January 05 (1917/2017)



Forest City Milvern Wimple and sister, Gladys and Mrs. Helen Miller, witnessed “Romeo & Juliet” at the Forest City movies on Monday evening.


Montrose – An expert foot specialist from Chicago will be in attendance at I. Stein’s store on South Main street, January 19th and 20th to demonstrate Dr. Scholl’s Specialties for the relief and correction of all foot ailments; entirely free.  Make an appointment now.  ALSO Ice, 10 inches thick and of good quality, is being cut on Lake Mont Rose.  The Borden ice house is being filled, but the general harvest has hardly been started.


East Kingsley – Thieves have been plying their trade at this place.  A harness was taken from the barn of E. E. Titus and the same night a horse and wagon was stolen from the barn belonging to Frank Pratt, near Hopbottom. ALSO  The Xmas exercises in both churches were well attended and a good time enjoyed by all.  Old Santa talked and sang to the great enjoyment of the children.


Springville – On Thursday evening of last week a party of young people were entertained by Miss Vida Edwards at her home here, the guest of honor being her brother, Charles, who is spending his vacation there.  Dainty refreshments were served and games were indulged in till a late hour, when all returned to their respective homes having spent a very pleasant evening.  Those present were: Elizabeth Button, Mildred Titman, Leora Stevens, George Loomis, Edna Mae Brown, Vida Edwards, Charles Edwards, Earle Sherman, Harold Titman, Hugh Lott, Stewart Button and Ralph Ferguson.


Uniondale – Miss Frances Westgate, of this place, and Prof. Frank Sheffel, of Rush, were united in marriage, in Scranton, on Dec. 23, by Rev. George P. Eckman, pastor of Elm Park M.E. church. They will reside in Rush. Prof. Sheffel was formerly principal of the Uniondale schools.


South Auburn – There is no school this week, Miss French having been called home by the death of her father.  ALSO  The Auburn correspondent reported that Fred Chamberlin met with an accident at the Bunnell farm from which he was very fortunate to escape with his life.  While pitching hay from the top of the barn mow, his hold with the fork suddenly gave away and he fell backwards over the “big beam” to the floor below, striking across the press and although no bones were broken, he received severe and painful bruises.  That a heavy man could take such a fall without sustaining more serious injuries seems little short of a miracle.


Franklin Twp. – Mrs. Wm. Austin, Mrs. Wm. Sisson, Mrs. Wm. Foot and mother, Mrs. Jane Chapin, who is 86 years old, were entertained at the home of Mrs. Wm. Smith, last Thursday.  After a bountiful dinner, all enjoyed the afternoon visiting and looking at the many beautiful presents which Mrs. Smith received for Christmas.  Mr. Smith received a present from his sister of an enlarged picture of herself. ALSO Charles Palmer has recently installed electric lights in his house and barn.  Surely, farming pays at his place.


Dimock – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Max Gregory, Dec. 22, a son, Lester Herbert.


South Ararat – George Tinklepaugh has secured a position as guard at the Fairview [Farview] hospital, near Honesdale. His friends wish him success. [Farview was founded by an act of the state legislature on May 11, 1905 as the first and only institution in the state devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of the criminally insane.] ALSO The funeral of Dallas Carpenter was held Monday at the Ararat Presbyterian church. He had been almost a life-long resident here. He was about 80 years of age. He was laid to rest in the Ararat cemetery, beside so many of his kindred who have gone on before him.


Harford – On Dec. 22 the pupils of the High School gave an operetta in the Odd Fellows Hall. The operetta was one of the finest entertainments of its kind ever given in this place.  Each part was well rendered and many novel costumes were seen.  It is hoped that it will be repeated again in the near future.


News Brief: Deaths among Civil War veterans made large gaps in the government’s pension roll during the past year.  More than 50,000 of the old soldiers passed from the pension list, reducing their total to 208,080, hardly a third of what it was 18 years ago. ALSO A year ago an Aurora, NY, a girl advertised, at a cost of $11.25, for a husband and she was successful.  Last Saturday he died, leaving her $19,000, or a net profit of $18,989.75.  We simply cannot refrain from remarking that it pays to advertise.


The Decline of Quilting: Another fast-vanishing Vermont art is quilting.  When one feels chilly these bitter nights and pulls around him the store bedclothes which most of us use, how we miss the old-fashioned quilt, which was frost-proof, nearly ever-wearing and contributed besides to the artistic spirit of mankind!  A quilt designed by an old-time housewife, tied at a “bee,” full of generous padding and exhibiting its gorgeous evening face to the tired bed-seeker, was quite a different thing from the factory-made substitute which gives neither adequate warmth nor esthetic pleasure.  Sleeping under a crazy quilt did not make the sleeper crazy. Even folks who possess the priceless old-fashioned quilt are apt to hide it under the frivolity of a  “spread” so that neither the pictorial beauties nor the promise of satisfying protection appeal to the eye, but it is lamentably true that even by counting these hidden treasures, the visible supply of quilts has disappeared.  We are no busier people today than we were when grandmother tied her last quilt, but we have less time for such work.  We waste more, both in time and energy and we are too apt to join with people who think old-fashioned things out of date.  A native characteristic effort like a hand-made quilt is never out of date.  It is not only excellent industry, but it makes for conservation; it saves money, utilizes waste, and a quilt is also a fine barrier against our climate.    From the Rutland [Vermont] Herald.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, Jan. 4, 1817. 

*Melancholy Accident – On Monday evening last, 7 or 8 young Ladies were crossing the north branch of the Susquehanna, nearly opposite Mr. Gaskins, for the purpose of attending singing school—when melancholy to relate, the canoe in which they were, struck a cake of ice and a young woman, daughter of Mr. Joseph Skinner, was drowned—the others saved themselves by holding to the canoe until they were relieved by Messrs. John Gaskin, Jonathan Gaskin and Abraham Gulick—to whom great credit is due for their humane exertions.  The body of the young woman has not yet been found. Danville Express.

*Distressing Accident – A son of Mr. Welton, living on Snake Creek, in Lawsville township, about 4 years old, fell into a kettle of boiling water on the 22nd. ult [ult meaning month before], And was so shockingly scalded that he survived but a short time.

*MARRIED. – On the 29th ult., by Joshua W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Elijah Bullard, of Springville, to Miss Phebe Deans, daughter of Deacon Zebulon Deans, of Bridgewater.

*DIED – In Lawsville [Liberty] township, on the 23 ult., Mr. John Staple, after a long and tedious illness.

LOOK OUT! For the LAST time I inform those that are indebted to me that I must and WILL have a settlement immediately.  ASA PARK   Bridgewater, Jan. 4, 1817.


January 12 (1917/2017)



Brooklyn – Israel Reynolds, of West Brooklyn, died at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1917, where he had lived practically all his life of 80 years. His funeral was held on Friday, Rev. T.J. Vaughn officiating. Mrs. Reynolds is very sick, not expected to live, and did not know of her husband’s death at the time.


Glenwood – The Sons of Veterans and wives, of Freeman P. Whitney’s Camp, of South Gibson, invited the Sons of Veterans and wives of Russell Phillip’s Camp, of this place, to meet with them to witness the installation of their new officers for the following year. Chicken pie was to be served, but on account of the scarcity of chicken, the Glenwood boys and wives were royally entertained and treated to coffee, baked beans and sandwiches.


Franklin Twp. – Mrs. Wm. Austin spent Sunday afternoon in Hallstead with her mother, Mrs. Geo. Shoemaker, and son, Lyman Jameson, who presented her with a beautiful rocking chair, which was made in the Hallstead chair factory.


Middletown – A sleighload of young people from Silver Lake, including James McCormick, Guss Murphy, Walter Giblin, Jeremiah Mahoney, Ward Murphy, Raymond Donnelly, Francis Mahoney, Walter Murphy, John Kane, Joseph McCormick, Winifred Hannigan, Mary Heavey, Mary Donnelly, Bertha Kane, Marie Murphy, Kathryn Heavey, Mary Murphy and Edna Ward, attended the dance at Middletown Center.


Springville – At his late home occurred the death of Ira Ward, Jan 2, 1917, after a few days’ illness of pneumonia.  Deceased was a son of Sanders and Almira Ward and was born in Norwich, N.Y. in 1838.  He was united in marriage to Miss Lucetta Wallace, Nov. 30, 1861.  Their union was blessed by six children, of which four survive, Worthy, of Malta, Ill.; Oscar, of Montrose; Eddie and Stanley, of Springville, and the widow of the deceased, of Springville. His brother, James, of Nicholson, attended the funeral.  Deceased came to Pennsylvania in 1866, spending the greater part of his life, over 50 years, in this community.  He was a veteran of the Civil war, a member of 144 Light Artillery. ALSO There is one school in this district that is teaching an important lesson in patriotism by swinging to the breeze the Stars and Stripes every school day, unless it be a very stormy one.  This is Kasson school, presided over by Miss Winifred Smales.


Nicholson – The Nicholson Examiner thinks that none of the Nicholson hotels will apply for liquor licenses this year.


Montrose – While in the Subway Lunch, in the space of an hour’s time, it was observed that a veteran of the Civil War, a veteran of the Spanish-American war, and one of our young men who had returned from the Mexican border—William Holmes—had entered the restaurant.  And, as a finishing touch, Claude Miller, who had served under the heat of battle in France for over 5 months, was also present.  When it became known that the latter had “faced the war music” in Europe, he was the center of attraction and for about two hours Mr. Miller entertained those who tarried, in relating many incidents as he recalled them from the bloody trenches, and also giving bits of information in relation to the cities of London and Paris, which he had visited.


Kingsley – Stearns Bros., of Kingsley, have installed a “Calfway” milker outfit for Chas. B. Dayton, of South Montrose. Mr. Dayton has a large herd of Holstein cattle and finds it impossible to secure help for hand milking. With the “Calfway” he is milking and caring for 20 cows without outside help. 


Susquehanna – Burgess O’Connell gave Henry Smith ten days in the lockup today as the result of Smith’s arrest of drunkenness, disorderly conduct and reckless driving. Smith appeared in Susquehanna, from Jackson township, with a one-horse rig and whooped it up until he was gathered in.


Parkvale, Dimock Twp. – Icy roads make it dangerous traveling these days. Horses have to be very sharp to stand up and people, too.


Jackson – A.C. Crosby, of Binghamton, has erected a steam saw mill upon the farm recently purchased from O.C. Galloway, at Maple Ridge.


Lynn – W.B. Fish has hot and cold water installed in his house; also running water to the barn.


Clifford – John Irving, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this place, passed to the great beyond Dec. 29, 1916, as the result of paralysis, aged 86 years, having been born in 1830 on the farm where he spent his life, unmarried, until declining years made a change necessary and went to live with his sister until her death a few years ago. He inherited his excellent qualities from his parents, who were hardy Scotch pioneers.  Interment in Elkdale Cemetery.


Forest City – A three-day Chautauqua, commencing Jan. 20, will be held here.  Frank Dixon, the well-known lecturer will be one of the chief drawing cards.


News Brief: Five hundred gallons of whiskey, wine and beer were poured into the city water wagon at Phoenix, Ariz., and the streets of the business section sprinkled with liquor. Two hundred automobiles and several floats formed a parade that followed the water wagon.  A band played a dirge. The liquor was confiscated in raids by the sheriff under the new Arizona prohibition law, and its disposition was ordered by Judge Stanford. ALSO Col. W.F. Cody, known all over the world as “Buffalo Bill,” died in Denver. Col. Cody was the most picturesque figure of Indian days on the frontier and the country mourns the death of this famous scout and Indian fighter. Cody got his name by furnishing buffalo meat for the men engaged in building the transcontinental railroad across the plains.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, January 11, 1817. 

*Married, in Springville, on the 5th inst., by J.W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Benoni Tuttle to Miss Susan Rosengrants.

*Note Found. Found, in the township of Bridgewater about four weeks since, a NOTE OF HAND, signed Jacob Tewksbury, payable to Robinson & King, of Fourteen Dollars. The owner can have the same by calling on the Editor of the Centinel and paying for this advertisement, as I have left said note in his lands.  HART ROBERTS, Jan. 8, 1817.

*Silver Lake Bank. The Silver Lake Bank was organized on the 4th instant, and the following gentlemen were chosen Directors:--Robert H. Rose, James Pumpelly, Ebenezer Dana, Charles Pumpelly, John H. Avery, William Camp, John A. Drake, Isaac Post, David Post, Benjamin Lathrop, John Lanning, George Scott, and John W. Robinson.  Directors on the 6th inst. chose Robert H. Rose, President and Putnam Catlin, Cashier.

*Milford and Owego Turnpike. At an election for officers of the Milford and Owego Turnpike Road Company for 1817, held at the house of Edward Fuller in this village on Monday last, Robert H. Rose was elected President, Abraham T. Stryker, Charles Geer, Jonathan West, Isaac P. Foster, Charles Fraser, Isaac Post, Frederick Bailey, Bartlett Hinds, Isaac Rynearson, Stephen Wilson, John Brink & James Barton, Managers, Putnam Catlin, Treasurer.  Benjamin P. Case was appointed Secretary by the Board of Managers.


January 19 (1917/2017)



Harford – Two died and thirty were injured in Harford’s I.O.O.F. Hall fire. Trapped on the 2nd floor of the Odd Fellows hall building, while flames poured up the only stairway used as an exit, nearly 100 persons were forced to leap for their lives, from the windows, to save themselves from death in the roaring furnace of flames beneath. The fire started in the kitchen, which is located near the one narrow stairway to the hall above.  A large lamp gave way and oil spurting from the lamp, as it struck the floor, quickly ignited the building. People had gathered at a reception for Mr. and Mrs. Neil Follett, newlyweds, when the cry of “fire” sounded. Rev. H.A. Green made ropes of curtains by which many were enabled to reach the ground in safety.  Others fell or jumped from the windows, a distance of about 15 ft., many breaking legs, arms and suffering internal injuries. The care given the children is shown in the fact that not a child was seriously hurt.  They were carefully let down by the curtain ropes or tossed into waiting arms. Mrs. Lee Forsythe, 35, died from serious burns and also, Miss Mary Sweet. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Whitney were taken by automobile to the Moore-Overton Hospital, Binghamton, both suffering breaks in both legs. Rev. Mr. Green was the last to leave the hall, and the ladder having been brushed aside, he jumped, breaking both legs. Doctors came from surrounding towns and some worked until noon on Wednesday alleviating the suffering.


Forest City – A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Kelleher on Sunday morning. The youngster, who has been named after his dad, besides having a full quota of grandparents, has two great grandmothers living, Mrs. Nora Kelleher, of this place and Mrs. Quinn, of Scranton, mother of Mrs. James Malia. ALSO Bolus Kusmenski was fatally injured while at work in the Gray slope yesterday afternoon by a pre-mature blast. His face and right arm were badly lacerated and the right leg was broken near the knee. He died while being removed to the hospital. He is survived by a wife and two small children, also by a brother Peter. Deceased was 32 years of age and a native of Russia. He had resided here the past ten years and was highly respected.


Thompson – E.[Edwin] P. Potter is erecting a large barn. It will be one of the largest and most up-to-date in the country. The structure is now going up and when the frame was raised, the first of the week, it required nearly a hundred men to raise it.


Dimock – Jesse Kitchen, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home here of cancer of the stomach on Friday last and was buried on Monday in the Dimock cemetery. He was nearly 79 years old. ALSO Byron Benninger will move, March 1, to his new farm, which he recently purchased, on the “back road.”


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – Mark Overfield, who got the bones in his foot cracked by the horses starting up and his foot being caught in the spokes of the wheel, is able to be out with a crutch and hauls the milk to town.


Lakeside, New Milford Twp. – The farmers are busy filling their ice houses during the cold snap. Those who have just finished filling their houses are: R.R. Jennings, N.B. Rice, C.J. LeRoy, the poor asylum, F.E. Rice, E.E. Mosher, Leo Williams and J.B. Hart.


Silver Lake – A. [Arthur] N. Hill has purchased a new horse and will draw the milk going from here to Conklin for the coming year.


Montrose – A business announcement which came as a pleasant surprise to a very large number of people was that of the purchase of the interest of the late Clark L. Voss, of the firm of Pepper & Voss, by ex-Register & Recorder Milton E. Birchard. This firm sells D.L.&W. coal in Montrose, conducts the express business, and do a general draying business. 


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Miss Violet LaSure, who has been ill at her home in this place for the past six weeks, was given a Sunshine Box by her many friends New Year’s day, it also being her 17th birthday. She wishes to thank all who aided in making the box thus helping her in the passing of the lonely hours.


Clifford – Fine skating on the creamery pond is the verdict of the Clifford boys.


Hop Bottom – George Finn, of Kingsley, has opened a mercantile business in the store formerly occupied by G.A. Roberts. Mr. Roberts is building a fine residence on his farm in Lenox, where he will reside in the near future.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. – Miss Lucille Wilson, of this place, a recent graduate of Syracuse University Library School, has accepted a position in the Syracuse public library.


News Briefs: Although the sleighing is not the best, the roads being miniature glaciers, scores of farmers are hauling lime to their farms from Montrose. Tons of this land stimulant are drawn along the principal avenues of traffic daily, the loaded sleighs at times making a veritable procession. ALSO That the 5,000,000 acres of barren land in Pennsylvania can be reclaimed by reforesting is finally established by reports given out by the Department of Forestry.  These reports cover the planting of 21,000,000 trees on 13,000 acres of State Forest land. Pennsylvania set a record last year when almost 6,000,000 trees were planted in one season and a single plantation was made which contained over half a million trees. The nurseries will produce many more trees this year, but the work of planting will be hampered considerably by scarcity of labor and lack of funds.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, January 18, 1817. 

*MARRIED – In this town [Montrose] on Sunday last, by the Rev. Davis Dimock, Mr. John Bard Jr. to Miss Almeda Wilson, daughter of Stephen Wilson, Esq., all of this town.

*MARRIED – On Thursday last, by D. Post, Esq., Mr. Stephen Geer to Miss Abagail Olney, both of Waterford [Brooklyn].

* For Sale at Public Vendue. The subscriber will offer for sale at Pubic Vendue, on the 30th inst. at his dwelling house in Harford township, the following property: viz. One Yoke of Oxen, 1 Cow, some Young Cattle & Thirteen Sheep, and a quantity of WHEAT, RYE, & OATS, and a number of articles of Household Furniture; also, the Lot of Land on which he now lives, containing 88 acres, 30 of which are under improvement; some grain on the ground; there is on the premises a two story dwelling house, a small barn, and 150 apple trees.  Twenty days credit will be given for the moveables and a reasonable credit for the Farm. The sale will commence at 10 o’clock A.M.    CYRUS CHEEVER. Harford, Jan. 15, 1817.

 *Ardent Spirit – The synod of Pittsburgh, Pa., have recommended to all the ministers within their bounds, to endeavor both by precept and example, to abolish the use of ardent spirits except as a medicine.  Among the evils resulting from its present extravagant use, they enumerate idleness, poverty, wretchedness; the destruction of health and reputation; discord in families and communities; enervating the strong, making ideots of the wise: & as training up thousands for  disgrace, the prison, the gallows and eternal misery.


January 26 (1917/2017)



Thompson – On Wednesday of last week, Mrs. George Stoddard, who lives alone on the corner of Main Street, was terribly burned and died as the result of her injuries the next day. Earl Jenkins, the Borden milk carrier, was on his way to care for his horses when he discovered a fire and upon entering the house found Mrs. Stoddard unconscious on the floor. She was taken to Mr. McNamara’s and everything possible done for her until the end came. It is supposed the fire was caused by the explosion of a lamp, but nothing definite is known. ALSO The Thompson regulars challenge the Starrucca regulars to a series of 5 games of basket ball for a side bet of $100.00.


Montrose – Miss Rose Horton, daughter of Calvin Horton of Lathrop street, is on her way to the heart of Africa, where she will serve as a missionary to the natives, under the direction of the Africa Inland Missionary Society.  It will require a period of six weeks to make the long journey. ALSO J. Wesley Gavitt, having finished the fall term at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, is now at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Gavitt, of Bridgewater.  Mr. Gavitt speaks very highly of the conservatory and is contemplating continuing a full course in music next year. He will teach anyone desiring instruction on the violin.


Lanesboro – The application of Earl Hendrickson for a retail liquor license was refused Monday morning by Judge H.A. Denney.  This, as in all other licenses that were not granted, were refused on the charge of violations.  The charges in the Lanesboro case were sales on credit and selling to persons of intemperate habits.


Little Meadows – Kathryn Hickey has returned to Binghamton to work in the shoe factory.


Union Hill – F.D. Bennett, an aged resident of this place, was found dead in his home last Saturday by neighbors. He had left a note stating that on account of his advanced age and being no longer able to care for himself, he had taken strychnine to end it all. He also gave directions for his burial. Mr. Bennett was 71 years old and unmarried. For several years he had lived alone, making his living by hunting, trapping and doing odd jobs for his neighbors. 


Dimock – Jesse Kitchen, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home, January 12, 1917, and was buried in the Dimock cemetery. He was nearly 79 years old. ALSO The old school house where the young boys and girls were tutored and where they enjoyed riding down hill on the meadow of W.L. Stillwill, is now vacated.


Jackson – The Jackson Band has re-organized and will furnish music for skating in the I.O.O.F. Hall.  ALSO The Northeastern Telephone Co. has purchased the Chas. Wakefield house and will use it for the Jackson Exchange. ALSO The annual meeting of the Jackson Library Association was held at the Central Hotel last Tuesday evening.


Susquehanna – Born to District Attorney and Mrs. John Ferguson, on Monday, Jan. 15, 1917, a daughter, Mary Elizabeth. ALSO A sacred concert was given by the Erie band, at Hogan’s opera house. This is the second concert of the kind to be given and was largely attended.


Forest Lake – A sleigh load party from here attended the box social and dance at the Turnpike School, of Apalachin, taught by Miss Genevieve McManus. Those in the load were the following: Misses Rose Whalen, Jennie Kelly, Catherine Donlin, Irene Quinlivan, Marie Curley, Francis Quinlivan, Messrs. Will, John and Paul Quinlivan and Joe Kelly.  All reported a fine time.


Hickory Grove, Great Bend Twp. – Miss Fordice Dixon, age 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ford Dixon, was quite seriously injured last week. The young lady, with a number of companions, was riding down hill on the creek road when they observed a team coming up the hill. Miss Dixon turned her sled into the ditch to avoid a collision, and in doing so was thrown to the ground, striking her head and face on the ice, badly cutting and bruising her.


Herrick Center – Acetylene lights are soon to be installed in the M. E. Church.


Forest City – The borough solicitor will, this week, enter liens against Main street property owners who have not paid their paving assessment. The ordinance provided that payment could be made in 5 annual installments, liens being entered to protect the bonds on installments unpaid.


Franklin Twp. – W.J. Sisson is the youngest old man in this section.  He was 92 years old last October. Last fall he took out a hunting license and in five trips out bagged two foxes and two rabbits. Many men at 80 look far older than Mr. Sisson.


Silver Lake – Henry W. Hill has been afflicted with rheumatism for the past year and it has cost him some pangs to be compelled to lay aside his violin, of which he is very fond, but he can use the fife just as good as in the days of the old Silver Lake drum corps, of which he was an enthusiastic member.


Harford – People here speak in praise of the untiring efforts made during and following last week’s fire by Miss Julia Moore, operator in the Northeastern telephone exchange. Miss Moore gave the alarm to all the surrounding towns and cities, being indefatigable in her efforts to get physicians and aid for the unfortunate victims, doing much to relieve their sufferings speedily. We have become accustomed to the capable, courteous exchange operator and many times demand of her time, energy and patience as a matter of course and it is invariably given willingly and cheerfully.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., January 25, 1817.

*Almon H. Read, Esq., has been appointed by Amos Ellmaker, Esq., Attorney General of this State, Prosecuting Attorney for this County, vice Charles Catlin, Esq., removed.

*The progress of the Post Office Department shows with what rapid strides the United States are augmenting their territory and population.  In 1793 the Post Offices in number were 195; in 1801, they were 957, and in 1816 they are 3620.  The mail is transported, in every day of the year, more than 20,000 miles.

*New Milk and lye from hickory ashes, of equal quantities, is said to be an infallible remedy for the hooping [whooping] cough.  To a child 7 or 8 years old, give a table spoonful every hour thro’ the day—and in this proportion according to the age of the child.


February 02 (1917/2017)



Forest Lake – Beloved clergyman, Elder W.C. Tilden, aged 88, the oldest and undoubtedly the best known clergyman in Susquehanna County, died yesterday afternoon at his home in this township.  Elder Tilden came with his parents from Connecticut when four years of age, and his life had been spent in this township. For 46 years he had lived in the house in which he died. His father was Augustus Tilden, an elder for many years in the Baptist church at Birchardville, in which his son was destined to preach for over half a century. He preached the funeral sermons of thousands in his long ministry, and wedded hundreds of happy couples. Besides his aged wife, a faithful helpmeet through all the years of their happy union, two daughters survive, Mrs. Clark D. Dayton and Mrs. Charles P. Ball, both of Birchardville.


South Ararat – Mr. Bronson, of Uniondale, was at Fiddle Lake this week buying cattle. Pretty icy for a man of his age to lead a cow, or try at least to, but he is one of the plucky kind, so he tied the cow to a tree and sent for his hired hand to come to his rescue, which he did, and Mr. Bronson took the team and left the hired man to slide along home with the cow as best he could. ALSO A birthday party was given Mrs. Wm. Westgate, of Burnwood, Tuesday evening. A sleigh load went from this place. A very pleasant time is the report. They left her a purse of money, showing their high esteem of her and wishing her many happy returns of the day.


Gibson – A Lincoln Day program will be given at the M.E. church, next Sunday morning, in the interest of the Freedman’s Aid and Southern Educational Society.


North Bridgewater – The old bear saw his shadow all right last Friday. ALSO  B. R. Lyons, our mail carrier, said the blizzard yesterday was terrible, although he always tries to get through. ALSO R.L. Clink, while loading hay at the Noble farm, on Saturday last, frosted his face quite badly during the severe cold.


New Milford – O.C. Whitney has gone to Southern Texas, where he will be engaged in buying vegetables for a large wholesale house. ALSO We learn that Frederick M. Davenport, Jr., has recently received the Ayres prize, which is awarded annually at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., to that member of the freshman class passing the best entrance examinations.  It is a coincidence that his father, our former townsman, took the same prize when he entered Wesleyan in 1885.


Uniondale – Theron Dimmock is one of the few to whom the care of Jefferson Davis was entrusted at Fortress Monroe, during the time Davis was a prisoner. Mr. Dimmock was a member of Battery L, Third Pennsylvania Artillery in 1865-6, and states that Davis was peevish and cross, nothing was good enough for the ex-rebel chieftain, and he delighted in taunting his captors. Cassius M. Clay, a son of the famous orator and statesman, Henry Clay, was confined in the fortress with Davis. Mr. Dimmock states that Clay was a gentleman in every way and respected the authorities.  When he left he treated his guards to delicacies and choice liquors.


Apolacon – Wm. T. Burgin has sold his farm to John Purtell, of Middletown.


Thompson – Mildred Dix, while on her way to school, Thursday morning, slipped on the ice and fell, breaking her arm; the Doctor was called and put it in a cast which he says it must be kept in for 28 days.


Elk Lake – A number of teams have been busy drawing ice for the Auburn creamery.


Meshoppen – The Meshoppen borough council has granted a franchise to L.L. Sterling and John J. Sherwood, of Meshoppen; C.S. Miles and Arthur L. Hommedieu, of Wilkes-Barre, for lighting the village with electricity.  The franchise is exclusive for 25 years under certain conditions, but the borough reserves the right to purchase the plant at any time at a price fixed by appraisers.


Montrose – Mrs. Samuel Katz is entertaining her sister, Mrs. L. Glock, her husband and six children, who have just arrived from Russia.  They had very little trouble getting out of the country as the children were too young to be of service in the war. 


Franklin Forks – Mrs. Ed Conklin celebrated her 77th birthday the 26th.  She received 46 cards.


Brooklyn – W.A. Stephens went to Cadillac, Michigan, last week, to attend the marriage of his son, Tracy, who is city manager at that place.


Forest City – Dominick and Angelo Francisko, Wm. Sredenschek, Joseph Prudish and Frank Rupnick were in Scranton yesterday in attendance on the naturalization court. ALSO All preparations have been made for the annual dance which is to be given by the senior class of the high school in the borough building tomorrow evening. The entertainment committee has made elaborate preparations for this affair and a grand time is expected.


Harford – It may be of interest to know that Laban Capron named Harford, Pa. The name was derived from Dr. Capron’s college in Hartford, Conn., and the letter “t” was dropped in order to make, as Miss Blackman’s history records: “The orthography of the word corresponding with its customary pronunciation.” Major Labon Capron was the first postmaster of Harford. He was a surveyor; also a commissioner for two terms, (1812-1813) when the commissioners were appointed by the governor. Dr. Comfort Capron came to Harford to practice in 1794, where he was successful until death claimed him. He died at the age of 56 years, and was the first adult buried in Harford Cemetery.  His grave is, doubtless, the only one marked as a surgeon of the Revolutionary war, in Susquehanna county.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, February 1, 1817

*MARRIED, at Plymouth (Luzerne County) on Monday the 20th ult. by Noah Wadhams, Esq.,  Mr. Daniel Roberts of Montrose to Miss Esther Atherton of the former place.

*MARRIED, in Montrose on the 30th ult. by David Post, Esq., Mr. Reuben Parmeter to Miss Lois Nichols, daughter of Deacon Amos Nichols, all of this town.

*MARRIED, the same day, in Waterford [Brooklyn] by J.W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Thomas Williams, of Otego (Otsego County, NY) to Miss Betsey Lord, daughter of Josiah Lord, of Waterford.

*WHEREAS my wife Russel has squandered away my property to a large amount and behaved herself in an unbecoming manner; This is to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date.  ELKENAH TINGLEY, Harford Township, Jan. 31, 1817.


February 09 (1917/2017)



Forest City – The hotelmen of Forest City are opening their bars now at seven o’clock in the morning instead of six o’clock, the hour recommended by Judge Denny. ALSO Wm. Evans, the milk man, bought a new horse last week. He placed his new purchase on the milk route Tuesday and when on Lackawanna street in this place, the steed became frightened and started at a lively pace. The sleigh containing milk bottles, etc., was overturned and the team pressed on down Dundaff street to Main where it was stopped by E.E. Horton.  At the corner of Dundaff and Main streets an aged man narrowly escaped being run over by the team.  Will says there is no use of crying over spilled milk.


Susquehanna – John Ray Osborne, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Osborne, of 511 Church St., Susquehanna, Pa., has received through the Hon. L.T. McFadden of the 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Young Mr. Osborne, who is not yet 17 years old, is a junior in the Susquehanna High School. He is a fine young man and was highly recommended for appointment.


Friendsville – The box social held Jan. 24th, for the benefit of Friendsville school, was largely attended and an excellent time is reported. The weather was ideal, sleighing good, and the young people gathered from all points. The teacher, Miss Elizabeth O’Connell, with the cooperation of directors and friends, made elaborate preparations for the entertainment of guests. The young ladies provided tempting lunches and there was keen rivalry among the young men for possession of the biggest and handsomest boxes.  J.J. Matthews made a hit as auctioneer, and C.C. Byrne and Wm. T. Moran were efficient and gracious managers.


Franklin Forks – The G.A.R. will observe Lincoln’s birthday at Alliance Hall, assisted by the school of this place on Monday afternoon, commencing at 2 p.m., Feb. 12th. We expect a fine program, as the school is very much interested. We hope that in the near future Lincoln will be taught in the schools of this country.  Show your patriotism for one of the greatest men the nation has ever known. ALSO No school at the Forks on Monday on account of the bad drifts. Our teacher, Miss Mae Smith, of Montrose, started out but could not get here.


Dimock Twp. – We guess there is no mistake about the ground hog seeing his shadow this year judging by the weather. ALSO The Dimock Library is now open, as usual, seventy hours a week. Many new books have been added, a list of which will appear in the Democrat nest week.


North Harford – “Old Kit,” a faithful farm horse, that had been with W.S. Sophia for several years, was found dead in the stable one morning recently. ALSO The first genuine blizzard that we have had this winter is with us today.


Silver Lake – Philip Lonergan, Superintendent of the Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, with headquarters in Albuquerque, is spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Lonergan at Richmond Hill. On the Pueblo reservation are over 8,000 Indians.  There are Indian Schools and various trades are taught necessitating the service of many persons. All of these matters are in charge of Mr. Lonergan. He came home about a month ago, but was summoned to Washington to appear as spokesman for the Pueblos, who are asking that the boundaries of their reservation be extended so as to take in more of the government land in New Mexico.


Fairdale – D.D. Roe, who has conducted a large milk business at West Pittston, has disposed of the same and will return to his native hills near Fairdale to make his future home.


Liberty Township – The old bear came out Friday, saw his shadow and went back into his hole to stay the rest of the winter. It was a good thing for Bruin as we have experienced some quite cold weather since. ALSO On Howard Hill Miss Thea Caswell met with a distressing accident while out coasting Tuesday night. In some manner, the sled on which she was riding with some others, slewed in making a curve on the hill near Joe Luce’s, at Stanfordville, going under a barbed wire fence.  It was only one wire, the two on front of the sled dodged the wire, Miss Caswell getting the full force of the wire, cutting her face and tongue quite badly, breaking off one tooth and knocking out one. Dr. Caterson was called and gave immediate attention.  She is getting along as well as could be expected.


Little Meadows – Frank Lynch is building fires in the morning at the Graves School house.  ALSO We are having very cold weather here.  The bear saw his shadow alright.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. – Mrs. Mary Ball, of Montrose, who was born and lived here on the Hill until a few years ago when she moved to Montrose, was buried here Monday.  Only a few attended the funeral as the weather was so bad. Arthur Riker placed one of his concrete vaults in the grave of Mrs. Ball.


Springville – The Primary and Intermediate rooms of the Springville High School will give a patriotic entertainment Saturday evening, Feb. 24. Admission 20 cents. Proceeds will be used for interior decoration of the two rooms. A play, entitled, “The Boys of Bunker Hill,” will be one of the main features.


200 Years Ago, from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., February 8, 1817.

       *Died in this town on Monday last, Mrs. Caroline Shipman, aged 36 years, wife of Nathan Shipman. Mrs. Shipman had for a long time lingered under the worst of all maladies (the Consumption) which terminated her earthly existence. During her long and distressing illness she bore it with Christian fortitude, resting her hope on the merits of her Saviour.

        *ALL persons indebted to the estate of Luther Dean, late of Bridgewater, deceased, are requested to make immediate payments and those who have demands against said estate must bring forward their accounts properly attested for settlement. OLIVE DEAN, Administratix, Bridgewater, Feb. 8, 1817.

       *In Good Nature, but, IN EARNEST! The subscriber intends to leave this state in about three weeks, and he therefore requests all persons indebted to him to call and settle within that time—By complying with this request, those indebted will oblige the subscriber, and perhaps, save themselves c…….s.  WILLIAM COOK, Bridgewater, Feb. 8, 1817.

        *An Apprentice Wanted. An apprentice to the House Painting & Chair Making business is wanted by the subscriber.  A lad 14 or 15 years old will find good encouragement by calling on ELIHU B. SMITH, living in the township of Waterford [Brooklyn], who has a farm of 70 acres to sell, 16 of which are under improvement.  Said farm lies near where he now lives.  Waterford, Feb. 8, 1816.

      *Public Notice.  All persons indebted to the estate of Truman Clinton, late of Gibson township, deceased, must make immediate payment; and those who have demands against said estate must present their accounts properly attested for settlement.  FREEMAN PECK, HOSEA TIFFANY, JR. administrators. February, 8, 1817.


February 16 (1917/2017)



Lanesboro – The Starrucca Viaduct is being guarded as a result of the critical relations between the United States and Germany. The Erie Railroad company, whose main line runs over this structure, has placed four men nights and four men days to guard the great stone bridge which spans the valley.


Friendsville – Miss Kathryn Ryan was hostess to the members of St. Francis’ choir, at her home here, last Sunday evening. The regular choir practice occupied the early part of the evening, after which a dainty luncheon was served. A social hour followed and the evening closed with the singing of several favorite Irish melodies.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Charles Steiger has purchased a new horse.  He has resolved to walk over the hills no more.


Montrose – Two Montrose hotels, the Montrose House and Tarbell House, recently refused [liquor] license are now closed to the traveling public.  When the proprietors find out that the world will move just the same whether they are open or not, they will probably be ready to entertain travelers again—license or no license. They are depreciating their property and give absolute evidence by their action that the bar was what the hotel was conducted for. – From the Meshoppen Enterprise. ALSO The second annual meeting of the Susquehanna County Suffrage Association is being held to-day at the county seat. A large number of delegates from various parts of the county are here, bringing splendid accounts of work done during the year. The meeting is at the home of the Misses Riley, on Church St., the members serving a luncheon at noon.


Harford – The Odd Fellows of Harford feel the inconvenience caused by the burning of their hall three weeks ago. The lodge has already planned the erection of a new hall and the work of clearing away the ruins of the old hall is under way. The lodge had $2,500 insurance on the building and $700 on the equipment, and also had several hundred dollars in cash on hand. The building that was burned came down to them from the fathers of Odd Fellowship in that vicinity and the present membership will see to it that the trust was not given in vain.  It goes without saying that the new building will be constructed on modern lines and that it will not be an upstairs death-trap construction.


Lathrop Twp. – The school directors of this place, at a recent meeting, put in motion the necessary legal machinery for procuring a modern school building, “to provide for better gradation and classification and for economic and other reasons.” The proposed location is at Hillsdale Four Corners. ALSO We hear that Lowell Smith has bought his father’s farm and is going to turn farmer.  We are glad to hear it as so many of our young men are going to the city.


Brooklyn – Lincoln’s birthday was observed by appropriate exercises at the High School.  Five of the Civil War veterans were guests of honor, each making a short address.  Other numbers on the program were a Class Song, “The Vacant Chair,” Life of Lincoln, by Susan Sterling; “Gettysburg Address,” by Lytton Dowson; “Captain My Captain,” by Rena Terry; “Old Glory,” by Delbert Nash, and several school songs.


Thompson – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Arthur, a son, Thomas Henry, on February 6th.


Liberty Township – A large force of men are harvesting a large crop of ice from White Lake Farm for the New Keystone Dairy Creamery in Summersville.


South Ararat - One of the severest storms of the New Year reached us on Monday and so very cold. The wind blew terribly; milk teams were unable to reach the station and the mail man failed to put in his appearance until Tuesday afternoon. ALSO And the old bear could see himself in the sunshine as nice as you please, so fill up coal bins and enlarge the wood piles.


Dimock – The old school house which has stood by the road side many years and where the young boys and girls were tutored and enjoyed riding down hill on the large meadow of W.L. Stilwell, is now vacated, the new graded school building taking its place.


Hallstead – J.S. Jacobus, an old and highly respected resident, died at his home February 7, 1917, after a long illness. Deceased had a shock several years ago and had been an invalid since, and a constant care of his faithful wife. Mr. Jacobus was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of Company A, 151 Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.


Forest City – Two men were hauled before Squire Dutchman Friday evening charged with soliciting alms.  One had his arm bandaged and the other wore goggles and claimed to be blind.  When the bandaged arm was bared and the goggles removed by Constable Decker, the men began to beg for mercy.  They were given thirty minutes to leave town and they vamoosed for other fields. ALSO Fannie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skubic, of Susquehanna street, died Monday after a short illness. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon with interment in St. Agnes cemetery.


News Briefs: Take this tip from us. If there is any clothing that you really will need within a year buy it now. If war should come, our government will require nearly the entire output of all American woolen mills for uniforms. The government must be served first. This will send the prices of woolen goods to the sky. War may not come. We hope it won’t, but if it doesn’t prices will not be any lower than they are now for a year or more, at least. This is not an advertisement. It is a bit of good advice. ALSO The name “Sullivan Trail” does not seem to be dignified enough for the name of an improved macadam or paved road leading from Easton to Elmira, via Wilkes-Barre, Meshoppen and Towanda. Why not be right out and out and call it “Sullivan’s Highway?” Trail is not a fitting name for a highway that Pennsylvanians propose to build as a memorial to General Sullivan, and too trivial for a matter of such importance. Let it be “Sullivan’s Highway.”


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., February 15, 1817.

*A few bushels of OATS will be received in payment of debts at this [Centinel’s] Office.

*John M’Nally, Has commenced the business of Boot & Shoe Making, in one of the upper rooms of the Montrose Hotel, and solicits the patronage of the public.  He does his work in a style that cannot fail to please.

*Bang! Bang! Bang!  Found by and now in the possession of the subscriber, (in the village of Montrose, Susquehanna Co. Pa) a new Pocket Pistol. The owner by proving property and paying for this advertisement may receive it. CHAPMAN CARR.

*NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,  That no bounty is allowed by law for Fox Scalps. Justices will give no certificates hereafter. By order of the Commissioners of Susquehanna County.

*CAUTION.  ALL persons who have been in the habit of cutting timber on lots near the village of Montrose, belonging to Col. Pickering and the heirs of Gen. Hamilton, will do well to call on the subscriber without delay and make compensation for what they have done, and desist from further trespassing; as legal steps will in future be taken against such trespassersPUTNAM CATLIN, Att’y to the aforesaid owners.



February 23 (1917/2017)



Forest City – On Feb. 10th fire destroyed a two-story frame dwelling and the Lithuanian church and badly damaged three other dwellings. The total damage, it is said, will reach close to $70,000. The fire was caused by the blowing up of a boiler in the church. The janitor, in starting the fire, had failed to put in water and when the boiler became heated the water, which was turned on slow, caused the boiler to explode. Rev. A. Yunuszas stated that the loss of the church would reach close to $62,000 and an insurance of $16,000 was carried. The loss of the dwelling adjoining the church will reach $5,000 and damage to the other three will reach $3,000.


Elk Lake – Rev. Cadwell, accompanied by Mrs. Cadwell, hiked in through snow drifts to his appointment at this place Sunday last.


Herrick Center - A petition was presented to the Public Service Commission for the elimination of the grade crossing near P.H. Flynn’s hotel, by residents. Mr. Clanson, representing the commission, heard testimony in the case pro and con at this place, Thursday. The Erie railroad was represented by its council. The county and township was not represented by counsel. Testimony was given by G.L. McGonigle, the chief complainant, Dr. A.L. Craft, Arthur Bowell, Laverne Carpenter, Arthur Flynn, John Jones of the Woodlawn Dairy Company, Joseph Calkins, township supervisor, Walton Burdick, on the part of the petitioners. Erie officials gave testimony against the feasibility of a crossing. It may be some time before a decision is reached. The Ladies Aid furnished dinner for the gathering at the grange hall.


Montrose – The three upper classes in the high school have rebelled at a rule laid down the beginning of the year, Namely that if a student was tardy once, or absent five days, they must take the examinations even if their average was 85 or above. A committee was appointed to wait on the principal, and the school board, and met with no success. Then an article appeared ion one of the local papers signed “The Student Body” laying the bitter facts before a sympathetic (?) public and explaining how unjust it was if a person was unfortunate enough to be out on account of illness, that he must also have an added burden. There is no getting around the fact that the rule is a stiff one, but in all probability, if certain students had minded the morning bell and been found in their places, instead of on the streets, this tardy rule might never beheld the light of day.  A week ago the school building was broken into, the clapper of the bell hidden; the art group of handsome statues presented to beautify the school room by graduating classes of the past was covered with ink and permanently damaged.


Thompson – Mrs. D. G. Casterline, of the North Side, who has been dealing out sauerkraut this winter, in generous sized pails, selling to some and giving to many, took a 5 lb. lard pail from her pantry shelf the other day and went down the cellar to fill it with sauer kraut for one of her neighbors, and just as she was about to put in the first cupful something in the pail attracted her attention, which proved to be a most beautiful work bag of the latest design, which looked like one that had never been used. Now she wants to know how it came there, who it belongs to, and all about it.  She hasn’t the remotest idea of how long it has been there, or who is the owner, but thinks that in some way the pails have got changed by mistake and that someone is wondering where on earth their hand bag has gone. Someone suggested the idea that maybe it was a hint for more sauer kraut and thought the pail would not hold enough. At all events it had a narrow escape and the owner may be thankful that Mrs. Casterline saw it just in time to save it from utter ruin. ALSO The store of C.R. Crosier has been a sort of rendezvous for the men and boys to congregate and talk over basket ball and war times, and it is now thought best to have them enlist and form a company and assign the honor of captain to Mr. Crosier to keep them out of danger.


Harford – Henry S. Jones, son of “Good Roads” E.E. Jones, State Senator from this district, has been driving an ambulance in France, in the vicinity of Verdun, for some months. Not content with the excitement from dropping into shell crater holes or having shrapnel flying about him, he has taken up aeronautics. While we naturally take pride in the daring of the brave young Susquehanna county boy, we would wish for him a less dangerous calling.


Jackson – John Jeffers, one of the few surviving veterans of the Civil War, celebrated his 70th birthday on Feb. 9, at his home near Jackson.  Neighbors and friends gathered in honor of the event and passed an enjoyable day.


Auburn Twp. – T.R. France’s family, of Jersey Hill, are sorely afflicted. About Christmas their son, Arthur, had his ankle bone cracked by a wagon running over it. Later, a daughter, Lela, was stricken with appendicitis and was taken to the Sayre hospital. Soon after returning, she broke out with the measles and a few days later a younger sister, who is suffering from anemia, was stricken with diphtheria. Both girls are being treated by Dr. Fry, of Rush, and are doing nicely. The grades of which they are scholars, in the Auburn High School, are preparing a sunshine box this week. A rigid quarantine is being kept and there is no fear of the dread disease being spread.


Dimock – Carl Fuller and wife are getting ready to move on their large farm when vacated by Byron Benninger on March 1.


Silver Lake – Thomas Kanane, is making arrangements for a sale of personal property. Mr. Kanane was born on the farm about 74 years ago and has always lived there, except when in the employ of the government for about four months near the close of the Civil War. His father came from Ireland about 10 years prior to his birth and cleared the farm on which he now resides. Mr. Kanane hopes to spend the remaining years of his life in some less toilsome occupation than farming. He and his wife are considering moving to Montrose.


Kingsley – Matthew Oakley got up a wood-bee for William Benning last Saturday afternoon. It was hurridly arranged, but the men who responded did good work, which was appreciated by Mr. Benning. Both he and his wife are gaining from the shock and bruises received at the Harford fire.


Susquehanna – One of the employees at the new terminal, William Vedder, was struck by an engine at the depot here, while waiting for a train to return to his home in Binghamton, on Saturday last.  He was standing on the tracks and, through some oversight, was struck by the engine.  At the Simon H. Barnes hospital one leg was amputated between the ankle and knee.  The other limb is badly crushed, but his condition was so precarious that the surgeons had not decided whether to attempt to remove it, hoping to save it.


South Montrose – The school gave an entertainment on Friday evening, at the schoolhouse. A pleasing program, consisting of patriotic songs, drills and recitations was rendered. An Indian drill by the primary grade and a minuet dance by eight of the older pupils, dressed in antique costumes, were among the most attractive features. The entertainment was followed by a cobweb social and box supper. Proceeds, $10.50. This is to be used in framing pictures for the school rooms.


200 Years AgoNo news this week.


March 02 (1917/2017)



Herrick Center – Jerry Kishpaugh is a veteran of the Civil War, having seen three years’ service at the front as a member of the first Pennsylvania cavalry. At the battle of Brandy Station he was captured and taken to Libby prison, Richmond, VA, where he remained but a short time, being exchanged at Annapolis, MD. He returned to his home near Uniondale and the next election he voted on age. If he lives until the fourth of May next he will be 75 years of age. He is living a retired life, having disposed of his farm for a cozy home in this quiet little village.


Harford – As Frank Forsythe was carrying the mail from Harford to Kingsley, he met with a serious accident while going down Kingsley hill.  Three teams were coming up the hill, the road was very icy, and as he undertook to turn out, the sleigh shot across the road, the box tipped up and he was precipitated down the embankment, over 25 feet, mail bags, bread boxes, etc., following. The men coming up got to his horses and with considerable trouble prevented them from going down the bank.  It is a very bad place at that point, as no fenders are there. Mr. Forsythe was helped up the embankment and taken to Aqua Inn.  His son and a doctor from Harford were summoned and on examination it was found that three ribs were broken, his arm badly bruised and his head lacerated.  He was taken home and is unable to lie down at this date, but is improving as well as can be expected.


Place Unknown – The monthly meeting of the K.K.K. was held Feb. 23. The meeting was called to order by the President. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The constitution and by-laws were read by the Secretary and other matters were discussed and after a few musical numbers by the pianist supper was served.


Montrose – Rev. Wm. R. Thomas, who has been the pastor at the A.M.E. Zion Church for the past few months, has resigned and left town, saying that his services did not seem to be appreciated by his flock and that he was obliged to sleep in the church. While it is nothing unusual to hear of laymen sleeping in a church, a parallel to the case above, we believe is without known precedent. ALSO The barns connected with the Tarbell House and Montrose House have been opened to the public.  It is also rumored that the hotels will soon be re-opened to the public. Even the hotelmen are skeptical of the proposition of keeping a dozen “steady boarders” at six dollars per week, and allowing a hundred two-dollar-a-day men to get away. [As the result of the Judge not allowing the sale of liquor in a number of hotels.]


Clifford – The basket ball games at Royal seem to be attracting a good deal of interest when the Royal and Clifford teams frequently clash. The Clifford boys seem to be a little too light for the Royalists.


Uniondale – O.T. Rounds, county superintendent of highways, has been at Montrose the past few days examining the records as to roads, their width, when laid out and changes made. In his search he found that a road had been laid out more than a century ago from the Newburg turnpike to David Lewis’ saw mill. The road referred to is the upper road between Herrick Center and Uniondale, and the saw mill mentioned as the terminal was located on the site of Douglas and Yale’s planning mill. The road was marked out when Uniondale was in Clifford township before the erection of Herrick township and while we were still part of Luzerne county.


Heart Lake – Remember the “Broken Heart” Social at the parsonage, Friday evening, March 2, for the benefit of Ladies Aid. All cordially invited.


Forest City – Onions and potatoes are higher in price now than ever known. People are placing them on the too expensive list. The following bulletin appeared in T.J. Pentecost’s store window: “The undersigned will exchange 5 bushels of potatoes and 2 bushels of onions for real estate in Brownsdale or will trade even for a poultry farm if located near a railway. Call early.”  T.J. Pentecost, Allen block.


Ararat – One day last week, George Caffrey met with a serious accident. In stepping out of the way of one train he stepped in the way of another and was hurled some distance, receiving severe cuts on both sides of his head, nearly severing the top of his head. Dr. McNamara was summoned and made him as comfortable as possible. He was obliged to take 18 stitches. The accident occurred in front of the depot at Ararat.


New Milford – The New Milford orchestra held a dance at the town hall on Tuesday evening.


Great Bend – Owing to the extreme cold and deep frost, water mains have bursted in Hallstead, and frozen pipes to residences in both places are causing some trouble.  The hot language some of the householders used didn’t seem to thaw them out.


Susquehanna – Robert J. McCarthy, who until Feb. 1 conducted a wholesale liquor store in this town, has opened a dry goods store. A change from wet to dry.


Rush – The Rush House, which has been closed to the public for a month, re-opened yesterday. Proprietor Kintner is sane enough to believe he can run a paying hotel without a bar. All hotels will be running without bars in a few years. Might just as well break in now.


Friendsville – The general store, conducted by William T. Moran and C.J. Lake, was totally destroyed by fire, about midnight, on Friday, Feb. 23 Although the fire was discovered before it had gained great headway and a general alarm sent out, to which scores of men responded promptly, the flames spread so rapidly that nothing could be done.  The entire stock, as well as the building, was consumed. The building, which was part of the Robert Winters estate and owned by Rev. P.C. Winters, of Scranton, is believed to have been uninsured. 


News Brief: Springfield, Mass., Feb. 18.  Henry Safford, aged 77, believed to be the last survivor of those present at the deathbed of Abraham Lincoln, died yesterday. Mr. Safford was a roomer in the Paterson House, opposite Ford’s theater, and on the night of the assassination, hearing a noise in the street, went to the door. He saw some men carrying the wounded president, and one of them exclaimed: “Where shall we take him?”  Mr. Safford called; “Bring him in here.”


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, March 1, 1817.

*The subscriptions for the Susquehanna Bank have been filled, and a Charter has been granted. The Directors are to be elected at Wilkesbarre on the 22nd inst.  How abundantly blessed with curses this State is!

*The Senate, it is understood, have before them a Treaty of Commerce & Navigation, said to have been concluded between our late minister, Mr. Russell, and the government of Sweden. As on these subjects the Senate acts with closed doors, we are not of course apprized of the terms of the treaty, nor the proceedings of the Senate thereon.

*The Hon. DeWitt Clinton, we understand, has been nominated by the republicans of New York for Governor, to fill the vacancy of the present Governor of that state, he being elected Vice President of the United States.


March 09 (1917/2017)



Montrose – Charles F. Watrous, one of the first to enlist during the Civil War, died on March 2, 1917. He was born December 17, 1836 on a farm in Bridgewater. When the call to arms came from Lincoln, in 1861, he was so stirred with patriotic fervor that he immediately enlisted. This was on April 25, 1861, shortly after Fort Sumter had fallen. He served his enlistment in Co. K, Twenty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and later re-enlisted in Co. B, Twenty-eighth Regiment, serving until he was honorably discharged. He returned to the homestead farm and in 1891 moved to Montrose. He served 20 years as tipstaff in the county courts. He was a faithful member of Four Brothers Post, G.A.R., being an energetic worker in caring for the graves of comrades on the annual Memorial Day. He was responsible for organizing the G.A.R. Post in attending the funeral of a veteran, who wore the grey, as a fitting tribute to the valor of the brave southerner. The Post marched in a body to the funeral, under the stars and stripes, which the reunited armies of ’61-’65 now love. The sentiment shown was appreciated by the family of the deceased wearer of the grey, coming as it did spontaneously from the hearts of the stalwart boys who wore the blue. At Mr. Watrous’s funeral the G.A.R. Post, Capt. Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans and Dr. Ellen Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Veterans, were present in a body. ALSO Henry Battles died at the home of his brother, George Battles, on Locust street, Tuesday March 6, 1917.  He was a son of the late George Battles, Sr., and prior to his illness had lived in Binghamton. A wife survives, and one daughter, Mrs. Archie Berg, of Montrose.


Susquehanna – George W. Shaeff, former postmaster of Susquehanna, died in St. Petersburg, Florida, Tuesday evening. Mr. Shaeff had been the owner and publisher of the Susquehanna Transcript and Ledger for about 14 years. ALSO Matthew Anderson, aged 91 years, died at his home here on Friday evening, March 2. The deceased was formerly an Erie engineer, having retired from the service about 30 years ago to engage in farming. The Masonic ritual was conducted at the grave, in Grand Street cemetery, by Canawacta Lodge, F. & A.M.


South Montrose – To Mr. and Mrs. Leo P. Donahue, of this place, March 5, 1917, a son—Robert Patrick.


Forest City – Editor F.T. Gelder, of the Forest City News, has announced his candidacy for prothonotary on the Republican ticket.


Franklin Forks - The death of Jacob Palmer occurred Wednesday morning, very suddenly, at the home of his son, Charles, of this place.  Mr. Palmer was widely known and respected by all who knew him.  He was a Civil War veteran and member of the G.A.R. of this place.


Jackson – And it is some winter. On Monday, March 5, the record was eighty days of sleighing in this place. ALSO A number of new books have been recently added to the Jackson public library.  This is one of the largest circulating libraries in the county.


Brooklyn – The subject for discussion at the Parent-Teacher meeting at the school next Saturday afternoon will be “Immorality in the Schools, and How to Cope With It.” Every parent should make an effort to hear this discussion. Come and be prepared to ask questions.


Harford – The many friends of E.J. Whitney, who had both legs fractured in Harford’s fire, will be glad to know that he is able to be about his house, having returned from the hospital, though still unable to leave the house. He is able to direct his undertaking business, through assistants. Mrs. Whitney is yet in the Moore-Overton hospital but expects the plaster casts can be removed this week. ALSO A new quartette was organized and they give a pleasant “serenade.” Members are as follows: Clarence and George Richardson, Reuben Rushworth and Bruce Hawley.  With a little more practice they will be able to play very difficult music for all occasions.


Springville – A genuine March blizzard today. We are seeing more snow now than altogether before this winter. But ice is plenty. Some of the ice cut this winter has been from 24 to 25 inches deep on the ponds.


Middletown – James Conboy had the misfortune to have three of his valuable sheep killed by dogs recently.  “Jimmie” killed the dogs.


Upsonville, Liberty Twp. – Charles McKinney has presented his wife with a fine motor washer and engine.


Glenwood, Lenox Twp. – S.S. Marcy and Alden Hinkley are kept busy these days shoeing horses and repairing wagons, etc. at Marcy’s blacksmith shop.


New Milford – Chester S. Vail, one of the most enthusiastic orchardists in this county, has prepared the ground for planting 150 more apple trees this spring. Mr. Vail already has several hundred young trees that should come into bearing in another year. He takes great pride in his orchard and if nothing happens he will soon reap the reward of his hard work.


East Rush – The Ladies Aid of this place met at the church and tied a very handsome quilt for our pastor and wife. The dinner which the ladies served was well patronized by the people in this vicinity and some from other points. It was remarked by outside parties, that if you wanted a square meal you were sure to get it at East Rush.


News Brief: Pennsylvania suffragists announce that they are particularly elated by the granting of suffrage in Ohio, because in the past it has been the rule that black states, that is, states not having granted any suffrage to women, follow rapidly the example of adjoining states. ALSO A couple of years ago the country was agog with excitement when Henry Ford stated that he expected to make 300,000 automobiles in a single year. Since last August the Ford factories have turned out over 320,000 machines, and still they are unable to make as many as the country is demanding. The Ford company is urging all who want machines to buy now, so as to be sure of getting early deliveries in the spring.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, March 9, 2017.

*Married – On the 6th instant by Joshua W. Raynsford Esq., Mr. William Reynolds to Miss Susan Cotton, all of Bridgewater.

*The number of ardent spirits, of foreign and domestic manufacture, consumed annually in the United States, is little short of 34,000,000 gallons!  In 1810, when the last census was taken, the amount was ascertained to be 33,365,529 [gallons].

*Rising Prospects of the West.—A Mrs. Crawford of the vicinity of this place was a few days ago delivered of three fine boys, who are all living and likely to do well.  Tyrants ought to tremble at the idea of so many free born sons.  West. Spy.

*SAYRE & MULFORD Want to purchase a quantity of SALTS of ASHES to be delivered at their store in Montrose.


March 16 (1917/2017)



Franklin Township – W. H. Sisson passed his 92nd milestone last October and is about the youngest old man we ever met. He was the oldest man in the county to take out a hunter’s license, and in five times out hunting he bagged two foxes and two rabbits. Mr. Sisson told of his experiences in buying furs from the Indians on the reservation many years ago. One friend asked if he was 80 years old. He replied “If I were only 80 I could jump over any fence in New Milford and I don’t know but I could do it now.” After seeing his elastic step and quick movement we would hesitate on betting against him.


Franklin Hill, Franklin Twp. – We are very thankful to say that Augustus Smith, who has been ill with pneumonia, is around again. He is the only one left of all the Smiths that used to live in this vicinity. Only the older people know that Franklin Hill was like when those people that have passed away were here to help in all good works. [Ephraim, Roswell, Lyman, Titus, Anson, Raymond and Sylvester, were the seven Smith brothers who came to Susquehanna County from Cheshire, CT, and among the first settlers in Franklin Township. Anson was killed by a falling tree in 1805 and was the first person buried in the Franklin Hill Cemetery, on land taken from the adjoining farms of Rufus Lines and Anson’s brother, Ephraim Smith.]


Montrose – Dawson Edwards was born a slave in Virginia and was brought to Montrose during the war by Henry Foster. In 1870 he began work at the Beach Mfg. Co. plant for Henry L. Beach and had remained an employee there until his death, Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. His record of industry was unusual. He was a local preacher of the Zion church for many years and for different periods of time would do his regular work and act as pastor of the church. He is survived by one son, Emerson, of Montrose, and one daughter, in Chicago. ALSO Landlord Daniel J. Donovan, of the Tarbell house, has leased a licensed hotel at Jersey shore, Pa., we learned last evening, and will take possession of same April 1st. He will go to Jersey Shore as soon as he can make the arrangements, together with his family. Mr. Donovan and family have made a host of friends here, who sincerely regret to see them leave Montrose. We are told that Mr. Donovan will close the Tarbell House, tight, in a few days, plans now being made to board up the windows. [This done because liquor licenses in Montrose had been denied by the Judge.]


Springville – Stephen Tuttle wishes to announce that he has secured J.L. Kinney, a regular licensed undertaker and embalmer, to look after the undertaking and furniture business in this place. ALSO Mrs. John Decker, while assisting with the chores at the barn, fell dead on Thursday of last week. The funeral was held on Sunday at the Evangelical church, on Strickland Hill. Interment in the cemetery near the church.


Forest Lake/Fairdale – Mrs. N.L. Parks received a telegram Tuesday, stating that her aunt, Mrs. George Birchard had been instantly killed in an accident, near her home in Lincoln, Neb., and that her husband had been seriously, though not fatally injured. It is presumed that it was an automobile accident. They lived here about 30 years ago, Mr. Birchard attending school in Montrose and was a teacher in the county schools. His former home was near Fairdale. Mrs. Birchard’s maiden name was Vilpha Carr, being a daughter of Arial Carr, her girlhood days being in Forest Lake township.  Her age was about 60 years.


Uniondale – Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Orce, who have conducted the Temperance House at this place, every acceptably the past two years, will close their house to the pubic April 1st.


Heart Lake - Oscar King Davis, the well- known newspaper and magazine writer, is returning to the United States from Germany with Minister Gerard and party.  He at one time resided in Binghamton, where he was married. Mr. Davis spends his summers at Heart Lake.


Harford – Sleighing is not very good here in South Harford.  Quite a difference between the “North” and “South.”  ALSO A ball was held at the home of L.J. Conrad’s, Friday evening. A most enjoyable evening was spent and the guests departed at a very early hour Saturday. Among the out of town guests were: Will Hadsell (fiddler), Mr. and Mrs. John Felton, Jas. Pickering and family, Mr. Sinsabaugh and family, Elmer D. Tiffany and family, Ed Conrad and son, Oscar.


Auburn – Father Burke’s parishioners filled his ice house recently, drawing the ice from Elk Lake. ALSO Mrs. W.H. Cadwell, who has been ill with scarlet fever, has nearly recovered. Mrs. Emma Bunnell, of Shannon Hill, is caring for her.  She is isolated from the children, who are cared for by their father in another part of the house.  The quarantine holds for a week yet.


South Gibson – A dealer with an auto truck bought 110 bushels of potatoes from parties of this place during the recent cold snap. He started out with them for the city markets, got stalled on the road, and the potatoes froze overnight.  His loss was $210.


Crystal LakeThe Johnson estate at Crystal Lake, and several others, will have electric lights installed. The power will be provided from Carbondale.


Clifford Twp. – Some of our basketball enthusiasts journeyed to Carbondale with the expectation of playing a game with a quintet from the Y.M.C.A. The boys evidently did not expect a team from the country to appear so no team was in evidence. However, a pick-up squad was made up and a game proceeded. Everything was going lovely when a bull dog was introduced into the game. The dog was not new to the game and soon had one of our fellows by the clothes which go through the door last. No particular damage was done, only, don’t say anything about it.


Fiddle Lake – The snow storm and heavy wind which struck this place and adjoining towns on the 4th caused the roads to be almost impassable in some places. Our mail man failed to make his trip. Mr. Brown is a hustler and when he fails you may know there is a reasonable excuse.


News Brief:  A certain local man was immensely pleased, but also much surprised, when his wife referred to him one day as a “model” husband. So, he thought he would take the dictionary and see what “model” meant. Here is what he found: “Model, a small imitation of the real thing.”


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, March 15, 1817.

*TAKE NOTICE. The subscriber is about to leave this place and therefore requests all persons indebted to him on Note or Book to settle the same immediately, otherwise they will have to settle the same on a Justice’s docket. JABEZ FRINK. Montrose, March 15, 1817

*J. W. ROBINSON has for sale OXEN & cows, AT HIS Farm in Springville. March 13, 1817.

*”Tho’ last not Least.” WILSON & GREGORY Request all persons indebted to them to call and settle as soon as may be, and give their Notes if Cash cannot be paid immediately.  By attending to this call you will much oblige them & raise your own credit at least ten percent.  March 15, 1817


March 23 (1917/2017)



Fairdale – Friends of the militant pastor of the Fairdale Methodist church of a few years since, Rev. James Lawson, will note with pleasure his active work in Moosic. Rev. Lawson made complaint against “Kitty” Jones, of Moosic, for selling liquor without a license in her “speakeasy” and on Monday she was sentenced to pay a fine of $500 and spend three months in the Lackawanna Co. jail. Rev. Lawson has known for some time that certain unlawful and questionable amusement places were being run to the detriment of some of the boys and young men of his congregation and patience becoming exhausted at the neglect of the proper officials, he took the matter of prosecution in his own hands.


Hop Bottom – Hopbottom, which has been “dry” for a couple of years, is to have a temperance hotel.  The people of that place, that is the temperance contingent, gathered in public meeting at the Valley View Hotel, and formed a stock association called the Valley View Inn association.  There was little difficulty in getting buyers at $10 a share.  The price paid for the property was $1,900.  The people of Hopbottom have witnessed the good work of the proprietors of the Aqua Inn at Kingsley and believe that they can do the same for Hopbottom.  [Hop Bottom/Hopbottom is spelled both ways—at least for this time period].


Tunkhannock – The hearts of two old people of Bradford county were made young again when Rev. L.E. Sanford joined in marriage Elizabeth L. Butts, aged 66, of South Montrose, daughter of the late Jonah Luce, a blacksmith, and Joseph Lee, a machinist, living in Wyalusing, aged 76, son of the late James Lee, a farmer of that section. They were both born in the same county in the early forties and on Monday the Wyoming county prothonotary passed over the license while the pastor of the M.E. church did the rest. The couple is now living in Wyalusing to finish their days. ALSO Ira Vangorden, of Meshoppen, was brought before Justice James L. Voss, charged with maintaining illegal devices in the form of a wheel of fortune and a punch board. The action was brought through the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, which had long urged Mr. Vangorden to desist from keeping these things on his premises. After conviction the defendant was let off by paying the costs, which are said to have amounted to over $30, and promising to harbor the illegal machines on his premises no more.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. School re-opened here today, it having been closed for the past week on account of scarlet fever in the community.


Susquehanna – Mrs. Emily Phelps, of Washington street, celebrated her 90th birthday on March 8th.  Although in declining health, she is about the house, spending much time in reading. She has excellent eye-sight for her years. Among the pleasing features of the occasion was a birthday cake with 90 candles.


Montrose – William Henry Bacon, a boy in his 15th year, light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, wore black-top arctics, black stockings and grey suit of knee pants, brown mackinaw coat and cap, left home on the morning of March 7, 1917. He started for school and has not been heard from since. Anyone knowing of his whereabouts will please notify his father, W.H. Bacon, 6 Wilson Street, Montrose. [Apparently he came home.  Was on the 1920 census.]


Upsonville, Franklin Twp. – There was no school Friday as our teacher received a message to come home.


Dimock – Perry and Obie Mills tapped their large sugar bush Friday last, near the back road.


East Kingsley – Archie Brink is quite sick with an attack of appendicitis. He is attended by Dr. Taylor, of Hop Bottom, who is hoping that the ice treatment will save him from going to the hospital for an operation.


Lawton – S.P. Kahler & Son have sold their mercantile business to Mr. Coleman, of Middletown.  He will take possession April 1st.


Harford – Autos are seen on the Creek Road nearly every day.


South Gibson – The bean bake held by the Sons of Veterans was well attended and enjoyed by all present.


Silver Lake – James J. McCormick, one of the most prosperous farmers of this place, was the guest of his brothers T.P. and Joseph M. McCormick in Forest City. Speaking of the potato crop, Mr. McCormick said he raised last year 500 bushels of the finest tubers he ever raised from two acres.  His crop was not as large last year as in former years. He marketed potatoes in Binghamton, Tuesday, for which he received $2.50 per bushel.


Forest City – John Krontz, Matthew Pittench, John Kizee and Lukus Petrika were in Scranton where they made application for final citizenship papers, which will be issued June 20.  Their witnesses were John Dutchman and John Marinih.


Uniondale – Miss Mary Bronson has written a play entitled the “Turncoat,” which is said to be a masterpiece. The play was recently read by Mrs. Clara Miller, county chairman of the Suffrage clubs, at a meeting of the Montrose club, and greatly enjoyed by the listeners. The club will take steps to stage the play in the near future. Miss Bronson’s friends are delighted at her success as a writer.


News Brief: The following speech was made by an Irish barrister in defense of his client, whose cow had been killed by a train: “If the train had been run as it should have been ran, or if the bell had been rung as it should have been rang, or if the whistle had been blown as it should have been blew, both of which they did neither, the cow would not have been injured when she was killed.” ALSO No form of government will ever be established that can provide prosperity to the man who sits on his door step waiting for it to come up the street.


200 Years Ago, from the Montrose Centinel, March 22, 1817.

*All persons indebted to me for advertising in the year 1816, are requested to call and cancel the same immediately; likewise for job-printing. NECESSITY, absolute NECESSITY compels me to make this call, and I therefore expect all indebted will pay attention to it. Pay for papers is much desired.  Ed. Centinel.

*10 DOLLARS REWARD! Escaped from the Goal of Susquehanna County on the night of the 21st inst. BRADLEY THOMAS, a debtor confined in said Goal. He is about 22 years of age, small stature, and at first sight appears like a smart active man. Whoever will apprehend said Thomas and return him to the Goal of said County shall receive Ten dollars reward and all reasonable charges. ELI GREGORY, Goaler. March 22, 1817.

*NOTICE TO JURORS. PERSONS who have been summoned to serve as Jurors at the next May term are hereby notified that they need not attend, as no Jury is wanted.  AUSTIN HOWELL, Sheriff Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, March 22, 1817.

*WILLIAM ROCKWELL, POST-RIDER, Wishes to pay the Printer, therefore all persons indebted to him for papers, are requested to pay immediately.  Punctuality is the life of business. March 22, 1817.


March 30 (1917/2017)



Hallstead – The Deemer Bros. glass cutting factory is now working full time since the installing of a new electric motor. ALSO One of the most contemptable and meanest acts of chicken thieving was pulled off last Friday evening when the lock on Mrs. Finley’s chicken house was broken and thirteen choice hens and a rooster were stolen. Mrs. Finley is a hard working widow lady, and not only were the hens bringing in an income from eggs, but were pets. This is the third time her poultry has been stolen from her and no steps have been taken to find the guilty parties. The thieves are doing a big business, as the barn of J.H. VanLoan was twice broken into last week and a quantity of household goods, stored there, were taken. A reward of ten dollars has been offered for information leading to the arrest of guilty parties.


Johnson City – Earl and Elbert Tiffany have purchased one of the leading stores in Johnson City and have already taken possession of the same. Elbert is in charge of the store and Earl will go there as soon as his business interests will permit. For the present Earl’s family will reside on their farm in Franklin and he will sell his excelsior mill in order to have his entire time for the store. The Tiffany Brothers have many friends here who will wish them success with their new enterprise.


West Auburn – The Binghamton Press contained a very good picture of Elmer B. Lacey, Village President of Endicott. Mr. Lacey was a former resident of this place. “Elmer” is made of the right stuff and the citizens of the bustling shoe manufacturing city are not slow to recognize his worth. ALSO The burning question among our dairymen is: “Shall we sell whole milk for shipment in New York City and get along without the creamery butter and the excellent pork that we raise on the skimmed milk? One cannot “eat one’s cake and have it too.”


Brooklyn – That Brooklyn appreciates the efforts of the temperance workers in making Foster [Hop Bottom] a “dry town” and desires to help keep it so, will be shown on Friday evening, April 6th, when a community pie social will be held in the I.O.O.F. Hall for the benefit of the No License Fund. Every family in the community is invited to come and bring a pie. There will be games, music and a good time.


Susquehanna – The firm of Deakin & Woodard has been dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Woodard retiring. John Hurley, who has been with the firm for many years, has purchased Mr. Woodard’s interest and the business will be conducted under the name of Deakin & Hurley. Mr. Woodard will, this season, build a fine dwelling house upon his farm property up the Canawacta creek in Harmony township.


Springville – Mrs. C.A.B. Stevens & Co. wish to announce to the public that she will be ready with a fine line of the latest trimmed and untrimmed hats, fancies & c., at her residence, the last week in March. ALSO Three new families have moved into Lynn this spring as follows: Ziba Schooley, of Wilkes-Barre; Philip Conrad, of Auburn Four Corners; and William Savercool, of Kasson Corners.


Friendsville - The members of the A.O.H. Society and a party of friends celebrated St. Patrick’s day with a banquet and entertainment at St. Francis hall.  Those present other than Society members were: Mesdames T.F. Lee, E.H. Fitzgerald, C.J. Lake and Joseph Crowley, and the Misses Anna Foran, Margaret Gillen, Genevieve McManus, Kathryn Ryan, Julia Golden, Anna Hickey, Nelley Moynehan, Mary Lynch, Mary Purcell and Marie McMahon.


Herrick Center – A box social was held at the schoolhouse on Friday night. A good crowd was in attendance and $23 was realized from the sale of lunches. This sum will be expended for a wheel chair for Warren Crandall who has been unable to get around as the result of a stroke of paralysis suffered six months ago. This is given as an expression of neighborly interest and regard.


Quaker Lake – The city of Binghamton has recently purchased, through its county superintendent of highways and members of the board of aldermen, machinery for the improving of its highways. The road from Binghamton to this place will be the first to receive attention.


Montrose – “A garden for every home,” is the new Suffrage slogan. There could be few better. We expect to see our local, ardent suffragists, wielding hoes with Captain Hall, of the Lincoln Agricultural and Art society, promoting the vacant lot gardens this summer—when they are not too busy working their own.


Gibson – All who are interested in good reading matter should join our public library. The cost is only 50 cents a year, ending on Nov. 17.  Many of the most popular magazines and books of fiction are available. You are sure to get your money’s worth besides helping the library, as new subscriptions means new books.  Every subscriber also has the privilege of choosing one new book, for which a large order will be sent in soon.


Elk Lake – John Arnold bought a fine team of horses, also a single driver, at the Brumbaugh sale in Montrose last Saturday.


Clifford /Herrick/Uniondale – Argument will be heard at Montrose on a rule recently obtained by F.M. Gardiner, Esq., representing the petitioners for the road, on the supervisors of Clifford and Herrick townships and the borough council of Uniondale to show cause why they should not be held in contempt for not opening road as directed by court. The road in question runs from the road leading from Uniondale to Elkdale near the Ed Burdick farm to Main street in Uniondale. Court ordered the road opened more than a year ago but the officials have made no effort to comply with the order of court, hence the contempt proceedings.


Thompson – Several mistakes occurred in last week’s issue. We will mention only one. It should have read the funeral of Mr. Weir, instead of Mrs. Weir.


Forest City – A campaign is being inaugurated to stop the selling of intoxicants in Vandling and the Warren tract on Sunday. It is alleged that at present some of the places are “wide open” seven days in the week.


Uniondale - About 20 boys from Forest City played sad havoc in the sugar camps of A.M. Williams and J.J. Tuttle, Sunday afternoon. They broke spiles, threw away pails, put mud in the reservoir and committed other mischievous pranks. They made their exit by jumping a coal train.


News Brief: The following Marriage Licenses were issued: E.H. Everett, Jackson and Myrtle M. Bryant, North Jackson; Shirley B. Stephens, Brooklyn and Edith O. Corwin, Hallstead; Elwin D. Rought and Marion D. Quick, both of Lenox; Henry T. Hall, Owego, NY and Mary Louise Fox, Little Meadows; John D. Decker, Gibson and Lena E. Gardner, Bridgewater.


200 Years ago from the Centinel, March 29, 1817.

*Married – On the 23d inst. by J.W. Raynsford, Esq. Mr. Asahel Southworth, of Middletown, to Miss Mary Darby, of Bridgewater.

*Singular Customs. The errors of the human mind are sometimes so ridiculous that we can scarcely give credit to them. In Egypt it was formerly a custom for the master of the house in which a cat died to shave his left eye brow as a token of grief.


April 06 (1917/2017)



Thompson – Mrs. C.B. Jenkins died at her home on East Jackson Street, of pneumonia, March 30th.  In the death of Mrs. Jenkins everyone in Thompson feels they have lost a friend; everyone is a mourner. She was a woman noted for her deep Christian principles, her untiring acts of benevolence and her ever ready sympathizing hand of kindness extended to all about her when in sorrow or trouble of any kind. We all loved her and feel that a place is vacant that can never be filled. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved husband and sorrowing friends.


Forest City – The mines of the Clinton colliery were closed down Tuesday, the men going out on account of a disagreement over the working conditions at the washery. The difficulty was mainly due to Sunday and night work. ALSO Anthony Opeka, who has been here on a 60 day furlough, will leave this week to join his regiment, the 19th U.S. infantry, stationed in the Panama canal zone. ALSO Boys from 6 to 10 years of age may be seen picking cigar and cigarette stubs from the streets in the early morning.  This pernicious practice has been followed too long for the health of the youth who are thus taught to smoke.


Dundaff – David N. Snyder expressed a desire to again smell powder in case Germany should invade America. Mr. Snyder is a veteran of the Civil War and served from the start of that great conflict to the fall of 1863. The scene of his operation was in the southwest, his regiment, the 77th Pa., being one of the few eastern regiments under Gen. Grant in his campaign in Kentucky and Tennessee. Mr. Snyder served under General Buel in the famous McCook brigade, also. He had four brothers in the service. Mr. Snyder is alert and erect for one of his age and might be taken for a man of middle age. Politically he is opposed to President Wilson but believes in forgetting politics when the nation is threatened with war clouds as at the present.


Uniondale – Morgan Daniels is in receipt of a letter from his nephew, Foster Williams, who is in Uncle Sam’s Navy and treads the deck of the large battleship, the Pennsylvania, the largest in the world. All correspondence hitherto has been censored by the naval authorities and no place could be assigned by the crew as their abiding place only “somewhere in the Navy.”


Great Bend – At the close of the tent meeting of the Daughter of Veterans, the members gave a variety shower to their first bride in the order, Mrs. Rena Wilmot Sandall. It was a great surprise to her.


Lathrop Twp. – Nearly everyone who has sugar maples are tapping them this spring, owing to the high price of sugar.


Dimock – The new high school building will be dedicated tomorrow.  This building, a gift from Messrs. Percy Ballantine and Francis H. Cope, Jr., is one of the best equipped school buildings in Northeastern Pennsylvania.


Lynn Station, Springville Twp. – The community was greatly shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Dyer Taylor, at her home here.  She had been sick for some time, but was better and around the house again.  It is reported that the final summons came while the lady was playing the piano.  She was a splendid neighbor and friend to everybody.


Brooklyn – Guy A. Tiffany, a former resident of this place, was found dead in Gahagan’s Hotel, Scranton. Deceased was 68 years old and a veteran of the Civil War, serving in Co. F, Fourth Regt., U.S. Infantry. In his pockets were found a pension certificate showing he was entitled to $17 per month and letters from Herrick Center, Kingsley, New Milford and other places, answering his advertisement applying for work as a farm hand.  One son, William Tiffany, has been stationed on the Mexican border.


Montrose – M. Lee Swackhamer, for some years in charge of the Borden plant at Hamden, NY, has been transferred to Whitesville, NY.  Mr. Swackhamer was a former superintendent of the Borden milk station in Montrose and a printer at one time in The Republican office. ALSO Theda Bara will star at the C-Nic, Saturday afternoon and evening, in “Her Double Life.”


Friendsville – Dr. Hubert A. Bolan, formerly of Philadelphia, died at his late home here on March 28. Death was due to consumption. Deceased was 45 years of age. He came of a prominent Philadelphia family and was a refined and scholarly man, and a physician of rare skill. He came to Friendsville for his health about three years ago, in the hope that the country atmosphere and surroundings would prolong his life. His remains were taken to Philadelphia for interment.


News of the War – U.S. Called to Join War; Wilson asks [for] 500,000 men. The President, in calling the nation to arms, makes it clear war for American rights is against German Government only—not against German people or against Austria and other allies of central powers. An American armed ship was sunk as his message is read. Factories are reporting that it is impossible to supply the demand for flags. The wave of patriotism sweeping over the country has created a big demand for “Old Glory” and the tri-colored bunting waves from nearly every business place and residence. It was an inspiring sight, Monday morning, to see the great display of flags. In Montrose: It is safe to say that never in the town’s history were there more flags waving, the streets in perspective appearing as a waving mass of color. The town’s bells and whistles rang and tooted long on Monday in patriotic fervor, to show that the sturdy yeomanry were still ready to accept the gage of battle with a foreign foe. The whistles at the Turner Construction Co. works, which is building the new McKeage foundry, blew long and loud. When the request was sent around to blow the whistles, Supt. Davison said that there was no fire under the boiler, but after a moment’s thought replied: “I’ll get up steam myself.” He did. One hundred and twenty pounds of it. At noon the whistle cord was tied down, and the gol-darned whistle blew until—the steam gave out.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, April 5, 1817.

*MASONIC NOTICE. The members of the new Lodge at Montrose are requested to meet at the house of Chapman Carr at Montrose on Friday the 11th instant at one o’clock in the afternoon on business of importance.

*Lists of Letters remaining in the Post Office at Montrose, April 1st 1817John W. Robinson, John Robinson, John Reynolds 2, John Heywood, John Robertson, John W. White, James Wells jnr., John Bennet 2, John M. Brownson, Jacob Roberts, Justin Clark, John Phiney, John Brown, Jacob Brown, Jonas Fuller, David Dimock, Davis Dimock, Dennis Granger, David Shearer, David Doulittle, Amos Brownson, Abigail Darby, Abigail Foster, Anna Smith, Abel Davison, Richard Chapman, Richard Foster 2, Ezra Brown, Elisha Brownson, Eden Palmer, Elias Bennet, Cyntha H. Agard, Henry Eldridge, Naomia Benjamin, Salmon Thomas, Wm. C. Turrel, Wm. Lawrence, Billings Babcock, Benajah Chatfield, Ishi Norton, Luther Snow, Levi Shove, Wm. Lathrop & Ichabod Terry, Erastus Catlin & Jonah Brewster, James W. Hill & Wm. Kerr.

C. CARR, Dept. P. M.



April 13 (1917/2017)



Montrose – Charles Mackey and Wilbur Pross, who went to New York, Monday, have enlisted in the Mosquito Fleet, which comprises a dozen or more submarine chasers, to guard the coast. Mr. Mackey is a son of the late Dr. C.D. Mackey, a student of Cornell and Mr. Pross is the eldest son of Cashier C.F. Pross, of the Farmers National Bank. ALSO The Beach Manufacturing Co. is moving from its old quarters in the remnant of the machine shop and foundry, to their new plant near the Lehigh Valley station. The new concrete and steel main structure is practically completed.


Springville – The engagement of Cora Lee and Ernest Marcy was publicly announced when a variety shower was given them at the home of George Lee. ALSO Handrick Miles has gone to Montrose and the farm he left he rented to Boyd Welch and on April 4, about 4 or 5 o’clock, a fire was discovered in the barn. A shed attached was also consumed with a horse, cow and four yearlings. The other cattle happened to be out, as also was the team. They are preparing to erect a new barn.


Hallstead – Perhaps few dealers in horses in this section of the country are better or more favorably known than is James Florence.  He gives notice that he will arrive with thirty head of Missouri horses about April 30.


Uniondale – A solid train, consisting of 33 cars of ammunition, passed through here Thursday morning enroute for Boston.


East Rush – Another one of Wm. Quick’s children has the scarlet fever.  It seems queer that an M.D., of Binghamton, should let a patient run at large with this dreaded disease and endanger a whole neighborhood, as was this case.


Harford – Our young men are all afire with patriotism and stand ready to obey the first call that comes to them to serve in their country’s cause. Stanley Adams, private of the Thirteenth Regiment, spent a day with this father and friends before going to the front again with his regiment. ALSO James W. Evans received word that his oldest brother, David, of South Wales, died on Feb. 17th, at the age of 80 years. A few days previous to his death, his only son died at the front.


Jackson – Ray Roberts has been elected cashier of the City National Bank, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of LeGrand Benson.  Jackson township has furnished three cashiers to county banks, the late Charles E. Moxley, LeGrand Benson and now Ray F. Roberts.


Gelatt – Wednesday April 4, being the 50th anniversary of the marriage of George B. Milliken and Maggie Smiley, relatives and friends met with them to help celebrate the day. After a bounteous dinner, the guests were invited to the parlor, where Warren Mumford, of Starrucca, made a speech and presented Mr. and Mrs. Milliken with several presents and a sum of money. Mr. Milliken responded with a short speech of thanks, after which there was singing and all returned to their homes.


East Kingsley – The family of Alonzo Loomis are peculiarly and sadly afflicted. Mrs. Loomis has been helpless, in bed for the past six years. Mr. Loomis, who is past 80 years of age, has been helpless I bed for the past year. Their daughter, Miss Nellie Loomis, has been their faithful nurse all this time. Their only son, Eugene, whose home is on the opposite side of the road from his parents, has been failing in health for some time, since the death of their infant son.  Both families have the sympathy of the entire community.


Brooklyn – Dr. T.O. Williams is enjoying an extensive and profitable practice, but if the country needs him he will respond to the call. He is a Spanish War veteran and has had hospital practice.


Dimock – Wallace Fish, who is past 81 years old, seems to be smart and active for a man of his advanced years, cutting his own wood, attending to his poultry and fires, doing his trading at the store and also making daily trips to the post-office for his mail. ALSO Perry Mills is the new clerk at the post-office and store of W.J. Cronk.


New Milford – J.A. McConnell is in fairly good health after his severe illness of several months ago. He has lived on the New Milford hill, his farm bordering on the old stage road, for more than 40 years, coming there from Brooklyn township. All of the older generation of farmers and neighbors, the Gunns, Chapmans, Harding’s, Beebes, Franks, Kimbers and others who were his early associates, have moved or passed away.


The War Effort: It has been a common thing this week to see small groups of young men gather on the sidewalks. If you stopped to listen to their excited conversation you would find they were talking about enlisting. The entire Senior class of boys planned to enlist in a body on Tuesday morning, making their plans to go to Scranton to enroll. Principal Hess and the school board finally dissuaded them from taking the step, urging the boys to wait until after graduation.


Crystal Lake – Ms. John Nelson, near this place, was shot in the arm by her 5-year-old grandson, who secured a revolver from a bureau drawer on the second floor. Mrs. Nelson was sitting in a chair knitting and the youngster made his way up stairs and got the gun and returned to the first floor and started playing with the weapon, finally pulling the trigger. The bullet entered his grandmother’s arm and she fell over in a faint and was found by a neighbor, who was attracted by the child’s cries.


Forest City – With commendable zeal and fervent patriotism the Boy Scouts have, through energetic work, arranged that old glory shall float at the high school building. The boys made a canvass of our citizens who liberally subscribed to a fund for the purpose of buying a flag.  It will be of first quality and will measure 6’ x 12’ and as soon as the school board can secure a suitable pole the flag will be unfurled. ALSO Thomas boys had some experience trying to run their auto from Forest City to Crystal Inn on Sunday evening. They encountered snowdrifts several feet high but managed to reach home at a late hour by going through the fields.



200 Years Ago from the Centinel, April 12, 1817.

*Abolition of Slavery. The House of Assembly of the state of New York, on the 12th ult. In committee of the whole, Mr. Walbridge in the chair, had under consideration the bill for the abolition of slavery within that state, when after animated discussion, the question on the clause declaring all negroes, malatoe and mustees within the state, free, after the 4th day of July, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, was carried in the affirmative by a large majority. 

*Halloo, Journeymen!  I want to procure a first rate workman at the Cabinet Making Business; also a first rate workman at Chair Making; to whom I will give good wages and constant employ—None other need apply.  Garner Isbell, Jr., Montrose


April 20 (1917/2017)



Brooklyn – Mr. Pratt had a peculiar automobile accident on the state road, near J. S. Wright’s.  He lost control of the steering gear and the machine, a Ford, left the road and ran against one of the monuments of the sluice and landed some distance away in the ditch. Mr. Pratt’s companion went through the windshield and was seriously cut about the face. The Ford was put out of commission. ALSO Considerable excitement prevailed in town last Thursday afternoon when it was discovered that fire was rapidly spreading through the fields back of the Van Auken property and threatened to reach the Barnes’ peach orchard and the woods beyond. The men of the town, with the help of the High School boys, succeeded in putting it out before much damage was done.


Great Bend – Frederick Von Bergan, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Von Bergan, was instantly killed by the accidental discharge of a revolver in the hands of his friend, William Kuhn, Tuesday afternoon. The boys found the pistol, an old weapon, in a chest in Dr. Kuhn’s barn. They were examining it and while in the hands of the Kuhn boy it suddenly went off and into the breast of Frederick, near the heart. The frightened boy ran to his mother and Dr. Merrell went to the scene, but the child was beyond any human aid. 


Lynn, Springville Township – Word was received here from Gordon H. Fish that he had been ordered from the training station at Newport to a ship, “Blakely.” If more had Gordon’s spirit of bravery there would be no need of drafting. ALSO In Springville – Misfortune pursues some people relentlessly as in the case of John Decker. A few weeks ago his wife died suddenly, and on Monday afternoon his house was consumed by fire.  Much sympathy is felt for the family.


New Milford – The roads have been the worst for years, so many bad places several feet deep and rods long that should have been filled with stone. If every farmer would turn the water off the road it would help, and the road taxes would go farther. Put up the flag and then help on the roads a little. ALSO The United States Court Jury awarded Mrs. Jessie Darrow, $6,790 in her suit against Postal Telegraph-Cable Company of New York, for the death of her husband, Ellis Darrow, who was killed while working on the wires of the defendant company at New Milford. She brought suit for $15,000. Paul J. Sherwood was her attorney.


West Lenox – The funeral of Joseph Bennett was held from his late home on Tuesday afternoon, April 10. Rev. J.W. Bailey, of Nicholson, conducted the services. Interment in the Tower Cemetery. Mr. Bennett had lived in this place all his life—86 years—and will be greatly missed.


Montrose – Carr Pross, Donald Smith and Newell Washburn left on Monday morning for New York, where they will take examinations for the coast defense work of the U.S. Navy. Later reports state all were successful and are in training at Newport, RI. ALSO Mrs. James Webb was quite seriously hurt yesterday morning by being thrown out of the wagon at the creamery. The horse was frightened by a cake of ice, which was thrown down. Mr. Webb had stepped out of the wagon and had only one line. This turned the horse around which got away. Mrs. Webb had several ribs broken and received several bruises. She was taken to the home of Mr. Evans, where Dr. W.W. Preston attended her.


Uniondale – F.M. Davis expects to have the band soon organized. It is 19 years or more since the Uniondale band was organized and like other organizations it has had many removals. Many of the old players are still here and it is expected that they will come to Mr. Davis’ rescue and assist in keeping up the work necessary for the life of a lively band.


Nicholson - The machine gun company of Captain Harry S. Sisk is stationed here to guard the big bridge, the tunnel and the bridge at Kingsley. The men sleep in tents and take their meals at Hotel Almont. The company recently returned from service at Texas.


Lakeside, New Milford Twp. – E. E. Mosher, who has conducted a general store here for the past 18 years, has sold his stock and good will to Walter Brink, of Endicott, who will conduct the business.  Mr. Mosher will remain at Lakeside for the present, at least.


Dimock – Miss Mary Calby, daughter of Lawrence and Betsy Calby, died at her home in this place, Monday, shortly before noon. The funeral was held from her late home on Wednesday morning. Burial in the family plot in St. Bonaventure’s cemetery in Auburn. The deceased leaves to survive her an aged mother and two brothers, Michael and James. She was about 50 years of age.


Thompson – All those who were made happy by the arrival of April 15th [fishing season] and started out early in the snow storm with their fishing rods, were Dr. McNamara, Dr. Barnes, George Gelatt, D. Benedict, C. Lamont, W. Spencer, A. Brundage, P Smith, H. Swingle and L. Mead. However, they did not get a bite.  Nothing strange, as some of them were so excited they forgot their bait, and you could not expect the wily beauties to be much enticed with a bare hook.


Forest City – Rev. A. Yanusas, pastor of St. Anthony’s church, delivered a patriotic address to his congregation Sunday. In speaking of the European war and its sufferers he paid glowing tribute to the American people for their liberality toward the Lithuanians. When Russia was the aggressor, Lithuanians found a refuge in America, where they might avail themselves of the privileges of citizenship and equal rights. He said America was the asylum for the oppressed of all nations. The persecuted of Europe found peace of mind and person in America’s domain. No Siberia for them. With open arms the emigrant is received and granted the privileges accorded the citizens of the land. He advised his congregation to stand as a unit and if required the Lithuanians would be found at the front for the preservation of the country that the principles of right and justice be not set aside. To die for this country in her defense is glorious and praiseworthy.


News Brief: Two farmers were overheard talking the other day, and both said that they thought they were going to lose their hired men, who have got the war fever and want to enlist. That will be one of the things to contend with in food production on the farms. It will be as patriotic a duty for some to enlist in farm work as it will to enlist for the fighting line.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, April 19, 1817.

*All our last year’s subscribers will be considered subscribers still unless they give us notice that they wish to have their papers discontinued and pay up all arrearages.  Persons who have received the Centinel by a post-rider can still have them forwarded to any post office they may choose, by sending us information.

*Take Notice.  All persons will take notice that the Milford and Owego Township road from Montrose to Caleb Bush’s farm, will not be open for travelling this summer, on account of the inconvenience in clearing and keeping it open whilst constructing it. And I hereby notify Samuel Scott and Olive Dean that they must open the roat of said road thro’ their respective enclosures by the first day of May next. JOHN STREET, Bridgewater, April 19, 1917.

*Proprietors of the School in Montrose, take NoticeProprietors of the School in Montrose are informed that a school will commence on Monday next in the house lately occupied by Rufus Bowman, on the Avenue; said school will be taught by Miss Stephens. C. CARR, J. CLARK, Committee.

*MARRIED – In Choconut on the 10th inst. by the Rev. D. Dimock, Mr. George Griswould to Miss Betsey Rose.


April 27 (1917/2017)



Susquehanna – An alleged German spy was arrested Tuesday morning by Sergeant Carlson, of the State Constabulary. He was given a hearing before U.S. commissioner W.A. Skinner, who deemed the evidence against him sufficient to hold him for a court martial by the military authorities, considering it a case for the military, rather than the civil authorities. The prisoner was well-dressed and intelligent, and for several days had been in Susquehanna securing orders from physicians for tabloid medicines.  His actions attracted the attention of the State Constabulary, who watched him. An examination of his personal effects revealed 16 notebooks, written in various languages and dialects, and several loose leaf maps. In his defense he said it was a diversion with him to study the different languages and sciences, and alleged that he could speak twelve different tongues and read a number of others. He was extremely loud in his loyalty to the “old flag,” and claimed to be of pure American birth and origin. He has been held for a hearing before the U.S. attorney, pending further investigation. Meanwhile, in Montrose, another “German spy,” who left a Maxwell runabout at Burch & Baxter’s garage, about a month ago, stating he would later return for it. The firm has written to Wisconsin authorities asking about its ownership. The car bears a Wisconsin license, granted for a 3 year period. The driver, who spoke with a German accent and aroused the suspicion of the garage men, has never appeared to claim the machine.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. Rozetta Carpenter celebrated her 89th birthday on Sunday. A daughter, Mrs. Morris, of Niagara Falls, and a son, W.E. Carpenter, of New Milford, joined the relatives in a dinner in her honor on that day. ALSO The men are organizing a company for military drill, known as the Home Defense Guards.


Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – Barney Reilly is home from Wilkes-Barre on a sick leave, and surprised his family by bringing a Victrola and a fine lot of up-to-date records. ALSO Our schools will soon close and then the children will help in the gardens and go fishing.  You ought to hear the calculations they are making now.


Little Meadows Boro. – The following stores are to be found in the borough: J.J. Bergen, General Merchandise; J.E. Hickey, General Merchandise; Geo. P. McCrossin, Cigars; and F. Palmer & Son, Feed.


Forest City/Uniondale – Rev. Jacob Gassman, of the congregation of B’nai, Scranton, and Herman Mintz, a meat dealer of Scranton, jumped from a Ford truck as a train bore down upon them last Tuesday evening of last week, on the Stillwater crossing of the Erie railroad between Uniondale and Forest City. The Ford was smashed to fragments and scattered along the track for several hundred feet. Mintz and the rabbi were returning from Uniondale where Mintz had gone to slaughter calves to take home. The powerful headlight of the engine was seen and Mintz had nothing to do but to jump. He and the rabbi cleared the track just as the crash came. They were picked up by the train crew and brought to Forest City. From here they were proceeded by street car.


Montrose – Evangelist John Davis, of Binghamton, has traded his residence for S.G. Fancher’s home on Church Street and will soon remove here, where he will make his permanent home. Mr. Fancher will move to Binghamton and will have personal charge of a large garage with automobile sales, repair and other departments. A large building is now being erected for this purpose. Mr. Davis comes to Montrose believing his health will be improved here.


Rush – W.T. Deuel has gone to Kansas where he will reside with his sons, Charles in Concordia and R.C. in Fowler. Mr. Deuel has four sons in the west and they have all been very successful. R.C. had a wheat crop of 5000 bushels in 1916 and 7000 the year previous. Mr. Deuel says he cleared $1000 a year on his farm in Rush during the Civil War period. He is now 87 years of age.


Dimock – Mrs. Alma Wanick, who is getting along in years, seems to be a busy woman, weaving carpets, rugs and cloth. Her loom can be heard daily, working from early morning till late at night.


Great Bend –Mrs. Grace Tallon, who has been employed in the office of the Great Bend Plaindealer for the past two years, has resigned and on the first of May will take charge of the Bell Telephone exchange in Hallstead.


Thompson – Bruce Brown, a well-known young farmer and mail carrier, was seriously injured recently while operating a stationary gasoline engine at the barn. His coat was caught in a rapidly revolving belt and he was violently thrown to the floor, sustaining a fractured leg at the knee joint and many severe bruises.  Fortunately his clothing gave way and he was thus saved from what might have been a terrible death.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Township – Wm. Valentine is so he can sit up a short time. The friends and neighbors turned out and cut some wood for him last Wednesday and he extends them his sincere thanks. Frank McKeeby is helping to get his oats sowed.


Deaths of Two Civil War Veterans – Calvin Lincoln, a veteran of the Civil War [Corp. Co, H, 143rd Regiment, PA Volunteers] and a well-known resident of Forest Lake, died at the home of his son, Alva Lincoln, in Pritchard, NY. The body arrived in Montrose on Tuesday and was taken to Forest Lake for the funeral and interment. M. B. Washburn, aged 81 years, died at the home of his daughter, in Elmira, NY, on April 18, 1917. Mr. Washburn was a former prominent citizen of Lakeview, Jackson township, where he conducted extensive milling operations for some years. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Pvt. Co. F, Battery M, Second Heavy Artillery, 1862-1865.] Besides his daughter, one son survives, John Washburn, of Susquehanna. The funeral was held in Elmira on Saturday.


News Brief: A call to the owners of Ford cars has been extended in New York state to mobilize for the defense of the country. It is said that there are 100,000 Fords owned within a radius of 15 miles of the city hall, New York city, while in the state there are 150,000 more. It is estimated that in the state there are sufficient cars to transport an army of 1,000,000 men, if all could be mobilized.  In the nation there are 1,750,000 cars, which would be capable of transporting 7,000,000 troops. The plan of the club is to organize several thousand cars in New York city into the Ford Automobile Machine Gun Corps, making a “flying” machine gun organization which will be ready at any and all times to proceed full speed anywhere directed.



200 Years Ago Today, from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., April 26, 1817.

*A CALL IN EARNEST!  The subscriber is about to close business in the Tavern keeping line, therefore ALL persons indebted to him must settle by the 15th of next month if they wish to save cost. Daniel Curtis, Montrose, April 25, 1817.

*Be Cautious! All persons are hereby cautioned against letting their cattle, sheep or swine run at large this season, if they are in the least given to eat their neighbor’s crops; as I shall lacerate the owners of all creatures, with a rod thoroughly pickled in the LAW, that trespass on the enclosure of D. Scott, Esq., near this place. RUFUS BOWMAN, Montrose, April 25, 1817.

*Duel! – Two men lately fought a duel with rifles, in the interior of the state of New York, at the distance of 75 paces.  At the first fire one of them fell; but he is likely to recover from the effect of the shot, thro’ the assistance of a skillful Tailor—the wound being only through his pantaloons.  The deserving tailor has done, what we had almost despaired of seeing effected; he has mended the HABIT of a Duelist!


May 04 (1917/2017)



Jackson – Melvin V. Larrabee, aged 82 years and 11 months, died at his home in the township, April 30, 1917.  Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of Myron French Post, G.A.R. He is believed to be the last survivor of Co. K, Sixth Pa. Reserves, which was largely recruited in Susquehanna, Harmony and Jackson. He was a brother of the late County Superintendent of Schools, Alfred Larrabee, of Uniondale, who was run down and killed by a  D&H passenger train about 16 years ago.


Montrose – Captain George E. Hall is having the tract of land on Scenery Hill, donated by W.M. Post to the citizens for food production purposes, plowed this week. The two local troops of Boy Scouts, it is stated, will work a portion of the plot, and there will still be considerable land for others who may wish to take it up.  Apply to the captain for a plot before they are all taken up. There seems to be a steadily growing desire to plant every available acre in Montrose, scores of business men, clerks, professional men, etc., planning to grow gardens large enough to keep their families supplied with vegetables. There will be little waste land. [This is being done for the war effort.]


Harford – The Senior girls in our High School went into the rooms occupied by the town library and overhauled the books, disposing of all truck and leaving the place in a more healthy and wholesome condition. Now is the time for some live individual, or individuals, to take hold of the library and bring it back to its proper place in the community.


Rush – John Harford, a graduate of the class of 1910, R.H.S., has proved a very capable civil engineering during his two years’ experience with the Binghamton branch of the DL&WRR. He has now accepted a position with the Philadelphia & Reading railroad and will take up the new duties at the Philadelphia office, on May 1.


Dimock – Mrs. Betsey Calby, aged 96 years, died at her late home in Dimock on April 21, 1917.  Deceased was born in Ireland, coming to this country when a young woman, and was one of the best known and most beloved women of that township and retained a remarkably clear mind, despite her unusual age, until the very last.  Her husband, the late Lawrence Calby, died about 20 years ago and her only daughter, Mary, died the preceding Monday.  Two sons, James and Michael Calby, survive.  The funeral was held in St. Bonaventure church, Auburn.  Interment in the church cemetery.


Forest City – A number from this place went to Scranton to secure their final citizenship papers. Being of Austrian birth they were notified in Judge Witmer’s court they were not to receive their papers owing to the fact that Austria had broken off diplomatic relations with the United States and that no Austrian or German need apply until peace is declared. ALSO The “Bowery” section of this town is surely entitled to the pennant when patriotism is concerned. The section before the declaration of war had six men of military age, four of whom have responded to the call to arms.  We doubt if there is a section in the country that has responded so quickly to the call to arms, and every home floats a flag.


Uniondale – The Suffrage Club has postponed its meeting from Friday evening to a later date. The change was made in order that the members might attend the Red Cross meeting. ALSO Shubael Carpenter, 86 years young, recently sold what potatoes he could spare.  They were of his own raising.  Few men have better gardens than he, and he does the work.


Ararat – Married at Scranton Pa., April 17, 1917, by Rev. W.E. Webster, pastor of the Court Street M.E. church, Miss Delcie Wademan and Elmer C. Glover; also Miss Ida May Bryden and Hobert Davis. The young couples returned to this place where they will reside and received the hearty congratulations of many friends. Other Ararat people, “Newly Weds,” also receiving congratulations are Mr. and Mrs. Carl Morgage and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Warner. ALSO Fiddle Lake – Now that the snow banks are gone and the mud nearly dried up, stock buyers and rag peddlers seem to be just the order of the day. As high as three in one day have called on us. Let them come, the more the merrier.


West Clifford – Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hasbrouck have moved into their new house which is nearly completed.


Birchardville – Jacob J. Ely departed this life from his late home here. He was 83 years of age and had lived in this vicinity for more than 50 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War. One son, Stanley Ely, of Dimock and daughters, Mrs. Cobb and Mrs. Rolles of Binghamton, and Belle, of Birchardville, survive him.


Friendsville – School has been closed for the past three weeks on account of the illness of the teacher, Miss Elizabeth Connell. Our doctor is convinced she is suffering from a light form of scarlet fever, while another doctor believes the malady is German measles. The people of Friendsville, very naturally, object to the school re-opening until they know positively that no danger from scarlet fever contagion exists.  Thus far very little is known of the case.


Hop Bottom – The Universalist Ladies will give a merry-making, fun-provoking, laugh-contagious entertainment at the church, Thursday evening, May 17, under the direction of Miss Clara L. Moyer, of Cleveland, Ohio.


New Milford – James Florence, who brought action against the DL&WRR for damages to his farm by the building of the cut-off, which resulted in him not being able to reach a large portion of his land, received a verdict for $2300. The case was hotly fought.  Mr. Florence claimed his farm was worth $8,000 and after the cut-off went through the larger part was practically worthless. J.H. Oliver, Esq., of Scranton, and A.B. Smith, Esq., of Montrose, counsel for the railroad, and John Ferguson, Esq. of Susquehanna, and J.M. Kelly, Esq. of Montrose, for the plaintiff.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, May 3, 1817

*DISTRESSING.  A daughter of Samuel Scott of this township [Bridgewater], living on the Chenango road, who has for some time been deranged, on Wednesday night last left the house unknown to any one, and has not been heard of since.  Some of her cloathing [their spelling] we understand has been found in the wilderness, some miles from home.  The alarm has spread and the people of the township generally are now searching the country round about to find her.

*NEW CASH STORE. Isaac Post Has again received a general assortment of GOODS direct from New York, which he offers to sell for Cash or Country Produce, at less prices than goods have ever been sold in this place, as he proposes to sell for ready pay only (for his own good and that of his neighbors.)  He solicits a share of public patronage and assures those that trade with him, that every exertion will be made to accommodate them, whether they call personally or send by another person.  He has also received a general assortment of patent and other Medicines for Family uses.  Montrose, April 19th, 1817.

*E. H. MANSFIELD, Gold & Silver Smith, Clock & Watch Maker, Has commenced business in the village of Montrose in the room lately occupied by Maj. I. Post, as a Store, where he will repair Clocks and Watches in the best possible manner, on the shortest notice.  He has on hand and for sale a quantity of new English Watches, warranted.  Also, a general assortment of Gold and Silver work, which he will dispose of at reduced prices.  He solicits the patronage of the public.  May 3, 1817.


May 11 (1917/2017)



Fairdale – On Thursday of last week, May 3, friends to the number of about 90 gathered at the Lecture room of the Church and formed in line. The ladies ahead carrying Old Glory and singing America, the men behind each carrying a chicken, marched to the parsonage and surprised their Pastor, Rev. C.E. Cook, by presenting him with chickens to the amount of about 32, after which all repaired to the dining room, where light lunch was served. After a social hour all went home feeling they had spent a very pleasant evening.


Springville - The death of Mrs. Margaret Scott, one of our oldest residents, [occurred] at her home here, Monday morning, April 30. She suffered a stroke of paralysis a few days ago and her condition had gradually grown worse. 


Dimock – W.L. Newton has purchased the barn on the J.D. Baker farm of Percy Ballentine and will move it to his farm, the Wm. Kelly place near Montrose.


Harford – The Odd Fellows are preparing the site for their new hall, which will be erected on the site of Hon. E.E. Jones’ store. Mr. Jones donated the lot to the society. ALSO Dandelion greens are the treat here now.  ALSO W. W. Oakley, who is having a new house built, has it nearly completed and ready for occupancy.


Elk Lake – E.E. Stevens, who for the past 20 years, has successfully conducted a general store here, will sell out the stock of goods and quotes some attractive prices. Mr. Stevens had a slight shock recently and while, apparently, on the road to complete recovery, he feels that he would like to be relieved of the cares of the store in order that he may have a much needed rest.


Montrose – Frank H. Deuel started a chicken emporium up on Chenango street, consisting of two Plymouth Rock hens and a rooster. Several days ago, Frank said, “You can praise up the fancy bred chicken stock all you please, but give me the good old fashion Plymouth Rock. Why, my two hens have given me two eggs a day for two weeks up until last Saturday and Sunday when I got three.” Yesterday when asked about his emporium he laughed and said, “I’m somewhat wiser about the chicken business today. If you want to know the real history about the three eggs just ask Clark Vaughn and John Dolan.” ALSO Charles R. Sayre is building a spacious addition to “Rosemont Inn” greatly increasing the accommodations of that popular resort. He tells us that his dining room will comfortably seat 75 people.


Choconut Valley – The Choconut Valley creamery will open this week. Mr. Myers, who will run the creamery, is here. His family will be here soon and will occupy rooms over the creamery.


Susquehanna – Friday evening, shortly after 6, Jack Reardon, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Reardon, of Front Street, fell into a tank of gasoline in the local Erie yards and had not help arrived quickly he would have been asphyxiated. A railroad man happened to be close by and hearing the boy’s cries went to his rescue. Dr. M.H. Collier was called and attended the boy.


New Milford – The funeral of Mrs. Jacob Fritz was held in Harford, April 30. Mrs. Fritz died at her home in Scranton after a long illness of cancer. She formerly resided in New Milford, where her husband had a stick factory, near where the creamery now stands. For some years she had lived in Harford and Scranton.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. - Myron Green had two bags of feed taken last week and S. Jagger has lost several hens. Someone needs to look out or they may have a job for a doctor picking shot, as they have their guns ready.


Forest Lake – Miss Frances Donovan, of Liberty, is spending some time with her aunt, Frances Kelley.


Hop Bottom – At last the wire for lighting the village for electricity is upon the streets and the completion of arrangements for lights is promised in a very short time. The residents of Foster should surely hold a jubilee when this long delayed luxury is really secured to them. Many citizens have had their residences wired for two years past, but the old, reliable kerosene lamp has furnished their only illumination.


Franklin Forks – The G.A.R. [Civil War Veterans] visited the schools for a few miles outside of this place and gave instruction in patriotism to the children of several schools and expects to visit several more before they close. Now that we are at war with a foreign power, it is highly necessary to inspire love of country and of the flag in all of the people and we take it as our duty, as men and as soldiers, to do what we can for our country in its time of need. As there is very little else that we could do, now that she needs men and money, some of us feel that we would gladly give our services, if they would accept us in any way. An Old Soldier


Bridgewater Twp. – Robert Park, of Chicago, called on his cousins, C.N. Warner, E.S. Warner and F.G. Warner, on Wednesday. Mr. Park is professor of sociology in the University of Chicago. This was his first visit to Montrose. His father, Dr. Ezra Park, was a physician in Montrose for some years. During his brief visit, Prof. Park visited the cemetery on Atty. F.E. Scott’s farm, (formerly the Park farm) just outside of the borough, in which are buried his grandparents, an aunt and a great-aunt. [This small grave site in Bridgewater Twp., contains the graves of members of the Park/Gregory/Scott/and Carr families.]


Forest City – Forest City has over 700 members enrolled in its Red Cross chapter.


News Brief: Gov. Brumbaugh has sent out a request to hotel men and restaurant keepers to save their potato peelings for those persons who wish to plant a potato patch but can obtain no seed. The eyes of the potatoes will produce new potatoes quite as well as cutting the whole potato in pieces, so experimenters state.



200 Years Ago Today from the Montrose Centinel, May 10, 1817.

*The daughter of Samuel Scott, stated in our last [issue] as being absent from home and lost in the woods, we are happy to state, was found after being from home about two days in the wilderness, by the inhabitants who were in search of her.

*The Rising Sun Lodge was installed in this village by the R.W.M. Isaac Bowman, of Wilkesbarre, on Wednesday last in the presence of a numerous assembly of spectators. Jonah Brewster was installed R. W.M. and Perez Perkins Seignor, and William C. Turrel Junior Wardens of the same.

*The subscriber is about to close business in the Tavern keeping line, therefore ALL persons indebted to him must settle by the 15th of next month if they wish to save cost.  DANIEL CURTIS.


May 18 (1917/2017)



Dimock/Elk Lake – Lorinda Lathrop was born near Elk Lake in the year 1827, and has lived in Dimock township all her life. At the age of 23 she married Jonathan Kellogg who died Jan. 8, 1898. Since his death she has made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. W.J. Brodhead. On her 90th birthday, May 9th, a few of her friends made her a surprise party, and it was a real surprise to her for she had forgotten it was her birthday. She received many tokens as a remembrance of the day for which she is very thankful. Twenty-seven sat down to dinner. All had a pleasant time, but none enjoyed the occasion more than Mrs. Kellogg, although afflicted with deafness and poor eye sight, she takes an active interest in the affairs of her friends and neighbors.


Thompson - W. S. Wright is building three cottages at Coxton Lake for parties from Peckville.


Great Bend – The patriotic celebration by Hallstead and Great Bend citizens was a big success, many people being unable to gain admission to the Opera House, held last Tuesday evening. A flag-raising was held at the corner of Church and Pine streets. Warren F. Simrell gave an address. This was followed by a concert by the Susquehanna band. E.A. Harmes introduced S.M. Collender, of Scranton, a veteran of the Civil War, who sang several selections. W.A. Skinner, of Susquehanna, and Dr. J.J. Lawrence, of Binghamton, were the speakers of the evening.


Harford – A band of gypsies were through here last Friday. They had with them a bear that would dance; and also a monkey.


Silver Lake – Miss Nellie Heavy, of St. Joseph, and Jas. Sweeney, of this place, were married at St. Joseph’s church on Wednesday, April 25.  Their many friends extend congratulations.


Glenwood – A few weeks ago our Editor requested his correspondents not to send so many visiting messages, but more births, deaths and marriages instead. We are glad to report that we haven’t any slackers in this vicinity, getting married [and] trying to evade military service during the war.


Jersey Hill, Auburn Township – The G.A.R. Post members will hold memorial exercises here, May 30, beginning at 1 p.m. sharp. There will be a good speaker and good singing for the occasion. Let everyone come and show honor and respect for the dear old veterans, who did so much for us and our country.


Herrick Township – Little Elsie Bonham, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bonham, was struck by a locomotive on Monday afternoon while returning from school. At last reports she was still alive and the outlook was hopeful for her complete recovery. Accompanied by her 9-year-old sister, Leila, and little cousin, Leland Bennett, the children waited for a northbound D&H train to pass the crossing. This shut out the view of an oncoming southbound train, and the children found themselves directly in front of it. The two children managed to cross safely, but the little girl was struck by the bumper and thrown a considerable distance. She was carried, unconscious, to the office of Dr. Craft and it was several hours before she regained consciousness. No bones were broken but she was badly bruised. This is a dangerous crossing, and at the insistence of the Public Service Commission the work of installing electric signal bells was started Monday. [If this is Elsie Amanda Bonham, she did recover. She was born Dec. 4, 1909 and died August 21, 2001 and is buried in the Myers Cemetery, Herrick Township.]


Montrose – We are to be favored with the first real circus of the season on May 24.  The LaTina’s big three-ring circus and wild-west show will exhibit for one day only, giving performances afternoon and evening. This show is of considerable size and furnishes a ring performance deserving the very highest praise. The management claims the show in its entirety to be perfectly free from any immoral, suggestive or lewd features, and especially attractive to ladies and children. The circus will also carry two score American cowboys and cowgirls, who give a typical western exhibition. The big, free street parade is worth going far to see, many cages of wild beasts being open to the public.


Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – Homer Brugler’s family have had a great deal of sickness this winter and Mr. Brugler, one of the hardest working men in this section, was getting behind with some of his work, so ten of his neighbors and friends took their teams and plows and went to plowing his corn ground. Along about 3 o’clock something happened to one of the plows, and the man went down to the barn to get Homer’s plow, and that was the first Homer knew of the plowing bee. It is, needless to say, that he was surprised, and wasn’t long getting to the field with apples, etc. They finished about 5 o’clock and every man went home feeling better for having done a kindly act for a neighbor.


Rush – A handsome [Ford] automobile hearse, which undertaker F.A. Bedell, of East Rush, has lately added to his equipment, attracted much attention last Sunday afternoon. It is painted in a somber grey and is artistically finished. Mr. Bedell is progressive and believes in keeping abreast of the times. ALSO The Fargo School house [Dist. #13] and Tupper School house [Dist. #9] will be sold at auction on May 19th. The Fargo School house at 1 p.m. and the Tupper at 3 p.m. on said premises. Also, the land where the Fargo School house is.  Charles L. Bowen, Sec’y.


Hop Bottom – Miss Arethusia Sophronia Dillpickle is suing Wilmer Miner for breach of promise and the case will be heard in the Mock Trial to be held in the Methodist church, Thursday evening, May 24.  Judge F. A. Davies, of Montrose, will preside.


Springville – Many friends were pained to learn of the fire that swept away the large, new garage, of Stuart Riley & Son, Tuesday afternoon of last week. While the building is a total loss, Minot Riley, the junior member and manager of the firm, told us that he expected that all the machinery in their repair department could be saved.  The repair department has been moved, temporarily, to D.E. Tuttle’s shop. Messrs. Riley will rebuild as soon as possible. Gasoline was being used in cleaning a motor, when it is presumed the fumes caught from a stove in the building. There was no insurance. One automobile, belonging to Bert Thomas, undergoing repairs, was destroyed. A new car was saved.


News Brief – The Erie railroad will replace all male clerks in its employ with women.  It is announced 3,000 men will be affected.



200 Years Ago Today, from the Montrose Centinel, May 18, 1817.

*SHERIFF SALE.  By virtue of a writ of Benditioni Exponas to me directed, will be exposed to sale on Saturday the 7th day of June next, at 1 o’clock P.M., at the Court House in the town of Montrose, all the right and title of William Rockwell to a certain piece of land situate in the township of Bridgewater, bounded on the east by lands of Eli Gregory, south by lands of John Phinney, west by lands of James Stephens and north by lands of Peter Davis, containing 50 acres, 12 acres under improvement and a log house, being the lot on which said Rockwell now lives.  AUSTIN HOWELL, Sheriff.  Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, May 16, 1817.

*PAY YOUR DEBTS. ALL persons indebted to Herrick & Fordham, whose accounts have been three months standing, must pay on or before the 3D OF JUNE NEXT, or their accounts will be put in the hands of persons who will send them a few lines to quicken their memories, headed Susquehanna County, ss. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, andc. which will be read to them by a person duly authorized to carry a LONG STAFF. Therefore you had all better look out for No. ONE.  Montrose, May 17, 1817.


May 25 (1917/2017)



Hopbottom – After the regular afternoon drill of the Home Guards last week, they formed in double column and marched to Mr. Chesley’s new barber shop, where a business meeting was held. On motion of T.J. Murray, Dr. Van de Sand was appointed chairman of the meeting.  After due deliberation, it was decided to organize on a military basis. The following officers were duly elected: Leon P. Chesley, captain; Thomas J. Murray, first lieutenant; Murray Palmer, second lieutenant. E.M. Loomis, of the firm of Loomis & Case, graciously offered his hall as a meeting place, free of charge, during the summer months. For the past month this company has been drilling regularly once or twice a week. It was voted to meet for drill Friday evening, from 8 to 9, and Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 o’clock.


Fairdale – George M. Olmstead was here on Monday. Mr. Olmstead says that his son, who is a graduate of Pennsylvania State College and has been an instructor in that institution, has located at Bellefonte, Center county. The young man will act in the capacity of agricultural extension agent in the county farm bureau. ALSO The Fairdale branch of Camp Fire Girls, Chahpah Wee, will meet with Louise Risley and all are requested to be present as they are going to make wreaths for the soldiers.


Montrose – Kenneth Warner went to Scranton last Saturday and enlisted as a Quartermaster Sergeant and expects a call soon to report for duty. ALSO  J.J. Ryan & Co. this week secured through H.M. Cole, the local Ford agent, one of the new Smith-form trucks, which the firm will use for its delivery business. This is a light, strong, medium-priced truck body, which can be attached to any Ford car, and is being widely used.


Great Bend – Burglars broke into Day’s stone factory and carried off every piece of brass and copper from boiler and machinery on Sunday night.  Early Monday morning an Erie shopman, on his way to the station, found a large grip secreted at the end of a pile, and it proved to be the stolen brass.  No clue to the thieves has been found.


Hallstead – “Hallstead Sends Four Young Men to the War”: Four Hallstead boys enlisted in the regular army Tuesday, and were given an enthusiastic send-off by the citizenry.  Schools were closed for the half day.  There was a parade, martial music by the fife and drum corps and presentation of useful articles to the four young men.  Two of the boys are brothers, Aaron and George VanWormer, and claim direct decent from the family of Lafayette.  The other boys were Sherman Craft and Mark O’Neill.  The quartet has been sent to Fort Slocum, NY for training.


Harford – Memorial Sunday at the Congregational church at 10:30.  Honor the Veterans of the past.  Promote heroism in the present, carrying the Cross and the flag to the Front.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Ernest Ingraham, formerly of this place, now of Binghamton, was greeting his many friends here on the Hill.  He has joined the Gaylord Construction Co., of carpenters, steam-fitters and plumbers, who are building a concentration camp at Fort Harrison, Ind., and left for his new duties there. 


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. George Fox, of Clearfield Co, formerly of this place, were calling on friends. He is working in the soft coal mines and making good money.


Glenwood – Automobiles are all the craze around here.  The Marcy Brothers have recently purchased a new Maxwell.  Russell and James don’t care for the high cost of speeding.


Susquehanna – Representative Allen D. Miller was today admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Miller left the house this morning long enough to permit W. D. B. Ainey, chairman of the State Public Service Commission, also a lawyer in Montrose and neighbor of Mr. Miller, to make the motion for his admittance.


Herrick Center – On Tuesday evening the commencement exercises were held in the High school auditorium which was filled to its utmost capacity by an appreciative audience.  The stage was beautifully decorated with the flag and class colors. The graduates, Elwood Browning Jones and Helen Edith Howe, made a fine appearance and rendered their orations in a highly creditable manner. The address of the evening, by Rev. Frank Eden, of Mansfield, was greatly enjoyed, both for its bright wit and its sober sense.  The Uniondale orchestra discoursed excellent music and the diplomas were fittingly presented by the president of the school board, Dr. A. L. Craft.


Springville – Leland Comstock left to join the army.  He reported at Wilkes-Barre. Zibe

Billings, of Dimock, takes Comstock’s place as manager of the Empire milk station.  Raymond Titman, who enlisted has been sent to Texas for border patrol work, and Roy Kilts has been selected to go to the trenches in France.


Forest City – Leo McCabe is to report at the recruiting station the first of the week.  He will be the eighth recruit who will assemble from Forest City at the station for transportation to Fort Slocum.  They will be assigned to the coast artillery.  Bennie Yanchitis and Michael Madden went to Scranton yesterday to enlist. ALSO The 25th anniversary of the founding of St. John’s church was observed Saturday.  At half past five a parade was formed as follows: Platoon of police, Forest City band, Christopher Columbo Society, the Slavish National Society, the Slavish Pennsylvania Society, the Slavish National Catholic Society, the Hillside Volunteer Hose Company, Rev. Zoldak, the pastor and Wasil Pituah, organist.  John Matichl, Stephen Hupko and Andrew Peluich in autos.  The parade moved up Main street as far as North street and then turned on its way to Vandling where a picnic was enjoyed in Lukas’ grove.


Uniondale – A cement dam is to be built at Lewis Lake by the D & H.  Material has arrived.  Teams are needed and owing to the busy season none are to be had.  Workmen are here ready for the work.


Thompson – S. L. Hall of the North Side recently sold a ham to Mrs. Jeanette Hubbard, from a pig that he butchered last fall.  Weight of the ham, 57½ lbs.  We wouldn’t mind having a slice.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, May 24, 1817.

*ESTRAYED. FROM the enclosure of Sylvester Smith in Lawsville township, on the 21st inst., a large BAY HORSE; had a leather strap arounds its neck, has a star in his forehead, short mane and tail and rather shifting in his gate.  Any person who will give information to the subscriber where said he might be found, shall be handsomely rewarded.  ASA ADAMS, Great Bend, May 23, 1817.

*PAY YOUR TAX.  I HEREBY notify all persons who are indebted to me for their last year’s County Tax, that they must call and settle the same immediately, or pay me for calling on them.  SAMUEL GREGORY, Collector, Bridgewater, May 22nd.


June 01 (1917/2017)



Hallstead - The overturning of a canoe in Harmony creek, at Hallstead, on the afternoon of Memorial day, resulted in the death of for young people: Herman Gathany, aged 19, son of Eugene Gathany, Della Preston, aged 17, daughter of Lewis Preston; Kenneth Sheak, aged 18, son of A.J. Sheak; and sister, Mildred Sheak, aged 17. The young people started out in high spirits to go canoeing, leaving at about 2:30 o’clock.  When they reached a point called “Ox-Bow,” which is an eddy full of deep holes, the canoe became unmanageable in the swift current, swollen and foiled by rains, and capsized. It is stated that three of the young people could swim, but either the swift current or the struggles of the young women resulted in all going under within a few moments. Young Gathany and the Sheak girl were sweethearts. Their bodies were found a few minutes after the task of recovery started, each clasped in the other’s arms. Attempts to restore life were unsuccessful. The town has never been visited by a sadder affair than that which turned the Memorial day celebration into one of poignant grief, and the shock of the terrible drowning accident will long be felt in many homes where the young people were known and loved. [Another report states that an attempt to switch seats caused the accident.]


Harford – Didier Masson, of Los Angeles, one of the oldest of living American aviators of the days when the aeroplane was a county fair novelty, is training American pilots for the Lafayette Escadrille in France.  Some of his top students are Charles H. Dolan, of Boston; Robert L. Donze, of Santa Barbara, Cal, formerly of Philadelphia; J.P. Doolittle, of New York City, a former Chicagoan; Dabney Horton, of Cambridge, Mass; and Henry Sweet Jones, of Harford, Pa. [a son of Senator E.E. Jones).  “These boys learn to fly in about 8 days,” Masson said. “Sometimes it takes students of other nationalities eighty days, but Americans, as a rule, are quick at the aviation game. Jones and Horton, especially, took to the air like ducks to water and made records which will be hard to beat.  All of the men will be in the war game soon.”ALSO The Memorial sermon preached by Rev. H.W. Johnson, in the Congregational church, Sunday morning, was exceptionally good. The ranks of the old veterans was very small, but two being present, William Patterson and Emmet Flint.


Clifford – Mrs. Frances Rivenburg, of Carbondale, is stopping in our midst. Her nimble needle is much sought by our people. ALSO Harold Taylor has discontinued his school for a time—measles.


Susquehanna – The Women’s Relief Corps of this place entertained the members of Moody Post and about 35 of the National Guard stationed here and at Lanesboro, on Tuesday of last week, for supper.


Montrose – Robert Wood, bookkeeper in the Farmers’ National Bank, went to Scranton yesterday to take examinations for entrance into military service. He took his first examination the first of the week, but was two pounds under weight. The medical examiner told him to return after sleeping heavily and eating heartily, and he would probably pass.


Little Meadows and Vicinity – Avery Johnson and family motored to Wysox, Pa., on Sunday, in their new Maxwell and spent the day with A. Woodruff and family. N. Murphy and family called on friends at Silver Lake, Sunday, making the trip in the new Cheverolet.  It runs fine. J.E. Hickey is the owner of a new seven passenger Chandler Six.  Madaline makes a fine chauffeur.  Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Newman have traded horses with J.E. Hickey. “Jess” is ready to pass everything on the road now. He made a business trip to Owego, one day last week, in as short a time as a Ford could do it. Peter Bergin has purchased a new horse.


Bridgewater Twp. – Florence and Doris Devine have gone to Lincoln, Neb., for their health.


Forest City – The Forest City White Sox will play their first game as a member of the Mid-Valley league on the Independents’ grounds at Simpson on Sunday. ALSO John Welter met with injuries that will compel him to remain idle for some time. He was caught in a fall of rock while at work in the No. 2 mine of the Hillside Coal and Iron Co. His left arm was broken, the other badly lacerated. Eight stitches were required to place the left hand in shape. His right leg is also broken and his head and face badly lacerated. His escape from death is considered miraculous.


Uniondale – Only 9 members of Mathew McPherson Post, G.A.R., are now with us and several of them were able to assist in directing the Memorial rites over graves of their departed comrades. Two veterans have passed to the great beyond during the past year. The two who for the first time failed to answer when their names were called this year were John F. Bass and Alva Corey.  The 9 surviving members of the post are: T.B. Dimmick, Charles Coleman, Richard R. Davis, Morris B. Davis, F.Z. Carpenter, W.E. Gibson, [all of] Uniondale. J.J. Campbell and Jerome Kishpaugh, Herrick Center.  A.G., Lewis of Johnson City, Tenn. [National Soldiers’ Home]. Mr. Lewis was one of the first to enlist from Clifford township in the Civil War. None are under 70 years of age.  Two are over 80.  R.B. and M.B. Davis are brothers, 78 and 77 respectively.


Silver Lake – Ignatius Landon, John and Will Quinlivan are among those who have gone to Indiana to work for Uncle Sam.


Hop Bottom – A flag pole has been erected in honor of the Boy Scouts, who have done such gallant work fighting local forest fires.  The flag will be raised Memorial Day morning with appropriate exercises.


News Briefs: “Ford Jokes:  A man went to a week-end house party, drove up to the front door, didn’t see any garage, hopped out of his car and asked his host where he could put u the car. The host asked him what make it was. “Oh, a Ford,” “Take it right up to your room.” ALSO The Nicholson Examiner reports that of the once flourishing stone industry that gave employment for years to 100 to 150 men in the vicinity, hardly enough is left to remind one of the old busy days when Shields, Williams, Tiffany, Pratt, Carlucci, Squires and others were working quarries. At the present time Al. Jayne and his son, Jay, are working a quarry on his farm and the Franklin Stone Co. and Carlucci are operating in a limited way—the Lathrop quarries.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, Montrose, Pa., May 31, 1817. 

*The second quarter of vol. 11 of the Centinel has commenced, and as yet, we have received very little remuneration for our labor. Our patrons must be sensible that a Printing establishment can not long exist, without funds; and in this new country, a printer must fare hard, even though he gets pay for all his labor. It is true we have as yet made shift to live; but, unless punctuality is more observed by our patrons, we must inevitably discontinue business. We are not ashamed to confess we are poor; and that we depend upon the “sweat of the brow” to procure us a livelihood but to be compelled to “sweat” without receiving a livelihood, is quite too hard. Have we not been diligent in furnishing you with news? Have we not given you the news of our country, and, in fact, the whole world, from week to week? If so, ought we not to receive your pay?—We ask but a small recompense, and even that is denied us! We are constantly on the alert to give the earliest information of the sufferings of our fellow creatures; and when we are detailing to you the poverty of England and Englishmen, we ourselves feel the iron grasp of that unrelenting tyrant. We sincerely hope our patrons will take our case into consideration, and relieve our wants immediately.


June 08 (1917/2017)



Auburn 4 Corner – A deplorable happening that, only by the merest chance, was prevented from resulting in a dreadful tragedy, occurred at the home of Mrs. George Hibbard when the life of her little granddaughter was saved through circumstances that seemed little sort of the marvelous. She had been playing just outside the door, and had been out of sight of Mrs. Hibbard but a very few minutes, when her uncle, Floyd Hibbard, on passing the barn, noticed the door open and the wagon box tilted in an unusual position. He stepped into the barn and returned the box to its normal position, when to his horror the little girl fell to the floor shocked into utter insensibility. She had climbed onto the box in her search for eggs and so overbalanced it that she was caught by the throat between it and the wheel and had she not been released in a few brief moments, life would have been extinct. A physician was summoned and the child revived and now seems on the road to recovery. “Was it a special providence that prompted Floyd to go to her rescue when wholly unaware that she was anywhere in the vicinity?”


Hallstead – One of the saddest accidents that has ever happened in this place was the one reported in last week’s newspaper when four young people were drowned. Kenneth and Mildred Sheek were taken to their former residence in Scranton for burial and the funeral of Della Preston from her home at Geo. Hatfield’s with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. The funeral of Herman Gatheney was held from the Baptist church with burial at Mountain Valley. A large number of people were present at all the funerals to pay their last, sad respect for the departed, while the floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. The flags in this place were at half-mast and sorrow was felt in the homes of their many friends, as they all took prominent parts in the business and social life of the town.


Hop Bottom – An up-to-date, well-equipped, automobile garage is one of the latest acquisitions for the wide-awake town of Hop Bottom.  The proprietors are L.F. and M.E. Rynearson, the latter having recently returned from two years spent in the service department of the Ford Motor Co., of Detroit, Mich. The former is agent for the Ford Tractor. Both are well equipped for the business upon which they are embarking. The Hop Bottom Garage should be of great service and convenience for a wide circle of which Hop Bottom is the center. They will sell accessories, oils, etc., and dispensate “Free Air.”


Glenwood – Another veteran of the Civil War has answered the last roll call. Death has removed William Medler, of Capt. Lyons Post No. 85, of Glenwood. Mr. Medler passed away May 31, aged 72 years. He has been a great sufferer for the past 5 years. The funeral was largely attended at his late home. Interment was at the Tower cemetery at West Lenox, June 3.


Montrose – The Montrose Suffrage Party will have a meeting at the Library, Wednesday evening, June 13, at 8 o’clock. The regular meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union will be held in the Library on Thursday, June 14, at 3 o’clock. Flower Mission Day will be observed as usual.


Springville – Glenn Billings purchased the small building erected by James Price, on Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, as a vulcanizing shop and on Saturday brought G.S. Haldeman down with his motor truck and loaded the building on and carted it home bodily. It looked like a bulky load to carry in that fashion.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Who rides in a new Maxwell car? Gus Raub and family.


Birchardville – Selden C. Birchard was in Montrose on Tuesday. Mr. Birchard is one of the best breeders of Jersey cattle in the state and in today’s paper offers some attractive breeding stock to those desiring to improve their herds.


New Milford – J.C. Jackson, who recently received an appointment as engineer for the United States government, is now at Tobyhanna in charge of a gang of engineers building the big military camp at that place.


Rush – Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Gary arrived home after a delightful visit in the West and Canada of about 9 months’ duration. Victoria, B.C., Rifle and Denver, Col., and Cedar Rapids were among the places where they visited their children and other relatives and friends. Mr. Gary says that one of the most encouraging signs he noticed in this present war crisis is the effort being made by the population of the West to produce larger crops by more intensive farming methods.


Jackson – A memorial service was held at the graveside of Rev. James Harvey Cargill, in the East Jackson cemetery, on June 4th. Rev. Cargill was a brother of the late Hon. John W. Cargill, and was a prominent member of the Wyoming Methodist Conference, and was killed on July 4, 1854, at Susquehanna, by the discharge of a cannon while attending a celebration in that place. At the time he was pastor of the Providence church, Scranton.


Forest City – The Sheet Iron Gang has shown its patriotism by many of its members joining the colors.  Hallie L. Conrad, Stephen Stats, Louis Puchnick, Michael Madden and Bonnie Yanchitis. All members left late Thursday for Fort Slocum. They will enter the cavalry branch. ALSO The baseball management complains that the collections taken on the ball grounds during the Sunday games are far from enough to defray expenses, and if fans wish to see games in the future they must contribute more liberally. At present the players are called on to make up the deficit.


News Brief: Nearly every town in the country is organizing a Red Cross unit. Every town should have its organization. If there is not one in your town, organize one. The times demand it. ALSO Citizens of the U.S. were pleased to learn from a Washington report, plans for issuing $4000 free government insurance on the life of every American soldier and sailor to continue during the period of the war. The plan is to be taken up this week and it is expected that insurance will be provided by legislation before American troops are sent to France.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, June 7, 1817.

*A school master gave the following definition of a money lender. “A money lender serves you in the present tense; he binds you in the conditional mode; keeps you in the subjunctive, & ruins you in the future.

*>Look at this<  The subscriber informs all who shall have owed him six months preceding the 15th day of June next, that unless they settle with him by that time they will have cost to pay immediately thereafter.  Singing School subscriptions must be paid.

*NEIGHBORS, Take care of your SHEEP or you will certainly have damages to pay; for I cannot afford them my field of grain as neighbor Foster did his last year. If not taken care of, I shall make use of the most energetic measures without respect of persons. D. DIMOCK.  Montrose, June 7, 1817.


June 15 (1917/2017)



Forest City – The graduating class this year is composed of Elizabeth Jannicelli, Helen Kehren, Henry Curtis, Donald Maxey and William Sredenschek. ALSO A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Pat O’Malley of New York on June 8th. Mr. O’Malley who was for a long time with the Edison Film company is now starring with the Famous Players. Rex O’Malley, another son of P.H. O’Malley, of this place, only 8 years old, is in New York with his brother and is appearing in Edison pictures. Recently he was featured in a juvenile part in “The Fisher Boy.”


Thompson – A terrible wreck and smash-up occurred Tuesday morning about 1-2 miles below Thompson village, when a D&H coal train was derailed by a broken wheel. Eight cars were thrown into a pile and seven entirely demolished. The wreckage was cleared away so that trains began running again at night. Half of Thompson was on the spot to view the scene in about the time it takes to get there. One man was slightly injured when a heavy railroad tie fell on him, but he didn’t stop work. Such a man would make a good soldier.


Lewis Lake, Uniondale – Work on the dam at the lake is suspended until such time as the railroad company knows where it is at. It will be remembered that the dam was condemned by the state authorities some time ago. The railroad company sought to remedy the defection and incidentally raise the dam. Property owners objected to having their land inundated and ordered the company to cease operations, which was accordingly done. The tools and material were transferred to Hathaway’s pond where extensive repairs are to be made.


Montrose – William Post, the oldest member of the Susquehanna County bar, and probably the oldest man in the county, died Monday after a brief illness at the Tarbell House, in this place, where he had made his home the past few years.  He was born Feb. 10, 1825, and therefore had passed his 92nd birthday. He began the practice of law in 1856 as a partner in the firm of Little & Post. In 1864 he moved to Susquehanna, where he had large landed interests. The borough of Oakland is built on land he formerly owned. He returned to Montrose in a few years where he was greatly admired and respected. He was married three times and by the first marriage had three daughters, all of whom preceded him in death, as did his first two wives. His third wife survives, also six grand-children and one great-great grandchild. Mr. Post was the last charter member of Rough & Ready Fire Company.  He was a member of No. 1 at the time of his death.


Glenwood – William O. Medler passed away at his home on May 31, 1917. As a boy of 17 years he enlisted in the army during the Civil War and participated in may of its severest and most critical battles. He was present at the supreme moment of Lee’s surrender and witnessed that momentous event.  In 1862 he enlisted in Co. C, 143rd NY Volunteers, serving until honorably discharged in 1863. He re-enlisted in 1864 in Co. M., 15th Heavy Artillery, with which he remained until the close of the war. He was a member of Captain Lyons Post, No. 85, G.A.R., of Glenwood.


East Rush – Our blacksmith, D.A. Rosenkranse, had Myron Crisman arrested one day last week for trespass. It seems that Myron and some of the boys wanted to go fishing, and one evening went up around Rosenkranse’s house to hunt for worms, and was ordered off. But Myron refused to go, whereupon the arrest was made. The suit was before ‘Squire Gray last Friday and resulted in a division of the costs between the parties.


Choconut –Our rain still continues and people are having hard work to get in any crops. The freshet of last week washed most of the gardens out along the valley. ALSO Mr. Harrington has purchased a share in Nelson Green’s saw mill and they have moved it on to the Downs’ place, where they expect to commence work soon.


Susquehanna – The funeral of James Donely occurred Saturday morning, June 9, from St. John’s church. Mr. Donely was one of the pioneer residents of Susquehanna. He is survived by two sisters, Miss Bridget and Sister Mary Conception.


Hopbottom – A band of a dozen or more members has recently been organized under the leadership of Len Jerauld, formerly leader of the Glenwood band. As the members are all players with previous experience, they will soon be able to do creditable work.


Clifford – The Memorial Day exercises were well attended in Finn’s hall.  There were but three veterans in attendance, reminding us that the days are swiftly passing. The death of Dr. Snyder, of Scranton, cast a gloom over the day, because of the absence of his father, Comrade D.N. Snyder. Comrade George Simpson, of Tunkhannock, was greeting old friends and he, with Comrades John Hunter, of Carbondale and Henry Race, of Dundaff, made up the roster.


Lymanville – Rev. P.N. Taylor, pastor of the Methodist church at North Jackson, took part in the program connected with the reopening of the Lymanville church. Rev. Mr. Taylor was a former pastor of the Springville church.  He is one of the most active young clergymen in the Methodist church in the county and has accomplished much in his present charge.


Brooklyn – Rev. Alfred Judge, who accepted a call to the pastorate of the Universalist church and moved his family here about the first of May, resigned on Sunday last, as he has been called in to the Ambulance service and expects to leave for the front before many weeks.  During his short stay he has made many friends.


Great Bend – The high school commencement exercises were held in the M.E. church on Tuesday evening. Dr. William R. Straughn, of Mansfield State Normal school, presented the diplomas. The invocation was by Rev. W.E. Elwood. The graduates were: Stanley Kuhns, James Enright, Gladys Flynn, Ruth Franks and Bernice E. Williams.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, June 14, 1817.

*”Teaching By Example.” It is stated in a Connecticut paper, that, of the house of representatives now in session, one-hundred and sixty members are clad in American, and 38 in foreign cloth.  Let all America imitate the example of the majority; and we shall soon be really independent of England.

*Mr. Lecatelli, mathematician, of Milan, has invented a machine for propelling even ships of war against the current.  A horse power is sufficient to put the machine in motion.

*The late United States schooner Spitfire, armed and manned, bound from Havana for the Coast of Africa, has put into Charleston to refit.


June 22 (1917/2017)



Herrick Center –Mr. Crippen, D&H claims News Brief: The fashion editor of the Woman’s Home Companion says: “Something is going into the summer girl’s trunk this year that has never gone into it before!  Have you guessed already that ‘it” is overalls, and that she has taken the hint from the busy, capable women in Europe, who have been doing men’s work since the war started? The American girl is a level-headed young person, and when she is planning her clothes she considers carefully their appropriateness. That’s why she is looking with favor this summer on the new overalls for women that have just been put upon the market. “The shops are displaying them in cool, durable materials, selected purposely for summer wear. They come in percale and denim in solid colors, and in most attractive stripes, and also in the very durable khaki shade. They consist of an easy-to-get-into coat, and overalls which are full enough to suggest in themselves that they will be donned not by mere man, but a very feminine young person. ALSO A new bill to prohibit manufacture during the war of foodstuffs into distilled spirits and malt liquors, was ordered reported today by the senate agriculture committee. Another provision of the bill would empower the president to requisition existing supplies of distilled spirits if necessary to conserve food supplies or to secure alcohol for war purposes. agent, was in town and called at Carl Bonham’s home. Little Elsie Bonham, who was struck by a train at the crossing here on May 14th, is making a good recovery.


Springville – The marriage of Miss Grace Tuttle, of this place, to Mr. Olin Mittan, of Lenoxville, took place at the M.E. parsonage on June 6th, Rev. W.H. Stang officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Tuttle, and for several years has been a popular and efficient clerk at Lee Bros’ store. Mr. Mittan is the principal of the High school at this place and has made many friends. The young couple kept the affair a secret until an hour before the ceremony, but their departure was enlivened by a merry party of young people. They have the best wishes of their many friends for a long and happy wedded life.


Dimock – Perry Mills seems to be the boss fisherman hereabouts. He returns many mornings from Elk Lake with a large string of bullheads and eels.


Little Meadows – Three young farmers of this place brought brides to their homes last week, namely: M.J. McNamara and Miss Lucy McKale; J.J. Purtell and Mary C. Murphy, and Frank Welch and bride. All heartily welcomed the young couples and wish them a long and happy life in our midst.


Clifford – Our new jitney bus, from Carbondale, is now making trips to this town when occasion requires.


Montrose – Dr. H.V. Frink bought a Ford runabout recently.  He thought anyone could run a Ford, and started out. Coming down Maple street he overtook E.D. Jenkins and Miss Hester Vreeland in an automobile, Miss Vreeland being at the wheel. “Doc” got a little flustered and, although the street is wide at this point, he took off a wheel and a portion of the guard from Mr. Jenkins’ machine. "Doc” is now taking instructions from H.M. Cole.


Brooklyn – Last Saturday evening, in the I.O.O.F. hall, a reception was held for Brooklyn boys who have been accepted and will leave this week to go in training for the service of their country. They are: Hugh Weston, Wayne VanAuken, Archie Richardson, Arthur Tiffany and Allen Judge. Myron Craver, Lawrence Savige, Sidney Hughes and the Rev. J.A. Judge are already in the service. 


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Brearley and daughter, Lillian, and Mrs. M.O. [Marion O.] Evans were over to Silas Jagger’s Sunday. He had the misfortune to break the wishbone to his car. Mrs. Evans is 93 years old and retains all her faculties and is piecing quilts. [Marion O. Evans lived to age 98.]


Heart Lake – Supt. F. J. Aldrich has opened the large ice house and is shipping ice regularly.


Silver Lake – Miss Mary Meehan died at her home here on Sunday, June 10. The deceased was born and had lived in that township all her life and her kind disposition endeared her to all who knew her. Her funeral was held from St. Augustine’s church. She is survived by three brothers and two sisters: John, Dennis and Edward Meehan and Nellie and Margaret Meehan, all residing at home.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. – On Wednesday, June 6th, at St. John the Bap;tist church in this place, Miss Mary Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Murphy, of Flynn and John J. Purtell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Purtell, of Apolacon, were united in Holy Matrimony by their pastor, Rev. J.P. Dunne. They were attended by Miss Jane Guiton, cousin of the bride and Mr. James Purtell, brother of the bride. The bride was handsomely gowned in white silk taffeta, trimmed with white Georgette crepe, and wore a large, white, picture hat, trimmed with blue. The groom wore the conventional black. The bride, a teacher and groom, who has been an enterprising merchant of the firm of Purtell & Coleman, has purchased a farm near Little Meadows, where he, with his bride, have gone to reside.


Ararat – Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Archer left for a trip to Lake Odessa, Michigan, to meet his brother, Thomas Archer, whom he had not seen in 52 years. He is now past 80 and came to Odessa to visit the widow and family of his brother, George Archer, deceased.  


Forest City News – W.T. Jones of the Bowery section is learning to ride a motorcycle. He has had considerable experience with mules but thinks that for downright stubbornness the motorcycle takes the cake. Were it not for his life insurance, which he prizes too much to have settled now, he might in time succeed as a rider.


Marriage Licenses were issued to: James Shields and Willa Zeller, of Susquehanna; Charles Morse and Helen Mulinex, of Great Bend; Ernest P. Chamberlin, of Hallstead and Florence E. Hamlin, of Great Bend; Stephen Carpenter, of Starrucca and Elizabeth Crissell, of Thompson.


News Brief: The fashion editor of the Woman’s Home Companion says: “Something is going into the summer girl’s trunk this year that has never gone into it before! Have you guessed already that ‘it” is overalls, and that she has taken the hint from the busy, capable women in Europe, who have been doing men’s work since the war started?  The American girl is a level-headed young person, and when she is planning her clothes she considers carefully their appropriateness.  That’s why she is looking with favor this summer on the new overalls for women that have just been put upon the market. “The shops are displaying them in cool, durable materials, selected purposely for summer wear.  They come in percale and denim in solid colors, and in most attractive stripes, and also in the very durable khaki shade. They consist of an easy-to-get-into coat, and overalls which are full enough to suggest in themselves that they will be donned not by mere man, but a very feminine young person. ALSO A new bill to prohibit manufacture during the war of foodstuffs into distilled spirits and malt liquors, was ordered reported today by the senate agriculture committee. Another provision of the bill would empower the president to requisition existing supplies of distilled spirits, if necessary, to conserve food supplies or to secure alcohol for war purposes.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, June 22, 1817. 

*The late freshet has raised the creeks higher than they have been for years before. Last Saturday night the rain fell very fast. Considerable damage was done to mill dams in this town.  Maj. Post’s saw-mill dam was nearly one half taken away; Messrs.Conner and Bliss’s dam received serious injury; and Mr. John Street had not only his dam entirely swept away, but his mill was started from its foundation. Considerable damage, we understand, has been done to the crops on the flats, over which the water flowed, and the bridges over the creeks in many places were taken off.

*DISTRESSING SHIPWRECK. The British vessel Angelica was lately foundered while on her passage from the Cape of Good Hope to the Isle of France, and all on board perished. Among those unfortunate persons were John James Armstrong, Esq. late American consul at Teneriffe, and his family, consisting of Mrs. Armstrong, seven children, two nephews, and a servant.  Mrs. A. was formerly Miss Dumest, a native of the city of Baltimore.


June 29 (1917/2017)



East Rush – The ladies Aid of the East Rush Church will serve dinner in the basement on the 4th of July. Dinner, 35 cents. Children under ten, 20 cents. Lots of amusements. Come and have a good time and help the church. At last we are going to have some new lights in the church. The order has been placed for two 600 candle power gasoline lamps. At Fairdale, on the 4th, Red Cross day will be celebrated commencing at 10:30. There will be races, ball games, patriotic addresses, an auto and a fantastic parade and other lines of amusements.  The ladies will serve a buffet luncheon. The Camp Fire Girls will serve home-made candy and run a fish pond.


Auburn Center – A very large, fine barn, built but a short time ago on L.B. Pierson’s farm, was struck by lightning Saturday night, being entirely consumed, together with its contents including a large quantity of grain and hay, valuable farm machinery, two automobiles and four head of young stock. The horses were saved. We understand there was an insurance of $1500 on the building and a small insurance on the contents. Mr. Pierson’s loss is a severe one.


South Ararat – Lew Norton, of Uniondale, was through this place on Friday, peddling meat. His meats were very nice, also the prices.  His many customers are always glad to see him for he is always so good natured.  Come again, Lew.


Tingley Lake, Harford Twp. – H.P. Read, of Montrose, is building a cottage at Tingley Lake. We are glad to know that people are becoming interested in building more cottages there, and hope to see several of them put up in the future, for Tingley Lake is a fine summer resort.


Hop Bottom – The Tuscarora Camp Fire Girls attended the Ladies Aid at Mrs. Dyer Williams’. They were all dressed in the “Minute Girl Uniform.” Four of the girls will be given the Wood Gatherers rank at the next meeting and presented with the silver ring, which denotes the Wood Gatherers rank. The following girls were present: Edna Lean, Lillian Smith, Aldene Stephens, May Yeomans, Bernice Everson, Josephine Williams, Edna Saunders and Ethel Saunders, Guardian of the Fire. The girls are planning to take part in the 4th of July parade, at Hop Bottom. AND A number of Boy Scouts enjoyed a week-end outing at Loomis Lake.  A severe thunder storm added “pep and fire” to the night’s adventure. If “Ma” had insisted on the boys staying out in such a storm there would have been something doing.


Montrose – The show window in Watrous’ store has attracted much attention the past week. It was arranged by Mr. Watrous to help the Red Cross Spirit.  A Red Cross nurse stood in the center and the work of the Montrose unit was skillfully displayed.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. – A house of Edward Brown’s was burned, with all its contents, during the electric storm of last week. No one was living in the house at the time, but it was furnished. The home of George Hall, also on the Highlands, was struck. The bolt knocked the chimney off and tearing a big hole in the roof, descended to the kitchen and passed out an outside door. The family was sitting about the kitchen at the time, but no one was injured.


Thompson – Mrs. A.C. Foster is at Mansfield, attending the commencement exercises. Her granddaughter, Miss Ruth Foster, is one of the graduates. Miss Foster is to be the Assistant Principal of Thompson High School the ensuing year.


Springville – Some of our surrounding country would do well to send to Scranton or in some mining town for hustlers or efficient help on their farms. We understand that Arthur Brown has the finest garden in Susquehanna county, potatoes, radishes, onions, lettuce and all other vegetables in a flourishing condition, with peas ready for use, all done by Frank Polmatier, a Scranton boy.  Some of our farmers here haven’t their corn ground ready yet. Uncle Sam urges but he should use a persuader or paddle, as he has authority now.


Lymanville – The Lymanville Church has dedicated new stained-glass windows on June 13. The various windows are inscribed to the memory of the following: Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Lyman, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Lyman, Mr. and Mrs. Landes Lyman, A.R. Safford, Rev. and Mrs. G.L. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis, Archibald Sheldon and wife, Ruth Howland Sheldon; Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Sheldon. One window donated by M.B. Lyman and family is properly inscribed with their names and another inscription denotes that the window was given by the Ladies’ Aid Society. A handsome oak pulpit, bears the inscription that it was donated by Martin Detrick and family, of Rock Falls, Ill.


Little Meadows S.E. Beardslee has resigned his position as teacher in the Montgomery High school and is coming home to work his farm.


Susquehanna – Who is the oldest person in the county? Considerable interest seems manifested in learning who the oldest living person is within our county’s borders.  F.D. Lyon, of Susquehanna, 96 years of age, seems to lead at present. Are there any other than he?


Forest City – A meeting of the borough council was held on Monday evening. During the discussion over the bills, Street Commissioner McCloskey requested the secretary to write out a resignation for him which he handed to the council. ALSO F.W. Walker is in receipt of a photograph of Stephen Stats, Michael Madden, Louis Puchnik, Leo McCabe and Bennie Yanchitis, five of the young men who were in the Red Cross parade here on May 30. They are located at Fort Riley near Junction City, Kansas. The reservation consists of several thousand acres of land in the Republican and Kansas River valleys, and is considered the largest cavalry camp in the world. It has the distinction of being the geographical center of the United States and the identical spot is marked by what is known as Ogden’s monument, erected by the Federal government in honor of Major Ogden, who made the first trans-continental survey of the U.S. The Forest City boys are in splendid health and are not worrying over the chance of going to France. They are connected with the 13th and 20th regiments of the U.S. cavalry.


Herrick Center – Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Shaul, of New York City, are visiting at the home of George McGonigle at this place, and later will camp at a nearby lake. Mr. Shaul is manager of Hotel Plaza in New York and his wife is the daughter of Mrs. M.C. Atherton, formerly of Herrick.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, June 28, 1817.

*Married—In the township of Auburn, on the 19th inst. by Rev. D. Dimock, Mr. Samuel Picket, of Rush, to Miss Nancy Avery, of the former place.

*Married—In Waterford, on the 25th, by J.W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. John Lord, to Miss Maria Smith, daughter of Elihu B. smith, all of that place.