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March 27 1914

March 27 (1914/2014)



Uniondale – J. S. Boulter is remodeling his O. K. ice cream parlor and it is very neat and attractive.  ALSO  J. E.  Thomas, of Binghamton, NY, formerly of this place, has bought Mrs. Chandler’s property and expects to engage in the jewelry business.


Lawsville – Henry Craik and Wellington Bailey went to Binghamton last Saturday, to attend the funeral of Bayard Sherman and to bring the remains to this place for burial on Sunday.  ALSO Fred VanHouten had the misfortune to lose a horse last week from an internal rupture, caused from plunging through the snow drifts.


South Auburn – Twenty-five of the ladies in this vicinity met in the hall, Wednesday, and quilted some quilts for our newly wedded young people, Mrs. Elmer Benninger and Mrs. Roscoe Young.  AND in West Auburn H. J. Brande took a sleigh load of Woman’s Christian Temperance Union ladies to Silvara on Saturday.


Glenwood – Thieves are getting most too bold and most to numerous.  Friday night an attempt was made to break into the corn house of E. M. Barnes, where he keeps fur stored.  Courtland Wright was aroused by the noise and consequently let a few stray B. B shot at Mr. Burglar, who soon made a retreat whistling softly while the shot and shells were streaming.


Montrose - Saturday morning, March 21, the first day of spring, the mercury stood at 6 degrees below zero. ALSO More necessary improvements have been made in A. Schadrinsky’s recently enlarged shoe store and repair shop.  Additional shoe shelves placed along the walls from the ceiling to the floor are filled with a new stock of shoes, and the enlargement of his shoe repairing corner is an indication of an apparent increase in business in this department. 


Heart Lake – Angus Richardson, the well- known market gardener, remarked that four years ago that day, March 24, he planted a half acre of peas. ALSO  Harry and Cyril Whitmarsh left Tuesday morning for Endicott, where they have secured positions with the Johnson shoe factory.


Susquehanna – Unconscious and bleeding from deep gashes on the right side of his head and face, Thomas Lynch was left to die in a half- naked condition on a snow bank near the car barn on State street, Binghamton, early Sunday morning.  He had been held up, robbed, stripped of most of his clothing and then thrown in the snow to perish.  The victim was in a serious condition when discovered later and his recovery is far from being a certainty.  One suspect is being held by the police.  He gives his name as Michael Gaffney, and when taken in to custody some of Lynch’s clothes were found on his person.  Fourteen dollars in cash, the amount said to have been carried by Lynch, when attacked, was also found on the prisoner.


Springville – Mr. Fiske, who is to be the new landlord at the Springville Hotel, with his two unmarried daughters, have arrived from their former home in Illinois.  His goods have been removed to the hotel, although he does not take possession till April 1.


Brooklyn – Edith Rogers and Silome Richardson went to Centermoreland last week to become more proficient telephone operators. Silome is employed as a “hello” girl in Brooklyn.


Hop Bottom – Melia A. Brown announces that she has a full assortment of spring millinery now ready for inspection.  Announcement of special showing of trimmed hats to be made later.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. – Miss Bertha Conboy got a call to go to New York where she has employment in a woman’s hospital.


New Milford – Maurice Ellsworth put out over 500 pails in his [maple sugar] camp during the thaw, but they froze up. ALSO Wm. Merritt came to the United States from England during Grant’s administration, at a time when work was scarce and wages small.  But he is of the type of man who had rather be employed in some way than to be idling his time in the hope of something “turning up,” and by hard work and thrift he has achieved a name and place which ranks second to none in the county.  Others may have attained greater wealth and wider renown, but none surpass him in wealth of character and true manliness.


Rushville – Two large barns on the farm belonging to N. R. Jones, and occupied by R. J. Haney, were burned to the ground last week.  Three valuable horses belonging to Mr. Haney were burned.  Mr. Jones’ loss is partly covered by insurance, while Mr. Haney had no insurance and his loss is $1000.  He has the sympathy of the neighborhood.  We hear Mr. Jones expects to build again this spring.  How the fire started is a mystery as there had been no lanterns in the barn since Monday night and the chores that night were done before dark and the barn locked.


Forest City – Thirty or more bright and cheery girls, of the Forest city and Vandling Methodist churches, will present an entertainment, the evening of March 27, in the Forest City M. E. church.  The program will include dialogues, readings, quartettes, drills, etc., full of spice and instruction.  The proceeds apply to benevolent enterprises of the church.  Adm. 20 cents.


Thompson - The remains of B. S. Dix, of Carbondale, were brought here Monday for interment.  Mr. Dix died Friday night at the home of his son, Corren E. Dix, of Carbondale.  He was a veteran of the Civil war, Bat. F, 1st PA Light Artillery.  Burial was in the North Side cemetery.  The bearers chosen to convey the remains from the station to the cemetery were: S. L. French, B. F. Barnes, M. G. Wrighter and G. G. Witter, all of whom were veterans in the Civil war.  Mr. French was in the same company with the deceased.  Two sons and one daughter of the deceased were present at the burial, Rev. B. W. Dix of Nicholson, Corren E. Dix, of Carbondale and Laura Schillenger, of Trenton, N. J.


News Brief – The mineral production of Susquehanna county, in 1912, as reported to the Topographic and Geologic Survey, consisted of brick and tile, anthracite coal and bluestone, of a combined value of $1,308,804. It is impossible to separate the values of the several products without disclosing individual production.

April 03 1914

April 03 (1914/2014)



Forest City – On Account of high water there was no work the fore part of the week in the Clifford and Dunmore veins of our mines.  The pumps were put to work at full capacity day and night to rid the mines of the water and every effort was put forth by the company to insure the safety of the workers for which they are commended. ALSO  Two children of Joseph Stifinia arrived from Italy last week.  They were unaccompanied and seemed to have enjoyed the voyage across the deep.


Montrose – Roger S. Searle, son of the late Daniel and Johanna Stark Searle, was born in 1825 and died the 26th of March, 1914.  Born in Pittston, Luzerne county, he came to Montrose with his parents where he received a liberal education, attending the Moravian school in Nazareth, John Mann’s Academy at St. Joseph and the Montrose Academy. His father manufactured and shipped large quantities of lumber and Roger succeeded him in the business, which he continued until his enlistment during the Civil War.  He furnished lumber for the Smithsonian Institute, supplied the D. L. & W. with wood for fuel and shipped lumber largely to Baltimore and Richmond.  In 1861 he entered the army as a sergeant major and recruited a company for the 12th Pennsylvania Reserves. His health being impaired, he was assigned to hospital duty and in 1862 served as drill master at Camp Curtin.  He was offered a commission as major but declined owing to continued ill health.  Mr. Searle was a president of the Susquehanna County Agricultural Society, a member of the Horticultural Assoc., a prime mover in organizing the Susquehanna Grange, of which he was the first master, and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 


Harford – Lynn Forsythe is home, suffering from an attack of acute indigestion.  His brother, Halley, has gone to Scranton to work in his place in the Grand Union tea store. ALSO Our genial and enterprising dealer, Robert Manson, operates two meat wagons which are very popular with a large number of customers.


Elk Lake – George Ridley and family have moved into their new house near the cranberry marsh.  G. Ray Bishop is the tenant on the farm.


Hopbottom/Foster – Martin Deuel of Binghamton, formerly of Rush, has purchased the Valley View House at Foster, which Fred Toepfer has conducted the past year.


Hallstead/Great Bend – The first of the week the high water along the Susquehanna covered the flats between Hallstead and Great Bend, the only means of communication between the two towns being by boat.  Passengers on the trains coming from Susquehanna were obliged to go to Binghamton on Monday in order to reach Montrose. 


Clifford – Oney T. Rounds, superintendent of state highways in Susquehanna and Wayne counties, has been having his troubles in keeping the roads on his route—which covers a distance of 200 miles—open this winter.  He is one of the kinds of superintendents who believe in setting the pace, and when it comes to shoveling snow he can move as much with the shovel in a day as the best of them.  He has also been giving some good instruction in “plowing” it out. 


Bridgewater Twp. - Joseph West and W. A. Lathrop have purchased a tract of land from Chas. Post, just below the L. V. R. R. on Bank Street, and plan to develop same along several lines.  A chicken farm will be the specialty.  Fruit orchards will be planted and the raising of green vegetables [will be] engaged in on a large scale as soon as the farm can be gotten in shape.  The operation is to be an extensive one.


Susquehanna – The bridge near the electric light plant was washed out by the high water.  ALSO  U. W. Wescott, of Oakland, has accepted a position in the New High School building in Binghamton and started with his team for that place Monday morning.


Springville – The bank here seems assured, the following being the officers elected: President, R. L. Avery; 1st Vice President, Herbert Fish; 2nd Vice President, Dr. H. B. Lathrop; Secretary, E. A. Lemon; Directors – Henry Tague, Stephen Loomis, Charles Conrad, Mrs. Albert Lyman, Emory Taylor. ALSO Wilmot Fish, the new proprietor of the Springville Hotel, received his license Tuesday and took possession.  Mr. Fish was born and lived here until fourteen years of age, but for the past 50 years has resided in Illinois.  He is a most agreeable gentleman to meet and says it is his intention to make the Springville Hotel an up-to-date hostelry.


Uniondale – It is rumored that the railroad company will install signal bells at two crossings here.  As the railroad company has taken into consideration our safety in crossing tracks, think we should do something to beautify our town.  What about an improvement association. A nice little park, with flowers and band stand, and make our town more attractive.  Someone pick the cover off and let the sunshine in.


Thompson – School reopened this morning, after being closed four weeks, on account of the measles epidemic.  ALSO The following Mansfield students from Thompson and vicinity are spending the Easter vacation at their homes: Ethel Bryant, Ruth Stone, Anna Harper, Jessie Wilmarth, Helen Weir and Floyd Stearns.


Jackson – The following pupils were present every day during the month at the Maple Ridge school: Raymond Wilcox, Loyd Blaisdell, Jay Decker, Esther Quick, Loyd Hall and Robert Washburn.  Earl, Ruth, Nellie and Harlie Hall were absent part of the month owing to measles existing in the home.  We are sorry that it was necessary for them to be absent as this is the third year in succession that Ruth had been present every day and the second that Nellie had.


East Kingsley - Our mail carrier, Bert Sterling, is filling the bill in delivering the mail these days, but has the pleasure of traveling through the lots, over stone walls, across plowed fields, back yards and lots, opening gates and letting down bars at his leisure [because of snowed in roads].


News Briefs: The Pennsylvania Railroad last year paid out $5143.40 on account of accidents to passengers who tripped over other passengers’ grips placed in the aisles on trains.  That is one of the reasons why the company instructs its trainmen not to permit luggage to remain in the aisles of passenger coaches.  ALSO  Go back to the 100 Years column of March 20 and you will find, in the Montrose news, the article about a bank note of the Susquehanna County Bank, at Montrose, dated Jan. 1st, 1849.  That same bank note was brought to our Society this week by Tom Calcaine, who purchased it in California.  The note left Montrose during the Civil War, went to Washington, D.C., then to Kansas City, then to California and back to Montrose.

April 10 1914

April 10 (1914/2014)



Shannon Hill (Auburn Twp.) – Elmer Dunlap, one of our popular young men, was married on Tuesday to Miss Martha LaRue, of Rush, at the home of the bride, by Rev. Fosle.  At the same time and place, Hazel LaRue and Harry Reimel were married.  Mr. Dunlap and wife will spend their honeymoon at Rochester with his sister, Mrs. Leslie Conrad, and Mr. Reimel and wife will go to Philadelphia to visit relatives.


Elk Lake – P. B. Linaberry left his team standing in front of Tanner’s and they became frightened and ran away to the Caton cottage, where they were stopped by John Arnold.


Harford – Paul Stevens and Donald Hooven, assisted by Mitchell Hoovan, gave a magic lantern entertainment in the school house Monday night.


Flynn – The old saying that if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb was fully verified this spring.


Kingsley – At the earnest request of the public, the U. P. C. U. of the Universalist church will repeat the drama, “Aunt Jerusha’s Quilting Party,” on Tuesday evening, April 14.  Many new features will make up the program.  Mrs. Geo. Terry, of Brooklyn, will give an illustrated poem by Jean Ingelow, “The Songs of Seven.”  Admission 25 and 15 cents.


Oakley – Chicken thieves visited Naomi Tingley’s farm, Sunday night, walking off with four choice fowls.


Susquehanna – Many of the town people went up the new State road by the river to see the high water.  Heretofore this was impossible, as the old road would be under water.  ALSO Joseph Towner will be the steward for the poor farm the coming year.


Montrose – Photographer L. G. Titman has been having considerable success in taking pictures by the means of electric lights, having installed lamps that give about 2,500 candlepower at his studio.  It is possible to take photographs at any time of the day or night with this equipment, which has attracted many who have found no time to come when Old Sol is shining his best.


Heart Lake – The Heart Lake Resort has been purchased by Mack & Jenkins, proprietors of The Subway Lunch, the deal being finished up the first of the week.  Thereby, F. T. Mack and Z. D. Jenkins become sole owners and proprietors of this popular summer amusement place.  The purchase price is not made public but the deal involves several thousand dollars.  We understand they intend making numerous improvements this season and more during the fall or early next season.  The tract of land takes up about eight acres of the most valuable land about the lake, with about 500 feet of water front, and the resort includes a merry-go-round, boarding house, dance hall, store, boat livery, naphtha launch, ball ground, picnic grounds and a large barn.  Their opening dance at the lake will be held May 30, and they are now making plans for the annual “ever glorious 4th of July” celebrations.  The young owners will continue to run The Subway Lunch on Public Avenue in Montrose, as in the past Mr. Mack will manage the Resort as heretofore, and Mr. Jenkins will remain in charge of The Subway.


Gibson – Our school will close its work Friday, April 3, and at this time three girls—Pauline Hill, Helen Low and Thelma Tompkins will graduate.  Supt. James A. Coughlin, of Wilkes-Barre, will deliver the commencement address.  The public is cordially invited; admission free. ALSO Wednesday evening last, the many friends of Frank Shepherdson made him a birthday surprise.  The going was bad, but a large number were present.  One party changed vehicles three times—part of the way on sleighs, then on wagons, and finished up on foot.


Brooklyn – Quite a large number of ladies gathered at the home of Mrs. Wm. Gillespie recently, giving her a surprise and sewed her carpet rags.  A fine dinner was served.  ALSO The Orchard Co. men have finished trimming the Ely orchard and are now trimming on the Austin orchard.


Lynn – All persons having books belonging to the free library will please return them, as they will be sent away Monday next and a new supply received.  ALSO Garney Smith has taken possession of the C. L. Berry farm which he has leased for a year.  The only one thing needful now is the housekeeper, which rumor says will be along as soon as the roads get settled although we don’t hear Garney say much about it.


Birchardville – Special Easter services will be held at the church Sunday morning next, consisting of new Easter music by the choir and Sunday school and recitations, exercises and readings by the children and young people.  All who can loan plants or flowers for the occasion are kindly requested to do so.  There will be other decorations and also Easter badges for those who may not have them.  An Easter offering for missions will be taken.  A delegation of young people and children will be taken to Rush in the afternoon to repeat the program in the Baptist church.


Lathrop – A very valuable team, wagons, three sets of harness, blankets, etc., stolen from J. P. McKeon, the night of March 25, were located by Detective M. A. Rafter, of Scranton, who was assigned to the case last week, at Canadensis, near Stroudsburg, and are now in the owner’s possession.  Detective Rafter and Mr.McKeon were in Stroudsburg Thursday, getting out a warrant for the thief, who, as yet, has not been found, and his brother, at whose place the stolen property was found, for receiving stolen goods.


Choconut – An Easter dance will be given by McCahill Bros., at Choconut Valley Inn, Friday evening, April 17th.  Good music has been provided for this occasion and an enjoyable time anticipated, as usual.  The McCahill’s are royal entertainers.


Uniondale – H. H. Howard, the proprietor of the temperance house, harvested a crop of ice 15” thick last week.


Snake Creek – B. L. Bailey has lumber on the ground for a new house, also the cellar dug and walled up.  ALSO Ray Caswell and family, of Coneoght, Ohio, are to locate on the Caswell farm this spring.


Friendsville – The people of our town are very sorry to lose one of our farmer friends, Jos. Crowley.


New Milford – Charles Walker, proprietor of the Walker House, has been served with papers by the Constable of the town on a charge of violating the liquor licenses.  Walker has been accused by the ministers of the town of selling liquor to minors, violating the Sunday law, and keeping a disorderly house.

April 17 1914

April 17 (1914/2014)



Flynn – Now, as it has been decided that married women make the best teachers, and our directors rather lean that way, there is likely to be quite a scramble here this spring.


Clifford – Some things this town needs--a blacksmith shop, a harness maker and cobbler and a physician. ALSO Frank Hasbrouck has sold the Clifford-Nicholson stage route to Grant Button, of Nicholson. ALSO Through the deaths caused by auto accidents, suicides and other apparitions, Royal has lost its postoffice and its only store, also.


Lynn – Gordon H. Fish will open an egg store in this place, May 1, where he will pay the highest cash price for eggs. ALSO The base ball boys of this place will hold a warm sugar social at the Odd Fellows Hall on Friday evening, April 17th.  Everybody cordially invited to come and bring your best girl.


North Bridgewater – Mr. and Mrs. James Clough and children came near being asphyxiated, Tuesday night, by gas escaping from their coal stove. ALSO Very cold for Easter, everything quiet; no sleighing, neither wheeling, but plenty of mud.


Brooklyn – Brooklyn has an improvement society which is planning for an aggressive campaign this summer.


Montrose – David E. Stilson will open a bicycle shop in the room next door to Chapman’s shop, on Church street, in two weeks.  The young man will keep a full supply of bicycle and motorcycle supplies and will also do first class repairing. ALSO Clarence Hart, who lately accepted a position as hostler at the Exchange Hotel barn, was kicked by a vicious horse and sustained severe injuries.  One shoulder bone was so badly splintered by the horse’s hoof that it was necessary to take him to Sayre Hospital for surgical aid.  One ear was nearly severed and it required a number of stitches to close the wound.  The unfortunate young man was accompanied to the hospital by his father.


Forest City – John Moranick, aged 20 years, is charged with shooting Louis Kafnack, aged 27, through the heart as a result of a drunken brawl at Brownsdale, near here, Monday night.  It is alleged to have been caused by a quarrel over a woman.  Chief Wolfert arrested several of the brawlers and brought them here.  The murder occurred in Wayne County and the supposed murderer was taken to Honesdale jail later.


South Gibson – Curtis Howell, the oldest man in Gibson, died at 11 a.m. Sunday at his home here.  Mr. Howell would have been 95 years old had he lived until May 4.


Oakley – Mrs. C. M. Young entertained the Kingsley Book club on Friday last and treated the ladies to warm maple sugar.


Susquehanna/Great Bend – The State Highway Department will, on May 5, receive sealed bids for a brick pavement from Main and Exchange street, Susquehanna to Oakland bridge leading to Oakland Borough, from the Oakland bridge on the Oakland side to the new State road, bids will be received for Asphaltic Bituminous Macadam. In Great Bend Township bids will be received on the same date, for a road to be built of Asphaltic Bituminous Macadam paving from the east line of Great Bend Borough to the bridge over Hasbrook Creek. ALSO The Eire flyer has been taken off the road between Binghamton and Carbondale.


Forest Lake – The Warner school closed Friday and had a very successful term taught by Miss Frances Kelly.  Gertrude Newton, William Seiber, Frances, Genevieve and Kathryn Quinlivan, were not tardy or absent during the whole year.  The teacher remembered them with pretty presents.


Uniondale – Mrs. Isaac Curtis died on Thursday.  She was a kind woman, a good neighbor, a hard worker, a true Christian.  Her husband, one son and four daughters, parted with their best friend. 


Hallstead – The American Chair Manufacturing Company is working extra time to catch up with their orders, which doesn’t have the appearance of dull times.


Lenox – Arthur Snyder, one of the best known young men of this place, died on April 4, 1914, after an extended illness.  He was the son of Eldridge Snyder, the well-known gardener.


New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. Wm. M. VanCott, who have spent the winter in Florida, returned home.  They report a very enjoyable trip and their health is much improved.


Tunkhannock – The liquor license court refused to license four old houses against which remonstrances were filed.  Among the places ordered closed were the Factoryville House, conducted by J. P. Collins, and the hotels at Noxen, Beaumont and Centermoreland.  Several others are being held under advisement.  Tunkhannock is now a “dry” town and a total of ten hotels in the county were refused licenses by Judge C. E. Terry.  Three of the hotels in Tunkhannock which were refused licenses are, the New Packer House, the Keeler House and the Hotel Graham—who have closed their buildings entirely.  The Warren Street Hotel keeps open, but the W. C. T. U. notified Judge Terry that they would see to it that nobody would be forced to leave town for accommodation.


Lanesboro – The “Persecuted Dutchman” a local talent play, will be presented at the Firemen’s Hall here.  Turn out and help the fire ladies.


Hop Bottom – Among those from this vicinity who went to hear evangelist “Billy Sunday,” last Saturday, were: Mr. and Mrs. Will Squires, Mrs. Wm. Hardy and daughter, Dorothy, Mrs. Josephine Tingley, Lillian Byram, Bertha Hortman and Grover Lawrence.


Glenwood – We are very much in need of a lineman on the Glenwood telephone line from Cameron’s Corners to Nicholson.  We have been completely out of commission for the past week and if this should reach the eyes of Mr. Osgood, we would like him to come and fix matters up at once, as it is very inconvenient, and oblige your renters.


Auburn 4 Corners – Mrs. J. W. Smith fell off a chair and hurt her quietly bad last Thursday.  ALSO Mrs. Jennie Smith had the misfortune to lose a valuable cow one day last week.


News Brief: Maple sugar makers report an excellent “run” of sap.  Plenty of maple syrup is offered for sale.  It is selling for $1.10 a gallon.

April 24 1914

April 24 (1914/2014)



Hallstead – The women folks who are being terrorized by a “Jack the Hugger” are so apprehensive that they are afraid to venture forth at night, are going to make a determined effort for better police protection.  A few evenings ago a lady residing on Fourth street, on the West Side, went to make a call on another friend on Dayton avenue and was walking along Lackawanna avenue near the coal chutes—one of the poorly lighted streets in town.  She had reached the darkest part of the street when, without warning, a poorly dressed man swung himself down from the branches of a tree and seized her.  When she screamed for help he attempted to choke her.  A big watch dog, belonging to Mr. Vogel, who lives on the same street, heard her screams and started toward them, and fearing that help was at hand, the miscreant ran toward the railroad tracks and made his escape.  She was pretty roughly handled, and only for the appearance of the dog might have fared worse.


Harford – The funeral of Miss Jennie Shannon, formerly of Harford, but whose death occurred in St. Louis, Mo., was held at the home of her father, Wm. Shannon, in this village, Sunday, Rev. Webster officiating.  The funeral was largely attended, friends being present from Rochester, Binghamton and Harford.  The casket was covered with beautiful flowers, the gifts of friends.  Burial in the village cemetery beside her mother.


Glenwood – Wedding bells have been ringing.  Lillian McAloon of this place and Bruce Belcher, of South Gibson, were married in Scranton recently.  Congratulations.


Great Bend – The work on the good roads is progressing as rapidly as possible and if the weather conditions remain favorable, Contractor Gill hopes to have the work finished about July 1st.  The road in Great Bend township will extend from Main Street, this borough, to the foot of Hasbrook Hill.


Uniondale – Our morning train south was discontinued the 15th inst.  We think if the O. & W. R. R. would put [a] morning train on, the Erie would replace train at once.  See?  The old reliable think the railroad will get a raise in freight rates by so doing.  The snow is about gone and raised the water.  They will need more money to pay dividends.


Jackson – Mrs. G. A. Bell, of New Milford, will be at the Central Hotel Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28, 29 with a full line of millinery goods.


Forest Lake – Our old friend, Jefferson Green, was in Montrose Saturday and called to renew for the Democrat, to which he has been a subscriber 54 years. Mr. Green, who has been a sufferer with rheumatism for many years, says he is feeling pretty good these spring days.


Little Meadows – A good many of our young folks attended the dance in Friendsville Easter Monday night [and] also a dance at McCahill’s, in Choconut, the past Friday night.  All report a large crowd.


Hop Bottom – The last basket ball game of the season was played in Masonic hall, Saturday afternoon, between [the] Camp Fire Girls, of Factoryville, and Foster [Hop Bottom] girls.  The score was 18-10 in favor of Foster.


S. Auburn – Two more of our popular young people have embarked on the sea of matrimony.  Ruth Love and Arthur Grow were married in Buffalo, April 14, and have commenced housekeeping in Rochester.  Mr. Grow has the position vacated by his brother, Archie Grow, who came home on account of poor health.


Forest City – Thomas H. O’Neill, one of our oldest residents, states that 57 years ago, yesterday, he started near Pleasant Mount, early in the morning to go a distance of nearly two miles and it made a day’s journey.  Snow was four feet deep on the level.  It snowed for three days but it did not drift.  ALSO  William Pertoski, a member of the 29th Regiment U. S. army, stationed at Fort Porter, N. Y., left yesterday to rejoin his regiment after a furlough of four days, spent with his parents here.  The young man is anxious to go to the front and expects an early call to move to the Mexican border if not in action.


Susquehanna – Oscar Donaldson, teller in the City National Bank, was married Monday evening to Miss Flora Bronson, at the M. E. church in Lanesboro.  They left on a wedding trip which will include New York and Washington. 


Herrick Center – The closing exercises of the primary and grammar rooms of our school were held in the school auditorium, Thursday afternoon, April 9.  A two-hour program of music, recitations, exercises and drills was rendered in a manner which reflected great credit on the teachers in charge.  The High School will have another month and next year the whole school will have eight months.  Our school is an institution of which every citizen should be proud.  We have one of the best buildings in the county outside of Montrose, Susquehanna and Forest City.  It contains a well-equipped library and laboratory, a large auditorium with stage and drop curtain, besides ample room in the basement for holding socials and for play room in stormy weather.  We are very fortunate in retaining, for several years, a very efficient corps of teachers, under whose administration the standard of the school has steadily risen.


Clifford – O. T. Rounds, a superintendent of state highways, states his approval of Gov. Glynn’s edict to build state roads of brick.  The theory is that although costing more at the start they will save in upkeep.  Mr. Rounds believes they must have a concrete base to give the best service, however, and cites Carbondale’s experience with brick pavements where the concrete base was lacking.  The street soon had a wavy appearance and was very unsatisfactory, having to be relaid.  It pays to build them well.


Montrose – The small building owned by Lake, Roe & Co., used for housing their scales at the L. & M. Stock Yards, burned to the ground Tuesday night around nine o’clock.  A car of stock had been loaded that afternoon, the men leaving at about five o’clock.  The cause of the fire is not known.  When discovered by neighbors the entire building was enveloped in flames and the roof nearly at the point of falling in.


News Brief: News was received on Wednesday that Harold Stark, an officer in the U. S. navy, has been ordered to Mexican waters on the battleship Massachusetts, leaving Hampton Roads, Wednesday afternoon.  Mr. Stark is a son of Mrs. B. F. Stark, of Wilkes-Barre, and has relatives and friends in this vicinity.  (Harold R. Stark was chief of Naval Operations (1939-1942) during WW 11.  He was the son of Benjamin F. Stark, Wilkes-Barre, and Mary F. Warner Stark, formerly of Montrose).

May 01 1914

May 01 (1914/2014)



Forest Lake – After an absence of 21 years in Goldfield, Colorado, T. R. Taylor is spending some time at his old home in Forest Lake.  Mr. Taylor has been engaged in gold mining during the period of his absence, and is an expert on gold ore treatment.  He is visiting his brother, E. H. Taylor and sister, Mrs. G. L. Shelp, expecting to remain two months. He was called home by the death of his brother, Grant Taylor.


Forest City – J. W. Jones was elected for one month to act as a “clean up” officer and see that tenants and property owners around the town get their premises “slicked up” during the month of May.  Mr. Jones promised to go at the job diligently.  ALSO  It is reported that the Hillside and D. & H companies are favorable to bearing their share of the expense of a good macadam road, with asphalt or tar dressing, on South Main street, between the end of the brick pavement and the county line.  A committee was appointed to visit the land agents of the companies in relation to the matter.


Montrose – This is Old Home Week at Zion A. M. E. church and special exercises are being held.  On Wednesday evening a concert of jubilee melodies was creditably given under the guidance of Mrs. Ella Case, and on Thursday evening Rev. Mr. Blackburn delivered a stirring sermon and Zion’s ladies served a supper in the basement of the church.  This evening, under the direction of Mrs. Maggie Thompson, the children of the Sunday school will give a program in connection with the service, to which the public is invited.  ALSO  Charles R. Sayre will come to Montrose about May 1st and open “Rosemont” as an all the year round inn.  Mr. Sayre expects to now reside here, permanently, as he is to be a general agent of an indemnity company, which will make such residence possible.


St. Joseph – Rev. .J. E. Donnelly, Jr., of Scranton, passed through Montrose, Thursday, on his return from St. Josephs, his old home, and called on James Passmore, the marble dealer, who has lately erected a monument to the memory of his parents, James and Katharine Donnelly, and brothers, Walter and Peter, the design of the monument being of the Grecian Sarcophagus style of architecture—and a genuine work of art.  Father Donnelly was both surprised and delighted that work of this class could be turned out in Susquehanna county, all of which is very complimentary to Mr. Passmore.


Tunkhannock – Because he told Samuel Durling, a farmhand to “help himself” and because Durling took too much and went home and beat his wife, Roland McNab, a painter here, was sentenced to pay a fine of $50 and spend 30 days in the county jail.  Since court refused ten hotel licenses in that county, no liquor has been sold here.  McNab went to Pittston on Saturday last, where he purchased two bottles of whiskey.  He treated his friend on Sunday and was arrested yesterday.


Springville – N. M. Titman failed to appear in the Scranton courts to defend a damage claim presented against him by Giles A. Philo, a farmer living up in the Abingtons, and the jury gave judgment in favor of Philo, but a new trial has been granted.  Titman’s auto struck Philo’s wagon up at “the Notch” and wrecked the outfit.  Titman wasn’t in court for the reason that his lawyer, Richard Holgate, Esq., “had long since disappeared from the county” and Titman had not been notified the case was ready for trial.


New Milford – The case of Charles Walker, proprietor of the Walker House, was called for argument in the court. [Walker has been accused by the ministers of the town of selling liquor to minors, violating the Sunday law, and keeping a disorderly house].   Judge Little said he would not be justified in revoking the hotel’s liquor license.  The violations occurred prior to the 1914 license.  He was convinced the hotel was run carelessly, but was a case for a jury.  He continued rule till August term to allow petitioners, if they desire, to bring an indictment.


Lenox – Mrs. Susan E. Guard, aged 81 years, died April 13, 1914, in Taylor’s Falls, Minnesota.  Deceased was a daughter of the late Asaph Fuller, an early pioneer of Lenox township.  She is survived by two children, Nellie and Edward, of the former place, and two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Lydia Belcher, of Gibson, Pa., Mrs. Whitney, of Wisconsin, and James Fuller, of Gibson and Theodore Fuller, of Scranton.  ALSO  In Glenwood, Bert Cameron is very poorly at this writing.  He is not gaining as rapidly as his friends would like to have him.  He was recently remembered by his nephew, George Burnett, of Lake Villa, Ill., and cousin, Mrs. Judson Atherholdt, of Luzerne, Pa., with a box of fruit and confectionary, etc.


South Ararat - Mrs. Cordelia Walker was the guest of her niece, Mrs. Henry Davis, Saturday.  She is very smart for a lady of her age—80.  She drove her own horse and seemed to enjoy the trip very much.


Gelatt – Mrs. George Whitmarsh was greatly surprised when the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union met and took possession of her home, but she soon regained her composure and joined in with the rest to help the time pass merrily. There were 25 present and all reported a fine time and good dinner.  The next meeting will be held with Mrs. Carrie Thomas, the second Friday in May.  All members are requested to be present.  Election of officers and paying up dues.


Brooklyn – We regret to learn that two members of the High School faculty have resigned their positions for the next year: Prin. J. B. Cogswell, to go to College, and Asst. Prin., Miss Anna Stephens, to accept a position in her home town, Towanda.


Rush – The new Methodist pastor will preach in the churches next Sunday according to regular schedule.  Rush, 10:30 a.m.; Beaver Meadows, 3 p.m. and at Rush Center, 7:30 p.m.  Rev. W. H. Corkwell is an eloquent and versatile young man—among the best young preachers of this large conference.


Little Meadows – Loretta Butler is getting along good now, just after having an operation on her neck at the Wilson Hospital, Lestershire.


West Auburn – The traveling men are all talking about the fine road built last year across the flat by ex-Supervisor Wm. Baker.  All citizens of Auburn township, who have not seen this road, should come over and look at it.

May 08 1914

May 08 (1914/2014)



Forest City – You have heard the story of Finnigan, the conductor, who having sent in a long account of a wreck was told by the superintendent to shorten his reports and the next time a train left the track [he] wired headquarters, “Off again, on again, gone again. Finnigan.”  Some time ago Julius Freedman contracted to purchase the Osgood lot on Main street.  Before he got a good warrantee title it got into the hands of the sheriff, was sold at sheriff’s sale and purchased by J. A. Hoole, the Carbondale contractor and Mr. Freedman was out in the cold.  Little things like that do not stop Julius, however, and yesterday he closed a deal with Mr. Hoole and is again in possession of the property one of the town’s choicest building sites.  Depend on “pop” to land on his feet.


Montrose – Prof. H. P. Young’s class in agriculture in the High school visited the blacksmith shop of Dr. C. W. Brodhead, where Dr. Brodhead gave the class a couple of hours’ demonstration of practical horseshoeing, welding iron and like matters of a practical nature in connection with farm work.  The class in agriculture is doing well under the instruction of Prof. Young, who is giving a course that particularly adapts young men to the practice of modern and progressive methods of farming. ALSO The ladies of the A. M. E. Zion church will serve a “Feast of the Seven Tables” in the basement of the church on May 19th.  Supper 25 cents.  All are invited to help the pastor and his people.


Uniondale - Our street commissioner, Ira Churchill, has a force of men out repairing streets and making ready with the expectation that our good neighbors of Clifford township [will] loan us their up to date traction engine to put on the finishing touches.  Ira is a hustler and we have confidence in him.  Thanks to O. T. Rounds in helping us to secure the outfit to repair the streets.  ALSO  Grant Stevens has purchased, of J. N. Corey, the famous horse, Billy S. C.  Glad he has fallen into kind hands.  Mr. Corey purchased a nice Ford car of Douglas & Yale last season—the only reason for his parting with him.


Little Meadows – The dance that was held in the Hall here, Friday evening, was largely attended.  The proceeds were $50.  ALSO  Edward Butler made a flying trip to Endicott, N. Y. last week.  He reported the roads quite muddy.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - The Lynn base ball team has received their new uniforms, which present a very neat appearance.  ALSO A band of Gypsies passed through this place, Friday last, on route to Montrose. 


Choconut – The house of John Dean was destroyed by fire Monday morning.  Mr. and Mrs. Dean were away attending the funeral of a relative.  One son, who was home, was in the barn at work, did not discover the fire until it was too late to save anything.


Harford – Friday evening, April 24, a merry company of friends and neighbors, about 40 in number, gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Flint to help celebrate his birthday.  Mr. Flint served in the Civil War, enlisting in Co. H. of the 50th N. Y. volunteers.  After the war he came to Harford and joined the Harvey S. Rice Post, when organized, and is one of the very few members who are still living and his many friends were glad to do honor to his 70th birthday.  Music and games helped the time to pass, Mr. Flint being as lively as anyone and helping all to have a good time.  E. C. Harding, another of our venerable soldiers, presented Mr. Flint with a purse of money as a token of good will and esteem, to which Mr. Flint very feelingly responded, after which the company departed to their various homes, wishing him many happy returns of the day and feeling that a very pleasant evening had been spent with one of our few remaining old soldiers, and sad that soon only a memory of their noble deeds will be all we shall have to revere.


Gelatt – Harold Daniels is rejoicing over a pair of twin goats.  ALSO  The teachers’ training class passed their final examination and will graduate in the near future.  The class consists of the following: Verna Daniels, Abbie Thomas, Marion Lowe, Ruth Gelatt and Ruth Holmes.


Susquehanna – Rev. Fr. Harry A. Mooney, of Buffalo, has been visiting at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mary Mooney.


New Milford – Charles Kenyon died at his home in New Milford, April 4, after a long illness, aged 74 years.  He was one of New Milford’s best known and most highly respected citizens.  He enlisted in Co. H, Fourth Pennsylvania Reserves, being one of the last men of that company to be discharged.  This regiment was part of the Army of the Potomac, and saw much hard service, being engaged in 38 battles, among which are Mechanicsburg, Gains Mill, Charles City Cross Roads—where 32 % were lost—Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg.  These were fought in ’62.  They did no fighting in ’63, but in ’64 they endured some severe hardships of the war.  Of the 100 men of this company that went forth at the country’s call, only five are now living; M. H. VanScoten and James P. Gay of Montrose; Elvin S. Gay, of Ohio; Abel P. Sweet, of Harford [passed away May 7, notice next week] and John Anderson, in the West [Nebraska].


Clifford – Pastor German, of the Methodist church, preached a very instructive sermon on the subject “Sleepy Christians.”


Brooklyn – Dana Brink, a prosperous farmer living near Lindaville, dropped dead while plowing on Friday.  The horses, attached to the plow, remained motionless after their master had expired.  The body was discovered by Mr. Brink’s son who noticed that the team had been standing for some time.


Great Bend – Henry Ackert’s store was entered Saturday night and a large quantity of cigars, tobacco, a ham and two pies taken.  The goods were worth about $25.  Local talent is suspected.


Brookdale - A large band of gypsies have been camping on the old school grounds near the State line, and were quite an attraction.  They were also reported to be encamped near the lake, in Montrose, for several days this week.  Outside of horse-trading and fortune-telling, they cut no great figure while here.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. – Martin Smith is busy buying eggs.  He makes a shipment once a week, pays the market price, and calls and gets them.


Silver Lake – Mrs. Donovan has gone to Binghamton to reside.  On Tuesday evening Misses Kathryn Murphy and Kathryn Donovan, of that city, gave a housewarming in her honor.  About 35 guests were present.

May 15 1914

May 15 (1914/2014)



Susquehanna – Andrew and Abram Clendenning found a number of Indian arrow heads of flint near this place the other day that had evidently been unearthed by the recent high water.  This part of the country along the Susquehanna river, as far north as Windsor, N.Y., appears to have been a favorite camping ground for the noble Reds of centuries ago.  Charles McKune, who lives near Lanesboro, has a fine collection of Indian relics picked up on his farm as has also J. Fred Carl, of Great Bend.  Nearly every year new specimens are brought out by the floods that loosen the earth near the river bed.  Tradition has it that an Indian burying ground was once located near Windsor and that skeletons have occasionally been found by farmers in that city.  The Susquehanna valley extending from Windsor down past Susquehanna, Great Bend and Binghamton to Waverly, N. Y., where Queen Esther [of French and Iroquois descent and famous for her role in the Wyoming Massacre] was located in Revolutionary time, is the most fertile of any land on the Pennsylvania and New York state border line and it was undoubtedly the home of some of the tribes of the six nations before they turned their faces westward and settled in Ohio and Indiana.


Lawsville – Merchant Geo. W. Meeker offers a quantity of flour and sugar, in all seventeen attractive prizes, to the ladies, baking best bread from flour to be purchased at his store, the bread to be on exhibition and judged at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Friday evening, May 29th.  Lawsville Grange will also give a membership to the lady taking first prize.  The ladies of the grange will serve a variety supper the same evening.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. – Miss Green, of Jackson Valley, is dressmaking for Mrs. John Murphy and Mrs. L. L. Curley.


Hopbottom – The Commencement exercises of the Hop Bottom High School were given in the Universalist church, Friday evening, May 8th.  A large and appreciative audience was in attendance.  The graduating class was a follows: Beulah Downey, Ruth Mead, Elizabeth Mahar, Ruth Miller, Gladys Rose, Stewart Button, Laurence Bertholf.


East Kingsley – Mrs. Alzina Hull has been visiting her son, Charles and family.  She is past 80 years old and cares for herself and lives in a house alone, near the “Acre” in Lenox.


Springville – Maxwell Agent, C. H. Young, was in Montrose, driving up a Maxwell, nine years old, which negotiated the muddy, rutty road easily.  Mr. Young says the Maxwell grows better with age.


Montrose – The Bible conference will be held July 31 to August 9th, both dates inclusive.  A strong program is arranged with Rev. W. H. Riley, of Minneapolis, Rev. R. V. Miller, Rev. Canon Howit, of Hamilton, Ontario, Rev. Joseph W. Kempt, of Edinburg, Scotland and Rev. James M. Gray, D. D., of Chicago, as the principal speakers. ALSO  Parents in Montrose, whose children are in the habit of playing and romping in our cemetery and taking and demolishing flowers, vases and other properties belonging to lot owners, are requested to look into the matter and prevent their children from making a playground of the resting place of the dead.  The lots and accessories are private property and sacred to the owners.  There is a law which fines and imprisons the perpetrators of these deeds.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – The large barn of Andrew Maxwell burned to the ground on Thursday last, together with the farming tools, hay, grain, etc.  Mr. Maxwell was away attending a funeral the time.  His wife, who has been sick a long time, succeeded in getting one horse out.  Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Maxwell in this heavy loss.


Hallstead – There is considerable complaint from people who have to travel the township roads that the roads are in some places dangerous to travel, have not been worked and have bad ruts in them.  One of the places complained of is the river road, a short distance above this place, where it is very narrow and rough, with no guard rails to prevent one going into the river in case of accident. ALSO  The old Margaret Hines building has been purchased and removed, by W. P. VanLoan, to his “Riverview Farm,” near Hallstead.


Uniondale – The Uniondale band reorganized Saturday evening with all members present.  The boys are determined to make a success of the undertaking and should receive encouragement from our people.  They cannot be expected to play without being recompensed.  Give the boys a chance.


Forest City – The party who have been planting trees under the auspices of the Delaware and Hudson company on the mountain side east of the Lackawanna broke camp Saturday and started for Quebec, where they are to transplant 600,000 trees.  The men were delayed in their work by the frequent rains and it will be necessary to increase the force to insure the early planting of their new contract.  There were 280,000 trees planted in this vicinity and next year there will be a larger lot set out.  The company proposes next year to do a larger business than ever before.


Deaths of two Civil War Veterans – James Curry, a member of Four Brothers Post, G. A. R. having been in the marine corps during the Civil War and saw considerable service, died at his home on Jackson street, May 14, 1914.  He was greatly interested in all pertaining to the conflict and the organization to which he belonged, and to the last took an active interest in the present Mexican situation.  He was a man loyal to his family and friends, of quiet disposition and kindly nature and those who knew him will miss his cheery face and hearty greeting. Capt. Abel T. Sweet, died at his home in Harford on May 7, 1914.  He spent three years in the Union army, in Co. H, 4th Pennsylvania Reserves, enlisting as a private and came back a captain. He participated in about 20 battles.  His comrade, M. H. VanScoten commented that it is just 50 years since the battle of Clyde Mountain, VA was fought.  “After we had routed the enemy General Crook, who was in Command, seeing the indomitable bravery displayed by the right wing of the army, rode up to where the men were standing and inquired who was in command of that detachment.  Capt. Sweet was pointed out as the man and Gen. Crook saluted him by taking off his hat and congratulating him and the men under his command for their conspicuous bravery.”  Everyone feels a personal loss in the passing away of Mr. Sweet.  No man in the village was so well known and general beloved as he.  His genial presence will be missed in every place and especially in his chair in front of his home, leaning on his cane, with his pleasant smile, betokening contentment within. There were elegant flowers in great profusion and the U. S. flag covered his coffin. Burial was in the Harford cemetery.

May 22 1914

May 22 (1914/2014)



Hallstead – The case of Kenneth Johnson vs. the Lackawanna Railroad [as reported previously] has been affirmed by the Supreme Court in a decision handed down Monday.  In the lower [court] the right of the company to condemn property owned by Johnson for a right of way for the cutoff being built by the company, was denied.  One of the points on which the company lost out in the lower court was that the condemnation had not been according to the proper method and that the board of directors of the company passed a resolution providing only for the obtaining of land between New Milford.  Judge Terry held that as Hallstead was west of New Milford, the company had no right to go further than the directors provided for.


Choconut – Automobiles have commenced running again.  Quite a number were at the Choconut Valley Inn, Sunday.


Little Meadows – James Clarey attended an educational meeting at Flynn the first of this week.  His talk on “the teacher and the school” was graciously applauded.  ALSO John Boland’s house burned last week.


Glenwood – Mrs. Sara Cameron and family extend their heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors who so willingly came to the plowing bee.  They not only did the plowing, but the harrowing and sowed the oats as well.  These kind deeds will never be forgotten by them. ALSO Lucy Conrad is a delighted owner of a fine Guernsey calf purchased by her nephew, Lynn W. Conrad, of West Clifford.  Believe us, it’s some calf.


Susquehanna – Miss Ethel Dolan graduated from the Hospital Jefferson, in Philadelphia, on Thursday.  ALSO Excavating and laying the foundation for the new silk mill, to be erected on Erie avenue, Susquehanna, is nearly completed and a new brick building will be erected at once.

S. Ararat – Kleber Shaver lost one of his cows.  Quite a loss, as cows in this vicinity are almost equal to gold in the farmer’s eyes.  ALSO Rev. Webster will preach the Memorial sermon in the Ararat Presbyterian Church on May 24.  All old soldiers are cordially asked to be present.  An invitation is extended to the public.


Montrose – The tri-angular piece of county grounds, west of the Court House, is being “broken,” with the plow, preparatory to getting a better sod and making a handsome grass plot, and, incidentally, Ed Foote, custodian of the County Grounds, and the genial ex-county treasurer, W. G. Morgan, will show the people just how to grow a bumper potato crop this summer, while getting the ground in shape for a “seeding.”  ALSO Charles Arnold is riding a twin-cylinder, Indian motorcycle, which he recently purchased.


Royal, Clifford Twp. – Some two weeks ago T. J. Wells drove a horse and carriage from Newark, N. J. to Royal, a distance the way he came of about 160 miles in four days.  He said the worst time he ever had driving on the road was coming through Barrons from Delaware Water Gap to Hawley by the way of Porter’s Lake. The mosquitos were like a swarm of bees around his head a part of the way.


Tripp Lake/North Jackson - A demonstration of spraying fruit trees will be given under the direction of State Zoologist, Surface, in the orchard of G. Carlton Shafer, at Tripp Lake, on May 29, and in the orchard of C. F. Whitney, North Jackson, on May 30.  All fruit growers who are not conversant with spraying should attend these meetings, if possible, as the experts in charge will give much practical advice.


St. Joseph – Frank McManus is about to enter the Order of Christian Brothers, in Scranton.


Brooklyn – J. W. Adams and C. M. Doloway were callers in Montrose on Wednesday.  They are two of Brooklyn’s finest and best citizens and are looking forward, with interest, to the annual observation of Memorial Day, both being veterans of the Civil War.


Lawsville – Henry Ives is tearing down the old church near the creek to use in the construction of a new barn.


Fairdale – Miss Rose Horton has gone to Chicago to take up study at the Moody Bible School.  She will be greatly missed, especially in church work.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Dogs made bad work in N. M. Seely’s flock of sheep, killing several sheep and lambs.  People who have worthless dogs should keep them at home.


Forest Lake - Encouraging reports are received from Binghamton concerning the condition of Miss Eleanor Sullivan, who recently underwent an operation for appendicitis.


Harford – We have a meat market in our town once more, which is a great convenience to the housekeeper.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – There was a goodly turnout at the primaries on Tuesday, although the nice weather kept a good many farmers away.  Scarcely any of our people have their gardens planted or even plowed, owing to the wet weather.


Dimock – Francis R. Cope, Jr. and daughter, Theodora, have returned from an extended trip to Philadelphia.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. - A gray overcoat was found near the Wolf road cut.  Owner can have same by proving property. 


Forest City – “The Missing Miss Miller,” a three act comedy, will be reproduced by the Deacon’s Second Wife Company, by request, on Thursday evening, May 28, in the Grand theatre.  The company is composed of young people of Forest City and Vandling whose ability is unquestioned.  New specialties are to be added and an evening of great pleasure promised.


News Brief: Take out your watch.  Follow the second hand around the minute cycle.  Every time it ticks off 24 seconds a new Ford car comes into being.  The month of April was another record breaker at the Ford factory in Detroit—30,402 complete cars were built and shipped during the month which had 26 working days.  A little mental arithmetic shows that this means a daily production of about 1,170 cars.  It shows that approximately 146 Fords were built each hour.  It shows that almost 24 seconds elapsed between the time one complete car left the factory doors until after another followed it.

May 29 1914

May 29 (1914/2014)



Heart Lake – Loyal automobilists are giving Horton Reynolds and N. O. Roach considerable praise for their voluntary efforts in improving the Heart Lake state road.  State road employees are also on the job.


Brooklyn – Miss Alice Lee is sojourning in the mountains of Tennessee for a short time, collecting data for her literary work.  Miss Lee is a contributor to several periodicals. ALSO A bolt of lightning entered the home of Daniel Yeomans on Tuesday evening, while an ice cream social was in progress.  Half a dozen young people were stunned and some seared about the face and body.  The lightning entered the house on the telephone wires, the instrument attached to the wall being shattered by the bolt.


Great Bend – Theodore A. Spearbeck, aged 78 years, died at his home in the township on Thursday, May 22, 1914, after a long illness.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and long in the employ of the Lackawanna railroad.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Tennant, of Alford.  The funeral was held from his late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. I. Andrews officiating.  Interment in Woodlawn cemetery, Great Bend.  ALSO  Some surveyors employed by the Lackawanna Railroad walked across the fields of J. A. Florance to get to their work on the new cut off.  Florance had them arrested for trespassing and Squire Carl fined them five dollars each.  The defendants declined to pay and have removed the cases to the Montrose Court.  Some of our contemporaries have erroneously attributed the arrest to K. D. Johnston and assumed that it related to the right of way controversy.


West Auburn – Many protests and much regret is felt here that contractor Gill should feel it necessary, owing to delays caused by the wet weather of March and April, to work his men on Sundays on the new state road in order to finish his contract within the specified time.  We feel sure that if the State Highway department would extend the time limit so that the contractor would not feel obliged to break the Sabbath to finish the job it would give much greater satisfaction to the great majority of the people.


Harford – “Hell” will be the subject of the sermon Sunday morning in the Congregational church.


Forest Lake – M. J. Kane is advertising for young pigs for shipment.  These little porkers are not slaughtered, but shipped to other sections where they are grown by farmers.  Mr. Kane shipped about 800 pigs from Montrose last fall.


Williams Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – Chandler Stevens, a Civil War veteran and highly esteemed resident of this place, will celebrate his 85th birthday anniversary tomorrow.  Mr. Stevens has been in quite feeble health for some years, although able to be about.  The very best wishes of a wide circle of friends are his on this auspicious occasion.


Forest City – On Tuesday of last week Forest City voters, by a vote of 178 to 51, authorized a bond issue of $30,000 for a new high school building.  The new structure will be of brick and will be erected on Main street.  It will have a large auditorium and in addition to facilities for the high school will also accommodate several of the lower grades.


Hallstead – The 125th anniversary of the forming of the Hallstead Presbyterian church fell on May 21.  The church was organized on that date in 1789.  The congregation celebrated the event at the morning service on Sunday, when Rev. F. E. VanWie, the pastor, delivered an interesting historical sermon.


Glenwood – The latest news just read from E. J. Pickering’s family, at Whitewood, S. Dakota, by relatives here, is that nine of the family were very ill with smallpox, but the crisis has passed and all are thought to be on the gain. 


 Dimock – It is reported that the people around Dimock have raised a fund, by popular subscription, to purchase the old hotel at the corners and to do away with the bar, thinking it better to buy the property than fight a license application every year.


Montrose – Members of the G. A. R., by invitation of Prof. Hosterman, visited the High School Tuesday morning, special patriotic exercises having been arranged.  The pupils were addressed by Chaplain C. C. Halsey and Post Commander M. H. VanScoten.  Mr. VanScoten spoke of the analogy between patriotism and courage, and said the soldier who ran never wanted to face his friends back home.  He contended that the young men made the best soldiers.  Of the more than two million men engaged in the Civil War, 1,700,000 were boys between 12 and 21 years of age.  The old veterans were greatly pleased with the program given by the High School students and speak very favorably of the courtesy of Prof. Hosterman.


Uniondale – The Uniondale band has been re-organized. ALSO It is about time the railroad company got busy and put in bells at crossings.  The council meets again in a few days.


South Ararat – Rev. Webster, of Thompson, delivered the memorial sermon at the Presbyterian church in Ararat.  He spoke from Joshua 10-14.  Those who attended were benefitted and those who stayed away missed a great deal.  Only five old soldiers were in attendance at the services here Sunday, the ranks are being broken so fast.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – The Lynn base ball team played the Lemon boys, Saturday last, on the latter’s grounds, resulting in a score of 11 to 17 in favor of the Lynn boys.  It is needless to say that Robert Smales, the pitcher, threw some fancy curves.  Lemon will play at Lynn, Saturday.  Game called at 2:30 sharp.


Auburn 4 Corners – The Ladies’ Aid will have an ice cream festival at the home of Benton Lathrop, Thursday evening, June 4.  Everybody invited to come.


News Brief: Pennsylvania is about to come into possession of one of the most treasured war flags in American history.  It is the famous “Rattlesnake Flag” carried by Proctor’s Westmoreland county battalion during the Revolution.  We are all familiar with the inscription which appeared on it, “Don’t Tread On Me” and the figure of a rattlesnake on the yellow background lent force to the argument.  At the transfer of flags to take place at the State capitol, early in June, Lieut. M. H. VanScoten, of Montrose, one of the original color bearers of the rebellion, will participate.

June 05 1914

June 05 (1914/2014)



Brooklyn – One day recently Wm. C. Gamble, O. M. Doloway and James W. Adams got to talking war, and minds began to wander back over the times before the war.  Mr. Gamble stated that his father—a great admirer of Stephen A. Douglass, by the way—was an eye witness to the great Lincoln-Douglas debates of that stirring period known to all Americans.  He alluded to one occasion when Lincoln arrived on the platform with Douglass speaking. Lincoln quietly sat down and listened to this warm argument Douglass was putting up, and after he had finished Lincoln remained quietly seated for several minutes until the applause had entirely subsided.  Then, amid the silence, while everyone was wondering at Lincoln’s seeming lack of interest in the proceedings, “Honest Abe,” unconcernedly rose to his feet, took off his long duster, and tossing it to a friend nearby, remarked with a twinkle in his eye: “Mike, hold my garment while I stone Stephen.”  And history relates that his aim was good.  ALSO The Memorial Day services were exceptionally good.  A large crowd of citizens attended and Atty. Skinner, of Susquehanna, delivered the address.  What we need is more real true patriotism, such as was in the veins of the patriots of ’76.


Oakley, Harford Twp. – Farmers are hustling these days.  More automobiles than wagons are seen on the road.


Lanesboro – William Sutton, a 20 year-old boy, was brought to Montrose on Sunday and placed in jail, charged with attempting to wreck an Erie train on the viaduct at that place. The attempt was made on May 27, when it is alleged he piled ties on the track and his plans were frustrated only by the fact that an engineer on a pusher engine noticed the obstruction and removed it.  He will be held for the grant jury.


Susquehanna – There will be an automobile parade headed by the Erie band, this Tuesday evening, in which all auto owners are invited to attend. ALSO  Sadie Belgarde, the well-known actress, is visiting her sisters here. ALSO Memorial Day was fittingly observed by the few remaining “boys in blue,” assisted by the town’s people.  The address was given by John D. Miller at Laurel Hill cemetery.


Franklin Forks - The Grange will hold a poverty social in Creamery hall at Lawsville Center, June 12.  A prize will be given for the most appropriate dress of lady and gentleman.


Laurel Lake – Postmaster Dan Sullivan had the misfortune, while caring for his horses at Ross’ stables in Binghamton, to be kicked by a horse, breaking his leg between the knee and hip. He was taken to a hospital and is resting comfortably.  The same leg was broken two years ago in a street car accident.


Montrose – R. M. Honeyman, of Norristown, will be the managing secretary of the Montrose Bible Conference this year and is occupying offices in the Titsworth block.  Mr. Honeyman is Superintendent of the National Bible Institute of New York and an evangelist of wide experience. ALSO The death of E. D. Bronson occurred June 2, 1914, aged 56 years.  He was devoted to his profession, that of photographic artist, and enjoyed the reputation of being the dean of the photographic art in the county.  He was a man of pronounced convictions and was uncompromising in defending whatever he thought was right. He came to Montrose 14 years ago. 



Lenox – One of the saddest accidents occurring in the county in a long time occurred at Lenoxville Monday, when Charles Utley, one of the town’s most highly respected citizens, met an instant death.  He was endeavoring to remove a wagon box, when it fell upon him, crushing his skull.  Life was extinct when found.  He was in the field at the time, alone, and his horses were nibbling the grass, still hitched to the wagon, when found by neighbors.


Clifford – During the severe thunder storm that visited this section last week, considerable damage was done; lightning striking the barn of Ira Snyder, two or three miles from here, killing two horses and burning the barn.  Trees were up-rooted and broken badly.


Starrucca – Harry Vermilyea has one of Ralph Howell’s children, which was left motherless a short time ago.


South Ararat – May 27th about 60 invited guests met at the home of Jerome Denney and wife, the event being to celebrate the birthday of their only son, Walter, who was 21.  It was a complete surprise.  He was presented with a purse of over $6.00, besides many other gifts.  His father gave him a new top buggy.  The evening was very pleasantly spent.


West Franklin, Bradford Co. – Mrs. George Preston, who has been considered a ‘cancer victim,’ on Friday of last week, vomited up a live snake which is thought now to have been in her stomach for the past five years.  Dr. Devan, a local physician who attended her, has the snake in his possession.  It measures two feet in length and is of the common streaked kind.  He thinks Mrs. Preston, who has been in poor health, will recover.


Springville – C. H. Young, Maxwell Automobile agent, reports recent sales of cars to Myron Kasson, R. E. McMicken and R. L. Avery, of Springville; Dr. Kinner, of Mehoopany; J. Frank Johnson, of Lathrop; C. W. Howell and H. F. Howell, of Uniondale, and Frank Bunnell, of Tunkhannock.


Nicholson – Three laborers were instantly killed and another sustained painful injuries, Monday night, while working on the Lackawanna cut-off, when several tons of rock, dislodged by a drill, fell on a small wooden shanty in which the men were working the drilling machine.  The dead were crushed beyond recognition.


Heart Lake – The opening dance, Decoration night, May 30th, was a great success.  Mr. Mack, of Mack & Jenkins, informs that it was the largest dance ever held at the lake, the only exception being the dances on July 4th.  The outlook for a big season at this popular resort was never better; already many reunions and picnics are booked for their annual outings.


Forest City – The Red Men have appointed Philip Evans, J. D. Jones, Jr., and Thomas Evans as an executive committee to manage the coming Old Home Week.  A committee of arrangements to assist them is made up of Harry Davies, Jeremiah Kelleher, Louis Murphy, Guy Carpenter, Theodore Hird, Evan Evans and E. W. Bonham.

June 12 1914

June 12 (1914/2014)



Brooklyn – The township suffered severely from the storm of Sunday evening.  The barn of  E. E. Rozell was leveled to the ground and a large shed and silo attached to James Bunnel’s barn was blown down, the barn also being moved on its foundation. Charles Snyder had four calves killed during the storm at about midnight, the bolt following a wire fence.  On the farms of Isaac  VanAuken and C. A. Rozell many fruit trees were uprooted.  Silos were leveled in many places, the F. B. Webster farm suffering from such disaster.  Quite a number of fruit trees in the orchards of Henry and G. Fulmer Decker, of South Montrose, were also blown down. The storm was about as severe a one as has been experienced in some years, and from all over the county comes reports of damage.


Uniondale – It afforded the writer much pleasure to greet Hon. Philo Burritt, of Washington, D. C., while here last Friday.  He is north for the summer.  He has been with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Couch, of Carbondale, for several weeks.  He owns a farm in Virginia, a portion of which is on the site of the famous battlefield of Bull Run.  It was allowed to grow to forest and there are many trees large enough for saw logs.  Mr. Burritt will spend the summer with us.  ALSO The town council held a meeting, Saturday evening, and discussed and cussed certain problems.  They have not been strawberrying yet, so they have no shortcake to hand out.


Springville – The school board met on Saturday and elected teachers for the High school.  Prof. Hardy was chosen principal.  Only one of last year’s teachers, Miss Lena Lyman, was returned for next year, the others not applying.  ALSO The base ball game played between the Lynn and Dimock teams on Saturday resulted in a score of 10 to 0 in favor of the home team.  Walter Hartman was score keeper and Rev. Kilpatrick umpired the game. 


Herrick Center – On Monday morning the farm house owned and occupied by Alvah Corey, in the western part of the township, was burned to the ground with nearly all the contents.


Montrose – But nine members are left of Co. G, 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers, who left here 100 strong for the front, 52 years ago.  They are: W. H. Stark, Bridgewater; Benj. Vance, Silas Knapp, Augustus Smith, G. P. Stockholm, Franklin Forks; Isaac Morgan, Jr., Lestershire; James Leach, South Gibson, and Morris and Richard Davis, of Uniondale.  The last mentioned, Richard Davis, it is expected, will participate in the transfer of flags, which will occur at the State capitol next Monday.  Mr. Davis was color bearer for the company during the war. ALSO  C. R. Sayre, who recently came back to Montrose for the purpose of opening “Rosemont,” permanently, has re-named the place, “Rosemont Inn,” and swung a nice sign to the breeze to that effect, to appraise automobilists and other strangers passing through town that they can find accommodations there for either a short or long stop, one meal or a whole season.  And those spacious grounds and handsome trees sure look inviting these red-hot days.


New Milford – M. B. Perigo has the honor of being chosen one of the four men of his regiment—the 143d [Pennsylvania Volunteers]—to act as flag bearer at Harrisburg on Monday, when the old army flags are to be moved to their new quarters in the capitol building.


Clifford – Ira Snyder came into town the other night with a brand new five passenger Ford.  Bill Baldwin, also, sits back of the wheel of a new five passenger Maxwell, just as natural as life.


Forest City – Three boys, whose ages ranged from 12 to 16 years of age, entered W. E. James’ store, Monday evening, by raising a window in the rear of the store.  They helped themselves to base ball bats, balls and gloves.  The goods were nearly all recovered the following day and settlement for the balance was promised.  No arrests were made.


Harford – By request, the sermon on “Hell” will be repeated Sunday evening at the union service at the Congregational church.


Gibson – Mrs. E. H. Sweet, Mrs. C. A. Sweet, of Binghamton, and Mrs. Taft, of New Milford, attended the reunion of the Kazoo Band, at the home of Mrs. W. H. Estabrook, Saturday, June 6.


Thompson – F. W. Sheldon, of North Jackson, went to Thompson Saturday last to attend a bee for the benefit of the traveling public between Gillett’s crossing and George Crosier’s and during the time setting off fifty three blasts.  Six men from Thompson borough and six men from Thompson township (and three were rural mail carriers) gathered to assist in the good work while the people, who think they have taxes enough to pay, stayed at home.  Perhaps their horses will appreciate it when they come with heavy loads and find that the hill has vanished and it will cause less shorting of the automobiles.


Glenwood – Memorial day was largely attended at the Tower cemetery, there being only six of the surviving veterans in attendance.  They are dropping out of ranks fast.  In a few short years Captain Lyons Post, No. 85, will have answered to the final roll call.  Then each one of us will obey their duties, proud to be a veteran’s daughter and son, but we pray them years to do their duties.


Forest Lake – U. D. Barber has opened a new store in the school house, near the Hubert Everest stand, which burned down a few years ago.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. C. A. Corson and daughter, Lena, are in Syracuse this week attending the commencement of Syracuse University, of which Mrs. Corson’s son, Guy, is a graduate.  Guy has been engaged as principal of the Hop Bottom High School for the coming school year.


Little Meadows – Mike Butler was fishing down to Waits, N. Y., Sunday, along the river.  He reported “the fish was good at that place.”


Hallstead – The Demer Brothers’ Company is moving the glass factory from the old Brush building in Great Bend into the concrete building in Hallstead.  They expect to commence work in about a week. ALSO On Saturday, at Highland Park, the Corn Huskers defeated the Holy Terrors ball team, in a one-sided game, to the tune of 14 to 2.


Susquehanna – The class honors of the Susquehanna High School are: Isabelle Conn, valedictory; Cecil Dixon, salutatory, and Reed Tucker, class response.


Binghamton – Sumner Thatcher, aged 90 years, color-bearer of the 114th N. Y. Inf., during the Civil War, was found dead at his home where he lived alone, on June 1.  The aged man was standing upright, clad in his faded suit of blue, and holding the colors which he had very bravely borne in many a battle.  He had returned from the Memorial Day services with his comrades, and when entering the house, the overtaxed heart gave way after the strain of the march, and leaning against the wall of the room, the flagstaff served to keep the lifeless body upright.  The deceased was for many years an engineer on the Erie, being the first to be retired on a pension a few years ago.

June 19 1914

June 19 (1914/2014)



Heart Lake – Heart Lake is on the boom with five new cottages going up this summer.  The electric light line passing through this section and the prospects of the trolley coming this way surely will increase the value of real estate.


Forest Lake – Hugh Booth and family, of Nebraska, are visiting relatives here.


Springville – The store of Brown and Reynolds was broken into Sunday night, entrance having been gained by prying open a rear window.  Several pairs of shoes were taken but it is not known if anything else was stolen.  They were evidently frightened away by hearing Mrs. Diller, who had heard them, calling someone on the phone.


Laceyville – On account of no intoxicating liquor being sold in Laceyville, it is thought that many families will go there to celebrate the Fourth.  Parents with growing children appreciate a dry town.


West Auburn – Contractor Gill is now putting on the telford on the new State road down the Tuscarora creek.  When the road is completed it will make the farms of this section of the county very much more desirable.  And, by the way, we know of several farmers who are about ready to retire to the villages to spend the balance of their days.  There should be a movement to get their places filled by bright, enterprising young farmers with families.


Montrose – Att. George P. Little, one of the oldest members of the Susquehanna County bar, who has been ill the past few days at his home on Chenango street, passed away last night.  His death shocked he community, he being very highly respected and for many years a deacon in the Baptist church.  His father was the late Ralph B. Little, also a lawyer. The deceased was born in Montrose in 1842 and was admitted to practice in the county courts in 1863.  Ralph B. Little is his son and our present judge.  Mrs. Little died less than a year ago.  Mr. Little continued to practice up to within a few days of his death. ALSO A 55 ft. vestibule car has been put on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley [Railroad] to accommodate the rush of summer travel.  This is the first vestibule car to be run regularly upon the branch and is pretty tony stuff.


Great Bend – Miss Lola Mahoney, age 18, had an exciting experience with burglars at her boarding place, in the Newman block, which she will remember all her life.  Two burglars entered her room through an open window by using a ladder and in rummaging through the bureau drawers awoke her.  She sat up in bed and started to call for Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Miller, with whom she boarded, when the robbers choked her and threatened death if she screamed.  Then gagging her and striking her over the head with some instrument until she was unconscious, they carried her to the window and evidently lowered her as far as they could reach, and dropped the inert body to the ground.  She was not found until morning, lying unconscious in her night clothing, in the yard.  She will recover.  The burglars secured about $8 in money and two gold rings.  The guilty parties have not been caught but the State Constabulary is working on the case.


Susquehanna – The parishioners of St. John’s church have presented their pastor, Rev. Fr. Patrick F. Brodrick, with a new 5-passenger Buick car.


Harford Twp. – The editor of the Independent Republican, Montrose, is reminded of the following: “In reading of the re-election of Geo. A. Stearns to the office of county superintendent of schools, of Susquehanna county, he notes that Stearns is from Harford township, as was the first county superintendent, Willard Richardson, in 1854.  Prof. Richardson’s salary was $350 a year, and the opposition to the new office was great.  Some really thought the office unnecessary and the trifling sum really wasted.  One person even declared he thought better to spend the sum for candy and divide equally among the scholars of the county, giving each one-half a stick.”


Clifford – Prof. and Mrs. G. R. Bennett arrived home for the summer vacation from his school in Chicago.  They made the trip from Thompson in a new Metz auto. ALSO W.J. Bennett, a merchant here, is in the State hospital at Scranton with a dislocated wrist, and Miss Cathrine O’Connor, of Dickson, is nursing a cut on her head as a result of an auto collision, in Scranton, yesterday.  With Bennett in his car were his wife and his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bennett.  The younger Mrs. Bennett was hurled 12 feet and landed heavily on the pavement but she seemed practically uninjured.  The other couple suffered only from fright.  The crash was caused by another auto darting out in Mr. Bennett’s path.


Glenwood/Lenoxville – The Lenoxville boys and the Glenwood boys had quite a lively game of ball the first of the week.  The game was in favor of the Lenoxville team; now then, Glenwood, get busy and trim them proper next week.


Liberty – Burlington Allard made a business trip to Hallstead, Monday, and on his return home killed a big rattle snake that measured 45 inches long and had 23 rattles and a button on it.


Forest City – Forest City is to have one of the most beautiful and modern school buildings in this section of the State.  The building will be of brick, two stories high and will contain nine rooms and a gymnasium in the basement.  It will measure 107 by 103 feet and will be modern in every detail.  The gymnasium will measure 53 by 60 feet.  The estimated cost of the building is $30,000.


Brooklyn - W. C. Rockwell, aged 81, died at his home at Nicholson, June 10, 1914, following a lingering illness.  He was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 21, 1833.  When the Civil War broke out he was one of the first volunteers and joined a company organized at Montrose.  Upon the arrival of the company, at Washington, he was made a member of Company D, Fiftieth regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.  He took an active part in the battles of Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor and was wounded in the battle of Four Oaks.  He also took part in the sieges of Vicksburg and Richmond.  At the end of the war he returned to his home in Lathrop Township, where despite his age, he engaged in farming until a few years ago, when he returned and moved to Nicholson. Mr. Rockwell was a direct descendant of Rev. William Rockwell, who was a Baptist minister and came to this country with a colony of 140 persons of the ships Mary and John in the year of 1630.  His grandfather, whose name was William Rockwell, came to this state in the year 1736 and founded, with other colonists, what is now the township of Brooklyn.

July 03 1914

July 03 (1914/2014)



Forest Lake – A serious accident occurred at Stone’s Corners, yesterday morning, when John Reilly was thrown by a frightened horse, under the wagon, and sustained a broken right leg and a broken collarbone.  The young man, age about 25, was returning from the Forest Lake creamery and had stopped at Stone’s store to make some purchases, tieing his horse.  A boy passed with several fish poles, the clatter frightening the horse and the animal broke loose and started to run back the direction he had just come.  Young Reilly sprang to the horse’s head and hung to the bridle, which slipped off, throwing him to the ground.  Dr. E. R. Gardner was hurriedly summoned and the broken bones were reset and everything possible done to relieve his suffering. 


Jackson – Ed Everett, who recently purchased a fine motorcycle, has in a short time become a proficient rider.


South New Milford – The thunderstorm here last week was very severe.  Lightning struck four large elm trees along the driveway at Mr. Keeney’s, but a short distance from the house.  A large ball of St. Elmo’s fire fell in the front yard, but did no damage.  The storm washed Manzer Hill road so badly that it is unsafe to travel over.


East Lynn, Springville Twp. – East Lynn residents anticipate an enjoyable day, July 4, at Lynn.  The ladies of Lynn will serve a chicken dinner and there will be races, a parade, etc., with fireworks in the evening.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – A sad accident occurred last Monday morning to Ed. Hawke, of Meshoppen.  He drives team for Wm. Brown, who has a lumber job on Joe Welch’s farm.  Hawke let the team stand to help get props ready to load, and they started to run away.  In some way the wagon ran over Hawke and broke his back.  He was taken to the hospital at Sayre and there is little hope of his living. ALSO At Jersey Hill there will be a ball game between the fat and lean men that will be something you will not soon forget on July 4th.  A dinner you can’t forget and band music that you won’t want to forget.  All this, and more, at Jersey Hill in Parker’s Park.


Little Meadows – Born to Merchant and Mrs. J. J. Bergin (nee Miss Mollie Griffin), June 30, 1914, a son.  Many friends extend congratulations.


Tripp Lake, Liberty Twp. – “Camp Susquehannock” opened on Wednesday with nearly eighty young men in attendance and more to arrive.  This is the largest number enrolled since G. Carleton Shafer started it some seven or eight years ago on his beautiful property at Tripp Lake.


Susquehanna – The Susquehanna Light & Power Co. is engaged in stringing new light wires about town, erecting them on tall poles that will clear them from the shade trees, thus preventing damage.  The company is using excellent precautions to prevent injury to trees and the new wires will insure better service. It is expected the day service will be ready by the middle of this month.


Flynn – Quite a number of the leading politicians of Flynn met the Pinchot party at Birchardville on Saturday last.  ALSO The roads on the hill are in a very poor condition, owing to the stones not being picked off this spring.


Dimock – Frank Benninger is having the inside of his house, which he recently purchased, papered and painted, and expects to move there this week.


Rushville – John Marbaker is gaining slowly since being shot by his cousin two weeks ago.


Harford – During the severe electrical storm of Wednesday evening, June 17, the house of Mr. and Mrs. Leberate LaBarre was struck by a heavy bolt of lightning, which entered through the glass in the front door, then continuing up, breaking nearly every window in the house, pictures being thrown from the wall and much damage done.  The lamp, which was burning and on the table, by which Mr. and Mrs. LaBarre were sitting, was knocked from the table, being extinguished.  The strange part of the incident was that Mr. and Mrs. LaBarre were scarcely affected by the shock of the lightning and it was a narrow escape for them.  The lightning left the house by the means of the telephone wire which probably saved the house from burning. ALSO  Philander Harding, our 92 year old farmer, has nearly an acre of the best corn seen anywhere.  He planted it all with a hoe and he and his wife fertilized every hill by hand.  Now who can tell a true story to beat that?


Clifford – A foreigner, carrying a pack, entered the house of Miss Stephens, an old lady living in the western part of the town, and commenced disrobing.  A neighbor, entering just then, spoiled his intentions, whatever they were, but Constable Leander Lee got on his trail and brought him before Esq. Finn, who gave him a good, stiff fine and let him go.  ALSO It has been thought best to try the experiment of having two pastors on this charge of the M. E. church.  There are five appointments, viz, Clifford, Dundaff, Tompkinsville, Hickory Ridge and Lenoxville, and it is pretty strenuous work for one man to fill them properly.  A young man by the name of Jenkins, who is just entering the ministry, commenced last Sunday, preaching at Dundaff, Tompkinsville and Hickory Ridge.


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. – Leo Clark, seaman on the battleship North Dakota, U. S. N., is visiting his mother Mrs. Wm. Smith, for a few days.  Mr. Clark has served seven years in the navy and has returned for four years more.  He returns July 4th to be ready to sail for Mexican waters at once.


Montrose – A special train will leave here July 4th for Heart Lake, at 6:30 p.m., and will leave the lake for Montrose at midnight.  A big program of events has been arranged for the “Fourth” at Heart Lake, by Mack & Jenkins, including a beautiful boat carnival at 9 p.m.


Lanesboro – The people here have started an advertising game to attract canoers to the Susquehanna River in that section.  Local residents declare the big city folks are neglecting one of the most desirable points in the state when they fail to come there.


Brooklyn – W. R. Gere met with a serious accident last week when he was kicked by a horse and two ribs broken.  Dr. Williams attends the case and Mr. Gere is doing as well as can be expected.  He was able to be moved to his home on Friday.  His son, Berwyn Gere, of Skinners Eddy, has visited him.



News Brief from Marietta, Wis. – That he successfully frightened crows, who fled in shame from a figure portraying modern femininity in its slit skirt and peekaboo attire, is the claim of Howard Smithson, who found the old-fashioned masculine style scarecrow no longer useful in his cornfield.  He was led, after a trip to the city, to garb a scarecrow in a slit, diaphanous, lacy skirt, low cut neck.  The crows fled. (A West Auburn farmer has tried it this year and there is not a hill of corn missing in his cornfield.)

July 10 1914

July 10 (1914/2014)



Heart Lake – Heart Lake has been the scene of many a big Fourth of July celebrations, but never a more successful observance of this patriotic day’s festivities than this year, and Mack & Jenkins, proprietors of this popular resort, are receiving congratulations on every hand.  The crowds came early and stayed late and came from every point of the compass—a cosmopolitan crowd, coming in autos, by trains and wagons and carriages and the grounds were taxed to capacity.  The merry-go-round, dance, boats, napha launch and various stands all did a rushing business.  The College Quartet sang splendidly, while Robinson, the Funny Juggler, furnished fun and entertainment for all. The ball game was hotly contested, Hop Bottom defeating Richmond Hill.  The Montrose Concert Band discoursed excellent music. 


Montrose – Edward Button, age 15 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Button, was painfully injured Saturday, July the 4th, when a 22 calibre revolver was discharged, the contents entering the palm of his hand.  His hand swelled terribly and gave intense pain, and after calling a physician, it was decided to take him to a hospital, which was done Sunday morning.


Susquehanna – The world’s greatest locomotive has just been turned out by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Erie Railroad and was delivered at Susquehanna this week.  It will be used to do the work of four Mikado type of engines on the 8-mile grade to Gulf Summit.  Its total weight is 830,000 pounds, water capacity 10,000 gallons and coal capacity 16 tons.  The tender is driven with steam, its wheels being equipped with drivers separate from those on the engine, which innovation adds greatly to the hauling power.  The bridge at Lanesboro [Starrucca Viaduct] the giant will cross has been reinforced and heavier rails laid on the 8-mile stretch it will traverse.


Forest Lake – Abram Booth, one of our best known and highly esteemed citizens, died at his late home July 2, 1914, aged 70 years, 10 months and 20 days.  He was a man of fine physique and commanding appearance, a family trait characteristic of the five Booth brothers, all of whom were over six feet in height, sturdy and clear of eye.  Robert Booth, a brother, died some years ago and he is survived by three brothers, William and Thomas, of Forest Lake, and Hugh, Nebraska, who came east about five weeks ago to be with his brother during his last days. Also, three sisters, Mrs. E. C. Baldwin, of Montrose; Mrs. Seneca Arnold, of Towanda, and Miss Hannah, with whom he resided.  The deceased was never married.  ALSO When John Michael Kane, of this place, attempted to turn his team, attached to a market spring wagon, around in Strawberry alley, Montrose, near the Cox livery, Tuesday morning, a front wheel caught under the wagon box in a way to overturn the wagon and pitch Mr. Kane over the dash board, under the horses' feet.  The horses were frightened when the wagon went over and Mr. Kane was dragged several feet when almost by a miracle, the wagon came to a depression, which righted the wagon, on its four wheels, and released Mr. Kane.  The unfortunate man, badly cut about the head and face and had an arm badly abrased, was taken to Dr. Wilson’s office where his wounds were dressed.  He was able to return to his home in the evening.  Both horses and wagon were practically uninjured.


Forest City – Louis Schaiger will remember Barnum and Bailey’s show and Saturday, July 4th, 1914.  He attended the show and wishing to make change he found his pocket book gone. ALSO The contract has been awarded the Forest City Lumber and Construction company by the state authorities at Harrisburg for the erection of fire proof barns, sheds and other outbuildings at the fish hatchery near Pleasant Mount.  The state proposes to expend about $40,000 in the improvement of the plant, which is said to be the best in the state in propagating the finny tribe.


Choconut – Miss Catherine McCarlin, a highly respected lady of this place, will cross the hundredth mile-stone of her life the 26th of next February.  She is in fairly good health at present and although her eye-sight is becoming poor, she has enjoyed perfect sight all these years, being a great reader and has never used glasses.  She is justly proud of the fact that she has never taken five cents worth of medicine in her life.  Miss McCarlin is a great aunt of the McCahill Bros., the proprietors of the noted resort, Choconut Inn.


Hop Bottom – The Camp Fire Girls, of Factoryville, who are camping at Loomis Lake, entertained the Hop Bottom girls’ basketball team Wednesday afternoon.


Rush – A large delegation of Odd Fellows marched from their Hall to the Rush M. E. church in a body, Sunday evening, and the pastor preached to them on the topic “A Peculiar People, or Men Who Dare.”  The church was filled t its capacity and the music was furnished by the Rush Orchestra of 16 pieces.


Tunkhannock – The witch hazel plant and the Smith residence on Fifth street were destroyed Saturday by fire.  Both blazes were caused by the reckless use of fireworks.  The loss is estimated at $12,000.


Lenoxville – While Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Moore were in Carbondale, on the Fourth, their children remained at home and thought they would celebrate.  They set fire to the barn, poultry house and pig pen, all of which were destroyed.  Mr. and Mrs. Moore arrived on the scene in time to save the porkers, but the contents of the barn went up in smoke.


Uniondale – Urbane Barriger [Barrager], one of our best known residents, died June 30, 1914, following a long illness.  He was born at Gelatt in October 1834, and spent his young manhood in that place.  In 1861 he responded to the call for troops, serving throughout the war.  Soon after the war he was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Westgate and to them was born one daughter.  Mrs. Albert Aylsworth, of Trappe, Pa.  Two sisters and one brother also survive—Mrs. O. Darrow, New Milford, Mrs. G. L. Larrabee, Uniondale and Paul Barriger of Windsor, N. Y.  The funeral was held Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock.  The services were in charge of Matthew McPherson Post, G. A. R.  Interment in Uniondale. [Sgt. Urbane Barrager was a member of

Co. I, Fifty-Sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.]


News Brief:  As has been its custom for a number of years past, the New York Tribune will furnish vacations for thousands of “fresh air” kids this summer and have appealed to the people residing in this section to offer accommodations to these children, who come from the tenement districts of New York city.  Last year 9,000 children from the east side of New York were sent to the country to enjoy a two weeks’ vacation. The only expense connected with entertaining a fresh air child is the little it takes to feed them.  All are subjected to a medical examination before leaving New York and transportation will be provided by the fund.  Children will be distributed at all points on the Lackawanna between Stroudsburg and Hallstead on July 15.  Those interested should write to the New York Tribute Fresh Air Fund Box, Scranton, Pa. ALSO One Sayre man is dead and another seriously, if not fatally, injured as a result of attempting to make a giant firecracker out of a piece of iron pipe filled with railroad torpedoes on the Fourth.  Harry Wagner was holding the pipe in which the torpedoes had been placed, while Clarence Ferguson was forcing on a cap.  It exploded as Wagner was holding the pipe to his breast and the force of the explosion disemboweled him, his death occurring at the Packer Hospital later.  Ferguson had an arm blown off and was otherwise injured.

July 17 1914

July 17 (1914/2014)



Flynn, Middletown Twp. – The Spinster club has lost its last member, all having got married or left the place.  They will tell you it don’t pay to advertise.  If something of that sort would happen to the old bachelors, wouldn’t it be grand.  ALSO L. L. Curley had a bark bee on Saturday last.  There was a large crowd in attendance and a first-class job was done.


Forest Lake - During the severe electric storm last Sunday afternoon the barn of Michael Sullivan was struck by a heavy bolt of lightning, which set the barn on fire.  A bucket brigade quickly responded and the flames were extinguished with but little damage done.  Also, at the same time, Reilly Bros., near St. Joseph, had five yearlings and a yearling colt killed by lightning.


East Kingsley – W. O. Finn, of Montrose, Nancy E. Webster, of Franklin Forks, accompanied by their half-brother, Peter Finn and Mother, of Philadelphia, called on friends in this vicinity last Thursday.  The brothers and sister had not met in 43 years and they had a jolly time.  ALSO

Bert Loomis, son of Dr. E. N. Loomis, was discharged after thirty years’ service in the army and came to his childhood home by way of California, reaching here July 4th.  He is enjoying many trips over the farm on which he was born.


Elk Lake – The marriage of J. Monroe Mosher, one of Endicott’s popular young merchants, to Miss Bertha M. Risley, of this place, occurred July 11, 1914 at the Endicott Presbyterian Church.  Mr. and Mrs. Mosher spent several years as public school teachers in Susquehanna County.  The wedding had been postponed on account of the death of the groom’s father.  Only a few nearest friends were invited and after the wedding a luncheon was served at the groom’s home, covers being laid for ten, a vacant chair and a plate upon which rested a beautiful white rose, designating the place so recently left vacant by the father gone before.


Great Bend – A horse belonging to Robert Roosa was killed by lightning on Saturday evening.  The lightning struck the barn and killed the horse in the stable.  Mr. Roosa was getting ready to drive to town and had just brought the horse in from the field.  ALSO John J. O’Leary, a graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary, at Emmetsburg, Md., will be ordained to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, by Bishop Hoban.  He will celebrate his first mass in St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend, on Sunday morning, July 19.


New Milford – Contractor Gahagan, who has the contract to build the Lackawanna [Railroad] cutoff from this place to Hallstead, has his work at this place nearly completed.  The job of filling some of the sink holes in Martin Creek swamp, where thousands of cubic yards of material has been dumped without any visible difference except to raise the other side of the swamp, has been given up.  The new survey puts the tracks close to the old line where the ground is solid.


Forest City – Thomas Brown, a prominent merchant of Forest City, has been appointed Justice of the Peace by Governor Tener, to succeed the late John Maxey.  The insurance business of the late John Maxey has been purchased by his brother, G. E. Maxey.


Meshoppen – Edward Hawke, who had his back broke in a runaway two weeks ago, died at the Packer hospital at Sayre, July 13.  A wife and little children survive.


South Ararat – Mr. Reese and family and Mr. Reynolds and family, of Carbondale, have come for the summer to their cottage at Fiddle Lake.  It certainly is a very beautiful body of water and a few days spent at the lake is time not to be regretted.


Springville – The quarry here, so long known as the “Chase quarry” changed hands on July 1st, it being purchased by Doherty and Winans, of Meshoppen.  ALSO  Mrs. William Lathrop is very ill at this writing without little hopes of her recovery.  The first the family noticed was that she was acting strangely.  A physician was called and all is being done that can be done.  That she is suffering from some sort of brain trouble is very evident. ALSO  Word from Mrs. Fred Risley says she [Mrs. Risley] is no better and there seems little hope if her recovery. 


Montrose – The new asbestos composition flooring being installed in the corridors and arbitration room of the court house is attracting considerable attention.  The floor is the first of its kind ever laid in Montrose.  The material is composed of asbestos in combination with several dry powders and a chemical liquid.  The corridors will have a base and border of red—and a center of gray, broken in panels by bands of red crossing the gray at the office entrances.  The work is being done by the Woodoleum Flooring Company of Philadelphia, one of the very few companies in the business who thoroughly understand it, as misuse of the materials is disastrous. ALSO  J. J. Ryan & Co. was awarded the contract for installing steam heating plants in the court house and jail.  ALSO Landlord D. J. Donovan received thirteen fine horses and mules from the Stegmaier Brewing Co., Wilkes-Barre, this week, which he has placed on his farm and is offering for sale.  The company is replacing many of its horses with auto trucks.


Lathrop Twp. – The funeral of Jerome B. Davison, whose death occurred June 3, 1914, was held from his home on June 5th.  The casket was draped in the stars and stripes, dear to the veteran’s heart, and the members of Rogers Post, No. 143, whose ranks are fast thinning, attended in a body to pay tribute to a comrade who was ever faithful to both flag and country.  Jerome B. Davison was born Oct. 24, 1829.  On Dec. 1, 1858 he was married to Miss Loretta Giles and one daughter, Sadie [Marcy], was born to them.  In 1862 he enlisted in Co. F, 141st Regiment, where he was wounded at Chancellorsville May 3, 1863 and later transferred to a veteran’s corps in 1864; he attained the rank of corporal.  Mr. Davison was a man thoroughly upright in character, generous in disposition, and helpful in the community in which he lived.  It is the testimony of those who knew him that he served his day and generation well.


South Gibson – Frank F. Resseguie stated that he had just received a nice check in payment of his prize won during the winter in a seven days’ milk test conducted by the Holstein Breeders Association.  Out of 5,000 cows in the contest, located in all parts of the United States, he said it made him feel pretty good to see his cow standing in sixth place.


South Montrose – The Springville team played the South Montrose team on Saturday and came off winner 26-0.  The South Montrose team succeeded in getting but one man as far as first base.


The First Ever Montrose Architectural Treasure Hunt is underway and will end on August 1st during the Blueberry Festival.  Brochures are available at the front desk of the main library, in Montrose, or at the Historical Society.  Lots of fun and great prizes.

July 24 1914

July 24 (1914/2014)



Forest City – In the July 18th issue of Collier’s Weekly is an interesting article, “Money and the Movies,” which gleams strongly of local color.  The writer narrates of a Forest City man, who was a live insurance agent, who is now one of the movie magnates of the nation.  The man is S. L. Rothapfel, who resided in Forest City up to a few years ago.  He is now the manager of the Strand Theater on Broadway, New York, which represents an investment of over $1,000,000 and has a seating capacity of 3,500.  Of the former Forest City man, it is written: “One or more episodes will serve to show in another way the extraordinary advance in the picture theater.  Exactly 6 years ago a live young insurance agent, S. L. Rothapfel, settled down in Forest City, because he happened to marry a girl whose father lived there.  It was ion the hard coal district; there was little opportunity for writing policies there, so he started a picture show over a saloon in a side street.  He rented 250 undertaker’s chairs on which to seat his audience.  The admission fee was 10 cents.  Rothapfel operated the projecting machine and kept the phonograph going.  Today he is manager of the Strand Theatre which is the newest and most elaborate house dedicated to the silent drama in the United States.  Such is the swift evolution of some men connected with picture showing.” [In 1931 Mr. Rothapfel “is to direct the greatest theatre of all time, the International Music Hall, in New York City, a central unit of the $250,000,000 John D. Rockefeller, Jr., building project popularly known as “Radio City.”  (Continued next week)


South Montrose – Otto Koab [Koeb], B. S., A.M., of Stanford University, California, is spending his vacation at E. B. Browning’s, in South Montrose.  Prof. Koab’s [Koeb] native home is in Basil, Switzerland, and he has been a world-wide traveler.  [According to our marriage records, “At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Browning, South Montrose, 6-3-1915, at noon, occurred the marriage of Miss Emerald E. Browning and Mr. Otto Koeb, of Berkeley, Cal., by Rev. Carla Councilman. Independent Republican, 6-4-1915]


Susquehanna – Mr. Benway, an electrician employed by the Susquehanna Light & Power Co., was electrocuted in mid-air Friday afternoon, by coming in contact with a live wire.  His body was taken to his home for burial Sunday.  He is survived by his wife.  They had only lived here about a month but had made many friends who sympathize with her in her awful affliction.


Montrose – The “Fats” and “Leans” met under a summer sky for a game of ball for the benefit of the Library fund—receipts being nearly $30.  The game was replete with humorous sensations of base running, Bill Lorimer, Jim VanCampen, Dr. Birchard, Geo. Burns, Charlie Lage and all that legion of fat renowns featured in this department of the game, while Billy Cox was conspicuous for his absence.  N. Warner’s catching showed his old time form, but it must be acknowledged that the Leans with Voss, Lott, Zried, Brewster, Remmele, Donlin and other lean celebrities proved too speedy for the humorous “Fats.”  The score was Fats, 12; Leans, 20.  Each team was conspicuous for its yellow and blue caps furnished by Frank Caruso, proprietor of the Walk Over Shoe Store.


Silver Lake – “Rose and Russell Farms Roads Barred to Autos and Other Vehicles.”  Scores of motorists, who have in years before visited Silver Lake, will be disappointed to know that the one entrance to the lake for autos or carriages has been closed to outsiders by residents of the property, known as the Rose farm.  Motorists have flocked to Silver Lake from Binghamton and the outlying districts, eaten their lunches on the banks of the lake and returned contented with the day’s outing.  Autos last year were allowed to cross certain portions of the Russell farm but this has also been stopped and persons are only allowed to walk across the property.  These two roads are the only possible entrance to the lake with vehicles and when uninformed motorists arrive there from long distances in expectation of running their cars to the lake shore, they are disappointed.  The present road only brings one to within half mile of the lake, and as it is surrounded with groves of trees, the water can hardly be seen.  Over 100 motorists journeyed to the lake July 4, but were turned away by the caretaker of the property.—Binghamton Press


Royal, Clifford Twp. – Five State Road surveyors have been surveying the proposed State Road from Royal to Glenwood, last week.  They are fine fellows and made it pretty lively two or three nights.  ALSO, in Clifford, Elmer Finn, our retired merchant, is still a very busy man.  In addition to an extensive business selling farm machinery, he supervises the business of the Clifford creamery, which in addition to the home plant, has four skimming stations.  He has charge of marketing the butter also.


Rush – W. H. Wilcox, who was a member of the 50th Penn’a Volunteers, Co. D., died quite suddenly July 9th, 1914.  He was a former resident of Rush and will be remembered by all of the veterans in and around Montrose.  He entered the ranks and was gradually promoted for bravery until he reached the rank of First Lieutenant.  He was a brother of Mr. Wilcox and Mrs. Delia Griffin, of Rush.


Lenoxville – Miss Pearl Ransom has been hired to teach our fall and winter term at the Wright school house.  Now we hope to get some of those old-fashioned school days.  Reading, writing and arithmetic will be taught by the tune of a hickory-stick.  We wish her success.


Elk Lake – A horse belonging to G. R. Bishop became frightened by an automobile and ran from Miss Arnold’s store to C. E. Lowe’s, where it was caught by Miss Daley.


Great Bend – A glove factory, to employ about 150 persons, is projected at Great Bend.  Norman H. Parke, of the Black Horn Leather Co., Great Bend, is back of the movement, it being felt by him for some time that a glove factory would be feasible in using part of the output of this tannery.  A glove manufactory is anxious to locate at that place.


Springville – Miss Margaret Reynolds came here to take charge of the soda water fountain just installed in the store of Brown & Reynolds, her brother, Ward W. Reynolds, being the junior member of the firm. The fountain was purchased of Druggist F. D. Morris, [Montrose] who went to Springville and instructed the buyers in the method of operation.


Stevens Point – George Hawkins has a new auto.  Now the girls will have a ride.


Kingsley – The Y. P. C. U. of the Universalist church will gave an entertainment July 31, consisting of vocal solos and duets, violin music, piano solos and duets, and recitations by Ruth Jeffers, followed by a drama, “How the Story Grew.”  The cast will include Mrs. Bertha Capron, Miss Julia Stearns, Mrs. Myrtle Adams, Mrs. Maggie Tiffany, Mrs. Lucy Goodrich, Mrs. Merle Tingley, Misses Alma Goodrich and Louise Stearns.


Pure Bred Cows – It is doubtful if there is another county ion the State that has, according to population, such a large percentage of pure-bred cows as Susquehanna.  Stock selling from $500 to $2,000 per head is not unusual.  Only recently H. S. Brown, of Jackson, sold a half interest in his pure-bred Holstein bull, Walter Korndyke Copia, 60889, to George E. Page, of Gibson, for $1,000.  Mr. Page has a fine herd of thoroughbred Holsteins and was glad to purchase at that price an interest in so valuable a sire.

July 31 1914

July 31 (1914/2014)



Friendsville – The appointment of C. C. Byrne, as postmaster, has been announced.  Mr. Byrne succeeds Mrs. Tierney, postmistress of that office for some years.


Susquehanna – The “Matt H. Shay,” the largest locomotive in the world, was given a trial on the Erie on Thursday of last week, which showed it was capable of drawing 250 loaded cars, or an estimated weight of 18,750 tons.  This is equal to the drawing capacity of four regular locomotives.  The monster is capable of moving 640 loaded cars or a weight of over 90,000,000 pounds.  The engine stood the test well, drawing the train, which was nearly two miles in length, at a rate of about 20 miles an hour.  A journal became heated on the 75th car, which resulted in some delay, and a breakage on one of the cars made it necessary for the train to be hauled into Susquehanna in two sections, but the monster mogul showed that it could stand the severest test.  President F. D. Underwood and other Erie officials accompanied the train, by special train, as far as Great Bend, and then proceeded to New York.


North Jackson – Last Saturday a five-foot rattlesnake was killed on the Judson Savory farm, the first seen in that vicinity for many years.  The reptile had its head taken off by the mowing machine knives and was discovered when the hay was being unloaded.


Silver Lake – One of the best pictures shown by Proprietor W. B. Castle, at the local moving picture theater during the week, was “The Colleen Bawn,” a play by Dion Boucicault. The play is taken from the Celtic novel entitled, “The Collegians,” by the late poet and writer, Gerald Griffin, whose parents lived at “Fairy Lawn,” Silver Lake.  [The Colleen Bawn is still being produced on stage.]


Montrose – Rev. N. H. Bexley, the new pastor of Zion A. M. E. church, has arrived in town, and resides on Chenango street.  Mr. Bexley is a native of Baltimore and for several years has been connected with the African Methodist Episcopal Conference of Michigan.  His ministerial work is highly spoken of.  ALSO Dr. J. Arthur Bullard, of Wilkes-Barre [later of Montrose], who is well known in Montrose, in the Homeo-pathic Recorder, published in Lancaster, declares that the appendix is neither a “chance” nor “left-over” organ, and that inflammation of it can and should be cured in more than 90 percent of the cases without resorting to the knife.  “Don’t let your appendix go if you can help it—it’s an active little oil can, a lubricator for intestinal canal and you would be badly off indeed without it,” says Dr. Bullard.  ALSO It is quite remarkable to know that the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley has been in operation for 40 years or more and in all its history but one man has been killed.  It is said that he was intoxicated and fell from the tender and broke his neck while on his way to attend a 4th of July celebration.  Trains have been off the track innumerable times, on the road, during the many years of its existence, but not a fatality has taken place except the one mentioned.


Auburn – After suffering severe pains in her ear for nearly a month, Amanda Dean, on July 4, made a trip to Dr. Bellstein at Meshoppen and had removed from her ear a pencil eraser that had been there since Nov. 1912.  On the following Wednesday she again returned to the doctor’s office, when he succeeded in removing a pearl button which the girl had placed in her ear when about 7 years old.  For some time past the young lady had been in poor health, by her hearing being considerably impaired by making so unusual a receptacle of her ears. From the Laceyville Messenger.  ALSO At Auburn Four Corners – George  Bennett, a farmer residing about two miles east of here, was found dead in the road Monday of last week by his wife as she was bringing the cows to the barn.  Mr. Bennett had been in poor health for some time.  The funeral was held from his late home on Wednesday, Rev. Transue officiating.  Interment at Bunnell cemetery.


Lanesboro – The Starrucca viaduct, built more than three score years ago, for a single track, has been reinforced and heavier rails laid thereon, so as to enable the greatest engine in the world to pass over it, the Matt Shay, equal in its work to four Mikado types of engine, on the eight mile grade from Gulf Summit to Susquehanna.


New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. Ed. T. Lewis, of St. Petersburg, Fla., arrived here Saturday.  They made the trip in their Cadillac car, covering the distance of nearly a thousand miles in seven and one-half days.  Mr. Lewis is an enthusiastic autoist, and next to visiting the scenes of his boyhood days in New Milford, enjoys a spin over the country roads in his car.  He said that he found the roads in much worse condition than when he made the same trip last year.  ALSO New Milford Borough is wide-a-wake and wants better streets.  A petition has been circulated and very generally signed, petitioning the borough council to make the necessary preliminary move to secure State aid in improving Main street.


Harford – A tramp passed through Harford Sunday eve which struck terror to the hearts of the most timid ones although nothing serious happened.  ALSO  Frank Forsythe has acyteline gas lights installed in his home and barn.


Hop Bottom – E. M. Loomis is putting up a new three story building in connection with his store.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – William Young, William Mulkey, Claud Seely, Silas Jagger and Myron Green autoed to Nicholson Sunday to view the Lackawanna cut-off.  They made the trip in Mr. Green’s car.


Hallstead – A warrant was sworn out last week before F. A. Davies, Esq., charging “Sim” Fisher, of this place, with entering the house of Arthur Bolles.  It is alleged that Fisher first cut up the clothes line, then entered the house and tied Mrs. Bolles’ feet, first however taking the precaution to cut the phone wires.  Mrs. Bolles was scared almost to death, being told if she screamed she would be killed.  Mrs. Bolles recognized Fisher’s voice and told him she knew who it was.  He then lighted a lamp and begged her not to give him away, which she promised, when he released her.  Mrs. Bolles regards her escape very lucky, for Fisher had told her he intended to rob and murder her.  Fisher has not been found.


Forest City – More on Samuel Roxy Rothafel—“Rothafel’s greatest achievement was his Roxy Theatre at Times Square, opening in 1927 and later Radio City Music Hall.  The Roxyettes (later called the Rocketts) followed Rothafel from the Roxy Theatre to Radio City.  He was known on network radio as the creator of “Roxy and His Gang” and had an audience of about five million listeners. He died in 1936 in New York City.  His is the great-grandfather of the actress Amanda Peet.

August 07 1914

August 07 (1914/2014)



Gibson – Stephen Carpenter, the stage driver, has purchased an auto truck to use between South Gibson and Susquehanna.


Heart Lake – Boyd Breese, of Heart Lake, had an exciting experience which he will probably never forget.  He was bathing in the lake when another bather, Miss Grace Dwyer, was suddenly taken with cramps and sank in deep water.  Young Breese, who is a good swimmer, went to her assistance, but the frightened girl grappled him in such a way as to render him helpless, and both sank for the second time, when dragged from the water by Fred Bullard, of Binghamton, who was nearby.  When they came up the last time they were under a boat, all that was visible of them being one of Breese’s arms, which providentially, was seen, and by which they were saved from a watery grave.


Alford – Passengers on the L & M, yesterday afternoon, on the trip from Alford to Montrose, were given several distinct shudders.  As the train was passing over the trestle at Alford a coal car became derailed, apparently, but owing to the inner rails, stayed on the trestle till the west bank of Martin Creek was reached when it left the road bed and rolled down the steep embankment, landing up-side down near the water’s edge.  A box car also left the rails, but did not overturn.  There were many passengers aboard, who were left out on the trestle in a perilous position, and consternation reigned until an engine from the main line came and took the passenger coaches back to Alford.  The train was an hour and a half late in reaching Montrose.


Hop Bottom – Mr. Squires, of LaGrange, Ill, an old gentleman eighty years of age, who has been visiting relatives here, left for Chicago, Sunday evening, owing to ill health.  He was accompanied by Dr. A. J. Taylor.


Fairdale – W. J. Rhinevault, who has most faithfully looked after the interests of the many patrons of the wagon and blacksmith shop here, for nearly 20 years, feels he would like to shift the responsibilities to younger shoulders and offers the business for sale, we are informed.


Forest Lake – Lafayette Shelp was in Montrose yesterday, the first time for nearly a year.  Mr. Shelp is in usually good health, although 74 years of age, and attends to his usual duties.  To all appearances has not a grey hair in his head.  Mr. Shelp has a fine place, built and used by his father, 90 years ago; also a table made by his father, both of which are very highly prized.


South Montrose – While Mrs. Percy Ballantine was driving her automobile from her home to Montrose, yesterday afternoon, she had trouble in shifting the gears while ascending the hill just below South Montrose, near A. Nichols’.  The car started to back down the hill and before it could be stopped, overturned, pinning her little daughter underneath and severely injuring her arm.  The child was rushed to the Moses Tylor Hospital at Scranton for X-Ray examination and treatment.  Mrs. Ballantine’s son was also in the car at the time of the accident, but neither was injured.


Lawton – Joseph, the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Curley, had a miraculous escape from death a few days ago, when he suffered a fall of about 12 feet, striking on the cement floor in the basement of Mr. Curley’s barn.  A physician was called, but no injuries could be found—and the bright little fellow plays about as happy as ever.


Auburn Four Corners – Frank H. Bunnell, of Tunkhannock, has purchased the Perry Bushnell store here and will stock it with goods and open for business within the next two or three weeks.  An excellent mercantile business has been done for years there, but on account of age and infirmity Mr. Bushnell closed out his stock a year or two ago and retired.  Mr. Bunnell is a young man and will likely soon build up a good business.


Forest City – The committee in charge of the Old Home Week celebration to be held here the week of August 10 to 15 are busy getting the details perfected for what they hope will be the greatest event in the history of the town.  There will be four aeroplane flights, one of which is scheduled for Thursday, the other three will be held on days to be decided later.  The New England Amusement Co. will furnish a merry-go-round, an ocean wave and a ferris wheel.


Susquehanna – The Erie shops in this place are closed for the week and we are wondering if it is the war scare or the refusal of increased freight rates. It is hoped that the layoff will be short and that business will soon pick up so that the enforced idleness will not materially affect the employees to any great extent.  The huge shoe factory at Endicott, which has been hopeful of not being influenced by dull times, has been forced to work but 5 days a week.  Along with the dull times comes the prospect of increased prices, caused largely by the demands from foreign war-ridden countries being short of food supplies and it behooves the careful housekeeper to stock up on necessities before the prices advance.


Uniondale – Quite an excitement here a few days ago.  The wrecker, returning from unwrecking a wreck, wrecked itself upon rounding a curve and had to send for another wrecker to unwreck the wrecker that wrecked itself while returning from a wreck.  Yes sir!


Montrose – “Dick,” Florist W. W. Nash’s faithful family horse for the past 18 years, was painlessly put to death on Monday, having been suffering for a short time from an apparently incurable sickness.  Few horses attain his advanced years, he having been 31 years old.  Kind and true, his owner had formed a strong attachment for him and feels the loss of his faithful animal friend.  ALSO Att. J. M. Kelly has recently purchased the Blakeslee law building on Public avenue, in which his law office has been located for the past 15 years.  This building is one of the best known law buildings in the county, having been occupied for many years by Dr. E. L. Blakeslee, and later by the late George P. Little.


News Brief: England has declared war on Germany.  The warlike attitude taken by Great Britain was followed by the refusal of the Kaiser to yield to the demand that she withdraw her troops from Belgium and respect that country’s neutrality.  The government of England sent her demand in the form of an ultimatum and gave the Germans twelve hours in which to answer.  The Kaiser sent his reply within that time, but its contents did not please Great Britain and war was immediately declared.  ALSO Col. Theodore Roosevelt, leader of the Progressive party and former president of the United States, is booked to speak at the Bradford county fair, in Towanda, September 8th. ALSO Miss Helen Lynch, of Philadelphia, representing the Pennsylvania Women’s Suffrage Association, is here this week, in the interest of the suffrage movement.  She is getting the expression of the prominent people, in regard to their sentiments on this question.

August 14 1914

August 14 (1914/2014)



Montrose – The Binghamton Paper Box Manufacturing Co., which is busily engaged in installing machinery in the building lately vacated by the shirt factory,  is getting order out of chaos and many of the machines are now in position and the line shafts adjusted. The company manufactures large quantities of pasteboard boxes for commercial use, supplying clothiers, milliners, stationers and wholesale and retail manufacturing concerns.  The majority of the electric motor machines are to be operated by young women, the work being easy to learn and not a laborious nature. It is estimated about 30 persons will be employed and the plant will be ready to start in a couple of weeks.  ALSO  The day service will be turned on by the electric light company next Sunday and from then on Montrose will enjoy a continuous electric service, both for light and power.  The company advertises to wire homes at cost and accept payment in twelve monthly install-ments. ALSO Miss Anna Warriner is advertising private lessons or private classes, by appointment, for Modern Dancing: One-step, Hesitation, Maxxie, etc. Telephone Bell, 65-3.


Susquehanna – Failure of the air brakes to work on a switch engine here caused the engine to crash into the rear of an Erie dining car on Saturday evening, injuring several passengers and the chef.  One man had his shoulder dislocated and two ladies were cut and bruised.  The chef who was using the cook stove was badly scalded about the face in the crash.


Forest City – Aviator O. E. Williams, of Scranton, is giving a series of aeroplane flights at Forest City this week.  Mr. Williams is greatly improving his aeroplanes, which he constructs himself, and last week, at Canandaigua, N. Y.,  reached a high altitude and surprised the thousands of onlookers by his fine control of the machine.  Mrs. Williams was formerly Miss Inez Blessing, a resident of Montrose and Lanesboro. [The book, Men, Wind and Courage: A Pioneer Aviation Story of O. E. Williams and His Associates, was written by Nancy Lynn Mess, in 2009, and is available at our historical society.]


Little Meadows – Merchant and Mrs. John J. Bergin and little son, John Paul Bergin, of Little Meadows, were recent guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Griffin, at Forest Lake.  Master “Jack” seemed to enjoy his first trip to his grandparents’ very much.  They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. T. Bergin of Little Meadows, and their daughter, Miss Lyda Bergin, of Montrose, joined them for the day.


Alford – One of the new tracks is being laid for east bound trains from this place to Alford on the cut-off.


Clifford – Peter Rivenburg has joined the list of motorists.  He has purchased Levi Patterson’s Speedwell runabout.


Fairdale – Fairdale Grange will hold its annual picnic on Bolles’ flat, Friday, Aug. 21.  A cordial invitation is extended to all to join with us.  There will be a ball game at 2:30 p.m., the “Fats” vs. the “Leans,” Mike Hill to umpire.


Harford – Miss Julia Booth will teach the Harding school, Bernice Forsythe the Reed school, and Gertrude Tingley at Richardson’s Mills. ALSO  Mrs. Mary Adeline Osman Tingley was born in New Milford Township, May 26, 1839.  When a small girl her parents, Andrew and Abagail Tennant Osman moved to Harford on the farm now owned by Geo. W. Osman.  Here she lived until she was united in marriage to Geo. I. Tingley in 1858 when they moved on the Edwin Tingley farm in N. Harford.  Here she lived the remaining years of her life with the exception of one year when they lived in Harford village.  In Sept. 1888 she was left a widow with eight children, three of whom were dependent upon her for care and support.  By hard work and self-sacrifice she was able to keep the little place and make a dear home for her children as long as they needed it.  She had a quiet, modest disposition, devoting her whole life to her family and ever ready to lend a helping hand to her friends and neighbors in time of sickness or trouble.  On a quiet Sabbath morning, July 5th, 1914, she passed away very suddenly in her little home without a struggle. She went to sleep on earth to wake in Heaven.


West Auburn – There is much complaint among the dairymen and milk producers at the advance in the price of feeds.  When it is admitted that there is plenty of all kinds of feed in this country, and in view of the fact that we have no ships to transport grain and feed to other countries, one would think the feed merchants would be glad to sell to customers in the United States at a moderate price.


Bridgewater Twp. – One of the runaways from the Binghamton Orphans’ Home, found in Montrose and returned to that institution last week, was Leslie Haswell, who used to live near R. [Randall] L. Bush’s.  Mr. Bush had been kind to the boy and the little chap thought he would pay Mr. Bush a visit—but “forgetting” to tell the authorities of  his intended journey.  Mr. Bush told him he could not stay, coming in this way, but gave him a good supper and a bed for the night.  He walked from Binghamton following the railroad tracks, via Alford, with nothing to eat till he reached Mr. Bush’s.


Nicholson – The construction tower near the center of the bridge on the cut-off, at Nicholson, is said to be the highest in the world, reaching 300 feet from the ground.


South Montrose – The South Montrose Mill Co. feels the pinch of the European war, the customary bunch of orders for trunk slats, coming in daily, dropping off very perceptibly.  They have been closed down a few days, but expect to resume work Monday, we understand.  This factory employs 30 hands.


Stevens Point – Stephen Cooperthwait, when getting on the 9:11 evening train, caught his foot under the wheel and got part of it taken off.  He is now in the Susquehanna Hospital.


So. Ararat – The descendants of Ezra and Wareham Walker will hold their annual reunion at the home of Jones Walker, of Ararat Summit, Saturday, August 15, 1914.  A cordial invitation to all relatives to be present.


Uniondale – Clair, the five year old son of Wallie Watkins, met with a painful accident recently.  While they were unloading hay with the horse fork, in some way he caught his thumb in the pulley.  Amputation was necessary.


Dimock – At a regular meeting of the Dimock school board the following teachers were hired for the coming year: Albert O’Brien, Principal; Hazel Billings, primary; James Rogers, Smith School; Hester Vreeland, Elk Lake school; Loanna Cronk, Main school; Elizabaeth Donough, Taylor school;  Jessie Dershimer, Conklin school; Josephine Carney, Pleasant Grove school; and Miss Browning, Creek school.

August 21 1914

August 21 (1914/2014)



Dimock – The fortieth session of the Dimock campmeeting opened very auspiciously on August 12th and to date has exceeded all previous years in attendance and in general interest.  The fact that 4,500 people, the largest crowd in the history of the campmeeting attended the services on Sunday, is definite proof that a new era has dawned for the historic camp.  Nearly 300 automobiles were inside the camp on that date.  Persons were there from the north, south, east and west, coming from great distances.


South New Milford – C. Shay and men commenced work on the cut-off around Roe Hill, from near the Manzer house to W. Spoor’s, saving a very hard pull.  It should have been done years ago.  New Milford Twp. – The tannery has been shut down for some weeks and it was expected to resume work last Monday, but owing to the European war, which makes it impossible to get foreign hides, they are unable to start at this time.


Franklin Twp. – Tuesday evening, during the thunder shower, a barn owned by Geo. P. Stockholm was struck by lightning and burned.  The barn was used for storing hay and about twelve tons were burned.


Rush – John Marbaker, who was recently shot and badly injured by his cousin, Luther Marbaker, and is being held for trial in the Bradford county court, has sued the latter for $10,000.  He claims that he has been maimed for life.  The two cousins reside near the Susquehanna and Bradford county line, not far from Rush, and they quarreled over a line fence, resulting in the shooting.  ALSO Improvements have begun on the East Rush church.  The church is being raised and a basement put under the entire church.


Susquehanna – Saturday night Charles W. Sutton, of Susquehanna, employed as a flagman on the pushers between Susquehanna and Gulf Summit, was struck by a pusher at Gulf Summit and his right leg was cut off near the hip.  He was taken to the Barnes Memorial Hospital, at Susquehanna, where he died at 1:00 Sunday morning.  Sutton was about 23 years of age and had lived in Susquehanna for a number of years. [Another article gives his age as 21].  ALSO There will be a meeting of the ladies interested in the Women Suffrage movement, in the Hotel Oakland, Wednesday afternoon.  It will be conducted by Miss Helen Lynch, of the Pennsylvania Women Suffrage Association. 


Glenwood – We are very glad to report that Bert Cameron is able to get out around again.  He enjoyed an auto ride to South Gibson and back last Wednesday.  Floyd Carpenter very nicely remembered him recently with a box of very fine huckle berries.  Floyd bought a huckle berry orchard at Ararat and is busily engaged with the fruit and reports a large crop.  ALSO  Harry Maloney, of Elizabeth, N. J., who has been visiting at Larey Maloney’s, shot five skunks with two shots that were after chickens.  Good for Harry.


Hop Bottom – C. W. Fulkerson, of Carbondale, recently placed a fine auto piano in the Foster House.


Harford – The many friends of Prof. W. L. Thacher, for past few years an inmate of Hillside Home at Clark’s Summit, will be pleased to know that he is a favorite with those in charge of that institution and teaches a Bible class there.  Under the quieting influences at the Home, Mr. Thacher remains rational and converses very intelligently with those calling on him.  His memory is still acute and he delights to go over the past events of the county, particularly matters associated with the Susquehanna County Historical Society [Mr. Thacher was the first president of the Society in1907]. Mr. Thacher was an extensive writer, a book on Civil Government perhaps being more widely read than any other of his literary efforts and he frankly says that over-work was the cause of his mental breakdown.  He remains an inmate of the Home at his own volition and resents the imputation that he was placed there against his will.  He realized that his mind was giving way and desired to be placed where he could do no one possible harm during an unrational period. [Wallace L. Thacher was the author of Harford’s Centennial History, 1888 and Harford Fair, 1907.  Wallace Lord Thacher, A. M., educator, author and historian, was born March 28, 1841 and died October 12, 1916].


Fairdale – Fairdale church will resume its services on Sunday, August 23rd, after having been closed during the past three Sundays for the summer recess.  The pastor expects to return from his vacation sometime during this present week in time to be in the pulpit on the 23rd.  A sermon will be preached intended specially for the young men entitled “A Farmer’s Son Who Went to the Dogs.”  In the afternoon the pastor preaches at Fair Hill. 


Little Meadows – The Misses Marie and Celia Downs are going to Owego to attend school.


Montrose – In the lower part of Monument Square there is a tree which to you people and strangers has no more significance or interest than any other tree in the public grounds.  This is because of ignorance of its history.  It grew on the first homestead taken up in this country.  It has historic interest which will greatly increase in the coming years.  Like the Charter Oak at Hartford, the Elm at Concord, under which Washington drew his sword on taking command of the army, it is destined to become famous.  This tree should be marked and protected.  Let the citizens of Glenwood get as large a boulder as possible from the Grow homestead and place it a little below the elm.  [A boulder was placed adjacent to the Elm.  A plaque was attached to the boulder and reads: “From the farm of Galusha A. Grow, Glenwood, Pennsylvania, commemorates his Homestead Bill of 1862.  The nearby Elm grew on the farm of the first homestead taken under his act. It was brought here by the first homesteader, Daniel Freeman, of Beatrice, Nebraska, at the time of the oration given Mr. Grow by the people of Susquehanna County, June 9, 1903.”  Erected 1915 by the Montrose Chapter DAR.  On the opposite side another plaque reads: “The Green Ash adjacent, flown from Nebraska’s National Homestead monument, was planted Arbor Day, April 27, 1973.  It replaced the 1903 Elm, victim of disease. Cooperation between Susquehanna County Commissioners, Nurserymen K. H. Van Cott, The National Park Service, and The State of Nebraska, brought this tree from the first Homestead Farm as memorial to Galusha A. Grow.”


Forest City – The Forest City Independents defeated the Romeos—Carbondale’s best team—by a score of 11-1 on the latter’s grounds on Sunday.


Clifford – Dr. William Galbraith, of Omaha, is visiting friends at Dundaff.  He is a former resident of Clifford township.  He went west, studied medicine and has become famous in his chosen profession.

August 28 1914

August 28 (1914/2014)



Clifford – Sylvester H. Johnson, aged 67 years, died at his home, Fern Hall, the Johnson family homestead at Crystal Lake, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1914. His death occurred in the house in which he was born.  Fern Hall, which was conducted by the deceased as a summer resort, was patronized by the best people of the east until Mr. Johnson’s declining health necessitated its closing.  He was a brother of James and Robert Johnson, of the noted drug firm of Jonson & Johnson, of Brunswick, N. J and which is known the country over for its excellent surgical and medical preparations. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carrie Fancher Johnson, formerly of Montrose. 


Herrick Center – Herrick township high school opened Aug. 24 with the following teachers: Prof. George Norman, of Liberty, Pa., principal; Miss Geneva Lewis, of South Gibson, intermediate; Miss Edyth Smith, of Uniondale, primary.  There is a good attendance and every prospect of a successful year.


Auburn Twp. – The Cavanaugh, Donlin and Keough family reunion was held in the grove near St. Bonaventure’s church, Auburn, on Thursday of last week.  A splendid dinner was served and a fine time enjoyed.  A number of the relatives from Montrose attended, including Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Donlin, John Corbett, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Keough and George Deuel, Sr.  ALSO Lightning burned the barn owned by the David Raub estate, at West Auburn, on Thursday of last week.  In the barn was stored 23 tons of hay belonging to John W. Sims, and all was totally destroyed.  There was no insurance.


Kingsley – During the storm of last Thursday, lightning struck a barn on the farm of the Watson Jeffers estate near Kingsley.  The barn was fired by the bolt and the blaze communicated to a second barn by way of a shed.  The two structures, a large silo, creamery, forty tons of hay and much farm machinery were destroyed and two calves were burned to death.  Ernest Jeffers is in charge of the farm.


Forest City – The storm of Thursday afternoon of last week damaged property in here to the extent of $10,000.  From 6 until 11 o’clock that night the street car service was out of commission, lines having been torn down by trees falling against them and the light service was out for the same length of time.  A large stained glass window in the Sacred Heart of Jesus church was blown in and the water badly damaged a new $3,000 pipe organ.  Many trees were blown over on the street car tracks, and it took some hours to remove them.


Montrose – New and attractive improvements have lately been made in Zion A. M. E. church and there is an effort being made on the part of the pastor and people to promote a deeper spiritual relationship among the colored people of Montrose.  The side-walls and ceiling of the church have been repapered, a new pulpit cloth and hymn books added, and the windows have been repainted.  If anyone feels disposed to help the church in any way, the congregation will feel grateful.  Books may be contributed to the Sunday school library, spiritual books may be sent to the pastor, or religious mottoes for the church may be made use of.  The present pastor is Rev. H. J. Bexley of Baltimore, and he delivers helpful messages to his flock every Sunday.  A festival will be held at the church basement tomorrow evening for the benefit of the church.  Years ago the membership was large, but it has dwindled down to a few faithful since the older generation has crossed the “wide river,” and it is hoped the remaining few will be encouraged toward putting forth new zeal in their work by a good attendance tomorrow night.  ALSO A large addition will be made to Rosemont Inn, this Fall, to accommodate the large number of guests coming to this popular inn.


Brooklyn – Work on resurfacing the State old road from the Lathrop township line north, 4 ½ miles to A. J. Smith’s, will begin next week.  This road has endured great wear during the past three years.  Nearly every Sunday over 100 automobiles pass over it during the summer season. ALSO The Tewksbury family reunion was held in the M. E. church, on August 20th.  This is the 17th annual reunion held by the family and most of those who were active in promoting the meeting of the descendants of Jacob Tewksbury, who settled in Brooklyn in 1800, have passed away, and their places were filled at the tables with other and younger faces.  The history of this family is good; few dark sheep have been members of this household and many bright and faithful servants of the Master have lived and wrought and passed to their reward.


Harford – Our little town is again teeming with life.  School began Monday with an enrollment of 140 pupils, with Miss Clara Winans, principal; Miss Cooper, grammar room; Miss Clark, intermediate and Miss Sarah Stevens, primary.


Bridgewater Twp. – A very pretty wedding took place at East Bridgewater last evening, Aug. 26th, when Miss Ruth Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew F. Curtis, became the bride of Stanley S. Roach, of Lock Haven, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. O. Roach, of East Bridgewater.  The house was handsomely decorated with ferns, white and pink asters, carrying out an attractive color scheme.  The bride wore a white voile gown, with a real lace collar, one hundred years old, a prize family heirloom, and carried a bouquet of pink and white asters.  The happy pair took the midnight train for Lock Haven, where the groom has a position as department superintendent with a paper manufacturing company.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Roach grew up from childhood, in East Bridgewater, and have a host of friends who wish them God-speed on their matrimonial journey.


Gibson –The Brundage reunion, held at the pleasant home of E. W. Brundage,  Aug. 22, was a very enjoyable affair.  The day was an ideal one and the tables were spread in the orchard under the trees.  Between 60 and 70 were present.  Singing and recitations by the younger people enlivened the occasion.  The rest of the time was spent in visiting and all returned to their homes feeling that they had a good time.


Gelatt – In the thunder shower, Tuesday night, lightning struck and burned the large cow barn belonging to H. B. Potter.  There were twenty-four large loads of hay and some lumber in the barn.  It is a great loss to Mr. and Mrs. Potter.


Hallstead – Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Swartz have received word in a round-about way from a relative in Elmira, in regard to their daughter, Miss Myrtle Swartz, who is traveling in Europe with a party of friends, stating that they had reached London in safety and were making preparations to sail for home as soon as passage could be secured.  The family received a letter from her on the 7th but have heard nothing since.


News Brief: Pennsylvania’s automobile tags for 1915 will be of turquoise blue enamel, with white letters and figures and a soft metal keystone for the maker’s number.  The contract will be for about 150,000 for next year.


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September 07 1914

September 07 (1914/2014)



The first Agricultural Fair held in Susquehanna County was at Montrose in 1846.  Sixty-eight years ago.  It was a day of small things as compared with the Fair of 1914.  Horses or oxen furnished the means of locomotion.  Merchants obtained their goods from New York City.  They went up the Hudson river to Piermont, and by the Erie Railroad, which in 1847 was completed as far as Otisville.  The rest of the way the goods came in wagons.  Heavy things often came to Binghamton by way of the Hudson river, the Erie and Chenango canals, thence they came in wagons to Montrose.  Grass was cut with the scythe only, and grain with the cradle.  Threshing was mostly done with flail.  Tallow and sperm oil furnished light by night.  The fuel was almost exclusively wood.  Five miles an hour was a good rate of travel.  The people were happy, in blissful ignorance of better things in store for them.  It was a slow age.  Invention and better knowledge of the laws of nature has changed all this.  We live in a fast age.  We are not content with five or eight miles an hour in travel, it must be ten times that, or faster.  We are all in a hurry to get through.  Oxen are rarely seen.  Horses and improved agriculture machinery do most of the hard work for the farmer.  Kerosene superseded tallow and sperm oil, and that in turn has been to a great extent displaced by electricity, which not only furnishes light, but heat and power.  Automobiles have largely taken the place of carriages and wagons, both for pleasure and transportation and the telephone is in almost every home—a wonderful economizer of time. 1914 Fair - As part of the entertainment in this year’s fair, Prof. Allen and his balloon will be an attraction.  Prof. Allen has appeared here several times and is the best aeronaut that can be secured, his exhibitions in the past always satisfying.  His dog comes with him and will sail in the clouds with the professor, cutting loose and making his descent when the “old man” drops. 


Auburn Twp. – Auburn Catholics announce a big picnic in Burke’s Grove, near the [St. Bonaventure] church, on Thursday, Sept. 10th.  You will get double your money’s worth in good eats, and appropriate music, etc., will be provided.


Lawton, Rush Twp. – To the lady guessing nearest the number of peanuts in a glass jar at Campbell’s tent, on the Lawton Fair Grounds, goes 6 cans of Campbell’s Liquid Stove Polish.


Ainey, Springville Twp. – Winifred Smales began her school with a large attendance.  The scholars from Strickland Hill are now brought to this school.


Herrick Center – During a severe shower, Saturday evening, lightning struck the home of George Emmons, about two miles from this village.  Mr. Emmons’ little son, John, had an arm badly burned and was unconscious for twenty minutes.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Emmons were slightly injured and their little daughter, Sadie, was thrown from the couch on which she was lying.  The house was not set on fire, but is badly wrecked.  The chimney was torn off, there are large holes in the roof and sides of the house, twenty-three window panes broken and furniture and carpets ruined.  It seems almost a miracle that none of the family were killed or seriously injured.


Susquehanna – Dr. Wm. P. Ahearn has accepted a position as physician in the war in Europe.  ALSO Francis Brall, a 16 year old Binghamton boy, while boarding an Erie train here on Sunday evening, fell under the wheels as it was moving out from the station and had his leg badly crushed.  He was taken to the Barnes Memorial Hospital where Erie Surgeon Condon attended him.


Lake View, Jackson Twp. – Henry Miller, an aged citizen of this place, while attending the Miller reunion at Brushville, Friday, dropped dead. He was apparently in the best of health and shortly after dinner, while visiting relatives at the reunion, suddenly reeled and fell to the ground.  Medical aid was summoned but live was extinct before the arrival of a physician.  Heart disease is given as the cause of death.  ALSO School began Monday with Mr. VanHorn, of Thompson, as principal and Miss A. E. Bartlett as primary teacher.


Heart Lake – There was a good-sized attendance of veterans and their wives at the annual gathering held here on Friday, 50 members being present.  Commander M. H. VanScoten was unanimously re-elected to the office he has so ably filled for some years, the comrades having come to the conclusion that they cannot improve upon their present enthusiastic head officer.  The dinner was heartily enjoyed, as well as the cigars thoughtfully provided by Att. E. R. W. Searle, when in an after dinner smoke the “boys” told stories while the smoke curled much after the manner of the camp fires of days gone by.


Brooklyn – Photographer S. J. Roper has a tent in this place and will be here Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for all who wish work in this line during the next two weeks.


Dimock – Remember the Dimock free library is open every day in the week except Tuesday, where you can get a good book or paper to read.  ALSO School commenced Monday last in the Bunnell school, with Louanna Cronk as teacher.


Largest Panther Known in State Killed in this County: The director of the Everhart Museum, Scranton, B. H. Warren, writes the following interesting item in the Times: “Mr. Henry W. Shoemaker, president of the Altoona Tribune Co., is devoted to the study of natural history and he is particularly active in laboring for conservation of wild life.  In his very interesting and valuable little work entitled, “The Pennsylvania Lion or Panther” he pays a well-deserved compliment to the ability as a taxidermist of our townsman, Mr. Geo. P. Friant, as follows—“Of the eight mounted specimens (from Penn’a) now in existence, all of which are fortunately mounted with the skulls, the heads are large.  The size of the head and jaw of the specimen in the museum at State College, which is magnificently mounted, is the most noticeable feature of the manikin.  This state college panther, a male 7 ft. 9 in. from end of nose to tip of tail, was killed by Sam’l E. Brush in Susquehanna Co., in 1856.  It was originally mounted in a very different manner, but fortunately the skin was well preserved.  The animal was presented to the writer by a relative of Mr. Brush, and placed in the hands of Mr. Friant to be remounted.  A scrap of newspaper giving date of killing, with the weight and measurement of the panther, was found wrapped and tied around the skull.  The flesh side of the skin had been carefully cleaned and was purplish-black in color, due no doubt, to some agent employed in tanning the hide.” [Penn State’s mascot was borrowed by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for what was supposed to be a one-year exhibit in 1953 and not returned to State College until 1994.  The Nittany Lion had been the mascot since 1907 and since the eastern mountain lion disappeared from the region around Mount Nittany before 1870, the only remaining example of a mountain lion native to Pennsylvania was the stuffed male cat that was shot by Mr. Brush.  It is currently on display at Penn State’s All Sports Museum].


News Briefs: Farm tenancy is the greatest menace now confronting the nation and can only be checked by affording the tenant and the laborer facilities for acquiring property, and by reducing the high rates of interest which are now sapping the vitality of agriculture.  ALSO The county commissioners are preparing to have the work started on the Monument Square park.  Gravel walks are to be constructed, a fountain placed, and other improvements made to make this beauty spot even more beautiful.

September 11 1914

September 11 (1914/2014)



South Gibson – The Lewis House, a licensed hotel conducted by John E. Thomas, was destroyed by fire on Wednesday.  A grist mill nearby and the hotel barn came near burning, but were saved by hard work on the part of those who gathered and formed a bucket brigade.  The fire originated from the chimney, a new fire having been started and then allowed to burn unwatched, and when the blaze was discovered it was beyond control.  The loss is estimated at about $7,000, it being partially covered by insurance.


Rush – The Shoemaker grist mill, owned and operated by U. W. LaRue, caught fire and was burned to the ground yesterday morning at about 10 o’clock.  The sheds adjoining and 30,000 feet of logs were also burned, but saw mill and residence nearby were saved, although were at the scene of the fire a short time after the alarm was sounded and by means of a bucket brigade.  The other buildings were saved.  The electric light plant, which received its power from the water-wheel operating the mill, is also out of commission.  This plant was owned by Mr. LaRue.  There was an insurance of $1,000, which will cover about 1/3 of the loss.


Friendsville – Samuel S. Baxter died at his late home on the Bentley Creek Valley road Monday evening, Aug. 17, 1914, aged 76 years.  He was born in Friendsville and spent his boyhood in that place.  He enlisted in the Government service is 1862, joining Co. H, 143d Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.  After the war he came to Ashland, N.Y. where he spent a large portion of his life, removing later to Ridgebury, Pa., where he died.  He was a commander of Birgham Post No. 55, G. A. R., of Wellsburg, N. Y.  Mr. Baxter was much respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will miss his genial society.  He leaves a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Harry May, who resided with him on the farm, and one son, Martin Baxter, of Kingston, Pa.  The funeral was held from his late home and burial was ion Hanlon cemetery at Ridgebury.


Hopbottom – Our ball team suffered a defeat Monday afternoon at the hands of the Hallstead nine.  Eric Brown pitched a good game for the locals, but was not well supported by his team mates.


Choconut – Seventy people from Montrose and vicinity took in the automobile run to Choconut Valley Inn, Monday, where a clam bake was served, tables being set in the orchard near the hotel.  The splendid menu, served by McCahill Bros., included chicken, blue fish, lobster, corn, water melon, with the condiments, and clams, of course.  The viands were faultless prepared and the way the visitors put away food was something surprising.  Many returned by the way of Binghamton and all report an exceedingly pleasant day.


Harford – The Harford Fair experienced good weather and drew large crowds both Wednesday and Thursday.  The exhibits were good in all departments.  The aero plane flights both days were most satisfactory, the aviator making long flights and going to a great height.  Everyone attending was more than pleased with the excellence of everything.


Birchardville – Mrs. Anna M. Baldwin, a trained nurse of the Rochester General Hospital, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Watson Dayton.


Laurel Lake – We regret to learn that Matthew McGraw was severely injured the other day, by being kicked by a horse.


Oakley – Many people here witnessed the “cloud dance” given by the D. L & W. on the top of the large concrete bridge Thursday evening.  It certainly was a novel spectacle to look from the side hill to the top of the large bridge and see amid the electric lights the dancers moving to and fro.  Many officers of the railroad from New York, Scranton and other cities, with their friends, were present.


North Bridgewater – Guy Angle, who has been visiting relatives in Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, has taken a position for the third year with the Dr. Kilmer Medicine Co., of Binghamton, going last week to Painsville, Ohio.  In a letter home says the lake country is fine.


Great Bend – A new dirt road has just been finished in Great Bend township which will be a great convenience to the farmers.  Some time ago the bridge over the Erie track, near the home of J. H. Tingley, was destroyed by fire.  This closed the road leading around the “flat-iron.”  The Erie company, instead of building a new bridge, bought a tract of land of J. H. Tingley and F. S. White and constructed a dirt road from the Tingley farm to Main street in this borough.


Little Meadows – J. E. Hickey’s team took second money at the Owego fair last week.  Some horses Jack!


Montrose – J. L. Somerville, of Elmira, has purchased the Orpheum Theatre (Nickolette) of F. W. Castle, and took possession Monday.  Mr. Somerville will move his family here.


Susquehanna – Dr. W. E. Kelly, who has successfully conducted dental parlors here for a number of years, will on September 15, move with his family to Scranton, where he will conduct dental parlors in the Traders’ Bank Building.  Dr. Kelly has sold his residence in Susquehanna.

ALSO  The Firemen’s parade on Labor Day was very much enjoyed and all the companies did themselves credit.  Also the floats were very artistic, especially the Odd Fellows and Maccabees. The Windsor firemen and band and many of their friends were here. 


Hop Bottom – Monday, Labor Day, a number of persons went to the nearby lakes and ponds to try their luck with rod and line.  While some returned home late in the evening without having had a nibble, others met with better success. Arch Pratt brought in twenty- one pickerel.


Fairdale – Fairdale Grange, No. 1157, will meet Saturday evening, Sept. 19, in Grange Hall.  A large attendance of members is desired as there will be a fertilizer proposition before the Grange at that time, which demands immediate attention.


Forest City – An elaborate program was successfully carried out by the local Polish Falcons, a patriotic organization.  The local nest of Falcons paraded in a body to the railroad station to meet Falcons from a number of towns in the valley and then forming a picturesque line of march, attired in uniform, both locals and visitors, headed by the Forest City band, marched to the Sacred Heart church where they listened attentively to the program.  Afterward the line of march, headed by the band, followed by uniformed members of Soriski Society, next the different societies of the Sacred Heart congregation and local Red Men, brought up the rear march to Vandling where a very pleasant and enjoyable day was spent.


News Brief: Tomorrow is the one hundredth anniversary of the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”  Fling out the flag!   [On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem.]

September 18 1914

September 18 (1914/2014)



Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – Alford was the scene of a possibly fatal accident when Glenn Richardson, son of A. W. Richardson, of Heart Lake, fell down a 50 foot embankment with horse and carriage and was badly injured.  His horse was killed outright and the carriage demolished.  No one witnessed the accident but he was seen a few minutes before it occurred walking his horse along the road and not driving rapidly, and was then only a short distance from the place where the disaster occurred.  There is a sharp turn in the road at this point, caused by the Lackawanna railroad’s new cut-off, which necessitated changing the course of the road  The plunge over the embankment might have been caused by the sudden fright of the animal.  Glenn had one arm broken in two places, a leg dislocated and was severely gashed under the lower jaw.  He also had internal hemorrhages, apparently, and internal injuries are also feared.  He is well known in this community and has made many friends by his kindly ways.  About three months ago he was married to Miss Mary Decker, daughter of J. M. Decker, a well- known Alford merchant. The distressing accident has awakened wide sympathy among all who are acquainted with the family and a clinging hope that he will recover, his age, 22 years, being much in his favor.  [Glenn did recover and lived until 1978 and his wife, Nellie, until 1979.  Both are buried in the New Milford Cemetery.]


Montrose – “War Prices on Whiskers!!!”  We notice in yesterday’s Democrat the barbers here will advance prices all along the line Oct. 1, on account of the war over in Europe.  Now, what’s the war in Europe got to do with whiskers in Montrose?  Pray tell us!  Nobody from here has gone to have hostile bullets whistling through his whiskers.  The old prices were high enough, and we raise a strong voice against the increase.  We believe there will be an increase in the sale of safety razors soon.  Montrose is a good place now for a reasonable priced barber to locate.   Pro Bono Publico.  ALSO  Judging from the swelling tides of applause accorded Mr. Hillis, at the Colonial, Wednesday evening, when he gave a good sound talk on how to behave in a theatre, it is quite evident the audience gloried in his spunk.  It is about the only remedy to be applied, however, and had the desired effect of quieting the person whose interruptions were so obnoxious to the assembly, and very annoying to the players.  A gentle tap from a cop’s club, or a leading out into the open, are two other ways with which to deal with disturbers in a pubic hall.


Heart Lake – Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Stark, who have conducted the Heart Lake boarding house for the past two years, have gone to Baldwinsville, N. Y., where they will manage the Empire State House.


Hallstead – The will of Jane E. Krum, late of this place, bequeaths to daughter, Hattie E. Decker, all of her real estate and personal property.  To each of daughters, Mrs. Ellen Albright, Mrs. Clara Banker, Mrs. Sarah Trowbridge, Mrs. Frank Waterman, Mrs. Rosa Whited and Mrs. Kittle Miller, $5 each.  Mrs. Decker made executor.


Stevens Point – Our school opened with Miss Gillin as teacher.  The Mountain school started with Mrs. Nolan as teacher.


Lawton – Mrs. Fred Jones won six cans of Campbell’s Liquid Stove Polish, offered by Geo. C. Campbell & Sons, of Hallstead, in a peanut guessing contest at the Lawton Fair.


Little Meadows – Miss Lyda Bergin, of Montrose, left for the home of her parent here, on Sunday.  It is stated that Miss Bergin will teach school in that vicinity this fall and winter.


Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Estabrook of Nebraska, who for the past few weeks have been visiting relatives and friends at Brushville, are now visiting relatives in and around Gibson.


Susquehanna – Miss Frances Sabin left Monday for Saratoga Springs, where she will be a student in the Skidmore School of Art.  She was accompanied by her father.


Harford – Dr. Hooven made the remark the other day, at the Harford Fair, that only six years ago there was one solitary automobile at the Harford Fair and it attracted much attention.  This year there were three to four hundred autos on the grounds each day.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. – Miss Josephine Lane gave a reception to some of her most intimate friends Thursday evening, Sept. 10, in honor of her guest, Miss Daw, of Binghamton, at her lovely home here.  There were quite a number present and pictures were taken of those present by flashlight.


Forest City – There is a necessity for great care on the part of both pedestrians and autoists to prevent serious accidents on Main street in this borough.  Already there have been several narrow escapes.  The street is narrow and since the brick has been put down it is quite natural to step off the pave and cross in any part of the block.  Automobiles should be run along the street under control but we regret to say that a few drivers seem to see how fast they can go. The burgess informs us, however, that means will be taken to make the reckless ones pay for their actions.  Meanwhile, however, pedestrians should use caution in crossing the street and children should be warned not to play on the pavement.  ALSO More than 5000 spectators witnessed the first aid contests of the Pennsylvania Coal company at Valley View park on Saturday.  Twelve teams of six men each took part in the contest.  Ewen breaker, of South Pittston, won the first place.  Forest City and the Gray slope, of Vandling, were contestants.  In the one-man contest Delbert Burdick, of Forest City, won a prize.


Ararat Twp. – A marriage performed by Kleber Shaffer took place at the home of John Shay, September 11, at 8 o’clock, when his sister, Miss Helen, a well-known young lady of Ararat, was united in marriage to Stanton Reed, after which an elaborate dinner was served.  The evening was spent with much music and dancing.  About 30 people of Ararat present.  The couple was unattended and will reside on the Rogers’ homestead.  Their many friends wish Mr. and Mrs. Reed a long and happy life.


Choconut Valley – Most of the city people who have been spending some time in this Valley have returned to their homes.


Franklin Forks – The Stockholm reunion was held at C. A. Palmer’s, Saturday.  About sixty were present, coming in a goat carat, ox cart, wagons, motorcycles and automobiles.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – J. R. Titman, R. L. Avery, C. W. Lee and G. M. Lake motored to the Syracuse Fair on the former’s Maxwell car using on an average but one gallon of gasoline to 35 miles.  How is that for the famous Maxwell?

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