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March 26 1915

March 26 (1915/2015)



Bones of War Veteran Found at Gettysburg are Identified.  (Tunkhannock Republican)  Mrs. D. A. Cruver, of Prospect Hill, received tidings a few days ago concerning the death of her father, G. Arnts, who was among the missing at the Battle of Gettysburg.  It was known that he was shot through the hip in the second day’s fight, but what became of him was never known by his family until now.  About four years ago a man who had bought a farm on the battlefield decided to raise the barn and stables.  When it was jacked up a skeleton was found lying underneath the floor, and examination showed that it was that of a soldier.  His gun lay by his side and brass letters on his cap showed that he belonged to Co. K., 143d Regt.  His identity is now established, as he was the only man in that company not accounted for.  In his pocket was a picture of his wife and oldest daughter, the latter now Mrs. Alson Carr, living near Susquehanna.  It is apparent that Mr. Arnts, after being wounded, crawled under the barn to escape capture by the enemy, and became too exhausted to escape.  As the barn floor was near the ground, the presence of the skeleton was never observed until repairs were commenced.  [Found in Bates’ History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, Vol. 10, page 516, George W. Arnst, Co. K, 143d Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, Killed at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863.  Co. K was recruited in Susquehanna, Wyoming and Lycoming counties.]


Brooklyn – The Junior class of the High school is preparing to give an entertainment on Friday evening, April 2, in the M. E. church, the principal feature of which will be a drama, “The Boys of the Five Points School.”  The program will also consist of music and other interesting numbers.


South Montrose – Our teacher, Miss Conroy, has not been in school the past two weeks on account of mumps.


Harford – Walter Jackson, who spent the past winter at a soldiers’ home in Tennessee, has returned home.


Montrose - Mrs. Julia T. Warner, on March 7, celebrated her 92d birthday.  Beautiful flowers and many loving messages and gifts made the day a very enjoyable one.  Mrs. Warner is remarkably well for one so advanced in years, and almost any bright day may be seen walking on Church street near her home.  She hopes to live to see the prohibition of the liquor traffic in Pennsylvania. As a zealous member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union the best efforts of her earlier years were given to bring about his result.  ALSO The Montrose Presbyterian Church has made a somewhat radical change in its plans for paying the pastor’s salary and meeting other expenses of the church.  Hereafter all pews are to be free—none will be rented.  All church income will be from pledges and contributions.


Springville – J. K. Aldrich lost some chickens and a keg of cider and swore out a search warrant to help locate them.  The search was made, but nary cider nor chick was discovered that he could claim.  ALSO  In Lynn sap has been running good for the last few days.  Syrup is selling at one dollar per gallon.


New Milford – Paul Walworth and Miss Addie VanBuskirk were married in the M. E. parsonage by Rev. H. W. Thomas on Tuesday evening, March 16.


Susquehanna – Frank Albee will soon open a paper and paint store in the Dooley block, on Erie Ave.  ALSO  G. Knapp, of Lake View, who was hurt in a runaway last week on Franklyn Ave., died in the local hospital, Friday night.


Forest City -  The Forest City police force are making active preparations for their grand ball to take place in the borough hall on April 8.  The Mozart orchestra of six pieces will furnish music for the occasion.


East Bridgewater – Some of the portable houses used by the men working on the Scranton & Binghamton railroad were moved on Monday to a point on the line in East Bridgewater, four miles north of Brooklyn, toward Montrose.  The advance corps of men and the large steam shovel are working on the Johnston farm about 2 ½ miles north of Brooklyn.


Hop Bottom – The Italian baker has moved out of town.  Many people will miss the opportunity of buying his fine baking.  ALSO  Milia A. Brown announces an assortment of spring millinery now ready for inspection and invites you to an Easter opening of trimmed hats, March 30 and 31.


West Jackson – George Knapp, a Civil War veteran of this place, was fatally injured by his horses running away, Monday, March 15, while he was in Susquehanna.  He was taken to the Barnes’ Memorial hospital, where he passed away Friday evening, March 19th.  Funeral was held at the Lake View church, Monday.  Interment in Lake View cemetery. [Mr. Knapp was a member of Co. G., 152nd New York Infantry.]


Uniondale – The Uniondale Symphony Orchestra gave a fine entertainment in Williams’ Hall last Friday evening, consisting of solos, duets, recitations, chorus, etc.  To say the least, it was an entertainment of a high order, and should be patronized on all occasions.  ALSO Several new autos are booked for this place in the near future.  Eight per cent of the population of this borough own autos.


Franklin Forks – The G. A. R. of Franklin Forks will hold an anniversary of the surrender of the Confederate forces under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee, at Appomattox, on April 9, 1865, in the Methodist Church in Franklin Forks.  Noted speakers will be in attendance and with an appropriate programme, helped by a first class choir, [we] look forward to an enjoyable time.


Heart Lake – Bert M. Brown has the county agency for the Excelsior Motorcycles and will push their sale this summer.  Mr. Brown is himself expert in the manipulation of these machines and should do a good business with them.  He will also handle a flexible side car, which makes a nifty outfit at a small cost.


Hallstead – William Laurence, of South Rhodesia, South Africa, is the guest of his brother.  He was engaged in missionary work in South Africa for some time.  He is in this country to regain his health.


Herrick Twp. – The Ladies Grange Aid will serve an egg dinner at the Grange hall on April 3.  All are cordially invited.  Grangers bring eggs and do not forget that ham goes good with them.


News Brief:  The best sermon is one that goes over your head and hits the other chap.

April 02 1915

April 02 (1915/2015)



Brooklyn – The first jitney car to pass over the State Road went south toward Scranton, Wednesday morning.  It was a new car, painted yellow, and was in charge of the chauffeur and was capable of carrying about fifteen passengers.  ALSO  The first serious accident to occur on the Scranton & Binghamton trolley line happened Saturday afternoon.  A large trolley pole, on which Charles Strickland was working, rolled from the platform and caught Mr. Strickland’s leg against the frozen bank of earth, crushing both bones in the left leg below the knee.  While the men were looking after Mr. Strickland a pike-pole, which had been left standing against a nearby pole, fell and struck a member of the pole gang on the head and felled him to the ground, rendering him unconscious for some time and cutting a bad wound in his scalp.  Dr. T. O. Williams was called and administered first aid treatment to both men and later they were sent to their homes in Nicholson, where both are doing well at this writing.


Forest City –  Chief [of police] Jones and the Burgess recently adopted uniforms for the entire force, consisting of dark blue serge, with cap, belt and star, with the number of the officer on the star, ranking according to the years of service.  The uniforms will be provided without cost to the tax payers by money raised through a contest instituted by awarding a golden star to the member of the force securing the largest amount of votes.  A lively hustle ensued over this contest and the prized star was won by Joe Cost, who has been an efficient officer on the force for the past seven years.  Joe now proudly wears the golden badge presented by Chief Jones for turning in the most cash for the new uniforms, given by Joe’s many friends and admirers.


Rush – The seventh annual commencement of the Rush High school will be held Friday evening, with a program in which a few of the graduates will participate.  Bernice L. Ainey will give an oration on “The Flag;” Russell S. Dayton will give an oration on “The Panama Canal;” another oration “From Hope to Hope” will be given by Mildred Stockholm and the final oration, by Harold A. Dayton, “Qualifications of a Self-Governed People.”  The president of the class, Russell Dayton, will also speak before the awarding of diplomas.  ALSO  Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Devine have taken charge of the [Rush-Auburn] poor house.


Meshoppen – The Meshoppen ferry was put into operation last week.  The boat has been rebuilt for the summer’s work.


Montrose – Two or three new cases of scarlet fever having developed, the schools in Montrose were closed this week.  It being deemed wise to leave no stone unturned to abate what might prove an epidemic. At a meeting of the Board of Health, Tuesday, it was also thought advisable that the churches and places of amusement, etc., remain closed for a few days for developments.  The few cases in Montrose are of a very light form.  Notice to Catholics: Under the direction of the Board of Health, and consent of Right Rev. Bishop Hoban, of Scranton, there will be no public Easter services or other services in St. Mary’s church, owing to the epidemic here, until further notice.


Susquehanna – Robert J. Terboss died at the Arnot-Ogden hospital, Elmira, N. Y., Friday, as a result of the injuries he received by falling from a ladder in the Erie car shops at Elmira, while in the performance of his duty as an electrician.


Clifford – John Bolton, one of the oldest residents of the township, died at his home Monday afternoon.  He had resided on the farm, where he died, for 80 years.  He is survived by his wife.  The funeral was held Thursday at 1 o’clock, Rev. Garman of the Methodist church officiating.  Interment in Clifford cemetery.  Mr. Bolton would have been 83 years old on July 7 next.


Harford – A meeting was held at the High school building, Tuesday evening, in regard to a new school building. An $8000 building could be erected by bonding the town for 16 years and it would increase the tax only $4 per year.  A vote was taken and a majority present favored the idea.  It will be necessary to hold a special election to enable the school directors to go ahead with the work.


New Milford – Landlord E. L. Yaw, who has conducted a hotel at Hopbottom for some time past, yesterday assumed charge of the Walker House here, which he will conduct as a temperance house.  Mr. Yaw makes a fine landlord and has made many friends in the county.  He is a retired New York city policeman, having entered the service when Roosevelt was police commissioner.  ALSO  The stork visited the following homes on Monday: Mr. and Mrs. Bert Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aldrich, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown, and left a son at the first named and a daughter at each of the other two.


Williams Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – The ever good-natured James Webb, of this place, has been recently engaged in producing syrup from a grove of sugar maples on his farm and knowing that postoffice employees and newspaper men were sometimes addicted to its use, he presented them with a generous supply the latter part of last week.  The sweetest phrases we could coin in extending thanks would ne’er equal that sweet richness of the gift, nor the kind and thoughtful generosity of the giver.


Gibson – Divine service at the Universalist church has been changed from 11 a.m. to 2:30.  The pastor, Rev. R. S. Kellerman, will occupy the pulpit.  There will be a special service, floral decorations, reception of members and an appropriate sermon.


Ainey, Springville Twp. – Miss Mary E. Squire is the happy possessor of a Shetland pony, a present from her father, Wm. Squire.


Alford – Carl Aldrich, son of A. D. Aldrich, expects to locate in Clark’s Summit as a veterinary surgeon in the near future.  ALSO A. D. Richardson has purchased a fine large black horse to replace the one he lost when his son, Glenn, went over the embankment last Sept.


Great Bend – Mrs. O. A. Tuthill received a box of orange blossoms from here sister, who is now at the Panama Exposition.


Message for Easter Sunday prepared by Rev. Frederick A. Alden, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Montrose:  This is a strange Easter Sunday for Montrose, perhaps the strangest in all her history. No sound of the Church bell calls the worshippers to the public worship of God. No sound of Anthems tell of the people’s praise on the day of resurrection. Circumstances, over which we have no control, dictated by desire for the welfare of the community and the safeguarding of its health and life, cause us to remain at home.  The greater need than for the spirit of Easter in our hearts and in our homes, an Easter that brings more clearly than ever the spirits and meaning of this glad message spoken first so many centuries ago. “He is risen.” Perhaps these few words, if you read them this morning, may be helpful in our Easter meditation.

April 09 1915

April 09 (1915/2015)



Montrose – Along with the dust of the past week come complaints of autoists shooting up Public Avenue with cut-off wide open and disturbing the peace and harmony of the neighborhood.  While there is a good grade at this point, it would seem that any autoist who is proud of the hill-climbing proclivities of his machine would rather take the grade quietly.  Often the man at the wheel seems to prefer opening up the cut-off, which to the pedestrian causes the most handsome machine to take on the rattletrap design of a tractor.  The auto, like man, is most pleasing and impressive when going quietly.  The world has no use for a blusterer. ALSO Rough & Ready Fire Co. has given orders for 40 new handsome suits to tailor R. B. Smith.  The suits are blue, trimmed with black, and adorned with silver buttons.  They will have caps to match.  There is a strong movement on foot for a department parade this year, and no doubt the handsome young men of Rough & Ready will be in line for it.  ALSO Samuel Hunting Sayre, grand regent of the Royal Arcanum, of Virginia, died at his home in North Hampton, Va.  He was a native of Montrose.  His wife was a great granddaughter of Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Tunkhannock – At the license court at Tunkhannock this week the following hotels were refused [liquor] licenses: Three hotels at Nicholson, two at Factoryville, one each at Mill City, LaGrange, Beaumont, Forkston, Noxen, Laceyville, Skinner’s Eddy and Mehoopany, two at Lake Winola and two at Meshoppen.  This completes the list except the four hotels at Tunkhannock, which will probably be refused licenses today, making Wyoming “dry” as the proverbial covered bridge.  Judge Terry comes up for re-election this fall, and the “wets” will have a chance to show their strength, also the “drys.”


Dimock – The Dimock W. C. T. U. will hold a public meeting on Monday evening, April 12th, at the Baptist church.  Everybody, men and women, young men and maidens who are opposed to the legalized liquor traffic, come and join the W. C. T. U. and help the forces along for National Constitutional Prohibition.  We would like to take in fifty new members that evening.  Ask your friends to come and join us.  A good program is being prepared, with special music.  There is important business to be transacted.


South Gibson – The graded school closed Thursday, April 1, with exercises at the school house.  The graduates were Mildred Estabrook, Helen Gardner and Taylor Manning.  Much credit is due Mr. Ransom and Miss Follett for the earnestness shown in their work.  We hope for their return another year.


Springville – A large number of former patrons have signed an agreement to dispense with their telephones on the Bell system, owing to a raise in rental fees.


South Montrose – Our school has closed on account of scarlet fever.  It will not reopen.  Mrs. A. H. Jones has the mumps.


West Bridgewater – Matthew McKeeby is spending a few days with his parents, teaching his father to run the auto.


Rush – Last Saturday twenty-nine young people tried the entrance examinations for the Rush High School.


Thompson – A musical wonder, a trick player on the violin by the name of Fitch, passed through town Monday night, stopping off a few hours between trains.  His performance on the violin imitating birds, animals and, in fact, everything exceeded anything in that line that was ever in Thompson or for miles around. ALSO At a meeting of the school board it was decided to continue employing four teachers and to do four years’ school work in the high school.  Prof. Roland C. Dayton of Rush, has been engaged for principal, Miss Gertrude Southworth retained for vice principal, Miss Nellie Aldrich for the primary.  The intermediate has not yet been decided upon.


Susquehanna – We are to have a theatre to cost between forty and fifty thousand dollars.  It will have a seating capacity of twelve hundred.


Forest City – James Miskell, who started his base ball career at Forest City, will join the Richmond, Va. team in the International league as soon as the season is finished at St. Joseph’s college, Baltimore, where he made good.  Miskell has picked up in hitting and is clouting the sphere hard.  It is predicted that he will soon appear as a star in the Major league. ALSO It is thought that the settling of St. Agnes church is now at an end, and the officials of the church have plans for its restoration and will soon start the work.  It is proposed to raise the building and use the first floor for entertainments and a meeting place for the church societies.  A new stone entrance will lead to the second floor, the interior of which will be refinished and new pews are to be secured.  The rear part of the church has been damaged to such an extent that it will be necessary to tear down and rebuild.  The repairs will be expensive and elaborate.


Clifford – James C. Wells, a life-long resident of this township, died at his home near Elkdale on Friday morning, aged seventy-six years.  He is survived by his wife and three sons, L. J., of Clifford; Fred, of Pittston; and Rupert, of Olyphant.  The deceased was for many years assessor of Clifford township, holding the office at the time of his death.  He was a man of exemplary habits, honest in all his dealings, a model citizen, husband and father.  He was a man of ripe intelligence and good judgment and always interested in matters for the welfare of the township and his influence was always at the command of any worthy enterprise.  No death in the community, for many years, has occasioned such wide spread and sincere sorrow.


News Briefs:  Easter day in Susquehanna county was one of unusual brightness and comparative warmth while all along the Atlantic coast a fierce snowstorm raged.  Philadelphia had over a foot and a half of snow fall on Saturday and Boston and New York suffered from the blizzard.  Even as near as Scranton there was a snowfall on Saturday.  Montrose, that has always been credited with so much coldness—was basking in the balmy rays of the sun, although a stiff breeze blew.  As far south as Asheville, N. C., that noted winter resort, there was a foot of snow on the ground.  The loss of lives on the Atlantic coast was in the neighborhood of 75. ALSO  Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Pinchot arrived at the Hague on March 29.  He is acting as special agent for the State department, in Washington, in the European War Zone. He was presented to the Dutch foreign minister.  They will at once proceed to North eastern France where Mr. Pinchot will act as special agent for the distribution to the indigent French people within the German lines.  The Germans refused to permit Mr. Pinchot to remain in Belgium because his sister is Lady Allen Johnstone, wife of a former British minister to Denmark.

April 16 1915

April 16 (1915/2015)



Great Bend – The Lackawanna Railroad Co. commenced proceedings last fall before the Public Service Commission for a certificate of public convenience in abolishing what is known as “The McKinney Crossing” and Barringer Crossing” in the township and to vacate the lower road of the Cochecton and Great Bend Turnpike.  The change of the road necessitated the closing of the old McKinney Crossing and Barringer Crossing and required all those living on the Northeasterly side of the railroad to make a detour of about a mile and a half in going to New Milford or Montrose.  It also made a dead end of the road and changed the State Highway for little over a mile, putting back on to the township the burden of maintaining that part of the road abandoned which is now maintained by the State.  C. R. McKinney and his family have operated a water power grist mill along a part of the road to be vacated for upwards of 75 years.  Mr. McKinney established before the Commission that his mill would be located at the dead end of the road and the business of the mill would be practically ruined as the public travel would be diverted to the new road.    The case was hotly contested by the land owners, at Harrisburg, and a special meeting of the Commission was held at Scranton. It has also been the source of a great deal of litigation in the county courts.  Yesterday the commission at Scranton rendered their decision in relation to the road.  They awarded the Railroad company a certificate of convenience authorizing them to abolish the McKinney and Barringer Crossings and to vacate that portion of the Cochecton and Great Bend Turnpike, the company to build and maintain a new road and an overhead bridge crossing at the expense of $80,000.  They awarded C. R. McKinney $4500 damage and they also agreed to maintain that part of the road that was thrown back on the township for all time and gave substantial damages to the other land owners.  This is the first substantial verdict obtained before the Public Service Commission in proceedings of this character.


Fiddle Lake – Archibald Foster, aged 78 years, was drowned in the lake Saturday forenoon. He came from the home of his son Charles, at West Herrick, and was on his way to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Marvin Sampson, of Burnwood.  He attempted to cross the lake on the ice and had nearly reached the opposite shore, when the ice broke and he fell in.  His cries for help brought Kleber Shaver and Samuel Entrot to his assistance, but too late.  They recovered the body in about 6 feet of water.


Susquehanna – Evangelist E. G. Crabill closed his campaign here on Wednesday evening, when there was a record audience.  Mr. Crabill has nearly a thousand converts as a result of his efforts.  The people of Susquehanna gave him a free will offering amounting to about $1,500. ALSO John Burns, a native of Susquehanna, while fighting with the Allies in Europe, was killed in battle. Dr. Ahern, also of this place, returned from the seat of war in Serbia, where he went several months ago with an expedition of volunteer physicians and nurses from the American Red Cross Association.  He has been through many exciting experiences during his absence.


Brooklyn – Brooklyn has been “dry” for forty-two years, not because the court would not grant a license, but because the late I. O. Bullard, who bought its hotel in 1855 and kept a licensed hotel until 1872, saw the ill effects and would not petition for one, and his daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. L. Tewksbury, who inherited the property, would not ask for one.  During the past 42 years it has been demonstrated here in Brooklyn that good accommodation can be furnished to the public without the use of that which at last “biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.”


Lackawanna Cutoff – Plans for stations to be erected along the route of the Lackawanna cutoff, between Clark’s Summit and Hallstead, are now being prepared by Engineer F. L. Wheaton.  No definite announcement has been made by the company as to the exact location of the new stations, except that one will be built at Factoryville.  It is expected that the buildings will be of concrete.


Montrose – Wednesday of this week marked the 70th Anniversary of Dr. C. C. Halsey’s arrival in Montrose to act as principal of the old [Montrose] Academy.  The doctor, who has passed his 92d birthday, is gaining in strength and with the balmy days of spring we trust he may be able to be out again. ALSO It is safe to say that Montrose has more dogs in proportion to its population than Constantinople.  The other morning we counted nine dogs of various breeds in front of Gamble’s store, and Sunday morning there was a free-for-all fight on Church street, in which five or six canines took part, making the early morning hideous with the howls.  “Auf weidersehn!” with half of them.


Jackson – Prof. O. E. French, a former instructor in the schools of Susquehanna county, and a native of Jackson, died recently at his home in Creston, Iowa.  He was for five years superintendent of schools in this county.  In 1883 he went to Creston and for 23 years was superintendent of that city’s schools.  In 1908 he took a professorship at Des Moines, which he held for three years and following that time, until his death, he was chief clerk in the office of the State superintendent of schools.  His wife, one daughter and two sons survive.


Clifford – On March 31, 1915 occurred the death of John Bolton, a lifelong resident of the township.  Mr. Bolton had lived 18 years above the allotted three score years and ten, ending his years upon the farm where he spent his whole life.  He was a man of more than ordinary ability.  His wise counsel was always sought on matters of importance in the township and church work, of which he was a consistent member and worker.  His unassuming manner and modesty endeared him to all who knew him and his long and useful life will be greatly missed.  Mr. Bolton was the last of the Bolton family, who were pioneers in the settlement of Clifford township.  Like the sturdy oak he grew and spread his influence over a large territory and the power he used for good will be felt for generations in the betterment of mankind and for the general uplift of the community.  He leaves a faithful wife and large circle of friends to mourn his loss.


Uniondale – Grand Opening of the Uniondale Temperance House, H. J. Orce, Prop., will be Saturday evening, April 17 for supper.  Fifty cents the plate.  Uniondale symphony orchestra will furnish music for the same.  All are invited to attend. 


Forest City – Three young boys, who stated that they were from this place, recently entered J. W. White’s sugar bush, in Uniondale, and began pulling spiles, battering pails and emptying their contents, while Mr. White’s boys begged them to desist.  Angered, the boys pulled out revolvers and proceeded to shoot.  One of the White boys ran to a wall and narrowly escaped being shot in so doing.


Bridgewater Twp. – One thrifty teamster is said to have pulled seven autos out of the mud near Montrose, one day recently, at one dollar per.  One autoist informs us he paid two plunks for getting the favor of a pull out.


Correction – It now appears that there is no truth in the story widely copied that the body of Geo. W. Arnts, of Co. K, 143d Pennsylvania Volunteers, who is believed to have been killed in the battle of Gettysburg, had been found under a barn in the battlefield.  C. J. Arnts, of Meshoppen, wrote to the superintendent of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, thinking the report true, but was informed that no such body had been found.

April 23 1915

April 23 (1915/2015)



Herrick Center – Miss Annetta Payne, of Ararat, one of the High school students, is having a very good success in her work as an amateur taxidermist.  A nature lover from earliest childhood, she has successfully mounted a fine collection of native birds, including pigeons, wild canary, jay, ruffed grouse, and a pileated woodpecker, which is a beautiful and somewhat rare specimen. ALSO  A large van filled with furni-ture was destroyed by an engine on the O & W tracks on Friday.  Two men, J. O. Jones and L. W. Arthur, were on the van when an engine bore down on them.  Arthur jumped but Jones remained on the van and was thrown about ten feet by the collision.  He escaped with slight lacerations.


New Milford – On Friday last fire destroyed a portion of C. S. Vail’s forest east of town.  When the fire was discovered a large number of men and boys volunteered their services to fight it and the fire was extinguished before the entire tract was destroyed.  The loss cannot yet be determined as it is hoped that many of the little trees that were only slightly burned will continue to grow.  Mr. Vail has taken a deep interest in forestry work for some years and has spent much labor and money in planting trees and took great pride in watching the results.  It is fortunate that the entire tract was not burned over.


Brooklyn/Bridgewater Twps. – A young doe lately passed through here, being seen by several farmers.  The little deer took the fences lightly and appeared to be following the line of the Scranton & Binghamton trolley.  It was seen on N. O. Roach’s farm, near Tiffany, about two miles from Montrose, and also on the H. T. Page farm near Alford.  It is presumed to have wandered from the wilds of Wayne county.  [Deer were rarely seen here at this time and usually sparked interest and comments in the newspapers.]


Montrose – William Rambo, baker at A. W. Lyons’ [restaurant], received a real live alligator from Mr. and Mrs. Boves, in Jacksonville, Fla., last week.  The alligator, which has been on exhibition in the store window, is 5 years old.  Mr. Rambo calls his pet “Jess” (after Jess Willard, who recently put it all over Jack Johnson), because everyone keeps within safe distance of his widely extended jaws, that exhibit two rows of ugly looking teeth.  [The Willard-Johnson World Heavyweight fight was held in Cuba in 1915.]  ALSO The Hook & Ladder Fire Co.’s supper, last evening, was a decided success.  It is said to have been one of the largest firemen’s suppers ever held here, there being about 300 persons served.  A large amount of credit is due Mrs. Jessie James, who had the menu in charge.  The company wishes to publicly thank every lady who in any manner contributed to the success of this supper.  The gross receipts of the supper were $210.95.


Retta, Auburn Twp. – The people in this neighborhood are getting the auto fever bad.  Claude Carter was the first to succumb; next V. R. Dean had an attack.  U. W. LaRue, the Ford agent at Rush, got the money and they got new cars of the latest pattern.


Susquehanna – Burt Owens, the five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oren Owens, who was seriously injured Monday morning, by being run over by an automobile truck, died Tuesday morning at his home on Willow avenue.  The boy was injured internally and his suffering was intense from the time of the accident until his death.  The young lad with several companions were playing on Erie avenue, when a team of horses came along and in trying to get out of the way of the horses, ran directly in front of Deakin and Ash’s auto truck. The boy was picked up and taken to his home where he received the best of medical treatment.  ALSO  The Presbyterian church received 98 new members, Sunday, as a result of the recent Crabill [the evangelist] campaign.


Lindaville – Lizzie Conrad has returned to her home at Nicholson and we imagine things will not look so pleasant at Lindaville, for one young man, Ray Snyder.  But it is rumored that he intends moving to Nicholson soon. [At the ME parsonage in Tunkhannock, March 21, 1916, by Rev. L. E. Sanford, Ray S. Snyder, of Dimock, and Miss Lizzie J. Conrad, of Nicholson, Pa.]


Friendsville – T. F. Kelly, our new blacksmith, is doing a fine business.  Let the good work continue, Tom.


Rush Twp. – Sam Katz was on the hill [Fowler Hill] Tuesday.  While going down a hill here the bolt broke holding the whiffletree, this causing the horse to run away, which was caught by Mrs. James Marbaker, making the second one she has caught recently.  ALSO Peter McGovern died at his home in Lawton, April 13, 1915.  Mr. McGovern was born in Sligo County, Ireland, and came to America, with his parents, when a very small boy. After spending a few years in the Wyoming Valley, they came to Rush township and purchased a large tract of land in the farming district.  In his youth Mr. McGovern followed the business of building railroads and was associated with the construction of many miles of the Pennsylvania railroad; and also of the famous Horseshoe Dam, in Blair county, Pa., he being an inspector of construction work upon it when being built. The funeral was held at Friendsville and the remains were interred in St. Patrick’s cemetery.  His wife and six children survive.


Middletown Twp. – James Conboy is very busy building bridges after the heavy storm we had recently.  ALSO The Literary Society met at T. H. Golden’s, there being over fifty present, with music, singing and dancing, also a debate by John V. Coleman and Mary McHale.  All had an enjoyable time.


Springville – Maxwell agent, C. H. Youngs, returned from Fostoria, Ohio, Tuesday, where he went to get an automobile for J. J. Strickland, of this place.  He found the roads splendid, --where he could easily take a 35 mile clip.  He made 620 miles in about 28 hours, actual running time.


Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – Leon Aldrich, a former Alford boy and now a successful evangelist, is meeting with tremendous success, his power over men in leading them to salvation being spoken of in daily papers as something wonderful.  He is now holding meetings at Niagara, N. Y.  Great crowds gather nightly to hear him.


Hallstead – A. B. Riker is at Hallstead where he is adding a second story to the concrete store building of J. B. Rogers, the new work to require 3000 concrete blocks, which he is now making in Hallstead.  The building is 50 by 60 feet and the new story will be fitted as a lodge room for different orders, also as a public hall.


Lake Winola, Wyoming Co.  – The hotel men at Lake Winola, being soured over [Judge] Terry’s refusal to give them a [liquor] license, are going to invoke the old Blue Sunday laws and close up all Sunday amusements at that resort.  They assert that the Northern Electric railroad park manager was the prime mover in the anti-license movement and they do this to get even.


News Briefs:  We get his good one from the Youth’s Companion: The drum makes the most noise, but it is the silent baton that directs the orchestra.  ALSO  What is going to happen when the warm weather makes women discard the high shoes and go in for pumps, with the skirts cut ten inches from the ground?  But the ladies are equal to any emergencies and there will be no catastrophe.

April 30 1915

April 30 (1915/2015)



Summersville, New Milford Twp. – William H. Harvey was arrested in Binghamton on the charge of stealing a yellow cow from the farm of Joseph Avery, at Summersville.   The report of the theft was received at the Sheriff’s office in Binghamton and a description of the missing cow was furnished.  Officers traced the tracks of the cow to Conklin and later found that the animal had been taken across the river where it was sold to a blacksmith at Kirkwood.  A description of the man who had sold the cow was secured and Sheriff Hover went to Kirkwood in pursuit of the man who was reported to be on his way to Binghamton.  Deputy Sheriff Hartley recognized Harvey from the description furnished and arrested him on Susquehanna street.  After arrest Harvey admitted that he took the cow and also admitted that he had sold it in Kirkwood.


Hop Bottom – Clara Rose, who was convicted Nov. 11, 1913, of the crime of attempting  to dynamite her husband, Jerome Rose, on the place where they were residing, near Alford, has been released from the Eastern penitentiary, a pardon having been secured by her attorney, F. A. Davies.  Leon Granger, who confessed at the time of the trial that he threw the dynamite, but said Mrs. Rose was a party who ordered him to do it, [now says] that Mrs. Rose had nothing to do with the crime and that he testified to an absolute falsehood when he gave his testimony at the trial.


Uniondale – A warm sugar social was held at the home of Mrs. Nelson Crandall.  A large number of people attended and were all very much pleased with the sugar.  Cake and pickles were served with the sugar. ALSO  Uniondale has a grade crossing.  She does not like it.  A correspondent in an exchange says: Evan Williams drove his horse on the railroad track at Westgate’s crossing Sunday morning.  He saw an approaching train and tried to back the horse off the track.  The animal became frightened and quickly turning threw Mr. Williams violently to the ground, dragging him some distance.  He came out of the mix-up without injury, strange as it may seem.  It is nearing two years since the railroad company promised to place bells at the crossing, one of the most dangerous on the line, and nothing has been done.  Trains whiz by at a rapid rate without warning, not even the ringing of bells.


Herrick Centre - All the pupils of the high school, except six, skipped school Wednesday afternoon to go to the [commencement] exercises at Herrick Centre. The exercises were held Thursday evening.  The graduates were Misses Helen Miller and Catherine Joyce, both of Herrick Centre.  Miss Joyce, valedictory, spoke on “Women’s Education” and Miss Miller spoke on “Mexican Situation.”  Their motto is “Finished—Yet Beginning.”


Harford – N. C. Adams is running his saws and planers with an 8 horse power Olds gasoline engine recently purchased from A. H. Mead.  It is doing the work splendidly.


New Stations: Contracts for the construction of nine passenger stations on the new cut-off of the Lackawanna RR, between Hallstead and Clarks Summit, have been awarded to contractor A. E. Badgley, of Binghamton.  Work will begin at once and it is expected that the stations will be ready for use by the first of November.  The stations at Hallstead, Dalton, Alford and Kingsley are to be combination passenger and freight stations.  They are to be constructed of brick with artificial stone trimmings.  The roofs of the stations will be of green tile.  The floors of the waiting rooms will be of terrazzo with a wainscoting of tile.  The interiors will be constructed with marble partitions and fittings.  The stations at Glenburn, LA Plume, Factoryville, Foster and Nicholson are to be constructed of concrete.  The exterior of the buildings will have bush hammer treatment and the interiors will be of construction similar to the four other stations.  The smaller stations will be constructed with provision for waiting rooms, ticket and express offices.


South Auburn – Frank Love, who recently purchased a new Ford auto, met with an accident Sunday afternoon while out riding with some friends.  The auto turned over and Chas. Love, who was one of the parties, had his arm broken and fortunately none of the others were injured.  The car will need some repairs.  ALSO  In West Auburn a large concourse of relatives and friends attended the funeral of the old soldier, Daniel Younker, on Saturday.  Comrades J. O. Fuller, J. J. Culver, Frank Angell, Philip Rifenbury, J. W. Devine and E. D. Campbell acted as honorary pallbearers.  Rev. Arthur Williams, of Trucksville, a former pastor, preached the funeral sermon.  For seven years Comrade Younker had been a helpless paralytic, death coming as a final relief. [Daniel Younker was a Corporal in Co. C, 203rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.]


Clifford – E. E. Finn, who owns the store building where L. H. Rivenburg has conducted a mercantile business several years, has purchased the stock of goods and will hereafter run the store on his old stamping ground, where he conducted business several years ago.  Fred Stevens, formerly of Royal, is his clerk and has rented Will Lott’s residence.


Susquehanna – Principal A. A. Killian has introduced an interesting and commendable feature in connection with the courses of study in the Susquehanna schools.  It is the devotion of time to the study of birds.  Last week portions of two days were given to instruction in literature and music having references to birds.  It is a very engrossing pursuit, this knowledge of bird ways, and it is calculated to soften the heart and strengthen the character of anyone who interests himself in the little feathered friends of man.  This newspaper would like to see Bird Day observed in every school in the county.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – F. S. Greenwood will open his ice cream parlor, on the corner, for next Saturday night, May 1.


Wilkes-Barre – I. N. Austin, a former county resident, but now of Wilkes-Barre, writes us that the farm on which he lived for eight years was at one time the camp occupied by the Indians and English, previous to the Wyoming massacre, and from the house in which he now resides can be seen the fine monument erected to the memory of those who lost their lives in that awful historical event, the Wyoming Massacre.


Dimock – Rev. I. D. Mallery was here surveying for an artificial lake to be built on the Dr. Norris farm [Woodbourne].  The lake will contain about 25 acres and is intended as a resort.


Montrose – Miss Elisa J. Brewster, private secretary to Mrs. .Charles M. Schwab, of New York city, is expected here tomorrow for a visit with friends. [Mr. Schwab was the president of U. S. Steel.  Their house was an extravagant 75 room mansion located on Riverside Drive.  It was considered the grandest house ever built in Manhattan.]


Forest City - Paul Revere’s ride was no comparison to that taken by Otto Halford, Friday evening.  The holdback on the harness broke, frightening the horse, who ran at break-neck speed down Main street.  Halford was thrown from the cart near Joseph’s store, but held to the lines, being dragged to Jones’ store, where the steed was stopped by W. H. Jones.  Halford escaped injury.


News Brief: The automobile fever is ranging this spring worse than ever. It is to be feared that some will buy who cannot afford to own one.

May 07 1915

May 07 (1915/2015)



Susquehanna – The death of Mrs. L. C. Benson occurred Monday morning, at her home in this place, as a result of burns which she received while lighting a fire in a stove shortly after 5 o’clock that morning.  In some manner her clothing caught fire and before help arrived she was frightfully burned about the face and body.  Medical aid was quickly summoned and her sufferings were relieved as much as possible.  The deceased was a woman very highly regarded here, where she had resided many years, and her loss will be keenly felt.  She is survived by her husband and two sons, George, of Susquehanna, and Herbert, of Cleveland.


Great Bend – Dr. A. F. Merrell broke his arm Thursday afternoon while making a call near Conklin. When ready to go the starter on his car failed to work and he got out to crank it.  The crank flew back and broke his arm.


Rush – The report that was circulated last week to the effect that our creamery man was going to Auburn Centre to run the milk station was erroneous.  It’s strange how some people report stories without knowing whether they are so or not.  Our creamery man is much appreciated in this vicinity.


Forest City – Nelson Crandall, of Uniondale, has been engaged to make repairs at the Forest city poor farm.  ALSO M. J. Walsh has established an auto bus line between here and Carbondale, having purchased a new Maxwell seven-passenger touring car.  The leaving time from Forest City will be on the even hour from Main and Dundaff streets; from Carbondale on the half hour, from Seventh avenue and Main street. The first car will leave Forest City daily at 7 a.m.


Franklin Forks – A number of the neighbors of Calvin Peirson [Pierson] helped to raise his new barn last Thursday afternoon.  L. D. Watson, of Montrose, is the carpenter.


Lenox – Our stage driver, Edson Oakley, of South Gibson, has purchased an automobile.


South Ararat – Mrs. Henry Davis visited her aunt, Mrs. Cordelia Walker, on Friday.  Mrs. Walker is remarkably smart for one of her age; 83 last January.


Brooklyn – Ben Jewett has purchased a “Saxon Six” automobile of agent Bert Oakley, which he expects to receive this week.  We are sure “Ben” will look very handsome at the wheel. 


Montrose – Thomas Payne returned from a few days in Lenox and Harford and says apple trees are in bloom there, that gardens are being planted and that all vegetation seems to be a week earlier than in Montrose.  Mr. Payne is a highly successful and enthusiastic gardener and is a trifle impatient with the cold, wet weather, we suspect. ALSO Three Saxon roadsters went through town the other day, headed for Wilkes-Barre.  The parties had driven them from Detroit, where they went to buy the machines.


Lynn – J. W Baker has adopted a boy from Scranton.  He is about 14 years of age and will assist in doing chores. ALSO The State road was kept hot on Sunday last by automobiles from early morn until late at night.  It is said that over 100 were counted during the daytime, besides what passed at night.


Forest Lake – A W. C. T. U. Institute was held in Forest Lake Baptist church, April 28.  At the morning session 30 people were in attendance.  There was a highly suggestive song by Rev. U. D. Barber, “The Diamond in the Rough.” A talk on L. T. L. work by Mrs. Ether Bushnell, of

Montrose. The afternoon session was filled in by recitations by Charles and Arthur Potts, singing, Miss Blanch Hamlin presiding at the organ, and a talk by Ms. Bushnell on Parliamentary Laws—a sort of drill.  The Suffragist leader of the program was Mrs. Miller, which was some thing of an eye-opener to us who do not have a chance to hear these questions discussed often.  This was the prophecy of our friends: the liquor men are having the last five years of their power and saloonless nation in 1920.  Long life to our Suffragists!


Auburn – Just preceding the rain and hail of Thursday afternoon, lightning struck an apple tree stub just behind the house of G. W. Bunnell.  Mrs. Fannie Kellogg, of Tunkhannock, and Mrs. Bunnell, who had just stepped from a car and were crossing the yard of the house, received such a shock as to produce a violent headache for both ladies.  ALSO Charles Love, who suffered a bad fracture of his right arm recently, is doing as well as can be expected.  While out driving in Frank Love’s new car the machine was overturned and the young man, including Samuel Robbins, was underneath until help arrived.  None of the others were seriously injured and the damage to the car will not exceed $30.


Hopbottom – Phil Street, with a force of men, has been engaged the past week in setting out about 200 matrimonial trees on the steep embankment along the State road near here.  It is hoped they will grow and hold up the bank, preventing the road from sliding into the creek.


Harford – On Sunday last Messrs. Ackerman, Phillips, Watkins and Davis, trail hitters [Billy Sunday’s traveling evangelists] from the Welsh Congregational church in Scranton, held services in the morning, afternoon and evening at the Congregational church.  The singing was superb.


Hallstead – Benjamin C. Read has returned from the National Soldiers’ Home at Johnson City, Tenn., where he spent the winter.


Little Meadows – Miss Anna O’Brien has closed her term of school, the children giving an excellent entertainment on the final day.


Kingsley – Through the efforts of the school children and teachers, a fine flag pole has been erected on the school ground.  The school extends its thanks to the friends who helped to set the posts and raise the pole.


Tips to Automobile Owners:  One honk on the horn means “cross street;” two honks, “stand still, I’ll get you coming back;” Three honks, “get your old ice wagon out of my way;” a dozen honks, “Help, I’m out of gasoline!”  Two automobiles should pass on either side of each other, rather than on a direct line through each other.  Autos should always stop abruptly for wash-outs or burned out fuses.  It is not proper for an auto to turn a corner on two wheels.  Before an auto turns turtle all the passengers should get out.  A woman driving an auto is always entitled to the right of way; if you don’t give it to her she’ll take it.  Don’t try to lead an automobile life on a wheelbarrow salary. ALSO  Pennsylvania’s “Good Roads Day” comes May 26.  Sharpen your hoe.

May 14 1915

May 14 (1915/2015)



Forest City – The community was shocked and depressed by the tragic death of G. Monteith Brown, one of the borough’s well known young residents, while at his work in No. 2 shaft.  He was employed as a brakeman on one of the haulage motors and was run down by the heavy machine.  His body was badly mangled and death was probably instantaneous.  The deceased had gone ahead of the motor to throw a switch and it is supposed that he either tarried too long in adjusting one of the latches or slipped in attempting to board the approaching motor.  Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Brown.  He would have been 19 years old in August.  He was possessed of a cheery, companionable and self-reliant nature, and a lover of outdoors recreation, which made him a leader among a large circle of young people in whom his death will come as a personal loss.  The funeral will be held from the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brown.


Uniondale – John Irvine is 82 and past.  He is suffering from rheumatism, otherwise he feels good.  It is said he can tell without hesitation the birthday of every child born in the neighborhood the past thirty years, having a wonderful memory for dates.  He is living with Mat Maccannister.  ALSO Three boys from Carbondale were taken from No. 69, one of the fastest freights on the line, Monday night, and taken in custody by operator Earl Payne.  The father of one of the boys came up the following morning and made the trio walk to Forest City to do time for their fast ride.


Springville – Miss Meta Greenwood has her ice cream parlors open for the season in Lynn. ALSO  The commencement exercises of our high school were largely attended at the M. E. church.  The members of the class were Edith Smith, Frances Davis, Douglas Lathrop, Karl Gesford and Charles Edwards.  Following the exercises the graduates and their friends were given a banquet at the home of Mrs. Lionel Messerole.


Thompson – Gardner G. Lewis, a prosperous and prominent farmer, left home about two o’clock, Friday, May 7, 1915, leading a cow, which he had sold to a farmer at South Gibson, and about six o’clock his lifeless body was found on the side of the road near the home of George Woodard, about two miles north of South Gibson.  As he had always enjoyed the best of health, it is believed that heart failure was the cause of his sudden death.  The funeral was held Monday morning from his late home.  Burial at Whitney cemetery, East Jackson.


Franklin Twp. – O. Kinner is very poorly.  He was hurt last winter by a cow falling on him while he was trying to get her across the ice.


Susquehanna – Jack Palmer made a trip to Binghamton with his new “Jitney” bus, with 15 base ball fans to witness the game there.


Great Bend – The high school graduating exercises will be held in the M. E. church on Friday evening, May 14.  The graduates are Cecile Tuttle, Julia Carpenter, Helen Hunter, Hazel Chilson, and Blanche Sparkes.


Hallstead – In equity court, yesterday, a compromise was affected in the suit of C. J. McKinney against the Lackawanna railroad for damages to his farm, in Hallstead, due to the new cut-off.  The Public Service Commission had awarded Mr. McKinney $4,500 damages and required the maintenance of an overhead crossing.  Under the terms agreed upon the railroad company, having refused to accept the commission’s award, McKinney was awarded $3,500 damages, he to give a deed for the right of way to the company, while the railroad will not be required to maintain an overhead crossing.


Harford – The school election passed off very quietly, with a majority of 45 for the new school building.  A public demonstration followed and the directors, teachers, high school students, with the citizens and their wives, marched to the time of horns, cow bells, tin pans, etc., and sang patriotic songs.  The church bells rang and the night air was full of “melodious” sound.  Surely it was a great time for Harford.


Montrose – Decorators from Scranton are frescoing the interior of St. Paul’s Episcopal church in places where the ingredients do [did] not adhere in first class manner, the work being done about two years ago.  It is said that the M. E. church interior will be frescoed later on.


Brooklyn – Three steam shovels are now at work north of town on the Scranton & Binghamton trolley line and there is great activity all along the line.  Many additional men have been employed and our people are getting impatient to see the cars running along the hillside.  ALSO  Miss Alice Lee, the gifted authoress, is spending some time in New York city gathering material for her work.  She, with her pen, entertains many readers of the Youth’s Companion and other publications.


Hopbottom – Closing exercises of the high school were held in the Universalist church on May 5.  The five graduates were: Marian Smith, Marguerite Lynch, Floyd Titus, Clarence Phillips and Thomas Lynch.  The program of essays, etc. was rendered with much credit to each member of the class and the excellent music with which the program was supplemented made a very pleasing entertainment.  Vocal numbers were rendered by Mrs. Van de Sand, Mrs. Barron and Miss Byram.  Instrumental selections by Adams’ orchestra of Factoryville.


West Auburn – The West Auburn and Silvara Woman’s Christian Temperance Union met at Miss Ella Younker’s and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: President, Mrs. Emma Sturdevant; 1st. vice president, Mrs. Flora VanHorn; 2nd vice president, Mrs. Susie Pickett, secretary, Mrs. Sadie Crawford; treasurer, Mrs. Ida Possinger; organist, Mrs. Margaret Parker.  The next meeting will be held with Mrs. Eliza Madison at Silvara.


East Rush – Thirty-five cents was the price paid for April butter at the East Rush creamery.


Lusitania Torpedoed:  In fulfillment of her warning, published in American papers, Germany has sent to the bottom of the ocean the giant Cunarder, Lusitania, with 1,156 souls.  The total list of survivors is 764, including 462 passengers and 302 members of the crew.  The suddenness of the attack caused terrific loss of life, as the deadly missiles came without warning while the passengers were dining, and the Lusitania disappeared beneath the waves within fifteen minutes. There was no panic on the vessel, the crew going coolly about the work of preparing to save passengers.  Captain Turner promptly turned the Lusitania toward shore.  The heavy list, due to inrushing water, prevented the launching of many lifeboats.  Some boats were swamped after launching, the vessel being unable to slow up.  Survivors of the Lusitania arriving in London told some of their tragic experiences.  They expressed the opinion that the ship was badly handled in being run into waters where it was known submarines were waiting.  Although not for a moment attempting to shift the blame from the Germans for the sinking of a ship full of innocent passengers, they insisted that the officers of the steamship, knowing that submarines were lurking off the Irish coast, ought to have taken a different path to avoid all danger.

May 21 1915

May 21 (1915/2015)


Harrisburg – Our Governor has named Wednesday, May 26, as the one day on which every man in Pennsylvania should get out on the roads, and, free of charge and for the cause, work to improve our roads.  Last year the state of Missouri did this with remarkable success.  The possibilities of such a campaign in Susquehanna county are beyond ones imagination, if the work is intelligently planned and executed.  [This project is encouraged by E. E. “Good Roads” Jones, who just completed his fifth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and who has done much for township road improvement.]


Lenox – The Lenox Grange is out for good roads on Good Roads Day.  They have had printed posters which will be tacked up all over the township bearing the following: “Good Roads Day.  All male citizens of the township are requested to set aside the day, May 26th, to aid in putting the roads of Lenox township in good order.  If unable to do personal work, each one is requested to donate a day’s wages.  Dig in and help us make our roads a pride, instead of a shame.” How many other Granges and organizations might well follow this good example.  Good Roads Day is new in the east, but has been successfully followed in the west a number of years.  We are behind the west in our roads, and the day is new to us, but it will gain in favor each year.  Be among the first progressive ones to boom it along.


Dimock – Percy Ballantine has donated three teams and men for “Good Roads Day.”  Both Mr. Ballantine and Mr. Brown, manager of Louden Hill, are enthusiastic good road advocates, and in addition to the three men, will be out with their coats off.


Lawsville – The marriage of Raymond Turrell, son of Charles Turrell, to Miss Catherine Vath, of Dallas, Oregon, will be solemnized May 26, in the First Baptist church of that place.  The Turrells were a highly respected family who went from this place to Oregon several years ago.


Great Bend – Rev. W. I. Andrews announced Sunday that he would not occupy the pulpit of the M. E. church for a few weeks, as he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown and would take a needed rest.


Montrose – The Imperial barber shop on South Main street has been newly painted and renovated from top to bottom and makes a splendid appearance.  A handsome drop ceiling, pleasing to the eye, consists of many pretty college pennants.  Three chairs are operated by James O’Connell, Frank H. Deuel and Basil Macklin.


Lanesboro – Louis Price had his left foot severed by an Erie freight train on Friday afternoon near Kirkwood, N. Y.  He was found lying on the tracks unconscious, and was taken to the Binghamton City Hospital where he was treated.  He was riding a freight train and it is believed he fell from the train under the wheels.


Springville – C. H. Lake has recently become the owner of a new Maxwell car and is busy these days teaching it to be good.


West Bridgewater – Matthew McKeeby underwent an operation for appendicitis on Wednesday evening of last week.  It was performed at his home by Drs. Birchard, Gardner and Wilson.  He is getting along finely, Miss Fanny Shay being the nurse. ALSO At North Bridgewater a large delegation of neighboring men gathered on the McCabe farm with seeders and harrowers to assist in sowing a large piece of oats, and with twenty-two nice, large teams, made things hum for the afternoon. [This followed the death of Anna Heavey McCabe, wife of Jeremiah, married only a short year ago.]


Susquehanna – Earl Washburn, aged 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Washburn, of Laurel street, was struck and instantly killed by an engine on the Erie Railroad tracks near the State Hospital Waterworks, Saturday afternoon.  A railroad employee, walking along the tracks, discovered the body.  He informed the section foreman who called police headquarters.  A large hole in the back of the head undoubtedly caused immediate death.  The lad left his home here early Saturday and hopped a freight for Binghamton.  After that nothing was heard until the dead body was found.  This was shortly after train No. 2 had passed that point and it is believed this train struck him after he had alighted from the freight.


Choconut Valley – The proprietor of the Friendsville and Binghamton stage is now running an automobile, which makes better time than of old.


West Jackson – Jesse Morse has set out about 1500 fruit trees and 1000 berry bushes on his fruit farm this spring.


Little Meadows/Forest Lake – George B. Johnson died May 18, at the home of his daughter Mrs. L. D. Minkler. The funeral will be held Friday morning, with burial at Stone street, near Mr. Johnson’s old home.  He was 94 years old, one of the oldest residents of the county, coming to this part of the country from Connecticut when a boy.  He settled on Stone street, near Forest Lake, where he lived until about 15 years ago, when his wife, Anna Rilla Stone, died. 

Hop Bottom – A new porch has added greatly to the appearance of Dr. A. J. Taylor’s Drug Store.


Auburn Twp. – The G. A. R. Post, of Auburn Corners, will again hold memorial services at Jersey Hill, May 29.  Rev. L. Kilpatrick, of Springville, will be the speaker of the day.  The Auburn Center choir will furnish the music.  Let everyone come and help the old veterans, whose ranks are thinning very rapidly.


Birchardville – Miss Chadja C. Dayton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Watson Dayton, graduated from the Rochester Homeopathic hospital on May 11.  Miss Dayton was a former teacher in Bridgewater and has many friends who will be glad to know of her success.


Mew Milford – Moss VanCott left Friday for Buffalo where he met E. O. Humphry, of Buffalo, and Harry Gordon, of Boonton, N. J., and on Monday the three young men left for the West.  They will make stop overs in Chicago and St. Paul.  In Montana they will purchase saddle horses and make the trip from there to California by horseback.


Forest City – Prof. F. H. Taylor was in Scranton Tuesday where he witnessed the defeat of the Scranton ball team by the Barons.  ALSO The Clinton Falls Coal Company has resumed operations under the new management.  James Bradley, of the Bradley Coal Co., Peckville and Joseph J. Cleary, of Forest City, are the new operators.


News Brief:  Anyone desiring to help relieve the wounded soldiers on the foreign battlefield can do so by assisting the Daughters of Veterans in donating materials to be used by the Surgical Dressing committee of New York city.  The members of the Dr. Ellen E. Mitchell Tent No. 5, Daughters of Veterans, are donating a large quantity of material such as cotton and linen rags, old table cloths, sheets, pillow cases, flannel shirts, torn underwear, etc., to be used for this purpose and will appreciate any help they may receive.  Such material to be left at Watrous’ store, Montrose, any time before the 1st of June, 1915.

May 28 1915

May 28 (1915/2015)


Auto Buses and Good Roads:  Auto omnibuses are becoming more numerous in the country districts.  W. D. Minkler, of Little Meadows, has purchased a “bus” and is making two weekly trips and return to Binghamton from that place. Mr. Minkler’s enterprise is greatly appreciated, for the car is filled each trip.  A canopy top is provided so that in case of storm the passengers are protected.  A “bus” line has also been started between Franklin Forks and Binghamton, making regular trips Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving at 7 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m. The fare for a return trip, we are informed, is 90 cents. ALSO About 100 men were ready to work on the township roads on “Good Roads Day,” but the heavy showers prevented any effective work.  Many of the committees have decided already to continue to work on the roads to which they were assigned and many are working today.  All are enthusiastic and the spirit shown augurs well for the future


Susquehanna – George Baumann, assistant yardmaster in the Erie’s Oklahoma yards, was internally injured, had a leg fractured in two places, and was badly bruised and lacerated about the body on Wednesday morning, May 26.  He was engaged in switching freight cars when he fell under a car and was rolled over the ties for several car lengths before the train could be stopped.  He is in the Barnes Memorial Hospital in a critical condition.  ALSO Our town will be visited by a circus this Friday afternoon and evening.  The school will close in the afternoon so that the children can attend.


Clifford Twp. – “Fern Hall,” at Crystal Lake, one of the principal summer resorts in Northeastern Pennsylvania for many years, was sold recently at an executor’s sale, John A. Law, of Pittston, being the purchaser.  The price paid was $20,800.  Mr. Law is a relative of the Johnson family, which owned the hotel and a farm of nearly two hundred acres.


Forest Lake – Dr. C. W. Brodhead and Register and Recorder M. E. Birchard, are both having attractive summer cottages erected on the shores of Forest Lake.


Gibson – Misses Lela Craft and Thelma Tompkins are attending Summer Normal at Montrose.  These girls are among our most talented young people and we know they will make good teachers.  We shall miss them in our church and Sunday school, Miss Craft being organist in the Sunday school and Miss Tompkins one of the leading soprano singers in the choir of the M. E. Church.


Elk Lake – Mrs. Emma Young lost a very valuable cow last week.


Alford – Perry Sweet, of Clark’s Summit, was a caller on Tuesday.  Mr. Sweet, who resided here until the Lackawanna railroad literally forced him from his home and appropriated his property, on which to lay their tracks for the cut-off, settled with the company the day previous, receiving $4,500, the largest settlement yet made by the Lackawanna in their condemnation proceedings.  Attorney C. L. VanScoten was Mr. Sweet’s lawyer.


Heart Lake – Photographer and Mrs. S. J. Roper were callers in Montrose on Monday.  Mr. Roper and family are to locate at Great Bend, the coming summer, where he is erecting a studio.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. – W. G. Thornton, a veteran of the Civil War, received a wound at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863.  A ball entered his left hip, penetrating the socket, where it still remains.  The wound has constantly discharged during all these years, and although giving pain and discomfort he accepts his misfortune as part of the lot of a soldier.  Mr. Thornton has a fine property at Lindaville, but owing to advancing years, [he] desires to sell to some younger man, who wants to conduct an up-to-date poultry farm, and move to town.


Dimock – Dimock is advertising their “sane 4th,” when they anticipate the completion of their community building and hope to make the day an eventful one.  The people of that vicinity are elated at having secured Hon. W. D. B. Ainey as the orator of the day.


Lawsville – Miss Gertrude Southworth, a teacher in the high school at Thompson, is spending her vacation at her home here. Miss Bertha Southworth serves ice cream in the rooms over the postoffice on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons and evenings.


Kingsley – A very pleasant social event was held here last Saturday evening, when the ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union met in the basement of the Universalist church and, after a short business session, they entertained the Men’s Bible class, who held their meeting at the same time in the room above.  Cake and ice cream were served and later all adjourned to the room above, where a pleasing program was rendered by the ladies, interspersed with fine singing by the men.  Much credit is due the ladies for the success of the entertainment.


Forest City – M. J. Walsh has added to his Forest City-Carbondale auto service a new Ford with a bus body.  This makes three machines he now has at his command.  Anyone who has not figured it out will be surprised at the mileage covered in a month’s run in this service.  Sixteen round trips of fourteen miles are made daily, a total of 225 or 6720 miles a month.


Montrose – “A Misunderstanding.”  It was stated in last week’s Republican that a picked town team defeated M. H. S. and that the M. H. S. team tried in vain to win.  But this was not the case as M. H. S. merely took the so-called town team on for a practice game and if they had wished to pitch Captain Furey the entire game the town team would have looked like a bunch of rookies……. M. H. S. Scribe.  ALSO  Sunday was a quiet day here, very few automobiles being seen.  The many heavy rains had made the roads very heavy, particularly in town, where there is heavy shade, and the sun cannot get in to dry up the mud.  It is needless to say there were many people greatly disappointed in being obligated to remain at home.


Dimock – Mrs. Daniel Crossen, of Bridgewater Twp., visited her sister in Scranton and made stops in Tunkhannock and Springville on the way home.  The next day she stopped at Dimock, where she taught school in the summer of 1872, finding but one family that was there at that time—Thomas Williams and wife.  Mrs. Crossen says she had thirty scholars at Dimock, received ten dollars per month, and “boarded round,” and did not get “the parlor bed in the northeast corner,” either.  “Surely the world do move.”


New Milford – A bridge gang of the Lackawanna railroad is erecting a new steel bridge over the creek on the site of the old tower.  The old freight house has been torn down and the tracks at the bridge have been raised about two feet.  It is rumored that the depot will be raised about the same distance.

June 04 1915

June 04 (1915/2015)



Lawton, Rush Twp. - Frances E. Pickett was graduated with high honors from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia.  Miss Pickett, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Pickett, is a graduate of the Central State Normal School at Lock Haven.  She taught in Lawton for two years and served as principal at the school at Thompson before her four year course at the Philadelphia institution.  On July 1st Miss Pickett will commence a year’s internship at the Woman’s Medical Hospital and at the close of which period she will be ready to establish a practice of her own.


Heart Lake – Heart Lake Resort, this week, re-opened for the summer and the outlook for a successful season is most encouraging.  Heart Lake, for many years, has stood out quite prominently as a pleasant place to spend a delightful summer, and the proprietors, Mack & Jenkins, aim to make all visitors, even to the children, feel at home while rusticating at the resort.


Auburn Twp. – Prof. Hamlin E. Cogswell, [a former resident] well-known throughout this section of the State, will be made director of music of schools of Washington, D. C.  Prof. Cogswell has, for 23 years, served as a musical director in the normal schools of Pennsylvania, and his advancement is a worthy recognition of ability and faithfulness.  He will have twelve assistants, and the position is regarded as one of the finest in the country.


Alford – Two hundred and fifty men, with their foremen, from Bath, N. Y., are putting the finishing touches on the Lackawanna cut off tracks here, leveling the stone ballast, etc.  They are quartered in ten passenger coaches and several box cars, and came there recently from Clark’s Summit.  The cut-off will be finished by Sept. 1.  It is said that the Lackawanna will use the old tracks from Clarks-Summit to Foster after the cut-off is put in operation.  The old road from Foster to Hallstead will be abandoned.


Hallstead – Col. Tompkins’ Wild West show and the Whitby Circus gave good performances here Thursday afternoon and evening.  During the performance, in a big horseback dash, one of the lady riders was thrown from her horse and in the mix-up she was stepped on and quite severely bruised.  She was removed to the dressing tent and Dr. Blair, who was in the audience, was called and attended her injuries.  Dell Wolcott, son of N. A. Wolcott, of this place, is a member of the cowboy troupe traveling with the show, and he was busy all day greeting his many friends.


Montrose – The pastor and members of Zion African Methodist-Episcopal Church will give their annual entertainment at Colonial Hall, June 15, at which time Rev. Dr. Mason will deliver one of his famous lectures entitled, “Fifty Years of Freedom.”  Dr. Mason is one of the most powerful orators before the public.  There will also be a grand musical program rendered by some of the best talent in and out of town.


Dimock – Miss Isa Mills has long been Dimock’s faithful librarian and has done much to make that little village the pleasant place it is—a town of cheerful homes.


Springville – The M. E. church was beautifully decorated with flags and flowers Sunday morning and Rev. Kilpatrick delivered a fine memorial sermon.  Only three war veterans were present—Ellas Titman and Miles Compton, of the Civil War, and Tennyson Messerole, of the Spanish-American war.


Brooklyn – Two gaily dressed automobiles, carrying old soldiers, found their way to Montrose Monday to celebrate Memorial Day.  ALSO L. S. Ely is installing an up-to-date disposal plant to accommodate his buildings.  Brooklyn is fast getting on the sanitary wagon, thanks to the State Board of Health.


Gibson – The community was greatly shocked to learn of the death of our esteemed townsman and neighbor, Herbert Ables, which occurred Saturday last.  Mr. Ables was a man who will be greatly missed, not only in the home but in the community, as he was highly respected by all.  The family has the sincere sympathy of their many friends.


Lawton – Christie Curran is one of the county’s wide-a-wake teachers, instructing the young idea [of] how to shoot in the winter months, joins the “back to the soil movement” for the summer, when he tills his farm and collects the taxes for Rush township, as a “chinking” job.


Nicholson – The immense concrete viaduct or bridge, at Nicholson, is one of the wonders of the world and will attract sight-seers from all over the world.  You will wish to see the bridge, of course, and then you will need one of the souvenir booklets to better understand how it was built and its real size.  If you cannot see the bridge itself then you will wish a booklet surely.  One hundred and eighty-nine thousand barrels of cement were used in mixing the concrete, and it is the largest re-enforced concrete bridge in the world.  The booklets are on sale at the Democrat office, at 15 cents each, or mailed prepaid, 17 cents.


Auburn Twp. – Chas. Fuller, a veteran of the Civil War [Co. C, 203rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers], of Meshoppen, died May 20, 1915.  Mr. Fuller was a native of Bridgewater township, Susquehanna county, and was 74 years of age.  He had been in feeble health for some time and was a man highly regarded.  He is survived by his widow and three sons: Fred E., late District Judge of Alaska; Arthur J., of Tunkhannock and Frank R., of Auburn township.


Forest City – “Out of the Ruins,” a three reel play, will be presented at the Family Theatre on Tuesday evening, June 15, in which P. H. O’Malia, Jr., a Forest City boy, is the principal character.  The New York Evening Times says what Chaplin is to the comic world O’Malia is to the dramatic.  ALSO What might easily have been a serious auto accident happened late last night at the Bowery bridge, at the county line.  Two local young men were coming up the pave at a lively rate and a front wheel of their machine caught in a rail of the street car track at the Farrell hotel, causing the machine to skid badly.  It crashed against the railing of the bridge and both young men were thrown from the car to the bed of the stream but neither were seriously hurt.  The car was slightly damaged.


News Brief: It is said that every person saved from the Lusitania could swim.  There is moral in the question and every boy and girl should learn to swim for when the art is attained it is never lost.

June 11 1915

June 11 (1915/2015)



The 54th Anniversary of Co. H., 4th Pennsylvania Reserves will be celebrated by the surviving members of the company, namely, Lieut. James P. Gay, Sergt. M. H. VanScoten, Calvin S. Gay, of Sayre and W. K. Trippler, of Brooklyn, NY, on Monday, June 14.  Dinner will be served at the Tarbell House (Montrose).  Since the celebration of the 50th anniversary of this company, four other surviving members, Roger Searle, Charles Kenyon, George Woodruff and Capt. A. T. Sweet, have passed to the Great Beyond.


Dairymen Pay $10,000 for Bull: King Pontiac Alcarta Pletje, a prize 2 year old bull, said to be the best ever bred, was purchased by a combination of four breeders, one of whom is E. L. Rose, of Binghamton, and the other three residents of this county, at a sale held Wednesday on the Waverly farm of Dr. D. B. Dalton, of Dalton, Pa.  Associated with Mr. Rose in the purchase of the bull was A. E. Robinson, of Montrose, George E. Paige, of Gelatt and H. S. Brown, of Thompson.  The animal, undoubtedly, will be placed at Mr. Rose’s farm at Silver Lake.


Auburn Twp.  – Aaron Bump, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in West Auburn on Monday.  The funeral was held yesterday. (Enlisted in Co. A, 151st Regiment, PA Volunteers and later in Co. C, 203rd  Regiment, PA Volunteers.)  In Pleasant Valley congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reimel over the arrival of a little daughter, Ruth Elizabeth, born June 2.  At Auburn Four Corners it is reported that the government will abolish the postoffice on July 1, putting the place on an R. D. route.


Montrose – Joseph H. Williams has received an invitation to attend the 275th anniversary of the founding of the town of Southampton, L. I., also the celebration of the same event in the establishment of the First Presbyterian church of that place.  The town’s celebration will occur tomorrow and the church will celebrate on Sunday.  The old Sayre homestead, occupied by the ancestors of the local Sayre family, was one of the oldest buildings in that place and only within a few years was in a fair state of preservation, but has been torn down.  [Mr. Williams died several months later, on Oct. 20, 1915, age74.]  ALSO The citizens of Montrose voted, at a special election, to pave two miles of streets and for construction of a sewage disposal plant.  The vote was 372 to 17.


Hallstead – Hallstead suffered another bad fire Wednesday morning in which two buildings were totally destroyed and the loss is estimated at about $6000.  About 3:25 a.m. flames were discovered issuing from the confectionery and cigar store of John Farr, on Franklin street, adjoining the Y. M. C. A. building.  The latter building also caught fire and, together with the store building, was soon totally destroyed.  Hoffman and Ross, of the Blue Stone Co. owned the Y. M. C. A. building and the store occupied by Mr. Farr was owned by James Gillespie.  There is partial insurance coverage on both buildings and it is not known how the fire started.


Little Meadows – James Hickey, of Warren Centre, died on Sunday, May 30, 1915, at the age of 64 years.  Funeral from St. Luke’s church June 1 with Father Lynch of this place officiating. [The Hickey’s were early settlers of Friendsville, Middletown and Choconut Townships.]


Jackson – Geo. Leonard has purchased a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle with side car attachment.  ALSO Jackson is planning to have an old fashioned Fourth of July celebration with a Brass Band and Flying machine.  The program will be announced later.


Susquehanna – Carl Buckley has graduated from the law department of Fordham University. ALSO M. J. McCarthy, division supt. of the B. & O. railroad, at Cincinnati, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. D. F. O’Connell.


Herrick Center – Mrs. Smith, wife of John Smith, manager of the Forest City poor farm, died Friday last.  Funeral services at the house Monday morning and the body was taken to Roscoe, N.Y. for burial.


Harford – Harley Smith, a superintendent at the extensive Walker-Gordon farms, at Plainsboro, N. J., is paying is parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith, a visit. Mr. Smith spent his boyhood days in Harford, and always cherishes an interest in old Susquehanna county.  The Walker-Gordon dairies consist of upwards of 1000 head of cattle and supplies certified milk to a select trade in New York and Brooklyn.  Several from Susquehanna county are living at Plainsboro, assisting at these big farms. [Henry Jeffers, of Harford, married to Anna Adams in 1898, became president of Walker-Gordon in 1918 and purchased the farm in 1944.  A graduate of Cornell, his inventions did much to further dairy production. By 1945, Walker-Gordon had grown to be the world’s largest Certified Milk Farm.]


Clifford – A remarkable series of revival services, conducted by Rev. Ross, of Addison N. Y., in Lenoxville, closed last week with conversions numbering over 120.  A large number united with the M. E. church on probation.  The talented preacher has now commenced meetings in Hop Bottom and, according to present arrangements, will come to Clifford ion September.


Lynn – There is much need of a traffic officer here as it is almost dangerous to cross the streets, some days, where the autos run through the place faster than the speed limit.


Lanesboro – Patrick Joyce, who will be well remembered in Susquehanna county, having been convicted of robbing a store in Lanesboro and sentenced to a term in the Eastern Penitentiary, but later released, by a pardon, is again in trouble.  Joyce, after receiving his pardon about a month ago, immediately returned to Canavan’s Island, near Susquehanna [well-known for harboring thieves, etc., in the 19th and early 20th century] and has since been hanging around Lanesboro.  He visited the Buckley store, which he robbed two years ago, and when asked by Mr. Buckley if he was not Pat Joyce, said “no he was his brother.” Joyce is fine looking, good natured and very pleasant and makes friends easily.  While in the penitentiary he worked at his trade, that of a barber, earning $18 a month and was very popular with the keepers.          The Binghamton Press, Tuesday, contained the following:  Confronted with Bertillion measurements and his photograph made before he was sent to the penitentiary in 1912, Patrick Joyce, alias “Whitey” arrested singlehanded at 3 o’clock this morning on Lewis street by Patrolman Jeremiah Donahue.  He confessed to the police this morning that he is a yeggman known in a dozen states.  When caught he was equipped with every implement necessary in the blowing of a safe and it is believed that he intended to pull a big job in this city.  In his pocket was a pint bottle of nitroglycerine and at his belt was a loaded 44 caliber revolver. He refuses to admit that he is an accomplice of “Tennessee Red,” “Shorty,” Black and Johnny Quinn, the yeggs who were arrested in a raid on the house, 116 Washington street, last Friday.  Joyce maintains that he is being set up and is innocent.  He sassed Judge Little, after receiving a sentence in the Susquehanna county courts, two or three years ago, saying, “Judge, why didn’t you make it for life?”, whereupon Judge Little immediately doubled his term.


News Brief:  A miner at Carbondale broke into an old mine chamber of the D. & H. colliery and found the skeleton of a miner, who was lost by a cave-in, nearly 70 years ago.  It was in a sitting position against the face of the coal measures and still wore miner’s shoes.  Around the chamber were the bones of a number of other men.  It was determined by investigating the mine records that the bones were those of the eight men who were entombed by a fall of rock in the old drift, Jan. 12, 1846.

June 18 1915

June 18 (1915/2015)



Quaker Lake – The beautiful cottage of F. J. Bayless, of Binghamton, located on the shore here, was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon and burned to the ground.  Hard work prevented the Ogden cottage, adjoining the Bayless property, from falling prey to the flames.


Rush – A disastrous fire occurred Wednesday night at the home of Edward Sivers, between Lawton and Rushville. While the family was away visiting, the neighbors discovered the house in flames.  An Alarm was given over the phone, but before help could be obtained the fire had made such progress that only a few articles were saved.  Mrs. Sivers, who just a few weeks ago lost her mother and now having lost everything, including valuable keepsakes, has indeed the sympathy of the community.  ALSO The person who took the windshield from the roadside by the Frink farm, near Montrose, please return it to S. A. Edwards, of this place, and save trouble.


Great Bend – Last fall Peter Bush, who resides about two miles north of here, presented his grandson, Peter Millard, aged 7, of Bridgewater Twp., with a horse.  The animal had been a family pet and the boy was delighted with his present.  The horse was taken home and seemed contented.  One morning, when he went to take care of his stock, he was surprised to find the horse, which he had given his grandson, patiently waiting at the barn door to be admitted.  Shortly after he received a message from his son-in-law, E. R. Millard, stating that the horse was missing and that he had been unable to locate her.  Mr. Bush informed him that the animal had come back during the night and was all right.  Later in the day she presented her young owner with a fine little colt.  Evidently the animal longed for her old home and instead of going to the pasture lot as usual, Wednesday night, started for Great Bend.  As the distance is about 22 miles she probably traveled all night.  After a short time the horse was returned to its little owner, who is very proud of the gentle pair.


Jackson ­– The Methodist church building is about to be removed to a better location on Main street.  The building will be raised and a basement provided, consisting of a kitchen, Sunday school rooms, and rest room.  The church has occupied its present position for over sixty years.  The present pastor is Rev. P. N. Taylor.


Binghamton – Patrick Joyce, who was caught in Binghamton last week with a loaded 44-caliber revolver in one pocket and a flask of nitroglycerine in the other, was sent to Auburn penitentiary this week to serve a term of four years and five months as a result.  Patrick had a bad record in and about Susquehanna, and it is claimed he is a bold, bad *yeggman, being an expert in using “soup” on safes.  He laid his downfall onto “John Barleycorn.” (See related article in last week’s 100 Years)  *A person who breaks open safes, a burglar.


Dimock – “Dimock’s venerable old lady,” Catherine Warner, although in her 90th year, is remarkably active in household duties and delights in caring for her little flower garden in the dooryard.  Many years ago, before her husband’s death, they lived in Montrose on Grow Avenue, their home being the house which they sold to the late parents of Elijah Sherman (now of Colorado).  Mr. Warner was active in public affairs, and belonged to the Montrose Fire Department in the earlier days of its organization and Mrs. Warner expressed sincere regret that advanced years and a distance of six miles prevented her being present at the recent firemen’s reception.  Mrs. Warner has been an active Christian for many years and is planning to attend the campmeeting near her home, an annual custom which she delights in.


Forest City – We have but two surviving veterans of the Civil War, one of whom, Robert Ralston, is ill in a Scranton Hospital.  The other survivor is W M. Clarke.


Susquehanna – The Susquehanna Chemical Engine Co. has purchased a new chemical engine with auto truck from the LaFrance Co., of Elmira, for $3,300.  The engine is one of the latest models and is up-to-date in every way as a fire-fighting machine.  The company plans a carnival in September to aid in paying for the new engine.


Hallstead – Orvilla, the 10 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davis Bowan, was severely burned about the body on Thursday of last week, when her clothing caught fire from the kitchen range.  The flames were subdued by her mother and Dr. A. S. Blair summoned.  She is slowly recovering.  ALSO The cow of John Armlinis, that was supposed to have been bitten on the nose by a rattle snake, is alive and well.


Montrose – The Beach Manufacturing Co. has a fine exhibit of sawing machinery at the Panama Pacific exposition and it has attracted considerable favorable comment in the trade journals.  One big Pennsylvania manufacturer, who wrote concerning the exhibit, said that the finest appearing group of machines, that was displayed by Keystone State exhibitors, came from Susquehanna county.  The exhibit put Montrose and Susquehanna county on the map for him. Despite the fact that many lines of business are running short time, the local plant is rushed with orders.  ALSO Mary Pickford stars in “Tess of the Storm Country,” at the C-Nic Theatre this week.


Springville – Some party or parties helped themselves to about 50 of Bentley Stark’s chickens one night last week.  It would be a good thing if someone could catch that bunch with a good load of shot and so impress them that they would remember it for a time.


Middletown Twp. – Middletown defeated the Friendsville team on their home grounds by a score of 19 to 3 on June 12.  The Guiton brothers were Middletown’s battery while Moran and Lake twirled for Friendsville, with Flynn behind the bat.  Middletown is becoming a fast team and would like to arrange games with any amateur team in the same class.  Submitted by Harry B. Watson, Manager.  (Another game between Middletown and St. Joseph resulted in a score of 27 to 6.  Guiton, Coleman and Murphy pitched for Middletown, the winner, while Flaherty and Gray heaved for St. Joseph.)


Clifford – The way Will Bennett is selling Ford cars this whole community will soon be abundantly supplied.  A two car lot is sometimes sold as soon as they arrive.


South Auburn – On February 16th L. T. Place, a poultry fancier, shipped two trios of Buckeye chickens to Australia.  On Thursday of last week he heard from the party he shipped to saying they reached their destination on May 20th in fine condition.  He was much pleased with them.  The letter was one month in coming.


News Brief:  A ride on the Lehigh Railroad branch these days is worth taking.  Besides the superb scenery, the road is truly in main line shape.

June 25 1915

June 25 (1915/2015)



Herrick Twp. – James W. Lyon, of Guelph, Canada is endowing the Lyon Street cemetery with $1000 to be used in keeping this burial ground in good condition.  The cemetery has been permitted to go into decay and as his relatives and loved ones are buried there, Mr. Lyon is taking this laudable means to perpetuate the memory of the dead.  The money is to be invested and the income alone used in keeping up the little cemetery.  Mr. Lyon was born in Herrick, April 24, 1848, and received his early education there, afterward becoming a school teacher at Brackney.  He established a publishing house at Guelph, after becoming a book canvasser in this country. He is now president of the Guelph Radial and Junction Railway Co., which eventually will give electric railway service to 240 municipalities.


Thompson – J. E. Blain, celebrated as the first publisher of views of the Lackawanna cutoff bridge in book form, who is a par excellence printer, will soon become associated with the Wayne County Citizen, published at Honesdale, one of the best inland papers in the state.


Susquehanna – E. G. Foote, H. E. Taylor and R. H. Donlin, while in this place on Tuesday, visited the Matt H. Shay, the Erie’s famous monster freight locomotive.  They aver it an object worth seeing when visiting the “cliff dwelling” village.  ALSO While Mrs. Wm. A. Skinner and two sons were out for a walk from their cottage near Columbian Grove, a large rattlesnake was discovered near the State road back of the cottage of Prof. Killian.  A neighbor was called who dispatched his snakeship, who measured more than three feet in length, sporting twelve rattles.


Forest City – Saturday, the 19th of June, was a red letter day in the life of John Prokopovitsh, the well-known hotel man.  On that day, forty years ago, in the year 1875, he landed in New York from the old country.  He went to Eberville, hear Hazleton, where he secured employment in the mines as a laborer, working from August 4, 1877, until January 15, 1882, for the Cox company, when he started in business in Freeland.  Nineteen years ago he came to Forest City where he has met with considerable success.  In honor of the occasion Mr. Prokopovitsh entertained a number of relatives on Saturday, besides the members of his immediate family.


Montrose – The county commissioners have erected a large fountain some, 20 feet high, in Monument Square.  The fountain is of plated bronze, a spray being thrown from the top and dropping into successive basins falls into a pool at the base, some 12 ft. across.  It is an attractive work of art, being ornamented with floral designs and rams’ heads.  A portion of the fountain was broken in transit and this has delayed its final completion until the desired part arrives.  It adds to the beauty of this attractive park.


Silver Lake – An attractive advertisement for Camp Red Cloud, Silver Lake, Pa., appears in the New York “Sun.” The camp, for young boys only, is located on the beautiful estate of Rev. J. Townsend Russell, at Silver Lake, where fine woodlands, hills and vales abound.  On this estate are 50 registered Jersey cattle, 3,000 chickens, and extensive flower and vegetable gardens.  Attractive booklets of Camp Red Cloud have been sent out this season by Mr. Willard H. Cobb, of New York.


Fairdale, Jessup Twp. – Lightning struck the residence of Edgar W. Bolles during the shower Tuesday afternoon.  The bolt entered the roof, passing through the house to the cellar.  No damage, other than splintering the woodwork was caused, the lightning not setting fire to the house.  Considerable hail accompanied the shower and some damage was done to growing crops.  In places where the hail fell from the roofs of buildings it could be gathered by the pailfull.  An old barn, near Edward Arnold’s farm, was blown down during the high wind that prevailed.


Clifford – A couple of scrub nines played a rattling good game of base ball at Royal on Saturday afternoon to the tune of 8 to 6, after 12 innings.  Of course the Clifford boys were on the winning side.


Hallstead – Some of the State road employees are making a much needed improvement on the Hallstead-Susquehanna road, by the filling in of the highway between the river and Harmony bridges.  Because of this low piece of road, much trouble and inconvenience is caused by flooding and ice by high water, rendering the remainder of an otherwise good road useless for through travel.  This road has been placed, this season, in fine condition being widened, better sluices put in, etc., and consequently, a much greater amount of travel comes over it than formerly.


Little Meadows – Edward Butler, Eugene Hartigan, Misses Stella and Lyda Bergin, motored to Middletown Center last week to attend the dance given by the base ball team.


Jackson – Beginning this week Geo. Birdsall, of Susquehanna, will peddle meat here every Monday.


S. Ararat – Miss Martha Shaver, who is quite poorly, was kindly remembered on Tuesday of this week when 16 of her neighbors met at her home and papered her sitting room and kitchen and did other needed work.  A bountiful dinner was prepared and all were glad when the clock struck twelve.  Miss Shaver wishes to thank all who assisted her in time of need, trusting they will be rewarded for their kindness shown her.


Forest Lake Twp. – As foreshadowing the place the auto truck may soon occupy on the farms in this county, we are going to tell of a little modern “hauling” seen in Montrose the other day.  It seems that Robert H. Hillis had purchased a lot of hay of Charles Ely, on what is known as the “Isaac Melhuish farm” in this place, beyond Birchardville, but as teams were so busy on the farms, Mr. Hillis could not get it to Montrose and the loss of a sale seemed possible.  Then he conceived the idea of using gasoline power to do the work, and sent for George Haldeman, of Springville, with his big truck, and the hay was carted to Montrose in short order and placed in the cars. Friday, Mr. Haldeman made three trips, making 101 miles of actual travel, bringing up seven tons of hay, loading it alone, also placing it in the car and “doubling” back to Birchardville with feed.  Whither are we drifting?


Springville – The hotel barns have been repainted and look much improved. Since Landlord Fiske took possession he has made several improvements on the property which add both to its value as well as appearance.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. – After spending four score years of life, Michael Caden was called by death, Saturday, about noon, June 12, at his home here.  Mr. Caden was born in Ireland, came to this country with his parents when a small child and had resided in that locality ever since.  He married Miss Mary McCarty fifty-five years ago; was the father of fourteen children, nine of whom are living. His wife is also living.


News Brief: An exchange hands out the following cyclonic wisdom: “Early to bed and early to rise, cut the weeds and swat the flies, mind your own business and tell me no lies, don’t get gay, and deceive your wives, pay your debts, use enterprise and buy from the stores that advertise.”

July 02 1915

July 02 (1915/2015)



Brooklyn – Miss Alice Lee has just published another book entitled “Ross Grant, Tenderfoot,” the sequel of which is now in press.  [Alice Lee published her books under the name of John Garland.]


Silver Lake Twp. – Camp Susquehannock, at Tripp Lake, was opened yesterday.  Over 60 boys and young men arrived at the camp yesterday, coming by way of the Lackawanna to Conklin, N.Y., and thence overland.


Heart Lake – Professor John H. Normile, who specializes in racing vs. aeroplanes, by the aid of a balloon, will give two ascensions here during the celebration on July 5th.


Hopbottom – A gang of men are at work laying the track and stringing the wire between Nicholson and Hopbottom, on the S & B Trolley, and it is now believed cars will be running into Hopbottom by the first of next week.  The work is being pushed also through to Brooklyn, a distance of four miles, and it is currently reported that the town will also be enjoying trolley service within the month.


Montrose – A corps of six engineers from the State highway department has been surveying the streets of Montrose, laying out the route accurately and getting the grades and lateral measurements for the laying of the new brick pavement.  Highway department officials have stated to the borough council that the work of paving will be taken up as soon as possible, probably by early autumn.  Lack of State funds to provide for the county’s apportionment will result in paving only from the Baptist church corner, up Church street and out Grow Avenue to the borough line, and Public avenue from Church.  Next year there will be sufficient funds to complete the work. 


Springville – The Memorial committee of the Wyoming conference has placed a very neat marker at the grave of deceased Methodist ministers.  There are five former ministers buried in the Lynn cemetery. ALSO Halderman’s Truck will carry 30 passengers to Heart Lake’s celebration July 5th.  Room for a few more.


Rush – On Sunday evening next Rev. C. M. Griffeth will preach a special sermon to the Men’s Bible class on “The Annihilation of the Saloon.”  All men are especially requested to be present.


Fairdale, Jessup Twp. – R. H. Olmstead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Olmstead, was one of those elected to the student council from the School of Agriculture of State College.


Hallstead – The Meisch silk mill is doing its last work in the throwing department, preparatory to removing those machine and installing new modern weaving machines.  The mill is to be renovated and with the addition of more employees will give employment to some 75 people.  The owners are doing a good business and contemplate, in addition to their present factory, the building of a brick structure to house more machines and increase the output.


Little Meadows – Everybody is invited to attend the Fourth of July celebration to be held at the home of W. D. Minkler, on Monday afternoon, July 5.  Supper ready at 5 o’clock and continue until all are served.  Ice cream and cake during the evening.


Susquehanna –Frank Bennett, of Oakland, captured an alligator in the Susquehanna River, at Beebe Park, measuring 4 feet and 9 inches.  If you may believe the Susquehanna Transcript. ALSO The Buffalo Eire league and the Susquehanna Erie league crossed bats Saturday, at Elm Park, our home team winning.


Great Bend – Several Italians residing here will leave for Italy the first of July, having been called home to fight for their country.


Auburn Twp. – Concerning the marriage of Miss Daisy Dean, of Auburn, a former teacher at Montrose, the Scranton Republican says: “Fellow workers of Harry Harper Swift, a nephew of Vice-President E. E. Loomis, of the Lackawanna railroad, who is employed as a claim agent in the legal department of the railroad’s offices here, were happy yesterday over the culmination of a romance which began two years ago at Montrose and ended Wednesday, when Mr. Swift and the young woman in the romance, Miss Daisy Dean, were married.  Miss Dean was a school teacher and at an earlier period she taught at the Montrose High school.  It was while she was teaching, two years ago, that she met, and with a glance, conquered young Mr. Swift. It was all by accident, this is literally so, because Miss Dean was a passenger on a train which ran into an automobile.  In the subsequent lawsuit Miss Dean was a witness and Mr. Swift was there in his capacity of claim agent for the company.  He fell in love with her instantly.  It is said that Miss Dean was very cautious about accepting the attention of Mr. Swift.  In fact, it is claimed that she made him make an affidavit before a notary that he was not married.  Anyway, they soon became deeply devoted to each other and the marriage was performed by Rev. H. C. McDermott, at the bride’s parent’s (Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Dean) home.


New Milford – New Milford Borough will hold a special election August 3rd, to vote upon the question of bonding the town for $7,000 to be used in connection with county and state money, to pave her main street.


Forest City – Complaint has been made to the Burgess that boys, and in some instances young men, throw highly explosive torpedoes on the sidewalk at the feet of ladies to frighten them.  The special police have been instructed to make arrests in such cases.


Thompson – Warren Plew, of East Pine Street, died Tuesday evening at his home after an illness of two or three weeks.  He is survived by one daughter, Nellie, who lived with him, one sister, Mrs. Sarah Slocum, of Jackson street.  Mr. Plew was a veteran of the Civil war and only last Decoration day, just one month ago, took an active part in the memorial services at the cemetery.


News Briefs: The West Chester Normal school, last week, graduated 275 students.  Those from Susquehanna county are: Anna Webb, Montrose; Mary I. Walker, Forest City, Lillian T. Perry, Brooklyn; Florence Bush, Montrose.  ALSO Lieut. Lyman P. Spencer, age 75, one of the originators of the Spencerian penmanship copy book, used in public schools all over the country, and a Civil war veteran, died at Sunbury recently, after a long illness of a complication of diseases. ALSO The European war is demanding horses and mules from American farms by the hundred thousand, increasing their value, so that the announcement that Henry Ford will soon have a $200 farm tractor on the market is good news to the farmer.  It will fill a long-felt want in plowing and harrowing the soil, drawing heavy loads, and doing the heavy work generally about the farm.  Ford claims that the plowing, etc., can be done at a fourth less expense, and that the addition of mechanical labor and the greater ease of performance will have a tendency to keep the farmers’ sons on the farms.  He is planning a large factory and proposes constructing 1,000,000 tractors yearly.

July 09 1915

July 09 (1915/2015)



Hallstead – Considerable excitement was created this week when a warrant for the arrest of 27 men employed on the D. L. & W.  cut-off operations, charging trespass, was sworn out by J. C. Florence and E. J. B. Roosa.  The hearing is set for September.  It seems that the D. L. & W. had taken legal steps to condemn lands of Mr. Florence and Mr. Roosa, but Mr. Florence disputes the right of the company to condemn his lands.  Later—The railroad’s corps of surveyors was arrested yesterday on a trespass charge by the same plaintiffs.


Forest Lake – Mrs. Mary Overton Brown, widow of the late William Brown, who died from the results of an accident fifteen years ago, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Taylor, in this place, Sunday, July 11th, from injuries received in a runaway accident.  While descending the steep hill near Clarke Brands, the harness gave way causing the horse to run away.  Mrs. Brown was thrown out of the wagon and, with other injuries, her spine was broken. She was taken to the home of the Taylors, where everything was done to alleviate her suffering


Susquehanna – The extreme hard rain of last Thursday sent the Susquehanna river to high water mark and grass and crops were ruined along its banks.  Drinker Creek overflowed its banks and washed away the old Erie shop and filled the cellars along by the side of it.  At Smith’s shoe store the cellar was full and Mr. Smith lost about $1000.  The fire whistle was sounded for the men to get out and save property and try and take care of the water on Main street.


Montrose – The Beach Manufacturing Co., of this place, has received a telegram saying that their patented sawing machinery, on exhibition at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, at San Francisco, had been awarded the gold medal. ALSO It is hinted in official circles that the arrest of one autoist the first of the week, and fining him a ten-spot, is but a forerunner of other arrests where the speed limits are exceeded.  Numerous large signs have been placed on the main thoroughfares indicating the lawful rate of speed allowed and officers are eagerly watching for offenders.  Several narrow escapes from serious accidents have caused these precautions to be taken.  Fifteen miles per hour should be fast enough for even the most speedily inclined.


Harford – Rev. Mueller took twelve boys for a hike on Tuesday.  They visited the ruins of the old Harding sawmill, at South Harford, cooked their dinner of potatoes, bacon, etc., and arrived at Harford at 6 p.m., tired but happy.


Great Bend – Accidents are getting to be quite common at Trowbridge creek bridge, just below here.  On Sunday there was a head-on collision in which one car was smashed and on Monday afternoon another accident occurred, in which one car was put out of commission.  The bridge is rather narrow for two cars to pass safely while speeding.  The occupants escaped with slight bruises.  ALSO Friday afternoon, while on the river bridge between Hallstead and Great Bend, driving an automobile at fast speed to escape an approaching shower, the machine struck an obstruction and Jay Crandall, of Lestershire (formerly of New Milford), was fatally injured. Three others were also seriously injured.  The party had been fishing at Hallstead all Thursday night and part of Friday.


New Milford – The suggestion is made that the old Lackawanna roadbed be secured for a highway between New Milford and Scranton when the railroad company abandons it for the new cut-off.  The roadbed is wide, following easy grades and would make a splendid place for auto travel.  The wagon roads along that route are hilly and in some places rough and stony.  If the railroad could be obtained it would make a famous highway. [It is now “famous”  Route 11].


Springville – The ball team won a game from Brogan’s Tigers at Heart Lake on Monday, the latter getting only two hits off Overfield, and he got 21 strikeouts.  That sounds pretty good for Springville. ALSO At the meeting of the school board and auditors, L. J. Drake was awarded the contract of hauling the scholars from Rosengrant district to the school here, and it was decided to continue the school at Lynn rather than bring those scholars to school here.


Kingsley – The winner of the baby contest at Greene’s Studio was Richard Masters, of this place. 


Forest City - F. J. Osgood is a candidate for County Commissioner and has lately purchased an automobile, which is worthy of emulation as a runner.  Mr. Osgood is the manager of the N. E. P. Telephone Co. and has a lot of friends who would like to see him land the nomination.


Middletown Twp. – The fast Middletown defeated Middletown Center, July 3rd in one of the series games.  The Middletown team played fast base ball.  Harry Jones twirled for the Center with Conboy catching.  John Coleman was on the mound for Middletown with Mart. Guiton behind the bat.  Fast fielding by F. Guiton and base running by F. Coleman and Watson featured. Middletown expects to play Fairdale July 10, on the latter’s grounds.


Clifford/Dimock – On the afternoon of June 13, 1915, George Edward Chamberlin died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward B. Williams, in Meshoppen, Pa.  Mr. Chamberlin was born in Clifford, January 8, 1841, and was the son of the late Pulaski W. Chamberlin and Eliza Brownell.  A Revolutionary ancestor, Moses Chamberlin, was one of the early settlers of Clifford.  He mastered the trade of a blacksmith, but when the Civil War began he enlisted Aug. 13, 1861 in the 4th Pennsylvania Reserve cavalry and participated in the battles of Culpepper, Bull Run and Malvern Hill, where he was wounded and never fully recovered from the injury.  At the close of the war he came to Dimock and followed his trade.  In 1873 he married Emma E. Titman, of Dimock and she survives her husband together with the following children: Mrs. Margaret B. Williams and Glen E., of Meshoppen and Pulaski W., of Niagara Falls, N. Y.


Jackson – The celebration on July 5th was a complete success.  Everyone present enjoyed an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with the fantastic parade in the afternoon.  Chicken dinner in the hall at noon at which 400 people were served, after which D. A. John Ferguson, of Susquehanna, gave an able address which was enjoyed by all.  The balance of the day was spent with games, contests and horse racing.  The South Gibson Band furnished music during the day.  Entertainment in the evening by local talent. Later, all who cared to stay enjoyed a quiet dance.  Jackson cannot be beat yet for a good, quiet, social time.


Franklin Forks – Heavy rain last Thursday caused hundreds of dollars-worth of damage to this place and vicinity.  The roads were getting in fine shape for all kinds of travel, but since the heavy rains they are badly washed out.  In Brookdale the worst flood for many years visited this place and vicinity last Thursday. Crops were destroyed, fences torn down and bridges washed out. 


Burnwood – Charles Ross was visited by burglars last week.  On hearing the burglar alarm he did not get up, having been fooled so many times by rats and mice.  It did not happen to be rats and mice this time.  In the morning Mr. Ross found that they had cut the burglar alarm and turned the irons from the door.  Hiss loss was not very great.  The burglars had taken a pair of shoes and a few things from the show case.


News Brief: Engineer Matthew H. Shay, aged 72 years, for many years one of the best known railroad men on the Erie, died at his home in Cleveland, O., on Friday.  For twelve years he had been secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.  He was a man true to his principles and faithful in performing his duties.  As a recognition of his services the Erie company named one of its engines, the largest and most powerful in the world, and which is now running on the Jefferson branch, near Susquehanna, the “Matt H. Shay.”

July 16 1915

July 16 (1915/2015)



Forest City – Attorney W. J. Maxey has announced himself as a candidate for the nomination of district attorney on the Republican ticket.  Mr. Maxey is one of the county metropolis’s most substantial citizens, he becoming a candidate largely through the solicitation of his friends.  He is an able attorney and if elected to the office would doubtless fill it credibly.


Hallstead – John J. Driscoll, a well know Hallstead man, died suddenly on Saturday morning while being shaved in J. J. O’Neill’s barber shop.  Mr. Driscoll had been in ill health for some time.  The body was taken to Burke’s undertaking rooms and later removed to the home of his son, here.  The funeral occurred Monday morning in St. Lawrence’s church.


Dimock – On August 28, 1876 the grounds of the Dimock Campmeeting were bought and consecrated to the use of the religious welfare of any who might take advantage of it, and it proved from the start to be very successful in its mission, for thousands have been benefitted by it, and the good that it has done will go on for centuries. Thirty nine years have seen many changes.  Of the old faces that used to greet us there every year many have gone to their reward, but their good work still goes on.  There was a time a few years ago when old Dimock Campmeeting ground seemed to be on the decline, but the last few years it has been rapidly regaining its popularity and this year promises to fulfil the wishes of the present board of directors and be the largest and best it has known for years.


Montrose – On the afternoon of Monday, July 12, and presumably under the orders from headquarters, an agent of the Consumes Water Co. of Montrose, combined an illegal trespass with a gross discourtesy, by erecting on the land of the various estates bordering on Jones Lake and without asking the consent of the owners of that land, the following “notice” which he might with equal rights have nailed on the front doors of those owners’ houses.  Notice—All persons are forbidden from going upon the waters of this Jones Lake by boat or otherwise or fishing therein either from shore or otherwise, or bathing therein or throwing objects or articles into the waters thereof or otherwise entering or trespassing upon the same—signed the Consumer’s Water Co. of Montrose. Such was the actual notice illegally posted by the trespasser employed—and this is a notice that was not posted but might well have been.:  To the Citizens of Montrose—For the sole reason that you persist in opposing the attempts of this Company to impose utterly unjust and preposterously unequal water rates upon you we have decided to deny to you and to your children certain entirely innocent rights that the residents of this community have enjoyed from the days of its earliest settlement—viz the right to boat upon, and fish in waters that as a matter of simple fact are State Waters and as such are stocked with fish from State Hatcheries maintained by the taxes of all Penna. Tax payers.


Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – Night operator, A. G. Betts, received a severe shock from the telephone wires during the electrical storm of Tuesday evening, while attending to his duties in the station.  Mr. Betts was rendered unconscious and has since been confined to the bed. Yesterday, however, he was beginning to recover the use of his limbs.


Uniondale – Constables E. T. Rimron and J. N. Corey brought three prisoners to Montrose yesterday morning and placed them in the keeping of Sheriff Reynolds.  The young men, ranging in age around 20 years, were arrested at this place for breaking into a D & H car and pilfering a quantity of watermelons.  The melancholy days for them have come.


Towanda – Coming upon a farmer mowing clover one day last week L. J. Russell, principal of the Towanda schools, heard the man complain how near fagged out his horses were.  Prof. Russell told him to unhitch and he would finish the mowing with his automobile.  Fastening the mower to the Professor’s automobile, the machine was sent speeding around and the big field was mowed within 10 minutes.  The mower was run so fast that the clover was thrown in the air in clouds.


Hopbottom – As the new trolley affords added facilities for bringing booze drinkers from neighboring villages, which good fortune has made “dry,” the question becomes more pertinent here—Shall this town continue to act as a distributing center not only for our own, but our neighbors’ stumbling blocks?”


Lanesboro - Deputy Sheriff H. E Taylor was here over Sunday, being a guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Taylor.  Owing to the high water taking out a bridge at Wellsburg, N.Y., it was necessary for the Erie to use the Lackawanna tracks both for passenger and freight traffic, and it was midnight, Friday, when the train pulled out of Great Bend southbound.  He stated that the going out of the Stack dam, near Susquehanna, contributed largely to the excitement connected with the unprecedented rainfall, many small buildings along the creek being washed away, and in one instance a portion of a house was carried away on the flood.  The dam in the Susquehanna river, at Lanesboro, was not visible, owing to the great depth of the water.  The electric light plant, for several days, was unable to use waterpower, but resorted to steam.


Springville – A lighting rod spell has again struck town and several of our people are having their buildings rodded.  ALSO In Lynn, the farmers in the vicinity are wishing for less rain and more sun for a change.


South Montrose – The school house at this place will be remodeled at once to accommodate the 50 or more scholars of this district.


South New Milford – Of all the rainstorms in July, last Thursday took the cake.  Many roads are hardly safe to travel over.  Now is the time for farmers to put in a couple of days on the roads, making the roads wider and safer, as many places are not wide enough for two teams to pass and many horses do not like to get too near an auto.  Make a general good job of it, and next year the taxes would not have to be doubled to pay for repairing.


A Question: Do you love music soft and low? Then tomorrow evening suppose you go to the town library where furnished free, will be given a concert right after tea; the hour appointed is 7 o’clock sharp, when the Victrola will start with tune of the harp, or the entrancing strains of the Marine Band, or Melba, whose songs have cheered every land; and again may be heard sweet “Il Trovatore,” or a selection fine from dear Thomas Moore, while from Italy, Germany and France, will be wafted rich music  replete with romance; so get yourselves ready and enjoy the rare treat—the concert at the Library just off Maple street.


News Briefs: After this year fraternities will be abolished at Mansfield Normal school.  The charge that they are undemocratic and promotive of cadism [being caddish?] seems to be established.  In consequence many of the fraternity meetings at the commencement last month were largely attended being in the nature of a farewell feed.  ALSO  It is expected that members of the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association will make a tour of our county during the first week of August, speaking in all of the larger towns and villages.  This will be a rare opportunity for those interested in the subject of equal suffrage to hear it discussed by Pennsylvania’s ablest speakers.  The tour will be made by automobile and all speeches will be made from the auto.

July 23 1915

July 23 (1915/2015)



South Montrose – King E. Griswold died at his home below this place on July 20, 1915.   He was 73 years of age and his long residence in this vicinity gave him a wide acquaintance.  Being of a jovial and friendly nature, he made friends readily, and he had a hearty, unfeigned greeting for all.  His farm was located about midway between here and Elk Lake, and during the years of early manhood and middle age he used to advantage his exceptional physical powers in tilling the soil.  Until the last a sturdy physique stood him in good stead and an erect bearing and active step caused him to appear but little past three score years.  He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in Co. D, 10th N. Y. Cavalry.  He was the father of thirteen children, eight of whom are now living.  His wife died about five years ago.  The funeral will be from the church here and interment in South Montrose cemetery.


Rush – The good old fashioned religion is good enough for me.  Dimock Camp Meeting, Aug. 18 to 26.  ALSO In East Rush the heavy rains of last week did considerable damage to the roads in this section.  If the supervisors were more careful in opening the sluices when working the roads, it would save the town a good many dollars.


Springville – During the storm on Monday evening, which was very severe in this section, lightning struck the house of A. E. Comstock, running down the chimney and into the living room, striking Mr. Comstock and cutting a bad gash about three inches long in his arm and causing paralysis of the limb, then passing into the cellar and mixing things up generally.  That it did not prove fatal is almost a miracle.  Dr. Lathrop was called and there is no doubt of final recovery.


St. Joseph – Last Saturday, July 17, the Choconut Base Ball team was defeated by the St. Joseph Base Ball team by a score of 5-3 in favor of St. Joseph.  The St. Joseph line-up is as follows: Captain, R. Gray, E. Kilmer, T, Kinney, H. Halison or Hallson, R. Schudderer, J. O’Malley, John Kane, W. Shudderer and G. Farrel.  The famous pitcher, C. Brown, who used to play for the Athletics, pitched for Choconut both games.  The second game finished up with a score of 1-1 and was too late to finish the game.  St. Joseph will play any team at the present time.  ALSO

T. P. O’Connell has purchased the general store of Mrs. B. C. O’Reilly, at this place, and is now conducting same.  Mr. O’Connell has an extensive acquaintance and should do well at this popular old stand.


Auburn Twp. – About 4 o’clock, Monday, a very destructive storm passed over the eastern part of this township doing considerable damage to trees and buildings on the farm of C. F. Chase.  It tore up 50 fruit trees besides blowing a quantity of timber down, turned over out buildings and swept the roof partly off a granary and one barn.  On the farm adjoining, owned by G. A. Crisman, it took the roof off the silo, also the chimney off the house and uprooted fruit trees and nearly demolished his timber.  Mrs. Donald Pierson, Miss Genevieve Pierson and Mrs. Jennie Cease, who were returning home from picking berries, were caught in the storm and were nearly drowned. Mrs. Alford Risley had four valuable dairy cows killed by lightning Tuesday.  The spire of St. Bonaventure church was struck for the second time, but the damage was slight.


Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. – During the heavy electrical shower Monday afternoon, Mrs. Levi Wells received an electrical shock, and was rendered unconscious for three hours.  She is recovering nicely, however, friends will be pleased to know.


Montrose – It has rained every day in Montrose this week.  There was a particularly hard shower Monday afternoon.  You may not believe in St. Swithin’s prognostications and consider it all folderol, but you cannot help but observe that it rains every day.  Let’s see, [according to tradition the weather on his feast day, July 15, will continue for 40 days] we believe we are to have 33 more days of rain. ALSO By the time of the next issue of this paper is in the hands of the subscribers the Montrose Bible Conference will be on the threshold of its eighth annual session.  The grounds are now being put in order and much work is being done for the comfort of the visitors, who will be here in larger numbers than at any previous year.  The Dining Hall is being enlarged to accommodate the large registration; nearly one half carload of canvas has arrived from which will be guilt the tented city.  Special attention is being given to the lunch counter so that transient visitors may be cared for so far as the inner man is concerned.  The auditorium will be re-carpeted with chips and the general house cleaning is going on.


Quaker Lake – P. F. O’Day, one of Quaker Lake’s genial citizens, and a violinist very popular in the western part of the county, was greeting his friends here yesterday.  Mr. O’Day says the outlook seems very bright for Quaker Lake, now-a-days.  Two new cottages are now being built and splendid improvements have been made, which attract a large number of Binghamton people to the lake, which is a particularly charming sheet of water.  There are accommodations at the lake now for meals and lunches.


Susquehanna – All roads lead to the Susquehanna Chautauqua, August 10-16.


Oakland – Early Thursday morning the general store of Brush Brothers and Birdsall’s meat market were entered.  Entrance was gained in the Brush Brothers’ store by placing planks from the river bridge railing to an open window in the rear.  So quietly was the work accomplished that Stanley Brush, one of the members of the firm, who occupies the floor above the store, was not disturbed from his slumbers until after the thieves had departed and friends notified him.  At the Birdsall meat market a window was broken and the night latch on the door unlocked by reaching in through the broken window.  At Brush Brothers’ store, two dollars in change was taken from the cash register, while at Birdsall’s the same amount of change was taken besides a number of cans of canned goods.  Local talent is suspected of the job.


New Milford – C. E. Woodward has purchased a lot at the corner of Main and Ward street, of John W. Hand, and will build a garage.  Mr. Woodward has built up a large business in auto repairing.  ALSO Frank Rosengrant, of Colorado, is visiting his mother, Mrs. D. W. Hager.  Mr. Rosengrant has been away from here fourteen years and is east to recuperate his health.


Harford – A company of Billy Sunday Trail Hitters, from Carbondale, will conduct the evening service, Sunday, July 25, in the Congregational church.  The leader of this group is M. D. Lathrope of the Presbyterian church of Carbondale, and a Director of the Montrose Bible Conference.

August 06 1915

August 06 (1915/2015)



New Milford – Manager DeWitt C. Vail, of the Family Theatre, will give a benefit show for the New Milford Band next Thursday night.  The band will furnish music.  ALSO New Milford Borough voted almost unanimously for paved streets at the special election. But seven votes were registered against the improvement.


South Montrose – A serious automobile accident was narrowly averted, Monday afternoon, when F. A. Davies, Esq., of Montrose, and County Surveyor, Morris Tingley, of Hop Bottom, were returning from Kasson’s Corners, where they had attended a bridge view.  They were on the road leading from South Montrose to Montrose and when near James Daugherty’s they overtook Ernest Lott, of Springville, in an automobile.  Coming in the opposite direction was a man with a team of horses, hitched to a wagon, and when he and Mr. Lott met they both stopped to talk, neither noticing Mr. Davies’ car, thus completely blocking the road.  Mr. Davies was going with some speed, and when he suddenly found the roadway completely blocked, immediately in front of him, he swung to the right to avoid a collision and his automobile slid off the high and very steep embankment, but did not turn over.  Judge Little’s team, which happened to be near, assisted in getting the machine back into the road and the journey to town was resumed, none the worse for their exciting experience.


Clifford – The Clifford and Lenoxville boys went up to Dundaff on Saturday and played the Dundaff boys a game of baseball, winning by a score of 4 to 0.  ALSO Judson Tripp has the finest lawn in town and he knows just how to keep it so.  Sheep shears and a good lawn mower do the business.


South Ararat – A load from Carbondale drove up on Sunday to spend the day at Fiddle Lake and report it as an ideal place.  Most every cottage at Fiddle Lake is occupied.  Surely those who have every camped there are very desirous of coming again.


Friendsville – Concerning a native of this place: It is 26 years since the ordination into the priesthood of Rev. Dr. P. C. Winters, rector of St. Paul’s Catholic church, Green Ridge.  To be exact, the anniversary date was July 25.  Dr. Winters is one of the most popular and best beloved priests of the Scranton diocese and during his 26 years in the priesthood has accomplished much good.  He has been at St. Paul’ for five and one half years and during that time has made hundreds of friends.


Montrose – No, Len Slaughter is not languishing in the county jail.  But the fault is all Slaughter’s, for all the necessary legal rigmarole was completed preceding a sojourn at “Hotel Crowbar!!”  Slaughter has been making his home lately at Charles VanRansaller’s, rather forcing himself on the family, it is said.  Slaughter became over nice about things, and was hard to get along with.  He quarreled with Mr. VanRansaller’s daughter, Saturday last, and threatened to shoot her, or do her other bodily harm.  Slaughter was arrested and taken before Justice VanScoten for a hearing.  He was held under $300 bail, which he was unable to produce and upon being ordered to jail, threatened the Constable also.  Constable Chapman thought he had better have a pair of “bracelets” for his prisoner, and went out after them, and locked the door.  It occurred to the prisoner about this time that he would prefer the open air to the hospitality of the jail and made a dash for liberty.  He forced the door and before the half dozen in the room at the time could realize what was taking place he had made a get-away.  He is said to have reached Binghamton.  As long as he stays away from Montrose all will be well.  ALSO Rev. Dawson Edwards is now pastor of the A. M. E. Zion church.  He is very anxious to complete kalsomining the church and would be pleased to have the assistance of any friends in the way of donations.


East Rush – T. R. Chase and family, who have been spending the past week with his parents, C. F. Chase and wife, have returned to their home in Factoryville.  Although “Tommie” has a good position with the D. L. & W. Co. he says he had rather be on the farm.


Lynn – Walter Hartman is the most popular young man in this section since he is taking the young ladies out in his Studebaker car, each waiting their turn as it happens.


Starrucca – A rattlesnake, 4 ½ ft. long and having 11 rattles, was recently killed by Edward Condon of this place.


Springville – The Merchants Telephone Co. now have an exchange here at the residence of Mrs. Edwards, some 50 patrons being on the company’s list and more to be connected.  The exchange takes in the neighboring towns of Lynn, Auburn Corners, Strickland Hill, Vose and Lymanville.


Auburn Twp. – John Roche, aged 23 years, died Tuesday night as a result of drinking wood alcohol, and Frank ford, aged 27, is in a serious condition, but yesterday was reported better and likely to recover.  The young men are said to have pilfered the alcohol from the photograph gallery of Lewis Lott, at Auburn.  Both were orphans, originally under the care of the Children’s Aid Society and worked on the farms in that vicinity.  Roche’s funeral was held yesterday morning, burial also being made in the local cemetery.


Harford – Contractors from Carbondale are busy moving the old school building back and preparing to begin the new building.


Brooklyn – M. D. Sterling is having a windmill erected on his farm to supply water to his house and barn.


Flynn – Our road engine has balked lately, and if there is anyone who has a remedy for a balky gasoline engine, Middletown would be pleased to have him present himself.


Rushboro – While Will Devine, overseer of the poor farm, was coming to the creamery Saturday morning, one of his bay team horses dropped dead.  ALSO Dogs were after U. W. LaRue’s Angora goats and killed and bit 22 of them.


Death of a Noble Woman: Mrs. Anna Maria Cox, one of the most beloved and oldest residents of Montrose, died at her home on Cherry Street, Aug. 3, 1915. No resident of the town was regarded with more genuine and unaffected esteem than was she, and although not entirely unexpected, the announcement of her death came as a sorrowful shock to all who knew and loved her.  Born in Montrose, 79 years ago the 5th of last May, her entire life was spent in her native town.  She was a daughter of Hon. Davis Dimock, who was a congressman from this district, being elected on the Democratic ticket.  His death occurred while he was filling his term of office.  Her grandfather was Elder Davis Dimock, the first Baptist minister in Susquehanna County. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Presbyterian Church and the Susquehanna County Historical Society.


Forest City – The fight for improved passenger service on the Jefferson division of the Erie is again on.  At the recent hearing before the Pennsylvania Public Service Commission a tentative agreement was made by the Erie representatives that a morning train service would be arranged.  The hearing was adjourned without evidence being submitted by the railroad and it was hoped that before this time the train would be on the road.  The Erie has, however, turned down the proposition. The hearing will be resumed in the Superior court room, at Scranton, tomorrow at 10:30.

August 13 1915

August 13 (1915/2015)



Brooklyn – Announcement was made yesterday by the Scranton and Binghamton Railroad Co. that its three-mile extension from Hop Bottom to Brooklyn will be open and in use on August 16.  It is the hope of the company to have the line opened to Montrose by the middle of November, and the hope will be realized, it was said, if prompt delivery of steel rails can be obtained.


Susquehanna – Engineer C. H. Pettis, while in the discharge of his duties some years ago, lost both of his lower limbs by a locomotive passing over them.  With artificial limbs, however, he is able to go about his daily work in the engine cab and is one of the most careful and trusted engineers in the Erie yards at that place. ALSO The old buildings are all torn away on the site of the new Opera House on Main Street, and they expect to begin work right away on the new structure.


Middletown Center – Miss Winifred Doney has returned home after learning dressmaking at Montrose and is prepared to do all kinds of first class dressmaking.


New Milford (Highlands) – Leo Kenyon, of this place, and Miss Mabel Brown, daughter of E. L. Brown, were married by Rev. H. S. Thomas at the M. E. parsonage in New Milford on Aug. 3.  The happy couple is on a trip to Wyalusing and other places.


Brookdale – Michael Dolan was in Montrose this week, doing jury duty.  Mr. Dolan came from Ireland over a half century ago and is a prosperous farmer, being the father of twelve children, nearly all of whom have gone out into the world and secured good positions.


Birchardville – William A. Owen purchased S. S. Lyon’s famous coach horse, “Ben,” for $2,400.  He was the most noted German coach horse ever owned in this section.  This stallion weighs about 1,300 lbs. and the breeders of this section will doubtless be glad to have the opportunity to breed animals that are real general purpose horses, doing farm work and at the same time having a quick gait that will make them good roadsters.


Springville – The local team won a hotly contested game from the strong Meshoppen team on the grounds here on Saturday.  Overfield pitched for the home team and was unkind enough not to allow them a single hit.  The final score was 5 to 2.  The result was a great surprise to the visiting team, as they had beaten our team in the last game played.


Alford – Angus Richardson is installing acetylene lights in his house and barn.


Thompson –The following is a list of the names and number of automobiles now owned in Thompson borough: Hudson, 1; Maxwell, 5; Ford, 3; Metz, 3; Kinmore, 1; Paige, 1; Studebaker, 2; Franklin, 2; Overland, 3. Total, 21.


Forest City – Edward Nesky is home on a furlough.  He is stationed at Fort Slocum, N. Y.  Sunday, he and Peter Petrus, while riding the latter’s motorcycle, ran against a telephone pole in Carbondale, rendering Nesky unconscious for more than an hour.  He was brought home in T. P. McCormick’s auto in a comatose condition.  He was injured about the face and head.  Petrus escaped with slight injuries


Montrose - Down at Orange, N. J., Thomas A. Edison has yielded to the plea of his neighbors and thrown away one of his inventions—a fire whistle which could be heard, the neighbors say, clear to the Pacific coast.  If Thomas isn’t going to use it, Montrose might get hold of it for a fire alarm.  The one that is being tested out this week can’t be heard above some of these measly 4-cylinder autos that the youths drive up Public Avenue, with cut-outs open, to make the initiated believe they have a 12-cylinder.  Now, however, the State law, affecting autoists who run with mufflers open, will be vigorously enforced by borough authorities. Violators in Montrose will be arrested, and fined not less than $10.00 and perhaps $25.00, after the first offense.


Hallstead – The Hallstead Base Ball team went to New Milford on Saturday for a game with the team in that place and was victorious by a score of 6 against 5.  The battery for Hallstead was Condon and Baker while Curtis and Thomas officiated on the mound for New Milford.  The umpire was Chas. Culver, of New Milford.  The chief feature of the game was the excellent work of Baker and O’Brien of the local team.  During the game the umpire got into a scrap with the center fielder and was going to fire him out of the game, but did not do so on account of losing the game.  The first time to bat after the argument, the fielder put the ball into an apple tree on the opposite side of the field for a two-bagger and thus redeemed himself.


Jackson – Dr. Clayton Washburn and family, of Jacksonville, Fla., are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Washburn.


Great Bend – Miss Mary Colsten is the successful winner of a new hundred dollar Royal typewriter, the master model 10, for the best slogan for the Royal.  The winning phrase that captured the prize supplied by Miss Colsten was “compare the work!!”


Silver Lake – Remember the big picnic here, Saturday, August 14, under the auspices of the congregations of St. Joseph’s and St. Augustine’s parishes.  Elaborate plans have been made for entertaining both old and young.


West Clifford – H.M. Reese stated that during last winter he had built a chair containing 620 pieces and of thirteen kinds of wood.  He will have it on exhibition at the Uniondale fair.  Mr. Reese said he had been offered $100 for the chair by a Scranton man, but declined the offer.

Choconut – On Saturday, Rev. J. T. Russell, of Silver Lake, entertained to a dinner at the Choconut Valley Inn, a party from Red Cloud Camp with other friends numbering in all forty-five.  Among the guests was Rev. Daniels, pastor of the Episcopalian church, Toledo, Ohio.  He was the son of the late Dr. Daniels, of Owego.  His mother was the daughter of Hiram Bates, one of the prominent members of Choconut Baptist church, who resided on the place now owned by James E. Hawley.  After dinner Miss E. C. Chamberlin received a call from Rev. Daniels, his mother being an old friend of her family.


News Brief: The Woman’s Liberty Bell, symbol of the appeal of the women of Pennsylvania for the rights of full citizenship, will pass through this county on Aug. 16, 17, and 18.  The bell, mounted on a motor truck and escorted by a corps of women speakers, is touring the State to remind the voters that the women of Pennsylvania are asking for the passage of an equal suffrage amendment to the State Constitution on November 2nd.  The towns which the bell will pass through are: Hopbottom, Springville, Montrose, New Milford, Hallstead, Great Bend, Oakland, Lanesboro, Susquehanna, Jackson, Ararat, Herrick Center, Uniondale and Forest City.

August 20 1915

August 20 (1915/2015)



Montrose – George L. Battles, one of the best known and most highly respected colored residents of Montrose, died at his home on Locust street, Tuesday morning, Aug. 17.  Mr. Battles had been in failing health for some years, having suffered for a long time, particularly from rheumatism, which he patiently bore and until a short time before the final summons continued with such activity as age would permit the activities of a useful, well-lived life.  The deceased was born in the Southland, seventy-seven years ago, and his early life was spent in servitude.  The greater part of his life was spent in this place, where his uprightness, courtesy and industry won for him the honest admiration of all.  His wife died some years ago, and he is survived by two sons, George, of this place and Henry, of Binghamton.  The funeral was held from the house yesterday afternoon and was largely attended.  Rev. Carl Councilman, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, conducted the service.  Members of the choir of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church sang.  Interment was made in the local cemetery.  The bearers were George Henry, Charles Wycoff, Sampson Reed, George Cruser, Luther Smith and Ed Thompson.


New Milford – Saturday, last, was a red letter day in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. David N. Hardy, of this place.  It was the observation of their 50th wedding anniversary and about 125 people were present to share in the joys of the occasion. ALSO H. B. Miller, of this place, attended the 50th anniversary of the mustering out of his regiment, the 89th New York Volunteers.  There are but few of his old comrades living.


Herrick Center – Henry Corey is improving his residence by the addition of a bay window, porches, furnace and bath.


Springville – George Haldeman took a load to Montrose, on Tuesday evening, to hear Dr. Conwell.  Mr. Haldeman has just added cushioned spring seats and a cover to his auto truck, making it much more comfortable for passengers, as well as affording protection from storm.


Hop Bottom – William Green, Jr., was drowned in Lords Pond Friday.  Mrs. Green and several other women had gone to the lake earlier in the day and Green thought to surprise them.  The women were some distance away so the young man secured a row boat and started for them.  When within a hundred feet of the party he dove into the water and started to swim towards them.  Suddenly he threw up his arms and went down.  The body was recovered an hour later.  The funeral was held Monday morning with interment in the new cemetery at Dalton.


South Harford – The neighborhood picnic will be August 25.  Everyone invited.


Glenwood – Last Thursday Miss Lucille Wilson gave a variety shower at her home in honor of Miss Blanche Hoppe, who is soon to be married.  Those present were: Mrs. Walter Hoppe and children, Mrs. A. W. Conrad, Miss Jeannette Conrad, Mrs. G. N. Bennett, Mrs. W. O. Medler, Mrs. N. B. Marcy, Mrs. Earl Conrad and Mrs. C. W. Hoppe.


Uniondale – Steven Bronson has purchased a new automobile for purpose of carrying meat to the city.


South Montrose – E. L. Sutton and wife, from Montrose, Colorado, are here, visiting the former’s half-brother, T. L. Ainey, in this place, and other relatives at New Milford.  Mr. Sutton was born in Montrose, Pa., 72 years ago.  In 1861, at the age of 18, he enlisted in Co. A, 57th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and when mustered out went West, where he has resided, this being his first trip East. 


Franklin Forks – To have lived in one community more than 63 years and have retained the high esteem of all the neighbors and friends during that long period of time, is a matter to give any man the keenest thrill of exultation.  Aaron Stockholm, one of our much loved citizens, has this satisfaction, having spent all these years there excepting the time given to the service of his country during the Civil War.  He is now 78 years of age. Visiting an old cemetery several years ago, with a view of better acquainting himself with the family lineage, he found out of 60 burials  of the name of Stockholm, 14 bore the name of “Aaron,” all being first sons, as was himself.  His great grandfather, “Aaron” was a Colonel in the Continental Army, serving under Gen. Washington. 


Susquehanna – The death of C. Leander Benson occurred August 16 at his home here, after a lingering illness.  He was one of the oldest residents of this town and for many years was one of the leading contractors.  He was held in the highest esteem by his many friends.  He is survived by one son, George Benson, of Susquehanna, and two brothers, A. M. Benson, of Cleveland and H. C. Benson, of Canton City, Colorado.  The funeral was in charge of the Masonic Lodge, being held from the family home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Burial in North Jackson Cemetery.


Jackson Twp. – The berry pickers social was held at John Hall’s, August 10th.  There was a large attendance.  The Brushville Ladies’ Aid served ice cream and cake, taking in $13.00.


East Rush – The lecture given last Wednesday night by Mr. Ross Hibbard, on the subject of Prohibition, was very good and he brought out some thoughts that were convincing even to the most skeptical.  He speaks from experience having been a bar-keeper for several years.


Forest City – Tomaso Camillacci, who has been employed by F. P. Flora the past two years, has received notice from the Italian Consul, at Scranton, that his class of reservists will be called on or about the 15th of September.  He will join the colors.


News Briefs:  Motor cars are coming into use at funerals quite generally.  They promise to displace horse drawn vehicles entirely while the roads are in proper condition.  ALSO  Christian Dorflinger, who died at White Mills on Wednesday of last week, was the pioneer of the glass industry in Wayne county, and in the country in fact.  He was of French origin and learned the trade of glass-making in his native land.  He came to America in 1845.  He lived for some time in Philadelphia and Brooklyn and moved to Wayne county in 1863 when he succeeded in building up the largest cut glass works in the world. ALSO Supt. D. J. Stowe, of the Highway Dept., of Scranton, is sending out strict orders in regard to Auto drivers or chauffeurs of automobiles which says, “The auto driver or owner who stops at a hotel to get a drink of anything stronger than water must forfeit his license hereafter, according to the Department of the State Highways at Harrisburg, and anyone operating a licensed car when he shows the slightest evidence of being intoxicated or of having taken a drink, he must be reported to Harrisburg and he will lose his license.  Speeding should also be prohibited in the small towns as well as the larger ones. ALSO Those low neck shirts that young men are affecting would be called peek-a-boos if there was anything to peek at, observes an evil minded editor.

August 27 1915

August 27 (1915/2015)



Hallstead – W.D.B. Ainey was appointed chairman of the public service commission of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Ainey, who was appointed a commissioner when Gov. Brumbaugh sent the names of the present commission to the senate of 1915, the night before the adjournment, has been acting chairman, being the junior member of the commission.  The position carries with it a salary of $10,500.


S. Ararat – During the bad storm, on Saturday, the house of Titus Shaver was struck.  The bolt hit the chimney and demolished it.  The stove pipe was torn to pieces and thrown around the room.  The bolt went through the floor and into the cellar and made its escape through the cellar wall.  The carpet was set on fire and some things were broken.  Mrs. Shaver was somewhat shocked, but aside from that all escaped harm.


Dimock – There was said to be the greatest number of automobilers on the Camp Ground this year, on Sunday, that was ever seen in a bunch in the county before.


Glenwood – The Hartley-Marcy reunion was held on Potters Island last Friday and the same place on Saturday.


Thompson – The Potter reunion, which was held at Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Potter’s, of Jackson, Aug. 19, was well attended, 160 being present.  They came from Lestershire, Endicott, Union, Port Jervis, Moscow, Scranton, Forest City, New Milford, Clarks Summit, Susquehanna, Gibson, Jackson, Uniondale, Ararat and Thompson.  The day was fine.  Everybody seemed happy and the invitation that was given by Frank Shepardson, of Gibson, to meet with his family at the old homestead, was unanimously accepted for the third Thursday of August 1916.


Susquehanna – C. R. Carrington and Jack Palmer went to Elmira, Monday, for the new auto fire truck for the chemical engine.  It’s a beauty.  ALSO  The ball game was well attended, but all of Susquehanna’s friends were sorry that Camp Susquehannock defeated the Erie Team.  We will, out of courtesy, suppress the score.  An eyewitness counted 76 automobiles leaving Athletic Park after the game (These figures have no reference to the score.)


East Rush – Sneak thieves entered the home of E. A. Jenner last Wednesday or Thursday night and turned things up side down and helped themselves to whatever they wanted.  Mrs. Jenner says they took dishes, tablecloths and silverware.  The house stands just above the church.  Mr. and Mrs. Jenner moved their household affects there last spring, but on account of Andrew Jenner’s wife being poorly and having to have some attendant, the old people went to help take care of their son’s wife, so have not been keeping house as yet.  It is reported that quite a number of people along the state road have been missing articles out of their cellars, some have lost a quantity of canned fruit.


Forest City – Catherine Gardner, four year old daughter of Garrett Gardner and wife, died of cholera infantum at their cottage at Lewis Lake, Saturday night.  The little one had been suffering for a few days when called by death.   ALSO  The other evening, to while away a lonesome hour, a dozen or more Forest City men, held in Montrose by pending litigation, dropped into the C-nic, the county seat’s moving picture house.  A three-reel production, “Sallie Singleton, Southerner” was being put on the screen.  It was a melo-drama of the Civil War.  One of the “leads” was a hot-headed young Confederate lieutenant and at first glance I thought his face had a familiar look.  When he smiled I placed him.  It was our own Pat O’Malley.  As Rothapfel has made his mark as a manager of moving picture houses, so O’Malley is making a reputation as a character in the films.


Brooklyn – The toot of the trolley horn’s hourly announcement of the arrival and departure of the car for Scranton is music to the ears of many Brooklynites.  Many of our people patronize the road, very few go via of stage to Foster [Hop Bottom].


Forest Lake – Forest Lake, with its eighteen cottages filled to overflowing, is one of the liveliest summer resorts in this part of the State.  A number of cottages have been erected recently, among them Register and Recorder, Birchard’s new cottage, “The Bee Hive,” which is often swarming with guests.


Montrose – Friends of the library will be pleased to learn that a fund for the purchase of a Victrola has been started by generous, local people and it is hoped that it will soon grow to such proportions that an instrument may be purchased.  If you are interested—well, you know what to do.


Uniondale – The Suffrage Liberty bell, scheduled to reach this place on Wednesday of last week, at noon, failed to appear on account of a breakdown.  ALSO  L. B. Thomas and Frank Westgate have secured the agency for the Hollier automobile. They will take a shipment of cars at once.  Mr. Thomas is an expert in the automobile business, having been the possessor of the first car brought to this town.  He drove a car from San Francisco to this place about two years ago.


Herrick Center – Oscar Bailey, one of the three veterans of the Civil War residing here, is recovering from a long siege of illness and gets around with difficulty.  With his father he enlisted in the 101st Regt. N.  Y. Volunteers in the early part of the war.  Ill health compelled him to return to his home in Hancock, N. Y., and after a short time spent in his native heath, he sought enlistment again, becoming connected with the 72nd Regt. N. Y. Volunteers.  He saw much fighting in the Army of the Potomac, serving under General Daniel E. Sickles.  He escaped without injuries until the capture of Richmond when he was wounded in both legs.  Late in the fall of 1865 he was mustered out.  He was young when he entered the service and has not reached seventy years.


News Briefs: Druggists who sell whiskey and brandy will have to take out retail liquor licenses after Jan. 1, 1916.  After that date whiskey will no longer be known as a medicine.  ALSO  A single gallon of gasoline will do wonders almost anywhere, but nowhere is it applied to better purposes than on the farm.  Here are some of its stunts: It will milk 300 cows, bale 4 tons of hay, mix 35 yards of cement, move a ton truck 1 mile, plow three-fifths of an acre of land and make enough electricity to keep electric lights in the farmhouse for thirty days.

September 03 1915

September 03 (1915/2015)



New Milford – The New Milford band has handsome new uniforms and wore them for the first time last Friday evening, when they gave a concert in front of the Carpenter House.  Landlord Carpenter served a splendid supper to the members of the band.  ALSO  The 33rd reunion of Co. F, 141st Regiment, P. V., was held here.  There are 16 living members of the 96 who were mustered in on August 22, 1862.  One member of the company, Philander J. Bonner, of Thompson, died during the year.


Brooklyn – When a young man contemplates taking the most serious step in his life—that of getting married—it is the custom to make the night before the nuptial event a most joyous one with the assistance of his unmarried friends.  In most cases, practical jokes are played on the bridegroom-to-be on that particular night. Friends of Joseph Walsh, of Dunmore, planned such a night, but the adventure ended with the arrest of four young men from this city, near Montrose, for the larceny of Walsh’s automobile.  Walsh, with friends and neighbors of his, were celebrating the coming event on Monday night.  In some manner the quartet eluded the Dunmore man and, taking his Ford automobile, drove towards Montrose.  When near Brooklyn, a tire came off.  Next the party gave the tool box to a farmer and ended with making a present of the automobile to a farmer boy they met on the road.  A charge of disorderly conduct was placed against them by J. P. Davies, of Montrose.  They were given a hearing yesterday and Scranton parties appeared and paid their costs and took them home on the train.


Susquehanna – Susquehanna Grange, No. 74, dedicated its new hall on the 28th.  The event was a great success both socially and financially.  Dinner was served to about 200 and supper to 100.  A nice sum of money was realized from the sale, making a total profit of $105 to furnishing their hall.  A variety of articles remain to dispose of which will be sold at some future time.


Lanesboro – A barbecue will be the leading feature for the Lanesboro Fire Department’s picnic on Labor day.  A large ox will be roasted whole and served with the trimmings.  There will also be a tug-of-war, athletic contests, a parade and large delegations from around the county.


Gibson – The Universalist Fair was a grand success.  Friends and neighbors were very kind in many ways helping, sending flowers, patronizing the different booths, entertainment and dinner.  Over $100 will be cleared.  Pretty good for a small town like Gibson.


Fowler Hill – Mrs. John Wootton has gone with the Maxfield children to the Soldiers’ Orphan school, at Scotland, Pa., and will return Saturday.


Dimock – Several young people from here will attend the high school, at Montrose, this term, returning home on Friday nights of each week. [Room and board was offered to out-of-town students, who had no nearby high school and desired to further their education].


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – The lightning rod agents were busy in this vicinity.  No sales were made, however.  ALSO  School at Rhiney Creek will open today, with Miss Jennie Webster as teacher. We wish her unlimited success.


Birchardville – The State road is being built through this place to the York State line.  Harry Cruse has taken the road from here to St. Josephs, and is building a good wide road.  ALSO Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Gary are on their way back to Walker, Iowa, after spending time with relatives here. [Dr. Gary posed as the farmer for the painting, “American Gothic,” by artist Grant Wood.]


Montrose – The management of the Fair, through the assistance of F. D. Morris, of the Rexall Drug Store, has secured Mr. L. D. Willis, one of the crack-shots of the world, to give an exhibition.  Mr. Willis is a wonderful performer with the rifle and shot gun, some of the feats being lighting a match with a shot, shooting pennies in the air, causing a shower of tomatoes from a shot from his gun, and cutting a card in two when held edgeways from a man’s hand.  A more extended notice will be given next week.


Elk Lake – Born, to merchant and Mrs. E. E. Stevens, August 22, 1915, a daughter, Marian Clare Stevens.


Forest City – Patrick McCormick died in a hospital at Allentown in his 85th year.  Deceased was born in Ireland and in infancy removed to England with his parents, and when 12 years of age came to America where the family located in Dunmore.  He was enlisted in the Union service in 1862 and remained at the front until the close of the war.  He was an early settler of Forest city and resided here for more than two decades, where he was well and favorably known.  The remains were brought to the home of his daughter Mrs. James McCabe, of Vandling, and the funeral was held from St. Agnes church, Forest City. ALSO Timothy Connelly, of Percy, Ill., arrived here Friday evening for a short visit.  He states that Percy is a mining town with but little business being done.  The Forest City colony there is thriving.


Clifford – Former County Commissioner T. W. Atkinson, of this place, is in his 85th year, but sprightly and active a man nevertheless.  “Uncle Tommy” came from England in 1849 and since that time has resided here or in the immediate vicinity.  He failed to become naturalized in time to vote for Fremont, but his first vote was cast for Lincoln, and he has voted for every Republican president since. 


Heart Lake – About 50 veterans, their wives, and a number of sons and daughters, attended the annual encampment here.  Commander M. H. VanScoten was re-elected, although against his protest, but the “boys” would not have it otherwise. David F. Gaston, a native of Alabama, gave a stirring address, giving the Southern viewpoint of the war, which was heartily enjoyed by all.  Mr. Gaston’s father and four uncles were “on the other side,” and two uncles lost their lives for the Southern cause.


Hop Bottom – The Ladies Equal Suffrage club held a bake sale in Loomis Hall on Wednesday of last week and over $7 was realized to defray expenses.  Mrs. Maxwell Chapman and Miss Walford, an English Suffragette, gave addresses in the open and drew attentive listeners. 


Middletown Center – Miss Blodwin Jones is attending school at Montrose.


News Briefs: An exchange says that a nearby editor threatened to publish the name of a certain young man who was seen hugging and kissing a girl in the park unless his subscription was paid in a week.  Fifty-nine men called and paid up nest day, while six paid a year in advance. ALSO The ship-building industry along the Delaware has developed so fast during the past year that Philadelphia is today the greatest ship building center in the United States and is a close rival for world honors.

September 10 1915

September 10 (1915/2015)



Rush – The Rush High school is progressing with Clark James as principal.  There are 100 pupils.


Montrose – It is reported that the Scranton and Binghamton trolley company is negotiating for the purchase of a lot at Harrington’s mills, on which the saw mill is situated, with the intention of erecting a station there.  The terminal probably will be located nearer the center of the town, the station at the mills being for freight shipments primarily.  The foreigners who have been doing the grading in East Bridgewater have been hard to hold as the larger wages offered in ammunition plants are attracting them.  ALSO  “Art” Huffsmith, of the Democrat, looked nifty as a “Tommy Atkins” [slang for a common soldier in the British army] as he marched away to Susquehanna Monday morning in his new uniform.  “Art” says he never had a better time since that memorable day at Richmond Hill, when he pitched for the Montrose Tigers, and nineteen hits were made in one inning off his delivery.


West Auburn – Lawrence Dexter has opened a barber shop in the house formerly occupied by Daniel Younker, where he may be found on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Friendsville/Carmalt Lake – A former Susquehanna county teacher, Sister M. Rosina, has been appointed superioress of St. Paul’s School, at Green Ridge, which is connected with the parish of which Rev. Dr. Winters, a native of Friendsville, is now the pastor.  Sister Rosina was Miss Mary Byrne of Carmalt Lake, and is a writer of charming verse.  A volume of poems from her pen, “Lakeside Idyls,” is in our public library. [Now in the Historical Society]


South Montrose – A public sale of household goods will be made by Mrs. Arminda Curtis, one half mile below this place on the Dimock road, known as the Wright Chamberlin place, on Sept. 11th, at one o’clock sharp.  Chairs, tables, beds, etc., will be sold, with Imon Very as auctioneer.


Lathrop Twp. – The schools of Lathrop township opened Monday morning with the following teachers: Pine Grove, Agnes Decker; Deckertown, Hazel Johnson; Lakeside, Lillian Perry; West Valley, Gladys Rose; Maple Grove, Vina Quailey; Hillsdale, Lowell Smith.


West Bridgewater – Homer Lake had the misfortune to lose a fine Holstein cow that he bought at Sidney, N. Y., paying $400 for it.  The cow’s death was caused by swallowing nails.


Forest Lake – Our genial postmistress, Miss F. P. Carr, has returned home after a vacation at Atlantic City and New York.  The postoffice was well cared for by Mrs. Ruth Fessenden during her absence.


Springville – Good Luck oleomargarine, 23 cents a pound at Brown & Reynolds’.  ALSO Candidates for the various offices gave the “glad hand” to everybody the past week.  ALSO The Merchants Telephone Co. has the new line to Auburn Corners completed and is installing telephones.


New Milford – It may be of interest to Susquehanna County people to know that the statue, “The School Boy” which will grace the new $1,000,000 auditorium at Oakland, Cal. was posed for by Bruce McCollum, son of E. F. McCollum and namesake of the late J. Brewster McCollum.  This young man was selected from the University High School, of that place, as exemplifying the typical 12 year school boy with perfect development.  Mr. McCollum, his father, was a son of Peter and Harriet McCollum, who for many years resided here.


Liberty Twp. – Julius Wilbur, a respected farmer of Rhiney Creek, was so severely injured by a bull Saturday night that he died later.  He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Edith, Ada and Lucy, and one son, Ernest.  The funeral was held at his late home on Tuesday.


Alford - The first excursion over the Lackawanna cut-off passed here Sept. 5th, consisting of Contractor Gahagan, of New Milford, his employees and friends.  The train was made up of Engine No. 2, three gondolas and caboose.  Cars were well filled with a jolly party.  Decorations were American flags and banners bearing the contractor’s name.  The train went to Nicholson bridge and return.


S. Ararat – Uncle John Hudson and granddaughter, Elva Wademan, are in Scranton, attending the Veterans’ Convention.  He is one of the boys of ’65.


Great Bend – The machinery for the new glove factory is nearly all in place, and it is expected that Great Bend’s new industry will be in running order in a few days.


Hopbottom – On account of the serious illness of a neighbor, the Methodist church bell may not be rung at the usual hour, but all regular services of the church will be held as formerly.  Don’t wait for the bell, come early.


Thompson – School opened Monday, Aug. 30th, with a large enrollment.  Prof. R. C. Dayton, of Birchardville, Principal; Miss Gertrude Southworth, of Franklin Forks, Ass’t Principal; Miss Mary Abrams, of Tioga, N. Y., Intermediate and Miss Nellie Aldrich, of Thompson, Primary.  Thirty-seven students are enrolled in High School.


Forest City – The marriage of Anthony Slikta and Veronika Kersevage, of this place, has been announced.


Oakley, Harford Twp. – Gertrude and Elsie Tingley, of Harford, spent Friday with their sister, Mrs. A. Pickering.  Miss Elsie went to New York City, Tuesday, to complete her training as a nurse in a New York hospital.


Susquehanna County Reads will feature the book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, along with many adventures for readers to be announced soon.  In the year 1897 Susquehanna County had its own murder mystery with the death of Jackson Pepper.  The following appeared in the October 25, 1897 “100 Years Ago” column:  “A. J. Pepper, a well to do farmer, living near Rush township, died yesterday afternoon from the effects of a most brutal and murderous assault committed upon him the night before.  Pepper is a bachelor, 75 [he was 69] years of age, and lived with his step-mother, a woman five years his senior, upon the Wyalusing creek road in a rather lonely place.  Tuesday noon he left the house and went to the barn, which stands some distance from and partially out of sight of the house, to husk corn.  When he did not come to supper at the accustomed time his step-mother thought it was strange and after waiting nearly an hour she went to the barn to look for him and was horrified to find his badly bruised body lying upon the floor with his hands and feet securely tied.  Physicians were called, but it was impossible to do anything for the injured man.  The only motive that could be suggested for the crime was for the purpose of robbery, as Pepper was supposed to have considerable money about the house, and it was suggested that the murderers intended, after killing him, to go to the house and ransack it, but that they became frightened before they could carry out their designs. Coroner Taylor and District Attorney Ainey were early at the scene of the crime, but as yet no tangible clue to the murder or murderers has been obtained.”  In the following weeks, details of the murder, apprehension of suspects and the trial, taken from newspaper articles, will appear in this column.  Look for the announcement of the Reads on the Library’s web site and brochures, available at the main library, the three branches and the Pratt Library in New Milford.

September 17 1915

September 17 (1915/2015)



Forest City – South Main street is enjoying a veritable building boom at present.  Imbued with the spirit of progress, McCormick Brothers will build their store building to the line limit, or about 10 feet additional frontage will be constructed.  The building is now occupied by S. Leham and M. J. Connelly.  The building will be raised to a uniform height with stucco siding.  The Forest City Lumber and Construction company have the contract and will soon break ground.  ALSO  John R. Bell has secured the services of John McGranaghan, of Hancock, NY, as assistant in his undertaking and furniture business.


Brookdale - On Saturday the sad news came to the friends of Mrs. Mary Comstock Stanford, of her death in Binghamton.  The funeral was held at her home on Sunday.  She was 80 years of age and was one of Susquehanna county’s Teachers in 1864.


Montrose – J. L. Somerville has sold the C-Nic Theatre to Floyd Myers, of Waverly, NY, and the ice cream parlor run in connection with the theatre will be discontinued.  Mr. and Mrs. Somerville will return to their former h ome in Elmira.  AND At the Montrose Fair, Harrington & Wilson had a fine display of machinery.  One of the features was threshing rye done by the gravity method with screens, and coming out very clean.  The straw was also baled in an improved bailer.  The enterprise of the firm was rewarded by selling nearly all the machinery they had on exhibition.  The model dairy barn on exhibition, which was the work of the Montrose High school students, in the agricultural course, was viewed with admiration.  ALSO  Lost, a small pocketbook containing a cash register key.  Please return to the Montrose House.


Uniondale – Uniondale has organized a Woman’s Suffrage club.


Ainey – Candidates of all ages and sizes are shaking hands with the voters in this section, but when the women get to voting they will vote for the man who remains in the house.


Harford – The High school commenced Monday last in the lecture room of the Congregational church.  The other departments will not commence until the completion of the new school house, which is being pushed rapidly forward.


Hallstead – A number of Italians employed on the Lackawanna cutoff have returned to Italy to take up arms against Austria.


Friendsville – T. F . Kelly and Prof. Warner went to Montrose Sunday.  Mr. Warner is a popular music teacher ad “Tom” is proprietor of a flourishing blacksmith shop here.


Middletown – In a game of baseball, September 11, the Middletown team took a double-header.  The boys defeated Friendsville by a score of 7-6 and St Joseph, 8-2.  Murphy and Guiton twirled for Middletown, while Reilly pitched for St. Joseph and Golden for Friendsville.  Fast infielding by Watson and Coleman saved the first game for Middletown.  ALSO The ball game, which was played in Little Meadows on Labor Day, for the championship of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, between Middletown Center and Warren, was largely attended.  Middletown Center defeating [Warren] by the score four to three.  The game was very interesting but it was plain to be seen from the beginning that the Warren boys were outclassed.


Herrick Twp. – Robinson G. Bolles, in his 82nd year, died at Burlington, Bradford county, on Sunday, Sept. 5th, 1915.  His body was brought to his former home here and laid beside his kin in the neat and well-kept East Herrick cemetery.  Mr. Bolles was a grandson of Robinson Bolles, one of the first settlers of Rush, now Jessup Twp., Susquehanna county.


Susquehanna – One would think by the amount of money that was expended on our streets, the past month, they would be in ok condition, but the taxpayers are wondering what was done with the money.  ALSO  Charles Birdsall is the agent for the Saxon car here.


East Rush – Quite a delegation from this place attended the Lawton fair.  All report a good time, there being very few drunks on the grounds.  Children and old people were not in danger of being insulted or run over.


Brooklyn – A lady suffragist, from New York City, addressed a company of women from L. S. Ely’s porch, Monday afternoon.


Choconut Valley – Mrs. Wm. McCahill has gone with her two little girls, Virginia and Marie, and three of her sister’s children, to Quebec, Canada, to place them in school.


Forest Lake – The cottages around the Lake are nearly all closed for the season.  Hope our city friends will not forget to spend their vacations with us another season.


New Milford – The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams died last Thursday after a long illness of dropsy of the brain.  The funeral was held from the home Saturday, September 11.  Interment in the New Milford cemetery.


Springville – Mrs. Olive Stone visited here a couple of days recently.  She spent one day at the Newton cemetery where she was overseeing the graves of her father, mother and also nine graves of her own little ones. Of a family of thirteen children she has only two living ones--Mrs. Harry Olmstead of Mount Morris, NY, and Ed. Stone of Tunkhannock. Her husband, Benjamin Stone, died this spring and was buried by the side of two sons, in Tunkhannock.


Franklin Twp. – A. Rhinevault remarked to us the other day that he has never seen so many fields of standing hay in September as this year.  It has been possible to secure most of the hay crop, though, under difficulties, the job being a long and tedious one, but the quality of much of it will be inferior.  Too much rain was the cause.

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