August 16 (1912/2012)



Birchardville - Selden C. Birchard received a thoroughbred Jersey bull calf from Dalton parties last evening, which will be added to his fine herd of thoroughbreds. The calf’s dam holds the world’s butter record for a cow at her age.


Montrose - Baseball! Baseball! Rain prevented our big game with Keyser Valley last Saturday afternoon but happily it proved only a postponement and incidentally enables us to offer to the patrons of base ball two big games this week, which will be played as follows: Today (Friday) August 16, Montrose vs. Camp Choconut. This is Choconut’s annual visit here and a gala day is made of the occasion. On Saturday, August 17th, comes the Keyser Valley team who boast of their ability to lower the pennant of the undefeated Camp Susquehannock team.


Great Bend - Paul Stelik, aged 35 years, an Austrian residing near Red Rock, a few miles from Great Bend, was struck by an express train Tuesday evening and killed. His mangled body was found near the tracks on the W. D. Mason farm. It is supposed when returning from Great Bend, where he made some purchases, he was struck by the fast train and instantly killed.


New Milford - A. J. Baldwin, of Chino, Cal. is a guest this week of his sister, Mrs. Eudora Millard. Mr. Baldwin, who is a former resident of this county, has been visiting at South Gibson, Susquehanna and New Milford, prior to coming here, and in a number of other places in the East since leaving California in the early summer. He plans to attend the reunion of Co. F. 141st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which is to be held in New Milford next Thursday, and of which company he is a member. His brother, E. C. Baldwin, and wife, who went to Chino this spring, like the country, although Mrs. Baldwin is homesick for the friends and neighbors at Forest Lake. Mr. Baldwin likes the country and he has been benefited in health, he looking like a man of 55, while in reality he lacks but a year of seventy.


D. L. & W. Railroad - There is a persistent rumor that the D. L. & W. tracks which will be abandoned with the completion of the new cut--off between Clark’s Summit and Hallstead will be utilized by the projected Scranton-Binghamton trolley line. It is probable, as prominent railroad stockholders are financially interested in the new trolley.


South Montrose - The Rogers reunion was held Aug. 8 at Ed. Sheen’s. Aunt Millie, as we all call her, who is 86 years old, drove her horse six miles and back to attend the reunion, preferring to do so rather than ride in the automobile. ALSO Ross Griffis has sold his residence to Alvah Allen and will move to Oklahoma soon. We all wish Ross success in his new home. We shall miss him as station agent as well as neighbor.


Lawsville - The following teachers have secured positions in our township for the coming season: Miss Mary Downs, Lawsville; Mary Cosgriff, Stanfordville; Lulu Lindsley, Rhiney Creek; Ella Bailey, Brookdale; Julia Mahoney, Hillside; Anna Dolan, Mountain Valley.


Susquehanna - The death of Wm. Walter, aged 16 years, occurred at the Simon H. Barnes Hospital in Susquehanna on Friday, Aug. 9, 1912. The young man’s death was due to injuries received in a stone quarry at Brushville on July 12th. He was a young man highly regarded by all who knew him, having graduated this spring from the Laurel Hill Academy in the commercial course. His body was taken to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Spahn, in Oakland, Friday, and later to Catskill-on-the-Hudson for interment.


Dimock - W. G. Thornton was a caller in town Monday. Mr. Thornton, although carrying a bullet in his thigh as a memento of the Civil War, is hale and hearty and enjoying good health. He showed his soldier grit not long since by undergoing an operation for the removal of a tumor of the scalp without taking an anesthetic, the wound having since healed entirely and he anticipates no further trouble from it. ALSO W. H. Palmer has purchased a Ford touring car from Chas. E. Roberts. Mr. Roberts has sold eight Ford cars this season and claims the principal difficulty now is to secure cars, the factory output being absorbed so rapidly that the demand cannot be properly supplied.


Heart Lake - Mahon’s orchestra will give another of those popular square dances here on Wednesday evening, Aug. 21st; tickets 50 cents.


Brooklyn - Little Winston Lee Merrill, now ten weeks old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Merrill, has six living grandmothers. The grandmothers are: Mrs. Frank Merrill, 51; Mrs. Emerson Sterling, 49; great-grandmothers: Mrs. Mary Sterling, 74; Mrs. Milo Saunders, 70, and Mrs. Julia Sloat, 70; great-great grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Beeman, 89.


Camp Choconut, Friendsville - Albert Miller, tonsorial artist, made his 12th annual trip to Camp Choconut, Friendsville, Monday. He cut 50 heads of hair that day, a job which generally two men would not care to tackle. Mr. Miller says that he always retires early the night before and leaves his nerves at home when he goes, and manages to pull through all right without “pulling hair.”


Lynn, Springville Twp. - While roofing the house of W. A. Welch last week, W. W. Palmer met with an experience he will not soon forget. While taking off the old shingles he came in contact with a yellow jackets’ nest about the size of a peck measure. There was a pitched battle for awhile, the jackets being finally subdued after many stings.


News Briefs - A Pittsburgh photographer has been Ithaca this week, for the purpose of photographing the brains of Ruloff and Menken, famous murderers who were hanged many years ago in Binghamton, and whose brains were later turned over to Prof. Wilder of Cornell University. Wilder’s collection of 1,700 brains is the largest in the world, and the brains of the two murderers are regarded as the most prominent. The pictures of the brains of Menken and Ruloff will be used in a book being prepared for publication by Dr. Sheldon of the University of Pittsburg. ALSO: Local veterans have been quite exercised this week by the failure of their pension vouchers to arrive. This is a condition of affairs unknown for some years, and in many instances has caused hardship to those dependent entirely on the quarterly pension money. With a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives at Washington, the Democratic House has been enabled to hold up the pension appropriations, it is alleged. The Southern Democrats are not in sympathy with pension legislation and lose no opportunity to put stumbling blocks in the way of benefiting the Northern soldier.


August 23 (1912/2012)



Laceyville/Oakland - Chief Fish Warden, L. M. Shoemaker, arrested two residents of Oakland, charging them with fishing on Sunday. One was Francis Murphy, son of J. W. Murphy, the Oakland hotel keeper. Young Murphy was not really fishing, but was preparing to do so. He had his bait pail and was out catching bait. Shoemaker spied him and in a few minutes had caught him. The other fisherman arrested was Frank Reynolds. This fisherman was caught with the goods, having been very successful landing several bass.


Dimock - The 38th annual session of the Dimock Grove Camp Meeting Association opened and closes Thursday evening, Aug. 29. The meetings are in charge of Rev. H. C. McDermott, district superintendent of the Wilkes-Barre District of Wyoming Conference of the M. E. church. ALSO A. B. Tuttle and D. V. Shaw are rebuilding the school house on the East Creek, which was burned last year.


Susquehanna - Attorney John Ferguson administered justice Tuesday evening in the old--fashioned way to a foreigner who tried to press his attention upon Mr. Ferguson’s wife. Mr. Ferguson came up at the opportune moment and landed with his right on the fellow’s jaw. The blow knocked his hat off and also put speed into his feet. Mr. Ferguson has the hat as a trophy.


Uniondale - Uniondale is said to be a dry town but it seemed to be quite the opposite around the lake section Saturday. ALSO: C. H. Carpenter is building a slaughter house on his farm. It will be 22 x 34 ft. when completed. Cearley has the reputation of being the neatest butcher that handles a steel in that section.


Hallstead - W. J. McLeod has a fine 200 acre farm and the products are somewhat varied—for the other day he caught a rattler measuring 3 ft, 3 in, taking it alive, and it was exhibited for several days at V. D. Hand’s store, where it attracted much attention. It was later killed by Mr. McLeod and an ounce of rattlesnake oil obtained, which is extremely valuable for rheumatism, stiffness of the joints, etc., and brings $2 per ounce.


Montrose - Happening to call at Felker’s bottling works the other day we found everything humming along merrily, “Felker’s famous soft drinks” being put up ready to be shipped to the many dealers who find them superior to other soft drinks on the market and buy them year after year. The equipment at Mr. Felker’s is thoroughly up--to--date; pure spring water is used and everything is in a neat and sanitary condition and this explains the large shipments of carbonated beverages, often seen in the freight stations, the shipping card denoting that it is a Montrose product—Felker’s. The Montrose bottling works is a local industry and deserves local support. If, when buying soft drinks one would ask for “Felker’s,” it would not only insure their getting satisfactory goods but would vastly assist in maintaining and increasing the sales.


Forest City - A house and contents, on Susquehanna street, owned by P. H. Flynn, of Herrick Center, were totally destroyed by fire at an early hour Tuesday morning. It was occupied by B. Spycholski and family who escaped with only their night clothing. The fire was caused by the explosion of a lamp. House and contents were insured. The fire companies responded to the call and by strenuous work prevented the spread of fire to nearby buildings. The explosion of a lamp in the same house, last winter, burned Mrs. Spycholski so seriously that her death resulted a few weeks later.


Lanesboro - George Lacey, a successful trapper of wild animals, tells a curious story of a pen coon that he had about 18 months ago and which he sold to Mr. Green, of Binghamton. Apparently the animal was pleased with his new surroundings, when he suddenly disappeared about two months ago. Mr. Green wrote to Mr. Lacey that his pet had escaped and the latter had almost forgotten it till he came down stairs the other morning and was greeted by his former pet.


Hop Bottom - C. H. Kellum has the finest touring car in town. Charles Jr. is already able to handle it very skillfully. One trip alone of about 600 miles was made this season without any accidents incident to automobiles.


Brooklyn - A camping party enjoyed an outing at the Pioneer Lodge, at Ely’s Lake, over Sunday.


West Jackson - The berry pickers’ social was held at E. A. Washburn’s, August 7th.


Harford - Our roads from this place to New Milford are being much improved. The State is footing the bill.


South Ararat - Mrs. Leona Barnes spent the fore part of the week dressmaking at Monroe Walker’s, on the West Side.


Lathrop Twp. - There was considerable excitement in this place last Monday over two boys that had run away from the poor farm in Montrose; the last seen of them was near the Hillsdale school house.


Great Bend - The firm of Williams & Beebe have dissolved partnership. Charles Williams has purchased Burt Beebe’s interest and will continue the business.


Clifford - Two of our most popular people were married on the 14th inst.—Miss Lena Hasbrouck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hasbrouck, of West Clifford and Prof. Glenn Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bennett, of this place. Professor Bennett fills the chair of mathematics and physics at Andover, Mass.


Glenwood - The hum of the steam thresher is now being heard through the Valley. ALSO: Quite a number from this place attended the Conrad reunion at the Northern Electric Park at Scranton, Saturday, the 17th.


Thompson - Ten cars of coal were derailed one--fourth mile north of Thompson, Saturday. Both tracks were blocked until early Sunday morning. The wreck was caused by a broken brake beam. ALSO: Thomas Walker, who has conducted a shoe store here for the pat 27 years, has retired from business. The stock of shoes were sold to A. E. Foster, of the Corner store.


August 30 (1912/2012)



Montrose - The library will be closed next Monday—Labor Day. All of the stores and business places will also be closed throughout the afternoon. This will permit the baseball enthusiasts to get out and root for the home team—and others to mow the lawn, dig potatoes and pull weeds.


Forest City - A man and woman hailing from Freeland were arrested Monday by Constable M. J. Walsh, charged with elopement and larceny. Last November they left Freeland taking $620, a sewing machine and a lot of silverware. They drifted here and lived for nearly three months on Hudson street. Later they took up their abode in Vandling where they were located by the husband, who came here about a week ago. He caused their arrest and they were taken before Squire Buckley, of Freeland, last Monday, by Officer Walsh. The man in the case is the half brother of the husband. ALSO: A collision between an auto owned by Keogh brothers, of Carbondale, and a rig of James Richards, of Stillwater, occurred in front of the borough building on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The shaft of Richard’s buggy was broken, and a lamp of the automobile was torn off. The auto, which has been chartered by a party of young men homeward bound from Montrose, displayed no lights and there was quite a heated debate for some time between the two drivers as to where the responsibility rested for the mishap.


Uniondale - the pupils of Lyon School, Uniondale, with parents and teacher, enjoyed a delightful straw ride and outing at Lewis Lake, through the kindness of Thomas Stark. A lunch which consisted of the good things of the season was served in the grove, and all returned at evening tired, but happy.


Lynn - W. A. Walsh has secured the services of Fred Collins to assist him in his blacksmith shop. Mr. Collins is an expert horse shoer.


New Milford - The building boom seems to have struck New Milford and now if the big heads and little-heads and all the other heads would get together and fix the roads, living would be worth while.


Clifford - Mr. Nelson Spedding, one of our oldest citizens, is suffering with several maladies, but works every day more steadily than most men better able.


Brooklyn - Henry Penny has a curiosity—a cat with twenty--eight toes, seven on each foot. It is a great “mouser” and Mr. Penny’s people are much attached to it. Although Mr. Penny is eighty--two years old, he comes to town occasionally, but his health, we are sorry to say, is not good, and he lets the younger men do the heavy work. Mr. Penny has been one of the valued subscribers of the Democrat ever since the [Civil] war and has a warm place in the printers’ hearts, as he frequently remembers them with some especially nice apples or other fruits.


Susquehanna - The borough will hold a special election to decide whether they will authorize a bond issue of $15,000 to pay its share of paving Main street and a portion of East Main and Front streets. It is expected that it will carry.


Hallstead - Hon. James T. DuBois has returned to his home at Hallstead from a trip to South America. There will be a gathering at his home of distinguished statesmen and diplomatic representatives during the week and it is expected than an amicable settlement of the controversy between this country and the United States of Columbia will take place. The Columbian minister to Washington will be present. Mr. DuBois declares that chances of settlement are good.


South Montrose - A clam bake and dance will be held at the new barn of Louden Hill Farm, on Saturday Sept. 7th, 3:30 p.m. Music by the First Regiment Band of Binghamton. Tickets to the clam bake and dance are $1, to the dance alone, 50 cents. The proceeds are for the Country Club and Dimock Public Library. Tickets are limited.


Bridgewater Twp. - Lightning struck the home of Thomas Houghton one day during the week. The shock of the bolt knocked down one of his daughters besides knocking off some plaster on the walls. Little damage was done to the house. Joseph Kane’s barn, at Forest Lake was struck by lightning and burned Sunday afternoon, worth al its contents, including a fine horse, over 30 tons of hay, and al farming tools. It was insured for $600. Another horse was so badly injured that it will not be fir for work.


Marriage Licenses - George R. Plew, Bethel Hill and Hazel Chamberlain, Susquehanna; John McGraw, Middletown Centre and Jennie Guilfoyle, Forest Lake; Clarence S. Bennett, Jackson and Anna May Belle Cuskilla, Albany, N.Y.; D. Stanley Kline, Lenox and Edna M. Lewis, Gibson; Robert M. Sampson, Scott and Catharine Chaddon, Harmony.


Dimock Camp Meeting - Attendance this year has been the largest within recent years. It is estimated that 5,000 people were present last Sunday. Meetings closed last evening. It is also stated that there were some 60 automobiles on the camp grounds Sunday. A large percentage of the cars were Fords, it is claimed, the popular car in the country regions, where roads are not what they should be.


News Briefs - The Department of Agriculture experts are administering the “jag cure” to an inebriate cow. The once decorous animal, owned by a Virginia farmer, recently attracted her master’s attention by leaning wearily against the pasture fence and bawling “moo’s” in a hilarious tone, at the same time flirtatiously waving a maudlin front foot at some steers in the next pasture. Investigation showed she had been fed on fermented ensilage. ALSO: Six thousand men are at work on the highways which the State of Pennsylvania has taken over for the establishment of the State road system, and already the preliminary work on repair and maintenance of highways is beginning to show. Dirt is flying in every county in the state and roads which were neglected are being put into condition for easy and safe traveling by wagons and automobiles. In some districts transformations have been made of roads which were notorious for their condition and on which little or no work has been done for over a year because of expectation that the Commonwealth would take them over.


September 06 (1912/2012)



Montrose - A startling accident occurred at the O’Neil boarding house, South Main Street, last night, which caused the death of Miss Elizabeth Jones, of Olyphant, Pa., an elderly lady who was boarding there. Miss Jones was not feeling well in the evening and had retired and it is thought had gotten up and lighted the lamp and in some way caught fire. Miss O’Neil, who was in a nearby room and hearing her screams, went to her assistance. The accident happened at 11:30 o’clock and death came at 7:30 this morning. ALSO: Sparks Show drew an immense crowd here yesterday and gave an exceedingly pleasing and clean performance. The whole aggregation seems to be made up of artists, and the demeanor of all connected with the show in an executive capacity, appeared gentlemanly. It has been many years since Montrose has had a big circus, and she obeyed it.


Lenoxville - Curtis Allen and bride have returned from Atlantic City, where they have been spending several days, and have begun house--keeping on their farm.


Elk Lake - Messrs VanPelt Quackenbush, of Scranton and Edwin Fordham, of New York City, who have been stopping at the Quackenbush cottage here, returned home via Montrose on Monday.


Auburn Twp. - Mrs. William Wilkins and son, Raymond, of Coventry, England, visited her sister, Mrs. Lewis Lott, of Auburn, last week. Mr. Wilkins and little daughter also accompanied her across the Atlantic, but were detained at New York on account of the little girl coming down with measles.


Thompson - Miss Helen Weir is spending the week at Bungalo Park, Fiddle Lake, with her friend, Miss Ruth Stone.


Lynn - W. P. Sheldon left here for Franklin Forks where he has been engaged to teach school. Miss Mary Fisher is teaching our school and started in with a goodly number of pupils on Monday last. Winefred Smales is teaching the Lymanville school. Edith Sheldon has been engaged to teach the school at Black Walnut and left for that place on Monday last. Ralph Loomis is one of the students from this place who is attending the High School at Springville.


Susquehanna - Wm. Allpaugh, one of Susquehanna’s best known business men who has been identified with the interests of that place for nearly half a century, died Aug.26, 1912, after two months’ illness. A month previous to his death hope of his recovery was abandoned. Mr. Allpaugh enlisted in the Union army when a boy of 16 years and served until the close. For two terms he was county auditor, finishing his second term about one year ago. He was a man highly regarded by all who knew him. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Charlton M. Allpaugh, member of the firm of the Ryan--Allpaugh Co., Susquehanna.


Watrous Corners - On August 25th a fine baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Very.


East Bridgewater - Miss Kathryn O’Mara commenced her school Monday morning. This is her third term here, and they like her very much.


Hopbottom - A rare treat is in store for Hopbottom people. As the last number of the entertainment course conducted by the Shakespeare club, the Electric City Quartette and Minstrel Co. will appear in Masonic hall Sept. 13. Do not miss the best thing of its kind ever presented here. ALSO: A suspicious looking party in an automobile driven by Charles Kellum left town Wednesday morning for Brooklyn, en route to Scranton. Listen for the wedding bells.


Birchardville - The 19th Reunion of Co. H, 143d Regt., Pa Volunteers, was held Aug. 23. The secretary reported three deaths, Walter Jenner, Jas. Dean and Ezra P. Lester. We were pleased to have with us our old friend, James Carmalt, a brother--in--law of Capt. Morris and Miss Caroline Morris, a daughter, and Samuel H. Sayre, a grand son of the late Capt. of Co. H, John C. Morris. Fifty years ago Co. H. was reorganized and on Sept. 2, 1862, Capt Morris, of Friendsville, left Montrose with 80 men for the war. One officer and 12 men joined the company in 1862; 36 recruits joined in 1863 and 13 more in 1864--65. Three men were killed in action, 1 officer and 20 men were wounded. One officer and 6 men died of wounds; 10 men were captured and 5 of them died in rebel prisons. There are now living 24 of the original 80 men and some of the recruits, but as these were from the lower part of the State we have lost track of them. Seven of the 24 were present: O. A. Baldwin, Samuel S. Baxter, Myron Bradshaw, A. S. Horton, James Strange, Stanley B. Warner, and Asa Warner, also four comrades from other regiments, H. C. Spafford, E. E. Fessenden, J. J. Ely and Ackley Walker.


Nicholson - Mrs. Catherine Cross, formerly of this place, has opened at Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the “Montrose Heights private school,” where all English branches will be taught.


Montrose Bible Conference - The conference of 1912 has been, by general consent, the best of the five conferences that have been held here. It was as successful financially as it was intellectually and spiritually. Considering the rain and the consequent reduction of the crowds on Sundays, the only days on which collections were taken, the offerings were remarkable. All the meetings were enthusiastic and full of hope for the future.


Scranton & Binghamton Railway Co. - with 75 men at work near Nicholson, is rushing matters to extend its line to that town by the middle of September. Only a quarter of a mile of grading remains to be completed and that is not very heavy. It is said that after Nicholson is reached work will progress faster. Very little more than surface grading will be done on the stretch between Nicholson and Montrose. Another announcement is that after Nicholson is passed the work may be divided into sections all along the line. Thousands of people between Scranton and Binghamton are anxious to see this road completed.


Chestnut Tree Blight - Arrangements have been completed with the Pennsylvania Chestnut Tree Blight Commission for the placing of an exhibition at the Mansfield Fair. The chestnut bark disease has already killed nearly all the chestnut trees on Long Island and around New York city, and is doing immense damage to the timber around Philadelphia, and throughout eastern Pennsylvania. The State Blight Commission, through its representatives, is making every effort to control this disease and save the valuable chestnut timber in the counties of Pennsylvania, especially where very little blight has yet appeared. The Commission has recently issued an interesting book which is an exhaustive report of their work in detecting and destroying the first symptoms of the disease.


September 13 (1912/2012)



Elk Lake - During the thunder shower last Thursday lightning struck F. D. Morris’ cottage. The bolt entered at the rear of the cottage, charring the wood. Strangest of all a splinter, a foot long, was driven through a 2” plank. The bolt grounded about 6” from an oil stove, cutting a space 24 sq. ft. through the kitchen floor. Dishes and utensils were scattered promiscuously about, while a box of matches remained untouched.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - After the long summer, with the large number of city people who spend part of their vacation here, the only thing of any importance that happened was one engagement. ALSO: Our schools are all open, with a very light attendance, some as low as three scholars, making it pretty expensive to educate our children, but the money is gotten easy and the teachers are getting more than they could be hired for. I know we could get the same teachers for $30 per month just as well.


Forest Lake - John E. Flynn and Morris Baker are attending the Montrose High School.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn township was thrown into deep sorrow Sunday when the report that one of its young men had met a sad and untimely death by drowning. Arthur Rozelle, the 16 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Rozelle, of Rozedale Gardens, near Brooklyn, lost his life in the Meshoppen Creek when he went swimming to cool off after a long bicycle ride. The boy went swimming against the advice of his cousin, Ray Snyder, who pleaded with him to keep out of the water least he take a cramp because of his overheated condition. Young Rozelle insisted on the swim and jumped in the creek in a deep spot. He sank immediately and did not come to the surface. An hour later searchers recovered the body. The Rozelle boy often accompanied his father to Montrose on business trips, and his bright, manly ways had endeared him to all of Mr. Rozelle’s customers, who found him gentlemanly and accommodating.


Hop Bottom - George Miller, an aged veteran of the Civil War and a resident of this village, was instantly killed on the Lackawanna tracks by a light engine early Saturday. The accident occurred in front of the Foster House. Mr. Gardner was troubled with deafness and evidently did not hear the approach of the locomotive. He served with Co. B, 1st Delaware Regiment and was discharged 16 July 1865. He was 67 years of age.


Gelatt - Reunions are on hand. There were over 100 who attended the Gelatt reunion, at Whitmarsh Hall and over 100 attended the Pickering reunion at the Grange Hall. Monroe Walker and family and Geo. Barnes and family attended the Walker reunion at Alvey Corey’s, Elk Mountain. Eugene and Edward Gelatt and their families attended the Miller reunion at Daniel Foster’s at Lake Sido. Amos Avery and family attended the Beaumont reunion at Thomas Avery’s in Burnwood.


Lake View - The Ladies’ Aid held a church fair last Friday on the church lawn. A very fine chicken dinner was served and a good crowd attended. In the evening a cantata was rendered under the direction of Prof. Sophia.


Forest City - Ike Joseph’s, leading clothier and shoe dealer, has men’s fine tailored suits for the fall. The prices of our suits for men and young men range from $4.98 to $25.00. Ralston and Crossett shoes range from $4.00 to $4.50. Ladies shoes of all kinds, high or low cut are 98 cents to $4.00. School shoes for boys and girls in heavy box calf, gun metal, vici kid, from 89 cents to $1.75. School bag with each pair free. Men’s work shoes, heavy and durable, 98 cents.


Thompson - The ball game between the Thompson nine and Pleasant Mount boys was not finished last Saturday, as the Pleasant Mount boys were not willing to abide by the umpire’s decision. What’s the use of an umpire? ALSO: Abdel Fatah expects to open a store in Uncle Tommy’s [Walker’s] building the first of October. He will sell ready made clothing and dry goods.


Uniondale - The counties of Wayne, Wyoming and Susquehanna comprise the great Tri-County Agricultural Association, held on the borders of each county, near Uniondale. So fellow citizens and exhibitors, this is to be your fair, and the officers have set October 7, 8 and 9, as being the three biggest days of your life. The horses are expected to be in fine shape for the races each day. A balloon ascension and parachute drop and a merry-go-round will be enjoyed by the children, from the age of 2 to 80 years. So, people, don’t forget the dates, October 7, 8 and 9.


Montrose - A better house for the purpose, or a better location for a summer hotel, could hardly be found anywhere than in Mr. Anthony’s fine home on Lake Avenue, which has been recently opened as “Shadow Lawn Inn.” The grounds are spacious, the rooms are many and large, the view is delightful, with the grounds well kept and beautiful flowers in profusion. Mr. Anthony, in opening this house to the public, is doing a public spirited thing, and we trust that the patronage may be liberal. It is especially delightful place for touring automobile parties. ALSO: James E. Passmore, who is employed with the Thompson Marble Works in Cortland, NY, has been called here by Mrs. T. C. Allen to do some special fine work in lettering at the Allen marble shop. He will cut and letter after the latest pattern, beautiful monuments for the following—Myron Kasson, of Scranton, Ernest Smith, of Springville, Mrs. White, of Laurel Lake, Mrs. McMename, of Jersey Hill, and others. Mr. Passmore is considered to be one of the best marble cutters that ever came to Montrose, and for six years prior to Mr. Allen’s death, he had been a faithful workman in his employ. Mr. Passmore expects to return to Cortland at the completion of the work.


Springville - Eli Barber had the misfortune to lose his only horse last Saturday. He was at Brown & Fassett’s mill when without any warning the horse dropped dead.


Clifford - Frank Gardner and Miss Lillian Titsworth, of Montrose, called on the former’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Bennett, last Friday afternoon. They made the trip in Dr. Gardner’s car, intending to return that night, but alas! while coming down the hill near Royal a rear axle snapped and they arrived in Montrose Sunday evening about six.


Harford - Miss May Tiffany has entered the Dr. Burns hospital in Scranton to take a course in training for a nurse. ALSO: Miss Jennie Shannon, of St. Louis, is visiting friends in this place.


New Milford - Samuel and Edward Bertholf, Theo. Shay and Nat Burdick made a fishing trip to Morris pond Monday. They did not make much of an impression on the piscatorial record.


September 20 (1912/2012)



Alford - A case of “eviction” took place here Monday when Perry Sweet and his wife were taken from their home, the Lackawanna railroad [D L & W] taking possession of their property. The scene was slightly dramatic and highly humorous in a way. The railroad’s attorney and detectives were star actors. The railroad had sought to purchase this property but terms could not be agreed upon. When it became evident that condemnation proceedings would be brought by the company, Mrs. Sweet, who holds title to the property, brought suit in equity, through her attorneys C. L. VanScoten and G. P. Little, asking for an injunction, claiming that the railroad had absolutely no right to touch her property under its charter and that the new line was an independent railroad. At 10:30 Monday morning, four or five railroad men asked Mr. Sweet if he would not vacate and he refused. Mr. Sweet then took his position in the side door of the house with a big, ugly-looking revolver. A “council of war” was held by the railroad men, and about half an hour later, 15 or 20 additional railway men, and a detective, appeared and they went up to Mr. Sweet, took his gun from him, and marched him across the street. They also took Mrs. Sweet from the house and then removed their goods, and immediately began despoiling the property. Mr. and Mrs. Sweet are highly respected citizens of Alford, and have occupied this home for 43 years. Mr. Sweet’s friends say that the house is not in the line of the new cut-off, nor will it have to be moved, but that the railroad wanted to purchase it for their own use. A pathetic part of the scene was the sobbing of Mrs. Sweet when they began tearing down the home they had occupied so long. The house is a large, three-story affair, and we are informed that a spring of water upon it is a very valuable one. Mr. and Mrs. Sweet will store their goods for a time and then move to Clarks Summit, we understand. The answer to the bill in equity was filed and will come up for disposal in the November court. If a permanent injunction is granted the rail-road would have to restore the property and pay all damages. If refused the value of the property will be decided by condemnation proceedings. The Sweet’s were offered $3600 Later: We understand that J. M. Decker has settled with the Lackawanna for the right-of-way across his property and that the company paid Mr. Decker $5,000 for same and Mr. Decker takes off and retains three of the buildings which were in the path of the cut--off operations. Mr. Decker will occupy his fine residence above the D, L. & W. station, at present occupied by station agent Trump.


Franklin Forks - Franklin M. Gardiner, Esq., of Forest City, declined to run on the Washington ticket in opposition to Hon. E. E. Jones for representative. George P. Stockholm has been named by the nominating committee to fill the vacancy. Mr. Stockholm is a popular Farmers’ Alliance man in Franklin Forks, with a large acquaintance, and served with credit in the Civil War. His friends will enthusiastically rally to his support.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Ora Bennett purchased of Web Kinyon, of Greenfield, a very valuable horse the other day, paying $250 for it. He is what the boys call a “Jim Dandy.” It pleases Ora to draw the reins over the nicest horse in town.


Dimock - A sharp ball game was held on the large grass meadow of W. L. Stilwell, on Saturday, between South Montrose and Dimock boys, which resulted in favor of South Montrose.


New Milford - A very sad accident and one that should be a lesson to all, occurred at the home of Olney Very when his little four year old girl found her grandmother, Mrs. Theron Very’s, medicine, taking as much as she cared to and dying in a few hours. She was an exceptionally bright child and universally loved. ALSO Angelo Julian, contractor to furnish the common laborers, was here this week and reports hard and slow work getting men to work on the cut--off.


Elk Lake - Frank Arnold and H. T. Fargo have each lost a horse.


Glenwood - Will Gow, of Cameron Corners, lost a horse by falling from a ledge a few days ago. ALSO Anna Tripp is able to attend school again after an absence of a few days from the result of an auto accident. If auto tourists would travel with less speed they could avoid such accidents.


Montrose - Saturday afternoon last, a man drove his team and wagon across the Country Club links. Whether to save time or in a willful abandon of the Club’s postings we do not know, but the journey was an expensive one. The case was settled out of court for $10.00 or $1000 (?) [Unclear.] Each year $500 or more is paid out that these grounds may be kept in the best possible condition for the game of golf and the members of the Club elect their Governors for that purpose. ALSO The increasing popularity of Lake Avenue causes it frequently to be spoken of and the way it came by its present name may be of interest to some of our readers, besides giving credit publicly to a former, now deceased, popular and public spirited citizen, the late Henry C. Tyler, whose residence was on that street, then called North Main Street. Mr. Tyler thought it would be nice to change the name and circulated a petition asking it to be changed by the Borough Council to “Lake Avenue,” which was done, perhaps thirty years ago. [Besides, it does go to the lake.]


Ararat Summit - Ronald Walker, who has been working as telegrapher at Forest City Station, the past three months, is now working in the station at Starrucca.


Little Meadows - Patrick McNamara is confined to his home with an attack of quinsy. ALSO Mary McNamara has purchased a new piano.


Flynn - Thomas McDonough has traded his horse for a motorcycle. Tom is going to get after them soon.


Jackson - The body of Charles Hard was brought to Susquehanna for burial on September 8. His home was in Oklahoma. ALSO The death of Edwin Bowell occurred very suddenly while working on the road, Monday, Sept. 16th, 1912, near W. W. Pope’s undertaking rooms. The deceased had a stroke about 10 o’clock and died at 12 o’clock. He leaves two sons, Frank and Clarence, both of Susquehanna, and one daughter, Mrs. John Skillett, of Ohio. Funeral and burial today, at Gelatt, at 10 o’clock.


Brooklyn - Murray Palmer left this week to resume his studies at Staunton Military Academy in Virginia.


September 27 (1912/2012)



Pine Glenn, Rush Township - Mrs. David Haney had quite an experience Saturday with a black snake. As she opened the screen door it fell on her then dropped to the floor. The snake was killed and measured [could not read] feet in length.


Lenoxville - Our school directors closed the Green Grove school last week because of a supposed case of smallpox. Dr. Hunt, of Harrisburg, was called and it proved to be a false report. The doctor diagnosed the case as Hungarian itch.


Kingsley - The new hotel built by Stearns Bros. is now open to the public.


Brooklyn - E. S. Eldridge sold the apples in his orchard for $1006 on the trees.


West Bridgewater - Lamont Fisk, of Illinois, is visiting his old schoolmate, M. N. Seely. Mr. Fisk has not been in Pennsylvania for over 50 years until this fall.


Springville - Mail Carrier Swanick had a breakdown with his car, on Tuesday, and had it hauled in by [horse] team.


Prospect Hill, Jessup Twp. - Mr. Howell, while letting the cows out of the barn of A. L. Rogers, last Sunday night, was hooked in the eye by one of the cows. Although painfully hurt, Dr. Wilson thinks the sight is not injured.


Susquehanna - Charles Ash, Jr., has returned to the Columbia University in New York.


Forest City - Anthony Judge was caught beneath a fall of rock in shaft No. 2, Saturday afternoon, fracturing his skull. He is recovering from his injuries. ALSO Forest City horsemen are interested in establishing a driving park. A committee has been appointed to see about selecting a site, which will probably be located on the flat south of Farrell’s Hotel, if the project materializes.


Montrose - Christopher Columbus is here and will meet the people at the Cnic Theatre this afternoon and evening. The Coming of Columbus is one of the strongest and most elaborate pictures ever shown. It is an extraordinary picture, posed for by scores of good Christians who exercised the greatest care in its setting. It cost thousands of dollars to produce, which has met the approval of the greatest religious thinkers today. Adults ten cents, children five cents. Good music.


Uniondale - Meat, meat, everywhere but not a bit to eat. Four slaughter houses in our little villages and meat being taken to Forest City every day, and still the people have to depend on an outsider to furnish them meat and that, only once a week.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - Henry Hitchcock had the misfortune to lose a fine cow Thursday.


New Milford - Business is booming along the rail road line making lively times in town.


Herrick Township - October first will be moving day for several Herrick families. At that time Jerry Kishpaugh will move into the house he has recently bought, now occupied by Clarence Springstein, and Mr. Springstein’s people will move into Alford Bowell’s house. Mrs. Emory Miller will move into property recently purchased, now occupied by Gabriel Parks, and Mr. Park’s family will probably move to the little Myers house, where Mrs. Miller now lives. There are also two or three other changes likely to be made.


Hop Bottom - Mrs. Ollie Loomis had her fall opening of millinery, etc., on Saturday, Sept. 21st. We bespeak for her a large patronage.


Jackson - Miss Anna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Brown, of Jackson, was yesterday afternoon, at 4 o’clock, united in marriage to Raymond Barnes, of the same place. The Rev. Mr. Renville officiated. The couple was attended by Miss Wanetta Brown, of Starrucca, and Cecil Barnes. There were nearly 200 guests at the wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes have gone to Washington on a wedding journey.


South Harford - A party was held at Ernest Harding’s, Sept. 19, in honor of his father, Philander Harding, to help him celebrate his 90th birthday. About 40 relatives and neighbors were there bringing presents and 100 postcards. The evening was spent visiting and singing and listening to instrumental music. He wishes to thank all for their kindness and is planning to have a big celebration for his 100th birthday. He is digging his own potatoes and cutting his corn. Who has a man in their neighborhood to beat that?  [Philander died March 15, 1920 and is buried in South Gibson.]


Nicholson - The first regular car for the carrying of passengers over the Trolley line left here at 5:30 o’clock Monday morning, Sept. 23d. The schedule provides for a car leaving every hour, on the half, up to 10:30 o’clock in the evening. Cars will leave Scranton for Nicholson at 6 o’clock in the morning and on the hour up to 11 o’clock at night. The fare from Nicholson to Scranton and return is 75 cents. The one way fare is 40 cents.


St. Joseph - Rev. J. J. Lally, age 70, has been retired at his own request by Bishop Hoban, as pastor of St. Joseph church. He will be succeeded by Rev. William J. Gibson, of S. Scranton, who has been assistant pastor at St. Rose’s church, Carbondale. Father Lally has been pastor of St. Joseph’s parish for the past 35 years and is held in the highest esteem by all who know him.


News Briefs - “Bunk” Allen, inventor of pink lemonade, was buried in Chicago last week. His right name was Henry Allott, a circus man for 40 years. His discovery of pink lemonade was brought about when he accidentally dropped a bag of red candy into a tub of lemonade. There was a bigger demand for lemonade that day than ever before and the manager increased young Allott’s wages instead of discharging him as was first intended. A coloring powder was purchased and from that time on pink lemonade became the favorite drink with every circus on the road. ALSO New Paris skirts are being made only 22” wide, but these will be worn only by the ladies to whom nature has not been as generous as she might have been. You must bear in mind that one of pa’s pant legs is 22” wide at the knee and pa has only one lean leg in at that.


October 04 (1912/2012)



Springville - Stuart Riley, who has conducted a thriving mercantile business here for many years, has disposed of the business and will be succeeded by H. B. & C. W. Lee, the new firm to be known as Lee Bros., and we bespeak for the new proprietors the same success that this store has enjoyed so long. Mr. H.B. Lee has been the head clerk with Mr. Riley for several years, and Mr. C.W. Lee has also been the head clerk for R. L. Avery’s store for a long time, and with the experience of both, not only with the business, but enjoying a wide acquaintance-ship with the trading public, they should expand business of this already prosperous store. AND in East Lynn, Fred Pierson, of Auburn, teaches toe school here. Eva States, who has taught here for a number of years, now teaches in the Springville high school.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Harvest Home dinner, to have been held Saturday, has been postponed on account of a funeral.


Harford Fair Notes - It rained before and after. There were about 2000 tickets sold. The exhibits were good considering the weather. The society, by cutting all possible expenses will be able to pay premiums in full. There was no plowing match. John Sheldon won first in egg race and his sister, Julia, second. Judge Chas. Walker, of New Milford, thought T. J. Gillespie’s baby was the handsomest and Earl Clinton’s next. The Boys Brigade was fine and enjoyed by all. Susquehanna should be proud of these boys.


Jackson Twp. - School notes of Maple Ridge School for month ending Sept. 6th, 1912: Ruth Hall, Esther Quick, Nellie Hall, Earl Hall, Raymond Wilcox and Jay Decker were present every day during the month. Lloyd Blaisdell was absent only one day, and that on account of sickness. Those having a monthly examination of 95% or more were: Lloyd Blaisdell and Nellie Hall. Those whose marks were 90% or more were: Esther Quick, Ruth Hall, Raymond Wilcox and Jay Decker.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The Bullard school house, which has been closed for four or five years, was sold at public sale on Saturday last and was purchased by Lewis Bunnell for $57. At FOWLER HILL, James Hugboom and Bruce Swisher had a general mix--up while coming from the creamery the other morning. The horse got frightened at an auto, throwing them out, breaking the harness and wagon and cutting Mr. Hugboom’s head and jarring both considerably. AND, in WEST AUBURN, Our school has an enrollment of 38 pupils, all taught by one teacher, Miss Ella Crawford.


Montrose - Auctioneer Cox held up a bettered fiddle. “What am I offered for this antique violin,” he inquired. “Look it over. See the blurred finger marks of remorseless time. Note the stain of the hurrying years. To the merry notes of this fine instrument the brocaded dames of fair France may have danced the minuet in glittering Versailles. Perhaps the virgins walked to its stirring rhythm in the feasts of Lupercalia. Ha! It bears an abrasion, perhaps a touch of fire. Why, this may be the identical fiddle on which Nero played when Rome burned!” “Seventy--five cents!” said a red--nosed man in the front row. “It’s yours!” cried the eloquent auctioneer.


Hallstead - On Friday night someone entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Chamberlin and stole $35 from a drawer in the writing desk. The family heard some one unlock the front door and come in, but they thought Mr. Chamberlin had come home and thought nothing of it and only found out they had been robbed after the burglar had gone. There is no clew.


Herrick Centre - Jerry Kishpaugh is improving the looks of the McAvoy lot which he recently purchased by moving the barn further back from the road and they are also papering the house and preparing to reside there a little later.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. - Our small pox scare turned out to be nothing serious and the school on the hill opened up again Monday, it being closed only a few days.


Brooklyn - Norman Aldrich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aldrich, aged about 2+ years, met a tragic death on Oct. 1st. Mrs. Aldrich, who lives on F. B. Jewett’s farm, had procured some kindling wood to start a fire and had kerosene oil in a quart fruit can to help kindle the fire. She set the can on the stove and left the room for a few moments; in her absence the little boy got the can and drank part of its contents. Dr. Oliver Williams was phoned for and reached the home in a short time, but medical skill was unable to save the life of the child.


Clifford - About 40 lady friends of Mrs. H. Felts gave her a genuine surprise last Saturday, and as a memento left $5 in cash in which to purchase an umbrella.


Susquehanna - Miss Margaret Mulqueen, while visiting friends in Binghamton last week, met with a serious accident. While cleaning a stove at the home where she was visiting, the gasoline she was using for the purpose exploded. Her face, neck and arms were badly burned. She was taken to the Binghamton Hospital for treatment.


Gibson - C. H. VanGorder is finishing his new store inside as fast as possible. It will be opened as a general store Nov. 1 by Burr Wilder.


Ainey, Springville Twp. - James Bunnell, of Dimock, was here last Monday on his way to Nicholson, where he is moving buildings to make way for the Northern Electric road.


News Brief - “A No. 1” the famous railroad tramp who has visited this newspaper at several times is dead, having been ground under the wheels of a railroad train in Houston, Texas. “A No. 1” was last in Montrose about 5 years ago. He was known to the editors of the entire country. A dispatch from Houston says: “A No. 1” the king of hoboes, is dead. Slipping from the rods of a passenger train on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, the man who boasted that he had traveled more miles and paid less fares than any traveler of his generation, was caught by the trucks of the heavy coach and literally ground to death. “A No. 1” was a puzzle, even to the men with whom he had roamed to all parts of the world. He told no one his name, his birthplace or of his family. He was merely “A No. 1” the king of tramps. From Maine to California his name is painted or carved on box cars, water tanks, railroad sheds, in fact, everywhere “A No. 1” could find space he wrote his name in big letters, and two arrows, pointing in the direction the hobo king was traveling at the time he “signed up.”


October 11 (1912/2012)



Montrose - Dogs, streets, sewers, swine and street lights were discussed at the borough council Monday evening. The matter of untaxed dogs was brought up. The councilmen agreed that as it was the library which received the revenue from dog taxes, it was their duty to see that assessors let no dog escape and that they must be tagged. A street light was approved on Bank street and among other, one near the stockyards on High street. Some of the lights were reported as being so low that they are a menace and a nuisance to people driving wagons loaded high with hay, barrels, etc. The past summer many complaints were made because individuals kept a family pig, to the annoyance of the neighbors. The borough ordinance is strict in this respect—no pigs being permitted to be kept within 200 feet of any dwelling house. With this ordinance rigidly enforced, it means that a pig’s chance is small to live within the town’s precincts. Sidewalk grades were established and the sewer committee was directed to proceed with the work of completing the sewer lines on Chenango street, near John Hefferan’s residence. ALSO A band of gypsies arrived in town yesterday afternoon and attracted considerable attention. There were four large covered wagons out of which streamed a myriad of neglected looking “kids”, who filled the doorways of the business places. It is said these four wagons are part of a band with fifty wagons which left Owego a few days ago, but which got separated in some way. They are trying to find their companions.


Brooklyn - Bert West, of Montrose, who is employed on C. A. Rozell’s farm here, had a narrow escape from loss of life, limb or internal injury on Wednesday, when he fell from a tree while picking apples. Fortunately for Bert he did not break any ribs, but he broke a perfectly sound basket. ALSO Miss Hattie McMillan has returned from a ten days’ vacation with the Misses Smith, in Lenox. She was a country school ma’am in Lenox township when the old red schoolhouse was helping to make the youths of the country “progressive.”


Forest City - Considerable interest attaches itself to the marriage of Halsey Myers and Minnie Lee, both of Lanesboro, which occurred at Forest City on Sept.18, Justice P F. Morrison performing the ceremony. The bride was cleared from the charge of the murder of her husband [by arsenic poisoning] in the county courts last spring.


Hopbottom - Our high school reports an enrollment of 150 pupils. ALSO Henry McCoy has sold his family horse to parties from the valley.


Elk Lake - Miss Mary E. Young is the oldest person in this community. She passed her 90th birthday Oct. 9. Miss Young is in good health and is able to walk to her neighbors without assistance.


Dimock - A lad named Elwood Taylor, who has been living at the home of A. P. Smith in Dimock township for seven years, ran away on Sept. 8th, and nothing has been heard from him since. It is supposed by some that he joined Sparks’ circus, but if he failed in that he may be working on a farm along the Susquehanna river in Wyoming county.


East Ararat - A surprise party was held of Philip Lyman on Monday, Sept. 30, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Patton. There were 28 neighbors and friends present. As a token of their regard for Mr. Lyman, they left a sum of $16.25, which will be very acceptable to him, as he has been confined to his bed for over two months with rheumatism. His many friends hope for his speedy recover.


New Milford - On account of the whooping cough, about 50 pupils are not allowed to attend school.


Griffis Hill, Jessup Twp. - Dr. Fry, of Rush, visited the school Friday and took the children for an auto ride after school.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna, on the main line of the Erie, boasts of having the oldest stone and brick railway station in the United States. Just west of this station is a space for relics connected with the history of the Erie. An old “Atlantic & Great Western” broad gauge passenger coach, in service in the early 1860’s, occupies the position of honor. In those days railways believed in having breadth to their operations. The track alone gauged 6 ft., so it can be imagined what the entire width of a coach would be. Near the coach is a small old time Erie caboose No. 4259, which has the distinction of having traveled the farthest north of any railway equipment in the world. Perry took it north with him in his trip of ‘99 as temporary headquarters and succeeded in getting it as far as Erah, 70 degrees north. A third relic which is an object of much curiosity to passing tourists is an old pair of broad--gauge car wheels with inside journals which were recently fished out of the Delaware River. They were located a considerable distance down an embankment from the tracks and had without doubt been connected with a wreck in the early history of the Erie. [This article appeared in The Railroad Reporter in 1912].


Susquehanna/Great Bend - We are informed that it is likely there will be nothing done toward building the road between Great Bend and Susquehanna this year, but that arrangements will be made for taking up the matter of construction very early in the spring. There is considerable of a fight as to which side of the river the proposed road will be built, as Oakland wants it on her side of the river and Susquehanna is equally insistent that it will be built on her side.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Bertha Wells rings her large bell at 12 o’clock, telling us the hour for dinner every day. Now we have another notice; Hankerson’s new steam saw mill whistle blows at precisely 12 o’clock daily.


South Auburn - The ladies of this place met in the Grange Hall recently for the purpose of quilting a couple of quilts which they presented to Mrs. Leon Chamluvier, whose home was destroyed by fire last spring.


Birchardville - Some of the most influential citizens of this place are to petition court to have the lower end of the Middle Branch changed to Center street.


News Brief - Much interest is manifested in the world’s series of ball games between the New York Giants and the Boston Americans. It is now even up, each having won a game. The “peerless Christy” Mathewson should have won Wednesday’s game hands down, but rank errors by Shortstop Fletcher resulted in a tie.


October 18 (1912/2012)



Susquehanna - Dr. S. S. Birdsall, one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens, died suddenly Saturday morning, Oct. 12, 1912, after an illness of a few hours. Before he retired he told his wife he felt ill and Dr. Peck was summoned. Dr. Birdsall had been a resident of Susquehanna for more than a half a century and was very active in the practice of his profession and had been zealous for the betterment of the town. His work on the board of Trade was such that about a year ago he was given a handsome loving cup as a token of appreciation for his earnest work. During the Civil War Dr. Birdsall worked in several hospitals and was mustered out in September of 1864. In February of 1865 he took an examination for assistant surgeon of United States volunteers, with successful result, and was assigned to duty at Fairfax Seminary Hospital near Alexandria. VA. Dr. Birdsall was mustered out Nov. 27, 1865 as a brevetted major.


Fiddle Lake, Ararat Twp. - Jones W. Walker, of Ararat, is celebrating his 80th birthday today. He was born in the town of Ararat and has resided here nearly all his lifetime.


Choconut Valley - The McCahill brothers, who purchased the Mooney Hotel last spring, are making quite extensive repairs on the house, among other things putting in steam heat and gas lights.


Jackson Twp. - School notes of Maple Ridge school for month ending Oct. 7. Ruth Hall, Esther Quick, Nellie Hall, Earl Hall, Raymond Wilcox, Jay Decker and Lloyd Blaisdell were present every day during the month. Esther Quick had a 95% average. Nellie and Ruth Hall had a 90% average. Raymond Wilcox. Lloyd Blaisdell and Carl Decker had an 85% average. The 6th grade is reading “The Man Without a Country” by Everett Hale and learning the poem “Old Ironside.” The 5th grade is reading “The King of the Golden River” by John Ruskin.


East Lynn - The school here has organized a literary society. The first meeting to be held Friday afternoon, Oct. 25. All parents and friends are cordially invited.


New Milford - Electrician DeWitt Vail is installing an electric light plant in Stearns Bros’s new hotel in Kingsley. Light will also be furnished to several private residences we understand. In SOUTH NEW MILFORD several cows in this vicinity got full on apples and were so drunk they could not get up.


Uniondale - Alvin Leonard is painting the milk station. Stephen Bronson and C. A. Wademan expect to have their residences painted soon. It is quite an improvement to the town to see so many newly painted buildings, and if we had those sidewalks we have heard so much about, it would still be a greater improvement. ALSO Mrs. Etta Wells and Miss Mae Sweet were in Lestershire [Johnson City] several days last week. They have secured employment in the shoe factory and will move in the near future.


Hallstead/Great Bend - An order was posted in the Erie shops, at Susquehanna, Tuesday, placing the shops on full time. It is also reported that the Erie contemplates increasing the shop force in the near future. A large number of men from this place are employed in the shops, going to their work on the early morning train.


McKinney’s Mills, Great Bend Twp. - About 2 o’clock on Friday morning fire destroyed a large barn on the farm of Miles Bennett at McKinney’s Mills, a short distance from Hallstead. All the livestock and wagons were saved, but several tons of hay, grain, farming implements, etc., were destroyed. It is believed the fire was caused by a spark from a passing [train] engine. The loss is covered by insurance.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. - John Sherman broke his leg a few days ago in an accident, and on Tuesday his home was consumed by fire. The family, consisting of the parents and nine children, were at breakfast when the house was discovered on fire. Calling her children, Mrs. Sherman took four then five to safety. Returning she carried her husband through the flames beyond danger. Origin of the fire is unknown.


Montrose - The “Subway Lunch,” opened by F. T. Mack and Zachariah Jenkins, is already becoming very popular. Fine lunches are served at all hours. They will handle homemade baking, Mrs. H. B. Benedict having been secured to furnish the goods for this department and a pie which found its way to the Democrat office was so very good that we can unqualifiedly endorse the “Subway” brand. ALSO Hon. W. D. B. Ainey will speak at the Presbyterian Church next Sunday evening on “Efforts toward World Peace.”


Brooklyn - E. W. Breed is having an up-to-date gas plant installed for his farm residence and barn.


Harford - Clare Snyder, of East Lenox, will deliver a temperance address Sunday evening at the union service in the Congregational church.


Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Green were called to Binghamton last week by the death of her father, Lorenzo W. Sullivan. He was for many years a resident of this place, moving to Binghamton about 20 years ago. He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in Co. H, 141st Regt., Pa. Volunteers, and was 75 years of age.


Elk Lake - C. M. Young sold his cider mill to Richard Reynolds, of South Montrose.


Gibson - Joshua Burrows, one of Gibson’s oldest citizens, died at his home in this place on Oct. 10th. The funeral was held from his home with interment in Gibson cemetery. Mr. Burrows was born in 1817 and was 95 years of age.


Forest City - Barney Conrad, who lives at Stillwater, two miles north of town, reports that while going home one day last week he saw a big black bear at a distance of about one hundred feet. According to Mr. Conrad his horse was greatly frightened and rose on its hindquarters. Mr. Bruin, however, showed no anxiety to scrape acquaintance and turning plunged along the mountainside. A year or two ago Anthony Hawke, it will be remembered, saw a bear near the stone quarry. ALSO Dr. M. E. Pentecost, of Peckville, was here Saturday. He had just returned from New York city where he saw the opening game of the world’s championship series between New York and Boston. The Doctor says that “Smoky Joe” Wood is a wonder.


October 25 (1912/2012)



Bridgewater Twp. - Peter J. Welch, a foreman in the Endicott Johnson Shoe factory, is dead and his wife and three others are slightly injured as the result of an automobile accident on the Montrose and Alford division of the Lackawanna railroad Sunday morning at about 10 o’clock. They were on their way to visit friends along the Heart Lake road, when their car was struck by a fast moving train on the branch road. The railroad and highway run through a small neck of woods and emerge at a different angle and within 100 yards of each other and the highway then takes a sharp turn and crosses the railroad track. The engine struck the right side of the car, tossing it to one side of the track and wrecking it. The passengers were hurled out, landing several about 20 feet away. The train was backed up to the scene and the injured people carried to Alford where they were transferred to the Binghamton train which arrived in that city about eleven o’clock. Misses Jessie Pritchard and Daisy Dean, teachers in Montrose H.S., accompanied the injured to Binghamton, alleviating the sufferings of the victims. Mr. Welch suffered a crushed leg and amputation was deemed necessary. He was unable to survive the shock and died at six o’clock. Engineer Frank Tingley, passengers state, had blown the whistle and rung the bell at the crossing, giving all possible warning. Being a down grade at this point and there being quite a cut, it is possible that the engine running with little noise was not seen until too late.


Susquehanna - Being the mother of five children and the wife of a respectable citizen saved Mrs. Emma Dolan from going to jail for sending obscene postcards and letters to nearly 100 persons in and around Susquehanna. Mrs. Dolan, who is stout, not unattractive, and probably 45 years old, pleaded nolle contendre to the charge before Judge Witmer in the Federal court this morning. Joseph O’Brien, Esq. appeared with District Attorney Ferguson, of Susquehanna County, to put in a plea of mercy for the woman and court was so disposed when Mrs. Dolan stubbornly resisted any effort to make her repent, for which she came near getting a stiff jail sentence.


Forest City - Ten carloads of grapes have been received at the Erie station and probably half as many more will arrive before the close of the season. They were received from Buffalo and Dunkirk, N.Y. and are mostly manufactured into wine. ALSO The Sugar Bowl was sold by Constable Decker on execution against the proprietors, Gus Conomikes and Gus Pappas and Co. Oliver Coyle, the auctioneer, got good prices. Pappas left town unceremoniously two weeks ago and his partner has been going it alone since that time.


South Montrose - Ross Griffis and family left Friday for their new home in Oklahoma.


Brooklyn - Terry and Stephens are installing heat, gas lights and plumbing fixtures in C. E. Uptegrove’s new house, which will be ready for occupancy about Nov. 1.


Clifford - Last Wednesday evening W. J. Wells invited some friends to an old time husking bee. About 140 bushels of corn were husked and a lunch consisting of “old-time pumpkin pie,” cake and coffee was served by the good wife. ALSO Wallace McAlla has purchased the house and lot of S. E. Finn and will take possession soon. Mr. Finn has not fully decided as to where he will go.


Springville - The marriage of Mrs. Josie Sumner to a gentleman from Montana is announced.


Harford - Another library of books came last week from the Free Library Association of Montrose to the Sunday school of the Congregational church. These books have many readers.


Prospect Hill, Jessup Twp. - Harry Palmer lost a valuable cow this week from eating apples.


Auburn Twp. - On Wednesday last George L. Ming, aged about 62 years, met with a horrible accident while gathering chestnuts. He fell from a tree, breaking one leg and an arm, also his lung was punctured by two ribs. He lived but a few hours after the accident. George was a life-long resident on the Wm. H. Ming farm. The largest congregation ever seen at the Jersey Hill church attended the funeral and the Retta choir sang. He leaves one son, Frank of Transue, two sisters, Miss Sarah Ming and Mrs. S. D. Lowe of Rush, and a brother in the far west. ALSO At Auburn Center, a good many attended the funeral of James Lott on Saturday at Shannon Hill. Mr. Lott was a victim of consumption and leaves a wife and six children.


Alford - J. J. Ryan, of Montrose, was in town last week with his men installing steam heat in the residence of Ralph L. Case.


Jackson - C. F. Whitney, one of Susquehanna county’s largest apple growers, expects to pick over 2,000 bushels of choice apples this fall.


Montrose - Have you seen the beautifully gowned lady in D. L. Robinove’s display window? She is the first one to appear in town and her beauty will win admiration.


Gibson - The annual meeting of the Gibson Public Library association will be held Tuesday evening, Nov. 12. ALSO Since Oct. 7 four new graves have been made in our beautiful cemetery—Mrs. Ruby Justice, aged 23 years; then the oldest resident of our place, Joshua Burrows, past 90 years; John Craft, nearly 90; Oscar Shepherdson, 66 years, thus showing that the young may die, the old must. Ernest Shepherdson and wife, Frank Shepherdson and Will Craft, all of Illinois, arrived in town for their fathers’ funerals.


West Lenox - On Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Baker and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Brundage, celebrated their tin wedding [anniversaries] at the home of the former. About 30 of their friends met with them and a generous supply of tin was given both couples.


News Brief - The high cost of living in the anthracite mine regions isn’t in it with the “high tension of living” in those parts. The other night when Patrick Larkin, of Carbondale, was peacefully sleeping in his domicile, he heard a rumbling in the cellar. He knew it wasn’t the cat purring, but he was surprised on investigating to find that the bottom of the cellar had fallen out and the furnace and all the family edibles had slipped into the mines. It was hoped to keep the house above ground by holding it up with telegraph poles.


November 01 (1912/2012)



Gelatt - Amos Avery has purchased a fine span of bay horses. He made a trip to Susquehanna Sunday and took his daughters, Jane and Nina, back to their schools.


Montrose - H. M. Cole, the veteran automobile man, and an ardent believer in the Ford make of cars for the roads of Susquehanna count, has been appointed Ford sales agent for that part of Susquehanna county west of the D L &. W railroad, and will press the matter vigorously, giving the business his whole attention. Mr. Cole will carry a large a large number of cars in stock, we understand, and what is of vital importance, will carry a large line of parts for the Ford automobile, thus obviating delays when parts are needed. Mr. Cole was one of the first automobile owners in the city of Scranton, although this fact is not generally known, and ever since that time has been a practical automobile man. The Ford agency in this locality amounts to a valuable franchise and with the basis which Mr. Cole will place the business on, it should be not only remunerative for him, but of convenience to Ford owners generally, as Mr. Cole’s contract implies that the looking after all Ford machines.


Flynn - Now we have it from good authority that the old maids of Middletown are like a gasoline engine, it is most impossible to keep them from sparking. ALSO While playing with a bow and arrow John Curley’s son was hit in the eye. He was taken to Sayre hospital and at last account he might lose his eye.


Heart Lake - A sample of some apple butter from L. E. Griffing’s mill found its way to the Democrat’s office one day last week and the quality of it would please the most exacting epicure. Mr. Griffing is now very busy operating his cidar and jelly mill, having added new machinery for improving the product. Mr. Griffing’s sale of apple butter is large, both locally and in the city.


Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. - Ira Decker, son of Mr. & Mrs. George Decker, met with quite a severe accident last week. He took a shotgun to shoot a hawk. When he got outdoors he saw the hawk and while waiting for it to sail lower down he rested his gun on the toe of his shoe, not noticing that the hammer was up. He pulled the trigger and shot his second toe off close to his foot. The powder also burned his foot quite severely. He was taken to City Hospital at Binghamton to have the wound dressed.


Choconut Valley - The Friendsville-Choconut telephone line is now under headway.


Herrick Center - Miss Blanche Pope and Claude Ziegler, both of this place, were married by Rev. Owen Buck at the M. E. parsonage Oct. 18. Their many friends wish them much happiness.


Elk Lake - A son was born to Mr. & Mrs. C. S. Lathrop on Sunday last. “Another voter for the Progressives,” the proud father remarked.


Dimock - Lee Estus has purchased a new automobile which he is learning how too run.


Forest City - The Republicans held a meeting Wednesday evening. Speeches were made and some gave their experience during Cleveland times--how they tramped for work and did not find it. The Club planned a monster parade for Friday night with 50 horses in the parade. After the parade a Grand Rally will be held in the Grand Theater, when speakers from Scranton and Philadelphia will be present to address the meeting.


Hallstead - J. J. Mooney, while leaning from the engine of a train on which he was riding, the better to observe the signals, was struck by a swinging refrigerator car door on an adjoining track and instantly killed. He was hurled to the ground, his skull being fractured by the blow. He was a train man, 21 years of age, and was highly regarded. He was a brother of Thomas Mooney, an operator in the employ of the Lackawanna R.R. In Hallstead.


Uniondale - E. G. Burdick has placed steam heat in his residence.


Kingsley - The reunion of the members of the Kingsley Concert Band was celebrated last Friday evening by a banquet given at the Aqua Inn to members of the band and their ladies after the rehearsal.


Brooklyn - Election promises to be quiet. The thinking men like those who live in Brooklyn will hesitate to change the policy of the government when we have such good times.


New Milford - C. S. Page was pleasantly surprised on Saturday last, when a number of guests arrived to celebrate his 74th birthday. A very enjoyable time was had. As a token of remembrance he was presented with the sum of $6.30. On departing all wished him many happy returns of the day.


Clifford - Election next Tuesday. Go to the polls and help elect the best man, but don’t kick if you won’t vote.


Marriage licenses - Norman N. Sloat and Bernice Conrad, of Jackson; John C. McAndrews and Marie R. Kane, of Susquehanna; George E. Ives and Ella Yeomans, of Lawsville Center.


Lathrop Twp. - Dyer Williams, one of this townships best known citizens, has been spending a portion of the week in Montrose. He says politics were never quieter in Lathrop than this year-not much like the Greeley campaign. People read more, form their own opinions, and speech making days have largely vanished. He wears a Taft pin.


November 08 (1912/2012)



Hallstead - Work at the oil well in this place is progressing as rapidly as the conditions will permit, and notwithstanding the fact that the workmen were compelled to suspend operations for several days on account of a broken cable. It is expected that a new cable, ordered from Scranton, will arrive in a few days when drilling will be resumed. At present they have gone down 2805 feet and have found no indications of either oil or gas. They are also expecting a splicer, which is to be shipped from Oil City, Pa., in a few days, to be used in the work of drilling. The work is in charge of Mr. A. L. Hughes, of Smith’s Ferry, Pa., an engineer and driller of wide experience. He is being assisted by Mr. Maitland Hays, of this place, as tool dresser.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Last Friday’s [game] hunt here between T. S .Morgan and Fred Stephens was quite an interesting affair, about 20 on a side; the game was all brought to the hotel and hung up in the Royal hall which made a grand display. Hawks, crows, owls, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, and other game—it was worth looking at. The hunters all took supper at Hotel Royal, the side that had the least game to pay the bill. T. S. Morgan’s side had the bill to pay. The chicken supper was the kind George Hankinson knows so well how to prepare. About 63 persons ate supper and they have been bragging about it ever since. AND In Clifford, William H. Stage, a veteran of the Civil War, peacefully passed to his reward last Thursday morning. He had been in poor health all summer and unable to work. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss. The funeral services were conducted at the house Sunday at 1 o’clock. Rev. Tuthill officiating. Interment in the old cemetery.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Miss Mary Murphy gave a masquerade dance to her friends last Friday evening. There was a large crowd present and a good time had by all.


Kingsley - “Aqua Inn,” the new hotel at Kingsley conducted by Stearns Bros., is one of the modern hotels in the county, equipped with electric lights from a storage plant and power is furnished from Stearns Bros. mill. W. W. Wilmarth & Son, of Kingsley, also have a similar plant for lighting their residences and barns. ALSO Elmer Marcey is the proud owner of a $25 rabbit hound.


Montrose - Elaborate preparations had been made by the Democrats, the Republicans and the Washington party, for receiving the election returns and the service was highly enjoyable to our citizens and the many people from the surrounding country, who gathered to learn that “Wilson had won.” The Democrats camped out at Colonial Hall with a special New York wire and operator, and the very first returns told of Wilson’s triumphant victory. The Washington Party people threw the returns on a large screen on the Gardiner building and the scene on Public Avenue looked much like the pictures we see in the city papers when they are “getting the returns.” The Republicans heard the news at the Court house receiving messages from the Western Union and it is reported to have been an exceedingly orderly and well behaved gathering. At about midnight the pent up enthusiasm at the Democratic headquarters had reached the bursting point, and a big delegation with horns, tin pans, drums, etc., gave vent to their feelings and made Rome howl for an hour or so.


Gibson - L. B. Wilder will open a grocery and hardware store in Claude VanGorder’s new store building next Saturday. Mr. Wilder has been the obliging salesman at the Barrett store for a long time and will have the best wishes of many friends.


Franklin Twp. - There will be a wood bee on Franklin Hill, Nov. 15th, to get wood for the church. All are invited to attend. Ladies Aid will serve dinner at L. T. Seaman’s.


Herrick Center - The Erie depot at this place was entered last Friday night. Several valuable articles were taken. This is the third time within the last month, but detectives are on their track.


Susquehanna - Joseph McMahon has secured the agency for the Ford automobile in this place. AND Miss Helen Burt, who for the past three years has helped to care for her invalid grandfather, George Leal, of Oakland, has gone to California, where she will learn to be a nurse.


Auburn Four Corners - There was no school Oct. 22 on account of the illness of our teacher, Miss Anna Carney.

FOWLER HILL, AUBURN TWP. – H. B. Hogeboom had a husking bee Saturday eve. Thirty-five bushels of popcorn was husked and all enjoyed a fine time. The ladies Aid of Beaver Meadows met with Mrs. J. O. Devine and made them a wood bee, as Mr. Devine has been sick a long time.


Harford - Dr. A.T. Brundage, our oldest resident, celebrated his 92nd birth Nov. 4th.


Elk Lake - The home of Thomas Keough and son Charles, located about one and a half miles below here, was burned to the ground Wednesday morning. The men lived alone, and after building a fire in the stove and getting their breakfast, went to the barn to do the chores. Later, looking toward the house, the upper part of the building was seen to be on fire, having caught from the chimney. They were able to save little other than some clothing, the contents being almost entirely consumed. Nearly $500 in check and currency was destroyed. The house was a good structure, the property being formerly owned by Nathan Green, Charles Keough purchasing it about two years ago. The loss will be fully $1200, it being reported that there is $600 insurance on building and contents with the Grange.


Brooklyn - Postmaster Eldridge’s condition remains about the same. Little hopes are entertained for his recovery.


Hopbottom/Foster - Mrs. Mary Miller, of Foster, has instituted suit in the Court of Common Pleas, of this county, for $20,000 against the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Co., for the death of her husband, George Miller. The above cause of action arose by her husband being killed on the grade crossing at Foster station.


News Brief - The parcel post system becomes operative on January 1. Twelve new stamps will be placed on sale in the post offices for affixing to packages. These stamps will be larger than the ordinary postage stamps and so distinctive as to color and size as to prevent a possible confusion with other stamps.


November 15 (1912/2012)



Lawsville - Yeggmen [a criminal, esp. a safecracker] made a second attempt to rob the store of Postmaster Geo. W. Meeker and this time were more successful, securing $300 in cash and stamps. It is believed to be the same trio that made an attempt previously, but evidently scared away. Mr. Meeker was awakened by an explosion in his store about 2 o’clock in the morning and investigation showed that the safe had been blown open, nitro glycerin being used. The yeggmen were tracked as far as Hallstead, but here the trail was lost. In tracking the yeggmen to Hallstead, portions of iron work from the wrecked safe were picked up along the road, indicating that the robbers must have horridly snatched up the contents of the safe after the explosion and beat a hasty retreat. In their hurry to get away a derby was left behind, also a bottle containing nitro glycerin, a fuse and a detonating cap. Mr. Meeker took the nitro glycerin out into the fields, as far as possible from any buildings, and placed a box over it. He says it’s the first article ever presented to him that he really didn’t know what to do with.


Montrose/Springville - The death of Will Turrell (colored) aged 28 years, occurred at the Montrose poor farm on Monday, Nov. 11. Death was due to tuberculosis, he having been taken to the farm a number of weeks previous, suffering from the disease. He was, for a number of years, porter at the Montrose House, but the greater part of his life was spent at his native home in Springville. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. S. S. V. Holland from the undertaking parlors of F. W. Hart. Interment in Montrose Cemetery.


Choconut - Anyone who has lately visited the Choconut Valley Hotel, at Choconut, formerly the Mooney Hotel, which is now being conducted by the McCahill Bros., are surprised at the transformation which has been and is being made. Steam heat, acetylene lights, plumbing throughout the house and a metal shingle roof have been among the main improvements. A porch, running the length of the building, is another innovation and glass partitions and sides turn it into a sun parlor, which is similar to those seen at the most up-to-date pleasure resorts. The McCahill Bros. are paying especial attention to auto parties, many of whom have already learned of this delightful resort, coming from Binghamton and Owego on the north and from Hallstead, Montrose, Towanda and other places on the south.


Alford - Clarence Rickard, of Honesdale, was run down and killed on the Lackawanna tracks, Sunday afternoon. He lost his life in saving his companions, Miss Lou Simpson and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Davey from a similar fate. They had started to view the work on the new cut-off and were walking the tracks. In order to avoid a fast train they stepped from one track to another, directly in front of a pusher engine traveling in the opposite direction. Rickard saw the danger and pushed his companions down the embankment. In trying to follow them he tripped over the rail, fell directly beneath the wheels of the locomotive, being cut in two.


Lenoxville - Two uniformed [state] troopers, on horseback, passed through our village Sunday and announced their intention of repeating the performance every ten days.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - While working for M. D. Reynolds on Saturday, Elmer Vandermark got bit in the face by a horse.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - The surprise party for Miss Mildred Wootton, Friday night, was complete, it being her eleventh birthday. Refreshments served were coffee and cake. ALSO in Auburn - While doing chores at the barn on Wednesday morning of last week the house of Thomas Keough and son, Charles, located one mile north of Auburn Corners, took fire presumably from the chimney and burned to the ground with its entire contents.


Lake View, Jackson Twp. - A masquerade social was held at the home of A. G. Savory for the benefit of the Lake View graded school. About 90 attended and a good many were in costumes, some very pretty and some very funny. Coffee, cake and pumpkin pie were served. All departed at a late hour declaring a fine time.


Conklin, N.Y. - Several from Lawsville attended the entertainment here last Saturday evening, given by the Tennessean Jubilee Singers. They say the rendition of the old plantation melodies was fine.


Hallstead - On Thursday evening some chicken thieves stole fifteen very choice barred rock fowls from the home of Michael Kelly. There is no clue. ALSO Thieves entered the hen house of Ira Tinklepaugh, at East Ararat, recently. Thirty fowls were taken.


Carbondale - Carbondale is laying claim to the first suffragette vote at the recent election, to their great pleasure. Of course the ballots were pink.


Rush - Dr. Hickock, who for some years has been located here, has removed to Meshoppen, where he will practice his profession. Dr. Hickock has rented the Sterling homestead in that place, in which he will have his home office. Susquehanna county friends greatly regret the removal of the doctor and his wife from the county.


Montrose - Owing to the fact that there are a few light cases of diphtheria in Montrose the library was closed as a precaution on Monday and no books are being sent out. The circulation of books affords an easy means of spreading contagion, and while there is little likelihood of an epidemic of the disease, it was considered wise to avoid any possible chance of aiding it.


New Milford - Quite a serious accident occurred Monday morning last when Lyman Gardner and Blanche Grinnell were on their way to school. As they were descending Shay Hill a thill broke and let the wagon run against the horse, which became frightened and threw both out; the horse then proceeded toward New Milford and near A. C. Barrett’s collided with Merle and Glenn Tingley, who were driving to New Milford. The collision smashed both vehicles and injured Gardner’s horse, but fortunately no one was seriously hurt.


News Briefs - In spite of the theory that all’s well that ends well, it is just as well to begin right. ALSO The automobile license tags for next year will have white letters and figures on olive green background.


November 22 (1912/2012)



Ararat Summit - Thomas Glover says someone exchanged hats with him at the Grange hall, not long ago, and he would like to exchange back again, as he thinks his own hat is the best fit and would like the party who has his hat to notify him.


Birchardville - The gentlemen will hold an oyster supper at the Hall on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 28, and also have a sale of fancy work for the benefit of the Baptist church. Everybody come and have a good time.


Gelatt - Raymond Barnes, while gathering apples last Friday afternoon, had the misfortune to fall, causing severe wounds around the head and shoulders. He was unconscious for several hours. He is reported easier at this writing.


Susquehanna - About 10 days ago a couple arrived here and secured board at a private house. The man was about 21 while the girl appeared to be younger. They gave the name of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lester. Within a couple of days Lester secured work in the [railroad] shops but on the third day he met with an accident and had two fingers badly crushed. The next morning he told his wife he was going for a short walk and that was the last she saw of him. Yesterday a man, giving his name as Karl Peterson and residing at Penn Yan, made his appearance and inquired for a party by the name of Harry Lester. No one appeared to know the chap and Peterson told his story to several local people who helped in his hunt. It appears that the girl, known as Mrs. Lester, was Peterson’s sister who ran away with a chap named Harry Flynn. Flynn was a married man who left his wife and child in Rochester and took this girl from a candy store in Penn Yan. Two days after Flynn left Penn Yan his wife and child appeared. Peterson had a warrant for Flynn’s arrest charging him with skipping a board bill and stealing an overcoat, a gold watch and $30 from one of the boarders. When Flynn skipped he left the woman without any money except a little change. The girl wrote a friend telling of her condition and the letter was given to the girl’s parents. Peterson discovered his sister while on a walk and at first she tried to dodge him but when he caught up she broke down and began to cry and expressed a desire to go home, if her parents would take her back. They went home on the afternoon train. No report on the whereabouts of Harry Flynn.


Lake View, Jackson Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. Harold Washburn left for Binghamton on Friday, where they will make their future home.


Hop Bottom - A party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Dewie Carpenter Friday evening. The program was music and games and light refreshments were served. Those present were: Misses Bernice and Shirley Powers, Clara Green, Hulda Case, Diamond and Lillian Rose, Messrs. Vern Payne, Roy Case, Eric Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Wright.


Brooklyn - S. F. Breed is having an acetylene light plant installed in his farm residence. ALSO: Thanksgiving day will be observed in the Universalist church with a sermon at 11 a.m. followed by a chicken pie dinner served by the Ladies Aid in the basement, together with a sale of aprons, fancy articles and home--made candy.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - The Patterson Steam Saw Mill, now situated ¼ of a mile East of here, is soon to be moved ¼ of a mile West of Here. George Hankinson, boss of the job, already has the foundation and a bridge 80 ft. long nearly completed. The mill will be situated just across the creek, back of Joseph Doud’s barn.


Little Meadows - There was a dance held at the Little Meadows Hall, Friday evening, under the management of Father Lynch. Everything proved a success; large attendance; proceeds $54.00. All report a fine time


Montrose - Patrick Quailey, of Forest Lake, drove into town to do some trading, hitching his horse near Earl J. Smith’s jewelry store. An hour later it was gone and there was not a trace to be had. Mr. Quailey first thought that the rope had become untied and that the horse had returned home, but a thorough search here and at Forest Lake revealed no trace of the missing rig. The horse was rather old and was hitched to an open buggy. That the horse has been stolen seems probable, although it was not a particularly valuable one. There were many people in town, some tough looking customers in the bunch, brought here by County court which was in session and it is conjectured that some one may have appropriated the rig. Any information will be gladly received by Mr. Quailey.


Springville Twp. - James K. Aldrich has sold his farm of 200 acres to Stark E. Miller, of Lathrop Twp., for a consideration of $10,000. This farm has been the homestead of Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich for many years, and has the reputation of being one of the most productive and valuable farms in Susquehanna County, while Mr. Aldrich is recognized as one of the county’s most prosperous and successful farmers.


East Kingsley - Mrs. W. C. Gow gave a small tea party last Wednesday in honor of her daughter, Mrs. Leland Grinell. She set the table with “fine, gold-band china, that is nearly 100 years old, which belonged to her mother and only two pieces have been broken, the milk pitcher and butter dish. The silver spoons were over 100 years old but nicely preserved.


Thompson - Charlie Sumner, of the Potter & Sumner hardware store, has bought Mr. Potter’s interest in the firm and moved his family from his farm near Wrighter’s Lake, to rooms on Pleasant street and is now conducting the business of the store.


Harford - The students of the Harford High School will issue a monthly paper, which will be known as “The Omnibus.” It is receiving hearty support from the student body and business men of the town. The first issue will appear next week, coming from the Republican press.


Rush - The town of Rush is to be lighted by electricity. On Wednesday, Alan M. Ayars, manager of the electric light plant, as a representative of the Penn. Electrical Engineering Co., of Scranton, went to Rush and effected the sale of an electric lighting plant to U. W. LaRue. Mr. LaRue will operate the plant and it will be of sufficient capacity to light the streets and residences of the town. The motive power will be acquired from Mr. LaRue’s mill. The people of Rush are to be congratulated upon the enterprise which is hoped will be in operation soon.


November 29 (1912/2012)



Montrose - From Indian Summer weather into mid-winter conditions, was what occurred in Montrose and vicinity Sunday morning and Monday. From 18 to 20 inches of snow was on the level, train traffic was hampered and the Montrose rural carriers were unable to make their trips. Drifts of snow three and four feet high blocked the roadways, while the telephone lines were hampered by the snow clinging to the wires and in some instances the poles were weighted down, pulling the wires with them. Many lines were out of commission and the linemen have not yet been able to get all repaired. Sunday morning’s snowstorm was accompanied by thunder and lightning. Surrounding towns and cities of lower altitude—Binghamton, Scranton, Wilkes--Barre, Tunkhannock and Sayre—experienced heavy downpours of rain that morning, which later turned to snow, 4 to 6 inches being found on the level. It has made traffic bad for wagon or sleigh.


Susquehanna - Landlord McGinty, of Hotel Oakland, is showing the properly progressive spirit by placing boulevard lights in front of his hostelry. Nothing can make a street look more attractive or give more pleasure to passersby than these artistic street lights. Susquehanna should appreciate the spirit which prompts the act. ALSO A squad of at least four members of the State constabulary [police] is to be located permanently here. Barracks should be established for the gallant band on Canavan’s Island, where we doubt not they could accomplish much good in the way of reform.


New Milford - Melvin E. Hager, a resident of New Milford until about 1885, died at his home in New York city, Nov. 8, 1912, after an illness of several months. He was a brother of the late Daniel W. Hager, of New Milford, and a descendant of the famous Hager family that founded Hagerstown, Md. He was well known as a bandmaster and musician. A widow, two sons and two daughters survive. The funeral was held the following Sunday, interment being made in Woodlawn cemetery, New York.


West Jackson - Four persons from this place went coon hunting Saturday night. They succeeded in capturing one after a desperate struggle, which nearly crippled two dogs and greatly frightened two of the men by biting their pant legs; also one young man was badly hurt by being hit on the wrist with a club.


Clifford Twp. - Lightning struck and burned a barn owned by Edward Reynolds, of Welsh Hill, during the electrical and snowstorm Sunday morning. The building was completely destroyed, including contents consisting of hay, wagons, farming implements, and one cow. A gasoline engine and a new hay press, belonging to Robert and Merryl Jones, of Elkdale, was destroyed in the conflagration.


Gulf Summit - Eva Skinner, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Skinner, was struck by an engine and quite seriously injured Sunday evening. She was walking along the track near the tower where her father is employed, when an Erie pusher came along. She stepped from the track but did not get away soon enough. Her dress caught on one of the side bars and she was dragged along quite a distance before the pusher could be brought to a stop. In addition to being badly bruised she was severely scalded.


West Auburn - Supervisor Baker succeeded in completing the new bridge near L. B. Lacey’s just before the snowstorm. It is the first cement bottom bridge to be built by the township, but we predict that it will not be the last. Plank has become altogether too expensive to use in bridge construction.


Forest Lake - M. W. Quinlivan and Joseph Kane were at Binghamton and Windsor, N. Y., the first of the week, where they went to get Patrick Quailey’s horse, which was stolen from Montrose Nov. 18 and taken to Windsor and sold, where they found it and brought it home. Both horse and owner are again happy. The faithful equine was stolen “for sure,” and after a hasty trip to Binghamton, changed hands several times in an incredibly short space of time.


Oakland - Work on the new state road between Oakland and the state line will begin at once. Three carloads of machinery have arrived and Mr. McNerney, the contractor, hopes to have all the machinery and men on the ground so that he can begin work in less than two weeks. This will be a most costly piece of road and will average more than $21,000 per mile.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Ladies Aid will meet at the Lecture Hall, Dec. 3. Ladies are to bring their thimbles. The Forest Lake Baptist Aid will meet with Mrs. Martin Smith, Dec. 5, at her home near Fair Hill. Ladies bring your thimbles. In Fairdale, E. H. Sivers and family have moved to Smithboro, N. Y., where Mr. Sivers has a good position on the famous “Winters” farms. They will be missed by many friends.


Glenwood - John Sullivan is in the butcher business—fresh meat every week.


Franklin Forks - Southworth Post No. 229, G. A. R. has opened its doors to all honorably discharged soldiers of the Civil War and cordially invites them to come and put their names on the post role of honor without money and without price and after that if they are not able to pay their dues the post will pay them so as to keep them on the roll. All comrades that are in arrears for dues will be put up to date on the books. We want all soldiers to come and join with us as soon as possible. Our ranks are growing thin as the years go by and we want you to come and help us to do our best for those that are left. George P. Stockholm, Commander.


Forest City - Mrs. Henry Bayless and Miss Della Sherwood, of Uniondale, attended a concert given here last Wednesday evening, by the Weather Wax Brothers.


Lenoxville - An oyster supper was given at the home of Walter Wilson. Those going from this place report a large attendance. The proceeds from the donation go toward making good the loss of a horse sustained by Mr. Wilson.


Lake View - The men of Lake View are going to have a hunt next Wednesday and the proceeds [are] to go to the church.


Hop Bottom - On Friday evening, Dec. 6, the Shakespeare Club will give an entertainment in Masonic hall. The program will be given by home talent and will consist of a drama entitled “The Teeth of a Gift Horse,” with musical numbers, including instrumental and vocal selections.


December 06 (1912/2012)



Lynn - Dean Baker is making some decided improvements on his house by adding new porches and bringing water into the house.


Choconut - Thomas Donley went to Buffalo, Saturday, with a drove of cattle. ALSO Chas. Kerr, lieutenant of the police department of New York city, motored from New York last week and spent ten days with his former partner, B. R. McCahill.


Uniondale - The Uniondale cornet band will hold an oyster supper at the home of George Bayless this week, Saturday evening. ALSO: Smaller towns than ours have electric lights and why should we remain in the “dark.” We have abundant power that ought to be utilized. Why not organize a stock company. Who will set the ball a rolling.


Hallstead - On Saturday, at her home, Pleasant View farm on Baptist Hill, a short distance from Hallstead, occurred the death of Mrs. Ann Allen, relict of the late John Allen, after a lingering illness caused by a general breaking down of the system incident to old age. Mrs. Allen was about 85 years of age, and is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Michael Dolan, of Brookdale, and Mary Allen, who resides at home and three sons, John, of Elmira, Peter W. and Bernard Allen, of Hallstead, and a large number of grandchildren and great--grandchildren, besides a large number of relatives and personal friends, all of whom will be grieved to learn of her death. She was born in Ireland and came to this country at an early age and settled in the vicinity of Hallstead when it was nothing more than a wilderness and where by industry and prudence, she and her husband gained a competence and made a comfortable home. For several years she had been an invalid and unable to leave her bed.


Jackson - D. D. Dunn and son have purchased an automobile.


Birchardville - Mrs. Anna M. Baldwin, who has been visiting her parents near Birchardville, has returned to Rochester to finish her training in the Rochester General Hospital.


Herrick Center - Gabe Parks, Clarence Springstein and Will Cawrse spent Thanksgiving hunting at Elk Hill, results one rabbit.


Alford - A foreign laborer, on Tuesday morning, was run down by one of the small engines on the cut--of work, and was severely injured, one of his lower limbs being severed from the body. He was rushed to the Binghamton hospital. His name could not be ascertained. ALSO Church services Sunday evening at a quarter of seven during the winter months so the minister can return to his home on the 7:45 train.


Montrose - The Browny Band Cantata is to be given by about 150 of the children from the first eight grades of the Montrose Public School, Dec. 13th. The music and the costumes are both most attractive and the whole operetta is one which is sure to please those who attend. Tickets on sale at Morris Drug Store. ALSO I. N. Austin was in Montrose Friday morning, renewing acquaintance with our older citizens. Mr. Austin has resided in Berwick a great many years, but is now visiting his son-in-law, Fred Lyman, of Springville. Mr. Austin was raised in Montrose, living here until 30 years of age, and at that time was one of the leading carpenters and builders, having erected many of the finest residences in Montrose and which remains a monument to his workmanship. Although he is 85 years old, he is remarkably active.


Fairdale - While Reid Very was returning home from Montrose, last Friday afternoon, his team became unmanageable and he fell from the wagon, the wheels passing over one of his legs breaking it three times below the knee and otherwise badly splintering the bones. He was found by David Roe and Frank Bolles and removed to his home. Dr. Gardner was called, who did everything possible to alleviate his suffering. While it was first thought that amputation might be necessary, he is making such good progress that fears of losing his limb are not apprehended, although he may have a stiff knee.


Parkville - Will Holderman is hauling dynamite from Dimock over to the cut-off by Hop Bottom. [Because of an explosion caused by dynamite near Vestal, N.Y., a few years prior, dynamite was no longer allowed to be shipped by train and ordered to be carried by wagon. The accident resulted in the loss of life and an entire train.]


Forest City - Frank Flecher was caught by a falling roof in the Stillwater mines at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and instantly killed. The remains were taken to Connelly’s undertaking rooms to be prepared for burial. The deceased was a native of Austria and had resided in Forest City for a number of years. He was about 30 years of age. The sad ending will cause his affianced, who is on her way from Austria, having sailed a few days ago, much sorrow. They were to have been married at Christmas time.


Brooklyn - One of the finest stretches of road in this county is being built between Hopbottom and the state road recently built in Brooklyn township. It is built under the Sproul law to be paid for by the state. Good roads from Scranton to Binghamton are promised.


Susquehanna - The state police here found a man on the verge of starvation on the island [Canavan], the former headquarters of a gang of thieves. The gang had taken their departure. He had spent the summer in disposing of the spoils, secured by the gang that infested the island. ALSO: Thomas Tobin, seventh-five years of age, was struck by a switch engine in the yards on Monday and instantly killed. He was taking a rain coat to a friend.


Thompson - The traveling library has been moved to the home of Mrs. A. E. Wilmarth, Main street. A new supply of books has just been received and the library will be open to the public every week day, except Monday and Tuesday, between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m.


Clifford - W. C. Baldwin, of the Clifford creamery, was a contestant in the butter contest conducted by the dairy husbandry department of Pennsylvania [state] college. Many of the leading dairymen of the state entered the contest and the rivalry for first place was spirited. Mr. Baldwin succeeded in reaching second place, his score being 92 ½, a high showing.


December 13 (1912/2012)



Birchardville - The large mill owned by Frank E. Fessenden and one of the principal industries in that village, burned to the ground Saturday night. Fire broke out between 11 and 12 o’clock and was discovered by members of he family of Harry Cruise, a boarder, but the building was then completely enveloped in flames. The mill was a large story and a half structure, and under its roof were combined sawmill, planning mill, lath and shingle mill, gristmill and cider mill. It was well equipped, the motive power being furnished by a fine Westinghouse engine. The loss cannot be less than $5,000 and possibly more. There was no insurance. The cause is unknown and Mr. Fessenden is in doubt about rebuilding, but it is hoped that he may, as the loss is great to the community. A fire destroyed his first mill in 1896.


Uniondale - Falling out of a buggy while driving from Dundaff to his home here, his head falling between the spokes of one of the wheels, causing him to be strangled, was the very unusual manner in which Charles P. Coleman, age 34, met death at a late hour Sunday night. It is presumed that the young man was dozing as the buggy was going along over the rough road and that he fell from the seat in a somersault fashion and that the head fell between the spokes of the wheel and the horse kept on going. He was found by a man named Burdick, driving toward Uniondale. The body was taken to the home of his father, Charles H. Coleman, at Uniondale.


South Gibson - Mrs. Ella Belcher lost her pocketbook containing $21 between John Pritchard’s Store and Bruce Belcher’s, the first of last week. Search was made the same evening but it has not been recovered.


South Montrose - The [slat] mill will soon be in operation and with all new machinery it will be the best--equipped plant of its kind in the United States. It will give employment to about 30 men, besides making several thousand slats a day.


Rush - Work on the electric light plant is progressing rapidly. The company expects to install lights before Christmas.


East Ararat - Miss Tiffany, of New Milford, finished a seven months’ term of school here Dec. 5. She presented each of her pupils with a nice storybook on the last day.


Hopbottom - Winter has arrived before the completion of the town water plant, so that people who expected to enjoy the luxury of running water in their homes will hardly be able to do so for some time.


Montrose - One of the prettiest displays of college pennants in town may be seen at the Subway Lunch parlors. The handsome large alligator skin, which is among he decorations in the ladies’ cozy lunch room, was brought from Lake Como, Fla., by Mr. Mack, as a trophy of his visit there last winter.


Clifford - The Village Improvement Society will serve supper and give an entertainment in Finn’s hall the evening of Dec. 13. ALSO: Rumor has it that we will have another milliner [women’s hat maker] in town. Good—the more the merrier.


Brooklyn - All are looking for a treat next Monday night, when a dramatic interpretation of the characters in Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” will be given at the Presbyterian church by Raymond L. Forman. This is the third entertainment in the winter series and it promises to be the drawing card of the season.


West Auburn - Our school commenced Monday, being closed for two weeks on account of a scarlet fever epidemic. There are no new cases and the schoolroom has been well fumigated.


Dundaff - H. W. Lowry has just had steam heat put in his house.


Forest City - “Prince,” one of the handsome black firehorses of the Hillside Hose Co., which was for many years the pride of the firemen, last week was sentenced to death and put out of existence by a well directed shot from the revolver of Barn Boss, Chris Wirts. “Prince” was 21 years old. His mate, old “Bill,” died about six years ago. A little later, “Prince” went blind. His years weighed heavily upon him, although he had, by no means, lost all of his ardor. Recently P. J. Fleming has had him for his keep, and while standing on the street a stone, thrown by a thoughtless boy, caused him to run away. He was badly crippled in the runaway and it was to end his misery that he was put out of the way. He was purchased by the hose company when he was six years old.


Thompson - Thanksgiving day at Tilman’s hall, Mrs. A. E. Smith lost a plain silver tablespoon. If anyone who helped to clear away the dishes after dinner took it through mistake, will they kindly return it to her home or at the feed store.


News Briefs - Idaho has had its first trial by a jury composed of women and they found one of their own sex guilty of brandishing a revolver. The jury adjourned while the jurors prepared the mid-day meal for their families and the papas were no doubt made acquainted with the facts of the case. ALSO: A movement is on foot in Scranton to close all saloons and hotel bars on Christmas Day. It should be generally adopted. One of the saddest features of this joyous Christmas-time is to see a father, a husband or a brother carousing in an intoxicated condition and taking away all the pleasure of the family from the joyous sacred holiday.


December 20 (1912/2012)



Heart Lake - A cantata entitled “Santa Claus’ Cure’ will be given by the Sunday school at the M. E. church Christmas eve. There will also be a 15 cent social at Horton Reynolds’, Friday evening, Dec. 27, for benefit of pastor’s salary.


Kingsley - Three of the new books purchased by the Book Club for the coming year are: “The Wind Before the Dawn,” “The Mountain Girl” and “Corporal Cameron.” ALSO: The frequent dynamite blasts, jarring the houses to the foundation, denote that work is progressing on the cut--off.


Brooklyn - The teachers and pupils of the Creek School, in West Brooklyn, are to give an entertainment at the schoolhouse on the afternoon of the 24th, beginning at one o’clock sharp. All come. ALSO: The reading of Dickens’ Christmas Carol in the Presbyterian church last Monday evening, by Rev. Forman, was one of the finest evening entertainments Brooklyn audiences have been permitted to hear.


Clifford - Our teacher, Miss Robinson, is driving a brand new top buggy.


Dimock - T. B. Williams, who is nearly 90 years old, seems to be slowly failing. ALSO: When you want a good book or a paper to read, go to the Dimock free library at the pleasant home of Isa Mills, near the cemetery.


Towanda - In the last session of criminal court Mrs. Granger, of Monroeton, was found guilty by a jury of being a common scold. [A person, especially a woman, who habitually uses abusive language]. This is the first case of its kind brought to public view in many years. Years ago such cases for trial were not uncommon and in those days the old fashioned ducking stool was the means of punishment.


Susquehanna - The State constabulary is doing good work, having practically cleaned out the gang of hoboes and alleged burglars, yeggmen and “bad men” which have inhabited Canavan’s Island for years. They are also looking after petty thievery cases of that region and the first of the week arrested several “Smoky Hollow” men who had raided the chicken roosts of L. R. Blodgett at Oakland. The men were caught in the act of preparing the chickens for market, at a barn in Great Bend township. When the constabulary arrived on the scene, 42 chickens were dressed ready for sale, eight others lay dead on the floor, and a total of 75 chickens were in the barn where operations were going on. About 50 belonged to Blodgett. The three men—Andrew Shields, Chas. Taylor and Lee Baker—were given a hearing before Justice Williams at Susquehanna and each gave bail in the sum of $300 for their appearance at court.


Springville - Last Wednesday morning as Mrs. Fred Risley was driving away from the milk station, the team became frightened and ran away, throwing her out of the wagon, and as consequence she received several very ugly cuts on the head and was unconscious for some time. Dr. Lathrop was called and dressed the wounds and she is doing nicely now.


Rushboro - One more chapter was added to the long list of hunting accidents when Willie, the 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Galvin, received the contents of a shot gun in his arm. Young Galvin, having “holed” a bunny under a large, flat rock, with the muzzle toward him, and getting a stick, proceeded to “poke” him out. Very soon the rabbit appeared, making a quick run for liberty. The young man grabbed the gun by the muzzle and in drawing it across the rock a hammer caught and the barrel was exploded, the full charge grazing the lower part of the arm, tearing flesh and muscle in a terrible manner. Doctors Hickok and Gardner dressed the wounds and sent him to Sayre hospital for the prevention of blood poisoning. If poisoning does not set in he will entirely recover and have the full use of his arm, we are told.


Thompson - One new member, Mrs. James Buchanan, was added to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union on Thanksgiving day. Also, six gentlemen were enrolled as honorary members, Rev. E. A. Gillespie, F. W. Springstein, A. H. Crosier, Ray Gelatt, C. M. Clapper and H. M. Bloxham.


New Milford - C. S. Clark, the hardware man, believes in having things move and move lively. Sunday night the fire in his stove did not burn as fast as he thought it should, so he proceeded to hurry it. He did. The other occupants of the block thought an earthquake had come to town and the stove pipe in Chas. O’Byrne’s kitchen, over the store, was blown clear across the room. We are not going to print what was said, but all agree that Clark started things.


Franklin Forks - Rev. Dickerson and wife invited the Franklin Hill Aid Society to meet at their home at Mud Lake last Thursday, the day being so cold only Oscar Skinner went.


Harford - Miss Maude Darrow has returned home after spending several weeks at the sanitarium in Scranton. She is very much improved in health, her many friends will be glad to learn.


Uniondale - Andrew Corey was injured Wednesday evening by jumping from a coal train. In some way he stepped into a hole causing him to fall, cutting his face quite badly.


Montrose - The large barn owned by the Borden Milk Co. was burned Saturday. When discovered the building was enveloped in flames and it was impossible to save it. A number of horses were speedily taken out, but otherwise little was saved. Fifty tons of feed, hay, etc., was consumed. The loss will probably reach three or four thousand dollars. The Borden’s yearly lay aside a stated amount to cover possible losses by fire, this being their method of insuring. It is thought the fire originated from a spark thrown by the locomotive, the Lackawanna tracks running but a short distance from the structure burned. Railroad men consider this impossible, as they claim the wind was blowing in a direction that would preclude the possibility of sparks landing on the roof.


News Brief - The Superior Vacuum Cleaner has proven extremely satisfactory in a great many Susquehanna County homes the past year. The cleaner saves labor, dust and makes a sanitary home. It gathers in the germs and may save a big doctor’s bill. It makes an ideal Christmas gift.


December 27 (1912/2012)



Nicholson - Meler Bossar and Steve Rockas, laborers employed on the Lackawanna Railroad cut--off near Nicholson, fought a duel with revolvers in a commissary shack, both being fatally wounded. The quarrel was the result of a pay day spree. The two men fired eight shots, and as they stood only a few feet apart, every shot went true. Rockas died soon after the shooting, having three bullets in his body. Bossar, with five bullets in him, was taken on the evening train to the State hospital in Scranton, where he died the same evening.


Brooklyn/Springville - About 40 members of Maple Lodge No. 932, I.O.O.F., of Springville, paid a fraternal visit to Brooklyn Lodge last week, ,and the degree team of Maple Lodge conferred the 2nd degree on a candidate. A chicken pie supper was served to the visitors in Village hall by members of Sunlight Lodge. After an interesting session, refreshments were served in Odd Fellows hall by the brothers and a social good time enjoyed. Dr. Diller, Homer Young and two or three automobile enthusiasts endeavored to make the trip in one of those fine cars, of which Springville has many, but failed. They chartered a team to bring them the rest of the way, and this did not prove successful, for the horse fell down and broke the harness, etc., but by using their natural motive power the unfortunate brothers reached their destination about one hour after the rest had been served supper. Nevertheless, they were well taken care of, but Dr. Diller was so used up he was unable to respond in his usual happy form of speech.


Herrick Center - Misses Alice and Martha McPherson and Lillian Breese have taken rooms in the Tingley tenant house in order that they may attend school more easily.


Harford - Dec. 16 being Hollis Bailey’s 61st birthday, Mrs. Bailey decided to give him a surprise party, so she invited a few friends and neighbors to spend the day at her home. It was a complete surprise to Mr. Bailey. A splendid dinner was served. The table was loaded with fruits of all kinds, with a large fruit basket in the center. Oysters, turkey, salmon, roasted rabbit, ice cream and cake were served, besides a number of other good things. After dinner, Mr. Bailey took the men into the parlor for a smoke and the ladies enjoyed themselves in different ways. A very nice chair was presented to Mr. Bailey as a memento of the occasion. There was singing, with music on the organ and piano, and all departed for their homes wishing Mr. and Mrs. Bailey a good many more birthdays and lots of happiness.


Lanesboro - Sunday morning, shortly before 4 o’clock, fire broke out in the upper store of Buckley Bros and before the flames could be subdued the building was a complete wreck. The store was filled with an extra large stock preparatory for the holiday trade and was not insured for hardly ½ its value. There appears to be some mystery as to the manner in which the fire started and it looks clearly like a case of incendiarism. It appears the fire started on the front corner of the building and under the porch. The Lanesboro fire department responded and in less than half an hour were on the scene. There is a story going the rounds that may be worth investigating and that is that two of the men who were arrested and sent to jail last spring were seen hanging around the depot and other places in the vicinity of the store and the talk is that firebug work might have been theirs in revenge for being sent to jail. It also might have been the work of the burglars as a box of oranges was found not far from the store. Buckley Bros. could not identify the oranges although they said they might be some of the new lot that had never been unpacked. The building, one of the old landmarks, having been built in 1846 by a man named Tremain, had been used for mercantile purposes ever since that time.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Mrs. Grace Severance, postmistress, died late Friday night after a brief illness. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon. She was the widow of Postmaster Arthur C. Severance, who was killed by an engine crashing into his automobile while crossing the railroad tracks in Scranton, on the night of May 26 last.


Montrose - Information is always valuable, for which reason we desire to mention an industry here which, possibly, is known to only a few. It is the cutglass works of L. P. Mahon, in the Post building, back of Mrs. James’ millinery store. Mr. Mahon is an expert, and like all experts has made of his profession an art. Beautiful pieces, cut from the latest designs known to this art, line his shelves and orders are filled with promptitude and excellency.


Hopbottom - A short vacation on the cut--off has given us a cessation of the constant racket from blasting, which keeps sensitive people in a state of nervous tension, although thus far a few broken windows is about the only damage done.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. - Our school teacher, Miss Carrie Sandell, had a Christmas tree and exercises on Saturday evening at the schoolhouse.


Gibson - Curtis Howell and Mrs. Sabra Carpenter, both 93 years of age, are the oldest residents of Gibson.


Brushville - Christmas exercises will be held at the church Christmas Eve. ALSO Strawberry blossoms were picked in good condition on Dec. 15.


Choconut Valley - The Choconut Valley creamery closed on Monday, Dec. 16th. James Sweeney, who has been running the creamery the past year, has gone to his home in Silver Lake.


North Bridgewater - Veterinary E. A. Hollister met with a severe accident, which might have been fatal, while treating a horse on the Stone farm, at Fairdale, last Saturday. He was hit by the animal, cutting his head and face and loosened five teeth.


Auburn 4 Corners - M. L. Lake shipped several tons of poultry down the valley last week.


January 03 (1913/2013)



Dundaff - The Episcopal church here received a bequest of $500 by the will of the late Robert W. Johnson, of New Brunswick, N. J., member of the chemical manufacturing firm of Johnson & Johnson. He died February 7, 1910, leaving an estate valued at $3,222,520. Mr. Johnson was a native of Dundaff and was financially interested at Crystal Lake, where he spent many summers. The church at Dundaff is a small one and is under the rectorate of the Forest City church of which Rev. E. G. White is rector.


Montrose - On Wednesday evening next Guy Brothers Celebrated Minstrels will be the attraction at Colonial Hall, and it is one that can be depended upon to please the patrons. Geo. R. Guy always carries a first-class production, and this season will retain the name won years ago. Thirty-five people are carried to make the company complete, and they are the best of soloists, musicians, acrobats, jugglers, dancers and comedians in the business. Everyone will be pleased to hear Guy Brothers Famous Silver Band and Orchestra. Wednesday evening, Jan. 8. Tickets now at Morris & Co’s Drug store at 50 cents.


Lawsville Center - A pretty home wedding occurred here on New Years day, when Mildred, the popular and accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Caswell, was united in marriage with James Blake, of Ashtabula, Ohio. The bride is well and favorably known in Montrose, where she has spent considerable time as a student of the High School and pursuing musical studies, and the groom holds a responsible position with one of the Lake steamship companies, as engineer. After a wedding trip, they will take up their abode in Ashtabula.


Dimock - Sterling Beebe and Arthur Comstock are busy getting up their yearly supply of wood while the snow lasts. ALSO: Isaac Mowers, a man in his 90th year, walked to Springville and back Monday last and is none the worse for his trip. He is a brother of Mrs. Beebe.


Lenox - The turkey shoot that was held on W. B. Manzer’s flat, Tuesday, the 24th, was well attended and the turkeys were furnished by R. S. Pickering and Glen Davis and the lucky ones were: Silas Howell, Millard Belcher, A. G. Cameron, Ralph Lewis, Edson Oakley.


Jackson - The second number of our entertainment course will be held at Roberts’ Hall, Tuesday evening, Jan. 7. Mr. H. Russell Palmer, “The Man of Mystery,” comes highly recommended by the Empire Lyceum Bureau, and we trust the people of this vicinity will embrace this opportunity to witness an entertainment that does not come within our reach very often. Mr. Palmer’s program will be varied and intensely instructive. Magic is more than entertainment. It awakens and stimulates the senses of the auditors.


Bennett Corners, Auburn Twp. - Misses Bertha and Daisy Luce spent Christmas at Tunkhannock, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Bennett with Arthur Shay at Elk Lake, Miss Esther Avery with friends in Springville and I guess the rest of us stayed home.


West Auburn - The new parcel post commenced operations on Wednesday. We would advise farmers to go slow about sending packages this way. Give the R. D. men and the postmaster’s time to get used to the business before you rush them.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - We wish to compliment little Dorothy Titman on her song at the Christmas tree exercises, more than one mentioning the same.


Rush - Having occasion to pass through Rush Saturday evening, we noticed the fine new electric lights, which almost made us believe we were in the suburbs of some large city. We hope the promoters of this system of lighting will keep a careful and accurate account of the cost of operating the same, that other neighborhoods may judge whether it will pay to follow suit.


West Bridgewater - John Valentine and family, of Rush; Wm. Valentine and family, Harvey Heath and wife, of Choconut, Harry Valentine and family, and Miss Grace Totten, of Binghamton, spent Christmas at C. C. Burr’s, at Friendsville.


Harford - Susquehanna county friends and acquaintances of Dr. W. J. Galbraith will learn with pleasure that he has erected a sanitarium at Safford, Arizona. The institution is known as “The Arizona Sanitarium” and will be open to occupants Jan. 15. Dr. Gailbraith was a practicing physician here from 1880 to 1884, and studied medicine with Dr. Olmstead of Dundaff. He has risen in the medical world having been professor of surgery and clinical surgery in Creighton University and the Omaha Medical Colleges and chief surgeon of the Union Pacific railroad. Special attention will be given to surgical and diseases originating from toxic absorption and uric acid poisoning.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - Santa invested the Christmas tree, at the Welsh Hill Congregational Church, with fine and numerous presents. The pastor, Rev. T. S. Lewis, was remembered, receiving a large turkey and other presents. Miss Verdie Morgan, who has served the church faithfully as organist, was presented with a purse of money in recognition of her services the past year.


Forest City - The season for fishing through the ice closed Tuesday. Some good catches were reported in the past season. Beaver Flow has been the favorite place of the fishermen and great was the exodus to that locality during the last week of the season.


News Brief - With additional privileges, of course, come additional responsibilities. If mother insists on wearing trousers she will have to put out the cat and wind the clock before going to bed. ALSO: A motion was adopted at the Pennsylvania State Grange urging the investigation of agricultural affairs at State College and a petition was signed urging the coming legislature to appropriate $1,000,000 for the purpose of putting agricultural matters at State College on a plane which would be of some benefit to the state and the boys of Pennsylvania who want to study agriculture.


January 17 (1913/2013)



Montrose - Erastus H. Rogers, aged nearly 93 and the oldest resident in Montrose, died on Friday, Jan. 10. For many years he was a well known wagon maker of this place and was an excellent workman. He had resided almost continuously in Montrose throughout his life, leaving for California when the ‘49 gold rush was on, but came back shortly and resided here ever since. His wife died previously and he leaves a son Frank, of Berwick, and a son, Edward, in Denver. ALSO: Montrose skaters are enjoying the good skating on Jones Lake this week.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The hand sled that disappeared so mysteriously from H. Fish’s store, around Christmas, has been brought back. ALSO: We notice we don’t hear so much about our rollicking, frolicking Bull Moosers. A lot of the fellows say they only turned Bull Moose to defeat Taft, and now belong to the old line party. ALSO: In Springville J. K. Aldrich is putting lumber upon the ground for a new house and barn, which he will erect on his lot here.


West Auburn - Rev. A. O. Williams, our pastor, in his sermon on “Give us this day our daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer, declared that the great sin of the American people, is selfishness—greed. We not only want our own daily bread, but also want the bread of others. Let us all think this over carefully and, if guilty, mend our ways at once.


Great Bend - Great Bend has a “Booster Club” that is working for another industry in that place. Every town should have such an organization. If every town had a large percentage of “boosters” and a small percentage of “knockers” conditions would be greatly improved.


Rushboro - Will Galvin, the young man who partially shot his arm off in a hunting accident, Dec. 14, is still in the Sayre Hospital. His arm is beginning to heal, but physicians expect to resort to skin--grafting in order to effect a cure. He will probably be confined to the hospital for many weeks yet.


Choconut - Brother Dominus, a son of James Gilroy, died of typhoid fever at Norristown, Dec. 27. For 14 years he had been a Christian Brother, and was an instructor for 6 years in the Protectory for Boys in Philadelphia. He was buried in the Brothers’ Cemetery, at Ammendale, Md.


Franklin Forks - Hiram F. Smith has sold his farm to J. W. Wood, of Lawton. The transfer was made Tuesday and Mr. Wood will soon take possession. The farm is a valuable one and has been in the Smith family for generations, Mr. Smith’s father, one of the pioneers of Franklin Township, having purchased it. Mr. Wood is an energetic young farmer and it may well be expected that the will continue to make it a paying proposition to the owner. The consideration was $3000. ALSO Miss Mina Birchard has a new piano and she knows how to use it.


Brooklyn - Archie F. Kent, of Brooklyn, is in New York city this week, at the Barnes School of Sanitary Science and Embalming.


Susquehanna - The High school boys’ rifle team won the match with the Sault Ste Marie team of Michigan and this week are shooting against the team of Salt Lake City. ALSO Michael Shields, charged with stealing a shawl from a Polish woman of Forest City, New Year’s evening, pled guilty when identified by the woman. He was held in $500 bail. ALSO: On Wednesday of last week Charles Walker, an employee of the Electric Light company, was caught in the gearing and whirled until his clothing gave way. His right arm was pulled from the socket.


Clifford - Lyndon Ayres went to Philadelphia on Saturday and when he returns he will have a better half. Here’s luck to you, Prof.


Thompson - A bountiful dinner was served last Thursday in Tallman’s Hall to the old soldiers and their wives and the widows of deceased soldiers and a few of their friends. After enjoying the dinner the time was spent in hearing short talks from the following veterans of their army life: Rev. P. R. Tower, Lyman Sanford, B. F. Barnes, Warren Plew and Commander S. B. Whitney; select reading by Mrs. E. C. Leighton, Mrs. A. E. Foster and Mrs. P. R. Tower.


Lenox - The old soldiers of Captain Lyons Post G. A. R., of Glenwood, gave an oyster dinner to the number of 75 including sons of veterans, grand sons of veterans and their families. There were only four of the old boys in blue able to attend. All enjoyed a fine time and we hope to meet with them many years to come.


Harford - On Thursday last the large barn of Judson Tingley, was destroyed by fire. Twelve cows were incinerated and much hay and grain lost. The fire is supposed to have been set by a tramp. A fine horse barn connected by a shed was saved. Insurance very light.


Forest City - Sunday morning L. W. Edwards was startled to hear a heavy rumbling sound which emanated from his store room. He hastily proceeded to examine the cause and what a sight he beheld. The shelving had fallen and the contents were in a promiscuous heap on the floor. Bluing and sugar were blended with syrups and other articles too numerous to mention. It required several hours to clear the wreck.


News Brief - John Kruskus, of McAdoo, does not believe in banks. Surveyors recently found $1300 in his garden, hidden in an old dinner pail. ALSO: On the Montrose Branch of the Lehigh derailments of the cars have been so frequent, of late, that the patrons of the line are asking that something be done about it. Out of its millions they feel that the company should spare a few dollars for road bed and rolling stock betterment to the end that they shall not continue to ride in the fear that any old time a car or the whole train may jump the track.


January 24 (1913/2013)



Gibson - Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Estabrook and Mrs. Lovisa Wilder attended the G. A. R. installation at Jackson on Saturday last. At the close of the business session Comrade C. E. Washburn, in behalf of the G. A. R. boys, presented Mr. and Mrs. Barrett with a beautiful rug as a token of love and good comradeship. They were married 50 years ago Christmas. Mr. Barrett is of a family of six boys, and five out of that number lived to celebrate their golden wedding.


Highlands - As our school teacher, Miss Carrie Sandell has been ill since the holidays, there has been no school.


Ainey - Albert Moody is seriously ill at his home near Parkvale. His age is nearly 80 years and his recovery is doubtful.


Prospect Hill - The people in this place would like to know what is the penalty for a drunken wife beater, who makes it a regular weekly business. It would be a good case for the State police.


Hopbottom - By night and by day and on Sundays the blasting on the cut--off goes on. ALSO: Miss Maude Willis presented “The Fortune Hunter” in the Hop Bottom Universalist church, Tuesday evening, Jan. 21st. There was a large attendance and those who were not present have a great deal to regret. To be entertained for an evening by an artist such as Miss Willis is surely a treat. It is to be hoped that we may be fortunate enough to secure her for one number on the entertainment course, which will be conducted next winter. These entertainments are managed by the Shakespeare club of the town. ALSO: The Hop Bottom Water Company has their plant in operation now and is furnishing water to several parties. They will extend the system to all parts of the town in the spring. They have a fine supply of spring water and the water system is a big improvement to the town.


Rush - Our town is certainly prospering and bids fair to outshine many larger towns. Two new automobiles have recently been purchased—one by Ude LaRue and the other by Oscar Hardic.


Montrose - It is hoped that all true lovers of the Flag will assist the Daughters of Veterans in making the Lincoln Tea a grand success. It will be held at the Palace Skating Rink this year, on Feb. 12th. Heretofore, it has been held in Mrs. James’ millinery store, but a change has been made in order to accommodate the big crowd expected. ALSO The Story Hour will be held at the library tomorrow afternoon. All children invited. The library will be closed evenings until the electric lights are again ready for use. ALSO No. 2 Fire Co. will hold a supper next Wednesday night. Proceeds to be used to help pay for the new chemical. Everyone should try to attend, or at least send some one.


Silver Lake - C. F. Cady, who has held a position on the Sheldoncroft farm, has been made manager, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Chas. B. Dayton. Mr. Cady is a graduate of an agricultural college and is well qualified for the position.


Deaths of two veterans - WILLIAM ROSENCRANS, a veteran of the Civil War, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. L Merriman, in New Milford, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 1913. He had suffered from asthma for some time, but his condition was not regarded as dangerous. He died shortly after being found in a critical condition from the disease. Interment in New Milford cemetery, Rev. I. D. Mallery officiating. GEORGE H. BURMAN, one of Ararat’s pioneer residents, died at his home in that place on Sunday, Jan. 19, 1913, after a long and painful illness. He was born in Ararat and resided there during his long life, with the exception of the time during his service in the Civil War, he serving as a member of C. A, 56th PA, Volunteers. Fifty-three years ago he was united in marriage to Mary A. Boothroyd and to them three children were born—Mrs. E. L. Avery, of Uniondale, and Wellington and Ernest, who survive him. The funeral will be held from his late home.


Springville - Nathan Comstock has recently purchased the meat market of Lake Brothers and will continue the business, residing in the rooms over the market. The Lakes are going elsewhere. Your correspondent does not know their arrangements, but hear they will conduct a hotel.


New Milford - An effort is being made to have an all night electric light service for all streets. ALSO: Wm. Interline, station agent, is contemplating resigning his position and going into chicken raising, on account of his health.


Forest Lake - The work of rebuilding the Methodist church sheds [for horses and carriages], which were blown down in the recent wind storm, is progressing finely.


Susquehanna - Mrs. Nellie Munson, of New York City, a former resident, was instantly killed at her residence, 158 East 104th street, Friday morning. It appears the deceased was attacked by an epileptic seizure, to which she was subject, while standing near an open window, and fell through it to the yard beneath.


Auburn - James W. Cavanaugh, of Auburn, who lives on the James Matthews farm, has purchased the Riverside hotel at Meshoppen, of F. E. Donlin, who has been proprietor of the hotel for several years. Mr. Cavanaugh will take possession early in April.


News Briefs - It seems once there was a year without a summer; we wonder if this is to be a year without a winter. ALSO: One of the penalties of greatness is that of kissing girls. If we are to believe the so--called historical novels, George Washington spent most of his time kissing the mush--wushy girls celebrated in recent literature. Later on General William T. Sherman won international fame as the best kisser of modern times. He is said to have kissed more girls than any other man living during his time. Lt. Hobson, who won fame during the Spanish war, gave the general a close race for the pennant. Now President Taft seems to be bent on taking the flag from all the historical characters of the past. It is related of General Grant that on one occasion he was introduced to a notoriety seeking female of more or less charm, who gushed: “Oh, General, I want to kiss you.” The great silent state man looked at her with disgust, and replied: “Well, miss, you can’t.” One of the greatest kissers of modern times, whom history has overlooked, was James Buchanan, the old bachelor president of the United States. Grover Cleveland was seldom invited, and always firmly declined. Benjamin Harrison would kiss anything, but William McKinley seldom got a chance, because Mrs. McKinley was always close to him.


January 31 (1913/2013)



Hallstead/Great Bend - John E Clune, Wm. Hunt and Charles Lines, and a number of other Hallstead men who are interested in the work of the good roads in Hallstead and Great Bend, have gone to Harrisburg to go before the State Commissioner of Highways and take in the matter of the impassable condition, at certain times of the year, of the short piece of road between Hallstead and Great Bend, which is part of the highway between Scranton and Binghamton controlled by the State. During the spring freshet [flood], and in fact whenever the river comes up, this short pieces of road is simply impassable except by boat, and as an elevation of only a few feet would put the road above the high water mark and would be an improvement and a great convenience to the traveling public.


Brooklyn - L. S. Ely has received the appointment for the Brooklyn Post Office and is receiving congratulation of his friends. Mr. Ely is not only well qualified for the office, but is accommodating and popular with patrons of the office.


Thompson - Mrs. George Roseboom and children, Madeline and Milton, are spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. P. R. Tower, before sailing for Florida. They, with Mr. Roseboom, expect to leave New York on the steamship, Apache, about the middle of this week. There is also a colony from Thompson and vicinity who are going to start overland to Florida on Jan. 28th. Those included are: Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. C. Z. Pickering and Mrs. Alden Hubbard, of Thompson, and Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Pickering, of Jackson.


West Jackson - We are enjoying an unusually warm winter. There has been but very few mornings when the thermometer has been as low as zero, while last winter it was 22 below zero at this place, while others told of it being as low as 30 below.


Auburn 4 Corners - Snowing this morning, but no ice for our creameries. At West Auburn the people are thankful to say that the quarantine on account of scarlet fever is now off. People with children are no longer afraid to come to West Auburn.


Royal - The steady warm weather of the past December and January beats all records I ever saw or heard for mildness for the two months.


Gibson - The Universalist Aid met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Bailey, Jan. 23d, for the purpose of sewing for Mr. and Mrs. George Bailey and family. A large amount of work was done. A goodly number attended from the M. E. Aid and helped the good work along. All contributed very generously.


Susquehanna - Thomas Murphy, formerly of Susquehanna, died Friday, January 17, 1913, at the home of his son, John Murphy, in Hancock, NY. He had been ill for the last year and practically helpless for the last six months. Mr. Murphy was a veteran of the Civil War and was 77 years of age. ALSO: Plans are under way for a new opera house. New York parties are said to be behind the enterprise. It is to be located on First street, between Washington and Main streets, according to a correspondent.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Miner C. Avery is getting his sugar camp in readiness for the sugar season which will soon be on hand. ALSO: The Grip has been playing sad havoc with the people in this vicinity and is at it yet. ALSO: It is rumored that A. D. Rogers and family intend moving away soon. They have lived here many years and during the time have won many friends who are saddened to learn of their intention of leaving.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - Walter Bush had a very pleasant surprise on his birthday. When he came in for dinner he found 30 friends had assembled to help him celebrate the day. ALSO Miss Hazel Bailey, of Billings, Montana, is visiting at W. W. Kinners.


Bridgewater Twp. - Mr. J. W. Bunnell is the well-known house mover who has many demands for his service. ALSO: John Yeomans has improved his carpet weaving business by buying a new spring shuttle loom and is now ready to receive orders.


Brushville - Mortimer Brush and Miss Daisy Benson were married at the home of the Bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warner Benson, the evening of January 23.


Uniondale - As Mrs. Chas. Gorton was walking along the road Saturday afternoon, close to the house of Oney Rounds, she was suddenly attacked by a foreigner, whose name was Andrew Ambros. He knocked her down and then brutally kicked her, and might possibly have killed her, it is alleged, if he had not been frightened away by H. J. Howell, who was returning from Forest City. A party of men from this vicinity went to the place and finally succeeded in catching the man and brought him to the jail. He had a hearing Saturday evening before J. F. Bass, Justice of the Peace. He was proven guilty and was taken to the Montrose jail Monday morning by constable, E. T. Rimron.


Glenwood - A terrible electric storm accompanied by hail and wind swept through this valley the 18th, doing considerable damage to property, up-rooting trees, breaking windows and raising havoc in its course.


Harford - There will be a meting in the High School building, Tuesday evening, Feb. 4, of all who are interested in the Harford Fair. The matter of holding a three-day fair, and of taking out a charter, so as to get aid from the state, will be discussed. ALSO: Some of our young folks are staying at home nursing their good looks. Chicken pox has appeared in our midst


Ararat Summit - Mr. and Mrs. Randall Belcher and daughters, Roene and Ila, of “the Deltz,” Oregon, arrived at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Rankin, Thursday evening, a great surprise to them and great was the joy thereof. Mr. and Mrs. Belcher and children, with their brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rankin, left Carbondale, for Oregon, nearly 3 years ago. The Rankins are still on a ranch in Oregon.


South Montrose - A new switch has recently been put in west of town on the L.V. railroad, which we understand will be used to load lumber from the sawmills at Fairdale and any other business that will naturally come on that side of town.


February 07 (1913/2013)



Elkdale - On Sunday morning, while the family of George Snedeker were at breakfast in the basement of their house, one of their neighbors ran in and told theme that their house was on fire. On rushing out they could see the flames already breaking through the roof. Calls for help were sent out on the telephone and soon men came from all directions, but it was seen that it would be impossible to put out the fire, so they began at once to save what they could. At this time Mr. Snedeker must have thought of something which he felt he must save from the upper floor, for he rushed into the house and up the stairs without being seen by anybody. As soon as he was missed some of the men tried to get up the stairs, but the heat and smoke made it impossible. When the fire began to lessen all that remained of the body was taken from the still burning building. The fire, it is supposed, was caused from an overheated stove. The Snedeker family moved here from Wayne county two years ago and have made many friends who are doing everything possible to lighten the terrible blow. Mr. Snedeker was 45 years old and leaves a wife and eight children, the youngest but one year old. Funeral services were held on Thursday, with interment in the Elkdale cemetery. The house, on which there was no insurance, was owned by G. G. Wells, the Snedeker family working the farm on shares. [Jane Burr, whose grandmother was Laura Snedeker, wrote to us that the story told to the family was that her great--grandfather went in to get Laura’s wedding dress.  Laura married Homer Collum on March 12, 1913.]


Harford - At a meeting of the Harford Agricultural Society it was decided to incorporate the Society and 12 directors were elected. A charter will be applied for at once and everyone is requested to become a charter member. ALSO: Dr. A. T. Brundage is very low—a general breaking down from old age.


Birchardville - Mrs. W. D .Gould got 431 eggs from 25 pullets during the month of January.


Springville - Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lake have moved to Friendsville, having purchased the hotel property at that place. ALSO: Rumor says our orchestra will make its appearance at an entertainment in the near future. The boys have practiced faithfully under the leadership of Dana Taylor, and should receive the support of the townspeople. [Dana Taylor was the father of Maurice Taylor, well--know band director and author of band books at Montrose High School, from 1927 to the latter part of the 20th century.


Forest Lake - A number from this place attended a dance at the Choconut Valley Inn on Monday evening and all report a fine time. Music was furnished by E. M. Kane and E. B. Birdsall.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. - About 26 relatives and friends met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lynch, last Wednesday, to make them a surprise party, as they are soon to leave their farm near East Lake and make their home in Binghamton. A sumptuous dinner was served and a purse of money was given Mr. and Mrs. Lynch as token of esteem and remembrance. They will be greatly missed by all, as they were always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy or sick.


New Milford - Tuesday, the 18th of February next, 1913, will be the 50th anniversary of our marriage. We are in favor of noticing such an event but we have not the health and strength to entertain a company as we would like to, so our relatives and friends, who would like to take dinner with us that day, will be expected to furnish the dinner on the “picnic” plan, and are hereby invited to do so, and those of our relatives and friends who merely wish to make a call without taking dinner will be considered in good form and just as welcome. No presents will be expected or desired unless a large number of relatives and friends are willing to make a small contribution, not over 25 cents in any case, in some cases less, and so purchase one article which may be kept as a memento of the occasion. Amos B. and Mary C. Kent. [Amos died on Dec. 5, 1913 and Mary died Dec. 18, 1913 and are buried in the New Milford Cemetery].


Susquehanna - George Thibault, general foreman of the Erie shops, has been in New York for a few days. ALSO The chemical engine [fire] company is planning to hold a fair in the near future for the purpose of building a permanent home for its engine.


Bridgewater Twp. - The ice on Charles J. Post’s pond [on Post Pond Road] has been purchased by parties in Wilkes-Barre, and the work of cutting will probably be started next Monday. Mr. Post will have charge of the cutting and loading of the ice on their cars at his switch, the Lehigh Valley tracks running almost to his pond. Ice in the Wyoming Valley is scarce and probably all that can be supplied will be rapidly taken.


Montrose - Montrose was visited by a severe colds snap during the week which was greatly appreciated—by the coal and ice men. This is really the first cold weather of the winter. Quite a little snow fell Monday and the sleighing has been much enjoyed. On the last day of January, last Friday, considerable plowing was done in this vicinity, something very much out of the ordinary, for this climate.


Hallstead - At the supper given Thursday at the Presbyterian church parlors by the high school scholars, to purchase supplies for a laboratory in the school, $65.75 was taken in.


Forest City - Enterprise Hose Co., No. 2, held their annual banquet in the parlors, Thursday evening. About 50 members and invited guests were present. Chicken was served. Oliver Coyle, the company’s cook, was chef of the evening. The supper he served decidedly preserved his reputation with the Enterprise boys. The supper was preceded by cards. A very enjoyable time was the evening’s verdict.


Flynn - The month of January has been an unusually fine month as it is seldom that a young couple can hold hands with comfort on the porch, evenings, during this month.


Fairdale - There will be a shadow social at the Grange hall, Friday evening, Feb. 7th. The proceeds are to purchase an organ for the school.


Lynn - The ground hog has brought a change in the weather, at least we are having a little sleighing at last which is much better than mud.


News Brief - Scranton merchants intend publishing a monthly bulletin of “deadbeats.”


February 14 (1913/2013)



Brooklyn - Death claimed Stephen Fitch Breed at the age of 38. He was born in Brooklyn, the eldest son of Robert Fitch Breed and Emma M. Beers Breed. His paternal grandfather, Stephen Breed Sr., came to Brooklyn from Stonington, Conn. in 1812. Mr. Breed, when he came to Brooklyn, purchased the farm which has remained in the Breed family for over 100 years. When Mr. Breed came to Brooklyn he moved into what is held to be the first house built in that territory of this county, which was on the farm purchased and was built by Adam Miller in 1787, which stood by the large spring south of the present road. (The first settlers in Susquehanna county were Ozias Strong and Adam Miller. Ozias Strong registered his land before Mr. Miller). Stephen Breed was an exception to most of the early settlers, inasmuch as he brought $300 in cash, in those days a large amount, with which to begin life in his new home. In 1822 Mr. Breed built the present residence and opened it as a house for public entertainment and during all the days of the old Milford & Owego Turnpike, “The Travelers’ Home,” as it was called, was an oasis in the tiresome journey over the hills. It was a temperance house, and militia drills were held in the smooth field south of the house. Stephen Fitch Breed inherited the farm after graduating from Binghamton Central high school in 1894. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a school director and a Republican. He is survived by his mother and his wife, Lizzie Wright Breed, and two brothers.


Montrose - While H. E. Cooley was returning in an automobile from the Binghamton auto show, his machine skidded into the ditch as he was near Lake Mont Rose. One of the rear wheels was smashed. A passing farmer’s team [of horses] towed the damaged machine to his garage. ALSO: There is a growing demand in Montrose for homes. There are fewer houses for rent now than ever before, nearly every house being occupied. What is needed is a number of houses that will rent from $10 to $15.


Boucherville - Levi T. and son, Selden C. Birchard, breeders of thoroughbred Jerseys, lately sold 25 head from their herds to Superintendent Beemer of the Hillside Home, Clark’s Summit. Tuberculosis recently infected the Hillside Home’s cows and it was necessary to kill them and buy a new herd.


Elk Lake - The ice plow began to sing on the lake Tuesday morning. C. W. Stedman and J. G. Cart have charge of filling the ice houses around the lake. ALSO: Many farmers improved the sleighing by drawing logs to the sawmills. C. S. Lathrop has his mill in operation.


Harford - “Bulletins from the Temperance War” will be the topic of the Endeavor service Sunday evening. Leader, Miss Jean Follett.


Gibson - A carload of cheese boxes arrived at New Milford for the Gibson creamery last week. This is the second carload within a year and it speaks well for the prosperity of the association. Both cheese and butter are made and a ready market is found for them.


Gelatt - One morning, a short time ago, when C. J. Gelatt—who has never been in the habit of locking a door at night—got up in the morning and found a tramp sitting by the heating stove. The doors have been locked every night since.


Jackson - It is reported that a man, some 30 years old, traded a pair of felt boots and rubbers to a man who lives in Gibson township, for the latter’s 14 year old daughter, and that the pair are now living in Jackson township as man and wife. The people in the same two townships are doing missionary work among the heathen in foreign countries.


Forest Lake - Wm. H. Street, aged 75 years, died on Feb. 9, at the home of J. P. Burr. Mr. Street had been in failing health for several years and had spent the winter for some time at the soldier’s home, Johnson City, Tenn., having served his country in Co. D, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.


New Milford - One of the old land marks of New Milford is being removed this week. The old orchard on what is known as the “Burrus Place,” is being cut down. For nearly 75 years this orchard has been a familiar sight to the citizens of the town and many of the historic events of the town have taken place in the shade of its trees. On Aug. 22, 1862 more than 50 years ago, Co. F, of the famous old 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, was recruited here, and the people of the town turned out in mass and served a dinner in this orchard as they bade the brave soldier boys God speed in their efforts to put down the rebellion. But few of the 96 men who marched out of the orchard fifty years ago are living now to see the old trees cut down to make room for modern progress. In a few years this old land mark will be only a memory, and when its site is covered with modern business blocks, or, perhaps a large manufacturing plant, it will be hard for the youth of the city to realize that this historic old orchard ever existed.


Clifford - The fruits of practical Christianity were never better exemplified than in the generous rally of this community in relieving the pressing necessities of Mrs. George Snedeker and family, whose husband and father lost his life in their burning home. A generous supply of clothing, cash, furniture and provisions has relieved all present necessities.


Lawsville - The directors of the Lawsville Center Creamery Co. are busy with their men filling the ice house with ice from Archie Southworth’s pond.


Herrick - A few short moons ago, Charles A. Casteline was possessed of exuberant spirits and all the world was a bunch of happiness and sunshine. It was then he took a fair damsel for better or worse. She, with motherly feeling, took compassion on him and they were joined “till death do us part.” But the scene changes and another story can be told. She folded up her tent and hied to the hills of Wyoming county there to remain notwithstanding the entreaties of her leige lord and master. Charlie has become discouraged and says he will pay no bills of her contracting. (Forest City News)


Silver Lake - We were much interested in a gold “25 cent piece” shown us by Hon. Geo. C. Hill. This handsome little piece of money is in an excellent state of preservation, although Mr. Hill has carried it in his picket for more than 49 years—from the time of the second enlistment in the Civil War. There was a custom many years ago among the boys and girls, of eating a “filopean.” Following the eating of filopean, by a boy and girl, the boy or girl first saying filopean, was entitled to a present from the other. Mr. Hill won a present in this way, and the girl gave him this gold piece, just as he was leaving for the Civil War. He highly prizes it.


February 21 (1913/2013)



East Kingsley - There was a Francis E. Willard [organizer of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union] memorial service held in the Universalist church, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16. Rev. Dowson preached a fine sermon. Every one present felt that life was better worth living Mrs. Bertha Capron sang “Think of What Mother Has Said,” accompanied by Mrs. P. M. Wilmarth on the organ. The East Kingsley orchestra, composed of Leon Tingley, cornet; Olin Milton, violinist; and Mrs. Jess Wilmarth pianist, rendered some fine music.


Harford Twp. - A young daughter of Mr. Mercer, who came here from Allegheny to work on the new cut off, was stricken in school with diphtheria. They quarantined the home, and closed the school. It was supposed Sunday, the danger mark was passed, but she died Monday morning and was buried in the night, Feb. 17th, in Maplewood cemetery. The family has the sympathy of the entire community


Great Bend - Mrs. Libbie Shoemaker attended a neighborhood party at Bentley Stark’s, Friday evening. They take turns at each other’s homes. Six or eight families are represented, namely Bentley, Stark John Blakslee, Foster Williams, Jesse Strickland, Clark Giles, Lou Drake, Frank Williams and R. McMickens.


Dimock - Lee Estus has bought the coal yard here and will now keep on hand a fine lot of pea and chestnut coal for sale, which he will sell cheap for cash. Coal will be delivered at the door. ALSO: A new street lamp has been placed on the corner of the roads leading from the stores and Hotel at Dimock which makes it well lighted.


Hallstead - The drilling at the oil well which has been discontinued for several months past is shortly to be resumed again for at a recent meeting of the board of directors it was decided to purchase as soon as possible a 3,500 ft. steel cable and drill the well deeper. Drillers have already gone down 2,615 ft. in the second well without finding any indications of either oil or gas. The first well was drilled about 3,000 ft. by drillers from Binghamton. When this depth was reached the work had to be abandoned on account of the drill becoming fastened in the hole and could not be gotten out.


Lake View - The Lake View Baptist Church has united with the Jackson Baptist Church.


North Bridgewater - Guy Angle, who is employed with the Kilmer Swamp Root Company, of Binghamton, is located at Crystal Springs, Miss., for a short time, and says it is nice, warm weather there, and seems like the “good old summer time.”


Brooklyn - A box social was held at the Tewksbury House on Friday night. A good time was reported by all present. ALSO: The dancing school held at this place is proving a great success, many new scholars coming every night it is held.


News Brief - The new five-cent pieces, which have been put in circulation, are considered a much better design than the nickel now in general circulation. On one side is the reproduction of the head of an Indian. At the top is the word “Liberty,” and at the bottom the year. On the other side appears the figure of a buffalo and the denomination of coin. The design is very simple. ALSO: W. H. Taft, professor of law at Yale, will receive $5,000 salary. Howard Jones, football coach, will receive $4000 “wages” a year.


Montrose - A most unique party was given by Miss Lyda Beebe last Tuesday afternoon, at her home on Cherry street. The guests were appropriately attired in Puritan and old fashioned costumes. The rooms were furnished with old fashioned furniture. The decorations were mementoes of the olden days. The entertainment was in keeping with the occasion, consisting of old fashioned songs and readings. A typical New England dinner was served in the candle--lighted dining room; old fashion dishes and silver were used, which completely carried out the idea of the party.


Brushville - There was no school last week on account of the illness of the teacher, Walter Mosher. We are pleased to say he is better and school opened again today.


Lawton - The automobile accident on Thursday of last week caused quite a sensation. Ude LaRue while out with his car, lost control of the machine and went over a steep bank. The car was badly wrecked but the occupants were uninjured. Leon Granger, Ralph Bunnell and Russell Kunkle were the other passengers. The accident happened along the road near Lawton at a point where grading had been done for the proposed S & B railroad; the machine swerved toward the bank and in bringing it back into the road it lunged in the opposite direction over the embankment. The top of the machine, which was up, was badly stove in, and the seats, guards, windshield and trimmings were bent or broken and both axles were bent. The machine is not considered beyond repair.


Susquehanna County - “Susquehanna County Formed 103 Years Ago Today.” It was formed of a part of Luzerne by an act of Legislature, passed Feb. 21, 1810, but it was not fully organized, with county officers appointed, until the fall of 1812, at the home of Isaac Post in Bridgewater township. Persons were selected to be recommended to the governor to fill the several offices necessary to complete the organization of the county. The county commissioners were Bartlett Hinds, Labron Capron, and Isaac Brownson. Hon. John B. Gibson was the first president judge of the district, which embraced Susquehanna, Bradford, Tioga and Wayne counties. The county seat was located at Montrose in July 1811. Montrose was incorporated as a borough in 1824. The first deed recorded was dated July 24, 1812, conveying 439 acres in Bridgewater Twp., valued at $300, which was purchased by Elias Whitmore from W. Mitchell and his wife, Hanna. Susquehanna county, when first organized, contained only 10 townships. Willingborough—changed to Great Bend in 1814, was the first township and was organized in April 1793. Nicholson, now Lenox, was organized in 1795. Lawsville, embracing what is now Liberty and the greater part of Franklin, organized in 1798. (Continued next week……)