October 30 (1908/2008)



Forest Lake - Lewis M. Fessenden, a former Forest Lake boy, but now a successful ranchman in Montana, has been visiting in this vicinity during the past week. "Lew" is hale, hearty and happy, and confident that Taft will carry his state by a good big majority.


Birchardville - Frank Bolles, who makes the postcard views, has sold 30,000 since last spring.


Thompson - A. L. Craft, a well-known farmer residing in Thompson township, was instantly killed Saturday night when his team accidentally backed off an embankment on the road between Susquehanna and Thompson. He had been in Susquehanna at the Bryan Rally, and started home early in the evening. A few miles above Lanesboro he saw another team on the road and tried to get by. The road at this point is not very wide, and the driver of the other team pulled up in order to allow Mr. Craft's team to pass. The team is somewhat spirited and they began to back up, and before they could be stopped they backed over the embankment. In the fall Mr. Craft was instantly killed, his neck being broken. He was a Sergeant in Co. K., 16th New York Infantry, during the Civil War. He is survived by his wife, four daughters and three sons. The funeral was held from the Baptist Church at Thompson on Wednesday.


Montrose - The Montrose Juvenile Band is to make its debut in the parade to be held in connection with the county rally today. It has 18 members and is progressing under the leadership of Dr. F. S. Birchard. The band furnished music for a Prohibition meeting at Auburn on Thursday of last week and is doing remarkably well for a recently organized band, composed largely of youngsters.


Forest City - J. S. Courtright was here last week, where he was engaged in conferring with interested parties in this county and Wayne regarding the proposed bridge to be built jointly by the two counties across the river at that place. The structure will probably cost in the neighborhood of $7000. It is expected, however, that some of the expense will be borne by the D & H railway company, which promises to build across their tracks, and the Hillside Coal company will make a long fill that will assist in decreasing the cost of construction, both companies being anxious to have the bridge built, as it will be of benefit to them as well as to residents at this point.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - Dogs are making sad havoc upon the sheep in this vicinity. C. M. Brande and Reed Raub had five killed and several hurt last Monday night and after being frightened away, the dogs went in R. L. Bush's flock in Forest Lake township, killing one and injuring several others.


Auburn Four Corners - The Ladies' Aid will serve a chicken dinner at the parsonage election day. Come to vote early and get a good dinner.


Alford - Hauling apples is the chief business here. Eggs are 32 cents per dozen.


Gelatt - Fred Williams made quite a large sale of stock last week to a Scranton man. He sold three heifers and a span of mules. He got $300 for the mules.


Lawton - A pleasant social event was the annual banquet of the I.O.O.F., which was held at Millard's Hotel, Saturday evening, Oct. 17. Mrs. Fry, our skilled pianist, Mrs. Lelah Newton, an expert violinist, with Prof. Alger, who has had considerable experience with the trombone, furnished excellent music throughout the evening. The Odd Fellows, with their wives, numbering about 55, did justice to the elaborate menu consisting of every thing from oysters, chicken pie, and turkey to ice cream.


South Gibson - George Pritchard, one of our young and reliable merchants, and Miss Beth Estabrook, of Gibson, were married at the recent Binghamton fair.


Jackson - The North Eastern Telephone Co. is putting the long distance line through this place. AND The farmers are carrying off apples and potatoes to town.


Susquehanna - Some time ago the Erie Railroad put a ban on the use of intoxicants by its employees in the shops here. It has now posted notices at its various terminals that any employee detected drinking during working hours or reporting while showing the effects of intoxicants will be discharged. Detectives are watching the men and two of the oldest conductors on the system have been discharged by Superintendent Elston, of the New York division, for disobeying this order.


Brooklyn - Fred Miller is attending a Veterinary College at Toronto where he intends to take a full course. This is his second year. During his vacation he has had considerable practice.


Uniondale - Two retail butcher wagons pass through the town every week and D. B. Gibson sends meat from here to his own meat market in Forest City and others in Carbondale. AND People are rejoicing over the rain. Many wells are entirely dry and those that have water are very low. The streams below Lewis Lake are well patronized.


Hallstead - Jerry Haney, who lives near the bridge, met with a severe accident on Wednesday afternoon, which may result fatally. He was engaged in shingling an addition, which he recently built to his barn and lost his balance and fell to the ground, perhaps 12 feet. He struck on his back and one side and was rendered unconscious. Dr. Merrill was summoned, made him as comfortable as the nature of his injuries would permit, but could not determine whether he is injured internally. Mr. Haney is a veteran of the Civil war, an honest and industrious citizen, but has been particularly unfortunate. Only a few months ago two of his valuable cows were poisoned and early in the spring his barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground entailing a loss of $1000. Mr. Haney's many friends sympathize with him in his trouble now and hope he may recover.


Herrick Center - The Literary Society of the Herrick High School was held and called to order Friday 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school. The program was of a literary character, based on Arbor Day themed and also ended in exercises on the campus and tree planting.


November 06 (1908/2008)



Forest City - An old fashioned political demonstration, like those in vogue 12 or 16 years ago, was made by the Republicans on Saturday evening. Members of the G.O.P. to the number of 300 paraded behind the local bands and drum corps. They carried torch lights and Japanese lanterns and made a unique and striking appearance. R. S. Inglis was grand marshall. A platoon of horses were in the lead. The county candidates occupied carriages. A feature of the parade was a company of youngsters with a banner worded "The boys of today, the voters of tomorrow." Following the parade a rally was held in Muchitz's hall, which was crowded to the doors. In the auditorium were two score or more ladies. [William Howard Taft was elected President on Nov. 4, 1908.]


South Gibson - Word reached here a week ago that John Morgan died in a hospital in California. Mr. Morgan was traveling with a show and was kicked by a mule while shoeing it. A grave has been dug in Manzer Cemetery by the side of his mother, where his body will be buried when it arrives. [Another article reported that John died of typhoid fever on the 23rd in San Francisco. His father, Isaac, ordered that the body be sent to his brother, Wm., in Uniondale and brought to South Gibson for burial.]


Montrose - Daniel Wilson is the new porter at the Tarbell House [presently the County Seat Hotel] and the way in which he is attending to the duties connected with this well managed house causes his work to be commented favorably upon by its guests. "Dan" has the "Gold Dust Twins" beaten when it comes to keeping neat and clean. Also, Photographer Bronson has completed for Mrs. Abbott a set of very fine photos of "Old Tim," the monstrous yellow cat at the Tarbell House. Tim is in his 15th year now, and unlike other cats, has lived a most conservative and useful life. He possesses only one tooth, and his gate is slow. He has been the pride of the Tarbell House since he was a kitten.


Susquehanna - The Erie Railroad has issued an official order prohibiting the throwing of rice and confetti at the bride and groom just starting off on their honeymoon trip. If the customs must be obeyed and the old tokens of good luck thrown on the happy couple, it must be done elsewhere than at the railroad station or at the train.


Hallstead - Engineer Miles Fisher, Sr., a highly respected citizen of Hallstead, was instantly killed in the yards in that place on Sunday. He was employed as engineer on a switch engine nights, and was in the habit of walking to the roundhouse during the afternoon. Following his usual custom he started from home to go to the roundhouse and had to cross the tracks to reach the same, and at the time Train #56 was pulling over the crossovers into the yards. It is supposed Mr. Fisher thought the train was coming up the main track, as he stepped directly in front of the engine and was badly cut up. Mr. Fisher was one of the oldest and most trustworthy railroad men on the road, and his death is sincerely regretted in railroad circles. His two sons and son-in-law are employed by the Lackawanna and another son was formerly employed by the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna.


St. Joseph - All-Hallowe'en was observed by many of our young people who in fantastic attire paraded from door to door, making calls and creating great fun in the homes of those who were treated to a visit.


Springville - Well, the agony is over. Fill your coal bins, winter is coming. The "Merry Widow" hat has disappeared. Oct. 20th, last year, we had four inches of snow. AND Harry Williams lost a horse Sunday night. Quite a misfortune, as Harry is a hard working young man and needs a team in his business.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - James McGrain and Mary Fitzsimmons were united in marriage by Rev. Holmes, last Wednesday, after which a dinner was served to the immediate friends. The bride received $145 in cash besides other fine presents. They left on the evening train for Sayre and Binghamton. They will reside on Craig Hill where the groom has a farm and has been repairing his house and has it partly furnished ready to go to housekeeping.


Glenwood - The summer is gone and cold weather is upon us. How many have gathered up stores enough to carry them through the storms of the cold weather?


Fairdale - The Terry's moved their sawmill back to Lawton on Monday. We were sorry to have them go for the people wanted to get out more logs during the coming winter for them to saw. They were ready to accommodate all as fast as they could.


Hopbottom - The ladies of the Universalist Church will have a chicken pie dinner and apron sale Nov. 11. Dinner served in time to accommodate the school children who wish it. Every one cordially invited.


Lawton - About one o'clock Saturday morning, Oct. 31, the barn of M. H. Juser was discovered on fire. The upper part was all in flames when first seen. Mr. Juser was able to get out a mare and colt, and a horse belonging to his father out of the basement. One of his horses was on the upper floor and was burned up together with two wagons and other farming tools, hay, fodder, etc. There was a small insurance on barn and contents.


Friendsville - Miss Duel, of Little Meadows, is again in town, with a full line of fall and winter millinery.


Oakland - At the present time Oakland is facing a serious epidemic of diphtheria and scarlet fever. The number of cases is increasing daily and up to last night three cases have been attended to with fatal results. The Oakland Board of Health is doing all in its power to check the disease, but it is not receiving the cooperation of the citizens, who, it is asserted, openly violate the quarantine. Susquehanna has a large number of cases of scarlet fever at the present time.


Lenox - Claude Hardy is home to help "save the country" by casting his first presidential vote.


Dimock - The "Mummers" were out celebrating Hallowe'en. Many things were moved about but no damage done.


November 13 (1908/2008)



Silver Lake - The death of Edward W. Rose, one of the best-known and oldest residents of Silver Lake, occurred at his home in that place on Monday, Nov. 9th. His death came as a peaceful termination to a long, well spent life. He was born in Silver Lake Twp. in June 1821, to Dr. Robert H. and Jane (Hodge) Rose and was the last survivor of a family of seven children--three sons and four daughters. He was born and grew to manhood on the beautiful Rose estate, which his father, a man of more than ordinary strength of character and educational attainments, had claimed from the wilderness. Edward married Miss Marian Simpson, a native of Scotland, whose parents, John H. and Agnes Simpson, came from Scotland and settled at Silver Lake when she was a child. To Edward and Marian were born five children. His son, Robert, cared for his father in his home in Binghamton during the latter years of his life, but his heart always longed for the scenes of his younger years and where he spent the most of his life.


Birchardville - Jim Perkins stole three bags of grain from Fred Dayton one night recently. The grain was stored in Tom Wescott's barn, on the Quick place, and Mr. Wescott was informed by night hunters that there was a light in his barn. On arriving at the barn Mr. Wescott saw Perkins but kept himself secluded. Perkins loaded the grain and drove away. Wescott informed Dayton and they easily tracked him on the Wyalusing creek road, overhauling him at Rushville. Without a warrant, Wescott showed Perkins the muzzle of a revolver and ordered him to turn about and return the grain to the barn. When near Lawton, Perkins jumped from his wagon and ran down the bank, and hasn't been seen since.


Hallstead - A most distressing accident occurred when Henry Doherty, Jr. was struck by a Lackawanna train and instantly killed. After leaving school Henry, with a companion, Willie Russell, started down the tracks to the slaughter house, just west of the silk mill. Engineer Eugene Swartz, saw the boys and blew the whistle, but they did not seem to hear it. The Engineer endeavored to get his heavy train under control, but as they were running at a high rate of speed it was impossible to stop the train in time. Young Russell looked around, saw the train coming and shouted to his companion to jump, at the same time clearing the track at a single bound. The Doherty boy was struck with terrific force and thrown about 100 feet.


Jackson - There will be a meeting of the Jackson Library Association at the Central Hotel on Tuesday evening, Nov. 17. Every one interested in keeping up a library in this place is invited to attend.


Lawton/Flynn - The location of the Rush church that has been in dispute for some time is finally decided, to remain on the old site, after a thorough investigation of the reasons pro and con made by the Bishop of Scranton. Several reasons were advanced by the people of Flynn why a church established 50 years should be taken away from the graves of the dead founders, and the majority of 28, and builtin sight of the Friendsville church. It finally became a question of the majority and it was for the old site. What work that can be done this winter will probably be begun at once, and as soon as spring opens it will be pushed to completion. There has been $2100 raised already and more in sight.


Little Meadows - Mrs. Lawrence Hickey, aged 80 years, died Nov. 6, at the home of her son, Michael Hickey. She is survived by three sons, John of Choconut, Michael of Little Meadows, and James of Warren, Pa, and one daughter, Mrs. Michael Kiley, of Little Meadows. The funeral was held from St. Thomas church in Little Meadows.


Montrose - Jeweler F. B. Smith and Frank Caruso, the well-known shoemaker, are making arrangements to move from their present quarters to the store lately occupied by D. V. Gardner. The large room will be divided, improvements made and occupied by them jointly.


Thompson - Willie Walker has quit the railroad and has taken charge of his father's shoe store on Jackson street. He is a reliable fellow and deserves success in his new business.


Lenox - In court this week "Yorky" Johnson and William Wandall, the robbers who tortured Edwin Hartley at his home near Glenwood, in an attempt to extort money from him, surprised many by pleading guilty to the charges brought against them. Sheriff Pritchard, in a conversation, attributed the action of these men as a direct result of the meetings held bi-weekly in the jail, at which divine principals have been expounded to the inmates. Other results have been noticed and the sheriff is quite loud in his praise of those who have been conducting them, Rev. Mr. Solani and E. D. Bronson.


New Milford - Citizens of New Milford turned out in great numbers and celebrated the election of the genial Colonel Pratt to congress. Four hundred men pulled the Congressman-elect, of the Fourteenth Pennsylvania district, in a carriage to the Opera House. Speeches, handclasps, refreshments and a bonfire made a jolly good time.


Herrick - Herrick Center derived its name many years ago from a resident whose name was Herrick--a man quite prominent in affairs and whose body, it is said, was interred back of where the high school building now stands. Center derived its name from its location in the center of the township. About 20 years ago the Erie Railroad company extended its tracks through Herrick Center from Carbondale to Susquehanna. Later the N. Y. O. & W. extended its road through the small town, about a mile from the Erie. A large tannery was built about the time the Erie Railroad was built, and being along the small creek flowing through the town, was run by the aid of its water. About 12 years ago it caught fire in a very mysterious manner and was burned to the ground. Because of its not being rebuilt, many of the employees moved away, but the tannery residences were left, only to gradually fall to decay. The postoffice was first started in Truman and Henry Dunn's jewelry store below the railroad, near what is now Flynn's hotel, but which was then a boarding house; from there it moved into A. D. Barnes' store, and from there it was moved into a postoffice building with R. M. Tingley as postmaster. This building burned to the ground one night and soon the building now standing was built with Mr. Tingley still filling the office of postmaster. Before the Herrick Center postoffice was started, the nearest one was in Uniondale. The first sessions of school were held in a little building just above the corner near the blacksmith shop, with one of Herrick's (now) prominent citizens as pedagogue. Later, as the township increased in population and wealth, there was much disapproval in this mode of education, so by centralizing the numerous schools in the township, a magnificent school building was built on ground given for that purpose by Dr. A. L. Craft and Hon. C. I. Baker. This was transformed into a high school when it opened. It now stands as an example for surrounding high schools.


November 20 (1908/2008)



Snow Storm - With a fairly well defined snow storm to begin with on Saturday evening last the outlook for a long and rigorous winter was indeed quite flattering, despite the prophesies that there would be a remarkably open winter with little snow to speak of. Throughout the county the farmers were for the most part ready for whatever weather is to be doled out this winter. Usually they do not like to see winter come, but this year they were early with their corn husking, the October weather being much in their favor


Susquehanna - The first big basketball game of the season will be played at the Railroad Y. M. C. A. next Saturday evening, when the local five will meet the crack First Regiment quintet of Oneonta. Under the direction of Captain Wright, the team has been practicing for the past few weeks and is in fine condition. AND It is stated that the Erie Railroad Co. is to discharge all of its crippled employees on the system. If the order should be put into effect, it would be the means of hundreds of men losing their positions.


Bridgewater - S.E. Horton lost a pocketbook Tuesday containing quite a large sum of money. A pedestrian picked it up on the streets and left it at Morris' drug store, where it was restored to its rightful owner. Nothing like living in an honest community.


East Dimock - Quite a snowstorm Saturday evening. It makes us think of what is coming. AND Alvah Allen is digging a ditch to lay a pipe to bring water to his house and barn.


Clifford - A daring daylight burglary and assault was committed by three unknown men at the home of Wm. Tinker, one of Clifford township's oldest and most respected citizens, Wednesday of last week. Mr. Tinker, who is upwards of 80, lives alone with his housekeeper, Mrs. Wirtz, mother of Christopher Wirtz of this place. About 7 Wednesday morning they went to do chores and Mrs. Wirtz, on returning, was confronted by three men, one of whom pointed a revolver at her and demanded to know where Mr. Tinker kept his money. She told them he had no money in the house, whereupon they demanded what money she had and she turned over $2. Mrs. Wirtz was forced to retire to her bedroom and when Mr. Tinker returned the same demand was made to him. He at once turned to escape and the men attacked him with the butt end of the revolver, inflicting three deep wounds on his head, stunning him for the time being. The men ransacked the house then left. The only known valuables taken were a gold and silver watch and two rings. Mrs. Wirtz alarmed the neighbors and a search made. It is thought they started in the direction of Forest City. They were young men, shabbily dressed and wore caps and made no effort to mask their faces. The elderly couple was nearly prostrated by the affair. Mr. Tinker's injuries are not dangerous, but painful.


Friendsville - Dureta McMahon, wife of Cornelius McMahon, died Nov. 16 from heart failure with a complication of dropsy and liver trouble... The deceased was 64 years of age, having been born Oct. 16, 1846. Her parents were Patrick and Catherine (O'Connell) Horan. The funeral was held at St. Francis Xavier church, with interment in the cemetery at that place.


Montrose - The young ladies in charge of the Montrose Telephone and Telegraph Company's Exchange, entertained Misses Carrie Mead and Leta Winfield, the efficient Hallstead operators, on Tuesday last. The hours were enjoyably spent in chatting over the pleasant features connected with the "hello" profession. They were delighted with Montrose and added many new friends to their circle while here.


Franklin Twp. - A. S. Burrows, of Grand Forks, N. D., has been visiting this week in his former home here and in Montrose. Mr. Burrows was enroute from Boston where he attended the launching of the new battleship, the North Dakota. He was with the Governor's party of 80, which came to the launching on a special [railroad] car provided for the purpose and states they had a most enjoyable time. Mr. Burrows is aging, but is young at heart, well read, and an extensive traveler. He has been west nearly 25 years.


Alford - Our little hamlet, nestling between the hills, is beginning to take on a wintery appearance. Snow is on the ground in some places to quite a depth.


Great Bend - Virgil Eggleston, while on his way to his farm Tuesday evening, was run into by a team, his carriage smashed and he was thrown out on his head and shoulders, sustaining a dislocated shoulder and being otherwise seriously injured. He was taken to the home of John Hazard and the next morning removed to his home in this place. Owing to the intense swelling, Drs. Rosenkrans and Hines did not set it until Saturday.


Fair Hill, Jessup & Forest Lake Twp. - Miss Ethel Andre and Miss Leona Beebe, "hello" girls at Montrose, spent Sunday at their homes.


Springville - R. E. McMicken has an outfit for carrying loads of people wishing to go to Aid Societies, his team being the finest in this vicinity. He took a load down to J. K. Aldrich's last week.


Rush - Mr. and Mrs. Albert Butterfield died within five days of each other at their home in Denver, Colorado. They were former residents of this vicinity, having conducted the well-known resort known as the Mineral Spring House, near here, for many years. Mr. Butterfield, against the advice of his doctor, went to the polls election day to cast his ballot. He contracted pneumonia and died four days later. Mrs. Butterfield, unable to stand the grief occasioned by the death of her husband, followed him in death five days later. They were married for 35 years and were devoted to each other. Twenty-four years ago they moved to Denver where Mr. Butterfield was engaged in the real estate business.


Forest City - Mrs. Michael Karnes died at her home here Nov. 8th, after an illness of nearly a year. Deceased was born in Ireland and was aged 58 years and six months. Her maiden name was Delia A. Farrel. With her parents she came to this country when quite young and was united in marriage to Karnes in Honesdale, 42 years ago. Excepting a year in Boston they resided in Forest City the past 25 years.


Brooklyn - L. S. Ely has shipped about two tons of No. 1 honey from his bees this year and has quite a quantity on hand. The year has been good for bees, the late warm fall enabling them to work much longer than usual.


November 28 (1908/2008)



Harford - The encounter with a bear in Pike county, in which two Harford young men figured, calls back the time a couple of generations ago when wild animals were numerous in this section. Having used his last shot upon a huge black bear, which had wandered to the outskirts of the LaBarre hunting camp, near Peck's Pond, late Saturday afternoon, Ray Tingley, an 18 year-old youth of Harford, dropped unconscious from fright. His companion, another boy named LaBarre, manfully disputed the bear's attack and when but an arm's distance away sent a heavy 40.40 Savage rifle bullet direct to the animal's heart. The bear dropped dead across the body of young Tingley. Game Warden Charles Lowry, of Scranton, and other hunters in the vicinity came running up, attracted by the shots, and assisted LaBarre in removing the weight of the bear from Tingley and restoring him to consciousness. The bear weighed 400 pounds.


Jackson - Mrs. R. G. Lamb, one of Jackson s oldest residents, and widow of Rev. R. G. Lamb, a former pastor of Jackson Baptist church, died Thursday morning from the effects of severe exertion caused by fighting and sub-doing, single-handed, a conflagration in her home. It is believed the aged woman while seated at a table wrapped in a heavy quilt, fell asleep and knocked a lighted lamp from the table into her lap, setting the quilt on fire. After extinguishing the blaze she rolled the quilt up and placed it in the stairway. Being somewhat exhausted she retired and was aroused from a sound slumber by smelling smoke. Going to the stairway she found it to be a mass of flames. Unable to summon help for fear the fire would gain too great headway, she alone carried water and beat out the flames after a long struggle which taxed her strength to the limit, collapsing when the danger was over. About 8 o'clock in the morning she crawled to a window and attracted the attention of W.W. Larrabee, who was passing. Neighbors were notified and she was given every care, but lapsed into a comatose condition from which she did not recover, death resulting four days later. The deceased was a woman of literary attainments and a book of poems by her was published several years ago. She also wrote for many papers in this section of the state.


Montrose - Last Saturday was the big day for shipping turkeys over the Lackawanna from the station here and 80,000 lbs was the record established, probably the largest in the town's history. The principal shippers were Robinson, VanHorn, Raub, Hibbard and others.


Highlands - The Brushville Ladies Aid Society will meet at Mrs. Will Kenton's on Tuesday. Ladies will sew rags and the men will cut wood.


Auburn - J. C. Rifenbury, one of the pioneers of Auburn Twp., visited Montrose recently. He went into the them primeval forest and fell trees to build his first rude habitation. This was in the fifties, but the breaking out of the [Civil] war found him with his axe laid aside and with musket in hand fighting with the boys at the front. Upon his return he again took up the work of clearing a farm and now has one of the best in that vicinity. On his farm he still has 18 acres of the finest timber. Only the trees that fall from natural causes are taken out and consequently the woods retains its original beauty and grandeur.


Brooklyn - Oscar Stephens, son of W. B. Stephens, who was badly injured while playing football at the high school, is slowly improving. His kidneys were ruptured. Dr. A. I. Taylor, of Hopbottom, is attending him. AND Apples are selling for $1.00 per 100 lbs; eggs, 32 cents a dozen; turkeys, 16 cents live weight; potatoes 70 cents; potatoes 70 cents a bushel.


Forest City - The truant officer has been appointed and has already served several parents with notices to send their children to school more regularly. The real truants have been few in number but it still remains for every parent to see to it that his or her child attends every day unless prevented by sickness or death in the family. Adam Spyhalski returned to school after having spent some time working in the breaker. Joe Bugake and Peter Markizinski also returned from like positions.


Birchardville - Dana J. Edwards is advertising photographic work. He makes the copying of pictures into postcards a feature. Tiffany, Bridgewater Twp. - John Carter is one of the best-known horsemen in the county. He has the reputation of knowing the exact age, various owners, weight and complete record of every "hoss" within the boundaries of the county, and he has owned at different times a majority of them. There was a time when it was said that John had to make a trade in the morning before he had an appetite for his breakfast.


Thompson - Quite an excitement was raised in our midst last week over a hotel license. The very ones who have voted whiskey all their lives, got a hustle on them to defeat their neighbor in his supposed endeavor to secure one. Approaching "one of the fanatics" for help in the good cause, they were told that he would just as soon sign a petition for license, as he would vote for a law granting licenses. The excitement was up, nor need we tell who did the foaming.


Gelatt - The worst runaway we ever had took place Thursday evening. Benny Felton and Dock Pickering were on their way home from Burnwood where they had been hunting. When they got past Geo. Barnes place the horses got frightened at a pile of lime and jumped on the bank and threw the men out, and being near a bridge they ran off and it killed one and broke the back of the other.


Gibson - "Hipper," a valuable birddog belonging to F. W. Barrett, died Sunday and though but a dog he was a general favorite and will be greatly missed.


Laurel Lake - A mad dog came through from Binghamton as far as this place and bit several dogs. It then went back by way of Conklin Forks.


Ararat - Pierce Dunn, the Ararat checker expert, was the first turkey man in town this year. He has raised 150 of the Kings of the Thanksgiving table.


December 04 (1908/2008)



Old Soldiers - George E Woodruff, Walter E. Jackson and Hiram Sivers, of Montrose; Wm. B. Southwell, of Forest Lake; Andrew O. Tyler, of Tiffany, and Chas. M. Read, of Hallstead, left last week for the National Soldiers' Home in Tennessee. Wednesday morning Samuel McKeeby and Wm. H. Street, of Fairdale, left for the same institution, while about the middle of the month James S. Strange, of Birchardville, also contemplates going. The government takes good care of the veterans at the home, where they are not only in a congenial atmosphere, but where the climate is very mild and conductive to good health. Most of them are unable to stand our rigorous winters, but it is noticeable that those who have been t the home returned in the spring much benefited by their winter's sojourn. "Uncle Sam" furnishes transportation both ways, clothes and feeds them while in the home, and not one cent of cost to the veterans. His pension goes on the same. Surely we can feel proud of a government that looks after the veteran in his later years and glad that the men who underwent dangers and hardships in defense of the nation are permitted to thus enjoy themselves.


Uniondale - Otis Dimmock, aged nearly 91, died on the farm where he was born. His father, Marshall Dimmock, was one of the county's pioneer settlers. Otis's wife, who was Miss Caroline Burritt, died 11 years ago. Two sons, Theron B. and Norman B. Dimmock and one daughter, Mrs. D. L. Stevens, survive. A sister, Mrs. N. F. Reynolds, of Glendale, Cal., is the last survivor of the children of Marshall.


Herrick Center - The Thanksgiving dinner by the Old Peoples Association was held at the home of Wallace Tingley. AND The Sunday schools of Herrick Center are making extensive preparations for the celebration of Christmas. Who does not love to have a pleasant time on that day? Let us all try to make others happy by endeavoring to gratify the feelings and desires of the young and old, also by lightening the cares and toils of the poor.


Montrose - The Town Council ordinance committee was directed to draw an ordinance prohibiting the burial of any domestic or other animals within the borough limits. The purchasing and ordering committee was directed to order a carload of sewer pipe at once. The sewer committee was instructed to proceed to connect the sewer line on the east side of Grow avenue with the Bank hill sewer near the L.V.R.R. station. AND Chief of Police Tingley has his headquarters nights in the post office block. He can be reached over local or Bell ‘phone in time of need. The chief never sleeps and is "always on the job."


Auburn Twp. - Mrs. Stephen Loomis fell into an open cistern a few days ago, breaking some of the bones near the thigh and injuring herself in other ways so that she is likely to be helpless for some time. Taking advantage of the dry season, Mrs. Loomis stepped out of the house after dark, and forgetting momentarily about the condition of the cistern, plunged into it with the above results.


Franklin Forks - James Coyle is employed in the cut-glass works conducted by W. C. Smith. Mr. Smith is rushed with holiday orders and has more than he can attend to, even while employing extra help.


Forest City - Joe Kopyar, of this place, under sentence for an 18 month term in the penitentiary, broke from the county jail on Saturday, the 19th, and is still at large. Thomas Scanlon, a youth about 20, sentenced to Huntington Reformatory, escaped with Kopyar, but returned to jail a few hours later and gave himself up. This was the first intimation Sheriff Pritchard had of the escape. It is thought that John Likely, who went to jail with Kopyar, planned to leave with him but was too large to make an exit through the barred window. Kopyar and Scanlon cut away the lock on the hospital cell, which was considered unsafe and prisoners were not kept in it except when isolated from others when sick. It was through this cell that the famous jail breaker, Walter Brugler, twice made his escape, after sawing through the bars of a window on the west side, and it was through this same window that Kopyar and Scanlon made their exit. Scanlon fearing recapture, retraced his steps and rang the bell, it being quite late at night and the sheriff came to the door. Imagine his surprise when the supposed prisoner queried, "how many got away?"


Springville - R. L. Avery's store is soon to be lighted by gasoline.


Thompson - R. F. Howard and J. D. Miller have recently built a boat house at Wrighter Lake. They will also erect an ice house and finish their cottage before winter sets in.


Lawton - C. E. Gregory has purchased the Snyder school house property of R. O. Bunnell and is remodeling it into a dwelling and expects to move in about Dec. 1st.


Flynn - Edward Kelly, who is working at Fulton, N.Y. on the barge canal, is spending a few days with his sister, Mrs. John Maloney.


Glenwood - Earl Tourjee is working in South Gibson on the N. E. Telephone this week.


Niven - Wm. Johnson lost a valuable cow this week. The dog chased her and scared her so she jumped a fence and broke her leg.


Susquehanna - Stuart Kelly, a well-known ball player, was convicted of assaulting Chas. Barnes. The sentence was that he pay a fine of $50 and the costs, which brings the amount up to almost $200. Kelly paid the fine and the matter is at an end. All trouble came about through a misunderstanding between the wives and Kelly took the matter up and a fight resulted, and when it was at an end Barnes had a badly shattered jaw and was compelled to keep his head bandaged for several weeks.


Great Bend - John and Frank Chapot are arranging to go to Gloversville, N.Y. to operate a chamois factory. The factory which this firm has established here will be operated as heretofore. They are scientific tanners.


News Brief - A new goosebone weather prophet announces that the breast bone of the goose is marked very peculiarly this year. There is a dark spot here and there, making an accurate prediction difficult, indicating that the will be an open one with a very cold spell now and then. AND Winter is getting out of style nowadays, but we would like to have a good old-fashioned sleighride once in a while.


December 11 (1908/2008)



Forest City - One of the rarest musical treats Forest City has had an opportunity to enjoy in a long time was the concert given under the auspices of the Presbyterian church in the Baptist church, Tuesday evening, by the Blauvelt Ladies Club, the Arian Male chorus and the Carbondale Harmonic Society. There were over 50 in the party of the best of the Pioneer City's Musical talent. Reese B. Reese was the leader of the party and rendered a solo, "My Ain Folks," that was one of the best numbers on the program. A vocal solo by Miss Lowry, a vocal solo by Miss Moylan and Mr. Reese with the choral work of the combined party, furnished a program of surpassing merit.


Uniondale - Quite a snow and blizzard last night, followed by a nice rain this morning. It is hopeful it will continue until it breaks the water famine. A goodly number of families are borrowing water from their neighbors, where they have been fortunate enough to have good wells. Lewis Lake and the streams haven't been so low for many years as they are now.


New Milford - Col. C. C. Pratt, of New Milford, who was just elected to congress, is a very original and interesting personage. Whenever he talks he always says something that will probably arouse your combative instincts and also give you a new line of thought. He evidently has some unexpurged ideas on women's rights, for the other day he strayed into a convention of suffragists in Philadelphia and made the following remarks: "I have no objections to woman's voting from the man's standpoint, but I have a most decided objection from the woman's standpoint. In my estimation, business has within the past 24 years taken away about 50 per cent of all the qualities that go to make women lovable, and I would most earnestly plead that the other 50 per cent might not be destroyed by politics. Let a woman vote if she wants to but protect me from the woman who wants to."


Heart Lake - December 5, being the 50th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Whitney, about 50 of their friends and relatives gave them a pleasant surprise.


Brooklyn - The stores in the village have taken on a holiday appearance and many new things are on exhibition.


Rush - Simeon Oakes has had water placed in his house recently. AND New air pressure lights have been installed in the Baptist Church.


Springville - The "kid wagon" looks rather empty on its way to and from school. Springville seems to be afflicted with two evils, chicken pox and chicken thieves.


Susquehanna - Dr. Dixon, State Commissioner of Health, has decided to establish a tuberculosis dispensary here and Dr. Samuel Birdsall has taken charge. Until a suitable and permanent location can be secured for the dispensary it will be located in Dr. Birdsall's office and will be opened tomorrow. The object of the dispensary is to furnish medical examination, medicines and certain kinds of food when necessary to persons suffering from any form of tuberculosis and whose financial circumstances will not allow them to incur the expenses of such services and supplies.


Clifford - Walter Spedding, W. Morgan and Elmer Coil attended the shooting match at Lenoxville last Saturday. They reported a fine time, a big turnout, and that many ducks and pigs were carried away.


East Dimock - J. W. Bunnell is moving a large house for Mr. Bennett of Harford. Anyone needing buildings moved would do well to call on Mr. Bunnell. AND W. W. Kinner is going to make butter. Anyone in want of butter or buttermilk will know where to find it.


Harford - The physicians of Harford have arranged their fee bill so that there will be no variation in their prices, and after Dec.1 all night calls will be double the price of day calls.


Elk Lake - The lake was partially frozen over Dec. 6. AND W. H. Tanner has added a dry goods department to his grocery store.


Montrose - A former Montrose resident, Atty. C. S. Woodruff, of Scranton, who was principal of the high school, is one of President-elect Taft's intimate friends, having graduated with him from Yale. Mr. Woodruff has received a hearty invitation to attend the inauguration from the president-elect, who has kept in touch with him through correspondence all the years since graduation. AND A Montrose young man is after the chicken picking record. Carl Hawley, of Rogers' meat market, thought he had the art down to a pretty fine point, so a "watch was held on him" and he succeeded in cleaning the feathers off a good-sized fowl in just 40 seconds flat. Carl thinks he can go it a few seconds better, if necessary, but taking it leisurely, that is about an average speed. A Scranton young man established a record of 40 seconds, which brought about the interest


Herrick Center - While it may have been obligatory for neighboring districts and towns to close their schools, it has not been necessary to close our village schools on account of any infectious disease. A great many of these diseases are carried from social functions. We cannot lay all the blame on the public school. Some of these disease germs are carried from the "kissing match" that is so much engaged in by young people at social functions. The best time for one sex to kiss another is when they are big and are married, and are sure the opposite kisser is not "infected." AND It seems so strange that no one knows the time of or has a time table of the "Uniondale-Herrick Center" trolley line. It certainly is very inconvenient to travel from Herrick Center. Why not every one join hands and get to kicking and compel the Erie to put another passenger train.


Great Bend - Frank Ticknor died Wednesday, at the Simon Barnes hospital, in Susquehanna, as the result of injuries received in the Erie boiler shop a few weeks ago. Saturday his left leg was amputated and Ticknor was apparently on the road to recovery, but the shock and loss of blood proved too much for him. The body was taken to his home in Great Bend this afternoon


December 18 (1908/2008)



Brooklyn - The newest thing that has happened here is the arrival of a new physician, who has taken up his residence, hung out his sign and is ready to practice medicine. He is Dr. Williams, of Scranton, an up-to-date physician. He has taken rooms at Mrs. C. H. Tiffany's.


Kingsley - The stores in this place are handsomely decorated and a fine stock of Christmas goods is offered for sale.


Springville - The question of building a creamery, to be run on the co-operative plan, has been disturbing the minds and sleep of the farmers for a number of months. The momentous question having been disposed of by the decision not to build, the aforesaid gentlemen can "requiescat in peace."


Rush - Dr. Jenkins' dental office in the Stark block will be open Friday and Saturday. AND Several pupils of the Rush High School are quarantined, scarlet fever having broken out in the home of Victor Rutan, little Kenneth being the victim.


Montrose - With eight or ten inches of snow covering the ground, the outlook for a "green Christmas," which we don't want anyway, is decidedly slim. The fine sleighing booms the holiday trade, which is brisk this season. AND The Montrose Dairy Co. is erecting a large ice house, so as to make it unnecessary to purchase in carload lots another year.


Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Ledger came out with a handsome industrial number of Susquehanna last week that is most creditable from every standpoint. Besides being a handsome souvenir, it gives the best general knowledge regarding that busy town's commercial and business interests of anything yet published. AND The Erie employees paid off this week received about $65,000. While some have been laid off during the week, the amount sub-divided among the residents of the hillside village will help dispense Christmas cheer.


Lakeside - Quite a few people have been fishing through the ice on the lake during the past week.


Forest City - Mrs. Anthony Opeka, of Lackawanna Street, died on Monday of pneumonia. She was 40 years of age and was born in Austria. For about 10 years she resided in this place. Besides her husband, five children, the oldest only 12 years of age, survive her. The last rites were observed in St. Joseph's church and interment was made in St. Agnes Cemetery. AND The Delaware and Hudson company this week broke through into the Hillside mine with their large water course on which they have been working for several years. The opening of the channel is at Wilson Creek and it will drain the mine at Vandling and the No. 2 and higher veins of the Hillside company. This will prevent any future possibility of flooding the local workings and do away with a number of pumps.


Alford - A fine stock of Christmas presents at A. C. Betts.


Brookdale - Ermine F. Roe and Nellie Wilbur, both of Brookdale, were married at the Centenary M. E. parsonage in Binghamton, by the Rev. J. A. Hensey, Wednesday, Dec. 9. We wish for them health, wealth, and happiness. A reception was held at the home of A. L. Roe, father of the groom, Thursday evening. Near relatives and friends to the number of about were present. All report a fine time.


Hallstead - On Wednesday evening, while returning from a shopping expedition to the village, Mrs. Pauline Lusk, who resides on her farm a short distance from the main road, on account of the darkness, became confused and lost her way and in her wanderings stepped into a swamp where in a short time she was submerged in the water up to her waist and in imminent danger of being drowned, until her cries for help were heard by David Simons who promptly procured a lantern and went to her assistance and succeeded in getting her on dry land again. Although badly scared and thoroughly chilled, she is none the worse for her exciting experience.


Auburn - Wm. McAvoy was in Montrose Thursday. He will have a Christmas ball at his hotel, Christmas night, Dec. 25th.


Silver Lake - A number of our young couples took advantage of the sleighing this week. They were heard miles around with "cow bells and tin horns." Later in the evening they were entertained at the home of one of the guests, where refreshments were served, "popcorn, taffy and molasses candy."


Jackson - The ladies aid has done some good work to the Baptist Church, repapered the ceiling and cleaned so that it presents a nice showing. The church will have a wood bee at Fremont Butterfield's, as he kindly gives the timber for wood for the church and the men will go and cut it on Thursday and the ladies will go and have an aid and get the dinner or help Mrs. Butterfield.


Great Bend - The Audubon society of Philadelphia has loaned the graded school of this place, a set of Nature Study books.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. - One morning as E. D. Tuttle went out to do his chores at the barn, he saw a man lying by the roadside whom he found numb by the cold and unable to walk. Mr. Tuttle assisted the man into the house and gave him breakfast and furnished him with a hat and mittens and sent him on his way. The man was bewildered, not knowing his name or where he came from, but wanted to get to Philadelphia. He evidently was a foreigner and quite aged.


News Brief: Every young lady may mark it down as a fact that if she flirts and associates with "pick ups" she will soon have no others for associates. No matter how unjust it may be there will always be a suspicion that those who are not above making acquaintances in this way are not as pure in heart and mind as they ought to be. It would be unjust to say no pure minded girls flirt. They do and many of them lose their purity by so doing. Others, though not so unfortunate, are subject to suspicions, which every woman should be above.


December 25 (1908/2008)



Rush - Lewis Rose, claiming to be a horse buyer with his home in Scranton, was arrested by Troopers Moore and Smith, of the state constabulatory, at Rush Saturday night, charged by Fremont Roberts of this place with the larceny of an overcoat. Rose had been boarding for a short time in the Roberts' boarding house and departed surreptitiously with the son of the house's overcoat. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Rose and the troopers located their man in bed and found the overcoat in his possession. They brought him back to Montrose in their sleigh, arriving here, after losing their way in the unfamiliar country, at about midnight. Justice VanScoten, on Monday morning, sentenced him to jail for 30 days after Rise defaulted in the payment of the fine of $10 and costs.


Montrose - The excellent sleighing of the past few days has certainly been enjoyed by many of our young people, but we think, surpassing all other individual incidents, was the delightful experience of two of our most esteemed young ladies who "took a sleigh ride" on Tuesday afternoon. Starting from the Court House at about 3 o'clock, possessing every confidence in their own ability to successfully manipulate the Gas Tank, Carbulator, Steering Geer and Yank Horn, of Commissioners' Clerk Foster's little white automobile "Flora," they proceeded out Grow Avenue in a most lady-like and uneventful manner, when suddenly upon reaching the railroad crossing, contrary to all reasonable expectations or good calculations, and much to the disgust of "Flora" and consternation of the young ladies they encountered the afternoon train. Eye witnesses declare that the rapidity and dignity displayed by Miss Nellie in "getting out" would be worthy of emulation by any successful lightening change artist, while Miss Lottie,, still remaining confident, bravely grasped the Steering Gear and "hung on" while Flora in her usual characteristic manner gyrated, contorted and ran (regardless of the fact that one of the young ladies was "out" a mile from home, and the snow one foot deep), to a point on Lake Avenue where the rescue occurred. The hero of the rescue being no less or other personage than our esteemed townsman, Mr. P. J. Radeker, who in his usual gallant way, reassembled the entire party and started them on their homeward way, none the worse for their experience.


Elk Lake - Mrs. Dennison Thomas died at the home of her son-in-law, Rodney Kent, Dec. 17, in her 95th year. The funeral was held on Saturday at the house, the Rev. Mr. Shaw officiating. Interment at the Springville cemetery.


Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Metal Manufacturing Company's plant is working full time and has enough orders on hand to keep it going for some time to come at the same full pressure. Last week it received two heavy orders, one from the United Indurated Fibre Co., of Lockport, N.Y., for 1,500,000 pail ears, with promise of more to follow, and another from the American Railway Co., of the Street Car Trust, for 25,000 trolley wheels. It will require about 50 tons of steel to fill these orders. Only about thirty men are at present employed in the new plant, but when their building on the Oakland side is completed, it is expected that fully 150 men will be employed constantly.


Uniondale - Chapman Leek, who left Uniondale three years ago to seek his fortune in the West, and located in Idaho, has forged ahead sufficiently to become a candidate for the Legislature at the last election. His popularity was shown by the fact that he lacked but sixteen votes of being elected. For so short a time that is goin' some.


Brooklyn - J. J. Austin is pressing hay for Wade H. Barnes. Mr. Barnes, who graduated from State College after taking a four years' course and began farming about four years ago, has had the misfortune to have his fine herd of cows condemned. Some that cost him fancy prices in New York State have had to be killed and the loss to Mr. Barnes will be nearly $2000. He has decided to quit the dairy and go into the insurance business.


West Auburn - The saw and grist mill belonging to A. F. Possinger, at Keeney's Pond, was consumed by fire last Sunday evening, also a quantity of feed. They saved about a ton of feed and a cider mill that was near by. There was no insurance, we are informed.


Hopbottom - The weather conditions have changed wonderfully. Here we are with a fine run of sleighing, with wells and springs dry, and what's more, we have had no equinoctial storm as usual. The predictions of weather prophets are not reliable any more. Farmers were out with harrows to break the crust for the benefit of the traveling public.


Flowery Valley, Franklin Twp. - Leap Year is nearly ended. You girls had better get a hustle on you.


Brackney - Some of the young ladies of Brackney are enjoying sleighrides in new cutters while the sleighing is good.


West Bridgewater - Moses Mott, who fell down stairs Wednesday morning and was hurt quite badly, has been unconscious ever since and is not expected to live. He has driven the Friendsville stage two or three summers. He is living at Mrs. Sarah Lindsey's, three miles from Montrose. He is attended by Dr. Decker. His brother died in Rush a few months ago. He has a sister, married, living in Jackson, but we do not know her name.


Thompson - Lura Pickering, from the conservatory of music, Ithaca, Wallace Latham from Syracuse University, John Gillett from Bucknell University, and Bruce B. Williams from Wyoming Seminary, are enjoying their Christmas vacation with their parents.


Harford - The gristmill of T. M. Maynard, burned to the ground, Feb. 15. Many men would have been stunned at $5000 and more going up in smoke, but he has utilized his water power in producing lumber, built a feed store, and is ready to serve his old customers as in days gone by. Grinding will be resumed in the spring. The old mill property was built by Freeman Peck in the 1840's.


Forest City - The Citizens band, an organization that came into existence quite a number of years ago but which later ceased to exist as a body, was reorganized last fall, the membership including the players of the older band who are yet residents of the town, with the addition of other others, who have come here since. The band now has a membership of 23 and is keeping diligently at work. The town band is an institution of considerable importance in most American communities and is always worthy of encouragement and support.


January 01 (1909/2009)



Forest City - The first sleighride party of the season took advantage of the fine sleighing and went to Dundaff, Monday night, where a most enjoyable time was had by the participants. Arrangements had previously been made to accommodate the party and a delicious chicken supper was awaiting them on their arrival. The hall was given over for their pleasure and dancing, games and music formed the amusements of the evening. Those who enjoyed the ride were: Misses Clara Devaney, Lillian Stephens, Mary Healey, Irene Hood, Mary McKenna, Louise Hornbeck, Irene Pohren, Joe Unger, George Hornbeck, Edwin Stanton, Howard Reese, Joe Kelleher, John Cleary, Harry Brown and Leo Soully. James Hoar was the official driver.


Rush - Dr. A. G. Gary, of Walker, Iowa, was in Montrose, Tuesday evening, on route for a visit in Hallstead before returning to his home in the West. The doctor was accompanied by his father, A. D. Gary, of Rush, where he had been spending Christmas. [Artist Grant Wood asked his dentist, Dr. Gary, to pose as a farmer in his painting, "American Gothic," one of the most famous and recognizable paintings in the history of American art. Dr. Gary was born and lived in Rush until leaving for school and eventually Iowa.]


Brooklyn/Montrose - Mrs. F. B. Jewett is spending some time with her sister, Miss Lillian Chamberlain, in Montrose, helping to care for Dr. Richardson, who is not expected to last very long. Dr. Richardson, who is 95 years old, began to study medicine in Brooklyn while working at his trade, that of carpenter, in building the house now owned by H. H. Craver, for his uncle, the late Dr. Braton Richardson. Instead of spending his evenings in the stores or barroom, he read his uncle’s medical books and by the time he had the house built he was ready to take lectures and soon began to practice. He married Miss Mary Fish and soon after began to practice in Carbon county. About forty years ago he located in Montrose and became one of the best known surgeons and doctors in the county.


Elkdale - Miss Muriel Stevens, of West Chester Normal School, Janette Stevens, of Wyoming Seminary, and Meryl Jones, of Mt. Vernon, are spending their vacations at home.


Uniondale - Otis Dimmick died at his home on the farm where he was born, Dec. 1, 1908. He lacked only 15 days of being 91 years old. His grandfather, Edward Dimmick, was one of the pioneers of the place. His father, Marshall Dimmick had a family of five sons and two daughters, Otis being the eldest son. Three of his brothers chose professions as a means of getting a livelihood. Sidney was an agent for musical instruments, Addison a lawyer, Marion a Presbyterian minister, and Elmer a farmer for several years who later moved to California. Only one sister remains, Mrs. Diantha Reynolds of Glendale, Calif. Otis married Miss Caroline Burritt and to them were born three children. His first vote was cast for W. H. Harrison, Republican, and he voted that ticket at every election since. An aged patriarch has passed from among us, one who was a Christian every day and whose pure life was a constant rebuke to evildoers. A good man has gone from us, for, like Enoch of old, "he is not, for God took him."


Laurel Lake - Farmers are taking advantage of the good sleighing and are hauling logs to the mill.


Jackson - Mr. and Mrs. Alpheus W. Gates have just celebrated the 62nd anniversary of their marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Gates were united in marriage at Jackson by the Rev. A. H. Fish, a well known minister of three-score years ago. Mr. Gates, now being 88 and his wife, 85, are both vigorous and give promise of many more years.


New Milford - G. H. Edwards, who conducted a bakery and restaurant here for several years, has sold the business to Pierce H. Comstock, who will take possession Jan. 1.


Dimock - In reading the notice of the death of Mrs. Thomas, in her 95th year, I am reminded that she was formerly a resident of Jessup township; a worthy teacher, and was known as Miss Caroline S. Bowman. A card neatly printed by her own hand, while a teacher in the Bolles school, was shown to her only a few years since, and caused a pleasant smile and cheerful conversation. The card is still carefully kept in remembrance of one who was a life long friend; and also as the first record of the possessor’s good deeds. The card reads, "This may certify that Edgar W. Bolles is a good boy in school." Mary 14, 1841- Caroline S. Bowman. AND Curtis Hinckley, who sold his farm some time ago, expecting to retire from farming, of which he thought he was very tired, found himself uneasy without a farm, like a "fish out o water," and has now purchased the Wm. Perry farm in Brooklyn.


Herrick Centre - Last Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gibson was organized a grange. Allen Miller, of Thompson, and Bingham Smith, of Gelatt, were over and helped give it birth. Eighteen members were taken in. They expect soon to build a hall and start a grange store.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - There will be a dance and chicken supper given in Friendsville on New Years night for the benefit of the new church at Middletown. The diamond ring contest between Misses Degnan, Reilly and Flynn, will close on that night; also a beautiful dinner set will be disposed of.


Clifford - We have good sleighing and it is being thoroughly used for pleasure and business. As high as 25 loads of props pass through here for Carbondale in one day.


Lawton - Filling ice houses is the business of the day. Ice is 12" thick on Shoemaker’s Pond.


Susquehanna/Lanesboro - While Erie train No. 47 was passing over the stone bridge at Lanesboro, Saturday morning, some object protruded from a passing freight train, struck the storm window, breaking it. The flying glass struck fireman Edward Taylor, of Port Jervis, causing a bad gash over his right eye. On arrival of the train at Susquehanna he was taken to Simon H. Barnes Memorial Hospital, where his injuries received medical treatment. He returned to Port Jervis.


January 08 (1909/2009)



Gibson - The business section of the town was destroyed by fire last Sunday morning, entailing a loss of from $10,000 to $12,000. The fire was discovered at about three o'clock in the store of W. J. Lamb & Son and was well under way before the citizens were aroused. The fire seemed to be burning fiercest under the roof and a number of men went into the garret to put out the flames. Unknown to the firefighters the fire was eating into the timbers under the box cornice and the roof suddenly dropped in, and several had narrow escapes from death and injury. All hope of saving the store was given up and attention turned to saving the goods and adjoining buildings. As their only means to fight the flames was with buckets of water and wet blankets, the Lamb dwelling house was soon in a blaze, it standing near the store. His barn was next in the course of the fire and was completely destroyed. While the fires mentioned were raging, the C. H. VanGorder store caught fire, and was soon beyond control, communicating to the paint shop. A. C. VanGorder's blacksmith and wagon shop was the last to go, and other buildings were saved only by desperate efforts. Mr. Lamb's loss is placed at about $7,000, C. H. VanGorder's at about $3,000 and A. C. VanGorder's at about $2,000. All carried a partial insurance and leaves but one store in the town and it is doubtful if the buildings burned will be rebuilt.


Flowery Valley, Liberty Twp. - An overcoat was exchanged at Tom Ward's hotel Monday night, Dec. 20. The coat was black and the pockets contained a white silk muffler, a handkerchief and a pair of gloves. The coat belonged to Earle Conklin. Will the person who exchanged please return same and get his own coat?


Harford - Hallie Lewis, one of Harford's rising young business men, has opened a meat market in the Osborne block and has a fine line of meats. AND In Oakley, O. J. Ashley has been confined to the house by illness the past month. His neighbors made a wood bee for him the past week. William Robinson, while doing chores for Mr. Ashley on Christmas day, was kicked by a horse. The bone of the leg was not broken, as was at first supposed, but he has not been able to work since.


Susquehanna - His numerous friends in this county will be glad to hear of the continued success of Artist Robert E. Lea, in his profession. Mr. Lea formerly lived in Susquehanna, but with his mother a couple of years ago, removed to New York city. Mr. Lea is praised by the press as being a true born artist, and does not swing the brush in an amateurish way. Five of his choice paintings are in Montrose homes.


Forest Lake - Booths' mill, now having water, will resume grinding feed, etc.


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - A sleighride party of about fifteen young people from Forest Lake came over to John O'Days last Wednesday evening. Dancing was indulged in and a dainty lunch was served.


Forest City - L. J. Wells on Saturday disposed of his restaurant and confectionary business in the Osgood building to Henry and David William Davis. Mr. Wells enjoyed a large trade and the new proprietors, who are two of the town's most popular young men, should do a flourishing business.


Hallstead - On Friday evening, at the Hogan opera house in Susquehanna, the Hallstead basketball team was defeated by the Laurel Athletic Society of that place by a score of 22 to 15. AND Wallace Simrell died at his home in Brooklyn, New York, Jan. 5, 1909, aged 79 years. About 25 years ago he was master mechanic in the Hallstead shops and later was Prothonotary of Susq. Co. Funeral will be held in Hallstead Thursday.


Springville - Ziba Lott's youngest daughter has been sick for several days with appendicitis, but her condition was somewhat improved the first of the week.


Hopbottom - We were never blessed with a finer run of sleighing during the holidays than we had the present winter. The rain early this week spoiled it.


Montrose - T. W. Tinker has reopened the Jeffers mill, opposite the D. L. & W. station, and is putting in a full assortment of all kinds of flour and feed, which he proposes to keep constantly on hand for sale at the lowest cash prices, and is also arranging to do custom grinding. Call and see him.


Jessup Twp. - Annual meeting of the Prospect Hill Telephone Co. will be held at Fairdale, January 9th, 1909. AND Butcher Roy went to his hen house to gather eggs and raising a cover of one of the nests instead of a hen a skunk was there. B. S. Risley came down with his rifle and dispatched the intruder.


New Milford - Fred Whitney starts for Texas this week, where he will engage in buying fruits and vegetables for shipping to northern and eastern markets.


Glenwood - A birthday party for P. H. Hunt was held on New Years' day, it being his 51st birthday. His children and grand children to the number of 18 being present, a good time was reported. The table groaned beneath its load of good things and all was merry as a marriage bell.


Thompson - The peal of the school house bell called the pupils to their studies after the holiday vacation this morning.


St. Joseph - William Goggin has purchased a new cutter. Joseph Jeffers is breaking his colt.


News Brief - A Pennsylvania pastor who wished the mammoth hats of the feminine part of this congregation removed, and who believed more in the exercise of tact than of authority, announced that he would not expect the elderly ladies to take off their hats in church, but would request it of the younger ones. Every woman had to take off her headgear or stamp herself as elderly. There was no further obstruction of view. AND It is very annoying to the telephone subscribers to find during the very busy hour in the evening, when they want to use the phone, that some young couple is sparking over the wire, or somebody else is holding a long, gossipy conversation. Some people use the telephone almost any time for almost anything.


January 15 (1909/2009)



Forest City - Along with the announcement of changes on the Jefferson division come rumors that the Erie Flyer will again be placed on the schedule when a new time table is issued. Confirmation of these reports will be good news to all the people living along the division. There is at present time no way for people north of Forest City to go south earlier than the Delaware and Hudson afternoon train. The reinstatement of the morning train would be gladly welcomed here and would be a great boon to the towns north of Forest City.


Herrick Center - O. H. Phillips' horse, which was injured by falling off the dock while hauling coal from Peckville, is slowly recovering. Mr. Phillips has purchased a new horse.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - G. B. Filkins' gasoline engine was damaged to some extent by water freezing in the cylinder.


Bridgewater Twp. - E. J. Keough, the ice dealer, has been storing ice in his ice house at Lake Mont Rose this week. Burdens' men have also been engaged in filling their ice house on the shore of the lake. The ice is about 10" in thickness and of good quality.


Little Meadows - The annual meeting of the Little Meadows' Telephone and Telegraph Co., Limited, will be held in the office of the company at Little Meadows, on Monday, Jan. 25, at 10 o'clock a.m., for the election of five directors for the coming year, and the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting.


Brooklyn - A "measuring social" will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Kent on Friday evening of this week. Warm sugar will be served and a good time is expected. AND The squab house belonging to William Taylor, on the Fairchild's place, was partially destroyed by fire yesterday morning. The house is heated by furnace heat and Mr. Taylor had placed some tobacco around the furnace to dry and as the fire came up the tobacco got on fire, the flames communicating to the building. The fire was discovered by William Cameron and Mr. Evans, who were passing and gave the alarm and assisted Mr. Taylor in putting out the fire, but not until damage to the extent of $300 had been done. The building contained about 3000 young squabs and many of them were overcome by the fumes of tobacco and fell into the fire.


Harford - The farmers' institute held in Grange hall last Friday and Saturday was well attended and every session was brimful of good things. If there were only more men like Rob Seeds, how much happier this old world would be. The Grange cleared over $40 from the sale of dinners.


Susquehanna - Anxious to get to Binghamton, where he hoped to have some fun, Loren Swingle, aged about 16, stole an engine from the Erie railroad yards early Monday morning and got as far as Great Bend before he was stopped. He boarded pusher engine 2500 about 5 o'clock a.m., which was standing over the ash pit with no crew in attendance. Steam was up in the boiler and the lad at once opened the throttle wide. The engine gaining headway rapidly shot out through the yards, through switches and onto the main track and was soon speeding westward. A switchman who saw the engine take the tracks for Binghamton at once notified the yardmaster's office and the yardmaster took engine 1319 and started in pursuit of the lad who had taken a "special" for Binghamton. Swingle made no effort to keep up his fire under the boiler and the steam of the stolen locomotive was exhausted at Great Bend and the engine stopped. The yardmaster was close behind and the engine and Swingle were brought back to this place. Swingle was arrested by Erie Officer White. At first he denied having taken the engine from the yards, but finally owned up and said that his only object was to get to Binghamton. He will probably be held by the police authorities pending an inquiry into his mental condition.


Springville - Lional Meserole has purchased the A. O. Dunlap hardware [store] and has hung out his shingle. Glad to see some of our boys can start up in business and remain in his native town.


Hallstead - Michael J. Duffy, for 30 odd years a conductor on the Lackawanna, was struck and instantly killed there Monday afternoon by a passenger train, while trying to prevent a woman from crossing the track in front of the onrushing train. For more than 30 years Mr. Duffy ran fast freight trains between Hallstead and Binghamton and Elmira and was never in a serious accident. Recently he retired from the position of train conductor and later was assigned to look after the safety of passengers at Hallstead station. The train was standing at Hallstead when an aged woman, Mrs. Conklin, came on the platform. The train came whirling into the station. Mrs. Conklin started to walk from the platform toward the end of the standing train to cross the track on which came the "flyer" No. 6. Seeing the woman's danger, Mr. Duffy started to bring her back, but he gave her a push and cleared the track a step quicker than the train. The engine struck Mr. Duffy. He was thrown against a loading platform and bounded back under the train. His legs were severed and the body so mangled that he probably died instantly. A watch carried in this vest pocket was picked up still going. His revolver was twisted out of shape. He was a cousin of Mrs. John Birney, of Montrose.


The First Homesteader Dead. Many will remember Daniel Freeman, who attended the welcome given Hon. Galusha A. Grow in Montrose, upon his retirement from Congress. The following clipping from the Kearney (Neb.) Hub regarding Mr. Freeman's death is interesting: "Daniel Freeman, the first man in the United States to file upon and prove up a homestead, is dead at his home in Beatrice, Neb., aged 82. Nebraska has never had a more unique character than Freeman, and although he has never held office, he has made his personality felt in every part of the State. He believed the Bible was intended for people who believed in it, and that others should not have it forced upon them. This led him to bring suit to force the Bible out of the public schools. The case went through the various branches of the State court and Freeman was finally successful in the supreme tribunal of the State. Freeman was a soldier in the Civil War, and it was during that period that he filed on the first homestead. His filing was made at one minute past midnight on the first day of January, 1863. He was at Brownsville on a secret mission and it was at that point that the first land entries were made. Freeman still retained the patent papers issued to him 46 years ago. They show that it is patent No. 1, entry No. 1, proof of residence No. 1, entered in volume 1, page 1, of the United States land office, and is signed by President Grant. Freeman still owned the land at the time of his death. He is survived by a widow and several children."


January 22 (1909/2009)



Harford - Hallie Lewis has a telephone in his market and will be pleased to accommodate patrons as far as he can. Having painted and papered the room he has a very inviting market and is worthy of your patronage. R. H. Osborn has placed his barber chair in a room in the market and will spend part of his time there.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - On Friday evening, Jan. 15th, the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Davis, who were lately married, made them a genuine surprise party. They came pouring in until about 150 guests assembled, filling the house from cellar to attic. Refreshments were served and games and other amusements were indulged in and a most enjoyable time was had. It was a night long to be remembered by all present.


Springville - It is worthy of note that the streets of this village are nicely kept, no coal ashes or other rubbish being thrown upon them contrary to law. The penalty for so doing is a fine of $10.


Dimock - A. W. Chamberlin, of South Montrose, was through here last week, taking orders for garden seeds.


Jones Lake (Lake Montrose) - The death of Peter Norris, an esteemed and aged colored gentleman, occurred at his late residence near Jones Lake, on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the age of 66 years. He had been in poor health for some time. He belonged to the G.A.R. here, having been in the Civil war a member of Company D, 3rd Regiment, U. S. Infantry. Rev. Caines, of the A.M.E. church, officiated at his funeral and the pall-bearers were: J. H. Corwin, C. F. Watrous, Geo. Dayton, James Gay, C. N. Warner, M. H. VanScoten and Benj. Nailor, members of the G.A.R.


Lawsville - While Thomas Mahoney was in the depot at Montrose, his team became frightened at the train, which was just starting out and plunged forward in front of the moving train, the two fore legs of one horse were amputated near the knees, the other escaped without injury and was caught on Grow Ave. The horse which was killed was a fine young animal, lately purchased.


Auburn Center - Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ace, have had a nice addition to their family, Jan. 16, 1909, a pair of twins, a boy and girl. Mr. and Mrs. Ace are getting along nicely; also grandma, from Ashley, was looking pleasant. Dr. Harrison, of Meshoppen, was the recruiting officer.


Thompson - The Bordens are filling their icehouse at their station, putting in from 10 to 12 carloads per day. The Erie company furnishes the ice from Hathaway’s Pond in Ararat. AND Frank Hall Post No. 505, G.A.R., will observe Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday, Feb. 12th, assisted by the teachers and pupils of the school.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Will Corbett, one of the Liberty township school directors, relieved the school house of this place of its seats last Friday. There has been no school there for a number of years.


West Lenox - The Philatheas will hold a “Cabbage Sale” at the home of Floyd Leach, Friday evening, Jan. 22. Cabbage five cents per head, supper ten cents. Proceeds to help toward expenses of well which has just been completed at the parsonage.


Forest City - Burgess Jennings is opposing the granting of new liquor licenses in this borough. Forest City now has ten licensed places and applications have been made for seven more.


Brooklyn - The dealers of this place will close their stores hereafter on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening, beginning with the 21st.


Middletown Centre - Charley Potts, of Sheldon, Iowa, is spending some time with relatives and friends in this area.


Montrose - Sheriff H. S. Conklin has started his official career in the county jail in a most commendable manner and is engaged in giving the entire building a thorough cleaning, whitewashing the walls, painting, etc. Mr. Conklin has set the prisoners at work, and following the suggestions of the recent grand jury they will be made to earn their board under the new regime. Fred Reynolds is one of the most enthusiastic workers to place the jail in proper condition. When asked by a visitor the other day why he took such an interest, Fred replied that he owned the jail. “You own the jail? Why, how did you get control?” was asked. “Well, you see,” said Fred, “I’ve been here so long that I’ve gained the right to own it by ‘peaceable possession.’” Fred is happy in jail or out.


Kingsley - The new store of J. W. Williams was well patronized at its opening on Monday and in the evening its brilliant gasoline lights, with those reflecting from G. C. Finn’s store, make that part of our town light and pleasant.


Oakland - Another sad tragedy comes from the vicinity of Susquehanna, which has already resulted in the death of Griffis VanFleet, former Erie brakeman, residing at Oakland, while his wife now lies in a critical condition at the Simon H. Barnes Memorial hospital in Susquehanna, a victim at his hands. The suicide and probable murder grew out of worry over a suit pending in the county courts over a line fence separating his farm from that of an adjoining property, and the ungovernable temper of VanFleet, fired by liquor. In a moment of mad frenzy last Saturday evening he seized a shotgun and after firing one barrel at his wife without doing injury, he chased her from the home and succeeded in his mad purpose with the second charge, tearing a gaping wound through her lungs. Rather than give himself up to the local police he placed the same weapon against his chest and pulled the trigger, making a fatal wound. Mrs. VanFleet is a highly respected industrious Christian woman, and much sympathy is expressed for her and her children.


News Briefs: Dr. J. C. Biddle, for 25 years Superintendent of the Ashland, Pa. Hospital and noted as a skillful surgeon on limb amputations, has during that period made 2,500 amputations all with the same saw. AND During the year just past 312 marriage licenses were granted in this county, which is the largest number for a decade and probably the largest in any one year in the history of the county. The increase is credited to the dislike of New York state matrimonially inclined for the new license law by that state. It requires too much publicity, so they come into Pennsylvania. Susquehanna is becoming as famous as a marrying center as Binghamton was when York state required no license to marry.


January 29 (1909/2009)



Fowler Hill, Auburn Township - While returning from taking her children to school, as is her usual custom, Mrs. James Marbaker was driving slowly along, when all at once her horse made a sudden spring and broke into a run. Mrs. Marbaker was taken by surprise and before she could stop him the horse had its head down and was beyond control. He ran nearly a quarter of a mile, when the cutter struck a knoll and threw her out. H. S. Hitchcock saw the horse coming and managed to catch the lines, but was thrown and dragged several feet before he succeeded in stopping the horse. Neither Mrs. Marbaker or Mr. Hitchcock were seriously hurt. Nothing could be found that had frightened the horse.


Brooklyn - The members of the Order of the American Boy and the girls of the order of the N. C. E. will attend a service at the Universalist church next Sunday morning, when Rev. Drury will address them on "The Boys and Girls of Yesterday."


Great Bend - The death of Mrs. Floyd Smith, which occurred at her home Saturday evening, was a shock to the community. Sunday, Jan. 17, she gave birth to a little daughter and both were doing nicely. On Tuesday she had a slight chill, when blood poisoning set in, and from that time she grew rapidly worse until death claimed her. She is survived by her husband, two little boys and the infant daughter, besides her aunt, Mrs. Olive Harding, with whom she resided and her parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Monday afternoon, with burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


Alford - Mrs. Theresa West passed the 81st mill-stone of life Sunday, Jan. 17. She enjoys good health, and has pieced a number of valuable bed quilts, the past year.


Herrick Center - Harry Lumley, of Lestershire, formerly of Herrick Center, and a grandson of late Zenas Hall, of Pleasant Mount, is to manage the Brooklyn National League baseball team next season. Lumley has been famous as a ball player for several years.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The farmers in the vicinity of Springville have made arrangements to start a co-operative creamery at the old milk station and will commence operations on April 1st. AND E. W. Lott, of Springville, was appointed to a clerkship in the House of Representatives. This was the only appointment coming to this Congressional district this year, while last term Susquehanna county secured three appointments, one for Susquehanna county, one for Bradford and one for Wyoming.


Susquehanna - The terminal of the Jefferson division of the Erie will be at Susquehanna instead of Carbondale, as heretofore. All train and engine crews will lay over at Susquehanna. This means that that place will gain about 25 families and a similar number of unmarried men.


Fairdale - Joseph Steiger says he has taken the Democrat ever since he was 18 years old and now he will be 83 years old, the 12th of next March 1909. Last fall he dug potatoes and cut corn as fast as his hired man did, also has voted the democratic ticket both spring and fall and never missed an election. Mr. Steiger says his father lived to the age of 100 years. Augustus Steiger, Joseph's son, is following right along in the same democratic faith and has voted 34 years and never missed a caucus or missed casting his vote in that length of time.


Brooklyn - It is reported that Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snyder (nee Emma Eldredge, of Brooklyn) were passengers on the steamship Republic, just starting on a wedding trip to Europe, when it was rammed by the Florida and sunk, though the passengers were rescued. Their baggage was lost.


Brookdale - An Industrial School is being conducted here. Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Shelp have charge of the institution and there are about 20 children in it. It has been located there for less than a year, opening during the summer in the large building once used as an acid factory and which was donated for that purpose by Mr. Corbett the owner. A great deal of good is being accomplished, and the children are given the best of care and instruction. The Pentecostal Mission in Binghamton sends many of the children there and assists largely on supporting the school. The charter has been applied for.


Ararat - Marvin Sampson, of Burnwood, while in town left his horses while he was in I. F. Potter's store. They became frightened and ran away and were stopped when they got nearly home; no damage done must be they got tired of waiting.


Elk Lake - Three of Elwood Griswold's children are sick with scarlet fever. One of the children died on Saturday and the burial took place at South Montrose.


Clifford - John Lee, an aged citizen, and over three quarters of a century a resident of this place, died at Hamburg, Pa, recently from injuries sustained at the hands of football players. Mr. Lee had been opposed to football playing for some years, but during the autumn season he stopped to watch a game while visiting his son, E. N. Lee, in Hamburg. He was a man of 85 years and when the players came on with a rush he was unable to get out of their way. He was caught in the struggling mass, four players falling upon him. When picked up he was unconscious and one of his legs was broken. The fracture rapidly healed, but the shock he had sustained proved too much, heart trouble resulting in his death. Mr. Lee was one of Clifford's prosperous farmers and was a former gravity road employee. He was an ardent Republican and took such interest in politics, that despite his age he attended the inauguration of Roosevelt four years ago.


Hallstead - The members of the ladies' class in physical culture under the direction of Garabad Bedrosian, of Binghamton, who have been permitted the use of the gymnasium at the Y.M.C.A., on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, have perfected their organization and elected Miss Maude Capwell as their president and Miss Grace Knoeller as their vice president.


Forest City - John Sosensko is making arrangements to construct a modern hotel on Main street in this place. It will be a three-story frame structure, 46x65 feet with 36 sleeping apartments. It will cost abut $12,000


February 05 (1909/2009)



Susquehanna - Friday evening came the end of the Van Fleet tragedy, when Mrs. Van Fleet breathed her last, after lying for nearly four weeks in a semi-unconscious condition at the Simon H. Barnes hospital here, as the result of wounds inflicted by her husband while in a drunken rage.


Clifford - On Saturday evening of last week the ladies of the Methodist church will serve their annual fish supper in Finn's hall. There will be more fish than you ever caught in your life. There will be fish as large as the ones you lost last summer. You can get all you can eat for five and twenty cents.


Great Bend - The farm house of Wm. Reynolds near here was burned Tuesday evening. The fire originated from an over-heated wood stove, the night being extremely cold and a rousing fire burning. Mr. Reynolds discovered the building in flames when returning from the barn where he was doing chores. Neighbors attempted to subdue the fire, but it was too far advanced, and it required hard work to keep a barn, lying in the direction the wind was blowing, from catching fire. He carried some insurance in the Grange, but not sufficient to cover the loss.


South Gibson - George Pickering, a former South Gibson boy, who went west several years ago after the death of his father, Alden Pickering, and had not been heard from for some years, surprised his relatives and old friends by coming into town. He in turn was surprised to find that his only sister, Mrs. Will Tobias, and Uncle Wm. Pickering, and others of his near relatives were in California. Mr. Pickering claims he had just come from South America, where he owns valuable mining property.


South Montrose - Misses Lena and Madge Lake, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Lake, left on Monday for New York City, where they will enter the Babies' Nurse Training School.


Auburn Four Corners - The sun came out on Candlemas day, so the bear went back to winter quarters. Look out for more zero weather. In Montrose it don't make much difference whether he did or not. They are always sure of at least six more weeks of winter. If the season opens up along in middle May so they can get early planting done they are content. But when it comes to shoveling snow in June, you can hardly blame them for growling a little.


Forest Lake - Following a brief illness, Edwin W. Taylor died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. L. Drappo, in Reno, Nevada, on Jan. 23, '09, aged 77 years. It was just a year ago the same month that his wife died in that city. Mr. Taylor was a native of Forest Lake, Pa., and in 1861 he went to California. For the past 26 years most of his life has been spent in Nevada.


Silver Lake - A beautiful monument to the memory of the late Chief Justice White has been unveiled in Los Angeles, Cal. He was of the same family of Griffins and Whites who settled in Silver Lake and Forest Lake townships long years ago, when the hills were indeed "wooded hills."


Montrose - Among the young people of Montrose skeeing is about as popular as any winter sport. We are up here where there is plenty of snow and it is no uncommon sight to see a party of youngsters and often girls hiking across the fields with the long narrow Norwegian snowshoes fastened to their feet. It is one of the most healthful and exhilarating exercises there is, and less dangerous under ordinary circumstances than coasting. The writer was amused the other morning at seeing several pairs of skees on a porch of a child of 6 or 7 up to those intended for one of 20 or 25, one for every member of the family excepting the parents--and it is safe to say they have tried them. Experts can "go some" on them, and the champion jump for the country and the world is nearly 140 ft.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Clarence Overfield, who has been operating our creamery the past year, has resigned his position and will go to Hopbottom the first of March to work in a creamery. His successor is Fay Wilcox, of Jersey Hill. AND In South Auburn, Charlie Overfield, from Idaho, is visiting relatives.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - W. P. Sheldon is clerking in H. Fish's store. Welton is the boy that can sling out the goods to you in jig time. Call on him and see for yourself.


Franklin Forks - We hear that another one of our boys expects to join the U. S. Navy. We hope that Dan and Glen may meet as they are from the same school at Upsonville.


Ararat - One of our farmer boys of this place started for South Ararat the other night to call on his lady friend. When he got three quarters of the way his horse got stuck in a snow bank; after calling "help" the horse was gotten out and taken to a nearby barn, but Charles did not feel like giving up his visit, which he had planned so much for, so he started on foot and called for his horse Monday morning.


Laurel Lake - Lincoln Bramfitt and sister, Miss Daisy, entertained a party of friends Friday evening, dancing was indulged in until wee hours. AND Hello! Clarence Hill has a telephone placed in his residence.


Brooklyn - The young peoples union of the Universalist church have planned for a Lincoln birthday social on Friday evening, Feb. 12th. If the sleighing is good the social will be held out of town, either at M. W. Palmer's or at some other home in order to give the young people the benefit of the sleigh ride, particulars later.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Mark Reynolds has traded his heavy sleigh to Frank LaSure for a cow.


Forest City - A team, attached to a wagon full of hay and belonging to E. A. Bloxham, caused considerable excitement on Grand avenue, Friday night. The hill was so slippery that the driver could not keep the wagon in the middle of the road and half way down it toppled completely over and into a deep ditch. Fortunately the driver escaped injury, as did the horses, but the wagon was somewhat damaged.


News Brief: Cure for Creaky Shoes - There is one certain and simple remedy for this annoyance, says the Woman's Home Companion for February. It is to drive little wooden pegs into the soles. The pegs prevent the friction of the shoe soles. Any cobbler will do it for you cheaply and it restores your peace of mind quite wonderfully.


February 12 (1909/2009)



Uniondale - The Uniondale ice industry which in former years has given many people employment was practically abandoned this winter, the ice men claiming that the railroad's rate is prohibitive.


Brookdale - Patrick Quigley is preparing to leave for Ireland to visit his brother at Balley William, County Wexford. AND The State surveyors are again at work surveying for a macadam road between Conklin and Franklin Forks.


Montrose - Fred E. Lewis left for his new home in Kansas last week, taking about eight horses and colts in a car. Mrs. Lewis goes soon. AND The first year of the Montrose Free Library closed Wednesday. During this time 24,000 books were issued.


Forest City - A number of Forest City people coming in a sleigh load, took supper at the Ararat House about midnight Saturday evening.


Jackson - The old bear saw his shadow so we will have six weeks more winter, but who ever saw February and March without six weeks of cold weather in Susquehanna County? If there is one let him speak.


Dimock - Owing to the sickness of the teacher's mother there was no school part of last week.


Glenwood - Glenwood was put to its tension to find barn room to accommodate the Grange horses during Wednesday and Thursday of last week, there being the largest crowd that ever gathered in the hall at one time. Over 500 and standing room was at a premium.


Hallstead - Simon Quailey, a popular and well known employee in the Lackawanna roundhouse, recently returned from a ten days' leave of absence from his duties, during which time he surprised his many friends by taking unto himself a wife in the person of Miss Anna Lynch, a popular and highly esteemed young lady of Athens, Pa. The ceremony was performed in the Catholic church at Sayre, Pa., in the presence of a large number of the personal friends of the contracting parties. After a brief wedding trip they returned to Hallstead to take up housekeeping.


Kingsley - The ladies of the W. C. T. U. will hold an apron sale in the basement of the Universalist church, Feb. 17th. The date is in honor of the birthday of Miss Frances Willard, who was the founder of the organization of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. A supper will be served of substantial eatables, including warm biscuits, honey and maple syrup. There will be aprons and other articles for sale, also homemade candy. Supper 10 cents, all welcome.


Lynn - The big oyster supper at Ernest France's will occur this Friday evening. A large crowd is looked for from the surrounding neighborhood--Springville, Auburn, Lymanville, Lemon and West Nicholson. Let us make this the banner oyster supper of the season. Proceeds for the benefit of the M. E. church.


Susquehanna - Sheriff H. S. Conklin went to Glenn Mills, Pa., Wednesday, taking Loren Swingle to the reformatory. Swingle is the young fellow who "borrowed" an Erie engine to go to Binghamton. The boy is considered incorrigible.


Brooklyn - The stage on the star route from Brooklyn to Foster [Hobottom], which makes three round trips each day, was driven on runners each trip, from Dec. 11 until Feb. 6, and the sleighing was good most of the time.


Harford - W. S. Sophia is winning wherever he takes his Rosecomb Rhode Island Reds. He won ten prizes at the late poultry shows at Binghamton and New Berlin, N.Y., including two firsts, three seconds and one special. He just bought one Cockerel last season for $25, which is now bringing in eggs by the hundred. Commences before daylight and works until dark. What would he have done if he had bought a pullet?


Herrick Center - The lecture in the high school room on Japan by means of the magic lantern and slides, on Friday evening last, was a success, as was also the social which followed in the basement of the schoolhouse.


County News - The commissioners started yesterday morning on their overland trip about the county, delivering ballots for the spring election, which is to occur next Tuesday. Coming at this time of the year this is usually one of the unpleasant duties connected with holding a position on the board of commissioners. The keen, blustery weather yesterday morning was not conducive to making a pleasure trip of it, but the commissioners declare they can stand the cold if they do not get stalled in a snowstorm and be obliged to go on foot, which has been known to occur. Generally speaking, the ballots for the western districts will be delivered by Commissioner J. E. Hawley; eastern, Commissioner A. J. Cosgriff, while the middle section is covered by Commissioner W. H. Tingley. Owing to the bulkiness of the ballots and the fact that only a portion of the county is traversed by railroad, all the delivering is done by wagon and each package handed personally to the election officer in the district qualified to receive it.


News Brief - The penalty for burying a body without a permit is a fine of not less than $20 or more than $100, while for failure to report the birth of a child the fine is not less than $5, nor more than $50. The question has been raised as to whose duty it is to report births, and for pubic information the law is here given. The Act of 1905 says that in a case where a physician is employed, it is his duty to report; where a licensed midwife is employed it is her duty to report; if neither midwife nor physicians, then it is the father or mother. Even the owner of the premises on which a birth takes place is liable to arrest and fine as well as doctor or midwife.


February 26 (1909/2009)



Forest City - The teachers of Forest City are making their yearly collection of marbles that fall from the pockets of the unfortunate boy during school hours.


Brooklyn - Miss Alice Louise Lee has a serial story appearing in the Christian Endeavor World entitled "The Servant of the Isle." Miss Lee is a young but fluent and versatile writer, and contributes largely to the Youth's Companion and other publications.


Montrose - Jacob Steine will soon open a Nickelet or theatorium in the store room in the Republican building. Motion pictures will be the attraction, together with good music. Mr. Steine contemplates giving three changes of program each week, and as it is something new for Montrose and takes well wherever operated, the outlook for a liberal patronage is excellent.


Susquehanna - Kenneth Green, a young man living here, was painfully injured Saturday afternoon. He was in the yard cutting wood, and as he swung the axe in the air it caught in the clothesline and in descending it struck his left foot, severing two toes and an artery. Dr. Miller dressed the injury and had to take several stitches to close the wound.


Harford - A Harford young man, Oliver Lewis, was run over by the cars at Binghamton on Sunday afternoon and received injuries from which he died a short time later in the City Hospital. The young man, who was about 19years of age, had jumped a milk train and was riding to that city to visit a cousin, Edward Buck, who lives on Court street. When the train was passing Gaylord street, in order to save a walk back, young Lewis jumped from the moving train. He missed his footing and fell under the wheels, both legs being severely crushed and the right one completely severed. He was placed on the train and taken to the station and a physician, realizing the young man's serious condition, had him taken to the City Hospital, where he died a couple of hours after admission.


Springville - Last Thursday evening Ira Hungerford was taken ill and symptoms favored pneumonia, but good nursing seemed to have the desired effect, and on Monday he sat up long enough to have his bed made. Monday night he suddenly became worse and a little after noon, Tuesday, death came to relieve his sufferings. He was a veteran of the Civil War and was receiving a pension. Thus one by one the old boys are going on to the final camping ground.


South Montrose - The old blacksmith shop on the Loren Allen property, used by Mr. Allen for half a century as a shop, has been torn down. AND Earle B. Conklin, a student at Lowell's Business College, Binghamton, came home to spend Washington's birthday, also his own, which occurs on the same day.


Hopbottom - Washington's birthday was fittingly observed by the school and a large number of visiting citizens helped to make the occasion a pleasant one. John Tiffany told of having seen Lincoln on several occasions and interesting facts connected therewith, and Rev. Ballou also gave a pleasant talk.


Elk Lake - John Arnold and Mrs. Setser each recently lost a valuable cow; cause unknown.


Ararat - Charlie Barry, of Gelatt, is in town trying to disentangle and tie up broken telephone lines. The ice storms left them in a bad mix-up.


East Kingsley - Ice is being harvested for the first time from Tingley's pond. The pond is small and only recently made, but produces excellent ice, the cakes being about 14 inches thick and very clear.


Uniondale - L. P. Norton wishes it distinctly understood that it is "Judge" Norton hereafter. The old war horse of Democracy was chosen judge of election at the last election.


Great Bend - One evening between 6 and 7 o'clock, while the ticket agent was at supper, the Erie railroad station at Great Bend was entered and $34 taken from the safe. The money was missed by station agent Brewster shorter after 7 when he had occasion to make some change. Everything was neat about the office showing that the robbers were familiar with the lay of the land. A young man named Sutliff, about 19 years old and a resident of Susquehanna, who had been employed at odd jobs around town, was suspected and subjected to a severe cross-examination, during the progress of which he broke down and confessed he was the thief.


Flynn/Middletown/Rush - Last week the people of Rush had their announcement in the Montrose Democrat, that the ladies of the Middletown parish would serve a chicken supper and dance at Friendsville, Feb. 22, for the benefit of the Middletown church. Now we wish to say that, that was a mistake. The supper and dance is not for the Middletown church at Flynn's Corner, but for the Rush church, and the supper will be served by the Rush ladies, and not by the ladies of Middletown, and furthermore they try to mislead the outside people by insinuating that their supper and dance is for the Middletown church. Now, there never was a Catholic church in Middletown, but we are glad to say that one is under construction, and will be completed before many months that will be a credit to the whole community.


Rush - There was an error in the ad of last week, in regard to the dance at Friendsville, Feb. 22. It should have read for the benefit of St. Patrick's church in Rush, instead of Middletown.


News Brief - Christy Mathewson, the star pitcher of the New York Giants [formerly of Factoryville, PA] is making a stand for a salary of $8,000 for the 1909 season. Several other players of the same team are holding out for big increases. The club management realizes that a half dozen teams would willingly pay Mathewson $8,000 but they fear if they are to accede to his demands they will have to raise the salaries of nearly every player on their roster. Though Mathewson has refused to sign his contract, the management does not anticipate any trouble in adjusting the difference. Mathewson is at present at Harvard University coaching the varsity base ball candidates.


March 05 (1909/2009)



Franklin Forks - Two small boys playing on the bank of a creek that flows into the Susquehanna, near Binghamton, Saturday morning, discovered that the receding waters had exposed the bodies of two horses and a wagon. They informed others and as it was thought the driver might also be drowned, a search was made and the body of a young man who was later identified as Timothy Shea, of Franklin Forks, was found. He had been missing since the preceding Tuesday evening and it is generally believed that his horses had become unmanage-able or had strayed from the main road in the darkness and all had gone over the bank and were drowned. A coroner determined that there was no foul play, although a watch and money were not found on his body. Mr. Shea, who was about thirty years old, is survived by his wife and three small children


South Gibson - The Bell Telephone Co. is erecting a home for its central on land leased of John Price. Clark Tripp and son have the job.


South Montrose - Worden Allen has purchased an interest in the novelty works here, says the Nicholson Examiner. Mr. Allen has been engaged in the making of trunk slats at South Montrose for several years, the lumber used in manufacturing them being elm. Mr. Allen needed a larger place to increase his output of trunk slats. The new company will also make shirt waist boxes, having had good sales of them in the past.


Susquehanna - Monday night at Hancock, the Independent basket ball team of this place defeated the Big Five of Hancock by the score of 30 to 12.


New Milford - George W. Weed died at his home on Thursday of last week, following a stroke of paralysis which he sustained several weeks previous. The deceased was 81 years old and one of New Milford’s oldest and best known residents.


Montrose - Mr. and Mrs. Charles R Sayre of Phoebus, Va., will conduct "The Rosemont" on Lake Avenue this summer, which for several years has been in charge of the Misses Morris, who lately purchased and will conduct the Lathrop boarding house on South Main Street. AND Ben. Baker, an aged colored man, formerly of Montrose but late years of Binghamton, was buried in that city the first of the week, Rev. Arlington Thompson, officiating. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Chas. VanRenssaler of this place.


Forest City - The Family Theatre advertises a special attraction for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday matinee. In addition to the moving pictures, Prof. Bell, ventriloquist, will entertain the patrons.


Bridgewater - Charles E. Roberts has taken the agency for the county of the Ford automobile and wants to interest every person in the county in this machine who has the "speed craze." The Ford is a notably strong and reasonably priced machine and has demonstrated its practicability as a safe method of country roads.


Heart Lake - A gang of about 100 men have been engaged during the past week in filling the large ice house. The ice is of a good quality, although not superior to what has been harvested for many years, yet this season the Scranton parties who have been sufficiently interested to note its quality state it is the best that comes into the city. The ice being cut is about 10" thick and quite clear, there being little of the frozen "slush" ice in a cake after it has been "shaved."


Kingsley - The free circulating library sent to Kingsley from the central library at Montrose is open to the public at the home of Frank E. Tiffany. Books may be kept for two weeks, after which a charge of two cents per day will be made.


Gelatt - W. E. Gelatt tapped his sugar camp Monday and made ten gallons of syrup from the first run.


Flowery Valley, Liberty Twp. - The road between here and Brackney is pretty good now, as it has been traveled more than the others.


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - The young people have been enjoying the fine skating on the lake the past week.


Harford - The village would be much pleasanter these dark nights if the street lamps were kept burning and more were erected. AND Harford has a fine orchestra and it is reported that they will give a concert in the near future.


Middletown - Some dogs are bothering the sheep the past week. Anyone having spotted dogs had better keep watch of them or they will turn up missing with a bill attached.


Herrick Center - Quite a few people who have never been at the school house are asked to come to the next affair if, no intervening entertainment, then commencement the latter or last days of school. Come and encourage our school along. We all ought to go and let ourselves be seen there. It is possible that a magic lantern exhibition will be held again on some desirable subject.


Rush - The dance held at Friendsville, Monday night, for the benefit of St. Patrick’s church in Rush, was a decided success. Having realized, as nearly as can be ascertained, about $400. Our funds being somewhat limited, it is to be hoped that the next festival, which is to be held July 4th, will place us on a firm financial basis. AND Doc Coleman is a frequent caller at Martin Golden’s.


Hopbottom - The borough council has voted to close the crossing at the north end of the depot, but there seems to be some uncertainty still in regard to what improvement is to be made in town by the railroad in return for this privilege. Pedestrians are obliged to paddle through mud, ankle deep, in order to reach the station and perchance seek an uncertain and sometimes dangerous footing around freight cars standing in the switch, with not so much as the glimmer of a friendly lightning bug along the darksome way.


News Brief - Earrings have "come back." While they have been "out" they seem to have been growing. At the opera recently a lady of New York society displayed a pair of pendants 5" in length and informed her friends that they were the latest thing from London.


March 12 (1909/2009)



Forest City - A number of base ball enthusiasts met in the Family theatre to talk over the base ball prospects for this season. It was reported that the C.T.A.U. has organized a team to represent Forest City in the league of that name in the valley and as some of the young men in this club were relied on to play with the team being organized by S. L. Rothapfel, it was decided to ask the managers of the C.T.A.U. team to meet with the representatives of the Forest City club and talk matters over. It is desirable that the teams work in unity.


Dundaff - The inhabitants of the town were aroused last Wednesday at midnight by the ringing of the Methodist church bell. The two young men were very thoughtless in so doing as only in the case of fire and public meeting is the bell ever rung.


Friendsville - On the morning of March 14, Rev. Father Dunne, assisted by his choir, will celebrate a high mass in the old St. Patrick's church of Middletown. The service will be the last conducted in the building, as the old structure will be torn down shortly to give place to the fine new St. Patrick's [church] soon to be erected.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Maple syrup making is now in order. A good run of sap is reported. AND A blizzard struck this neck of timber March 4th, and the first snow drifts of the season are visible.


Hallstead - The ladies of the Methodist church are busily engaged in rehearsing and expect to produce an old-fashioned drama, entitled "Aunt Dinah's Quilting Bee," by home talent at the church on or about March 20, for the benefit of the church fund.


Montrose - Large crowds have attended the Nickelet which is being conducted in the Republican building by Jacob Steine. Last Saturday evening there were about 400 paid admissions and every evening during the week the attendance has been good and from the quality of the entertainment provided it is likely the interest will not abate. The illustrated songs prove an enjoyable feature with Russell Sprout, the well known tenor soloist, in the role of vocalist. The pictures, which were not entirely distinct the opening nights, have been improved to a considerable extent by increased knowledge of the handling of the machine and it is hoped to bring them near perfection by increasing the electric voltage. The program is changed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Oakland Valley - Last Monday afternoon a fatal accident occurred in a stone quarry near Oakland Valley that resulted in the death of Walter Crumm, an employee. Between 3 and 4 in the afternoon Crumm and a fellow workman prepared a blast and immediately after the fuse was ignited and before the men had time to get out of the way, the explosion occurred. Crumm was struck in the face and chest by the flying rock and debris, receiving serious wounds from which he died that night, after being removed to his home. The other man escaped injury. The deceased was 35 years of age and leaves a wife and five small children.


Lawsville - Last Saturday Fred L. Bailey, who owns a poultry farm and who drives to Binghamton nearly every week with the fruits thereof, hitched his team to his egg wagon and proceeded to make his customary trip to the Parlor City, while his friends and neighbors along the route laughed inwardly at the surprise they had in store for him and the partner of his joys and sorrows, the following Sunday being the 20th anniversary of their marriage. When nearly to Conklin he received a telephone message to return to his home. Sixty guests left some pleasant reminders of their visit in the shape of glass and china, a beautiful oil painting and a cash gift of $6.45. The day ended with vocal and instrumental music.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Jared Hyde and family moved from this place to Meshoppen this week. They have always lived in Auburn and for the past 28 years in this neighborhood on the old homestead where Mrs. Hyde was born. They were kind, obliging neighbors and will be missed.


South New Milford - The Baptist Ladies' Aid Society went to Mrs. I. W. Chamberlain's at Harford, last week, to sew carpet rags. About 35 people attended and the proceeds were three dollars.


South Montrose - The old blacksmith shop on the Loren Allen property, at S. Montrose for half a century, has been torn down by the new owner of the place, John Struple.


Gelatt - The farmers kept a hustling Friday and Saturday hauling logs, lumber and feed while the sleighing lasted.


Herrick Center - The snow fall and drifts made great work last week, [wagon] teams out for the day had great times getting home. The school [wagon] teams were among the unfortunate, but by persistent effort they got home alright.


Great Bend - Mrs. Norman L. Roosa entertained the East Great Bend Thimble Club.


Susquehanna - Saturday the Bucknell University Five defeated the locals in a fast game of basket ball. The score, 23 to 25.


Lawton, Rush Twp. - Wm. Brotzman had a lively runaway Monday. He had his team of two mules and one horse at the planing mill at Rushville, loading on a load of lumber. He drove up as far as Terry & Shadduck's store. Leaving the team standing in the road he went in the store. The wind blowing a piece of paper in front of the team, away they went at a 2.10 gate. They ran as far as J. A. Haney's where they were stopped by parties holding a plank across the road. None the worse for the run. Moral--tie your team.


News Briefs - Many sugar bushes have been tapped and good runs of sap are reported. Warm days with north winds, following sharp, clear nights, are said by old sugar makers to be the best for sugar making, the sap running freest under these conditions. AND Today is the 21st anniversary of the great blizzard of March 12, 1888, which out blizzarded all the other blizzards in memory, when New York city was practically cut off from the rest of the country for three days. In Susquehanna County it tied up the railroads and other roads for about a week. And about 65 years ago there was four feet of snow in April.


March 19 (1909/2009)



Mr. Passmore's Shamrock - James Passmore, the marble cutter employed in Allen's marble works, received from his native city, Armagh, Ireland, a beautiful bunch of shamrock, sent him by his brother and sister. Mr. Passmore divided and distributed sprays among Montrose friends. This shamrock came direct from St. Patrick's own city--"the Rome of Ireland," or "the ecclesiastical capitol." Friends wonder if Mr. Passmore did not catch Erin's harp refrain in the following words, while undoing his prize package of shamrock--"Tune up the harp! And play a tune; one with an Irish strain, that memories recall, my childhood days again."


Forest City - The temporary covering in front of the Osgood building was torn away last week and revealed a very attractive front. It is to be used as a nickelette by U. G .Cooley and will be the third continuous amusement place in the town.


Hallstead - George O'Neill has gone to Tennessee to "try out" as catcher in a Southern League base ball team. If O'Neill makes good he will be started at a salary of $150 per month.


Susquehanna - It costs the tax payers more to maintain the paupers at the Susquehanna-Oakland Poor Farm than it would to board them at nearly any hotel in Susquehanna, is what the annual report of the poor directors shows. The expense of keeping the paupers is $5.26 per week, this of course includes the clothing which as shown in the report is a very small item, amounting to less than $5.00 per year. The high figure indicates that carefulness is not one of the qualifications of the Poor Directors and there is, to use a slang expression, "a screw loose somewhere," and if the proper attention were given to the affairs of this district, this figure could be materially reduced. The poor farm has only nine inmates. It brings in revenues from butter, stock and produce of $454.34 but spends $566.68 on stock purchased, grain and feed, blacksmithing and horse hire.


Birchardville - Seldon C. Birchard is a breeder of thoroughbred Jersey cows and on his farm he now has nearly half a hundred head. The quality of the herd is shown in the fact that he has just sold a cow to an Allentown man for $100-and they know the value of cows down that way.


Springville - Lehigh Valley R.R. officials are negotiating for the purchase of the depot owned by James Blakslee and also the right of way through the land which he owns.


Rush - Dr. A. L. Jenkins, of LeRaysville, will be at his office in the Stark block March 26 and 27. AND A competitive examination under the rules of the U.S. Civil Service Commission will be held at the postoffice, Saturday, April 10, for the position of fourth class postmaster, Class B, at Rushville.


Lawsville - The roads are very bad here owing to the heavy loads of feed and props being hauled.


Brooklyn - The Order of the American Boys held a special meeting and debate in their hall Tuesday evening. The debate on the subject, "Resolved, that intemperance has caused more misery than war." Willie Rozelle was the leader of the affirmative side and George Savige the negative. AND J. D. Richardson, the village cobbler, is in poor health and has given up work. He is at the home of G. I. Giles and is receiving good care.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Theode Gardner, mailcarrier on route 3, met with what might have been a serious accident last Wednesday, when making his trip going round the rocks near Clara Cole's house. He thought to drive through a snow bank and it being too hard to cut through upset the cart and Mr. Gardner, horse, cart and all went over the bank and landed on the road below, but luckily neither he nor the horse were hurt, only breaking the end off one thill of the cart.


Bridgewater Twp. - Ice cutting has still been continued this week, after a few days cessation, owing to the warm period. Large quantities have been shipped from Post's Pond over the Lehigh Valley, as high as 16 carloads being shipped out in a single day. Cars were also run into Harrington's switch and ice shipped from Lake Montrose, with the result that large forces of men have been given considerable employment the past few weeks. The ice is clear and of good quality, being nearly a foot in thickness. The large Hoyt barn on the shores of the lake has been filled with ice and considerable "stacked."


Herrick Centre - The community was entertained at a reception on Friday evening last in the basement of the school house, the proceeds of which was for the benefit of the grange at Herrick Centre, newly organized. People from Burnwood, Tresco and Carbondale were present.


Uniondale - Leon Sheibly has sold about $100 worth of furs this winter. Leon is the best trapper in this section of woods and he trims the boys at checkers.


Lenoxville - Prospects are that we will soon boast of an Athletic Club with Dr. Saxer, of Fleetville, as leader.


Crystal Lake - Stephen Smiley was before Squire Bell, Saturday, charged by A. L. Gurney, of Carbondale, with cruelty to animals. The prosecutor alleged that Smiley drove an old and decrepit horse and that after it had fallen under its load, he left it neglected for some time on the road near Uniondale. Smiley claimed that he went for help. He paid the costs and was allowed to depart.


Montrose - Even this early in the season city people are beginning to inquire for board the coming summer-that is, all who did not make arrangements upon leaving last summer for the coming season. Some boarding places have booked visitors to such an extent that if requested to furnish board for parties, reply something after this style: "We can make room for three the last two weeks of June; two the first week in August; four the second week in September, etc." Montrose never has any trouble to fill its hotels and houses during the summer. AND Announcement is made of the coming marriage of Miss Ella Cuff of Wilkes-Barre and Mr. Jesse Thompson of Montrose. The ceremony will take place in Zion African Methodist Episcopal church in this place on April 14.


News Briefs - Maple syrup from the 'first runs' has been selling on the street the past week at from $1.10 to $1.20 per gallon, according to quality. The quality seems to be all right this season. AND The speed limit of automobiles will be increased to 24 miles an hour on suburban and country roads and 15 miles in towns with consequent increase in danger to life and also in damages to roads which you must pay, unless you use your personal influence at once upon your Representative to oppose Senate Bill No. 85 now in the House.


March 26 (1909/2009)



Montrose - Clarence A. Dawley, son of S. A Dawley, has been in Bucyrus, Ohio several weeks working out his ideas of a "newcycle" gas engine and feels at this time that he has accomplished his idea in engine development. The work of erecting the engine has been conducted for the inventor by the Carrol Foundry and Machine Co., under the superintendency of John Schott. The future of the engine bids fair to be very bright and ought to prove a popular one since it is of a popular size and develops reliable power. AND Dr. Wm. Lee Richardson was born at Harford in 1815 and died here on March 19. He graduated from Jefferson College in Philadelphia in 1847 and in his long and successful practice he was highly honored by both County, State and International Medical Societies. He was a faithful and conscientious physician, decided, almost brusque at times, yet kind hearted, a lover of children.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Spring is here. Woodchucks are out.


Susquehanna - Miss Teresa M. Ryan has gone to Scranton, where she will enter Mount St. Mary's Seminary, to become a Sister of the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Lakeside, New Milford Twp. - Graduating exercises of the Lakeside graded school will be held at Lakeside on Friday evening, April 2. The class is composed of Misses Bernice E. Ace, Pauline Tiffany and Walter R. Mosher.


Rush - R H. Hillis has sold his hotel here to Silas Kintner, a traveling man who has been with Bean & Co., of Binghamton, several years. He takes possession April 1.


Dimock - Fikes Brothers are doing a large business here, sawing lumber, judging by the way that the lumber is drawn away from the mill daily.


Thompson - Owen, the fourteen year old son of Thomas Julley, near Wrighter's Lake, accidentally hurt his knee a couple of weeks ago, not seriously it was thought, but after a few days it began to pain him, the doctor was called, then a counsel of doctors, but he died Friday morning, his suffering being intense.


South Montrose - John Holley's family is cleaning house and preparing to return home. They have been away two weeks, while their house was cleaned after the scarlet fever.


New Milford - The New Milford Home Talent Minstrel company will give two entertainments at the Opera House this week, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Tickets will be on sale at Blair's drug store.


Uniondale - Julius Sheibley has killed eight foxes this season. He and his son, Leon, are quite hunters and trappers but the boys think that Leon will be obliged to bait his trap with something besides a chub to catch a Vanderbilt. Try a duke or count, Leon.


Great Bend - The funeral of Seth B. Munson was held in Grace Episcopal church on Friday. He would have been 88 years of age on the first of April. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Pvt. Co. B, 58th Regt., PA Vols.] and had a shoe shop here for many years. He is survived by his wife and one son, James, and one sister.


North Harford - Sidney F. Osmun has made some fine looking violins, and they sound fine too.


Forest City - Tracy Wescott and Miss Edith Chapman, of Peckville, were married at Lisle, N.Y., March 10th by the bride's brother, the Rev. Albert Chapman, of that place. Mr. Wescott was formerly a Forest City young man.


Brooklyn - Our stage driver, Winn Tiffany, has had a telephone placed in his residence.


Springville - Last Tuesday morning George W. Fletcher was taken suddenly ill and a telephone call came for medical aid, but it proved of no avail, his death coming with the early dawn. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having been a member of Company C, 203d P.V. and his age was 80 years. Five sons survive. Funeral at Strickland Hill Church.


Brandt - The little town of Brandt has secured a hat factory, which is soon to be opened in the building formerly used for a chair factory and will employ at the outset about 100 persons.


Laceyville, Wyoming Co. - When Prof. Clayton Kellar, principal of the Laceyville High School, sat down in a pond of water which had been poured in his chair, was he justified in using a ruler on Edith Russell, a 19 year old pupil, when he found that she had constructed the lake? This is the question now agitating Laceyville. All agree that the professor had good excuse for losing his temper, but many think he acted a little hastily in punishing Miss Russell. At any rate the April grand jury will have to wrestle with the question. The professor was arrested, charged with assault and battery. According to the pupils in Miss Russell's class, the incident happened a few days ago. Prof. Kellar's chair originally was plump and nice, but his generous proportions have depressed it until they lent themselves admirably to the lock canal scheme. He stepped out of the room a moment and in his absence some one filled the leather ditch with water. Prof. Kellar noticed a suppressed titter when he returned, but paid no special heed to it. He finally sat down and hit the water with a splash. Naturally there wasn't room enough for both on that chair. One had to move and it was the water. The titter was now a roar. He rose to the surface and quietly backed out of the room, leaving a damp trail behind him. Several of the favorite boys rushed to his aid with stacks of blotters and after a while he returned with ruler in hand and made direct for Miss Edith. Eye witnesses say what followed was fearful. He didn't say "hold out your hand" as teachers usually do, but helped himself and as a result she is black and blue in several spots. Prof. Kellar is only a few years her senior and they have met in a social way many times.


News Brief - The farmer is beginning to show great advancement in the matter of providing his home with modern conveniences. The long prevalent idea that the farmer provided better for his horses and cattle than he did for his wife and children is being abolished. Today the farmer is adding luxuries and improvements to his well kept and finely furnished home that even the better class of business and professional men can ill afford. Nearly every prosperous farmer has furnace heat and a bathroom in his home, things which were a rarity ten or twenty years ago. The lighting problem is now being considered and many have installed acetylene plants and find them a great convenience. An interesting article on the subject should be read by all who contemplate doing away with the fast disappearing kerosene lamp.


April 02 (1909/2009)



Montrose - The will of the late Charles A. Smith, of Hazleton, was probated in Wilkes-Barre and by its terms he left his entire estate, a fortune of $17,000, to his brother William L. Smith, of Montrose. Charles was born here in 1849 and spent his early years in Montrose, being a son of the late William W. Smith, a prominent cabinet maker and undertaker. At the age of 18 he became a telegraph operator for the Lehigh Valley R.R. He located at Hazleton in 1867 and lived there ever since. His wife died several weeks ago. Friends of William Smith are gratified that he is to receive this bequest because he has been handicapped since childhood by imperfect eyesight, amounting almost to blindness.


Hallstead - President Taft nominated James T. DuBois, Hallstead, to be consul general at Singapore, Straits Settlements. Mr. DuBois has had many years experience in foreign consular service, but for the past number of years, since the latter part of McKinley's administration, he has been editor of laws in the Department of State at Washington. He has served the government at Aix-la-Chapelle and Leipzig, Germany, and in 1883 was sent to Callo, Peru and again in 1897 was sent to St. Gall, Switzerland, as consul general.


South New Milford - Now is the time to fill the mud holes in the road and use a little Armstrong work to help the water away from the road. If every farmer would take an interest in better roads and help keep them in good shape, the taxes raised would go farther when expended and there are hundreds of loads of dirt [that] go out of the roads because men won't spend a few moments with the hoe to turn the water aside.


Auburn - The third annual commencement exercises of the Auburn High School will be held Friday evening, April 9. Reserved seats are now on sale--25 and 35 cents. The baccalaureate sermon to the Class of '09 will be delivered in the high school building on Sunday evening, April 4, at 7:30 by Rev. Wm. Shaw.


Little Meadows - In the latest mercantile appraisement the following businesses are listed in Little Meadows: A. D. Brown & Co., General Merchandise; William Purtell, Retail; Thomas Fitzmartin, Cigars and Palmer & Son, Mill Feeds.


Lynn - W. P. Sheldon has been investing in a fine new turnout consisting of a splendid bay pacing mare with a record of 2-11, with buggy and harness to match. Turn out boys and give Sheldon the road for he says he's got to have it.


Ainey - Amanda Strickland's term of school closed last Thursday. Mildred Lord attended school every day and was not tardy once. Claude Strickland and Mattie Johnson did not miss a day since Christmas. Miss Strickland has been a successful teacher and very thorough in her work.


Foster (Hopbottom) - The High School commencement exercises will take place on Tuesday evening, April 7, and will be held in the Universalist church. The graduating class consists of seven young ladies. Adams' orchestra of Factoryville will furnish music for the occasion.


Rush - The directors of the Rush Creamery Co. have arranged for the patrons to haul the butter to Montrose station. This is not satisfactory to all of them.


Forest City - Forest City has been largely represented in Montrose this week, during the Grand Jury session here, chiefly because of the troubles among the liquor sellers, which trouble has been brewing for a year or two. As near as we can learn the situation, the retailers became of the opinion that the wholesalers were retailing drinks to about everybody who called for them. This cut off the business of the retailers and they made complaint; then complaints were made that some of the retailers were selling illegally, and so it came to pass that pretty nearly all the dealers in Forest City were hauled before the Grand jury for investigation and unless the Grand Jury is exceedingly good to them there will be more heard of the matter in court later on.


Forest Lake - While H. B. Stone and son were breaking a colt--having it hitched in with another horse, it became unmanageable and ran away, and the team finally went off one side of the road and down an embankment ten feet among some trees. The horses broke lose from the wagon and ran a little ways when they were stopped by a tree and were unhurt, but Mr. Stone received several cuts and bruises. It was an exciting ride.


Herrick Centre - Commencement exercises, Friday April 2, at 8 p.m. in the M. E. church. The class of '09 is composed of two members--Floyd R. Avery and Beulah I. Philips, who have adopted as their motto the small but mighty in meaning word--"Excelsior." Royal purple and milk white are its colors--while the pansy is the class flower.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - A band of gypsies are here camping. They had three handsome house wagons besides four other wagons.


Thompson - Thompson is well represented on the grand jury this week, and we are sorry to say before it also.


Lenoxville - The buzzing saw in S. B. Hartley's mill indicates that business is booming.


Uniondale - A man from the New York Board of Health was around last week looking after the sanitary conditions of farms from which milk is shipped to New York City. He spoke like one having authority. He said we must give every cow 600 cubic ft. of air space, give the dear old bossy plenty of sunlight and fresh air. Good things for man and beast. He told us we must sweep the cobwebs down; must white-wash our stables; and keep horses and hay away from where cows are kept, etc. Farmers are the most healthy and long-lived people on earth; they drink all the milk that they want from childhood to old age. Twenty five percent of all the children born in New York die before reaching the age of 5 years; a fearful accusation against dear old bossy and the farmer. Farmers believe in good stables and clean milk as much as the New York man, but they fail to see how the milk kills in New York and prolongs life in the open country.


News Brief - Every man, who is not capable of self government, should get married.


April 09 (1909/2009)



Middletown - Our quiet township seems to be in quite a mixup at present, for the work done by our supervisors for the past two years was illegal and not according to the road law. They took the law in their own hands and did the work themselves making unnecessary expense for the tax payers. Our auditors are to blame for letting such work go on. I think something ought to be done to relieve taxpayers. T. H. Conboy, Clerk


Glenwood - Miss Julia Medler has been working for the Northeast Telephone Co. at Nicholson for the past two weeks. Julia makes a fine "hello" girl.


Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - This week is the last of school. Miss Lulu Ruckman has been the teacher for the past term and much credit is due her for her success in the school.


Thompson - Wm. Weir, a grand juryman in Montrose last week, was suddenly stricken with an attack of indigestion while in the Treasurer's office. He fainted away and fell to the floor and after being revived was taken to the Montrose House and next day was able to return home.


Oakland - The Beach Sanitarium is being wired for electric lights and other improvements are being made.


Franklin - Earl Hickok caught fifteen skunks, twenty musk rats, two mink and two coons this winter.


New Milford - John T. Middaugh, a former resident of New Milford, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sadie Thomson, in Binghamton, on March 24. Mr. Middaugh was 74 years of age and a man of prominence in this county for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Co. E, 51st Regt.], having served faithfully and with bravery and was well known in G.A.R. circles. The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal church in New Milford last Friday morning and interment was in the New Milford cemetery.


Harford - Eugene Withers and family have gone to Conklin, where he has charge of a store. Monday being Mrs. Withers' birthday, she was given a post-card shower, 36 cards being sent to her.


Montrose - Amos W. Cooley died April 1, 1909. He was born in New Jersey but came to Montrose in Sept. 1861, as did his brother, John R. Cooley. Amos was a carpenter and contractor and erected many houses in Montrose, including the one now owned by Jessie James, the one owned by Mrs. Kenyon, and the one on Grow avenue, known as the Bullard house, also the block on the East side of South Main street, known as the Cooley Block and other buildings. ALSO Charles Davidson, a veteran and honored member of Four Brothers' Post G.A.R., Montrose, died at his residence on April 8, aged 74 years. He served honorably in the Civil War in Co. I, 45th Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry, for over two years. Funeral Saturday at 3 p.m. at the A.M.E. Zion Church. Four Brothers' Post G.A.R. will have charge of the services at the grave.


Heart Lake - Andrew F. Curtis, one of Heart Lake's well known citizens, was taking in the sights at the County Capital yesterday. He informs us that his son, Anson, who has been very ill, is restored to normal health again. Anson has a splendid position with the Barney-Smith Motor Car Company. ALSO A new Grange was organized here last Wednesday with 22 charter members.


Jackson - Silas Howell and Fred Chamberlain, of South Gibson, were here last week installing their low pressure lighting system in some of our business places. ALSO In North Jackson, a large force of men recently put in a good days work cutting wood for the Methodist Episcopal Church and as a result 35 cords of fine fire material is on hand.


Brackney - The bans of marriage were published for the first time on Sunday in St. Augustine's church between Edward Cahill and Elizabeth Giblin, both of this place.


Stanfordville, Liberty Twp - Last Friday a number of Aunt Rebecca Stanford's friends called on her to remind her that it was her 76th birthday. A good time was reported. May she have many more as pleasant as this one.


Hallstead - Nelson Coon, am aged resident of Hallstead, died at his home on Wednesday afternoon of last week. Mr. Coon was for a long time a faithful engineer on the Lackawanna, having been pensioned a number of years ago. Wednesday morning his wife spoke to him as he was seated in a chair near a window and failing to respond, she went to him and found that he was dead. Death was due, now doubt, to heart failure. Besides his widow one stepson survives.


Fairdale - Lee R. Bolles, the librarian for the circulating library, will be in the basement of the M. E. church between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, and every two weeks thereafter. All wishing to procure books can get them on those dates.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Frank Rogers has erected a telephone line to Isaac Wilmarth's. We learn it will be extended to Hop Bottom in the near future.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - C. W. Jennings's teams are hauling 4-feet ash timber from the Olin Risley farm to the railroad at Springville, where it will be shipped for the manufacture of fork and shovel handles.


Ararat Summit - C. V. Roberts has taken possession of the hotel in this place.


News Briefs - The following story is going the rounds: A grade teacher, after having a medical examination in her school, recently wrote the following note to the parents of a certain little boy: "Your little boy, Charles, shows signs of astigmatism. Will you please investigate and take steps to correct it," to which she received a note, "I don't exactly know what Charles has been doing but I have walloped him tonight and you can wallop him tomorrow and that ought to help some." ALSO The apparent hard times down the Valley is causing many of the working class to scatter out through the county looking for work among the farmers.


April 16 (1909/2009)



Oakley, Harford Twp. - The maple sugar season is over and the crop was a large one. E. E. Titus and W. H. Wilmarth made 100 gallons of a fine quality of syrup.


New Milford - George Hendrickson, of Binghamton, an old New Milford boy who has followed the circus business for many years, was in town Monday calling on old friends before taking his departure for Bridgeport, Conn., where he will join the Buffalo Bill show. ALSO Leonard Strange, a young man aged 24 years, was cremated in the fire which destroyed the Lackawanna House at New Milford Wednesday night. The fire started shortly after 11 p.m. in the two story wooden structure which is located near the tracks, being differently known as the Allen House, Crane House and more recently the Lackawanna House. The fire originated in a stove in the kitchen and the interior was soon a seething mass of flames. The New Milford fire department soon had their hose laid and a fire engine was sent up from Hallstead on a special train. Many of the guests made their escape scantily attired, climbing through windows. The body of Strange was found in the ruins in the morning. He was an employee in Crossley's sawmill, living in New Milford his entire life. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Watson Granger


Montrose - Mr. Jesse Thompson, of Montrose, and Miss Ella Cuff, of Wilkes-Barre, were married at the African Methodist-Episcopal Zion Church by Rev. Mr. Caines, on the evening of April 14. The church was well decorated. The bride was given away by her brother, Milton Cuff of Wilkes-Barre, with Miss Georgie Reed for maid of honor. The bride was dressed in grey and brown silk and her maid of honor in blue. The ushers were Isaiah Spence, Price Smith, Gabriel Edwards and Luther Smith. The wedding march was played by Mr. Henry Naylor. Although the night was very stormy about 300 people attended the ceremony. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the groom on Chenango street.


Brooklyn - S. J. Bailey has secured the right of way, most of the way, for a railroad. The track is to be standard gauge and gasoline motors are to be used. The connection will be made with the D. L. and W. about one mile north of Foster [Hop Bottom]; the Brooklyn road to use the east bound siding from there to the station. The milk cans will be hauled up to Brooklyn and coal, lumber and all car lots will be allowed without breaking bulks. It is a fine thing for Brooklyn and the road is all built on paper and we trust that in the near future it will be a visible fact. No doubt it will be a paying investment.


Great Bend - The Chapot Brothers' chamois factory at Great Bend is booming and an enlargement of the factory is contemplated in the addition of another story to the building. The demand for the product grows and lately a branch factory was established at Glover, N.Y., where John Chapot and his family removed this week so that he will be in touch with the work.


Thompson - Guy L. Foster, of the firm of Foster Brothers at the corner store, who has been a Pullman car conductor on the Erie, has quit that position and is now helping his brother, Arthur E., conduct their business, which has grown to be quite extensive and thriving.


Springville - Mrs. Mary Gavitte was greatly surprised to have a few of her lady friends and neighbors drop in on Friday last for a little visit and stay to tea, each lady taking something dainty to tempt the appetite. The occasion being Mrs. G.'s birthday.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Peter Kintner and wife were called to the bedside of their mother, Mrs. Henry Kintner, of Auburn Corners, who was stricken with a stroke of paralysis last Sunday morning while at the barn doing chores. She was found by a little grand-daughter, in the cow stable, in an unconscious condition and her recovery is very doubtful, as she is an old lady. Much sympathy is felt for her.


Susquehanna - Col. William Telford, one of the oldest and best known residents of Susquehanna, died April 12, 1909. For many years the colonel was a potent factor in the business life of Susquehanna, embarking in the hotel business and later entered the furniture and undertaking business. Col. Telford was born in Ireland in 1840 and came to America in 1852, locating at Norwich, NY. In 1859 he went to Towanda to engage in the marble business and in 1861 organized the Goodrich Guards of that place. During the Civil War he enlisted in Co. G. 50th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers and while captain of the company, he also acted as major of the regiment, eventually promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1865. He was taken prisoner at Spottsylvania Court House in 1864, escaping three times from the Confederate prison at Columbia, S. C., only to be recaptured again. The fourth attempt proved successful. He reported to General Sherman at Savannah, where he met army officers to whom he gave valuable information respecting the enemy's lines and fortifications. His wife, before it was known that he had made his escape, had effected a prisoner exchange for him. With remarkable persistency she pursued her objective until she gained an interview with President Lincoln. The colonel was in thirty-two important battles and after the war he returned to Bradford County and soon thereafter came to Susquehanna. The Telford Guards were so named in his honor. He was at one time deputy sheriff of Susquehanna County.


Forest Lake - John Kane, a resident of Forest Lake, met with a distressing accident near Forest City, and as a result is confined in Emergency Hospital, Carbondale, suffering from severe injuries. Mr. Kane was in the act of passing under a standing train of cars on the D & H track when he was caught, the train having suddenly started while he was under it. He was dragged for a considerable distance and about the only serious injury he sustained was a badly crushed foot. His clothes were badly torn while being dragged and he also received minor cuts and bruises. The man's form dragging along the ground was noticed by a member of the crew, who immediately stopped the train. He will probably recover.


Forest City - The Forest City breaker recently made a new record when 1220 cars of coal were put through the big colliery and prepared for market in one day. The output for the day was 3037 tons. That is something better than two cars or five tons a minute.


Rush - The farm house on the Estus farm near East Rush was burned to the ground with its contents. The family was at supper when the blaze was discovered but the wind was blowing so fiercely at the time that it fanned the blaze into a fury of flames, the family barely escaping with what little they could pick up after securing articles of clothing. So rapidly did the flames eat into the timbers that eyewitnesses said the house appeared to melt down and in a few minutes was a mass of embers.


April 23 (1909/2009)



Laceyville - The grand jury at Tunkhannock last week ignored the charge against Clayton G. Keller, principal of the Laceyville High School, charged by the parents of Miss Blanche Russell, a pupil, with assault and battery. Miss Russell is alleged to have made an infraction of the school rules and the principal punished her with a ruler quite severely. Miss Russell complained of the mode and strenuousness of the punishment and the young lady's father had the principal arrested and held for court. The grand jury of Wyoming county, after hearing the evidence, decided to ignore the bill, placing half the costs, however, upon the disciplinarian.


Bridgewater Twp. - Ice that was stored in stacks in the barn on the Hoyt farm, near Lake Montrose during the winter, is now being shipped over the Lehigh Valley to points in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Messrs. S. G. Fancher, F. D. Morris, C. O. Hoyt and W. H. Conklin are the shippers.


Brandt - Raphael Kessler, Sr., one of the best known men in Susquehanna County, died at his home at Brandt last Saturday. The deceased was born in Germany, coming to this country when a young man. He was educated for the Presbyterian ministry and for over 13 years preached until his health failed and he was obliged to give up the ministry. Having married Miss Nancy H. Brandt, daughter of the late Henry W. Brandt, who had a branch acid factory in Brandt, the principal industry of the place, he took charge of the factory for his father-in-law. The wood acid business was then in its infancy and Mr. Kessler afterwards took over the business and at one time had one of the largest manufactories of its kind in the country. He was also largely interested in other business enterprises and continued to give them his attention almost up to the time of his death.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Walter Hartman is the floor walker at Fish and Sheldon's store and is well liked by the customers for his kind attention with which he treats them. Ray Greenwood is home for a month and is over-hauling the goods in his father, F. S. Greenwood's store, making quite a display in the show windows of spring goods. Ray knows how to do it and says he has got to have it.


Susquehanna - Tuesday evening the local basket ball season came to an end in Hogan Opera House. The L.A.C.C. five and the R.R.Y.M.C.A. Jr. five played. Between the halves the audience was entertained by Jack Hall, Leo Sullivan and Charles Rauner, wooden shoe dancers. After the game Lea's orchestra furnished music for dancing.


Ararat Summit - We are glad to see R. Sparks, the butcher, of Jackson, on his weekly rounds again. Rob is the right hand man with meats.


Kingsley - On the roll of honor of the Kingsley Graded School, the following are those who attended every day. Ethel Welch, Minnie Searles, Julia Stearns, Marvin Stearns, Glenn Wilmarth, Walter Tiffany and Ralston Tiffany; those who missed only one day were: Louise Stearns, Irene Stearns and Lynn Mathews.


New Milford - Daniel Rice, who died on March 31, aged 78 years, came to Gibson when he was about five months old, having been born in near Sterling, Mass. The journey occupied six weeks and for a portion of the way was marked only by blazed trees. When he was 14 months old his father died. Mr. Rice was married to Miss Emeline Perry and lived in New Milford for the better part of his life.


Montrose - "Old Tim" the lovely, big, fluffy, yellow Tarbell House cat, is no more. He was found on an ash heap in the rear of the hotel, and a bullet in the head of the poor inoffensive cat disclosed the manner of his death. Tim's right name was "Timothy Tarbell House," and his age was 14 years. Not believing in nightly paradings and caterwauling on other folk's back fences, Tim felt that his duty was to act as mouser in the Tarbell House, which duty he carried out well up to the time even when old age made his legs rheumatic and his beautiful golden coat and white vest very much disheveled. Many a traveling man and other friends too, will feel badly to hear that Tim has gone, and will never greet them in the halls and office again. He had been given the freedom of the house for years. Friends stood ready to take Tim, but a former mistress wished the cat to remain at the Tarbell House pending being sent for to live in more quiet quarters.


Uniondale - Dr. Craft and M. D. Daniels expect to sail up the Nile some time this summer. ALSO Harvey Smith is selling lime by the car load to farmers. They say that lime sweetens the soil. The profits make Harvey smile very sweetly.


Friendsville - We are sorry to hear that the stage running from here to Binghamton is to change hands after July first, as Mr. Brown has given the best of satisfaction while he has been driving.


Forest City - There were exclamations of pleased surprise all over town when the electric current was turned on Friday night. The company had promised greatly improved service when the Carbondale power plant was tapped, and the promise was fulfilled. After the miserable services of the past few months, during which time the local lines were loaded beyond capacity of the generating machinery, the new illuminant seemed dazzling. As our 90 candle power lamps blow out, it is probable they will be replaced with others of higher voltage. The company has replaced the old fashioned arc lights with more modern lamps which need attention but once a week instead of daily. They make a light with a blue tinge.


News Brief - The capabilities of the split-log road drag were never more forcibly demonstrated than on the Main Street of the village of Millerton. One round trip through town transformed the highway from a sticky, rutty and bumpy abomination into a road nearly as smooth and agreeable as the macadam. ALSO For the eighth time in as many years 'Squire Peter Fisher, of Columbia county, is laid up in bed with injury to his left leg. Once a year as regular as the seasons, Fisher either breaks or injures that left leg in such a manner as to cripple him temporarily. He wouldn't feel right if he did not. A load of hay was blown over on him by the wind this time. Alternately he has been run over by a wagon, mowing machine, hurt by a runaway, stuck with a pitchfork, shot, and hurt several other ways. Half a dozen times the doctors thought they would have to saw the leg off but Fisher is a scion of a sturdy family and he still has his leg.


April 30 (1909/2009)



Hallstead - Not to be outdone by other cities, the enterprising sportsmen, headed by John Clune, proprietor of the Clune House, have arranged for a Marathon race on May 15. The runners will start from Hallstead and go up that side of the river to Susquehanna, where they cross over and return via Great Bend, making a distance of nearly 20 miles. Valuable prizes will be awarded the winners and already there is much interest being shown and the list of contestants promises to be large, composed mainly of some of the amateur runners of this section of the State and lower New York.


Dimock - President Taft has given just recognition to the judicial ability of George W. Woodruff, who during Roosevelt's administration was attached to the Department of the Interior, by appointing him United States District Judge of Hawaii. Mr. Woodruff is a native of Dimock, attended the schools of this vicinity in boyhood and in 1889 finished his studies at Yale, taking up the practice of law in Philadelphia. His personality, fine physique and love of outdoor sports made him a boon companion of the strenuous Roosevelt during his administration. As assistant attorney general of the Department of the Interior he achieved considerable prominence and the appointment comes as recognition of work well done.


Susquehanna - The working hours at the Susquehanna Erie shops have increased from 40 to 45 hours a week. The strong probability is that the company will succeed in securing permission to make its proposed $30,000,000 loan on bonds, a part of which will be expended in physical improvements of its road.


Forest City - The Forest City stone quarry will resume operations next month with an increased force of men. It is said that electric drills will be used. The work will be pushed vigorously and the industry made an important one to Forest City. ALSO "Kid" Sharonis is in training for a go with a Honesdale scrapper.


Montrose - H. D. Titman and L. R. Titsworth have purchased the old skating rink property for $1800. The building will be repaired, painted and the interior walls kalsomined, which will make a fine hall and will be used for a roller skating rink and other purposes, such as dances. There is no doubt of these energetic young men making this a profitable business, as well an amusement that will be beneficial and enjoyed by the young people of Montrose.


South Gibson - Thomas J. Manzer died on April 10, 1909 at age 82 years and 16 days. He was born March 26, 1827 at Fly Creek, Otsego County, NY, and was one of ten children of the Rev. Lawrence Manzer, a Baptist minister. He was a man of good judgment and was often sought for counsel in county matters by his fellow citizens. He was born with and always possessed the noted characteristic of the Manzer family, namely, industry.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Mrs. Ettaline Lott, who has been spending some time with her son, James Lott, has left for California, where she will spend about a year with her brothers, John and Gilbert Overfield, and her niece, Mrs. Minnie Emory.


Brackney - A very pretty wedding took place in St. Augustine's church, last Wednesday afternoon, when Miss Elizabeth Giblin became the bride of Edward Cahill. Miss Katherine Giblin, cousin of the bride, acted as bridesmaid and Matthew Cahill, brother of the groom, as best man. The bride was handsomely attired in drab silk with lace trimmings and wore a black picture hat and carried a bouquet of bride's roses. The groom wore the conventional black. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Giblin of Quaker Lake. The groom has for several years held a responsible position with the Lackawanna Railroad. The bride was the recipient of many beautiful presents, besides a large sum of money. Mr. and Mrs. Cahill will reside in Binghamton.


Hopbottom - The first annual alumni banquet of Hopbottom High School, given in Masonic hall, April 23, was one of the pleasantest social events which has occurred in a long time. About 70 guests were present and when they were ushered into the tastefully decorated hall and served with the elegant repast furnished by the ladies of the Universalist Church, there was little left to be desired except the toasts, which were served as later refreshment in an equally pleasing style. The universal expression of those present was that the entire program was most highly successful.


Elkdale - Howard Wells has been confined to the house with an attack of mumps.


Gelatt - The Grange decided to erect a building 30 x 50 ft, with two stories & basement, on ground donated by W. Manzer, at the forks of the road near George Bowells'.


Franklin Forks - Great excitement was caused on Monday afternoon when the boiler in Carroll R. Tiffany's mill exploded. Weighing over a ton, it shot through the roof of the mill and passed over the Stockholm residence, striking the roof of Smith's store 200 feet away, and did not stop until it landed on the storeroom floor, causing considerable damage by tearing out partitions and everything in its path. It was fortunate for Mr. Tiffany that it happened just when it did, as in an instant more he would have returned to the boiler room and no doubt been killed instantly by the terrific impact from the explosion. Mr. Tiffany does a general custom sawing trade and manufactures horticultural implements on quite an extensive scale.


Great Bend - While running at the rate of 50 miles an hour, Erie train No. 3 ran into a heavily loaded wagon just below the Great Bend station, Thursday night. The driver was crossing the tracks when his wagon became stalled. Knowing that train 3, the fast New York-Chicago express was soon due, the driver tried to urge his horses across the tracks, but they could not pull the heavy load. He unhitched the team, led them to a place of safety and started up the track to flag the train, but before he had gone very far the fast express came around the curve. The engine hit the wagon squarely, completely demolishing it. The train was stopped and parts of the wagon were removed from the engine. Fortunately no one was near the wagon at the time of the accident.


Uniondale - The sugar social was well attended at Geo. Bayless'. After Claud Lockwood played one game of snap and kiss 'em he said that the sugar tasted a lemon--no more sugar for Claud. AND There is to be a box social in Ira Churchill's Hall, Friday evening. Webb Sherwood says that he will get a certain lady's lunch if it costs a car of corn. The lady has rosy cheeks and very handsome.


May 07 (1909/2009)



Gibson - The funeral of Hon. George B. Tiffany occurred at his late home in Gibson on Saturday. Mr. Tiffany served two terms in the State Legislature, 1899-01, serving as a colleague of Hon. James W. Adams, of Brooklyn and Hon. George Hill, of Silver Lake. While there he worked hard for the passage of the Erie Bonus Bill. When there was a call for volunteers at the time of Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania, young Tiffany responded, joining Co. D., 35th Regiment Pennsylvania Militia and was mustered into service in 1863. He was the son of the late Arunah Tiffany and was born on June 14, 1842, in the township where he died. On Jan. 7, 1874 he was married to Hattie Celinda, daughter of Lafayette and Harriet Payne Wilmarth, natives of this county.


Kingsley - The breaking of a car journal on a westbound freight Tuesday afternoon caused the tracks to be closed to traffic for three hours. The wrecking train from Scranton was sent quickly to the scene and by the aid of a traveling crane the car that had been derailed was swung bodily to one side, track replaced where the car had stood, and as the ties had not been badly torn up, the Lackawanna trains were soon making time and "making up" time. The freight was not moving very swiftly when the accident occurred otherwise the damage would have been great. ALSO C. L. Carpenter, a veteran hotel man, who conducted the Tennant House at Hopbottom for several years, is proprietor of Hotel Kingsley at Kingsley now, and from all reports has a house with tiptop patronage, as traveling men who know Mr. Carpenter and his estimable wife, always try to make Kingsley an objective point. This hotel is "dry" and Mr. Carpenter is bound that it shall be conducted straight and in full keeping with the law and will not have a bottle of Soda Pop on the premises, that somebody might wink and say that there might be a "stick" in it, and guests of the house have to get their birch beer at the grocery stores. Mr. Carpenter is a man, too, that runs his own house and has lots of friends who will wish him the best of success. Good hotel accommodations at Kingsley are essential for the comfort of a traveling public and nothing will be lacking under the present proprietorship.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - It seems as though the weather has broken the record in this part of the country, with snow up to the 2nd day of May.


Montrose - Vrooman Gardner will open a nickelet in the Shaurman building, in a store room occupied by Payne's stationary store, soon after May 15th. The sale of goods in store takes place tomorrow afternoon, and Mr. Gardner intends to take possession as soon as the goods are removed, and expects this will be shortly after May 15th. He has the moving picture machine ordered and other paraphernalia. The popularity of the nickelet leads to the belief that the town can support two, and it looks that way, as Montrose was slow in getting the "craze," but now has it "bad."


Forest City - The uniforms of the C.T.A.U. base ball club have arrived and are on exhibition in McCann's window. They are the swellest ever. The first game will probably be played May 9 on the home grounds which are fast being completed


Crystal Lake - The Scranton Automobile Association decided at a meeting on Friday to hold a series of club runs during the latter part of the summer and on July 10 will visit Crystal Lake. Other visits planned are: August 10 to Montrose and Sept. 4 to Harford. It is likely that anywhere from 25 to 50 cars participate in these runs and it is the intention of the touring committee to arrange for baseball games with teams at each place visited.


Hopbottom - They are about to open a cheese making business on the hill near Mrs. Tibbett's. ALSO The weather is against the farmers sowing oats or planting potatoes. Snow, rain, cold and unpleasant winds have made everything backward and caused lots of sickness. On April 29, 52 years ago, the snow was four feet on the level.


Little Meadows - There was a dance held at Little Meadows hall, last Friday night, under the management of Maurice Hickey and Joe O'Neil. All report a good time.


New Milford - Hereafter milk train No. 43, going west, leaving New Milford at 11:52 a.m., will carry passengers between Washington and Binghamton, making same stops from Washington to Scranton, as hitherto made by No. 4, and in addition making all station stops between Scranton and Binghamton, and those at Foster, Kingsley and Alford on flag.


Clifford - Our milliner, Mrs. Elmer Coil, has a fresh supply of spring goods.


Susquehanna - That Susquehanna will shortly have a reform wave to compel all saloon keepers and hotel men to observe the law was the statement made this afternoon. If the present plans are carried out, all saloon keepers and hotel men having nickel machines or penny machines in their places will be compelled to remove them. There will also be no selling on Sunday. The crusade is the result of a campaign now being waged in this state by the Anti-Saloon League.


Choconut - The old Indian Spring is being operated most successfully by Mr. Sweeney, the owner. He bottles the water which is famous both for its purity and its medicinal qualities and sells it in Montrose, Binghamton & c., and his trade in Binghamton being specially heavy, which attests the popularity of the water. Mr. Sweeney's address is Friendsville, Pa., R.F.D. No 1. He offers the springs or the farm for sale.


Dimock - Guy Lathrop is out with a handsome new rubber tire carriage, coming from Titman's Wagon Repository, Montrose.


Uniondale - Some of the boys think that Glenn Tennant had too much of a good thing at the Box Social, Friday evening last. Two nice lunches and two beauties. Glenn knows a good thing when he sees it. Glenn is day agent at the Erie depot and looks nice with brass buttons.


News Briefs - The new Pure Food and Drug law will mark it on the label of every Cough Cure containing Opium, Chloroform, or any other stupefying or poisonous drug. ALSO Many supervisors and path-masters have been giving attention to working the country roads, which will remain in very rough state until worn down by travel. A split log drag would very quickly place them in a better condition. The soft earth thrown up into the roadway soon becomes filled with deep ruts which often remain for weeks and are about like plowed fields to drive over.