April 19 (1907/2007)
Crystal Lake - Greeley Belcher has just purchased a magnificent team of dark brown imported horses. Mr. Belcher has but recently taken up his residence at Crystal Lake where he has purchased a large tract of land. He formerly owned large interests in Alaska, which required his presence, but he has now disposed of these and expects to live at Crystal Lake.
Forest City - Daniel Surba, a young man about 18 years of age, was killed in the Clifford mines at Forest City Monday afternoon. He was a foot tender at one of the planes and during a few moments' idleness jumped on one of the trips of cars to ride a short distance down the plane. A sudden jolt of the car threw him off and under the wheels, where he received injuries which proved fatal.
Scranton/Dalton - The Northern Electric Railway, operating between Scranton and Dalton, will probably be open for traffic by June 1. Tracks are now laid and the greater part ballasted and 35 new cars have been built for the company and are ready for shipment. The road will be operated on a 35-minute schedule, at the onset, until the company can figure what service is necessary.
New Milford - The section men working on the Lackawanna here went on strike Monday morning for more pay. The strike affects two sections of men, most of whom are Hungarians. The strike was begun when the men received their pay from the pay car. AND The funeral of Mrs. Mary Miller, aged 83 years, occurred at the New Milford Baptist church on Saturday, Rev. H. M. Pease officiating. Mrs. Miller was the mother of 14 children, 10 of whom are living.
Montrose - Charles, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Marvin, fell from the second story of the Marvin home on Lincoln avenue yesterday morning, but almost miraculously escaped uninjured. The child is about 10 months old and unobserved it leaned from the open window and becoming overbalanced fell to the ground, a distance of 12 or 14 feet. He struck on one shoulder, and frightened members of the family rushed to him expecting to find him badly hurt, if not seriously injured. An examination by a hurriedly summoned physician revealed only a trifling bruise on the shoulder. The little tot has been wont to express himself in baby prattle when desiring to tell others, when hearing anything fall, by exclaiming "bing!" Soon after his fall he was soothingly asked about his tumble and responded simply, but expressively, with a solemnly uttered "bing!"
Susquehanna - Monday morning, at about 12 o'clock, fire was discovered in the Cascade House stables. The fire had gained good headway before it was discovered, but Erie Hose Co., No. 1 and the Chemical Engine company responded quickly to the alarm and soon subdued the flames and managed to save the hotel and other nearby property. In the barn at the time were several horses and a few pigs, which were rescued. One horse belonging to E. A. Barrett was badly burned about the mane. Only a portion of the other contents of the barn was saved and Charles Sabin, E. A. Barrett and F. O. Stearns, proprietor of Cascade House, lost their carriages, harness, etc. The building was insured for $1000 and contents for $100 in the agency of C. E. Titsworth.
Brooklyn - The Brooklyn High School graduating class numbers 14; it being the largest in the history of the school.
Friendsville/Flynn - There was a very pretty marriage in Friendsville, April 10th, by Rev. B. Driscoll. J. W. Flynn, of Flynn, and Mrs. Grace, of Binghamton, being the contracting parties. The bride was tastefully dressed in black silk and the groom wore the conventional black dress suit. They were attended by Elizabeth Flynn, a sister of the groom, who wore a beautiful dress of brocade satin, and Andrew Phalen, of Flynn, who was attired in an Oxford gray suit. The happy couple returned to their home in Flynn, amid a shower of rice and congratulations of their many friends.
South Gibson - Fuller and Chamberlain, wholesale and retail dealers in anything made of iron, advertise mowers, reapers, binders, cream separators, roofing, fertilizers, light and heavy wagons, sleighs, & c. They have a telephone.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Tewksbury left here last Tuesday for their home in Kirwin, Wyoming. They will visit her sister, Mrs. A. S. James, at Ely, Minn. on their way.
Uniondale - A goodly number of trout have been caught by the small boys in the stream near here and on Monday morning a number of fishermen from down the valley arrived here, equipped for angling.
Fairdale - Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Risley took a trip to Brooklyn on Saturday last, visiting with Eugene Snyder and other relatives and friends. Returning about 9 o'clock they found their 25 head of cattle all nicely fastened in the barn and fed, little Arthur, his son, aged 7 and daughter, aged 9, doing the work.
Harford - There is deep need of temperance work in Harford. The members of the W.C.T.U. are acting wisely in trying to save our boys and girls.
Glenwood - After the death of Galusha Grow rumors surfaced regarding a woman who had put herself forward as the widow of Mr. Grow, a lifelong bachelor. James T. DuBois, secretary to Mr. Grow, denied the rumors saying "in all the trouble that came to him in the latter years of his life, there is nothing that impeaches his honor or integrity or casts a blot on his fair name. This I know. As executor I will guard those things that he kept secret in his lifetime, probably unwisely so, and through supersensitiveness. But some things I can tell you. In November 1905, I received a letter from Mr. Grow asking me to come to Glenwood. I found him in ill health. He told me of his financial reverses saying that he was penniless, with the exception of about $200 a year from some railroad bonds. The bulk of his loss was in money given to those whom for years he had befriended and assisted. I could call the business blackmail, but it was told [to] me as an instance of ingratitude. At any rate, everything was gone, including the home at Glenwood." Mr. DuBois met with Andrew Carnegie, who gave Mr. Grow a pension of $1000 a year and later increased it to $2000. Mr. Carnegie was very anxious that Mr. Grow, because of his distinguished services to the country and mankind, should live in comfort for the rest of his life. When thanked by DuBois, Carnegie replied, "Don't thank me, I desire to thank you for calling my attention to Mr. Grow's trouble. I have always considered that his services to this country were of very great value, especially that Homestead Act."
News Briefs: Farmers say that an April snow does as much good as a coating of manure and augurs for a good season for crops.
April 26 (1907/2007)
1907 - The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association -2007 - "One Hundred Years of Service"
April Snow: The late snowy weather reminds some of the older people of snows we had in April of other years. Slight snow storms and squally weather have been quite frequent in April. Some of the most remarkable were about 1848. On the 12th of April that year a regular thunder snow squall occurred, which brought nearly five inches of snow in about one hour and a half, with bright flashes of lightning and peals of thunder. In 1855 about 24 inches of snow fell on April 20. But probably the greatest fall of snow that fell in one storm was on April 19, 20 and 21 in the year 1857, 50 years ago, when in some localities the new snow measured nearly four feet. A picture on a well-known old map of Susquehanna county shows some of the Montrose men of that day, clearing Public Avenue of the latter fall of the beautiful.
Harford - The members of this year's class of the Harford school were in Montrose on Friday, having the class picture taken at Bronson's studio. The seven graduates are: George and Charles LaBarre, Ray Tingley, Fay Hallstead, Helen Wilmarth, Pearl Ransom and Frieda Robinson. AND Levi Lure Leroy, aged 76, died at his home in Carbondale early Sunday morning. The deceased was a native of New York state and for many years resided at Harford where he conducted a store and farm. He served for three years during the Civil War as a private in Co. G., 14th Regt., N.Y. heavy artillery, and was a member of the G.A.R. Post at Harford. The body was taken to Harford Wednesday morning, services being held in the Congregational church and interment being made at that place.
Auburn Twp. - The Auburn High School graduates a class of four on May 1. The exercises are necessarily postponed a couple of weeks, owing to a case of scarlet fever having developed among the pupils, and the school will be re-opened on Monday. The graduates are: Arthur Carter, Benjamin Pierson, Marcella Keough and Maude Mericle.
Fairdale - The Bell telephone company has added two new phones in this vicinity. One in the parsonage for Rev. W. F. Boyce, and one in the house of George Brotzman. D. M. Roe also had a new one put in his store last week.
Birchardville - The band of gypsies, which have been staying here so long, have moved on.
New Milford - One of the principal events of the year will take place at the Opera House on Thursday evening, May 2. On this date the commencement exercises of the High School will be given. Graduates are sixteen in number.
Brooklyn - A meeting was called at George Terry's store to take steps toward improving our streets and the surroundings of residences in town, and all the people are requested to set aside Wednesday, May 1st, for that work and meet in the morning prepared to work all day in cleaning the streets and yards in town. Brooklyn is one of the pleasantest towns in the county and the buildings are kept well repaired and painted, but the streets and sidewalks need attending to, so it is hoped there will be a general rally on May 1st.
Hop Bottom - A musical treat is in store for the people of Hop Bottom and vicinity, Thursday evening, May 2. The Hallstead Male Quartette, of which Dr. F. Ellis Bond and Wm. H. McCreary are members, Mrs. Osborn of Harford, and others, will assist in the entertainment.
Forest City - The dedication of the First Methodist Church of Forest City will take place on Sunday, May 5. The church is practically completed and it is expected to be entirely complete, with slight exceptions, before the time of dedication.
Gibson - Frank Benson is one of the largest producers of maple syrup and sugar in the county. He has already made over a ton of sugar this season, with prospects of doubling the amount. His grove consists of over 800 trees.
Starrucca - Fire destroyed the Mountain House last Saturday afternoon. There was an insurance of $2000 on the building and $500 on contents.
Susquehanna - Fred H. Pride died on Sunday after a short illness of typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Pride has been the foreman of the Transcript office for several years and previous to that had been employed in the government printing office at Washington. He was a brother of B. F. Pride, formerly editor of the Susquehanna Journal. One daughter, Miss Christine Pride, of Bolivar, N.Y., survives. Interment beside his wife in the cemetery at Elliotville, N.Y.
Montrose - Joseph Jordan, who recently relinquished his position in Beach's machine shop here, left Scranton on the 19th inst., and sailed from Boston to Port Limon, Costa Rica, where a most lucrative position awaited him in the machine shops of the great Northern Railway, of which his brother, Thomas Jordan, is master mechanic.
Springville - After a seven months term of school that has had all the rumblings of an earthquake, our little village has settled down once more to its accustomed quietness.
Carbondale/Thompson - Mrs. Lettie Brownell, of Carbondale, is seeking a divorce in the Lackawanna courts. It was alleged by Mrs. Brownell that her husband deserted her. Brownell contends that it was his wife that deserted him, for the reason that he does not want to leave the farm on which they have spent the better part of their lives, while she persists in living in Carbondale. Both parties are aged and have a number of grandchildren. It is questionable whether or not the Lackawanna court has jurisdiction in the case. The parties are, or were formerly, of Thompson.
News Briefs: The bill prohibiting the buying, selling or wearing for adornment any Pennsylvania wild bird or part thereof has been passed by the House.
May 03 (1907/2007)
1907-2007 - The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. "One Hundred Years of Service."
Friendsville - While Merchant Hugh Matthews was returning home from a business trip to Binghamton last Saturday, his horse dropped. Bad luck for Hugh.
Franklin Twp. - There will be phones added to the Peoples Mutual Independent Telephone Co. line as follows: James Webb, Fred Webb, Jacob Warner, Wm. Webb (2), Chas. Welch, Edson Rhinevault, Chas. Palmer, W. L. Bailey, G. H. Smith and Harry Vance.
Dundaff - Howard Phinney has purchased 200 pigeons. He intends to supply the market with squabs.
Dimock - A. H. Button drives his fine pair of colts on the milk wagon from Parkville to the Dimock milk station. AND The librarian of the Dimock Free Library wishes to say that in addition to our 7 or 800 volumes of fiction history, science, etc., we have the Delineator; McClures, Cosmopolitan, Success Magazine, Bird Lore, Forest Leaves, Everybody's Magazine, American Boy, St. Nicholas, Woman's Home Companion, Country Life in America and Harper's Bazaar.
Flynn - Fred Dimon has finished digging holes for the telephone line to Friendsville.
Harford - It seems that our friend [Wallace] Thatcher can never be easy unless he is historically busy. It was passion that afflicted him in his youth. Little did he think when he attended the first fair of the Harford Agricultural Society, 1858, that he would be called on a half century later to write its whole history. But the instinct that led him to be putting down facts, writing diaries, saving fair badges, and preserving files of newspapers, has served him well. The book is nearing completion. Had the Harford fair reaped its old time harvests, the managers would have published this book unaided. Bad weather made a low treasury, and they ask the public to generously help and attend the approaching July 4th celebration on the fair grounds, the proceeds of which will be appropriated to its printing.
Scranton - A Black Hand outrage was perpetrated in Scranton last week, when the rectory of St. Joseph's church was dynamited. It wrecked the building and threw the pastor out of bed. There are two factions in the church, and the one opposed to Fr. Yankola is supposed to know something about the daring deed.
Forest City - There was an extremely pathetic feature in connection with the death of John Vovack who was crushed by a fall of rock in the Leggett's Creek mine Friday. His wife and three children reached there, from the old country, just about the time he was killed. Vovack had been here several months and had earned sufficient money to pay for their passage. He sent it to them and Friday went into the mine intending to work half a day, so that he could be on hand to meet them. While at work in his chamber, he was so filled with happiness that he failed to notice the roof was bad, and it crushed him to earth. It was three hours before the body could be recovered, but from the first there was no hope that the man was alive.
Susquehanna - With the revelation of the state of the labor conditions in the Erie shops here, the truth of the statements made by President Underwood, of that road, published recently, is made apparent. According to inside reports, direct from Susquehanna, that town is on the verge of a volcano and a strike involving nearly 1,000 men is likely to be called at any time. The superintendent of the Erie shops at that place states that Susquehanna is considered the hotbed of all the labor troubles of the road and that, rather than give in one point, the shops will be closed there. In that case it is easy to see that the time is probably not far distant when Binghamton will be their location. The businessmen of the town and the whole population of the village are alarmed over the prospective removal of the shops and all efforts are being made towards reconciliation.
Great Bend - Claire Rickard, aged 13, son of Miles Rickard, who resides about 11/2 miles out of town on the Windsor road, was accidentally shot in one of his feet Monday afternoon. He was out gunning for hawks and while stopping a moment rested the cocked gun, muzzle downward, on one of his shoes. The next instant there was an explosion and one of his toes was instantly missing. The front end of the shoe had been torn away and not a fragment of the lost toe could be found. It is fortunate that the gun was pointing down instead of up, as a person can better afford to lose a toe than his head.
Brooklyn - I. S. Tewksbury, who has been on the sick list for a long while, is around again and has resumed his duties as sexton of the M. E. church, being the oldest sexton in the county; his age is 88 years.
Lawsville - The team of Timothy Shea ran away last Sunday, depositing milk cans and milk along the road in great profusion. The team was caught by Harry Vance near Franklin Forks.
Hop Bottom - They have decided to tear down the old creamery and build all new. Several men are engaged for the work. Mr. McGraw, who expects to superintend the building of the new creamery, occupies rooms in the Barney house.
New Milford - That New Milford will have a bank is now a certainty, and that, too, as soon as the forces at work can effect the final steps. The work of organization was accomplished at the Grange hall on Thursday. The bank will be known as the Grange National Bank of Susquehanna County.
Montrose - Photographer E. D. Bronson has something entirely new in the post card line. It is the reproduction in natural tints by a photographic process, the scene as presented to the eye, without the over coloring common among the majority of hand-colored or imported cards. It is the subtle richness of the tints and shades, which makes them so effective, specimens of the work in the case in front of the Bronson studio having attracted considerable attention during the week. Although highly superior and more expensive to produce, former prices prevail and already they are in big demand by post card collectors.
News Brief: Don't sit cross-legged. Doctors say it is one of the causes of appendicitis.
May 10 (1907/2007)
1907-2007-The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, Celebrating "One Hundred Years of Service."
Forest Lake - On April 19th, Elder W. C. Tilden, one of the best known and most beloved men in Susquehanna County, completed 50 years of service in the ministry, serving as pastor of the following churches: Forest Lake church during the fifty years excepting one year and eight months; Middletown church, 22 years, and afterward 12 years, in all 34 years; Liberty, 12 years; Rush church 7 years; Hallstead church, 8 months, and preaching many times at Dimock, Herrickville, Camptown, Jackson, Auburn, Laurel Lake and other places. His work has included 5,823 sermons, with an addition of 893 funeral sermons, in all 6717. Number baptized, 237; marriages, 339; miles of travel, 140,000.
Ararat - Our new merchant, Will Arthur, has his store neatly fitted up with a supply of fine groceries, ready for business. We wish him every success.
Friendsville - The death P. Matthews, 80 years of age, occurred at his home. He was a native of Ireland and immigrated with his parents to America when a child. He has resided in Friendsville for half a century. His occupation was that of a wagonmaker. He is survived by a wife and seven children.
Montrose - J. M. Jeffers has been remodeling his pleasant home, and added five rooms, with a view to entertaining an increased number of summer boarders this season, and he has lots of applications. He and his wife are splendidly fitted to entertain them, to say nothing of the yellow-legged chickens Mr. J. always has "on tap," of a specially toothsome breed. It is also in one sense a public benefit when families like Mr. Jeffers open their homes to summer boarders, as it brings that many more people to town.
Heart Lake - Mr. Hillis is furnishing the third story of the boarding house and when completed there will be room for about 40 guests. The season will open about June 1st. Mr. W. H. Wall expects to open the Lake Side House about June 1st.
Uniondale - A letter received today from Mrs. D. B. Carpenter, of Ballard, Washington, claims that her son, Lawyer Frank Carpenter, has bought him a place and is building a fine house near Puget Sound, in sight of the Olympic mountains. The house is to be very modern in all its details. She also says they have a society there, called the Pennsylvania Club; all people from Pennsylvania can join. They have a hall and meet for a social time. Last week a Mr. James Hamilton, formerly of Carbondale, joined their number. He is a civil engineer there.
Thompson - The Bordens are enlarging their facilities for business. They have recently put in two large teams to haul milk from the region round "Sugar Loaf: over in Wayne County. AND Dr. McNamara hopes to finish the outside carpenter work on his house on Main street. Little has been done on the inside, so he has quite a job to do before he can occupy it.
Dimock - A farewell dance was given at the Dolan House, Thursday evening, May 2nd. The ball room will be partitioned into bedrooms. AND Frank Cope, Jr., will give a lecture at [the] Literary rooms Saturday evening, May 18th. All are cordially invited.
Melrose - There was another wreck on the Erie at Melrose. Eight cars were off the track. The work hands were called from here at 5 a.m. to help clear away debris. The road was blocked with trains all the forenoon.
Glenwood - A stray horse came to the barn of Melvin Deakin, Friday--gray, with bob tail and about 18 years of age. Owner can have horse by paying charges and for this advertisement.
Forest City - The Forest City base ball team is to be re-organized this year under the management of John Morrison. Ground has been secured from the D & H company on the right side of the road leading to Vandling, south of Mrs. Farrell's hotel. The work of grading will soon be started. The team will be composed entirely of Forest City players.
Harford - Tunis Miller is suffering with an acute attack of appendicitis. He is attended by Dr. Taylor, of Hopbottom, and he hopes he will get along without an operation.
Brooklyn - Mrs. Charles Tiffany offers her fine farm and town residence for sale, which includes the Tiffany water system, which supplies the greater part of the town with water. It's a fine proposition for the right man.
South Gibson - The Harford Dairy company is doing a rushing business in their creamery here. Our merchants all have a full line of seasonable goods, and pay the highest prices for farmers' produce, and our milliner has a full line of fashionable goods for women and children. Fuller & Chamberlain can supply hardware and farming tools; so our little town is a good place to come to get your wants supplied.
Susquehanna - An appropriation of $8,000 for the Simon H. Barnes Memorial hospital has passed the House. The bill was introduced by Hon. E. E. Jones of this county.
Hallstead - Hallstead base ball players, through the generosity of Hon. James T. DuBois, are to have a fine base ball diamond. The plot is located north of the Harmony creek bridge and comprises some three acres of level land peculiarly fitted for the players of the national game. A running track will also be constructed and a high board fence will enclose the entire area. John Connors captains this year's team, which is already getting in proper trim, and the fans of that vicinity are anticipating a whirlwind nine this season.
East Bridgewater - On the down trip Friday morning the Lehigh Valley locomotive struck a team of horses at Coon's Crossing, about two miles from Montrose, killing both. The animals belonged to D. T. Brewster of Montrose and J. W. Smith, who lives on the Brewster farm. They were being driven to the field with simply their harnesses on by a brother of Mr. Smith's, who is a deaf mute. Not noting the approaching train, the horses were struck broadside just as they were crossing the track, mangling them badly. The driver escaped unhurt.
News Brief: There was difficulty on a telephone line recently, the receiver apparently having been taken off and left off several hours. The trouble man was sent out and finally discovered that in the residence of one of the subscribers, an old lady had taken down the receiver and was using it to darn stockings on.
May 17 (1907/2007)
Montrose - The ice wagon of Keough & Deuel, ice dealers, has put on a new dress of paint for the summer. The use of opera glasses is unnecessary to discover the fact. The young men, who will "keep us cool" this summer, believe in improvements--and what better way can be adopted to invite patronage? AND Walter Brugler, who escaped from the Montrose jail a few weeks ago, was captured at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Sheriff Pritchard started after him Sunday, returning Tuesday night.
Harford - E. A. Smith, Heart Lake photographer, secured a good picture of the old fair ground, for the [Mr. Thatcher's] book. This ground is in the rear of the present hotel of F. J. Skeel, formerly the old Waldron tavern. The land sloped to the southeast, and travelers on the Gibson road often stopped, just above the home of R. R. Thatcher, to watch the crowd in the enclosure, and listen to the band. The society held eight fairs here; then because of cramped conditions, removed to their present location.
Jones Lake, Bridgewater Twp. - While canoeing at the Lake, the first of the week, Lawrence Allen and Miss Maude Tucker, two young people of this place, had a narrow escape from drowning. The couple was seated in the canoe about 50 ft. from the shore and in a spirit of fun the young lady rocked the boat. It unexpectedly "turned turtle" and both were soon struggling in the water, unable to hold onto the canoe, which was decked and kept turning over whenever they attempted to lay their hands upon it. Miss Tucker once lost her hold entirely, going under the surface, and it was only by diving that young Allen succeeded in bringing her to the top. Both were able to swim, but their clothing and the icy water hampered their efforts. Finally, after a long struggle, they managed to steady the canoe so that they were able to paddle to shore with their hands, both being nearly exhausted. At the home of C. S. Williams they were given dry clothing and otherwise cared for, and later were able to walk home, weary and bedraggled and somewhat the worse for an experience which they do not care to have duplicated.
Lanesboro/Susquehanna - The Susquehanna river, at a point bout a mile north of Lanesboro, was the scene Tuesday afternoon of an accident, which threatened the lives of four residents of Susquehanna. Messrs. Henry C. Miller, James Gibb, Clarence Wright and Miller Wright, were enjoying a pleasure ride in Hon. C. F. Wright's motor boat, when the gasoline which accumulated in the bottom of the boat, as a result of leakage, ignited, following the lighting of a match, setting fire to the boat and threatening its destruction. The occupants plunged into the river and reached shore safely. The boat was badly damaged, and will necessarily have to be sent to the makers for repairs.
Brooklyn - While driving to the Foster [Hop Bottom] station one day last week, W. C. Taylor met with an accident. His horse's bridle broke. Mr. Taylor, thinking he could get to the animal's head before she started to run, jumped from the wagon; but the horse was too quick for him. She jumped at the same moment and ran nearly half the way from Foster to Brooklyn. Overtaking the stage, the two wagons clashed, smashing Taylor's wagon quite badly, while the stage wagon, which was heavily loaded, remained uninjured. Mr. Taylor's sister, unable to escape from the wagon, took a perilous ride behind the runaway horse, but fortunately escaped without serious injury when the horse was stopped.
Forest City - Six graduated at the tenth annual commencement at Forest City High School. Mary Conoran, the Salutatorian spoke about "Life's Voyage"; Mary I. Fallon spoke of "School Life: Its Joys and Difficulties;" Kathryn V. Krantz, the class palmist, took great pains to discover the failures of her classmates and found much pleasure in disclosing them to their friends--but also read their failures to a happy end; Florence A. Stull gave an essay on "Thought and Action;" Molly R. McGrath willed away the class property and Rebecca Ludlow's Valedictory address was on "Change," following the course of civilization from the early ages to the present day.
Lynn - D. Tiffany is erecting a new building for the purpose of an art gallery.
Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. - E. J. Fish has sold his old gray "Nell" to G. Baker, near Hallstead. Consequently he is breaking his colt to take her place.
South New Milford - Milk train "No. 2" has a fine new milk wagon made in South Gibson.
South Gibson - F. D. Morris, Montrose druggist, was at South Gibson on Monday, supervising the erection of a soda water fountain in Pritchard's Sons' store, which he recently sold to them.
Dundaff -The opening dance of the season will be held at Rivenburg's Hall, Friday evening, May 17th, Firth's orchestra, of Carbondale, furnishing music.
Uniondale - Harvey Smith received a car load of ashes from a lime kiln and is retailing it for fertilizing gardens.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - We expect a rural free delivery on this road in the near future, although it will be impossible to travel this road in the winter months.
Silver Lake Twp. - The death of Thos. Buckley occurred May 4th, 1907, aged 94 years. He was one of the pioneers of Susquehanna County. Born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1813, he left his native land and all that was near and dear to him while yet a boy to seek his fortune in a strange land. His only capital was good health, a strong frame, and faith in God to succeed. Upon arriving in this country he worked for some time in New York and Schenectady, where he was married. With his bride and a few friends he started for Susquehanna County, led on by the great inducements held out to settlers by Dr. Robert H. Rose, at that time owner of thousands of acres of land at Silver Lake. Mr. Buckley had a family of 11 children, 10 of whom survive him. His remains were laid in St. Augustine's cemetery, that old acre of ground where lie the remains of all that grand old Catholic colony who settled and cleared that section of country, including the fathers and mothers of archbishops, bishops and priests and sisters of charity.
News Briefs: Last Saturday morning, May 11, the ground was covered with snow. Tuesday, the day was uncomfortably warm, the mercury being around 80 in the shade during the hottest part of the day. Farmers have been making the most of the warm weather by getting in their oats, the weather having been so unfavorable that a few had been able to sow them previous to this change.
May 24 (1907/2007)
Hallstead - Hallstead is having an attack of oil fever. Some of the citizens, who felt sure there were indications of oil sufficient to warrant a test, raised funds to bring an expert, who pointed out many indications through an instrument used for locating oil deposits, and told them oil was certainly to be found there, and they are now planning to put down a test well. Let her spout.
Montrose - Electric lights have been placed on Monument Square for evening concerts by the Odd Fellows Band. The boys came out Monday evening with their overcoats on and played a number of selections on Public avenue, but wouldn't tackle an open-air concert on the green. AND The remains of Elbert "Bert" Barney, aged 26 years, who died at his home in Edgewood, N.J., May 14, 1907, of that dreaded disease typhoid pneumonia, were brought to Montrose for burial. Mr. Barney was born in Brooklyn, this county, and on his parents moving to Montrose he became a student in the high school. He attended Andover college and later entered Princeton University where he became a popular football star. Many old friends gathered with the relatives at the station last Friday afternoon when the body was brought here for burial.
Heart Lake - Arthur L. Titman, of Elmira, N.Y., has leased the Harvey Griffing store, merry-go-round, boats, etc., for the season. Art will make a pleasant host.
Alford - The Hubbard House, kept by Rev. and Mrs. H. L. Hubbard as an eating and boarding house at the junction of the L. & M. and D. L.& W. railroads, at Alford, was burned to the ground on Tuesday morning last. The fire started at 7 o'clock and caught from the kitchen stove. The alarm was quickly spread over the quiet village, and the citizens turned out en masse to lend whatever help they could. Rev. Mr. Hubbard, at the time the fire broke out, was at Heart Lake, where he is engaged in acting as a supply pastor of the M.E. Church and was telephoned for. He hastily came to the scene of the conflagration and joined the force of men in saving what articles were within reach. The loss is about $2,800 to Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard and they were insured for $750, through the agency of Titsworth & Son. The loss to the traveling public is great, as it was a convenient place for travelers to dine. It is not known at present whether the Hubbard House will be rebuilt or not.
Hopbottom - The 11th of October last we were visited by a snowstorm, which covered the fruit on the trees with snow. We have been visited by snowstorms more or less up to the 11th of May 1907.
South New Milford - Several of the milk men about here joined the Farmers' Union. We all hope to get better prices for our milk and will have to if we follow the orders of the New York men's rules that have been laid down to us.
Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - A. L. Mack has purchased a fine new surrey.
South Gibson - H. D. Pickering started Monday for Michigan, to take treatments for rheumatism.
Gelatt - The County Commissioners were viewing the ground where the new county bridge is to span the main stream of the Tunkhannock creek. They stated that the prospects were fair for a bridge this summer. AND Carpenters are at work on the new summer cottages that Mrs. Hine is having built at Rilly [Rillie] Lake.
Susquehanna - Mrs. Marcella P. Leslie, widow of Joseph Leslie, has received through her attorney, Sebring & Cheny of Corning, N.Y., $4,600 in settlement of an action against the Erie Railroad Company on account of the death of her husband on Feb. 15, 1906. All old Erie Railroad Company men will remember "Joe" Leslie, one of the oldest and best locomotive engineers on the road, and will recall his tragic death on the night of Feb. 15, and will be pleased to learn that his widow receives such a substantial amount from the railroad company.
Forest City - William Wolford, of Delaware St., was instantly killed in the Erie mines last Monday. He was a young man of good habits and well liked by all who knew him. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the community.
Harford - The project of putting in an electric light plant either at Harford or Gibson and lighting Jackson, Gibson and Harford, is being discussed. It is said that the water power at those towns would be a guarantee of good light at a low figure.
Uniondale - Sunday morning a long procession of gypsies passed through here toward Pleasant Mt., with poor horses that could neither limp nor trot. They were telling fortunes as usual. AND The roads in town under the supervision of Stanley Norton are much improved. The looks alone do him credit.
Friendsville - The Friendsville Grange held a meeting on Saturday conferring the third and fourth degrees of membership on a class of fourteen. In the evening a sumptuous banquet was served by the young people. Among the out of town members present were Hon. Henry Rose, of Silver Lake, and Attorney R. B. Little and son, of Montrose.
Dimock - Francis R. Cope, Jr. and family, of Germantown, Pa., are occupying their summer home on Cope Hill. AND L. F. Thornton placed the large windows in the front of his store building last week and is receiving dry goods and groceries preparatory to opening a store.
Elk Lake - Mr. Quackenbush and family, of Scranton, are occupying their cottage.
News Briefs: The American people, according to statistics, paid $5,000,000 in 1906, for the support of base ball teams. AND The new law increasing the school teachers' [pay] will take effect on June 1. All teachers who hold a professional, permanent or normal school certificate will be paid not less than $50 per month, and teachers holding certificates of less grade will be paid not less than $40. The State will pay the increase and so the new law will not work any hardship in the small districts.
May 31 (1907/2007)
Montrose - Providence smiled in giving the remnant of faithful veterans in our borough as fair and beautiful a day as ever dawned in the month of May. This grand day on which the living patriot pays homage to the patriot dead, warmth and sunshine came to bless the Soldiers' day with both peace and gladness, and as early a five o'clock in the morning the Old Vets were astir and donning their blue regimentals preparatory to the initial act of the day. As the clock rang for the hour of six o'clock, a number of Veterans and Sons of Veterans assembled in G. A. R. Hall and proceeding to the cemetery, deposited up on the soldiers' graves-still wet with the dews of nightfall, large flags as markers of outward signs of an inward and undying love for those who have responded to the last roll-call. As the ranks are fast thinning out, there remains but a few Boys in Blue to perform this sacred oblation to their deceased comrades. But as long as they live, will this duty entrusted to them be faithfully carried out. Between the hours of six o'clock and twelve, our citizens acted generously in response to the request made in the general orders issued, "that on that day the National Colors be liberally displayed." All along the pubic avenue flags and bunting met the eye in great profusion, and it gives us pride to note the fact.
Uniondale - The time of house cleaning is again at hand, when meals are ate in silence from dry goods boxes and from barrel heads, while the baby, blacking brush, rolling pin, cat and your hat occupy the same receptacle. AND Mrs. O. M. Spoor is to receive the premium this month in the Larkin soap club.
Heart Lake - G. F. Allen has his potatoes planted and one piece of oats sowed. It is nothing strange that Allen is ahead with his work as a son arrived at his home April 25th.
Franklin Twp. - There will be 11 phones added to the Peoples Mutual Independent Telephone Company's line, as follows: James Web, Fred Webb, Jacob Warner, Wm. Webb (2), Chas. Welch, Edson Rhinevault, Chas. Palmer, W. L. Bailey, G. H. Smith and Harry Vance.
Birchardville - Mrs. Emma Strange and daughter, Fannie Boyd, have moved to Union, where they expect to do dressmaking.
Harford - W. B. Guile is here from Scranton and is clerking for Harry Miller at the old reliable Corner Store.
Forest City - It will soon be possible to ride by trolley from Forest City to Philadelphia. A charter granted several days ago to the Franklin and Towamensing street railway Co. giving it the right to build a nine mile track from Lehighton to Palmerton, with right for an extension to Slatington, completes the system with the exception of nine miles from McAdoo to Slatington. This latter nine miles will soon be built. When the junction is completed Forest City will be the terminal of the longest trolley system in the world.
Susquehanna - With the revelation of the state of the labor conditions in the Erie shops the truth of the statements made by President Underwood, of that road, published recently, is made apparent. According to inside reports, direct from Susquehanna, that town is on the verge of a volcano, and a strike involving nearly 1,000 men is likely to be called at any time. Susquehanna is considered the hotbed of all the labor troubles of the [Erie] road and that rather than give in one point, the shops will be closed there. In that case it is easy to see that the time is probably not far distant when Binghamton will be their location, as President Underwood said would be the case.
Brooklyn - The ranks of Rogers Post, G. A. R. are growing thinner each year. Many have passed over in answer to the call which no one can escape and where substitutes are not accepted. Among those who have passed away since last Memorial Sunday is the adjutant of [the] Post, Comrade E. J. Lathrop, who was an active member and who had a splendid war record of 28 battles, was twice wounded and once a prisoner of war. The service on Memorial Day will be held near his grave.
South Montrose - A new switch has been put in at Coolville by the L. V. R. R. to accommodate stone quarries, which are located south west of town on the B. F. Jones & K. E. Griswold farms. Another quarry is being opened on the farm formerly known as the Wilson farm; the stone found in these quarries is of superior quality.
Alford - An appeal has been sent out by friends, to the public, to assist Mrs. H. L. Hubbard in the rebuilding of her dining parlors, recently destroyed by fire. As a public inn, Mrs. Hubbard's place afforded a comfortable resting resort where one could get a nice bite to eat, while traveling, and the loss by fire is one keenly felt.
St. Joseph - Word was received that Rev. Fr. J. A. O'Reilly, rector of the Church of the Nativity, South Scranton, and formerly rector of the cathedral, died at the State Hospital in that city. At his side when death came were his sister, Miss Manie O'Reilly and brother, Aloysius, of St. Joseph. He was 47 years of age and was born at St. Joseph.
Hop Bottom - J. W. Bisbee has recently purchased the interest of his partner, Ernest Lewis, who wished to return to Harford, his old home. John is a most cordial fellow and we wish him success. This is the store conducted so long and with such pronounced success by E. M. Tiffany.
News Briefs: Headstones for the graves of old soldiers and sailors will be supplied free on application to the quartermaster general of the United States Army, at Washington, D.C., and sent to any address. Heretofore the headstones were furnished free by the County Commissioners but the system was recently changed [and] the applications must be made only on the 1st days of January, April, July and October. AND The Sons of the Revolution of New York have sent out a circular giving the dates upon which Old Glory should be displayed by patriotic people of the land. The days upon which the flag should be displayed are as follows-Lincoln's Birthday, Feb. 12; Washington's Birthday, February 22; Battle of Lexington, April 19; Memorial Day, May 30-on which day the flag should fly at half mast from sunrise to noon and full staff from noon to sunset; Flag Day, June 14; Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17; Independence Day, July 4; Battle of Saratoga, October 17; Surrender of Yorktown, October 19; Evacuation Day, November 25. Hoist up the flag on those dates.
June 07 (1907/2007)
Brooklyn - F. P. Miller is building a fine carriage barn on his farm and had an old-fashioned raising on Friday afternoon. T. M. Whitman and son, George, are doing the work and expect to have it ready for use before haying.
Lenoxville - Eldridge Snyder, the Lenoxville florist, was in Montrose securing orders from many people. He also made arrangements for planting flower beds in front of the courthouse.
Dimock - Dimock Campmeeting will begin August 21 and close August 29.
Springville - E. R. Thomas, who has been running the grist mill at Springville, will discontinue business and cease grinding on June 20th. Brown & Fassett, of Tunkhannock, have purchased his flour and feed business and will continue at the old stand after July 1. Mr. Thomas has always had a flattering patronage and is one of the most cordial and best-liked businessmen in the county. He will remain in Springville and devote his time to the management of his farm.
Forest City - There were but 34 votes cast at the recent primaries. Twenty-four were Republican and ten democrats. In some districts it was difficult to get a board together. The fact that this was the first primary under the new system and not generally understood, that it was competing with Forpaugh and Sel's circus and that there were no contests, all had their effect on the vote. The election offices say that the work on the board is very cumbersome and with a big contest would be worse than a regular election.
Montrose - Considerable excitement was aroused yesterday morning in the eastern part of our quiet "berg" by the running away of L. T. Harrower's horse. To say that the horse cut great "pigeon-wings" is treating the subject mildly, but could be plainly seen by the wily portions of the vehicle and contents were strewn over Church St. You must hang on to them "Lou." AND The Montrose Steam Laundry, of which Chas. S. Sprout is proprietor, recently added a new clothes wringing machine to its already finely equipped work rooms.
Glenwood - John S. Courtright and Frank D. Morris, appraisers of the estate of Hon. G. a. Grow, filed their inventory of his personal effects, amounting to between $6,000 and $7,000. Report says that Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Bennett will occupy the Grow mansion in the future.
South Gibson - The people here put in a full day May 30th. At 10:30 a.m. services were held in the lower cemetery and at 12 dinner was served by the Ladies' Aid in Belcher's hall. At 1:30 all repaired to the church, where an appropriate and eloquent address was delivered by Atty. George W. Maxey, of Scranton. The band and choir gave some fine selections. At 3 p.m. the South Gibson ball team crossed bats with a Carbondale team, the former being the victors. Miss Grace Manzer was hit by a pitched ball and sustained a broken nose. In the evening, under the auspices of the Epworth League, a mock trial was presented by local talent in Morgan's hall. It was a case of breach of promise and elicited much merriment in the crowd. About $30 was realized by the Aid Society for dinner. The League netted $21 in the evening.
Hallstead - V. H. Hand, the wide-awake merchant bought E. H. Sparrow's "Leader Store," the largest store in Hallstead and will start a large special sale. This is the fourth store Mr. Hand has bought since locating in Hallstead.
Lynn - Donald Tiffany has erected a photograph gallery and is now ready to take pictures of the people.
Hopbottom - Much disappointment is expressed at the news that the Commissioners had refused to help build the State road proposed from Foster [Hopbottom] to Brooklyn. AND Tennants Hall is to be taken down and moved to Clarks Summit.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Our telephone line pulls hard, by way of getting the wire. The money is on hand, but no wire.
Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - Borden inspectors found things in very good shape in the barns and milk houses in this neighborhood, when on their rounds last week. The farmers are learning a much-needed lesson in neatness.
Birchardville - Frank Bolles has taken some fine views of Birchardville and vicinity on post cards, which are now on sale at J. S. Hosford's Store, of this place.
South Auburn - W. G. Judson has shipped eggs of his new breed Buckeye red fowls to California, Nebraska, Maine and New York this week.
South New Milford - Someone too tired to walk Thursday night, took a horse out of the lot on the Frank Everett farm, and rode it into [the] town of Gibson and left it loose in the road. Mr. Tompkins recovered the horse on Saturday.
Harford - A request published in the county papers for information concerning Harvey Kingsbury, one of the men who organized the Harford Fair, has borne fruit. Mr. Thatcher finds him in Rock Island, Ill, an invalid, a retired Baptist minister. After leaving Harford he preached in Dimock, and later Windsor; afterwards going West. He and his wife have a lively interest in the old town yet. He also states that on the division of property, books, etc. of the Alpha-Epsilon society at Franklin Academy, the banner of the society fell to him; and is yet in his possession. He would like it to find its way back to Harford and will surrender it, if sure it will be preserved.
Susquehanna - At St. John's church yesterday morning Miss Elizabeth Davies became the wife of William P. Cole, of Crystal Lake. The ladies were charmingly arrayed in white silk gowns with hats to match. Rev. William Davies, brother of the bride was the officiating clergyman. After a reception at the home of the bride, in Oakland, the Coles left for a wedding trip to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Washington and on their return will take up their residence on Mr. Cole's farm near Crystal Lake. The bride for the past 10 years has been connected with the faculty of the high school, having for the past seven months been vice-principal, and Mr. Cole is one of Clifford Township's most prosperous farmers.
June 14 (1907/2007)
Hallstead - The Mitchell House is being enlarged by the addition of 25 sleeping rooms, with bath and toilet room in connection. The hotel will then number some 50 sleeping rooms.
Montrose - The Montrose Athletics play two games with Great Bend here on the Fourth, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The home team has been strengthened by the return of the Shafer brothers and Strous, and the local nine may be expected to put up a lively time for the strong visiting team. AND Frank Wilson and Leo Mahon, two practical glasscutters, are preparing to re-open the glass factory. They will start in a small way
Brooklyn - B. A. Oakley and Phil Burbank have begun work on A. G. Sterling's new house on Maple Street which, when completed, will be a great addition to the many beautiful homes on that street.
Susquehanna - Earnest Plew, 15 years old, whose home is in Oakland, is in the borough lock-up awaiting a hearing upon the charge of stealing a horse. This morning Earnest took a fancy to a horse belonging to David Mayo, of Locust Hill, which was standing hitched in front of Mitchell's drugstore on Main St. and seating himself in the buggy, started on a pleasure ride, his destination being Comfort pond. Very soon Mr. Mayo missed his horse and a search was commenced with the result that young Plew was captured near Lanesboro by Jack Hennessy.
Rushville - Rushville holds the honors for coming out with the biggest fish story. It's a true story, too. But that's only one of the unusual features. The fish, a huge carp, was caught on Thursday night of last week near Giffin's mill, in the Wyalusing creek, was 30 inches in length, 19 inches in circumference and weighed 10 lbs, 13 oz. Levi Light, with others, was in a boat spearing, when he succeeded in plunging the spear in the back of the fish. In its struggles it nearly upset the boat, and it was only after a companion jabbed another spear into it that it could be taken from the water. In the carp was found either a 38 or 44-calibre bullet, it being so flattened that it was impossible to determine the exact size, while the wound made had entirely disappeared, showing that the fish had attained a considerable age. There are many carp in the Wyalusing at this point, but this is the largest undoubtedly that has ever been caught in that particular place.
Lathrop Twp. - Considerable interest was manifested Wednesday afternoon in the suit instituted against Wm. Welch, who is alleged to have dynamited the Card pond in Lathrop, thereby killing a large number of fish. The hearing was held in the T. J. Davies' law office, Game Warden Shoemaker being the prosecutor. The defendant was represented by Attorneys Little and Kelly, while Mr. Davies appeared for the Commonwealth.
Lenox Twp. - There was a quiet wedding at the home of G. N. Bennett at Glenwood on Sunday when Miss Vern Bell became Mrs. Jean L Tower. The happy couple left immediately for the home of the groom's parents in Philadelphia and will go to housekeeping in Trenton, N.J., July 1. This leaves the bride's father, G. S. Bell, without a housekeeper, and he will now reside with his daughters at Glenwood.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - Thursday was Mrs. Amy Raub's 80th birthday, and her brother, C. W. Pierson and wife and sister, Mrs. Milton Harris and husband, spent the day with her at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Fuller. It was a very enjoyable day to all, and as they separated it was with best wishes and hoping for many happy returns. Mrs. Raub retains all her faculties and spends her time reading, sewing and doing the things she was accustomed to do in her earlier years. She often walks half a mile to call on friends and always enjoys the visits.
New Milford - Francis Washington Boyle, aged 83 years, died at his residence in New Milford on Tuesday, June 11. The deceased was born in June1825, son of Hon. John Boyle (formerly an associate judge of Susquehanna county) and for a number of years was proprietor of the Eagle Hotel in New Milford. From 1853 to 1861 he was postmaster of his home town, and in 1862 went to Susquehanna, where for four years he was a member of the mercantile firm of Boyle and Barber. He was appointed, under President Johnson, internal revenue collector and served in that capacity for two and a half years. Mr. Boyle resided nearly all his life in New Milford.
Forest Lake - The death of P. S. Kane, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Forest Lake, occurred June 8, 1907, aged 63 years, he having been born on St. Patrick's day, 1844. He had the distinction of being the tallest man in the county six and one-half feet tall.
St. Joseph - New memorial windows of beautiful designs have been placed in St. Augustine's church.
Springville - Jos. H. Kelly, proprietor of the Springville Hotel, has decided to discontinue the livery business, which he has hitherto operated in connection with his hotel, and will make a public sale of all his horses, wagons, sleighs, harness, blankets, &c., on Saturday June 15.
He Broke Jail Again: Walter Brugler has again escaped from the county jail. The wily young fellow got away sometime during the night by affecting an entrance to the jail yard, twisting his bed blankets into a rope, which he threw over the high wall and thus managed to get away. He evidently obtained, in some inexplicable manner, a key which would unlock his cell and gain admission to the cell used for sick inmates. Here he sawed through a bar that had been partially cut at some previous time by another prisoner in a vain attempt to secure liberty. In the yard it would even then take the most daring ingenuity to scale the wall, but in this the shrewd young criminal succeeded and left no clue as to his probable destination. [Brugler is the same one who escaped on the evening of March 31 and a few weeks ago was captured at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.]
News Brief - Governor Stuart has signed the bill appropriating $1000 annually to counties in which agricultural fairs are held. Each of the incorporated societies will receive its share of the whole. Susquehanna county has three--Harford, Lawton and Montrose.
June 21 (1907/2007)
Upsonville - A very enjoyable social surprise was tendered E. J. Lindsey on Thursday last, it being his 74th birthday. Soldiers and friends from Montrose, Heart Lake, New Milford, and Hallstead were present. It was a genuine surprise, also a double surprise, for they left a token in remembrance of the day with Comrade Lindsey [Corp. Co. B, 143d PA Volunteers]. He wishes to express his thanks to all who joined in this festive occasion.
Montrose - Over 11,000 pounds of butter were shipped from the Lehigh Valley station here on Tuesday and 12,030 pounds from Springville the same day.
Susquehanna - Susquehanna and Nicholson citizens are enthused over a proposed electric line to connect the two towns. South Gibson, which is on the projected route, has also roused up much enthusiasm, and the construction of the road was warmly advocated at a mass meeting the first of the week. AND An appropriation bill was introduced by Hon. E. E. Jones [Harford], in the House of Representatives, giving the Simon H. Barnes Hospital $5000. Too much praise cannot be given the public officials, as well as to the local citizens of influence in that borough, in which Rev. P. F. Brodrick deserves special mention.
Forest City - Many Forest City people have been in Montrose this week, interested in the suit instituted by that borough against James Fuller. Mr. Fuller, it is alleged, is erecting a wooden structure within a section of the town which is contrary to an ordinance prohibiting such a procedure, as it is within the fire limits and endangers the buildings of abutting property owners. Another objection is that the material being used in its construction is wood from a breaker torn down some years ago and is permeated with oil and coal dust, making it highly combustible. Judge Searle has rendered no decision as yet, and it may be he will refuse to, considering that the council has the power to decide the matter.
Heart Lake - While disappointment is manifested following the announcement that the I.O.O.F. Band had decided to celebrate at Heart Lake instead of Montrose, on the 4th of July, the change is a good one, nevertheless, and affords a splendid opportunity for a day's outing at this very pleasurable summer resort. Excursion rates will be secured, and presumably a special night train will run. The attractions will be band selections, boating, merry-go-round, dancing, games, ball game, etc., etc. Go and spend your morning with the band boys. You must turn out with the crowd at Heart Lake and join in with "the blare of the trumpet and drum" in making the eagle scream with enthusiasm.
New Milford - On Friday afternoon John Meehan, an aged and respected resident of New Milford, met with a painful accident while going to Hallstead on business. He was a passenger on train No. 45, one of the milk trains going west, and in his excitement did not get off the train at the station but was carried by to the lower crossing at Church Street. The train had gathered considerable headway after it got in motion, and when Mr. Meehan went to alight he was thrown to the ground with such force that his leg was broken and he was otherwise badly shaken up.
Harford - The entertainment given at Odd Fellows' hall on Monday evening, by "Comical Tom," was not very well attended.
Brooklyn - We are glad to welcome our young friends from the various schools, which they have been attending. Some have come with the satisfaction of having finished their course. Among these are Josie and Luella Gere, of Mansfield; and the following are expected home soon: Leon Stephens, Clare Whitman and Levi Stephens of Pennsylvania State College; Fannie Spencer and Charles Savige, of Wyoming Seminary; Florence Packard, of Mansfield.
South Gibson - The Aid Society met at William Decker's last Wednesday and 83 persons sat down to a chicken dinner, with cake, pie, puddings, ice cream and Bananas. Visitors were present from Gibson, Clifford and Welsh Hill.
Hallstead - For the past year the Mitchell House has been far too small to accommodate the great number of travelers and vacationists who have sought accommodations at this popular hostelry. In order to accommodate better the traveling public Mr. Clune is building a large extension to the hotel, which will be three stories high and contain 25 additional rooms for guests. When finished Mr. Clune expects to have one of the largest and most modern hostelries outside of the largest summer resorts and big cities.
Ararat - C. V. Roberts met with a serious accident one evening while crossing the track near the station. He was struck by an Erie pusher and badly cut about his face besides internal injuries. He was unconscious when found.
Glenwood - A band of Gypsies went through this place a few days ago, taking money from those that were foolish enough to show they had the long green. It was done in such a manner that it was not missed until too late to get it back. O foolish mortals!
News Brief: The year 1816 is often referred to as the cold year. As the "oldest inhabitants" cannot remember that year we have to depend upon history for the fact. We quote from a reliable source the following which may be of interest at present: January and February had been mild; March was not cold and vegetation had gotten well started when about the middle of April winter seemed to set in in earnest. Snow and sleet fell for 17 different days in May. In June there was either snow or frost every night. During the month the snow was 5 inches deep for several days in succession in the interior of New York State, and from 10 inches to 3 feet deep in Vermont and Maine. July was cold and frosty; ice formed as thick as a pain of window glass in every one of the New England States. August was still worse. Ice formed nearly an inch thick and killed nearly everything in the United States. In the spring of 1817, corn, which had been kept over from the crop of 1815, sold for from $5 to $10 a bushel, the buyers purchasing for seed. There was little or no corn matured in 1816.
June 28 (1907/2007)
Scranton - Next Monday is the date fixed for the opening of the Northern Electric railroad between Scranton and Dalton. It is understood that the company will put its rates at a point whereby they will be able to compete with the Lackawanna trains in carrying passengers to the country suburbs. A feature of the road will be its freight department.
Montrose - Two [ball] games here on the Fourth with Great Bend. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Don't miss them. They will be warm ones, as the Benders have a great bunch of players this season. AND M. H. VanScoten, Esq., has an interesting relic in the way of an old express package, which had carried $60.00 from Jacob Deck, Alexandria, Virginia, to Mrs. Jacob Deck, Milford, Pa., during the Civil War. This was sent here just before Mr. Deck's capture by the Confederates. He was taken to the rebel prison, Andersonville, where he died soon after, Oct. 25, 1864. Mrs. Deck is now Mrs. Wm. Hartig, who lives in Montrose.
Lathrop - The celebrated case of dynamiting the Card fish pond was continued. It is alleged that in June, William Welch, in company with two friends, secured in the neighborhood of 100 bass and sunfish from the pond by exploding dynamite in the water. Two young boys, not in their teens, testified and stated being at the pond on the day in question and stated that while two men were in the boat exploding the charges, a third man remained on shore with a shotgun and would fire simultaneously at a given signal from the boat. The reports of gun and explosive would not always occur at exactly the same moment, an interval taking place between. The hunter, recognized as Welch, states he was after squirrels. The other two young men in the boat have since disappeared and are now in New York state. The boys, upon asking the occupants how many fish they had secured, were told it was "none of their business," emphasized with an oath. The case drew considerable attention and the evidence offered by the two boys was the most damaging, and they could not be shaken or confused in their story. The suit will continue at the same place on July 1st.
Forest City - A sad fatality was that which caused the death of Mrs. Michael Biblo, who lived in the little Russian colony on the mountain just north of Forest City. Last Saturday she took a cup from a shelf and not noticing that it contained a quantity of paris green, poured a cup of tea and drank it. Realizing her mistake too late, a daughter was sent to Forest City for medicine, but before she could return the poison had permeated Mrs. Biblo's system, and after lingering until Monday, she died.
Friendsville - Camp Choconut, for 1907, will take up their quarters at Friendsville, near Carmalt Lake, for the summer, Tuesday, July 2. The camp, this year, is unusually large and is made up into two divisions.
Clifford - Mrs. Caroline N. Miller died at the home of her daughter, in Dalton, June 20, at the age of nearly 83 years. She was the widow of the late Rev. Wm. Miller, a Baptist minister for many years in the Abington Baptist Association, and who for 23 years was pastor of the Baptist church at Clifford. Rev. Mr. Miller died about 5 years ago.
Brooklyn - Brooklyn is about to organize a baseball team, which will be the first organized team the town has since two years ago. The prospects are in favor of a good team and one hard to be beaten by any amateur team with which the boys may come in contact. AND Geo. D. Nash, formerly of Brooklyn, and his son Glen, are publishing a Binghamton paper they call the Binghamton Home Journal. Instead of spelling their name as formerly they have changed it to Narsh, thus, G. D. Narsh & Son.
South Auburn - Hiram Carter had the misfortune to lose his cow.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - The people of this place attended the dedication of Jersey Hill church, Thursday, but as money could not be raised to pay off the debt, it was not dedicated.
Dundaff - Jennie Spring has accepted a position with the Anthracite Telephone Company for the summer. AND The Dundaff boys have formed a base ball team and are in excellent condition. The "Red Roarers" are ready to be challenged.
New Milford - While running at a high rate of speed between New Milford and Alford, Saturday afternoon, the discovery was made that D. L. & W. passenger train No. 3 was on fire. The flames were caused by a spark lodging in the leather lining of a day coach. The train was stopped and the trainmen organized a bucket brigade, extinguishing the flames with small loss. An incipient panic among the passengers was quickly quelled.
Oakland - Fred Fisher, a night telegraph operator, was returning to his home in Oakland, a suburb of Susquehanna, when he was attacked by two men whom he judged to be hold up men. His cries for help aroused the neighbors who came to his assistance, when it was fond that the supposed hold up men were policemen, who were of the opinion that they had captured a suspicious character. Mr. Fisher was within a few doors of his home when attacked. His injuries are not thought to be of a serious nature. Later the policemen were arrested.
Heart Lake - Truman Hall killed an owl and a crow at one shot. The owl measured 52 inches from tip to tip.
Harford - Rev. Wm. Usher will conclude his ministry in connection with the Congregational Church here on Sunday morning next and will shortly remove into Ontario Province, Canada. A sale of his household effects takes place on Friday morning at 10 o'clock.
News Briefs: Immigrants arrive in New York at the rate of one every two and a half minutes. AND Let the children exercise great care in handling the toy pistol as the Fourth approaches. Then, perhaps, no accidents will occur and lock jaw cases be few. AND The rural delivery boys look very pretty in their new uniforms-that is, prettier than ever. AND The admission of Oklahoma to the Union as a state has raised a dispute as to how the additional star should be placed in the flag without disarranging the present pattern.
July 05 (1907/2007)
East Lenox - E. A. Snyder, the florist, made a business trip to Montrose last week with a consignment of beautiful flowers, plants and palms. Mr. Snyder is not only a large grower himself, but has the agency of one or two of the largest firms in the country.
Lathrop Twp. - William Welch, who was found guilty of dynamiting the Card fish pond, was sentenced this week by Justice VanScoten to six months in the county jail and pay a fine of $100.
Bunnell Hill, Auburn Twp- John Bacon and wife went over to Grant Hill, Friday, and used six sticks of dynamite, in small springs, with good success, on his father's farm. AND Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Bruce Green has had his carriage repainted and varnished adding much to its beauty. Now, girls, look out.
Montrose - The opening of the Country Club's handsome new clubhouse took place on Friday and was a most pleasurable event. In the afternoon a delightful musical program was rendered and refreshments served, and the guests were shown the beauties of the house and grounds. In the evening a large crowd was present and listened to a concert by the Odd fellows Band, regaled themselves with ice cream and cake on the broad piazzas, or enjoyed the dancing in the main room on a floor which is unsurpassed anywhere. The exterior was lighted with Japanese lanterns and illumination within was from flickering candelabra. The building has cost already about $2,500 and parts of it are to be finished when the necessary funds are secured. With the golf links, double tennis court and fine clubhouse, containing modern conveniences, the prospects for a steady and rapid growth in membership and interest and increased value of the property may well be expected.
St. Joseph - M. J. Sweeney, proprietor of the "Indian Crystal Spring," commenced last week to deliver his celebrated and absolutely pure water to customers, put up in cases of 6 gallon bottles for 50 cents a case. Goods will be delivered at once by addressing Mr. Sweeney at St. Joseph, Pa.
South Gibson - Mrs. Lawrence Manzer was very much surprised recently on the evening of her 65th birthday, when, after retiring for the night, she was aroused from her slumbers and the house was invaded by 22 of her children and grandchildren. Ice cream and cake were served and a joyous evening spent. AND Silas Howell had a cow killed by lightening last week and Will Davis, of Welsh Hill, had six killed.
Brooklyn - Our Glorious Fourth was gloriously quiet--the small boys celebrated. AND The I.O.O.F. hall was the scene of a very pleasant gathering last Saturday evening, it being the annual reunion of the alumni of the township high school. President Ernest Tiffany presided. There were over 50 seated at the banquet tables and all did justice to the sumptuous repast furnished by Mine Host Tewksbury. E. Bruce Goodrich, class of '89, acted as toastmaster and introduced the speakers with witty remarks. Louis Gere gave a short talk on recollections of school days. Mrs. Smith favored the company with a brilliant piano solo; Miss Bessie Chamberlain recited the pleasing selection, "The Countersign Was Mary;" Miss Lillian Byram, of Hopbottom, sang two very fine alto solos, which were followed by remarks by Levi Stephens and Clare Whitman, now of State College. A piano solo by Mrs. George Terry; a few remarks by F. H. Kent and a stirring speech by Rev. T. L. Drury closed the evening's program.
Susquehanna - Prof. Winifred Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Decker, has accepted an appointment as assistant professor of languages at the State Normal School in Albany. AND It is estimated that 5,000 people will be attracted to Susquehanna by the machinists Fourth of July celebration.
Forest Lake - Some of the roads have been worked and they are all right. If they were all put up as the one is from Stone's Corners to the Choconut line, we would be well pleased with a money tax, and willing to give a team $3.50 a day and men, $1.50.
Hop Bottom - A severe shower passed over this place last Wednesday forenoon. Five of W. A Jeffers' cows were killed by lightning when it struck a tree on his farm.
Glenwood - The tax collector was around Saturday gathering up the loose change.
Great Bend Twp. - The outlying school districts find that it was more economical to hire their pupils carried to one or two central points for instruction than to sustain the small schools. The pupils of Red Rock and vicinity are carried to Hickory Grove and those of the Ives District will be carried each day to and from Hallstead. Bids are now being received for the work of carrying pupils.
Forest City - If the borough council is to be taken seriously, there is to be a war on dogs in this burg. Owners of pet canines who would save them from the ignominy of the dog catcher's net and pen should see that they are muzzled and collared with an inscription, "I'm John Smith's dog; whose dog are you," or something to that effect, or they are liable to fall in the net. Once caught it will cost more than the majority of dogs are worth to get them back. If they are not redeemed they will be shot. The dog question sounds like a joke, but the councilmen are serious over it. They consumed a full hour in considering ways and means to begin the campaign.
Follow up to Ernest Plew, the 15 year old horse thief: The Historical Society received the following letter from a reader, who wanted us to know more about Ernest. "The article on 15 year-old Ernest Plew stealing a horse caught my attention. I found it to be very interesting, since Ernest Plew went on to do bigger things when he became a bit older. My Great Grandfather, whose name was George Washington Hinkley, lived on a farm on the road to Gibson, now known as the April Valley Campsites. Ernest Plew worked as a hired hand for him. He thought my Great Grandfather had money so one day he made him a cup of tea....and put poison in it. He then proceeded to go outside, watch through a window and wait for my Great Grandfather to become violently ill, thrashing around the house. My Great Grandfather then died. Plew took the body and dragged it down into the woods behind the house. He then searched the house for money and drove off with my Great Grandfather's team of horses. Plew was later convicted of murder and spent years in prison, but was finally released." [G. W. Hinkley died 28 Sept. 1926]
News Briefs: There are said to be only six women in the State who are daughters of veterans of the Revolution. Bradford county claims one of them. AND By modern process a piece of leather is converted into a completed pair of shoes in 14 minutes and during this time it passes through the hands of 63 persons and 15 machines.
July 12 (1907/2007)
St. Joseph - Twenty Scrantonians expect to enjoy an outing at St. Joseph the latter part of the month. Years ago, before the college burned and when the sisters conducted an academy there, the beautiful vale of St. Joseph had many summer guests including church dignitaries and wealthy city people. Perhaps history will repeat itself in the coming years and bring people seeking rest and quiet, within the doors of the large- hearted country folk.
Susquehanna - A force of men are engaged in the erection of a steel suspension stack for the new Erie stationary boilers here. The stack, when completed, will be 150 ft. high, 14 ft. in diameter at the base, and taper up to the top to 4 ft. in diameter. It will take about six weeks to complete the job, which is a dangerous one for the employees.
Lathrop Twp. - William Walsh, who was recently convicted by Justice VanScoten as being implicated in the dynamiting of Card's pond, by his attorneys J.M. Kelly and R. B. Little, appealed the case to Judge Searle, who after full argument granted an appeal, setting aside the sentence of the justice and sending the case to the next Court of Quarter Sessions to be tried by a jury, when Mr. Walsh's attorneys are confident they can clear him of the charge.
Montrose - A five-piece orchestra discoursed a number of choice selections at the music store of A. L. Smith, on Church street, last Saturday evening. The orchestra was composed of the following--I. W. Oakley, violin; Harvey M. Birchard, cornet; H. A. Lyons, cello; Master Ralph Smith, clarinet and Mrs. Ella VanCampen, pianist. It gives pleasure to announce another concert, to be held at the same place next Wednesday eve.
Hopbottom - The old creamery has been torn down and a new concrete building will be erected. The creamery is running a pasteurizer and doing business in the former creamery just below. It will be some time before the new building will be ready for business.
Stanfordville - The picnic and fantastic parade held in L. E. Stanford's grove at Stanfordville, July 4th, was largely attended and greatly enjoyed.
Springville - Ziba Lott was quite seriously injured by the premature explosion of a blast on the Fourth while at work in his stone quarry. He was drilling out an old hole that had failed to explode, when the drill set it off. He received the full force of the blast in his face, and it is feared the sight of one eye is destroyed. He was taken to a Wilkes-Barre hospital for treatment.
Tripp Lake - The members of "Camp Susquehannock," made up of students who seek rural climes instead of city pleasures for their summer vacation, have pitched near Tripp Lake, under the supervision of G. C. Chafer. The party is composed of the following: "Bid" Llewellyn, C. C. Storrick, Grant Burns, Ray Watson, Percival Moses, Keeney Smith, Walter Schwartz, George Fullerton, Kenneth Burns, Lloyd Disbrow, Lawrence Murdock, Monte Maze, E. J. Dillon, Earnshaw Murdock and E. B. Parsons.
New Milford - What came very near being a fatal accident to three persons occurred at the D.L.&W. crossing Sunday night. A livery carriage driven by James Strange, containing W. S. Edgar and Mrs. H. I. Brown, of New York, was run into by a fast freight, killing both horses and demolishing the vehicle. Other than a broken bone in Mr. Stranage's left ankle and a few slight cuts and bruises, the occupants escaped with their lives. The accident took place at the Phinney crossing, Mr. Edgar and Mrs. brown being en route to the New Milford to board the midnight train to the metropolis. As they neared the tracks Mr. Strange, who was driving slowly, looked carefully up and down the line to see if all was clear. Everything appeared all right and he proceeded to drive across, when suddenly the fast freight loomed up out of the darkness as the horses were directly upon the tracks, striking them with terrific force and hurling the occupants many feet, while the carriage was literally smashed to pieces. Mr. Strange, a veteran of the Civil War has seen many dangers, but as he says, "I can't get it out of my head, that flapping of the wreckage of the wagon against the car wheels as they whirled past, not knowing but that any moment I might be pulled under." The crossing mentioned is a particularly dangerous one and improperly guarded. Residents nearby state that not infrequently the trains run through without giving a warning whistle or ringing of the bell.
Kingsley - The Kingsley Concert Band will hold an ice cream social on Friday evening of this week. The South Gibson Band will be in attendance and the person holding the lucky number will win the piano. Do not miss it.
Lenox - The school directors met last Saturday and engaged teachers for the coming term. The appointments generally give good satisfaction to the school patrons as well as the teachers. AND In Lenoxville, Miss Madge Bennett, while returning from Carbondale Saturday, had the misfortune to have her knee badly injured. The horse became frightened at an auto, thus causing the accident.
Ararat - The annual gathering of the Smith family was held in Jackson, the 6th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Conrad. There were present thirty of the children and grandchildren of Edward and Cynthia Smith, in three generations. All had a good time, but there was a feeling of sadness in the thought that Fred Brooks was too ill to attend with the rest.
Forest City - A very exciting runaway occurred on July 4th. A horse being left on the street with a little boy in the wagon, the animal became frightened and ran about one-half mile. The little fellow clung in the seat and escaped without being injured.
Clifford - The Fourth of July was dull in our town this year. Nothing more than an ice cream festival was celebrated. Some of our good people attended the Uniondale horse trot when Levi Patterson, of Carbondale, won about everything. More of them attended the ball games at Royal. Those who stayed at the Royal hotel party report a very enjoyable time. Music by Prof. Hays, of Scranton. The hall, with the spring floor, was filled and the chicken supper and refreshments were all that heart could wish.
July 19 (1907/2007)
Lakeside - An ice cream festival will be held on Saturday evening, July 20, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Johnson, for the benefit of Lakeside M. E. church in Lathrop.
Lake Carey, Wyoming Co. - Judge and Mrs. F. W. Wheaton, of Wilkes-Barre, have issued invitations for the wedding of their daughter, Miss Katharine A. Rhodes, to Ensign Harold R. Stark, U.S.N., the ceremony to be performed at "The Farm," Lake Carey, next Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock. Mr. Stark is a son of the late Col. B. F. Stark, of Wilkes-Barre. [Admiral Harold R. Stark was later to become Chief of Naval Operations during World War 11. His mother was Mary Frances Warner, daughter of Davis Dimock Warner, of Montrose.]
Glenwood - The 4th annual reunion of the Pease family was held at the home of C. W. Hoppe, Glenwood, July 2nd. Friends and relatives gathered at noon and a generous lunch was served under a spreading shade tree on the lawn at "Hoppe Hill."
Montrose - At the peep of day, the shrill whistle of the John H. Sparks' real live circus train announced it's coming over the L & M and quite a number rubbed sleep from their eyes and went up to the station to watch the interesting process of unloading the circus paraphernalia from the cars to the big wagons used to carry the truck to the scene of the tent-pitching. Seven or eight cars were packed full, but the different gangs of helpers were not long in performing their tasks, and load after load rumbled quickly off to the ball ground. It was an ideal day and not a cloud in the sky. At noon the streets were literally packed with people awaiting the parade. It was nearly one o'clock when the distant "boom-boom" of the bass drum and the "umpah-umpah" of the baritone told its coming. First came the band in its chariot; the ponies and clowns amused the youngsters, and the big elephant and baby elephant attracted great attention. When the ticket sellers opened fire in the disposal of tickets and the band entered into a catchy air with vim, crowds filed in to see the side-show. We missed the Circeassian lady with her wealth of golden bushy locks but the snake-charmer was there and coiled a loathsome reptile about her neck as fearlessly as thought it had been a $500 feather boa. The tiger behind his bars of safety, flirted with a mother monkey whose attentions were applied to her one-week-old baby. A fortune teller did great business, failing even to shudder when a boy climbed a ladder of rungs made of knife blades. The main tent was packed and a word of praise is extended to the circus orchestra and clowns, whose jokes were side-splitting and clean. The horizontal bar performing was fine and the slack wire performer a "king of the air." The lady performers on the trapeze were bewitching and the trained elephants were not so slow and the educated ponies were greatly admired. Every feature of the show was first class. We hope for its return next year. The last time a circus performed here was in 1898.
Choconut - Mr. and Mrs. Bernard McCahill are expecting their sons, Father J. J. McCahill and Miles McCahill, of New York City. The latter was formerly a layman engaged in Catholic mission work in the South.
New Milford - During the heavy thunder-storm, last Saturday, the house of Mr. Edward Stuart, near the tannery, was struck by lightning and damaged to the extent of about $150. Mr. Stuart, who was in the house escaped death by a narrow margin, happening to go into a room where the lightning did not enter, but he will remembers it for some time. The lightning came down the chimney and ran through four rooms, tearing and splintering the wood-work, breaking a door from its hangings and melting the gilding from the frames of several pictures.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - Mrs. Wm. Leek and children, of Peckville, are camping for the summer in the old Collar school house.
Brooklyn - F. B. Jewett has had the old blacksmith shop placed on a foundation opposite C. F. Watrous' and carpenters are at work making it into a house.
Lawsville - The descendants of Agar and Mary Lindsley will hold their annual reunion at Rev. D. D. Lindsley's, near White Sulphur Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 21. All relatives are invited.
Susquehanna - The death of Chas. Ginnavan occurred at his late home in Port Jervis, July 12, 1907. Deceased was among the oldest Erie locomotive engineers. Removing from Susquehanna he ran a yard engine up to the time of his last illness, not long ago.
Hallstead - While Mr. and Mrs. Giles Carpenter were driving from Hallstead,Tuesday, their trip was enlivened by the appearance of a large rattlesnake, lying at the edge of the wagon track. The horse first spied the reptile and seemed afraid, which called Mr. Carpenter's attention to it. He then got out and took his whip and a well directed blow dispatched his snakeship, which was 3 ft, 3 in. long. It was a beautiful specimen, with a skin of rich coloring. Mr. Carpenter presented it to Wm. H. Warner, who will have it made into a belt for his sister, Miss Mary.
Harford - While Clarence Tiffany was descending Fair Ground hill, his horse, attached to a top buggy, became frightened at an automobile ascending the hill, on its way from Carbondale to New Milford, and ran away. A thill was broken and Mr. Tiffany, losing control of the horse, sought safety for himself in taking a flying leap from the vehicle, striking the ground with such terrible force as to fracture both legs at the ankle joint, and he was otherwise bruised and cut. He was removed to the office of Dr. Hover, in the village, and soon after to his home in S. Harford. Upon examination, the surgeons found it impossible to reduce the fractures and he was removed that evening to Scranton, where he has received skillful attention and it is now believed he will recover.
News Briefs: And now the "Teddy bear" is being denounced as a means of spreading race suicide. A clergyman is quoted as saying the bear is replacing the doll in the affections of children, destroying the instincts of motherhood. He urged all mothers to provide dolls for the children in the nursery, from which they might learn many gentle lessons of motherhood. AND Why is it that the game of base ball is so attractive to the American People? Is it because it us such a democratic game? This has been given as one reason for its great popularity. Base ball is played everywhere, and there is scarcely a boy that does not play the game as soon as he is old enough to go to school. One feature of the game, which adds to its popularity, is that the contests between the teams are played on the square, and as all the plays can be seen by the spectators there can be very little crookedness. Another point is the fact that the game creates a rivalry between towns, and an enthusiasm is aroused that puts each town to the test of doing its very best.
July 26 (1907/2007)
Lynn, Springville Twp. - W.A. Welch is repainting the old Presbyterian church near the Lynn cemetery. It was built in 1832.
Friendsville - The old frame structure formerly used as a place of worship by the Catholics will be offered at auction sale on Tuesday, August 13. The building is 40x80 and contains about 28,000 ft. of good lumber. AND James Murphy, chief supervisor of the State hospital at Cleveland, Ohio, is spending his vacation at his home, the stone house at Friendsville.
Great Bend - The Erie Railroad has purchased the Calvin Towner property, known as the Skinner store, and will convert it into a lodging house for employees of the Erie shops. The company is negotiating for additional places.
Montrose - The strong Phoebe Snow team of Scranton was "Snow-ed under" at this place on Saturday by the one-sided score of 7 to 1. The features of the game were the pitching of Shafer, who struck out 10 men in seven innings, and the batting of Saville. The Montrose team consists of C. Shafer, F. Shafer, Conklin, Dillon, Gardner, Kelly, Strous, Allen, Birchard and McCain. "Relentless fate!/ Sad to relate--/They always struck at balls too late./Their score was light,/We played with might,/And beat the boys of anthracite.
Silver Lake - The wedding of Miss Anna McGraw, formerly of Choconut, and Frank Monahan, of Silver Lake, took place in St. Paul's church, Binghamton, on Monday afternoon, Father Simmons, assisted by Father Commerford, officiating. After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Monahan left on a tour including Rochester and other places, and after August 1 they will reside at Silver Lake.
Kingsley -On Thursday evening of last week the Ladies Aid held an ice cream social on Milvin Tingley's lawn. The band was present and discoursed fine music to a large crowd of people, which was greatly enjoyed.
Hop Bottom - Peter Johnson, of Denver, Colorado, has been calling on friends in this place. He is 87 years of age and came east alone. He has great vitality for a man of his years. AND Eben Woods' dog went mad and was killed. Since that time Eben had to kill three mad cows. Mr. Downey's horse also went mad and had to be killed. It is causing a great deal of excitement in this place.
Harford - Harford Grange seems to be in the front rank in the county with 229 members on the roll and ten applications at hand. Let's hear from the next largest.
Brookdale - The Liberty school board met Monday and hired the following teachers for the coming year: Brookdale, James Kelley; Stanfordville, Margaret Downs; Lawsville, Mary Cosgriff; Mountain Valley, Anna Dolan; Hillside, Nellie Banker; Tripp Lake, Mr. Rockwell; Rhiney Creek, Mable Southworth.
Bunnell Hill, Auburn Twp. - Those who lost their crops, fruit and gardens in this place by the terrific hail storm, wish to thank their many friends for sympathy and kindness shown by work and all kinds of plants given them. We know that such storms come from a higher power than we can control, so we humbly submit to the will of our Heavenly Father who doeth all things well and are thankful our buildings and lives were spared.
Lenox - The Glenwood ball team had their fighting clothes right on Saturday and defeated the South Gibson boys by a score of 13 to 7. The West Nicholson base ball club traveled to Glenwood and met an awful defeat, the score being 32 to 1. Nick Matthewson was in the box for Glenwood and his catcher from Factoryville was with him.
Uniondale - A number of people residing in the vicinity of Uniondale met there one night to hear H. O. Aimy, a local district labor organizer, discuss the advantages to be derived from union labor. While Mr. Aimy talked a hanging lamp suspended from the ceiling fell and set the hall on fire. The damage was slight. The lamp wick was too high and the heat became so intense that it burned the lamp from its fastenings. Oil from the bowl spilled over the floor, igniting as it fell. There was a stampede for a moment but cooler heads fought the flames and succeeded in putting out the fire.
Forest City - The Forest City Poor Board have a number of men at the Poor Farm repairing the house and barn.
Susquehanna - The death of Edward Hynes, an old and respected citizen, occurred at his late home on Friday morning at the age of about 65 years. He was for many years employed in the Erie shops. Deceased is survived by three daughters--Misses Kittie, Annie and Mary Hynes and three sons, John, William and Edward. The friends and relatives in Montrose and Forest Lake extend sincere sympathy.
Fairdale - The Mission people, who have been holding meetings in the tent north of the two bridges for the past four weeks, have gone to Cascade Valley to hold meetings there.
News Briefs: A boy was recently killed near Oneonta by the careless driver of an automobile who failed to obey a signal to stop. This so incensed the farmers in that region against automobilists that the former carry revolvers, declaring they will shoot any autoist who will not halt his machine when commanded to do so. The other day an Otsego farmer, in a rage, blazed away at a man in a machine who refused to halt when signaled to do so and now fear of the angered farmers makes the autoists tremble. If the men who run automobiles would obey signal given them by drivers of horses, lives and limbs would be less endangered. AND An old man tramps through the rural districts of Ohio and plants nuts by the wayside. The old man is a philanthropist in his way. He is working for generations yet unborn. He carries across his shoulder a sack filled with walnuts and hickory nuts. He seeks out of the way places and plants a nut or two there with great care. All the year round he keeps going, and already the nuts he planted are springing up into large trees. Years ago nearly every farmer in Ohio knew "Apple-Seed Johnny," who tramped as this man tramps, and planted by the roadsides, not nuts, but apple seeds. There is hardly a farm in Ohio today that has not at least one apple tree planted by "Apple-Seed Johnny," and they grew thickly along nearly every public road.
August 02 (1907/2007)
Alford - Mrs. H. L. Hubbard, whose eating house at Alford burned some months ago, desires to announce that after September 1, she will open dining parlors in Perry Sweet's residence in that place for the accommodation of the traveling public.
Great Bend - A Binghamton gentleman listened to Dr. [F. Ellis] Bond, of this place, as that gentleman sang a solo at a funeral here recently, and afterwards remarked: "Your Dr. Bond is a very good singer, but he can't hold a candle to our Dr. Bond, of Binghamton, who sings in the First Presbyterian church." The gentleman from the Parlor City was not aware that Dr. Bond, of Great Bend, is a salaried singer in the First Presbyterian church in Binghamton and he failed to recognize the doctor when he saw him here.
New Milford - A rattlesnake measuring 5 feet and 6 inches, and having 18 rattles, was killed at the Highlands recently.
Susquehanna - The death of Mrs. Nannie Gallagher, aged 97 years, occurred here on Wednesday of last week. The funeral was held Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Murphy. A requiem Mass was celebrated at St. John's.
Forest City - Charles A. Poluski, a young man of this place, has been mysteriously missing for a week, and his mother is sadly worried as to his whereabouts or what may have happened to him. She fears that he may be drowned or has met with foul play. Young Poluski left home on July 24, wearing a dark suit, with black striped white shirt, dark shoes and black stockings. His hair and his complexion are light. Anyone knowing where the youth may be will help a distressed mother by sending word to her.
Montrose - Henry L. Kraiss, of New York City, who arrived in Montrose a fortnight ago, has launched into the furniture and undertaking business, with headquarters in the Wilson house on the corner of Church and Chestnut streets. Mr. Kraiss, who possesses 10 years experience, is also a practical and up-to-date undertaker, and carries licenses as an embalmer from two States, New York and Pennsylvania. In connection with his business, Mr. Kraiss will do first-class furniture repairing and frame pictures in a most artistic way. He is a brother of Paul Kraiss, Jr., who formerly conducted a furniture store in this place.
Silver Lake - Archdeacon J. T. Russell and wife, of Brooklyn, N.Y., have arrived here, where they are sojourners at their beautiful country home, "Sheldon-Croft."
West Auburn/Rushville - The West Auburn Telephone Co. and the Consolidation Co., recently got together nicely and made the connection at Rushville, which gives fine accommodations, especially to the North Branch, Flynn and the People's other lines in Susquehanna Co., in reaching West Auburn, Lawton, Rush, Montrose, and other places. AND At Bunnell Hill, Auburn Twp., Arthur Bowman has a new rubber tire wagon. Now girls, be ready for a drive.
Dimock - A new steam engine and boiler has been placed in the large Chase stone quarry.
Jefferson Junction, Harmony Twp. - While Delaware & Hudson fast freight No. 53, West bound, was passing on Friday, two pistol shots were heard from a box car in the train just below this station. Persons, on rushing to the spot, found that a young tramp had shot a man by the name of Chas. Sawyer, who was in charge of a car of horses for Capt. Green, U.S.A., of Oneonta, N.Y. It seems that just before the train reached Brandt, the tramp, who had been offered the hospitality of the car by Sawyer when leaving Scranton, attempted to rob the latter while he (Sawyer) was asleep. Upon awakening, Sawyer found the tramp in the act of jumping from the car with $30 stolen from his own pocket. He followed the tramp and on reaching the ground grappled with the robber and attempted to wrest the money from him. At this juncture the tramp, without a moments warning, turned and poured two bullets into the leg and chest of Sawyer, from a 38 revolver. The latter clung to the tramp however, and succeeded in wresting the gun from him, and was about to shoot the tramp in defense when the Conductor and trainmen arrived and parted the men, surrounded the tramp, bound him and placed him in the caboose until they should reach Lanesboro and turn him over to the police of that town. Sawyer was taken to the Simeon H. Barnes Hospital, where it was first thought that he was seriously injured and would not recover, but it is learned to-day that he is improving and will no doubt convalesce. The tramp, whose name could not be learned, was taken to Montrose for a hearing. [Another account reported that the tramp narrowly escaped lynching at the hands of the people who were attracted to the scene.]
Brandt - It is stated that an automobile party consisting of H. W. Kessler, of Cleveland, and E. R. Barrows and A. L. Kessler, of this place, will start on Monday from the former city for Brandt in Mr. Kessler's 40 horsepower Mitchell car. H. W. Kessler formerly resided here and is coming to this place to look over numerous business interests.
Dundaff - Last Tuesday evening while Mrs. James Stevens, accompanied by her husband, were returning to their home in Elkdale, their horse became frightened by two dogs that ran toward it. The colt soon became unmanageable and both were compelled to jump. The wagon collided against a tree, the horse breaking loose and running home. Mr. Stevens escaped with only a severe shaking, while Mrs. Stevens received a compound fracture of her leg. She is now under the treatment of Dr. G. A. Fiske.
News Briefs: We heard the locust's song for the first on Sunday. Sure sign of midsummer. AND A gentleman suggests that people who drink "Stegmaier" in the hours of darkness refrain from throwing the bottles into his garden. He says: "It doesn't do plants any good to bottle them." Undoubtedly he is right and probably hereafter the bottles will be deposited on his front porch. AND The happiest man in the land to-day is the successful farmer. He sits under his own vine and fig tree, undisturbed by the maddening noise of the great city. Banks fair, railroads go into the hands of receivers, booming towns collapse, all business stagnates; but the wise farmer can snap his finger at these things. He is the monarch of all he surveys on his broad acres. And the honesty of his boys and the purity of his girls are guarded against temptations, and in them he is giving the country its best manhood and womanhood. The farmer is to be envied, and, if he is not contented with his lot, he is lacking in wisdom.
August 09 (1907/2007)
Death of Emily C. Blackman, Author of the History of Susquehanna County, PA. The remains of Miss Emily C. Blackman, who died at Jacksonville, Fla., reached Montrose, via the Lehigh Valley Railroad, on Monday. The casket was taken immediately to "Ingleside" her late home on Church Street in Montrose. Her pastor and a large assembly of friends conducted a brief but very impressive service. Miss Blackman was the last of her father's family. A cousin, Miss Eva Root, from Cooperstown, NY, was the only relative present. Harlan Page Blackman, her adopted brother, could not be reached. Miss Blackman was born in Gilbertsville, Otsego co., NY, July 15, 1826 and moved to Montrose in 1836. Her early education was principally obtained at the Montrose Academy. At the age of 15 she commenced teaching as an assistant in the academy, while still attending classes. After she left the Academy she was preceptress at Towanda, also teaching three years in Chester, Pa. She taught in the schools of Wisconsin and Illinois and the Freedman's school in Mississippi from 1866 to 1868. During all these years she had been a student of languages and music, becoming an accomplished music teacher. She was of a literary turn of mind and her greatest work is her History of Susquehanna County, upon which she spent four years of conscientious, painstaking labor. No one, but a historian, can appreciate the labor required in searching through countless old dust-covered records, newspaper files and diaries to ascertain a date, a name of a fact, which requires only a short sentence to express when found, and the interviewing of the oldest inhabitants and the comparing of conflicting statements. Miss Blackman was active in the Home and Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church, the Soldiers' Aid Society and Sanitary Commission during the war, and Freedman's Aid and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She was a charter member and helped establish the Susquehanna County Historical Society. [Reprints of Miss Blackman's History of Susquehanna County, PA are available at the Historical Society].
Great Bend - In view of the fact that the Erie has decided to house nonunion men here, the striking machinists' union, of Susquehanna, will send 25 men here for picket duty.
Thompson - Everett Ely, who met with a serious mishap last week, while whitewashing stables for the Bordens, is improving and bids fair to regain his eyesight. AND Leslie & Mabel Kenyon are wearing smiling faces. Wonder why? They have a Larkin lawn swing.
Ararat - We are glad to report an improvement in the condition of Fred Brooks, who is suffering from Cardiac Dropsy. Dr. M. L. Miller, of Susquehanna, is treating him.
Forest City - In response to an alarm of fire, Enterprise Hose Co. turned out Saturday evening to do service for the first in over a year. Mischievous boys had set fire to a pile of refuse alongside of John Maxey's barn, on Delaware street, and the dry combustible stuff was soon in a high blaze. A few buckets of water quenched the flames before the firemen reached the scene.
Springville - John Titman has purchased a new Keystone hay-loader, which works to a good advantage on his large smooth fields. It being the only one in the neighborhood, it is quite a curiosity to some of the people.
Montrose - On Tuesday night between 9 and 10, the residents of Lake Avenue were startled by pistol shots and it quickly became known that Fred Reynolds had shot Miss Alice Howard, daughter of B. M. Howard. Reynolds had worked and boarded with Mr. Howard most of the time for several years, and was not supposed to be vicious, though addicted to drink. Samuel Howard, of Scranton, a nephew of B. M. Howard, was visiting for several weeks and Reynolds seemed not to have been pleased with this and on Sunday he left, coming back on Tuesday and asked for a revolver he had left there. Miss Howard, fearing trouble, refused to let him have it and Fred went away, saying he would get another one and said something about shooting. When evening came Fred was up near the Howard home, apparently watching the house, while Sam Howard and Miss Alice were out for a walk. Finally, after the rest of the family appeared to be abed, he went and sat on the Howard porch. When Sam and Alice returned Fred quickly drew a pistol and shot, and Miss Alice screamed, having been hit between the ankle and knee. He fired two more shots, neither which took effect, and then crossed the street and up into the woods towards the fair grounds. Later he was seen near the Country Club house and it is supposed he went down the Snake creek. [Reynolds went down Snake creek as far as Small's hotel, then came back and stopped at the Munger farm, then crossed over the hills eastwardly and passed to the east of Montrose and down into South Bridgewater, his native locality, to Richard Reynold's where he was arrested last night.]
Crystal Lake - Dr. Chas. Decker was called this morning to attend Emmet Kirby, the wealthy owner of the Kirby stores in many cities, and who was summering at the lake. He suffered an attack of paralysis.
New Milford - Jesse M. Vales has been appointed a member of the capitol police force at Harrisburg and assumed his new duties August 1. Jesse will make a good-looking policeman and he will not run till he has to.
Camp Susquehannock - The Camp Susquehannock boys were defeated by the Athletics for the third time out of four games Monday, the score being 2-1. The Camp boys find the "bunch of farmers" as they call them, a swift aggregation of twisters. Come again.
Jefferson Junction, Harmony Twp. - One of the worst freight wrecks that the Erie Railroad Company has ever experienced occurred early Sunday morning here, when 42 loaded coal cars were piled in a heap. The Junction is not far from Lanesboro, and is the point where the Erie and the D L & W join, using the same tracks from there to Carbondale. The wreck was due to the air brakes refusing to work and when the train, going at terrific speed, arrived at the curve at the Junction, it seemed to leap into the air and then settle into a heap. The head brakeman was slightly injured.
Forest Lake - The 5th annual reunion of the descendants of Canfield Stone was held at Forest Lake on July 27. One hundred and ten were present. This is the smallest number in attendance in years, due to rush in the haying among the farmers.
Harford - Warner Wilmarth's old family horse, Kit, fell dead in the harness some day last week, while hauling a load of hay from the field.
News Brief: Notwithstanding this to be a day of automobiles and more coming constantly into use, yet it will be a long time, if ever, before they supersede the horse. Some very handsome machines can be seen daily speeding over the streets of the town, and they may attract attention for their fine construction, ornamental brass work or noiselessness in running, but the true horseman will never fail to appreciate the fine points of a good horse.
August 16 (1907/2007)
Heart Lake - Albert Bronson, of Montrose, very unexpectedly had the opportunity presented, in which he sacrificed his own life in order to save a young lad from a watery grave. Mr. Bronson went out to the ice house docks, in the early evening hours, to take a plunge before the train homeward came along. When he reached the docks he met young Wood of Heart Lake, who said he thought he would go in too. Albert was not long in discovering that the boy knew but little about the art of swimming and decided to keep an eye on him. When out in the rippling waves about 20 ft. from the dock, the boy evidently grew nervous and his antics attracted Albert's attention. He quickly swam out to the drowning lad and none too soon. Wood had gone down and when he reached him, was in a second struggle. Albert grasped his hand and the boy gave a grip like death but also grabbed Albert around the neck and in an instant both were under the water. Being cool-headed, Albert was guided by the best impulses and treaded water until he struck bottom. Young Wood was safely back on the dock and after awhile had fully recovered from the shock and Albert came home none the worse for the thrilling experience.
Lenox - The annual reunion of the Tower family was held at the home of C. L. Carey, in West Lenox, July 27, and fifty-two responded to the call. Relatives were present from North Dakota (E.J. Moore, of Fargo), Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and nearby towns. Prayer was offered by Rev. C. M. Tower, of Oneida, NY; "America" was sung; followed by reminiscences of grandpa and grandma by several in attendance.
Forest City - "Camp Happy" installed on the eastern shore of Newton Lake by a party of Forest City boys has well earned the name adopted. The campers are having the "Time of their lives" and are showing the good results of Messrs. Dunniers' cooking. The camp is daily visited by many friends from town who are always welcome. Some of the members found it necessary to return home Saturday as their vacation period had expired. The roll call of the camp was answered by the following: James Meehan, Edward & Arthur Dunnier, Charles Scubic, Elmer Knapp, Joe Sears and Will Rowe, of Carbondale.
Oakland - One of the most terrible and thrilling auto accidents ever recorded in this State occurred Sunday afternoon on the Windsor road, not far form the Lanesboro Dam. Harry G. Brush, of the firm of Brush & Touhey, of Susquehanna, accompanied by his daughter, Helen, aged six; Frances Griffin, aged five, and John Boylan, started out after dinner for a ride in Mr. Brush's auto touring car. In attempting to turn around near the Lanesboro dam, where there is a steep embankment of nearly 40 ft., leading to the river's edge, Mr. Brush in some unaccountable manner, lost control of the car. It made a fierce plunge down the embankment and into the river. The car was a complete wreck. Dr. Clayton Washburn was summoned and administered to the medical needs of the injured children. Mr. Brush was at once removed to the Beach Sanitarium, where it was found he had sustained a compound fracture of the left leg. Little Helen Brush never rallied from the shock resulting from her injuries and death relieved her of all suffering at 9:30 on Sunday evening. Little Frances Griffin, who was badly bruised and perhaps internally injured, rallied some Monday afternoon and appeared slightly improved. Mr. Boylan, by making a jump for life, fortunately escaped injury, but the accident has produced quite a nervous shock to him.
Dimock - All arrangements have been made for holding the camp meeting at Dimock next week. A tank holding 25 barrels of pure, clean, spring water, with ice, will be placed within 50 feet of the auditorium. The old springs have been cleaned out and pipes run from them to the watering troughs for horses.
Thompson - The death of George Wallace, an old veteran of the Civil War, occurred at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Ira Latham, on August 2nd. Deceased was born in the township of Minnisink, Orange Co., N.Y., July 22, 1822 and in 1842 he was united in marriage to Bethia Johnson at a Universalist Association at Gibson. In belief he was a Spiritualist. Of the seven children born to his home, only four remain to mourn his death-Mrs. Ira Ward, of Springville; Mrs. T. J. Lewis, of Montdale; G. M. Lewis of Ararat, and Mrs. Ira Latham, of Thompson.
Montrose - Carl R. Camp, who for some time has been in charge of the erection of the large steel pier now being built at Atlantic City, arrived last evening for a brief visit at the home of his mother, Mrs. B. O. Camp. Mr. Camp is recognized as one of the best of the younger mechanical engineers and has been employed to superintend several large contracts where mental grasp and skill are required. AND A noticeable and appreciated improvement is the tearing up of the old wooden sidewalk on the Stamp property on Jackson street to give place to the putting down of a stone walk. We hope the day of the plank sidewalk in Montrose will soon be past.
Lynn, Springville Twp. - Dr. A. D. Tewksbury, of Tunkhannock, relates that while traveling out in the direction of Lynn, three or four days ago with his automobile, he noticed an obstruction in the road. His machine swerved around it, and an examination showed it to be the heel of a scythe blade perhaps a foot and a half long, set with the edge upward. It was blocked with stones to hold it in that position, leaving no doubt that it was placed there intentionally to ruin auto tires.
Susquehanna - The marriage of Howard Thomas Collins, of Susquehanna, and Miss Lillian Dalley, of Malden, occurred at Providence, August 7th. The bride is a chorus girl in the "Piff, Paff, Pouff" company, of which Mr. Collins is the musical director.
Rush - Israel Sivers and Marian Jagger were married on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the home of the bride's parents by Rev. Mead, of the M. E. church. Only the immediate relatives were present. The following evening a reception was given them, at which a host of friends gathered to offer congratulations. Mr. and Mrs. Sivers were the recipients of many useful and beautiful gifts. Dainty refreshments were served and a general good time was had. They have rented the Wright Bedell property and will begin housekeeping.
Brooklyn - Next Sunday morning Rev. Drury will preach to the Order of American Boys, in the Universalist church, on the subject, "The Boys We Need."
News Brief: A locomotive has just been turned out of the American Locomotive shops at Schenectady that is the largest engine in the world. It weighs 510,000 pounds and can haul 210 loaded freight cars, making a train 1 1/2 miles long. The fire box alone, of this mammoth locomotive, is as large as a living room and has a grate area of 100 sq. ft. It is designed for the Erie railroad to push heavy trains up the grade between Susquehanna and Gulf Summit.
August 23 (1907/2007)
Great Bend - A diamond rattlesnake, revealed in a bundle of oats, was killed in Great Bend township, nearly 6 feet long and sporting 17 rattles. AND F. T. Kyling is recovering from the injuries he received a few days ago by being hit by an engine while driving his bakery wagon across a D.L. & W. crossing.
Springville - D. D. Layton has the woodwork of his house nearly finished, and Painter Culver has begun the artistic work. It will be a very fine residence when finished. Steam heat will be installed later. AND A. L. Greatsinger is putting up a slaughterhouse just below town.
Hopbottom - Quite a good deal of excitement was created here on Thursday last, when the Stone House was discovered to be on fire in the roof, supposed to have caught from sparks from passing trains. It was soon extinguished, however. It was very fortunate, indeed, that it did not happen in the night.
Brooklyn - The Southworth recital on Tuesday evening, in the Universalist church, was well attended and a grand success. Dr. Bond favored the audience with five fine selections and Mr. Southworth's playing was well received. His rendition of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" was something to be remembered, also the selections "Recollections of Home," was a favorite with the audience.
Middletown - The Oregon Indian Medicine Company held a series of plays on the fields in the vicinity of Middletown Center, lasting four nights and, as it was very entertaining, attracted large crowds, which gathered every evening. The principal features were the contests. The nail driving contest participated in by four ladies was won by Mrs. D. Jories. "The most popular lady" contest, for which a silver ice pitcher was the premium, was won by Miss L. Golden. Mrs. D. Murphy, who was next in favor, fell short by a number of votes, but the winner in this instance was really the loser, to the tune of some $20. The dance held in the hall after the play Monday night was enjoyed by the crowd. Good music was in attendance and a good supper left nothing to be wished for and all went home feeling satisfied.
Burnwood, Ararat Twp. - There are very encouraging prospects for a new and big industry here. Scranton capitalists are engaged in testing the clay in the swamp bed. This extends over many acres and men are sinking drills at three different points. They have already ascertained that the clay extends down for a distance of over ten feet. It is thought to be admirably adapted to the manufacture of brick, tile and pottery and a big factory may spring up here, which will give the place a boom.
Brandt - The work of replacing the interlocking plant of the Erie and Delaware and Hudson companies, at Jefferson Junction, which was torn out in the recent derailment, will be begun shortly. Mr. Van Houten, division engineer, is authority for the statement that when it is completed it will be more up-to-date, and better than the old one. Some 75 trains pass over this plant daily. C. D. Burton, the publisher of Lanesboro, has secured some very good views of the wreck, which occurred at the Junction, and the same are selling rapidly. Mr. Burton certainly turns out some very good pictures.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - During the severe electric storm that passed over this section Saturday evening, the large barn of Sam and Harry Reimel was struck by lightning and burned to the ground with all its contents, including one horse, which was killed by the bolt; another horse was knocked down but through the heroic efforts was dragged out while yet unable to stand, by Sam, who was in the barn milking at the time. He succeeded in getting all the cows out and saving a hack wagon and grind stone, but that was all. The small barn adjoining was also burned, which contained a new reaper and many new farming tools, which could not be saved. While B. B. Smith owned the farm two barns were burned. Just three years ago the last one burned. One year ago last spring the Reimel brothers purchased the farm and erected this fine barn, which had not been completed a year. It was a wooden structure and there was a small insurance. Harry was not at home at the time of the fire.
Forest City - Base ball fans will be pleased to learn of the organization of a nine that includes all the home players who were in the organizations of the season of 1904 and 05. Ed Lewis is captain of the reorganized team. The first game arranged for will be played Saturday at Taylor and our opponents will be that exceptionally strong amateur team, the Taylor Reds, who, it is said, have been beaten but once this season. Forest City's Line up will be as follows: pitcher, John Miskell; catcher, Fred Wolfert; short stop, William Miskell, 1st base, Edmund Lewis, 2nd base, William Hughes; 3rd base, James Egan; left field, Michael Troy, center field, Patrick Kelleher; right field, Fred Gunning, substitute, Joe Kaffo.
Montrose - The following is reprinted from a Montrose newspaper of 12/10/1857: On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1857, there took place one of the most extraordinary races ever known in this county. Dr. R.Thayer, Jr., had bet with Wm. M. Post, Esq., a gold watch against Post's horse, that he (Thayer) could go from Montrose to Brooklyn and back on foot, quicker than Post could drive his horse the same distance, with another man in his buggy. The trail of speed accordingly was commenced Wednesday morning, the very muddy state of the road favoring the Doctor. They started out by the Methodist Church and Thayer, throwing off his shawl, coat and vest, clapped his hands together and started down the hill, full speed, with W. M. Post and D. D. Hinds after him in the buggy. Thayer kept ahead up the hill by the "Dunn Place," and when the buggy reached the top of the hill he was out of sight. Here Hinds put on the whip, and they overtook the Doctor and passed him at Col. Watrous's, three miles from Montrose. They described the Dr. as puffing and blowing almost as hard as their sorrel, who by the way had the heaves. In passing they bade the Dr. good morning, and Hinds told him they would go on to Brooklyn and have dinner ready by the time he would get there. But in going up "Newton Hill," which is both long and steep, the Dr. got ahead again, and then as his competitors state, called to his brother--who in company with Tarbell, of the Franklin Hotel, was following in another buggy, --to bring up his horse. Here Tarbell alighted and the other put whip to his horse, passed Post and Hinds, and came up with the Dr., who by taking hold of the hind end of the buggy, led up the hill in fine style. Post alleged that this was a violation of the terms of the race and referred it to Tarbell, but Tarbell declined to give an opinion and here turned back to Montrose. On reaching the top of the hill, Post and Hinds saw the Dr. far ahead, still as they thought in suspicious proximity to his brother's buggy. (Continued next week.)
August 30 (1907/2007)
And now "the schoolboy, with shining morning face, creeping like a snail unwillingly to school."
Great Bend - Charles L. Noble, at one time an editor of the Great Bend Reporter, but now a large real estate dealer of Yonkers, N.Y., has purchased all of Sea Girt, N.J. The famous tract contains 350 acres and a mile of Sea Beach, on which are the old Beach Hotel and the Commodore Stockton summer home. The price paid was $220,000. AND Miss Louise Bache, daughter of the late Captain Bache, of the United States Navy, recently visited the warship Louisiana, commanded by her cousin Richard Wainwright, who with Captain Sigsbee, was on the Maine at the time of its destruction by the Spanish. [Richard Wainwright graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1868 and became its Superintendent from 1900 to 1902. He was executive officer aboard the battleship Maine and later commanded the gunboat Gloucester at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba in 1898. Wainwright was commended for his valor in this engagement and later promoted to Rear Admiral. He commanded the Second Division of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet during that fleet's historic voyage around the world from 1907 to 1909. He died in 1926 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Three ships have been named USS Wainwright for Richard, his father, his son and two cousins.]
Lenox - Several from this place attended the 7 county reunion of the old veterans at Nicholson last week. They all report a pleasant time but say the attendance grows smaller each year. They are a little band now where they were a mighty host thirty or forty years ago. Twill be but a short time before they will be only a memory, but that memory will be as lasting as our rock ribbed hills and mountains. The memory of their deeds of heroism and valor will be lasting as time itself.
New Milford - Thirty-five new books were added to the Pratt public library during the month of July. AND At Lakeside, the graded school commenced on Monday, with Prof. F. N. Tingley as principal, and Miss Vannie Wilson, primary department.
Dimock - Rev. J. S. Lewis, of West Pittston, who is president of the Dimock Camp Meeting, was not able to be present this year. It is said that his mind has become affected owing to a severe sickness last spring, and is now in a critical condition. AND "Is Dimock Campmeeting Passing? The attendance at the Campmeeting was much less than formerly. Only about one-half the cottages are occupied. For two or three years the attendance has been shrinking, chiefly through friction between the Board of Managers and the Presiding Elder and Ministers, while the Secretary comes in for no little adverse criticism. Controversy over the Board of Mangers being paid for their services, change of by laws regarding the nonattendance of the Presiding Elder & his replacement, a stock dividend, all contributing to the campmeeting losing ground, both in attendance of people and attendance of ministers. It was said that this year's meeting might possibly be its last. Future movements will be watched with interest.
South Gibson - A dinner, consisting of baked clams, potatoes, corn, chicken and turtle, was served by the men of the place, last Friday, to a large number of people in Howell's grove, above town. Report says the cooking was fine, tea and coffee superb, the serving elegant and not a woman had to help. Who can say that the world is not improving? AND At Uncle Jeff Manzer's they threshed and cleaned with a Heebner machine, 244 bushels of nice oats, in two hours and 40 minutes.
Brooklyn - Freeman Bennett, a well-known farmer residing near Brooklyn, was killed Wednesday morning while felling a tree on his farm, which lies in the direction of Dimock. The accident occurred at about 11 o'clock, while cutting down a large tree. The tree, in falling, split asunder, and as a portion of it struck the ground, it bounded and caught the unfortunate man full in the chest, its weight crushing him to the ground. Drs. Ainey and Taylor were called, but he was beyond human aid. He was a man held in the highest esteem and was a member of the Universalist church at Brooklyn. His age was about 60 and a wife and one son, Frederick, survive.
Clifford - Mr. C. R. Bliss, who has conducted an undertaking business here since last January, has sold his property here and gone to Florida, where he has secured a position.
Susquehanna - "Strikers Flayed from Pulpit." Yesterday morning at the M.E. church, the pastor, Rev. Alex. D. Decker, preached a sensational sermon in which he severely arraigned the machinists who are now out on strike on the Erie Railroad. He said, in his opinion, the men out on strike were receiving enough money for their labor and ought to be contented with what they were receiving. Continuing he said: "Look at the strikers today, loafing about the highway, doing nothing. Some of them are never satisfied. Suppose us preachers went on strike and wanted $2,000 per year, house rent, electric lights, etc., what would you say?" The congregation of this church numbers about 200 and only four or five of the striking machinists are members. Several weeks ago one of the members of the church, who is a striking machinist, resigned as usher and janitor, owing, it is said, to certain new members of the church, objecting to his acting as usher.
Montrose - Hildebrand Fitzgerald, Editor of the Philadelphia Item, spent the first of the week with his family, at their pleasant summer home on Lake Avenue. The Item has the largest circulation of any evening paper in the United States.
Birchardville - Mrs. J. W. Flynn is not improving as fast as it was hoped, owing to the bungling of some of the doctors.
Hop Bottom - The third annual convention of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Susquehanna County will be held here in the M. E. church, Aug. 29 and 30.
Forest City - Many a boy is contemplating the good times he will have next winter on the big dam the Hillside company is building on the hill. And many a fisherman is figuring out that it will be an excellent breeding place for bull-heads. But--will the company allow skating and fishing privileges when it is finished? Undoubtedly they will if these privileges be not abused. The construction of the dam is well under way.
September 06 (1907/2007)
North Bridgewater - While in North Bridgewater recently Fred Stockham of Brooklyn, N.Y., met with a thrilling experience in which his life might have been lost, but for the bravery displayed by his companion, Kenneth Crandall, in saving the young boy from a horrible death. They were on their return from a berry patch in the woods, and arriving at the big creek in the vale, decided to fish awhile in the inviting stream. About four o'clock their sport took an ill turn. The mammoth Guernsey bull belonging to Mr. Tyler, grazing in the midst of a herd of cattle, suddenly took exception to anyone fishing on the premises, and with a snort and bellow of warning, made a "center rush" in the direction of the young fishermen. No second warning was necessary, and with pails of berries and disheveled fishing tackle, the pursued ran for dear life for the nearest fence, which was some distance off. The bull made rapid progress and was furious, clawing and tearing the earth. On reaching the bars, it was too late to let them down, and they were made too close together to crawl between, so in order to save themselves the fence must be jumped. Kenneth did so, and Fred, for some reason, hesitated. The animal was only a few steps from the lad, and in a moment more would have gored him to death. Crandall quickly realizing his peril, again jumped the fence, grappled Fred and threw him over the other side, where he landed in a pail of berries, safe and sound. Just as Kenneth reached the boy to minister to him, the infuriated bull dashed into the fence, and was baffled in his purpose. The two young fishermen will never forget their danger, and Mr. Crandall received many congratulations for his daring act of heroism.
Great Bend - All the lumber for building the derrick at the proposed oil well near here has been delivered and work has commenced on the derrick, which will be 75 ft. high. Not only are there anticipations of striking oil and gas, but it is confidently believed that the locality is on a direct line with the coal deposits of Forest City and Carbondale.
Uniondale - A very important business deal has been arranged by which D. B. Gibson, of Montrose, will take over the wholesale meat business of Stephen Bronson, of Uniondale. Mr. Bronson has conducted the business for nearly 50 years, during which time he has built up a large business and established a reputation for integrity. We are pleased to say that he has amassed a comfortable competency during this active career and will, we understand, as soon as his business affairs are adjusted, go to California, where part of his family are now sojourning, for an extensive stay. Mr. Gibson will take up his residence here, but will continue his business in Montrose.
Gibson - Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Senior started for Connecticut with team, expecting to be a week on the road.
Auburn - School began Monday at Auburn Centre, Ernest Cobb, of Opposition will board at A. S. Mericles' and carry the children from this place there. Lola Green began her school at Silvara. Ethel Green begins her school at Opposition where she taught last year, and Maude Mericle begins her school at Retta. We wish them great success.
Forest City - Invitations have been issued for the marriage of Miss Mary Gertrude Miskell, the charming young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Miskell of Delaware St., and Michael Edward Troy, a young man of excellent character. Both are well known socially. The wedding will occur Sept., 25, at St. Agnes Church.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Andrew Phalen is making big improvements, enlarging his cellar and bringing the water in the house.
Clifford Twp. - Thos. E. Jones, an aged resident of this place, died Aug. 22, 1907, and was laid at rest in Welsh Hill cemetery the following Sunday. He was a widower, and was born in Wales 84 years ago.
New Milford - Robert Mitchell, son of Charles Mitchell, formerly of New Milford, is singing in opera at a Boston play house.
Birchardville - Miss Flora Bell, of Birchardville, is back in the Montrose Telephone Exchange, as day operator, and Miss Belle Dunlap is the new night operator.
Rush - We correct the mistake in print last week. Mrs. Swan had her dwelling house and not her hen house painted.
Springville - Charley Barber has hung out his shingle and is doing shoemaker work.
Hallstead - Edward Nichols was serenaded by a mysterious visitor who played his instrument beneath Mr. Nichols' window on several occasions last week. Friday Mr. Nichols armed himself with a club and carefully searched his grounds for the intruder, which was found and proved to be a yellow rattler. Mr. Nichols quickly dispatched his snakeship, which measured 5 ft. and 4 inches.
Brooklyn - The kid wagons are on the go again, and school has begun with much success.
Montrose/Brooklyn, The Great Race continued.....They again put on the whip and reached the hotel in Brooklyn shortly after the Doctor, they having gone the distance a little over 7 miles, through the deep mud, in one hour and 5 minutes and the Doctor in two minutes less time. On their arrival, the Dr. came out of the hotel and started back, and they followed. They almost overtook him again near Col. Watrous's but he kept the lead in splendid style, although they received occasional reports from residents along the route, that he was riding with his brother. Some of them enquired if the Dr. was crazy. The Dr. and his brother deny that he rode, and the former alleged that there was no violation of the terms in his holding on to the buggy. While Post and Hinds were coming down the hill by the "Dunn place" the Dr. was ascending the opposite hill, and they reached town about 20 minutes after he did. The case was referred to arbitrators, viz. W. K. Hatch, F. Fraser, and J. F. Dunmore, who met the next evening, but from the absence of material witnesses, or other causes, adjourned for the oysters, and continued the case till the following evening. After several similar adjournments and much difficulty with refractory witnesses, who could not find it convenient to attend the court, but were always on hand to help discuss the oysters, the case was finally decided in the Doctor's favor, Fraser dissenting; and it is expected that hereafter the doctor will drive the sorrel in his rounds to visit his patients, except in cases of emergency, when he will go afoot.
September 13 (1907/2007)
Montrose/Brooklyn, The Great Race continued from Aug. 23 100 Years.....They again put on the whip and reached the hotel in Brooklyn shortly after the Doctor, they having gone the distance a little over 7 miles, through the deep mud, in one hour and 5 minutes and the Doctor in two minutes less time. On their arrival, the Dr. came out of the hotel and started back, and they followed. They almost overtook him again near Col. Watrous's but he kept the lead in splendid style, although they received occasional reports from residents along the route, that he was riding with his brother. Some of them enquired if the Dr. was crazy. The Dr. and his brother deny that he rode, and the former alleged that there was no violation of the terms in his holding on to the buggy. While Post and Hinds were coming down the hill by the "Dunn place" the Dr. was ascending the opposite hill, and they reached town about 20 minutes after he did. The case was referred to arbitrators, viz. W. K. Hatch, F. Fraser, and J. F. Dunmore, who met the next evening, but from the absence of material witnesses, or other causes, adjourned for the oysters, and continued the case till the following evening. After several similar adjournments and much difficulty with refractory witnesses, who could not find it convenient to attend the court, but were always on hand to help discuss the oysters, the case was finally decided in the Doctor's favor, Fraser dissenting; and it is expected that hereafter the doctor will drive the sorrel in his rounds to visit his patients, except in cases of emergency, when he will go afoot.
Lawton - This is the day of the Lawton Fair. With the big rains of this week, it looked more likely that they would have boat races than any other kind of amusement. But, yesterday afternoon the wind changed to the west and looked more formidable. D. D. Lathrop, C. E., has been here and staked out a trotting course for the Lawton Agricultural Club. The course is one-third mile, with [an] 18 foot road bed.
Montrose - Montrose ought to have day service electric lights. Such dark afternoons as Monday, last, they are needed about as much as evenings.
Gibson - Galen Tingley has gone to Flushing, L.I., where he will teach in the Kyle Institute.
Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - Fred Dearborn has fitted up a very nice wagon to carry the school children from Upsonville to the East school.
Hopbottom - The new building that the creamery company is erecting out of concrete blocks will be nearly fireproof and cost about $20,000.
Lakeside/Clifford/Susquehanna/Harford - At Lakeside, on Monday, the large farm barn of Mrs. John Stoddard was struck by lightning and burned with its contents, there being no insurance. The bolt of lightning struck the building shortly after six, before the evening chores were done and the fire was not discovered until eight. In Elkdale, Clifford township, three large barns and their contents, owned by Wallace Watkins, were set on fire [by lightning] and destroyed. There being no insurance, it was a total loss to the owner. In the vicinity of Susquehanna damage, it is said, of $25,000 was occasioned. Among the losses are the dwelling house of Daniel Nicholson, between Susquehanna and Great Bend; the large farm barn of Judson Davis, near Windsor, totally destroyed with 50 tons of hay--loss $1,500, partly covered by insurance and the barn of Edward Griggs, damaged by lightning, but not insured. In Harford, Alonzo Tiffany's barn was struck by lightning and burned. He was badly burned about the face while trying to rescue a horse.
Clifford - Clifford's nuptial event, to take place at N. E. Gardner's, Wednesday, Sept 11, when Miss Kate Gardner and John Knickerbocker are to be united in marriage, is the present talk of our town. About 200 inhabitants [were] issued plenty of rice and old shoes for luck.
Kingsley - Our school house is nearing completion after having another story added and repainted inside and out.
Lenox - Porter Hunt came very near being killed in a run-a-way accident Saturday, because of too much fire-water.
Hallstead - The residence of J. G. McCreary was struck by lightning on Wednesday, the bolt following the chimney into the living room. Mrs. McCreary was rendered unconscious by the shock and it was only after much effort that the physicians succeeded in reviving her. The children also sustained lesser shocks, while the floor was badly torn up and articles of furniture damaged.
Harford Fair, 50th Anniversary - You all must attend the first day of the fair, Sept. 25th. At 11 a.m. a dedication service for Rev. Lyman Richardson's new monument, costing $500, will take place in the cemetery. Profs. Hine and Thacher, scripture and prayer, and Rev. Charles M. Tower, of Oneida, N.Y., the address. In the afternoon the founders of the society yet living, and all who were present at the first fair, together with those who have attended nearly every one since, will be assembled and fitting services and short speeches from each will be the order of the day. The drum corps will give the flavor of old time music. As for the second day, the last day, we cannot begin to tell you all now.
Birchardville - On Sept 7th, the postmaster here received notice that the Rural Free Delivery Route, from this place, which has been pending since last spring, has been granted. The proposed route covers nearly all the territory south and west of Birchardville, and will serve mail to nearly 400 patrons. It is rather longer than most of the R.F.D. routes, being 25 1/2 miles long.
Forest City - Another detachment of four men of the state constabulary [police] arrived in town Monday. They are stopping at the Forest House. The men are mounted, uniformed in black, with patent leather leggings and wear helmets, presenting a natty appearance.
South New Milford - George Keeney has put in several kinds of cow stanchions and would be pleased to show the farmers how they work. He will take orders for any kind.
Elk Lake - July 3, 1865, Co. C., 203d Regt., Pennsylvania Volunteers, was discharged from the United States service and not until the last eight years have they met as an organization. On Sept 4th, they met at Elk Lake in Grange Hall. The day being stormy but few of the old veterans assembled. Lt. A. B Stevens, whom many of the boys had not seen since 1865, made the trip from his home to greet them. And the boys were immensely pleased to see him. Experiences were related until the dinner call sounded, when the boys did the "square thing" to a "square" meal served by the Ladies' Aid. The officers elected were: President, Josiah Fuller; Secretary and Treasurer, S. O. Culver; James Daughterty and Hiram Hosford were admitted as honorary members.
News Briefs: Railroad statistics show that about 25,000 tramps were killed on the different railroads in the United States last year. Nearly as many more were injured. AND Real estate about the village of Conyngham, Luzerne county, has gone up a peg or two on account of the reviving of an old Indian legend. It has been handed down for many generations that an Indian warrior once boasted that if the white man only knew what a store of wealth was hidden between the Sugarloaf and Nescopeck mountains, he would refuse to sell the land.
September 20 (1907/2007)
Great Bend - John Carneke, who resides near Stevens' Point, walked in his sleep from a third floor window in the Central House, at Great Bend, Monday night. He escaped injury with the exception of a broken thumb, his flight through the air not resulting more seriously owing to the fact that he landed on a hatchway door, which, however, suffered more serious damage, being used to start the fire next morning. The landlord was awakened by the rattling of the window shutters of his room, just below John's, which he found afterward was caused by the falling man's hand coming in contact with the same as he shot through space. The landlord went downstairs and assisted the man to the office of Dr. Hine, where the injury was attended to, and all returned later to their dreams undisturbed, John resolving in the future to walk no more with eyes closed.
Rush - In the popular lady contest at East Rush, Miss Blanche Gray received over 2000 votes and was awarded the beautiful silver ice pitcher.
Hickory Grove - Early Monday morning robbers called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cole and assaulted them. The robbers called Mr. Cole to the door of his home with loud callings for assistance for a neighbor, who was said to have been taken very ill. Mr. Cole then opened the door to learn more about the matter, only to be confronted by three masked men who quickly overpowered and bound and gagged him, throwing him on the floor in a corner, while they proceed to ransack the premises. They were at their work when Mrs. Cole was aroused and gave battle, felling one of the brutes with a chair. Just as she did it, however, she too was felled and rendered unconscious with a weapon in the hands of another of the men. All this took place in view of her helpless husband and the robbers succeeded in getting away with $600 in cash besides much other valuable property that was in the house. It was some time before Mrs. Cole regained consciousness and when she did she released her husband and arousing their neighbors a search was prosecuted, but without success. Evidently the highwaymen are the same who attempted to perpetrate an outrage on the aged Nitchke couple at Great Bend, but were foiled in their attempt.
Montrose - Rev. Dawson Edwards, a valued employee of Beach's foundry, leaves today for a visit among his children in Chicago, Ill. The "Elder" has been a main-stay in Zion church and Sunday school for many years, and his vacation is a well-deserved one. AND The Montrose Telephone Company is keeping pace with the march of progress and is installing a new and up-to-date switchboard which cost over $1000, which will greatly enhance the service rendered. This company has purchased the Gibson line, which gives them Harford, Gibson, and other towns in the eastern part of the county.
Hop Bottom - John Shiner, a native of Syria, who has been in this country less than three years, living most of the time at Hop Bottom, likes this country so well he sent back to Syria for his wife and child, who arrived in New York Thursday, and Mr. Shiner went down to meet them and bring them home. The freedom and liberty, in America, delights the foreigner. How often do we Americans appreciate the superior conditions under which we live.
Dimock - Good reports come of the work of Guy Titman, who is out playing ball with the big league teams.
Starrucca, Wayne Co. - While returning from church, Sunday morning, a couple of those "Fresh Guys" drove up behind Henry Walker with an auto, and without giving Mr. Walker a chance to hardly turn out, rushed by without checking their speed. Mr. Walker and wife were thrown out [of their rig], receiving severe injuries to themselves, and doing extensive damage to the rig. These same two gentlemen will possibly settle for their sport.
Springville - Warren Dunlap expects to move his family to Bear Creek, near Wilkesbarre, where they will engage in taking boarders. They expect to leave in 3 weeks.
Birchardville - Arthur Gary and wife, of Walker, Iowa, and Theodore McKeeby, of Hallstead, are visiting at Myron Strange's.
Oakley - Aunt Lydia Gardner died at her home near Loomis Lake on Friday, the 13th, at 4 p.m. She was a very old lady, and was highly respected by all who knew her. Her age was a few months over 93. She not only remembered events which occurred in her childhood days, repeating stories told by her grandfather, who was a Revolutionary soldier, but was interested in current events. She also remembered the ages of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Forest City - A man, a melodeon and a "monk" meandered through the municipality on Monday, the monk gathering in money for the man who moved the machinery in the melodeon. AND Mr. Jacobs, the merry-go-round man, who has been running his pleasure machine in this place for the past month, will close the season here. He has made arrangements to store the outfit in Vandling and will reopen here in the spring.
Tunkhannock - Saturday afternoon the Lehigh Valley train going east on the Montrose branch ran into a couple of milk cars which were left standing on the track near Tunkhannock. The passenger train from Montrose is usually a little late and a freight engine was doing some switching and had left the cars on the branch line. The passenger train was going at a lively rate of speed when the collision occurred and all the passengers were more or less shaken up, some of them being rather seriously injured, among the latter being Miss Virginia Welles, of Wyalusing and Mrs. W. H. Stone, of Binghamton, who suffered severe bruises as a result of the collision, as did also the mail clerk, James Fields. The engineer and fireman jumped and escaped injury.
News Briefs: Statistics show that more than 5,000 school teachers in Pennsylvania have reason to begin work this month with unusual pleasure. They will receive from $5 to $15 more a month than they received last year, and this fact alone is enough to lighten toil. Of the 26,250 teachers employed in the State, one-fifth will be affected by the increase in salary. AND Tours of the coal mines by visitors are now a thing of the past, and all persons who are not employed in the underground workings will hereafter be forbidden entrance thereto by the coal companies. Heretofore it has been the custom of persons who have out of town visitors to plan a trip in one of the mines in the vicinity, and the guests were usually delighted with the novelty. This decision was due to the liability act passed by the recent legislature.
September 27 (1907/2007)
Thompson - Invitations are out for the marriage, October 2, of Gus Burns and Miss Hannah Latham, both of this borough. "Gus" is the only Benedict in town and Miss Hannah is his lifelong flame.
Hickory Grove - The story of Harvey Cole and his wife, having been beaten and robbed by thieves, as published in several papers last week, was a fake. No such people ever lived in or hear Hickory Grove, and no such robbery occurred. [100 Years, Sept. 20, 07].
Birchardville - Little Nina Strange, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Strange, died, Tuesday, Sept. 17, after a short illness of whooping cough. Nina had been feeble in body all her days, but bright in mind and lovely in spirit. She will be greatly missed in the home by parents and friends. AND Frank Bolles and family, of Binghamton, have been spending the summer at Birchardville. Mr. Bolles is a fine [photo] artist and has taken some splendid views in the county. The interior view of the church at St. Joseph is an excellent sample of his work.
Middletown Centre - Thomas Porter, of the U.S.S. Washington, who received a furlough on September 16, while his cruiser was in dry dock at the Brooklyn navy yards, visited relatives at Middletown Center, last week. AND Our baseball team defeated the LeRaysville bunch on the local grounds, Sept. 21. The home team gained a deciding lead in the start and easily held it throughout the game. Redding held the visitors safe at all times, while Rogers pounded to every corner of the field. The game was called at the end of the seventh inning on account of darkness. Score: Middletown, 14 and LeRaysville, 4. Batteries, Rogers and Jones; Redding and Conboy. Umpire, D. Jones.
West Bridgewater - Last Friday, as Isaac Kitchen, wife and little daughter were going home, the breeching broke at the top of the hill by Mrs. Lindsey's. The horse ran away, broke loose from the covered buggy, throwing the occupants out, overturning the wagon and breaking it. Mr. Kitchen fell on his wife, holding on to the horse, while both were drawn along the road some distance till he let go of the lines. All were hurt considerable and Mrs. Kitchen fainted several times. Wm Stephens caught the horse. Mr. Everett, a neighbor, came along and carried them home.
Forest City - Frank Scubitz, a Forest City miner, was killed by a fall of rock in the Clifford mine on Saturday. He was 62 years of age and is survived by a wife and several children.
Montrose - George S. Frink and wife are to leave soon for a trip to Iowa, to visit his brother, Dan Frink. It will be a nice trip for them, as Mr. Fink will see many interesting things. He says he and his wife have been married 45 years and they are now going to take their wedding trip. AND Bronson, the photographer, has one of those smiles on that will not wear off. The cause is a brand new Premo view outfit, which he has just purchased. It has not only the latest improvements but is the best view camera on the market, which enables him to make the most exacting work either exterior or interior on a moment's notice.
Upsonville - Banker Brothers recently sent a Devon bull calf to Massachusetts. Their herd of Devons is one of the finest in Susquehanna county and secures premiums yearly at all State Fairs where exhibited.
Brooklyn - Brooklyn is fortunate in possessing a fine orchestra, composed of the following members: Jos. Tewksbury, violin; Harry Shadduck, cornet; Leonard Shadduck, piano; C. H. VanAuken, trombone.
West Lenox - Miss Carrie Waters, of Binghamton, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Waters, recently. By the way, Mr. Waters is nearing his 84th birthday, but is in better mental and physical condition than many men at 70. He can read and write without the aid of glasses and is as spry on his feet as a dancing master. He has been in the habit of going out in the potato field every fair day, recently, and dig six or eight bushels of potatoes. Just for exercise, he says. His worthy wife is nearing her 76th birthday and is quite feeble and needs a great deal of care. Truly, we are no older than we feel.
Herrick Centre - Edwin Curtis has bought a fine young horse for his school wagon.
New Milford - Mrs. A. C. Risley, panic-stricken by what she supposed to be an alarm of fire on Monday, fell down the basement stairs where she had started to get a hydrant hose and was badly injured. One arm was badly bruised and she sustained other injuries, but not of a serious nature.
Clifford - Mrs. Minerva Hobbs died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Felts, on Sept. 14, aged 82 years, five months and 13 days. Death was due to shock from falling down the stairs. The funeral services were conducted at the residence on Tuesday, the 18th inst., Rev. J. Wallace Young, of Albany, N.Y., who is a nephew of the deceased, officiating. The deceased became a widow in July 1864, her husband, Asahel Hobbs, having died as a prisoner in the Andersonville rebel prison.
News Briefs: The old country schoolhouse of not so long ago will soon be a relic of the past. Although one traveling through the country sees many of these old-fashioned structures, he does not realize that they are rapidly being deserted, and that a consolidated schoolhouse will be met with farther up the road. These new buildings are graded, and many have several high school courses, so that one teacher now teaches only once class, whereas in the old days the pedagogue taught everything from the alphabet to Latin. Of course, the consolidated schoolhouse is not so convenient to all the children, as they have to go a greater distance, but all of them ride to school nowadays. The consolidated school is much cheaper to the community and what the farmer saves in taxes, he puts in sleighs and wagons so that his children may ride. Pupils can also remain at their home schools much longer than they formerly could, and this is also a great saving. We may expect great results from this change, for the farmers with their poor schools have turned out some wonderful men, and they should do even better under the new conditions.
October 04 (1907/2007)
Flynn - Some young men or boys who are annoying people who try to use the telephone line, interrupt people while talking and use insulting language, are well known and it will be well for them to let up on this work; if not they will be punished according to law. Their parents ought to see to it at once and have this thing stopped.
West Auburn - While Mrs. B. W. France was returning from West Auburn, Saturday evening, her horse became frightened at a bicycle and turned around in the road, throwing Mrs. France out, but fortunately she was not hurt. The horse ran back to West Auburn and under the church shed, where it was accustomed to stand. No damage was done, we are glad to say.
Fairdale - Fairdale Grange No. 1157 will celebrate its eleventh anniversary, on Wednesday, Oct. 9. There will be a chicken pie dinner served to all patrons present. A cordial invitation is extended to all the members of the Grange with their families.
Hopbottom - Dr. F. T. Powers does dental work every Monday and Tuesday at the Foster House.
Montrose - Rev. Dr. Torrey, the world famous evangelist, is here to visit his friend, Rev. J. M. MacInnis. He will also look over Montrose as a possible location for a bible school. The usual Thursday evening prayer meeting at the Presbyterian church was changed to Wednesday night, that Dr. Torrey might be present, and after he had been feelingly introduced by Rev. MacInnis, he gave a most interesting and forceful address, reciting many wonderful instances in his personal career as to conversions. Henry Beach showed Dr. Torrey Montrose, and the surrounding country, in his automobile
Dimock - Luman Thornton, having sold his store to V. L. Van Camp, of New York State, will sell the remainder of his goods at cost for the next thirty days. Mr. Thornton's health is poor, which makes the change necessary. AND County Commissioner O. A. Tiffany can be seen driving his milk wagon to the station daily.
Lenox - At a regular meeting of the Lenox Grange No. 931, held Sept. 21, 1907, the following resolutions were adopted: Patrons: Again the reaper Death has entered our Grange home and taken from our midst brother C. W. Conrad. We have lost a charter member who helped to build up Lenox Grange and was ever ready to maintain every good work looking to the betterment and advancement of his hometown. He was a patriot and fought in his country's defense [Co. A, 107th Regiment], and lay down to his final sleep at the age of four score and six years; therefore, be it Resolved, that our charter be draped in mourning for thirty days and a space be set apart in our minutes for this testimonial; that the sympathy of the members of Lenox Grange be extended to the family of our deceased brother, and a copy of these resolutions sent to the family and also to the county papers for publication. B. McDonald, D. N. Hardy, Mrs. D. N. Hardy, Com.
Brooklyn - H. H. Craver and F. Jewett have installed gasoline light plants in their store and dwelling, respectively.
Glenwood - At the 52nd Regiment's reunion at Scranton, Sept 19, there were over 300 of the old veterans who enlisted during the sixties, the full number being 1900.
South Gibson - Four sisters met at Mrs. Manzer's recently, and there united ages was over 272 years. Mrs. T. J. Manzer, age 56 years, Mrs. Alford Herrick of Binghamton, 74 years; Mrs. James Post, of Philadelphia, 72 years; and Mrs. C. A. Miller, of Susquehanna, 70 years. Their maiden names were: Polly E., Charlotte E., Lucy C., and Mary R., daughters of D. H. Fuller. Their grandfather on their mother's side, Elias Van Winkle, was a brave soldier in the Revolutionary War, and we would think, from the appearance of these four sisters, that they are of the Democratic faith. AND Mrs. Nellie Mapes, of Uniondale, who is nearly 83 years is visiting her brother, T. J. Manzer, who is 81 years old. We imagine we see them all having a good old-fashioned visit.
Susquehanna - C. B. Dugan has received appointment as house and commissary agent for the Erie railroad company, to have charge at Port Jervis, Susquehanna and Hornell. This is a newly inaugurated office, made necessary by the machinists' strike now pending, by which the Erie is compelled to feed and house strike breakers. AND Trainmaster Charles Ford, of the Delaware division of the Erie railroad, with headquarters at Susquehanna, has resigned his position with the road, and accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Steel Company, at Steelton, Pa. Trainmaster Ford has been in the employ of the Erie for several years, and has worked his way up from station agent to trainmaster of the road, within a few years.
Forest City - After a year's absence from the home of her parents, 13-year old Mary Vitiski has been found. She was located in the industrial department of the House of the Good Shepherd, in Scranton, where Mrs. Duggan placed her. The girl was taken from a saloon about a year ago. She gave the name of Helen Smith, and Mrs. Duggan was unable to find her people, so she placed her in the House of the Good Shepherd. Since then Mrs. Duggan kept up the search for the girl's parents, and through a photograph finally discovered them. Both mother and daughter fell in each other's arms when brought together.
Springville -Warren Dunlap will sell or rent their fine residence here. They are going away.
South New Milford - Wm. Moxley, of Renovo, spent a few days here and attended the Harford fair. This was Mr. Moxley's first visit to his old home in twenty-six years.
Alford - Patrons will be pleased to learn that some time in the future, Mrs. H. L. Hubbard will throw open the doors of a new boarding and eating house, which will have much better accommodations for the comfort of patrons than the one burned down. Pending the completion of the new building, Mrs. Hubbard is serving meals in the house formerly occupied by Perry Sweet, where all friends will receive polite attention. Meals are served any time, and in a most satisfactory manner.
News Brief - Automobiles operated in Pennsylvania next year will carry yellow tags with black letters and figures.
October 11 (1907/2007)
Montrose - The concrete work around the soldiers' monument and the removal of the parapet, which for years has surrounded it, greatly improves the appearance of that imposing shaft. The four canons have been mounted at the corners on concrete bastions, and a view of it from the streets surround, gives it a warlike aspect. What to do with the marble tablets on which are the names of the county's Civil War veterans, is causing considerable trouble, owing to the difficulty of properly displaying them. They formerly lined the parapetted enclosure. AND Miss Amelia Pickett has been spending some time in Scranton, studying the methods pursued in that city's library. Miss Pickett will act as librarian of the new public library to be opened here next month.
Little Meadows - The directors of the Little Meadows Telephone Company met the directors of the Tracy Creek Telephone Company this week at the office of Attorney H. C. Perkins, in Binghamton, relative to connecting the Little Meadows line with the New York State people.
Friendsville - A direct ancestor here has received the information that at Limerick, Ireland, two weeks ago, the bust of Gerald Griffin was placed in site at the large school erected to the memory of the poet and educator, whose parents were the first Irish settlers in Susquehanna County. [Patrick and Ellen Griffin, parents of Gerald, settled in the year 1820, on a tract of land bordering on Quaker Lake, in Silver Lake township, one of the prettiest and most beautiful spots in this portion of the State, which they christened "Fairy Lawn," in memory of their forsaken home in the old land.) Stocker History [Both are buried in the churchyard at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Gerald Griffin never lived in this country.]
Laurel Lake - The many friends of Rev. A. M. Bertels and wife will regret to see them move from this place to a farm in Hawleyton, N.Y., recently purchased. On account of poor health he is going to give up preaching for a time.
Susquehanna - John Buckle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Buckle, was seriously injured Sunday afternoon as the result of falling from a chestnut tree to the ground, a distance of about 30 ft. In falling his head struck the sharp end of a small limb and made a large hole in his forehead. He was rendered unconscious by the fall and lay on the ground for some time. Fortunately at that time a man was walking in the woods nearby and picked the injured lad up and carried him to the nearest house, where a physician was summoned, who dressed the boy's injury. Although the wound is serious it is not thought that it will result fatally. AND Hotel Oakland, the new hotel being erected by John J. McGinty, is rapidly nearing completion. The work of wiring the hotel for telephones and electric lights is well under way. The hotel contains 45 rooms and each room will be equipped with a phone. The hotel will be ready for occupancy about Dec. 15.
Jessup Twp. - The Bolles cemetery, for a number of years, has been noted for the neat and tidy manner in which it has been kept. During the past few weeks it has been more extensively improved and beautified by a driveway extending the whole length of it.
Brooklyn - The trustees and pastor of the Universalist church have arranged for a harvest fair and old-time farmers' supper, to be given in the basement of the church, Friday evening, November 8. This promises to be an old-time affair with an entertaining program of the old-time character.
Springville - Butter is so scarce in this town that some have to be content with a little and very poor at that, sometimes. AND New gasoline lights are to be placed in Stuart Riley's store and residence.
Clifford - The Northeastern Telephone Co. is putting some new poles, straightening the line and putting it in general good order in the village. The company will put on another wire to Lenoxville so as to relieve the Nicholson line of its excessive load.
Dundaff - An old fashioned "apple cut" was enjoyed by the young people of Dundaff, last Tuesday evening, at Mrs. Wallace Millard's.
Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - Rev. L. W. Church preached a historical sermon last Sunday, it being the 94th anniversary since the founding of the church at Upsonville.
Heart Lake - The milk producers here expect to ship milk to the Producers and Consumers Exchange, at Scranton, have leased grounds of W. A. Brown and will commence to erect their cooling station Monday, Oct. 15, 1907. The Building Committee is A. W. Richardson, L. E. Griffing and F. I. Hillis. The station at Kingsley is now completed and the stations at Foster and Nicholson are nearly completed.
Hallstead - A gang of burglars have been shadowing the business places in Hallstead and Great Bend for some time and the Plaindealer says it will be wisdom on the part of the merchants to double their vigilance in protecting their business places. C. W. Bankes' store in Hallstead was entered on the night of Sept. 27, and although but little of value was taken on that occasion, it is more than probable that the marauders were frightened away before they had completed their job. The same is true of the recent window breaking in the rear of P. H. Lines & Son's store, and the jewelry store of F. W. Carl, last Sunday night. Many of the businessmen are contemplating putting in burglar alarms.
Uniondale - The Misses May and Janet Tinker will offer at public sale, on Wednesday, October 16th, beginning at 10 o'clock at the Tinker homestead near Uniondale, their horses, stock consisting of ten cows, three two year olds, four calves, a porker, hay grain, apples in orchard, and farming utensils of all kinds. Remember the date!
Forest City - Anyone who has not for some time been on Dundaff, Hudson and Susquehanna streets, would be surprised at the number of stores now to be found on these three thoroughfares, and some of them appear to be doing a thriving business.
News Brief - Scranton brewers say that beer is likely to advance one dollar a barrel. This is due, they claim, to the increased cost of ingredients. The advance in price will not affect the retail trade any. It will still be a nickel a glass, but the schooners will be smaller, or else the beer will have a "bigger head."