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March 10 (1916/2016)



Dimock – Dimock had a rather easy time with the Meshoppen High School five last Friday evening, winning in decisive style by a score of 36 to 12.  Mills was in good form, from the 15 ft. mark, scoring 10 of his 11 chances. The guarding of Grant Palmer was a feature in itself, holding Tetsel, Meshoppen’s sensational forward, to a single two-pointer. ALSO The Dimock Library’s report for year ending December 31st, 1915 shows it has been open 313 days.  Two months they had to refuse homes where there were children who had or had been exposed to scarlet fever.  They allowed books to circulate where there was no danger.  They have 130 registered borrowers and are open 70 hours a week, every day except Tuesday.  During the year, 37 books were burned on account of scarlet fever and 8 discarded as unfit.  At the end of the year they had 1401 volumes in good condition. (One of the expenses mentioned was librarian’s salary - $5.40.)


Franklin Forks – The Franklin Forks Alliance, in connection with their regular meeting to be held Wednesday, March 15th, will have a contest for the making of best work apron, fancy towel, ginger cookies and baked beans.  Dinner will be served at noon.  Frances Summers, Sec’y.


Snake Creek, Liberty Twp. – F. H. Southworth and wife expect to move to New Haven soon.  Mr. Southworth has accepted a job clerking in a large tea and coffee store managed by his brother-in-law, A. Lee Tiffany, a former Susquehanna county boy, from Harford.


Harford – At the regular meeting of the Harford High School Literary Society, March 1st, officers were elected.  After installation of officers the following program will be given at the next meeting, March 8th.  Debate, Resolved that Women are more enslaved by Fashion than Men.  Affirmative, Harry Stearns and William Potts.  Negative, Alma Carey and Blanche Gay. ALSO I think it will interest the many friends of Sidney F. Osmun, to know he expects to return East, this Summer.  Five years ago he left here for the West (California).  We reckon “Sid” will be as glad to get back as we will be to see him, too.


Gibson – The commencement exercises of the Gibson graded school will be held in the Gibson Methodist Episcopal church, March 31.  Admission 15 and 25 cents.  The valedictory will be given by Anna M. Williams.


Clifford – The marriage of Glenn Wells, of Clifford, and Iva Ridgeway, of Marsh Brook, was celebrated at the bride’s home on Wednesday last, Pastor Musselman, of the Clifford M. E. church, officiating.


Lenoxville - Last Tuesday night, Miss Lottie Wilson and Nelson Marcy were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Marcy, the bridegroom’s parents.  Many guests were present and all joined in wishing them a long and happy married life.


Middletown – Middletown lost another revered pioneer of the Faith in the death of Martin Curley. “He was a just man,” honored and respected by all who knew him and beloved by those intimately acquainted with him.  Mr. Curley was an exemplary Christian gentleman, possessing many noble traits of character. Mr. Curley was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, Jan. 22, 1833.  He was the youngest child of James and Catherine Bergin Curley.  At the age of four years he lost his mother and four years later, in 1841, his father came to America with his family of five sons and three daughters and settled in Middletown, where he died in 1860.  The same year Mr. Curley married Miss Mary A. Murphy, of Silver Lake, and six years ago they celebrated their golden wedding.  Mary died three years later and Mr. Curley resided with their only child, Mrs. Thomas Guiton, where he was most tenderly cared for until his death of Feb. 5th, 1916.  Burial was from St. John’s church in Flynn.


Rush – Found—between Rush and Auburn, Monday morning, two strings of sleigh bells and a hat.  Owner call at Mrs. Cavanaugh’s.


Springville – Don’t forget the fine business proposition of  Anna B. Stevens.  A nice millinery store would be a bonanza for a young lady that did not want to teach or take up nursing.  The world is full of these.  Try this fascinating employment for a while.


Marriage Licenses: Nelson W. March, Lenox and Lottie P. Wilson, Clifford; Edward C. Parker, Auburn and Stella Carter, Retta; Washington J. Stevens, Jordan, NY and Ella H. Colton, Syracuse, NY; Thomas M. Oliver, Dimock and Mary C. Lynch, Olyphant; Wm. J. Ryan, Susquehanna and Frances M. King, Susquehanna; Delos S. West, Dolgeville, NY and F. Lillian Thomason, Dolgeville, NY; Leo B. Benson, Susquehanna and Mabel H. Sykes, Oakland Twp.


Williams Pond – The Montrose Granite Marble Works, of which Bosler & Haley, of Montrose, are proprietors, recently set a handsome monument on the cemetery lot of the late Joseph Williams of this place.


Montrose – One of the largest falls of snow of the season fell Monday, when a mantle of “the beautiful,” to the depth of fourteen inches, was dropped on old mother earth in a period of about ten hours.  The day opened clear, with the mercury hovering around zero.  By 10 o’clock, however, the clouds had gathered and snow began falling.  The precipitation was incessant, until about 9 o’clock in the evening.  There was little wind, and the trains were not delayed.


Brooklyn – The High School was closed the first of the week, owing to the illness of Prof. Tewksbury and his assistant Miss Hillick.


200 YEARS AGOMontrose By Request, I Notify the people who are interested in having a decent Burying Ground, in or near Montrose, that the ground now occupied for that purpose is owned by individuals and one of them is not willing any more should be buried on his ground, unless the society think it the best, and most suitable, place.  Notice is therefore given that a meeting of the society (or a meeting to form a society) will be held at the house of Chapman Carr, in Montrose, on the 30th inst. And to look out and purchase the best ground for the use of the society.  D. DIMOCK, March 9, 1816.   ALSO   Beware of Villains!! There is in this county, it is believed, a company of base scoundrels whose sole business is, to pass upon the honest and unsuspecting part of community, COUNTERFEIT BANK NOTES, -- thereby to defraud them out of their hard earnings.  Almost half the Notes in circulation in this county are counterfeit.  Why are those villains suffered to remain unmolested? –It is a great and growing evil and ought to be guarded against with as much vigilance as midnight robbery & assassination; for a man that will be guilty of passing counterfeit money, knowing it to be such, would be guilty of any crime that might enable him to get Money.  P.S. Since the above was in type, we learn that there has been nine taken up on suspicion, in this county.  They were examined by Justices Griswold and Bliss, three of which are bound over to court—one has been committed to safekeeping in the gaol in this village—the others discharged.


March 17 (1916/2016)



Montrose – The worst storm of the year swooped down on us yesterday, Wednesday, and almost completely paralyzed every activity of our citizens.  At the hour the average Montroser bestirs himself in the morning a heavy snow was falling, there already being an accumulation of several inches.  It snowed constantly all day long, the total being estimated at 16 inches.  The city carriers got out and wallowed in the snow, making what deliveries they could.  None of the rural [mail] carriers succeeded in leaving and the schools had a one-session day.  The Lehigh Valley reached Montrose on about schedule and the Montrose branch of the DL&W made the morning trip with little difficulty, but an extra engine was necessary to bring the train into town.  At 12:30, when negotiating the deep drifts on a switch at the Montrose Dairy Co.’s plant, the huge engine hurled off the rails. An extra locomotive and the flanger both got stuck in the big drifts on “the dump” between the creamery and the station, thus adding to the troubles.  By 6 o’clock the engine at the creamery had been gotten up on the rails again and at 6:56 the train pulled out for Alford, to attempt the second trip of the day.  At the time this was written, 7 P.M., the Lehigh Valley had reached Springville, about 3 hours late, and expected more serious trouble at this end of the line.  The drifts about town are from 8 to 12 ft. high.  The streets are full of snow, and the sidewalks are simply grooves, and full of snow at that.  Thursday, from phone messages from Clifford, Silver Lake, Rush, Dimock and other places, it seems that the County is badly snow-bound.  It stopped snowing about 9 P.M.  The cold is intense this morning, the mercury standing at zero. However, the sun came out early and the day promises to be a beautiful one.


Springville – In a conversation with W. A. Taylor the other day, he alluded to the common belief that Springville was named because of the presence of a number of large springs in the neighboring hillsides.  He enlightened me with the information that the town got its name from one T. D. Spring, who owned a large farm where the town now stands.  Mr. Taylor is not well three score and ten, but says he can recall every resident and the location of their homes, as it was fifty years ago. ALSO R. L. Avery and Prof. Hardy have bought a store at Nichols, N. Y. and will take it over about the middle of May.  It will be a serious loss to this town to have these two leave, as they have been greatly interested in the advancement of anything that helped to build up the place.  Mr. Avery will leave soon for his new home, and Harry Lee will occupy the Avery place.


Susquehanna – During the month of February there were 72,972 cars moved in the Susquehanna yards of the Erie railroad.  This was an average per-day of 2,513 cars.


West Auburn – James Babcock, of Wilkes-Barre, manager of J. J. Smith & Sons poultry farm, is expected here with his family soon.  J. J. Smith is also expected to come up this season and make extensive repairs on the building of Elm Farm.


Elk Lake – Supervisor Broadhead is busy keeping the roads open for the pubic.  Many places it is necessary to go through the fields.


Forest Lake – Mrs. Jerry Donovan and daughter, Frances, and son, Richard, spent a few days at the home of her brother, Joseph Kelly.


South Harford – Elijah Harding, one of our oldest and highly respected neighbors, passed away March 7th.  ALSO We have our share of snow banks, but our mail man wallows and shovels through every day.


Choconut Valley – The stage on the Friendsville and Binghamton route failed to make its trip Monday, Feb. 28th. For the first time this winter, as it was impossible to get through the snow drifts, Searle Clarke, who delivers the R. F. D. mail, also failed to make his trip.  The bear failed to see his shadow Feb. 2d, but we have not seen fine weather yet.


Clifford – A new boiler has recently been placed in the Clifford creamery, it having taken several days to complete the job.  Meantime the milk usually coming here was sent to Lenoxville.  A large quantity to cream was accumulated awaiting the starting of the churn.


Rush/Meshoppen – Dr. A. L. Hickok, for many years a practicing physician at Rush, but who more recently has been located at Meshoppen, announces that he will discontinue his office at the latter place to accept a position as company physician with the Maplewood Chemical Co., at Shinhopple, N.Y., a town about 80 miles north of Binghamton.


Dimock – Dimock added another scalp to her trophies last Saturday night, at Hop Bottom, when they won in a closely contested game from Hoop Bottom High School by a score of 33 to 29.  During the last half the Dimock boys were never headed but the Hop Bottom boys were running a close second.  But in the end it proved that a passing game is superior to dribbling.


News Brief: Twenty-eight years ago Wednesday, the memorable blizzard of 1888 started.  This was one of the worst blizzards the country ever experienced.  If it is true that we experience a repetition of the same weather conditions every seven years, the heavy snow of Wednesday would seem to bear out the theory of the weather moving in cycles.  About 18 inches of snow fell during the day.  ALSO We hear much complaint over the fact that the state roads are not cleared of snow causing great inconvenience and much expense to those who are obliged to use them.  The township supervisors, in many instances, claim that they have no right to go on and do the work, and that this matter should be taken care of by the State Highway Department.  The road from Montrose to Rush is said to have been in very bad shape for a long time.  One man remarked to us the other day that he was drawing a ton of lime at a trip, when he should draw two tons.


200 Years Ago MARRIED, in this town [Montrose] on the 17th instant [present month], by Joshua W. Raynsford Esq., Mr. Jonas Ingham, of Wyalusing (Bradford Co.) to Miss Sally Robinson, of this place.  On the same day, by the Rev. Ebinezer Kingsbury, of Harford,  Mr. Hezekiah Bullard, to Miss Matilda Deans. 


Milford & Owego Turnpike Road.  The managers of the Milford and Owego Turnpike Road Company are requested to meet at the house of Edward Fuller, in Montrose, on the second Monday in May next, at one o’clock in the afternoon, on business of importance. B. T. Case, Secretary, March 16th, 1816.


March 24 (1916/2016)



Clifford – Travel to Carbondale has been quite difficult the last week or two.  Horses got down in the snow drifts, sleighs tipped over, some loaded with hay, and those who stayed at home were wise.  ALSO Miss Perris Stephens, an old and respected resident of Clifford, died Monday afternoon, March 13, 1916.  She was 78 years of age and had been a great sufferer for several years, which had robbed her of her mental faculties.


North Harford – We are sorry the snow drifts were so numerous in this vicinity, Saint Patrick’s night, for had the road not been blockaded, a number of people from this place would have attended the Box Social given by the Baraca boys.  We hope the boys will have another social when the weather becomes better, then the people who met with disappointment this time, can go and add to the crowd. ALSO Some little time ago, mention was made in our items, in regard to a hymn, composed by E. W. Osmun, nearly ready for publication.  It is now published, and Mrs. George Osmun has a copy of it.  “On Calvary,” is the title and it is indeed a beautiful hymn and shows that this former Harford boy is doing grand work, for the Master.


Hop Bottom – The sleigh ride and social at John Hinkley’s, given by the Universalist Ladies Aid, was a great success.  About 120 people took supper.  The evening was spent in a delightful way, the host and hostess doing everything possible to make their guests welcome.  Proceeds, $28.90.


Little Meadows – Ed Shaughnessy lost a valuable horse while in Binghamton recently.


Fairdale – On account of the bad roads, Grange was postponed until Saturday, March 25th, when it is hoped that a special attempt on the part of the members will be made to turn out.


Auburn 4 Corners – The roads have been so badly drifted that we have had no mail in 4 days.


Montrose – Joseph Mawhiney, caretaker of the local cemetery, states that he has never known more snow to cover the burial grounds during his many years in charge.  At a funeral last week, it was necessary for a number of men to spend two days’ time to shovel the road so that a funeral cortege could reach the grave.  Snow is piled up in cuts along the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna to a height even with the passenger coaches in many places along the line.  A force of over eighty men was at work shoveling the first of the week.  Snow on the roof of the depot was to such a depth that a force of men was kept busy for several hours clearing it.


Silver Lake – By the death of Mrs. Joseph Ward at her late residence here, March 3, our County has lost one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens.  Mrs. Ward was born in Silver Lake, July 20, 1833, and spent her entire life there.  She was a sister of the late Sister M. Perptua, of the Order of the Immaculate Heart, and was the last member of the family of Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick, who were among the early settlers of the County.  She married Joseph Ward, Jan. 17th, 1856, and was the mother of four daughters, five sons and grandmother of 33 grandchildren.  Her funeral was held at St. Augustine’s church and despite the unfavorable weather it was largely attended, bearing testimony of the high esteem in which she was held.  The body was borne to the last resting place by six of her grandsons.


Forest City – The Hudson Coal Co. and Hillside Coal & Iron Co. are appealing taxes, complaining that their assessment on “surface land” were far too high.  Both companies held much land in Forest City suitable for building lots, which would find a ready sale, but it is alleged that the companies refuse to put same on sale.  There was no dispute as to the assessments on the coal holdings of the two companies.  Hudson lands were accessed at $200 an acre, disputed as much higher than similar lands assessed in the Scranton coal regions.  The end result was that the County Commissioners compromised by making some lands $50 an acre and some $200.  They refused to lower the valuation of the Hillside property, viz., $50 an acre.


Susquehanna – F. D. Lyons celebrated his 97th birthday recently.  Mr. Lyons is the oldest business man in Susquehanna and probably in the county.  He has been a prominent man in the business affairs of this place all his long life, since the town was a mere hamlet.


Birchardville – T. J. Flynn, who has been Birchardville’s faithful and efficient blacksmith for many years, has sold his tools, also his farm there, and will move to Binghamton, where he has purchased a home.  He will have a public sale March 27th.  Mr. Flynn made the remark that in all the time he has done business in Birchardville he has never refused to do work for anyone and that he goes away without one cent of uncollected accounts, a flattering testimonial for this place.


Great Bend – P. J. McEvoy, proprietor of the Keystone House, is beautifying the interior of the house with new paper and paint, and also laying some new floors.  Mr. McEvoy is bent on keeping a first-class hotel and enjoys making pleasant the surroundings for the traveling public.


Herrick Center – Oscar Bailey died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thos. Hugaboom, March 8, 1916, aged about 70.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of McPherson Post,   G. A. R., of Uniondale. The remains were taken to Carbondale Saturday morning on the Erie Flyer, where interment was made.  Three children survive.


New Milford – Lee J. DeWitt, Charles Tyler, A. Towner and Ellis Tyler are having the J. B. Colt system of acetylene gas installed in their homes by the company’s manager, A. H. Meanor.


News Brief: Spring is here—the almanac says so—but it isn’t gentle and we have not observed any “ethereal mildness.”  The poetic slush about “when Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil,” will be out done by the real, material slush, through which we must wade, ankle deep, as soon as old sol begins to get in his work on the big snow banks laying all about us.


200 Years Ago – Articles from the Centinel, Montrose, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1916. From the Poughkeepsie Journal, Feb. 27th, The embargo off---The ice in the Hudson opposite this village, began to move on Saturday last, and the navigation from this to New York is now entirely free.—Capt. North, in the sloop, Anna Maria, sailed from here on Monday for New York with a cargo of corn whiskey, &c. &c.  Captain Fish, in the steam-boat Fire-Fly is expected to arrive here this evening, to commence running without delay from this place to New York for the season.  ALSO   FIRST ARRIVAL    New York, Feb. 28.  The sloop David Porter, two days from Newburg, with a valuable cargo of staves, pork, &c. to the master—the first vessel down the Hudson this year.  This is good news for merchants, on whom remittance will now pour in in abundance, and every commercial movement will soon become street music to the men of business.  ALSO   VALUABLE ARRIVAL  New York, March 1   Among the numerous arrivals at this port yesterday, we had one from Canton, and another from the Isle of France.  The mails of yesterday morning announced the arrival of the Trader, at Philadelphia, from Canton; the Favorite, at Boston, from Calcutta, and the Augustus, at Tarpaulin Cove, from Sumatra, all with valuable cargoes.


March 31 (1916/2016)



Buildings Injured by Snow: The auditorium of the Montrose Bible Conference suffered injury during the week when the roofs of three of the one-story sections on the east side of the building were crushed by the heavy accumulation of snow. On Wednesday night, March 23, the large barn belonging to Michael O’Reilly, at St. Joseph, collapsed and did a great deal of damage.  Out of a herd of 20, three valuable cows were killed outright when the roof fell in and, young James Kelly, while assisting in the removal of the animals, was injured by getting his leg caught in the scattered pieces of lumber.  The barn was an old landmark and was erected at a period when the Christian Brothers’ College was one of the principal seats of learning in the County, many years ago.  Lyman and Oscar Bunnell narrowly escaped injury on Thursday when a shed roof, heavily laden with snow, collapsed.  The farm is just below Montrose.


Harford – The Sunshine Crochet club met at the home of Miss Clare Lindsey, Monday evening.  Those present were: The Misses Marjorie and Janette Andrews, Mrs. A. H. Rynearson, Miss Helene Rynearson, Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. C. A. Johnston, Mrs. T. Glen Sophia, Mrs. A. H. Mead, Mrs. E. J. Whitney, Misses Helen Smith and Clare Lindsey.  Dainty refreshments were served.


Montrose – It is current that an expert will arrive tomorrow to repair the clock in the court house tower, which has been out of running order.  This steeple-jack will perform a daring feat in the afternoon by climbing out on the tower and adjusting the hands.  Watch his antics while at work. ALSO – J. Wesley Gavitt, a teacher of the violin, with studio in Scranton, was in Montrose Saturday, and arrangements can be made for lessons.  Mr. Gavitt is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gavitt, of Bridgewater.  He has been a violin student for many years and has shown exceptional musical talent.  He is a student of Arnold Lohmann, one of Scranton’s most finished violinists, and is well qualified to give instruction on this favorite instrument.


Lanesboro – Buckley Bros. store at Lanesboro was burglarized again last Tuesday night.  The glass ion the store front was smashed in and a number of small articles stolen from the stock.  This store is burglarized every few months.  Local talent is blamed for the thefts.


 Brooklyn – Lois Sterling has returned from Bear Swamp, where she completed a successful term of school and has been engaged to teach another term.


South Montrose – Probably the only Susquehanna county young man who is in the U. S. forces now chasing General Villa through the mountainous region of Mexico, is Jack Zimmator, brother of Frank Zimmator, of this place.  Jack is with the Thirteenth cavalry, this command being one of the very first to cross the border after the fleeing Villistas.  He has been in the army for three years, having been stationed for a good share of the time in Hawaii.  During his residence here he was employed in the creamery, and later was in the employ of Dr. W. L. Diller, of Springville.  His friends trust no Mexican bullet will ever search him out.


Gibson – The Globe Grocery Stores, Inc., of which E. F. Brundage, formerly of this place, is president, and John M. Vail, of Scranton, a former New Milford man, is district superintendent, will soon open a store in Honesdale.


Uniondale – The explosion of a heating stove Wednesday morning of last week, caused the destruction of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Gibson, and such severe injuries from burns to Mrs. Gibson, that her condition is very critical.  The accident happened about 9:30 in the forenoon.  Mrs. Gibson was putting a hod of coal on the fire and the explosion came either from coal gas or an explosive mixed with the coal.  The hot coal was thrown against her dress, which instantly ignited.  Mr. Gibson, who was in an adjoining room heard her cry and rushing to her assistance carried his wife out doors and rolled her in the snow to extinguish the flames.  Her clothing was by that time, however, entirely destroyed and she was badly burned.  Mr. Gibson sustained severe burns about the hands and face and the daughter, Ruth, was also badly burned.  While Mrs. Gibson was being cared for the flames quickly spread and the house with all of the contents was consumed.  We understand there was no insurance.  The family is now at the home of Mr. Gibson’s brother, D. B. Gibson. [Mrs. Gibson expired Friday evening.]


Springville – The roads are about as near impassable as it is possible for them to be and everyone has his own troubles to keep up navigation.


Hopbottom – The “April Fool” social to be given in Masonic hall, on Friday evening of this week, promises to be an enjoyable affair.  The entertainment will include as the leading feature a laughable farce, “Slim Jim and the Hoodoo,” the cast of characters including five talented young actors of the village.  The program will also include several good musical numbers.  Admission ten cents.  The refreshments to be served will include either warm sugar or ice cream, with other good things.


South Auburn – Miss Ella Crawford closed a successful term of school Friday. ALSO  A farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Love was held in the Hall, Thursday evening.  About 40 were present and a very enjoyable evening was spent.  They were presented with a very nice chair.  Mr. and Mrs. Love will move soon to their farm recently purchased near Laceyville.  We are sorry to have them go.


Franklin Forks – D. L. Birchard, of this place, was greeting his many friends in Montrose on Saturday.  For many years Mr. Birchard drove the stage between Montrose and Conklin and was always very popular with patrons of his route.


Clifford – There was no preaching service at the Methodist church on Sunday, as the congregation desired to hear Dr. Evans at the Baptist church.


East Rush – G. A. Crisman lost his cow last Sunday morning.  He thought she had the milk fever.  She was only sick for a few hours.


News Brief: The snowball season is here: to say the least, it is very annoying to pedestrians and the boy who manipulates the snowball should be rather cautious and not throw them with intent to do bodily harm.  Boys, be a little careful about the matter, please.  ALSO The best way out of trouble is not to get into it.


200 Years Ago. From the Montrose Centinel. DIED in this village on Wednesday last, Zeviah H. Howell, daughter of Austin Howell, Esq. ALSO We understand that the republican caucus at Washington, agreed to recommend James Monroe as a candidate for the Presidency and Daniel D. Tompkins as a candidate for the vice presidency of the United States.


April 07 (1916/2016)



Jackson – On Thursday, March 30, as Mrs. Lulu Penington, of this place, was walking along the Erie tracks, about two miles north of Herrick Center, she was assaulted by two foreigners, who chocked and robbed her of a small sum of money which she had.  Her screams attracted the attention of the section hands, who were working a short distance away and they reached the spot in time to catch the two men, who had concealed themselves in the bushes.  They were taken to Uniondale, and given a hearing before Squire Lowry, where they pled guilty and were taken to Montrose to await the action of the grand jury.


Montrose – I. W. Oakley, who delights in working with hammer and saw, has just completed a beautiful cabinet clock.  It is made of quartered oak, the case being beautifully designed by the maker, and was made entirely by Mr. Oakley with the exception of the movement.  It is very handsome and is well worth a visit to his store to see.  He has now started to construct another clock which is to be operated by electricity.  Both clocks are on the “grandfather” style, being some seven feet tall, but are more in keeping with modern ideas. ALSO The regular monthly meeting of the Montrose Suffrage club will be held at the office of Attorney Sue M. Strous, on Wednesday evening, April 12th, at 7:30 o’clock.


Fairdale – The extremely popular schoolmaster, Harold E. Pierson, who has for three years taught the school at Fairdale, was married on Thursday evening, March 30, 1916, at the Fairdale parsonage, by Rev. Fred C. Bulgin.  The bride, Miss Dora Palmer, who was very prettily dressed for the occasion in a dress of Copenhagen blue silk, is from Spring Hill, Pa.  Mr. Pierson is a native of East rush.  In addition to his duties as school teacher, he has filled the office of postmaster, at Fairdale.  After the wedding a reception was held for the young people, in Grange Hall, at Fairdale. The terrible condition of the roads prevented many who ardently longed to be present from attending—but in spite of this, a very pleasant time was enjoyed.


Liberty Twp. – David Banker, one of the best known farmers of the county, died at the home of his brother, Charles Banker, April 1, 1916.  His age was 75 years.  The deceased was known among cattle breeders through this section of the country, his purebred Devon stock having won prizes at many local and state fairs, notably Philadelphia and Syracuse, and stock from his farm and that of his brother, the late Jeremiah Banker, with whom he was associated in cattle-breeding, was shipped to practically every state in the union.  He was a life-long resident of Franklin township, residing on the farm cleared in the primeval forest by his father, the late David Banker, the farm being in the family for 90 years.  Interment in the Upsonville cemetery.


Craig Hill, Auburn Twp. – Several of the farmers were busy last week hauling lime and feed from Meshoppen.  Trips were made daily with but little shoveling.  ALSO  We have missed the honk, honk of the automobile for several weeks.  Can it be that owing to the high price of gasoline that they are going out of style?


Williams’ Pond – A wood-bee was held for Nick Williams on Saturday.  Eighteen of the neighboring men were in attendance and a goodly lot of wood cut.


Forest Lake – Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Raynor are moving to Silver Lake, where Mr. Raynor has accepted a position at Sheldoncroft.


Nicholson – Editor Henry T. Birchard, of the Nicholson Record, who was reported as a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Legislature in Wyoming County, characterizes the story as a “pipe dream.”  Henry ran for representative once in Susquehanna county and spoke of the experience as like being run over by an ice wagon.


Lathrop - Mrs. R. T. Everson held a banquet for the Enterprise Book club, Thursday evening, March 30.  Owing to the condition of the roads, only part of the members were present.  An enjoyable evening was spent and a good program rendered.


Franklin Forks – John Webster has put his sugar camp in order, ready for the sap to run, but for some reason it does not start up briskly.


Flynn – The Guiton & Curley wood cutters have finished cutting the wood for the Middletown creamery.


Choconut Valley – The large body of snow which has blocked the roads for a long time is fast disappearing with the warm weather and hot sun.  If we get a hard rain soon fears are entertained of a big flood along the valley.


Glenwood – Glenwood is to have a grocery store in the near future.  Walter Carpenter, of Lenoxville, has bought the blacksmith shop of Chas. Conrad and expects to have it remodeled and up-to-date in a short time.  We wish him success, as a store in this town is needed.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Our boys have organized a baseball team for the season, comprised of the following officers: C. A. Taylor, Pres.; William Sherman, Vice Pres.; Robert Smales, Captain; Walter Hartman, Secretary; Ralph Loomis, Treasurer.  Without doubt this will be a hard team to beat.


Harford – Elijah Carney Harding was born Feb. 15, 1830, at this place, the son of Stephen and Anna Harding, and died March 7, 1916, aged 86 years.  Mr. Harding was born and brought up and always lived in this place, where his father settled in 1800 on Christmas Day.  He was married to Sarah Green in 1854 and seven children were born, six of whom are still living.  Elijah served nine months in the Civil War as a private in Co. E, 177th Regiment, Pennsylvania Drafted Militia Infantry.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. – Wm. Mulkey’s people have moved to New York State on the Wapsening Creek, near the Stone Jug, instead of Wyalusing Creek, near the stone bridge.


Little Meadows – W. D. Minkler, of this place, is planning to resume bus service between Little Meadows and Binghamton as soon as the roads will permit.  His automobile bus line was greatly appreciated last year and did a good business.  The service will be greatly improved this year.


200 Years Ago – NOTICE.  THOSE persons who are indebted to me for the tuition of their children (in the first part of the year 1815) are requested to call and settle their bills; for the old paper has got badly worn, and I do not wish to have [it] recorded on a Justice’s docket.  C. CARR, Montrose, April 8th. 1816.      ALSO    MILITIA NOTICE.   In obedience to the 17th sect. of the Militia Law, passed in 1814, the several Colonels within the bounds of the 2d Brigade, 8th Division Pennsylvania Militia, are hereby directed to have their Regimental or Battalion trainings on the following days, viz: The first Battalion in the 70th Regiment, commanded by Col. Isaac Dimmick, on Monday the 13th day of May next: The second Battalion, on Tuesday the 14th.        The second Battalion in the 76th Regt. Commanded by Col. Frederick Bailey, on Wednesday the 15th:  The first Battalion, on Thursday the 16th.      The first Battalion in the 2nd Regiment, commanded by Col. Isaac Bowman, on Friday the 17th:  The second Battalion, on Saturday the 18th.    The Colonels to designate the places for Training, with the privilege of meeting by Regiments on either of the days above mentioned for the Trainings of their Battalions.   ISAAC POST, Inspector 2nd Brigade, 8th Division, P.M. Montrose, April 2, 1816.


April 14 (1916/2016)



Auburn Four Corners/Montrose – Albert Hughes, of Auburn Four Corners, was found “guilty of murder in the second degree” for the shooting death of his wife, Lil.  The sad tragedy took place last November. While the Commonwealth is trying to prove the deed was cold-blooded and premeditated, the defense asserts it was an accident.  An emotional Hughes insisted that the shooting was an accident but some witnesses told of arguing and supposed abuse.  The small children of the couple were in the room when the shooting took place. His eight year old daughter was called to the witness stand and as the little girl, pretty as a rose and as pure as a lily, with an innocent smile on her face, told of the incidents of the awful night, there were few dry eyes in the court room.


South New Milford – Many snow drifts all about here now and the roads are very bad—ruts over hub deep.  Roads were so bad Sunday that there was no meeting.  It takes two teams to haul a few cans over the pike.


South Gibson – The people of this place were sorry to hear of the serious illness of Mrs. James [Fuller] Hare.  She was taken ill while in Africa and was advised to return to Philadelphia, where her brother, Byron Fuller, resides.  Her many friends hope for her speedy recovery.


Montrose - A delightful Victrola concert was given in the store of W. C. Gamble, on Friday evening last.  The audience enjoyed a treat not only of fine selections but chocolate bon-bons as well.  Mr. Gamble is the Victrola representative in Montrose and vicinity. ALSO  Saturday was the opening day at D. L. Robinove’s store and the very inclement weather, one of the most disagreeable of days to be out of doors, did not keep the crowds away.  This fine store recently purchased by Mr. Robinove, and to which he had moved but a few days previous, made a most handsome appearance and delighted the visitors.  Nearly 300 customers were recorded during the day and each one was presented with a fragrant carnation.


Lawsville – The school at Stanfordville was closed last Friday.  The consolidation of the Lawsville and Stanfordville schools during the past term has proved a success, owing to the skillful and efficient management of Miss Mary Cosgriff, a teacher of considerable experience and ability.


Forest City – Harry Lumley who was born in this place and gained fame as an outfielder for a Brooklyn team and later played with the State League teams, is expected to take charge of the Johnstown team of the State League of professional baseball clubs.  Lumley was a player with the Montrose team in his “bush league” days.  ALSO Miss Louise Fullmer, of Swarthmore, Pa., representing the Chautauqua Association, has been in town for several days and has succeeded in securing the necessary number of guarantors to insure a three day Chautauqua here, to be held in September.


Ararat – Sixteen Forest City boys, whose ages ranged from 12 to 16 years, were arrested at this place on Saturday afternoon and taken to Carbondale where they were fined $17.50 each for train riding and trespass.


Harford – From all reports that we hear, it would seem that E. E. Jones will receive the Republican nomination for state senator by a handsome majority.  In asking that this office be given to a Susquehanna county man, the Republicans of this county are only asking their due.  And when they put forth a candidate of such acknowledged ability as Mr. Jones, with his record of achievement in the legislature during the past ten years, there can be no reasonable excuse why the voters in all three counties should not support him.  ALSO  Wilson Gow has moved in one of the Orphans’ school houses.


Bridgewater Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stevens, of Giltedge, Montana, have been visiting at the home of their cousin, Jas. Webb.  Mr. Stevens, who is now in his 84th year, formerly resided on the farm once owned by Isaac Harris, on the Snake Creek road, since then he followed the sea as a whaler for a time and for the past fourteen years he has been a successful cattleman and rancher in the far West.


Springville – Herbert Fish recently sold his wool, of which he had about twelve tons, to Baltimore parties. ALSO  Nick Titman is having a bath room installed in his house and expects to furnish his home with electric lights from an engine in his cellar. ALSO  R. L. Avery wishes to sell his house and lot and also household goods including two automobiles.  They expect to move to Nichols, N. Y. to engage in the mercantile business about the middle of May.


Middletown – Miss Julia Golden closed a very successful term of school here on Friday last.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – We are again enjoying winter time, snow having fallen Saturday and Sunday to the depth of 8 inches.


Great Bend – About 3 ½ miles from this place, on the Binghamton road, is a short stretch of road which is causing a great deal of trouble.  When the good roads were built, a strip each side of the Erie tracks was left a dirt road with the idea that when the Erie put in an over-head crossing, at this point, the road would be finished.  Many a load of goods have been stuck there and had to be left over night before they could be got out.  Wednesday night Earle Tingley had to leave a big load of goods all night and Tuesday, Newberry’s truck was stuck with a big load of goods and it was two days before they got out.  Why such a piece of road should be left in such a condition no one seems to know.


News Brief: The average price of potatoes on the farms in Pennsylvania, on March 1st, was $1.09 a bushel compared with a price of 58 cents a bushel a year ago.


TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO– “Bless be the tie that binds   Their hearts in mutual love.” MARRIED, on the 14th inst. In the township of Springville, by Joshua W. Raynsford Esq. Mr. Samuel Sutton, Jr. to Miss Betsey Tuttle, both of that place.  ALSO   TURNPIKE ROADS.  A bill passed the Legislature of this state at the last session appropriating 5000 dollars to aid in the completion of the Bidgewater and Wilkesbare Turnpike—and 1,500 dollars to the Clifford and Wilkesbarre Turnpike.  A bill also passed granting 2000 dollars towards the erection of an academy at Montrose, Susquehanna county.  ALSO List of letters remaining in the Post Office at Bridgewater: Elias Bennet, Hannah Brownson, John Bullock, Jonah Brewster & Erastus Catlin, Benjamin Blakesley & Henry Park, Stephen Bently, Zopher Blakesley, Ambrose Clark, Putnam Catlin or the Secretary of the Milford & Owego Turnpike, Calvin Davison, Michal Dow 2, Horris Dimock, Jeremiah Ethridge, Joseph Edmonds, Zenas Fuller, Erastus Farman, Jacob Hester, Samyel Hodgdon, John Heywood, Sidney A. Knowlton, Charles Lincoln, Daniel Lamson, Francis Purkins, Samuel Palmetor, John Robinson & James Cook, Nehemiah Scott, Salmon Thomas, Stephen Tracy, Leman Turrell, Joseph Williams, Cyrus Whipple, Betsey Wood, John Wright, Edmund B. West, Daniel Yeomans, George Young.  ISAAC POST, P. M.


April 21 (1916/2016)



Montrose – The Old Bethel church on Chenango street, which was purchased by Jno. Rutan, is being converted into a house.  The following document was found in the cornerstone, the contents of which may prove of interest to friends who took an interest in the old church many years ago—“Montrose, Pa., June 16, 1882.  This church was built in 1838 by Allen Dorsey, Daniel Brewster, carpenter.  Raised, and this basement put under it June 16, 1882, by Charles Allen, George Battle, Sr., Benjamin Nailor [Naylor], John Johnson, Nimrod Slaughter, Charles Young, and Wm. K. Harris, Board of Trustees; Rev. Sylvester J. Burrell, pastor.  Burgess & Doe, carpenters; plasterer, Henry Reynolds.  ‘May God bless the church’ –Harris.  This chimney built by C. W. Reynolds; John Wilson, tender.” This document is now the property of Mr. Nailor [Naylor], who with Rev. Mr. Burrell—now preaching in New York state—are the only survivors of the period when Mr. Harris penned the above information and placed the same in the cornerstone of the Chenango street landmark.  [The African Methodist-Episcopal Church known as the AME Zion church, is still standing on Berry Street in Montrose, not far from the location of the Old Bethel church.]


West Bridgewater – Fred Tyler is renting his father’s farm and is farming once more.  Fred says it seems like childhood days once again.


Gibson Twp. – While at work in Mr. Wilmot’s saw mill, Friday afternoon, Ralph Gelatt caught his right hand on a fast moving belt and was whirled around until his arm came off near the shoulder.  He was taken to the hospital in Susquehanna, where the stub of his arm was taken off at the shoulder—which was a very painful operation.  At this writing he was still alive with but slight hopes of his recovery.  [Ralph did survive and died in 1971.  He and his wife, Ethel May Conrad, were the parents of 6 children.]


Great Bend – The funeral of Thomas O’Neil was held from St. Lawrence church on Saturday morning.  A high mass was celebrated by Revs. Mack and Dunn, of this place, and Walsh, of Susquehanna.  The bearers were M. A. Kilrow, Thomas J. Creigh, P. O’Shea, P. M. Sullivan, G. W. Crook and J. Murray.  Burial in St. Lawrence cemetery.  Many out of town friends attended the funeral.  Mr. O’Neil had been a resident of this place for more than 50 years and was highly respected by all who knew him.  He is survived by three daughters, Misses Bridget and Mary, of this place, and Josie, of Philadelphia, and three sons, Michael, of Binghamton, Rev. Father John O’Neil, of Emmettsburg, Md., and Att. George O’Neil, of New York city.


Uniondale – Grace and Lloyd Wademan and Lester Todel, of Wyoming Seminary, are home for the Easter vacation.


Susquehanna – Mrs. Mary Mooney, formerly director of music at the Susquehanna County Teachers’ Institute, but for several years past the efficient musical directress in the Susquehanna public schools, has tendered her resignation to the school board of that place.  Mrs. Mooney for many years has been organist in St. John’s church in Susquehanna and her son, Harry, who is well-known here, is now a priest in the diocese of New York.


Herrick Center – Oscar Hugaboom, of this place, and Miss Annette Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Payne, of Orson, were united in marriage, Wednesday, April 5, 1916, by Rev. Raymond Fiske pastor of the Baptist church.  The ceremony was performed at the residence of Rev. Fiske at Poyntelle, after which the young couple left on the O. & W. train for Jersey City, where they will spend a short honeymoon.


New Milford – The Northeastern telephone exchange has changed its location to rooms in Mrs. Nettie Laff’s house on Main street, and now has an all-night service.


Springville – Anna B. Stevens & Co. wishes to announce to the public that not having sold out her millinery, dry goods, etc., that she is now prepared to sell you the latest city trimmed hats or trim your old one.  There will be no use of you wearing cotton for she can sell you yards of the natural linen, and at old prices purchased before the advance in price.  You will find bargains in all lines.


Silver Lake – A photograph appeared in the Montrose Democrat of four generations of the Conklin family. Pictured are: Mr. Edward Conklin, the father of Albert B. Conklin, of Silver Lake, and his age is 81 years.  Mr. E. Conklin was born in Bradford Co., Pa. in 1834 and came to Silver Lake and settled on the farm where his son now resides.  After living there for many years he removed to Franklin, where he now resides.  His son, Albert Conklin, was born in Silver Lake.  Beside him is his son, Earle E., at the age of 25 years, and his son, Douglass, who is three years old.  The photo was taken on March 11, 1916 by A. J. VanHouten, at Franklin Forks.


North Harford – George Richardson has been ill with grip but has now recovered and is driving the “school wagon” again. ALSO Miss Gladys MacNamara closed a very successful term of school at Sweet’s last Friday. 


Clifford – Mr. and Mrs. Frank Spedding are mourning the death of a dear baby boy about two months old.  ALSO  Will Bennett has two carloads of Ford autos on hand, and sales have already commenced.


Birchardville – Geo. Owen and family are moving into the Bela Giffin house.  Miss Louise Owen is to have a millinery store here.


Hop Bottom – On Saturday a surprise party was given in honor of Mrs. Rosetta Carpenter’s 87th birthday.  She organized the Ladies Aid Society of the Foster M. E church and was its first president.  A pleasant time was had by all.


Elk Lake – Mr. and Mrs. William Oliver have moved to Indiana, where Mr. Oliver has secured a position. ALSO  The Hunsinger Bros., who have been running a Birch distillery at the Lake, have moved their still to Auburn.


200 YEARS AGO – THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA.      New State – Bills erecting new states, from the Indianna and Missisippi territories, have passed to a third reading in the U. S. house of Representatives. [Spelling, etc. as copied from newspaper.]  ALSO  To owners of Apple Orchards,  Save your tar for [from] your carriage wheels and apply round your trees a Hair Cord, in the following manner, which will prevent the depredations of the Canker Worm: “Take cow or horse hair—let it be spun into cords of about two inches circumference—then take a pair of sharp shears or scissors, and clip off the ends of the hair upwards, and tie the cord around the tree.” 


April 28 (1916/2016)



Springville – Graduation exercises of the Springville high school will take place as follows: The Baccalaureate sermon on April 30, and the Commencement exercises, Wednesday evening, May 3rd.  A play will be given by the pupils on Monday evening, May 1, entitled, “Gallager.”  There are seven graduates in the class of 1916, as follows: Vida Edwards, Eleanor Burns, Lillian Stark, Beatrice Smales, Helen Haldaman, Ralph Thomas and Freeman Tingley.


Thompson – Commencement exercises of the Thompson high school will be held in the M. E. church on Tuesday evening, May 2nd, at 8 o’clock. Class motto, “At the Foothills, Climbing.”  Class colors, pink and blue.  Class flower, pink carnation.  Class roll: Harold Wallace, Eloise A. Owens, Marguerite E. Gelatt, Doris A. Crosier.  R. C. Dayton, Principal of High School, Gertrude Southworth, Assistant Principal.  Baccalaureate sermon, Sunday, April 30, Class day, Monday, May 1st.


Hop Bottom – The banquet of the Shakespeare Club on Monday evening, in observance of the Tercentenary Shakespeare Anniversary, was a delightful social and literary event. Loomis Hall was tastefully decorated with the club colors, white and gold, a picture of Shakespeare artistically wreathed with these colors.


East Rush – Our roads are in pretty bad shape owing to the supervisor not opening sluices or ditches last fall, consequently there will have to be more work put on our roads this spring than usual.


Fairdale – On account of the busy time it has been decided to hold Grange at night instead of afternoon.  April 29 maple sugar will be served at this meeting and also a drama entitled, “Married to a Suffragette,” will be presented.  All who stay away will miss a great treat.


North Harford – The chimes of wedding bells tell us that Floyd Brainard and Miss Linda Decker, also Fred Meritt and Miss Bernice Allen, are recently married couples. 


Jackson – Miss J. M. Hovay, of Binghamton, will be at the Central hotel with a nice, full line of millinery goods in the near future.


Franklin Forks – The snow banks are gone and the mail men and milk men are doing business as of old.  Even an automobile was in this place yesterday.


Gelatt – The Women’s Christian Temperance Union met at the home of Sister Bessie Lewis, Friday.  There were ten present.  It was decided to hold an institute in May.  Committee:  Bessie Lewis, Lula Berry and Lena Winnie.  It was also decided to meet at the church in the summer months.  Next meeting, second Friday in May.  Every member is requested to be present as it is paying of dues and election of officers.


Brooklyn – A very unusual case was tried in the county courts last week, when Fred Tiffany, a former Brooklyn man, brought suit for damages against the D. L. & W. railroad company for the death of his wife.  Mr. Tiffany claimed his wife, Ann Tiffany, drove from Brooklyn to Hop Bottom and boarded the milk train enroute for Scranton; that the car was extremely cold, that she had several chills before reaching Scranton and then rode thirty minutes on the street car to the home of her daughter and from the privations of the ride on the defendant’s train, contracted pneumonia and died.  Mr. Tiffany desired pay for the services and companionship of his wife.  Counsel for the defense seemed to have a fixed notion that as he had remarried 18 months after the death, he had not suffered that loss long, but Judge Barber, who presided, instructed the jury that the fact of his remarrying should not enter into their consideration.  The jury gave the plaintiff $559.00. 


Susquehanna – Martin Reilly, of this place, employed as a switchman in the Erie yards, was seriously injured Tuesday morning.  Reilly was aboard a caboose which was being switched from one track to another and in some manner he was knocked from the platform of the caboose and fell under the wheels.  He was rushed to the hospital, where it was found it would be necessary to amputate the right leg above the knee.  The young man’s left leg was terribly bruised and torn but can be saved.


E. Bridgewater Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Roach have returned from Lock Haven, where they have resided the past year and will live with Mr. Roach’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. O. Roach.  Mr. Roach and his son have entered into partnership in working his farm.


South Ararat – Charles Westgate and Marvin Sampson are the men on their job.  They are hauling milk from Gelatt to Orson.  All the other teamsters quit; too long [a] trip, too much mud and too small pay is the reason and they are right.


Silver Lake Twp. – Jasper T. Jennings wrote in his article “Hurricanes and Big Winds,” the following:  “Miss Blackman, in her very excellent history of Susquehanna county, tells us of a whirlwind that lifted the roof of Anthony North’s framed house, near Mud Lake, in Silver Lake township, many of the painted shingles of which were picked up over in New Milford, and Mr. North’s ‘short breeches’ were found on the limb of a tree in Liberty.”


Montrose - The Poor Old Town Clock W. L. Simrell, of Brooklyn, N. Y. wrote: “I notice that you have recently adopted for the local page of the Republican a picture of Public Avenue, showing the court house at the head.  I was disappointed when I observed that the engraver had removed the clock.  I feel a particular interest in the old clock, because some 30 years ago it was my privilege each Monday morning to climb up to the tower, wind the clock and see to it.  Won’t you kindly have the picture man put the clock back?”  And in reply: “Nothing would please us, brother, more than to put the old clock back, say to where it was 30 years ago, but the confounded old clock tells a lie nowadays on each of its four faces.  There are no two alike, and the old time-keeper will have to answer to many sins of omission and commission.  There is hope that the present board of commissioners will have new works installed in the clock and then, maybe, the clock will “come back.”


TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO – “Rise glorious every future sun, Gild all their following days.”  Married on the 25th inst. [present month] by Rev. Joshua W. Raynsford Esq., in this town, Mr. James Frost to Miss Nancy Reynolds.  ALSO     NOTICE.    ALL persons indebted to Fordham and Rayner for HATS, whose accounts have been three months standing, are requested to call and settle their respective accounts immediately and save costs.    ~~~~~~~ NEW STORE, AND NEW GOODS.   THE subscribers have just received from New York, and are now selling at their New Store, near the Court House, a choice collection of Dry Goods & Groceries, IRON & STEEL, &C.  &C.  which they will sell cheap for cash or approved credit.    HERICK & FORDHAM.      Montrose, April 29, 1816


May 05 (1916/2016)



Hallstead – In an effort to prevent the Lackawanna railroad from going through his land, Wm. Florance, a prosperous farmer here has put up two large flagpoles, floating the stars and stripes, and dares the workmen to haul them down.  At the local offices of the company, it was said the land on the Florance farm has been condemned and that the company’s tracks are already in place.  The situation has been investigated lately, they explained—but it is not likely that the floating of the flags will have any effect.  Attorney for the Lackawanna has declared that Florance knew of the land being condemned, and of the tracks being put into place, and had heard something of the flag incident, but expected no trouble.  There is no law on the statute books that will prevent the company from taking possession of the land, regardless of the flags.


Montrose – During the Court session on Monday morning wife slayer, Albert Hughes, was denied a new trial and was sentenced to not less than 10 years and no more than 20 years at the Eastern penitentiary, by the Hon. Ralph B. Little.  In the marital troubles of Florence and Archie Kent, brought by Mrs. Kent charging non-support, the judge granted her $200 per annum, sum to be paid quarterly.  ALSO The safe at the Lehigh Valley station was blown open Tuesday morning, supposedly by yeggmen, who secured about $100 in cash and the same amount in checks.  Entrance was gained by forcing a window on the south side of the station and a powerful explosive was used, probably nitro-glycerine.  The safe was badly wrecked, a portion of it being hurled through a partition.  A Lehigh Valley detective investigated but found nothing to lead to the criminals.


East Lynn – Helen Ward, the 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ward, has not missed a day of school in two years, and she has missed only one word in spelling during the last year.  A remarkable record.


Harford – Mary Davis, one of our High school girls, died suddenly last Saturday morning.  Prayer was held over the body Sunday morning when it was removed to the home on Union Hill.  The funeral was held Tuesday and many of her schoolmates and the teacher attended.


Brooklyn – Next Sunday will be automobile day at the Universalist church.  All owning machines have promised to bring people to church who have no means of conveyance from outlying parts.  It is fully expected that a great many will avail themselves of this kindness.  ALSO Four of our school teachers have resigned.  Principal Tewksbury is going to College to fit himself for a higher grade of teaching, while the future movements of the other teachers are veiled in mystery.


Lake View – The Lake View men will have a wood Bee Tuesday to get wood for the new minister.


Dimock – Elias Titman, Dimock’s official observer and weather bureau, was in town [Montrose] Monday and reported that he measured snow to the depth of 25 inches on April 29th.


Jessup/Peckville, Lackawanna County – Mrs. Margaret Llewellyn, of Peckville, has filed suit for $10,000 damage against Thomas O’Connor, a Jessup druggist.  Her husband purchased from the druggist bi-chloride of mercury tablets with suicidal intent.  She claims that the druggist had no right to sell her husband the tablets as he was not a resident of Jessup.


Friendsville/Birchardville – A rural mail route between Friendsville and Birchardville was established May 1st, and the many patrons are very grateful to Mr. McMahon, of Friendsville, and Mr. Turrell, of Birchardville, who worked so faithfully to have this route established.  The patrons hope it will be extended to Montrose at a not distance date.


Bridgewater Twp. – Mrs. A. M. Snow, of Franklin Forks, was very seriously injured Monday afternoon, when thrown from a wagon, at the railroad crossing near Harrington’s Mills.  In the wagon were Mr. .and Ms. Calvin Peck, Aaron Stockholm and E. L. Bailey and Mrs. Snow, all of Franklin Forks, being brought to Montrose by Mr. Peck.  The team became frightened at the crossing, as an engine came out of a switch, and the team dashed down the tracks.  Mrs. Snow was thrown out and received very serious injuries about the head, the skull being fractured.  Some ribs were also broken.  She was taken to the home of Dr. F. S. Birchard, where she is being treated.  Her condition is still very grave, as of last night, and her daughter, Mrs. Earl Tiffany, of Hallstead, is with her.  Mr. Stockholm was also thrown from the wagon and considerably cut and scratched about the face but was able to return to his home the same day.


Uniondale – The Woman’s Suffrage Club will be entertained at the home of Mrs. Harry Coleman, Friday evening.


Susquehanna – Susquehanna Grange met on the evening of April 21.  Following the regular business everyone told a humorous story.  Then Sister Ada Jones gave some helpful hints on remodeling a house. The next meeting an interesting program on raising poultry will be given. Refreshments were served appropriate for Easter by Sisters Emma Wells, Nancy Bacon and Bro. Byron Robinson.


Kingsley – The Ladies’ Aid Society of the M. E. church will serve dinner at the residence of Mrs. Wm. Benning, on Wednesday, May 10.  Ladies bring thimbles, as they are to tie a quilt.


Herrick – A. B. Tingley, one of the best known men of this place, died following an operation at Emergency hospital, Carbondale, April 20, 1916.  He was born in Greenfield township, Lackawanna county, 76 years ago, the son of Benjamin Tingley, a pioneer of that section.  When ten years of age he went to Harford and was educated in the school of that town.  When 21 years of age he bought a farm in northern Herrick, which he soon sold and bought the farm where he has resided since 1869, the time of his marriage to Miss Julia Follett.


TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO - from the Centinel. Montrose, Pa, of May 7, 1816.  MARRIED –In this town, on Sunday last, by David Post Esq. Mr. Henry Eldridge, to Miss Susan Cook, daughter of Wm. Cook.  ALSO   New York, April 13. Captain Collins arrived at Boston in 43 days from Teneriffe, informs, that there was a fleet of transports at that place, bound to St. Helena, having on board the Frame of a Palace, to be erected for Napoleon Bonaparte.   ALSO   The legislature of Virginia, by unanimous vote, have requested of Judge Washington to have the late General and his wife confided to their charge, for the purpose of being interred near the capitol at Richmond, beneath a monument to be erected there at the expense of the State.  In reply in the letter of “Governor Nicholas making this request, Judge Washington says—“Obligations more sacred than anything which concerns myself—obligations with which I cannot dispense, command me to retain the mortal remains of my venerable uncle, in the family vault where they are deposited.  It is his own will and that will is to me a law, which I dare not disobey.  He has himself directed that his body should be placed there, and I cannot separate it from those of his near relatives, by which it is surrounded. [George Washington died 14 Dec 1799 and was interred at Mt. Vernon, as requested in his will.  In 1831 his remains and those of Martha and other family members were moved to a new tomb at Mt. Vernon, the old tomb being in disrepair.]


May 12 (1916/2016)



Montrose – The first car over the Scranton & Binghamton Railroad Company extension to Montrose left the temporary station near Harington’s Mills, at 7:35 this morning for Scranton, connecting the several towns intermediate.  The trains will leave Montrose every morning at 7:35 o’clock and at 2 hour intervals until 9:35 p.m. each day. Several gangs of workmen had been rushing matters all last week to get in readiness.  The grading was completed, the trolley wire bringing the electrical current from Scranton was stretched, and the rails laid in an incredibly short time.  This was practically completed Sunday, but there was no station (not even an excuse for one) and Monday and Tuesday a temporary shack in which to sell tickets was constructed of rough lumber.  The line has been built to Harrington’s Mills, which is one mile from the Court House, but those who wish to use the new road will find a way to get to same.  The completion to the Lehigh Valley Railroad depot in Montrose will be constructed as soon as possible.  Round tickets to Scranton are $1.75; single fare tickets are $1.05 and the present schedule has about 2 ¼ hours to Scranton. This will be reduced as soon as the road bed gets settled and in better shape. ALSO Sheriff H. E. Taylor took Albert Hughes, convicted of murder [of his wife] in the 2nd degree, and another prisoner to the Eastern penitentiary at Philadelphia.  The journey was made in Mr. Taylor’s new Saxon car, F. B. Smith and R. H. Donlin accompanying him.


Heart Lake – Mrs. Sherman Griffing was struck by lightning during the electrical shower Monday afternoon and had not her husband been near at hand at the time it is almost certain that her life would have been lost.  She was painfully burned, her clothing set on fire.  Steels were wrenched from her corset and one of her shoes was torn off; her left arm, side and lower limb were temporarily paralyzed.  She was hanging clothes on a wire clothes line at the time.  The shaft of lightning first struck the line, thence passing to her left arm, and followed down her left side to the damp stone on which she was standing. Dr. Park of New Milford was called, who dressed her burns.  Injuries consist principally in the very severe burns she received.  She is still confined to her bed and is quite nervous, but will completely recover.


 Elk Lake – Mrs. J. Kellogg celebrated her 89th birthday May 9.  Although feeble she enjoyed seeing her friends.


Choconut – Miss Teresa Hickey, daughter of John Hickey and James Leo Shea, both of this place, were married in St. Patrick’s church, Binghamton, Wednesday morning, by Rev. J. J. McLoughlan. 


Friendsville – Miss Elizabeth Whalley and Jos. Walsh, both of this place, were married here on Wednesday, May 3, 1916, by Rev. Father O’Malley.  They were attended by Miss Elizabeth Cahill and Vincent Walsh.  Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s parents.  Mr. and Mrs. Walsh went to New York and other places for a wedding trip.  They will live in Friendsville. ALSO Father Dunn, of this place, purchased a “Baby-Grand” Chevrolet from L. H. Sprout & Sons, proprietors of the Montrose Motor Car Co.


Brooklyn – Automobile Sunday at the Universalist church was a great success last Sunday.  The attendance was nearly doubled.  Men owning cars brought people to church.


Lynn – There will be a necktie social at the home of Ray Davies, Friday evening, May 12.  Each lady bring two neckties alike; wear one and seal the other in an envelope.  Refreshments will be served for 25 cents a couple.  Proceeds for the Epworth League.


Kingsley – Harry Carey and family have moved on a farm near South Gibson, leaving the Carey homestead vacant, the first time since the buildings were built and occupied by L. D. Wilmarth, 40 years ago. ALSO Coe H. Stearns is enthusiastic over the sales and prospects of the Calf Way Mechanical Milker, for which Stearns Bros. are the agents.


Auburn Twp. – The Commencement exercises of the Auburn High School was well attended last week.  The graduates were, Myrtle Bishop, Anna Dougherty, Ivah Thornton, Arthur France and Leigh Lott.  The address by Dr. Straughn, of Mansfield was excellent.  The Ladies’ Aid Society served the banquet supper in the I. O. O. F. Hall.


New Milford – Prof. H. Claude, son of David N. Hardy, of this place, has accepted the principalship of the Schenevus, N. Y. high school.


Clifford – W. C. Baldwin visited his mother in Montrose Sunday afternoon.  He reports her condition as improving.  L. E. Taylor went along to help hold the car on the road.


Little Meadows –People of Little Meadows and vicinity are finding the auto bus line, operated by William Minkler between Little Meadows and Binghamton, a great convenience and are using same in large numbers.  “Will’s” painstaking efforts to please his patrons, together with his innate courtesy, is making the “Minkler Bus Line” grow in popularity daily.


News Brief: Ladies can wear shoes one size smaller after using Allen’s Foot-Ease, the Antiseptic powder to be shaken into the shoes and used in the foot-bath for hot, tired, swollen, aching, tender feet.  It makes tight or new shoes feel easy.  Sold everywhere, 25 cents.  Don’t accept any substitute.


*TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO from the Centinel. Montrose, Pa, of May 15, 1816.   MARRIED in the township of Rush, on Sunday last, Mr. Daniel Curtis, of this village, to Miss Mary Ross, daughter of Major Daniel Ross, of that town.              ALSO  WOOL CARDING.  The subscribers at their old establishment near Montrose [Jones Lake, now Lake Montrose], offer for pubic patronage the use of four complete PICKING & CARDING MACHINES; -- one of which is especially adapted to MERINO WOLL [WOOL], at the following prices; Common wool, 7 cts pr. Ob cash—9 cts credit.  Mixed Merino, 8 cts, cash—10 credit.  Clear Merino, 12 ½ cts. Cash—15 cts. Credit.  They will commence operation by the first of June next, and will have strict attendance paid through the season.  Haying by experience acquired some in the management of wool, we deem it not unnecessary, to advise those of our customers who wish for good work, to attend to the following directions: wash your wool clean as possible; sort and clip it well, & send your oil or grease to the machine, and have it applied to the wool there.  Clear and mixed Merino should be well scoured in soap suds, and sent with oil as above directed, and then good rolls can be easily obtained, by calling on PERKINS, BACKUS & JONES.  Country produce of almost all kinds taken in payment, at the Montrose cash prices.

*Please keep in mind that the Centinel concentrated on news of the United States and Europe—not necessarily local news.  Advertising, as above, gave a better understanding of what was happening in the vicinity of Montrose and other parts of the county.


May 19 (1916/2016)



West Bridgewater – Someone entered our schoolhouse [most likely the Sprout schoolhouse] and roasted chicken and cooked eggs—as feathers and eggs were found on the floor around the stove.  Better count your chickens, they were Plymouth Rocks.  Seems a pity our schoolhouse can’t have a lock so the tramps can’t enter.  First thing we know we won’t have a schoolhouse, as there is danger of their setting it on fire.


Dimock – Messrs. Percy Ballantine and Francis R. Cope have made known to the board of education that they jointly would like to erect a fully equipped High school building in Dimock, which should cost not less than ten thousand dollars, as a gift from them to the township.  Only a few conditions were named in connection with the offer, one of which was that six of the township schools should be closed and the children from these districts brought to the Dimock township High school.  A. J. Tingley has offered a lot as a site for the new school building.


Jackson – The 8th of May, 1916, being the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Pope, the relatives and friends decided to meet and extend to them their congratulations and best wishes.  The couple were completely surprised by over 80 guests and relatives, but soon entered into the fun of the occasion. They were presented with some gold pieces, a gold thimble and a gold spoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Pope have resided in Gibson township all their lives.  He now conducts a successful furniture and undertaking business in this place.  They have two daughters, Bertha Pope of Washington, D.C. and Grace Pope, at home. ALSO  The North Jackson M. E. church is being painted two coats by the Tennant Bros., the well-known painters of Uniondale. 


New Milford “The Oldest Grave in Susquehanna County.”  According to the New Milford Advertiser, the oldest [known] grave of an inhabitant of Susquehanna county is located in the New Milford cemetery.  It is that of a child, a son of the first permanent settler in New Milford.  The small dark slab of slate which marks the grave bears this inscription: “In memory of Warren Corbett, who died March 23, 1795, aged 7 years.”  The grave is located at the top of the hill at the right of the first entrance to the old portion of the burial ground.  The child’s father located his cabin on the site of what is known as the Phinney Hotel.  In 1803 he sold his farm to Colonel Longstreet and moved to Corbettsville, N. Y.  [Warren was most likely the son of Robert Corbett who lived, at that time, in what was known as Willingborough Township, Luzerne County and considered the first settler in that vicinity.  He came from near Boston, through the agency of Mr. Cooper, of Cooperstown, New York.  In 1801 he was taxed as an “innkeeper,” but left soon after with his sons for the mouth of Snake Creek—now Corbettsville.  Willingborough, now Harmony, Oakland and Great Bend, did extend over the area of New Milford, established as a township in 1807.  Susquehanna County was separated from Luzerne County in 1810.]


South Harford – The Book Club met with Mrs. Geo. McNamara and a good time was reported.  Next meeting with Mrs. Frank Pickering, at South Gibson.


Fairdale – Mrs. Charles Strange and Mrs. H. B. Downer returned to Binghamton, yesterday, after spending a week at Fairdale.  They accompanied their father, Robert Strange, aged over 90 years, to Fairdale on Sunday, where he will spend the summer at his old home with his daughter Mrs. George Olmstead. [Robert Strange, born in 1826, died 27 Feb. 1918, age 91 years, 9 months & 22 days.  He is buried in the Fairdale Cemetery.]


Forest City – The following seated tracts of land (Lots) will be offered for sale on Monday, the 12th day of June, at the courthouse in Montrose: Mrs. John Melvin, Andrew Aull, Adolph Kessler, Mrs. B. Snyder, Mrs. John Clune, Laverne Dix.


Brooklyn – Herman Otto, after a tour of the middle west, during which time he had an opportunity of inspecting a large number of traction engines, has purchased a light tractor, which can be operated by one man and is very useful in plowing, hauling heavy loads, etc.  The tractor is coming into use rapidly, even in the east, which has been slow to adopt it, and the improvement in the machine has had much to do with its adoption. The machine was purchased from Harrington & Wilson in Montrose.


Springville – Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Stevens had a very narrow escape from a serious accident on Saturday when their auto was struck by the train at McMicken’s crossing.  They were enroute to Dimock to attend the funeral of their niece and not hearing the whistle of the south bound passenger train, attempted to make the crossing when the engine struck the car, demolishing the fender and taking off a front wheel.  The occupants were not thrown from the car and were uninjured.


Great Bend – Memorial Day will be fittingly observed in Great Bend and Hallstead.  The Daughters of Veterans have the matter in charge and the decorating of deceased veterans’ graves.  Public services will be held in the Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. and Hon. J. T. DuBois and Atty. W. A. Skinner, of Susquehanna, will deliver addresses.


Glenwood – Memorial Day in Glenwood, Annual Orders of Capt. Lyons Post, No. 85, G. A. R.  The Commander of the Post requests all old veterans, sons of veterans and all patriotic citizens to meet with the veterans at Tower Church, May 30th, at 10 a.m., to do honor to our dead heroes and also requests the Sabbath School of the Tower church to furnish flowers to be strewn upon the soldiers’ graves.  Theron Hinkley, Commander.


Susquehanna – Huyck & Demander offer monuments of every description.  Pneumatic tools used for lettering and carving; in fact, the only up-to-date Monument Works in Susquehanna Co.  Estimates cheerfully given.  A postal card will bring a member of the firm to your door.


News Brief: Kill the first flies.  One fly lays about 150 eggs.  An egg becomes a grown fly in ten days.  Twelve to 14 generations arrive in a season.  The progeny of one fly has been estimated as millions in one season.  Consequently the killing of one fly becomes an operation of considerable magnitude.  All breeding places of flies should be done away with, such as open garbage cans and decaying material.


Two Hundred Years Ago, from the Montrose Centinel, May 22, 1816.  Public Notice, Is hereby given that by order of the Orphans’ Court of Susquehanna County, will be exposed to sale by pubic vendue or out-cry, on the 26th day of August next, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon of that day, a certain Messuage and tract of land with the appurtenances, containing one hundred thirty-three acres, about eighty acres of which are under improvement, with a large dwelling house, barn and out houses, situate on the Milford and Owego Turnpike, and now in the tenure of Mary Miles.  The Sale will be held on the premises and the terms made known by Mary Miles, Joshua Miles & Putnam Catlin, Esq. Administrators of the estate.  By the Court.  C. Frasier, Clk.


May 26 (1916/2016)



Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. – Next Tuesday all roads lead to Jersey Hill where the G. A. R. will hold memorial services.  An able speaker has been engaged and the ladies will serve a warm dinner in the church basement.  This cemetery is one of the largest in this section and Jersey Hill is a beautiful place to spend your day and dine with your friends. ALSO  Auburn Corners – Wm. J. McAvoy, who closed his hotel here in January, has gone to Lestershire and has a position in the shoe factory.  His family is still at Auburn.


Montrose – A boy was seen on Wednesday evening making a target of an electric light bulb on Lake avenue.  He succeeded in breaking the bulb, and also brought the wires in contact, which resulted in the entire fixture burning out at a considerable loss to the company.  Thoughtless boys would do well to use less destructible property for targets, as a continuance of it will mean detection and prosecution. ALSO The few dry days made dust in the business section quite unbearable.  It has been suggested that the streets about the stores be oiled this season.


Susquehanna – “The Birth of the Nation,” the world’s greatest photoplay, was given in this place on Wednesday and Thursday.  It will be produced in Honesdale today and tomorrow. ALSO During the services over the remains of Thomas Barnes, Sr., at this place, last week, the floor in a room, which was occupied by about 18 mourners, suddenly settled four inches, very much frightening the occupants of the room, composed mostly of ladies.  The cause of the floor settling was an iron post in the center of the room, used as a support, which had rusted at the top and breaking off, dropping the floor to the solid part of the post.


Brooklyn – H.H. Craver, the veteran storekeeper of this town, has been remodeling the interior of his residence, installing bath and all modern improvements.  This substantial residence was built by the late Dr. W. L. Richardson, of Montrose, when a young man, for his uncle Dr. B. Richardson.  W. L. Richardson was a carpenter by trade, but while building this house began to read medicine with his uncle and afterwards became a very successful physician.


Harford – Henry Jones, of New York city, was at his home in Harford last week saying good-bye to friends and relatives in event of his starting for the war swept continent, where he will work under the auspices of the Red Cross Legion, in sunny France.  The best wishes for his safe return home go with him. [Henry Sweet Jones, son of Congressman E. E. Jones, eventually became a pilot with the Lafayette Escadrille, moving from the Ambulance Corps, in November 2016. During his nearly 13 months as a combat pilot he logged more than 400 hours in the air above France.  More on Henry can be found in The Lafayette Flying Corps: The American Volunteers in the French Air Service in World War 1.]


Hallstead – The commencement exercises of the Hallstead High school were held in Clune’s Opera House on Friday evening.  There were eight graduates in this year’s class: Mary Decker, Evelyn Hand, Helen McLeod, Dorothy VanWie, Henry Claxton, Floyd Merrill and James Smith.


Dimock – T. S. Newman, of Athens, Bradford county, a well-known contractor, is building a concrete dam on the Norris farm.  When completed, the dam will cause water to overflow 35 to 40 acres of land, forming a fine fishing and boating pond, also furnishing power to produce electricity if desired.


Forest City – An effort is being made to secure free mail delivery for Forest City.  A petition in circulation setting forth the material facts is being generally signed and in cooperation with the movement the Borough Council has passed a sidewalk ordinance and contemplates insisting on improved walks about town.  It has also arranged for the re-numbering of the houses.


Laurel Lake – A hop will be given at Lakeview Hall, Monday evening, May 29th.  This hall has been put in very fine shape and those who have attended similar events at this charming lake will be interested in the announcement of the opening dance of the season.  Excellent music has been provided and no pains will be spared to royally entertain the guests.


Hop Bottom - Miss Marguerite West, daughter of Jos. West, went to Scranton Monday to enter the state hospital to study to become a trained nurse.


Heart Lake – Heart Lake is a little settlement in the farming and dairying country around Montrose.  To accommodate the dairymen and their product the Lackawanna Railroad switches a milk car each night to the track on the branch that runs from Alford to Montrose, along which is situated Heart Lake.  Car No. 1542 takes turns with car No. 1461 in carrying the morning’s milk to Hoboken.  A robin’s nest, with egg, was found in car No. 1461.  Every morning, now, groups of yardmen gather around the Heart Lake car when train No. 42 pulls in and eagerly look what robin and his mate have for the daily surprise.  Not a hand is laid to the nest, not an egg is disturbed, and No. 42 probably gets the gentlest bumps of any train on the bulletin board.  Al Norton, car inspector, said “I’d like to see this thing to the finish.”  “I don’t want to see any home broke up and this nesting business gets me.  I’m pulling for the babies, I am, and there won’t be any interstate commerce butting in, either, or I’ll take it up before the Brotherhood.”  Norton and his fellows are planning a dummy nest for No. 1461 to keep Mrs. Robin comfortable and contented.


News Briefs: The bitterness of war having been softened by 50 years, efforts are being made to have the veterans of the Civil War—Union and Confederate—hold joint reunions in the future.  The plan is being urged as a final demonstration that the United States is one country, knowing no North, South, East, or West.  According to the Southern veterans there is more opposition to the proposition in the North than in the South.  There are less than 70,000 Confederate veterans now living and not more than 150,000 Union veterans.  Because of their advanced age every day sees a reduction in the ranks.  There will not be very many more reunions, as very few, except those who enlisted at the ages of 16 and 17, are likely to be living ten years from now.  ALSO  There is nothing more annoying than to have dogs or chickens, which are allowed to roam about at will, destroy flower beds and gardens.  Many instances of this kind are reported about town and owners will do well to see that pets and poultry are given less free range.  If the nuisance is not abated, judging from what we heard one irate property owner say the other day, there is likely to be “somethin’ doin’.”  A muzzle loading shot gun, which scatters well, is part of her (now you know it’s a woman) preparedness program.


200 YEARS AGO – from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., May 28, 2016. Isaac Tewksbury’s Estate. All persons indebted to the estate of Isaac Tewksbury, late of Waterford [Brooklyn], deceased, are requested to make immediate payment; and those who have demands against said estate, are desired to present their accounts, legally attested to. Ephraim Tewksbury, Executor. Waterford, May 20, 1816. ALSO FAIR NOTICEAll person[s] are hereby forbid cutting or destroying timber on the lands of the subscriber in and near the village of Montrose, as those who have & those who shall, will be prosecuted for damages.  DAVID SCOTT.  May 20, 1816.


June 02 (1916/2016)



Montrose – L. H. Sprout & Sons secured six Chevrolet cars from the factory at Tarrytown-on-the-Hudson the latter part of last week.  These cars, fresh from the factory, were driven to Montrose over the Catskill Mountain region, where many of the roads had been just worked, on high gear, it not being necessary to throw the machines into low gear even on the steepest hills, a remarkable test of efficient construction.  Four of the cars were speedily sold, the buyers being Bert Morgan and Henry Morgan, of Montrose; Arthur Topp, of Louden Hill farm, South Montrose, and Dwight Rhinevault, of Birchardville. ALSO Fifty-two persons will go on a special car [trolley] to Scranton to witness “The Birth of a Nation.”  The car will leave at 5:10 and arrive back about midnight. All are looking forward to a good photoplay and a fine scenic trip over the trolley line.


Heart Lake – Our opening dance was very well attended considering the fact that on Decoration Day it rained nearly all day.  Realizing there were some who staid [stayed] at home on account of the bad weather, we have planned another dance on June 13th and look for a big crowd.  Our dance floor has been waxed and is in A No. 1 condition.  Come and bring your lady friends.  Mack & Jenkins, Prop.


Gelatt – Galusha McNamara, who has been in the mercantile business at Bearston, N. Y., for several years, has disposed of his business.  He and his family are spending some time at the home of his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Taylor. ALSO We regret that Mrs. D. C. Sparks had the misfortune to lose a cow, as did F. E. Barnes.


Brooklyn – In spite of the rain Tuesday a goodly number participated in the observance of Memorial Day.  At 10 a.m., automobiles conveyed the veterans to Mountain View cemetery and Evergreen cemetery to decorate the graves.  At 2 p.m. a drum corps led the march to the cemeteries in the village where after decorating the graves the ritualistic service of the G. A. R. was observed. At the M. E. church later a quartette furnished excellent music.  Mrs. J. C. Miller read Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Mrs. H. C. Tewksbury gave an appropriate reading and R. H. Holgate’s speech was greatly appreciated. ALSO When passing over the state road near Oakley’s garage, last Sunday, Glenn Voss, who was driving a touring car containing his wife, his father and mother, C. E. Voss and wife and his grandmother, suddenly found himself in a pocket in the road when attempting to pass some horse-driven vehicles, and a head-on collision resulted, striking an automobile driving by a lady whose name we have been unable to learn.  The Voss car was badly injured and some of the occupants came home with A. W. Lyons, who happened to be nearby.  The car driven by the lady was slightly injured, the fenders being bent and the lamps broken.  No one was injured although given a bad scare when the gasoline steeds strenuously disputed the right of way.


South Harford – Automobiles seem to be getting to be the things.  We sighted O. F. Maynard, of Harford, out with a new car, Clifton Brainard and O. F. Miller also; but they were not as swift as the three which went through here one day last week.


Clifford – Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Rivenburg and Mrs. Jane Wells have come home for the summer from their winter home in Florida and Dr. Sidney Rivenburg and family, missionary to India, are occupying their home in the upper end of town. ALSO Memorial Day exercises [were] held in Finn’s Hall, on Tuesday.  The old soldiers were on the platform as usual.  They were: D. N. Snyder, commander; John and Thad Hunter, Henry J. Race, Alonzo Abers, and Geo. Simpson.


Great Bend – Arthur F. White and Miss Cornelia Tuthill, of this place, were married in Trinity Memorial Church, in Binghamton, Saturday morning. The bride was given away by her mother.  She was attired in a rich blue traveling suit, and a large black picture hat, and carried a bouquet of lilies-of-the valley.  The ceremony was witnessed by relatives and a few intimate friends.


Forest City – Memorial services were held in St. Agnes Church on Sunday.  At the conclusion of the services, a procession formed and marched to St. Agnes’ cemetery, where the graves of the old soldiers were decorated.  ALSO  Clark Brothers, of Scranton, have opened a store in the Knapp building.  It is their 21st store now.


S. Ararat – Lennie Barnes and family, of Gelatt, are at their cottage at Fiddle Lake.  Soon be time for the campers to arrive and we generally have very good ones.  Last year there were not enough cottages to accommodate all.


Hop Bottom – The County Association of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union will be held in this place June 13th and 14th.  Mrs. Mecca Marie Varney will speak at the afternoon session, June 13th, and will give a lecture at the evening meeting.


Alford – J. M. Decker, Alford’s postmaster, merchant, and proprietor of the Alford Blue Stone Co., has a business which is among the county’s large and prosperous industries—his pay roll each week running into handsome figures.  Last month twelve car loads of curbing were shipped from Alford, and the business will run much heavier for the months to follow.  The quality of the stone from the Alford quarry is excellent and “repeat orders” take the product as fast as Mr. Decker can load same on the cars.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Springville’s base ball team crossed bats with the Lynn boys on Saturday afternoon last on the latter’s ground, resulting in a score of 3-7, in favor of Springville.  Rev. L. A. Kilpatrick umpired the game. ALSO  Albert Jennings has opened an ice cream parlor on the corner and is prepared to serve his friends with the real stuff.


200 Years Ago.  From the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., June 4, 1816.  NOTICE.  Those persons who have cut timber on my land near this village are invited to call and settle therefore; and all who shall hereafter cut any, will be invited to a Justice’s office with further notice. D. [Davis] DIMOCK.  Montrose, June 4, 1816.    ALSO     Recipe for a Lady’s Dress.  Let your Ear Rings be Attention, encircled by the Pearls of Refinement, the Diamonds of your Necklace, be Truth, and the Chain Christianity; your bosom pin Charity, ornamented with Pearls of Gentleness; your Finger-Rings be Affection, set round with Diamonds of Industry; your girdle be Simplicity, with tassels of Good Humor; let your thicker garb be Virtue, and Drapery Politeness; let your Shoes be Wisdom secured by the buckles of Perseverance.


June 09 (1916/2016)



Fairdale – The social for the boys’ baseball team on Friday night was a success, socially and financially.  The drama—“Not a man in the house” caused lots of fun.


Jackson – More than 100 relatives and friends gathered on June 3, at the North Jackson M. E. church, to do honor to the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Bryant.  Mr. and Mrs. Bryant, since their marriage June 3, 1891, have resided upon the old homestead in North Jackson, one of the finest farms in the township, and for nearly a hundred years in the Bryant family’s possession.


South Gibson – Mrs. Amanda Malvina Tiffany-Carey, one of Susquehanna county’s best loved and most respected citizens, died May 30, 1916.  She was born in South Harford on Feb. 3, 1839, the daughter of Emilus and Alma Thayer-Tiffany, was a student in the common schools and the Franklin Academy.  Mrs. Carey taught in the schools of Harford, Lenox, New Milford, Scott and Tompkinsville.  Was married to John Franklin Carey on July 4, 1865, a Civil War veteran, as were all Mrs. Carey’s brothers. Mr. Carey died about ten years ago.  They were the parents of eight children.


Forest Lake – The Warner and Baldwin reunion will be held at Forest Lake July 1st, at the M. E. Birchard cottage.  All relatives are requested to come and bring dinner and enjoy a good time at the lake.


Montrose – Wagon repairing done by S. R. Sprout, Davies building, at rear of Rogers’ Market.  We are prepared to do all kinds of wagon repairing, using only the best second growth timber and best material.  Stock of wagon wheels, poles and whiffletrees on hand, made from best ash.  Our work stands the test for neatness, durability and strength. ALSO Minor E. Worden, architect and builder, received notice last week that he had been granted a patent by the U. S. Patent office, at Washington, on a ratchet monkey wrench.  While Mr. Worden has received patents on other devices, he believes this superior to any of his previous inventions.


Hallstead – A party of men are camping at the river bank, near the old [bridge] piers.  They are securing photographs and Indian relics in the interest of the Smithsonian Institute.


Friendsville – A former teacher in Susquehanna county, Sister Mary Rosina, who was Miss Mary Byrne, of Friendsville, is now superior of St. Paul’s School, in Scranton.  She is the author of the pretty volume of poems, “Idylls of Lakeside,” which has been widely appreciated, and has written another smaller volume for the pleasure of friends.  Sister Rosina’s first volume has a most interesting introduction from the pen of Rev. Dr. Winters, a former resident of Friendsville, who for some years past has been pastor of St. Paul’s church in Scranton.  The authoress referred to above has been a member of the Order of the Immaculate Heart for many years, and is a personal friend of Sr. M. Anastasia, a sister of Dr. Winter’s, who is superior of St. Andrew’s School in Portland, Oregon.


Hop Bottom – The station of the Scranton & Binghamton R. R. is being constructed of cement and brick, and it will be quite a large building when completed—being designed for the sub-station redistributing power-plant for the northern section of the road.


East Kingsley – On May 31st, a small number of people were pleasantly entertained at dinner at the Jeffers farm, in honor of the 80th birthday of the hostess, Mrs. B. M. Jeffers.  After dinner speeches were given, Mrs. Jeffers being the jolliest one present.  She is a very well preserved person, and loth to admit that she is an octogenarian. 


Choconut Valley – Nelson Green has moved his saw mill back from Silver Lake on the site of the Chamberlin saw mill, where there is a large lot of logs for sawing.  His family is also back and is occupying part of Miss Chamberlin’s house.  They have also a Victrola which they purchased while away.


East Rush – Professor Martin, of Tunkhannock, has organized a class in music in this place.  He is considered one of the best teachers.  We need to congratulate ourselves upon securing such a teacher.  Those taking lessons are: Misses Dorothy Hay, Letha Linaberry, Louise Chase and Iva Lindsey. He is also giving the Misses Elene and Irene Tanner, of Elk Lake, lessons the same day.


Forest City – Avery delightful wedding took place last Thursday at St. Michael’s church, when Miss Kathryn Petros became the bride of Michael Berish, of Eynon.  The bride was attended by Mary McClowek and her sister, Anna, and the best man was the groom’s brother, Golnn Berish, and Joseph Provpvities.  After a wedding breakfast the couple left on an extended wedding tour.  They will reside with the groom’s parents at Eynon.


Springville – Ward Young is moving his house on a new cellar, the other side of his barn, preparatory to building a new house on the old site.  The old one will be remodeled for a tenant house. ALSO Those going and coming from Meshoppen on Decoration Day were not very much elated over the trip.  It rained and there was no ball play.


Harford – Jones Brothers make a specialty of well drilling, and have an announcement in today’s Democrat.  Their proposition would seem to be most fair, for their motto is “No Water, No Pay.”


200 Years Ago – from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., June 11, 1816.  AN ACT for the improvement of a road beginning at the point where the Cochecton and Great Bend turnpike passes through the Moosic Mountain in a western direction to the west line of the State and for other purposes.

Section 1.  BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in General Assembly met and it is hereby enacted by the authorities of the same That the sum of twenty-one thousand dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the purpose of improving the road beginning at the point where the Cochecton and Great Bend turnpike passes through the Moosic mountain a western direction through the counties of Susquehanna, Bradford, Tioga, Potter, M’Kean, Warren and Erie, to the western line of the state, to be paid in the manner hereinafter directed in the following proportions to wit: To the county of Susquehanna three thousand dollars to be paid to Hosea Tiffany jr, Jonah Brewster and Jabez Hyde junior. [Three thousand dollars, each, went to the remaining counties.]


June 16 (1916/2016)



Montrose – John M. Anderson was born in Kentucky, in 1832, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. F. McKeage, June 13, 1916. Mr. Anderson was a Confederate soldier, serving in Forrest’s Cavalry, an organization which furnished its own equipment and was composed of some of the most daring and intrepid young men of the South.  He was a relative of the late, great American humorist, Samuel W. Clemens (Mark Twain) and resembled him much in looks.  Members of the Four Brothers Post, G. A. R., attended the funeral in a body, paying their last respects to one whom they had once opposed on the field of battle, but who in the passing years had won not only their respect, but honor and feelings of kindest regard.  Interment was in Montrose cemetery. ALSO There surely is a silver lining to every cloud.  The streets of Montrose are terribly muddy, but the ladies, we observe, are not obliged to lift their skirts at crossings to prevent them becoming soiled. ALSO “The Misleading Lady,” a motion picture drama in five parts, will be shown at the C-Nic theatre.  This is a story of cave man methods introduced into modern society.


Brooklyn – F. B. Jewett owns a dog that is wise beyond its years or generation, for when it was despoiled of the greater part of its tail the other day, for aesthetic reasons, the dog refused to be comforted until it had found the missing portion of its appendage.  “Mike,” that’s the dog’s name, after going through the hands of the amputator refused to be comforted and seemed to mourn his loss exceedingly.  For two days he refused to eat and seemed downcast but on the third day, when his demeanor changed, Mr. Jewett wondered what could be the reason.  Investigating, he found that “Mike” had recovered the portion of his tail that had been removed and was carrying it around in his mouth wherever he went, carefully nursing it as he would a sore paw.


Fairdale – All those who are interested in the Fairdale cemetery will be there on Tuesday, June 20, for the purpose of cleaning up the yard, mowing, raking and cleaning up in general.  The ladies will serve dinner in the Grange Hall. ALSO  Mr. and Mrs. Guy DeWitt are rejoicing over the arrival of a little baby girl, born to them June 7th—Ruth Brink DeWitt.


South Montrose – Rural District Carrier George Carey reports that the roads over his route were, on Tuesday last, almost impassible—worse than he had ever before experienced.  He has a new Ford, which does capital service, but he was way behind on his run that day.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Lynn is going to have a 4th of July celebration—the biggest it has ever had. 


Crystal Lake – Contractor Peter Stipp, of Scranton, has the contract for the erection of an elaborate home on the old Fern Hall property here, for James Johnson, of New Brunswick, N. J.  The old hostelry, which was closed to the public several years ago, has been torn down and will be replaced by a beautiful stone and brick structure.


Dimock – C. W. Barnes has a new sign placed in front of his blacksmith shop, announcing his readiness to do all kinds of work in his line of business.


Great Bend – Burke’s ball team, the Silver Stars, played the Susquehanna Church Hill team Saturday afternoon on the School house grounds.  Score, 7 to 13, in favor of the Silver Stars.


Forest City – The graduation exercises of the class of 1916 of the Forest City High school were held in the auditorium, Monday evening, June 12th.  The class is composed of two young ladies and six young men, as follows: Beatrice Lott, Matilda Wolfert, Max E. Freedman, Sol Joseph, John M. Kelly, Paul H. Maxey, James V. McCloskey, Joseph P. McGrath.  The class officers are: Beatrice Lott, president; Matilda Wolfert, vice president; Paul Maxey, secretary, and John Kelly, treasurer.  First honors were taken by Sol Joseph and John Kelly and second by Beatrice Lott and Paul Maxey. 


Thompson – Several of our town people will attend commencement exercises at Mansfield next week.  The following are among the graduates: Misses Nora Brown, Anna Harpur, Ruth Stone, Jessie Wilmarth and Helen Weir.  Miss Weir is one of the honor students.


Lathrop – Victor, son of B. L. Oakley, broke his arm recently, being thrown by a calf he was leading.  He broke the arm in the same place last winter while riding down hill.


Susquehanna – Miss Mary Curtis has been elected Class Historian of the graduating class of the National School of Chiropractic, of Chicago. 


Hop Bottom – Who said Hop Bottom was behind the times?  Just keep a look-out for advertisements of the big celebration, 4th of July.  A parade, an auto hill climbing contest, a fine dinner, a lively ball game, field contests, generous prizes, a good supper and a first-class entertainment in the evening.  Two railroads and a half to accommodate the public. 


Auburn 4 Corners – There will be a Fourth of July celebration at the Corners this year.  A chicken dinner will be served; also races and a ball game. Everybody invited to come.


Gibson – F. W. Barrett purchased the hotel property of Mrs. C. C. Lupton last week and will continue business in the good temperance way.


Glenwood – The M. E. Church, at Upper Glenwood, is being taken down prior to being rebuilt near G. N. Bennett’s store.


Stevens Point – Albert Rockwell is moving and raising his barn.  He will have an underground stable, which will be quite an improvement.


Uniondale – Miss Hazel Walling, of Orson, and Harold Morgan, of this place, were united in marriage June 1st, at the home of the bride’s parents. ALSO Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Margaret Gillett, of Milford, and Mr. Glen Wolfe, of this place.  The ceremony will occur on June 24th, at the home of the bride’s parents.


200 Years Ago – from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., June 18, 1816.  ST. JOHN’S.  The Free and Accepted Masons of North Star Lodge, No. 119, will celebrate the anniversary of  St. John the Baptist, at the house of Joseph Washburn, in Gibson, on Monday the 24th day of June inst.  Brothers of other Lodges, who can make it convenient, are respectfully invited to join in the ceremonies of the day.  Truman Clinton, Joseph Washburn, Nathaniel Claflin, jr.    ALSO  Found, In this village, a new pair of thick SHOES—the owner can have the same by calling at this office and paying for this advertisement.


June 23 (1916/2016)



Montrose – Flag Day, June 14, was chosen by the Daughters of the American Revolution as being most fitting for the unveiling of their memorial commemorating the Grow Homestead Bill of 1862.  The boulder on which the tablet is placed came from the Grow farm at Glenwood and the nearby elm grew on the first homestead taken under his Act.


Great Bend – The employees of the Black Horn Leather Co., American Chair Manufacturing Co. and the Meish Manufacturing Co. are enjoying Saturday half holidays during the summer.  ALSO Two State Agricultural College students demonstrated the useful qualities of Wear Ever aluminum ware at the Happy Hour Theatre.


West Clifford – Ruric Bennett, who recently underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Burns Hospital, in Scranton, is showing improving at the home of Henry Bennett.  Dr. Trimmer is attending him.


Forest City – Mrs. Patrick O’Hara, one of the most highly esteemed residents of this place, died at her home on Railroad St., after a lingering illness.  The deceased was 60 years of age.  Those left to mourn her loss are her husband and six sons and two daughters: Bernard, of Chicago, Ill.; John, Daniel and Mitchell, of Rochester, NY; Leo and Vincent, at home, and Mrs. Rupert Burrows, of Rochester, NY, and Mary, at home.   The funeral will take place from her late home Tuesday morning, June 20, at St. Agnes church; interment in family plot at Starrucca.


Elk Lake, Dimock Twp. – S. A. Young, one of our widely known citizens, was engaged in Montrose, Saturday.  Mr. Young conducts a well-equipped wagon shop at the Lake. ALSO Many of the cottages at the lake are occupied.


Springville – One of the Democrat’s welcome callers was Elijah Lathrop, now in his 80th year.  Mr. Lathrop is remarkably active for one of his age, and is able to read fine print without the aid of glasses. His memory is splendid and recounts happenings of long ago very entertainingly.  We asked him if he remembered a season with as much rain as the present.  He replied that 59 years ago there was as much rain and that farmers planted corn as late as June 20th, but the same ripened nicely and was an excellent crop, recalling the matter from the fact that he worked for Sheriff Young, at Dimock, the year he was elected.  May 20th of the same year it snowed hard all day long. ALSO Riley & Son have placed a gas tank at their garage for the convenience of the public.


St. Joseph – On June 9th another car of classy registered Ayrshires, bred by P. Byrne & Sons, Shady Brook Farm, was shipped to Soapstone Farm, owned by Mrs. C. A. Griscom, one of Philadelphia’s millionaires.


Susquehanna – The marriage of Miss Clara M. Montgomery, of Third Avenue, and Frank J. Reddon, of Pittsburg, formerly of this place, took place at St. John’s church on Monday morning at 11:30 o’clock.  ALSO “Bill” Irving, of the Binghamton State League team spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. Irving, on Oakland Side.  Bill is leading the league in batting and is playing a fast game in the field. ALSO Commencement exercises of Laurel Hill Academy will be held this week.  Members of the graduating class are: Teresa Sullivan, Margaret Dunn, Marian Kane, Anna Williams, Helen Walsh, Agnes Madden, Alice Boyle, Clarence Brown, Walter Ryan and Clarence Barnes.  The graduating class of the commercial department is as follows: Neva Severson, Lina Clendening, Helen Gaffney, Mary Tierney, Anna Williams, Amy Quilter, Charles Caden, Charles Madden and Clarence Barnes.


Apolacon Township – Local autoists who have recently been touring in this county, and who have been complaining of the condition of roads in certain districts, will be interested to learn that warrants have been issued for the arrest of the road supervisors of Apolacon township charging them with neglect.  Other arrests are expected to follow.  Authorities in different parts of the county and State seem to be more determined each year to keep the highways in a passable condition.


Choconut – The funeral of Philip Reilly, who died at the home of Thomas Donnelly, at this place, on Saturday, was held from St. Augustine’s church at Silver Lake on Monday morning.  Rev. J. J. O’Malley, of St. Joseph, officiating.


Friendsville – The marriage of Thomas J. Lee, of this place, to Miss Margaret M. McManus, of Rush, was solemnized in St. Patrick’s church, at Middletown, on Wednesday, June 21, Rev. J. P. Dunn, officiating.  Mr. Lee is the eldest son of the late M. J. Lee, and Miss McManus is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terrance McManus.


Jackson – An effort is being made to secure a high school for Jackson.  All interested should aid in this important work.


News Brief: We occasionally take a whack in these columns against the clothes worn by the modern woman—these clothesless clothes that show what ought not to be shown and turn stiff necks into rubber.  Yes, editorially we whack ‘em and every time we get a chance and our wife is at a safe distance we “rubber-neck to beat the band.  You see, it’s one thing to be an editor and quite another thing to be a man.  And it don’t worry us a bit to make this startling confession, for there are so many local galoots in the same boat with us that the blamed craft is in danger of being swamped. ALSO All ladies are urged to attend the meetings of the Emergency League, which are held at the home of Mrs. W. H. Avery each Wednesday afternoon.  All are cordially invited to join the organization, coming for a portion of the afternoon only, if unable to devote the entire afternoon.  While much of the surgical bandages, supplies and other material are being sent to France, some is retained, for use in the United States and Mexico.


200 Years Ago.  From the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., June 25, 1816.  The National Anniversary of Independence will be celebrated in this Village.  The Committee of Arrangements have made provisions for celebrating that day in a manner becoming a free people.  An Oration will be delivered on the occasion.  Dinner will be furnished by Mr. Carr.  They solicit the attendance of the people in the county generally.  It is to be hoped that no one will attend on that day for any other purpose than of celebrating the day in a manner that shall do honor to the American character.   ALSO  Notice is hereby given that ALL persons indebted to the estate of Colwell Cook, late of Bridgewater, deceased, must make immediate payment and that those having demands against said estate must present the same for settlement. OZEM COOK, Administrator.  ALSOTake Notice.  I hereby forbid all persons harboring or having anything to do with James Brewster, on my account, as I am determined to pay no cost on his account.  ELDAD BREWSTER.  Bridgewater, June 25, 1816.


June 30 (1916/2016)



County News – Harland A. Denney succeeded Ralph B. Little, deceased, as Common Pleas Judge of Susquehanna County courts.  Mr. Denney came to this place about 22 years ago to practice law when fresh from college.  He served as District Attorney for two terms and for several years has been Chairman of the Republican County Committee.  He was President of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Assn. for several years.  His appointment will take place at once.


East Kingsley – Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Tripp visited at the home of his mother, in South Gibson; also visited their son, Ray, and Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Carey, at East Mountain.  Mr. Tripp is busy painting at W. W. Wilmarth’s farm.  He has recently secured the agency for the Protecto Carbonate Roof Paint, a paint which he highly recommends. For further particulars ask him.


Forest City – Committees have been appointed by the congregation of St. Agnes’ church to make the necessary arrangements to hold a picnic July 4th.  The spacious church lawn has been selected as the place if the weather will permit; if not, the hall will be used.  Dinner and supper will be served by the ladies of the parish.  ALSO Raymond Valukonis and Katie Rumansky have applied for a marriage license.


Rush – Silas D. Kintner, the genial landlord of the Rush House, has a pair of mules, called “Jack and Jerry” and they are a pair that, for their size, would be hard to duplicate.  Their usefulness is worthy of mention and their record remarkable.  He uses this pair to haul freight for the various merchants at Rush, to and from Montrose, taking loads from 3,000 to 4,300 lbs. and in the past four years has made 615 trips each way, including their trip to the creamery, making 24 miles to the trip, covering a total of 15,000 miles, besides doing farm work at times not engaged on the road.  ALSO A pleasant wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. James, in East Rush, June 14th, when their only daughter, Helen Winifred, was united in marriage to Byron Glenn Gary, of Rush. The bridal trip includes Niagara Falls.  They will be at home to their friends at Rush.


South Montrose - A. J. Ellsworth, who has resided for the past few years on the Cope place, at Dimock, has purchased the Robert Reynolds farm, known as the old Lathrop farm, at this place.


Little Meadows – Francis J. Fitzmartin and Anna L. Hickey, of this place, have applied for a marriage license.


Hop Bottom – The citizens of this place are planning a huge 4th of July, a parade, hill climbing contest, dinner, baby contest, jitney ride, ball game, supper and entertainment.  Great prizes too. Proceeds will be utilized in providing the town with a street electric lighting system.


Franklin Forks – Al. Devine, formerly of this place, but now of Binghamton, has joined Battery C and gone with the militia to help in the war with Mexico.


Montrose – The first Fourth of July celebration in the vicinity of Montrose was by cutting thirteen big trees to all fall together with one mighty crash. This was in 1801. ALSO Notice: Will the party who took a package of soap from the front of Cooley’s store return the same to the store and avoid any trouble.


Great Bend - Dr. Frederic Brush, of White Plains, N. Y., has presented the L. A. S., of Locust Hill, with a fine bell, which will be placed in the belfry to call the people to the worship of God.  The bell was made from a set of famous cathedral chimes and is valued at $100.  Dr. Brush is a son of Addison G. Brush of E. Great Bend and spent his boyhood in that place.


Herrick Center – Joseph Masler, employed on the Erie Section, was struck by a train, recently, while on his way to work, and was thrown to one side of the track.  He was rendered unconscious, but no bones were broken, and he was very fortunate in escaping with only cuts and severe bruises.


Birchardville – Morris H. Baker returned from the Philadelphia School of Business, having completed the general business and stenographic courses.  He was one of a class of 19, who satisfactorily completed their studies and received diplomas.


New Milford – Miss Marian Vail, of this place, a former teacher in the Oakland school, has accepted the position of physical directress at the Mansfield State Normal School.


West Lenox – It is with regret that we see the woods around the church being cut down.  They have made such a fine background for the church ever since it was built, and to see this beauty spot destroyed saddens everyone who cares for the church.  C. L. Carey and Freeman Tingley are boarding the cutters.


South Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. Scott Manzer are welcoming a little visitor at their home, a baby boy, which arrived on Saturday night.


200 YEARS AGO, from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., July 2, 1816.  STRAYED OR STOLEN, From the pasture of Isaac Souls, in the Township of Silver Lake, on the 21st of June last, a DARK BAY MARE, 15 or 16 hands high, 7 years old, natural trotter, square dock, and a small bunch under her jaw, supposed to have been occasioned by a blow. Any person that will take up said Mare and give information to the subscriber at Mr. Souls’ shall receive Five Dollars.  If said Mare is stolen, any person that will secure the thief, and Mare, shall receive Five Dollars in addition to the above reward.  EPHRAIM SAWYER. Silver Lake, June 2, 1816.


NATIONAL ANNIVERSARY.  AT a numerous Meeting of Republicans of Susquehanna County, held at Montrose on the 15th of June inst., Charles Fraser, Esq. was chosen Chairman, and A. H. Read, Esq. Secretary; after which the following resolutions were passed.  1st. Resolved, That the persons present celebrate the approaching National Anniversary of Independence at Montrose, and recommend the same to the Republicans of this county.  2nd. Resolved, That a committee of nine be appointed to make the necessary arrangements on the occasion, and that any five constitute a quorum to transact business.  3rd. Resolved That David Post, Bela Jones, Isaac Post, Justin Clark, Austin Howell, Charles Fraser, Nathan Raynor, Philander Stephens and Almon H. Read constitute said committee.  4th Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting, together with the proceedings of Committee of Arrangement, be published in the Susquehanna Centinel. THE PROCESSION Will form on the Public Avenue, in front of Chapman Carr’s, at precisely 11 o’clock, and proceed, under the direction of the Marshal, to the Court House, in the following order: Front Guard, Music, Young Gentlemen, Elderly Gentlemen, Revolutionary Patriots, Committee of Arrangements, Civil Authority, Officers of the Day, Rear Guard.  Note: Gentlemen wishing to dine will please make application to Mr. C. Carr, for Tickets of admittance.


July 07 (1916/2016)



Elk Lake – The large steam shovel that has been used at the Norris dam has been shipped to New Jersey.  ALSO A number from this place attended the funeral of Mrs. Warren Lathrop, who was buried in Brooklyn on Monday last. Sister Wealthy Lathrop was a charter member of the Elk Lake Grange.


South New Milford – Henry LaBar died at his home in Binghamton, June 23, 1916, aged 76 years.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Masonic fraternity.  For many years he lived on a farm at S. New Milford.  After selling his farm he came to New Milford and built the house now owned by Chas. Wirth, at the corner of Church and Union streets, before moving to Binghamton. Burial was in the New Milford Cemetery.


North Harford – Mrs. L. L. Burdick invited a few ladies to her home last Friday to tie a quilt.  A splendid dinner was served and a fine time had by all.  Those present were: Mrs. Theron Grinnell, Mrs. Eugene Gardner, Mrs. R. A. Manson, Mrs. G. W. Osmun, Mrs. Kate Sherwood and Mrs. Martha Burdick. ALSO  At Harford, Horace Lindsley, aged 71 years, fell from a tree at his home here on Saturday, striking a picket fence in such a way as to cause death.  He was trying to hive a swarm of bees, which had alighted in the tree, when the limb on which he was sitting broke.  When he struck, his head was caught between two pickets, breaking his neck and causing almost instant death.  For many years he was sexton of the Congregational church and caretaker of Harford cemetery.  His widow and three daughters survive.


East Rush – The people of this place gave Mrs. Helen Gary (nee Helen James) a variety shower.  About 60 were present.  The shower consisted of cooking utensils, fancy dishes, linen, and many useful articles to a newly wedded couple just starting house keeping.  Everyone seemed to have a good time. ALSO The Ladies’ Aid held an ice cream social last Wednesday evening in the basement of the church.  There was a large turnout, as evinced by the amount of money taken in, which amounted to $16 or more.


Hop Bottom – The good people of Hop Bottom netted $200 at their Fourth of July celebration given under the auspices of the Shakespeare Club.  This fund will be used towards procuring electric street lights for this wide-a-wake borough.


Rushville – Ernest Light is operating an auto bus line between Montrose and this place.  Rush and Fairdale are also reached.  He reports plenty of business.  He leaves from the Tarbell House, Montrose, after the arrival of the 3:20 p. m. L & M. train.


Little Meadows – Miss Anna L. Hickey and Francis J. Fitzmartin, of this place, were married in the Church of St. Thomas of Aquina, on the 29th of June, 1916, Father John R. Lynch, performing the sacramental rite. The happy pair were attended by a brother of the bride, James J. Hickey, and a sister of the groom, Miss Katherine Fitzmartin.  The bride wore a white silk dress with all over lace, and carried a bouquet of white Killarney roses, also a Catholic Prayerbook.  The bridesmaid was dressed in gray silk, and carried pink roses.  Miss Madeline Hickey played the wedding march.  After a short tour to Niagara Falls, Rochester and other points, they will reside in Binghamton.


Montrose – “Gay” – the old and faithful horse belonging to the late Rev. A. L. Benton, passed away peacefully on Sunday last.  More than thirty years were allotted to this faithful beast.  His owner for several years past has been Mrs. S. W. Stewart.  ALSO Word received from each of the Montrose boys who have joined companies in order to stand in readiness for active service in Mexico, is most favorable as to health and good spirits.  The boys are: William Finn, Francis Welden, Paul T. Dolan, Ralph Briggs, and William Finn.  Welden has already been promoted to corporal.


Uniondale – Lewis Lake, near this place, is producing some expert swimmers among the residents in the summer colony.  Paul Maxey, son of Attorney W. J. Maxey, swims the lake twice each way without stopping, a distance of about 2 miles.  Rexford, his brother, although older, has not had Paul’s experience as a swimmer, falling somewhat behind, while “Peggy” Maxey is a “comer,” and with Miss Gretten, daughter of a Scranton professor, can swim the lake once with ease.  They have ambitions to beat the champion.


Springville - Most of our people went to Heart Lake on the 4th.  Two auto trucks and many autos went from here to spend the day at that pleasant lake.  ALSO Arthur S. Williams, formerly of Springville, but now of New Haven, Conn., and Miss Hazel Johnson, of Springville, were united in marriage by the Rev. Eckman, at the Elm Park M. E. Parsonage, in Scranton, June 26, 1916, leaving on the noon train for New Haven; they will be at home to their friends after July 1st.


Camp Susquehannock – De Vitalis, of Harvard, allowed but three hits to the Dunn-McCarthy team, of Binghamton, Tuesday afternoon, and incidentally, fanned nineteen batsmen.  Frank Shafer featured in the 5th, when he drove the sphere over right field fence for a home run.  The Camp has an excellent team this year and Saturday’s game with Keyser Valley promises to be a great one.


200 YEARS AGO, THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA, July 8, 1816 – CELEBRATION.  The Anniversary of American Independence was celebrated in this village on Thursday last, by the Republicans of this and the adjacent towns.  The procession formed on the public square under the direction of Major Benjamin Lathrop, who was appointed Marshal of the day, and proceeded to the Court House; where a solemn and fervent prayer by the Rev. Davis Dimock commenced the services of the day.  The Declaration of Independence was read by A. H. Read, Esq. and an Oration delivered by Charles Fraser, Esq. which does honor to the talents of Susquehanna.  The house was occasionally enlivened by vocal music, both sacred and national.  After the exercises were finished, the procession again formed and moved to a bower, where an excellent dinner had been provided by Mr. Carr, and sat down to the table.  The table was honored with attendance of some of the brave spirits of ’76; of whom, our worthy president (Bartlett Hinds, Esq.) was one.  After the cloth was removed, the following Toasts were drank under the discharge of musketry, and the repeated cheers of the company. [There were 18 Toasts and 8 comments by gentlemen—here are a few:]  The Day—May it inspire all who keep it with that spirit which prompted our Fathers to oppose the power of a haughty nation.—3 cheers. Tune Yankee Doodle. The United States—May they never hesitate to defend what no nation has a right to destroy.—3 cheers.  The Heroes of the Revolution—The bleached bones of the departed & the scars of the survivors, shew the price paid for “The feast of reason and the flow of soul” we now enjoy.—Tune Hail Columbia. The American Navy—The bravery of her seamen and the thunder of her cannon have awakened John Bull to a sense of his danger.—4 cheers.  The Militia—The shield of our liberties—may their discipline equal their valor.—3 cheers. The Memory of Washington—May future Presidents strive to imitate his virtues and magnanimity.


July 14 (1916/2016)



West Lenox – The storm on the evening of July 2nd did great damage.  The strong wind blew one-half of the roof from N. Empet’s house; also caused window lights and lamps to be broken.  The torrents of wind and rain ruined plaster, paper, carpets and bedding.  The family was badly shocked from the disaster, but no one was hurt.  Several apple trees were blown down.  Albert Baker’s porch was somewhat damaged.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. Lucy Taylor died July 3, 1916 at her home here, aged 71 years, and her husband, James, died at the same place Thursday noon, aged 82 years.  They are survived by 2 sons and 3 daughters, Dr. A. J. Taylor, Eldon Taylor, Mrs. J. H. Hortman, of Hop Bottom, Mrs. T. O Watrous, of Binghamton and Mrs. Reuben Vosseller, of Oxford, N. J. Mr. Taylor was born in England and came to this country when only 3 weeks old, settling in Scranton.  He married Lucy Westcott in January of 1864 and settled on the farm where they spent together so many happy and prosperous years. ALSO  Foster [Hop Bottom] had a fine celebration on the 4th.  Over $200 was netted for the fund to provide electric street lights.  The Parade Marshall, Tracy Brown, dressed in Shakespearean costume, presided over a parade of floats and various presentations by organizations.  Prizes were awarded by category and the Better Baby contest was won by Mrs. Myron Tiffany ($2.50), presented by Dr. Taylor. 2nd Mrs. Monroe Rought; child’s rocking chair, presented by F. Janausheck.  The Prettiest Baby was won by Mrs. Harry Weiss ($2.50), presented by Dr. Taylor. 2nd Mrs. Bellfield, chair, presented by F. Janausheck.  In the afternoon a ball game was played between Foster and New Milford; in the evening there was a speaking contest, a dinner, solos, impersonations, an oration, “A Pair of Lunatics,” a farce; and the Glenwood band entertained the pubic in a pleasing manner.


Susquehanna – John P. Shanahan, who for the past three years has been editor of the Susquehanna Evening Transcript and Weekly Ledger, relinquished his position to accept a clerical position in the Erie storehouse department.  He has assumed his new position.


Rush – While Fourth of July celebrations are usually counted as profitable for licensed hotels, particularly where a town in which a hotel is located celebrates, Silas D. Kintner, proprietor of the Rush House, closed his place July the Fourth and left town, though the town celebrated the day.  The proceeds were for a community building for Rush and certain it is, Mr. Kintner was no competitor either, for meals or refreshments that day.  And another important matter, no possible disorder could be laid to Mr. Kintner’s door.  Many people regarded it as a most proper and discreet thing to do.


Clifford – The Cristal Lake Park company has asked the court for an order of dissolution.  July 24 was the date fixed for a hearing.  Interest was revived in the company when it seemed as if it was a foregone conclusion that the Laurel Line would be extended to the Pioneer City and from thence to Crystal Lake, where one of the largest pleasure resorts was to spring phoenix-like, but the best laid plans of men “gang aft aglee” [agley].  The road did not come and all prospects for the carrying out of the plans of the promoters went glimmering.


Forest City – An agreement has been made with the Consolidated Telephone Co. for direct connection of the two companies at Simpson, Pa., between the Forest City exchange of the North-Eastern and the Carbondale exchange of the Consolidated.  The line will run east of the main public highway and should be free from all electrical currents assuring the best of service between this place and Carbondale.  Forest City will be the checking station for the entire North-Eastern system when its patrons telephone to Carbondale and Scranton.  The North-Eastern expects to extend its trunk line from Jackson to Susquehanna thereby enabling the subscribers of the Susquehanna Telephone and Telegraph Co. to reach Carbondale and Scranton at lower rates. This was accomplished through the efforts of F. J. Osgood, of North Eastern Pa. Telephone Co.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Nelson Sheldon, wife and daughter, of Seattle, Washington, are making an eastern visit among friends and relatives in Lynn, being the birth place of Mr. Sheldon, who has been away several years.


Montrose – Joseph Mahanna, hostler at the Montrose House barn [now C&F Motors], accompanied by his little 4 year old son, were out driving Tuesday evening, with one of Landlord T. L. Dolan’s fast horses.  Mr. Mahanna left his son in the carriage for a few moments, while on Grow avenue, and the animal, becoming frightened, started at a breakneck speed in the direction of Lake Mont Rose.  The child was thrown from the carriage and the animal continued to race toward Franklin and was not stopped until it reached the H. S. Patrick farm below the lake.  The carriage was badly damaged, but the child escaped with no apparent injury.


Hallstead – A former Hallstead man, William J. Pike, was named consul to Madrid, Spain, last Thursday, by President Wilson.  Mr. Pike has been in the consular service for the past 18 years and had recently been attached to the State Department.  Mr. Pike is a son of the late John Pike, for many years a Lackawanna engineer.  Twenty years ago he was secretary to the late  Hon. Galusha A. Grow, then Congressman from the 14th Pennsylvania District. 


Middletown– On Wednesday morning, June 21, 1916, a nuptial high Mass was celebrated in St. Patrick’s church in Middletown, Pa., joining in wedlock Thomas J. Lee of Friendsville, and Miss Margaret Nora McManus, of Middletown.  The bride was attired in a white net dress with satin trimmings and wore a white picture hat.  Her sister, Genevieve, was maid of honor.  The best man was William Reilly, a cousin of the groom.  A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride at 12 o’clock.  Miss Lee is a graduate of Rush High School and has been a successful teacher in the public schools for the past four years.


Glenwood – The cornerstone of the Addie Bailey Memorial M. E. church was laid Sunday afternoon.  The church is to be 28x40 with belfry.  It is expected to be ready for use Oct. 1, when revival services will be held.  A sealed box in the corner stone contained a copy of the conference year book for 1916, a copy each of the Christian Advocate, the Nicholson Record, Examiner, Tunkhannock Republican, the list of officers and members of the Glenwood church and 3 Lincoln cents of 1916.  It was sealed by Clarence MacConnell, who made the box.


200 YEARS AGO, THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA, July 16, 1816.   FIRE.  On Thursday last the barn of Capt. Daniel Lathrop, of this town, was entirely consumed by fire, together with all the hay and grain that was in it.—The fire caught in the yard which was covered with straw, from a fallow that had been set on fire but a few moments previous.  Such was the extreme dryness of the weather, that it was with difficulty that the buildings in the neighborhood were preserved.  Great damage was done to the fences.  Notice is Hereby Given that ALL persons indebted to the estate of Colwell Cook, insolvent debtor, late of Bridgewater township, deceased, must make immediate payment and that those having demands against said estate must present their accounts so that a dividend may be made amongst his creditors.  OZEM COOK, Administrator.  MARRIED.  In the township of Rush, on Sunday the 30th of June last, by Seth Taylor, Esq., Mr. Sidney A. Knowlton to Miss Harriet Burnham, daughter of Mr. John Burnham.   Farmers & Mechanics, “If your tools are dull” grind them.  Just received and for sale, a number of excellent GRIND STONES.  For further particulars call on the subscriber at Montrose.  C. Carr.


July 21 (1916/2016)



Hop Bottom – On July 3rd about 40 invited relatives assembled at the pleasant home of Mr. & Mrs. H. G. Wright to celebrate their golden wedding.  An elaborate dinner was served at 1 p.m. Five were present that were, 50 years ago, at Wm. P. Crandall’s when the Rev. S. F. Brown, of Brooklyn M. E. church, officiated at the wedding of this estimable couple. [Two newspaper photos accompany the announcement, one on the day of their marriage, and one on the day of their 50th anniversary].


Hallstead – The death of George M. Lamb occurred July 11.  He retired as a Lackawanna engineer about two years ago, having for 40 years been an engineer on a run between Binghamton and Washington, N. J.


Scranton Times, June 23 – At the age of 100 years and nine months, according to the reckoning of her family, Mrs. Sarah Johnson, colored, formerly of Montrose, died at her home in Winton [now Jessup].  Last summer it was announced that Mrs. Johnson had attained the 100th anniversary of her birth.  John Johnson, husband, died six years ago, and it was then reckoned by the family that he was 106 years old.  The husband was a slave before the war—escaping to the North through the famous underground railroad, which landed the refugees in Montrose.  He joined the army when war came.  Mrs. Johnson was born in Lackawaxen twp, Pike county, and lived there for some time.  She also lived for years in Moscow, and came to Winton about 30 years ago.  From the time she was 10 years of age old “Granny” Johnson smoked, and up on the occasion of her 100th anniversary she said her recipe for longevity was: Plenty of tobacco, lots of good cheer and plenty of work.   Until recently the old woman was able to walk daily to the Winton postoffice and to do most of the household work in her little home along the mountain road, including frequent baking of bread.  Mrs. Johnson was never able to recollect the year of her birth.  But she remembered that she was a young woman during the campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too,” that being in 1840, when W. H. Harrison was a candidate for the presidency.


Elk Lake – George Ridley is advertising building lots on the shore of the lake.  Lots at Elk Lake have been selling rapidly the past few years and not many desirable locations will be left in a short time.  Those for sale are located in heavy timber and are ideal for campers.


Apolacon Twp. – This township has troubles of its own.  Not long since the supervisors were arrested for not removing the stones once each month during the summer season, from the highways, as provided by law.  They gave bail for appearance at court, but failing to remove the stones as the law provides, they were arrested a second time on complaint of residents.  Wm. Butler who drove the “kid wagon” that conveyed the students to the centralized school, has also brought suit against the school board, because he has not been paid for his services.


Susquehanna – A chair originally owned by George Washington, and now owned by Mrs. Polk Palmer, of West Main street, is on exhibition in the show windows of Henry Perrine, the furniture dealer, and is attracting very much attention. The chair was one of a set presented to Washington by Louis XVI, King of France. When the capitol was moved from Philadelphia to Washington, M. Arnous, a Frenchman, purchased the chair at a sale. He gave the chair to his friend, Samuel Simpson, of Philadelphia. In 1827 Samuel married Mehitable Vanaman Wade, a widow with one child, Eliza C. Wade.  Samuel died Oct. 18, 1838 and his effects passed to his widow. In 1842 Eliza Wade married Theo Abbett, of Philadelphia, and among the wedding presents was the Washington chair.  Mrs. Polk Palmer is the only surviving child of Theo. and Eliza Abbett and after their death the chair passed into the hands of Mrs. Polk Palmer of Susquehanna.  The balance of the chairs are in Independence Hall, at Philadelphia, and the Washington home, at Mt. Vernon.


Bridgewater Twp. – Two offenders, who persisted in dumping decayed vegetables, etc., near the road on the poor farm, some distance from the borough dumping grounds, were arrested and brought before Justice F. A. Davies last week.  The dumping grounds are proving a nuisance, because those who dump rubbish there do not live up to the rules governing it.  In some instances carters [truckmen] dump old cans and refuse along the roads in that section, greatly annoying those property owners who are obliged to attend to its removal.  Friday is the only day in the week when rubbish may be dumped on the borough dump.  Parties who disobey the rules will be hauled before a justice and fined.


Uniondale – Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Tinker entertained the Tinker reunion on Thursday, July 6th, about 40 being in attendance.  Among those present were Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Tinker, of Philadelphia, Miss Jean Byall, of Sterling, Kan., Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jones, the Misses Nettie and Jennie Russell, of Carbondale, the Misses May and Janet Tinker, Mrs. A. H. Smith and Miss Faye Smith, of Uniondale.


Brooklyn – Dr. and Mrs. Charles Lewis and family, from China, who have been spending part of their furlough here, are about to return to China.  Dr. Lewis will open a new hospital which he built in Poating Fu, in addition to the Taylor Memorial Hospital which he built in 1903.  Mrs. Lewis’ sister, Bertha Savige, will return with them to establish a kindergarten at Poating Fu.


Thompson Borough - H. P. Meade and Dr. Hugh Barnes are the latest owners of automobiles here, swelling the number to 33, if rightly informed.


Harford – Anti-Aircraft guns now seem necessary to protect the products of the farm from the “enemy.”  At least Ray Tingley, one of our popular and progressive farmers, was strongly inclined to this belief the other day, when, with a trusty gun, he brought down an immense hawke, measuring five feet from tip to tip, which was about to swoop down on a flock of chickens on his farm.  A few days later he shot a large owl and is having both birds mounted by a local taxidermist.


Dimock – One of the most prominent events of 1916 will be the 44th annual session of the Dimock Camp Meeting, which will be held on the grounds of the Association at Dimock, commencing August 17 and closing Sunday night, August 27. An admission fee of 10 cents a day will be charged at the gate or a season ticket for 25 cents.  Prominent speakers of world-wide reputation will be in attendance and will be announced later.


Great Bend – Homer Cobb met with an accident while riding on a cow’s back, he fell and broke his left arm at the elbow.  He was taken to the State hospital, at Scranton, to have the fracture reduced.


Birchardville – As F. E. Fessenden was coming from this place, Monday morning, with two tons of butter, his big auto truck skidded when near the farm of George Snell, and backed down the hill and off a bank.  The top was torn off by a tree, but Geo. Snell and Wm. Larue helped him get the truck in the road and he proceeded to town with his big load—no one was injured.


200 YEARS AGO, THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA, July 23, 1816.  Extract of a letter, dated Waterbury, Vt., June 9, to a gentleman in Windsor.  “During the 6th inst. The snow fell rapidly in all the towns about here, but melted as it fell.  Much snow fell on Friday night and on Saturday in the forenoon in many places; in Williamstown it was 12 and in Cabot 18 inches deep!  The ground at Mountpelier was generally covered during the whole of yesterday, and the mountains, as far as we can see, are yet completely white.  I can find no person who has ever before seen snow on the earth in June.  This part of the country I assure you presents a most dreary aspect; great coats and mittens are almost as generally worn as in January; and fire is indispensable.


July 28 (1916/2016)



Forest City – Prof. J. S. Lee, A. M. has lately compiled a pamphlet on “Zoology Outlines” for use in the class room.  Prof. Lee experienced the same difficulty that many a teacher has in securing a dependable pamphlet for this use, leaving blank pages for personal notes and observations, and so overcame the difficulty by preparing one to suit the individual needs of instructor and student.


Middletown Twp. - Edward Kelly, aged 43 years, a farmer here, died suddenly on Tuesday.  He had been in usual health up to within a half hour before his death, coming in from the fields where he had been assisting in haying and died before a physician could reach him. Death was due to chronic Bright’s disease.  Mr. Kelly was married about a year ago to Miss Margaret Keenan, who with one sister, Mrs. John Maloney and one brother, Wm. Kelly, survive.  Funeral and burial at Flynn.


Athens, Bradford Co. – Some of the sensational city dailies, with accustomed disregard of the truth, have been publishing that the recent expedition of research that went down the Susquehanna river to locate relics of the Indians had made discoveries of a race of aborigines that were 7 ft. in  height and had horns.  One of the members of the archaeological party has denied this, stating that 57 skeletons of normal individuals had been excavated near Athens.  One of the skeletons was found covered with deer antlers, hence the probable source of the horned savages.


Uniondale – J. F. Bass, one of our oldest residents and a Civil War veteran, passed away Friday after an illness of nearly a year.  The funeral was held on Sunday from his late home, with interment in Pleasant Mt. Cemetery. [Adjt. J. F. Bass was a member of Mathew McPherson  G. A. R. Post, No. 509, of Uniondale.  He opened the first hardware store in Uniondale in 1886 in the Elias Westgate building.]


Dimock – When some of the supervisors of the surrounding townships get hauled before the court for leaving loose stones and bad holes in their roads, and a good stiff fine is imposed, there will be one mighty howl from those same officers.  Some of the roads in this place are as near impassable as there is any need of a road being, and someone should take the matter on at once.


West Auburn – Ward Smith was badly injured at noon Monday by the kick of a horse.  He was struck in the face, breaking his lower jaw twice and crushing in the palate on the upper part of his mouth.  Bruce Swisher, for whom he was working at the time, accompanied by Dr. Austin, immediately took him to the Packer Hospital at Sayre, in Mr. Swisher’s car, and it is thought he may recover.


Susquehanna – A message was received here this afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. John Dougherty, of Washington street, containing the news that their son, Augustus, had been drowned at Erie, Pa.  Just how the accident happened is not known.


Thompson – A box social was held at the Hobbs school house last Friday evening, Miss Eloise Owens, of Gelatt, teacher.  The proceeds, which were about $35, will be used toward purchasing an organ for the school.


South Ararat – The farmers are very busy haying and the ladies are busy picking berries, which are a splendid crop, and the campers at the lake are enjoying themselves fishing, boating and taking in the beautiful scenery from adjoining towns that can only be seen from the beautiful hill tops of Ararat.


North Harford – Our R. D. carrier has purchased a nice Ford roadster and all patrons of route 2 must see that all mail they wish to send is prepared to go earlier in the day than was the former custom, for Mr. Howard will be right around bright and early now.


Forest Lake – M. J. Kane told us the other day that he had bought and shipped nearly fifteen hundred pigs during the past year.


Montrose – Benjamin Nailor [Naylor], while sitting on his lawn last Sunday afternoon, counted the number of passing automobiles and tells us that in two hours and thirty minutes he counted 105 automobiles and only 12 horse-drawn vehicles in the same length of time. ALSO Saturday night at about eleven o’clock, an intoxicated man drove his splendid big bay team on the lawns on upper Cherry street, broke out two cellar windows in one house and mussed up things generally.  About five o’clock he came around and said he would settle, but money cannot restore grass for the remainder of the summer. ALSO John Stewart has been accepted as a member of the Grace church choir in New York city, being one of three boys taken out of over 300 applicants.  There are 23 boys in the choir and besides receiving a musical training, they are also given an academic course.  John possesses an exceptionally fine soprano voice.


Springville – Brown & Reynolds will have charge of the dining hall, store, meat market and ice cream stand at the Dimock Camp Grounds this year.  They are hustling fellows and visitors at the camp grounds are assured of good meals, groceries, etc.


Laurel Lake – The dance at Lake View Hall, Friday evening, was largely attended.  All report a fine time.  ALSO  Our nine defeated the Middletown Center team, at Choconut, for the second time.  Score, 11-3.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Miss Grace Robinson returned to Port Dickinson, Friday.  Miss Robinson is assistant Matron at the Pentecostal Mission Orphanage at that place.


News Brief: All the presidents except two—Van Buren and Roosevelt—were of British extraction.  Jefferson, however, was the only Welshman and Mr. Hughes’ ancestry also goes back to Wales.  The father of Chief Justice Hughes was a clergyman and three other presidents—Wilson, Cleveland and Arthur—were sons of preachers.  If you want your son to be a president, you had better buy a farm.  An even dozen presidents were sons of farmers and farmer boys beat all others in the race to the White House.


200 Hundred Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, July 30, 1816.  Supplement to Friendship.  Customers in general—please to call and look over your Accounts, and save hard feelings and costs.  It will be remembered that this is the second invitation to a settlement; the third may be a Call or Demand.  Chapman Carr. Montrose, July 28, 1816. List of letters remaining in the Post Office at Hop Bottom, July 1, 1816. Olney Tiffany, William Spicer, Hezekiah Olney, Jr., Doct. William Bacon 2, Ebenezer Payne, Peter Pacel, Eli Websterwinter, Alexander M’Collum, Ephraim Tewkesbury, Joseph M. Ely, William Benson. GABRIEL ELY, P. M.


August 04 (1916/2016)



Auburn/Montrose – James P. Gay, aged 79, a native of Auburn Twp., now living in Montrose, died July 31, 1916.  The deceased was one of seven of the first volunteers who enlisted from Auburn Twp., June 13, 1861.  He was mustered in Co. H., 4th Regiment, Penna. Reserves.  In Feb. of 1863 he was promoted from Private to Lieutenant for conspicuous bravery at Antietam and Fredericksburg.  In June of 1864, when his term of enlistment had expired, he was detailed by Gen. Crook, commander of the division, with four other officers, to reorganize the veterans and recruits into a battalion of 5 companies.  He was in command of one of the companies and participated in the march over the mountains to Lynchburg, Va., where they were repulsed and had to fall back to Charleston, W.Va., where he resigned with other officers. Ordered to report to Philadelphia, he was then mustered out.  Mr. Gay participated in 15 battles and received no wounds.  He lost an arm about 40 years ago, being injured by the explosion of a steam boiler.  He was an efficient tip staff at the court house, which position he held up to the time of his demise.  Of his company, but two are living—Calvin S. Gay, of Sayre, and M. H. VanScoten, of Montrose.  He is survived by his widow and three daughters.  Members of the Four Brothers Post, No. 463, G. A. R., and the Sons and Daughters of Veterans attended the funeral in a body, forming an escort of honor to his last resting place in the Montrose Cemetery.  ALSO Terrence Sheen and Russell C. Sprout have been offered positions with Ithaca Conservatory of Music companies which will tour the country this autumn.  Both are seriously considering accepting.


South Harford – Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Flint have been entertaining Albert and Delbert Wilmarth of Dakota.


Heart Lake – The colored people will hold their picnic here on August 10th.  There will be dancing, baseball, boating and other amusements.  Everybody invited.  Music by a young man pianist from Binghamton.  W. A Thompson, manager.


Little Meadows – J. M. Russell has long followed his occupation as blacksmith here and from our knowledge of him we daresay there are few men in the northwestern section of the county who are worthy the confidence and esteem of his fellows more than he.  He is also a constable.


Forest City – Dr. J. W. Grant, who has been practicing physician at this place for nearly two years, has purchased the home of Dr. Connor, of Dickson, where he will be henceforth located.


Forest Lake – W. C. Babcock, of this place, stated that George Landon, who some time since purchased a lot and erected a bungalow at the lake, has sold to a Mr. Ford, of Endicott.  He is a wealthy man and a cousin of Henry Ford of automobile fame.  Mr. Landon has purchased another lot from Mr. Babcock and will erect another cottage.  ALSO The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Potts was observed July 29, with two attendants present, sister Mrs. Eunice Turrell and Oscar Keeler, of Binghamton. Two sons attended, Joseph and Julius of Forest Lake and the third, Charles of Glenside, Saskatchewan, Can., was unable to be present.


New Milford – H. W. Cobb was born near Middletown, Orange Co., N.Y., April 30, 1825 and died July 21, 1916, in his 92nd year. He married Minerva J. Dunn, March 30, 1854 and moved to New Milford, where he spent the remainder of his life, having been married over 62 years.  Besides his wife, two sons, W. R. and B. Z. Cobb, of New Milford, and two daughters, Mrs. F. W. Dean, of New Milford and Mrs. Sherman Griffing, of Heart Lake, survive him.


North Jackson – Miss Mabel Miller, of North Jackson, and Andrew Burton, of Susquehanna, were married by Rev. C. F. Rinker at the parsonage at Jackson, July 23. 1916.


Elk Lake – Thirty Boy Scouts of St. Luke’s Industrial School, of Scranton, are camping at the lake.


South Gibson – The Cut Glass Club met with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pritchard and a pleasant time was enjoyed.


Herrick Center – Raymond Curtis is the possessor of a new Chalmers Six touring car.


Ainey, Springville Twp. – A surprise party was given Frank W. Taylor on his 75th birthday.  He is the only old veteran that lives in this place.


Choconut – Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Gilroy are entertaining a little boy, about one week old, John Anthony Gilroy.


Kingsley – A number from here motored to Tobyhanna, Sunday.  Fred Swingle was among them, but had his own tire troubles as he had 12 blow-outs.  Who can beat that?  ALSO Mrs. Mary Palmer is spending the summer at her old home here.  Mrs. Palmer is past 80 and is in excellent health.  Recently she walked over a mile to one of the neighbors.


East Bridgewater – We would like to hear about an ice cream social.  Why don’t some one have one?


Deaths of Two Civil War Veterans: John F. Bass died at his home in Uniondale, July 21, 1916, aged 78 years.  He was a member of Co. E., 76th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.  Abel Snow died at the Soldier’s Home in Tennessee and his funeral was held in Franklin Forks July 21, 1916.  He was a member of the First Regiment, New York Cavalry.  He was 75 years old.


News Brief: Henry Ford seems determined to keep his place in the very front as a maker of cheap cars, as shown by the Detroit price of $360 for touring cars, and $345 for runabouts, effective Aug. 1st.  He guarantees there will be not further reduction in price prior to Aug. 1, 1917, but gives no assurance that there will not be an advance at any time.



The Republican Electors of Rush Township are requested to attend a Meeting at the house of Joab Picket, in said township, on Saturday the 10th inst. To appoint Delegates to represent said township in County Convention.  August 6, 1816.

Tickets. Notice is hereby given that we the subscribers, inhabitants of the town of Montrose are determined, and have pledged ourselves not to pass, take, or circulate any ticket or small bill, except those issued by banks or companies, incorporated by LAW, after this date.  Provided nevertheless, that any of the subscribers, who may have heretofore issued any such bill, may and will redeem his own. (Signed) Francis Fordham, Nathan Raynor, A. H. Read, Isaac Post, Edward Fuller, Isaac P. Foster, Daniel Gregory, George Claget, Austin Howell, Daniel Curtis, David Post, John Shelp, Charles Fraser, Joab Chamberlin, Chapman Carr, Benj. Sayre, Justin Clark, Samuel Howell, Garner Isbell, Jr., Hiram Plum, Balth’r DeBart, L. H. Isbell, Mason Wilson, Walter Lathrop, Jabez Frink, Charles Davis, Jona. Pinkham, Rufus Frink. 


August 11 (1916/2016)



Correction: Last week it was reported that Civil War veteran, A. [Abel] Snow, had died, when it was discovered in this week’s newspaper, that it was his brother, Alphes [Alpheus] Snow. Alphes M. Snow enlisted in Co. H, 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.  It was christened the Buttermilk Regiment by the Philadelphia Zouaves on account of their being farmer boys and one of the best fighting machines in the service.  Alphes Snow was wounded during the war, being shot through the knee.  He was a lover of home life and wondered very little from it.  He was loyal to his country, his friends and always present at the post, rarely ever missed a meeting.  He was at the soldiers’ home at Hampton, Va. when his death occurred, brought home, and was buried with the honors of the Post at Franklin Forks cemetery.


Montrose Bible Conference Notes: E. T. Corfield, of Montrose, has written another beautiful hymn: “Do it now.” Miss Nellie Allbright Weber wrote the music for it.  Mr. Corfield is a gifted writer and his poems show the deepest fervor. The regular attendance at conference this year has been the largest in its history.  240 registered and have slept on the grounds, either in tents or rooms in the tabernacle./Picnicking was again very popular and it was an interesting sight to see groups of friends gathered around the lunch baskets on the hill top overlooking the lake./It has been a good conference week.  No soaking rains to dampen people’s ardor, no high winds to flap tent sides or blow them down.  It has been a time of peace and happiness of cloudless skies, of uplifted hearts.  What wonder that the dwellers on Tent Hill leave with reluctance and that they have already began making plans to be here next year.


Cases of Desertion:  The desertion case against Joseph Harvey was heard Friday, Judge H. A. Denney presiding.  It was unusual in the fact that all the Harvey relations testified that Joseph’s wife would not let him work, that he wanted to work, but she just put a damper on that kind of thing.  The Judge advised a making up between the couple but they would not, so he made an order that the man pay his wife $2 a week for the child till further orders. ALSO Walter August also faced the charge of desertion.  He simply left home one day without telling, and sent a postal back to his wife that he was going west to earn more money, and to all appearances, straightway forgot he had a wife in Forest City to support.  Last May he returned poorly dressed, and met his wife on the street and asked her to go to Syracuse to live, said he had a good job.  She did not believe him and had him arrested.  He was ordered to pay $12 a month till further notice.


Montrose – Chenango street is being greatly improved.  Within the last two years there have been many changes. Much of this has been accomplished by contractor Walton.  The house he bought and built over, owned at present by John F. Dolan, is now a handsome residence.  Recently he did over Searle’s garage which now stands resplendent in green and white paint.  Also built the charming home of F. H. Wilson and his own home is becoming one of the most beautiful in town.  William Ryan has laid a fine walk to his house and the old Bethel church landmark, bought by John Rutan, is fast becoming a modern house. Sylvester W. Wood, Mr. Henry and L. P. Chesley has prettily decorated and painted their homes.  If as many improvements are made in the next two years, Chenango bids fair to become a really fine looking street.


South Harford – Stanley Carey has a very fine new buggy.  Now girls, look your best. In North Harford, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Darrow met with a serious accident recently, as he walked in front of the mowing machine knife getting both legs badly cut.  He was taken to Scranton, where he is being cared for in the hospital, and we hear that they think both legs can be saved.  The Darrow family has the sympathy of the community.


Thompson – Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Webster, of Scranton, a former pastor of Thompson, invited the Optimistic (ladies) and Pessimistic (gentlemen) Circles, of Thompson, of which they are members, to visit them in their new home in Scranton last Friday evening.  They were royally entertained.  The Scranton orchestra was present.  At 6:30 a course supper was served in the Sunday school rooms of the church.  A. H. Crosier, A. E. Foster, Clayton Lewis, Chas. Sumner, Linn Spencer, Walter Brown and Willard Spencer kindly furnished autos for the occasion.


Uniondale – The Suffragists held a picnic on the Reynolds shore at Lewis Lake, Friday afternoon.


Hopbottom – Kind friends and neighbors of Frank Squires made him a happy surprise in haying and placed about 24 loads of hay in his barn.  Frank is on the sick list at present.  Good dinner was served.


East Lynn – Lloyd Bush has had some very unprofitable experiences recently.  On returning home, after being absent a short time, found nearly all of his fine flock of turkeys in a dying condition, showing symptoms of poisoning.  Later he found over 80 of his chickens showing the same symptoms.  The chickens were a fine, healthy flock of full bloods which he had given special attention.


Great Bend – Bruce Chase, aged 40, an attorney of Pen Argyl, Pa., was instantly killed Saturday afternoon while fishing in the Susquehanna near Hallstead.  Death was due to the accidental discharge of a small 33-calibre rifle in the hands of Fred Brooks, of Susquehanna.  The two men and their families were camping at Hickory Grove, not far from Great Bend.  At the time of the accident Chase and Brooks were trolling the river, Chase handling the line and Brooks seated in the boat was firing at a target on the shore.  The trolling hook snagged, causing the boat to come to a sudden halt, and both men lurched forward.  The hammer of the rifle snapped and Chase fell lifeless.  Dr. A. S. Blair, the county coroner, empaneled a jury which completely exonerated Brooks from intentional killing.  Mr. Chase is known to many people in Montrose, having served in Co. G, 13th Regiment, N. G. P., then located in Montrose, during the Spanish- American War.  His grandfather, Simeon Bruce Chase, of Hallstead, was once a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. He leaves a wife and three young children, hardly in their teens.


200 YEARS AGO, THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA, August 13, 1816.  MARRIED – On the 11th inst. By J. W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. John M’Laud, of Lawsville, to Miss Hannah Gregory, daughter of Joseph Gregory, of Bridgewater.           ALSO  SAMUEL SELY, Take Notice, that your wife Susana Sely has preferred her petition, or libel to the Court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Susquehanna, praying the said court to “sentence and decree a divorce and separation from the bonds of matrimony,” &c. and that an alias subpoena has issued from the same court, and is now in my hands, commanding and requiring you to appear before the Judges of the said court, on the first Monday of September next, at Montrose, at a Court of Common Pleas then and there to be held, in and for the County aforesaid, to answer to the said petition or libel, and further to shew cause, if ought you have to say, why your wife, the said Susanna Sely, should not be divorced from the bonds of matrimony, aforesaid, she has contracted with you.  AUSTIN HOWELL, SHERIFF. Montrose, August 16, 1816.


August 18 (1916/2016)



Apolacon – Apolacon township is one of the most sparsely settled sections of this county.  A purely farming section, and not far from the Binghamton industrial plants, the young men are attracted by the weekly pay envelope, and leave good farms with quite frequently only the old folks to look after their up-keep.  Lusty men are at a premium and some farms are “abandoned.”  By a will just filed in the register’s office, Philema Kile, of Apolacon, evidently seeks to increase the inhabitants of that region.  She wills 30 acres of her farm to a relative, and the remainder in two-acre plots to any “self-supporting, law-abiding, adult, man or woman” who will build a home thereon.”  It is stipulated that improvements on the land may be sold, but the land cannot be transferred.  Also, the homes must be kept orderly and no intoxicating liquors sold.


Hallstead – Mowing machines are causing very distressing accidents this season, one occurring about two miles from this place. Arthur Green owns a farm on the Lawsville road, and he has four children, George, aged 15, May, aged 12, and two younger.  Monday afternoon George was cutting hay with the machine and his sister, May, was touching up one of the horses for him with a whip so that it would pull even with the other animal.  In some manner she slipped in front of the cutting bar and before the horses could be stopped the left leg was cut entirely off between the ankle and knee.  May was carried to the house and Drs. Merrill and Blair amputated the limb a little closer to the knee.  The accident is a most unfortunate one, as Mrs. Green is in poor health and May was the mother’s main help.


Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Cox returned from Atlantic City, where they had spent the past ten days.  Will reports a “magnolious” time, and says the bathing costumes were never prettier than this year.  We’ll bet there was a big swell in the ocean when Will took his “dip.”  ALSO  Families wishing school girls, who will work for their board, or a portion of it, should correspond with Miss Martha Davey, head of the Domestic Science Department, Montrose High School. [Children who lived outside Montrose, who wanted to continue their education in high school, had to board with a family in town].


Springville – W. E. Stevens, foreman of State road section No. 12, has just received a letter from Harrisburg, instructing him to go the entire length, removing all advertising signs along the highway within the road limits—that he must give his attention to it at once.


Rush – Rush has always been exceptionally fortunate in having good men to look after the stage line between that place and Montrose.  Even the younger generation can recall Reynolds Bros., and Light Bros., who faithfully and conscientiously carried on the route for many years each.  Owen Bros., the present stage drivers, are keeping up with the times in every respect and giving fine service.  The young men have just purchased a Pullman touring car, which they will use in their passenger and mail service.


Fleetville/Harford – J. Wallace Tiffany, one of Lackawanna county’s grand old men, who has lived more than 60 years in Fleetville, has gone to Topeka, Kansas to reside for the future.  Mr. Tiffany was born in Harford, 83 years ago, and has always been an ardent Republican.  He will accompany his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Seely, to Kansas, where Mr. Seeley has taken a position with the Wells-Fargo Express company.


Friendsville – Mother Mary Veronica, of the Franciscan Order at Kingston, Jamaica, was the guest of her sister, Mrs. Maurice Fitzgerald.  Mother Veronica has been in the order many years and is a devoted missionary to the cause of Christ.  She was in Kingston during the terrible earthquake.


West Auburn – A new use for the automobile has been found.  Claude Swisher hitched his new Ford on to the hay fork and unloaded a large load of hay in his barn in four minutes.  ALSO We learn that Arthur Lacey, a former West Auburn boy and graduate of Yale, has gone to the Mexican border with his company.


Susquehanna – Since G. D. Dephew has been appointed shop superintendent of the local Erie shops many changes have been made which greatly benefit our local workmen.  A large number of men who have been employed elsewhere have been given their old positions here, and this is all due through the efforts of Mr. Dephew.  Several of our townspeople have been appointed foremen, and everything done for their men by the new shop superintendent shows that he is a man of great ability, sound judgment and is capable of handling men.


Franklin Forks – Franklin Forks and Salt Springs schools will commence September 4, with Miss Mae Smith and Miss Sara Bailey as teachers.


Uniondale – The store of J. N. Cable was burglarized Monday night.  Several dollars’ worth of cutlery, shoes, etc., were taken. 


Uniondale/Forest City – A resident of Uniondale [who will go unnamed] was charged with assault and battery and wantonly pointing fire arms, was brought before Judge Denny and laid the whole blamed business on his wife.  He declared he never had trouble with anyone but her, and he never would have drank had she not nagged him.  He is a tall, large man, and it was ludicrous to say the least, to have him lay all the blame on a frail little woman.  Upon his promise to cut out the booze, get rid of his guns and keep sober, the Judge dealt gently with him, sentencing him to pay the costs, a fine of $5 and 15 days in the county jail.  When he said he lived at Uniondale, Judge Denny asked him how he could get drunk in that place, and where he got the whiskey.  He said, “Oh I get it most anywhere, I went to Forest City, and I had a pint bottle.”


Middletown – The base ball game between Brogan Hill and Middletown, held on the Coleman diamond, was a decided victory for our boys, the score being 11-16.  T. Golden pitched fine ball and F. Guiton hasn’t lost his eye for batting yet.  Curley’s fast fielding and Watson’s work on first won much credit for the team.


News Briefs: More hay has been cut in Susquehanna county this year, in all probability, than ever before within the memory of the “oldest inhabitant.”  The barns have proven inadequate to hold the enormous crop, and huge stacks of hay may be seen in almost every farm barnyard. ALSO Gasoline has dropped a cent a gallon, and a drop of another cent is predicted.  About the time it gets low enough so the average man can buy a Ford, it will go up again. ALSO One of our valued subscribers, C. S. Gates, of Gordon, Neb., writes us: “In the notice of the death of James P. Gay, the writer states that Calvin C. Gay and M. H. VanScoten are the only survivors of the company.  I had the honor of belonging to that company and feel very alive yet.”


200 Years Ago, The Centinel, Montrose, PA, August 20, 1816 ­.  MARRIED – At Plymouth (PA) on the 13th inst., by Noah Wadhams, Esq.,  Mr. Charles C. Curtis, of Kingston (PA), to the amiable Miss Olive Ransom, daughter of Col. George P. Ransom of the former place.  Who wants to buy a good FARM? The subscriber will sell his Farm, situated one mile and a half from Montrose, very cheap, to any one that will purchase.  The said farm contains ninety five acres, twenty five acres of which are under improvement, with 25 bearing apple trees and a nursery of about 300 trees, principally large enough to set, and a considerable number of peach trees.  The farm is well watered and timbered.  The terms of sale will be easy and a liberal credit given.  For further particulars call on the subscriber who lives on the premises.  SIMEON COOK.  Bridgewater, August 20, 1816


August 25 (1916/2016)



Dimock – Ideal weather, forceful addresses, and spirited singing have characterized all the services on Dimock campground this year.  Most of the meetings have been held in the open air auditorium, which is shaded by century old trees.  Nearly all the cottages have been repaired or repainted, two new ones have been built, and the numerous improvements about the rustic grounds make the campground the most attractive it has been for several years.  ALSO  Judge Denney heard a petition of 87 taxpayers asking to remove the members of the school board of Dimock.  A few months ago Francis R. Cope and Percy Ballantine presented the school district with a high school building to cost $20,000, which was accepted.  Six district schools were closed and plans made for the transportation of pupils to Dimock, where they could receive the advantage of a high school. The patrons of Dist. 7 did not wish to have their school closed and have appealed to the court.  They claim that it is not safe for their children to go from ½ to five miles over bad roads in winter and they also claim they have been deprived of the services of the children nights and mornings.  The board of education is not charged with any violations.


Forest City – Joe Tonkin and Mrs. Martha Sneicker were married here one day last week.


Montrose – The borough council has purchased traffic signs, which will be placed at the street corners and junction points in a day or so.  They will direct all drivers of vehicles to “keep to the right.”  All drivers, both of motor and horse driven vehicles, should become familiar with the traffic rules of the town, as soon as possible, as the council is determined that every means possible shall be taken to prevent accidents.


Gibson – Automobile Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Universalist church, with two sermons and a basket dinner in between, 12:30 o’clock.  A most cordial invitation is hereby extended to all owners of automobiles, with their families and friends, to come and spend the day in this beautiful place.  Come in your teams if you have no auto.  If you have neither, come all the same.  Kindly bring your neighbors, the elderly and the infirm.  Be generous in the service of your car on “Automobile Day.”


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – There were two young men through here and stopped on the Hill over night, driving a Ford roadster, and claimed to be from Hawley, Erie Co., Pa.  They were here Tuesday night, Aug. 15, and on Saturday there were two men from Honesdale looking for a stolen car that answered the style and description of the one the young men wanted to sell.  ALSO  The hum of the threshing machines has been heard on the Hill for the past week.


Harford – Friday, Aug. 25, there will be a bee to tear down the barn standing partly on land of Mr. Fritsch and partly on the M. E. church property.  The barn will be re-built on the church property.


Heart Lake – A heavy shower visited this region, Wednesday, accompanied by vivid lightning flashes and deafening thunder.  The first storm in four weeks, its refreshing rain did much to enliven wilting vegetation and allay the dust that laid inches deep in the highways. A barn on the farm of Lynn Potter, between Heart Lake and Tiffany, was struck by lightning and burned.  It was filled with hay and burned rapidly.  James Webb, substitute rural carrier, was near the farm when the storm came up, and was debating going into the barn until the rain had passed.  Luckily he decided to go to the next farm, probably escaping death or injury.


New Milford – The following party autoed from here to Watkins Glen, N. Y., last Sunday, returning on Monday morning: John Henning and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Tourje, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Dutcher, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stone, and they were joined in Binghamton by four couples.


Silver Lake – Hon. James T. DuBois, of Hallstead, was a guest, over Sunday, of Rev. J. Townsend Russell, at this place.  Sunday evening Mr. DuBois delivered an address to the boys of Camp Red Cloud, which Mr. Russell has located on his large estate each summer, and which includes many boys from Binghamton and vicinity.


Hallstead – Hon. Wm. J. Pike, who was lately appointed consul to Madrid, Spain, after many years of consular service in Germany, is en route to his home here on a leave of absence.


Clifford – William Tinker, aged 86 years, one of the early residents of this place, died on Aug. 17.  Mr. Tinker lived his entire life in the township and was one of its best known and most prosperous farmers. He was buried in the family cemetery.


News Briefs: Every Daughter of Veteran is requested to remember the G. A. R. picnic at Heart Lake, Friday, Aug. 25. Come and bring your lunch basket and enjoy the day with the veterans and Sons of Veterans and their families.  ALSO  You won’t know the “little old Ford” automobiles in their 1917 dress.  These cars, which have again been reduced in price, are to look entirely different.  They possess a streamline body, crown fenders, higher radiators that will slope gracefully to the crowl, and there will be no brass in evidence.  When the 1917 Fords appear you had better rub your eyes and take a second look before muttering “it’s a Ford.”  ALSO  “Three cheers for the motor car,” says an Oklahoma paper, which also adds: “And three cheers along with the others for the faithful horse upon whom so many of us find ourselves still largely depending.”  ALSO  GREAT SNAKES!  The station agent of the Lackawanna Railroad, at Factoryville, is still trying to locate the owner of a box of poisonous snakes addressed to H. Matthewson, Factoryville, Pa., and sent by W. O. Learn, of San Antonio. Texas, who does not want the reptiles returned in case Mr. Matthewson cannot be found.


200 Years Ago, from the Montrose Centinnel, August 27, 1816.      ARTILLERYMEN, ATTENTION!  The members of the Volunteer Company of Artillery are requested to meet at C. Carr’s Hotel in Montrose on the 7th of September next at one o’clock P. M. for the purpose of filling the Company with Non-Commissioned officers; and make further arrangement respecting the establishment of said company.  A general attendance is particularly solicited.  LUMAN FERRY Capt. Elect.      Spelling Books, Columbian Readers, Smith’s Geographys (lst. edition), Chap Books, Writing and Letter Paper, Stamps, &c, for sale at the Centinnel Office.        CASH PAID FOR CLEAN COTTON & LINNEN RAGS AT THIS OFFICE