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July 06 1917

July 06 (1917/2017)



Heart Lake – While near the Heart Lake pavilion on the 4th, Fred Holbrook stepped in front of an automobile and was knocked down, the machine passing over him, but the wheels did not pass over his body.  He was painfully bruised and cut, but no bones were broken.  The injured man was attended by Dr. Preston, of Montrose, and he will doubtless recover.  The party driving the machine was a lumber dealer, Mr. Welch, who operates a mill near the lake. 


New Milford/Heart Lake – A young man by the name of Decker, of New Milford, had an automobile stolen at Heart Lake on the 4th, by another young from the same town, named Howell. He took the machine and started toward Montrose, driving at terrific speed. Not far from Tiffany [Corners] he ran into Druggist F.D. Morris, who was driving a car and [Howell] continued full speed until near Gardner hill, where he ditched the machine, tearing off a wheel. Mr. Morris and Decker, who was following in pursuit, drove up within three minutes afterward, but the guilty party had quickly made his exit from sight. Yesterday, in attempting to bring the damaged machine to Cole’s garage for repairs, it accidentally went over the steep bank and at last accounts was lying at the foot of the declivity.  It is stated that Howell has been guilty of another theft previous to this one.


Montrose –Dr. Charles Decker will be fully prepared to do office business after July 15, making a specialty of treating all female diseases; also treating children for worms, bed-wetting, etc. Urine tested for diabetes or Bright’s disease. Electricity used on numb hands and arms. Also during the warm weather, will visit patients in town and any party wishing to take him out of town in auto, to see the sick, will go at any time, except office hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and evenings. ALSO Montrose celebrated the 4th probably in the quietest manner since the town was started. There were practically no firecrackers or fireworks used in the day’s celebration. Most of the people spent the day in quietly automobiling to points of interest or with their family circle, while many a sturdy garden patriot got a coat of sunburn in using the hoe. The shower in the early morning was followed by a beautiful sunshiny day, in which the element of warmth was somewhat lacking until the middle of the afternoon.


Rush –U.W. Larue, the Ford agent, has delivered cars to the following the past week: L.B. Pierson, Charles Green, John Benscoter, Samuel Reimel, Jesse McCarthy, Auburn; S.D. Coleman, J.S. Fitzgerald, F.S. Davis, Middletown Center; John Reynolds, Uzal Kinney, R.H. Hillis, Martin Golden and Oliver Wilbur, Rush. ALSO Among the numerous attractions at the July 4th celebration here, there will be a pigeon shoot.


Kingsley – Private Samuel Barnes, who was seriously injured while on duty at the Kingsley bridge, is reported from State hospital to be doing nicely and his foot will not have to be amputated as at first feared by the surgeons. [Major railroad bridges were guarded during WW1.]


West Bridgewater – During the shower on Friday evening, lightning struck the residence of George Shelp, rendering Mrs. Shelp unconscious.


South Auburn – The storm of Saturday evening did considerable damage around this place. The barn of Bert Pierson was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. It contained all his farming implements and two autos, besides other things.  A social was in progress at the Grange hall when the severe storm of wind and rain came on and almost caused a panic. Trees were blown down, timbers and boards flying in many directions. Those who left windows with screens in them found a good supply of water in the house on their return. Chicken coops with tops blown off suffered from the storm. The chimney on T.R. Place’s house was destroyed, a fine pear tree blown over, barn doors blown down, etc. E.B. Judson lost 12 large apple trees, some broken, but mostly uprooted. The roads, which were in good shape before the storm, are now in a bad condition.


South Gibson – In reply as to who is the oldest living person in the county, I wish you to say that Mrs. Sabra C. Carpenter, of this place, was born in Harford township, Dec. 23, 1819, making her age past 97, and the oldest person yet heard from.  Quite good health, but hearing somewhat impaired.  She is the widow of the late Timothy Carpenter.


Forest City – It was a red letter day for the members of St. Michael’s congregation. The dedication of the church and the blessing of the corner stone of St. Michael’s church was an impressive service and made a deep impression on the large assemblage. Monsignor Coffey gave the blessing. In the morning there was a parade of the church societies and many other organizations. The clergy and town officials rode in autoes. Emro Polesnak was marshal. His aides were Stephen Kotvan and Frank Cifersky.  A picnic was held at the Vandling grove in the afternoon and evening.


Brooklyn – Walter Force, of Binghamton, spent an evening recently with his grandmother, Mrs. Christopher [Mary] Rogers.  Walter is on a walking tour to Washington, D.C. Owing to the loss of a finger when he was a small boy, he has not been able to enlist in the U.S. Marines, as he is very anxious to do, and by walking from Binghamton to Washington he hopes to convince the authorities that he is physically fit, as well as patriotic. He reached Washington and was successful in procuring his enlistment.


Bridgewater Twp. – The K.K.K. held their regular monthly meeting, Friday evening, June 29, at the Sprout school house, where a most enjoyable evening was spent by all. Selden Sprout rendered several choice selections on the piano. The Five Hundred championship was won by R.J. and H.L. Bush. Their opponents were: M.K. Bush and L. Frazier. Near the close a delicious luncheon was served. [The resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920’s can be found on line.]


News Brief: The custom of lifting the hat is traced back to the age of chivalry, when it was customary for knights never to appear in public except in armor. It became a custom, however, for a knight, upon entering an assembly of friends, to remove his helmet, signifying “I am safe in the presence of friends.” The age of chivalry passed away with the 15th century, but among the many acts of courtesy which can be traced to its influence, none is more direct in its origin than the lifting of the hat to acknowledge the presence of a friend. ALSO J.C. .Jackson, aged 78, a Civil War veteran and a resident of Harvey’s Lake, arrived in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, completing a 4,000 mile hike.  Mr. Jackson left last September and walked to Lower California.  Spending several months with relatives at Oklahoma City, he started for home, walking most of the way.  By the sale of souvenir cards and buttons he was able to pay the expenses of his trip.



200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, July 5, 1817.

*Trespassers. Broke into the enclosure of the subscriber on Monday the 30th of June last, one bright brown Mare and a sorrel Horse.  The owner is desired to prove property, pay charges and take them away.  Arad Wakelee. Lawsville, July 3, 1817.

*The subscriber is receiving from New York and selling at his Cash Store, in Montrose, a general assortment of Dry Goods, Groceries, Crockery, Hard-Ware, Cutlery, Liquors, and, in short, all kinds of Goods wanted in the country—all cheap for Cash or Country Produce.

N. Raynor.  N.B. He has also on hand a large quantity of Notes and Accounts that must be disposed of immediately.  July 5, 1817

[In honoring the remaining veterans of the Revolutionary War, you will find, on our Facebook Page, an article telling of the veterans coming to Montrose to apply for pensions in September of 1832. Part 2 will appear next week.]

July 13 1917

July 13  (1917/2017)



Heart Lake – Dance at Heart Lake tonight.  Music by Olaver & Coan, the pianist and drummer who furnished the music for the dance July 4th.  Dance tickets, 75 cents.


Birchardville – A large motor truck driven by F.E. Fessenden, of Birchardville, brought six fine registered Jersey heifers to the farm of A.M. Shoemaker across the river on Saturday. The cattle were bought of D.F. & S.C.  Birchard, dealers in registered stock. Mr. Fessenden made the trip of 30 miles in four hours, and the cattle appeared to rather enjoy the ride. [Tunkhannock newspaper]


Hop Bottom – Fair skies, no accidents, plenty of eats, a fine parade, good band music, a splendid patriotic speech, a lively ball game and a splendid home talent entertainment in the evening, with a large enthusiastic audience of the day, made the 4th of July celebration at Foster one long to be remembered.


Brooklyn – What might have proved a very serious accident occurred here last Thursday evening. Luther Ely, Jr. and Ira Barnes, Jr., of Philadelphia, were playing in front of the Ely home, when Luther started to pour some powder from a powder horn on to a piece of paper.  Unknown to the boys the paper had been used to light fire works with, and still held a little fire. The powder caught fire and in the horn exploded, burning both boys about the face and hands. The Barnes boy was able to be about the next day, but the Ely boy was confined to the house several days and is still under the doctor’s care. In justice to their parents, it must be said that no one knew that the boys had powder, and the Ely boy had obtained it some time ago, when someone had spilled it in loading a musket and he had gathered it up.


Dimock – Wallace Fish, who is nearly 82 years old, seems to be more than ordinary smart for a man of his years.  He attends his many chores, hoeing in his large garden and making daily trips to the store and postoffice for his trade and mail, and also chopping his fire wood.


Ararat – The children and grandchildren of John Keenan, Sr., met at his home on June 27 to celebrate their father’s 60th birthday.  Photographer Rounds, of Forest City, was present in the afternoon and took a group picture of the entire family. A party was held in the evening with 60 guests in attendance. Refreshments were served consisting of ham sandwiches, olives, bananas, ice cream and cake.  Visiting and dancing were enjoyed.


Clifford – Mrs. Zilpha Lott, 80 years of age and a life-long resident of this place, died Wednesday afternoon of last week at the home of her son, William Lott, in Greenfield township. The funeral was held from the son’s home with interment in the Clifford cemetery. She is survived by her husband, William Lott, and two sons, William and Bert Lott. ALSO Miss Martha Pratt, assistant “hello” girl in our central [telephone] office, spent the Fourth at her home in Hopbottom.


Forest City – A colt driven by Mr. Tripp, of Herrick, became frightened on North Main street Friday afternoon. Mr. Tripp was thrown out of the carriage when the king bolt broke but escaped injury. The colt sped down the street at a lively clip until it was intercepted by Timothy Kilhullen, who grabbed it by the bits and succeeded in stopping the steed.  It was a heroic act on the part of the genial Tim and he ought to be rewarded by the presentation of a Carnegie medal. ALSO – Michael Skubic, who recently visited relatives here, on returning to his regiment was informed of his promotion to a sergeant. Located at Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Minn., he is without doubt one of the youngest sergeants in the regular army.  He is bright, studious and well versed in tactics.


Lewis Lake – The railroad company won out in the injunction proceedings by which it was attempted to stop the company from work on the dam at this place. The company was acting in compliance with orders from the state and had no intention of raising the water level. Work on the dam will be resumed at an early date.


Herrick Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, of Tresco, celebrated the 40th anniversary of their marriage, on Sunday, in company with their children and grandchildren.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones were married in Wales and shortly afterward emigrated to America and for the past quarter of a century have been residents of this township and are highly respected. Their children, George, of New York city; Harry, Valens and Frank, of Scranton, and Mrs. Howard Wells, of Clifford, and six grandchildren, attended the anniversary.


Elkdale – Rev. Stanton’s Sunday School class will serve ice cream on J. A. McAlla’s lawn Friday evening, July 20th.


News Brief: For the past week or ten days fine home-grown strawberries have been received in the local markets. They retail at two quarts for a quarter. ALSO A flint knife has recently been found in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, which had been used in performing surgical operations in the Stone Age. It is almost identical with the operating knife adopted by surgeons within the past few years. ALSO Governor Brumbaugh has signed the bill to erect a state bridge over the Susquehanna, at Falls, Wyoming county, at a cost of $195,000.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, July 12, 1817.

*Will be disposed of a PUBLIC VENDUE. On Friday the 8th of August next, all the personal property of Truman Clinton, late of Clifford Township, deceased.  HOSEA TIFFANY, JR., FREEMAN PECK, Administrators of said estate.

*8 Dollars Reward. Escaped from the custody of the subscriber on the 2nd of July inst. Samuel Dailey, of Clifford township, Susquehanna co. Pa. a prisoner on an execution in favor of James Clark, Innkeeper. Said Daily is of a sandy complexion, somewhat freckled and about 21 years of age. The above reward will be paid to any person who shall secure him in the goal of this county. RELAS H. FOOT, Const. of New Milford township July 8, 1817.

*Caution to the Public. ALL persons are hereby cautioned against purchasing 4 notes of hand given by the subscriber to Derrick Cobb, and one to William C. Turrel, dated the 4th of March last, as no value has been received, and I shall not pay them unless compelled by law.  BENAJAH STONE. Bridgewater, June 12, 1817.

*MARRIAGE. The father of the great Sir Thomas Moore, and who was one of the Judges of the King’s Bench, broached a curious opinion respecting matrimony. Whilst engaged in a discourse upon the subject, he compared a man seeking a wife, to a person putting his hand into a bag full of snakes, amongst which there was one eel; ‘where he may,’ observed this learned Judge, ‘chance to light upon the eel, but it is a hundred to one that he is stung by a snake.’

July 20 1917

July 20 (1917/2017)



Oakland – One of the liveliest gangs of young miscreants, which has ever landed in the toils of the law, has been rounded up the past few weeks. Two of the members of the gang were apprehended a few weeks ago and the youths were brought to Montrose and placed in jail.  The remaining three were arrested this week. Burton Follett and Daniel Crest were implicated in the robbery of E.W. Jackson’s coal office and H.E. Spencer’s feed mill in Susquehanna. As soon as their arrests were known the other three decamped suddenly to Binghamton, where they robbed an ice cream parlor of $20. At Stockport on the Delaware, a cottage of a Binghamton resident was entered and they proceeded down the river with stolen canoe, blankets, clothing and canned goods. At Cohocton they robbed the Delaware House of $17. A hasty retreat, with posse following, led to the discovery of left-behind clothing containing letters and identification of Howard Pettis. Escaping arrest in Wayne County, the pair appeared in their old haunts at Oakland and a detail of the State constabulary and Chief of Police McMahon, of Susquehanna, soon had them rounded up. William Fleming, age 18, another member of this youthful organization, was arrested and charged with stealing automobiles and is now awaiting trial in Binghamton. He claims he was duped by the other four, Albert Lynch, Follett, Pettis, and Crest. Another newspaper article identified Joseph Wagner—and not Daniel Crest, as the fifth member of the gang.


Montrose – It will be news of great satisfaction to learn that the county commissioners have placed an order for a new clock in the court house tower. The old clock has done service for over half a century and it is no longer a truthful time teller. ALSO Persons desiring to purchase Hon. James T. DuBois’ book on “Galusha A. Grow, Father of the Homestead Law,” may secure them at The Republican office.  We have a limited number of autographed copies now on hand. Price, $1.75; by mail, $1.85. ALSO An advertiser in The Republican has for some weeks been offering good prices for old sets of false teeth. It is surprising the large number of unused sets that have been lying idle on the pantry shelves around this section.  Nearly every mail for a while brought in a set or two. Some people inquired if the dentists used the teeth again. We asked the party the reason for the activity in securing this seemingly undesirable waste product and he said it was the valuable platinum used in making artificial teeth, now especially rare since the war started. A small vial of platinum which he had extracted was valued at from $70 to $80.


Dimock/Springville – Miss Marion Reynolds was seriously injured in a runaway near Dimock and did not regain consciousness until the following morning. She was driving a spirited horse from Springville after visiting her brother, Ward. She invited Norman Stewart to ride along and as she was passing a farm a dog’s barking frightened the horse, which dashed down a steep hill. Mrs. Glen Billings, a deaf woman, was driving ahead of them and not hearing the approaching horse and carriage, it was impossible for them to pass. The frightened animal crashed into the vehicle and all the occupants were thrown out and rendered unconscious. A passing farmer found them lying in the road. Mrs. Billings and Stewart were little injured.  Miss Reynolds was taken to her brother’s home and was administered by Dr. Wainwright and another Scranton physician, who determined she had a narrow escape from death. The horse continued to run until it reached F.R. Cope’s farm, where a laborer was obliged to fell it with a potato hook in order to stop its mad dash.


Lenox Twp. - Frank Ruland, who succeeds Mr. Button as driver of the stage between Nicholson and Clifford, uses a Ford in the service. The trip is made in the forenoon and with much less cost than it could be done with horses. The Government pays $700 a year for the service. ALSO Guy Empet and Curtis Shoup went to join the 13th regiment of the U.S. army last Friday, but only Curtis entered the army, as Guy did not weigh enough for his height.


Gibson – The Tingley family reunion was held at the home of R.M. Tingley and were royally entertained. After a splendid chicken dinner was served, several speeches were made and R.M. Tingley was elected president and Miss Nora Hill, secretary-treasurer.


Brooklyn – Dr. T.A. Williams received his commission as first lieutenant on Saturday and expects to receive orders for active service soon.  The Dr. has a fine practice which he has to give up for his country’s sake. He is the only physician in this town in active practice.


Harford – A farewell reception was given for Hallie Forsythe and Claude Lewis in the lecture room. We will miss these young men, but may they meet with the best of success as they go to serve their colors and may they return to their home town to relate their many experiences. May every blessing rest upon them, and all the others who leave this morning. ALSO The rainfall for the month of June was 7”, about 3 ½ “ above normal.


Silver Lake Misses Hazle Conklin, Molly Mahoney, Florence and Grace McEnaney are among those who are working at the lake [this summer].


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. – There are three more automobile owners on the Hill.  Last week Lewis Barber and John Wootton, purchased Fords and Frank Krause, a Pullman.


Forest City – Rt. Rev. Bishop Hoban held impressive services at St. Joseph’s [Slovenian] church when he administered their first communion to a class of 103 young people.  Afterward he confirmed 270 boys and girls, who made a pretty picture in their confirmation dress, the girls wearing white gowns with flowing veils and wreaths. John Osolin acted as godfather and Miss Jennie Swetta as godmother.  During the services music was rendered by the full choir under the direction of Prof. P. Srnoynak.


Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. Forest Hobbs, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hobbs and family and M. Rogers and family of Ararat; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Smith and Mr. Snyder and family of Tompkinsville, were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Hobbs, South Main Street.  As they were all musicians and fully equipped with musical instruments visa: Violin, guitar and organ, a grand musicale was soon the order to which a few of the friends and neighbors, who were lovers of music, were invited, and which all greatly enjoyed.


News Brief: A new law places a fine of $5 to $100 and three months in prison on any person who is proven guilty of riding, driving, leading or handling, while intoxicated, any horse or other animal on any of the public highways. ALSO The salary of county school superintendents has been raised between $2,000 and $2,500.  Asst. superintendents have been fixed at $1,800.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Sentinel, July 19, 1817.

*WYALUSING Woolen Manufactory. The subscriber respectfully informs the pubic that he has commenced the manufacturing of woolen cloth; the carding and spinning machines are now in operation and will continue to be attended by experienced workmen.  The price of carding will be as usual; for spinning, 8 cents per run for fulling, 10 cents for warp; for manufacturing fit for the Taylor [tailor], 75 or 80 cents per yard, or half the cloth when done  No labor or pains will be spared to do the work in the best manner.  J. Ingham, Jr. Wyalusing, June 25, 1817.  N. B. Good wool only will be accepted for manufacturing into cloth, and oil or soft grease must be sent with the wool.

*BRUSH MAKING.  The subscriber has commenced the above business at the Four Corners, in Silver Lake township, Susq. Co. where he keeps a general assortment of Brushes on hand.  He solicits the patronage of a liberal public.  Thomas Watters.  *Twenty-five cents per lb. will be given for first rate BRISTLES delivered at his factory, or at C. Carr’s, and Herrick & Fordham’s store in Montrose.  July 18, 1817.

July 27 1917

July 27 (1917/2017)



County’s Young Men Drawn for War. – In its issue of July 12th, The Montrose Democrat published a list of all the young men of Susquehanna County who registered for military service, with their registration numbers. The great lottery of human lives took place in Washington. The gross quota for this county is 312, and out of this we have a credit of 76, leaving 236 men needed. Twice this number, of 472, will be called before the exemption board for examination and their names appear in another column of The Democrat.


Laurel Lake – The dances at Laurel Lake, given under the direction of F.E. Sullivan, are becoming more and more popular with the young people.  The hall has been greatly improved and beautified and the music is always of the best.


Forest City – The population of Susquehanna County is 37,746.  Forest City, Pa., has sent more of her sons than the quota of the entire county. Over 100 young men of this place have enlisted in the various branches of the service since the beginning of the war. ALSO Sunday was the warmest day of the season. It was too hot for the Independents and they suffered defeat in a game with the Independents of Dickson City as a consequence. The crowd at the game was not as large as common and little interest was shown by the spectators. Cavanaugh was in fine fettle but received rotten support by his teammates. Error after error by the locals at opportune times proved costly and the game was lost after the fourth stanza. Next Saturday the locals will cross bats with a strong team from down the valley.


Hop Bottom – The first man to be called for military service, under the draft lottery drawing, was Wade Squier, who registered with post-office address as, “R.D. Hop Bottom, Pa.” His number was 258, this being the first number drawn at Washington. Mr. Squier is a widower, with three small children, aged 2, 3 and 6 years.  It would seem that he has claims for exemption. He has been living in Brooklyn township, but is now working in Nicholson township, just over the county line.  He is a son of Lyman Squier.


Springville – Two runaways within the last week.  A span of horses belonging to James Bunnell, and driven by his grandson, John, ran down the depot hill, after he had delivered the milk at the station.  They plunged into the fence in front of W. E. Stevens’ blacksmith shop.  Both horses were thrown in such a way as to place their heels together, but heads in opposite direction.  A crowd of men soon gathered.  The horses sustained no injury and with a new bolt, they were soon on their way home.  On Monday, Bruce Williams, of Lynn, had a runaway also.  He had been up to Springville with his milk and going home his team became unmanageable, and but for W. E. Stevens and Dean Baker, would have been a severe one.  They were stopped in Lynn by Mr. Stevens wielding a big whip in front of them, turning their course in front of Mr. Sheldon’s house and were stopped by Mr. Baker.


Montrose – The Bible conference opens tomorrow, July 27.  One of the best programs in the history of the conference has been arranged. Commencing Friday noon, George Haldeman, of Springville, will run his big passenger truck between the conference grounds and down town, making trips every half hour. Fare, 5 cents. The regular conference auto will meet all trains. Fare to grounds, 10 cents. ALSO at the borough limits in Montrose are erected signs restricting the speed of motor vehicles to ten miles per hour in the borough and a certain Laceyville man, after trying to get over the various streets, is of the opinion that a sign denoting a speed limit of 5 miles an hour would be more compatible with safety.


Brooklyn – The ladies of this place have been sewing busily for the last few weeks and have just sent to Red Cross headquarters a large package of completed articles, including bandages, bed socks, fracture pillows, covers for hot water bottles, bed shirts, and operating gowns. Also knitted wash cloths, scarfs and sweaters. 


New Milford – Ward Cobb has enlisted in the Thirteenth Regiment at Scranton.


Lake View – Miles Tyler left last week for Newport, RI, where he begins training in naval service.


Harford – The South Harford Book Club will meet August 1st at the home of Mrs. Emily Payne, and may a large attendance be present. ALSO Berry picking is all the rage here these days and so is haying.


Thompson – Walter L. Miller, son of Atty. John D. Miller and brother of Rep. Allan D. Miller, has enlisted and has been accepted in the aviation corps of the United States. Mr. Miller made application for enlistment last winter while at Cornell University, and was recently notified to appear for examination.  He passed all tests, and was accepted, and will be called to duty in a short time.


Susquehanna – Among the boys in the olive drab, who are doing their bit in France for Uncle Sam, are four from our own home town: Stanley Beebe, Harold Rundell, Thomas Lynch, Washington street, and Thomas J. Lynch, Franklin Avenue.


Elk Lake – The drafting order hit this village hard, as it took in the majority of young men who registered. ALSO The Ladies Aid will meet in Grange hall on Wednesday for dinner. In the evening they will hold an ice cream social on the church lawn. Everyone come and go fishing. Heaps big fish in the pond.


Friendsville – Camp Choconut is open, with the largest attendance in its history.


Uniondale – S.H. Bronson, a few days ago, sold a large quantity of wool.  It made us think of the days when every farmer had wool to sell.


News Briefs: There is a movement on foot by which the bodies of those who lose their lives on foreign battle fields may be brought home for burial, and those in favor of this movement should write their congressman.


200 Years Ago Today from the Montrose Centinel, Montrose, PA, July 19, 2017.

*Caution to the Public. All persons are hereby cautioned against purchasing a Note of hand given by the subscribers to Dana Fox in October Last, as no value has been received and we shall not pay it unless compelled by law. Joseph Jackson & Caleb Jackson. Waterford, July 24, 1817.

*Ten Dollars Reward. Stolen from the subscriber on the night of the 17th inst. a first rate English WATCH, capt, set in diamonds, a round steel chain and gold key in the form of two 6’s with two small balls betwixt. Said watch was last repaired [by] George Gordon in Newburgh.  Whoever will apprehend the thief that he may be brought to justice and secure the watch that the owner may get it, shall have the above reward, or five dollars for the watch.  CHRISTOPHER LONGSTREET. Great Bend, July 18, 1817.

*Will be disposed of at PUBLIC VENDUE, ON Friday, the 8th of August next, at the house of Freeman Peck in Harford all the personal property of Truman Clinton, late of Clifford township, deceased. HOSEA TIFFANY, FREEMAN PECK, Administrators of said estate.


August 03 1917

August 03 (1917/2017)



East Rush – When T.S. James and son went to work in their hay field on Wednesday morning, they were treated to the sight of a fine doe deer, which after gazing at them, took a high rail fence at a bound then loped up the valley towards Elk Lake. Several of the formerly plentiful noble animals have been seen in this County of late, evidently coming from a not distant reservation. (The deer population of Susquehanna and surrounding counties, at this time, was extremely low.)  In Rush, Miss Mabel Stewart, of Philadelphia, who was staying at Mr. Kintner’s, left their place on July 21 for a walk and has not been seen or heard from since.


Clifford -The Methodist Sunday School will hold their picnic at Newton Lake on Wednesday of this week. This will be a picnic of the entire Clifford charge, consisting of the Clifford, Lenoxville and Tompkinsville schools, together with the school at Hickory Ridge. Better come and have a good time. Bring your eats.


Jessup Twp. – Our Friend Edgar W. Bolles, of Fairdale, writes us on the subject of aged people: “In Jessup township there are now three persons who have passed 90 years of age—Robert Strange, Abram Carter and Mr. Stark, father of our esteemed neighbor, Mr. Wilson Stark.”  Few townships in the county, if any, with the same population as Jessup, can equal this record of longevity.


Harford – Sen. E.E. Jones has notified several automobile organizations that the governor has approved the bill passed by the last legislature permitting the State Highway department to take over the abandoned Lackawanna railroad route between Clark’s Summit and Hallstead. It has been proposed to reconstruct it into a main highway for vehicle traffic, being especially adapted for automobiles. ALSO B. B. Freeman, the “rag man” was in this vicinity a few days ago.


Tunkhannock – Work on the soldiers’ monument in this place has begun.  It will stand at the rear of the court house.


Lynn – During the hard thunder shower on Sunday the barn of Abraham Taylor was struck by lightning, which resulted in the burning of the barn, silo, shed and hen house. About all the contents except a few loads of hay were removed, but it was quite a loss after all, as he carried no insurance.


South Ararat – Two different parties, who are camping at Fiddle Lake, are the boss fishermen as yet. The first night they caught 52 nice cat-fish and the next 42. All report as having quite good luck.


Dimock – Bids are sought for driving school routes. Route 1-Pleasant Grove Route. From Pleasant Grove school house to Turnpike road to Dimock. Route 2-Smith Route. From Smith school house to Ballantine’s Crossing, Turnpike road to Dimock. Route 3-Parkvale Route. From Parkvale school house to Maine school house to Dimock. Route 4-Creek Route from Yeomans’ residence to Dimock. Route 5. Conklin Route. From Clayton Stone’s residence to Dimock.


Gelatt – The ice cream social held at the Home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barnes was well attended.  Proceeds $10.75 for the benefit of getting lamps and singing books for the school house at Briar Hill.


Montrose – The Central Dairy Co. has sold its creamery here to the Borden’s. This creamery was built by the farmers of this section and was conducted on a co-operative basis for several years. ALSO Prentice Kennie and Eva Huniford, of Syracuse, reached the County Seat in a great state of happiness for they had received a fatal dart from the sly cupid. But just as they were to go to get the licenses, they discovered that the pocket book, with the money for the license, was gone. It is pretty tough to be put on war rations when it comes to securing a license, with a wedding ceremony, and a wedding dinner to be provided. However, it was managed and praises be they had a return ticket.


East Kingsley – The dogs are very persistent in trying to kill off the only two flocks of sheep that the neighborhood can boast of, W.W. Oakley’s and A.E. Tiffany’s. Recently A.E. Tiffany had a fine lamb chewed so badly in his neck that it died before morning. This is the third call this year. Not very encouraging to farmers to keep sheep.


Glenwood – While Frank Pherrigo was out riding last Friday his horse became frightened and ran away, throwing Mr. Pherrigo out. The horse was traced as far as West Lenox, and clew of its whereabouts has not been learned. Searching parties have been looking in different locations for several days, but to no avail.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. Mary Miller, whose husband was killed on the grade crossing in this place, was awarded $1000.00 by the D.L.&W. Railroad. The jury, because of Mr. Miller being an old man, gave a verdict for that amount. The company tried to have the verdict set aside but the Superior Court took the same view and sustained the lower court.


Lathrop Twp. – The death of Orlando Taylor, aged 78, occurred Saturday, July 21, 1917, at his late home here. Mr. Taylor for many years resided on the farm where he died and was highly esteemed. He was a retired locomotive engineer of the Lackawanna railroad, seeing over 40 years at the throttle.  He is survived by three daughters.


Herrick Center – The public service commission has directed that signals be established at the grade crossing of the Erie railroad at this place. The order is believed to be the forerunner of the campaign to eliminate grade crossings throughout the state. The commission was of the opinion that ultimately an improvement must be made at his particular crossing. In coming east one is prevented from seeing the trains moving south. It is surprising how many accidents have occurred there from time to time.

Forest City – It is seldom that a father is arrayed against his son, but such is the case of Louis Vidovich, who has enlisted under Uncle Sam. Louis was born in Forest City and when about four years of age his parents went to Austria and Louis was taken along with the family. About four years ago he returned to this country, the family remaining in Austria. Friday he donned the olive drab suit of a soldier. Louis is one of the best known young Slovenians in town and when his name was drawn in the draft he quickly made up his mind what to do. He said. “While I have relatives galore in the Austrian army I am an American first, last and all the time and am ready to shed my blood if need be for my country.”



200 Years Ago Today from the Montrose Centinel, August 2, 1817.

PUBLIC NOTICE. Whereas Betsey Sweet my lawful wife by virtue of the marriage covenant, has left my house without any other inducement than the gratification of her headstrong propensity for dissention, having no just provocation that can be alleged for her abandoning my bed and fire side; she has taken with her two notes of hand signed F.A. Burman for $72.10 cents each, one payable in goods, the other cash due November 1817, one against James Oakley, bo’t of Jacob Brown, payable in wheat after harvest of $23; one other drawn by Samuel Howard of $16 made in 1816, and an order drawn by Stephen Green on William Ward of $5. The drawers of said notes, &c. as well as all other persons are forbid purchasing or receiving said notes; and all persons are hereby forbid harboring or trusting said Betsey on my account as I will pay no debts of her contracting. Times are hard, and those indebted to me on book or otherwise must call and settle at the house of Elias Sweet in Harford within 20 days as I shall prosecute all delinquents immediately thereafter. T.C. Sweet, Harford, July 29, 1817

August 10 1917

August 10 (1917/2017)



Brooklyn - The canning demonstration given by Miss Lodie Smith, of State College, at I. O. O. F. Hall last Thursday, was attended by about 70 ladies, who showed much interest in this work for the conservation of the food supply.


Montrose – G. Kilmer Ackley, brother of B.D. Ackley, who was Billy Sunday’s famous pianist, is to conduct a temperance campaign in Susquehanna county in the interest of the No-License League.  He has given his patriotic temperance address, “Booze or Beef” in the M.E. Church at this place. ALSO W.A. Taylor, formerly of Dimock, has received a message that his son, George E. Taylor, and family, a missionary at Chang Sha, Hunan Province, China, would arrive at New York on a furlough about Aug. 15th. He and Mrs. Taylor have been conducting the Faith orphanage at Chang Sha with excellent results, going there in September, 1913. His sons, having learned the printing trade, materially aided in the printing and spreading of the Bible and gospel literature. [Two sons of George were Maurice and A. Ralph Taylor. Maurice was well-known for creating and directing the Montrose High School band and A. Ralph Taylor was owner of Taylor’s Store in Montrose.]


Susquehanna – Fifty girls who are doing piece work in the machine shops of the Erie railroad at Susquehanna are said by an official of another railroad to be an interesting sight, although the public is not allowed a glimpse of them while at work. They wear one-piece overalls, with a jaunty little cap, and have their own rest room, where they change their clothing, and their instructors and superintendents see that they are not molested while at work.  An interesting fact in regard to the work of these girls, it is alleged, is that they make more than the men did at the same work, for they work faster and more steadily and are paid for the amount they do on the same basis as the man.


Forest Lake – As we go to press the case of E.H. Sivers, against the Township of Forest Lake, is being tried. It is an action for damages for injury received by Mr. Sivers when his wagon went over a bank on the road near Forest Lake, and he was thrown a distance of 30 ft. He claims he received injuries from which he is still suffering.


Hopbottom – A farewell party was given in Masonic hall for Miss Shirley Powers, who leaves for Newark in a few days to enter training as a nurse, and for Eric Brown, who has enlisted in the service of Uncle Sam. Miss Powers has been employed in the post-office for several years and will be missed by all.


Clifford – A party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Bennett and the Misses Blanche and Mary Kline, Ruth Horton, Ethel Turner, Marion Taylor and Katharine Rounds will camp at Newton Lake for a week.  They will occupy E.E. Finn’s cottage.


Ararat – William Leach, formerly hotel proprietor at this place, died at the home of his son, Cecil Leach, Portsmouth, Va.  The deceased was known as “Brave Bill Leach,” a name gained when he captured two desperate criminals who sought refuge in a box car at Ararat, in the month of February, 1898.  At the risk of his life he opened fire on them and succeeded in capturing two of the gang.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Andrew Taylor, and a son, Harwood, of Carbondale, and B. Cecil, his eldest son, who has been a resident of Portsmouth, Va. for several years.  He was widely known in the eastern part of the county and highly esteemed by his friends. Burial in the family plot in Thompson cemetery.


Thompson – Miss Jane Mathewson, of Factoryville, Pa., youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert B. Mathewson, and Leroy C. French, of Scranton, formerly of Thompson, were married at the M. E. parsonage, August 1st, by the Rev. W. E. Webster of the Court Street Methodist Church, Providence, Pa.  They were attended by the bride’s sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Branning, of Dunmore.  The bride is a sister of the famous pitcher, Christy Mathewson, now manager of the Cincinnati Reds.  The groom holds a responsible position with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and is at talented musician.


North Jackson – Plucky Miss Beatrice June killed a rattlesnake near her home on Thursday last, dispatching it with a hoe.  It had eight rattles.


Forest City – Two more names were added to the long list of those who are in the army when Frank Wisneski and Anthony Chicienski left for Fort Slocum. ALSO David Jones, of Company E, 13th Infantry, was the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jones of South Main Street. David has been located at Lanesboro since the return of the regiment from the Mexican border. He is anxious to land “Somewhere in France,” preferring life at the front rather than guarding the Starrucca Viaduct.


News Brief: Deer are being seen in various parts of the county, indicating that they are multiplying under the protection of the more stringent game laws.  A deer was seen by George P. Little, son of the late Judge Little, on the Little farm during the week.  The young man with three other employees was working in a field when the beautiful animal loped through the lot, cleared a fence, at a bound and disappeared in the woods.


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

*NOTICE.  The person who took a Watch out of Sheriff Howell’s house some time since, in rather a private manner, is requested to leave the same at Mr. Clark’s Printing Office, and thereby save his character from coming before the public in a manner not altogether so agreeable. “A stich in time” can “save nine!”    Aug. 1, 1817.

*E. H. Mansfield & Co.  Have just received, and are now selling, an assortment of warranted Silver Table and Tea Spoons: Also, all kinds of GOLD & SILVER work.  CLOCKS & WATCHES repaired on the shortest notice, and in the best possible manner.  They have various kinds of new English and French Watches, warranted, which they will sell cheap.  Cash paid for old Gold and Silver.  Montrose, August 9, 1817.

*Choose Ye This Day.”  Apologies can no longer answer the subscriber’s necessities; he therefore MUST and WILL have his old Store notes and accounts settled up IMMEDIATELY. Tavern accounts not excepted.  CHAPMAN CARR.   Montrose, August 1, 1817.

*REMEDY for the DIFFICULTY OF HEARING.  DR. D. GREEN  Takes this method of letting society know that he has discovered a new and easy way of assisting those who are hard of hearing, quite a new way. Knowing that Providence has permitted a remedy to grow for every disease, he has made it his study this number of years past, to try to find out this remedy. At length he flatters himself of being successful more so than any man yet. The remedy generally gives help, except to very old persons, who begin to lose their eyesight, about the time that the hearing becomes weakened. To all others it, as yet, has seldom failed of restoring that great blessing of hearing. Directions can be sent to the patient by post or otherwise, to any place however distant. At the same time, it may be somewhat satisfactory to those distressed to know that they may pursue their usual business, and to eat & drink what tastes best. The preparing, transmission, & c. of the remedy, will come to about five dollars. This, enclosed in a letter, post paid, will cover all expense to the patient. Mr. Editor--Many people, in letters to me, express a wish to have the principle of cure explained to them. This I cheerfully will do.

August 17 1917

August 17 (1917/2017)



Montrose – Does Montrose want a factory that will provide a pay-roll of from $25,000 to $30,000 yearly? Such a proposition is now advanced to the people of the town by a silk mill owner, now established in the city, who wishes to increase his output by erecting a branch factory in Montrose that will employ at least 50 persons at the outset. The proprietor was in town and impressed his audience with his thorough knowledge of the business, having started in a small way and now is operating a plant with 72 looms. He outlined the building’s needs which would cost about $10,000 and it would manufacture two kinds of silk, which in commercial use would be used to line caskets, jewelry boxes, etc. Beginners are paid $5 per week while learning and experienced girls can earn $2 and upwards per day. A committee was selected to visit the mill owner’s plant and investigate the proposition. ALSO Don’t throw away your magazines when you have finished reading them.  Send them to the free library, to be forwarded to army camps, the front and hospitals.


Lymanville – James H Bagley, another one of the Civil War veterans has fallen.  He was a member of Co. H, 141st P.V. in which he enlisted in 1862, and from which he was honorably discharged on June 30, 1865. He was born in Dimock, Jan. 20, 1826 and answered the last roll call at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.J. Hitchcock, near this place, July 29, 1917. He was the son of Thomas and Abbia Bagley, who moved to Auburn township shortly after the birth of James.


Susquehanna – Dr. H.W. Brandt has received his commission as first lieutenant in the Dental reserve corps of the U. S. Army.


Elk Lake – E.E. Stevens and Bert Carlton, of Kasson Corners, made a trip to the huckleberry mountains last week. They report a large crop of berries but a scarcity of pickers. They kindly shared their pickings with their neighbors. The wholesome blueberry is selling at “two for a quarter” in the Electric City.


Silver Lake – S.S. Raynor was greeting friends and acquaintances in town on Saturday. Mr. Raynor, who has charge of the gardens and grounds at Sheldoncroft, says the work has been much delayed by the rainy season. The great lawns, which have usually been cut with the horse drawn mower, have been cut by hand mowers instead, to avoid defacing their smooth surface.


County Jail – Sheriff H.E. Taylor and six deputies went to Huntingdon Mills reformatory yesterday morning with six young men sentenced during the week to that institution. The deputies were: Bruce B. Lott, Lewis Hart, Edson Barnes, E.G. Foote, Otis R. Cook and R.H. Donlin. The boys who they accompanied were: William Paugh, Harry Louden, Amasa Lee, Daniel Craft, Alfred Lynch and Howard Pettis. The youths were “some bunch” at raising a racket, and made the nights hideous with their noise at the jail, and other inmates were glad to see them depart.


Harford – Some of the city dailies have been printing pictures of the famous Lafayette Escadrille, which is doing such effective service in France against the Germans. There are about a score of members in this noted aviation squadron and it seems quite singular that both Susquehanna county and Wayne county, neighbors in the “old Keystone state,” should both be represented. Henry Jones, son of Hon. E.E. Jones, of Harford, and David M. Peterson, of Honesdale, Wayne county, are both aviators in this squadron.


New Milford – O.C. Whitney loaded two cars with crates here the first of the week.  These crates are to be used in the South American trade, and Mr. Whitney says there is a big demand for these crates at this time.


Tunkhannock – Thomas Morris, although 33 years of age, registered under the draft on June 5 and was the first to be called for examination. Morris wasn’t sure how old he was, so decided to register and be on the safe side.  Now he has obtained positive evidence that he is 33 years of age.  His number, 258, was the first drawn.


Thompson – Mrs. J.W. VanHorn has just purchased a new washing machine of D.D. Moore, the Maytag Multi-Motor, which she thinks is very fine. She has a good Majestic machine with wringer and folding bench, which anyone desiring something in that line might strike a bargain with her. ALSO J.S. Mulvey installed a Comfort Chemical closet in the M.E. church at North Jackson.


Herrick Center John J. Campbell was in Forest City yesterday.  Mr. Campbell is a veteran of the Civil War and is past 82 years of age, but is still active.


Forest City – Martin Gerchman will attend the sessions of the examination board at Montrose to act as an interpreter. ALSO John Churney has opened a cigar and confectionary store in the Muchitz building. ALSO The Y.M.I. team went to Olyphant and defeated the Leaders of that town. Score 15-2. Koplova pitched for Forest City.


Uniondale – Miss Jennie Rounds has returned to her home here after operating the N. E. P.  Telephone company’s exchange at Jackson.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, August 16, 1817.

*GREAT FRESHET.  On Saturday, last, the rain began to fall about 6 o’clock A.M. and continued until about sunset. A more stormy day we do not recollect to have ever seen.  The quantity of water that fell in twelve successive hours was by far the greatest ever experienced by the oldest inhabitants. The creeks, as far [as] our knowledge extends, appeared like mighty rivers, carrying destruction in every direction—Mills were started and much damaged—dams swept away--hay and grain situated on fields adjacent to the streams was greatly damaged. The bridges in all directions are carried away and the roads greatly damaged. The weather since that time has been continually wet, and fears are entertained that the grain will receive serious injury unless there is a change of weather immediately.

*MARRIED. In this township on Sunday last, by the Rev. Davis Dimock, Mr. Mathew Baldwin to Miss Betsey Vaughn.

*OBITUARY.On the night of the 9th inst. David Harris aged 56 years, was drowned in the Wyalusing creek. The circumstances are as follows: The creek having been raised by a heavy rain was flowing in every direction across the meadows, wheat fields, &c. of the deceased. He arose about midnight, with the avowed intention of going to a neighbors, on the opposite side of the creek, with a full knowledge that the bridge had been carried away—He was found on the morning of the tenth at 9 o’clock, under water, thirty rods below the road; and it is somewhat singular, that having been kept 30 hours after taken from the water, there was no other appearance in the body that that of a man in sleep.

August 24 1917

August 24 (1917/2017)



Dimock – A good day, good roads and public interest brought a record breaking crowd to the old Camp ground last Sunday. Teams, trains and automobiles, largely the last named—there were 695 parked on the grounds during the day—brought more than 5,000 people to the encampment. Three states were represented, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.  Rev. Geo. O. Beers has the unique distinction of having attended every session of the Dimock campmeeting since its founding, 43 years ago. For 30 years he has been the official bell-ringer, and has never failed in his duty.


New Milford – John A. McConnell, one of the best known and highly esteemed citizens of this place, died at his home on the Montrose road on Aug. 12, 1917, of heart trouble, aged 76 years. He was born in Ireland and when he was 12 years of age the family came to this country and located in Harford township. About 50 years ago he married Miss Ellen Aldrich and moved on the farm where he died. For many years he specialized in growing berries and small fruit. He is survived by his aged widow, one son, Elmer McConnell, one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Matthews, and six grandchildren; also one brother and one sister. Interment in New Milford Cemetery. ALSO Fred J. Dexter, manager of the New Milford poor farm, was operated upon for appendicitis on Aug. 9th. He has been in a serious condition but is now much improved.


West Auburn – I.L. Possinger and son, Eldred, took in the Sousa band concert at Johnson City. Merton Bolles returned with them for a visit with West Auburn friends. In South Auburn an auto load, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Vandervort, Mrs. John Cooper and three children, Miss Westbrook and Miss Wall, all from Laceyville, were guests at Wm. N. Judson’s, on Saturday evening, a night blooming cereus being the attraction. Seven beautiful flowers were open that evening and twenty were opened during the last week, filling the air with their fragrance, besides making a fine porch display.


Friendsville – Rev. Father James has returned to St. Ann’s monastery, Scranton, after conducting the forty hours’ devotion in each of the three churches of the Friendsville parish.


Forest Lake – One hundred and thirty-five were present at the 15th annual reunion of the Canfield Stone descendants, which met at Forest Lake on Aug. 4, at the Bradshaw camp, coming from New York city, Binghamton, Utica, Endicott, Johnson City, Scranton, Towanda, Meshoppen, Susquehanna, LeRaysville, Montrose, Birchardville and vicinity.  The decorations were flags, flowers and ferns.


South Montrose/Montrose – Owing to the shortage of male help, the slat factory is making plans to employ women and girls in operating the wood-working machines and doing such labor as is usually the work of men. G.R. McKeage, of the Beach Manufacturing Co., in Montrose, is also seriously considering employing young women to operate such machines in his new plant as can be readily done. The large number of young men who have enlisted in the army and navy from this section and the usual labor shortage will make it necessary to employ female help if the plants are to be run at their normal capacity.


Clifford – While L.E. Lee was coming across a private bridge belonging to E.G. Greene, with a load of hay, one of the girders gave way and the team was precipitated into the water. Fortunately no damage was done to the team or driver. The hay had to be reloaded. ALSO Rev. Ackley will give his famous lecture, “Booze or Beef?” in the Baptist church, next Monday evening. Several people from a distance will be present and some good music has been arranged.


Towanda – A reunion of the survivors of the 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, will be held here on Wednesday, August 29th.


Forest City – The Independents vanquished Dick Monaghan’s Carbondale Pets by a score of 15-9. There were many rooters from Carbondale who returned deeply chagrined at the defeat administered. Wargo and Payne were the battery for the locals and the opposing battery were Lynch and Kelley. The collections, as usual, were far from what they ought to be.


Herrick Twp. – Miss Pearl M. Price the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.Q. Price, and Stanley S. Jones, of Kenten, Delaware, were united in marriage at Binghamton on Tuesday of last week. They are stopping at the home of the bride’s parents for a short time. They will reside in Delaware where the groom has large landed interests. The bride has been a member of the school faculty of Kenten the past three years and formerly taught in this county.


Uniondale – Born on Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. John Burdick, a son. They are ow the possessors of six sons and two daughters. Mrs. Burdick is being cared for by her mother, Mrs. S.S. Coleman, of Binghamton.


Fiddle Lake – Leonard Walker and wife, of Elmira, NY came out to attend the reunion which was held at the home of his mother, Mrs. Jones Walker, on the Summit.  Nathan Walker, of Vandling, also James Walker, of Carbondale were present.


News Brief: All records for oleomargarine licenses in Pennsylvania have been broken during the past six months and the close of July found 3,310 licenses granted as compared with 2,534 at the same time last year. As there is a big rush for licenses during September and October, it is expected that the total for 1917 will be close to 4,000.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, August 23, 1817.

*LARGE SNAKE. (From Erie newspaper). On the 3d inst., 30 miles below this place and three miles from land, the crew of the schooner, Gen. Scott, saw a serpent 35 or 40 feet in length, and its neck, which it put out of the water a few yards from the vessel, 10 or 12 inches in diameter. Its color was a dark mahogany, nearly black. The lake was smooth and they had a perfect view of it for more than a minute.

*NOTICE. The Democratic Republicans of the township of Bridgewater are requested to attend a meeting to be holden at the Montrose Hotel, on Saturday the 23 Inst.,* for the purpose of choosing two delegates to represent said township in the County Convention to be holden on Court week.  By order of Committee, Aug. 16, 1817.           [*Inst. means the week of.  Alt means the week previous.]

August 31 1917

August 31 (1917/2017)



Rush – Jehile Kirkhuff, the little blind son of Will Kirkhuff, has a new organ.  He plays the violin and organ from the phonograph.


Brooklyn – Rev. T.J. Vaughn and six of his Boy Scouts were in Montrose on Tuesday, having hiked on foot from Brooklyn. The Scouts are required to make a 14 mile hike and write a description of it in order to become first-class Scouts. They camped near Lake Mont Rose, where they ate their lunch and in the afternoon tramped back. The boys in the party were: LaVerne Kinney, Lisle Rozelle, Luther Ely, Jr., Francis and Robert Larkin and Lawrence Tewksbury.


Montrose – Miss Lillian Martin, for some years a saleslady in D.L. Robinove’s store, announces in today’s issue the opening of a shop for ladies wearing apparel exclusively.  The new business will be located in the Farmers’ National Bank building.


East Kingsley – During a severe thunder storm on Wednesday of last week, a bolt of lightning entered the chimney of Williston Oakley’s new house, making a general havoc in knocking off the plaster, burning the telephone wire in the cellar, etc. Mr. Oakley and his young son received slight shocks, but nothing was set on fire.


Little Meadows – Miss Emma Sleeper has moved her household goods into the home of D.L. Minkler and expects to take a situation in Binghamton taking care of an elderly couple.


Springville – While automobiling on Friday evening with a party of young people, Miss Margaret Reynolds was quite painfully injured.  In making a sharp curve the car, which was driven by Guy Johnson, plunged off a sluice, throwing the occupants out. Miss Reynolds was thrown against the windshield, cutting a deep gash in the leg, just above the knee and severing an artery.  Medical assistance was secured as soon as possible and she is getting along nicely.


West Lenox – Three of our boys were in Co. L, which left Scranton Monday morning for Atlanta, Ga. They were Curtis Shoup, Ward Carey and Milton Potter.


New Milford – Main street in this place is to be concreted.  State men are expected this week to make a survey, preparatory to opening bids for the work, which will start at once.


Gibson/Susquehanna – A group of Red Cross ladies from Susquehanna came to this place on Friday to instruct the ladies of this place in the work of the order. A society was organized with Ms. W.R. Mackey as president and Mrs. Elmer DeWitt as secretary. Now all are cordially invited to join and help in the good work, presently on Thursday afternoons.


Dimock – Miss Margaret O’Brien, of Montrose, will be the principal of the new Dimock Vocational High School. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and has ranked high as a teacher, having taught in the Dimock school prior to being elected to the principalship.


Forest City – H.P. Johns has purchased of Davis & Brothers timber on 440 acres of land located at Elk Hill, this county. It is estimated that there are over 3,000,000 feet of chiefly chestnut, oak, ash and some hemlock. He has also purchased a 63 acre farm closely located to the tract for teams and men, good buildings to be convenient, and plenty of good water. 


Harford – The home of the old Franklin Academy and later the Soldiers’ Orphans’ school, is to have a vocational high school. The new high school building is being fitted up to meet the requirements of the state. The vocational school is rather new in Pennsylvania, but it is going to fill a long felt need in rural districts. In order to carry on a vocational work it requires a four-year course of nine months term.  Graduates from a vocational school entering colleges are given [the] same credit as from other schools.


Williams Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – The Stephens-Williams’ reunion was held at the home of Miss Jennie Stephens on Saturday.  Ninety-four partook of a most bounteous dinner and enjoyed the social hours that followed.


Elk Lake – The Ladies’ Aid meets with Mrs. Mary Shelp on Wednesday, Sept. 5.  The ladies are requested to bring needles and thimbles, as the Patriotic club will furnish Red Cross work.


Friendsville – Friendsville, Little Meadows and Middletown Center Granges will hold a joint picnic and field day, at Friendsville, on Saturday, Sept. 8th. Hon. E.B. Dorsett, Hon. Allan D. Miller and Rev. C.E. Cook will deliver addresses. A baseball game, Middletown vs. Laurel Lake, is scheduled. Dinner will be served.  All are invited, whether members of the Granges or not. Those who come are requested to come early and to bring baskets, picnic commencing at 10 a.m.


Clifford – While returning home from the Chautauqua at Carbondale, an auto party from Clifford had a narrow escape from death or injury, when a seven-passenger touring car, owned and operated by Ira J. Weatherby, crashed into a protecting wall at the side of a 20 ft. culvert near the farm of Albert Snyder near Finch Hill. The party, consisting of Mr. Weatherby, Mrs. Allen Finn, Mrs. William Baldwin and son, left Carbondale in a heavy rain storm. When the foot of Finch Hill was reached a flash of lightning confused Mr. Weatherby and the car crashed into the side wall over the culvert, demolishing the wall and sending the front part of the car part way in the ditch. The car was badly damaged and the occupants thrown out, but all escaped injury.


Hallstead – Hon. James T. DuBois has been appointed a member of Herbert Hoover’s speakers’ bureau and will devote his time for the next six months touring the country.  He will speak in the north for one month and then tour the southern states.


News Brief: Charlie Chaplin’s popularity is proven by the fact that he is to receive over $1,000,000 for eight, two-reel comedies, under a recently signed contract with a new film corporation of which S.L. Rothapfel, a former Forest City boy, is a member. The first run of these comedies will be seen at the Family Theatre.



200 Years Ago Today from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, August 30, 2017.

*MARRIED. In this township [Bridgewater] on Sunday last, by David Post, Esq., Mr. Thomas H. Doyle to Miss Myra Conner, daughter of Ira Conner.

*A FARM FOR SALE, SITUATE in the township of Bridgewater, about 4 ½ miles from Montrose, and the same distance from the Newburgh Turnpike, containing 100 acres, one half under improvement with a new framed barn. Said farm is well watered and timbered. Terms of payment will be easy.—Enquire of the subscriber living on the premises. JOHN PHINNEY.

N.B. The person who took two Axes from me in April last is requested to return them immediately.  J.P., August 29, 1817.

*Yesterday afternoon the elegant sloop of Ontario, Capt. Biddle, got under way from her anchorage off the West Battery, and proceeded as far as the Watering Place—It is said she will go to sea the first favorable wind.  New York, Aug. 14.

September 07 1917

September 07 (1917/2017)



Jessup Twp. – The schools in this place opened on Monday, Sept. 3, with the following teachers: Griffis Hill, Agnes Brotzman; Bolles, Bernice Ainey; McKeeby Hill, Anna Morley; Fairdale, Glen Cronk; Prospect Hill, Blanche Kiefer, and DeWitt, Jennie Sivers.


Montrose – Isaac R. Pennypacker, says that the village blacksmith who knows how to shoe a horse is rapidly disappearing in the county. The remaining horseshoer wonders how horses will be shod when he is gone. He had a number of apprentices, but they all gave up the work because the present-day American shuns hard, physical labor. Mr. Pennypacker also noted that Montrose voted $8000 to pave streets; the county supplied $8000 more and the state has $16,000 to add, but the work halts because the young men are off at the military camps or have been drawn in Uncle Sam’s lottery. ALSO The survivors of Co. H., 141st Pennsylvania Volunteers, together with comrades and relatives, took dinner at the Montrose House on Wednesday. The affair was an enjoyable one, but mingled with it was the sadness of dwindling numbers. Only four of the survivors were present: M.G. Hill, George C. Hill, W.S. Taylor and J.J. Stockholm.


Brackney – The funeral of Andrew I. Hawley was held on Wednesday at the home in this place, followed by a service in St. Augustine’s church in Silver Lake.  Burial was in Silver Lake cemetery.


Springville – M.B. Riley received a carload of 1918 model Buick cars on Friday.


Hopbottom – About 4 o’clock Monday morning Mrs. Joseph West was awakened by the crackling noise of fire and a glare of light which was the barn of the Foster Milling Co. in a mass of flames. The West’s spent the day at Dimock, with Willard Burke and his mother, Mrs. Rhoda Burke, and returned early in the evening in the latter’s automobile, a 12-cylinder Enger, which was parked in the barn and left for the night. The family retired for the night with no indications of fire.  It is believed that a tramp spent the night in the barn and carelessly set fire to the straw, which had served as a bed. Besides the auto of Mrs. Burke, which was a total loss, personal property of the Wests was stored here. The total loss, including the car, is estimated at about $3500, with practically no insurance. Low water pressure made it difficult o save the mill.


Brooklyn – A little son was welcomed at the hone of Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Packer – Ronald Kenneth.


Forest City – Students are returning to their studies in the higher places of learning: Miss Veronica Nebzadowski has entered Stroudsburg Normal school; Howard johns, Jr., and Misses Helen Kehren and Beatrice Lott left yesterday for Bloomsburg where they will attend the Normal School. Max Freedman, Paul and Donald Maxey and William Sredenchek will leave this week for State College.


Dimock – Luman Thornton has purchased the old Mills wagon shop, which stands near the residence of the writer’s house and is now busy tearing it down to repair the old vacant school house with, which he recently purchased.


Susquehanna – John Swacker, of this place, who was struck by a switch engine at Binghamton, while walking on the track of the Lackawanna, is improving rapidly from what appeared a very narrow escape from death.  He was taken to City Hospital.


Jackson – Henry Felton, of Montrose, visited his parents over Sunday. His brother, Ralph, returned with him to Montrose, where they expect to attend the Montrose High School. [Henry Felton was, for many years, editor of the Montrose Independent. His brother, Ralph, was Super-intendent of the County schools.] ALSO The What-so-Ever Circle will hold a Parcel Post at the church parlors, Jackson, Friday evening, Sept. 7.


Great Bend – A number of friends gave Misses Helen Enright, Frances Stack, Edna O’Neill and Helen Hunter a dance in the Knights of Columbus Hall, last Friday evening. The event was in honor of the young ladies who left this week to take a nurse’s training course in the City Hospital, at Binghamton.


Auburn Twp. – There seems to be lots of rain this summer and everybody’s garden is good.  Lots of all kinds of garden stuff.  Another article reports that potatoes are rotting.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, September 6, 1817. 

*STRAY CATTLE. Broke into the enclosures of the Subscriber two red and white heifers and one black and white steer, yearlings, about the 10th of August. The owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take them away. ALVIN SHIPMAN, Silver Lake, September 6, 1817. 

*HERRICK AND FORDHAM are receiving from New York and will open for sale on Monday the first of September next, very cheap for Cash, a full assortment of MERCHANDISE, called for in the country.  Those who have a credit given them must calculate to pay more than those who pay cash.  Aug. 23, 1817.

*TRESPASSORS, Broke into the enclosure of the subscriber on the 21st of  AUGUST, a YOKE OF OXEN, one a dark red, the other pied.  The owner is desired to prove property, pay charges and take them away.  ALANSON LUNG, Rush, August 21, 1817.      


News Brief: Reduction to two per cent of the alcoholic contents of beer is expected to be Herbert Hoover’s next grain conservation policy. Following his order to stop distillation of spirits after 11 p.m., Sept. 8th. Hoover is said to have decided beer strength must be reduced from its present 3 ½ to 1% alcohol to save 35,000,000 bushels of grain. England has been forced to reduce beer strength. ALSO The War Effort: Mrs. Wm. H. Jessup is instructing another class in surgical dressings at the library. The need for these dressings is so great that it would hardly seem necessary to urge any thoughtful woman to join a class and do her best, that not one brave man “Somewhere in France,” should suffer for the lack of these dressings. There are women enough in this town to have the Red Cross room filled every afternoon, and the same persons only go one afternoon, but we find the women who work hard at home before they come, and the big majority of women giving foolish excuses why they do not go. This is a time for sacrifice, not to do fancy work to decorate home or clothing—that has its place, but not when an urgent call is given to the women of the country to do not their “Bit,” but their “Best.”




September 14 1917

September 14 (1917/2017)



Rush Township – “Report of the Lawton Fair” – Despite the rain in the early morning, all the forenoon a good crowd from Rush and Jessup, Auburn, Middletown and other places, went to the fair and enjoyed themselves. Even the politicians and candidates from Montrose improved the opportunity and oh, how heartily they did grasp the hands of those sturdy citizens. To see some of them one would think they were meeting their long lost brother. But in spite of the politicians everybody had a good time. Lawton is bone dry and there was not a drunken man or boy to be seen.  What about the exhibits, do you ask? Why no one seemed to be worried about that. There were some well-bred Jersey cows. A squawking goose tried to drive Evangelist Ackley off the speaker’s stand, but couldn’t do it. Exhibition hall contained a generous supply of canned goods and some excellent canned music in Mr. Gamble’s Victrola; also pies and things, but it was so jammed full of maids and matrons, visiting with neighbors and sweet hearts, that you could not see the show for the people.


Hallstead – The Hallstead-Susquehanna road, near DuBois drive, is in an almost impassable condition, the worst known in years, numerous automobiles getting stuck in the deep holes, and it has been reported that damage suits are liable unless the official of officials, whose duty is to see that the roads are kept in proper order, remedy the existing condition.


West Harford – Harford fair passed off as usual.  Theodore Stanton, the driver of the Wilmarth large auto truck, won the $5 prize for bringing the largest load of grown people to the fair, there being 36 in the truck and 45, including children. The South Harford Dramatic club gave an entertainment entitled “Friday Afternoon at a District School,” at West Lenox on Friday evening.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Sometimes it rains and then it rains again.  We have had 25.20 inches of rainfall since the first day of April up to the first of September. One inch means 100 tons to the acre.


Silver Lake – Martin Hogan, for many years one of Silver Lake’s best farmers, has reached the allotted “three score and ten,” and, with the near impossibility to secure farm help [because of the war], advertises his fine farm for sale. The farm contains 100 acres of friable land, and 41 acres of hemlock timber. This would seem a splendid opportunity for some young man.


Burnwood/Uniondale – While riding to his work in Uniondale, Thomas Costello, aged 55 years, of Carbondale, was thrown from an automobile and received injuries which proved fatal, while he was being removed to the Emergency hospital in Carbondale. Costello was employed as a laborer, at Burnwood dam, near Burnwood, and was on his way to work when he was picked up by a motorist, who happened to be traveling in the same direction.


Jackson – Among the 450 eligible young men of our county called to Montrose this week, before the county examining board to complete the quota for army service, the following are from Jackson: M.C. Whitney, Guy Shay, R.L. DeWitt, Emory Schemerhorn, Rev. L.B. Bryden, Harry Benson, D.H. Bonner, H.D. Washburn and E.H. Everett.


Montrose – On Tuesday the James millinery shop was purchased by the Misses Strous, who immediately assumed possession. This shop has been established for a considerable period of years and has enjoyed a good trade. Misses Mollie and Margaret Strous will conduct the establishment, Miss Annah James being retained as trimmer. ALSO N.C. Warner was in Scranton on Monday to witness the departure of the Thirteenth Regiment, of which his son, Kenneth R. Warner, is a member, for Camp Hancock, Augusta, Georgia.


Franklin Twp. – Horace Townsend, of Franklin, has purchased a Chevrolet touring car from L.H. Sprout & Sons. Mr. Townsend is one of Franklin’s oldest and most progressive farmers and in adopting the automobile as a pleasure and business vehicle he is demonstrating, still further, his lifelong methods of constant advancement. Ready also for preparedness, he has sown a substantial acreage of spring and winter wheat.


Forest City – The high school ended its first week of the 1917-1918 term, with an enrollment of 109.  In 1912, when the school opened, enrollment was 44. Of the number enrolled this year, 16 are non-residents. Some out of town students have not enrolled because they have been unable to secure boarding places. Total enrollment in the high school and in the grades is 1198. ALSO William Burns, one of the best known men of this place, dropped dead while at work in the Clifford mine, about 11 this morning. He was leaning against a car and fell. When picked up life was extinct.  His body was removed in the ambulance to his home on North Main Street. Besides his wife he is survived by children: Mrs. Florence Evans, Binghamton; Mrs. Thomas Burnett, Wilkes-Barre; William, Thomas, Daniel, and Veronica, at home.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., September 13, 1817.

*DIED—In this Township [Bridgewater] on the night of the 11th inst., Jedadiah Hewet, in the 69th year of his age.

*R.B. LOCKERespectfully informs his friends and the public that he has taken a room in the Montrose Hotel, where he intends carrying on the TAYLORING BUSINESS in all its various branches.  He assures those who may please to favor him with their custom that no pains shall be spared to have the work done in the best manner and in the newest fashions and as reasonable as at any shop in the country. Montrose, Sept. 13, 1817.

*NOTICE.  PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY Given, that by order of the Orphan’s Court of the County of Susquehanna, will be sold by public vendue or out-cry, on Thursday the ninth day of October next, at ten o’clock in the forenoon of that day, a certain lot or tract of land, situate in the township of Great Bend & county of Susquehanna, containing one hundred acres be the same more or less, bounded by the Susquehanna River on the East, by land of Ichabod Buck on the South, by wild land on the West and by land of Almon Monson on the North, late the estate of John I. Way, deceased.  The sale will be held on the premises and the terms made known by William Thomson, administrator of said estate. By the Court.  JABEZ  HYDE, Jr. Clerk. Clerk’s Office, Montrose, September 8th, 1817.

*NOTICE. Taken out of the bar of the subscriber in Montrose on Thursday the 4th inst. a light colored Broad Cloath [cloth] GREAT COAT.  Whoever will return it to me or give information where it may be found shall be rewarded for their trouble. E. FULLER, Montrose, Sept. 10, 1817.

September 21 1917

September 21 (1917/2017)



Hallstead – One day last week Mrs. J.M. Simpson, of Main Street, was driving on the Steam Hollow road when she observed a large, black rattlesnake. With her were James R. Millard, of Buffalo, and his daughter, Mrs. V.D. Shaw, of Main Street. Not knowing how her horse might act when she saw the snake, Mrs. Simpson requested Mr. Millard to take the horse whip and kill the snake, while she held the horse. The snake was a large one and had 7 rattles and a button. The next morning Mrs. Simpson said that she was going after the mate to that snake, so about the same time of the day she drove to the spot where the first snake was killed and found the mate within about three ft. of where the first snake had been killed. She took the horse whip and struck the snake across the back, killing it. The second snake, which was a large yellow one, had 8 rattles and a button. Mr. Millard intends to take the two large skins to Buffalo and have them tanned. Mrs. Simpson brought the snake to town, tied behind her buggy, and from each one she secured one ounce of rattlesnake oil, which is quite valuable.


W. Clifford – School began here Sept 3rd, with Miss Marian Taylor, of Clifford, as teacher.


West Lenox – The new teachers from around here are: Walter Shamp, at the Howard; Frances Phillips, at the Acre; Gertrude Powers, at the Wright; Gertrude Squires, at the Titus; Lena Tingley, at the Lake; Wendell Phillips, at Rush; Eldridge Shoup*, at Hop “Bottom and Verna Tingley, in the primary room at Kingsley. *Was later called to report for Uncle Sam.


Harford – School is progressing nicely. The building is well filled and in one room the pupils have to sit three in a seat. There are seven teachers in the field this year. Some high school for Harford, eh? ALSO George Richardson has a large load in the “kid” wagon”—13 jolly boys and girls. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Ren Whitman were greeting friends at the Harford fair, having made the entire trip of 625 miles from their home at Detroit, Mich., in their automobile with an accident.


Montrose – Not in many years has this town witnessed such an outpouring of people. It is estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 citizens, coming from all parts of the country, gathered here to cheer the boys who have been called to fight for their country, and for us. Seventy-nine young men are in this first contingent, and as they lined up in the parade yesterday, in civilian clothes, untrained, fresh from farm, mine, store, office and factory, it was a thrilling spectacle. Tears dimmed the eyes of many a strong man and woman as the boys swung along with manly stride to the patriotic air of a band. They were all “our boys,” and though strangers to us, the little white ribbon pinned to each breast, on which was printed “My country has called me. I go to make the world safe for democracy,” brought an echo of sympathy from every heart. Every town and hamlet in the county had its representatives. ALSO  “The long hours of waiting that frequently fall to the lot of a unit in the trenches are not nearly so trying if the men have a good supply of books,” is the testimonial of an officer.  Contribute to the Library War Fund and help furnish the books.


Brooklyn – The importance of even one single word was emphatically illustrated the other day, when Mrs. C.A. Corson received a cablegram containing the single word, “Safe,” from her son, Lt. Dr. John Corson, who was recently shipped out to some English or French port. This was the first word received from him since he left the U.S. about three weeks ago.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. Ida M. Tiffany and Mrs. E.M. Loomis entertained at their summer home in honor of Mr. and Mrs. G. Ellwood Tiffany, who were recently married. The affair was a surprise.  The house was beautifully decorated with golden rod and Queen Ann’s lace, while the lawn was illuminated with Japanese lanterns.  The Hop Bottom band furnished music.  At a late hour refreshments were served to the 75 guests present, who were from Montrose, Binghamton, Hornell, Indiana, Hallstead and Foster.


Lake View – Newell Washburn, one of Uncle Sam’s fighting men, is home on a furlough.


New Milford – Wm. H. VanCott, B.M. Moore and N.B. Burdick, were mixed up in an automobile accident near Kirkwood. They had been to Binghamton in the afternoon and were returning in the evening. While rounding a curve, a short distance the other side of Kirkwood, one wheel of the car struck a post of the guard rail.  The wheel was torn from the car and the car tipped over on its side, spilling the occupants out and all were more or less injured.  Burdick had his left shoulder badly sprained and his head bruised. Moore had one rib cracked and VanCott, who was driving, escaped with only slight bruises. A passing auto took the men back to Binghamton and after having their wounds dressed, they returned home by train.


Susquehanna – The local basket ball team defeated the fast Starrucca team at the L.A.C. It is estimated more than 200 persons witnessed the interesting game, proceeds of which are for the local members of the draft army. An old-time favorite, Clarence Wright, was present and acted as referee in his faultless style.


Gelatt – One day last week Mrs. Harry Potter, who lives on the Ebenezer Witter farm, did a stunt that few women in this section can boast of. While returning from the field with her boys, they saw a gray fox around the poultry house. Mrs. Potter picked up a stick of wood and threw it, killing the fox.


Forest City – Ludwig Conrad went to Newport News, Va., Monday, in response to a recent letter received from his son, Allie, who left Fort Oglethorpe, GA, where he has been in training for several months, bound for Newport News, where it was expected his regiment would sail for France. Mr. Conrad, who is a veteran of the Civil War, will bid his son farewell and then go to the Soldiers’ Home at Hampton, VA, where he will be for the fall and winter. ALSO Nate Markovich, Cyrl Grum, Lukas Zagger and John Ostanak were in Scranton, Friday, to secure their nationalization papers. Their witnesses were John Dutchman, Wm. Gliha and Frank Teban.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, Sept. 20, 1817.

*Although the Election is at hand, we believe no man in Susquehanna county has yet publicly avowed an intention to vote for Joseph Heister. It is more than probable that Heister may have some few votes in this county, but those who may vote for him, for reasons best known to themselves” do not choose to express an opinion.” From present appearances we think that Mr. Heister ought not to calculate on more than 50 votes in this county. The Federalists here are too “high minded” to be led by discarded Democrats, they are not fond of dictation; hence they are silent, waiting for the nomination of a “federal candidate.” The Republicans do not consider the result of the election doubtful. They look upon Wm. Findlay already as Governor, wanting only the ceremonies of inauguration, they take no part in the electioneering struggles in the south, they do not consider themselves interested in the contest. Such Federalists as express opinions are decidedly in favor of Wm. Findlay, those who do not are invited to an attentive perusal of the first page of this paper, where will be found a subject quite interesting too most of the inhabitants of the Northern counties.  [Findlay was the 4th governor of PA to be elected in 1817, but was defeated by Hiester (correct spelling) in 1820. In 1821, he was elected as a Democratic Republican (later Jacksonian Democrat) to the United States Senate.] Wikipedia

September 28, 1917

September 28 (1917/2017)



Forest City – William Gliha has lost his naturalization papers. Anyone finding same will confer a favor by returning them. ALSO Edward Conrad of Delaware St. met with an accident while at work in the Clifford mine Monday morning. He was struck by a fall of rock and was badly injured about the lower part of the body.  He is doing as well as can be expected.


Ararat – Miss Wanda Olin has been quite ill the past week from an attack of appendicitis and her brother, LeGrande, is just getting around on crutches as the result of a fractured limb injured while at school. Their many friends hope for their speedy recovery.


Choconut – J.C. Lunn rushed into Justice Davies office and made complaint that one, Linda Burrell and Joseph Beagle, had stolen a heifer from his pasture, which belonged to his son, Theodore. A warrant was issued and the parties brought into court, when it developed that Mrs. Burrell was the divorced wife of J.C. Lunn, and she had given her son, Theodore, a calf two years ago, with the understanding that he remain with her till he was 21 years of age. But the boy had trouble with his mother’s husband, who being much larger than the boy, made it unpleasant and decided to depart and take up his abode with his father, taking the heifer with him. As soon as Mrs. Burrell discovered the loss and traced it, she got her brother, Joseph Beagle, to come from her home near Binghamton, to Montrose, by auto, bringing another man to drive the heifer home. The constable, with a warrant, overtook Mrs. Burrell and Beagle, but failed to capture the calf. Theodore was unable to satisfy the Justice that his equity in the heifer would warrant binding over his mother to court on a charge of larceny. They were discharged.


Silver Lake – The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Hill died at her home at Laurel Lake, Saturday. She had been suffering for a long time with the whooping cough. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, at the house. Burial was in Quaker Lake cemetery.


Uniondale – Evan Williams threshed his oats and the following night someone took a good portion of them without getting permission. Some bold ones have been pulled off in this vicinity lately.


South Montrose – At the M.L. Hinckley sale hay in the barn sold for $8.25 and $8.50 a ton. The cows sold for $50 to $75. There was much competition for the high bred bull calf, out of an advanced registry cow, and was struck off for $65.


Hopbottom – Glen A. and Claude J. Roberts are completing coal pockets which, for capacity appearance and convenience of customers, are unequalled in the county. The pockets are of cylindrical shape and will be filled from the [railroad] car direct by electric conveyors, and have a capacity exceeding 600 tons.


Springville – A large crowd met the train at the station on Friday, the 21st, to see and say good-bye to the 79 first Susquehanna drafted men to go to Uncle Sam. And if Kaiser William could only behold our noble boys, all in uniform, drawn up before him, I think he  would die of fright for such as he are always cowards. Many gave up their flags to the boys, for some had none; also they were presented with cigars, etc., from those loyal ones at home. ALSO N.M. Titman and family and L.D. Edwards and family will move to Binghamton next week, where they will work in a shoe factory.  We shall miss them and our best wishes go with them to their new home.


Susquehanna The Susquehanna Red Cross sent its first shipment of finished garments and bandages. With work from Great Bend and Hallstead, there was one case and nearly enough for a second, which as soon as the New Milford work is received will be completed. It will be sent directly on from New York to France, with no repacking. It contained six sets pajamas, four dozen hospital bed shirts, 84 operating leggings, eight dozen bed socks, three dozen knit wash cloths, nine dozen shoulder wraps, six fracture pillows and 32 dozen triangular bandages.


Elk Lake – Thomas Oliver is the first one of the boys of this community to be drafted.  He joined the contingent at Montrose that was going to Camp Meade, Md.


Montrose – Miss Helen Burns returned to Philadelphia on Sunday to attend the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, which opened on Sept. 25. The College of Pharmacy is the largest and oldest college of its kind in America. ALSO Contractor W.A. Clark came near meeting with a serious accident, when the steering gear of his car refused to act and he headed towards the Robinove store on Public avenue. The machine went over the high curbing, broke down a guard rail and the fender and axle rammed the stone steps near Lyons’ store with considerable force. Bruce Munger and Willard Langford were standing directly in line with the approaching machine, talking about the war, and thinking the auto would stop on reaching the curb. But it didn’t, and there was some lively scrambling to get out of the way. Bruce barked a shin and bruised a knee cap, while Willard escaped unscathed. The latter is a gunner on a merchant vessel traversing the submarine zone, and he expressed himself as anxious to leave our dangerous streets and get back to the quiet life of the man behind the gun.


Thompson – Charles Summer was fatally injured while assisting in threshing. He became entangled in the belt, both legs being so badly mangled that it was seen recovery was impossible. Drs. Goodwin and Moore, of Binghamton, amputated one leg, but while attending to the other the patient expired.


Middletown Twp. – Sherman Jones and his brother, Stephen Jones, were the only two from the same family who were in last Friday’s contingent of soldiers who went to Camp Meade. Another brother from this family is already in the army, having enlisted in Binghamton, while a fourth brother, Kelton, of Baltimore, is subject to draft. The boys’ father, Albert Jones, has but one son remaining to assist him on his large farm, and that a boy of but 13 years.


South Auburn – Hon. P.D. Overfield, of Los Angeles, Cal., has been visiting his brother, William Overfield, and other relatives in this locality.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, September 27, 1817.

*LEATHER. Isaac Post, has just received a large quantity of Soal and Upper leather; Harness and Bridle leather, Skirting and Calveskins, of the best quality; and also a large quantity of Window Glass, which he will sell on the most reasonable terms for Cash.  Any person can be accommodated who wishes to purchase to sell again.  He has also a general assortment of other goods.  Montrose, Sept. 20, 1817.

*CLOTH DRESSING. The subscriber begs leave to inform his friends and the public in general that he has erected a Fulling mill in the township of Newmilford which is now in operation; he has a well experienced workman & those who will please to favor him with their custom may Depend on having their work well done and on a reasonable notice.  IRA SUMMERS, New milford, Sept. 27, 1817.

*An ancient father being asked by a sober young man, how he should choose a wife, he answered him thus: When you see a flock of maids together, run blindfolded among them, and whoever you catch let her be your wife.  The young man told him that if he did so he might be deceived.  So you may, cried the old man, if your eyes are open; for in the choice of a wife you must not trust your own eyes.

October 05 1917

October 05 (1917/2017)



Eleven Young Men Answer Nation’s Call to War. Second contingent of drafted men leaves for Camp Meade, Maryland. They will go over the Lehigh Valley railroad, which leaves Montrose at 11:10. The young men in this contingent are: Harold L. Titman, Springville; William W. Booth, New Milford; Martin D. Howland, South Montrose; Angelo Zukero, Forest City; James J. Hickey, Little Meadows; Harold D. Smith, Springville; Paul E. Fives, Forest City; Fred J. Wolfert, Forest City; Thomas McCormick, Choconut; Thomas J. Reddon, Susquehanna; Henry H. Perry, Susquehanna.


Harford – Sergeant Henry S. Jones, son of State Senator E.E. (Good Roads) Jones, of Harford, and a member of the Lafayette Escadrille, brought down his first German airplane on Monday, while reconnoitering over the firing lines in France. Jones went to France about two years ago and served with the ambulance corps. Anxious for actual fighting, he entered the aviation school at Paris last October. He went on active duty on May 10, being immediately commissioned as a pilot because of his fine record at school. Only four other Americans have been so commissioned at the beginning. His instructor said “Jones took to the air like ducks to water.” ALSO Every morning between eight and nine, a goodly procession of school pupils are to be seen on our main road leading to Harford. Gilbert Baker drives the school bus (not kid wagon) which carries from 20 to 30 passengers. A number of single rigs are to be seen carrying two or more and those who live in walking distance are to be seen going a foot and two boys ride bicycles.


Clifford – A number of the friends of Mrs. Henrietta Felts decided to make her a visit. They were not invited nor expected, but while she was out calling, about 25 ladies invaded her home and were nicely situated to enjoy themselves when the owner arrived. She was certainly surprised. The visitors left as a memento various things of use.  The now willing hostess insisted on serving refreshments of cake. At a reasonable hour the callers departed, wishing many more natal days might pass over their friend’s head to add to the 70 already gone. ALSO All of the young folks of the village and some of the elder ones, held a corn roast in Greene’s sugar camp last Saturday night. All sorts of fun was indulged in except to roast corn.


Springville – Myron Kasson said the daft had taken three young men from his farm.  In his humorous way “Myron” remarked: “I’m going to give ‘em the dog next, and then quit farming.” Some farmers who have lost the aid of sons and hired help feel about the same way.


Montrose – Miss Sallie Courtright went to Ann Arbor, Mich. where she will be associated with a friend in conducting a millinery and dress-making establishment. Miss Courtright is a graduate of Pratt Institute and had a year’s experience in one of New York’s most fashionable designing and dress-making houses. Her friends here wish her every success in the new enterprise. ALSO The Library has received, from the National Emergency Food Garden Mission of Washington, a bundle of free storage manuals for distribution in the food saving campaign. The Commission is offering $5,000 in prizes for best canned vegetables grown in war gardens, which resulted in the organization of war garden exhibits throughout the country. An estimate says the women of the country have placed 460,000,000 jars of canned stuff on the pantry shelves this year and that all food conservation records have been broken.


Lawsville – The marriage of Miss Bertha Southworth to William Barnum, both popular young people of this place, was solemnized at Johnson City, on Sept. 26. They have begun life together in their cozy newly-furnished home near the creamery, where Mr. Barnum has held the position of buttermaker for some time.


Uniondale – Burns Lyons has invested in a Ford auto. Burns says the auto can be made to go faster than a horse but there is not the satisfaction that one has to saying “whoa” to a lively steed. ALSO The Lyon street school, is well attended by pupils who prefer a smaller school than to ride several miles to a larger one. There are 28 pupils enrolled and the attendance is almost perfect. ALSO Douglas & Yale are tearing down the building formerly occupied by A.M. Knapp as a blacksmith shop, near the stone bridge. It is an old landmark, being built more than 50 years ago and occupied until recently.


Forest City – Forest City, a well know oasis, gave Mr. Denney [for judge] 431 votes and slighted Mr. Smith, who was able to muster but 110 votes in the whole bloomin town.  Susquehanna gave Denney 245 to 196 for Smith. Uniondale, a temperance center, gave Denney 31 and Smith 5. With these figures in mind, it is difficult to determine what part the liquor matter played with the voters. The flirtation with the “wets” and “drys” will likely continue till the general election. Perhaps both Mr. Denney and Mr. Smith would be much more happy “were the other dear charmer away.”


Dimock – The funeral of W.G. Thornton, an aged man of Lindaville, formerly of this place and veteran of the Civil War, who was badly wounded there in the hip, was held at the M.E. church, here, Friday afternoon last, Rev. Vaughn of Brooklyn, preaching a very able sermon. Burial was in the Dimock cemetery nearby. [Wm. G. Thornton was a member of Co.H. 143d Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.  Mustered in 1862; discharged on serg. certif. in 1864.]


Susquehanna – The Red Cross in this town seems to lack greatly in workers, at its rooms in the Chemical Co.’s building, and church people of all denominations were urged to come out and help. In nearly every other town and hamlet, names of all members of the Red Cross were published and interest thus awakened, contributed to make a large number feel a stronger desire, both to pay the $1/00 to join the Society, and to unite in its great work.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, October 2, 1817.

*NOTICE. The subscribers for Stock in the Milford and Owego Turnpike Road Company are required to pay the balance due on their respective subscriptions, to the Treasurer, by the first day of November next. By order of the Board. PUTNAM CATLIN, Treasurer. Montrose, Sept. 20, 1817.

*LIST OF LETTERS Remaining at the Post Office at Montrose, October 1st, 1817.

Sayre & Mulford, Wm. C. Turrel, Charles Fraser, Aron Blakesly, Rhodolphus Potter, Thomas Thompson, Wm. H. Spencer, John Palmer, Daniel Foster, P. H. Bostwick, Cornelius Wood, Nancy Cook, Wm. Lawrence, Mecom [Meacham] Maine, Isaac Deuel, John Burnham 2, Sally Crane, Ezra Shove, James Wells, Samuel Wilson, Alby Bostwick, Ezekiel Griffis, Alexander Milroy, Henry Park & Benjamin Blakesly.

*NOTICE. PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY Given, that by Orphan’s Court of the County of Susquehanna, will be sold by pubic venue or out cry, on the first Monday of November next, at ten o’clock in the forenoon of that day, a certain lot or tract of land, situate in the township of Great Bend & County of Susquehanna, containing one hundred acres be the same more or less, bounded by the Susquehanna River on the East, by land of Ichabod Buck on the South, by wild land on the West and by land of Almon Monson on the North, late the estate of John I. Way, deceased.  The sale will be held on the premises and the terms made known by William Thomson administrator of said estate.  By the Court, JABEZ HYDE, Jr. Clerk. Sept. 8th, 1817.

*HYMENIAL. MARRIED – on the 28th Sept. Mr. Isaac. D. Stewart of Bridgewater to Miss Mary Lampson, late of Vermont.

October 11 1917

October 11 (1917/2017)



Montrose – Montrose has three brothers, all living, and all having spent practically their whole lives here, who served in the Civil War, all seeing actual service on the battlefield. They are ex-Postmaster Edson S. Warner, aged 83; Fletcher Warner, age 80 and Capt. Chas. N. Warner, age 78.  They were the three sons of a family of seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Warner and spent their childhood days on the homestead farm, in Bridgewater township, just east of Montrose, near Jones’ Lake, now called Lake Montrose. Edson, the first day out of Camp Curtin, was severely injured, having an arm crushed by a supply train wagon, which overturned. He came very near losing this member—in fact the arm would have been amputated had not one young army surgeon persisted in an effort to save it, and his effort proved successful.  When he had recovered he returned to the service.  Fletcher was wounded at the battle at South Mountain, in 1862, having one of his ankle bones severed by a Rebel bullet.  The wound bled profusely, and he came near losing his life.  His brother, Capt. Chas. N. Warner, who was in another company, also in the battle, heard that his brother had been wounded and came to his assistance.  The wounded man was carried to a barn, and after much trouble a surgeon was secured. The number of surgeons was greatly inadequate to the needs of the Union army during the Civil War. His wounds were dressed and the patient taken to the hospital.  Capt. Chas. N. Warner, the youngest of the three, was a graduate of West Point, we believe the only West Point man in the county today.  Upon leaving West Point, he was made a Captain.  Ex-Postmaster Edson Warner was also promoted to the rank of Captain. [Brian R. McEnany published his book For Brotherhood & Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862, on 2015, after years of researching the members of this class. Charles N. Warner, Montrose, was an 1862 graduate and his letters and diaries, from 1859 to 1865, were studied by Mr. McEnany and used for this book. McEnany was a graduate of the West Point class of 1962. He received the Eugene Feit Award for Civil War History in 2016.]


Herrick Center – Peter Clark, aged 64 years, died on Spt. 26, at Flynn’s hotel, where he had lived for the past few years.  He had been a resident of this town for many years, being foreman of the Erie section hands for several years.  He was unmarried and is survived by one sister, Mrs. Kate Kelly.  The funeral was held at the Catholic church, Pleasant Mount, and interment at same.


East Great Bend – Lieut. Fred Brush has been appointed executive medical officer of the U. S. naval training station at Pelham Bay, NY, where thousands of seamen are being consistently trained.


Hallstead – Eugene F. Wilmot was formerly the conductor on the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna, but for the past seven years has lived in Hallstead, where he resided previous to coming to Montrose.  His health has not been good for some months past, but “gene” as always, puts his best foot forward and “puts all his troubles in his old kit pack, and smiles.”


Dimock – Leslie Barnes, who moved to Wilkes-Barre last spring, has purchased the blacksmith shop of his father here and will soon move back to his own home when vacated by Cecil Treible, who will move to Tunkhannock and will work in the lumber woods. ALSO W.J. Cronk has built a large addition to his feed store.


Jefferson Junction – A disastrous wreck, due to a rear-end crash, occurred on the D&H railroad at this place, Saturday morning, due it is stated to the mistake of the tower man at Stevens’ Point.  Seven cars were burned, a number of others piled up in a mess covering both tracks, and the engine of one of the fast freights badly smashed and turned over on its side on the southbound track. The train crews escaped without injury by jumping through conductor London and a brakeman who were in the caboose of the coal train, [and] had an exceedingly close call.


Dundaff– Misses Florence Morgan and Helen Bond and Messrs. Ryan Cobb and Harry Millard, were victims of an automobile accident at Johnson City, Sunday afternoon. Something went wrong with the brakes and as a result the car toppled over twice, but fortunately the occupants were thrown out. Miss Morgan sustained a severe cut on the head requiring 26 stitches to bring to place. Miss Bond received a bad cut over the eye. Mr. Cobb was picked up in an unconscious condition.  He received cuts about the face. Mr. Millard was not injured but was badly shocked. The ladies were removed at once to a hospital in Binghamton where their injuries were cared for.  Messrs. Millard and ‘Cobb returned home late Sunday evening. The young ladies are still in the hospital, but from reports are doing as well as can be expected. [Another newspaper has three of the occupants from Uniondale and Ryan Cobb from Carbondale. Also Helen Bond was listed as Helen Barnes.]


Susquehanna – John B. Waidler, Edward J. Cruise, John C. Rifenbury, Harry Thomas Casey, Max Eugene Norton, Victor A. Hurley and Robert Bernard Johnson, all of this place, will leave for Camp Meade, Maryland, Friday October 12, 1917.


North Bridgewater – A double wedding was solemnized last Saturday evening, Oct. 6, 1917, at the Baptist parsonage, by Rev. Claude G. Langford, when Mr. Geo. B. Holbrook and Miss Mary E. Pickering, and Mrs. Enoch C. Holbrook and Miss Lillis H. Strang were united in matrimony. They are among the most popular young people of North Bridgewater, and are receiving congratulations from a host of friends.


Springville – Davis Layton, Tennyson Messerole and Storm Kilts started Monday morning for California. They will make the trip by auto.  They have taken tent and all the paraphernalia for such a trip. Expect to be about a month on the way.


News Brief: The post office department has issued these instructions: “Postmasters shall, on and after November 2, see that postage is paid at the rate of three cents an ounce or fraction thereof on letters and other first class matter, except drop letters and foreign mail.  Postal cards are required to be prepaid two cents and therefore the one cent postal cards must have a one cent postage stamp affixed to them in addition to the one-cent stamp impressed on each card.  Post Cards (private mailing cads) bearing written messages must have two cents postage prepaid on them.”


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

*Regimental Orders.  The Regimental staff and commissioned officers of the 76th Regiment Pennsylvania Militia are directed to meet at Edward Fullers Montrose on Monday the 20th of October next at ten o’clock A.M. for the purpose of military discipline agreeable to the 16th section of the militia law of this Commonwealth. FREDK. BAILEY Col. 76th Regt., P.M.  September 18, 1817.

*A PIOUS TRAP INDEED!! The federalists in Luzerne County have nominated George Lane, who we understand is a Methodist preacher, for member of Assembly, in hopes thereby to gull those of that sect to vote for their candidate.  Now, gentlemen, this will not go down with the Methodists in this County; as they are almost to a man Democratical Republicans; and, although they may admire M. Lane’s religious sentiments, they do not feel disposed to join with him in politics, at least not until he renounces his federal principles.  Therefore, gentlemen, you might as well keep your pious electioneer’s at home.

October 19 1917

October 19 (1917/2017)



Herrick Twp. – Joseph Tonkin, one of the most highly respected residents of Herrick township, met death by being struck by the engine of a fast moving freight train on Saturday. He owned property on both sides of the railroad track. The crossing was in need of repairs and he was engaged in fixing it when the train bore down on him. He was thrown some distance and was picked up by the section gang and taken to his home. Mr. Tonkin was afflicted with deafness and probably did not hear the approaching train. Deceased was born in Cornwall, England in 1846 and came to this country when 6 years old. He lived in Herrick most of his life, with the exception of 8 years spent in the west, assisting in the construction of the Great Northern Railway from Dakota to Seattle, being employed in the dangerous task of delivering the mail. He was a man of honor and integrity, kind and hospitable and ever ready to aid any good cause.


Thompson – The Red Cross work is proving a great success in Thompson, everyone seems interested and the ladies are improving all of their spare time in knitting and otherwise. The meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays are looked forward to as a sort of “Red Letter” day to many of us when we can get together and have a little social time and yet be doing something that will be of such value and comfort to the soldier boys away on the battle fields. The work room is so pleasant, so cozy and comfortable that it is really a pleasure that we all look forward to and by the way, the ladies of the Red Cross tender a copious-shower of thanks to the I.O.O.F. for so kindly offering us their hall for our work room and we wish to have it definitely understood that we do most assuredly appreciate their kindness in giving us the use of it free of charge.


Forest City – Joseph Mazuhowski is in receipt of a letter from Frank S. Wisneski, who enlisted shortly after the outbreak of the war. The letter is dated “Somewhere in France,” and shows marks of the censor. Many passages are clipped out and very little information is given.  He states that there are ten beside himself from Forest City in his regiment. He is a member of Co. I, 23rd Reg’t, A.E.F.  Among the Forest City boys he names are John and Fred Strach, Stephen Lupyak, Joseph Stannulas, and a son of George Payne of Richmondale. 


Uniondale – Sidney Osborne, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on the Belmont turnpike between here and Orson, Tuesday morning, of general debility. He had been in poor health for some time. His aged companion is very low, and fears are entertained that she will not recover.


Franklin Hill – Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Harrington and Florist, W.W. Nash and daughter, Mrs. F.N. Felker, of Montrose, attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Julia J. Looker, at Franklin Hill, on Tuesday. Mrs. Harrington was a sister-in-law of the deceased. Mr. Nash, as a young man, lived with the family for some years and had been a lifelong friend.


Great Bend – The Rossville Silk Mill Co., of Binghamton, will soon open a branch silk mill in this place. William J. Day’s stone factory building has been rented for the purpose. Workmen are now making repairs to the structure, and as soon as completed it is expected work of installing machinery will be started. The new mill will give employment to many local people.


Hallstead – The silk mill here, operated by the Meisch Manufacturing Co., is an important industry in the town. The owners are considering building a larger plant, with double the capacity of the present mill. It is planned to run a free bus from Great Bend to New Milford, to accommodate the employees to and from the mill every day,


Jessup Twp. – The Bolles School opened this year with 8 boys and 4 girls in attendance. The following have not missed a day during this month: Meta Harvey, Helma Snell, Norma Sivers, Paul Snell, George Harvey, Bruce Harvey, Francis Sivers, Leon Warner and Franklin Warner.


Hop Bottom – There have been a great many rumors afloat to the effect that Dr. Van De Sand had been arrested as a German spy, had been found taking pictures of the Nicholson viaduct for the German government, etc.  During all this time Dr. Van de Sand and wife were in Wisconsin visiting his brother, which shows the absurdity of the stories.  Mr. Van de Sand tells us that he has never been detained for a single moment in all his travels, and regards the whole matter as quite humorous.


Susquehanna and vicinity – The following marriage licenses have been issued: Arthur N, Thompson, Oakland and Lucile A. Warner, Susquehanna; Frank Powers, Susquehanna and Pearl Skinner, Oakland Boro.


Snake Creek – The Lawsville creamery is turning out nearly 1000 pounds of butter every other day and paid 56 cents for butter fat for September. ALSO A new concrete bridge is under construction at Lawsville by the State Highway Department.


Montrose – There appears to be a large crop of chestnuts, the recent heavy frosts having opened up the burrs.  The small boy is happy.


News Brief: Civil War widows are lifting up their hearts and voices in praise and thanksgiving to dear old Uncle Sam for the new pension law which went into effect Oct. 6th. ALSO Now that Uncle Sam has the young men of the country in training for military service, he finds that he needs 10,000 typewriter operators and stenographers and typewriters, both men and women, for the departments at Washington. While examinations are now held weekly in 450 cities, arrangements will be made to have an examination held at any accessible place where a small class of applicants can be secured. The entrance salaries range from $900 to $1200 a year. This is a splendid opportunity to serve your country.


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

*NOTICE. Public Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Nathan Mitchell late of the township of New Milford in the County of Susquehanna, deceased, that Mary Mitchell administratrix and Seth Mitchell administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said deceased, have filed their account of the administration of the estate aforesaid in the Register’s Office, & that the same will be presented to the Orphans’ Court of the said County for confirmation and allowance on the first Monday of December next at the Courthouse in Montrose. JABEZ HYDE, Jr. Reg’r. Register’s Office, Montrose, October 16th 1817.

*NOTICE. All persons indebted to the estate of Joel Hickox, late of Springville township, deceased, are requested to make immediate payment; and all who have demands against said estate will present their accounts properly attested for settlement. MARY HICKOX, Admr’x. SPENCER HICKOX, Adm’r. Springville, Oct. 18, 1817.

*One Spur Enough – An Irish gentleman went into a hardware shop in Baltimore, some time since, & enquired of the shopkeeper if he had spurs?  The shopkeeper said he had—the gentleman said he wanted to buy one—the merchant observed, I suppose you want a pair, sir? Not at all, says he, for by my soul, you know, if one side of the horse goes, the other side must!

October 26 1917

October 26 (1917/2017)



Montrose – The Susquehanna County No-License League, in carrying out its policy of an educational temperance speaking campaign, has planned to have a number of prominent men speak in the county. They have been in touch with William Jennings Bryan and he has suggested that as he cannot come into the county this year that they make any use possible of his address to the voters of Ohio. ALSO Invitations have been issued for the marriage of Miss Margaret MacIntire, of Overbrook, to Mr. George Carlton Shafer, of Montrose, on Thursday, the 8th of November, at Overbrook, Penna. ALSO Although past 88 years of age and suffering from rheumatism, Judge Denney’s mother is daily actively engaged in knitting for the soldiers. While her infirmities will not permit her leaving her room, her hands will not remain idle, and the busy clicking of the needles brings comfort to some soldier boy in the camp or field.  She comes of a family of soldiers. Her grandfather was a Revolutionary patriot; her father fought in the War of 1812, and a brother was in the Civil War. The passing of the years has not dulled her love of country.


Elk Lake – A.J. Hay sold the wool and two lambs from one ewe that netted him $35.50.  It pays to keep sheep.


Great Bend – Lieut. Fred Brush, son of A.G. Brush, of East Great Bend, has received the appointment of Executive Surgeon to the U.S. Naval Reserve Training Station, Pelham Park, NY, where 8000 men are soon to be in training. The Great Bend Plaindealer states that he will be acting medical head. This is the biggest thing yet given a Reserve Doctor.


Forest City – Prof. F.H. Taylor, principal of the school of this place, has announced his candidacy for the office of County Superintendent of schools of Susquehanna county.  Prof. Taylor was for several years principal of the Meshoppen and Auburn High Schools and has many friends hereabouts who would like to see him elected to the office. He is a native of this county, being born, we believe, at South Auburn.


Silver Lake - It is hardly believable, but a fact, nevertheless, that thousands of dollars-worth of crops will go to waste in Susquehanna county this fall because of the inability of farmers to secure help to harvest them. John Grubbins, of Silver Lake township, told us that he has apples to pick, nine acres of corn to husk, and potatoes in the ground, but that he could not secure help to save them. He said many other farmers in Silver Lake were in just as bad shape. To let very high-priced foods, gown, ready for gathering, go to waste seems almost a crime. Could not the men and women in towns organize to help gather these crops? Suppose that the stores, offices and mills and factories should part with a part of their help just for a few days? Could not the boys in the schools be excused to save this almost certain waste: Gather the crops by all means.


Dimock – Ashley Button, an aged man of Springville, is reported dangerously ill at his home, with no hopes of recovery. ALSO J. Estus and son have rented the Palmer garage, near the feed store, and are now ready to furnish gasoline for all cars and do general repairing.


Hop Bottom – The teachers returning home by way of the South Gibson stage last Saturday afternoon had a thrilling experience and narrow escape, when a part of the stage broke, letting it free from the horses, while on the steep hill just out of Foster. The wagon was overturned, but no serious injuries were reported, though all were badly shaken and scared.  Austin’s auto, of Brooklyn, was chartered to carry the passengers on their homeward journey. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Parley Lord, of Pasadena, Cal., who visited at Dr. A.J. Taylor’s last week, left for their western home, accompanied by Mrs. Elizabeth Breed. They were to travel by auto to Chicago. ALSO - The apple factory, which has not been in operation for a number of years, reopened last Monday and is running full blast.


Springville – Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Taylor and four children, after spending four years as missionaries in China, are home on a year’s furlough. Mr. Taylor gave an interesting talk at the M.E. church Sunday evening. [The Taylor’s were parents of Maurice and Ralph Taylor of Montrose.]


Richardson Mills, Harford Twp. – Miss Mary Percey died Sunday night at 11 o’clock.  The funeral will be held at the schoolhouse here on Tuesday, at 11 o’clock, with burial at Harford.


Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – Harold Davis and mother were taking a load of milk to Springville, when a clip came out of the whiffletree, letting the load on to the horses. Harold pluckily held on to the reins and was dragged over the dashboard. Mrs. Davis jumped and just escaped hitting her head on a large stone. The rig ran upon a bank and upset, spilling the milk.  Harold escaped with the bone of one of his legs badly splintered.


West Lenox – The Tower family gave the West Lenox church a new organ, and it will be dedicated next Sunday. Everyone is invited to attend.


Uniondale – Henry W. Reese, a veteran of the Civil War, expects to leave next week for Johnson City, Tenn. where he will spend the winter at the soldiers’ home and Jerry G. Wescott, of South Gibson, for many years a resident of Forest City, expects to leave in a few days for the

same place.


Thompson – Stanley Gillett, youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Ross Gillett, met with quite a serious accident while riding his motorcycle. He ran into a mud hole which caused the accident, seriously injuring his left knee. He also sustained other injuries. The accident happened at the noon hour, while he, in company with other schoolmates, was enjoying a spin on Pine street.


Clifford – F.A. Rivenburg and wife and Mrs. Jane Wells leave this week for their winter home in Sea Breeze, Fla.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, October 25, 1817.

*LOST. On the 2d of Oct. inst. between the fifth and tenth mile tree on the Milford and Owego Turnpike, a Red Morocco Pocket Book, containing the following notes, viz: - one against W. Gragg of forty dollars; one against John Elsworth of forty dollars; two against Solomon Dimock, one of thirty dollars and the other twenty-one dollars and some cents—one against Liba J. Spring of thirty-two dollars and thirty-eight cents; one against Samuel Taggert of eighteen dollars; one against Jonathan Greene of six dollars, and a deed of a piece of land. The drawers of said notes are hereby forbid paying said notes to any body except the subscriber. Any person finding said pocket book and leaving the same at Mr. Clark’s printing office, or with the subscriber, shall be rewarded. MICHAEL DOW. Oct. 23, 1817.

*Save Your Jack! The subscriber offers to sell his FARM, situate only half a mile from the thriving village of Montrose—The Wilkes-Barre & Chenango Turnpike runs directly across it. There is in the farm 140 acres, between 80 and 90 acres under improvement, and a good orchard, large enough to make 50 barrels of cider annually. For particulars enquire of the subscriber on the premises.  STEPHEN WILSON. Oct. 23, 1917.

*LOOK OUT GIRLES. A market for Dairy-women.  An opulent farmer on the banks of West River, near Annapolis, Md., Requested a traveler from this vicinity to send him a good dairy-woman—gravely observing that he would give a thousand dollars for a girl who could make a good cheese. The traveler replied that we did not sell that kind of stock In New England. The old man concluded, by his advice, to send his son to get a N. England wife; and the young man is directed to choose a wife by tasting her cheese. So girls, look out!

November 02 1917

November 02 (1917/2017)



Montrose – Samuel Katz has moved to Binghamton where he will continue in the business of buying junk. ALSO Lee, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Noble, who was severely burned by contact with an electric wire some weeks ago, continues to suffer from the injury. The little fellow was playing on the Fairgrounds when he noticed the wire dangling close to the ground and grasping it was severely shocked by the high voltage. One hand was seriously burned.


Oakley, Harford Twp. – Geo. Tripp had 25 bushels apples and 50 heads of cabbage stolen. ALSO In Harford the question was asked, “Did you see the aeroplane pass over Harford, Saturday night?  We understand that one went over the town just at dusk.”


South Auburn – Mrs. G.B. Crawford is failing very rapidly. AND At Auburn 4 Corners they acknowledge that winter is coming. We had some snow. The death of Raville Harris occurred Oct. 26, 1917, in his 82nd year.  He had lived in the neighborhood all of his long life and for many years was an efficient auctioneer at public sales.


Dimock – Mrs. C.F. Warner, of Dimock, is with her son, Benj. Warner, of Union NY for the winter, her grandson, Virgil VanCamp, coming over and taking her to Union in his automobile.  Mrs. Warner is 93 years of age and her health is quite good, and was not greatly tired by the trip to Union. She was accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Julia VanCamp, who visited her sons, Virgil, of Johnson City, and Earl, of Binghamton. ALSO The condition of the so-called State road from Dimock to Montrose is simply scandalous.


Bradford County – We find the following interesting item in the Meshoppen Enterprise: Old mother earth is to be punctured again up in Bradford County in hopes of finding oil. This time the hole will be rammed downward in the vicinity of Macedonia 4 Corners to the depth of 4,000 ft., so report says, unless the sought for oil or gas is found up nearer the crust of this terrestrial sphere. Upwards of 10,000 acres of land have been leased. The contract has been let for drilling the first hole and lumber ordered for the derrick and engine house. Here’s hoping they strike a gusher equal to any in the Texas field.


Silver LakeD.F. Donovan was greeting his many friends in Montrose, his first visit to the County Seat in three years. Although always cordially received here, Mr. Donovan misses many of the older faces which have joined the silent majority, among whom we might mention, Wm. Post, A.H. McCollum, A.J. Gerrittson, Judges McCollum and Searle, and many others with whom Mr. Donovan was on familiar terms for years. Mr. Donovan is well preserved for one of his years, but says he has a great preference for home now-a-days. He is a splendid companion.


Susquehanna – Comedy entitled “Jimmie’s Aunt Jane,” will be given at the Hogan Opera House, Nov. 1&2, under direction of Mr. Wooden. It is under the auspices of the Barnes Memorial Hospital and a large attendance is hoped for both dates. ALSO U.G. Baker, who has been editor of the Towanda Daily Review Since 1907, has purchased the Susquehanna Transcript & Weekly Ledger. Editor Baker is a capable newspaper man.


Rhiney Creek – Wm. Wilbur, an aged resident of Rhiney Creek, had a narrow escape while in Montrose recently. In turning out for a passing automobile, on the crossing, he was struck by a motor hand-car, throwing him out of the wagon, breaking one rib and otherwise shaking him up. Two wheels were torn off his wagon and harness broken quite badly. ALSO Mrs. Louise Fish started with some friends for an auto trip to Buffalo. When they got to Bath, NY, they came in contact with a snow storm with snow 8 inches deep. The consequence was, the auto trip was abandoned and they returned home.


East Rush – Mr. & Mrs. Herman Hollister entertained a company of young people a few evenings ago, and they husked corn for a pass-time, after which they spent a few hours in playing games.


Hop Bottom – At the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hortman, Oct. 25, occurred the wedding of their daughter, Bertha, and Mr. Grover Lawrence. Mrs. Lawrence has been engaged in teaching for several years. They will reside in Oneida, NY where Mr. Lawrence is engaged in business with the Grand Union Tea Co.


East Lynn – The following have been neither late nor absent during the entire month at the East Lynn School: Verda Button, Bessie Teel, Reba Miller, Bessie Hunt, Francis Hunt, Helen Ward, Irene Ward, Donald Parks, Floyd Pratt, Leon Sutton and Hugh Parks.


Forest City – Michael Kaslowski, of Dundaff St., was fatally injured in the Gray slope of the Hillside Coal and Iron Company by a fall of rock. He was working alone in the chamber when the accident occurred and it is supposed that he was under the debris for several hours before he was discovered.  He was born in Lithuania 43 years ago and for the past 16 years had been a highly respected resident of Forest City. Besides his wife he is survived by four children, George, William, Martin and Emma. ALSO The following is a letter sent to the Forest City News correcting an article they had printed the week previous: “I wish to say that Paul R. Barriger never was a member of a Bucktail regiment. He was a lieutenant in Co. B., 143d Pa. Vol. (my Co.). It was brigaded with two Bucktail regiments, the 149th and the 150th. The regiment referred to in the item was the old Bucktails who entered the service in ’61 or spring of ’62 and I think were from the western part of the state. We, the 143rd, enlisted in August, ’62, mainly from Luzerne co. About 150 went from Susquehanna County and a few from Wyoming county to fill up the regiment. Lt. Barriger made harness at Clifford Corners in the late 60’s, later at Uniondale and now (if alive) at Great Bend, Pa., I think. Signed A.A. Abers, Clifford. [Paul Barriger died in August of 1923 in Jackson. His death notice repeated that he served with the famous “Bucktail” regiment during the Civil War.]


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

*NOTICE.  Public notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Edmund Stone late of the township of Bridgewater, in the county of Susquehanna, deceased, that Raphael Stone administrator of all & singular the goods & chattels, rights and credits which were of the said deceased, hath filed his account of the administration of the estate aforesaid in the Register’s Office for the County of Susquehanna, at Montrose, & that the same will be presented to the Orphans’ Court of the said County for confirmation and allowance on the first Monday of December next at the Courthouse in Montrose.  JABEZ HYDE, Jr. Reg’r. October 30, 1817.

*ALMANACS for the Year of our Lord 1818, Just received and for sale at this office.  Also a variety of Blank & Writing Books.

*List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office at Montrose, October 1st, 1817. Sayre & Mulford, Wm. C. Turrel, Charles Fraser, Aron Blakesly, Rhodolphus Potter, Thomas Thompson, Wm. H. Spencer, John Palmor, Daniel Foster, P. H. Bostwick, Cornelius Wood, Nancy Cook, Wm. Lawrence, Mecom Maine, Isaac Deuel, John Burnham 2, Sally Crane, Ezra Shove, James Wells, Samuel Wilson, Alby Bostwick, Ezekiel Griffis, Alexander Milroy, Henry Park & Benjamin Blakesly.

November 09 1917

November 09 (1917/2017)



County News –Andrew B. Smith has been chosen Judge of Susquehanna Co. by a majority of around 600 votes. There are one or two more districts yet to be heard from, but they will not materially change the figures. Fred A. Mack, who has served as Deputy in the Prothonotary office for several years, was elected to succeed W.H. Foster. ALSO Every farmer in the county should breed every sow he has. Even if he doesn’t have the feed for an unusual number of little pigs, there will be a ready market for all he can raise and at prices that will be highly profitable. The country is crying for fats today and hogs are the quickest medium through which the demand can be supplied. And we can’t have the hogs unless we get the little pigs first. Don’t butcher a sow this fall. Have her do her bit.


Hallstead – The “booze” gang of the “Hollow” is getting to be regular Saturday night events. The running of horses and loud shouting, disturbing residents along their route, should give the State Police some business.


Susquehanna – Walter Miller visited his brother, Allan D. Miller, for one day. Mr. Miller recently received a commission as lieutenant in the Aviation Corps, and he esxpects to be assigned to service in France. ALSO The Erie Hose ball to be given in the interest of the Red Cross is going to be the big event here in November.


Springville – A well-attended Hallowe’en social was held at the school house, Wednesday night. Nearly all were in mask and were laughable in their many kinds of “make-ups.” A grand march, prizes and refreshments and entertainment were all very good.


Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. McKeage, Sr., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home last Saturday. They were married in Brooklyn, NY in 1857 and after a wedding trip went to Clarksville, Tenn., where they made their home. Fifteen years ago they came to Montrose and settled here. Mr. McKeage was a commissioned officer of the Confederate army and was one of three men chosen by the authorities to stay at Clarksville and protect the women and children, the men of the town being in the service. After many threats to burn the town, Mr. McKeage surrendered to General Grant. They passed through many thrilling experiences and Mrs. McKeage states that the grey nosed gun boats coming up the Cumberland could produce as varied emotions as the modern battle ship. She tells of some of the residents being so anxious that the signal of the white flag should not be misunderstood, when the ships rounded the curve in the river, rushed out and waved sheets as a sign of peace. After the fall of Fort Donolson, Mrs. McKeage spent many weeks caring for wounded confederate and federal soldiers. Sixteen children blessed this home and nine are living. Mr. and Mrs. McKeage have a large circle of friends who join in best wishes for many happy returns of the day.


Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Orchard Ass’n. has been loading a car of apples to send to Indiana.


South Montrose – The South Montrose Red Cross will hold a pie social at the Red Men’s Hall, the evening of Nov. 14. Each lady is requested to bring her favorite pie.


Glenwood – Friday afternoon five young men, all strangers in this vicinity, between the age of 21 and 25, removed a window glass and entered G.N. Bennett’s store, helping themselves. They started for Scranton, the Deputy Constable, Will Bennett and C.W. Hoppe following them in pursuit, overtaking them near Waverly. They were brought to Hop Bottom for a hearing before the Justice, pleaded guilty, and were taken to Montrose and placed in the care of Sheriff Taylor to await the action of the grand jury. Their excuses were that they could not find work and were hungry and wanted tobacco. Whether they are evading the draft act is not known, but hope Uncle Sammy can find employment for them. ALSO The G.A.R. veterans of Captain Lyons Post, No 85, and families, the Sons of Veterans of Russell Phillips camp, 189, and families, held their annual oyster dinner at the old hall last Saturday.  About 150 were present.


Uniondale – W.D. Webster, of Scranton, has purchased of R.W. Tennant, a half interest in the feed and coal business here and the firm hereafter will be known as Tennant & Webster. ALSO Steps were taken to remove a citizen of this town to the asylum at Blakely. It is alleged that he is suffering from an unbalanced mind. He seems to be possessed of the idea that he is possessed of great wealth and for the past week has purchased considerable real estate, wagons, and trucks. The poor authorities took him in charge. He was regarded as an industrious citizen and it is hoped he may soon recover.


Forest City – The town was startled Tuesday morning by a loud report when J.P. Murray’s gasoline wagon exploded. Mr. Murray was at J.C. Murray’s blacksmith shop to have repairs made on the tank, which was empty and not thinking of danger had his team hitched to the wagon. J.C. Murray was on the tank working when for some cause unknown the explosion took place. He was thrown to the front of the shop in a dazed condition. His face was burned and the hair fell from his head in chunks. He did not realize the situation and began rubbing his face until stopped by friends and soon received proper attention. Charles McCumber and Clark Stanton were in the shop at the time and were driven backwards by the concussion. Thomas Shaw, the blacksmith, was thrown behind the forge. Singular as it may appear, the horses never moved an inch. The seat and blankets were thrown over their heads, the seat landing in fragments about 20 ft. from the wagons and the blankets about 50 ft. away. 


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, November 8, 1817.

*We have had no mail this week, which of course leaves us destitute of any important news. The failure of it, we do not know how to account for, as we understand it came to Tunkhannock— But if it did not, it ought not to excuse the carrier for not coming on this route; as he is bound to bring the mail weekly from Tunkhannock to the Great Bend and to convey it from that place back to Tunkhannock. –Now, by his neglect, we not only fail in receiving the Southern mail, but the Northern also; and yet he is paid for conveying both. Such gross neglect ought no longer to be put up with. The public suffer enough, at best, in the mail establishment; and if the Carriers are suffered to neglect their duty, we had better have no mail at all. 

*Mr. A. Dart Wishes to inform the public that he has established in the town of Montrose, (at the sign of the Gilded Coach, in Mechanics Hall) a manufactory for making Freight Waggons & Sleighs. He will also manufacture all kinds of double and single Pleasure Carriages, on the newest drafts and in the first stile of workmanship. N.B. He will do all kinds of ornamental painting and gilding in the genteelest manner. Montrose. Nov. 8, 1817.

*Sheriff Sales. By virtue of two writs of vend. expo. Issued out of the court of common pleas of Susquehanna county, to me directed, will be exposed to sale at public vendue at the Court House in Montrose on Monday the 24th day of Nov. inst. at ten o’clock A.M. all the right, title and interest of Derick Cobb to a certain tract of land situate, lying and being in the township of Bridgewater, bounded on the east by lands of Ira Conser and Benjamin Paine, on the west by lands of Matthias Smith, north by lands of Nathaniel Stewart and on the south by lands of David Turrel & Lyman Cook, containing 83 acres with the appurtenances. Seized and taken as the property of Derick Cobb. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sheriff. Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, November 7, 1817.


November 16 1917

November 16 (1917/2017)



Susquehanna – On Tuesday of this week the Susquehanna Transcript starts in under a new management, having been placed under the control of Mr. U. Grant Baker, who for a number of years has edited the Towanda Daily Review, with brilliant success, as well as conducting newspaper work elsewhere. A local paper, especially a daily, should be an up-to-the minute chronicle of the happenings of the town and vicinity and its varied interests. There seems to be scope for a decided change in this regard, and doubtless, prove beneficial to both the paper and gratifying to its many readers. ALSO Joseph Kelly, who is home from Camp Meade, says the people here do not realize the seriousness of the situation, and he thinks all the boys at Camp Meade will be in France by spring.


Little Meadows – Patrick H. Kiley was killed Thursday, Nov. 8, 1917, while at work in the woods.  He was the son of Cornelius and Ann (Hickey) Kiley, and was born in Ireland.  He is survived by two brothers, Michael and Cornelius Kiley, both of Little Meadows.  He was unmarried.  The funeral was conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Little Meadows church.


Hallstead – George T. Hatfield, one of the oldest engineers on the Lackawanna, was killed in the railroad yards, at Scranton, Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 1917.  He was 57 years of age and is survived by his widow and two children, George Hatfield, of Binghamton, and Mrs. Louis Kenyon, of Demster, NY, and by three stepchildren, Mrs. Mack and Mrs. Oliver, of Binghamton and Harry Kapp, of Hallstead.


Montrose – Miss Frances Atkinson, of Lemoir, North Carolina, is now at the public library, coming here with the view of being the assistant librarian, the position becoming vacant by the recent resignation of Mrs. Lloyd Calby.  Miss Atkinson has received training in the University Library, of North Carolina, and proposes to take further training in some large Pennsylvania library, to better equip herself for her chosen work. ALSO Andre & Sweet have installed their feed-grinding machinery in their new mill and are now ready for business.  The firm is contemplating installing a flour mill next spring and believe that they can produce good wheat flour at around $11 per barrel. With local farmers taking greater interest in raising wheat, it would seem a profitable undertaking for every farmer to sow an acre or two of wheat next spring. Whole wheat bread is far more wholesome than bread made from bleached, finely bolted flour.


Gibson – All persons interested in the public library, please hand their subscriptions to C.H. VanGorder, James Strockbine or Mrs. H.G. Estabrook. New books will be purchased as soon as subscriptions are handed in. Subscribers please hand in lists of books they would like.


Brooklyn – A little past midnight the alarm of fire awakened some of our citizens and a half dozen or more autos from town, with as many neighboring men, hurried to answer the call for help from Wade H. Barnes, whose residence on the State road, about one mile below town, was found to be burning.  The fire having started in the attic, near the chimney, nearly all the household goods on the first floor were saved, besides some fruit, vegetables, and eggs in the cellar by faithful work on the part of the men present, whose efforts also saved the barns, silos and other buildings from taking fire.  There was no insurance.  Mr. Barnes and family are already cozily settled in the Alva Quick house, and are thankful for many kindnesses shown.


Fair Hill – R.H. Raub was down to Easton, last week. Took up the body of N.H. Cool and took it down there to be buried by the side of his wife. D.D. Roe, of Fairdale, took him down with his auto truck. ALSO Our school is progressing finely under the supervision of Miss Elizabeth Austin, of Montrose.


Harford The famous wood chopper, Dr. Havens Lewis, is now working for Will Warren. He is a poet as well as a wood cutter. He says:--“He can cut five (5) cords of wood in a day, and then kick up his heels and play.” AND In West Harford, Fred Matthews, of Scranton, visited at H.H. Estabrook’s last week. Mr. Matthews was at one time superintendent of the Soldiers’ Orphan School in this place, and has many friends who were glad to see him again.


LynnR.B. Williams, wife and son, and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Fish, motored to Owego and returned on Sunday, making a trip of over 106 miles in a day.


Rush – The Red Cross has received its supply of wool and everyone is asked to do some knitting, as they are in need of warm clothes.  The wool is at Mrs. Seth Stark’s. Call on her and get some of the work and help in a good cause.


Forest City – The high school basket ball team was defeated by the Blakely boys Saturday afternoon.  The game was a close one resulting in a score of 15 to 14.  The return game will be played in the high school gymnasium tomorrow evening. ALSO – Miss Nellie Burdick, who has for some time been employed in Attorney Maxey’s office, has gone to Washington, D. C. to accept a government clerkship.


Uniondale – The local Suffragettes are rejoicing over the victory in New York.  They are disappointed, however, when they think that it will be 1921 before the suffrage amendment can be submitted to the voters of Pennsylvania.  They think by that time public sentiment will have changed and Pennsylvania will grant equal suffrage.


News Brief: Shoes no longer peep from neath ladies’ skirts—the skirt may be short, but not the look—so the appearance of the shoe becomes highly important.  Read & Warner’s (Montrose) advertisement, today, speaks entirely of this article of wear.


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

*ORDAINED.  In Harford, (Penn.) on Wednesday the 12th inst. the Rev. William Chamberlain to the work of the gospel ministry; and under the direction of the Board of Commissioners for foreign missions is to go as a missionary to the Cherokee, and other tribes of the native inhabitants of our country.

*SHERIFF’S SALE.  By virtue of a writ of vend. expo. issued out of the court of common pleas of Susquehanna county, to me directed, will be exposed to sale at public vendue at the house of Benaiah Chatfield on Wednesday the 26th inst. the following property. Viz: 2 mows of hay, one mow of wheat, 6 fatting hogs, 3 cows, 3 yearlings, 5 calves, one bull and one bay horse. Seized and taken in execution as the property of said Benaiah Chatfield. Sale to commence at 1 o’clock P.M. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sheriff.  Sheriff’s Office, Montrose. Nov. 15, 1817.

November 23 1917

November 23 (1917/2017)



The following couples applied for marriages licenses: Harry E. Benson and Margaret Wood,  Jackson; Theodore J. Carlin and Anna LaFrance, Auburn Township; Dana Mitchell, Springville and Floe D. Hibbard, Auburn Twp.; Elwood Oakley and Myrtle Button, Springville Twp.; Jas. W. Chamberlain, Susquehanna and Sarah A. Carr, New Milford; Jas. C. Cummings, Greene, NY and Myra McMoran, Hallstead. ALSO Someone says that marriage is sometimes a failure because a man is unable to think of the right excuse at the right time.


Hop Bottom – A County Women’s Christian Temperance Union Institute is to be held at Hop Bottom, Friday, Nov. 23, 1917, in the afternoon and evening. The evening program will consist of a Medal Speaking Contest for which a small admission will be charged. Supper will be served by the Hop Bottom W.C.T.U. Ladies.


Rush – We hear that Abram Carter, for many years a Justice of the Peace, of this township, has passed away.  He was a man very highly regarded by a wide acquaintance and possessed splendid intellect.  His age was past ninety years.  His means had become exhausted, and, having no surviving relatives to care for him, his last days were spent in the Auburn & Rush Poor Asylum. ALSO William Russell, now in his 92nd year, was taken to the Auburn & Rush Poor Asylum last Monday.  There is no way of communicating with him, as he is both deaf and blind and has been so afflicted for a long time, and probably has no idea of where he is. He has no near relatives and has been taken care of for a long time at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. F. E. Russell, by a foster son of that lady.  And now for many months she has been demented to such an extent to render her constant confinement necessary, and her care become a grievous task.


New Milford – David, the eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hardy, was painfully injured on Thursday afternoon; while on his way to school he attempted to climb on a wagon and his feet got caught in a wheel.  His limbs were badly bruised and the ligaments strained.


Lanesboro – The Barnes Manufacturing Co., at this place, which recently completed a large order for life line guns, has booked another, the guns to be manufactured and shipped as rapidly as possible.  The factory also has large orders for moving picture machine parts.


Montrose – Those attending the Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist churches Sunday morning were asked to sign remonstrances against the Exchange Hotel and the Tarbell House, for which a license petition has been filed.  A great effort will be made to make Montrose “dry,” it is said.  It is generally predicted that the remonstrances will be more generally signed than last spring.


Springville – Maurice Taylor, who has been living with his parents in China for four years, is staying with his grandfather, Mr. Anson Thomas, and attending school.


Silver Lake – The Snow Hollow and Laurel Lake schools will hold a box social at the Laurel Lake school house, Friday evening, Nov. 23.  A prize will be given for the prettiest box.  Proceeds for benefit of the school.  Everyone cordially invited.


Heart Lake – There will be a toe-social at Geo. Welch’s Friday evening. For benefit of the Bible Class.  All cordially invited.


Harford – Rev. and Mrs. W.A. Miller spent last week in Harford. Mr. Miller was formerly pastor of the M.E. church. He and his wife and small son expect to sail for Africa at an early date, as missionaries. Thursday evening the Good Fellowship Class, of which Mrs. Miller was formerly a member, pleasantly surprised her by meeting her at the home of Mrs. Hoyt Pease, where she had come to call. They presented her with a traveler’s writing set, a box of correspondence cards and a bundle of powders for sea sickness. Dainty refreshments were served.


Forest City  - Andrew Mack writes from Fort Hamilton that Josh Brown and he are having good times.  They expect to be home in the near future on a short furlough before going “over there.” Last Monday night they visited S.L. Rothaphel’s place in New York and were surprised at the greatness of the theatre. They were unable to see “Roxie” as Mr. Rothaphel is familiarly called. They entertained Eddie Yanchitis who saw the interior of the fort and the big guns. Eddie is feeling fine and is pleased with his duties under Uncle Sam. “Peggy” Gordon was also a happy visitor during the week. Andrew believes in placing his all in behalf of Uncle Sam. In addition to his services he invested as heavily in Liberty Bonds as his means would permit. ALSO Mrs. Elizabeth Turner is a guest at the home of John McLaughlin. Mrs. Turner is a cousin of the late Mrs. John McLaughlin, and though past 77 years of age is busily engaged in knitting garments for the Red Cross. She knits as quickly now as she did during the Civil War when she was kept busy knitting for her four brothers, who were in the service. Her maiden name was Snyder and she is a sister of D.N. Snyder, of Dundaff, who enlisted in the war for the preservation of the Union and served in the first call out and re-enlisted and served throughout the war. Of the four brothers who saw service in the Civil War, three are alive. Mrs. Turner is also a cousin of M.B. Snyder, the blind druggist of Hawley, who was recently presented with a large United States flag by the citizens of Hawley for striking down a man who claimed to be a cousin of the Kaiser. The blind man gauged his blow and knocked the Kaiser’s cousin to the floor. The Snyders and McLaughlins are eligible to membership in the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, for two great grand-fathers of the families fought in the war for independence.


New Milford – Jas. S. Hayden, for many years connected with the New Milford Advertiser has moved from New Milford to Binghamton, where he has a position as proof reader on the Binghamton Press.


Great Bend – Three years ago the borough council of Great Bend borrowed $5,000 to meet the balance due on the borough’s paving contract.  The obligation has been reduced so that but $800 of the amount remains unpaid.  Next year it is expected that the balance will be met.  Great Bend has every reason to be not only proud of the reduction of the debt but its fine paved streets as well.


Fiddle Lake, Ararat Twp. – Thomas Archer, a former resident of this place, but who has been in the west for the past number of years, arrived here on Nov. 6. He expects to spend the winter with his brother, Theodore Archer. Mr. Archer is an old veteran, having been in 42 battles and escaped without an injury to speak of. He is past 82 and very active for one of his age. His many old friends are glad to welcome him back.


News Brief: The Royal Baking Powder Company has collected, in a little booklet, which it calls “Best War Time Receipts,” twenty splendid formulas for making such interesting and patriotic foods as rye rolls, hominy muffins and eggless, milkless and butterless cakes. The booklet is dedicated to the housewives of the United States who are assisting the government in its work through the food administration. We advise the housewives to write for this receipt book. It is free. A postal card will bring it. Address to Ruth Watson, Educational Dept. of the Royal Baking Powder Co., New York City.


There is no copy of the Montrose Centinel for the week of November 23, 1816.

November 30 1917

November 30 (1917/2017)



Hop Bottom – Fred N. Hardy, formerly a successful high school principal of Susquehanna county, has enlisted and is now with the Signal Training Corps, at Camp Chilcothe, Ohio. ALSO On The evening of Dec. 7, at the Loomis Hall, there will be an old fashioned Methodist shake-down, character songs, etc.


Gibson – N.H. Wilmarth is a recent purchaser of a Maxwell automobile.


Susquehanna – A building company is to be formed for the purpose of erecting at least 100 houses. Susquehanna is greatly in need of desirable houses. There is not a vacant house in town and the demand for residences is keen. Over 250 Erie employees are obliged to live at Hallstead and Great Bend. ALSO The Blue Ridge Works here are rushed with orders for their line of work, and a night force is to be added to speed up their orders. Also the many departments of the Erie shops are hustling day and night to keep up with the vast quantities of work passing through the hands of the hundreds of workmen employed. ALSO Susquehanna is having trouble to get coal, and sugar is exceedingly scarce, only a small amount being allowed to any customer and many stores being unable to supply it at all.


Gibson – About fifty persons, most of whose birthdays come in the month of November, assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Estabrook, Nov. 17th, to celebrate their birthday anniversaries together. Numbers representing the day in November on which they were born, were pinned on the persons. The oldest person present was Mr. Louise Guild, on whose exact birthday this party was held, she being 77, and the youngest was Mitchell Jesse, aged 7.


Brooklyn – The Tiffany Brothers, sons of M.C. Tiffany, who believe there is money in the tilling of the soil, finished digging their potatoes on Friday. They raised about 1000 bushels and although they were obliged to pay 30 cents per hour for help to dig the tubers, they will make their farming pay a big profit this year.


Hallstead – We learn that Miss Margaret Dougherty, of this place, is the bride of Bert Shafer, an enlisted man at Augusts, Ga.  Mr. Shafer formerly resided in Hallstead and was an employee of Demer Bros. Co.  The bride is the daughter of Conductor and Mrs. Henry Doherty.


West Harford – Several from here attended the corn husking at Earl Ellsworth’s, Friday evening, and report a fine time.


Montrose – Frank Jagger, the gentlemanly salesman at the Fancher grocery, has returned from an extended trip in the west, having visited his brother, Ashley, at Poynette, Wisconsin, and other relatives in Madison and Jaynesville, Wis., Chicago, and other places. Frank was greatly impressed with the large scale on which farming operations are progressed in the west.  On a farm he visited, the plowing was done by an eight-ton tractor, drawing a gang of eight plows, the tractor having an arrangement for practically guiding itself. ALSO The coal situation here, like many other places, is very acute, with no immediate prospect of relief in sight. Pepper & Birchard informed us yesterday that two cars of coal had been shipped to them, but they didn’t show up.  Many families are out of coal and are having a hard time, some burning up wood when it can e secured, others borrowing a hod or so of coal to just “keep ‘em goin” and nearly everyone shutting off every room that can be dispensed with and hovering over the reliable old kitchen range, around which the social life of the town centers now-a-days.


Thompson – Sunday evening, as Roscoe Washburn and family were on their way to church, their car stopped suddenly and after investigating and getting things properly adjusted, their son, Charley, in cranking up the machine, was dealt a heavy blow on his right arm with the crank, sustaining two fractures. He was taken to Dr. McNamara’s office and the fractures were reduced before returning home. ALSO Mrs. Sarah Slocum of Jackson street, was tendered a genuine surprise, when friends and neighbors to the number of 18, marched into her home loaded with vegetables of all kinds, groceries, meat, butter, canned fruit and various other things too numerous to mention, and also bringing everything in the culinary line thereby serving a sumptuous dinner and after spending the day with her repaired to their several homes leaving her in good spirits and with a heart overwhelming with gratitude that no words can express.


Forest City – The Family Theatre will have as attractions this afternoon and evening, “The Son of Erin,” with Dustin Farnum as the star.  Also special Fox comedy and Pathe war news. “The Son of Erin” is an Irish production in five parts. ALSO During the week the Soldiers Good Will Committee sold certificates at ten cents per to raise a tobacco fund for our boys at Camp Meade and those to go in December. Did you “set ‘em up” for the boys? ALSO Brant McLaughlin’s icehouse is being repaired.  It was badly wrecked in a storm a few weeks ago, making it necessary to build one side new and to reroof the building. The old building will be enlarged. More room was needed so that the supply of ice would be enough to meet the demands. This year Mr. McLaughlin ran shy of ice and had to have a large quantity shipped in.


News Brief: Ruth Law has applied to the war department for a commission in the aviation section of the signal corps. Miss Law holds the American non-stop flight record, and has participated in Liberty Loan drives by dropping “bombs” in various cities. She wears a regulation officer’s uniform under special permission said to have been granted by the war department. [After the United States entered World War I in April 1917, she campaigned unsuccessfully for women to be allowed to fly military aircraft. Stung by her rejection, she wrote an article entitled "Let Women Fly!" in the magazine Air Travel, where she argued that success in aviation should prove a woman's fitness for work in that field. Wikipedia.]


Copy of the 200 years ago Centinel for this week is not available.

December 07 1917

December 07 (1917/2017)



Jackson – Dr. Shirey, who for a number of years has successfully practiced medicine in this place, was tendered a farewell surprise party Saturday evening. About 20 persons were present. An enjoyable time was spent in playing games. Light refreshments were served early in the evening and were greatly appreciated by all present. At a late hour, all departed, wishing the doctor continued success in his work. The doctor and family will leave for Dunmore Tuesday. ALSO The What-so-Ever Circle was entertained at the home of Mrs. Vina Wheaton, Nov. 24th.


Forest City – Patrick O’Hara, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of this place, met death while pursuing his duties as section foreman for the Erie Railroad.  He was struck by the “Fiver” while engaged in making repairs to a switch about a mile south of this place. The “Flyer” was running fast, being about ten minutes behind schedule.  The fog was dense and the train was almost on Mr. O’Hara before the engineer saw him, too late to avoid the accident. He was thrown down a bank a distance of 15 ft. and when his body was recovered he was lifeless. He was placed aboard and taken to Carbondale’s Undertaker Bell and the remains were prepared for burial and later taken to his home. Patrick O’Hara was born in 1852 in Ardagh County of Limerick, Ireland and came to America at an early age and obtained his first employment on the Erie R.R. at Jersey City and worked on several railroad construction lines, after which he finally returned to the Erie supervising many sections from Jersey City to Chicago. Sent to assist on the Jefferson division locating at Starrucca and later came to Forest City and had resided there from that time until his death. His stories of the pioneering days on the road were highly amusing and instructive as well. A special train took the funeral party to Starrucca where burial was made in St. Paul’s cemetery. [A long list of pallbearers, honorary and active, plus the many fellow employees, family and friends is provided in the obituary plus the tribute paid by Mons. Coffey.]


Thompson – A.D.&H. coal train was wrecked at Starrucca Tuesday morning.  Eight cars were derailed. ALSO The Misses Helen Clark and Helen Whitney returned to Mansfield State Normal School, from a brief vacation, Thanksgiving week.


Montrose – The body of Mrs. Joel Lyons, who passed away in Wellsville, NY, was brought to Montrose for burial. She was 95 years of age and was born in Otsego county, NY in 1822. Her husband, the late Joel Lyons, was for many years a well-known Montrose merchant, conducting a store on the present site of the Watrous store building on Public Avenue. The Lyons home was formerly the present St. Paul’s rectory [now the home of the Myer family]. ALSO Dr. Ellen E. Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Veterans, has purchased $30.00 worth of yarn from the local Red Cross, and the members of this actively patriotic order are now busy knitting sweaters for our soldier boys.


Susquehanna – One of the worst wrecks in the history of the Erie railroad took place in the yards near Susquehanna at about 1 o’clock yesterday morning.  Passenger train 48, going at a speed of 35 miles an hour, crashed into a switch engine and a caboose.  The wreckage caught fire and two of the dead were burned and their bodies not recovered.  Four of the dead were from Hornell and Elmira, N.Y. and two of the three injured were from Susquehanna and Oakland. It is believed that the passenger train had been switched over from the eastbound track to the westbound track to run around some freight trains.  A switch engine was drawing a caboose down the yards to attach to a freight going east, a curve obstructing the view of the engineers in the two locomotives.  The passenger engine crashed into the light switch engine, both locomotives were derailed and the baggage car and the caboose were hurled on top of the locomotives.  The wreckage caught fire and the Erie auto chemical truck was hastily summoned and soon had the blaze under control.


New Milford – A party of engineers and interested citizens started out from this place Monday to go over the proposed “Lackawanna Trail,” which takes in the abandoned roadbed of the Lackawanna Railroad discarded when the new “cut-off” went into effect. Efforts are being made to have the state take it over as an automobile route, a plan which would seem to be most satisfactory to the traveling public, as it would provide a fine highway between Scranton and Binghamton. [Presently Route 11 going through Hop Bottom and New Milford].


Hallstead – Albert Waterman, last year, had his hen roost raided and ten birds disappeared. The night before Thanksgiving four more birds likewise mysteriously disappeared. This time there was a light fall of snow on the ground, which made good tracking.  He followed the tracks along the back streets of Hallstead for three-fourths of a mile, finding feathers from his pet birds scattered along the trail. The tracks led to the domicile of two worthies with past records. Mr. Waterman secured a constable and entering the home they found feathers on the kitchen floor and yellow legged chickens in the pot. At the hearing that followed one was able to secure bail, but the other is now languishing in the county jail


Gelatt – O.C. Wilmot is moving his mill and family to Stearns Lake.


Auburn 4 Corners – We think winter has come as the snow and wind are flowing.


Glenwood – Mrs. Sara Cameron, who was 72 years old November last, is doing her “bit” for the soldiers in service. She has already knit six pairs of socks. Perhaps while knitting her mind traverses the many years that have flown away when her thoughts go back to the sixties when a father and two brothers were called to the colors and fought side by side.  A tear of sadness, mixed with pride, falls on the sock in her hand while each stitch she takes her thoughts goes far across the sea to the boys “over there.” We feel that they will be greatly appreciated as knitted garments are much needed this coming winter.


Hop Bottom – The apple evaporator, which has furnished employment to a number of our town people, closed Monday for the season.


Factoryville – Tracy Wright is converting his old garage stand into a shirt factory for a party who will locate there. Factoryville derived its name many years ago from a woolen factory located there. In order to build up the Keystone Academy, the people frowned on attempts to start any business that would call working men to the village, but with property vacant the people are now more willing to welcome those who might like to make their homes there.


News Brief: Help on the farm is scarce. The housewife is overburdened these days. Save your wife’s strength and ward off possible sickness by getting her a kitchen cabinet for Christmas. ALSO Twelve thousand dollars a year “pin money” for the wife of the president of the United Sates or “the first lady of the land” is provided in a fund from the estate of Henry G. Freeman, Jr., a wealthy lawyer, of Philadelphia, who died there recently. The estate is valued at $2,000,000 and upward. “The reason I make this fund,” the will explains, “is because I feel the President of the United States receives such a miserable pittance for a man holding the greatest position on earth.”


Copy of the 200 years ago Centinel for this week is not available.

December 14 1917

December 14 (1917/2017)



Parkville, Dimock Twp. – We had a real old-fashioned blizzard, snowing and the wind blew very hard, Saturday.


Fell Twp., Lackawanna Co.- The body of Ralph Burdick was found Monday by children on their way to school, near the John Russell farm on the Crystal Lake road, shortly before nine o’clock.  It is surmised that Mr. Burdick became exhausted traveling through the snow on his way home to the Consolidated Water company’s farm at Newton lake.  The snow was drifted quite deeply where the body was found.  Mr. Burdick rode to the Russell farm at noon Sunday with John Beck, proprietor of the Falls hotel, and when he arrived there told Mr. Beck that he was going to visit at the Russell home.  He left there after a short visit and this was the last time he was seen alive.  Deputy Coroner W. S. Johnson, of Carbondale, was called when the body was discovered and he ordered it removed to the Burdick home at Newton lake.


Susquehanna– At a meeting of the Dairymen’s League, held at Utica last week, Attorney J. D. Miller, of Susquehanna, was chosen one of the directors.  Fully 1000 delegates from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey assembled to consider their best interests as milk producers.


Forest Lake – The first young patriot from this county to give his life in the present war is Ray Brobst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brobst, of this place, whose death occurred at Camp Wadsworth, Georgia, on Dec. 8, after a short illness of pneumonia.  A military service was held at the camp before his body was sent north for burial. A service was held at the Fair Hill Methodist-Episcopal church and interment was made in Fair Hill cemetery.


Bridgewater Twp. –At a meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Mrs. A. E. Hollister and her mother, Mrs. [Marion Bagley] Evans, joined the Union.  Mrs. Evans’ age is 94 years, and we are justly proud of our oldest member. [Mrs. A. E. Hollister, first name Clementine, lived to her 100th birthday and died 12 days later, in December of 1958.] ALSO Lyman Bunnell died at his home in this place, Oct. 17, 1917, after several weeks’ illness of a complication of troubles. He was the son of James A. and Mary Ann (Hall) Bunnell and was born in New Preston, Connecticut, Jan. 20, 1848. His father and mother moved to Pennsylvania the following year and settled in Dimock, on the farm now owned by James W. Bunnell.  He married Ruth, a daughter of Deacon Mason and Lydia (Frink) Tingley and was the father of two children, Louise and Charles E., a Federal judge in Alaska [later founded the University of Alaska].


Salt Springs – The Salt Springs school will have a Christmas tree on Friday afternoon, Dec. 21.


Springville – Trade at the “Busy Corner.” Pay cash and save money.  Cranberries, 15 cents a quart.  Nearly a ton of Xmas candies at 20 cents to 50 cents per pound.


Montrose – The death of Mrs. Mary J. Bunnell occurred on Nov. 22, 1917, at her home in Montrose.  Born in Dimock in 1835 and married to William Bunnell, she was the mother of four children.  She came of good old New England stock. A daughter of Isaiah and Polly Williams Main, her father was in the war of 1812 and his father was a soldier of the Revolution.  Her mother was a descendant of Governor Eaton, first governor of the New Haven colony.


Gelatt – Will Whitmarsh, who has spent some time at an officers’ training camp, is home on a furlough before going to Washington to report for orders.


South Auburn – Scarlet fever seems to be making its appearance in our neighborhood.  The children of Jack Champluvier are now sick, and also a son of Charles Woodruff.


Kingsley – A. E. Tiffany had two more sheep killed by dogs last week.  He had 26 and they have been dropping out, one and two at a time, until he has only 11 left.  Good encouragement for any one to go into sheep raising for a farm industry. ALSO H. W. Jeffers and family accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank MacMane, of Plainsboro, N. J., spent a few days last week with friends in this vicinity, hunting and making merry, generally, and ate Thanksgiving turkey dinner with Mrs. B. M. Jeffers, at the Jeffers farm.


Harford – Skating parties are very fashionable now.  ALSO Frank Peck, of South Harford, and Mrs. Emmaline Cynthia Tower DeSwarte, of North Harford, were married in Montrose by F. A. Davies, Esq. ALSO The coldest storm of the season visited us Saturday, breaking trees, fences and windows for several different families.


West Auburn – The Wyalusing Rocket prints the following concerning a prosperous Auburn farmer.  Raymond Dibble, formerly of Wyalusing, has been making extensive repairs and improvements to his home the past week.  New siding and windows add much to the appearance of the structure and a large plate glass door, placed at the front of the house, is a very material improvement. He has seventeen cows and several head of blooded young cattle.


Thompson – The stores in town have put on quite a Christmas appearance, notwithstanding the hard times and the urgent appeal for economy.


Forest City – Leo O’Hara is acting as Erie section foreman, a position held by his father, the late Patrick O’Hara, for many years.  Daniel O’Hara left Monday for camp at Spartansburg, S. C.  His brother, John, left yesterday for his home in Rochester, N. Y.  ALSO A sugar famine has struck the town and many a household is sugarless.


Uniondale – Robert Spencer was severely injured Monday afternoon by being kicked by a horse.  He was leading two horses from the town water kettle and dropped the halter of one of the steeds and in picking it up was kicked in the face by the other horse.  The calk of the shoe struck him just below the eye and opened his cheek so that five stitches were required to put it in place.


News Briefs: Ice, nine inches in thickness, is reported on nearby lakes and ponds and if the cold weather continues it is probable ice cutting will start next week.  The first of the week the mercury registered from two to eight degrees below zero in some places, which is very unusual for so early in the winter. ALSO There is a big local demand for stove wood, and farmers are busy in the woodlots these days.  The price runs from $2.50 to $3.00 per cord, according to quality. ALSO Pennsylvania has more recruits than any other state.  About 275,000 men have enlisted since the outbreak of the war. ALSO Between August 1 and December 1 the railroads transported 1,500,000 men to training camps and embarkation points.  To insure the safety of the men in transit the railroads have adopted an average speed of 25 miles an hour except when freight cars needed for the transportation of equipment are included in the trains.  The speed is then reduced to 20 miles.

December 21 1917

December 21 (1917/2017)



Silver Lake – The box social and dance that was held recently in the Brackney Hall by the ladies of Silver Lake and vicinity, for the benefit of the Red Cross Society, was a financial and social success.  The evening began with a short entertainment by some of the young people of Brackney, and then dancing followed. Eighty-two boxes were sold, everything being donated for the evening, and the ladies ended up with $169 in the treasury for Red Cross work.


Fairdale – We had our “Flag raising day.” Mr. W. Harvey donated a pole and early Friday afternoon several men gathered at the schoolhouse and raised the pole.  After this, a short patriotic program was rendered. Former teachers, Mary Hickok, of Binghamton; Pansey Babcock, of Montrose; M. S. Cronk, of Towanda; and D. W. Ainey, of Payette, Idaho, read messages of greeting.  Our esteemed citizen, E. W. Bolles, wrote a short history of this school, which was read.  He was the teacher during part of the Civil war.  Miss Clara Winans, assistant county superintendent of schools, and Rev. C. E. Cook, of Fairdale, each gave short addresses.


South Ararat – No mail since Thursday owing to the terrible snow and windstorm which struck this and adjoining towns.  This is the second hard storm we have had within two weeks, doing much damage.


Springville – M. L. Scott reported that there seemed to be about four inches heavier fall of snow in Montrose than in Springville.  It is reported that ice on Norris pond, in Dimock, is eleven inches thick. ALSO There was almost a coal famine scare here last week, but Brown & Fassett, fortunately, received a car of coal, which was disposed of in short order.


Dimock – Owing to the scarcity of wood at the M. E. church, prayer meetings are being held at the neighbors’ homes. ALSO A carload of coal came to the depot on Saturday, which was soon drawn away by the farmers in the pelting snowstorm, as most of them were entirely out of fuel.  ALSO We cannot fail to mention our good graded school and teachers, four in number, with a large attendance of pupils from this place and adjoining neighborhoods, which are drawn here by kid wagons.


Harford – Music of sleigh bells reminds us that winter is with us again, and the mercury also tells us that we need our furs.  Sixteen below zero is cold enough, isn’t it? ALSO Calvin Chamberlin is very ill.  We hope to hear of his recovery soon.  The neighbors made a wood bee for him Saturday and a large wood pile is reported.


Great Bend – Mrs. A. W. DuBois sailed Saturday from New York for South America to join her husband, who is now located at Uruguay.  The trip will require twenty-three days by boat.  Their two little daughters will remain with their grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. A. F. Merrell.


Franklin Forks – Ralph Lamson was terribly injured while felling trees.  He was caught between a falling tree and another stump and the abdomen punctured.  Dr. Preston was called and yesterday morning he was removed to the City Hospital, in Binghamton.  It was reported last night that he would recover.


Lackawanna Trail Project – About 100 representative citizens of Scranton, Binghamton, New Milford, Montrose and other nearby towns were present at meeting held in Hotel Carpenter, New Milford on Wednesday evening. The project contemplates the State highway department taking over the former Lackawanna railroad right of way, abandoned since the cut-off went into operation, and convert it into a permanent road. It would form a connecting link between Binghamton and Scranton, which is a route much travelled by those in long distance journeys, being an almost direct “coast to coast” route.  The men present felt that this plan was feasible.


Christmas Celebrations: The Presbyterian church choir will render the customary musical program at a vesper service to be given next Sunday afternoon, Dec. 23, in Montrose; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will celebrate Sunday evening, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. when the choir will render its annual recital of old-time carols. A special Christmas service will be given at the Universalist church at Kingsley, Sunday afternoon at 2:30, and the Harford Congregational Church will hold its Christmas services Sunday morning and evening. The Christmas season will be celebrated in the Universalist church, Hopbottom, on Sunday morning by music, devotion and sermon, and on Monday evening by much music, speaking, reading, a Christmas tree and Santa Claus.


Susquehanna – The library at this place is soon to attempt to be a “free” institution.  To that end, 400 are to be asked to contribute $1 each, thus making them voting members and giving privileges in regard to the loaning of books from the library.  A change certainly seems advisable, but nothing can be done without financial aid.


Elk Lake – The death of Miss Juliet Lathrop, a sister of C. E. Lathrop, occurred at the home of her nephew, C. S. Lathrop, on Sunday morning.  Miss Lathrop has been an invalid since her girlhood.  For a number of years she was confined to her bed.  She has been willingly and faithfully cared for by her brother and family.


Forest City – Joseph Slick went to Scranton to enlist but was rejected.  Not to be prevented from serving Uncle Sam he went to the naval recruiting office and was accepted. ALSO An interesting game of basket ball was played Friday evening between the girls’ team of the Forest City high school and the girls’ team of the Carbondale high school.  The score stood 8 to 8. ALSO At Lyden’s Plaza Theatre, on Christmas day, a reproduction of Winston Churchill’s great novel, “The Crisis,” will be given. 


News Brief: The city of Wilkes-Barre is quite unique in that it is the birth place of one of the first schools for teaching the building of aeroplanes in America. This school is known as the Penna. State School of Aero-Mechanics and graduated its first class of young men on Dec. 10. Among the instructors of the school is Sergt. Wm. F. Frey, former member of the famous Lafayette Escadrille, who was injured on the fighting front.  The school is for training both men and women for service in the many aeroplane factories. ALSO Dummy Horse: History’s ancient example of camouflage, the Trojan horse, has a modern variation of peculiar interest, says the January Popular Mechanics Magazine. During the fighting near Craonne, on the western front, a horse broke his traces and dashed across “No Man’s Land” toward the German defenses.  When near the edge of a first-line trench he fell.  The French immediately made the bet of the opportunity and set camouflage artists at work fashioning a paper-mache replica of the dead animal.  Under cover of darkness the carcass was replaced with the dummy.  For three days observers stationed in the latter were able to watch the enemy’s movements at close range and telephone their information to headquarters.


200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., December 20, 1817.

*Clifford and Wilkesbarre Turnpike. The Stockholders of the Clifford & Wilkesbarre Turnpike Road are requested to meet at the Court House in the Borough of Wilkesbarre, Luzerne county, on the first Monday of January next, to elect One President, One Treasurer, and Twelve Managers for said Company for the ensuing year.  Benjamin Perry, Secretary. Wilkesbarre, Nov. 14, 1817.

*A Gentleman competent to teach the genteel and accomplished recreation of Dancing, will hear of a situation much to his advantage by addressing a letter to A.J. and direct it to this office.

Montrose, Dec. 13, 1817.

December 28 1917

December 28 (1917/2017)



Forest City - Many homes were gladdened in Forest City and vicinity by the arrival of the soldier boys to spend the joyous yuletide at home.  The Camp Mead contingent arrived on a late car Sunday evening.  They returned yesterday morning.  It is needless to say that their reception was as happy as it was unexpected, for it was announced in the daily press that the boys of Camp Mead would not be allowed to spend Christmas at home owing to congested conditions of the railroads.  The boys presented a soldierly appearance and aroused words of praise. The boys were: Arthur Brown, Charles Skubic, John Tomason, Frank Oven, Ludwick Korce, Joseph Laurie, Frank Gerstell, Eugene J. Slick, Stanley Stankovitz, Frank Solman, Edward Stanislowtas, Theodore Koneshevski, Frank Kelleher, James P. Walsh, Joseph Lipka and Theodore Ralka.  The Navy was represented by James McGrath and James O’Malley, whose natty blue uniforms were in striking contrast to the olive drab of the soldier boys.  Lieut. D. R. Maxey was unable to reach here until Christmas night. Lieut. Bolus Matowski was here the first of the week.


Susquehanna River – With the exception of a few riffles or air holes, the river is covered with ice for a distance of more than one hundred miles, as reported by the Tunkhannock Republican.


New Milford – New Milford borough council has passed an ordinance approving the contract between the State Highway Dept., the county commissioners, and the borough, for the paving of the streets of the borough.  Work starting, weather permitting, in the spring. ALSO About a year ago Thomas J. Carr, one of the oldest residents of this place, suffered a slight stroke and on Wednesday of last week he had another which resulted in his death.  Mr. Carr ran a grocery store and harness shop in Harford for 30 years and later removed to New Milford township.  He was 85 years of age.


Uniondale and Neighborhood – Santa Claus made his appearance at the Bethel church Monday evening where Christmas exercises were being held.  No one knew from whence he came or whither he went, but his majesty distributed flags to the boys and candies to the girls, made a speech in which he regretted not being able to furnish O. C. Jones with a bottle of hair tonic and left as abruptly as he came.


Rush – Uzal Kinney is about to begin his new duties as justice of the peace and Rush is thus assured of a careful and painstaking official.  This honor comes as one of “greatness thrust upon him,” as the justice-elect did not know that his name was upon the ticket until he went to the polls. ALSO A community dinner for the benefit of the Red Cross will be served in the church basement on New Year’s day.  Everyone is invited to attend and help raise money for wool and supplies.  Please bring biscuits, pies, cakes and other things for dinner.  Price of dinner, 35 cents.  If the day is stormy, come next day, Jan. 2.  We are in need of more money.


Montrose – Financial difficulties have been encountered by William H. Lorimer, proprietor of the C-Nic Theatre, Montrose’s motion picture house and it has been closed.  It is hoped that Mr. Lorimer will find a way out of his present state of affairs which will permit the resumption of the business. ALSO Leonard Stone has purchased an interest in the jewelry store of Earl J. Smith and after Jan. 1st the firm will be known as Smith & Stone.  Mr. Smith has built up a fine jewelry and optical business in his nine years residence and Mr. Stone, who learned his trade with him, will be a strong addition.  He is a graduate of the Philadelphia Horological College and was for some time in business in New Milford.


Harford – Rev. and Mrs. Wesley A. Miller expect to sail for South Africa shortly.  They are spending the interval of waiting at the home of Mrs. Miller’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Barlow in Tunkhannock. Susquehanna county friends recognize Rev. Mr. Miller as Rev. Mueller, formerly of this place.  Owing to the suspicion which is attached to German names in Africa, it was necessary for him to adopt the change in name to be acceptable by the mission board which he is to work under.


Jackson Valley - Early in the morning of Friday, Dec. 7, 1917, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of this place passed out of this world in the person of Mrs. Elizabeth A. Williams, the relict of Samuel F. Williams, who preceded her on Aug. 16, 1915. She passed away at the home of her son, D. S. Williams.  Elizabeth A. Watkins was born in Brooklyn, N. Y. on June 30, 1834, and was the fourth of seven children, all of whom she survived.  At the age of seven she was taken to the home of her uncle, David Thomas, of Neath, where she received the best of care.  When a young woman of 25, she was united in marriage to Samuel F. Williams and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sept. 8, 1909.  Three sons were born to them: John A., Frank and David S., all of whom survive and are prosperous farmers. Mrs. Williams enjoyed life and drew the best out of it.  In her departure the community has lost one of its best members.


Brooklyn – The Community Christmas exercises on Monday evening were fine, much credit being due to the committee in charge. About 300 people were in attendance, and that the true Christmas spirit was in their hearts was shown by the offering, which was taken for the benefit of the suffering Armenians, amounting to over $26.  The school teachers and pupils had already contributed $16 for this fund.


Gelatt - Dimmock Walker, of North Dakota, is home to spend the holidays.  ALSO Preparations are being made to build a new ice house at the creamery.


Fairdale – Rev. C. E. Cook, pastor of the Fairdale charge, has accepted an offer to act as a religious work director in the army. It offers a rare opportunity for a clergyman of Mr. Cook’s natural inclination for work among young people along spiritual lines, and after consulting with the bishop of the Wyoming Conference he was permitted to take up the work.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, December 27, 1817.

*It is said that Don Onis has instructions from his king, to tender the Florida’s to the United States, for six millions of dollars; out of which sum Spain agrees to deduct the amount of spoliations made by her on the property of American citizens.  Such is the confidence placed in this report that the stock of the different insurance offices that have suffered by the depredations of Spain, rose in one day 25 per cent in value.        

*MARRIED – On the 25th instant by J. W. Raynsford Esq., Mr. Jonathan Taft to Miss Nancy Fox both of the township of Springville.        

*ALMANACKS…for the year of our Lord, 1818, just received and for sale at this office.  Also a variety of Blank & Writing Books.   

*PAY THE PRINTER. The Editor of this paper for five weeks past has been unable to attend punctually to his establishment on account of Sickness—he sees no prospect of being able to labor again very soon.  He earnestly entreats ALL persons indebted to him to make payment without delay as WANT stares him full in the face.  His expenses are great, in ordinary times, & Sickness helps but to enlarge them.  All kinds of produce that can be eaten by man or beast will be taken in payment; and a few pounds of tallow would not come amiss.  Montrose, Dec. 20, 1817.

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