July 05 1918/2018



Brooklyn – Mrs. Louisa Lee has passed her 90th birthday, yet is active and energetic and anxious to do her all in aiding our soldier boys.  The Indian wars, the Mexican war, the rebellion and Spanish American wars are all fresh in her memory, and when the war of 1812 was the latest conflict to furnish table conversation she was a child and heard the battles discussed by real soldiers of the Revolution, and got the tales of ’76 first hand. But, although aged, Mrs. Lee is thoroughly modern, and her needles have been industriously clicking for the boys of ’18 who are overseas. A beautiful afghan is the latest product, which has been sent to Scranton to provide comfort to some doughty soldier lad.  The young ladies of today may still take lessons from this bright lady of 90 summers, who learned to knit at a much earlier age than they are now.  Mrs. Lee is the mother of Alice Louise Lee, the well-known and popular author.


LeRaysville, Bradford Co. – James H. Johnson, aged 87, the oldest citizen of LeRaysville, has planted and is cultivating, without assistance, three war gardens, comprising a half acre.


Silver Lake, Richmond Hill – James Lonergan died June 30, 1918.  He was a son of John and Catherine Lonergan and was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, 76 years ago. He came with his parents, when a boy, to this country and when the [Civil] war broke out his parents refused to give their consent for him to enlist and he ran away, was returned home and ran away again, serving valiantly his period of enlistment and later joined the navy.  He is survived by his wife, Alice and children: John, of Ithaca; Mrs. J.V. Meehan, Montrose; Richard, of Elmira; Philip of Albuquerque, N.M.; Mrs. T.H. Quain, of Bridgewater, and James, of Richmond Hill. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montrose.


Elk Lake – Bass are biting.  F.D. Morris and a party of friends secured 14 fine finny specimens the first of the week when the season opened.


Montrose – Dr. and Mrs. R.A. Torrey, of Los Angeles, and Rev. and Mrs. Reuben Torrey and children, of China, have arrived for the summer months.  Dr. Torrey and his son came to participate in the Ministerial Institute and Bible Conference, the former starting next Monday.


Lawsville, Liberty Twp. – A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce T. Bailey, on Sunday, June 16, a son—Ward Emerson.


South Montrose – Men from the Susquehanna County Light & Power Co. were here last week and visited this place and Louden Hill Farm, looking over the territory with a view of running a wire to South Montrose to furnish the place with light and power, and also considering the possibility of furnishing current for the large farm and its numerous buildings. Mr. Ballantine has a finely equipped electric plant on the farm, but is considering getting service from the company.


Elkdale, Clifford Twp. – The cheese factory is making about 30 cheeses a day. The factory is in full operation with Ray Lee, an experienced cheese maker, in charge.  Several hundred prime cheeses have been made of superior quality


Springville – As far as can be ascertained, Mrs. Bert Taylor, of this place, is the only mother in the township who has given three sons to the service of Uncle Sam. They are stationed as follows: Corp. D.G. Capwell, Infantry, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas; Pvt. John H. Capwell, Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla., and he has also seen service in the Philippines; and Pvt. Paul J. Capwell, 26th Engineers, Camp Dix, NJ. In another year two more sons will come under the draft. Susquehanna mother, Mrs. Michael Igo, has two sons, Pvts. James and Thomas at Camp Upton, Long Island. She and her husband are the parents of nine children, eight boys and one daughter, all under 21.


Jackson – H.M. Benson entertained Hollis Barrett, of Gibson on Monday, in celebration of their 81st birthday.  Mr. Barrett and Mr. Benson are both veterans of the Civil War and still remain active for their age, and delight in relating events of the great war between the states.  Mr. Benson also attended a reunion of the remaining members of the old Franklin Academy, at Harford, last week.


Forest City – A half-holiday was observed by the Forest City merchants and their employees yesterday afternoon. Every Wednesday afternoon for the next two months, except on pay-days, all stores will be closed.


Uniondale – At a L.A.S. supper served at the home of Mrs. E. Oram an incident of unusual interest took place. A special table was arranged for the entertainment of aged ladies, of which there were ten, all widows. “Aunt Fanny” Felts presided, as being the oldest, nearly 90 and poured tea from a teapot nearly 200 years old, being the property of Mrs. Libbie Greene.


Jessup Twp. - The following teachers have been hired for the coming term: Fairdale, Glen Cronk; Bolles, Bernice Ainey; Griffis Hill, Rose Daly; McKeeby Hill, Dayton Brotzman; DeWitt, Jennie Sivers; Prospect Hill, Israel Sivers.


News Brief: A small wireless plant which is believed to have been giving information to U-boats operating off the Atlantic coast was discovered in the room of a summer boarder at Palermo, NJ and the man arrested. Government wireless operators had been aware for some time that high tension of rapid frequency were being sent out from some source along the Atlantic coast, and the plant was finally located by the use of a new clever device called the “detectograph,” which is said to be capable of tracing to within 100 yards the source of any wireless operations. ALSO The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how. There is no Republican—no Democrat—on the Fourth of July—all are Americans.  James G. Blane


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 4, 1818.

*MARRIED. At Southampton, L.I. on the 27th of May, Mr. Silvanus [Sylvanus] S. Mulford, merchant of this place [Montrose], to Miss Fanny Jessup.

*Old Soldiers Look Out or you will lose your priviledge [privilege] of the late law of Congress, by laws made in the Pension Office. From noticing a publication in the newspapers from a clerk in the Pension Office, I have thought proper to retain the certificates in my hands until the applicants come forward and make proof that they are in reduced circumstances, and need help from their country for their support, as that notice requires—lest their certificates should be thrown aside—although I believe the oath of the applicant is all the law requires—and at first I thought I would not pay any attention to the notice. The friends of the old Soldiers will be pleased to put this notice into the hands of those who may not take the papers themselves because they are too poor to purchase the priviledge of a newspaper and yet it is to be remembered they have purchased the liberties of the Press and every other priviledge that Americans enjoy by their sweat & blood. DAVIS DIMOCK. Montrose, June 26, 1818.  N.B. Daniel Lawrence, Nathaniel Stewart(?), and Bristol Samson need make no more proof.  Those who live in Bradford County must apply there.


July 12 1918/2018



Montrose – Fire broke out early Sunday morning in Riker’s laundry on South Main Street, and totally destroyed the block of wooden buildings reaching to Rogers’ market.  Four of the buildings were connected by an air chamber along the back next to the roof, making a way for the smoke to travel, partly accounting for Mr. and Mrs. John Snell being overcome in the flat farthest from the fire. The burned remains of Mr. and Mrs. Snell were later found. The businesses places wiped out were Riker’s laundry, Slatter’s grocery store, the A & P store, Steine’s shoe and clothing store and six or more families lost all their possessions. The fire companies did heroic work and at one time it looked as if the flames would take the entire business section. A call was made to Binghamton and a dozen fire laddies reached here in 50 minutes, along with the fire chief of that city. On Monday afternoon the burial of Mr. and Mrs. Snell took place. The remains were put in one casket, and at four o’clock the Rebekah Lodge of which she was an active member, the Sons of Veterans to which Mr. Snell belonged the G.A.R., and the Daughters of Veterans went to the cemetery.  After prayer the burial services of these orders were given.


Harford – Henry Jones, son of Hon. and Mrs. E.E. Jones, who has been in France for the past two years, is spending a short furlough with his parents in Harford. Mr. Jones is in the aviation service [Lafayette Espadrille], and has achieved great success in this branch, having been awarded the cross de guerre for bravery.  He is to report to Dayton, Ohio, and inspect and test aeroplanes. ALSO Frank R. Tiffany died at his home July 1, 1918, aged 57 years. He was born and always lived in the township. When a young man he drove the first stage between Harford and Great Bend and was engaged in the stage driving business for over 20 years.


South Harford – Truman Oakley, formerly of this place, is reported as lost at sea while en route to France to join the forces over there.


Silver Lake – A large number from here spent the Fourth in Friendsville. A ball game in the afternoon, between Laurel Lake and Middletown, was very much enjoyed by all. The score was 11 to 6 in favor of Laurel Lake. Three cheers for the boys of Laurel Lake. The dance in the evening was also very much enjoyed.


Brooklyn – Leonard Shadduck, one of our well-known young men, is now with the American Motor Car Sales Co., of Scranton, which handles the “American Balanced Six,” one of the widely known cars of the higher grades. Len is both persuasive and affable, and prospective customers of the “American” in his territory will be adequately and eloquently acquainted with this car’s many merits.


Little Meadows – During the storm of June 30, the entire herd of Registered Holstein cows belonging to Harry Brown, who resides about a mile north of Little Meadows, was killed by lightning. They were fine cattle, and Mr. Brown, a progressive farmer and cattleman, had taken much pains to secure a fine herd.  But a few days before Mr. Brown had an offer of $600 for four head.  There was an insurance of $100 on each animal killed.


Hallstead – W.P. Van Loan has the new bungalow on his farm up the river nearly completed, and already has had several applications from city people who wish to rent the cottage during their vacations. Mr. Van Loan’s farm is situated along the Susquehanna river, about two miles east of this place, and is nicely located. There is excellent fishing, good boating, and with modern convenience makes it a desirable place to while away the heated term.  Mr. Van Loan contemplates erecting two more cottages next season.


Dundaff – A notice of petition to annul the charter of Dundaff borough, this county, appears in the Republican today. It is intended to make this borough, one of the oldest in the county, into a township, as the cost of government will be decreased, as well as giving the citizens advantages, which they cannot enjoy as a borough. Our older residents well remember when Dundaff was thought to have great possibilities for the future. It was intended as a railroad terminal and factories sprang up and there was a big building boom. Many left Carbondale, the nearest town of any size, as it was believed the coal deposits were becoming exhausted. Property in Carbondale greatly depreciated for a time and many went to Dundaff to reside. But the failure of the railroad to materialize resulted in the abandonment of the factories and other industries and the town dwindled to a few hundred inhabitants, although borough form of government has been retained.


Lawsville – Francis Hicks and Harry Lavine, two Syracuse boys who escaped from the House of Refuge, Randall’s Island, NY, landed in this county a short time ago and were working for a farmer hear here.  They were located through the postoffice authorities and Sheriff Taylor was notified to capture them, if possible. Accompanied by Constable J.I. Chapman and Special Officer E.G. Foote, they went to Lawsville and learned that the boys were headed for Montrose. The automobile soon overtook them and, after driving by the youths, Mr. Foote called back and asked them if they didn’t want a ride. They did. The sheriff brought them on for lodgment with him until they can be returned to the reformatory.  The boys had been sent to the institution for the theft of an automobile.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – Sorrow and gloom was spread over this place recently by the deaths of Mrs. P.D. Sherman and S.L. Overfield. By their deaths this place has lost two good citizens who were kind and obliging neighbors. They will be greatly missed.


Forest City – Edward Yanchitis has been sent by the naval authorities to Columbia University, NY, where he will take a short course in the uses of gasoline. ALSO Joseph Zaller, of Joliet, Ill, a former well-known resident, is the guest of his parents of North Main Street. Mr. Zaller is National Secretary of the Slovenic Catholic Union, a position he has held for the past ten years.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 11, 1818.

*The Office of the Montrose Gazette is removed, opposite Fuller’s Tavern.  Persons are requested to call there for their Papers.

*Stray Cow.  Went away from the subscriber last Thursday, a yellow cow with a white face (some would call her a pale red). She is five or six years old and possibly seven.  Whoever will give notice where said cow can be found, or return her to the subscriber, shall receive a handsome reward with necessary charges paid. DAVIS DIMOCK, July 9, 1818.

*Dissolution. The co-partnership heretofore existing between Hezekiah Bullard and Elijah Bullard was dissolved on the 12th instant by mutual consent. HEZEKIAH BULLARD. ELIJAH BULLARD. Bridgewater, June 22, 1818.


July 19 (1918/2018)



Silver Lake – Jerry Mahanna, of Mud Lake, is the first young man from this county to be reported wounded in the fighting on the French front.  He writes that he received a bullet in the right shoulder, but expects to soon be up and at ‘em again.


Lanesboro – D.O. Buckley has asked the aid of the police in finding his son, John Buckley, who left home several weeks ago. The boy is described as being 11 years of age, fair complexion, light hair and blue eyes.  He wore a dark green suit and blue cap.


Friendsville – Mr. and Mrs. Woolsey Carmalt and son, Woolsey Carmalt, Jr., of New York city, are occupying their summer home near Lake Carmalt.


Susquehanna – A farewell reception was tendered to Father McHugh, as he leaves this week for Camp Meade. He has joined the army as a chaplain and been given a commission as lieutenant. ALSO Camps for the workmen are being constructed at Lanesboro for use during the period needed to complete the D.&H. railroad track building.


Nicholson – The spire on the Presbyterian church, at this place, has been removed. Church steeples are out of style with modern architecture.


Harford – It is said that if Henry S. Jones drove one of those flying machines like he used to drive a car, “something would have to get out of the way, or they would get a wheel took off.” [Referring to Henry S. Jones, son of E.E. Jones, of Harford, who is home from France where he is a member of the Lafayette Escadrille.] ALSO Miss Elsie Tingley is stationed at Fox Hills Base Hospital, Staten Island, as a Red Cross nurse. This is one of the largest military hospitals in the U. S.  They are ready to receive wounded or sick soldiers returning from France.


Montrose – The work of laying the concrete pavement is going along rapidly with a good force of workmen.  The South Main street paving is completed to the Church street corner, near Cooley & Son’s store, and work is now going on near the Baptist church, on West Church street, and will be continued the length of that street, and on out Grow avenue to the borough limits, where it connects with a fine macadam state road.  The curbing and gutters along the pavement are to be laid following the completion of the paving.


Rush – Alvin N. Smith and Franklin Peterson, of Utah, Mormon elders, passed through Rush last week, distributing literature on the Mormon faith.


Scranton – Seated in the cab of his engine, with his hand on the throttle, John S. Loomis, aged 58, of Scranton, one of the oldest locomotive engineers in the service of the D.L.&W., was found dead last evening by his fireman. For the past few years Mr. Loomis had been running one of the yard engines and when he left his home last evening he seemed to be in the best of spirits and health. Just before the end came he drove his engine in front of the passenger station and stopped. When given a signal to move and he did not respond investigation led to the finding of the body. Mr. Loomis was born at Lenox and came to this city nearly 40 years ago and for the past 36 years worked for the D. L. & W., where he was known as one of the most efficient men in the company’s employ. He was married to Susan Snover, daughter of Anthony Snover, the pioneer hotel keeper of Lenox.


Tirzah, Herrick Twp. – N.E. Lee, E.A. and A.T. Price left with their teams for Scranton this morning where they will load a sawmill and engine and bring it to South Gibson, where it will be set up on the W. Owens tract of lumber, recently purchased by H.C. Taylor


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Miss Georgia Loomis has received her auto license and is running her touring car around the square with the best of them.


West Lenox – The ladies and gentlemen of this neighborhood gave Walter Adams and bride an entertainment last Monday evening. The music started with the “bang” of a small cannon then later it was joined by the harmonious sound of bells, horns, guns, pans, etc.  We wish to extend congratulations to the young couple. [Believe this was called a shivaree or horning.]


Alford to Kingsley – The old roadbed of the Lackawanna railroad from Alford to Kingsley is a part of the Lackawanna Tail, which the State Highway Department accepted as a pubic highway. This section, with a very little cost, could be used now, and would be much better than most of the roads in this section. The surface of the road is fine gravel and is well drained. We understand that an effort is to be made to get the road open for travel from Hop Bottom to New Milford this fall.


Thompson – Mrs. Rachel Cory has just completed a quilt, called a T quilt, which contains 3072 pieces. Some work about it. We are not able to give the number of stitches.


Forest City – The bazaar to be conducted by the congregation of St. Joseph’s church the last three days of this month, promises to be an affair of more than usual interest. Some fine specimens of needle work are on exhibition in the store windows and many other articles, both useful and ornamental, will be disposed of. The society has refrained in the past from asking aid, but at present their church is undergoing repairs at a great expense, hence the call for assistance.


News Brief: Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of the former President, has been killed in an air fight, the semi-official Haval News Agency announces.  His machine fell into the enemy lines.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 18, 2018.

*Died. In this village [Montrose] very suddenly yesterday morning, Mr. James Thayer, aged 24 years.

*Wool Carding. The subscribers informs the public that they have purchased a Carding and Picking Machine of a superior quality to any in this country which they will have in operation by the first of July next at Ross’ Mills on the Wyalusing Creek, six miles S.W. from Montrose.  As one of the subscribers is perfectly well acquainted with the business, they flatter themselves that they shall, by diligent attention to business, be able to give satisfaction to such as may see fit to employ them. ISAAC H. ROSS, JONA. C. SHERMAN.

*An Active Schoolmaster. According to a German Magazine, there died lately in Swabia a schoolmaster, who for fifty years had superintended a large institution with old fashioned severity.  Upon an average, inferred by recorded observations, one of the ushers has calculated that in the course of his exertions he has given 11,500 canings, 12,400 floggings, 209,000 private whippings, 136,000 tips with the ruler, and 22,700 tasks to get by heart.  It was further concluded that he had made 700 boys stand on peas, 600 kneel on a sharp edge of wood, 500 wear the fools cap, and 1,700 hold the rod.  How vast the quantity of human misery inflicted by a single perverse educator.


July 26 (1918/2018)



Uniondale – Fourteen of our prosperous society, known as “The Jolly Old Maids,” journeyed to Elkdale Friday evening to attend the Baptist Church supper at the home of James McAlla. They returned home minus mishaps and all united in saying they will go it alone henceforth. Bad on the young man. ALSO Burt McPherson has bought a Ford runabout and H.C. Taylor is doing likewise, while Dan Cole speeds along in a Ford touring car. Irving Tinker is running what he terms as the Universal, but competent judges declare without any evasion that the said car is nothing more or less than a Ford…Let’s ride.


Forest City – To the co-operation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children of New York with the Associated Charity and Humane Society of Scranton, may be attributed the knowledge of the whereabouts of William Sinkisky, aged 13, of Hudson street of this place, who has been missing from home several weeks.  He was apprehended in New York City and according to the report from that city, the lad was picked up there by the police on July 16.  He gave his name as John Germenarich and stated that his home was in Boston, Mass.  Burgess Franko left Monday to bring the boy to his home.


Montrose – DeWitt C. Titman died at his home after an illness of several months. He was 74 years old and widely known through our northeastern Pennsylvania.  He was a veteran of the Civil War, a member of Co. C, 202nd PA Volunteers, was wounded in the battle of Fort Fisher and after his discharge he came to Auburn Four Corners and established a large market for farm produce and live stock. He served two terms in the State Legislature. After selling his business at Auburn in 1894, he came to Montrose to live. He was an official of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Titman was born in Warren county, NJ and came with his parents when a youth. ALSO Owing to the Red Cross having filled their quota for July there will be no more gauze dressings made until the first Monday in August. There is other work in plenty to be done and workers will please bring thimbles and needles. After August 5th, the gauze work will again be taken up and the August quota gotten out.


Kingsley – Murray Palmer has purchased a tractor for farm use, being among the first farmers in the county to give this coming substitute for the horse a try-out.


Bridgewater Twp. – Ruel D. Warriner, of Fernheim Farm, with a score of 205, has been awarded the Marksman medal and diploma offered by the Winchester Junior Rifle Corps, a recently formed national organization to promote shooting among the boys and girls in America. His sister, Eloise, made a score of 203.


Forest Lake Twp – Atty. Safford wears a smile, which will not come off because of the decision of Judge Quigley in the case of E.H. Sivers vs. Forest Lake Twp. The decision holds that the township was negligent for not erecting guardrails at a point in a narrow road opposite a steep bank where the plaintiff’s wagon went off the road and caused him to fall from his wagon some 20 ft. down the bank.


Harford – It is a self-evident fact that some of our young men are not acquainted very well with the cigarette law. They had better look it up and beware, for there is a penalty for giving those poisonous, vile things to children and minors. ALSO Three Fresh Air girls, from New York City, are being entertained by Mrs. Sophia, Mrs. Shannon and Mrs. Mack.


Hallstead – Mrs. S.S. Craft has been notified that her son, Private Sherman Craft, was severely wounded in France on May 28. He was a comrade of Private Mark O’Neill, who was killed in action a short time ago. Other Hallstead men who arrived overseas are Sergeant A. Lynn Merrell, Privates William J. Kirby, Archie Tanner and musician, Jack Connors.


Silver Lake There was an exciting time in St Joseph, Sunday afternoon, when our Laurel Lake ball team defeated the Middletown boys by a high score.


Parkville, Dimock Twp. – It looks fine to see Jay Tingley, of Dimock, out with his meat wagon, selling meat again to his many customers.


News Brief: The government is about to assume control of the entire medical profession in the United States to obtain sufficient number of doctors for the fast growing army and at the same time distribute those remaining to the localities for service where they are most needed for civilian work. ALSO A large cargo of relief supplies, principally food stuffs, clothing and medicine, is to be dispatched to Russia by the American Red Cross at the earliest possible moment. A special ship will be used for the purpose and the cargo will be accompanied and distributed by a group of Red Cross representatives who will work under the direction of the American Red Cross Commission now in Russia. ALSO The death of Quentin Roosevelt, son of former President Roosevelt, has been confirmed by the Germans. He was buried where he fell with military honors. The German report said he died fighting, his dash and daring causing him to be cut-off by enemy aviators and surrounded by greater numbers he was brought down. Major Theodore Roosevelt was also wounded in the leg while leading a charge at Chateau Thierry.


200 Years Ago, from the Montrose Gazette, July 25, 1818.

*HAIL STORM. On Sunday afternoon last, we were visited by a hail storm, more severe than is in the recollection of the oldest inhabitants. The cloud approached from the northwest, and seemed to hang over the adjacent country for some time before it burst. The hail was generally about the size of cherries, though some were much larger. On the Plains one was measured which was five inches in circumference—in Kingston many fell the size of a hen’s egg, & in Exeter, one measured eight inches in circumference, and another ten inches. The hail was generally, in the centre, white like snow, and on the outside as clear as ice.  There was no wind of any consequence, while the hail was falling, but notwithstanding, there were a number of window glass broken and the grain somewhat injured, though much less than could be expected, from the size and quantity of the hail that fell. The lightning was incessant, and the flashes very vivid descending from the clouds to the earth in one continued stream of fire. From the Susquehanna Democrat, July 17, 1818. (Possibly Wilkes-Barre, PA)


August 02 (1918/2018)



Three Civil War Veterans Answer Final Summons – Charles Uptegrove, of Brooklyn, died at the National Soldiers’ Home, Hampton, VA, on Sunday July 28, 1918. He was a corporal in Co. D, 35th Pennsylvania Militia. William H. Stark, of Bridgewater Twp., died Aug. 1, 1918.  He was a corporal in Co. C, 151st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Walter Simpson, of Great Bend, died at the National Soldiers’ Home on July 24, 1918. He was a member of Co. A, 57th Regiment.  He was captured at Fredericksburg; exchanged; was wounded at Kelly’s Ford and later re-enlisted.


Susquehanna – The repairing of the Susquehanna-Oakland bridge, to be done at once, fills a much needed want. A constant stream of traffic between the two boroughs is passing across the bridge and for some time its condition has been dangerous. ALSO Thirty-six sailors were in town between trains on Monday last. They were enroute to a camp in New Jersey and were from Nebraska. ALSO Our local daily paper, the Evening Transcript, has been selected as one of the papers to publish the proposed Amendment of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, to be voted upon at the election in November.


Alford – Archie Carpenter is working the second trick in the Alford tower and Charles Decker is working the third trick at Kingsley, while Mr. Betts is experimenting with a new job at Ithaca, N.Y.  ALSO Swimming in the Alford pond is the sport of the day.


Brooklyn – Clarence Tiffany, of Scranton, spent a few days at the home of his mother, in this place. He has been called “to the colors.” Thus Brooklyn adds her twentieth star to the service flag in honor of our boys who are serving their country. ALSO When Mrs. Emma Lathrop returned from Binghamton she found her house had been broken in to and about $50 worth of property stolen, consisting of hand saws, tools of every description; also had broken in the barn and sole harness, pitchforks, scythe, snath [scythe handle] and other things and a plush lap robe.


Forest City – Norman English’s father received a telegram from the U. S. Army headquarters that read “Corporal Norman English captures Hun trench single-handed.” Nothing more was elaborated in the telegram and it may be some time before full particulars are learned. He landed in France several months ago and has seen active service at the front continually. His bravery was highly complimented on the first offensive on March 21, his company and regiment receiving plaudits of General Pershing and the French Commander. Corp. English is a veteran of the Spanish-American war and served in the Philippines. He returned to Forest City and remained here until reenlistment. He comes of good fighting stock.  His father is a veteran of the Civil War. Monday night the whistles of the town were blown in his honor.


Uniondale – Uniondale has one representative at the front in France in the person of Willard Gibson. He is a member of the 28th Division and has seen severe fighting. By the way, he comes of good fighting stock.  His grandfather, W.E. Gibson, is a veteran of the Civil War. He had several brothers in the conflict and he is the only survivor.


Thompson – Miss Helen Clark has accepted the position as teacher of the school at Maple Ridge. Commencing Sept. 3rd she will board at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Blaisdell.


Montrose – The Montrose Bible Conference, in its 11th session, has been and is still, in progress and is growing in influence and power with each passing day. The attendance has been phenomenal and the interest has deepened from the first. ALSO Albert Slaughter leaves for Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Mich., tonight, over the Lehigh Valley railroad, to join a colored company, to go in training for military service. ALSO Thomas Owen, a 7 year-old boy, of Plymouth, who had been boarding at the Tarbell House, in hopes that his health would be improved here, died of consumption on Tuesday afternoon, at 5:30 o’clock. The remains were taken to Plymouth. The boy’s father died at the Donovan farm, near town, about a year ago, he also being here on account of poor health.  The Owen and Donovan families were old friends, becoming acquainted years ago, when both lived in the Valley.


Auburn – The son of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Loomis is now serving in France, and with the shortage in farm labor, Mr. Loomis finds labor-saving machinery particularly helpful now. He has a hay-loader which eliminates the hard work of “pitching on” in the hay field, and this saving of hand labor is a big item when a hay crop of 100 acres has to be harvested.  Mr. Loomis is one of the best farmers in the county.


East Bridgewater – J.M. Baldwin is a good steady farmer and can build crooked rail fence as straight as anyone, but for many years he followed the trade of carpenter and has many monuments of skill scattered over the country. He still has many urgent requests that he resume his trade, but to all entreaties says, “never again.” The farmer is, certainly, a bulwark of the nation in feeding the boys in khaki, and our allies in war.


Harford – We all were surprised to hear of the very sad news of the death of Clayton Sweetser in France, one of our brave Harford boys, who has given his life for his country. He was very popular here and much respected by all who knew him and will be missed by all. “Gone at their country’s call, And yet we cannot forget, That many brave boys must fall.” ALSO W.S. Sophia, who has for many years been one of the leading gardeners of this place, is still on the job.  He and his helpers, who are also farmerettes, are busy each day, gathering peas and beans for the market. Those employed by him are Misses Gertrude Tingley, Margaret Glassglow and Mildred Pickering; also Kenneth Darrow and Paul Stevens. All the farmers are busy raising bumper crops this year to help win the war. South Harford – This vicinity is quite notorious again.  We have a rattle snake traveling about and a pair of deer.


Jackson – The steeple of the Lake View Baptist church was recently struck by lightning.


Lanesboro – Louis F. Price was killed by a train last Sunday. He was found near the iron bridge at Lanesboro and brought to the local hospital, but died at 4:30, without regaining consciousness. He worked in the new terminal and had been at work during the day and around town all the evening.  At 2 a.m. Sunday morning he rode on a switch engine up to the iron bridge and it is thought he was struck by an east bound train, very soon after dropping off the switch engine.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Price and 26 years of age.  The body was taken to Bloomsburg for burial.


More Men Leave to Serve Country: Four surveyors from Susquehanna, Maurice O’Connell, Robert J. Lynch, Henry James Lannon and Michael J.D. Kane left on the Lehigh Valley for Camp Forrest, Lytle, GA. They were supplied with lunch boxes and escorted to the train by the band. Six men entrained for Syracuse, NY. These men were called for limited service for guard and fire companies at ports of embarkation.  They were: Henry Conklin, Great Bend; Joseph Mulqueen, Susquehanna; Lewis H. Marks, Forest City; Nelson J. McConnell, New Milford; Harry Phalen, Little Meadows; Joseph Roman, Forest City. One of these men received notice Sunday, and was unable to receive his pay from his employer, and lacking funds to ride on the train, walked, reaching here in time to report at the specified time.


News Brief – Pennsylvania automobile license tags for 1919 will be of black enamel with red figures.  The general style will be similar to those now in use. They will also have a space for the manufacturer’s car number. In late years they have been furnished by the state prison labor commission, which has manufactured them at the shops of the Huntingdon Reformatory.


August 09 (1918/2018)



Friendsville – Cornelius McMahon, otherwise known as “Connie Mack,” died at his home Aug. 6, 1918. For fully forty years he drove the stage and delivered mail between Montrose and Friendsville and was known to hundreds of people along the route. He was faithful as a clock, and though somewhat eccentric, possessed a kindly and genial nature.


Montrose – The concrete paving has been laid on Church street to the intersection with Ridge street.  At this point the paving will be reduced in width from 21 ft. to 17.  The property owners along Church street had agreed to the former width, but owing to the demand for material and labor the government is holding the width of the road to the original contract. ALSO John J. Slatter has purchased the brick building on Public avenue owned by the Hettie B. Miller estate. This building is occupied at present by Pepper & Birchard’s coal and express office on the ground floor, the Merchants telephone exchange on the second floor and the Subway Lunch in the basement. Mr. Slatter has no plans to use it as a location for his grocery business, but as an investment. Cost was $4,000.


Brooklyn – Mrs. Ira Pratt passed away on Tuesday afternoon. She is survived by a husband, seven children, a father and sister, all of whom have the sympathy of the community. The youngest child is but two weeks old. ALSO Direct from one of the battle sectors, somewhere in France, comes the glad tidings that six members of an army ambulance corps, composed mainly of Scranton young men, have been decorated with the French Croix de Guerre for bravery under fire. In addition each member has been presented with a gold stripe to be worn on the left coat sleeve, signifying six months of active war service. Among the six is Hugh Weston, of Brooklyn.


Hopbottom – The Red Cross work room at Valley View Inn opens every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  There is an abundance of material to work on and a great need for workers.  Every woman who can sew should offer her service for a few hours each week.  Will you help?


West Auburn – A ride over the country on Friday and Saturday showed many fine meadows still uncut.  As high as $4 per day and board has been offered for day help in some instances.


Rush – Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Edwards and niece, Mrs. Inez Hopkins, have returned from a visit to Binghamton and Deposit. On the way from Deposit they collided with a big team of horses and a heavy coal wagon, smashing Mr. Edwards’ car on one side. The owner of the team, Mr. Stevens, paid the damages.


Crystal Lake – I remember when I was working for O.P. Phinney, at the old Crystal Lake Hotel, in 1876, the year that the grasshoppers were so thick you could not see the rails on the rail fence. Phinney had three acres of buckwheat, 8 inches high. The hoppers ate it up in one day.  But yesterday beat that day for heat.  I was at Lewis Lake, fishing, and took a few eggs along. I put them in a can in the boat and boiled them in 15 minutes. That was some cooking in a boat. I can prove it by my friend W.U. Lott.  We had a big catch of bullheads. Yours truly, O.F. Coyle.


Susquehanna – Final action was taken at a meeting of the Susquehanna Borough Council, on the ordinance to pave West Main Street.


Birchardville - Roy Melhuish met with a very serious accident. When he stepped out from the house to shoot a woodchuck, the gun bursted as he shot, blowing his left hand off. He was rushed to Dr. Frye at Rush, and from there to the Sayre hospital, where they found it necessary to amputate his arm half way to the elbow. ALSO N. A. Enslin has purchased a Dort car.


Hallstead – A band of over 20 pieces has been organized here and is now having rehearsals. ALSO Floyd Sackett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvett Sackett, has enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps and is now at Fort Slocum.


Lenox Twp. – The Nicholson Examiner reported that they had come across a copy of Blackman’s, History of Susquehanna County and in it learned that Lenox township furnished 173 soldiers during the Civil War, the largest of any district in the county. In one of the election districts of the county a partisan of Jackson offered to buy the dinner for every voter in the district, if no vote was cast for Jackson. He bought the dinners. Whigs were few in those days.


South Montrose – W.H. Allen, who has been manufacturing a splendid article known as “O.K. Varnish Polish,” for the past few months, and selling it in a small way to acquaintances, is getting a somewhat surprising demand for it now through the words of praise from the users to their friends. It seems to be in special favor with autoists, having qualities making it both safe and effective, preserving the finest varnish and giving splendid appearance. We believe “Ward” has something “under his hat” for greatly increasing its sale. He is wide-a-wake.


Choconut – Bernard  McCahill was hit and thrown down by an automobile, which his son was running out of the barn, breaking his collar bone and sustaining other injuries.


Thompson – From a Jan. 1885 article: “Wat” Messenger has traded his revolver for a fiddle. You know burglars seldom fear a revolver in the hands of an inexperienced person, but as an instrument of torture, the fiddle in the hands of an amateur cannot be equaled. In case of an attempted burglary, Messenger proposes to sit down and play one of his slow, agonizing tunes and we don’t suppose there is a burglar on earth who can face the music and retain sense enough to affect his escape.


Forest City – We need a musical organization. It is now practically impossible to have music when wanted in parade and on other occasions. In order to fill this want a number of our musicians have announced a meeting of all those interested in the formation of a drum corps to be held in the borough building tomorrow evening. There is first class talent here and several who have been connected with drum corps in the past, get together and start things going.


News Brief: Acting on the urgency of the need the Surgeon General of the United States Army, the Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, the American Red Cross, and other agencies, unite in an earnest appeal for 25,000 young women, between the ages of 19 and 35, to enroll in what shall be called the United States Student Nurse Reserves. Every woman who completes her training of two to three years is eligible for service as an army nurse at the front and stands a chance of being assigned to duty.


No News: Newspapers from 200  Years Ago are missing issues until September of 2018. 


The Historical Society’s genealogy reference room is now open Monday thru Thursday, 12-5 pm or by appointment.


August 16 (1918/2018)



Forest City – Thomas Rutherford, who was called by the draft board to leave with the contingent, was excused by the board and transferred to Class 3, at the insistance of the Hillside Coal and Iron company. Tommy had his grip packed and was ready for a trip to Camp Lee when news of his release was received.


Jackson – Recently Stewart Holmes had twelve sheep killed, five were missing and several injured. A dog was shot and two others were marked, but they got away.  They were traced, however, to their homes, some six miles away, and killed. If the law had been complied with Mr. Holmes would not have been a loser. ALSO Mrs. Ida Tucker received a letter from her daughter, Miss Mildred Tucker, now serving as a nurse in the U.S.A. General Hospital, at Otisville, NY, telling of the work being done for soldiers here and abroad.  Miss Tucker is one of the first county ladies to be serving as a nurse in a military hospital.


Parlor City – All aboard! The Binghamton street cars will now be “manned” by women conductors, to be known as conductorettes.  The local company is ready to employ them and on Tuesday began sending them out for instruction on empty cars.


Lanesboro – Contractor Whalen is making excellent progress with the double track on the D.&H. at Lanesboro, over a mile of roadbed being already completed and the laying of ties and rails will begin this week.


Susquehanna – Miss Fitzgerald, matron at the hospital, is in charge of registering prospective nurses for war work and all young women of Susquehanna, desiring to register, should see her. ALSO The first soldier to fall in battle, from this place, so far as learned, is James Lisi, an Italian, and a cousin of Henry Lisi, of the Susquehanna Baking Co.  According to the casualty list he was severely wounded during the allied offensive.  He belonged to the 10th Artillery and before entering the army worked in the Erie shops.


Montrose – Atty. F. I. Lott discovered a weasel hanging on to one of his prize duck’s feet.  The weasel was so much interested in trying to down the duck and draw its life-blood that it failed to notice the approach of the surprised owner.  Although F.I. will never see 70 years again, he was “quicker than a weasel” and speedily dispatched the stealthy animal. ALSO Veterinarians A.E. Hollister (Montrose) and Fred B. Miller (Brooklyn) were in Lisle, NY engaged in testing cattle.


Hopbottom – Marshall McVicar has developed into quite an extensive apiarist and has many colonies of bees working for him. He expects to gather about 1,500 lbs. of honey from his hives this season, and as he has given the subject of bee-keeping considerable study and experimentation he has learned how to aid the bees in producing full combs of the best quality. 


Auburn Township – Mrs. Charles E. Bunnell and daughter, Jean, of Fairbanks, Alaska, who have been visiting county relatives, have been in the states since last October, spending the winter in Florida. Judge Bunnell had planned a trip east this fall, but the illness of a judge in the adjoining division, whose duties he has assumed, has compelled a change in his plans.  Mrs. Bunnell and daughter start on the long trip back in a few days. By the middle of September it is freezing nights in Fairbanks, and by the middle of October the Yukon is frozen over. [Charles Bunnell was the first president of the University of Alaska. The Bunnell Building was named for him in 1960 and a statue of him stands in the center of the campus.] ALSO Anyone finding an auto crank on the road between West Auburn and Skinner’s Eddy please call up Harry France.


Little Meadows – Albert Card, a lifelong resident of the borough, died Aug. 6, 1918, from heat exhaustion, at the home of J.H. Guyles, where he had been working in the hay field for the afternoon. He leaves a wife, Susan Mayhew, and one brother, Andrew Card, of Johnson City.


Great Bend – Twenty young girls are meeting every Friday afternoon at the Red Cross headquarters and making the scraps of cloth into quilts for hospital use. Very soon quilting parties will be announced. The girls are also making, from larger pieces, garments for the refugees.


Brooklyn – The funeral of Mrs. Ira Pratt was held at the late residence on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. G.A. King officiating, with burial in the Evergreen cemetery. Mrs. Pratt was a daughter of Chas. F. Richards, a soldier of the Civil War. She was about 45 years of age and a kind, loyal wife and mother—a busy and useful woman, who will be greatly missed in the home and community.


Reunion – The Wyoming Co. Bunnell and Overfield reunion will be held Aug. 17th, at the Baptist church, Mehoopany. The Button reunion will be held Aug. 24th, at Northern Electric Park. The LaRue family reunion will be held on the Lawton Fair Grounds, Aug. 21.


South Montrose – Harry Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse P. Smith, now in France, a member of a military band, writes that his band has played in Paris and other French cities and says the architecture found in many of the French cities is of rare beauty. Harry is a talented musician and is, therefore, able to give his country a double service. Members of bands have to take their place on the battle front, like the other men. There are no sinecures in defending one’s country in this war.


Harrisburg – Saloons in this place may be closed by military order because they are too close to the aviation and ordinance depots. If the saloons are not closed, it is declared, a provost guard will probably be placed in Harrisburg. All these things clinch the indictment against the whiskey business.


Harford – A jolly load of Boy Scouts passed through here on their way to Lower Lake, where they will camp out for their vacation. They were from Scranton and we are sure they will make things merry around the lake with their jolly laughs and bugles.


Hallstead – John E. Hunziker, a sailor in the navy, writes his parents that he witnessed the sinking of the U.S. Transport Covington. Eddy Hamlin and John Egleston, of the U.S. George Washington, also witnessed the sinking of this large transport.


New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Decker, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Decker, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Decker and three children, Mrs. Lutie Worth and Ivan Decker, attended the Sousa band concert, at Johnson City, Sunday.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 25, 1818.  Since the 200 years ago newspapers for the month of August are missing, the following article was found from the above date:
Thomas Moore. [From Bristed’s Resources of the United States] “The well-known poet, Mr. Thomas Moore, when quite a young man, published a book, made up of prose and verse, in which he, very unmercifully, abused and misrepresented the people of this country. Some little time since, however, he addressed a letter to Mr. John E. Hall, the editor of the Port Folio, in Philadelphia, in which he expresses his deep repentance for having slandered America, and swings into the opposite extreme of unmeasured praise, representing it, now, as the only land where freedom and happiness, and so forth, are to be found.”


August 23 (1918/2018)



Dimock – Last Sunday brought to Dimock the largest crowd that ever attended the Camp Meeting. While no figures are available at present, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 were on the grounds during the day.  An official count was taken of the vehicles and there were found to be 1,455 automobiles, 588 teams, and three motorcycles.


Middletown – A very enjoyable time was had by the young folks at the picnic and dance held at Little Meadows, Aug. 15th.  The ball game played between Middletown and Warren proved to be the most thrilling of the season, Middletown being victorious.  Three cheers for our boys.


Uniondale – Male teachers are few and far between, owning to draft conditions.  Prof. Haynes, who was the successful principal of the Herrick schools last year, has gone to work in the railroad shops at Susquehanna, and claims that he realizes more ready cash than in holding down a school job.


Great Bend – Rev. John J. O’Leary, a chaplain in the U. S. Army, has been commended for bravery during one of the recent big battles in France.  In his report the Major-General states that Father O’Leary was within the lines caring and ministering to the wants of the wounded and dying soldiers while bullet and shell were falling all around him.  Father O’Leary is very reticent about the matter and says that he only performed his duty. He is a 100 percent American, and the residents of this place are proud that he is a Great Bend boy.


New Milford – The work of excavating for the new pavement was commenced by Contractor Ryan with a steam shovel and gang.  The work was started at the north line and has now been excavated to a point above Union street.  The work of grading in preparation for the concrete roadway is being followed rapidly.  The street will be 30 ft. wide with a uniform concrete curb and gutter. The concrete roadway will be 16 ft. wide, with 6 ft. gravel shoulder on each side.  This will leave a grass plot on each side 9½ ft. wide between the curb and the side walk and when completed it will be a handsome street and a credit to the town. The dirt that is removed is being used to put the other streets in town in good condition.


Gibson – We are sorry to hear that Sergeant Claude Lewis, who has been at the front in France for some time, was wounded in the leg so that amputation was necessary. It will probably be several months before he is able to come home. ALSO B.J. Felton had a valuable horse barn destroyed by fire on the afternoon of Aug. 14, during the severe thunder shower, with its contents of wagons, tools farming implements and a quantity of hay.  Mr. Felton, being away, the women folks got a horse and calf and a market wagon out, the balance of the contents were consumed. Only $500 insurance.


Lenox – James Keech, a Civil War veteran, attended the Soldiers’ Encampment Thursday, and it was just 55 years ago that day that Mr. Keech received his discharge at Harrisburg. Mr. Keech recalls many army reminiscences in a most entertaining manner. He was in the battle of Gettysburg, in which 75 per cent of those engaged were killed.  When he received his discharge he was out of money, but had 5 months back pay due, which he was unable to get. He was given railroad transportation, but had to lay over a day or two at Scranton, and being without money was obliged to beg a bite to eat of the housewives.  They were memorable days.


Choconut Valley – The Rounds Brothers, who have had a feed store in this Valley for some time, are putting in a grocery in connection with the feed store.


Montrose – Daniel Searle, who is employed at carpentering in Washington, D.C., is engaged in construction work on what is to be the largest office building in the world. It will have 45 acres of floor space. Some 700 men are employed on it. The building, which was started this spring, will be ready for occupancy this autumn. It is of concrete, three stories in height. [This may have been the Main Navy and Munitions Buildings, built as temporary quarters for the United State Military.] ALSO A big 7½ ton government Liberty truck was one of the sights in town. The machine, which was in charge of a U.S. army chauffeur, made a trip of 600 miles to secure a sawing machine purchased by the government from Beach Mfg. Co. ALSO Rev. Johnson and family, who came from Schenectady, NY to minister to [A.M.E.] Zion church, were tendered a pound party by the members of his flock.  About 35 were present and a nice quantity of provisions provided for the family.  The new pastor is taking hold of the work enthusiastically and Zion’s needs are being well supplied by a practical man who is not afraid of work of any sort.


Clifford – Rev. Fred Finn, of Los Angeles, Cal., made a short visit to his parents, Mr. and Ms. I.O. Finn.  Mr. Finn has entered Y.M.C.A. work in the army and goes on duty soon. ALSO Mrs. W.S. Davis went to Buffalo last week after a new Buick car, which she drove back. She drove 260 miles in ten hours without a single mishap. On reaching this place she sold the car to S. Horton.


Ainey, Springville Twp. – A.F. Hobbs, the genial agent for the Scranton Republican, was calling on patrons of that paper in this place last week. The lines on his gas horse did not pull just right. The “gee” and “haw” gear did not work and gave him some “Hobbservations” in the rail fence.  No damage done.


Silver Lake – Michael McCormick, son of James McCormick, and nephew of T.P. and J.M. McCormick, of Forest City, is reported missing on Saturday’s casualty list. The young man enlisted at Binghamton and received his service training at Camp Upton. He left for France about the first of March. The information given by the war department stated he was missing, but so far the particulars are not available.


Forest City – The Erie Breaker boys held a moving picture show at the Plaza theatre Sunday afternoon and evening. The net proceeds, amounting to $188.20, were donated to the Red Cross society.  The boys worked with commendable energy in selling tickets and deserve a great deal of credit for their pronounced success, and the spirit that prompted them to undertake the benefit performance. [Breaker boys, usually between the ages of 8 and 12, removed impurities from coal by hand]. ALSO John Chicosky was reported severely wounded in France.  He enlisted about 5 years ago and served on the Mexican border under Pershing.  His father was killed in the mines about 20 years ago. ALSO William Kolesinsky was in an auto wreck Sunday.  While driving on Susquehanna street his machine got beyond his control.  It made a quick plunge to the side of the street and turned turtle. Kolesinsky was injured about the face and his right optic was placed out of commission.  His companion escaped injury.  The car was slightly damaged.  Kolesinsky says the next time he takes an auto ride he will walk.


News Brief: Many people seem to be under a misapprehension as to the sugar regulations. For ordinary purposes each family is expected to get along on one-half pound a week per person. For canning, however, sugar can be secured in larger quantities as it is the desire of the food administration that all fruits and vegetables possible be preserved. Only a sufficient supply for your immediate needs should be purchased for this purpose, and when you need more you can go and get it. If everyone will conform to this rule, and avoid hoarding, there will be enough sugar for everybody.


August 30 (1918/2018)



Bridgewater Twp. – The tractor demonstration on the W.C. Cruser farm, near Lake Mont Rose, drew hundreds of people, it being estimated 1,500 persons witnessed the demonstration which convinced all of the practicability of tractors in this vicinity. The International Harvester Co. had two machines, one of which was purchased by the Bridgewater road supervisors and another by G.C. Comstock, for use on his farm. Both of these machines use kerosene. The Cleveland Caterpillar, the Fordson, and John Deere “Waterloo Boy” were also on display. The farmers saw these machines used on all kinds of soil and they did all that could be expected of them.


Montrose – Rev. Father A.T. Brodrick, [of Holy Name of Mary], attempted to pass the examinations for a chaplaincy in the army a short time ago. He was physically all right but objection was made to his rear teeth, and the bland response was that he “could chew the rag with any man in the army.” When they found his age was 52 and the limit being 50, they held up their hands and exclaimed it was of no use. “You may be glad to take us ‘old fellows’ yet,” the energetic clergyman fired as a parting shot.


Springville – School will open next Monday with the following teachers: Principal, Prof. Lippert, of Honesdale; Assistant Principal, Miss Helen Gregory, of Wilkes-Barre; Intermediate, Miss Lena Lyman; Primary, Miss Marian Lott.


Forest City – Martin Cox was electrocuted while at work in the Hudson Coal Co. mine on Saturday. He had just eaten his noonday lunch and started to work when in some way unknown he came in contact with an electric wire and received shock resulting in instant death. He is survived by a wife and one child, a sister, Mrs. Thomas Daley of this place, and several brothers and sisters in Swansea Valley, Glamorganshire, Wales. His age was 40 years.


West Auburn – Much sympathy is expressed for James Hill, who has lost the sight of one eye from an injury caused by the switching of a cow’s tail while milking.  He is taking treatment at the Packer hospital, at Sayre.


Dimock – Leslie Barnes and family are moving into Elias Titman’s house near the Community building.


Ararat – Mrs. Mabel Cochrane Owens [daughter of Harkness and the late Lillian Washburn Cochrane, of Ararat] has been inducted into service with the United States Marines as private. She was one of the three results of the examination of 2,000 women who applied. “It is purely a matter of patriotism,” Mrs. Owen explained. “I have three brothers in the Service and I feel that I must do something for Uncle Sam, also.” Private Owens will wear a uniform, especially tailored for the marinettes, and she is going to have that uniform enhanced with the insignia of top sergeant—the highest rank a woman may claim in the Marines. Mrs. Owens has a husband and two children. He will accompany her to Washington, where they will make their home for the period of four years’ enlistment. He will work for the Bureau of Public Information. She will make a salary of $110 a month.


Franklin Hill – Tracy Webster, who has been living in this place for some time, has now taken a charge in the M.E. Conference, at Speedville, NY.


Susquehanna – A large delegation accompanied the selected men to Montrose, Monday, and joined in the farewell demonstration given at that place.  Nearly 100 automobiles from Susquehanna, Oakland and Lanesboro carried the soldier boys and their relatives and friends; also the Erie band went and took a prominent part in the celebration at the county seat.


Great Bend – The Red Cross Superfluity sale is expected to be a big financial success, as many useful articles have been donated by Great Bend and Hallstead people to help the good cause along. James Florence has given the committee in charge a two-year-old colt to dispose of during the sale, besides a pig and a number of ducks have been given by others. Junior Red Cross members will meet to learn the drill in flag salute. ALSO Horses! For sale or exchange, a car load of Missouri horses just arrived. Sale by J.C. Florence, in Hallstead.


Hop Bottom – Clarence Phillips and bride have been spending a few days with his mother, Mrs. Edith Phillips. Clarence left to join the men, called to the colors, at Camp Lee, VA. By his leaving our country loses another promising young teacher, as Mr. Phillips was the successful principal last year of the Uniondale High School.


Fairdale – Remember the community picnic, Sept 3rd on Bolles' flat.  State Master of Grange, John A. McSparren, will be there. Come early to the picnic, as sports begin at 10:30 a.m. under the leadership of G.M. Olmstead and Jared Lowe.


News Brief: Every good citizen should see “Pershing’s Crusaders.” This fine picture of our boys in the field and aboard ship will give you a more exalted idea of what the times mean to us than you have ever before realized. Quentin Roosevelt’s Grave Found Marked – On a wooden cross at the head of a grave at the edge of a wood at Chamery, east of Fere-en-Tardenois, is this inscription: “Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt, buried by the Germans.” The German newspapers announced several days ago that Lieutenant Roosevelt, who disappeared during an aerial combat on July 17, had been buried by the Germans at Chamery, but until today the grave was not discovered.  It was found by an American aviator. The inscription is in English. ALSO The first three games of the world baseball series will be played on the grounds of the Chicago National League team, beginning September 4.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, August 29, 1818.

*Stray Deer. Strayed from the subscriber about the 27th June last, a two year old tame Buck with a bell on his neck; any person, securing him and giving information, shall receive three dollars and all necessary charges. ORRIN STEPHENS, Bridgewater, Aug. 12, 1818.

*Married. In this township, on Thursday last, by the Rev. Davis Dimock, Mr. Joseph Elsworth to Miss Mary Fansher, all of this township [Bridgewater].

*Sheriff Sale. By virtue of a writ of Fi. Fa. Issued out of court of Common Pleas of Susquehanna county to be directed will be exposed to sale on Saturday the 29th August inst. at the house of Wm. C. Turrel in Bridgewater township, one two-horse wagon and harness, one cow, two, two year old steers, ten tons of hay, and half a set of saw-mill irons—seized and taken in execution at the suit of Jacob and Joseph Sinton against William C. Turrel. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sh’ff. Sheriff’s Office, Montrose.

*Notice. The Yearly Meeting of the Baptist Churches will be held at the Court House in Montrose on Friday the 11th day of September next, at ten o’clock A.M. according to the agreement of said Churches. DAVIS DIMOCK. August 7, 1818.


September 06 (1918/2018)



Susquehanna County – The shortage of teachers in the county is causing patriotically inclined people, who have been engaged in other professions and occupations, to undergo the necessary examinations and take up teaching. D.W.B. Jones, of Herrick Center, 62 years of age, has successfully passed the examinations and will teach this year.  Rev. Mr. Richards will teach the Franklin Forks school, and Rev. Mr. Van Horn, of Rush, will teach the 6th and 7th grades in the Rush high school.  These men are deserving of great commendation for their interest and willingness to shoulder added burdens.


Kingsley – E.E. Titus was seriously injured by his horse becoming frightened at a fair notice hung across the street and flapping near him, as he stood hitched.  The bit was broken, so Mr. Titus could not control him, and he was dragged some distance.  No bones were broken, though a badly sprained ankle and several severe bruises were the result.  He was taken to Aqua Inn, where his injuries were cared for by Mrs. Stearns, assisted by Knox Tingley.  The horse ran some distance, but was finally stopped in town. The harness was repaired and Mr. Titus was able to drive to his home.


Bridgewater – The body of Bryan Sauter, of North Bridgewater, who died of typhoid fever on Friday, after an illness of two weeks, was buried in the Fair Hill cemetery Saturday, without prayer or funeral services.  The neighbors had kindly assisted the family in caring for him until it was discovered that he had typhoid fever, then no one was allowed to enter the house.


Lawsville – Mrs. J.W. Russell has received a letter from her brother-in-law, W.D. Russell, of Missoula, Montana, informing her of the death of her sister, Mame Dawley Russell, on Aug. 26, after an illness of four days.  Mrs. Russell was formerly Miss Mame Dawley and resided in this town about 30 years ago.


Elk Lake – The Red Cross has a supply of yarn for sweaters and socks.  Anyone wishing to knit may call on the secretary for materials and directions. The auxiliary meets on Tuesday afternoon of each week. Each knitter is asked to bring their knitting for inspection at the meeting.


Rush – William Devine, overseer of the poor farm, threshed 700 bushels of oats last week. ALSO S.B. McCain has a service flag of five stars, three for their sons and two for their sons-in-law, Dr. Milnes and Weller Rose.


Susquehanna – The Tri-Borough silk mill has just hoisted two handsome flags, one a large American flag, and just beneath a good-sized French flag.  The mill is owned by Frenchmen and it is in honor of both our ally and the mill proprietors that the flags are thus displayed.


Montrose – Harrington & Wilson are making preparations to erect a four-story grist mill which will also have a mill for grinding wheat flour.  The large acreage of wheat which local farmers are now sowing and the success which they are meeting with in growing the grain, made the purchase of a flour mill both desirable and necessary. ALSO Last Sunday the first gasless Sunday for autoists was generally observed by owners of autos, in Montrose.  However, there were a few who disregarded the government’s request in this matter.  There will undoubtedly, always be found some slackers as to Uncle Sam’s requests in our little patriotic town.


Jackson – The Jackson graded school opened Sept. 2, with James Strockbine, of Gibson, as principal, and Miss Sterling, of Brooklyn, primary teacher


Fair Hill – There is no school in Taylor Hollow, the scholars going to Fairdale and to the Hamlin Schools. ALSO The Telephone line that goes over the Hill has been on the bum the past week.


Gibson – Frank and Herman Wilmarth are hauling the scholars from the Reed school district to Harford high school.


Harford – The town of Harford, the name of which is familiar to everyone because of the annual fair held there, again has its Odd Fellows’ Hall, a new structure erected to replace the one destroyed by fire. The kitchen is in the basement, where there is an electric lighting plant. The lodge room is on the second floor.  The old hall, which was burned in January of 1917, occasioned a heavy loss to the lodge.


Great Bend – Two airplanes passed over Great Bend Sunday and a large crowd was out to see them.


Hop Bottom – Miss Candace Brown is attending Teachers’ Institute in Scranton.  She has accepted a position as principal of the Dalton High School.


Thompson – Wednesday afternoon of last week, as Mrs. Wayland Gelatt and her little four-year-old daughter, Juanita Gelatt, of this place, were returning home from Ararat, driving an auto, Mrs. Gelatt, in trying to lift the child to the seat from which she was sliding, lost control of the car which crashed into a tree in front of L. W. Potter’s store, breaking the windshield, the glass flying in the face of the girl, cutting her on the right temple along-side of her nose and severing the upper lip.  She was taken to Dr. McNamara’s who dressed the wounds.  It was found necessary to take 15 stitches.  She was then taken to the home of her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Myers, Main street.


Forest City – Mrs. J. Warhola, of South Main street, received a telegram from the war department informing her that her son, Sergeant Andrew Warhola, had been severely wounded while in action “somewhere in France.” Sergeant Warhola enlisted in the regular army nearly three years ago, and has been overseas for some time.


200 Years Ago, from the Montrose Gazette, September 5, 1818.

*Elopement. Whereas my wife Polly has eloped from my bed and board without any cause or provocation, I hereby notify all persons that I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date. PHILEMON PARMER, Auburn, August 31, 1818.

*DIED. In Rush township, on Tuesday evening last, Levi S. Agard, a young man of respectability.  He was the only earthly friend on whom his aged mother depended for support.  She bore the loss with Christian resignation, seeing her son depart in the triumph of faith in Jesus Christ, his Lord and Saviour.  His death is sincerely regretted by his friends and neighbors, and by the Baptist Church of Christ to which he belonged. “Death is the gate to endless joy.”


*NOTICE. The inhabitants of the Great Bend, Susquehanna County, have been for six months’ past much annoyed by a lunatic by the name of William Co--. The persons who are legally bound to take care of said lunatic, are hereby called on to take him away and save themselves cost.  A CITIZEN. Great Bend, July 4, 1818. [This notice was also repeated in August, 1818.]


September 13 (1918/2018)



Stevens Point – To be dragged over a ten acre lot by an enraged bull and not seriously injured ten days ago, then, a few days later, figure in a runaway, in which his carriage was smashed and horse badly hurt and escaped injury, only to be instantly killed by the falling of a hay loader, was the fate of Charles Tewksbury, aged 65, of this place. His life was blotted out Saturday afternoon in a most unusual manner. After helping his neighbor, Perry Bushnell, to place hay in the barn, the loader was being taken down when it fell a distance of 30 feet and struck him on the shoulder, crushing it, and the heavy loader ploughed its way through his body, striking the heart and causing instant death. His friends said he was destined to die a natural death but fate has decreed otherwise.


Montrose – The old foundry building at the corner of Mill and High streets, formerly occupied by the American Metal Edge Box Co., is being repaired and machinery installed in it. The owners of the building, McKeage Bros., propose to soon have the machinery in operation and as they are at present engaged in government work at their plant, it is probable the additional machinery will be used on government contracts.


Little Meadows – Prof. E. B. Beardslee has accepted the principalship of the Apalachin, N.Y. school.


Great Bend – A Ford car and a cow met on Main street Friday evening, with the result that the cow is dead and an occupant of the car, Mr. Lewis, of Owego, has a broken arm, while the front of the car suffered from the impact.  The autoist was coming down Wolcott street and as he turned into Main street the cow stepped in front of the machine. The animal was instantly killed and the car turned turtle.


South Gibson – Mrs. Mary C. Risley and Bessie L. Reynolds have returned to take charge of their school, the former at Atlantic City and the latter at Bryn Mawr, Pa. They spent their vacation with their parents at this place.


Lenox – School has not commenced here, being unable to get a teacher.


New Milford – O.C. Whitney, Edwin H. Dean and wife, coming from Plainfield, NJ, in Mr. Dean’s automobile, escaped serious injury as a result of an accident to the automobile. Coming down Robert’s hill, just below Nicholson, the brakes refused to work because of a broken axle. The car rushed down the hill at a terrific speed, luckily however, no other vehicle was in sight and they had full use of the road.  Suddenly the tonneau sagged and as the car slowed up Mr. Dean steered into a sand bank at the side of the road.  It was discovered that the right rear wheel had come off. It was found about half a mile from the car in a field having jumped a stone wall and a brook. The car was towed to Nicholson where it was repaired. Fortunately no one was injured.


Susquehanna – The dam of the Susquehanna Light & Power Co. is being raised and repaired to increase the volume of water at the power plant.


Forest City – The Gordon Coal company has a force of men employed in loading culm at Richmondale. It is being shipped to the Winchester Arms Co., Hartford, Conn. The men came here from Honesdale where they have been loading culm for some time. ALSO Our schools opened with an enrollment of 1196 and this number will be greatly increased during the next two weeks. Twenty-nine out of town students have enrolled.


Uniondale – Twenty years ago D.W.B. Jones taught the Lyon Street school and on Monday he again began his duties as teacher there. He is one of the best teachers in this vicinity and one of the oldest.


With “Our Boys” in the Field.  Lt. Wm. E. Park, of New Milford, recently wounded in France, is recovering. A letter to his wife stated that he had been burned quite badly by an explosion of gas while on the fighting front.  He expects to be in active service again. Stephen Button, of Springville, is among those reported as wounded in action, but the extent of his injuries are unknown.  Ernest Champluvier is on the list of wounded. He and brother, Leon, were formerly of Auburn and both are in France. Their parents were natives of Belgium, coming here about 40 years ago. Raymond Lee, of Middletown, is a stretcher-bearer at the front and recently, when he made a brief visit to the base hospital, he was surprised and delighted to find among the nurses, his sister, who had volunteered for work with the Red Cross. At the time, neither knew where the other was. Lt. Arthur S. Richards, South Montrose, writes that he has been in the midst of the recent big drive and for three weeks his command has been among those forcing the Huns back. Heavy rains have been falling, but the men would lie down in their wet uniforms and let them dry on them. A short time ago Max Freedman and Robin Kelleher, of Forest City, enlisted in the Naval Reserve. They were called Monday and left yesterday for Newport, RI, where they will undergo training. Sgt. Braton R. Gardner, Montrose, was dismissed from a base hospital and sent back to his company. He is a member of Co. D of the now famous 109th infantry of the Iron division—a name which our Keystone boys, the 28th Division, won for themselves during the first days of the ill-fated German drive in July. Sgt. Gardner writes that it is impossible to adequately describe it all, and would not be fit reading were it written.


News Brief: With the receipt of a contract from the government, Henry Ford has begun the filling of an order calling for many thousands of small tanks of the “whippet” style. It will be possible to turn out these tanks at a rate of 1,000 or more every 24 hours. ALSO Susquehanna County young women are offering their services as nurses in army hospitals in gratifying numbers. Among the more recent to enlist in this great work of caring for the wounded soldiers are Misses Gertrude Southworth and Enola Webster, of Lawsville and Miss Hazel Scott of Springville. Miss Jessie Pritchard, formerly of Springville and Montrose, is now in the service at Otisville, NY and Miss Bessie Downer, a Montrose young lady, who has had a number of years’ experience in hospital service, has gone to New York with the intention of entering upon this work.  ALSO Youths of 19 and 20 years and men from 32 to 36, inclusive, will be the first called under the new draft law.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, September 12, 1818.

*On Sunday last the house of John N. Deans, of Bridgewater Twp., was broken open whilst the family was at church & a silver watch taken.  Suspicion fell upon two boys who reside in the neighborhood, A. Deans and T. Fuller.  They were arrested on Monday, and after an examination before J.W. Raynsford, Esq. were committed to take their trial at the next sitting of the Court in this place. One of these boys has long been suspected of pilferings, and we understand, since his arrest, he has acknowledged the fact. Neither of these boys are over 17 and one of them is shut up in prison, and the other under bonds to appear at the next Court, to take their trial for Grand Larceny! The natural consequence of dissipated education! Let this warn parents so to educate their children, that when age shall have furrowed their cheeks they may not be wet with tears that flow from a consciousness of not having done their duty to them in their youth.


September 20 (1918/2018)



“With Our Boys in the Field.” Stanley Crissell, of Brooklyn, is reported to be a prisoner in the German prison camp at Cessel; Wesley G. Straitmell, of Brooklyn is reported killed and Andrew Warhola, of Forest city, severely wounded; Lt. Stanley Loomis, Auburn, has been seriously wounded in both legs; David Chichester, of Hallstead, is in the second line trenches in France. Corp. Dewey Carpenter, of South Gibson, wrote that he is in France and told of the retreat of the German [army] along the Marne sector; Curtis E. Sharp, of Kingsley, was wounded while fighting on the Marne with the 28th division.


New Milford – Acting under orders from the Federal government, the State Highway department will close down work on the New Milford highway as soon as the supply of material on the ground is used up in carrying forward the construction of a portion of the contract.  This will leave about 2,500 feet of roadway through the borough unimproved.


Bridgewater Twp. – Mrs. John Hawley died at her home on Sept. 17, 1918, following a short illness from peritonitis.  Deceased was 37 years of age.  She was a devoted mother and wife and her death is sadly felt by the husband and nine children who survive, the youngest being less than a year old.


Brooklyn – Mrs. Mary Stephens celebrated her 91st birthday anniversary last Monday.  She is well and hearty and has her mental faculties to a wonderful degree for one of her years. AND in Oakland, Mrs. Sarah Burgess is 97 years of age.  She has been blind for the past 25 years, but, notwithstanding her affliction, it is claimed, she is one of the most cheerful of that section.


Susquehanna – George T. Depue, superintendent of the Erie shops here, has been notified that the Erie plant at Susquehanna has been selected as an auxiliary to the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, which is building a portion of 3,000 locomotives to be known as the “Pershing Engine,” for use on the military railroads of France.  The work assigned to the Susquehanna shops consists of constructing 100 engine frames, material for which is now in transit.


Retta, Auburn Twp. – During the thunder shower on Thursday night of last week, the residence of Ross Carter, at Retta, was struck by lightning.  The bolt is believed to have entered the house on the telephone wire, as the instrument was torn from the wall and flung across the room.  Practically all the windows in the house were shattered, a large bay window torn to pieces, and in nearly every room splinters of wood and plaster were thrown about.  A bed in one of the sleeping rooms occupied by their youngest son was broken by the shock and the bedding burned full of holes, but the sleeping child escaped without apparent injury.  Judging the damage done, it was a wonder that the boy was not seriously hurt.


South Auburn – While Olin Green’s house was being remodeled, 136 lbs. of honey was found when siding was removed.


Dimock – A long and cold winter will soon be here.  See that your coal bins and wood houses are filled with good fuel before the snow falls.


Springville – Dr. Warren Diller has been called to report for duty and will leave on Sept. 21st.  We understand he goes to Washington, D. C. and will receive the appointment of captain.  Dr. Diller has a large practice and will be greatly missed.  His family will go to Buffalo, NY.


East Rush – Daniel Lowe, living near the poor farm, had a number of lambs bitten by dogs and one killed last Sunday night.  If the owners of dogs would live up to the law in regard to knowing where their dogs were from night until morning, there would be fewer sheep killed.


Rushville – J.A. Shadduck has a large apiary and although he lost about 20 swarms last winter, has a large yield of honey this fall, having approximately 1500 pounds.


Montrose – Rev. Dwight Safford, widely known as “The Cane Man,” wishes us to announce that he will preach from the Court House steps, next Sunday afternoon, at four o’clock, and promises some good gospel singing. Rev. Safford’s canes will be held in increased esteem should they be used in the rout of the devil. ALSO Friends will regret to learn that Lieut. W. Beck is in a hospital at Newport News, suffering with Job’s comforters. [One who discourages or depresses while seemingly giving comfort or consolation.]


Forest City – A mass meeting of Polish residents was held in the Family theatre Sunday afternoon. The exercises were opened by devotional services followed by singing of “America,” by the choir of Sacred Heart church. Lieut. Piec, of Pittsburg, who has been instrumental in securing many recruits for the Polish army in training at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, spoke for over an hour. His coupling of the Stars and Stripes and the banner of Poland was vociferously applauded. The program was brought to a close by the singing of a Polish national hymn.


News Briefs: The ten million imprisoned people in occupied Belgium and France are facing shame, suffering, disease, and some of them death, for lack of clothing this winter. A clothing drive is called for. ALSO Lieut. Robert E. Lee, U.S.A., grandson of Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander in chief of the armies of the Confederate states during the Civil War, is fighting for the United States. He has the mark as a military leader set by his famous grandfather as the goal of his efforts. Gen. Lee’s fame as a soldier is secure, for he is rated by military experts as one of the greatest commanders the world has known.  If Lieut. Lee inherits his military skill there will be no question about his chances of being rated a military genius. Maj. William Fitzhugh Lee Simpson, a grand-nephew of Gen. Lee, recently died while on duty in France. He was in charge of the American school of machine gunfire in France.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, September 19, 1818.

*DIED in this township [Bridgewater], on the 17th instant, in the 67th year of her age, Mrs. Betsey Brewster, wife of Nathan Brewster.

*MARRIED, On the 15th inst., at New Milford, by Joshua W. Raynsford Esq., Mr. Linus Foot to Miss Laury Palmer.

*MARRIED, In this township [Bridgewater], on Sunday evening last, by D. Post Esq., Mr. George Mauger to Miss Sally Case.

*MARRIED, In Waterford [Brooklyn] on Tuesday the 10th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Doolittle, an itinerant preacher in the Methodist connexion [connection], Mr. Thomas Garland to Miss Judith Teuxbury [Tewksbury], both of that place.

BLACKSMITHING. I. & D. Post having employed workmen in the above business will execute all orders in that line or the shortest notice, and in the best manner, at the stand formerly occupied by Curtis & Coy, a few rods east of the public avenue.  They solicit the patronage of a liberal public. Montrose, Sept. 18, 1818.


September 27 (1918/2018)



With Our Boys in the Field: The Titman brothers, of Springville, are in France—Harold, the older of the two has been through the fighting at Chateau-Thierry, being detailed in carrying supplies to the front lines by motor truck;  Raymond, the younger, has just arrived. Gomer J. Pritchard of South Gibson, is a lieutenant of infantry in the Machine Gun Co., 4th regiment, New York Guard, now guarding New York city’s great aqueduct near Walden, NY; Amos A. Conrad, formerly of Glenwood, died from wounds received in action on July 19; Curtis Sharp, Kingsley, of the 09th Infantry, was injured while fighting on the Marne; Carl Huntley, of New Milford Twp., is in the second line trenches in France; Charles E. Daly, of Fairdale, arrived safe overseas; Sgt. Wm. Quinlivan, Forest Lake, of the 521st Engineers Corps., is now in France; Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Ferraro, of Forest City, were notified that their son, James Ferraro, had been wounded in France; another Forest City boy, Joseph Murin, was also wounded in France.


Hop Bottom – The Hop Bottom band took the trolley to Glenwood road and traveled up over the hills to serenade Sherwood Coil and wife last Saturday night.


Montrose – The five and ten-cent store, conducted by Mrs. James Langley, will hereafter be known as “The People’s Bazaar.” Since Mrs. Langley has assumed ownership many improvements have been made and she is offering a large and varied assortment of low-priced goods. ALSO Andre & Sweet are erecting a grain conveyor over Mill street, which will take the grain from the car on the D.L.&W. tracks to their mill, depositing it directly in huge bins in the upper stories. Electric power will be used, the hoist being an endless chain arrangement. 


Brooklyn –W.C. Cox, while driving his automobile on the macadamized road just north of Brooklyn Center, met with an accident in which his car was badly wrecked, but in which he and the other occupant of the car, Joseph Piney, a stock buyer, fortunately escaped serious injury, tho’ the genial Montrose councilman is shy one perfectly good tooth, as a result of the experience. Mr. Cox was driving at a fast rate of speed and while passing another automobile his car skidded and struck a concrete guard-post. The car turned turtle, throwing the occupants clear.


Franklin Twp. – Mrs. Abbie Adams and Mrs. Sarah Wall went to their grandfather Adams’ grave last Sunday, which is in the Franklin cemetery.  Mr. Adams was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.


Harford – “The frost is on the pumpkin.”


Forest City – The basketball team has organized for the 1918-19 season. The line-up includes the following: Owens and Podboy, forwards; Walker, Center; Heller and Bud, guards; Kilhullen and Cheevers, substitutes. Ziz Ruane will manage the team with Podboy as captain. Come on now, you fans and fannettes, give the boys a little support. ALSO Mrs. Anna Muzuchowski, the oldest resident of this vicinity, if not the county, passed away at the home of her son, Lawrence, of Hudson Street. Her death was due to the infirmities of old age. Had she lived until the 10th of November she would have reached the century mark. Deceased was born in Poland and came to this country 27 years ago. She is survived by four children and 85 grand and great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from Sacred Heart Church and interment was made in St. Agnes cemetery.


Thompson – W.L. Simrell and family, of New York, are at their farm in Starrucca, having a bath room installed in their home.  E.A. Mead is doing the work.


Uniondale – Court has appointed W.T. Davies, of Forest City, as guardian of Clara, Orpha, Dorothy, Henry, Frank and Fred Lichtwark, orphans to the late Fred Lichtwark and wife. ALSO J.J. Rounds has been appointed general yardmaster for the Delaware and Hudson railroad company’s railroad yards at Albany and Troy.  It speaks well for his ability.


News Brief: In line with fuel conservation many church congregations are planning to conduct their services in smaller rooms during the cold season, in order to conserve coal. In some cases only a morning sermon and Sunday school are to be held on Sunday. It is pointed out that union services in country districts, entered into last winter, have proved beneficial in their effects in all instances. People became acquainted, religion was helped, not injured, the social life was promoted, and money was saved. ALSO The merchants, the National Chamber of Commerce and the National Government, have united to make the forthcoming Christmas unique. The Government insists that no presents--barring toys for children—be given, except useful ones.  In an order just issued by the Council of National Defense, this request is emphasized very strongly. The merchants urge customers to do their shopping early and at the same time urge them to eliminate all buying of useless presents. It is proposed that no Christmas gifts shall be mailed or expressed after December 5th. The Council of National Defense expressly says that toys for children are not to be interfered with.  All merchants have agreed not to increase their working hours, nor their force of working people during the Christmas season, which means that the public, in order to do their shopping with any degree of comfort, must begin early.


Psychology of War on Women’s Dress: With the coming of the war woman’s work has been made real. Women have found the waists that muss on the slightest provocation, like chiffon, and other materials designed for the drawing room, impractical for the real work they are now called upon to do.  They have found that high heels advertise weakness, and those who are doing Uncle Sam’s work must think of their feet in terms of strong ankles and strong arches. They have discovered above all, that clothing reveals personality and that to gain personality they must consider their work, its ideals, and their own social responsibility. Forty-nine hairpins and a fluffy cascade of feminine adornment are becoming obsolete since Uncle Sam is accepting woman workers. Modesty in dress means the right attitude toward the dignity and worth of the human body, and respect for dignity does not go with a neck too exposed for business. Women are fast learning that if they desire equal pay for equal work the first emphasis must be placed on the work.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, September 26, 1818.

*WILKES-BARRE BRIDGE. We have observed with much pleasure the progress of this excellent structure. The severe ice freshet in the spring cut down the piers, which had not been completed the preceding season, owing to the frequent occurrence of high water; --and in consequence of that circumstance, the work has been greatly delayed the present season.—The low water, which has for some time prevailed, has been extremely favorable to the work;--and it now progresses as rapidly as the nature of the work will allow.—Two arches are raised and the raising of the others is fast progressing.

*Dissolution of Partnership. The Partnership heretofore existing between Sayre & Mulford is this day mutually dissolved.  All persons having unsettled accounts with the firm of Sayre & Mulford are requested to call and settle with delay.  Benjamin Sayre, Silvanus S. Mulford. Montrose, Sept. 25, 1818.

*SCHOOL. The subscriber proposes to open a school in the Village of Montrose on Monday next, where she will teach Reading, Writing, English Grammar, Geography, Rhetorick, [Rhetoric], Composition, Drawing, Painting &c. &c.—Terms of admission can be known by calling at the house of Benj. Sayre.  MARY T. CHAPMAN.


October 04 (1918/2018)



With Our Boys in the Field: August Smith, Montrose, was lately promoted to corporal at the veterinary training school at Camp Lee, Virginia; Lt. A.A. Kane, of Susquehanna, has been promoted to captain, training men for service overseas; Carlisle Smith, Montrose, is now in the naval branch of the aviation service; Fourteen Sunday school boys of the Montrose Methodist church are in the service-Robert Wood, Arthur Downer, Halford Risley, Paul Sechler, Charles Mackey, Hugh Mackey, Manley Fowler, Carr Pross, Wilbur Pross, Guy Strous, Orlando Stone, Clarence Sprout, Fred Jeffers and Benton James; Joseph Mulqueen, Susquehanna, died of pneumonia in New Jersey; William Feddock is a member of the 17th Balloon Company, was sent to the training school at Omaha, Neb., the largest of its kind in the world; Marshall Blowers, age 19, son of Ralph Blowers, of New Milford, was killed during the Marne offensive in France. He was a member of Co. G. 167th U.S. Infantry; Ben Webster and Chester Watterhouse, of Franklin Hill, are in France; James Igo, of Brookdale, has been seriously wounded in France.


Message from the Dept. of Health, Harrisburg: The spread of epidemic influenza in other states has shown that public gatherings and places where large numbers of people are likely to congregate play important parts in the dissemination of the disease.  This is especially the case in poorly lighted and badly ventilated rooms. As the disease at this time shows definite signs of assuming serious proportions, drastic measures must be taken at once. (This communication goes on to talk about the following) Your Board of Health is directed to close all public places of entertainment, including theatres, moving picture establishments, saloons and dance halls and to prohibit all meetings of every description until further notice.  Local health authorities will decide the closing of public schools, Sunday schools and churches. *The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. (Google Search)


Franklin Forks – The children of Victor White, while playing with matches, went to their father’s barn and soon had a blaze started. It was not discovered until the older child, Harold, rushed to the house and gave the alarm. The little girl, Rosella, aged but 20 months, had remained in the barn and her clothing caught fire and burned everything on the child. Dr. Preston was hurriedly summoned, but her injuries were such that she died two hours later. The sad accident has deeply stirred the community and much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved family. ALSO D.L. and W.E. Birchard made a business trip to Binghamton last Friday and took in the celebrated movie picture, “To Hell With the Kaiser.” Dim says it sure was some picture.


Rush – Samuel Kirkhuff was killed by the cars at Meshoppen, Monday, his neck being broken. His home is the old William Kirkhuff farm.


Susquehanna – We are having an acute shortage of coal, many of the people being out and no immediate prospect of the dealers being able to stock up. This is due to the State’s estimation being made on the town’s population in 1910 and claims that it has increased 25% which is not taken into consideration. The State says the town has had its allotment based on their calculations. Affidavits are being sent to the Fuel Administrator to lay the true facts of the case.


Bridgewater Twp. – James Brogan, the efficient gardener of Fernheim farm for the past 12 years, now that the season’s work is practically over, contemplates spending the winter away to afford a little “change” in scene and may take a position for a time in the southern part of the state. He will return to Fernheim in the spring. His children will stay with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kane, during his absence.


Great Bend – Eugene Manning has returned to his home in Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Manning completed the painting and decoration of St. Lawrence church and residence during the past week.


Montrose – Principal L.F. Hess was taken ill the first of the week and unable to take charge of the school. Miss Clara Winans, assistant superintendent of schools, acted as principal. The school was closed Monday afternoon by the Board of Health for an indefinite period awaiting the outcome of the influenza epidemic.


Clifford – Mrs. Beatrice Hubbard, widow of the Late Frederick Hubbard, died at the Mary Keller hospital, Scranton, Oct. 8, 1918, after a two days’ illness of pneumonia. Her daughter, Dorothy, was buried at Clifford on Sunday and she attended the funeral. Another daughter, Marion, is seriously ill with diphtheria. Deceased was formerly Miss Beatrice Burdick. Her father, Owen Burdick, of Carbondale, and one daughter survive. Burial in Clifford cemetery.


Thompson – The entertainment at the home of Miss Walker was well attended and featured the newly organized orchestra. Also featured was a duet by A.E. Foster and A.J. Brundage, who gave evidence of their great vocal power; each one being perfectly able to carry their own part, seemingly wholly unconscious of the fact that the other was singing a different tune in an entirely different key.


Uniondale – James Lowery has been appointed an instructor of biology at Bucknell University.


Herrick Twp. – Milkmen struck when it was whispered that the Woodlawn Dairy Co. would not sign the contract. They are in the butter business now and will remain until the matter is adjusted.


Brackney – In August our branch of the Red Cross sent to Montrose the following articles which we completed during the month: 5 quilts, 4 pajama suits, 35 triangular bandages, 12 tray cloths, 12 napkins, 4 handkerchiefs, 6 comfort pillows and 12 property bags.


200 Years Ago Today from the Montrose Gazettte, October 3, 1818.

*DIED. In this township, on Tuesday last, after a short and distressing illness, in the 12th year of her age, Olive Deans, daughter of Deacon Zebulon Deans.

*BOUNTIFUL PRODUCTIONS. Capt. Jarah Stephens, of this township (Bridgewater) raised a cucumber the present season, which measured 17” long, 13” in circumference and weighed four and a half pounds. Israel Birchard, of this township, raised this season a cucumber 18” long, 12” in circumference, which weighed five pounds.

*SHERIFF SALE. Taken by virtue of a writ of vend. expo. to me directed, will be sold at public vendue at the house of Chapman Carr on Tuesday the 13th day of October next at 10 o’clock in the forenoon a certain tract of land situate in the township of Harmony on the waters of the Conawacta Creek, bounded as follows, viz: on the south west by lands belonging to the heirs of Abraham Dubois, on the north by lands of Henry Drinker and Isaac Post, on the east by lands of M. Herrick, on the south east by lands of Isaac Post, containing three hundred sixty nine acres and six tenths – the right of SOIL WARRANTED free and clear of all encumbrances whatsoever—together with the appurtenances thereunto belonging. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sh’ff. Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, Sept. 22, 1818.


October 11 (1918/2018)



With Our Boys in the Field. Niles Johnson, of Uniondale, is home on furlough. He is a fireman on board the C.S. Cruiser, Frederick, a troop transport; Warren Colsten, of Great Bend, has sailed overseas; Roy Oakes, Fairdale, wishes to publicly express his thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly presented him with a wrist watch before leaving to enlist in Uncle Sam’s army.


Forest City – John Walker, of Delaware Street, passed away of pneumonia, the scourge now sweeping the country.  He was born in Gibson in 1872, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Walker. He enlisted when war with Spain was declared in 1898 and sent to Cuba, where he participated in the battle of San Juan. He was later sent to the Philippines and was a member of the American forces that quelled the Boxer insurrection in China. He is survived by his father and wife and the following children: Millicent, Mildred, Duane, George, Manley, Clarence and Marshal.


Thompson – Owing to the prevalence of the influenza the churches and schools are closed indefinitely.


Rush – Death came suddenly to Samuel Kirkhuff, age 70, while he was engaged in unloading a car of lime at the station at Meshoppen, Sept. 30, caused by his neck being dislocated. His body was taken to his home at Engle Corners, near the Rush poor farm. He removed here 2 years ago from Lake Winola, to which place the remains were taken for burial.


Heart Lake – L.E. Griffing will open his cider and jelly mill October 2nd. Vinegar is scarce and high. Now is the time to fill up your barrels while apples are plentiful. Sweet apples are best and should be saved separate for jell and apple butter.


Binghamton, NY – Binghamton became “dry” Oct. 1st, and the hotels are shifting their sails, so to speak, the erstwhile barrooms being converted into dining rooms and soda dispensing departments. The barroom of the Arlington, where many a “camel” has slacked his thirst, is being converted into a lunch room, where ices and soda water will be dispensed. E.M. Tierney, a native of Susquehanna, who made the Arlington famous and won for himself an enviable reputation as a hotel man, will become manager of the Hotel Ansonia, in New York city. The Hotel Bennett, which has had a lot of financial difficulty, is to be re-opened, it is understood.


Great Bend – Chas. A. Williams has resigned his position with Williams & Co., and accepted one with the N.H. Parke Leather Co., where he will assist in pursuing war orders.


Hop Bottom - Effective Monday, Oct. 7th, Roberts Bros. coal dealers, announce that their business will be conducted on a strictly cash basis ALSO No one here takes greater interest in the success of the American soldiers in the Argonne woods than Rev. R.S. Kellerman; for it was here in the vicinity of the Argonne woods that General Christopher Kellerman drove the German army out of France 126 years ago, 1792.  For the success of that great victory over the Germans, Kellerman was given the title of Duke of Valmy. Afterward Kellerman became a Marshal under Napoleon Bonaparte.


Auburn Twp. -Briggs Shaver, of Shannon Hill, who was principal of the Gibson Graded School, has resigned and has gone to Mansfield to take a military training course and enlist in the Students’ Army Training Corps.


Transue - Lester Barnes has enrolled in the Students’ Army Training Corps, at Gettysburg, Pa. His many friends gathered at his home on Sept. 30th and tendered him a farewell party prior to his leaving.


Harford - In the stately mansion full of historic memories from its association with names and events in the past of Harford, gathered a company of friends and relatives Monday afternoon at the funeral service of Mrs. Marietta I. Jones, the mother of Senator E.E. Jones. Mrs. Jones was born in Honesdale, August 14, 1831. She met Henry W. Jones, whom she married, while attending the Franklin Academy in Harford. Five children were born, of whom Edward E. Jones alone survives. His son, Henry, is part of the Lafayette Espadrille, [French air force], now serving in France. South Harford - Several from here attended the funeral of James Pickering at South Gibson. We all feel that we have lost one of our best neighbors.


Uniondale - Loren Avery was quite seriously hurt last week when the motorcycle he was driving ran into a telephone pole.  He was taken to Emergency Hospital, Carbondale.


Brooklyn - Brooklyn passed a very quiet Sunday, with no church services and no automobile driving. ALSO Mrs. E.S. Eldridge has sold the apples in her orchard to Mr. Lundergan who has an evaporating plant at Hop Bottom. Dr. F.S. Miller has charge of the picking. He engaged 20 Montrose High School boys to help him.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp.  – There was no preaching on the Hill, Sunday, as the minister failed to get there, although there was a fair congregation.


WAR MAP SERVICE - The Democrat is receiving a special War Map Service, (a new map is received each week) showing progress of the fighting forces in Europe. Boundary lines between Germany, France, Belgium, Alsace and Lorraine are shown; also the location of the many towns and cities we read of every day now. It is an interesting map.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, October 10, 1818.

*COOPERING BUSINESS. The subscriber informs the inhabitants of Montrose and its vicinity, that he has established the above business, in this town, where he will be thankful for all orders in his line of business. BARRELS of all kinds kept constantly on hand for sale. Produce of all kinds taken in payment. Abraham Fordham. Montrose, October 9, 1818.

*STRAY STEERS. Strayed from the village of Montrose on Sunday last, a yoke of two year old steers, one a dark brindle, the other red, with a white face.  Any person who will give information where they may be found shall receive a liberal reward. Isaac Seymour, Pike, Bradford Co. Sept. 26, 1818.

*Dissolution of Partnership. The partnership heretofore existing between the subscribers, under the title of Curtis & Coy, is dissolved by mutual consent.  All persons indebted to said firm are requested to call and settle by the first of November next, if they wish to save cost, as all persons who are delinquent at that time, must expect to have cost made them. DANIEL CURTIS, ALANSON COY. Montrose, Oct 8, 1818.


October 18 (1918/2018)



With Our Boys in the Field. Corp. Orson L. Sloat, of Oakland, was severely wounded in France on Sept. 4, a member of the 110th Infantry; Lieut. Roswell Watrous, age 29, of Montrose, succumbed to Spanish influenza at the Walter Reed hospital in Washington; Pvt. Edwin S. Stephens, of Great Bend, died Sept. 2, of pneumonia, somewhere in France; Sgt. Wm. Quinlivan, writes that he will see a lot of France because his company will be building roads and all kinds of engineering work.


Uniondale – Nine members of the home John Burdick are ill with Spanish influenza. There are about 20 cases of the influenza in town and some cases of pneumonia. Mrs. E.L. Avery and Mrs. Eugene Deming are reported very low.


Brooklyn – Miss Hazel Bennett, a trained nurse, has enlisted in the service of the United States army.  She is spending a few days with her parents, here, but expects to be called early next week to one of the camps.


Thompson – Help being so scarce at the Borden plant, owing to so many of the employees having influenza, that they have dispensed with bottling the milk for the present.


East Rush – The neighbors and friends of Myron Crisman gathered at his place and cut his corn and filled his silo, buzzed wood, dug but the most of his potatoes and raked up most of his buckwheat. About 35 men and women were there. Mr. Crisman is not improving very fast.


Hallstead – The number of men from this community in the service is ninety.


Harford – Several people here are on the sick list.  Schools are closed, churches are closed and the doctors are kept busy. 


Auburn – William Russell, one of the oldest residents of this place, passed peacefully away at the Auburn and Rush poor asylum, September 25. The remains were interred by the side of his parents in the Quick cemetery. He was born April 20, 1826, his age being 92 years, 5 months, 5 days. For a number of years he had been entirely deaf and blind, there was no possible way of communicating with him and he was probably wholly unaware of any of the events that were transpiring either at home or in the world at large and probably did not know where he was.  He never married and had no living relatives since the death of his brother F.E. Russell, 13 years ago, who also died without issue.  His entire life was spent here with the exception of a few years when he operated a fruit farm at Vineland, NJ.


Dimock – People were grieved to learn this week that Perry Mills, his wife and child, former residents of this place, but who had resided in New York the past year or so, had all been summoned by death—being victims of the influenza. He was a son of Mrs. Arthur Mills.


Forest City – Forest City is being visited by an epidemic of the influenza which is prevailing throughout the country.  Many homes have members afflicted with the malady and there have been several deaths from pneumonia which seems in many cases to follow the ailment.  The doctors have been working night and day.  It is reported that there have been 650 cases of the disease.


Susquehanna – Prof. Dunlap, of Susquehanna, gave a fine exhibition of bicycle riding at Uniondale the other day, and the girls of that locality were so highly pleased with his performance that they request us to tender their thanks and congratulations to the artist. The professor claims that he would have done better had the ground been more even but the steep grade of the street combined with his anxiety to please the girls, made his bicycle so unmanageable that the performance was as trying to his nerve and muscle as it was gratifying to the interested spectators.


Elkdale – The school has been closed indefinitely on account of the epidemic.


Influenza comes suddenly.  It is characterized by fever of varying degrees of 101 to 104 degrees, headache and pains in the back, bones, and joints, frequently chilliness, general indisposition, flushed face, some soreness of the throat and the eyes somewhat reddened. The headache, pains in the back and joints, prostration and fever constitute the chief and outstanding symptoms. Loss of appetite is also present, and there may be vomiting at the onset of the disease, and this vomiting may be frequently repeated. In robust and well-nourished individuals the attack is, as a rule, fairly mild and rapidly subsides after the second or third day, terminating in most all instances after a duration of three or four days. The tendency toward the development of bronchial pneumonia, as a complication, has been observed among cases as a rule, who had been up and about and tried to fight off the attack. The treatment must be confinement to the house—to bed, if possible—and resting there until the fever has been controlled.  The diet must be light, chiefly milk; there must be warmth and plenty of fresh air.  Laxatives are needed to eliminate the infection from the intestinal canal. The patient should be isolated in a room by themselves. Everything used by him—handkerchiefs, towels, dishes, etc.—disinfected before being handled by others in the household.  See a doctor and be careful in convalescence.


News Brief: We cannot recall a time when there was even one-half so much death and sorrow as at present.  While the war is awful, the influenza is proving a scourge.  While the bullet or shell claim one the epidemic sweeps away dozens, perhaps hundreds.  But this is a time for courage—those blessed with health must minister to those in trouble. “Human courage should rise to the heights of human calamity.”


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, October 17, 1818.

*Samuel Gregory is elected Sheriff by a majority of between 4 & 5 hundred and Philander Stephens, Commissioner, with little or no opposition.

*FULLING & CARDING. The subscriber informs the publick that he has commenced the business of Cloth Dressing and Wool Carding at his old stand on Martin Creek where every attention will be paid to render satisfaction to all who may favor him with their custom. Cash or produce will be required when cloth is taken away. JOHN KINGSLEY. Those who are indebted to the subscriber will please to call and settle without delay Harford, Aug. 8th 1818. N.B. Cloth will be received at the Store of Herrick & Fordham, in Montrose, with written directions for dressing, and returned there when dressed.

*CLOTH FULLING, DYING & DRESSING. The subscribers inform the public that they have commenced Cloth Dressing, at their stand in Rush, on the Wyalusing, formerly occupied by Amos Fairman; said work will be done by a well experienced workman from Connecticut. Cloth will be received with written directions at the store of Herrick & Fordham where it will be returned when dressed. N.B. a deduction of 12 ½ per cent will be made from the customary prices for ready pay. All kinds of produce will be taken in payment. I.H. ROSS, AUSTIN JONESRush, Oct. 8, 1818.


October 25 (1918/2018)



With Our Soldiers in the Field: Archie Ireland, of Lawsville, age 29, died at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, of pneumonia; Pvt. Leon LaBarr, Lanesboro, died at Camp Meade of pneumonia; Lt. J.J. Strack, Forest City, at Camp Zachary Taylor, of pneumonia; W.C. Taylor lost both legs in the fighting in France; Tracy Bailey, age 28, of Gibson, influenza; Lee Hitchock, of Rush, arrived safe in France; Earl Canfield, of Camp Hancock, GA, was quarantined for 30 days for diphtheria; Dr. John Corson, of Brooklyn, died at Camp Bayand, New Mexico because of failing health. He enlisted in the Medical division of the U.S. Army and saw much overseas service until last May when he returned because of his health; Wm. McAvoy, Auburn Twp., who was on the Mexican border, is now in the thick of the fight in France; Charles Baker, Brooklyn, a laborer of E.L. Palmer; Thomas Reddon, of Susquehanna, was slightly wounded in the hip, after 76 days of continuous fighting in France.


Influenza and pneumonia deaths. Mattie Dickerson Catlin, wife of Morris Catlin, age 27, Montrose; Mrs. H.H. Hoven, wife of Dr. Hooven, Harford; Joseph P. O’Brien, age 29, formerly of Montrose, now of Binghamton; Oney T. Rounds, Supt of State Highways in Susq. Co., Uniondale; Earl A. Clinton, age 33, New Milford; John T. Baldwin, Wooster, Mass, husband of the former Lillian Lathrop, of Springville; Frank Merrill, Brooklyn; Edith DeGroat, age 15, at the Barnes Hospital, Susquehanna; Mrs. Sandy Munroe, Susquehanna; Bessie Dann, age 15, at the Barnes Hospital, Susquehanna; Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin S. Cogswell, at the Ballentine farm, South Montrose; Leon Curran, age 21, Susquehanna; Mrs. Charles F. Sweeney, of Brackney, mother of ten children; Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mawhiney, Montrose; Mrs. Michael Foley and daughter, Dorothy, of Watervliet, NY, formerly of Susquehanna; Mrs. John Randall, age 22, of Franklin township and 3-month old child. The bereaved husband and another child are reported to be very ill with the same malady; James Donohue, age 35, Hallstead; Frank Craft, age 24, Hallstead; Geneva S Whalen, age 3 and Mary C .Whalen, age six months, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Whalen, of Hallstead. There are five children in the family, all of whom have been ill with influenza. Burial was made Brooklyn, Pa.; Mrs. Ida Avery, age 56, Uniondale; Mrs. Frank VanHousen Mead, Vestal, formerly of Heart Lake; Augustus Murphy, formerly of Susquehanna. His wife and three children are dangerously ill with influenza; Alfred Halderman, Great Bend; Miss Maud Robbins, former resident of Harford, died in Scranton. Deceased was one of the most prominent nurses in the state and had been for 15 years a member of the State Hospital Alumni and a former superintendent of Dr. Burns’ hospital in Scranton; Mrs. Norman White, nee Catherine Hoag of Elk Lake, at Baltimore; Miss Helen B. Reynolds, a teacher in the Forest city schools. Death occurred on her 23rd birthday; Mrs. Claude L. Hoffman, Binghamton, daughter of the late Henry Smith and Mrs. Crandall D. Hawley, of Montrose.


Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stephens and children, of Springfield, Mass., visited at the home of Clark L. Stephens last week.  Their son, Ensign Charles Stephens, who was with them, had just come through a thrilling experience.  When 500 miles out of New York a steamer he was on was sunk in a collision. He was in the water for nearly an hour before being rescued.


Factoryville – Christy Mathewson has arrived safety in France.  The great sphere twirler is an officer in the Chemical Warfare branch of the U. S. army, bearing a captain’s commission.  Ty Cobb, of the Detroit team, and Branch Rickey, of the St. Louis Cardinals, who are also in the army, are still in America.  They are three of the biggest figures in the national game.


Forest City – How would you like to be a soldier trudging along a foreign roadway and suddenly recognize a brother you had not seen for months—marching along, too—and yet be so bound by military discipline that you could not even speak to him? Read a portion of the letter sent by Thomas J. Burns to his mother, Mrs. William Burns, of this place: “Just a few lines to let you know that I am well and happy and hope these few lines will find you all the same.  I sure have done some traveling since I left home. This certainly is a big old world we live in.  I am in a wonderful country out here.  But give me the dear old American scenery and I will be satisfied. Dear mother, what do you think about this? I saw Willie (his brother) on my way to the front. It certainly was some surprise to both of us. My heart was up in my throat for a while and I could tell by the way he looked that he was in the same plight. It was hard to pass him by without saying a few words to him but the army rules are strong and all that I could do was to salute and pass on. When I could, I went back to try and find him, but there was nothing doing. I was disappointed and although I was glad even to get a look at him, I wished I had had time to say a few words to him. Mother, I can’t tell you anything about this country in any of my letters, but will have a great story to tell you all when I get home, and that will not be long if we keep on driving the Huns the way we have. Now, don’t worry about your boys, mother. They are well taken care of. Always say a little prayer for your soldier boys over here. Good-bye and God bless you all.” [On the list of those who died in France appears the name of William Burns. No mention of where he lived.]


North Bridgewater – Walter A. Jackson was stricken with paralysis at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles R. Fancher, in North Bridgewater, on Sunday. Mr. Jackson is a veteran of the Civil War and for some time has been in quite feeble health.  Owing to his advanced years his condition is cause for concern.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. A goat belonging to Mark Lake, of Auburn Center, has wandered to this vicinity and is stopping at A.L. Mericle’s.


Heart Lake – One of the meanest pieces of thievery we have heard of was when 30 bushels of picked apples were taken from the orchard of “Nick” Williams, near here, one night recently, which he had left in piles.


Thompson – During the prevailing epidemic much praise is due the Misses Hannah Walker and Helen Weir, who have been very busy the past two weeks in helping those who were sick and in need of help.  Mention should be made of Mrs. Robert Leech, and probably others, who have been untiring in their efforts to help when and where most needed.


News Briefs: Fuel Administrator Garfield proclaimed the gasless Sundays at an end the later part of last week. Sunday was so rainy that it was well-nigh gasless. ALSO Owing to the large number of influenza cases in Shamokin, that town has been placed under martial law. No one is permitted to go in the place or out of it without a pass.


Notice to Spinsters: A Lynn correspondent says: “If any young lady is contemplating marriage and has any doubt about the question, they should get a position as clerk for our enterprising merchant, F. S. Greenwood, as the last five or six lady clerks he has had have resigned their position for that purpose.”


November 01 (1918/2018)



Forest City – Indications point to a relief in the epidemic that has prevailed here the past three weeks.  The prompt action of the board of health in taking action to prevent its spread and the care of the afflicted has undoubtedly materially helped the situation. The prevailing opinion is that it has reached the maximum. ALSO Uncle Sam will not get silk for aeroplane construction from the Forest City silk mills this week, at least. Both mills were ordered closed by order of the board of health. It was feared that by working the employees might spread the influenza. ALSO Much delay is occasioned in the interment of influenza victims, owing to the scarcity of coffins. J.R. Bell, undertaker, was informed yesterday that only one coffin each day to each patron was the limit until the death rate decreased.


Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Mead were happily surprised Sunday night, Oct. 20th, when upon answering a ring at the door in walked his sister, Mrs. Nellie Messenger of Blackfoot, Idaho, and her son, Dana, pharmacist in the medical corps of the navy, U.S.S. Louisville, who was granted a leave of absence for five days. Mr. Messenger has been overseas five times during his 18 months service. He sent a message to his mother to meet him at Thompson, and she started Friday and very unexpectedly they met at Susquehanna and arrived in Thompson at midnight. Friends from a distance were notified and he received a rush of calls during his stay. Mrs. Messenger will remain indefinitely.


Uniondale – Richard Davis has been helping Everett Giddings in the potato field the past week. He is 80 years old, but can handle a potato fork with the next one.


Clifford – In an endeavor to do his bit in stopping the Hun, Leon Smith, of Lenox, made the supreme sacrifice last week.  His body was laid at rest in the cemetery at this place last Saturday.


Montrose – Clarence A. Dawley, former Montrose young man, was appointed pneumatic engineer of the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation in New York City. Some years ago he invented and developed a meter for measurement of compressed air which has proven so successful that it has been adopted by all the leading mining, railway, steel plants, industrial and chemical plants in this and foreign countries. He organized the New Jersey Meter Co. to handle this business and since the war started he has given his principal efforts to this concern. Burgess Preston Asks No Vandalism Hallowe’en Night: There appears to be a popular misconception of the way in which this occasion should be celebrated. In previous years some of our young people celebrated by damaging property as much as possible.  The ruthless destruction carried on in the past is to be deplored. We believe it to be the result of thoughtlessness, and appeal to the better sense of our young people on the approaching Hallowe’en. There certainly can be no pleasure in such demonstrations and in many cases it means loss and suffering to those afflicted. Young people, we place you on your honor and have sufficient confidence in you to believe you will confine your demonstrations to legitimate fun this year.


North Bridgewater – Walter A. Jackson, an aged veteran of the Civil War, died yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles R. Fancher. He was a former resident of Harford. Mr. Jackson was a member of Company E, Ninth Cavalry.  He enlisted Oct. 29, 1861 and was discharged Dec. 24, 1864.


Summersville, New Milford Twp. Three members of the Anderson household are dead as a result of the epidemic of influenza. Mrs. Alfred Anderson died Friday night of last week, after a few days’ illness. Her daughter Leona, aged three years and six months, died Monday. Clyde Anderson, a brother-in-law of the dead woman, also died on Monday. Another child has been seriously ill but at last report was convalescing.


Silver Lake Twp. Miss Josephine Murphy, aged 16 years, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Murphy, Friday, Oct. 25, 1918. Death was due to influenza and pneumonia. Deceased attended the Montrose High School last year and had a large circle of friends in her home community and Montrose. Besides her parents she is survived by three brothers and three sisters. The funeral was held at St. Augustine’s Church, Silver Lake.


Hallstead – W.P. VanLoan will auction off his stock Nov. 7, across the track from the Chair Factory. Mr. VanLoan [who is] going out of the milk business leaves only one milk-man to supply this place. At one time there were five milk-men supplying the town and milk was five or six cents a quart. It is now 13 cents. At the same ratio we should think if milk was selling for three or four cents it would require eight or ten milk-men to supply the town. But that was “before the war.”


Susquehanna Who was the fellow who works here and lives in Hallstead that forgot to set his clock and watch back Sunday morning—got his breakfast early and hiked it to the Erie, where he found no one—didn’t dare go back for fear of meeting the fellows coming over, and who spent an unpleasant time hiding around until train time? We bet he sweat more over that hour than any work he did for the Government that day.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Two of our enterprising neighbor-women have been compelled to take up the axes and go to the woods and chop wood for their fuel. ALSO The scarcity of wood choppers almost compels them to do it. Potato digging and apple picking are in order these days and the farmerettes are taking an active part in the work on account of the shortage of help.


East Rush – Glen Quick was out one night last week and caught six skunks, one being a black one, two half stripes, and three full stripes, making him a pretty good night’s work.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, October 31, 1818.

*Stop The Thief. Was stolen from the subscriber’s Inn, in Braintrim, Luzerne county [now Wyoming County], a saddle with plated stirrups, bare-skin housing, one blue surtout coat, with a large cape put on with hooks and eyes. The above articles are supposed to have been stolen by Baley Blakesly—he is about middling size with black eyes—had on a blue coatee & olive velvet pantaloons. It is also strongly suspected that said Baley stole a chestnut colored Horse. Said horse has a star on his forehead and had a bloody wart in his ear.  Whoever will apprehend said thief so that he may be bro’t to justice and secure the property shall be entitled to Fifteen dollars reward.  Wm. T. Alden. Oct, 14, 1818.

*ANOTHER REVOLUTIONARY OFFICER GONE. On Friday last at New London, Gen. Jedediah Huntington, aged 79 years, formerly collector of that port, and a highly distinguished Officer of the Revolution. [From Gazette of October 26, 1818]

*NOTICE. The annual general meeting of the Stockholders of the Silver Lake Bank will be held at their Banking house in the village of Montrose on the first Monday of November next. The annual election of Directors for said Bank will be held at the same place on the third Monday of November next at one o’clock in the afternoon. By order of the Board. PUTNAM CATLIN, Cash’r. Montrose, Oct. 22, 1818. [From Gazette of October 26, 1818]


November 08 (1918/2018)



PEACE DECLARED: A Washington dispatch yesterday (November 7) afternoon states that Germany has accepted the terms of the Allies and has surrendered. The agreement was reached by commissioners from both the Allies and Germany on the front in France at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon (European Time.) Hostilities have ceased. All the cities of the United States are celebrating the greatest single event in the world’s history.


With Our Soldiers in the Field – The sad news came Saturday that Glen Saunders, of Lathrop, had been killed in action in France. We extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family. Mrs. M.A. Foster, of Forest Lake, recently received letters from her sons, Francis and Raymond Foster, who are now fighting for their country in France. Word was received that the Rev. John O’Leary, of Great Bend, was wounded Oct. 10th, in France. Father O’Leary was one of the first three who volunteered as chaplains from the Scranton diocese. Arriving in France in April, he was on the battlefield from June 1 to July 20 and cared for the wounded in the battle of Chateau-Thierry. He was sent back to a rest camp until he went in service in the last drive.


Montrose – Montrose celebrated the surrender of Germany yesterday afternoon in an impromptu parade of young of young people with bass drums and horns, and every noise-making device possible, headed by George Felker carrying Old Glory.  Bells, whistles and auto horns added to the din and the whole town went wild.  An organized parade is to be held this afternoon at 2:30.


Scranton – William H. Jessup, Jr., first lieutenant 6th Field Artillery, U. S. A. was killed in action in France, Oct. 5th. He was born in Scranton in 1891, son of William H. and Lucy A. Jessup of that city. He graduated from Yale with the class of 1915 and was the fourth William Jessup in direct line to graduate at Yale, leaving his alma mater just 100 years after his great grandfather, [Judge William Jessup, of Montrose].


Harford – Miss Helen Smith left for Philadelphia this week, where she has entered St. Luke’s hospital to train for service.  Miss Smith is a girl of very pleasing manners and a wonderful personality and it will not be any fault of hers if she does not make good. ALSO The saw mill has been silent for the past two weeks, as the men have nearly all been ill, but we expect to hear the whistle blow again soon.


Gelatt – John Lowe, while shooting at the mark with some others, in some way the gun was discharged and he was shot through the side.  As it was only a flesh wound, it is healing nicely. ALSO While out hunting Lewis Truex stopped to talk with a passerby.  He leaned against a stonewall and put one hand over the muzzle of the gun.  A stone fell from the wall, striking the hammer and exploded the gun, the charge tearing the side of the hand off.  Dr. Cole was called and dressed the wound, which is doing nicely.


South Montrose – Rural Carrier Fred N. Felker reports a large aeroplane seen near this place yesterday afternoon.  He said his horse pricked up its ears of hearing a motor humming and he kept turning out into the ditch to let the automobile pass.  Looking overhead he saw an airplane sailing along not over 500 feet above, heading towards Scranton.  He said he thought he saw the aviator smile. When he arrived at James Morely’s farmhouse he found Mrs. Morely in an agitated state, as “Jim” was away from home and she feared that it was a German machine and was going to drop some bombs.


Herrick Center – After four churchless Sundays and a school vacation of three weeks our local health officer appeared on our streets Monday and tacked notices on both churches and the school building proclaiming them closed until further orders.  We find it difficult to discover how the town is to be benefitted by this action now, when the epidemic is abating and all rules have been observed for the past three weeks.  Truly, the efficiency of the department is marvelous.


Clifford – We of this little valley are more than thankful in the fact that, thus far, we have practically escaped the deadly epidemic.  But two of our people have been afflicted and they are now well on the way to recovery.


Little Meadows – Dr. George Chaffee has moved from this place to Binghamton, where he will practice surgery.


Thompson – The drowning of Eugene Larrabee in Comfort’s Pond on Monday was reported.  Mr. Larrabee, in company with Mr. Calahan, both of Susquehanna, were fishing in the pond.  Mr. Calahan had gone on shore to prepare coffee for their lunch.  Soon after someone observed the boat, bottom side up.  They succeeded in recovering the body. Full details lacking.


Franklin Forks – Another comrade of Southworth Post 222, of this place, has answered the “roll call up yonder.” Comrade F.M. Wilson was a member of the 7th New Jersey Cavalry. He has a son, George, now a captain in a training camp in Kentucky, being an instructor in artillery, and has another son in France. Comrade Wilson was buried in the Franklin Forks cemetery by the Post ritual, October 17, there being a large attendance at the grave. Mrs. Padbury and Mr. Lowe sang a beautiful selection at the grave. We sympathize with his son and family, with whom he lived at the time of his death. He was very fond of his grandchildren and they were with him a great deal of the time. ALSO Edmund Webster had the misfortune to lose a big barn by fire Saturday night, about midnight. Two calves were burned to death, nearly all his farming tools, and had a very little insurance on the barn. 


Brooklyn – Hallowe’en passed off very quietly—no socials were allowed. A few pranks were played by the youngsters but no malicious mischief has been reported.


Friendsville – One of the largest public sales to be held in the western part of the county this fall will be that of Jerome Donnelly, to be held on his premises, two miles northwest of Friendsville, Nov. 12.  The list of property is a very large one.  Mr. Donnelly has had much to cope with during the past few years. Two years ago he lost three children, by infantile paralysis, and last spring his wife was taken away, not only saddening his life, but making it impossible to continue the operation of his farm.


News Brief: Sportsmen this season must carry their hunting licenses with them, and this aside from displaying their license tags on their coat sleeves. In the past years it was thought only necessary to wear the tag, but wardens have now received notice to stop all hunters and ask for their license papers. The new regulation is designed to prevent passing tags from one hunter to another which sportsmen in some communities have done.

200 Years Ago will return next week.


November 15 (1918/2018)



Celebrating the End of the War: From noon until late at night, the people of Montrose and surrounding country celebrated the signing of the armistice, the virtual ending of the great war. Noises of every description were heard on all sides. Pandemonium reigned. People were intoxicated (figuratively speaking) with happiness. The festivities were to celebrate a wonderful day and everyone did his or her best to do the occasion a measure of justice, heaped and running over. The Montrose High School paraded with credit to themselves, their teachers and the commonwealth. The Boy Scouts headed the school demonstration. A finely decorated truck, containing Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty, led the way, followed by a red, white and blue truck to represent “Backing Liberty,” filled with farmers, farmerettes, soldiers and sailors, nurses and cooksAnother decorated truck carried the American Girls, dressed in red, white and blue. The Camp Fire Girls and the grades followed, carrying flags. After the school parade, the auto parade formed, headed by Susquehanna and Montrose bands and drum corps. All the patriotic societies and other organizations in the town were represented. At 7 p.m. an informal parade was launched—a real, old-fashioned torch light procession, each marcher equipped with some noise-producing instrument. The homes of the town were illuminated and mid cheers and shouts the parade stopped at Monument Square, where the mayor asked for three cheers for the boys “over there.” After numerous speeches and band selections the crowd then gathered below the Court House where a huge bonfire ended the day’s celebration. At East Rush: Our little town celebrated the fall of Germany by the ringing of the church bell and firing off of guns, and all hearts rejoiced that the two young men that went from us to fight the Hun are not injured, and in all probability will soon return to us, although Clark James, while working in the engineering corps was gassed and it affected his eyes, he wrote to his parents that he will soon be all right. At Susquehanna – The news of the fighting having ceased caused a wild outburst of delight among our people. The big shops were practically deserted for every worker wanted to celebrate the great event and only those unable to be spared, were left in the shops. Brooklyn, when the report came that Germany had surrendered, the church bells, school bells, dinner bells and tin pans sounded forth the glad tidings. School declared a recess and the school children paraded the streets waving flags, singing patriotic songs and hurrahing. In the evening Kaiser Bill was hung in effigy, amid the cheers of a large throng of people, in the center of the town. J.W. Adams and O.M. Doloway, two veterans of the Civil War, aided in the celebration by firing their old army muskets.


Great Bend – V.D. Hand and James M. Gillispie, of Hallstead, and Chas. M. Hamlin, of this village, have organized a system of chain stores, to be known as the H.G.&H. Stores, to be operated as general stores on the cash plan. The new concern starts off with four stores. The Peoples’ Cash Store will be the central store, while the former Chambers, Allen and Hamlin stores will be operated as branch stores.


Tirzah (Herrick Twp.) and Vicinity - Neighbors and friends of Charles Fisher held a bee on Thursday of last week and dug his potatoes for him.  He is just recovering from an attack of influenza and is unable to work, while in Thompson, several neighbors and friends met and dug all of Mrs. Edith Davis’ potatoes and put them in the cellar. ALSO Fire destroyed the large dairy barn of Judson J. Walker on Nov. 7. Mrs. Walker discovered smoke and on going out of the house found their big dairy barn in flames. Immediately giving the alarm she hurried to the burning building, where through the dense smoke, she found and brought to safety a large, young horse, the only animal in the barn at the time. Help came, but to no avail, and the ban and contents were completely destroyed; about 40 tons of hay, several pieces of machinery, a quantity of straw and a large silo. The house, nearby, was saved. The loss was a large one, as this barn was one of the best in this community.


Lakeside, New Milford Twp. – The Lakeside store, which has been closed since Wm. Brink moved to Laceyville, has re-opened with an entirely new stock of groceries and general merchandise under the management of A.W. Darrow.


Oakland - The well-known firm of Brush Bros. has sold the grocery stock, etc. to Joseph Stack, who will conduct that business at the same stand. Brush Bros. have retained their hardware store and remodeled the same, adding new lines, until it will be one of the best and most up-to-date hardware stores in this vicinity.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Two of our popular young women have donned bloomers and have taken jobs of farmers, husking corn on shares with success, showing that they are trying to do their bit.


News Briefs: We notice one thing about this influenza epidemic.  The doctors who prescribed whisky are getting much more of the practice than those who prescribed caster oil. ALSO Here is a remedy to help wipe out influenza—the advice of one doctor—“My advice to all patients is to go to bed with the windows open, protected from drafts by a screen and with plenty of cover, but not as to sweat. It is also pressing that our women get away from the habit of keeping the shades in the “company room,” and in bedrooms drawn in day time. Throw open the blinds; let the sunlight in; air the rooms during the day and have plenty of fresh air at night. That will harm nobody and make the body all the stronger in the resistance to the germs.” The doctor is right, germs cannot live in sunlight and fresh air.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, November 7 and 14, 1818.

*”SOMETIMES BY FIRE.” The barn of Rev. E. Kingsbury, of Harford, was consumed by fire on Friday night of last week, with all its contents, consisting of his year’s supply of hay and grain and a valuable family horse. It took fire from a candle which some lads had carried into the stable. The loss to Mr. Kingsbury is great; but we trust the liberality of the citizens of that township will be exercised in relieving his distress. (11/7)

*NOTICE. As certain persons are circulating a report that I have agreed to pay the debts of Jabez Newcomb, I hereby notify the public that such an agreement never did exist, and that I utterly refuse to pay any demands of whatsoever name or nature existing against him. EZEKIEL MAINE, Bridgewater, Nov 6, 1818.

*NOTICE. I hereby notify all persons that I never did nor never will agree to pay any debts contracted by Peleg Baldwin, my father, and I forbid all persons trusting any person on my account without a written or verbal order. LYMAN BALDWIN.  Middletown, Nov. 10, 1818.

*REGIMENTAL ORDERS. The field officers of the 76th Reg’t. Pennsylvania Militia, are directed to meet at Edward Fuller’s, in Montrose, on the second Monday of December next, at 11 o’clock A.M. The paymaster of said Regiment is also directed to attend at the aforesaid time and place and exhibit a fair statement of his accounts agreeably to law. FREDERICK BAILEY, Col. 76th Regiment Pennsylvania Militia. Waterford, Nov. 12, 1818.

*WOLF HUNT. The Sportsmen of Susquehanna County are invited to attend a Wolf Hunt on the waters of the Snake Creek, near the Salt spring, on Friday the 27th inst. A large tract of wilderness will be surrounded, and drove to the centre in close order, until the party arrives at a certain circle, marked out by lopping of bushes where a hault will be made for further orders. Danger need not be apprehended, as the circle will be drawn around a hill. Particular arrangements will be made by officers appointed for the purpose. A SPORTSMAN. Montrose, Nov. 13, 1818.


November 22 (1918/2018)



Montrose– Friends in this vicinity learn with regret of the contemplated removal of Dr. W.B. Van de Sand and wife to the west. Dr. Van de Sand has built up a good osteopathic practice in Montrose and as both himself and wife have been active in community welfare work they have made many friends. Dr. Van de Sand’s health has not been the best and he expects to locate in a less rigorous climate. ALSO William Green, of Hopbottom, while driving his Ford car down Public avenue, Tuesday, skidded into a steeply sloping gutter near the People’s Bazaar and brought up suddenly against the curb and a telephone pole. The steering gear and forward portions of the car were badly twisted and bent. Meehan Bros., blacksmiths, straightened out the worst portions and Mr. Green and a companion heated other parts in the stove in Patrick’s cigar store and hammered them straight on the sidewalk—and the goldarned little Ford rambled right along towards home.


Springville – The life of a step-father is not always a joyous one, but this fact does not seem to hinder some men from joining themselves to a ready-made family by the ties of matrimony. Mina Ferris, a widow, with several grown up children, lived at Springville and about a month ago, yielding to the artful calls of cupid, she married Wilbur Valentine. The children arrived from Tunkhannock, with a truck, and proceeded to remove all the household furniture. This was objected to by the newly-wed couple, who finally sent for an officer, but who failed to arrest the parties. Later an officer from Montrose arrested two of the sons, who entered bail for a hearing at Montrose, Nov. 27th.


East Kingsley – The aeroplanes travelling between Scranton and Binghamton are a pleasing sight now that the Peace treaty between Germany and the Allies has been signed.


Forest City – The epidemic of Spanish influenza we are glad to state has passed, and conditions here are rapidly approaching normal, says the Forest City News. There are about 6 cases in the temporary hospital, and all but one is convalescing. It is expected that the hospital will be closed this week and the building will be thoroughly fumigated for the reopening. ALSO Sgt. Stanley Horosko was killed in France during the last drive. Prior to his death he had been wounded and left the hospital to rejoin his command. His father was killed in the mines when Stanley was 10 and his stepfather met a similar fate last January. He is survived by his mother and four sisters.


Rushville – J. A. Shadduck, a successful apiarist, has disposed of 1,500 pounds of honey to customers in this vicinity and to wholesalers in Scranton during the past season.


Susquehanna – Henry Teskey received a telegram from the War Department announcing that his son, Corp. James Teskey, had died in France of wounds received in action. At the time he joined the colors, Teskey was employed as chief clerk in the office of Shop Superintendent Depue of the Erie railroad at this place. He has three other brothers in the service.


Thompson – “Old Glory” In 1864 an order called the Patriotic Union League was organized at Jenkins Hollow, one mile north of Thompson borough, with 25 or 30 charter members. C.P. Jenkins, of the borough is the only charter member living. B.C. Stoddard, of Amsterdam, NY, and Samuel Burr, now in a soldiers’ home, are the only ones living at the present time, so far as is known. When the League was organized, C.B. Jenkins was detailed to purchase a flag for the order. He found it impossible to get one ready made in Susquehanna, so purchased material of Grettenburg, Rosenbaum & Co., who furnished him the design for field and stars. The young ladies of the vicinity met at the home of Cyrus Hall and made the flag—all hand-made. Of the “girls” present on that occasion only two are now living—Nannie Hall, now Mrs. B.F. Barnes, and Wealthy Gelatt, now Mrs. Larrabee, both residing in Thompson. The flag is now in Mr. Jenkin’s possession and he is very choice of it. It is used only on special or eventful occasions. It was used at the close of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and again last evening at the jollification.


West Auburn – R.B. Swisher, manager of the telephone company, had a narrow escape recently, from serious injury, when knocked down by an infuriated cow. As it was, he received several bad bruises; the cow’s horn pierced his hand below the thumb.


Lanesboro – Earl Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wheeler, was wounded in action in France on Oct. 18. according to a letter written by his brother, Arthur, who is also in the service over there. A bursting shell caused a compound fracture of one of Soldier Wheeler’s limbs and he is now in a base hospital. Six other soldiers were also wounded by the shell.


News Briefs: The increase in the number of tractors in Pennsylvania is 122 per cent over last year, which indicates the rapidity with which they are coming into use.  Every county in the state is now operating tractors for farming purposes.  Susquehanna is credited with 22, Bradford has 61, Wayne 18, Wyoming 3, and Lancaster leads with 209. It will not be many years before tractors will be common as trucks. ALSO Officials at Washington estimate that the total casualties of the American expeditionary forces in the war will not exceed 100,000, including the men killed in action, died of wounds, disease and accidents, and the missing, who will never be accounted for. Some may be found when the prisoners are returned from Germany. It will be several weeks before the record of casualties can be completed. ALSO Pennsylvania automobile license tags for 1919 will be black with red figures and will be of a different shape, which will stop the practice of painting over old tags. The tags are being made by inmates of the Huntingdon reformatory again this year.


Marriage Licenses: Chas. H. Gesford, Dimock and Blanche Severcool, Springville; Fred W. Ives, Susquehanna and Hattie E. McKane, Great Bend; Albert E. Felton, Susquehanna and Clara E. Rought, Summersville; Floyd E. Hibbard, Auburn and Myrtle C. Bishop, Auburn.


200 Years Ago, from the Montrose Gazette, Nov. 21, 1818.

*WILLIAM TILLOTT, Dyer, Clothier, & Presser of Woollen Cloths, (From London England). Most respectfully informs the inhabitants of Clifford, Gibson, Jackson, Harford, Waterford and all other adjoining towns, that he has taken the Fulling Mills heretofore occupied by Mr. Stephens, in the Elk Woods, where he intends dyeing and dressing Woolen Cloths to any color or patern that may be wished. Woolen Yarn dyed all colors.  Mr. Tillott informs those who may honor him with the custom that he has got a good assortment of Drugs for dyeing all colors from one of the best houses in New York, and that he does not purchase them by the small quantity as some clothiers do in this country.  Mr. Tillott having served his apprenticeship in one of the first dye houses in England, flatters himself that he will be able to turn out his work in a style far superior to any that has been in the country before.  All orders left at Ezekiel Titus’s in Harford, will be taken from there and returned in ten days. Produce taken in payment for work. Oct. 8, 1818.

*STRAY SHEEP. Came into the enclosure of the subscriber on the 7th  inst., Seven Sheep. The owner is requested to prove property, pay charges, and take them away. Some of said sheep have a nick under the right ear, and one has a bell on. SCOTT BALDWIN, Bridgewater, Nov. 20, 1818.


November 29 (1918/2018)



Thompson – A letter from Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Pickering, who are now enjoying their Florida home, report fine weather and everything lovely.


Forest City – Fire is raging in the culm pile near the river bridge. It has made rapid headway of late without any interference by the coal company. The road leading to Browndale will soon be reached unless an immediate check is made. The fumes are sulphureous and almost unbearable to passersby. ALSO Philip Evans has purchased the Walker restaurant and has been busy the past few days in getting it ready for business. It will be neat and easy and up to date. Philip’s many friends wish him success in his new venture. ALSO Death has again entered the ranks of Enterprise Hose Company of Forest City and removed an active member in the person of Sidney J. Leham. Brother Leham was a good fireman, always willing to do his duty at all times and in whatever capacity and his untimely demise is deeply regretted by his fellow members. The sympathy of the company members are extended to his widow and family and the company charter will be draped for 30 days.


Uniondale – Jerry Kishpaugh, of Herrick Center, and Monroe Tyler, two veteran sawyers, were discussing the amounts of timber each had sawed. Jerry claimed to have had twenty years’ experience but Monroe was equal to the emergency. He claims to hold the record in this section, having 70,000,000 feet to his credit.


West Clifford – Clyde Wilson, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wilson, passed away on Monday morning after several weeks’ illness. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon.


Lanesboro – Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Wheeler have recently received news of the death of their son, Earl Wheeler, in France. A letter from another son, Arthur Wheeler, was published on Monday last in the Transcript relating to the sad details and mentioning the place of the burial of the dead soldier and the kindness of the Company Commander and all who could in any way contribute help and sympathy during the sad experience. He was formerly employed in the shops at Susquehanna.


Springville – Charlie Lee and wife are happy over the arrival of a little daughter, born Nov. 9th, 1918—Elizabeth Lee. ALSO After nearly a month we hear that the schools and churches will open next week. A few families were hard hit but no deaths have occurred near us. East Lynn, Springville Twp. – Arthur A. Springer died of kidney disease at his home in the M. B. Taylor house, Oct. 25. He is survived by twelve children and two sisters. His wife died six years ago.


Auburn – Reports from Stanley Loomis, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Loomis, of Auburn township, state that he is recovering from his wounds at a hospital in England and will probably come home soon. He received seven wounds, one of which was so bad that it was necessary to amputate a leg. No braver or manly young soldier than Mr. Loomis trod the soil of France, and, while many friends will regret to learn of his physical misfortune, they will find great comfort from the fact that he was willing to make any sacrifice for his country. All honor to such as he.


Birchardville – Miss Helen Birchard is the possessor of a fine new player piano.


Susquehanna – Five young men were recently arrested for using a ferret in hunting rabbits. The man who had the ferret in his possession at the time of arrest was fined $25.


Jackson – Jackson people received news on Saturday that Jesse Spangenberg, formerly of this place, had been seriously wounded in France, and was in a hospital near Verdun. ALSO Henry Felton, of The Democrat, received news that a former classmate and close friend, Floyd E. Waters, of this place, had been killed on the battlefields of France. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Waters have received no official word of his death, and the report remains quite indefinite.


Montrose – D. J. Donovan, the progressive landlord of the Tarbell House, enjoys keeping his property looking “slicker than grease” and has made extensive improvements about the hotel property, putting on concrete steps and landing and also a concrete walk.  He is making changes inside, and equipping with additional sleeping rooms, which will be of great benefit to him at times during court, etc., in taking care of the greater number of guests. “Let the good work go on, D. J.”


Harford – Dr. Lewis was calling on South Harford friends, Monday. He is talking of going to New York State to work in the near future, where he will get $3.00 a day and board. ALSO The Boy Scouts will have a box social at the S. Harford school house this week. Proceeds to be used to care for the poor French orphans. Ladies come and bring boxes and men come and buy them.


Marriage Licenses: Albert Eugene Felton, Susquehanna and Clara Rought, Summersville; Floyd E. Hibbard, Auburn and Myrtle C. Bishop, Rush; James J. McAvoy, Auburn and Mary E. McGee, Auburn; Leonard A. Casey, Susquehanna and Delia McNamara, Susquehanna; George Ramain, Lanesboro and Jennie Kinyon, Lanesboro; Helen Brundage, New Milford Boro. and Almon G. Stonier, New Milford Twp.; Leon T. VanCott, New Milford Twp. and Myrtle M. Cameron, Harford; Robert Walker, Herrick, and Minnie Westbrook, Lakeside.


News Briefs: Henry Ford gave, the other day, at his experimental farm for disabled solders, a good definition of a hustler. “A hustler,” he said, “is a man who has his shoes soled oftener than he has his pants seated.”  ALSO An “Anecdote” found in the Montrose Gazette, Nov. 27, 1818: “Two Irishmen meeting in New York shook hands under an impression that they were once old friends and companions; but on observing they were mistaken, and that they were entire strangers to each other, one of them exclaimed, “Arra dear Brother, we were greatly deceived! you tho’t it was me, and I tho’t it was you, but it was neither of us.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, November 27, 2018.

*MARRIED. In the township of Tioga, Tioga County, on the 19th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Bivins, Mr. William Ross, of Rush, in this County, to Miss Anna Shoemaker, of the former place.

*Milford & Owego Turnpike. Notice is hereby given to the Stockholders of the Milford & Owego Turnpike road company, to meet at the house of Edward Fuller, in Montrose, Susquehanna county, on the first Monday of January next, to elect One President, Twelve Managers, & One Treasurer, to manage the concerns of said company for the ensuing year.  B. T. CASE, Sec’y. Montrose, Nov. 24th, 1818.

*NOTICE. All persons indebted to the estate of Jedediah Hewit, late of Bridgewater township, deceased, are requested to call and settle immediately; and all persons having demands against said estate are requested to bring them forward, properly attested for settlement. SAMUEL BACKUS, Adm’r. Bridgewater, Nov. 13, 1818.


December 06 (1918/2018)



With “Our Boys” in the Field. The name of Private James W. Elvey, of Hallstead, appeared in the list of dead from disease in last week’s casualty list. Sgt. Leroy Sodan, of Hallstead, was reported in Monday’s casualty list has having been killed in action. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Reese, of Forest City, have been notified that their son, Howard, was seriously wounded on Oct. 18th, in France. Edward Stanisloviatis, of Forest City, is reported missing in France. He left here with the first contingent in September of last year and went to France in March. Mrs. Henry Dearie, of Forest City, has received a telegram from the war department informing her that her grandson, Joseph Dearie, had been killed in action in France. He was born in Forest City 23 years ago. Bruce Hawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Hawley, of Harford, is reported officially missing in action since July 30 last. He took part in the Chateau-Thierry drive and has not been heard of since. A letter was received Thanksgiving day from Philip B. Warriner, who has been in the hard fighting in the Argonne Forest with the 109th Field Artillery, in which he states that he is “alive and well.” The letter was written Nov. 8th, only three days before the signing of the armistice. Pvt. John Moran died in France from wounds on Oct. 29. In his boyhood days Pvt. Moran made his home with Mrs. D.J. Lindsey, of Hallstead, later going to Binghamton and went to the front with Co. H of that city.


Forest City – Thanksgiving day was an important one to the members of St. Anthony’s Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church. The noteworthy event was the blessing of the large bell which will soon be put into place to call the members of the congregation in worship. Monsignor Caffrey, of Carbondale, officiated as a representative of Bishop Hoban, and the eulogy was delivered by Rev. John Kurns, of Scranton, first pastor of the church who has retained a warm affection for the Forest City congregation, which is amply returned. It was an eloquent sermon. The other clergymen of the local Catholic churches assisted at the ceremony.


Hopbottom – Fred Seamans was seated in a barber shop when Fred Willey, watchman for the D.L.&W. railroad, entered and with the remark, “You’re the bird I’ve been looking for and I’m going to fix you now,” grasped Seamans by the left hand and pumped a shot into him, the bullet entering under the chin and coming out behind the left ear. After he had been shot Seamans wrested the revolver from his assailant and handed him a few punches. Willey made an attempt to escape and was soon in the custody of Constable Wm. Bennett. Seamans was taken to the State hospital at Scranton where it was said he had excellent chances for recovery. Willey was given a hearing before Justice of the Peace M.M. Finn and committed to the county jail without bail. Both men were rivals for the affection of a Hopbottom woman. Willey is 45 years of age and Seamans is five years his senior. The widow, over whom the shooting occurred, is said to be about the same age.


West Lenox – Mrs. Dunning, who a short time ago received official notice that her son, Curtis Shoup, of Co. L, had been killed in action on Sept. 28th last week, received another telegram that a second son, Eldridge Shoup, had been killed in action on Nov. 2. Our hearts go out in sympathy to Mrs. Dunning, who has given so much to her country.


Harford – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harding (nee Cora Hunter) on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1918, a ten pound daughter—Henrietta Evelyn.


Susquehanna – The local shops of the Erie are now working nine hours a day and on Dec. 9th will go on an 8 hours working day, and no “extra time.” This will mean a big drop in pay checks and, of course, it seems rather hard to the men who have been drawing big pay for the past few months. However, if fuel, food and clothing will take a proportionate decrease in price, the people will find themselves as well off as on the present system of big wages and extortionate prices on everything one has to buy.


Montrose – The first real snow of the year came on Sunday. A year ago at this time we had had snow for nearly a month while zero weather had already commenced. ALSO a “cloths-line thief” has made his appearance in Montrose. At dusk on a recent afternoon, Mrs. C.W. Foote saw a man busily engaged in loading his arms with the family washing, as it hung drying on the line. Her audible shouts at the daring robber caused him to quickly drop the clothing and vanish as speedily as his feet could carry him. Another resident of that section reports the loss of a perfectly good doormat. It’s a good time for the local Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to get on the job.


Honesdale – A large army biplane from the government aviation field on Long Island visited this place on Saturday and Sunday. The aviator made the return trip of over 100 miles in 67 minutes. Thousands of people visited the field where the machine was exhibited. The pilot performed some thrilling air stunts to the delight and astonishment of the crowd, many of whom had never seen an airplane.


Forest Lake – The 27th of November Mrs. Flora Everett received word from the war department that her son, Ray, had died from wounds received in action Nov. 6. He went to Camp Dix on April 27 last. He was in Co. K. 312th infantry. His age was 24 years.


Hallstead/Great Bend – During the past week thieves have visited this section and porkers seem to be their choice. James Gillespie resides on Chase Avenue, Hallstead, and one day last week killed two pigs and put the pork in the cellar for the night. In the morning he discovered that someone had entered the cellar and taken all the pork with the exception of two hams and one small piece of pork. On Saturday night thieves stole a small pig belonging to the family living in the octagon house on Church street, Great Bend, who recently moved here from Susquehanna. At present there is no clue to the thieves in either case and they seem to have made a safe get away with the bacon. Reported in Great Bend Plaindealer.


News Brief – The manufacture of beer ceased Saturday night. Present stocks will last two to three months, it is said. The war had furnished cumulative evidence of the benefits to accrue to a “dry” nation.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, December 5, 1818.

*MARRIED.—At Waterford [Brooklyn] by Edward Packer Esq., Mr. Charles V. Gere to Miss Teresa Ely, both of that place.

*ASA HARTSHORN has removed to the New Building on the Avenue, next door to Sayre’s Store, where he will attend to all orders in the line. CLOCKS & WATCHES, repaired as usual, on the shortest notice, and in the best possible manner. December 5, 1818.

HONOR, LIBERTY, PRUDENCE After the solicitations of several gentlemen of Montrose, Mr. Peter Brulte informs the Amatures that he is to open a fencing school this winter; where he intends to demonstrate the principles of the pointe & contre-pointe, according to the French stile. The school will be open on Tuesday the 15th inst. Those who wish to subscribe, may call at Mr. Jn. Brulte’s where the terms of the subscription will be made known. P. BRULTE. Montrose, Dec. 3d, 1818.


December 13 (1918/2018)



With “Our Boys” in the Field. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Terboss, of Great Bend, have been notified by the War department of the death of their grandson, Max Green, a former Great Bend young man. He was killed in action in France on Nov. 10. Harold VanVleck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert VanVleck, of Great Bend, has been wounded—the degree was undetermined. The War department has notified Mr. and Mrs. Fred McIntosh, of Susquehanna, of the death of their son Lewis, in France. Pneumonia contracted in the trenches was the cause of his death. Lieut. Alphonsus J. Calby, who has been at Camp Dix, NJ, arrived home the first of the week and resumed his dental practice. Word was received of the death on shipboard of Archie Tanner, a New Milford young man, who was returning from France. Death was due to influenza. A letter was received from Sgt. Robert Wood, son of Mrs. Nettie Wood, written after the signing of the armistice, tells of the joyousness of the boys over the culmination of hostilities. He said that just before 11 o’clock on the morning of Nov. 11 both sides laid down a terrific artillery barrage that he did not believe a “mosquito could have lived through,” and a few minutes after the firing had suddenly died away, the Yanks and Huns were in No Man’s Land exchanging souvenirs. That night the Germans sent up red, white and blue rockets throughout the night. He has been in eight battles. He writes that he is riding a horse that was formerly German property and which he has named Hindenburg. It balks sometimes, he says, but you couldn’t expect anything more.


Lawsville Archie Southworth found his lost cattle at Silver Lake. They had been gone about two weeks before he could obtain any trace of them.


Brooklyn – A skating party enjoyed the fine ice on McKinney pond on Monday evening.


Friendsville – On Nov. 23 the Friendsville Red Cross forwarded to Montrose four army sweaters and twenty-six pairs of socks. The ladies of the knitting circle expect to make another shipment before Jan. 1st.


Lathrop Twp. – It was with deep sadness that the friends and relatives of Victor Oakley learned of his sudden death, at his home, on Nov. 16, 1918, caused by influenza-pneumonia. Victor was widely known and beloved in the community. His talent as a singer and his sunny disposition won for him many friends. He was 14 years of age, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Oakley. The funeral was held at his home, after which proceeded to the Strickland Hill cemetery. A selection, “In That City,” which was so often sung by Victor, was rendered by Mrs. Hazel Williams and Miss Mattie Johnson. “Closed, the brown eyes are forever./ Hushed the joyous, happy voice./ Gone the laughing little playmate./ Now an angel of God’s choice.”


Rush – Edward Decker and Miss Belle Larue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Larue, were married in Towanda on Nov. 23.


Montrose – A meeting of the temperance forces of the county will be held at the Presbyterian church. The Hon. Michael Fanning, the celebrated Irish orator and wit, will address the meeting. Mr. Fanning is known throughout the country as a forceful temperance orator and is worth going miles to hear. This call is approved by Mrs. E. W. Lott, president of the Susquehanna County W. C. T. U. and Lee R. Bolles, chairman of the Prohibition party.


Springville – Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Young and son, Karl, started on Thursday of last week on an auto trip to the sunny southland. They were equipped with tent and all the paraphernalia for camping as soon as they get far enough south so that the weather will permit. They expected to reach Berwick, Pa., that night, where they will visit Mrs. Young’s niece.


Forest City – In a letter to his brother, Frank Louis Skubic tells of the joy of the French people when they learned of the signing of the armistice. American soldiers were proclaimed their deliverers and entitled to the best of everything in the possession of the people. It was a day he will always remember. In the midst of ruined homes the people rejoiced like never before and the boys in khaki were greatly pleased as the reception tendered them by the liberated people. ALSO John McGranaghan has opened undertaking parlors in the Bartholomay building, South Main Street. He has eight years’ experience, the last three years being in the employ of John R. Bell, coming here from Hancock, NY.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, December 12, 1818.

*Communicated. A GREAT HUNT. On Friday the 4th instant men from various parts of the County of Bradford, Penna. surrounded a piece of woods and killed two hundred Deer, six wolves, three bears and two foxes. The number of men, not accurately counted, but by good judges supposed to be from eight hundred to one thousand.  SPORTSMAN.

*Susquehanna County Bible Society. It having been found that the “Union Auxiliary Bible Society,” for the Counties of Luzerne, Susquehanna & Bradford, in its organization was inoperative, and inadequate to obtain the object designed by it; the officers of said society have judged it proper that the society in its present form cease to exist and in lieu of it, that distinct Bible Societies be formed in each of said counties. Therefore notice is hereby given to the inhabitants of Susquehanna County, that a meeting will be held at the Court House in Montrose, on the second Tuesday of January next, for the purpose of adopting a Constitution and organizing a Bible Society for the County of Susquehanna. A Sermon will be preached on the occasion, and public worship to commence at one o’clock in the afternoon. A general attendance is requested. EPHRAIM STRONG. Silver Lake, Dec. 4, 1818.

*On the 26th and 27th of October, a tremendous hurricane was experienced at Bahama Islands. The Spanish schr. [schooner] Yabolato, with 100 slaves on board from Africa, stranded, and all on board perished except the captain, 1 seaman and 18 slaves. Many vessels were wrecked. The same gale did much damage at Nassau, N.P.

*THOMAS JEFFERSON. A few days since we heard that this venerable patriot was languishing on the bed of sickness and that his valuable life was apparently near its close. The latest accounts from him, however, represent that he has recovered his health, & that we yet have the prospect of seeing him live to enjoy the gratitude of a nation which he has so eminently served, & whose councils have been enlightened by the wisdom & strength of his mind. [Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 at Monticello, his home, fifty years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

*ASA HARTSHORN has removed to the New Building on the Avenue, next door to Sayre’s Store, where he will attend to all orders in his line. CLOCKS & WATCHES repaired, as usual, on the shortest notice, and in the best possible manner. December 5, 1818.


December 20  (1918/2018)



Harford – The forthcoming wedding of Andrew Carnegie’s daughter will be of peculiar interest to many county people. The young man is a grand-son of Rev. Adam Miller, who was pastor of the Harford Congregational church for 55 years. Ensign Roswell Miller, son of the former president of the St. Paul railroad, is shortly to become the husband of Miss Margaret Carnegie, the only child and heir of the aged steel master. Roswell Miller was a student of engineering in the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken when the war started. He left his studies to become an ensign in the navy.


Montrose – Capt. Edson S. Warner, Civil War veteran, who enlisted in and made captain of Co. K, 56th PA Volunteer Infantry, and later a member of Four Brother’s Post, G.A.R., died at his home at age 84. He acted as mail clerk on the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley railroad for a number of years and was also teller in the First National Bank for a time. He was a brother to Charles N. Warner, West Point graduate and Civil War veteran. Deceased was a son of the late Nelson Warner and practically his entire life was spent in the county, he being one of the oldest residents of the town. ALSO Mrs. Homer Slaughter received a notification from the War department on Saturday of the death of her husband in France. He died from pneumonia on Oct. 19. Deceased was a son of John Slaughter and was a courteous and jovial young man. He was drafted during the summer, going to Camp Custer, Mich., and later to France. He is survived by his wife, father and a number of brothers and sisters. [Homer was the son of John Slaughter, born in 1868, who came north from Maryland when he was three years old with his father, Nimrod, and mother, Ella, both former slaves.]


Thompson – Died last week, Old Topsy, 36 years old, owned by C.B. Jenkins the past 32 years. Several years ago Mr. Jenkins was a salesman for a firm in Gloversville, NY and for 12 years he traveled in Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Bradford, Lackawanna and Sullivan counties in Pennsylvania and Otsego, Orange, Delaware, Broome and Chenango counties in New York. At this time Topsy was at her best. No automobile was necessary in order to sell his goods. C. B., with Topsy, and a wagon or a sled as the need might be, was able to meet his appointments on schedule. No delays on account of blow-outs, punctured tires, etc. In receiving letters from relatives and friends at a distance, Topsy was always inquired after the same as others of the family. What better friend can there be then a horse, faithful and true, who obeys so willingly and never talks back to you.


Susquehanna – Prof. H.S. Warner, the well-known music teacher, has just rounded out 40 years as an organist at the First Presbyterian church here. He has made an enviable record during this long service. ALSO Fellow townsmen often meet under strange circumstances. Claude Conklin, son of George Conklin, was severely wounded by bursting shrapnel during the closing days of the war. The doctor who bent over him on the battlefield was Dr. Denman, of Susquehanna, a surgeon in the army. Conklin was a driver and was some distance behind the battlefront when a shell burst near him. Dr. Denman was on his way to the front and stopped to succor the wounded man who proved to be a Susquehannan. Claude wrote to his father about being attended by Dr. Denman.


West Lenox – Eugene Brundage has presented our school with a nice flag pole and the children have purchased a new flag.


Silver Lake – Henry W. Hill was in town on Wednesday. Mr. Hill is still exhibiting his badly scarred hands that were burned in the fire that destroyed his barn last August, which was struck by lightning.


Marriage licenses granted: Albert J. Kinney, Brooklyn and Laura A. Pratt, Kingsley; Rodney J. Harding, New Milford and Gladys M. Lewis, New Milford; Herbert Williams, Susquehanna and Marion Atkins, Susquehanna.


Forest City – The police force will hold moving picture shows at the Plaza theatre on Saturday, December 28 and on Sunday afternoon and evening December 29, to raise a benefit fund for a celebration when the boys come home. Just think how the boys will feel when they reach home. Let their homecoming be one of joy and gladness. You can help to make the event one the boys will always remember by buying tickets for the show as a starter.


Uniondale – The few members of McPherson Post G.A.R., at a meeting held Saturday, elected the following officers for the coming term: Theron Dimmock, post commander; Jerry Kishbaugh, senior vice commander; F.Z. Carpenter, quartermaster. The above officers were selected to attend the meeting of the State camp at Lancaster next June and Morris B. Davis was elected delegate to represent the local post.


Jackson – Ed Leonard, while cranking his car last Tuesday, had the misfortune to sprain his arm quite badly.


News Brief: There appears to be a vagueness among the merchants of the county regarding the hours which they may employ female clerks and help during the holiday season. Factory inspector E.W. Lott, of Springville, requested that this information be given. Three days of the consecutive seven days in which the holiday falls, females may be employed two hours additional on those three days, but such additional hours of employment shall not exceed 54 hours in the week. Females may be employed during the holiday season, who are under 24 years of age, but they cannot be employed later than 9 o’clock in the night.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, December 19, 1818.

*DIED. In the township of Rush, on the morning of the 12th instant, Captain Israel Birchard, aged fifty three years. Captain Birchard was a native of Connecticut and was one of the earliest settlers in this County. His life was an undeviating example of integrity, and he died in the joy and hope of a blessed immortality. His death is lamented, not only by his excellent wife and large family of children, but by all who were acquainted with him, to whom he has left the example of his good conduct. His death was that of a Christian, and those who witnessed the resignation of his last moments, could truly exclaim, Blessed are they that die in the Lord!

*WAS LEFT. At the store of Herrick & Fordham about two months since, a new check Cotton HANDKERCHIEF, with a few pounds of Sugar tied in it. The owner can have it by calling and paying for this advertisement. Dec. 16, 1818.

*STRAY HEIFER. Broke into the enclosures of the subscriber about the thirtieth of Sept. last, a brown two years old HEIFER; she has some white under her belly, a speckled face, and has crumpled horns. The owners requested to pay charges and take her away. FREEMAN NICKERSON. Springville, Dec. 17, 1818.


December 27 (1918/2018)



With “Our Boys in the Field:” Mrs. Margaret Welden, of Montrose, received word that her son, Francis Welden, a member of Co. A, 103d Engineers, of the 28th Division, was praised for the bravery shown by his company. According to Capt. Edward Hill, of Scranton, commander of Co. A, the company built bridges, roads and paths through the valleys and in the mountains, fought with the infantry, worked with the artillery and fought alongside the tank battalions. Nothing frightened them. One of their greatest feats was their success in building eighteen bridges over the Vesle River while under heavy fire; Lieut. Edward Little contacted his mother, the first she had heard from him since the signing of the armistice. He had been in the fighting in the Argonne Forest sector during the last days of warfare; Walter Thorne, of Ararat, received a message that his nephew, Willis Thorne, was severely wounded in France; Louis Skubic, of Forest City, sent a letter to his brother, Frank, stating that “it is a long time since I heard from [brother] Charles.” Charles died in France in September, but Louis is evidently unaware of his death; John Fernan, of New Milford, has been decorated for bravery and good work done at the front; Walter Miller, son of Attorney and Mrs. J. D. Miller, of Thompson, returned home last Sunday, having been honorably discharged from the Air Service of the United States Army; A memorial service for Pvt. James Kane, son of Michael Kane of Franklin Twp, who was killed in military service in France, was conducted at St. Mary’s Church in Montrose. James was killed instantly by an exploding shell, which came through the top of the building in which he had been sleeping. He was buried in a temporary burying ground on a ridge, about a half mile west of the little French village of Commesance, by the Chaplain of the Regiment.


Forest Lake – Word was received that Capt. M. S. Towne died at his home in Unionville, Missouri, Dec. 10th, aged 89 years, 2 months and 28 days. Myron Towne was born at Forest Lake in 1829, the son of John S. and Rachel Warner Towne. In 1875 he came to Unionville, becoming proprietor of the Empire House and took a prominent part in the development of Putnam county and the building of the city, becoming mayor in 1881. Mr. Towne enlisted in Co. H, 143rd Pennsylvania, in the famous Bucktail Brigade in 1862 and carried a musket in all the important battles from Antietam to the siege of Petersburg. He was engaged at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor. In 1864 he was transferred to the 45th U. S. Colored Troops, being placed in command of a company with the rank of first lieutenant and later promoted to captain. He was in command of the first division wagon train to be parked on the historic field of Appomattox. The train consisted of army wagons laden with picks and shovels for entrenching purposes should Lee’s army turn at bay and fight. He was the only man of his original company to be present at the surrender of Lee to Grant. Myron remained in the army until 1866 when he was discharged and came home.


Oakland – Oakland lost two of her long-time residents last week in the deaths of Mrs. Minnie Sperl and Theodore Bergstrom.


Susquehanna – George Oakley, an employee of the Erie Railroad, died in the hospital here on Dec. 18, as a result of being overcome by smoke. Fire was discovered in the engineers’ oil and tool rooms of the old Erie roundhouse. The flames spread rapidly owing to the inflammable nature of the material stored there. When employees entered the storerooms, after the fire, they discovered Oakley on the floor in an unconscious condition. When the blaze started he returned for his coat and was overcome by the smoke. He was rushed to the hospital on the Erie Hose auto truck and died in about one hour. He is survived by his wife and a son, Fred, of Pittsburgh.


Montrose – At a meeting of those interested in temperance, held in the library, it was decided not to circulate any remonstrances against the Montrose hotels, owing to the existing conditions in regard to the manufacture and sale of intoxicants.


Brooklyn – Let us hope the “flu” has flown, and gone for good. Come to church. The Universalist church will open for services next Sunday. We will have a varied program, with as much Christmas in it as we can get. Come one and all and let us be glad together at this holy Christmas festival.


Springville – The annual gentlemen’s supper will be held in the M. E. church parlors on New Year’s eve, from 6 o’clock until all are served. Be sure and be present and enjoy the repast for which the gentlemen of the town are famous. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Miles Compton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 24th.


Uniondale – Mr. Webster, one of our businessmen and Miss Nettie Felter, of Herrick Center, were united in marriage on Thursday, Dec. 19, 1918. They will reside on Todd Avenue. ALSO James Lowery, of Bucknell University, and Anthony Planishek, of State College, are spending the Christmas vacation here. ALSO Evan Williams attended the funeral of his brother, George, at Greenfield, Tuesday. His death followed a stroke of paralysis. He was 74 years of age and a veteran of the Civil War. Burial at the Lee cemetery at Greenfield.


West AuburnHenry Bolles, of Missouri, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bolles, of New Jersey, were here to attend the funeral of their father, George Bolles.


Forest City – Several from here attended the Good Roads meeting and were greatly pleased at the determination of all present to seek better roads between the two largest business points in the county—Forest City and Susquehanna. We think if the powers that be would take an auto ride between the two boroughs they might be induced to grant the request of the people along the line.


Elk Lake – W. H. Tanner is running his mill day and night. He is obliged to take up the large dam in order to get the willow roots out, which are stopping the flow of water to the mill.


Thompson – The coal famine, which had every appearance of becoming a serious affair, was averted, when a car of coal was left at the coal pockets and the promise of more to come.


Silver Lake – Larry McCabe visited the Democrat’s office and while we are always glad to see “Larry,” he is especially welcome on gloomy days, when a large, genial soul is needed to turn the proverbial dark cloud inside out to reveal the silver lining. If we were to receive the terrible sentence to publish a county newspaper for one hundred more years, our one wish would be to be surrounded with those having his cheerful outlook on life.


News Briefs: American airmen in France brought down 854 German planes and 82 balloons, against American loss of 271 planes and 45 balloons. ALSO Germany has returned to Belgium $91,000,000 of gold taken early in the war.


The Montrose Gazette’s edition for December 26, 1818, is missing from our newspaper collection.