September 01 (1916/2016)



Springville – I have four children—two boys aged 11 and 7 years, and two girls, aged 14 and 6 years—for whom I desire homes. Owing to the death of my wife four years ago, I find that I am unable to keep my family together any longer. Anyone wishing to care for them will please call or write to me.  A.A. Springer, Springville, Pa.


Herrick Center – The new Chalmers touring car owned and run by Raymond Curtis, was quite seriously injured when struck by a pusher engine in crossing the Erie tracks here last Thursday night. Mr. Curtis ran up the hill to make the crossing and was watching a train coming up and failed to note the approach of the pusher coming down. The engine, which was running slowly, struck the head end of the car, swinging it around off the track. Mr. Curtis applied the emergency brake and sat still in the car, almost miraculously escaping injury. It is alleged that the pusher did not whistle on its approach to the crossing.


Forest City - John P. Murray has sold his promising pacer, Belardino, to D. B. Gibson, of Uniondale.  She won second place in the races at Newark Valley.  Time 2:22 1-4. 


Montrose – Mrs. Charles Carey is representing Wear Proof Mills in the sale of Wear Proof Hosiery for men, women and children. Every four pair have a written guarantee to wear 4 months without a hole, or you get new ones free. It does away with the drudgery of darning them, saving many hours that could be devoted to more congenial employment.  Any orders being left at the house will have prompt attention, and thankfully received. ALSO Wm. H. Lorimer has purchased an up-to-date electrically heated and operated popcorn and peanut roaster, which he has conveniently located at the entrance to C-Nic Theatre, and since setting it up he has been doing a rushing business. The corn is automatically fed from a hopper and after being popped is drawn by a metallic arm through melted butter, from whence it gets its name, “Butter-Kist.” The whole operation is perfection, and the corn is not touched by the hands in the entire process.


Hopbottom – Health Office P.A. Sweet is in Binghamton, where he is employed by the state in preventing children under 16 years of age from coming into Pennsylvania unless provided with health certificates. ALSO Mrs. Albert Whiting underwent an operation for appendicitis at her home here. Doctors Taylor and Wainwright were the surgeons in charge.


West Auburn – Joe Pinnock has been unable to bring milk to the creamery for several days. While riding a mowing machine his horse went into a yellow jackets’ nest, and the stings of the insects caused them to run away throwing Mr. Pinnock from the seat on to the tongue. He grasped the lever, and managed to hold on, but was quite seriously injured before the animals stopped running.


Great Bend – On Friday afternoon a distressing accident occurred at the corner of Main and Carroll streets, in front of Day’s meat market. Two little boys caught on the step of Simpson’s bus for a ride. In jumping off, “Jimmie” Fuller reached the curb in safety, but little Charles Alexander jumped from the step right in front of an auto and was instantly killed. The owner of the car stopped instantly and remained in town until evening. After the coroner’s inquest he was exonerated from all blame, was driving his car less than 10 miles an hour and was unable to see the child. The funeral was held from the house and burial in Woodlawn cemetery. The boy is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Millard [Willard, in another article] Alexander, and a younger sister and brother.


Harford – Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eshelman, of West Pittston, are spending the week in town. Fred was a former Soldiers’ Orphan School boy, and is spending his time in going over the scenes of his boyhood. ALSO The little son of Chas. Darrow, who was injured by a mowing machine and taken to Dr. Burns’ Hospital in Scranton, is at home again.  By careful surgery and care, both the child’s legs were saved.


Kingsley – Because of the danger of spreading infantile paralysis, the schools and Sunday Schools of this place are closed until September 18th.


Dimock – While engaged in threshing on Ed Bailey’s farm, William Smith, who occupies Mrs. Maude Baker’s farm, became entangled in the belting leading from the gasoline engine to the threshing machine and was so badly injured that he died about an hour after the accident. Drs. Wilson, Birchard and Norris were called, but no attempt to operate was made, owing to the extent of his injuries. He was an estimable young man; his widowed mother keeping house for him, and the news of the awful accident saddened the whole community. He is survived by his mother, three sisters, Mrs. Bert White, of Three Bridges, NJ; Mrs. Lockwood Avery, of Laceyville, and Mrs. Frank Arnold, of Elk Lake; also one brother in the west.


East Rush – Mrs. C.P. Linaberry has returned from Sayre hospital. She was there seven weeks for a serious operation on her foot. When a child, 9 years old, she stepped on a nail and has been doctoring for rheumatism for many years. With the X-ray examination was found about ½ inch of nail imbedded in the bone of the foot. This was removed, with portions of dead bone. A silver plate and joint was put in place of diseased bone removed. She is doing well.


Little Meadows – Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McCormack and children, of New York City, have been visiting her aunt, Katie Kiley, for a couple of weeks.


Clifford – No infantile paralysis has made its appearance in this place, but according to law our school will not begin before the 18th of September.


Rushboro – L.B. LaRue and family, of Columbus, Ohio, spent last week with V.E. Pierson, here; also buying up a load of young cattle. They drove through in the same car that they drove over the Rocky Mountains to San Francisco, last year.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The descendants of Christian and Jane Freeman Shelp will hold their seventh annual reunion on the Fair Hill church lawn, Sept. 2, 1916. All friends and relatives cordially invited.  Ladies please bring chicken.


News Brief:  Gasoline is selling at 23 cents a gallon in Philadelphia, and by the last of September it is predicted that it will be down to 18 cents.


September 08 (1916/2016)



New Milford – John Nelson is seriously ill at the Carpenter Hotel. Mr. Nelson has been a resident of this place for 22 years. His sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. John Hicks, came from Wharton, NJ on Monday evening, to see him. Though Mr. Nelson had been only 150 miles from her, she had not seen him in 29 years.


Springville – The ball team and a bunch of fans went to LeRaysville to play a game with that team. That our boys not win was only an incident. They had a good time.


Montrose – Chief of Police Harry L. Mack has been having strenuous times the past few days keeping autoists to the “right” on the corners at lower Public avenue. The red flags of warning with the letters “Go to the Right” are generally observed, although some autoists still habitually “cut the corners.” Another sign is located near the Montrose House. Some of the drivers of machines growl a little when told to swing out, but there is no reason in the world why they should not gracefully conform to the new ordinance. 


Rush - Dr. A.D. Gary, of this place, was in Montrose yesterday on his way to visit relatives in the west and also to view the sights in some of the national parks and beauty spots in the west and northwest.  He will visit his sons, Dr. A.G. Gary, of Walker, Iowa, and C.R. Gary, of Victoria, British Columbia, and daughter, Mrs. V.D. Burch, in Rifle, Colorado.  Among other points he intends to visit are Cedar Rapids, Ia., Denver, the Grand Canyon, Seattle, and other places. 


Hallstead – The W.C.T.U. of this place has started a free circulating library. A room in the home of Mrs. Thomas, corner of Pine and Susquehanna streets, has been rented for the purpose and the library was opened to the public on September 5. Hours for the opening will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Many friends have generously donated about 75 books and a traveling library from the Susquehanna County Library, in Montrose, has been received. The Hallstead ladies have worked hard to start this library for the enjoyment of the public.


Hop Bottom – A very attractive and enjoyable shower was given for Miss Lillian Rose at the home of Mrs. M.W. Stevens. The dining room was most artistically decorated in a scheme of birds’ nests and evergreens and when little Harold Roberts and Freda Stevens, dressed as miniature bride and groom escorted the real bride to be, the scene was complete. The spacious nests suspended above the tables had overflowed with the many beautiful gifts from 40 friends, those being beautiful pieces of hand-work, embroidery, crochet, tatting, paintings, etc. A dainty lunch was served and the afternoon was enlivened by several musical numbers by Mrs. Sadie Tanner, Mrs. Van de Sand and Miss Byram.


McKinney Mills, Great Bend – The neighbors of this place held a picnic under the trees at the schoolhouse. A bounteous dinner was served with plenty of ice cream and cake, and 61 people sat down at the tables. The children enjoyed themselves by swinging, and the older ones by visiting.


Ararat – The Ararat Hotel, at Ararat Summit, of which Joseph Zaveral was proprietor, burned to the ground Sunday night. Mr. and Mrs. Zaveral were away from home at the time.


Thompson – At a meeting of the Board of Health it was decided to protect the borough from infantile paralysis.  All children under 16 are debarred from the borough who have not a health certificate and none to be permitted to attend any public gathering during September.  Also to notify all merchants to elevate and screen all fruit and vegetables; also that they have cleanup day


Uniondale – M.D. Daniels and Nelson Coleman ran a foot race, in which Mr. Daniels came out victorious. For particulars ask either party. ALSO The Woman’s Suffrage Club was very pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. Haddie Reynolds.


Herrick Center – W.H. Fletcher has moved his household goods in the store building owned by P.H. Flynn and will open up a dry goods store in the near future.


Lawton – Walter Millard, well known and popular with the base ball fans and others in the western part of the county, having been Fairdale’s regular pitcher and playing as right field in the sensational game with Camp Susquehannock, has gone to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he expects to take a position on the railroad.  He has a brother and other relatives living in Fort Wayne.


Death of a Veteran – Gilbert R. Whitbeck, aged 84 years, a native of Susquehanna county, having been born near Montrose [Bridgewater Twp.], died in Boone, Iowa, on Aug. 27th. He was until three years ago a resident of St. Paul, Minn. The body was taken to that city for interment. Mr. Whitbeck enlisted in Co. C, 151st Regt. Pa. Vols. Comrade Geo. M. Wilson, of Downs, Kan., who is probably the only surviving member of this company, has kindly sent us this notice. At the recent G.A.R. reunion in Kansas City, he writes, he thought he might meet some members of his regiment, but failed. We believe he would appreciate a letter very much from any veterans in this county who may remember him.


News Brief: Owing to the many stories being circulated relative to Infantile Paralysis, in regard to the ban that has been placed upon children attending fairs, I deem it but just to our society that a statement be made to clarify the atmosphere from the delusions. It is true that the State Board of Health sent a letter to the president of the society “ADVISING” that children under 16 not attend the fair. There was nothing MANDATORY in this letter, but merely ADVISORY and the officers of the Susq. Co. Agricultural Society take the stand that the hysteria existing in the promulgation of many of the stories being circulated, as well as many of the needless orders sent out, shall be treated as the letter received, that if fathers and mothers will exert the care of their children as they always should, it will meet with the requirements of the State Board and of the officers of this Society.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, PA, Sept. 10, 1816. +MARRIED – In Harford township, on Sunday the 1st inst. By Squire Tiffany, Mr. Edmund Worth, to Miss Mary T. Carpenter, all of that place. +ANOTHER BRIDGE, Over the Susquehanna It is a source of the highest gratification, to observe the spirit of improvement which is extending through the interior of our country. Wilds, where only a few years since, the noise of the owl and the wolf were heard, have given way to cultivated fields: and extensive turnpikes are opened, where the warrior’s lone path wound its serpentine way through the forest. The visions of a poetic fancy could with difficulty imagine a greater change that a few of the last years have produced in the northern and western part of Pennsylvania and New York. Six yr’s since, there was not a bridge over the Susquehanna in its whole course from the northern boundary of Pennsylvania to its mouth; and in one year more it may boast as many bridges as the Rhine, which has washed the feet of Imperial Cities for 2000 years. Lewis Wernwag esq, the architect who constructed the beautiful bridge over the Schuylkill, at the upper ferry, opposite the city of Philadelphia, has contracted to build a bridge over the Susquehanna at this place, upon the same model of the excellent bridge over the Delaware at New Hope, of which he was the inventor and constructor. This bridge is to be commenced immediately, and to be passable by the first of November, 1817. It is to consist of four arches, of 185 ft. each and will be erected opposite centre street. In this contract, the public have the most ample assurance of the faithful -performance of the work, which will be an ornament and a valuable acquisition to our country.

[Thinking this was the first bridge built across the Susquehanna in Great Bend, a few trips to Google and Wikipedia convinced me that I was wrong.  However, a lesson was learned—don’t assume and check Miss Blackman’s history. Peter Burgot was awarded the contract for the first bridge at Great Bend and in September of 1814 bridge inspectors were appointed and accepted the construction. So what bridge is “Another Bridge, Over the Susquehanna?”  Lewis Wernwag did build a bridge over the Susquehanna, in Wilkes-Barre, in 1817.]


September 15 (1916/2016)



North Harford – The Harford Fair was a good success, everybody seemed to have a fine time and the weather was very favorable. Mr. Steinke, the famous cartoonist, was among the crowd, as usual, and the pictures which appeared in the Scranton paper were indeed very amusing.


Thompson – Thompson Health Officer, A.H. Crosier, wishes to extend his thanks and appreciation to the people of Thompson borough who so readily and willingly responded to the order of the Health Board by removing all rubbish and filth from their premises and also in the observance of all other orders by the merchants and fruit dealers. [In response to the infantile paralysis scare]


Montrose – “The Woman’s Law,” to be presented at the C-Nic Theatre, gives the story of a dissolute New York millionaire, who forfeited his wife’s respect and affection by his notorious infidelities. There are many tense situations in the drama, which is given in five parts. ALSO Mrs. Eleanor Chase Lortz and husband, Karl Lortz, of Montana, and J.C. Miller, have been spending ten days in Montrose. They are members of the Wild West Entertainers, who appeared at the county fair with a number of trained horses and dogs. Their entertainments were edifying and pleasing to all and attracted large crowds. 


Franklin Twp. – F.M. Wilson has a walking stick that he prizes very highly, one coming down to him through several members of his family. It was cut by his grand-father, 75 years ago, in Iowa, being a common water beech, but through the effect of a bitter sweet, which had snugly encircled it, it had grown into a very symmetrical, handsome shape, lending itself admirably to some skillful work in fashioning it into a most handsome walking stick. Mr. Wilson is a relative of A.B. Wilson, the man of world-wide fame as a sewing machine inventor and manufacturer.


Lynn – All roads lead to the County Fair at Montrose this week. The weather is all that could be asked for, but the dusty roads are something fierce.


West Lenox – On Friday evening several young people had a corn roast at the log cabin on the farm owned by Mason Tingley. The evening was spent in toasting marsh mellows, roasting corn, baking waffles and playing games. A fine time was enjoyed by all. Those present were: Mr. & Mrs. Mason Tingley and Mrs. Eddie Tingley, who acted as chaperones, Verna Tingley, Lillian Tingley, Gertrude Squires, Myra Empet, Frances Phillips, Gertrude Powers, Leda Adams, James Tingley, Guy Empet, Wendell Phillips, Amos Adams, Charles Powers, Edwin Raught, Glen Rhodes.


Middletown Center – One of the fastest ball games of the season was played on Haire’s park, Lawton, when Laurel Lake met the Middletown Center team and was defeated by a score of 11 to 3. The Laurel Lake team came over with the record of winning every game of the season, but went back with their colors down.


Forest City – Contractor Bloxam, of this place, has a force of men building a twelve room dwelling house for Mrs. Emily Miller, on her property in Herrick Center, where the store burned down a year ago.


East Rush – Clark James started for Iowa last Monday, where he intends entering a theological college.


Springville – Miss Jessie Pritchard, a former teacher in the Montrose High school, graduated Monday from Dr. Burns’ private hospital, in Scranton, as a professional nurse. The day following Miss Pritchard started for Detroit, Mich., in charge of a patient.


Hop Bottom – Several families have moved away from town, leaving additional houses for rent at present. The crying need of Foster [Hop Bottom] village is that some industry should move in and furnish employment in order that men with families may not feel obliged to desert their own home town for want of work. ALSO – Among the young people who will attend Mansfield Normal this fall are Lena Corson, Pauline Taylor, Paul Hettis, Clarence Phillips and Thomas Lynch.


Jackson – George V. Larrabee, Sept. 1st, completed 20 years of active service for the publishers of the Susquehanna Daily Transcript and Weekly Ledger. His first newspaper work was in 1880, when as a writer for the late B.F. Haines, of Honesdale, he furnished articles for the Wayne Independent.


Gibson – Harry VanGorder, of Susquehanna, bought out L.B. Wilder’s store and Mr. Wilder will run a store in Johnson City. ALSO Byron Tiffany has sold the creamery here to a firm in Scranton and Mr. Goldberg is now in charge, with James Evans, at his same old place in making butter and cheese.


Clifford – A large touring car containing S.C. Whittmore and four others, turned turtle on the road near the residence of Jos. Kirkley last Monday. One lady has a fractured leg as a result and all were more or less injured. Dr. Fike was called and responded promptly. The injured were carried to his home and all will probably be around soon except the victim of the broken limb. ALSO While coming down the hill near A.S. Colvin’s, Monday, a car bearing a New York license, suddenly made a dash for the stone wall and arrived there in due time. The car was run to the garage of Wallace McAlla where the damage was soon repaired.


Tunkhannock – The first horseless carriage, or automobile cab, passed through this place on July 11, 1899. It was owned by C.R. Woodin, of the firm of Woodin & Jackson, car builders at Berwick, Pa. The cab was built something like an overgrown buggy, a one cylinder engine being placed at the rear and connected with the axle by chain drive.  The wheels were as high as ordinary wagon wheels and the machine was steered by a rod which bent over toward the driver’s seat, terminating with a handle. The vehicle weighed 1,700 lbs., was capable of making ten to fifteen miles per hour on good country roads, and would travel 20 miles on a gallon of gasoline. The Woodin’s came from Clifton Springs, NY and took the train [to Berwick], leaving his young chauffeur to drive the machine home alone.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, PA, Sept. 16, 1816. Married – on the 15th inst. by David Post, Esq. Mr. Daniel Gregory to Mrs. Huldah Miller, both of this township [Bridgewater]. Take Notice – All persons indebted to the firm of HERRICK & FORDHAM, whose accounts have been over 90 days standing, must call and settle the same by the 15th of October next. ALL kinds of COUNTRY PRODUCE will be taken in payment of debts if delivered by that time.  Public Sale – By virtue of the powers vested in us by the several acts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, relative to Domestic Attachment, will be exposed to sale at public vendue or outcry, at the house of Samuel Fessenden in Bridgewater on the 23d day of Sept. inst. at  2 o’clock P.M. the following property, to wit: one cow, three swine, one colt, one steer, & one heifer, together with a quantity of Hay and Grain, attached at the suit of Ebenezer Parker and Sarah Cook Administrators of Colwell Cook deceased vs. Ozem Cook. JONAH BREWSTER, JOSHUA W. RAYSFORD, Trustees.


September 22 (1916/2016)



Kingsley – The following was read at the marking of the grave of Rufus Kingsley by the D.A.R: “Rufus Kingsley was a drummer boy in the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, then in his 13th year. He attended the celebration on the completion of the monument June 17, 1843, and began the reveille at sunrise standing on a platform on the monument, 200 ft. above the ground, using the drum he had played at the battle. He came to Susquehanna county in 1809. His wife was Lucinda Cutler. Both are buried in the Hillside cemetery, Brooklyn. Mr. Kingsley died May 16, 1846, aged 83 years, 3 months and 25 days, having been born at Windom, Ct., February 1, 1763.  Mrs. Kingsley died three days later, aged 79 years. They had been married 60 years.” [The Battle of Bunker Hill was really fought on Breed’s Hill.  The family of Stephen Breed came to Susquehanna County in 1813 and settled on the Adam Miller farm, Mr. Miller being the second person to file his deed in Susquehanna County, then Luzerne County, immediately after Ozias Strong, of Great Bend.] ALSO One of the oldest landmarks in East Kingsley and this township, is being removed. It is the house known as the former home of the Misses Titus, on the road between Kingsley and Harford, and now owned by W.W. Wilmarth and sons. The old house is being torn down and a smaller house being built near-by to be used as a tenant house.


Susquehanna – About 50 youths took up their autumn course in the apprentice schools of the Erie shops a few days ago. Before entering the shops all apprentices must undergo an examination to determine their preliminary education. The age to enter is from 16 to 21 years. ALSO Ward Palmer, while cranking an automobile, received a blow in the face, losing two teeth and receiving other bruises about the head.


St. Joseph – Miss Margaret Sweeney has resumed her work as an instructor in the Indian School, at Carlisle, PA.


Thompson – Joseph Blain, formerly of this place, who for the past year has been business manager of the Wayne County Citizen, has accepted a position with a big printing firm in Toledo, Ohio.


Gibson – Byron Tiffany, Burr Wilder and Leo Manzer left for Johnson City last week, where they expect to make their future home. Charles Harding, after spending the summer at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Harding, also left last week for his home in Johnson City.


Fairdale, Jessup Twp. – Herman Olmstead returned to State College, Monday, where he has been engaged to teach.


Elk Lake – Miss Lizzie Biesecker has secured a position in the telephone exchange at Montrose.


Great Bend – Miss Loretta Sullivan, of this place, and Michael Donahue, of Binghamton, were married in St. Lawrence’s Catholic church on Sept. 19th, by Rev. Father Mack.


Uniondale – The dates of the Tri-County Fair are Sept. 26, 27, 28, and the management expects one of the biggest fairs yet held. Races are scheduled for Sept. 27th and 28th. Purses of $800 are offered for four races. It is expected that a Wild West show and a vaudeville troupe will give free entertainments.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp.  – Last Saturday Isaac Giffin cut a bee tree in Sam Reimel’s woods and found about 80 lbs. of honey.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Ernest France has recently purchased a gasoline washing machine, which is appreciated by his lady folks. ALSO  Gorden H. Fish, of the U.S. Navy, is home on a 10 day furlough. He is looking fine, although tanned up by exposure to sun and wind.


Forest City – Gerritt Gardner, Esq. was a business caller here, his former home. On his return on the trolley he saw a large red fox that was killed by a preceding car. He states it was a fine specimen.


Springville – Stuart Riley & Son, who have the agency for the Dodge Bros. automobiles for 14 townships in the county, tell us they propose to push the sale of these cars the coming year and will do some effective advertising. Griffing & Woodward sell this car in New Milford and vicinity.


Hop Bottom – Ambrose S. Payne, of Montrose, with his men are busy re-decorating the interior of the Methodist church. Volunteer workers, under the direction of Hersey G. Wright, are shingling the church roof and in a few days painters will be at work on the exterior of the church and parsonage. The plans for extensive improvement of the church property will not be completed until the electric lights are installed, delayed by the uncertainty of getting the current. 


Bridgewater Twp. – The warehouse and stable at Harrington’s Mills burned on the 19th of Sept. An alarm was telephone to the Tarbell House and Chemical No. 2 and Hook & Ladder responded. Hose carts were useless because the nearest hydrant was 1000 ft. away. Nevertheless a bucket brigade was formed and with buckets of water and wet sacks men and boys prevented the fire catching the main mill, water being carried in milk cans from the Borden milk station across the road. In the warehouse was a large stock of feed, fertilizer and farming machinery, which was rendered worthless. A Lackawanna freight car, standing on the siding in the direct path of the flames, was rolled out of harm’s way. There is no clue as to the origin of the fire, but the general supposition is that a smoker in the stable might have carelessly caused the blaze. A vagrant had been seen on the vicinity shortly before and suspicion rests also on him.


Montrose – Miss Helen Burns leaves tomorrow for Philadelphia, where she will enter the College of Pharmacy. Miss Burns is the third in the family to follow this profession. Her grandfather [a Civil War Veteran] founded the A.B. Burns’ drug store over 50 years ago. His son, George C. Burns, is the present proprietor. Miss Burns, the latter’s daughter, now takes up the study of the profession. Probably this circumstance cannot be duplicated in the state. [Helen closed the drug store in 1980 and died in 1983 at age 87. During an interview, in 1980, she told of the Civil War veterans who came to visit her grandfather at the store. He allowed them to purchase a glass of whiskey from the store stock, which was sold by the pint or quart. Apparently this was a daily routine for many years and did not end until the death of A.B. Burns in 1906.  George, his son, immediately put a stop to the practice, which was not a popular decision with these old men. A.B. Burns was a member of the 134th PA Volunteers during the war and became good friends with Col. Matthew Quay, who later became a state senator. Through this friendship Mr. Burns was appointed to the first State Board of Pharmacy. The license number for his store was #5.]


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., Sept. 22, 1816.  MARRIED - In the township of Bridgewater, on the 10th of Sept. last, by the Rev. Davis Dimock, Mr. Joshua Smith to Miss Peggy Young, both of Bridgewater.  MARRIED - On the 16th by the Rev. D. Dimock, Mr. Josiah Lord, of Waterford [Brooklyn Twp.], to Miss Sally Hall, of Bridgewater. MARRIED - On the 19th, by the Rev. D. Dimock, Mr. Elias Palmer, of Bridgewater to widow Abagail Tupper, of Middletown. MARRIED - On the 24th, Samuel Thatcher, of Middletown, to Eunice Tupper, of Rush.   MARRIED - On the 16th inst., Robert Day to Lucy Bush, both of Bridgewater.


CLOTH DRESSING. The subscriber informs his friends and the public generally, that he will Full, Dye & Dress Cloth, at his stand on the Wyalusing Creek in Rush township, in the best manner and on the shortest notice, during the present season.  JOHN ROSS.


September 29 (1916/2016)



Gibson – A conundrum social will be held at the home of R.H. Estabrook, Friday night.


North Harford – Miss Lillian Gumaer will teach the Sweet School this coming term, and Mrs. Anna Adams will teach in South Harford when school opens next Monday. ALSO Filling silos is the order of the day. The men are all busy and the women are doing some cooking. The following was written noting the end of summer: “Vacation time is nearly o’er,’ The “city folks” are going, Fishing poles are laid aside, And Autumn winds are blowing. Couch hammocks now are vacant, And everything is still. But we hope next the city folks Will return to old Wolf Hill.”


Montrose – Miss Mary Meehan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Meehan, who entered the Ithaca Conservatory of Music a few days ago, won the first prize in the entrance examination contests, for performance on piano, which will materially reduce her expenses while pursuing her studies. Miss Meehan has great natural talent, musically, and her first success at Ithaca will be pleasing to many friends. Miss Mollie Miller, also of Montrose, secured a prize in the vocal music contest, and Wesley Gavitt, of Bridgewater, for performance on the violin.


New Milford – Jasper Jennings, local historian and writer, through the columns of the Democrat, has done much to give our readers a better knowledge of their own county and its people. Historical reminiscence, which he relates so entertainingly, has interwoven the names of many of the county pioneers and helped to fasten important local history on the memory. 


Uniondale – Grace Wademan will soon enter Bloomsburg Normal school; Grace Corey left Monday for Mansfield Normal School; James Lowry returned to Bucknell University, Wednesday.


Hop Bottom – A large company of ladies were delightfully entertained at Loomis Hall on Tuesday afternoon at a variety shower, given by Mrs. Frank Zimmerman and Mrs. J.W. Bisbee in honor of Miss Elizabeth Quailey, who will soon become the bride of Mr. Barton Lyden, of Carbondale.


Silver Lake – Miss Lena L. Kane, of this place and Daniel Kane, of Forest Lake, were married in St. Mary’s church, at Montrose, Tuesday morning, Sept. 19.


Thompson – A goodly number of the neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Hackley surprised them at their home Sept. 13. Since purchasing the farm, formerly owned by John Sumner, Mr. Hackley has had the misfortune to lose several horses and cattle. Realizing that “a friend in need is a friend indeed,” these friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Hackley by leaving them a well filled purse as substantial evidence of their sympathy and for their encouragement. It was an evening well spent and long to be remembered.


Binghamton – Edwin R. Weeks and Giles H. Dickinson have formed a business partnership and have taken over the piano and music business of Barrett Brothers, Inc., on Collier St. The announcement will be specially interesting to our citizens as Mr. Weeks was born in Montrose. Mr. Dickinson married his sister, whose girlhood days were spent here.


Fairdale – I.R. Very has purchased a new five passenger Chevrolet touring car.


Brookdale – William Wilbur, in calling to renew his subscription, mentioned that he had been a Republican reader for 53 years. He commenced taking the paper when 21 years of age, and has been a continuous reader ever since. He is well versed in happenings of the past and present generations, and takes an active interest in the present day problems of life.


Dundaff - An X-ray photograph of the left arm of Norbert Carlson, aged 9 years, showed that the member was so seriously fractured that the arm would remain stiff his lifetime.  The arm may be amputated. The youngster was riding one of the mules at his father’s farm and in some way slipped and fell from the back of the mule, his foot being entangled in the harness as he fell.  The animal became frightened and ran about the barnyard, dragging the boy behind and finally stopped by his father.


Springville – Mrs. Harry Luce and daughter, Daisy, narrowly escaped serious accident on Friday. While sitting in the wagon at the milk station the horses became frightened at a loud peal of thunder and ran away throwing both occupants out of the wagon. Excepting for slight cuts and bruises they were uninjured. ALSO Dr. Diller has given up his practice here and gone to another place.  If those who owed him large bills had paid up, this step would not have been necessary.


South Gibson – W.D. Chamberlain and wife, of San Francisco, after an absence of 15 years, are visiting at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Chamberlain.


Jackson – Mrs. Abbie Griffis had a sale of farm property at her home near here on Tuesday. Mrs. Griffis will go to California and spend the winter with her daughters.


Brooklyn – Maurice K. Packer and Miss Marion Roper were married Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Roper, officiated by Rev. J.L. Dowson. Harold Packer and Miss Leta Packer, acted as groomsman and bridesmaid, while Eleanor Smith, little cousin of the bride, acted as ring-bearer. After the ceremony a sumptuous repast was served.


News Brief: An order just issued in New York state directs the removal of all roadside signs. These signs are blots on the beautiful landscape, and efforts are being made in Pennsylvania to have a similar law adopted.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, PA, Oct. 1, 1816: [A taste of politics in 1816] Communication.  Mr. Clark [Editor] – >Permit me to ask a few questions, as questions appear to be handy change. Was not that snapping Hemlock who appeared in the last Centinel, the very person who put this county to an enormous expense for nothing, by calling Arbitrators from Luzerne county when there was no need of them, for no other purpose than to procrastinate the organization of this county?  >Was not this same Hemlock one of the persons who refused to act under oath when doing public business, because he had been guilty of dishonest and dastardly conduct, for fear that he should be punished for perjury? >Did not this rotten hearted Hemlock refuse to make a settlement of the donations till ten acres of the land already given to be appropriated to the public buildings should be thrown into the common when five acres would have done as well, and the other five would have sold for five hundred dollars or more?  >Was not this Kingly Hemlock one of the persons who sat as judge at a general election under oath and threw away eleven Democrat votes, and said they were not worth taking notice of? And  >Is not this abominable rotten hearted, snapping Hemlock set up as Auditor for the good citizens of this County to support at the approaching election? And >Will they support him? –I answer NO, unless they are as rotten hearted as himself. One that knows himMarried. In the township of Rush, on the 26th ult. [last month] by Seth Taylor Esq., Mr. John Stephens, of Pike [Bradford Co.] Twp. to Miss Maria Bolles, of Rush Twp.


October 06 (1916/2016)



Silver Lake – Miss Agnes Robertson entertained recently in honor of her sister, Miss Ida Robertson, of Milwaukee, Wis. Music and dancing were the diversions of the evening, the music being furnished by Jos. Sweeney and Matthew Kelley, of Silver Lake. A buffet supper was served. Those present were: Misses Mary and Josephine Murphy, Susie Gubbins, Agnes and Ida Robinson, Bernice Rogers and Julia Carman. Messers. Geo. Murphy, Thos. Conroy, Willie Shea, Robert Rogers, Cyril Darrow, Walter Anderson, Jerome Whalley, Joseph Sweeney, Andrew Robertson, Matthew Kelley, Leo Gregory, Graydon Rogers, Christian Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, Mr. Harrington and Helen Kane, of Binghamton.  All report a fine time.


Dimock – Doherty & Winans removed a large stone from their quarry here on Sept. 21, which was 30 ft. long, 6 ft. 7 in. wide, 2 ft., 2 in. thick, 442 cubic feet, weighing about 40 tons. ALSO A cold and long winter will soon be here, which reminds us to fill our coal bins and wood houses and also to get in readiness our extra stoves, which have been in summer quarters. ALSO School opened Oct. 2nd. Until the new school building is completed the Community Building will be used for the Grammar and High School departments.


Choconut Valley – James Addison, who is in the treasury department, at Washington, recently spent several days with his brother, William Addison, at Choconut Valley Inn.


Susquehanna – Richard Fitzgerald, of Washington St., aged 24 years, a switchman employed by the Erie railroad, was instantly killed while at work in the local yards on Monday. The unfortunate young man was hurrying ahead of a train to throw a switch, when he slipped and fell beneath the car wheels, his body being badly crushed.


Glenwood – Mrs. Corinda Marcy, who was 80 years old Sept. 27, was nicely remembered with a postcard shower from her many friends.  She received about 50, wishing her many happy returns of the day.


Uniondale – Forest City visitors were numerous in our town this week and include Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bayless and son, Clyde and Benjamin Maxey and Sarah Carpenter was a shopper in Forest City, between trains, Saturday afternoon. ALSO Dr. John S. Tinker, of Philadelphia, has been spending his vacation at the home of his father, John K. Tinker. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, remaining in that city, where he has built up a good practice during the past eight years.


Bridgewater Twp. – There will be a box social next Wednesday night at the home of Adelbert McCollum, of E. Bridgewater. The funds will go toward improving the E. Bridgewater school house. ALSO Daniel W. Swackhamer, who is employed as a teamster by F.F. Pepper, while standing on a wheel hub of a coal wagon, was thrown suddenly by the horses starting forward. He sustained several broken ribs which will require some weeks to mend.


Johnson City – Last Sunday afternoon 53 persons were injured when a platform, on which 200 people were standing at the dedication of the new Presbyterian church, gave way, plunging them a distance of 18 ft. into the cellar. A number of persons had arms, legs and ribs broken, as well as bruises and other injures, but no fatalities resulted. The platform was a temporary structure which had been put up for the dedicatory exercises.


Montrose - A goodly representation from both the Montrose No 2 and Rough and Ready No. 1 fire companies, escorted by the Montrose Band, left on the early trolley this morning for Scranton to participate in the festivities of firemen’s day in connection with the Semi-centennial being celebrated there this week. ALSO F.C. Myers, proprietor of the C-Nic Theatre, is to be commended for the excellent pictures which he is showing. The pictures shown at this moving picture house are of a character that will not harm the morals of a child, and his efforts to secure high class pictures should meet with the hearty support of those who enjoy photoplays. He has just contracted with the Paramount Co. for a series of expensive films, among which are “Such a Little Queen,” with Mary Pickford in the title role, and “The Virginian,” a dramatization of Owen Wister’s famous book, with Dustin Farnum in the title role.


Lenoxville – David Nicholas and Juliette Gifford were married on Wednesday, Sept. 20th.


Elk Lake – Contractor H.E. Walton has a contract to erect a handsome cottage on the Fuller property at this place.


Birchardville – Maurice [Morris] Baker is the new bookkeeper at the First National Bank, taking the place of Robert Wood, who has resigned.  Mr. Baker is a graduate of Montrose High school, and last year graduated from the Philadelphia School of Business.


Heart Lake – The season here has practically closed, and only a few are at the resort. There was much to feel proud over this season at the Lake, as the dances and social functions were of a very high order—and all who spent an outing there expect to go again. The proprietors, Mack & Jenkins, of Montrose, are very grateful for the patronage which made the season such a grand success.


Auburn Center – The Auburn High school opened on Monday: L.M. Payne as principal; Miss Helen Kast, ass’t. principal; Miss Anna Carney, intermediate; Miss Bessie Shannon, primary.


Lathrop Twp. – The schools of this township opened on Monday with the following teachers: Deckertown, Iva States; Lakeside, Lulu Sutton; West Valley, Ruth Miller; Maple Grove, Vina Quailey; Hillsdale, Lowell Smith.


Hallstead – Henry Talmadge, aged 80 years, died at the home of his son, Earl, in Scranton, Sept 23, 1916.  The remains were taken to this place and laid at rest in the family plot. Mr. Talmadge formerly resided here and for many years was a conductor on the Lackawanna. He was also a veteran of the Civil War. [Mr. Talmadge was a member of Simrell Post, No. 233, G.A.R., Great Bend].


Milk Situation in Susquehanna County – The organization of the Dairymen’s League is at present controlling 85% of the normal supply of milk in New York City. A great credit must be attributed to the farmers of this County for doing their share in attempting to establish new prices. The County was thoroughly canvassed before Oct. 1st and 90% of the milk formerly sent to the New York market has been diverted to other channels. The farmers, unorganized, competing with the organization of the dealers, has made it next to impossible to secure better milk prices. Several Brooklyn farmers did not join the Brooklyn League and Sunday evening their milk houses were broken into and the milk destroyed. A note was also left advising them not to ship their milk again. Excitement is high in Brooklyn, as strike methods are not customary in rural districts. The situation seems to be improving, judging from late reports. An offer has been made of a half cent raise per quart. The milk buyers are talking of bringing suit against the dairymen for forming a “milk trust,” contrary to the federal laws. The outcome is awaited with interest.


200 Year Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, PA, October 8, 1816. TO CORRESPONDENTS. [Follow up from last week] Hemlock is received, but as his “shots” are so wild and wanton, we shall not publish his production.  He wantonly sports with the feelings of an old soldier of 76, who wore out the best of his days to obtain Liberty for himself and his country, as his wounds amply attest; and to be treated in a manner that our correspondent treats him would make Humanity weep to see the Ingratitude of mankind.


October 13 (1916/2016)



South Gibson – Henry Pickering, aged 68 years, died Oct. 5, 1916, at his home here. He was a lifelong resident, well known and respected by all. He was a veteran of the Civil War. The funeral was largely attended at one o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, with interment in South Gibson Cemetery.


New Milford – On Saturday evening, between 9 o’clock and midnight, several cars in this place were tampered with and two taken; one owned by Harry Grinnell was abandoned just out of town and left in a cornfield. The other car—owned by H.S. Clark, postal telegraph operator, was found in Owego. Charles Woodward’s garage was entered and an inner tube and some patches were taken, and other garages entered were owned by Ogden Moss, Glenn Dean and Dewitt Vail.


Montrose – W.C. Gamble has just received an assortment of sea weed baskets [sweetgrass baskets] from the Penn Normal Industrial and Agricultural School of St. Helena Island, South Carolina.  These range in size from a small basket to the hamper and wood basket for fire place use, and are exceedingly well made. Francis R. Cope, of Dimock, is a director of the school. [Penn Center is the site of the former Penn School, one of the country's first schools for freed slaves. It is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today, located in the heart of Gullah culture. It was supported by abolitionist Quakers from Philadelphia. Francis R. Cope, of Philadelphia, was the owner of Woodbourne, in Dimock, still owned by a Cope descendant.]  ALSO Rev. William R. Thomas, of Rochester, NY, has been assigned by Bishop Blackwell, to take up the labors at Zion A.M.E. church, on Berry street, so named in memory of the late Elder Berry, for many years an earnest worker in Zion’s cause. Rev. Thomas is comparatively a young man and not afraid to work; he was seen beating rugs, cleaning windows and cutting lawns. 


Alford – On Thursday night of last week the Lackawanna train pulled out of this place for Montrose without a conductor on board. This important feature of train operation was overlooked until his absence was discovered when the train got a couple of miles up the mountain. The engineer then backed the train back to Alford and took Conductor Flanagan aboard. The passengers enjoyed the joke, but the genial taker of tickets was not so tickled over the joke as is customary with his natural bent of humor.


Forest City – Mrs. James McHale left Sunday evening for Philadelphia to assume her duties as instructor in pharmacognacy and botany in Temple University.


Laurel Lake – Miss Jennie Webster, of Franklin Hill, is teaching school here.


Jackson – Many of our young people are attending the Susquehanna high school, and Laurel Hill Academy, which is conducted by the Catholic Sisters in that place.


Springville – E.W. Lott, Harry Turrell, Harry Palmer, Harry Lee and Lionel Meserole have been in New York the past week, taking in the world’s series of baseball.  The trip was made in Mr. Lott’s new Ford car.


Williams’ Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – Fred Lewis, wife and son, Ralph, of Protection, Kan., have returned east to spend the winter with their son, Guy Lewis and wife.


Lymanville – A.R. Lyman, one of our most progressive farmers, has nearly completed an up to the minute farm and dairy barn; when finished will be the finest in this section of the county.


Brooklyn – The Epworth League will hold their annual Hallowe’en social in the basement of the Methodist church, the evening of Oct. 31.  A cafeteria lunch will be served. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. Everyone is requested to mask.


Harford – George Richardson is again driving the “Kid Wagon” from the Very district to Harford High School. ALSO  W.A. Sophia attended a reception given for the teachers at the Aqua Inn, Kingsley. Most enjoyable time had by all and the guests departed wishing all the teachers the best of success with their schools. ALSO The Harford Congregational church is planning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Sunday school. The school met in a dance hall when it was first organized in 1816.


East Rush – While C.F. Chase was handling a heavy box a few weeks ago, he very slightly injured one of his fingers. He treated it with peroxide and thought nothing more of it until a few days later, when it began to be painful. He consulted a physician, who found it had become infected. It grew worse so rapidly that he went to a Scranton hospital. Blood poisoning had developed and the finger had to be amputated. He was told that peroxide has small value in treating wounds, as after the foaming the wound becomes sealed, and therein lies the real danger. He was told that iodine is splendid to use on all kinds of wounds where blood poisoning is feared.


Middletown – The gate at St. John’s church, at Flynn, when completed, will be a credit to the parish. It is certainly one of the neatest appearing gates in this section of the county.


News Brief: Victory seems to be in sight for the dairymen of Susquehanna County, as approximately 100 of the milk dealers of New York City have come to the League’s price, which is approximately four and three-quarters cents a quart. These 100 dealers, known as small dealers, handle around 50% of the milk sold in New York City.  Four shipping stations are still holding out and the league men are holding solid. ALSO An examination of more than 2,000 school children in New York discloses a remarkable prevalence among them of the use of tobacco. Not only boys but girls use tobacco in one form or another. Only one boy used snuff, but many girls “dipped.” The strangest discovery was the age at which some of the children acquired the habit. A boy was found who began smoking at 4, and a girl who had used snuff since she was 3. 


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, PA, October 15, 2016   *CUSTOMERS, I sincerely wish SUCH of you as have been indebted to me three months to call and look over your accounts whilst your memory is fresh, and rectify mistakes if any there be, and prevent hard thoughts, and you will much oblige me. N.  RAYNOR. Montrose, Oct. 15, 1816.  *FAT CATTLE WANTED. The subscriber wants to purchase a few fat HEIFERS & STEERSAmos A. Gibbs.  Montrose, Oct. 1, 1816.  *For Sale, or to be Let, On reasonable terms, 2 or 300 SHEEP – Also a number of OXEN and COWS. Enquire of B. JONES, near Montrose. Oct. 15, 1816*REGIMENTAL ORDERS. The Regimental Orders for the 76th Regt. Pennsylvania Militia bearing date the 18th instant are hereby Countermanded and the Commissioned and Staff Officers of said Regiment directed to meet at Maj. Isaac Slocum’s, Tunkhannock, on Monday the 21st day of October next at 10 o’clock A.M. armed and equipped for military discipline agreeable to law. The reason why the place of meeting is altered is because Capt. Spencer has refused to receive us.  At our meeting at Tunkhannock some agreement will be made with regard to our future meetings, and it is wished every Officer might attend.  FREDERICK BAILEY, Col.  76th Regt. P. M.


October 20 (1916/2016)



To Dairymen – The milk fight is over and the price established; better still the principle of collective selling is recognized. The Dairymen’s League aims to perfect its organization to such an extent that another strike will be unnecessary. The members of the League are to be congratulated in that not one failed to answer the call. To the non-members we say if you held your milk during the strike you have upheld the cause. Thank you; but you still owe it to us to join the League.  Join us and attend the meeting at the Library Building, Saturday night. If you don’t care to join, come and tell us why.  We have 25 members, 1,375 cows. Chas. B. Dayton, Sec’y, Montrose Branch.


Forest City – The borough council of this place has received a visit from a large delegation of property owners who reside on Maple and Lackawanna streets urging the council to take some action looking to the installation of an adequate water supply in that section. The present service is entirely inadequate to the needs to that section of the town.  The council promised to consult with the local office and if necessary take the matter up with the head office of the company in Scranton.


Little Meadows – The New York and New England Association of Railway Surgeons held their 26th annual session at Hotel McAlpin, New York city, on Wednesday and Thursday. Dr. George Chaffee, of this place, was the founder and first president of this organization. He at present holds the active office of corresponding secretary,


Montrose – It is said that Zion A.M.E. church, in Montrose, is one of the oldest colored churches in the state of Pennsylvania. Bethel church was so considered in its day, but it has been converted from a place of worship into a dwelling house.


Susquehanna – George Albee, aged 78 years, died at his home in this place, Oct. 9th. He is survived by his wife, one son, and two daughters. The deceased had an extensive business as painter and paper hanger for a number of years, from which he retired owing to poor health.


Harford – Wallace Lord Thacher, educator, author, historian, born March 28, 1841, died October 12, 1916. The editor of the Republican has not a doubt but that the late beloved W.L. Thacher and his beloved wife, who sent the above brief notice, would be content to let that stand as a memorial tribute to the life of the deceased, while we, knowing his worth, feel that many columns could well be devoted in telling of his laudable qualities. He was a fluent and able writer, and his exhaustive history of Harford and the “Nine Partners,” who settled that township, and from one who he is descended, is generally accredited with being the best authentic record of that township’s early days. He wrote a history of the Harford Agricultural Association [Harford Fair] in 1907. Prof. Thacher was known to hundreds of county people. He was beloved by former scholars; he wrote and received letters from friends who left to join the army during the Civil War [which are now in the possession of this Society] and he was the first President of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and took a great deal of interest in furthering its welfare. He was a man who devoted his life to others—placing self last. The county has produced few better men.


Springville – The “chicken-car” was evidently doing business in this vicinity this week as the noise of the chickens could be heard as the auto was in town at about 2 o’clock in the morning, Wednesday. This is not the first year the country people have been robbed of their poultry, and while some of the thieves are well known, yet the old adage, “practice makes perfect,” fits this case, and as yet they are stealing all available poultry the same as in previous years. The wise man will lock up his hen house and have a good dog ready to welcome such callers. Or a shot gun well loaded.


Brooklyn – New windows have been placed in the M.E. church at a cost of about $400. They are memorial windows on the north side of the church. The windows are in memory of the Young Ladies’ Guild, Dr. and Mrs. A. Chamberlain, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Sterling, J.S. Wright and wife, Amanda, the Tewksbury family. On the south side, the Ladies’ Aid, Rev. and Mrs. D.C. Barnes, Hon. and Mrs. J.W. Adams, the Epworth League and Fred Hohn. They make a great improvement in the church.


Dundaff – The Dundaff post office has gone out of business and it will be missed.


South Montrose – E.W. Lott, of Springville, decided to go fishing Tuesday, and left his auto by the roadside, just below this place, while he went down to the brook to get some bait. A boy, George Chamberlain by name, spied the machine and felt sure he could manipulate it just as well as others. He managed to start it and went sailing down the pike, headless not only of his own danger, but to travelers. He suddenly ended up in a bank with the machine smashed. About this time Mr. Lott returned and followed the crooked tracks a short distance and discovered his damaged auto. The boy had abandoned the car, but was soon captured and brought to Montrose, before Justice of the Peace Davies, where his old and crippled father came to his rescue and agreed to pay for the repairs on the car and Mr. Lott withdrew prosecution for the present.


Clifford – Miss Bertha Rivenburg has gone to Philadelphia, where she has secured a position. ALSO – I.J. Wetherby has joined the ranks of the motorists and purchased a new Hupmobile.


South Ararat – We understand that Angus Tinklepaugh, of Jackson, but a former resident here, is soon to move in the neighborhood.  We are always glad to have good old neighbors return.


Silver Lake – Miss Hazel Conklin entertained the following in honor of her 18th birthday, Oct. 10th: Miss Ruth Buckley, Katherine Mahoney, Grace McEnaney and Ellen Scallon and Messrs. Floyd Conklin, Carl Sloat, Harold Hogan, Thomas Conroy, Tim and Ambrose Mahoney, Walter and Arthur Buckley.


200 Years Ago, from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., Oct. 22, 2016.      *Married – In the township of Bridgewater, on the 10th of Sept. last, by the Rev. Davis Dimock, Mr. Joshua Smith to Miss Peggy Young both of Bridgewater.   *Married – On the 16th, by the Rev. D. Dimock, Mr. Josiah Lord, of Waterford, to Miss Sally Hall, of Bridgewater. *Married – On the 19th, by the Rev. D. Dimock, Mr. Elias Palmer, of Bridgewater, to Widow Abagail Tupper, of Middletown.  *Married – On the 24th, Samuel Thatcher, of Middletown, to Eunice Tupper, of Rush. *Married – On the 16th inst., Robert Day to Lucy Bush, both of Bridgewater.  *NEW GOODS. The subscribers respectfully inform the public that they have just received a fresh supply of Dry Goods, Groceries, Hard-Ware, Tin-Ware & SALT, which they will dispose of cheap for Cash or Country Produce, at their store ½ mile south of Montrose.  WILSON & GREGORY.  Bridgewater, Oct. 22, 1816.


October 27 (1916/2016)



Choconut – Susquehanna county, which has been free from infantile paralysis cases throughout the epidemic, cannot now boast of freedom from the dread disease. Two little victims, residing in two different families, have succumbed as victims to the malady. The first child to be taken with the disease was Catherine Donnelly, the 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Donnelly, who reside near Stanley Pond. On Oct. 23, William Lynch, the 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lynch, was found to be suffering from the disease and died in the evening. Both of the sad fatalities, within a few days, have caused a deep gloom in the community.


Forest Lake – T. Booth & Son are making cider at 1 ½ cents per gallon for the trade. 


Montrose – Saturday, Oct. 28, the M.H.S. foot ball team is to meet their ancient enemy, Tunkhannock High School, on our home grounds. “Tunk” suffered defeat twice last year at our hands—and are coming up Saturday resolved to do or die. Come and see a good game and help our team. ALSO Chicken thieves are beginning their operations here this fall. During the early hours of Monday morning two of them succeeded in taking two chickens from Joseph Mawhiney’s flock, in his coop, located near the cemetery. Mrs. Charles Wood, who lives next door, was awakened by a lively commotion, made by her fine flock of ducks and hurriedly gave the alarm to her son, Paul Wood, that there was something wrong with the chickens and ducks. Paul did not wait to don special clothing for the occasion, and arming himself with what is necessary to greet burglars, and with a bulldog and Scotch terrier, the trio started in pursuit after the night prowlers. Paul, who is a barber, is just as handy with a shot gun as with a razor, and had he got a good chance somebody would have been properly peppered, to such an extent that all further raids on chicken coops would have had to be cancelled for the rest of the season. The thieves, upon hearing the barking dogs, were not slow in making their escape. The dogs in that neighborhood now sleep with one eye open and there is an extra supply of ammunition on cemetery hill awaiting a further visit from the marauders.


Bradford County – A geologist for one of the big oil companies spent considerable time this summer exploring Bradford county for oil and gas signs, and in consequence of his observations the oil company will sink at least two test wells in the central part of the county if land can be leased reasonably. The geologists are not optimistic concerning the outlook for oil but are sure that gas in paying quantities is to be found if proper tests are made.


Forest City – Yesterday afternoon Joseph Muchitz, son of Martin Muchitz, had three fingers badly mangled by the accidental discharge of a gun while hunting. He was with Anthony Gantor, in Robert Tinker’s woods, about 3 miles from town, when the accident happened. With handkerchiefs, Mr. Gantor bandaged his hand and with a lace from his legging, made a tourniquet, checking the flow of blood. The young man then walked to town. Joseph was taken to Thompson’s Hospital, in Scranton.


Susquehanna – Susquehanna has organized a glee club with 10 members. Perhaps a joint meet of Susquehanna’s organization and the Montrose Symphony Chorus can be arranged.


New Milford – The Baptists of this place have purchased the C.M. Shelp property, adjoining the church, for a parsonage. Rev. E.B. Hughes, of Montrose, the new pastor, took possession yesterday.


Great Bend – At about 1:15 o’clock Sunday afternoon, a Ford runabout on its way from Binghamton to Scranton, driven by Harry Humphrey and Thomas O’Hara, crashed through the guard rail of the bridge crossing of Erie railroad to the ground below, a distance of 20 feet. The car turned turtle in mid air. Mr. O’Hara was quite seriously injured and Mr. Humphrey slightly so. Both are now in the City Hospital in Binghamton. High speed, accompanied with a blowout while entering bridge, is stated as the cause of the accident. ALSO Six cows wandered from a pasture lot on the Cobb farm one morning last week and strayed on the Erie tracks at Newman’s crossing. A west bound train ran through the herd, throwing them from the tracks.  One of the animals, owned by J.O. Vroman, was so badly injured that it had to be killed. Another, belonging to J.F. Carl, was badly injured, but will recover.


Middletown Twp. – Middletown, for its population, supplies more school teachers than any other township in the county. It is told us that 14 schoolm’ams hail from that district. Good school teachers are hard to find, and Middletown is to be congratulated for giving some of its best and most conscientious young women to the great work.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Some miscreant of parts unknown traded buggys with W.B. Fish about two weeks ago, on late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, without Mr. Fish’s consent or knowledge, leaving an inferior one with a broken tire in its place. All traces of the same remain a mystery up to this date.


Hallstead – Floyd Merrell has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, at Annapolis. He expects to go for a term of eight years. ALSO Trains on the Lackawanna between this place and New Milford, have been running on the old tracks. The bank along the cut at Summersville slid down until it was necessary to take out two or three cuts with the steam shovel and the change in running trains was made while this was done.


Dimock – In an opinion handed down by Judge Denney, the school directors of Dimock are upheld in closing No. 7 school and accepting a gift of $10,000 from F.R. Cope and Percy Ballantine for a central high school.


Franklin Forks – About 80 attended the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Stockholm, Saturday. A fine time was enjoyed by all.


Marriage Licenses granted: Daniel King, Thompson, and Katherine Gilleran, Starrucca; William A. Jeffers and Candace H. Gorman, Lenox; Ray C. Tingley, Harford, and Edith C. Corse, Jackson; Otto Halford  and Blanche Westgate, of Crystal Lake; George P. Yard, Newark, NJ and Bernice M. Powers, Hopbottom; John H. Gerlach, Jackson, Mich. and Edith A. Bryant, Susquehanna.


200 Years Ago, from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, October 29, 1816.

*RAPID GROWTH. In the year 1812 the town of Montrose contained but two families. It now (1816) contains a Court house, Prison, Printing Office, Leather factory, two Shoe factorys, Hat factory, Cabinet factory, Chair factory, Druggist’s shop, three Physicians, seven Carpenters, three public Inns, five Stores, Twenty-eight dwelling houses, several more now building, and one hundred and eighty-six Inhabitants. AN INHABITANT. *NEW STORE, AND NEW GOODS. The subscribers have commenced business at their New Store on the Public Avenue, a few rods from the Courthouse in the village of Montrose. They have just received from New York and are now selling a general and well chosen assortment of DRY GOODS, GROCERIES, CROCKERY, GLASS & HARD-WARE, IRON AND STEEL, very cheap for cash, good credit and Country Produce. Please call and see for yourselves. They will be thankful for all favors they may receive. SAYRE & MULFORD. Montrose, Oct. 29, 1816.


November 03 (1916/2016)



South Gibson – Henry D. Pickering, for 20 years engaged in the undertaking business here, where he was widely and favorably known, died after a long illness on Oct. 7, 1916.  The deceased was 68 years of age and a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in Co. F, 14th Regt. N. Y. Heavy Artillery, when a boy of 16 years.  He entered the army January 11, 1864 and served with his company until mustered out on June 22, 1865.  Returning to his native town he again took up his studies in the High school, preparing for a teacher, which he followed for several terms.  February 9, 1869 he was married to Miss Estella M. Howell. For many years he was an active member of A.J. Roper Post, G.A.R and served as its commander and adjutant, and was junior vice commander at the time of  his death. A large concourse of friends attested his worth as a friend and citizen and the love borne him by relatives. The bearers were members of the local camp Sons of Veterans.


Montrose – November 1st marked the 13th anniversary of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, standard gauge, entering Montrose. Thirteen may be an unlucky number, but in this case it has not proven so to the road and its patrons. ALSO At the C-Nic on Nov. 3rd, Miss Henrietta Crosman will be shown in the greatest drama of its day, “The Unwelcome Mrs. Hatch,” by Mrs. Burton Harrison and produced by the Famous Players Film Co. and on the following Tuesday, Jack London’s great story of the Klondike, “Burning Day Light,” will be presented.  The cast is composed of famous players. Of the other stellar events already arranged for during November: Meme Bertha Kalich, in “Martha of the Lowlands,” Nov. 10.  “The Typhoon,” Nov. 14.  “The Making of Bobby Burnit,” on Nov. 17. The “Pursuit of the Phantom,” Nov. 21. “The County Chairman,” Nov. 24.  Mary Pickford in “Behind the Scenes,” Nov. 28.


Great Bend – Charles W. White has been appointed assistant in charge of the U.S. weather bureau station at Key West and Sand Keys, Florida.


Susquehanna – Frank J. Reddon has purchased the W.S. Mitchell drug store, the oldest establishment of its kind in this place. Mr. Mitchell died some months ago. Mr. Reddon is a native of Susquehanna and was graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. After his graduation he was with the famous Liggett Drug Co., which owns a chain of stores in various cities. He was located in Brooklyn, NY and Pittsburg.


East Lynn, Springville Twp. – C. D. Travis, the efficient manager of the Strickland & Parks grist mill, announces to the public that the mill is in running order again and is ready to do custom grinding; also will serve his patrons with a complete line of feeds.


New Milford – Messrs. Ivan Decker, Herbert Whitman and Lester Eastman met with an accident on the Kirkwood road while returning from Binghamton in Mr. Decker’s car. In some manner a forward wheel turned causing the car to swerve, throwing the occupants to the ground, badly injuring Mr. Whitman and Mr. Decker. ALSO Everybody invited to attend the poverty social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Gunn, at Bradley Corners on Friday, Nov. 3.  Refreshments, 15 cents, to go toward an organ fund for the Bradley school.  All are requested to come dressed in rags. A prize will be given the one wearing the most ragged clothes.


West Auburn – Arthur Grow has installed a feed mill in the building purchased of Mrs. L.B. Lacey.  He has moved into Mrs. Lacey’s house nearby. ALSO In Auburn Center, W.W. Bennett was born in the same house in which he now lives, eighty years ago, the 29th day of November, and has lived on the same farm ever since. Mr. Bennett is very smart and active for a man of his age, and has taken the Montrose Democrat for 50 years; his father took the paper before him.


Forest Lake – Thieves were evidently doing business in this vicinity Saturday night as Michael Quinlivan’s cellar was entered and about 100 pounds of fresh pork and a number of cans of fruit taken. ALSO Born to Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Booth, Oct. 24, 1916, a daughter, Alice May. ALSO  Four of the Forest Lake schools are closed on account of the epidemic of infantile paralysis at Friendsville.


Forest City – The following marriage licenses have been issued: John Onofrio and Julia Ganlitch; Mike Basile and Nanna Pinda; Isidor Mazuhowski and Magdelena Filipowitz, all of this place.


Franklin Forks – Last Tuesday evening Arthur Hunsinger’s barn burned with all its contents, eight cows, grain and hay. It was a total loss.  No insurance. He has the sympathy of the whole community.  Some of his friends are passing a paper around among his friends to get a little help to build a new barn.


Lymanville – Joseph B. Loveless, an aged veteran of the Civil War and an old resident of this place, died at the home of his son, at Corbettsville, [NY] Monday morning, Oct. 16, at the age of 79 years. In 1863 he enlisted in Co. L, 137th New York Volunteers, returning to Pennsylvania in 1865.  He married Elma Jane Snedaker, who survives him and to them were born five children.


North Harford – E.J. Whitney had the misfortune to break his arm while cranking his auto.  We hope he will soon recover.


Dimock – Five kid wagons now convey the scholars to and from the Dimock school and they are as fine a jolly set of children as we have seen in many a day.


Friendsville – The many friends of Dr. E.L. Handrick, for 50 years a practicing physician here, but who now resides with Hon. E.B. Beardslee, at Little Meadows, will regret to learn that he is in very poor health and W.V. Handrick, of Montrose, has been taking care of him.


Brooklyn – The Harford Dairy Co. is dismantling the creamery, as they could no longer afford to operate it.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, PA, November 5, 1816. *Notice is hereby given to All persons indebted to the subscriber for the service of his Horse, the last season, that their Notes and Accounts are now in the hands of Chapman Carr in Montrose for settlement.  Those who neglect to call on Mr. Carr and make payment will have to call on Stephen Gere in Waterford (Brooklyn) who is authorized to receive pay and give discharges.  Jacob P. Dunn. Harford, Nov. 4th. 1816.  *CUSTOMERS, I sincerely wish SUCH of you as have been indebted to me three months to call and look over your accounts whilst your memory is fresh, and rectify mistakes if any there be, and prevent hard thoughts, and you will much oblige me. N. RAYNOR.  Montrose, Oct. 15, 1816. *PAYMENT OF MILITIA. Funds having been placed in the hands of the subscriber for the purpose of paying the Militia late in the service of the United States under the command of Lieut. Col. Montgomery, discharged at Danville in November 1814—Notice is hereby given that Capt. Frederick Bailey’s company will be paid at the house of Edward Fuller in Montrose on Saturday the 16th of November next.  Every man must sign the receipt and pay Rolls in person or by his attorney in fact duly authorized.  GEO. DENISON.  Wilkes-Barre, Oct. 25, 1816.


*TAKE NOTICE.  ALL persons are forbid cutting or tapping the timber on the lands of Thomas and John Clifford, lying in the townships of Clifford and Gibson, Susquehanna county. All trespassers will have the law rigorously enforced against them. ASA PARK, Agent. Montrose, Oct 8, 1816.


November 10 (1916/2016)



Airplane Flies Over County – Much interest was excited on Thursday and Friday last in the airplane flight between Chicago and New York. The aviator was Victor Carlstrom and he was making an attempt to fly from Chicago to New York, between sunrise and sunset. At the speed he was going, averaging 107 miles an hour, he could have easily made it. The loosening of a pipe on his engine caused him to descend at Erie, Pa., and he did not reach Hammondsport, NY until nearly nightfall. The following morning he made the distance to New York in a little over two hours. His actual time in the air was about 7 hours.  Residents of Susquehanna, Honesdale and Binghamton saw him in flight. Two observation men, in the employ of the Bell Telephone Co., came to Montrose, Thursday, to take observations of the plane, but were unsuccessful in seeing it. They stationed themselves on the roof of the court house. Scores of other people spent most of their time Thursday afternoon and Friday morning on roofs and highest points of vantage craning their necks northward.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Your correspondent and family witnessed the aeroplane flight of Victor Carlstorm on his flight from Chicago to New York. He went over the hills here early Friday morning and was close enough so we could hear the hum of the machine. Surely quite a treat. Seventeen years ago, last July, I saw the first automobile driven through Dimock, enroute for Tunkhannock. I wonder what the next few years will do in the improvement in flying machines in view of what the last few has done in the improvement of automobiles.


Franklin Forks – Miss Mina Birchard and friend, Mr. Bert West, of Montrose, were calling at D.L. Birchard’s on Sunday. On their way back to Montrose they met with a narrow escape from serious bodily harm. They were in a carriage and were struck by an auto which was driven by Miss Caterson. The couple jumped from the conveyance, which was quite badly smashed, and the horse, which belonged to L.H. Sprout & Sons, in Montrose, was badly bruised.


Forest City – Dr. F.L. Grander, who moved from here to Scranton a few months ago, killed himself on Saturday after shooting his wife in the arm while in a fit of rage. Dr. Grander had returned from a hunting trip near Uniondale and told his wife he proposed to dress two rabbits he had shot. The doctor, who was addicted to the use of a drug when advised by his wife to defer dressing them until later, flew into a rage, hurled an earthen crock at her, and as she fled, fired a revolver, causing a wound in the arm. Neighbors called the police and Dr. Grander was found cowering in the basement. Evidently believing his wife was dead he took his life. Dr. Grander, had been melancholy for eight years, following the death of a little son, and had used a soothing drug to relieve his remorse, it is stated.


Montrose – “Shall These Bones Rise Again,” is an old Southern jubilee hymn that for many years was a standby during Rev. Dawson Edwards’ pastorate at Zion African Methodist- Episcopal church, and he used to lead the song with that swing characteristic of his race. And it would now appear that the query is being answered in Zion’s fold which for quite a while has been sleeping, and the interest at very low ebb. The dry bones are awakening to new zeal, under the pastorate of Rev. W.R. Thomas, who believes in going out by the day and working. Mr. Thomas says: “I can do anything, and I want all my friends to employ me.” Last week, with the aid of a few others, he kalsomined the interior of the church, removed the old carpet, painted the floor and the entrance door, and placed strips of new carpet in the aisles. It requires both time and money to do this, but he is willing to do his share in this respect if only others will co-operate with him. To do this he has called a rally service in his church next Sunday evening, at which the principal speaker will be Rev. Mr. Lesh, pastor of the First Methodist-Episcopal church. Mr. Thomas wishes for the presence of every church member to come and give a dollar toward the church improvement project. Others may give what they desire.  Rev. Edwards will also be present at the service and he may sing one of his old melodies, and a word or a song may be heard from one of Zion’s oldest members—Uncle William Spence, who sings with such enthusiasm, “I am Thine O Lord.”


Jackson – Edward B. Gillet, a farmer of this place, has brought suit against the borough of Susquehanna Depot to recover damages for alleged personal injuries, medical expenses and injures to a team in the total sum of $5,800. Gillet alleges that he and his team fell over an embankment on Erie avenue, Oct. 30, 1915, and that the borough had failed to erect proper safeguards at the point of the accident. He declares that his injuries will prove permanent. The damages filed were claims of $500 for medical expenses, $5,000 for personal injuries and $300 for damage to his team.  The borough claims that the street was in proper condition and there was no negligence.


Harford Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bell are moving from the F.E. Moore house to Dimock, where they will have charge of the Norris farm in that place.


Uniondale – The Woman’s Suffrage club held their annual banquet at Hotel Orce, Nov. 3. Mrs. Ort, of Carbondale, looked after the culinary affairs which were delicious. Six waiters looked charming in yellow gowns and white caps. The decorations were simply fine, carrying out the color scheme of yellow and white. Much credit is due the president, Mrs. Bronson, for arranging the same. Proceeds of evening, $26.50.


News Briefs: The world has known that John Howard Payne, who wrote “Home Sweet Home,” was himself a man without a home but few people have understood how completely alone in the world he was. Only last month, 64 years after his death, was the United States government able to find a collateral heir to whom it could pay the $205 that was due him from his salary as consul at Tunis, the post that he occupied when he died. ALSO Few people realize that there are over 7,000 miles of underground tunnels in the anthracite mines of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. has more than 800 miles of timbered gangways and drifts. Over $5,000,000 a year is now spent by the operators for mine timber and lumber.


200 Years Ago. The Centinel, Montrose, Pa., November 12, 1816.   *The Patrons of the Centinel will please take notice that Produce of almost all kinds will be received in payment—and we should not be offended if a little CASH was to be paid.

*SLAVERYFellow Citizens – Lend me your attention for a moment. Are you aware that forty years have elapsed since the declaration of American Independence was announced to the world? –Do you reflect upon the profound principles, and solemn promises, set forth in that instrument? –Have you forgotten that “all men are born equally free?”  Pause!  Blush!  When the degrading truth is uttered, that more than a million of human souls, within the jurisdiction of this boasted asylum of Liberty, inhabited bodies, not so free nor so well treated as many of your hogs or your horses! –It is high time, that as a nation, we should see to this offending—“God will not be mocked—Remember that “justice and judgment are the inhabitants of his throne.”

*Went away from the Subscriber, my son, Ephraim, without my consent.  This is to forbid all persons from harboring or trusting him on my account, as I will not pay any debts of his contracting after this date. EPHRAIM KNOWLTON, Rush, November 4th, 1816.


November 17 (1916/2016)



Montrose – Miss Mabel Shaw witnessed the great motion picture drama, “The Birth of a Nation,” in Binghamton.  In the evening she attended the concert of the Ithaca Trio in Brooklyn.  Her niece, Miss Evelyn Jones, is a soloist in the trio. ALSO Ice of excellent quality, fourteen inches thick, is being harvested on Post’s pond.  Many dairymen are already filling their ice houses.  The work of cutting ice on Lake Montrose will probably start next week.  An interesting letter from the State department of health, regarding sanitary precautions to be taken in cutting ice will be of interest to those engaged in ice cutting or who are consumers of the product.


Kingsley – The teachers of Harford gave a banquet to the directors at Aqua Inn.  Twenty-seven plates were laid.  All had a very enjoyable time.


Hallstead – Fireman Andrew Carigg, of this place, had both legs severed by a pusher engine when he slipped on the ice, falling under the wheels, on Thursday night of last week.  Drs. A. F. Merrell and A. S. Blair attended him and he was taken to the Binghamton hospital on a special engine.  The limbs were amputated below the knees.  Mr. Carigg was one of the best known railroaders between Scranton and Binghamton, having been employed on the Lackawanna for over thirty years.


Gelatt – While returning from school on Friday last, Oliver Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Potter, was coasting down what is known as Sawmill hill and lost control of his sled.  It ran into the fender of the bridge and broke one of his legs.


Gibson – On Friday last, our community was greatly shocked when the word came that our genial stage driver, O. B. Harding, had died suddenly in Harford.  He had gone out to care for his horse and a little later was found dead.  He was apparently in usual health.  Mr. Harding was a highly respected friend and neighbor and for the last thirty years had been a resident of this place.  He will be greatly missed.  Besides his wife, he leaves three sons to mourn his loss.  The funeral was largely attended at the M. E. church, Monday afternoon.  Interment in Gibson cemetery, E. J. Whitney, of Harford, funeral director.


Friendsville – The members of St. Francis’ choir and their friends enjoyed a banquet at the Friendsville hotel on Wednesday evening, Dec. 29th.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. John F. Moran, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Murphy, Misses Anna Foran, Kathryn Ryan, Margaret Gillen and Elizabeth O’Connell and Messrs. J. D. Ryan, J. J. Matthews, Joseph Mullen and Hugh Foran.


Powell, Bradford Co. – Joseph Camp, proprietor of a hotel at Powell, killed a monster wildcat after a battle, during which the beast nearly killed Camp’s dog.  With two broken legs, the cat continued to fight and held man and dog at bay until a bullet pierced its heart.  The wildcat weighed nearly fifty pounds and was the largest ever killed in that county.


Auburn Township – Susquehanna county will soon be in the throes of another murder trial.  This was made certain by the finding of the grand jury this week, when a true bill was returned to the court, charging Albert Hughes with the murder of his wife, at his home in this place, a few weeks ago.  The fact that two lawyers have been appointed by the court to defend the prisoner insures a big legal battle to save the prisoner from the electric chair.


Fairdale – The young people of the Epworth League will hold a social in the Grange Hall on Friday evening, January 16.  It is particularly requested that it be noted that this is not an ordinary shadow social, but a leap year shadow social.  This is to be a chance for down trodden womanhood.  The men are to be the shadows.


Dimock – Miss Isa Mills, librarian of the Dimock Free Library, is at the City hospital, Wilkes-Barre, where she is recovering from a serious operation.  Mr. and Mrs. Dean Tiffany have charge of the library while Miss Mills is away.


New Milford – Scranton newspapers are the authority for the statement that it is practically assured that the D. L. & W. Railroad Co. will turn over their old, abandoned roadbed between Clark’s Summit and New Milford, out of which will be constructed a modern concrete road by the State Highway Department.  No word has come from official sources of the railroad to indicate what is in the mind of the company, but several railroad men say that it would be a lasting tribute to the railroad to give that strip of land to the state for highway purposes. [Now Route 11]


Harford – E. M. Tingley has the sale of Edison Pulverized Limestone, which has given splendid satisfaction to farmers in different parts of the county. ALSO A nice large load of wood was brought to some people in this locality, last Friday, and I think the giver must indeed be a very kind man; and I consider this “act of kindness” worthy of mention.

Lynn, Springville Twp. – The wheeling is fine in this vicinity these days, although a little icy in places.  They [roads] are smooth and if a horse is sharp shod one can skim over the roads in good shape.  Our local blacksmiths are reaping great benefits these days, sharpening horses from early morn until after dark many days. 


Glenwood – The Marcy brothers are getting the acetylene lights installed in their house and barn.  You hardly know this old town for many are getting up-to-date.


Brookdale – The young people are enjoying the fine skating on the pond near the Iron Bridge.


South Ararat – Again death has entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emeret Burman and claimed their little 8 month’s old son.  This is the fourth time the Reaper has come and taken for his own three boys and one girl.  Surely they have the deepest sympathy of this place.  Rev. Webster spoke comforting words to the family.  Mrs. Sparks and Mrs. Harding sang the selections.  W. W. Pope, of Gelatt, was in charge.  The little one was laid to rest in the Ararat cemetery, Sunday afternoon. ALSO The hard snow storms and wind blows have nearly put our mail service out of commission.  Sometimes it would be two or three days before we could get mail and those sending items and other mail matters were obliged to just wait and not complain.


The Telephone by Sister Ann: If our grandmothers had been told sixty years ago that to-day we could sit in our easy chairs by the fire side and talk with our friends and relatives in distant towns they would have scarcely believed it.  A story is told that considerable trouble was complained of on a certain telephone line and upon investigation it was found that one of the ladies on the telephone line was using her telephone receiver for a stocking darner.  How is that for a short cut?  Yes, the local telephone has many advantages besides saving trips over cold, stormy roads.  It keeps one posted on the most important events of the day in the surrounding neighborhood.  Many a farmers’ wife can sit all the long, dreamy afternoon taking in their neighbors’ secrets.  Of course the men folks never listen and only talk business over the telephone. 


*Please be aware that we do not have a copy of the Forest City News for 1916.  However, we will try to include news from Forest City that is included in other newspapers.





November 30 (1916/2016)



Montrose – Rev. Wm. R. Thomas, pastor of Zion church, has fitted up a portion of the gallery in the church, and lives there, his small room serving as kitchen, dining room, parlor, and pastor’s study.  He is a bachelor and seems to think the church should be made useful as well as ornamental.  He is one of the most powerful colored preachers that ever struck town, and a great many white people go to hear him. ALSO The last and biggest foot ball game of the season will be held at 3 p.m., Thanksgiving Day, when Montrose will meet their old rivals, St. Patrick’s Academy, of Binghamton, who suffered defeat at our hands last year and are out for blood.  The enemy will bring a crowd of rooters and it is hoped that our team will have a good crowd of backers to support them.


Forest City – Fire was discovered in the Presbyterian church about 8 o’clock Tuesday evening.  The fire, when discovered, was in the basement of the church and it is presumed that the cause was due to an explosion in the stove.  The firemen arrived promptly and by excellent work succeeded in checking the flames but not until considerable damage had been done.  The loss is placed at $1000, with an insurance of $800.


Harford – The next meeting of the Harford Parent-Teachers’ association will be held in the High school building, Dec. 16.  Subject for discussion: “What can be done for the School to help the Children who by Home Training are Rough, Rude and Impudent, to become Gentle, Kind and Polite.”  Also “How Parents Help or Hinder the School.”


South Ararat – Harry Davis had the bad luck to lose one of his good work horses on Monday. It fell dead while plowing.  This is two good horses he has lost within two years. ALSO Charles Hine, of Gelatt, visited friends here one day this week.  He is in his 83rd year and real smart for one of that age.  We are always glad to have him to visit among us, for he is always cheerful.


East New Milford – The 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Whitney was held last Saturday and although the air was cold and the weather a bit stormy, 55 neighbors, friends and relatives were present. After a sumptuous chicken dinner was served, we assembled in the parlor, where singing was indulged in; followed by a recitation by Miss Una Bennett and then a splendid poem by Mrs. May Tingley Benning.  A sum of money was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Whitney and toward sunset the guests departed, all feeling they had spent a pleasant day. AND In the Borough of New Milford, Mrs. Kathleen Blakeslee Ainey, widow of the late Dr. David C. Ainey, died on Nov. 26, 1916.  Deceased was one of the oldest residents of New Milford, where she had lived for over 60 years and was one of the most beloved residents of that place.  Her son, Hon. W. D. B. Ainey, chairman of the Public Service Commission of Pennsylvania, had been called to her bedside a few days previous to her death. Mrs. Ainey was 79 years old and a descendent on her mother’s side, of Wm. Whipple, of New Hampshire, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  Her father was Hiram Blakeslee, a pioneer of this county, and her mother was Amanda Whipple.  Two brothers, Drs. E. L. Blakeslee and W. R. Blakeslee, both of Forest City, are deceased.  Another son, Charles H. Ainey and one sister, Miss Florilla Blakeslee, of New Milford, survive her.


Glenwood – T. B. Cameron and family have gone to Binghamton to live for the future.  T. B. has accepted a position as motorman on the street cars. 


Great Bend – Burglars broke into Chas. H. Hamlin’s store in the early hours, Thursday morning, and secured about $100 worth of men’s clothing, besides some pipes, cigarettes and gum.  Entrance was gained by forcing the front doors.  Before making their raid on the store the thieves stole Wm. Newman’s (a farmer of East Great Bend) horse and wagon, which they used to carry away the stolen goods. The wagon was found near the bridge at Hickory Grove, demolished, and one of the overcoats was in it.  The horse was found near Susquehanna.  The thieves were traced as far as Windsor and there the clue was lost. This is the third time within a year that Mr. Hamlin’s store has been robbed.


Ararat – Some folks think that Ararat is the coldest place in the world and the winds blow the hardest and the largest snow banks are to be found there, but give Ararat all the credit it deserves.  A gentleman from Herkimer, NY came to these parts last week and said snow was a foot deep and people were using sleighs altogether—(no such here).


Lynn – A big game supper was held at the home Jacob Ruschmeier, at Lymanville, on Wednesday evening of last week, where about 150 people assembled and gorged themselves on stewed rabbit, fried rabbit and rabbit on toast.  Something over $31.00 was realized out of it, which goes for church purposes.


Fair Hill – Turkeys were bringing a good price.  Some paid over 30 cents per pound.  Rather expensive for Thanksgiving dinner.


North Bridgewater – Quite a snow and cold after our fine weather. ALSO  A former Bridgewater farmer, Martin V. Bisbee, who moved to Montrose a few years ago, died on November 24.  His dignified, gentlemanly demeanor, and kindly disposition, attracted many warm friends and he was held in the highest esteem by a wide acquaintance.  He was born in Lathrop township, April 15th, 1840, being a son of Major Seth Bisbee.   He married Katherine Ainey, July 4, 1859.  Mr. Bisbee served three years in the Civil War, being a member of the 17th Cavalry, Co. B, under Gen. Phil Sheridan and was Color Bearer and Sergeant of his company.


News Brief:  W. P. Shoemaker, factory inspector of this district, is very alert and has his eye on all institutions where women are employed.  On Friday he had a Sayre hotel man and a Towanda landlord before Justice Meredith and both were fined $10 and costs, each, for working women over 9 hours a day and more than 6 days a week. ALSO Overalls for women who do their own work are coming into vogue and are really sensible and not unbecoming.  It is nothing but custom that binds women to the unwieldy and tiresome skirt, which is forever in the way while doing certain kinds of work and if she takes to overalls, the world will soon approve.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, December 3, 1816.

*Jabez Hyde has been appointed by the Governor as Prothonotary of this County.  That the Governor made a mistake in appointing Jabez Hyde instead of Jabez Hyde Junior, is certain, unless the petition sent in omitted the Junior, which is not very probable.

*Turnpike Notice. The Stockholders of the Bridgewater and Wilkes Barre Turnpike Company are hereby notified that an election will be held at the house of Isaac Slocum in the township of Tunkhannock, on the first Monday of January next for the purpose of choosing a President, Treasurer and Managers for the ensuing year.  Benjamin Perry, Sec’y.

*Turnpike Notice. Notice is hereby given to the Stockholders of the Milford and Owego Turnpike road, that an election for a President, twelve Managers and a Treasurer, will be held at the house of Edward Fuller, in Montrose on the first Monday in January next. B. T. Case, Sec’y. Sheriff’s Sale. Will be sold at public vendue on the premises of James Finn, in Clifford township on Thursday the 28th inst. one mow of Wheat and one mow of Rye, supposed to contain in the whole 150 bushels—seized & taken in Execution by me.  A. Howell, Sheriff. Nov. 18, 1816.  Postponement. The above Sale is adjourned until Friday the sixth of December inst. at twelve o’clock, (Noon) of said day.  Dec. 3, 1816.


December 08 (1916/2016)



Brooklyn – A double funeral was conducted here on Saturday afternoon when Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Tiffany were laid side by side in Evergreen cemetery.  When Mrs. Tiffany died on Monday night, her husband felt that nothing remained for him to live for and expressed the wish that he might be buried with her. His wish was granted, for on Friday morning he was suddenly stricken with pneumonia and died before noon.  His wife’s funeral was postponed a day and these two who had traveled life’s journey together for nearly fifty years were carried together to their last resting place.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Chas. Henning and Robert Sheldon left here yesterday for State College, where they will take an agricultural and dairy course.  ALSO W. B. Fish is progressing with his water works, piping water to his house and barn which will be a great convenience when finished.


Harford – News has just reached us that Mrs. Fred Chamberlain, of California, who was seriously injured in an auto accident, in which her husband was killed, underwent a surgical operation on Dec. 3, from which she did not rally.  She leaves two small children to mourn her loss. ALSO  A nine pound and quarter son—William George, was born to Mr. and Mrs. George LaBarre, in Dr. Burns’ Hospital, Scranton, Dec. 1st.


Birchardville – Miss Chadija C. Dayton, a trained nurse from Rochester, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Watson Dayton, near this place.


South Montrose – H. R. Decker, the well-known breeder, recently shipped a very fine, pure bred Holstein calf to California.  It arrived in splendid condition, after its six-day journey.  The express charge was over thirty dollars


Montrose – Miss Helen Burns, daughter of druggist and Mrs. Geo. C. Burns, at a recent class election, was honored by being chosen secretary of a large class of students at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.  The fact that she was the only girl elected to fill an office is particularly gratifying to her many friends. ALSO Wm. Spence is now the oldest member of A. M. E. Zion church, and he has a fine record for attendance.  It is a pleasure to hear him sing and exhort.


Ararat – Samuel Entrot, having exchanged his large farm in Ararat for the store property and stock of goods of J. L. Wadman, of Ararat village, will have a public sale, Dec. 23rd.  Fifty head of registered Holsteins, other stock, and a large stock of farm tools, etc., are to be disposed of.  The scarcity of help and poor health made it necessary for Mr. Entrot to give up farming.


Little Meadows – The dance held in the hall, Nov. 29, under the management of the Emmet Club, was not very successful, owing to the bad roads and rain.  ALSO  E. J. Shaughnessy and family are going to move to Binghamton this week.  We will be sorry to lose our neighbors. James Murphy has also gone to Binghamton to work for his brother-in law, who runs a milk route.


Friendsville – Martin Coleman, of Middletown, is boarding with Thomas Lee and attending the Turnpike school. ALSO One of the oldest churches in Susquehanna county is the unused little Church of the Holy Spirit, located in the grove near Carmalt Lake.  The late Rev. Elisha Mulford used to conduct Episcopalian services there occasionally, although it is said it was first used by a number of Quakers for a meeting-house.


East Rush – Another one of East Rush’s boys was laid at rest last Sabbath, when the funeral of Abijah James, which was held at Jersey Hill, occurred.  He was in business at Ely, Minnesota, as a druggist for the past few years and was taken sick sometime late in the summer and came to Chicago for treatment, but there seemed to be no cure for him.  He leaves a wife and one son and a number of brothers and sisters to mourn him.


Susquehanna – Jesse Payne, aged nearly 96 years, died in the Susquehanna Hospital on Thursday.  He was a veteran of the Civil war and until recently resided in New Milford.  A daughter, Mrs. Ella Griffin, and a son, Thomas Payne, both of Susquehanna, survive. [Jesse mustered in on Sept. 5, 1864 to Co. C, Two Hundred and Third Regiment.  He mustered out with his company in June of 1865.]


Gelatt – Russell Howell has gone to State College where he will take a course in butter and cheese making.


Marriages Licenses: Seburn Nye and Theresa Payne, Jackson; Emmett M. Sivers, Lawton and May M. Marbaker, Forest Lake; Kenneth H. Hunter, Great Bend and Blanch E.Vail, Montrose; C. Fred Stiles, Endicott, N. Y. and Claudine V. Stanton, Great Bend; Lingi Lesti and Marie Pingareei, Susquehanna.


News Briefs: A mine cave in Dunmore, Tuesday, carried a horse and wagon to the bottom of a thirty-foot hole. ALSO  One of the oldest newspapers published in this part of the state, The Bradford Argus, established in 1833, suspended publication last week.  E. A. Parsons was the publisher for years.  At his death, some time ago, his wife undertook the management of the publication.  The soaring prices of printing materials are given as the cause of the death of the paper.  The plant of the Argus has been purchased by the Towanda Printing Company.


ROUNDING UP THE CHICKEN THIEVES: It has been suspected for some time that some of the chicken stealing in Montrose has been due to several youths and enough evidence being secured the sheriff and 2 constables raided a certain domicile.  The house was surrounded, that is on three sides, and Constable Chapman walked in the front door and grabbed the first one in sight.  The most guilty made a jump for a rear window, taking sash and all, and Chapman “hollered” for aid and Constable Rosche beat it around the back of the house, with a 38 caliber revolver in his hand, and was making good time when he fell over the rocky cliff in true motion-picture style.  He saw the fleeing youth and three times his pistol barked.  This convinced the guilty one that he was needed, and as the bullets were flying close he gave himself up. Taken before Justice Davies, the thefts were admitted, stating that  some of Horton Brown’s fine prize birds had found their way into the stewing pot—and other birds had likewise flown in that direction. Amusement was shown when told of the culinary operations in making fricasseed chicken.  The bird was picked, head and feet chopped off, and without the usual preliminary dressing, was dumped into the scalding pot, the formality of removing the entrails being omitted in the act.  It was related that one miscreant didn’t eat any of the birds, objecting more to the fact that one of the members stirred the contents with his fingers, than to the fact that the fowl was not properly dressed. [Names omitted to protect descendants who may read this article.]


200 Years Ago will continue next week.


December 15 (1916/2016)



Montrose – Guy Brothers’ Minstrels, with wonderful band, and superb orchestra, is the attraction in town today. They will give one of their performances in Colonial Theater tonight.  This company is composed of such artists as—Kinko, boneless wonder; Edwin Guy the laugh maker, Bob Laurence and Harry Prince, the tenor soloists; George Guy, soft shoe dancer; Aspen Karle, High tone baritone soloist; Charles Guy, funniest man on earth; Al Marto, fun maker and dancer; Tom Donaldson, basso profundo; three Morale Brothers, great acrobats; The Molly twins, monarchs of terpsichorean art; Allen Karle, female impersonator, and others.  The price of admission is 35 and 50 cents.  ALSO Marion O. Wilson, a brother of L MacLean Wilson, has been elected captain of the Princeton University football team for 1917.  The Wilson brothers are great football players, Alex D. Wilson, another brother, having been captain of the Yale team last year.


Susquehanna – Susquehanna is to have a community Christmas tree


Rush – Mr. and Mrs. Harry Warner and Mrs. Jane Howell moved to Binghamton last week.  ALSO A Chicken Dinner will be served in the basement of the East Rush Church on Dec. 27th,, the occasion being the 28th anniversary of the dedication of the church.  Price of dinner 35 cents.


Brooklyn – The girls’ basketball team, organized by Miss Taylor, has met with great enthusiasm.  The boys’ athletic association has kindly offered the girls the use of their hall for practice on Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. ALSO Maurice K. Packer, a young man of this place, has purchased the hardware and plumbing business of Geo. H. Terry.  Mr. Terry has for a number of years been one of Brooklyn’s most prominent and active business men, a man foursquare in dealing with his patrons and fellows and he will be missed from the business circles, but has an able and worthy successor in Mr. Packer.  The latter was a former employee of Mr. Terry’s and has also been employed in the McConnell hardware store in Nicholson.


Gelatt – During the hard wind of last Wednesday night, Fred Howell’s house caught fire on the inside near the chimney and did several hundred dollars’ worth of damage to household goods.  Mr. and Mrs. Howell had been to Glenwood to attend Pomona Grange.  Their nephew, Eugene Denney, was left to look after the chores.  When Mr. Denney discovered the fire he gave a general call for help over the telephone line, and with the help of neighbors kept the fire from getting on the outside of the building.


Hopbottom – Mrs. G. B. Mathewson, of Factoryville, mother of “Big Six” Christy Mathewson, spoke at a Pre-license Court Temperance Meeting in the Foster M. E. Church, Sunday evening.  Mrs. Mathewson is president of the Factoryville Women’s Christian Temperance Union and has been appointed to represent them in the No-License hearings in Montrose.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Dean Baker hitched onto the kid-wagon and brought a load of ladies down from Springville to the Ladies’ Aid Society here last Wednesday.


Auburn – Two games of basketball were played Thursday afternoon at Auburn, between the first and second teams of Laceyville and Auburn.  The scores were 16 and 3 and 10 and 6, both in favor of Laceyville.  The Auburn players were as follows—1st Team: Harold Davis, Harry Tyler, Ralph Place, Perry Schoonmaker and Leland Corey; 2nd Team: John Winans, Richard Davis, Russell Lott, Irvin Loomis, and Searle Swisher.  Quite a number were present from both Laceyville and Auburn to see the game.  ALSO Calvin S. Gay, veteran of the Civil War, formerly Justice of the Peace of Sayre, and former resident of Auburn Twp., died Friday evening at his home in Sayre.  Deceased was the brother of Jas. P. Gay, Montrose, who died only a few months ago


Jackson – Two well-known citizens of Maple Ridge are about to remove from the township.  O. C. Galloway to Port Jervis and C. C. Benson to Endicott.  Mr. Galloway has been an efficient member of the school board for many years.


Uniondale – Wallie Whitman is erecting a shop and garage on Main Street.


Clifford – Walter Oakley was the victim of a distressing accident last Saturday.  He was operating a corn fodder cutter when in some manner his glove got caught in the cog wheels and his hand was drawn in to the gears.  He was taken to the Carbondale Hospital where the first finger of his right hand was amputated.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. –  A young snow storm on Monday night.


Springville – Frank James, of Duluth, Minn., who was called east to attend the funeral of his brother, Abijah James, was calling on friends here last week. ALSO Harry Lee is the possessor of a very fine piano, purchased of Guernsey Piano Co. of Scranton.


Bradley Corners – Everybody is cordially invited to attend the poverty social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Gunn, at Bradley Corners, on Friday evening.  Refreshments, 15 cents.  Proceeds to go toward an organ fund for the Bradley School.  All are requested to come dressed in rags.  A prize will be given the one wearing the most ragged clothes.


East Lenox – The candy box social, held at the Wilson school Friday, Dec. 1st, was very successful.  A nice little sum was received toward school room supplies.



December 22 (1916/2016)



Montrose – When Judge Denney called the hotelmen of this place before him and asked them if, in the event of his granting their licenses, they would observe the rule not to sell in bottles, to which they all agreed, it looked very much as though all of their licenses would be granted.  It was therefore somewhat of a surprise when Judge Denney announced that the licenses of the Tarbell House, conducted by D. J. Donovan, and the Montrose House, conducted by T. L. Dolan, were refused on the grounds of violations. The judge said that in his estimation the hotels had been reasonably well conducted and that there was no disposition on the part of the landlords to break the laws, but the violations were due to inattention on the part of the bartenders. It is even rumored that Landlord Donlin is considering the advisability of not taking up his license—running a temperance house, as he will have the only licensed house in this part of the county, the southern and western parts being practically “dry.”  Mr. Donlin is one of the most careful of hotel men in the observance of the law, but naturally feels any intemperance will be attributed to the one licensed house in this section. ALSO The Christmas exercises which were to have been held by the Presbyterian Sunday School on Tuesday evening next, have been postponed as so many of the children who were to have participated are having the measles.


Clifford – Relatives and friends of Dr. Robert A. Brundage received word that he had been killed at Pittsburg by being run down by an automobile on Friday, November 30.  The remains arrived in Peckville and a brief funeral took place from his parents’ home on Sunday morning. The remains were then taken to Clifford, where additional services were held in the Clifford Baptist church and burial made. Dr. Brundage was born Dec. 28, 1880 and after attending a country school he entered Keystone Academy and graduated.  He attended the University of Michigan and Jefferson Medical College and after extensive travels to study he settled in Pittsburg as an ear, nose and throat specialist.


Gibson – W. J. Lamb and H. C. Estabrook are papering the Baptist church at Jackson.


Williams’ Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – On account of the illness of our teacher, Miss Horton, there was no school last week.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Miss Hazel Conrad, who is teaching at Lynn, delightfully entertained her pupils at her home on Friday evening, Dec. 15.  The evening was spent in music, songs, recitations, etc.  Dainty refreshments were served.  Those who were in attendance were: Emma Hooven, Leon Williams, Oscar Canfield, Claude Button, Willard Hooven, Herbert Jennings, Guy Davis and Albert Jennings.  Miss Conrad has recently organized an Audubon Society in her school.  The purpose of the society is for the study and protection of wild birds, in which great interest is being taken.  A class is being conducted every month.


Rush - Seventy one creameries in Pennsylvania competed in the creamery butter contest at State College this year and the three highest average scores of those who took part in all seven contests during the year were received by the following men in order: W. J. Smith, Millerton, Pa., first prize; Oscar Hardic, Rush, Pa., second prize; H. E. Hobbs, Meshoppen, Pa., third prize.


Springville – All the stores are open evenings during the holiday season, but trade is not up to the usual standard owing to the increased cost of everything. ALSO The young people gave a shower to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smales who were married last week.


South Auburn – The men who are interested in providing wood for the church worked several days last week, instead of one as was announced as the day for the bee, and still there is much to be done and an opportunity for any who may care to help.


Dimock – Byron Benninger has bought the farm of Raymond Gregory, the late H. D. Johnson place, and will move there on March 1st.


Uniondale – Miss Lottie Norton, for a number of years [our] telephone operator, has resigned and will remove to Binghamton.


Brooklyn – A pleasant surprise was given Albert Gere on Saturday evening when six or seven young married couples enjoyed the evening at his home. ALSO Brooklyn H. S. seniors will hold a box social at the home of M. Aldrich, near Alford, Dec. 29.  Sleigh loads from Brooklyn will leave the post office at 6:45.  All girls taking boxes are also requested to take two clothes pins, dressed as twin dolls.  One of each pair will be sold at auction and supper partners found by matching dolls.


Hopbottom – The Christmas celebration of the Methodist church will this year be known as the White Gifts Services, following the ancient legend of White Gifts to The King. ALSO Christmas will be celebrated in the Universalist church on Saturday evening with a Christmas tree and by music and speaking by the children of the Sunday School.  Christmas will also be celebrated on Sunday morning.  Christmas is the greatest festival of the church.


West Bridgewater – While Mrs. Emma Bush and son, Marvin, were driving to church Sunday, their horse became frightened at a passing automobile, and tipped them over and demolished the cutter.


News Brief: Measles have made their appearance in the schools and no doubt will keep some children from having a very merry Christmas.  In order to avert a general epidemic parents should co-operate with the teachers, and wherever there is a case in a family the rest of the children should be kept at home.  When proper precautions are taken measles are not very dangerous.  If children, however, are allowed to go out and get cold and wet, further complications—such as pneumonia, may result.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa. Dec. 24, 1816. 

*The last Sunday’s mail has not yet arrived, on account of the impracticability of crossing the [Susquehanna] river.  So long as the mail carrier can excuse himself on account of ice in the river, so long he will neglect to bring the mail; and we may expect the last winter’s farce over again.  The mail might pass on this side of the river on horseback if the carrier was disposed to bring it.


*The Centinel will hereafter be published on Saturday—to commence next week.  This arrangement has become necessary in order to accommodate the people in the north part of the county, by mail, with papers.  Persons living in Choconut township can have papers sent to Silver Lake Post Office, if requested; and those persons living in Silver Lake, at any place, on the post road, that they may choose.

*Silver Lake Bank. Notice is hereby given to the Stockholders of the Silver Lake Bank that an election for the purpose of electing thirteen Directors will be held at the house of Edward Fuller in Montrose, on Saturday the fourth day of January next at 1 o’clock P.M.  David Post, Charles Fraser, Jonah Brewster, Isaac P. Foster, Putnam Catlin, Isaac Post, Austin Howell, Stockholders.


December 29 (1916/2016)



Birchardville – George Dayton, of this place, won second prize in the dairy butter contest conducted by State College, recently.  Of the 6 prizes offered, Susquehanna county buttermakers captured three—two prizes in the creamery class and one in the dairy.


Little Meadows – Mrs. Edward B. Beardslee, aged 80 years, died at her home here, Tuesday, after a long illness.  She is survived by her husband, one son, Esmond Beardslee, of Montgomery, N. Y., one daughter, Miss Verna Beardslee, of Little Meadows, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Vail, of Montrose. 


Montrose – At the C-Nic Friday afternoon and evening, Charles Richman, in Booth Tarkington’s comedy, “The Man from Home.”  New Year’s matinee, and evening, Mary Pickford in “Mistress Nell.”  This is Mary in a role of days of the “Merry Monarchs” of England, Charles 11. See Charlie Chaplin at the C-Nic Saturday afternoon and evening.  Admission 5 and 10 cents. ALSO The merchants report an extraordinarily large holiday trade—several the best in their history.  The disagreeable storm of Friday brought business nearly to a standstill, but Saturday was a perfect day, and the sleighing was excellent, bringing a record-breaking crowd into town.  John J. Ryan proprietor of the Globe Hardware store, said he never before saw so many horses on Public Avenue at one time.


Jackson – At the Law steam mill, upon the Henderson farm at North Jackson, nearly 100,000 feet of fine hemlock and hard wood lumber has been cut out to date.


Auburn Center – M. J. Dean had a barn blown down by the high wind on Friday.


Clifford – The officers for the ensuing year of Clifford Grange will be installed nest Tuesday evening by the Master of the Welsh Hill Grange, John W. Davis.  Refreshments will be served and the Welsh Hill Grange is expected to be in attendance. ALSO The Baptist and Methodist churches celebrated Christmas with appropriate exercises.  The former, in Finn’s Hall, Saturday evening, with music, recitations, etc., by the little folks and with three fine tableaux representing the Shepherds, the birth of Christ and the visit of the wise men.


Susquehanna – It is reported that the Erie Railway has ordered 10 Pacific-type locomotives from the American Locomotive Co.  These big iron horses will have 25x25 inch cylinders, 69-inch driving wheels and will weigh, when in working order, a total of 287,000 pounds. They will be equipped with super heaters.


Scranton – Scranton has been designated by the general board of the navy as one of the 40 cities which would be free from attacks in the event of a hostile fleet moving on the United States. As a result of the announcement, Scranton will be considered as a suitable place for the establishment of the $11,000,000 armor plant to be constructed by the government.


Auburn Twp. – Evidently there are dogs abroad in the land that should be rigidly confined or, better still, shot and buried under some tree or vine that would make the most of the “remains.”  Several flocks of sheep in this vicinity have recently been raided and a considerable amount of damage done.  W. A. McAvoy, John Adams and A. L. Burke have lost several sheep each by their attacks.


Hop Bottom - The Boy Scout movement has revived in Foster and the boys of the town are apparently very much interested in the work.


Brooklyn - The chicken pie dinner to be held by the young men of the Methodist church will be held in the church parlors instead of the hall, as announced last week.  Ways will be provided for all who wish to be conveyed to the church.


North Harford – The Christmas exercises passed off usually well.  “Old Santa” was present, and amused the children with his “cute ways.” ALSO In South Harford, we are very sorry to say, we hear no more wild cats to sing us to sleep in the twilight.


Kingsley – Chesley & Deuel, the Montrose barbers, will have a barber here, Thursday nights and Fridays, until further notice.


Rushboro – V. F. Dean recently bagged four foxes—two reds and two grays in one day. Skins and bounty will net him around $28.


Uniondale – Grace and Lloyd Wademan, students at Wyoming Seminary, are spending the holidays with their parents.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wademan.  Lester Todd, who is also attending Wyoming Seminary, is spending the week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Todd.


New Milford – A Farmers’ Institute will be held in the New Milford Opera house on Saturday, January 6, 1917.  Questions relating to soil building and cultivation, the dairy cow and other lines of animal breeding, fruit growing, market gardening and the poultry industry, will be discussed. There will be three sessions and at the evening session, at 7:30 p.m., home sanitation, domestic science, farm and country life and advancement of the rural schools will be topics discussed.  These institutes are held under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture.


News Brief: Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Astor, of New York city, had over 1,000 well-filled baskets that were distributed among the poor families on Christmas Day.  The baskets were accompanied by card greetings.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, December 24 & 31, 1816

*Ebenezer Park & Sarah Cook, Administrators of Colwell Cook, deceased vs. Ozem Cook, in the Court of Common Pleas of Susquehanna County.  The subscribers will attend at the house of Samuel Fessenden in the township of Bridgewater on Friday the 27th of Dec., inst. at 11 o’clock A.M. at which time and place there will be sold at vendue one bed, one iron shovel and a number of other articles.  J. W. Raynsford. Stephen Wilson, Trustees.

*Fresh Winter Goods.  The subscriber, at his store, in Montrose, has just received from New York, and is now selling, a general assortment of Dry Goods, Groceries, Crockery & Iron & Steel, very cheap for Cash or Country Produce.  N. RAYNOR.    N. B. He will sell RUM by the barrel, if requested.

*NEW STORE AND NEW GOODS. The subscribers have commenced business at their New Store on the Public Avenue, a few rods from the Courthouse in the village of Montrose.  They have just received from New York and are now selling a general and well-chosen assortment.  They have also received a fresh supply of Goods suitable for the season—Also RUM AND BRANDY of the first quality. CASH paid for GRAIN.  SAYRE AND MULFORD.

*HERRICK & FORDHAM have received a fresh supply of Winter goods, from New York—among other things, Black, Blue, Snuff-colored and Gray Superfine BROADCLOTHS—Kerseymeres, Vestings, Pocket and Neck Handkerchiefs, silk and cotton—Red, Blue & White Flannels, (very cheap,) Bombazetts of different colors, Cotton & Worsted Hose, Cotton shirting of various kinds, Muslins of different kinds, Shawls, Umbrellas & c.  St. Croix & New England RUM by the barrel or smaller quantity.  Brandy, Wine Tobacco, Snuff, Tea, Coffee, Raisins, Pepper, Ginger Cinnamon, Spice, & c., etc.