January 04 (1918/2018)
Forest City – The beautiful church edifice of St. Agnes Roman Catholic congregation was destroyed by fire on Thursday night of last week. The church with all its contents was totally consumed. For a time it seemed certain that the parochial residence would be destroyed but by the heroic work of the firemen it was saved. Bucket brigades saved the dwellings north of the church. The Enterprise and Hillside Hose companies of this place and Vandling and Browndale responded to the alarm. The insurance on the church and contents totaled about $15,000 and the loss will probably reach $45,000. The church debt had recently been wiped out. The corner stone for St. Agnes was laid in 1888 and the church completed in 1892. Rev. T.F. Coffey organized the parish as a mission of St. Rose parish in Carbondale.
Jackson – A washing machine, a very appreciable Xmas gift, was given by the people of this community to Mrs. Vina Wheaton, equipped with a ringer and a gasoline engine and will be of great assistance to the grateful recipient. About 20 people were present at her home during the evening. ALSO A valuable sugar house belonging to E.E. Leonard was completely destroyed by fire, Sunday evening, with its equipage of syrup utensils. It was also stated that a quantity of grain was consumed by the flames. The origin of the fire is laid to some ashes placed too near the building.
East Clifford – Large bear tracks were seen by Joseph Westgate on the Wm. Carr farm on the Crystal Lake road. The tracks led to Grattan’s swamp where they were lost to view.
Friendsville – Snow drifts are plentiful around here and wood cutting is the chief occupation.
Stevens Point – The many friends of George Prentice of Camp Meade, were he has been in training for the last 3 months, were glad to welcome him home for Christmas. He arrived home Monday afternoon and left Wednesday morning on the Erie Flyer for Scranton, where he expected to leave at 1:30 for Camp Meade on a special train for the soldier boys of Susquehanna Co. and others in the vicinity of Scranton. His wife and sister went as far as Scranton with him. We all join in wishing George and his wife much joy and a long and happy life together when he gets home and the war is over. ALSO The Mountain school closed for vacation last Friday night with appropriate Christmas exercises. All report a good time. Marie Zeigler, teacher.
Hop Bottom – A large sleigh riding party of young people from this place attended the social at Ira Pratt’s, Brooklyn, last Friday evening. ALSO Rev. Howard Flowers, a former pastor of the Brooklyn Universalist church, now of Hartland, VT, was called here by the sudden death of his four year old son, Thalem. Mrs. Flowers and three children had spent several weeks at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rose, of this place, when death suddenly carried away the eldest child.
Brooklyn – Brooklyn people will have a good reason for remembering her Christmas celebration in 1817, for all united in a community Christmas for the children and about 300 people joined in the memorable celebration. The program of music, recitation and concert exercises was well rendered by the children. Santa came and distributed oranges and popcorn balls among the children, but the crowning feature was the offering taken for the Armenian sufferers which amounted to over $26.
Susquehanna – Arthur T. Palmer died at his home in Wamego, Kansas, New Year’s day. He was a brother of Polk Palmer, of Susquehanna, and the first engineer to pull a train over the Jefferson division of the Erie between Carbondale and Susquehanna. He had held a superintendency with the Union Pacific for thirty-five years.
Harford – Many of our undrafted men are taking up government work and we shall soon be, indeed, a manless town.
Montrose, etc. – Zero weather continuously for a week past breaks all records within the memory of the “oldest inhabitants.” It is stated on good authority that the mercury has gone lower this week than at any time in 37 years. Sunday morning was the coldest in Montrose, the lowest being 26 below. From Jackson comes the report of -46, from Auburn -36, from Birchardville -40; Rush -32; Dimock -40; New Milford-32, while all places agreed it was the “coldest ever.” Plumbers have been busy day and night thawing out water pipes, and some have burst in homes, causing serious damage. Apples and potatoes have been frozen in cellars all through the country, causing a serious loss. The mercury has been at zero or below every night since last Friday.
News Briefs: Forty-five years ago water-power mills that were located on Martin Creek, beginning near its mouth, where there was a chair factory, were as follows: At the present dam, at Hallsteads, at Bell’s mill, three in Hop Bottom, at Oakley’s, at Kingsley, one a little way above the village, and one at Alford. The exception of one at Hop Bottom and the one at Kingsley, these water-power sites have all been abandoned. ALSO Will women wear trousers? That grim question has long been hotly debated. Since the war trousers have become realities to those women who are doing men’s work, in order that they may be released for fighting. In Paris, however, trousers for women have more than a strictly utilitarian use. The Paris correspondent of Harper’s Bazar writes, “More and more trousers are being worn indoors instead of robes that cling and cling and cling, fashioned of the richest of tissues are these trouser-frocks—trousers of gorgeous metallic stuffs below jackets of soft velvets, below coats rich with embroideries, and exquisitely filmy mousselines. In the salons of Marthe Gauthier in the rue des Capucines, there is a creation of putty-colored velvet embroidered most decoratively with rose and blue thread—the square Chinese coat falling ungirdled over embroidered velvet trousers of the straight variety.
Two Hundred Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, PA.
*DIED – December 12, 1817 at Rush, Miss Ruhamah Burnham, a young woman of respectability, after a long and tedious sickness which she bore with patience; and left an evidence to her friends that she fell asleep in Jesus. “Youth, sense and beauty, have not power, To save from death one single hour; The summons came without a stay; And call’d the lovely soul away. Her lover weeps her brothers’ cry, Her mother shrieks, her father sighs, Her breath was stopt, her spirit fled; Alas they cry Ruhamah’s dead. Farewell, Ruhamah, fare you well; Alas our grief no tongue can tell, And yet one cordial drop we find, From words and prayers you left behind.
*20 DOLLARS REWARD. Escaped from the Jail of Susquehanna County on Tuesday evening last, JAMES PERRY, alias JOHN RUNNYAN, confined in said jail for passing forged Bank Notes. Said Perry, alias Runnyan, is about 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches high, of a sandy complexion, light hair which is very bushy and long ear locks. Had on when he escaped a blue coat, light jacket, and light colored corded pantaloons, stained round the watch pocket with oil of Vitrol. He had in a bundle, which he took with him, a dark colored surtout coat, and an extra hat. He is rather sleepy in his appearance, at first sight, but he undoubtedly is an adept in villainy. The above reward, and reasonable charges, will be paid to any person who will apprehend him and return him to the jail from which he escaped. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sheriff, Montrose, Dec. 26, 1817.
January 11 (1918/2018)
Montrose – Judge A.B. Smith was sworn in as president judge of Susquehanna county, for a term of ten years, on Saturday. ALSO Through the generosity of Mrs. Winfield Martin, the Spinster club is being furnished with khaki yarn, which, when knitted up into sweaters, helmets, scarfs and wristers, is to be turned over to our local Red Cross. Mrs. Martin has volunteered to keep the club members supplied with yarn as long as there is need for the knitted articles, thus materially aiding our Red Cross.
West Auburn – Glenn Hall, who was in training at Camp Meade as a soldier, died at the camp on Sunday night. Death was due to measles, followed by pneumonia. The young man had spent the Christmas furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Hall, and had enjoyed seeing his relatives and friends, but complained shortly before returning of feeling ill.
Springville – The ice harvesters are busy these days. During this extreme cold wave the mercury has been reported as low as 30 degrees below in some places in this vicinity.
Apolacon Township – Michael A. Reardon has been appointed mercantile appraiser for the coming year by the board of county commissioners.
Scranton – To Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Shafer, on Friday, Jan. 4, 1918, a daughter, Katherine Bentley Shafer.
Elk Lake – Mr. and Mrs. John Arnold were surprised by a company of friends gathering at their home on New Year’s eve to dance the old year out and the new year in. Refreshments were served by the ladies.
St. Joseph – Leo Sweeney, aged 15, son of John Sweeney, died very suddenly on New Year’s morning. ALSO Serenus O’Connell, who has been spending his Xmas vacation with his mother, has returned to St. Francis Seminary, Loretta, Pa.
Harford – Will Robinson had the misfortune to have a cow struck by an automobile last Friday. Her leg was broken and so they butchered her immediately. Mr. Robinson seems to have hard luck and the neighbors sympathize with him in the heavy loss of the nice heifer.
Susquehanna – The Christmas music at St. John’s Catholic church was fine and greatly appreciated by those present, of which there were many Protestants as well as Catholics attending, with the musical part of the Christmas service especially in mind. ALSO The intense cold weather hit here as well as the rest of the county. In different parts of the town, Sunday last, the temperature registered 29 degrees below zero, while up at Lanesboro it is reported as being 32 degrees below. The worst of it is a lack of coal, although hopes of a supply this week are indicated.
New Milford – Moss VanCott, who went west about three years ago, spent Christmas with relatives here. He recently enlisted in the engineer corps in Salt Lake City, and has been assigned to Camp Meade.
East Lynn – Miss Lena Della Wiggins, the well-known elocutionist, will give some readings at the East Lynn school house, on the evening of Jan. 12. During intermission Rev. Rumbaugh will give a reading; also a duet by Stark Miller and wife. A large attendance is desired.
Lanesboro – A determined effort to blow up the big Starrucca Viaduct, was discovered by the day watchman, Adelbert Opie. He started to walk across the bridge when he discovered the bomb imbedded in loose stones placed on the west end of the structure. The glint of the tin in the early morning light attracted his attention. Upon picking up the can he discovered it was a bomb with a fuse attached. The fuse had been lighted and burned considerably, evidently going out when struck by the wind. Only four inches of fuse remained and this means that the big bridge, one of the largest in the world, was only four inches from destruction or serious damage. Opie turned the bomb over to the Erie officials at Susquehanna. The bomb was well made and carefully sealed.
Thompson – Miss Ruth Crosier returned to her home here, having completed her three years’ course in nurse training at Burns’ hospital, graduating with honors. Miss Crosier is to be congratulated and we wish her success in her vocation.
Forest City – On Monday evening about 9 o’clock, eighteen cars were derailed on the Erie R.R. near the water tank in the upper end of the borough. Traffic was suspended for several hours, the wreckage covering both tracks.
Clifford – William Lott, Sr., one of the oldest and best known residents of Clifford, passed away at the home of his son, Bert, on Jan. 4. Death followed an illness of only three days. Mr. Lott was 80 years of age and had been a life-long resident of Clifford. For many years he carried on a blacksmith business and was a superior workman. He is survived by two sons, Bert and William.
News Brief: Now that coal is selling at around $8 a ton, one of the best investments you can make is an ash sifter—yes, one of those old sifters we used to use regularly 20 years ago when coal was around $4 a ton. You cut a third off the coal bill. They still sell those old sifters in any well-regulated hardware store. Don’t be ashamed to ask for one.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, January 10, 1818.
*We had no mail last Monday which must account for the barrenness of our paper. We know of no excuse the carrier can make unless it be that it was rather foggy one night.
*TAKE NOTICE. Notice is hereby given, that a meeting will be held at the house of C. Carr in this village on Saturday evening next, for the purpose of forming a LIBRARY. All persons who may wish to become members are requested to attend. Montrose, January 10, 1818.
*PAY THE BLACKSMITH. All persons indebted to Curtis & Coy for work done at their shop are requested to call and settle between this and the first of February or they may depend on being called upon in a different manner. All those that calculate to pay in grain must bring it by the 20th of the present month. CURTIS & COY. Montrose, Jan. 9th, 1818.
*MARRIED In this Township on Thursday last by the Rev. Davis Dimock, Mr. David Wilson to Miss Sabre Tanner, all of this Township. [Probably Bridgewater Twp.]
January 18 (1918/2018)
Forest City – Two ladies from this place attended a meeting of a certain society in Uniondale recently. They became absorbed in the deliberations and when they came from the meeting they found that the train had gone. There they were and Forest City six miles away. They had to prepare breakfast for their hubbies the following morning and the only alternative was to walk. And they did. ALSO Monday morning when M.H. Loomis, the milkman, stepped into the Model Restaurant for lunch, he left his team standing in front of the restaurant. He had hardly entered when his team became frightened and ran on the sidewalk and into Morris Kasson’s plate glass window and broke it into a hundred pieces. They then backed out and proceeded across the street, but turned before they got to the McGrath barber shop and ran down the street to where they collided with E.E. Horton’s laundry sleigh in front of the Candy Kitchen, and were stopped. The sleigh pole struck the Horton horse near the shoulder and inflicted a ragged wound. The shafts of the Horton sleigh were smashed. No damage was done to the Loomis team or to the load of milk.
Uniondale – Section Foreman Gettle is kept busy in his efforts to keep the railroad clear of snow. It is shovel, shovel, from early morning to close of day and then the same thing is repeated at night. With the deep falls of snow and the numerous wrecks the men feel the severe strain.
Montrose – Fire completely destroyed the large planing mill, owned and operated by Clark L. Stephens, in the rear of the Exchange Hotel property, South Main street. Poor water pressure at the start could not help to quell the flames and the building was practically burned to the ground. Acting Chief D.A. Watrous, Geo. B. Felker, Carlisle Smith and G.D. Ayres, as well as several others, had a narrow escape when the west wall gave way and the blazing timbers crashed outward. The mill was originally built for a fork factory and as such was operated by the late Azur and George Lathrop, it having been started shortly after the Crandall toy factory burned in the late ‘80’s.
Susquehanna – Plans are being considered by the Erie railroad for the enlarging of the shops here. The main shops of the Erie are located there and with enlargement it will mean that hundreds of men will have to be brought here. The company is asking the co-operation of the residents of the town in housing the men. At the present time a force of men have been engaged at the Shops, putting in a big steam hammer, which will be used to pound up large masses of scrap iron and steel into frames for locomotives. Several tons of metal are being heated at a time before being placed under the big hammer to be pounded into the desired shape.
Hop Bottom – Those who like whole-wheat bead know there is nothing more wholesome. Parties who have been unable to secure this kind of flour will be interested to know that the Foster Milling Co., of this place, has a liberal supply now in stock.
Harford – The high school has decided to purchase a service flag in honor of the young men who have been drafted or volunteered. Thus far, the names are: Claude Lewis, Frank Bell, Harold Adams, Ross Greenwood, Frank Hill, Howard Meade, Eldridge Shoupe, Paul Smith, Simon March, Hallie Forsythe, Stanley Adams, Paul Wilcox, Wayne Booth, George Booth, William Gillispie, Henry Jones, Clayton Sweetser, Washington Gow, Clifton Brainard, Bruce Hawley, Otwell Potter, Harold Chamberlain and Prof. Leigh Allen.
Brooklyn – Delbert, young son of Archie Salisbury, had the misfortune to have his hand caught in the cogs of a fodder cutter one day last week and three fingers were so badly injured that it was necessary to amputate them. Dr Preston attended him.
Clifford – W.C. Richards and G.S. Hallstead are both well-known citizens of this place, and a pair of sturdier, more imposing men would be difficult to picture. Both stand over 6 ft., with symmetrical, well-proportioned bodies, and it is unnecessary to assert that they always command attention and respect—especially the latter, when in the presence of men the size of the writer, at least. They appear as chummy as boys, though their hair is tinged with gray. Both have seen the day when they could split and pile four cords of wood in a day, with their axes, so they said, and after looking them over casually, we did not feel it discreet to question any assertions they might chose to make, especially when they are together.
Lanesboro – The finding of what was thought to be a bomb under the Starrucca bridge has been reported to be a practical joke, as it proved to be a can filled with water. However strict vigilance should be maintained as the destruction of this important bridge would sadly cripple the transporting ability of the Erie, as well as destroying one of the wonders of stone bridge construction.
Silver Lake – The sleighing is fine. The skating on Quaker Lake and Laurel Lake was fine before the last snow.
Birchardville – A cablegram received by C.D. Dayton announced the safe arrival of the ship on which his son, Elmer Dayton, was a passenger, at a foreign port. He will act as a Y.M.C.A. secretary in France.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, Montrose, Pa, January 18, 1818.
*A bill passed the Lower House to incorporate a company for the purpose of making a Turnpike from this place to Nicholas M,Carty’s in New Milford. After the holidays are over and the members get regulated we shall rejoice. Thousands of dollars of public money are annually squandered away by the public servants in this state in keeping, what they call the holidays, which continue two weeks. Such things are abominable, and ought to be abolished.
*Reward to Revolutionary Soldiers. “We cannot omit introducing a circumstance which shews [correct spelling] the timely benevolence of the President in calling the attention of Congress to this subject; --which is—that within a few hours of the moment we are now writing, we were supplicated by an aged man (say of 63) for the donation of a quarter of a dollar, to purchase food; he declared that for 18 hours he had not broken his fast, and was destitute of a cent. This person, whose look confirmed his distress, we know, was a captain of Artillery in the United States army, at the commencement of the revolution; was severely wounded in the campaign of 1776 on Long Island; was a long time a prisoner; served through the war of Independence, and obtained the brevet of Major at its conclusion” Boston Cent.
January 25 (1918/2018)
Dimock – There will be a Community Supper, Friday evening, Jan 25th, at Community Building, Dimock, for the benefit of the Dimock library. All interested are urged to help in this good cause. Supper, 25 cents; children under 12 years, ten Cents.
Montrose – The first of the “Heatless Mondays” found Montrose in a mood, as a rule, to heartily co-operate in the saving of fuel to assist our government in progressing the war. There were no snarlers—at least we heard of none. The law offices were closed, but many of the lawyers, with important business on hand for the day, made the Court House their headquarters. The stores were closed; as was the newspaper offices. The bar at the Exchange Hotel was closed for the day. The news stand and bowling alley of H.A. Patrick remained open Monday, but banked the fires the following Tuesday. The Beach Mfg. Co.* had a permit to operate its plant, as it is engaged on government work. It seemed to be the opinion of the people here that this action by the fuel administrator was proper, not only for the amount of coal that would be saved, but for bringing very forcibly to the attention of the American people, that we are in a war that calls for sacrifice. *(Beach Mfg. Co. is looking to land a government contract for 400 sawing machines, which will be used in cutting lumber from the forests in France and here, for the building of camps, hangars, etc., for the army. Beach has been engaged in the construction of machines for the allied government for months, shipping considerable numbers to Europe almost weekly.)
Susquehanna – Susquehanna has a Smileage campaign on this week, the proceeds of which are to go to help provide wholesome amusements for our soldiers in the training camps and everyone is expected to help in raising a generous sum for a worthy and important cause.
Forest City – Monday the businessmen formed a “bee” under the supervision of Burgess John Franko and removed the heaps of snow along Main street. Why certainly, Tuesday it snowed. ALSO The Scouts of Forest City are delivering government pamphlets giving America’s reasons for entering the war. ALSO A meeting of the men of St. Joseph parish was held Sunday afternoon to consider the erection of a new church building. It was agreed, in case the St. Agnes society decided to build their church on Main street, that a committee be appointed to obtain the old site of St. Agnes church and erect a new building thereon. It was suggested that St. Joseph church be used for school and other parish purposes. The committee appointed are, Rev. J. Tomsic, Martin Muchitz and Martin Gerchman. It was the largest meeting in the history of the parish and it was the unanimous opinion that the cheaper plan would be the erection of a new house of worship.
Uniondale – The Uniondale Milling company finds it almost impossible to secure grain. On Monday they received a carload of wheat that ought to have been delivered here last September.
Thompson – We noticed in the Uniondale column the account of two ladies who recently walked from there to Forest City, a distance of 6 miles. That was quite a tramp, but Thompson is ahead in that line. Jan. 2, all will remember, was just such zero weather as now and hard walking. On that day Miss Emily Walker, of Jackson street, went to Susquehanna on business and being delayed, was obliged to walk home, a distance of 9 miles or more, after 4 o’clock P.M., arriving home about 7 that evening and she was alone. She earned the right to the name Walker.
Snake Creek – The Snake Creek Telephone Co., a mutual organization, recently increased its annual rental to $7 yearly. Each subscriber owns his phone. The raise was made necessary by increased cost, as well as the planning of improvements to the line the coming year.
Harford – A Paris dispatch comments as follows: “Sergeant Henry Sweet Jones, a member of the Lafayette [Espadrille] Flying Corps, who is also a lieutenant in the aviation reserve of the American army, has been decorated with the War Cross, praising his splendid spirit and admirable daring.” The citation especially mentions his exploit of October 1 last, when he brought down his first German machine and his fight with two German airmen on October 31, in which he put his adversaries to flight. In this latter engagement an explosive bullet grazed the gasoline tank of Jones’ machine. ALSO L.W. Peck is mourning over the loss of his prize rooster, “Pete,” as he found him dead Sunday morning.
Hopbottom – Mrs. Mary Powers, her son, Kenneth, and daughter, Shirley, all of whom have been spending a few months in Newark, N. J., have returned to this, their home town, where they will open the Valley View hotel as a temperance house for public entertainment.
Kingsley – School is closed indefinitely because of a case of scarletina in town.
Gelatt – Some time during last Thursday night someone entered Howard Whitney’s chicken coop and took fifty hens.
Glenwood – Mrs. Sara Cameron has knit 12 pairs of socks for the soldiers and her daughter, Gertrude, also has knit two army sweaters. They have been informed that they were much needed.
Jackson – C. M. Leonard, the hustling proprietor of the “Morning Star Dairy Farm,” has opened a full-fledged milk route between Jackson and Gelatt. Time schedule can be had on application.
Elk Lake – The friends and neighbors of W. J. Young made him a wood bee, he having lost his horse some time ago and they also remembered Mrs. Young at Christmas time, which has been their custom for some years to send her some presents, as she is confined to the house all of the time, and these tokens of friendship she is very thankful for.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, January 24, 1818.
*Dissolution of Partnership. The co-partnership heretofore existing between William A. & Torry Whitney was dissolved on the 2nd inst. All persons indebted to said firm by note or book account are requested to pay immediately to William Whitney who continues business at the old stand. WILLIAM A. WHITNEY, TORRY WHITNEY. Harford, Jan. 16, 1818.
*SHERIFF SALE. By virtue of a writ of Fieri Facias, issued out of the Court of Common Pleas of Susquehanna County to me directed will be exposed to sale at the house of George W. Lane in Springville township on Friday the 30th day of January instant at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, one horse, one sleigh, and two tons of hay, seized and taken as the property of George W. Lane. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sh’ff. Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, Jan. 16, 1818.
*FIRE PROOF. On Thursday the 5th of February next, the Commissioners of Susquehanna County will contract for building Fire Proof offices at Montrose with such person as shall offer the best terms and give good security for the performance. The Plan may be examined at that time or on any day previous by calling at the Commissioners’ office. By order of the Commissioners, A.H. READ, Cl’k.
February 01 (1918/2018)
Montrose – The library is to be closed on Mondays and Fridays until further notice in order to conserve fuel. ALSO J.J. Ryan and Co. is installing steam heat at the Titman House. This will insure comfortable quarters for the guests of the house.
Forest City – One of the oldest landmarks of this place was totally consumed by fire. Fire was seen issuing from the Traction Hotel and hall at 3:15 a.m. and soon the building was a mass of flames. The origin of the fire is unknown but it is supposed was caused by an overheated stove in the kitchen. On reaching the fire the firemen were handicapped by frozen hydrants, thus allowing the fire a good start and spread to adjoining buildings owned by Jacob and Henry Weiss and J. Kozlowski. The Weiss building was almost totally destroyed and roof and south side of the Kozlowski structure was badly burned. There was a fruit and confectionery stand in the Weiss building and the Kozlowskis conducted a grocery, dry goods and butcher shop.
Great Bend – Mr. and Mrs. Leon Tuttle drove Wm. Hunt’s horse to Binghamton, Wednesday. As Mr. Tuttle was hitching up in a livery barn on Water street, the horse broke from him, with the back pad and bells on, and came home alone in about two hours time, not any the worse for the trip.
Uniondale – The storm on Monday proved to be the worst of the season. L.M. Owens’ milk team came from Elkdale, but was prevented from returning. Tuesday the farmers turned out and made the roads fairly passable. John J. Simpson brought a large force of men from his vicinity with shovels and they dug the trenches.
New Milford – The citizens of this place, who are working for a temperance town, have shown their steadfastness in the cause of making their town dry and keeping it dry by purchasing the Jay House. Representatives of the temperance people of New Milford were here on Wednesday and filed the deed of record for the property. The promoters have responsible parties in view to conduct the hotel, are planning extensive improvements and promise one of the best conducted hotels in this part of the state, The Jay House, for a number of years, has been considered New Milford’s leading hotel.
Little Meadows – John A. Williams, who lately established equipment for crushing limestone in a quarry here, is being swamped with the demand for the soil sweetener in that part of the county. The rock has a high test and the quantity is apparently unlimited. Owing to the distance from a railroad in which the farmers of the western part of the county are situated, the enterprise is of vast benefit to them in producing larger crops.
County News – Mrs. Clementine VanAuken, who has been State nurse for this county for nine years, has resigned her position and Miss Farris, of Tunkhannock, has been appointed to succeed her. Mrs. VanAuken has been very painstaking with her people and has improved the living conditions in many cases here and around Susquehanna, where the two dispensaries have been located.
Springville Twp. – The death of Sterling Beebe, aged resident living near Pleasant Grove, occurred on Jan. 21. Mr. Beebe had been to town in the morning and in the afternoon went to the barn to husk corn. Not returning at the usual time, Mrs. Beebe went out and found him unconscious. He was cared for by neighbors and a physician summoned, but death came about midnight. After the funeral, held from his home, he was interred in the Newton Cemetery. Mr. Beebe was Civil War veteran and a member of Lieut. H.C. Titman Post of Auburn,
Hopbottom – Earl Tiffany has given the children of the Universalist Sunday School a free sleighride during many years in succession. Last Saturday he did it again. He hitched up his four-in-hand to his big bob-sled, covered a bed of hay with a lot of heavy blankets, took in a whole host of children, provided them with heavy blankets to keep them warm, and drove off with them for a long ride. They went down the creek on the highway toward Nicholson, and up the stream on the macadam toward Brooklyn until they were all cold enough to come in. It was a famous ride, long to be remembered and greatly enjoyed by all. Upon their return to the church the ladies of the society served hot refreshments to them all. It was a great occasion.
Rush – Mrs. Catherine Haire has sold the Haire hotel, at Lawton, to Nicholas Snyder.
Auburn Twp. – The snow is about twenty-eight inches deep here.
Tunkhannock - The first piece of baggage checked over this section of the Lehigh Valley road belonged to Mrs. Elmer L. Bolles, of Vineland, NJ who was enroute to Auburn Township to visit friends in September 1869. The tracks were rough, the locomotives small and used wood for fuel, and the cars were crude in comparison with those of the present day. Mrs. Bolles declared that the train stopped at every cross-roads and hitching post along the way.
Ainey – Olin W. Taylor came home from Chester sick, he says, with the Hog Island grippe. He says they all have it down there. He is better and thinks he will return to his work the 1st of February.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, January 31, 1818.
* Melancholy. On Friday evening, the 23d inst. the body of Charles M’Carty, of Silver Lake township, was found under a tree top mangled in a shocking manner. It appeared that he had, in attempting to fall a tree, lodged it upon another tree; and in attempting to fall the one on which it had lodged the limbs that sustained the lodged one, gave way and fell directly upon him. His scull [skull] was broken in, and one of his arms was broken in several places. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the body and brought in a verdict of “accidental death.” He has left a wife and two children in indigent circumstances, without a relative in America.
February 08 (1918/2018)
Jessup Twp. – To live 85 years in the same community and on the same farm owned by father and grandfather is a record of which few energetic Yankees can boast. To win the admiration and respect of all for a life well lived—a life worthy of emulation by others is something we “of the earth earthy” seldom attain. When we assert that both are applicable to the life and history of Edgar W. Bolles, they will doubtless be surprised to learn the former fact, but will immediately acquiesce to the latter. Mr. Bolles is one of God’s noblemen. Upright, honorable, trustworthy in every way, he is the type of man who is quietly honored by their generation, often more in the heart than by expressed words of approval. His people came from New London, Conn., with their effects in a lumber wagon, crossed the Hudson in a ferryboat and were 20 days on the road to the homestead first owned by Robinson Bolles in 1810.
Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – The snow is 30 inches deep on the level and measured three feet deep in the woods. The heavy snow has brought lots of suffering to both the people and animals. Water is also very scarce and the crust has caused a lot of accidents. It is reported that several cows have slipped on the ice and had to be killed. Among those [people] mentioned were John Warner, Clark Davis and Larry Luce. ALSO On Sunday before Christmas, 30,000 people assembled in front of the U.S. treasury building and led by Hamlin E. Cogswell, accompanied by the full United States Marine band, sang Christmas carols. Hamlin Cogswell is a former Auburn resident known for his musical ability and while in Washington he directed the Home Defense League Regimental Band, conducted the Washington Oratoria and Washington Symphony Orchestra, and was president of the music section of the National Educational Association. He was born in 1852 and died in 1922.
In the County – If the ground hog had the courage to burrow through three feet of snow and face a zero atmosphere on Saturday, he would not have had to rub his eyes to see his shadow at any time during the day. It was a beautiful day—but we all hope he didn’t come out.
Birchardville – The mercury was reported at 32 degrees below on Saturday morning. Monday and Tuesday mornings it was no warmer. There is no use quoting the standing at other places in the county. When anyone wants to know how cold it has been, they ask: “What was the thermometer at Birchardville?” And thus all disputes are promptly settled.
Montrose – A contingent of men left for Camp Meade, with Earle O. Nash appointed in charge until camp was reached. They are: Earle O. Nash, Montrose; Frank J. Feraro, Forest City; George Pembleton, West Auburn; Timothy Reed, Hallstead; Steve Barber, Springville; Harry Stringer, Susquehanna; James E. McInerney, St. Joseph; John F. Reed, Hallstead; Francis Melvin, Forest City; Paul Blacksmith, Forest City; Alex. G. Jones, Forest City; William W. Quinlivan, Friendsville; Henry A. Welch, Montrose; Hale Kingsbury, Lanesboro; Arthur L. Basket, Susquehanna; Robert J. Spencer, Uniondale.
Brackney – Anna J. Patton, formerly of this place, died at her home in New York city on Monday, Jan. 28, 1918. The body was taken to the home of her nephew, Andrew Patton, at Quaker Lake, where the funeral was held. Burial was made in the Quaker Lake cemetery.
Great Bend – A Great Bend man, Wilbur J. Chamberlin, steps into the limelight in the February number of Munsey’s magazine. “The Story of the Sun,” a serial running in Munsey’s in the February installment, gives a sketch of Mr. Chamberlin, who is well-known to many local people. ALSO Miss Mabel Prentice has accepted a position in the new silk mill at this place.
Harford – The Harford Supply store is under the management of F. O. Miller.
Hopbottom – There will be a cafeteria supper at the Community House on Feb. 9. Come and bring a sleighload, as it is fine sleighing. A delightful evening will be had.
Lakeside – While taking Mrs. Whitney and Mrs. Tourje to the Ladies’ Oxford class meeting last Friday afternoon, Mr. Whitney’s horse became frightened and the sleigh was upset, throwing the occupants into the snow. Mr. Whitney got quite a bump on the head.
Lynn – A blizzard seems to be with us most of the time and as the bear saw his shadow we may expect some great weather.
Forest City – Stanley Yolanda as chief of police will register all German aliens in this district. ALSO Miss Eva Cheeky, of Center street, froze both of her hands Sunday evening in coming from Vandling. She came up on the street car to the Vandling switch and on her arrival here she found that her hands were frozen. She is getting along finely.
Uniondale – Leon Edwards has just received word that a patent has been granted to him for an automatic shut-off for a gas jet. Leon thinks there are millions in it. Hope so!
Thompson – A mammoth cake with one lone candle adorned the table at the home of Master Stewart Wilmarth, Sunday, Feb. 3rd, in honor of his first birthday anniversary.
Lawsville – Grange News: Sister Meeker ate onions for supper and could not attend Grange. Brother Stanley Pierson has shaved off his beard. We hardly knew him. Sister Barnum is looking forward to the time for coasting on the crust again. Her nose has healed nicely.
News Brief: - John L. Sullivan, formerly heavyweight champion of the world, died suddenly at his home in Abington, Mass. He was attacked by a fainting spell and before a physician could reach him the old fighter had taken the count for the last time. Sullivan said that he had made $2,000,000 in the fight business, but he died with honor and not riches.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, February 7, 1818.
*MARRIED – On Sunday evening last in Harford township by Joab Tyler Esq., Mr. Joel Sturdevant to Miss Diama Capron all of that township.
*MARRIED – In Waterford township the same evening by Joab Tyler Esq., Mr. Alfred Tiffany to Miss Fanny Mack.
*A SETTLEMENT WANTED. All persons indebted to the subscriber are hereby notified that a settlement must be made by the first of next month. All such as neglect to settle by that time will be noticed in a manner particularly pointed. Produce will be received on all debts. ELI GREGORY, Montrose, Feb. 7, 1817.
NOTICE. All Persons indebted to John Brulte, Hatter, in Montrose, are requested to make payment by the 9th of this month. J. BRULTE. Montrose, Feb. 7, 1818
February 15 (1918/2018)
Susquehanna- A white parrot, owned by George Turner, died recently as the result of the extreme cold. The parrot was 42 years old and was brought over from England by the owner when he came to this country 19 years ago. It was prized highly by the owner. It was a good talker.
Montrose/New Milford – The State Highway Dept. advertises for bids for paving the streets of Montrose and New Milford. This is the most encouraging symptom yet shown of the two towns getting the long-looked for paving this summer.
Great Bend – An acetylene gas generator exploded in the home of Frank Tiel, at Hickory Grove, last week, demolishing the residence and seriously injuring Mrs. Tiel, who was alone in the house. Mr. Tiel rushed from the barn and carried his wife, who was unconscious and badly burned, to the home of Milton Brush, half a mile away. Dr. D.J. Peck was called. The house burned to the ground.
South Gibson – Our townspeople were much distressed and shocked when we received a telephone message saying Glen Howell was killed, crushed by the wrecking train, on his way home from Cochecton, where he had been at work on a big wreck. He had been coupling cars. He leaves a wife and two little girls to mourn his untimely death, besides his aged mother and brothers and sisters.
Montrose – Wm. Welliver purchased the C-Nic theatre at a bankruptcy sale for $300. He will make improvements and thoroughly renovate same. ALSO The death of Kenneth Warner occurred at Camp Hancock, Georgia, on Sunday, Feb. 10th, 1918, from pneumonia. His death removes from here one of the best loved young men of the town, one for whom every acquaintance had both a warm affection and the highest esteem. While thoroughly natural and unostentatious, he always saw the silver lining in the cloud, He was brave and conscientious, always just the kind of men that are needed. That he should be called shows the inscrutable ways of the Omnipotent, and we must not question. We never heard him utter a complaint of any kind. Can we be a brave as he? He has made the supreme sacrifice for his country.
Friendsville – John Condon said the skating was fine on Carmalt’s pond, Sunday last.
South Auburn – People depending on water, taken through pipes, are having great trouble; many having to carry water to their stock. On account of the severe weather there is not much doing. About all one can accomplish is to do chores and keep the fires going.
Parkvale, Dimock Twp. – W.W. Kinner and son, Oscar, visited at Charley Deer’s, in Lathrop, Sunday. They found the roads filled with snow in places, so they left their horse there and went on foot through the drifts.
Heart Lake –There will be a smile social at the parsonage, Feb. 22. Smile motto: - “Smile a smile, while you smile another smile, and soon there’s smiles and smiles of smiles, and life’s worthwhile, if you but smile.” [Did the song come before or after smile socials?]
Brooklyn – The old soldiers were guests of the High School, Tuesday afternoon, and exercises appropriate to Lincoln’s birthday were held.
Carbondale – “Rockie” Rothapiel, moving picture magnate, formerly of Forest City, will be bringing an aggregation of movie stars on February 20 for a Red Cross ball. Coming are Mary Pickford, Clara Kimball Young, Marguerite Clark, and a big array of others, including Mugsie McGraw, of the New York Giants and Hughey Jennings of the Detroit Tigers.
Forest City – According to the “Fifty Odd Years Ago” column in the Forest City News, the first child born at Forest Mills was Edward A. Pentecost. Miss Lottie Thayer, now of Petersburg, VA, was the first girl baby born in the Mills. The first wedding was in the summer of 1880, when William Edwards, a teamster, married Mary Crandall, of Uniondale
Uniondale – “Old Glory” was suspended at half- mast Tuesday in honor of Lincoln’s birthday. ALSO The Erie Railroad has a force of men engaged in filling the company’s ice house at this point. A large amount is required to meet the wants of the milk shippers along the branch. This is the starting point for the line and in addition to the ice required by our local milk shipper, the shippers along the route are cared for. The ice is brought here in cars from Hathaway’s pond, near Ararat.
News Briefs: The Lincoln highway, beginning at New York and ending at San Francisco, is about 1/3 finished, though it is already available for travel for a greater distance. This will be open to travel throughout the year. ALSO Message from President Hoover-“Go back to simple life, be contented with simple food, simple pleasures, simple clothes. Work hard, pray hard, play hard. Work, eat, recreate and sleep. Do it all courageously. ALSO The average temperature for the month of January was 5 degrees above zero, so the weather man said. The January thaw arrived, like the trains, the mails and everything else, mighty late this year. ALSO a Nicholson boy began an essay as follows: “The cow has four legs—one on each corner, and a fly swatter in the rear. ALSO Autoists will find that a hot water bag laid over the manifold ten minutes before it is wished to start will help get a cold motor in operation. Try it. ALSO At a dressmakers' convention held in the West recently, one of the delegates expressed the opinion that dresses would get shorter each year until 1922. This looks like propaganda work. The occulists will resort to anything to boom their business.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, February 14, 1818.
*MARRIED – In Middletown on the 20th of January last, by Seth Taylor, Esq., Mr. John Bump to Mrs. Nancy Foster, all of that township.
*PAINT STORE. The subscriber wishes to inform his friends and the public that he has just received a general assortment of paints which he will constantly keep on hand for sale, among which are the following, viz.: White Lead, Red Lead, Spanish Brown, Spruce Yellow, Patent Yellow, Chrome Yellow, Purple Brown, Rose Pink, Virdegris, Rotten Stone, Copal Gum, Af., Copal Gum, Ch., Spr. Turpentine, Linseed Oil, Hair Pencils, Silver Leaf, Blue Smalt, Spanish White, Yellow Ocher, Stone Yellow, Kings Yellow, Prus. Blue, Tere D. Sceanna [Sienna], Turkey Umber, Vermillion, Pumice Stone, Shelack Gum, Sweet Oil, Olive Oil, Paint Brushes, Gold Leaf, Glaziers Diamonds. N.B. He will shortly have on hand all kinds of Varnishes which he can furnish Cabinet Makers or others with any quantity at the sign of the Gilt Coach. ANSON DART. Montrose, Feb. 6th, 1818.
*Among the indictments found last week by the grand jury, (says the Albany Argus) was one against a woman as a Common Scold!—She was bound over to the next term to take her trail. The punishment for this offence, under the common law, we understand, is THREE DUCKINGS, by the hands of the Sheriff. An eminent counsellor, however, has offered to clear the prisoner by satisfying the jury that she is not a common but an un-common scold.
February 22 (1918/2018)
Herrick Center – John Opeka was drowned in Lowe Lake, Feb. 14. Mr. Opeka bought the Davis farm, which borders the lake, about 3 years ago. He was engaged in putting up ice, and went to the lake alone after dinner, leaving his sons busy at the ice-house. When they finished they looked down to the lake and seeing nothing of their father went down and found his body near the shore, in about 7 ft. of water. He had broken through the thin ice, which had formed where the ice had been cut. He leaves a wife and sons John, Anthony, Frank, Paul and William and two daughters, Mary and Fannie at home. John was born in Austria fifty-one years ago and located in Forest City, when a young man.
South Montrose – Fire completely destroyed the large general store of Frank E. Barron on Sunday morning. Flames were seen shooting from the basement by a neighbor. An alarm brought out all the men of the vicinity, who formed a bucket brigade and succeeded in saving the nearby buildings, but the store and sheds attached were burned, together with practically all the contents. M.L. Lake & Son had an office in the building and were losers in the fire. Mr. Barron conducted the post-office and all the books, stamps, etc. were found in good condition in a safe. The Lehigh Valley station, also located in the burned building, met with some loss.
Rush – O.L. Devine will have a sale of personal property and stock at his farm. Mr. Devine and family will move to Battle Creek, Iowa, next month, where he has secured employment with his brother, Charles Warner, formerly of Montrose.
Susquehanna – The building known as Gettie’s bakery and owned by Mrs. Ella Matthews of Grand street, caught fire about 11:30 Monday night and the resulting damage totals up to about $3000. William Gettie conducted a bakery on the first floor, the second floor being occupied by James Brown and sister, Miss Kate Brown. Smoke and flames trapped Miss Brown until State Trooper Graves and Thomas A. Keefe reached a second story window and rescued her. Firemen were greatly delayed by a frozen hydrant.
Friendsville – The ladies of the Red Cross Knitting Circle have, to date, completed 19 sweaters, 22 pairs of socks and 13 pairs of wristlets, and are calling for more yarn. The financial condition of our organization is excellent and our list of members continues to grow slowly, but surely.
Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. Ward Craft are moving to Iowa this week and will be accompanied by Guy Craft. We are sorry to lose these industrious people from our community, but hope to see Guy come back to us soon.
Forest City – Frank P. Flora appeared before the naturalization court at Scranton and renounced all allegiance to Victor Emanuel and all other kinds, princes and potentates of the Italian government.
Uniondale – The ice industry was a large asset to the community a few years ago but nothing has been done owning largely to the excessive freight rates on the railroad.
Clifford – This community needs a physician and a blacksmith. A good location, in the midst of a prosperous farming community.
Hop Bottom – Our Boy Scouts have shoveled wide paths across the main street, in a good many places, and walks where people were unable to clean them off, thus improving the looks of the town.
Dimock – The large Winans stone quarry, it is said, will again re-open about March 1st, if the weather permits, after a long delay. ALSO D. V. Shaw, who is getting along in years and drives the kid wagon, seems to stand the extreme cold weather good, for a man of his age, not missing a single trip this winter.
Franklin Forks – There was no school today on account of the illness of our teacher, Miss Mae Smith. We hope for her speedy recovery.
New Milford – The first of the week several residents on the north end of Main street noticed that teamsters, who were hauling ice from the creamery pond, were abusing their teams. It is said they would put nearly four tons of ice on a load and then lash their teams across bare spots in the road. They were reported to their employer who soon put a stop to such treatment. The loads were made lighter and the teams were doubled over the bare spots. There is a law against the abuse of dumb animals and it is everyone’s duty to report such cases.
East Lynn, Springville Twp. – The Valentine social held at Stark Miller’s was a financial success. The proceeds, which were $46.25, are to be used for the benefit of the Red Cross.
Montrose – The death of Augustus Pettibone Bush occurred here on Feb. 1, 1918. He was born in Bridgewater Twp. 90 years ago. His wife, Elizabeth Jackson Bush, died April 10, 1915. Augustus became an almost helpless invalid by a stroke of paralysis in the summer of 1882. He moved to Montrose and had resided here since. He was the son of Adrian and Amy Kellum Bush, the former being a son of Caleb Bush (1755-1821), a Revolutionary soldier, who came from Litchfield county, Connecticut in 1809 and purchased 500 acres of timber land in North Bridgewater. The latter was a daughter of Luther Kellum (1760-1846) who came from Stonington, Conn., and when but 16 years old entered the Revolutionary army, serving three years.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, February 21, 1818.
*MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE. On Thursday last, the house of Wm. B. Welch, in Springville township, was consumed by fire, and dreadful to relate, two of his children were burnt in it one of whom was entirely consumed, and the other died in the course of the day. The parents of the children were from home, and the house was set on fire by the children’s playing with that destructive element. This should be a warning to all parents not to leave small children alone. We understand Mr. Welch lost all his furniture and provisions.
*MARRIED. On Thursday last by Joshua W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Jason Potter to Miss Carissa Tyler.
LOST. On Thursday last between the village of Montrose and Jonathan West’s on the Milford & Owego turnpike, an old fashioned English Watch, marked on the back J.D. Any person who may find said watch and will return it to the subscriber in Choconut township, or the Editor of this paper, shall be handsomely rewarded. JOHN LOCKE.
Choconut, Jan. 31st, 1818. [John Locke was a Revolutionary War soldier who resided in Choconut Township. The late Dayton Birchard, a number of years ago, restored his grave marker.]
March 01 (1918/2018)
Brooklyn – This community was deeply grieved to hear of the death of one of its best beloved citizens, Dr. A.J. Ainey, who was stricken with paralysis on the evening of January 29th. Few men make a greater impression in a community for uplift and good citizenship than did Dr. Ainey, who was born in Dimock in 1838, educated at the Dimock Academy, the Harford University and Montrose Academy and was a Civil War veteran. After his discharge he read medicine with his brother, Dr. D.C. Ainey, of New Milford, continuing his studies at the University of Michigan and the medical department of Yale College, receiving his M.D. in 1867. His burial service was conducted by the Lt. Rogers Post, G.A.R., of which he had long been commander.
Bridgewater Twp. – This is an old-fashioned winter. ALSO A young man named James Williams tried to commit suicide by shooting himself. He said he thought he had heart trouble, and he pointed the revolver where he thought his heart should be, but the bullet hit a rib and glanced off, making only a slight wound. He worked for Vinal Welsh, near Tiffany, and boarded at Mr. Allen’s. Dr. Birchard attended him. Asked if there was a woman in the case he replied: “No, I never saw a woman worth shooting myself for.” His parents live in New York.
Auburn Twp. – Warren Rifenbury, of Nebraska, formerly of this place, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Belle Helicker, in Nebraska, where he went to live after the death of his parents. He was a life-long cripple. His remains were brought to Jersey Hill to be interred beside his father and mother. He is survived by several brothers and one sister. He was about 50 years of age.
Laceyville, Wyoming Co. – The large bridge, over the Susquehanna River, gave way to the terrific pounding of the ice against one of its piers and two spans dropped into the river. The damage to one of the piers was noticed by B.D. Phinney, living near the end of the structure, and he immediately placed a guard at his end of the bridge. Crossing to the opposite side with the intention of guarding that end, he had barely reached the end of the bridge when the structure sagged and the iron work went into the flood. The bridge was started in September, 1898, and completed in October of the following year. It cost $30,000.
Silver Lake – A former Silver Lake boy, Major Frank L. Donovan, has had a view of the German line “somewhere in France” from an aeroplane. Early in the winter he was ordered to an aviation school, which he is attending with about 80 other officers. His home is now at Lawrence, Mass., where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Donovan, formerly of Silver Lake, and Major Donovan’s wife and six children reside. He was born in Silver Lake 40 years ago. He saw service in the Spanish American War and on the Mexican border. An uncle of Major Donovan, Gen. W.H. Donovan, formerly commanded the 9th Massachusetts. David C. Donovan, of Silver Lake, is his uncle and Leo J. Donovan, is a first cousin. Another cousin, Pvt. Serenus D. Donovan, Silver Lake, is a private in Co. F. 101st Infantry.
Hallstead – The house of Grant Melody, of Smoky Hollow, was destroyed by fire on Sunday afternoon. On account of defective stove pipe, the upstairs part was ablaze before the fire was discovered and but few things were saved, with no insurance on house or contents.
Jackson – The class of 1918 held a heart social in the I.O.O.F. Hall, Feb. 14th. Each lady’s (paper) heart was sold at auction, and as there were more gentlemen than there were hearts and those that did not purchase hearts ate a “hearty” supper alone, which was composed of sandwiches, cake, pickles, olives and coffee.
Rushville – During the thaw and rain of last week the ice broke up and came down to the big bridge, near Hibbard and Potts, where it lodged and threw the creek over the ‘flats and roads, which makes it impassable at the present. It also washed away the bridge at Erastus Light’s.
Springville – Dayton Tuttle and wife are now in New York, where he has a good job with an automobile firm. They have not rented their home here and are waiting to see if Mrs. Tuttle does not like city life, she will return to Springville. ALSO L.H. Bushnell celebrated his 90th birthday, Feb. 24th. He is wonderfully well preserved, retaining all his faculties, practically unimpaired, and doing considerable light work out of doors in pleasant weather.
Harford – People have had a serious time getting about on account of the ice. It has been rather dangerous traveling. Amazi Lewis had the misfortune to break his leg while on his way home from New Milford, when his sleigh went over the bank near the Very school house.
Hopbottom - The flats are flooded and Arthur Johnson and W. F. Barron’s cellars are nearly full. Mr. Barron and family had to move out of their house. Earl Tiffany had to go down with his horses and wagon to get them out. ALSO The Foster mill is again running after having been frozen up for about six weeks.
Williams’s Pond – The Heart Lake Red Cross met with Mrs. George Lewis, on Wednesday last. The time was devoted to the making of surgical dressings. ALSO Everett Hohn and wife are moving here this week from Brooklyn, having rented the James Webb farm for the ensuing year.
Montrose – A flag used by the Union League of New Milford, in proclaiming Union victories during the war, was presented to the Susquehanna County Historical Society. The flag had been in the care of Judge A.B. Smith, whose father Capt. A.B. Smith belonged to the Union League of New Milford borough and township, organized in 1862. Judge Smith made the presentation. [The flag was featured in a Civil War exhibit at the Broome County Historical Society, Binghamton, NY, several years ago, as well as an exhibit of historic flags at this Society.]
Forest City – The high school girls basket ball team went to Carbondale too play the girls team of the high school of that place. As was expected our girls were victorious in a close, well-played game. The score was 4 to 2.
News Briefs: Towanda is wrought up over the whipping of some of its pupils by the principal. In this effete day we had come to believe that the good old-fashioned method of keeping the boy at his studies had been abandoned. The parents are very angry—but it’s just possible the exercise of physical suasion was needed. ALSO Veterans of the Civil war are dying at the rate of 100 daily according to the commander-in-chief of the G.A.R. When it is considered the War ended nearly 53 years ago it naturally follows that the veterans are reaching an age when dissolution must take place. Their tottering footsteps are watched with honor and respect.
March 08 (1918/2018)
Silver Lake – Miss Jane Simpson, formerly of this place, died in Montrose on March 3. She was born in Moffatt, Scotland and came to this country when just six weeks old. Her father, John Simpson, came to Silver Lake to take charge of a woolen mill, owned by the late Dr. Robert H. Rose, whose son, Edward W. Rose married a sister of Miss Simpson, the mother of Hon. Henry J. Rose, of Montrose. Miss Simpson was a woman of rare intelligence, an omnivorous reader and possessed a strong will. For many years she was a correspondent for the Independent Republican, writing an interesting weekly letter. ALSO Thomas Kanane was born at Silver Lake and has lived on the same farm for more than 75 years; all of his life, in fact, with the exception of a few months spent with the division of engineers of the Union army in the south. His father came to this country from County Clare, Ireland, and settled on the farm now occupied by the son. Mr. Kanane had a large sale about a year ago and has since taken life easier, but is still on the old farm.
Herrick Center – On account of the unusually thick ice, both branches of the Lackawanna creek have overflowed the banks and inundated the road and flats. This is the greatest flood in the history of the town and is causing no little annoyance and inconvenience to travelers, with little prospect of improvement until warmer weather removes some of the ice.
Montrose – The C-Nic theater is being renovated and improved and will be opened, it is expected, in a few days. Mr. Welliver, the new proprietor, is showing his enterprise by permitting his opening date to be taken as a benefit entertainment for a local organization in need of funds. Such an exhibition of philanthropy should stand him well in hand with the people of the town in future patronage.
Little Meadows – Miss Lydia Bergin has taken a position as stenographer in the D.L.&W. station at Binghamton.
Gibson – George Potter died at his home at the age of 78 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Universalist church. He had lived the most of his life in this vicinity and was a man of powerful endurance. Ernest Potter and family, of Binghamton, attended the funeral. [George is listed with Co. M, 4th Cavalry and Co. C. 203d Regiment, PA Volunteers.]
Hallstead – Last Saturday night burglars forced an entrance through the back door of the store of V.D. Hand, rifled the safe and cash register, securing a small amount of money and merchandise. They also took the telephone box, containing a small amount of coin. After robbing the Hand store they proceeded next door to loot Cox’s drug store, gaining entrance by carefully removing a large glass from the rear window and then forcing the iron bars apart. Here they secured about $10 and some candy.
Thompson – James Westbrook, although 80 years of age, has worked every day this winter and was able to stand the cold as well as the younger men. Mr. Westbrook was not born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. His mother died when he was two years of age. When 12 years of age his father was taken away and since that time he has had his own way to make. He has never shirked his duty and his bodily vigor and alert mind, at his advanced age, attest the influence of an active out-door life.
Laurel Lake – On February 19th occurred the death of Joseph Ward. He was in his 88th year having been born on the same farm where he died. He was the oldest man in the community and will be missed. He is survived by nine children and 36 grandchildren. Father Dunn, at St. Augustine’s church offered a requiem High Mass. Interment in St. Augustine’s cemetery.
Glenwood – Lester Barnes underwent a successful operation for appendicitis at his home. Dr. Tompson, of Scranton, was the operating surgeon, assisted by Dr. Taylor, of Hop Bottom. ALSO Word has been received of the death of George Mapes, Sr., at his home in St. Paul, Minn. An old resident of Cameron Corners, he moved to his latter home 38 years ago. Another old soldier has answered to the final roll call at the ripe old age of 87 years and 4 months. [George belonged to Co. B, 177th Reg’t, Drafted Militia; was a charter member of Capt. Lyons Post #85 of Glenwood.]
Brooklyn – The Seniors of our High School very ably presented the drama, “Deacon Dobbs.” Everyone who was present felt well repaid for attending. The Montrose High School orchestra furnished the music, which added much to the evening’s entertainment.
Birchardville – The sale at Olin Devine’s was well attended. The Ladies’ Aid received $26.95 for the dinner. Goods all sold well, one cow and calf bringing $100. Hens sold for 97 cents apiece.
Susquehanna – The last, loving tribute of respect was paid to the late John Johnson, patriot, Susquehanna’s first soldier laid to rest. It was a universal feeling among the citizens of the three boroughs, Susquehanna, Oakland and Lanesboro, which called together the throng of sad-faced men and women to view the long procession of organizations, fire companies, officials, Erie Shop men and band, high schools and dignitaries. The young soldier was about 22 years of age and one of the most popular boys in the town. His parents, having died some years ago, two brothers and a sister are left of the immediate family.
South Auburn – At a regular meeting of the Grange, it was resolved that we deplore the recent granting of liquor licenses to hotels already closed in this county and feel that the temperance people of Susquehanna county, in asking for bread, received a stone.
West Lenox – On account of the high water the bulk head in F. T. Whitney’s grist mill was destroyed, so he is unable to do any grinding or gumming of saws.
News Briefs: The musical drip of sap in shimmering pails is once again heard in the “sugar bush.” (If this mild weather continues most of us will be tempted to write a poem.) ALSO Robins and bluebirds made their appearance the first of the week in considerable numbers. The little “harbingers of spring” always find a hearty welcome awaiting them. ALSO “Please pass the grasshopper sandwiches.” Can you imagine yourself saying it” Yet it may come to pass that this phrase will be oft-repeated in this day of meat scarcity. One man reports eating them when nicely browned and placed between slices of Victory bread and says they have a fine nutty flavor. ALSO It is curious that Sec. McAdoo, Sec. Baker and Mr. Hoover, having all the sources of information that the government can command at hand, don’t know half as much about what ought to be done to win the war as nine-tenths of the individuals who sit around warm stoves and air opinions founded on air.
The Montrose Centinel, for this date, March 8, 1818, is unavailable.
March 15 (1918/2018)
Rush – Edward Cavanaugh advertises ten cows, five horses and other stock and farming utensils and implements in today’s Republican. Mr. Cavanaugh is unable to secure help and is obliged to reduce his stock.
Oakland – Private Thomas Harvey, of Camp Meade, and Miss Helena Haws, of Oakland, where the groom formerly resided, were married on Friday, March 1, 1918, at Johnson City, by Rev. William Davis. Private Harvey has returned to his regiment and his bride will remain with her mother, Mrs. Blanche Haws, at Oakland.
Brookdale – John Johnson is sawing out a lot of ash for airplanes and it sounds good to hear his mill whistle once more.
Clifford – W.C. Baldwin and A.R. Bennett have exchanged farms, Mr. Baldwin taking over all the tools and most of the stock of Mr. Bennett. Bill will sure make some farmer. Here’s luck to both of them.
Thompson –We will not attempt to give an account of the havoc made or the numerous inconveniences the people of Water street have had to battle with the past month, owing to frozen water pipes and the flooded condition of the entire flats. It is far beyond our powers or description. We can only say this; if spring ever comes and things are once back to normal we will know how to appreciate them.
Fiddle Lake – The farmers here have finished filling the ice houses from the pure water of the Lake and say the ice is the thickest they ever have seen and some are life-long residents.
Herrick – The home of Mr. and Mrs. Silas O. Churchill was the scene of great festivities last Sunday, the occasion being the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. While the storm raged outside, all was joy and happiness within. ALSO The oldest person born in Herrick township is Lafayette Lyon, now a resident of Carbondale. Mr. Lyon is in his 93rd year. The second oldest is Charles Coleman, who on the 17th of March will be 87 years of age. Shuabel Carpenter, of Uniondale, is a close third, being a few years younger than Mr. Coleman.
Forest City – Fate seems to follow Joseph Piskur, of Susquehanna street. Two months ago his wife died leaving three small children without a mother’s care. He has been kept from work a great deal of the time in caring for his little ones. Thursday he secured work with the Elkbrook mine at Richmondale and on Friday was removed to Emergency Hospital, Carbondale, suffering from serious injuries sustained by a fall of top rock while at work in the mine. He sustained a fractured pelvis. ALSO Patrons of the Plaza theatre are pleased to notice the improvements made in the screen. A mirror screen has taken the place of the old screen and it is greatly enlarged thus giving better effect to the pictures as they are shown.
Hallstead – While conducting the funeral of a neighbor, Edward J. O’Brien, on Thursday of last week, Undertaker Edward E. Tuttle was taken seriously ill. He was taken to his home and pneumonia developed. Although everything possible was done to save his life, he passed away Sunday. Mr. Tuttle was a man highly regarded in his community, an undertaker for 32 years, and his death came as a severe shock to family and friends. He was 64 years of age. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Olin, of Susquehanna and Leland, at home.
Montrose – At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, Miss Fanny Bunnell was elected to the position of assistant librarian. One of the standards of efficiency adopted at the meeting was: The interests of the Travelling Libraries should be studied and the work fostered and every effort made to intelligently extend the same. [It was recently established that the Travelling Libraries, now known as the Bookmobile or Books-on-Wheels, at the Susquehanna County Library, is the oldest in the state of Pennsylvania established on June 11, 1924 with Miss Beulah Eyerly driving the first “book truck.”]
Hop Bottom – Ed. Penny, an aged veteran of the Civil War and member of Lieut. Rogers Post, G.A.R., passed away, following a long illness of pneumonia. Although the day was stormy, his comrades of the Post attended. With the death of Comrade Penny and Commander A.J. Ainey, the Post has lost two worthy members during the past few days.
Little Meadows – The members of St. Thomas’ parish unfurled a beautiful service flag at a recent morning service, commemorating the departure to the front of several of their young men. The service was very impressive and many were deeply affected by the remarks of their pastor, Rev. J. McGuckin. In the course of his address he spoke of the loyalty and patriotism of the Catholics and urged them to continue in the steadfast loyalty, which has characterized them from the very beginning. “God and my Country,” he concluded, should be your motto.
Auburn Twp. – The Philadelphia Ice Cream and Creameries Company, which has a branch station at Auburn Four Corners, has rented the Baker creamery at Sankey and opened up business there. The creamery has been closed since last November.
Franklin Twp. – Dist. Attorney John Ferguson, of Susquehanna, was here on Tuesday. He stated that he and State Trooper Al. Carlson made an investigation into the death of Augustus Smith, who lost his life in his home here when the building was burned. They could find nothing which would tend to indicate that his death was due to other than accidental causes. Had the motive been robbery his pocketbook and other valuables would have been removed from his person, but these were found intact. It was his personal opinion that the fire had started in the room over his head, in which were stored large quantities of papers and books, and the burning mass, ignited doubtless from the stovepipe, had made a fierce fire which suffocated him and later in falling pinned him underneath.
News Briefs: The very large number of people in Scranton and vicinity, who are deeply interested in the Lackawanna Trail, will read with much pleasure the statement that the project is not at all visionary, as some seem to have believed, but a near reality. This is the impression of D.L. Morgan, the president of the Lackawanna Trail Assn., who has been very active in the movement of establishing this modern paved state highway and who has an intimate knowledge of what has been done and of what is doing in the way of securing the releases from property owners along the abandoned Lackawanna tracks. These releases, we are told, are all that are needed to insure the construction of the roadway. ALSO In Susquehanna county, during 1917, there were 1436 licenses granted by the state highway department for pneumatic motor cars. ALSO Give A Book To A Soldier—It is with this belief in mind that those in charge of the “War Library drive” have started a campaign for books during the week of March 18 to 25 inclusive. You will be asked to give one, or more, good books for the use of the libraries in the army camps. Montrose people will be personally solicited by the Camp Fire Girls, who will make a house to house canvass of the town.
The Montrose Centinel, for this date, March 15, 1818, is unavailable.
March 22 (1918/2018)
Montrose – On Monday last, the Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania, sitting at Philadelphia, admitted Sue M. Strous as a member of that court, on the motion of J.M. Kelly. The oath was administered by former Gov. William A. Stone. Miss Strous was admitted to the bar of Susquehanna county on Aug. 11, 1902, and has been practicing since that time. She is the first woman attorney to be admitted to the State Supreme Court from Susquehanna county. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Rifenbury went to Binghamton last week. Mr. Rifenbury remained for treatments at Dr. Dibble’s Bath-O-torium for rheumatism. He is improving nicely.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. – A book agent was in this vicinity the past week selling a book entitled “How to Be Happy Altho Married,” and met with good sales in this vicinity.
Little Meadows – W.D. Minkler, who runs an auto passenger car from this place to Binghamton during the warm season, made his first trip on Wednesday.
East Bridgewater – N.O. Roach has just installed, in his home, one of the Delco-Light electric plants, giving beautiful electric lights all through his house and barn, as well as lighting his son’s house, next door.
Great Bend – Lieut. Frederic Brush, formerly of this place, has been made brigade surgeon and is assisting in the planning and organization of the new naval training camp at Pelham Bay, NY, where 16,000 men are to be accommodated soon
Susquehanna – F.D. Lyons, merchant and director of the First National Bank, celebrated his 99th birthday on Thursday of last week. Mr. Lyons is the oldest resident and businessman in the county.
Harford – The supper held by the men of the M.E. church was a great success, the men covering themselves with glory by the manner and expedition in serving the menu. The net proceeds were $21.75. ALSO At West Harford, J.A. Williams and H.S. Esterbrook are busily engaged in the sugar camp, the syrup made by them being of excellent quality and pronounced a No. 1 by all of their customers.
New Milford – Willis R. Cobb is not only a perfect gentleman, but always extremely accommodating. The latter quality was given a test the other evening, when an autoist called him up in the middle of the night for a pail to get some water for his over-heated motor. But for his pains Mr. Cobb is minus a new tin pail worth $1.50, which the appreciative (?) motorist carried away with him. Mr. Cobb wishes the motorist to return the pail, or $1.50, and at this event he will desist from revealing the motorist’s name.
Tirzah – Charles Walker, of Uniondale, was greeting old friends here from Saturday until Monday. Although past 80 years he is very active and talks of coming back to his farm here this spring. His neighbors will be glad to welcome him.
Brooklyn – We learn with regret that Dr. F.B. Miller, our veterinarian, expects to move to Stroudsburg this spring.
Thompson – Orr Lawrenson, who is employed as brakeman in the Erie yard at Susquehanna, was thrown from a boxcar Monday morning of last week, sustaining a fractured ankle and severe bruises about the body. He was removed to the Simon Barnes hospital. E. A. Mead and his daughter, Mrs. George Pickering, visited him and reported that he is doing as well as could be expected
Oakland – The Blue Ridge Metal Manufacturing company recently filled an order for the United States Government for 11,000 trench mirrors. A telegram received recently calls for 300,000 additional mirrors.
Forest City – Olin Davies and Herbert Horton returned from Flint, Mich., Monday. They returned with two handsome Buick automobiles which had been sold to W. D. Owens and G F. Horton. From Monroe, O. to Toledo they trailed behind sixty Packard army trucks. They returned via Cleveland, Jamestown and Salamanca and found extremely muddy roads.
ESTATE MATER SETTLED: One of the most peculiar cases ever before the courts of this county and state was that of James Fuller, in relation to the Robert J. Ellis estate, of which he was executor. Mr. Fuller was surcharged with something over $5,000, which Mr. Fuller refused to pay, stoutly contending that he did not owe the estate. Going from the county to state courts it had the same result—ordering Mr. Fuller to pay. For contempt of court, in not obeying the court’s order, he was committed to jail and has been there for the past 2 years. All lawyers involved felt that undoubtedly Fuller was honest in his belief that he did not owe the estate. The case was settled last week by the payment of $3,000. The heir, John Bennett, had lately instituted an action, contending that the Sheriff, or his bondsmen, were liable for the amount of the claim alleging that Mr. Fuller had a great deal too much freedom for one who was supposed to be in jail as a penance. Mr. Fuller is a mighty interesting old gentleman, as alert and clear-minded as many men half his years. He is 80. His personality is very attractive, and he has made many friends here. He does not possess a super abundance of confidence in either lawyers or courts, and has taken many a shot at different members, through the press, while in jail.
200 Years Ago Today from the Montrose Centinel, March 21, 1818.
*MARRIED – On Thursday the 12th inst. By David Post, Esq., Mr. Jesse Coon to Miss Temperance Killum, all of this township [Bridgewater].
*MARRIED – In this village [Montrose] yesterday morning, by J.W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Wm Rowley to Miss Hannah Ladd, all of this [Bridgewater] township.
*TO LYDIA WAKEFIELD. TAKE NOTICE. That Chancy Wakefield, your husband, has filed his petition and libel against you for a divorce from the bonds of Matrimony, and that an alias subpoena has been issued, to me directed. You are therefore required to be and appear before the court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Susquehanna, to be held in and for the said county at Montrose on the first Monday of May next, and then and there shew cause (if any you have) why the said petition & libel of the said Chancy Wakefield should not be granted, and his bonds of Matrimony with you should not be dissolved. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sh’ff. Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, March 18, 1818.
*FLYING MACHINE. A country clergyman in lower Saxony has been so happy as to succeed in accomplishing the invention of an airship. The machine is built of light wood [and] it is made to float in the air chiefly by means of the constant action of a large pair of bellows, of a peculiar construction, which occupies in the front the position of the lungs and the neck of a bird on the wing. Thin cords direct the wings on both sides. The height to which the farmer’s boy (10 or 12 years of age) whom the inventor had instructed in the management of it, has hitherto ascended with it, is not considerable because his attention has been more directed to give a progressive than an ascending motion to his machine.
March 29 (1918/2018)
Eight More Soldiers Called Into Service – The drafted men will report to Sheriff Taylor, Monday, April 1st, at four o’clock p.m. They will leave for Camp Meade on the regular train over the Lehigh Valley the following morning. They are: Leo A. McHale, Susquehanna; Charles J. VanBell, Friendsville; Joseph A. Mullen, Friendsville; Edw. A. Benedict, Herrick Center’ Chas. E. Simpson, Great Bend; Arthur G. Pratt, Nicholson; Joe Steve Murin, Forest City; Domentrio Cruccitti, Susquehanna.
Susquehanna – The men in the Erie shops were put on an 11 hour day, and 7 days a week basis, beginning last Saturday. They now begin work at 6:30 a.m., have 45 minutes at noon, and quit at 6:15. About 2000 men are affected by the new system. ALSO Henry Wrought, of Lanesboro, was struck and instantly killed by a train in the Erie yards here. He is survived by a wife and several children.
Lawsville – Mrs. D.W. Bailey was very seriously burned Tuesday evening while attempting to remove a flaming lamp from the house. Her left hand and arm were very badly burned, also her left side. Her husband luckily was just about to enter the house at the time, and it was difficulty that the put out the flames which enveloped her body. Dr. Preston was called and made the patient as comfortable as possible.
Montrose – Maple syrup is being sold from the stores here for $2.10 per gallon. We understand that the producer gets $2.00 for it. ALSO The C-Nic Theater will be reopened to the public next Tuesday evening. The new proprietor, W.A. Welliver, has greatly improved the interior and has had the machine thoroughly rebuilt, while a new screen will give added brightness to the pictures.
Heart Lake – Perhaps few men of the county are better preserved for their years than Amasa Aldrich, who lives near the Lake. Although past eighty, he is able to do much light work, and says he feels much better for it. He assists his son, Fred, the superintendent at the Heart Lake icehouses, with his farm work, during his necessary absence from home.
New Milford – The 25th annual reception of Columbia Hose Company, No. 1, of New Milford, will be held in the New Milford opera house, Friday evening, April 5th, and promises to be an extraordinarily fine affair. Supper will be served from five o’clock until all are served. Fienbloom’s orchestra, of four pieces, of Binghamton, will furnish music for dancing. One-half of the net proceeds will be given to the Red Cross.
Springville – Anna B. Stevens & Co. can now furnish you with the prettiest, up-to-date, ready-trimmed hats imaginable, at lowest prices. Call on her and examine hats before purchasing. ALSO On Thursday last, Joe Comstock and Miss Gladys Gregory were married, and on Monday night the young people, and some not so young, tendered them an old-time “skimilton.”
South Gibson – March 17th, being Mrs. Alsada Tripp’s 85th birthday, a few of her many friends surprised her on Saturday afternoon. A very pleasant social time was spent in singing, recitations and well-chosen remarks. Refreshments were served.
Jackson – Rev. Palmer N. Taylor, for the past three years pastor of the Methodist church here and North Jackson, has resigned. He will take charge of the church at Randolph N.Y., having been transferred to the Erie conference. He was formerly pastor at Springville and Hopbottom, and is an energetic and able young clergyman.
Franklin Township – Hiram Sivers, a veteran of the Civil War, died on March 21, 1918. He had been to Montrose and while on his way to his home, the Samuel Turrell farm in this place, he became exhausted. His son later went in search of him and found him unconscious, his death occurring shortly afterwards. The deceased was 77 years of age and was a son of Jacob and Mahala Martin Sivers. He served with gallantry in the war of the rebellion and was credited with being one of the keenest Yankee sharpshooters. The deceased man had many good qualities, and his friends remember his bravery and sacrifice at a time when the nation was in peril. A wife and a number of grown children survive. Burial was in the Montrose Cemetery.
South Montrose – Charles E. Mead, of South Montrose, has two sons in France, serving their country. Amsey, an electrician, who has been on French soil for the past two years, and Frank C., who is in regular military service. The boys are not only separated but neither knows what part of France the other is located, as they are frequently shifted from one point to another.
Clifford – The people in this town and vicinity were shocked and saddened by the death of one of our best-known and loved young men, Ralph Bennett, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bennett, aged about 24 years. He enlisted about three months ago, was sent first to Fort Slocum, then to Camp Hancock, GA, and next to Camp Merritt to await orders for “somewhere in France.” He was attacked with measles, followed by pneumonia, which resulted in his death. His father was with him when he passed away, his mother being in too poor health to go to him.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, March 28, 1818.
*DIED. In this township [Bridgewater], on Thursday last, Miss Cyntha Rockwell, daughter of William Rockwell.
*AN APPRENTICE WANTED. Smart, active lad, about sixteen years old, is wanted by the subscriber as an apprentice to the Carpenter and Joiner business. Good encouragement will be given to one who can come well recommended. HIRAM PLUM. Montrose, March 28, 1818.
*GOING—GOING! The subscriber calculates soon to remove from this place to the State of New York, therefore all persons who have demands against him are requested to present them for payment, and those indebted will save cost by making an immediate settlement. JAMES COOK. March 28, 1818.
*N. RAYNOR. Respectfully informs the public that he has on hand and offers for sale a general assortment of Goods, cheap for cash or country produce. Also a constant supply of good Whiskey, by the barrel or hogshead, which will be sold on a short credit if the pay can be made sure. N.B. All persons indebted to him must Call and settle immediately or they must be compelled to do the same. Montrose, Jan. 30th, 1818.
April 05 (1918/2018)
New Milford – The Scranton and Binghamton trolley line, which is in operation between Scranton and Montrose, and which we have been led to believe would come through New Milford, Hallstead and Great Bend, when completed to the Parlor City, is in danger of being lost to this section. Strong pressure is being brought to bear to have the road built by the Snake Creek route from Tiffany to Conklin. Montrose would be the greatest loser by this change of route, as it would divert a large amount of business that now goes to that town. This matter should be taken up by the business men of Montrose, New Milford, Hallstead and Great Bend and an effort made to prevent the original route being changed.
Ararat – Allen Brooks, having enlisted in the coast artillery, is now stationed at Cape Henry, Va.
Franklin Hill – David Campbell, the popular mail carrier, has been laid up for some time with injuries received in a collision with a telephone pole while passing another rig in an icy spot.
Montrose – Mrs. R.L. Bush, county director of the Liberty Loan in which the women are organized, has been very fortunate in securing the services of Miss Eliza Brewster as secretary for the drive, which commences Saturday. Miss Brewster is most competent in any position of this nature. She was for some years private secretary to Mrs. Chas. M. Schwab. ALSO The barbers here announce that after April 15th the price of hair-cutting is to be 35 cents. This has been the prevailing price in other cities ad towns for some time, brought about by the high prices of labor and supplies used by the tonsorial artists.
Brooklyn – Dr. F.B. Miller will not locate in Stroudsburg. The veterinarian spent a week in that place, and while the field was good, with better highways than we have, he found the stock incomparable to our county and the people also were not like the home folks, and he decided promptly that Brooklyn was the best place. Dr. Miller has traveled all over this country and foreign lands, so does not easily get homesick. But he must be shown that there is a better spot on earth than Brooklyn.
Harford – Some of the good citizens of the town are agitating the advisability of having a community cow, as we are cut off on all corners of our supply of milk. It might be a working proposition. ALSO Those who attended the Easter services in the M.E. church were charmed with the musical program, which was under the direction of Prof. J.A. Sophia, and the eye was attracted by the tasteful evergreens, Easter lilies, roses, daffodils, jonquils, sweet peas, etc. furnished by Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Whitney. ALSO Beginning last Monday the pupils of Harford high school have voted to have school commence at 7:45 and close at 12 p.m. to allow the older boys to help at home in the afternoon.
Susquehanna – Last week an Erie bowling team, composed of Daniel Conners, Andrew Axtell, Harry Kane and Wm. Felske, under the management of Asst. Secretary John Springsteen, of the Y.M.C.A., met and won two of three games from the Port Jervis team. Games were played at the Y.M.C.A. in Binghamton. ALSO The Catholics of this place are to build one of the largest convents and schools in the Scranton diocese. A meeting of the men of St. John’s congregation was called and a decision was made to purchase the building lots at the corner of Broad Ave. and Grand St., of the Sabin estate. The price was $6,000. It is planned to erect buildings to cost about $100,000.
Uniondale – Foster Williams, a nephew of Morgan D. Daniels, is in the aviation training camp, at Miama, Fla. He writes that recently, in 7 hours and 42 minutes, 4,889 shells were fired at imaginary German airplanes. Miama, in 1890, was a town of only 100 inhabitants, but now counts over 20,000, exclusive of the military and is one of the finest towns in the state and a grand place for an aviation camp.
Auburn Four Corners – A man representing himself as manager of the New York Ice Cream and Creamery company appeared two or three months ago, bought real estate and made a big splash in the way of business. He leased the creamery at this place and also at Sankey, and bought all the milk that came—thousands of pounds. He hired butter makers to care for the milk. About 6 weeks of such work caused him to disappear owing for every cent’s worth of milk taken in. The farmers are wondering if they have been duped.
Thompson – Miss Marguerite Gelatt, who went to New York to take up her life work after a course in nurse training, writes that she has passed her three month probationers’ term, received her outfit and has been enrolled in the New York city hospital for 3 years. Miss Gelatt is the youngest student that was ever there.
Forest City – Conductor H.E. Johnson, of Carbondale, spent Sunday with his son, A.G. Johnson. Mr. Johnson is one of the oldest conductors on the Delaware and Hudson railroad. At one time he was conductor on the accommodation train on the Jefferson branch and remembers when Forest City was nothing but a forest.
Springville – Douglas Lathrop, son of Dr. and Mrs. H.B. Lathrop, was in town on Tuesday. Mr. Lathrop, who is pursuing his first year of studies in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has joined the reserve officers training corps at that institution. This organization gives a portion of each day to military training and may lead to a lieutenancy.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, April 4, 1818.
*MARRIED – On the 29th ult., by Joshua W Raynsford Esq., Mr. Israel B. Gregory to Miss Polly Lindsley, all of Bridgewater township.
*DIED – In this town on Wednesday evening last, after a short but distressing illness, Mr. Zacheriah Price, about 56 years old. Mr. Price removed to this place but a short time since from Wysox, Bradford County.
*SAYRE & MULFORD Give notice to the public that they have on hand an excellent assortment of GOODS, among which are Cog. Brandy, Young Hyson, Hyson Skin and Bohea Teas, Sweet scented Virginia tobacco, by the lb. or keg, Maccoboy and Scotch Snuff by the jar or bladder, all of an excellent quality; they have just received and are now receiving a good assortment of Hollow ware (from Salesbury [Salisbury?] furnice [furnace?] Con.) Stone ware and Crockery, Iron and Steel, together with almost every other article called for in the country, which they offer very low for ready pay. Montrose, Feb. 14, 1818.
N.B. All persons having unsettled accounts more than three months are requested to call and make immediate settlement or they will be under the necessity of commencing a prosecution which would be very unpleasant.
April 12 (1918/2018)
Forest City – The school directors of Susquehanna county proved their interest in education by braving the blizzard and coming to Montrose, 174 strong, to elect a Superintendent of Schools for the county. Miss Clara Winans, the assistant superintendent; F.H. Taylor, principal of the Forest city schools and A.A. Killian, principal of the Susquehanna schools, were nominated for the office, Miss Winans withdrew. The result was 97 votes for Taylor and 77 for Killian. It was pointed out that when Prof. Taylor came to Forest City nine years ago he found Russians, Italians, Bohemians, Slavs, Jews, Syrians and other nationalities attending a third class school. By hard work he brought the school up to a first grade high school in a few years’ time, and it stands today as one of the very best schools in this region.
Montrose – A Montrose young man, G. Carlton Shaver, owner of Camp Susquehannock, is now holder, with King Smith, of the National indoor tennis doubles championship. Messrs. Smith and Shafer played a brilliant series of games at the big tournament in New York city last Saturday and came out victors. ALSO Robert Welden, who lately enlisted in the aviation service, has been sent to Camp Winfield Scott, Cal. ALSO A right sharp young winter has developed this week. There are four or five inches of snow on the level, and more falling. Its lightness indicates it will not carpet the ground long.
Franklin Hill – A fairly large quantity of maple syrup has been made in this vicinity. Lately the run has been quite good. Among those tapping their sugar bush are Frank Wilson, Ralph Kerr, John Webster and Charles McKinney.
Auburn Twp. – Dogs attacked the flock of sheep of James McAvoy recently. Out of ten sheep and three goats only four escaped, two of the goats also being victims.
Nicholson – The Nicholson High School building was burned to the ground on Friday morning. The building was discovered in flames at about 4 o’clock, and being a two-story frame structure was speedily consumed. The loss is placed at about $20,000, an insurance of $10,000 being carried on it. It was erected about 20 years ago. Origin of fire is unknown.
Springville – A choral society has recently been organized here with about 25 members, under the efficient leadership of Mrs. Harry Turrell. Rehearsals are held each Tuesday evening in the High school auditorium. Miss Emma Avery is the accompanist.
East Kingsley – The maple sugar season just closed was a good one, sap being unusually sweet. Within a radius of two miles of here there were seven camps worked. W.H. Wilmarth’s camp led them all, producing 60 gallons of fine syrup from 150 trees.
Gelatt, Gibson Twp. – George Page has the biggest sale in county’s history. 53 head of Holsteins bring $16,000. Fred S. Williams, of Gelatt, bought a $600 cow, and Manzer Benson, of Jackson, got one for $575. The yearlings and calves were all daughters and sons of the famous $10,000 bull, King Pontiac Alcartra Pietje, owned by A.E. Robinson & Son. Frank E. Resseguie, of South Gibson, bought Mr. Page’s interest in King Pontiac at a private sale and what he paid, they say, would buy a good farm. Mr. Page was pleased that the highest priced animals were bought by his neighbors, nicely showing their faith in him as a breeder of high-class cattle.
Silver Lake – Misses Norene and May Coleman have returned to their home in Middletown after teaching school in the Snow Hollow and Laurel Lake schools, which were closed on Saturday last.
Hallstead – An auto bus has started making regular trips between here and Binghamton, carrying passengers. This with train service gives good connections with no long waits.
Dimock – Wallace Fish, who is past 82 years old, seems to be smart for a man of his age, doing his chores, chopping his fire wood, and also attending his large garden in the summer time, besides making daily trips to the store and postoffice.
Susquehanna – Quite an excitement was caused about 8 o’clock Monday night by the blowing of the fire whistle and the lighting up of the sky from a fire close to the Erie shops. It came from a train backing into another one, ready to start out. The caboose was set on fire, and burned fiercely till consumed, but the fire company got the hose on it after some trouble, as the cars were in a bad shape to reach and soon got the fire under control and prevented more of the cars from catching fire, although others were very near burning from the intense heat. ALSO Several troop trains passed thru here last Sunday and many of the soldiers left the cars and engaged in drilling on Main street. Much praise was head in regard to their soldierly bearing and fine marching.
Harford – The many friends and admirers of F.O. Miller will be interested to know that the has purchased the interests of the other partners in the Harford Supply Co., and will continue at the old stand as sole proprietor. Mr. Miller has the necessary attributes of a successful merchant.
Uniondale – The borough council has appointed Chas. Carpenter supervisor for this year; and work on the roads will be started at once. There is some pressure being brought to bear to have the borough tax valuation increased, as the present tax revenue is insufficient to take care of the many demands made on it, while the price of materials and labor used by the borough have steadily advanced. The borough is badly in need of a stone crusher and it is hoped that there will not too much protest made to the contemplated project.
The Montrose Centinel, 200 Years Ago for April 12, 1818 is not included in this week’s article. The Historical Society’s research and reference rooms are packed (including microfilm) and will be moving to the first floor and basement the week of April 9th. We hope to resume our regular hours in the near future. Please consult our website or call 570-278-1622 for updates on hours or closings.
April of 1839
Due to our Historical Society’s move throughout the 18 Monument Street building, and briefly unable to access our microfilm machines, we chose to go to the original newspapers and thought you would like a glimpse into the year 1839, where local news columns were non-existent. Advertising, however, with the exception of a few editorials, was a means to communicate, even when there were marital disputes.
The following is taken from the Montrose Volunteer, April of 1839, 179 Years Ago.
April seems to be cutting off all manner of pranks. Last week the weather was so delightful we deemed it worthy of note. Since that time we have had almost a deluge of rain, and two famous snowstorms. The damage by the rise of the waters, has been great throughout the country so far as we have heard. Nearly all the Bridges across the small streams are carried away, Mill dams swept off, &c. The stage running south on Saturday morning last, was upset about a mile from the village [Montrose], in consequence of a small stream, ordinarily so, rising so high as to run around the Bridge and over the road, in which it had made a deep gully, the driver thrown in the current, which was running rapidly, and barely escaped drowning, by clinging to his horses. There were two lady passengers in the stage, who were helped from it and carried several rods to land, without other injury than a thorough drenching. The mails we understand, were much wet, and we fear injured in consequence. It has been seldom, indeed, that this region of country has suffered so much by a freshet as by that of the past week.
MARRIED – In Choconut, on the 9th *inst., by C. Wright, Esq., Mr. Elon J. Stanley to Miss Belinda Kittle.
MARRIED – In this Borough [Montrose], on the 2nd inst by Rev. H.A. Riley, Mr. George H. Williston, of Janesville, Rock Co., W.T., to Miss Nancy H. Fordham of the former place.
DIED – At LeRaysville, Bradford Co., Pa., on the 30th *ult., Mrs. Sophronia Bullock, wife of Jesse E. Bullock, Esq., aged 26 years.
TO THE PUBLIC – Whereas my wife Clarinda, through the officious meddling, as I have reason to believe, of certain individuals who aim to destroy my peace and comfort, has been induced to abandon my bed and board without just cause or provocation—I therefore hereby forbid all persons trusting her on my account, or paying her monies which are due to me, as I will pay no debts of her contracting, or allow any payments made to her on account of monies due me, after this date. DAVID WAKELEE, Springville, March 25, 1839.
DR. D. C. WARNER has located himself in Montrose and respectfully tenders his professional services to the public. All calls appertaining to the practice of Physic and Surgery, will be promptly and strictly attended to. He also gives notice that he is prepared with instruments, a very superior assortment of artificial Teeth, and other materials for performing all Dental operations. He may be consulted at his residence, opposite S.F. Keeler’s Hotel. Montrose, Oct. 23, 1838.
A correspondent suggests that the Whigs and Abolitionists of this county are making great efforts and arranging their plans in view of the next fall election—and wishes to be informed how much they calculate to gain in votes by the resolutions adopted at the late Abolition Convention, held in this place. But as we are not sufficiently versed in whig and abolition calculations to give the information desired, we will leave the subject for correspondents, if there are any who wish to notice it. Our opinion is that the democrats of Susquehanna will be ready to meet them under any circumstances, or arrangements they may choose to adopt. The invasion and “buck-shot war” of Ritner and Company, and the empty Treasury left by them, are matters not to be immediately overlooked by the every watchful and unflinching democrats of this county.
ATTENTION COMPANIES – Each and every Company belonging to my Regiment, are requested to appear on or before the first day of May, armed and equipped according to law. All who fail to attend to this call must not complain if I find them and give them each a separate notice. Training to be held at my Shop, one door east of the Baptist Meeting House. Call and see. ALBERT MERIMAN. Montrose, April 8, 1839.
GARDEN SEEDS. Fresh, Quaker, Garden Seeds, direct from the land of Shakers, for sale by M. C. TYLER. Montrose, April 10, 1839.
REVOLUTIONARY ARMY – We find the following in an old Vermont paper: The number of regulars furnished to the Revolutionary Army were, by New England, 147,441; by the Middle States, 56,571; by the Southern States, 56,997. It appears by the above, that New England, consisting of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut furnished more troops for the defense of the country, than the other nine States. The number of troops furnished by South Carolina was 6,447; Massachusetts 67,907; Georgia 2,697; Connecticut 31,939.
A FEE-LELER – A surgeon and a lawyer had very little good feeling for each other, and the following dialogue took place: -- “If,” asked the surgeon, “a neighbor’s dog destroy(s) my ducks, can I recover damages by law?” “Certainly,” replied the lawyer; “pray what are the circumstances? “Why sir, your dog last night destroyed two of my ducks.” “Indeed! Then you certainly can recover the damages; what is the amount? I’ll instantly discharge it.” “Four shillings and six-pence,” chuckled the surgeon. “And my fee for attending and advising you is six and eight-pence,” responded the attorney; & unless you immediately pay the same, my conduct will be suit-able.”
CONCERT – There will be a concert of Instrumental Music at the Presbyterian Meeting House, this evening, to commence at 7 o’clock. – The citizens of the village and vicinity generally are invited to attend. April 24, 1839.
TO THE PUBLIC – Whereas my wife Jane, has left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, I therefore hereby forbid all persons trusting her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date. THOMAS OAKLEY, Brooklyn, April 30, 1839.
FARMERS please to pick your geese, AND bring the FEATHERS to the Cheap Cash Store, Nos. 2 and 3 Eagle Buildings, where the highest price will be paid by H. & A.J. EVANS, Binghamton.
*Inst. means this month; ult. is the month before.
179 YEARS AGO
The Messenger, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Penn., April, 1821. Cost is $2.00 per annum. The above newspaper contains articles from April, May and June of 1821. We hope to resume the 1818 and 1918 newspapers as soon as possible and hope you enjoy the news from 197 Years Ago.
Notice is hereby given to the Stockholders of the Susquehanna Academy, to meet on Saturday the twenty-first instant, at 12 o'clock noon, at the Academy, for the purpose of choosing Trustees for the ensuing year. DAVIS DIMOCK, Sec.
NOTICE. Whereas information has been given to me that divers persons have been in the habit of cutting and carrying off timber from the lands of the estate of George Clymer, deceased--Now notice is hereby given, that, in every instance hereafter where it shall be done, upon information thereof, a prosecution will be commenced for the damages. C. CATLIN, Agent for the heirs of Geo. Clymer, dec.
BRITANNIA DISTILLERY, Silver Lake Township. The subscribers will pay cash at the following rates, for INDIAN CORN & RYE, fifty cents per bushel--and for OATS, 25 cents per bushel. Apply on Saturdays and Mondays to ROGERS! BROWN & CLARKE.
WANTED, As an Apprentice to the Printing Business, A lad, about 13 or 14 years of age, of good moral habits, and who has received a good, English education. Apply at this office.
IRON FOR CASH. Juniatta Bar Iron, of first rate quality, at $7 p. cwt. Plowshare Moulds, at $7 50 per cwt. To be had of CHARLES INNIS, Richmond Hill, Silver Lake.
PENSIONERS. Returns have been received from the War Department for the following persons, viz. Daniel Chamberlin, Israel Hewitt, John Whitely, Jonathan Newman, Jedediah Adams, Isaac Doud, Simeon Wylie, Jonathan Edwards, Elias Bennett, John Eldred, Timothy Hall, Robert Nichols, Hezekiah Leach, Silvanus Wade. Pensions not allowed: David Taylor, David Sherer. Returned for a transfer, Samuel Woodruff. CHARLES CATLIN, Montrose.
At a meeting of a number of the citizens of Susquehanna county, held at the house of Daniel Curtis, for the purpose of considering proper measures to be adopted relative to the approaching military election, Mr. Charles Catlin was appointed Chairman, and Mr. Bela Jones, Secretary. When it was resolved, that Isaac Post be supported as the candidate for the office of Brigadier General. That Major Edward Packer be supported as the Candidate for the office of Brigade Inspector. That Col. John Buckingham be supported as the candidate for the office of Colonel of the 76th regiment. That Captain Daniel Lathrop be supported as the candidate for Lieutenant Colonel of the 76th regiment. That Bela Jones be supported as the candidate for Major of the 2nd Battalion of the 76th regiment--and That the proceedings of the meeting be published in the Montrose Gazette and Messenger.
BLACKSMITHING. Benjamin Sayre respectfully informs the Public that he has commenced the BLACKSMITHING business in Montrose, where he will carry it on in all its various branches, and at the lowest possible rate for Cash. Horses shod for One Dollar, and other work in proportion. Ploughshare Moulds, and Iron of every description, sold very low for Cash.
DIED, on Thursday evening last, Mrs. Cooley, wife of Jacob Cooley, of Bridgewater township.
WANTED, As an apprentice to the Printing Business, A lad, about 13 or 14 years of age, of good moral habits, and who has received a good English education. Apply at this Office.
STRAYED OR STOLEN, From the subscriber, in the village of Montrose, a dark brindle cow, white faced, one lopped horn, rather low in flesh, six or seven years old. Who ever will give information where she may be found, shall be liberally rewarded. TIMOTHY FOOT, Montrose
STRAYED STEER. STRAYED into the premises of the Subscriber, a THREE YRAR OLD RED STEER, about the first of last month. The owner is requested to call, pay charges, and take him away. WALTER LATHROP, Springville
MEDICINES, DYE STUFFS, PAINTS, &c. &c. The subscriber respectfully informs the Public, that he expects a fresh supply of Genuine Medicines, Paints, Dye Stuffs &c. by Thursday or Friday next from the city of New York, where he had them put up under his own inspection, and can recommend them as being of the very best quality, and perfectly fresh, as they were taken from the ship packages while he was there. ANSON DART. Montrose.
TEN DOLLARS REWARD. The above Reward will be given for the apprehension and delivery to the jail of Susquehanna County, a man by the name of JAMES COOK, who escaped from the subscriber on the 7th inst. Said Cook has lately resided in Rush Township, in Susquehanna County, and is a deserter from the United States army. He is about 23 years of age, a decent, well looking young man, but a dangerous man in society. Every member is interested in his apprehension, as the crime with which he is charged is one of great magnitude. JABEZ A. BIRCHARD, Constable of Middletown.
NOTICE. A PERSON competent to teach the Latin and Greek Languages, the higher branches of Mathematics, English Grammar, Geography, &c. is wanted to take charge of the Susquehanna Academy as principal teacher thereof. Application to be made to D. Dimock, Esq. President of the Board of Trustees at Montrose. By order of the Board of Trustees. WILLIAM JESSUP, Sec.
JAMES EVANS, CLOCK AND WATCH MAKER, from England, RESPECTFULLY informs his friends and the Public in general, that He has taken the store directly opposite Messrs Hawley and Tompkins' store at Chenango Point, where he carries on the above business in all its various branches:--Repeating, Horizontal, Patent Lever, and Duplex Watches carefully cleaned and repaired at the shortest notice. Those who will please to favour him with their orders, are assured that they will be thankfully received, and executed in the best manner. A general assortment of elegant Jewellery, &c. Chenango Point, New York.
DIED, last evening, Rebecca, wife of Mr. Samuel Warner, of Bridgewater, aged 37. Her death was very sudden and unexpected.
May 03 (1918/2018)
Forest City – Friday afternoon’s Liberty Loan parade was a great success. The Forest City division, headed by the local police, the Forest City band, Grand Marshall, F.M. Gardiner and staff, and borough officials headed the line. They were followed by the Women’s Liberty Loan committees and members of the Red Cross. The Boy Scouts were next in line followed by a soldier and sailor dragging an effigy of the Kaiser. The school children, of the public and Polish schools, over a thousand strong, each room accompanied by the teacher, made an inspiring division. The third division was the hose companies. A great patriotic demonstration, which included a parade in Vandling all totaled, according to the newspapers, 3,000 people in line. ALSO In the ripeness of vigorous manhood, Joseph Miskell, one of the best-known young men of this vicinity, paid “the last measure of devotion” to his country while serving the flag in France. He was a member of the 117 Signal Corps and was killed by an accidental explosion. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Miskell, former residents, and from infancy lived here until about two years ago.
Auburn 4 Corners and Dimock – Verdie Hibbard and family have moved over [to] the creamery, as Verdie is the new creamery man. The creamery at Dimock has started up and the [Elk] Lake people are taking their milk there.
Montrose – Carl Smith, a local colored young man, was called to army service Monday, the lone soldier to go at that time, but the citizens of Montrose saw to it that he had a great send-off, just the same. A large number gathered, including the band and patriotic organizations and escorted him to the Lehigh Valley station and gave him the same attention as if he were a regiment.