February 03 1900/2000
Rush - The handsome new hotel in Rush, erected by County Commissioner Isaiah Haire, upon the site of the old Snyder House, is completed and will be opened to the public on Washington's Birthday, Feb. 22. The hotel is strictly up-to-date and is furnished throughout in first-class style.
Birchardville - Rev. Wm. Tilden visited his nephew H.L. Whitney, in Binghamton, on Thursday, making the trip by horse and carriage. The horse driven on that occasion has been owned by him [Rev. Tilden] a number of years and has been driven by him 60,000 miles by actual count kept by him [Rev. Tilden] since owning the horse.
Hallstead - An accident which came near being a fatal one occurred on the Susquehanna river on Saturday. William Barnes and his little daughter, Lena, were skating on the river, the two being a short distance apart. Lena had the misfortune to strike an air hole before she was aware of it and with a piercing cry she sank into the icy water, her father turning just in time to see her go out of sight under the ice. The current quickly carried the girl down the stream, while the frantic father could but stand upon the ice above and watch his apparently drowning child. L.E. Tiffany, one of the skating party, hurried to a point below, broke a large hole through the ice and when the body of the now unconscious child reached the opening, Mr. Tiffany reached in and grasped her and brought her to the surface. The girl's face was black from strangulation, but she was alive and in a short time she was restored to consciousness and in a few hours was fully recovered. AND - A store-keeper says the Hallstead girls chewed 15,000 packages of gum last year.
Lawsville - It is quite a rare sight to see the stage and creamery teams come down Mill street and go over Cemetery street to get to the Forks. This is caused by the ice being in the road and filling it full from the Chaffee farm to the Postoffice. AND - The Lawsville Debating Club and the Lawsville Brass Band went to Hallstead Tues. evening, Jan. 30, to take part in the debate between the two debating clubs on "Agriculture vs. Manufacture." Points stood 10 to 9 in favor of Hallstead who had the agriculture side. The boys returned home declaring the Hallstead people knew how to entertain.
East Lenox - Sheriff Maxey levied on the personal property of J.L. Carr. This is the outcome of Mr. Carr's refusing to honor his note given in payment for a horse, because the horse, he states, was misrepresented to him.
Lake View - W.V. Gelatt has purchased an ice route at Susquehanna and has rented the farm of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Cobb, at Lake View.
Harford - A long-distance telephone now connects Harford and Kingsley. Quite an improvement on the other one.
Fairdale - Two of our young men have had the Wild West fever for some time and after securing blankets, guns, revolvers and scalping knives, with provisions for an overland trip to the "Rockies," we find them located in a wood lot about two miles south of Fairdale. Several visiting parties have called on the boys and report them well and happy. Rabbit, partridge, quail, potatoes, apple sauce and other delicacies are found on their table at meal time.
Susquehanna - The businessmen of Susquehanna will hold their first annual banquet at the Starrucca House, Feb. 21.
Little Meadows - By igniting a match and a part of it flying and striking a curtain, a fire was started at the residence of Mrs. S.S.Beebe early Thursday morning which nearly resulted in the loss of her house and the contents. Fortunately, aid was near by and after hard work the flames were soon under control. During the excitement a lamp that was burning on a stand was knocked off and broken, spilling the oil on [the] fire already started. The woodwork on the side of the house was burned, the bed and bedding destroyed, and some dresses and other articles were burned. The loss was fully covered by insurance through the agency of E.B. Beardslee. It was extremely fortunate for Mrs. Beebe that help was near, as she was living alone and somewhat feeble in health. She was, however, burned considerably in her effort to subdue the fire.
New Milford - A barn on the farm of C.M. Shelp was, with the contents, destroyed by fire Sunday morning. How the fire originated is a mystery but is supposed to be the work of tramps, as there was no one living on the place.
Auburn Centre - Raymond West, of Retta, gave a party to his friends on a recent evening. The young people attending from this place were - Will Stevens, Angie Stevens, Arthur Harrison, Cyrus Tyler, Maggie Shannon, Mary Shannon, Alpha Howard, Essie Harrison, Pearl Gardner, Harry Bertholf and Harry Stevens.
Brooklyn - F.T. Austin expects to move his family to New Milford about March 1st, where he will continue his business as store keeper. The people will regret to lose the family.
Montrose - On Sunday eve next, Feb. 11, Rev. Benedict, at the Methodist church, will preach a special sermon and conduct a special memorial service appropriate to Lincoln's birthday by request of Capt. Beardsley Camp, No. 168, Sons of Veterans. The Camp and Four Brothers Post, G.A.R. will attend in a body. All members and veterans and veterans' sons are requested to meet at the Methodist church transcept at 6:45 sharp. The general public is cordially invited.
News Briefs - A fad for ladies - The newest thing in ladies calling cards is the Engravers Roman Type, of which we have added a full series and can make the most correct thing for you in a few hours' notice. They are only a fad, but every woman wants them. They are cheap too.
The ground hog could have had no difficulty in seeing his shadow on Friday last, provided he looked, and we have resigned ourselves to six weeks more of winter.
February 10 1900/2000
Forest City - In Forest City coal is from $1.25 to $2.50 per ton. In Susquehanna, about 35 miles distant, it is from $3.80 to $4.70 per ton.
Uniondale - Stephen Bronson has loaded and shipped for Gladden and O'Brien, to their different creameries, 125 cars of ice.
South New Milford - Burt Lindsley exhibited his graphaphone to a small audience at Moxley church.
Little Meadows - LaFayette Minkler met with a most unfortunate accident the other day. He went from his home to Owego and put his horse, a spirited one, in a barn. When, wishing to return and while preparing to hitch his horse to the wagon, it became frightened and kicked, striking Mr. Minkler with both feet, breaking two or three ribs and otherwise injuring him. He was unable to be removed to his home for several days.
Elk Lake - The death of Mrs. Finley Green occurred on Feb. 8. The funeral was held at the house on Monday. The deceased was about 75 years old. She is survived by an aged husband and eight children.
Chestnut Ridge - Mrs. J.E. Cronk, the Larkin Soap dealer, is on the road a great deal of the time. (Does anyone know the exact location of Chestnut Ridge? Family names, such as Cronk, Warner, and Burrows, appear in the column).
Welsh Hill - Some of our dairymen talk of sending their milk to the Crystal Springs Cheese Co., at Tirzah, during the coming season.
Springville - Friday evening, Feb. 16th, is the date for the fourth number in our entertainment course. This will be one of the best numbers in the course, being the appearance of the Keystone Concert Trio composed of Saidee Estelle Kaiser, prima donna soprano; Elizabeth Parker, reader and reciter; and Nellie G. Albright, pianist. While in England Miss Kaiser appeared before the Prince and Princess of Wales and daughters and Prince Charles of Denmark, of which appearance the Sunday Times says - The party greatly enjoyed the programme set before them. Special mention must be made of Miss Kaiser's charmingly sung songs." Such an elegant course of entertainments should receive the patronage of every person interested in the welfare of our town.
Silver Lake - Miss Lena M. Caswell, a graduate of Montrose High School, has gone to Wilkes-Barre to attend the Atlantic School of Osteopathy.
Gibson - Mrs. G.R. Resseguie, a former musical instructor at the Soldiers' Orphans' school at Harford, is giving lessons in vocal culture to a large class here.
New Milford - Philip Harding, aged 82 years, who lives alone in his house which is situated on the new Montrose road, about two miles from New Milford, was robbed last Friday night of $275, which he had secreted in the house. The robbers broke into Mr. Harding's place with a piece of fence rail, forced the old man to divulge the whereabouts of his money, and securing this, they left the old man bound and gagged and escaped. When the alarm was given officers visited the scene of the crime and the thieves were tracked to the home of William Church, who was recently in the Montrose jail, but who was out on bail. Church, and Henry White, whose criminal career is well known to Montrose people, and a young man of 17 or 18, who has no criminal record, were arrested and charged with the robbery.
Susquehanna - The successful series of revival meetings in the Presbyterian church have closed and Evangelist Sheldon has attacked Satan's fortifications in Forest City.
Herrick Centre - The following is the report of the Herrick Centre School, Margaret Bowell, teacher. Those that averaged 90 or above in their studies were - Tessie R. Kiernan, 96; Rosa Kiernan, 95; Nettie Thompson, 95; Inez Lyden, 94; Myrtle Curtis, 91. Perfect in attendance, Nettie Thompson. Those missing no days but were tardy - John Cawley, Joseph Cawley and Leo Cawley.
Glenwood - L.B. Mott, while skating on Glen Hill lake, one night this week, lost a valuable cuff button; anyone finding it will confer a favor by returning same to him.
Montrose - On the evening of Feb. 27, the last evening before Lent, Rescue Hook and Ladder Co. will give an old-fashioned New England supper together with a charming and unique entertainment in Village Hall. The supper will be served in the basement of the Hall, and will be furnished and served by the wives, sisters and sweethearts of "Hooks" exclusively. The menu will be rich with appetizing dishes, such as our grandmothers used to make, and they will be served in the good old style of long ago.
Lawsville Centre - The Baptist Ladies' Aid met with Mrs. D.W. Bailey, Feb 1st. The ladies have made a very pretty worsted crazy quilt which will be drawn at the supper, given by the Aid on Thursday evening, Feb. 22d, by the one giving the most money towards the purchase of a church bell. The money should be put in an envelope, sealed and addressed with the giver's name.
February 17 1900/2000
Rush - Dr. Fry was called to Auburn last week to reduce a broken leg for Benton Hibbard, who had the misfortune to injure it whilst logging. The doctor also assisted at the removal of gangrene appendicitis of John Blazier on Sunday. A Binghamton surgeon performed the operation. Dr. Fry also had a third surgical operation in having to sew up a cut head of a son of Augustus Green, who was injured in a school fracas between the teacher and the boy or boys.
Susquehanna - Joseph P. McMahon, the popular liveryman, was elected on Tuesday, Burgess, over Elias R. Barrett, the Republican candidate, by the usual Democratic majority. There was not enough excitement during the day to mention. AND - The Susquehanna Electric Light Heat and Power Co. will soon change its system of lighting. The Wood Dynamo, the Gilbert Arc Lamp and the General Electric Company's incandescent lamp will be used.
Montrose - The finishing of the handsome woodwork in the interior of the new Baptist church is being done in a skillful and artistic manner by Messrs. Warner and Cook, who are experts in this line and the work will be completed this week.
Thomson - Mr. Sherwood had the misfortune to lose one of his horses last Saturday. His boy was driving it over the railroad bridge near the steam mill when the horse got frightened and jumped off the bridge to the ground below--a distance of about 10 ft., injuring it so it had to be killed.
South Montrose - During the week there have been persistent reports of new cases of small pox in this vicinity Investigation has proved all these reports to be utterly, absolutely false. The disease is still confined to one family--the Coys--and there the patients are convalescent. It is malicious to circulate false reports about a disease being epidemic, and it should cease at once. The Coys reside fully 3/4 of a mile from here.
Forest Lake - Stanley Warner, who went to Reno, Nevada, about a year ago, writes that he is very much taken up with the country out in the west. AND - Wilbur Lincoln has just purchased him a new horse clipping machine. A postal card will bring him at your place to clip your horses at the lowest possible price.
Franklin Forks - A donation was held in Alliance hall on Friday night, Feb. 16. There was a good attendance and $30 and some potatoes and oats were donated. AND - George Rice died the 12th inst. He had been a great sufferer and sick for more than a year. He was a member of Co. H, 141st Regt. Penn'a Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion. Still the Old Vets keep dropping off. The funeral was held from his home on Wednesday. The exercises at the grave were conducted by the G.A.R. Post of Montrose.
Brooklyn - The wedding of Mr. Elmer Breed and Miss Emma Reed occurred at the home of the bride in Blairstown, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. They will settle in Brooklyn where a host of friends will congratulate them. Prof. and Mrs. Robert Breed, of Mass., were present and are visiting their old home here a few days.
Lakeside - The Ladies' Aid Society of the M.E. church held a very enjoyable dime social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Tourje last Thursday evening. There were about 35 young people present. Receipts $3.50.
Prospect Hill (Jessup Twp.) - Harrison McKeeby and Sim. Oakes have 100 cords of wood cut. F.W. Jenner sawed it for them.
Hallstead/Great Bend - Wm. M. Knoeller has completed an addition to his carpenter shop, in which he will have a line of paints and hardware supplies. AND Thirty Great Bend residents, as a theatre party, went to Binghamton Saturday evening to hear Modjeska as "Macbeth." Arrangements had been made whereby the Erie midnight train stopped for their convenience on returning.
Elk Lake\Auburn - Down around Auburn 4 Corners everything seems to be moving along on the level. Weddings and match-making break the quiet routine occasionally. AND - C.M. Young has added to his wagon- making business a line of plows and fertilizers. We saw some "dandy" stone boats, all ready to hitch on to. AND - F.M. Gray, the merchant, has a store full of goods and is doing a good business. Frank finds time occasionally to settle a knotty legal point when the "stove committee" cannot agree and his decisions usually stand.
Forest City - The poor masters are advertising for a "practical farmer" to take charge of the poor farm in Herrick township.
Jackson - Feb. 22, 1900, Washington's birthday, a flag was raised on the ground of the North Jackson school house. The exercises were conducted by Washington Camp, P.O.S. of A, of Jackson.
Harford - The concert Feb. 14th finished the lecture course of the Epworth League. It was home talent, with the exception of Mrs. E.M. Tiffany. When Harford people know Mrs. T. is going to sing, that's all they need to make the concert a success.
Stevens Point - Mr. and Mrs. Erastus Carr have been informed by the War Dept. that their son, Frank, was killed in action Jan. 18. He was a member of Co. E, 46th U.S. Volunteers.
News Briefs - During 1899, 234 marriage licenses were granted in the county. The oldest person to whom a license was granted was 71; the youngest, 14. AND - In Scranton the public library has been closed by order the health authorities because of an epidemic of scarlet fever. It is the opinion of the board that the germs of many infections diseases are carried from house to house by circulating libraries. AND - Bessie Titsworth, who is 6 yrs. old, the only daughter of Simeon Titsworth, of Milford, Pike county, Pa., by a second wife, was sold by her father for the sum $1, says the Port Jervis Gazette, to the Rev. W.R. Neft, pastor of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.
February 24 1900/2000
Herrick Centre - The first thunder shower of the season came this way on Thursday. A small creek got lost and was found in Charley Lyden's cellar. It was allowed to run out of the cellar window until restored to its proper channel. AND - The school house will be built as originally planned and the Tirzah correspondent must look in some other direction for our insane asylum.
East Rush - Our school teacher A.C. Lowe, received a company of visitors interested in education, one day last week. As the day was pleasant he entertained them on the lawn in front of the school house, making some very marked impressions on one of the party. Dr. Fry reports him doing well. AND - T.A. Roberts has the agency for the Farmers Favorite Grain Drill.
South Auburn - The many friends of Roy Aumic made him a pleasant surprise last Friday evening, it being his 15th birthday. The evening was spent in playing games and with P.E. Trible's phono-graph.
Montrose - The Union Ex-prisoners of War Association held its sixteenth annual meeting, banquet and camp fire in Scranton last week. Out townsman, Hyde Crocker is a member of the organization, but he was unable to attend and so sent a letter of regret, which was read by Col. E.H. Ripple at roll call.
Susquehanna - Welsh Bros' Majestic Greater Dramatic Organization is underlined to appear at Hogan Opera House, March 5, presenting T.S.Arthur's celebrated, stirring drama, entitled "Ten Nights in a Bar-Room." This company presents the play as originally written by the author; each part is in the hands of capable dramatic expo-nents–all special scenery is carried for this production and between the acts many high-grade and refined musical novelties and specialties are introduced; there are no waits, which makes this presentation virtually a grand dual entertainment. The company carries its own symphony concert orchestra composed of skilled musicians. Notwithstanding the enormous expense entailed, the prices of admission will be popular. A big street parade will be given at noon time on day of performance. Seats on sale at A.P. French's drug store. Prices 25, 35 and 50 cents. AND - There are 4,687 books in Susquehanna public library. About 300 books are added yearly. Two hundred odd gifts were added in 1899.
Forest Lake - The Ladies' Aid Society of the M.E. church will give a night-cap social at the hall in Birchardville on Friday evening, March 9. The ladies are to bring two night-caps exactly alike. Supper, ten cents. Proceeds for the benefit of the pastor. AND - There was a good-bye party held at J.W. Hoag's on Tuesday evening for Messrs. Perley and Leon Bolles, as they and their mother were to start on Wednesday morning for their new home in the west.
North Jackson - On Thursday, the thermometer registered sixteen degrees below zero.
Howard Hill - C.D. Berg, of this place, was elected poor master of the town at the last election for which we are glad, as we feel sure we shall be properly provided for if we come to want.
Brandt - Philemon Turrel, the Brandt young man who was assaulted, has recovered sufficiently to be about. Those who were accused of knifing him are out on bail.
Brookdale - J.A. Wilbur gave a dance and supper to his friends and neighbors in memory of his birthday last Friday evening, the 16th. It was also the birthday of James Calph who is visiting at his house; There was a large company present and a very pleasant time enjoyed.
Brooklyn - F.H. Kent and family will occupy the rooms over the hardware store. Mr. Clark will vacate and occupy the rooms vacated by Mrs. Newton.
Ainey - Fred Kinney, Jr., had his foot crushed on Wednesday last, while skidding wood.
Hallstead/Great Bend - The Erie is making improvements at their station, which will add more light at night. AND - Minnetonka Council, A. of P., had a feast of good things Monday evening, as well as several adoptions. The birthday anniversaries of several members were fittingly remembered and in conclusion a collation was served. AND - Profuse congratulations are overwhelming the genial Editor of the Plaindealer, Bro. S.P. More, on his election to the office of Burgess--which was a foregone certainty as soon as the nomination was made.
Lenox - Ralph Pickering has the mumps. AND - The funeral of Mrs. Keech was held at South Gibson, Feb. 22d.
Glenwood - Election passed off very quietly. It was one of the hottest contests that has been known for several years. The Democrats carried everything.
Forest City - Prof. C.T. Thorpe, principal of the public school in that place, has numbered the pupils on the rolls at 683.
Recent Inventions - Doors can be rigidly held in any position by a new clamp having a spring controlled piston, the upper end of which has a head inserted in a semicircular slot, which will hold the piston in either a raised or lowered position. An improved tobacco pipe has a plug inserted in the front of the bowl which can be removed for cleaning, with the bottom of the bowl formed of plastic material to take up the nicotine, the filling being removed when saturated. For use in cleaning pavements, a flexible brush which is semicir- cular in shape, the center being formed of a flexible shaft, around which the bristles are inserted, the curvature of the brush rolling the dirt toward the center.
March 02 (1900/2000)
Fairdale - The breaking up of the ice in Barron's pond, caused by the recent high water, did considerable damage to the bridge near Elm Bridge Cottage, last week. Great cakes of ice 30 ft. square were jammed against the bridge with such force and violence as to break the cakes into a thousand pieces, causing a report not unlike a cannon. The above said bridge was damaged to a considerable extent. The old sawmill owned by Wm. Barron was undermined, leaving barely a skeleton of the former old landmark.
Rush - The late rain storm caused the highest freshet since 1855. For some hours the road between the iron bridge and Shoemaker's mills was impassable for man or beast. One of the abutments of the iron bridge at Rushville was undermined and is out of plumb some 18". One end of the Hardick wooden bridge this side of Rushville dropped into the creek. Had not the ground been frozen it would have damaged the fields seriously. The raging current bearing all kinds of debris along drew crowds of sightseers.
Forest Lake - Communication by telephone between Stone's Corners and Springville, was established last Monday for the first. We now have a complete service between Lynn, Lemon, Lake Carey, Vose, Tunkhannock and all parts of the south.
Great Bend - A company of young ladies have formed an E.H.S. Society. We needed another Society in our place, but we are at a loss to know the object of this one.
New Milford - Through the kindness of Mrs. T. Finch and her friends in Plainfield, N.J., St. Mark's church has been presented with handsome new altar hangings. AND The Oregon Indian Medicine company are on their second week at the opera house, giving entertainments every evening.
Montrose - The boys who amused themselves a few days ago by shooting the windows out of a barn near the entrance of the Fair Grounds, had better call at this office and settle with the person who rents said barn, and avoid trouble. They are well known, as several persons saw them coming from the Fair Grounds with their little air-guns. This kind of business is getting altogether too common among the boys and some of them will have to be made an example of unless there is less of it in the future.
Heart Lake - Forty or fifty men are now employed at Heart Lake cutting and shipping ice to New York city, from 40 to 45 cars being shipped daily. The order is said to be for 2000 cars and the shipments will continue as long as the weather will permit. Help is reported as short. The shipments are to the Lake Hopatcong, NJ ice co. A short time ago the North Jersey and Pocono Ice Co. had an ice house destroyed by fire on this lake, which contained about 40,000 tons of ice; capacity, 100,000 tons. The plant and stock entailed a loss of $60,000.
Oakland - The First Congregational church in Oakland has been organized with a membership of over 100. It will occupy the old Methodist church edifice. A large share of the membership are former members of the First Methodist church in Oakland, which was disrupted by prolonged internal dissensions. A part of the old flock from a portion of the new Avenue Methodist church, Oakland.
Susquehanna - There are 475 pupils in Laurel Hill Academy and St. John's Parochial School, with an average attendance of 436, or 94%.
Hopbottom - The dwelling house of A. Bell, occupied by Henry Felton, caught fire last Saturday, but the bucket brigade, by their timely work, saved the house and contents.
Lawsville - Melvin McKinney was the lucky man to draw the crazy quilt at the Ladies' Aid supper at Creamery hall recently. Mr. McKinney's envelope contained $5. The receipts were $27.
Thompson - It is time for those who intend to make maple sugar to get their camps in order, as the weather seems to shape that way.
Silver Lake - The Rose Bros. shingle mill that has been idle for some time past, for lack of water to supply [the] engine, is again in operation.
Auburn - Pern Harris went down to Dallas last week for the purpose of buying out a livery business, but has not come to a definite understanding as yet. Well, Pern will never be satisfied until he gets in that business and then quite likely won't be until he gets out.
Harford - Manager Matthews, of the Soldiers' Orphans' School, met with a serious accident. His team became frightened and ran away throwing himself and three ladies out of the wagon; the latter was demolished and Mr. Matthews sustained serious injuries.
Friendsville - J.E. Ryan has accepted a position as traveling salesman for Carrigan, the wholesale grocer of New York.
Uniondale - Mr. Otis Dimmick, an aged resident of this place, recently lost by death three brothers - Sidney, of Dakota; Addison, of Louisiana and Rev. F.M. of California. All were well-known here.
Clifford - J. Cobb sold his team of horses last week for a good snug pile of money. His money was soon gone but it helped some others.
Royal - March 1st there was the highest water in 37 years.
Herrick Centre - There seems to be a hitch in the drilling operations, the why and wherefore not being explained to the ordinary citizen. Whitney says "If they should strike a vein of castile soap the good people of Herrick would not find it out till next fall." That would be a long-delayed salvation for the Hillside City as well as for our own town.
March 09 1900/2000
Rush - Clifton Hickok has purchased a gasoline engine and proposes to run a planer and a saw. He is busy placing the engine and getting ready for quick work. The small engine of Mr. Fred Hardy's works to perfection and he is quite busy gumming saws.
Lawsville Center - Our little village was subjected to one of the worst floods we have experienced in years, on March 2. A number of houses were surrounded by water and in one instance the family had to be carried out.
New Milford - Sunday night a fire destroyed the house and barn of U.S. Morgan. The family, in their night clothing, barely escaped the house. The stock in the barn was saved. Mr. Morgan, in saving one of the children, was quite badly burned. The fire was supposed to have originated from the cook stove. There was no insurance.
Montrose - There are in Montrose 88 widows and at least 25 old maids, but only 7 widowers and 8 old bachelors. What can be done for this surplus of women. AND - Will Aitken has joined the "Republican" force, and gives promise of becoming a very efficient and popular "devil." AND - L.B. Pickett has put his splendid new potato, "The Montrose Wonder," on the market, for seed. AND - On Saturday March 3d, H.H. Fordham opened his soda-water fountain with the largest variety of soda water flavors, fruited cream, ices and etc., ever sold in town. Everything kept in the neatest style.
Bridgewater Twp. - One Tuesday evening the house on the farm of C.W. Hoyt, near Williams' Pond, occupied by LaFayette Strope, burned to the ground together with most of the contents. Mr. Strope and children were not at home when the fire was discovered and nothing was saved except one chair, a barrel of pork, and a child's rocking horse. Mr. Strope's wife died a few weeks ago and he was preparing to break up housekeeping and had advertised his goods for sale. He has the sympathy of the community in the trials through which he is passing.
Lakeside - While alighting from his wagon in Lanesboro, Saturday, J.R. Barrett fell upon the ice and broke his knee pan. He came home and is attended by Dr. Ainey.
Brookdale - Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bailey have been in Binghamton keeping house for their daughter, Mrs. Hattie Thompson, while she is at the hospital having a cancer removed by knife.
Susquehanna - The Forest House, the summer hotel six miles up the river, which was destroyed by fire last fall, will probably be rebuilt next summer. AND - The "Sodbuster's Social Club" of this place held a meeting on the Brushville highway, Friday evening. The silver-tongued boy tenor sang a number of selections. The "Bushwacker" quartet also rendered a number of pleasing songs. Games were indulged in, among them were "Kitty wants a corner."
Gibson - C.P. Prescott, Lakeview, was in town one day last week in interest of the Best Gasoline light. AND - Floyd Bingham, of Jackson, was here one day last week advertising the drama, Imogene, which will be played in Robert's Hall, Jackson, March 15 & 16.
Forest Lake - Robins and blue birds have come and the ice on the lake is over two feet thick. AND - Farmers are getting 60 cents per bushel for apples and 50 cents for potatoes.
Lindaville (Brooklyn Twp.) - The following are some of the changes to be made this spring - Benjamin Green moves on the farm owned by O.D. Hollister; Willis Austin goes on J.S. Wright's farm; Dan Yeomans will work Darr McKeeby's farm on the Meshoppen; Terrence Whitman will occupy the house vacated by Charles Hewitt; Frank Yeomans takes the farm owned by A.L. Roper.
Harford - Harford's excellent cornet band is receiving many compliments for its fine playing. At the coming reunion of old Franklin academy students, June 14, it will render an original piece, composed by Prof. E.K. Richardson, son of the famous Rev. Lyman Richardson.
Complaint from Auburn - The epidemic, which most people, also the doctors, pronounce "small pox" is spreading through Auburn township. Some whole families are having it. The people are getting alarmed in other neighborhoods. The doctors do not quarantine or try to prevent the disease from spreading, and we think it time something was done to prevent it from spreading. Even some of the convalescent patients, which are hard looking subjects, are traveling around heedless of carrying the disease with them. Schools are closed--some teachers, after having it, have started to teach, but the scholars are all afraid to go. Some doctors had ought to be arrested for not quarantining the houses or trying to prevent the diseases from spreading. We think it is a shame. In the west whole families are dying from the same disease. If it keeps on spreading as it has the last month, what will it be when it becomes warm weather. People are getting afraid to call on their neighbors for fear some have it. It is time something was dome or some one try to stop people who have been exposed and are coming down with it from traveling around. I think their place is at home. I do not want the disease and there are hundreds that are saying the same thing. Where is our Board of Health? We think it is time they wake up...A Friend of the Public.
News Briefs - About May 1 the postoffice department will be ready to supply the various postoffices with small books of stamps, interlined with paraffine paper to prevent premature adhesion. The pages are of six stamps each, making a book of convenient size to carry in the pocket or pocket book. There will be one book of 12 two cent stamps, a book of 24 two cent stamps and 48 two cent stamps. Each book will be sold at an advance of once cent on the stamp value to cover the cost of binding. AND - A 5" fish caused trouble in the office of the Honesdale "Citizen" by getting in the water pipe and shutting off the power which runs the newspaper press.
March 16 (1900/2000)
HERRICK CENTRE - There is some comfort in knowing that the coal miners here refuse to join the coal combine. This is as a cup of coal water in a sandy dessert [desert]. AND - W.H. Fletcher has charge of the principal lumbering industry of this section. He has been hauling props on wheels and had all the teams available drawing logs to the mill during the two days of sleighing.
SUSQUEHANNA - Very elaborate music will be rendered in Christ Episcopal Church on Easter Day. The choir of St. John's Catholic Church will, on that occasion, sing one of their choice Masses at the 10:30 service, in St. John's Church. AND - The "What happened to Jones" company appeared in Hogan Opera House on Saturday evening to good business.
RUSH - Treasurer Godwin reports one cent in [the] township treasury since the last audit this month. AND - The new gasoline lamps lately introduced into the drug store and post office, throw kerosene light into the deep dull shade.
HOPBOTTOM - A party of relatives of Alonzo Gardner met at his residence on the 17th inst. in honor of his 78th birthday. After partaking of an excellent dinner of roast turkey and all the delicacies of the season, the afternoon was spent in games and selections of vocal and instrumental music by Nellie and Lillie Strickland; Eva Gardner rendered a recitation.
BROOKLYN - The graduating class exercises will take place in the Universalist church on Friday evening of this week. The class numbers five, viz - Harold Gere, Ernest Tiffany, Leon Stephens, Earl Ainey and Nina Nash.
HOWARD HILL (Liberty Twp) - The Light Bearers of the F.B. church met at Mrs. Leonard Bailey's Saturday last. The program consisted of a Bible study on "God's Pocketbook and Mine;" music, recitations, select reading and items from different countries, also a short study on Japan.
WEST LENOX - Melvin Empet has purchased A.W. Miles's stock of goods and will keep a general store. Mr. and Mrs. Miles have closed their house and will live with Seymour Lawrence, who recently lost his wife.
SILVER LAKE - A.B. Smith, of Lawsville, expects to move this week into the Silver Lake creamery, near the old factory bridge, as he has hired to run that creamery this season.
UNIONDALE - The snow for all winter came on Thursday, March 15. Now it is all "slosh."
THOMSON - N.J. West, of Ararat, was a guest at F.M. Gelatt's Friday, March 16, being his 81st birthday anniversary.
BRIDGEWATER - E.L. Frink has sold his farm to W.C. Cruser, taking in part payment a farm in Nebraska, belonging to Mr. Cruser, to which Mr. Frink will move and which he went out last fall to inspect before deciding to make the exchange. Mr. Frink used to live out west and liked it so well that he has never ceased to wish to get back on the prairies again. He and his family will move there at once accompanied by his son Jay and wife. Mr. Frink will have a public sale of farm stock &c. next Tuesday, March 27th.
SPRINGVILLE - Through the carelessness of some person Saturday eve., the switch on the Montrose R.R., here, was left open and the engine was run off the track. By use of the new telephone they were enabled to phone to Tunkhannock for another engine and to Montrose for the stage and the passengers could resume their journey.
GLENWOOD - The heaviest snowfall of the winter fell on the 15th and it is being improved by farmers and others hauling logs to the mill, some of the logs being too large to haul on wagons. AND - For the last few mornings it would have been a good time to lick the axe, but don't try it on any account.
MONTROSE - Will L. Smith will next month open a furniture and undertaking business in the store on South Main street now occupied by I.D. Hawley's plumbing and repair shop. Mr. Hawley will remove his business to the basement under Miss Stebbins' millinery establishment. AND - It is a wonderful surprise that Louis Knoll can cure sore eyes. Afflicted one, go try the drop. He keeps it at his Barber Shop.
ELK LAKE - Miss Julia Arnold was calling on friends in Montrose this week. Miss Arnold leaves next week for Bridgeport, Conn., where she will enter a training school for nurses.
FOREST CITY - Forest City's new industry, a silk mill, will be ready to start up in a few weeks. When in running order it is expected that 300 hands will be employed.
NEW MILFORD - W.A. Simons recently killed a wild cat in the woods near his home in New Milford township. Susquehanna County hunters have killed a large number of wildcats and foxes this season.
DIMOCK - The Warm Sugar Social given by the Y.M.E.C. on Thursday evening was a success and much enjoyed by all present.
SILVARA, Bradford Co. - At Silvara two young men, Denton Beeman and Lynn James, went out hunting and the former was fatally shot by an accidental discharge of his gun. He fell and exclaimed, "I am shot! Help me home." Young James helped him a short distance when he sank down exclaiming, "I'm a goner; I am going home to God, pray for me, Lynn," and expired, with none but his young friend and his God near. Young James took off the coat, which had taken fire from the gun's discharge, closed his friend's eyes, ran for home and gave the alarm. James' stepfather and mother were in Rush at the time. The boys were 15 years of age.
March 23 (1900/2000)
THOMPSON - The F.W. Baptist people had a concert a few evenings ago, which consisted of singing, tableaux, etc. Among the rest, a paper was read, consisting of jokes and funny sayings, which seemed to please nearly all, but there were a few who took exceptions to some things that were read, and tried to stir up a muss. How much better it would be if people would take jokes as they are intended instead of trying to make a disturbance and create hard feelings.
SPRINGVILLE - Supt. of Schools Moxley was here on Saturday, the 24th inst., and examined a class of fourteen for graduation. Of a class of fifteen all passed except Miss Leda Terry, who is very sick with bilious fever, and unable to attend, but will take the examinations as soon as she is able.
WELSH HILL - The farmers along the mountain road expect to begin sending their milk to the Crystal Springs cheese factory the second week in April.
BROOKLYN - Mr. Irving Tewksbury, of Iowa, who has been spending the winter here, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. Ely, on Wednesday of last week. The funeral service was held at the house and the remains taken to Iowa for interment, Friday.
NEW MILFORD - Mrs. Wall has returned from New York with a fine line of millinery. AND - The Oregon Indian Medicine Co., which has been giving entertainments nightly for four weeks, left for Montrose.
GREAT BEND - Mrs. W.S. Barnes has received a pension on the death of her son Fred, who was a volunteer in the late war with Spain.
MONTROSE - Elijah Sherman will soon go to Colorado on a prospecting tour.
FOREST CITY - John R. Budd has acquired an interest in the Forest City News and will hereafter devote his attention to journalism. We wish the budding editor success. AND - One of the handsomest buildings in Forest City is the new brick-block recently erected by W.F. Welbrock.
HALLSTEAD - Enthusiasts are taking steps to organize a base ball team for the coming season.
BRANDT - The citizens of Hallstead and the Brandt chair Manufacturing Company have at last reached an agreement by which the Company will move its factory to Hallstead. It is expected that the new buildings will be ready for occupancy about July 1. Brandt will lose her chief industry and one-half of her population.
RUSH TOWNSHIP - A new postoffice has been established to accommodate the people in what has for years been known as the Snyder district. The name of the new office is "Lawton" and the postmaster is Daniel Terry, the office being at the store of Kahler and Terry.
DIMOCK - At Fort Dodge, Iowa, March 19, occurred the death of Mrs. Anna Smith, aged 95 years and 6 months. As she had lived, so she died, with the hope of a blessed immortality beyond the tomb. Mrs. Smith formerly lived in Dimock. Her husband was Dudley B. Smith, brother of the late Urbane Smith.
SUSQUEHANNA - Callahan McCarthy, whose home is in Oakland, was locked up Sunday afternoon by Chief McMahon to await hearing upon the charge of creating a disturbance at Ryan's hotel on Main Street. The trouble was the outcome of Callahan being refused a drink. Following scene 1, the defendant disappeared and was not seen for a short time. Scene 2–The defendant returned from his personal arsenal having in his possession a shot gun and revolver, each loaded. Scene 3–The shot gun, of which Mr. Boylan was endeavoring to secure possession, was discharged, contents entering building. Scene 4–Revolver discharged twice, one charge splintering glass in hotel. Scene 5–Chief McMahon, always alert, appears upon the scene and brings to an abrupt close the war drama.
MONTROSE - It is quite the habit with some people when they come to town, to hitch their teams on the street, no matter what the weather is and let them stand for hours, many times without blanketing and often without feeding. It would be well for the parties guilty of such abuse of their faithful animals to take warning by the following - William Coveney of Sheshequin, Bradford Co., was arrested a few days ago for cruelty to animals. He was arraigned before Justice Johnson where the following facts were brought out. Coveney frequently let his horses stand for long intervals on the street during severe weather and without feeding. March 15 he came here and left his horses standing tied on the street for several hours, in the evening, during a severe snow storm. The justice fined him $10 and costs, making the total amount $19.87, which he paid.
FOREST LAKE - It is rumored that Binghamton parties are planning to build a summer hotel here.
GLENWOOD - J.F. Conrad is envied by all the young men in this place. His little store, just around the corner, is filled on band practice nights with a bevy of young ladies, but then Jim doesn't care as he has it stocked with nice fresh candy and maple sugar, almost as sweet as the girls themselves.
ARARAT - Lon Pickering will occupy Henry Davis' house and Leroy Ballard will move into the old Wm. Doyle house. Our city will have to have a new directory, surely.
NEWS BRIEFS - Census enumerators will be furnished with badges by the government which are to be worn in a conspicuous place so as to be plainly seen and which will be their credentials for gathering statistics. These badges will be made of pure German silver, 1 1/4 inches wide by 1 5/8 inches long, shield shaped, surmounted with an eagle and bearing the words "United States Census, 1900." An order has already been placed for 16,000 by the directors of the census.
March 30 (1900/2000)
JACKSON - Harry Stockholm is the "boss" milk producer in these parts and is at present sending more milk to the Susquehanna station than any other producer in Jackson.
SUSQUEHANNA - George Sousa, a Susquehanna musician, this week joined Teet's Circus at Greenville, S.C., as a trombone soloist. AND - After a winter of sweet and unbroken peace, our brethren of the press at Susquehanna, Brother Birchard of the Transcript-Ledger and Brother Pride, of the Journal, have resumed editorial hostilities--another token of the return of spring.
SPRINGVILLE - And now it is a new firm--C.E. Burdick and H. Williams will have a hardware and music store in Mrs. Bush's store building. It will be remembered that Mr. Burdick was in the music business a few years ago and sold a large number of organs and pianos through this and Wyoming counties. AND - C.W. Kilts is moving the old school building on ground near the old Hungerford stone building. He will add another story to it and reports say that B.L. Alford and Robert Willson will rent the ground floor and put in a full line of groceries.
GIBSON - J.J. Potter has finished his mill and is now ready to grind your grist.
ELK LAKE - Henry Gallagher, of the 7th U.S. Cavalry, who has been on duty with his regiment in Cuba, has received an honorable discharge and returned to his home here.
HOWARD HILL, Liberty Twp. - Mrs. J.W. Howard's Sunday school class met at her home last Saturday afternoon and organized a mission band, called "The Little Light Bearers."
SOUTH AUBURN - Two of our respectable citizens were going to the Transue church on Saturday evening, March 24th. When at the top of the steep hill, near the church, the horse slipped and slid to the foot of the hill. The men staid in the wagon until they reached the level ground, when they were glad to jump out and found no serious damage had occurred to horse or wagon. But we would advise them to take their sleds like little boys next time, and save the horse and wagon until the ice had gone, or else look ahead of their horse when driving and we do not pretend to know how to drive a horse, either.
FOREST CITY - The firemen have perfected the organization of a Volunteer Firemen's Relief Association, and will hereafter receive Forest City's share of the tax paid to the State by foreign insurance companies. AND - Our businessmen have organized a company which has as its object the establishment of a co-operative County telephone system. This has doubtless been brought about by the excessive charges now made for telephoning between Forest City and most points in the county, notably to the county seat. We see no reason why a county system should not prove a great success as a convenience and as a money saver.
NEW MILFORD - E.W. Boyle has sold his mercantile business in Hallstead to L.T. Travis of whom he purchased it several years ago. Mr. Boyle, we understand, will return to New Milford and engage in business with his father.
HARFORD - The name of the town Hartford, Tioga county, was changed March 5 to Hartfield, through the influence of Congressman C.F. Wright. A great deal of mail belonging to Harford people went to Hartford, causing great inconvenience and annoyance.
MONTROSE - The work of filling in and grading around St. Mary's new rectory began this week and a number of farmers with their teams are helping with the work.
HALLSTEAD - considerable excitement was caused in Hallstead Monday evening by the sudden appearance of several parties from Foster. The first party had eloped with the second party's wife, and man No. 2 arrived in hot pursuit, well equipped with a pistol. The guilty party finally escaped after a backyard run. Montrose also had a case where a young man had an appointment to go to Lestershire [now Johnson City] and meet a girl, but when he got there the girl wasn't there but was presumed to have gone with another fellow. This is a queer old world.
HERRICK CENTRE - Will Pickering has bought the Frank Lyon farm; P.A. Doyle has taken the Harding place for the season; L. Cox moves from the Harding place to the Tildon house; Henry Rought from the Truex place to the Allen farm on the North and South road and Harvey Fulkerson has moved to the house of Geo. Curtis, near town.
THOMSON - W.V. Gelatt is established in the ice and market gardening business near Susquehanna.
WELSH HILL - A quiet wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harris on Thursday evening, March 29, when Miss Mary Lewis, niece of Mrs. Harris, was united in marriage to Mr. James Jenkins. Rev. Noah Bevans performed the ceremony and Thomas Morgan, of Carbondale, acted as best man, and Miss Lizzie Thomas, as bridesmaid.
RUSH - An old landmark gone: The Shove house on the Wyalusing creek below the Elder Gray farm has been pulled down and carted away.
LATHROP - C.J. Rockwell has engaged to haul the butter for the West Lathrop Creamery Co. E.W. Johnson will weigh the skim milk.
LANESBORO - The Lanesboro tannery, which has been closed for a year, is to resume operations, as a sole leather tannery. Heretofore, upper leather only has been made.
NEWS BRIEF - Wayne county stands 62nd in the list of 66 Pennsylvania counties in the average salary paid female teachers, $25.60 per month. Pike is the lowest, $24.52 and Susquehanna is next to Pike with $25. Delaware pays the highest, $46.67.
April 06 (1900/2000)
JONES LAKE (now Lake Montrose) - Work has been resumed at the woolen mill. AND About the dirtiest band of Gypsies that we ever looked upon struck town last week and went into camp near Jones' lake. After spending one night there, they were notified by the authorities to move on, and they moved.
GREAT BEND - The pastor of a Great Bend church announced "Hades" as his subject for an evening discourse. The people thought it was to be a talk on home matters, and turned out en masse.
BRACKNEY - An effort will be made before the State Board of Pardons, at Harrisburg this month, to secure the pardon of John Kelly, now undergoing sentence for manslaughter for the killing of Leon Gage in August '96.
MONTROSE - Wallace Nash, proprietor of South View Gardens, has taken a large contract to raise tomato plants for the Montrose Co- operative Canning Company, whose charter notice appears in today's paper, to furnish those intending to raise tomatoes for the cannery. The canning company directors have engaged Mr. E.B. Gill, of North Collins, NY., a practical processor of over 17 years experience.
LYNN - L.P. Silkman, professional nurse, is caring for Mr. Hillis, of Rush, who is very sick with typhoid fever.
NEW MILFORD - At 12:15 o'clock on Wednesday morning the large stable connected with the Jay House was found to be on fire and an alarm brought the fire company and citizens promptly to the scene. The barn was already a mass of flames, and nothing could stay their progress until the barn, and a blacksmith shop adjoining it, were totally destroyed, together with their contents. One of the most horrible features of the fire was the burning of seven horses. William Patterson succeeded in rescuing several cows from the burning building, but all efforts to save the poor horses were unavailing. The barn belonged to the Charles Jay estate, and the blacksmith shop was the property of Dr. D.C. Ainey, and was conducted by E. Townsend, who lost his books and his tools.
STRICKLAND HILL [Springville Twp.] - The Strickland Hill school closed on April 2. In the evening many gathered at the schoolhouse to enjoy the literary program which had been arranged for the occasion. It was complete in every respect and all present seemed to enjoy it very much. Much credit is due the teacher, Miss Della Seeley, and all who took part in the same. Miss Seeley is a talent- ed and thorough teacher and all will be glad to see her back again.
HALLSTEAD - The new chair factory will be located on land purchased of J.H. VanLoan, near the Lackawanna depot. The main building will be 274 by 44 ft. in dimension and two stories in height. The dry kiln will be 17 x 70 and the power house 20 x 30 ft. in dimension.
CLIFFORD - Miss Lena and Bertha Owens gave a party to a number of their friends on March 29. Games, songs, music and refreshments made the evening pass merrily and pleasantly. Among those in attendance were the following--Messrs. Scott Manzer, John Kirkley, Silas Bowell, Bennie Anthony, John Briggs, Will Butler, Glen Morgan, Clair Lewis, Mr. Follen, Carl Peck, Hubbard Payne, Geo. Payne, Will Moses, Harry Anthony, Prof. R.M. Archibald and Misses Lizzie Moses, Ethel Resseguie, Mabel Harding, Constance Follon, Beatrice Howell, Louise Morgan and Edna Manzer.
HOPBOTTOM - School closed April 5th and the Commencement exercises were held in the Universalist church, Friday evening. There were two graduates, Miss Kate Maher and Miss Millie Gray.
FRIENDSVILLE - The old Carmalt house was burned at noon Saturday, March 31. Chas. Schoonmaker was living in it. AND Mrs. Mary Ryan, an old resident of this place, died the 29th of March.
HERRICK CENTRE - Friday, while the team of Oscar Hine, of East Ararat, was tied at the upper end of town, it broke loose and started for home at a lively pace, but one horse being the better runner, it soon got tangled in a fence where it was captured. The buggy was badly wrecked.
SUSQUEHANNA - A special to last week's Binghamton Herald from Susquehanna says - "The Transcript and Ledger building at this place is a total loss, caused by fire. The damage is over $5000 with $3500 insurance. "The fire started at 11:45 o'clock this forenoon. The press used by the two papers is on the ground floor of the building, which is two stories high and of brick veneering. The employees of the Transcript were putting the forms on the press when a boy tipped over a bottle of benzine, spilling the contents. Soon after another employee entered the room, bearing a lighted lamp, not knowing the benzine had been tipped over. The light came in contact with the benzine fumes and at once there was a loud "puff" and the entire building was ablaze with the flames. The alarm was at once rung and Erie hose and the Keystone Hook and Ladder company responded. Five streams were turned on the fire but it was of no avail. The flames were still burning at 2 o'clock. This week: The Susquehanna Transcript-Ledger will be published from a new office established in the old electric light building at Susquehanna, while a new building is being erected on the site of the one burned last week.
NEWS BRIEF - The approach of Easter Sunday has started a wholesale slaughter of birds throughout the country. New York milliners alone demand 20,000 songsters, with which to trim the hats of customers according to the dictates of Easter fashion. The worst feature is that songsters and insect destroying birds are not exception to the general rule. All are included, and, in fact, meadowlarks, bluebirds and robins are especially desired, as they make such "pretty trimming." Until the women of the country refuse to buy bird millinery there will be no decrease of this wholesale tragedy of the fields and woods, and until the Easter bonnet is without its feathered corpse it will never symbolize the spirit of the day on which it is worn.
April 13 (1900/2000)
SUSQUEHANNA - The sound of the fiddle is again heard in the land. Arrangements will be made at once for a post-Lenten hop, to be held under the auspices of the various societies connected with Christ Episcopal Church. AND - Phoenix-like, the Susquehanna "Transcript", on Saturday, arose from its ashes and greeted its numerous readers.
EAST RUSH - Easter services were held at the church last Sunday. How many children under 12 years old can tell what Easter means, and why they eat eggs on that day?
SPRINGVILLE - Tennyson Meserole and Floyd Kellogg have gone west; Meserole to Nebraska and Kellogg to Toledo, Ohio. AND - The new meat market with William Lathrop and Pierce Kinney as proprietors seems to be doing a good business.
NEW MILFORD - Easter services were well attended at several churches. St. Mark's Episcopal church was well filled, the decorations were very fine, the altar was beautifully decorated with cut flowers and palms and potted plants were tastefully arranged around the church. The Rev. Bishop delivered an eloquent sermon and a fine musical program was given under the direction of the organist, Mrs. L.G. McCollum. Mr. McCollum sang a solo, "Christ Is Risen," and Miss Nina Taft sang during the offertory. At the Presbyterian church fine music and decorations of potted plants were of a pleasing nature. The M.E. church and Baptists were in accordance with the day.
FRIENDSVILLE - The person who took the shafts from the wagon standing by the side of the road near Friendsville, last Saturday night, will please return same to Buffum's store and save further trouble.
LITTLE MEADOWS - Ex-Sheriff Ward Deuel and family have taken up their residence here, where they formerly resided.
MONTROSE - On their appearance at Village Hall on Tuesday evening, Guy Brothers' famous minstrels not only fully sustained the high reputation which they had already gained, but won additional laurels from the hands of Montrose people. The entertainment was filled with fun, pathos and melody, and from first to last afforded rich enjoyment to an audience which taxed to the limit the capacity of the auditorium. If the management of Village Hall shall continue to furnish from time to time attractions up to the standard set by Guy Brothers, there will be no trouble in securing packed houses as often as the opportunity shall offer. It was demonstrated on Tuesday evening that the ideal for which the Village Improvement Society is striving--a cozy, well appointed play house or public hall, is rapidly nearing realization.
BIRCHARDVILLE - The Ladies' Aid met with Mrs. F.E. Ball on Wednesday. There were 26 present and sewed 26 lbs. of rags, besides a lot of visiting.
JERSEY HILL (Auburn Twp.) - Harry Bertholf of East Rush has purchased the store belonging to J.N. LaRue. AND - Miss Electa White has returned home from Adrian, Mich., where she has been studying music and elocution and soon expects to go to Denver, Colorado to visit her brother, A.N. White.
SILVER LAKE - The news of the death of Rev. Father Jas. McCabe, which occurred at Warren Centre on the 8th inst., threw a gloom over the services at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in this place. Father McCabe formerly resided in the township, where he had many relatives and friends. He was born in Ireland 62 years ago and came to America early in youth. He had been a priest 31 years, receiving his first instructions in the old Catholic College at St. Joseph (since destroyed by fire and never rebuilt). Many from this vicinity attended his funeral from St. Patrick's Church in Binghamton, N.Y.
HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND - The bus line between Great Bend and Hallstead has been purchased by Fred Simpson, who for 15 years has been the driver. Universal esteem and good will is felt for the new owner. AND - Today S.H. Tubbs closes his business control of the Mitchell House, where for a year he has kept one of the best hotels in the county. AND - The silk mill continues to quietly continue operations notwithstanding all adverse reports.
GLENWOOD - The young man who got a pair of boots by false pretense, then hid them in a barn to avoid payment, had better pay up or leave the ranch.
APOLACON - Miss Susie Murphy closed a very successful term of school on Wednesday last.
THOMSON - Smith French met with an accident. While at the depot turning around, the axle broke, capsizing the wagon and Mr. French injuring his ankle and some bruises otherwise. Dr. MacNamara was called and dressed the wounds. The horses broke loose from the wagon and ran without much damage.
BROOKLYN - Lester Tewksbury has taken possession of the Bullard hotel and is prepared to attend to the wants of the travelling public.
CLIFFORD - L.E. Bennett made his first trip with his butcher wagon last week AND - Rurie Bennett got one rib and breast bone broken by a horse while showing how a horse ought to be shod.
LYNN - On Tuesday, April 10, 1900, the 50th mile stone was passed in the wedded life of Mr. and Mrs. Preston T. Maryott. Among those present we must mention Mrs. Julanie Brush (nee Rosengrant) the bridesmaid on this day 50 years ago, Philander and Theron Strickland, brothers of Mrs. Maryott and with her the only survivors of a large family, and Anson Maryott, only brother of Mr. Maryott. Of the large family only two daughters and one grand- daughter were present, others residing in the far west. "The Golden Wedding," composed by Mrs. Vernie Maryott Ready, of Kansas, was read.
April 20 (1900/2000)
SUSQUEHANNA - A number from this place attended the services at St. Rose's Convent, in Carbondale, last week, at which five novices received the black veil and made their religious profession and five candidates received the holy habit of religion and the white veil. Among the sisters who took the black veil and renounced the world forever were: Miss Cecilia O'Connell of Oakland, in religion, Sister Mary Marlina; Miss Mary Kinsley, Oakland, in religion Sister Mary Servula; Miss Elizabeth Congdon, Susquehanna, in religion Sister Mary Roberta; Miss Anna Griffin, Susquehanna, in religion, Sister Mary Genorosa. The Very Rt. Rev. Bishop M.J. Hoban, D.D., of Scranton, officiated at the ceremony.
HEART LAKE - Harvey Griffing has purchased a merry-go-round and will add it to the attractions at Heart Lake as a pleasure resort.
OAKLAND - On the Oakland side of the river on Monday morning, the large extension steamer "Erminie," which for several years has plied the waters of the Susquehanna between Lanesboro and the Forest House, took fire and was entirely consumed. The fire was caused by flames from the engine communicating to a bottle of kerosene oil. The boat, which was capable of carrying 700 people, cost over $4,000. It was insured for $1,000. Fred H. Pride, the owner and captain, may build one for this season. Mr. Pride has a smaller boat, the "Idlewild."
FRANKLIN FORKS - A meeting of our citizens was held at Alliance Hall on Saturday night, to talk up a telephone.
LINDAVILLE - The peepers commenced their open air concerts here on the 17th inst.
THOMSON - The Erie Company have commenced building a culvert under the trestle near here, as they expect to fill it with dirt this season.
WELSH HILL - The milk route through here for the Crystal Springs Cheese Co,. of Tirzah, is now established; David Jones, of Elk Mountain, hauling the milk.
MONTROSE - Milkman Asa P. Scott, of the Park Street Dairy, has had his milk wagon treated to a handsome new spring dress of paint, blended in harmonious colorings, which gives the vehicle a very festive appearance. Messrs Warner and Cook were the artists. AND - James Devine and wife have moved to Lestershire, where he has a situation in the big shoe factory where 1700 hands are employed.
HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND - A market day by the ladies aid society of the Presbyterian church was held Saturday afternoon in Mrs. Rose Dayton's store.
UNIONDALE - Miss Virgie Cargill will commence a six weeks' select school about the middle of May.
ELK LAKE - H.W. Lyon has a bed-spread that was made from yarn spun by his mother in 1838. It is a fine specimen of weaving.
FRIENDSVILLE - The creamery is running nicely under the management of Wm. Baldwin.
HARFORD - Twenty-five pupils of the Soldiers Orphan School were last week transferred to the Industrial School at Scotland, this state.
AUBURN - The alleged small pox epidemic, which stirred up considerable sensation, is pronounced by physicians as to be nothing but Cuban chicken pox. And that diagnosis is probably correct, so far as the disease is concerned, though whether it is of Cuban origin is uncertain and immaterial. The disease has had only slight resemblance to the genuine small pox. The eruptions are profuse and cause festering sores which exude considerable matter, giving the patient a frightful look, but the accompanying sickness is trifling, compared to small pox.
FOREST CITY - Invitations have been issued by Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Boucher for the marriage of their daughter, Rena May, to Albert E. Nichol, of Carbondale. The happy event will take place at the home of the bride, on Hudson street, on Thursday evening, April 26th.
RUSH - Mrs. Lena Kunkle is busy running her Eureka carpet loom these spring days. AND - The new gasoline engine put in by Clifton Hickok is a novelty in these parts. Gasoline exploded by electricity is the motive power. It requires no fire and is started at a few minutes notice, requiring no further attention.
LAKESIDE - Our quiet little hamlet was invaded by a band of gypsies who pitched their tents in our midst last Saturday. The future prospects of our people are now being told.
SPRINGVILLE - The new Kilt's block is fast nearing completion and will be an ornament to the town. It will be occupied by Pierce Comstock, barber; Wilson & Co., groceries; a meat market; ice cream parlor, and the Citizens' Band will have a place for their rehearsals. AND - The hotel at this place is to change hands Monday, April 30th. Mr. Rodney, of Starkville, is expected to have charge. Mr. Flummerfelt, who retires, has made friends here and few enemies. He has refused to sell to some parties who were in the habit of getting intoxicated every time they came in town. If we must have a licensed hotel we would much prefer to keep Mr. Flummerfelt than to take the chance of a new man.
FAIRDALE SCHOOL REPORT - Those who rec'd an average of 90% and above: Carrie Shelp, Pearl Fowler, Anna Kinkuski, Irene Eva, Mattie Hewitt, John Boyd, Lee Robinson, Herman Olmstead, Wilber Hewitt and John Kervin. Those who received 100% in spelling: Carrie Shelp, Pearl Fowler, Anna Kinkuski, Irene Eva, Mattie Hewitt, John Boyd and Lee Robinson.
April 27 (1900/2000)
GREAT BEND - Daniel Kramer, of Great Bend, has invented a patent seeder to be used in planting gardens and Philip P. Weibler, also of Great Bend, has patented an elastic corset for women.
SUSQUEHANNA - The base ball club held a meeting Friday evening, Frank Curran was elected Manager and Sec'y. The club has ordered new suits. Following are the players - Stearns, catcher; O'Gara, pitcher; Blake, 1st base; Luckey, 2nd base; Laughlin, S. stop; Fuller, 3d base; King, Connors and Burns, outfielders.
UNIONDALE - Miss Virgie Cargill will commence a six weeks' select school about the middle of May.
HEART LAKE - W.R. Cobb sets out another peach orchard this spring.
HALLSTEAD - The funeral of J. B. McCreary, one of the oldest residents of the borough, was preached on Thursday last at the family residence on Main Street by Rev. L.W. Church, following which Great Bend Masonic Lodge took charge of the burial service.
ARARAT - Orville Potter, for a number of years employed as a salesman at the hardware store of George T. Frazier, in Susquehanna, is building a store here and will engage in the mercantile trade.
FOREST CITY - The Alfred Harvey silk mill is now in operation. There are 40 girls and men employed and as soon as those now learn- ing on the machines have become proficient, more hands will be put on.
NIVEN (Springville Twp.) - A destructive fire occurred last Thursday which consumed five buildings, being started by a chimney burning out. It started in the old Niven Hotel, then communicated to a house of Harmon Stark by a high wind. Three barns, two belonging to Mr. Stark and one to Mr. Stephens, were ignited and destroyed. (Another report states that the house belonging to Jeremiah Stephens, a house occupied by Lyman Bullock and two barns were destroyed.)
ELK LAKE - Henry Risely has been appointed census enumerator for Dimock township.
LAWSVILLE - Jud Stanford expects to start a meat wagon on the road in the near future.
HOWARD HILL, Liberty Twp. - Mrs. Effie LaSure visited the Parlor City last week and adopted a 4 months old baby girl.
LAWTON - We would be very glad to see the Supervisor out as the roads are in very bad condition--especially the road leading from the Wyalusing creek road to Miss Jessie Boyd's.
LATHROP - Miss Emma Avery, of Springville, has a class of music in this place. Among those taking lessons are Misses Nellie Strickland, Genevieve Mackey, Maude Rockwell, Lena Johnson and Master Luther Mack.
EAST LENOX - W.D. Lawrence has received his commission as Justice of the Peace. AND - Miss Deborah Davis will teach school at Hopbottom this summer.
JACKSON - Oliver Perry, aged 77, and Alonzo Perry, aged 80, among the oldest and most highly respected residents of Jackson, died last week. They were brothers and died but one day apart, Oliver dying on Thursday and Alonzo on Friday.
AUBURN - Charles E. Bunnell, a graduate of the Montrose High School in '94 and of Keystone Academy at Factoryville, Pa., in '96, is to be one of the Commencement speakers at the graduating exercises of the class of 1900 of Bucknell University at Lewisburg, Pa. (Charles Bunnell later became the first president of the University of Alaska). AND - Elijah L. Adams, son of Chester and Susan Adams, who came from Connecticut to this county in 1813, died April 28. He was born in 1824, built the first public house at Auburn Corners (known far and wide as the "Traveler's Home), married Phoebe Ann Bushnell in 1851, and in 1859 erected the first store in the place and was also appointed postmaster and served for 15 years. Squire Adams fought at Gettysburg and was a Past Commander of Lieut. H.C. Titman Post, G.A.R. He was elected a Justice of the Peace and, with the exception of one term, served in that position the remainder of his life. It was at his request that his comrades of the G.A.R. Post bare him to his last resting place in the Bunnell Cemetery. His widow, children and one sister, Mrs. Susan Millgrove, of Preston, Iowa, are left to mourn his demise.
MONTROSE - Saturday the principal streets were thronged with teams and pedestrians and farmers from the surrounding country who came in with their produce for the purpose of laying in their necessary supplies. On the Tuesday previous, there were over 50 teams by actual count, hitched on Public Avenue, besides the many hitched on side streets and alleys and put out in barns. These are busy days both for our friends, the farmers, and our merchants.
FIRE AT THE FAIR GROUNDS - There was an exceedingly hot time just below the grounds of the Susquehanna County Agricultural Society, Thursday afternoon, in Montrose. A fire of burning leaves and several rods of fence, that threatened the Society's buildings and homes on Lake Avenue, was extinguished by an efficient bucket brigade formed of the omnipresent small boys and the old hand-fire engine belonging to No. 2 Fire Company, with water pumped from the water company's reservoir. There is little doubt that the fire originated with some boys who had "juked" school and sought a quiet retreat in which to indulge their fondness for smoking. This "jukeing" school has come to be a popular fad with the scholars of our public school and its practice is not confined to boys, either. This pernicious "jukeing" can be stopped and must be stopped, in kindness and justice to the offenders, who will be thankful in after life that their attendance at school was insisted on.
May 04 (1900/2000)
THOMPSON - Edward Warner, aged 97 years, is probably the oldest person on the Jefferson Branch of the Erie. AND - Have all you street commissioners and supervisors read the law that is being published in the papers in regard to taking stone out of the roads every month with the exception of the winter season? It says they shall not ought, to take them out.
SUSQUEHANNA - Daniel McDonald, a Susquehanna boy, has a position with Marshall Field & Co.'s Chicago exhibit in the American Pavilion at the Paris Exposition. AND - In Denver. Colorado, May 2d, Albert Wagner, formerly of Susquehanna, was united in marriage to Miss Mary Minnehaha Ellis of Cripple Creek, of which city the bridegroom is now a resident.
LANESBORO - The Lanesboro tannery, which has been closed for a year or more, started up as a sole leather tannery under the management of Messrs. Ballard & Shields.
RUSH - James Featherby was upset by driving too rapidly around a corner, and was thrown on his head. He is recovering. AND - While Mrs. George Barnes, with her son and daughter, were driving on Warfile's hill, the horse had a fit, or blind staggers, and upset the buggy, breaking it and the harness. Mrs. Barnes was hurt on the arm but not seriously.
FRANKLIN FORKS - Burglars broke in the Alliance store last week and helped themselves to plenty of shoes, taking about fifty dollars worth, what change there was in the money drawer, and a pair of pants. The thieves have not yet been found.
JACKSON - The Jackson Supervisors have purchased a new road machine of the Good Roads Company, Chester Co., PA.
SILVER LAKE - The fires that recently ran through the woods in Silver Lake hit the property of John F. Heavey somewhat, also that of Jos. Kane, Wm. Dacey, K. Tierney, Jos. Whalley, the Rose estate, and others. Some careless person started a fire near the Choconut Creek, which owing to the dry weather and high winds, spread with great rapidity, both in Choconut and Silver Lake Townships.
MONTROSE - We have received a copy of the Anaconda (Montana) Standard, issued of April 29, which contains a very interesting and comprehensive article, "When Butte's Court Was Born," by ex-Judge Wm. H. DeWitt, a Montrose boy who has won distinction and honor in the legal and judicial circles of Butte.
EAST RUSH - East Rush is a good community. We have a church, school, creamery, store, postoffice, blacksmith shop, saw mill and lots of good neighbors, and their backs are not badly marked with each other's teeth.
CRYSTAL LAKE - Stephen Whitmore, of Jermyn, is planning to erect a new hotel on the site of the Crystal Lake House, near Dundaff, which was destroyed by fire several months ago. The cost of the projected structure will exceed $30,000 and it will be modernly equipped in every way. The talk of building the new hotel has revived the rumor that an electric railroad will be built to the lake.
GLENWOOD - A very pretty wedding took place at the house of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Hunt, of their oldest daughter Cora, to Oscar F. Cole, of Lenox. The bride was very prettily attired in blue with silk over dress. The groom was dressed in blue cutaway full dress and the couple looked very nice as they stood underneath the large bell which was suspended from the ceiling. After the ceremony, which was performed by Squire Swartz, a bountiful repast was served to which the guests did ample justice. The evening was spent in music.
S.W. BRIDGEWATER - William Kelly, Jr., who has been studying dentistry in Philadelphia, has returned home for the summer.
HARFORD - Mrs. Sarah A., wife of D.M. Farrar, died very suddenly Tuesday morning of neuralgia of the heart. The funeral services were held Thursday at one o'clock in the Congregational church. The Odd Fellows attended in a body.
FOREST LAKE - Stanley Warner, who has been visiting relatives in Reno, Nevada, has returned to this place, and is busy shaking hands with his many friends. His sister and her husband, E.W. Taylor, accompanied him home and are now visiting brothers, sisters and friends whom they had not seen in 39 years.
SOUTH MONTROSE - E.G. Mitchell, a reformed actor, will speak at Union church, Sunday at 2:30 p.m., subject "The Evils of the Stage or the Influence of a Christian Life." Mr. Mitchell is a student at Moody's school, Northfield. He will also speak Sunday evening, in the M.E. church, Montrose, on "The Dark Side of an Actor's Life."
SPRINGVILLE - Pierce Kinney has moved to rooms over H.Williams' hardware store and Lathrop & Kinney opened the ice cream season with free cream to all. A special invitation was given to the Daughters of Rebekah, who were present in full force after their Lodge meeting adjourned.
BIRCHARDVILLE - The house of Wm. Clark was burned Saturday at noon. The family was at dinner and hearing the noise of flames, ran out of doors, only to find the roof in flames. They were able to save most of their goods, but the house was totally destroyed with an insurance of one-half. It is a severe blow to Mr. and Mrs. Clark and many expressions of sympathy are heard.
NEWS BRIEF - The old scheme to carve a new county out of portions of Susquehanna, Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, with Carbondale as the County Seat, is again revived.
May 11 (1900/2000)
SPRINGVILLE - George E. Taylor--our photographer, was married to Miss Ora Thomas, Wednesday of last week, by Rev. G.H.H. Davis. During George's absence crepe was hung on his door. His bachelor friends feeling that the ever genial [George] was lost to them, when the happy couple returned, the band--not the Citizen's band-- furnished them some music. May they see eye to eye through many happy years to come. AND - Friday evening quite an excitement was created here by officers from Pittston bringing in an alleged horse thief captured near the Dimock camp ground. Constable Tuttle, of this place, took the gentleman to Montrose jail the same evening.
SUSQUEHANNA - Welling Perrine has been appointed inspector of piece work and Henry Sperl, Jr., succeeds Mr. Perrine as foreman of the round shop. AND - Work has commenced on the foundation for the public drinking fountain about to be erected on Main Street by the W.T.C.U. The fountain has already arrived.
HERRICK CENTRE - M.J. VanHorn's store was broken into on Tuesday night by five men wearing masks. The noise awoke Mr. VanHorn, who emptied his revolvers at them--they returning the fire as they fled towards the O.& W.R.R.
HEART LAKE - Last Wednesday evening the Ladies Aid Soc. held a box social at the home of Mrs. Sherman Griffing. Ice cream was served and the Hallstead band made the welkin ring with their inspiring strains of music.
BROOKLYN - Rev. Will Chapman, of Fla., occupied the Presbyterian pulpit on Sunday last. Will is a Brooklyn boy, having left for Florida 15 years ago.
HALLSTEAD - Fire broke out Monday morning about six o'clock in the D.L.& W. passenger station and had gained considerable headway before the department arrived. The fire caused considerable damage in the upper portion of the building where some lumber was stored. The fire was caused by the leakage of some sulphuric acid belonging to Druggist F.E. Sands, which had arrived last Saturday by freight.
MONTROSE - The warm weather of the past week has made the tinkling of the bell on Hart Bros.' ice wagon a most welcome and agreeable sound. Life in Montrose in the hottest of weather is made delight-ful if one but makes proper arrangements with the Messrs. Hart for a daily supply of the "congealed comfort" in which they deal. AND - Representatives of the Montrose Canning Company have shown us a sample of the very handsome label, lithographed in colors, that will be adopted by the Company for use on the cans turned out by the establishment.
FOREST CITY - The Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone company will at once, it is said, commence the construction of a line from Forest City to Lanesboro, where it will connect with the Susquehanna Valley line to Nineveh and points north.
FOREST LAKE - Maurice Sullivan was in town Monday, bidding his relatives and friends good-bye, prior to his departure to Butte, Montana. He left for that city yesterday, where he has accepted a position offered by Mr. Taylor, a relative.
EAST AUBURN - Two of our estimable young ladies spent Tuesday at Meshoppen. They were fortunate in having a neighbor to pick up the stray packages along the roadside, which they had lost.
THOMPSON - Miss Hannah Latham is teaching school at the Hobbe district. She has a new wheel [bicycle].
RUSH - James Curley, a son of Lawrence Curley, was buried in the Catholic cemetery in Rush on Wednesday, Rev. Father Driscoll officiating. Mr. Curley was living in New York at the time of his death, which was caused by pneumonia. He and his brother Michael were both employed as conductors on the street cars of the city. AND - John Reynolds' stage carried 12 passengers from Rush on Monday morning.
FAIRDALE - Boys ought to be careful when cutting plug tobacco. Eugene Otis was cutting a chew a few days ago, the knife slipped and struck his hand just below the wrist cutting a gash one and a half inches long and half an inch deep; it is doing well now.
FRIENDSVILLE - The following parties will build the roads on the following streets for the coming year: Hugh Foran, Turnpike St.; Peter Keenan, North Branch, Wyalusing and Stone Sts.; James Ryan, Lake and Binghamton Sts. AND - Agnes Tierney, organist of St. Francis Xavier's Catholic church, has gone to Binghamton.
SOUTH MONTROSE - Merchant L.W. Moody has Fairbank's "Fairy Soap" for sale.
CLIFFORD - B.F. Wells and wife returned home last week from Florida where they spent the winter. They report a good time and a nice place in which to spend the cold weather. They have spent several winters there. L.Z. Burdick and wife still remain in Florida.
UNIONDALE - Some little excitement prevailed in town last week owing to a report that a carpet had been stolen from Stephen Bronson's yard during the night. The ladies engaged in housecleaning had hung the carpet on a line and left it out. The report however proved false, as a member of the family unbeknown to any of the rest had removed the carpet. AND - The whooping cough is quite prevalent in our community.
LYNN - W.E. Spencer received a telegram Monday forenoon stating the death of his brother's wife, Mrs. John Spencer, of New York city. Rev. and Mrs. Spencer recently returned from Japan.
WELSH HILL - Cards are out announcing the wedding of Miss Libbie Anthony to Rupert Wells, the ceremony to occur the 28th inst.
May 18 (1900/2000)
HALLSTEAD - Philip Weibler, of this place, is the inventor of an Elastic Corset Brace and skirt holder combined, which has been fully approved by a number of the medical profession he has approached, and seems destined to meet a large sale. The Board of Trade has taken the matter up and the manufacture of the articles will commence shortly. Mr. Weibler already has a number of agents on the road, who are meeting with excellent success.
MONTROSE - Most of the telegraph and telephone poles in town are straight and shapely, but many of them, especially in the business part of the place, are disfigured by placards nailed upon them, which after being weather beaten become unsightly. It has been suggested that creeping vines and nasturtiums be planted around the poles and thus make them a thing of beauty instead of an eyesore.
BROOKLYN - Miss Louise Bunnell, whose ability as an artist is acknowledged to be of a high order, is organizing an art class. Our Brooklyn friends, who wish to take up the delightful study may rest assured that in joining Miss Bunnell's class they will be putting themselves in the hands of a competent instructor.
UNIONDALE - A very pretty wedding took place at the M.E. parsonage Wednesday evening, May 16, by Rev. Eastman. The couple were Miss Nora M. Byrnes, of Kingsley, to Wm. T. Curtis, of this place. The bride was very neatly attired in blue with silk and chiffon trimmings. The groom's outfit was without fault and becoming a nice young man.
SUSQUEHANNA - On last Tuesday evening "The Sodbusters' Club" held their second outing. The pleasures of the evening were opened by a brief address from the President J. Carl McCloud, after which he entertained the spectators with his latest buck and wing dance. The second number on the programme was a vocal solo entitled, "My Wild Irish Rose" which was sung in a very elaborate manner by J. Albert O'Leary, the silver tongue tenor. Chas. Jefferies' speech on air brakes was very interesting and worthy of recognition. The third degree was conferred on three new members and much credit is due to the honorable secretary Frank Soggs. The closing feature of the evening was a song entitled "She is only a Bird in a Gilded Cage," was sung by Exavier Daffy, F.E. Whack, J. Albert O'Leary and Charles Jefferies. AND - Rev. Charles W. Boot, of Christ Episcopal Church, preached on Sunday evening upon the subject, "The saloon--the use and abuse of liberty." By special invitation a number of saloon keepers were present.
HOPBOTTOM - The Tingley House entertained about 50 guests from Scranton one day last week. There were some very fine musicians among the number and they rendered some charming music. N.M. Tingley is the proprietor and he knows just how to entertain you right.
HERRICK CENTRE - A.D. Barnes' new horse, having been left a moment without being hitched, took a little exercise on his own account. He ran through town pretty lively but was captured before much harm was done.
HARFORD - Two little boys from the Orphan's school deserted but were captured near Nicholson and returned.
SOUTH MONTROSE - A. Nichols has enlarged his creamery in order that he add a cheese-making department. A.S. Allen did the carpentry work.
RUSH TO MONTROSE - Coming up the Wyalusing Creek Friday we noticed Elmer Tiffany up a tree, sawing limbs; D. Oaks plowing for corn; Samuel McKeeby, planting corn; A. Quick had his ground about ready to plant. At Fairdale both blacksmiths, L.D. White and W.J. Rhinevault, were busy but Will would stop long enough to blade jack knives if necessary; P. Shelp was keeping the mould board to his plow, not breaking up a piece of sod ground; Joe Beck was fishing, don't believe he had very good luck--the printers at this office were not remembered with a sample of the catch, anyway.
GREAT BEND - Prof. J.L. Richards, the efficient principal of the Gt. Bend school, will summer at his former home at Royal. Since his appointment to this school he has enlarged its scope and stimulated the attendance by every laudable means. By kindly interest many of the scholars have been led to pursue branches little previously regarded here, and it is complimentary to the Professor that a large number of pupils now read Latin and Greek. Such a principal is an ornament to the county of Susquehanna and a man it ought not to omit to reward in due time.
ELK LAKE - Miss Bertha Risley is teaching a select school at this place.
LANESBORO - The annual Commencement exercises of the Lanesboro High School will be held in the Lanesboro Methodist church on Friday evening. Following is the class of 1900--Oscar B. Donaldson, Grace L. Cook, John J. Soop, Sybil P. Peck, Harry S. Munson, Merta F. Finch, Guernsey B. Hubbard, Myrtle M. Snow, David A. Taylor.
SPRINGVILLE - We have had another wedding. On Wednesday evening, May 16, John Mitchell and Miss Nina Giles were married by Rev. G.H. H. Davis. Rumor says that Mrs. M. has sold her millinery business to Mrs. Barnes.
LIBERTY TWP. - Thos. Shields had a good cow struck and killed by lightning. The animal was insured and P.C. Burns, of Great Bend, adjusted the loss.
THOMSON - Messrs. Simrell Bros., Starrucca, Pa., have on their farm in Thomson township, a herd of Angora goats of the celebrated Peters stock. "Abdul," the leader of the herd, is a very fine animal with exceptionally strong breeding points, and is well covered with a fleece of unusual quality. In the herd are also several promising young bucks.
May 25 (1900/2000)
ARARAT - On Sunday evening about 11 o'clock, two horses were stolen from C.V. Roberts at Ararat Summit. As soon as the crime was discovered, Deputy Constable J. A. Tinklepaugh, of Ararat, was put on the track of the thieves. They were traced across the bridge which crosses the Jefferson branch at the Summit, and from here Constable Tinklepaugh struck the trail, by means of the horses' foot prints, a shoe being lacking on one of the animals, and followed it to Barnes' saw mill, and then the barn of Bert Corey, where the thieves added to their possessions a buggy, harness and blankets, then to Susquehanna, then to Hallstead, where it was found that one of the horses, with wagon and harness, had been exchanged for a gold watch, which was immediately exchanged for a bicycle. They tried to sell the other horse, but failed, and so continued their journey toward Franklin Forks. From the Forks they went toward Binghamton for about 7 miles and were eventually overtaken by Constable Tinklepaugh and were arrested. The prisoners gave their names as John Albert Williams and Sydney Williams of Lackawanna County.
RUSH - Mrs. Mulroy, who hovered so long over the brink of the grave, has rallied and is likely to live.
PINE GROVE, LATHROP TWP. - The Carlucci Stone Company are working their quarry at its full capacity, employing about 40 men. A new 60 horse power boiler has been placed in position which furnishes abundance of steam for two steam drills, and two hoisters. The work on the switch from the D.L.&W railroad to this quarry is being pushed, a large force of men being kept at work. The quarry and the switch give employment to so many that the farmers can hardly find help to do their planting.
SOUTH MONTROSE - Doubtless a great many were disappointed in not being able to use their smoked glasses to view the great eclipse on Monday, which was looked forward to with interest. The clouds obscured the sun till the eclipse had nearly passed off, and yet we did not need artificial light.
HALLSTEAD-GREAT BEND - A bee has been arranged for tomorrow and Saturday to lay the lining floor at the Chair Factory building. Everyone is invited to attend equipped with a hammer. AND - The mare which was stolen from J.F. Carl, of Hallstead, was found the next Tuesday afternoon in the front yard of a Mr. Johnson, at Hickory Grove. It is believed that the horse was stolen by the parties who burglarized Allen's store on the same night, and was used to draw away the plunder secured at Allen's.
DUNDAFF - Fern Hall, the famous summer resort, to be opened for the season on May 30th, the Hall is under the skillful management of Mrs. C.E. Johnson, who with her quick manner will make it pleasant and comfortable for all her guests.
LITTLE MEADOWS - The following were doing business in Montrose last week: W.T. Bergin, G.R. Graves (a leading citizen of Little Meadows and a staunch Democrat), L.F. Minkler (we are pleased to say, fully recovered from the accident which laid him up for several weeks).
JERSEY HILL, AUBURN TOWNSHIP - It is said to have the best equipped creamery (or butter factory) in the county, and gets the highest price for its product, and its cost was but $3,300.
HARFORD - A gloom has been cast over Harford's Franklin Academy Reunion by the sudden death of Prof. E.K. Richardson, who was to deliver one of the most important addresses.
KINGSLEY - A company is putting in a large acid factory. The company has purchased the timber on most of the woodland in that vicinity and has begun the erection of the buildings. A switch has been put in by which the cars can be loaded or unloaded right at the door. The timber not convertible into acids will be moved into lumber, a steam saw mill being put in at Oakley for this purpose.
GLENWOOD - Hon. G.A. Grow, as is well known, is the author of the homestead law, one of the most beneficient pieces of legislation in the history of the country. This measure became law in 1861–for Mr. Grow was then a member of the House. It enlarged and quickened the currents of immigration and home seekers began to swarm over the vast tracts of virgin soil in the great sweep of country from the Canadian border to the Gulf which Jefferson had annexed to the United States. The promoters of the St. Louis World's Fair enterprise are according Mr. Grow a place of honor in the literature on the subject, second only to that of Jefferson.
CLIFFORD - John Harty got his foot badly hurt while working in the Patterson saw mill and is now staying with his uncle John Buck. His foot has been very painful but is now improving.
MONTROSE - Tribute to An Old Comrade–I notice a list in the "Republican" of the honored dead, whose graves are to be decorated on Memorial Day. There are a number of names not assigned to any regiment or branch of the service. Carefully looking over the list I find the name of Fred M. Stark one of that number. As a tribute to the memory of my dear comrade and the surviving members of his family, I will give a brief account of his sevice as a soldier. He was a soldier on the old war vessel, the "Wabash." Comrade Stark and myself were Shellmen, taking the shells from where they were hoisted from the hold in the ship to a large gun weighing 15,000 lbs. taking 200 lb shell; it took a crew of 14 men to work it. At the bombardment and taking of Fort Fisher our gun was fired once in two minutes for four hours; the shell had to be carried about 30 feet, and put in the muzzle of the gun which was nearly as high as our heads. This work was too heavy for Comrade Stark. We were kept on deck till late in the night and he took cold which settled on his lungs; he came home and only lived a short time. In all the years, time has not diminished my love for the memory of my dear comrade. No braver, truer boy ever wore the blue than Fred M. Stark.
HALLSTEAD-GREAT BEND - Simrell Post, G.A.R., about 35 strong, with a delegation of Spanish war veterans, 13 Pa. volunteers, attended divine service Sunday night in the Baptist church where a union service of all churches in both towns was held. Rev. M.J. Watkins delivered the sermon.
NEWS BRIEF - An old resident gives this advice to the boys. Once I was young and now I am old and I've never seen a girl unfaithful to her mother that ever came to be worth a one-eyed button to her husband. It isn't exactly in the Bible, but it is written large and awful in the miserable life of a misfit home. If one of you boys ever come across a girl with a face full of roses, who says as you come to the door, "I can't go for thirty minutes, for the dishes are not washed," you wait for that girl. You sit down on the doorstep and wait for her. Because some other fellow may come along and carry her off, and right there you have lost an angel. Wait for that girl. [Forest City News article]
June 08 (1900/2000)
RUSH - The Hardy brothers, Frederick and George, began work laying the foundation of the M.E. church on Monday.
BROOKDALE - Three meat wagons go through Brookdale to the lakes, so no one need go hungry for meat. AND - The Helping Hand society met last week with Mrs. Gunsalus; the attendance was good and they intend to have an ice cream social on the 21st of June at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles VanLoan. The Lawsville band will be present. We hope all will come as the object, a worthy one, is to get clothes for some poor children to enable them to go to school.
Glenwood - You can get peanuts, candy, tobacco, cigars, soft drinks, and a first class lunch, at J.F. Conrad's.
SUSQUEHANNA - The commencement exercises of Laurel Hill Academy will be held in Hogan Opera House June 28-29. Following is the class - Peter Byrne, Grace Brennan, Lottie Buckley, Nora Coughlin, Bertha Collier, Lillie Creegan, Alice Dinsmore, Nellie Dooley, Frank E. Driscoll, Edward Fitzgerald, Albert Houlihan, Walter Healey, Nora Hanrahan, Frank Irving, Isabelle Kittell, Henry & Lillie Lannon, Gertrude Markart, Chester & Kittie Munson, Kittie Reilly, Lena Scanlon, Thomas Savage.
MONTROSE - At the instigation of S.J. Jenckes, representing the Village Improvement Society, the gas pipe hitching posts and rails about the business part of the town are being touched up with a new coat of paint, the expense being met by the owners or tenants of the properties. The village green will be kept cut during the season, W.A. Harrington having been engaged for the work by the Village Improvement Society. The new horse power mower, bought in '99, is proving a success, and Mr. Harrington knows well how to manage it. The thanks of the Society are due Mr. Harrington for his gratuitous services last year in this work. AND - A.L. Titman, Dr. H.V. Frink and Commissioners' Clerk Titsworth are the proud possessors of new and handsome rubber-tired wagons.
SOUTH MONTROSE - Aaron Reynolds, an aged and widely known resident died at the home of his cousin, Israel Reynolds, on June 5. Mr. Reynolds was buried in a coffin which he had caused to be made many years ago. He furnished the cherry lumber himself and Alexander Smith, of Montrose, did the work. The suit of clothes in which the deceased was buried was purchased for the purpose by him five or six years ago.
LAWSVILLE - The Baptist Church, during the heavy thunder shower last Friday afternoon, was struck by lightning and considerably damaged.
BROOKLYN - Brooklyn has a newly organized band of 18 members. There is always good band material in Brooklyn and we wish the new organization success. AND - The Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Sterling will be celebrated June 20th at their home.
NEW MILFORD - Four gasoline lamps now light the streets and are said to be a great improvement over the old style kerosene lamps heretofore used in town. AND - The saw mill erected by F.N. Gillespie is in operation. He has upwards of 300,000 ft. of lumber to saw. The work is under the competent supervision of Cush Cole.
GREAT BEND - July 1, 1863, Mr. Silas Squires, of Great Bend Township, while engaged in the first battle at Gettysburg with Co. A., 151st Pa. Vols., was hit in the face near the nose by what he then and has since supposed was a piece of shell. At times it has caused him considerable pain, and a few days previous it caused him a great deal of trouble. On Friday last he could feel some hard substance in the right nostril, and by continued effort he succeeded in removing what proved to be an ounce Minnie bullet. It is indeed remarkable that a man could carry in his face for 37 years so large a piece of lead without experiencing more inconvenience than Mr. Squires was subject to. The bullet which Mr. Squires was showing to his friends Saturday was nearly perfect, although showing marks where quite likely it had hit some object and lost largely its force before striking Mr. Squires.
UNIONDALE - A very heavy shower passed over this section on Friday evening, June 8, with unusually severe thunder and lightning. Several burning buildings were ignited during the storm, among them the residence of Thomas Burdick, near Burdick Hollow.
LYNN - Our new firm, Risely & Silkman, have been making numerous improvements in and about their store, which adds much to the beauty of the town.
THOMSON - Thomson is raising a fund to establish a co-operative creamery. Unless present conditions radically change, next year will find scores of creameries in Susquehanna county and fewer cans of milk at the stations. The farmer has commenced to believe that "the laborer is worthy of his hire." AND - Allen Cook had the misfortune to lose both of his horses. It is a great loss this time of year.
GELATT - Rufus Barnes' sons have purchased the Gelatt grist mill.
DIMOCK - The milk station has been nearly dry. We hear some of the biggest dairymen there refused to sign the contracts required of them and they are taking their milk to the Elk Lake creamery.
HOPBOTTOM - Since the first of January there have been seven deaths of old citizens: Emanuel Carpenter, William Ainey, Truman Bell, Jackson Chamberlain, Enoch Lord and Edward Oakley.
ELK LAKE - The friends and neighbors of Mr. J.G. Cart and wife met at their home on Saturday to give them a surprise, it being Mrs. Cart's birthday. There were 40 who sat down to dinner; the table was in the yard and neatly arranged by the ladies with a new set of dishes which had been presented to her, filled with good things the ladies had prepared. After dinner the company gathered in the house to listen to music. Mrs. Avery of Springville presided at the organ.
June 15 (1900/2000)
FOREST CITY - The stockholders of the Forest City National Bank have elected the following gentlemen as directors: Julius Freedman, V.L. Petersen, W.H. Bates, James White, J.J. Walker, William Tinker, R.E. Randall, Michael Krantz, W.T. Morgan and John Lynch.
MONTROSE - It would appear from the frequency with which the ordinance is violated that many of our citizens do not know that bicycle riding on the sidewalks and crosswalks within the borough limits is expressly prohibited, as is also the drawing, pushing or driving any cart or wheelbarrow on the said sidewalks and cross-walks. AND - Late Saturday evening two young men from the vicinity of Coon's Crossing, who were somewhat under the influence of liquor, indulged in reckless driving about town, whipping their horse, and letting forth lusty war whoops. Their pastime came to a sudden end when Officer Tingley got hold of the horse's bridle and brought [it] to a standstill. One of the young men took to his heels, but the other was taken into custody and was not released until about noon on Sunday when his father came to town and settled the fine and costs. The law against fast driving on the streets of Montrose is almost daily violated by some of our local horsemen and occasionally by out-of-town parties.
RUSH - Mrs. George Hamlin, aged 82 years, has woven, this spring, 18 yds of linen cloth, from flax spun by her daughter, Almira, the late Mrs. M.B. Perigo, over 10 years ago. AND - Perry Griffis held the lucky number that drew the prize lamp at the Oregon Medicine show on Sat. night. AND - That census taker was along last week, and- -oh my!
THOMSON - Mr. Layton will move his jewelry shop to rooms under the corner store formerly occupied by Ralph Howard as a justice office. Mr. Layton has traded a house and lot in Hornellsville, NY with Lewis Brothers for the George Ealy farm here.
SUSQUEHANNA - Fred Pride's big barge, "Safety," is completed and has been given a satisfactory trial. It will carry a Binghamton excursion party on Sunday next. AND - Local anglers report recent catches of large trout in Wayne County. Some of the trout are so long that the streams will be widened to allow them to turn around.
SOUTH AUBURN - A number about here have lost horses recently and if the mortality among horses increases we shall soon be obliged to use the bicycle, automobile and the steam plow entirely.
DIMOCK - Strawberries six cents per quart. AND - There will be a ball at the Dolan House, evening of July 4th, music to be furnished by Bailey's orchestra.
BROOKLYN - Berwyn Gere has been on the sick list the past week suffering with Job's comforter.
SILVER LAKE - Our mail carrier, A.H. Foster, given general satisfaction. He now drives good horses, has a comfortable conveyance and is prompt in attending to all errands entrusted to him. Leaves Montrose at 3:30 p.m. and arrives at Silver Lake at 5:30 p.m.
CLIFFORD - Roscoe Sheridan had an exciting experience in Carbondale. He went to town in the morning with a load of produce drawn by his spirited team of horses. The horses became frightened and jumped to one side, overturning the wagon and Mr. Sheridan fell under it, sustained some severe injuries. His left arm was cut badly and Dr. S.S. Shields found the main artery severed. He was also badly bruised about the body.
HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND - The Eclipse Bicycle Co. of Elmira has arranged with jeweler VanZandt to represent them in town.
BIRCHARDVILLE - After a year's absence beyond the "Rockies" S.B. Warner is again among us. His old friends and acquaintances are glad to greet him, for Stanly was always a kind and obliging neighbor. He was accompanied by his sister Ruth and her husband, Edwin Taylor, who emigrated to the Pacific Slope 39 years ago. This is their first visit to their old home. It is quite likely they made a quicker trip in returning than they did in going. AND - It is said more soldiers are buried in the Birchardville cemetery than any other one in the county, excepting Montrose.
HARFORD - The 100th anniversary of the Congregational church was celebrated June 15th. It was a grand success, not a stone was left unturned. W.L. Thacher gave the historical address; he is an historian of rare ability and as usual it was very interesting. In his address we notice many remarkable changes and one thing which attracts our attention is the fact that during the 100 years only six ministers have been called to this church, Rev. Adam Miller having served from 1828 to 1881. Words of greeting and remembrance were given by Rev. W.S. Fritch, pastor of the Mother church at Attleborough, who also sent, as delegates, John Thacher and wife, direct descendants of Rev. Peter Thacher, first minister of the Attleborough church, as also is Harford's honored scholar, Prof. W.L. Thacher. Rev. F.J. Goodwin, pastor of the Sister church at Pawtucket, also spoke.
JACKSON - H.M. Benson has taken one of his fine funeral cars to Herrick Center in charge of A.D. Barnes, who will attend to all calls in the undertaking line. AND - Ray Washburn of North Jackson is improving our town roads. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone Co is busily engaged in building a line between Forest city and Lanesboro. Holes are dug from Lanesboro to Stevens' Point. At Starrucca, the lines will run over a private line to Jackson.When Ararat is reached subscriptions will be taken for the extension of the line from Dundaff to Montrose; the wires of the company will run into the central of the Susquehanna Telephone Co., Susquehanna. Stockholders of the North- eastern co. will have free service on the lines of the Susquehanna Valley, Delaware Valley and Chenango Valley Telephone companies and for a transfer charge of 5 cents messages may be sent to Binghamton.
June 22 (1900/2000)
MONTROSE - Welsh Bros‚ circus, which showed here last week, was liberally patronized and was voted "a good show for the money."
SUSQUEHANNA - Miller Wright, son of Hon. C.F. Wright , and two young companions, had a narrow escape from serious injury by a powder explosion last week. Miller and the other two boys procured one-half pound of gun powder and proceeded to celebrate the nomination of McKinley and Roosevelt. They loaded a small cannon and in lighting the fuse the powder in a bottle held by one of the boys, Earl Muzzy, was ignited and instantly exploded. Muzzy was badly burned and lacerated about the face and hands but his injuries were not dangerous. The other boys were only slightly burned.
HARFORD - The poems of Miss Sarah Jones have been published in book form and are on sale at W.H. Turrell's, Montrose, at 50 cents a copy. The book is nicely gotten up and contains a good picture of Miss Jones. The biographical sketch and editorial work is by Prof. W.L. Thacher. The poems have real merit in themselves and will be of genuine interest to all lovers of poetry aside from those who knew and prized the rare woman who wrote them. Brooklyn people can find them at S.B. Eldridge's.
LYNN - George Conrad has a large number of hives of bees and this year is making more of a specialty than ever of honey producing.
NEW MILFORD - It should now be called Greater New Milford, she has extended her limits so as to take in Nicholson, at least a considerable number of the members of the New Milford ball club that came here to play the other day resided at Nicholson.
HEART LAKE - The letter carriers of Scranton are coming to Heart Lake on an excursion July 4. They are talking of bringing a thousand people. And with the large number of other people who will spend the fourth there, Heart Lake will indeed be a lively place.
GIBSON - On the Fourth of July will be a celebration in Gibson with all accompanying pleasures of the day. There will be a street parade at ten o'clock and a speech by F.I. Lott, Esq., of Montrose, at 11. The dinner will be served at Grange Hall for 25 cents. A substantial supper will be served from 5 to 7 o'clock, you can then remain to the dime concert at 7 o'clock. In this local talent will be assisted by Mrs. E.M. Tiffany, of Hopbottom, Mrs. W. Jeffers, of Lenox, and Miss Maud Waldie of Brooklyn.
LATHROP - A correspondent says Lathrop township has taken a long stride forward in the matter of educational enlightment. The newly organized school board has voted that there shall be no more "boarding around" ordeal for the teachers, and the salary of $25 per month, which they will pay, is a little in advance of other districts in this vicinity. The antiquated practices and inadequate salaries of Northeastern Pennsylvania are a disgrace to the state and serves to send energetic and wide-awake teachers into more appreciative fields for their work. We are glad to notice that Lathrop is coming out of its Rip Van Winkle state.
GLENWOOD - J.B. Swartz, Esq., while hoeing potatoes in his garden, unearthed a curiosity in the shape of a petrified head, pronounced by all who have seen it to be the head of a human being of the Indian type, small head and high cheek bones. The formation is very peculiar, alternate flesh colored and white; and it wasn't a very good day for hoeing either.
THOMSON - According to the law the stone should be taken out of the roads every month.
UNIONDALE - The Erie R.R. is putting in a new switch and will move the water tank down below town, thus giving a better chance for crossing and doing away with much disagreeable noise in town. AND: Burglars were again on a raid a few nights ago entering the kitchens of Mrs. E. Westgate and B. Mapes, taking provisions, etc.
RUSH - David Godwin found two monster strawberries in his patch that measured 5x7" and 4x7" in circumference.
GREAT BEND - Arrangements are going forward for the building of a two-story school house by the School Board of Gt. Bend township for the scholars now attending the Ives district school, and those pupils who have been sent to Hallstead for instruction. It is intended to maintain a superior school with not less than two teachers in a modern school house in the neighborhood of the silk mill. This advance step has grown out of the recent selection as school director of Scott Ives, and will be heartily endorsed by the property owners and residents of the West End.
BRANDT - Miss Martha Peck, of Brandt, who recently graduated at the Mansfield State Normal School, will accept the principalship of the Brandt School.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Elmira "Telegram‚s" statement that Tommy O'Gara, Susquehanna's crack pitcher, had signed with the Oriels of the Binghamton City League, is foundationless. AND - Thomas Finnerty, an aged resident of West Susquehanna, was on Friday seriously injured by being struck by the locomotive of the "Monitor" in that place. He was thrown 20 ft. He is recovering.
LAWSVILLE - Spencer Luce has taken the contract to furnish the town of Liberty with seven new woodsheds for school purposes.
LANESBORO - The "menagerie" at Riverside Park has been increased by the addition of a boa constrictor, 8 ft. long. The reptile was brought from South Africa by Rev. Hunter Reed–a returned missionary from that country.
JERSEY HILL - J.C. Rifenbury had a freak in the shape of a turkey hatch; it had two wings, two feet, and two separate necks and heads attached to the same body.
ARARAT - The lumber for the store of Orvill Potter has arrived and the work is being pushed as fast as possible.
EAST LENOX - James Archibald, thinking that he wanted a new buggy, went to South Gibson and purchased one of John Pritchard. All right, Jim, you need it.
RUSHVILLE - While swimming the other day, Fred Clink caught a carp which weighed six pounds and was 22 inches long.
FOREST CITY - The salary of the postmaster has been increased from $1,300 to $1,400.
June 29 (1900/2000)
FOREST LAKE - D.F. Wheatcroft had a swarm of bees that ran away and took up their home in C.L. Lincoln's chimney, and are doing well.
OAKLAND - The Congregationalists on the Oakland side, it is rumored, will build a new house of worship.
FRIENDSVILLE - Christopher Byrne, of Class of 1900, Laurel Hill Academy, Susquehanna, whose class poem excited admiration at the Commencement, has returned to his home at Carmalt Lake. His sister, Sr. M. Rozine, of Carbondale, who is an L.H.A. graduate, has written some pleasant verses, which appeared in print before she renounced the world.
PROSPECT HILL (Jessup Twp.) - Mrs. George Bedell has returned to her home having undergone a severe operation in Philadelphia. Mrs. Bedell's many friends hope for her speedy recovery.
RUSH - M.B. Perigo's colt, attached to a milk wagon, whilst hitched outside the blacksmith shop of Joe Meehan, became frightened as Joe approached with a shoe to try on and wrenching the ring to which she was tied out of the shop, started homeward with Joe holding on to the bridle. Joe was thrown on a pile of stones and his knee was hurt quite badly. The horse fell by Ed. Granger's house and broke a thill of the wagon, jumped up and rushed through Granger's garden where it was caught; it took the wagon with it and strangely enough, it did no damage to the numerous vines it passed over.
MONTROSE - The Presbyterian church of Montrose was organized on the third of July 1810, and its 80th anniversary was duly observed in 1890. Sabbath morning, July 8, Rev. Benton, the pastor, is expected to present something of the history and work of the church.
SPRINGVILLE - An ice cream festival will be held on parsonage lawn on the evening of July 13th. The Citizen's Band will play during the evening. There will be ice cream, cake, lemonade, and fruit for sale. A Short program is expected of music and readings. Proceeds for parsonage repairs.
JACKSON - It is rumored that the school board will enlarge the school building and otherwise improve the grounds and will in the autumn open a graded school in that place. The board have elected the following teachers - Jackson, Miss Nora Hill; North Jackson, Miss Ida Larrabee; Lake View, E.E. Ely; Maple Ridge, Miss Verna Carpenter; Slocum, Miss Vina Bingham; Bingham, Miss Mamie Calnan; French, Frank Bryant.
GIBSON - The Gibson township school board have established the South Gibson High School and hired as teachers, Prof. J.E. Williams, Principal; Miss Lizzie Shafer, Assistant; and Miss Dora Follet for the primary room. A course of study for the High School was adopted and a text book committee appointed. The action of the board is highly approved by the citizens of South Gibson and vicinity, who believe that the advantages of higher education should be enjoyed by all.
FLYNN [Middletown] - T.H. Golden has about 10 acres of rye and it is beautiful to look at. It is said by a good many to be the nicest and most even piece they ever saw. Some stalks that were measured were 8 ft long; raised on pure, clear-conscience, Democratic soil. Republicans wishing some of this kind of seed can no doubt get it of Mr. Golden, as he is an accommodating fellow. Republicans who have been in the habit of sowing tares will have to prepare their ground differently or this kind of seed will do them no good.
STEVENS POINT - A letter received by Erastus Carr, Stevens Point, dated Indang, P.I.[Philippine Islands], from Capt. Baker, tells him that his son, Frank, was shot through the heart and instantly killed, at Linery, P.I., Cavite province. The Captain says that Frank was one of the bravest men and best soldiers in the company and was beloved by his comrades. The remains were buried in a churchyard near where he fell.
BROOKLYN - Wednesday morning here was great excitement produced when it was found that Doran Bros. safe in their blacksmith shop had been blown open. The door was entirely blown into pieces. The robbers chose a very poor place, for the safe contained no money, none being kept in it at any time, and the valuable books and papers were not injured. The windows were badly wrecked.
ROYAL - The Royal people let their liberty pole down last Saturday and gave it a new coat of paint and new ropes. The pole is 102 ft high and was furnished to Royal by the Royal Baking Powder Co.
FOREST CITY - In St. Agnes' Catholic church, on June 20th, Miss Rebecca McManus was married to Wm. W. Swartz by Rev. J.J. Griffin, of Carbondale.
4TH OF JULY NOTES - It was a typical "fourth"--red hot weather and a drenching shower. That's the only genuine combination--all others are imitations. At Heart Lake there was an immense crowd, largely from Scranton. The merry-go-round, the dance, stands and the naphtha launch, "Idlewild," all did a rushing business. The fakir with the "shell game" was there and did not look for victims, taking many a dollar from people who should have known better than bet on a sharper's own game. It was reported on the grounds that a substantial farmer had lost about $90. The game was stopped. Parties from Scranton run in beer by the barrel and their bars were "wide open." This displeased the management at the Lake, and Montrose officers were sent for to arrest the parties, but there were too many of them and they did not succeed in making any arrests. There was some excitement in Montrose during the night of the third, over the matter of whether the cannon ought to be fired. Mayor McCausland thought it best not to, and had it stored in the engine house; but others thought differently, and took it out and fired it a few times. There was something of a struggle over the matter, between the policemen who were trying to carry out Mr. McCausland's orders, add those who wanted the cannon, and it is said some sore heads resulted from pummeling.
July 06 (1900/2000)
GLENWOOD - The death of Michael Maloney, the oldest man in Susq. Co. and probably this State, occurred at the home of his son, Lawrence, July 8, aged nearly 107 years. He was born in County Cork, Ireland, Jan. 25, 1793. His father was a noted Irish poet and lived 98 years. A brother reached 98 years and an uncle 102 years. At the age of 45 Michael married Mary Webb of Ireland and five children were born to them in that country, all of whom attended the funeral. In 1865 he sailed to America and since 1870 has resided at Glenwood. He had personal recollections of Napoleon Bonaparte and his army. The funeral of this venerable old man was held from the Nicholson Catholic church, Tuesday last.
FOREST LAKE - Farmers are complaining of help being so scarce to work in the hay field. A good man can get $1.50 per day and board. AND - It is said that C.C. Wells will build several cottages at the lake. A large number of Binghamton people are camping here.
RUSH - Rush and vicinity has been visited with severe electrical storms during the warm wave of the past two weeks. The barn of Oscar Devine, on Devine Ridge, was struck, tearing off a portion of the boards; John Tewksberry and wife of Auburn, who visited their parents, Ed Granger and family on Sunday, report seeing a ball of fire strike their barn in the storm of last Friday, which tore off shingles, split five rafters and a post and passed through about 10 tons of old hay without doing other damage; the wind, too, was severe, blowing down trees and moving barns and sheds.
FRANKLIN FORKS - A balloon passed over our town one day last week and was chased up quite a way by some of our small boys.
SUSQUEHANNA - In Beebe Park on Saturday afternoon, the Susquehanna nine downed the Columbia nine of Binghamton, 17 to 7. Yes, Susquehanna is hot stuff this season. AND - Poles are being erected in town for the telephone line between Forest City and Susquehanna and the line between Susquehanna and Ninevah is being constructed. When both are completed we'll have a hello a time. AND - Judson Fisher, the 14 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. C.L. Fisher, left his home on Friday last for parts unknown because he had been reproved for misconduct. It is thought that perhaps the boy will make his way to Sunbury, where the family formerly resided.
HALLSTEAD - Charles M. Kessler, Superintendent of the new chair factory, has removed from Brandt to Hallstead. Several other Brandt families have also removed here.
SILVER LAKE - The name of our post office has been restored. Silver Lake office, being situated on the banks of Mud Lake, has caused much confusion. The name of the Mud Lake office was Harewood, many years ago, and the name of the lake, Tenberry.
HEART LAKE - Rev. E.E. Barker, Jr., the energetic young pastor of the M.E. church, is pushing the prosecution of those parties from Scranton who are alleged to have violated the liquor law at Heart Lake on the 4th. Deputy Sheriff H.S. Conklin went to Scranton and arrested one Anthony Gordon, said to have been the chief offender, and the defendant is now under bail to appear before the Court of Susquehanna County.
THOMPSON - The family of Rev. A.D. Davids, of the Thomson M.E. church, had a narrow escape from death or serious injury on July 4. A large cannon was being fired on the street near the parsonage, when it exploded and a piece weighing over 27 lbs tore through the side of the house and did considerable damage in the minister's study, crashed through a partition into the adjoining room and stopped within a few feet of where Mr. Davids' little daughter, Dorothy, was sitting on the floor. Fortunately, no one was injured.
WELSH HILL - Mrs. Marietta Watkins has left this place on a trip to the Paris Exposition. She will stop at London to attend the International C.E. Convention and in company with Rev. N. Bevan she will there represent the Christian Endeavors of Susquehanna county.
SPRINGVILLE - Landlord Rodney is cutting the meadow connected with [the] Springville hotel into building lots and will put a street through the center. Some of the lots are already sold.
NEW MILFORD - A.C. Risley recently returned from Nebraska where he visited his daughter for several weeks, at Broken Bow. He was also at Lincoln, and while there spent part of an afternoon calling upon Mr. and Mrs Bryan.
MONTROSE - Several thousands of cans have been ordered for the cannery this week and are expected in a few days. It is thought that canning of beans will soon begin.
UNIONDALE - The Boro school directors have engaged the same teachers as last term: G.G. McNamara, Minnie McKee and Edith Smith.
HERRICK CENTRE - Wm. Vincent of Thomson and Silas Hartley met here to arbitrate the case of Ervin Vanvalkenburg vs Clifford township. Mr. Vanvalkenburg was injured by a bridge on the Forest City road giving way. The case is likely to go to court.
BROOKLYN - "The Death of a Hero" By a head-on collision between two open trolley cars on the Duryea line, at Old Forge, on Sunday morning, ten persons were injured and Stacey S. Westbrook, whose home was in Brooklyn, was fatally injured. Westbrook was motorman of one of the cars and his conduct proved him a brave man. When he saw that the crash was coming, instead of jumping he stood to his post in the face of almost certain death, that he might lessen the speed of his car as much as possible in the hope of saving the passengers from death or serious injury. But in doing this his own young life was sacrificed. Even after he was pinioned in the wreck, crushed and bleeding, he protested that the others should be helped first. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Westbrook and was a member of Co. G throughout the Spanish-American war. Conductors and Motormen from Scranton, ranks from old Co. G, and a very large attendance were at the funeral from his parents' home in Lindaville.
July 13 (1900/2000)
FOREST CITY - The First National Bank will open for business on or about Aug. 1. Truman A. Surdam, of Scranton, has been elected cashier and has removed to Forest City.
JACKSON - R. A. Sparks of Gibson has purchased the Geary hotel property now conducted by C. C. Walker and will take possession Nov. 1.
MONTROSE - The condition of the grass on the parapet about the soldiers' monument is positively shocking and it should, we think, receive the immediate attention of the Village Improvement society. And, speaking of the monument, when, O when, if ever, is the work of placing the tablets within the parapet enclosure to be completed? It is nearly a quarter of a century since the monument was unveiled, and yet these tablets, an original and important feature of the design, are still far from being complete. It was, we believe, the plan to have each township furnish a tablet bearing the names of its sons who fell in the war of the Rebellion. This plan has never been carried out and there is no visible promise that it ever will be. If the townships will not act, why can't the G.A.R. Posts, the S.O.V. Camps, or the Veteran Association, one or all of these organizations take hold of this matter and carry it to successful and speedy conclusion? We believe they can, and we hope they will. Let some action be taken at once.
HALLSTEAD - William E. Barnes is indeed a sorely afflicted man, and the heartfelt sympathy of the people of this county goes out to him in his affliction. Last week he buried his son, Harold, who died from lock-jaw caused by a wound received from a toy pistol. He was eleven years old and one of the brightest and best of boys. He was a favorite in the community and always gentlemanly and cheerful. Within two or three years Mr. Barnes has lost by death his father, brother, wife and saw his little daughter came near drowning before his very eyes and a brother was terribly injured in a railroad accident.
HOPBOTTOM - July 11, at the Universalist church, Oley Pratt and Miss Libbie Lord were united in marriage by Rev. James Herrick of Gibson. The bride looked handsome in a pale green organdie and carried white roses; the groom wore the conventional black. Miss Lottie Byram was bridesmaid and her gown was old rose organdie; Earl Yeomans was best man. The ushers, Miss Lizzie Birch and Miss Marian Titus wore very pretty gowns. The church was tastefully decorated with ferns, rhododendron, gloxinias and potted plants. A wedding supper was served at the home of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gavitt's. The happy couple took the evening train for a week's tour of Port Morris, N.J.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Forest City-Susquehanna Telephone is setting poles through the streets of this boro. Mrs. Wm. Kasson, of Broad St., objected to having a pole set in front of her premises and when the hole was dug Friday evening, she stepped into it, wrapped a bedquilt about her and remained for three hours, reading a newspaper while daylight lasted. Some hoodlums threw firecrackers in close proximity to Mrs. Kasson's person and she was compelled to vacate the hole when the workmen in the employ of the company quickly erected the pole. The unusual sight attracted hundreds of people. Mrs. Kasson will commence legal proceedings to maintain her rights. AND - The house of Jeremiah Buckley, with its contents, was destroyed by fire about 6 o'clock Thursday morning. Mrs. Buckley and her daughter, Mrs. John Maroney, who were obliged to leave the burning building in their night clothes, were unable to save only part of their household effects or wearing apparel. Mrs. Maroney was painfully burned about the face.
GREAT BEND - The 4th was spent by our citizens in a very quiet way–but little firing of cannon or fire-crackers. The Hallstead band came over and for a little time marched up and down Main Street, playing stirring and inspiring music. AND - Great Bend's tannery was permanently closed Monday. The trust can make leather cheaper elsewhere.
LAKE VIEW - Clyde, the little son of Roy and Lulu Barrett was run over by a loaded wagon and his legs were severely injured.
HARFORD - Mrs. George Peck has received her pension granted on account of the death of her son, Smith, who lost his life at the battle of Santiago. The back pay was $200 and $12 per month.
RUSH/LAWTON - The ladies of Rush gave an ice cream festival Saturday evening for the benefit of the India sufferers. A nice sum was realized.
ARARAT - Most of our young people spent the 4th at Lanesboro, but the older and more sensible ones went to Thomson where they found everything quite up to date in a modern celebration, especially the dinner, which was grand.
NICHOLSON - Lightning struck the old Bacon house last Friday. This probably is the oldest house in that borough, if not in the township. It was built by Nathan Bacon, who for many years used it as a hotel. It being on the old Montrose and Providence turnpike and on the road leading from Harford to Tunkhannock, it was an important point. It was for many years the polling place for Nicholson twp, which, prior to the setting off Wyoming County from Luzerne, included Clinton, Benton and Greenfield townships, and was the scene of many warm political gatherings. It was also the scene of many notable social gatherings. Prior to the advent of the railroad the principle store for this section was carried on in this building. After the coming of the railroad and the building of the station where it is now, custom left the old stand and soon it ceased to be a public house; but elections here held there up to 1870.
DUNDAFF - After nearly three-quarters of a century as a separate and distinct municipality Dundaff is to lose its individual entity and be merged into Clifford township. The years have brought many changes to the old town and it will be with regret that many will hear of the contemplated move which seems a necessity. The little group of men from Philadelphia, who settled there early in the century, had both the ability, energy and means to make it a business center. It was also situated at a junction of two of the great arteries of travel in this section and soon leaped into a prominence second to none in northeastern Pennsylvania. A half dozen factories sprung up there, many business places were opened and the country for miles round was tributary to Dundaff. Then came the beginning of mining in the Lackawanna valley, a few miles away. There was a demand for labor and the wealth which was being opened up attracted many. A railroad to Carbondale, made the bringing of freight to this section easy and sounded the death knell of the Milford & Owego turnpike for other than local purposes. Dundaff was incorporated as a borough in 1828 and at that time had about 400 inhabitants. The rapid growth of Carbondale soon sapped its vitality and a decline was noticed. It has always remained a pretty place but its prospects to attain to the size and importance of a city have sunk till its population is now given at about 100 souls and the burdens of keeping up a separate government have become so heavy that the taxpayers have decided to surrender their charter and will place the matter before the legislature at its next session.
SNAKE STORIES - B. E. Smith, who lives on the Holt farm between New Milford and Great Bend, killed a rattlesnake that had crawled into the house and was discovered on its way to the kitchen. AND - Curtis Empet, of Jackson, heard a rattlesnake under his bedroom window and killed it. It measured four and one-half feet in length and had ten rattles. AND - In Jackson, a few days since, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Corey killed a very large rattlesnake. The snake crop isn't a failure this season.
July 20 (1900/2000)
DIMOCK - A reading room has been opened at the school house hall where you can get good books and papers to read free of charge.
RUSH - James Featherby reports encountering a rattlesnake in the woods path near his dwelling; not having a weapon his snakeship escaped, as well as James.
SUSQUEHANNA - A big crowd gathered in Beebe Park on Saturday after-noon to witness the game between the Susquehanna and Carbondale clubs. Up to the 8th inning it was a very fine game. In the first of the 8th inning, when Susquehanna was at the bat, the captain of the Carbondales, disgruntled at a close decision by Umpire Connors, ordered his men off the field and the game was at an end. In this questionable manner the Carbondale captain saved his team from more than probable defeat. When the game ended the score was 4 and 3 in favor of the Susquehanna Club.
BROOKLYN - During the thunder storm last Friday night lightning killed four sheep belonging to G.L. Gere. The sheep were under a barn. W.A. Ely also lost six sheep in a recent thunder shower.
FOREST LAKE - Patrick Griffin is perhaps the oldest resident in this vicinity. He will be 97 years of age next March and is in splendid health. He reads with perfect enjoyment, converses in an entertaining manner on events past and present and daily makes a tour about the farm. It is very interesting to hear him narrate the hardships encountered when he first came from Ireland to America and settling in Forest Lake township, when the country was a forest. The venerable old man never had any use for medicine and seems to consider it a fact worthy of mention to his visitors. He is one of the direct descendents of the late Gerald Griffin, the Irish poet and writer. He resides with his son, Matthew, not far from the village. [Patrick died in May of 1901].
SILVER LAKE - The Furman cottage is now lighted with acetylene gas; all the other houses hope, in time, to use it as it has proved satisfactory.
HALLSTEAD - Yes, our chair factory is here, finished and running. It will have a new whistle as the one now in use is too small. Orders are coming in so fast that the foreman anticipates it will be necessary to work overtime.
FRANKLIN FORKS - Earle and Elbert Tiffany have returned from their father's and are again at work here. We hear that Earle has been granted a patent on the pruning shears, which he is making in this place.
EAST AUBURN - The Baker Creamery Base Ball Nine will hold an ice cream supper, near the creamery, this Friday evening. The Springville band and Prof. S.S. Thomas with his graphaphone will furnish music.
SPRINGVILLE - The postoffice, called Sankey, at Baker creamery, was opened the 16th. Mail is received daily from Lynn.
FOREST CITY - The United Band of Forest City has just received neat and attractive new uniforms; they are bottle green in color, with gold lace trimmings. AND - Several Forest City clergymen have inaugurated the holding of open air meetings in the streets of that place on Sunday afternoons. The meetings have already proved successful and they will be continued during the summer.
HEART LAKE - What is said to be the largest excursion that the Lackawanna and Montrose road has ever handled was that of the Foresters of America, of Plymouth, Pa., who came on their annual outing to Heart Lake yesterday. The train consisted of 15 coaches packed to the limit of their capacity.
MONTROSE - American athletes won the only two events for the inter-national championship decided at the Paris Exposition games. A.C. Kraenzlein, of the University of Pennsylvania, easily won the 110- meter hurdle race, with John McClain, of the University of Michigan second. F.W. Jarvis, of Princeton, captured the 100 meter dash, with Walter Tewksbury, of the University of Pennsylvania, a close second. In the 400 metre hurdle race, as the contestants came upon the track, the Frenchman were loud in their shouts, as M. Tanzin, who has held the French record for years, was considered a sure winner. There were only three in the final. Tewksbury went to the front as soon as the pistol was fired and was never headed. He jumped clear, followed closely by Tanzin, Orton bringing up the rear. Thus they finished. Tewksbury won rather easily, but Tanzin was only a yard ahead of Orton. Tewksbury is a former resident of Montrose.
DUNDAFF - A number of our young men are on their way to China to fight for Uncle Sam. We hope that they may be spared and permitted to return to us again.
BRUSHVILLE - Miss Nellie Quick, formerly of Brushville and Susquehanna, has been appointed supervisor of drawing in the city schools of Hot Springs, Ark. She has 28 rooms under her supervision.
FAIRDALE - On Monday while Merton Palmer was gathering hay on the high hill north of Fairdale, one of the horses got his bridle off and while they were trying to put it on the horses started and ran down the steep hill. When they got to the road they fell, piling horses, wagon and rigging all in a heap, hurting the horses badly. No one was hurt.
GREAT BEND - Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Larrabee visited at the residence of Supt. Moxley the other day. Mr. Larrabee was the popular principal of the Great Bend schools thirty years ago. Of recent years he has been West. He has recently accepted a chair in Keuka Collage as Professor of History.
BROOKDALE - C.H. Hupman has gone to Dr. Kilmer's Sanitarium, at Sanataria Springs [NY], to have a cancer removed from his tongue.
July 27 (1900/2000)
SPRINGVILLE - The community was startled to hear that Ed Scott, familiarly known as Uncle Ed, had a shock of paralysis on Wednesday. His son, Almon, came later, driving 80 miles to get here; all that friends and doctors could do was done but on Monday, July 30, about 5 p.m., he passed away; he was about 71 years of age. He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge and his jovial good-natured face will be greatly missed. His wife is still in bed with a fractured limb and has the sympathy of many friends. As she has no family ties to hold her we will doubtless lose two friends instead of one.
MONTROSE - A new arrangement in Morris' drug store window presents the appearance of a shower bath, and looks cool and inviting on a hot day, and at [the] same time rids the window of flies. AND: All seats at the M.E. church have been made absolutely free and none assigned. It is a case of first come first served. People who say they do not go to church because they have no pew will now have to find a new excuse, as there are seats for all, and all free.
HERRICK - The following teachers have been hired for the Herrick schools: Herrick Center, Prof. Manning, of Lenox; Reservoir, Lizzie Bowell; Dimock, Lena Corey; Lyon Street, Bessie Walker, Barnes, Liza Belcher, Tresco, Grace Churchill.
SOUTH MONTROSE - On July 20 there was a birthday party at the home of Mrs. A.W. Main, it being her 80th birthday. The relatives and friends came in with well-filled baskets. They sang, played games and had a very enjoyable time. At the parting they sang "When shall we meet again."
GLENWOOD - The Aid Society met at the home of Welcome Sprague, the men took their scyths and cut hay, nearly doing the whole job on the place. As Mr. Sprague is not very strong it was a good deed. Help your neighbors. The ladies spent the time boat riding and fishing. It was an enjoyable time and all came away feeling that it was good to be there.
FLYNN [Middletown Twp.] - Joe, when out on a wheel again be sure and start in the daylight for home as it will save some hard falls.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Susquehanna Transcript has for some years employed girls as type setters, and now the Susquehanna Journal has adopted the same plan. The Carbondale papers have also had their type setting done by ladies for some years and the papers also in various other towns. AND: The First Methodist church celebrated its semi-centennial with appropriate exercises. Former pastors VanCleft, Jay, Surdam and Hiller were present and delivered addresses. Rev. C.V. Arnold, who built the church, died in Binghamton on Wednesday. It was hoped he could participate in the exercises.
SILVER LAKE - St. Augustine's Congregation purpose holding a picnic Aug. 15, to defray church expenses, in the beautiful grove adjacent to church. The ladies of the congregation are making ample preparations as they expect a large attendance. The best of music is engaged for the occasion and a good time anticipated.
ELK LAKE - C.S. Hall and W.H. Tanner have returned from the Mehoopany mountains with a fine lot of huckleberries.
DUNDAFF - There is some gossip going the rounds about the throwing up of the Charter of our old borough of Dundaff and thus go into the township of Clifford, but it has not been done yet. We think if the borough council would get a hustle on and fix up our streets and roads there would be no more heard about giving up our charter.
HARFORD - The South Harford Aid Society will meet with Mrs. Sarah Tiffany for tea Aug. 9. Everyone is cordially invited; the proceeds go to pay for hiring a minister to preach in the school house at that place. They have no regular preacher at present and are hiring from different denominations as they can. J. Madison Gathany expects to be with them on Aug. 12. Sunday school at 2 p.m.
FOREST CITY - A Union picnic of the Sunday schools will be held in Lanesboro, Aug. 17.
ARARAT - There will be a temperance rally at the Free Methodist camp ground, Aug. 20, under the auspices of the Free Methodists and the Susquehanna County Prohibitionists. John G. Wooley, Prohibition candidate for President, and other prominent speakers will be present.
DIMOCK - Springs and wells in this place are nearly dry.
RUSH - The village was agreeably surprised by the advent of T.S. Wheatcroft and sisters, Polly and Letitia, last week. A year ago when they were here they were all sick, but now there is a marked improvement, all enjoying excellent health, T.S being especially rugged and looking and feeling like an athlete. He was called to Philadelphia where is situated his factory for the manufacture of his peanut vendors [which he invented] and which are meeting a ready sale.
LAWSVILLE - A committee met at D.W. Bailey's last Saturday evening and decided in favor of a bell for the Baptist church.
SOUTH AUBURN - Andrew Carter is seriously ill with typhoid fever.
HALLSTEAD - The Water Company has completed the laying of its new main on upper Pine street and will commence the placing of about 1000 ft. of pipe on Park Avenue, to supply new patrons.
NEWS BRIEF - McKinley and Roosevelt are unanimously nominated for President and Vice President for the Republican party. AND: The Potter family reunion will be held at the home of Amos Potter in Thomson Twp. on Aug. 16; The annual reunion of the Yeomans family will be held at the home of Eliza Ann Reynolds, near Ely Lake, [Brooklyn]. Bring well-filled lunch baskets.
August 03 (1900/2000)
SUSQUEHANNA - On account of the employment of air brakes the Erie and the D & H will reduce the number of brakemen on each train. AND: The first delegation of fresh air children will return from Susquehanna and Oakland to New York City on Saturday morning.
LANESBORO - The Canawacta Water Supply Company's new reservoir is gradually approaching completion. It will have a capacity of 1,500 barrels.
HARFORD - The Coddington nursery men are photographing the Burbank plum trees on the farm of Frank LeBar. There is a chance for farmers to see what can be done with that grade of fruit in this country.
FRANKLIN FORKS - About 200 enjoyed the reunion of the "Boys and Girls of '76," which was held at Salt Springs, Aug. 2. A Sunday School and Neighborhood picnic will be held at Salt Springs on Aug. 16th.
HARFORD - Miss Marantha Thatcher is in very poor health. She cared so kindly for her father during his old age and sickness. Is there not someone to care for her? AND: We are glad to state that the people have at last made a start towards building a pagoda for the band; they have earned it, let the work go on.
LAKE VIEW - Frank Carpenter and Jessie Morse have gone to Colorado to canvass. AND: Married in Binghamton, July 25, at the home of R.B. Case by Rev. Hancock Allison, G. Savory, of Lake View, to Miss Mayme Oliver, of Lakeside. A reception was tendered them on the evening of the 26th. Many useful presents were given them, dishes, silverware and furniture.
AUBURN CENTER - School at this place will soon begin with Miss Alpha Howard as teacher.
NORTH BRANCH (Middletown Twp) - John Gage wears a broad smile; it's a girl. AND: Mary Schooley killed a black snake which measured 6 1/2 ft, the other day, on the road near Joe Shadduck's.
SOUTH MONTROSE - The Ladies' Mission Band will picnic at Heart Lake, Aug. 21.
GLENWOOD - The Star base ball nine of this place played the Welsh boys last Saturday. Score, 6-5 in favor of the Stars.
BROOKLYN - The shocking news reached here on Monday that Bert Mack, aged 21, son of Mr. & Mrs. Latham Mack, who lived with his parents on the old Elijah Mack homestead, known as "The Pine Tree," one mile south of Brooklyn, had that morning been found hanging by the neck in his fathers barn. The young man was of excellent character and habits and was his parents' right hand man on the farm. What prompted the rash act is and promises to remain a mystery.
OAKLEY - Wise house wives in the summer lay in a supply of dried herbs such as sage, boneset, mint and pennyroyal to ward off sickness in the winter season. AND: People who had their cows milked last summer are watching with loaded shotguns to prevent similar visitations this year.
ELK LAKE - Mr. Wiggins, of Wyalusing, is doing a good business at the Lake selling and trading horses.
GLENWOOD - The quietness of our town was disturbed by the appearance of a travelling show one day last week. A goodly number gathered to see the performance which was very creditable. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," hence the gathering.
DUNDAFF - Fern Hall is doing a rushing business this season, under the management of Mrs. C.E. Johnson. Mrs. J. is the right person in the right place.
SPRINGVILLE - L. H. Bushnell was in Montrose Saturday on his way home from a visit to New Milford. When a boy, Mr. Bushnell was a resident of Montrose. His father owned a farm which included the present Post farm and also that of Judge Jessup and he built, 72 years ago, the house at the foot of Bank Hill, known as the Post house, for a hotel, but concluded not to use it as such.
BROOKDALE - Papers have been received for the admission of Ted Knapp, son of J. Knapp, and Jessie and Bessie Tarbox, to the soldiers orphan school at Harford.
HALLSTEAD - Peter Kniskern, of Hickory Grove, Sec. of the township School Board, spent considerable time early in the week completing details for the locating and building of the new school house near the silk mill, a contract which had been awarded to E.H.B. Roosa. It was discovered, just as preparations were made to being work, that the three lots, for which the School Board holds a recorded deed, had been previously conveyed to and recorded by Ward Ives, and in part re-conveyed to others. The project was temporarily brought to a stand-still pending a proper settlement of the mistake of the local officials of the Hallstead Land Improvement Company.
RUSH - The Snell family and their friends held a picnic on Aug. 2 at Kinney Pond and had a very enjoyable time. Among those present were Rev. G. Gorise and family, Clifford and Mary Hickok, the Misses Edna, Mabel and Maud McCain, Masters Earl and Floyd McCain, Dr. Snell and wife, Miss Grace Snell and Selden Bunnell, all of Rush, and Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Roberts, Miss Effie Leonard and J.B. Curtis, of New York city. The afternoon was spent by the gentlemen of the party fishing and a large number of fish were caught including one by J.B. Curtis, of the New York post office, weighing 4 lbs.
MONTROSE - C.F. DeLong has added a Sturdevant-Larrabee rubber-tire surry to his livery equipment. AND: Titman and Son's newly-painted delivery wagon makes a fine appearance. The painting and lettering was done by James V. Clary and is very creditable.