October 01 (1915/2015)
Harford - George Richardson is attending school at the Congregational church, in the lecture room. It may be a good place for “lectures,” but we have not heard of George being subject to any as yet. We think he will be glad when the new school building is finished as he is going to drive the “kid wagon,” which includes the Very District or Grammar School. ALSO Our popular County Superintendent of Schools, George A. Stearns, is living up to the old adage, “be not the first by whom the new is tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.” While his faithful horse has taken him over thousands of miles of the roads of Susquehanna County, he has purchased an auto, which he will now use when the weather and roads will permit.
East Rush – Sunday, Will Grow was kicked in the face by his horse. Hope it is not as bad as reported. Monday morning—Will Grow is not hurt as badly as first reported. Dr. Wilson took seven stitches in his lip.
North Bridgewater – Guy W. Angle, who left for the West the first of the month, being employed with the Dr. Kilmer Co., of Binghamton, for the fourth year, is in Minnesota and says the weather is cool there for this time of year.
Hopbottom – When W. C. Cox and County Commissioners W. H. Tingley, A. J. Cosgriff and J. E. Hawley were coming up from this place, Monday night, in the former’s car, they had an experience they will not soon forget. They, nearing Oakley’s Garage this side of Hopbottom, at which point there is a sharp turn in the road, proceeding at a fair rate of speed, when they came abruptly to a telephone pole which had toppled over across the road. Mr. Cox, quickly grasping the situation, applied the emergency brakes, which reduced the speed of the car, but not till the four wheels had passed over the pole, breaking the springs and smashing the radiator, but not crippling the car so badly but that it was brought home with its own power. Mr. Crogriff’s hand was cut by coming in contact with a wire which was in their path, but otherwise no one was injured. It was a close call, indeed.
Lynn – Silo filling is in full swing now. The hardest part of the business is to get help enough to run all the outfits, as there are so many of them in this neighborhood and all want to fill at about the same time.
N. Jackson – E. W. Tallman, eldest son of Mrs. Ann Tallman, has been transferred from Boston to Philadelphia, where he is general sales agent for the Shredded Wheat company.
Forest City – A grand concert will be given at the Congregational church on October 28 by the choir, previous to entering the competition at the Mitchell Day eisteddfod, at Scranton. The program will consist of solos, duets, quartettes, instrumental and vocal, and recitations and readings by popular artists. Adm. will be 25 cents, proceeds to defray expenses of the choir and church.
New Milford – Lucius S. Brown, a former editor of the New Milford Advertiser, died at the Union Printers’ Home in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday. Mr. Brown had been living at the institution for the past few months, being in very ill health. The greater part of his life was spent in New Milford, where he was well known. Prior to entering the home he lived in Montrose, being in the insurance business. He was the father of Lee Brown, of Montrose. He will be interred in New Milford.
Susquehanna – Failure to secure a sufficient number of young women to work at the silk mill here, is causing the management considerable uneasiness, and may cause the owners to locate elsewhere if this condition does not improve. The company is desirous of securing 200 girls to work in the mill, the output being limited at present on account of lack of employees.
Montrose – A great treat will be given the baseball fans at the C-Nic theatre during the “world’s series.” An electric score board is being installed and every play will be given exactly as it is played in Philadelphia and Boston.
Herrick Center – Last Friday afternoon the pupils of the Herrick school rendered a very interesting program in the High school auditorium and gave a fine exhibit of flowers grown by members of the school. These exhibits of the work of the pupils are very creditable and are a source of much pride and pleasure to the community. Another one with a more elaborate program will be given on Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. This is the annual Patrons’ Day entertainments and the pupils will exhibit fruits, vegetables, baking and handiwork.
Jackson/Thompson – Misses Merle Leonard and Corabelle Schermerhorn enjoyed roller skating at the Thompson rink last Saturday evening.
News Briefs: The frosty nights have brought the parlor stove back into commission. ALSO County fairs are all over now. People can settle down to their usual routine of business again. ALSO The county commissioners are arranging to replank the roadway of the river bridge between Hallstead and Great Bend.
Murder of Jackson Pepper, continued from the week of Sept. 24, 2015 – “They have arrested the Pepper murderers and have got them in jail!” was the starling though welcome news that went like wild fire through Montrose on Monday morning and quickly radiated to the furthermost extremities of the county of Susquehanna. Later in the day it was ascertained that after months of untiring effort light and truth, had, apparently, triumphed over what had seemed the most blind and baffling circumstances. The identity of the men believed to have murdered Jackson Pepper had been established and their capture effected. The men charged with the awful and brutal crime are Cornelius W. Shew, and James J. Eagan. Sometime in the spring of 1896, James Smith, or as he now calls himself, James Eagan, met Susie Graham, who was from Rush Township; they were both residing in Binghamton. Smith lived with the Graham woman for about 1 ½ yrs., she taking his name and being known as Nell Smith, although they were not married. In 1897 they lived with her father in Rush for a time, afterwards leaving for Susquehanna where they lived for several months, before separating, in the home of Mrs. Janet Witbrook. While there Smith (Eagan) became acquainted with Cornelius Shew and it was in this house that plans were made to go to Rush, overpower Jackson Pepper and his stepmother, and secure the large amount of money they thought was hidden in the Pepper home. Smith (Eagan) learned of Pepper’s money while living in Rush. The details of the plan and how it was carried out are as related by Susie Graham, who overheard Shew and Smith (Eagan) talking. To know the guilty parties is one thing, but to find and arrest them is quite another. Where were they? Susie Graham had not seen either since November and December of 1897. District Atty. Ainey decided to arrest the two for taking Susie Graham’s household goods and disposing of them and not give fair warning for a warrant for murder. Acting on information about the whereabouts of Shew, Police Chief McMahon, of Susquehanna, and Mr. Ainey went to Deposit Rock Rift first by train and found he had moved on to Kerrysville Acid Factory and was still there two weeks before. The journey was continued toward Kerrysville, up over the mountain road to Rock Rift then to Apex on the Ontario & Western R. R. and reached Kerrysville just as the factory whistle brought the noon hour to a close. He was identified and quickly secured. (To be continued next week. The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program. See details on the Library website. The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on. The museum will be open during regular hours and open the evening of September 30 at 6:30, for the first event Interpreting Sherlock Film Festival and Discussion, which starts at 7:00.
September 24 (1915/2015)
Forest City – The enrollment of the parochial school of Sacred Heart parish is much larger than last year. The school is under the care of four sisters of the St. Bernardine order, two of whom were in charge last year.
Thompson – Edward Avery, of Ararat, who recently purchased Charlie Crosier’s store on Jackson street, also his stock of goods consisting of confectionary, toilet articles, hunting outfits, fishing tackle, etc., has taken possession and is doing business. They will keep fruit, green corn, vegetables, and oysters in their season, and will have a barbershop and ice cream parlor in connection with the store. ALSO Mr. Abdel Fatah, having rented S. D. Barnes’ store on Main St. and purchased his entire stock consisting of drugs, dry goods, groceries, crockery, wall paper, novelties, etc., is removing his stock of ready-made clothing, etc., from the Walker block on Jackson St., where he has been in business the past 3 years.
Harford – The hotel in Harford, conducted by Fred J. Skeels, was burned to the ground at about 10 o’clock Wednesday morning. The fire is supposed to have started from the chimney, a fresh fire having been started in a stove to heat some of the rooms. Most of the first floor furnishings were saved, but not the second. The building was a two-story frame structure and had been used as a hotel for many years and was one of the town’s landmarks. Partial insurance to cover the loss.
Franklin Twp. – The farmhouse on the Munger farm, near the old Munger tannery, was consumed by fire yesterday, shortly after the noon hour. How the fire started is not known. The occupants of the house, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Mead, were not at home, being employed elsewhere, the children remaining and on their return the rear of the house was blazing. They managed to save much of the goods on the first floor with the assistance of neighbors.
Montrose – The temperance people of this place will get a great treat tomorrow evening, at the Colonial Theatre, when the J. L. Tempest Big Dramatic Company, of Philadelphia, will present the revised version of the touching and beautiful drama, “Ten Nights in a Bar Room.” The people just flock to see the play wherever it is given, and often many are turned away for lack of room. It is a play for the children to see, and points out very forcibly the danger of using strong drink. All are invited. Ten, 20 and 30 cents. ALSO Beach Manuf. Co. received orders for nine sawing machines of which three will go to England, four to Japan, and two for this country.
Brooklyn – The death of Ansel E. Tewksbury, an aged resident of the township, occurred on Sunday afternoon, of cancer. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. VanSciver on Tuesday, the Odd Fellows attending in a body and having charge of the services at the grave. One son, Elmer, of Buffalo, and a daughter, Mrs. H. E. Cogswell, of Washington, D. C., survive.
Herrick Center – School was closed on Wednesday, Sept. 15, on account of the Uniondale (Tri-County) fair and a large part of our citizens were present, enjoying the exhibits, the races and the visiting, and incidentally the hottest day of the season. The fair was one of the best ever held and was certainly well attended. Interest centered in the horse races, all of which were won by Admiral Bell and Elsie Marie, owned by Clark & Patterson, of Carbondale. The Novelty Amusement company gave free exhibitions.
Brookdale – A party of young people enjoyed a marshmallow and corn roast, Saturday evening.
Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – I. H. Travis’ barn burned to the ground last night, with all the contents, including hay, oats, machinery, wagons, etc. Nothing was saved. It was caused by the lantern exploding. There is some insurance. ALSO Miss Jennie Webster has had to close her school on Rhiney Creek on account of ill health. She was a good teacher and has the sympathy of the entire community.
Gelatt – The Billy Sunday Trail Hitters, from Carbondale, held interesting meetings here Sunday. There were Baptismal Services at 1:30 PM.
Susquehanna – Hugh Mackey, who has been in the First National Bank in this place for the past two years, has relinquished his position and leaves Saturday for Philadelphia, where he will enter the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
South Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Dill, who have resided here for the past four years, coming from Philadelphia, are making arrangements to remove to Glasglow [Glasgow], Montana, where they will locate on a half section of land, acquired from [the] government under the Homestead Act, being joined at Glasglow by three of Mrs. Dill’s brothers, Leonard and Arthur Titman, who come from the state of Washington and Clark Titman, from Indiana, who will also locate upon government lands. The three brothers and Mrs. Dill are natives of Auburn, being children of the late Isaac Titman and will be remembered by many of our county people. Her niece, Mrs. Lou Phelps (nee Setser), from Elk Lake, lives at Glasglow.
Rush – Continued from the week of September 10, 2015: (Arrested For Murder: James Eagan and Cornelius Shew Now in Jail Charged with Killing Jackson Pepper). "Suspicions" On Wednesday morning, following the murder, District Attorney Ainey was summoned to Rush and quickly responded, reaching the scene of the crime several hours previous to the death of Jackson Pepper. Suspicions of all kinds were presented to him. Some people in their eagerness insisted that everyone in Rush township should be arrested and made to prove their whereabouts at the time the crime was committed--a sort of putting everything through the sieve, in the hope that the guilty person would not go through. Some wanted blood hounds, ignoring the fact that the rain of the previous night or early morning had obliterated the trail--and also that with nothing to set the dog to, the scent would more likely lead to the body of A.J. Pepper himself, or possibly to Mr. Pickett, Mr. Wilber or Mr. Granger, who had so kindly helped to carry the body to the house. There were theories and suspicions by the score; this one and that one being pointed out by an anxious public as the guilty parties. Realizing that there was a double duty to be performed--first to discover and bring to justice the guilty, if possible; second to clear away unjust suspicions resting on the innocent--Dist. Atty. Ainey offered his service to the acting coroner, A. Carter, Esq., who availed himself thereof. Every person with a theory or suspicion or a "suggestion" was heard, and so far as practicable, each of these was run out. At the very outset, two theories presented themselves prominently. First, that the crime was the work of local people; second, that it was the work of tramps. The former seemed the more feasible, because it was hardly to be credited that tramps would know the rumors concerning Pepper's secreted wealth, or that they would leave a pocketbook containing $85 untouched in the old man's pocket. There was, however, to support the tramp theory, the fact that two men who were credited with belonging to the "hobo" family, were seen in the vicinity of Fairdale, at Swackhammer's near Butterfield Springs, and at several other places on the road to Skinner's Eddy. Mr. Ainey had at once placed himself in communication with one of the best detective agencies in the United States, and within a week from the date of the murder one of their most skilled operators, fresh from the successful solution of another murder case, was in Rush and hard at work. He was given full sway and his daily operations were reported through headquarters to the District Attorney's office. One by one all "clues" concerning the local suspects were run out and abandoned. About 150 witnesses were examined before the coroner's jury, and a record of their evidence preserved for future use. [To be continued....] The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush, Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads program. See details on the Library’s website. Scavenger hunt to start soon.
News Brief: The author of the song, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier,” steps in the arena and says it was not a plea for peace but for motherhood against sudden reversion to barbarism in European countries.
October 08 (1915/2015)
Montrose – A Farm Bureau was organized here with the Hon. E. E. Jones, of Harford, chosen as President. Although the day was stormy, over 30 were present, representing every section of Susquehanna County. ALSO An aeronautical association was formed at the High school for the study of aeroplanes and air currents. A three foot model of a Curtiss aeroplane has been purchased and will be assembled by the members of the association. With the growing interest and advance in aeronautics, we believe the young men are taking up a branch of study which will be more profitable in the future than our more sanguine imaginations now anticipate.
Springville – D. E. Tuttle expects to leave for Detroit about Dec. 1, where he has a position in the Maxwell motor shops. We shall be sorry to lose him.
West Auburn – Allen Jayne has been very busy with a force of men harvesting his fine apple crop, the result of modern, up-to-date methods of pruning, spraying, etc.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. – James Conboy is about to take the agency for the Studebaker car. His territory will include the western half of Susquehanna county and the eastern half of Bradford.
Lawsville – Thomas Kanane, of Silver Lake township, was thrown from his wagon as he was returning from Lawsville creamery, his team becoming frightened by an automobile near the residence of Fred Bailey. He received several bruises and a general shaking up. The team was caught by Mr. Bailey.
Gelatt – William Cole died at his home here on Tuesday, Sept. 28, after a short illness. The funeral was held here on Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock, with burial in the Manzer cemetery. The Sons of Veterans had charge of the services at the grave. He is survived by his wife, Mary, one son, Dr. David Cole, of Gelatt, and one daughter, of Colorado. He was a member of Myron French Post and was esteemed by all who knew him. [Corp. William H. Cole was a member of Co. B, 143rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.]
Hopbottom – Alonzo Bell, one of our oldest residents, died at the home of his grandson, Duane Bell, in Lenox, on Oct. 4. Interment in the Tower cemetery at Lenox. ALSO The M. E. church was packed Monday evening with listeners to the discourse delivered by Rev. Ackley on the subject, “Beef or Booze.” Public thought seems to be springing into a more lively interest in this all-important subject of temperance, and right thinking people are hoping that some good fruit may result from this awakening.
South Montrose – Homer B. Shay has bought a small farm east of this place, of Frank Dill, and took possession last week. It was the old home of Mrs. Shay’s grandfather, Orville Hancock, deceased, and the buildings were built by him some 35 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Dill will start for their new home in Montana, where they will engage in farming on a much larger scale.
Rush – G. S. Shoemaker, of Hallstead, and Charles W. Lung, of Lyons, Mich., were welcome callers on Saturday, en route to Rush, where they intended visiting old scenes of their boyhood days, and the graves of their parents. Mr. Lung lived in this county in his youth, being at one time employed on the farm now occupied by Samuel S. Horton. He was one of the sons of Susquehanna county who responded to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers—enlisting in Co. D, 50th Pa. Volunteers, under the late Captain Dr. G. Z. Dimock, and was on a transport bound from New York, for the South, which was so nearly wrecked by a storm. The late H. C. Burgess was one of his comrades-in-arms.
Brooklyn – Miss Frances Craver has entered the Oral School in Scranton to train for a teacher of the deaf.
Gibson – Gibson was the center of attraction on the evening of Sept. 28, it being the occasion of two weddings. At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Yeomans, occurred the marriage of Miss Edna to Tracey Bailey. Rev. Jones, the bride’s pastor, performing the ceremony. The same evening, at 8 P.M., at the Universalist parsonage, the ceremony, uniting in marriage Carl VanDuzen and Sadie Potter, of Harford, was performed by Rev. R. S. Kellerman.
Alford – A. W. Richardson, who had acetylene lights placed in his buildings recently, is now making extensive improvements on his barn, and is to have a heating plant installed in his home.
New Milford – O. C. Whitney is building a new factory on the site of the evaporating plant that burned about two years ago and will manufacture fruit crates for the southern trade. Mr. Whitney has been in the south for some time buying fruit and vegetables and is familiar with the conditions. The new enterprise for New Milford should be welcomed and encouraged as it doubtless will be.
Forest City – The wedding this afternoon of Miss Ruth Owens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Owens, of this place, and Cecil A. Resseguie, of S. Gibson, marked the happy culmination of a romance. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Sacett, a close friend of the bride, at the home of her parents. Miss Hazel Resseguie , the groom’s sister was the bridesmaid and Herbert Horton was best man. The bride and her attendant were gowned in white silk charmuse, trimmed in real lace, with picture hats. After the wedding dinner was served, the couple left on the 3:56 train for New York and other points of interest.
News Brief: The Phillies and the Red Sox will battle for the world’s baseball title at National Park in Philadelphia. A tremendous crowd is expected, as it has been announced that President Wilson will attend. A thought for the day: Forget all gossip as soon as you hear it; forget to do anyone an injury, but remember to do everyone a kindness.
The murder of Jackson Pepper, continued from the week of Oct. 1, 2015 – The arrival of the midnight prisoner [Shew] at the jail was sufficient to set gossip afloat, and it was known that the work in capturing Smith [Eagan], if successful, must be done quickly. Mr. Ainey and his brother, Charles, started for Windsor, where they arrived about midnight and where Smith’s [Eagan’s] adopted father, Catlin Smith, lives being one of the most respected citizens of that town. However Mr. Smith had not seen James in over a month. Next they went to Coventry to the home of Kern Eagan, brother of James, and found that James was at another house where he was living with his wife and mother-in-law. This was the first intimation that James was married, and it was soon ascertained that he married a daughter of Mrs. Streeter on the Monday before his arrest. At the home, a girl in short dress, and who appeared to be not over 13 or 14 years of age, but who proved to be the wife of James Eagan, was asked where he was and was told that he was at the barn, several rods away. Here he was captured, without resistance. Thinking that he was being arrested for the stealing of Susie Graham’s household goods, he said that he would prefer to go to Susquehanna direct, rather than go to the jail in Norwich, because he thought he could readily clear himself of the theft charge. The return trip to Susquehanna was uneventful and likewise from Susquehanna to Montrose. Early Monday morning, after a carriage ride of 86 miles, Smith [Eagan] was turned over to Sheriff Deuel. Both men waived a hearing on the charge of stealing Susie Graham’s household goods, but later in the day warrants were served upon them for the murder of Jackson Pepper. Rumors of confession are rife, the latest story being that both of the accused have given their version of the crime. (To be continued next week. The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program. See details on the Library website. The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on. The museum will be open during regular hours.
October 15 (1915/2015)
Great Bend – The glove factory has closed down for a few days owing to scarcity of help. S. Balier left Monday night for New York to secure help.
Forest Lake – W. B. Lincoln and wife, who recently went to Montrose to live, have come to the conclusion that the farm is the best place and have returned to their home here. We welcome them back.
Springville – Our neighboring township of Lathrop is alarmed over the cases of diphtheria already developed. The teacher at Lakeside school is very ill at her boarding place, the home of Charles Rockwell, and two children and a pupil at Lakeside school are also ill with the disease.
South Gibson – Mrs. W. A. Chamberlin and Mrs. H. L. Abel, of Harford, spent the week end in Binghamton and Johnson City, and had the pleasure of going through the Endicott-Johnson shoe factory, seeing the multitude of workers at their machines, each doing their special part making 19,200 pairs of shoes daily, also at the box factory, where the boxes are made ready for the shoes and then shipped to all parts of the world.
Clifford – Work on the stoning of the road from this place to Carbondale has begun in earnest. The crusher is being used on the Carbondale end and the work will be pushed this way as fast as possible. The work of putting gravel on the road from the cemetery to the village will begin soon. This section of the highway was stoned some years ago, so the top dressing is all that is needed. ALSO During the year 1913, Henry D. Jones and James E. Jenkins, of Clifford township, brought suit against the school directors of said township, seeking to compel them to reopen and maintain a school which had formerly been closed and consolidated with another school. After a hearing in our local court, Judge Little sustained the action of the school directors. An appeal was taken to the Superior Court and that body has recently handed down an opinion affirming Judge Little’s decision in the case.
East Rush - Our creamery man, E. W. Estus, is soon to leave us, so it is reported. We sure hate to part with him for we feel that the community is losing a good citizen, the Creamery Co. a good butter maker and the church a staunch supporter. While some, doubtless, will be glad to see him go, the majority of the people feel that they are going to lose a good friend.
Montrose – The death of William Smith, an old colored resident of Montrose, occurred on Sunday morning, Oct. 10, 1915, after a long illness with tuberculosis. He was a son of the late Rev. William Smith, at one time pastor of Zion A. M. E. church, and two brothers are in the ministry, Rev. Charles Smith and Rev. George Smith, who hold charges in New York State. Mr. Smith was well known for his cheerful disposition and he was obliging to all. For many years he assisted as butcher in the South Main street meat market. He is survived by his wife and five adult children. The funeral was largely attended from Zion church on Wednesday afternoon.
Jackson – Miss J. M. Hovey, of Binghamton, will be at the Central Hotel, Oct. 20-21, with a complete new stock of millinery goods.
Fairdale – The Dewey Medicine Co. visited Fairdale last week and gave away several valuable presents, among them being a valuable silver ware set for the most popular married woman. Mrs. Grace Downer secured the prize.
Susquehanna – The Simon H. Barnes Memorial Hospital graduating exercises will be held in the L. A. C. Hall, Wednesday evening. The Misses Mildred Washburn, Mildred Stewart, Gertrude Lewis and Gwen Lewis will graduate. ALSO Fritsy Fon, Hon. C. F. Wright’s chauffeur, attended the races at Sheepshead Bay, Saturday.
Thompson – On account of the interest and large attendance at our high school, the directors invited Supt. Stearns to meet with them Oct. 4th, in regard to changing the school from a third class school to a second class. After considering the matter from all sides, it was the unanimous decision that it was the proper thing to do. The directors and faculty are working together to make Thompson Borough school one of the best second class high schools in the county. All pupils who wish to attend high school will make no mistake if they choose Thompson, as they will be under good influence and instruction. Board can be had at good homes at reasonable rates.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – Wanted in this place—a good barber and cobbler. The same can make a good living and would be appreciated by the whole community at large.
Great Bend – Galvin Newman and family, of Elyria, Ohio, are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Newman. They made the trip in a new Maxwell car which had been bought in Elyria by Almon Newman, of this place.
Franklin Forks – J. C. Webster expects to move his house onto the cellar he has just finished this week. Mr. Lilly, of Montrose, will do the work.
N. Harford – Friends from Scranton, Binghamton, Harford village, Kingsley, Wilkesbarre and Kingston, have been recent guests at W. S Sophia’s to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Alexander, of Montana, but we all regret that the latter place is so far away. “We meet, but we must part,” and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander and their three fine little girls leave here sometime this week for their Western home. Friends will always be glad to welcome them back to “good old Pennsylvania.”
The murder of Jackson Pepper, continued from the week of Oct. 8, 2015. When criminal court opened at Montrose this week it was fraught with but few of the outward appearances that usually mark the initial scenes of a trial wherein a human life is at stake, but within 24 hours the news had been borne on the winds, as it were, that the case against J. James Eagan, alias Smith, charged with the cruel murder of Jackson Pepper, was really on, and the town swarmed with the witnesses on either side, and many others who came simply as interested spectators. Monday afternoon the case was called and those present were at once filled with expectancy. The prisoner was brought in by the deputies and was instantly the cynosure of all eyes; his step was firm and elastic, his form erect, his face slightly flushed and his cold gray eyes seemed to flash defiance at those about him, as he strode into the room with something of a swaggering gait and took his seat near his counsel, T. J. Davies, Esq., and to whom he vouchsafed a cherry, “How are you.” Mr. Davies moved to quash the array of jurors on a technicality, but was promptly overruled by the Court. He then made a similar motion to quash the indictment against the prisoner, and this, too, received an adverse decision from Judge Searle. Following these preliminaries every one settled down with resignation to the long and tedious undertaking of selecting from the jurymen, impaneled for the week, an even dozen, who were unobjectionable to either side. One after another, as their names were called, a juryman would be sworn and take the witness stand, where perhaps a few questions would cause him to “stand aside” at the command of the commonwealth, or perhaps they would “pass muster” so far as the State was concerned, only to be held up by one of Mr. Davies’ peremptory challenges for the defense, or else a “challenge for cause.” Few were found but what had formed some opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the accused. When Court adjourned on Monday, seven jurymen had been accepted and given into the sworn custody of Court officers Geo. C. Hill and Fletcher G. Warner. (To be continued next week.) The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program. See details on the Library website. The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on. The museum will be open during regular hours.
October 22 (1915/2015)
Lawsville – Thieves broke into the home of Mike Dillon last Saturday morning while the family had gone to church and stole two watches, a gold ring, a cross, and about 90 cents in Lincoln pennies. Mr. Dillon saw two men coming along the road when he drove out of his barn. They stopped when within a few rods of the barn and seemed to be lighting cigarettes when Dillon and his wife passed them. Mrs. Mitchell also saw two men near Dillon’s back porch, but thought they were relatives. ALSO The postoffice at Lawsville Center will be a thing of the past after Nov. 1. It will be greatly missed as it has been a postoffice town since the oldest inhabitants can remember.
Brooklyn – The work of resurfacing the section of State aid road in Brooklyn is well under way. H. T. Shadduck, who has had charge, has been at work drawing crushed stone from Foster and cleaning the roadbed and drains. On Monday the Highway department sent an auto oil sprinkler and street sweeper to clean the surface of the roadbed and oil the surface when the gravel and crushed stone will be spread on the oil. It is expected that this will furnish a desirable surface. A large auto sprinkler passed through town on Monday on its way to Oakland, where we understand that section of State road will be treated in like manner.
Rushboro – Our star route, which has run from Laceyville to Rush for about 25 years, has been discontinued much to the inconvenience of all along the line. Some are served by R. D. from Meshoppen, and several go without mail. A petition is being circulated from [the] Springville route, but most of all the star route is wanted back, as the driver, Walter Swisher, ran a car, took passengers and did errands for everybody. An effort is being made to get the old route back again. All mail is from one to seven days late.
Elk Lake – The stage route from Dimock to Rush has been discontinued. It is a great inconvenience to many.
Franklin Forks – The Epworth League will hold a Hallowe’en social in Alliance hall on Oct. 29. Everyone invited. Come and wear a mask and fancy costume. A pumpkin pie, fried cakes, biscuits or salad will be very thankfully received from anyone. Price of supper 15 cents.
Springville – The first edition of the new paper, the Springville News, made its appearance the first of the week. [Anyone have this newspaper? We would love to see a copy.]
Susquehanna – Peter M. Kniskern, a helper in the Erie round house, met death in a strange manner Monday night. He failed to return to his home at the accustomed evening hour, and his wife had a search started for him, which resulted in finding his dead body in 8 ft. of water in the ash pit at about 3 o’clock Tuesday morning. It is supposed that in crawling from under an engine on which he was at work, he struck his head on a protruding portion of the locomotive, dazing him, and he fell backward into the pit. A deep gash on the nose would seem to bear out the theory. He and his wife had removed from Hickory Grove about two weeks previous.
Forest City – At the trustee’s sale of the bankrupt stock of Maurice I. Cimmet, E. C. Tiffany & Son, of Deposit, N. Y., were the successful bidders. The stock, consisting of 5 cent and 10 cent goods, was sold for $988. Tiffany & Son intend to continue the business at the old stand and will soon take up their residence in Forest City.
Montrose – Last Sunday, Rev. A. T. Brodrick had rounded out 25 years as a priest, 17 of the years having been spent in Montrose and the event was quietly observed at both services at St. Mary’s church Sunday morning. Rev. Brodrick is greatly beloved, not only by the parishioners of his church but by all the people in and around Montrose who hope to assist him celebrate his golden jubilee. Father Brodrick is doing a grand work, particularly among the young people.
S. Harford – October 28, being the 84th birthday of Aunt Ellen Whiting, a surprise was given her at the home of L. J. Conrad, sixteen members of her family being present. The day was very pleasantly spent in visiting and eating, the latter being quite an important part. ALSO The last Book Club [meeting] was very pleasantly entertained by Mrs. Bartholomew.
Hop Bottom – A very enthusiastic meeting was held in Loomis hall, Friday evening, Oct. 15th. Delegations were present from Montrose and Brooklyn. A fine program was rendered and among the numbers were a vocal solo and a very amusing monologue by Mrs. Louis Tiffany. They were followed by a general song, “A Long Way to Equal Franchise!” A “yellow tea” carrying out the suffrage color and both delicious and elaborate [food] was served after which several toasts and instrumental music followed.
Ararat Summit – Quite a number of ladies attended the sewing bee at the M. E. church, Thursday, and sewed the new carpet preparatory for covering the entire church floor.
East Lynn – Miss Louise Owen, of Binghamton, has a millinery shop in Dyer Taylor’s residence. Miss Owen has been a trimmer in a first class shop in Binghamton for several years.
News Brief: - Dealers in potatoes who a few weeks ago were indifferent about buying them at 35 cents a bushel are now traveling by night and in gum shoes to buy them at any price from 50 to 60 cents. The fact that a South American demand for our potatoes has been discovered has created consternation, while Maine potatoes are not to be compared with Pennsylvania’s product in quality and palatableness, and the size of the crop in other States has been magnified.
The trial for the murder of Jackson Pepper, continued from the week of Oct. 22, 2015.
Tuesday morning the work of securing a jury dragged slowly, but when Court adjourned at about 12:30, the jury had been completed without exhausting the panel and were sworn in, as follows: Hiram Ball, Forest Lake, farmer; D. Albert Brown, Montrose, teamster; Williston Chamberlain, Gibson, mechanic; John I. Wallace, Dimock farmer; Albert Hilborn, Oakland Twp, farmer; Gardner J. Lewis, Thompson Twp, farmer; John Dixon , Harford, farmer; Philander K. Benson, Jackson, agent; Clarence E. Shay, New Milford Twp, farmer; Andrew Fancher, Bridgewater, farmer; Warren E. Tingley, Montrose, laborer; Fred Sisson, Great Bend Twp, brakeman. On Tuesday afternoon, during the dinner hour, it had become quite generally known throughout the town that a jury had been secured and that the real work of the trial would be commenced without further parley, consequently at 2 o’clock the court room was well filled with eager auditors, many ladies in the galleries, and the crowd being constantly augmented throughout the afternoon until, at the adjournment, there were not nearly enough seats to go around. But we are digressing; let us go back to the opening scene of the afternoon. Judge Searle is early in his place; the prisoner and counsel, Mr. Davies, are promptly on hand; for the commonwealth appear District Attorney Ainey and A. H. McCollum, Esq. The jury files in and the Court is ready to proceed with the trial. As D. A. Ainey arises to make the opening address in behalf of the commonwealth a silence falls upon the assemblage and every ear gives attention as the earnest words of the public prosecutor fall in clear cut, incisive sentences, arraigning the prisoner at the bar for the murder of Jackson Pepper. He said that he believed that the commonwealth would be able to present such a chain of evidence the jury could not do otherwise than to render a verdict of “murder in the first degree.” He then gave a graphic recital of how the terrible crime was planned and executed. The story outlined by the D. A. did not differ materially from that chronicled in the columns of the Republican at the time of the arrests of Shew and Eagan; the most important additional statement made by Mr. Ainey was that he expected to be able to prove that Eagan had endeavored to induce a resident of Rush to enter with him into the scheme of robbing the Peppers, and that it was after his failure in this, that he conspired with Shew to accomplish the same purpose. The first witness called on the part of the commonwealth was Clifton Hickok, a surveyor by occupation and county surveyor-elect of Susquehanna County.
The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program. See details on the Library website. The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on. The museum will be open during regular hours.
October 29 (1915/2015)
Hop Bottom – Rosa Ciriello, of this place, opened a store in Montrose in the Post building on South Main street. Mr. Ciriello is a native of Naples, Italy, but has resided in America for many years. He is glad to be under the shadow of the Stars and Stripes at the time of the present awful conflict in Europe.
Fair Hill – Homer Young and Charles Brown, of Springville, were at Reed Raub’s recently, demonstrating the Maxwell car over the hills.
Laurel Lake – The accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of a companion, resulted in Patrick O’Day, of this place, receiving the load of shot in the face and neck. Fortunately, the eyes escaped injury. O’Day, was taken to the Binghamton Private hospital, where Dr. J. J. Kane removed the shot. He will recover, unless complications set in and will not be seriously scarred.
West Bridgewater – Hiram Rogers lost two of his horses last week, they being pet horses of his mother, Mrs. Melia Rogers, as the neighbors may all recall. One was Dandy, aged 31, and Jacket, aged 32. A good old age.
West Auburn – Great dissatisfaction is expressed here over the discontinuance of the stage route to Laceyville. When the deep snows of winter come it will be impossible for the R. D. carriers to reach all, and there will be most vexatious delays in getting the mail. When the farmer on the R. D. route has to spend one-half to three-quarters of a day in going with his team to be the driver on an errand that the old stage coach would have done for five cents, he will see what he has missed.
Elk Lake – Mrs. Elizabeth L. Stevens, who had been ill the past six weeks, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1915. Funeral was held at the church on Friday, Rev. Cadwell officiating. Interment in the Young and Stevens cemetery.
Lathrop Twp. – The Lakeside school opened Monday, after a three weeks’ vacation, on account of diphtheria.
Springville – A new telephone line is being built to take in the Strickland Hill section, by the Merchants Telephone Co.
Thompson – There will be a Hallowe’en masquerade entertainment at Keystone hall, Friday evening, October 29. Admission ten cents. Proceeds to be used toward paying for the new school piano.
Uniondale – Our post office is moved to Cranes’ store. Sometimes we get confused and forget where the post office is, but we will soon get over that. ALSO Some pupils for the high school are being secured in order that the appropriation of the school may be kept. There were about 10 scholars in the high school and in order to keep a high school there must be at least 12 scholars.
Montrose – Among the important local real estate transfers of the week is the purchase of the Ainey brick block on Public avenue, by merchant David L. Robinove, now located in the Republican building, a few doors below. The block is occupied at present by clothier N. Warner and grocer, H. R. Bertholf. When we asked Mr. Robinove as to his plans for occupying his newly acquired property he replied that while the purchase was made to house his mercantile business, the deal had just been consummated and he had made no arrangements. This fine property will be ideal for Mr. R,’s large and growing business.
Lanesboro – The funeral of the late Miss Edna Keyes was held Monday at 2:30. It was doubly sad as she died on the day she was to be married.
Stories and Sketches of the Olden Days in Susquehanna Co. – “The Great April Snow Storm” by Jasper T. Jennings. It was Sunday, April 19, 1857. About the time of year we usually begin to think of sowing our oats. It rained in the morning and about 10 a.m. in the forenoon, it turned to snow. It came down in great feathery flakes like what is often called a “sugar snow,” and none thought it would last more than an hour or two. There was no wind, and all day the huge flakes filling the air fell silently down. Notwithstanding, it was wet and heavy, packing down much, by night it had accumulated nearly a foot. The next morning it was falling just the same. We had never seen anything like it. Tuesday morning came and it was still falling. It had not ceased a moment since Sunday. The whole heavens were full of the great feather-like flakes silently dropping as they had from the first. It was up to the lower lights of glass in our windows. Father had to shovel to get our cows to the water and we could scarcely see their backs as we looked over the snow. About 11 a.m., Tuesday, it broke away and the storm ceased. It was said that the depth was 3 ½ feet. In many places it was deeper. On the hills over New Milford it was 4 feet. Mrs. Anna Perkins, one of our neighbors, was sick at the time and she died in that big storm. The people turned out and worked hard all day to make a road for the funeral. It was cold for a few days and then it thawed days and froze nights and produced a crust that would almost hold up an ox. The snow did not go off until the middle of May. The season was wet and cold and corn did not ripen good.
News Brief: It is good news to the residents of the eastern part of the county, especially, and to all persons having business over the Jefferson branch of the Erie railroad, that the Public Service Commission, on Saturday, issued an opinion that the Erie “flyer” be restored as an accommodation to the public. Under the present schedule it takes a couple of days for residents in the eastern part of the county to come to Montrose and return. The restoration of the “flyer” will make a one-day trip possible.
The trial for the murder of Jackson Pepper, continued…..Clifton Hickok sworn: Mr. Hickok is a resident of Rush, a surveyor by profession and is county-surveyor elect. Was at the Pepper homestead the day Jackson Pepper died, took measurements on premises at the request of the D. A. Made further measurements the next day.—made maps of the buildings and surroundings, interior of barn, etc. Maps were produced, exhibited and explained and were offered in evidence by the commonwealth. Witness was unshaken in his testimony by Mr. Davies. Artist B. L. Avery, now deceased, took photographs of exterior and interior views and were shown by Mr. Hickok, but because he could not positively identify them, they were shut out by the Court. The next witness, George Granger, was living with his brother-in-law Oliver Wilber near the Pepper home. He was aroused by Aunt Sally Pepper, who had come to the house for help. Both he and Oliver went directly to the barn and found Jackson lying on the barn floor, face downward, with his hands drawn up under his face. Light by a lantern showed life was not yet extinct, and witness hurried to George L. Pickett’s. Returning they carried the old man into the house, and noticed that the Pepper’s legs were tied together by a rope. He was laid upon a bed and was attended to. Pickett summoned Dr. Warner from Rush and identified a broken whiffletree as one which he first saw on the morning after the murder. It was offered into evidence and admitted, as was a map of barn and contents as witnesses first saw it. The doctor testified. Oliver Wilber gave testimony and corroborated the previous witness in all essential points. George L. Pickett sworn and his evidence consisted mostly of corroboration of the previous witnesses. In addition, he told of how he had assisted in taking off part of Pepper’s clothing; cut them off; cut the ropes off his ankles. On the way to the doctor’s he stopped at Asa Hickok’s and aroused him, also aroused them at Stark’s hotel. On cross-examination Mr. Pickett stated that the check found in Mr. Pepper’s pocket was for $14, and the money in his pocket book amounted to about $78. Mrs. Oliver Wilbur was next sworn and corroborated most of the previous testimony. She and her mother, Mrs. Martha Granger, accompanied Aunt Sally back to her home on the fateful night when she had aroused them with the startling intelligence. Court adjourned to Wednesday morning. (To be continued next week.) The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program. See details on the Library website. The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on. The museum will be open during regular hours.
November 05 (1915/2015)
Lenox – The neighbors stepped in Wednesday night and helped Van Loan Bros. husk their corn. Many hands made light work.
Uniondale – Must have been something doing Saturday night. A wash tub was on the flag pole of the school house and several similar happenings in other parts of town. But, of course, it was done by the hand of some witch as she passed over the town on her broom. ALSO The reliable Erie has done something to keep people awake. What? Why put in the bells. Sometimes they ring half an hour at once.
Kingsley – Considerable damage was done, Saturday evening, by some of the boys who were celebrating Halloween.
Clifford – A very pleasant Hallowe’en party was enjoyed by a large company of young people at L. E. Taylor’s, his daughter, Marion, being the hostess. There was fun and frolic without stint, you bet.
Hop Bottom – Joseph West, who for the past ten years has been the manager of Brown & Fassett’s feed and flour store, in Montrose, recently resigned his position and assumed his duties as General Manager and Treasurer of a newly incorporated company, to be known as the Foster Mill Co., doing business here. Mr. West is also a director of the new company.
Alford – On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6, the train on the L & M road will cross the old bridge at Alford for the last time and when the evening train goes down it will land its passengers at the new depot on the cut-off, this side of the creek, and the passengers and baggage will be transferred by wagon to the old station for that one train only, while the railroad construction men are busy getting the switches, etc., on the new line, near the new depot, ready for regular operation of all trains on the new cut-off Sunday morning, when regular train service will begin with all trains going over the cut-off.
Richmond Hill – Thomas Kane, in discussing the questions of the day made no secret of the fact that he is opposed to the gentler sex having the ballot—and he don’t care who knows it. Mr. Kane evidently believes in the admonition: “Beware of a bad woman and put not your trust in a good one.”
Harford – The new high school building will be formally opened at the dedication on Nov. 12, at 1:30 pm. The new flag will be raised at 1:30, after which a program will be given.
Great Bend – The glove factory not receiving the support of the town, and owing to the scarcity of girls’ wanting to work, they have removed their machinery to a suburb of New York. Great Bend is nicely situated for factories, being on two trunk lines.
Jackson – The many friends of O. J. McDuff and wife tendered them a surprise party on Nov. 1. Mr. McDuff and family expect to move to Orson next week, where he has rented a store.
East Lynn – The horse of E. W. Bush, which contracted lock-jaw some time ago, is completely cured, so far as can be seen. Dr. Miller, of Brooklyn, was the veterinary in charge.
Flynn – Middletown Twp. is largely in favor of woman suffrage.
Susquehanna – Thomas Reddon, of Villa Nova College, [Villanova] Pa., is spending a few days with his parents, Thomas Reddon and wife.
Forest City – Andrew, the fourteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kolonski, of Dundaff street, found a dynamite cap and gave it a vigorous rubbing on a wall when it exploded, blowing his right thumb off at the first joint and badly mangling the index and second fingers. He was taken to Emergency hospital, Carbondale, where his wounds were dressed.
Friendsville – St. Francis Xavier’s Catholic church was the scene of a pretty wedding, Tuesday morning, Oct. 26, when Miss Anna Irene Ryan, of Friendsville and James Fitzpatrick, of New York city, were married by Rev. J. P. Dunn The bridesmaid was Miss Katherine Hickey, of Scranton, while the best man was Mr. Frank Kelly, of Brooklyn, N .Y.
New Milford – Hallie Lewis and family have taken possession of the Walker House.
News Briefs: The ladies of the county are rejoicing today, feeling greatly elated over the large vote for equal suffrage in our county. The vote for this amendment was 2680; against 1416. However, it was decisively defeated in all of the states where the proposition was submitted to the voters—New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. ALSO Clarence VanDyke, of Binghamton, dealer in Miller automobile tires, is also making a specialty of “2-in-1 Tread” auto tires, which provide a great saving on tires. Two tires, old ones, can be made over into one by him, no matter how poor, which gives much service.
The Trial for the Murder of Jackson Pepper: Wednesday afternoon the Court House was crowded to the doors, many ladies being present [and a few babies]. Daniel Graham sworn. Resides in Rush. Commonwealth proposed to show that while Eagan was still living in Rush, he asked this witness to go with him to rob Pepper (and witness refused)—to be followed later by evidence by George Callahan, of Susquehanna, that Egan made similar suggestions to him. Objected to by defense as immaterial, incompetent and irrelevant, as no robbing has been shown and therefore it does not connect Eagan. Objection sustained by court. Seldon Munger sworn. Resides in Montrose; is deputy Recorder, and also newspaper correspondent; as a reporter he interviewed Eagan and Shew in jail. Com’th offered a statement purporting to be a confession by Eagan that he and Shew went to Rush to rob Pepper, and that Shew hit Pepper with the club. The matter was objected to and defense given a chance to cross-examine Munger. On cross-examination witness said that D. A. Ainey, Deputy Sheriff Leonard, Chief McMahon, who arrested Eagan, George Frazier, Chas. Ainey and Miss Ammerman were present. It was at jail, in Sheriff’s rooms, and the prisoners were brought up, and the confession made, and he [Munger] took it down. Witness was rigidly questioned by Mr. Davies, as tending to show that undue influence was used by the persons present to get a statement from the prisoners, and that the prisoner didn’t know that Munger was a newspaper correspondent or that it was for publication, or to be used against him. The admission of the confession was still objected to, as being a statement extorted by a jailer, policeman &c., in the absence of counsel or friends of Eagan. Objection was overruled by the court and the confession admitted as evidence. Mr. McCollum read the confession to the jury. It gave the history of the case substantially as outlined in the commonwealth opening. The confession said it was made without promise of reward. Daniel Graham, cousin of Susie Graham, was re-called and testified that at the Butterfield bridge, in Rush, one day in May, 1897, Eagan said to him, “Let’s go rob Jack Pepper and get his money.” On cross-examination he said he thought Eagan was joking. George Callahan re-called and said Eagan, three or four weeks before the murder, asked him to go with him to rob an old couple and would have no trouble in doing it. [Defense objects and court excluded it]. Wing Lee, the Susquehanna laundryman said Eagan came to his place and wanted a rope and gave him three to five yards; Several were sworn in and said they did not see either Shew or Eagan from Sunday till Thursday [after the murder]. Several more sworn in who saw both pass their homes or places of business on way to Rush. Thursday morning Miss Frances Ammerman (Mr. Ainey’s stenographer) is on the stand. It is expected Susie Graham will be called. To be continued next week. The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program. See details on the Library website. The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on. The museum will be open during regular hours.
November 12 (1915/2015)
Gibson – The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal church met with Mr. and Mrs. Senior last Wednesday. The men who were present cut wood for the church and the ladies pieced a quilt to be sold later at their bazaar.
Clifford – Amateur football is now the great game among the small boys, after school hours. ALSO The would-be lady voters of this town wish to express their thanks to the two pastors for their special sermons, Sunday evening, and to the voters for their approval of Woman Suffrage at the polls Tuesday.
Alford – The Lackawanna cut-off was put into service Nov. 7, 1915. On Nov. 6, at 2:35, the L. & M. train passed over the Alford trestle for the last time. The passengers and baggage from the evening trains were transferred from old to the new station by wagon.
Hallstead – Mr. F. S. Barnes sent his renewal check to the Montrose Democrat, saying he has taken the newspaper since the early 1860’s, soon after getting home from the Civil war. “Can’t let it go now,” was his message.
Dimock – Work has again been commenced in the large stone quarry of Winans & Dougherty, after a short vacation, to give the men a chance to hunt game. ALSO The men of Dimock are going to hold a hunt this Friday. Sides have been chosen, points decided. The side getting the most points to have a free oyster supper at the expense of the other side. Everyone, gunners and others, are invited to the oyster supper that night, Friday.
West Auburn – B. W. Rifenbury’s aged parents, living at this place, were very seriously injured when a horse they were driving wheeled around in the road, throwing them both out of the wagon and precipitating them over an embankment. Mrs. Rifenbury’s arm was broken and Mr. Rifenbury was severely injured about the head and it is feared he has internal injuries as well.
New Milford – Mrs. P. J. Hand died at her home here, Oct. 28, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Hand was born in Langford, Ireland, and came to this country while young, locating in Binghamton. In 1883 she was married to P. J. Hand and since then has resided in New Milford. She was devoted to her family and her greatest happiness was found in giving pleasure to others. She is survived by her husband and three children, Maurice, of Hoboken, N. J.; Andrew, of Endicott; and Elizabeth, at home; besides six sisters, Elizabeth, Anna and Kathryn, of Fort Smith, Ark.; Margaret and Bridget, yet in Ireland; and Mary, of Endicott; and one brother, Stephen, of Scranton.
Hop Bottom – J. W. Bisbee has erected a fine new post office building, which is nearly ready for occupancy. ALSO Sunday marked a red letter day in the history of Foster, when the old road bed of the D. L. & W. railroad, over which trains have run through this place for over 50 years, was abandoned for the new cut-off. The new station is under process of erection, on the hill. ALSO September 6, George Robinson, the surveyor, was struck by the officials’ train. A number of ribs were broken and he is in a very critical condition at a Binghamton hospital.
Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. C. Z. Pickering and daughter, Lura, and son, George, and his wife, intend to start for Florida on the 16th of this month, to spend the winter. ALSO H. C. Burleigh, of the Hardware Store, has just received a carload of fine cutters [horse-drawn sleighs], “first come, first served.”
East Rush – Our quiet community was very much surprised last Saturday morning on learning of the marriage the previous evening of one of our oldest men, “Uncle” Moses Holbert, who is near his 90th milestone, to Mrs. Westler, of Rushboro, who is 80 years or more. The couple is enjoying their honeymoon with Uncle Jack, at Lookout Castle. We all unite in wishing them a long and happy life.
North Harford – People in this vicinity are soon going to make sausage and sauerkraut.
Uniondale – Arthur Powell and wife met with a serious accident Thursday evening, when they were driving from Forest City to their home in Herrick. The horse became frightened and backed them off a 25 ft. embankment at Still Water.
Montrose – A large boulder from the Grow homestead, in Glenwood, has been hauled to Montrose and is now on the site at Monument square and after a suitable tablet has been placed upon it the boulder will stand as a monument to the author of the “Homestead bill” under the “Grow elm,” which came from the first free homestead at Beatrice, Nebraska. The elm was presented to the county by Daniel Freeman on the occasion of the welcome to Mr. Grow in 1903, after his return home from Congress.
Flynn – Middletown, although an old bachelor town, gave a majority in favor of Woman Suffrage.
Springville – Wesley Baker, of Lynn, has purchased the soda fountain and lunch room formerly conducted by J. A. Stevens. Wesley has many friends, who are glad to have him go into business here and wish him success.
Forest City – The high school basketball quintet maintained its unbroken record of wins when they defeated the “Village Five” under the command of Harry Brown, in the high school gymnasium. Inability to shoot goals from fouls cost the losers and deprived them of a chance at any point to take the lead. The high school boys showed better form in the last period and Max Freedman proved a good scorer. Score 21 to 14.
The Trial for the Murder of Jackson Pepper – Miss Frances Ammerman, D. A. Ainey’s Stenographer, who was present with others at the jail where Eagan’s confession was made, was called to the witness stand and told of the circumstances connected therewith. Deputy Sheriff Fitch Leonard and Chief of Police McMahon testified that confession was voluntary and in no way forced. The confession was then read. Defense opened Thursday afternoon to another “packed house.” Eagan was accompanied in court by his legal wife, a bright looking young woman whom he married near Coventry, N. Y., about a week before his arrest. She seemed exceedingly loyal to him and his cause. Mr. Davies pitched into the matter of evidence, calling a lot of “character witnesses.” Eagan had lived at Windsor up to 7 or 8 years ago with his foster-father, Catlin Smith, a highly respected citizen. After the character witnesses, 23 in all, had given their testimony, Mr. Davies announced, to the surprise of all, that his evidence was all in—none but the “character witnesses” being introduced. A. H. McCollum, Esq., proceeded to discuss the law points in this case, and other cases having a bearing upon it, in a terse and convincing way, and exhibiting, as he always does, his mastery of the details of the law, and the almost endless number of cases cited in the law reports, upon any given question which his long and extensive practice has brought to him. Friday morning Davies began his summing-up address to the jury, citing the past murders in the county, especially that of Oliver Harper by Jason Treadwell in 1824— the man first hung for his offence and showing Treadwell was unjustly convicted and urged the necessity for caution. He intimated that whatever mistake Eagan made was in connection with Susie Graham and as the confession says, she helped put up this job and why is she not indicted? All Eagan’s troubles have come since he met her—all the witnesses said his character was good in all respects till he met her. In closing he urged that the jury should bring in a verdict of acquittal, or at most, one of manslaughter, closing his impassioned address. Prosecution opened and Mr. Ainey spoke of the sympathy that was asked for defendant, and inquired in stentorian tones; is there not cause for sympathy for poor old Jackson Pepper and his friends? He combatted the idea that it was necessary to be in the absolute act of committing robbery, so far as taking the money or goods is concerned, in order to make murder in the first degree in a case of this kind, and went further and claimed that in this case are all the elements of a “lying in-wait” murder, of the first degree. He quoted Scripture as an offset to the liberal quotations Mr. Davies had made use of and in a vigorous way reviewed the evidence, item by item. In closing he pressed upon the attention of the jury the desirability, in the name of justice and good order, of a verdict of murder in the first degree in this case. He closed; Judge Searle charged the jury, and the case was given to the jury who retired to settle the fate of Jas. J. Eagan, about 4 p.m. To be continued next week. The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program. See details on the Library website. The Scavenger Hunt in the museum is now on. The museum will be open during regular hours.
November 19 (1915/2015)
Susquehanna/Oakland – Thomas Kane, aged 91 years, died at his home in Oakland, on Friday, Nov. 12, 1915, after a brief illness. The funeral was held Monday morning from St. John’s church, in Susquehanna, Rev. P. F. Brodrick officiating. Born in Ireland and coming here as a young boy, he was one of the oldest residents in that vicinity and was held in high esteem. One daughter and six sons survive: Mrs. J. H. O’Connell, of Corning, N. Y.; Thomas and Wm. D., of Susquehanna; Martin, of Jacksonville, Fla., John, of Bradford, Pa.; James, of Toledo, O.; and Frank, of Ashland, O.
Harford – Seven soldiers of the American Revolution sleep in graves in the Harford cemetery, namely, Capt. Caleb Richardson, Caleb Richardson, Jr., Nathaniel Jeffers, John Thacher, Abel Rice, Thomas and Hosea Tiffany. On Sunday afternoon Attorney H. A. Denney took a number of the local chapter of the Daughters of the [American] Revolution to Harford in his car, the party consisting of Mrs. Denney, Mrs. J. L. Kent, Mrs. R. L. Bush, and Miss Amelia Pickett, and markers were placed at the graves of each.
Franklin Forks – A Thanksgiving social will be held in Alliance hall, Friday night, Nov. 26, for the benefit of Salt Springs and Franklin Forks schools. All are invited. Ladies are requested to bring salads, sandwiches, or cakes, toward the supper. Price ten cents. ALSO A flag pole nearly 50 ft. in height was erected on the Franklin Forks school grounds last Friday. A program was given by the children.
Herrick Center – Herrick residents have again demonstrated a commendable public spirit. “Good Roads Day” has been celebrated by a “bee” lasting nine days. A force of about 20 men, with teams, wagons, stone crusher and tractor, have been engaged in building a stone road through the main street of the village since Tuesday, Nov. 9. Every day the women of the community assemble at the schoolhouse and serve dinner for the men. This work is a much needed improvement to the town and is arousing widespread enthusiasm and praise. The people have been justly proud of their fine school building, the best in any town of its size in the county, and now it is approached by a road which will no longer alternate between mud and dust.
Uniondale – Rev. Thomas Guy, of Wilkes-Barre, has accepted a call to the pastorate of the First Presbyterian church of this place.
New Milford – W. E. Carpenter, proprietor of the old Phinney House, has leased the Jay House and will take possession the first of February.
Hop Bottom – A game dinner will be served in the Universalist church Thanksgiving Day. A hunting party has been organized and the hunters have agreed to donate the results of their trip to this dinner. A sale of fancy articles, baked stuffs, etc., will be held. ALSO The Ladies Aid of the Foster [Hop Bottom] M. E. church will serve, in Loomis hall, a regular old-fashioned Thanksgiving family dinner, Nov. 25, consisting of chicken pie and all delicacies of the season.
Brooklyn – A case of unusual interest is that of a Brooklyn man charged with Desertion. According to the evidence, this is a peculiar condition for the persons concerned. The wife, in her testimony, said she left her home which was in the house with her husband’s parents, but separate apartments, because her husband and his people were unkind to her. She went to her fathers and her husband has not supported her since she left last spring. The husband testified that she said she could not live with his people and he had separate rooms, just as she desired, that he came prepared to take her back if she would go with him now, but he had rented the farm and other business matters made it impossible for him to support her away. It was brought out that the real secret of the trouble was caused by church differences.
Springville – We predict that next Saturday will be a lively day here for it is the last day of the baby show at Lee Brother’s store, and all the competing babies will be present with their mothers that afternoon. While a babe in the house is said to be a well-spring of pleasure, a score of more, all in one store, should be—you will have to go and see the babies—they will entertain you. There will be special music at the Lee Store—other than by the babies.
Forest City – Patrick Sheridan and Arthur Brain, two youthful nimrods of this place, while out hunting on Monday morning saw a deer just east of the ledge of rocks at Stillwater. The boys are sure that the animal was a young doe. [Unlike today, deer were extremely rare100 years ago.]
Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. – The first snow of the season, November 15.
Montrose – At the C-Nic Theatre, Nov. 19th, Wm. Fox presents a beautiful five-act drama, “Life’s Shop Window,” from the famous novel and play by Victoria Cross, featuring Caine Whitney and Stewart Holmes. This delicate but truthful visualization of the novel and play was the talk of two continents—a story of a clandestine marriage that almost resulted in disaster. One hundred thousand people saw “Life’s Shop Window” in one day in ten New York theatres. It is the biggest popular hit of the year.
The Trial for the Murder of Jackson Pepper – The Jury Out. On Friday, Nov. 18th, the jury went out. Albert Hillborn, of Oakland, was foreman. That evening they took a ballot, simply as to “guilty” or “not guilty,” and all voted guilty. No attempt was made that night to decide on the degree. Next morning, after breakfast, they balloted as to degree, resulting—for first degree 8, for second degree 4. After some general talk, it was proposed by a Great Bend juror, that they pray over the matter, which was done. Afterwards another ballot was taken, showing 11 to 1 in favor of first degree; but the one juror explained he had voted that way through error in making his mind up, another was taken, resulting in 12 for murder in the first degree. The jury then filed into court and when Prothonotary Manzer asked them if they had agreed on a verdict, replied that they had, and it was announced as murder in the first degree. The defendant took the matter coolly, while his wife broke out into suppressed sobs. Later at the jail he seemed to realize his awful situation more fully and partly gave way, and afterwards when his brother and wife had took their departure at noon, still more so. But afterwards his wonderful nerve asserted itself and he seemed much as before. But on Tuesday he had a day of depression. Shew on Trial. In the case of the Commonwealth vs Shew the defendant was unable to secure the service of an attorney and the court, at the last term, appointed Geo. F. Little and B. O. Camp to defend him, and the trail was begun on Monday, Nov. 21st. The following twelve good men and true were sworn in as jury: William H. Kerr, Springville, farmer; E. M. Tingley, Harford, farmer; Ziba N. Smith, Springville, Farmer; Asa Wilmarth, Lathrop, farmer; Charles Bookstaver, Jackson, blacksmith; Daniel Sheldon, Auburn farmer; Chas. Culver, New Milford, laborer; Henry Decker, Lathrop, farmer; George H. Carpenter, Uniondale, farmer; Alfred H. Jones, Bridgewater farmer; Clarence Southworth, Liberty, farmer; Mark Williams, Bridgewater, farmer. The list of Commonwealth witnesses in this case and their evidence is substantially the same as in the case of James Eagan-Smith. Susie Graham Arrested. A flurry of excitement was occasioned Monday, by the arrest of Susie Graham, who had been prominent in the case. She was formerly a resident of Rush, but afterwards lived with Eagan at Binghamton and Susquehanna. She knew that Jackson Pepper kept money in his house and in Eagan’s confession he said she laid the plans of the robbery, which he and Shew journeyed from Susquehanna to Rush to perpetrate and which ended in the murder of Mr. Pepper. There has been considerable pubic feeling against her. She attended court all of last week as a spectator, remained in town over Sunday, and her arrest, charged with conspiracy to rob, followed on Monday. It will be remembered that the first definite clews pointing towards Eagan and Shew came from Susie Graham, when she told her uncle, Mr. Mersellis, of Binghamton, after the reward of $1000 was offered by the county commissioners. In the meantime Eagan had married his present wife, and whether the offer of the reward or the desire for revenge because Eagan deserted her for another, had the most to do with her making the matter known, is uncertain, but certain it is, she it was who first gave the secret away and caused the information to reach District Attorney Ainey, who let no unnecessary time elapse before he had Eagan and Shew in jail. To be continued next week. The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program.
November 26 (1915/2015)
Uniondale – D. B. Gibson has run his Ford automobile over 3,000 miles without having any tire trouble whatsoever. ALSO John E. Thomas is furnishing Hotel Casey, Scranton, with eggs.
Harford – Prof. J. A. Sophia is very low at this writing and no hopes are entertained for his recovery.
Kingsley – Kingsley reminds one somewhat of a “deserted village” since the completion of the new railroad, which is about a quarter of a mile from the old D. L. &. W. Railroad. Both the old station and milk creamery being closed and new ones built some distance away and in Brooklyn township, instead of in Harford, as formerly. ALSO Smoke was seen coming from a small building across the street from the home of Mrs. Julia Moyer on Saturday morning. She called her sons and they hurried and burst open the door of the building, which was used by G. W. B. Tiffany, merchant, as a storeroom and found the inside of the building in flames. In a very few minutes 50 or more men had arrived and immediately demolished a shed that stood between Mr. Tiffany’s store and the burning building. This prevented the fire from getting to any other building near it, the bucket brigade keeping the nearby building covered with water. Mr. Tiffany’s loss will be heavy, as the burned building contained a large supply of general merchandise. Origin of the fire is unknown.
Clifford – Rehrig Yarns, living near Elkdale, while here one day last week on business, in cranking his automobile, it kicked on him and broke on bone near the wrist and put the other out of joint. Bad as a kicking horse. ALSO The high wind early on Friday morning almost reached the velocity of a hurricane. Ord Morgan and family were unceremoniously surprised and drenched just before rising, as the wind took the roof from their house. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Hopbottom – The late Alonzo E. Bell bequeathed the use of $4000 for ten years to the Universalist church of this place, of which he was a loyal member for over fifty years.
Montrose – A particularly unfortunate accident occurred last Saturday when Miss Agnes Casey, the 15 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Casey, was accidentally shot, a bullet from a 22-calibre rifle passing entirely through one of her lower limbs and lodging in the other, making a most painful wound. Dr. Gardner attended the patient, and a probe resulted in locating the bullet. The patient suffered from loss of blood and is still very weak, but is doing well as could be expected. She had a close call and that the shot did not prove fatal is a source of rejoicing among her many friends. Master Charles Flanagan, a neighboring school boy, had borrowed a rifle for the afternoon and was in the Post yard, just across the street from the Casey home when the gun, for some unknown reason, went off, the bullet striking the young lady as stated. The young man was extremely sorrowful when he learned that Miss Casey had been injured.
Alford, Harford Twp. – The building erected a few years ago, by H. L. Hubbard, and which has been used as a dining hall since that time, for passengers on the rail line, will now be reopened as a sanitarium, an advertisement relative to some appearing in another column of today’s Democrat. The change in the Lackawanna line rendered the building useless for the purpose for which it was built, which would mean a considerable loss of Mr. Hubbard, did he not convert it to some other activity.
Harford – E. J. Whitney has lately erected a number of handsome monuments in the local cemeteries. Among them are monuments in the John Alworth, Warren Jones and John H. Claflin plots, and also one in the Dr. John Harding plot, in the South Harford Cemetery.
Binghamton – Paderewski, the famous Polish pianist, will give a concert at this place, Saturday night.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Edward Kelly and Miss Margaret Keenan, two of our most popular young people, were married on Thursday last, in Friendsville. After a brief visit in the Parlor City they will be at home to their many friends, at Mr. Kelly’s fine residence in this place.
West Auburn – The Grangers, Ladies’ Aid and other friends of John W. Sterling, who was so long in the Packer hospital, will make him a wood-bee on Nov. 30. Dinner will be served in the church parlors.
Springville – In the “baby contest” at Lee Bros.’ store, on Saturday, Dr. Diller’s baby won first prize, with over 100,000 votes.
New Milford – Fred W. Dean has a force of six men, for the past six weeks, buying up and packing winter apples. He tells us there is lots of fine fruit in Wyoming county and has already loaded 12 cars, all of which he has shipped to South Dakota, going to one purchaser. Upon receipt of the first car load the South Dakota purchaser wired him to ship all the apples of the same grade that he could spare. Mr. Dean gets his pay for the apples on delivery at the car.
Students at Mansfield – Among the many Susquehanna county students who have attended Mansfield Normal school in various years, the enrollment has doubtless never been larger than the present year. The following are registered at the school now: Clarence E. and Wendell H. Phillips, Alden Taylor, Hopbottom; Jessie C. Wilmarth, Helen Weir, Ruth B. Stone, Ruth Potter, Thompson; Eldridge H. Shoup, Laura Sterling, Verna C. Tingley, Kingsley; Laura E. Wells, Uniondale; Olin L. Mittan, Lenoxville; Gertrude A. Stevens, Dundaff; Gladys L. Tiffany, Hallstead.
The Trial for the Murder of Jackson Pepper – In the case of Commonwealth vs. Shew, the defendant was unable to secure the service of an attorney and the court, at the last term, appointed Geo. P. Little and B. O. Camp to defend him, and the trial was begun on Monday. The jury was sworn in and the list of Commonwealth witnesses in this case, and their evidence, is substantially the same as in the cases of James Eagan-Smith, tried last week. There is considerable interest in the trial, but the interest centers more on the outcome than in the details. The chief variation between Eagan’s and Shew’s trials is in the confession. Shew’s Confession. He said (as Eagan also said) that Susie Graham planned the trip to Rush to rob Jackson Pepper; but he further said that Eagan struck the blows that laid Pepper low; that he (Shew) took no part in the assault until after Eagan had struck Pepper, knocking him down and he was struggling to his feet to give battle when he (Shew) took hold of Pepper and helped hold him down, and helped to bind him. Frank Bennett, of Susquehanna, testified to having sold to Shew, a short time before the murder, a revolver. The defendant, Shew, is a native of Gibson, Susquehanna county, and has a number of relatives in that and surrounding townships, including a sister at Starrucca, but they seem to have cast him off. It is rumored his lawyers will make the plea of insanity their defense, alleging that he was injured when a child and that his broken nose was one of the results of the injury, and a weakened mind, another. Shew was the only witness placed on the stand by the defense. He said that D. A. Ainey had induced him to make a confession, but did not state what the inducement was. Then Fitch Leonard testified that he was present all the time and that Mr. Ainey made no promises or threats. D. A. Ainey also testified that he made no threats or promises to Shew. His attorneys concluded not to introduce a plea of insanity as a defense. Geo. P. Little opened his address to the jury in behalf of the prisoner, stating in opening that he and Mr. Camp are here defending the accused at request of the court (without reward or payment) and through sympathy with a fellow being in need of help. Spoke feelingly of the effect of the home and home life upon persons for good, stating that this boy here has not had the benefit of this influence, being practically homeless and friendless. To be continued next week. The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program.
December 03 (1915/2015)
Forest City – The Erie “Flyer” came down on scheduled time Sunday morning. Con Dillon was the conductor in charge. Patrick Harrigan, the veteran engineer, pulled throttle of a new engine of the 500 class. Jack Dugan was baggeman and Tom Campbell the official announcer. The train is being well patronized and is proving a boom to the people along the line. With the improved train service comes better facilities. A postal clerk has been assigned to the flyer and much of the incoming first class mail, which formerly came in on the D & H, will arrive an hour earlier each morning.
Auburn Twp. – Albert Hughes, farmer, age 31, took a gun about 9:30 Sunday evening and nearly shot his wife’s head off. Neighbors were soon on the scene and describe the sights too gruesome to behold. Hughes says he and a companion were going hunting the following day and took his gun down to examine it when it was accidentally discharged. Jealousness is ascribed by many as the reason for the tragedy. Hughes is in the Montrose jail. Their 8 year old daughter witnessed the tragedy and told of a quarrel between her parents just before the shooting took place, the dispute being over a pack of cards which Hughes could not find in the house. The little girl alleges that her father then secured his double-barreled shotgun and deliberately fired at his wife.
Alford, Harford Twp. – Glenn Richard has filed a suit against the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad claiming that on the afternoon of September 15, 1914, while driving a horse and wagon loaded with produce along the old plank road near Alford, had his horse and wagon go over the embankment, thereby throwing him over and down the embankment for a distance of some 60 ft. The horse was killed, wagon smashed and Mr. Richardson so badly injured that his life was despaired of for some time. He, however, recovered, but has been left a cripple, with a wife and young child. His claim is that part of the road was in an unsafe condition and unguarded when the company changed the road at that point.
South Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Sprout delightfully entertained a number of young people, at a candy pull, Thanksgiving evening, in honor of their nephew, William Sprout.
Montrose – It is rumored that Charlie Chaplin, who will appear at the Colonia theatre on Dec. 8th, in the “Chaplin Review,” rivals the famous Scotch comedian, Harry Lauder, in the manner of being thrifty. He demanded a salary of $1025 per week. When asked what the $25 was for, he replied: “Well, you see, it has always been my desire to save a clear thousand per week outside my living expenses.” The company signed him up for eleven hundred, and let it go at that.
Middletown Twp. – Edward Gillen, an aged resident of this place, met with a tragic end near Lawton, Friday night, when he became bewildered in the darkness and was drowned in the Wyalusing creek. In the evening, driving his horse, which was blind, it is presumed that he got off the road near the bridge across the Wyalusing creek, and benumbed with cold, fell from the rocky sides of the creek into the water below, which is about three feet deep at this point, and being unable to save himself was drowned. He was a bachelor, with three brothers, S. J. Gillen, of Middletown, and John and Charles Gillen, of Binghamton; also one sister, Mrs. Mary Delhanty, of Hallstead.
Springville – A party of hunters one day last week made the mistake of hunting with a ferret and on Friday, paid $129.50 for the privilege. Expensive rabbits.
Lenoxville – A three ton auto truck went thru a bridge below this place recently, which reminds us that we must build our bridges a little stronger.
Liberty Twp. – We have one lady in Liberty that went out to the hen house and found Mr. Skunk in the hen’s nest so she walks in and takes Mr. Man by the neck and carries him out and took a stone and pounded him on the head until he was dead.
Nicholson – A freight car door, loosened by the breeze while crossing the big bridge, enacted the role of an aeroplane the other day. It landed upon the roof of the John Maxey house, some distance away. If this is to be of frequent occurrence, east of the old culvert will be a good place for agents to write accident and life insurance.
Susquehanna – Donovan F. Aldridge, of Jackson, former salesman of Owens hardware at this place, has purchased the tea and coffee business formerly handled by Charles Brown., Mr. Brown having purchased the hardware business of Deakin & Ash in this place.
Meshoppen – While John W. Bowman, of Bunnell Hill, was driving to the milk station with his milk last Wednesday morning, he had a narrow escape, when the tongue of the wagon slipped through the ring in the neck-yoke as he was coming down Rattle snake hill. Mr. Bowman was unable to hold the spirited team as the wagon ran against them with the result that he and the cans of milk were dumped out as the wagon over-turned or bounded from one knoll to another. The milk was spilled, the wagon damaged and the horses bruised considerable and Mr. Bowman is thankful that he received no broken bones, although he has many sore spots. The accident broke into a daily routine of carrying the milk to the milk station that has not been missed by Mr. Bowman or some member of his family in 27 years, 10 years of which trips to the station were made twice a day. The matter is a record worthy of note and if you will do a little figuring you will find there are over 13,500 trips. Mr. Bowman is now milking 13 cows but much of the time has had 35 or 40 milkers.
News Brief: Gasoline has jumped to 20 cents a gallon retail. It is reported it will go to 25 cents before Christmas.
The Trial for the Murder of Jackson Pepper – Atty. George P. Little followed his statement by arguing that there being no evidence of a malicious attempt on the part of defendant (Shew) to commit murder, that he therefore ought not to be convicted of murder in the first degree; there was no robbery, the fact that money was found on Jackson Pepper’s person after the assault proves this—else the money would have been taken—therefore the act of assembly which says it is murder in the first degree where a person is killed when a robbery is being committed does not apply in this case as there was no robbery. Men with murder in their heart do not go along a well-travelled road, showing themselves to all. It is preposterous to say that such men have planned deliberate murder. In closing he pointed out that the confession, in his opinion, was surrounded by circumstances looking so much like compulsion, as to make it useless. B. O. Camp drummed up the defense, spending a good deal of time in discussion of Shew’s alleged confession, reading from it, and carrying the idea that it was in a manner forced from Shew, and alleging also that the D. A. did not always keep truth on his side in his zeal to get the confession. He said the D. A. being determined to hang Shew, after taking down 20 pages of “confession” was still not satisfied, and so he had Selden Munger take down a second one, as scene No. 2, and pointed out what he said were discrepancies between the two. He argued that Eagan was the originator and manager and was much more blamable than was Shew, and appealed for mercy for Shew. Mr. McCollum, for the prosecution, launched forcefully into the details of the crime. There had never been a serious crime in the Courts from Rush, they are law abiding citizens down there and when Jackson Pepper, a defenseless old man, was found murdered in his barn, you can imagine there was great horror and excitement in Rush. The route was traced and item by item Mr. McCollum went over the evidence, making an able and eloquent effort that held the closest attention of the great audience. He was followed by the Judge in a clear charge to the jury, after which they brought in a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. Conclusion next week. The above article is a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program.
December 10 (1915/2015)
Thompson – The Liberty Bell passed through this place last Thursday morning, enroute for Philadelphia, returning from the Panama Exposition. ALSO Everything in and around the stores in Thompson borough betokens Xmas, and anyone desiring to purchase Christmas gifts will do well to give the merchants here a call before going elsewhere.
Uniondale – The Gazette of Scranton, Kansas, states that A. l. Merrithew, a relative of Mrs. N. G. Dimmick, is building a large blacksmith shop in that town and it is said to be the finest shop building in the county. Mr. Merrithew has many friends here who will be pleased to learn of his success. ALSO Strayed or stolen, two pigs from the pen of Valentine Knapp. They are gone and the supposition is that they left with someone else. ALSO A concrete bridge, spanning the Lackawanna, is being constructed by the State near Stillwater.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – The new blacksmiths, Welch & Smales, are very busy at this writing.
Montrose - For Christmas, full line of cut glass at Mahon’s cut glass works. Buy direct and get factory prices. ALSO Lake Montrose was completely frozen over for the first time, Monday morning. Since that time the ice has steadily increased in thickness, and youngsters are anticipating enjoying same soon.
Brooklyn – The lord helps those who help themselves and those who help themselves to their neighbor’s chickens will need all the help they can get from that source if they get caught.
Birchardville – Lester Turrell has been circulating a petition to get the Friendsville stage reinstated. This stage for many years was operated between Montrose and Friendsville and was a great convenience to the people of that vicinity, located as they are 10 to 15 miles from the nearest railroad. The administration, in the interest of economy, discontinued the stage, the mail now being taken by rural route driver on No. 2. The Friendsville mail had to go via Binghamton and owing to poor train connections, mail that was shipped from Montrose Friday morning at times does not reach Friendsville until Monday. We hope the stage line will be re-established.
Franklin Forks – Franklin Forks Alliance, No. 131, will hold a “Bread Contest” in connection with their regular meeting in the Alliance hall, Wednesday, Dec. 15th. Suitable prizes will be given.
Harford – Several from this vicinity attended the entertainment given by the Epworth League, last Tuesday evening, and we think if the “League” can render such fine entertainment, there is no need of Harford being called a “dead town,” as far as “Amusements” are concerned. ALSO In addition of the list of Revolutionary soldiers already published that are buried in the Harford cemetery, should be added the name of Dr. Comfort Capron, a surgeon in the Revolutionary army, who came to Harford in 1794 and died there in 1800, aged 56 years. Dr. Capron was the first physician to locate in Harford and the second to locate in the county. The Montrose Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution have sent a marker to be placed at his grave.
Clifford - The porch to Spedding’s hotel has just received the finishing touches. It is a fine specimen of workmanship, done by carpenter Hinkley, and covers first and second stories. It has a nicely paneled concrete base and the whole structure is just as fine as the carpenter’s art can make it. Hinkley was both mason and carpenter.
Susquehanna - Mrs. Everett Gould fractured her arm while cranking her auto.
Lanesboro – The new rooms in the Methodist church will be opened and dedicated Dec. 1st.
New Milford – Glenn Lewis, the 13 year old son of Frank Lewis, was taken before Justice J. M. Brundage Monday evening, by the truant officer, for failure to attend school. Upon promises by the boy and his father that hereafter there should be no cause for complaint, the justice allowed them to go. There have been several complaints of “violations of the compulsory school law” and the faculty and school board are determined to remedy the evil. (From New Milford Advertiser)
News Brief: The State has lately notified the farmers that the annual rebate of $4 for keeping a watering trough in repair will not be allowed. As a result it is reported the farmers living along the road between Montrose and the State line towards Binghamton, have removed all watering troughs which makes it an inconvenience to travelers. The automobilist finds it is often necessary to water his engine as well as the horseman to water his horses, but the autoists seem to be doing the most kicking. The local auto club might take the matter up with the State Highway Department.
The Trial for the Murder of Jackson Pepper – On Saturday, Mr. Davies argued vigorously for a new trial for Eagan, and Mr. McCollum replied forcefully to his argument. Judge Searle did not decide at once as to the knotty points raised, but adjourned court until 7:30 Saturday evening, at which hour the court room was well filled. He announced that after due consideration, the application for new trial, in case of Eagan, was refused. At this time Mr. McCollum, representing the D. A., stepped forward and said: “In cases of Com’th vs. J. James Eagan and Cornelius Shew, we move, your Honor, for judgment upon the verdicts against each of said defendants.” The Judge asked Eagan to stand up. He did so and the Judge said: “The jury has found you guilty of murder in the first degree; have you anything to say why sentence of death should not be pronounced upon you?” The doomed man quietly replied: “No sir.” He was told by the Judge to sit down; soon was called up again when the Judge said: “You’ve been defended by able counsel and we feel you have had the benefit of every doubt; had we not thought so we would have granted you a new trial. “The sentence of the court is that you, J. James Eagan (alias J. James Smith) be taken hence to the place from which you have been taken, within the jail of the County of Susquehanna, and from thence to the place of execution within the walls or yard of said jail, when the execution warrant shall direct it, and that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead. And may God have mercy on your soul.” He stood his sentence well, but asked for and drank a glass of water. Shew was asked to stand up and asked if he had anything to say why sentence of death should not be pronounced upon him. He replied “Yes sir. I feel that a verdict of first degree murder I am not entitled to. I took no part in the crime calling for first degree. I do not deny being in the matter, but I did not lay the plans for the terrible crime in Rush, nor knew it was to be committed; If I had known it, I have not the heart to have gone into it; and I say now and always shall say, that while somewhat guilty in the matter, I was not entitled to first degree. That is what I think, your Honor.” He was told by the Judge to sit down for a few minutes, after which he was again asked to stand up, when the Judge said: “The learned counsel assigned to you have done all they could, and you have had the benefit of every doubt: and the court then sentenced him to be hanged in substantially the same words as above. Shew sat down, looking quickly around towards Eagan as he did so, with a sickly smile, as though trying to suppress a sob. The men were quickly led out of court, to the jail, to remain until further acts in this terrible drama in real life and court soon adjourned. On the way to jail there was silence for some time, which was finally broken by Shew, who said; “Well, this is one of the things we read about, but never experience but once in a life time,” after which they chatted more or less till the jail was reached. The date of execution will be set by the Governor.* Lawyer Davies, in the meantime, expects to take Eagan’s case to the Supreme Court. Jason Treadwell was the first man ever hung in this county, on January 13, 1825, below the Court House, near where the Dr. Vail office building now stands. The hanging was open to the public and thousands of people came to it, some coming as far as 60 miles, from up in York State and elsewhere. Treadwell was taken from the jail to the gallows in a cart drawn by two oxen. The above article is the conclusion of a murder mystery that took place in 1898 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, brought to you in conjunction with “Susquehanna County Reads” program.
*The first date of execution was set for May 18, 1899 but the governor respited the date for the purpose, as then given out, that the Board of Pardons might have further time to consider their cases. However, their sentence was not overturned and Shew and Eagan were executed on Tuesday, January 9, 1900.
December 17 (1915/2015)
Lenoxville – The fifth annual Teachers’ and Directors’ Institute of Lenox Township was held in the M. E. Church at this place. Miss Margaret Maher pointed out, in her very interesting paper, many serious dangers to be avoided in the reading habit. “The vast amount of poor material thrown upon the market demanding the name “literature” makes it necessary to give the subject careful consideration. Keen selection in reading material is of the greatest importance. We must not allow the desire for information to deteriorate for it is idle curiosity which leads us to read trashy newspapers and magazines.”
Lynn, Springville Twp. – A Lynn correspondent states that Rev. Sheen, of Tunkhannock, while passing a point one mile south of that place in an automobile, was fired upon by some person or persons, evidently an attempt at a hold up. ALSO Dean Baker has sold his diary, keeping only one cow for his own use on account of his son, Wesley, being away from home running a restaurant in Springville.
Montrose – Snow to the depth of about seven inches, which fell during the storm of Monday and Tuesday, drifted very badly and the roads, as a consequence, are choked through the county, according to many reports received. The rural mail carriers out of Montrose were able to make their trips, although Messrs. Tingley and Palmer could not make their complete circuits, Tuesday. Cold temperature prevailed during the past week but the sleighing has been excellent, and many have been taking advantage of it. It has not been unusual to see sleighs, automobiles and wagons on the streets in Montrose, all at the same time. ALSO Montrose barber shops will be open on both Christmas and New Year’s mornings, but will close the previous evening at the usual hour—8 o’clock.
Little Meadows – The quiet village of Little Meadows was thrown into a state of excitement a few days ago, when it became known that an infant had been left at the home of one of the citizens of that place, William Cummings. The family, responding to a knock at the door, about eight o’clock in the evening, found a market basket. In this basket was a parcel, well wrapped in a sheet; --the contents was a real, live baby. A simple line, written on a sheet of paper, read as follows: “Born Nov. 24th.” There was nothing to assist in locating the person or persons who had left it. The Cummings’ family took the waif in, and applied to the Poormasters, as the stranger was in need of clothes to make its start in the world. The Poormasters were reluctant to have such a charge thrust upon them, and suggested that the Cummings’ family adopt the stranger, which we understand they are not averse to doing. ALSO We are having lovely sleighing now; everybody is out with sleighs and bells. ALSO James Clarey called on friends in Warren Sunday and reported the roads drifted. “Bad roads for a car Jim.”
North Harford – We all are pleased to hear that the I. O. O. F. Lodge, of this place, has donated a twenty-lamp chandelier for the new high school building and I am sure the community and school will appreciate this gift. South Harford – The strange sounds still continue in the woods and only the bravest dare to travel about after night fall.
Rush – Hugh James has converted his Ford auto into a racer, having removed the body and top and put on a frame and one seat and he goes some, let me tell you. ALSO Several from this place attended the sale of Chas. LaRue and reported that everything went very low. Cows ranging from twenty to forty-six dollars.
Parkville, Dimock Twp. – It is snowing hard this morning and we have good sleighing now for Monday altho we see some wagons yet.
North Bridgewater/Silver Lake – W. F. Simrell, of Hallstead, game protector, was here yesterday afternoon to investigate the shooting of a deer between this place and Silver Lake. Wednesday morning John McDonald heard his shepherd dog barking and he saw a deer coming toward his place over the field. He saw it was wounded and called the neighbors and surrounded it and drove it in a shed and gave it food and water, but it refused to eat. Dr. A. S. Cole, of Montrose, veterinary, was called and did all he could for its comfort, but it died that night. Mr. Simrell went to Silver Lake and found where the deer had been chased through two pieces of woods and also ascertained it was shot by both a rifle and shot gun. The people around Silver Lake have known that a buck, doe and fawn have been in the woods and they were quite tame and it was hoped they would remain in that vicinity. [At this time deer were very scarce in the woods of Susquehanna County].
Brooklyn – The Scranton & Binghamton trolley won out in the big snow storm and blizzard. The cars were promptly on time. Brooklyn people consider themselves fortunate in having such a pleasant way out to Scranton, Montrose and Binghamton. Many of our people who have business to transact in Montrose take the trolley to Foster and change to the D. L. & W.
Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Tiffany are staying at the library while their house is undergoing repairs.
Forest City – One of our aggressive merchants, Feldman & Co., have adopted a novel window display by the use of miniature Bell telephones to attract attention to the goods in their window. It is a novel idea and is attracting attention. ALSO After January 1, 1916, no unbottled milk can be sold in the borough. The state department has given instructions that no milk shall be offered for sale unless placed in sanitary bottles. The rule will be enforced. ALSO One of the new laws in regard to the employment of minors, which will become effective on Jan. 1st, is that no minor can secure an employment certificate unless he has completed six grades of school work, though he may have attained the age of fourteen.
South Montrose – A. W. Chamberlain and Miss Ida May Davison were married Monday evening at the home of Mr. Chamberlain by Rev. Carl Councilman. The groom is an old man sixty-three and too infirm to come after the marriage license, but the youthful bride of twenty-three, alone and undaunted, secured the document, but stated she was almost too nervous to sign her name.
Thompson – Mrs. A. H. Crozier and Mrs. A. Brundage entertained the Optimistic Circle, at the home of Mrs. Crosier last Wednesday afternoon.
Uniondale – The choir of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches will meet at Sam Lowry’s next Friday evening to practice for Christmas. The Christmas tree exercises will be held in the Presbyterian church this year.
News Brief: A new car, the cheapest car in the world, has made its appearance. It is a four-cylinder, narrow tread, two-passenger machine, the passengers sitting one behind the other; can go forty miles on a gallon of gasoline, it is claimed, and can run fifty miles an hour. It has six speeds, weighs but half a ton and costs, delivered, $241. It is the “Twombly.”
December 24 (1915/2015)
Elk Lake – Warren B. Lathrop, age about 75, a well-known and highly respect resident of this place, dropped dead on Wednesday afternoon. He was at work drawing a load of hay with a horse, when the animal fell down. Calling a neighbor, Edward Logan and Mr. Lloyd and his son, they proceeded to extricate the animal from its difficulty. The animal was no sooner on its feet , when Mr. Lathrop, stepping to its head, fell over lifeless. It is probable that exertion and excitement overtaxed his heart. Mr. Lathrop was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of Auburn Post No. 3, G. A. R. He was a man of fine personality and an ardent worker in the Grange. His wife, who is in feeble health, alone survives. As she is in frail mental condition as well, her case is particularly sad. They had reared four children by adoption, two of whom had died, and in her old age there seems no one to make a home for her. The funeral will be held from the house and interment in the Brooklyn cemetery.
South Montrose – Percy Ballantine gives a big banquet tonight to all of his employees and their families at Louden Hill Farm. Chefs from Hotel Casey, Scranton, serve the supper. A city band will furnish music.
Harford – The Odd Fellows, having gas lights in their meeting room, have donated their 12 lamp chandelier to the High school. ALSO George Richardson surely earned his money last week, driving the school sleigh, but he was right on time, every day, although he had all kinds of weather to contend with.
Gelatt – There is in the neighborhood of 80 cans of milk and cream buried in the snowbanks between here and Orson. Sometimes it is worth a few cents on a hundred pounds of milk to have a market nearer home.
Middletown – Our neighbor, Randall Owen, is visiting with his family. Mr. Owen is attending the Toronto Veterinary College and is to graduate the coming year. ALSO We have first-class sleighing since the snowstorm. Some of our roads were badly drifted, but the supervisors have rushed the opening of all roads. Several of our young men have recently purchased new cutters. We are sure we will hear the merry sleighbells on our streets this winter.
Laurel Lake – The recent storm made the roads in this vicinity nearly impassable but that did not stop our mail, thanks to the efforts of carrier James O’Day.
Forest City – Forty-eight applications for liquor licenses have been made in this county, the smallest number in many years. There are two applications for new wholesale liquor licenses in this place. They are Louis Gardella and Joseph Buceneli, Jr. ALSO Tuesday, Brant McLaughlin delivered to his customers, ice taken from the pond in the morning. It was a foot thick.
Alford – Marion Slocum, of Nicholson, will soon move into town, in the house he has lately purchased of J. M. Decker. He has a permanent job here as towerman.
Springville – Word was received here at an early hour on Monday that Oliver Squires’ barn was on fire. The report proved true, and the building, with its contents, except the livestock, which was gotten out with great difficulty, was entirely consumed. The origin of the fire is reported to be from thawing out a gasoline engine used in cutting stalks. Mr. Squires is an elderly man and was confined to his bed at the time.
Montrose – Bethel Church, an old landmark on Chenango street, which served for many years as a place of worship for the colored people, has lost its “landmark” appearance and is being converted into a building to be used for other purposes. This old church at one time had a flourishing congregation, but death and change of residence made sad havoc and but one of two of its former members are now living in Montrose. ALSO Theda Bara, who featured in “A Fool There Was,” at the C-nic theater, was born on the Sahara desert. Her father was Guiseppe Bara, an Italian sculptor and her mother a French actress.
Auburn – E. C. Parker, of this place, is a grand nephew of the late John Deans, who was an early settler and Methodist preacher in this county, his farm being below South Montrose and near the site of the Louden Hill farms. Henry Deans, one of the two remaining sons of John Deans, is a valued employee at the famous Bowery Mission in New York city.
Hopbottom – Miss Lillian Rose has returned home from Bristol, where she has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Flower.
South Ararat – Winter has surely come. The blizzard this week struck this place quite hard. The roads in some places are drifted full. The milk teams from there didn’t reach Orson until seven o’clock in the evening. They stayed all night, returning the next day.
Hallstead – Sunday morning, fire whistles were blown when flames were discovered coming from the large ice house just across the river bridge, on the J. Fred Carl farm. When the fire was discovered it had gained too much headway to be extinguished and the entire building and contents, which consisted of saw dust, a large quantity of hay, wagons, and farming implements, were totally destroyed, cause unknown. ALSO The river is frozen over above the bridge and the ice is 5 or 6 inches thick.
Thompson – A special train arrived here on Friday last, from Mansfield Normal school, carrying students over the Erie railroad and connecting lines to their respective homes for the Christmas vacation. Six of the students were left here: Anna Harper, Jessie Wilmarth, Helen Clark, Nora Brown, Helen Weir and Ruth Stone. The special continued to Carbondale over the branch line.
Glenwood – Santa Claus passed through this place last week enroute to Cameron’s Corners with a piano to help break the monotony for some little girl. Santa is a dear old fellow and looks upon a piano as being a necessity instead of a luxury.
Susquehanna – The store windows here are looking very pretty, all dressed in their holiday attire. ALSO Miss Lelia Reiley, who was the pianist at the Hogan Opera House, has relinquished her position. She is succeeded by Ruth O’Connell.
Clifford – The snow storm last week made only 7 or 8 inches on the level, but the wind played pranks with it until many of the roads were impassable. Thursday night it commenced raining and kept it up until Saturday noon, when the wind shifted to northwest and commenced snowing again. The mails have been very irregular; the one from Carbondale making only part of its route for several days but managed to get through to Clifford by private parties. The east branch of Tunkhannock creek became clogged with ice on Saturday, but Supervisor W. J. Bennett, with helpers, cleared it after an arduous struggle. Sunday brought us beautiful sunshine and we are now promised some fair weather, but the roads are very rough.
Marriage Licenses: Fred Fritz, Summersville and Mary Davis, New Milford; Ernest W. Benjamin, Kingsley and Rena M. Galloway, Hallstead; Guy L. Harris and Zelpha J. Benedict, both of Susquehanna; Tracy I. Potter and Cora E. Starbird, both of Thompson; Charles E. Allen and Nina A. Burchell, both of Thompson; Aloysius G. Doherty and Genevieve M. Condon, both of Susquehanna; Fred Magee and Grace Warner, both of Fairdale; A. W. Chamberlain and Ida May Davison, both of South Montrose; John McCarthy, Jr., Hallstead and Alice Carver, Great Bend.
December 31 (1915/2015)
Clifford – Christmas was a beautiful day although cloudy and Clifford people enjoyed it to the utmost. Everybody went visiting or received visitors, and on Christmas Eve the churches celebrated with excellent exercises by the children and abundantly laden Christmas trees. Christmas evening brought a heavy rain storm, which turned to snow during the night and Sunday morning gave us a typical December snow. It moderated, however, about eleven o’clock and gave us the welcome sunshine.
Dimock – Work has again commenced in the large Winans’ Stone Quarry after a short lay off, owing to the extreme cold weather. ALSO L. F. Thornton is buying all kinds of good furs at his house near W. J. Cronk’s store.
Springville – We are fortunate to have a good doctor in time of need, as our life-long physician is getting along in years, which makes it easy for both, who have a large practice.
South Montrose – Everyone acquainted with Percy Ballantine knows that he never does things by halves, and when it was announced that he and Mrs. Ballantine would give a Christmas’ party for the large number employed at Louden Hill Farm, their splendid country home, everyone knew that the affair would be “done up brown.” Roast turkey, roast duck, roast pig, baked salmon, grapes, oranges, radishes, in fact everything in the line of fruits and vegetables available at this time of the season was provided. “Santa Claus” distributed suitable gifts and a stringed orchestra engaged for the party, played for a dance. Some of the nationalities represented by their employees are: American, English, Irish, Scotch, Japanese, Hungarian, Italian, German, Welsh and Dutch. ALSO Mrs. Stella Crisman won fifth prize in the kerosene contest conducted by the Atlantic Refining Co., for best “100 ways to use kerosene.” The prize was an oil heater.
Susquehanna – Electricity has been installed in the Erie shops for running four high power motors which run a large part of the machines. The steam boilers formerly used will be used for heating and operating the new compressor.
New Milford – Prof. and Ms. Claude Hardy, of Wilbraham, Mass., are spending their holiday vacation with relatives—Mrs. Hardy’s parents, Mr. and Ms. J. Green and with Mr. Hardy’s relatives of this place. Mr. Hardy is professor of languages in Wilbraham Academy, one of the oldest and most popular educations institutions in the United States. ALSO Ben C. Norris, proprietor of the Keystone Poultry farm, at this place, is getting over 200 eggs a day from his pullets. With eggs at forty-two cents per dozen, that is doing well.
Herrick Center – People here have finished two weeks of volunteer good road building and as a result the main street has been paved at a cost of only $25. The entire length of the street was filled with crushed stone then rolled and finally covered with a dressing of boiler cinders. The stone crusher used in the work cost the town $2.00 a day for nine days. The traction engine and the teams and labor were furnished gratis, while the Erie company furnished the cinders. ALSO Sheriff Reynolds was officially engaged in this place yesterday, making the trip with a horse and sleigh, He said the day was exceedingly bleak and dreary out on the hill tops, but found the sleighing fairly good, with few bad drifts to encounter.
Harford – The Christmas exercises of the congregational Sunday school, which was held last Friday evening, proved a success. A large attendance and the programs surely showed the Christmas spirit. Santa Claus was especially “cute” and pleased the children. ALSO Hon. Charles Hebu Dickerman, one of Columbia county’s most prominent residents, well-known in financial, business circles throughout the state, died at his home in Milton, on Friday evening, Dec. 17. He was the son of Dr. Clark Dickerman and Sarah Adelia Chandler. He was born in Harford and there received his early education and graduated from Franklin Academy. He then engaged in teaching in Susquehanna and Luzerne counties. In later years he was associated with others in the manufacture of freight cars at Milton and interested in numerous financial institutions in that part of the state.
East Kingsley – A venturesome crowd of young people from this place started for a sleigh ride on Sunday but owing to the snowdrifts they countered, they were obliged to return home and wait for more favorable weather.
North Bridgewater – Game Worden, Warren F. Simrell, after a couple of weeks investigation of the wounding of a doe in this place—the animal being so badly wounded that it was later killed—issued warrants for the arrest of Wm. Dennison and his father-in-law, Melvin Chapman, living in that vicinity. He succeeded in serving the warrant on Dennison, who was given a hearing before Justice F. A. Davies on Wednesday. Chapman had disappeared and could not be found. Dennison claimed no complicity in the affair. He was admitted to bail, a second hearing to take place next Wednesday.
Forest Lake – Charles R. Potts, of Haywarden, Saskatchewan, Canada, surprised his relatives at this place by coming to visit them on Dec. 22nd. Mr. Potts, since his absence from the county, spent twenty-three years in Iowa, going to Canada nearly four years ago, where he took up a half section of land. His efforts this year have been rewr4ded with 3,800 bushels of wheat and 1,800 bushels of oats. All the labor was performed by himself, until the time of harvesting.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The Ladies’ Aid society will meet for dinner, in the lecture hall, next Thursday, Jan. 6. The men will cut wood for the church.
South Gibson – Mrs. Sabra Carpenter celebrated her 96th birthday on the 23d at her home. A long life! In looking back she can recall many changes that have taken place.
Brackney – Frank Shea, of Flowery Valley, came to this place on Saturday evening. When he started to return he found that the snow drifts were many, and so was delayed until Monday morning, but from all appearances, we think he was busily engaged during his brief stay.
Alford – One of our lecturers in the High School course joined the ranks of the jokers when he told his Montrose audience that he had spent two days at Alford one afternoon waiting for a train. But Alford stays on the map just the same: it has now become a permanent and quite important railroad junction. This will assure the future of Alford, as a junction point, and will undoubtedly have a tendency to build a larger town there. It remains for the property owners there to wake up and take cognizance of the new situation and be first on the spot to take advantage of business developments.
News Brief: Congress has been asked to appropriate $7,500 to purchase the suit of clothes Abraham Lincoln wore the night of his assassination in Ford’s theater, in 1865. Representative Robert, of Massachusetts, has introduced a bill to acquire the relic, owned by a Washington Business man, for the Lincoln memorial. ALSO Col. John S. Mosby, of Washington, the famous Confederate raider, celebrated his 82nd birthday last week. The old warrior, still in the full vigor of health, received felicitations from many friends and letters from some of the prominent men on the Union side whom he had made prisoners during the Civil War. During recent years Col. Mosby has devoted himself to writing his reminiscences. He enlisted in the Confederate cavalry at an early age, and soon distinguished himself as a leader. His raid on McClellan’s rear guard on the Chickahominy river was perhaps his most notable exploit.
January 07 (1916/2016)
East Bridgewater – Dr. Carl Aldrich, of Clarks Summit, was engaged here Friday. Mr. Aldrich was a former East Bridgewater boy, but is now a veterinarian with a rapidly expanding practice in Lackawanna county. He often has calls from Susquehanna county.
Lenox – Wedding bells were ringing in our neighborhood last week, when Deronda Bennett and Miss Gladys McDonald were quietly married. We all wish them happiness and prosperity.
Susquehanna – Mr. Eckles, the superintendent of the Delaware Division, has been promoted to the superintendent of the Buffalo Division. Train master, J. W. Foote, of the same division, also goes to Buffalo. L. W. Rockefeller will be the new train master at this place. ALSO Miss Mary Fitzgerald and Wm. McClelland were married at 8 o’clock at St. John’s church, Tuesday, Dec. 28. After a short wedding trip they will reside here.
St. Joseph – The death of Miss Mary Jane Sweeney occurred at her late home at St. Joseph on Dec. 28, 1915. Miss Sweeney belonged to one of the old first families of St. Joseph that figured in the days when the college stood near the church in the valley. Her ancestry shared the joys and privileges of the college days and made many friends among the students who came from all parts of the country to receive training at the hands of the Christian Brothers who located there from Philadelphia and other places. The old convent was not far from her parents’ home—but the two landmarks have passed out of existence, and the early settlers for the most part are resting in the little cemetery which forms a part of the churchyard, which is dotted with not a few white crosses as memorials for the dead. Miss Sweeney was one of the owners of the famous spring built by the Indians on their farm many years ago, the water therefrom having been used in nearby cities and towns for several years past. The only surviving members of the family are—Miss Margaret Sweeney, an instructress in the Indian Government School, at Carlisle, Pa., and Miss Anastasia Sweeney, formerly a teacher in the Susquehanna county schools, who resides at home. Daniel, a brother, who had charge of the old spring for many years, passed away about seven years ago.
Birchardville – Morris Baker has returned to his work at the Philadelphia School of Business, after spending a week’s vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Baker.
Montrose – W. W. Nash, our pioneer florist, has installed a new heating plant in his greenhouses at South View gardens. A boiler house has been erected and a large seven-section boiler placed therein. This will provide the popular florist with greater “bench” space in his greenhouses—by the removal of the former heater—and will also permit a more uniform temperature. Taking time by the forelock he already has preparations well under way for the Easter trade. ALSO Rufus Sayre, 70 years old, died in the Southampton Hospital, at Southampton, L. I., on Saturday. He was ill only a few days with pneumonia. He was a direct descendant of the original settlers of Southampton in 1640. His parents were Captain Edward Sayre and Mary Scott Sayre. He was unmarried and lived a quiet, retired life at his home in Meetinghouse lane. A brother, the Rev. Edward W. Sayre, of Gering, Neb., and a nephew, Edward C. Sayre, of Binghamton, N. Y., survive him. [Descendants of the Sayre family also lived, and still live, in Montrose.]
Springville – There is considerable agitation looking to the building of a creamery here in the near future. Many of the patrons are dissatisfied with the prices being paid for milk at the local station.
Rush – U. W. LaRue’s garage is nearly completed. An ever-increasing business made necessary a much larger stock room. Besides his agency for cars, he will run an up-to-date supply and repair department. Low water in the mill pond, caused by a break in the Wyalusing dam, will make it difficult to secure ice for local supply.Plans for a new dam are being made.
Auburn Center – January 1 was the fifty-sixth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. George Tewksbury. They are living in the same house in which the wedding took place and during the fifty-six years of their married life many changes have taken place in that vicinity. Of the twenty-five or thirty guests present at the wedding, only two are still living, Mrs. Samantha Linaberry, of Binghamton, and Mrs. Maria Bowman, of Meshoppen.
Stevensville/Auburn –Mrs. Geo. Jones, of Auburn, entertained on New Year’s, Mr. and Mrs. C. F Chase and daughter, Martin Smith, and grandson, of Stevensville, and Mrs. Emmons of Auburn 4 Corners. Mr. Smith is an uncle of Mrs. Jones and spent his boyhood days in this vicinity. He moved to Stevensville when a boy of ten. He served three years in the Civil War, and was in a number of battles among them the battle of the Wilderness, Chancellorsville and at Gettysburg. He says, in regard to the last mentioned battle, his regiment supported the artillery fire in which Pickett’s famous charge was made and of his company of one hundred men, seventy-five were killed and several wounded, he being shot through both legs. He lay on the battlefield one day and night before being brought to the hospital.
Silver Lake – Melvin Chapman, who lives in the vicinity of Richmond Hill, was sentenced to one hundred days in jail and the costs incurred in the case, by F. A. Davies, Esq., yesterday, he having made a confession that he had shot the doe in this township recently, and that his son-in-law, William Dennison, had nothing to do with the affair. Dennison, at a hearing held last week, swore that he was innocent and that his father-in-law had told him he had done it. Mrs. Dennison went to Homer, N. Y., where she located Mr. Chapman and brought him to Montrose, where the plea of guilty was entered. He stated that he thought the animal was a buck when he shot it, but when he found it to be a doe thought it high time to be getting out of this part of the country.
New Road: That the State Highway Department will build a macadamized road from Montrose to Heart Lake, and from thence to New Milford, and to Hallstead, and will begin operations just as soon as the weather will permit in the spring, is the best of news that the Democrat could bring to its readers this week—and this is practically assured. The highway department is now negotiating with Montrose borough for the lease of its stone crusher, engine, etc., to be used in this job and says the lease must start April 15th. Montrose will brick pave the street from the western end of the borough to the borough line near Harrington’s Mills in the spring; New Milford is to pave the main street of the town; a fine macadamized road already extends from the state line to Hallstead. To connect these several pieces of good roads is following a policy of the State Highway Department.
January 14 (1916/2016)
Montrose – Miss Mabel Shaw witnessed the great motion picture drama, “The Birth of a Nation,” in Binghamton. In the evening she attended the concert of the Ithaca Trio in Brooklyn. Her niece, Miss Evelyn Jones, is a soloist in the trio. ALSO Ice of excellent quality, fourteen inches thick, is being harvested on Post’s pond. Many dairymen are already filling their ice houses. The work of cutting ice on Lake Montrose will probably start next week. An interesting letter from the State department of health, regarding sanitary precautions to be taken in cutting ice will be of interest to those engaged in ice cutting or who are consumers of the product.
Kingsley – The teachers of Harford gave a banquet to the directors at Aqua Inn. Twenty-seven plates were laid. All had a very enjoyable time.
Hallstead – Fireman Andrew Carigg, of this place, had both legs severed by a pusher engine when he slipped on the ice, falling under the wheels, on Thursday night of last week. Drs. A. F. Merrell and A. S. Blair attended him and he was taken to the Binghamton hospital on a special engine. The limbs were amputated below the knees. Mr. Carigg was one of the best known railroaders between Scranton and Binghamton, having been employed on the Lackawanna for over thirty years.
Gelatt – While returning from school on Friday last, Oliver Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Potter, was coasting down what is known as Sawmill hill and lost control of his sled. It ran into the fender of the bridge and broke one of his legs.
Gibson – On Friday last, our community was greatly shocked when the word came that our genial stage driver, O. B. Harding, had died suddenly in Harford. He had gone out to care for his horse and a little later was found dead. He was apparently in usual health. Mr. Harding was a highly respected friend and neighbor and for the last thirty years had been a resident of this place. He will be greatly missed. Besides his wife, he leaves three sons to mourn his loss. The funeral was largely attended at the M. E. church, Monday afternoon. Interment in Gibson cemetery, E. J. Whitney, of Harford, funeral director.
Friendsville – The members of St. Francis’ choir and their friends enjoyed a banquet at the Friendsville hotel on Wednesday evening, Dec. 29th. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. John F. Moran, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Murphy, Misses Anna Foran, Kathryn Ryan, Margaret Gillen and Elizabeth O’Connell and Messrs. J. D. Ryan, J. J. Matthews, Joseph Mullen and Hugh Foran.
Powell, Bradford Co. – Joseph Camp, proprietor of a hotel at Powell, killed a monster wildcat after a battle, during which the beast nearly killed Camp’s dog. With two broken legs, the cat continued to fight and held man and dog at bay until a bullet pierced its heart. The wildcat weighed nearly fifty pounds and was the largest ever killed in that county.
Auburn Township – Susquehanna county will soon be in the throes of another murder trial. This was made certain by the finding of the grand jury this week, when a true bill was returned to the court, charging Albert Hughes with the murder of his wife, at his home in this place, a few weeks ago. The fact that two lawyers have been appointed by the court to defend the prisoner insures a big legal battle to save the prisoner from the electric chair.
Fairdale – The young people of the Epworth League will hold a social in the Grange Hall on Friday evening, January 16. It is particularly requested that it be noted that this is not an ordinary shadow social, but a leap year shadow social. This is to be a chance for down trodden womanhood. The men are to be the shadows.
Dimock – Miss Isa Mills, librarian of the Dimock Free Library, is at the City hospital, Wilkes-Barre, where she is recovering from a serious operation. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Tiffany have charge of the library while Miss Mills is away.
New Milford – Scranton newspapers are the authority for the statement that it is practically assured that the D. L. & W. Railroad Co. will turn over their old, abandoned roadbed between Clark’s Summit and New Milford, out of which will be constructed a modern concrete road by the State Highway Department. No word has come from official sources of the railroad to indicate what is in the mind of the company, but several railroad men say that it would be a lasting tribute to the railroad to give that strip of land to the state for highway purposes. [Now Route 11]
Harford – E. M. Tingley has the sale of Edison Pulverized Limestone, which has given splendid satisfaction to farmers in different parts of the county. ALSO A nice large load of wood was brought to some people in this locality, last Friday, and I think the giver must indeed be a very kind man; and I consider this “act of kindness” worthy of mention.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – The wheeling is fine in this vicinity these days, although a little icy in places. They [roads] are smooth and if a horse is sharp shod one can skim over the roads in good shape. Our local blacksmiths are reaping great benefits these days, sharpening horses from early morn until after dark many days.
Glenwood – The Marcy brothers are getting the acetylene lights installed in their house and barn. You hardly know this old town for many are getting up-to-date.
Brookdale – The young people are enjoying the fine skating on the pond near the Iron Bridge.
South Ararat – Again death has entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emeret Burman and claimed their little 8 month’s old son. This is the fourth time the Reaper has come and taken for his own three boys and one girl. Surely they have the deepest sympathy of this place. Rev. Webster spoke comforting words to the family. Mrs. Sparks and Mrs. Harding sang the selections. W. W. Pope, of Gelatt, was in charge. The little one was laid to rest in the Ararat cemetery, Sunday afternoon. ALSO The hard snow storms and wind blows have nearly put our mail service out of commission. Sometimes it would be two or three days before we could get mail and those sending items and other mail matters were obliged to just wait and not complain.
The Telephone by Sister Ann: If our grandmothers had been told sixty years ago that to-day we could sit in our easy chairs by the fire side and talk with our friends and relatives in distant towns they would have scarcely believed it. A story is told that considerable trouble was complained of on a certain telephone line and upon investigation it was found that one of the ladies on the telephone line was using her telephone receiver for a stocking darner. How is that for a short cut? Yes, the local telephone has many advantages besides saving trips over cold, stormy roads. It keeps one posted on the most important events of the day in the surrounding neighborhood. Many a farmers’ wife can sit all the long, dreamy afternoon taking in their neighbors’ secrets. Of course the men folks never listen and only talk business over the telephone.
*Please be aware that we do not have a copy of the Forest City News for 1916. However, we will try to include news from Forest City that is included in other newspapers.
January 22 (1916/2016)
North Harford – There will be a shadow social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Chamberlin, Jan. 24th, under the auspices of the M. E. church. Supper will be served and there will be a fish pond. No law against fishing in this pond and if you enjoy this sport, come out and see how many fish you can catch. Also see how your shadow looks. ALSO Bear tracks have been seen on Wolf Hill and in the swamp by different people. Men who have seen them before say that they are sure they are bear tracks. Better be careful how you wander after dark. But then, probably “Bruin” is miles away by this time.
Middletown – A number of our young people are enjoying the skating on Coleman’s flats these days. ALSO Our Telephone Co. met at Daniel Murphy’s, Wednesday night, and elected officers.
Rush – An old-time spelling match will be held at the M. E. Church on Jan. 29th. Music by the Rush orchestra. Refreshments will be served in the basement. Admission, including refreshments, 25 cents. Grand prize, $3; second prize, $1. ALSO A public sale will take place on the farm of Mrs. Russell Very, at Rush Centre, on Jan. 27th. At this sale two horses, four cows, one brood sow, thirty-five hens, wagons, sleighs, harnesses, mowing machine, hay and straw, stoves and milk cans, and many other articles will be sold to the highest bidder.
Montrose – The amount of sickness in and around Montrose at this time is really appalling. The grip seems to have whole communities in its talons, the drug stores being taxed to capacity to wait upon those who need medicines for coughs and colds. There are upward of a hundred pupils absent from the High school, ill. If you wish to ward off or relieve yourself of this troublesome malady, physicians claim that drinking large quantities of moderately cold water will aid in relieving the system of its impurities. To drink a quart of water each day is not too much.
Gelatt – Mrs. Verna Daniels was well pleased and appreciated the kindness of her friends and neighbors, last Thursday, when they met, cut, hauled and presented her with a nice pile of wood. She was very thankful to all those that helped in any way.
Clifford – Severe colds are numerous and our school, which numbers about thirty-five scholars, was reduced last week to twelve and fifteen on some days. Whooping cough was feared, but failed to materialize.
Hallstead – The Hallstead tent Daughters of Veterans will observe Washington’s birthday by giving a patriotic entertainment in Clune’s Opera House on the evening of Feb. 22nd.
Choconut Valley – The funeral of Mrs. M. J. Donley, who was brought from Scranton, was held at St. Joseph, Wednesday of last week. She was formerly a resident of this place and is survived by three sons, Cyrenus and Jerome of Choconut, John of New York City and one daughter, who resides at Scranton.
Brooklyn – H. F. Williams is selling a fine quality of coal at the S. & B. station here in Brooklyn, at 30 cents per hundred, the same as is asked at Hop Bottom. ALSO Boyd Austin has bought his father’s livery business and is now ready to serve the public by auto, sleigh and wagon livery.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – We are having some old-fashioned winter weather for a few days. Regular zero weather. ALSO The Ladies’ Aid was well attended. The women sewed a nice lot of rag carpet for Mrs. M. J. Green and the men cut a nice lot of wood for the church.
Kingsley – An entertainment will be given in the Universalist church, Friday evening, Jan. 28. There will be readings, vocal and instrumental solos and conclude with a farce, entitled “Mrs. Bouncer’s Boarders” by local talent. Mrs. Van de Sand will sing, Mr. Bruce Frink will give violin solos and Miss Louise Stearns will preside at the piano. Adm. 25 and 15 cents.
Alford – Next week men will commence to tear down the old wooden trestle, across the mill pond, over which the L. & M. railroad has passed since the branch was laid in 1891. ALSO Evangelist A. Lee Aldrich, a former Alford young man, is conducting one of the biggest revivals ever held in the west at St. Paul and Minneapolis. Hundreds of people have been turned away from the crowded tabernacle. The young evangelist preached at East Bridgewater church one Sunday not long since.
New Milford – E. N. Townsend has taken his blacksmith shop back from John Samson. ALSO Mr. Lewis, of Great Bend, is moving in town, having bought a blacksmith shop of A. L. Harris.
West Lenox – Several from this place attended license court at Montrose last week. Some of them were very important witnesses against both hotels at Hopbottom. A thorough canvass of the town was made with a remonstrance against both hotels and much interest was shown.
Susquehanna – Susquehanna police want saloons made to comply with law. The following petition was presented to the Council of the Borough of Susquehanna: Whereas, Certain holders of retail liquor licenses in this borough consistently refuse to close their bars at midnight on secular days, refuse to expose the interior thereof on Sundays so that the passerby may ascertain whether the liquor laws of the State are, or are not, violated therein on Sunday, and who persist in throwing wide open the doors of their bar rooms at midnight on Sundays; and Whereas, All of these irregularities are at variance with the fair public sentiment of the community, as well as opposed to expressed will of the Court of their county, who declared as we are informed, at the last license term of court, that he would not tolerate the opening of any bar room at midnight Sunday and that all bars should be so exposed on Sundays, so as to permit the passerby to discover whether or not the law was being violated therein and that if the holders of liquor licenses wished to co-operate with the will of the Court, they would close their bars promptly at midnight on all secular days; now, therefore, In consideration of the above recited irregularities and in deference to the fair minded public sentiment of the community, we respectfully request your honorable body to take some action, with a view of calling the attention of the Court to the same and requesting the adoption of a rule or rules that will prevent a repetition of these irregularities in the future. Signed by T. J. McMahon, Chief of Police; W. H. Smethurst, Police Officer and Constables John Marshall, T. H. Moran, Frank Howard. It was moved by Council member Ryan and seconded by Main, that the petition be received and that the council direct its solicitor to take up the matter therein complained of and represent to the Court, that it is the will of the council of the Borough of Susquehanna Depot, that the irregularities complained of be remedied in so far as the same may be legally.
News Briefs: The great trouble with fellows with one idea is that they usually have the wrong idea. ALSO Marriage licenses taken: T. J. O’Donnell, Brooklyn, N. Y. and Margaret Coleman, Middletown, N. Y.; Charles C. Corwin, Hallstead and Marian T. Warner, Montrose; Harry Light, Rush and Mae H. Diehl, Altoona; James B. Guiton, Middletown and Winifred Cavanaugh, Rush; Michael J. McNerney, Forest Lake and Frances G. Lynch, Friendsville; Simon E. Marcey, Lenox and Mabel J. Ruland, Lenox.
January 28 (1916/2016)
New Milford – News of the death of Col. Charles C. Pratt was received yesterday morning with deep sorrow. His death came quite suddenly following a two weeks’ illness with grippe, at his winter home, 95 Oak street, Binghamton. His age was 62 years. He was one of New Milford’s leading citizens and was well known throughout the county. His wife, who was Miss Lillie B. Goff, died about five years ago. Three daughters and one son survive. Charles was the son of Ezra and Mary Fink Pratt and was a native of New Milford. The Pratt public library, which was a gift to this town, stands as a monument to his worth. He served the Fourteenth district well in Congress for one term. It has been truly said of him that he was too “good a man to be in politics,” in the sense that he was incapable of resorting to any method to gain an end which was not strictly honorable.
West Harford – C. G. Rhodes has bought the Orphan School farm. ALSO In North Harford the senior class of Harford High school went to Heart Lake last Friday night in a sleigh load, but as they found poor sleighing, it required some little time to reach their destination. They arrived at the Lake all safe and sound and were nicely entertained at the home of Misses Blanche and Agnes Gay. A sumptuous chicken pie supper was served and a splendid time enjoyed by all. The sleigh-ride party arrived in Harford in the early hours of the morning, a tired but happy lot. Hurrah! For the class of 1916.
Silver Lake – Frank Dougherty reports the skating fine at Quaker Lake. ALSO Miss Loretta Giblin has accepted a position with Johnson City Shoe factory. ALSO Edward Kenelly had a narrow escape coming from Montrose last week, when his sleigh slid over the Factory bridge at Richmond Hill.
Clifford – On account of the ill health our teacher, Miss Morgan, dismissed school last Wednesday and was not able to resume during the rest of the week. She expects to be able to be in the school house again today.
Springville – Homer Youngs went to Rush one day last week to deliver a new car to Wilbur Terry. People have done very little motoring here this winter on account of the bad condition of the roads. Some places no snow at all, others, deep snow banks making it dangerous to travel. ALSO In Lynn, the stock holders of the Baker Creamery Co. have built a dam across the White Creek near the Creamery for the purpose of getting ice for their plant. ALSO In Lynn, our health officer, F. S. Greenwood, is kept busy these days quarantining and disinfecting people up around Parkvale and Dimock of late. Mumps and diphtheria are prevailing in that quarter, it is said.
Alford – The old wooden trestle is being removed. Many of the passengers over the Montrose branch were very nervous when passing over this bridge, always expecting to be precipitated into the mill pond over which it crossed, sooner or later.
Montrose – Isaac Fuller, a native of this place, died at his home, in Scranton, on Wednesday evening. He was the first engineer to run a passenger train over the Pocono mountains on the Lackawanna railroad’s southern division. He had lived in Scranton for about 60 years and was a son of Hon. Geo. Fuller, who was a member of Congress from this county in 1844. ALSO Mary Elizabeth Rogers, formerly of Montrose, passed peacefully away January 15, 1916, at her home in Los Angeles, California. Interment was made at Denver, Colorado, beside her husband, Andrew N. Rogers. Andrew was a civil engineer, identified with the building of the Lackawanna and other eastern and southern railroads. He went to the Rocky Mountains in 1864. The following year his wife and two eldest sons, then boys of 5 and 7 years, went from Montrose to join him in the west. Mary’s parents, James and Ann Elizabeth Seymour, are laid away in the cemetery at Montrose.
Hallstead – Andy Carrigg, whose legs were recently cut off by the cars, is slowly improving.
Susquehanna – In the case of Rudolph Kuhn, a boy of 16, charged with malicious injury of railroads, the boy acknowledged throwing a stone, in a boy-like impulse, and breaking one signal. The court put him in the custody of Chief of Police T. J. McMahon, of this place, upon his promise of going to work and giving his wages to his mother.
Civil War Veterans’ Deaths: Auburn Four Corners – We were sorry to hear of the sudden death of Drake Emmons. He was an old soldier. He had a stroke last Monday and died Thursday. ALSO John H. Tiffany, of Hop Bottom, died at his residence January 6th, 1916. He was born in Brooklyn township, Feb. 15th, 1841. He taught school as a young man and for several years was associated with the late Edson Tiffany in the mercantile business at Hop Bottom. On March 5th, 1864 he enlisted in the Signal Corps of the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged August 21st, 1865. He married Miss Ida Blakeslee, of Dimock, on April 30th, 1871 and to them were born three children. Interment in the Squires Cemetery in charge of Lieut. Rogers’ Post G. A. R. ALSO Jesse Bagley passed away in Elmira, N. Y., Dec. 31st. The funeral was in charge of Baldwin Post, G. A. R. of which he was a member, having served with honor many years in the Civil War. He was captured and spent some time in Salisbury prison. Mr. Bagley was born in Brooklyn, PA in 1827 and he passed his boyhood days among the sturdy pioneers of that town. He learned the trade of blacksmith and went to Carbondale to work when that town was but a hamlet. After the war he settled in Elmira. ALSO Another old soldier and respected citizen has left us. Philip H. Rifenbury, of West Auburn, died on Friday, Jan. 21, 1916, following a stroke of apoplexy. He was a private in Co. H., 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was buried in the West Auburn cemetery.
Court News: Decisions in the [liquor] license petitions, where there were remonstrances, were handed down by Judge R. B. Little, in court Monday morning. The following licenses were granted: Silas Kintner, Rush; Daniel Curley, Hallstead, Clune’s Hotel, which he has leased; P. H. Flynn, Herrick Center. W. E. Carpenter was granted a license for the Walker House, at New Milford, which has been “dry” for the past few months. Mr. Carpenter has been the proprietor of the Phinney Hotel for the past year. Hallie Lewis, who has been the clerk at the Walker House the past year, gets a license for the Phinney Hotel, in New Milford. Licenses refused are: Henry Lisi, Susquehanna; Joseph Zaverl, of Ararat; W. J. McAvoy, of Auburn Corners; C. W. Lewis, South Gibson; W. C. Lord, Hop Bottom; Abbie Smith, Thompson; Lewis Webb, Valley View Hotel, Hop Bottom. The wholesale applications of Louis Gardella and Joseph Busenll, Jr., of Forest City, were also refused. The wholesale application of the Brockwell Distributing company, of Forest City, was granted.
February 04 (1916/2016)
Franklin Forks – The ladies of this place and vicinity will hold a church rally at the Alliance hall, Feb. 9th. Dinner will be served and a free-will offering received. Proceeds to apply on pastor’s salary. All come and have a good time and help a good cause along. (Signed) Mrs. Chas. Palmer, Sec’y.
Dimock – A. H. Button, who has been sick a long time with stomach trouble, is now better and drives the milk wagon from Parkvale to the Dimock milk station daily, as in times of the past. ALSO The roads are in a bad shape for travel, as the frost is coming out of the ground, which makes the mud deep and heavy hauling of lumber and logs is suspended for the present.
Forest City – The burning of a note of $600, the last evidence of debt against the Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone company, marked the morning session of the fifteenth annual meeting of the stockholders.
Auburn Corners – It is persistently rumored that Clark Voss, of this place, will succeed to the interest of the late J. L. Kent in the coal, express and dray business in Montrose. He will become associated with his son-in-law, Frank Pepper, the deceased’s partner, although this report cannot be confirmed. Mr. Voss has until recently conducted a general store at Auburn Corners.
East Rush – We sure have been having some great weather the past week. It makes one think that spring is about here.
Uniondale – The store room and garage being built by Douglas & Yale, Ford agents, is nearly completed and will afford more room in which to conduct their automobile business. They are hustlers. ALSO The Erie Flyer and the passenger train coming north were held up Thursday morning between here and Forest City. A freight train was wrecked causing a delay of several hours. W. T. Churchill, Leon H. Reynolds, W. E. Gibson and L. A. Smith were aboard the Flyer. They walked from the wreck to Forest City and boarded the street car for Scranton, where they attended the automobile show.
Silver Lake – “The Don’t Worry Club” was pleasantly entertained at Jeremiah Mahoney’s on Tuesday evening. ALSO William Donovan had a large wood-bee on Wednesday. They cut and piled fifty cords of wood. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ward celebrated the 60th year of their marriage on January 26th, 1916. Mr. Ward, who is 85 years old and Mrs. Ward, who is 82, were both born in the locality in which they now reside. They are both members of St. Augustine’s church.
Middletown Twp. – William Edward Fitzgerald, 14 years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fitzgerald, died at the home of his parents on Tuesday night, Jan. 25. Anna Fitzgerald 9 years of age, sister of the above, died Friday evening, Jan. 28. Death in both cases was due to spinal meningitis. Both were buried within a day of their death, with a private funeral, in St. Francis Xavier’s cemetery.
Great Bend – The general store of Charles M. Hamlin was entered by thieves on Friday evening late, and robbed of twelve suits of clothes. The burglars entered through a rear window, and, finding no money or articles of much value, contented themselves by taking the clothing, leaving behind them articles of much larger value. This is the second time Mr. Hamlin’s store has been robbed.
Montrose – The Daughters of Veterans are already making great preparations for their annual Lincoln Tea, which will be held in Village Hall on Saturday evening, Feb. 12th. Go and help the Daughters, who named their Tent in memory of that remarkable missionary, Dr. Ellen E. Mitchell, a native of Montrose. [Before becoming a doctor, Ellen Mitchell was a nurse during the Civil War.]
Susquehanna – Harry G. Pride was serving as juror in the county courts this week. Mr. Pride has, for some years, been in the Erie job printing plant and is a printer of exceptional ability. He was at one time employed in the government printing office at Washington.
Springville – The new milk station is a sure thing. The new company opened for business on Tuesday, getting 129 cans of milk. For the present, or until a new building can be completed, they will receive milk in a box car located near the depot. It will be a decided advantage to the farmers here if the two companies can be retained, as it will tend to balance things.
Harford – A goodly number of men turned out last Tuesday and assisted in putting the [horse] sheds back of the Methodist Episcopal church in good repair.
Dimock – W. J. Cronk has had new lights placed in his store and postoffice, which are far ahead of the old gas lamps which have been in use there for several years.
New Milford – The O. C. Whitney crate factory opened for business on Feb. 2, with a force of 25 men, this number to be doubled soon. Mr. Whitney has a contract with the government to furnish crates for the shipment of 200,000 bushels of potatoes to South America. Until this last year, the South American countries have been getting their potatoes from England, Ireland and Germany. Owing to war conditions in those countries, they are now buying from the United States. ALSO Rev. I. D. Mallery has resigned his pastorate of the Baptist church here and will take charge of a church at Washington, N. J. It is with much regret the people of New Milford see Rev. Mallery leave, regardless of denomination. He commenced preaching here in 1886, was ordained in the Moxley church and was the first pastor of the church at New Milford. Before the building of the church, Rev. Mallery was holding services in the A. B. Smith store in what was known as the Post rooms. Friday evening, Jan. 28, the people of New Milford held a reception for Rev. Mallery and family at the Baptist church.
News Briefs: Figures announced by the health department of New York city, of the number of persons arrested for spitting on sidewalks and in public places last week, show that members of the health department, police and sanitary squads served 1,097 summonses. Of this number 976 were convicted and $1,631 was paid in fines. One man served a day in prison in default of payment. ALSO In a sermon in which he said not enough young men are being married and that it is not the fault of most “old maids” that they are single, Rev. P. J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s church, at Olyphant, also came out in favor of a financial as well as physical examination for all prospective bridegrooms. He said that “it was almost as important that a young man about to be wed should be financially able to support a wife and family as it was that he should be in good physical condition. Both are essential elements to a happy married life.” He is a brother of Mrs. McCabe, of Franklin Forks, this county.
February 11 (1916/2016)
Franklin Forks – Alliance 131 will hold a contest, “graham bread, potato salad, cucumber pickles and currant jelly,” in connection with their regular meeting, in Alliance hall, Feb. 16. Suitable prizes will be given. Judges to be the tallest woman and the shortest man. This, with the regular program, will insure an interesting time.
South Montrose – Cleatus Kiefer is the new proprietor of the pool room.
Montrose – E. L. Estus, of Dimock, and Frank Hill, of Rush, have purchased new Chevrolet touring cars of L. H. Sprout and Sons. Another carload of Chevrolets is expected by this firm in a short time, nearly all of which have been sold. ALSO One of the largest thermometers in the world is being placed in front of Burns’ drug store. The instrument is nine feet tall and guaranteed accurate. Valentine & Co., the Valspar people, had 1,000 of these thermometers made at a cost of $22,000. Montrose is very fortunate to get one of the thousand. It runs from 80 below to 120 above zero. ALSO A great treat is in store for all who attend the Lincoln Tea at Colonial Hall, Saturday evening, it being a fine Victrola concert from one of Mrs. Gamble’s Victrolas.
Forest City – The first golden wedding to take place in the history of this place occurred last Saturday when Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zaller observed the event. They were married in Austria, but for many years have been residents of Forest City.
New Milford – Monday was a very busy day for the landlords of the two hotels here. W. E. Carpenter moved from the upper hotel to the Walker House and Hallie Lewis, who has been conducting the Walker House for some months, moved to the upper hotel, which will hereafter be called the Lewis House.
Dimock – Thomas Donahoe, of Binghamton, who fell under the ice wagon he was driving on Feb. 3rd, died on Wednesday night of his injuries in the City Hospital. He is survived by his wife and three brothers—John, Patrick and James Donahoe, of Dimock.
Elk Lake – James Bishop, who has the contract for filling the Auburn creamery ice house, has a number of teams drawing ice from the lake this week. Green Brothers are handling the ice saws.
Rush – Frank Everett, who was kicked by a horse and had his leg broken about two weeks ago, is doing nicely at the home of his brother, D. J. Everett, of Jersey Hill. Mr. Everett was riding on a market wagon, where the seat was at the extreme front, and in going over a knoll, the horse kicked, and being sharp shod, mangled his leg fearfully. He realized what had happened and managed to crawl over the seat before he fainted. When he revived he drove to his brother’s farm, where he was cared for. Dr. Fry, of Rush, reduced the fracture. ALSO Mrs. Russell Very is moving from her place, at Rush Center, to her son’s, Walter, near Montrose. Clark Larue purchased her farm.
South Harford – The excitements of last week were as follows: Book Club, Wed.; surprise party for Mrs. Robert Hudson, Thursday evening; ball at Fred Anderson’s Fri. evening; and a birthday party for Casper Cary, Saturday.
Transue (Auburn Twp.) – Miss Ethel Barnes, of this place and William Place, of Edinger Hill, were united in marriage, Wednesday evening, Feb. 2, 1916, at Rev. W. B. Arnold’s, of Skinner’s Eddy. From there the newly married couple left for his sister’s, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Robinson, of Schottsville, where they spent the week-end. On Saturday evening the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Place made them a party. Many nice presents were given to them.
East Kingsley – Simon Button, while working on the railroad section Tuesday morning, was hit by a train. Just how the accident occurred is not known, as no one was with him at the time and his lifeless body was found by his companions sometime after he was hit. The funeral was held Thursday with burial at Wilmarth cemetery. He is survived by his widow and three small children.
Ararat – Plenty of mud. The roads are getting real bad. Some of the milk teams that draw milk from Gelatt to Orson can’t make the trip and return the same day and consequently they stay over and return the next day. We hope the old bear will see his shadow and snow would be welcome in place of rain and mud.
Bridgewater Twp. – Charles J. Post [of Post’s Pond] is busy these days harvesting ice, having a contract with the Knickerbocker Ice Co., of New York, the company agreeing to take all he can furnish. He is working 30 men and 9 horses. The ice he is loading is of a clear, crystal quality from 9 to 12½ inches thick. Mr. Post informs us that he has facilities for loading 40 cars in 10 hours, but is handicapped by the fact that it is impossible for the Lehigh Valley to place cars on the switch as rapidly as he can fill them.
Friendsville – Mrs. Ellen Nora O’Donnell Donnelly, aged 81 years, died at her home near this place on January 29, 1916. She is survived by ten children: James, Miles, Frank and Ellen of Friendsville; Margaret, of Binghamton; Martha and Frances, of Portland Oregon; Mrs. John Connor, of Smethport, Pa; Mrs. Chas. Smith, of Waterbury, Conn.; and Julia A. Donnelly, of New York city. She is also survived by one brother, Thomas J. O’Donnell, of St. Joseph, Pa. and two sisters, Mrs. Michael Sorter, of Adrian, Michigan and Mrs. Mary Johnson, of Waterbury, Conn. The funeral was held from St. Francis Xavier’s church; Rev. J. P. Dunne celebrated mass. The pallbearers were: Daniel O’Connell, Edward O’Connell, Lawrence Coleman, Christopher Coleman, Daniel Fitzgerald and James Lynch.
Roads – We understand a movement is on foot and a petition numerously signed, asking the state to take over the road from New Milford to Jackson. And why should not this be done? It is certainly one of the most traveled roads in the county, and one of the main lines of highway leading from the eastern part of the county to the County Seat. It would especially accommodate Jackson, Gibson, Thompson, Ararat, Herrick, New Milford, Harmony, Oakland, Susquehanna and Lanesboro. A fine county bridge has lately been built at Lakeside, the grade is good, with no heavy hills, and the traffic from Gibson and Jackson to the railroad station at New Milford is large. Perhaps few, if any, roads in the county have more business. The distance is less than eight miles. At Jackson it intersects the old Tunkhannock valley state route, which at some not distant day may be a trolley line from Nicholson through Glenwood, South Gibson, Smiley, Gelatt, Jackson, North Jackson, and through to Susquehanna. An investigation of the map will show the many advantages and importance of the section of the road between New Milford and Jackson, connecting as it would, with the state road leading from Montrose to New Milford, and forming a main and very desirable highway across the county from West to East.
February 18 (1916/2016)
Hallstead – One day after the recent high water a couple of the residents along the river found a filled barrel of what appeared to be good, old, hard cider or vinegar, tightly corked and partly washed up on one of the islands. Procuring a boat and a little extra help and after a couple of hours’ hard labor the barrel was rolled up a steep bank, and while all hands were resting the barrel in some way fell over and rolled down into the river again. Such a prize could not be easily lost and a grand rush was made to capture the barrel. Again, with much hard work, lasting into the early evening, the barrel was once more rolled on to the bank in a safe place, where with pans and pails the party eagerly waited to sample the contents. We will draw the curtain here, for that carefully bunged-up cider barrel contained nothing but stale river water, too rank to use.
Lenoxville – While the occupants were nearly all at home and in the house, one day last week, a fire broke out in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ruland, destroying much of the furniture and other household goods. The house burned to the ground, effort to save it being unavailing.
New Milford – E W. Watson has purchased the feed business of the Haight Milling and Mercantile company and is in possession. Mr. Watson was a former businessman of New Milford, having conducted the grocery store now owned by F. K. Sutton for a number of years. The new feed store will be known as the “Ideal Cash Feed Store.”
Silver Lake – Let us hope we will have more snow, as we have no kind of traveling and would like to hear sleigh bells once more. ALSO The Quaker Lake skating club gave a silver loving cup as a prize to the best skater last Friday afternoon. Judges were: Miss Kathryn Nolan and Mrs. Francis Dougherty. The prize was won by Miss Agnes Hanigan.
Fowler Hill – Messers Katz and Winer, of Montrose, were on the Hill Wednesday and Thursday collecting junk and furs.
Brooklyn – The Ladies’ Aid will hold a corn Supper in the basement of the Universalist church, Thursday, Feb. 24th, at 6 p.m. Hulled corn, hominy, Johnny cake, mush, milk, cake, cheese and tea will be served. ALSO M. D. Sterling and J. M. Owens made a transfer of Mr. Owens’ farm to Mr. Sterling. The farm is known in that section as the “oil well farm.”
Kingsley – The Valentine social held at Aqua Inn last Friday evening was enjoyed by all.
Herrick Center – The Highland motorcycle club met at their rooms, at Tennant’s Garage, Saturday evening. The membership is growing and all report the club a big success. Send in your application at once and be a charter member.
Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Stevens and son, Master Elwyn, were much surprised at their new home, Feb. 8, when 55 of their friends came in to spend the evening. Mr. Stevens just moved from Springville Hill to the Rifenbury farm at Jersey Hill. Splendid refreshments were served at midnight, after the younger set had indulged in various games. People in the neighborhood are very glad to have these estimable young folks move there. At Shannon Hill farmers are improving this little run of sleighing by hauling lumber, and everybody who has logs to haul are getting them into the mill on sleighs. Tom Crawford, of Auburn Center, is getting out saw logs in C. A. Dean’s woods and hauling them to Meshoppen.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – The pie social held at the home of C. O. Button and wife was a decided success in every particular. Fifty pies were auctioned off by A. D. Crisman and brought the enormous sum of $40.00. Some of them ran up as high as $1.80 each. Rather a stiff price for an ordinary pie. Oh, well, as it was for a good cause it will do. ALSO Several from here attended the funeral of the late G. W. Lewis last week. He was a man of about 80 years of age and a veteran of the civil war.
Springville – All the contestants for the piano at Lee Bros. want to get busy, as the contest closes March 31. Those who entertain for one hour at the store during business hours, by piano or vocal music, are to get 10,000 coupons instead of 1,000 as previously given. This extra amount can only be obtained during the present week. ALSO The Ladies’ Aid will serve a dinner at the church on Feb. 22. George and Martha Washington will be on the reception committee, and will extend a cordial welcome to all.
Middletown Center – Our famous huntsmen, Frank Conboy, Alfred and Harry Jones, are having splendid luck hunting foxes as they killed six this week.
Montrose – The Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. will open a store in Montrose the first of April, having leased the W. A. Cooley store building on South Main street, now occupied by D. Simon. Mr. Simon will go to Binghamton and open a clothing store in that city. ALSO The Montrose Motor Car co., L. H. Sprout & Sons, Prop’rs, has sold the following cars during the week: Undertaker J. C. VanCampen, a Chevrolet roadster; I. D. Hawley, a Chevrolet touring car; S. W. Oakley, a 6-cylender Oakland touring car. The firm reports many local people are purchasing cars this winter, in anticipation of securing early spring deliveries. The great improvement made to dirt roads and the laying of macadam stretches by the state highway department they attribute in a large measure to the increased desire on the part of local people to buy cars. This firm is also agent for the Paige, Chandler, Oldsmobile and G. & C. truck
Franklin Forks – The mercury was down to 20 below zero Tuesday morning at this place, which is the coldest we have heard reported. In other sections it ranged from 12 to 18 below.
Gelatt – W. E. Gelatt, with a force of men and teams, are filling the ice house at the creamery with ice from Stearn’s Lake.
Forest City – Up in Forest City, seven years ago, they knew S. L. Rothapfel as a pleasant, extremely enthusiastic and very ambitious fellow citizen, running a little café with a nickelette on the side. The same S. L. Rothapfel today is one of the most prominent moving picture house directors in New York city. And energy, enthusiasm and ambition, plus intelligence, did it. Probably not a week in which he is at his office in the Knickerbocker theater, where he is the director of the Triangle films being shown there, passes, but what he greets one or more persons from the Electric City [Scranton], whom he knew when he was a resident of Forest City. He attributes his success to the habit of studying human nature. In the beginning of his moving picture career he was sort of a doctor for small houses about the country, traveling from place to place, sizing up the houses, the audiences, and the shows and from the knowledge thus gained, picked out the flaws to eliminate in order to put the houses which complained of slow business, on their feet again. His success attracted metropolitan attention and in the last few years his climb has been rapid. He successively put new life into three big New York show houses and is now the guiding genius of the Knickerbocker. At the age of 33, when most men are beginning to put a little aside, this former Forest City resident and “Belasco” of the movies is said to be counting his fortune at half a million.
February 25 (1916/2016)
Forest Lake – One of the most heart-rendering occurrences it has been our duty to report in many a day occurred Feb. 17th, when Kenneth, the 2 l/2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hollenbeck died as the result of accidental poisoning. Mr. Hollenbeck had occasion to visit Hallstead that morning and made a change of clothes. In one of his pockets were some strychnine heart tablets and these he laid out upon a table, but forgot to pick them up before starting away. These, the little fellow found, and ate some of them before being discovered. He was soon taken very ill and Dr. Wilson, of Montrose, was called, but before he could reach the Hollenbeck home the little life was despaired of, living only a few minutes after the physician arrived.
Choconut Valley – Bells are ringing continually and the sleighing is ideal. The Choconut Inn entertains many sleigh loads from Binghamton. ALSO Misses Mary Donnelly, Marie McManus, Messrs. Linus and Raymond Donnelly, James McCormack, Edward O’Connell and Capt. Charles Brown attended the dance at Laurel Lake. All report a bang-up time.
Jackson – It is time to renew your membership in the Jackson Library as the year begins Feb. 1st.
Silver Lake – The Don’t Worry Club has not met recently on account of the illness of several members. ALSO M. J. Kane, of Richmond Hill, has purchased the Jerome Stone farm. He contemplates moving there in early spring.
South Ararat – Sam Entrot and William Starbird have filled their ice houses from the pure waters of Fiddle Lake.
New Milford – Eugene Whitney removed from Heart Lake to New Milford about 8 years ago and since that time has been engaged in the berry and small fruit business on an extensive scale. Two years ago he marketed, approximately, 120 bushels of strawberries. He is also a grower of vegetables and sold much cabbage last season—the price being specially attractive, owing to the loss caused by the high water on the flats near Binghamton last summer.
Susquehanna – Constable N. H. Smithers brought Lawrence Fry and Norman Twilling to the county jail Friday, charged with breaking in and entering a D & H box car. The young men claim they live in Chicago and say they are innocent. ALSO Paul Conrad, impersonator and entertainer, will give an entertainment in the North Jackson M. E. Church on Feb. 29th.
Friendsville – H. C. Foran and Thos. Hickey are drawing ice from Carmalt Lake.
Rush – The Grammar room of the High School is closed on account of the illness of the teacher, Agnes E. Brotzman, who has been confined to her home for the past three weeks. Students and teachers of the High School presented her with a sunshine box.
Forest City – Ignatz Novak and Louisa Skubitc have applied for a marriage license.
Glenwood – Sidney Marcy has his new blacksmith shop nearly ready for roofing, and those parties that found a roll of roofing near Stephens’ watering trough, at Nicholson, one day last week, would be so kind as to leave it at N. B. Marcey’s, he would consider a reward.
South Harford – Philander Harding, aged 94, and his wife, a little younger, walked from their home to the Harding cemetery and back home a few days ago. They called on Elijah Harding the same day. They are our youngest old couple in town.
Uniondale – John W. Davis is a successful hunter of foxes and they have come to know it. During this winter he has killed eight reynards [Reynards] and will lay claim to a bounty of $16. The pelts are worth from $6 to $8 a piece, so John has got the money back expended for ammunition and his chase has been profitable.
Middletown – Leo Conboy has been real busy, the last few days, breaking colts.
Herrick Center – The building occupied by W. H. Fletcher, as a general store for the past 26 years, with its contents, was totally destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. The neighbors responded to telephone calls very quickly but could only apply their efforts to the saving of adjoining properties. Mr. Fletcher’s residence, separated from the store only by the creek, was saved by the efforts of a bucket brigade. Dr. Craft’s building, on the east side, recently remodeled, which he expects to open as a hospital in the spring, was in danger at one time, but was kept wet with water and saved. The uninsured building was owned by Mrs. Emily Miller. The disaster has cast a gloom over the entire community. The store was an old landmark, having existed since the early tannery days.
Dimock – When you come after new books at the Dimock Free Library, be sure and bring all old, over-due ones. We ask for the return of the following, to be sent in as soon as convenient: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Poppea of the Postoffice, The Southerner, Girl of the Limberlost.
Montrose – The Montrose High School has installed a new wireless receiving station as an aid to the students who are interested in the study of wireless telegraphy.
Elk Lake – Richard Arnold died at his late home, Feb. 17, 1916, aged 85 years, from the infirmities of age. For more than 40 years the deceased had lived at Elk Lake, and during all that long period of time had always taken a prominent part in community affairs. The deceased was affectionately cared for in his last days by his daughter, Miss Julia, a trained nurse, who gave him every possible attention and comfort. His wife died about 4 years ago. He is survived by 4 sons and 4 daughters: Miss Mary, Mrs. L. M. McDermott and Miss Julia, of Elk Lake; Mrs. Vreeland, of New York city; John, James, Frank and Richard, all of Elk Lake. Miss Hester Vreeland, a teacher in the Montrose High school, is a grand-daughter of the deceased.
Lathrop – There will be a box social at the tenant house of W. H. Johnson, on Tuesday evening, Feb. 29. The gentlemen are requested to bring the boxes.
200 Years Ago-“Freak Weather” The year 1816 is forgotten today but for decades it was remembered as “the year without a summer.” Frost occurred in every month of 1816. Ice formed half an inch thick in May; snow fell to the depth of three inches in the interior of New York and also in Massachusetts in June; ice was formed to the thickness of common window glass throughout New York State on the 5th of July. Indian corn was so frozen that the greater part was cut down and dried for fodder in August, and farmers supplied themselves from the corn produce in 1815 for the seed of the spring of 1817. About 40 years earlier, during the Revolution, came the winter that was so cold as to freeze upper New York bay for weeks into a mass of ice. So solid was this great sheet of ice that the British harnessed teams of horses to their cannon and crossed on the ice with them from the Battery to Staten Island. Long afterward came the famous “winterless year,” the year when women in New York had to carry parasols in January to protect themselves from sunstroke and when in midwinter the St. Lawrence was wholly free from ice. And yet we talk about the freakishness of modern weather.
March 03 (1916/2016)
New Milford – The first serious wreck on the new “cut-off” of the Lackawanna Railroad occurred at New Milford at 5:30 Sunday morning. It is thought to have been due to forgetfulness on the part of Engineer John Cronin, who in taking a siding to allow a train to pass, forgot the nearness of the derail, and the engine, followed by ten cars, toppled down the embankment. Cronin and his fireman, Roland Eveland, of Elmira, both were caught under the locomotive and crushed to death. Michael Ginley, of Scranton, conductor of the wrecked freight, said the train was moving at about 15 miles an hour when it took the siding. After striking the derail it bounded along the ties for a short distance, before finally toppling over the 20-foot embankment.
Dimock – Thomas B. Williams, aged 93 years, passed away at his home in Dimock on Friday, Feb. 25th, 1916. He had been a resident of Dimock for about 60 years, for a long time following the trade of carpenter and contractor. Thomas was born at Ledyard, Connecticut, having been born Feb. 11, 1823. His parents were Ephriam and Mary (Spencer) Williams. Graduating from the Plainfield, Conn. Academy at the age of 16, he became vice principal, and for a number of years in young manhood followed teaching as a profession. He is survived by his wife and two children, E. Almy Williams, at home and Edward B. Williams, of Meshoppen.
Rush – Oscar Devine, having sold his farm and stock to Robert Bunnell, has moved his goods to Binghamton. ALSO At East Rush there was no preaching here Sunday, the snow being so drifted that the preacher could not run his auto. ALSO Earl Robinson brought a load of household goods through from Binghamton last Saturday. One of his horses tired out at Rush and Guy Palmer took a horse and went to his help. They arrived at his destination at midnight.
Clifford – N. E. Gardner is suffering from severe swellings inside his head. His daughter, Katie, of Scranton, is caring for him. ALSO Miss Sara Rivenburg is again suffering from her old malady, stomach trouble. She is being cared for by a trained nurse from Carbondale.
Great Bend – Philip Solar, electrician of the Erie signal system, was struck by a passenger train while on his speeder, near Red Rock, Monday morning, and was thrown from the machine and quite badly bruised. No bones were broken, but the machine was wrecked. ALSO The Black Horn Leather Company has installed eight sewing machines. This will make 22 machines run by motor. The prospects are very bright for a busy spring season.
Harford – A load of young people from this place went to Lenox, for a surprise party, Friday night, in honor of Miss Pearl Conrad. Pearl was what you might call “taken.” The young people had a jolly good time, reaching home in the “wee small hours.” ALSO At Richardson’s Mills, one of our young men has sent away and got himself a fox dog. He thinks he will get the fox soon. Another man was here one day last week trying to track a skunk. We all wish him luck.
Montrose – The “Adamless Eves’ club” was delightfully entertained at the home of Miss Mae Smith, on Cherry street, on Saturday afternoon. A pleasing feature of the meeting was the variety shower, which was given Miss Frances Wrighter, whose engagement to Paul S. Sprout, manager of the Globe Grocery store, was recently announced. ALSO Someone has deplored the fact—with emphasis, too, that a number of boys nine and ten years of age are allowed to stay on the streets at night until nine o’clock without a chaperone. Boys of tender age have nothing to gain by street-gadding at night, and parents have everything to lose.
Brooklyn – Prof. Robert Breed and wife, of Geneva, N. Y., made a week-end visit to his mother’s, Mrs. E. S. P. Hine. Prof. Breed is one of the Brooklyn boys who have gone out and made good. He has charge of the state experimental station at Geneva.
Bridgewater Twp. – Floyd Mack, for many years one of Brooklyn’s prominent and progressive young agriculturists, is moving to the fine farm he recently purchased near Lake Montrose. We are greatly pleased to regard Mr. Mack as one of our neighbors.
Friendsville/Little Meadows – Dr. E. L. Handrick, after more than a half century as a practicing physician, all spent at the same location, has sold his home at Friendsville and contemplates removing to Little Meadows. After receiving his diploma, 53 years ago, he established his office at Friendsville and during all the succeeding years has been taking good care of his many patients, scattered over the country for many miles around, necessitating long, hard drives, in all kinds of weather. Surely a doctor’s life is no sinecure. The doctor has scores of friends who will regret that he is to leave the town where he has lived so long. He will have a public sale of his household goods, wagons, harnesses, etc., March 21st. His property, at Friendsville, has been purchased by Ed. McDevitt.
Uniondale – A number of young ladies from here enjoyed a sleigh-ride to Forest City, Thursday evening. They attended the Plaza theatre. Charles Gibson was the driver. ALSO Glenn Bayless, Raymond Tuttle, Kenneth Cable, Fred Crandal, Charles Spoor, Frank Gibson, Elizabeth Tuttle, Irene Drake, Sarah Carpenter, May Norton and Margaret Williams, enjoyed a sleigh-ride to Forest City, Wednesday evening.
Silver Lake – Our mail carrier, James O’Day, has been unable to make his route every day on account of the heavy snow storm on Sunday. ALSO Miss Zora Rounds, of Los Angeles, Cal., is visiting her sister, Mrs. A. B. Conklin.
South Ararat – The heavy rain this week stopped the harvesting of ice on Stalker’s pond, which the railroad company was carring [storing in a railroad car]. A large force of men was employed. They will resume work as soon as possible.
Liberty Twp. – Two new telephones have been added to the Bell line of this place and vicinity. Frank Ross, of Rhiney Creek, and Warren Fish, of Brookdale. Several others are contemplating having one put in.
News Brief: The following ad appeared in the Independent Republican, Montrose: “WANTED—Men wanted on stock land and grain farm. Good wages, steady job. No boozers or cigarette fiends need apply. John Marshall, Route 1, Battle Creek, Iowa.
200 Years Ago. Centinel, March 5, 1816 – The following are two notices that appeared: Public Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Zebdial Lathrop, late of the township of Rush, in Susquehanna County, deceased, that Abigail Lathrop and John Blasdell, administrators of the said estate, have filed in the Registrar’s Office of the said county their accounts of the administration of the estate aforesaid, and that the same will be presented to the Orphan’s Court of the said county, at Montrose, on the fifth Monday of April next for confirmation and allowance. C. Fraser, Reg’r. Register’s Office, Montrose 20 Feb . 1816. ALSO: WANTED, A SMART active lad 15 years old, as an apprentice, to the Printing business. One of good education and respectable parents. No other need Apply. 27 Feb. 1816.