October 18 (1907/2007)



Ainey - George L. Williams, of Missouri, is visiting relatives and friends here. He left this place April 6, 1868, and this is his first visit East since that time. He is a veteran of the Civil war and knows how to shake the hand of the old vets with a good grip.


Gelatt - The old Pope woolen mill, an old landmark here, owned by W. A. Wheeler and occupied by him as a storehouse, was destroyed by fire, also a small grist mill owned and operated by C. W. Davis, Tuesday night. The fire was of incendiary origin. The woolen mill was a total loss, being uninsured. The grist mill was insured.


Lawton - Last Friday evening the horizon to the southwest in the direction of Lawton was lit up with a glare which showed unmistakable evidences of a large conflagration--the lurid light reflecting on the buildings here in Montrose, although the distance is some twelve miles. By use of the 'phone it was learned the building burning was the large hotel barn of former County Commissioner Isaiah Haire. Wm. H. Millard is the landlord, at present, having leased the hotel from Mr. Haire last winter. The origin of the fire is unknown. It was after the evening chores had been completed that the flames were discovered and had gained considerable headway. What could be done, however, with the limited means, was attempted, but soon the building with its contents, including farming machinery and the like, and the season's crops of hay and grain, were a heap of ruins.


Silver Lake - Our meat man, J. Stanford, did not come on Tuesday, and all his customers were without meat for dinner. Mr. Stanford was badly injured by falling from an apple tree. His patrons and their dogs and cats trust he will soon be out again. AND Rev. J. T. Russell has masons at work on a new barn, the stone work being nearly finished.


Fairdale - John Shelp, of Wisconsin, is calling on his many relatives and friends in this vicinity. He has been gone from Pennsylvania for over 29 years, and this is [his] first visit here in all that time.


Montrose - An up-to-date funeral car, modern in design and rich in style, arrived on Tuesday, and will be used by undertaker Henry L. Kraiss, at his undertaking establishment on Church street. AND F. H. Wilson, of the firm of Mahon & Wilson, having sold his interest in the cut glass business to his partner, has gone to Middletown, N.Y., where he has accepted a position. Mr. Mahon has removed his place of business from the old cutglass factory to L. B. Hollister's building, in the rear of the Horseshoe billiard parlors, on south Main street, where he will be pleased to receive orders for any fancy articles in the cutglass line.


Lenoxville - C. G. Stephens' new grist mill is now in working order. He has a fine grade of meal and cracked corn, and will soon be ready to grind buckwheat.


Uniondale - The Carpenter boys are erecting a fine new house on the site of the old homestead on Maple street.


South Gibson - One of our highly esteemed young men, Chas. T. Howell, is taking a course in the Renourd Training School for Embalmers in New York City.


Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - Mrs. Dudley Clapper met with a painful accident a few days ago. Her son, Henry, was riding horseback and in some unknown manner the horse fell with the boy under it. He cried for help and his mother ran to his assistance and in trying to lift the horse's leg off her son, Mrs. Clapper was kicked in the face by the animal, thus breaking a bone in her face, and cutting and bruising it badly. She was taken to a doctor in Binghamton and is now doing as well as could be expected.


Clifford - On Saturday, Oct. 5th, there were 17 automobiles that passed through our town in the forenoon. We learned since it was the Carbondale Automobile Club going to Oneonta. On their return they met O. W. Crandall, wife and a boy in a buggy. Crandall's horse became frightened and ran away. They were all thrown out of the buggy and sustained serious bruises. The autos returned through here Sunday night.


Springville - Two suits have been started against the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Wyoming county by Atty. Paul J. Sherwood, one on the part of Mrs. Elizabeth A. Koons, of Springville, for $50,000 and the other on the part of Bessie Koons, of the same place, for $5,000. Mrs. Koons and her daughter, Bessie, nine years old, were injured in the wreck on the Montrose branch at Tunkhannock, a short time since.


Forest City - Startling allegations were contained in the bill in equity filed in the Lackawanna county court a short time since by D. R. Braman, of Forest City, against his wife, Mary, who separated from him and resides in Carbondale. They were married 22 years ago. He claims he had over $4,000 in the First National Bank of Forest City, $415 in cash beside that, stock and other personal property worth $1,500 and that she secured it all and left him a charge on the poor board. She, it is alleged, secured the cash in bank, upon a forged check and the rest of the items along similar lines. The suit is brought to compel her to restore the amount to him.


East Kingsley - I've been spending the summer at Moxley farm. / A very good place, if not so well known. / But now I've come back to the old home place / Back to East Kingsley where I know every face. / There are very few changes as I have seen, / The Fairs are over to which many have been. / George Whitney is still the happy milk man, / Who also brings mail or does errands whenever he can. / Watson Jeffers has a new porch and new milk house too. / At present they are picking applies so there's work to do. / The happiest people are Mr. and Mrs. E. Loomis, they say. / 'Gene wears a smile the live long day. / For he has a daughter and she is brand new, / I don't blame him for smiling, now do you? / Williston Oakley and family are living still / In the large red house on the top of the hill. / Williston this week has been ploughing the ground, / While Mr. Lott has been fixing his fences up around. / They tell me Harry Carey had a loss this summer / His mowing machine was burned, (too bad) t'was a hummer. / Melvin Tingley has had a chimney relaid / And Mr. John Howell was the man that he paid. / On Wednesday last Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Tiffany and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. / Attended Ladies Aid at Harford some miles away, / Mr. Ed Tanner still drives the school hack / Which carries the children to Harford and back. / And Now as I've told all the news I will close / And next time I write it will be in prose / For if this has offended no woman or man / You will soon hear again from---Sister Ann.


October 25 (1907/2007)



Springville - Alderman Myron Kasson and wife came up from Scranton recently in their auto, and when in front of the William E. Lott house Mr. Kasson dodged a mud hole and ditched the machine and had to get a team to pull it out. AND Many people are remarking that a barn full of skunk skins is not the most pleasant thing in town.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Jay Rifenbury and wife started Wednesday for their home in Oklahoma, after an extended visit with his parents and friends here. We wish them a safe journey.


Harford - David M. Smyth, a former Harford boy, died Oct. 11, 1907, at Hartford, Conn., after a short illness of paralysis, aged 74 years. His remains were taken to Pasadena, California, to rest beside his beloved wife and daughter. He leaves four sons, residing in Hartford and Chicago, and three brothers and two sisters in Pennsylvania. He was quite a remarkable man. At an early age he became an inventor, and during his lifetime controlled about 60 patents. He had a literary bent, having written a poem entitled, "The Hermit of the Saco," and also a biographical work of himself in his latter days.


South New Milford - Miss Maude Gleason went to Potter county last March and was married recently to Rennie Mumford, of that county.


Fairdale - Our obliging mail carrier, Mr. Light, says the Wyalusing creek road is in a very bad condition from the Rush line to Fairdale bridge--and so say all who have to drive over it.


Great Bend - Everything was covered with a couple of inches of snow on Sunday, Oct. 20th.


Montrose - Will the patrons of the Montrose Public Library please see if they have overlooked any books belonging to it, at their homes, and return them this week without fail, as they are being made ready for the new library. Will the one who has "The Master's Violin," by Myrtle Reed, please return it?


Rush - The marriage of Clifton Hickok, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Miss Belle Hooper, occurred at the home of the bride in East Plainfield, N.J., on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Hickok was formerly of Rush, served as county surveyor and is possessed of a large number of friends throughout the county, while the bride is a young woman of many charming qualities. Mr. and Mrs. Hickok arrived here yesterday on their wedding tour, after which they will commence housekeeping in a neatly furnished home in Brooklyn.


Heart Lake - Guy I. Bayless, a young man residing near here, was the victim yesterday morning of a painful and serious accident. With other men he was engaged in pressing hay on the C. W. Hoyt farm, when his foot became caught in the press. The powerful machine closed on the limb, breaking his leg, and crushing it badly to the knee. While the injury is of a very bad nature, physicians hope to save the leg and eventually restore it to its former usefulness. The young man is a member of the Modern Protective Assn., a beneficial organization, and will be entitled to benefits while incapacitated for work.


Silver Lake - John Murphy, the oldest man in Susquehanna county, died at Laurel Lake on Thursday, Oct. 17, 1907. He had reached the century mark and was born in Ireland. Since before the war times, Mr. Murphy had resided in Silver Lake township, where as a citizen he was highly respected. The funeral occurred from St. Augustine's church, at Silver Lake, last Saturday morning.


Little Meadows - Mrs. Nora Boland died at her late home on Thursday, Oct. 17th, and the funeral occurred on Monday from St. Thomas' church in that village. The deceased is survived by her husband and several children.


Forest City - D. V. Buck, of Gibson, is here moving a couple of buildings. Mr. Buck is a former resident of Forest City and a skilled hand in this line of business. AND The sale of tickets for the Rock Band Concert, which will be given in the Opera House on Oct. 31st, is meeting with success. Not only will Mr. Till and his three daughters perform on the Rock Piano, but also play on glasses and swinging harps. Miss Mildred Till is an elocutionist of no mean ability and Miss Ester Till is the soloist in the First Reformed Church of Bayonne. The evening's entertainment will be one of the treats of the season.


Herrick Centre - Emory Miller attended the Binghamton fair and on his return home bought a fine organ as a present to his little daughter, Dorthea, who will begin immediately to cultivate her musical talent by taking instructions of Herrick's painstaking music teacher, Mrs. Hoel.


Hallstead - The new eight-room school building, which replaces the one burned about a year ago, has been completed and is now being used. It is admirably adapted for the place and the School Board is being complimented for being able to produce such a fine building for so little money. The building is of solid brick, with all the modern improvements, and accommodates 450 pupils at a cost of only $13,000.


Lenoxville - Don't forget the "Toe Social" and chicken supper at W. S. Miller's Saturday evening, Oct. 26. Come and bring your best girl.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - There will be a Hallowe'en social in Cambrian hall on Thursday evening, Oct. 31. A cordial invitation is extended to all.


News Brief - The first snowstorm of the season visited the county on Sunday, Oct. 20th. In the early morning, the leaves of autumn, which shone resplendent and rich in golden hues by moonlight the night before, were heavily mantled in millions upon millions of flakes of snow. And it fell all day long, making an exceptionally dreary October day, and robbing autumn altogether of its poetic beauty. Trees felt its weight and strong branches bent low over the sidewalks, causing the pedestrians considerable inconvenience in going to church. In a number of cases the boughs snapped off and fell to the ground. The snow, it is said, fell to the depth of four or five inches.


November 01 (1907/2007)



Susquehanna - Numerous changes and improvements have been completed at the Simon H. Barnes Memorial hospital, which will make it line with the best institutions of the kind in the State. The interior has been redecorated and refitted and next summer it is planned to build an annex to make room for various departments and increase the efficiency of the hospital. The location of the hospital is an ideal one, and the citizens who are working for its maintenance and improvement are to be congratulated on its flourishing condition. The work at the hospital is under the supervision of Miss Bertha Miller, matron, formerly of Binghamton. At the present, in addition to the matron, there are four nurses.


Dimock - Wanted-A blacksmith and horseshoer to locate in Dimock. AND An automobile passed through this place on Sunday last during the hard rainstorm, on its way to Scranton.


Laurel Lake - Rev. A. M. Bertels will continue to preach here every Sunday morning until the roads become impassable.


New Milford - On Monday night thieves entered the barn of E. T. Oakley and stole a horse, wagon, harness blankets, etc., owned by W. F. Shields, and up to the time of going to press no clue to the thieves has been discovered. The horse, a dark bay weighing about 900 lbs., is marked as follows-a deep scar on one front foot extending across hoof into hair, also deep depression on both sides of neck. Mr. Shields offers a reward for information leading to the arrest of the thieves and recovery of the property.


Glenwood - Joseph Cadden, a Glenwood farmer, sent word to police headquarters in Scranton on Monday to be on the lookout for a thief who had stolen his horse, carriage, harness and blankets. Saturday night his barn was entered and the party hitching the horse to the carriage drove away, without arousing the occupants of the house.


Herrick Centre - While hunting for game in the woods near here, quite recently, Earle Miller met with a distressing accident, which may cost him the use of one eye. Miller was hunting with Wm. Vandervort and when the latter fired at a bird, Miller was within range and three of the shot hit him in one eye, and two in the other. The physicians in attendance are not yet certain whether they can save the sight of either eye or not.


Forest City - Sidney Lott has been made outside foreman at the Clifford Colliery to succeed R. A. Randall, who last week resigned after 20 years of service. Mr. Lott, although young in years is old in experience along this line. He knows a breaker from top to bottom and will make a good successor to a good man.


South Montrose - Knight Millard, while at his work in the Allen sawmill, on Tuesday afternoon, met with a very distressing accident in having a thumb and finger taken off. Dr. Fred S. Birchard dressed the wounded hand, which is getting along as well as can be expected.


Thompson - Conductor Polk Palmer was injured about the head and body in a collision between the Erie "flyer" and the rear end of a train entering a siding near Thompson, Monday night. The engine was derailed and the caboose and several freight cars badly damaged. The engineer and fireman of the "flyer" jumped and escaped injury, and none of the passengers were hurt, but badly shaken up and scared. Conductor Palmer has been injured in wrecks a few times before, but always pulls through. AND We have a full installment of winter at this writing.


Gelatt - Mr. Spruke, of Scranton, and Mr. Parham, of Pleasant Mount, met the farmers here last Thursday with a view of locating a cheese factory here. It was decided to try and get fifty shares of stock at $25 per share.


Hop Bottom - In Foster, at the home of the bride's parents, Oct. 23, 1907, occurred the marriage of Miss Hazel E. Cobb and Ellery B. Sterling. Rev. Houck officiated.


Harford - The annual meeting of Harford Public Library association will be held in the Congregational church on Friday evening, Nov. 15. There will be music and a debate, of which the subject will be "Resolved, that women should be home makers instead of bread winners." Debaters announced later.


Heart Lake - Apples are more plentiful than most people anticipated. L. E. Griffing is prepared to take all the cider apples that come, also sweet apples for jelly. Jake Wahl is anticipating a large retail trade of sweet cider. Keep it cool, Jake.


Flynn - The roads here were blockaded by the wet snow on the trees, bending them over the roads in some places. Dr. Hickok had to cut some trees out of his way in order to attend a patient on Sunday, last.


Montrose - A special dispatch to the Philadelphia Press, from Bellefonte, of Oct. 19, says: "The 1100 undergraduates to-night are wild with enthusiasm over [Penn] State's 8 to 6 victory over Cornell. A big bonfire is burning on the campus and the students are parading the town and singing songs. The College Athletic Association had a leased private wire direct to Ithaca and the plays were received as the game progressed and when the final score and State's victory were announced hats were smashed and the students went wild with delight. In the last three athletic contests with Cornell, State has won two, so there is good cause for rejoicing." The four students at State College from Montrose and vicinity, Harold Warner of Montrose, Homer Butterfield of South Montrose, Ralph Jameson of East Bridgewater and Earl McCain of Rush, were we learn, as wild as the wildest ones mentioned above, with enthusiasm over the victory won by the football eleven of State College. Three of the successful players are fellow Sophomores of Warner and Jameson and like Warner are preparing for mining engineering.


News Briefs: That candle grease the kids rubbed on your plate glass front [windows] last night, Mr. Merchant, can be removed with gasoline, kerosene or ammonia-Bon Ami or Saporlic won't touch it. Instruct the clerk not to swear as he rubs away, or vainly tries to. We were young once, a long time ago, and have forgotten-almost-the tricks we did which were equally as bad. Considering it was All Hallow'een, they were quite docile. Beans and flour played their usual parts, and the annual lugging away of gates took place, to be toted back later by the complaining owners.


November 08 (1907/2007)



South Auburn - Rev. G. C. Judson, aged 92 1/2 years, went to Auburn Centre election day. He cannot remember ever being confined to his bed by sickness. His mind is clear and bright as a man of younger years and he thinks prohibition pays to practice as well as vote.


Montrose - A very enjoyable masquerade dance was given by a score of young ladies at the Colonial Tuesday night. The stage and balcony were festooned and draped in red and white, while numerous Japanese and jack-'o-lanterns made the hall present a bright and cheery aspect. The grand march was led by William Flindt and Miss Fanny Nash. In it a Weary Willie would be arm in arm with a princess, or a gypsy maid would keep step with a member of the royal family. The antics of the masked dancers, or the grotesqueness of their costumes, kept the spectators, who crowded the balcony, bubbling with laughter. Many of the costumes were elaborate and all of the disguises were baffling, a majority not being penetrated until masks were removed. A punch bowl (non spirits fermenti) and stands piled high with fruits and eatables furnished refreshment during the evening. Music was by the Mahon orchestra and taking the whole as a social function it was most pleasurable and thoroughly enjoyed by both participant and spectator.


South Gibson - The Ladies' Aid Society was royally entertained last Wednesday at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Manzer. A roast pig dinner was served to over 100 persons and the society netted $10. Visitors present were Mrs. Mate Davis and Verda Morgan, Welsh Hill; Mrs. Henry Snyder and Mrs. Frank Gow, Lenox; Mrs. David Hardy, Glenwood.


Bridgewater Twp. - A new icehouse is under construction at Jones' Lake by our local icemen, Keough & Deuel. It is on the same site of the old one, which stood next to the pump-house.


New Milford - The horse stolen from W. F. Shields was found by a farmer at Corbettsville. The lost animal was standing in the road and headed toward home. The farmer put the horse in his barn and advertised it in a Binghamton paper, and Mr. Shields recovered the animal the next day.


Franklin Twp. - Mrs. Arthur T. Vance and children, of Long Island, spent last week as guests of their aunt, Mrs. J. C. Wheaton, of Salt Springs. Mrs. Vance's husband has recently relinquished his position as editor of the Woman's Home Companion to accept a more desirable one as editor of the new magazine, The Circle.


Springville - School is closed this week because of scarlet fever in the home of George Haldeman, one of his children being afflicted. AND J. W. Tuttle has changed his mind about moving and will remain on the old farm.


Forest City - Two counties are concerned in the death of Stephen Dearish, which occurred at Forest City, Oct 26th. His death was caused by a fractured skull and the coroner of Wayne county must perform the autopsy, while the Susquehanna County authorities must make the arrest of the party responsible for his injury, Martin Muchitz, if any arrest is deemed to be warranted. It is claimed that Dearish, who was employed as a man-of-all work at the hotel in Forest City, was working about the furnace late Friday night. He was, it is alleged, in an intoxicated condition and the proprietor, it is asserted, thrust him out of doors. The next morning Dearish was found a short distance away, with his skull fractured. He was taken to his home and died within a few hours. Whether he was put out of the hotel with undue violence or received his injury from a fall is to be investigated. It happens that Dearish lives in what is known as the "Three Angles," that is where the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne and Lackawanna come together. The injury occurred in Susquehanna county, while the man died in Wayne county.


Clifford - Alexander Greene died very suddenly Friday evening, Nov. 1, of apoplexy. His funeral was largely attended, from the Methodist church, Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Mr. Greene was a man beloved by all who knew him. Mr. Greene was twice married, his wife, with two sons, Emory and Owen, of this place, and a daughter residing in Rhode Island, survive him. His remains were laid to rest by the side of his first wife, in the family plot in the old cemetery, at this place. AND A man calling himself a health inspector or sanitary inspector or something else, called on our school one day last week and inspected it. He entered the school room without the formality of knocking, or removing his hat from his head or his cigar from his mouth. During the firing of his questions at the teacher he also kept firing his tobacco smoke into the room. After telling the teacher to fill out his blanks for him in anything but a gentlemanly way, he told her he had the schools in Forest City and Clifford township, but the teacher thought, from the small of his breath, he had more than that.


Susquehanna - The heroism of Engineer Young prevented a serious wreck and probable loss of life on the Erie between Susquehanna and Binghamton this week. In the face of grave danger he stuck to his post and prevented the "Southern Tier Express" from leaving the rails while going at a rapid rate of speed. The Southern Tier Express leaves this place at 6:25 a.m. and while running at a rapid rate of speed the tire of one of the drive wheels came off. The driving rod also was torn off and plunged through the cab. With the floor of the cab falling beneath him, Engineer Young stuck to his post and stopped the train.


Little Meadows - Wm. Hartigan is a noted potato-raiser. AND Wm. D. Minkler is building a fine new house.


Brooklyn - The annual hunt of the "Raccoon Club" took place here on Monday evening, Nov. 4. Members present were H. A. Tewksbury, president; E. F. Ely, secretary; E. W. Newton, Treasurer; Ross Tewksbury, climber and Leonard Shadduck-lantern bearer. After a few miles journey east of the village the dogs located a raccoon in the midst of a dense forest, where, after a hurried consultation it was decided to capture him alive. The climber proceeded promptly to the top of the lofty tree while the rest of the party completed preparations underneath for the capture. When the dogs were chained and all in readiness, the signal was given for the climber to shake the tree. The next few moments were filled with nervous anxiety as the sound of the descending raccoon through the leaves and branches broke the monotony of the midnight stillness. Finally, with a sudden crash, the raccoon came to mother earth, where the president and his escorts proceed to take him alive, but despite the most skillful, untiring and determined efforts, during which the woods were filled with screams and shouts amid upturned leaves and branches, the raccoon was soon away and located in another even higher tree. A little later another one was captured in a less exciting way, when toward morning the party proceeded homeward, each one declaring this the one great time of his life.


November 15 (1907/2007)



Montrose - Nov. 8, 1907 was a red letter day in the annals of Susquehanna county. For months her citizens, and especially those living at the county seat, had watched with interest the progress in the erection of the fine building fronting on Monument Square, which was to be the permanent home of the County Historical Society and Free Library Association. At last it stands complete, except that the unfinished grading requires an improvised plant walk to the front entrance. Old Glory was displayed just outside the walk in front. After days of stormy weather the morning was ushered in with auspicious omens, and all hearts were glad. During the morning session it was resolved that the reading room be opened at once but the opening of the library is delayed until the books are arranged and catalogued. In the afternoon Francis R. Cope, Jr., with a background of silken flags and bunting, spoke and thanked all for their generous support. Hon. Thomas L. Montgomery, State Librarian, spoke about what Benjamin Franklin did for Pennsylvania in the advancement of education and congratulated the county citizens that they did not have to appeal to Andrew Carnegie to fund their library. Numerous other speeches were interspersed with piano, vocal and poetry recitations. After the evening session there was a reception and inspection of the building. [From the beginning the library has been a county library, known to be the first county library in the State of Pennsylvania.]


Silver Lake - A crazy man named Sullivan residing in Silver Lake township, attempted suicide one night this week. Details are meager, but he is reported recovering although his windpipe was badly gashed in slashing his throat with a knife. The man is the same one who created a sensation in the jail several years ago, when in an insane condition he set fire to his bed and attempted to burn the jail down.


St. Joseph - M. J. Sweeney is still delivering his celebrated spring water. Send him orders at St. Joseph, Pa. Six large bottles for 50 cents, delivered.


Hallstead - John Pike died at his home last Saturday morning, aged 70 years. The funeral took place from St. Mary's church, Binghamton, Rev. J. S. Fagan, of Great Bend, officiating. Interment in Binghamton. The deceased is survived by a wife and two children, Hon. William J. Pike, U.S. Consul to Kehl, Germany, and Mrs. L. D. Sawyer, of Candor, N.Y. Deceased was one of the best known men on the line of the D. L. & W. Railroad, where most of his active life had been spent as locomotive engineer.


Brooklyn - After an absence of 26 years from his native county, E. P. Ely is now visiting relatives and friends at Brooklyn, where his younger days were spent. He was a caller in town Wednesday and stated that he went to southern Michigan in 1866 and has since made his home in the west, where he has enjoyed life and is prospering.


Rush - Wm. Clemens Kunkel, son of the late John Huston and Sarah Spragle Kunkel, born in Kunkeltown, Monroe Co., Pa., on June 3d, 1841, died at his home in Rush, Sept. 13, 1907. He was the last of six sons, three of whom died in the Civil War. He leaves a wife, two daughters and six sisters to mourn the loss of a faithful husband, a loving father and a kind and loving brother. He had been a life-long sufferer.


Flynn - Mrs. James W. Flynn has purchased a fine little road pony for her own special driving. One that is not afraid of an automobile or the [railroad] cars, and perfectly safe for a lady to drive. AND Another way in which our telephone line will be useful to some. One man proposes to have the number of his phone on a tag on his horse or cows, so when they stray away anyone will know to call up Jim.


Glenwood - Mrs. Bucklin, on going to feed her chickens one morning last week, found 19 dead ones, the work of minks.


Susquehanna - James Paye, one of our live citizens, was here the first of the week. He is still in the livery business, also selling wagons, sleighs, horses, etc. and gets his share of the business.


Herrick Centre - A law suit, Saturday, before Squire Bowell, resulted in trashing out a good bit of family dirt and keeping lawyers Gardner and Bunnell from their supper, until after 7 o'clock.


Gelatt - On account of the high water the old Pope dam was dammed again last week by people living on the low lands.


Great Bend - Henry Ackert, an old resident of Great Bend, who is well and favorably known, is now conducting the Kane Hotel and restaurant, near the Erie station in that place. Mr. Ackert was many years ago proprietor of the Valley House, destroyed by fire, in that place.


New Milford - One of the most shocking accidents ever recorded in New Milford, occurred Monday evening, when Ray Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Howell, of that place, was instantly killed by a freight train on which he had been stealing a ride. The young man, with a number of boys, had been in Hallstead for the day, and when the time came to return home they decided to make the trip on a freight train which was pulling out of Hallstead. Nearing New Milford, Ray began to climb down from his lofty position on top of one of the box cars in order to be ready to leave the car at the New Milford station. The other boys managed to land safely, but when Ray was about half way down the ladder on the side of the car, his foot caught and he plunged headlong under the wheels, which ground his life out instantly. His uncle, Postmaster Howell, witnessed the accident. Ray was 18 years of age, a general favorite, and a bright future was predicted for him.


Brandt - Another large wreck occurred at the chair factory on Sunday night, when five cars of westbound Delaware & Hudson coal train were derailed and badly piled up. The tracks were both tied up for hours and all passengers from both directions were transferred at the scene of the derailment. No one was injured and the accident was thought to be due to a broken wheel under one of the cars.


News Briefs: There are nearly 3000 graves of Confederate soldiers in Woodlawn cemetery, Elmira, N.Y., who died in that city during the rebellion, while prisoners of war. Each grave will soon have a marble marker, with name, residence and war record, the entire expense to be borne by the U. S. Government. AND Automobiles have gone into winter quarters and the all-the-year round horse is now the only highway puller of passengers.


November 22 (1907/2007)



Montrose - The Bible Conference is assured. It is the main topic of conversation in the office, shop and home. And with some $5500 dollars subscribed it really looks like a settled project. Some regarded it as impossible at first, but now, with everything working harmoniously toward the desired end, there are few, if any, who regard it as impracticable or impossible. AND The Montrose Telephone & Telegraph Co. has arranged to give weather reports to subscribers in the rural districts at about 11 o'clock a.m. daily. The weather call on all lines will be 2,2,2. When this call is sounded on lines, parties desirous of getting the weather report should take down their phones and listen.


Great Bend - Several from here searched for the body of James Donovan between this place and the Evans farm, below Riverside, Sunday, and other parties with boats searched between that point and Binghamton, but the search proved fruitless. If the body is ever found it is liable to be at a point fifty or more miles below here, owing to the high water at the time Donovan jumped from the Susquehanna River bridge at Great Bend.


Lenox Twp. - A correspondent writes that the financial troubles of some of the New York banks has affected Lenox, as some of the farmers have changed taking their milk from Hopbottom to Nicholson.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - James Deubler, engineer on the Lehigh branch, is remodeling his home upon the farm near Lynn station, putting in hot and cold water and making other modern improvements.


Susquehanna - Dr. Clayton Washburn, of Susquehanna, has been appointed Erie surgeon in that place to succeed Dr. F. A. Goodwin. Dr. Washburn is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Bunnell, of South Montrose. He is listed among the county's leading young physicians, and his appointment is a well-merited one. AND The financial and business depression that is being felt by every railroad in the country is having its effect on the Erie. A policy of retrenchment, involving the curtailment of every possible expense and a reduction of the working force, whenever possible, is already in effect. Just how much effect it will have on this section of the road remains to be seen, but it is already known that all construction work is to be abandoned and many improvements that were planned will be given up. Probably the shops will be the hardest and it is expected that many men will be laid off before winter.


Birchardville - Some very interesting postcard views of the village of Birchardville, shows to the artistic and critical eye in amateur photography, the excellency of the style of work produced by Frank Bolles. Birchardville has earned a proud history in giving to the county many sturdy and illustrious sons, and it is a favored scheme for the camera fiend to add to their collection, views of the quaint old place.


South Gibson - Ed Brundage, of West Lenox and Miss Eliza Belcher, of East Mountain, were married in New York city, Nov. 5. We very much regret losing the bride from our community and church, where she was a prominent worker, but our loss will be a gain to West Lenox society and she will carry with her to her new home the very best wishes of her many friends here.


Brandt - Richard P. Armstrong, of Brandt, has been serving as a juror in Montrose this week and on Tuesday he dropped into the Republican office for a little chat. Mr. Armstrong is an ardent Democrat and not ashamed of it. He tells the Republican that he was raised among the Dutch in southern New York, but his ancestors were Irish. This is why he has always voted the Democrat ticket. Like the most of us, he is either a Republican, Democrat or Prohibitionist because his father was. We questioned Mr. Armstrong closely, trying to win him over to our way of thinking, but finally had to give it up as a hard proposition. As a clincher, he said he would not vote for a Republican president even if they would persuade Teddy to run for a third term--and he likes Theodore, too.


Uniondale - Frank Westgate, our local coal dealer, is unable to get coal to supply his customers. He has eight cars ordered.


Forest City - George T. Coles, of Endicott, visited in town last week. We are pleased to learn that Mr. Coles and the rest of the Forest City colony, in this thriving York State town, are doing well. AND The men of the Baptist church will hold a Chicken and Rabbit supper at the Parsonage, on Wednesday evening, the 27th. Supper 30 cts; Children 20 cts.


South New Milford - Mr. Osgood, of Forest City, George Nicholson, and Earl Tourje, of Glenwood, have been at work here setting poles and installing phones in the homes of Ed Labar, C.C. Keeney and F. Irwin, on the Northeastern Telephone line.


Brooklyn - The ladies of the Universalist church promise an excellent dinner at the church Thanksgiving day. Rev. Drury will preach in the morning at 11 o'clock, his subject being "The praiseworthy and the blameworthy in the civic, commercial, social and religious life of to-day."


News Briefs: The Susquehanna Ministerial Association, embracing Susquehanna, Oakland, Great Bend, Hallstead, Windsor, Lanesboro, Jackson, Lake View, Gibson and adjacent territory, desire to make certain recommendations to the various congregations in this territory relative to the conduct of funerals. Inasmuch as Sunday is set apart as a day of rest and for the preaching of the Gospel, the Association urgently recommends all people, of possible, to avoid having Sunday funerals. AND Some twenty-five or more years ago there was a period in November, following squaw winter, early in the month--a season of snow squalls, freezing weather and cold winds--a couple of weeks of warm, balmy weather, with hazy atmosphere, that came as a second summer rather prolonging the open season, and was the most delightful time of the year. But the climate or seasons appear to have changed, and we rarely get more than a few days of Indian summer now. We have colder, later springs, more open winters, longer periods of wet or drouth, less snow and shorter summers. At least that is the general opinion of the older inhabitant. We may have a few days more of so-called Indian summer, but the probabilities are that a colder weather will soon follow, and Thanksgiving is only a week away, when we frequently have snow and sledding and skating.


November 29 (1907/2007)



Forest City - With a blare of music the Gem Theatre opened in the Bloxham building yesterday afternoon. This little playhouse is patterned after those that have proven popular in the bigger cities. There will be three performances daily, one at 4:30 and two in the evening. The price to the afternoon performance is five cents and in the evening a dime admits you. The matinee features McKane's Famous Moving Pictures and Illustrated Songs and in the evening, Vaudeville and Moving Pictures and Illustrated Songs.


Birchardville - While Wm. Flynn was drawing apples on Monday, one of his fine black horses playfully kicked over the wagon pole, throwing the boy off the load. The horses ran away, down the road, throwing off the wagon box and nineteen bushels of fine apples. The box was turned bottom-side up, with the crates right under it. The horses ran a short distance up the road and got caught on a stump. They were both quite badly hurt. This is the second time Mr. Flynn has had a runaway with a load of apples.


Harford - At the home of Mrs. Mary Payne was the scene of a pretty wedding on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20, 1907, when her daughter, Edna, was married to Fred D. Miller by the Rev. B. L. Lyon. The house was tastefully decorated and the ceremony took place under an arch of evergreens. The bride was charming in a white gown. Only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties were present, and after the ceremony a fine supper was served in the dining room by four of the bride's intimate friends.


Montrose - Judge Daniel W. Searle died at his home on Nov. 27th. He was the son of the late Daniel and Johanna Stark Searle, was born Jan. 7, 1836, attended Montrose Academy and entered Yale, only to relinquish his education because of illness. He returned to Montrose and became a student of law in the office of Hon. William Jessup and William H. Jessup. He was admitted to the bar in 1859 and practiced with his brother-in-law, Hon. J. B. McCollum. During the Civil War Mr. Searle enlisted in Co. H, 141st Regiment--the enrollment of Co. H. largely the work of young Searle and Casper W. Tyler. The company reached Washington on the second day of Bull Run, were at Fredericksburg and lost 234 of its 417 men at Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg the regiment took 200 men and nine officers into battle and lost 145 men and six officers. Among the wounded was Adjt. Searle, who on account of his wound was honorably discharged, June 2, 1864. Returning home Mr. Searle was elected district attorney in 1865 and again in 1868. In 1883 he entered into a partnership with a. H. McCollum and A. B. Smith. In 1888 he was elected as president judge of the district and again in 1898. Fair and profound as a lawyer, he exhibited the same traits as a judge. In a State, which is justly noted for the high character and ability of its judiciary, there was none more honored or more universally respected than Judge Searle. He was a Free Mason, a member of the Loyal legion and of the G. A.R.


Springville - About midnight last Saturday, as G. P. Stang was about to enter his residence, a suspicious character was seen prowling about his hen roost, and as G. P. is an inquisitive fellow, he took a notion to investigate, but the fellow stood not on the order of going, but went without saying good night. And, Pete says he was a good runner. The roost, however, was locked.


New Milford - D. R. Braman has received an answer to the bill in equity he filed a few weeks ago [see 100 Years, Oct. 18, 2007, Forest City News], asking that his wife be compelled to account for money taken by her from a bank, was filed in court by Mrs. Braman. She sets up the defense that her husband's mind is affected; that she acted with the power of an attorney. About $4000 and house furnishings are involved in the case. Mrs. Braman claims that she was instructed by her husband to withdraw the money from the bank and that she is now using it to care for him and their family. Both are former residents of New Milford--Mrs. Braman being the daughter of the late L. L. LeRoy,


Upsonville - Dr. Hallstead is stopping in town a few days, making teeth for several people.


Brandt - Preparations are now being made for the placing of electric lights in this place.


Susquehanna - The local Italian colony was thrown into great excitement this week. During the forenoon, while the men were at work [on the railroad], someone broke into all the houses they occupy and departed with a new suit of clothes, razor, sweater, overcoat, two pairs of shoes and overshoes. Pandemonium reigned supreme when the extent of the thefts was learned. The owners soon learned that three strangers were seen near their quarters and when last seen were going west along the Erie tracks. The men secured a handcar and gave chase, catching up with their visitors near Hickory Grove. After recovering their property, they allowed the men to depart.


Ararat - Mrs. W. N. Lee has sold, to Scranton capitalists, 28 acres of land near Burnwood for $2,800--$1,400 cash and the remainder in stock in a new business enterprise, known as the Burnwood Brick and Tile Company, which will be chartered and in the spring erect suitable buildings and install machinery for the manufacture of brick, tile and pottery. Grading is now in progress and machinery costing $25,000 has been ordered and early next season it will be installed and work begun. It is expected the plant will give employment to about 40 men.


North Jackson - Superintendent C. F. Whitney, of the M. E. Sunday school, is completing arrangements to secure one of the State free circulating libraries for the use of the school and people in this vicinity. This is a commendable enterprise on the part of Mr. Whitney and others and to insure success should be well patronized on the part of all our people, old as well as young.


Thompson - They have organized a band and a basket-ball team in town.


Elk Lake - The friends and neighbors of Mrs. C. S. Hall made her a wood-bee Thursday, and cut her a nice lot for which she is very thankful.


News Briefs: Most of all of us like to see our hometown prosper, don't we? And yet there are people so short sighted that they will patronize a mail order house or city department store at the holiday season and neglect the home merchant. Don't take advantage of the two-cent rate law to buy city goods a few cents cheaper. The two-cent law applies to postage as well railroads. AND "And great was the fall thereof." Of the snow, we mean, which mantled Mother Earth the forepart of the week. It fell to a depth of about a foot in Montrose and other places in the county, starting up the merry jingle of the sleigh bells. In Springville they say the roads are a sight to make animals weep. AND Coal is scarce in the east, as the coal companies have been rushing it westward to get it there before the boating on the lakes is closed for the winter; after which the eastern towns will probably be supplied.


December 06 (1907/2007)



Elkdale - A Pioneer Gone - Mrs. A. A. Wells, for many years a resident of Elkdale, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. T. Hull, Scranton. She was buried in the family plot at Elkdale, Monday, after services in the Baptist church. Mrs. Wells was born in 1818. She was of sturdy Connecticut ancestors who took part in the revolution. Her grandfather and family were among the few who were captured and later escaped from the Wyoming massacre and her most cherished possession was a large family Bible, which her grandmother had caught up in their flight from Wyoming. Her grandfather was the Rev. Jas. Finn, a pioneer minister who, with that adventurous spirit, came with the first New England settlers to Wyoming. At the time of the massacre by the Indians and British he was too old to take part in the fight and was captured, together with his family. Left with the Indian women the prisoners were told to keep on a ledge of rocks, presumably Campbell ledge. Here they had a view of the entire massacre. Their captors became so interested in the fight and hopes of plunder that they partially stripped their captives and left them unguarded. Watching his chance, the preacher guided his family down the ledge and back to their home. Rev. Finn caught up two hams and a bag of meal. His wife selected the family Bible. After three days of wandering the party finally reached the American outposts. Mrs. Wells is survived by the following children: Mrs. O. T. Hull, of Scranton, James C, of Elkdale and E. E. Wells, of Carbondale.


Crystal Lake - Some of the Forest City young men were airing their sweethearts through here last Sunday.


Forest City - James Eagan, who became a local celebrity as a dog catcher and later on the [baseball] diamond, has left town. We do not know his present address.


Welch Hill, Clifford Twp. - All of the children through this vicinity are having the chicken pox.


Montrose - The large store of H. P. Read has already taken on a bright Christmas aspect and, thronged with buyers, it presents the accustomed holiday appearance. Besides a display of attractive goods, alluringly arranged to catch the eye of prospective gift seekers, the store has been decorated handsomely with holly and ground pine. Numerous electric lights and finely dressed windows also add to the general attractiveness of the store and has the atmosphere of the well-ordered city store. Miss Ella Cart supervised the decorating.


Hallstead - F. T. Kyling, the popular baker, has received his handsome new bakery wagon, which is one of the finest vehicles on the road.


Franklin Forks - Miss Amanda Davis, of Philadelphia, assisted in the revival work at the [church] meetings and her services were highly appreciated. The church was very much quickened and there were several conversions. Miss Davis made a host of friends while here and all regretted that she was compelled to leave so soon. AND A reunion of Civil War veterans was held on Saturday last at the residence of A. E. Stockholm and an enjoyable time was had.


Birchardville - Slauson & Robinson shipped ten tons of poultry for Thanksgiving.


Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. - A very interesting wedding was solemnized last Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, at the M.E. parsonage at Jersey Hill, when Miss Carrie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Green, of Jersey Hill, became the bride of Mr. John Gardner, of Rushboro. The nuptial knot was tied by Rev. A. R. Fisk. The bride was becomingly attired in blue silk trimmed with white all-over lace. The groom wore the conventional black. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner have been very active in church work at Jersey Hill, being prominent in the Christian Endeavor Society. They drove to Montrose Wednesday afternoon. Present whereabouts unknown--either lost, strayed or stolen.


Springville - Mr. C. B. Marcy called the Republican office this week and paid a year in advance for his newspaper. He subscribed in 1865 when 18 years of age and has taken the paper ever since--for 42 years. He voted on age for General Grant in 1868. AND J. J. Kern, a hotel man and C. Howell, a liveryman, both of Pittston, were arrested near Lynn by game warden W. E. Shoemaker, charged with hunting with a ferret. They plead guilty and each paid a fine of $25.


Fairdale - The Prospect Hill Telephone Association will hold their annual business meeting at the Grange Hall of Fairdale on Saturday, Dec. 7, 1907. AND Miss Ethel Andre, of Fair Hill, has gone to Montrose to be a "Hello" girl at the Montrose Telephone and Telegraph Co. office.


Harford - Amzia Lewis, the Grand Union Co. man, is driving a new wagon.


Lawsville - James Downs had the misfortune to lose 12 valuable sheep soon after the first snowfall. Mr. Downs had not taken the flock to their winter quarters and the heavy fall of snow caused them to browse among the laurel, which is of a very poisonous nature. Several others were sick, but it is thought they will recover.


Brooklyn - Due to the terrible condition of the road between this place and Hopbottom, the creamery milk wagon has been drawn by five horses on some days.


News Briefs: The growing scarcity of Christmas trees has led an ingenious Yankee to devise an artificial tree, which can be folded up and packed away and so made to do duty year after year. It is described as consisting of a base above which folding frame sections are fitted, resembling umbrella frames. Three of these sections are employed, the lower one being the largest, so as to give the symmetrical tapering effect of the shapely genuine tree. Every year an outcry goes up because of the damage done to our forests by cutting young trees for Christmas uses. A cheap, artificial tree will answer every purpose, and if it could be made fireproof it would be a great improvement on nature. AND The recent heavy fall of snow has put the country roads in this vicinity in almost as rough condition as the "rocky road to Dublin." AND Over 3,000 actors and actresses are among the out-of-works at New York. Hundreds of companies have broke up on account of the "hard times."


December 20 (1907/2007)



Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Quite a blizzard was felt in this place last Saturday and Sunday and plenty of snow fell, so we have fine sleighing.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Mrs. W. L. Bunnell has received a fine Chicago Cottage organ as a Christmas gift. AND In Brooklyn, the Order of the American Boy gave an excellent entertainment in connection with an oyster supper in the village hall last Tuesday evening.


Susquehanna - The police of Binghamton, Susquehanna and Deposit and officials of the Erie railroad are investigating an alleged systematic robbery of immigrants enroute from Western points of New York while on board Erie trains. It is stated that a number of foreigners have been robbed of the savings they were taking back to the old country with them while they were passengers. When Erie trains No. 4 pulled into Susquehanna, Thursday, the first reports of the robberies were made to the Susquehanna police. According to accounts sneak thieves made a haul among the passengers on train #4, amounting to about $150. It is said that most of the money was obtained while the passengers were asleep. One man is reported to have lost $70 and another $30 and two or three others amounts ranging from $10 to $15. Whether the thieves alighted at Binghamton, Susquehanna or other points after making their hauls, or whether they were among the foreigners and continued with them to New York, is a question the Erie officials are trying to determine. AND "Kid" Broderick, said to be one of the Canavan Island gang, who was convicted of burglarizing the Roy Leonard jewelry store at Endicott, in 1906, and other crimes, attempted to escape from Auburn prison but was caught before he got out of the prison yard.


Fairdale - There is to be a sawmill established on George Brotzman's flat in the near future.


Lawton - The Odd Fellows Band of Montrose will sleighride here this evening and give the people an excellent program of music. Following the concert the light fantastic toe will be tripped.


Birchardville - Cards are issued announcing the marriage of Miss Edna M. Small to Mr. Earle C. Stone, the ceremony to occur at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Small, on December 25th, at 8 o'clock. The young people are very popular and highly respected and much interest centers in the approaching event by their friends.


Great Bend Twp. - It is reported that outside capitalists have purchased the properties known as the Hanford, Williams, and the Newton farms, at Red Rock, and that they also plan to acquire other properties adjoining. The object has not been made public. However, it is surmised that these parties propose to build a dam at the narrow point at "The Rocks" to secure power for some purpose. There is one thing certain, they are willing to pay a good price for farms that might be on the market for years without a buyer as the times are now. By damming the river at this point sufficient head could easily be acquired to generate power to operate large plants farther down the river.


East Dimock - Mary A. Struppler celebrated her 87th birthday on Monday, Dec. 16. Five of her children, Mary, Ellen, George, John and Peter, spent the day with her.


New Milford - J. C. McConnell died at his late home here on Dec. 12th. He was a highly respected citizen and has lived in and around New Milford all his life. Mr. McConnell was a druggist for many years and owned the drug store which was sold to M. A. Blair about three years ago. The deceased is survived by one son, George, of New York; a daughter, Mrs. Willoughby Tucker, of Newfield, N.Y.; one brother, Thomas D., of Conklin; three sisters, Sarah, of Albany, Mrs. Coe Stearns and Mrs. Wallace Gow, of Harford.


Montrose - H. D. Titman, proprietor of the Titman Wagon Repository, received a big shipment of cutters Wednesday which are being eagerly purchased by those anxious to take advantage of the fine sleighing. Thirty were received and he tells us the difficulty is to keep a supply on hand. AND One hundred and sixty acres overlooking Jones Lake has been purchased for the Montrose Bible School and work will begin on the large auditorium as soon as possible.


Springville - The throwing of coal ashes in the snow where teams are obliged to pull through them is very annoying to teamsters, besides being against the law, the penalty being a fine of $10. Other places can be found to dump ashes. AND Bruce Lake is doing business at the stand formerly occupied by J. C. Hungerford, having purchased the store and good will.


Franklin Forks - Archie Summers went to Binghamton Friday with a load of Christmas trees.


Uniondale - M. O. Dimmick was 90 years old the 16th of this month. He was born in Uniondale and has always lived in this place and has voted at every presidential ever since he became a voter. His politics is of the Republic faith. Mr. Dimmick's health is quite good but we are sorry to say that several years ago he fell and hurt himself so he has to use crutches now.


St. Joseph - Edward Crowley and Pattie Griffing are furnishing the kindling wood for the Kane school this year. AND The recent snowstorm has made the roads almost impassable in some parts of the country.


Jackson - Mrs. A. B. Harding entertained the "Old Maids" convention last Saturday. The names of the guests are not mentioned. AND P. K. Benson opened a stone quarry near C. L. Marsh's mill and is getting out some new flagstone.


News Brief: In past years many communications have been received by the Postoffice Department requesting delivery of so-called "Santa Claus letters" to philanthropic societies and others in various parts of the country, but the request has always been denied, the department taking the stand that letters of importance would be classed with the "Santa Claus letters" through error and that it would be exposing to public scrutiny private correspondence. Postmaster-General Meyer, this year, has adopted a more liberal attitude toward the children, however, as indicated in his action in issuing an order to postmasters all over the country to let the people know, through the newspapers, that mail addressed to Santa Claus will be delivered to any regularly organized charitable society that will undertake to act as Santa Claus agents in the matter.


December 27 (1907/2007)



Susquehanna - Susquehanna was the scene of a murder which caused great excitement yesterday, Dec. 26th. The murdered man, John L. Sullivan, was a switchman in the Erie yards, while the alleged murderer is an Italian strikebreaker, Joseph Frank. The murder took place about noon near the Susquehanna end of the Susquehanna-Oakland bridge, not far from the new roundhouse. Frank, after a short altercation, drew a revolver and shot Sullivan through the head below the ears. Although there were several witnesses within sound of the shot, Frank succeeded in eluding the searchers. He mixed with the men at the roundhouse and watching his opportunity, told a couple of men who were going in the direction of Great Bend that he would accompany them, and they, having no suspicions, made no effort to capture him. The trio walked down the tracks as far as Red Rock, where Chief of Police McMahon and Tony Hogan, who had a description of Frank, caught up with them. The prisoner was taken to Susquehanna and placed in the lockup. When it became known that he was captured a large and excited crowd gathered around the building and it was feared an effort might be made to lynch the prisoner. Father P. F. Brodrick reasoned with the crowd, calming them to such a degree that finally, at about 7:30 in the evening, the culprit was escorted to a vehicle and accompanied by three armed men, "Jack" P. Palmer, A. P. Griffin and J. Zegler, brought to Montrose and placed in jail. Sullivan was about 24 years of age and employed nights as a switchman and was a popular young man. His father died a short time ago and he is survived by his mother and two sisters. Frank is a man somewhat older than Sullivan and little is known of him, although he speaks English intelligibly.


Dimock - In the good old days, when the Searle's operated their stage line, Dimock was one of the principal stopping places. Since then the passing days have wrought changes in the country, but the memory of those old and sturdy pioneers still lingers in the hearts of Dimock's good people. They remember when two hotels were necessary for the accommodation of guests. They know that but one is necessary now, and the good thinking people, who consider that Dimock is four miles from Springville, six miles from Montrose, six miles from Auburn and about five miles from Brooklyn, cannot help but realize that a hotel for such accommodation is a necessity. It is a fact which cannot be disputed that Mr. Cope, who resides in Dimock, has never by act or deed made a remonstrance against the hotel. He is a practical man and well understands the need of a place where the weary traveler can be entertained; and while he may not, as the poet has said, feel "Of all the places I have been, The one most welcome was the inn," he probably, as a man of affairs, knows that an inn is necessary for Dimock. He undoubtedly knows that at the last election but five Prohibition votes were cast in the township. He is well aware of the existing conditions in the Dimock free library and the speech of the people in good old Dimock township shows that they have not forgotten the Dolan family, nor have they neglected to remember the methods they have always employed in the operation of a public house, and it would be well and for the benefit of mankind if more such public houses were maintained.


Montrose - Jones' Lake was frozen over, following the rains of the first of the week, making good skating for Christmas. A large number thronged the lake Wednesday afternoon and have since been enjoying, during the week, this popular winter sport. AND R. B. Little was appointed President Judge of this, the 34th judicial district, by Gov. Stuart, to fill the unexpired term, about one year, of Judge Searle. Mr. Little was born in 1865 and educated at the Montrose Academy and Keystone Academy. He studied law in the office of his father, George P. Little.


Dundaff - Our stage driver has had bad luck during the past week. While driving home last Thursday one of his horses dropped dead; while last Saturday he was compelled to leave his wagon in a big snow drift and continue on his way afoot.


Hopbottom - A. J. Greene has equipped his house with hot and cold water.


Franklin Twp. - The storm that prevailed here Saturday was the worst that has been known in years. The mail carriers did not succeed in going around, they only went a short distance when obliged to return. This was the first trip they have missed. Archie Summers was in Binghamton and had to drive all the way in that storm of hail and wind to get to home, sweet home.


Glenwood - We hear that the next aid will be for the benefit of Mrs. Sprague, who was so badly burned. Dr. Decker says she may get well. Her daughter, Eloise, was burned about the face and neck. Mr. Sprague was burned about the head. Mr. Lynch, the son-in-law, arose at about 2 o'clock to take a load of produce to Scranton, built a fire, called his wife, then went to the barn. She, hearing a noise in the kitchen, opened the door when the flames burst out. A few moments later the house was in flames with the above results.


Brooklyn - A large number of young people, who are attending the various schools and colleges, are spending their vacations with friends here. Among the are: Misses Edna Eldridge and Edna Ely, West Chester Normal; Miss Bertha Savige, Messrs. Chas. and Geo. Savige, and Guy Corson, of Wyoming Seminary; Messrs. Leon, Levi and Tracy Stephens and Clare Whitman, of State College.


Hallstead - John E. Hamer, one of the oldest residents here and a familiar figure around the Mitchell house, where he resided, died at his room in the hotel, Dec. 12. He was about 77 years of age, and as far as can be learned, had no living relatives in this country. He was familiarly known as "Happy." He has been taken care of by the Clune family, with whom he has lived for the past 42 years. He was an Englishman by birth and was held in high esteem and reverence by the members of the family, and his demise is very deeply regretted. He was a veteran of the Civil War and fought with great distinction in many battles on land and sea and was severely wounded in several engagements. The way Mr. Hamer came to live in the Clune family, where he had a nice home without expense, only such chores as he chose to do, is worthy of note. During the Civil War, Mr. Clune's father was a member of the same regiment with Mr. Hamer and during one of the great battles Mr. Clune was so badly injured that he was left on the battlefield for three days with the dead. When the dead were being picked up and buried, Mr. Hamer discovered that his comrade, Mr. Clune, was still alive and it was by his prompt and heroic care that he was taken at once to the hospital and given the necessary medical attention which saved his life. When Mr. Clune's time of service was up and he came to his home, he left word that as soon as Mr. Hamer's time in the army expired, he should come to Mr. Clune's home, which he did at the close of the war and where he continued to make his home with the family until his death.


January 03 (1908/2008)



East Kingsley - Friday, Dec. 20th, Mrs. Sarah Rhodes, better known as "Grandma Rhodes," who lives with her son, C. G. Rhodes, near the former Harford Orphan School, celebrated her ninetieth birthday. For one of her age she is in good health. May she live to enjoy many more birthdays.


Thompson - Miss Lura Pickering, student at Cornell and Latham and Wille Weary, of Keuka College, are spending their Christmas vacation with their parents here; and Miss Stella Turrell, the popular Principal of the school at Reiglewide, N.J. is enjoying her vacation with her mother on the south side.


East Bridgewater - A mink came to Rev. Safford's chicken house and took his chickens right in the day time. He followed it in one day, shut the door, killed the mink and received $4 for it.


Springville - Ed Thomas has bought a new cutter, the knobbiest in town, the product of the Sturdevant-Larrabee factory in Binghamton, and so has Lion Messerole. Ed is a married man, and Lion will be if he keeps on going down to see that girl at Harvey's Lake. AND Mrs. Matt Lott, she's been having a lot of painting and paper hanging done lately, and Matt just makes things hum when she gets to moving.


Clifford - The Christmas dinner given by Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Spedding to all their children and their wives and husbands and grandchildren was a grand old fashioned affair. Roast turkey, chicken, cakes, puddings and fifty other things that our grandmothers knew so well how to prepare. AND Mr. Aldrich, our Clifford and Nicholson stage driver, has been on the sick list and we have had a new driver for the last week or more; a fine fellow and his name is Mr. Stage.


Susquehanna - The coroner's inquest in the killing of John J. Sullivan, resulted in the jury's finding a verdict of "murder in the first degree." Coroner Merrell empanelled a jury that evening (Thursday) and District Attorney Denney was present, representing the prosecution. It appeared that Joseph Frank, the alleged murderer, was ordered from an engine a few days previously by Sullivan. Frank harbored an ill will, vowing vengeance, and Sullivan's death at his hands was the result. Frank, it is asserted, when captured, has since seemed almost indifferent to his fate. In his cell he remains much of the time on his cot, his head covered with a blanket. He, however, eats well and smokes his pipe much of the time. Sullivan's funeral was largely attended on Monday morning. As the procession passed to the cemetery the foreign population of Susquehanna lined the sidewalks in open defiant attitudes. Many of them are constantly armed and their actions are a menace.


Brandt - The new electric light plant has been completed and we now have the street well-lighted. Much credit is due Dr. S. H. Moon, who has had much to do with the installing of the plant, and overseeing the work.


Harford - Prof. J. A. Sophia has installed new pianos in the homes of two music loving families, the last one on Tuesday in the home of Wattie Brainard.


Dimock - the librarian of Dimock Free Library wishes all books returned by the 10th inst., as she has then to make out a list of all books, and will have 40 new ones to let out.


Montrose –A year ago we would have considered a statement that Dr. Torrey would soon be a resident of Montrose as very improbable. The thought was too stupendous. Yet Torrey came, saw and was conquered not by man's persuasive power, but through the influence nature had wrought in producing so beautiful a landscape. Tuesday he again came to Montrose, purchased a home and intends making his permanent residence here. The Beach property on Lake avenue, owned by Mrs. Jennie B. Beach, was the one he acquired. It is a beautiful brick mansion located on attractive grounds comprising of some five acres. The structure on the premises is one of the finest in this section. It was originally built by Isaac Post, and successively became the property of the late "Captain" Cooper and H. L. Beach. The consideration was $15,000.


South Gibson - As the moon was beginning to appear over the distant Elk range and shed its mellow light on the beautiful valley of South Gibson, on the evening of Dec. 20, it lighted the pathway for nearly a score of sleighloads of happy friends and neighbors enroute to give their friend, James Conrad and his bride, a surprise reception. It was a complete surprise to Mr. Conrad and his wife. The first inkling they had of the affair was when several loads of people drove up and greeted them with congratulations. The evening was ideal, with its unsurpassed sleighing, its keen, invigorating air and the moon, with its few obscuring cloudlets, shedding a mellow light upon everything. Mr. and Mrs. Conrad's host of friends kept arriving until at 8:30 there were more than 80 of them comfortably enjoying themselves at the "bright little home on the hillside." The evening passed very pleasantly, with the older people telling stories of younger days and the young people playing games. At about 10:30 we were served with a well prepared oyster supper, after which a few more games were played and we then took leave of our host and drove cheerily home, after having spent an evening that will have a pleasant place in our memories for a long time.


Elk Lake - Several from this place attended the ball at Wm. McAvoy's Christmas night.


Hallstead - Remember the entertainment at the Y.M.C.A. hall next Monday evening. Stereopticon views of "Peck's Bad Boy." Admission 10 cents.


Uniondale - A new bell was placed in the belfry of the M. E. church last week.


Niven, Springville Twp. - The annual gathering of the Button family was held at the home of Jason Button, who resides on the old homestead. About 40 were present from Retta, Springville and Lathrop. A good time was reported by all.


Herrick/Ararat - On Thursday afternoon, Dec. 26, '07, at the parsonage of the Centenary Methodist Episcopal church, in Binghamton, Miss Agnes Jones of Herrick Center and Samuel Entrot, of Ararat, were united in marriage by Rev. J. E. Hensey, D.D.


News Briefs: Don't forget to write "1908" now. The figures 8 and 5 are the two hardest to write. AND Dairymen are now receiving not far from four cents per quart for milk.


January 11 (1908/2008)



Susquehanna - The relatives of Joseph Frank, the alleged murderer of John J. Sullivan, have engaged as attorneys to defend the prisoner, W. D. B. Ainey, of Montrose, W. A. Skinner, of Susquehanna and Alfred Giallorenzi, of New York City, an Italian lawyer. AND In the Erie Shop full time was resumed Jan. 3. This means that about 250 workmen, recently laid off, will return to work.


Upsonville - Miss Mabel Seaman and her friend, of Montrose, visited Miss Helen Dearborn Monday afternoon. Before reaching home it became quite dark and in passing a team they locked wheels, overturning Miss Seaman's carriage and throwing the two occupants out. Fortunately they escaped injury. The horse ran away and was found in Wm. Card's dooryard by Mr. Seaman, who had started with a lantern to meet the young ladies.


Montrose - The Ernest Gamble Concert Party gave an excellent entertainment at the courthouse on Friday evening of last week. It was decidedly classical and delightfully rendered. Mr. Gamble was especially fine in his rendition of the aria from the oratorio "Samson," his deep, voluminous bass voice and fine physique carrying out the part to perfection. Miss Verna Page, the violinist, won the audience by her charming manner and skillful playing, while Mr. Sam Lamberson entranced his hearers in the manipulation of the ivories. They are three of the best artists that have ever been heard here. AND Everything in the Tarbell House for sale, from a toothpick to a crowbar. Carpets, bedroom suits and bedding at a bargain. One fine steel engraving of the Battle of Gettysburg, one coffee boiler, good hanging and table lamps, first-class good table crockery and more.


Brooklyn - Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Sterling spent New Year's at the home of his parents here, returning to Philadelphia that evening, where he is employed as chief forester of the Pennsylvania Railroad.


Kingsley - Mrs. Alvah Tiffany is ill with diphtheria, and there is trouble in getting any one to care for her on account of it being so contagious. The Grangers made a wood bee for her husband, so that he could devote his whole time in caring for her. She is gaining at present. Dr. Hoover is the attending physician.


Hallstead - The oil well here has now been drilled about 400 ft. A small amount of gas has been struck, also a small vein of salt water was encountered. The eager interest in the project still continues, and the prophets who have predicted that oil will be found are as insistent and determined as ever.


Springville - Madaline Blakeslee underwent an operation for appendicitis on Monday. They found her case a very bad one and with the fact that she has been suffering from scarlet fever the past three weeks and is just beginning to peel from that disease, and the family not quarantined, is causing a great tumult in our village. People have been allowed to go and come at will, and not until Monday did people have the least suspicion, supposing the case to be tonsillitis.


Forest City - Within thirty feet of the hundreds of people passing along Main street, Friday afternoon, in an open wagon box, William R. Michael, a well-known young man, who has resided here for a year or more, passed from life. When found the vital spark had fled but he was still warm. During the morning he was about town apparently as well as usual, although he had complained of not feeling right for the past week. He was seen to climb into a lumber wagon along side Heller & Company's store and the attention of street commissioner Bates being called to his resting place, that gentleman went to see what he was doing there fearing that he would be numbed by the cold. He found Mr. Michaels dead. Dr. Knapp, who was called, found death due to apoplexy. Deceased was the son of the late William Michaels of South Gibson. He was born in Pittston on the 19th of December 1875. Two brothers, John, of Scranton and George, of this place, and three sisters, Mrs. D. B. Gibson and Miss Ethel Michaels, of Uniondale, and Mrs. Alice Young, of Texas, survive him.


Brandt - Wonder if anyone knows why a young lady and gentleman left town on the 10 o'clock train so suddenly about a week ago Tuesday? Don't all speak at once. AND It is rumored that three more electric lights will be put into service shortly. One lamp will be at the intersection of Main street and River avenue, near the bridge and two farther down Main street, near the old Schlager property.


South Auburn - Mr. Albert Judson, who has been spending his vacation with his parents, returned to his studies at Lafayette College, Thursday.


Bisbee Pond, Rush Twp. - Chas. Redding has taken the contract to fill the Rush Creamery ice house. John Curley gets the wood job. AND The young man of this vicinity, who made the remark recently that it would be more proper for husbands to address their wives by the prefix, Mrs., and the wives likewise, [who] also walk to and from church, etc., side by side, is to be commended for his fine taste.


New Milford - Wm. Huntley has leased the Chapman foundry and is prepared to furnish repairs for wagons, sleighs, plows, etc.


Dimock - C. C. Mills, in renewing his Montrose Democrat, says: "I notice that my subscription is due, which I have taken without a skip since Jan. 1844. I doubt whether there is another on your list that can say as much. Herewith find check for $1.50 and continue me for another year."


Middletown - The Grangers held their annual Banquet, Dec. 28th, and was well attended. The dinner was served shortly before one o'clock, and the crowd enjoyed the good things, which only the ladies of the Middletown Grange can prepare. On returning to the hall an entertainment was given, and was greatly enjoyed by all. Music and dancing ended the program and all went home feeling that they had spent some pleasant hours. AND In Flynn--If the party that cut the telephone wire will call sometime inside of three months and pay for repairing the line, nothing further will be said of it. If not, it will be reported to the owner.


Jackson - Hugh Barnes, a student in the University of Pennsylvania, spent his Christmas vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Barnes.


Dundaff - Another matrimonial bark was launched last Tuesday, Dec. 31, when Ross Snyder, of Tompkinsville and Mary Rivenburg, of Dundaff, were united in marriage at Binghamton.


January 18 (1908/2008)



Susquehanna - The members of the "Kidders' Club" of this place enjoyed (?) a sleighride to Hallstead last week. After roaming around the village and not wishing to clash with the curfew, which sputters regularly at 8 o'clock, they returned home at 7:55 p.m. from the picturesque village of Herald post card fame. Those present were: Misses Katie Judge, Camilla Hennessy, Anna O'Malley, Mary Hickey, Nellie Kane, Agnes Malloy, Anna Creegan, Esther Ahern, Katie Creegan, Louise O'Connell and Isabelle Burns. Misses May Ryan and Rachael O'Connell chaperoned the party.


Forest City - Charles Todd, a bright former Forest City boy, and one time valedictorian of a high school graduating class there, has been given a local preacher's license by unanimous vote of the Forest City Methodist church. Mr. Todd is a student at Syracuse University.


Montrose - After a long illness with cancer, Mrs. Martha Slaughter Smith, wife of Rev. George Smith, died at her late home in Johnstown, NY, on Jan. 12th, 1908. Mrs. Smith was born in this place and was highly respected by all who know her. Several years ago she married Rev. George Smith, son of the late Rev. William and Betsey Smith, both pioneers of the Negro race in Montrose. Late years Mrs. Smith dwelt in New York state, where her husband is prominent in the circles of the African Methodist Episcopal church. The remains were brought to Montrose yesterday when the final funeral services were held. Interment was made in the Montrose Cemetery. AND The doing away of the stage lines in favor of free mail delivery may be progressive, but the old stages running in and out of Montrose are an accommodation to many people.


Brandt - Owing to the Kessler Co. plant working with only a part of the help, a number of the employees have taken advantage of the Erie company ice cutting at Hathaways, near Ararat Summit, and are working there for awhile.


Jackson - C. D. Washburn, a veteran of the late [Civil] war, was in South Gibson Jan. 11th and installed the new officers in A. J. Roper Post, G.A.R. for this year. Mr. Washburn is a prominent candidate for county treasurer. He was the guest of Comrade H. D. Pickering while in town.


South Gibson - W. W. Resseguie has returned from State College, where he has been for some time learning to improve on the old ways of farming. AND Fourteen couples from this place went on a leap year sleighride to Roberts' hotel in Jackson, last Friday evening, and report a good time.


Lenox - The teachers of Lenox met at Glenwood January 11th. Miss Vida Sherman was elected chairman and Miss Blanche Hoppe secretary. Miss Hoppe then read a paper on the teaching of English in the primary grades. Miss Ruth Ross read a paper on Recitation. Both papers were thoroughly discussed by the teachers. Those present were: Misses Vida Sherman, Ruth Ross, Faye Hallstead, Freda Robinson, Blanche Hoppe, Lloyd L. Call and Fred N. Hardy.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - About 50 of the friends and neighbors gathered at the home of J. Schoonmaker on Jan. 10th, it being his 50th birthday. At first he thought he was having visitors, but at they continued to come he began to think they had a purpose and he realized it was his birthday. They came from Auburn Centre, Beech Grove, Retta, Rushboro, South Auburn and Camptown. The ladies were provided with well filled baskets, and a sumptuous dinner was served. After the feast was over, all assembled in the parlor and sitting room, where Mr. Lowe made a few well chosen remarks and presented him with a sum of money amounting to $10.50, with the request that he purchase a present that he could keep in remembrance of the occasion. He was also presented with a beautiful birthday cake, made in the shape of a pyramid, by Mrs. Harriet Ainey, aged 77 years. As it was his request "not to have it cut" it was placed in the centre of the table, where all could look at but not touch it. The evening was spent in playing games. Fine music was rendered by Ethel Green at the organ and J. and Bruce Green with the violin. The cake was then cut and lunch was served, all pronouncing it very fine and appetizing and not to be beaten by a younger cook.


Springville - Last Wednesday afternoon the village people were shocked to learn that Miss Madeline, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Blakeslee, was dead. Her sickness began with scarlet fever. Appendicitis developing later, an operation being prohibited on account of first sickness, her death being caused by the latter trouble, although an operation was performed as soon as her condition would permit. Miss Blakeslee was an estimable young lade and she had very many friends wherever she was known. Her age was fifteen years.


Glenwood - A birthday party was held at the home of P. H. Hunt, it being his 51st birthday. The house was well filled with sons and daughters and grandchildren. At the conclusion of the feast a beautiful chair was presented to Mr. Hunt by the children; a set of dining room chairs for Mrs. Hunt; then Mr. Hunt made a fine speech and was so overjoyed he occupied the chair for the rest of the day.


Friendsville - A Leap Year dance, the first of the season, was held at A.O.H. Hall on the evening of Jan. 8th. About 50 young people were present. Good music was in attendance, refreshments were served, and all report an excellent time. AND The Friendsville Literary and Dramatic Association has been organized.


Birchardville - Mr. Platt, the birch oil manufacturer, made a business trip to Binghamton, Saturday.


New Milford - The New Milford Musical Club enjoyed a sleighride to the home of W. A. Benson, near Brushville, Wednesday evening.


Thompson - Leroy French, who has been clerk in the corner store for a year or more, entered Keuka College, making three students there from Thompson.


News Briefs: The cawing of crows in the early morning has been heard. Old weather prognosticators tell us that it indicates an early spring. AND About $8,000,000 were spent for automobiles in this country last year. Imagine the amount of stink and dust those purchases raised.


January 24 (1908/2008)



Heart Lake - The Ladies Aid at J. C. Carter's, Saturday, was a great success, both socially and financially. During the afternoon the people were entertained with fine music by the Mahon orchestra, of Montrose, which was highly appreciated by all. Mr. Carter certainly spared no pains in preparing for the occasion. Proceeds, $11.65.


Brandt - The Kessler Co. tendered a smoker to their employees on the evening of Jan. 15th. Phonograph selections were rendered and games and other music was indulged in. E. R. Burrows, Superintendent, entertained the guests with slight of hand performances, while Messrs. Brooker and Thomas played Violin and Guitar selections. Among those present were: E. R. Burrows, Wm. Watkins, foreman, D. C. Brooker, Frank Effner, Lyman Scott, Ralph Howell, M. G. Wadin, A. L. Kessler, L. Monnell, Samuel Paugh, Sterling Thomas and Bert Watkins.


Birchardville - Will the person who found a black fur mitten, Thursday, between Fairdale church and Bumps corners, please write Harry Hogeboom, at Birchardville, and he will call for same. AND Mrs. D. Fred Birchard and son, Dayton, are spending the week in Corning, N.Y., as guests of Mrs. Birchard's sister, Mrs. Burton Baldwin.


Harford -Business men and all interested in having the mail train going east stop at Kingsley, have an opportunity of signing a petition which is in the post office.


Herrick Centre - Monday p.m., Murton Taylor, Eddie Benedict, Wade Gibson and E. P. Bowell, took the 5:02 train for Bedford, Pa., to attend a Rail Road School and the best wishes of the community goes with them.


Clifford - Sam Entrot, O. T. Rounds, Ira Curtis, and S. H. Norton, were in Montrose before the Grand Jury, as witnesses against Richard Willard, accused of stealing the horse of Mr. Entrot, Dec. 27. Willard was doing chores for Entrot while the latter was on his wedding tour and on his return horse, outfit and man were missing. He was tracked to Uniondale by Mr. Curtis and Mr. Rounds found Willard and the horse in the Westgate barn near his farm.


Gelatt - G. Gelatt put new windows in the school house, Saturday, and we think they will be appreciated by teacher and pupils, as many lights [panes] had fallen out of the old ones.


Lawton - John Curley had a wood bee last Wednesday, getting about 40 cords of wood cut.


Susquehanna - Rumors are again about that the Erie shops at Susquehanna are to close and that the shop at Hornell will be enlarged to partially accommodate the work at that place.


New Milford - Dr. William L. Weston [dentist] would respectfully say to the people of New Milford and adjoining towns that for the next 90 days he will do all work in his line for the lowest cash price, for first-class work. Special attention given to the preservation of the natural teeth. A word to parents: See that your children take proper care of their teeth and take them to a dentist as often as once a year at least; once in six months would be better, and have teeth examined, and if any need filling have it done before it is too late. Examination free. Local and general anaesthesia constantly on hand for the painless extraction of teeth. Office over J. J. Hand's store, Main Street.


Forest City - Dominick Klackowski, aged 27 years, had his skull fractured and left arm broken by a fall of rock and top coal at No. 2 mine, Saturday. He was taken to Emergency hospital but his injuries were of such a character that he died Sunday morning about 2 o'clock. The deceased's only near survivor is his wife.


Montrose - Russell C. Sprout is preparing to open a newsstand and deal in periodicals and magazines, delivering papers to regular customers as formerly, after Feb. 1. His place of business is located in the storeroom lately occupied by the Shaw cigar manufactory, just above the laundry. Mr. Sprout is an enterprising young man and intends conducting the business in an up-to-date methodical manner.


Bridgewater Twp. - E. J. Keough has his large ice houses, at Jones' Lake [Lake Montrose] filled with clear ice a foot thick, and is at work cutting for the Borden people, who will fill their icehouse and stack a large quantity.


Oakland - Louis Regan, 13 year old, suffering from a bad wound in the right side, is a patient at Simon H. Barnes Memorial Hospital. The young lad, in company with a number of other boys, was skating on what is known as the swamp near Erie No. 1 bridge, west of this place, and as boys generally do they had built a fire. One of the older lads threw a dynamite cartridge in the fire, causing an explosion and badly injuring young Regan. Dr. M. L. Miller worked over the young lad two hours.


Hallstead - We wish to state that the item in the Hallstead news-letter, in this paper last week, concerning the marriage of Mr. Leon Trowbridge and Miss Myrtle Doran, is a false report. We have been authorized by Mr. Trowbridge to make this correction. We accepted the item in good faith, and would advise the writer to be cautious hereafter and gather "news that are facts," and disregard rumors.


South Auburn - The dairy inspector from New York was looking after the condition of dairies in this locality last week. His welcome could have been warmer.


Kingsley - G. C. Finn has installed gas lights in his store.


Wyoming County - Down the Susquehanna a short distance, in the county of Wyoming, trees were felled years ago and later lumber from them became a part of that famously infamous building--Libby prison. This fact is not generally known, but it is vouched for by Dr. John Denison, of Tunkhannock, who was told the full facts by an old Susquehanna river raftsman. The lumber was cut for Bishop Jennings and he sold it for transportation to Richmond, Va., consigned to a man named Libby. The lumber was rafted down the Susquehanna by Jerry Beers, of Mehoopany, an old time raftsman, dead these many years. It was from Mr. Beers that Dr. Denison heard the story. After reaching Richmond the lumber was used in the erection of a tobacco warehouse by that man Libby, and when the Civil War ensued that warehouse became Libby prison.


January 31 (1908/2008)



Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Married at the M. E. Parsonage, at Jersey Hill by Rev. A. R. Fiske, Jan. 22, 1908, Miss Lola Bell Green, of this place and Mr. Ferris Hibbard, of Rush. They then drove to Brooklyn, Pa. to visit friends there. Thursday morning left for Owego where they visited his uncle, from there they went to Binghamton and Castle Creek. On their return they will begin housekeeping at once at his home with his parents. Mrs. Hibbard was one of our most popular young ladies and will be greatly missed from our midst. She has been a very successful school teacher for a few years and has made many warm friends where ever she has been. We extend hearty congratulations.


Harford - "Saul, King of Israel," the Great Dramatic Cantata, as sung by the [the]New Milford music club, twenty people, will be given in the Odd Fellows' Hall, Harford, Friday evening, January 31, 1908, under the auspices of Live Oak Lodge, I.O.O.F. Admission 25 cents. Children under 12 years, 15 cents. The Cantata was given in the Opera House, New Milford, the 17thth and was spoken very highly of. Chairs from the churches were brought in to accommodate the people.


Lawton - The young men of this place are complaining of the scarcity of young ladies of an entertaining disposition in this burg. The committee of ways and means is seriously considering the problem. AND For the second time this winter the planks on some of the bridges over the creek have been partly removed. The party or parties who would take such a criminal way of getting even for some fancied insult, if that is the purpose, if ever caught or found out should be put where they could not endanger life for years.


Thomson - James Wall's house, hard by the County line, was destroyed by fire last week with all its contents. This week the good ladies of our town are making garments for the family and bedding, quite a supply of household goods having been gathered by kind neighbors for the family. This is the second call like this our people have had recently, and their ready and hearty response is commendable indeed.


West Lenox - Our creamery is closed for the first time. It will reopen in the Spring again. Some of the farmers draw their milk to Harford, while others are making butter. AND Mrs. Fred Green is suffering with her eyes.


Brandt - A Republican Caucus was held in the Club House a few days ago, and all the farmers from Stevens Point came down to see about that "Justice o' the Peace." affair. Men, remember who has rendered such good service in that capacity for this town in the past term, and show what you can do for him when the "lection" comes around.


Great Bend - On Thursday morning, about noon, fire was discovered in the residence of Mr. Chapot, on Tannery street, in Great Bend, adjoining the beautiful residence of Mayor Parke. The Great Bend Hose Company responded to the alarm, and found the fire to be confined principally to the garret, where it is thought it started originally from a defective chimney. The fire was soon extinguished and the damage, which will not exceed more than $1,000, is covered by insurance. There were several exciting scenes at the fire when it first broke out, and Mr. William Dobson, an aged man, was knocked down by the hose cart and seriously injured. Another volunteer fireman was knocked off the ladder by the force of the water when it struck him in the face. He was knocked to the ground and seriously hurt. AND The president of Locust Hill Aid Society recently received 400 books from Dr. F. L. Brush, of Boston, toward starting a library here. The books were accepted and it was voted to call the library "The Cora Brush Memorial Library."


Uniondale - The R.F.D. from here to Orson takes many patrons of the Burnwood postoffice. In view of this fact the postmaster, the irrepressible Charley Ross, has sent his resignation to the department.


Montrose - Montrose people will be interested to know that the firm of Becker & Wilson, which moved its cutlass factory from this place to New Brunswick, N. J., is far pleased with its present location. They find many things against them, which they did not have to contend with when in Montrose. One of the principal ones is the difficulty to retain a force of men, rentals, cost of living and the like in the city being much greater than when here, and consequently as the employees secure no higher wages they are dissatisfied and unwilling to remain. Very few of those who went with the factory [from Montrose] are now in the employ of the firm.


Lawsville - M. E. Lindsley has been suffering from a preliminary attack of appendicitis.


South Gibson - W. D. Tobias has rented his mill property to G. G. McNamara and his house and farm to Harry Michael. Mr. Tobias and family are going to Hanford, Cal., where expect to spend a year. While we can hardly spare them from the community and church, we are glad that their long cherished desire to see the great west will be realized. We are glad that we have young men here who will carry on the business.


Hallstead - Work in the chair factory has been reduced to six hours per day.


South Montrose - Guy E. Wells left on Friday last for Buffalo, where he will enter the employ of the Thomas Automobile Co.


Springville - One of George Lee's team horses fell dead one day last week while driving through town.


Susquehanna - The office of Erie superintendent Hayes, with its large clerical force, is to be transferred to Port Jervis.


Forest City - W. H. Wildenburger, for Enterprise hose company, made a request for material and the [town] council, after some discussion, authorized the purchase of 250 feet of hose, two ladders, one nozzle, one dozen jackets, one hand axe, totaling to about $325.


Crystal Lake - School is progressing finely under the careful attention of Mrs. John Wayman.


News Brief: The grading of the new court house plot in Wilkes-Barre has caused the obliteration of the little knoll near the Lehigh Valley tracks, on North River street, which has been pointed out for many years as the site of the old Fort Durkee, a defense erected by the settlers during the Revolutionary War.


February 07 (1908/2008)



Susquehanna - It is now said that the citizens of Susquehanna, who have for months sympathized with the strikers, as against the Erie Company, have now been brought to an entirely different altitude since the Eire began removing its repair work and office force to other parts with a view to closing the shops at Susquehanna and are now telling the Company, through the Board of Trade, that if the Company will continue the shops at Susquehanna, the Company can send all the men it wishes to that town and the citizens will see that they are housed and protected. Another news items reports that 52 employees in different departments of the Erie shop, were laid off Monday morning indefinitely. AND The fourth victim has died of typhoid fever here.


Lawsville -The Lawsville Sunday school will hold a valentine social at Creamery hall Friday evening Feb. 14. The proceeds from the supper, which is 10 cents for each person, will go to help swell the library fund for a new library, and it being leap year the ladies will shoot cupid's arrows and escort the gentlemen to supper.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The ground hog saw his shadow last Sunday and we will have six weeks more of cold weather.


Brooklyn - The members of the G. A. R. Post here will observe the anniversary of Lincoln's birthday, Wednesday, Feb. 12, by holding a Camp Fire in Village Hall in the evening. A pleasing and appropriate program has been arranged for the occasion. AND Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, was the coldest of the season. Thirty degrees below zero was registered at Horton Reynolds'; 24 below at Bert Oakley's and all the way from 18 to 25 [below] in the village.


Brandt - The westbound coal train in charge of conductor James Moran, of Susquehanna, undertook to take out the bridge at Jefferson Junction Monday. And the bridge was somewhat damaged, and two or three cars derailed, which tied up the road for five hours. No one was injured.


Elkdale - The people of this place enjoyed a surprise party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lennie Owens on Saturday evening, Feb. 1, it being Mrs. Owens' birthday. Although the night was cold and stormy, about 40 were present. The evening was spent in games of various kinds, both old and young participating. The company also listened to some very fine selections on the phonograph by Glen Wells. Refreshments were served, after which the company presented Mrs. Owens with a purse amounting to nearly $5. Then, as it was nearly Sunday morning, the guests departed, wishing Mrs. Owens many happy birthdays.


East Lenox - Viewers were in this vicinity one day last week to pass judgment upon a new road leading from Round Lake to Lake Bennett.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The Ladies' Aid met last Wednesday at the home of its president, Mrs. S. L. Overfield. A nice quilt was finished and some twenty pounds of carpet rags were sewed. The company was entertained with some music on the graphophone. Over 80 partook of a fine dinner. Those from out of the neighborhood were Mrs. Carrie Meade and children and Jas. Keough and wife. The table receipts were $5.65.


Montrose - Old Prince, the horse owned by W. W. Reynolds, is no more. After covering hundreds of miles in the way of usefulness and pleasure for a long period of 39 years, Prince decided to "cast the harness" on some other nag, young and frisky about the flanks. Old Prince was well known to the South Main street residents, and especially to the children, to whom he never displayed any viciousness of character.


South Montrose - The Lehigh train became stalled near South Montrose Sunday morning on account of the heavy snow drifts, but succeeded in reaching Montrose about 1 o'clock in the afternoon.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - I guess the bear saw his shadow by spells the 2nd of the month, but not very early in the day. However, he must be holed up now.


Dimock - James Gavitt, who is getting along in years, seems to stand the extreme cold weather well while driving the milk wagon from Parkvale to Dimock milk station daily.


South New Milford - The Ladies' Aid met at the home of Lott Darrow and the men drew a lot of wood for Rev. O. J. Brush. George Carr had his machine there to saw the wood.


Laurel Lake - A leap year party was held at the home of Daisy Bramfitt Jan. 22. A very pleasant time was had. About thirty were present and refreshments were served.


Tunkhannock - Dr. John Corr [John Corrigan], who has been a familiar figure in this vicinity for many years, was found dead in a room at the Keeler House yesterday morning. His home was in Sullivan Co. and he was a very eccentric character. [The passing of Dr. Corr removes one of the oddest and most unique characters that ever trod the soil of Pennsylvania. According to his own statement, he was a native of New Jersey, in his 75th year, and no living relatives. He was slightly unbalanced mentally but was a clean, unobtrusive man who came and went periodically without doing harm to anyone. One of his favorite delusions was the belief that he was the candidate for some political office and this year he was circulating cards asking his friends to support him for the office of president. At the age of about 30 years he first came into prominence when he ran away from the jurisdiction of the poor authorities of Bradford Co. He became an herb "doctor" and roamed the country from Sullivan County, Pa., as far east as the Delaware River and north to Binghamton, frequently passing through Montrose. He seldom rode on the railway trains, going place to place afoot. It is a peculiar circumstance that pneumonia, which caused his death, is one of the ailments which Dr. Corr claimed could not be contracted if people would keep moving through the open air.] Montrose Democrat, Feb. 20, 1908. A large photograph of Dr. Corr is on display in the museum of the Susquehanna County Historical Society.


News Brief: Burr Robbins, an old-time circus man, died in Chicago last Friday, where he was engaged in the real estate business. Mr. Robbins was born at Union, N.Y., near Binghamton, in 1837. In 1872 he entered into the circus business on a small scale, gradually increasing his stock with the tide of year. Finally he went out of the business altogether, disposing of nearly all the circus paraphernalia and stock to the Ringling's, who now are the owners of the Barnum and Bailey shows.


February 14 (1908/2008)



Montrose - The Montrose Bible Conference Association is now an actuality. At a meeting in the Y.M.C.A. building in Binghamton, the committee appointed made its report. It was also announced that an auditorium to seat 3,000 people would be erected on the recently purchased farm in the spring and be ready for the conference in August. Among the recommendations made by the committee were: That the association be formed on the "no profit charter" plan, and its name be the Montrose Bible Conference Association; that Dr. R. A. Torrey be invited to assume the position of general leader; that the officers shall be a president, three vice-presidents, general secretary, treasurer, a board of 30 directors and an executive committee composed of the officers and five or more of the members chosen from the board. That active members be composed of all members of evangelical churches who contribute $10 or more to the support of the Association. That an advisory board be formed composed of the chairmen of committees to be organized in various towns for the purpose of promoting the interest of the conference. The first meeting of the newly formed executive committee will be held in Scranton on Feb. 24th. AND Great snowdrifts obstructed the roads in the vicinity of Montrose last week, and this, added to the bitter cold, made traveling very difficult. This week the roads were opened, however, and the farmers can now come to town again.


Wilkes-Barre - Prominent citizens from all parts of the anthracite coal region met at Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first burning of Wyoming anthracite coal in the Wyoming Valley and to pay tribute to Judge Jesse Fell, who conducted the successful experiment as the real founder of the now mammoth coal business.


Susquehanna - The engine of the Carbondale flyer on the Erie was frozen to death last Saturday morning. The train was pulled by switch engine #563 and when it was time for the train to leave Susquehanna for Carbondale the engine would not move an inch. An investigation was made and it was discovered that on account of the low temperature the steam pipes had become frozen. It took the galvanizers two hours to get the breath of life back in working shape.


Lenox - Will Manzer has just completed one of the finest dairy barns in the township.


Hopbottom - Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, the thermometer registered 20 below zero at 7 a.m. It was the coldest morning of the season.


New Milford - The opening of the Grange National Bank of Susquehanna County took place here on Wednesday. AND Mrs. Emily Leach McKinstry Bullard died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Ackerman, in Binghamton, N.Y. She was born March 14, 1812, the youngest of nine children, born at the old Leach Tavern at the foot of Mott's Hill in New Milford township.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Edwin P. Mack, for over 50 years a prominent business man in this section, died suddenly Tuesday evening at about 9 o'clock. He was 80 years of age. Tuesday Mr. Mack was in Foster and returned home at about 4 o'clock. He was in his usual health and ate a hearty supper. He retired early, but about 9 o'clock his wife noticed that he was breathing hard and summoned medical aid, but he died before a physician arrived. Apoplexy was the cause of death. He is survived by his wife and two sons, A.L. of Lindaville, and Andrew of Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Mack was a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows and was prominent in politics. He had retired from business, but was once an extensive lumberman and furniture manufacturer. [Mack Furniture Factory].


Harford - The Harford high school was closed Monday and Tuesday. Cause--want of coal for the furnace.


Heart Lake - One of L. E. Griffing's horses ran away Wednesday. No serious damage was done except that the driver, Mr. Denning, landed in a snowdrift. The horse being driven in an open bridle, supposed to have been frightened by the driver's whiskers.


Gelatt - The Rebekahs who went to Harford last week were compelled to stay over night and had a splendid sleighride the next day, coming around by way of South Gibson.


Thompson - The basket ball team played [the] Keuka team Monday evening of this week, in Keystone Hall, Thompson. AND This week has been severe for the R.F.D. boys, milk haulers and the trains on the railroads.


North Jackson - After an absence of nearly 20 years, James Nugent, of Hamilton, has been visiting his brother, Ed Nugent, and Will Nugent, in Susquehanna.


Little Meadows - Cornelius C. Fox, a much respected citizen, died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 22, at his home. He leaves an invalid wife, one daughter, Louise M., and two sons, Leland S. and Lloyd C; one brother, James H. Fox and one sister, Mrs. I. R. Beardslee, to mourn his loss.


Forest City - At 8:15 o'clock Tuesday morning the Erie Flyer collided with a Forest City trolley car south bound at the Simpson crossing and to the spectators who witnessed the terrible crash it is almost a miracle how the passengers in the street car escaped with their lives. Engineer William Wolcott, of the "Flyer: also had a narrow escape from being seriously injured by the flying pieces of the car and glass. While the occupants of the car were all terribly shaken up, being thrown about in a dangerous manner, were all in a state of frenzy, the passenger most seriously injured was Miss Clara Devaney, of Vandling, a student of the Carbondale Commercial Institute who was on her way to school. When picked up by onlookers she was unconscious and was removed to the home of Mrs. Gallagher, nearby. It was some time afterward when regained consciousness and was able to realize what had happened. On the west side of the Erie tracks there is a short but steep incline. At the top the street car stopped to allow two of the passengers to get off and then proceeded down the incline to the tracks. The Erie signal bell was working and a train was approaching slowly on the northbound track. The car could have easily passed over the tracks sometime before the train reached the crossing and the conductor, seeing no other train, signaled to the motorman to start. The car had advanced but a few feet when the flyer came at the usual rate of speed over grade crossing from around a sharp curve. The motorman noticed its approach and jumped before the crash came. The pilot of the engine struck the front vestibule of the car and crushed it, derailed the car and turned it around in a position parallel with the train. The street car was a total wreck. The engineer's cab of the Flyer was badly damaged. Occupants of the trolley were: Charles Melville, Forest City; Clara Devaney and Edith Lyewelyn [Llewellyn?], of Vandling; two little girls, Wagner sisters, Wilson Creek; Mary Anderson, Margaret and Ella Kleinbauer, of Vandling


February 21 (1908/2008)



Brooklyn - The G. A. R. campfire at the village hall, Feb. 12, was a most enjoyable affair. Old war songs and stories were interestingly sung and told. Rev. Wilcox gave a humorous talk on the meaning of war terms and army phrases. Rev. Drury gave an address on "Lincoln during the war."


New Milford - Great havoc was made on Saturday when the ice broke in the creeks and came down into the town at 11:50 a.m. A heavy snow was on the ground, which was melted by the rain Friday night, causing the ice, which was two feet thick in places, to break up and come down the creek with such violent force as to take away the bridge on upper Church street. Following the course of the creek it crashed into the Main street bridge and blocked up the channel under it. The ice, not being able to go further on account of this, the water was turned down Main street, going down nearly as far as the lower Main street bridge. The house owned by Mrs. E. S. Garrett and another occupied by Mr. & Mrs. T.M. Houlihan, were completely surrounded by water and ice and a good many cellars were filled with water. The larger portion of the fence surrounding Samuel Moss's residence was broken in pieces. In order to remove the dam of ice which was clogged up under the Main street bridge they were obliged to use dynamite, which added to the damage already done, completely demolishing one half of the bridge. In some instances cakes of ice 16" thick piled up and represented a miniature landscape view of the Klondike region. At Summersville, the D. L. & W. track was under water and the engineer was compelled to lessen his speed as the car wheels swished through the water.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Two well-dressed young men visited several places in Flynn and vicinity on Sunday last. No one seemed to notice them and they left as unceremoniously as they came.


Forest Lake - Jefferson Green was a caller to re-new his Democrat, which he has taken many years. Mr. Green tells the Democrat that he has recently started upon his 77th year, though he doesn't look it. He was one of the men who went to California in 1849, when the gold excitement was on, and so many people went overland to the new field of golden wealth. And he did well there too, but he concluded to return to old Pennsylvania.


Great Bend - While returning from the cemetery after the burial of S. E. Sands, the sleigh in which the minister was riding with James Kirby, who was driving the horse, was over-turned, throwing the occupants out in the snow. The horse ran quite a distance down Main street, finally turning into the yard of Professor C. T. Thorpe, where the animal stopped. The only damage was a badly sprained ankle for the horse. AND A number of families expect to move to Hornell, N.Y., on account of the closing of the Erie shops at Susquehanna.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - Some of the mail routes in the township were closed up from snow but no snow keeps Homer Smith from his regular route. He is right on time always.


Gelatt -Many wells were dry on the flat, caused by the recent cold weather, but last Saturday they had abundance of water and some to spare.


Hopbottom - Last Tuesday evening the class of '08 of H.H.S. and friends were delightfully entertained at the home of Miss Grace Doran. Those present were: Misses Luva Davis, Diamond Rose, Bertha Hortman, Dora VanAlstyne, Grace Doran, Lillian Byram. Messrs: Vernon Payne, Will Mink, Roy Sterling, Lional Lott and Lee Carroll.


Lawton - The recent good sleighing was taken advantage by all having logs to haul, nearly filling S. Terry's log yard.


Herrick Centre - The people who have been helping themselves so freely to Erie and D & H coal, had better watch out or they will see trouble.


Harford - The old landmark known as Maynard's mill, together with its contents, about 30 tons of grain, was burned Saturday, also a barn with a quantity of hay, and by the greatest effort the house was saved. If it had not been for the light rain of Saturday morning that whole corner would have burned. Estimated loss about $5000, no insurance. Mr. Maynard saved the books and would like creditors to pay outstanding bills promptly, thus assisting him in straightening out affairs.


Forest City - The bridge, which spanned the Lackawanna river at the old D. & H., southeast of here, was swept away by the high water on Saturday. As bad as it was, this was Forest City's nearest road to the Ontario & Western in Wayne county. Now, to haul freight from the Ontario station, a distance of a quarter of a mile, it is necessary to go about three miles and cross the river on a private bridge erected some years ago by Frank Hollenback. This bridge is in poor condition and it is only a matter of a short time before it will be unsafe to cross.


Springville - W. E. Stevens moved the building formerly occupied by C. N. Giles as a meat market and will convert it into a blacksmith shop. M. B. Johnson is expecting to tear down the shop occupied by W. E. Stevens on which stands on his newly purchased property, and build a residence in its place. AND In Lynn, the M. E. church was seriously damaged by the falling of a chandelier in the church Sunday evening. A fierce blaze soon ensued but the doors were closed and the fire was soon extinguished. The carpet, several pews, some of the windows and the chandelier, were so badly damaged as to necessitate new.


Montrose - Jeweler F. B. Smith's window display of cutglass is something that is attracting the attention of the artistic eye. It is a fine collection made by Leo Mahon of this place.


West Liberty - C. H. and A. G. Southworth are putting in a telephone line from their home to Lawsville Center.


Birchardville - Our stage did not get through from Montrose last Saturday night on account of the ice jam at Tyler's bridge.


February 28 (1908/2008)



Brooklyn - I. Z. Babcock, who resides near Ely Lake, made a call the Republican office one afternoon. He is 82 years young and well preserved and generally contented with life for a man of his years. Mr. Babcock, to make sure that the editor should not pay one cent postage rates on his paper, paid in advance to Jan. 1, 1910. He is the kind of a man who keeps the editor from growing cynical and morbid, and of the type you can "trust with your pocketbook." AND Steps are being taken looking toward the securing of a charter and forming an association to take charge of the cemetery on the hill, which is sadly neglected. It was established nearly 75 years ago in connection with the Universalist church, which stood across the way.


Montrose - Dr. J. G. Wilson's team ran away with him near Tiffany [Corners], Tuesday afternoon, and were stopped almost exhausted, after a run of a couple of miles, on Grow avenue. The doctor was thrown out at the start, the top covered sleigh dragging along on its side. The top was packed full of snow but no damage was done. The snow was dug out and the parties started out after the doctor, who, undisturbed and enjoying the humor of the situation, was hiking into town afoot.


Fair Hill - Arthur Bolles, Ashley Jagger and Ethel Andre were pleasant callers at J. R. Beebe's and enjoyed a few games of Flinch Saturday evening.


Gelatt - A sleighload from here attended the donation at Harvey Brown's last Thursday night for the benefit of the Methodist preacher at Jackson.


Susquehanna - The formal opening of the new Hotel Oakland took place here last Saturday evening to the accompaniment of band music and good cheer. The building, up to date in all respects, and under the management of John J. McGinty, was visited by hundreds of citizens during the evening, who were piloted through the different apartments by an efficient corps of attendants. The plans of the hotel were prepared by County Commissioners' Clerk W. H. Foster whose ability as an architect is proven by the beauty, exactness and convenience of the building.


Rush - Thomas Fitzpatrick, a wealthy and highly respectable farmer, residing in Rush Twp., near West Auburn, accidentally killed himself on Monday afternoon last. It seems that Mr. Fitzpatrick took a shotgun and went out to shoot sparrows. About 3 o'clock in the afternoon some one heard a muffled report of a gun, and soon after the dead body of Mr. Fitzpatrick was found, the charge of the gun having entered his heart. He was about 40 years of age and his tragic death has cast a gloom over the community. What makes it still more sad is that he was to be married this week to Lizzie Carroll, of Retta.


Great Bend - The body of James Donovan, who committed suicide by jumping from the river bridge at Great Bend in November last, was found in the Susquehanna river near Selinsgrove a few days ago, and a paragraph in a Philadelphia paper led to identification by his relatives. The body was seen by the foreman of a gang of track laborers on the Pennsylvania railroad, who succeeded in recovering it, and it was buried Feb. 19. Accompanied by F. E. Burke, undertaker at Great Bend, Mrs. Donovan went to Selinsgrove and had the body exhumed and taken to her home. The body when found was destitute of clothing except where his underclothing was held for a few inches by his shoes, which were in a good state of preservation. The flesh had not been cut and mangled by contact with the ice for 200 miles, as might be supposed, which gives credence to the theory that the body had been carried down the river by the high water at the time of drowning.


Auburn Four Corners - The Auburn stage was discontinued February 22. Our stage driver, Mr. Lowe, made his last trip to Montrose. What will we do without the Montrose stage? AND The school in this place was closed on Monday on account of the illness of [the teacher's] Mr. Sheldon's father, George Sheldon, of Lynn.


Lenoxville - A dramatic company from Lenoxville presented a drama entitled "Under the Laurels" at South Gibson last Wednesday evening. The little village can boast of some fine speakers and beautiful singers.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - One of the largest weddings ever known in this vicinity was held Feb. 12th, when T. F. Wells, Esq., joined together in matrimony, Joseph Doud, of Royal, and Addie Edsall, of Towanda. Mrs. Griffin, of Lenox, played the wedding march; Grace Mitten was best girl and Willis Wilson, best man. There were about 80 persons present. They were served sandwiches, 5 kinds of cake, cheese, coffee, olives, a great variety of mixed candies, oranges, etc. They played the old game of snap and ketch 'em, when the bridegroom had to run for dear life to 'ketch' the bride. Afterward the guests presented a nice little pot of money and congratulated the bride and groom.


Thompson - Rumor has it that the Flyer will make only one trip a day over the Jefferson branch after the first of March. Poor old Flyer, it has shown the infirmities of old age for some time past. AND The basket ball game between the Thompson team and the Susquehanna team passed off without any disturbance or marked feature.


Uniondale - Alfred Lewis will leave next month to seek a location in Wyoming. He says Uncle Sam owes him a farm and he is going to get it.


Birchardville - Earle Edwards is working for Mr. Platt at the birch oil distillery.


Lanesboro - Hurled with terrific force by an explosion of dynamite, a huge boulder crashed through the roof of a blacksmith shop in [the] Lanesboro stone quarry, Friday morning, seriously injuring Herbert Brown and exploding a large quantity of dynamite that was being thawed out. A number of workmen narrowly escaped death in the second explosion and but for their prompt and courageous work Mr. Brown would have been killed. The accident occurred in the quarry of J. A. Taylor. The workmen were blasting and after lighting the fuse of an unusually heavy charge, they ran to the shop, taking shelter behind it. The fearful detonation of the exploding dynamite was heard for miles around. The boulder, weighing fully half a ton was thrown 200 ft. and crashed into the shop and set fire to the building. The stove was overturned, struck Mr. Brown and broke his leg. At the risk of the dynamite exploding in the shop, the workmen rushed in and dragged Mr. Brown outside, just before the dynamite ignited.


March 07 (1908/2008)



Fairdale - H. S. Parks, who was accidentally injured some weeks ago, is not able to work much, but some of his neighbors went to his home on Saturday and cut a nice pile of wood.


Great Bend - The members of St. Lawrence Catholic church are making preparations to build a fine up-to-date rectory for their priest, Rev. Father Fagan, who has worked faithfully to bring the church up to its present beauty. AND Henry G. More, a son of Editor More, has relinquished his position on the Binghamton Republican to become general manager of the Altoona Times. He is a first class newspaperman.


Gibson - W. Whittington, of Susquehanna, was in town the past week in the interest of the Fellboelin kerosene mantle lamp. Several of our businessmen have purchased one.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Sam and Harry Reimel are busy tearing down the Laurel Grove school house and hauling the lumber to this place. S. B. Pierson has begun tearing down the school house at this place. AND In South Auburn - Nearly every farmer in this section has received orders from the New York Department of Health to improve the sanitary conditions around their premises, as a result of the milk inspector's visits.


Harford - The old mill of T. M. Maynard, which went up in smoke, was built in 1842 by Freeman Peck, father of our former townsman, Levi R. Peck. An older mill, on the same site, was built in 1820, Cyril Carpenter being the first miller. AND The Christie St. Mission, in New York, which received barrels of good things and clothing from the Congregational church of this place for Christmas, has sent gratitude in warmest thanks for the same.


Flynn - Our town election passed off very quietly. Some were disappointed while others were more fortunate. The offices should be passed around, not one to hold continuously because he has got the pull.


Dimock - F. P. Mills, of Gordon, Nebraska, came in the first of the week with a carload of horses, which he sold readily. Mr. Mills was formerly a Dimock boy, and went some years ago with his brother, where they operate two stores, also a big ranch, where they own over 5000 acres of land, with much more government grazing land adjoining, that their stock runs over. They have two or three hundred horses and over 1,000 cattle. Mr. Mills says that all the vacations he gets are his annual trips to Montrose with a load of horses.


Montrose - The "boys" have been guying Comrade "Marsh" VanScoten this week because [of] a Hallstead party who got up a business and political directory [and] had him down as a Democratic candidate for county treasurer. To a staunch Republican veteran that comes pretty near being one of the "most unkindest" of errors.


Fair Hill - The "ski" craze has struck this place, and all the girls and boys are trying to "skate" on them.


Forest City - A broken harness caused a horse of Heller & Company to run away down Dundaff street, Friday. At the Main street turn the animal broke from the sleigh and a team standing in front of the Allen block was scared into a run. The team wound its way in and out, around probably thirty teams in the two blocks it traveled before being stopped, without any damage being done. AND Harry Price, who had charge of the poor farm last year has again taken up his residence here. Clarence Fives has been appointed farmer for the coming year and moved to the [poor] farm this week.


Little Meadows - Wm. D. Minkler, a popular candidate for the Republican nomination for county commissioner, was a caller in Montrose on Friday. "Will" is a former Montrose young man, but has resided in Little Meadows for a number of years, and has many warm friends here who would like to see him one of the successful candidates in the primaries.


Elk Lake - According to the Wilkes-Barre Record, Reese Morgan of that city will conduct a boarding house here the coming summer.


Gelatt - While Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dowd have been staying with their children in New Milford and Binghamton for two months, it was recently discovered that a tramp had taken possession of the house and supplied himself with clothes and money. Other things were also taken. The house is a long way from neighbors.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - Patterson's sawmill, on the Bronson tract, burned to the ground last Saturday night, when about 20 lbs. of dynamite exploded, causing an explosion which was felt by those residing in the near vicinity. Origin of the fire unknown.


Hallstead - On Tuesday evening Earl Tiffany, proprietor of the Hallstead Excelsior Works, took his employees and their families for a sleighride from this place to Franklin Forks, where he treated them and other invited guests to the number of 36, to an oyster supper and a right good time.


Tunkhannock - The story is going the rounds of the newspapers that "Libby Prison in Richmond was built of Yankee logs, cut in Wyoming county, Pa., and floated down the Susquehanna river." One trouble with that story is the fact that Libby Prison was built of bricks.--Port Jervis Union. That's just the way with some people; always spoiling a good story with pesky facts. Wyoming county doesn't get a chance at fame very often, and whenever it does, somebody comes along and unhooks the thing and lets it fall in a heap upon the floor. Anyway, that was a good story while it lasted. Tunkhannock Republican.


News Brief: It is about time the old ground hog was dug out and destroyed. It seems as though his limit was about up. We have already had about six weeks of grippy weather, and the end is not yet.


March 13 (1908/2008)



Montrose - The new library is being well patronized by all, but especially by students of the high school. Afternoons and evenings find the reading rooms well filled. While there is a good supply of books on the shelves, there are not enough to supply the demand and more will be added.


Springville - On a $10 wager between Harry Kills and J. Kelly, the former walked to Tunkhannock in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Mr. Kelly asserted that a man would not do it in 3 hours on foot. Harry was sure he would do it. It was a rough night, snowing and drifting, but he did it none the less for wear.


New Milford - Dr. Wm. E. Park, of Sunbury, Pa., will soon locate here, being associated with Dr. D. C. Ainey in the practice of medicine. Dr. Ainey has been actively engaged in his profession in New Milford for 45 years, and is well deserving of a release from active work.


Susquehanna - Atty. Wm. A. Skinner underwent a successful operation for appendicitis at his home on Saturday. His many friends are glad to learn that the patient is doing well and in a short time will be able to resume his legal duties. [Wm. A. Skinner was the father of B. F. Skinner, the renowned behaviorist].


St. Joseph - Friends were grieved to learn of the untimely death of Rev. Fr. Michael O'Reilly, which occurred in Danville, Pa., on Tuesday evening, where for many years he had discharged his duties faithfully as pastor of St. Joseph's church. Father O'Reilly was a victim of heart trouble and his age was 55 years. He was one of four O'Reilly priests, and the only surviving one of the four is Father Edward, of South Waverly. He was born at the old homestead in St. Joseph, Pa., where a brother, Aloysius, and a sister, Mary, now reside. The funeral will be held in Danville this morning and the remains will be brought to St. Joseph for burial. Father O'Reilly was a man of sweet temperament, and his gentle manner drew to himself friends without number wherever he went. He had a sympathetic soul, and possessed a strong faith in God and sought to impart that faith to his fellow men by kind word and good example. He was sincerely loved by the flock entrusted to his care, and in his death the parish has sustained a great loss.


Hopbottom - The death of Joseph McNulty, one of our most highly respected young men, is announced. Mr. McNulty was studying for the priesthood at Emmittsburg, Md., and his age was 21 years. The funeral will be held from St. Patrick's at Nicholson. AND The snow is wearing away gradually and sugar-making time is here. The cold, snowy winter that has passed indicates a great flow of sap.


Ainey - There was no school this week, the teacher being ill with grip.


Brooklyn - M. W. Palmer has one of the finest arranged dairy barns in the county and sends his milk direct to Brooklyn, N.Y., at a fancy price. His men wear white duck suits and wash their hands after milking two cows. The cows are all washed before milking and all the fancy operations are in vogue.


Hallstead - The Hallstead Oil and Gas Company are leasing land as fast as they can secure in the vicinity of the oil well, and will begin drilling about the middle of March.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Mrs. G. B. Filkins entertained the Ladies Aid of this place, last Wednesday, [and] about 40 took dinner. The work was quilting and piecing blocks for another quilt and the work was nearly completed. The receipts were $7.55.


Harford - Those who attended the Aid Society meeting at Mrs. Leland Williams' had a good dinner and a fine time. The ladies sewed over 40 lbs. of rags. The oldest man in Harford, Dr. Brundage, was present and assisted by winding rags. Receipts, $6.75.


Elk Lake - Speaking of snow, N. S. Ball says there has been 5 ft. and 7" to March 1908. He also says that 20 years ago there were 11 ft, 8" from November 20th to April 26th; and May 20th Mr. Ball and F. M. Woodhouse shoveled snow in the road from 7 o'clock until 12 noon. That was a hard winter and the summer following was a record breaker--oats, corn and hay, the largest yield in years.


Brandt - When the noon train whistle at the Kessler & Co's plant blew, Monday, two horses hitched to a cider wagon standing in front of the postoffice, became alarmed and started around the store at a lively rate. When they had gone around the second time a runner of the sleigh caught against a stone hitching post, tipped the sleigh over, and scattered the contents in every direction. The horses broke loose from the sleigh and continued at a mad rate around the square, but were finally stopped by Lansing Monell, who happened along at the right time. It was found that the sleigh was damaged and not fit with which to continue the journey and it was necessary to haul the same to Lanesboro for repairs. Moral--Tie your horse when leaving him alone.


Lenox - Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Bennett have adopted the twin babies of Mr. and Mrs. Eastwood, both of the parents being deceased.


Rushboro - Ude LaRue's little daughter, Lefa, was seriously ill Saturday, caused by eating several grip tablets. Dr. Beaumont was called and she was soon out of danger.


Uniondale - Mrs. L. P. Norton and her mother, Mrs. Mapes, are both on the sick list. Mr. Norton thinks he has a little young hospital on his hands. Mrs. Norton received by the hand of Miss Jennett Tinker, a beautiful bouquet of flowers; also she brought the old lady, Mrs. Mapes, a nice dish of Rice, and prepared so good for a sick person's appetite. Such kindness and a friendly call was great medicine for a sick person.


Thompson - A valuable package was delivered at the home of R. F. D. carrier, Frank Whitney, on Thursday night of last week. This is a sample of what may be expected when the much talked of parcels post gets in its work. The parcel was found to contain a bouncing boy. Parents and child are doing nicely, though a substitute was on Frank's route for a couple of days.


News Briefs: The high snow banks are a strong allurement for the school boys to buckle on their skees, for a gliding journey over the country. AND Take the whole mass of Fish laws, Game laws, Health laws, and they form an ingenious undemocratic combination depriving the people of free fish, free game, and also at times, almost of the right to live and do business.


March 20 (1908/2008)



Montrose - The unassuming little trefoil, the shamrock, had its day of special recognition on Tuesday. The little streamers of green fluttering from the coat lapel, the green cravats worn by many, whether sons of Erin or not, or the small silk green flag in the home picturing "the harp that once thro' Tara's halls," told the story of "St. Patrick's Day 08, in Montrose," and there was no other demonstration marking the day. To the Editor's sanctum a few sprays of genuine shamrock, from Ireland, found its way, with the compliments of Miss Mary Gilmartin of this place. Miss Gilmartin received a package from her old home in Ballina, Mayo county, pulled from the old sod by her brother, Thomas, who owns a large estate there. A number of postcards received giving pleasant home-land views, are greatly prized by Miss Gilmartin.


Forest City - The physicians of Forest City have organized a local medical society and [have] underway a number of prosecutions for alleged violations of the law prohibiting the practice of medicine by those not qualified.


Oakley - A large, able-bodied tramp, called at several houses here on Monday, asking for something to eat and after getting dinner twice, evidently made up his mind to ply his trade farther from a telephone line.


Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. - Mrs. E. J. Fish attended the Stanfordville Ladies' Aid Society at the Baptist parsonage in Hallstead last Saturday. Owing to the fact that lumber wagons were the carryalls and the road over the hill in a "snowbank then mud hole" condition, the trip was not entirely without adventure. Dinner was served to 62 people.


Lakeside - During the absence of Pearl Barrett Saturday, some unknown persons entered his house and robbed the house of all they could find to eat, including two dozen eggs. They must have had Easter in view.


Lawsville - Thirty-two couples attended the leap year oyster supper at Creamery hall, Mar. 13, and all report a good time.


Great Bend - Francis Kane was severely injured about the head by falling off a train near the Erie station about 6:30 Saturday night, and wandered about in a dazed condition until found about 8 o'clock. He was removed to his home and Dr. A. F. Merrill dressed his injuries. At this writing he is rapidly improving. A number of young men have been injured here by jumping on trains, and all maimed for life.


Rush - The Kinney sale, near the Rush poorhouse on March 12, proved to be a warm day; the crowd was so large it looked like campmeeting. Six fell down in the slush, but when Frank Gray and Will Lowe (with his Sunday go to meeting clothes on, who is up visiting from Pittston) went down in the barnyard slush, along with the baptism of Silas Smith, and Auctioneer Cox's story of the politicians, who were present in great numbers-all of this kept the crowd in an uproar of laughter. It was a large sale, good prices, and everybody thought it would at least take two days, but Auctioneer Cox was there with the mustard, and was through at 5 p.m.


Brooklyn - J. M. Whitman, the contractor, has traded his house and lot at Lindaville for the large building, formerly owned by Mr. Shumard at Mack's Corners, and will take the building down and use it in building several fine cottages on Maple street, if he can secure the land.


South Gibson - Fred Chamberlain has purchased H. D. Pickering's furniture store on Clifford street.


Elk Lake - On Tuesday the house of Sam Carlin was destroyed by fire, with its entire contents. The family was away from home at the time. There was a small insurance. The family moved into M. L. Biesecker's house.


Dimock - Dixie, a Collie owned by the Woodhouse family, near Cope's Lake, is dead. Dixie was in his 19th year and had many friends in adjoining towns as well as here.


New Milford - The Shields Stone Co. has abandoned all its stone quarries in this vicinity and the machinery and derricks are being taken out.


Ararat - During the thunder storm Sunday afternoon, March 15, lightning struck the big stock barn of L. D. Brooks, splintering it from top to bottom, but doing no further damage excepting a good shaking up in general. Mr. Brooks was in the barn, having just closed a door, and the lightning came down a board not more than eight feet away.


Dimock - The woman who sent to Sears-Roebuck for a man on trial, expects him to arrive now in a few days.


Herrick Centre - The removal of the flyer, the early morning train, is universally deplored and causing great inconvenience to the traveling public.


Friendsville - The following item of interest, especially to the early settlers of Friendsville, appeared in the Philadelphia Standard and Times of March 14th: J. M. Donnelly, one of the pioneers of Choconut, Pa., has passed to his reward, in the 88th year of his age. Mr. Donnelly was well known in Scranton, where he spent the greater part of his life, and in almost every town and hamlet of Susquehanna county, his honesty, generosity and true Irish wit are proverbial. His funeral was largely attended from the Church of the Holy Family in Scranton. The remains were then taken to Friendsville and laid to rest in St. Francis Xavier's cemetery that contains the graves of the parents of the poet Griffin. The deceased is survived by three sons, Edward and Joseph of Buffalo, N.Y., and John of Connellsville, Pa.; also by two daughters, Miss Mary Donnelly of Scranton and Sister M. William, of the Immaculate Heart Convent, at Centralia, Pa.


News Brief: The small boy with his pockets chock full of marbles is a sure harbinger of spring.


March 27 (1908/2008)



Herrick Centre - If some of our young men, while out sleigh riding, would pay more attention to the horse and less to the girl, it would save them the trouble of looking up their blankets, robes, cushions, etc.


Harford - The Y.P.S.E., of the Congregational church, will hold a warm sugar social at the church parlors, Friday evening. Warm sugar ten cents a dish. One of the features of the evening's entertainment will be an old fashioned spelling school."


Bunnel Hill, Auburn Twp. - Morris LaBarre died at the home of his son, John, at Sayre, March 2, aged 83. This sudden death reminds that another aged resident of Bunnel Hill has passed away, he having formerly resided there for over 50 years. He was a carpenter by trade and much of his work still stands as a monument in that place. He built the house now occupied by Marble Capwell, nearly 54 years ago, also several others since that time. He was a deacon in the Baptist church at South Auburn. One by one they are drifting away until only two of the older residents are left there on the hill and the middle aged will fill in the vacant places, until the summons comes.


Montrose - The large Turrell residence on Lake Avenue will be opened to summer visitors the coming season, making an ideal boarding place. AND Prof. J. S. Hosterman is already making preparations for the High School prize speaking contest, an annual event which always excites considerable interest locally. This year an innovation is to be introduced by allowing the young ladies to compete as well, and medals instead of cash prizes will be offered.


Heart Lake - Franz T. Mack has leased the H. E. Griffing store, picnic grounds and boating facilities at Heart Lake for the coming summer and will take charge May 1. With this is also included a large cottage for rent to parties wishing same, a barn well equipped for stabling, merry-go-round and other amusements. Mr. Mack will keep a full line of groceries, baked stuffs, candies, fruits, cigars, etc., and conduct, in conjunction with the store, the ice cream parlors and soda fountain. He is a young man with many years of experience to back him in the venture. He will make special prices to Sunday Schools wishing grounds and boats for picnic purposes and intends having everything neat, clean and up-to-date.


Kingsley - E. A. Smith has recently established an up-to-date meat market in this place, which is doing a thriving business.


Lawsville - Mrs. Earl Bailey is confined to the bed from an injury caused by her skirts catching in the brake, as she was about to alight from a wagon Sunday morning. She was thrown violently and received severe injuries.


New Milford - Miss Nina Taft, one of our most popular teachers, has entered a contest in the Binghamton Republican, by which she hopes to win a scholarship in the Syracuse University of Music.


Forest City - A boxing contest between Peter Shorunis, of local fame, and a tow headed youth named Jacobs, who hails from New York, or there-abouts, was pulled off in the Odd Fellow's Hall last evening. It consisted of six rounds. The local man saved his energies until the last two rounds and then "let drive." Altogether it was a fair specimen of amateur boxing. To give the affair a judicial look a number of the town's officials and professional men graced the audience with their presence. The game was called as a "draw."


Silver Lake - The Rose Brothers' sawmill is now running on full time.


East Rush - H. C. Estus, the oldest resident in this vicinity, is able to walk out to the store in good weather. He resides on the farm his father settled upon nearly 100 years ago. Many have been the changes in that time.


Dimock - The large Chase stone quarry has resumed work again. AND After nearly a year's trial of different preachers, Dimock has at last secured Elder Downing, of Wilkes-Barre, as pastor for the Baptist church. He will move here April 1 with his family.


Lenoxville - Sugar making and muddy roads are in order nowadays.


Welch Hill, Clifford Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Morgan and Mr. Alfred Jones attended a cantata at Lenoxville on Saturday evening, given by Prof. Sophia's singing class.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The Flynn graded school closed its doors some time since. The thing now to be considered is which received the most for the time--the teacher or the pupils. As it costs the township about $18 per scholar, at our school, for six months, might as well send them to Montrose.


Hopbottom - Work began Monday in the Green and Lindsey stone quarry.


Susquehanna - The following pension claims, through the agency of R. H. Hall, have been allowed: Edgar Strain, Starrucca, re-rated from $3 to $12 per month from 1892; Horace Burchel, increase from $6 to $10; Albert Packer, original Spanish war, $6 per mo.; Andrew Slater, $6 to $12; John W. McLaud, Starrucca, $12 to $17; Frank M. Tracy, Binghamton, $10 to $24; D. G. Wooster, Oakland, $24 to $30; Ira B. Davis, $12 to $17; Melvin Larrabee, Jackson $12 to $24.


Franklin Twp. - Daniel Webster, formerly of this place, went to California a few days ago. We now learn that he has joined the U. S. Navy for four years. Quite a number of the warships are in harbor there at present.


News Briefs: Carpet Cleaning: Take half a dozen large potatoes, which will be enough for the carpet of one room, grate them and rub well with a dry rag into the carpet; then take a cloth wrung out of hot water and wipe off thoroughly and your carpet will look like new.


April 03 (1908/2008)



Forest City - William Pentecost, of Prompton [Wayne County], was a visitor here today. Mr. Pentecost at one time had large lumber interests here and the town was in fact known by the name of Pentecost for some years. He carries his years well. AND The Drum Corps has reorganized again and will appear in grand old style at the fair to be held by the Enterprise Hose company.


Gelatt - C. J. Gelatt and wife and two small children started for Susquehanna Friday, and when near A. W. Conrad's the wagon caught in a bad place in a sluice and broke the whiffletree; the horses ran away, but no one was hurt, although the wagon was badly damaged.


Lenox - Lenox Grange No. 931 will have a debate at its next regular meeting, April 4. The question is, "Resolved, that we learn more from observation than from books." Members are urged to attend. AND Mrs. Walter Ransom is said to be somewhat better, but is still dangerously ill with but slight hopes of her recovery.


Brooklyn - H. A. Tewksbury has one of the finest and pleasantest sugar camps in this vicinity, situated about a half mile west of the village. One day last week he made 11 gallons of syrup, weighing 12 1/2 lbs per gallon, in 8 hours boiling. AND Dr. A. J. Ainey is kept on the road most of the time to attend to his large practice. For the past 40 years Dr. Ainey has been located in Brooklyn and in that time has built up a reputation and practice second to none in the country, and n


April 10 (1908/2008)



St. Joseph - The death of Thomas Dow occurred on Saturday, April 4, '08, at the home of a niece at Snow Hollow, with whom he had resided since the death of his wife. Mr. Dow, who was born in Ireland 82 years ago, was among the first Irish settlers in Susquehanna county, and experienced all the privations and inconveniences incident of the early days. He took up a tract of land on the brow of the hill overlooking the vale of St. Joseph, and converted it into a very desirable place to live. As a farmer he was successful, as a man he was honorable in his every dealing. The funeral was held from the church at St. Joseph. At the close of the service the remains were carried from the church to the cemetery by Matthew Griffin, John Mahoney, Cornelius McInerny, Thomas Buckley, Patrick Carney and John McNinney.


Clifford - Some excitement was caused here last Friday afternoon by Mr. E. G. Greene's horses running away. He had driven them in the field and left them standing while he crossed the creek to cut a binding pole. The wind was blowing very cold and they started running, ran to the barn and nearly stopped, but started again, ran through town, turned the corner all right, then ran to W. E. Lott's place where they ran into a telephone pole, breaking the neck-yoke, tongue and whiffletree, but stopping the horses as one was each side of the telephone pole. Fortunately the horses were unhurt and the men soon had [them] under control. Several ladies followed in the wake, just what part they expected to take in the fracas was hard to understand. Prospective Representative B. F. Jones was among the rescuing party to see what deed of valor he might do to win favor among some of the Clifford voters.


Friendsville - Jos. Mullen is the new clerk at the Matthews grocery. AND Jos. Grooms and Dan Ryan are cutting wood for Camp Choconut for the coming summer.


Thompson - On Friday evening of this week will occur the commencement exercises of the Thompson High School in the M. E. church. The class consists of the following students: M. Elizabeth Wylie, Gladys E. Harpur, Clara F. Brown, Bartie B. Lyden, Bruce B. Wilmarth.


Watrous Corners - Our school closes to-day and as it is so small there is little prospect of its being opened again. Miss Dayton, of Birchardville, was a successful teacher.


Great Bend - John Ward, an aged veteran of the Civil War, passed suddenly away Saturday night. Funeral was held on Tuesday morning in St. Lawrence church. AND Galon Newman has put city water in his block on Main street and as soon as improvements are completed he and his bride will commence housekeeping in the suite of rooms over his place of business.


Montrose - When Treasurer N. R. Jones moved here from Rushville a couple of years ago, he brought among other things a luxuriant orange tree. The stenographers and lady attorneys in their visits to his office in the court house "jollied" Mr. Jones considerably about its failure to blossom, etc. Finally in desperation he agreed to furnish all of the young ladies connected with the courthouse with orange blossoms when they ventured on the matrimonial sea. None have qualified as yet, and as the tree is in full bloom now, Mr. Jones desires some of these young ladies' young men to get busy or else free him from his obligation. As this is leap year it may yet be necessary for him to trim off some of the branches.


Auburn Twp. - James W. Angle, an experienced blacksmith of Herrickville, Pa., has located at Angle's Corners, where he will superintend the blacksmith shop for many years in charge of his father, David Angle [the veteran blacksmith came to Susquehanna county over forty years ago from New Jersey]. Mr. Angle is said to be an expert horseshoer and engages also in wood and ironwork of all kinds. His removal from Herrickville to the Corners, is a gain indeed to that section of the county, where the services of a first class blacksmith is indispensable.


Forest City - Considerable excitement was caused Sunday afternoon by the finding of a dead man in the barn on the rear of the Leonard Keltz property on Main street. The deceased was Anthony Kreber, a stonemason. An examination showed no marks of violence and Dr. Wivell, who examined the remains, attributed the death to heart trouble and exposure. Kreber was an Austrian, about 45 and unmarried. Last winter he had his feet badly frozen and was for some time an inmate of the poor farm, which place he left about a week before his death.


Uniondale - News has been received hereof the marriage of Miss Daisy Bronson, formerly of this place, now a resident of Pasadena, Cal., to Austin Cole, of San Diego. AND George Payne is moving from the Aunt Mary Dimmick farm to Burnwood.


South Montrose - The McDermott Bros., the new proprietors of the So. Montrose milk station, and their patrons, had some misunderstanding as to the price of milk and the patrons quit that creamery and brought their milk to Montrose.


Lenox - Parley S. Squires died at his home in Lenox township, March 29, 1908. Mr. Squires was born on the place now owned by his brother, Reuben S., in Lathrop, on May 30, 1837. His parents, William Squires and Betsey (Brown) Squires, came from Vermont in the early part of the last century and settled on the farm where Parley was born. Mr. Squires was a schoolteacher for several years, and was one of a lot of Susquehanna county teachers who were sent to Lebanon County to teach English to the inhabitants of that county. He married Ellen R. Bailey, a daughter of Sidney Bailey in the spring of 1865 and went to Nicholson and started a livery business. A few years later he was tanning upper leather in a small tannery on Horton Brook near the old Shields quarry. This burned down in August 1884. The next spring he bought and moved to a large farm in Lenox, where he lived until his death.


Susquehanna - Arrangements are being made for a game with Wyoming Seminary for Friday evening, April 10. This team has won a large number of games this season and is noted for their clean playing. This promises to be a very good game. The second game will be played with Oneonta Saturday evening, April 11. The Susquehanna team has forwards, Birdsall and Epes; centre, Curran; guards, Kunckle and Normile.


News Brief: Horseradish days are here. It is a good appetite sharpener.


April 18 (1908/2008)



Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The terrible wind of last Saturday moved a barn from its foundation for Harry Stevens, and did considerable damage to the building. He will now move the barn on a foundation beside the other barn.


Susquehanna - Fred Ripple, of Carbondale, a conductor on the D & H coal train, walked off a trestle between Lanesboro and Ninevah and suffered a broken back and other injuries, which are expected to result in his death. Ripple was walking along the side of his train when he slipped from the bridge and fell about 30 ft. He was not missed for some time. The crew found him after more than an hours' search lying unconscious underneath the bridge.


Hopbottom - Eugene Wright has started a new milk route in this place, selling milk at four cents a quart delivered at your door. AND The road between here and Brooklyn was never in a more disgraceful condition than it is now, notwithstanding the mud is nearly dried up.


Jessup Twp. - The death of Byron Griffis occurred at his home on Tuesday, his age being 84 years. The funeral takes place this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Revs. W. C. Tilden and T. P. Morgan officiating. The deceased was a man well known and highly respected and is survived by four sons: L. H. Griffis, of Montrose, Oscar Perry and Eugene, of Jessup, and one daughter, Mrs. Elmer Tewksberry, of Auburn; also 14 grand-children.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - L. O. King has made 135 gallons of maple syrup this spring. Who next? AND A. W. Kent, administrator of the estate of the late E. P. Mack, of Brooklyn township, announces a public sale of the decedent's personal property, to be held on Tuesday, April 21st. Among the articles to be sold are one secretary, hat rack, carpets, bedsteads, stoves, three swarms (of) bees, etc.


Montrose - The death of Rev. Edward Augustus Warriner, until within the past two years rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church from 1866 until 1906, occurred at his home Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Warriner was born at Agawam, Hampden county, Mass., Feb. 19, 1829 and was a son of Captain Ruel and Anna Warriner. In 1865 Mr. Warriner married Miss Louisa Voorhis who died in 1874 at the age of 39. Their three sons--Samuel D., now superintendent of the Lehigh Valley Coal Co., located in Wilkes-Barre, Edward V., in Springfield, Mass., and Ruel C., who is an engineer with the Rand Gold Mining Co., of Johannesburg, South Africa. Children of his second wife, Esther Bolles, of Jessup, are Mrs. Calvin S. Smith of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Jesse B. Warriner, of Scranton, Philip B. and Paul S. of this place and Anna C., who is with her brother, Ruel, in Johannesburg. Rev. Warriner was an avid sportsman and lover of outdoor life. As a pulpit orator he had great ability and wrote several prose and poetical works, which were published. All who knew him will cherish kindly memories of this venerable, optimistic, kind-hearted clergyman.


East Rush - Our butter maker is receiving over 8000 pounds of milk every other day. AND In Rush, J. Millard has opened a new and up-to-date meat market.


Brookdale - The acid factory is being torn down and the machinery shipped to Kingsley.


Hallstead - Intense excitement was caused at Hallstead Sunday morning by the finding of the dead body of Burton Crandall in a buggy just north of the river bridge, on the Harmony road. The dead man's neck had been broken in some mysterious manner. His teeth were clenched on the box of the buggy; his body was sprawled over the side in such a manner that the legs stuck through the spokes of the wheels of the vehicle. Crandall and four other men were about the town Saturday night, and it is claimed that some of the parties were intoxicated and that when they started for home loud words were heard.


Harford - Miss Ella Seaman is confined to the house with gatherings in her head and is unable to attend to her duties as postmistress.


Fairdale - A black dog with tan paws and a slit in one ear went away from Aleck Hewitt's on March 29th and has not been seen since. Anyone knowing of such a dog and will inform Mr. Hewitt will be suitably rewarded.


Herrick Centre - It was a surprise to some Saturday to find the Prohibition Party in control of the election board, but Glen Miller says they will control the country soon. AND The Elgin Butter and Tirzah Cheese factories started up last week, cutting off some of the milk supply at the station.


Elk Lake - The Ladies' Aid was largely attended at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Lathrop. Mrs. Chamberlain entertained them with her phonograph.


Franklin - The people of the Franklin Hill church are trying to keep the church open without the aid of a pastor.


Forest City - There are more Forest City cases on the court list at Montrose, this week, than usual. The cases of greater interest are those against Mrs. Andrew Starinski, Mrs. Mary Murin, and Mrs. Dewillis, charged with the unlawful practice of medicine. Those women have been assisting at child-births for years and the question for the court to decide is mainly as to whether or not the law allows the practice of midwifery in this state by others than graduate physicians. A large number of witnesses are in attendance on the cases.


News Briefs: Next Friday is Arbor Day. Let every landowner see that he plants a number of trees. This day should also be observed by every school in the county by planting trees on the school grounds with appropriate ceremonies. It will make an impression on the child-mind that time cannot erase, and be of untold benefit to generations yet to come. School teachers and principals can find many interested farmers who will grant permission for the removal of saplings from their thickly grown woods. Tree planting in times of peace should become as popular as flag-raisings in time of war. AND Primary Election results for County Commissioners were: Democrat - J. E. Hawley, of Choconut and Jos. M. Ryan of Susquehanna, who won over Herbert Fish, of Lynn, by 93 votes. Republican - W. H. Tingley, of New Milford, with 1759 votes and Andrew J. Cosgriff, of New Milford, won second place, defeating Job Malpass, of Susquehanna, by 84 votes.


April 24 (1908/2008)



Clifford - Repairs seem to be in order in Clifford this spring. E. K. Oakley is treating his house to a new coat of paint and large scenery windows. Ira Snyder is raising his house two stories. However there was a sudden alarm of fire in the small hours of Sunday morning, which appeared to be his home, about one-fourth mile from Clifford corners. There was some sharp sprinting in that direction to find, instead of his dwelling, it was his hen house of good dimensions and resulted in the loss of the structure with 210 chicks and several incubators and brooders. This was Snyder's third misfortune in a short time. First a fine colt, next a good cow, then the hennery and last night dogs were after his sheep. Surely trouble or misfortune does not come single.


Gelatt - Will Gelatt has taken down the old house on his farm and will move the lumber to Fiddle Lake, to build a summer cottage. AND Mr. and Mrs. Miner have moved in their new home, ready to make cheese, as soon as the factory is ready.


Glenwood - The post office in this place will be abandoned the first of May. Mail will be delivered by the Clifford stage.


Heart Lake - Plans have been completed for moving the sawmill and manufacturing plant known as the Crossley Lumber Camp from Gibson to a tract of land near Heart Lake. The mill has been in active operation at Gibson for the past five years and at one time employed 45 men until at the present only 20 men are employed, in consequence of the scarcity of lumber. Gibson will feel the loss of its only manufacturing enterprise. Bobbins, spools and print rollers are manufactured besides the regular output of the saw mill. The Crossleys also operate mills at New Milford, South Gibson and Starrucca. W. L. Crossley resides at New Milford, W. A. Crossley, at Gibson and A. C. Crossley at Binghamton.


Montrose - Most of us have heard of Capt. C. N. Warner's cow, which the captain for convenience sake has educated to go with but one milking a day. But H. D. Titman, the wagon man, tells of a singular circumstance, which happened to his cow. Mr. Titman was in Elmira and left in care of his brother Bruce, a cow and her calf, a horse, etc. Upon returning Harry found the calf on the barn floor, but to his surprise was unable to locate the cow. He was leaving the barn for the house to interview his brother when he heard a cow's "moo" which came from the direction of the hay mow upstairs and on going up found the cow peacefully eating the hay, and only considerable difficulty, and the help of three men, was able to get the animal down the steep stairs and was glad to find his cow was not stolen.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - Mrs. H. S. Hitchcock nearly choked to death Friday. She was eating a cookie and a piece of it got caught in her throat. Her boy made the remark afterwards that "she trembled till her sides rattled."


Forest City - The cases against Mrs. Joseph Dwillis, Mrs. Andrew Starinski and Mrs. Stephen Moran, of this place, charged with practicing midwifery, hinged largely on whether or not the practice of obstetrics is the practice of medicine. Mrs. Dwillis and Starinski were found not guilty and Mrs. Moran was found guilty. The case will be appealed and for the first time in the history of the State an opinion will be given by the superior courts on this subject. AND P. T. Cheevers, while eating a clam purchased at Travis's market the other day, ran his teeth into a hard substance which proved to be a pearl about the size of a pea. Jeweler Wildenberger says that it would have been worth about $25 if it had not been cooked.


Hop Bottom - Hop Bottom is far famed for being a great trading town and the proprietors and numerous clerks are busy from morning 'till night waiting on their customers. The store of E. M. Loomis has assumed an air of even unusual activity, his genial clerk, Duane Fish, now working day and night to demonstrate the world-wondering advantages of a brand new stove, which just burns and bakes and all the while behaves most beautifully, tho' Duane has exhausted all his resources to make it "cut up antics," if it had any lurking 'round, and does not even stop for the formality of a stove pipe. Mr. Fish expects the values of wood and coal properties to fall way below par as soon as he can get the ear of all the people.


Brooklyn - The funeral of Mrs. W. L. Bailey was held from the Universalist church Friday at 2 p.m. The case is a sad illustration of the uncertainty of life. On March 25, Miss Grace Noble, of Dimock and W. L. Bailey, of Brooklyn, were united in the bonds of holy wedlock. They were both young and healthy and the prospect of a long and happy life was before them. About ten days ago Mrs. Bailey visited her old home and thought she would enjoy a ride on a young horse she had ridden before, but for some cause the horse became uncontrollable and threw the rider, falling upon her and injuring her to such an extent that her death occurred Tuesday night, one day less that four weeks from the day she was married.


Susquehanna - Rural Route #6 is to be established from here June 1. It will traverse the following points: Northeast to Stone Bridge Corners, Patrick's Corners, Damascus, Tricorner, Comstock's and Plunkett's Corners, Cascade schoolhouse, Taylor's Corners and return to Susquehanna postoffice. The route covers 25 1/10 miles and serves 474 residents. The route will cause the closing of the State Line postoffice, to take effect May 1. Raymond N. Tucker is the regular carrier and Leland Tingley substitute.


Flowery Valley [Anyone who knows this location, please contact us. We believe it to be in Franklin or Liberty Twp.] Signs of spring are seen and the robins are singing cheerily, although we have a snowstorm once in awhile.


Great Bend - An order was issued by the court that the business of the Pennsylvania Tanning company, which is in the hands of receivers, be discontinued and the real estate and personal property sold.


News Briefs: To drive nails into hard wood dip the points in lard or tallow and they will go straight and not double down under the hammer. AND Councilman Daniel Springer sued the Tamaqua Courier for $10,000 because that paper called him a "robber of the taxpayer." The jury awarded him six cents.