May 01 (1908/2008)



Montrose - Tunkhannock High School vs. Montrose High School tomorrow afternoon at Athletic Park. Game [baseball] will be called at 2 o'clock. The Tunkhannock team will surely come if the weather is favorable, not disappointing the fans as did the Keystone Academy aggregation. Get your megaphone down from the garret. AND It is said a Nickelette will soon be established here for the amusement of the general public. AND Hamilton Youngs, a colored citizen and faithful G. A. R. man, is critically ill. It is said his age has closely reached the century mark.


Hallstead - There is a rumor that at least two more oil wells will be drilled during the spring-this may and may not be a rumor, but one thing is very certain, and that is that if the Hallstead Oil and Gas Co. is successful in getting oil in their first well that a number of wells will be drilled by them before another winter.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - Mrs. Josephine Bolles had a bee to move her household goods from the O. E. Green farm to Montrose. Mrs. Bolles left Monday for Hallstead, her new home.


Prattville, Middletown Twp. - We had occasion recently to travel the main road leading from LeRaysville to Prattville. This road has, in the past, been a very rough one after the breaking up in the spring. This year the split-log drag has been used on it. To see and to know what this simple device will do is to drive over this road and then drive over another road where the old way is still in vogue. Road supervisors should try the split-log drag.


Forest City - The liveliest spot in town these days is No. 2 breaker, where the $30,000 washery is being built for the Hillside Coal and Iron Co. The new structure is to be of cement and will be the most modern building of the kind in the valley.


Brandt - The sale of a lot of Brandt Chemical Co. bonds to satisfy an unpaid mortgage, which was to take place in Binghamton Monday, was enjoined. The Scranton Title and Guaranty Co. guaranteed the bonds.


Laurel Lake - Tailing arbutus, one of the most beautiful of early wild flowers, is found in many places around here.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - John Ralston, of South Montrose, came down last Tuesday to begin moving Will White's house. The family lived in the house all the time of moving and not a thing was damaged. He and his assistants understand their business.


Clifford - Frank Hull, a resident of this place for 24 years, is again renewing old acquaintance. Mr. Hull moved to Nebraska and has prospered. AND T. J. Wells has now his eighth J. P. commission, which if he should serve his term out, makes 40 successive years as Justice of the Peace.


Bridgewater Twp. - A. L. Millard, a good Bridgewater farmer, told us this week that a rainbow in the morning meant that there would be 30 rainy days out of the next 40 and that he had watched it for years and knew it to be so. As there was a rainbow one morning early this week, he is now expecting lots of wetness. Charlie Ely told us that if it rained when the sun was shining it would surely rain the next day. And this occurred the first of the week, he said, on two or three days, and he was still looking for more rain.


Friendsville - Lena A. Deuel announces she shall be at E. E. Lee's, May 5 to 15th, with a full line of summer millinery. All the latest styles, at reasonable prices. AND Leo Matthews caught some fine trout at Carmalt Lake on Saturday.


Ararat - B. B. Stone was a victim of a genuine surprise the 13th, it being his 57th birthday. His amiable wife laid the trap, and Charlie walked right into it. Invitations had been given in whispers, so when Charlie returned from taking his milk to the station that morning and found that about 40 of his friends and neighbors had taken possession of his own house, he was indeed surprised. Three sisters and one brother, with their families, were present, the other four brothers being absent. Dinner was served after which Mr. Stone was presented with a substantial gift by his friends.


Hop Bottom - C. H. Kellum is putting in an automatic water system. The water is forced by air through the house from a tank in the cellar. The system was manufactured by the Kewanee Water Supply Co., Kewanee, Ill.


Susquehanna - When the men who were recently laid off at the Erie shops reported for work yesterday they were told there would be no work until June 1. But a few men will be kept at work in the back of the shop and both round houses will be kept working in order to make running repairs. This move on the part of the Erie is to cut down expenses as much as possible.


South Gibson - Frank Pritchard has been at Pittsburgh, attending an embalming school.


Kingsley - Loomis and Sloat are preparing to build a store house for feed and grain.


Oakley, Harford Twp. - The dance held by the chair factory boys was a grand success. There is a rumor that the chair factory will resume work May 1st on 8 hours a day.


News Brief - Prof. M. J. Lovern, a well-known historian and scholar of Scranton, contributed a lengthy article in Saturday evening's Scranton Times, on the derivation and meaning of the words "Lackawanna" and "Susquehanna," claiming that they are purely Celtic and not of Indian origin, as generally believed. Lackawanna is compounded, he says, from the words lacka-valley, and banna-milk, and therefore means valley or hollow of milk. The substitution of the letter "w" for "b" occurs in the possessive or genitive case in the Irish. The word Susquehanna itself, the professor claims, is compounded of the words "uisce" (water) and "baun" (white, or banna milk), or may be a corruption of Shannon. The writer adds, "From the Irish word 'uisce' (water), we have several changes of the word and 'susqe' is one of them." Prof. Lovern's article was especially prepared for a student interested in etymology.


May 08 (1908/2008)



Montrose - Old Soldier Passes Away: The death of Hamilton Youngs occurred on May 4, 1908, after a few months' illness with Bright's disease. Mr. Youngs was born in Chester county, Maryland, 77 years ago, and when a slave made his escape through the underground railroad and came to Montrose. In 1862 he married Mary Ann Thomas and ten children were born to them, three of whom survive: Alexander of Scranton, Herbert of Brooklyn, NY, and Mary Youngs Gaines of this place. Hamilton served well in the war of the rebellion and belonged to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. He has been an active member of Four Brothers' Post. As a citizen he was honorable and was always industrious. For many years he had been a Christian and deeply interested in the welfare of Zion church. The funeral was largely attended from Zion church and there was a representation of the G. A. R. Post present. The officiating clergymen were Rev. Chas. Smith of Auburn, Rev. Arlington Thompson of Binghamton and Rev. M. L. McKissic of Wilkes-Barre. Singers were from the [Ellen Mitchell] Tent of the Daughters of Veterans.


Death of the Last Survivor of "The Underground Railway" Days: " Hamilton Youngs was the last surviving runaway slave who came to Montrose on the underground railroad. He and his party of six arrived here 50 years ago this summer and his twin brother, Andrew, came directly into my father's family, where he worked a year or so. These slaves lived in Maryland and had planned their escape and learned the location of some stations on the underground railroad. About August 1858, they obtained permission to attend campmeeting on Sunday; hastily perfected their plans and started Saturday night for the first station where they lay concealed all day Sunday and Sunday night the station agent took them on his hay wagon, hid in the hay, driving all night, crossing the Pennsylvania line to the next station among the Quakers. And so they traveled during the nights until they came to Pottsville, either by wagon or on foot, with a guide from station to station. At Wilkes-Barre, Mr. W. C. Gildersleeve directed them toward Montrose and going with them to Scranton, gave them money enough to ride on the cars to Alford. Arriving in Montrose and finding the anti-slavery sentiment here so strong, upon the assurance of old Judge Jessup and others that they were safe, they went to work." D. T. Brewster


Dimock/South Montrose - T. L. Dolan and a gentleman from Scranton were mixed up in a livery runaway Tuesday afternoon. They were returning from the Ballentine farm, driving a team and leading a horse, when a calf alongside the road frightened the animals and they were off. The team collided with Butcher Jay Tingley's meat wagon, overturning it and doing some damage and scattering the occupants of the runaway vehicle out. The men 'phoned ahead to South Montrose to stop the three runaway horses who were tearing along like a 40-horsepower White steamer. South Montrose turned out en masse and lined up across the road waving brooms and shouting some. They succeeded in veering them from their course, and one of the horses dashed into a shed and pretty nearly demolished a carriage that was standing there with a badly scared horse hitched to it. It was the liveliest ten minutes that has been put on that stretch of road for some tine, and the escapes of all mixed up in [it] were of the "miraculous" kind.


New Milford - The graduating exercises were held at the opera house, Wednesday evening. The graduates were: Sylvia Dean, Emma O'Byrne, Verna Darrow, Roy and Lizzie Grenell.


Great Bend - On Friday night, about 11 o'clock, burglars gained entrance to the residence of E. Colston on Main St, but were frightened away. Miss Young, a milliner, has rooms in the house and shortly after retiring heard some one try her door. She spoke up, asking who was there and what was wanted and silence followed for a moment, when steps were heard descending the stairs and the burglar made his escape. P. S. Dermody's horse was stolen from his barn about midnight Friday, it is supposed by the same thief that entered the Colston residence. The thieves are supposed to have led the horse over to riverside, for when William Flynn, of that place, went to his barn he found that a harness and a top buggy were missing.


Brooklyn - "Having noticed in the papers the importance of wood pulp in the manufacture of white paper [I] think it might be of interest to many persons to know when and where and by whom the first paper from wood pulp was made [in Susq. Co.]. It was in 1836 or 37 that Joshua Miles built a paper mill in Brooklyn, on the HopBottom creek, and soon after began making wrapping paper. In the early part of 1838 he began to experiment by using bass-wood, it being soft and fibrous. He fixed a machine to cut the logs in shavings, then to soften and make them more fibrous, put them into a large vat with lime water and boiled them about two days. Then they were taken out and put in a machine where they were reduced to pulp, and the same time, with the use of bleaching salts, were whitened for use. The Susquehanna Register and Montrose Volunteer, county papers, were printed on it. Mr. Miles continued to operate his mill until early in 1843 when it took fire and was burned. There was no insurance on it and he was unable to rebuild and finally went to Sterling, Ill., where he died. Mr. Miles built two grist mills, two saw mills and one oil plant, just below Brooklyn, but all are now gone and but few know where they stood, only by report. In writing this statement it is from my own knowledge, having worked for Mr. Miles most of the time and nearly up to the time the paper mill was burned. I am now almost 87 years old and lived all my life in Brooklyn nearly, until I came to Scranton some four years ago." G. B. Rogers


Lawton - A rumor has been in circulation and printed in a Binghamton paper to the effect that ex-Commissioner Isaiah Haire died suddenly of heart failure. We asked E. B. Light, who drives the stage, and he said the rumor was wholly false, that Mr. Haire was well, we are pleased to hear, and working every minute. This reminded us of the time when it was rumored that Mark Twain was dead, and he seeing an account of it in the papers, in order to reassure his family, telegraphed them that the report was "greatly exaggerated." As good men are scarce, we are glad to know that Isaiah is all right.


Hopbottom - First day of May brought a snowstorm, followed by another May 3.


Susquehanna - The heavy rains Friday and Saturday did much damage in this place and vicinity. About a quarter of a mile of the D & H tracks, between Lanesboro and Windsor were washed away and traffic was delayed for several hours. AND The Matthews marble works on Grand street are to be removed to Binghamton.


Forest City - A reform wave has struck the borough and as a result a probing committee has been appointed who will go over the public records and see where all the money secured through taxation has gone. The property owners have just realized that their taxes are extraordinarily high when the improvements secured are taken into consideration. As a result of the dissatisfaction a mass meeting was held in Mutchiz hall and a Taxpayers' Protective Assn. was organized.


May 18 (1908/2008)



Susquehanna - Thompson Bean, for many years connected with the Scranton Republican, has assumed charge of the Susquehanna Transcript and will devote his time principally to the editorial and local departments. The retiring editor, Henry T. Birchard, has been associated with the paper for 17 years and has proven himself an able and versatile newspaper man.


Lanesboro - Rev. George Comfort, aged 77, died at his home on Tuesday evening. Mr. Comfort was injured in a railroad accident a number of years ago, while traveling in Utah, and has been in poor health ever since. He was a pioneer missionary in Montana, going there in 1868, when it had been but four years a territory. Prior to that time he had been 7 years a minister in the Methodist church, joining the Wyoming Conference in 1862. He was a son of James Comfort and was born at Comfort's Pond, Harmony Twp., April 28, 1831, the eldest of 13 children. He is survived by his second wife, the former Marian G. Ackley, of Tunkhannock and an adopted son residing in Helena, Montana.


Montrose - Every little while some interested citizen of the town makes a suggestion that the name of Jones' Lake be changed. Some even prefer having it called Smith's, but the majority thinks it should have a name that would identify it with the town. The one most acceptable seems to be Lake Mt. Rose, and that certainly is a vast improvement. Others considered are Arrowhead Lake, from the fact that numerous Indian arrowheads and relics have been and are still to be found on its shores; Torrey Lake, from the noted evangelist who is to make Montrose his home, and that the Bible Conference, of which he is the leader, will be located overlooking the lake, and a number of others, largely of Indian origin, the latter seeming to be particularly applicable to summer resort towns and possess and restful suggestion of being near to nature's heart. We know history tells us that a branch of the big family of Jones was among the first to locate on its shores, and from them the name was derived. But the spirit of the times appears to demand a more suitable name. Look at Heart, Silver, Elk, Forest, Quaker and Crystal Lakes, whose names are euphonious and mean something. With apologies to the whole Jones family, cannot someone suggest a name that will make everybody happy?


Hallstead - A moving picture machine in Clune's Hall exploded on Wednesday evening of last week and the operator, George Lee, was burned about the hands and face in attempting to carry it from the building. His sister, in attempting to assist, had her skirt practically burned off. The small audience was not panic stricken, but endeavored to give the exhibitor what assistance they could. A hand extinguisher and a fire hose subdued the flames and little damage was done to the hall. The machine, valued at $175, was ruined.


Snow Hollow, Silver Lake Twp. - Maurice Bomboy has sustained a number of losses this spring. First he lost three horses and a cow, and last Wednesday while he was in Montrose, meeting his wife who was returning from a hospital stay at Sayre, his house and goods burned. The fire started in the chimney and only a few things were saved, their little children being home at the time. They are staying with her sister, Mrs. Stone.


Gelatt - Two thousand cheese boxes have been received at the factory and they expect to begin making cheese this week.


Forest City - We are pleased to note that a number of flag sidewalks are being laid along Main street this spring, and before the summer is ended it is probable that there will be a few, if any bare spots along Main street. Among the marked improvements already made is a substantial walk in front of the Metropole hotel. Messrs. H. W. Brown and E. A. Bloxham have also had some stonework done in front of their buildings, which puts the finishing touches on these handsome structures.


East Dimock - Ray Green has a lamb with six legs; the lamb is doing well. AND In Dimock, C. W. Barnes has now got moved to his new blacksmith shop near the Baptist church, where the sound of the anvil can be heard from early morning till late at night.


Heart Lake - The band boys have hired A.W. Richardson as instructor for another year. They now have about 15 members and will be in shape to furnish some good music the coming season.


Harford - The quiet town of Harford was thrown into quite a panic on the evening of May 6, by the ringing of bells. The more nervous were sure it meant fire, but were soon assured that it was only wedding bells for two of our esteemed young people, Elizabeth Estabrook and J. A. Williams, who went directly after the ceremony to their new home on Main Street.


Jackson - Last Thursday was the hardest storm and wind for years, it blew down fruit trees, took off barn doors and blew in windows of out buildings and houses, and took fences; the ax and hammer was heard all over town on Friday.


Stevens Point - Wm. Lee, who removed from this place to Nebraska two years ago, has returned with his family. AND H. A. Springsteen has purchased the Rockwell interest in the Rockwell and Bennett quarry; consideration $100.


Flynn - We had quite a lively runaway through here on Saturday last when M. P. Curley's team of young horses ran away from him at Birchardville, while he was trading, and ran to their home, about 5 miles, doing no damage to horses or wagon.


Fairdale - Our supervisors are fixing up the roads by putting on stone and pounding them so as to make a solid highway.


News Briefs: Notice to rural route patrons--Buy stamps and put them on your mail yourself. Don't put the money in the mail box and expect the mail carrier to pick it out and do the licking. He has no time for that kind of business, it is not his duty to do. Another thing, don't do. Don't stop the carrier unless you have business with him.  AND In Standing Stone, Bradford County - Mrs. Frances Kinner, wife of A.M. Kinner, is the only living relative of Frances Slocum, who was stolen and carried away by the Indians during the Wyoming Massacre, and after many years was found living in an Indian village on a reservation in one of the Western States. Mrs. Kinner is a niece of Frances Slocum, having been named after her. Some time ago Congress set aside a mile square of land near the Wabash river in Indiana for the relatives of Frances Slocum and so far as known Mrs. Kinner is the only claimant to the property. An investigation looking to the claiming of the land grant is now being made by Mrs. Kinner.


May 22 (1908/2008)



Uniondale - There will be no Memorial Day races at the Uniondale Driving Park this year. The first meet will take place on the Fourth of July.


Dimock - Percy Ballentine and family are making preparations for a tour of Europe that will possibly extend over a couple of years' time. Mr. Ballentine has already disposed of most of his stable of horses and only such employees as will be necessary to keep up the large estate will be retained.


Susquehanna - The outlook is that the Erie shops, after a short layoff, will resume work on full time July 1. The full working force numbers about 2,200 men. Times have been decidedly dull since the suspension of so many employees, but the encouraging news will mean a resumption of prosperous conditions. AND Excavations for the annex of the Simon H. Barnes hospital are completed, and work on the superstructure has commenced.


Forest City - Chief of Police R. S. Inglis and Constable Decker brought three alleged highwaymen from Forest City Tuesday. They are Todd and Matthew Simpson, brothers, and George Hoggarth, their brother-in-law. It looks like a sort of family affair, the lone traveler being held up and his valuables and money removed from his person. Who the victim was and what was taken could not be learned, but sufficient evidence was found against them in a hearing before Justice G. R. Bell, at Forest City, to warrant their being turned over to the custody of Sheriff Pritchard.


Jackson - Myron French Post No. 512, G. A. R., will observe Memorial Day here on Saturday, May 30. The services will be in the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and the address will be delivered by the Rev. Mr. Johnson, of New Milford, in the M. E. church at 11 a.m. Jackson Cornet Band will furnish music for the occasion and the Ladies' Aid will furnish dinner at Roberts' hall.


Clifford - In his communication to this paper a few weeks ago Hon. E. E. Jones mentioned the matter of a change in our dog and sheep law. Right you are, Brother Jones; go right down to Harrisburg as soon as you can and get that special law, under which we now work, changed, and every taxpayer in Clifford will rise up and call you blessed. AND A lunatic was captured near the Birch schoolhouse by constable Coleman, of Dundaff. He was taken to Forest City where he was properly taken care of.


Elk Lake - F. T. Kent, en route to Orange, N.J., called on Montrose friends last Saturday. Mr. Kent is a musician of no mean ability, and has composed several song compositions, which are very pretty.


Rush - A monster American eagle, shot by C. W. Brown, near Rush, was recently presented to George C. Hayes of the Binghamton Boat House. The fortunate sportsman has placed his prize into the hands of a taxidermist for mounting.


Montrose - Corporal John Quinn, for years the good and faithful color-bearer of the Montrose Grand Army Post, returned to Binghamton last week after spending several days among friends here. Mr. Quinn is in declining health, but he declares that just as long as strength holds out in his right arm, he will hold aloft the grandest of all flags--Old Glory! "Uncle John" may lose strength, but Patriotism--Never!


Springville - Stuart Riley has bought a new piano for his son, Minot. There are now thirteen pianos in town. AND Charles W. Lee sports a new buggy, purchased from the Elkhart Buggy and Harness Co., Elkhart, Ind.


Franklin Forks - Ward B. Smith is preparing to go into the cut glass business in this place.


New Milford - The borough council has purchased an up-to-date stone crusher and it is now in operation repairing the streets.


Lanesboro - At the last day of school Miss McGuire presented each of her scholars with an artistic souvenir booklet containing a photo of the school house, together with the names of the teachers, school directors and scholars.


Great Bend - Editor S. P. More just sold his paper to Wm. Williams and C. W. Stowell, the latter having been Mr. More's assistant for a long time and he can make the Plaindealer move right along all right, while Mr. More will take life easier and look after his real estate interests in Great Bend and Binghamton.


Herrick Centre - Jasper Gettle had the misfortune to nearly sever his big toe while working in the woods one day last week. Dr. A. G. Craft sewed it on and has hopes of saving it.


Thompson - John Clapper, of the township, had the misfortune to break his leg near the ankle the other day, and it is not conducive of sleep in the least degree, although he seems to be doing pretty well for an old man. AND Fishwarden Shoemaker was in town last week and it cost some parties from Wayne county $37 to learn a few things about the fish laws.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - James Rourke went to Laurel Lake Monday to start the creamery running.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake/Jessup Twp. - John Ralston, of South Montrose, moved a barn 42 x 24 ft. for E. H. Sivers last Tuesday and Wednesday. It was moved in a little more than a day and a half, and shows Mr. Ralston understands the business.


Fowler Hill, Rush Twp. - Christie Curran has improved the looks and comfort of the Fowler Hill school house more in three weeks than any other teacher has done in as many months. That is the kind of a teacher we want.


Glenwood - Walter Kellog and family, of Syracuse, were at their summer home here for a while, the Grow Homestead.


May 29 (1908/2008)



Remember to "garland the lonely mound, on yonder hillside found," of our soldier dead. Mingle both tears and flowers in their honor--bearing this Memorial Day thought with us, "as now they are, so shall we soon be."


New Milford - Silas B. Foot, of the firm of Foot, Schulz and Co., of St. Paul, Minn., died at his home in that city last Friday morning, after several months of declining health. He was born in New Milford, Nov. 7, 1834, going west 51 years ago, and after being a retail dealer for some years developed into one of a firm that became noted as shoe manufacturers throughout the west. He was a reputed millionaire and engaged quite actively in business as the senior member of the firm until his death. Four sons and daughters survive. Mr. Foot was an agreeable gentleman to meet and within a year or two visited New Milford, Montrose and other places in this vicinity to visit relatives and friends and note the many changes that had taken place since his young manhood.


Susquehanna - Has Montrose a ball team? Rumors to the effect that such is the case have reached Susquehanna but the local fans are not willing to believe it. They are from Missouri and must be shown. The local team claims the championship of Susquehanna county and stands ready to defend their title against any aspirants from Montrose, New Milford, Hallstead, Great Bend or Forest City. They are particularly anxious to meet the representatives from the county seat and are satisfied that it will only take them a short time to show the Montrose boys how the National game should be played. The Susquehanna bat smashers are working hard to get in condition.


Heart Lake - Frank T. Mack announces that the opening dance of the season will be held in the pavilion May 30th. Mahon's Orchestra will furnish music, and all are invited.


Brooklyn - Artistic picture postals, seventy-five varieties, Brooklyn scenes and scenery. Price five cents. For sale by the photographer, Hattie D. Lee.


Franklin Forks - Southworth Post No. 222 will meet at Post hall, May 30 at 9:30 o'clock and march to the cemetery at Franklin Forks and decorate the graves of the soldiers resting there; will go from there to Lawsville and other comrades will decorate graves at Laurel Lake Catholic cemetery, Quaker Lake, Upsonville, Bailey cemetery and Brookdale. The graves that will be decorated this year will number 100 or more. There will be a picnic dinner at Creamery hall at 12 o'clock.


Dimock - Milk is now 74 cents a can at the Dimock milk station.


Montrose - The graduating class of the Montrose High School is as follows: Ruth Burns, Albert M. Bronson, Arthur Stebbins Bush, J. Alphonsus Calby, Frances L. Cruser, John G. Corson, George R. Ely, Walter E. Fancher, Elwyn J. Hibbard, Helen M. Mackey, Mary Maloney, Emily I. Millard, Frank Edward Morris, Earl Pepper, Bentley Sayre Shafer, C. Gertrude Southworth, Guy Carleton Strous, Roswell M. Watrous, Ezra A. Wheaton.


Herrick Centre - Dorothy, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Fletcher, came near meeting with a bad accident one day last week. Her grandfather left his horse, a blind one, standing at the barn [and] Dorothy got in and started up the horse. He turned in front of the house and [jumped] over a picket fence that stood on top of a four foot retaining wall, into the creek. Her father arrived on the scene in time to grab the girl as she fell in the water, [and] for a wonder not a scratch could be found on the horse or little girl, but F. D. had a badly bruised leg.


Fair Hill - If the young gentlemen (?) who drive up in front of the church, and sit and talk, smoke and make fun, only knew that they are doing what they will one day be ashamed of, they would cease such actions.


Hop Bottom - Measles have just reached our town. A number of families are afflicted.


Harford - Harford has organized an orchestra, Rev. McDowell as leader.


Watrous Corners - The Catlin young people have moved home from Montrose, and on account of having measles, will not go to school any more.


Laurel Lake - Cards are out announcing the marriage of Martin Murphy and Mary Mooney.


Lenoxville - Saturday night our little village was again startled by the cry of fire and on investigating the store building owned by S. B. Hartley was found to be in flames. The building and most of the contents were burned. The news flew over the telephone and soon a large crowd had gathered and did their best to stop the flames. The fighters succeeded only in saving the surrounding buildings. Several went to work carrying goods from the store but saved only a small portion. Cause of fire is unknown.


Thompson - Miss Mabel and Nellie Bloxham, trained nurses of Jersey City, were summoned to Thompson by the death of their father, the late Eli H. Bloxham.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The "Merry Widow" hat has struck the town. The only good feature to be seen about them is that only two can ride in a carriage at one time.


Great Bend - The wedding of Mr. John B. Connor and Miss Mary A. Coddington was solemnized in St. Lawrence church, Tuesday morning, by Rev. Father Fagan, rector of the church.


Forest City - Lake Hillside, the reservoir made by the company, in the valley west of the borough, is quite a large sheet of water and will make an attractive lake when the stumps are entirely cleared out, as they probably will be in the next year or two. The ground was naturally adapted for a reservoir and the water is held back by a comparatively short wall. The lake could very easily be almost doubled in size. It is the intention of the company to use the water to supply their collieries in this place.


June 05 (1908/2008)



Jackson - The annual reunion of the Pease family will be held in Jackson at the home of George Pease, June 24. Carriages will be in waiting at New Milford for friends coming on the train. All friends and relatives are cordially invited to be present. At noon there will be a basket lunch. Blanche Hoppe, Sec'y.


Forest City - On Memorial Day, the Sacred Heart church was dedicated. AND A hearing was held before Judge Little in regard to securing a permanent injunction restraining the town officials from making alterations in the borough building to the extent of perhaps $1000. Some of the borough fathers favor the change so that the postoffice may be located in the building, as it is a more central point. Others consider that the taxpayers' money should not be thus expended. A decision has not yet been made.


Hallstead - James T. DuBois is having a book published, of which he is the author, entitled, "Fun and Pathos of One Life." It is particularly a boy's book, but anyone can read it with interest, but those of his own county will naturally be among the more interested.


Montrose - Erastus H. Rogers was 88 years of age on Tuesday, June 2. Mr. Rogers was one of the "forty-niners" who went to California when the gold fever was taking away thousands from the east. He is active and in good health and in conversation with good friends takes pleasure in recalling the days when the west was new. AND One of the delightful features of the work of the new library is the Children's Story Hour, in which the children are told by various of our good raconteurs, some of our best literature, thus educating them in that line. Several have been held, and on Friday, May 29, a Patriotic Hour, appropriate to the season, pleased and instructed our juveniles. The small auditorium of the library was decorated with the red, white and blue in flowers and bunting. The boys and girls themselves sang "My Country 'tis of Thee," and two selections with Miss Searle. They also sang the "Star Spangled Banner," with Katherine Riley, who sang for them patriotic songs of other nations. Miss Riley read to them the Flag Raising from Rebecca, that unique and stirring tale of patriotism.


New Milford - W. E. Hoolihan was in Montrose on business Tuesday. Mr. Hoolihan is a representative for the radio or wireless telephone company, and has the agency for the sale of stock in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Susquehanna counties. The wireless telephone will before long replace to a large extent the wireless telegraph, being easier to operate and less expensive. At present it is being little used outside of army and navy circles, but will eventually be in general use.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The ever-glorious 4th of July will be celebrated at this place. On that eventful day there will be sports and games of all kinds at Athletic park, such as sack and wheelbarrow races, baseball, side shows, etc., which will be managed by Prof. Rose, who will exhibit KiKi, the dog-faced boy, who was captured in the wilds of Kentucky. Raymond Greenwood will place on exhibition his trained dog Tom, who will do some surprising stunts under direction of his trainer.


South Gibson - During a heavy thunder shower Sunday afternoon, lightning struck a tree on Clark Tripp's place, killing his horse, which was under the tree.


Laurel Lake - Dogs got after Michael Murphy's sheep one morning recently. Three sheep were killed and twelve more badly bitten and torn. Mrs. Margaret Donovan also had three sheep killed by dogs last week.


Dimock - Elias Titman drove to Auburn last week looking for fat cattle to drive to Scranton.


Clifford/Lenoxville - C. G. Stephens, merchant of Lenoxville, passed through town last Friday with his automobile, on his return from Scranton. He left Lenoxville in his auto, Friday morning, ran 25 miles to Scranton, sold 40 dozen crates of eggs, and returned same day in time to attend the grand hop at the Royal House, at Royal, held that night. Clarence is a hustler.


Little Meadows - Ray D. Gibson, of Little Meadows, and Cora Short, of Nixon, N.Y., applied for a marriage license.


Friendsville - The members of Friendsville Athletic Club will hold a dance in the Hall at Friendsville, Friday, June 12. A good supper will be served. Music by Muldoon's Orchestra. Two ball games will be played--Middletown Center vs. Quaker Lake at 1:00 and Friendsville vs. the winners at 3:30.


Meshoppen - One of our R. F. D. Carriers was in Montrose last night, making the trip on motor-cycle in a little over an hour. He was demonstrating the machine for a general agent, in the evening. Coming down Church street at a perilous speed, and on reaching the juncture at Pubic Avenue, seemed bewildered as to whether he would go up or down, and crashed into the curbing around the drinking fountain, both rider and machine vaulting high in the air and completely passing over the embankment. The rider was not seriously injured, but awfully shook up, but the expensive new machine was wrecked.


Harford - A number of the ladies made up a fishing party. A very enjoyable time was reported but not many fish.


Flynn - It would be well for some young men to have a date made before driving to far to be disappointed.


Choconut - The farmers around Vestal Center and Choconut have been annoyed some for the past few days on account of there not being any feed at the mill, at the Center.


News Briefs: The Lackawanna is contemplating using soft coal instead of hard in its locomotives on all trains, as it is cheaper. Then Phoebe Snow, can no longer go, in spotless white, upon the Road of Anthracite. AND Approaching a sad looking young man at a wedding, the "best man" asked: "Have you kissed the bride?" And the sad young man replied: "Not lately."


June 12 (1908/2008)



Lynn - There was an ice cream social held at the home of R. S. Greenwood Friday evening to raise money for a new chandelier for the church. There was a large crowd present. Proceeds $24.10.


Herrick Centre - Fish Warden Foster is sleeping with both eyes open these days.


Susquehanna - Diphtheria has been declared an epidemic in Susquehanna and the Board of Health Sunday issued an order closing all churches, schools and places of amusement until further notice. All persons are asked to help in keeping the town clean and in the best possible sanitary condition by keeping scraps of paper, fruit, vegetables and all decaying vegetables and animal matter out of the streets and gutters. Clean up the back yards and alleys and use lime in all the bad places. The first death recorded is John Mulqueen of Vine Avenue. He had been ill for four or five days.


New Milford - The death of Dr. David C. Ainey, one of the most widely known and successful physicians in Northern Pennsylvania, occurred June 7, following an illness of several weeks. His membership on the Pension examining board for several terms, brought him into contact with many people, and they always found him courteous, and fair in the treatment of their cases. Although not a veteran, the esteem of the Grand Army was shown by their request to act as a guard of honor, which was granted, as well as a bodyguard from the Knights Templar. Over a 100 of the Masonic fraternity were present and a large number of Odd Fellows, of which order he was also a member. AND As C. S. Page, of the township, was going to the creamery last Monday morning he had a narrow escape from a serious accident. As he drove on the railroad tracks he saw a pusher engine bearing down upon him scarcely a rod away. He backed his team off the track and the pusher passed by scarcely two feet from the horses' heads; the team continued to back, the wagon going off the bank, but no damage was done.


Jackson - Mr. Gibbs has been making the people very happy for the past few days, hanging paper for the tired housewife.


Brookdale - Harriet Allen, who is 88 years of age, has been having the mumps the past week. AND The many friends of Katherine Dolan will be pleased to hear that she has secured the appointment as teacher in the grammar room of the Hallstead High School for the coming year. Miss Dolan was formerly a teacher in the intermediate department.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn is to be congratulated on her fine young band whose efforts are very highly spoken of. The work of instruction has been progressing under Ben. Jewett, an experienced musician and band man. There is nothing so good for a town as good band music. They are already filling engagements. AND One of Brooklyn's enterprises is the wood working plant of S. J. Bailey who has made a specialty of telephone work and has later added trunk slat machinery and is now turning out a large amount of this work. Mr. Bailey is not only a thorough going and industrious workman himself but gives employment to several and brings a good deal of money into the town. It is these enterprises that make thrift.


Fairdale - The creamery is getting over 10,000 lbs of milk daily and W. B. Gould, the buttermaker, is turning out anywhere from 100 to 150 pounds of butter per day.


Rush - The people, at least the ones living outside of the village of Rush, are pleased to hear that the directors are going to continue to run nearly all of the schools the coming year. Some of the tax payers of Middletown are anxious to have a joint school built on the Middletown line by the two townships, thereby giving them easy access to school and closing a couple of Rush schools and compel the Rush scholars to walk a considerable distance to school. The head that organized the idea deserves a leather medal.


Middletown Centre - Joy was turned into sorrow at the wedding of Miss Kathryn Smith of Middletown Centre, to John Thayne, of Auburn, last Wednesday, when as the festivities were about to begin, following the ceremony, Rupert Smith, a brother of the bride, dropped dead from heart failure. He was a young man of 30 years and had been among the merriest of the 150 guests.


Choconut - Marion Lynch, the infant daughter of Timothy Lynch, was scalded on her right arm by falling and upsetting a kettle of hot starch on to her.


Hallstead - News of the death of K. Waldron, a former Hallstead railroad conductor, has been received from Schuyler, Nebraska.


Montrose - The sacred concert held in Zion A.M.E. church, last Sunday evening, was well attended and the program consisting of choruses, solos and readings were enjoyed by the congregation present.


Kingsley - On Sunday, at about 9 p.m., John Igo, a teamster here, met with a serious accident by having his foot cut off above the shoe top by an engine of a coal train. He was otherwise injured, though not seriously, and was taken to the Moses Taylor hospital at Scranton.


Lawsville - Mrs. E. D. Northrup will serve ice cream on Friday afternoon and evening, also Saturday and Saturday evening, at her store through the summer, and asks a share of the public patronage.


South Gibson - The South Gibson baseball team journeyed to New Milford Saturday last to do battle with the team of that town. The New Milfordites were no match for the Gibsonites, as the official score told the tale, sad to relate, to the tune of 8 to 28 in favor of South Gibson.


Laurel Lake - A pleasant party was held at the home of M. Mahoney last Friday evening. Dancing was indulged in, the music being furnished by P. O'Day and Chas. Donovan.


News Briefs: The "barn dance" has been officially recognized by the National Association of Dancing Masters. This will be good news to local dancers. AND To destroy squash bugs, lay a cloth or shingle by the plants. The bugs go under it and can be collected and killed in the morning.


June 19 (1908/2008)



Susquehanna - It is evident the Susquehanna Board of Health is doing its duty in trying to stamp out the diphtheria epidemic in that place. Dressy young men the first of the week received the following notice: "Owing to the present epidemic you are requested not to wear loud socks until further notice." The young men so notified thought it was a slap by jealous acquaintances. It later developed that the board thought it wise, in view of the poisonous coloring often used in gay hose, to issue this warning. But then Susquehanna young men always did admire hosiery that rivaled the plumage of a bird of paradise. It is said a pale brown is the most gaudy color in socks now worn by the male population of the side hill burg, but the loss of the prismatic colored footgear is a source of deep regret to them.


Rush - S. P. Light, the Rush stage driver, came into Montrose the other morning with his stage so crowded it was necessary for him to drive seated on the dashboard. If there were a trolley line between Rush and Montrose the cars would be crowded the same way.


Montrose - The many friends of Mr. W. O Finn are greatly pleased to note his improvement in health, in fact they hardly knew him, as since his recent operation in the Moses Taylor hospital he has gained 52 pounds in eight weeks. At the hospital, last week, he was examined by the medical staff and pronounced a perfectly sound man. He expects to resume his position as baggage master on the L & M railroad the middle of July. AND Atty. Selden Munger evidently belongs to the onward and upward procession. Lately he has installed an elegant new Underwood typewriter in his office. It's always in motion.


Brookdale - John Igo died Thursday morning, of last week, in a Scranton hospital. Igo had a foot cut off by a coal train one day last week, and an unsuccessful operation to save his life was performed. An aged father, two brothers and a sister survive.


Forest Lake - The death of Mrs. Margaret Kane occurred at her late home at Forest Lake, on Thursday evening, June 11th, '08, after a long illness. Her age was 90 years, and her death is mourned by a large circle of friends. She is survived by four sons--Patrick, of Silver Lake, and James, John and Daniel Kane of Forest Lake, and by two daughters, Mrs. Johanna Keenan of Binghamton, and Mrs. Mary Matthews of Forest Lake. The funeral was held from St. Augustine's church at Silver Lake, on the following Saturday, her pastor, Father Lally, intoning the Mass for her soul's repose. Interment was made in St. Augustine's cemetery.


Middletown Centre - Miss Nina Beaumont sewed for Mrs. John Murphy, last week and Ethel James is sewing for Miss Anna Baldwin.


Lenox - Two men and a bear made sport for the small boys Monday.


Dimock - We now have five mails daily at the Dimock post office. AND Most of the milk now delivered at the milk station is made into cheese by our cheese makers, Wheeler and Billings.


Great Bend - The Pennsylvania Tannery commenced on full time Monday morning, which was good news to the old employees.


HopBottom - HopBottom has a fine Amateur Base Ball Club and extends a challenge to the several clubs of the county and would be pleased to arrange games with strictly amateur teams. The personnel of the club is as follows: Tracy Brown, catcher, Dean Bertholf, pitcher; Glenn Roberts, first base; Duane Fish, second base and pitcher; Fred Hardy, third base and pitcher; Eugene McGraw, center field; Cecil Wright, left field and pitcher; Leroy Coyle, right field; Sherman Coyle, short stop; F. L. VanHorn is sect'y and F. R. Zimmerman is manager. The club has determined to play with their own team and not go outside for help, which when a game is won by them will be a credit to the team and not show which team can afford to hire the most fancy players.


Jackson - A troop of Gypsies passed through here Sunday bound north. AND The Baptist ladies are going to paper and paint the parsonage for the coming of the new pastor.


Harford - We had the pleasure of having a sociable chat the other day with P. H. Harding, living two miles south of Harford. Mr. Harding will be 86 years old the 19th of September next. Some might call him an old man at that age, but to see him you would change your mind the same as others have. Some say that Mr. Harding is younger than his son, Earnest. Of course we can't explain how they figured that out, anyway the jolly 86 year old boy thinks he can cut the pigeon wing yet as in days gone by. AND Another boy, Collins Peck, lives south of Harford, on a farm where he was born 80 years ago the 23rd of next September 1908, and he is spry and active and able to pound stones in repairing his private road to his house and that shows that Mr. Peck wants everything fixed up in nice shape.


Thompson - Dr. W. W. McNamara is nicely domiciled in his new house on Main Street. He has the grounds around nicely laid out and the walks completed.


Uniondale - Eddie Rimron is laying a nice stone walk from his house to the street. Well why not, he is a stonemason and knows just how it should be done, if he does not, let him ask Norton about it.


Liberty - M. D. Reynolds has his barn torn down and the underpinning up for the basement. He expects to have a raising this week on Wednesday. Elmer Bailey is doing the carpenter work, with B. J. Luce as assistant.


Gibson - Thursday night June 11, occurred the marriage of Earl A. Sweet, formerly of this place to Hazel Winterstien of Dunmore. Earl has many friends in this place, where he spent his boyhood days. He with his bride will start for Montana, Ark., where they expect to make their future home.


News Brief: An exchange tells a horrible tale about a young lady who thoughtlessly jerked back her head so suddenly to keep from being kissed that it broke her neck. This should be a warning to all girls not to jerk back. In fact, it would be better to lean forward a little.


June 27 (1908/2008)



Grover Cleveland Dead at Princeton, Former President, Thought To Be Improving, Passes Suddenly Away. The following statement, signed by Dr. Joseph D. Bryant, Dr. George R. Lockwood and Dr. J. M. Carnochan, was immediately given out: "Mr. Cleveland for many years had suffered from repeated attacks of gastro-intestinal origin. Also he had long standing organic disease of the heart and kidneys. Heart failure, complicated with pulmonary thrombosis and edema, was the immediate cause of his death." Mr. Cleveland was 71 years old on March 18 last. The scene in the bedroom immediately before and after the death of the distinguished patient cannot here be recorded, as the three physicians refuse to refer to the subject. As soon as the widow could recover herself she summoned a servant and asked that Professor Andrew F. West, of Princeton University, a close intimate friend and neighbor, and Professor John D. Hibbin, also of Princeton and a neighbor, be sent for. Telegrams were prepared to the children and about a dozen other relatives who are scattered all over the country. Up to this time no one outside the Cleveland, West and Hibben families knew of what had occurred. The funeral, which will be strictly private, will be held on Friday afternoon and the interment will be in Princeton Cemetery.


Montrose - A number of Montrose's young men look like "round-headed Puritans, having had the hair cropped close for relief during the warm weather.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - This neighborhood had two unpleasant surprises last week. The first was last Friday morning at 4 o'clock, when the patrons of the creamery were notified by telephone that the creamery had burned to the ground. No one knows how the fire started as there was no fire in the engine during the night, and no one knew it had burned until the manager, Clarence Overfield, went to his work in the morning. The second surprise came Sunday morning, when Mrs. Harriet Mowry's house was discovered to be on fire. It was occupied by Mrs. Mowry and her tenant, Frank Northrup. The fire started in the chimney, and as there was not much help at hand, it soon got beyond control and burned to the ground. The most of Mr. Mowry's goods were saved, but Mr. Northrup lost a good many things. There was some insurance. The family is living in Will Dougherty's tenant house.


Rush - The Ladies' Aid of the Baptist church will hold an ice cream social on U. C. Millard's lawn the afternoon and evening of July 4. The funds raised will be used to purchase gasoline lights for the church. The school board has engaged J. Riggs Brewster, Of Marsovan, Turkey [and Montrose] as principal of the Rush High School. Anna McGovern will teach the intermediate and Mary Hickok the primary room.


Hallstead - Hon. S. B. Chase has served as an elder in the Presbyterian church in that place for 50 years. Of the present membership of the church, all but three out of a total of 627, have been received since Mr. Chase first became an elder. It is a notable record and was appropriately observed on the anniversary by the congregation.


South Gibson - Mrs. Philura Powers celebrated her 93d birthday last week and has gone to Kentuck [Gibson Twp.] to visit old neighbors. AND Blacksnakes have been quite numerous during the dry weather. J. E. Gardner shot one in a tree close to the house. They keep the windows closed now. It is supposed the snakes come from the ledges after water.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - We are having four mails daily now, which doubles the duty of our mail carrier, George H. Sheldon. AND Webster Fish has the finest young team of matched horses in the county. They are light bays and look as near alike as two peas in a pod.


Middletown Centre - The LeRaysville ball club crossed bats with the Middletown Center boys Friday, the score being 2 to 5 in favor of the Center. AND In Flynn, the bridge club was very pleasantly entertained by Miss Mame Grace, Sunday evening.


Harford - Harford's new stone crusher is doing a lively business. It is located on the lands of Frank Forsyth, using the stone walls and stone rows to good advantage. Seventeen rods of road was filled the first day.


Flowery Valley, Liberty Twp. - We have our telephone line finished, and it extends as far as J. B. Mahoney's. We are all enjoying it very much. AND In West Liberty: Hark! From the sounds we hear, Camp Susquehannock, at Tripp Lake, is alive again.


Brooklyn - The town of Brooklyn seems to have the monopoly of the mad dogs of the County. A few weeks ago Luther Ely shot a dog infested with Hydrophobia, after it had bitten many dogs in the town and it is reported, two head of cattle also. A strange dog, which clearly was mad, was known to be in town Tuesday night, and a search was made for it, and it was found early Wednesday morning by James Whalen and shot. It frothed at the mouth and snapped at everything that it came near. It is not known for certain but it is thought that it might have been bitten by the dog which was shot a few weeks ago. Every dog should be muzzled at this time of year.


Clifford - A jolly crowd of from 10 to 15 couples passed through town Sunday on their way to Royal, where they all partook of one of Charley's chicken suppers, he knows so well how to provide. They were a lively set and made Royal a lively town while they were there. AND B. F. Wells and wife, formerly our old undertaker, but of late years a resident of Sea Breeze, Florida, are now visiting their old town. It looks good to see them on our streets once more.


Uniondale - Carpenters are at work on the fair grounds, replacing the old grand stand and stables with others more spacious and convenient, preparatory to celebrating the 4th of July. A full program and an enjoyable time is expected.


New Milford - DeWitt C. Vail, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Vail, of this place, who enlisted in the United States navy some months ago, since then being stationed at Newport, R. I., started on Monday on the U. S. Prairie in company with a squad of 400 men, for the Panama Canal zone, crossing he isthmus by rail, they will sail by steamer for San Francisco.


July 03 (1908/2008)



Springville - Mr. Clayon, once a tenant on the Riley farm, since having moved to or near Avery station, report says he has gone for treatment, having, as a report says, all the symptoms of hydrophobia, caused by the froth from a mad creature getting on the back of his hand, where there was a small scratch. We are sorry to learn of this misfortune and hope he will recover.


Great Bend - The school board elected teachers for the ensuing year, as follows: Principal-Esmund B. Beardslee; Grammar-Miss Lugerdia Egleston; Intermediate-Miss Katherine Johnston; Second Primary-Miss Edith Reckhow


S. Montrose - The South Montrose Mill Co. is receiving so many orders for their celebrated trunk slats, that they are obliged to work overtime to fill their orders.


Lenox - Thomas Moore Cameron, a veteran of the Civil War and for thirty-two years postmaster of Lenox, died at his home in that place recently. He was born in Newburg, N.Y., Nov. 18, 1840 and when 12 years of age came with his parents to Susquehanna county. He received a good common school education and in the fall of 1862 enlisted in Co. B, 177th P.V. After being mustered out in August 1863, he was in the government service for18 months, and at the close of the war returned to Susquehanna county and engaged in carpenter and blacksmith work at Cameron's Corners. He married Sarah Wilson, of Dallas, Luzerne co., Dec. 26, 1869, who survives. Also, four children-Byron T., of South Gibson; Jennie E., wife of J. E. Corey, of Lenox; Gertrude M. and Albert J. at home, and four brothers and two sisters.


East Rush - Keifer Bros have made some improvements around their barns. They are up-to-date dairymen.


Forest City - Mary McCabe announced her engagement to Patrick Conery of New York City; Margareta Berg and Julius Liptak are also engaged to marry.


New Milford - The D.L. & W. now refuses to carry passengers on their "milk trains" which they have done for years, and which greatly accommodated the public. To make matters still worse some of the passenger trains that formerly stopped at all stations, now stop only at every other station, and a pronounced howl is now raised because of this and the company is being spoken of in all sorts of disrespectful terms, because of the great inconvenience caused to the traveling public. For instance the other day Hon. C. C. Pratt, of New Milford, was coming up on the evening train from New York, and instead of being able to ride to New Milford and leave the train, as he was able to do for lo these many years, he found the train didn't stop at New Milford, therefore in order to get home he had to get off at Alford and come up as far as Heart Lake, the meantime telegraphing for a horse to come from New Milford to Heart Lake to meet him and take him home.


Montrose - Our team has made special preparations for the two games the Fourth. Evangelist Crabill, the ex-professional, will pitch one game and Whipple, our old reliable, the other. Both are worth coming miles to see. Preacher Crabill is getting into his old-time form and his pitching will be of the one-two-three order. The Phoebe Snow team comes to us from Scranton, one of the strongest and fastest teams in the valley. Our base ball fans will remember that this team has been here before and that they play a good strong game. AND Rev. Dawson Edwards, the well known colored preacher, has deeded his property to his wife and children. Mr. Edwards believes in not waiting for Death to distribute his goods and chattels, but has a desire to see them happy while he is still on earth. In a characteristic note the God-fearing man says: "I have promised God if I should live to serve my family here, I would deed them my two places. All I want now is my hymn book and Bible."


Uniondale - Harford and Montrose have successfully maintained agricultural fairs for more than a half century. Uniondale now has the fever, and an effort is to be made to hold an annual fair in that place, but as an added attraction there will be horse races. Parties have been at work trying to interest the farmers and have them purchase sufficient stock to make the venture a success. A charter has been applied for, but it is not thought the promoters will be able to hold a fair this year as many improvements will have to be made on the grounds before a fair can be held.


Auburn - Arthur and Harry Reimel and Glen Linaberry took in the "Buffalo Bill" show at Wilkes-Barre, Saturday.


Hallstead - As an evidence of the growth and prosperity of Hallstead the past six years it is only necessary to give a few figures relative to the business of the postoffice since Postmaster Simrell was appointed. The postal business has increased from $18,000 to over $36,000 a year and the money order business for the past year exceeded $50,000 of total orders issued. In addition to the above increase of business the past year, a second rural free delivery route has been established and route No. 1 has been extended. As a result of this increase Postmaster Simrell has received official notice from the department that his salary had been increased to $1500 a year commencing July 1.


Middletown - D. J. Murphy's new barn is nearly completed. It will be one of the finest in this section of the country. AND The ball game between Friendsville and Middletown Centre was one of the finest played this season. The score standing 4 and 2 in favor of Friendsville.


Harford - W. J. Baker is planning to erect another cottage at Tingley Lake.


Thompson - The time for family reunions is at hand. The Wrighters opened the season with their second gathering on Thursday of last week at the old homestead at Wrighters Lake and it is no disparagement on the other gatherings to say it was more Wrighter than the best of them.


Little Meadows\Friendsville\Tripp Lake - Three large four-in-hand loads of Binghamton Y.M.C.A. men passed through Montrose Tuesday, en route to Camp Wyalusing, near Little Meadows. A large camp is to be established there this summer, this being only the "advance guard." Camp Choconut was opened Tuesday for the summer. Two large four-in-hand loads of youngsters, whose ages range from 12 to 16, arrived over the Lehigh Valley that afternoon and were taken to the camp, which is located hear Friendsville and has been successfully conducted for a number of years. Camp Susquehannock was opened for the summer the latter part of last week. The camp as formerly, is conducted by G. Carlton Shafer, assisted by several college friends, and the young men enjoy the summer months at Tripp Lake in athletic sports and amid beautiful surroundings, besides being tutored in various studies in which they are less proficient than they desire to be.


Franklin Forks - Miss Mary Bailey has returned from Stroudsburg, where she has been attending school.


Heart Lake - Awake! To-morrow morn, the 4th-awake! Go with the I.O.O.F. Band to Heart Lake; there spend the day in happy measure, remembering the 4th is set aside for pleasure. Listen to band concerts and take a boat ride, on the still waters with your girl at your side; greet distant friends whom you meet by chance-politely invite them in the pavilion to dance; should they decline, don't leave the ground, without a spin on the merry-go-round; then witness the ball game and shout yourself hoarse, visit the soda fount for sure relief, of course; and if you get hungry, there's plenty to eat, at Mack's lunch counter, there turn your feet; so, to-morrow morning when you awake, jump on the first train for a day a Heart Lake.


July 10 (1908/2008)



Heart Lake - The Fourth passed off quietly in Montrose. A large number made it a day to visit relatives in the city, town or country but the mecca was Heart Lake. Some 600 tickets were sold from Montrose alone and there was a big crowd at this popular resort. Boating, bathing and dancing, with the merry-go-round and naphtha launch as side attractions, furnished entertainment for the pleasure seekers. The dancing pavilion was especially well patronized, music being furnished by the Mahon orchestra; barn dances, waltzes, two-steps, square dances, etc., being promiscuously mixed, so all were happy. F. T. Mack, the proprietor of the Heart Lake store, did a rushing business and the boarding houses were taxed to their fullest capacity, serving meals. Many went to the lake on all trains from this place, staying the length of time they cared, the last train from the lake at 11 o'clock, bringing in the tired "patriots."


Rush - The "Bloods" of Rush got "Socked."-- It was a Fourth of July game that brought it all about, when the "Blood-in-their-Eyes" rubbed up against the "Socks" of Birchardville. Both sides possess a good battery, and boasted of a glorious victory. Time told the story, and the Birchardville nine won, the score being 10-20.


Montrose - In one of the prettiest exhibitions seen at Athletic Park this summer, Montrose defeated the strong Phoebe Snow team of Scranton on the Fourth by a score of 3 to 1. The pitching of Ross Whipple was the main stumbling block to the Scranton team. The whole team played good consistent ball and the catch of Frank Gardner's off the left field fence in the 5th inning, deserves special mention.


Dundaff/Uniondale - This place was well represented at Uniondale Driving Park, last Saturday; attendance was recorded at about 800 people. The talk of a County Fair at Uniondale is a good idea.


Gelatt - We had a beautiful display of fireworks on the night of the fourth in front of both stores. Judge Little and wife called at W. A. Wheelers the fourth, on their way from Gibson to their uncle's, W. W. Pope.


Forest City - The Hillside company has recently completed two large reservoir water tanks for the Clifford fire house. They are on a concrete base that will last a life time. AND The street car bridge at the borough line is not safe and the company is transferring passengers at that point. One car is kept north of the bridge.


Jackson - The Temperance Meeting passed off nicely. Rev. Skillett gave us a straight toward strong prohibition speech, just what we need.


Great Bend - Notice is given that an application will be made to the Governor, July 27, by W. B. Parke, Alfred Harvey and B. de Schweintz for a charter of an intended corporation to be called the "Black Horn Leather Co." The charter and object whereof is the tanning of hides, the manufacture and sale of leather and chamois & c., being the successor of the Penn'a Tanning Co., which was sold at Receiver's sale at Great Bend.


Susquehanna - Alonzo Boyden, residing in Oakland township, 2 1/2 miles west of this borough, and father of our townsman, Watson Boyden, is probably the most remarkable man in the county. He is 98 years of age, is in perfect health and able to do work about the farm where he resides, and still finds keen enjoyment in life. He is an interesting person to meet and young and old delight to converse with him. It is rarely one meets a person of his advanced years with such perfect health with all his faculties unimpaired. His mind, especially, is a bright and clear as in middle life.


Lenox - Walter Hoppe left home last week and when he returned he brought his bride to the home he has been preparing with so much care. May their days be long and happy.


Brookdale - Jerry Wilbur killed a rattle-snake near Frank LaSure's last Friday that measured four feet in length.


Franklin Forks - B. H. Webster and J. C. Webster are putting some improvements on the Old Webster Homestead, which was once the home of Elder John Webster, who was well known in this part years ago.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - A. S. Button and brother, Ed, are building a new road on Kasson Hill, which will improve the grade very much from the creek up.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The "ever glorious Fourth" was very rainy the fore part of the day. In the afternoon some from this place went to Jersey Hill, some to Silvara, and others to the picnic at the Catholic church.


Hallstead - James Moore, about 40 years and carrying a Seamen's Union card from the Cleveland, Ohio union, was riding on fast freight No. 56 last Friday night, when he fell from the top of the cars near Pine street crossing and was ground to death beneath the wheels. The remains were removed to Tuttle's undertaking rooms and prepared for burial. A telegram from the Seamen's Union, at Cleveland, stated that Moore was not known to have any relatives and that he was not in good standing in the union. He was buried by the borough Sunday in the Potter's field at Rose Hill cemetery.


New Milford - Alvie Tourje, on R. F. D. Route #4, has purchased a motor-cycle.


Amhurst College - Amhurst College received, last week, portraits which will hereafter hang upon the walls of Johnstown Chapel, of two of its most distinguished graduates, Henry Ward Beecher, of the class of 1834 and Galusha A. Grow, of the class of 1844. Mr. William S. Tyler, in presenting the Grow portrait, said in part: "Some years ago an effort was made to obtain a portrait of Galusha Grow but reduced circumstances had prevented him from complying with the request. On learning this, my father, Col. Mason W. Tyler, expressed his intention of presenting to the college a copy of the portrait of Mr. Grow, which hangs in the Capitol at Washington. Grow was born in Connecticut in 1823 and came with his mother to Susquehanna co., where my grandfather, Prof. Wm. S. Tyler, lived until he entered college in the class of 1830. Mr. Grow followed him to Amherst and graduated here, 14 years his junior, in the class of 1844."


News Briefs: Remember the views of Dr. Wiley on how to keep cool in hot weather. His prescription is: "Wear loose, light white clothing. Eat little or no meat. Drink no alcoholic beverages. Do not sleep on hair, woolen, cotton or other heat-producing mattresses. Corn husks are cooler. AND A raid is being made on the cheap dance hall in Scranton.


July 17 (1908/2008)



Dimock - An ice cream festival was held at the Parkvale schoolhouse green on Monday evening last. AND Canfield Estus has purchased a graphophone. When you want to hear some good music, call at his pleasant home near the M. E. Church.


Highlands - U. G. Brush has his new barn nearly completed. It stands on the same spot where his father, Charles Brush, built a barn in the year 1855.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - Amy, George and Miriam Guise, of the Soldiers' Orphan Home at Scotland, Pa., are spending their vacation with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Cool.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Twenty-three families are now connected by the Lindaville telephone line, Terry Whitman having been recently added to the list.


South Auburn - Mrs. Egbert Wickizer is suffering from the effects of being thrown from a wagon one day last week. The horse became unmanageable and threw Mrs. Wickizer out on her head and shoulders. The doctors say it will be many weeks before she will be able to be out again.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The fourth of July is over at last and nobody hurt or injured in any way. The fantastic parade was a grand success. Walter Button got up a patent automobile that took the cake from anything we have seen heretofore, and all the other features were good.


Uniondale - Not withstanding the unfavorable outlook on the morning of July 4, at 9 a.m., the people from far and near began to assemble in order to once more celebrate the nations great holiday. The programme on the grounds was all that could be wished for, the races were especially fine and the new grand stand gave universal satisfaction.


Flynn - Martin L. Curley, who has been spending his vacation at his home here, has returned to New York City where he is employed in the Custom House.


Thompson - John Meetchler and Miss Louise Lepp, both of Lanesboro, called at the M. E. parsonage Sunday afternoon, and after waiting a few hours for the parson to return from his afternoon appointment, they underwent that process by which "they twain were made one flesh."


Flynn - Martin L. Curley, who has been spending his vacation at his home here, has returned to New York City where he is employed in the Custom House.


Susquehanna - Negotiations were completed Saturday afternoon whereby the Brass Specialty Company, of New York, will locate in Susquehanna. The new industry, which is most desirable in every way, will build the plant upon the foundation of the defunct Hardware Manufacturing Company in the Oakland section of the town. Fifty skilled mechanics will be brought to Susquehanna to take up work in the factory, while fifty more will be employed here.


Elk Lake - A very delightful party was given at the Loftus residence of this place, on Friday evening of last week, in honor of their guests, the Misses O'Hara, Revels and McHale, of Scranton. Dancing was indulged in and a dainty luncheon served. At the wee small hours of morning the guests departed for their homes voting a most enjoyable time by all.


Friendsville - The Friendsville base ball team played a game with the Camp Choconut team Saturday, resulting in a victory for the Camp. AND The Friendsville base ball team is thinking of having Thos. Leary for umpire. He'll keep the boys where they belong.


Welch Hill - The friends and neighbors of Girdon Wescott met on Saturday and raised the frame work of his large new barn he is building to replace the one which was destroyed by fire last fall.


Forest Lake - J. M. Noble has returned from a three weeks' visit at Wichita, Kansas, and other points in the West. Mr. Noble visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Noble, who are quite seriously ill, and found them somewhat improved. He says that the wet weather has seriously affected the crops, especially wheat and corn, in many sections, and not an infrequent sight was a field of four-foot corn with the tips just appearing above water. Crops generally in this section of the East, he says, are much better.


Montrose - A "suggestion box" has been placed near the door, on the left as you enter the new library building, for the convenience of persons who patronize the library. If you fail to find on the shelves the book sought for, and it is not recorded in the list of books on hand, make a note of it on a slip of paper, and deposit it in the box. The librarian will then place the matter in the hands of a committee, who will decide upon the merits of the book, and if its tone smacks of good morals, the book will be secured for distribution among the library members.


Forest City - The Forest City News prints a story about the proposed electric railroad to go through Susquehanna county in which it says the proposed line will connect with the Northern Electric company at Factoryville, go through Benton township to Fleetville, north to Glenwood, east to Clifford, northwest to Gibson and South Gibson, thence through Jackson, Pine Hill and Gelatt to Susquehanna. From Susquehanna where the power house will probably be located, it will follow the Susquehanna river to Binghamton. This trolley line would open up some of the most fertile agricultural country in this part of the state.


News Briefs: A simple remedy for sunburn or headache caused by heat is to wear a piece of orange-red crepe paper in your hat. A piece of flannel of the same color will answer the purpose. The secret of the remedy is that the color of the paper neutralizes the actinic rays of the sun, these rays are what cause the mischief. The suggestion is none the less valuable because it is simple, and we urge our readers to try it. AND The Equitable Life Insurance Co., of New York, will soon commence the erection of the tallest building in the world. It will be 64 stories, with a total height of over 900 feet above the sidewalk.


July 24 (1908/2008)



Harford - Guy King, of Gettysburg, will be the new principal of the Harford high school.


Hallstead - The band will give concerts on this side of the river every Saturday night during the rest of the summer months. The businessmen of this place have been raising a fund for these entertainments and have met with a hearty response. A vacant lot owned by Rev. M.M. Dunn, kindly gave the committee the privilege of so doing.


Bridgewater Twp. - A short time ago a man named Bump from over towards Towanda, was taken into Ed. Brown's as a boarder, and a day or two later Brown's daughter said Bump had assaulted her. This made Brown furious and he pitched on to Bump and gave him a severe pummeling about the head. He also caused Bump's arrest; and later Bump caused brown's arrest for assault. Each had a hearing before judge Van Scoten. Brown was held for the grand jury, and would have had to stay in jail, except that his wife got a horse and drove out to John Buckley's in Franklin, to get him to go Ed's bail, which he did that night. But Bump had no one to go his bail and he remains as a guest at the fire-proof "hotel Pritchard." [The County Jail]


Silver Lake - We hope to hear that some of our Quaker Lake girls will be more careful while learning to swim, as we understand some of them came near being drowned last week. AND M. D. Sweeney is again putting on the market his famous Indian Spring Water. Six bottles in a case, for 50 cts.


Montrose - The houses in Montrose are soon to be numbered, as a first move towards having free delivery of mail. AND The base ball management has now promised us one of the biggest attractions of the season--the Cherokee Indian traveling base ball team, July 31. If you can't see the afternoon game, go at night. They carry their own electric light plant of 150 arc lights, producing 50,000 candlepower. Those who have witnessed the night games say they are "great."


Springville - The "Stroller" in the Scranton Tribune has the following: G. W. Bushnell, the well-known retired leather merchant, has just returned from a trip to his old home in Susquehanna county. Mr. Bushnell was born in that county and for many years resided near Montrose. "One of the most pleasing sights that met my eye," said Mr. Bushnell, in speaking of the delights of the journey, "was near Springville. There we came upon 'Squire Myron Kasson, formerly of Scranton, clad in a hickory shirt and overalls, picking stones out of the road." Mr. Kasson, upon retiring from the office of alderman of the 9th ward, went to his farm in Springville for the summer. According to Mr. Bushnell, pastoral life appears to have agreed with the squire and he will till the soil of Susquehanna in future, when not engaged in winter in picking oranges down in Florida.


Brooklyn - Mrs. W. L. Sterling lost a silk bag with white stripes last week, either in Hopbottom station or on the road to Brooklyn. It contained a white kimono, a purse containing about two dollars, a silver thimble and piece of embroidery with the name H. B.Ware. Of course Mrs. Sterling would like to have the property returned.


Susquehanna - Daniel Malpass, who conducts a shoe and harness store here, has a record of 50 years continuous service at the bench, which will be rounded out July 28. If the shoe pegs used by Mr. Malpass could be transformed into trees they would make a forest of several acres, while the "waxed ends" would reach around the world, he says.


South Auburn - A barn on the farm of Richard Kinney was struck by lightening and considerable damage done to the structure. Insurance Agent Titsworth went to Auburn and adjusted the loss. A team of horses standing near where the bolt struck were knocked down and afterwards were entirely deaf, although otherwise recovered.


Gelatt - While Mrs. Clarence Kelly was raking with a span of horses they went to biting each other and one of them kicked and hit Mrs. Kelly on one limb, and broke both bones below the knee. AND While Mrs. W. Howell was driving Benna Felton's team, hitched to the hay fork, something broke and the horses ran away, but not much damage was done.


Uniondale - An old fashioned loom, for weaving cloth and rag carpet that is in working order in a barn on Main Street, and where several ladies are treating themselves to home made rugs, attracted considerable attention of town people who never saw them work.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - On Saturday last a surveyor was sent to measure the ground for the new church at the Flynn Corners.


New Milford - A basket picnic, to which every one who ever lived here is invited, will be held in the park in this place on Thursday, August 6th. This will be in the nature of a "home coming."


Dimock - A medicine show has pitched a tent on the green near the hotel, and is giving nightly scenes, making the people believe that they can cure all.


Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. - On Sunday evening, July 5, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Fish quite remarkably escaped serious injury. Mr. Shafer, of Camp Susquehannock, at Tripp Lake, while driving from services here, got one of the lines caught and was unable either to guide or control his horses. They ran against Mr. and Mrs. Fish, knocking them down. Both of them got up from under the horses and in almost unaccountable way escaped being stepped on. Mr. Fish was hurt on the hand and Mrs. Fish sustained some injuries, but nothing serious. Mr. Shafer expressed most sincere regret and offered to assist them in any way possible.


Forest City - A good-sized crowd went to the Odd Fellows hall on Thursday evening to see a bout pulled off by the Forest City Athletic club. Young Jacobs, of New York, who was advertised to meet Kid Shronis, failed to put in an appearance and Guessler, of Carbondale, took his place in the ring. Those present were--ahem--treated to a smooth exhibition, the contestants being well matched. The result was a tie. In the second contest, Neal failed in the first round and was replaced by Patty Curry who finished five rounds. Kid Guessler over reached him a bit and took the fight. The Club is arranging for one of the "best yet" in the near future in which Burke, the fastest glove artist Wilkes-Barre can produce, will be a prominent figure.


July 31 (1908/2008)



Fishing - Fishing has taken a big jump the last week. "Bullheads are biting great at Williams' pond, one enthusiastic Waltonite said, and judging by the procession of men and boys carrying bamboo rods (not of the "split" variety), the waters must be yielding up their finny denizens. "North and South ponds (in Brooklyn) have the big bass in" another said, "they are biting good too." Brewster's pond is also adding its quota to the grand total, and Lake Mont Rose is making a good showing with fine catches of pike. R. M. Bostwick, with six big ones to his credit for Saturday afternoon's fishing, having been the most successful that has come to our notice.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - R. W. Greenwood was the guest of his parents over Sunday. Ray made things lively at the social over at the Corners.


Harford - The following letter is from a former Harford boy, a son of Dr. Loomis, who has been in the Islands since Dewey's debut there in 1898. He has seen some sharp fighting and for several years it was supposed he was dead, nothing being heard of him. "Bert" was in the undertaking business in Scranton at the opening of the Spanish-American war, and being ever ready for a "fight or frolic," enlisted. The letter is to his cousin J. W. Gavitt. Camp Keithley, Mindanao, Manila, June 7, 1908. Dear Cousin: Well, John, I guess you think that I have forgotten you, but such is not the case. I am in the Moro country defending Uncle Sam's rights. This is the darndest country you ever looked at. The mountains are so high that it makes a man dizzy to look at them; the grass grows 15' high and there are no roads to speak of. Lots of mosquitoes, bugs and centipedes here. Plenty of deer and wild hog. The Moros do not wear clothes, nothing but breech cloth. The Moros are wicked fighters with bolos; they will sneak up on you and cut your head off before you know it. All you can see here is the same old thing--mountains and grass. I suppose everything looks natural around Montrose. I will be back one year from November, if nothing happens. Tell all the people that I am in good health and I wish them the same. I think I will come East this time when the regiment returns. Bert Loomis, Corp. Co. B, 18th Inf.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Our creamery is running again in fine shape and the patrons are pleased because they do not have to haul their milk so far.


New Milford - Miss Nina Taft, who won a scholarship in the Binghamton Republican contest, has gone to Elmira where she will take a course in vocal music at the Weigester School of Music.


Middletown Twp. - Silas Baxter died on July 29 at the age of 75. He was born in Middletown, Sept. 17, 1833 and on Feb. 22, 1866 he married Miss Hester Rutan. Their children were D. Earle, of New York City; Lewis J., Jennie A. (Mrs. H. M. Melhuish); Mary A. (Mrs. A. H. Mead, not living); and D. Oscar of Montrose. Mr. Baxter did loyal service in the war of 1861, a member of Co. C, 11th N.Y. Cavalry and served three years. He was an esteemed comrade of Four Brothers' Post in Montrose.


Gelatt - There was a hard rain here Friday night, which did a great deal of damage. The rain poured down for four hours. Within a mile and a fourth it washed out three roads on the left side of the creek so they are entirely impassable and took out two bridges in the same distance. People who suffered the most damage were Elbert Whitney, Irving Witter, Alonzo Lamb, W. W. Pope, George Bowell and Walter Lewis. There was a bee this week at Elbert Whitney's to make an effort to get the creek back in its regular channel and clear up the wreckage around Mr. Whitney's house. I. J. Witter was at Pleasant Mount station to meet a lady and her child, and got as far as C. J. Gelatt's where he had to leave them and go home horseback. Arthur Winnie was after his cows, but could not get them across the creek, and when he started for the house he found that the bridge had been swept away. He had to go down around by the bridge to get home. The rain removed a part of W. W. Pope's mill and took out the basement of the mill and a large amount of lumber


Niven - Frank Walch, while on his way from Kingsley in company with a lady of that place, had a runaway accident. Some part of the harness gave way, letting the whiffle trees strike the horses legs; the tongue fell to the ground, and the horses ran in that condition until it was broken in three or four pieces, when the buggy turned a half somersault and threw them over the dash board and top, with the wheels in the air. Just at this moment the horses cleared themselves from the buggy and continued to run towards home. The young people were not hurt, only covered with dust. The wagon was bent and twisted; the horses went nearly home, a distance of 7 or 8 miles, when Clyde Miller found them in the road near his brother Stark's barn and took them home with him.


Uniondale - All the old soldiers of the Civil War, their wives and widows, are invited to take their dinner to Mr. Carpenter's grove, Aug. 29th, and help make an enjoyable time. AND A shelf in John Smith's cellar, that held 22 qts. of canned fruit and a pan of huckleberries, came down with a crash last Friday p.m. and converted the whole mass into an astonishing quantity of jam, quality untested.


Hallstead - Owing to the drouth the reservoir in Steam Hollow, built at great expense by the Hallstead Water Co., has proved inadequate for the wants of the town and it has been abandoned for the present. The water supply for both towns is all taken from the lake. The railroad company has been pumping water from the river for the use of their engines here.


Montrose - A couple of lively Montrose young fellows were out driving with a good-looking team of horses over Brooklyn way the other evening. Just as they were about to descend a long and particularly steep hill they saw a touring car with several gentlemen coming up. An idea struck them simultaneously. Jumping out, each took hold of a horse's bridle, at the same time holding up a hand and yelling to the motorists to stop. The car came to a standstill. Anxiously the occupants waited while the boys led the horses carefully by. Once seated in the wagon they gave the auto party the "merry ha, ha," and jollied them by shouting back that their horses were only frightened when shown a bushel of oats. "The joke came pretty near being on us," said one of the boys in recounting the experience. "The machine had stopped on the steepest part of the hill and we thought we might have to tow them to the top, as they had a hard time getting a start."


August 07 (1908/2008)



Hallstead - As a heavily loaded wagon was being driven across the bridge spanning the Susquehanna river one of the heavy overhead timbers, known as a lateral brace, fell with a crash, carrying with it the electric light wires and barely missing the team and driver. For a time the tangled wires, some of which were charged, obstructed travel. This is a county bridge and many of the timbers are said to be in a decayed condition.


Montrose - The Cherokee Indians with "Maud Olsen" arrived safely from Tunkhannock Friday morning where the day before they had trimmed that team 5 to 0. The lady, whose name suggests the land of "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates," or land adjacent thereto, simply had our stars guessing for the two innings in which she pitched. A bronze skilled lad named Leroy succeeded her and he was found for to singles at the start yet without a tally. Our only runs came in the fourth, Frank Shafer's hit was too oily for Leroy, then Strous sent a nice one between third and short and Birchard reached first on an error, filling the bases and only one down. Walton then sent a fly to left which Jacobs failed to gather and Shaver and Strous crossed the rubber; from this on it was almost one, two, three order. Whipple was in deep water but once, but he issued forth like a Matthewson. The evening game promised to be highly exciting and spectacular and in fact for the first two innings it was, but the rain came and the lights began to go out one by one until nothing could be seen. Had it only remained a nice, starry evening, there would have been lots of excitement, spectacular plays and fun galore.


Herrick Centre - There was general rejoicing over the breaking of the drought by the copious showers of Friday evening and continued rain during the night. It seems as though for the amount of moisture we have had this season, lightning has more than done its share of destruction. Two barns, one in the vicinity of Fiddle Lake and one for John Howell, of Smiley Hollow, were struck and burned. One of its most miraculous feats was at Nathan Aldrich's where lightning struck the house and ran down into a room where Mrs. Aldrich sat, singeing her hair, ran down her body, blistering her side and tearing her shoe from one of her feet. She was left alive to tell the story but is, however, confined to her bed suffering greatly.


Susquehanna - The funeral of Mrs. Daniel Murphy was attended from her late home, July 30. Mr. Murphy, her aged husband, through grief and excitement incident to her death, has become insane and was so violent that it was found necessary to confine him in the borough lockup until further provision can be made for his care.


Clifford - Last Saturday afternoon our men laid aside their work for the day and assembled at Spedding's field for an afternoon's sport. Baseball was the order of the day, and the men and boys were having some fine sport when an accident occurred which called a halt to the score making which was going on at a wholesale rate and caused the crowd to gather round the prostrate form of Brayton Gardner, who had been hit on the head by a "red hot" foul driven straight from the bat. He was soon revived but has suffered a great deal from the blow and thinks the hay field will have more attraction for him than the baseball ground hereafter.


Auburn - D. W. Stevens sold his farm and all personal property to D. C. Titman and he sold it to T. R. White. Mr. Stevens bought the Thomas R. White farm several years ago. It was considered one of the best in Auburn. Mr. Stevens was living in the west and moved here last spring but sold out on account of his wife being homesick. She was brought up in the west and could not be reconciled to the eastern hills and will go back to her former home this week to live.


Flynn - The stage driver from Flynn to Birchardville is contemplating the putting on of a two-horse rig to accommodate his increasing business in the way of freight and passenger traffic.


Forest City - An application has been made for permission to organize a second national bank in Forest City to be known as the Farmers' and Miners' National Bank, with a capital of $50,000. The applicants include some of the best-known businessmen. H. P. Johns, Martin Muchitz, T. J. Pentecost, H. W. Brown and E. A. Bloxham, of Forest City; G. H. Reynolds, of Tirzah; and W. F. Hill, of Huntington. Mrs. Hill is president of the Pennsylvania Grange.


Royal - Our little town is pretty lively just now. The landlord of the Royal Hotel is having his hands full in preparing and looking after his company guests and parties. Last week he had 14 boarders, surveyors and helpers in surveying the new branch of the D. L. & W. railroad. Friday evening he had an ice cream festival and dance, all well attended. Orchestra furnished by the violinist and wonderful dance timer, J. M. Brownell. The same music plays at the Crystal Lake Grove every Wednesday night.


Uniondale - A wagon with grocery supplies from the Union & Pacific Tea Co., of Carbondale, will pass through this place every month beginning with August.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Marco Welch, our mail carrier, is driving the fast limited express along with the mail, which is also limited, especially when the train is late, which is often the case; but we are getting kind of used to it now, so we don't mind it so much.


Kingsley - Tunis Miller had the misfortune to lose one of his horses, and the neighbors turned out and cut his hay and put it in the barn for him.


Rush - W. H. Wheaton has a cane, presented to him by his son on his last birthday. The cane represents a great deal of careful labor with the knife and has a myriad of emblems upon it. A snake winds around its entire length, while an eagle and shield, flag, Knights of Pythias emblem, stars and numerous other symbols are upon it. An employee of the Hallstead roundhouse carved the stick during spare moments, and it is an object to be proud of and carefully guarded.


Choconut - While peeling bark in the woods on the K. Tierney place, near Choconut, W. H. Fairbrother and Ford Pierson ran across a large rattlesnake. It skidooed before they could kill it.


Flowery Valley, Liberty Twp. - Mr. Vandermark, of Hallstead, has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. J. F. Shea. He brought three rattlesnakes with him, one of which had eight rattles.


New Milford - Ed Lindsey's horse was killed at the railroad crossing on Monday. Lindsey had left the horse and buggy in the shed at the Eagle hotel, and the horse backed out of the shed and instead of going in the opposite direction toward home, went on to the crossing and was killed. The buggy was completely demolished.


August 14 (1908/2008)



Forest City - The people of Forest City desire to have better accommodations for a postoffice. The postmaster desired to locate it in the municipal or boro building, providing the boro authorities could provide a suitable room. The fire company also desire a change in their room which they occupied in the municipal building, so the boro council commenced making some alterations in the building so as to accommodate the fire company with a room on [the] side of [the] building and change the room they had occupied in front for a postoffice for which a fair rental was to be paid by the postoffice department. However, an injunction was filed restraining the borough authories from making any such change, claiming that the borough council had no authority to use public funds for such purpose-that municipal buildings could not be used or rented for any other than municipal purposes. Judge Little handed down an opinion dissolving the injunction, thus permitting the boro to make the change desired. His opinion involved a legal question that the courts of PA had not yet decided. An appeal, it is understood, will be taken.


Gelatt - There are two persons in this neighborhood who are making nightly raids on gardens and potato fields. A good dose of bird shot might be in place and teach them a lesson. AND In the game of ball here between the old men and the regular team, the score stood 31 to 5 in favor of the regular team.


Montrose - The property known as the Montrose Canning factory land, buildings, engine, &c. will be sold at auction Sept. 3d. at 2 P.M. Terms cash. AND The mammoth tent for use of the coming Bible Conference has been received and was hauled to the Fair grounds, where it is to be erected. It will seat 1800 people-just about the total population of Montrose


Heart Lake - Three young fellows attended the dance here on Thursday night of last week. They started home late and all were pretty tired. Finally slumber overcame them, including the driver, and when they awakened as dawn began to streak the east they were surprised to find themselves in a cornfield, with the horse contentedly munching away. In getting the horse back into the road they discovered some one had become acquainted with their plight and attached a card on their carriage on which was scrawled, "Goin' Some." The boys acknowledged the "corn."


Forest Lake - Aug. 1st the descendants of Canfield Stone met for their 6th annual reunion. There were 117 people present and the grounds and tables were prettily decorated with flowers and flags. Besides songs and recitations, some relics of old-time days were exhibited. AND All those who visit campers here are fined if the men wear "biled shirts" or the women don silk waists or expensive gowns. They live in Elbert Hubbard or Roycroft style-that is, free and easy.


New Milford - The annual "Home Coming," which was observed the latter part of last week, was well attended and possessed its full share of pleasures for those who yearly make it a point to attend. A ball game was played between New Milford and Fleetville, resulting in favor of New Milford. The band played in the pagoda in the afternoon and in the evening a large number enjoyed the dance held in the opera house.


Dimock - Liverymen tell us that a more than usual interest is being manifested in this year's Dimock campmeeting, as shown by the fact that nearly all their horses and carriages have been rented for Sunday, the big day, when the population of the towns in this vicinity is largely decreased by the outgoing throngs.


Great Bend - The chair factory, which closed down several months ago, resumed work Monday on full time with a full force of employees. It is thought as there is now a general resumption of business, the factory will keep running steady.


Franklin Forks - Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Stockholm left on Monday for an extended trip through the West, visiting their son, Will in Ohio, and Lisle in Sandwich, Ill.


Lathrop Twp. - Saturday, Aug. 9, was a red letter day at Lakeside. The Hopbottom and Lakeside Sunday schools held a picnic on the island in Tarbell Lake. They spent a delightful time in fishing, rowing, etc. The lake is the most beautiful sheet of water between this place and Scranton and is surrounded by a prosperous farming section. The scenery is fine.


West Auburn - Little Bryce Whitney met with a painful accident while returning from the store with his cousin, Gordon. They met an automobile, the horse became frightened and Bryce jumped and cut his foot very badly. He was taken to Dr. Beaumont's and the foot was dressed. He is doing nicely at this writing.


Jackson - Ed Bowell, on Saturday, while driving to Susquehanna, killed a rattlesnake 31/2 ft. long, having 7 rattles on. He was showing them in town the next day. AND Wm. Homer met with a heavy loss one night last week. Someone came and took his bed of ginseng, which he has put a large amount of labor and time on. If those evil persons could find employment in the county seat [jail] for a few years, the farmers would be very happy.


Harford - Miss Jessie Robbins teaches the Sweet school and Miss Elizabeth Baker, the Richardson Mills school. AND The Junior League of the M. E. church will give an entertainment in the church Friday evening, Aug. 14, consisting of recitations and singing. Aunt Hannah Spooner will be present and entertain you with her family album.


Hallstead - The recent action of the Lackawanna Railroad company in providing passenger service on train No. 42, known as the milk train between Binghamton and Scranton, and making all local stops, is greatly appreciated by the people here.


Choconut - John Dean has a very lame horse and has bought another to finish haying. h.


Uniondale - Automobiles are growing more numerous every week this season.


Elk Lake - C. E. Lathrop found a silver coin dated 1798.


News Brief: One of the big attractions of the Wilkes-Barre Fair, which opens Aug. 24th and continues for six days and nights, will be the appearance of a gigantic airship. The fair management have completed arrangements with the Stoobol Airship company to bring its flyer to Wilkes-Barre.


August 21 (1908/2008)



Montrose - The Montrose Bible Conference opened under conditions that are far ahead of the most sanguine expectations of those who have been most optimistic. The plans of the leaders are working out even better than anticipated and the way the trains are bringing in interested clergymen, missionaries and lay workers, indicates the deep interest taken even in distant parts of the country and foreign lands. AND Reuben R. Smith, a plumber at Ryan's, was badly injured in a runaway Friday noon. A horse he was driving became unmanageable at sight of an auto and the wagon struck a telephone pole, hurling him 30 or 40 ft. The horse trampled upon him and although cut and bruised no bones were broken. Upon recovering consciousness he insisted upon walking to his home, a block away.


Dimock - The meetings on the campground this year have been of the old time campmeeting order--full of fire and enthusiasm. Rev. Henry Tuckley, D.D. superintendent of the Binghamton District M. E. Church, had charge and proved himself one of God's chosen leaders. His earnest manner of conducting the meetings has brought them up to a high water mark of spirituality. Members of the church who attended were greatly blessed; and many have been converted. About 3,000 tickers were sold on Sunday. The best of order was observed through all the meetings. A detachment of the State Constabulatary [State Police] from Wyoming, have been sent to stay through all the meetings, and their presence has a good effect.


Susquehanna - Ten out of twelve of the last graduating class will enter college. AND J. J. Ryan, who for the last two years has been the manager of the Davidson theater at Canandaigua, has leased the Hogan Opera House and last evening opened the season with a public hop.


Factoryville - Christy Mathewson, the man who made Factoryville famous, is at his best this season and has no peer in the baseball world. As pitcher for the New York Nationals he has won 25 out of 31 games and has pitched seven shut-outs.


Silver Lake - John J. Devenny, of Philadelphia, visited here--his first visit in 46 years.


Auburn - Mrs. Albert Jennings of South Auburn started for her home at Sterling, Kansas, but expected to stop for a visit with her daughter in Michigan on the way. AND Mrs. Jennie Mullihan, of San Antonio, Texas, who has been visiting her brother, F. P. Shelp, and other friends in this place, has returned to her home. John Shelp, of Minnesota, is visiting relatives in this place.


Clifford - Toot, toot! This is now the greeting we receive from our merchant, L. H. Rivenburg. It's an automobile. AND In Royal, last Wednesday night, some 17 couples of Carbondale's ladies and gentlemen had a private party at Hotel Royal. The Carbondaler's seem to keep our landlord Charley a hustling.


Great Bend -Burglars entered the store of Williams & Beebe through the storeroom window, taking only the cash from the register and a cigar slot machine.


Thompson - Thursday of last week was "Prohibition Day" at the Free Methodist Campground and about 300 met together on the grounds to listen to a speech by the noted Eliston N. Howard, of Pennsylvania. The platform was spacious and made a pretty picture under the green trees lined with white and the national flag draping one corner completed the picture. Mr. Howard stepped to the front, small in stature, colossal in intellect, and the audience became very quiet from the moment he stated his subject, which he gave as "The Water Wagon," his inimitable personality combined with wit, humor, eloquence and truth, held the audience quiet for two hours and sent them away, feeling they had much food for serious thoughts.


Glenwood - The flag in front of Mr. Kellogg's residence in this place is raised and lowered by military precision at sunrise and at sun set, at the sound of the morning and evening guns, in regular military style.


Gibson - Henry Morgan left Sunday for Montana, where he will work for the British government over in Canada. We regret very much to lose one of our promising young men.


Ararat - Delos Stone is building a nice cottage at Fiddle Lake. Will Gelatt is building one also. There is lots of tenting at the Lake this summer.


Flynn - Rev. Dr. Malone, of Scranton, was at the church in Middletown on Saturday the 15th, to settle the question of a new church and new site in this place. One building lot has already been purchased at the Flynn corners.


Forest City - The Borough building and its legal entanglements again became the principal matter of local interest, Tuesday, when Contractor Box resumed work with a force of a half dozen men. The activity seemed to surprise the committee who had been fighting the proposal changes. The telephone wires were invoked and yesterday morning work was again suspended. The hose wagon has now been placed in the opening on the side of the building.


Jackson - Celebrating the 28th year of its organization, the survivors of Company B, 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry, will gather at the home of Henry Stoddard in Jackson Twp., on Sept. 2. Company B was enrolled in the fall of 1862 in Susquehanna county and took part in more than sixty engagements during the War of the Rebellion.


New Milford - The New Milford Graded School is centrally located to receive students from all directions, and is considered one of the best preparatory schools in the county. Here, at a nominal expense, students are prepared for higher work in normal schools and academies. Special instruction in literature and professional reading. Tuition for the high school department, per month is $1.25; grammar intermediate and primary is $1.00 per month.


News Brief: A large number of barns have been destroyed by lightning this summer. It is said to be caused in a measure by the moisture arising from the newly-cut hay, which attracts the electric fluid. Certain it is that barns are more frequently struck and destroyed by lightning than any other buildings.


August 28 (1908/2008)



Montrose - Bible Conference exceeds expectations. Large and devoted audiences at every meeting and interest is constantly growing. Dr. Torrey is the head of what is now assured will be one of the greatest conferences in the country. No religious movement of similar nature was ever started in this country with rosier prospects of a glorious and successful future than the great Bible Conference, which is now in session here. AND The Misses Pierson have purchased a buckboard automobile, which is a neat running machine and is something of an innovation in autos in Montrose.


Card Pond, Lathrop Twp. - The much talked of Welsh fish case has been ended at last by an opinion filed by Judge Fuller, of Wilkes-Barre, in which he reverses the decision of the Justice of the Peace, and finds Welsh "not guilty." W. E. Shoemaker, the fish warden, arrested William Welsh charging him with fishing with dynamite in Card's Pond. The case was tried before a Justice of the Peace, who convicted Welsh and sentenced him to pay a fine of $100, the cost of prosecution, and to undergo an imprisonment in the county jail for 6 months. Judge Searle allowed an appeal from the decision of the Justice of the Peace, which permitted the trial before Judge Fuller. The case was vigorously fought by both sides from the beginning to the end, it being the first case of this kind to be tried in Susquehanna County under the Act of 1901.


Brooklyn - The first paper made from wood pulp was about the year 1837 by Joshua Miles, who built a paper mill on the Hopbottom creek, just below the village of Brooklyn, where he had built and was operating a grist mill, oil mill and sawmill. Paper rags were high and scarce. Mr. Miles experimented with several kinds of material, among which was wood. He used basswood, and when properly treated, made a pulp for a fair kind of wrapping paper. Then, by using bleaching salts, a good article of printing paper was produced and it was used by the publishers of the county papers. The mill burned in the winter of 1840-41, there being no insurance. The proprietor was unable to rebuild and soon after removed to Illinois. This article was submitted to the Independent Republican by G. B. Rogers, who worked for Mr. Miles for 9 years in the paper mill. He says that this is a matter of history that may be lost, as he is the only one living who has knowledge of the facts, and he is 87 years old. The first newspaper to use the wood pulp printing paper for actual printing was the Register, a predecessor of the Republican.


Springville - Clark Strickland and family, of Little Rock, Arkansas, arrived here Friday. This town is the home of his youth, being born on the farm now occupied by his brother Jessie. AND Last Thursday morning there was frost enough to kill cucumber vines.


Hallstead - In order to accommodate the large number who go to Montrose, Scranton and other points east on the Lackawanna, the company has again made this place a regular stop for No. 2, which arrives at 8:49. New Milford has been made a flag stop for Montrose passengers and Alford will again be a regular stop. The people of this place and all of the eastern part of the county greatly appreciate the action of the company in restoring the service of this train for here and Alford, as it is the most important train of the day for the accommodation of the public.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - John Vangorden, of Pine City, Minn. is visiting his old home here after an absence of 25 years. His wife and three children are with him, and his old friends and schoolmates are all glad to meet and shake hands with him.


Franklin Forks - Charles Palmer, one of the most enterprising farmers of that section, has been using a horseless mower to harvest his hay crop this season. He says it works to perfection. In 2 1/2 hours, during the height of the haying season, he cut six big loads.


Hopbottom - The Lackawanna RR was built in 1851. The only house near the station at that time was the Orson Case house, now occupied by our shoemaker. Next in order was a grocery store fitted by Amos B. Merrill to accommodate the laborers working on the road, there being a row of shanties extending from Stone's hotel down to where the creamery now stands. Next in order, Lyman W. Kellum came and built a temporary house on the plot of ground where Stone's hotel now stands and boarded railroad officials. Later on he moved it back and built a house, living there until he died. Soon after that David Wilmarth came and erected a hotel for the accommodation of the traveling public and remained until his health failed. The hotel burned to the ground, it being then owned by Asa Day, and was rebuilt. A temporary platform was built by the railroad, with a small office at one end occupied by the ticket agent. Warren Tingley came and erected a small house where Wm. Pratt and daughter Amanda now live and built the grist mill. Our town was then in its infancy.


Great Bend - The Chapot Bros. have rented the Kistler store for their furnishing room. There are now seven girls employed trimming chamois skins for the trade.


Jackson - Mrs. Harding has lost eight canary birds. No apparent cause. Found dead.


Herrick - Dennis Bosket, of E. Windsor, N.Y. was in town Sunday in response to a matrimonial advertisement.


Harford - Our stone crusher is doing great work, we are having some fine roads made.


North Bridgewater - Edward J. Pickett, a veteran of the Spanish American war, and an unsuccessful searcher for gold in the far away icy wilds of Alaska, has returned to the scenes of some of his early boyhood days, and is now the guest of Joseph Kane.


Choconut - Mrs. Barnum Wilcox has the middle finger on her right hand crushed while at work in the Binghamton whip factory.


Apolacon - A horse was stolen from the barn of Patrick Phelan a short time ago, a white horse with buggy and harness, on a dark rainy night. Mr. P. heard the thieves about the time they were leaving the barn, and hitched up another horse and followed them in the direction of St. Joseph, some distance, but owing to the darkness gave up the chase. It is thought they came towards Montrose. He offers $25 reward.


News Brief: Two concerns manufacturing automobiles have announced a break in prices. One will put a 4-cylinder machine on the market for $1200 and another a 6-cylinder machine for $1400. This is less than half the price now prevailing. Merely the bicycle story over again. After the craze for wheels had abated the prices began to fall and today a man can buy a better wheel for $21.79 than he could get for $125 some years ago.


September 04 (1908/2008)



Clifford - Our town was kept pretty busy last week on account of the Oregon Medicine Co's show. In the different contests the 25ct. contest was won by master Stephens. The driving nails contest was won by Mrs. Leander Lee, the bread and milk contest was won by John Bell, although called a tie. The most popular lady contest was won by Mrs. Aldrich, our Clifford stage driver's wife.


Thompson - Our people are praying for rain, the long drought affecting the water supply very materially.


Apolacon - Stephen Purtle, together with a force of men, are engaged in getting out stone for abutments for the new bridge at Bear Swamp.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - The "kid wagon" comes down as far as Lyman Black's now-a-days, and takes a load to Montrose to school.


Springville - The drouth is very severe in this section. One man has to pasture his horse on the church lot. AND A. L. Avery is installing a water supply in his home.


Dundaff - The ladies of the Episcopal Church held an ice cream social at the Dundaff Rink, Wednesday evening.


Montrose - John R. Pierson has purchased a high-wheeled automobile and is learning to pilot it. [It was reported last week, in error, that John's daughters had purchased it.] AND We had forgotten that summer is nearly a thing of the past, until Restaurateur Lyons dropped in to tell us that the oyster season would be in full swing commencing next Wednesday. Mr. Lyons is renowned for having the best there is in this line, and his new advertisement today will tell you further of the oyster and the months with the R's.


Little Meadows - Prof. M. L. Allyn has traded his farm here for a house at Dryden, N.Y. He does not expect to occupy it, but is likely to locate in Montrose.


Auburn - School begins today. The "kid wagon" is again gathering up the children and conveying them to the Auburn High School. AND A pleasant surprise was sprung upon their many friends by Mr. Fay A. Wilcox and Miss D. Etta Sterling, of Silvara, when they drove to Tunkhannock during the shades of night and took a train for Shickshinny, Pa., where they were married by Rev. A. R. Fisk, pastor of the M. P. Church, Aug. 26. The groom is the only son of Harmon Wilcox, who lives on the old homestead, where the young couple expect to reside at present. The bride is one of the most estimable of Bradford's fair daughters.


Brookdale - We feel like boasting a little of our oldest resident and one of our most highly respected ones. Mrs. Harriet Allen, to whom we refer, is nearly 90 and has spent the greater part of her life in this place and is now making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jud Tingley. Regardless of her age, she is able to read, write and sew as well as she did at 21.


Forest City - Following the slow times of the past few months Forest City is in line for a boom. The erection of the new breaker at New Buffalo is now nearly completed and when in operation it will employ upwards of 100 men. It is said that this company has secured the coal at Richmondale and if this is true, with their other holdings, they will have a tract that will keep them going for many years. The Williams tract just north of the borough is to be opened up this year. Moffitt Brothers, of Dunmore, who now control a colliery at that place, have secured the lease of this tract and for the past two weeks G. E. Maxey has been superintending the prospecting for an opening. It is probable the breaker will be erected before winter and will give employment to 50 or more men. The Forest City Stone company, which is opening the quarry on the Williams tract, promises that as soon as the switch from the Erie tracks is installed machinery will be placed and we will see an era of industrial activity at that place which will add very much to the business of the borough. Lastly, the new $60,000 washery, which the Hillside company has been building at the Forest City colliery, is now nearing completion and the breaker which has been undergoing extensive repairs will soon be ready to resume operation. With the opening of the fall coal trade the big colliery will again be ready to digest its full share of dusky diamonds.


Herrick Center - Stewart Fletcher is at Deposit, N. Y., where he has entered "Prince M., Jr.," and "Billy S. C.," in the big races at that place. Since the opening of the Uniondale race track, several years ago, a number of speedy horses have been developed and horsemen predict these two will show up well.


South Gibson - Carl VanAtter is the proud possessor of an automobile, the first one owned by any of our citizens. Mr. VanAtter is the foreman at the creamery here.


Rush - S. B. McCain is laying a lead pipe from his well on the old school house lot to his residence, which will give him access to running water.


Susquehanna - Tramps are again busy between Susquehanna and Carbondale. Ger your gun ready.


Friendsville - Mrs. Sibylla T. Morris died September 1, 1908, widow of the late John Cox Morris, Captain, Co. H. 143d Penn'a Volunteers, in the 83d year of her age. Six days prior to her death, the men of Co. H gathered at Birchardville for their 15th reunion. Twelve of the original company were present: O. A. Baldwin, Myron Bradshaw, M. B. Perigo, C. L. Lincoln, A. S. Horton, W. H. Deuel, M. D. Baldwin, James Strange, Jeremiah B. Reagan, Stanley B. Warner, Asa Warner, Wm. B. Southwell, of Akron, O.


Harford - Harford is in a deep shadow of grief because from our community has suddenly been taken our beloved Ruth. The death of Mrs. Edward E. Jones, wife of Susquehanna county's Representative, occurred at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Jackson, in Scranton, on Monday. The loving, cheerful spirit which she showed in the community was characteristic in her home, and there is an ache in our hearts for the sorrow-stricken husband, the bereaved father and mother, the brothers, and the dear little motherless babe.


News Brief: Count Zeppelin, whose mammoth air ship has broken all records in Germany, is a G. A. R. veteran, and served through the American civil war as a cavalry officer in the army of the Mississippi.


September 11 (1908/2008)



Lenox Twp - The police of the surrounding towns are looking for a man who is one of the three who brutally tortured an aged farmer, Edwin Hartley, Saturday night. Hartley, who resides with his daughter on his farm near Glenwood, a mile from the main road, sold some sheep on the day preceding the crime, for which he realized nearly $1,000. Early on Saturday morning he sent his daughter to the bank at Montrose with the money. She had not returned when the three robbers went to Hartley's home and demanded the money. The men were masked and carried revolvers. Hartley told them that he had no money in the house, that he had sent it to the bank. But the robbers would not believe him. They took an old ploughshare, heated it in the fire and applied it to the soles of his feet, and otherwise maltreated him, some of it unprintable. The old man, in his agony, protested that he had not the money. The thieves then searched the house, but secured only $8.50 and left. The robbers then took to the woods in the neighborhood. Later a man, supposed to be one of the robbers, was captured the same night--William Wandell. Another man named Oscar Platt was captured and brought to Montrose.


Gibson - Lester Pritchard, Tracy Bailey, Burr Wilder, Gus Clark and Charlie Lupton, are in Cooperstown, employed in picking hops. AND In South Gibson, Byron Tiffany and Lennie Hoel are taking a pleasant trip to Niagara Falls.


Hallstead - For the second time within a few weeks the shoe store of R. Sayre was entered by burglars about midnight. Early in the evening two suspicious looking strangers were seen loitering in front of the store. It is thought that later they entered the store by breaking the glass in a front window. Most of the shoes were pulled down from the shelves, removed from the boxes and scattered about the floor. Several pairs of fine shoes were taken, but the thieves did not get any money. No trace of the burglars has been found.


New Milford - Will McManus goes to New York to take a course in vocal music under the instruction of Signor DeMacchi, one of the most noted tenors of that city.


Herrick Centre - Sunday p.m., as Miss Dimmock, of Uniondale, was out driving with a friend from Hallstead, they came down the hill crossing the Erie tracks at Herrick and the horse became unmanageable and started to run. One of the lines broke causing the horse to turn towards the Post Office. As they made the turn the wagon was thrown into a fence completely wrecking it. Miss Dimmock remained in the top and was bruised but not badly hurt and her friend was thrown over the fence and quite badly shaken up.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - There was quite a good crowd at Mrs. Peter Kintner's aid last Wednesday, considering it was in silo-filling time; a nice lot of carpet rags were sewed and all enjoyed the music on the new piano.


Forest City - Harry A. and Samuel H. Cohen, the resident managers of Cohen Brothers' new store, which is being opened in the Leonard building, have arrived in town and are working like Trojans to get their store in shape for business on September 10th. The two gentlemen above mentioned will manage the store in this city while a third brother will take charge of their well established store in Pittston.arry A. and Samuel lH. Cohen, the resident managers of Cohen Brothers new store, which is being opened in the Leonard building, have arrive Harry


Springville - L. W. Welch lost a horse in an unusual way. He drove it into a pond to get water and it got into the mud and was drowned, though its mate was saved by Mr. Welch, who walked on the dead horse to unfasten the other and almost lost his own life in doing so. AND In Lynn, the 4'oclock train on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley met with quite a wreck on Saturday, caused by the rails spreading near Cool station. The engine and one milk car were overturned, causing a delay of several hours until the wrecking train arrived.


Hopbottom - The only schoolhouse in this place, when the Lackawanna Railroad went through here, was situated just west of the Marvin Tiffany home, on a road then leading from the Tiffany homestead to where Milo Tiffany now lives. This road has been vacated for several years. When people began to move into town they wanted the school building in the town and the school board erected a schoolhouse on the hill a little south of where Chauncey Rose's house now stands. It was used on Sundays for religious meetings, there being no churches here at that time. After a few years the building was sold to Enoch Lord, who moved it away and added more to it, making it a dwelling house, where he lived and died. After a great deal of contention and strife, the school building was located where it now stands.


Summersville, New Milford Twp. - Rattlesnakes have been plentiful in the mountains of Susquehanna and Jefferson counties this summer, and a very strange snake story has come to light--that of a snake swallowing a 5-lb. weight. John Frazier, a quarryman residing near here, missed a big weight he used at his scales at the barn several days ago, and while picking berries near the barn he heard a rustling in the underbrush and found a rattler confronting a rabbit. Having been skeptical concerning snakes' ability to charm prey, he then awaited results. The rabbit disappeared in the reptile's mouth when he dispatched it. Its stomach contained two rabbits and his missing 5-lb. weight. Great snakes!


Montrose - Donning their riding habits, on Saturday, Sept. 5th, our popular liveryman, William A. Harrington and Minnie C. Stoddard, mounted their favorite ponies, "Spot" and "Whistle," for the purpose of taking an enjoyable horseback drive through the picturesque country. It was just at the sunrise hour, when they dismounted and entered the Presbyterian Manse, on Maple St., where in the quiet of the early morning, Rev. John M. MacInnis pronounced them man and wife. They then took breakfast with the groom's Mother, at Ferncliff Farm in East Bridgewater, after which they continued their drive. The beautiful Elk Mountains and Fern Hall, at Crystal Lake, were among the points visited.


Susquehanna - Work is progressing rapidly on the new concrete dam that is being constructed across the river for the Susquehanna County Electric company. The old wooden dam had been badly damaged by high water and floods and it was decided to replace it with a more substantial structure.


News Brief: The low condition of the water has caused much typhoid through all the State. We will undoubtedly live in dread of this disease until an educated public insists upon proper filters.


September 19 (1908/2008)



Lemon, Wyoming County - Some one discovered recently that the Lehigh station at Lemon, on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh, had been partially torn down, and was being rapidly carted away. The officers were there soon after, trying to find out what became of the missing parts of the building and who has them. The Lehigh has often been broken into, but this is the first time that an attempt has been made to carry off a whole station.


Franklin Forks - The fire which has been raging on James Murray's hill, has finally been put out. It did not do much damage to anybody but Mr. Murray. AND In Upsonville, the Garland & Rought quarry has shut down.


Susquehanna - Henry T. Birchard, formerly editor of the Susquehanna Transcript, is now editor of the Nicholson Record, of which Hon. Moses Shields, Jr. is owner. Mr. Birchard brightens the pages of any paper with which he is connected. AND Last Evening Erie locomotive No. 1515 crashed through the sidewalls of the new Erie roundhouse and plunged down the 25 ft. embankment, burying its nose in the cinders and finally bringing up against a large concrete retaining wall at the river bank, which kept it from going into the river. The locomotive was steamed up and ready to make a trip over the Jefferson branch, but no one was aboard when it started on the destructive tour. It is said that a leakage in the throttle was what started it. The engine is not badly damaged.


Lenox - The authorities have requested the police of various cities to be on the lookout for Fred Johnson, alias "Yorkie," who is alleged to be the leader of the gang of three men who tortured an aged farmer named Edmon [Edwin] Hartley, near Glenwood. He is described as about 5' 11" in height, dark hair and grey eyes, and wore a double-breasted black suit.


Forest Lake - J. M. Noble has returned from his second trip to Kansas and is preparing to remove there, where his father, Enoch Noble, and his brother, Dr. Noble, already live.


Harford Fair Notes - E. E. Conrad will take your tintype, C. E. Knapp will put your photo on a button and James Walsh will sell you more whips for $1.00 than you can buy any other place. Williams Bros will conduct the dance hall, etc., Roberts Bros., Jackson, will serve you with a first class dinner and W. B. Main will be there with his new merry-go-round.


Little Meadows - Dennis Butler is building a new barn. They raised it Saturday and expect to have it complete in two or three weeks, so they will give a large dance.


Apolacon - Water is so scarce in this part of the country that it is almost impossible to remain a prohibitionist.


Uniondale - Mr. Aylesworth, of East Lenox, came last Monday, took his wife and a load of barrels home with him. AND The principal and two lady sub teaches are boarding this term with Mrs. Charles Lyon, on Church street.


Springville - The general complaint throughout the land is failing streams and wells, dry and hot weather and lack of rain. Now this week is the Montrose Fair, that generally brings rain, but should this fail I think the next best thing to do would be to advertise in the one-cent-a-word column of the Democrat for rain. That nearly always gets a favorable response.


Clifford - Miss Narola Rivenburg will resume her work in the India mission field, after spending the past year with relatives in the vicinity of her former home. Her father, Dr. Sidney Rivenburg, is engaged in the work.


Montrose - In the chapel of St. Mary's Convent of Mercy, in Wilkes-Barre, September 5th, Miss Alice Dolan, the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Dolan, of Montrose, took the black veil of the Order of Mercy, and hereafter will devote herself to teaching in the convent school of the order. She is now known as Sister Constance. Bishop Hoban, of Scranton, and Fr. A. T. Brodrick and Fr. Wm. J. Gibson, of Montrose, were among the clergy present. She was at once assigned as a teacher in St. Mary's Convent School at Plains, Pa. Among those present were her parents, two sisters, Bina and Ethel, and Miss Belle Patrick, all of Montrose.


Rush - A fine new bell has been placed in the belfry of the M. E. church.


Hallstead - A double wedding occurred Sept 17 at the Catholic church, the parties being Miss Ana Doyle and James Condon and Miss Mary Doyle and James E. Paden.


Flynn - Thomas Flynn and family are about to move to Friendsville where he is to run a blacksmith shop and also wagon repairing.


Ararat - The Glover reunion was held at the home of Thomas Glover and about 100 persons were present. A large dining tent was pitched for the occasion.


Forest City - Forest fires are raging on all sides of us and the damage will amount to many thousands of dollars. The underbrush is so dry that the flames are carried forward on the wind, with incredible speed, and those who have been fighting their advance say that it is almost a waste of energy. Constable Decker, with a force of men, has been trying to hold back the fire on the Hagen tract, west of the town, and lumberman Cole has assembled another force, which has been protecting his lumber tract on the Moosic. The fires extend as far north as the eye can reach and the smoke has been so dense at times that the sun appeared to be merely a ball of fire. It is said that the flames eat down into the roots of vegetation and have done more damage than in any year within the memory of the people.


News Brief: In Le Mans, September 16, on the field of Auvours, Wilbur Wright, the aeroplanist of Dayton, O., eclipsed all European records for sustained aeroplane flights. He remained in the air for 39 minutes and 18 3-5 seconds. This gives the Wright brothers the records for both hemispheres. Mr. Wright circled over the field at an average height of 45 ft. He turned and twisted in every direction, and his complete mastery of the aeroplane aroused great enthusiasm from the spectators. It is estimated that he covered 26 miles.


September 25 (1908/2008)



Hallstead - John Fernan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fernan, while flying a kite from a box car in the Hallstead yards Tuesday, fell a distance of about ten feet from the top of the car. He received a compound fracture of the right leg, a badly sprained arm and was otherwise cut and bruised. Dr. Rosencrance attended the young man, who is getting along nicely.


Susquehanna - J. H. Doolittle, one of Susquehanna's oldest and best-known citizens, died early last Friday evening. He was one of that town's pioneer hardware men and was respected for his sterling qualities. AND Capt. R. H. Hall, the well known Susquehanna pension attorney, died at his home Sept 16, from a general breakdown of health. The deceased was about 66 years of age and had resided here since 1865. He was a veteran of the war, having seen three years of active service in the 89th New York Infantry. He had gained considerable practice in prosecuting pension claims and was engaged the Saturday previous to his death preparing a number of claims for an increase.


Hopbottom - Work at the apple evaporator has commenced. This gives employment to a goodly number of people.


Montrose - The unfailing source of water supply, which Montrose has, is shown by the height of water in Lake Mont Rose, where the town gets its water. The lake is not lowered to any appreciable extent, the big springs feeding it steadily and consumers have used unstintedly from the spigots for household, garden, lawn and street purposes. The vegetable growth, however, will always give it at times an unpleasant taste, and until the water company installs a filtering plant there will ever be dissatisfaction. With this improvement the town would have one of the purest and best water systems in the country.


Franklin Forks - Miss Julia Wheaton left last Saturday for New York, where she will attend Pratt Institute.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. - The feature of the closing night of the summer amusement season at Luna Park, Long Island, was the awarding of 25 building lots to the persons who drew the lucky numbers. Miss Lena Barnard, of this place, who is visiting her sister, Mrs. Will Benson, in Buffalo, N.Y. was one of the lucky ones, and her reward will be a $100 building [lot] located in a tract at Riverhead, L.I.


Middletown Centre - Married, on Sept. 9, George Phillips, of this place, and Miss Sarah Wood of Spencer, N.Y.


Lenoxville - Messrs Wayne Stephens, Willie Knickerbocker, Claude West and Misses Freda Robinson, Faye Hallstead, and Edna Brownell, took an "auto" trip to the Electric City, last Saturday.


Brandt - The little town of Brandt, on the Jefferson division, received an irreparable injury Friday in the destruction of the plant of the Brandt Chemical Co., by fire. The flames were started by an explosion of acids and as there is no fire department in the place, the inhabitants fought the fire with a bucket brigade, but to little purpose.


Springville - The marriage of L. Anna Lyman to Homer L. Smith, of Montrose, is announced to take place at St. Andrew's Episcopal church, Thursday, Oct. 1, 1908 at 1 o'clock.


Jackson - Nothing but smoke and dust can be seen at present. The water is failing in wells and streams. Oh how much we need rain, so much damage being done by fire.


Uniondale - There are fires in every direction. A Russian family over the mountain east from here went one day last week with farm produce to Forest City and when they returned found their house, barn and all its contents burned to the ground. All they had left, except their land, was the horse and wagon they had with them. AND Thieves recently entered the cellar of J. N. Corey and secured several cans of fruit.


Apolacon - What came very near being a very serious runaway was narrowly averted by the good judgment used by the team in question. One day last week Newton Lent, proprietor of Wyalusing Lake Farm, was drawing lumber from Bear Swamp mill. Mr. Lent went behind the wagon to close a gate and the horses took it in their heads to skidoo, which they did and ran at breakneck speed across the flat to the foot of the hill, where they stopped.


Forest City - Perhaps it isn't generally known that the school board was in the farming business this summer. They raised a crop of oats on the No. 2 school grounds from which they realized a ten dollar bill. Paul Warhola was the successful bidder for the field and the harvested the crop himself. The oats were sown to get a good sod for grass.


South Auburn - Miss Ruth Love entered the Norristown Hospital last week where she will receive training as a nurse. AND At Shannon Hill Mrs. James Keogh and daughter, May, helped Miss Marcella clean out her schoolhouse last Friday.


Fires: There have been many forest fires along the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna Valley Railroad, recently. The trains were veritable firebugs some days, leaving long stretches of fires behind them, at times. Charlie Post put out four fires on his land Monday and more or less other days, watching it daily for the past week. At Coon's crossing, Mr. Corfield had to fight fire; and others all along the line. Very serious damage was done on the Cope place at Dimock, and at E. O. Bailey's. Geo. P. Wells and J. Shannon had fields and woods set fire from engine sparks and it was by heroic fighting that their buildings were saved, as the flames spread rapidly.


Remedy for Typhoid Fever: As recommended by one who has seen it repeatedly tried successfully. Take old-fashioned gunpowder, pour boiling water on it, and let it cool, then take one teaspoonful every hour. The gunpowder settles to the bottom and is not to be taken, but simply the water. This is both a sure cure and preventive.


October 02 (1908/2008)



Rush - Charles Flumerfelt, of Rush, Susquehanna county, visited his brothers, Daniel and John, at Tunkhannock. He has been located on the Wyalusing creek since 1869, and for about twenty years prior to that time he lived on Prospect Hill, Tunkhannock.


North Jackson - The North Jackson M. E. church celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the church recently. Four of the original members of the church, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Williams and Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Chase, were present, and gave interesting reminiscences of the dedication of the church.


Hallstead - John E. Clune has completed the changes and improvements on the interior of the Hallstead opera house. The windows have been changed and made modern and the side walls and interior have been repapered in red and dark green. The wood work is also painted in dark green, and as it stands completed now it is one of the neatest and most attractive opera houses in Northern Pennsylvania.


Brookdale - Wm. Chalker is suffering with blood poison in his hand.


Ararat - Rev. Mr. Brandt Supt. of the Anti-Saloon League, delivered a temperance sermon in the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, giving illustrations on a map of the United States, which was both helpful and interesting in the cause of temperance.


Gelatt - Walter Lewis has dug a well this dry time and found abundance of water at a depth of eight feet. We are glad to note that the long-looked for rain is here this morning, and I think it will check the fire that was raging so hard yesterday at Ararat.


Heart Lake - Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leslie, Sept. 24, twin girls.


Alford - The much needed rain came today.


Forest Lake - Some of the finest blooded stock ever offered in the county at public sale will be made at the big sale of stock on the Griffis farm in Forest Lake township, Oct. 8th. Dairymen should remember the date.


Montrose - Winfield W. Hickok and family have removed to Binghamton, where Mr. Hickok has accepted employment in the bottling department of the Kilmer Swamp Root Manufactory. AND A two-horse load of young fellows attended the Harford fair, making the trip in one of the Liveryman Cox's handsome surreys. A farmer driving ahead of them proved too slow, and to avoid the dust they attempted driving past, taking the ditch. Wheels locked in a warm embrace, the farmer's proving too strong a vehicle and they lost a wheel. Appropriating a wheel from a carriage standing in a farm yard they used it to get their own chaise repaired and managed to get back all right Friday morning ere the cocks had stopped crowing. The trip cost a good ten-spot and the boys say they will wait until flying machines or aeroplanes are perfected before making another such long journey from home.


Fairdale - The hearts of all were made glad last Monday when the refreshing showers came so gently. All nature seemed to rejoice and everybody was happy.


Middletown - The baseball game on Thursday between Little Meadows and Middletown resulted in a decided victory for the home team.


Bridgewater - That there are persons who exhibit a penchant for the yellow-legged fowl is indicated by the report that R. L. Bush, a farmer residing southwest of town, had his hennery entered a few nights since and half a dozen fowls taken. It should serve as a warning to others. Meanwhile Mr. Bush sleeps 'o nights with one eye open, the double-barreled shotgun loaded with rock salt and nails and trusts the light-fingered gentry will come by the light of the moon and try to carry off some more of his Plymouth Rocks.


Susquehanna - The Erie railroad tracks near Asa Baker's farm on the Susquehanna division, resembled a slaughter house Thursday morning. Eleven of Mr. Baker's cows and two bulls during the night broke through the fence and wandered along the track. Two trains passed this point at 4:18 this morning. When they had passed the herd had been cut to pieces. Six cows were killed outright and five other cows and one of the bulls died later. One full is alive, but badly hurt. The loss is a very serious one to Mr. Baker.


Clifford - C.G. Stevens, of Lenoxville, took some of our townsmen to the Allentown fair in his big auto. The party was composed of Merchant Bennett, L. E. Lee, Jefferson Hobbs, and J. D. Tripp. All report a good time.


Factoryville - About two years rgo an improvement society was organized which did great things for our town. Street lamps were purchased, sidewalks were repaired and new ones built, trees were planted, buildings painted and posters stripped from building and fences. But where, oh where has the improvement society gone? We no longer venture out at night without a lantern, for darkness reigns supreme save on moonlight nights, and one is in peril who tries to walk over some of the streets after dark. Gorgeous posters and advertising signs now stare us in the face by day from trees, fences and even buildings. If the improvement society is asleep, who will awaken it? If dead, who will resurrect it?


Lynn - Charles Hartman, who was badly hurt by a flying pulley during the haying season and had his skull fractured, went to an hospital in Philadelphia on Sunday to have an operation performed. It seems that when the wound began to heal, the skull began to settle on his brain, so that the doctors thought an operation necessary.


Vestal Center - Henry Jenner, from near St. Josephs', visited relatives here Sat. and Sunday. Although very old, he is remarkably smart, he having walked the entire distance of 10 miles.


News Brief - The city clerk of West Chester, Pa., received a marriage license through the mail, Aug. 31st, which he had issued to a resident of that place last May. The paper was indorsed across the face: "Returned, because I got out of the notion." AND There is a demand for good boys. The boy who is honest, earnest and industrious, will not be long out of a job. There are lots of prosperous business men, merchants and mechanics, who are constantly on the outlook for good boys. They do not look for them on the streets, however, but in some sort of employment. They have no use for an idle boy. He is to apt to make an idle man. The boy who jumps into the first job that offers, whether it is agreeable or not, is the boy who is chosen when the boy-hunter comes along. The boy trundling the wheelbarrow is taken while the boy playing marbles in the shade is left; they boy cheerfully minding the baby on the front step is invited to put on a boy's suit, which the one playing hockey and smoking cigarettes is refused a place to drive a dirt cart.


Auburn Corners - T.S. Kellogg and daughter, of Dalton, visited his brother, T. F. Kellogg, and purchased a fine cow. AND while returning from Springville Miss Verla Shaw's horse was frightened at an engine and partially wrecked the wagon. Fortunately none of the occupants were hurt.


Howard Hill - R. M. Borne is having a serious time with his hand, at present he is not able to do much. A few of the neighbors made him a wood bee and got him a nice pile of wood.


Uniondale - Report says that Henry Corey, of this vicinity has taken to himself a wife.


October 08 (1908/2008)



Montrose - Mrs. Jessie B. James and corps of assistants, consisting of her daughters Misses Annah and Vida, and Miss Emily Lott, are exhibiting one of the most unique displays of trimmed hats at her fall opening this week, at her millinery parlors on So. Main St., that has come under the writer's observation in some time. The store is tastefully decorated with autumn leaves and handsome ribbons, veils, etc., which tend to attract the eye of the fair sex and make their visit to the store a profitable one, not only to the pocket book but a treat to the eye of the lover of handsome millinery as well. It might well be added that the fall hats for the ladies are as a rule larger than ever as will be noticed on our streets, so much so that it is often times hard to tell who is under them.


North Jackson - E. A. Page, aged 86 years, died at his home Monday, Sept. 28, after a few days' illness. All his family had preceded him in death and he was the oldest of three sons of the late Eli Page. He had resided for 60 years on the farm where his death occurred. Interment at North Jackson.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - But very few from this place attended the Harford fair on account of the dusty roads. AND Charles Savige, of Brooklyn, made a business trip to Scranton and also visited at Wyoming Seminary and took in the football game at Wilkes-Barre between State College and Carlisle Indians.


Laurel Lake - Miss Celia Donovan had the misfortune to have her arm broken by being thrown from a buggy. AND At Silver Lake it was decided that M. J. Hanagan must have filled his silo, for we have had a heavy rain fall.


Fair Hill - John Shelp, of Minnesota, is shipping some apples to his home, as he thinks eastern apples far ahead of the western varieties.


Hop Bottom - Why is it our public schools are being maintained at an enormous cost to the public? The majority of scholars at the present day do not average much better than scholars did two years ago. AND Miss Candace Brown is the new principal in the high school in place of Prof. Leonard who resigned.


South New Milford - John Gleason fell about two feet while picking chestnuts, striking his stomach against a limb and hurting him quite badly, but nothing very serious.


Thompson/Susquehanna - Gio Di Lorenvo, the Italian who had his left leg filled with bird shot in Thompson, recently, when found in a potato patch, had the leg amputated at the Simon Barnes Memorial Hospital ay Susquehanna. The leg was amputated above the knee. Lorenvo, it seems, was helping himself to potatoes from a patch owned by Arthur Smith. The latter had been troubled with similar depredations and didn't propose to put up with such actions long. Consequently when he saw Lorenvo digging the tubers without permission he let fly a charge of bird shot. It is likely nothing will be done in the matter by either Smith or Lorenvo, so far as carrying it into the courts, as both are satisfied to let the matter rest where it is.


South Gibson - Thinking to have some fun, neighbors of James Pickering, on East Mountain, tied tin cans to the tails of his oxen when they came to drink. The frightened animals ran for home at great speed. One lost his can and reached home in safety but the other broke a blood vessel and died on the way. The result of the fun was that the parties had to pay for the dead ox.


Springville - The Guild Meeting of St. Andrews church was held Oct. 3rd at the home of Mrs. Leigh Estus, one mile from town. There was a good many ladies in attendance and a pleasant time, thanks to our hostess. Some of them received quite a fright by meeting an automobile on the way. Sometimes it is hard to say which is the more frightened, the horses or the ladies.


South Harford - The construction of the new road near Harding School house, will be let to the lowest bidder on Oct. 15, at 10 o'clock. About 150 rods of road including one bridge. We will be on the ground Thursday at 10 o'clock with the specifications. We reserve the right to reject any or all bids. R.A. Manson, A.F. Lewis, P.F. Forsythe, Supervisors of Harford.


Glenwood - Walter Johnson, alias "Yorky," one of the three men who are alleged to have tortured an aged farmer, Edwin Hartley, at his home near Glenwood, by applying a red hot ploughshare to the soles of his feet in order to extract an admission from him where $1,000 was hidden, was arrested last week at Horton's Switch, N.Y., and is now in the Montrose [county] jail. The crime in which "Yorky" and his companions, Wandall and Thompson, are alleged to have participated, was committed on the night of Aug. 22. Thompson and Wandall were arrested soon after the perpetration of the crime but "Yorky" stuck to the woods and swamps in the neighborhood of Foster, Nicholson and Glenwood and remained there, it is supposed, a week or more. He was encountered once or twice but warded his pursuers off with a revolver in his hand. "Yorky" was located at the place at which he was arrested a few days ago, and Constable William Bennett, of Susquehanna county, being informed of the fact, went in search of his man. "Yorky" offered resistance, but the constable being accompanied by a posse of citizens, heavily armed, it was capture or death for "Yorky" and he preferred a trial to summary execution and surrendered.


McKinney's Mills - Mrs. Wm. Hahn, on going to her hen house, discovered a big milk snake coiled twice around the outer edge of a nest on which a hen was sitting. She called a farm hand and when the snake was disturbed it crawled under the hen for safety. The old Plymouth Rock made no objection, and it was necessary to kill the snake,


Lenox - On Wednesday of last week, as F. A. Jeffers was raising his barn preparatory to putting in basement stables, the blocking on one side gave way and the barn tipped over. On Friday the neighbors kindly made a "bee" and cleaned away the debris. The entire building will have to be rebuilt.


October 16 (1908/2008)



Dimock - Hunters are more numerous in the woods than game.


Lynn - Apples are bringing only 60 cents per hundred, hardly worthwhile to pick them. Potatoes are worth 65 cents a bushel, and still the potato is better than the apple crop. Why don't they bring a price in proportion?


Starrucca - Angus Smith, aged 91 years, one of the early pioneers of Susquehanna Co., died at his home in Starrucca on Tuesday. He was a large manufacturer of wood acid for many years, but has been retired for some years.


Brooklyn - F. B. Jewett drove his span of grays with a carriage containing five grown persons, from Brooklyn to Foster [Hop Bottom] station, a distance of about 4 1/2 miles one day last week, in 23 minutes and let them walk up both grades and met the early train for Scranton just as it was drawing into the station. AND Ira Johnson, who is proprietor of one of the school wagons that cart the children from the Watrous district to Brooklyn, met with an accident one morning last week. He had been to Brooklyn with the children and returned to A. J. Smith's, where he was loading some apples to take to Hopbottom, when it is supposed that one of the horses kicked him. He was found unconscious beside the wagon, and remained so all day.


Montrose - D. V. Gardner's cigar store, pool and billiard rooms are now heated by steam from a thoroughly modern plant installed by J. J. Ryan & Co. "Dave's" new quarters are second to none outside of the larger cities. AND Take in Washburn's big sensation at the colonial next Monday night. Fine moving pictures and interesting vaudeville will entertain you. The show that has delighted thousands of people. Don't miss it.


North Jackson - Through the kindness of Judson Savory the Epworth League Junior Band enjoyed a straw ride to Jackson and were royally entertained at the M. E. parsonage by Rev. and Mrs. Transue. About 25 young people made up the company.


Hallstead - Charles Connor has completed a fine map of the borough, which will be used to perfect a fire alarm system for the use of the fire department.


Great Bend - A very pretty autumn wedding was solemnized at St. Lawrence church, Wednesday morning, October 7th at 10 o'clock. Rev. Father Mack performed the ceremony, which made Margaret R. Dolan, of Brookdale, the bride of Leo. Walsh, of Silver Lake. The bride was handsomely attired in white lansdown trimmed with all over silk lace and wore a white picture hat and carried a white prayer book. The brides maid was Miss Catherine Dolan, sister of the bride, who also wore cream-colored lansdown with lace trimmings, and wore a hat to match. The groom was attended by his brother, John Joseph Walsh, and both wore the conventional suit of black. Immediately after the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride. The bride was the recipient of many beautiful and costly presents.


Elk Lake - James Cokely will have a public sale at his farm 1 mile west of Elk Lake, Tuesday, Oct. 17, of stock, tools, and last but not least a good dog.


Flynn - The Baldwin School is closed on account of Spotted fever existing on the premises of Leroy Edwards in that district.


Uniondale - The fair at this place was a decided success. The weather was fine and there was a large attendance. A special train was sent from Susquehanna for the occasion. The exhibits were much better than were expected for the first one and the people of Uniondale looked with pride upon the interest manifested by the entire county. The races were exceedingly good and conducted so fairly that no one disputed or doubted the right of the winner.


Ararat - Mrs. N. Brooks passed away the 3rd after an illness of two weeks, caused by a stroke, which she sustained on the night of the 19th of September, in her 90th year. Again we are called upon to mourn, this time for mother. Just three weeks ago from the day we laid brother George to rest in the family plot in the cemetery, the Angel of Death called for mother, and her sweet spirit hastened to meet her Lord, whose acquaintance she made 75 years ago. Three daughters and two sons are left to mourn her absence.


Auburn Four Corners - Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Adams entertained a dinner party on Tuesday in honor of their daughter Vera's sixth birthday. The ladies finished a quilt, which little Miss Vera had pieced during the past summer.


Susquehanna - Wm. Flynn was taken to Montrose by Constable W.H. Smithurst and placed in Sheriff Pritchard's custody. Flynn was quite disorderly in the "city of stairs" and rambled all around the town exercising his vocal organs most hilariously. Justice Williams gave him 30 days.


Rush - Herbert J. Truesdell, formerly of Rush, died at the State Hospital in Binghamton on Wednesday. He had been confined to that institution for the past year and was 52 years of age. Truesdell was in the famous prosecutions against George E. Green, Broome county's Senator, a couple of years ago, he being one of the main witnesses in the celebrated case that involved the sale of time recording clocks to the government and a mixture of graft and blackmail that held the attention of the people of a large section of the country, especially in this section, during the week of the trial in Washington. Truesdell was a man of considerable wealth at one time owning one of the best and most improved farms in the county, but his money slipped through his fingers toward the last and the farm was sold to satisfy his creditors. He was possessed of a keen, bright intellect and pleasing personality.


Forest City - The Farmers And Miners National bank of this place opened for business yesterday. Thirty thousand dollars was received in deposits during the day. During the afternoon the Forest City band rendered a concert in front of the banking house. A large number of people inspected the new business place and the handsome fixtures and furniture received a good deal of attention.


News Brief: The Pennsylvania state automobile tags for 1909 will be white with black letters, instead of yellow with black letters, as now in use. The tags will be ready in December. This year the sales of automobile license tags were almost 24,000, yielding over $70,000. The bulk of this money is used for road work, such as experiments with dust layers, engineering and other expenses, after deducting the cost of the division in charge of licenses.


October 23 (1908/2008)



East Lenox - East Lenox is to have a fine ball ground and race track for the young men and older ones, who are fond of sports. It is to be used next year for the first.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - There are some men who make a record for themselves for doing hard work, and among them is Charley Lott, who is 89 years old, and since haying this year has laid 40 rods of stone wall as a line fence between him and Johnnie Kernon, it all being 3 ft. high, digging and cleaning out the old stone rows before laying the wall, and also dug 50 bushels of potatoes, besides doing other work on the farm. Isn't that a record? If anyone can beat this let us hear from them.


Montrose - I. W. Oakley is located in his new store, formerly the Foote meat market, and has his goods attractively arranged. Its neat appearance and fine stock has been frequently commented on by those passing the store.


Great Bend - The American Chair Manufacturing Co. is receiving large orders and are obliged to work forces of men day and night. They are at present filling an order for 2100 dining room chairs to be shipped to Panama.


New Milford - At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Hartt, Wednesday, Oct. 14, their daughter, Miss Nina Hartt, was united in marriage to Leon Cole, of Heart Lake. Rev. J. W. Johnson tied the nuptial knot. Following a wedding trip they will reside at Heart Lake. AND Mrs. E. Cornell celebrated her 89th birthday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. M. Shelp, Oct. 7th. Those present were Mrs. Betsey Ford, 81 years old, Mrs. Seymour, 89, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Kent who are each 81, Mrs. Augusta Beebe, Of Montrose, Mrs. Manier, Mrs. Eliza Burdick and Mrs. Holden, of New Milford.


Brooklyn - The apples are all picked and mostly packed. E. S. Eldridge had the largest crop but the wind and dry weather caused a large percentage to drop. He had 553 barrels packed and has sent about a couple of thousand bushels to the evaporator at Foster. E.L. Weston had about 300 barrels, H. S. Estabrook, of Harford, and Fred Dean, of New Milford, bought the greater part, although a few took their apples to C. D. Dayton & Son. The price paid was 50 cents per hundred pounds for good hand picked fruit, and 25 cents per hundred pounds was paid at the evaporator.


Forest City - The Forest City band gave one of their enjoyable concerts on Saturday evening from the porch of the Muchiz House. AND Mrs. Wildenburger's Millinery Mark had a most successful opening last week. The odd styles and shapes and colors were a surprise to all but they sold like hotcakes and she has been compelled to reorder new patterns, which will be on display this week. Whether it be elegant simplicity or the most elaborate conception of the designers art that satisfies your millinery longing, we have it


Tirzah - What looked at one time to be a disastrous fire on the farm of John Reese, of East Mountain, was prevented by quick work over the telephone wire. An old house, hen house and 30 hens burned.


Uniondale - A most disgraceful affair occurred here last Wednesday evening. A young man from this place was standing on the hotel veranda talking with a young lady, when without any warning the high constable darted up behind him and gave him an uppercut in John L. style.


Hallstead - Dr. E. E. Tower, a veterinary, who is acting under the authority of the Government, has located in Hallstead, occupying the Noonan homestead on Franklin street. The Doctor comes from Philadelphia and will have charge of the John B. Williams Stock Company in the capacity of meat inspector. The John B. Williams Stock Company will ship stock there in car load lots and the stock will be butchered and prepared for the New York market at this company's establishment just west of Hallstead.


Lanesboro - Contractor W. E. Bennett has finished the large dam across the river for the Electric Light Company. This is the second large job of this kind that he has completed the past summer.


Lathrop Twp. - The children of Ellen (deceased) and Francis Lindsey are disputing the deed for a farm in this township. Did Ellen Lindsey have full title to the farm and does her surviving husband, Francis, have the right to occupy the premises? They contend that Francis Lindsey has no right to occupy the premises and proceedings were brought against him to dispossess him of the farm. A criminal suit was brought against him and he was convicted of assault and battery because of his attempts to hold the possession, claiming that his wife had the title to the farm and for that reason he had a right by courtesy to the use of it for life. The matter was argued three times before Judge Searle, who first found in favor of the children, and finally in favor of Mr. Lindsey, with the claim that the deed gave full title to his farm to Lindsey's wife and for that reason he had the right to remain in possession for that natural life. An appeal was upheld by the Superior Court. Now Francis Lindsey can remain in possession of his farm and his rebellious children must pay the cost. [Mr. Lindsey died in January of 1910.]


News Brief: Mrs. George C. Howard, 79 years old, famous as the original Topsy in the dramatized form of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," died at her home in Cambridge, Mass., on Friday. Her Maiden name was Caroline Fox, and she married Howard in 1844. He was an actor and manager, and was the first one to produce in dramatic form Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's slave story. In the play Mrs. Howard was the original Topsy, and her daughter, Cordelia, was the original Eva, while her husband was the first one to play the part of Mr. Sinclair. Mrs. Howard continued to play her original part of Topsy until 1887, when her husband died.