August 29 (1913/2013)



Uniondale - Rumors have been in circulation that the Tri-County Fair would not hold an exhibition this year. This may have had origin from the fact that the County Commissioners have designated the Harford Fair, which was only recently chartered, to receive a portion of the state appropriation in preference to the Tri-County Fair, which has been chartered for several years. The Tri-County Fair has always been a clean agricultural exhibition and has grown from year to year and the Fair this year promises to be the largest in its history. The Rail roads are arranging to run special trains to the fair and with enthusiasm that has been inspired in the public in this section by the treatment of the Commissioners, the Fair at Uniondale is bound to be a success.


Forest City - The Borough asks bids for paving the street from the Hillside crossing on the South Main Street to the house of E.W. Cole on North Main. The street car company has agreed to extend its tracks the length of the paved street. Vetrified brick is the material to be used and it is estimated the cost will run around $24,000.


Montrose - J.C. Hawley, who is starting the shirt factory here, accompanied by Raymond and John Kretzinger, arrived Monday. The machinery is here and will be installed in a few days and operations will commence in the course of ten days. Mr. Hawley and his family are moving into the Mrs. T.C. Allen house. ALSO: A Bush Meeting was held on the Fair Grounds last Sunday afternoon under the direction of Rev. Mr. Taylor, Pastor of Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, and his congregation assisted by outside talent.


Royal, Clifford Twp. - Three or four persons living on what we call the upper road near here, leading from Clifford to Lenoxville, want the Clifford and Nicholson stage that goes through Royal every night and morning, to go this upper road and deliver their mail mornings. The people of Royal and vicinity are opposed to this change as all passengers of this vicinity going to Montrose, Scranton, Binghamton or any other town on the D.L. & W.R.R. take the stage at Royal in the Morning; also all packages to be sent by the state for shipment go in the morning. To lose nearly all of this by the stage taking the cross road would be a great loss to the stage proprietor; besides this upper road drifts badly in the winter which would make it very hard and difficult for the stage driver.


Gibson - The Universalists Sunday School of this place met with the Universalist S.S., of Kingsley, for their annual picnic. The day was perfect and 50 members and friends attended from this place, meeting nearly as many from Kingsley. Tingley Lake, Harford, was chosen as the meeting place and it would be hard to find a more beautiful spot. A bountiful dinner was served and all seemed to enjoy the day.


Harford – Miss Edna Wright, field Sec’y of Pennsylvania for Woman Suffrage, was here Wednesday to secure space on the Fair Grounds where they will distribute literature and answer any and all questions on Woman Suffrage.


Arrat Summit - Scott Defoster, aged 28, is in a serious condition in the State hospital, at Scranton, following an attempt Sunday morning to jump on a moving Delaware & Hudson freight train at the Carbon street crossing. He missed his footing and went beneath the rails. Both legs were mangled and surgeons in the State hospital amputated the left foot. Several persons witnessed the accident. The man was hurried to the hospital, where an operation was performed.


Herrick - John Clark, of Colorado, is visiting relatives here. He has been in Colorado for 12 years and was sheriff of Cripple Creek County at one time, but is now marshal, which carries a good salary. ALSO: At Herrick Center, Sunday afternoon, as Rev. Franklin Pierce, of the Baptist church, was returning from his appointment at maple grove, the front axle of the wagon broke and the horse ran away. Mr. Pierce was thrown from the buggy, receiving some minor injuries, and the horse, which belonged to Alfred Bowell, was seriously if not fatally injured.


Electrical Storm - The storm this morning did considerable damage. A barn on D.H. Coon’s farm near South Montrose, rented by Robert Reynolds and filled with hay and grain, was struck and burned. The house was saved by hard work. The barn of Lewis Terry, Below Rush, with its crop contents and machinery, was burned. He had a small insurance. The house and barn of Charles Eastman, near Brewster’s Pond, is also reported to have been burned, and a fire is reported from Auburn. The last two we have been unable to confirm, the telephone lines being out of order.


West Auburn - Frank Angell has, in his garden, the tallest sunflowers we know of, measuring 11 ft. in height. ALSO: At Auburn Four Corners, while returning from the creamery on Saturday morning, a horse belonging to G.W. Bunnell became frightened at an automobile and dropped dead.


Rush - Royal Devine has finished painting the poor asylum.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. - School opened at East Lake on August 25, with Miles Tyler, of Lakeview, as teacher.


Richardson Mills, Harford Twp. - Miss Grace Rhodes, of South Harford, commenced her school here this week, and her brother, Glenn, teaches the Sweet school.


Susquehanna - Measurements recorded Saturday show that the Susquehanna River is the lowest it has ever been since 1874. ALSO: the firemen plan a big fair in October, the purpose being to raise funds to but a lot and erect a department building. A ford automobile is the main prize offered, to be disposed of the last night of the fair.


Lawton, Rush Twp. - James Nichols was in town yesterday. Mr. Nichols, whose terms of enlistment in the Civil War extended over a period of three years, sustained a slight shock recently and may be obliged to give up farming. ALSO: The high school opens Monday with Roland Dayton, Principal; Miss Amy Hughes, Grammar department; Miss Agnes Brotzman, Intermediate and Miss Mabel Hillis, Primary department.


Springville - Miss Jessie Prichard leaves on Monday next to begin her three years’ course of training as a nurse in Dr. Thompson’s hospital in Scranton.


September 05 (1913/2013)



Montrose - Harry Light, proprietor of the Church street poolroom and tobacco store, has just installed a baseball game table in his place of amusement. Other amusements will be added in the near future.


South Montrose - Charles B. Dayton was thrown from a wagon when the horse he was driving became frightened at an automobile driven by E. B. Hamlin, of Wilkes Barre. He was painfully bruised but not otherwise injured, and is again able to be about, although still feeling the effects of his exciting experience.


South New Milford - About 200 cords of mill--sawed wood got afire and burned recently. The wood belonged to H. Barrett and the origin of the fire is a mystery.


Harford - Mrs. P. E. Alexander and little daughter, of Butte Montana, is spending a few weeks with her father, W. S. Sophia, at North Harford. ALSO: Next Tuesday will be the first day of the Fair. One of the leading attractions will be the Pigeon Shoot under the auspices of the Harford Camp, No. 43, U. S. of Pa.


Uniondale - Harry Churchill and family are spending some time amid old scenes and with old friends.


Silver Lake - Word was received this week by relatives of the death of Rev. Fr. Simon J. Kanane, rector of St. Josephs’s church at Oriskany Falls, N. Y. Father Kanane was a native of this place and had served the parish where he died, for 25 years. He was a man of deep thought and highly esteemed. Interment in Binghamton.


Lawsville - Our schools opened this week with Miss Lulu Lindsley at Lawsville; Miss Mary Cosgriff, at Stanfordville; Miss Julia Mahoney, at Hillside; Miss Mary Downs, at Rhiney Creek; and Miss Ella Bailey, at Brookdale.


West Jackson - The Lake View graded schools commenced Monday with Miss Edith Corse and Miss Clara Mallery as teachers. Harry Daniels draws the scholars from the French district and Murray Houghtalen from Kansas [district]. ALSO: In the town of Jackson, H. M. Benson is re--building his store; Roberts’ Bros. are getting the lumber on the ground for a new barn, and there is a movement toward building a new hall, all of which looks like keeping Jackson on the map [after the destructive fire].


Hopbottom - Miss Winifred Rought has gone to Mt. Clemens, Michigan to receive treatment for rheumatism.


Hallstead - The Prudential Insurance Co. Has paid to Mrs. Kate Fernan a check for $273 upon the life of her son, James Fernan, late of this place, who was killed recently.


Welch Hill, Clifford Twp. - As H. Woodard, of Welch Hill, was returning from Forest City recently, two masked men jumped in front of his team about a mile west of Dundaff. They commanded Him to stop but he put the whip to the team and made good his escape.


Auburn Twp. - Members of St. Bonaventure’s church have announced a picnic and dance to be held in the O’Neill Grove in Auburn Twp. on Saturday, Sept. 6th. Dinner and supper will both be served and dancing will be the chief amusement afternoon and evening.


Big Crowd and Good Weather Greet Susquehanna County Fair - The Fair is now on and all things point to one of the most successful fairs ever held. Yesterday morning was bright and clear and the streets were soon filled with teams and autos, with the Montrose Fair Grounds as their objective point. The displays in the various departments average high. The horse parade was a feature. The ladies department presents a handsome appearance, while the school exhibits, vegetables, fruits, canned fruits, bake goods, paintings and flowers are of a high standard of excellence. Harrington & Wilson’s exhibit of farm machinery, engines and autos, was very large and attracted much attention. J. P. Lee, of Wyalusing, had a big exhibit of engines, threshers, feed mills, stone crushers, etc. B. L. Dutcher, of New Milford, was on the grounds, pleasantly elaborating upon the merits of the Jacobson line of gasoline engines. One of the best features of the fair was the floral display by Percy Ballantine, the owner of Louden Hill Farm in Dimock. The “fly” in the ointment, however, was the failure of the big political guns to materialize. They didn’t show up. However, the balloon was filled and it was generally conceded that the hot air was made of much better use in inflating the aerial monster, than to be generated in political exhorters and the crowd waited in breathless anxiety while Prof Allen prepared for his ascension. He made a beautiful flight. Mrs. Rex McCreary, who was here to present the Woman’s Suffrage cause, thought she got scant courtesy from the management and no one to introduce her when she was ready to speak; it was difficult to find anyone to introduce her, till finally Rev. Harmon was brought forward and did it in fine shape and she made a very interesting speech till drowned out by the band, but pleasantly announced she would speak again to-day. She won a good deal of attention and many friends for the cause. Geo. C. Comstock, one of the Vice Presidents, was energetic in pushing the interests of the Fair.


September 12 (1913/2013)



Lathrop Twp. - Evelyn Wells, one of the New York opera singers, spent last week with her grandmother, Mrs. T. J. Wells. She is one of the sweetest singers of her troop, or is so complemented by the papers. She starts in about two weeks on a trip to Cuba. Burmuda Islands and South America.


South Ararat - The campers have all left at Fiddle Lake and things look rather lonely as the cottages have all been occupied most all summer and some from Carbondale came very early this season. ALSO: At East Ararat, Mrs. Eva Stone, of Binghamton, held the Avery reunion at the home of her brother, Clark Avery, at Ararat Summit, Saturday. Over 100 relatives and friends were present and a good time was enjoyed by all.


Montrose - At a meeting at the Library building, Friday afternoon, a temporary organization of the Women’s Suffrage Association was effected, Mrs. Barry Searle being selected as temporary chairman.


Thompson - Our school opened Sept 2nd with Prof. Burleigh, of Thompson, principal; Miss I.(?) Appleman, of Mehoopany, intermediate, and Miss Nellie Aldrich, of Thompson, primary teacher.


Little Meadows - Thomas Fitzmartin has purchased the hotel at Apalachin, owned by Mr. Donovan. They expect to move this week. ALSO: Esmond B. Beardsley visited in Montrose on Saturday. He was on his way to his position as superintendent of schools at Montgomery, Pa.


Hopbottom - The greatest ball game of the season, the married men and single men of Hop Bottom, will play on the ball grounds, Friday afternoon, at 3:30, Sept. 12th. Don’t forget the date. Some of the star players of the married men are: Postmaster Chas. Miller, Tom Murray, Prof. Tiffany, M. W. Stephens, Glenn Roberts, etc. Don’t forget to take along with you some of the “Tingley’s Famous Cough Drops.” They will help you to look pleasant.


Harford - Mrs. H. G. Richardson and daughter, Pauline, attended the meeting of the North Harford Book club at Mrs. Arthur Tingley’s.


Herrick Center - School opened Tuesday, Sept. 2, with the following teachers, all of whom have been with us for several years: Principal, Charles J. Savige, of Brooklyn; Miss Susie Hathaway, of Thompson; Miss Edyth Smith, of Uniondale. Over 100 pupils are enrolled and the number in the high school is considerably larger than usual.


Elk Lake - Attorney and Mrs. D. C. Harrington have closed Happy Retreat cottage and returned to Scranton. Mrs. Max Lamke and daughter, Madeline, who have been sojourning at Clear View cottage, have returned to their home in Binghamton.


Forest City - A Chalmers auto, with a California pendant on the windshield, attracted attention on Main Street, Tuesday. The car was owned by L. B. Thomas, formerly of Uniondale, and as its travel-stained appearance indicated, had just made the journey from the Pacific coast, a distance of 3620 miles, from San Francisco to Forest City. The journey was made in 33 days without mishap, excepting tire trouble. New tires were put on the rear wheels at Salt Lake City and on the front at Chicago and 240 gallons of gasoline were consumed on the trip. Accompanying Thomas were his wife and son and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Thomas. The family will probably reside in Binghamton.


Brushville, Oakland Twp. - The 18th annual reunion of the descendants of Ard and Jonathan Brush was held here on Thursday, Aug. 28, and at the dinner hour 82 people were registered. Officers for ensuing year—Pres. John Hall; vice pres., Grant Brush; sec. Mrs. W. E. Chidester; treas., Mrs. U. G. Brush. There was a short program of recitations by the little ones. The reunion will be held next year at Riverside Park, Lanesboro, last Tuesday in August.


Susquehanna - An orchestra pit has been installed in the Hogan opera house.


Auburn - E. T. Smith threshed 11 acres of oats that yielded over 700 bushels, a yield of 64 bushels per acre, and on land that has been in cultivation over a century. ALSO: In West Auburn, Allen Jayne is very busy these days gathering apples and shipping them to Philadelphia to be placed in cold storage. ALSO: Charles Overfield, oldest son of C. N. Overfield, who lives in the far West, has taken unto himself a wife.


Heart Lake - Heart Lake Resort has closed for the season, and Nature regrets the departure of the visitors who made merry in the cottages and tents during the summer. Proprietor Mack, who returns for the fall and winter to devote his attention to the Subway Lunch in Montrose, feels greatly pleased at the result of the season of 1913 at the lake. ALSO: Josephus Orangeblossom White, who has been employed here, has returned to Montrose this week, as the season closes.


Birchardville - The 20th annual reunion of Co. H, 143d Regiment, Penna. Volunteers, will be held at the hall here, Sept. 17, 1913. All comrades, their wives, sons and daughters, and honorary members are cordially invited. The Ladies’ Aid will serve dinner. Asa Warner, Sec.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - F. W. Taylor and wife attended the 15th reunion of Bat. H, 1st Pa. Light Artillery, at Lynn, last Wednesday, and report a fine time. Ninety partook of the fine dinner which the ladies provided. A vote of thanks was given Mrs. Frank Greenwood and Mrs. Dean Baker for entertaining the old vets and others.


S. Montrose - While running a fodder cutter Monday last at Claude Snell’s, Thomas Rowe had one of his hands cut off.


News Brief - On Monday morning at 2:20 o’clock, a heavy charge of dynamite was set off on the steps leading to the hotel of Buffalino Bros., in Pittston. The entire front of the hotel was blown out, but no one was killed. The affair is wrapt in mystery.


September 19 (1913/2013)



Silver Lake - The fine residence and three barns of Matthew Cahill burned to the ground Saturday night. All the contents of the house were lost, including $300 in money. The cattle and horses were saved, but hay, tools and all other contents of the barns were destroyed in the raging fire. Mrs. Cahill and an orphan boy were alone at the time, Mr. Cahill being away. The cause of the fire is supposed to be spontaneous combustion. There was $2300 insurance we understand, which is but a fraction of the loss.


Clifford - Mrs. Ruth Rivenburg, wife of our merchant, L. H. Rivenburg, is quite low with what the doctors call consumption, and are treating her with the Frieidman remedy, but with no favorable results thus far. She lives in a tent, where she proposes to spend the winter. ALSO: J. I. Tripp has purchased of I. J. Wetherby, two acres of land joining the old Clifford cemetery, to cemetery purpose.


Rush Township - Ude James met with what might have been a severe accident last Monday after school. His horse became frolicsome and upset his buggy but was captured by Sam Hyde.


Jackson - Mrs. F. J. Austin will be at Central Hotel with millinery goods, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 21 & 22nd.


Montrose - Leon Chesley, the popular barber, lost out in his bet on the World Series and rolled an egg, with his nose, from his barber shop to the Tarbell House. “Leon” is a good loser. ALSO: Mr. Stratton, of Elkland, Pa., was in town this week to visit his friend, Ed Smith, on Grow Ave., who recently came here owing to the death of his father, George B. Smith. Both he and Mr. Stratton were employees of the Crandall toy factory when it was running here and went with the company when they removed to Elkland. Mr. Stratton worked for the company for 23 years until it closed up business a few years ago.


Susquehanna - The Transcript raises up to remark that, “If the average man was only as anxious to settle with his creditors as he is with his enemies, a lot of lawyers would have to close up shop and try something else.


New Milford - Saturday last was a banner day for the Sittenfeld Tanning company. On that day the company received orders amounting to $38,000. They are already far behind with their orders. By the enlargement of their beam house the capacity of the tannery has been doubled, but even at that the orders are accumulating. It is gratifying to note the success of this enterprise.


Great Bend - A local talent entertainment will be given by the Camp Fire Girls, in Williams Hall, Friday eve, Oct. 24th. The following well--known talent has been secured: Mrs. F. L. White, Arthur White, Mrs. Chas. Williams, Mrs. William Ely, Misses Cornelia Tuthill, Lula and Lena Day, James Watkins, Florence Hamlin, Mara Burk, Gladys Flynn and Master Walter Kraus. The Camp Fire Girls will present a humorous play and sing several songs. ALSO: The large barns of Theodore and Wm. Mesick were burned on Monday afternoon, the fire originating from unknown causes. Neighbors assisted in saving a team of horses and a couple of wagons, but the flames destroyed the entire contents of hay, grain, farming implements, etc. The loss is placed at about $3,000. There was a small insurance.


Hop Bottom - G. A. Roberts, accompanied by his wife, attended the World’s base ball series in New York City last week.


Forest City - The enrollment at the end of the first week of school was 1015—the largest enrollment since the Polish school was started.


Gibson - The ladies who comprised the Kazoo Band of 1886 met for their yearly meeting with Mrs. D. B. Taft, of New Milford. A bountiful dinner was served and a very good time reported. Those present were Mrs. Mary Sweet, of Binghamton; Mrs. Lettie Sweet, of Hopbottom; Mrs. Clara Bailey, Mrs. Julia Lamb and Mrs. H. Estabrook, of Gibson.


Auburn Four Corners - A temperance speaker from Kingston, Pa. will occupy the pulpit at the M. E. church next Sunday evening.


Harford - Dr. Albert Libbals Brundage entered into his rest on September 13, 1913. He was born in Newark, N. J. in 1820; spent two years at Yale College; read medicine with Doctors William and Wheeler of Dundaff and received the degree of M. D. in 1845. He joined the Susquehanna County Medical Society in 1868 and was its President in 1883. In the spring of 1887 he settled here to spend his sunset years. An ardent disciple of Isaac Walton, he beguiled many an hour to fishing. He preached in the M. E. Church and often served acceptably in that capacity. On his 90th birthday the Medical Society tendered him a banquet and presented him a gold headed cane. Services for Dr. Brundage were held at his late residence and the remains were taken to Factoryville for burial.


Brooklyn - J. J. Austin has purchased a Maxwell car to be used in connection with his stage route between Brooklyn and Foster.


Forest Lake - Harvest Thanksgiving service in the M. E. church at Forest Lake Center on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 o’clock. The church will be decorated with fruits, flowers and vegetables. Special music will be furnished. The pastor will preach on the subject of “Heaven.” You are cordially invited to these services.


Tunkhannock/Montrose - Two young men drove into Tunkhannock last week with two nice looking single rigs and offered one of them at a low price. L. E. Geisinger, engineer on the Montrose branch, bought one of the horses, buggy and harness, for $125. They then drove to Montrose, where they disposed of the other outfit to Carroll Tiffany, of Franklin Forks, for $75. It later developed that they had hired the rigs from a liveryman at Williamsport. The horses were returned to the rightful owner on Monday and the purchasers are out the amount they paid for them. The horse thieves are still at large.


September 23 (1913/2013)



Montrose - May another protest be entered in your good paper regarding the proposed action in reference to the village green. To make paths of concrete, or any other sort, in that pretty and unique patch of verdure, to cut it up for any purpose, is to destroy one of the attractive features of this little mountain town. Let us have seats there, let the children play there, but Heaven forbid, a series of carelessly used paths! Put that same amount of money in a street watering movement, thus preventing the epidemic of dust colds which prevailed this summer; fix our sidewalks. Take care of what we have, and above all get the town water from some other source than a near by lake in which one can see cattle standing, and from which there is ever lurking danger. Let us then, take care of what we have already and spend our money for the best return. A Citizen. ALSO: Montrose High School has added Agriculture and Home Making to its classes.


Rush - Leo Carroll, son of Bernard Carroll, left his home July 3d last and the father is very anxious that the missing man return. Leo is 25 years old, is about 5 ft., 4 in. tall, has black hair, cut short. He is of stocky build and has a finger missing from the left hand. The young man left home giving no intimation as to intentions, or plans, and the grieved parent wishes to get in touch with him, and asks for assistance of anyone who may have knowledge of his whereabouts. ALSO: The High school girls have organized a basketball team with Miss Agnes Brotzman as captain. Miss Amy Hughes, grammar room teacher, Leah and Mildred Stockholm, Bertha Park, Bernice Ainey, Anna Morley, Beatrice Crisman, Nellie Swisher and May Hughes comprise the team. The girls expect to do a great deal of practicing and have already made a start.


New Milford - Mrs. D. W. Shay met her death in a peculiar manner Monday night, September 8. Early in the evening she returned from a drive with her husband and was preparing for lunch. She stepped into the cellarway for something and in some manner lost her balance and fell down the stairs. Mr. Shay assisted her up stairs, but she said she was not hurt. A short time later she was seized with vomiting and a doctor was called. Mrs. Shay took the medicine as prescribed and fell asleep. After a while her husband went to call her and she was dead. Death was due probably to some internal injury. ALSO: Hugh Stone has purchased the photography gallery of Wm. Cooper and will remodel the same into a barber shop.


Great Bend - The T. H. Gill Co., of Millport, N. Y., received the contract for fulfilling the state road from the New York state line through Great Bend township and borough, the contract being awarded by the Highway Department in Harrisburg last week. Work will start at once, and it is expected will be completed early next summer. ALSO: Ed. L. Jones, of Binghamton, was seriously injured in an auto accident on the outskirts of town, when his machine locked wheels with a touring car coming in the opposite direction, wrecking his car. He was taken to the Binghamton hospital. Mr. Jones was returning from his summer home at Heart Lake when the accident happened.


South Montrose - Miss Mattie B. Sheen has returned to her duties as supervisor of music in the public schools at Washington Court House, Ohio. Her brothers, Earle and Terence are taking a course in agriculture at Perkiomen Seminary at Glenville, Pa. Llewellyn B. Sheen, who has been in charge of the Episcopal churches at Tunkhannock and Springville, has returned to New York city, to resume his studies at the Chelsea Square Union Theological Seminary. All are children of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Sheen.


Uniondale - W. I. Morgan returned home Friday from Owego, where he captured first money in a spirited race, making a mark for Accolion. He has sold this well known horse to Fred Wilcox, of Deposit, for a sum in four figures. He won at every race he entered.


Forest City - The diamond of the new ball ground at the school as been plowed and partly harrowed. The boys did a fine job picking stones and helping with the plowing and harrowing. Another Saturday or two of hard work and the ground will be ready for use. In order to help pay for the team work, souvenir lead pencils will soon be on sale. Buy a dozen and help the boys. Several have suggested that we ought to fix up two or three tennis courts for the girls. Who will aid in bearing the expense?


Hopbottom - Extensive repairs have recently been made to the interior of the Universalist church by the Ladies Aid Society and in order to complete the improvements needed a special dinner, supper and entertainment has been arranged for Sept. 26. Entertainment will be given by Misses Emily Hackett (violin) and Marian Towne, of Scranton, assisted by Miss Ruth Jeffers, of Foster. ALSO: The water company is nearly through laying water mains and is installing water privileges in many homes.


West Auburn - The primary election passed off quietly in this place. Quite a number of would--be voters found themselves disfranchised on account of failure to enroll in any political party.


Franklin Forks - Eli B. Smith passed away September 22, age 88. He had been very feeble for some time. Mr. Smith was the oldest resident of Franklin.


Springville - Our town was greatly shocked to hear that James Ball had been badly hurt while unloading props at the station and this was followed by the news that the injuries would prove fatal, death coming at an early hour Friday morning without his regaining consciousness. He drove a team for Harry Williams, hauling props from the Risley woods and brought in a load and had taken off the binders when the whole load suddenly started, crushing him to the ground. He was immediately removed to Geo. Haldeman’s house, where he died. Mr. Ball was a hard working, kindly man and leaves two sisters and two brothers. He was about 60 years of age.


Harford - Samuel Smyth passed away at his home in West Pittston, Sept. 22d. He was a native of Susquehanna county, having been born at Harford no Sept. 5, 1841, and was educated at the Harford Academy. He was married to Jennie McCollum, whose death occurred last April. Mr. Smyth moved to West Pittston in 1877, soon after inventing the duplex grate for stoves and ranges, which has since been in universal use and has made him well known to the stove manufacturing trade of the United States and Canada. He also invented many other grates for stoves and furnaces. For many years he was connected with the Pittston Stove Co. and later was on the editorial staff of the Metal Worker, a leading New York paper devoted to the metal trades.


News Brief - There are six township High Schools and ten borough High Schools in Susquehanna County. The township schools are located in Auburn, Brooklyn, Harford, Herrick, Rush and Springville and the borough schools are at Forest City, Great Bend, Hallstead, Montrose, New Milford, Susquehanna, Lanesboro, Oakland, Thompson and Uniondale.


October 03 (1913/2013)



Ararat - “Colonial Jack,” the noted long distance “wheelbarrow pedestrian,” who walked and pushed a wheel barrow 9000 miles around the border of the United States, arrived in this place at 10:30 o’clock on Friday a.m., Sept. 26. He made a short stop here then wended his way toward Herrick where he expected to stop for dinner. “Jack” held a moving picture show Thursday evening in Susquehanna and did well to leave that place Friday morning, walking and pushing a wheel barrow via Jackson and reach this place by 10:30. He was billed for a picture show in Forest City that evening.


Herrick Center - What might have been a serious accident occurred Wednesday of last week, when a team of horses, belonging to J. J. Walker, ran away. Mr. Walker was returning from Montrose and had reached the foot of Johnson hill when the report of a rifle in the hands of some one in the woods nearby frightened the team and they got away from their driver, who was thrown out and left unconscious on the hill. The horses ran to their home at the top of the hill, better than a half mile away, and failing to get unto the barn, ran off the basement wall, piling themselves up in such a manner that they could not get up until help came from an adjoining farm. They escaped without serious injuries to themselves or to the wagon or harness. Mr. Walker, although stunned from the fall, only complains of a lame side and arm.


Springville - Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Kerr, of Kerr & Son, are the manufacturers of the Niagara Fruit Pail (the invention of Homer Kerr) and we are pleased to learn that this pail is finding much favor with large fruit growers, where introduced. It is destined to have a large sale.


New Milford - Traffic on the D. L. & W. was completely tied up for two hours Sunday afternoon owing to the derailment of two cars of a freight train running east of here.


Lanesboro - A wreck in which three lives were lost and one man injured occurred Monday night on the Delaware and Hudson Railroad near here, when two fast freights had a head on collision. The wreck occurred near the D & H coal pockets and is said to be due either to a mix--up in orders or signals. Three young men who were stealing a ride on the back end of the engine tank were instantly killed when the crash came.


West Jackson - Miss Corse and Miss Mallery, of the Lake View school, entertained the scholars and friends on Thursday evening at the church, with pictures of Niagara Falls and a descriptive reading.


Forest City - As W. J. Maxey, W. J. McLaughlin, Henry Weiss, Thos. Stratford and Wm. Connally were coming to Montrose, Tuesday, in the latter’s car, to attend the Republican committee meeting, a tire burst near Henry Booth’s in Harford township and the auto turned turtle, pinning Maxey and McLaughlin under the car. They were taken from beneath the car and were injured, though not seriously, and the party took the train at Kingsley for their homes.


Brandt - A mysterious shooting affray occurred Wednesday morning at 2:30 o’clock in the vicinity of the brick yards here, when William Alexander, of Lanesboro, a D. & H. fireman, was shot in the left side, about four inches below the heart, while at his work. Alexander was firing the pusher and was in a stooping position when he felt a sharp pain in his side. He heard a sharp report about the moment he was hit and at first thought that something from the fire in the firebox had flew out and hit him. He was taken to the hospital at Susquehanna. In conversation with Alexander in the morning, he stated that he could throw no light on the shooting. He said he had a few enemies in Lanesboro but would not accuse any of them directly, or indirectly, of doing such a cowardly trick. A D. & H. detective arrived in Lanesboro and will make a rigid investigation to find out, if possible, who was guilty of the attempt of murder.


Great Bend - Contractor T. H. Gill, who has the contract for the good roads, states that he intends to push the work as rapidly as possible and expects to complete the road early next summer. A large number of teams are drawing dirt on the flats. A steam shovel is helping them get the dirt from W. Colsten’s Hill.


East Rush - We regret to notice so many of our people visiting on the Sabbath and neglecting the preaching services. It seems as though this ought not to be as we only have preaching every other week and every one ought to avail themselves of the opportunity. We are sure those that did not attend services last Sabbath missed a great treat, as Brother Snyder gave us an excellent sermon.


Montrose - J. C. Hawley, proprietor of the new shirt factory, informed us yesterday that the factory will open Monday next. While he has labored under some difficulty in getting his equipment installed, he feels that the time has been well spent making every detail satisfactory to the rules governing factories in this state.


Hopbottom - E. L. Yaw, proprietor of the Foster House, recently purchased a fine automobile for the accommodation of the public.


Glenwood - Our mail deliverer, Mr. Brown, last week, was driving his horse, having damaged a tire on his auto. Old Dobbin may be slower, but he is always sure.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - Chicken roasts are the order of the nights now. People had better keep their guns loaded and their chicken coops locked.


Uniondale - The Tri-County fair is on this week and a majority of our townspeople are in attendance. School was closed here Wednesday to give the students a chance to attend.


News Brief - Honesdale clergymen have started a movement to line up the clergy of the state in opposition to the remarriage of divorced persons. ALSO: “Suffering onesdale clelrgymen have started a movement to line up the clergy of the state in opposition in the remarriage of divorced persddddgents” is the way John J. Titman alludes to the female crusaders after the ballot. We are expecting to be able to print another item soon concerning the loss of his life. (From the Tunkhannock Republican) ALSO: State College, of State College, Pa., has entered upon its 55th year with 1,500 students enrolled. The opening marked the 5th anniversary of Dr. Sparks as head of the institution.


October 10 (1913/2013)



Rushville - The new schoolhouse is entirely completed and school began Monday with Hazel Bennett as teacher. In Rush, Ude James, while returning home last Tuesday evening, lost his balance and fell out of the wagon. The horse walked on into town. ALSO: Auto riding is the popular sport in which some of our ladies indulge in. ALSO: The revival at East Rush M. E. Church will begin on Sunday and continue through the week each evening at 7:30. Cordial invitation is extended to all to come to a meeting were the old time religion prevails. Rev. Ivan Lott Snyder, pastor.


Uniondale - Our fair was a decided success notwithstanding the cold, rainy weather, and one of its attractions was the “rest tent” placed on the ground by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Uniondale. The tent, equipped with a couch and chairs, together with a checking room, brought down many a tired mother’s benediction upon the heads of those whose thoughtfulness placed them there. The W. C. T. U. also had a booth where they sold ice cream, candies, nuts, fruit and popcorn.


Montrose - Joe Mawhinney has been one of the familiar characters here ever since the days when he used to play old fashioned baseball with the boys on the village green. He has shoveled the earth over the remains of many of the greatest statesmen of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and can give the history of nearly everyone buried in the cemetery during his career as grave--digger. While he expects to preside over the silent city for many years to come, Mawhinney prepared his own tomb several years ago, and exhibits with pride the concrete vault that is ready for occupancy at a moment’s notice. He is noted for his grim wit, and has often remarked that the people mind their business in the section of the town under his care. The little plot at Montrose, where the sexton may be found daily, is one of the most beautiful. ALSO: The late Artemus Ward once remarked that “the mule is an amoosin cuss.” One of Will Harrington’s speckled roosters did not find it so however, last Friday, when a well directed kick from Mr. Harrington’s brown mule ended the earthly career of the rooster. A Democratic mule, probably. ALSO: Montrose Chapter of the Eastern Star, lately organized, is growing in numbers, 4 new members having been received into the order Friday evening. The total membership is now 54.


Oakley - The Kingsley Book Club was entertained last Friday by Mrs. Louise Alexander, of Butte, Montana, at the home of her father, Seymour Sophia.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. - There has been no school since Thursday last, as Miss Dana is helping care for her niece, Mrs. Lewis Squires.


Fair Hill, Jessup/Forest Lake Twp. - Chicken thieves visited J. Green’s on Thursday night. M. J. greeted them with his shotgun and no more was heard from them until Sunday night, when Mart Smith’s coops were also visited. They met a warm reception and left for parts unknown.


Brooklyn/Hop Bottom - The fine macadamized state road, connecting Brooklyn and Hop Bottom, has been completed and was opened to the public last Sunday. It is one of the best pieces of roads in the state, costing about $22,000 per mile.


Hallstead - What came near being a fatal accident happened last Tuesday evening when Mrs. Barnes, with her daughter and baby, who reside up the river road were going home when the evener on the wagon broke letting the horse out of the shafts and frightening it. After going some distance, dragging the wagon by the shaft strap, it finally was run into a small ravine landing against a tree, when near neighbors caught the horse and partially repaired some of the damage done. Fortunately no one was badly hurt and were soon able to be taken home.


Thompson - Sneak thieves were transacting business in town last Saturday night. They took a pair of rubber boots and three bottles of milk from Borden’s milk station. Feed was taken from F. T. Spencer’s flour and feed building the same night. ALSO: Mrs. Myra Stoddard, an invalid, attended church last Sunday, for the first time in 30 years, through the kindness of Herbert Burchell, who took her to and from church in his new auto.


Clifford - Our school, taught by Miss Irene Morgan, of Welsh Hill, sister of former county treasurer, Will Morgan, is in a very flourishing condition.


Brooklyn - Miss Helen Craver has gone to Scranton, where she will enter the Oral School to train for a teacher of the deaf and dumb.


Gibson - Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Sweet enjoyed a motor trip to Binghamton with Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Terwilliger and also attended the fair. While there Mr. Terwilliger purchased a fine new automobile.


Jackson - Miss Jennie Rounds will take charge of the Jackson telephone exchange the middle of the month.


South Montrose - Something entirely new and novel and long wished for by many practical farmers, is coming on Wednesday next on the Lehigh Valley demonstration car. This is the first time the Lehigh Valley has sent the demonstration car over the Montrose branch and it was brought about through the efforts of F. R. Cope, who is anxious that the farmers, their wives and children, and all interested in agriculture, should have the benefit of the many interesting and practical features which are embodied in the car. An expert will present the subject of poultry raising and, in fact, all of the different lines of agriculture and home improvements have expert instructors to propound knowledge and give information. This is being done to encourage the people living along the line of the Lehigh Valley road to encourage them to greater efforts, stimulating improvement and awakening inquiries into better methods of farming and more wholesome ways of living.


October 17 (1913/2013)



Kingsley - One of the most diabolical plots to take human life within the annals of the county was brought to light the latter part of last week in the arrest of Leon Granger and Mrs. Clara Rose, of Kingsley, who attempted to murder Jerome Rose by throwing dynamite cartridges at him with intent to do away with him. Rose had one eye blown from the socket, his chest, one arm and a leg badly lacerated, and although without medical attention for a week, it is thought he will recover. Mrs. Rose and Granger are being held without bail in the county jail. Story of the Crime: At midnight on Monday, Sept. 29, Jerome Rose was forced from his home near Kingsley by Leon Granger and Rose’s wife, Clara. He was taken to a lot about ten rods from the house, and from a statement made by Granger, he (Granger) lighted a fuse attached to a dynamite cartridge and threw it in front of Rose. The explosion nearly knocked him down and following the explosion, Mrs. Rose is alleged to have lighted a similar explosive and throwing it near him he was felled to the ground. Afterward Rose was assisted to his home. No physician was called to attend him until his brother, George, hearing of the affair, went to see him and immediately secured Dr. J. G. Wilson to attend the injured man. Constable H. S. Conklin was summoned and autoed to the Rose home at Kingsley and placed Granger under arrest. Granger emphatically denied his guilt but later became more talkative and confessed to being a party with Mrs. Rose and a warrant was later sworn out for her. The effort by Mrs. Rose to rid herself of her husband, it is alleged, may implicate other men and many developments are predicted.


Montrose - Those who have entered the employ of the new shirt factory, just established, are very much pleased with the congenial employment and employer and the outlook is for a steady increasing force until every machine is in operation. Mr. Hawley is paying operators $3 per week, while learning, after which they can earn from $5 to $10 weekly, according to the skill of the operator. Some people have secured a wrong impression of the factory. It is reported that a story was circulated that the price for making buttonholes was two cents for 74 holes, but when one learns that a former skilled operator on the button-holing machine made a dollar in 110 minutes, the low wage idea gets a jolt.


Hopbottom - Work is being done on the grading of the trolley road between Nicholson and Foster. Good things come slowly, but they are surely on the way. ALSO There will be a masquerade ball at the Masonic Hall, Oct. 31, given by the Foster-Hop Bottom dancing class. ALSO: Dewey Carpenter recently purchased a fine Overland car.


Dimock - Mrs. Isaac P. Baker has returned from Wilkes-Barre accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Hamlin and Mrs. Charles Bacon. The trip was made in Mr. Hamlin’s Chalmers 36. ALSO: The “Scouts” demonstrated first aid to the injured on Woodruff’s Hill, Thursday. The Campfire Girls served lunch.


Susquehanna - I hereby announce myself as a candidate for re-election to the office of Prothonotary of Susquehanna County, to which re-election I feel that I am entitled, it having been the custom for many years in Susquehanna County that each person elected to the office should have two terms. A square deal is all I ask. William H. Foster, Susquehanna, Pa.


Hallstead - The Herbeck-Demer [Glass] Co. has been thrown into bankruptcy.


Silver Lake - Spontaneous combustion is thought to have caused the burning of the handsome residence and three barns of Matthew Cahill on Saturday night. All the contents of the house, including $300 in money, the hay, tools and farm machinery in the barn were burned. The cattle and horses alone were saved. Mrs. Cahill and an orphan boy were alone at the time. An insurance of $2300 will only partially cover the loss.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Ben Pierson, of Wilkes-Barre, and Miss Elda Sterling, of Retta, were married on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Ben was formerly of this place and is an exemplary young man and Miss Sterling is one of Retta’s finest young ladies.


Franklin Forks - The social held at the home of Archie Summers for the benefit of the Franklin Hill Young People’s society was a success, about 65 being present and they cleared $6. ALSO: The Wyoming Seminary Glee Club was at the M. E. church, Oct. 7, and a good audience greeted them. All who were not there missed a great treat..


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The school ma’ams are all at the institute this week, while the kids are getting the rust off their guns ready for the hunting season.


County News - County Treasurer Geo. H. Watrous is busy as a bee these days, issuing hunters’ licenses, about 1350 having surrendered $1 each for the privilege to roam wood and field with gun and dog. All that is necessary to procure a license is to write the County Treasurer, giving name, residence, P. O. address, height, complexion; color of hair, color of eyes, and age, accompanying request by $1 and return postage.


Rush - The high school field meet will be at Auburn Center, Oct 25. The schools at Springville, Auburn Center and Rush will contest in basket ball, base ball, foot racing and jumping.


Clifford - J. I. Tripp has purchased of I. J. Wetherby, two acres of land, joining the old Clifford cemetery, for cemetery purpose. ALSO: R. E. Wells, proprietor of the Royal House, in Royal, has taken unto himself a wife. A lady from Patterson, N. J.


Great Bend - A local talent entertainment will be given by the Camp Fire Girls, in Williams Hall, Oct 24th. The following well--known talent has been secured: Mrs. F. L. White, Arthur White, Mrs. Chas. Williams, Mrs. William Ely, Misses Cornelia Tuthill, Lula and Lena Day, Jane Watkins, Florence Hamlin, Mara Burk, Gladys Flynn and Master Walter Kraus. The Camp Fire Girls will present a humorous play and sing several songs.


Jackson Township - School notes of Maple Ridge school for the month ending September 29, 1913. School opened September 1 with ten pupils enrolled. The following pupils were present every day during the month: Raymond Wilcox, Robert Washburn, Floyd Blaisdell, Jay Decker, Carl Decker, Ruth Hall, Nellie Hall and Esther Quick. Those having an average of 90% or above were Ruth Hall, Nellie Hall and Carl Decker. Those having an average of 85% or above were Esther Quick, Raymond Wilcox, Floyd Blaisdell and Robert Washburn. Jay Decker has an average of 80%.


October 24 (1913/2013)



East Lynn, Springville Twp. - Lawless chestnut hunters are quite frequently seen on the hills these days. Some people take the privilege of prowling other people’s property for such things without permission.


Clifford - The ladies of the M. E. church will serve a ten cent supper in Finn’s Hall on Friday evening. Don’t think because it’s cheap it isn’t all right. These Clifford ladies are a generous set.


Brooklyn - Philip Burbank died Oct 22, 1913, at his home, from lockjaw, following a slight wound received in his hand ten days ago. While he was removing shingles from a roof, a long sliver penetrated his hand between the thumb and index finger. He paid little attention to the wound until Saturday, when he was taken with symptoms of tetanus. When Dr. T. O. Williams was called Sunday morning the case was so far advanced that there was no chance for recovery. Mr. Burbank was 48 years of age and had resided most of his life here. He was a prominent contractor, trustee of the Methodist church, an Odd Fellow and had a wagon shop. He is survived by a widow, a daughter and two sons.


Kingsley - A masquerade social will be held at Aqua Inn on the evening of Oct. 31, under auspices of the M. E. Aid society. Oysters will be served. Prizes will be given for the handsomest costume, also for the most grotesque.


Gibson - Buick agent, Ralph G. Tiffany has sold Mr. Taylor, of East Mountain, a large six cylinder automobile for spring delivery. Mr. Tiffany says his customer was very wise to place his order now, as the auto has become so popular that the output will be oversold.


South Ararat - The box social which was held at the school house, Friday night, was a complete success. Proceeds to purchase a flag for the school.


Fair Hill - N. M. Seely and friend, Mr. Fish, were out for a drive the other day, stopping at the mill. The horse became frightened at the steam and ran away. Being a fast horse it soon reached the barn with little damage to wagon and harness. Two tired men reached home later in the day.


Lenoxville - Mrs. Irvin Ross met with a very serious accident, on Friday, while driving from the VanEtten chapel. Her horse became frightened and ran away, throwing her out and injuring her seriously. Dr. Fike dressed the injuries, but she is still in a very serious condition. ALSO: In West Lenox the telephone service is just the same as no service at all. Our exchange we cannot call at all and the other only about half the time. Patrons get tired of such service after a month or two, with nothing being done to make it any better.


Harford - Melvin Tingley, who has been confined to the house with rheumatism for the past five or six weeks, is slowly improving. Mr. Tingley’s old gray horse, which had been a faithful friend to the family for the past thirty years, died Sunday.


Gelatt - While hauling feed for Barnes & Son last week, Jesse Denney stepped on the brake beam of his wagon to get on, when the horses started and he fell to the ground. The wheel passed over one leg above the knee, smashing the bone. There was thirty hundred [pounds] of feed on the wagon. Dr. Cole set the bone and Mr. Denney is doing as well as could be expected. He is at the home of Riley Shay.


Susquehanna - On Friday morning a daring robbery took place, it being the work, evidently, of two unknown men, thought to be members of the “Canavan Island gang.” A plate glass show window in T. F. Todd’s hardware store was broken, two revolvers and a tray of jewelry being taken. Leo Botnick’s store was also visited and a window smashed, but it is believed a railroad man returning home from work scared them away.


Foster/Brooklyn - Engineer Gilmore of the Scranton & Binghamton trolley line is authority for the statement that workmen on the new line are now building road within two miles of Foster [Hop Bottom]. After Foster is passed, Brooklyn will be the objective point, and then on to Montrose. It is hoped to reach this place Jan. 1, but if they reach here by April 1, they will have made good progress. Rumor says the company intends to have 200 men at work, and, with improved machinery, will result in rapid progress.


Montrose - The collecting of “A Mile of Dimes” for the benefit of St. Mary’s church, started on Monday last, and is meeting with success. The scheme is in connection with the Supper--Social to be held on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 26th, at Colonial Hall. To each family of the parish 5 strips of paper have been given, each strip of paper containing places for 15 ten cent pieces. The friends of each family will be asked to help fill up the strips of paper, to be handed in Thanksgiving Eve. Selected from the Sunday School there are 5 leaders in the race, namely—Ella Oliver, Mary Meehan, Agnes Dolan, Lena Kane and Mary Casey. The leaders are to get as many votes as they can, and every dime contributed gives the donor the right to cast a vote (10 cents each) for his favorite leader, the winner to receive a gold watch.


Forest Lake - A year ago there were about 40 Washington party men here who voted for Roosevelt and today the same ones are all going to vote for Wm. H. Foster for prothonotary. It has been the custom for many years that each incumbent should have two terms, and we will vote for Mr. Foster on general principles and let the Washington party candidate come up when his turn comes and not try to butt in when there isn’t a ghost of a show for him, only to help run in a Democrat. Let every voter who was ever a Republican go to the polls and cast his ballot for Foster and Lyons. The writer was a Washington party man last fall, but he sees that he was in [the] wrong


New Milford - Chief of Police O. F. Miller was called to the freight yard, to look after a man who was discovered in a freight car in an unconscious condition. Mr. Miller, not being able to bring the man to, Dr. Kaufer was called. The man was well dressed and apparently from New York city, having in his possession a letter from his wife dated from that city, asking him to return to his family in which there was an illness. When Dr. Kaufer reached the car the man had disappeared down the track.


Forest City - The production of the extravaganza, “A Trip to the Moon,” which was to have been given soon in Carbondale, by local talent, has been put off till some day in January. The postponement was necessary through the action of a state inspector in condemning the Grand Opera house. A number of Forest City young ladies were to have taken part in the choruses.


October 31 (1913/2013)



Clifford - Some of our good patrons of our school being convinced, apparently, that our school directors are not doing their duty, have hauled them to court this week to show cause why they should not be removed from office. ALSO: Ralph Bennett, Miss Janet Tuthill and Glen Wells were delightfully entertained at the home of Miss Ellen Decker, South Gibson, Sunday. Some say Glen did not come home with the rest.


Forest City - The stone crusher is now doing good service on South Main street. That section of our main thoroughfare has been for sometime in a wretched condition, and the borough authorities are to be commended in giving it attention. ALSO: Rosario Franceski and Miss Pauline Maurich were married on Monday morning at 9 a.m. by Rev. Joseph Tomsic in St. Joseph’s church. They will reside with the bride’s mother on Susquehanna street.


East Ararat - At the dedication of the M. E. church, some forty years ago, a subscription was pledged which for some reason remained unpaid, the subscriber long since having died. A few days ago an official of the church received a cashier’s check, not from the grave, but from a near relative of the deceased, requesting that it be accepted as payment of the obligation to be used for the benefit of the church.


Thompson - Upon the return of Mr. and Mrs. Milton D. Kingsley from their wedding tour, Mrs. Kingsley found awaiting her, in addition to her wedding gifts before mentioned, two elegant clocks, one a gift from Theo Borgstrom, of Susquehanna, 13 pieces of choice linen, consisting of a lunch cloth and napkins, a gift from the several teachers where she is teaching and a beautiful picture from her class, tokens of the love and esteem in which she is held. Mrs. Kingsley is a very gifted and accomplished lady and will be an ornament in any circle in which she moves.


Jessup - Undertaker F. A. Bedell was butchering for F. E. Bertholf and Mr. Fargo the first of the week. By the way Francis knows how to handle the knife.


South Montrose - Jerome Shannon, who had the misfortune to shoot his foot, is doing nicely.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. - Mrs. N. B. C. Bennett passed over the hill Friday after her daughter, Hazel, who is teaching at the new school house at Pine Glen.


Springville - C. H. Young, the hustling Maxwell agent, informs us that he has just received a car load of Maxwell 25’s. Mr. Young took the editor out for a little spin and the new “25” did all that any well behaved car could possibly do. It takes to the road as naturally as a duck takes to water, and takes the steep hills with speed, quietly and with no effort.


Montrose - Under the direction of Prof. Young and Neil Chesley the M. H S. football squad has developed rapidly. Much interest is being shown for the game on Saturday, Nov. 1st, with Binghamton, and a good game is expected. Come and encourage the boys. Tickets may be purchased from many of the High School boys at 15 and 25 cents.


South Gibson - On Friday, October 24, occurred a happy event at the home of Thomas Anderson, the event being Mr. Anderson’s eightieth birthday. The day was happily spent by a party consisting of the Grand Army men and their wives.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - Elmer Bailey, who has been in poor health for the past year and a half, was pleasantly surprised, Tuesday, when a number of his neighbors and friends gathered at his home and cut him a nice pile of wood for winter.


Welch Hill, Clifford Twp. - Surveyor Wells surveyed several roads here making measurements in regard to distances that the Welch Hill school children had to travel in going to and from school.


New Milford - Tracy Hayden, 91 years old, was found dead in his bed Oct. 23, at the home of his son, Chas, in Binghamton. Coroner Wilson gave old age as the cause of death. The surviving sons, besides Charles F. are, James S. of New Milford and Maurice B. of Asbury Park, N. J. The deceased was a former resident of New Milford and formerly the county treasurer. The funeral was held at the Episcopal Church here.


Hallstead - Charles Tierney, who was connected with the Lackawanna railroad company as a brakeman and conductor for a period of 49 years and who was a brakeman on the train formerly run by W. F. Hallstead, who later rose to the position of general manager of the road, died at his home on Oct. 23. He was the oldest conductor in point of service on the road. Mr. Tierney was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Order of Railway Conductors, and the D. L. & W. Railroad Mutual Association. The deceased was a consistent Catholic and was born in Ireland in 1845. He is survived by his wife, six daughters, two sons, two sisters and three stepdaughters.


Lawton/Montrose - D. J. Donovan, proprietor of Hotel Haire, Lawton, has leased the Tarbell House and will take possession Feb. 1, when Landlord B. C. Horton’s lease expires. Mr. Donovan has had considerable experience as a hotel man in the city and country and will doubtless be in a position to serve well the public.


Hopbottom - A very sad accident occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Pratt, who live about two miles from Hopbottom, on Wednesday of last week, when their four-year old daughter, Laura, was fatally burned by a lamp which exploded in the room where she lay asleep. Dr. Taylor was summoned but inhaling the fumes had paralyzed the nerves and she died the next morning.


News Briefs - Pennsylvania Day, the biggest day of the year at Pennsylvania State College, is to take place Friday, Nov. 7. Mizra Ali Kuli Kahn, Persian Minister to the United States, will give an address and one of the special attractions on the program will be a football game between State College and Notre Dame. ALSO: To avoid accidents from backfiring, when cranking [an automobile], place the thumb against the index finger and take the handle between the four fingers and the palm of the hand. The hand thus opens readily should a back kick occur. Always crank up, never down.


November 07 (1913/2013)



Dimock - The Young People’s Association will hold a box social in the Baptist parsonage, Nov. 21st. Ladies, bring lunch for two in a box. Good music a special feature. Proceeds to go towards building the gymnasium.


Bridgewater Twp. - Edward V. Warriner of Springfield, Mass., Jesse B. Warriner of Jeddo, and Paul S. Warriner of Wilkes-Barre, were recent guests at the home of their mother, Mrs. E. A. Warriner. Ruel C. Warriner, of Johannesburg, S. Africa, who with his family has been spending the summer in America, left Montrose the last of the week to sail for London. Mrs Warriner, who was unexpectedly detained in Washington, will sail from New York Nov. 15, on the Olympic, to join Mr. Warriner. They expect to reach Johannesburg by the New Year.


Springville - Bert Thomas has added a buckwheat run to his mill equipment and will soon be ready to do that class of work for his trade.


Great Bend - Seven calves, owned by James Florance, wandered onto the railroad tracks Monday night and were killed. Coming to the bridge, they found it impossible to proceed, and it appears two trains must have struck the herd simultaneously. The mangled carcasses were scattered for some distance along the tracks. ALSO: Work on the good road is progressing rapidly. The grading on the flats will be finished this week and the stone foundation has been completed from the Mesick farm to the railroad bridge. In the borough the concrete curbing has been put in from the bridge to the business part of the town. The contractors expect to have a large amount of work done before cold weather sets in.


Rush - The Ladies’Aid will serve dinner at Alden Devine’s, Nov. 15, to provide for the large crowd of visitors who will attend the basketball game between Rush and Auburn High schools on that date. ALSO: In Rushboro, about 20 children are hauled from here to the Auburn school. Jesse McCarty drives the rig. On account of the new wagon not being finished they had to ride in a lumber wagon all fall. They hope to get the spring wagon this week.


Montrose - “A Girl of the Underworld,” that plays at the Colonial tomorrow night, has the distinction of being the best comedy drama before the public. In some cases it has been the prevailing thought that the film is risque, vulgar and suggestive. Its author, Jack Gorman, wishes to announce emphatically that “A Girl of the Underworld” will not offend or cause one pang of shame during its four beautiful acts.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna, generally considered a strong Democratic town, went Republican almost entirely on Tuesday. John V. O’Connell, Republican, was elected mayor over Dennis J. O’Connor, the Democratic candidate. W. H. Foster, Republican candidate for prothonotary, led the ticket, carrying the town by a 179 plurality.


Hallstead - George Crissel, of Smoky Hollow, was brought here this week to serve a 30 day sentence in jail, he having pled guilty to stealing chickens in February 1911. The hearing was held before Justice Williams in Susquehanna last Saturday. Chief McMahon made the arrest Friday night. The chief is bound to get them, even if a year or two does elapse after the commission of the crime.


New Milford - The Halloween social at the opera house, under the auspices of the Guild of St. Mark’s church, was a decided success. Miss Grace Miller and Frank Butterfield were awarded the prizes for the best costumes.


Hop Bottom - E. L. Yaw has an auto livery in connection with his hotel. ALSO: J. L. Qualey has remodeled his dwelling house in an up to date manner, having enlarged the building, installed water and papered and painted.


Welsh Hill - Dogs entered the field of Bennie Fulton and killed half of his flock of sheep one day last week.


Starrucca, Wayne Co. - Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Mead recovered from the borough $745 and costs in a suit to recover damages sustained by Mrs. Mead in being thrown off an unguarded bridge.


Tunkhannock - James Miller was awarded a verdict of $1000 for injuries received by being struck at a crossing near Tunkhannock in 1911 by special train bearing Woodrow Wilson, then governor of New Jersey. Many Susquehanna county people were in Tunkhannock that day.


Brushville - E. D Stephens, of Guilt Edge, Montana, is visiting his sister, Mrs. J. H. Hall, and other relatives, this being his first visit to his boyhood home in seventeen years.


New Milford - The New Jersey Milk & Cream company, which recently leased the New Milford creamery, is making the necessary arrangements to add cheese making to the industry and a factory 30 x 40 feet is being built for the purpose.


Thompson - Rev. and Mrs. E. C. Layton attended church at Melrose Sunday evening. Rev. Mr. Traynor, of Owego, preached after which communion service was held using a communion set which was kindly given the Melrose church from the North Jackson M. E. Church.


Kingsley - The masquerade social at Aqua Inn was well attended and all enjoyed the fun and the fine supper by the Ladies’ Aid.


News Brief - Leonard Chilson and Philip Kipp, of Towanda, were struck by a locomotive at that place Wednesday night, the former being instantly killed and Kipp probably fatally injured. The latter was called the strongest man in the world, having starred with different circuses and later was enlisted in the U. S. service which he represented at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Several months ago, at Towanda, he displayed his strength by lifting a steel bar weighing 1440 pounds. Another feat, never equaled, was that when he folded his arms four horses could not pull them apart.


November 14 (1913/2013)



Hop Bottom - The jury in the case of Mrs. Clara Rose, on trial, charged with attempting to take the life of her husband, Jerome Rose, returned a verdict to find the defendant guilty on all five counts of the indictment. The case was one of the most sensational in the history of crime in Susquehanna county. The testimony was that the woman, with the aid of at least one male companion, had endeavored to put her husband, Jerome Rose, to death by throwing dynamite at him as he was leaving his home. The evidence offered at the trial was that the defendant had been enamored with Abe VanHousen, said to be a frequent visitor at the house, and the claim was made by the commonwealth that the two had planned the death of Jerome in order to give her freedom to marry her lover. Rose received severe bodily injuries and suffered the loss of an eye as a result of the explosion. The fuse was fixed by Leon Granger, who was told by Mrs. Rose that if he did not assist in the dynamiting she would blow his brains out and at the point of a revolver he assisted in the act. The defense rested without submitting any evidence.


Springville - The second number of the Entertainment Course comes Tuesday evening, November 18. It is a humorous lecture, “Brain Sells,” by Harry Bowser. Those who cherish good humor, along with that which elevates and makes better, come and be made to do better with what you have. ALSO: It is reported that A. E Rodney has purchased the Brush property and intends opening a barber shop and pool room, having sold out at South Montrose. ALSO: in Ainey, the annual Oyster dinner of Battery H, First Pa. Light Artillery, will be held at the home of Dyer Taylor, at Lynn station, Nov. 26. All old soldiers and their wives are cordially invited.


Ararat Summit - Mrs. Neal, “optician,” of Susquehanna, has been stopping with Mrs. George Avery, recently, and drives out among the people testing and fitting their eyes with glasses. ALSO: Miss Nora Brown, teacher, has purchased the M. E. Church organ for the “Aldrich School.” Her brother, Mr. Brown, was in town and took the organ from the church to the school house. A new organ, which has been ordered for the church, is expected soon.


S. Harford - A dance was held at Floyd Carey’s Friday night. Refreshments consisting of cake, sandwiches and coffee were served. Everyone reports a fine time. The following were present: Lee Grinnell and wife, Harold Green, Will Robinson and family, Wm. Hadsel, E. C. Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fargo and family, Roy Craft, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tiffany, Clair Tompkins, Ward Carey, Oscar Conrad, William Cook, Grover Lawrence, L. J. Conrad, Oliver Payne, John Felton, Leon Hall, Florence Green, Viola Green, Mildred Green, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gow, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Oakley.


Susquehanna - Susquehanna presents quite a metropolitan appearance these days, having its main street beautifully paved with white brick, and are proudly boasting of being the first town in the county to have a paved street. The street was opened last Friday and in the evening a celebration was held, in the form of a citizens’ and firemen’s parade, which showed marked enthusiasm in the progressiveness of their town.


East Kingsley - Mrs. E. E. Titus, accompanied by Mrs. E. E. Finn, of Clifford, attended the World’s Convention of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, at Brooklyn, New York. Mrs. B. M. Jeffers also attended. The temperance cause received a new impetus, not only in our own nation, but all over the world, for there were 24 delegates present from foreign countries who take the inspiration back to their homes.


Gibson - Last Friday, some of the friends and neighbors of E. G. Lamb made him a bee to finish digging his potatoes. Over seventy bushels were dug and put in the cellar. Surely a friend in need is a friend indeed.


Carbondale - While Detective Wilson was delivering a lecture in the Baptist church, Friday night, a mob of about 2000 angry people gathered in the street, bombarding the church with stones and other missiles, until every window was in ruins. After the lecture Wilson made his escape by running through the back streets, while several men received the thumps intended for him. The nature of the lecture is not thoroughly known, as the audience was admitted by card and all press men were forbidden to enter. [Reported later that the lecture was on anti--Catholicism.]


Glenwood - Dr. Ainey, of Brooklyn, examined the school children, under the authority of the late act of the legislature. He has been appointed the medical inspector for this township. The state is recognizing that much of the crime is due to some defect in the man’s physical condition, and it is going to see that the child is improved mentally and physically.


New Milford - Knapp & Fell, the new proprietors of the depot restaurant, are open for business.


Forest City - Paul Zupancich and Miss Matilda Drobne were married at 9 o’clock Monday morning in St. Joseph’s church by the pastor, Rev. Joseph Tomscic. They were attended by Frank Grablavic and Miss Louisa Skubic. ALSO: The banns of marriage were read for the first time at close of service in St. Agnes church between Joseph Connelly and Miss Olive Morgan and between John Mulligan and Miss Nellie Watts, of Vandling. ALSO: The telephone girls in Pennsylvania, under the new law, get one day out of seven, but the pay will be cut one dollar.


Jackson - A stock company has been formed to build a town hall to replace the one recently destroyed by fire. Outside the school house and churches, Jackson has no pubic hall in which meetings can be held.


Montrose - Complaint has been made by some of the citizens of the town of serious damage done by lawless boys the night of Hallowe’en. In one case a fence around a property was torn down and destroyed, entailing considerable expense in its repair. Stones in the sidewalk were broken, etc. Tallow candles were used in smearing windows in business places, a composition very difficult to remove. Innocent fun is well enough, but damage to property should not be tolerated. We need a crusade for sane Hallowe’en as well as a sane Fourth.


News Brief - A law passed in 1905 prohibits the throwing of waste papers, sweepings, ashes, household waste, nails, or rubbish of any kind, into any street, in any city, borough or township in the State of Pennsylvania. The penalty is a fine of $10 and in default of payment a fine imprisonment in county jail for ten days.


November 21 (1913/2013)



Royal, Clifford Twp. - Several couples from Dundaff, Nicholson and Carbondale attended the grand hop held in the hall of the Hotel Royal, last Saturday night, given by Bill Purvis, of Scranton. The attenders of this vicinity report the finest dance of the season. The next one will be here will be on Thanksgiving Eve. ALSO: C. G. Stephens’ steam saw mill, a new mill, burned up last week. No insurance; loss, probably $1000. This makes five steam saw mills that have burned up in and near this vicinity within the last two or three years.


Franklin Forks - The Ladies Aid of the M. E. church will hold their annual supper at the Alliance Hall, Wednesday night, Nov. 26. Price of supper, 15 and 20 cents. Proceeds to be applied on pastors’ salary.


Elk Lake, Dimock Twp. - L. L. Hunsinger has his birch distillery nearly completed and will start distilling birch in a few days.


Liberty Twp. - The school house at Rhiney Creek took fire on Tuesday and but for the prompt assistance of school director, E. S. Fish, might have been in ruins. It was found that the fire started beneath the chimney as it was laid on plank instead of stone.


Montrose - Mrs. Barry Searle has been elected as a delegate to the State Association on the American Woman’s Suffrage Association, to be held in Washington D. C. this month. ALSO: Negotiations are now being concluded whereby the Montrose Electric Light Co. passes into the hands of the Susquehanna Company and the current will be brought from Susquehanna, where the later company has extensive water power and J. J. Mackin is now superintending the building of the conveying lines to Montrose. We are to have night and day service. The deal involves franchise, charter, poles, lines, etc., but does not include real estate nor generating plant.


Hallstead - Charles Banker, who for the past five years has been the superintendent of the silk mill, has resigned his position and with his family has gone to Hanover, Pa., where he has a promising position. ALSO: Charged with stealing two bushels of potatoes from the Cliff orchard farm, owned by Moxley & Merrill, a few miles above Hallstead, Grover Crandall, a resident of Smoky Hollow, was arrested and taken before Squire C. L. Crook. It is claimed that after Crandall and other men working with him, digging potatoes, quit work Monday night, that Crandall, after dark, slipped back to the field and hid two bushels of potatoes intending to dispose of them later.


Brooklyn - C. A. Rozell, the Brooklyn gardener, still continues his regular Tuesday and Saturday trips. Binghamton, Scranton, Nicholson and other towns are also visited almost as readily as Montrose, Mr. Rozell finding his recently purchased auto truck a great convenience in rapidly moving big loads of produce. During the fall he has sold many thousands of bunches of celery and other produce in these places.


Elkdale - Elkdale Grange, the youngest Grange in the county, is now looking forward to prosperous and comfortable days. The Grange has purchased a building and grounds, which, with the outlay of not more than $150 for alterations and improvements, will give them comfortable quarters.


South Gibson - Clinton Risley, of Atlantic City, and Miss Mary Reynolds, of this place, were married in New York City Oct. 31. Mr. Risley is proprietor of two dyeing establishments, one in Philadelphia, and they are now living on Pacific ave., Atlantic City.


Stevens’ Point - Roland Kuhn lost his life Sunday morning when he alighted from a fast freight train, on which he and a party of friends had secured a ride from Susquehanna. The young man was struck by an express train coming in the opposite direction and his skull fractured, bringing instant death. The accident occurred near Lanesboro, the body being taken to Susquehanna where it was prepared for burial, the funeral occurring in the Stevens’ Point Methodist church on Tuesday afternoon.


Springville - Wm. S. Beebe is hale and hearty, although past 77 years of age. For the past 25 years he has resided near Springville, coming there from Tunkhannock, where as a boy he recalls the building of the first Wyoming county court house. He was born in Kingston, but moved to Wyoming county with his parents when four years old. He saw considerable service in the Civil War and was with Sherman in the “march to the sea.”


Rush - The High school basketball meet was largely attended. The first game resulted in a score of 11 to 6 in favor of Rush, while the game between the girls resulted in favor of the Auburn team by a score of 9 to 4. The last game between the second teams resulted in favor of the Rush team by a score of 19 to 8.


Lenox Twp. - Eight little girl friends of Adeline Brundage made her a surprise party on her eighth birthday, on Saturday, and had a most enjoyable time.


Cut-off News - The Lackawanna railroad cut-off from Clark’s Summit to Hallstead is about half completed. Fifty percent of the grading is done and about 42 per cent of the bridge work completed. The new line will shorten the distance just 3.6 miles, but many curves will be eliminated and the grade considerably lessened so that pusher engines will be done away with, except between Scranton and Clark’s Summit. Not many years will be required to save the cost of the millions being put into the cut-off by the doing away of the pusher service alone. Nearly 13½ million cubic yards will be excavated and the estimated cost is 18 million. Twenty-six passenger and milk trains, 16 manifest freights and 31 slow freights pass over the track between Hallstead and Clark’s Summit every day in the year.


Court News - Mrs. Clara Rose was sentenced to not more than 7 years or less than 2½ years in the penitentiary. When asked by the Judge Little if she had anything to say why she should not receive sentence at this time she replied, “If there ever was an innocent woman I am, if the Lord should strike me dead,” She stated she had cared for her husband’s wounds and according to Mrs. Rose’s story she was a loving wife. Judge Little reminded her that she had a fair trial, was ably defended and the jury found her guilty. Leon Granger was sent to penitentiary for a term of not more than 3 or less than 2½ years. [See last week’s 100 Years for the trial of Mrs. Rose and Leon Granger.]


News Brief - When a young man tells a girl that he is unworthy of her, if she was wise she’d believe him.


November 28 (1913/2013)



Forest City - M. E. Reilly, of Rock Lake, was in town Monday. That there might not be a dearth of turkeys, he loaded up his wagon with the national birds and found a ready sale for them here. He delivered 96 turkeys at an average price of $3.50 each, a sum total of $336 and yet some people claim that it does not pay to raise poultry.


Harford - Our High School boys have equipped themselves with a Basket Ball outfit. ALSO: Charles Hull captured a wild cat near the Nine Partner Spring, recently. ALSO: Charles Harding seems to be the champion fox hunter in this section, he having captured 17 this fall.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - O. B. Howard has purchased Mrs. R. M. Borne’s telephone and has built the line between his place and Elmer Bailey’s and now has the telephone in working order.


Thompson - Mrs. E. C. Layton and Mrs. Dr. McNamara, attended the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention at Melrose last Saturday. There were delegates from Jackson, Lanesboro and Melrose. Also, there were several in attendance from the Starrucca Union in Wayne County.


South Ararat - Our milk man, Charles Westgate, who comes from Burnwood [Ararat Twp.] to this place and thence to Orson [Wayne Co.], with his load of milk, reminds us of the song called “The Whistling Farmer Boy.” “Whistling Farmer Boy/Sometimes sunshine/Sometimes rain/Sometimes snow/Then mud again/But Charles whistles/Just the same.” No doubt he thinks old bachelors have a perfect right to whistle.


Gibson - The Ladies Oxford Class, of the M. E. Sunday School” met with Mrs. John Tompkins last Wednesday. Mrs. Tompkins served an elegant roast chicken dinner to which 34 ladies and their children did ample justice. ALSO: J. J. Potter had 36 sheep killed and injured by dogs recently.


Great Bend - The T. H. Gill Company has made a cinder path on the flats between Hallstead and Great Bend, which makes it much better for the traveling public. ALSO: P. C. Burns, for many years local insurance agent in that vicinity, has sold his business to Charles H. Judd, who took possession last week. Mr. Burns, who is a veteran of the Civil War, will spend the winter at the Soldiers’ Home in Johnson City, Tenn.


Birchardville - A load of young people from this place attended the masquerade social at Forest Lake on Friday evening.


Rush - The High School Basket Ball meet was largely attended and about 150 witnessed the contests. The first teams played the first game with a score of 6 to 11 in favor of the Rush team, while the game between the girls resulted in favor of the Auburn team with a score of 4 to 9. The last game was between the second teams, but was a snappy interesting contest and resulted in favor of the Rush team with a score of 21 to 0. Both schools are to be congratulated on the good nature and clean playing manifested through out the contest. Many witnessed the game of basket ball for the first time. The Rush Center Aid cleared $30.50 from the dinner at the home of Mrs. Alden Devine, served for [people attending] the basket ball game.


Franklin Forks - The [horse] sheds are being repaired at Franklin Hill church.


Montrose - “Peter Pan” reading by Mrs. Friedewald, at the Library building, Thanksgiving afternoon, at 3:30 o’clock. Go and take the children. ALSO: A good many thrifty residents bought turkeys from the farmers at the Lackawanna station Saturday for 22 cents per lb. dressed. The birds brought 20 cents per lb. live weight.


Alford - People who are a little “skittish” over the trestle at Alford will be pleased to know that when the new D. L. & W. cut off is completed a new station will be built on this side of the Martin Creek (mill pond) and the old trestle will not be used. A new inter-locking signal system and tower will also be established at Alford, which will relieve the labor and consequent danger of switching at Alford. The whole map of Alford will be changed.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - John VanGorden and family, who recently returned from the West, have moved on the Amos Storm place for the winter. They have purchased the Benjamin Overfield farm at Brick Chapel. They expect to take possession in the spring.


Susquehanna - Earl Gillette, of 312 Grand street, while jumping a freight train, had his foot quite badly crushed. ALSO: William Kreiter and wife have gone to Huntingdon, Ind., where he has charge of the Erie telephone system.


Old Veteran on Long Tramp - Martin Hill, aged 70 years, a veteran of the Civil, Indian and Spanish-American wars, arrived here the latter part of last week on a tramp from Martinsburg, W. Va., being practically destitute. He applied to some of the local veterans for a change of underclothing, announcing his intention of walking to his destination, at Buffalo, where he expected to make his home with a niece, his only relative. Hill’s story was a pitiful one. His wife had died in October and being without funds he started the tramp of hundreds of miles to Buffalo. After he had been on the road a week he suffered a paralytic stroke, crippling his right arm. Nothing daunted he continued his journey, and stated while here that he was somewhat improved and expected to recover. His deplorable condition appealed to the members of Four Brothers Post G.A.R., and the camp of Sons of Veterans, and they provided him not only with the underclothing he asked, but also with comfortable shelter, food, and purchased a ticket for him to Buffalo. The old veteran had served for 15 years in the armies of his country. During the Civil War he was with the 13th. Mass. Volunteers and was transferred to the 13th U. S. Regulars. After the war he was in the service fighting Indians in the West. During the Spanish-American war he went out with the 4th Missouri Volunteers as wagon-master. Afterwards he married and one child born to them died. When asked why he did not remain at Martinsburg, he remarked to the effect that some of his southern neighbors would not own up that they were “licked” and therefore they could not agree. Perhaps Hill is not as open of mind and ready to yield as those of a younger generation who never faced a leaden ball in a fight for principle. It has been learned that on his arrival at Buffalo the home he had hoped for was not to be his. But here ready hands aided him in reaching the soldiers’ home at Erie, and in that quiet haven, provided by a grateful government, he may rest till the drum sounds “taps.”




December 05 (1913/2013)



Hallstead/Binghamton - The art exhibit of artist Douglas Arthur Teed, in the public library galleries in Binghamton, which began last Friday afternoon, is attracting considerable attention. About 40 pictures are shown including a fine painting of Andrew Carnegie, which Mr. Teed has donated to the Binghamton library. The same collection was shown in Elmira, over 17,000 persons attending he exhibit. Mr. Teed is the gentleman who built the unique little castle, “the house by the side of the road,” and leading to the lofty heights of Manotonome Mountain at Hallstead. In the castle are imbedded stones of interest gathered from all parts of the word. [The “castle” was located on the DuBois property].


Susquehanna - The tablet that marks the resting place of the pioneer priest of Rev. John Vincent O’Reilly, was desecrated in Laurel Hill cemetery and the crosses were broken and taken off. Fr. O’Reilly’s name is lauded in the county histories and it would seem no person, unless demented or a villain at heart, could resort to grave desecration. The State constabulary is at work on the case and Rev. Fr. Broderick, of that place, has offered a reward for information regarding the matter. ALSO: J. P. Shanahan, managing editor of the Susquehanna Transcript, is soon to wed Miss Anna E. Burns, of Binghamton, formerly of Susquehanna.


Scranton/Binghamton Trolley - The trolley line is making arrangements to haul coal over its line and coal pockets are being erected at various towns between Scranton and Nicholson. It is claimed that the cost of coal will be considerably reduced to consumers along the line by a reduction of freight rates. The unfairness of the freight schedule on railroads is well illustrated in the statement that the freight rate on coal is the same in Buffalo as in Montrose, although Buffalo is hundreds of miles further distant from the coal fields.


Jackson - Grant Brown, of Jackson, narrowly escaped drowning in the Susquehanna river in Binghamton on Tuesday. He was rescued by Officer Broughton. Brown, who is partially blind, went to Binghamton in search of his wife, who left him some time ago, and walked off an embankment at the foot of Tudor street.


Hopbottom - The Northeastern Telephone central office has been changed from the residence of C. A. Conrad to the residence of W. W. Hardy.


Clifford - Two new book clubs have been organized in this place and are now busy diffusing knowledge to the members.


Little Meadows - The creamery has closed for the season and Mr. Huntington has gone to State College to take a course in creamery work.


Brooklyn - On Friday evening of this week, at the Austin House, a conundrum social will provide amusement for young and old. Everyone should wear something to represent the title of a book or a piece of music. Prizes will be given and there will be music and refreshments. Come. ALSO: Miss Evelyn Lee has a large and varied display of paintings and decorated articles for Christmas gifts on sale at her home in Brooklyn. [Miss Lee was well known for her paintings and photographs--some of her photographs were shown in national magazines.]


Brandt - It is rumored that the Canadian Pacific railroad has purchased the Erie line in this vicinity, but people here hope it will not result in the removal from our midst of present Erie employees.


Franklin Forks - Eugene Hollister and Miss Keron Palmer were married, on Wednesday, at the home of Elder Tilden at Forest Lake. The groom is a promising young veterinary in Nokomis Canada, where they will reside.


Springville - L. L Hunsinger has quite a novelty for this section in a well--equipped birch oil distillery, from which he is turning out about four pounds of superior oil a day. This article commands a good price in the markets and is always in demand. ALSO: Taylor & Owen’s branch store at Lynn Station is nearly completed. They will endeavor to carry as nearly a complete line as possible, which their eastern patrons will greatly appreciate.


South Gibson - Holstein Friesian cow, Saltiam Dijkstia Dekol 2nd, owned by F. F. Resseguie, has just finished a seven-day record under State Supervisor of Tests, Richard S. Faux, and gained the Pennsylvania State record for milk and butter.


Wilkes-Barre - Sheriff Kniffen, of Wilkes-Barre, raided three saloons recently. Just as he got in one the phone rang and he answered it. It was a brewery calling to tell the proprietor that Kniffen was on the way and to clear out. The sheriff thanked him, hung up, and arrested the bunch.


Thompson - Mrs. Ellen Messenger has been improving the looks of Keystone hall by siding and painting it and later contemplates making further improvements. Thompson has now a public hall they may well be proud of.


Forest City - Miss Olive Morgan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Morgan, of Dundaff street, and Joseph Connelly, of Hudson street, were united in the holy bonds of marriage on Wednesday evening by Rev. M. F. Manley. The bride was charmingly attired in a brick color coat suit with hat to match. She carried a white prayer book. The bridesmaid, Miss Emily Morgan, a sister of the bride, was attired in a blue coat suit and a picture hat. The groom was attended by Arthur Kelleher. They have begun their married life in a newly furnished home on Dundaff street.


Lawton - D. J. Donovan sold his fine dapple gray team to a brewery company at Wilkes-Barre, for $650. ALSO: Harry Herman’s house and contents burned last Thursday about noon; fire caught from stove pipe. No insurance. Lend a helping hand.


Harford - Mrs. Stearns, a dressmaker of Binghamton, is spending the winter with her daughter, Mrs. L. D. Mead. She is prepared to do all kinds of fancy or plain sewing while here.


Montrose - Hollis S. Smith, formerly employed in the jewelry store of his brother, Earl J. Smith, in this place, and now studying for the Episcopal priesthood at St. Stephen’s College in Annandale, N. Y., was a guest over Thanksgiving of the Brothers at the Monastery of the Holy Cross, in Maryland.


December 12 (1913/2013)



West Auburn - Thomas Hoag, while returning home from the W. A. creamery, Saturday, some strap broke about the harness, causing the horse to run, throwing him out of the wagon, breaking one arm between the shoulder and elbow, and bruised his head and body. Dr. Fry was called and took him to the Sayre hospital for treatment. AND At Auburn 4 Corners, L. Greene found a bee tree in Benton Lathrop’s woods. They cut the tree down and got 140 lbs. of real nice honey. Benton and Leigh will be sweet this winter.


East Kingsley - Mrs. Wilber Richardson and her aunt, Mrs. Henry Coutant, having a birthday occur the same day, invited a few friends to meet with them at the home of Mrs. Richardson. There were 16 present and they concluded to turn the affair into an old fashioned quilting party, which was well enjoyed by all present. A sumptuous dinner was served.


Lenoxville - Lenoxville, for several years back, would have been a good location for a doctor and a harness maker. Let’s arrange a board of trade or, at least, a Village Improvement Society that we may keep the fact persistent before the people of surrounding neighborhoods that we are still on the map of Susquehanna county.


Harford - Reuben Rushworth won the first prize of $40 in the corn growing contest inaugurated by the Third National Bank of Scranton. S. B. Hartley & Son, of Lenoxville, won the first prize of $25 in the Flint variety and the second prize of $15 in the Dent contest. ALSO: Struck on the head by a falling tree while working at the Loveland mill, near Harford, Dewitt Felton was injured so badly that death resulted a few hours later. The man’s skull was fractured and he never regained his senses. The victim was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Felton.


Susquehanna - A consolidation is to be made of the recent Susquehanna County Electric company, who have been operating a water power plant in Susquehanna, Pa. for several years, furnishing electric light and power to the Erie Railroad company’s shops which employs about 900 men. The proposed merger is to cover the consolidation of the Susquehanna property together with the electric light plants at New Milford and Montrose, both of which have been operated by steam. A high voltage transmission line of the most modern construction is to be built between Susquehanna and Montrose, by way of New Milford, and all of the power is to be obtained from the large water power plant at Susquehanna. This Susquehanna company owns a dam about 700 ft. long across the Susquehanna river, at Susquehanna, and also has a modern steam plant, consisting of high pressure boilers and turbine generators, which can be run condensing to take the entire load or any part of it by steam when necessary.


Montrose - The Anthony property on Lake avenue has been purchased by a stock company of which G. C. Com stock, of New York city, is president. It is the plan of the company to convert the mansion house into a modern hotel. The extensive gardens and lawn in the rear as well as front make the arrangements most complete for a summer hotel. The name selected for the new hostelry is “Shadow Lawn Inn.” ALSO: The Subway Lunch has started in its second holiday season with a rush that is a credit to the proprietors, Mack & Jenkins. The business, which started out under rather acorn--like conditions, is fast working up to oak--like conditions. The lunch business is on the increase and Mrs. H. B. Benedict and Mrs. Anna Jenkins furnish the homemade baked stuffs for The Subway.


Forest City - Building operations will shortly commence on a new vaudeville house that Julius Freedman will erect on Main street. The hew house will have a seating capacity of 1,000 and will be of fireproof construction throughout. The building proper will be 50 ft. wide and 150 ft. deep. Two stores will be located on each side of the arcade entrance, and there will be 8 offices on the second floor. The cost of the new theatre will be $40,000.


Uniondale - Mrs. Lena Lockwood and Geo. Douglas were united in marriage on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at White’s Mills. The bride was formerly a resident of this place.


Bridgewater Twp. - While Mr. and Mrs. William A. Clark were returning from Montrose to their home in Forest Lake, Saturday afternoon, they met with an accident which resulted in three broken ribs for Mrs. Clark and badly bruised her husband. Nearing the home of Perry Goff, a short distance out of town, a dog ran out and his barking frightened a colt that was being led behind the carriage. The halter in some manner caught the edge of a wheel and the carriage was overturned, throwing both occupants out. Mrs. Clark was picked up unconscious and carried into the Goff residence and Dr. E. R. Gardner summoned to care for her injuries. Mr. Clark was more fortunate and received no broken bones, but it was impossible to take Mrs. Clark to her home for a number of days after the accident. The horses ran for some distance, being stopped at L. H. Ball’s farm, having circled around towards Montrose in their mad run. Neither horses or carriage were injured to any appreciable extent. Mrs. and Mrs. Clark are in the neighborhood of 70 years old.


Ainey, Springville Twp. - Frank W. Taylor and wife attended the oyster dinner for the old soldiers at the home of Dyer Taylor at Lynn. Those present were T. W. Tiffany and son Samuel and wife, of Tunkhannock; W. A. Welch and wife, Charles Smith and wife, of Lynn; O. E. Reynolds, of West Nicholson; James Decker and wife, Byron Oakley and wife, of Strickland Hill; D. D. Layton and wife, Miles E. Compton and wife, Ira Ward and wife, of Springville.


Rush - The correspondent was busy gathering violets and counting the dandelions in bloom last week, and was preparing a poetical prognostication of a year without a winter, when the vacillating thermometer suddenly dropped to freezing and the clouds dropped snow last Sunday night. However, the prophecy will have to be kept over for another year.


News Brief - According to an exchange, a certain editor started in business 25 years ago with $50 in cash. He is now worth $100,000. He owes this accumulation of wealth to frugality, good habits, strict attention to business and the fact that his uncle recently died and left him $99,999.


December 19 (1913/2013)



Franklin Twp. - As Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Williams and Mr. and Mrs. James Williams and daughter were returning from Binghamton, Tuesday afternoon, in the former’s Ford auto, they had an experience which all will carry to their graves. They had just ascended the very steep hill this side of Franklin Forks when their automobile slid over the side of the road, going through a fence, and turned its nose straight down the steep hill. After going a few rods, the machine took a turn to the right, in the form of a circle and completed its wild orgies by turning two complete somersaults. None of the five occupants were hurt in the least, the top which was up, protecting them. The auto came out almost as well as its occupants, the glass in the wind shield not even being broken. ALSO: Henry W. Hill is one of the few survivors of the famous Silver Lake drum corps and speaks with much pride of the success attained by that organization in years past.


South Ararat - Will Gelatt, Ben Hine and Frank Belcher were fishing on Fiddle Lake Saturday. The ice was thin and it thawed so they didn’t fish long. They report poor luck.


Fairdale - Benjamin Monroe Fox was born in Hebron, Conn., Oct 10, 1824 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jerome Smith, Dec. 9, 1913, aged 89 years. Mr. Fox is one of the pioneers of Susquehanna county and was one of the oldest settlers in Fairdale. He raised a large family and had a large number of grand children. Those who survive him to mourn his departure are one sister, Mary Ann Allen, and the following children: Mrs. John Webster, James Fox, Mrs. Jerome Smith, Myron L. Fox, Ella Winner, Mrs. R. W. Stone, Mrs. M. C. Mulvihill, Wm. Fox, Mrs. W. A. Spoor and Mrs. Wm. Sivers. Interment in the Forest Lake Cemetery.


Springville - Little Malvina Ainey has just recovered from an attack of measles. No one else has been exposed and no more cases reported around here, so there will probably be no spread of the disease. In Lynn automobiles are still running over the roads, a rare thing this time of year. ALSO in Lynn - Taylor & Owen, our popular young merchants, are making a grand display of holiday goods which are arriving daily. Their decorations are most beautiful and on Christmas Day a real live Santa Claus will appear at about 2:30 p.m., who will distribute candy to the little folks. So parents bring the children along and let them feast their eyes on some of the nice things to be seen.


West Auburn - Friday evening, while H. C. Clapper, of Silvara, was on his way to make the evening train, at Laceyville, in passing the steam shovel, being used on the State highway here, his horses became frightened, jumping off the bank, some 30 ft., landing in a brush pile, with three men and wagon on top of horses. “Wonder!!” But no one injured and but little damage.


Thompson - Anna Harper closed a very successful term of school at East Ararat, Dec. 5th. She will enter the school at Mansfield, Pa., Jan. 1st.


Brooklyn - At the M. E. parsonage on Wednesday of last week, Minnie Evans and Louis Hohn were united in marriage by their pastor, Rev. F. A. VanSciver. They are taking their wedding trip to Bradford Co., after which they will be at home to their many friends in Brooklyn, who wish them years of happiness.


Silver Lake - An entertainment will be given by the pupils of Snow Hollow School, in the School building, Saturday evening, Dec. 20, at 7:30 o’clock. Everybody invited. Admission 10 cents.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - A number of men from this vicinity attended the telephone bee Monday and assisted in changing the telephone line at Brookdale, which was along the creek, and put it by the road. A decided improvement and hope for better service.


Hallstead - Sunday morning between 12 and 1 o’clock, two large automobiles came up the river from Binghamton and stopped near the R. R. station. Shortly afterwards several men were seen prowling around the poultry house of Henry Smith. An alarm was given and when men went to investigate, a shot was fired from in front of the station, warning the automobilists, who quickly rushed to their machines and speeded back toward the city. That chicken thieving is proving very profitable for the thieves is shown from the large number of poultry houses robbed in the last year or two.


Montrose/Tunkhannock - Freight traffic on the Montrose branch has increased enormously in the past few years. It is easy to remember when the little narrow gauge train used to handle all the freight along with the passengers in one train. Now a train of solid freight makes the round trip over the road daily and one of the big 60,000 pound cars will carry as much freight as the entire train once handled. The Montrose branch is a good feeder for the Lehigh Valley.


Montrose - Ten sawing machines are being constructed at the plant of the Beach Manufacturing Co., for the Ford Motor Co. at Detroit, Mich. This is only one of many orders that are coming in constantly from all parts of this country and from foreign countries, but coming from such a large establishment where only the best of equipment is used, it is a strong endorsement of the good qualities of the machines manufactured by the local company. The plant has never before experienced such a December rush of work, we are informed, and it may be necessary to work part of the force nights to care for the heavy orders.


Forest City - Tony Opecka and Frank Kraus left yesterday with the fixed purpose of enlisting in the United States army.


Uniondale - Julius Scheible and Walter Whitman are the champion fox hunters of this vicinity. They have captured several gray foxes for which they receive a bounty of $2 on each fox. ALSO: F. M. Davis’ store presents a handsome appearance, beautifully trimmed and decorated, and in neatness is not surpassed by stores in larger towns. It is headquarters for all holiday gifts.


New Milford - Amos B. Kent, one of the oldest residents of this place died on December 5th, aged 87 years. Mr. Kent had voted at every presidential election since 1848, and cast his vote at the November election this year.


December 26 (1913/2013)



Snow commenced falling Christmas night and this morning there is eight or ten inches of snow on the level. Sleigh bells are jingling, and ruddy cheeks and bright eyes are seen everywhere. (Reported in the Independent Republican, Montrose, December 26, 1913.)



Forest City - St. Michael’s congregation, composed of Slavish people, are negotiating for the Baptist church on Delaware street. The price agreed on is $4,500. Collections are being made by Father F. A. Cherney and E. Polesnak, who are meeting with good success. St. Michael’s society has pledged $500 if the deal goes through and other societies will likewise make liberal donations.


Honesdale/Montrose - Several loads of Christmas trees arrived in Honesdale Tuesday and Wednesday. Prices vary with sizes and quality, from 35 cents up. A medium size tree costs 75 cents. Enterprising young men were selling trees in Montrose from 25 cents to 50 cents.


Montrose - The Tarbell House is under new management. D. J. Donovan, lately of Hotel Haire, Lawton, took over the business of the Tarbell House, Monday, the license having been transferred to him from B. C. Horton, that morning. The new proprietor is a gentleman of wide experience in the hotel business and will endeavor to make the Tarbell house one of the best hotels in the county. John Benton, who was with Mr. Donovan, at Lawton, and whose genial ways have made him a host of friends, comes here and will assist Clerk John Corbett.


Susquehanna - I see that B. F. Pride, the veteran journalist, is making his home in Scranton these days. Mr. Pride, who was formerly editor of the Susquehanna Journal, was among the best known newspaper men in Northeastern Pennsylvania 30 or 40 years ago. At that time Susquehanna supported two weekly papers, and Editor Pride was a rival of the late C. E. Whitney, of the Transcript, who was the original bear story correspondent of this section of the state. At that time there was not much for the Susquehanna editors to do to create interest in their columns but bang each other. Pride and Whitney used to keep hot soot in the air the most of the time and Editor Pride often had tilts with Hon. E. B. Hawley, who published the Montrose Democrat. When a man by the name of Clarke purchased the Susquehanna Transcript, about 25 years ago, and transformed it into a daily, Mr. Pride sold out and went West, I understand. Mr. Pride wears a sombrero and today looks like the ideal frontier editor. But although he has not been engaged in newspaper work in this region for many years, I presume that no man has a better knowledge of the political situation in Northeastern Pennsylvania than the former editor of the bright and aggressive Susquehanna Journal.


Pittston, PA - Fire, of unknown origin, destroyed the high school here at an early hour Sunday morning. Twenty-six teachers and nearly 1000 pupils are without a school home. The loss is estimated at $100,000, with an insurance of $50,000. There had just been completed the last of several annexes. The building was about 200 ft. long, 75 ft. wide and contained 21 rooms.


West Clifford - The creamery at West Clifford has closed for the season. Arthur Cook, the operator, has taken a position with the Carbondale Milling company.


New Milford - Mrs. Amos B. Kent, aged 87 years, died at her home in New Milford Friday, Dec. 19, 1913, after several months of declining health, her death being due to paralysis. Her death occurred exactly two weeks following that of her husband. Mrs. Kent’s maiden name was Mary Steward, daughter of Buckingham Stewart, one of the early settlers of Rush. In her younger womanhood she taught school and was a woman of unusual intellectual attainment and strength of character. Feb. 18, last, Mr. and Mrs. Kent celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, they having resided in New Milford for over a half century.


Lawton - Henry W. Terry, who is a veteran of the Civil War, related he was one of a party of 18 who went to the front, going in a four horse sleigh from Montrose to Montrose Depot (Alford) through deep snowdrifts. The late Ashmun Birchard was the driver and the sleigh was overturned throwing all out and frightening the horses into a run, but the nervy driver managed to bring them under control. After the first battle, Mr. Terry said he had all the fighting he cared for and would gladly have quit if there was any chance of doing it honorably. At Chancellorsville he received a wound from which he has never entirely recovered, a bullet passing through his body near the spine. On this battlefield Mr. Terry and his comrade, Edward Granger, of Rush, counted the marks of 26 bullets in a sapling the size of a man’s wrist, showing the terrible fire to which the soldiers were subjected. Mr. Terry is modest in his statements, but members of his regiment say he was one of the most steadfast and dauntless veterans from Rush, and that town sent out 102. [H. W. Terry served in Co. A, Fifty-Seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He mustered in Feb. 25, 1862.]


Brandt - One of the fearless hunters of Brandt, while shooting at a rabbit the other day, shot three holes in a second story window of one of his neighbor’s houses, which house was located about a rod distant from said rabbit and at right angles to said rabbit.


Springville - In the death of Philander Strickland, on Friday, this town lost one of its oldest and most respected citizens. He was nearing 90 years and leaves one brother, Theron Strickland, who is also in poor health and the last of a family of eleven.


Herrick Center/Uniondale - Arthur Corey, of this place, and Miss Nellie Todd, of Uniondale, were married Wednesday evening, Dec. 17, at the M. E. parsonage, at Uniondale, by Rev. Geo V. McAlister. Their many friends extend congratulations.


News Brief - Those who hawk and spit upon the pavement, in a public building, in a store or even in church-God’s house, seem to forget that it is a filthy and pernicious habit-something they would shrink from doing within home walls. It is disgusting to others nearby. It spreads germs. Cards of warning against it should be tacked up in public places, stores and in church vestibules.


January 16 (1914/2014)



Record Cold - The cold snap gripped Montrose like a vice. Tuesday morning the mercury stood at 12 degrees below zero in many places and the day was biting cold, the mercury failing to rise to zero. Wednesday morning the mercury was down to 18 below. Plumbers were busy all over town thawing frozen water pipes. On the E. W. Rogers farm, just outside of town, the mercury was 24 below. On the Frink farm, near Fairdale, along the Wyalusing creek, the same mark was also reached. From Louden Hill Farm, the Percy Ballantine estate, 30 degrees below. Tuesday morning, while the mercury registered anywhere from 6 to 12 below, a biting wind caused the cold to be more keenly felt. Brooklyn also had readings of 12 degrees below in the early morning.


Harford - Fred Osborne is now a full-fledged Justice of the Peace, being here recently to take out his commission, having been elected last fall. He will make a good one.


Montrose - Edward Button, a boy about 14 years of age, was kicked by a horse last Saturday while leading the animal from the blacksmith’s shop to Harrington’s livery. The boy fell and the horse whirled and kicked him just above the right ear. It was sometime before the lad regained consciousness. He is recovering. For a youngster he has had his share of narrow escapes. While living with his parents at Wyoming, Pa., a few years ago, he was taken from the river in a nearly drowned state. Only resorting to strenuous measures revived him. ALSO: “Steamer” Flanagan, the well known ball player, a brother of Conductor Chas. Flanagan, has been appointed a policeman in Wilkes--Barre. Twenty cops were dismissed from the force last week.


Gibson - Cornelius Pickering, one of the best known citizens of Gibson township, passed away at his home Jan. 3, 1914, aged 62 years. His death was due to injuries received in a runaway accident. He had been a life long resident of Gibson, residing since marriage a short distance from the place of his birth. ALSO: There was an auction in South Gibson and during part of the sale the weather was so cold that Auctioneer W. C. Cox’s voice froze up, and did not thaw out until he was on his way home on the train, when he was surprised to find himself saying, “How much more am I offered? Do I hear five?”


Hop Bottom - One case of scarlet fever having developed here, the public schools have been closed. A little son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Roberts is ill with the disease and several children were exposed, before the nature of his ailment was known. The school building has been fumigated and every means taken to avert the spread of the disease.


New Milford - F. W. Dean was in Montrose on Friday. Mr. Dean is a relentless foe of the city commission men who cheat the farmers out of a lot of money they should receive for the produce, and his recent clever ruse, in revealing the tactics of city produce dealers, was given publicity in the New York newspapers.


Auburn Four Corners - There will be a box social in the Four Corners school building Friday evening, Jan. 16. Proceeds to purchase an organ for the Pickett Hill school. Every one is invited to attend. Ladies, please bring a box.


Forest City - A deal has been consummated whereby the Baptist church on the corner of Dundaff and Delaware streets, passed into the hands of the Slavish Roman Catholic Parish of St. Michael and will hereafter be known as St. Michael’s church.


Brooklyn - Extensive improvements are in progress on the interior of the M. E. church.


Clifford - Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Lee, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Greene, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Taylor, B. F. Bennett, S. J. Horton, and the Misses Ruth Reynolds, Florence Morgan and Teresa Kenyon made up a sleighing party to Elkdale last Saturday night, where they attended the installation of officers at Elkdale Grange. After the ceremony the party was royally entertained in the dining room. S. J. Horton, of Clifford Grange, was the installing officer.


Springville - There is every assurance that Springville will have a bank of its own in the near future. A good part of the capital stock has already been subscribed and the project is said to be a certainty. It will be a great addition to the place as well as a convenience to business men. ALSO: Strickland & Parks, who own the grist mill at States’ pond, will stock it with a full line of feeds, at once, and have engaged C. D. Travis to operate it. This will be a great convenience to the people in that section.


West Jackson - Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Aldrich, of Lake View, entertained Mrs. Aldrich, Mrs. A. N. French and Mrs. Mame Savory’s Sunday school classes, Friday evening. They were treated to warm sugar and pop corn.


Clifford - Elwood, little son of Rev. and Mrs. W. L. German, met with quite a severe accident one day last week, while coasting near the school house. He lost control of his sled and ran into a tree striking his head, rendering him unconscious for a time. He is all right now, only carrying the marks of the impact.


Franklin Forks - Mr. and Mrs. Friend Summers and children, of Saskatchewan, are visiting their father, Harvey Summers.


Liberty Twp. - Archie Ireland started to Binghamton, Saturday, with a big load of hay for I. H. Travis and when he got below Milbron the wind unloaded his hay rigging and all upon the bank. Archie came home and left the hay and rigging and will try going to town some day when the wind don’t blow.


Great Bend - Henry Ackert, of this place, received the sad news of the death of his brother, Stephen Ackert, who died at his home in West Colesville, Friday afternoon, aged 97 years and 9 months. ALSO: Carl White has returned to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he is attending the University of Michigan.


January 23 (1914/2014)



Liquor Licenses - Considerable interest was shown in the session of license court which opened before Judge Little. Many witnesses were heard on the contesting sides. The license of the Tarbell House, Montrose, was granted, the district attorney having withdrawn his objections as the building was being improved. The application of Arthur Small, of Lawsville, was withdrawn. Licenses in the Thompson and Uniondale hotels were refused. A license was granted Ernest Gelatt, petitioner for the Dundaff House. In the Forest City cases the judge heard the evidence but withheld his decisions. These are the applications for wholesale licenses of Louis Gardella, Joseph Nick, F. A. Burdick, Samuel Simlovia, Charles Zaller and William Mileskay. Considerable amusing testimony was brought out from some of the witnesses. John Eicholzer said they were paying too much for beer. E. O. Evans said he would like to see all of the petitions granted but admitted that had never heard of anyone going dry in Forest City. The opposition brought out the point that the town’s nine hotels well cared for the traveling public. John Keeler testified that since the wholesale licenses had been revoked the consumption of liquor had decreased. Only the day previous, fifty men had signed pledges. John D. Miller, in arguing against wholesale liquor licenses, urged consideration of the decrease in court cases coming from Forest City since the number of licenses had been decreased. Public opinion favors the suppression of the traffic, while education, railroads and churches oppose it, agreeing that it is man’s worst enemy. Their tendency is to pull men down. In the Uniondale remonstrance it was brought out that the traveling public was well cared for at the boarding house of Mrs. Tingley and that the people of the town were generally opposed to a license.


Montrose - A branch of the well known Woolworth 5 and 10 cent store is to be located here, occupying the corner store which M. S. Cohen is vacating in his block. He is closing out all his goods in the corner store. ALSO: Crowds still continue to visit the Cnic [theater] and the proprietor, Walter G. Castle, is still receiving compliments on the needed improvements made. The other day, about one o’clock, he was called from his home to give a picture show to a big sleighride party which dropped in from a neighboring town and dined at the Subway Lunch.


Hallstead - Stephen Tingley, a prominent resident, died quite suddenly Monday. He was 70 years of age and for many years was a conductor on the Lackawanna railroad. He also conducted stores at Lawsville and Hallstead for some years.


Brooklyn - Some of the musicians of the town met at the home of Mrs. Dr. Williams, last Saturday afternoon and organized a musical club, which will meet once a month for study and improvement along musical lines.


Prospect Hill, Jessup Twp. - Misses Leah and Mildred Stockholm entertained a sleighing party from Rush last Thursday evening. Those present were Mabel Hillis, Agnes Brotzman, Amy Hughes, Mary McDonough, Anna Mosley, Bernice Ainey and Carlton Birchard, John McGovern, Roland and Russell Dayton, Harry Graham, Byron Gary, Hugh James, and Ralph Bunnell. Plenty of snow and plenty of snowdrifts.


Elk Lake - Leon Justin will conduct a blacksmith shop on the Hosford property in the near future.


New Milford - Jesse Payne, of the township, was here on business Monday. Mr. Payne is in his 95th year and says that he still enjoys cutting a cord of wood a day just for exercise.


Brooklyn/Hopbottom - The Scranton & Binghamton Railway has secured options on the right of way between Brooklyn and Hopbottom, with the agreement that work will begin by July 1, 1914. The Brooklyn depot will be located south of the M. E. church, on lands of E. S. Eldridge.


Auburn Center - Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Tewksbury quietly celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary at their home here, Jan. 1, 1914, and is the same house in which they were married. Their son, Dana, and three grandchildren, spent the day with them. There are only two living that attended the wedding—Mrs. Samantha Linaberry, of Deposit, who was bridesmaid, and Mrs. Mariah Young Bowman, of Meshoppen.


Snow/Ice - Heavy snows of late have made the sleighing excellent. Ice cutters are busy on lake and pond and the work of filling ice houses is going forward rapidly. Many individual ice houses are also being filled. The ice is over a foot in thickness, but considerable slush ice in the formation does not give it the crystalline appearance desired, although it is said to be as good for refrigerating purposes, keeping equally well.


Lakeview - Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Benson attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Carl Young, at Lestershire, on Wednesday.


Hopbottom - The young ladies’ basket ball teams played an interesting game on Saturday evening last, the score being in favor of the Stars against the high school team.


Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - James Hinchman, of this place, and Mrs. Minnie Coy, of Conklin, were married at Chenango Forks on Wednesday evening of last week. Twenty--four of their friends witnessed the ceremony. Hearty congratulations are extended for a long and happy married life.


Jackson - School notes of Maple Ridge School, Jackson Township, for the month ending Jan. 9, 1914. The following pupils passed mid term examinations: Esther Quick, Lloyd Blaisdell, Ruth Hall, Nellie Hall, Carl Decker and Robert Washburn. The following pupils were present every day during the month: Raymond Wilcox, Lloyd Blaisdell, Jay Decker, Carl Decker, Ruth Hall, Nellie Hall and Esther Quick.


Susquehanna - Thomas Sullivan, ,employed as janitor at the Canawacta Hotel, accidentally fell through the air shaft to the ground floor, about 25 feet, and received an ugly gash on his head. He was rendered unconscious and is at the hospital, where he died Tuesday.


Lenoxville - Several of the dairymen in this vicinity are said to be hard hit by the failing of the “Metropolitan Dairy Company,” at Nicholson.


Choconut - People are improving the sleighing by drawing logs to stock the mill which is soon to be placed on the site of the Chamberlin mill, which ran for many years.


News Brief - “Thrift Day” in the public schools of the United States is proposed by the American Society for Thrift and has been received with much interest. Thrift means more than the mere saving of money-it means increasing the usefulness of one’s possessions and assisting the young folks of the land to learn the full value of thrift is a worthy aim. False ideas of wealth have ruined many men and women. Let all our boys and girls start out with right ideas.


January 30 (1914/2014)



Montrose – The high school night classes in Agriculture and Home making are being well attended, but there is room for many more.  If you are interested in “Better Farming” as it is affected by soil management or fertilization, or if you are interested in the principles of better home-making, don’t forget the time, Monday and Wednesday evenings, at 7:30, and the place, the basement of the Village Hall [Colonial Hall].  ALSO  Rt. Rev. G. L. Blackwell, D. D., Presiding Bishop of the W. N.Y. Conference, will make his official visit to the A.M.E. Zion church, Thursday, Feb. 5th, and preach at 8 p.m.  Come and hear him.


Hopbottom – The program of the silhouette social, to be given in Masonic hall this Friday evening, will include several good musical numbers and other attractions, in addition to the exhibition of silhouettes, and a chance to win an oil painting, which will be given as a prize.  Homemade candies and homemade Brooklyn ice cream will be on sale.


Uniondale – Wallie W. Whitman has opened a repair shop in U. Barringer’s cobble shop.  Wallie is ready for business.  ALSO Everyone seems to be rejoicing over the fact that Uniondale will be “dry” for 1914.


North Bridgewater – We experienced an old fashioned cold winter last week.  The thermometer registered 20 below zero.  Sleighing is good and farmers are improving it hauling lime and ice.


Hallstead – The ice crop for this vicinity is about all gathered, the river ice being of good quality and from 9 to 12 inches thick. ALSO  The borough lock-up, which was sold to W. P. VanLoan, has been demolished and removed to his farm.


East Lynn – C. D. Travis, the efficient clerk in Avery’s store during the past year, has accepted a position operating the grist mill widely known as the Rogers’ mill.  His many friends united in extending him a hearty welcome back to East Lynn.  ALSO The cow barn belonging to Norman Brown was burned Tuesday evening.  Mr. Brown was doing his chores, when he became dizzy and fell across the mowing machine tongue, breaking the lantern and setting some chaff on fire.  He regained consciousness in time to let his cows out, but a quantity of hay and machinery were burned with the building.  Mr. Brown had a very narrow escape from being burned to death.  He carried a light insurance.


Rush – One of our aged, but wise farmers, asked me to call the farmers’ attention to the hungry quails and to ask them to scatter grain where these valuable little birds can get it and so be able to live through the cold winter.  Some ornithologists declare that these little birds are of great value to the farmer.


Crystal Lake – The Country Club was entertained by Mrs. Will Cole, Jan. 21, and a fine time was enjoyed by all.  Before luncheon was served Mrs. Arthur Thomas played some fine selections on the piano.  After luncheon, Mrs. Cole and Mrs. Greely played and sang some very pretty pieces, which all enjoyed very much.  The Club meets every two weeks and makes country life a great deal more pleasant.  The Club is reading the book, “That Printer of Udells.”  Mr. and Mrs. Cole know just how to entertain. 


Friendsville – Our town is glad to welcome a new doctor, Dr. Bolan, of Nicholson, having decided to locate here.  We all wish him success in his new field.  ALSO  Thos. Harrigan, of North Brackney, is assisting Joseph Crowley to fill the ice-houses at Camp Choconut.


Susquehanna – Quite a serious coasting accident occurred on Broad street, Friday evening.  Fifteen young men were in a large bob and in some way the bell got under the runner and the sleigh slewed and some of them were injured.  Jack Beers and Robert Kane had to have medical attendance, but the others escaped with a few scratches and minor injuries.


Liberty – Henry Craik’s horse ran away Friday.  It hurt Craik some but the horse was not hurt.  ALSO Ernest Risley has bought a new sleigh; it’s a dandy.


Harford – Renew your paper now and get four magazines—Green’s Fruit Grower, Home Life, Farm Life and Woman’s World—all for $1.68.


Forest City – Thomas Lynch, aged 81 years, died at his home Sunday morning, Jan. 25, 1914, from general debility.  He was a lifelong resident and for a number of years conducted a general store here.  One son, John Lynch, survives.  Interment in St. Rose’s cemetery.


Great Bend – Fifty couples, composing a sleighing party from Susquehanna, took supper at the Kilrow House one night recently and held a dance at Kistler’s hall, bringing an orchestra with them.  ALSO Mr. Miller, who has opened the Crystal ice cream parlor, will occupy the Newman residence on Main street, his family coming from Harford about Feb. 1.  ALSO Demer Bros. Co., on Monday, started nine experienced glasscutters at work in their factory.  They have large orders booked ahead.


Kingsley – Two hundred civil engineers, who were attending a convention in New York city, came by special train to Kingsley and viewed the new Lackawanna bridge.


Brooklyn – A large number of friends and neighbors met at the home of Mrs. B. L. Jewett on Monday evening in honor of her birthday, giving her a genuine surprise.  The time was spent in music and games, piano solos and duets, and refreshments were served.


Middletown Center – Russell James and bride started for their new home in Alberta, Canada, last Friday.  ALSO  The dance and oyster supper held by Coleman and Guiton was largely attended and a god time enjoyed by all.


Clifford - While returning to Carbondale from this place, Saturday evening, a man driving one of Fowler & Williams’ rigs ran into a sleigh left by the side of the road near Alfred Snyder’s and was severely injured.  The man was some busy, for a time, getting the horse quieted.


Springville – Owing to the measles epidemic the Wyoming Seminary Glee club did not come here, but stopped off at Lynn, where they were greeted b a full house.  This measles business has got to be quite a thing, as there are about sixty cases already and ore developing every day.  It looks like a clean sweep.


February 06 (1914/2014)



Montrose – Jeweler Earl J. Smith has secured a patent on a mission clock of his invention.  The clock is of unique design and most attractive, being intended especially for office use.  Mr. Smith has made several dozen of these clocks, selling them at wholesale and has a good offer for the patent, but is undecided as yet whether to sell or manufacture them himself.  ALSO James M. Jeffers is preparing to reopen his mill near the Lackawanna depot and anticipates being ready for business by the middle of March or 1st of April.  Mr. Jeffers lately sold his electric lines and business to the Susquehanna Co. Light and Power Co., retaining the plant and continuing to furnish steam heat for many buildings in the central part of the town.  He will operate the heating plant as usual, excellent service being given and may increase the number of patrons.  The feed mill will be conducted on a strictly cash basis.


Springville – Report says there are 70 cases of measles in and around Springville. ALSO The milk station at Lynn took fire on Saturday night and but for timely discovery would have burned down.  It is believed to have been set on fire.  ALSO It is expected that school will open Feb. 16 after a four weeks’ vacation.  The school building has been thoroughly fumigated (measles) and made ready for use.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. – Patrick Degnan and Edward Kelly were in Montrose on Saturday with a drove of new milch cows, which they sold to parties from the valley.


Olyphant, Lackawanna Co. – On Sunday evening Rev. Patrick J. Murphy, Olyphant’s zealous priest, after 9 o’clock, slipped into three open poolrooms in that place.  The patrons fled in every direction and the places were closed tight as a drum.  Father Murphy believes that at least one day out of seven should be wholly given unto the Lord.  He is a brother of Mrs. McCabe, of the Montrose parish, and gave a large window when St. Mary’s was built here.


West Auburn – Last week, Tuesday, at 1 p.m., the telephone rang, the message from Central saying, “Gus France’s house is on fire, Hurry!”  Realizing that Mr. France was rendered nearly helpless by a broken arm, and that Mrs. France was handicapped by a sprained wrist, everybody hustled.  Horses were quickly hitched up.  Many did not wait to ride but started for the house, one mile north of West Auburn, as fast as they could go.  George Grover was the first to arrive.  Mrs France had hastened to the barn and procured the spray pump.  Taking a pail of water up to into the garret, Mr. Grover directed a slender stream of water to the roof, which was blazing, thus checking the advance of the flames.  Meantime, other help arrived, ladders were put up, a portion of the roof chopped away, a line formed and pails of water poured in the blazing shingles, quickly extinguishing them.  The fire was caused by the burning out of the chimney.


West Lenox – There was no school last week, as the teacher, Miss Bertha Hartman, was confined to the house with grip.


Rush – The revivals at Trinity M. E. church will begin Feb. 15.  Every social and moral sin will be presented.


Hopbottom – Theodore Johnson, a well known and prosperous farmer living near here, dropped dead Friday morning, January 30, 1914.  Leaving his home about 10 o’clock to go up on the hill where some men were cutting wood, he appeared to be in good health.  Upon reaching the top of the hill he dropped dead of heart disease.  He would have been 68 years old the day following his death.  The deceased is survived by his wife, three children, Aldo and Henry, of Lathrop, Arthur L., of Springville and one sister, Mrs. Charles Osborne.


Franklin Forks – One of the most enjoyable events that the people here have know in some time, took place at Alliance Hall, Jan. 19, 1914, it being the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Stockholm.  One hundred and forty-four guests came from far and near.  Language fails the writer to describe the dinner.  Tables were loaded with good things and the waiters were genial and obliging even though they received no tips.  The friends of the couple gave each of them a lovely rocking chair and their children presented each with a shining five-dollar gold piece. A poem was read and after a song, “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet,” Mr. Stockholm made a few remarks giving a little history of his courtship and marriage, closing with a splendid tribute to the wife, who for 50 years has so loyally and faithfully kept her marriage vows, saying if he had it all to do over again, he would choose the same one whom he chose 50 years ago.


Clifford – On Friday and Saturday of last week we were treated to a genuine January thaw, spoiling the sleighing and leaving everything coated with ice.


Ararat – Scratches on the face, inflicted by a boy companion in a tussle, has led to the death, from blood poisoning, of eleven year old Earl Hendrickson, son of Mrs. Price Davis.  The two boys were attending school at Herrick Center and when on the way home, in the big sleigh that is used to convey the children to and from school, they got into a fight.  Little Earl sustained several scratches on the face from the nails of the other lad.  After a few days it was noticed by Mrs. Davis, whose first husband was named Hendrickson, that the scratches were becoming inflamed and after a spell of nose bleeding and body blisters, he was rushed to Dr. Craft, in Herrick Center, who declared the case to be one of severe blood poisoning. Earl died soon after.


Friendsville – Mr. J. Lee, our popular Justice, known as “Matt,” has served his town well and faithfully for the past 20 years.  It has always been his policy to get men together and settle their differences, rather than embroil themselves in costly law suits.


Gibson – T. P. Warren, says he eats in Gibson township and sleeps in Harford township.  The township line passes through his house.


Brooklyn – On Thursday of last week about 40 members of the Universalist church enjoyed a sleigh ride party and took dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lodowick Bailey.  After dinner a pleasant hour was spent with music, the singing of hymns and appropriate remarks, making the day one that will long be remembered by those present.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Look out for 6 weeks more cold weather.  The old bear came out and saw her shadow this morning.


February 13 (1914/2014)



Silver Lake – John C. Mahoney, for many years a resident of Silver Lake, has been missing since Dec. 16th, and his friends are much worried about him.  He had lived alone on his farm for many years but, as he was 70 years of age, a son in Buffalo prevailed upon him to come and live with him. The aged man went to Buffalo last fall, but in a letter to a friend it was seen that he greatly missed the old familiar scenes of the country, and the familiar faces, and was inclined to be melancholy and was very home sick. When his son’s family was away he left, with his trunk and personal belongings.  It was found that on that day, Dec. 16, he checked a trunk and purchased a railroad ticket for Binghamton.  The trunk was never called for.  From that day, not a word has been heard from nor have the relatives been able to trace his movements. [Independent Republican, March 20, 1914 – John Mahoney, a Silver Lake man who disappeared from the home of his son at Buffalo, aged 72 years, was found imbedded in a huge cake of ice floating near the center of Erie Basin by the crew of a fire tug.  Funeral and interment at St. Nicholas Catholic church in Buffalo.]


South Montrose – The South Montrose Mill Co., among their many large orders, have just filled an order of $1000 worth of their celebrated trunk slats to Sears, Roebuck & Co., being a whole car load.


Heart Lake/Fairdale – Samuel McKeeby died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Ward, at Heart Lake, Feb. 11, 1914, aged 67 years.  He was an old soldier, being a member of Co. D., PA Cavalry.  The funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Heart Lake, and burial in McKeeby cemetery, near Fairdale. ALSO The Mountain Ice Co. began running ice again.  They have their large ice house two-thirds full.


Forest City – The Borough Council refused to meet Monday night.  The Republicans are sparring for wind. They, the Council, stand three and three and our Republican friends want all the plums and the Democrats want their share.  I, as a citizen, feel as they ought to come together and compromise and go on in business and cast their personal feelings aside and work for the benefit of the public in general.  If they stand and look over the platform they put up before the citizens last November, and ask themselves if they are going to give it to the citizens at Forest City, or are they going to lay down on the job, or are they going to fool the public?


West Jackson – Skating is now in rage.  A skating party nearly ever evening on some of the lakes or ponds is enjoyed by the young people.


Laurel Lake – The Snow Hollow school is progressing nicely under the supervision of Miss Florence McEnaney.


Little Meadows – Rev. J. R. Lynch has announced a dance in the hall on February 20th. ALSO Frances Foster has gone to Union, N. Y., to work in a millinery store.


Montrose – While a sheriff’s sale of Gordon Depue’s personal property was in progress some things happened that were not down on Sheriff Reynold’s program, in which a rather savage looking revolver figured.  It seems that Thos. F. Kelly had taken out an execution on Mr. Depue’s loose property.  When the Sheriff appeared to dispose of the property Mr. Depue’s mother claimed the property as hers and was being told how the sale might be stayed when Gordon locked the door of the building.  However the sale progressed and [when] some cement was sold to Kelly, Gordon drew a revolver and told Mr. Kelly to drop it or he would shoot.  Kelly dropped the cement, hastily arriving at the conclusion, evidently, that good men were scarce.  However, he later swore out a warrant for Mr. Depue’s arrest.  The affair is most regrettable as Mr. Depue has been struggling under financial difficulties for some time.  He has always been regarded as a very peaceful, law abiding citizen and a hard worker.  ALSO Fred Risley, formerly of this place, is now proprietor of the Ten-Mile Tavern at Dickson City.


Springville – C. H. Young was in Montrose on Tuesday, coming up in a new Maxwell.  Mr. Young says the Maxwell is a “12 months in the year car.”  ALSO This is the 4th week that the school has been closed; they hope to be able to begin again a week from Monday, Feb. 16th.  Measles have made a wide sweep; over 100 cases are under quarantine.  It has nearly run its course for want of material.  Miss Hazel Johnson, daughter of Lonie Johnson, has recovered and returned to her home at Union.  Her mother is seriously ill, with little or no hope, of measles and pneumonia.  The father and five small children have never had the disease.  He has the sympathy of all.


Rush – L. W. Terry bought a very large tract of timber and also a 35 horse power boiler, style “L”.  With new boiler he will be able to complete the work of marketing this large tract of timber.  Ward Smith is the sawyer in charge.  No hardwood lumber has been cut yet.  Mr. Terry plans to shut down the mill during haying this summer.  They offer $3 per thousand to haul to Montrose.


New Milford – Bert Crossley has built a large shed in connection with his mill for storing lumber.  We understand he intends to put in another mill at this place.  We hope the report is correct.


Elk Lake – The team of W. D. Titman was frightened while standing at Robinson’s feed store at South Montrose last Monday and ran away, being caught near Byron Robinson’s.  None were injured but the wagon was badly damaged.


Franklin Forks – Ward Smith, who has operated a cut-glass works here for several years, has made plans to conduct a business on a larger scale in Syracuse, to which city he will soon remove.  The many friends of the enterprising young man regret the removal

of both himself and wife.


McKinney Mills – Because a cat had formed the bad habit of sucking eggs, it caused the loss of a hand to Miles Bennett.  Mr. Bennett made the discovery that the feline was sucking eggs in the poultry house and hastened to his house for the shotgun, determined to end the cat’s life and the loss of eggs.  Returning with the loaded gun, he slipped, and in falling threw his left hand over the muzzle of the weapon, the gun discharging and tearing the hand in a terrible manner.  Drs. Merrill and Blair were hastily called and decided at once to amputate the injured member.  For some years Bennett was a switchman in the Lackawanna yards at Hallstead and had been unfortunate in having both hands more or less crippled, having them caught between car bumpers at various times.


February 27 (1914/2014)



East Bridgewater – The East Bridgewter Country Club held an interesting and enjoyable session at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Finn.  An entertaining program of solos, duets, speeches and music was given.  This club forms an important part of the social life of the community and has been instrumental in promoting the welfare of the East Bridgewater church.


Kingsley – On Saturday afternoon and evening of March 7, the Ladies’ Aid will hold a fair at the M. E. church.  Aside from useful articles, there will be on sale baked stuff and home-made candies, also a lemon and orange tree.  All articles on the one tree, 5 cents; on the other, 10 cents.  A 25 cent dinner will be served at noon.


Montrose – G. Carlton Shafer, of Montrose, a famous tennis player, has just won new laurels in a big contest at New York, as the following from a New York paper shows:  Wylie C. Grant and G. Carlton Shafer successfully defended their title in the national indoor doubles championship at the Seventh Regiment Armory.  In a smashing five set match, and in the final round, they defeated Gustave F. Touchard and William B. Cragin.  It was the very best battle ever seen for a national event and from start to finish almost every shot brought a cheer from the gallery.  Now and again, when the tide took him, Grant made some sensational shots, and his service was grand in spots, but to Shaver must be awarded the palm for the biggest half of the victory. [Carlton Shafer was a three-time national indoor double tennis champion in 1914-14 and 18 and was runner up for the national indoor singles title twice, in 1909 and 1913. He established Camp Susquehannock, Brackney, in 1905, which continues to this day.  His son, Edwin, of Brackney, passed away on February 15, 2014. ]


New Milford – The Susquehanna County Light and Power Co. turned on the current from the Susquehanna plant Thursday noon.  New Milford is now supplied with a day and night electric service for light and power purposes.  That this improved service is appreciated is evident from the fact that nearly all of the manufacturing plants in town either have or intend to install electric power. ALSO Sunday evening, at the Methodist, Baptist and Episcopal churches, sermons were preached on the subject, “Who is to blame for the gambling in New Milford?”


Dimock – James Oliver and Miss Mary Jennings were married on Wednesday of last week at St. Mary’s Church, Montrose.  Robert Dolan and Miss Ellen Oliver attended them.  A reception was held in their honor Friday evening, at the home of John Oliver Sr.  ALSO Byron Benninger and Miss Addie Sherwood were married last Wednesday at the home of the bride at Lymanville.


Rush – The high school entertainment entitled “Just Plain Folks” will be given at the school this Friday evening at 8.  It will be repeated at Birchardville, March 6.  Admission, 20 cents.  ALSO  The cold wave is making the old people huddle close to the stove; the young people are enjoying this snappy weather.  In which class are you?  Don’t be a grouch.


Elk Lake - Supervisor Brodhead and assistants have been busy opening the roads since the blizzards.  ALSO Owing to the heavy fall of snow, L. L. Hunsinger has closed his birch still for a short time.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Our oldest inhabitants say this is the heaviest fall of snow since 1888.  The ground hog was certainly a wise old guy. ALSO The state road from Montrose to Tunkhannock has been opened up in good shape, last week, by its employees.  ALSO The whooping cough and measles epidemic, through this locality, is the worst known in years.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. – It us no wonder some men remain old bachelors, for when they take a couple ladies out riding they surely tip the sleigh over.  ALSO Our school opened once more this week.  It closes quite often on account of the scarlet fever.


Herrick Center – Laura Shaver, aged 14 years, of West Herrick, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Carbondale, Ill.  She resided with her sister at West Herrick until about a month ago, when her brother, John, came from Illinois and took her home with him.  The body will be sent home to be buried beside her parents in the Ararat cemetery.


South Montrose – Lee Walker is wearing a broad smile now-a-days, because it is a fine, large girl.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – It has been reported that the firm of Lindsley, Travis and Grey, birch distillers on Rhiney Creek, had $75 worth of birch oil stolen, recently.


Royal, Clifford Twp. – The Washington Birthday party or dance at Hotel Royal was a grand success.  The music by Purvis’ orchestra, of Scranton, four pieces, was the best dance music that has been in the Royal Hotel for years.


West Auburn – Arthur Wilcox has traded his automobile to Stanley Farr, at Meshoppen , for a horse and buggy and will move to Birchardville on Thursday.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp.  – Robert Jones, while drawing logs, met with a severe accident, Saturday, going down Elkdale Hill.  The trace unhitched, letting the tongue drop, frightening the team until they became unmanageable.  They ran for a short distance and when found one horse had its leg broken and afterwards was taken and killed.


Jackson Twp. – School notes of Maple Ridge school for the month ending Feb. 6, 1914.  The following pupils were present every day during the month: Raymond Wilcox, Ruth Hall, Lloyd Birdsell, Esther Quick, Nellie Hall and Jay Decker.  The pupils having an average of 90 percent or above were: Nellie Hall and Carl Decker.  Those having an average of 85 per cent or above were: Ruth Hall, Esther Quick and Lloyd Birdsell. Those having an average of 80 per cent or above were: Jay Decker, Earl Hill, Raymond Wilcox and Harley Hall.


Heart Lake – The report in Binghamton and Scranton papers, this week, to the effect that the Scranton & Binghamton rail road company will develop a summer resort at Heart Lake, is incorrect, according to statements of the officers of the company, who state they have no plans whatever in that direction.


Court Notes: Atty. F. A Davies is endeavoring to obtain a pardon for Mrs. Clara Rose, who some time ago was convicted and sentenced to the penitentiary for attempting the life of her husband by throwing dynamite bombs at him. The petition has been filed before the board of pardons.  Leo Granger was also convicted with Mrs. Rose.  Jerome Rose, the woman’s husband, alleged his wife was trying to do away with him so that she could marry Granger, but has since mad statements throwing a different light on the matter,  it is said.


March 06 (1914/2014)


Montrose – Sunday morning dawned warm and quiet, although the air was heavy and it seemed that March first had “come in like a lamb,” but by two o’clock in the afternoon a light snow had commenced to fall.  By three o’clock, the wind had risen and from then on the storm seemed to quickly gain intensity and Sunday night was one of the wildest ever seen in this locality.  The wind by this time had veered to the West and came with terrific force.  Windows were blown in, blinds torn off, and some buildings were unroofed.  Buildings were rocked and the occupants put in a night of apprehension and fear. Trains: No trains entered or left Montrose Monday nor Tuesday. Lehigh Valley passenger train on up trip Sunday afternoon got stalled in the snow drifts just South of South Montrose and the fire had to be drawn from the locomotive.  A big snow plow came up from Tunkhannock Monday but got disabled near Lynn and a third relief engine, from Tunkhannock, also got stuck in the snow.  All three engines were helpless and had to draw their fires.  Stages: The first stage to get into Montrose, after the storm, was from Rush.  After a hard day’s travel it reached here at 5 p.m. Tuesday and was obliged to remain overnight. 


The Franklin Forks stage got in Wednesday morning for the first [time].  The road to Forest Lake is completely filled up, it is said, and the
Forest Lake stage may be a day or so in getting in.  Mail: All the rural mail carriers have been unable, as yet, to make their regular trips, although efforts have been made each day to do so.  Yesterday Carrier Olin Tingley walked to Heart Lake delivering what mail he could.  Carriers Sechler and Palmer went to Fairdale yesterday and took down a lot of mail for sections nearby.  Carriers Smith and Lyons got out a few miles and made deliveries where possible.  Storm stories:  One of the highest drifts reported is near the Village Hall.  It is about 15 feet high.  Frank Cole, of Tiffany, had a barn partially unroofed by the hurricane; the large ice house at Heart Lake suffered considerably in the big wind storm.  A part of the roof, 30 ft. square, was blown away and a portion of the cupola torn off. The Beach Mfg. Co. had to shut down this week, being unable to get a supply of coal. Probably one of the highest snow drifts in the county was at the M. J. Harrington farm near Watrous Corners.  A high bar of snow was swept at right angles across the road, connecting the house and barn.  It is said that one could pass from the house to the roof of the barn on the drift’s crest.  John W. Gardner, of East Bridgewater, was one of the first visitors in town Monday morning, and managed to get here by walking on the tops of stone walls.  In South New Milford the severe blizzard filled roads full to overflowing.  Drifts for long distances were 4 to 6 ft. deep and piled up around houses and barns up to 18 ft. deep.  Many can’t get their stock out as doors are banked up and several had to shovel tunnels from house doors to get out side.  Scranton reported five persons frozen to death and five deaths occurred in Philadelphia.  If it were not for our telephone communication, which held good in the majority of instances, the storm of the first of the week gave us a fair idea of primitive conditions in times when there was no means of communication by horse, post or train.  News from the outside world was eagerly sought for as we missed our daily paper and got real hungry for news, something which we thought almost impossible in this day of the sensational press.


Thompson– Rev. Purington [Perrington] R. Tower, aged 81 years, one of the best known Methodist clergy men in the Wyoming Conference, died at his home in Thompson on Friday morning, Feb. 27 [or 26], 1914.  He suffered a stroke of paralysis several years ago, from the effects of which he never recovered and for some time he had been in failing health.  The well-known clergyman, during his 46 years of service in the ministry, had always held charges within his conference and his labors were in adjoining localities, namely Lanesboro, Jackson and Gibson.  Since 1896 he had been on the retired list but his activities were only lessened, as he had been frequently called upon since that time to act as a supply.  Rev. Tower was a Civil War veteran of Co. F, 203rd Pennsylvania Infantry.  Funeral services were held at his late home Sunday afternoon, the body being taken to Tower cemetery at Lenox for interment.


Heart Lake – The Ladies Aid of the Baptist church gave a surprise to Mrs. Lucy Cobb and sewed her carpet rages.


Springville – John Maryott, wife and children, of Red Lodge, Montana, are visiting friends here after an absence of several years.  He went west thirty-three years ago and this is his third trip east.  His wife was formerly Miss Nellie Luce, of Lynn.


Herrick Center – Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Potter and child, of Pleasant Mt., returning home from a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones, of West Herrick, were overturned in the drift in front of the home of Will Davis, at Lowe Lake, and were still staying with the Davis family when last heard from on Wednesday.


Susquehanna – Benny Borne had his eye put out in the Erie Shops Saturday by a flying piece of steel.  ALSO Misses Helen Smith and Clara McNamara (of Lenox) graduated as trained nurses from Dr. Burns’s hospital, in Scranton, last week.


Hallstead – B. F. Brooks and Lynn Merrell have taken the agency for the Chevrolet automobile.  They have a car load of the cars ordered and will display them in Clune’s garage.


News Brief: A bridegroom is a person who spends a lot of money buying himself a wedding suit that nobody notices.  ALSO J. H. Armstrong, superintendent of the Borden milk station, in speaking of the snowstorm of this week, states his belief that we have had nothing like it since the terrible blizzard of 1888.  At that time the city of New York was held in the grip of the storm for days.  No produce or milk could be shipped in and exorbitant prices were paid for food.  One well to do attorney, the father of a pair of twins, paid $400 for four quarts of milk to keep his children from starving. 


March 13 (1914/2014)


Brooklyn – Concerning a popular Brooklyn girl, Miss Louise Reynolds, who graduates at West Chester State Normal School this spring, the West Chester Star says: “A feature that was unequalled in the work was the Indian club drill by 32 young men and young women of the senior class.  Undoubtedly in this class Miss Louise Reynolds was the most perfect, she being considered the best young woman exponent of club swinging in the school.”


Parkville, Dimock Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. George Rose visited their parents, near Parkville, Sunday, March 1st, and started home about 5 o’clock in the afternoon and got caught in that awful blizzard.  They said the wind blew about 40 miles an hour, and I guess Mrs. Rose thought the wind would turn the cutter over. ALSO  A wood bee was made for widow Julia VanCamp on Wednesday.  ALSO  Several hundred new books have been added to the Dimock free library, recently, which are interesting.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Blacksmiths are not getting very much sharpening to do this winter, on account of the heavy snow, so some of them are shoveling snow on the roads instead.


St. Joseph – The people here and distant friends were shocked when the Angel of Death suddenly claimed one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens, Thomas Reilly. Death occurred at his home Feb. 23, 1914.  Mr. Reilly was born in Ireland over 80 years ago.  He had lived for the past 37 years in St. Joseph.  He was a successful farmer, quiet in his ways, pleasant to everyone, a generous neighbor, a true friend.  Mr. Reilly is survived by four children, Thomas F., of East Orange, N. J., Miss Ellie, John and Bernard, of St. Joseph, and one sister, Miss Sarah Reilly, of Binghamton, N. Y.


Susquehanna – The wind on Sunday night blew the slate roof off the barn of Fred Dutcher.  A large number of shade trees were also blown down. ALSO  The Susquehanna river is filled with the heaviest body of ice in several years and it is possible to drive for miles on the ice where there [is] a road broken.


Lenoxville – The Missing Link Dramatic Society enjoyed a sleigh ride to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Ransom, last Thursday night.  All voted it a very pleasant time.


Hop Bottom – The severity of the storm in this section could be more fully realized when we learned that W. A. Jeffers, who came to the station here Sunday evening to meet a party of relatives, was lost in the storm on the way home and the entire company had to seek shelter for the night in the cottage at Jeffers’ Lake.


Rush – The donation at Rush M. E. church, last Thursday, was an enjoyable occasion.  Besides many good things for the parsonage, the pastor and wife were presented with a purse of $15 and a beautiful handmade counterpane.  ALSO  No school at Rushboro Monday, but Tuesday the teacher, Miss Hazel LaRue, took up duties as did the scholars.  Her sister, Martha, couldn’t get to her school at Fowler Hill so she spent a couple days visiting her cousin, Blanche Gray, at East Rush.


Transue, Auburn Twp. – There was no school last week, the snow drifts being so bad the teacher was unable to get here.


Alford – H. L. Hubbard says that pressing demands were made upon the popular boarding house, which he and his wife conducts, during the blizzard period, but all were taken good care of.


Tunkhannock - Hotelmen here are complaining bitterly of the result of the seven weeks evangelistic campaign.  Remonstrances have been filed against every hotel in town and many more throughout the county and to add to their discomfort the town dispensers of intoxicants report bar receipts so low it is impossible to make both ends meet.  A “dry” county is predicted by many in touch with public sentiment.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. – Bert Cameron is gaining very slowly from his illness, but is still confined to the bed.  Friends and neighbors extended a helping hand to Mrs. Sara Cameron and family, March 9th, which was greatly appreciated.   A nice pile of wood was sawed, split and hauled to the door.  ALSO  Several in this vicinity have had their telephones removed—rent was getting most too high.  ALSO  In Lenoxville, school has re-opened after a three weeks’ vacation.  Miss Sherman, being obliged to resign to care for her mother, who fell on the ice and broke her leg.  Miss Marjorie Harding has been hired to substitute.


Choconut Valley – The blizzard did not miss the Valley.  Snow drifts were from eight to ten feel in depth where it seldom drifts.  All travel was stopped.  The mail could not get through for several days, but now the stage makes its regular trips and the R. D. carrier gets through on his routes and the roads are getting all right again.  Several who were out for short visits were caught by the storm and could not return for several days.


Forest City – Fifteen boys, ranging in age from 12 to 16 years, were put in the borough lockup Saturday night for snow balling people as they passed along Main street.  They were discharged after their parents paid $2 apiece to get them out.  This ought to be a lesson to the boys who make a practice of snowballing.


Harford – The Central House, which for some years was under the management of E. W. Miller, has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Andrews, who have taken possession. ALSO The grocery store formerly kept by U. B. Lott has been sold to the Harford Supply Co., and is being remodeled.  The store will be under the management of F. O. Miller and N. C. Adams.


News Briefs: The heating of the new high school in Rupert, Idaho, by electricity, is the first case on record where large buildings have been heated entirely by such means, announces the Federal Bureau of Education.  The school has come to be known as “The Electric High School.”  ALSO Twenty women were suffering from injuries Tuesday, clothes being torn, ribs cracked and hats battered, when a mob of 5,000 stormed the already clogged Carnegie Hall in New York, in a vain attempt to hear the Reverend W. A. [Billy] Sunday, baseball evangelist, “lay out the devil.”  Police reserves from the stations fought through the singing, shouting crowd, and with difficulty cleared the way to the doors.  Women were aided to their feet and all urged to go home.


March 20 (1914/2014)


Rushville – Newton R. Jones sustained a severe loss Wednesday night when two large barns on his farm were burned to the ground, together with their contents which included three horses, wagons, tools, harnesses, hay, grain, etc.  The Fire was discovered at about 8 o’clock in the evening, its origin being unknown.  There was a partial insurance.  The farm on which the barns were located was commonly designated as the Sherwood farm.


Middletown Twp. – One good feature about the blizzard is that we can’t get back into the “old ruts” for some time because all the roads are now through the fields.


Brooklyn – Ami Ely died at his late home March 14, 1914.  He was born Dec. 9, 1824, thus his age was 89 years and three months.  When such a man as Mr. Ely passes away it is worthwhile to pause and consider what manner of man he was.  For over 60 years he was a prominent factor in making the Township of Brooklyn what it is today, one of the foremost townships in Susquehanna County in the ranks of business and political economy.  Mr. Ely was a direct descendant of Richard Ely, who came from Plymouth, England, in 1660 and settled in Lynn, Conn. Ami’s father, Gurdon Ely came from Lynn, to Brooklyn, in1818. Ami married Emily Tewksbury and together the couple raised six children.  Mr. Ely was not perfect, but if all were as good as he and obeyed the Golden Rule as nearly as he intended, there would be no need of saloons, or Court Houses and jails.  The world is better for his life.


South Montrose – This town has an industry in the trunk slat factory which is furnishing about $1500 monthly in wages to a force of men that is steadily working pretty much all of the time.  The creamery’s monthly payroll is about $500, and with the large force of men employed at Louden Hill Farm, South Montrose and vicinity is becoming a thriving business center and in no small way, population considered.


Hallstead – Engineer Frank Tingley returned to his home here on Monday, after running the engine on the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna for a couple of weeks, during the absence of the regular engineer, A. M. Sliker.  Mr. Tingley says the experience during the recent blizzard was the worst he encountered in his railroad career of many years.  The Lackawanna possesses no more reliable and capable engineer than this trustworthy engine driver and his friends here are always glad to see his genial face peering from the locomotive cab or feel the grip of his strong, steady hand. ALSO The property of the Herbeck-Deemer [Glass] Co will be sold by orders of the Court on April 8th.


South Gibson – Greeley Belcher, of Crystal Lake, is moving to the old homestead on East Mountain.  ALSO Jasper Conrad, our stage driver to Foster, celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday. ALSO Earl Manzer and F. F. Resseguie, two of our largest dairymen, have decided to make their butter at home this season.


Heart Lake – Mr. Crane, of Binghamton, was here one day last week.  He expects to build a cottage at the lake in the early spring.  ALSO Mr. Sneider, of New York city, visited at L. E. Griffing’s over Sunday.  Mr. Sneider is one of our summer residents and wanted to see how it looked in the winter season.


Herrick Center – P. H. Flynn, of Hotel Flynn, entertained twenty-eight men engaged in breaking out the roads recently.  With his usual generosity, Mr. Flynn gave each man his dinner and feed for teams gratis. ALSO A game of basketball between Thompson and Herrick Center teams was played at the gymnasium, Thursday evening, followed by an oyster supper in the basement of the school house.


Friendsville – The Riley boys are cutting wood for landlord Lake, of the Friendsville House. ALSO Joseph Mullen has the largest pile of wood in town.


South Ararat – Despite the snow and the terrible high drifts after the big snow storm our old milk boy, Charles Westgate, kept his temper and always seemed so pleasant but he don’t whistle the same old tune—it’s something like this—“Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie.”


Franklin Forks – The roads are nearly all blocked with snow.  People are traveling in the fields; anywhere they can find a place to drive.


Forest City – Two young men from Elkdale and a companion from Uniondale created a disturbance at the Erie depot Saturday evening.  Officer Wolfert was called and the brave young men quieted down at the appearance of the burley chief.


Montrose – Proprietor Walter G. Castle, of the Orpheum Theatre, believes in giving his patrons the best in moving pictures and on next Wednesday night offers a special 4 reel picture, “Thora, Lord of the Jungle.”  This is a picture of the wild animals found in Africa. ALSO A bank note of the Susquehanna Co. Bank, at Montrose, dated Jan. 1st, 1849, signed by President Wm. G. Post and Cashier T. P. St. John and made payable to H. Tyler or bearer, is in possession of J. F. Lannon, the grocer.  This note, with others, was found at Washington, D. C., when a building was being torn down, which was being used as a barracks for the Union soldiers during the rebellion.  The notes were found on the rafters of the structure where it is surmised that the soldiers hid them with the intention of returning for the notes after the battle, but lost their lives in battle.  The note is a trifle smaller than our present notes and is in a good state of preservation.


Springville – J. H. Kelly is selling furniture, etc., used at the Springville Hotel, at private sale.  He will remove to Endicott, having sold his hotel.


Brookdale - D. Worden found a large snake near a spring and one of his neighbor’s dogs killed a wood chuck Monday, so we think spring is coming [even] if the earth is covered with snow.


News Brief: Considerable anxiety is felt along the river by people who may have damage done by the ice breaking up.  At Still Water, near State Line, the ice measures 20 inches thick, while just around the bend, above the bridge, is a large ice gorge frozen in some places five and six cakes thick.  There is some talk of opening up a channel with dynamite at State Line.