July 14 (1911/2011)



Lanesboro - What may result in a murder trial has been uncovered in the alleged poisoning of Willis Lee. Coroner Ray Lyons performed an autopsy on the dead man's body and found traces of arsenic, the stomach having been sent to Philadelphia for positive proof that the poison was present. The Lees are said to have had domestic troubles, Lee only recently returning from a month's absence, it being alleged he had eloped with another woman. Lee's death occurred Monday under circumstances that indicated arsenic poisoning. A resident stated that only a few days previous Mrs. Lee had asked him to buy some of the poison, handing him the money. The records at Mitchell's drug store, Susquehanna, show he purchased it. Mrs. Lee, however, when questioned by the coroner, said no arsenic had been in the house for two years. She said she was also ill at the same time as her husband, alleging ptomaine poisoning from canned tomatoes which both had eaten. If poisoning is established, interesting developments are expected.


Harford - The large creamery, of the Harford Dairy Co., was burned to the ground last Saturday, igniting from the smokestack of the engine room and the ice house nearby was also destroyed. The buildings were consumed in about an hour's time, it being impossible to cope with the flames with the town's water supply, the only water available being the creamery supply, which is received through an inch and a half pipe. The creamery is one of the largest in this section of the state and does a big business. Milk and cream are now being processed in the Gibson plant. Besides milk and cream the creamery also did a large business in butter and cheese. It is planned to erect, at once, a new building equipped with the most modern machinery. The creamery is the main business factor of the town.


St. Joseph - The dead body of Mrs. Earl VanCamp was found in the front yard of her home on Monday afternoon by two boys, sons of a neighbor named Sweeney, who were passing the house. Mrs. VanCamp had gone to the yard to feed some turkeys, her husband being at work in the field, and as she was a victim of epilepsy, her death was doubtless caused from an attack. Mr. VanCamp has been doubly bereaved within the past few months, an infant son dying during the winter. The couple were married a year ago last New Year's day.


Great Bend - A rattler with nine rattles and a button, and over 3 ft. long, was killed on the farm of C. H. Brant, near Great Bend, one day last week.


Uniondale - Mrs. E. Morgan has accepted the position of teacher in an Ararat school.


Susquehanna - Miss Laura C. Southwick, of Stamford, Conn., has been elected matron of the Barnes Memorial Hospital, to succeed Miss Bertha M. Pierce, who resigned. ALSO Postmaster Shaeff has received notice that a Postal Savings Bank will be established in the Susquehanna office, July 28. This will be the first bank established in this vicinity. Any patron of a postoffice, which is named as a postal savings depository, may make deposits.


Gibson Twp. - Frank Resseguie is very proud of the ownership of a full-blooded Holstein cow, which holds the world's record as a milk producer. The animal's record, as recorded by the official test, is 612 pounds of milk in seven days. ALSO Work has begun toward the erection of a new Hotel building on the spot of the one which burned some time ago.


Sayre, Bradford Co. - Andy Mallady, a Sayre balloonist, while making a parachute drop at Troy, Bradford county, the 4th, struck the roof of the court house in landing. He grasped an ornament on the cornice, which gave way, and he fell in plain view of hundreds of spectators to the stone sidewalk. Strong men turned their faces away and women screamed as he struck the pavement with a thud that could be heard for blocks. The ornament also fell upon him, injuring his head. Despite internal injuries and also to his back and sustaining a broken wrist, he is in a fair way towards recovery.


Montrose - Ten new selections have been received for the Electrova, at the Cnic, and are for the benefit of the patrons fond of classic music. Five selections are from Bellini, the Italian composer, and include the best numbers from the opera "Norma." Two numbers are also given from Guisseppe Verdi, one of them the notable "Miserere" in the opera "Il Trovatore." Donizetti's sextet from "Lucia de Lammermoor," is listed with the new numbers. Mr. Caruso, proprietor of the Cnic, believes that good music and good pictures are good entertainers--and so he secures both.


Little Meadows - Our young men are making the mot of their opportunity to treat the girls to ice cream, which is served at W. D. Minkler's every Saturday evening.


Birchardville - George V. Owen has patented a reversible and interchangeable horse shoe calk, which may revolutionize the horse shoe business. The matter of keeping horses "sharp" in the winter, has given trouble as long as our horses have been made to perform the great work for man and this new invention may tend to greatly lessen this annoyance. Mr. Owen is a practical blacksmith, having worked at the business all his life.


Forest City - John Bolavitch was drowned in the Hillside Coal and Iron company's dam, of that place Tuesday. He had gone in bathing and was seized with cramps. He is survived by a widow and two children in Poland.


Thompson - Improvements are the order of the day with us. A new stone walk is being laid the south side of Jackson street, west of the postoffice. The public watering trough has been moved from the center of the street to one side.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Edward Welsh, one of old time Lynn boys, now an engineer in the Geneva yards, of the New York Central R. R. Co., was here on a visit to his aged mother and brothers, who had not seen him for some years. After spending a few days with them, he returned to his home in Geneva, accompanied by his daughter and grandchild, who live in that city.


South Ararat - An auto passed through this vicinity one day last week with a lady "at the wheel." Now who says women are not just as smart as the men?


July 21 (1911/2011)



Montrose - Claude Miller, an erstwhile Binghamton printer, formerly of Montrose, was at M. S. Cohen's store, Tuesday, looking at a pair of shoes which he wanted to pay for with a $30 check he wanted Mr. Cohen to cash. Mr. Cohen didn't like the looks of the check and refused. So shortly after 5 o'clock young Miller grabbed up the shoes saying, "I must catch this train," and started on a run up Public Avenue for the station. Likewise did Mr. Cohen. Miller caught the train and so did Mr. Cohen--when it was moving. Miller assumed a pugilistic attitude in the aisle of the car and things looked interesting for a few minutes, Mr. Cohen demanding payment. After some words, a friend of Miller, a Mr. Button, produced the requisite amount and Mr. Cohen walked in from Tiffany, two miles out, having won the race. The check, it is claimed, was cashed by a local man, and was alleged to have been drawn by one J. L. Button. The local bank would not accept it. ALSO Glenn L. Voss, clerk in the Farmers' National Bank, has purchased a 22-horse power runabout from Homer Young of Springville, the local representative. Mr. Voss has sold his horse and believes he will like motoring better. It is a Maxwell car.


New Milford - The New Milford constable is "on the job" Sunday as well as week days and a couple of automobile drivers were held up at that place on Sunday for exceeding the speed limit. The speed limit is 12½ miles, and when W. H. Stone, of Binghamton, came through the main street of the borough at a lively rate, the constable ran out, jumped on the running board of the machine, and placed the driver under arrest. It was claimed by the constable he was going at the rate of 30 miles an hour, and Mr. Stone paid a $10 fine. Col. C. C. Pratt's car was held up, but the driver refused to pay until the constable showed him he was driving faster than the law permits.


Susquehanna - Justice Williams refused to send eight men, charged with train riding on the Erie, to jail last Saturday. By so doing the justice saved the county a couple of hundred in costs, although the results are not satisfactory to the Erie, whose detectives rounded the men up. The laws permit a 30 to 60 day sentence in this state, although New York is much more lenient. As a result, little effort is made to arrest offenders until they get over the line. The justice figures the railroad gets the chief benefit at the expense of the taxpayers and the company should find some other method of stopping the practice of train-riding without a preliminary visit to the ticket office.


Dimock - Whartleberries are said to be a large crop on the mountain this season--as well as snakes. ALSO A ball game between East Lemon and Dimock took place on the large meadow of W. L. Stilwell, on Saturday last, resulting in favor of the Dimock boys.


Brackney - Sister Ursula, of Dennison, Texas, and Mother Leo, of Buffalo, N.Y., visited the former's brother, John Walsh, in this place last week.


Choconut - Sister M. Rosina, a gifted poetess of this county, who now resides at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, in Scranton, is visiting her old home near Carmalt Lake--the birthplace of her beautiful book of poems, "Lakeside Idylls." She was accompanied by Sister M. Anastasia, and both teachers called on Montrose friends.


West Auburn - C. A. Jayne, of Laceyville, came up on Saturday with his new automobile, which he is learning to operate.


Springville - Mail carrier Swanick, of Route 1, made his trip by auto on Saturday for a change, arriving home several hours sooner than usual. Dr. H. B. Lathrop was also trying one recently. ALSO In Lynn, a grand concert is held every Saturday evening at the Red Store.


Uniondale - Say, the farmers are going to charge $15 per ton for hay out of the field this season; that means $3 a ton more than last year, but then we are so glad that girls need not buy any. They let the other fellow do it. It is so agreeable to have a friend like that.


Ararat Summit - Leon Potter has placed an orangeade fountain in his store, a "charm" to the thirsty, this hot weather.


Hop Bottom - Work is progressing finely on the State road. A car load of horses and wagons were unloaded here Saturday to help complete the work.


Flynn - Many fellows in this place are greatly interested in base ball but now several of the girls are.


Niven, Springville Twp. - Frank Oakley is having good success selling autos to the farmers around here. Henry Strickland, Myre Strickland, William Johnson and Eugene Johnson have each purchased one.


Gibson - N. W. Wilmarth has been elected principal of the Gibson school and Miss Hattie Baldwin has been chosen primary teacher. The school will begin the last of August.


Hallstead - Dr. L. W. Rosenkrans has returned from an extended visit with relatives in New York City and Newark, N. J. He is making preparations to remove to Alberta, Canada, where he has purchased a large tract of land and where he expects to locate.


Forest City - The directors of the First National Bank of Forest City, declared a semi annual dividend of three per cent payable August 1st. This places that institution on a six per cent basis, a raise of one percent.


Keep After the Flies - The health of the town and of the individual demands it. They are one of the principal causes of disease and death--and the co-operation of everyone is needed. Window and door screens help--so do devices for poisoning or killing the pests--but the best method is to cut down the supply of flies by destroying their breeding places. Remove the filth. See that the garbage can is frequently carried away. Keep swatting the flies.


July 28 (1911/2011)



Lanesboro - Mrs. Minnie Lee was brought to Montrose on Wednesday morning by Coroner Ray Lyons and placed in the county jail to answer the charge of poisoning her husband, Willis Lee, whose death occurred July 10th. The Coroner's jury rendered a verdict to the effect that "Willis Lee came to his death from arsenical poisoning, the poison being administered by his wife, Minnie Lee." The report of the analysis done by Chemist Moore, of Philadelphia, showed both stomach and liver had been permeated by the poison, leaving no doubt as to how the man's death was occasioned. Mrs. Lee, as she entered the jail yard, on her way to the woman's ward, piteously exclaimed: "I didn't do it! I didn't do it! Why don't they let me alone?" The ward pleasantly overlooks Lake Ave. The wife of the sheriff, Mrs. Conklin, is providing Mrs. Lee with sewing, books and magazines in the hope of occupying her mind.


South Montrose - South Montrose young men are simply "carried away" by Montrose young women. Three of our athletic young ladies, pedestrianizing through that town one day last week, brought back three young men who were never known to walk so far.


South Auburn - Last Friday when Mrs. Frank Baldwin entered the kitchen to prepare the noonday meal, she was surprised to see a large blacksnake coiled upon the floor. The snake showed a disposition to attack, rather than retreat, and Mrs. Baldwin called her husband from the field and he dispatched the reptile, which measured over four feet long. ALSO Miss May Ross, of Auburn Four Corners, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mericle, was born July 10, 1864 and departed this life March 26, 1911. When eleven years old she was adopted by Henry D. and Harriet Ross and for nearly 36 years was a member of that home.


Forest City - Lawrence Wasnak, who was charged by Telban & Beber with causing the death of a horse by over driving, was given a hearing before Squire Morrison on Friday night and held under bail for court on Cruelty to animals charge. Wasnak claims the horse was sick and that he drove carefully.


Kingsley - The members of the Kingsley Book Club, with invited guests, numbering in all about thirty, enjoyed a picnic at Heart Lake on Wednesday of last week.


Hop Bottom - The apple evaporator men have made arrangements to commence business here again this fall. ALSO Glenn Roberts has purchased N. M. Finn's stock of dry goods and expects to move into M. McVicar's house this fall. We welcome him.


Stevens Point - Justice A. G. Spears killed two rattlesnakes one day last week--both of which were over 5 ft. long. One had fourteen rattles and the other thirteen.


Montrose - There are many people who have not been carried away by the auto fever and who still have an eye largely for a good-looking one-horsepower, propelled vehicle. A. L. Titman, the carriage dealer, is selling large numbers of fine carriages and only recently has added several carloads to his stock. Besides the Church street repository he has an additional sales room nearby in the same block, and the spacious skating rink has been filled with late shipments of carriages and wagons of all descriptions and kinds--all good. They are ready to harness to and all that is needed is to have the "niftiest turnout that ever came down the pike" and to match the carriage with the right kind of animal. Good carriages will be in demand as long as there are good horses, and Susquehanna county conditions are conducive to raising good horses.


Susquehanna/Oakland - Clarence Carnegie, a 16 year-old Oakland boy, lost an arm by falling from a freight train he attempted to board Saturday afternoon. The young man fell on the track and the wheels of the train passed over the arm, making amputation necessary. When found, he had crawled on to an adjoining track, and but for the vigilance of the engineer on an approaching locomotive, would have been run over.


New Milford - Thirty "fresh air" children arrived from New York city on Monday and are being given a two weeks' vacation in the homes of that vicinity. While the country people are more than glad to give the youngsters from the city the pleasure of rural life during the hot summer weather, just imagine the independent country people letting their children be entertained, free of charge, in the city, two or three weeks during the year! Providing, of course, the city would do it.


Dimock Grove Campmeeting - Commencing August 9th, lasting eight days. Famous spring of water and fine grove makes it a fine place to sojourn for several weeks during hot weather. Train service the best. Rooms or cottages rented very cheaply. Inquire of M. E. Compton, Springville, Penn'a.


S. Ararat - There are about 12 families finding great pleasure in camping at Fiddle Lake.


Springville - We are very sorry to learn that we are to loose two of our townsmen and their families. Nick Titman goes to Factoryville in a few weeks to engage in the mercantile business. James Wescott will still continue in the milk depot business, but at a much more paying station 4 miles from Little Falls, near Utica. We wish them success.


Harford - The second annual tournament of the Harford Camp of United Sportsmen will have a pigeon shoot on the Harford fair grounds on August 2. A cordial invitation is extended to all to come and bring guns. Shooting will commence promptly at 10 a.m. with practice events during the morning.


Thompson - Mrs. Dr. Barnes and son, of Ovid, NY, were visiting her old home and friends here last week. Dr. Barnes began his practice here and married one of our girls, Miss Gladys Davis.


Choconut Valley - Sister Anatalia, of Binghamton, and Sister Ignatius Loyala, formerly Miss Ella Mooney, of Hudson, spent several days with Mrs. Mooney and Mr. and Mrs. John Mooney and called on Rev. J. J. Lally and other friends down the valley.


Hallstead/Great Bend - Owing to a disagreement among the proprietors of the Herbeck-Demer Co., manufacturers of glass ware, who recently removed their plant from Honesdale to Hallstead, the Demer Bros. have withdrawn and will open a cut glass factory at Great Bend. They have purchased the equipment of the Kohlar Glass Co., at Clark's Summit, and will occupy the Day building. This will give the twin villages two cut glass factories and it is expected each will employ about forty men.


August 04 (1911/2011)



Lenoxville - Monday night a great rumbling and roaring was heard in our little hamlet, which proved to be the burning of Hankinson's new, well-equipped sawmill, recently erected on Wm. Barber's farm. The mill was a total loss, there being no insurance.


South Gibson - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pickering were surprised at noon last Friday when an auto unloaded the following at their door: Oliver Payne, of Orlando, Fla.; Jasper Burdick and children, of Wilkesbarre, and Warren Tappan, of Carbondale. The three men are cousins to Mr. Pickering.


Forest Lake - The Ladies' Aid will meet at Creamery hall Aug. 10. All the men are invited to come and help shingle the church [horse] sheds. ALSO The cottages are all occupied, making the lake a merry place. ALSO The large Stone family gathering was held at Bradshaw's cottage on Saturday.


Rush - Dr. Arthur G. Gary and wife, with two friends, of Walker, Iowa, and Dr. and Mrs. Byron H. McKeeby and two sons, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, started in their touring cars July 24 for a trip to Pennsylvania. They arrived at Hallstead July 30, and the following day Dr. Gary came to the home of his father, A. D. Gary.


West Bridgewater - One of Wm. Dayton's mules became frightened and ran away Sunday evening, making things rather lively for awhile. The mule was captured by Joe Shelp, Fred Tyler and Mr. Whalen and son, near Joe Shelp's barn.


Lawsville - The funeral of Albert P. Bailey was held from the Baptist church, at Stanfordville, Monday last. He was born in the house in which he died, and had been a resident of the place for nearly 70 years. The funeral was largely attended with burial in Bailey cemetery.


Harford - Dr. Brundage, one of the oldest residents of Harford, after undergoing a successful operation on his eyes, can again be found fishing at Tyler Lake. This is quite remarkable for a man 90 years old.


Brooklyn - Mrs. N. E. Packard has the agency for Mrs. Price's canning compound.


Montrose - Everything in readiness for the Bible Conference, which opens on Aug. 18th, and promises to be the best and most largely attended in the history of the Association.


Lanesboro - Mrs. Minnie Lee was indicted by the grand jury this week, for the murder of her husband and the trial of this case will partake of features never brought before the courts of this county. There are always highly sensational matters coming up in a poisoning case, and a big legal fight will probably evolve. The defendant, it is said, is a sensitive and refined appearing woman, and very stoutly protests her innocence, and another feature is that the dead man's relatives are very strongly in sympathy with the woman.


Jackson - B. E. Leonard had a narrow escape from being killed last Tuesday. He was driving a mowing machine, with a wagon hitched behind, [going] down Urbane Payne's hill, when the neck-yoke on the machine came loose from the pole and the team ran down the steep hill. When Mr. Leonard saw that he could not stop the team he jumped off and in doing so lost his footing and the machine ran over his leg injuring it quite badly, but no bones were broken. The team ran down the hill and struck a tree which stopped them. The only damage to the rig was a broken harness.


Hop Bottom - D. W. Wright was in town Monday and Tuesday, calling upon his many friends and admirers here. Mr. Wright is a prominent candidate for the nomination for sheriff, on the Republican side of the house, and his many friends feel sanguine that he will make a big showing at the primary election. The fact of Mr. Wright's being a Republican is the worst thing that can be said of him.


Middletown Twp. - the case of Edith Jones against her husband, George H. Jones, came up in Court again on Tuesday last before Judge Searle, of Honesdale, specially presiding. This case was tried and bitterly contested in the court here and an order made in June 1910, which compelled Mr. Jones to pay his wife $20 per month for one year. This Mr. Jones did and at the end of the year his attorneys, G. P. Little and J. M. Kelly, made application for a re-hearing of the case, which was granted, and the case was heard last Tuesday, when Judge Searle rendered his decision in favor of Mr. Jones and revoked the entire $20 order, so that Mr. Jones is not now obliged to pay his wife any sum whatever. W. D. B. Ainey represented Mrs. Jones.


Flynn - John Merrimac met with a severe accident by having his auto try to climb a rail fence.


Kingsley - F. O. Miller has moved to Harford where he will take possession of the U. B. Lott store Sept. 1st. His many friends here wish him success.


Susquehanna - The station agents of the Jefferson division of the Erie will receive an increase of 6% in their salaries beginning Aug. 1. The increase will amount to $3 to $5 per month in each case.


Forest City - Via wireless comes the report that G. A. Thorpe, who went to Clifton Springs, NY, in his auto last Thursday, covered the first 113 miles in six and one half hours. V. J. Jones, of Herrick, accompanied him.


Uniondale - It was a sore disappointment to Art Howell when he learned that his pacing mare, Miss Dixie, was lame. She had made two fast heats in the try-out Friday and was being made ready for the third when she was discovered in a lame condition and it was with great difficulty that she reached the stable. Horsemen have been loud in her praise. She was being tracked for the fall races.


News Brief - Some men grow old before they know it, and some women grow old before they let anybody know it.


August 11 (1911/2011)



South Gibson - A destructive fire visited here Monday night, eight buildings, including a majority of the business places, being destroyed. The fire was discovered in the hardware of Chamberlin & Davis, of which W. A. Chamberliln and C. W. Davis are proprietors, and there being no fire protection except a bucket brigade (the women united with the men in forming a bucket line to the nearest water), the flames rapidly spread to adjoining buildings. In less than an hour the buildings were burned to the ground. Scores of men from all over the surrounding country, summoned by telephone, were doing what they could to remove the contents. With the exception of the contents of the barns burned, nearly all the movable goods in the other buildings were removed. The structures burned were the hardware store of Chamberlin & Davis and the general store of G. G. McNamara. In the McNamara building was also the postoffice and the millinery store of Mrs. Hattie Morgan. Davis and McNamara both lost their dwelling and barn and the R. Carpenter barn, owned by the Timothy Carpenter estate, was also destroyed. In this barn B. D. Reynolds had stored his household goods, on which there was no insurance. The fire originated, it is believed, from a lantern in the Chamberlin & Davis store.


Rush - A piece of a needle, measuring half an inch long, worked up in the arm of Leon Granger one evening this week, so that it was quite easily drawn out by Dr. Hickok with the aid of a pair of nippers. This broken needle entered his breast when a babe. It was very rusty when taken out.


Forest Lake - C. A. Hine, of Binghamton, has been spending a few days at the home of Miss Edith Horton for the purpose of continuing her study of the Leschetitzky method of piano playing. Mr. Hine has studied in both America and abroad with some of the best teachers of the day, and under his instruction Miss Horton bids fair to become one of our best local teachers.


Lynn - Workmen are busy on the new coal chutes being erected by Brown and Fassett in connection with their feed mill at Springville, which will be much appreciated by people in this place.


Hop Bottom - Our minister in the Universalist church has his vacation this month. Hard to tell when the church bells ring or when it is Sunday. The milk wagons run all the forenoon and then there is the noise of the heavy trains by day and night, and Sunday visitors going to and fro. What a change from fifty years ago!


Little Meadows - Four little boys from New York city are boarding with Mrs. Lillian Hall and enjoying the delights of the farm.


South Harford - E. W. Harding had a nice pig killed by an automobile Thursday.


Montrose - Clarence McKeeby, the handsome "Devil" of the Democrat office, was over to Binghamton Monday to see the elephants in Barnum & Bailey's circus eat hay with their tails. Clarence says that there are buildings in Binghamton that are four stories high. ALSO Sheriff and Mrs. H. S. Conklin have set a pattern in the way of setting flowers, shrubs and vines, about the jail, for all future sheriffs to follow, of they will, and it will keep them busy. The jail's somber look is taken away by them and a scene of rare beauty exhibited instead.


Elk Lake - Dr. W. E. Kelly and family, who have been spending their vacation at their cottage here, returned to their home in Susquehanna on Monday


Forest City - The Wayne and Susquehanna county commissioners will meet here today to arrange for the building of the long-discussed bridge. The commissioners have been waiting two years for the Erie company, and the railroad has announced that it is willing to take action. The bridge is to cross the river here and connect in Clinton township in Wayne.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - John Rafferty, a highly respected citizen of this place, died July 31. He had been in very poor health for many months and was recently taken worse with kidney trouble, from which he suffered intensely until the end came. He leaves five grown-up children.


Dimock - All Women's Christian Temperance Union members and all who are interested in the cause of temperance are urged to be present at the Dimock Camp Meeting, Tuesday, the 15th. ALSO Some of the finest huckleberries are raised by J. F. Warnock, on his farm here. This huckleberry patch seems to be truly an exotic, for there is not another huckleberry grown within perhaps 25 or 35 miles of Mr. Warnock's, excepting a few at North Pond, on Breton Lindsey's farm, near the shore of the lake.


Lenox - The estate of C. D. Manning, deceased, was sold Thursday, the 27th, at public sale. Consideration $3,500 and was purchased by his brother, Atty. J. J. Manning and nephew, Cornelius Manning, of Scranton.


Springville - Mrs. Nick Titman has been sick for a few days with tonsillitis. Mr. Titman has recently purchased a Reo auto. Our little village can boast of having more automobiles than many places a good deal larger.


Uniondale - The Uniondale cornet band was at Lewis Lake, half a day, and rendered excellent music. They speak many nice things about our boys and they well deserve it.


Glenwood - The Grangers held their picnic on Potter's Island, last Saturday. A large crowd was in attendance.


Fairdale/Springville - The baseball game between Springville and Fairdale was one of the best games of the season and was chuck full of exciting situations. Ray Chase pitched a rattling good game for Springville, but his support was not good, which was reflected in the score. Blaine Sterling, as pitcher, also did great work for the Fairdale boys, and he had good support all around. The score was 13 to 8 in favor of Fairdale. The feature of the game was a home run by Christie Curran, who batted out a fly into deep center.


News Brief - Claiming she is the widow of five husbands, all of whom fought in the Civil War, a woman of Walton county, Georgia, has applied to the pension department for five pensions amounting to $60 a month.


August 18 (1911/2011)



Jackson - Scott Washburn, of Maple Ridge, was driving to Susquehanna with a veal calf Friday, Aug. 4, when a holdback to the harness broke. The horse became frightened and ran away upsetting the wagon. Mr. Washburn was thrown to the ground, but managed to control his horse. When found an hour later his hip was broken and he sustained severe internal injuries, from the effects of which he died Thursday, Aug. 10. The funeral was held from his late residence Sat. at 2 o'clock. Mr. Washburn was 59 years old and is survived by his wife and one son.


Friendsville - Albert Miller, Sr., was at Camp Choconut, on Monday, where he performed the annual operation of removing a two months' growth of hair from the heads of the young men in camp there. This is the tenth anniversary of Mr. Miller's trips to the famous camp and 36 young men submitted to the painless operation, his dexterous fingers and sharp shears removing the long hair with the facility and completeness of a modern reaper cutting grain.


Rush - U. W. LaRue, proprietor of the Rush Mills, recently purchased a flock of Angora goats. They have long white silken wool and are very valuable.


Forest City - The case of the Commonwealth vs. Annie Staninute, of Forest City, charged with larceny by Mrs. Morris Kasson, was brought up in court this week and disposed of, and the defendant returned to her home free and clear of the charge made against her. Mrs. H. M. Joseph, of Forest City, for whom the girl had worked for some time, was so thoroughly convinced of her innocence that she came to Montrose and brought witnesses to prove that fact and is very much gratified with the result.


New Milford - Miss Helen Beebe is the new librarian at the New Milford public library, being elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss May Everett, who has been the librarian for some time. Miss Beebe has for some years been a teacher in the county schools and will, without doubt, fill the position admirably.


Thompson - W. LeGrand Simrell and family, of Brooklyn, N.Y., are spending the summer at the Simrell farm near Starrucca.


Great Bend - The Black Horn Leather Co. has decided to give each of their foremen one week's vacation this year.


Gibson - C. C. Lupton has commenced the foundation for his new hotel, which he will build on the old hotel site, and which will fill a long-felt want in this town.


Brooklyn - M. W. Palmer is sporting a new Ford car, purchased of G M. Carpenter, of Hallstead. Fred Moore, of Alford and Frank Tingley bought duplicates of the same car at the same time. AND The supervisors have contracted with J. W. Bunnell, of Dimock, to move the feed store that stood in the center of the State road.


Springville - The death of Miss Coral Culver, who had been ill for some months, occurred Aug. 4. She was the only daughter and her death falls heavily upon the home circle, especially the mother. Besides her mother she is survived by a brother, Ray, of Harford, and a half-brother, Charles. She would have been twenty years old this fall. She will be missed in the Sunday School and League of the Methodist church, having acted as organist and sang in the choir. At her funeral, a profusion of flowers borne by six young ladies, mutely testified the sympathy of many friends.


Little Meadows - The ball game between Little Meadows and South Owego, on Saturday, resulted in a score of 8 to 3 in favor of the home team.


Williams' Pond, Bridgewater Twp. - Carl Bullard, of the Annapolis Military Academy, is home on a ten days' furlough.


Hop Bottom - By request, the young people of the Y.P.C.U. will reproduce the Drama "The Old Dairy Homestead" in Masonic Hall, Friday evening, Aug. 18.


Uniondale - An automobile, on Sunday afternoon, coming from Carbondale to Uniondale, was struck by a D & H engine on Stillwater crossing. The auto was badly wrecked, but no one was hurt with the exception of a few bruises. AND Mr. Sherwood has built a new wire fence on the line between his property and the hotel, where some rowdies got in a fight on the Fourth of July and broke the fence down.


Flynn - Henry Hannon, of Friendsville, is building a belfry on the Flynn graded school.


Lenoxville - The Mitchell Quartet, from Scranton, was at the social and rendered some very fine selections. Also Miss Hankinson, of Royal, who is a fine singer, was present and added much. Miss Hankinson has a magnificent voice and because of her musical ability is in great demand in many places.


Montrose - The people of Montrose have always been appreciative, and deservedly so, of the various entertainments given from time to time by local talent. On Thursday evening will be held the Lawn Fete for the benefit of the Library that was postponed from Tuesday on account of the rain. On the tennis court of A. R. Anthony, and with the charming background of rocks and flowers, the first part of the Fete will feature a rendering by a series of tableaux, of Tennyson's "Lancelot and Elaine." Second on the program will be a dramatized version of Tennyson's "A Dream of Fair Women" and at the close Ave Maria will be sung by Mr. Hosterman with piano accompaniment and violin obbligato.


Birchardville - The Valley Park Photo Company, of Birchardville, of which William A. Owen is general manager, has added greatly to their facilities for handling photographic work and are able to turn out 1500 prints a day now, which means prompt delivery.


Liberty Twp. - L. G. Bissell, a former camp Susquehannock counselor and a popular base ball player, who is now practicing law in New York, is spending a few days at the camp and calling on friends.


August 25 (1911/2011)



Brandt - After an interval of about four years the manufacture of brick is about to be resumed here. The work of preparation is now going on and it is expected that the American Brick Company will commence work next week.


Forest City - Someone broke into the dwelling of Rev. Joseph Tomsik recently and secured two hundred dollars in cash.


Friendsville - Mr. M. J. Lee, one of Friendsville's substantial and highly respected citizens, was among the Democrat's esteemed visitors Friday. Mr. Lee is a Democrat of the progressive type, and heartily y upholds the organization as represented by State chairman, Guthrie, which means the support of men and principles.


Hallstead - Hon. Jas. T. DuBois has been appointed, by President Taft, the United States Minister to Bogota, United States of Columbia. He will leave in about a month, his son Arthur probably accompanying him, and Mrs. DuBois going later. To reach Colombia requires a long journey to Cuba and thence across the Gulf to the mouth of Magdalena river and then a ten days' journey, by boat, up the river to Bogota. The proximity of the country to the Panama canal makes the post an especially important one at this period, and under the present conditions, a most difficult one to fill.


Lawton, Rush Twp. - Christie Curran, perhaps one of the most popular base ball "fans" of the County, was here Monday arranging for the big game between Choconut and Fairdale, at Haire's Park, Lawton. The line-up includes men from most all of the leading colleges of the country, and will attract a big crowd and be an interesting game.


Lawsville - A very painful accident occurred to Mrs. Henry Ives Sunday morning. As she and her granddaughter, Clare Knapp, were on their way to church, an automobile suddenly came upon them. The horse became frightened, turning quickly around and throwing the occupants to the ground. Mrs. Ives received several wounds on her face and head, besides several bruises and a severe nervous shock.


East Lynn, Springville Twp. - Ivy States teaches the school here again this year. Miss States has taught two very successful terms and we feel glad to retain her. AND In Springville, Lionel Meserole and wife, Charlie and Lee and wife, Ray Greenwood and wife, started Monday, August 21, for Falls, Wyoming Co., for a weeks outing. Harrie Lee and other half will go later.


Brooklyn - Prof. R. S. Breed, P. C. D., who has been pursuing extensive research work in the field of milk bacteria, in Europe, will return this week. He has consented to give an informal account of his travels at the Presbyterian Church at Brooklyn, Friday, Sept. 1st, 1911. Admission, 10 cents. AND Mrs. Emma Lathrop killed a large spotted snake in her kitchen one day last week. We think Mr. Snake was getting pretty friendly.


Lenox - "Cozy Nook" Cottage, Jeffers' Lake, is occupied this week by a party of young people, including Misses Edna Brown, Vina Qualey, of Hop Bottom, and Ruth Sweet of Binghamton. Messrs Louis Tiffany, of Kingsley, Tracy Brown and Dean Bertholf, of Hop Bottom; chaperoned by Rev. Dowson and wife.


Franklin Forks - The 29th annual reunion of Co. H., 141st Reg., P.V., will be held at the home of Comrade A. E. Stockholm, on Wednesday, Sept. 6th, 1911.


Montrose - The lawn fete given by Mrs. J. M. Wainwright, of Scranton, for the benefit of the Susquehanna County Library, was held on the lawn of Mr. A. R. Anthony, on Lake Avenue. The proceeds of this fete gives the library $165 for the purchase of books.


Auburn Twp. - Next Saturday the West Auburn quoit pitching team goes to Silvara to pitch with the team of that place. AND Auburn Center ball players were invited to play a game with West Auburn next Friday afternoon. There will be a social in the basement of the church that night, Aug. 25. An entertainment will be given by the "married people." This will be worth your time and surely doesn't cost any money.


Thompson - They say they are sporting with motor boats of all sorts up on Crofton Lake these days, and no joke.


Dimock - Mrs. Mary Thomas, Mrs. Chas. Stevens, and daughter, Mrs. Olin Green, of Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp., who had been attending camp meeting, went to visit Mrs. Stevens' daughter, Mrs. Archie Ellsworth, of Dimock. On their way to the train station the next day, after going a short distance, the horse began to kick and was unmanageable. It ran up on a bank and threw the three ladies out of the wagon hurting and bruising them all, Mrs. Stevens most seriously. As she fell her skirts caught on the brake and [she] was dragged quite a distance, tearing her clothes badly and bruising her shoulder, hip and side very severely. She was brought home later in the day and is in a bad condition.


Harford - Three horses were killed outright, a fourth was badly burned and several hundred dollars worth of farm produce and implements were destroyed when lightening struck a barn on the fair grounds. The barn, the property of C. H. Johnson, was burned to the ground. John Lewis, who was working the farm, had four horses, several wagons and carriages, twenty tons of hay, several hundred bushels of oats and all his farm implements in the barn. George Tyler, a farm hand, had just put the horses into the barn, taking another horse to the village to get shod. The fire that followed the lightning bolt burned so rapidly that it was impossible for neighboring farmers to save anything out of the barn, except one horse, which was badly burned.


New Milford - A terrible accident occurred near the Avery mill on the A. C. Barrett place, Aug. 16th, which resulted ion the instant death of Otis Salisbury, an employee of Mr. Avery. Mr. Salisbury, in company with three other men, was engaged in felling some hickory trees in an open lot. Salisbury, assisted by Olin Boskit, was sawing one of the trees and when nearly sawed in two it broke on the stump and fell in the opposite direction from which it was intended. If he had stood still no accident would have occurred but Mr. Salisbury, apparently becoming confused, ran directly under the falling tree, which struck, killing him instantly. He was 25 years old and unmarried, a genial companion, and his tragic death is deeply felt by his fellow workmen and a large circle of friends.


September 01 (1911/2011)



Montrose - The Montrose House will undergo a change of proprietorship when S. B. Stark, who has conducted it for the past few years, retires, and is succeeded by Willis Bradshaw, of Nichols, N.Y. Mr. Bradshaw comes with the recommend of being an extraordinarily good hotel man and has until recently conducted a hotel at Nichols, but recently this town "went dry," and Mr. Bradshaw then decided to close up the one hotel in that town.


Hallstead - A small Hallstead boy suffered an ugly throat wound when a dog returned a bite for kindness. On Friday afternoon, while playing with a strange dog, in the yard, at the home of Mrs. Grogan, the dog turned suddenly, without any warning, and bit her little boy in the throat, making an ugly wound. The wound was cauterized and dressed by Dr. Merrell. The dog was captured and will be confined for a number of weeks in order to ascertain whether or not it has the rabies.


Harford - On Saturday, August 26, John Deans gave a trap shoot to his children and a few friends near Tingley Lake. About 20 participated in the shooting and various scores were made, Mr. Deans' son, Robert, being among the best. Mr. Deans and family are held in high esteem by the people of this vicinity and their coming to Pinewood each year is looked forward to with pleasure by all.


Middletown Center - Harry and Alfred Jones are putting in a new saw-mill and expect to commence sawing in a few days.


Bigsbee Pond (or Bixbee), border of Rush/Middletown Twp. - The Friendsville ball team crossed bats with the North Branch team one day last week. The score was 8-25 in favor of North Branch.


Apolacon - Willie Mears left Monday for Kansas, where he expects to join his brother and sister. ALSO Albert Singer has purchased a new road wagon; all the girls will be smiling at him now. ALSO Fred Crimmins, wife and three children, of Fort Worth, Texas, have been spending the last two weeks with Mrs. Crimmins.


Bennett's Corners, Springville Twp. - A little girl, called Alma Louise, came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Carlton recently, and will spend the rest of her life there. Accept our congratulations.


Brooklyn - A dynamite demonstration was given on the farm of W. S. Giles, in this place, Friday afternoon, which proved interesting and instructive to the farmers in this vicinity. ALSO Work has commenced on the foundation for the new school building.


Nicholson - The Lackawanna Railroad Company is planning to build a concrete viaduct over the Tunkhannock creek, which it is said will eclipse the Starrucca viaduct, which has been the pride of several generations in this section. The viaduct at Nicholson will be 2,700 ft long and 235 ft. above the creek. The piers will be 240 feet from center to center. This will be the largest viaduct in the United States. It will take a large force of men between three and four years to construct it.


Alford - Joseph H. Page died at his late home, Oct. 20, after an illness of four weeks, aged 77 yrs. He was a well known railroad builder and contractor and had figured in many of the big railway developments. Mr. Page built a section of the Laurel line between Scranton and Rocky Glenn and also had charge of the building of some of the D.L. & W. lines. He was a man of large physique and commanding presence. Born in Massachusetts, he spent some time when young in the State of Vermont, but came to Brooklyn in 1849 and has since resided in the township. The four brothers, Frank, Joseph, Plumb, and W. R. Page, were all connected with large contracts in building the D.L.&W. railroad, and were well known by the management of that road as reliable and capable men. Joseph H., especially, was called upon by the officials to superintend many a difficult undertaking. Thirty years there lived on adjoining farms, near Alford, three men of splendid physical and mental powers, viz. Joseph Oakley, W. R. Page and J. H. Page, all engaged in contract work for the pubic, and while they worked separately, they were always classed together, as successful in whatever they undertook. All now lie in the Evergreen Cemetery, and there is no one to fill their places.


South Ararat - Last Thursday, while Mrs. Geo. Wells was visiting Mrs. Henry Davis, some "light fingered person" entered her home and stole her son, Basil's bank, which was said to contain about $15.00


Williams' Pond, Bridgewater Twp. - Our school has begun, with Miss Jennie Houghton as teacher.


Heart Lake - The greatest social event of the season was a private dance and euchre given by the cottagers of camp "As You Like It." The pavilion was beautifully decorated with ferns, evergreens and sweet peas. Punch was served and a delightful time was enjoyed by all. Among the features of the evening were recitations by Mr. Lage and songs by the quartette--Messrs. Finn, Lage, Russell and Paul Sprout. Music was furnished by Mr. Joe Rosenfeld, of Montrose.


South Gibson - The Brundage reunion, held at Frank Forsythe's, Aug. 19, was largely attended. Relatives were present from Syracuse, Tunkhannock, Wayne county, New Milford, West Lenox, Lenoxville, South Gibson and Harford. Conspicuous among the company was Dr. A. T. Brundage, of Harford, aged over 90 years, who enjoyed the pleasures of the day as much as the rest. The tables were spread in the barn and were loaded with good things, and everybody had a good time. It will be a bright spot on memory's page for many years to come.


Forest City - Pitching for the Independents against Carbondale on the local grounds, Sunday, Joe Miskell almost gained the distinction of twirling a no-hit game. For 8 innings, the opposing batsmen were helpless. Then, in the 9th, Kilpatrick raised a short fly that fell safe. The score was 5 to 0 in favor of Forest City.


Elkdale - School opened here on Monday with Olin Mitten, of Royal, as teacher.


September 08 (1911/2011)



Thompson - The many city boarders that have been spending the summer in town are returning home, leaving our streets lonesome. ALSO - A sad, perhaps fatal, accident occurred yesterday. Morris Gelatt and his hired man were driving a colt and some way the colt took fright and ran, the hired man was caught in the wheel and was dragged some distance, fracturing his scull and otherwise injuring him. Dr. McNamara was called to the case. He was raving and unconscious all night, but is more quiet at this writing. His name is Livingston, a stranger coming from South Carolina last fall, I think.


S. Auburn - Albert B. Judson, who has been holding a position as chemist with a firm in Philadelphia, has received an appointment in the Bureau of Standards, at Pittsburg. We are glad he is doing so well. In West Auburn about 65 assembled in the blacksmithing shop Friday evening, to witness an exciting quoit pitching game between Silvara and West Auburn, which resulted in a score of 56 to 63 in favor of West Auburn.


S. Middletown - Margaret McManus gave a six o'clock tea party one evening last week in honor of her guest, Louise McCormick, of Binghamton, who rendered a few fine selections on the piano.


Harford - Andrew J. Adams died July 23, 1911 and the town of Harford lost one of its oldest and most respected citizens. He was born July 10, 1828, attended Harford Academy, and when 17 he went to Newton, Mass., where he learned the trade of morocco manufacturing and tanning. He became a journeyman at Ashburnham where he married Sarah Sawyer in 1852 and by this union had three children. He returned to Harford after his father's death in 1855, and married his second wife, Elvira M. Wilmarth, and two children were born to them. After returning he engaged in farming, was one of the first members of the Harford Agricultural Society, a member of the I.O.O.F, and was the prime mover in getting the railroad depot built at Kingsley in 1885. Andrew was buried in the Universalist cemetery.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Herbert Fish has announced himself as a candidate for the office of Sheriff, subject to the decision at the Demo-cratic primaries, September 30. Mr. Fish is a gentleman, well qualified to fill the office and would be very acceptable to the democratic voters. ALSO The Lyman reunion was held at the old homestead of the late James H. Lyman. The Ladies' Aid furnished an excellent dinner to a good turnout, and all had a very enjoyable time.


Alford, Brooklyn Twp. - Herman Otto, who is spending the summer with his brother, Charles Otto, has the sale of the Gray gasoline engines and gives notice by an advertisement that he will have a special exhibit at both the Montrose and Harford fairs. ALSO In Brooklyn, six wagons and one auto carry the children to school this year.


Montrose - On Saturday last, the Country Circus, which was held at the Ball Park, was largely attended, the receipts amounting to nearly $90. The drill, which was led by Miss Anna Warriner, was a capital part of the performance, while Paul Sprout's representation of the strong man was the individual hit of the day. The "Midway", which was held Monday afternoon and evening on the lawn at Mr. W. A. Lathrop's residence, like the Country Circus, was given for the benefit of the Country Club. The attendance was large, both afternoon and evening; a huge bonfire lit up the lawn in the evening and this, together with the many Japanese lanterns, made a pretty and brilliant effect. The "Midway" proved all that it was advertised to be, from the Fortune Teller to the songs one can hear from the far off land of India. ALSO Little Raymond, son of Conductor and Mrs. Chas. Flanagan, underwent a successful operation, at his home, Sunday morning. Dr. Wainwright, of Scranton, performed the operation, assisted by Dr. Preston.


Dundaff - John Jones has moved into his new home and keeps in hand a full supply of fresh meats, canned goods, tobacco, cigars, etc. ALSO Dr. Fike now rides in a new Ford machine.


Hallstead - Last Wednesday, in the early hours of the morning, parties tried to pry off the telephone pay box of the Montrose Central here. They also tried to force an entrance to the rooms occupied by the night operator, but were alarmed when a call was sent to the roundhouse for help, and quickly disappeared. The same night an Italian in one of the box cars was shot.


Little Meadows - Last Saturday, as Ralph Berdine and sister-in-law, Mrs. F. Berdine, of South Apalachin, were returning from the ball game here, their horse became frightened at an automobile, ran away, and Mrs. Berdine was thrown out. She was unconscious for some time, but received no serious injuries. Mr. Berdine was thrown out, but not hurt.


Clifford - Rev. W. A. Wells has an automobile, which he uses in pastoral work.


Rush - Dr. Fry's residence, which has been undergoing a series of improvements, is nearing completion, and adds much to the appearance of our little town. ALSO The 23d day of August, 1911, will be a pleasant memory for the LaRues and relatives who met at Keeney Pond for their first reunion. The day was fine. Wm Owen, of Birchardville, was present and took photographs of the crowd. The boating was much enjoyed, besides a ball game in the afternoon. The next reunion will be at Lawton Park. Officers are: D. A. Fargo, pres., Mary Pierson, sec'y, and Hazel LaRue, treas.


Uniondale - Burns Lyon has a musical curiosity. His voice is as strong as a calliope and talk about high C. Whew! It is more than a steam gong. Burns uses it as an alarm and it does the business.


Forest City/Susquehanna - Enterprise Hose company, No. 1, headed by its own drum corps, and accompanied by a large number of friends, went to Susquehanna to participate in the fireman's celebration at that place. The celebration was conducted by the united companies of Susquehanna and Lanesboro, and nothing calculated to add to the pleasure of the visitors was left undone. Enterprise was the guest of Erie Protective company. In the line of march, which included several miles of Susquehanna and Oakland streets, the natty looking outfit from Forest City was well received. The boys were never treated better than by the hose companies of our neighboring borough.


September 15 (1911/2011)



Hop Bottom (Foster) - The first annual reunion of the descendants of Major Seth Bisbee was held near Foster on Saturday, September 2nd. The ancestors and parents of Major Seth Bisbee were of Puritan stock; his mother was Jane Bradford, a descendent of William Bradford, who came over in the Mayflower in 1620 and was one of the signers of the Famous Compact on board the Mayflower. And in 1621, on the death of John Carver, was elected Governor of the Colony. Seth Bisbee commenced the study of law in the office of his brother, Noah, in Boston. But at the call for troops in the war of 1812, they both enlisted. Noah was killed at the battle of Lundy's Lane, near Niagara Falls, in Canada, and Seth was wounded. Noah, 3rd son of Major Seth Bisbee, served his country in two wars. In 1846 he enlisted and served under Gen. Zachary Taylor during the campaign which closed with the battle of Buena Vista. In the Civil War he was wounded and lost a leg at the battle of Antietam. Martin V. Bisbee, of Montrose, a veteran of the Civil War, and his sister, Mrs. Hannah Bisbee Howe, of Great Bend, are all that remain of the children of Major Seth Bisbee.


Dimock - C. W. Barnes sold two new wagons, of his own make, at his shop last week for $150 dollars.


Uniondale - L. P. Norton thinks he will move from Lover's Avenue to Pleasant View on North Main Avenue. The neighbors say they are sorry to have them move, and others say they are glad they are coming. Of course, it is on account of that little woman of his. ALSO Miss Leora Wells, of Elkdale, had an operation for the removal of a tumor, which weighed 40 lbs, one day last week. Dr. Craft, of Herrick Centre, performed the difficult operation, assisted by Dr. Merriman, of Lake Como, and Miss Coogan, a trained nurse from Carbondale. Stick another feather in the doctor's hat. Miss Wells is having splendid care and is doing nicely at the home of her sister, Mrs. William Coon, where the operation took place.


Burnwood - A farewell party was held at the home of Henry Cobb, Thursday evening; all report a good time. Mr. Cobb will soon move to Starrucca, where he has secured a position as foreman at Crossley's acid factory.


Franklin Forks - Mrs. Howard Reynolds and children, of Factoryville, spent part of last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wheaton, of Salt Springs.


Hallstead - A force of over 50 people are employed at the cut glass works. ALSO Work on the oil well has been once more started toward drilling a new hole as the broken drill in the old hole could not be gotten out of the way.


Lenox - J. E. Corey, Byron Cameron, Albert Philips, A. J. Cameron and Berton Corey attended the [Civil War] soldiers' encampment at Heart Lake, Sept. 6.


Susquehanna - Elmer Tingley, son of the late Dr. H. A. Tingley, died after a lingering illness at Elmira, Saturday, Sept. 9, 1911. Mr. Tingley was for many years a resident of Susquehanna and at one time train dispatcher for the Erie Railroad. A few years ago he resigned his position with the Erie company and went to Elmira where he established a private school for teaching telegraphy. He is survived by his wife and one sister.


Tunkhannock - Some time Saturday night three of the six prisoners in the Wyoming county jail succeeded in escaping the watchful eye of Sheriff Doty. It is felt that a saw was secreted by visitors and handed to one of the prisoners. A reward of $25 for each fugitive is offered, all of who are still at large. They are as follows: William Boyle, highway robbery; 5', 9" tall, weighs 150 lbs, dark complexion, black moustache and hair. A coal miner with a quite noticeable brogue. Albert Williams, horse stealing, weighs 135 lbs, is 5', 9", dark hair and moustache, restless eyes set back in head. Wore brown slouch Fedora hat, brown coat, black trousers and tan shoes. Believed that his wife accompan-ied him. She is a short, fat woman, and was dressed in a brown suit. Easily recognizable as [she] was out of ordinary proportion. Stanley Bourer, aged 19 years, charged with assaulting officer. Smooth face, light hair, weight 170 lbs. Wore dark serge coat, light cap and trousers, low black shoes.


New Milford - O. C. Whitney is planning to buy large quantities of apples this autumn and is already loading cars at Kingsley. His large evaporator at New Milford is now in operation and is averaging 400 bushels daily. In Montrose, R. B. Stroud is attending to the buying of apples for him.


Nicholson/Montrose - Editor H. T. Birchard says a party of autoists made the 13 miles between that town and Tunkhannock, one evening recently, in 53 minutes. And yet they call us Montrosers slow. Why Henry, the local drivers who cannot make the 22 miles between Montrose and Binghamton in 70 minutes flat, are considered slow. Montrose has a speed limit of ten miles, according to signs posted, so we may not have long to honk our horn.


Forest City - The Forest City News says: The inquest to determine the origin of the recent fire at South Gibson, held at that place last Thursday, aroused intense interest in the community. O. P. Walker, justice of the peace, presided and John Reese, David Preston and E. L. Hill were the jurymen. About a dozen witnesses were called. F. M. Gardiner, of this place, represented the complainant and H. C. Taylor and W. D. B. Ainey were present looking after the interests of C. W. Davis. They jury found that "there were reasonable grounds to believe that C. W. Davis willfully set fire to the building that caused the conflagration. On Friday he was held in $1,000 bail to appear at court.


South Harford - Our school has 21 pupils. The children, with their teacher, held a picnic dinner Tuesday noon, on the school grounds, under one of the fine shade trees.


Brooklyn - Ely brothers are building a nice summer residence by the South pond, at their old home farm. Phil Burbank is the contractor.


Williams' Pond, Bridgewater Twp. - The work of putting the new iron fence around the cemetery is well under way. Mr. Melhuish, of Deposit, has the job.


September 22 (1911/2011)



Forest City - The county commissioners of Susquehanna and Wayne counties met here last Friday and let the contract for the new bridge to span the Lackawanna River. The contract goes to a Pittsburg contractor and will cost from 8 to 10 thousand dollars, being let on the per yard basis. The bridge would have cost more but something more than 40 feet was taken off from each end of the contract work. The bridge has been a long felt want and has been under consideration for many years and will be hailed with joy by both counties, especially the farmers of Wayne Co., who sell produce in the mining city.


Montrose - The road connecting Montrose, as a county seat, with Scranton and Binghamton, is 9th on the list of state roads to be built, under the general appropriations for that purpose and work, it is stated, will be commenced next spring. The present survey follows the creek road from the northern end of the Brooklyn road, near Jack Smith's, north to the old East Bridgewater creamery; thence to Tiffany and up the old plank road to Montrose, coming in by way of the creameries and Harrington's; and thence down to the center part of the town. The course may take in Heart Lake, or may go by the way of Tiffany, or even another route, but in any event, Montrose will be the objective point, both north and south, although it may not be on the direct route between Binghamton and Scranton.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Alvah Quick, who had an operation at Scranton hospital last week, died at 1 a.m., Sept. 18, at that place. Joseph Quick, of this place, a brother of Alvah Quick, died at his home at 4 p.m. the same day. A very sad coincidence. Alvah was a veteran of the Civil War and a staunch Republican. The farms of the two brothers adjoined. ALSO (More on the Ely cottage) L. S. Ely, E. F. Ely, Ed. Ely and Chester Watrous are building a fine cottage on the southwest side of Ely Lake. It will have wide, spacious porches and it will be a fine place to pass away the hot, summer days. It is thought by many that if the trolley road from Scranton to Binghamton is built, this beautiful sheet of water will become a popular resort. Ely Lake is one of the cleanest sheets of water in the county, one being able to see the sportive pickerel, etc., in a depth of ten or twelve feet.


Royal - A. C. Severance, our merchant, has remodeled his auto, doing the work himself, except the painting, which was done by R. E. Wells, our carriage painter. The auto now is one of the best lookers in town. He and his auto are at the Allentown Fair this week.


Great Bend - There are 200,000 words in the English language, and most of them were used last Sunday by a lady who discovered, after coming out of church, that her new hat was adorned with a tag on which was written: "Reduced to $2.75. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miller, known as the Riding Millers, who are making a 10,000 mile bicycle ride for a purse of $1,000, stopped at Miss Fannie Reed's school at McKinney's Mills, near Great Bend, one day last week. They started their trip on June 3, from Toronto, and have already ridden 4,000 miles. They have a year to complete the 10,000.


Hallstead - As Leon Swartz was resting quietly in his bed, he saw in the distance Cronwell Dixon approaching on his terrible aeroplane. The plane was apparently headed straight for the bed room window which it entered at one fell swoop. Fearful lest the propeller blades should convert him into a Welsh rarebit, Swartz, in a dream, of course, began to whack at the plane with the bed clothes. Despairing of escape he gave one last swipe at the man bird and then opened his eyes, nearly suffocated. During his struggles all the plaster had fallen from the ceiling of the room taking with it the lath and other debris, the whole mass almost knocking Swartz senseless. He dug his way out of the mass and summoned a doctor who found his injuries painful, but not serious.


Lenox - Sunday school at the Wilson school house and at the Chapel every Sunday; there is such a large attendance at the Chapel that it requires two secretaries to look after the books. May Peace with her white wings hover over all and let the good work go on.


Lanesboro - Mrs. Minnie Lee, charged with murder of her husband, Willis Lee, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded to custody of the sheriff.


Uniondale - School opened Sept. 11 with Miss Anna Chamberlain as principal, Miss Blanche Hoppe, intermediate, and Miss Mae Chamberlain, primary.


East New Milford - A portable saw mill owned by J. D. White was burned yesterday morning at about 4 o'clock near East New Milford. A spark from the smokestack started the fire and it was burning fiercely when employees discovered the flames. The loss is estimated at about $400.


Forest Lake - Forest Lake has been stirred the past week by what has been feared is an epidemic of typhoid fever. The illness of some 14 people, more or less afflicted, gave rise to the theory that there was a general outbreak of the dread malady, but physicians, while admitting the typhoid symptoms are present, do not diagnose the cases as typhoid. Miss Louise Cole, daughter of Dr. A. B. Cole, is one of the most seriously ill. The fact that a majority of the sick were in attendance at a recent wedding in that vicinity gave rise to the belief that the malady might have been contracted through food eaten, but this theory has been disproved.


Susquehanna - The Erie Co. has issued an order forbidding trainmen to furnish playing cards and boards to passengers who have been in the habit of indulging in pinochle, solitaire, seven up and bridge on its passenger trains. Neither the card players nor the trainmen are happy over the order. The former like to while away a dull time and trainmen gathered in several dollars a day in tips. The company has no objections to the passengers bringing along their own decks and playing to their heart's content. The company declares that the game has become a nuisance, all the best seats being preempted by the players and further declares that trainmen and conductors frequently become so interested in the games that they were liable to neglect their duties, especially when contests between players became exciting and boisterous occurrences that annoy passengers.


Binghamton - Bicyclists along the Erie enjoyed seeing Aviator James Ward, in his flying machine, which was following the Erie tracks from New York to Buffalo.


September 29 (1911/2011)



Fairdale - Isaac Hart died at his home on September 22, 1911. Mr. Hart had been in ill health for some time and the second stroke of paralysis brought on a hasty decline. Mr. Hart was born in Jessup Township, in 1841, and at the beginning of the Civil War left his farm and served in Co. B of the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry. While in service under, General Sherman, he was captured and taken to Salisbury, North Carolina prison, where he was confined until the surrender of Gen. Johnson. Mr. Hart is survived by his wife, Almira and two sons, Frederick and John. The G. A. R. Attended the burial, at Fairdale, in a large body.


Montrose - Chas. M. Sherman passed away on Sept. 24, 1911, at his boarding place here. He was buried on Tuesday afternoon, in the Montrose Cemetery, the services being largely attended by the G. A. R. comrades. Mr. Sherman was born on August 18, 1836, in Jessup township, and at the time of the war became veterinary surgeon of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry of Volunteers. He served under General Sherman in his famous march to the sea, and was among those envied veterans who marched past the Capitol at Washington, in that grand review before President Lincoln. Mr. Sherman is survived by one brother, Jesse, of Binghamton.


Springville - Stuart Riley can be seen daily enjoying a ride in his new car, the Ford.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stanton visited their friends in this place. Mr. Stanton, who has been Supt. of the Orphanage, at Brookdale, has moved to Deposit, where he will enter the Evangelistic work.


Flynn - If the fast-driving continues on our road it certainly will have to be widened, as it seems as though one extreme follows another. It seem as though when they are debarred on one kind of amusement on Sunday night they will take up another.


Auburn Twp. - Chas. E. VanGorden has been a very busy man during the month. His peach orchard, of 2,200 trees, are producing a great crop again this year and it is necessary to see that they are marketed quickly when ripe. The Albertans have all been picked and later varieties are now coming on. While he has shipped a large number of baskets, the largest amount of the crop is taken by purchasers who come to the orchard. ALSO at Bennett Corners - What we need in this section, and that badly, is a telephone. There are some fifty families here that would be glad of a phone. This ought to be an inducement to some of the lines who are near there.


Kingsley - The Kingsley hotel, owned by F. W. Tennant, of Clark's Summit, was burned to the ground Thursday night and a large barn adjoining the hotel was also destroyed with all its contents with the exception of the horses. A heavy thunder storm passed over the town and it is supposed that lightening caused the fire.


Hallstead/Susquehanna/Great Bend - August 29th, a burly fellow by the name of Thomas McGarvey, a section hand on the D.L.& W., working at Hallstead, who it is said was from Philadelphia, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery, and placed in the lock up at Hallstead, awaiting a hearing the next morning. But, he never had the hearing. Very soon after being locked up, some friend or pal, with an ax or sledge, smashed in the door and liberated McGarvey, who made good his escape. However, the vigilant constable, Elmer Decker, did not despair of landing the fellow and knowing that he had a pay check coming from the D.L.& W., sent notices to Scranton and Binghamton, where he would probably sometime call for same, to be on the look out for him. Sure enough, he called at Scranton for his pay last Saturday and while he was detained, ostensibly to be identified, officials were notified. Constable Decker immediately got out a warrant against him for breaking jail, went down to Scranton and brought him to Montrose, where he will answer to the grand jury. While he did not break jail, yet he will be tried upon that charge. It is an unusual, strange case. When told that it would be much easier for him if he would reveal the man's name who smashed in the door, he said that he did not know his name, but could identify him if he saw him, and said that the man was a short, thick built fellow.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Never in the history of the oldest inhabitants in this vicinity was there ever such a crop of hickory nuts known as this year; whenever there is a hickory tree the ground is covered with them.


Brooklyn - Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cameron will move to Scranton, Mr. Cameron having accepted a position in the Woolworth store. They are highly esteemed young people and have many friends who will regret to lose them from the community.


New Milford Township - P. K. Harding, an esteemed and prosperous resident, together with his family, will go to California in the early part of October, where they will remain for the winter, and if conditions please them, and they find that they deem an advantageous purchase of real estate, they will make their home in California hereafter. They have a son who has lived there two years and is very enthusiastic about California.


Forest Lake - The Warner school is closed for sometime on account of the illness of the teacher, Miss Cole. Dr. Gardner and a nurse, from Scranton, are caring for her.


Hop Bottom - A moving picture show took us by storm last week, judging by the large number of people in attendance.


Great Bend - Aviator C. P. Rodgers landed here on Friday afternoon on Carl's Flats, on his way to Binghamton. It was a splendid exhibit and about twenty-five hundred people quickly gathered to look the aeroplane over. A large number wrote their names on the machine. A purse was made up and presented to Mr. Rodgers before he sailed away. Everyone there wished Mr. Rodgers success in reaching the Pacific Coast.


North Bridgewater - A demonstration of farming with dynamite will be given Friday afternoon, Nov. 3, at 2 o'clock, by the DuPont Powder Co., on S. D. Warriner's farm. They will demonstrate stump blasting, as dynamite will remove these cheaper and quicker than stump pullers. Also, boulder blasting, ditching, draining swamps, subsoil plowing and breaking hardpan and planting orchards.


October 07 (1911/2011)



Herrick - A large number from here attended the Uniondale fair; it was a success in spite of the extremely inclement weather, both the exhibits and races being excellent.


Flynn - The new bell on the graded school building is certainly a decided improvement; it certainly has a fine tone and is something that was much needed. ALSO If the heavy rains continue it looks as though our pan cake crop would be rather small.


Liberty Twp. - Miss Thea Caswell is teaching the school at the orphanage at Brookdale. Mr. P. L. Shelp, of Port Dickinson, has for many years been engaged in charitable work, formerly conducting the orphanage at Brookdale. About 18 boys are now being cared for at this institution, the girls being kept at a separate institution at Homer, NY, that orphanage caring for a similar number.


Niven, Springville Twp. - Some sneak thieves recently entered the potato field of Ashley Button, at night, and dug his potatoes. They also took some nice squashes.


Susquehanna - Attorney John Ferguson has been receiving congratulations as the Republican nominee for District Attorney. ALSO Dr. and Mrs. Clayton Washburn and children are planning to go to Jacksonville, Fla., in the near future, to make their home.


Fairdale - O. M. Warner won the bag of B. B. Timothy Seed that was offered as a prize for the person guessing nearest to the correct number of seeds in the Sun Flower at the Binghamton Fair. The correct number of seed was 2208, Mr. Warner's guess being the closest. The above prize, which is easily worth $25, goes to him.


Bridgewater Twp. - The Bisbee (Arizona) Review speaks very highly of a former boy, Rev. Edwin G. Decker, who has been pastor of the Methodist church in that city for the past year. A petition from his pastorate asks that he be returned to Bisbee for another year. The Bisbee Review says when Mr. Decker took charge of the church it was in debt in every department, but that his report will show that the church has paid debts of $1000 for the year. The church has a membership of 162.


Montrose - F. W. Hart has secured the agency for the well known Studebaker cars, the company manufacturing 20-horsepower and 30-horsepower touring cars and roadsters. Both are widely known as good machines, and have been winners in some of the most difficult hill-climbing contests and long distance endurance runs in which the best types of cars have been entered. Mr. Hart is now in Detroit visiting the plant and hearing lectures on the construction and care of the machines. He has purchased a touring car, which he expects to bring home with him in a few days.


Thompson - Everett Ely had a narrow escape from a fatal accident the other day while getting ice at the Borden's. The tongs slipped in some way and punctured his cheek fearfully and knocked him down; he was insensible for a time.


Brooklyn - Miss Julia Sterling came from South Dakota to visit her brothers, Ralph and other relatives.


New Milford - The evaporating plant of Whitney, Naas & Son are now turning out evaporated apples at the rate of about 250 bushels a day. This new industry promises to be an important factor in this place. From 15 to 20 hands are employed and will be kept busy for several months. After the close of the fruit season it is expected to resume the manufacture of crates and give ready employment to the help. ALSO DeWitt Vail has installed a wireless telegraph station in town and can send and receive messages within a radius of 220 miles. Mr. Vail was taught this through an I. C. S. course.


Forest Lake - The Sisters of the House of the Good Shepard, in Scranton, are making their annual trip through this vicinity. They are stopping at Mrs. John O'Connell's.


Forest City - Anton Gantar has become one of Uncle Sam's soldiers. He took the examination at the Scranton recruiting office, Saturday, was sworn into the service Monday and left Tuesday for the recruiting station at Fort Slocum, NY. He will be assigned to the cavalry arm of the service and after his initiative at the training station will go to a western post.


Springville - The Hertzberger moving picture show, which was billed to appear here three nights last week, did not materialize.


Harford - Rumor tells us that quite a number of our people are struck with a strong western fever and that we may soon expect an exodus toward that mecca.


Great Bend - The W. H. Minor house at the edge of town was burned Thursday night about 11 o'clock. It is thought to be the work of tramps. There was a small insurance. Mr. Minor had moved out a few days prior to the fire, as he intended to do considerable repairing to the house.


Choconut - Two bees were held the past week in this neighborhood--one at Jerome Donnelly's, cutting corn, and the other at Tony Gilroy's, digging potatoes.


Hopbottom - Miss Mullen, of Pittston, has charge of the intermediate department of our school.


Lenoxville - Geo. E. VanEtten, having sold his farm, will sell at public sale, on what is known as the Peter VanEtten farm, 2 miles west of Lenoxville, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, a big lot of personal property of use to the practical farmer. Horses, cows, hens, sows, young pigs and chickens, mowing machines, log chains, lumber, wagons, etc., must be sold, besides household goods. Lunch will be served by the Aid Society and W. C. Cox will "holler things off."


NEWS BRIEF - It is known to be true that nothing will please a young man better than to have a young lady tell him that he has small feet.


October 20 (1911/2011)



Tunkhannock - An opportunity to hear Woodrow Wilson, of New Jersey, undoubtedly one of the foremost and the most talked of American citizens to-day, is the chance of a life time. He will be here, Saturday, at 2 o'clock and hundreds of Susquehanna County people will embrace the opportunity to hear him.


Lanesboro - Clarence Spoonhouer and Charles Leibeck, aged 17 and 19 years, respectively, were struck by a D & H pusher engine near Bennett's saw mill, Sunday evening at about 6:15 o'clock, both being instantly killed. The supposition is that the young men had stepped in front of a northbound track to avoid a passenger train, not noticing the pusher engine that was bearing down upon them. The bodies were badly mutilated. They were sons of Peter Spoonhouer and Peter Leibeck, both residing on Viaduct street.


Springville - A short time ago a man giving his name as E. L. Rice, accompanied by his "wife" engaged board at the home of Norman Brown, near States' mill, he stating that owing to ill health of the woman, it was hoped the country air would prove beneficial. Friday the Brown family were surprised when four men in an automobile pulled up at the house, posted guards, and inquired if Mr. Rice was there. On being told he was, the men, who proved to be detectives from the Pinkerton agency, entered the house and Rice was soon handcuffed. Accompanied by the woman, who proved to be not his legal wife, they were taken in the car to Tunkhannock, where the Black Diamond express was boarded for Philadelphia. The man is said to be George C. Huff, of New York, a bigamist and notorious swindler. He was indicted in the New York courts last month for attempting to swindle Jackson Bros., dealers in Long Island real estate, out of $15,000. In Denver he at one time was obliged to give up $21,000 to square himself with citizens he had defrauded.


Hop Bottom - The Meacham family in the lower end of town are having a run of typhoid fever. Dr. Decker, of Nicholson, is attending them.


Brooklyn - I. M. Whitman & Son have been given the contract for a new building, which will accommodate the primary grades of our school. The number of scholars has increased to such an extent that the directors took this means of solving the problem of more room. ALSO During the noon hour last Friday some of the men who are working on the State road were eating their dinner in a barn when one of them noticed an old musket standing near him. Not thinking that such an ancient firearm would prove dangerous, he aimed it at once of his fellow workmen, and to his dismay, the gun was discharged, the shot destroying both eyes of his companion. At the time of the accident the unfortunate man was counting the wages he had just received. He was taken to the West Side Hospital in Scranton.


Forest City - Miss Agnes Kelleher has resigned her position as a teacher in the local schools and this week went to East Stroudsburg to resume study in the Normal school. Miss Kelleher spent one year at that institution and has decided to complete the course.


South Montrose - Miss Anna Brewster has accepted the position of tutor of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine. Miss Brewster entered upon her new duties Monday. ALSO L. W. Bunnell, of South Bridgewater, advertises a sale of personal property. Mr. Bunnell is planning to go to Alaska and live with his son, Prof. Charles E. Bunnell, a teacher in the public schools. He may not permanently reside there, but plans to see the wonders of that little known country, and will give up farming, owing to his advancing years. Mr. Bunnell has lived in this vicinity for many years and his friends regret to see him depart. [Charles E. Bunnell eventually became one of the founding fathers and the first president of the University of Alaska.]


Thompson - Mrs. George Mead and Miss Leonard, of Starrucca, were very seriously injured one day last week while driving on the road between here and Starrucca. In some way the horse became frightened and ran off the bridge near Tommy Mumford's, entirely demolishing the wagon and breaking the horse's legs. The owner was obliged to kill the horse.


Clifford - Last Wednesday being the 10th anniversary of the wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Ayres, his brother, Will, thought it proper to observe the event in due form. He invited some friends to assist and as a token of esteem the friends left a nice collection of silver.


Great Bend - Hiram W. Miner, through his attorney, F. N. Gilbert, of Binghamton, has completed the licensing of sales of his hose coupler, to the Standard Oil Company, for a minimum license annual fee of $1,000 and as much more royalty as the sales will produce for a period of 17 years.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Martin Curley and bride, of New York, spent a couple of weeks with friends here. Mr. Curley has an excellent job in the custom house in New York.


New Milford - Whitney & Nass's [apple] evaporating plant was destroyed by fire at 10'oclock Sunday night. Inside of an hour the entire building was a ruin. The damage will total $10,000, partially covered by insurance. With the building a large quantity of stock and machinery was destroyed. It is supposed that the blaze had its origin in the kiln in the evaporating plant. The plant employs fifteen people. The Hallstead fire department kept the blaze from spreading.


Hop Bottom - The ladies of the M. E. Church are holding bake sales every Saturday afternoon in E. M. Loomis' store. A good variety of baking is for sale and a cordial invitation is extended to all. The Hop Bottom ladies are famous for their cooking.


Lenoxville - Geo. Pendelton and Miss Veda Hallstead were recently married in Erie, Canada. A few days later Wm. Ransom and Miss Beatrice Winters were married at the same place.


Little Meadows - Charley Walsh's house was burned to the ground on Sunday night, and mostly all his household good. ALSO A good many young people in this place attended the dance at Frank Anderson's; a fine time was had.


October 27 (1911/2011)



Silver Lake - All the cottages are closed for the season except the Corbett cottage.


Oakley, Harford Twp. - The “blessed sunshine” was never more welcome than after the long rainy spell. ALSO E. E. Titus’ dog, Max, pays his own tax and some besides. During the past month he has brought to his master the carcasses of 40 woodchucks and one skunk. Last week he put a gray fox up a tree, where George Palmer shot it.


Gibson - The Gibson Star Grange presented “Pumpkin Pie” during the Lecture Hour. Sister Ethel Manzer presented a very interesting essay on “The Pumpkin”. Then Sister Benson recited a piece telling us how to eat pie in Pennsylvania. A prize of a pumpkin pie was offered to the one who brought the largest pumpkin. Sister Grace Davis received the pie. Pumpkin pie and cheese were served at the close of the meeting.


Auburn Twp. - One of the prettiest weddings of the season occurred at St. Bonaventure’s church, Auburn, Oct. 11, 1911, when Miss Margaret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cavanaugh, was united in marriage to Mr. Wm. L. Thayne, of Auburn Corners, by their pastor Rev. M. J. Kelly. Miss Winnifred Thayne, sister of the groom was bridesmaid, while Edward Burke, of Meshoppen, acted as best man. The bride was attired in silver gray silk poplin and carried a gold rosary, while Miss Thayne was gowned in Alice blue messaline, both wearing black plumed hats. They will go to housekeeping at once at Auburn Corners, where the groom is a successful farmer.


Choconut - Mrs. Charles Downs and five children, owing to the death of her husband, expect to remove to Little Meadows. Mrs. Downs was formerly Miss Reardon, a teacher in the township school of this county.


Montrose - Messrs. N. A. Warner and O. R. Cook have been engaged in painting the court house tower the past week or ten days--between rains. The face of the old clock is brighter and approves of the work being done. The steeple of the Presbyterian church has also been watched by many people, with interest, during the past fortnight, while a “steeple Jack,” from Binghamton, was giving the steeple, which towers into the air considerably over 100 feet, a coat of white. The entire church is being repainted. Photographer Bronson took a snapshot of the daring painter at work on the top of the pinnacle.


Rush - Virgil Burch, of Aspen, Colo., arrived at the home of his father-in-law, A. D. Gary, Saturday evening. Mrs. Burch and children have been here the past few months, and we understand they expect to locate somewhere in the East.


Alford - Joseph H. Page, one of the best known contractors in this region, died at his home here, Oct. 20th. Mr. Page was born in New Milford 76 years ago, the 29th of last July. He resided for a time in Vermont, coming here in 1849. He became a contractor on the DL&W railroad when the double track was laid between Scranton and Hallstead. He had a contract between Alford and New Milford, afterward taking the contract for building a section on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg railroad in western New York. He had the contract and built the Laurel Line from rocky Glen to Scranton. Later he had charge of building the branch of the DL&W from Keyser Valley at Scranton. He is the last of three men who lived on adjoining farms in the northern part of Brooklyn township, who were successful contractors in railroad building and construction work.


Forest City - O. F. Coyle’s Pot Luck Club had a spread last evening. Warren Crandall, of Uniondale, and his fiddle, made music. “B’ar” meat was on the bill of fare. ALSO Quite a number of the [coal] company houses have been repaired and painted. This is an improvement.


Dimock - E. L. Titman and E. O. Bailey were at Tunkhannock last Saturday to hear Gov. Woodrow Wilson, of New Jersey, speak.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - John Bennett’s auction sale of cattle and horses, last Friday, was well attended. He had 20 cows and five horses. The cows averaged $21; the best horse brought $186. Almost everything was sold for less than it was worth.


South Montrose - P. P. Osborne, one of our progressive citizens, is talking of putting steam heat in his home. Mr. Osborne believes in having some comfort of life as we go along.


Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - Our school house was improved during institute week, by the walls being nicely papered. Charley Southworth, of Lawsville, did the work.


Jackson - Don’t forget the Hallowe’en social to be held at Roberts Hall, on Oct. 31. Everyone is requested to mask. A good supper will be served.


Hop Bottom - What came near being a sad drowning accident occurred at the county bridge at Foster (Hop Bottom) about 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, as the children were returning from school, when Albert Pratt fell into the creek at the bridge. The water was very high and running swift, on account of the late rains, and the boy was at once swept off his feet and was lost in the rushing waters. About 40 rods below, a small foot bridge crosses the creek and the alarm was given, and a gentleman, of whom we did not learn his name, rushed to the middle of the bridge just in time to see the helpless boy rushing by, unconscious. Without a moment’s hesitation he jumped into the water and rescued the boy. He was resuscitated by Dr. Taylor.


Nicholson - The Lackawanna Railroad Co. is planning to build, at Nicholson, a concrete viaduct over the Tunkhannock creek, which it is said will eclipse the Starrucca Viaduct, which has been the pride of several generations in this section. The viaduct at Nicholson will be 2,700 ft. long and 235 ft. above the creek. The piers will be 240 ft. from center to center. This will be the largest viaduct in the United States. It will take a large force of men between three and four years to construct it.


Dundaff - E. P. Chambers, our oldest citizen, who is nearly 90 is slowly recovering from the injuries he received by being knocked down by a bicycle.


South Ararat - Last Thursday, while Mrs. Geo. Wells was visiting Mrs. Henry Davis, some “light fingered person” entered her home and stole her son, Basil’s bank, which was said to contain about $15.00.


November 03 (1911/2011)



Montrose - The Children’s Story Hour will be resumed at the library tomorrow at 3 o’clock. A most cordial invitation is extended to all children. ALSO The management for the entertainment to be given Thanksgiving evening would like to borrow or receive information where they can borrow five iron cannon balls about 4 or 5 inches in diameter, to be used that night.


Brooklyn - The State road is finished as far as the surface is concerned. Work in grading the ditches, building guard rails, etc., will keep the men at work practically the rest of the month. A substantial guard rail is being erected wherever necessary. The posts are of chestnut and the top rail of hard maple or birch and they will be painted white. The work of building the road has been under the careful supervision of Morris Tingley, who was appointed inspector for the State. It is hoped that Johnson & Evans will be awarded the contract for building the other section of the State road to connect with this.


Brackney - Several from this place attended a dance at B. Barney’s cottage at Quaker Lake, Friday night.


South Gibson - The revival meetings closed Wednesday evening, after continuing for two weeks under the able leadership of our pastor, Rev. B. F. Hanton, assisted by Rev. Buck of Uniondale, and his brother, a singing evangelist from Bethlehem.


Harford - A second number of the Harford lecture course will be given Nov. 7, in the Methodist church. Willard Gorton will give one of his unique entertainments--studies in clay, cartoons in charcoal and art studies in cloth. Adults 25 cents, children 15 cents.


Hopbottom - The ladies drive to the creamery when it rains just the same as when the sun shines.


Choconut - During the week one death is to be recorded, that of a very estimable lady, Mrs. Honora Mooney. She was a patient sufferer for years, yet she had a cheerful word for all. She was 62 years of age and leaves a husband, Jas. Mooney, and a son, Fred Mooney, to mourn her demise. She was buried with appropriate honors last Thursday, the interment being made at Friendsville. All the neighbors turned out to pay their last respects to the lady they loved so well.


Forest City - An entertainment for the boys of Forest City will be given in the Borough hall on Saturday from 3 to 5 o’clock. It will be free. There will be vocal and instrumental music and recitations. It will be an audience of boys and as far as possible the program will be provided by boys. It will be all home talent. There will be short talks on “The Boy and Himself,” “The Boy and his Town,” and “The Boy and his Country.” There will be an observation prize for boys between 11 and 12. Six boys will be allowed to go to a certain store window in town, take a five minute look and returning describe the display. The most observant gets the prize. After the program there will be refreshments.


Gelatt - Saturday night, about 12 o’clock, fire broke out in Fred Holmes’ cow barn, consuming the barn and contents, being 9 cows and all hay and millet. The horse barn caught fire and burned to the ground, the contents were saved, excepting what hay there was in the barn.


South Ararat - Leonard Barnes and bride, of Gelatt, were taking in the sights at Fiddle Lake last Sunday.


Lenox - A reception was given last Wednesday evening at the home of George McNamara in honor of himself and bride, who were married at the bride’s home at Keuka Park, N.Y. After a late hour about 20 guests gathered in the dining room and partook of a dainty lunch served by Mrs. J. L. McNamara and Mrs. J. F. Pickering. The bride is an attractive and most popular young lady of Keuka Park. The groom is one of Lenox’s most popular young men and it is the wish of their many friends that joy and happiness will follow them over the sea of matrimony. Those present from a distance were:              Dr. R. T. McNamara, wife and daughter, Carrie, and their chauffeur, Lynn Spencer, of Thompson.


Hallstead - A dispute which may terminate in a murder trail occurred here last Friday, during an altercation in which John Herceza, a fruit dealer, shot a young glass cutter named Arthur Gesslar, from Carbondale, who lies in a Scranton hospital suffering a bullet wound in his abdomen. Herceza is being held without bail.


Gibson Township - A series of articles appeared in the Montrose Democrat, written by Jasper T. Jennings, relevant to the history of Susquehanna County. Here are a few excerpts regarding Gibson: The first resident minister was Gideon Lewis, a Baptist evangelist, who came about 1806. The first school house was built in 1807 at Union Hill, and had a bark roof. In those days nearly all the dwelling houses were of logs and only small clearings in the midst of the great woods. The boys and girls had to wade through the snow in the winter, often two miles over a rude, log road cut through, but unworked, and the school room, with its great stone fire place and rough chimney, was smoked and dingy. And there they sat and poured over their Dabol’s arithmetic and Webster’s spelling book; read in the American Preceptor, or old English reader, while grades and system were never thought of. Yet some there were, amid all the difficulties and inconveniences, who obtained a fair education. Some of the early teachers were Miss Molly Post, Lyman Richardson, Mr. Follett and Rev. Roswell Ingalis. The first settler was Joseph Potter, who came to Kennedy Hill about 1792. Some of the earliest settlers were John Belcher, Joshua Jay, Wright Chamberlain and Jotham Pickering. Phineas Pickering came from Massachusetts to Gibson in 1798. The woods were full of wild turkeys, deer and wolves at that date. One time when Phineas was returning from New Milford to the Gibson settlement, and there was nothing to guide him but marked trees a part of the way, night overtook him and he lost his way. The wolves commenced to howl, and he was finally forced to climb a tree for safety. Phineas had a gun but the powder in the pan had become wet and he could not use it. He was obliged to sit in the tree all night, while the wolves made the night hideous. There were three framed hotel houses in Gibson at an early day: David Taylor’s hotel, on the Newburg turnpike, east of Smiley, the Skyrin House and Captain Potter’s tavern. The Great Bend and Cochecton turnpike was built over the high hills of the north central part of Gibson.


November 10 (1911/2011)



Harford - Thomas M. Maynard was born in Factoryville in 1840 and died at his home in Harford, Oct. 23, 1911. Mr. Maynard lived in Factoryville till the breaking out of the Civil War, when he enlisted in the 57th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co. A. He saw much active service, being twice taken prisoner; the last time at Gettysburg and being imprisoned in the Libby prison. When the war was over he was honorably discharged and returned to his home in Factoryville, where in 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss Adah L. Sterling. He carried on the milling business in Harford until 1870, when he moved to Scranton and took up the same line of business in Providence. He remained there until 1888, when he and his family moved back to Harford where he has been identified with all vital problems connected with the life of the town. He was a man of strong convictions, sterling honesty and undaunted courage. Besides his wife he leaves five sons: Charles, Gilbert and Arthur, of Scranton, and Orva and Walter, of Harford. He was a member of the Baptist church.


Montrose - Miss Ethel Lyons, daughter of mail-carrier B. R. Lyons, has at the distinction of being the youngest rural mail-carrier in the United States. For some weeks Miss Lyons has been acting as substitute for her father, going over the 25 mile route daily and is giving the patrons of the route excellent satisfaction, to date not having made an error in handling the mail. Miss Lyons is 17 years old. She has been troubled with asthma for some time, but since taking the daily outdoor drives the asthmatic trouble has ceased its unwelcome visits. ALSO Capt. W. D. B. Ainey was elected to Congress by a safe majority, and is receiving the congratulations of a wide circle of friends.


Franklin Forks - A. D. Fish had the misfortune to have the end of his thumb cut off in a fodder cutter. This in only one of a series of misfortunes Mr. Fish has met with. Handicapped for years by failing vision, he has undergone several operations, but received little aid. On one occasion three fingers were cut off by a buzz saw, but were grafted on, leaving the hand crippled. Three toes on his foot were cut off, while using an axe, and in an accident he sustained a broken rib and other injuries. Notwithstanding, he grittily keeps at work. As he puts it: "There's no room on earth for a dead man."


Susquehanna - Stephen Van Horn and Ella Baxter were quietly married at the home of Will Whitterdon, Saturday. They will spend their honeymoon at Syracuse and on their return will reside at Lanesboro. ALSO Miss Mabel Brush pleasantly entertained the Autumn Leaf Thimble club recently.


East Ararat - A very pleasant surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Avery, Friday evening last, for their daughter, Delcie, her birthday being Oct. 31. There were 56 present to enjoy an evening of pleasure. In the small hours of the morning they dispersed, all declaring they had a fine time. She received quite a few presents and some money.


Auburn Four Corners - A fine new bell has recently been placed on our school building, which makes the hour of 9 o'clock more attractive to the school children. Both teachers and pupils are to be congratulated upon the improvements they are making, as during the past few years an organ, teacher's desk and wall clock have also been added by their efforts. We think the school board should now offer encouragement by painting the exterior of the building, which it needs badly. ALSO In South Auburn the hunting season opened Wednesday, Nov.1, and our woods and fields are run with men and dogs, who came in from the city. I wonder what they would say if we took the same liberties on their premises,


Clifford - The Hallowe'en social and chicken pie supper, which was held in Finn's Hall, was a success in every way, in spite of the rain. ALSO A box social was held at the school building, for the purpose of raising money to purchase singing books for the school. There was a fine attendance and everybody enjoyed it.


Hop Bottom - There will be a Thanksgiving hop at the Valley View House, Thursday evening, Nov. 30th, to which all are respectfully invited. Cohen's Orchestra, of Binghamton, will furnish music. A chicken pie supper will be served at Valley View House. Don't fail to avail yourself of this opportunity to enjoy a special evening and Prof. Cohen's splendid music.


Flynn - We have one young lady here who besides attending to her own courtship has the audacity to attempt the affairs of another young lady. ALSO Lawrence Curley has his cutter [sleigh] out.


Forest City - John Zuraszko, commonly known to the residents of our town as John Williams, yesterday sailed for Rome, Italy. It should be a source of pleasure to us all to think that Mr. Zuraszko has been selected by Bishop McConnell, of Brooklyn, to pursue his studies abroad. It is a distinctive mark to our public schools of Forest City, which prepared the foundation for Mr. Zuraszko's future studies. He finished the 8th grade of our public schools when his pastor the Rev. J. E. Gryczka, sent him to Chicago where he remained for two years. Later he went to Lisle, Ill., attending there for one year. A year ago he was adopted into the diocese of Brooklyn, studying at the St. John's seminary of that city. He has now gone abroad to complete his studies at the Eternal city. He will remain there for five or six successive years, expects to be ordained there to the holy priesthood and then to return to our town to celebrate his first mass. Mr. Zuraszko's parents reside here and are held in the greatest esteem by all classes. Although they will miss their son, they should yet rejoice at the honor that befell him.


Brooklyn - From articles written by Jasper T. Jennings. One of the first settlers in Brooklyn (1787) was William Conrad. He was a Hessian soldier in the British army, at the time of the Revolutionary War; and deserted to the Americans. His first home in the wilderness was hurriedly and crudely fixed up by placing poles and pieces of bark against a great overturned hemlock root. Here one of their children was born, which was probably the first child born in the county. William Miller, son of Adam Miller, another early settler of Brooklyn, was born in December 1789, which was probably about the same time. Captain Bailey killed the first deer he ever saw the morning after his arrival in the Brooklyn settlement. He and Mr. Gere split some lumber from a cherry log and made them a table and bedstead. Possibly this is the only piece of furniture now in the county which was furnished by its forests and foresters in 1801. Educational facilities were not very good in those days. In most of the early districts the only branches taught were reading, spelling, writing and arithmetic. Some of the early teachers were Samuel Weston, William Weston, Edward Chapman, George Catlin, James W. Chapman, Sally Kingsbury and many others whose names are kindly remembered.


November 17 (1911/2011)



Alford - A serious wreck occurred a mile or two west of Alford Friday evening, when the local passenger train had just left on its westward run. While running at a good rate of speed the passenger engine struck a freight engine attached to a long train of freights standing on a siding. The impression is that the engineer of the freight thought he was clear of the main track, but in the heavy fog the freight locomotive really stood in the path of the oncoming train. The freight engine was struck midway between cab and tender and the force of the collision threw the passenger engine, baggage car and smoker off the rails. Both engines were badly damaged and had to be sent to the repair shops, while the tracks were torn up and traffic delayed until morning. Luckily no one was hurt, the passengers in the smoker being hurled over seats and bruised some, and the baggagemaster sustained slight injuries from falling baggage. In the meantime, the postoffice was robbed, being located in Postmaster J. M. Decker’s general store, by two men, taking advantage of the confusion to cover their work. The burglars, having followed the main track towards the wreck, and fearing detection as they neared parties returning from the wreck, had thrown a bundle of stolen goods, wrapped in a white oilcloth, to one side of the track. Knowing that the burglars had gone up the track, which runs parallel for some distance with the Montrose branch, a party of men started in hot pursuit. They encountered many suspicious characters but when two men started on a run away from them, they knew they had detected the guilty parties. They dashed downhill and into an icy stream and one made it to safety and the other gave up. The prisoner was delivered to Sheriff Conklin and pleaded guilty to the charges proffered. He will probably be sentenced by Judge Little next week. The other thief has not been found.


Kingsley - On Friday last the Kingsley Book Club met at the home of Mrs. A. J. Masters, surprising her and presenting baby Maxine with a silver birth spoon, thus making her the fourth baby honorary member of the club. The other juvenile members are Dorothy Tiffany, Ray Wilmarth and Beatrice Miller.


Gelatt - Harry Potter has been running the creamery during Mr. Miner’s absence.


Rushville - N. R. Jones had ten sheep killed and wounded by dogs on his farm at Rushville. Investigation shows that the dog tax fund, available for damages through loss of sheep by dogs, is depleted, and claims presented now will probably not be paid for three or four years. Mr. Jones met a similar loss a few years ago. He believes there should be fewer sheep-killing dogs or an increased dog tax.


Lawsville - The Indian Medicine Co. is in town.


Herrick Center - Sheriff-elect and Mrs. B. T. Reynolds were visitors in Montrose the first of the week, returning here Wednesday. Mr. Reynolds is preparing to sell his property preparatory to spending the next four years in the Montrose jail.


Brooklyn - J. J. Austin’s son, Boyd Austin, has lately purchased the H. A. McKinney meat market and had his opening day Saturday. He plans to conduct an up-to-date meat market and will be pleased to receive the patronage of his friends. ALSO O. M. Doloway is having modern lights placed in his home by Binghamton parties.


Forest City - McCann Bros. and J. F. Wellbrock, who recently purchased the Hotel American, in Carbondale, for $38,000, took possession yesterday. Both of Carbondale’s leading hotels will not be under the management of former Forest City people.


Susquehanna - Lewis White, a Susquehanna boy, was shot by an unknown hunter on Saturday while out gunning. The boy heard the shot as he was about to enter the woods at the end of Jackson avenue, Susquehanna, and accompanying the report the shot tore into his thigh. There was no one in sight and the supposition is that he was accidentally shot by a careless hunter. Dr. Birdsall removed the lead pellets and it is likely the boy will recover. ALSO We are sorry to lose so many of our good townspeople, some of whom are taking positions in Tennessee.


Columbia County - In Columbia Co. the voters elected a dead man to the office of register of wills. The successful candidate, Clyde Fritz, died two days before the election. The governor will be called upon to fill the vacancy. In Susquehanna Co. the uncertainty of life was shown in the fact that three candidates for local offices died between the primaries and election, their names, however, being withdrawn from the ballot following their deaths


Montrose - Miss Fannie L. Read intends leaving for Gilbert, a small town in the West Virginia mountains, where she will do missionary work among the mountaineers. Miss Read will work under the Southern Presbyterian Board of Home Missions.


West Bridgewater - The Griffis brothers have sold their farms, some 600 acres of land known as the Griffis homesteads, to Percy Ballantine, of South Montrose.


Thompson - Thursday last, as C. D. Washburn started from the Erie station with a load of household goods, his team became frightened and ran against the depot and down Main street to the cemetery, where one horse jumped the iron fence and could go no further. No serious damage was done, one horse being slightly injured. The driver kept hold of the reins and the wagons and furniture were uninjured.


Jackson - A “calico carnival” was held here on Friday evening. The proceeds were for the benefit of the M. E. church.


Ararat - Two prominent men, after a day’s stroll here, came down on the last train. They were so imbued with the sights that they beheld here, they did not know their home town and they were passed on by the conductor until they were beyond Uniondale, their home. When the conductor noticed the passengers aboard, he stopped the train and the passengers walked back.


Uniondale - Frank Corey reports having seen a deer near Stillwater a few days ago. It went in the direction of Cotterel pond. ALSO Ira Carpenter is on a ten days’ furlough and is stopping with relatives here. Ira joined the regular army and has over 14 years to his credit. He is stationed at Sandy Hook, N.Y.


November 24 (1911/2011)



Tirzah, Herrick Twp. - All the political candidates were elected, some to serve the people, others to serve their wrath.


Hopbottom - We learn that C. A. Corson, of Brooklyn, will operate a saw mill in this place and be ready for busy for business in the near future.


Lathrop - The Ladies’ Aid will hold a fair at the church Nov. 30 and serve a Thanksgiving dinner in the grange dining room. The dinner will be 25 cents and a Thanksgiving supper will also be served. Everybody is cordially invited to bring their guests and enjoy a chicken pie dinner.


Uniondale - Peter Shelvey [Shelley, 43rd Regiment?] died at that place Saturday evening, Nov. 18, while walking from h is home to the railroad station. He had been in good health and his death was entirely unexpected. He was a veteran of the Civil War and his age was 72 years. One son and one sister, Mrs. Cyrus Tyler, of Meshoppen, survive.


Forest City - James Kelly, Forest City’s star short stop, is to have a try out with the Boston Nationals next season. He will accompany the team on its southern trip in the spring. A scout saw Kelly’s work the past season and he believes there is big league material in the speedy short stop’s makeup. ALSO Toney Covert, aged 45 years, met a horrible death in the Clifford washery here on Thursday of last week. The man, an employee in the washery, while attempting to start the coal through the conveyor, had his shovel caught, and in trying to unloosen it was dragged into the machinery and crushed to death.


Great Bend - Burglars entered the store of Carl S. Tingley, Sunday night, and although the family resides over the store, they made so little noise that the burglars succeeded in getting away with $50 in cash. A window was pried open with a pitchfork and the marauders secured the money from the safe, which stood near the window. Local parties are thought to have been the robbers.


Montrose - Montrose merchants are laying in an unusually large stock of holiday goods this autumn. Hardly a merchant in the town has not made two or three trips to the city wholesale houses the past few months selecting large lines of goods. If you want reliable goods--goods that you are sure will be exchanged if unsatisfactory--patronize your local merchant. Don’t waste your money on car fare or undergo the discomfort of traveling and mingling with bargain counter crowds by going to the city. You will be better satisfied and help build up your town’s prosperity by spending your money where it is earned. ALSO Attorney A. B. Fancher, of Los Angeles, Cal., formerly of Montrose, was in Pasadena and witnessed the landing of Aviator Rogers, when his long journey across the continent in his aeroplane ended. (Rogers flew over Broome and Susquehanna County).


Susquehanna - According to the Susquehanna Transcript, Fred Merinus, of Lanesboro, attempted to kill his wife by slowly poisoning her, in order that he might wed an adopted daughter, a young woman of about 17 years. The belief was that Mrs. Merinus was suffering from cancer and she went to the home of her parents, in Corning, to spend her last days. As long as she was seriously ill Merinus wrote long affectionate letters, but a Corning doctor took up the case, detected poison, and soon had her on the road to health. When Merinus heard the news, he ceased writing and the night before Mrs. Merinus was to arrive home the couple eloped taking Mrs. Merinus’ purse and about $200, which had been left in the house in a supposedly safe place, and Merinus also drew his savings from the bank. Mrs. Merinus, after learning of the elopement, packed up the household goods and valuables remaining and went to the home of her parents to live, thankful she was alive. She is not making any effort to locate the pair.


Choconut - Election in this neighborhood passed off very quietly, but it resulted in some huge surprises. This is the way the ballots showed up in the count: There were 72 ballots cast, 1 being straight Republican, 20 straight Democratic, 7 straight Keystone, 38 split Democrats and 6 split Republicans. Only seven out of the eleven known Republicans came to the polls. The big surprise was that William Mooney, Republican, who ran for school director against John Dunn (a very estimable gentleman, by the way, and a Democrat) came out victorious by nine majority.


Clifford - W. C. Baldwin has accepted a position as instructor in butter making at State College for the short course and will leave for his work Dec. 1. He has secured Will Ayres to attend to his work here during his absence.


Springville - Mrs. Leland Comstock is up from the valley at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Blakeslee, for the benefit of the health of her little baby.


Friendsville - Rev. James B. Whelen, for 37 years pastor of St. Patrick’s church, West Scranton, died Nov. 11, at the Parochial residence. As a priest he had earned the love and esteem of his parishioners; as a citizen he had earned the esteem and respect of the city. Following the Mass the body was taken to Friendsville and buried in St. Francis Xavier cemetery. Father Whelan is survived by one sister, Miss Louise Whelan, of Friendsville.


Thompson - Frank W. Lewis, who was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace at the last election, was not elected to the office because he is a year in and a year out, middle of the road, Prohibitionist, as he is known to be, but he is every way qualified for the office. He was born and educated here and his opponent has recently become a resident here. “Not that we love Wright less but Lewis more,” we think the people showed good judgment in electing Mr. Lewis, irrespective of party.


News Brief - The Lackawanna has made a new order eliminating the word “accident” from all its reports and hereafter all derailments, collisions, breakdowns, runaways and other mishaps will be knows as “irregularities.”


December 01 (1911/2011)



Montrose - Mahon’s cut glass factory is working over time and with an increased force in order to keep up with holiday orders. A large quantity of first quality cut glass in beautiful designs is being manufactured.


Hallstead - Deemer Bros., proprietors of the cut glass factory in this place, have added 12 more frames to their plant and a number of new men were given employment. This firm has a large number of orders ahead and the employees are working nights in order to keep up with the increasing business,


Auburn Twp. - Charles Lott, aged 94 years, and perhaps the oldest man in the county, died at his home in Auburn Tuesday morning. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at one o’clock. He was a highly respected citizen. AND At Auburn Four Corners W. J. McAvoy is putting a new galvanized roof on his hotel.


Great Bend - Sometime Friday morning, last, between 12:30 and daylight, burglars entered the store of C. S. Lines and with a horse and dray, likewise stolen from the barn of Elmer Wandall, proceeded to load up with goods from the store. When Mr. Lines went to the store in the morning he found the front door broken in and the rear door unlocked. The interior of the store was practically cleaned out. Suits, trousers, vests, overcoats, hats, neckwear, underwear and, in fact, everything the thieves could lay hands on had been removed. The burglars must have had consummate nerve, as the stolen horse and wagon was evidently backed up to the store and the good piled on. Later in the morning about half of the stolen goods were found in the haymow in Charles Norton’s barn, about one mile west of Susquehanna. Mr. Norton saw a coat dangling from the mow and making an investigation found that about 100 mens suits, overcoats and other articles had been secreted under the hay and proved to be from the Lines Store. It is believed that the robbery was committed by members of the gang camping on Canavan Island, a well known hobo resort in the river near Susquehanna.


Elk Lake - The neighbors of Joseph Risley made him a surprise wood bee last week. Byron Tyler and Charles Lake brought down their gasoline engine, and sawed enough wood to last all winter. It was a complete surprise to Mr. Risley, and he feels that he has reason to be grateful indeed, as he is quite old and his health is not the best.


Brooklyn - School closed two days last week so that the building might be fumigated on account of diphtheria in one family.


Rushville - Ralph Potts was in Montrose on Saturday with a ton of turkeys which he brought for D. W. Terry, who was making shipment. There were a number of successful turkey raisers at Rush and vicinity the past season. Cleon Smith was one of these, raising a flock of 80 fine turkeys. He sold over $150 worth from his flock on Saturday.


Susquehanna - F. D. Lyons, our veteran merchant, was much surprised a few days ago to secure through the mail a letter containing $8. The writer of the letter said that he was a business man and that about 20 years ago when he was a small boy, he went into Mr. Lyons’ store to make a small purchase. While being waited oon he says Mrs. Lyons dropped something and waiting his chance he picked it up and found that he had secured two $2 bills. He said after he grew to manhood his conscience began to trouble him and would not give him any peace until he made restitution, and early this week he enclosed $8 in an envelope and sent it to Mr. Lyons, explaining why he sent it and signed the letter “Business Man.” [From the Binghamton Republican]


Dimock/N. Bridgewater - J. W. Gavitt, Dimock, a veteran of the Civil War, has gone to the soldiers’ home in Tennessee for the winter. Walter Jackson, of N. Bridgewater, made a visit to his children, in Harford, before leaving for the soldiers’ home in Tennessee.


Herrick Center - The people of the west side of Herrick met for a Thanksgiving dinner at the home of A. B. Tingley, while the people of the east side held a Thanksgiving supper in the basement of the school house. ALSO Preparations are under way to render a cantata entitled, “Santa has the Grippe,” at the Baptist church at Xmas time.


Thompson - Prof. Burleigh is modestly proud of the result of his hustling on the lecture course. The first entertainment was a success. We saw staid old people laughing as though their sides would split. ALSO The new hot air heater was used for the first [time] in the M. E. church last Sunday. It proved successful.


Uniondale - John Bolter, in connection with his grocery store, is fixing up a nice place to serve lunches, oyster stews, etc. John knows just how to fix them up good. Let us know when you have your opening. Contractor Douglas & Yale are doing the carpenter work.


Forest City - Borough secretary S. F. Kane expected to have a toothful young roast pig as the central dish for his Thanksgiving dinner today. He won the little porker at a raffle, Monday night. After Council meeting he negotiated with Janitor O. F. Coyle to kill and dress the little animal. Oliver dispatched little piggie on Tuesday, scalded and scrapped him and strung him up by the heels to season in the cellar of the Borough building. Wednesday morning the pig was gone. “The worst part of it is,” said Oliver in telling a newsman his troubles, “for a joke I sent word to Festy [Mr. Kane] that I had sold the pig for $2.00, but I never thought anybody w’d go and hook him.”


Springville - The Commissioner of Fisheries will meet all parties interested, Friday, Dec. 8th, to decide whether or not Meshoppen creek is a trout stream. ALSO Will the party who took the lantern from the Clifton Drug Co. Show at the Odd Fellows Hall, at Lynn, kindly return to A. K. Loomis, who had to go home in the dark on account of the loss of the same? It is mighty handy on a dark night.


Tunkhannock - A young lady clad in hunting garb, with short skirts and leggings, and equipped with gun, cartridge belt and game bag, attracted attention at the depot recently as she alighted from a train. She was in company with her father, Tom Johnson, a hotelkeeper at Wyoming, and they were destined for the game fields up Bowman’s Creek. They made the trip last year and the girl came back with more game than her father. He gives her credit for being a quicker and surer shot than himself.


December 08 (1911/2011)



Montrose - Miss Elizabeth Oeppling, stenographer in W. D. B. Ainey’s office, leaves today for Washington, where she will assist in handling some of the accumulating correspondence already piling up in the office of the new Congressman. His friends will be interested to know that he is pointed out on the streets of Washington as “the man who trimmed Woodrow Wilson.” Five Congressmen received the oath of office at the opening of Congress. Mr. Ainey was escorted to the bar of the House by a number of Pennsylvania Congressmen, where Speaker Clark administered the oath. Upon taking the oath he received the congratulations of Congressmen from various parts of the nation.


South Auburn - The first sleighing of the season [came] on Monday.


South Gibson - Earl Manzer, one of our up-to-date farmers, will have, when completed, one of the finest barns for stock in the county, furnished with all the sanitary and modern improvements.


Springville - On Monday evening, Dec. 17, the first number of the lecture course will be given at the M. E. church. This entertainment will be the Peterson Sisters, comprising four ladies, each of whom is an artist in her line and among the different instruments are the piano, violin, harp, guitar, mandolin, also a ladies’ quartette. Tickets for the five entertainments, $1; single tickets, 25 cents.


North Jackson - The new M. E. church annex is practically completed and dedication services will take place, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13, 14, and 15.


Fairdale - The Oakes Bros. have been cutting wood in the neighborhood this week. The boys have a good outfit.


New Milford - There has been considerable excitement among the hunters in this section over the appearance of a strange animal supposed to be a panther or wildcat. Its cries have been heard nightly for some time and hunters have found tracks in the snow that would indicate it was a large animal. ALSO R. N. Hall, aged 73 years, died at his home, Nov. 28, 1911. He was a resident of New Milford since childhood and was one of its best known citizens. He served in the 52nd Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War, having an honorable record. He is survived by his wife, five son and three daughters. The funeral was held from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and interment was made in Blaisdell cemetery.


Uniondale - John W. White recently sold a registered Holstein calf to Mr. Symonds, of Pike county, another to Mr. Yale, of Wayne county, and two to Frank Giles of Uniondale. They were beauties, being descendants of the cow holding the third best record for milk and butter fat in the world. Mr. White is known far and wide as a breeder of choice stock and gives unbounded satisfaction to his many patrons.


Susquehanna - M. H. Eisman has given the Barnes Memorial Hospital a donation of $1,000. The gift is made in memory of his wife, who died some weeks ago, and who was a well known charitable worker among the poorer people of that town. This is the first money donation ever given the hospital since the original donation of the founder, Simon H. Barnes, which was $5,000. Mr. Eisman is a brother of Mrs. M. S. Dessauer, of Montrose.


Dundaff - Chicken thieves visited the coop of W. Coleman on Saturday night and took all but five. They are known. AND At East Clifford a team of horses driven by I. Gleason became frightened near the John Irving farm and ran away leaving Mr. Gleason in the rear. As they were passing the Bowman place he ran to the road to stop them. He caught one of the lines and was quickly thrown to the ground. The team was caught near A. G. Stevens’ place near Elkdale.


Dimock - There seems to be a large amount of wild game on the Camp Grounds, such as rabbits, squirrels and pole cats, which are hunted by the boys daily.


Lenox - When J. A. Sinsabaugh, of Lenox, went to sell his Thanksgiving turkeys, he found some one else had saved him the trouble, as they had all been stolen, just as they had been gotten in the pink of condition to decorate the Thanksgiving board. We understand there were about 75 turkeys thus appropriated, which was a severe loss, indeed, for Mr. Sinsabaugh.


South Montrose - Peter Osborne is the champion hog killer. He butchered 10 in less than one day.


Harford - Jasper T. Jennings wrote the following in his articles on Susquehanna County: Harford was organized as a township in 1808, but was first settled by the Nine Partners in 1790. The Nine Partners, who came from Attleboro, Massachusetts, were Hosea Tiffany, Caleb Richardson, Ezekiel Titus, Robert Follett, John Carpenter, Moses Thacher, Daniel Carpenter, Samuel Thacher and Josiah Carpenter. One of the nine, Caleb Richardson, was a soldier of the French War of 1765, a captain in the war of the Revolution and had command of the fort where the Battery is now in New York City, while General Washington was conducting his retreat. The settlers made their grist mills by burning out the top of a sound stump and arranging a spring pole and pestle for pounding the grain. The first grist mill was built by a Mr. Hallstead, in 1796; the first blacksmith shop was erected by Amos Sweet in 1795; the first saw mill was built in 1800 by Tiffany, Follett and Carpenter. The first fulling mill was built by Rufus Kingsley, in 1810 and the first carding machine was built by Elkanah Tingley, also in 1810. Harford Township is about seven miles north and south by five miles east and west.


Elk Lake - Fishing laws forbid use of more than eight tip-ups by any one person in fishing through the ice, and an arrest for the violation of this law was published in an exchange in such a way that it gave the impression that it was illegal to use tip-ups at all. This was published in some of the exchanges, and as same was called to our attention just at the moment of going to press, we printed same without verifying the matter. We have consulted Fish Warden S. A. Young, of Elk Lake, and he knows of no ruling changing the act permitting the use of eight tip ups.


December 15 (1911/2011)



Rush - A pair of horse blankets were found in the road near Rush last week. The owner should apply to Charles Coville for them. ALSO Fred Gray, a native of Rush and for many years a resident of Alaska, was recently appointed deputy game warden for the southern district of Alaska. The appointment came to him as a surprise and carries with it a good salary.


South Montrose - The “Comets” were defeated in a lively game of basket ball at the Rink on Wednesday evening by the South Montrose team. Score, 15-10. The South Montrose team has improved much since their game with the Slaves and this together with their greater weight proved too much for the local boys who displayed deftness in handling the ball and in team work.


Franklin Township - Judging from rumors coming from N. Bridgewater, the report that there is a panther roaming the wilds along Snake Creek gains credence. New Milford men have been alarmed by the cries of the wild beast for a couple of weeks back, and now Henry S. Patrick, of N. Bridgewater and his neighbor, L. N. Mack, are reported to have seen the tracks of the huge animal, which is unmistakably a “panther.” Mr. Mack’s hired man alleges to have even a closer acquaintance with the wild animal, having met the brute face to face while doing chores with a lantern at a barn on a remote part of the farm. Eye witnesses state that the speed with which lantern and man returned to the house would bear out the story that the animal seen was not a black calf. The screeches of the animal have been heard, and when rending the night air it gives the hearer a shivery feeling. The thickly wooded tracks extending through Bridgewater, Franklin and New Milford townships would furnish a good hiding place for the outlaw. Potter and Pike counties, where wild animals abound, are not so far away but what a migrating beast could make the distance in a couple of nights’ travel from either direction. Henry Pittsley, residing near Franklin Forks, heard the animal’s cries a few nights ago, and Lynn Brown, who had a young heifer disappear in that vicinity a short time since, ascribes his loss to the panther.


Auburn Township - In a party which went fishing through the ice at White’s Pond, Auburn, last Saturday, were Bruce B. Lott, of Montrose, E. W. Lott and Clark Giles, of Springville and John Rifenbury, of Auburn. There were five men, all told, and they succeeded in catching 93 pickerel, averaging in weight about one pound each. The ice was thin, and Mr. Rifenbury went through, clinging to the ice until the members of the party had bridged a path over the ice with boards and dragged him from the icy waters by grasping each others’ hands and pulling the immersed one out.


Fairdale - The Prospect Hill Telephone Co. held a meeting in the Grange hall, Tuesday.


New Milford - Charles Garland, aged 72, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home here, Monday evening, Dec. 4, after an illness of a few days. He was born in Catskill, NY and at the outbreak of the war enlisted in the 20th NY State militia, which was later merged into the 80th NY Volunteers. After nearly three years of service he was discharged on account of sickness. In 1864 he was married and in 1881 went to Nicholson to reside. While there he opened the present Carlucci stone quarry. About 8 years ago he removed to New Milford where he had since resided. Interment was in Nicholson cemetery.


West Herrick - Thieves stole a hive of honey from Glen Miller; also from Mrs. Lizzie Darte; three hammers from J. J. Walker, a hammer and wrench from C. M. Buckingham, two turkeys from Fred Howell, and 19 feed bags from our new sheriff. Ben thinks it was a Keystoner who took the articles as he took all in sight, when a Democrat would have taken only half. ALSO A banquet was tendered Sheriff-elect B. T. Reynolds and wife at their residence on the evening of Nov. 24. Twenty-two braved the elements and answered to the roll call. The suffragettes were in evidence and it was decided that if the ladies could have voted in old Susquehanna county this fall, Ben’s majority would have run into four figures. Mrs. Reynolds proved an ideal hostess and all went merry as a marriage bell.


Clifford Twp. - Tuesday morning, at about one o’clock, fire totally destroyed the Crystal Inn, one of the largest resorts at Crystal Lake, built by Mullaney Brothers. The building was owned and rented by C. W. Brownell. The Brownell family was asleep when the fire broke out, and the origin is not known. There was no means of checking the flames at hand and the large building was soon in ashes. The occupants of the building had barely time to escape, the fire having gained such headway. The loss is placed at about $18,000.


Forest Lake Twp. - The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Forest Lake Baptist church met at the home of Mrs. Charles Brown, Dec. 8th. The men worked like beavers, re-shingling the church sheds, while the ladies did a fine lot of work for Mrs. Brown. The amount of money raised was $7.25 and there were 64 present.


Elk Lake - Harry Lyon brought a couple of large horned owls to Montrose on Saturday and they have been attracting considerable attention in John Hefferan’s hardware store. The birds were caught by Mr. Lyon in a trap, having been making depredations on some of his fowls. They are handsome specimens and will doubtless eventually get into the taxidermist’s hands.


Susquehanna - The funeral of Lawrence Belgarde, the popular actor, was held from the home of John Walsh, with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The beautiful floral pieces showed the esteem in which he was held.


Forest City - John Likely is here after spending the summer with California Frank’s circus. He left the outfit in Georgia.


News Brief - Gasoline propelled handcars are to take the place of the old-fashioned “pump-handle” cars on the Lehigh Valley railroad. The company has ordered 20 machines to replace those now in use.


December 22 (1911/2011)



Forest Lake Twp - A serious conflagration occurred in the township Wednesday night, about 10 o’clock, when the home of H. B. Stone was burned and Charles Boyd, a young man employed on the farm, was perhaps fatally burned. The fire is reported to have started while Earl C. Stone, Mr. Stone’s son, and young Boyd were filling a gas lamp with gasoline. One of the young men was holding a lighted lamp and it fell from his hands, igniting the fluid, causing an explosion and igniting the clothing of Boyd. An attempt was made to smother the flames with blankets, to no avail, and the young man dashed through the house, a literal flaming torch and plunged head foremost through an ice-covered hogshead of water, putting out the blazing garments. In running through the house the boy’s blazing clothing also ignited other light materials in the living rooms, which added speed to the rapidly spreading flames. The house was ablaze in a short time and very little was saved. Dr. A. L. Hickock, of Rush, was summoned to attend the young man, who was severely burned about the limbs and back, the flesh on the back being badly scorched. Boyd refused to take an anesthetic to relief the pain, suffering in silence during the hour and a half necessary to dress the wounds. He is being cared for at the home of Fred W. Powell nearby, and the Stone family is also temporarily being looked after by kind neighbors.


Heart Lake - L. E. Griffing, on Sunday, brought a young man to the Montrose jail on suspicion of his being the much-wanted John Donato, the Italian quadruple murderer near Troy, NY, and turned him over to Sheriff Conklin. It developed that the young man was a Welshman, his name being Morgan J. Williams, of Scranton, who had become enraged at his mother a few days previous and ran away from home. The boy’s parents phoned the sheriff Wednesday morning, promising to come for him that afternoon. They failed to do this and yesterday the sheriff released him, having no legal right to hold him. In the afternoon the boy’s mother came, but the boy could not be found. He seemed repentant and it is likely will find his way back to Scranton.


Clifford - S. E. Finn is digging a well on his premises. After consulting a “water witch” he feels certain of striking a good vein.


Thompson - Charles R. Casterline, a well known and highly respected veteran [137th Regiment, NY Volunteers], who had been confined to his bed for several years, owing to his receiving serious injuries by falling from a train, died Friday morning, Dec. 8, 1911. The funeral was held from his late home, Rev. E. G. N. Holmes officiating. Interment was in Thompson cemetery. ALSO Two of the State experts are here looking after the chestnut blight.


Susquehanna - Jeremiah Buckley, one of Susquehanna’s pioneer residents, died at his home in that place Dec. 15, 1911. Mr. Buckley had been ill several weeks. For more than 60 years he had lived in Susquehanna, the greater part of that time he being employed as an engineer on the Erie. Two sons and three daughters survive--J. J., of Susquehanna; Thomas J. of Scranton, Mrs. Jennie Maroney, Mrs. Stephen Maroney and Miss Loretta Buckley, of Susquehanna. The funeral was held Monday morning from St. John’s church with interment in Laurel Hill cemetery.


Tunkhannock/Montrose - A surveying corps from the State Highway department is engaged in laying out a route for the proposed State road between Tunkhannock and Montrose.


Brooklyn - The school building for the primary grades, having been completed, Miss Hearn and her pupils moved in on Monday last.


Great Bend - Floyd Smith, Fred Blackley and Mr. Woodworth, who are working in the car shops in Memphis, Tenn., will spend the holidays with their families here.


Dundaff - Last Saturday night chicken thieves entered the coop of W. R. Colman by pulling the staple and took therefrom about 25 of his choice White Plymouth Rock chickens.


Franklin Forks - The roads are terrible; the roads are almost impassable, but we hope it will be better traveling soon. ALSO The Republican, our breezy contemporary, would be somewhat likely to startle its readers with such thrilling, hair-raising stories, as appeared last week, headed “Panthers in Franklin Township.” Were they not prepared from reading other fiction like Willie’s original Comet Stories? We would advise contemporaries to not steal this interesting series without giving full credit. Moral--Be careful with the carcasses of dead calves, for it may excite the literary muse, and Rider Haggard might be very jealous. [Montrose Democrat]


Montrose - The Barbeau Family Vaudeville Company open a three nights’ engagement at Colonial Theatre to-night. They come highly recommended. There are ten people in the company and they have a band.


Choconut - The Gorman school is progressing very nicely under the management of Miss Mora McManus. ALSO Leo Dunn is doing a good business trapping this winter.


Rush - There will be a Christmas tree at the Baptist church, Monday evening. The church’s untiring Santa Claus is expected with gifts for all.


Hallstead - Work at drilling the oil well is progressing favorably and a depth of over 1500 feet has now been reached. This is within 400 feet of where the bit was lost in the other well. The company hopes to have the well completed before real cold weather sets in. It is hoped that this test will demonstrate whether or not there is oil in paying quantities in this locality.


News Brief - Time was when black squirrels were as numerous in this part of the State as grays, but that was some time ago. A man by the name of Denison shot a handsome black squirrel on the Griffis farm, at Forest Lake, Tuesday, which was admired by many here in Montrose. They are exceedingly rare, although it is reported that on the dense primeval timber tract on the Rose estate at Silver Lake they are not infrequently seen. This tract is well protected and hunters are warned off. Charles Beck, the veteran hunter, stated that one autumn he brought down seven black squirrels--not the same day. Saturday Charles brought home five birds and three squirrels, and Prof. J. S. Hosterman, who is “some shot,” secured two birds and three squirrels.


December 28 (1911/2011)



Forest Lake - Charles Boyd, who was so terribly burned in the fire at the home of H. B. Stone, last week, was taken to the Sayre Hospital on Christmas day. He will recover, but will probably lose his left hand. Charles is an orphan and is a bright, intelligent and courteous chap, and has the sympathy of all the people in the neighborhood. He was conscious throughout the awful ordeal and was very patient as well as thoughtful. His age is about eighteen years.


Dimock - Ray Jones has bought the feed and wagon shop of Lee Estus and will take possession in April. ALSO When you want a good book or paper to read, go to the Dimock Free Library, of Isa Mills, near the resident of W. L. Stilwell.


Montrose - James M. Sprout died at his home in Catasauqua, Pa., Dec. 23, 1911, aged 68. He was born in Montrose and was a brother of our townsman, Louis H. Sprout. The deceased studied medicine at Ann Arbor and practiced at one time with Dr. Halsey, but at the breaking out of the Civil War, enlisted in Co. B, 28th Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia. After his discharge he became a businessman, in which he was successful. He is survived by a wife and two sons.


Clarks Summit/Hallstead - Though it lacks official approval there is a belief in Lackawanna railroad circles that the board of directors will, with the new year, give serious consideration to building the cut-off from Clark’s Summit to Hallstead. Plans outlined call for the elimination of curvatures and grades, shortening of the road three miles. The whole, it is estimated, will cost approximately $14,000,000. What will be the biggest concrete bridge in the world is embodied in the plans. It will be near Nicholson, and will span two mountains across a valley. The Nicholson tunnel will be eliminated.


Brooklyn - Christmas tree entertainments were held in all three of the churches on Saturday evening, and in consequence many little folks were made happy. ALSO Ami Ely recently celebrated his 87th birthday. Mr. Ely has spent his entire life in Brooklyn and in his younger days was one of the staunch Democrats, and now with his mind active and mental faculty unimpaired, he is stronger in the faith. Mr. Ely enjoys the fruits of a well spent life, surrounded with his sons and grandchildren.


South Montrose - Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Titman are planning to move to South Montrose and will occupy John Struppler’s new house. Mr. Titman intends building a store on the Harper lot, near M. L. Lake’s residence, and will handle a complete line of general merchandise and also operate the Lehigh Valley coal business in that place.


Springville - Brown and Fassett have just completed modern coal pockets and will give this branch of their business special attention. These pockets are steel lined and with the latest screens, for delivering clean coal. This improvement will permit Brown & Fassett to give both better service and product with considerable saving in the way of handling.


East Ararat - J. W. Silver and son Leo are tearing down the factory of the Jefferson Chemical Company


Hallstead - The men who became dissatisfied about the change in foreman at the Herbeck-Demer’s Co. and quit work have started a factory in the Reckhow building and will manufacture cut glass ware.


Elk Lake - A party of six Scranton young ladies arrived in Montrose, Wednesday, en route to Elk Lake, where they have been spending a few days in the club house. The young women, with the exuberance of youth, thought it a fine stunt to pedestrianize from Montrose to the lake, a distance of six miles, evidently believing our muddy country roads as good as the Electric City’s pavements (owing to the absence of Trinidad asphalt). To date there are no reports of a “relief party” having been sent out. Three of the young ladies are daughters of Atty. C. S. Woodruff, formerly of Montrose.


Hopbottom - Christmas was rather an unpleasant day. Mud is plenty and it looks very much like an open winter.


Harford - Remember the concert to be given on Tuesday evening in the Methodist church by the colored jubilee singer, Prof. F. A. Morris. He is a singer, entertainer, humorist and orator. He sings the songs that were sung by the slaves.


Susquehanna - M. B. Belcher, one of Susquehanna’s most successful business men, dropped dead Sunday night. Funeral was held Tuesday afternoon with burial in Evergreen cemetery. ALSO J. Hoffman has resigned as roundhouse foreman to accept a position with the B. & O.


Fairdale - Wednesday at noon, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Smith, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss May Bell, to Paul H. Kiefer, of Jessup, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Cole, of Rush. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bell. Miss Helen Alger played Lohengrin’s wedding march. The bride wore a gown of dark blue and carried white carnations. After the ceremony a bountiful dinner was served to about 35 guests.


Forest City - There was a slight fall of “the beautiful,” Sunday night, just enough to give a Christmas coating. It is gone, and we are again knee deep in mud.


News Brief - A new type of station construction has been adopted by the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The Company has built a number of passenger stations entirely of terra cotta, to make them absolutely safe from fire. The terra cotta is not visible in the completed structure. It is in the form of hollow bricks, which are covered by plaster inside the building and stucco on the outside. The fireproof qualities of the material are established by severe tests. As additional advantages, due to the fact that the dead air space made the blocks non conductors of heat, is that the stations are warmer in winter and cooler in summer than if they were of wood or bricks.


January 05 (1912/2012)



Montrose- Sometime Tuesday night a burglar, or burglars, attempted to enter and did enter several places in Montrose. The Montrose House suffered the heaviest loss, $10 being taken from the cash drawer in the barroom. The other places which showed evidences of the visitation, Ryan’s hardware store, Cooley & Son’s hardware store and the Exchange Hotel, were not entered, but gave evidence of an attempt being made. At the Montrose House the putty in the window had been scraped off by the marauders with the evident intention of removing the entire pane of glass. But a change in tactics resulted in the window being pried open, evidently with a “jimmy”, as it did not leave the marks of a small bar, or chisel. Footprints on the bar counter indicated the robber had clambered over and looted the register, but did not even take “one on the house.” Chief of Police Rosenfeld “shadowed” a couple of men in the vicinity of the Montrose House, but they eluded him. ALSO Following a custom established many years ago in the parish, the members of Zion African-Methodist-Episcopal church, met on Sunday night and “watched the old year out and the new year in.” Pastor Holland presided and the hour was happily spent in praying and singing.


Thompson - Elijah S. Millman, residing at Comfort’s Pond, was drowned Saturday morning in Churchill Lake, near his home. He had started to cross the lake on the thin ice to visit his brother-in-law, William Tobey. Men were on the lake fishing through the ice which led him to suppose the ice was of sufficient thickness to be safe. He had gone but a short distance when it gave way and he went down. He screamed for help, but it arrived too late, the men being unable to reach him in time to be of assistance. A boat was secured and his body was recovered and taken to his home, less than a mile distant. The ice where he broke through was less than an inch thick and it is stated that before Millman started across he had cautioned the fishermen to be careful. The deceased was 66 years of age and was a veteran of the Civil War. A wife, one son and three daughters survive.


Brooklyn - There will be a dime social in the basement of the Universalist church this Friday evening, to which all are invited. Refreshments will consist of molasses candy, apples and popcorn.


Susquehanna - Dr. W. J. Condon has been appointed Erie surgeon at this place to succeed Dr. Clayton Washburn, who lately removed to Jacksonville, Fla.


Silver Lake - Rogers’ meat market, in Montrose, advertises today a special brand of butter, “Dairy Queen.” It is a product of Sheldoncroft farm, Silver Lake, noted for its good cows and skilled makers of butter.


Springville - On Saturday evening last some would-be desperado broke out some window lights and entered the hardware store of Meserole Bros. They helped themselves to some knives and mouth organs, but a little change left in the store was not taken. The whole affair showed crudeness of those who planned it. From every part of the county came reports of thieving, and to greet such marauders with a well loaded gun seems to be about the only way to put an end to their visits.


Rushboro - John Swackhamer and family have moved from the Will Small farm above Rush, into part of Ed. Cavanaugh’s house, and will do his farming.


New Milford - Mr. Soller, assisted by home talent, is conducting a moving picture show in the Boyle building.


Bennett Corners, Springville Twp. (Lynn) - Miss Esther Hall has sent several of her poems away for publication, and recently one of them has been set to music and will be put on the market soon. The piece is entitled, “I’ve a Wife and a Sweetheart, too.” ALSO A black fox has his den in the rocks on the Sheldon farm in this section.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - L. H. Griffis is painting and papering the schoolhouse here, which was lately purchased by the Ladies’ Aid Society.


Flynn - John Conboy, Sr., of Michigan City, and his son, John, Jr., of Wanataw, Ind., are spending a few weeks with friends in this place and Thomas Guiton and P. J. Flannagan, of Oyster Bay, N. J., are spending Christmas at their home in this place. ALSO Mrs. Vanetta Curley’s school opened on Tuesday morning, after a vacation of five weeks on account of being quarantined in for scarlet fever.


Choconut Valley - The mumps are prevailing to quite an extent in this section. Two of the schools have been closed for a time on account of the teachers being sick with them.


Auburn Township, written by Jasper T. Jennings in his Susquehanna County Text Book. “The early pioneers of Auburn, like those of many other townships, were often obliged to put up with great inconveniences. Flooring was split and hewn from straight grained logs. Roofing was often made of hemlock bark secured by poles and beech withers. A few boards, with slabs to cover the cracks, was a luxurious roof. A good sized log, hollowed out and covered with a slab, constituted his beef barrel and venison was his beef. One small half window set in the log wall lighted the cabin. Pieces of slabs sawed off and round sticks cut in the woods and shaped with an ax and inserted in auger holes for legs, made chairs for the backwoodsman and his family, which were never sneered at by themselves or company. The old pole bedstead and the primitive broom, made by tying a bunch of small hemlock branches to a stick, are still well remembered by many of the old grandfathers among us. And yet, notwithstanding all these deprivations, who shall say the people were not as happy as they are to-day. There was more equality, less class distinction, more brotherhood and sisterhood. God blessed them in nature’s solitude just as much as he does to-day, and with peace and contentment they found happiness.” Mr. Jennings also wrote about the burial places in Auburn. “A short time after the first settlers came to Auburn a grave-yard was opened on Frink’s Hill, where quite a large number of interments were made. South of this is the Bunnell Cemetery. The Protestant Church Cemetery, on Jersey Hill, is one of the largest and best kept country burial-grounds in the county. St. Bonaventure Cemetery is consecrated ground to a large number of Roman Catholics.”


January 12 (1912/2012)



The Great Snow Storm of January 1836 - Never before in the recollection of any man living has there been but once before so great a body of snow on the ground in this section of the country as there is at the present time. On Thursday night (the 7th) the snow commenced falling and continued with very little intermission until Monday morning following. During Friday and Saturday there was no wind, but on Saturday morning it commenced blowing and continued to blow during the night and throughout Sunday it blew a gale. In consequence the snow is piled in heaps. Indeed we are surrounded on all sides by mountains of snow, which put their snow capped peaks one above another in a style quite magnificent. It might be said that “Alps on Alps arise” in the very center of our little village, for when we looked out on Monday morning and saw that our own and neighbors houses were literally buried in the snow, and that mountains had been raised between which it would be necessary to tunnel before the ordinary connections could be established. We thought we saw enough to make the stout heart quail in view of the immense labor we should have to perform in digging out, but we of this woody and snowy region, proverbial for our industry and perseverance, are used to hardships and not easily discouraged. In this emergency the Yankee spirit was up and every man and boy who could wield a shovel took it in hand with a firm determination to dig out or die in the attempt. By Monday night our citizens were able to hail from different quarters, but although the work has continued today there is scarcely any communication between the village and the country. The people are still busily engaged in opening the roads, but many days must elapse before the traveling can be made even tolerable. On April 1st of 1807 the snow fell 4 ½ feet deep on the level, while it is now a trifle over 3 ½ feet on the average. No mail was received from the South for nearly a week and The [Susquehanna] Register was unable to get out its regular issue because of not receiving paper but the [Montrose] Volunteer gives a more lengthy account. The mail which left New York Thursday morning and should have reached Montrose on Saturday, only after extreme exertion, got as far as Jackson on Saturday then came to Breed’s, 11 miles, on Sunday and on Monday made the nine miles to Montrose. (Submitted by F. B. Jewett, Brooklyn.)


Jackson - Alvin W. Barrett, age 94, one of the oldest men in Susquehanna County, died at his home at Lakeview, January 4th. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. in 1817. Mr. Barrett was one of the most active men for his years, having enjoyed good health up to the past few months. When the decedent was about 16 he came with his father, Hosea Barrett, to Jackson township, where a farm was made in the wilderness. He assisted his father in clearing up the forest on the tract of ground that had been purchased. In 1836 he married Miss Mary Jane Hazen, of Jackson, who was born at Loudenderry, Vt., Jan. 3, 1819, her parents David and Jane Hazen having accompanied the party, including the Barretts, from Vermont to Jackson. In 1841 Mr. Barrett purchased the farm on which he lived so many years, erecting a log house in the forest and cleared the land. Afterwards he replaced the log buildings with substantial modern structures and had one of the best farms and was one of the most progressive and successful farmers of that region. Mr. Barrett was a loyal Republican, casting his first vote for William Henry Harrison and voting for every Republican President down to President William H. Taft.


New Milford - The finest yoke of oxen we have seen in a long time is owned by Ray Pratt of this place. They are well matched as to size and color and weigh 3020 lbs.


South Auburn - Mark Overfield, of Shannon Hill, and Ethel Place, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Place, were united in marriage at the M. E. parsonage at Auburn 4 Corners, Jan. 4th Rev. J. A. Transue performing the ceremony, after which the happy couple left for Binghamton, returning to the home of his father, S. E. Overfield, on Saturday. ALSO In West Auburn, Larry, the favorite family horse at A. F. Possinger’s, died last week.


Harford - The men of the M. E. church will hold a bee in E. N. Hammond’s woods, Saturday, to get out timber to repair the church. Dinner will be furnished at Mrs. Hammond’s by the Ladies’ Aid.


Hop Bottom - The sound of sleigh bells were heard for the first time this week.


Montrose - A Montrose man one night recently, while trekking down the middle of the road, lost an overshoe. He offers a reward of fifty cents for its return. He figures that with overshoes at $1.10 per pair, a fifty-cent reward is none too small. ALSO - Thomas A. Edison, the inventor, passed over the Lehigh Valley railroad on Thursday of last week, his private car being attached to a train.


Clifford - David Davis, aged 80 years, one of the best known and most highly respected residents, died on Thursday of last week. His brother, Daniel Davis, who came east from Colorado some months ago to visit him, took his death keenly. He was taken ill on Friday and on Saturday, the day of his brother’s funeral, he too passed away. The former was unmarried, while the latter, who was past 70 years old, has a wife and a number of grown children in Colorado. The bereaved wife came in response to a telegram to arrange for the funeral and burial.


Lathrop - On Jan. 2 our kind neighbors, including Bert Green with his gasoline engine, gave us a surprise and cut enough wood to last all winter. As we enjoy its genial warmth we shall think of the kind hearts that prompted the deed. -Mr. and Mrs. I. T. Whitbeck.


Forest City - There has been a change in the local barber shops in the Forest House and Friedman’s Hotel. Andres Berish has gone from the latter to the former and Henry Witteman from the former to the latter.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Mrs. Dean Baker has been suffering the last two weeks with a gathering in her head, which was very painful. She is somewhat better at this writing.


Silver Lake - Leap Year! If there are any old bachelors left for 1913 it won’t be the girls’ fault.


Great Bend - Lillian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell J. Barry, was poisoned from the artificial coloring on popcorn balls, which she ate last Sunday. The little girl was weakened from whooping cough and her digestive organs were much impaired before she partook of the corn. It was feared for some time that she could not live, but she is now thought to be out of danger.


January 19 (1912/2012)



Frigid Weather - The long-continued cold spell has been a record breaker, both in point of severity and in duration. Perhaps last Saturday morning saw the lowest temperature. In Montrose, at Burns’ Drug Store, the mercury stood at 14 below zero, although temperatures as low as 18 and so are reported at different points, 32 below zero at Rush, and 28 at Franklin Forks, as extremes; 35 below also comes from Rushville and Brooklyn, modest as usual, claimed but 20 below.


Hallstead - T. J. Connors, a Lackawanna engineer, set his clothes on fire at Nicholson Friday night and was quite seriously burned by a torch igniting his overalls. He tore the burning garment off but the flames reached his legs and his hands were scorched. In spite of his burns Connors ran his engine from Nicholson to Clark’s Summit and then back to Halstead, making the round trip of fifty-six miles. Since reaching his home he has been threatened with pneumonia due to the accident and exposure.


Susquehanna - John Leslie, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Susquehanna, died on Jan. 12, 1912, in Scranton, where he had been for the past month undergoing medical treatment. Mr. Leslie was for many years one of the leading marble dealers but his mind had been in bad shape, mentally, for the past two years.


Forest City - The feet of Frank Eustice, a peddler of Leggart St., Forest City, aged 50 years, were amputated at the State hospital in Scranton last Thursday morning. Eustice, on Wednesday last, while walking along the road near Uniondale, came to an empty farm house, which he entered, intending to rest awhile. His feet were cold, so taking off his shoes he wrapped his coat around his feet and lying down fell asleep. On awakening he found that his feet were so swollen it was impossible to replace his shoes and he was forced to walk three miles barefooted. His feet were so frozen by the walk it was found necessary to send him to the hospital in Scranton where it was discovered amputation was imperative.


Montrose - Automobiles have been flitting about our streets regardless of the zero weather. They are fast becoming an all the year round vehicle even in freezing latitudes. We see Mr. Ballantine’s machine almost every day, and Landlord Horton is a persistent auto user.


Uniondale/Tirzah - George Giles, of Tirzah, had the misfortune of letting his team get away from him last Friday. He was getting ready to take his milk to Herrick Station; he had loaded milk in the sleigh when the team became frightened and ran; they made for Johnson Hill, which is very steep and ½ mile long. They unloaded the milk along the route and were caught near Harry Howells. One of the horses was injured quite badly. ALSO A bevy of school girls from Uniondale School went for a straw ride last Saturday; the weather was fine and they reported a lively ride, visiting the Forest City Poor Farm and Herrick Centre. They ate candy, sang songs, cracked jokes and had a huge time.


Heart Lake - The home of Amos Rose was burned Wednesday evening. The interior of the building was in flames when Mrs. Rose made the discovery, the odor of burning wood causing her to investigate. On opening a stairway door the flames burst forth, and the three inmates had barely time to escape with their lives, being unable to save but little of the household goods. Mr. Rose was working at Heart Lake at the time and arrived when only the burning embers of his home remained. The goods were insured for $200.


Fowler Hill - John Wooton, who went to Sayre hospital some weeks ago, has not returned home yet, but is improving at this writing.


Clifford - Prof. Lyndon Auers (Ayers?], who traded his Philadelphia property for Peter White’s, in this place, has now traded the latter for Hiram Rivenburg’s farm and Mr. Rivenburg, whose health is poor, will occupy the White property.


Fairdale - Will we see you there? Where? At church next Sunday. Your presence would be an inspiration to others. In short, we need your help and you need ours. Come!


Lynn, Springville - Our oldest citizens say this is the coldest weather we have had in 18 years. The cold has, in many places, penetrated the cellars, many losing their apples and potatoes.


New Milford - Mrs. C. R. Bailey has a supply of feather beds made from live geese feathers which are doing no one any good and could be obtained by addressing her at New Milford. A reasonable sum would be required for packing and expressing, as the newspapers say.


Friendsville - The homes of Miss Louisa Whelan, sister of the late Rev. J. B. Whelan, of Scranton, and Mrs. Ann Tierney, an aged lady, were totally destroyed by fire at an early hour Tuesday morning. The fire started in Mrs. Tierney’s residence first and in a few moments the house of Miss Whalen was ablaze. Kind neighbors are caring for Mrs. Tierney and Miss Whelan has been cared for at St. Francis Xavier’s rectory, since the fire. Miss Whelan carried $1500 insurance and Mrs. Tierney, $900.


Mason and Dixon Line - The name Mason and Dixon line has been popularly applied to the whole divisory line between free and slave soil, but properly it belongs only to the south boundary of Pennsylvania, surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, 1763-67. For over 100 years this line was a bone of contention. England sent Mason and Dixon to the colonies to make an official survey which was to be final. At the end of every 5th mile of this line a stone, brought from England, was placed, engraved on one side with the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore, and on the other with those of the Penn’s; while the intermediate miles were marked by smaller stones, 16” square and 18” high, bearing a letter M on one side and P on the other. The line is 280 miles long.


Civil War Veterans - It is a coincidence that a single issue of the Montrose Democrat chronicles the death of two men who were with Gen. Sherman in his historic march to the sea. Only two days intervened between their deaths. One was Isaac Hart, of Fairdale, born in 1841, who served in Co. B. 17th Pennsylvania cavalry. He was captured during one of the engagements and taken to Salisbury, N.C., where he was confined in a Confederate prison until the surrender of Gen. Johnson. The second was Charles M. Sherman, of Montrose, born in 1836. When the war broke out he enlisted as a veterinary surgeon with the 9th Pennsylvania cavalry. He was with Sherman in the march that cut the Confederacy in two and also among the envied veterans who marched past the capitol, at Washington, in that historic review by President Lincoln.


New Song Hits - There’s a Mother Old and Gray Who Needs Me Now, Years, Years Ago, Down in Melody Lane, The Undertaker Man, and Let Me Call You Sweetheart.