May 14 (1909/2009)



South New Milford - The farmers in this vicinity seem to have much interest in joining together to get better prices for milk. With hay scarce and feed high, it seems they must run behind unless they soon get in line and bustle. Prices around two cents per quart do not pay.


Lawsville - During a severe windstorm the roof of a barn belonging to Albert Bailey was blown off. The following Monday his friends and neighbors met at his home and before sundown Mr. Bailey was much pleased to find his barn once more complete with a new roof.


Quaker Lake - The Quaker Lake creamery opened Thursday of this week. Jerome Donovan is to be the manager.


Brooklyn - Wade H. Barnes, the well known insurance agent, is in line with a new Ford automobile of the runabout model of 1908. ALSO A. E. Finn, State inspector of orchards, is engaged inspecting in East Bridgewater, Springville, and Brooklyn looking for San Jose scale and found the county generally quite free from it. The worst infection he has yet come in contact with was on the Gere farm in Brooklyn and he says his experience is that young orchards are found in worse condition than the older trees.


Forest City - Prof. F. D. Taylor has assumed the principalship of the Forest City public school for the balance of the term, caused by the resignation of Principal Van Orsdale. Mr. Taylor has been principal of the Auburn schools for several years, is a graduate of State College, and the Forest City board is congratulating itself upon securing such an exceptionally able pedagogue on such short notice.


Montrose - Many have remarked about the handsome columns which are being used in the erection of the large piazza on Albert Miller's residence on Public Avenue. They have a history. Few would suspect that they had once been used for a similar purpose in the first county court house that was erected in 1813, but such is a fact, and the fine hand carved pine that adorns the massive pillars is as sound today as it was nearly a century ago. Another interesting fact is that the house in which they are now a part (the old Webb property) was built in 1812 [by Charles Catlin, brother of George Catlin], and for many years they stood side by side, the old court house having been torn down to make a site for the school building, while the residence still stands. The columns were long stored in the W. M. Post barn, and Mr. Post presented them to the present owner. [The Miller property was torn down in 1952 to build an A&P store. The building was later converted into the County Office Building on the west side of Public Avenue. The old court house was torn down to make way for Montrose High School, built in 1891. The gym is now part of the courthouse complex.] ALSO A representative of Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee school for colored young men and women was in town during the week soliciting funds for the school.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Mrs. Elmer White met with a bad accident last Thursday afternoon. While looking for some little chickens in the barn a stick of timber gave way and she fell to the floor, striking on the tongue of the mowing machine and breaking both bones in her right leg at the ankle. Dr. Harrison was called and set the bones and she is resting comfortably. Mrs. White was cleaning house when the accident happened and had everything torn up, but some of the kind neighbors came the next day and finished the work, for which she wishes to thank them.


Fairdale - Jessup township lost one of its oldest and most respected citizens Saturday in the death of Milton Roy, who succumbed to a sudden attack from abscess of the brain. He was 83 years of age, a man wonderfully well preserved for his age, having conducted his meat wagon business almost up to the time of his death. The deceased was born in New Jersey and came to Jessup in 1870, where he has since resided.


Friendsville - C. Byrne is contemplating learning the butter making trade.


South Gibson - Curtin Howell, the oldest man in town, has beaten all his neighbors in gardening, his peas, beets, lettuce and onions making a fine shower already. ALSO The new street lamps are a great improvement to the town.


Susquehanna - With but slight interruption the dog poisoner is continuing his operations on West Hill and four more dogs have been disposed of, says a Susquehanna correspondent. As a result of his dastardly work the young son of Harry McKee had a narrow escape from being poisoned. Accompanied by an older sister he was on his way to school when he picked up a piece of bologna along the side of the road. He started to eat it, but his sister pushed it out of his hand. Their pet dog, who was with them, ate the bologna and in five minutes he was dead. Strychnine was used by the poisoner in his work. It is liberally spread over the bologna and at night the bologna is placed where the dogs will get it. Suspicion points strongly to a resident of West Hill, who is known to have poisoned dogs before and if sufficient evidence can be secured against him he will be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


Thompson - The Womens Christian Temperance Union convention will be held here this year, the 16th and 17th of June. The ladies have the arrangements well in hand.


Herrick Centre - Liveryman Howell met with unusual hard luck last week--on Sunday his cow wandered from its pasture onto the railroad track and was met with a passing train and was knocked lifeless and on Tuesday the well known horse Francis, an especially kind and peasant animal, died of colic.


St. Joseph - Seldom is such a gloom cast over a community as was experience on Tuesday evening, May 4th, 1909, when the death of Mrs. Thomas Reilley occurred at her home here, after a brief illness of a dropsical nature. She had been a resident of St. Joseph for many years, where she was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a kind friend and neighbor.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Eugene Brown and Tommy Roberson are four-in-hand drivers on the road worker for the last few days.


May 21 (1909/2009)



Montrose - The former State armory property on Church and Spruce Streets has a corps of painters and carpenters at work transforming the huge structure into an attractive hall. The interior of the building, which is 45 x 100 ft, is being painted throughout, the stage removed, the fine hardwood floors repaired and alterations made ready for dancing or roller skating, and it is intended to provide pleasant waiting rooms for both ladies and gentlemen. A large modern military band organ will be installed, not of the hurdy-gurdy pattern, but a modern instrument that sounds so much like a band that the difference is hard to detect. Arrangements are being made to erect a stage so that vaudeville shows and dramatic plays may be booked, furnishing a play house that will seat 750 people.


Forest City - The county commissioners of Susquehanna and Wayne counties and the officials of the Erie and Ontario & Western railroads, together with County Solicitor F. I. Lott, met at Forest City on Tuesday and conferred on the matter of a bridge over the Lackawaxen between Forest City and Clinton township, Wayne county. An agreement was entered into which appears acceptable to all and the bridge will doubtless be built by their joint efforts, costing about $50,000. This will do away with the present tortuous route between the two places and work will probably be started as soon as a few changes can be made in the plans, which were submitted tentatively at the conference on Tuesday.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - A telephone message from Meshoppen states that Mrs. Sarah Cole, a widow, received a Black Hand letter threatening her with dire vengeance if she did not deposit $3000 in a specified place near the Shannon Hill creamery. The letter was received on Wednesday of last week and was mailed at Auburn Center. It has been turned over to the Postoffice Department, and thorough efforts will doubtless be made to discover the writer. Mrs. Cole is about 74 years of age and is in comfortable circumstances financially. A son and daughter both live with her. The family is much disturbed over the matter and that may have been the sole object of the letter, or it may have been for the purpose of extorting money. The letter was signed "Black Hand," with the picture of a hand crudely drawn on the back of the sheet.


Hallstead - The Hallstead-Susquehanna Marathon race is scheduled to take place tomorrow and there are a goodly number of entries for the prizes, which will aggregate in value over $100. The first prize is a diamond ring worth $50; second, gold watch; third, leather suit case; fourth, gold-headed umbrella. ALSO The Clover club and the Cornhuskers crossed bats in a game of baseball. The Cornhuskers beat their opponents by a score of 17 to 18. A feature of the game were the home runs by Brown, Tower and Bolles. The game was umpired by "Rabbit" Aiken, who during a heated discussion over a decision, was obliged to bench several players for interference.


Elk Lake - H. W. Lyons found a den of foxes on his farm, but the number is getting less, as Harry has no use for foxes.


Susquehanna - The Barnes Memorial Hospital received a state appropriation of $5000, a $2500 cut from the bill as amended in the senate, and $500 less than the committee recommended. But it's pretty good.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The farmers of this vicinity are discouraged with such a cold, late spring. Some are hustling to get their plowing done before it snows again.


Dimock - The wagon shop and tools of the late A. C. Mills are for rent to a good wagon maker. ALSO O. W. Chase drove to the county seat recently with his fast trotting horse, leaving the dust far behind.


East Ararat - The Burnwood school opened with 20 pupils on the roll. The school has a fair chance to succeed, the new teacher being an experienced as well as a thoroughly trained and practical man.


Springville - A. L. Greatsinger has had his delivery rig fixed up and started the first of the week to serve his patrons. Paint and varnish make his meat wagon shine like a new dollar.


Clifford - H. G. Wells has taken unto himself a helpmate [wife] and Tuesday night the boys thought to remind him of their existence by the old time method [a horning]. By the racket they made, we think he was reminded.


Herrick Centre - Mr. Stevens, the new track foreman, has moved his family from Hancock, N.Y.; they are living over P. H. Flynn's store.


Uniondale - Milkmen have a new order from headquarters. Morning milk must be cooled to 60 degrees before it is delivered. Some of the patrons think it is tough to do as required.


Franklin Twp. - Al. Conklin has a new three-seated wagon which he used first to the glory of God by taking a load of people from the M. E. Church to the Sunday School convention at Lake Side. ALSO Lee Turrell came very near being drowned a few days ago. He and a friend were out rowing on the river at Binghamton when the boat was capsized, his friend could not swim, all they could do was cling to the boat and float down stream and they were very near the falls before they were rescued. If they had gone over the falls both would have been lost.


Bridgewater Twp. - Wm. H. Baldwin died May 2, 1909, at his home in Wyalusing after a long illness of rheumatism, in his 79th year. Deceased was a native of Bridgewater, where he was born Aug. 5, 1830. During the Civil War he served as a member of Co. I, 50th P.V., from Dec. 1861 to Feb. 1863. For 14 years following the war he had charge of the government lighthouse on the James river in Virginia. He returned north and for some time engaged in the mercantile business. Seven years ago he moved to Wyalusing.


News Briefs - The Barnum and Bailey greatest show on earth is announced for two performances in Scranton on Monday, June 7th. Oh, that at least the elephant and steam-piano might strike Montrose. ALSO The public will be pleased to learn that the patent on aluminum will shortly expire and that this very valuable metal will enter into the manufactory of hundreds of articles of common use, and what in 1857 sold for $32 a pound now can be had for about 20 cents.


May 28 (1909/2009)



Montrose - An auditorium is to be erected at the Bible Conference and will be ready in July. It is to seat 3000 people and is not intended as permanent auditorium, although it will be of such substantial construction that it will answer all purposes for several years to come and it is intended that after its work is over as an auditorium it can be converted into a dining hall or similar building for the boys' and girls' school, which will be established here as soon as the conference is well grounded. AND "On the Warpath," a story of Frontier Life, will be the leading attraction at Stein's Nickelette, together with a fine series of other pleasing pictures. Do not forget that we will be open the afternoon of Memorial Day, when battle scenes of the Civil War (Gettysburg fight, if possible) with patriotic illustrated songs will be presented.


Hallstead - John E. Clune, of the Mitchell House, has arranged to receive by special wire every evening at 7 o'clock, the baseball scores of the State and National league games, which will be displayed on a blackboard as soon as received.


Gelatt - Mrs. George Hine is repairing her cottage, at Riley Lake, getting ready for summer boarders.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Will Sheridan, Mrs. Wm. McGee and daughter Ruth and baby started Tuesday after for their new home in Montana. The rest of the family are settled there and like it very much.


South Gibson - Nelson Resseguie, an old and respected resident of this place, died Thursday night, May 20, after a long illness with rheumatism. Mr. Resseguie was a veteran of the Civil war, his age being 88 years, 10 months and 23 days. The funeral was held from the home on Saturday, with interment in the lower cemetery beside his wife, who died several months ago. [Mr. Resseguie served in Co. B, 177th Reg., Drafted Militia.]


East Ararat - The amiable and energetic teacher of the public school, Miss Susan Hathaway, has 22 pupils on her roll. She is at present arranging a flower bed on the school grounds, thus beautifying the surroundings. Could not the rest of the school ma'ams and pa'as do something similar?


Forest City - Wm Sredenshek and H. E. Reifler have purchased the Forest City House from P. F. Cusick. The new management will take possession this month, and intend making some improvements to the building. A new barn will be built on the property that can accommodate 50 horses.


Forest Lake - This seems to be the resort of the local fisherman these days and catfish of fabulous size are being caught by nearly every fisherman that casts a hook in these waters. G. B. Felker and son landed 15 big ones that weighed from 1 ½ to 2 lbs, last Friday, and others report similar success. They are unusually fat and Nimrods believe that the creamerymen over there have been fattening the fish up on milk, as the milk station is located on the bank of the lake. At any rate they're whoppers.


St. Joseph - The death of Michael Daniel Sweeney occurred at his late home, near here, on Friday last, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Sweeney was the proprietor of the noted old Indian Spring, and for many years had supplied from its depths pure water in different parts of New York state and Pennsylvania. He was highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral was largely attended from the Catholic church at St. Joseph on Sunday morning, Father Edward O'Reilly, of Waverly, and Father Cawley officiating. The deceased is survived by three sisters; Misses Mary and Anastasia, who live at home, and Miss Margaret Sweeney, a teacher in the Indian Government Schools of America.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Those mischievous boys that are meddling with the U.S. Mail boxes on the Lynn route are known to the authorities and will be handled by law if any more depredations are committed. AND In Springville, Lee Compton has a new vacuum cleaner and is ready to take all dust out of your carpets in a short time and do it cheap. Springville ladies can now throw away their carpet stretchers and go visiting while the new cleaner does the work.


Lanesboro - Riverside Park will be reopened for the summer, Monday, May 31. The place is being put in good condition and will be conducted this year in a thoroughly reliable manner by a Local Amusement Company.


Dundaff - The effort to run a rural route right through Dundaff is meeting with opposition there and the older residents are signing a petition against the delivery. It is feared the route might result in the abandonment of the Dundaff post office and the stage line, obscuring the name of Dundaff which has been prominent as a borough for nearly a century.


Thompson - Three hundred years ago this May the progenitor of the Towers of America was born, and a few years later he came to this country and established a home in Hingham, Mass. His descendents number thousands today, and they propose to gather at the old homestead on May 29, 30 and 31, to celebrate, and on the 30th to worship in the "meeting house" which said progenitor helped build and thus honor the memory of John Tower, the 1st. Comrade P. R. Tower, of Thompson, though not in his prime, will attend if his strength is as good as his ambition.


Susquehanna - The work of renumbering all the houses in the town has begun. The work will be pushed as rapidly as possible in order that all houses be numbered and all street signs in position by July 1, so that the free mail delivery may be begun by August.


News Briefs - Memorial Day services are being held throughout Susquehanna County, most of them being conducted by G.A.R. posts. Marching to the cemeteries and decorating the graves of their fallen comrades, is the order of the day. AND A huge American flag, the largest in the world, measuring 80 x 160 feet, has been contracted for by the City of Pittsburgh for use on July 4. This flag is to cost $1,000. It will be 28% larger than any American flag ever made, and 400 ft. larger than the standard storm flag of the army. Ninety thousand feet of thread and 2,000 feet of tape will be used.


June 04 (1909/2009)



Harford - Decoration services were well attended here on Monday. A fine dinner was enjoyed at I.O.O.F. Hall, after which Mr. DuBois delivered a fine address in the cemetery, after which the crowd assembled in the Congregational church and Prof. W. L. Thacher delivered a fine historical address. Rev. B. L. Lyon then gave the old soldiers a splendid talk.


East Rush - Miss Mame DeWitt, who is a student nurse in the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, is spending her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. V. DeWitt. Miss Grace DeWitt, a student at the Pennsylvania Medical College, in Philadelphia, will spend a portion of her vacation in Hospital Practice.


N. Bridgewater - A sudden break down [occurred] in the creamery, Sunday morning, caused by a defective bolt in the engine, and while awaiting repairs from Binghamton, they secured a gasoline engine, which in two churnings made nearly 900 pounds of butter, with no loss to the patrons.


Fairdale - The Fairdale and Lawton Valley Tigers crossed bats with the LeRaysville Trogans the 29th. A large crowd witnessed a very closely contested game, resulting in a score of 3 and 4 in favor of the Tigers. It being the initial game of the season for both teams. Curran and Redding battery for the Tigers. Those Irish twists from "Mikes" old time swings were simply guessers for the Trogans while Curran with his murderous sweeps sent the "sphere" sky ward out of sight. Horton, on First, froze to everything coming his way high or low. While the Trogans were defeated Saturday last, they are one of the best amateur clubs in this section and a gentlemanly lot of fellows.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Jake Rosengrant and a yearling heifer made a picture for a snapshot although the artist would have had to have pulled the string quickly as they passed and re-passed through our courts and alleys, over barb wire fences, dodging automobiles in order to get the animal corralled, which he finally accomplished after a chase of about ten miles.


Herrick Center - H. H. Flynn is improving the road in front of his hotel by putting in pounded stone and dirt.


Flynn - The new church at Flynn is progressing rapidly as it is all enclosed and roof on, and steeple completed. It is going to be a peach when completed, also is in one of the most beautiful location in the county. ALSO The old bachelors are planning a banquet to take place in the near future. The meats ordered are steamed chicken and Spanish spaghetti.


Montrose - The boys take an active interest in the juvenile books of the library, especially so since "The Deerfoot Series," by that unapproachable writer of boys' books, Edward S. Ellis, have been added to the boys' department. A boy is far better off reading these Indian stories, which lack the blood-curdling parts, than reading the cheap sensational fiction that usually finds its way into the hands of the average boy. They are written in a vein that imbues the boy to be physically and mentally strong. Even older people find them fascinating reading. ALSO There are times when the city water of Montrose tastes very "rank." This is one of those times. Everybody is "gagging" and saying things not fit to print--to their neighbors. But they say nothing to the company; but instead pay up their water bills like little men from time to time, and look pleasant. But if there were a decisive "kick" by all hands, including the Town Council in official action, it might be different, and the company might be caused to sit up and take notice.


Nicholson - The first murder in the history of Nicholson occurred Tuesday, when Roger Greenwood, a stationary engineer in Moses Shields' stone quarry, met death in a shooting affray in which it is alleged Henry J. Sprague, a sawyer in the same quarry, fired the fatal shot. Greenwood and Sprague were considered good friends, but it is alleged that both had been drinking heavily and were intoxicated at the time, and when in this condition neither was tolerant of the other.


Lawsville - As Mrs. Walter Craik was driving near Franklin Forks the axle of the carriage broke and threw Mrs. Craik and the children out. The horse became frightened and ran away but fortunately all escaped with a few slight bruises.


Lathrop - Miss Genevieve Mackey, a very estimable young lady, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Mackey, was recently married to Ross Tewksbury, of Brooklyn. He has purchased the Fairchild farm in Brooklyn, where they now reside.


East Ararat - Miss Phillips, a Herrick Center high school graduate, will take charge of South Ararat school next week.


Marriage Licenses - The following applied for marriage licenses: Wm. Halsey and Rettie Wood, of Brandt; Wm Kane, of Bridgewater and Anna T. Murry, of Franklin; Gaylord Gelatt, of Susquehanna, and Florence Gulley, of Thompson; Melvine Demun, and Maud Sloat, of Susquehanna; Lawson Hurlburt, Syracuse, NY and Grace Fulber, Colton, NY; Frank Perry, of Hallstead and Grace Edinger, of Great Bend.


News Briefs - There is a growing sentiment against base ball and similar things for Memorial day, as was easily seen from the frequent remarks by citizens Monday. We presume the time is not far distant when many of the men who contribute money towards the equipping and maintaining a ball team in Montrose, will do so only upon the understanding that Memorial day games are to be "cut out." ALSO While the funeral cortege of the late Ira Bixby, of Sharon Center, was on its way to the cemetery, the doors of the hearse flew open and the coffin fell out, one end striking the ground. The lid opened and the body of Mr. Bixby arose to a sitting position. Many of the spectators fled in fright at the unusual sight, and a number of women fainted. The directors of the Shinglehouse bank were acting as pallbearers. The accident occurred when the hearse dropped into a deep hole in the road, the steel safety bar in the door not being securely set. After the excitement subsided the body was replaced in the coffin and the burial rites consummated.


June 11 (1909/2009)



Susquehanna - While being taken from the Eastern Reformatory in Napanoch, NY, to Homer, William Carter jumped from the train here while his custodian was asleep and endeavored to make his escape. Carter, who is about 20 years old, had just completed a sentence for burglary and was released yesterday. He was at once taken into custody by Chief Goodrich, of Homer, on a warrant charging him with arson and burglary. The two reached Susquehanna at midnight, and taking advantage of the fact the officer was asleep Carter jumped from the train and ran through the Erie yards and down the track. Chief Goodrich awoke just as his prisoner leaped from the train and started in pursuit. He met Chief McMahon, of this city, who after sending out an alarm, set out in pursuit of Carter, who by this time had disappeared in a near-by woods. At about 2:30 this morning he came into Susquehanna, under the impression that he had reached another town and was placed under arrest.


Montrose - J. C. Harrington has joined the growing list of automobilists and expects soon to be running a Metz runabout for which he has also taken the agency. Mr. Harrington was at the works of the company in Waltham, Conn., where he was satisfied that the machine was all right by the method of its manufacture and would "go the route" over Susquehanna's hills. Other local people are in the market for new machines and probably a half dozen more autoists will join the ranks this season. ALSO Rev. Caines, pastor of the African M.E. Zion church, preached his farewell sermon on Sunday last to a large audience. Rev. Caines was a very reliable pastor, but he could not raise money enough to pay the conference fees, and had to rely on the Sunday school for the necessary funds, the Sunday school having about $23 in the treasury. All are hoping that he will be returned to Montrose again.


Hallstead - Word has been received of the death of Percy A. Barnes, a former resident of this place, who died recently at Leavenworth, Kansas, from consumption. Mr. Barnes was a member of Co. G. Thirteenth Regiment, PA Volunteers, in the Spanish-American war, and has many comrades in Hallstead who will be grieved to learn of his death.


Silver Lake Twp. - P. J. Radiker and men are engaged changing Henry J. Rose's big boarding house into an apartment house for five families. Mr. Rose's plan being to rent those apartments, furnished, each summer, there being a demand for them it is said, and much less work to look after it thus, than to conduct a boarding house.


New Milford - Frank Hayes, while working for Chas. Savige, of Brooklyn, met with quite an accident. While coming down a hill with a load of fence boards the brake on the wagon gave way, and the horses got tangled upon the harness. The wagon turned over twice. Mr. Hayes was pretty badly used up, but is now able to be out again. ALSO Mrs. Elmer Whited, residing at McKinney's Mills, not far from New Milford, met with a frightful experience by being run away with by a spirited team attached to a sulky plow, sustaining quite serious injuries. Mrs. Whited thought she could save her husband a trip in from the fields, so she harnessed the animals to a sulky plow and in driving out to where he was at work a passing train frightened the team and they dashed off at a gallop. She was thrown from her seat, falling on the plows, in which position she clung for half a mile, until her husband, who witnessed the accident, managed to stop the team and release her from her precarious position. Had she lost her hold and fallen under the plow points, in probability she would have met a horrible death.


Brooklyn - The Ladies' Aid Society of the M. E. church has purchased of Jeweler Earl J. Smith, nearly 300 pieces of fine silverware, including knives, forks and spoons. On each piece is beautifully engraved, "M. E. Aid," and the ladies are highly pleased with their purchase, and the artistic manner in which the engraving is done.


Rush - Considerable anxiety is felt by the family of Frank Tanner, whose home is near Rush, over his continued absence from home, leaving without informing them that he was going away. He had been working for a neighbor on Wednesday, June 2nd, and when he came from work he passed his home but did not stop nor was he seen by his family, but went on to the town of Rush and told someone that he was going to take the train for Binghamton the next day. He stayed at Rush that night and in the morning took the stage for Montrose, and it is reported was seen boarding the morning train on the DL&W and it is the last he has been seen or heard from. The finding of the body of an unknown man in the Susquehanna river at Binghamton has caused considerable anxiety as to whether or not this might be the body of Mr. Tanner.


Lawton - The opening base ball game will be held at Lawton Park, Saturday, June 12. Game called at 3:00 p.m. No lover of the national game can afford to miss this opportunity of witnessing an excellent game. Band concert during the afternoon by the Silvara band. Refreshments will be served. Adm. 10 cents. Ladies free.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - M. F. Bissell has placed the last piece of the Lindsay house up to Montrose, upon Clark Stephens' lot. It removes an old landmark, but still the world moves on.


Thompson - The W. C. T. U. [Women's Christian Temperance Union] of this place is anticipating a fine time at the county convention which is to be held June 16 and 17. Mrs. E. N. Law, the famous lady speaker, is to give the address the evening of the 16th.


East Kingsley - The first automobile of the season passed through here last Monday.


Forest City - A slight blaze at the Lyric theatre caused some excitement on North Main street just before noon on Tuesday. Mr. Estabrook, while carrying a kerosene lamp, stumbled and let the lamp fall. The oil saturated a film which was spoiled. Little other damage was done. A bucket of water put out the blaze. ALSO Forest City is to have another clothing store. Henry Weiss has leased the store room formerly occupied by D. B. Gibson as a meat market to Nagelburg & Feigenbaum, of Scranton.


News Briefs - Wilkes-Barre's new two-million-dollar court house was opened for use recently and it is quite probable that the old structure on the square, in the center of the business district, will be torn down and the space occupied by the building and yard turned into a park. ALSO We have been given a new recipe for destroying dandelions. Make a solution of sulphate of iron and water and treat the dandelions to a generous dose. If that fails to remove them, place a stick of dynamite on each plant. And if that fails, dig them up and eat them.


June 18 (1909/2009)



Herrick Center - Our genial and enterprising merchant, A.D. Barnes, has bought a fine jersey cow and promised to take eight fresh air children. He is now looking for a housekeeper, one who has had experience at teaching preferred.


Harford - Miss Esther Osborn, who was accidentally shot through the foot, is getting along nicely, although she will not be able to use her foot for some days.


Elk Lake - The stone wall around the Young cemetery is badly in need of repair. Those interested in the cemetery are endeavoring to raise a fund to relay the wall. Those wishing to contribute to the fund may communicate with E. E. Stevens.


Forest Lake - A musical treat in store for the people of Forest City is a recital on the new pipe organ just installed in St. Anthony's church.


Heart Lake - What might have been a severe accident occurred to Edward Little yesterday when he shot himself in the arm. Edward and his father, Judge Little, were in the woods hunting and treed a raccoon. The Judge stayed on the ground to catch the 'coon when he came out and Edward went up the tree with a revolver to shoot it or drive him down. While sitting on a limb the 'coon stuck his head out of the hole, which startled Edward and he lost his balance and fell to the ground, shooting himself through the fleshy part of the left arm. They immediately started for Montrose, just having time to catch the train and had the wounds dressed by Dr. Wilson.


Hallstead - Burglars operating near Hallstead ransacked the homes of Miles and Clayton Bennett last Saturday. They secured about $50 in cash, a Remington rifle, shotgun and coat and lugged off a couple of pigs. Sufficient information was gathered and Constable Elmer Decker drove to Kingsley and at the Warner home, two miles from that place, they recovered the pigs and the guns. A young daughter was the only occupant of the house, who stated that her parents were away. A man by the name of F. E. Foote, claiming Corning as his home, was found in the cellar drinking cider. He was arrested and continuing the search the guns were found between the mattress of a bed and the stolen pigs in a sty near the house. Foote was taken to the Hallstead lockup. The men, carrying off their plunder, had boarded a Lackawanna freight, turning an angle cock on the air brake and stopping the train suddenly between Foster and Kingsley, where they jumped off. Warner was soon captured and both men were brought to Montrose and placed in jail.


Montrose - The Hallstead nine defeated the Montrose Athletics in a game here Wednesday afternoon, the score being 12 to 5. The local team needs practice. Outside the errors there were no features. ALSO A conference will be held at Scranton today between a committee from the town council and the officials of the Consumers' Water Co., which furnishes the town with water. The object is to secure better quality water, a vegetable growth in the lake having for years, at times, caused a nauseating taste that is most unpleasant. The committee proposes three options: a filtering plant, drive artesian wells or build a concrete dam around the large lake springs, shutting out the other water of the lake in which there is vegetable growth.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn people are still strongly talking of running a spur of the Lackawanna railroad to their town, connecting with the main line at Foster [Hop Bottom]. The promoters have been negotiating with owners of property, through which the railroad would have to pass, for the right of way, and as the project is being thoroughly agitated and meets with general approval, it would not be surprising to see the branch road within a comparatively short time a reality,


Rush and Auburn - The party of engineers surveying a route between Nichols, N.Y. and Nicholson for the D.L. & W railroad, are now in the townships of Rush and Auburn. In conversation with members of the party, they state that especially heavy grade is encountered near Neath, Bradford county, and they fear that the expense will be so great that it is doubtful if the road is ever put through. As it will shorten the line some thirty-three miles, the officials may think it is money saved to make the cut off.


Lynn - Walter Button and Glen Davis are the two busiest boys we have in this section. They are the joint helpers of Clarence Taylor in the milk station, and often have to arise at 3 a.m. and handle the large consignment of milk that comes in daily to their station.


Oakley - On Saturday, June 5, Charles Stevens, of this place, was the victim of a serious accident. While coming from the pasture with his cows at milking time he found it necessary in crossing a creek to walk the stringer of an abandoned bridge, which broke, letting him fall into the water, and the timber falling on his leg broke one bone between the knee and ankle in two places, besides splintering the bone. Dr. A. J. Taylor was called and with the help of a neighbor reduced the fracture. Mr. Stevens is 68 years of age and in feeble health.


East Dimock - James W. Bunnell is very busy moving buildings these days.


Susquehanna - Mrs. Julia Carrington has been elected state president of the Women's Relief Corps this action was taken at the state encampment at Gettysburg last week. Twelve years ago Susquehanna county was similarly honored, when Mrs. Watson Boyden of that place, was elected president.


Fairdale - A great "Fourth of July" celebration will be held on July 3, to which both young and old are invited to come. A full program has been announced by the committee in charge, and a day of sport is assured. At 10 a.m., a fine fantastic parade will begin the doings of the day, to be followed a half hour later by the crossing of bats between the Fairdale nine and fats and leans. At noon dinner will be served by the Ladies' Aid Society. Races will be a principal afternoon attraction and at 3 o'clock the East Lemon Athletics will wage war and engage in a game against the ferocious Fairdale Tigers. The Silvera Band will play all day.


Clifford - Glenn Bennett, a student at Clark University Worcester, Mass., is home for summer vacation.


Lawsville - Mrs. E. D. Northrup will serve ice cream at her store every Wednesday afternoon and evening and Saturday afternoon and evening during the summer.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - This place was treated to a show last Saturday. It did not stop to pitch its tent, but moved slowly on. It was in the form of a large band of gypsies. Their business of fortune telling was slow, people not caring for the knowledge that they could impart. Their destination was Stone Bridge.


News Brief - To bring the coffin containing the body of William Penn, who now reposes in a practically abandoned cemetery in Buckinghamshire, England, to this country and have it interred on the banks of the Delaware river, is the object of a movement just launched in congress. ALSO The Jermyn borough council has passed an ordinance prohibiting the wearing of bells by cows after 10 o'clock at night. Numerous cows roaming the streets during the nocturnal hours make it impossible for residents to sleep, hence the wise provision by the borough fathers to maintain peace in the community.


June 25 (1909/2009)



Montrose - Dr. Decker's flower garden, adjoining his residence on Cliff street, is again getting ready to exhibit its beautiful display of flowers in almost endless variety. Dr. Decker takes great pains and much pride in his flower garden each year, and this year it will outdo all its previous efforts. The Doctor says that as he spends no money on tobacco or drink, he feels he can afford to spend some on his flower garden. He does not raise the flowers for sale, but to make a pretty sight for himself and the public and to furnish bouquets to the sick and the poor. Surely, the Doctor's "fad," if such it may be called, is indeed a commendable one, and we hope this enjoyment of it may continue for many years. And may his shadow never grow less.


Kingsley - C. A. Rozelle was in Montrose making his usual weekly trip. Mr. Roselle has a large truck gardening business and makes heavy sales to local merchants, besides having his regular customers. He is also an extensive grower of cabbage and celery plants, which find ready sale at this season of the year.


Meshoppen - Peter D. Overfield, formerly of Meshoppen, has been nominated by President Taft for judge of the Third Judicial District of Alaska. Mr. Overfield has practiced law in Alaska for the past three years. He was at one time a noted University of Pennsylvania football player.


Elk Lake - Philip and Paul Warriner have been spending the week at Elk Lake, where they are erecting a bungalow on the Steadman property on the west side of the lake.


Liberty Twp. - G. Carlton Shafer, of Columbia University, New York city, was at his home during the week preparing for the opening of Camp Susquehannock, which takes place June 30. The popularity of the camp has been growing each year and now, with the opening of the fifth season, it is expected that about 30 boys will be enrolled and there will be about a dozen college men, some of whom act as tutors and assist in the management.


East Ararat - John R. Avery and James Silves placed the new roof on the Ararat schoolhouse, which adds both to the comfort within and appearance without.


Kingsley - The Kingsley baseball team defeated Foster on Friday by a score of 12 to 0. In the evening the ball club gave a concert in the Universalist church, which was a splendid success. The boys take this opportunity of expressing their thanks to all who so generously gave their time and talent. Gross proceeds of day, $80.


South Auburn - Alfred Bowen, of Philadelphia, spoke in the M. E. church here Sunday evening, relating his experience. Being a reformed drunkard and years ago a member of the secret order known as the Molly Maguires, his talk was very interesting and helpful.


Harford - There will be an old fashioned 4th of July celebration on the Harford fair grounds July 3. Come everybody. ALSO The barn on Wilbur Richardson's farm, near Harford, was burned Wednesday night, the conflagration lighting up the horizon and the glare was visible in Montrose.


Heart Lake - A special train will leave Heart Lake at 11 o'clock the night of July 5, the day of the big celebration, bringing home all who attend from Montrose. This gives a rare opportunity to spend an enjoyable day at this popular resort and affords unexcelled train service.


Gibson - Curtis Howell, one of the well known men of that section, has lately passed his 91st birthday anniversary. Mr. Howell is active despite his years and has the finest garden in that vicinity, which he personally cares for and in which he takes great interest. ALSO In South Gibson, the well-known attorney, T. J. Davies, died at the Lewis hotel, the result of a stroke of paralysis. He was born in Clifford on June 4, 1853 and was educated in the common schools and at Wyoming Seminary. For several years he taught school and later read law in the office of Little & Blakeslee. Undertaker Hart, of Montrose, was notified by telephone and at 8 o'clock that evening he and his son, Lewis, left for South Gibson in a buggy and were followed a little later by the hearse, arriving they prepared the body and it was brought to Montrose early Saturday morning.


New Milford - Carlin Bros' circus gave two performances in town Monday to fair-sized audiences.


Hopbottom - Mrs. Burman, who has been a missionary in India for over seven years, greatly surprised her sister, Mr. A. L. Titus, last week, by walking into the house.


Lathrop Twp. - I. M. Strickland's hill, east of the lake, is a "thing of beauty," being covered with laurel blossoms.


Jackson - Henry Truax is laying the foundation for Orland Tingley's new house at Lakeside.


Clifford - A quiet but very happy nuptial ceremony was performed on Tuesday evening at the cottage of T. J. Well's which united one of Lenox's well-known young couples. The principles were Miss Aria Tingley and Frank Ruland. The ceremony was performed by T. J. Wells, Esq.; the contracting parties are very popular and will receive many congratulations.


Susquehanna - Ex-congressman C. Fred Wright and Postmaster Geo. W. Shaeff, had a narrow escape from being killed while returning from Columbian Grove, where Mr. Wright has a summer home. They were driving through the Narrows on the Oakland side of the river when the horse became frightened and without any warning jumped over the bank and dragged the buggy and its occupants down the steep embankment a distance of about 40 ft. Messrs. Wright and Shaeff were cut about the head and sustained many severe body bruises. The buggy was wrecked, but the horse escaped with a few scratches. The injured men made their way back to the Wright cottage and a hurry up message was sent for Dr. M. L. Miller, of Susquehanna, who quickly responded and dressed the wounds, which required several stitches.


Thompson - Parties from "Old Kentucky" are defying our county court by offering for sale all kinds of liquor, in any quantity, with the government guarantee upon them, sent C.O.D., and they are not particular as to the moral character of their senders. Preachers and laymen are told they can do a thriving business with impunity. And the number of drunkards reported on our streets cause remarks in our remarkable town.


Fairdale - The committee on arrangements for the 3rd of July celebration are sparing no pains to make the day an enjoyable one for young and old. Silvara band will give several concerts during the day; foot racing, solid shot throwing and other athletic feats. East Rush team will cross bats with the Birchardville team in the a.m. E. Lemon Athletes vs. Fairdale Tigers at 3 p.m. The ladies aid will serve dinner. Ice cream, lemonade and other refreshments will be served during the day.


July 02 (1909/2009)



Camp Choconut - Seventy young men who compose the members of Camp Choconut, near Friendsville, which for many years has been successfully conducted by Roland Mulford, arrived here over the Lehigh Valley Wednesday afternoon. The youngsters arrived with Mr. Mulford in charge and made the trip of a dozen miles to the camp in four-in-hand loads, and a happier bunch it would be hard to find. This is the largest number that ever was in attendance at the camp and shows that its popularity is continually increasing. The boys get good care and instruction and return to the city in the late summer greatly improved in health.


Lenox - A. W. Conrad and family will remove soon to Harrisburg, where Mr. Conrad will take up his recent appointment as inspector in the State Health Department.


Rush - People in this vicinity should have their shotguns handy, as a thief was seen stealing Mrs. Hibbard's chickens, but was frightened away by threats made by Mrs. Hibbard.


Montrose - The Palace Skating Rink opened last night with a large attendance. The military band organ proved all that had been anticipated and furnished excellent music for the skaters. A Scranton instructor is in attendance. ALSO Rev. Wm. Caines, pastor of Zion A.M.E. [African Methodist-Episcopal] Church in Montrose, and the church at Towanda, has been transferred by the late conference, to the charge at Gloversville, N.Y. Mr. Caines is one of the most able and prominent ministers of his race, and the best wishes of friends here follow to the new field of labor assigned him. At present, Rev. Dawson Edwards is the acting pastor at Zion church.


Elk Lake - Charles Babcock, who has had the contract for carrying the mail for the past four years from Rush to Dimock, retired from the service June 30. Mr. Harris, of Rush, takes the route. Uncle Charlie, we shall miss your pleasant face and accommodating ways, and we hope when the angel Gabriel blows his horn you will have your watch set just on time.


Susquehanna - Laurel Hill Academy, in charge of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, held commencement exercises last week. Among the graduates was Miss Minnie Brush, daughter of ex-Sheriff and Mrs. R. N. Brush, of Brushville.


Forest City - The Hillside Coal and Iron Co., has reduced the noontime of employees from one hour to half an hour. The order also makes it necessary for foremen to carry their dinners and remain at the works. Superintendents, who have heretofore had free coal and occupied company houses, without charge, are obliged to buy their own coal and pay rent.


Brooklyn - Wm Bagley and wife, of Elmira, spent a few days last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Jewett. Mr. Bagley is past 81 years, but retains to a remarkable degree, all of his faculties. He remembers when his father, Jesse Bagley, built the Tewksbury house in 1832. Most of the companions of his younger days have gone to the great beyond. He is a prominent G.A.R. man and attended the State encampment at Binghamton on his way here.


Kingsley - The sound of the M. E. church bell will now be heard again, as W. H. Wilmarth and S. J. Adams have finished repairs upon the belfry.


Brackney - After July 1, the Quaker Lake Creamery Co. will sell their cream to the June Dairy Co., at Conklin, for 30 cents per quart.


Franklin Forks - Misses Nellie Hickok and Alphia Monroe gave a party at Salt Springs in honor of Ina Leebody, of Binghamton, who is visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Hickok. Games were enjoyed in the afternoon, present were: Ella Ives, Beatrice Watson, Florence Scott, Mina Birchard, Lillian Scott, Marion Scott and Lucy Caterson.


Springville - Lonnie Brink suffered a severe stroke of Apoplexy on Wednesday last. He is some better by spells but has not the use of one side at present. We hope he will recover. He was proprietor of the "Kid Wagon" [1909 version of the school bus] and will be greatly missed by the children if not able to make his two daily trips to town this fall.


Dundaff - Our village now boasts of a butcher shop and an ice cream parlor.


Dimock Twp. - The barn of Samuel Birtch, near James Bunnell's farm, was burned to the ground Monday night at about 10 o'clock. The contents, including all of Mr. Birch's farm implements, were burned up, we understand. There was a small insurance.


Gibson - Mrs. W. H. Estabrook and Mrs. Elbert Bailey attended the annual meeting of the celebrated ladies band of this place, June 26th. This order was disbanded several years ago, but they still meet yearly and have a pleasant time, although this year the circle is broken by the death of Mrs. Edwards, New Milford.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - J. N. Andre, an elderly and highly respected citizen, passed from time to eternity, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. The funeral services will be held from his late home Friday at 1 and from Fairdale M.E. church at 2.


Base Ball - The Thompson club went to Starrucca and played a game with the team of that place, Saturday afternoon. Score, 14 to 2 in favor of Starrucca; The Fairdale Tigers and Laceyvilles played a very interesting game of ball last Saturday at Lawton, Fairdale winning by a score of 7 to 0. The features of the game were the pitching of McCain and the fielding of Jones and Jenner; A goodly crowd turned out to see the Montrose Athletics and the Scranton Athletics play a game of ball, the Montrose team winning 14 to 3. The Phoebe Snows of Scranton will play two games here July 5th; Saturday afternoon; Franklin Forks will play ball against the Hallstead team; Two good games will be played on July 5th, at Hop Bottom, one at 10:30 and the other at 3:00 p.m.; On July 3rd, in Harford, there will be a game between Kingsley and Hop Bottom.


News Brief - In some mountainous parts of New York, Pennsylvania and neighboring states the "summer boarder business" has become the main business of the owners of farms. It is a profitable business in some regions, and it has remodeled rural life wherever the city vacationists have appeared in numbers.


July 09 (1909/2009)



Montrose - Montrose was visited by prominent men in the Consumers' Water Co., Scranton, which supplies Montrose. They came in a handsome touring car and made a hasty inspection of the lake and reservoir. They stated that it would be useless to run the water direct from the lake into the reservoir and did not propose to do it. They are also credited with saying that even if the consumers would pay for a filtering plant by increasing the rates, it is doubtful if they would even then establish one. The directors assert that they are furnishing the "best water" in the lake and as that is all the charter provides for there is no reason for attempting to improve it. They might at least turn the wash from the highways so it wouldn't pollute the water and also prevent horses and cows from feeding on the shore of the lake.


Susquehanna - Stephen Carpenter, whose son, Arthur, mysteriously disappeared while attending the West Chester Normal school, has deposited $25 in the First National Bank here, as a reward to the person first giving evidence during the next 30 days that will lead to the discovery of the whereabouts of his son. AND Two crippled hoboes were locked in a box car loaded with automobiles, for 36 hours, when it reached Susquehanna. At a hearing for trespassing, the men were released, the justice being sympathetic toward their plight. They had no food or water during that time.


Dimock - D. A. Titsworth was at Dimock on Friday where he adjusted a loss at the Baptist church. The damage was done by the explosion of a film in a moving picture machine on the evening of June 24. W. H. Palmer, one of the spectators at the entertainment, was badly burned about the face in carrying the machine from the building and but for his bravery the church might have been badly damaged.


East Rush - Marshall Linaberry thought while the opportunity offered, he would train his horses around Mr. Cronk's auto and one of them, a horse advanced in years, became so frightened it dropped dead. Mr. Cronk drove right on and did not hear of the accident until after he reached home.


Kingsley - Eva, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Payne, was seriously burned, her clothing catching fire from playing with matches unknown to her parents. Her right leg and side were blistered.


South Gibson - Little Arthur McNamara, aged three years, and his sister, Helen, aged 1½ , were out playing on Friday last when the little boy came to the store and seeming to be in distress, pulled his mother's dress and said as best he could, "Sister, water." His mother went with him and he led the way to the pond, where Mrs. McNamara was horrified to see her baby face downward in the pond. Fred Pickering, who was in the mill, went in and brought the child out, just in time to save its life. Had it not been for the remarkable forethought of such a small child, South Gibson would have had another drowning accident to chronicle. The children had been accustomed to play around the mill, of which their father, G. G. McNamara, is proprietor, but wandered above the mill, where the bank is steep, and it is supposed the little one got too near the edge and fell in.


Hopbottom - The residence of Marshall McVicar caught fire from Skyrockets falling upon the roof, which were sent up by Fourth of July celebrators, and was burned to the ground. Flames were not discovered until they were well started, so that the entire upper part of the building burst into flames. A large crowd congregated to assist in the removal of household goods, which was largely accomplished, but they were unable to save the structure, with the limited fire-fighting apparatus at hand and the Hallstead fire co. arriving too late. The building was one of the handsomest in the town. Mr. McVicar plans to rebuild.


Great Bend - Edward Barnum and Miss Ella Peck were married June 30, at her home. After a short wedding trip they will reside in Hallstead, Mr. Barnum being assistant secretary of the Railroad Y.M.C.A. ALSO L. J. Hicks, of Bath, is in town preparing to start a moving picture show in a tent.


Brooklyn - The fifth was a quiet day in our town. The band boys went to Hopbottom to play, several of the young people went to Heart Lake, and other parties picnicked at Elk Lake and North Pond. In the evening fireworks were displayed.


Auburn Four Corners - Hotel McAvoy has been undergoing repairs. The ballroom has been made into bedrooms and closets, so that more guests can be accommodated.


East Ararat - People hereabouts and at Burnwood celebrated Independence Day, July 5. A new flag was on the Burnwood schoolhouse. Many people celebrated the day fishing.


Forest City - The management of the Family theatre showed views of the flights of the Wright brothers in their aeroplanes in their recent demonstrations in France. The pictures were good, showing clearly the fleeting landscape as the great bird-like machine soared gracefully overhead, rising, circling and descending. One reads of these things and passes them by without much thought for they seem impracticable. But when we see, almost the actual flights of these two American boys, we are impressed and wonder at and feel proud of the great thing they have accomplished.


Bridgewater - Alf. J. Stephens died at White Sulphur Springs, in the west [Montana], recently. He was a native of Pennsylvania 72 years ago and spent his boyhood on a farm near Williams Pond. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Co. D, 50th Penna. Volunteers. He participated in the second battle of Bull Run and went through the struggle at Antietam. He served under Grant before Vicksburg and was at the siege of Knoxville and then took part in the Wilderness campaign. He was also with Sherman in the expedition into South Carolina. He went west in 1869 and settled in Meagher County, Montana. "Uncle Alf," as he was known, never married and probably did not have a single enemy in the world. He was a big-hearted man, quiet, unassuming and gentle, yet he never shirked a duty. His brothers were Oscar and Joseph Stephens of White Sulphur Springs.


News Briefs - There were light frosts on the lowlands Sunday night, July 4th. One could hardly believe it possible when "old residenters" told of frost on former Fourths, but it happened, nevertheless, in 1909. Montrose enjoyed the coolest Fourth since 1852. ALSO The latest popular songs are: Just Because it's You; I Promise You; Beautiful Eyes; and I Love, I Love, I love My Wife, But Oh! You Kid!


July 16 (1909/2009)



Rattlesnakes - A rattlesnake with nine rattlers was killed in the road near G. M. Carpenter's house in Hallstead yesterday. The drought is believed to be causing the reptiles to crawl from the hills to the lower localities where there is water. ALSO In St. Joseph, James E. Kelly killed a rattlesnake over 4 feet in length.


Springville - No rain for over a month and saying it is dry is putting it mildly. ALSO Red raspberries are coming into market and selling for ten cents per quart.


Dimock - Liveryman W. A. Harrington, of Montrose, has sold a pair of fine matched horses, Tom and Jerry, to Mrs. Cope, an ardent admirer of well bred and carefully trained horses. Tom and Jerry are a handsome pair of young browns whose fine points and beauty have won for them the first premium at both the Montrose and Harford fairs.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - Charles Roberts, of East Bridgewater, has a fine new automobile. He passed through this place in it last Wednesday.


Great Bend - Joe Meehan shot a porcupine in his garden Saturday morning. It was exhibited during the day in the store window of Charles D. Lines. It is a rare animal in this section.


Elk Lake - On Sunday evening nine boat loads of cottagers floated out to the center of the lake and sang hymns, and it was developed that material for a good choir could be found among the sojourners. Instrumental inspiration was given by Norman Steward and John V. P. Quackenbush on the guitar and octerina.


Jessup Twp. - In the death of Jacob Andre, Jessup township lost one of its oldest and best known residents and a man of many sterling qualities and noble traits of character. His age was 71 years. The funeral was held Friday, July 2, from his late home at Fair Hill and later at the church, conducted by Rev. Unangst. The bearers were: Jefferson Green, Silas Jagger, Fred Lewis, Nelson Cool, Ackley Walker and John R. Raub. Besides his widow he is survived by one son Floyd, of Montrose, and one daughter, Miss Ethel.


Montrose - D. D. Lathrop, C. E., recently made surveys and maps for the Water Company, to indicate the locations of the several shut-off valves of the water mains of the borough. There are 29 shut-off valves and one blow-off gate. The valves being in the streets, many of them are covered up by repairing the streets, hence the importance of the maps which indicate distances from permanent objects to each valve.


Forest City - The Farmer's and Miners National Bank is to have new quarters. The directors have purchased the Wm. Sredenschek building, now occupied as a wholesale liquor store and will make needed improvements and move to the permanent location.


New Milford - Chicken thieves have been operating in the vicinity of S. New Milford for some time and many farmers have been robbed of much valuable poultry. One night last week one of these "poultry fanciers," who visited the hen house of Emory Gleason, was seen prowling about and Mr. Gleason, who was prepared to meet all comers, seized his shot gun and "let fly" at the marauder. The shot evidently hit the mark, as the man cried out, and rapidly ran from the scene closely followed by a pull pup which was a partner in his midnight raid.


Franklin Twp. - Two of our neighbor boys have left home, Perry Watterhouse and Percy Webster. Any news from them would be gladly received by their anxious parents or any of their friends in this place, Franklin Forks.


Harford - Mrs. Emeline Redfield is visiting friends in the east. She is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Farrar, deceased, and for many years teacher in the Soldiers' Orphan school.


East Rush - Mrs. Owen Daley was the guest of Mrs. Theo. Smith this week. Mrs. Daley is 87 and she walked from son Henry Daley's over a mile. She also called upon Mrs. Lydia Risley who is slowly failing.


South Gibson - Notwithstanding a careful investigation of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Arthur Carpenter, of South Gibson, the young West Chester State Normal school student who so suddenly disappeared on June 19, by the police, teachers of the institution, friends and lastly his father, who went to West Chester last Thursday, not the slightest slue leading to his whereabouts has been unearthed.


Uniondale - For fear our regular correspondent doesn't have his pencil sharpened and ready to chronicle the beautiful exercises of Children's day at the M. E. church, we will mention it, but as we do not know all the children that took part in the exercises, we will refrain from mentioning any names, but simply say each one certainly did finely and those who have seen many more years, can't help but rejoice even to clapping of hands to see such bright little boys and girls go through their exercises so nicely. Although some do not approve of clapping hands in church, yet we can't disapprove of it, if it isn't carried too far, and we think it would encourage the little ones in well-doing, and then how it would sound if some little tot would go home and say, "Mamma, they didn't clap for me at all."


Choconut Valley - Our creamery is doing finely under the management of Walter Clarke, son of our townsman, Frank Clarke. Our blacksmith shop is run by Grover Warfle, who is doing a fine business.


News Brief - "The Hello Girl" The Telephone girl sits in her chair and listens to voices from everywhere. She hears all the gossip, she knows all the news, she knows who is happy and who has the blues; she knows all our sorrows, she knows all our joys, she knows every girl who is chasing the boys; she knows of our trouble, she knows of our strife, she knows every man who is mean to his wife; she knows when we are out with the boys, she hears the excuse each fellow employs. She knows every woman who has a dark past, she knows every man who is inclined to be "fast;" In fact there's a secret beneath each saucy curl of that quiet, demure looking telephone girl. If the telephone girl told all that she knows it would turn half our friends into bitterest foes; she could sow a small wind that would soon be a gale, engulf us in trouble and land us in jail; she could let go a story which gaining in force, would cause half our wives to sue for divorce; she could get all our churches mixed up in a fight and turn all our days into sorrowing night; in fact she could keep the whole town in a stew if she'd tell a tenth part of the things that she knew. Oh, brother, now doesn't it make your head whirl when you think what you owe to the telephone girl?


July 23 (1909/2009)



Great Bend - The Central House was badly damaged by fire last Friday morning, the interior being gutted by the flames, while smoke and water did much damage. The proprietor, former sheriff John H. Pritchard, having occasion to go to another part of the house, carried in his hand a lamp. As he passed through a swinging door he caught his foot in the carpet and the door was released from his grasp. Swinging back, it knocked the lamp from his hand, and as it was at the head of a flight of stairs, the lamp, in rolling, spread the flames their entire length. To make matters worse, there was a large tank of oil at the foot of the stairs. Realizing he could not hope to put the fire out unaided, Mr. Pritchard aroused the family and the sleeping guests and sent in an alarm. The Great Bend and Hallstead fire companies responded and worked until late in the morning to cope with any possible emergency. Passersby on the street would hardly know that the three story building had been through a fire, but once inside the great damage is too plainly visible and it will be months before it is again ready for occupancy.


Hallstead - The Hallstead baseball team defeated Camp Susquehannock in an eleven inning game at Hallstead on Saturday, the score being 7-6. It was the most exciting game Hallstead has witnessed in many a day.


New Milford - Mr. M. Bartle, a practical jeweler of Montrose will, on August 1st, open a shop for the repairing of watches, clocks, sewing machines and organs, in Edwards' phonograph store in this borough.


Susquehanna, etc. - Susquehanna, Oakland and Lanesboro are getting to be quite the centers for the pleasing pastime of boat motoring. At the last mentioned place alone there are thirty motor boats. If the citizens of those towns would dredge the channel of the Susquehanna they could have a course many miles in length that would equal anything in this section for boating.


Montrose - Many novel horns and sirens for automobiles have been heard in Montrose, but the latest and most striking is on S. D. Warriner's 60-horsepower Matheson. The horn makes a noise resembling the human voice volumized and when the car bears down upon a pedestrian sounding its warning, it causes even a non-excitable person's hair to stand on end and makes him fall all over himself getting out of the way.


Springville - The home of F. P. Snover was saddened by the sudden death of their infant son, Myron. Myron was an active little fellow, about two years of age, and the pet of the home. Thursday, while the mother and others were busy in another part of the house, the baby made his way to the kitchen, climbed upon a chair, unhooked the cupboard door and reached the matches on the second shelf. He bit the heads off a number and swallowed them. This was at 5 p.m.. He seemed perfectly well until 9 p.m., when he was taken violently ill, and died at 10 a.m., Friday.


Thompson - The librarian requests that all books be returned to the circulating library at once.


Hopbottom - One of the things badly needed in this place is a fire company.


Forest City - The proposed Marathon race of the Red Men has caught the popular fancy. There are a large number of candidates and the boys are training by making nightly trial runs. The course is about 4 1/2 miles in length. The contestants will start at the Vandling grove, fol-low the street car line to the Richmondale switch, go through the Blazing Stump, and along the road over the hill to Hudson street, thence to Main and back to the grove. It is expected the winner will make the run in less than 30 minutes, as the trainers of several of the contestants now claim their men have gone over the course in considerably less than 35 minutes.


Lawsville - Last Monday, as Charles Palmer was enroute to the creamery at Lawsville, his young team became unmanageable near Franklin Forks and ran to the farm of Thomas Mahoney, where they were caught, Mr. Palmer still holding pluckily to the lines.


Lenox - The descendants of Amos Payne, dec'd. will hold their annual reunion with the descendants of T. V. Dunn, dec'd, at the Payne homestead in Lenox, now occupied by Charles Manzer, Aug. 17. All friends of both families and neighbors are cordially invited to meet with us.


Choconut Valley - Choconut postoffice went into operation July 1st, 1829. Lewis Chamberlin was appointed postmaster, which office he held for a period of 42 years. After his death his daughter, Mary M. Chamberlin, was appointed postmistress, which office she held until her death, which occurred October last. Mrs. Catharine S. Dean now holds the office and although having held the position but a short time, is doing the business well, with good satisfaction to the people. The first returns, made up Oct. 1, 1829, amounted to $1.29 from Choconut P.O.


Herrick Center - Saturday night, July 10, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gulley, of Susquehanna, came down to stay over Sunday with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Halford. Monday morning Mrs. Gulley gave birth to a fine girl baby and the grandparents are so pleased over its arrival that they propose to keep it for a few weeks. Fred was able to go to his work today, July 19.


County Jail - A very clever attempt was made the forepart of the week, by some of the prisoners at the jail, to break therefrom and secure their liberty. The cell known as the hospital cell, from which escapes have been made at different times, had been condemned and is not at present used, but is kept locked. Prisoners were allowed in sometimes during the day to get articles used about the jail and they had been taking in the situation as to the lock and the possibility of its being successfully picked. Sheriff Conklin and his son-in-law, Belford Jones, being apprehensive there might be an urgent desire on the part of some of the prisoners threatened with long terms to break from jail, discovered an important "find." Upon looking at the lock and bolt to the hospital cell it seemed to be all right, but in passing his hand over the bolt, Belford detected a greasy feeling, which arrested his attention, and upon unlocking the door and taking out the bolt, found that it had been filed very nearly in two and the space filed away covered up with soap, iron filings and dust, so that in appearance it would not be detected. Enough metal was left so that the lock worked perfectly and the work by the file not detected, so that a few minutes more work with a file would have laid the lock open. This work was done during the day time, as all the prisoners were locked into separate cells at night. The present inmates are a noisy lot and at time sing, dance and make a lot of noise and it is supposed that while some sang, others filed. Had it not been for extreme vigilance, it is very likely there would have been a wholesale delivery.


July 30 (1909/2009)



East Rush - E. A. Jenner has purchased an automobile and took his first tour without a chauffeur. It was delightful, this flying through the air at the rate of 20 miles an hour, and even the poor roads in Jessup did not dampen Mr. Jenner's delight in motoring, but all of a sudden it stopped just at the foot of the hill by Very's. It must be the simplest thing in the world for a professional to discover what was wrong, but he would do nothing but shrug his shoulders and why, yes, he had taken out the valves and tested the coil, any amateur could do so much; yet the motor would not start. Mr. Very had a rope and an obliging disposition, and with his horse towed the refractory machine to the top of the hill. If Mr. Jenner's remarks matched his expression it would be wrong to record them here. When they reached J. H. McKeeby's, Mr. Jenner thought he would be safe in sending the horse back, as it would surely go on the level, but he was finally obliged to leave it beside the road and trudge wearily home a foot. The trouble proved to be that the batteries needed replacing.


East Kingsley - Thursday, little Charles Oakley, while sitting in front of the stove, fell out of his high chair onto the stove burning his face and hands severely, although not seriously.


Elk Lake - The many friends of Miss Sallie Stevens surprised her on her 89th birthday, by taking dinner with her and making her a postal shower. She was also presented with some very beautiful bouquets of sweet peas and many best wishes.


Franklin Twp. - Banker Brothers have just sold a number of handsome thoroughbred Devon cattle to parties in South Carolina, Virginia and Litchfield, Conn., and state that they were never in receipt of more orders than the present spring and summer. They breed the best in thoroughbred stock and have a steady demand from those who wish to improve their herds.


Lawton - William Gibbs, of Lawton, died at the home of his son, Edgar C. Gibbs, at West Auburn, July 20, 1909, aged 64 years, 8 months and 6 days. He was a good man, beloved by all who knew him. When 17 years of age he enlisted in Co. A, 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, serving until honorably discharged, a period of 5 years, 3 months and one day. A part of this time he spent in confinement in the dreadful Libby prison. His casket was draped with the flag of his country, which he loved so well.


Montrose - The Palace Roller Skating Rink is proving to be a most popular place of recreation and amusement for a constantly increasing number of people, who find the relaxation most pleasurable after a day of work or business. All the appointments at the Palace are of the best, and the deportment and decorum being noticeable features. The floor is as near perfect as it could be and the interior has been entirely repainted and decorated. A military organ furnishes music all the time and apparently never seems to tire. It has been open two evenings each week, namely Tuesday and Saturday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5.


Fowler Hill - Mr. H. Hitchcock has picked 591 qts. of black caps from his little patch; also 699 qts. of strawberries and 103 qts. of goose berries, 77 qts. Of currants and has red raspberries yet to pick.


Hallstead - Hon. and Mrs. James T. DuBois are to leave Aug. 25 for Singapore, where Mr. DuBois was selected by President Taft to do some special work and it is not likely that he will remain abroad for more than a year.


Friendsville - Chas. Stevens is prepared to wait on any one in need of wagon or sign painting. ALSO We are sorry to report our blacksmiths, both, are nursing sore fingers.


North Bridgewater - Camp Choconut crossed bats with the Montrose boys on Saturday last. Quite a delegation, as it took 16 horses nearly all in four-in-hand loads, to convey them to and from the County Seat.


Brooklyn - What came near being a very serious accident occurred at the home of F. B. Jewett, when the hall lamp exploded and the oil became ignited. But for the courage and presence of mind of Mrs. Jewett the large house would have been burned. She heard the explosion, caught the lamp and with the burning oil running to the carpet, carried it out of the house.


Lenox - The telephone business is booming here. L. M. Titus, C. D. Bennett, Floyd Leach, Eddie Brundage, Charles and Frank Powers, Albert Phillips and C. L. Carey, have 'phones in. Mr. Osgood and his men have the telephone line nearly completed to Eugene Brundage's.


South New Milford - Now and then an auto goes through here for a change. ALSO The horse that was used for many years by W. B. Roe passed away last week. Death was due to old age. ALSO Three meat wagons a week and one store wagon through here keeps us well supplied.


Forest City - The Forest City team played the Clippers of Carbondale, at Duffy's field, Sunday, and was beaten. In the third inning, with the score 2-0 in favor of Forest City and Carbondale at the bat, there were three men on bases and two out when the ball was batted into foul territory outside the third-base line. There could be no doubt that the drive was foul for the ball landed at least ten feet outside the line and rolled further out. But the bold Mr. McDonough, that versatile arbiter who sprung in to prominence in the days of Mikey Walsh, could see that foul line perambulating hither and thither, twisting and turning and accommodatingly taking sudden jumps that embraced within the line of fairness the above mentioned foul ball. He called it "fair." Three runs came in and the game, from that [point] on was all "Clippers." McDonough is no doubt a capable umpire. He knows the game, he knows the rules and he knows the game is a farce when decisions are not given promptly and fairly. But one should hesitate in accusing him of intentional unfairness. Perchance he labored under a temporary attack of pink eye, which is somewhat "bossy" or the poise of his mind may have been disturbed by that affliction known as double vision, where each eye locates the same object in different places. But, unfortunately for the Forest City team he did not always close the same eye.


Jail Break - It seems that one of the prisoners tipped the Sheriff, H. S. Conklin that preparations were under way to affect a general jail delivery [break].


Towanda - More tests are being made of the Durreil oil field near Towanda. Some oil had already been discovered when drilling stopped awhile ago, but now the Pittsburg Oil & Gas Co., with plenty of money back of it, has taken up the work and the citizens believe they will strike oil this time.


August 06 (1909/2009)



Franklin Twp. - When Bert Osborne, of Upsonville, started for his cows Monday morning at about 5 o'clock, he was somewhat surprised to see a large buck deer, with four prongs, standing within about ten rods of his barn, contentedly grazing, at ease with the whole world. The noble fellow seemed to apprehend no danger, remaining around the building some time and later roamed off towards the woods. The same night a doe was seen at F. M. Wilson's, near Mr. Osborne's. The buck deer, when confronted with wire fences, instead of taking any chances in trying to leap over them, just laid down on the ground and slipped under the strands. It is supposed that they slipped away from some of the parks at Binghamton.


New Milford - Borough Ordinance: Be it ordained that no person or persons shall be permitted or allowed to ride upon bicycles, velocipedes, hand sleds, or any other conveyance, on the sidewalks of this Borough, under penalty of a fine of nor less than fifty cents for the first offense nor exceeding $5 for each subsequent offense. Provided that this ordinance shall not be construed to prohibit the drawing or pushing by hand, sleds, carriages and other vehicles for the conveyance of invalids, infants or children.


Lynn - Lynn is a quiet little town half way between Tunkhannock and Montrose. Why can't some good doctor, milliner, dressmaker or even a sewing machine agent locate here? We have two blacksmith shops, two stores, but we need more of the aforesaid. Come on, Doctor, a house awaits you.


Herrick Center - Last Friday, as John Williams was driving a colt down the hill near the railroad, the breaching broke, and the colt ran away, throwing him out and bruising him badly.


Heart Lake - Heart Lake ball club played Montrose at the Lake. The score was 8 to 7 in favor of Heart Lake. The battery for the lake was Dann and Beckley and the feature of the game was the hitting and fielding of Herbert Beckley.


Clifford - Miss Grace Millard was quite severely injured by being thrown from a wagon as her horse was running away.


Fair Hill - The neighbors met at Mrs. J. N. Andre's last Wednesday and did the haying. About 20 were present with teams and mowing machines, making short work of the job, which was much appreciated by the family.


Little Meadows - Edw. Shaughnessy left for Buffalo where he intends to work for a while.


Lindaville - Undertaker A. L. Mack has purchased a new up-to-date hearse.


Montrose - Through the agency of Atty. Safford, the Cordelia Lathrop residence on Ridge St., becomes the property of Rev. H. B. Benedict. From the recent sales in this part of town, Ridge street is rapidly coming into favor as a residence section.


Hopbottom - The centennial of the coming of Anthony Wright and wife, Sally Sweatland, from Somers, Conn., to Susq'a Co., in 1809, and locating on a tract of land one mile north of Hopbottom on Martin Creek, on which the Wright cemetery is located (now owned by Frank Squires), will be held on the said Anthony Wright homestead on Aug. 19, by the old elm tree. All descendants and their families are most cordially invited. Six generations will be present. Carriages will meet all trains at Hopbottom.


Auburn Four Corners - Webb Bunnell narrowly escaped serious injury on Saturday last. When returning from the creamery the king bolt broke, frightening the horse, which ran away. Webb was thrown under the wagon and his load of milk scattered along the road. He received some severe bruises, but was very fortunate in escaping so well.


Forest City - The marathon, over a 4 1/2 mile course, with 27 runners staring and 13 finishing, produced the following winners: W. P. Murnin, Vandling, time 28 3/4 min.; George Llewellyn, Vandling, time 29 1/2 min.; Wm. Bell, Forest City, time 30 min.; Stanley Coveleskie, Forest City, time 31 1/2 min.; Edwin Stanton, Forest City, time 31 1/2 min.; Charles Mowers, Forest City, time 32 min.; James Murnin, Vandling, time 34 1/2 min. Others who finished were W. E. Jones, Martin Mannion, William Connelly, Winfield Simons, Bert Woods and Andrew Berish.


Laurel Lake - Alvah Foster, the stage driver, lost one of his horses recently. ALSO Don't forget the public dance in the hall at Laurel Lake, Friday night, Aug. 13th.


Silver Lake - Postmaster Simrell, of Hallstead, while a guest of Hon. H. J. Rose, was pulled into the water from a boat in which he was fishing by the sudden tug of a large pickerel. William Kenney, of Hallstead, was his companion in the boat and while Mr. Kenney held on to Simrell the plucky postmaster held on to the line. By pulling in the line hand over hand Mr. Simrell was soon enabled to hand the pickerel over the side of the boat and Mr. Kenney pulled his water-logged friend in after. Mr. Simrell says he is always willing to go into the water for a pickerel that weighs 7 1/2 pounds, but isn't stuck on this kind of "deep water" fishing.


Susquehanna - John Callaran has gone to Norwich where he has accepted a position. He will also play with the Norwich base ball team.


Thompson - A. R. Collyer is doing a sweeping business down on Water street. He has sold one of his houses--the one above the road--and all his land above the road to Edw. Carpenter, of Brooklyn, N.Y. He is finishing his new house below the road, and Harry Whitney and his bride will take possession of that, for a time, and he will move the house he lives in below the road and continue to show us how a man without a wife can keep house in an up to date fashion.


Dimock - Milton Harris is now driving the stage from East Rush to Dimock. ALSO C. W. Barnes has a new blacksmith from Jersey helping him in his shop during the rush of work.


News Brief: Orville Wright tacked a world record to his long string of aerial performances when he came to earth at Fort Myer, Va., in his aeroplane after flying with Lt. Frank P. Lahm, of the signal corps as a passenger, for 1 hr., 25 min., 40 sec., at a speed of close to 42 mph. The best previous record was made by Wilbur Wright, last year at Le Mans, France, when he carried a passenger for 1 hr., 9 min., and 31 sec. He met the government requirements that he remain aloft, for one hour, with another besides himself in the machine.


August 13 (1909/2009)



Forest City - We are pleased to note a commendable desire on the part of property owners to connect with the new sewer system. Already in many sections of the town whole blocks have had the work done. The property owners have been rewarded by the elimination of foul smelling ditches. The expense of attaching to the sewer is slight in comparison with the benefit derived. Everybody should connect their drain pipes at once.


Thompson - Christopher P. Carpenter came to Thompson quite recently and is in the employ of the Erie railroad. Last week he took one of our fair girls, Miss Bessie Palmer, to Binghamton and now they are hunting for "rooms for light housekeeping," and receiving the congratulations of friends. And while we are on this part of the subject allow us to say that Clayton Lewis, of the township, was seen on the street the other day with his new wife.


Little Meadows - Susie, the four-year old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Stebbins, was fatally burned Aug. 5th, while playing with a burning torch made by lighting a "cat-tail," or swamp flag, saturated in kerosene. The children of the neighborhood had been allowed to indulge in this dangerous pastime and during the absence from home of the parents the little girl met with the accident. She lived about an hour after the accident occurred. ALSO John Bergin has purchased a rubber tire wagon. All the girls are smiling at John now.


Camp Choconut - Albert Miller, assisted by Fred Herrick, of Great Bend, went over to Camp Choconut on Tuesday to cut the hair on the heads of the 74 young men at the camp. This is an annual contract that Mr. Miller receives and the two men had the boys properly sheared in the space of a few hours, starting at the job at 8 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m., with a half hour off for dinner. The hair wasn't clipped, but cut with shears in good respectable style, but there were no furbelows like combing the hair and using bay rum. It was a continuous case of "Next," and there was always another ready for the operation when one was finished.


East Ararat - The Cobb and Allen reunion was well attended, there being about 124 present. After dinner all listened to some fine speaking and singing.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - L. B. Black treated several from this place to a jolly four-horse straw ride, Friday evening, and attended the ice cream social held at S. F. Breed's [in Brooklyn].


Lathrop Twp. - A company of young men from Chinchilla camped at Tarbell Lake nearly all of last week. They had a fine time and caught plenty of fish.


Jackson - A. B. Larrabee, of North Jackson, reached the advanced age of 92 years on August 9. He was born in Vermont in 1817, coming to Jackson in 1831, and has resided here ever since, a period of 78 years. Mr. Larrabee is in very poor health at this time.


Dimock - I. P. Baker has joined the growing list of automobile owners, purchasing on Tuesday a 20-horse power Ford car from C. E. Roberts, the Ford representative in this county. This is the same type car that won the cross-continent run in the race started June 1st, making the 4,106 miles from New York to Seattle in 20 days, 52 minutes. Cars of 60-horse power were in the contest, but the Ford came out ahead. Although the factory is turning 650 cars a week, it is impossible to keep up with the demand and orders are being constantly refused. H. M. Cole is instructing Mr. Baker in the operation of the machine. Mr. Roberts has his order in for a duplicate of the car sold and hopes to have it for use sometime next month.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The following persons camped on the huckleberry mountain during the past week: Elmer Shannon, Jerry, Will and Clarence Overfield, Will and Elmer White, Grover Mowry, John Shannon, Harry and Will Stevens, Will Hall and Clark Stevens.


Montrose - Rev. E. J. Butler is the new pastor for the African Methodist-Episcopal Zion Church. He was born in Baltimore in 1855. His father was a free colored man--a teamster, who kept three teamsters at work and who easily made a good home for his family and was the only colored man in his lodge of Masons--something unusual for that city and that date. In 1857 the family moved from Baltimore because of an effort to enact what was known as the Jacobs Law--a measure which designed to enslavement of all free colored children. It was difficult to get colored children out of the south in those days and Rev. Butler was smuggled over the Mason and Dixon line in a blanket, carried by his mother. He received his education at Ambush's Normal School in Washington, D. C., where he afterward became an instructor. Moving to Elmira he became a guard at the New York State Reformatory, opened a barbershop, became a cook, and a musician of talent. Rev. Butler has the honor of being the first colored man ever elected to public office in Elmira-that of constable, and became an ordained minister and a lecturer, and master of science, whose eloquence is seldom equaled.


East Dimock - Dr. Wilson removed a part of the bone in Ray Green's finger. It has been very sore since last fall, caused by the bite of a hog.


Silver Lake - St. Augustine's Congregational Silver Lake Church will hold a picnic, Saturday, August 21st, in the beautiful grove near the church.


Alford - "We had supper at Mother Hubbard's Inn," said a young woman the other evening when speaking about her trip home via Alford. Knowing no such hotel in the little town nestled under the cliffs, the listener must have look puzzled enough for her to explain: "That is what they call the Hubbard eating house, over which Mrs. Hubbard presides. Don't you think it an appropriate name?" We did, and were soon listening to the description of the delicious home delicacies that Mrs. Hubbard was ever preparing for hungry train passengers that stopped over at Alford. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard have conducted the house for a number of years, and although the house was burned down, they rebuilt, and are now doing a larger business than ever before. The reputation for good things to eat has become so great that many will leave Binghamton and Scranton hungry, knowing that better food awaits them at "Mother Hubbard's Inn."


August 20 (1909/2009)



Excursion via DL&W - To Atlantic City, Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City or Wildwood, N.J. Tickets good going on all trains Aug. 21st, 1909, returning up to and including Aug. 31st. Fare for round trip $5.65 from Montrose and all stations Hallstead to Delaware, N.J. and Scranton, and Plymouth, Pa.


New Milford - C. C. Kern has three nice cottages on the banks of East Lake. They are called "Laurel," "Rest," and "Kerndorf." Last week there were 45 persons from Binghamton, among them three Lords, three Bishops and two St. Johns. Mr. Kern tells us he intends building more cottages and why not, it is a beautiful lake and nearly surrounded with beautiful groves.


Dimock Campmeeting - The meetings on Dimock campground this year were of a high spiritual order, and while the attendance has not been as large as in some campmeetings of the past, the attendance was good. One incident bears reporting. During the past year, Draper Billings of Tunkhannock, who has been secretary of the association, had taken down the parsonage cottage built by the Skinners Eddy people, for the use of the pastor, and erected it on a vacant lot of his in Tunkhannock. The Skinners Eddy people knew nothing of this until they came to the campground and found the cottage gone. They were much excited, as it was one of the best on the grounds and was built by subscription and the Ladies' Aid. The matter was brought before the association, and Mr. Billings claimed he had bought it for $50 of A. G. Overfield, treasurer of the association. A committee of three was appointed to see if a settlement could not be made with the Skinners Eddy people who claim it ought not to have been taken.


Friendsville - Thomas A. Lee, formerly residing near Friendsville, and now of Endicott, was shot and killed by an Italian by the name of Michael Angelo, on a street car bound for Union. Angelo got into a wrangle with a passenger and drew a revolver. After a scuffle for the possession of the weapon, Angelo backed off the car and commenced shooting, firing four shots in rapid succession, and then escaping in the darkness. Young Lee, who had been attracted to the forward end of the car by the fracas, was standing on the running board and was struck by one of the bullets. Lee was carried into the car and as his condition was critical, the motorman was directed to start the car ahead and carry him to a physician. However Lee expired shortly thereafter. It is not believed that Angelo aimed at Lee, as Lee had no part in the altercation, being merely a spectator. Angelo is now in the Broome County jail.


Forest City - M. J. Collins, of Olean, N.Y., a former resident of this place, in enclosing a remittance for the F. C. News says: "The News is always a welcome visitor to me, for I like to keep in touch with local happenings in the 'old burg' and should you ever decide to put on an 'Old Home Week' attraction it would give me great pleasure to spend a short time among you, renewing old acquaintances."


Herrick Center - The cheese factory at Tirzah, under its new officers (Al. Scott, manager; W. T. Davis, sec'y; D. J. Breese, treas., and Ernest Rodgers, cheese maker), is surpassing all former records for high prices received by its patrons. The price, after expense for manufacturing is taken out, for the month of April, 1909, was 31 cents; for the month of May, 30 cents; June 31 cents and July, 32 cents per pound for butter fat.


Rush - Byron McCauley, who is on the police force in New York city, was shaking hands with old friends in Rush on Wednesday. ALSO Dr. Jenkins will be in his dental office in the Stark block Aug. 26th.


S. Montrose - The Lehigh Valley has appointed Ross Griffis station agent at this place. The company showed wisdom in this appointment, as Mr. Griffis is well qualified for the position. The traveling public will receive courteous treatment at the hands of Mr. Griffis. The freight traffic at this place exceeds that of any station on the Montrose branch.


Montrose - As in olden times, "all roads led to Rome," so now all roads will for the next few days lead to Montrose and to the Montrose Bible Conference grounds. Both the auditorium and the dining hall are completed. The young ladies of the Winners' Band have been encamped on the fair grounds all this week. The Conference program will open on Friday afternoon at 2:30. Dr. Torrey, who has been the principal speaker at the Huntington Beach Bible Conference in Southern California, is expected home this evening. Dr. J. Stuart Holden, of London, England, will speak every day. Arrangements have been made with the Wyalusing Auto Transit Co. to have a large 20 passenger automobile which will make regular scheduled runs from Public Avenue to the grounds.


Choconut Valley - Daniel Ryan recently purchased a fine horse of Frank Clarke and we would judge Daniel was quite a favorite just now to see the sweet smiles the young ladies bestow upon him.


Susquehanna - C. R. Carrington has purchased the drug business heretofore carried on by A. P. French, located in the First National Bank.


North Jackson - The third in the series of ball games between the single and married men was played upon the farm of Harvey Page, resulting in a victory for the "boys." Score 16 to 8.


South Gibson - Just after 9 p.m., last Monday evening, an alarm of fire was sounded along the telephone lines and people rushed out of their houses when it was found that the old Holmes grist and sawmill was in flames. A large number of men, women and children were soon on the scene, but the flames had gained such headway that very little was saved. Evan Anthony purchased the mill of William Holmes some time ago and it was rented to Harry Gardner and Jesse Pickering. Both lost a large number of tools and machinery, with no insurance. Mr. Anthony held some insurance on the building and others lost their logs and lumber in the yard. Just how the mill caught fire is not positively known, as no one was working there that day except to grind an axe.


Hopbottom - The Foster House is one of the most popular dining places between Scranton and Binghamton. On Saturday three automobile parties were registered. Among the guests were the following: J. B. Hadsell and wife, of Binghamton; J. B. Keefer and wife, of Scranton; C. G. Stephens and wife, Miss Blanche Hallstead, Frank Ruland, Hermon Johnson and James Lansdorf and party of friends, from Scranton.


Springville - It has developed that there are at least six people in town who are making frequent midnight visits to their neighbor's wood piles. Some fine evening some of them will be badly in need of a doctor.


August 27 (1909/2009)



Susquehanna - Benjamin F. Pride, for 30 years editor of the Susquehanna Journal has accepted the position of managing editor of the Honesdale Citizen. Mr. Pride is an experienced newspaper man and since going out of the newspaper business for himself, a few years ago, has been engaged principally in an editorial chair on the Binghamton Republican.


Montrose - There will be an exhibition of water color sketches of Montrose and vicinity, by Mrs. Theodore Woolsey Johnson and Miss Mary Hamilton Hadley, and of tooled and burnt leather work by Miss B. M. Shafer, at the public library, tomorrow and Monday. AND The big double program at Steine's Nickelet called out packed houses, and the pictures were of the very best. The Wright aeroplane maneuvers gave a comprehensive insight as to how airships move through space. The funny picture, portraying "Billiken," the little merry god who says: "I am the god of better things--my presence always laughter brings," was particularly good. Mr. Lloyd Calby's song was well received. We have been informed that Roosevelt in Africa will be presented soon.


Dimock - When you want to see a good garden look over the fence on the lot of T. B. Williams, near the forks of the road. ALSO George Miller, who was 85 years old on Saturday last, Aug. 21, walked a long distance from his home to Dimock, and while at the store remarked to the writer that he had green corn for dinner on his birthday, which was planted in his garden June 15.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Everybody is glad to hear that our old supervisor, S. L. Overfield, has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of supervisor of Auburn south district. He is the right man in the right place. ALSO Two interesting games of ball were played here last Saturday between the Auburn nine and the Pickups, the score being 12 to 2 in favor of Auburn. The other game was between the Bunnell Hill boys and Shannon Hill Juniors, the score being 10 to 18 in favor of Shannon Hill.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The Lyman reunion will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Lyman on Saturday, Sept. 4th. All relatives by blood or marriage are requested to be present. ALSO The cemetery bee last Saturday was largely attended by three men.


Forest Lake - A. J. Baldwin, of Groton, N. Y., spent the latter part of last week with his brother, E. C. Baldwin, at Forest Lake. Mr. Baldwin attended the reunion of Co. F, 141st Regt, P. V. I., at New Milford, in which company he served during the Civil War. While here Mr. Baldwin stated that in October he and his wife were planning to visit their daughter, who resides in Chino, Calif., near Los Angeles. If they like that country, they may decide to reside there.


Thompson - The Potter reunion was held at the home of Ernest Potter last Thursday.


Lathrop - The Johnson family reunion was held at Ross Park in Binghamton, Aug. 21. Fifty persons were in attendance. It was a joyous occasion and hearts were more firmly bound to each other by the meeting. Next one will be held at Hubert Johnson's at Dalton.


Ainey - On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the annual reunion of Battery H, 1st Pa. Cavalry, will be held at the home of Comrade Frank Taylor. A cordial invitation is extended to all old Civil War soldiers and their families. A table will be set in the grove nearby, if pleasant, and a real picnic dinner will be served.


Oakland - Henry Brush of the grocery firm of Brush and Toubey, of Susquehanna, through his attorney, Thomas A. Doherty, has brought an action against Oakland township in the Court of Common Pleas, to recover damages for injuries he received in that township, August 11, 1909. Mr. Brush was badly injured by going over an embankment in his automobile at a dangerous point where, it is alleged, that no guard rails of any kind were placed.


Hopbottom - On August 7, 1909 the descendants of Isaac Rynearson started for the home of Mr. F. W. Payne, sure of a hearty welcome and a jolly good time. At noon about 60 sat down to a sumptuous dinner, spread on long tables near the harvest apple tree, where we found delicious apples earlier in the day. After dinner all gathered in front of the house and were photographed. Afterward an interesting programme was presented of songs and recitations


Elk Lake - H. T. Fargo, Elk Lake's well known Justice of the Peace, was at Montrose Thursday, and the Squire recounts the catch of some large fish in the waters of Elk Lake and as his reputation for veracity is so good we had to accept them, though they were literally "fish" stories. He delights in angling for the gamey fellows and evidently is well versed in the little arts that lure them to the hook. He remembered one of his friends at the Democrat office with a fine bass, weighing about four pounds, as fine a specimen as we ever saw, and words are lame to express its exquisite flavor. It was fine!


Harford - On Saturday last Leland Williams moved the silo which was connected with his barn in the village, to his farm on the hill. It was a curious sight to see it lowered upon a wagon, which was done without accident, and it was also safely moved to its destination.


Ararat Summit - Mr. and Mrs. William Bechtlofft, gave a party in honor of their daughter, Lila's, 16th birthday, Tuesday evening, August 17. About 50 guests were present and a fine time enjoyed. Miss Lila received several gifts including a purse of money containing about $13.


Forest City - The Frank E. Griswould Company, in the great temperance drama, "Ten Nights in a Bar Room," will show in Forest City on Tuesday evening, August 31st. The large tent will be erected on the vacant space adjacent to the #2 school building. Prof. Hayworth's military band will give two open air concerts, one at noon and the other at 7.


News Brief - Chewing gum and peanut venders have a genuine grievance against the new Lincoln cent. They declare that it does not work in the penny-slot machines, and that its coinage is a plot on the part of the government to put them out of business.


September 03 (1909/2009)



Silver Lake - The annual reunion of Co. H, 141st Regt., Penna. Volunteer Regiment, was held at the home of George C. Hill. Ten of the members were present. Henry Fuller, of Auburn, who attended the reunion, stated that all had a great time. A nine was formed of veterans and they played a game with a nine of young fellows from Franklin Forks, and beat them, but the young fellows were instrumental in helping them win. Mr. Fuller was the youngest man on his side and he owned up to being 66 years of age. Mr. Hill, who is a violinist, played for a dance and the way some of the "boys" got around on their feet would make a younger man envious.


New Milford - The 27th reunion of Co. F, 141st Regt., P. V. was held at the Jay House, Aug. 23. Three comrades have died since the last reunion--namely, Dr. Moses B. Aldrich of Binghamton, Rev. John H. Green of Windsor Center, Pa., aged 85, and Wm. D. Osmun, of Harford. This leaves 26 living out of the original 96 who were mustered in.


Montrose - The Bible Conference was a great success in every way--magnificent audiences, able speakers and splendid singing. Over $500 was subscribed, eliminating the need to borrow money to keep the conference growing. ALSO P. A. Locke, Rip Van Winkle like, came here last Friday, after an absence of 54 years, having gone to Kansas in 1855. From that State he drifted to Texas, later to Oklahoma and is now on a furlough from the Soldiers' Home at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Mr. Locke is now 85 years of age and when he went away from Montrose the Register, the predecessor of the Republican, was located in a building near the First National Bank on the east side of Public Avenue. An ancestor of Mr. Locke, a Mr. Baldwin, had a poultry house for the raising of fancy stock just below our present location, he told us, and the old Searle hotel was one of the main buildings of the town. He was en route to Washington to attend to business matters and is as active as a man 20 years younger. He served in the Civil War, from '63 to '65, in the 28th Iowa Vol. Inf., Co. D.


Forest City - An alarm of fire and reports that the #1 school building was burning, Monday afternoon, caused intense excitement. There were nearly 500 pupils in the building and hundreds of apprehensive parents and other citizens rushed to the building. The fire was a slight affair in the basement. There is a knot hole in the floor directly over the basement and a quantity of small pieces of paper had been poked through the hole by students. The refuse lodged where it could not be seen by the janitor and it is presumed some heedless lad dropped a lighted match through the hole and set fire to the paper. Fortunately the school was emptied without accident, although there was considerable excitement among the youngsters and one girl fainted.


Great Bend - A 30 horse-power Pope Hartford automobile, owned by R. N. Ruger, of Binghamton, was smashed by Erie train No. 6, on a crossing near here, last Thursday morning. Mr. Ruger attempted to cross the track in the darkness, the lamps on the machine not working properly, and mistaking the roadway, got stalled between the rails so that he could not move the machine. He attempted to raise it over the rails with a jack and was partially successful when the train came around the curve. Picking up one of the lamps he ran toward the engine, waving the light. The engineer applied the brakes but when the train hit the car it had only slowed down to about 40 miles an hour. The auto was completely wrecked and portions of it strung along the track for a distance of 400 ft.


South Gibson - An old-fashioned Sunday school picnic will be held in Wm. Decker's grove Saturday, Sept. 4, to which the whole neighborhood is invited. A stand will be on the ground, where candy, lemonade, nuts and melons can be bought, also swings and other amusements for the children. Everybody come out and have a good time.


McKinney's Mills, Great Bend Twp. - A. B. Cole will not carry ammunition and tobacco in the same pocket again. The other day while enjoying a smoke he came pretty near getting killed by a 22-calibre cartridge exploding in the bowl of his pipe. He carelessly mixed cartridges and Tuck's clippings in the same pocket and when he had gotten about half through the shock came, leaving him nothing but the stem in his teeth, while the bullet whizzed past his head and embedded itself in the woodwork of a couch.


Heart Lake - The picnic grounds, a number of cottages, pavilion, boats, lake interest and privileges, etc., have been sold to Frank T. Mack, of Montrose. Mr. Mack has been conducting this charming summer resort for the past two years.


Hopbottom - William Squires and wife, of LaGrange, Ill., came here to attend the Wright centennial, which was held on the old homestead of Anthony Wright.


Thompson - Ernest Plew, a paroled inmate of the Huntingdon reformatory [stole a horse in June of 1907], came on the camp ground Thursday and while the people were listening to a fine prohibition speech, he unhitched Ross Lee's horse and away he drove to Jackson, and by the time he reached North Jackson he was intercepted by phone. Our constable went for him, brought him back and by order of W. P. Tallman, Esq., took him to board with Sheriff Conklin. [To read more about Ernest Plew, type Plew in the box above labeled "search this site." Ernest was convicted of murdering G. W. Hinkley in 1926.]


Lathrop - A new telephone line is being erected in this place. It extends along the west shore of Lake Tarbell, going north to Giles Osborne's and west to E. W. Johnson's. Most of the people will have one in their homes. Now all we need is a trolley line.


Little Meadows - The Never Sweats and Yellow Jackets crossed bats Saturday. Victory in favor of the Yellow Jackets.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - W. P. Sheldon took in the grange pic-nic accompanied by a lady friend of his from down the valley.


Friendsville - Mr. and Mrs. James Murphy, William J. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Gertrude Handrick and son, from Cleveland, Ohio, are all visiting family here.


Clifford - A number of our citizens saw the base ball game at Lenoxville Saturday. It was one of the hardest contested games played there this year; Benton 16--Lenox 14.


Harford - The sportsmen of this place are going to hold a pigeon shoot on the Fairground, Sept. 9th. Mr. Apgar, the professional trap shooter, will meet with them.


September 10 (1909/2009)



Brooklyn - C. A. Rozell, who has been making trips to Montrose each Saturday during the summer, selling garden truck, is planning to make a trip also on Tuesday of each week, commencing the middle of the month. Mr. Rozell has built up a large trade this summer and has had some difficulty in supplying all demands. Several more acres are being prepared for cultivation next year, and if conditions are favorable, he hopes to take care of an increased trade. He is selling at present some excellent celery of an early variety,


Lawton - Big crowds at Lawton Fair, estimated that about 2,500 were in attendance on a near ideal day. The main attraction was the balloon ascension and Fairdale defeated Wyalusing in an exciting ball game. The gross receipts amounted to between $500-$600.


Susquehanna - Jesse Chamberlain and Orin Owens, of Susquehanna, who were arrested in Hallstead for attempting to pass worthless checks at the Hand store, worked the same game on an Oakland business man the day before attempting it at Hallstead. In this instance the name of James E. Paye was used. It is probable a second charge will be laid against them at the coming ground jury. [Jas. Paye, one of Susquehanna's well known citizens, deals in wagons and farm implements.]


Hallstead - A couple of fine deer were seen feeding with a herd of cows on the Williams farm near Hallstead, one day last week. They are believed to have escaped from a large herd that was kept on a New Jersey preserve. When men approached them they ran into the woods and easily escaped capture. They are probably the same pair that were seen near Franklin a few weeks ago.


Ainey - Mrs. Frank Taylor spent last Sunday with her son, Earl Taylor, in Scranton. The latter was run over by a reckless driver on a beer wagon and had his shoulder blade broken and his hip bruised. He is getting along nicely.


East Ararat - Miss Susie Hathaway has resigned her position as teacher and Miss Minnie Bell has taken her place. Miss Hathaway will attend Stroudsburg Normal school. At Ararat Summit Uncle Rolla Carpenter, an aged resident, who has been confined to his bed since May 7 by illness, arose early Thursday morning about 5 o'clock, was dressed and sat up about 2 hours.


Lenox - Mr. and Mrs. Leon Mittan took a trip to Clark's Summit, Wyoming and other places on their wheels [bicycles] recently.


Lathrop - George Sweet shot at some chicken thieves last week. They made quick time in escaping.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - There was a hard frost and the ground was white Monday morning, doing a lot of damage to gardens.


Forest City - John Miskel, the baseball pitcher, who has been living down the valley for several years, has returned with his family to Forest City to reside. 


Bridgewater - Wm. Kelly and family visited J. H. Kelly and wife, of Springville, last week. Mr. Kelly is one of Bridgewater's oldest inhabitants and last spring moved to Montrose from his farm which he purchased 50 years ago and where he raised eighteen children and grandchildren. We were much pleased with a bit of his life history and found him a very agreeable gentleman.


Harford - The following teachers have been hired for the district schools: Richardson Mills, Earl Chamberlain; Reed's, Roy Allen; Sweet's, Madge Lupton, of Gibson; Harding's, Mrs. Anna Adams.


Springville - We have a new physician, Dr. Warren Diller, who is now located at the Bramhall residence. He also has a drug store. He has purchased a fine horse and later expects to use an automobile on his trips around the country.


Choconut Valley - Grover Wartle has just purchased a wheel and is improving his spare time with it as he is a fine rider. ALSO The Chalker school opened Monday with Miss Susie Murphy, who is a fine teacher.


Montrose - Plays that appeal to the heart and plays that heads of families can bring their children to see are the plays that thrive. Such a play is, "Along the Kennebec," which will be presented in Montrose, Sept. 13, at the Colonial Theatre, with its wealth of beautiful scenery and a company of actors unexcelled by any in their respective lines. The play is said to be full of bright, sparkling comedy, and a splendid band and orchestra is carried, and good music is one of the many features.


Alford - J. H. Page has returned home after visiting his niece, Mrs. Ed. Galloway, at Ruthersford, N.Y., also his sisters, one living in Boston, Mass., and the other in Manchester, N. H., whom he had not seen in 54 years. Of course, quite some changes had taken place on both sides. Mr. Page is well and hearty, having passed the 75th milestone in July.


Uniondale - Dr. John Tobias and family, of Wilkes-Barre, came up in his new auto and attended the family reunion. His mother, Mrs. Joanna Tobias rode over and back with them, although she is 83 years of age.


Clifford - Miss Edna Martin has been appointed teacher at the Burdick school and Miss Stella Resseguie will teach at the Birch school, both in Clifford township. The terms began Tuesday.


News Briefs - The official straw hat season closes next Wednesday, September 15. It is generally permissible, however, to wear one until you can cash in for a new felt or the latest Knox style. ALSO Commander Robert E. Peary and Frederick Albert Cook are fighting each other, both claiming they were first to reach the North Pole.


September 17 (1909/2009)



Ararat Summit - L. O. Baldwin is undergoing treatment for cancer of the neck which is being removed by the use of plasters. Dr. A. L. Craft, of Herrick, is the attending physician. Mr. Baldwin's condition at this writing seems very promising for a successful cure.


Franklin - The Webster reunion will be held September 18th, at the Old Homestead where the first Webster lived that settled in this vicinity. The place is now occupied by J. C. B. H. Webster.


Flynn - The party who took five turkeys out of a neighbor's flock had better return them and save trouble.


Hallstead - Frank Tingley, James Kirby, B. L. Maynard, Charles Austin and Patrick Berry attended a meeting of [railroad] engineers in Buffalo.


Brooklyn - Miss Hattie D. Lee is on an extended visit to Washington, D. C. as a guest of her brother, Willis Lee, who has a fine position in the government department of surveying the mineral lands of the west.


Montrose - While driving one of the Keough ice wagons, Jay Hawley met with a most distressing accident. While delivering ice at the Misses O'Neill, on South Main street, the big wagon ran over a stump or a block of wood, which threw him off the wagon and to the ground and at same time he became entangled in the lines, which drew him under the wheels, breaking his leg below the knee in two places and crushing the foot. He was taken into the O'Neill home and Dr. Birchard summoned, who reduced the fracture.


Lenox - J. H. Langley is in the Simon H. Barnes Memorial Hospital, in Susquehanna, after a thrilling experience. He was working in a saw mill at New Milford, planning some boards. His right hand came in contact with the large circular saw badly lacerating it. Despite medical aid the wound bled profusely and fearing that the man would bleed to death he was taken to the hospital. The trip of 9 miles was made in record-breaking time. It was necessary to amputate the thumb and index finger of the right hand. ALSO Emulous Pickering died suddenly at his home near Glenwood on Sept. 7. Deceased was a well known resident, having been born in that vicinity 78 years ago and in his younger days was a noted raftsman, being considered one of the hardiest and strongest men of that time. He was also a veteran of the Civil War [Co. A & C, 161st Regiment] and held an excellent war record. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Cook, Mrs. Arthur Cook and Mrs. Isaac Ferguson and two brothers Ephriam and Gaylord Pickering.


New Milford - A. C. Risley has purchased the hardware stock of Chas. O'Byrne here. Mr. O'Byrne will continue in the tinware and plumbing business at the same place.


Hallstead - The Hallstead Fire company received a check for $25 from the citizens of Foster [Hopbottom] for their valuable assistance in fighting a fire in that place a short time ago.


Dundaff - Messrs. Harry Fike, Niles Race, Harold Stevens and Mesdames Fay Fike, Ethel Race and June Coleman are attending school at Carbondale. What's the matter with a graded school here? The location is the best.


Jackson - D. D. Dunn and son have put a new gasoline engine in their wagon shop. Besides having a large engine in their woodshop, they will now have a smaller one to run the machinery in the blacksmith shop.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - There was quite a large drove of cows that passed through Parkvale on their way to Montrose, last week.


Choconut - They are building a much needed bridge at the foot of the hill by the Chalker school house. The Chalker school opened last week, with Miss Susie Murphy as teacher.


Little Meadows - Prof. E. Beardslee, brother of Miss Verna I. Beardslee, of Montrose, has accepted the principalship of the Montgomery Academy at Montgomery, N.Y. Mr. Beardslee for the past year was principal of the Great Bend schools.


Birchardville - An acetylene gas lighting plant has just been installed in Clark D. Dayton's residence at Birchardville by J. J. Watrous, of Montrose, the representative for this section. This method of lighting is gaining in favor in town and rural localities and is being quite generally adopted by progressive people.


Clifford - Glen Bennett started on Tuesday for Massachusetts to take up his school duties.


Hopbottom - It is said that Mrs. E. M. Tiffany has donated the lot for the new bank building in this borough.


Susquehanna - William Clark, aged 30, committed suicide by taking carbolic acid at the home of Charles Finkel. Clark put into execution his threats of several occasions that he would end his life if Mrs. Finkel, with whom he had become enamored, did not elope with him. This she had steadfastly refused to do. Clark was a one-legged man and came to Susquehanna from Afton, N.Y. about 1 1/2 years ago. He boarded at the Finkel home, supporting himself by doing odd jobs about town. Prior to his death he told his landlady that he murdered a girl at Afton some time ago and he had thrown her body into Afton Lake saying, "If anything happens to me during the next few days you can tell the police that I killed Bertha and threw her body into the lake. Everybody at Afton will know what I mean." Upon checking his story most Afton residents appeared to be dense on the subject and knew nothing about the disappearance of a girl named Bertha.


Forest City - The Forest House has received a new electric advertising sign which will, when swung to its moorings, attract the attention of all visitors to the town. It is 6 x 8 feet and will contain 128 lights.


September 24 (1909/2009)



Lynn, Springville Twp. - Lehigh Valley detectives are searching for the party or parties who attempted to wreck a train on the Montrose branch near the creamery last week. The tie was placed on the rail, evidently in a spirit of mischief, but the aspect of the case is rendered the more serious when it is reported that a brake shoe was found in a dangerous position on the rails that afternoon when the train was coming up. When the tie was encountered on the down trip, the engine shoved it along on the rails sufficiently until the engine could be stopped and the dangerous obstacle removed.


Harford - Fully 4000 people attended the Harford Fair, the gate receipts amounting to about $950, while the total receipts will be about $1150. The exhibits were all up to standard and all were pleased with them and the management. The report circulated that Clarence G. Stephens, the Lenoxville merchant, was killed in an auto accident at the fair is not credited. The bursting of a tire on his machine started the story.


Dimock - Much credit is due our milkmen at the station for the tidy appearance and cleanliness of everything, which makes our station one of the best along the line.


Hallstead - H. R. Bertholf, our enterprising merchant, gave away six sacks of Gold Medal flour in order to test its baking qualities, and also to find out the best bakers of our town. Mrs. F. C. Whitman, of Great Bend, was judge, and Mrs Kate Bradstreet received 1st prize, Mrs. Miles Fisher, 2nd, and Mrs. George Hatfield. 3rd, out of 25 contestants. ALSO Giles M. Carpenter, accompanied by his estimable wife, are at the big Allentown fair this week, going down in his automobile, having become an ardent devotee of motoring. Mr. Carpenter is a mighty good judge of horses, too, and for many years took particular delight in drawing the reins over those that "took no dust," but he says now that automobiles are "it."


Great Bend - The Keystone Hotel is being conducted by Mr. McEvoy in such a way as to please the traveling public, furnishing good meals and good beds.


Montrose - Orin Owens and Jesse Chamberlain, who passed worthless checks, scaled the jail wall and had a few hours liberty. They were captured by a large posse of armed citizens and returned to the bastile. It created considerable excitement for a while, and every boy old enough to tote a gun was hot on their trail in order to capture the reward of $50, offered by Sheriff Conklin. Saturday is the day the prisoners are required to clean up at the jail. They are permitted to go into the jail yard, under surveillance, and wash blankets and perform other work that has a tendency toward cleanliness. The sheriff was away and a young man at the jail was looking after the prisoners. The arrival of the groceryman caused the prisoners to come into the jail to make small orders, which is customary, and the young man hustled downtown for 10 minutes, the impression being that the inmates were occupied and would not again go into the yard. Owens and Chamberlain took advantage of the time and got over the high jail wall and beat it out Prospect street in the direction of the State line. The men were last seen going toward Dr. Dutton's farm (on Chenango St.). Bruce Titman came upon the much wanted pair seated on the ground, in a cornfield, and called to Dr. W. H, Conklin, Kelton Jones, J. V. Griffis and Charles Mackey, who were nearest. There was such a display of war paraphernalia that the cowed prisoners gave themselves up immediately. The reward went to Bruce Titman.


Elk Lake - Arthur Shay, while returning from the creamery, Monday, had his horse frightened by a gasoline engine, hurting him so he is confined to the house.


Silver Lake - Miss Catherine Griffin has opened her school in Brackney, where she is a welcome teacher among the parents, as well as pupils. AND Miss Rose Sweeney has decided it is easier for her to attend a school in Binghamton than Montrose


Clifford - The Royal school is being taught by one of our rosy cheeked girls, Miss Florence Morgan, who is giving good satisfaction. ALSO A good number of our young people attended the dance at Royal last Friday night and they all report a very enjoyable time and think they will attend the next one. The Royal House has the only spring floor hall in this section of the country. It is reported that there will be a dance in the hall every two weeks until next April.


Brooklyn - Merchant Luther S. Ely drove his handsome pair of bays to Montrose on Saturday.


Hopbottom - Frank Janaushek is Hop Bottom's well known undertaker and furniture dealer.


Forest City - Attorney F. M. Gardiner has announced himself as a candidate for district attorney in 1910 and informs us that he will make an aggressive canvas for the Republican nomination next year.


South Montrose - The McDermott Dairy Co. has leased some land of Robert Reynolds and is building a pond thereon for the purpose of securing ice for their plant at this place.


Lakeside, Jackson Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Whitney, of Susquehanna, are working for Mr. and Mrs. U. B. Rice, who are visiting Mr. Rice's brother, Henry, in Amherst, Neb.


Lathrop - The Commonwealth Telephone Co. is building a telephone line from Hillsdale to the Tarbell pond. Lathrop is getting pretty well supplied with telephone lines.


Susquehanna - Complaints still come in about the work of "Jack the Prowler" who has been operating on West Hill and later in other sections of the town. His latest operations were on West Main street and while he did not chase any one to any great extent he favored several young ladies with a little more attention than they relished. The young ladies are not accompanied by gentlemen and he succeeds in making them nervous. The New Milford Advertiser offers the following advice to the people of Susquehanna: "A back yard prowler has been frightening unprotected women and girls in Susquehanna for the past ten days. He should be captured and hanged with a clothes line."


News Brief - Spitting in public places is prohibited by Act 289. It makes it a misdemeanor to spit on a public walk, on the steps of a public building or in any railroad or railway car.


October 01 (1909/2009)



Glenwood - The former residence of Galusha A. Grow was destroyed by fire. The valuable library belonging to the former Speaker of the House could not be saved and with much of the house furnishings, was burned. The blaze originated, it is believed, from the dumping of ashes on the floor of the woodshed, from which portions of the house flames first made their appearance. Residents of the county will especially feel the burning of this old landmark is an irreparable loss. The home of the "Sage of Glenwood" has for years been looked upon as a sort of shrine and a visit to Glenwood was never complete without a call at the home of him who framed the Homestead Bill, and the man whose sterling attributes of mind and character made him revered by all acquainted with his beneficent works. The noted Congressman spent a large portion of his life here and here he died less than three years ago. Its quiet surroundings made it a pleasant change from the turbid life in Congress and here Mr. Grow found rest and tranquility.


South Gibson - About two weeks ago Willie James met with a severe accident while handling a gun. His hand was badly lacerated and while it was feared at the time that his hand would have to be taken off at the wrist, an attempt was made to save the thumb and two fingers. He was taken to the Susquehanna hospital, where an operation was performed Friday morning and he seemed to rally, but the end came Saturday morning due to blood poisoning. He leaves a wife and four small children, a father, and one sister, Mrs. Glenn Howell.


Susquehanna - John O. Jones, a foreman in the Erie round house, was killed in an automobile accident last Thursday morning. Jones was in a newly purchased machine with George Whitney, when he lost control near a steep embankment about 75 ft. long, near Beebe Park, and the machine plunged over. Both men were thrown out and Jones was pinioned under the vehicle and it was necessary to jack the machine up before he could be taken out. He received internal injuries besides having both legs broken and died in the Simon H. Barnes Hospital a half hour after being admitted. Whitney escaped with only a few bruises and was able to walk unassisted to his home.


Springville - Last Friday night the stores of A. L. Grestsinger and W. L. Meserole were broken into and a small amount of goods taken. Greatsinger lost a revolver, a few cigars and a gum machine and Meserole lost some pocketknives and a few pennies. The gum machine was found later in the church sheds. Lee Compton also had a robe taken from his wagon in the church sheds. There is no clue as to who did the stealing. ALSO Cess pools are getting to be fashionable. Why not dig them for shops which run into the street.


Foster (Hop Bottom) - Guy Davis, who has been employed in Morris' drug store in Montrose, relinquished his position. Mr. Davis will attend a pharmacists' school in Philadelphia and prepare himself for the drug business.


Friendsville - Rev. M. J. Fallihee, the pastor of St. Ann's church at Freeland, Pa., has passed his 40th year as a priest and at his own request no special recognition was made of the fact. Fr. Fallihee was born in Friendsville. His happy recreation is found in playing old-fashioned tunes on his violin.


Silver Lake - Contractor P. J. Radeker has taken the contract for erecting six cottages here for Hon. H. J. Rose and starts the work some time next week. Mr. Rose, this summer, divided his boarding house into apartments, which he rented furnished, instead of keeping boarders as formerly. He was well satisfied with this plan and now intends building cottages to rent or sell. ALSO Rev. J. Townsend Russell had both bones in one ankle broken while riding horseback. The animal forced him against a fence, snapping the bones in twain.


Jackson - Mrs. Lucille Whitney Dean, of New Milford, will be at the Roberts House, Jackson, on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 6 and 7, with a full line of millinery.


Thompson - While Edwin Gardner, of Boston, Mass., and his cousin, Mrs. Shew, of Susquehanna, were returning to Susquehanna last Wednesday afternoon, the harness broke and the horse ran away when about a mile from here. Both were thrown from the wagon and Mr. Gardner so seriously injured that he died during the night. Mrs. Shew was slightly injured. They had been visit9ing friends here that day.


Lathrop - Jack Frost is very busy working while the rest of the world is asleep. While we dread his coming, we can but admire the beauty of the landscape, which exceeds the most skilled painting.


Uniondale - Parties from Scranton were in town recently, looking for a lake property upon which to erect a club house for summer use. Our beautiful Lewis Lake they passed by as being too small. ALSO Geo. Bayless and family attended the dedication services of the new M.E. church at Winwood. They went over in their new auto. George is getting to be quite a devotee of motoring.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Mrs. Fanny Yeomans celebrated her 86th birthday, Sept. 26, 1909, being the oldest lady in this vicinity.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The many friends of A. D. Jagger will be sorry to hear that he is going to Iowa to work and all will wish him success in his new position.


Burnwood, Ararat Twp. - The medicine show last week was largely attended. Miss Pearl Wademan received a prize as the most popular lady and little Florence Dickey the prize for being the most popular baby.


Forest City - Prof. Smoot has decided to open an evening commercial school here and has engaged rooms in the Lyons building on South Main Street. ALSO Mrs. Della E. LeRoy has opened a Baby's Bazaar and Ladies Furnishing store in the Bloxham building opposite the Methodist church. This is a line for which there would seem to be an opening in town and it is probable that Mrs. LeRoy's venture will meet with success.


Clifford - Mr. and Mrs. Jef. Hobbs were the unfortunate principals in an accident on Thursday evening. They had returned from the Oneonta fair and Mr. Rounds drove over the bank near the depot, upsetting the carriage. Mrs. Hobbs was quite badly shaken up. The same evening Mr. and Mrs. Walton Burdick and the latter's father in law, H. J. Tuttle, were overturned near Lewis Lake but fortunately escaped injury.


October 08 (1909/2009)



Lathrop Twp. - Claude Miller has returned to Syracuse University to pursue his musical education. His talents are highly appreciated in that institution.


Hallstead - The Hallstead football team, recently organized, will play the first game of the season on the ball grounds, Saturday afternoon next, with the team from Lestershire. AND Herbert Wolfe has gone to Rochester where he has secured a position as wood carver in a large furniture factory.


Lanesboro - The bursting of an air hose on a freight car Saturday night, while the train was passing over the Lanesboro bridge, derailed two loaded cars and required several hours' hard work for the wrecking crew to clear the tracks. Had the engineers of the pushers not quickly shut off steam, the cars would have been pushed off the bridge and no doubt rolled over the entire string, making a serious smash-up.


Gelatt - The machinery for making cheese is being put back in the creamery.


Montrose - N. E. Bissell has been made county representative of the Buick Motor Co., manufacturers of excellent general purpose cars. If in the market for a machine, consult Mr. Bissell and let him demonstrate its merits. AND James D. Smillie, who recently died, was one of the foremost of American artists and who for many years made his home in Montrose, left a singular will, which, however, was characteristic of the man. It directed that a jury of artists be appointed to pass upon the merit of paintings in the testator's collection. The good were to be saved and the poor ones destroyed, in the interests of the collector's reputation as an art lover. Mr. Smillie modestly asserted it was only natural to suppose that he had made mistakes, some of which he himself was aware. Those who are familiar with the works of Mr. Smillie will be ready to wager that there will be no destruction of his creations if the question is left to real artists.


Silver Lake - No rain here as yet. Enclosed is an item written for the Republican, over 32 years ago, that shows there was a drought as bad then as at present here: "The driest time ever known here; many wells and springs without a drop of water; the lake is so low that the sawmill has not been running for several months. Some thoughtless person started a fire in a fallow and it seemed for a time as if everything would burn, but the providential showers checked it."


South Montrose - The McDermott Dairy Co. has leased ground on the farm of Robert Reynolds and a pond is being constructed, from which ice will be cut.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The parties who tried to wreck a train on the Montrose branch near the Lynn milk station, a short time ago, proved to be John Rosengrant and Stephen Barber. They were arrested and given a hearing before Esquire J. O. Lyman, who held them for the grand jury at Montrose. They gave bail for their appearance.


Jackson - Horace Sheldon is in the hospital at Los Angeles, Cal., slowly recovering from his terrible injuries received in the railroad accident of Aug. 26. Fears are now entertained that he may be deaf and one arm may be useless, if he recovers at all. AND Miss Fay Aldrich is the new assistant at the Jackson telephone central.


Brooklyn - State highway engineers are making examination of stone from local quarries preparatory to the selection of suitable material for the macadam road to be built in the near future.


Ararat - The medicine show last week was largely attended. Miss Leona Davis received the prize as being the most popular lady and little Theada Keenan the prize for being the most popular baby. AND The barns of Josiah Taylor, on what was formerly known as the Sam Clark Avery place, were destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.


Great Bend - The home of K. H. Gunn, of East Great Bend, caught fire Monday. Mrs. Gunn had hung a cloth in the back stairway which she thought must have caught fire from the stove. A man passing by noticed smoke coming out of the top of the house and stopped and told them. Upon investigation it was found that the stairway had burned through into the cellar and in a few minutes more the fire would have been beyond control. The amount of damage done was only $25.


Friendsville - Byrnes Brothers have been exhibiting their Ayrshire herd at the Binghamton Fair, and won all premiums on that class of cattle. AND Stephen Cunsman, the veteran cattle buyer of Easton, is shipping his 6th carload of cattle out of this vicinity this fall. He has been buying cattle in this county over 32 years.


Rush - Henry Deuel, an aged veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on Devine Ridge, Wednesday, Sept. 20.


Lenoxville - A large crowd attended the dance at Royal last Friday night. Mr. Purvis can play the music that makes them all feel like dancing.


Niven - Stark Miller and Alvin Button each have new telephones, a line having been built from Deckertown as far as Mr. Button's. A new line has also been built from Strickland Hill down past Robert Squier's, James Decker's and others.


Forest City - Marriage licenses were issued to the following Forest City couples: Frank Kardel, age 25 and Ludviski Vise, age 21; Anthony Paleduak, age 26 and Mary Kucera, age 21.


New Milford/Gibson - Mrs. Lucille Whitney Dean, of New Milford, will be at the Gibson House, Gibson, on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14 and 15, with a full line of millinery.


News Brief - Served as coffee, the new coffee substitute known to grocers everywhere as Dr. Shoop's Health Coffee, will trick even a coffee expert. Not a grain of real coffee in it either. Pure, healthful, toasted grains, malt, nuts, etc, have been so cleverly blended as to give a wonderfully satisfying coffee taste and flavor. And it is "made in a minute," too.


October 15 (1909/2009)



Brushville - The large and stately residence of ex-Sheriff and Mrs. Richard Brush, considered one of the handsomest country homes in that part of the county, was totally destroyed by fire last Sunday morning. All efforts were directed toward saving the household goods, because it was impossible for a bucket brigade to even attempt to quench the furies of the fire which was fast consuming the rear portion of the house. An alarm was sent by telephone to all nearby neighbors who hurriedly assisted in removing household goods but nearly all the furniture upstairs was destroyed with the parlor and sitting room furniture was removed in good order. A bucket brigade saved the fine barn which did not stand far from the burning building. Mrs. Brush collapsed afterward because of nervous strain but is now in a more comfortable condition.


Susquehanna - Arthur H. Westbrook was killed at Ararat before daybreak Tuesday morning. He was a brakeman on the freight train which left Susquehanna Monday afternoon and was due back there at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning. When the train reached Susquehanna, Westbrook was missed and an engine started back in search of him. At Ararat Summit the body was found cut in two. It is thought that he lost his footing while walking the length of the train. He was about 25 years of age and leaves a wife and two children. AND Martin Griffin Jr., of Susquehanna, was killed at Kirkwood sometime during Friday night, the body being found on the railroad shortly after daylight. Griffin was about twenty-six years of age and was a hostler in the round house.


Springville - Stuart Riley is making preparations to bring water from a spring owned by A. C. Grow and will put in a bathroom, while C. E. Burdick is preparing to install a hot water plant in his residence to defend himself and family against the rigors of winter. AND The suit between Maud B. Barnhart and the Trexler & Turrell Lumber Co., of Ricketts, Sullivan Co., Pa., for damages on the death of her husband, Andrew J. Barnhart, who was killed on April 19, 1909, at Ricketts, by a boiler explosion, has been settled, the widow receiving a nice sum of money. Mrs. Barnhart feels very grateful to her attorney, Paul J. Sherwood, and to the Trexler & Turrell Lumber Co., for their kind and courteous treatment.


Rush - Uncle Tom's Cabin show will appear in Rush on Saturday, October 16.


Brooklyn - A meeting was held in the office of G. H. Terry Saturday evening to take steps toward building a sewer through the town. F. B. Jewett was elected president and G. H. Terry secretary. The feeling expressed was that it ought to be built, but not being an incorporated borough it remains with the people to decide. A committee was appointed to ascertain the cost and make a report.


Tunkhannock - D. W. Schooley has built a 35-horse power automobile capable of doing sixty miles an hours. The machine, weighing nearly a ton, has three speeds and a reverse. He has demonstrated it to a number of capitalists and businessmen and hopes to get backing for a factory to manufacture the machine, desiring to locate either in his home town, Scranton or Pittston.


Lawton - Robert Giffin was born in Choconut, March 22, 1841 and died at his home here, Sept. 24, 1909. His death removes another from the list of Civil War Veterans. He enlisted in Co. C, 52nd Regt, Pa. Volunteers, in 1864, and was discharged from service July 12, 1865. He was united in marriage Oct. 15, 1865, to Miss Elizabeth Chase. To them were born eight children, six of whom are living and two died in infancy. He is also survived by one brother, Bela Giffin, of Rushville and two sisters, Mrs. C. J. Haight, of Rush and Mrs. John Howard of Tama Co., Iowa.


East Bridgewater Twp. - Horton Reynolds is installing a 30 horse power steam engine and boiler at his saw mill, which, in connection with the water power which has heretofore been used, will enable him to meet orders promptly under any conditions. He has already some large contracts upon which he is at work, and the new equipment will be a great benefit. The new machinery was purchased of William Bright, of Scranton, a well-known and reliable dealer of that city.


Ararat - The South Ararat School is progressing fine with Clark Avery as teacher.


South New Milford - B. F. Burdick had the misfortune to lose a good horse last Saturday.


Hallstead - There is much complaint from nearby farming communities about several dogs which appear to travel together and as they are seen for days at a time, in a single locality, it is thought that they live in the woods, hunting game for their living. Farmers say they are frequently seen chasing sheep and sometimes attack calves and larger animals. Rural mail carrier, Val Loan, says that several farmers who have seen the dogs at a short distance say that they are hounds, and it is thought they have either run away from their homes or else have been lost by hunters, and several have threatened to shoot them at the first opportunity, providing they are again caught chasing cattle or sheep.


Heart Lake - Will start cider and jelly mill, October 11th. Cider apples wanted. L. E. Griffing.


South Gibson - Mrs. Addie Gillett is teaching a very successful term of school in the Columbian district, and our graded school is progressing finely under the able management of Prof. Knox Tingley and Miss Dora Follett.


Forest City - Andrew Propokovitz, son of John Propokovitz, was admitted to the Lackawanna county Bar on Monday. He is a graduate of Dickinson and has been studying law since with Attorney W. A. Wilcox, of Scranton. Miss Ruth E. Jacobs, also a Dickinson graduate, was admitted to the bar the same day, she being the second lady in the county to be thus honored.


Montrose - Mrs. Alice Dolan, one of the oldest residents of Montrose, died October 9th, after an illness of short duration. She was born in County Kildare, Ireland, 83 years ago and with her husband came to America when quite young. They first lived in New York city and then located in Orange County, N.Y. and then came here 53 years ago, first locating in Bridgewater and then took up a farm tract in Dimock. After the death of her husband, "Grandma Dolan" (the name by which she was more familiarly known), came to Montrose to live with her son. She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom survive her. "Grandma Dolan" was a gray-haired and gentle-faced old lady whose smile will never pass from the memory of those who knew her.


October 22 (1909/2009)



Franklin Twp. - E. F. Palmer raised a potato on his farm that weighed 4 lbs. and 3 ounces. It is of the Prolific variety, smooth skinned and said to be excellent for table use. Eight potatoes dug by Mr. Palmer weighed 21 pounds. The potato exhibited was a monster in size.


Auburn Twp. - Invitations have been issued for the approaching wedding of Mr. Glenn Voss, formerly of Auburn, clerk in the Farmer's National Bank in Montrose, to Miss Pearl Pepper, of Auburn. The marriage is to take place tomorrow. Both are known in Montrose, Miss Pepper being a high school graduate. They will reside in the Harrower house on Scenery Hill, lately purchased by Mr. Voss. AND In Pleasant Valley the children are roaming o'er the hills and through the fields in search of chestnuts.


Heart Lake - Proprietor Frank T. Mack has closed the summer resort for the season and returned to Montrose. The season out in that neck o' woods was very successful and Mr. Mack feels most grateful indeed to patrons and friends who helped in making it such a success in every way.


Montrose - The library books most called for are: "The Girl of the Limberlost," "Anne of Avonlea," "Poppea of the Postoffice," "Old Rose and Silver," and "The Handsome Gentleman." AND - Eddie Gooden, a colored boy, who has been in the Montrose jail for some time, charged with pilfering from the Montrose Postoffice some weeks ago, was taken to Scranton last Friday night by a U.S. Deputy Marshall, where he will be tried in the United State court this week. Postmaster Burns and Ray Merrill went down as witnesses from the Postoffice and Cashier Pross and Miss Wrighter from the Farmers' Bank. Gooden pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to two years imprisonment in the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


Friendsville - In a Scranton paper of last week, Mary Rose, a former Susquehanna county poetess, speaks of her memories of "The Old Friendsville Church," in eight pretty stanzas. The writer in the poem, tenderly referred to the late Poet [Gerald] Griffin's parents, who sleep beneath a hawthorn tree, with moss-covered markers, in the old cemetery in Friendsville.


Hallstead - Uncle Tom's Cabin troupe went from Rush to Hallstead Sunday morning, their next stopping place. The company is quite a large one to travel about the country in wagons and created quite a commotion among the residents as the long train of vehicles and droves of ponies and donkeys passed quietly along the main streets. AND Patrick Butler, who went to Ireland in the early spring to visit his native land, came very near being deported as an alien when he arrived at Ellis Island on his return. Mr. Butler could not prove his citizenship, not having his naturalization papers with him and as he failed to have the necessary amount of money on his person, required for Immigrants to land, the commissioner had directed that he be returned on the next vessel. He protested that he had lived in this country nearly all his life, but too no avail. He corresponded with M. J. Murray, of Hallstead, and before the next vessel left Mr. Murray had received and forwarded copies of the naturalization papers to Mr. Butler and this evidence made it possible for Mr. Butler to land.


Springville - Several years ago Springville people were informed that the county had decided to build a bridge over Meshoppen creek near James T. Baker's. As no bridge is yet visible, it is to be inferred that the commissioners are going to build further up stream and float it down when high water comes. AND Dr. Diller and family are nearly settled in their new home and have a finely equipped little drug store and seems to be having a considerable business for a new store.


Ararat - Orlo Wood of this place, who works as signalman in a tower near Carbondale, was injured quite badly near Burnwood. He flagged a pusher so as to ride to his work, and by the sudden starting of the engine just as he was getting on, he was thrown against it, injuring his side. He was taken to the home of relatives near by and his wife and children were summoned to his bed side. We are glad to learn he is better at this writing.


Alford - Fred Moore filled his two large silos last week, doing the work in two days, Hebert Tingley using his steam power, which kept eight teams and 25 men busy.


Lawton - The little two-year old soon of M. H. Juser, was kicked in his face by a colt. The boy's nose was broken and his face badly bruised. Dr. Fry was called to attend the boy.


Harford - Elmer Whitney recently purchased 38 pounds of ginsing of Hila Estabrook, of Gibson.


Hopbottom - Foster [Hopbottom] has some new street lamps that make a very nice light. J. E. Gardner, of South Gibson, is agent for this new light.


North Jackson - Aden Bennett Larrabee was born in Dummerston, Vermont, August 9, 1817 and died here Sept. 24, 1909. He moved to Jackson in 1831 with his parents, upon the farm now forming part of the farms of Frank Whitney and O. E. Barrett. He cast his first presidential vote for Wm. H. Harrison and has voted at every presidential since, a period of 68 years. In 1841 he married Harriet E. Dougherty of Gibson. Mr. Larrabee was a sawyer in the mill of James Comfort, in Harmony Twp., and at this mill a great deal of the timber used in the construction of the false work of the Starrucca Viaduct was manufactured. At this same mill, in later years, Mr. Larrabee sawed the famous pine tree that furnished so much lumber for the inside work of the North Jackson church. He was an ardent Republican and a great lover of music--for many years he taught singing schools both in Susquehanna and Wayne counties. During the last year of his life, he told the writer of this sketch of one winter in the "Forties" when he drove a horse and cutter 150 consecutive days engaged in this work. During the war of the Rebellion, he received a commission as Captain of the Jackson Light Artillery and at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, he was called and served 60 days on the staff of General Couch. He was borne to his long rest by members of Co. B, 17th Pa. Cavalry and at the time of his death was perhaps the oldest member of the I.O.O.F. in Pennsylvania. Mr. Larrabee was tenderly cared for by his only son, George V. Larrabee, Manager of the Susquehanna Transcript and Ledger and his wife, Viola.


October 29 (1909/2009)



New Milford - The bake contest held at F. T .Austin's was an entire success. Prizes were awarded as follows: first prize, three sacks of flour, to Mrs. Bingam, of Jackson; second prize, two sacks of flour, to Mrs. D. Bennett, of New Milford; third prize, one sack, to Mrs. Corse, of Lakeside.


Susquehanna - Hallowe'en will be celebrated Saturday night. Chief McMahon states that no rowdyism will be tolerated and as long as masqueraders and others behave themselves they will not be molested. ALSO McClure's Magazine wants a man or woman in Susquehanna and vicinity to attend to its subscription interests. Whole or spare time. There is a liberal guaranteed salary. Experience desirable, not necessary. Profitable, permanent and pleasant business. Write today. McClure's Magazine, 42 East 23d St., New York City.


Rush - Rush has a flourishing High School this year, with some 90 pupils enrolled and the outlook is that the number will pass over the hundred mark before the close of the term.


Hop Bottom - Work has begun for the foundation of Hop Bottom National Bank.


Brooklyn - The funeral of Rev. G. B. Rogers was largely attended from the M. E. church. Gurdon B. Rogers was the son of Andrew and Silence Ely Rogers, who came from Connecticut about 1816 and settled west of here, where the subject of this sketch was born, Oct. 1, 1821. The home of his parents was made the home of the Methodist preachers as they traveled around the circuit. In those days they went "two by two," the Brooklyn circuit taking in most all the territory covered by the Binghamton district in this State. In 1838 we find Gurdon working in the large paper mill then located just below the village, and on Dec. 13, he made a profession of religion and united with the M. E. church. In 1842 he was called out by Rev. Erastus Smith to be an exhorter and in 1851 he was given a local preacher's license. Miss Juliana Tucker became his wife in 1844 and after her death he married Mrs. Celia Newton (in 1891). His field of usefulness had been in Susquehanna county and he served the charge at Dundaff, East Bridgewater, Alford, Hopbottom, Union and was a great help to the pastor at Brooklyn. Rev. Rogers was the able justice of the peace of Brooklyn and to him belongs the credit of the special road law which Brooklyn has enjoyed since 1872.


Fairdale - Tuesday, Nov. 2, being election day, the Ladies' Aid of the Fairdale M. E. church will serve one of their 25 cent dinners, to which all are cordially invited.


Forest City - The hall on the third floor of the borough building will be greatly improved when the changes now underway are completed. The large wooden posts have been replaced by iron ones, a steel-ceiling is being put in by Holl, of Scranton, and the walls have been plastered by Contractor Eicholzer.


Silver Lake - Potatoes have turned out better than expected. On Col. West's place nine potatoes were dug from one hill that weighed nearly nine lbs. and other large yields of potatoes are reported. However, no water in wells or springs yet. There are a few springs that are not dry and the owners kindly supply their neighbors, but it requires a long walk to reach these springs in some instances. ALSO Mr. Dayton, of Montrose, has moved to Silver Lake and will manage the Russell farm.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Jessie Wells' boy is sick with diphtheria, so there is no school at the Dunlap schoolhouse this week.


Lenoxville - A number of our farmers are having their buckwheat flour made in South Gibson. ALSO In West Lenox, many farmers are putting concrete floors in their barns.


Gelatt - While halter breaking a colt, Will Gelatt had the misfortune to break one and crack two of his ribs, but is getting along nicely under the care of Dr. Cole, of Jackson.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - E. Kelly drove to Binghamton with a load of ladies to spend a few days seeing the sights in town. ALSO There has been a new bell placed in the new St. John's church and was rung for the first time on Sunday.


Lawton - The young people of Rushville Sabbath school will hold a masquerade party at the home of G. L. Pickett, Lawton, Friday evening, Oct. 29th.


North Bridgewater - Legrand B. Gunn, of Everett, Wash., has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Gunn. Mr. Gunn went west about 20 years ago and took up government land near Seattle, which had heavy timber on it and proved to be valuable. Later he became a lawyer and has a successful practice in Everett, to which place he returned Saturday.


Montrose - A system of synchronizing clocks, operated by electricity, is being installed in Montrose this week. The master clock is located at F. D. Morris & Co.'s store and controls the system, the remaining five being located in the jewelry stores of F. B. Smith, E. J. Smith and E. H. True, in the commissioners' office at the court house, and the First National Bank. The correct Washington time is received each day at noon over the Western Union lines. If there is any variation from the correct time the clocks correct themselves automatically and they require no winding or other attention. ALSO As Hallowe'en falls on Sunday this year, the Annual Masquerade Dance at Colonial Hall will be held on next Monday evening, Nov. 1st, 1909. Music will be furnished by Mahon's Orchestra, and there will be many unique and interesting costumes. Admissions to gallery will be 10 cents as usual.


News Brief - Commissioners W. H. Tingley, A. J. Cosgriff and J. E. Hawley started out in wagons yesterday to deliver the ballots for Tuesday's election to the proper custodians in the numerous election districts. It is not an enjoyable trip, involving many miles of driving over rough roads, and is generally made in inclement weather. Each commissioner is assigned a certain section and all are glad when the trip is over. ALSO This is the time of the year when one is often reminded of a saying of Josh Billings, that the "only thing some underwear is good for, is to make a fellow scratch and forget his other troubles."


November 05 (1909/2009)



Forest City - The Hallowe'en spirit was epidemic this year and the young people held high carnival. Garbed in all sorts of outlandish costumes they went about playing pranks on people. For the most part it was innocent fun, but in some instances, as always, the older boys turned over out buildings and did material damage. ALSO It is expected that work on the new silk mill, to be erected on the old opera house site, will begin in a few days.


Lynn - Hallowe'en is over with at last. The youngsters were out in full costumes, removing gates, changing signs, overturning wagons, etc. They also ran F. S. Greenwood's automobile down into J. S. Howard's meadow and overturned it, but still no serious damage was done.


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


Ararat - L. O. Baldwin reached his 77th milestone Oct. 31. He is still genial and jovial.


South New Milford - Rev. Brush preached his farewell sermon on Sunday. On Monday several men and teams came from Jackson to help Mr. Brush move.


Kingsley - The graded school has just finished its second month of the current term. Harvesting has absented many from their school privileges, but those of the grammar room who persevered and attended every day are: Gladys Warner, George Welch, Ethel Welch, George Watson, Glenn Wilmarth, Walter Tiffany, Louise Stearns, Marlon Stearns, Muri Tiffany and Irene Snyder.


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 with fatal results. The Oakland Board of Health is doing all in its power to check the disease, but 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.


Montrose - A fire in the residence of Charles Wycoff, on Parke street, Saturday night, brought out more excitement than the youngsters were having in playing Hallowe'en pranks. The fire caught from the chimney, which was found to be defective, and was in the woodwork of the timbers, where it evidently had been smoldering for some time. Mr. Wycoff is a deserving colored man who recently purchased the property and the loss is particularly unfortunate at this time. He takes his loss lightly, however, and desires to thank the firemen who responded and saved him from a much greater loss. ALSO The death of Mrs. Ella Berry Slaughter, a highly respected colored lady, occurred Nov. 1, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband and ten children. The funeral was held from Zion church and interment was made in Montrose cemetery.


Brooklyn - Dr. A. J. Ainey and F. B. Jewett have just installed a system of water supply in their residences from springs on the hillside east of town. ALSO A movement is on foot to have a lecture course the coming winter, under the patronage of the Order of American Boys. There is a fine branch of the Order in town and they deserve the patronage of the people.


Lathrop Twp. - There will be a masquerade social and New England Supper at the Lathrop Grange Hall on Saturday evening, Nov. 6, for the benefit of the Lakeside M. E. church.


Forest Lake - A few weeks ago Rural Carrier B. R. Lyons, while delivering mail in his automobile, met with a breakdown near Forest Lake. He was obliged to leave the machine alongside the road and proceed with the delivery of the mail. When he returned someone had removed a wheel and shaft, and vamoosed. "Ben" thought it was a pretty good joke and the property would turn up after a little search. So he obligingly carried out his part by minutely examining each corn shock in a 20 acre field and searched the woods in the vicinity. The missing articles to day, however, have not shown up. While it "ain't our funeral," we feel that a party who would go to such an extent in playing a practical joke has a gross sense of humor. With the price of oats so high, we believe Mr. Lyons would be perfectly content if one of these mornings in going over his route he should find the missing parts near the scene of the accident, and if any questions are asked him he will be willing to swear they came off in a thrilling "joy ride." It costs money to ride in autos, you know, and the obliging rural carrier will be forced to plank down at least fifty plunkers to make good the loss.


Hallstead - Recognizing the heroism of M. J. Duffy, of Hallstead, a Lackawanna railroad detective killed in rescuing a woman from death under the wheels of an express train, the Carnegie Hero Fund commission has appropriated $40 a month to Mr. Duffy's widow and will present her with a silver medal. The $40 a month will be paid to Mrs. Duffy for life.


South Gibson - Our dress makers and milliners are very busy these day preparing garments for special occasions. Reports say several pairs of wedding bells will ring in the near future.


Lawton - The teachers of the township [Rush], who attended the Institute at Montrose, report it one of the most successful in years. Some of the teachers, as might be expected, purchased new hats. Well, their taste is probably good, but they look to us, as one of the Institute lecturers described them, as if an eagle, after alighting on them, had exploded.


Uniondale - Miss Alvia Carpenter, a school teacher of this place, attended the Institute at Montrose. While there her shoe made a blister on her little toe. When she came home her foot and ankle were badly swollen and gangrene was in the toe. She went to Scranton hospital and they cut the flesh off to the bone on her toe and on the side of her foot and she went back to her school.


News Brief - Pennsylvania is still the leading State in the United States in the tanning industry. In the quality of tanbark produced, the Keystone State is far ahead of all competitors.


November 12 (1909/2009)



Hallstead - "Hughie" Jennings, pilot of the Detroit Tigers, was a caller in Hallstead Tuesday and stopped at Clune's hotel, where he was quickly surrounded by a crowd of enthusiastic fans who were eager to meet him. He was on his way from Detroit to his home in Scranton.


Susquehanna - Edward Brick, a Susquehanna boy, was discharged from the hospital in that place on Friday. Young Brick had his left arm cut off in a sausage cutting machine a short time ago.


New Milford - Charles W. Walker, who has conducted the Jay House since the retirement of H. G. Stratton, six months ago, has purchased the property. It was part of the estate of the late Charles Jay. Mr. Walker will endeavor to further improve the building and accommodations. Consideration $6000.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The wood bee at the church last Thursday was quite well attended. The most excellent dinner was served by the Ladies Aid. About fifty took dinner including the school children and teacher, and Rev. Haner, who knows how to swing an axe as well as preach.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - An attempt at burglary was made at F. S. Greenwood's store on Sunday evening last. Some of the young men coming from church heard the rattle of glass in the direction of the store and upon investigation they found the large plate glass in the front doors broken out and two persons were seen to glide away in the darkness. Mr. Greenwood was quickly notified and the house surrounded, but the would-be burglars had disappeared. They had not gained an entrance when discovered, no doubt being frightened away by the approach of the young men. Hereafter, Mr. Greenwood will keep his bulldog, Tom, in the store nights.


Dimock - T. C. Allen, marble dealer from Montrose, was here last week doing some lettering in the Dimock cemetery.


Forest City - Representatives of the state pure food department have visited here recently and purchased goods in local stores which will be tested by the state chemist to see if they are up to standard.


Montrose - George Baker, the well known aeronaut, died at the home of J. D. Baker, Wednesday. Mr. Baker was an aeronaut by profession, until a few years ago, when failing health compelled him to retire from the perilous business. When he first entered the profession about 12 years ago, with George McCoy, his skill and daring soon placed him in a position of considerable prominence and he made ascensions at hundreds of fairs and exhibitions. Several years ago he narrowly escaped drowning in Long Island Sound, where he fell in an unsuccessful parachute drop, and was rescued by a launch after he was almost exhausted in a fight for his life. He never fully recovered from the trying ordeal, and the exertion and exposure no doubt hastened his end. Death was due to tuberculosis. The deceased's real name was Barclay, but since he was two years of age he resided with Mr. and Mrs. Baker and was best known by that name.


Forest Lake - Last Saturday Rural Carrier B. R. Lyons was delighted to find the wheel and shaft that had been taken from his automobile, near Forest Lake, lying alongside the road where it had two weeks before been removed from the machine. "Ben" assembled the parts and later towed it home behind his mail car. He is glad to have his "limousine" once more intact, but says he would give a "ten spot" out of curiosity to know who lugged off the wheel.


Heart Lake - Will the finder of a nice butcher knife, lost at here during the Soldiers' Reunion, please inform Lock Box 533?


Thompson - Dwight Craft, an engineer on the D & H, came up Wednesday to see his family, living near the Highlands in the township. He was coming down from the Summit on a pusher, which let him off on the track above the road, and when he started to go down he made a misstep and fell to the road, 30 feet below. His cries brought help, which took him to his home and the doctor was called. Fortunately no bones were broken, but he is fearfully sore at this writing


Harford - The Harford Dairy Co. will build a large ice house at the rear of the butter factory in town.


Elk Lake - Wm. Arnold had the misfortune to have one of his high blood Holstein cows get choked with an apple. Rumor says the apple was dislodged and the cow came out all right.


Lenox - Mr. L. M. Titus was the victim of an accident last week. He and Charles Pickering were driving in opposite directions after dark when their horses ran into each other. Mr. Titus was thrown out and rendered unconscious for a time, but although rather lame it is thought that no serious injury will result.


Middletown - In the death of Owen McDonough, Oct. 31, 1909, Middletown loses one of its most highly respected citizens. The deceased was born in County Sligo, Ireland, and immigrated to this country with his parents at the age of 22 years. With the exception of about two years, spent on the Lehigh canal, the remainder of his time was spent on the farm here. He is survived by one sister, Honora. His funeral was held at St. Patrick's church. The pall bearers were: Michael Conboy, Martin Golden, Frank Golden, Frank Redding, Edward Gillin and Thomas Foster.


News Brief - Conductors and trainmen in the passenger services of the Lackawanna railroad have received orders, issued from the office of General Superintendent T. E. Clarke, on the calling out of the name of stations along the road. While the order does not specifically require trainmen to practice elocution during off hours, it calls for a radical change from old-time customs. Under the new order, trainmen are forbidden to rush into a car, slamming the door behind them. They must open the door by turning the knob gently and then announce the name of the station distinctly and intelligently. The time honored method of calling the station in a voice resembling a college cry, has been tabooed.