September 25 (1914/2014)



Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. – Arthur Owens is the owner of a new, five passenger, Studebaker automobile.


South Ararat – The South Ararat Sunday school held their picnic on the school house lawn, on Saturday.  The day was an ideal one, tables were set under the shade trees and a dinner was served fit for a queen, 70 were present and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.  The young ladies and gentlemen amused themselves with a ball game, the younger ones by swinging while the older people spent the afternoon visiting.  A good time was reported by all.


Uniondale – Burns Bros. are building cement dams for the Uniondale Milling Co. and Douglass & Yale.


Susquehanna – “Gratitude” -Yesterday Leo Ryan, of Main Street, found a wallet said to contain $285 which he returned to the owner and received the munificent sum of five cents for his honesty.


Stevens Point – There will be a ribbon social at J. W. Vaughn’s, Wednesday evening, for the benefit of the Mount school.


Rhiney Creek – A. B. Roe and family, A. B. Mitchell and wife, and E. J. Fish and wife, attended the Webster reunion held at the home of Edmund Webster, at Franklin Forks, Saturday.  A good time was reported.  The next reunion meets at the home of John Webster, at Sanataria Springs, N.Y.


Starrucca, Wayne Co. - The schools and churches here have been closed by the Board of Health on account of an epidemic of Diphtheria.


Glenwood – Freeman Tingley was busily engaged here last week filling silos.  Tingley has the best machine on the creek this year and the farmers were very much pleased with his work.  Come again next year, Freeman.


Oakley – Work for an up-to-date modern barn has been begun on the Jeffers farm to replace the one that was struck by lightning and burned this summer.  Alonzo Pickering is doing the carpenter work.


Forest City – To the People of Forest City: I understand that a committee of ladies has been soliciting funds to be presented to me for the purpose of taking a trip to Mt. Alto for my health.  I do not feel the need of outside assistance at this time and have requested the committee to return the money to those who have contributed.  I wish, however, to thank those who have been so kind as to contribute for their good intentions.  Mrs. William Forrest.


Lenox – Miss Blanche Hoppe has returned to Springfield, N. J., where she will teach school.


Forest Lake – The Kane school has opened after being closed for some time, with Mary Heavey as teacher.


East Kingsley – Measles are playing sad havoc with the graded school, as so many of the scholars were sick and only one of the corps of five teachers had ever had them.  Nearly every home is under quarantine.  In Ainey, Springville Twp., Eddie Millard has his house fumigated after the measles and last Monday his three boys started to school.


Tunkhannock – Accidents marred the Tunkhannock fair on Thursday of last week, although there were 8,000 people and some 1,200 autos on the grounds.  The biplane failed to ascend high enough to clear the carriages nearby resulting in its crashing into one and demolishing it, as well as putting the machine out of business, and also painfully injured Reba Miller, daughter of Stark Miller, of Lynn.  The child was picked up, unconscious, but was not seriously hurt.  Dust on the track also caused two racing automobiles to run foul of each other and one of the machines crashed through a fence.  No one was injured, but the races were called off.


Dimock – The board of managers of the Dimock Campmeeting Association has voted to offer several different cottages upon the grounds which have apparently been abandoned by the people who erected them, and which are becoming dangerous nuisances upon the premises, at a public sale to be held upon the grounds of the Campmeeting Association on Saturday, Sept. 25, 1914. 


Brooklyn – M. W. Stephens, of Scranton, as attorney for Glenn Richardson, has begun suit against the township of Brooklyn and also against the Lackawanna Railroad for damages for injuries sustained when he and his horse went over the side of the road near Alford to the tracks of the railroad below, a distance of 50 feet.  In the suit no amount is asked for, pending the result of the accident.  As contractor McManus took over the road and changed it without order from court or consent of the supervisors, and the township has not accepted the new road, it is held they are not liable, or if they are liable to Richardson, then they may recover from the company.


Montrose – Owing to the advance in barbers’ supplies and also the high cost of living, and the European war causing a lack of customers, we, the union barbers of Montrose, have agreed upon the following prices, to go into effect Oct. 1:  Shave, 15c; haircut, 25c; massage, 35c; razor honing and axe grinding, 35c; plain shampoo, 25c; oil shampoo, 50c; hair tonic, 15c; mustache trim, 5c; singe, 25c.  ALSO Myron Grubham, of the U. S. submarine boat E2, is spending a 24 day furlough at his home in this place and with his mother at Corbettsville, N.Y.


Lanesboro – An attempt was made to wreck an Erie express train on Thursday night of last week near the iron bridge.  The attempt was frustrated by Joseph Callahan, who was walking the track at about 11:30 and noticed a flash of light and two men working at the rails.  When he approached the men ran away and he found a heavy chain attached to several heavy pieces of iron, which they evidently planned to tie to the rails.  He notified the operator at the Lanesboro tower and a warning was sent out, resulting in precautions being taken to prevent a wreck.  The express car contained valuables that would have meant a “good haul.”


News Brief:  Hunters this year must wear the white tags issued from the State Game Dept. or render themselves liable to arrest.  Last year the tags were on buff cloth and it is said that some hunters, to evade paying the $1 this year, are going to use the same old tag, but the game wardens have been charged to keep a sharp lookout and any hunter caught wearing last year’s buff tag will be arrested on sight.  Thus far every county treasurer in the State has been furnished with a full complement of license tags, and all who apply will be served.  The hunting season is on now for some birds, but within the next four weeks the season will be open for a number of birds.


October 02 (1914/2014)



Forest  Lake – Two successive serious fires occurred when Fred W. Powell’s home and F. E. Hagadorn’s large store were burned. Mr. Powell’s residence burned having probably caught from the kitchen fire.  He was working in the fields and Mrs. Powell had left the house, locking it, while engaged in work not far from the dwelling. She noted the fire when it had gathered considerable headway and entrance through the kitchen door being blocked by the flames, she attempted breaking out a window pane to effect an entrance.  In doing this she badly cut her hand.  The family carried no insurance and the dwelling was a fine, large structure.  The Hagadorn store, located in Birchardville, was consumed on Oct. 1st.  Besides the building with its contents, heavily stocked, a nearby warehouse and a granary were burned.  The telephone was used in rousing out the people, who cane in large numbers, and by means of a bucket brigade kept the fire from spreading to the church sheds nearby and from burning the church.  Mr. Hagadorn had purchased the business from W. D. Browning about three months ago, coming from Lestershire, N.Y., and Mr. Browning, in turn, having a short time before bought the property from Frank Robinson.  As the Slauson ad Robinson store it was widely known, and it was well patronized.  The loss is estimated at from $8,000 to $10,000.  There was some insurance.


Hopbottom – Last week, Thursday, while the milk train was speeding down the Lackawanna at a rapid rate, a milk car left the rails about half a mile north of the Foster station.  The car shattered the depot platform, but fortunately no one was injured.


Montrose – Montrose High school football team defeated the Crescent team, of Dimock, on Saturday by a score of 12-0.  Capt. Mackin scored both touchdowns for Montrose.  The two teams will play a second game at the Athletic Park, Montrose, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3.  ALSO  Our townsman and veteran barber, Albert Miller, has received a letter from his sister in Germany, which states that two of her sons have been called to serve in the German army.  ALSO  Leonard Stone, formerly employed at Earl Smith’s jewelry store, left Sunday for Philadelphia, where he will take a course in watch making.


Springville – On Oct. 9, at the home of Louis B. Johnson, there will be a box social and entertainment for the Union school.  Proceeds to buy an organ for the school.  A cordial invitation to all.  ALSO  The marriage of Harry M. Turrell to Miss Mary Sullivan, of Wellsboro Pa., took place at her home, Wednesday evening last.  The groom has for several years been manager of Brown & Fasset’s feed mill here.  The bride was for three years the supervisor of music in Tunkhannock high school.  They will reside here after October 1.


Auburn Center – An automobile accident, Saturday afternoon, which might have proved very serious, took place on the road not far from here, near Ziba Lott’s.  Delmer Stark, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Perigo, of New Milford, was driving a Ford touring car, when without warning the rod in the steering gear holding the two front wheels in unison, gave way and a sudden dive of the wheels caused the machine to turn turtle.  Mr. Stark landed free of the car, Mr. Perigo was caught under it, while Mrs. Perigo was caged in the tonneau of the overturned auto.  By supreme effort Mr. Stark succeeded in lifting the machine off Mr. Perigo who soon revived, he having been squeezed until his breath was nearly gone.  Mr. and Mrs. Perigo were helped to the Lott home to recover from their bruises and fright.  The auto was not badly damaged.


Rush – Prof. Roland Dayton, of the High school, while playing basketball with his team at Bichardville, last Friday, by accident had his cheek bone broken.  The physicians at Montrose were unable to set it, so he went to Binghamton Saturday morning, but operation was deferred until Thursday of this week.  Because of his enforced absence the High school was closed Thursday and Friday.


Susquehanna – Takasch & Chappelle, the contractors for the paving of Exchange street, are rushing the work right along.  ALSO  A number of the State Constabulary will be stationed here after October 1st.  ALSO  Early Tuesday morning the store of Joseph M. Williams was entered by burglars and $25 in cash and a woman’s gold watch taken.  An entrance was gained by prying open a window in the rear of the store.


Lawsville – B. L. Bailey received the premium at the Montrose fair for the finest colt and the largest cucumbers.


South Gibson – It is rumored that Dr. H. W. Trimmer, of Harvey’s Lake [Luzerne County}, who formerly resided here, will return to the town and open an office.


Thompson – In the prize-wining contest at Keystone hall, Mrs. Martin Nelson was awarded a set of silver knives, tablespoons and teaspoons for being the most popular lady in town and 50 cents for the best vocal solo.


Clifford – J. W. Jones, health inspector of Clifford Twp., reports an epidemic of measles in Clifford and vicinity.  It is of a malignant type and every precaution is taken to prevent its spread.


Uniondale/Forest City – Seven years is a long time to wait for a cat to come back but that is what Hugh Burdick did, and he found the cat after yeas of waiting.  It had become ossified when fond and is now in the possession of E. J. Wells, of Forest City.


News Brief:  Micajah Weiss, aged113 years, died at Beaver Brook, Sullivan county, N. Y., on Sept 22.  Mr. Weiss was probably the oldest Civil war veteran and was the oldest pensioner in the United States, if not the oldest man in the United States. He was one of the celebrities of the semi-centennial of the Battle of Gettysburg last year.  For 70 years he lived at Paupack, Wayne county, and for many years was a lumberman. He was married four times and the father of two children, three of his marriages having been to widows with children.  He was a Republican in politics, and in religion “generally a Baptist.”  He gave the secret of his long life as hard work, sound sleep and minding his own business.


October 16 (1914/2014)



Brooklyn – Mrs. Sarah S. Weston, widow of E. L. Weston, died Sunday, three days after the death of her husband.  While Mrs. Weston was up around the house most of the time, she had been in a precarious condition for some time, but the shock of the death of her husband no doubt hastened the end.  For years she had been taking on a superabundance of flesh, and at the time of her death weighed about 400 pounds.  She was a fine specimen of physical womanhood, popular with her associates and always enjoyed a large circle of friends. Her home was one of those free and easy places of earth, where the present was enjoyed without unnecessary thought of the morrow.  Bed and board were free to those in need and she lived up to the Golden Rule as near as most people were able to do. Sarah was the daughter of James Wallace Adams, who came to Brooklyn from near Milford, N. J. and settled on the farm now owned by L. Bailey, west of the village. Mr. Adams married Miss Julia Geer and Mrs. Weston was the last of a family of four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Adams.  Mr. Adams was connected in an ancestral line with John Quincy Adams. 


Auburn Four Corners – Miss Lora Bushnell spent last Saturday at West Point and saw the West Point-Rutgers football game.


Forest City – Forest City is to have a new vaudeville and photo play theatre which will seat 1,000 persons.  The owner, Julius Freedman, will have it made as nearly fireproof as possible, the structure being 50x100 feet and built of brick.


Oakland/Montrose – Gay Prentice Blessing, of Seattle, Wash., has invented certain new and useful improvements in telegraphic apparatus, which if used by the telegraphic companies would save them thousands of dollars and much time that is wasted.  By using his invention, polarized relays may be utilized on single line wires and enable the operator at any station to reverse the polarity of the main battery to thereby actuate the armatures of the polarized relays at all stations.  By this means, the efficiency of the wires would be increased by the utilization of polarized relays, especially in wet weather, and do away with the trouble now experienced, of the instruments at the way stations being out of adjustment when it rains, as by Mr. Blessing’s system the only instruments which would need to be adjusted would be those located at the battery stations where the attendants are much more skilled in this respect than the average operator.  Mr. Blessing is a native of Montrose [he lived his early life in Oakland, the son of James and Sarah Blessing] and learned telegraphy when in his teens, under the late Theo. D. Lyons, and son, H. A. Lyons.  He is now a successful operator in the West, and many friends in his old home town rejoice to learn that he has been granted a patent which in time will prove of great value to the telegraphic art.


Montrose – The borough council entered into a five year contract with the Susquehanna County Light Co. for street lights.  The company gave the borough the same rate previously asked under a ten-year contract, which the council accepted on a basis of all night service and at comparatively small increase in cost.  Heretofore, the lights had been burned only until 1 a.m. and woe betide the chap who was not home before the lights went out.


Rush – J. M. Ervine and son are the possessors of a farm of more than 150 acres, well cultivated and stocked. They are demonstrating the fact that the country is the best place in the world in which to pursue one’s life work and that hard times can never subdue the thrifty farmer.


East Lynn – A flock of turkeys, two old hens and fifteen young ones, have roosted all summer in a grove near the house of Prof. S. S. Thomas, near Lynn station. Very diligent inquiry has failed to learn their owner.  He would be very glad if the party to whom they rightfully belong could be found and get them away before cold weather.  No charge will be made if removed before they need grain.


Clifford – A. O. Finn and Miss Tressa Kenyon have decided to walk life’s road together and were married last week by their pastor.  Thursday evening their friends, and they are legion, gave them a reception at their home on the Elkdale road.


Hallstead – The river is as low now as it was last year during the drought.  One can wade across in a number of places.  ALSO  B. B. Handrick, a well-known resident of this place died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1914, following an illness of about five weeks, starting with pleurisy and developing into complications.  His age was 78 years and this was his first and only illness.  His wife and one son, E. B. Handrick, of Hallstead, survive.


South Montrose – The slight rain of yesterday laid the dust, but was insufficient to relieve the drought to any extent.  Many wells and springs are dry and great inconvenience is being felt.  The South Montrose Mill Co. has to haul water to keep their big 250 horse power engine going.


Glenwood – Today is Columbus day and by golly when we look at what is doing in Europe just now we’re mighty glad he discovered us.


Jessup Twp. – F. A. Bedell and G. M. Brotzman, poormasters of the township, have a public sale advertised for Oct. 16th, to be held on the John Mills’ farm near Elk Lake.


Springville – Olin Bramhall was a recent caller in town and has been the guest of his relatives, Mrs. Lottie Blakeslee and cousins, Dr. and Mrs. Diller, of this place.  Mr. Bramhall was principal of the Springville high school twenty-five years ago and, at that time, one of the best teachers in the county.  He was also a locally famous horse breeder, at that time, and was also a very zealous worker in the church.


Susquehanna – The engagement has just been announced here of Clarence E. Wright, our popular young banker, to Miss Josephine Searle of Montrose.


Silver Lake – Matthew McGraw, a life time resident of this place, who died Sunday morning after a lingering illness of a month, was buried from St. Augustine church Oct. 9, 1914, Rev. Father Dunn officiating.  Pall bearers were: Messrs. John O’Day, Morris Hannigan, John Shea, Jeremiah Mahoney, Michael Dillon and Maurice Mahoney.  Mr. McGraw was respected by everyone who knew him and the community mourns the loss of a staunch, honest citizen.  He is survived by his wife, four children, two sisters and a brother.


Harford – The measles patients are nearly all able to be out again around here.


Jackson – Miss Jennie Rounds, of the Jackson telephone exchange, is spending this week with friends at Uniondale.  Miss Corabell Schermerhorn will take her place at the switchboard during her absence.


October 23 (1914/2014)



New Milford – Fred Davenport, the Progressive candidate for governor of New York State, is a New Milford boy that has “made good.”  His many friends here are interested in his campaign and regret their inability to help him with their votes.


Forest City - E. Van Wagner, of Washington, N. J., is here making a map of the town for the Sanborn Map Company.  The Sanborn map is used by the insurance companies and is probably the most complete affair of its kind made.  It shows the size of every building, large or small, character of material in its construction, the location of all fire hydrants and a vast amount of other information.  ALSO  Old customers of John Franko will be pleased to learn that he is to open his new tonsorial parlors in the Central hotel today.


Montrose – Mr. Somerville, the new proprietor of the “Movies” here, has very properly adopted the name C-Nic Theater, resuming the name selected by D. V. Gardiner, when the place was opened a few years ago. ALSO “Ted Will Pose No Longer”  “Ted,” the pet cat belonging to Photographer L. G. Titman, is no more.  Eight years of good behavior made “Ted” a favorite feline and a happy nature added to his avoirdupois so that he tipped the scales at 16 pounds.  He was a high-minded cat, nor joined his fellows in ragtime rhapsodies on a neighboring back fence.  “Ted” was generally huddled up in a ball in his master’s studio, purring out soft Wagnerian melodies.  He posed for several pretty pictures which Mr. Titman delights in showing.  Death was due to eating too much salmon.


Uniondale –For some time Will Churchill has been losing poultry and how they disappeared was a mystery.  Sunday morning the miscreant was discovered.  Will loaded up his “safety first” and shot.  Down with a thud came a horned owl, the victim of Will’s unerring aim.  The owl measured nearly five feet from tip to tip of its wings.  A Scranton taxidermist will mount the bird, a rare specimen for this vicinity.  ALSO  L. W. Smith is going out of business and is closing out his stock of goods.  ALSO E. D. Card, who has been Erie agent here the past three years, has resigned and is now in California where it is said he has secured a good position.


Brooklyn – An orchard company, of which Mr. MacKaskey, of Scranton, is superintendent, will pack nearly 3000 barrels of apples here this fall.  E. S. Eldridge will place over 1000 barrels in storage from his orchard.


Hop Bottom – Our County Surveyor, Morris Tingley, of this place, while on the road from here to Glenwood, had a very narrow escape, being thrown down an embankment about 30 feet while the horse and wagon went down about 70 feet.  He was badly hurt, the wagon was demolished, and the horse, a valuable one, about ruined.


Thompson – Supervisor DeWitt and a force of men from N. Jackson and Thompson, last week, made a decided change in the dangerous bend in the Thompson road, near the Ed Gillet farm.  The rocks have been blasted out so that any two vehicles can now pass at any point on the curve.  The road was previously very narrow and was a menace to travelers.


Springville – Mr. and Mrs. Artie Johnson expect to move back to Hopbottom about Nov. 1.  They will both be missed in the church work, and also Mr. Johnson had a wide circle of patrons of his blacksmith shop, who regret his removal. The poor health of his mother (a widow) who lives at Hopbottom and who has been urging their return before next April is the main reason for the change.


Auburn Twp. – The death of J. C. Tyler came suddenly, Oct. 16, 1914, at his home near Carlin’s pond, where he has resided for over 50 years.  “Squire Tyler” as he was known, was 73 years and 9 months old and celebrated with his good wife, July 3rd last, the 50th anniversary of their marriage.  He was born in Dimock Twp. in January, 1831. His children are M. S. Tyler, of Auburn Twp., Mrs. M. G. Linaberry, of Port Dickinson, N. Y., C. B. Tyler, of Meshoppen and Alpha, who resided at home.  A brother, John Tyler, of Wilkes-Barre survives him.


Dimock – The foot ball game between Tunkhannock and Dimock, scheduled to be played Saturday, October 17, did not come off, owing to Tunkhannock’s backing out.


Forest Lake – The Kane School house is being rebuilt this week by the school directors, as it was pronounced unsafe.


West Lenox – Albert Phillips is the champion potato raiser in our section, this season.  In Lenox, Ed Collins and Frank Rose, of Harford, moved a barn for Benjamin Carr the past week.


West Jackson – Jesse Morse and John Dakin have a fine field of potatoes.  They have already dug 750 bushels.


Gelatt – Mr. and Mrs. William Manzer have moved from their farm here and opened up a new store.  Give him a call.


Franklin Twp. – Benjamin Conklin Vance, youngest and only living son [of 12 children] of James and Charity Vance, was born June 28, 1829, and always lived on the farm where he died Oct. 18, 1914, being 85 years, 3 months and 20 days old. He was born in a house which stood very near the house in which he lived.  He was brought up on the farm in the usual way of those days and attended the district school. In 1854 he married Kate Decker, who is still living, enlisted in the Civil War and was 1st. Sergt. In Co. C, 151st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers; later re-enlisting in the 2nd New York Cavalry.  He has always been a kind and benevolent neighbor, helping and giving to those whom he thought in need with a free hand; and now he has come down to death and we lay him away with the thought that his has been a life well spent,


News Briefs: Susquehanna County Teacher’s Institute.  The town is fairly swarming with teachers of the county thus week, a fine appearing lot of young people, cheerful and vivacious, who show by every word and action that they are not only interested in their work and cheerfully accept the many responsibilities incident hereto, but feel a real zest and delight to discharging their duties.  The teachers of Susquehanna County would be a credit to any county in the State—or in the United States and Montrose people take very kindly to the teachers, too, and look forward with pleasure to their yearly visit. ALSO People, without regard to creed or denomination, have an opportunity to contribute toward the Christmas ship, which will leave in a few days to make glad the hearts of the great throng of orphans and widows, made by the great European conflict.  Toys, new or good secondhand ones, children’s clothing, underclothing and shoes, such as you would be glad to receive, or money, may be left at the Independent Republican office, in Montrose, not later than Monday, Oct. 24, from which they will be forwarded to the receiving station at City Hall courtyard, Philadelphia. ALSO The State Hospital at Farview is getting its supply of fuel from the old gravity railroad bed located on the hospital farm.  It is stated that the supply will last for many years.  ALSO A Williamsport woman has brought suit for damages against a private hospital of that city, alleging that she was seriously burned by a hot water bottle while under an anesthetic during an operation.


October 30 (1914/2014)



Hallstead - A horse driven by Mrs. Edith B. Mitchell became frightened at a passing train near the Pine Street crossing, Monday evening, and started on a wild run.  Mrs. Mitchell jumped from the wagon and struck in such a manner that she broke her knee.  Dr. A. F. Merrell was called and had her removed to her home where he reduced the fracture. ALSO V. D. Hand, of “The Cash Store,” is advertising to get you ready for the cold wave.  Available are new coats, furs, sweaters, millinery, Munsing Union Suits, Snag Proof and Ball Band Rubbers and high top shoes for boys and girls.  He also sells vacuum cleaners, bread flour, Butterine, onions and much more.


Scranton/Montrose - Dr. Van de Sand accompanied two patients, surgical cases, to the Moses Taylor Hospital, at Scranton, the first of the week.  One of these patients was Leon Chesley, the popular and well-known barber, who underwent an operation for dilated stomach.  Dr. J. M. Wainwright and Dr. Van de Sand operated and quite a number of stitches were taken in the outer covering of the stomach to bring the organ back to normal position. We are informed he was on the operating table over an hour, withstood the ordeal very well and the latest reports are he is resting comfortably.


Montrose – There was a somewhat remarkable chance gathering at the office of Comrade M. H. VanScoten, Monday afternoon.  While seated at his desk, Wm. K. Tripper, of Brooklyn, N. Y., who is here visiting D. A. Titsworth and other friends in Montrose and Brooklyn township, where he resided many years ago, called and while they were visiting, Calvin Gay, of Sayre, and James Gay, of Montrose, also dropped in to see Mr. VanScoten.  The remarkable feature of this little gathering of four men was that they constituted the total living members of the first military company to enlist from Susquehanna County in 1862.


Middletown – Edward Kelly has gone to Binghamton to conduct a feed barn and boarding stable on 121 Water Street, being associated with Frank Murphy, formerly of Silver Lake, who has been conducting this stand for the past few months.  They will be pleased to see their Susquehanna County friends when visiting the Parlor City.


Liberty Twp. – The neighbors were greatly grieved Sunday morning when the news spread that Mrs. Jane Butler was dead.  She went out to milk her cow and never returned in this life.  She leaves a husband and a host of friends to mourn her loss.


Dundaff – Arthur H. Ayers, a pioneer of this place, died at his home Tuesday at the age of 80 years.  He is survived by his wife and two grandchildren.  Burial will be in the private burying ground.


New Milford – What might have proven a serious wreck occurred Monday morning, when a manifest train of ten cars loaded with poultry ran off the track at the Phinney crossing.  The gentleman in charge was so badly shaken up, though not seriously injured, that he was removed to the hospital at Scranton.  Dr. Merrill, of Hallstead, accompanied him.  The wrecking crew from Scranton was on the scene immediately and had the track cleared for traffic within three hours. ALSO  As E. W. Morgan and Rev. Eugene Helm were returning from Susquehanna Sunday afternoon in Mr. Morgan’s Ford runabout, they ran into the sand, overturning the car and pinning Rev. Helm beneath it, injuring his shoulder and back quite seriously.  Luckily Mr. Morgan jumped as the car was overturned and was able to help his companion under the car.  It was three and a half hours before they got help to get the car up again, although it was not damaged very much.


Lanesboro – Mrs. Eunice Prentice died at the home of her son, Frank Prentice, here, on Saturday morning, October 24.  She was 87 years old and was one of the best known residents of that section.  She is survived by Frank and Edward Prentice of Lanesboro and Louis and Charles Prentice, of Susquehanna.


Gelatt – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lew Barnes, last Thursday night, a girl and a boy.  All four are doing nicely, especially the father. ALSO G. H. Harding and Miss Abbie Thomas were married at the home of Mrs. Ann Harding, in Jackson, on Wednesday evening.  Mr. Harding will move his harness shop from Gibson to this place.


South Harford – Do not forget that election is near—Nov. 3.  Be sure to vote for Jones, McFadden and Brumbaugh.  The Harford Congregational Aid Society will furnish a 25 cent dinner in the lecture room.  No need to go home without your dinner or wait until after dinner to vote.


Glenwood – Mr. Griffis, who underwent an operation for appendicitis at his home a week ago, is not so well this week.


Forest City – The Bachelors, that well known organization of young men which has been instrumental in furnishing a number of very pleasant social occasions in the past, gave their annual Autumn dance in the Borough building last evening.  The hall was beautifully decorated.  Lynott’s orchestra, which furnished the music never rendered a more entrancing program and it was a light footed and happy throng that went through the steps of the beautiful dances.  The Bachelors have surely scored another success and the young people will look forward with pleasant anticipation to the next affair to be given by that popular social organization.  ALSO Gideon A. Shepherd, one of Forest City’s oldest and most respected citizens, answered the final summons on Monday morning after an illness of two years.  He was a skilled woodworker and was employed by the Hillside company for 22 years, much of that time superintending the carpenter work of the company.  He was married to Mrs. Priscilla Reynolds Davis in 1880, who survives him and one son, John B. Sherwood, of this place.


Thompson – A couple of pedestrians [walkers], whose names we were unable to learn, passed through this place Monday, enroute from New York to San Francisco, California.


News Brief:  The climax to a season of startling surprises in baseball arrived when the Boston Braves, hopelessly tail enders in the National league until after the Fourth of July, won their fourth straight game and the world’s championship from the Philadelphia Athletics, who up to a week ago were rated as the greatest team assembled in recent years.  This notable triumph was the most stunning form reversal ever featured in a world’s series.  For the first time in the history of world’s championships only four games were required to settle the issue, and the Braves are the first team to win in the least possible number of games.  The scores of the four games were as follows: first, 7 to 1; second, 1 to 0; third, 5 to 4 (twelve innings); fourth, 3 to 1.


November 06 (1914/2014)



Brooklyn – The supervisors are making decided improvements to the road on Maple Street.  The property owners are furnishing part of the funds for repairs.


Lathrop – Frank Mackey started his jelly mill last week.


Transue, Auburn Twp. – Some went a little too far in celebrating Hallowe’en and it may make them trouble.  ALSO, in Retta, everybody is fixing up their buildings in this neighborhood, which is a sure sign of prosperous farmers.  Ross Carter is building a fine up-to-date barn; P. R. Lowe is also building a large barn; J. G. Sterling is going into the poultry business and is putting up a fine poultry house; O. R. Tewksbury is remodeling the interior of his barn; John Gardner and Merton Gardner have put up new silos.


Lynn – Ervol Davis and Arthur Williams, two young men of this place, who started for the wild and woolly West about six weeks ago to make their fortune, have returned to their homes in this place, thinking there is no place like it.  ALSO A game of basketball between Auburn and Springville High schools was played on the latter’s ground on Saturday, resulting in a score of 7-3 in favor of Springville.


Forest City – The D & H passenger train, Sunday evening, contained many hunters bound to be on the ground at the opening of the season.  It seemed as if every passenger had one dog and some two by the way the canines were lined up in the baggage car and smoker.  Only 95 dogs were checked on the train and the baggage car looked like a veritable dog show.  The baggage agent stated that he had been running on the road for a number of years but had never been swamped before.


Bridgewater Twp. – The abutments on the Lehigh bridge near Post’s pond are being concreted.  This will make the bridge much stronger.  The company is keeping the Lehigh branch in fine condition.


Springville – Mr. and Mrs. Ira Strickland were given an old fashioned “skimmelton,” and then some, after their marriage last Wednesday.  Someone shot off a load of dynamite, breaking six windows in their house, and called it fun.


Hopbottom – On Friday evening a dance was given at Masonic hall, being conducted by John Cirrello and Bertram Bell.  This was also in keeping with the celebration of Hallowe’en and furnished enjoyment for a large number of people. ALSO  On Saturday night the same rounds of mischief, malicious and otherwise, gave annoyance and displeasure to many, with very questionable pleasure to a few.  ALSO Employees of the cut-off are now leaving town gradually and rooms are now obtainable by parties wishing to move into town.


Alford – One of the “luckiest accidents” that ever occurred on the Lackawanna railroad took place at 6:30 o’clock Saturday morning, a short distance west of Alford on the main line.  Lackawanna passenger train No. 32 jumped the track while running about 12 miles an hour and went over a 50 foot embankment into Martin’s Creek, 33 passengers being injured more or less seriously, but none fatally.  The train was in charge of Engineer Bert L. Maynard, of Hallstead, with Fireman E. C. VanHousen, of Scranton.  The accident occurred about two miles from Alford, a broken rail setting the automatic block signal against the engineer who was proceeding with caution looking for danger.  The engine passed safely over the broken rail, remaining on the track, but the cars leaped from the rails and plunged over the embankment, turning over twice as they went down and landing at its foot.  The engineer stopped his engine as soon as possible, and realizing that many had been injured, at once started at full speed for Alford, where the telegrapher notified headquarters and physicians were hurried to the scene. Of the 33 passengers injured, Frederick H. Millard, of Binghamton, seemed to be the most seriously hurt.  He sustained severe injuries to his spine, but it is believed he is now recovering in the Binghamton City Hospital. Those from Hallstead injured were: Elmer Whited, Cornelius Doherty, James Gillespie, Arthur Pettit, P. J. Tierney and Michael Keenan of Great Bend.  Drs. Snyder and Park of New Milford were among the first physicians to render aid to the injured.  There were 60 passengers aboard the train and when the passengers felt the jar when the cars left the tails and toppled over, there were many wild shrieks from the frightened passengers, who were thrown about promiscuously and injured or cut by broken glass from the windows.  Engineer Maynard and Fireman VanHousen have been widely complimented for their prompt efforts to secure immediate aid for the injured, and admirers have even gone to the extent of starting a movement to secure for them Carnegie hero medals.


Clifford – Potatoes and apples are about all gathered and cider mills are busy.  ALSO Arthur Ayers, Mrs. Hezekiah Lowry, of Dundaff, and Wooster Churchill, of Elk Hill, are recent deaths occurring in this vicinity.


Jackson – The Jackson school opened on Monday after a vacation of nearly three weeks on account of measles.  All the pupils have not yet fully recovered. ALSO  The floors of the school rooms have just been treated with oil for the purpose of preventing dust while sweeping.  Every school house floor should be oiled.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – The young people of this place enjoyed a corn husking at M. D. Reynolds’, Thursday evening.  At an early hour refreshments were served and the remainder of the evening was spent in singing and music.


Uniondale – Harry Taylor was unloading apple barrels from a [train] car Friday; his team became frightened at a train passing and ran between train and tool house; wagon wrecked; one horse in under; the other broke away.  No serious damage except wagon.


Thompson – Rev. W. E. Webster gave a temperance rally, Sunday, after which people were heard asking “what is the need of sending off for temperance speakers when we have one right with us.”  His subject was “Booze vs. No Booze.” A male chorus nicely sang two selections.


Susquehanna – The L. A. C. barn dance, on Hallowe’en, was largely attended by rubes and milkmaids and enjoyed by all.


Montrose – A horse was stolen from a Grow avenue resident on Hallowe’en.  No reward is offered.  The owner probably believes it cheaper to get a carpenter to construct another.



News Brief:  The Lackawanna mills of Scranton have just received an order for 250,000 suits of woolen underwear to be used by the English soldiers.  This order is said to be the largest placed in this country by any of the belligerent nations.  ALSO  Judge Searle, of Honesdale, lately stated to the constables of Wayne county that complaint had been made that many young men under 21 years of age had been seen smoking cigarettes on the streets and called attention to the fact that no action had been taken.  In Montrose, boys under 21 years are not infrequently seen smoking cigarettes openly before constables and police officers.  If the law is made to be enforced, why not enforce it? ALSO The newspapers have furnished the mud.  Is a man fit for office that can not speak well of his opponent.


November 13 (1914/2014)



Bridgewater Twp. – Miss Leona Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Black of Watrous Corners, has been seriously ill with typhoid fever.  Her condition is much improved.  It was thought a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Crossen, of that neighborhood, was ill with the same malady, but it has since developed into a gathering in the head. ALSO A. O. McCollum has rented his farm in Bridgewater to Geo. Bushnell, who takes possession the first of next month.  Mr. McCollum intends spending the winter in California and may remain in that state for several years.  His wife and daughters will spend the winter in Lewisburg, where the young ladies are students at Bucknell.


East Lynn – A Women’s Christian Temperance Union was organized at East Lynn and the following officers elected: Pres., Miss Iva States; Vice Pres., Mrs. Burton Taylor; Sec’y, Mrs. Stark Miller; Treas., Mrs. Clyde Travis.  The first meeting was held at Mrs. Clyde Travis’, October 30th.


Susquehanna – Last evening the State constabulary were notified of a shooting affray, and upon investigation found that a man by the name of B. H. June, of Hallstead, who was visiting his sister, Mrs. R. N. Henderson, was shot in the right shoulder by an unknown person.  Little information could be obtained by the State police from the wounded man, as June claims he did not know who did the shooting, although it was evidently done with the revolver at close range, as his shirt was badly scorched.  A 22-calibre revolver, evidently recently purchased, was found in the rear of the Henderson homestead.  It seems that June and his wife parted several months ago and that she is now residing on Oak street, this place.  The shooting affray is a mystery, although many are inclined to believe that the wound was self-inflicted.  (June later confessed he did the shooting.)


Birchardville – There was no school Monday on account of the teacher going down to Lemon on a visit.  ALSO  Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Birchard are spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. Vesta Ball.  Mr. Birchard shouldered his gun and went on a fox trail.


Montrose – Mr. Somerville, proprietor of the C-Nic Theatre, evidently believes in giving good service in up-to-date pictures to his patrons.  On Thursday evening, Nov. 19th, “The Good For Nothing”—an Essanay photoplay masterpiece, in four parts, will be presented.


Hop Bottom – The social announced to be held at Dean Bertholf’s, this week, was postponed until Friday evening, Nov. 20.  All guests are invited to attend in fantastic costumes representing some character of Mother Goose lore, and a real Thanksgiving goose will be given to the person best representing such a character.


Harford – There will be a meeting of the Congregational church and society on Saturday, Nov. 14.  Every person in Harford desirous of seeing this church continued should attend this meeting, and will be made welcome whether a member or not.  A Congregational church can only exist by the will of the people, and everyone interested should certainly be present, if possible.  The future depends on this meeting.  It is expected there will be preaching services next Sunday morning.


Forest City – Signs with the usual legend, “Run Slow,”  have been placed on North and South Main streets which are interpreted by autoists to have the opposite meaning and no attention is paid to the warning.  A section of North Main street is very narrow and pedestrians are in constant danger in that section when an auto appears running at great speed, which many of them do.


Hallstead – A new musical organization has been started in Hallstead known as the Junior Band, as follows: George Pursell, O. E. Brunt, and John Barry, cornets; Edward Downy and Perry Brown, snare drums; Ernest Chamberlin, bass drum; John Fernan and Leo Shields, trombones; Robert and Ernest McAuliffe, tenors; Timothy Connor, Jr., alto; George E. Shields, bass; Archie Tanner and Mark O’Neil, flutes.  They are under instruction of George Shields.


Lenox – There will be a box social at the residence of Oney Case on Friday evening of this week.  The proceeds are to be used for painting and decorating the grammar room of the Hop Bottom school and the teacher, Miss Jeffers, extends a cordial invitation to all.  There will be a fish pond and also home-made candy on sale.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – The first real snow storm of the season has arrived, covering Mother Earth with about two inches of the beautiful snow.


Clifford – Fred. F. Scott and wife have moved to Carbondale for the winter to accommodate their daughter, Madelyn, who is attending High School at that place.


Ararat – L. O. Baldwin, although 82 years of age, he would pass for a much younger man, having a steady nerve and clear eye and can rout many a younger man in a game of quoits.


Great Bend – The Campfire Girls, under the direction of Mrs. F. L. White and Mrs. N. H. Parke and others, are making wristlets to send to a hospital in France for the use of the Belgium soldiers.


Lanesboro – Chicken thieves have appeared here.  A visit was made to Frank Prentice’s when the lock on the hennery was broken and fifteen fowls secured.


Birchardville – Jacob Robertson died last Thursday night, Nov. 5.  A funeral service was held at the home.  Prayer by Asa Warner and at 1 o’clock, at Fairdale, Rev. F. A. Bergin preached the sermon.  Another old soldier has passed away. [Jacob Robertson was a member of Co. D, Fourth Cavalry.  He was a sergeant and enlisted Aug. 20, 1861; re-enlisted Jan. 1, 1864; wounded Feb. 6, 1865 and discharged July 13, 1865.]


Thompson – The residents of Thompson and vicinity responded splendidly to the appeal for contributions to the ship load of the many things that will make possible the only Christmas the homeless and in many cases, the fatherless little tots of European countries involved in the terrible war now raging, will know.  Four packing cases of warm clothing, toys and many other things that will gladden these little folks at Christmas time, were shipped from Thompson by express to the United States ship, “Jason,” which leaves Brooklyn Navy Yard, Nov. 10th, on its mission of comfort and good cheer.


November 20 (1914/2014)



Hallstead – Electric power has been installed in the American Chair Company’s plant here.  ALSO  P. J. Tierney, Cornelius Doherty and James Gillespie returned Saturday from the City Hospital in Binghamton, where they were taken when they were injured in the Lackawanna wreck at Alford, Pa., October 31.


Kingsley – On Friday evening, Dec. 4, a concert will be given in the Universalist church by a Binghamton concert company, consisting of Mr. Vincent Giorno, baritone; Mrs. Bessie Sumner Beach, soprano; Miss Corinne Sweet, reader.  These people are well known as artists in their respective professions, and they never fail to give perfect satisfaction. Adult admission will be 25 cents and children 15 cents.


Harford – Remember that Nov. 24 means a toe social at the I. O. O. F. hall.  Ladies will bring boxes with lunch for two and be prepared to enjoy a pleasant evening.


West Auburn – The West Auburn Telephone co., has been extending the line below Silvara from M. A. Culver’s, so as to take in two new subscribers, Wm. McManus and L. Nesalein. ALSO Dr. Paul, of Philadelphia, is expected to locate soon in the residence formerly occupied by Dr. F. J. Austin.


Forest City – Fred J. Osgood, the well-known North Eastern Telephone Co. manager, who everyone knows as “Fred” and is over 6 feet tall and broad in proportion, has been sick recently and “fallen away” so that he only weighs about 230 pounds now.  But he’s gaining.  His friends will be interested in knowing that he will be a candidate for county commissioner at the next primary.  He is a man who has been extensively connected with the business affairs of the county and has had a ripe business experience, besides having traveled over much of the county’s territory.  He is well acquainted with its needs and its people.  If nominated there appears to be no good reason why he should not be solidly supported by all Republicans—and by the voters of other parties as well.


Birchardville – Rev. William C. Tilden, of this place, was a caller in town the latter part of last week.  He is the oldest Baptist minister in this section of the State, and his work of spreading the Gospel through the country districts for a great many years has “borne fruit an hundred-fold.”


Jackson – School Notes: Parents, visit the school more than you do.  Go and see what your boy or girl is doing.  Have a personal talk with the teacher.  Your boy or girl will do more and do better if they see that you are more interested in their work.  Not only will the pupil do more, but the teacher will do more for that boy or girl.  The school is yours and it is your duty to take more interest in the school.  Make it your duty to visit the school at least once a month and see if your children are making advancement.  If they are not, find out why.  See if it is the fault of the teacher or the fault of the pupil.  If it is the fault of the teacher go to the teacher and have a talk.  If the fault of the child, correct it.


Montrose – The mercury dropped to 12 above zero yesterday morning—the lowest point yet reached this fall.  Several were caught with improperly protected water pipes.  AND  The Consumer’s Water Co., of Montrose, is planning to do away with their steam power at the pumping station and install an electric motor.  It is claimed a great saving will be made in both cases.


Rush – The annual church supper was held in the Rush M. E. church, Thursday evening of this week.  This is the one time of the year when the women are seated at the table and the men do the waiting.

Susquehanna – Thompson Bean, former editor of the Susquehanna Transcript, has assumed editorial management of a weekly newspaper in Jefferson county.  ALSO John King, one of the oldest engineers of the Erie, slipped and fell into the river, Friday night, and was drowned.  When he did not return from his work, as usual, Friday, a search was made for him and they found he had left the roundhouse for home and later his hat and dinner pail by the river bank helped them to find the veteran engineer.  He will be greatly missed by all, as he always had a helping hand for anyone.


Uniondale – L. W. Smith has sold his stock of goods here to J. N. Cable and H. T. Williams and is now out of business.  He has not fully decided what he will take up. ALSO  Dennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Leonard, was shot by LeRoy Knapp one day last week.  Everett Wolfe had a gun at school, hid during the school hours in a coal shed, and after school he and young Knapp shot at a mark.  Young Knapp fired in the direction of the school building just as the Leonard boy was passing the corner.  He was hit just back of the left ear and on the left hand.  Dr. W. E. Lloyd, of Forest City, was called and extracted several shot from the injured boy’s head and hands.  The story told by young Wolfe is to the effect that Dennis dared him to shoot.


New Milford – Hon. A. C. Barrett has represented this county in the legislature, for two terms, a few years ago.  He was instrumental in securing the passing of the scale law, one of the best measures for the farmer and horticulturist, and one from which other states copied, passing similar laws.  He made it possible for the department of agriculture to make necessary investigations and placed it on a reliable footing.  The work of the department has been productive and of incalculable benefit to the state, all of which is due to Mr. Barrett’s foresight and for which he has received but little credit.


Thompson – Glenn Sartell, of Ararat, and Miss Rena Gelatt, of Gelatt, were married at the M. E. parsonage, last Wednesday evening.  Rev. W. E. Webster officiated.


Little Meadows – The weather is very unsettled at this writing.  Everyone is getting sleighs ready.  ALSO  The girls are all smiling at Joseph Hynes with his new auto.  ALSO  We are congratulating J. E. Hickey, of this place, who has purchased J. Moe’s store.


News Briefs: There is too much Sunday hunting going on in this vicinity.  It is a common thing to hear guns popping on the Lord’s Day within a mile of the borough.  The little animals and birds ought to have a day of rest occasionally, even if it is necessary to make arrests. ALSO Following a Jersey cow which had developed a habit of disappearing every morning and coming home in the evening without her usual supply of milk, J. Wilson, of Greensburg, found that the cow was raising a motherless fawn.  Kinter B. Rogers, game protector, found the mother of the fawn dead.  He has arranged with Wilson to permit the cow to raise the baby deer.


November 27 (1914/2014)


Lynn, Springville, Twp. – Winter is here in good shape.  Get out your furs.  ALSO There was a soldiers’ oyster dinner served at the M. E. church parlors


Clifford – The Village Improvement Society’s supper and entertainment on Friday evening was a grand success.  The entertainment, being much above the ordinary and did honor to all the participants, calling for many encores.  ALSO Another beautiful snowfall on Sunday afternoon.  Will it stay with us till April?


Rhiney Creek, Liberty Twp. – The friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Butts gathered at their home Saturday and cut them some wood.


Dimock – E. O. Bailey, having sold one of his fine matched team of horses, his place is [now] filled with Professor Tiffany’s bay horse, which makes a good team leaving the dust far behind.


Thompson – Charlie Belcher, a veteran of the Civil War, who had been in poor health for a long time, passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, 1914.  Funeral was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Whitney, Wednesday morning.  Burial at Jackson. Crosier & Gelatt funeral directors.  The deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Whitney and Lulu Belcher and two sons, Frank and George. [Charlie was a Private in Co. K, Sixth Pennsylvania Reserves.]  ALSO No school this week after Wednesday, as the teachers go to their various homes for Thanksgiving.  ALSO The gentlemen of the Pessimistic Club will entertain the ladies of the Optimistic Circle in the near future at Tallman-Lamont hall.


Uniondale – Our hunters have returned from Pike County with a fine deer.  A game supper will be held in the near future.  The writer has a cousin in New Hampshire near the White Mountains, who thinks no more of seeing deer than we do a rabbit.


Gelatt – The wedding shower on Thursday was well attended and a great surprise to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Harding, when the Women’s Christians Temperance Union met and took possession of their home.  They soon regained their composure and a bountiful dinner was prepared.  Nothing was lacking, not even the bride’s cake, which bore the inscription in raised letters, Thomas Harding, 1914.  A token of friendship and love was presented to her by the president, Mrs. Addie Gelatt.  Among the number from out of town were Mrs. Lewis Thomas and daughter, Elizabeth, of Maple Ridge and Mrs. Earl Evans and son, of Gibson.  We wish them a long and happy wedded life.


Birchardville – George Owen’s house burned to the ground Sunday afternoon.  A few pieces of furniture were saved and a few things from the cellar.  Origin of the fire is uncertain, but probably started from a defective chimney.  The loss is a heavy blow to Mr. Owens, who is well along in years, and his health being poor.

West Lenox  - The farm house of Edwin Oakley was consumed by fire, Wednesday of last week, with all contents.  The origin of the fire is unknown, the family being absent from home at the time.  With timely assistants the remaining buildings were saved.


Jackson – On account of long vacation for the measles epidemic there will be school Thanksgiving day.


Hallstead – The recent cold weather has frozen the river over above the bridge. ALSO Angelo Scottina, a section foreman here, was badly injured by being struck by a fast freight.  He was taken to the Binghamton Hospital and it is expected that he will recover from his injuries.  Some months ago his wife was struck by a train at New Milford and later died from her injuries.


Fairdale – The annual meeting of the Prospect Hill Telephone Association will be held in Grange Hall, Fairdale, Tuesday, Dec. 8, commencing at 10 o’clock a.m.  All stockholders and interested parties are urged to attend.  Dinner will be served by the Ladies Aid Society.


Middletown Twp. – The Middletown Literary Society was organized at Mrs. H. C. Colemans, Saturday evening, Nov. 21, with a membership of 29.  The following officers were elected: John Coleman, president; Marie Curley, secretary; Martin Guiton, treasurer; Margaret Coleman, critic; Mary McHale, Cecile McManus, Thomas Lee, Alfred Jones, entertainment committee.  After the election a debate was held: “Resolved that the literary society will prove beneficial to the young people.”  Mary McHale, the affirmative, and John Coleman, the negative.  The judges decided in favor of the negative.  The debate was followed by several songs, violin solos and recitations after which lunch was served. Next meeting will be held at John Murphy’s on Dec. 4.


Dundaff – The license of Ernest Gelatt, proprietor of the hotel at Dundaff, was revoked by Judge Little, to take effect Dec. 1.  Witnesses swore that Gelatt sold liquor to men who were intoxicated.  Attorneys F. A. Davies and H. A. Denney appeared for the prosecution and Attorneys T. A. Doherty and A. B. Smith for the defendant.


Montrose – Complaint has been made that children are using the sidewalks for coasting and making them so slippery that it endangers the life and limb of all, especially elderly people.  No one but likes to see children enjoying themselves and none would take away from their pleasure, but where it becomes a menace to others the practice of using the sidewalks for coasting must be stopped.  The borough council and burgess are united in enforcing the ordinance against it, and children indulging in the pastime are likely to get picked up by Chief of Police Rosenfeld.  Parents are urged to assist in discouraging their children in following this sport where it is a danger to others.


Susquehanna – The Erie Hose hold their annual ball at the L. A. Hall Thanksgiving eve.  ALSO Our young people are certainly improving the beautiful snow by the way coasters fly down the hills.


Towanda – Samuel Billings, aged 99 years, believed to be the only son of the Revolution in Pennsylvania, died on Sunday at his home in Towanda.  The Billings family was one of the first to settle in Wyoming Valley and was there at the time of the Wyoming Massacre.  Samuel’s father was one of the defenders of the fort near Wilkes-Barre in which were gathered the women and children at the time of the massacre and which was nobly defended against the Indians and British by the old men and young boys unable to go with Washington’s army.  Mr. Billings was for some years a partner in the lumber business, at West Pittston, with Cornelius Stark, father of W. H. Stark, of Bridgewater [Susq. Co.].  He was twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth Stark, of Wilkes-Barre, and his second wife, Adelia Bramhall, of Wyoming county, who died 22 years ago.  Two sons and six daughters survive.  Interment was made in Camptown.


December 03 (1914/2014)



Hop Bottom – The death of Elijah C. Tingley, postmaster, and one of the county’s highly esteemed citizens, occurred at his late home, Thursday, Nov. 20, following a brief illness of erysipelas, and other complications.  His age was about 65 years.  His wife died a few years ago.  Although a man of quiet demeanor, he united sound sense with his convictions, was candid and outspoken for the right when occasion demanded, and personally established a high standard of citizenship for the citizens of his community. ALSO Miss Candace Brown, assistant principal of the Dalton High School, spent the Thanksgiving vacation at her home in this place.


Springville – Friends of Stuart Riley are showering him with congratulations on his appointment as postmaster here.  Mr. Riley was for many years one of the leading merchants of Springville and with his business experience, ability, and courteous manner, will give the patrons of the office a splendid administrations.  He succeeds Stephen Tuttle, whose health is very poor. The office will be located in Mr. Riley’s home, with large rooms specially fitted up, having furnace heat, gas lights, etc.


Little Meadows – Joseph Hynes and P. McNamara were in Owego last week repairing their auto.


Hallstead – After having spent more than four months in the heart of the war zone, Mrs. Adelaide Clune, of this place, has reached this country in safety.  With her were her two grandsons, Charles Melvin, aged 19, and Melvin McTighe, aged 20, of Atlantic City.  All three were in Suxi, near Neuf Chateau, two miles from the line of actual battle.  For weeks they were deafened by the constant roar of artillery and sickened by the sight of dying and wounded soldiers brought into the little town.  The two boys declare that they saw five German soldiers killed by their comrades by the order of the commander.  The men, exhausted and unable to march further, were lined up and shot, they assert.  Mrs. Clune asserts that Americans in the war zone are treated with the utmost respect by all belligerents.  The German forces were extremely kind.  Mrs. Clune, despite her age, bore up remarkably under the strain and suffered no ill effects.  She was born in Belgium and has returned to her native home nearly every summer.  When she arrived in New York on the Cunard liner, Transylvania, and was met at the docks by her sons, John Clune, of Hallstead and Frank Clune, of Carbondale, she was already planning for next year.  “I’m going right back next summer,” she protested to John.  “I guess, mother, you’ll stay right here at home,” was the reply.  “You’ve started one war already.”  Mrs. Clune sailed from New York, on the Lusitania, June 22.


Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Sweet celebrated the 60th anniversary of their marriage on November 23, and entertained their four sons and their wives, C. A. and E. H. Sweet and wives of Binghamton, E. A. Sweet of Union, N. Y. and I. A. Sweet and wife of this place. ALSO Rumor has it that a black bear is roaming about this vicinity; his tracks having been seen by hunters in the mud around the swamps and where he has been rooting for beachnuts.  Who is going to be the hunter to get him?


Uniondale – The game supper at G. W. Bayless’ was a success financially and socially and a good time generally.  One hundred and fifteen dined on venison, chicken and rabbit.  Music and singing were also enjoyed.


Susquehanna – The water conditions here are something terrible.  The State certainly ought to take hold of it.  ALSO Frank Cross, the man who was found crouched under a stairway at the Susquehanna postoffice by Chief of Police McMahon, on the night of July 31st, just after the postoffice window was broken, has been taken to the Western penitentiary, at Pittsburgh, where he will serve three years for attempted postoffice robbery.  Cross has a criminal record, having served time for a postoffice robbery in For Leavenworth, Kansas and in other prisons. He escaped jail sentences three times by insanity pleas, being sent to insane asylums each time.  He always recovered in a month or two, when placed in an asylum.


Forest Lake – The Forest Lake Women’s Christian Temperance Union met at Mrs. A. S. Horton’s, Dec. 1st.  Received one new member and planned work that would keep a regiment busy.  Members had better take notice.  ALSO James Broderick is furnishing wood for the Warner School.


Harford – The ladies of the M. E. church are getting ready for their church Fair to be held sometime this month. This fair is not confined to the Ladies Aid, but the whole church, or anyone that would like to contribute.  The men are asked to help with products of the farm; in fact, anything salable will be thankfully received.


Lawsville – Archie Southworth went to Washington state a few weeks ago and returned, last Saturday, with a bride.  They brought with them some fine specimens of apples from the apple show which they attended while there.  A few specimens found their way to Thompson when his daughter, Miss Gertrude Southworth, returned to her school.  They were of the variety known as the Delicious apple and rightly named they were.


Middletown Twp. – The entertainment and box social given by the pupils of Biglan school, last Friday evening, was largely attended.  The proceeds are to go for the improvement of the school.


Forest City – Dr. Grander says that the rumor of his gunning for rabbits. Thanksgiving, is false.  He spent the day with his lame shoulder in the Emergency hospital, Carbondale. 


Montrose – R. H. Donlin, proprietor of the Exchange Hotel, purchased a handsome, four-year old standard breed mare, combination driver and saddler, of Scranton parties, the first of the week.  “Bob” is a lover of good horses and knows a good one when he sees it.


News Briefs: Binghamton now has a motor hearse, the first one ever in that city, having been recently purchased by one of the city’s undertakers.  It is of 50 horse power.  ALSO One of the steels in her corset probably saved the life of Miss Frances Coyle, a Pittston high school teacher, Monday.  Miss Coyle was on her way to school when she heard the report of a pistol and then felt a stinging sensation in her back.  The pain was intense, but she managed to keep up until she reached the school building.  An examination revealed that a bullet, probably a twenty-two caliber, had passed through Miss Coyle’s coat and waist and struck the corset steel, bending the shield considerably and just grazing the flesh.  The plucky young woman was able to continue her duties throughout the day, although suffering considerable pain.  The authorities have not found the person who fired the rifle.  ALSO Pennsylvania is taking measures to increase the efficiency for her national guard.  It was announced today that regular army officers will begin an inspection of every unit of militia in the state on January 4, with special request to report the needs and deficiencies.  In addition the artillery is to be increased by the location of a new field battery to be located at South Bethlehem, where an armory and drill ground of thirty acres are being provided.  At the same time a field hospital will be mustered in at Tacony, Philadelphia.


December 10 (1914/2014)



Montrose – Parents are urged to caution their children not to coast [sled] on the sidewalks.  Despite frequent warnings, the practice still continues, and a number of elderly people have had severe falls as a result.  The authorities intend arresting future offenders.


Brooklyn – C. A. Rozell, the Brooklyn gardener, who has made two regular trips to Montrose each week since June, makes his last regular trip tomorrow.  He will continue to make occasional trips as the nature of the orders for seasonable products warrant.  He is selling some very fine, crisp celery and excellent sweet cider made from sprayed apples, which are especially wanted along abut holiday time.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Thieves made their second attack on Dan Whalen’s poultry house Thursday night.  After being fired on they escaped leaving two nice turkeys in a bag.  It is possible they took some of the shot with them. 


South Gibson – The death of little Franklin Payne, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard Payne, which occurred Tuesday morning, was a great shock to the community.  He had been sick but a few days with inflammation of the bowels.  The family has the sympathy of a host of friends.


Susquehanna/Honesdale – Masked  highwaymen held up and shot Robt. Voight, an Erie Railroad track-walker, at Tierney’s bank, half way between Honesdale and Susquehanna, on Thursday evening, and got 60 cents and a nickel watch for their trouble.  Voight is in the hospital at Susquehanna with a bullet hole in his right lung and will probably die.  The robbers overlooked $25 which he carried in the upper right hand pocket of his vest and which was pierced by the bullet that penetrated his lung.  When the train crew picked up the wounded man a little after 7 o’clock and searched his pockets they pulled out the blood-soaked bills and found that their several thicknesses had been pierced.  Voight lives at Southport, about two miles from Tierney’s bank. The scene of the robbery is in Buckingham Township, Wayne county.  The wounded man died in the hospital Friday.  It is said that District Attorney Ferguson (Susquehanna Co.), who has been investigating, knows who the murderers are.


Auburn Twp. – Cards were received on Thanksgiving Day, announcing the marriage of Lucy Davis Carter to Gerald Shumway, the wedding occurring at the old homestead, at Retta, at 12’oclock noon.


Kingsley – “Aqua Inn,” as its name implies, is purely a cold water hotel.  In an interview with the proprietor, recently, we asked him if it was possible to run a hotel and make a living without a liquor license.  His answer was an emphatic, “Yes, I am doing it.”  He conducts one of the best country hotels in the county, and guests are always welcome.


Uniondale – Mrs. H. L. Williams, of Gothenberg, Nebraska, recently presented Uniondale Public Library with 50 volumes of finely bound books.  ALSO L. P. Norton had a big surprise on his birthday.  He had been telling that he was a little past sixteen and a lot of his friends found out that he was 71 years of Age, Dec. 2, 1914.  Mr. Norton lays it to his wife—giving his age away—and getting so many there.  He said he didn’t see how they could be so good in fetching him so many nice presents, and then act so.  He tells around town that they greased his nose.


Forest City – Five boys, none of them more than just in their teens, were arrested and charged with breaking into local stores and purloining goods.  It is claimed that the youngsters have, within the past few weeks, gained entrance to the hardware stores of Aldrich & Co., G. A. Thorpe, the Bartholomew Co., and the general store of Wm. Milasky.  At the latter place they took some boots and at the Bartholomew store they took a couple of small guns, a revolver or two and some ammunition.  Their fancy seemed to run to shooting irons as they purloined an air gun at Aldrich & Co.’s store.  Their investigations of the Thorpe store were confined to the basement and they were frightened away before getting anything.  The lads were held for court, three getting bail and the other two being taken to Montrose jail.


Hop Bottom – A Christmas sale of art work will be held at Melia Brown’s millinery rooms, beginning Dec. 12, the articles for sale being executed by Miss Evelyn Brown, of Brooklyn, and Miss Dora VanAlstyne, of Clarks Summit.


East Bridgewater – Nelson Aldrich is very critically ill with typhoid pneumonia and grave fears are entertained for his recovery.  He is attended by two nurses and a council of doctors was held Tuesday.


Towanda – Herbert Johnson, who was arrested on the charge of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Floyd Vanderpool, at Towanda, on November 26, has been released from jail on $1,000 bail.  Johnson was given a hearing before Squire John H. Orcott, who held him for court on the manslaughter charge.  Only two witnesses were heard—Coroner Johnson told of the post mortem and Orange Johnson, an eyewitness to the fight, described the scene incidental to the murder.  A dispute as to who was the better dancer and the better singer, following a general drinking period, in which considerable cider was consumed, preceded the fatal fight.


Clifford – Robert Taylor received a hurry call last week to return to his job in Binghamton, which he was obliged to leave about a month ago, on account of the shut down caused by failure to receive orders for work by the concern where he was at work.  Returning business prosperity has filled the factory again with orders, and it is now running on full time.  Another sign of the times. ALSO It is Santa Claus now that is turning the brains of our little folks topsy- turvy with bright anticipations of the coming of Christmas time.


Glenwood – Mrs. E. G. Palmer is busily engaged in putting up jelly.  She reports a ready sale, having already made sale of over 30 gallons.


Middletown Twp. – The Literary Society met at John Murphy’s Friday evening.  Twenty new members were enrolled, increasing the membership to forty-nine.  A pleasing program was rendered consisting of recitations and musical selections.  The leading feature of our next program will be a debate on Woman Suffrage—Mary Murphy, affirmative and Chris Coleman, negative.  The next meeting will be held at J. W. Coleman’s, Friday evening, Dec. 18, promptly at 8:30.  ALSO At a quilting bee at Mrs. Thomas Foster’s, Wednesday, two quilts were quilted.


December 18 (1914/2014)



Lynn – We are having a nice run of sleighing now and good old fashioned winter weather as well.  ALSO  In West Auburn it would appear that winter has at last settled upon us.  A fall of snow Sunday has started the sleighs and the automobile is now laid by.


Susquehanna – Good for Susquehanna.  It is said that 100 more girls can secure a position at the silk mill if they make application by January 2, 1915.  By the way, that was all that was in the way of a nice industry in Montrose—girl help. The factory was closed down for the want of girls.  ALSO The fire on Tuesday in the upper end of Jackson avenue makes one think that our city fathers should get busy and make the water company place a hydrant up there.  If it had not been for the timely assistance of the neighbors, in carrying water, the house would have burned, as the fire company could do nothing.


Lanesboro – Michael Ziegler, who resides near here, was instantly killed at Stevens Point, Pa., by a D & H train.  Mr. Ziegler, who is an aged and highly respected citizen, was taking his milk to the creamery at Stevens Point, and as he was passing over the railroad crossing, a D & H train struck his wagon, throwing Mr. Ziegler about 25 ft., where he struck on his head.  Life was extinct when the unfortunate man was picked up.  The wagon was demolished and the horse slightly injured.  The body was taken to Dooley’s undertaking rooms in Susquehanna.


Brooklyn – The Tunkhannock New Age has the following flattering mention of one of Brooklyn’s talented and well known ladies. Miss Alice Louise Lee, Brooklyn, Pa., has been visiting her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Tewksbury, for a few days.  Miss Lee is not only a young lady of pleasing personality, but an authoress of considerable note.  Several of her productions are published in book form, such as Cap’n Joe’s Sister, a series of Co-Ed books and others.  Her shorter stories are sought after by such high class publications as the Youth’s Companion and the like.  Among the first of her stories in that paper was “Ma Staples,” the chief character being modeled from Mrs. Tewksbury. Miss Lee’s stories are vibrant with life, her characters clean and wholesome and her pen work is not only interesting but elevating.


Lenox – Mr. and Mrs. Ed Oakley are moving to South Gibson, as we understand he is going to be our new stage driver. The ladies of this vicinity met with Mrs. Charles Pickering and made a quilt for Mr. and Mrs. Oakley, who lost nearly everything when their house burned a few weeks ago.


Heart Lake – A little son has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Mead.  ALSO Bert Brown has attached runners to his motorcycle and makes high speed on the lake.  The ice is about 5 inches thick.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. –P. D. Shannon and wife were given a pleasant surprise, Saturday evening, Dec. 5, they being the oldest couple in the neighborhood.  Fifty-four friends came with well filled baskets, which were soon spread on two large tables by the many willing hands and then the company partook of a most excellent chicken pie dinner, after which all repaired to the parlor, where several appropriate speeches were made Rev. Transue, P. F. Klotner, S. L. Overfield, and others.  The couple was presented a purse of $18 as a token of the  high esteem in which they are held by the community.


New Milford – DeWitt C. Vail, proprietor of the motion picture theatre here, is an experienced electrician and his advertisement appears in the issue of this newspaper relative to wiring homes and business places for lights. His wireless station in New Milford attracted much comment in the press a few years ago, being one of the first established in the east by an amateur. He tells us the recent ice storm broke down one of the main poles, putting the apparatus temporarily out of commission.


Montrose – On Monday D. L. Robinove received a postcard from his sister, Mrs. Kaplan, of the province of Vilna, Russia, the first word he had received since the outbreak of the terrible war in Europe.  Mrs. Kaplan is in good health and is longing for the day of peace to dawn over the war torn nations.  Her son, Sam, who had been visiting his uncle, Mr. Robinove, was in Alford in route for New York when the postcard came, but was phoned for and came back to Montrose to read the line from his mother from whom he had not heard since last April.  Mr. Robinove says the message from his sister is the only Christmas present he wants. 


South Gibson – Jesse Pickering met with a very painful accident while working in the mill.  He was in the act of putting on a belt when in some manner the belt caught his clothing and tore it from his body, breaking his shoulder and splintering the collarbone.


Forest City – Nearly a whole train of cars loaded with Christmas trees passed through here Thursday morning. The trees were cut in Vermont and shipped to various points west of Chicago and to intermediate points.  The original cost was from five to eight cents per tree. They will retail for from seventy-five cents to two dollars a tree.


Clifford Twp. – The Christmas exercises of the Welsh Congregational church will be held Christmas night at six-thirty sharp. A silver offering will be taken.  The program consists of a Christmas drama entitled, “A Santa Claus and Mother Goose Reception.”  Recitations, solos and songs, lots of candy and presents for the youngsters.


Rush – Mrs. S. B. Stark, of Rush, has purchased the Peirson millinery store on Church street in Montrose and will soon take possession. We understand that the Misses Peirson will remove to California.


Hop Bottom –Santa Will Visit Hop Bottom:  Drawing near the close of nineteen fourteen/Hop Bottom looks forward to see Santa Claus’ team/Down the chimney he’ll find in Loomis’ store/ Candy, nuts and toys by the score/The furniture dealer just next door/Has beds and tables and then some more/Roberts & Bertholf across the street/Has everything fine, spick, span and neat/Should Santa’s harness break to Hettes he’ll go/And there find good robes to keep off the snow/To Glen Roberts & Bisbees’ next he will go/For they have cut glass and handkerchiefs to show/Right over the roof of the National Bank/And down at the clothier’s clickety clank!/ Sweaters and mittens, gloves and hats/Well supplies old Santa Claus’ pack/A peep into Brown’s at the Art Display/Then quickly he jumps into his sleigh/Into the Drug Store and out in a trice/They have brushes, combs, and everything nice/Barber Bell will shave  him swift and neat/And the quick lunch gets him something to eat/Then he bids good-bye to our little town/And pulls off for Nicholson six miles farther down.


December 25 (1914/2014)



Forest City – The First National and the Farmers and Miners National banks will hereafter be open on pay nights of the Hillside Coal and Iron company from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m.  On Saturday nights the time will remain as in the past from 7 to 9.  ALSO Joseph Mileskay, a Junior in St. Bonaventure’s college, Allegheny, N.Y., arrived home for the holidays.


Uniondale – Ray Tennant, who with his brother, G. C. Tennant, is agent fort the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, was in town Monday.  Peter Petrus has purchased a motorcycle of this celebrated make and Mr. Tennant looks for considerable business in Forest City.


Herrick Twp. – Wesley Reeder, the oldest resident of this place, who has passed the 93rd milestone, is spending the winter at the home of his son, Theodore, at Vienna, Va.  He was accompanied by his son, Ira, and experienced no discomfort nor fatigue in making the trip.  He is as active as a man in the prime of life and his friends hope his stay in the South will be one of pleasure.  His son, Theodore, is engaged in the poultry business on an extensive scale on land made famous in history during the Civil War.  The place is only 20 miles from the National Capitol and its population consists largely of department officials and attaches.


East Rush – A serious accident occurred at East Rush on Monday evening when two boys—sons of G. A. Crisman and Theron Palmer, were badly cut and bruised in a coasting accident and David Benscoter, an aged man, was painfully injured.  The accident occurred as the audience, which had been attending the lecture given by Evangelist Hughes, in the church, was departing.  A large bobsled, in which twelve or fourteen persons were riding, had turned into the road as the two boys came coasting down the hill.  The sled and boys went under the horses’ feet, and the animals shied, overturning the bobs.  Mr. Benscoter was the only one injured to any extent, and then not seriously.  The boys were cut and bruised badly when they went under the horses’ feet, but will recover.  ALSO  In Rush, Sunday morning, there will be a special Christmas service in the M. E. Church and the pastor will preach on the topic “Making Room for Christmas.”  Special music will be rendered and the church will be appropriately decorated.  A cordial invitation is extended to all. Christmas Service at Retta at 7:30 in the evening.


South Harford – Our Mansfield students, Gladys McNamara, Leda Adams and Russell Carey, are spending their Christmas vacation with their parents here.


Clifford – Clarence Finn acted as the Nicholson stage driver while Mr. Button was nursing a rheumatic arm.  ALSO  A party who started for Montrose last week, in an automobile, encountered snow drifts of sufficient size to compel their return before reaching their destination.


Springville – There were left from the Johnson reunion, at the home of L. B. Johnson, a man’s rain coat, a girl’s rain coat and a wagon cushion.  The owners will please call for them.


South Montrose – Messrs. Johnson & Smith will have a dance at Grange Hall, South Montrose, Tuesday evening, Dec. 22.


South Ararat – Searl Worth is visiting his old friends once more.  He is quite an aged gentleman, but seems to be so smart for one of his age.  He was a former resident of these parts years ago.  Says nothing looks as it used to.


Binghamton – Binghamton was the coldest place in the United States, Friday morning, according to the weather bureau reports.  It was 21 degrees below zero in that city.


Choconut – McCahill Brothers announce a dance at Choconut Valley Inn, Monday evening, Dec. 28, which will be good news to the large number of young people who look forward, with pleasure, to these hops.  Good music will be provided and refreshments served.  The enclosed porch, which serves as dancing and banquet hall, is now nicely heated by steam, a modern plant having recently been installed by J. J. Ryan & Co.  Choconut Valley Inn is very popular with sleigh-load parties from Binghamton and other places.


Montrose – Robert H. Donlin, proprietor of the Exchange Hotel, was slightly injured, Thursday afternoon, while out sleigh riding.  He was driving his spirited horse on Maple Street and when near the Tarbell House barn, the cutter runner broke, throwing Mr. Donlin to the ground.  He suffered several cuts and bruises on his face and head.  The horse stopped, and no other damage was done.  ALSO Members and friends of the football team were entertained by a number of young ladies of the high school, under the supervision of Miss Davey, in the home-making department, last Friday evening.  Games were participated in and music was furnished by the school Victrola.  Later, delicious refreshments were served.


Middletown – The Literary meeting, held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Coleman, Friday evening, was very largely attended, there being over sixty present.  The debate on Woman Suffrage was both interesting and exciting. The contestants were: Miss Mary Murphy, affirmative, C. C. Coleman, negative.  The judges were F. J. Golden, Joseph Leary and Mrs. M. E. Coleman; decided in favor of the negative.  The votes were two to one, but that was only natural, the gentlemen being on the majority.  The next meeting will be held at F. J. Golden’s, Saturday evening, January second.


Dimock – The members of the M. E. Church have been fixing the church.  The old seats were removed and chairs put in their place.  The Ladies of the Aid Society have cleaned the church and had the paper, which was given them, put on.  Some kind friend has presented them with a bell, which they soon hope to have placed in the belfry.


Susquehanna – Frank Reddon, of the Philadelphia Pharmacy College, is spending his vacation with his parents here.


New Milford – Manager DeWitt Vail, of the Family Theater, will give a benefit show for the New Milford band, sometime in January, at which time the band will make its first public appearance.


Little Meadows – The sleighing is grand here and everyone is busy getting ready for Christmas and Santa Claus.  ALSO E. J. Butler took a load of Christmas trees to Endicott, Saturday, and Mike Butler and John Hartigan have been drawing lumber to Apalachin for the past week and selling it for a good price.


Oakland Twp. – The recent death of Joseph Smith, president of the reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, at his home in Independence, Mo., recalls the history of Mormonism, whose founder, Joseph Smith, father of the above named, lived in Oakland Township about a mile West of Susquehanna.  The Press correspondent, while out hunting recently, was shown the hole where Smith claimed to have discovered the famous Bible that formed the foundation of his church.  The house he occupied in Oakland is still standing.—Binghamton Press


January 01 (1915/2015)



Silver Lake – Many here are enjoying the good sleighing.  The jingle of the bells makes Christmas music.


Clifford – Glenn Bennett and wife leave on Thursday of this week for New York, where the Professor has a lucrative position in an old established private school for boys.


Bridgewater Twp. – Chandler Stephens, aged 85 years, died at his home near Williams’ Pond, Dec. 27, 1914.  The deceased was a member of Co. D, 50th Regt., Pennsylvania Volunteers, during the Civil War.  The survivors are two daughters, Miss Jennie, who resided with him, and Mrs. M. F. Bissell, of Binghamton, also three grandchildren, Mrs. Roy W. Devine and Miss Christine Bissell, of Binghamton, and Floyd Bissell, of Rochester.  Funeral was held at the home Wednesday afternoon with burial in Williams’ Pond cemetery.  A delegation from Capt. H. F. Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, attended the funeral and acted as bearers. Those attending were: C. L. VanScoten, B. W. Rifenbury, Arthur Freeman, G. D. Ayres, W. W. Nash, H. M. Melhuish and Daniel Searle.


Factoryville, Wyoming Co. – Charles Cox, formerly of Montrose, but now Mayor of Factoryville, is one of the regular commuters on the Lackawanna or Northern Electric.  Charlie, who is employed on the Scrantonian [newspaper], comes down every day to the Scrantonian but returns home at night.  He prefers Factoryville to Scranton as a dwelling place because it reminds him of Montrose when the blizzards roar in winter time.


Montrose – Ice, a foot in thickness, is being harvested on Lake Montrose.  It is exceptionally clear in quality and free from slush formation.  ALSO Miss Murial Dunlap, while coasting on Nash’s hill at the end of South Main street, last Saturday evening, was quite seriously injured, receiving a badly cut knee and several other bruises.  The party—Miss Hazel and Dorothy Ayres, Mary Chase, Mary DeWees, Marion Corfield, and Messers Robert Wood and Frank Felker, were coasting on Foundry hill with Miss Dunlap steering, then later went on Nash’s hill.  It was the first ride down when the accident happened.  Miss Dunlap says the front sleds struck a rut in the road and she lost control and, in striking the bank, she and Mr. Felker were violently hurled headlong.  The other members of the party escaped uninjured.  Dr. Preston is in attendance.


Hallstead – Warren F. Simrell, who retires as postmaster as soon as the Senate confirms the nomination of Daniel E. Hanrahan to the position, has been post-master for twelve years.  Needless to say to those who know the faithful official, he has given patrons of the office an exceptionally able and business-like administration.


Auburn Corners – I. S. Cogswell has been appointed a mail carrier on the rural free delivery route from Forest City.  Mr. Cogswell, through the medium of handbills, advertises a public sale on his farm, one mile southeast of Auburn Corners, on Thursday, Jan 7th, commencing at 10 o’clock a.m.  High-grade cows, horses, turkeys, chickens and many farming implements will be disposed of at this big sale.


Uniondale – The fishermen are having much sport catching pickerel on Lewis Lake.  Since the lake froze over, 140 pounds have been taken. 


Heart Lake – The creamery ice house here is now being filled and the lake is being cleared of snow preparatory to filling the large company ice house at that place.


South Gibson – C. W. Lewis’s new hotel building is nearly completed and he expects to occupy it January 1.  The building is a fine one, furnished with all the latest, modern improvements.


Great Bend – Mrs. Charles Emerson, on her way to Scranton last Wednesday, to spend the holidays with her son, had a narrow escape from death at the Erie crossing.  Her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Von Bergen, were taking her in a sleigh to Hallstead, to the D. L. & W. station, when the gates closed down on them at the Erie crossing here and a freight train coming from the east struck the horse and killed it.  The occupants of the sleigh jumped clear of the train, but were shaken up and badly frightened.


A Tribute to the Cow- Of all the animal creation the best friend to man is the homely cow.  As a food producer she is our mainstay and dependence.  From the new born babe to the aged invalid we are all more or less dependent on her for our very existence.  Her produce commands the highest price in all the best markets of the world.  Without her we would be deprived of many of the luxuries of life and not a few of its bare necessities.  Without her the infant would cry in vain for sustenance while the nations of the earth, deprived of her life sustaining products, would become impoverished and disappear.  In prosperity and in adversity the cow is ever man’s best friend.  She can be depended upon to do her share in lifting the mortgage from the old homestead.  She piles the tables of the rich with rare and costly viands.  She paves the way for many a poor farm boy to enter the high school and the agricultural college.  She tides the farmer over the hard times and helps boost him into prosperity.  When he has fallen into a rut and “a friend in need is a friend indeed” she can be relied upon to come to the rescue and with her produce set him on his feet again.  Indeed, it may be truly said that of all the animals that contribute to the support of mankind none rewards us to promptly and so liberally for kindness and food and care as the homely cow.


Told The Truth for Once – An Illinois editor who became tired of wielding the whitewash in the matter of obituaries decided to reform and tell the truth just once.  He commented as follows upon the death of a well-known citizen:  Died—Aged fifty-six years, six months and thirteen days.  Deceased was a mild-mannered pirate with a mouth for whiskey and an eye for booty.  He came here in the night with another man’s wife and joined the church at first chance.  He owes us several dollars for the paper, a large meat bill, and you could hear him pray six blocks.  He died singing: “Jesus Paid it All” and we think he is right; he never paid anything himself.  He was buried in an asbestos casket, and his many friends threw palm leaf fans in his grave, as he may need them.  His tombstone will be a favorite resting place for hoot owls.


News Briefs:  The mercury was reported to register 22 below zero at Rush on Saturday morning and 15 to 18 below in Binghamton.  In Montrose the thermometers only pulled down a record of 6 to 8 below.  While not liking the old town to fall behind, in these instances there is not much cause for lament.  ALSO The scarcity of water is a real menace to farmers all through the county.  Many of the creeks and springs are dry and stock in many cases has to be driven long distances to be “watered.”  The slight thaw of Tuesday, however, afforded considerable relief.  A remarkable fact is that the ground is not frozen, although we have had lots of zero weather and have fourteen inches of ice on the lakes.


January 08 (1915/2015)



Glenwood, Lenox Twp. – Claud Decker was driving a fine, three year old colt just recently purchased of Herbert McDonald.  Now girls, look out, it’s fine sleighing.  ALSO E. G. Palmer is mourning over the loss of a valuable horse.  It is a great loss to Mr. Palmer as it has been in the family for 30 years and a special favorite was old “Dobbin.”


Oakland – Adelbert Foster, of Hornell, employed as a brakeman on the Erie, was struck by an Erie train at Addison (N.Y.) on Sunday morning and instantly killed.  Foster left his train to turn an angle cock on the locomotive and was struck by a fast freight train and instantly killed.  He was 21 years of age and formerly resided in Oakland.  About two years ago he was married to the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dutcher, of Oakland township, who survives him. His funeral was held at the home of his mother, with burial in North Jackson cemetery.


Thompson/Ararat – The Borden’s [Creamery], at Thompson this week, are securing their summer supply of ice, which is 15 inches thick and clear as crystal, from the Hathaway Pond in Ararat township.  Some thirty men are employed.


Jackson – A. L. Daniels, eighty-one years old, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home here, Sunday, Jan. 3, 1915.  He served in Battery A, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, and was under fire many times while serving in General Grant’s army.  For many years he was employed by the Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Coal Company, at Plymouth, but lived in Jackson for the last 25 years. ALSO  Last Saturday afternoon, Miss Hazel Page lost, between Benson’s store and Ed. Leonard’s, a silver mesh bag containing some money.  Finder will please leave at the Central Hotel.


Clifford – On Friday afternoon last, about 2 p.m., a house owned by E. G. Miller and occupied by Ira Snyder, situated near Clifford creamery, was discovered to be on fire.  Nobody was at home and the fire had gained such headway before help arrived that it was impossible to save the house or anything it contained.  Mr. Snyder had gone to Carbondale and had left his pocket book, containing a sum of money, also a gold watch.  We understand that the house, as well as Mr. Snyder’s furniture, were insured.  A barn and garage, containing a valuable automobile, were saved.


Great Bend – The Miesch Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of ribbons and throwing silk, are considering enlarging their plant to the extent of employing fifty more young men and women, between the age of 16 and 20.  They are receiving applications for positions to ascertain if the desired number is available.


Susquehanna – Dr. Arthur J. Denman has rented the offices in the post office block, formerly occupied by Dr. Washburn, and will begin the practice of medicine about Jan. 10.  For the past year and a half Dr. Denman has been connected with the German Hospital of Brooklyn, N.Y., and is a graduate of Bellevue Medical College of New York.  His cousin is Mrs. J. M. Tinker.


Forest City – While coasting on the hill near the post office, last Thursday, James Lavin and James Palmer ran into Florence, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robinson.  She was ascending the hill when the boys came rushing down unable to guide their sled, on account of the slippery condition of the street.  They ran into the little girl.  She was taken to her home and Dr. W. E. Lloyd summoned, who found both legs broken just below the knees.  She is resting as comfortably as can be expected.  She will have the broken limbs placed in plaster casts.  This should prove a warning to coasters.


Wayne County, PA – The Wayne County Woman’s Christian Temperance Union has given notice that the names of signers of applications for liquor licenses will be published in the newspapers. This is in line with action taken in Bradford and other counties.


Little Meadows – The death of John Butler occurred at his home here, Monday night, Dec. 28, 1914, after an illness of three months.  He was 22 years of age and was a man greatly loved by all his friends.  He is survived by his father and Mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Butler, six brothers, Joseph, William Timothy, Michael, Patrick and Martin, and one sister, Helen, all of whom reside at home.  They mourn the loss of their beloved son and brother.  The funeral was held Thursday morning from his late home and at St. Thomas’ church. It was the largest funeral ever held at Little Meadows.


Silver Lake – The death of John, one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Shea, occurred Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30, 1914.  He is survived by his mother and father, twin brother, James, and two sisters, Lillian and Mary.


Elk Lake – Four local fishermen pulled in twelve fine pickerel at the Little Lake, last week.


Transue, Auburn Twp. – N. N. Brotzman, poor commissioner, was a business man at the Rush poorhouse the first of the week.


Forest Lake – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Warner, Dec. 24, an 8 pound daughter, Arlene Elizabeth.


Herrick Centre – Henry Bigelow had his right foot amputated at the ankle at Emergency hospital, Carbondale.  Last week, while cutter riding (sleigh), the member was frost bitten and a few days later gangrene developed to such an extent that it was necessary to remove the foot to save the man’s life.


Montrose – The Beach Manufacturing Co. has just shipped seven of its finest sawing machines to the Panama-Pacific exposition, where they will form part of the exhibit in block 42.  The machines were consolidated with another westward bound shipment of machinery, filling a large 30,000 pound capacity car.  Needless to say, the machines sent for exhibition were finished to a finer degree than is customary for the hard usage to which they are subjected, and they will make a good showing for Montrose’s chief machinery manufacturing industry.


Uniondale – What is known as the Herrick Elgin butter factory, about two miles north of here, has been purchased by A. M. Williams.  It has not been in operation for several years.  ALSO A sleighload of young people enjoyed a ride to Forest City Thursday night.


Crystal Lake – A race will be run on the ice at the lake on Friday between Deimas, owned by Charley McCann, of Carbondale and Town Directly, owned by Levi Patterson, of Carbondale.  The winning horse carries away $100.  ALSO John Thomas, formerly proprietor of the South Gibson hotel, has purchased the Crystal Lake house.  Possession April 1.


January 15 (1915/2015)



Forest City – Agostine Francati, a well-known Italian resident of this place is either in serious danger from the well-known and infamous Black Hand organization or some of his Italian friends, in an effort to perpetrate a joke, are laying themselves liable to severe punishment.  Mr. Francati is one of the town’s most industrious and law abiding citizens.  He is night watchman at the Clinton colliery, a man of exemplary habits, and a leader among his countrymen.  It would appear that his industry and apparent prosperity have aroused the cupidity of someone and an effort is being made to extort some of his hard earned savings.  Yesterday he received a letter, post marked Dunmore, purporting to be from the “Black Hand.”  It was written in Italian and at the end was a bold drawing of the back of a man’s hand, and underneath were crossed bones.  To one side appeared the figure of a man with a pistol pointing at it, drawn on one side and on the other another hand, dripping with blood.  The transcribed letter read: You are going to have trouble of your own.  You are working all the time and you must have plenty of money.  A letter has come from Italy which says to take your life if you don’t pay $500.  If you pay you will be let out of this.  If you don’t pay your life is gone.  Anywhere you go we will find you with our members.  You received another letter and did not pay any attention to it.  Now make up your mind; either the money or your life.  The hand served as a signature and within was written: “From this hand nobody escapes.  It has been baptized with blood.”


New State Road – The State Highway Department has given assurances that an improved state road, starting at the New York state line and proceeding via Choconut, St. Josephs, Birchardville and Rushville, where it will connect with the state road leading to Wyalusing, will be given immediate attention early this year.  It is said that the road from Montrose to St. Josephs, to connect with same, will probably be built the following year, which will give a better and shorter route to Binghamton. 


Kingsley - Located on the line of the D. L. & W. railroad’s cut-off operations, Kingsley was treated to a sort of eruption of Vesuvius Saturday last, when three and one-half tons of dynamite were exploded in “one shot.”  This great blast was used to loosen earth and rock in a cut on the line between lands of P. M. Wilmarth and Augustus Tiffany, but the convulsion of earth and rock were confined to the areas desired and while the vibrations were plainly felt all over the town, no windows were broken, nor debris hurled about.  Some of the blasting however, has given the people of Kingsley some thrills.  The other day a small blast, using only three pounds of dynamite, hurled rocks through the windows of the residence of P. M. Wilmarth and others, but fortunately no one was injured.


Hopbottom – Some men are born great, others achieve greatness, but “Charley” Miller had a postoffice plum dropped right into his lap—at least he is holding down the job until a successor to E. C. Tingley, deceased, is formally named and confirmed by the Senate.  While a lot of patriotic, self-sacrificing citizens, are pursuing the postoffice bee, losing time, money, shoe leather and in some instances their very reputations in many places of the country, Mr. Miller had the position thrust upon him.  “Charley” wasn’t looking for the job either and didn’t want it—for he has two Guernsey cows and several White Leghorn hens whose toilets cannot be well neglected, which keeps Charley pretty “gosh darn” busy.  But Mr. Miller had to take the job, for he was the one man thoroughly equipped to discharge its duties on short notice, for he was Hopbottom’s postmaster for many, many years when “Can” Stone was the big figure in Republican politics and before the “wicked” Democrats came into power.


Oakley, Harford Twp. – The whistle on the D. L. & W. bridge is heard no more as the final work on the bridge is now completed and one of the largest concrete bridges in this state is built.


Montrose – News comes that Elijah Sherman, an old time Montroser, has struck it rich out in Idaho.  Elijah claimed that he knew where the gold was and tried to raise a company in Montrose to develop a claim he held out there, but found nobody willing to go in with him.  ALSO  Wm. L. Smith, a highly esteemed citizen, succumbed to pneumonia, Jan. 11, at his home on Drinker street.  His age was 54 years.  The deceased was a son of the late W. W. Smith, and upon the death of his father, succeeded him for several years in the furniture and under-taking business and later selling the business to the late J. E. O’Brien.


Thompson – J. F. Potter, Thompson’s genial constable, was over to the County Seat Monday to make his quarterly returns, driving the 25 miles in three and one half hours—we know, because we asked him as to time and distance.  Mr. Potter found some snow drifts.


Harford – Six inches of snow fell here last night and people are using sleighs, but with the rain falling in torrents it looks as though they would soon go back to wagons.


Williams’ Pond – Mrs. Ralph Morrison and children have returned to their home in Protection, Kan., after an extended visit with her brother, Guy Lewis.


Forest Lake – Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Booth and daughter have returned to their home at Forest Lake after spending some weeks with relatives at Gainesville, Fla.  Mr. Booth says the country is all right to visit, but sand and mosquitoes are not to his liking.  The night before Christmas, he complains, a sheet was all the bed covering needed, and he had a homesick longing for blankets and sleighbells.


Dimock – It is rumored that the temperance people have bought the Dolan House, with the intention of running a temperance hotel


West Auburn – It is fully realized by the West Auburn Telephone Co. that party line service is largely dependent for its efficiency and satisfaction upon the person using a line.  In a neighborhood where the people are courteous, considerate and tactful in the use of language, always observing the golden rule, the telephone is a great blessing.  But where people are rude, impolite selfish and unkind it is just the reverse.  There are three general sources of difficulties on a party line, viz: “Monopolizing the line” with resulting delay and inconvenience to others; listening on the line when others are talking, which makes it almost impossible for the persons talking to make themselves heard, and leaving the receiver off the hook, which throws out of service all other telephones on a party line.  These are sources of service trouble which we earnestly urge party line subscribers to avoid.  We mention these things because we want every neighborhood covered by our lines to receive the greatest benefit from the service.


News Briefs: “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” seems to be as popular here as it is in the trenches.  Every schoolboy is whistling it, and every Victrola owner plays it on his machine.  Gamble, the Victrola man, says he sold 26 records in four days of this piece alone.  An order for 10 of these records was unfilled, as the factory cannot supply the demand.  ALSO  The Story Hour, which is conducted Saturday afternoons at the library, forms a popular attraction for the young children.  Parents who wish to be freed from the care of their children, for a short time on that afternoon, find here congenial surroundings and also may know that the children are receiving useful instruction, given in an entertaining manner.  The ladies in charge of the story hour welcome all children who have not already become regular attendants.


January 21 (1915/2015)



Thompson – At the Jefferson Junction, Sunday night, Pat Ferrio became suddenly infuriated at the car in which many of the track hands are quartered and before the fracas ended had attempted to murder the track foreman, Charles Ross and then killed himself.  This man was first seen running up and down the tracks and later began shooting up the switch shanty at the Junction in which were several men, including Foreman Ross.  One of the shots took effect in his arm but fortunately caused but a slight wound.  In the excitement, and Mr. Ross not knowing the extent of his injuries, he fell to the ground and his assailant seemingly believing he had killed the foreman, turned the revolver upon himself.  The dead man had relatives in the earthquake zone in Italy and it is believed the calamity had turned his brain.


New Milford – Three sleigh loads of men went from this place last Wednesday night to help organize a men’s Bible class at Harford.  ALSO The following teachers, Prof. T. C. Hinckley, Misses Helen Beebe, Lucia VanCott, Ruth Austin, also director C. S Vail, attended the Teachers’ Association meeting at Susquehanna, Saturday.


Welch Hill, Clifford Twp. – Last Friday night a debate was held at Cambrian Grange.  The subject for discussion was “Resolved that it is easier for a young man of no capital to start at present than it was when his father started.”  E. A. Reynolds was chosen affirmative and W. E. Bennett negative.  The judges were: Merryle Jones, Mr. Gent and Wellington Howell.  The judges decided in favor of the affirmative.


Springville – George Halderman, Springville’s progressive lumber dealer, has an auto truck for conveying logs and lumber. ALSO Thomas Loomis has installed hot water and bath in his house.  Messerole Bros. did the work.


Lackawanna R. R. – The Lackawanna railroad has found it necessary to erect ten new passenger stations between Hallstead and Clark’s Summit.  Hallstead is to have a new station which will be modern in every respect.  It will be an elevated station with two entrances.


Alford – “No. 217,” the faithful, old locomotive, which hauled trains on the L. & M. from Alford to Montrose for fifteen years or more, is no more, being “junked” a few days ago.  She was a strong machine and always handled her loads well on the hard grades, but her frame was light and frequently had to be sent away for repairs.


Bridgewater Twp. - Scores of Susquehanna Co. friends and admirers will be glad to learn that Chas. E. Bunnell, a former Bridgewater boy, and son of Lyman Bunnell, has been appointed as a federal judge in Alaska. [Charles Bunnell later founded the University of Alaska.]


Hop Bottom – E. L. Yaw, the hustling proprietor of the Foster House, is brightening up the interior of his hostelry by papering and painting, which makes it much more cheerful and inviting for his guests.  Yaw spares no pains to give first-class service to the traveling public. ALSO Friday evening the High School boys will play basketball with the girls, after which there will be a box social for the benefit of the M. E. Sunday school.


Silver Lake – The death of James, the last of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Shea, occurred Jan. 12.  He was four months and twenty-four days old.  [His twin brother, John, died Dec. 30, 1914.]  He is survived by his mother and father and two sisters, Lillian and May. 


Montrose – Mrs. Homer Johnson, historian of the D. A. R. Chapter, states that the chapter is soon to erect a suitable memorial under the “Grow elm” on Monument Square.  A large boulder from the old [Galusha] Grow homestead, at Glenwood, has been presented by Mrs. Kellogg, a niece of the former speaker of the national House of Representatives, and will be brought to Montrose.  The D. A. R. will provide a tablet making known this object of interest, which will be affixed to the boulder.  ALSO Fayette Avery McKenzie, professor of Sociology at Ohio State University, has been elected president of Fiske University at Nashville, Tenn.  Dr. McKenzie, a graduate of Lehigh University, with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, will assume his new position at the close of the present scholastic year.  “Fay”, as we call him, will always belong to Montrose, and we congratulate him upon the honor which has just been conferred upon his manly shoulders.


New Milford – G. C. Howell, formerly of this place, is now employed in the job printing department of the Lestershire [Johnson City] Record office.  The Record has one of the finest equipped plants to be found in the smaller towns.  Jesse L. Lane, a former Montrose boy, son of ex-Sheriff S. F. Lane, is employed in the same office.


Forest Lake – Miss Mary Quinlivan has gone to Montrose to work as dining room girl at the Tarbell House.


Dimock – The Dolan House, conducted by J. F. Dolan, has been sold to the temperance people of Dimock township for $2650.  The hotel is a commodious building, with a good barn and three acres of land, and had been conducted as a licensed hotel for many years, and was granted a license at this term of court.  Mr. Dolan will retain possession until April 1, when it is said, Lee Estus, of Dimock, will take charge and conduct a temperance house.  This marks the passing of a licensed hotel in Dimock township.


South Auburn – Through the efforts of Frank M. Baldwin, of South Auburn, six petitions are being circulated throughout the south-western corner of Susquehanna county and the northern end of this county asking that a Sproul State dirt road be constructed, starting from Laceyville, thence to Skinner’s Eddy, then over Doolittle Hill to South Auburn, Auburn Center, Auburn Corners, Elk Lake, South Montrose and Montrose.  Such a road, as mapped out, runs through some of the finest farm land in this section and if constructed will mean much to the farmers along the route.


Franklin Forks – The G. A. R of this place will give a birthday party in honor of J. J. Stockholm and John McLeod at Alliance hall on January 28.  The comrades, their wives, friends and neighbors are all cordially invited.  Bring well filled baskets.  All come and do honor to the heroes of the past.


January 29 (1915/2015)



Springville – Through the efforts of W. E. Stevens, a wood bee was held for the M. E. church on Tuesday and a large pile of wood was the result.  ALSO Springville and Lynn were well represented in Montrose [court] on Tuesday and Wednesday and citizens for the right feel proud of the good they have accomplished and it is the earnest wish of at least a few that the “pool room” will follow suit, next to a licensed [for liquor] hotel, as an unnecessary evil.  Let it be a general clean up, is the sentiment of the people.


Dimock - The Birchardville basketball team went to Dimock on Tuesday evening where the home team “trimmed” them right properly in a game in the new community building.


Montrose – Business at The Subway Lunch during the present term of court has been rushing, and extra tables were required in order to “feed the multitude.”  Proprietors Mack & Jenkins are always glad to see those who “come a courting.”


Forest City – F. J. Osgood, superintendent of the Northeastern Telephone Co. and a candidate for county commissioner, was in town Monday.  Mr. Osgood is “pointing with pride” to the fine showing made the past year by the Northeastern which has a balance in the treasury and is in generally flourishing condition.  Considering the low rental fee for the service rendered, he considers it one of the very best mutual telephone companies in the State.  ALSO  On Feb. 1, Joseph Stein will open an up-to-date lunch room in the building formerly occupied by Weiss and Gorman.  The rooms are being painted and otherwise renovated.  The lunch parlors will be open to ladies and gentlemen and fills a long felt want.


Heart Lake – The Mountain Ice Co. commenced work on Thursday of last week, putting in 1100 tons the first day.


Franklin Forks – The Salt Springs school has been closed on account of whooping cough.


Rush – The preaching service here will be held Sunday evening in the Baptist church, as the repairs on the Methodist church will not be completed.  The pastor will begin in a series of sermons on “Great Americans.”  The topic for next Sunday will be, “Grant, the Soldier.”  A quartet has been organized and will render special music Sunday evening.


Clifford – E. G. Miller has purchased the home and farm of S. E. Finn, also the meadow lot belonging to L. E. Lee, and a wood lot owned by Owen Greene.  “Grimes” says he wants all the land adjoining him as far as Lenoxville.  All “Grimes” needs now is a wife to make him happy.


Susquehanna - George F. Larrabee, of this place, and business manager of the Susquehanna Evening Transcript, has received an appointment as door-keeper of the Senate at Harrisburg.  The appointment came through the recommendation of State Senator Charles E. Mills, of Athens, Pa.  Four years ago George served as a bill clerk in the House of Representatives. ALSO It is announced that John J. Ryan will, in the near future, erect a modern, fireproof opera house here, with a seating capacity of from 1,200 to 1,500 persons.  Architect J. H. Phillips, of Deposit, was here in regard to the plans of the building.  Mr. Ryan, manager of the Hogan Opera House, has had a large experience in the theatrical business.


Elk Lake – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania owes Harry Lyon a debt of gratitude for killing 44 weasels, which the state terms, “obnoxious animals,” and also did owe him $88 in the “coin of the realm,” until a few days ago, when, through our County Commissioners, they paid over to him 88 cart wheels to reimburse him for his assistance to the state.  Mr. Lyon has the record, so far as known.  The bounty for each weasel killed is $2.00.  Of course Mr. Lyon collected other bounty money, but his leading specialty seems to be weasels.


Hallstead – Toward the latter part of December the name of one of our popular young Democrats, and esteemed townsman, D. E. Hanrahan, was sent to the Senate by President Woodrow Wilson for confirmation by that body for the appointment, as Postmaster, at his town.  A few days ago the confirmation was made and it is expected that within a few days Mr. Hanrahan will receive his commission and assume charge of the office about February 1st.  ALSO  Chas. White, while on his way to the Hallstead chair factory, was struck by a pusher engine while walking the railroad track.  He received a deep gash in his head and was bruised about the hips.


Auburn Twp. – J. J. Donlin was circulating a petition Friday, praying the Honorable Court, to either remove the Auburn school board and appoint their successors, or enjoin them to do business and furnish schools for the pupils of the Township, as prescribed by the law. ALSO  

P. M. Harris and Mart Lake are going to have gas lights in their house and barn at Auburn Four Corners.


St. Joseph – As James Kelly, of St. Joseph, was taking his sister, Daisy, to the Hill school in Silver Lake, a big hog ran between the team he was driving and under the cutter.  The horses were scared and backed up, turning the cutter completely over backwards, over the occupants. 
Except getting a good shaking up they were not injured, fortunately.


Liberty Twp. – Glenn Potter, of Binghamton, is calling on old friends and neighbors and will be in town once a week and give the Chiropractor treatment.


Choconut Valley – The local telephone company held their meeting last week.  Officers elected are: E. J. Stanley, President; William McCahill, Secretary; James Hawley, Treasurer.


Lenoxville – Miss Clara L. McNamara, a graduate nurse of Dr. Burns Private Hospital, Scranton, Pa., who recently took the State Board examinations for nurses, at Philadelphia, has successfully passed and is now a State Registered nurse.  Miss McNamara, formerly from this place, is now located in Scranton and her many friends wish her success.


Herrick Twp. – David Gibson, son of W. E. Gibson, has been promoted to the position of traveling agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad.  He resides at Los Angeles.


Middletown Twp. – LeRoy Edwards, after many months of illness, passed from his earthly home to the Eternal, on Jan. 8th, 1915.  Funeral at the home here, Jan. 10, with burial at Birchardville.  A widow and four sons are bereaved, with other relatives and friends.  A man who loved and cared for his family and faithful to friends, has thus been called and the earthly home broken.


News Brief: Whooping cough, scarlet fever, mumps and la-grippe, are keeping the M. D.’s busy in this vicinity.


February 05 (1915/2015)



Hallstead – Fire, which broke out about 3:30 Thursday morning in the postoffice building, destroyed that structure, the grocery store building of H. J. Brown adjoining, and the residence of Mrs. Rose Dayton.  In the Brown building was also a barber shop conducted by H. Shaw.  The building was an old wooden structure, built some 75 years ago.  Although the firemen worked hard and did much in preventing a more serious fire, but little could be saved from the burning structures.  The loss is estimated at from $10,000 to 12,000, partly covered by insurance.  The cause of the fire is unknown.  The postoffice has been relocated in the store of the newly appointed postmaster, D. E. Hanrahan.


Great Bend – Wednesday morning a sad tragedy occurred when Mrs. Celia Tierney met her death in the flames which consumed her home.  When the fire companies arrived the building, an old wooden structure, was wrapped in flames and it was impossible to get within.  Mrs. Tierney lived alone and fears were confirmed that she was inside when firemen entered the home and found her badly charred body lying on the floor of a room near a window.  It is supposed that the fire started by her clothing catching fire from the stove.  The death of the highly respected lady has brought sadness into many homes where she was known and beloved.  Four sons survive her: John, of Kingston, Pa; Michael, of Syracuse; Patrick, of Omaha, Neb, and James, living in Illinois.


Friendsville – A dance and supper will be given at the hall here on Feb. 10, for the benefit of the Friendsville band.  Plenty of good music will be provided.  All are invited.  Admission 25 cents.


St. Joseph – Rev. John Joseph McCahill, a native of this place, now assistant to Dean Penney, of the Church of the Annunciation, New York city, will attend the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree banquet, in Binghamton, Feb. 10th.


Montrose – Walter G. Castle, formerly proprietor of the Cnic Theatre, has purchased the box ball alley and pool parlors, which for the past few years has been conducted by Harry J. Light, in the basement of the Cohen block.  Mr. Castle expects to make a number of necessary improvements and will conduct the place to please all who call on him.


Auburn Twp. – Some folks think that buildings cannot be successfully moved.  A. K. Mericle has just finished having his house moved a distance of some 50 ft., up over an incline of perhaps 18 ft., in midwinter.  It was a cold job.  The family lived in the house at the time and now is rejoicing at having their house in a more sightly place.  ALSO  At Fower Hill, Mr. Papal, the eye specialist, passed over the hill Tuesday, looking after the interests of the eyes.


Lawton, Rush Twp. – Now that the Haire Hotel lost its license, on the grounds of no necessity, it seems proper to call attention to the fact that this beautiful property seems capable of being converted into a famous temperance resort and place for keeping summer boarders. We hope this will be done, as no one wishes to see the buildings idle.


Harford – Remember the next meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, at the home of Mrs. John Dixon, on Friday, Feb. 12.  If there is sleighing, a way will be provided for all who wish to go.


Susquehanna – Thomas Moran, a D. & H. brakeman, was fatally injured at East Windsor on Tuesday morning.  He was brought to the local hospital, where he died Wednesday morning.  ALSO Ernest Korstmanhaus will open a tailor shop in the Dooley block on Erie Ave.  ALSO Miss Anna O’Malley entertained the “Adamless Eves” at her home, Thursday evening.


Silver Lake – February came in like a lion, Boys!  Beware of the blizzards.  ALSO Many of the farmers are busy filling their ice houses and Thomas McCormick is helping James Mahoney fill his ice house.  ALSO A sleigh ride party, from Binghamton, was royally entertained at C. F. Sweeney’s Sunday evening.


Gelatt – The death of Philander J. Bonner occurred here Jan. 26, 1915, in the 79th year of his age. Mr. Bonner was a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting in C. F, 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  He was captured at Poolsville, Maryland in November of 1862 and wounded at Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863.  Philander was of a generous nature and was noted for his hospitality.  In June of 1881 he was married to Marrianna T. Peck, of Harford, and was the father of one son and also two daughters by a former marriage.  His faithful wife and devoted son cared for him during his illness.  Mr. Bonner was laid at rest in the cemetery at Gelatt.


Franklin Forks – Clare H. Summers, of Eitevau, Canada, is spending some time at the home of his father, Harvey Summers, being called home by the failing health of his parent.  Mr. Summers went to Canada about 14 years ago, taking up a homestead there.  While he has been engaged in other vocations and ventures, he is now tilling the soil and enjoying the prosperity that only comes to those who possesses vim and energy.


East Bridgewater Twp. – A mad dog was shot a few days ago, at Claude Otis,’ who lives on the Jonathan Gardner farm, by Ed Brown, of Montrose.  The head was sent to Harrisburg for examination and was one of the worst cases of rabies ever seen by the state authorities.  The dog followed Mr. Otis’ daughter from Heart Lake and it is said one hundred dogs in Bridgewater are under quarantine for three months in fear that some may have been bitten.


Uniondale – S. D. Carpenter was quite seriously hurt, on Saturday, being run over by a party of coasters.


Lenox – Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Powers have returned from Arkansas, where they visited his brother.  The brothers had not met in forty years.


News Brief:  For the first time in several years Old Bruin failed to see his shadow on Candlemas Day, which means according to old saying, that the backbone of winter is broken and that spring is near.


February 12 (1915/2015)



Upsonville – Our mail carrier, Daniel R. Campbell, was in Montrose serving on a law suit last week.  His brother, George, was acting as mail carrier, and down by Barringer’s crossing his team got frightened by an engine on the cut-off and broke his cutter all to pieces.  The horse did not get hurt, nor did Mr. Campbell.


Jackson – The Jackson Library will open this week.  The membership fee is 50 cents a year.  Books can be exchanged Tuesdays and Saturdays and every evening.


Middletown – The Middletown Literary Society held its banquet at the Haire House, Lawton, Friday evening, Jan. 29.  The genial host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Curley, served a delicious turkey super, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Dancing was indulged in until the small hours and all the members returned home voting the Literary banquet the most enjoyable affair of the season.


North Bridgewater – Many farmers are busy hauling lime and logs during the fine sleighing.


Lynn - Bruce Williams purchased a fine four-year-old colt of Davis Deubler, a few days ago, and is now having it broken by Clinton Button, the veteran horse trainer.


Susquehanna – Joseph P. McMahon, who has been named to succeed Geo. W. Shaeff as postmaster, is a prominent citizen and businessman of the “city of stairs.”  Our first introduction to Mr. McMahon was in July of 1891, when he was associated with the late William Donahue in the conduct of the Canawacta House, on Front Street, of which Martin J. Ryan is the present landlord and proprietor.  Subsequently he purchased the Carrington stables, on Drinker St., where he has since successfully conducted a livery.  He possesses the requisite qualifications, which will render him an efficient and popular official of Uncle Sam. ALSO The average cost per week for each inmate of the Susquehanna-Oakland poor farm, including clothing, medical care, etc., is $5.13


Tunkhannock – There is now but one legalized bar along the Montrose branch, a distance of 28 miles, and that—the Dolan House at Dimock—will disappear April 1, the temperance people having bought it. If the same conditions prevail in Tunkhannock for another year, that have for the past, Montrose will have to do the irrigating for the whole line, or in other words, it will be a long, long way to Tipperary.


Brooklyn – E. B. Goodrich, son of Eli and Cynthia Tiffany Goodrich, was born March 18, 1835, on the farm where he has always lived and where his death occurred Feb. 9, 1915—thus he was nearly 80 years of age and for the past 60 years has been one of Brooklyn’s most substantial farmers.  By hard work and an intelligent devotion to business he succeeded in acquiring a fine fortune, but never engendered those feelings of envy or jealousy that often came with success.  His integrity was never questioned.  Upon the death of his father he purchased the old homestead and has always lived there.  About 50 years ago he married Miss Delia A. Capron, of Harford, who survives him and together they have lived and labored.  One son Bruce Goodrich, of Harford, and one daughter, Miss Alma Goodrich, at home, survive.


Forest City – George E. Maxey, of this place, and George W. Maxey, Esq., of Scranton, are opening a mine between Eynon and Archbald, in Lackawanna county.  ALSO  Cassius M. Harding, of Herrick Center, came to Forest City Tuesday.  He walked the entire distance, both coming and going, a feat that few younger men would perform  “Cash” is an old lumberman and doesn’t mind a little thing like rough weather.


West Auburn – Emma Thornton was quite seriously injured while coasting on the James hill by striking her head against a telephone pole.  Boys and girls, it is a dangerous time to coast.  At Auburn Four Corners they are having fine sleighing, the roads are just like a plank road. ALSO  Action has been commenced against the school directors of this township by A. M. Maxwell, John F. Kernan, Lewis Lott, G. W. Grow, and others, to secure transportation for their children of school age to the centralized school in that township.  They allege in their petition, which is signed by 57 voters of that district, that there is no schoolhouse in their school district, nor within one and one-half miles.  The district schools have been closed and the directors have refused to sub-divide the district to accommodate them, they further allege.  The directors are G. B. Filkins, Clark Davis, Andrew Mericle, Frank Carter and P. H. Benninger.


Ararat – Rev. G. G. Stanton met with quite a loss, recently, while on his way to Elkdale.  At the foot of Arnold Hill his horse was taken sick and died.


Alford – Six carloads of army shoes, from factories at Lestershire [now Johnson City], passed through here Wednesday night, their destination being London, England.  Each car contained 7200 pairs, making a total of 42,000 pairs of shoes in the entire shipment.


Montrose – William M. Post observed his ninetieth birthday anniversary on Wednesday and in observance of the culmination of nine decades made a trip to Binghamton.  We have grown so accustomed to “Uncle William’s” activities that there seems nothing unusual about a man of his years going about the country on business and pleasure trips, but it is unusual when one pauses to think of it. To all outward appearances he is as active as he was twenty years ago, and this is not stretching the truth for effect.  Few men possess his mental and physical faculties even at seventy years.  [William was the son of David Post who, with his brother Isaac, and stepfather, Bartlett Hinds, were the first settlers of Montrose].


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – School is closed this week on account of whooping cough, also the school at Forest Lake.


Dimock – The bell for the M. E. church has arrived and will soon be placed in position. ALSO The sale of household goods at the Dolan House was largely attended on Saturday last.


February 19 (1915/2015)



Harford – On Wednesday afternoon Representative E. E. Jones, of Harford, Representative Gibson, of Lycoming and “Farmer” Creasy, conferred with Gov. Brumbaugh on road construction and maintenance.  The governor is very much interested in improving Pennsylvania’s highways and is in frequent conferences with the well informed men of the State on this subject.  Mr. Jones, by the way, has introduced a bill authorizing county commissioners to appropriate $1000 to organize associations for the promotion of agriculture.  He has also introduced a bill asking the State to take over the road from Laceyville to Skinner’s Eddy to Elk Lake to South Montrose and from Susquehanna to New Milford, making them State highways. ALSO  A sleigh load of young folks, of this place, consisting of the senior class and their friends, spent a very enjoyable evening at the Aqua Inn, in Kingsley, last Friday night.


South Ararat – The farmers are busy putting up their supply of ice.  It is being cut from Fiddle Lake.


Uniondale – C. M. Buckingham has been writing articles on cheese making for a New York journal, the past year.  Out of thirteen prizes he has won 11 firsts, 1 second and 1 third.  The contest was open to all cheese-makers in the United States.  Mr. B. feels proud of pulling in a good bunch of cash.  ALSO The Presbyterian church will have gas lights installed in the church in the near future.


Flynn – James Conboy is about to trade his motorcycle for an automobile.


Elk Lake – Mrs. Katie Lathrop Gorr, whose girlhood home was here, was visiting relatives in the county with her husband recently.  They came from their home in Des Moines, Iowa, to attend the funeral of Mr. Gorr’s mother, whose death occurred recently in New Milford.


Brooklyn – B. A. Oakley has the agency for the popular Saxon automobile, his territory being the southern half of Susquehanna County.  Mr. Oakley has just completed a spacious, up-to-date garage, at Brooklyn.  He will have Saxon cars in stock and will also be prepared for auto repairing.


Montrose – Susquehanna county people who visit the Panama-Pacific exposition at San Francisco will have a most commendable feeling of pride in inspecting the exhibit in “Block 42” as it contains seven sawing machines made by the Beach Manufacturing Co., of this place, which represents the acme in mechanical construction and finish. Mr. McKeage is to be warmly commended for his efforts to make an imposing display, at such a great distance.  “Made in Montrose!”  Sounds euphonious, eh?


Lynn – Blue Birds were seen on our streets, Monday, as a gentle reminder that spring is drawing near.  We are glad to welcome them.


Jackson - The Lake View graded school held a valentine social at the Baptist parsonage Friday evening. ALSO  In the township, a dwelling house on the Gibson stage road, built in 1813, is in a good state of preservation and is still occupied by a farmer and his family.


Birchardville – The young people of this place will give a drama in three acts, “Mr. Tompkin’s Hired Man,” also songs and recitations at the Grange Hall on Friday evening, Feb. 26.  Everybody come.  Admission 20 cents for adults and 10 cents for children.


Auburn Four Corners – M. L. Lake and P. M. Harris have the gas lights in their homes and they are fine.


Dundaff – Will Sprague was severely shaken up and received several deep gashes on the face, when his wagon was struck by a passing auto.  The horse broke loose and speeded for home, while Mr. Stipp, the owner of the auto, hurried with Mr. Sprague to Emergency Hospital, where his wounds were dressed, afterward bringing him to his home.  The accident occurred on the Fall Brook road, and during the severe storm on the evening of Feb. 1st.  ALSO  Dundaff hotel, which has no license this year, is not a hotel now but a private residence.


Susquehanna – Joseph A. Kent, proprietor of the Central house, has opened an up-to-date restaurant.


Forest City – Word has been received that President Wilson nominated Thomas P. McCormick as postmaster here.  Mr. McCormick has been in the mercantile business for a number of years, is a director in the First National Bank, as well as a member of the school board.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – George Brands opened his school on Wednesday, having closed it for a few weeks on account of whooping cough. 


Hop Bottom – A large sleigh load of visitors from Brooklyn attended the Ladies’ Aid dinner at the Universalist church, last Wednesday, considerably augmenting the receipts.


Springville – What might have been a fatal accident occurred at about 6 p.m. Friday.  Earl Sherman, who had some work done at Gesford’s blacksmith shop, started for home, when the sled took the ditch owing to the ice and the speed at which the team was started, striking the bridge and throwing Dan Cokely and Lawrence Palmer out.  By having the lines to help him, Sherman was saved from any injury, but Cokely was thrown head foremost in the creek and sustained a badly lacerated scalp, besides other bruises.  He was assisted to Lee Bros. store and Dr. Lathrop was called and dressed his wounds, after which he was taken to his home.  That he escaped instant death is almost a miracle.  He will soon be at work again.


Fairdale – Seventy-eight loads of ice are securely packed for the Fairdale creamery.


Rush – Bruce Barnes, of this place, son of the late Deputy Register Nelson Barnes, has been visiting friends here this week.  The young man intends to soon enter the Odd Fellows Orphanage near Sunbury, Pa.


Hopbottom – Some of our readers might like to know that the oldest house in town was built by Orson Case before the D. L. & W. Railroad was [built] in 1851.  [Orson Case was the first permanent settler in Hop Bottom.  Until the building of the railroad Hopbottom and the surrounding area was a comparative wilderness].


February 26 (1915/2015)



Lynn, Springville Twp. – We are enjoying a whole week of good old fashioned spring weather. Not far away, in Ainey, the bluebirds have made their appearance and groundhogs have been seen, all sure signs that spring is here. ALSO W. E. Button, our genial blacksmith, met with quite a loss on Saturday.  When he went to dinner he left his coat hanging in the shop which contained a bill book containing about $45.00 in bills; when he returned lo and behold the money had, in some mysterious manner, flown away, leaving a lean and lonely bill book empty to be hammered out of iron to refill it again.  Well, we fail to see where there is any fun in that.


Uniondale – The Uniondale Symphony orchestra will give an entertainment in the Herrick high school building, Feb 25th, in the evening. ALSO The McPherson Post, G. A. R., held their monthly meeting at their Post rooms last Saturday.   C. M. Buckingham, Adjutant, read an interesting account of the inside life of Robert E. Lee.  Experiences were told by some of the veterans that were enjoyed by all, after which dinner was served by the Post ladies.


Kingsley – Union services were held in the Universalist Church, Sunday afternoon, in honor of the birthday of Frances Willard, the founder of the W. C. T. U.  A program, consisting of singing by the school children, solos by W. W. Oakley and Mrs. Will Capron, and an address by Rev. Dowson was given.


Bridgewater Twp. – Judge Little, the first of the week, appointed Mrs. Rebecca Benedict, a local suffragist, overseer of the poor, to fill the unexpired term of the late T. W. Tinker.  A petition asking for Mrs. Benedict’s appointment was presented to the court by Attorney C. L. VanScoten.  The appointment is said to be worth about $100 a year.  She is the first lady in the county to hold office, so far as known.


Hop Bottom – The Methodist-Episcopal Sunday school and Ladies’ Aid are to hold a two day bazaar at Masonic Hall, Friday and Saturday of this week, Feb. 25 and 26.  On Friday evening the ladies will serve a chicken pie supper, after which various amusements will furnish entertainment for the evening.  Sales will be continued Saturday, and at 5:30 an oyster supper will be served by the men’s class, followed by an entertainment, consisting of a miscellaneous program of vocal and instrumental music, recitations, etc.


Montrose – The average daily circulation of the Montrose library, for January, was 54 books.  The largest number given out in one day was 128.  The largest daily circulation, for February (to the 23rd), was 162.  It is hoped that the people will take an increased interest in the work of the library, and this can be best done by reading the books. [The average daily circulation of the Montrose Library, for January 2015, was 491 books.]


Springville – Otto Drake, young son of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Drake, recently met with a very peculiar and painful accident.  He was being treated for rheumatism by application of heat supplied by burning gasoline in some sort of a machine, when the thing burst, covering the boy with the burning gas.  His father and mother succeeded in putting out the flames, but not until the boy was frightfully burned about the limbs.  A nurse is in attendance and the boy is doing nicely.


Thompson – Married, February 19th, at the home of the groom’s sister, Mrs. Elbert Pickering, of Jackson, Earl Jenkins and Miss Norma Craft, both of Thompson.  Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are at home to their friends, corner of Main and Water streets.  Congratulations are extended.


Dimock – Columbus C. Mills, octogenarian, passed away last Monday.  A delegation of Warren Lodge No. 240, F. & A. M., of Montrose, had charge of the grave.  A fine floral tribute from the lodge attested to the respect in which Bro. Mills was held by his fellow members.  At the time of his death Mr. Mills was the oldest member of the Warren Lodge, having joined in January 1864.  Mr. Mills was 85 years old and for many years was a justice of the peace at Dimock. He also carried on a wagon-making business. He is survived by one daughter, Miss Isa Mills, who had made his declining years as comfortable as possible.


Forest City – Washington’s birthday was quietly observed here.  Flags were floated in front of a few houses but no public demonstration was made. ALSO  H. P. Johns has purchased from the Keystone Realty company, agents for this vicinity, a new touring Reo car.  The company received a carload of these famous cars one day last week and sold them the following day.


Rush/Jessup – Wm. H. LaRue, of Rush and Aria I. Oakes, of Jessup township, were married at the M. E .parsonage, Montrose, by Rev. Carl Councilman, Wednesday, February 25th, 1915.


Brooklyn – It is three good long miles from Luther Benjamin’s house to Brooklyn village.  If you doubt it, ask the four gentlemen who paced it last Friday between the hours of 12 and 1 a.m.


Clifford – The January meeting of the Clifford Women’s Christian Temperance Union was held in Finn’s Hall.  The speaker, Mrs. E. E. Wells, of Lackawanna county, urged the training of young people to take up the cause and to “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart therefrom.” In the evening the meeting opened by singing “The Fight is On,” followed by a prayer, afterwich all joined in singing “The Brewer’s Big Horses.”  Mrs. Wells gave a sermon rather than a lecture, dealing with the moral side of the temperance question—an appeal to join forces against the greatest evil of this age, if not of all time.  At the close Mrs. Agnes Miller sang, “Molly and the Baby” very pleasantly.  This was followed by a social hour, during which light refreshments were served.


The Underground RailroadThis article came from the Scranton Times and was written by W. M. Atherton, Clark’s Summit, in 1915. “Editor Times – Allow me to add somewhat from personal knowledge and hearsay: My father was a member of the Underground Railroad.  I well remember a knock frequently on the door and father calling, “who’s there?” and it was Mr. [William] Gildersleeve’s colored man, with a load of fugitive slaves. [William Gildersleeve was a well-known abolitionist from Wilkes-Barre.] My mother would get up and make supper for them and they would go on to Leonard Batchelor’s or Rodman Sisson’s and were hid through the day and the next night were driven to Montrose to Mr. Sayre’s, who married Mary Gildersleeve [daughter of William Gildersleeve].  In 1822 Rev. Gildersleeve was a slave owner in Virginia.  He became disgusted and sold his property and moved to Wilkes-Barre, freed his slaves and died there.  He was the one who located the route of the underground railroad from Maryland through Waverly to Canada.  His son, Camp Gildersleeve, was ridden on a rail in 1839, and tarred and feathered in Wilkes-Barre by sympathizers [pro slavery]. The Rev. N. G. Park, for 50 years pastor of a Pittston church, married his daughter, Anna (Will Park’s mother) in 1850.  My father found a kidnapped colored boy in a house car of the Pennsylvania Gravity railroad, taken from Hawley, brought him to our house and sent him home.”


March 05 (195/2015)



Forest City/Friendsville – Thomas P. McCormick, postmaster elect of Forest City, will make a worthy successor to F. F. Gelder, editor of the “News” who has served in this capacity and in a very satisfactory manner, for the past eight years.  Mr. McCormick’s appointment gives entire satisfaction, not only to the local Democrats, but the general public as well.  Mr. McCormick was born in Silver Lake township, Aug. 13, 1866.  Completing his studies in the high school in his native township, he taught school there for six years and in 1891 removed to Forest City where he embarked in the mercantile business with J. T. Brady, under the firm name of Brady & McCormick.  In less than one year Mr. Brady’s interests were purchased by Joseph McCormick and the brothers still conduct the business very successfully.  Mr. McCormick has served as a member of the borough council and is now serving his 16th consecutive year as a member of the school board.  In 1908 he was a delegate to the national Democratic convention at St. Louis. At this time 7,000 persons receive their mail through the Forest City postoffice in addition to two rural routes.


Lawsville – The revival meetings conducted by Rev. Honeyman are being very well attended with unusual interest shown.  Many travel long distances to attend the meetings.  A large number have accepted Christ. Friday Rev. Honeyman will give a lecture on New York slum and rescue work and Saturday will give “Showing to the Wind”—an anti-booze sermon.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – People that have sugar camps are getting in readiness for a good run of sap in the near future.  Miner Avery has already made five gallons for a starter.  ALSO  Some different weather than the first of March last year when the snow was piled from ten to fifteen feet in depth all over the county.


Jackson – The members of the Odd Fellows Lodge wish to thank the Jackson Dramatic Society for their services in presenting the drama “A Noble Outcast” at the opening of their new hall last Friday evening.  Also, Pierce’s orchestra, for their excellent music and the public, for their liberal patronage.  The play, with new specialties, will be repeated in the near future.


Susquehanna – Chas. O’Malley, a student of [St.] Bonaventure College, Allegheny, N. Y., is called here by the serious illness of his mother, Mrs. M. J. O’Malley.  ALSO Evangelist Crabill is drawing large crowds to the Tabernacle every night.  He and his assistants are located at the Hotel Oakland.


Hop Bottom – Miss Mary L. Dawes and Joseph Rockwell were quietly married at the M. E. Parsonage, Wednesday, Feb. 17, by Rev. P. N. Taylor.


Bridgewater Twp. – A year ago this week, the first week in March, there was a fierce blizzard on, the L & M train being snowed in from Sunday night till Thursday morning.  ALSO Guy Angle, who is employed with the Dr. .Kilmer [Medicine] Co., of Binghamton, in a letter home, says he has canvassed the territory of Louisiana and is now in Missouri with fine warm weather.  Does not see how we can winter in the north, although is pleased that he is coming north.


Montrose – Charles R. Sayre, of Rosemont Inn, says there are twice as many applications from persons wishing to come to Montrose this summer, as in any previous year.  He thinks the town will be crowded.


Glenwood – In spite of the thaw, Lambert Bennett succeeded in filling his ice house and has it nicely preserved with saw dust.  And, in the meantime, he is busily cutting his summer wood.


Uniondale – Our Postmaster has a cat 16 years old that weighs 10½ pounds.  He has been in Uncle Sam’s employ for thirteen years.  Every day you will find him at his post of duty, sitting on the desk, watching the distribution of the mail; he varies the monotony of the occasion several times a day by sitting on the scales to be weighed.  He thinks if President Wilson does not consign him to the scrap heap he is good for another term.  ALSO  Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Orce, of Uniondale, are making a special effort to give their town, now “dry,”  good hotel accommodations.  They are renovating the Basham property and will soon open the place to the public, with new furniture throughout, and will make the place an up-to-date establishment.  An auto, purchased from postmaster McMahon, of Susquehanna, will be used in conveying his patrons to nearby towns.


Hallstead – H. A Clark has returned from an extended business trip to the island of Cuba, where he went to look over the properties of the Cuban Fruit Company, by whom he is employed.


Clifford – Our sugar makers are making ready for the next warm spell.  Andrew Miller has our tinsmith, L. E. Taylor, employed making a new sap pan for boiling sap and Emery Greene has laid in a large supply of pails for syrup, which he finds more profitable than making sugar. ALSO A petition was circulated here a few days ago for a State road from this place to Archbald through Scott township via the nearest route.  Should we get this road it would make a more direct route to Scranton.  However, should the State take no better care of this road than it has of the other roads in this vicinity, better leave it as it is.


Rush – On Thursday evening, March 18, the Philathea class of the Rush M. E. church will present two sketches.  They are entitled “Married to a Suffragette” and “Not a Man in the House.”  The evening promises to be a treat.


Springville – There died at Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5th, 1915, Romine P. Scott, in the 77th year of his age.  Mr. Scott was a son of the late Ira Scott, for a long time merchant and postmaster here, where he was born and spent his early years.  But the stirring days of ’61 called him to “follow the flag,” and he was among the first to heed the President’s call and enlist.    The hardships and privations of army life wrecked his health and he was honorably discharged before his enlistment term expired.  In 1866 he removed to Delaware and a few years later to Washington.  The funeral on the 7th was in charge of the G. A. R., and he was buried at beautiful Arlington with full military honors. [Romine P. Scott was a member of Co. E, Ninth Cavalry, mustered into service Oct. 17, 1861 and was discharged on surgical certificate Oct. 20, 1862].


Auburn – The Auburn High school teachers and young people will give the entertainment, “The Time of His Life,” at West Auburn on Saturday evening, March 6.  Just a glance at the names of those taking part will make everyone desire to hear it.  Teachers—Principal L. M. Payne, Misses Susie Swackhamer, Dessie Carter and Bessie Shannon.  Others assisting—Kenneth Corey, Byron Tewksbury, Harold Corey, Vernon Haines and Arleigh Reynolds.  Adm. 25 and 15 cents.  Come out and encourage these worthy young people.


March 12 (1915/2015)



Hallstead – The second time we have been visited by a disastrous fire on Main Street, in a little over a month, occurred on Monday evening, when Carl S. Tingley, the grocer, who has living rooms above his store, was awakened by the devouring flames.  He found a brisk fire behind one of the counters near where matches were stored.  Seizing a fire extinguisher he partly put out the fire, but before sufficient water could be brought, the flames were beyond control.  The fire company was soon on the scene and managed to confine the flames to the building and while none of the contents of the store were saved, part of the household effects were removed, although badly damaged by fire and water.  It is thought that the fire was started by rats or mice gnawing into matches.  A peculiar feature of the fire was that in a former fire where H. J. Brown’s grocery store was destroyed, Mr. Tingley generously opened his store and filled Mr. Brown’s grocery orders.  Now, by turn of events, H. J. Brown is kindly filling the grocery orders in return for C. S. Tingley.  A restaurant building owned by Mr. Brown, adjoining Tingley’s store, was at several times in great danger from the flames and was somewhat damaged.


Clifford – Our creamery and skimming stations are now running three days of the week, except West Clifford, which will not start until about the first of April.  It has been idle all winter.


Rush/Jessup – Wm. H. LaRue, of Rush, and Aria I. Oaks, of Jessup Twp., have applied for a marriage license.


Jackson – Several of the pupils of the Jackson School still remain on the sick list.  Some have dropped their names from the roll on account of being so far behind the class with their work. 


Brooklyn – Brooklyn, since 1910, has been enjoying the finest telephone service of any little village in the state.  Both the Commonwealth and Merchants Telephone Companies have been operating exchanges and furnishing day and night service for their patrons.  On March 1 the Commonwealth Company issued a circular letter to their subscribers increasing their rate of service from $12 to $15 dollars per year.  On the face of the letter it looked like an increase of 25 per cent, but when it was noted that 25 cents for service on points between Clarks Summit and Towanda per month was granted and also the 5 cent toll between Brooklyn and Montrose was abolished and free service given to the County Seat, it was accepted by many of the subscribers as a concession to this town and with free service to Montrose, this town is placed in a very fortunate position as to telephone service.


Little Meadows – Michael Butler is busy sawing shingles for the neighbors.  AND James Clare had the misfortune to break his automobile last week, while visiting friends in Warren, Pa.  Hard luck, Jim.


Dimock – After a short delay on account of bad weather the large Winans’ stone quarry has again commenced work, where they are getting out a large amount of fine stones, which will be dressed and cut and later shipped to the Valley for walks, steps and cellar flagging.  ALSO Lester Gregory is preparing to build a new dwelling house on his lot near the cemetery, recently purchased of J. F. Dolan.


South Auburn – Most of the people in this vicinity expect to have their telephones removed the first of April on account of the increased rental rates.  ALSO Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Crawford were married 55 years ago, March 4th, 1860, in S. Auburn and on Saturday, March 6th, they celebrated their golden anniversary, surrounded by their children who were able to be there, also two of their grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  The children present were Miss Ella Crawford at home; Leo Bolles and wife, of Beech grove; Wilson Robbins and wife, of Wyalusing; and N. G. Crawford and wife.  The grandchildren were Harl Crawford and wife, of Shannon Hill; and Miss Vergie Crawford.  The great-grandchild is Catherine Robbins.  Two of their children, Mrs. Mary Applegate and Benjamin Crawford reside in California and one son, Geo. Crawford, at Elk Lake.  They were presented with a purse of $6.


Gelatt – Thursday noon, while the men were in the house eating their dinner, Mr. Wilmot’s sawmill was discovered on fire, and it burned to the ground, consuming nearly everything in the mill.  The wind saved the other buildings and lumber from burning.  There was no insurance on the mill or contents.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Harry Reimel and wife expect to move to their farm on Craig Hill this week.  Our best wishes go with them.


Bridgewater Twp. – Louis B. Hawley, who has been almost helpless for many months due to paralysis of the lower limbs, friends will be pleased to learn, is showing some improvement. Mr. Hawley is being treated by Dr. W. B. Van de Sand, the osteopath, and with the noticeable improvement in his general health there is a growing belief that he will eventually recover the use of his limbs.


Birchardville – Fred W. Dayton has purchased a milking machine.  Mr. Dayton has a fine herd of Jerseys and is known the county over as an excellent butter maker.  The new improvement is in keeping with his advanced ideas of dairying.


Susquehanna – A new Santa Fe type of locomotive is now being used on the Erie Railroad, having arrived at Susquehanna Monday evening from the Baldwin Locomotive Works.  The engine and tender weighs 402,500 pounds and has ten driving wheels, besides two truck and two trailing wheels.  The locomotive, including tender, is over 77 feet long, and it is one of the most powerful engines in the world.  It is named W. C. Hayes, in honor of the superintendent of locomotive operations of the Erie.


Springville – Harry Gavitt has bought Homer Young’s barber shop, and good will, and takes possession April 1.


Forest City – William Pentecost, of Prompton, one of the pioneers of this section, whose lumber operations caused the first settlement of Forest City, then called Pentecost, died on Tuesday afternoon.  During the severe December weather Mr. Pentecost slept with a foot uncovered and froze a great toe.  An operation was performed but gangrene had set in and caused his death.  Mr. Pentecost was born at Grampond, Cornwall, England, August 15, 1827.  His mother died when he was a child.  In his 22nd year he married Elizabeth Paul of his home town, coming to America on their wedding tour, landing in New York on July 4, 1849.  On the morning of the following day they came by railroad to Narrowsburg, then by stage to Honesdale, stopping at the Jakeway house; next morning they journeyed to the John Blake farm now owned by Charles Smith, in Dyberry.  Blake, a distant relative, hired William and after several years they moved to the north end of the borough of Prompton and soon branched out in the lumber business.  The first large lumber contract he accepted was for the D & H Co, it being the tract of land where Forest City is now located.  He erected the first buildings at this place. When his wife died he was left with a family of eight children and brought them up to be good and useful citizens.  His second marriage was to Frances Bellamy.  Funeral services will be from his late home in Prompton and burial in the Bethany cemetery.


March 19 (1915/2015)



Rush – C. H. Davis has for over 50 years been engaged in shoemaking and repairing in Rush, where he has a reputation for good work that is unexcelled in any locality.  Although 75 years of age he has never used glasses—and he is an omnivorous reader and well informed on the events of the day—and it only takes one trial to thread a needle.  Like all lovers of Nature, he is looking forward to the spring months when he can dig in the soil and welcome back the birds, who find in him a friend and interested observer.


Montrose – The Feast of the Passover will be ushered in this year on Monday evening, March 29th, and continue for a period of eight days.  There being no Jewish synagogue in Montrose, many of the Jewish citizens will, at some period of the Passover, attend services in Scranton, Binghamton, Schenectady or New York.


Springville – The firm of Brown & Reynolds has purchased, from the Hungerford estate, the store which they have been conducting in that place the past year.  The young proprietors were in Montrose on Monday completing the purchase transaction.  The many friends of these enterprising young men wish for them a steadily growing and prosperous business.


Susquehanna – Former Postmaster George W. Shaeff is a candidate for Register and Recorder.


Herrick Center – The parsonage of the M. E. church, occupied by F. D Fletcher’s family, came near being destroyed by fire Sunday morning.  The fire originated in a clothes room near the kitchen stove, but by the prompt assistance of neighbors the fire was controlled, although the building was considerably damaged and some of the household goods destroyed.


Transue, Auburn Twp. – Mrs. Catherine Carter passed away March 12 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Laura Christian.  She was 84 years old last August.  She was buried at South Auburn beside her husband, who died two years ago.


Binghamton – Three young knights of the road, from Binghamton, who had started to beat their way to the Panama Exposition at San Francisco, were warmed and fed at the Montrose House Wednesday night.  The boys ranged in ages from 14 to 16 years, and left for home on foot in the morning, declaring that the Parlor City was good enough for them, especially until warmer weather.


Fairdale, Jessup Twp. – Last Saturday fire destroyed the fine dwelling house on the N. L. Parks farm near Fairdale.  The fire doubtless originated from the chimney and owing to the lack of means to fight the flames the house was speedily consumed.  Mr. Parks, who lives in Montrose, had rented the house to the family of Marshall Rumford about two months previous.  The structure was a large and comparatively new one, having been erected about ten years ago.  He carried no insurance.


New Milford – A marriage license was issued to Paul R. Walworth and Addie M. VanBuskirk, both of New Milford.


Hallstead – The fast Hallstead basket ball team will play the Montrose team at the Colonial [Hall] this evening for the championship of Susquehanna county.  The team has beaten such rapid teams as Binghamton and Susquehanna and on Christmas night cleaned up Montrose by the unexciting score of 53-7.  ALSO We are pleased to learn that the Miesch Manufacturing Co., makers of silk ribbons, is about to make extensive alterations of the plant, which will open opportunities for young men and women for profitable employment.  This is an industry of which Hallstead may well be proud.


Bridgewater Twp. – Fire of unknown origin destroyed the barn on the L. N. Mack farm at the Mott farm, near the old carding mill, last Friday afternoon, also a couple of chicken houses adjoining.  The barn was rented by T. B. DeWees, who saved his livestock and some of the vehicles and farming implements he had stored there. 


Thompson – One hundred and four from here boarded the train Thursday night for Susquehanna to attend Evangelist Crabill’s meetings.  Everyone felt well paid for going.  One feature of the meeting, which called forth great applause from the vast audience, was the rendering of “Brighten the Corner,” by Rev. W. E. Webster’s two little sons, Edgerton and William, aged 8 and 4 years respectively.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. – William Squires has a milking machine installed in his barn.  It is a cinch to do the milking now. 


Uniondale – Nelson Crandall’s family is sorely afflicted.  Mrs. Crandall has erysipelas, Ward Crandall has the scarlet fever and Letha Crandall has the scarlet fever.  A trained nurse is in attendance.  Of twelve cases of scarlet fever in the town, most are convalescent.


Oakland Twp. – The public schools have been closed on account of an epidemic of chicken pox.


Forest City – The third annual banquet of the Irish-American Society of Forest City and Vandling, in honor of St. Patrick, whose name is revered wherever the sons of the Emerald Isle are to be found, was held in the Forest House on Tuesday evening.  It was the most successful gathering yet held by the society and marks a new epoch in local banquets.  Over a hundred men were in attendance.  In the congenial surroundings, with a repast that would suit the epicure, a post prandial program of speeches, song and story that stirred the imagination, appealed to the love of native land and brought the frequent and hearty laugh that is the best sauce for any feast, the hour went by on rapid wing.  It was an evening pulsating with life and pleasure and profit for those privileged to attend.  There was not a dull moment from the singing of the opening ode “America,” to the hearty rendition of “God Save Ireland,” which closed the happy festivities.  Each of the guests was presented a pretty souvenir blending the American and Irish colors and at each plate was a bottle labeled Blarney Castle Whiskey, which when the cork was pulled, proved to be emblazoned with the Irish emblems.  The evening closed with a song fest by the entertainers, the happy banqueters seeming loath to say “enough.”