February 28 (1913/2013)



Lynn, Springville Twp. - On the evening of Feb. 20 there was a box social at the Springville High school and several from this place attended, among the number being Ralph Loomis, one of the students of the school, who hitched his horse in front of R. L. Avery’s store, and when he came after it, lo and behold it was gone. Indications showed that some miscreant had driven it away. Russell Howard and Ralph drove all over the surrounding country, but got no trace of the horse until the next morning, when it was found in Leigh Risley’s barn. He had found it wandering near his place and had taken care of it. The horse showed that it had been driven very hard.


Transue - S. E. Harned, one of our highly respected citizens, passed away Monday morning at about 8 o’clock. He went to the barn to harness the horse to take his daughter to the depot. He had been gone about 20 minutes, when the family became worried about him and on going to the barn found him dead. He was in his usual good health that morning.


Elk Lake - A very interesting debate was held in the schoolhouse last Friday afternoon. “Resolved: that the men of today are greater than the men of yesterday,” was the subject discussed. ALSO: Skating was the outdoor sport of the young people the first of the week.


Lenoxville - In the suit of Teresa Robinson, of Lenoxville, against Wayne L. Stephens, of Nicholson, for breach of promise, the arbitrators appointed to hear the evidence in Wyoming county’s court awarded the plaintiff the sum of $500. AND: In Lenox several attended the bean--bake that was held at the Grand Army hall, at Glenwood, Thursday evening.


Forest City - Percy L. Cole, of Honesdale is acting as temporary manager of the McHale pharmacy since the resignation of J. R. O’Brien, who has become a bond salesman.


Fairdale - Invitations announcing the marriage of Mss Vera Brotzman of this place, to Clarence Hitchcock, have been issued. Congratulations.


Clifford - Our Nicholson stage will change hands April 1st. William McAlla, retiring, and Frank Hasbrouck taking his place. The route is an arduous one, having to start at 5 a.m., returning at 6:30 p.m. The distance is 13 miles and the road one of the worst.


Montrose - There is a strong probability of Rev. Ernest Wood, the popular rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, leaving to become a chaplain in the U S. Navy. Mr. Wood and family have made many friends here who will deeply regret their removal. President Taft has nominated Rev Wood for the position, but the appointment has been held up by the Senate, although it is said they will confirm his military appointment. ALSO: G. C. Shafer was victorious over W. C. Grant, national indoor lawn tennis champion, which gives Mr. Shafer this national honor. Shaver proved an easy victor in the big tournament in New York last week, and his friends are confident that a player of his strength and ability will retain the championship against all comers for some time to come.


Silver Lake - Pretty hard traveling for the Silver Lake stage and the minister.


Kingsley - The Kingsley Book Club was entertained by Mrs. A. H. Tiffany on Saturday, 16 being present.


Uniondale - Prof. James P. Wilson, formerly principal of the Uniondale school and now superintendent of pubic school of Dickson City, has filed a suit for divorce from his wife. Her parents are sued for $25,000 for alleged alienation of his wife’s affections. ALSO: McPherson Post G. A. R. has been re--organized with 14 charter members and officers, elected and installed on the 19th by officers of the Scranton post. The comrades from Scranton were as loyal and full of patriotism as in the days of ‘61. They told war stories galore. The Uniondale comrades were not slow to reply, as they too had seen hair raising sights while serving in the union army and while at Libby and Andersonville prisons. The poem composed and ready by C. M. Buckingham was highly received; it told of the hardships of war and what the boys of Uniondale did. It can be sung to the tune of “Maryland, my Maryland.” The wives and daughters of the comrades served the dinner and such a layout brought forth many remarks about the hard tack and raw salt pork they used to eat in Dixie land.


Brooklyn - The Foster-Brooklyn dancing class, under the direction of Prof. Chas. Cohen, will give an Easter Hop, at Masonic Hall, at Hop Bottom, Friday evening, March 28. An orchestra of Binghamton’s best musicians will furnish music.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - The drama at Welsh Hill called Uncle Josh, was a success in every particular, with people coming from miles away. Prof Shifles(sp.) and Capt. Buckingham, of Uniondale, were bound to get there if they had to walk. After imbibing freely of Adams ale, at the town watering tank in central square, they rolled up their pants and started on their long bike ride around Elk Mountain; the Captain fell by the wayside from heart failure, that is, he did not have the heart to go further; the Prof. being young and with a good supply of cyclone material, never faltered until he reached the West gate, then to his dismay, in changing his working clothes for his evening suit, he had forgotten to take along what little change he had, consisting of four of Uncle Sam’s nickels. Being a stranger no one would vouch for him; his heart sank and so did he; after resting his throbbing temples against the West gate for some hours, he was seen coming into town in the early hours carrying his shoes and his hat in his overcoat pocket. The net receipts for Uncle Josh was about $75.


Liberty Twp. - H. Craik is again able to drive the wagon carrying the school children from the Lake to Lawsville.


Hallstead - Ezra Whited has disposed of his farm stock and tools and has secured a position as conductor on the Binghamton trolley line.


Deaths of Veterans - L. W. SCOTT, aged 68 years, died at his home in Susquehanna, Feb. 22, 1913. Deceased served in Co. F, 20th Regt. Pennsylvania Infantry and had an honorable war record. He was commander of Tremaine Post, G. A. R., of Lanesboro. His wife, two sons, Ralph and George, of Susquehanna, and two daughters, Mrs. P. E. Razey, of Elmira, and Grace, residing at home, survive. The funeral was held from the Baptist church and interment in Evergreen cemetery. ALSO: A. J. LEWIS, an aged veteran of the Civil War and former resident of Lynn, died at the home of S. F. Lane, Thursday morning. He is survived by a wife and one son, Edson N. Lewis, of New York city. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 11 o’clock and burial at Factoryville.


March 07 (1913/2013)



Forest City - Forest City has but three veterans of the Civil war. They propose to unite with their comrades at Uniondale. ALSO: The steam sawmill of Johns & Cole, of Forest City, at Whites Valley, turns out over 10,000 ft. of lumber daily and teams are busy hauling to Forest City.


Susquehanna - Mother M. Camilla (born Elizabeth Maloney), whose death was recorded last week, was a native of Susquehanna county and was born Nov. 10, 1852. She entered the order of the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Hearts of Mary in young womanhood and taught in the parochial schools in Reading, Philadelphia and Chester. When Mother M. De Chantal died eight years ago Sister Camilla was appointed her successor at Villa Maria, West Chester. Miss Eleanor Donnelly, the gifted poetess of Philadelphia, eulogized the quiet nun in verse. Among those who officiated were Archbishop Pendergast, Monsignor Cavanaugh and Monsignor Trainor. Burial was in St. Agnes cemetery, West Chester.


Birchardville - F. E. Brearly and family have moved to Gilett, Bradford county, where Mr. Brearly associated with his brother, also a former Susquehanna county man, are building a creamery, which they will open this spring.


Brooklyn - The post office was moved to L. S. Ely’s store last week. ALSO: The sale of the stock of goods of the late S. B. Eldridge began on Friday thru Monday. Workmen are now engaged in renovating the interior of the store building, which will be occupied about March 15 by Wade Barnes. He plans to put in an ice cream parlor during the heated season. Mrs. Eldridge will have her Millinery parlors in her residence next door.


South Montrose - Mr. Rodney has purchased the Robinson house, has built a barber shop and put in pool tables and will be ready for business in a few days.


Montrose - Bluebirds were seen the first of the week, and Monday evening a flock of geese, flying low, made a great racket with their honkings as they passed over the town. This morning the mercury was down to zero.


Tunkhannock - Miss Retta Lott, aged 70 years, who had been a housekeeper at the home of S. H. Jenkins for many years, was struck by a freight engine that was backing up. She failed to see the approaching locomotive, which struck her in the back, throwing her down and rendering her unconscious. She has since been confined to her bed in almost helpless condition. She was a former resident of Auburn township.


Lenox - The grange hall came near burning down the evening of Feb. 22nd, the lamps being turned too high. The flames caught the paper festoons. It wasn’t long in traveling over the hall but with the timely assistance of help at hand very little damage was done.


Choconut Valley - The ice hose of the Choconut Valley creamery was filled with ice, which they took from the Choconut Valley Creek. The lake from which they usually got ice was not considered safe to go on. The McCahill brothers have also filled their ice house.


Gelatt - Mrs. Addie Gelatt was well pleased Friday when the W. C. T. U. met, tied and bound two comfortables for her, and after a bountiful dinner held their regular meeting.


New Milford - H. L. Lewis, the famous wood chopper and poet, recently cut six cords of wood for Eugene Whitney in one day. He claims to be the champion wood chopper of Susquehanna County.


Susquehanna County - “Susquehanna County Formed 103 Years Ago Today” (continued). Braintrim, now Auburn, was organized in 1799. Rush, “the mother of townships,” which once embraced nearly half the present limits of the county, then extended from its present Southern boundary, northward along the east line of Bradford Co., a little over 18 miles to the New York State line, and eastward 8 miles, embracing besides its present limits, all of Middletown and Choconut—with Apolacon since taken from the latter, and the Western parts of Jessup and Forest Lake. Rush was organized in 1801. Clifford, organized in 1806, embraced besides its present limits, Gibson and Herrick, and the southern part of Ararat. Bridgewater, organized in 1806, embraced besides its present limits, all of Brooklyn, Lathrop, Springville, Dimock and Silver Lake, the eastern parts of Jessup and Forest Lake, and the southern part of Franklin. New Milford was organized in 1807. Harford, organized in 1808, was for many years known as Nine Partners. Harmony, organized in 1809, embraced besides its present limits, Oakland, Jackson, Thompson and the northern part of Ararat. The county now contains 27 townships and 13 boroughs, with a population of 37,746 in 1900 and 40,042 in 1910. [The 2010 census recorded the population as 43,356].


The first settlements in the county were made in 1787, in the territory now known as Great Bend and Brooklyn townships. Ozias Strong, formerly of Lee, Mass., was the first known settler in Great Bend and Adam Miller, a Protestant Irishman, was one of the first settlers in Brooklyn. His son, Wm. Miller, was the first child born in the county, in Dec. 1789. The first road was built in 1789, at the mouth of Cascade Creek in Great Bend township. In 1791 a road was made from the Delaware river to Great Bend, which was later followed by the Newburgh turnpike. This was the first turnpike in the county. It was begun in 1806 and finished in 1811. Its length from Cochecton to Great Bend was 50 miles. This was among the first of the great highways constructed. A few years later the Milford and Owego turnpike was constructed.


The first tavern was kept by Horatio Strong in 1796. His building was only a log house. The next year it was purchased by Oliver Trowbridge, who built a framed addition. An upper room, which was used by a Masonic lodge, was papered. This was the first papered room in the county. This building was located within the present limits of Great Bend borough.


Dr. Forbes, one of the first physicians in the county, was in Great Bend n 1791—to be continued. [This brief history was written by J. B. Stephens, Montrose, in 1913. Miss Emily C. Blackman in 1873, wrote a lengthy history and R. M. Stocker followed her with his history in 1887. Reprints of both are available at the Susquehanna County Historical Society].


March 14 (1913/2013)



Heart Lake - L. O. Farrar, superintendent of the Mountain Ice Co., had a narrow escape from drowning, last Sunday, while walking on the lake.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - The teachers’ institute held in the M. E. church at Lenoxville, last Saturday night, was well attended although but few attended from here on account of the social party at Bertha Well’s on the same night. ALSO: In Clifford, J. B. Lowrey’s team is busy drawing lumber from Hankinson’s mill. Mr. H. does the sawing for Mr. Patterson who is stripping this county of its timber, both hemlock and hard wood. Our forests are disappearing very rapidly and, hereafter, we may prepare for more severe drougths than ever. ALSO: Next Tuesday evening the Grange will debate the question, “Resolved, that women should have equal rights with men.” Leaders are E. G. Greene and A. W. Miller.


Dimock - Our school teacher now walks every morning from Springville to Dimock with his dinner pail in hand, returning home on the evening train. Walter believes in morning exercise.


Jackson Twp. - School notes of Maple Ridge, Jackson, for the month ending Feb. 20, 1913. The following were present every day during the month: Earl Hall, Raymond Wilcox, Harry Monroe, Robert Washburn, Jay Decker, Nellie Hall, Lloyd Blaisdell, Esther Quick, Ruth Hall and Lloyd Hall. The following poem has been learned by the fourth grade, “Pretty is that Pretty Does.” The sixth grade is reading, “Enoch Arden.” The fifth grade has read “Father Marquerette,” also “The Story of Lincoln.”


Great Bend - The Susquehanna County Electric Co. will install a new system of lights in Great Bend in the near future.


Brooklyn - A horse of the Harford Dairy Company, while plowing ice on W. L. Sterling’s pond, broke through the ice. It was not drowned, but is thought to have died from the shock.


Montrose - Undertaker J. C. VanCampen has purchased a handsome new two--tone grey funeral car which he expects to arrive about April 1st. ALSO: Jesse M. Noble spent the first of the week in West Pittston, visiting his uncle, Eli Noble, who is very ill. Mr. Noble also attended the “Billy” Sunday evangelistic meetings and was highly pleased with them. As soon as the tabernacle was emptied at 5 pm, at the close of the afternoon meeting, people would commence pouring in who had come to attend the evening meeting, which commences at 7:30. It is said that Sunday keeps himself in the physical condition of an athlete, exercising, bathing and being “rubbed down” by a physical director as if in training for the Olympiad. When he gets in action, enforcing his words with energetic motions, his collar wilts as well as the sinner who stands convicted


Susquehanna - Joseph A. Kent has purchased of M. J. Ryan, the Central House, which he has conducted for a number of years.


Harford - Hon. E. E. Jones has introduced a bill in the Legislature providing for a five cent tax on each ton of anthracite coal mined in the state, 60% of the money thus obtained to be used as a fund for disabled miners. He plans to follow this bill with one providing a pension fund for miners’ widows and disabled miners.


Nicholson - It is reported that as soon as warm weather comes, six gangs of five hundred men each will be employed on the big bridge here. This means that Nicholson must find room for 3,000 more people and now every place is more than full.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Patrick Conboy, formerly of Chicago but now of South Dakota, is visiting his childhood home here. ALSO: A social time was had at James Conboy’s last Wednesday night; it was business combined with pleasure as James re-organized the baseball team and gave several fine solos on the violin.


Hallstead - As the spring mud deepens there is a general rejoicing over the prospect of good roads from Hallstead to Binghamton in the near future.


Bridgewater Twp. - John Quinn, aged 85 years, died at the home of his son, John Quinn, Jr., in Binghamton, March 12th. Deceased had resided in Bridgewater the greater part of his life, having gone to Binghamton a few years ago to live. He was one of the best known and most admired men of this section and a sturdy, honest, upright man. During the Civil war he was one of the color guards in Co. C, 151st Regt., P.V., and was in the battles of Gettysburg, Chancellorsville and other engagements. He was a member of Four Brothers Post, G. A. R., of Montrose, and for many years its color bearer. Interment in Binghamton. Seven sons and one daughter survive.


Silver Lake - An advertisement appears in this issue of the large Rose tract of virgin timber at Silver Lake. This tract has been in litigation for some years and it is likely will now be sold, as the legal entanglements have apparently been eliminated. While there is much valuable timber in the tract, it is to be regretted that it will probably soon be felled and sawed into lumber.


New Milford - Owing to a bad wreck on the Lackawanna railroad, near New Milford on Thursday night, which piled 30 coal cars, blocking both tracks, Lackawanna coal trains, Friday morning, covered the distance between Binghamton and Scranton over the Erie and D & H. During the forenoon ten Lackawanna passenger trains passed through Forest City. One was composed of 8 coaches of Swedes and Norwegians bound for western points where they will engage in farming.


Forest City - Notices were posted in Klot’s Throwing mill, in this place, giving the girls an advance of 50 cents per week dating from March 1, 1913. The girls were well pleased with the increase as it came without asking and was a surprise.


News Brief - Representative H. C. Jackson of Wayne county, has introduced a bill which would make the daisy Pennsylvania’s State Flower, and once each year we would celebrate “Daisy Day.” While not wishing to “knock,” why not the arbutus or hepatica (commonly called Mayflower) of spring, or the goldenrod, of the autumn? Many others might be mentioned that are better than the daisy. Those of us who feed stock would prefer the clover blossom, although the reason is unsentimental. (An effort is now being made to substitute the violet for the daisy). [The State Flower is mountain laurel, which symbolizes victory and merit. This was enacted in May of 1933].


March 21 (1913/2013)



Hop Bottom - An Easter ball is to be given at the Masonic Hall in Brooklyn. It is to be given by Professor Cohen, of the Brooklyn-Hop Bottom dancing school.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - The roads are in very bad shape—so bad that the mail didn’t get through Saturday. In Dimock, there will be an entertainment by the Young Men’s Association of Dimock in the school house, Saturday evening, March 22nd at 8 o’clock. The feature of the evening being a laughable farce presented by 8 young men called the “Sight Seeing Auto.” It is humorous, amusing, side-splitting; also singing and music.


Franklin Forks - Mr. Hosford is putting new gasoline lights in the M. E. church, this week.


Herrick Center - The O. & W. Railroad has been nearly blocked with mud. They have had gangs working night and day.


Ararat - Earl Tourje, of Forest City, was in this place Saturday and did some repair work on the telephone line via Gelatt and Jackson.


New Milford - The Sittenfeld Tanning Company is working to its full capacity and not able to meet the demand for their product.


Springville - “The Dear Boy Graduates,” a farce-comedy in four acts, will be presented by Springville High School, Thursday evening, March 27th, at 8 o’clock, in the High School Auditorium. If heavy rain, succeeding evening. A thoroughly modern drama of school life, bubbling with vivacity, sparkling with wit, thoroughly new in setting and in expression; and at once setting forth both the value and the danger of athletics. Costumes of football and baseball. Admission 25 and 15 cents.


Elk Lake - The original and only Harry Lyons dropped in the Democrat office yesterday afternoon and any trace of gloom that might have been hovering around the office scurried for quarter. The roads between here and Elk Lake are not very good and when a neighbor came out to ask him how he was getting along, “Harry” promptly replied “about a mile an hour.” Harry is full of subtle, original humor and should he ever wish to incorporate some of his puns in a book, it would figure as one of the “best sellers—locally, at least.” And Harry is just as full of cordiality as he is of humor.


Montrose - The interior of the Exchange Hotel has been undergoing very noticeable improvements. Landlord Donlin having papered and painted the rooms and halls on the second and third floors and has electric lights installed on the third floor also. Mr. Donlin is a thorough believer of progressiveness.


East Ararat - Wellington A. Silver and Miss Pearl P. Wademan, both of Ararat, were united in marriage March 12, by Rev. H. J. Crane, at Uniondale. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Silver, of Lestershire, and the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Wademan, of Burnwood.


Alford - Down at Alford, where they have been using half a ton of dynamite at a single blast, in some instances, on the Lackawanna cut--off operations, it is said that residents of the town have given up trying to keep windows in their houses. Men engaged in puttying in new panes have had them broken by blasts before the work was completed. Although Montrose is nine miles from Alford, as the crow flies, continuous blasting on the cut--off excavations has rattled the windows.


Uniondale - Oliver, the 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Richards, was instantly killed at the Vandling colliery, where he was employed as a door tender, by a trip of runaway cars. The young man had many friends, who are plunged in sorrow by his sad and untimely death. Besides his parents, there survives two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Lee Spencer of Forest City, Margaret and James at home. The body was taken to the home of Mrs. Spencer, where the funeral was held Sunday afternoon.


Susquehanna - Frederick D. Lyons, Susquehanna’s oldest resident, celebrated his 95th birthday anniversary on Friday. Mr. Lyons is probably the oldest person in the county.


Forest Lake - B. W. Clark has returned home after spending the winter at the National Soldiers’ Home at Johnson City, Tenn. Mr. Clark was a special policeman during the week of inauguration at Washington.


Forest City - Eula, the 12 year--old daughter of Supt. of Roads and Mrs. O. T. Rounds, was killed by a bullet from a rifle in the hands of a playmate, Willie Gilroy, yesterday. This tragic accident occurred at the Burdick school house, two miles north of Forest City, during the forenoon recess. The gun, we understand, had been brought to school by Leo White, who had borrowed it from Gilroy and was returning it to the owner. It was placed on the hat rack in the cloak room. During recess, Gilroy took down the firearm and loaded it. It accidentally discharged and the bullet struck the little victim in the temple. Miss Murial Stevens sent the other pupils for assistance and E. C. Boulter, Bert Burns and Mr. Rounds were quickly on the scene. Eula never regained consciousness. She was a bright little cherry girl and the idol of the household. The sympathy of all is extended the afflicted family. The accident has plunged the entire community in gloom.


Susquehanna County - Susquehanna County is 103 Years Old (continued). Susquehanna County derived its name from the Susquehanna River, which first enters the State within this county. In the Indian dialect the name signified crooked stream; Susque meaning crooked and hanna a stream of water. This is a very appropriate name for the “beautiful Susquehanna.” A more winding stream cannot be found in this section of the United States. Some of the important creeks are—Tunkhannock, Starrucca, Meshoppen, Wyalusing, Canawacta, Mitchell’s, Martin, Snake, Salt Lick, Wiley’s, Choconut, Apolacon, Tuscarara, Drinker’s, White, Silver, Rhiney, Bear, Summer’s, Forest Lake, Wolf, Beaver, Hopbottom, Butter, Partners’, Butler’s, Riley, Horton’s and Cascade. Among the most important lakes are: Silver Lake, Quaker Lake, Crystal Lake, Carmalt Lake, Elk Lake and Heart Lake. The highest elevation in the county is Elk Mountain, in Clifford Township. From this point nearly every other high ground in this or adjoining counties may be seen. The view from its summit is unparalleled in extent and beauty. The county is generally hilly, but there is very little waste land, and tillable land and fertile farms are found in every portion. Dairying is the most extensive industry in the county. The county is 33 5/8 miles in length by about 24 ½ in width, containing 824 square miles. Over 320 acres are improved and there are 154,929 acres of timber land. There are 4,675 farms, 4,110 of which are dairy farms, containing 35,112 cows, which produce 62,742,876 quarts of milk per year. 9,895 horses are required to do the farm work. The county also contains 24,636 sheep, 12,469 swine of all ages and 46 goats. (To be continued....)


March 28 (1913/2013)



Elk Lake/Auburn - Elk Lake and Auburn people are interested in a telephone line to connect the two places. A meeting was held in Auburn Saturday evening for the purpose of having the line built.


New Milford - A portion of New Milford was flooded yesterday when the dam at Page’s Pond broke, owing to heavy rainfall, and water several feet deep surrounded some of the homes, filling the cellars. E. B. Norris’ ice house was carried away, a couple of bridges taken down the stream, and the east bound Lackawanna track washed out. Other than this, little serious damage was done.


Harford - Susquehanna county admirers of Hon. E. E. Jones, are glad that he has been appointed a member of the commission which is to investigate the white slave traffic. The Pennsylvania Legislature does not hold a cleaner, more honorable man than our representative, and his friends are well satisfied that as a member of the commission he will do all in his power to suppress this terrible traffic which is a blot upon the nation’s manhood. ALSO: At Richardson’s Mills, Miss Mallery is on the sick list and her father is teaching school for her this week.


Montrose - The Lackawanna railroad has lately installed an air motor on the turn--table in the local yards which does away with the old method of “turning” by hand. When the engine is run on the table the motor is connected with the air pump on the locomotive, this furnishing power to run the motor which in turn operates the table. The company should now improve the approach to the depot from the Mill street side as this point is much traveled and is often covered with ice or mud and detracts much from the property as well as being disagreeable to patrons of the road.


Hopbottom - When the Lackawanna railroad was built in 1851 the work was done with pick, shovel and wheelbarrow and Irish settlers came here in droves and did most of the work. After 62 years comes the cut-off and the dynamiting makes the ladies nervous. It makes the ground tremble and it is feared that the worst is yet to come this summer.


Honesdale - Elle Gilon, of Honesdale, died last week, aged 72. She gained considerable renown for candy, made from potatoes, carrots, roots and herbs. Her sweets from vegetables retailed readily for $1 a pound and made her a nice income. She had no relatives. If some firm of means could get her recipes, a fortune might be made out of her discovery by reason of its healthfulness over ordinary confectionery.


Brookdale - The funeral of Mrs. Harry Baxter was held at the M. E. church Tuesday at 1 o’clock, Rev. Browe, of Conklin, officiating. She is survived by her husband and infant daughter, Jennie, also by her mother, three brothers and five sisters. The neighborhood extends its sympathy to the sorrowing family. “ ‘Tis hard to break the tender cord, When love has bound the heart; ‘Tis hard, so hard to speak the words, We must forever part.”


Lenoxville - Miss Ruth Jeffers entertained six of her pupils of the Lenoxville school on Friday last by taking them to Scranton, where they dined at the Hotel Casey, and attended the afternoon performance at Poli’s theatre.


Great Bend - Prof. E. Jacobs is quite sick at his home in Lanesboro. No school in the high school department this week.


Uniondale - At noon today word was received from Uniondale that the dams at Lewis lake and Hathaway pond are in danger. The news had Uniondale on the phone at 1:30 and was informed that a force of men are at work reinforcing the dam at Lewis lake, and it is thought at present to be safe. It is feared, however, that continued rain, with the subsequent rising water, might cause the dam to go out. A large part of the village of Uniondale is below the dam. If the rain continues those residing on low land should keep in touch with the telephone operators until the danger is past. At noon the wind had begun to change and the rain fall is greatly diminished. Lewis Lake is a natural body of water and even though the dam should give way the larger volume of water in this natural basin would be held back.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - During the thunder storm last Friday lightning struck Lottie Wells’ clothes line, which was attached to three trees, a post and the basement of her kitchen. The lightning burned the line loose from two trees knocking the bark off the trees and badly splitting the post, leaving the wire in 5 pieces. About 10 feet of the line was burned up or carried away for it has not been found.


Starrucca - Wednesday of last week, Miss Candice Stoddard fell from the top of the stairs at Mrs. E. W. Downton’s cutting her head so badly that it was necessary to take eleven stitches. She also sustained injuries to her back. Miss Stoddard had a lighted lamp in her hand and a pair of sheers. Strange to say nothing was set on fire and the lamp was not broken.


Civil War Veterans - There but three surviving members of Co. C, 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers, a company that was organized in this county October 20, 1862 by John W. Young, its captain. The survivors are W. H. Stark, Ben C. Vance and Stephen Smith.


Susquehanna - The Susquehanna High school rifle team will shoot for the Astor cup which was given by John J. Astor, who lost his life on the Titanic.


Burnwood - George Payne has a Bible in his possession that was printed nearly 400 years ago. It has been handed down as a heirloom for generations. At one time during the persecutions in Ireland it was buried in the sand and was thus saved to posterity. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, used it frequently. Mr. Payne values it beyond price.


Susquehanna County - The history of Susquehanna County dates back to 1754, because a large portion was included in the territory purchased during that year by the Susquehanna company from the Indians. In 1753 an association was formed in Connecticut, called the Susquehanna company, for the purpose of making a settlement in the fertile and beautiful valley of Wyoming. Their agents found the valley occupied by the Delaware Indians but claimed by the Six Nations. Soon after the agents invaded the valley, Indian scouts carried the news to the capital at Philadelphia, and informed officers of the Proprietary Government, which also claimed this much coveted tract. James Hamilton, Gov. of Pennsylvania, immediately attempted to defeat the company’s plans, and endeavored to purchase the land. He appointed John and Richard Penn, grandsons of William Penn, Isaac Norris and Benjamin Franklin as delegates to go to Albany in June, 1754, to meet the great council of the Six Nations, which had assembled there to meet the delegates representing the Susquehanna company. Despite much opposition by the Pennsylvania delegation the representatives of the Susquehanna company made their purchase on July 11, 1754. The tract extended about 70 miles south from the New York State line and from a parallel line about 10 miles east of the Susquehanna river and extending westward about 120 miles.



April 04 (1913/2013)



Montrose - Mrs. John Snell has taken the agency for the Winner’s Vacuum Cleaner. Works like a carpet sweeper; no pumping.


Susquehanna - Upon orders from the court, District Attorney Ferguson has drawn up lists of men of known intemperate habits and these lists have been posted in every saloon and drug store in Susquehanna, Lanesboro and Oakland. There are 49 names on the list and liquor dealers are forbidden to sell to any of the men whose names have been posted. It is stated that similar proceedings will be taken in several other towns in the county. It is alleged that in the eastern part of the county, in some sections, speakeasies and wagons peddling liquor have been doing considerable business, and the strong arm of the law is to be invoked to put them out of business.


Elk Lake - Miss Claire Reynolds was returned to her home in Auburn after closing a very successful term of school last Friday. On Monday evening previous, Miss Reynolds, assisted by her pupils and Messrs. Taylor, gave a very pleasing entertainment.


Hopbottom - The men of the church served an oyster supper, Tuesday evening of last week, which was followed by an entertainment that exhibited the fine talent possessed by this village. Wednesday evening the ladies’ minstrel show was a splendid affair and was hugely enjoyed by an audience that crowded the hall. The Belles were delightful in their makeup and rendition of songs, monologues and jokes. Miss Helen Jeffers brought down the house with her stump speech on the political questions of the day. Mrs. Tiffany’s monologue was excruciatingly funny and the local hits were well appreciated. The door prize of the fine painting, donated by Mrs. May Ballou Tiffany, was won by Miss Hortman. Mrs. Janaushek received the prize of a piece of cut glass, donated by J. W. Bisbee, for the best chocolate cake; Mrs. Fred Brown, the sack of flour donated by Glen A. Roberts for the best loaf of bread; Miss Mella Brown, the three pounds of coffee, donated by Robert Bertholf, for the best coffee cake; Mrs. Dell Wright, the china cake plate, donated by E. M. Loomis, for the best nut cake. After the minstrel show the unsold goods were auctioned off and everything was entirely sold out. ALSO: Mrs. Guy Penny, who has been a great sufferer for many weeks from neuralgia and rheumatism, was moved on a cot bed, carried by four men, a distance of nearly two miles. We hope for her speedy recovery.


Uniondale - The recent high water demonstrates, it is said, that the dams at Lewis Lake and Hathaway Pond, near Uniondale, endanger the towns and cities in the Lackawanna Valley. Both dams held back large bodies of water and as they are not especially strong in either instance, citizens whose lives and property are endangered are showing some concern regarding their insecurity.


Forest City - According to the “Forest City News” the borough treasurer has received $1,080 as its share of the liquor license money. Will that pay the fines, officers’ fees, transportation expenses of criminals, etc., who are arrested for crimes or nuisances committed while intoxicated, or care for the almshouse poor or those who are placed in the asylums as a direct or indirect cause of the drink evil?


Lanesboro - Arch Woodard, an aged farmer residing near here, was sand--bagged and robbed Monday afternoon while on his way home from Susquehanna. Several strange men saw him make a purchase at Lyons Hotel, where he exhibited about 20 dollars in bills. Later, two of these men left the hotel and it is believed they followed him. At a spot suited to their purpose, they laid in wait and unexpectedly, jumping into his wagon, rendered him unconscious by a blow upon the head. A Mrs. Johnson, living nearby, found Woodard unconscious and alarmed the neighborhood. Stephen VanHorn later took him to the Susquehanna hospital, where he was cared for. Woodard said he saw a man, apparently trying to get out of sight shortly before he was held up, but has no other clue to the robbery. In addition to his watch and chain, he was robbed of about $15.


Burnwood, Ararat Twp - Who was it that said summer was here because he saw wild geese? Were geese ever reputed to be very wise? ALSO: Willie Silver had the good luck (?) to have someone come in his sugar woods and help themselves to about 70 of his sap spiles. They would probably have taken his sap pails if they could have carried them away without being seen. Never mind, he has a line on the thieves and if the spiles are not returned he is going to prosecute.


Lenox - The terrible windstorm of March 21 blew down the large cow barn of F. A. Jeffers, besides doing considerable other damage in the neighborhood.


New Milford - Gordon Howell, who is one of the heavy advertising men on the Lestershire Record, a sheet noted for its typographical beauty, was among our callers Saturday. Mr. Howell was, for years, editor of the New Milford Advertiser.


Springville - Homer Young, our enterprising Maxwell agent, is preparing to build a nice garage with living rooms above, and offers his house and lot for sale.


Bridgewater Twp./Scranton - George W. Bushnell, retired leather merchant and old resident, died recently at his home in Scranton. He was 86 years old and a native of Bridgewater, Susquehanna county. For many years the Bushnell leather store, on Spruce street, was one of Scranton’s most flourishing enterprises. Mr. Bushnell worked on his father’s farm in Susquehanna county, as a young man, and attended the district school. In 1850 he worked with an engineer corps in locating was known as Leggetts Creek railroad. The road was completed as far as Great Bend in 1851 and the rest of that year and the following year he taught school at Auburn Corners. Mr. Bushnell went to Scranton in 1853. He secured a position with the Lackawanna railroad at Mt. Pocono, but left there to engage in the leather business. Clayton Bushnell, now deceased, was associated with his father in the business for a time. The only near relative left by the deceased is his widow.


Hallstead - At present, the prospects are very encouraging for a base ball team in Hallstead and Great Bend for the coming year. Suitable grounds are to be secured and players engaged for the season. The manager of last year’s club, Philip Demer, states that there is considerable talk of forming a league, consisting of Dunn McCarthy, Lestershire, Endicott, Montrose, Deposit, Susquehanna and Great Bend, which would make an excellent circuit. Money will be raised to meet the various expenses to be encountered at the beginning and it is hoped that the response will be liberal.


April 11 (1913/2013)



Rush - The stage, operated by Light Bros., between Rushville and Montrose, has the distinction of being the first stage in the county—and in the world, so far as we know—that has electric lamps. This ingenious arrangement was contrived by Electrician Floyd McCain, of Rush, who equipped the stage with the lights and they are of great practical value to the stage drivers. Electricity is supplied from storage batteries, and these batteries can be re-charged at Rush’s up--to--date electric plant. Light Bros. have been operating the stage for the 30 mile trip daily, except Sunday. They start from Rushville at 6 in the morning and, as they do not complete their trip until 9 in the evening, good lights are desirable. They state the roads this spring have been the worst they ever experienced and frequently they did not reach the end of their trip until 10:15 in the evening.


Montrose - J. C. VanCampen’s furniture and undertaking establishment is now located in the easterly half of Dessauer block on Church street. The ground floor is occupied by the large and well lighted display room which is stocked with an excellent line of furniture of the latest design. The basement is utilized as a storeroom and cabinet--making and repair shop, which Mr. VanCampen runs in conjunction with his furniture business. Mr. VanCampen expects his new funeral car to arrive in a few days. ALSO: A song service, to which the public is invited, has been announced to be held next Sunday evening in the A. M. E. Zion church at 7:30. A number of old--time hymns will be rendered.


Gibson - Herbert B. Huften is another breeder of Indian Runner ducks who is proud of the accomplishments of his pen, although he only has two ducks and a drake at present. Mr. Hufton writes that he got his first egg from the ducks on January 21 and up to April 1, he had gathered 109 eggs. With such results in front of him as the work of two ducks, it is safe to say that Mr. Huften will have a larger flock in another year.


Franklin Forks - The Band will hold a warm sugar social in Alliance Hall, this evening, April 11.


Gelatt - George Page raised the frame of his new barn last Friday. It is 30 ft. wide and 100 ft. long. T. Koup and his men are doing the carpenter work. The Grange furnished dinner.


Brookdale - Anna Dolan closed a very successful term of school at Mountain Valley on Thursday. She will go to Mansfield Normal for the spring term.


Brooklyn - C. A. Rozell, the well known huckster, was in Montrose Saturday. Mr. Rozell has one of the finest vegetable farms in the county, and articles from his pen and illustrations of his farm have lately appeared in the “Practical Farmer,” winning prizes offered by that publication. The articles were not only entertaining, but possessed many practical hints to growers of small produce.


Susquehanna - We have a pastor in Rev. R. M. Pascoe, of the Methodist church, who gives his congregations “down--to--the-- minute” sermons. Sunday evening he preached on the subject of “The Passing of J. P. Morgan.”


Choconut - The dance and supper at the Choconut Valley Inn, on the evening of March 28, was a successful affair and was attended by a large number of the people here--about, as well as from Montrose, Little Meadows, Silver Lake, Friendsville, St. Joseph, Forest Lake, Birchardville, Middletown, Apolacon, Tracy Creek, Union Endicott, Lestershire, Vestal Center and Binghamton. All persons were highly pleased with the courtesy and generosity of McCahill Bros. And, coffee was served in motto steins.


Lawsville - Mrs. Rebecca Stanford was pleasantly surprised by about 50 friends, on the 80th anniversary of her birth. Leonard Bailey, who was 67 on the same day, was present. He received 62 birthday cards and Aunt Becky received 92, besides aprons, neckwear, handkerchiefs, and $4.85 in money. Mrs. Effie Ingraham composed the following prose poem: “There’s a dear little lady down under the hill, she lives all alone, and a few of her friends have come today to visit her at her home. Yes, we have come to celebrate her 80th new birthday, and you would hardly think it, for her hair is but little gray. And here’s her neighbor, Leonard, he has a birthday, too—he only lacks 13 years of being a twin with you. I remember, when a child, of coming with mother one night, we stayed to tea and it seems to me we ate by candle light. Dear Aunt Becky, you have climbed a hill—now going down another; to us who have known you all our lives, you’ve been a dear, kind mother. Yes, you are 80 years new today, and from everyone who’s come we wish you joy and happiness till you are 81.”


Burnwood - Francis Cottrell went fishing Friday night for bullheads, but reports nothing doing.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. - Miss Goldie Clark, of this place, and Harold Woodard, of South Gibson, were united in marriage at Forest City on Wednesday of last week. ALSO In Clifford, the creamery and skimming stations in this vicinity are now receiving milk and churning every other day. The churning station is located at this place and has skimming stations at Amasa, Lenoxville, West Clifford and Elkdale, the cream from which is all churned here. E. E. Finn is the general manager, whose business qualifications are of the first order.


Kingsley - The Ladies’ Minstrel show, recently given at Hopbottom, will be presented at the Universalist church here, Friday evening, April 18. This is one of the finest entertainments ever given in this neighborhood.


Lynn - We are having another touch of winter, the ground being covered with snow.


Jackson - The spinster’s convention, given by the ladies of the M. E. church at Robert’s Hall, last Friday evening, was well attended considering the stormy night, and was very much enjoyed by all who attended.


Forest City - Albert, the son of S. E. Lott, a former resident, is making his mark in the musical world. At a recent recital of the pupils of The Brain School of Music, the “Pottstown Journal” says:” “A violin solo concerto, played by a little fellow, Albert Lott, opened the eyes of the audience with his amazing technique and double stopping. A great deal is expected of Master Lott.


April 18 (1913/2013)



Forest Lake - There is to be held at Forest Lake Baptist church, April 22, at 7:30, a unique temperance meeting called a Temperance Entertainment. A full house expected; children especially will be interested.


Montrose - Dr. Jared Grover Baldwin died on April 11, at his home on East 41st St., New York City, at the age of 86. He was the second oldest practicing homeopathic physician in that city. Dr. Baldwin was born in Montrose, July 18, 1827 and was a grandson of a veteran of the Revolutionary war. He was the attending physician in the family of Jay Gould for many years and was a physician of note. He was a brother in-law of Isaac Harris, of Montrose. ALSO: Last week Sheriff Reynolds sold about 400 chickens, alleged to have been stolen by Clarence Dann and Ralph Decker, formerly of Wallsville, but who negotiated for the rental of Jonathan F. Gardner’s farm in Bridgewater. The young men claimed to be married and moved some furniture to the Gardner farm, claiming they were going into the poultry business. Their wives were to come later. The State constabulary got on the trail of the two young chaps, who kept out of sight. The two young men have been raiding hen roosts around Factoryville for the past year, it is claimed. Edward Decker, a brother of Ralph, has been arrested and held under $500 bail as being implicated in the theft of the chickens.


Harford - Report says that Ray Lindsey has bought the wagon shop of Mrs. Osterhout, and will put in machinery and start up some sort of industry there.


Middletown Twp. - Mrs. T. D. Birkbeck died at her home here after a short illness of jaundice at the age of 71 years. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Doud, who were among the early settlers of Little Meadows. ALSO: Mrs. Martin Curley, Sr., died April 6, one of Middletown’s most respected Christian ladies. Her whole life had been spent in acts of charity and the welfare of the church. She had passed the 50th anniversary of her married life and was about 74. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Guiton. The funeral was held at St. John’s church at Flynn.


New Milford - The residence of Homer VanCott, together with its contents, was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. But little of the furniture was saved. There was a partial insurance. ALSO: The sink hole near Summit bridge, which has been causing contractors on the Lackawanna cut--off so much trouble to fill, has at last been filled. Twenty thousand carloads, or about 40,000 cubic yards of earth and rock were dumped into this hole, which was not over 150 ft. by 50 ft. in size. Although this sink hole is filled, it is believed another has been encountered near this point which will cause trouble. When the main line of the Lackawanna was laid years ago, similar difficulties were met with near this same locality.


Brooklyn - C. N. Jewett, son of B. R. Jewett, after working six years on the farms in the vicinity of his home, now plans to rent for a year, with the privilege of buying, the Rodney J. Jewett farm in that place, which was cleared by his great-great-grandfather 100 years ago, and has since been in the family. The prospective owner starts with a good fund of farm knowledge. The hope of this country is in our young men of such type staying on the farm.


Uniondale/Forest City - Bert Corey, of Uniondale, one of the chief witnesses against P. F. Morrison, of Forest City, charged with jury fixing, failed to appear before the court at the hearing Wednesday morning. District Attorney Ferguson stated he had received a letter from Corey telling him that he (Corey) would be killed if he testified against Morrison. Whether or not the letter was a joke, Corey took it in earnest and disappeared from Uniondale a week ago. The case was postponed and the sheriff is looking for the defaulting witness.


Nicholson - The work of erecting the big Lackawanna concrete bridge here will soon be shown in moving pictures. Photographers for motion picture houses have been photographing the various phases of the work there and along the cut-off.


Elk Lake - Floyd, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Cronk, went to school four years and has not been absent a day and his little brother, Fay, has attended school three years without being absent or tardy. That is pretty good for small boys who have to walk about two miles to school.


Ainey - Mrs. George Osborne underwent an operation last Thursday at her home. It was performed by Dr. Niles and Dr. Shupp, of Nicholson, and she is improving.


Lanesboro - A dispatch says that Miss Amy Burhight, aged 35, is dead and Albert Denny, aged 35, a fireman for the D. L. & W. railroad, is expected to die as a result of eating what they took to be “arbutus” while walking along the banks of the Susquehanna river in Lanesboro, last Tuesday. The couple went picking arbutus and ate some of the flowers, it is claimed. They then started to walk towards the Lanesboro station, Miss Burhight complained of being ill and was seized with convulsions, dying later.


Springville - Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Aldrich are to build them a fine new home in Springville village this summer, one which will have the modern conveniences and be an ornament to the town. They have been highly successful farmers during the more active part of their married life, but lately sold their farm for a tidy sum.


Jackson - The Jackson library has been closed for lack of patronage and the books are packed. Anyone having books belonging to the library please return them.


Hallstead - A furniture van belonging to Mike Howard, of Binghamton, came here after a load of household goods belonging to Walter Cox, who is moving to Binghamton. The driver started on his return trip but the roads between Hallstead and Riverside were in a horrible condition and several times during the afternoon the load became stranded. Finally the van went into the mud axle deep near Riverside and remained there until nearly midnight, when with the aid of four teams of horses, the load was hauled out of the mud and finally reached the good roads.


News Brief - Thousands of farmers, and others, have found dynamite quickly effective and a great money saver in tree planting, ditch digging and many other purposes. We direct attention to those interested, to an announcement of E. I. DuPont Co. Their booklet sheds much light on the use of dynamite in farming and may be had for the asking.


April 25 (1913/2013)



Susquehanna - The Borough council is working upon a paving proposition for their streets, but are making such slow progress that Editor Bean, of the Transcript, can hardly discern whether they are “coming” or “going.”


New Milford - John W. Jay, who lives in Utica, N.Y., filed a petition of voluntary bankruptcy at that place. He is one of the best known and popular hotel men there, coming to Utica from New Milford, where for years his father, and later himself, conducted the old Jay House. He took over the management of the old Crandall House and the Georgiana Hotel in Binghamton and proved to be successful there. Mr. Jay retired to take a smaller hotel at Heart Lake, which he conducted last summer.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn Orchard Association are planting 1400 additional trees on their farm this spring. ALSO: The Glee Club of the Wyoming Seminary will give a concert in the Methodist church, Saturday evening, April 26.


Bridgewater Twp. - The farm house of Harry Catlin occupied by Thomas Drake, near Watrous Corners, was burned to the ground Monday and so quickly did the flames spread that practically none of Mr. Drake’s households were saved. The Drakes have four children and the loss is indeed a severe one, for not only was the furniture destroyed, but clothing and bedding as well. Kind neighbors, realizing their sad plight, quickly organized a soliciting party and the unfortunate people were made very comfortable through generous donations. The house was one of the oldest in the township, being the homestead of the late Martin Catlin, a centenarian, who died a few years ago. When Mr. Catlin came to the Davis boarding house in Montrose, he rented it ready furnished, storing his goods in the farm house and they were all destroyed, we are sorry to learn. ALSO: Mrs. Geo. W. Rogers is one of the brightest and smartest ladies for her age of our acquaintance. Although 86 years of age, she comes to Montrose alone and drives her own horse and carriage. She is possessed of rare will power and converses easily and pleasantly, relating interesting reminiscences of the past.


Uniondale - The Uniondale orchestra will furnish the music for the Herrick Center commencement exercises which will be held in that place, Tuesday evening, April 29.


Silver Lake - Several from Forest Lake attended the raising of a large barn for Joseph Kane.


East Lenox - Miss Leala Bennett underwent an operation for appendicitis, last Monday, at her home. Dr. Niles, of Carbondale, was the attending surgeon; he was assisted by Dr. Saxer, of Fleetville, also three nurses from Carbondale.


Montrose - A. B. Burns’ Son, Drug Store, announcing the 47th anniversary of the Eagle Drug Store, which occurred yesterday, being established in 1866. The present proprietor, Geo. C. Burns, is justly proud of the fact that his store is the second oldest drugstore in the state, being conducted by father and son. [Burns’ Drug Store closed in 1981, when Miss Helen Burns, daughter of Geo. C., retired. Her grandfather, Andrew B., drove a pharmaceutical wagon at the battle of Antietam, during the Civil War, and after returning to Montrose, established his drug store on Public Avenue with a Mr. Nichols. A few years later, and minus Mr. Nichols, A. B. moved the store to the Brick Block on Church Street. Helen and her father ran the business until his death and in 1936 she was the sole owner and operator. Helen graduated from the Philadelphia Pharmaceutical College in 1919, one of 20 women in a student body of 400].


Rush - Walter Swisher was the successful bidder for the Rush--Laceyville star mail route, and as a matter of fact, he was the only bidder, his price $898 per year. Star route carriers are permitted to carry packages outside of the mail and the revenue derived from his errands will make the pay approximately $1000 yearly, which amount is less than the rural carriers receive for driving a lesser mileage, besides receiving a two weeks vacation and six holidays with pay.


Hop Bottom - Hop Bottom looks as if it were under throes of some great upheaval, and indeed it is. Main street is undergoing the foundation work for the new state road, which is being put in by contractor T. S. Neuman. Our town is about the busiest one in the county, considering the work in connection with the new state road, new reservoir water supply and the D. L. & W. R. R. cut--of, all of which is being carried on within the borough limits. Still, good prospects of the trolley line catching us before long to add to the busy hum.


Springville - The Springville Dramatic Company gave an entertainment at the Auburn high school, Friday evening, April 18, to a not very crowded house.


Auburn Twp. - There are seven creameries here, where farmers take their milk, and they never got as good prices before as they do now, but many reduced their dairies, getting ready for the Democratic times, but it looks now as though Woodrow is going to allay all their fears and give everybody a square deal.


Heart Lake - Jud Shufelt, who has been spending a few quiet weeks at the Montrose jail, awaiting the time when he should answer in court to charges of burglary and larceny and receiving, preferred by Lewis Rose, proprietor of the boarding house at Heart Lake, who alleges that, besides stealing his household goods, his wife’s affections were also hypothecated, has been paroled on his own recognizance. Last fall Shufelt disappeared and about the same time Mrs. Rose was also missing. Later they were located in Homer, N. Y., where a quantity of Rose’s household goods were also found. Shufelt was arrested and since has occupied a cell in jail while Mrs. Rose returned to her home and husband. When the case was called an agreement was reached to postpone the case and release Shufelt.


Great Bend - Brock and Newman are soon to open a lunch room and ice cream parlor in the Newman Block.


Hallstead - Every school boy can tell what made Milwaukee famous, but how many of our home people are aware of the fact that we have the largest chamois factory in the world, or that the American Chair factory here has made hundreds of chairs for the government, for John Wanamaker’s great store, for Larkin’s soap company and many other of the greatest distributing agencies in the world.


News Brief - Fifty-six years ago, last Friday, commenced the big snowfall which is still cited by old residents. Snow commenced falling April 18, 1857, and continued until the morning of the 21st. Three or four feet of snow lay on the level, although it disappeared as quickly as it came.


May 02 (1913/2013)



Clifford - “Great Nephew of Frances Slocum, Lost Sister of Wyoming, Dies.” John Slocum, a native of Scranton and grandson of Ebenezer Slocum, the first white settler in what is now Scranton, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ella Spedding, in Clifford, late Thursday night, aged 75, after an illness of about 2 months. Mr. Slocum was born in Slocum Hollow, as Scranton was then known, Dec. 3, 1837, and spent the days of his boyhood there, leaving for the farming districts of Susquehanna county, in the vicinity of Clifford, when he was about 25 years of age. He was the son of Ebenezer Slocum, 2nd, who was a son of Ebenezer Slocum, who hewed out a farm and home for himself in what was a wilderness on the banks of the Roaring Brook, soon after the Wyoming massacre, he having been one of the survivors of that dark page in the history of the Wyoming Valley and a brother of Frances Slocum, who was stolen by the Indians and who has since been known as the “Lost Sister of Wyoming.” After settling in Susquehanna county, Mr. Slocum married and there he made his home until his death, following the vocation of a farmer until a few years ago when he retired to live life more easily. One son and two daughters survive him. They are John Slocum, 2nd, of Clifford; Mrs. Ella Spedding, of Clifford, and Mrs. Harry Storrs Webb, of Scranton. (Forest City News, May 1, 1913)


Herrick Center - Dr. Simon Hubler, who practiced medicine in Herrick Center from 1879 to 1885, died at his home in Dunmore, aged 69 years. He was a member of 143rd Regiment, P. V., during the war. He is survived by his wife and one son, Attorney H. C. Hubler, of Dunmore. ALSO: Nathan Hines, 11 years old, had his left arm amputated by falling from a D. & H. coal train, shortly after 4 o’clock, Friday afternoon. He was taken to Emergency Hospital, Carbondale, immediately after the accident, and his condition is considered favorable. The boy, with several companions, while returning from school, jumped a passing train. After young Hines had boarded the train he turned around to see if his friends were aboard and losing his balance, fell under the cars, the wheels severing the arm close to the shoulder.


Harford - E. J. Whitney is one of the busiest men here, although he has disposed of his blacksmith shop, Ira Chamberlain being the new proprietor. The reason of Mr. W’s strenuous days is that he is a very popular undertaker and has calls from a wide territory. He recently conducted five funerals in four days.


Uniondale - In Uniondale, according to the Forest City News, two young men, highly respected, were hailed before Judge Bass and charged with spearing suckers in a trout stream. They were fined $20 each and costs, for a total of $48.88. A subscription was taken up and the whole amount collected to reimburse the young men for their expensive trip. Only two men refused, the amounts varying from 38 cents to $5, and much more could have been raised if necessary. The arrests were made by two members of the state police with headquarters at Wyoming.


Hallstead - Richard Stack, aged 12 and his brother, John Stack, aged 10, were almost instantly killed Saturday within sight of their own home by a fast mail train. The train was running at a high rate of speed and the little victims were cut to pieces. They were walking on the tracks, near the upper end of the yards, when the train came down the eastbound track at a high rate of speed in an effort to make up lost time. They were the oldest sons of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stack. Besides their parents they are survived by three sisters, Sarah and Helen, of Binghamton, and Bessie, of Hallstead, and one brother, Donald. The double funeral was held this Monday morning with services at St. Lawrence church.


South Gibson - David J. Jones and Clifford Reynolds escaped a serious accident while on their way from Welsh Hill to South Gibson, Saturday night. The wagon was struck by an automobile passing without first giving warning. The wagon was badly damaged, but no other injuries.


Little Meadows - George McCrossin has had gasoline lights put all through his house and barn.


Susquehanna - Last week was “clean--up week” here and Editor Bean of the Transcript, while overjoyed at the good work accomplished, states that not one--half of the yards were cleaned. To show the enormity of the work in hand, he states that from one householder’s yard alone, six Christmas trees were carted away by free wagons employed by the borough. Another man had his roof tinned four years ago and the old tin, which had reposed in the back yard during that time, was drawn away. Then the citizens dumped huge piles of ashes into the streets for the wagons to draw off, they got the mayor after them, however, and he ordered the rubbish carted away by the individuals within 24 hours, or be fined. The sad part is that those who could afford having the garbage removed took advantage of the free offer, while the poorer classes made little effort to “clean up.” Does your backyard look as good as your neighbor’s?


Dimock - Francis R. Cope and family, of Philadelphia, have arrived at Dimock for the summer. Mr. Cope is preparing to erect a handsome country home on his estate there, work to be started this summer.


West Auburn - Our school closed Wednesday, April 23. Miss Ella Crawford, the teacher, during the three years that she has been with us, has commanded the respect of everyone by her ladylike behavior and high Christian character. All unite in wishing her happiness and prosperity.


New Milford - “Fred W. Dean, Arrested for Assault and Battery, But Vanquishes Cut--Off Builders and Holds the Fort, So to Speak” read the headlines in the Montrose Democrat. Mr. Deans, of New Milford township, whose farm the new D. L. & W. cut-off men attempted to cross last fall, the account of which was chronicled in the Democrat, alleges that the railroad company has damaged his property for the past 25 years, burning his farm near Summit Bridge over once and sometimes twice each year, with no adjustment or reimbursement. When the company attempted to cross his farm, being somewhat grieved over the past, Mr. Dean attempted to stop the work. The company filed bond, but it is alleged by Mr. Dean, failed to give the legal 60 day notice in writing. Therefore, he protested against their coming on his farm. Work was discontinued at this point of the cut-off during the winter months and everything in that section remained serene until last Thursday, when Mr. Dean noticed that the workmen were getting well up toward his property. On Friday Mr. Dean’s son was the only one on the property and noticed that soon after his parents’ departure, a gang of workmen came on the premises and began dynamiting and in blowing out stones and some of them fell onto the roof of the house and broke out windows. After several altercations with the company’s attorney, workmen, etc., Mr. Dean was ordered off his property, which he refused to do. A hearing was held on the charges of assault and battery and in default of bail, which Mr. Dean refused to give, remarking, “here is my body, take it,” and was ordered to be committed to Montrose jail to await the action of the grand jury. Later that day he was approached by the company’s officials and asked to go back to the office, which they did, and met the officials who told Mr. Dean they did not want him to go to jail and said they would agree to release him if he would agree to stop interference with the work. Mr. Dean agreed to this if the company’s attorney would come to the premises and talk the matter over, which was agreed to and the date of the conference was fixed for May 17th, at which time it is thought an amicable settlement with all parties will be reached.


May 09 (1913/2013)



Gibson - The Supreme Court in Philadelphia has handed down an opinion affirming the decree of the Orphan’s Court of Susquehanna County in the contest over the will of Jesse L. Holmes. The case has been pending in the courts since the death of Holmes, which occurred in 1909. It involved the disposition of an estate valued at $100,000. By the decision of the Supreme Court the bulk of the estate will go to Miss Ethel M. Resseguie, a niece, of South Gibson.


New Milford - A. Pettis, one of New Milford’s well known and highly respected citizens, died at his home April 29, 1913, from the effects of a paralytic stroke. Mr. Pettis was born in New York state in September 1847. When sixteen years of age he enlisted in Co. F, New York Cavalry and served until the close of the Civil War. When a young man he came to New Milford and has since resided in this vicinity. He married Cornelia Gunn, daughter of the late William Gunn, of New Milford township. Two children were born to them, both of whom are dead. He was a member of the G. A. R. and took pride in displaying his Grand Army Button. He was a quiet, unassuming man who took great pleasure in his home life. He is survived by his wife, three brothers and one sister.


Heart Lake - F. T. Mack, the popular proprietor of the Heart Lake resort, is a busy man these days, making plans for a large Fourth of July celebration at the Lake this year. Mr. Mack is sparing no pains to make this the largest and most successful celebration ever held at that place and we can assure that this year will be no exception and that Mr. Mack will give his patrons exactly what he advertises in the line of attractions, etc., as he has demonstrated in his celebrations the past five years. ALSO: B. H. Stark will conduct the Griffing boarding house this year. The house has been newly furnished and under Mr. Stark’s efficient management, will be a desirable place for the summer outing seekers. There is a big demand for board at Heart Lake, ordinarily exceeding the accommodations.


Montrose - St. Paul’s Episcopal church has been undergoing extensive improvements which are now completed and services will be held there the coming Sabbath. The church presents a delightful appearance and one will seldom see a church in a small town to equal it. The sidewall is a Tiffany blending in light brown with ivory ceiling. The wood--work is finished in old oak and the chancel in Delf blue and gold, the whole making a strikingly harmonious effect. ALSO: For Sale, cheap to quick buyer, combination saddle and driving horse, kind and gentle; rubber tire road wagon and harness, both nearly new. R. D. Cruser, Montrose. ALSO: Chief of Police Rosenfeld has made it understood that hereafter all automobiles exceeding the borough speed limits, or who appear after dusk without lamps lighted (including tail--lights) will be arrested.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - Harry Pickett and wife passed over the Hill, Thursday and J. Carter passed over the Hill, Monday. At Auburn 4 Corners the 7th annual banquet of the Auburn High School was held at the I. O. O. F. hall, Saturday evening, May 3, 1913. Supper was served to about 35. The menu was: Tomato soup, baked fish, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, creamed peas, Mexican salad with wafers, white bread, brown bread, sweet gherkins, celery, green olives, punch, fruits, nuts, cheese, wafers, coffee, angel food cake, checkerboard cake, nut ice cream with strawberries.


Hop Bottom - The boys are very slow in getting their base ball team started. Something should be done at once to secure the grounds, and get them into shape for the season. The field makes an excellent play ground for the smaller boys and our citizens ought to see to it that they secure the grounds at once before the long vacation begins.


Forest City - A large number of Main street property holders attended a public meeting in the Borough hall, called by the council, and from the sentiment expressed the prospect is good for getting the street paved during the present season. The new engineer gave data of the cost of brick paving jobs in towns down the valley. His figures would indicate that a brick pave for a 33 ft. street, with curbing, would cost in the neighborhood of $5.00 a running foot for each property holder. There was also sentiment expressed that if possible Main street should be improved its entire length, a macadam road taking place of brick in the residential sections. There will be another meeting of the property holders in the near future.


Bradford County - The sheriff has had the pay for keeping prisoners increased from 25 cents to 30 cents per day.


Silver Lake - The valuable, heavily lumbered real estate in the Rose estate, comprising of more than 1000 acres, and is said to be one of the most valuable timber tracts in the State, will be sold at auction May 15. Some 25 men have already looked the tract over with intention of buying, including Cortez Jennings, of Towanda, a prominent Bradford county lumber dealer. Inquiries regarding it have been received from all parts of the east and as far south as North Carolina.


Dimock - T. B. Williams, perhaps the oldest man in Dimock, being past 90 years, seems to be busy most of the time with his chores and preparing the ground for his garden, which is generally the best in Dimock Corners.


Brooklyn - Elmer Breed has had a modern milking machine installed in his barn by means of which he is able to milk his herd of 40 cows in about one half the time usually taken. F. B. Titus, of Lansdowne, Pa. and G. H. Terry, of this place, did the work of installing the plant.


Springville - J. P. Aldrich has the frame for his new barn up. Who says Springville is not growing? There is the new hardware store of D. D. Layton, the two new dwellings built by Elias Titman; Bert Thomas is acquiring property in town quite rapidly by purchasing the mill of James Blakeslee and now he has purchased the dwelling house of Homer Young and will take possession as soon as the garage, with its rooms for a family on the second and third floors, is ready for Mr. Young to move in.


Gelatt - Parties who own a damaged auto are like a street or striker—they walk.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. – Roy Kilbourn killed a rattlesnake on May 1 which measured 4 feet, 4 inches in length.


Rush - Sunday next, which is widely known as Mothers’ Day, will be observed in the Baptist church. Those who have mothers living may wear a pink or red flower, and those whose mothers are dead, a white flower.


Clifford - The new road tractor is developing decided tendencies to pull. So far so good! ALSO: M. M. Robinson has received his new auto, a 30--horse power Overland. C. G. Stephens, of Lenoxville, also has a new 45--horse power Overland.


Franklin Forks - The band has a new pagoda. Dr. C. W. Caterson furnished the lumber. ALSO Philip Wheaton is laying the foundation for a fine new barn.


May 16 (1913/2013)



Susquehanna - C. F. Wright ceased to be State Treasurer and turned over the keys of the office to his successor, Robert K. Young, who was elected at the general election last fall. Mr. Wright retires from office with one of the best records ever made by an official of this State and his departure from Harrisburg was a source of deep regret to all the officials and employees of the State who have come in contact with him during the three years that he has filled the position. ALSO: Walter Rutan, fireman, stationed at Susquehanna, running between that place and Hornell, says that the job of firing is not a “cinch” by any means, for in a day’s run he has to shovel 32 tons of coal.


New Milford - Of late there has been considerable complaint about town of thieving and malicious mischief. Coal, wood, chickens and other articles have been stolen. One night last week some malicious person, or persons, entered Mrs. Ainey’s yard and picked nearly all of the handsome flowers that she had taken so much care and expense to raise. These flowers were not only beautiful, but rare and different from anything ever before raised here. The guilty parties should be brought to justice as an example to others that such wanton maliciousness will not be tolerated. ALSO: The handsome residence of Lee J. DeWitt was totally consumed by fire on Wednesday. Sparks caught in the roof from torches being used to burn out worms’ nests in apple trees in the yard.


Auburn Twp. - The supervisors purchased a $2000 outfit to make good roads with and it seems to be rather an expensive luxury and so far has made heavy expense for the amount of work accomplished. Burns 20 gallons of gasoline a day, when all goes well, and three men to run it. ALSO: Ben C. Crawford, of Dinula, Cal., is visiting his sister, Mrs. Leo Bolles and other relatives in this vicinity. Mr. Crawford has worked in 14 states of the union. Ten years ago he married and settled near Lake Tulare, in the raisin district, 30 miles from Fresno. This is his first visit to his native home in 17 years


Liberty Twp. - Neal Stanford has returned from Binghamton where she has worked for some time. Mrs. Stanford has bought some hens and a cow and will stay on her place this summer.


Montrose - Geo. B. Felker is kept very busily employed now--a--days supplying his famous soft drinks. You can do Mr. Felker and Montrose both a good turn by always asking for Mr. Felker’s goods when asking for any of the temperance beverages—and contribute to your own well being, for all goods of his manufacture are delightful to the taste and made from the very best of materials.


Little Meadows - Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bergin were in Montrose to attend “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream,” at the high school, in which their daughter, Miss Lyda, took part in one of the leading roles.


Great Bend - The graduating class will hold its commencement exercises in the M. E. Church on Monday evening, May 19. The following will graduate—Warren Colsten, Florence Hunt, Nellie Thomas, Byron Jacobs, Edna Ford and Thomas Murray. ALSO: Leon Severson, the mail carrier, has purchased a new Metz automobile.


Prospect Hill, Jessup Twp. - Some time ago Frank Underhill performed a successful operation on his face for a wart.


Silver Lake - Eight hundred acres of timber, most of which is primeval forest, was sold to the highest bidder, F. D. Gallup, of Smethport, who secured the entire tract on the Rose property, for $60,000. Mr. Gallup stated that he would cut the timber off so as to best conserve it, letting the growing timber remain to mature, and not leaving an unsightly tract when the cutting had been completed. Rev. Mr. Russell, a landowner here, would be given an opportunity to buy along the lakefront, thus retaining much of the beauty of the lake.


Oakley - The Lackawanna has machinery and men at work on the cut--off near the Oakley crossing, preparatory to building the concrete bridge over the wagon road, a short distance above the old crossing.


St. Joseph - Miss Margaret Sweeney, for many years a teacher in the Indian Government School at Carlisle, Pa., is expected home next month to spend the summer.


Forest City - Friday was a day of accidents in the Clifford mine. Frank Melec, the first victim, received a broken leg by a fall of rock; James Brady was painfully injured about the head, and Jacob Malich was burned by an explosion of powder. All were removed to Emergency Hospital, Carbondale.


Leraysville, Bradford County - David Porter Beebe, a native of Susquehanna Co., who spent his young manhood here, died at Kalkaska, April 21, 1913. He was 74 years of age and is survived by his wife, who was Miss Ellen M. Ross, and to whom he was married July 4, 1861. The deceased was a member of Co. H, 143d Regiment, P.V.I., serving until after the Battle of Chancellorsville, when by over marching and exposure, he contracted typhoid fever, from the effects of which he never fully recovered.


Binghamton, NY - Sunday and Monday mornings we had an old ripper of a frost. It killed all of the early vegetables and fruit. The strawberry crop is ruined by the freeze. [Killing frosts were also reported in Susquehanna County].


Brooklyn - Ephriam Pratt died at his home near here on May 7, 1913. He was the son of Albert Pratt, being of an old and well-known family. He married Rachel Waterman, who with one son, still survive. He was a veteran of the Civil War.


County Jail - Two prisoners attempted to get out of jail within a few weeks, but were discovered by Sheriff Reynolds before they could effect and escape. They pried up a part of the floor in their cell with a steam pipe they had wrenched loose, their intention being to get into the cellar and out into the jail yard by the coal chute. Then they would attempt scaling the wall. Later they had a short-term prisoner, when he was released, buy them some tobacco, and also two hacksaws, at a local hardware store. When the prisoner came back with the tobacco, the sheriff accompanied him to the cell when he handed it to them, and he had no opportunity to rid himself of the saws. Receiving a telephone message from the store, of the purchase of the saws, the sheriff had the “go-between” hand over the implements under threat of going back to his cell. The prisoners who attempted to escape were taken to the penitentiary last week.


May 23 (1913/2013)



Brooklyn - J. W. Adams is having his house modernized by the installation of a fine bathroom outfit. Terry is the plumber.


Harford - All old soldiers and the people of Harford ad vicinity are requested to meet at Odd Fellows hall, promptly at one o’clock, where the following program will be rendered: Song, Invocation, Remarks, Reading names of soldiers buried in Harford Township, and Eulogy. Form and march to the cemetery, preceded by the children of the Sunday school, who will carry flowers. Since our last Memorial Day two more of our remaining few veterans have answered to the last roll call and it will be but a short time that we will have any of them with us at our Memorial services. And it seems but right and proper that we should lay aside our worldly affairs one short day each year, that we may stand with bowed head in reverence to our fallen heroes.


Glenwood - Russell and Elmer Marcey and Wm. Carey attended the Wild West show at Scranton, Friday.


Hallstead - The operations on the cut-off will not be started at this end of the work until about fall, as the right-of-way has not been all bought nor a final route decided on.  Frank Westgate has recently purchased one of the finest Percheron stallions that was ever brought to Pennsylvania. His name is Black Diamond; his registered number, 40161, and was purchased of Calkins & Angsbury, of Byron, Michigan, importers and breeders of Percheron horses. Black Diamond took first prize at the Michigan Sate fair last year. His weight is 1800, and to appreciate looking at a fine horse just step into Mr. Westgate’s barn, at Uniondale, and see Black Diamond.


Lanesboro - It is not always that women who look under their bed for a man are fortunate enough to find him but that was not the case with Mrs. Harry Keyes, last night, for she found the man and was not looking very hard for him when she made the discovery. Mr. and Mrs. Keyes had been attending the commencement exercises of the Lanesboro High School and returning home, about 10:30, Mrs. Keyes prepared to retire. She had only been in the bedroom a few moments when she called to her husband to come at once and in response to her calls he hurried to the room and was greatly surprised when his wife told him there was a man under the bed. Keyes acted promptly and in a few minutes the intruder was thrown from the house but before he got away he was given a severe trouncing by Mr. Keyes and searched to see that he did not carry away any valuables.


Thompson - Mrs. Jennie Harpur, the efficient and faithful operator of the Northeastern Telephone Exchange Co., and family, have moved into the west side of the Tower block, on Jackson street. ALSO: Commencement exercises were held at the M. E. Church on Friday. There were three graduates: Sadie L. Tyler, Helen L. Weir, and Walter L. Miller.


Montrose - A medium sized but intensely interested audience greeted Miss Lida Stokes Adams, vice-president of the Eastern district of Pennsylvania Women’s Suffrage League, who spoke in the interests of Women’s Suffrage at the Library building, under the auspices of the local W. C. T. U. Miss Adams gave an address, which carried with it a message full of truth and human interest. She stated that the most astonishing thing in their struggle for the ballot is the opposition with which they are meeting, and said it was the all important topic of the day, receiving more attention in both branches of our legislature, than any other measure before the session. This opposition is due to a misconception of the life and sex of women, the humanity of women not being considered.


Bridgewater Twp. - Eugene Hollister, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Hollister, has lately gone to Nokomis, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he is practicing in his profession, that of a veterinary surgeon. Dr. Hollister is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at Toronto.


Burnwood - Several farmers hereabouts are using three-horse teams to do their farm work.


Hopbottom - Cool and plenty of dust, lots of blasting; the town is full of strangers.


Elk Lake/Prospect Hill - Mrs. Theodore Smith, of Prospect Hill, was seriously hurt on Wednesday while driving a horse from the Elk Lake creamery to her home. The animal commenced kicking while descending a long hill and became unmanageable. Mrs. Smith was thrown out, the wagon turning over several times. She received internal injuries besides having her nose and face badly gashed, while the vehicle was completely wrecked. Dr. Fry, of Rush, was called to attend her injuries.


Springville - Will Stevens and his force of men are certainly making great improvements in our roads. Now if the powers that be would allow enough on taxes to make it worthwhile for a man to keep up a watering trough on the road, the traveling public would be greatly benefited. One can go for miles and not find a single trough, no matter how hot or dusty it is.


Auburn Four Corners - Fred Adams has his milking machine installed and it is working very successfully. He has the agency for the Hinman machine and will be glad to demonstrate it to any who are interested.


New Milford - Mrs. Nancy Grinnell died May 9, aged 88 years. Mrs. Grinnell was the daughter of Thursten and Meribah Tennant Lewis and was born in Harford Twp., Sept. 2, 1824. In 1881 she was married to Otis Grinnell and for some time lived near Richardson’s Mills in Harford. Being left a widow, she spent her last days with her sister, Mrs. J. H. Lewis. From a family of 11 children the grim reaper has gathered in all but two, Emeline, the lone sister in New Milford Twp., and Nathan Lewis, of Iowa.


Rush - The Rush Women Christian Temperance Union will meet at the home of Mrs. Bela Griffin on May 28, at 2 p.m. Let every member be present. Come prepared to make it a most interesting and profitable gathering. “A Saloonless Nation in 1920”—let us have some part in fulfilling this prophecy.


May 30 (1913/2013)



Herrick Center - The 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hines had the misfortune to get his arm cut off while jumping a train above the Erie depot on Friday. Dr. Fike was called and took the little sufferer in his auto to the hospital in Carbondale. Favorable reports are received and his recovery is expected.


East Kingsley - Miss Louise Boswell is calling on old friends after spending a year in Mississippi and Alabama, visiting her cousins and her brother, Arthur, his son and daughter. Her brother went to Mississippi when young and had a plantation and plenty of slaves, but when the war closed he was left a poor man and never came North to visit his parents, so Miss Boswell went and found his family and reports a very pleasant time, but likes Northern climate best. ALSO: Memorial services were held last Sunday in the ME church with a sermon by Rev. Murdock, one of the finest ever delivered or listened to. There were eight veterans present that marched behind the flag. There are five others in town but poor health and age detained them at home. One, M. C. Tanner, died that night. He fell and broke his hip Christmas morning and had been gradually failing ever since. That makes three veterans that have gone from Harford since Memorial day, one year ago—Mr. Withers, Mr. Peck and Mr. Tanner.


Franklin Forks - Lynn Hollenbeck, of Lawsville Centre, was awarded a contract by the County Commissioners, Tuesday, for the mason work for a County bridge at Franklin Forks, crossing Snake Creek. Mr. Hollenbeck’s contract will approximate $600, the bid being at $5.90 a cubic yard. The mason work to be completed September 1 and the bridge ready for use on October 1. Mr. Hollenbeck has had 16 years experience in bridge building in Susquehanna County, and knows his business.


West Lenox - The ladies of this place held an indignation meeting and called for volunteers to fix the road between the creamery and corners, which was safe for neither man or beast to travel, but was considered by the supervisor and constable as O.K. Eight responded to the call, viz: Grover Lawrence and team, Nelvin Empet and team, Guy Empet, Forest Whiting, Lewis Peck, Hendricks Adams, Eldridge Pickering and Charles Pickering. Last, but not least, they were treated to an excellent dinner at the home of Mrs. R. H. Smith. Dr. Taylor made pleasant remarks about the improvement in the hill road, which he noticed when riding over the road in the dark.


Dimock - B. O. Sheldon, of Lynn, will conduct the dining hall at the Dimock Camp Meeting for the next three years.


Gibson - The Gibson Dairy Association has installed an ice cream plant and is ready to serve the public with the “frozen dainty.” The Dairy Company is receiving 10,000 lbs of milk, making 700 pounds of cheese and 300 pounds of butter daily.


Susquehanna - Chicken thieves are again very active in Susquehanna. The Sisters at the Laurel Hill Academy were robbed of 20 fowls Friday. A resident of Oakland lost 25. Two weeks ago the residents of West Hill suffered a number of losses and now the prowlers are working on Church Hill in Oakland.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Among those who will attend the encampment at Gettysburg July 1st to 4th, from this place, are: C. H. Smith, W. A. Welch, James Bagley, Elias Titman, Marvin Lyman and some others nearby. [50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg]


Little Meadows - Father Lynch has purchased the Little Meadows hall and improved it down stairs by putting in a kitchen and dining room. We are ready for the dances now.


Tri County Race Track - The Forest City News reports that, weather permitting, there will be a hot time on the Track, at Uniondale, on Memorial Day. There is a stake of $300 to be divided among the winners according to the rules of the National Trotting association, whose rules will govern the races and much interest is manifested in the event. The contestants have been in training for some time and the event promises to be the most exciting ever pulled off on the tracks. In the morning a game of base ball will be played between Dundaff and Uniondale. The grand stand will be free to all who wish to enter.


Oakland - Delos Church died suddenly on May 23d. He was arranging to make repairs to a house in Susquehanna when he suddenly collapsed and died almost instantly. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a highly respected citizen of Oakland, as well as a valued employee in the stores department of the Erie railroad. One son, Louis N. Church, of Oakland, survives. Funeral on Monday from the home of Mrs. E. Smith, Susquehanna.


Montrose - The members of the Presbyterian church are contemplating improving the interior of their edifice by redecorating the auditorium and chapel. ALSO: A representative of the Consumers’ Water Co., in defending the poor quality of water furnished the borough, alleges that it is in the charter that Montrose borough shall furnish the company with the best water to be found in Jones’ Lake (Lake Montrose). Therefore, the borough is responsible for the quality of the water. The company’s view is that if the borough does not furnish good water the company cannot be blamed.


Gibson - Burr Wilder, our popular young merchant and Miss Lillian Holmes, of Union Hill, were married Wed., May 21, at the parsonage, by Rev. Arthur Jones. The happy couple returned Monday from the honeymoon, which was spent with relatives in Potter county. The young people will reside with their grandmother, Mrs. Lovisa Wilder.


South Auburn - Ben Crawford, of California, is visiting relatives for the first time in seventeen years. In West Auburn, E. C. Gibbs, our blacksmith, has gone to Athens where he has secured employment and will shortly move his family. There is now a fine opportunity for a good blacksmith to locate here. Mr. Gibbs had a large patronage, but felt impelled to make a change in order to make a home for his children while they are completing their education in the higher schools.


News Brief - The celebration of the 136th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the nation’s flag will be held on June 14 throughout the country. Special programs will be held in the schools and public services are being contemplated.


June 06 (1913/2013)



Thompson - Nine veterans of the G. A. R. helped in the service of decorating the graves of their departed comrades, being assisted by the children and a goodly number of citizens. The singing by the male quartette and remarks of the Rev. Mr. Webster, were very appropriate for the occasion.


Lenoxville - J. A. Hortman, collector of school taxes, was in town last week, relieving some of our people of their available cash which he pockets with a genial smile and passes on to find the next “victim.” Come again, John.


South Harford - We are very proud of our Harford tax payers who attended the road bee in Lenox.


South Ararat - The centennial of the Ararat Presbyterian church will be celebrated on June 18. All old residents of the township are invited to attend. Please bring well filled baskets and a cup. Ladies will furnish tea and coffee.


Jackson - There will be a meeting June 12, at 2 p.m., to decide on some plan to better the condition of the Jackson cemetery. Any one who is interested is requested to attend.


Dimock - I. F. Wanick is a grower of huckleberries, the quality of which is vastly superior to anything that comes to Montrose markets. He thinks that the recent frosts did not injure this year’s crop.


Montrose - Montrose has every appearance of being a superior trading place if one may judge from the number of [horse and wagon] teams from the surrounding townships and villages. It is really amazing on some days to see how full the streets are of teams that have brought in products of various kinds or that are here to take out lime, lumber, wire fencing, boxes of dry goods for the country stores, and a thousand and one things, all combined to make up a volume of trade and traffic in and out that is astonishing in extent. ALSO: The street committee has directed that the Tarbell drinking fountain at the foot of Public Avenue be placed at the head of the avenue, near the Court house and auto danger signs be placed at every approach into the borough, limiting speed at 12 miles an hour. ALSO: Wm. M. Post has presented the Rescue Hook and Ladder Fire Co. with the old bell which was first used on the original County court house, way back in the early part of last century. [The first court house was built in 1813.]


Liberty - A. R. Stanford, of Lestershire [now Johnson City], has returned to his place where he will spend the summer farming it. Mr. Stanford is better off than some of the town people; he can get part of his living from the farm.


Lake View - Miss Josie Stevens and Miss Lulla Warren, of Scranton, are spending a few days at the home of C. G. Corse. They left Scranton Thursday morning and walked through, arriving here Saturday night. They claim to have enjoyed their walk very much.


Flynn - It is claimed by some that fishing is good. I should remark there is fishing going on in streams that never were known to have fish in before.


Hop Bottom - The boys of this village have again rented the base ball grounds from Mr. Zimmerman for another year, and soon the game will be in progress. It is contemplated erecting a handball court on the grounds if a sufficient number of our citizens can be interested in the project. Many of the boys have already learned the game under the tuition of Prof. Tiffany and the Rev. J. L. Dowson and they are very desirous of having the court built at once.


Forest City - The new pipe organ for Sacred Heart church has arrived and is now being installed by W. B. King, of New York. It comes from the W. W. Kimble company and will be one of the finest instruments in this section. It is probable that the public will have a chance to hear the work of the organ under competent hands in the near future when a recital will be given. It will probably require a week or ten days yet to complete the erection of the instrument. ALSO: Harry Goodrich intercepted a trio of men near the Stillwater dam last evening to inquire if they had nets when Tony Waskey pulled out a revolver, it is alleged, and fired, the ball passing across Goodrich’s chin. Goodrich grappled with the man that fired the shot, obtained the revolver and placed him under arrest. He was placed in the borough lockup and will be taken to Montrose today. The other men escaped.


Clifford - Two of our esteemed townsmen have decided that it is not good for man to live alone, so have taken to themselves helpmates. The wise ones are John Tinklepaugh, who took for his bride, Mrs. Emma Doyle and J. F. Kenyon, who led Mrs. Ella Gammel to the altar. We are wishing them the comforts of life for the rest of the journey.


Rush - C. D. Williams and his force of men and teams have just completed the grading of the State road the entire distance from Rush to Montrose. A reporter, in conversation with Levi P. Light, who with his brother has driven the Rush stage for eight years, was told that their term as stage drivers would expire July 1st. They refused to bid this spring when the government asked for bids. Mr. Light stated, however, that had they realized what good roads were to be constructed between Rush and Montrose, as had been done by the State highway caretakers, they might have considered it. He says the road between these two points is now the best he has ever known it. He believes that if the contractor can secure a good road figure for the stage service it would pay to use an automobile truck for carrying passengers, freight, etc.


Great Bend - Burglars entered A. L. Reckhow’s store Friday night by crawling through a very small window in a shop back of the store, and then breaking the glass in the rear door. Only a few pairs of shoes were taken.


Kingsley - Mrs. B. M. Jeffers’ 77th birthday, on May 31, was cheered by the presence of her sister, Mrs. Almira Browning, of Scranton; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lucy Oakley, and nieces, Mrs. W. O. Finn, of Montrose, and Mrs. Nancy Webster, of Franklin. The arrival in the evening of her son, H. W. Jeffers and granddaughter, Louise, of Plainsboro, N.J., completed an enjoyable birthday, of which we trust she may have many more. Mr. Jeffers will sail the 19th of this month for Europe in the interest of the Walker--Gordon Laboratory Co., of which he is manager. Landing at Copenhagen he will visit Holland, France, Germany and England, making a scientific investigation of the best methods of farming and dairying.


News Brief - Two Sayre youths, both under 21 years of age, were arrested last week for smoking cigarettes.


June 13 (1913/2013)



West Auburn – Sunday night, June 8, 1913, will go into history as being the occasion of one of the hardest frosts ever known in this State so late in the season. Early potatoes, corn and some kinds of garden truck were frozen to the ground. Are we to have a year without a summer? ALSO: At the Auburn Corners creamery, four tons of butter, a week’s product, was shipped to Philadelphia on Tuesday.


Rush – G. S. Wootton and little son, Earl, are on their way to Sayre where Mr. Wootton will receive medical treatment. Some time ago he submitted to an operation for appendicitis at the Packer hospital and as the incision has not healed properly, he deems it advisable to return.


Springville – Orin Pritchard died Sunday evening, after a long illness, in his 90th year. The funeral took place Wednesday with interment at Lynn. He leaves a wife and an adopted son, and a sister, Mrs. Muzzy. Another sister, Mrs. Amy Sherman, died only a short time ago. Mr. Pritchard’s casket was made of a cherry tree that grew on his farm. ALSO: Nearly all the old soldiers in this vicinity are anticipating going to Gettysburg for the encampment.


Susquehanna – Edward Payson Weston, the noted pedestrian, followed by John Ennis, another pedestrian past 70 years, went through Susquehanna, on Monday, on a walk from New York to Minneapolis. Weston had 24 hours start, and Ennis was about 12 hours behind him at Susquehanna. Eugene Debs is reported to also be following in the wake of these pedestrians. Debs is 42 years old and anticipates passing the competitors. He was the Socialist nominee for president on several occasions.


Harford – Quite an excitement prevailed in Harford for a time Monday when it was found that little Jack Maynard had taken some poison pills, and it was thought little Mitchell Clinton had swallowed a beauty pin. Little Jack came out all right and after giving the Clinton baby several doses of medicine the pin was found where it had been dropped, so all’s well that ends well.


Dimock – New gasoline lamps now light the M. E. church and they are a great improvement over the oil lamps.


Montrose – The Cnic Theatre, having enrolled in the State contest for presenting good, clean, clear and up--to--date pictures, will in this connection next week place in their movie house a fine Crystal Plate Screen, such as is used at the Poli(?) in Wilkes--Barre.


Dimock – While Lee Beck, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Beck, of Louden Hill Farm, was at play, his hand was caught in a corn crusher, which he [was] turning with a crank and three fingers and thumb of his right hand were badly crushed. He was immediately placed in an automobile and brought to Dr. Gardner’s office in Montrose, where the member was dressed. While the accident was exceedingly painful, it is hoped that amputation of any of the fingers will be unnecessary. Lee is a manfully little chap, with lots of grit, and did not shed a tear during the painful ordeal.


Forest City – S. J. O’Neill, an employee of the D & H Colliery, was struck by a fall of rock Monday morning and sustained an injured back. He was removed from the mines to Emergency hospital, Carbondale. His lower limbs were badly injured but we are pleased to state he is not in so serious a condition as at first reported. ALSO: The commencement exercises of the high school will be held in the town hall on Monday evening. The hall is being handsomely decorated. There will be an address by Prof. Bible, of Philadelphia, and a fine program of music in addition to the numbers by the graduates.


Nicholson – A free--for--all scrap was the first number on the program of the Nicholson high school commencement exercises Friday night. It seems that Maxwell Strunk refused to wear the cap and gown which was to distinguish the graduating class. The principal had the class vote as to whether that young man was to remain on the platform during the exercises or was to be put out. The majority of the class voted that he should be put out. Up to this time everything was orderly, but when the result of the vote was announced the rumpus started. The Strunk boy had three brothers in the audience. Up they jumped on the stage. One of them, it is said, landed a healthy farmers’ wallop on the principal eye and down he went. On the way down he connected with the boy who was put off the stage and he came right along and they rallied around the floor, the boy yelling and kicking and punching and adding more darkness to the principal’s eye. Some mothers who had daughters on the stage, ran screaming to the platform, but when they got right in the middle of things they would faint and get in the way. Just when things were going along at a fine rate and everybody was having the best kind of time, somebody called in the police and all the glorious little set to came to an end. The Strunk brothers were arraigned and held under $300 bail each for court. After the little row, Prof. Morgan said, “Now, if Rev. Dix will give the invocation we will let the exercises go on—which they did as per schedule.


Silver Lake – John F. Heavey was in Montrose and visited the Republican newspaper. Mr. Heavey’s father built the Starrucca Viaduct, one of the largest engineering projects of that time, costing upward of a million dollars, the work being done long before much of the modern machinery for such work had been invented. We were somewhat interested to know why the senior Mr. Heavey should have chosen Silver Lake for a home at that time, being far remote from any railroad, the Erie not even having reached Susquehanna at that time, and his reply was “That his father wished to get his boys away from the evil influence of city life. [The Starrucca Viaduct was designed by Julius Adams and built by James P. Kirkwood. The obituary of Thomas Heavey reads “was a master mason and was in charge of the erection of the Starrucca Viaduct on the Erie Rail Road. He lived to be 95 years old.]


New Milford/Heart Lake – The road between New Milford and Heart Lake is said to be in the best condition ever. A gang of men, with Wm. Aldrich as foreman, have been over this road, taking out the rocks and stone, widening and grading the road bed. They are now working between Heart Lake and Tiffany.


June 20 (1913/2013)



Hallstead - The State Constabulary made a raid on the place of L. E. Tiffany on the night of June 14th and made a large haul of gamblers and gambling apparatus. For a long time past some of the best citzens of Hallstead have been making complaints to D.A. Ferguson to the effect that Mr. Tiffany was keeping a gambling house. The D.A. Secured a member of the state police to appear in plain clothes and get acquainted with the “boys” and he soon got in their good graces. The officer went to Susquehanna and reported of his progress and it was planned that all would be on the job on the evening of June 14. Warrants were sworn out and about 10 o’clock four members of the constabulary and the D.A. proceeded to Hallstead in Automobiles. Admission to the joint was easily obtained by the plain clothes member, who was followed by the other three. Mr. Tiffany and all in the game were placed under arrest with gambling evidence. Tiffany and Wm. Haganaw waived a hearing and entered bail for their appearance at court; the rest of the crowd was held as witness.


Auburn - The Auburn and Rush poor farm has a surplus of hay on hand and have sold it for $14 per ton, hauling it to Meshoppen, eleven miles at least. Some farmers think hay will bring a good price next winter and will pay to hold over. ALSO: The veterans of the Civil War, who were residents of the Auburn, are very few in number now. Perhaps one--half dozen from the township may go to Gettysburg, but it is doubtful.


South Gibson - Ralph Lewis, a South Gibson boy, while shooting crows on the Belcher farm, about a mile from the town, was very much surprised to see a black bear come nosing along. He was armed with only a small 22--calibre rifle, but that did not deter him from killing the animal, although it required three shots to do it. It has been many a year since bears were seen around here, but it is believed that bruin has for some time resided in the wilds of Elk Mountain, a few miles away. The youthful hunter was the cynosure of many admiring eyes, being a second only to that of the bear. It weighed 132 pounds.


Lenoxville - D.W. Kenyon and family are moving back to their farm in Greenfield. We are sorry to loose them from our little community and our best wishes go with them ever.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - It has got so that our rural deliveryman, Milton Warner, has to carry a garden rake and stop for hours to rake stones off the road.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Marion Foster, teacher at the Brookdale Orphanage, closed her school last Friday and took the boys to Tripp Lake and spent the day fishing. Others who went were Mrs. Effie LaSure and daughter, Violet, Edna Reynolds, Thea Caswell, Bessie Howard and Elbert LaSure.


Stevens Point - Geo. A. Prentice and family mourn the loss of their 8 year--old (Jake) pet cat, who by some means just lost his timetable and was overtaken by a train and was killed. The remains were picked up and buried by C.J. Cook and others.


Heart Lake - J.B. Hadsell, editor of the Binghamton Press, has purchased a lot and will build a cottage shortly. The Post Brothers’ cottage is nearly completed. ALSO: Dance in the coolest dance hall in Northern Pennsylvania, at Heart Lake, July 4th. If you dance you can’t dance at a better place.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - W.C. Green is preparing to move his barn. James Bunnell is doing the work. [Mr. Bunnell was known as the master barn and house mover at this period of time.]


Binghamton - It takes the Binghamton girls to catch the boys over in Susquehanna County. The Last one to be caught was Thomas Hassen, of Auburn. Miss Loretta Kane was the lucky girl. Now Tom, when we come over to Montrose we want a good cigar. Best of wishes to you and your better half.


Montrose - One of the features of the balloon ascension at the Montrose Fourth of July celebration, after the aeronaut has cut loose in a parachute, is a trained dog cutting loose in a similar parachute shortly afterward. Many other novel attractions will be found in the big celebration here the Fourth. ALSO: The Star Bloomer Girls, alleged champion lady baseball players, will play a local team here on Saturday. The young women have played ball here before and always play an interesting game.


Brooklyn - Archie Kent and Miss Florence Packard were married last week at Unadilla, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Kent will be at home to their friends after July 1st. Mr. Kent was also examined by the State Board of Undertakers at Philadelphia and has been granted an undertaker’s license.


Susquehanna - J. Thompson Bean, who for a number of years has edited the Transcript--Ledger, has resigned his position. Geo. V. Larrabee, for many years the business manager, is the new editor.


St. Joseph - One of the prettiest and most impressive weddings ever solemnized in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church took place on June 17th, when Miss Mary Frances Griffin youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Griffin, of Forest Lake, became the bride of Mr. John Joseph Bergin, of Little Meadows. For many years the bride has been a school teacher in the Susquehanna County and since the death of the late Miss O’Reilly, has been in charge of the choir serving faithfully as organist and vocalist. The groom is one of Little Meadow’s most popular young men, who conducts a store in his hometown.


Hop Bottom - The auto drivers are too numerous to mention. They seem to have the best right to the public highway, followed by a cloud of dust we do not enjoy.


Springville - Wm. Peet, who had lived for years near the Baker Creamery, was buried at the Lynn cemetery on Tuesday. He was a veteran of the Civil War. ALSO: At Lynn, the quarantine has been lifted from the homes of J.S. Howard and Mrs. Adah Hartman for mumps and measles.


Forest City - John Lukus, Archie Perry, John Brink and W.J. Bryant were fishing at Miller’s pond the first of the week. They came to Herrick Center and were at Flynn’s hotel for supper when a stranger walked up and demanded to see their fish. They willingly complied with the request when the aforesaid stranger announced that he was W.C. Shoemaker, of Laceyville, and that he was state game warden and that their presence was desired in Judge Bowell’s court, whither the fisherman went. The judge imposed a modest fine of $80, or $10 for each fish, and $2 was assessed for trimmings. The fish, it is said, were 11 ½” in length, being ½ inch less then legal size.


June 27 (1913/2013)



Thompson - Tuesday afternoon the body of Glen F. Crosier, who died at Tientsin, China, March 16, arrived and was taken to the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Crosier, East Jackson street, where a funeral service was held today. Rev.. Mr. Webster officiated. Burial in the family plot in Susquehanna.


Forest City - Samuel Sears, of Dayton, Ohio,, passed through here Monday on his way to visit relatives in Carbondale, whom he had not seen for more than 40 years. Fifty five years ago Mr. Sears worked in a saw mill near town and was engaged in that vocation at the time of the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in the 52nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Coming home he worked awhile in the aforesaid mill, and later drifted West. He was much surprised at the progress of the town and said it was like a dream to him. He has been staying at the Soldiers Home at Dayton and is east to spend his furlough with relatives and to take in the Gettysburg celebration.


Heart Lake - Proprietor Frank T. Mack has made arrangements whereby a midnight train will convey passengers from the Lake to Montrose, on Fourth of July night.


Rush - Miss Mud McCain is the champion fisher--woman of this place, having caught nine bass during the past week.


Birchardville - Last Friday afternoon during the thunder shower, Frank Smith had three cows killed by lightning. The animals were not far from the house, away from the trees or buildings that would attract an electric bolt when killed. They represent his entire herd, and many friends sympathize with him in his loss.


Lawsville - Mrs. Edith Tarbox, a few days ago, killed two blacksnakes with an axe. They were sunning themselves in her back yard and she didn’t like to have’em hanging around. The largest was 6 feet long and the smaller one about 5 feet.


Choconut - John Haney suffered a compound fracture of the right leg when a team of horses, attached to a mowing machine, runaway. The horses became frightened at a big black snake and dashed across the field, colliding with a tree. The young man was found unconscious a few minutes later and physicians were summoned to attend to his injuries.


South Montrose - Percy Ballantine has installed an automatic milking device for his large dairy at Louden Hill Farm. The method of milking is rapidly coming into favor, both for cleanliness and lessening labor. The cows take kindly to the milking device, as well, the steady suction drawing the milk evenly and doing away with many of the annoyances that are incident to hand milking. Mr. Balatine is also building a cottage at Elk Lake.


West Auburn - We are glad to state that the apple orchard of Allen Jayne, which is located on a hill farm, escaped the frosts and will be loaded with fine fruit. Mr. Jayne sprays his orchard thoroughly. ALSO: At Shannon Hill, O.F. Conaty was a railroader for 16 years, but the back to the soil appeal became to strong to be resisted and recently moved back to the old homestead farm. ALSO G.W. Bunnell, who has, no doubt, expected to get in the swim and buy an auto, will probably now depend on a fancy pair of horses, which have just arrived at his farm. Well, after all, a matched pair and a fancy rig attached, are better under all circumstances than a balky auto.


Brooklyn - Our enterprising merchant, Wade H. Barnes, has installed a soda fountain in his store, which is being well patronized. ALSO: C.A. Ring has the nicest field of potatoes in town.


Susquehanna - Dr. Washburn, of Jacksonville Florida, will arrive here July 3rd and open an office specializing in eye, ear, nose, and throat troubles. ALSO: M.J. Lannon, of Jackson Avenue, who, some weeks ago was appointed Sealer of Weights and Measures for Susquehanna County, has taken up his duties. If the county has any dishonest businessmen so far as weights and measures are concerned, they will feel the weight of the law.


Montrose - People from the cities have been coming to Montrose this week in considerable numbers. Rosemont is opened for the season and a number of Southern families are there.


Hallstead - On Monday morning the members of the graduating class of the Hallstead High School, Wm. Kirby, Karl Blair and the Misses Mary Callow and Helen Tingley, left for a sight seeing trip of ten days to the National Capitol.


Great Bend - Fred Simpson, up-to-date liveryman, has recently repaired his hacks and carriages and is now turning out some of the neatest rigs in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Fred believes in keeping up-to-date and if you want anything in his line he can fit you out on short notice.


July 04 (1913/2013)



Forest Lake - One of the veterans attending the celebration in Gettysburg is Pvt. Stanley Warner, formerly of Forest Lake, now of Conneaut, Ohio. It was while carrying a stretcher, on the second day of the Gettysburg battle, he had a piece of shell rip across his chest, knocking him senseless. When he recovered he found that his coat had been ripped across the front and his skin was scratched. Otherwise he was unharmed. “I found I was on my knees; what I was doing I don’t know,” he said discussing the incident. Mr. Warner had with him a priceless relic. It was an army coat of black cloth with brass buttons, which he wore on the day of Lee’s surrender, at Appomattox. A woman, nearby, wanted to buy a button from Mr. Warner. “A $1000 bond wouldn’t buy one of the buttons,” he said. [Stanley, who died in 1924, was a member of Co. H, 143d Regt. Penna. Volunteers. His brother, Asa, who died in 1922, was a First Sergt. in the same company.]


Susquehanna/Montrose - The Tenth U. S. cavalry, formerly commanded by President Teddy Roosevelt, composed of 700 colored troopers, are en route from Susquehanna to Montrose. They are coming via New Milford, which they reached shortly after 8 this morning. It is expected they will arrive in Montrose about 10 a.m. They are said to be a fine looking body of men and horses and they did some skillful cavalry maneuvers at Susquehanna and gave a regimental band concert. Montrose people hope to see and hear a similar exhibition and concert on the Rogers’ farm, a half mile below Montrose, where they will camp. Congressman Ainey endeavored to induce Col. Gresham, commanding the cavalry, to give a concert in the center of town this evening, but his decision will probably not be known until his arrival. A concert may be given at the camping ground.


Kingsley - Mrs. A. M. Loomis was pleasantly surprised on her 77th birthday, June 23, by a feast prepared almost wholly by her 5 year old granddaughter Lucile. The menu consisted of potatoes, meat, boiled eggs, bread and butter, lettuce, crackers, pie, cake, cookies, fig tarts, junket, strawberries, bananas, lemonade and tea, with caraway and wintergreens for relishes. At the close of the feast Miss Lucile, with an original presentation speech, gave grandma a beautiful bouquet of roses and other flowers.


Franklin Forks - Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Birchard will reside in Laurel Lake, he being the new stage driver from that place to Montrose. ALSO: Remember that ice cream is served every Saturday evening at Alliance hall.


Clifford - Prof. Glenn R. Bennett is home for the summer holidays. He will go to Chicago in September, where he has a lucrative position in one of the large colleges. ALSO: A large gathering of men met at the home of Edward Reynolds, of Welsh Hill, to give willing help to raise the large and up-to-date barn which Mr. Reynolds is putting up to replace the one that was destroyed by fire last winter.


Harford - Henry Jones, son of Congressman E. E. Jones, is home from Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass., where he graduated in June. [Henry later became a member of the Lafayette Escadrille, of the French Air Services, composed largely of American pilots during World War 1.]


High Schools - Susquehanna County has 15 high schools, Oakland and Thompson being added to the list during the year and Uniondale was given permission to organize. There were in the county, last year, 212 directors, 291 teachers and 7,226 pupils between 6 and 16 years of age. The salary appropriation for the county was $17, 478 and the high school appropriation was about $4,700.


Burnwood - Harold Dickey, formerly of this place, is a street car conductor at Binghamton, N.Y.


Thompson - Saturday night, as L. N. Hubbard was driving home with his milk, his horse became frightened at an automobile and backed up against a tree in Mrs. Neal’s yard. Miles Hubbard, his grandson, was driving. Mr. Hubbard, in attempting to jump, was thrown to the middle of the road, the milk can overturned and the wagon was badly damaged. Fortunately, no one was injured. ALSO: At a meeting of the trustees it was decided to sell at auction, Monday next, the seats in the Methodist Episcopal Church, the money to be used in procuring new ones at which time the work of repairing the interior of the church will begin.


Forest City - Ludwig H. Conrad is at Gettysburg, the only veteran from town in attendance. ALSO: The United Sportsmen, at a recent meeting, decided to place boats on Cottrell and Howell ponds for the convenience of its members. The boats on Stillwater will be removed. A more careful use of the boats will be the order and their use will be limited to members only.


Uniondale - Walter S. Lyon believes that the farmers of this community are unwise in shipping their milk. He says that farmers can make more solid cash in converting their milk into cream or butter than where the whole product is sold. He sells cream and feeds the skim milk to calves and pigs thus deriving a profit from the by product. He is raising nine calves that are beauties and from which he will eventually build up a herd of Holsteins.


Montrose - A wrestling match between Jack McKeage, of Montrose, and Dexter Very, of Fairdale, is an athletic event which will interest all who witness the afternoon program at the celebration here the 4th. Both are clever collegiate wrestlers and it is confidently hoped that a match may be arranged.


News Brief - One of the strangest coincidences of American history was the death of two ex-presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, on the same day, July 4, 1826. Adams and Jefferson were political enemies. When Jefferson was inaugurated his predecessor did not even wait to receive him. In 1825, Mr. Adams, feeling his growing infirmities, hoped that he might live to see the fiftieth anniversary of the nation. The hope was realized, and it seemed as though, being thus gratified, the great intellect of the Revolution cared not to live throughout the day. He expired before noon, almost his last words being: “And Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Jefferson did survive, but only for a few hours. He, too, had been desirous of living for the semi-centennial anniversary of the nation. But he was so ill and fragile that it was not expected he would hold so long. The morning of the 4th of July, 1826, came at last, however, and with a satisfied look upon his face, the author of the Declaration soon passed away. Neither Adams nor Jefferson knew of the death of the other on the same day. Five years after another ex-president, James Monroe, passed away on the 4th of July, 1831.


July 11 (1913/2013)



Montrose - The celebration here on the Fourth, from the opening rattle of the drum as the firemen’s parade got under way in the morning, until the last rocket died away in the murky dome of the sky in the evening, was a qualified success. Never in the town’s history was there a more enjoyable and successful celebration than the one given by [the] Hooks. In the morning all three fire companies united in a spectacular parade, each company showing a harmony of feeling in assisting Hook & Ladder Fire Co. that did much toward making the affair a success. Headed by the Montrose Band, with speaker John J. McDevitt, Mayor Titsworth, J. J. Ryan, C. W. Broadhead and P. J. Radeker in an auto, the parade presented a fine sight to the crowds that thronged the sidewalks.


Bridgewater Twp. - The Tenth U. S. Cavalry, which spent the Fourth in Montrose, were visited by thousands of people at their encampment on the E. W. Rogers farm, just below Montrose. The advanced troops reached town about 10 o’clock in the morning, a considerable number of pack mules, loaded with sections of machine guns, forming the “vanguard.” Other scattered squads kept arriving and the main body came about noon. The regiment was organized in 1866 and is one of four colored regiments now in existence in the United States. It has seen service among the Ute Indians in Utah and Wyoming, played a conspicuous part in backing Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders” at San Juan Hill, and has seen service in the Philippines. The Regiment is composed of 29 officers, 590 soldiers, 50 enlisted teamsters and 850 horses and mules. They left Fort Ethan Allen, near Burlington, Vt. and are on their way to Winchester, Va..


Uniondale/Forest City - Wanted, operators for our exchange. A good opportunity for a small family with one or two girls who want positions. Apply to Northeastern Penn’a Telephone Co., Forest City, Pa.


Ainey, Springville Twp. - Honor for one of Susquehanna County’s youngest [Civil War] soldiers, F. A. Kittle, who enlisted before he was 15 years of age. He is now a resident of Scranton and a member of Ezra S. Griffin Post. The Ladies’ Corps presented the Post with a banner that cost $85, and F. A. Kittle was detailed to carry it to the Gettysburg reunion.


Alford - The local veterans returning from Gettysburg were met by a special train here on Saturday evening, the New York train being late, and they arrived in Montrose at about 10 o’clock. All report a pleasant time. The first day at Gettysburg was the worst one experienced, everything being in confusion on account of the large number of veterans to be housed and fed. The confusion soon gave way to system and they were as well cared for as was possible under the circumstances.


Susquehanna - John P. Shanahan has assumed the editorship of the Susquehanna Transcript—Ledger. Mr. Shanahan has had considerable journalistic experience, having for years been a valued correspondent of a number of large city dailies. He possesses an attractive style of writing, is broad in his views, and pledges co-operation with the town’s officials in working for the best interests of the borough. From a personal acquaintance with the new editor we believe he will improve and advance the interests of his paper, as well as make that journal a continued, forceful factor in the upbuilding of Susquehanna.


Dimock - The Dimock Camp Ground is taking a decided improvement in appearance these days. The Improvement committee is putting on new roofs, etc., and they already have the drive from the public road to the ground in fine condition, making a drive upon which three or four autos or teams can drive abreast. They are using crushed stone and flag for the walks this season instead of plank and it is a great improvement and will be permanent. All cottages in the front row can have paint furnished free if they wish to avail themselves of the offer and paint their cottages before the 1913 season.


South Gibson - The Fourth at South Gibson drew a large crowd. There was entertainment all the time—two moving picture shows, with music by the band, a spirited ball game between Dundaff and South Gibson, and fireworks in the evening, filled out a long day of enjoyment. The Ladies’ Aid netted $35 and 80 meals were served at Hotel Thomas.


Lenox - We had a safe and sane Fourth—everything quiet. Some went to Montrose and some to Hopbottom. ALSO: Charles Wright and family, of Yonkers, N.Y., have pitched a tent near G. C. Woolsey’s where they will camp for the summer.


Auburn Twp. - S. M. Conety, of Shannon Hill, has sued the supervisors of Auburn for damage for injury to Mrs. Conety, caused by her horse taking fright at the Dougherty and Winans traction engine which was left standing near the driveway on land of John Lott. ALSO: Those interested in the State Road from Meshoppen through Auburn to Lawton, Birchardville, Choconut and to State Line are feeling kindly toward Rep. Jones and Senator Mills for the interest they took in this matter.


Brushville - Only one accident from fire works on the Fourth has been reported thus far. Benton Benson, while loading a small canon, had the misfortune to loose part of his thumb. Dr. Miller, of Susquehanna, was called and amputated the thumb at a point below the first joint. Benton recently celebrated his 21st birthday on June 29th.


Hallstead - Eugene Gathany, of this place, and his brother, M. A. Gathany, of Vineland, New Jersey, have organized, in the above named place, the “Gathany Development and Construction Co.” The company will manufacture a faced brick for building purposes that is said to be the finest building brick in the world. They also own, in this place, some of the finest blue stone quarries in the state.


Jessup Twp. - Peter Arnold’s brother, C. C. [Christian], of Montrose, Missouri, is here visiting Peter and his brothers Andrew and Aaron and other relatives. He is a Civil War veteran, being a member of the 41st Pa. Volunteers, and took in the Gettysburg festivities on his way here. Mr. Arnold removed from the county 30 years ago and this is his first visit. He is a wide awake newspaper man, having published the Montrose (Missouri) Record for many years.


Hop Bottom - Ed VanLoan and Orin Hinkley, G. A. R. veterans, attended the Gettysburg celebration last week.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - James McCahill, an orphan boy, whose home was with Frank McCormick, was drowned while bathing in the Wyalusing creek, Sunday last.


July 18 (1913/2013)



East Kingsley - Mrs. B. M. Jeffers spent a week at the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg held on the ground there. It is a wonderful revelation to anyone that never visited this historic spot. When one drives around the grounds of 2000 acres owned by the Government and find, after 50 years, everything preserved and cared for, the stones that the Union soldiers piled up in long rows on the 3rd day of July 1863, for a breast work, to protect them from the Confederates and not a stone out of place and the 500 monuments that have been placed there to mark the spot where some honored comrades fell, gives one the realization of the awfulness of the conflict.


Forest City - The July days have been bad ones for dogs. The borough police have shot about twenty canines found on the streets without muzzles. Among the animals that have fallen before the rifles of the officers is the well-known bird dog that has been the companion of every night cop for several years past.


Hallstead - Frank S. Barnes and Thomas Summerton have been appointed by the County Commissioners to look after the interests of the old soldiers in Hallstead, Great Bend borough and township and to make out all papers for appropriations due to soldiers’ widows.


Brushville - The Rev. Harrington, of the Bible school of Binghamton, preaches here every Sunday at two o’clock. He is a very able speaker and one feels more than repaid to hear him. Next Sunday he will demonstrate, by the use of chemicals, the direct effects of sin on the human body.


Glenwood - John Waters, an old resident of Cameron Corners, died July 9, at the ripe old age of 90 years. Another old veteran has dropped out of the ranks and answered the last roll call. He leaves one son and six daughters to mourn his death. Interment at the Resseguie cemetery at S. Gibson.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Welch & Button, general blacksmith’s, are rushed with work these days, repairing wagons and shoeing horses. ALSO: Walter A. Hartman, the popular young clerk at Herbert Fish’s store, will in three months graduate in a complete course in the art of running automobiles, from the Correspondence Schools of Scranton.


Brooklyn - “Grim Reaper at Brooklyn.” Isaac Babcock, who was born in Springville, Oct. 12, 1825, was the first one to be summoned and left his pleasant home on the bank of Ely Lake, June 25th, 1913. Mr. Babcock was the son of Frank and Parmie Ely Babcock. Early in life he removed to Dimock where he learned the shoemaker’s trade, but most of his work was done on the farm. He enlisted in Co. H, 141st Regt., in the Civil War, for three years, and was discharged in 1864 and returned home broken in health. He married Sarah Allen of Dimock and removed to Montrose until his wife’s death in 1885, when he came to Brooklyn to live. In 1887 he married Ruth McKeeby and built a cottage near the border of Ely Lake, where he and his wife lived until his death. Death waited a few days, this time in the center of the village and took one, who for many years had been a prominent resident of the township, when E. G. Williams answered the summons. Mr. Williams was born in January of 1823 on the farm now owned by E. F. Ely and known as the Bailey Farm. When a child of about 3 years old he went to the spring with a cup to get his sister a drink of water. The spring was walled up and the water deep and a speckled trout was in the water. The baby boy wanted the trout, but lost his balance and fell into the spring. How he got out never was known, but he returned to the house with his clothing wet and said to his mother—”Why didn’t you come when I called to you,” but the life was spared and the boy grew to man’s estate and became a useful citizen and held many offices of trust. Death came to him on July 14th. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eva Tiffany, widow of the late N. L. Tiffany.


Lake Winola, Wyoming Co. - R. J. Potish, of Clark’s Summit, claims to have killed the largest rattlesnake that has been seen in the Lake Winola region for some time. This snake, he says, measures six feet and three inches from his poison pouch to its rattles. There were sixteen buttons or rattles. The snake was killed along the Tunkhannock creek about four miles from Factoryville.


Montrose - Mrs. M. J. Mawhinney, 25 Park St., advertises her woven rugs. Next week she will have blue and white warp, and the week after black and orange warp, on her loom. ALSO: Interest in the Country Club, as the season advances, is awakening and the outlook is for a largely increased membership and many social functions in connection with the club during the summer. The golf links and courts are in excellent condition and many members are engaged in these pleasant sports each day. This evening a bridge and auction party will be given at the Rosemont for the Benefit of the club. Tickets, 50 cents.


Rushville - Claire Whipple, of Laceyville and Ed. Frantz, of Stevensville, were here Saturday looking over the ground upon which to build a new schoolhouse.


Harford - Miss Latona Gunn left on Wednesday for Kirksville, Mo., where she will enter the American School of Osteopathy to train for a nurse. The best wishes of a host of friends follow her.


Gibson - Those from here who attended the 50th anniversary at Gettysburg were Hollis Barrett, George Potter, W. H. and W. D. Estabrook. ALSO: Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Washburn, of Salina, Kansas, are guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Harding. Mr. Washburn attended the reunion at Gettysburg.


Ainey, Springville Twp. - Eben Wood, wife and son, and Mrs. Almeda Thatcher spent the week end huckleberrying on the Mehoopany mountain, returning Monday with a nice lot of berries.


Lathrop Twp. - An ice cream social will be held at the home of Fay Brotzman on Saturday evening, July 19. Everybody invited to attend.


Dimock Campmeeting - The 39th annual session of the Dimock Campmeeting will be held on the grounds, commencing Tuesday evening, Aug. 12 and closing Wednesday evening, Aug. 20th. One of the highlights of the week will be Miss Grace Saxe, the very successful Bible teacher of the Billy Sunday party, and an instructor and author of international reputation, who will conduct Bible classes for six days of the session.


July 25 (1913/2013)



Hallstead - At a meeting of the recently organized patrol of the Boy Scouts in this place, which was held in the DuBois building on Saturday evening, the following officers were elected—Patrol Leader, Gregory McCreary; Assistant, Henry Clayton. They are making arrangements for a trip to Elk Mountain for a week’s camping sojourn. Arthur W. DuBois will accompany the party.


Jackson - Franklin Barnes, aged 93 years, died at his home near Jackson on July 10, 1913. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a man respected by all who knew him. His wife died some years ago and he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Selinda Benson, of Jackson, and two sons, B. F. Barnes, of Thompson, and K. D. Barnes, of Windsor, N.Y. The funeral service was held Saturday morning, it being the 93d. anniversary of his birth. Interment in North Jackson Cemetery. [Franklin S. Barnes was a member of Co. C, 151st Regiment. He was wounded at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, and mustered out with the company, July 27, 1863].


Birchardville - Miss Chadija C. Dayton, who is training in the Rochester Homeopathic Hospital, is spending a few days at her home here.


Elk Lake - The following young people are enjoying a week’s outing at the Stewart cottage, where Mrs. Mame Stewart and sons are spending the summer: Misses Helen Burns, Dorothy Cruser, Sue Armstrong, Anna Struppler and Messrs Carlisle Smith, Norman Stewart, Charles Mackey and William Finn.


New Milford - The New Milford Advertiser says the automobile signs in its village are six feet long, but the speed fiends go through the town so fast they do not seem able to see them and the slower going motorists, who can read the signs, don’t need the admonishment. The only solution seems to be to enter the fines on the borough cash book. But the new state automobile law establishes a general speed limit of 24 miles an hour, making local ordinances ineffective. So here’s more trouble for our sister town.


Factoryville - Young women students can board at Keystone Academy no more. Hereafter it will be conducted as a boy’s boarding school. Young ladies who live at home or can find board outside may come to the institution to recite.


Glenwood - Mrs. Frank Miller, of Cameron Corners, met with a surprise last week. On going up stairs she encountered a large black snake, lying on the carpet, that measured over six feet. She hastily called her son, Floyd, who in a short time dispatched Mr. Snake to lower quarters. It is thought that he gained entrance upstairs by the aid of a peach tree growing close by an open window.


Dimock - Several summer boarders are stopping on the large Dolan farm during the warm weather. They are mostly from Wilkes Barre. Tom Dolan now drives a fine colt which leaves the dust far behind.


Hop Bottom - Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brown, of Toledo, Ohio, and mother, Mrs. E. P. Gillispie, of Binghamton, were recent guests of their grandmother, Mrs. Alva Scott. Mrs. Scott is a feeble old lady, 82 years of age, and [she] enjoyed her first automobile ride to Hop Bottom in her grandson’s car, not having been in town before in over a year. Mr. and Mrs. Brown came from Toledo in the automobile, coming by way of Niagara Falls, making a trip of nearly 600 miles.


Lanesboro - Friday morning, Raymond Lyons, ten year old son of Dr. Ray Lyons, had a narrow escape from drowning at Lanesboro. With other boys, the lad was amusing himself near the binnacle in “skipping stones.” One of the boys threw a stone which accidentally struck Raymond on the back of the head, dazing him and being near the water’s edge, he fell into the stream. The water is quite deep at this point and being unable to swim, the lad sank immediately. One of the larger boys, retaining his presence of mind, jumped in and rescued the lad before he sank. Aside from a bad cut on the head the boy is not much the worse for his experience and is able to be about today. However, Thomas Reed, aged 19 years was not so fortunate and was drowned while bathing in the Susquehanna River at a point known as “the rocks” near Lanesboro, at about 6:30 o’clock on Saturday evening. It is supposed he was attacked by cramps. Edward Lannon, of Oakland, went to his rescue and succeeded in bringing his lifeless body to shore. Dr. Lyons was summoned, but all efforts to restore life were unavailing. The body was taken to the home of his father, near Comfort’s Pond, from which place the funeral was held Tuesday.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - The dogs made sad marks with J. Wooton’s sheep, Thursday night, also Bruce Swisher’s, killing several and hurting others.


Silver Lake - Royal Meeker, of Princeton, N. J., has been named by President Wilson as commissioner of labor statistics. Mr. Meeker is a native of Silver Lake, a son of William Meeker and a brother of Postmaster George W. Meeker, of Lawsville. Mr. Meeker has been a close friend of the president for many years and accompanied him on his campaign through New Jersey for governor.


Heart Lake - Mr. Hadsell’s cottage, on the east shore of the lake, is nearing completion and when finished will be one of the finest at the lake.


Binghamton - Forty-one bodies have been recovered from the burned Binghamton Clothing Co. factory, which was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, and is believed there are still 12 victims in the ruins. Of the 123 girl workers in the factory, it is believed 50 have lost their lives and nearly as many more received injuries, some of whom have died in the hospitals. Thinking the alarm was only a fire drill, many of the girls were tardy in getting in line to march out. Others lost valued time in going to the locker rooms for coats and hats. Many of the girls loitered along, still believing it a drill. Miss Nellie Connor and Sidney Dimock did heroic work in getting the girls out of the building but many of the girls, including Miss Connor, who remained until the last, were cut off from escape, the stairways being in flames. Rushing to the fourth floor they attempted to descend by the fire escapes, only to find flames bursting out beneath them. Dimock reached safety but twice went back and brought out the limp form of a girl. The third time he returned to the rescue he did not reappear. It is planned to bury the unidentified remains in one large grave and a public funeral will probably be held in Stone Opera House Sunday afternoon. The cause of the fire is being investigated.


August 01 (1913/2013)



Jackson - Lightning struck the general store of H. M. Benson during a fierce storm Thursday night and started a fire that destroyed several business places and did more than $15,000 damage. The blaze started in the upper story of the Benson store and quickly spread to stores owned by Roberts Bros. and the Central hotel. The opera house was also destroyed. A bucket brigade did noble work but was unable to cope with the flames. The blaze was first discovered by H. M. Roberts, proprietor of the Central House. The telephone in his dining room was on fire and after extinguishing this blaze he rushed out doors and discovered the flames bursting forth from the Benson block, situated across the driveway from his hotel. The store had been closed for the night when struck. People came from every quarter until hundreds were at the scene of what proved to be a most stubborn and disastrous conflagration. The hotel seemed doomed to destruction and the furniture was removed, but the heavy rain and the never failing hotel well and the great work by willing fire fighters at last saved the building, but in a wrecked condition. No insurance was carried by Mr. Benson. He had been in business for almost 50 years. The Jackson Postoffice was on the first floor and it is reported to be a total loss. The second story was occupied jointly by Freedom Lodge, F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F., which met here for almost 50 years. All their records and furniture were destroyed. At the rear of the Benson block was the opera house, occupied by the G. A. R. and P. O. S. of A. No insurance on this building. A few feet north of the opera house was the large hotel barn owned by Roberts Bros. But one store now remains in Jackson, that of E. W. Pickering. About 5 years ago the Howell House and the Harris homestead burned, in which Miss Eunice Harris was burned to death. [Photographs of the fire are on the Historical Society’s Facebook page.]


St. Joseph - Thomas McNerney returned to Binghamton Saturday after spending two weeks vacation with his father, Cornelius McNerney. Although a merchant now, Tom knows how to handle the rake and fork in the hay field.


South Montrose - Last week’s Democrat had this item: Wm. Bell has the banner cow in the neighborhood. The type must have been set wrong as it was written by the correspondent. Wm. Bell has the banner corn in the neighborhood, not cow.


Glenwood - It is reported that Grover Lawrence, of West Lenox, is hired to teach the fall and winter term at Wright school house. He is just the one we need and wish him success.


Montrose - Miss Zelda Conklin sold her baby Shetland pony, two months old, to the Uncle Tom’s Co. showing here Monday, getting $50 for it and her grandfather, ex-Sheriff H. S. Conklin, put the money in the bank for her the next morning. The pony was a little beauty and captivated the show management.


Springville - Stuart Riley and son, Minot, were in Montrose, Tuesday, coming up in a handsome Apperson “Jack Rabbit” car. The latter has the sale of this famous make of car in Susquehanna County.


Susquehanna - The contract for the paving of Main, East Main and Front streets has been awarded to Contractor W. E. Bennett, of Lanesboro, for the sum of $21,467. ALSO: A telegram from New York says that Mrs. Emma Franklin, of Susquehanna, and her sister, Mrs. Eliza Johnson, of New York, whom she was visiting, were both burned to death Sunday, when kerosene oil exploded in their rooms.


Lawton - The Lawton Fair Association’s handsome catalogues for 1913 are out and contain much interesting matter about this popular agricultural society’s coming exhibit, premium list, etc.


Bridgewater Twp. - The road from Montrose to Heart Lake, via Tiffany, has been worked under direction of the State Highway Department and is in splendid shape. Another gang of men are working from Tiffany towards Brooklyn. The road has been worked to the East Bridgewater church already.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - The people of this place were grieved when the news came that Mrs. Lizzie Risley, formerly of Stanfordville and Miss Lena Kennedy, daughter of Rev. Preston Kennedy, of Binghamton, were among those who perished in the big fire of the Binghamton Clothing Company.


Brushville - The berry season opened with a large company of young people at J. H. Hartt’s and B. B. Washburn’s. On Monday of last week, the Hartt Bros., with 21 pickers, picked and shipped 25 bushels of raspberries.


Hop Bottom - Mrs. Esther Tiffany celebrated her 83rd birthday on Saturday. The family and a few friends gathered at the old homestead, at Lindaville, for a house party in honor of the occasion. The homestead is now the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Loomis, daughter and son-in-law of Mrs. Tiffany. ALSO: The ice cream social held at the home of Griffin Brooks, a few evenings ago, was a decided success in every particular. About 200 people assembled and a nice sum of money was realized towards the pastor’s salary.


Fire Victims Laid to Rest: - The funeral services for the victims of the recent terrible fire in Binghamton were held in the Stone Opera House, in that city, on Sunday afternoon. Long before the hour of service hundreds were waiting for admission and in 15 minutes the doors had to be closed to the general public. Admission then was only to relatives who held tickets. After hymns remarks were made by ministers of all denominations and Father Porubasky, of Sts. Cyrill and Methodius’ church, addressed the people in four languages—Slovak, Italian, German and English. While the services were in session the work of removing the 21 caskets, containing the unidentified bodies of the girls who perished, was being made from Dibble’s undertaking rooms to the funeral cars. Thousands of people thronged the route and Court Street was a surging mass of people. There was sadness pictured in every face. The burial was made in Spring Forest cemetery and as the cortege wended its way into the cemetery, many women and girls fell in a swoon. The bodies of the fire victims were placed in separate graves, forming a circle. In the center of this plans are being made to erect a handsome monument to the memory of the dead. The bodies were lowered into the graves at sundown.


August 08 (1913/2013)



Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - The ordinance of baptism was administered Wednesday, July 30th, at the creek on Rockwell's flat, by Rev. H. M. Pease, of Sayre and Rev. R. A. Fisk, of Stanfordville, to Misses Lula Lindsley, Flora Ireland, Edna Reynolds, Mrs. W. B. Holenback, Messrs. W. B. Holenback, Fredie Travis, Lou Owens and Charlie Dean.


Brushville - The long continued drouth has caused many of the wells in this vicinity to go dry.


Springville - Stephen Tuttle, our postmaster, had a very painful accident on Saturday last, which might have proved fatal. His team, which he was driving, became frightened at an automobile; they ran into Dr. H. B. Lathrop’s hitching post, demolishing the carriage and throwing Mr. Tuttle out and breaking his right leg above the knee. Dr. Lathrop, who happened to be at home, was called and attended the patient. He is doing nicely at this writing.


Hallstead - Chas. M. Read and Henry Talmadge, former residents of this place, but who are now inmates of the National Soldiers Home, at Johnson City, Tenn., are enjoying a furlough of two months with relatives here. [Civil War veterans]


Susquehanna - The Transcript observes that “the guy who likes the slashed skirt wouldn’t like to see his wife or sister fussing around in one, you can safely bet.”


Hop Bottom - Our veteran subscriber, A. E. Bell, was visiting the Democrat’s office to renew for his newspaper, which he has taken for over a half century. When Mr. Bell returned from the war, fifty years ago, his family consisted of a wife and four children, but all have preceded him to the grave.


Glenwood - Elmer Corey and family wish to express their gratitude and thanks to their many neighbors who gave them a helping hand in the oat field, Monday last, in which two acres were nicely bound and taken care of. Friends in need are friends indeed.


Montrose - Better roads for Montrose seem now assured. At the meeting of the borough council Monday evening a satisfactory report was made that a steam drill had been purchased for use in the Post stone quarry, near the fair grounds, and that it would soon be in operation, probably within the course of a few days. This will facilitate the blasting of rock and keep the stone crusher supplied with plenty of stone, hundreds of tons of which will be placed on the streets of the town. ALSO: D. A. Brown was thrown from his wagon Saturday, the horse being frightened by an auto horn, near the court house, and he narrowly escaped serious injuries. The horse ran but a short distance after Mr. Brown was thrown out. The wagon was somewhat demolished. AND - in another accident on Saturday evening, The Montrose House bus collided with a single wagon from the farm of W. C. Cruser, driven by G. W. Decker, on Cherry street, near the home of W. C. Cox, demolishing the wagon in which were Mr. Decker and his young son, quite badly. A dense shade at this point, the absence of a light on either vehicle and possibly too much speed on the part of the bus driver, were responsible for the side swiping.


Brooklyn - The following ladies have just completed the Teachers’ Training course and granted diplomas: Ruby Stephens, Maud Terry, Gertrude Barnes, Gertrude Peckham, of Brooklyn, and Alma Goodrich and Nellie Loomis, of Kingsley.


Great Bend - The Tannery St. Bridge was badly damaged by fire Tuesday night and has been closed to the public. A spark from a locomotive is thought to have started the fire.


Ainey, Springville Twp. - F. W. Taylor’s horse dropped dead in front of Wm. Mitchell’s one day last week.


St. Joseph - Peter Jenners has purchased a new engine and will run a threshing machine and corn cutter this fall. John Jenners and Joseph Jeffers will operate it.


In Crawford County - A farmer here installed a gasoline engine and dynamo in his barn and makes electricity to light his house, yard and outbuildings. The plant cost about $300 and he says he prefers it to an automobile. Here is a hint for other farmers, plenty of light about the premises is a good thing and electricity is safer in the stables than a lantern.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Almost everybody here is engaged with the exception of a couple of old bachelors, and they are—almost.


South Montrose - Jerome Shannon, who has had charge of the road from Montrose to Dimock, is to be complimented on the best road this section has had for years, if ever.


Forest City - In last week’s issue it should have read Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lake, of Pittston, visited Mrs. Elizabeth Plew, instead of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Plew. It was not the editor’s fault. ALSO: Frank Fritz and Millie Peiar, both of Forest City, applied for a marriage license.


Herrick Twp. - Mrs. Julia Walker, widow of the late Seth Walker, and the oldest resident of this township, passed away on Friday, August 1. Mrs. Walker was born at Roxbury, Delaware county, N. Y., March 28, 1821, being in her 93rd year. She and her helpmate came to Herrick more than three score years ago and continued to reside where she located until called by death. She was noted for her kindness to those in distress and in her younger days was sought when sickness prevailed, always ministering when there was the greatest need. Her life has been an open book with countless deeds of love and charity recorded therein.


News Brief - Congressman and Mrs. W. D. B. Ainey sail tomorrow from New York to Europe, where Mr. Ainey goes as America’s delegate to The Hague Peace Conference. ALSO: Agent H. M. Cole has announced the prices for Ford cars, 1914 models, which have been received—touring cars selling at $570 and runabouts for $520. The new prices are resulting in heavy sales all over the country. During the past week he sold cars to F. L. Booth, of Forest Lake and Merchant Crisman and Mr. Roberts, of East Rush.


August 15 (1913/2013)



Montrose - Many are joining the kitchen Cabinet Club which is being promoted by James C. VanCampen. Many ladies consider this club superior to the suffrage movement.


Forest City - An automobile driven by Constable M.J. Walsh, of this town, containing three other men, turned completely over down a bank near Heart Lake, Friday afternoon. A Mr. Owens, who was in the car, had several ribs broken, and was taken to his home. The others escaped injury. The car suffered little damage and the party was able to continue in the machine—a new Ford which Mr. Walsh had purchased the week previous. [Another article reported that Mr. Walsh broke three ribs and that he was from Uniondale.]


Choconut, Camp Susquehannock Baseball - There was too much “Buster” Brown in last Saturday’s game with Choconut, and then besides, Brown banged out a hit for 3 times up while Merritt, of old Yale, again hit for the merriest home run to be desired and again in the 7th sent a drive for 2 bags. The annihilation of Frye came in the 3rd when with Aloe out Brown singled to right, C. Shafer hit for the same distance, Shons singled –result 6 runs. Choconut’s only run came in the first when Clark hit for 2 bases and scored on a passed ball and an error: Wingate’s drive to the right field fence in the 9th, which barring condition of ground would have been an error, was the last semblance of a hit. Merritt’s 2 bagger and Dawson’s drive netted the remaining scores. Score 9-1 in Camp Susquehannock’s favor: Umpires, Dr. Conklin, “King” Kelly, Vrooman Gardner.


Uniondale - The W.C.T.U. of the second district of the Susquehanna County held an institute in Ladd’s grove, Aug. 2. Rev. Lee Anna Starr was presented the subject of women suffrage in a most logical and interesting manner. As a speaker she is certainly one of the best.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. - On Tuesday night of last week fire destroyed Joseph Avery’s sawmill. It is thought the fire originated from a spark from the engine. ALSO: Lafayette Shelp was a caller in Montrose. Mr. Shelp, although he has passed his 73rd birthday anniversary, has scarcely a gray hair in his head and appears as young as a man of 53.


Clifford - During the thunder shower Sunday morning, which covered a wide territory, much damage was done in various parts of the county by buildings and trees being struck by lightning. The barn of Burdick Cobb was burned, together with its contents, consisting of 25 tons of hay.


Brooklyn - J.J. Austin, proprietor of the Austin House states that he is entertaining all the summer visitors his house will accommodate at present. With the coming of the trolley line, furnishing easier means of transportation, he anticipates a greatly increased summer trade. No more delightful town can be found in which to spend the summer months than the beautiful village of Brooklyn.


Forest Lake - The 6th district of the temperance work will hold an institute August 27, 1913, at the Baptist Church at Forest Lake. A free lunch will be served at 12 o’clock. The afternoon and evening will be taken up by the temperance workers. F.P.Carr, Sec., Forest Lake Union.


Bridgewater Twp. - James H. Clough was in Montrose looking for chicken thieves, who had taken from 25 to 30 birds from his flock of 150, the previous night. He traced the parties to Montrose having seen where they had tied a horse and wagon near his farm the better to lighten labor of carrying off the fowls. It is reported that the farm of Scott Drake, at Forest Lake, was also visited recently and about 100 chickens stolen.


Kingsley - Harold Paterson, the 14-year-old of Mr. and Mrs. August Patterson, died from injuries sustained while working on the Lackawanna cut--off bridge at that place, in the State hospital, in Scranton, Sunday night. The boy was employed as water carrier and while climbing on a locomotive lost his footing and fell, the engine striking him, fracturing his skull and badly cutting his face. He was hurried to the hospital but his injuries were of such a serious nature that he died Sunday evening.


Rushville - E. B. Alderson has the job of putting up the new schoolhouse. Work was begun on Tuesday.


West Auburn - A. F. Possinger, general manager of the Empire Creamery Co., which company handles the output of the West Auburn Creamery Co., has found it necessary, owing to increased business, to remove his family to Spencer, NY., where is located one of the largest of the creamery plants. The family, including Mr. and Mrs. T. C. James, expect to move some time next week. We shall miss these old neighbors of ours, of solid worth. We understand that Mr. Possinger will continue as manager of the West Auburn creamery, Arthur Wilcox continuing in immediate charge of the creamery here.


Susquehanna - The Ladies’ Aid of the Presbyterian church enjoyed a delightful day with Mrs. Hogan and daughter and Mrs. Fred Beebe, at the house boat up the river, Friday.


New Milford - W. E. Hollihan, the genial representative of the I.C.S., is driving a Buick auto—that is, he will be driving it again when it is repaired from the effects of trying to climb a steep bank near Windsor. ALSO: Ed. T. Lewis and son, Leon, of St. Petersburg, Fla., arrived here Wednesday evening. They left St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Jul 29 in their Cadillac car and made a record run of 1600 miles without accident or tire troubles. They expect to remain in this section for about three months. Mr. Lewis is a native of New Milford and comes back to his old home to spend summers.


News Brief - “Throw out the Life Line,” and similar old hymns are to be banished from church hymnals if a movement started by the national convention of organists is successful. The old songs were branded as “curly tail,” “ragtime” and “German band hymns” by delegates to the convention. Included in the hymns, which the organists would have ruled out are productions of Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley. ALSO: Some of the mayors of cities have taken the stand that woman must wear the new sheath dress with a “slit.” The latest one we have noticed was Mayor Silas Berry, of Norwich N.Y., who gave his decision as above. Now, this reminds us to inquire what position the Mayor of Montrose is going to take.


August 22 (1913/2013)



Herrick Center - A party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Springstein, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Tennant, R.M. Tingley and the Misses Beatrice Bates, Kate Flynn and Mildred Pellins, motored to Thompson Saturday evening, Aug. 9. This includes the Herrick Center orchestra and we hear they gave Thompson people a musical treat.


Alford - People have been wondering why the Alford station, recently built, was not located on the cut-off line. It is stated that local business will continue to be done over the present line, the through traffic being cared for on the straight cut-off line. There will be no station on the new line from Clark’s Summit to Hallstead. Work on the cut-off is about 30 per cent completed. To date $4,000,000 has been paid by the railroad to contractors, out of an estimated total cost of $15,000,000.


Montrose - Phillip T. Lonergan, after a pleasant visit to his’ parents home, at Richmond Hill, is on his way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is now officially listed as Indian agent of the Navajo and Pueblo tribes—a position he has held down for eight years. To the Indians “Phil” is the “White Chief,” their superintendent of schools, judge, jury, general protector and administrator.


Uniondale - It is stated that owing to the poor financial condition of the Tri-County Fair, held annually at Uniondale, an exhibition will not occur this year and the association may be abandoned. Until this year the fair has received a portion of the state appropriation, but under the new law but two 3-day incorporated fairs in a county shall benefit from the $2,000 appropriation. The County Fair and Harford Fair have been decided upon as the beneficiaries by the county commissioners. The Uniondale fair has drawn large crowds each year and it is to be hoped there will be some way that the fair may be continued.


Harford - Watch out for the Harford Fair. Among the many attractions this year will be a flying machine. Flights will be made the last two days. ALSO: There promises to be a large attendance at our high school this year, as our people are being besieged for board and boarding places. [The only way children from outlying districts could continue their education, after leaving the neighborhood schools, was to board in the town where a high school was located.]


Susquehanna - The Chautauqua is being greatly enjoyed by the Susquehanna people. Those who don’t attend are missing a treat.


Clifford - The Bull Moosers, under the head of Washington party, held a meeting in Finn’s hall, Monday evening, and signed petitions for people to fill offices at the next election. The Stand Pat Republicans held their meeting Wednesday afternoon. ALSO: At Welsh Hill, last Tuesday evening, the young people enjoyed a straw ride to Elkdale, where they were pleasantly entertained at the home of Muriel Stevens.


Lenox - The Greene family reunion was held at the residence of R.G. Jerauld on Saturday, Aug. 9. The crowd was accommodated in a large tent and a good time enjoyed by all.


East Bridgewater - The genial and widely known horseman, John Carter, has at last fallen victim to the auto germ, and has purchased a Ford car of Agent H.M. Cole. “John” has probably owned more different horses than any other man in the county, with such a knowledge of the horses of that county, that he often made “hoss deals” without even having to look into the mouth of horses he was dealing for, and his substitution of gasoline for oats clearly shows “the world do move.”


Choconut - McCahill Bros, of Choconut Valley Inn, announce a hop for Friday evening, August 22d. The McCahills are ideal entertainers and have the finest dining hall in the county and the young people look forward to the hops there with pleasure.


Middletown - In Surrogate’s Court, Binghamton, Judge Baker issued letters of administration on the estate of Maggie E. Dimon, one of the garment factory fire victims, to James E. Dimon, of Middletown, a brother, and Nellie Camp, of Binghamton, a sister. The personal property is worth $250 and the real [estate] $50. The following are the surviving relatives: Fred Dimon, Little Meadows, Bernice Dimon, Friendsville, Sarah Dimon, Little Meadows, Nellie Camp, Binghamton, Mary Nevel, Little Meadows, Sarah Dimon, an infant, of Binghamton.


Elk Lake - George E. Taylor is making plans to take up missionary work in China, and will remove his family to that far off country. Mr. Taylor tells most interestingly how he came to decide to give his lifework to extending the Lord’s kingdom. At the time of the Spanish American war he enlisted and went to Cuba. He was very lonesome and homesick and a brother later joined him in Cuba to be company for him and cheer his depressed spirit. Here the brother sickened and died, and Mr. Taylor was broken hearted and then and there vowed that, if spared to return to his home, he would consecrate his life to the Lord’s work. He felt that he had been definitely called to take up foreign missionary work, and says the decision has brought him great peace of mind. [George was the father of five sons, two being well-known in Montrose. Maurice started the Taylor band in 1922 and was hired by the Montrose School Board to form a band in 1927. He felt the need for better teaching materials and started writing his own teaching method, published as Easy Steps to the Band, and later branched into teaching methods for orchestra and individual instruments. His Easy Steps became the standard for teaching band music in many schools throughout the United States. His brother, Ralph continued the family store, Geo. E. Taylor & Sons, until his retirement and sale of the store to the Craige family.]


Hallstead - The dry weather is driving the rattle snakes off the mountains for the river and creeks in search of water. Mrs. C. Slater, who resides in the township, has killed three this season. There have been more killed this year than in a number of years previous.


Glenwood - The Marcey brothers are greatly improving the interior of their residence by putting in a bathroom.


News Brief - Under the new game law book agents may be killed from August 1st to October 1st; spring poets from March 1st to July 1st; scandal mongers from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st; umbrella borrowers from Feb. 1st to May 1st; newspaper borrowers from August 1st to August 1st, 1914; open season all year for life insurance agents and picture peddlers.