last been solved. M. J. Walsh having consented to accept the position of tax collector. The tax collection job in Forest City is not a pleasant one and it is often difficult to fill it.
Susquehanna - J. D. Miller gives notice that he will make application to the Governor, August 28th, for Henry M. Beach, Allan D. Miller and John D. Miller for the charter of an intended corporation called the Beach Sanitarium, to maintain and operate a Sanitarium in the county of Susquehanna for the board, care and medical treatment of diseased and convalescent persons and particularly those afflicted with cancer, tumor and diseases of like nature; such medical treatment to be [by] qualified and licensed physicians employed by said corporation.
West Auburn - W. R. Parker of Ralkaska, Mich., was calling on old friends here last week. He is a native of this place but had not visited it for about 16 years. Although he is 72 years old, he is lively as a boy, getting from place to place on his bicycle.
Springville - Capt. John Guyle died suddenly, Wednesday, from apoplexy. Deceased was a member of Four Brothers Post G.A.R., of this place, and a number from the Post will attend the funeral, which is to be held at his late home this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Springville - The Beardsley house now owned by C. D. Shepard, is being renovated throughout, which will include paint and paper.
"Boys On Strike" - Because a half dozen boys decided they would rather go to the drum corps picnic than work Saturday afternoon the Clinton colliery experienced a real live strike on Tuesday and a half thousand men were thrown out of work. From time immemorial picnics and circuses have cut up the "Old Harry" with the coal companies. Boys will play hooky to attend such things notwithstanding the most direful threats of the driver boss, and on Saturday a half dozen of the little fellows turned up missing at the mines and present at the picnic. Monday they were "sacked" to use the parlance of the underground workings and Monday night they called a meting of the less adventurous lads who had remained at work and to them aired their grievances with such eloquence as to cause them all to stay away from work on Tuesday morning. Without the boys the mines couldn't work very well and so there was a suspension on Tuesday. The boys have not gone back to work yet and as a consequence there is an indefinite suspension at the workings. The demand is made that the discharged ones be taken tack. A committee has been appointed to urge this demand before Superintendent Rose. Forest City News, Aug. 2, 1906 [Boys worked in breakers as young as 7 or 8 and those that worked in the mines would have to be at least 11 or 12. The "Breaker Boys" would pick the slate and other debris from the coal and worked approx. 10 to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week and made only .45 to .50 cents a day.]
News Briefs: The R.F.D. carriers are rejoicing over the law passed by the last Congress allowing them an annual vacation of fifteen days with pay. The department is now preparing regulations governing these vacations and the announcement is anxiously awaited by the rural carriers. AND There are about 82,000 automobiles at present in use in the United States. There were 121,369 automobile registrations in 28 states up to the first day of June this year. About 40,000 of the automobiles are practically out of commission, according to the records of the Motor Directories company. New York leads with 30,874 registrations; New Jersey second, with 19,500; Massachusetts third, with 15, 208; Pennsylvania fourth, with 10,500; Ohio fifth, with 7,000; California has 6,000, Michigan 6,000, Kentucky 450, Oregon 275, and South Dakota 462. AND The Susquehanna County Fair will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its birth at Montrose, Sept. 12th and 13th, with special attractions and the biggest fair in its history.
August 10 (1906/2006)
Forest City - Because they played ball on Sunday the Hillside Coal and Iron company, who own the Forest City base ball grounds, has had the grounds plowed up.
Rush - S. B. Roberts, photographer at Rush, makes fine reunion groups for clearness, arrangement, and distinctness. Open for dates anywhere. Roberts has made a set of some 30 different post card views, which are on sale at S. B. McCain's store in Rush. They are taken from the prettiest localities in and around Rush and Fairdale and are among the most attractive we have seen.
St. Joseph - A picnic will be held Aug. 15, by the St. Joseph and St. Augustine churches, for the benefit of the parishes, on John J. Kane's beautiful lawn, and only a step from Stone's Corners--main entrance on Forest Lake Avenue. A canvas will cover dancing pavilion and dinner tables as a safeguard against thunder showers. The Forest Lake Band, made up of many pieces, will furnish music, and a grand time is promised.
Heart Lake - Heart Lake was the centre toward which the people of this section congregated last Sunday. The mercury hovered around 90 degrees in the shade and at that popular resort the bathers and boating parties were numerous, and the people flocked in on trains, carriages, automobiles and wheels, seeking the refreshing atmosphere of the lake. The humidity in the cities was something intense, while the people of town and country, despite the high temperature, felt the heat less owing to the almost continuous breeze.
Hallstead - There have been an unusually large number of entries for the races at Hallstead on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week, and the outlook for some speedy races is promising. Wednesday 24 horses arrived at the track and this was followed by a carload yesterday morning, while more will continue coming until the opening day. A vaudeville attraction has been engaged and will give performances between each heat. The management has put forth every effort to make this meet the best ever held on the Hallstead-Great Bend track and there is every indication for success.
Great Bend - "Myrtie" Crandall, one of the illustrious family by that name at Smoky Hollow, hear Great Bend, was arrested with a gang of Italians, who were living in cars in the neighborhood of the Erie switch at the latter place, Saturday night. She was suspected of living with the Italians in a shockingly immoral manner and a raid was planned when the whole crowd was in a state of intoxication and wanted to fight. Policeman Fred Hunter was bitten on the arm by the woman and in the mixup, she ripped out the cuss words for the bunch. After the hearing she promised to leave the Bend "forever and a day."
Susquehanna - The Cuban Giants played a game with the Erie league team on the local grounds Monday and defeated them by a score of 5-0. Our boys played a ragged game throughout, having eight errors to their credit. Ahearn pitched a fine game and should have been given better support. The Cubans are ball players and should have won the game anyway, but the local team can give them a better game than they did if they will stay on earth during the game.
Auburn Twp. - The death of Capt. John Guyle, a well-known citizen, occurred suddenly at his home, Aug. 1, aged about 70 years. He had not been feeling well the day before, though he had been assisting in the hay field, and was found dead in his bed the following morning. Deceased had a splendid war record. He was a member of Four Brothers' Post, and always at the front in every movement. His funeral was largely attended and the national flag was displayed widely in Auburn on that day. The Four Brothers Post had charge. John Guyle joined the service in "62" as a private in Co. H. 141st Regiment and was promoted to Captain July 4, 1864, in which position he served to the close of the war.
Montrose - Never, in the history of Montrose, has so many applications for board been received as this summer, nor so many people turned away--hundreds of them. In former years applicants were mostly from New York or Philadelphia and now add the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, especially Pittston and Wilkes-Barre. Montrose needs a summer hotel to take in and care for all these people who wish to come to "Beautiful Montrose." Who will start the ball rolling?
Elk Lake - C. M. Young was in Montrose last week. His firm, C. M. Young & Son, are making a specialty of gasoline engines and other farm machinery, as their advertising indicates. They are established at both Elk Lake and Springville and are reliable.
Uniondale - Wirt Jones, a young lad, got thrown from a horse and broke his collar bone by the fall. The rein broke on the bridle when the horse was running, and this threw the boy to the ground. He is selling the paper, "Pa. Grit" published at Williamsport, every Saturday morning, and he was around on his usual trip with his arm in a sling. It is commendable for the boy to try to earn something, and I hope he will get the patronage of every citizen in town.
Ararat - The free Methodist camp meeting begins the 22d of this month. A few are already on the ground.
Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - There was a haying bee for Isaac Travis last Thursday. He has been sick a long time. There were about 40 there. AND Rev. S. W. Lindsley has purchased him a horse, so now he can stay for Sunday evening services at the Mission, beginning at 7 o'clock.
Silver Lake - There are more boarders than ever at Rose's famous summer resort.
Lawton - A large rattle snake was seen by several near M.A. Wood's, supposed to measure about four feet. AND The lightning Monday afternoon killed four of Frank McCormick's pigs.
Thompson - Dr. W. W. McNamara, who recently bought the Lyden lot on Main street, is moving the old building thereon one side preparatory to erecting a dwelling of large proportions and up-to-date style.
August 17 (1906/2006)
Montrose - Wesley Gavitt went to Forest Lake last week on his new Crescent bicycle, visiting relatives. It spins like as top and sails like an arrow. AND The Country Club committee, having in charge the location of the site for the proposed club house, have decided upon the southwest corner of the grounds, just off Lake avenue, where the road forks toward the Borden creamery.
Hallstead - Fire broke out in Dr. VanNess' barn last Saturday night, which is used for storage purposes, threatening with destruction the block in which are located the Rogers' hardware store, Sands' drug store, and other business places. For a time the blaze was lively, but the excellent efforts of the firemen soon had it under control. A horse in the barn was badly burned, belonging to D. V. Hand.
Jackson - Frederick Benson, the well-known vocalist who has finished a forty weeks' engagement with Henry W. Savige's Castle Square Grand Opera company, is the guest of relatives in town.
Upsonville - Last Monday evening, just as the sun was sinking from view after one of the most glorious days of the summer, occurred the death, at his home, of Elam Rakestraw. The deceased had lived a noble life for four score years, having reached his 80th mile stone last January, and was prepared for the final summons from his Master. Mr. Rakestraw had many friends and few enemies. His tall, broad figure, although drooping slightly with the weight of years, commanded attention. He was a Quaker in religious belief. For the past 40 years he had made his home with friends, his wife having died some two score years ago and he has no survivors.
Heart Lake - Heart Lake has long been known to be wild and wooly--that's why city people like it. But to Mr. John Donovan, a traveling man of Binghamton, and Miss Kate Sullivan, of Scranton, that region surrounding the lake is looked upon by them as something similar to the dense wilderness of the Dismal Swamp. They got lost Saturday night you know, and of course it was all John's fault. John, you see, in wandering around the country and putting up at hostelries like the Jay [New Milford] and Tarbell [Montrose] Houses cultivates an epicurean's taste. His appetite was always good. But when he heard that there was to be a social out in the country about two miles from the lake, his face beamed so radiantly that a 32-candle power had no business shining around him. Of course John wasn't satisfied to play "solitaire" on this occasion, so he invited Miss Sullivan to share the promised pleasures. It might be mentioned that the walking was good. They walked. John's bump of location has never yet been found by a phrenologist. So used to riding on the cars, you know, that he wasn't on to following wagon tracks. And a queer thing about those roads were that they forked at every corner and John took the wrong fork invariably. At last after they had given up all hope of seeing the farmhouse where the social was to be held, they attempted to find their way back. A farmer who resides near Alford was ruthlessly awakened from his sound slumber and directed them to the route over the mountain they should follow. They dragged their weary feet over the ground they had traveled and at last, about three o'clock Sunday morning, their nostrils were greeted by the salt smell of the sea. The searching party, which was preparing to start out, after hearing the narrative of the wanderers, sought their couches and peace again reigned supreme at the lake. N.B. The chaperon of the party has threatened to put a bell on John.
Gibson - Mr. Crossley, of Binghamton, was here, Saturday, with his automobile. This was the third auto to visit our little village this summer.
Uniondale -Family reunions are a great feature of the events of this season; they come from near and far to hold their meetings in Mrs. E. Carpenter's grove. She has every convenience for making the gathering a pleasant one. She usually furnishes the dinner, and some weeks is kept busy nearly every day. Last week the Whitneys, from Jackson, and Tiffanys, from Pleasant Mt., met Wednesday and The Westgate gathering was Thursday.
Clifford - Clifford has three churches of much renown; /Two are kept in fine condition, one has tumbled down; / We have two as able preachers as any we know; / They will show by the gospel the way we should go. / We have a creamery, and fine butter we can make; / Finn is the manager--as good as any in the State. / We have three fine stores, with merchants attached, / Three as nice men as ever were "hatched." / Here is Rivenburg, our druggist, merchant, too; / As nice a little fellow as ever we knew. ; He is genteel and kind, never gets in a strife--/ The main thing needed is a nice little wife. / There is Harris, our postmaster and merchant, it is said/ Always wants to spark, but never to wed. / And there is Merchant Bliss, polite, genteel and true, / Takes orders for undertaking, sells furniture, too. / Here is Taylor, undertaker and tinner combined, / As fine a workman as any you will find; / We have two blacksmith shops, wagon repairing complete; / The Lott's are our workmen, and they are hard to beat, / Here is Spedding, our Landlord, hotel painted new; / He is accommodating, and will look after you; / His tables have abundance, his rooms are neat. / His bar is tidy and his barns are complete. / Here is Doctor Hager who keeps us well; / An able physician; few can him excel. / There is Oakley with his auto, rides through town with great speed; / He will take your order for iron roof if any you may need. / We have two cemeteries, the old and the new, / Kept up in good condition, we expect soon to be there, too. / The scenery is magnificent, as many do tell, / Here we will leave you and bid you a long farewell.
Hop Bottom - Undertaker Frank Janaushek has added a church truck and lowering device.
News Briefs: A handy and pleasant place for people who go to Binghamton by train is the well-known "Quick-John" restaurant on Chenango street, not far from the depots where there is not only quick service, but good things in abundance to eat. AND Boys, learn a trade while you are young. After you are 20 years old few will be found who will take the trouble to teach you one. When you are that old you will want a man's pay, and if you don't know anything you won't get it. Those that don't know a trade are always working at odd jobs and are paid the lowest wages. AND "Swallow foolish pride and let the children run in bare feet, despite what the neighbors say, if you desire to keep them healthy during the summer and make them strong for the winter," is the advice that Health Officer Joseph Auten gave to the mothers of Wilkes-Barre.
August 24 (1906/2006)
Lawton - The Middletown Centre base ball players met Ed. Redding's aggregation of ball tossers in their final game of the series, Sunday p.m., and were defeated. Several sensational plays were made on each side. One of the most striking was Thos. Reilly's fielding, also Dr. McGovern's curves, which the Centre boys failed to connect with. The game was impartially umpired by Dr. Hickok, of Rush. Score: Centre 4, Hill 6.
Uniondale - It is reported that Hon. Philo Burritt has sold his farm. His farm is part of the original estate that has been held by the same family for a good many generations and another owner will hardly be reconcilable to the people of this place. AND We sincerely hope that the "canned sauce thieves" that are troubling Thompson will not visit Uniondale.
Springville - A.O. Dunlap is placing new furnaces, both in the school building and in the M. E. church. An ice cream social will be held in the parlors of the church Thursday evening, Sept. 6th for the furnace funds. An interesting program is being arranged. Come out and have a good time.
Lenoxville - Mr. Wright has purchased the house and blacksmith shop of A. H. Mead, in Harford, and his son-in-law, Eugene Lewis, will occupy the same. Mr. Mead is finishing off the rooms over his tin shop, which his family will occupy.
Flynn - James McCormick thinks the stage route between Flynn and Birchardville is as nice for a drive as any they make.
Fair Hill - There was no preaching here Sunday on account of illness of the Pastor's wife but her many friends will be glad to learn she is improved.
Brooklyn - The Brooklyn Improvement Association has purchased ten lamps, so that no one will have to walk in the dark hereafter. AND Dr. Earle Ainey is open to do all kinds of dental work. He has set up the long expected chair in his father's office.
Forest Lake - Jas. J. Lannon, of Topeka, Kansas, has been visiting friends in Forest Lake, his former home. He "went west" a year and a half ago, accidentally stopped off at Topeka, got a job with a railroad company, and has been promoted twice. Good for the Susquehanna county boy. We like to hear of their successes, wherever they are. And they are usually getting right to the front.
West Auburn - Elmer B. Lacey, Aug. 21st., shipped to Wm. S. Drew, of Horseheads, N.Y., one of his famous Oregon Fir Silos with White Pine roof. Lacey's Patent Silos seem to be taking the lead wherever introduced, and the Oregon fir is undoubtedly one of the best materials for silo construction.
New Milford - Walter L. Main's renowned circus will show Saturday, Sept. 1. You will want to go and take the children, of course. This show was at Montrose several years ago, when it went on wagon, and gave an excellent exhibition. It has been enlarged to two full trains now.
Montrose - Lewis T. Harrower, the miller opposite D.L.&W. station, announces to the public that he is now ready to do buckwheat grinding for all who wish. AND T. S. Wheatcroft, of Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived here Saturday with his family en route for Forest Lake, where they intend rusticating for a couple of weeks. "Tom" is well known in this section, having at one time conducted a large and successful store in the village of Rush. He is now, however, at the head of the Automatic Merchandizing Co., which paid its stockholders 16 per cent at the last annual declaration of dividends. To the people of the New England States "Tom" is known as the "Peanut King," and he deserves the appellation as he keeps constantly on hand something like $10,000 worth of peanuts for his patrons.
Thompson - A. L. Croft, according to the Plaindealer has named his newly born, ten-pound boy, Teddy Roosevelt Croft.
Silver Lake - Henry F. Walton, speaker of the House of Representatives, has appointed Hon. H. J. Rose, one of the reception committee at the dedication of the new capitol at Harrisburg on Oct. 4th. Twenty-five members of the House of Representatives and twenty-five senators constitute the committee. Considering the large number from which Speaker Walton could select his committee it is something of an honor to receive the appointment.
Kingsley - A new industry recently started here in the manufacture of apple barrels by S. E. Tiffany.
Franklin Forks - J. W. Palmer and George Stockholm are in Minnesota, attending the National [G.A.R.] Encampment. They will also visit in Michigan.
Dimock - When you want to take a fast ride step in the carriage of Elder Cleaver, as he drives the fastest horse in town.
Susquehanna - Prof. Frederick Benson, a graduate of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and a former resident, has been chosen to succeed Prof. J. J. Kelley as director of the conservatory of music of Wesleyan College, West Virginia.
Forest City - The oppressively hot weather had something to do with keeping down the attendance at the Opera house Monday evening to see the "Girl from Klondike," put on by the Tried and True Dramatic club, but those who went were pleased by the performance. The play was not so much to our liking as others the company has put on but it called forth some clever work by the actors never the less. The company, as usual, gave a bunch of specialties well worth the price of admission. A little later in the season they promise a new production that will rival anything they have yet given.
Heart Lake - Farmers are complaining of their potatoes rotting.
August 31 (1906/2006)
Bridgewater - In the old Searle farm house, by Jones Lake, a shirt waist dance and Euchre will be given by W.A. Lathrop on Friday, Aug. 31st, at 8:30 p.m. Harrington's band wagon will leave the Post Office at 8:30 and 9, if there will be passengers, and return trips from the farm at 11:30 and 12; the fare will be 10 cents each way. Admission 25 cents, including refreshments and prizes for the Euchre. AND Ninety-seven years ago Caleb Bush came from Litchfield county, Conn. and settled in Bridgewater. Over 100 of his descendents are now living. On Aug. 18, about 70 of them assembled at the home of R. L. Bush for a family reunion. After dinner a meeting was called. D. C. Darrow was elected president, Frank G. Allen, vice pres. and Lucy Bush secretary and treasurer.
Susquehanna - Artist Robert E. Lea, whose paintings are recognized among the best in the county, recently left for New York City, where he is professionally engaged. Mr. Lea may decide to remain in New York altogether. AND The Beebe homestead, with several acres of land, has been secured for the Beach Cancer Sanitarium, an enterprise with unlimited resources, backed by eastern capital. The Beach method is simple, harmless, and painless. Patients are restored to health without pain, and this important institution will make Susquehanna famous.
Thompson - Joseph Lyden, son of Martin Lyden, aged 25 years, joined in with a party of campers from Susquehanna, at Wrighter's Lake, last week. On Thursday morning he went across the lake for supplies and on his return, when near shore, the boat upset and he went to the bottom, while his comrade was rescued. There is strangeness about the accident, as Lyden was a famous swimmer, while his comrade could not swim and would have drowned had not campers from shore come to his rescue. The body was not recovered until late in the afternoon. His funeral was largely attended at the Catholic church at Starrucca. (Another newspaper reported that the accident was due to the bottom falling out of the boat.)
Montrose - Dr. Fred S. Birchard, of Scranton, has sold his practice in that city and will take up his profession here. He has rented the offices of the late Dr. Charles D. Mackey, and will also have his residence there. Dr. Birchard is a son of Registrar M.E. Birchard of this place, a graduate of the Montrose High School and is well known to the people of this vicinity. In 1903 he graduated with honors from the Medico Chirurgical College at Philadelphia and since that time has been an attendant physician in the Lackawanna Hospital in Scranton and has acquired a favorable surgical reputation in connection with Dr. Reed Burns, with whom he has associated.
Forest City - For nearly ten hours Michael McKernon, an aged resident of Susquehanna St., was lost on the mountain northwest of the city, Friday night, and when discovered by a searching party he was almost exhausted. The experience will long linger in his mind with horror. Mr. McKernon started out about 10 o'clock Friday morning in search of a couple of cows that had been missing from home for several days. In his search for the cows he had crossed the mountain and coming out on the road at Stillwater, just at dusk, started home. Some distance this side of Stillwater he turned into an old road that led past the quarry and in the gathering darkness soon lost his bearings. Chilled by the severe night air, bruised and torn by the tangled undergrowth, hungry, thirsty and discouraged, Mr. McKernon, who is about 80, had given up all attempt at progress when he caught sight of the lights in the searching party headed by his son.
South Auburn - The old Grange Hall is being torn down, preparatory to building a new one.
Dimock - The annual Dimock camp meeting began Wednesday evening with a good attendance; Dr. Sweet in charge. Seventy cottages are occupied and every furnished room belonging to the association. One new cottage has been built and several repaired; also a small barn in place of one burned.
Brookdale - Old Pompy, the horse so long owned by J. Tingley, broke his leg last Thursday night. Charlie Muckey kindly ended his sufferings by shooting him.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - John Wood, of Rushville, is on the hill with his steam threshing machine. He will get plenty of work, as John is a hustler. AND Arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Conboy, a lovely young girl, and from present indications they intend to have it make its home there.
Alford - Chas. D. Tingley was in town Friday. He was accompanied by Truman Tingley, a brother from Gothenburg, Nebraska, who is visiting in the county. Mr. Tingley has not been here in 23 years. He is enthusiastic about the west.
Great Bend - The record in this country was equaled, if not lowered, for lady drivers for a half mile track when Miss Lula Day, of Great Bend, drove Maytell in the ladies' races at the Hallstead and Great Bend Horse Breeder's Association. The time made in the first trial was 1:08 and in the second, 1:07 1-2. The three days' meet was very successful.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - Rev. D. F. Davis, of Cotsqueka, will preach in the Welch Congregational church on Sunday next. In the morning the sermon will be in English and in the evening Welsh. At the evening service a duet will be sung b y Mrs. W. Williams and Miss Gwendolyn Morgan.
Harford - The date for the M.E. Church fair is Friday afternoon and evening, Sept. 7, in Odd Fellows Hall. This is the first fair of the kind held in Harford and the ladies wish to make it a success. There will be booths containing fancy and useful articles, provisions, ice cream and cake, an autograph quilt and a worsted crazy-work quilt. Come and help the ladies.
Friendsville - The new St. Francis church is rapidly nearing completion. Mr. Badgley's contract will be fulfilled by the 1st of September when the work of grading will immediately be begun. The dedication, it is expected, will take place about mid September.
September 07 (1906/2006)
Bridgewater Twp. - The most disastrous wreck that has ever taken place on the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna occurred on the down trip Wednesday evening. The accident happened at A. L. Millard's crossing, just below Tiffany station, and while Engineer Spence had a very narrow escape from death, none of the passengers or trainmen were injured. The engine, which after being derailed, was ditched and thrown over on its side and was so badly damaged that it had to be towed to Scranton by the wrecking crew and must undergo extensive repairs. It appears that a temporary crossing had been made over the track on the Millard farm, which was really the cause of the disaster. It was made by laying planks alongside the rails so that a wagon, when heavily loaded, might be drawn over it. The supposition is that in passing over the track late in the day, the wagon wheels dislodged a plank and shoved it upon one of the rails, where it lay un-noticed. When struck, the wheels left the rails and bounded along the ties for perhaps a 100 ft. The train was going about 40 miles an hour and after it tore along for the distance mentioned, the driving wheels jumped the track and the engine plunged to the right, striking a stone wall and toppling over on its side. Luckily only a box car followed the engine, the coaches remaining on the rails. Few of the passengers realized the extent of the accident, until informed or themselves witnessing the damage wrought, although the sudden stopping of the train, as the engine was reversed, jolted the occupants of the cars considerably.
Rushville - J. S. Hillis and daughters started Wednesday evening for their new home in Seattle. They were passengers on the L & M train derailed below Tiffany station and consequently delayed in pursuing their journey across the continent.
Lawton - The Lawton Fair yesterday drew a big crowd, it being estimated there were present 4,000 people. It was an ideal fair day and all attending were well satisfied.
Jackson - Joe Callahan, of Susquehanna, caught in Butler Lake what was perhaps the largest pike or pickerel ever caught in an inland lake in the county. It weighed twelve and one half pounds.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Our school was to have opened on Tuesday last, but for some unknown cause it did not, perhaps the Lawton fair. AND Friendsville was expected down to play a game of ball on Sunday last, but failed to come.
Franklin - S. D. Turrell has sold the D. O. Turrell house to Owen Tiffany, who will remove it to Steam Hollow and rebuilt it.
Lenox - Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Rose welcomed to their home, on Saturday evening, Sept. 1, their 10th child, a daughter.
Montrose - Brown & Fassett, the millers, offer three prizes for loaves of bread baked from their Pure White flour and exhibited at the county fair. The first prize will be a barrel of flour, the second a half barrel and the third a quarter barrel. Susquehanna county has some good bread bakers and here is a chance to exert their skill to profitable purpose if they win.
Harford - The determination of the Harrisburg authorities to stop gambling at fairs does not apply to Harford, as we never have tolerated it.
Brackney - J. C. Mahoney reported frost along the creek flats.
Binghamton - Rev. Dr. R. A. Torrey, the world-renowned evangelist, and Chas. M. Alexander, the famous singer, who have been conducting such wonderful revivals in this country the past year, are to have charge of a great evangelistic conference in Binghamton, Oct. 8-9-10. The conference is to be held in the West Presbyterian church and will probably be one of the most notable religious gatherings ever held in that city, and preparations will be made accordingly.
Harford - The students of the Harford Graded School, with the teachers of 1880-96, held a reunion recently at Tyler's Lake, as guests of Supt. and Mrs. Stearns. It was delightful to those who had gathered from near and far to have a social time and look into each other's faces once more. The teachers present were, Prof. Thatcher; County Supt. Stearns; Arta Sweet, of Denver, Col.; Miss Katharine Quinlan and Mrs. J. M. Clark. It being a very hot day they were treated to ice cream and lemonade.
Thompson - Miss Mildred Barnes, daughter of S. D. Barnes and a graduate of the State Normal School, at Mansfield, began her first term of teaching in the Herrick Center school, and her many friends expect she will be a success in this effort as she has been in her former endeavors.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - The summer boarders have about all gone, also the campers, for another year.
Forest City - Plans are underway for a co-operative grocery store to be opened in the Kennedy Building on South Main street, under the auspices of local union men. J. L. Morgan will manage the venture.
Borden's Contract Day: The Borden's Condensed Milk Co. will contract for their supply of milk for the next six months, on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The contract books will be opened at 7 a.m. and close at 4 unless the quantity desired be procured at an earlier hour. The company is prepared to handle a larger quantity of milk this fall than ever before, on account of better shipping facilities. It is hoped that a large number of new dairymen will sell to the company this fall as their prices usually exceed any other prices in the country.
News Briefs: Now that the schools are reopening, it is well for every scholar to read the following: The average educated man gets $1000 per year. He works forty years, making a total of $40,000 in a lifetime. The average day laborer gets $1.50 per day, 300 days in the year, or $450 per year. In ten years he earns $4500 or $18,000 in a lifetime. The difference between $40,000 and $18,000 or $22,000 equals the value of an education in dollars. To acquire 12 years of school of 180 days each, or a total of 2160 days, divide $22,000, value of an education, by 2160, number of days required in getting it, and we find each day of school is worth a little more than $10 to the pupil. AND Chestnutting time is not far distant. The frosts will give the signal to gather them.
September 14 (1906/2006)
Glenwood - Now the Glenwood school is a thing of the past. The directors seemed to hold a grudge against the tax payers in this school district, or on the plea that money was too scarce; anyhow, they closed the school and opened two others about one half of a mile apart, each school having three scholars each, or there about, while the Glenwood school has from 13 to 18 during the winter months. This getting into office by making promises is a bad precedent. Now the point wise and penny foolish would pay $50 per month to hire a team to carry these little ones to and from the school. Our children need an education as well as the other school district and we as voters and tax payers should have a voice in this matter, which perhaps will, if these same parties ever come up for office again. I don't wish to say that there are no good directors, for there are, but they should not be nosed around by the minority.
Uniondale - Lewis Lake is fast becoming a camping resort for city people. There have been tents there the entire season. Wm Bronson and wife, of Carbondale, occupied two tents on Warren Crandall's lot, close to Wm. Beach. They had a cozy nook and while there the family of both their parents visited them, 14 in all, none missing but Prof. Thomas and wife, of Carbondale. Last Friday 3 wagon-loads of friends from Carbondale came to visit them, but unfortunately they were away fishing at another lake.
New Milford - New Milford has taken on a gala day appearance. The stores and business places and other buildings are being decorated in honor of the "home coming," the work being done by a New York firm. J. F. Hibbard, the first "home comer," arrived on the half-past-six train this morning from Kansas City.
Springville - Rev. Howard Taylor, an aspiring young minister, of Lynn, went to Los Angeles, Cal., the early part of last week. Mr. Taylor graduated at Wyoming Seminary last June, and will continue his studies in the University of Southern California.
Flynn - Our school started off smoothly Monday last, with Miss Margaret Gillin and Mrs. Nettie Curley as teachers. AND If corn and buckwheat proves a little short, what is the difference, so long as the cider crop is going to be fine here, we will make the winter in good rig.
Lawton - Bert Abbot has a new harness and wagon for his high stepper. Who is the girl, Bert?
Owl Hollow (where is this??) - Large fishing parties are making daily trips to Bixby pond.
Montrose - A new and conspicuous feature at W. C. Cox's livery is a real donkey and suitable wagon. It sprung into tremendous popularity at once with the youngsters, who think it great and keep it very busy. AND Lieut. James P. Gay, Sergt. M. H. VanScoten and Geo. E. Woodruff, leave Sept. 15th for the Antietam Battlefield to assist in the dedication of a monument to their fallen comrades of Sept. 17, 1862.
Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. - The corner stone laying at the site of the new M. E. church at Jersey Hill is Sept. 19, 1906. Former pastor, Rev. F. L. Taylor, editor of [the] New Albany Mirror will do the forenoon address. At noon the ladies will serve dinner on the grounds at the usual price, 25 cents. At 2 p.m., Rev. Thos. E Hooper, of Berwick, will speak. Rev. S. D. Fiske, father of the present pastor, will lay the corner stone. Dear friends, we have no fortune wheels to spin nor animals to exhibit, but we have a worthy cause, so come and help us. Rev. A. R. Fiske.
Hop Bottom - The Apple factory opened last Monday, in this place. AND There was an error in the items of last week. There are over a hundred pupils in the school. Twenty-five in the high grades, thirty-one in the intermediate and fifty-two in the primary dept.
Clifford - Mr. W. Hasbrock met with an accident last Monday, in moving some telephone poles, when his horse started quickly, causing a pole to fall upon him, breaking his leg. At this writing he is doing well. Dr. Hagar is in attendance.
Forest City - The Delaware & Hudson company, having experienced considerable difficulty of late at several points in the valley, owing to the sinking of their tracks over abandoned mines, endangering both lives and property, are now engaged in flushing the mines with culm, which effectually prevents all further settling. AND Rev. R. H. Walsh, on a recent morning, counted 27 cows in St. Agnes cemetery. The reverend gentleman is having a fence built about the burial ground and is having it otherwise improved and will make an effort to have petty acts of vandalism and cow pasturing stopped.
Jackson - Here's a snap for party looking for an 86 acre farm in Jackson twp., on road between Susquehanna and Lakeview; medium size house, 2 barns, large orchard, 20 acres woodland; present owner was forced to purchase and will dispose of it within $300 of actual value; clear title. Price only $1000. Terms $300 cash; balance on easy terms.
News Brief: A thought for to-day: "Strange to say, whenever I see two young men start out in the morning to live another day, one armed with an ax--the implement of labor and the other with tennis racquets and golf sticks--the implements of pleasure, how easy to tell whose day will be the greatest in fruit bearing. Labor is the only prayer that is ever answered. AND A word to you, sonny--you little twelve or thirteen year old boy who is smoking cigarettes on the sly. What do you want to be when you grow up--a stalwart, healthy, vigorous, broad-shouldered man, or a little, puny, measly, no 'count, weak-minded dude? If you want to be a man, strong like a man, with hair on your face, brains in head and muscles in limbs, you just let those cigarettes alone. If you want to be a thing, pitied by your folks, despised by the girls, and held in contempt by the fellows, keep right on smoking and end your days in the insane asylum. AND With but few exceptions in every diocese in this country, women were on Sunday last banished from the Catholic church choirs, following the orders of His Holiness, Pius X, in his encyclical on sacred music, issued in 1903. The plain old Gregorian chant will probably dominate the character of the compositions to be rendered hereafter, and male choruses are being rapidly pushed to the front. No doubt the laity view the matter differently, and in some parishes special dispensations may be requested for the retention of mixed choirs.
September 21 (1906/2006)
Lenoxville - Clarence G. Stephens, the enterprising grocer, held the fifth annual gathering of his customers on Tuesday. On reaching Lenoxville one at first would have supposed that a county fair was in progress from the number of people present--one thousand being a low estimate. The South Gibson band of 25 pieces enlivened the occasion with choice music, and a base ball game between clubs from Royal and Lenoxville resulted in a tie, the score being 3-3 at the end of seven innings. Refreshments of all kinds were served. In the store a force of 14 clerks were kept busy all the time attending to the wants of the many customers.
Forest City - Failure of a brake to work on a southbound Forest City trolley car, at the Simpson crossing, Friday forenoon, caused a wreck in which two passengers were severely injured and three others sustained more or less shock by being thrown from their seats. The severely injured were Robert Ramsey of Scranton and John Pastine of Wilson Creek. The car, which was in charge of Motorman William Van Gorder and conductor John Farrell, was lost control of by the failure of the brake to respond to the motorman. There was a train being switched on the railroad and the car crashed against it.
Susquehanna - Benjamin F. Pride, formerly editor of the Susquehanna Journal, has accepted a position on the editorial staff of the Binghamton Republican. Mr. Pride has been a resident for 35 years in Susquehanna, but owing to his acceptance of this position will remove to Binghamton.
Gelatt - Some time Saturday morning burglars entered W.A. Wheeler's general store at Gelatt and stole a number of small articles. They then proceeded to W.W. Pope's undertaking rooms, which are situated between Gelatt and Jackson, and blowed open a safe belonging to A.W. Conrad, J. P., who had an office in Pope's building, securing $170 in cash and a number of valuable papers. While in the undertaking rooms, they destroyed two mirrors. As yet there is no clew as to the identity of the parties.
Jersey Hill - After Rev. A.R. Fiske of Auburn 4 Corners had gone to Sunday school at Jersey Hill, Mrs. Fiske was getting ready to go to church at a later hour. Having an errand, she went into the spare bedroom when she was attacked by a large milk snake lying in the wash bowl wound around the pitcher. Her cries for help soon brought Mort Grow, who killed the unwelcome house pet. Mrs. Fiske was somewhat frightened. She stood on a chair and fished the rest of her clothes out of the clothes press with a long pole and since then she is very careful that there are no "snakes in her boots" when she puts them on.
Montrose - The road stretching from the Methodist church down Bank street as far as Mrs. Annie Fancher's is sadly in need of improvement. At present its condition is worse than "the rocky road to Dublin," and pedestrians do not relish the idea of walking over thousands of small cobble-stones. They should be cleared from the road by some one belonging to the "good roads" clan. AND "My impression of the first annual exhibition of the present County Agricultural Society is that it was held in the fall of 1847, in the Court House, and that I attended it. The vegetables and domestic manufacturers were there, but the stock was on the Green, and the following year the Fair, too, was held there in a tent. Can any one assure me that my location of these two exhibitions is correct?" E.C.B.
Brooklyn - Our High School began on Sept. 17, with Prof. Beardsley, of Little Meadows, as principal, Miss Nellie Stilwell of Dimock, Assistant; Miss Titus of Lenox, intermediate and Mary Hearn, primary. The attendance is larger than last year, as the school in the Peckham district is closed. Only one school, that at Alford, is kept open in the township, all the children being brought into town by "kid wagons."
Silver Lake - John A. Gillooly [Gillooley] and wife have two bright little boys (the last one was registered September the 10th, 1906), to brighten their beautiful home and to be brought up in good old Democratic style. Oh yes, Friend Gillooly, we'll take a cigar, thank you, and if grandma Kanane wants to pass around some of her good, old-fashioned pumpkin pie, we wouldn't object, Oh no.
Harford -The Harford Fair premiums amount to over $1400. This is a fair where you see all your friends--it's a great family reunion. Morning trains No. 15 North and 2 South will stop at Kingsley the morning of the 27th for the accommodation of the fair visitors. The Kingsley Cornet Band will furnish music for the fair. The band is now under the instruction of C. M. Sutton, Binghamton. Of course there will be the merry-go-round for the children. Bring an exhibit of some kind. It will help the fair.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The best ball game of the season was played here Sunday. The Middletown Centre nine and the Hill nine chose some from each nine and played a close game. Talley was 3 and 1. Tierny from New York and Michael Redding were the pitchers. The game was between the two batteries.
Dimock - Don't miss the entertainment in the M.E. church next Saturday evening, Sept. 22nd by Miss Ada Storm, of Philadelphia. Miss Storm has had special success along the line of evening entertainments and the friends at Dimock will no doubt enjoy this treat.
Franklin - Almond Southworth has just returned home from the South, where he has been living for the past 2 years for his health, and it has done him good.
New Milford - The "Home Coming" is a thing of the past and was a success from start to finish. The town was finely decorated. The streets cleaned and lawns attended to, that the home comers might realize what they had lost by leaving New Milford. It was a most interesting sight to see them clasp hands then wait for recognition and many faces were wet with tears they could not restrain as friend met friend they had not seen for years. The Hallstead band furnished music. Col. Pratt did himself proud in an address of welcome. Joe Hibbard, of Kansas City, came next with a speech. Will McManus captured the crowd with a song, "I Want to Hear a Yankee Doodle Tune" changed to "I Want to Hear an Old New Milford Tune" played by Hager's Cornet Band. Then followed a speech from A.B. Smith, an old New Milford boy. After that came dinner, the photographing of the "old timers", a ball game, fire works and a dance in the evening.
Dundaff - Miss Mabel Hamerstine, living near here, inherited $5000 from a distant relative in Pittsburgh and received a check for that amount the other day. When her wealth became known, she had 14 offers of marriage in about a week.
September 28 (1906/2006)
Uniondale - Early Sunday morning Mr. and Mrs.Wm. Jones and his little sister, Freeda, were driving a spirited colt on Main St. near the R.R. track, when two engines came down making considerable noise. In tightening up the reins the bit broke and the horse jumped and threw Mr. Jones out of the wagon, then ran across the corner of Mrs. G. L. Larrabee's lot and up on H.J. Orce's high terrace near their door steps, then off a retaining wall into Mr. Knapp's garden and down an embankment into the road, all of five or six feet. People were looking on horrified, expecting to see wife and child gashed to pieces, but the great speed at which the horse was going kept the wagon right side up, and Mrs. Jones and Freeda clung to the seat and held to their places, when she managed to get hold of one line and turn the horse in Mr. Horton's yard. The horse freed himself from the wagon by striking a pear tree; he then jumped a wire fence and was caught. One foot or an ankle was bleeding from contact with the wire. Wife and child were not hurt but badly frightened. The same horse ran away a day or two before.
Lenox - The committees are doing everything in their power to make the Grange fair a success. Two state Grange officers will be present and give addresses in a.m., Worthy Master W.F. Hill and Rev. J. W. Johnson, chaplain. Both are able men and will have something to say worth hearing. In the p.m. there will be a game of ball, and in the evening an entertainment by Miss Julie Cruser, of Montrose, Elocutionist, with music by the Grant trio, of West Nicholson. Chicken pie dinner 25 cents.
New Milford - On Sept. 20, 1906, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Isaac Shimer, at Great Bend, occurred the death of Rufus Walworth, an old and respected citizen. He was formerly an extensive lumber dealer, running a large saw mill in the township of New Milford, but his health failing and becoming almost helpless, he was taken care of by his children till death claimed him.
Brooklyn - Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sterling left, Sept. 15, for a visit among relatives in the West, making stops with Mr. Sterling's sister, Miss Julia, and brother, C. M. Sterling, of Parker, South Dakota; sister, Mrs. S. Roger, of Lincoln, Neb, and brother, Herman Sterling, of Sterling, Ill; also Mrs. Sterling's sister, Mrs. C. P. Hallock, of Cleveland, Ohio. They will be absent about six weeks.
Fair Hill - "A friend in need is a friend indeed," so E.A. Sivers thought when the neighbors turned out and saved his horse barn when the other barn burning made it necessary to use plenty of water in a very short time.
Kingsley - S.E. Tiffany has three coopers setting up apple barrels, turning out about 150 barrels per day.
Susquehanna - The town is about to assume possession of one of the finest appointed and equipped postoffices in the state. The new postoffice building is located at the corner of Main and Drinker streets--which is the very center of the business portion of the town. It is an imposing brick structure with Indiana limestone trimmings. The postoffice proper, which occupies the entire first floor, is equipped with the very latest devices and fixtures known in postoffice furniture. The cases, which extend the entire length of the building, are of the finest polished quartered oak and contain about1200 wall and combination lock boxes. The combination lock idea is entirely new and of great convenience to owners of boxes. The postmaster's room is located in the front, enclosed with glass and quartered oak partitions, equipped with fireplace and mantle. The floors are of a handsome design of tileing. George W. Shaeff is the postmaster. The next we expect to hear from "George" is that he has secured free delivery for Susquehanna and Oakland.
Montrose - The Tarbell House is introducing electric lights and steam heat from the Electric Light & Steam Heat Co. Steam heat will also be introduced by the Farmers' Bank, Titsworth & Son, E. H. True, W.D.B. Ainey and G. P. & R. B. Little. AND Harry Lumley, of Lestershire, well-known to the baseball fans of this place, having appeared in a Montrose uniform on the diamond here for a couple of seasons when an amateur, is now the champion hitter in the National league. Chicago and New York have both offered big money for him, but the Brooklyn management refuse to part with him. Lumley weighs about 200, but covers the space between the sacks with old time speed.
Harford - Owing to yesterday's heavy downpour, the Harford Fair, to be held on that date, was postponed until next Tuesday, Oct. 2. The entries already made will remain the same and entry books will be open until Monday night for all desiring to compete for premiums.
Thompson - Dr. W.W. McNamara's house he is rebuilding is Thompson's first sky-scraper, and it is going skyward at a fair gait.
Friendsville - As a token of appreciation for his faithful service of a coachman, James H. Goff, of Binghamton, was left $10,000 by his former employer in New York [City]. Mr. Goff is about 40. He was born in Friendsville and quite a number of years ago went to New York. He went to work on the street cars, but his health failed and he became coachman for a wealthy man in that city. Afterwards he went to Binghamton and has since been coachman for Horace E. Conklin, of Riverside Drive.
Forest City - Friday night a lad with a taste for peaches attempted to steal a basket of the luscious fruit from Cooley's store. The youngster was a daring operator. Mr. Cooley was in the rear of the room and his daughter behind a case toward the front at the time. The lad boldly walked into the store, helped himself to the nearest basket and started away with it. Mr. Cooley gave chase and the boy found it necessary to drop the peaches after going about 50 ft. and got away.
News Briefs: The tallest building in the world is being built at Liberty street and Broadway, New York city, by the Singer company. It will be 612 ft. above the level of the street and will contain 41 stores. The floor space will equal 9 1/2 acres and accommodate a population of 6,000 people. AND Congregational singing will be adopted in a number of the Catholic churches--in which female voices may be allowed.