January 03 (1919/2019)
South Montrose - The following excerpt is from a letter written to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sheen, from their son, Sgt. Earl Sheen: “Well, it is all over. Thank God. We were in it to the last minute. The last two weeks were bad ones and we were a mighty happy crowd when the signal rockets went up to cease firing. How the Germans did celebrate that night. They were happy as well as we. We are at present in a town, Danvilliers, but do not send any mail here, because we are leaving tonight or tomorrow and it is possible that I may be home for Christmas. I surely hope so. I hope they will not parade us when we get back, because it will be a little too hard for those whose sons are not coming back and there are a lot of them.”
Hop Bottom – A Community Christmas was celebrated Christmas night. A Christmas tree, on Main St., was lighted by electric lights. A short program was given, after which two Santas made their appearance, bringing candy to all the children in attendance. Gift boxes were sent to all those confined to their homes by illness.
Thompson – Just before Thanksgiving someone, or more, took seven chickens from Rev. E.C. Layton’s hen house, and then last Sunday night, five more were taken—nice, large Plymouth Rocks. Too bad. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Harney Brown, son Willis and wife and daughter, Lena, and husband, Mr. Adams, spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Forest Empet and family. When returning home their horses were frightened by some cattle and ran away. They made the turn at Whitney Corners safely, but at the one near William Roskelly’s, the axle broke and the people were thrown out and hurt, some severely. Mrs. H. Brown has a broken arm and her shoulder injured. She was taken into Mr. Roskelly’s where she remained over night. Mrs. Willis Brown has a sprained ankle and Mr. Adams a badly crushed foot.
Liberty Twp. – The social held at the creamery hall, at Lawsville, was well attended. Ed. Bailey drew the quilt and Charley Welsh, the sofa pillow.
Springville – Mr. and Mrs. Miles Compton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24th. Although the day was stormy a goodly number of the town people called to pay their respects, leaving a token that will long be appreciated—two nice chairs. ALSO, in Lynn, It is good weather for blacksmiths, these days, keeping the horses’ [shoes] sharp.
Uniondale – Hon. Philo Burritt died last week at the City Hospital, Carbondale. Deceased was born in Uniondale in 1840 and remained here until 1902 when he moved to Carbondale and later to Washington, D.C. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a member of Mt. Hermon Lodge and of the Presbyterian church, of this place. He represented the county in the legislature in 1891-93. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank Couch, and one son, Samuel; also two sisters, Dr. Alice Burritt and Mrs. Lillian Brock, both of Washington, D.C. Interment was made in the Uniondale cemetery. ALSO Harry Paye writes from a hospital in France, where he is recovering from pneumonia. He was gassed and before he had fully recovered he was stricken with pneumonia. He expects to be sent home soon.
News Brief: It is noticed that the dear girls are marrying aviation lieutenants more than any other class of soldiers. This is not because so many of them are killed, but because the service is the most romantic, and if there is anything a well-balanced girl likes more than anything else, it is romance. And to have a husband who sails the blue skies and goes hiding in the clouds makes a girl very proud. She has a right to be. He is looked upon as a superman who gets beyond the domain of gravitation and wanders in the regions where the angels are supposed to fly. When such a one gets back to earth and sits with his wife before the cordial fireplace and talks to her of stars, sunsets and dreams, could there be more delightful company? Who would not be an aviator and face all the perils of aviation for such an experience? No wonder the government has more aviators than it wants. [From the Ohio State Journal] ALSO Hotelmen throughout the country are planning to focus a campaign in 13 states, the number required to block a ratification of the prohibition amendment by 3/4ths of all the states, where the prohibition issue is an uncertain factor. The attack of the wet forces will start after the various legislatures convene on January 1. Lemuel E. Quigg, of New York, has been retained to examine the legal phases of the federal amendment as to its constitutionality.
Montrose – A reward of $5.00 has been offered for the arrest and conviction of the party, or parties, who are destroying the hangers and hooks for milk pails, on Lake Ave. ALSO Wood For Sale, by the Montrose Cemetery Association, $8.50 per cord.
Forest Lake – There will be a drama, entitled, “Mrs. Tubbs Does Her Bit For Her Country,” at the Forest Lake Baptist church, Friday evening, Jan. 3rd: Admission, 25 cents, children, under 12, 15 cents.
Forest City – Four pigs, each weighing about 25 lbs., were stolen from William McCoy’s wagon on Tuesday night, of last week. He left his team standing in front of Wm. Muchitz’s hotel while he got some butter jars from the hotel. When he came out and discovered the pigs missing he was completely jarred. Whether they were taken as a joke or not is not known, but Mr. McCoy is minus his roasters. ALSO Mrs. Opeka and children are ill with influenza. All were down at once. ALSO James Feraro, son of Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Feraro, of South Main St., is home from France, where he was wounded in about the first battle of which the Americans engaged. He will return to Camp Dix for treatment. ALSO On December 22, in Prescott, Arizona, Miss Helen T. Carpenter was married to John Sarrells, a young soldier stationed at Fort Whipple. Miss Carpenter resided in the hone of Mrs. Mary Jones, of South Main St., from infancy until about two years ago, when she went to live with her mother in Prescott.
Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. – V.R. Dean, of the Jersey Hill Creamery, was in Montrose with a bunch of pelts, and made affidavit in claim for bounties aggregating $20. In the bunch were five foxes, four grays and one beautiful red fox. “Vern” is some hunter and trapper, as well as an expert butter maker.
January 10 (1919/2019)
Theodore Roosevelt died suddenly in his sleep. The former President succumbed to rheumatic attack, which had given him trouble for nearly a year. Roosevelt was intensely human. He was what he was. There was none of the artificial mannerisms about him. His smile was the smile of a man who enjoyed life—his swinging of the cowboy sombrero was a naturalness of a man who has ridden the bronco of the plains or signaled in a friendly way the chance meeting with a hunter on a trail. His deeds are known to us all; his life was a wide-open book; he did not “pussy-foot” nor “speak softly,” but whenever a wrong lifted its horrid head he swung the “big stick” with a lusty stroke. He had accomplished that work which his Creator intended him to do.
Harford – The Harford Band is playing especially good, showing that girls, as musicians, are superior to boys when they try. It was certainly unlike anything we have ever heard before. We hope they continue in practice. ALSO Winter is here now. Twelve degrees below zero. Some go with sleighs and some with wagons, but we are told that the “wood-shod sleds” go best, and quite a few of them are seen around town.
Susquehanna – G.P. Kuhn has been awarded $1,311 for the loss of a foot, by the State Compensation Board, which was injured in the Susquehanna yards of the Erie last December, and the following March he submitted to the amputation of the injured foot.
New Milford – M.M. Frasier, of Friendsville, was here last week, making arrangements for a public sale of the furnishings of the Carpenter hotel, according to an item appearing in the New Milford Advertiser. Mr. Frasier recently sold his hotel, widely known as the Jay House, to the temperance people of New Milford. W.E. Carpenter, who for several years has conducted this hotel, has closed its doors and gone to Buffalo, where he has accepted a position.
Rush – The funeral of Thomas Wheatcroft, of New York city, was held in the church here. Thomas was born in England in 1849 and came to this country with his parents. He had a mercantile store at Rush where he remained for 20 years. After selling out his business he gave scope to his inventive faculty and produced for retail stores an automatic machine for selling hot peanuts in the shell, creating an entirely new industry. He joined the historic Plymouth church in Brooklyn, N.Y. Here he won the respect and esteem of those high in the church.
Clifford – The people of our town are very much interested in the subject of good roads at present. Two meetings have been held and on Monday a delegation, viz., Messrs. George Gloom, O.C. Jones, N. Johnson, A.R. Bennett and E.C. Greene, went to Harrisburg to interview the powers that be in regard to the completion of the stone road from Carbondale to Clifford.
Forest City – Edward Callaghan, of Dundaff Street, arrived home Saturday. He left here for Camp Meade and after a few weeks landed at Brest, France. He was attached to the 304 Pioneer Engineers, a regiment that won fame and distinction on the field of battle. Mr. Callaghan was at the front for 27 consecutive days and then was relieved. The second time proved disastrous to him for he was gassed and laid on the battle field all night and was picked up the following day and removed to base hospital. He states that tongue cannot describe the horrors to be seen on the battlefield. It is beyond description. He was sent home on the Martha Washington, which held about 600 wounded and gassed, and landed at Newport News. ALSO Harry Lumley, a native of this place and one of the best known baseball players in America a few years ago, has taken a position as clerk in John W. Murphy’s hotel inn Oakland. He played with the Brooklyn team during his last days in the major leagues and then came to Binghamton as manager of the State league.
Elkdale – Archie McAlla, one of the best-known young men of Clifford township, died at his home on Tuesday night of pneumonia. He was born here 30 years ago, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James McAlla. He is survived by his wife and one child.
Thompson – On New Year’s morning people were glad to see G.W.B. Tiffany, of Kingsley, get off the early train and begin loading apples. He has loaded two cars of handpicked apples and is now loading a car of potatoes. He is well pleased with his helpers, two of our young men, Clyde Crosier and Leon Stone. Mr. Tiffany is well impressed with our town, the farmers and businessmen, but regrets that so many of our bright, young men, are addicted to the cigarette habit.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, January 9, 1819.
*ACADEMY. Public Notice is hereby given, that the Susquehanna Academy, in the village of Montrose, is now open for the reception of scholars from abroad. The Trustees having completed the building for the accommodation of a number of scholars, and having obtained a competent number of good teachers, the principle of which is Wm. Jessup, a graduate of Yale College, flatter themselves that from the healthy situation of the village, the moderate price of board and tuition, the attention that will be paid to the morals of those young Ladies and Gentlemen whose education shall be entrusted to this Seminary, that it will receive a liberal patronage from an enlightened and intelligent public. The price of tuition for the higher branches of the Mathematicks and the learned languages 4 Dls. Per quarter—for English Grammar and Geography 3 Dls. Do. For reading, writing & common arithmetic 2 Dls. Do. And for reading and spelling $1.50 ct. By order of the President. J.W. Raynsford, Secretary. Montrose, Jan. 9th, 1819.
News Brief: The old saying, “A green Christmas and a full graveyard,” has no reference to death, although nearly everybody has come to regard it that way. The saying originated in the old country, where Christmas was celebrated by general gatherings in the cemetery, where festivities were carried out. If snow was deep, few came out, but if there was no snow, the churchyard would be full of people. Hence the allusion to a green Christmas, which people in this country have come to regard as ominous. There is nothing in the notion that a white Christmas is more healthful than a green one.
January 17 (1919/2019)
Uniondale – Lyman P. Norton died at his home on January 11, of heart failure. He worked for the Montrose Democrat as traveling agent and solicitor for upwards of 40 years. Those at the Democrat feel that no other man had been personally acquainted with so many people of the county as he. He possessed a remarkable knowledge of the county, having traversed its roads for well on to half a century. Deceased’s spontaneous good nature and innate love for his fellow men, made him welcome wherever he went.
Montrose – It has been rumored the past few days that the farmers are contemplating the purchase of the Montrose House, which will be used as a receiving station for milk. No one will object if the Montrose House is made “wet” this way. [As opposed to selling liquor.] ALSO N. Warner announces the arrival, in his store, of that very scarce article these days—real good hats—in the latest spring 1919 styles. Embargoes are still in force on hatters’ fur and there seems no prospect of their early removal; and practically no raw material is produced in this country.
Dimock – Mrs. James F. Oliver has received official news of the death of her brother, Pvt. Austin Jennings, in an accident near Verdun, France, Nov. 5th. He had been in France but two weeks when the accident occurred. His home was in New York City. He came from Ireland about two years ago. Mrs. Edward Donahue, of Dimock, was also a sister.
Springville – Minot Riley, the hustling Buick automobile agent has two new 1919 Buick cars, model H, 6-45, in his salesrooms and is ready to demonstrate to prospective customers. Mr. Riley is looking forward to a big season, owing to the drop in price and the many new features that Buick cars carry this year.
Hallstead – P.C. Florence, our well-known horse and cattle dealer, announces the arrival of a fresh load of U.S. Army horses and mules.
St. Joseph – James A. Sweeney advertises a public sale in today’s Democrat. Mr. Sweeney’s life has been saddened by the loss of his wife, having been a victim of influenza. Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney were in Montrose but a short time ago, young people, with bright prospects before them, but in a few days the young wife was called home. Truly, these things are hard to understand. Mr. Sweeney has the sincere sympathy of a host of friends, in this, his time of sorrow.
Gelatt – Verna Daniels wishes to thank her kind neighbors and friends who assisted in getting wood and in other ways while she was so seriously ill with Spanish influenza.
Harford – We hear that Harford will soon have a new barber for Wednesday and Saturday nights. This makes a smile spread over the faces of many of our male citizens.
Hop Bottom – An effort will be made to organize an orchestra in the near future.
South Montrose – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen, Jan. 5th, a 10-pound son, Robert Alva Allen.
Forest City – A collection for Syrian and Armenian relief will be taken in the churches next Sunday. At present the United States government is not able to render any assistance to the starving people, owing to the fact that their people are part of Turkey, a country with whom our allies were at war. It remains for the churches to aid the distressed.
Luzerne County – Judge Woodward has issued a statement that aliens who neither speak, read or write the English language, need not apply for citizenship papers in Luzerne County.
News Brief: Only one ex-president is now alive—William Howard Taft. Only once have more than two ex-presidents been alive at the same time — Madison, John Adams and Jefferson. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day—July 4, 1826.
The Dairymen’s Strike with New York City over price-fixing: Owing to the milk strike having left dairymen with large quantities of milk, the great question has been to find some way of disposing of it. One farmer says he has been running the milk through a separator and enjoying all the cream he wanted in his coffee and making the rest into butter. The skim milk he has been feeding back to his cows, four of which drink it readily and it increases their milk flow. One horse also prefers the milk to water. Other farmers are installing cheese-making outfits and making full cream cheese. Others are drawing their milk to the Lawsville, Forest Lake and Fairdale creameries. The former is making cheese and the latter to butter.
Most of the dairymen in Susquehanna county are rigidly adhering to the rule laid down not to ship milk to the distributers in New York City. Their seeming disposition to stick to this point is winning for them not a little admiration and plausible comment. It has been common wisdom among even farmers themselves, for years without number, to cuss the farmer’s inability to stand together for a desired end. There is a growing feeling that the dairymen are going to stick to his brother dairymen in withholding milk in an effort to get the price he asks. So far as can be learned only two dairymen in Susquehanna county have attempted to sell their milk without the sanction of the Dairymen’s League. These are two prominent Springville dairymen. Last Friday morning they drew their milk to the Springville station, with the intention of shipping it over the Lehigh Valley railroad. Several dairymen witnessed the procedure and laid forcible hands on the said milk cans and proceeded to give Mother Earth a drink of milk such as the old lady seldom has an opportunity of partaking. It happened again on Saturday morning and the two men consulted attorneys, but were advised not to push the matter.
The 200 Years Ago issue of the Montrose Gazette, for this week, is not available.
January 24 (1919/2019)
Lawsville – The strike is over! The farmers and the milk dealers have at last come to a satisfactory settlement and the farmers began drawing milk to Conklin on Sunday morning. ALSO – Mrs. Edna Travis Wilbur died at the home of her father, Samuel Travis, early Sunday morning, Jan. 12. Death was caused by pneumonia following an attack of influenza. She leaves four small children, the youngest but a few weeks old. Other members of the family who have been ill are recovering.
Montrose – The Borden milk station recommenced operations, local dairymen taking their milk after a strike of nearly three weeks. ALSO The Subway Lunch room was the scene of a happy function when [Civil War] veteran Theodore F. Mack was given a party in honor of his 73rd birthday. The dining room was specially decorated for the occasion and patriotic selections were played on the Victrola. After a sumptuous supper the old veterans enjoyed the evening together and talked over their younger days in camp and on battle fronts. A bunch of high school students could not have had a more enjoyable time and before the evening was over two of the veterans staged an impromptu sparring match, to the delight of all, themselves included. Some were unable to attend because of infirm health. Those present were: George Dayton, Capt. C.N. Warner, J. Irving (“Vin”) Chapman, George Frink, R.M. Bostwick, Sylvester Wood, G.A. Free, Joshua Corwin, F.I. Lott, T.F. Mack, Wm. Warner.
Jackson – A special memorial service, in honor of the late Corp. Floyd E. Waters, of this place, who was killed in action, in France, Nov. 10, 1918, will take place in the M. E. Church, Feb. 2nd. Money has been raised for a splendid picture of Corp. Waters, which will be given to the Jackson Graded School in honor and in memory of him, by his school and classmates. All friends and relatives of the deceased are urged to attend. Special music is being arranged. ALSO The old adage, “a friend in need is a friend indeed,” was emphasized Saturday evening, Jan 18, at Jackson, when the neighbors and friends of N.A. Benson presented him with a sum of $87.00 to assist him in building a new barn, which he will start the construction soon. Mr. Benson had the misfortune of having his barn burn some time ago, with its entire contents of wagons, farm implements, tools and hay and straw. He did not discover until after his loss that no insurance covered it, the policy having expired only a short time previous.
Hop Bottom – Dr. and Mrs. Van de Sand left this week for Neodesha, Kansas, where they will spend some time. Dr. Van de Sand will probably locate in Kansas or Oklahoma.
Bridgewater Twp. – George Decker has assumed charge of the poor farm and Mr. Decker and family have moved to the farm.
Brooklyn – Asa M. Kinner, a former resident of this place, died at his home in Merker, Bradford county, last week, aged 100 years and 8 months. W. W. Kinner, of Lynn, a son, attended his funeral Friday.
Lake View – Court Lewis expects to cut a hundred cords of wood for Fred Benson soon.
Harford – If anyone has found a book, entitled “The Redemption of Kenneth Galt,” they will be doing a favor if they will leave it at Gail Peck’s. The book was lost about two weeks ago on the creek road.
Forest City – We are pleased to note the success attending the compositions from the pen of one of our townswomen, Mr. P.J. McKernon, whose latest song production, “The Brave Yankee Sammy,” just published by the North American Music House of Chicago, has been received with popular favor in musical circles. The song is a pen picture of an incident of Verdun during the Great War just ended, and combines an illustration of the undying patriotism of the American soldier with his sentiment for the home folks. We trust Mrs. McKernon will find to devote to more such compositions.
Uniondale – A butcher shop is a long felt want and now that Eugene Demming has become a dispenser of choice meats we hope he will be patronized as he ought. He is erecting an ice house, Will Wells in charge. ALSO Lester Todd has gone to South Dakota where he will be employed by Charles Corey, a former resident of this vicinity, on a large ranch.
Clifford – The grand jury last week revoked the charter of Dundaff borough. Henceforth it will be known as Clifford township. ALSO W.C. Baldwin, who has been butter maker for the Clifford Creamery Co. for the past 14 years, has resigned, to devote his entire time to his farm. At a meeting of the directors on Saturday evening, C.B. Wells was hired for the ensuing year.
Fairdale – Ray Greene has bought the blacksmith shop of W.J. Rhinevault and taken possession.
Elk Lake – John Rogan has secured a position as conductor on the electric cars in Binghamton.
Susquehanna – The Transcript is urging the people to get busy and build more houses, that the many people now compelled to live elsewhere can find homes here and contribute to the prosperity of Susquehanna. As it correctly states, thousands of dollars are being spent elsewhere because of lack of housing facilities each month, and the Transcript is trying its utmost to awaken civic pride and interest in the matter of building.
200 Years Ago from the January 23, 1819.
*Married – In New Milford on the 14th inst. by the Rev. G.N. Judd, Mr. Esbond Gregory to Miss Amanda Trowbridge.
*Married – In Middletown by David Post, Esq. Mr. Jesse C. Sherman to Miss Anna Foster, daughter of widow Foster.
*Died – In this township [Bridgewater] on the morning of the 15th inst. Mrs. Lydia Burrows, wife of Urial Burrows.
*A Valuable Farm for Sale. The subscriber offers his farm for sale lying in the township of Lawsville. It contains 287 acres, one hundred under good improvement. Said farm is well adapted to the raising of grain and hay and its situation is such that cannot fail to please. It lies but six miles from the flourishing village of Mont-Rose, and directly in the neighborhood of an old settled and wealthy country. The society in the neighborhood is good. Foreigners who may wish to take up a large tract of land for settlement will do well to call and examine the premises; as contiguous thereto is a large tract of excellent land which the proprietors will dispose of, and the agency is vested in the subscriber; the terms of sale will be reasonable. STEPHAN BARNUM. Lawsville, Jan. 22, 1819. N.B. Persons wishing to purchase, who may wish for further particulars, may call on Mr. Clark, Editor of this paper.
January 31 (1919/2019)
Thompson – Mrs. Lottie Potter and son, Leon W. Potter, left Thompson on the 1 o’clock train for a visit with their numerous relatives in the far west. Their first stop will be at Denver, where her brother, John Hallock Wells, resides. From there they go to Hollywood and several other places in California.
Forest City – The attraction at the gymnasium tomorrow evening will be a rousing game of basket ball between the Carbondale and the Forest City high school quintets. A lively game is expected. On Friday evening, Feb. 7th, the Honesdale aggregation will meet the locals at the gym. Hymen Joseph has been selected as manager of the locals and promises good games.
Uniondale – The supervisors of Herrick Township and our borough fathers, with the assistance of Engineer Giles of Carbondale, surveyed the proposed road between Burdicktown to Uniondale, Monday. They tried to untangle the tangle made in previous surveys. They were not able to locate the road as directed by court.
Elk Mountain – The open winter does not prevent M. P. Johns from his extensive lumbering operations on the south side of Elk Hill. He has a force of more than thirty men employed in the woods, at the mill, and hauling the lumber to Forest City.
Harford – The people here were very deeply saddened when the news came that Pvt. Bruce Hawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Hawley, had been killed in action on July 30. He was a member of the 110th infantry, 28th division, called the “Iron Division” by General Pershing because they never retreated. They met the Prussian Guards, the pick of the German army, and at times they were outnumbered three to one, but they would not yield. The 110th saw very severe fighting at the very time that Bruce was killed, when they went into battle with 2,500 men and only 500 came out all right. That grand old division has done its share. It was the 28th division that met the Huns at their advance on Paris, and it was they who turned the tide and started the disastrous retreat that won the war.
Montrose – Patrons of the C-Nic theatre will be delighted to learn that Manager Welliver has secured “The Crisis” for Lincoln’s Birthday, Feb. 12th. Everyone who has read the book—and most everyone has—will want to see the picture. The scenes of Lincoln and the stirring days of our civil war will appeal to every red-blooded citizen. ALSO St. Mary’s church has lately had a “Faultless” one-pipe furnace installed. It is giving excellent satisfaction. J.J. Ryan & Co’s. advertisement, from whom the furnace was purchased, touches on this method of heating.
South Gibson – Fred W. Davis, formerly principal of the school in that place, and a graduate of the Montrose High school, is in Pittsburg, where he is taking a course in Dr. King’s School of Oratory. His friends are sorry to learn that he has been ill with influenza, but his hardy constitution soon got him again on his feet.
Springville – W.E. Stevens has a good blacksmith shop and in a fine location. If you are desirous of plenty of work call and inquire as to terms, etc. It is a trade that never drags. Larken’s [and] Montgomery Ward will not effect, as the writer never heard of anyone sending their horses there to be shod. ALSO After mourning their little dog, Max, as dead, after an absence of a number of days, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Tuttle heard of him near South Montrose. How he came there is a mystery, as he was old and fat. They have had him about 14 years and was nearly a year old when they got him.
St. Joseph – The many friends of J. E. McInerney are glad to see him home from France. “Jim” is looking fine after his service.
Hop Bottom – J.W. Rettberg, the “Rawleigh Man,” was in Harford last week with a fine assortment of medicines, extracts, etc. ALSO It is reported that a young man of Lathrop township sighted the strange, wild animal that has been prowling around the country. While driving home at night his horse became unmanageable. He discovered the cause to be a strange animal along the road. A posse of hunters, next day, found tracks in the snow, but were unable to locate the whereabouts of the intruder.
Forest Lake – The influenza is raging in this place; worse than ever before, but not so severe as it was earlier in the winter.
Gibson – Quite a little excitement occurred in town Monday when the house in which George Pritchard lives was found to be on fire. With prompt action of some of the women, and the use of a fire extinguisher, it was soon put out. It had burned up several bed quilts and injured a dresser and burned the siding on one of the upstairs bedrooms. It is believed that the fire originated from children playing with matches.
Susquehanna – The milk station operated by the Sheffield Farms Co., of New York, has been closed. The machinery and equipment is being shipped to another station. A representative of the Sheffield Farms Co. stated that the building was unsatisfactory and the Erie Company would not build a suitable building. About 50 farmers delivered milk to this station.
News Brief: Recipe for Longevity: 1. A glass or two of buttermilk every day for health. This is excellent for the stomach and counteracts the acids which act on the bodily cells. 2. Take olive oil, either mixed with food or in a table spoon. This aids in promoting good looks, good spirits and good digestion. 3. Sleep on a pillow of hops, which promotes sound and refreshing slumber. The best sleepers live longest and enjoy better bodily and mental health. 4. Cultivate cheerfulness. This not only makes the cultivator happy, but makes those around him or her more comfortable and inspires friendship. 5. Avoid tight fitting shoes. By Geo. W. Winthrop in New York Sun.
200 Years Ago Today from the Montrose Gazette, January 30, 1819.
*One Dollar Reward. Runaway from the subscriber on the night of the 24th inst. an indented apprentice by the name of Jonathan Horton, in the eighteenth year of his age. All persons are forbid harboring or trusting said runaway on my account as I will pay no debts of his contracting. BELA MORE. Choconut, Jan. 29, 1819.
*PROPOSALS, BY Samuel Parmele, for publishing in Montrose, the Pocket Companion, or Every Man His Own Lawyer. Containing a variety of precedents, laid down in so plain a manner, that the Farmer, Mechanic, Apprentice, or School Teacher can understand.
FATAL HUNT. – A person was accidentally killed a few days since, at a hunt, in the town of Greene [New York]. The company was surrounding a piece of ground, and the unfortunate deceased mistook for wild game. Chenango Agriculturalist.
February 07 (1919/2019)
Silver Lake – The following young people enjoyed the skating on Laurel Lake, Sunday afternoon: Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Brigham and son, George; Miss Katherine Mahoney, Ruth Buckley, Doris Hill, Agnes Mahoney, Anna and Louise Buckley, Messrs. Paul Mahoney, Ambrose Mahoney, Anthony Hawley, James and Walter Buckley. ALSO Thomas Kanane just sold his farm to his son, who will move from Poughkeepsie, NY to take over the operation of the farm. It was cleared in the primeval forest by the grandfather of the new owner, who recognized the value of timber even in that day when “burning the fallow” was the annual custom, and today there is one of the finest tracts of timber on it to be found in the county. Thomas Kanane was born on the farm 76 years ago, and well recalls the log cabin in which his parents made their first home.
New Milford – Havens Lewis, the “man with the axe,” has been cutting wood for the South Harford folks. He cut a fine pile of buzz wood for Mrs. Anna Adams and he is known the world over as the greatest wood cutter anywhere around. His home is at East New Milford, or Lake Side. He owns a fine house and lot there. He also is a famous poet and vocalist. If you want a big wood pile in a hurry, do not fail to get Mr. Lewis to do the work. You never will regret it.
Beach Grove, Auburn Twp. – The robins have made their appearance, which makes us think of Spring out of season. It seems odd to see farmers plowing in February. A number around here are turning both sod and stubble. ALSO It was with sadness that the people of Auburn Center learned of the death of Lorenzo Reimel. He was born in 1842 at Mt. Bethel, Pa. and was one of eleven children of Jacob and Mary Ackerman Reimel. In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Co. F, 129th Regiment and was assigned to Humphrey’s division, Third Corps. In 1863 he was made corporal and participated in the second battle of Bull Run, South Mountain, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and others, and was honorably discharged with his regiment on May 18, 1863. In 1873 he married Alice Hyde, of Auburn Twp., where they have since resided, the parents of four children. He was at the time of his death commander of Titman Post, No 93, G.A.R., of Auburn Corners and also a member of the Auburn Center Grange.
Jackson – The Jackson Library Assn. has added eighty new books to the already large list of good reading matter. We need to increase our membership to make a success of this year. As the new year is just beginning, it is a good time to join.
Hop Bottom – The M.E. church is being wired for electric lights and we expect to have them installed before Sunday, which is Roosevelt Sunday, and a special program is being prepared.
South Ararat – Emerett and Franklin Burman are assisting in filling the ice house of the Ararat milk station. ALSO As the old bear could see his shadow very plainly today, we must expect six weeks of different weather than we have had, according to the old saying, but we trust the sign may fall.
Brooklyn – The drama given by the senior class was greatly enjoyed by a large audience, including about 25 girls from the Montrose High School. The members of the class and their instructor are to be congratulated upon the pleasing manner in which the play was presented. Proceeds were about $60 and the Domestic Science girls, who served refreshments, cleared about $8.
Elk Lake – L.M. McDermott was called to Scranton by the dealt of his father. Mr. McDermott was at one time a blacksmith at Auburn Corners, and was well-known here. He was a veteran of the Civil War and respected by all who knew him.
Susquehanna – Andy Anderson, day janitor at the Railroad YMCA, was struck and instantly killed by a train on the Jefferson Division, near Stevens Point. He was returning from a meeting of the Free Methodist church and stepped from one track to avoid a train, being struck by a north bound Erie, travelling at a rapid rate. His Bible, held fast in his hand, was found when his lifeless body was picked up. ALSO Congressman McFadden has introduced a bill in the lower House of Congress for a German cannon for Susquehanna, together with a suitable number of shells (duds).
Choconut Valley – The “flu” which kept away from this place for some time, finally visited it and called upon nearly every family along the Valley.
Springville – Elias Titman, aged 82 years, died at his home Jan. 28. He fell from an apple tree the previous Saturday, which he was pruning, and was picked up unconscious and remained so until his death. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Co. A. 151st Regiment; fought at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg] and a man extremely active for his years.
Montrose – Jeremiah McCabe, Montrose’s new ice dealer, has been filling his large ice house at Lake Mont Rose this week with fine-quality, 12 inch ice. By the middle of next week he expects to again be in a position to cut ice for dairymen and individuals who wish to fill their ice houses. ALSO The A.M.E. Zion church has been undergoing extensive renovation and repairs and is now in a greatly improved condition. Considerable expense has been entailed in making these improvements and the members of the congregation and the pastor, Rev. David Johnson, will appreciate any assistance which may be given them. A committee has been appointed to solicit contributions.
Uniondale –Walley Whitman died on Monday morning, Feb. 3. Death was due to pneumonia. He leaves a wife and five small children.
Forest City – Shortly before noon Monday morning, Michael McKernon, our oldest and most highly respected citizen, passed to that land where no traveler can return. The deceased was born in Ireland over ninety years ago and came to Forest City thirty years ago and had resided here ever since. He was a devout member of St. Agnes church. Michael was a familiar figure and known by all. Interment was made in St. Agnes’ cemetery.
News Brief: Heavy impure blood makes a muddy, pimply complexion; headaches, nausea, indigestion. Thin blood makes you weak, pale and sickly. For pure blood, sound digestion, use Burdock Blood Bitters, $1.25 in all stores. ALSO In a little more than three months deaths from influenza and pneumonia reached 500,000 in this country. This is several times the mortality from all causes among our soldiers in service. ALSO A captured German officer observed that “You Yankees are devil dogs. You fight all the time.” To which his captor replied, “You don’t suppose we came 3000 miles to get licked, do you?”
200 Years Ago will continue next week.
February 14 (1919/2019)
Montrose – Edwin, son of Mrs. Thomas L. Dolan, is in a hospital in France, having been gassed. Information is meagre. Another son, Paul, is also in France. Edwin had not been heard from in a long time and great anxiety was felt. Paul communicated with Edwin’s captain, who sent a letter to Mrs. Dolan with the information. The extent of his injuries is unknown. ALSO Smith and Stone jewelers and opticians have had their new lens grinding equipment installed for two weeks and large numbers of people have taken advantage of this special service. Glasses are made the same day as ordered and frames fitted, making the service extraordinarily prompt. We believe they are the only firm in the county equipped to make glasses.
South New Milford – The team on the “kid” wagon, driven by Kenneth Darrow, ran away, Monday morning, doing some damage to the wagon, but fortunately no one was hurt. ALSO In New Milford Summit – The family of Ernest Williams is seriously ill with the influenza. Mrs. Ward Williams is very ill with pneumonia, with little hope of recovery. She has two trained nurses, Mrs. Alling, from Lake Side, and Miss Connelly, of Susquehanna.
Gelatt – The funeral services of Freeman P. Whitney were held here Tuesday morning. He was born here July 25, 1833 and resided here the greater part of his life. He was a Civil War veteran and fired the first shot in the Battle of Gettysburg. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Patter (Potter?) of Jermyn. [There has been controversy as to who fired the first shot at the Battle of Gettysburg. Lt. Marcellus Jones, of the 8th Illinois, claimed to be the first, but an on-line article titled, ”Battle of Gettysburg: Who Really Fired the First Shot,” does mention that Freeman P. Whitney, of Company B, 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Devin’s brigade, also put in a first shot bid. Stating that he was part of the regiment’s picket post prior to 6 a.m., much earlier than Jones’ shot and nearly as early as another claimant. Whitney is mistaken about his road names, as pickets of the 17th PA were actually posted on the Carlisle and Harrisburg roads that morning. [Whitney said he was on the Cashtown Pike.] If he indeed fired a shot at any enemy forces so early on July 1, it may have been at elements of White’s Virginia Cavalry Battalion or at Early’s stragglers.”]
Dimock – Born to Mrs. Glenn L. Titman, of Fort Morgan, Colorado, Jan. 15, 1919, a son, Glenn Leroy Titman, Jr. The father, who was a Dimock boy, a son of Elias Titman, going west about 15 years ago, died last fall with the influenza.
Springville – Among the oldest living residents of the county is L.H. Bushnell of this village, who will have reached his 91st mile-stone, the 24th of this month. Although he has not been feeling well for the past two weeks, being confined to his bed some of the time, his health has permitted him to be about, most of the time, and able to chat with his friends. Few men of the county are held in higher regard than he. His life has been an interesting one. Until 30 years ago he conducted a farm in Rush Township. Leaving Rush he rented the Packer farm in Springville township for a couple of years, then spent a year at Lynn and then moved to Springville village. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Fish, Mrs. Fish being his daughter, have lived with him for the past 5 years. [Lemuel H. Bushnell died in July of 1919.]
Hop Bottom – The ladies of the Shakespeare Club are to hold a “Victory” Banquet in Loomis’ Hall, Friday evening, Feb. 14. There are 21 active members of the Club and six honorary members, who, with their invited guests, will participate in this annual celebration of the Club.
Forest City – Frank Caffey, who is in Uncle Sam’s service, was walking the streets of Brest, France, when he heard someone call, “Chub, hello, Chub.” He noticed a soldier and walking up to him, somewhat bewildered, knowing that the nickname he went by in Forest City was only known by the people of that place. He investigated and found the soldier, who again greeted him with the salutation, “Hello, Chub.” Then it dawned upon him that the soldier was a Forest Cityite and he advanced and was surprised to meet Jonathan Jones, who was homeward bound. The boys were in high glee and for a time Forest City was transferred to Brest. It was the first time Caffery had met anyone from his old home town. ALSO The era of activity that has marked the activities of the Hillside Coal and Iron company at this point, the past four years, was broken Saturday when the mines were idle. Three days a week will probably be the limit of operations at the mines until such time as the markets resume normal conditions.
Herrick Center – Elmer Carpenter, of the East Side, is drawing logs to the mill here. Henry Davis, who has the job of cutting the timber, expects to finish in a few days. Anyone wishing sawing done will have to get busy as Mr. Wademan will remove his mill soon. He has a large lumber job in Tennessee where he will soon ship his mill. We understand Mr. Wademan will go there in the near future.
Uniondale – We were given a sample apple by John Paye. It was large, hard and perfect in form. It grew on the old Zeba Burns’ place, and the orchard is one of the oldest in Herrick Township.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, February 2 and 13, 1819.
*Whereas my wife Lydia has been guilty of great misconduct, I hereby forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date. PHINEHAS WARNER. Bridgewater, Feb. 4, 1819.
*Died. In this town, on Tuesday last, after a short but distressing illness, which she bore with unexampled patience and resignation, Susan Post, in the 6th year of her age, only daughter of Maj. Isaac Post. This is the second lovely daughter that this afflicted family has been called to mourn the loss of in the last nine months.
*Died. On Wednesday last, after a distressing illness, George Denison, in the 5th year of his age, only son of Doct. Mason Denison.
*Died. On Thursday morning, Mrs. Jerusha Lyon(s), wife of Mr. Nathan H. Lyon(s), in the 20th year of her age, recently from Brattleborough, Vermont. She has left a disconsolate husband and a numerous circle of acquaintances to mourn her early death.
*INSOLVENT. Take notice that I have applied to the Judges of the Court of Common pleas of Susquehanna County for the benefit of the laws made for the relief of insolvent debtors and that they have appointed Wednesday the tenth day of March Next to hear me & my creditors, at the court house in said county of which all my creditors will please to take notice. OLIVER C. SMITH. Dated Goal, 5th Febr. 1819. [Oliver Smith, of Wilkes-Barre, was the builder of the first court house in Susquehanna County in 1813.]
STATE CAPITOL. The bill appropriating 120,000 dollars to the erection of a State Capitol has passed both Houses of Assembly. Under this bill, the Governor, State Treasurer, Auditor General, John B. Gibson and William Graydon, are appointed commissioners to determine the plan of the building, and contract with an architect to erect it for the above sum.
February 21 (1919/2019)
Montrose – The Ellen E. Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Union Veterans, was informed of the movement to “re-chicken” France. The very old men and women rely on their chickens and when driven from their homes they made a brave effort to take the chickens. Many of these the Germans secured, and they were obliged to eat most of those left to keep from starving. The chickens composed the property of many of the very poor, who suffered so keenly. The New York committee for devastated France has started chicken farms and has employed wounded soldiers to run them, and they sell young chickens to these old men and women who are returning to their ruined homes and have asked for gifts of chickens which they furnish for ten cents apiece. The Daughters voted to set up five old ladies in the chicken business and let the good work go on.
South Montrose – Jabez Osborn, one of the oldest residents of the county, died at his home Thursday morning, Feb. 13, 1919. Had he lived until April 27th, he would have been 97 years old. Mr. Osborne’s death came peacefully, simply dropping away in sleep. He was a native of this place, where his entire life was spent.
Gelatt – Freeman Whitney’s death was reported in last week’s “100 Years” column. Added to his record during the Civil War, is the following: He participated in 57 battles and while carrying dispatches from Col. Buford to General Phil Sheridan, was captured by Mosby’s Guerrillas and confined to Salisbury prison for several months. He was the oldest member of A.J. Roper Post, G.A.R., and the Camp of Sons of Veterans of South Gibson was named after him. ALSO Leroy Burman and Denman Hine left Thursday for Kansas, where they expect to attend an automobile school.
New Milford – Mrs. F.W. Dean enjoyed the exquisite pleasure of seeing $1,422.28 roll into her lap on Feb. 4th, as the result of an execution issued on a judgment recovered by her attorney, Edson W. Safford, before Alonzo T. Searle, specially presiding in our courts last August, this being the case where Mrs. Dean refused a thousand and sixty dollars in gold stacked upon her dining room table by the attorney for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad as a tender in full settlement of the damages accompanied by a demand that she sign a release for other lands. The Company appealed the case to the Superior court, but was defeated there also.
Elk Lake – G.A. Crisman, East Rush’s well-known merchant, lost a valuable team of horses at the Lake on Wednesday morning. The animals were being used to haul ice and were driven on the supposedly solid ice some distance from shore. It gave way suddenly and before they could be rescued they sank and were drowned.
Lake View – Nora Hill was dressmaking at Jackson for Mrs. H.M. Roberts and Miss Margaret Tyler last week.
Fairdale – The Valentine Social held in this place Friday night was a success both socially and financially, $12.00 being taken in as proceeds from the supper and bazaar sale.
Clifford – G.E. Lewis and E.G. Greene are erecting new and commodious poultry houses.
Uniondale – Theron B. Dimmick read the book on Galusha Grow by DuBois, and in speaking of the “Sage of Glenwood” he said that he recalled the first time he heard Grow speak. It was at a public celebration in Uniondale and Mr. Grow attempted to speak from the rostrum of the Presbyterian church. But such a crowd gathered outside that it was finally arranged to have him stand near one of the open windows so that all who had gathered, both inside and outside the edifice, could hear him. Mr. Dimmick said he was but 13 years old at the time, but the address impressed him strongly. [Galusha Grow was a Congressman from Susquehanna County and was elected Speaker of the House when Lincoln was in office. During that period he authored the Homestead Act, signed into law in 1862, giving 160 acres of free land in the west to homesteaders.] ALSO M.D. Daniels has disposed of his dairy, consisting of three cows, to D.B. Gibson. Morgan says there is more money in keeping chickens than in a dairy, and that no hunting license is required to find the eggs and the profit.
Forest City – On Wednesday night of last week the home of Dell Burdick was burglarized. Entrance was made through a window on the first floor. Mr. Burdick’s little daughter lost her savings bank, containing about $12 and $8 was the sum obtained from Mr. Burdick’s pockets, taken while he was asleep. The thief pried the child’s bank open with a pair of scissors and left with the contents. ALSO A pretty wedding was celebrated in St. Michael’s church on Sunday morning when Miss Anna Dobish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vandling Dobish, and Stephen Buffick, of New Brunswick, NJ, were united in marriage by Father Lictor in the presence of a large number of their friends. The couple will reside at the home of the bride and later will take up their home in New Brunswick, NJ.
News Brief: According to a statement by Gov. Sproul the Lackawanna Trail [Rt. 11] through Susquehanna County, is the first piece of road to be constructed by the State of Pennsylvania this year.
200 Years Ago, from the Montrose Gazette, February 20, 1819.
*DIED. In this village [Montrose] on Wednesday morning the 17th inst. Mr. Chapman Carr, (Innkeeper) aged 32 years. He suffered long under a severe fit of sickness, which he bore with Christian fortitude and patience, in hope of a glorious immortality beyond the grave, and at last resigned his breath to him that gave it without a struggle or a groan, leaving to mourn his death a widow (worn down with grief for the loss of her husband who was kind and affectionate, and the loss of one of her children which died the day before her husband, and reserved to be interred together with him) and two small children and a numerous circle of relations and friends, for he was a man respected and beloved by all his acquaintance. He was interred on Thursday and his child with him—After a funeral service performed at the Court House by Elder Davis Dimock, where was collected a very numerous assembly to pay their last respects to a worthy citizen, and what added solemnity to the scene, was the presence of the corpse of Miss Amy Gregory, daughter of Mr. Eli Gregory of this village, who died also on the morning of the 17th inst. aged 17 years. “How awful is thy chast’ning rod / May thine own children say.” [Chapman Carr kept one of the earliest journals of the people and happenings in Montrose right up to his death. Sometimes gossipy, but most valuable because he records deaths, marriages, births, building of homes, businesses, first court house, etc. He kept an inn for Isaac Post.]
February 27 (1919/2019)
Thompson – Any person finding a ten dollar bill, which was lost Saturday night between the Jefferson House and Wilmarth’s store, please leave it at the Jefferson House and receive a reward. ALSO Uncle Manley Wrighter celebrated his 78th birthday on Saturday February 22. His birthday cake was so covered with candles one could hardly see the cake.
Forest City – The basket ball game between the Central High school of Scranton and the Forest City High school teams on Friday evening was a royal battle and was witnessed by a large crowd of enthusiastic fans, the local quintet was defeated by a score of 27 too 31. In the first half the score stood 10 to9 in favor of Scranton. In the last half the neck and neck race was on, broken by a strong rally by Scranton. ALSO Floyd D. Rounds has received notice that he successfully passed the examination for mechanical draftsman in the Patent Office at Washington D. C. and has been given an appointment. ALSO The breaker boys will hold a benefit show for our soldier boys in the Family Theatre on Sunday, March 2, afternoon and evening.
Clifford – William Doud, a well known Civil War veteran of Waymart and Carbondale, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Shaffer, Carbondale, with whom he had lived the past seven years. He was born in Clifford Township 84 years ago. Early in the Civil War he enlisted with Co. H. 156 Penna. Volunteers and at the expiration he enlisted in the 143d Penna. Regiment.
Uniondale – Complaints are made of the assessments of not only real but personal property as well. Cows are assessed at $70 and many a farmer would be glad to sell them at that price. Horses are valued at $150, which is too high is the cry. An owner of a farm offered to sell his farm to the assessor for $2,800, or $900 less than it was assessed.
New Milford – Lieutenant W.E. Park is seriously ill at the Rockefeller hospital in New York city. Lieut. Park, who has been with the A.E.F. in France, arrived in New York on Thursday. Soon after arriving he contracted influenza, which rapidly developed into pneumonia. A consultation of doctors was held and he was ordered taken to the hospital. Owing to the fact that he was severely gassed while on the firing line in France, which has left his lungs in a weakened state, his condition is considered serious. Mrs. Park is in New York at present, in order to be as near as possible to her husband.
Rushville – The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bowen are sorry to learn that they have purchased the goods and rented the store of Seth Stark at Rush and expect to soon move to that place. We are very sorry to lose our popular merchant, but we wish them success. As yet no one has been found to open the store in this place.
Rush – J.W. Kinney has sold his farm to Clarence LaRue and intends to return to Port Crane, NY, where he had lived until a couple of years ago. Mr. Kinney’s parents are residents of Port Crane.
Susquehanna – Daniel Malpass, aged 76 years, died at his home here on Tuesday morning, Feb. 25. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, and a brother, Job Malpass, of Syracuse. Mr. Malpass was the last survivor of the pioneer business men of Susquehanna, having come here from England in the fifties. He engaged in shoemaking and continued in the business till a few months before his death.
Hallstead – It is reported that an agreement for the purchase of Hon. James T. DuBois’ property, “Mt. Manotonome,” has been reached with a Chicago photoplay manufacturing company. This beautifully located home and grounds, possesses the requisite scenic attractions of mountain and river to make it an ideal location for such a purpose. The one great regret of Mr. DuBois’ friends is, however, that it may make him a less familiar figure in the county. Mr. DuBois has spent much of his life in the tropics and semi-tropics, especially of late years, and the warmer climes have wooed him from the more rigorous climate of the north. His “heart’s in the highlands,” none the less, the southland’s attractions being a comfort largely to his physical being. ALSO Hallstead is losing an old landmark in the C.E. McKinney grist mill, which is being torn down. Mr. McKinney’s grandfather erected the mill over 100 years ago, and it has been in constant use much of the time during its century-old lifetime. The machinery and stones are being shipped to a Chicago firm, while the timber in the structure is being hauled to Vestal, NY, Delbert Aldrich, of that place, having purchased it for the building of a dwelling.
Springville – D.E. Tuttle is making preparations to open a garage in Springville, and expects to soon have it in operation. He was formerly in charge of the service department of the large St. George garage in New York city, but was obliged to get out of the city on account of ill-health.
Auburn – W.J. Dougherty has lately sold his farm, known as the Costello farm, and also taken in exchange a dwelling in Meshoppen, but will continue his residence in Auburn. Mr. Dougherty is a member of the quarry firm of Dougherty & Winans, which operates the extensive stone quarry at South Montrose, formerly run by Lott Bros. He tells us that on Monday he “shot the top off” of a quarry they are opening, using 23 kegs of powder and a box of dynamite, doing the work much more quickly and at less cost than a force of laborers could do it.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, February 27, 1819.
*MARRIED. In this village, on the 25th inst, by David Post, Esq., Mr. Anson Dart, Druggist, &c, &c., &c. to Miss Eliza Catlin, eldest daughter of Putnam Catlin, Esq., Cashier of the Silver Lake Bank. [Eliza was the sister of the artist, George Catlin.] ALSO MORE PIRACY. On the 24th of December, the Hamburg ship Emma Sophia, bound to Havanna, was boarded by a pirate off the coast of Florida, and robbed of goods to the value of fifty thousand dollars. The pirate vessel was about 30 tons, and manned with 30 men. The captain appeared to be a Spaniard.
March 07 (1919/2019)
Bridgewater Twp. – Pvt. Joseph M. Rafferty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rafferty, was lately honorably discharged from the students’ army training corps, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, with high recommendations from his commanding officer, Col. John Brooks. His character was described as “very good,” and there were no charges of awol or anything of discredit on his record. ALSO Zanas Manning commented this week on the open winter we are having, stating that it forcibly reminded him of the winter of 1897. He was driving stage from Montrose to Auburn and Skinner’s Eddy at that time, and he said all through the winter he did not once use a sleigh, the light snow remaining for but a short time. The following year made up for it in snow, however, sleighing commencing in late November and continuing until April.
Elk Lake – It is the general supposition that a defective chimney was the cause of the fire which burned the house of Mrs. M. T. Cadden to the ground. The fire had gained such headway that nothing was removed from the second floor, and before anything could be taken from the cellar the building collapsed. Fortunately their tenant house across the road was unoccupied. The family appreciates the kind assistance of friends and neighbors in their hour of need.
Hopbottom - A letter was received by Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Rose, on Feb. 17, announcing the death of their son, Pvt. Delbert D. Rose, Co. L, U. S. Infantry, 28th Division, who died on July 18, from wounds received in action July 15, 1918.
South Gibson – Dewey Carpenter and Orson Sloat, two of our local boys who took part in the great conflict overseas, have arrived home and we are glad to see them looking so well, although Dewey was severely gassed and Orson was wounded twice. The people of this community are planning to give them a reception.
Brooklyn – William A. Ely passed away on Feb. 18, 1919, at the home of his sister, Mrs. James VanAuken. Mr. Ely was born in 1865, the son of George and Julia Ely. In 1910 he was married to Miss Myra A. Gere, who with one son, Herbert, survive him.
Jessup Twp. – Wakely Small’s house burned on Sunday evening. It was a complete loss, house and contents and $60 being burned. There was no insurance. The family was at the home of Geo. Dayton, some rods distant, helping with chores. The family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Small and five children, lost their all. They had been gone from their home only about a half hour, but when the alarm was given the entire structure was in flames and the building could not be entered.
Heart Lake – L.E. Griffing tells us he has taken the county agency for the Wheat Farm tractor, made by the famous Pierce-Arrow Co. of Buffalo. He expects to have a machine for use on his farm and for demonstrating the middle of the month. This machine will pull three 14-inch plows, or can be used to haul heavy loads on the road at a speed of 10 or 12 miles an hour, a set of rubber tires being easily interchangeable.
Montrose – Electrician H. A. Lyons is wiring the Misses Frazier residence on Maple street. In talking with Mr. Lyons he commented on the fact that it was in this building that he “earned his first quarter” back in the 70’s when he folded “Republicans” for the late Editor Taylor. The Republican was for a time printed by Mr. Taylor in the building where Editor Frazier had his office. Mr. Lyons has wired 58 residences in Montrose, which does not include business places. [210 Maple St.-stone building]
Springville – The prospects of establishing a bank here are very flattering, almost the required amount of stock having been sold. It is hopeful that such an institution will be established, as it is greatly needed.
Dimock – Miss [Rossa] Cooley, a teacher from the Penn School at St. Helena Island, S.C., is spending some time with Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Cope. [The Penn School was established in 1862 as one of the most significant African American historical & cultural institutions in existence today. It was established to help freed slaves learn trades and was supported by predominantly Quaker abolitionists from Philadelphia. Francis R. Cope, Jr. was described as a faithful trustee, whose grandfather had raised money for the school and a building at the school carries his name.]
Great Bend – Pvt. Charles E. Simpson has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Maj. John J. Pershing for extraordinary heroism. Pvt. Simpson is a member of Co. A, 310th Machine Gun Battalion. The citation reads “For extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, Nov. 5th, 1918, with two other soldiers, Pvt. Simpson voluntarily left a place of safety, went forward 40 meters, under machine gun fire, in plain view of the enemy, and rescued another soldier, who had been blinded by a machine gun bullet.”
New Milford Twp. – W.B. Roe has tapped his large sugar camp and reports a large run of sap.
Forest City – An effort is being made to unite the Simpson and Forest City cornet bands. Both bands have been struggling along with few members and when called on to play had to send out for players. This has been the case with Forest City’s band for some time. When they played their services were free but they had to dig down for cash to pay the imported players. If a union is brought about this trouble will cease and a strong combination will result.
Uniondale – M.O. Rounds will soon enlarge the Uniondale cemetery. The addition will be on the west side. The cemetery is in a good location and lots therein were all sold making it necessary for enlargement.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, March 6, 1819.
*LOOK AT THIS!!! It has been reported in this town, and in others, that I am guilty of taking unlawful postage on letters, which I deny.—And you that have reported this falsehood, come forward and complain, and prove me guilty if so, for one of the following reasons: ---Either because I deny the charge, or because I say you cannot prove any such thing, or because I defy you, or because I think you to do it, or for the sake of the fifty dollars which you will get if you can prove it, or because I request it.—If it is not proved, I flatter myself that the public will consider the charge false. ARUNAH TIFFANY, P.M. Hopbottom, March 5, 1819.
March 14 (1919/2019)
Springville – The residence of Arthur Comstock, about 1½ miles west of town, was destroyed by fire early on Monday morning, supposed by chimney, and not discovered until the entire upper story was in flames. Owing to a very high wind and the bad condition of the roads, it was impossible to secure assistance in time to be of any benefit. A cook stove was about the only thing saved. During the afternoon friends readily contributed some household goods and they have rooms in the nearby home of Charles Gesford.
Hop Bottom – E.D. Snyder has lately taken the agency for an automatic washing machine, and as soon as he gives a demonstration of their thoroughness in making soiled clothing like driven snow he cannot install a machine quick enough to suit the impatient customer. He also has the agency for the Genco lighting system, which is receiving especial favor from progressive farmers. ALSO We are glad to note the arrival home of Arthur Hoppe, of the Aero Squadron, A.E.F.
Brooklyn – News of the death of Sgt. Homer Lathrop Peckham, formerly of Brooklyn, has been received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Peckham of Scranton. The young man, who was a member of the 153d Montbard, France, died of pneumonia on Feb. 9th. Deceased was born in Brooklyn, Aug. 8, 1892. He was in continuous action from Aug. 15 last to the signing of the armistice Nov. 11, participating in the drives of St. Mihiel, Argonne Forest and Verdun. His ancestors were all well-known in the county—his great grandfather, Joseph Peckham, serving in the war of 1812, being stationed on the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island. After the war he came to Brooklyn and spent the remainder of his life there. His grandfather, Capt. Edward J. Lathrop, served 4 years in the Civil War.
Rushboro – While cutting ice for the Jersey Hill creamery at White’s pond on Friday last, the team of Frank Aumick, which was hitched to an ice plow, broke through the ice and went down. Several men were working there and they sawed a channel to land and succeeded in getting the horses out unhurt.
Auburn Twp. - It is to be regretted that Auburn did not have a delegate at the Good Roads meeting in Montrose last week, as this township needs to get in touch with somebody that has some State road money; for the State road running from Lawton to Meshoppen is in very bad shape.
Montrose – The suggestion has been made that South Main street be re-named Roosevelt avenue. The critic refers to Montrose having no “North Main” street, and hence the name South Main street is a misnomer. Also that we have a Lincoln avenue and a Wilson street and that the late lamented colonel should also be recognized. The matter is respectfully referred to the borough council.
Thompson – Beulah Crosier is agent for the Columbia Grafonola—a very fine cabinet grafonola, gold mounted. There has been a war tax of 10% to take effect March 17th. Anyone anticipating buying, better do so at once. [At the time Standard Models were selling for up to $300 and Period Designs up to $2100.]
Susquehanna – John Birdsall and Miss Mary King, both of this city, were married at the parochial residence by Rev. P.F. Broderick, Monday morning last. They were attended by Miss Alice McCarthy and Leo McHale. After a wedding breakfast, Mr. and Mrs. Birdsall left for a trip through the east. ALSO The machinery for the Susquehanna Laundry Co. has arrived and will be at once installed in the building at the corner of East Main St. and Broad Ave.
Hallstead – If enough employees can be obtained, a large silk mill will be built in the center of the town. The mill pays good wages to girls while learning and when the trade is mastered, good wages can be obtained at any silk mill. Girls from out of town, who wish profitable employment in the new mill, should send in their names to the silk mill here. ALSO The “bread” truck, which has been going through this place, after making frequent trips down the line, is no more seen since it went over the bank at Great Bend with whiskey. Why Hallstead should get all the credit in Binghamton’s paper for the majority of whiskey confiscated and drunks, is more than the residents here can understand.
Fair Hill – There was no preaching on the Hill Sunday on account of the bad going.
Kingsley – those wishing to keep their dogs should protect them with a license, as Deputy Archie Brink is now looking right after them.
South Harford – A real, old fashioned surprise party was given Eugene Conrad, March 7th, over 40 being present. The young people played games and we had lots of music and a fine supper. As everyone returned to their homes they decided that was one of the best places to have a big time.
New Milford Summit – Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindsley entertained about twenty of their neighbors last Friday night. Warm sugar was served.
News Briefs: “This End Up” Lieut. Willis S. Fitch, a member of Major LaGuardia’s squadron and one of the first Americans to fly a giant Caproni in action, said recently of his initial night flight on the Italian front: “The very sight of the machine was enough to breed nervousness. It was 75 ft. from wing-tip to wing-tip, had three 200 horse power motors and, being a battle-battered specimen sent back for training purposes, happened to be devoid of any lateral gauges. I lost and regained control of it three times in about so many minutes, turning completely over again and again. It was time to land and I looked down, but couldn’t see a trace of our hangar light or any other light, just blackness. Then I looked ‘up’ and decided I was crazy, for there was the hangar light, apparently just above my head. We turned over a few more times, bounced off the hangar and made a bumpy landing. Next day the observer and I figured it out in conference. We had been flying upside down and didn’t know it.”
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, March 14, 1819.
*My Own Affairs. I have frequently called upon those of my patrons who were indebted to me for a settlement; and as frequently been disappointed. It now becomes a duty I owe to myself and my creditors to make one more; I owe debts, and must pay them; I have debts due me, and I will collect them—“peaceably if I can forcibly if I must.” –All persons indebted to me to the amount of one year’s subscription will confer a favor upon themselves and do justice to me by making payment within two weeks--. Those who neglect to attend to my call in that time will be called upon in a different manner. All kinds of produce taken in payment; and a few cords of wood will be received, if offered soon. [Editor]
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Clifford Twp. – Now would be a good time for some of our State Highway officials to inspect the State road from Carbondale to this place. We are tired of the mud. ALSO L.E. Taylor has sold his undertaking business to C.C. Shifler of Carbondale. ALSO John Spedding has returned from a meeting of International Harvester Agents in Elmira, NY. John will hold down the job of agent for this place.
Forest City – John Skubic is anxious to learn whether his brother, Martin, is alive or not and has taken the matter up with the war department. No word has been received from him since his arrival overseas. Brothers, Charles and Lewis, have written several letters to Martin’s last known address but received no reply. ALSO G.H. Truesdall, of Susquehanna; J. Westcott, of Great Bend, and Joseph Clarey, of Forest City, have formed a company and purchased the Pitt and Fall Coal Mining company property at this place. The deal just closed embraces 129 acres of coal lands in the Forest city district. The purchasing company will mine and market the coal.
Thompson – The Masonic lodge, which has been at Jackson fifty years or more, has been transferred to Thompson, where the next meeting will be held in the Odd Fellows’ rooms in the Tallman block. ALSO Oscar Davis, of Columbus, Ohio, surprised his sister, Mrs. Gilbert Witter last week by calling upon her after an absence of more than 30 years. She recognized him after all those years.
Herrick Center – Uncle Dan Gettle is of the old school and as a blacksmith at the Corners many years ago drove a thriving business in shoeing oxen and was considered an expert. The pen in which the ox was held, while being shod, is still in the old shop. Years ago there were about as many oxen to be shod as there are horses now and Uncle Dan’s hammer was busy from early morn until late at night. He says things have changed since then, but those were happy days.
Uniondale – Mathew McPherson Post, G.A.R. intends to give the boys of the late war a grand reception when they come home. The veterans appreciate their efforts and know their feelings of modesty, but the boys of 1861 will make the reception a memorable one.
Hopbottom – Two friends, Mrs. Hollis Tiffany (nee Helen Jeffers) and Mrs. Roy Case [nee Lillian Rose] died the same day. Seldom if ever has the community suffered such a shock of grief, as in the sudden death of these two charming young women, whose lives had been so closely interwoven. Close friends from childhood, they had graduated in the same class in school, were born in the same year, each being nearly 26 years old; had married within the same year, and each contracted the dread disease of pneumonia, which resulted in their death.
Jackson – Mr. and Mrs. John Waters received official notice that the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, has directed the War Department to award the Distinguished Service Cross, posthumously, to their son, Floyd Waters, late Corporal, Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action in Europe.
Montrose – At a special meeting of the borough council, M.W. Lannon, night watchman, was also made chief of police. It was arranged that he be called during the day at the Catlin boarding house and at night he may be called at the Tarbell House, when not on duty patrolling, both phones being convenient. Burgess Preston spoke regarding the necessity of a fire alarm system. It will be discussed at the next meeting. ALSO Manley Fowler, who has been serving in the heavy artillery in France, has returned home. Mr. Fowler was in a number of big artillery engagements. ALSO Landlord D.J. Donovan has a force of men excavating a basement under the Tarbell House barn [now C&F Motors], where he will locate his stables when completed. The present stables will be converted into a garage.
Brooklyn – Stanley Crissell, a Brooklyn young man, who was reported killed in France and later found to be in a German prison camp, has reached home. He made his escape from the prison camp and after a hard time for a number of days reached the Allied lines. He has thrilling tales to tell of his capture and escape. Thursday evening of last week the young people of the town tendered him a reception. ALSO Walter C. Forse, a Binghamton young man, who passed through this county in April, 1917, walking to Washington, where he induced government officials to accept him in the marine service, although minus a finger, is now in charge of the Syracuse Marine Corps station. He served during the war as gunnery sergeant in the instruction school at Paris Island, S.C. He is a son of Allie Forse, formerly of Brooklyn and a nephew of Register & Recorder E.C. Rogers.
Hallstead – An auto repair parts manufacturing company is to occupy the building formerly used by Demer Bros. as a cut glass factory. The new manufactory will employ 20 men on the start and hope soon to increase this number.
Susquehanna – A new chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star has been organized at this place, which is known as Sunshine Chapter, No. 258. ALSO Engineer James Sheridan and a staff of assistants, under direction of the town council, are hard at work surveying for the new pavements to be laid on the streets. West Main Street, Willow avenue, Grand street, Broad avenue and Washington street are to be surveyed at once.
Great Bend – About twenty-five from East Great Bend attended the opening of the Happy Hour theatre Saturday evening.
Lackawanna Trail – The State engineers say that the use of the Factoryville tunnel on the line of the Lackawanna Trail is impracticable, as the clearance is not up to the standard required and also the tunnel would have to be artificially lighted night and day to prevent accidents. Hence the trail will be diverted from the old Lackawanna roadbed just before it reaches the tunnel, going around the hill instead of through it. Another difficulty is the fact that the railroad company has never abandoned the old road between Nicholson and Foster [Hopbottom], but uses it for local freight service, so that after leaving the line near the tunnel the trail will probably not get back to it until Foster is reached. This would suit Nicholson people, who are protesting against the abandonment of the old railroad tracks there and the transfer of the freight station to the new line, which would compel them to haul all freight for shipment up a very steep hill.
We regret that there is no news to report 200 years ago.
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Daylight Savings Time-100 Years Ago. At 2 o’clock Sunday morning we turn our clocks ahead an hour. The daylight saving system goes into effect on the last Sunday of March, and on the last Sunday in October we turn the clock back again. While there has been some opposition to the law, especially from the farming people, it has resulted in saving thousands of tons of coal otherwise used in producing light and heat. The farmer contends that it makes him get up before daylight during the early summer and autumn months, that hay and grain cut early in the morning is wet with dew and cannot be cut until late in the morning, thus shortening his working day, and that the additional daylight in the evening does not aid him, as hired help refuse to work such long hours. Designate one person in the family to attend to the time-fixing. Where two or more set the clock ahead an hour, it is bound to result in confusion the morning after.
Montrose – The borough council is taking notice of the speeding of automobiles on the streets of the town, especially on the paved streets. Speed limits are broken almost hourly, every day in the week. Arrests will be made where offenders fail to heed this warning. ALSO B. B. Freeman is serving his 54th year in the junk business. His business career was begun at the age of 13 years.
LeRaysville – An association of business men and citizens has been organized to promote the building of the connecting State highway between Towanda and Montrose by way of Rome and LeRaysville. It is claimed this route is six miles shorter. As it is laid out under the Sproul bill it goes via Wyalusing, Camptown and Lawton.
South Auburn – The aeroplane which passed over South Auburn last week was seen by a number of our inhabitants. Many heard it, but failed to look up. At Jersey Hill the patrons of the creamery succeeded in getting their ice house nearly full of a fair quality of ice by cutting it in the night and hauling early in the morning from the Reynolds pond below Auburn Center.
Springville – Immediately following the burning of the house of A.E. Comstock last week, papers were started to raise help for the stricken family, as nearly everything in the house was lost owing to the rapidity of the fire. Something like $400 was raised beside quantities of furniture, bedding, fruit, potatoes and clothing. The Red Cross bought and made bed linen and other things. To replace the house lost by fire last week, A.E. Comstock has bought the Green Grove School house and is moving it to his place. A large force of men volunteered to assist and the building will soon be placed on the foundation.
South Gibson – G.G. McNamara has again decided to embark in the mercantile business and has a well-stocked and attractive store in the Manning building. This makes four general stores in our town.
Middletown – Friends learned of the death of Pvt. Daniel O’Connell, which occurred in a field hospital in France. He succumbed to an attack of pneumonia. The deceased was 23 years of age. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the navy and after one year he was transferred to the land forces and went to France, becoming a nurse in a field hospital. He had lived with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Golden since a child and was held in affectionate esteem by them. A sister, Anna, also lives with the Golden family and is a student of the Rush high school. He was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Middletown.
Susquehanna – The Erie yards at this place are to be further improved during the summer, being widened at Exchange street to accommodate more tracks. Also the change means quite a saving, as it will eliminate the necessity of engines going to the west end of the yards and backing into the new terminal. The Exchange street culvert will have to be widened about 40 feet to place these new tracks.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – Charles L. Sheldon, who came to Lynn with his family from Starbuck, Manitoba, has bought the property at Lynn, formerly owned by his grandfather, Abram Luce, and is preparing to take possession of it. B.O. Sheldon is a brother.
Harford – U.B. Lott has charge of a fine A & P Store, in this village, and is ready to wait on customers. The store is in a part of A. H. Mead’s tin shop, and we wish Mr. Lott all kinds of success in the grocery business.
Brooklyn – Lucy Garland Sterling, born 1832, daughter of Thomas and Judith (Tewksbury) Garland, and wife of Geo. W. Sterling (married June 1850), died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.S. Eldridge on March 16. Her father was postmaster at Brooklyn from 1821 to 1824 and for many years was the leading tailor in Brooklyn. Mr. and Mrs. Sterling began housekeeping on the farm now owned by E.F. Tiffany, but after a few years came to the old Garland homestead, now known as the “Oil Well Farm” on the State road. This house burned in 1873 and Mr. Sterling erected the present house and large barn on the farm where they lived for 30 years. Mrs. Sterling lived nearly four score years and seven and until a few days before her death her mind and memory were clear and she was almost an encyclopedia of the events of the early history of the town.
Rushville – Mrs. Clara Potts and son, Ralph, were called to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daniel Graham, Friday last, to help care for little John Graham, who was accidently shot in the eye with an arrow, while at school.
Forest City – A number from this place went to Carbondale Saturday on business in connection with their naturalization. ALSO On Monday evening two young boys entered the home of H. W. Brown while the family was absent and ransacked the premises and got away with a sum of money and a few articles. The boys were met coming down the front stairs by members of the family, but thinking the lads were only playing they were allowed to escape.
200 Years ago from the Montrose Gazette, March 27, 1919.
*Cleona’s compliments wait on Mr. Clark, and begs to enquire if the village of Montrose does not contain a few persons, that could be associated into a club, for the purpose of enlivening the columns of his Gazette, by the joint productions of their pens? If so, Mr. Clark would be serving some of his subscribers by endeavoring to bring them together; as I presume he has some readers of his Gazette who would be pleased to see something more than news, &c.—It is to be hoped the Gentlemen would not wish to exclude the Ladies from this club, but enliven their lucubrations by the wit and fancy that many of the Ladies possess.
*Nathan H. Lyon, respectfully informs the public that he has commenced the business of
Bookbinding, in the building opposite the Montrose Hotel, in the village of Montrose, where all orders in his line will be punctually attended to. Old Books rebound with neatness, on the shortest notice. He has for sale a handsome assortment of American manufactured Cotton Cloths & Yarn; also Butter, Salt, &c. &c. He solicits the patronage of a liberal public. March 27, 1819.
*A Call in Earnest. All persons indebted to the subscriber for Dressing Cloth are requested to make payment by the 10th of April next, as at that time he has a large payment to make out. All who neglect to pay by that time must expect to have cost made them. John Reynolds, Bridgewater, March 17, 1819.
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200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, April 3, 1819.
*TAILORING BUSINESS. The subscriber informs the public that he has commenced the above business in the house of Rufus Bowman in the village of Mount Rose, a few doors east of George Clagget’s on Turnpike Street, where all orders in his business will be attended to with neatness, punctuality and dispatch. All favors will be duly acknowledged. He solicits a share of the patronage of a liberal public. Garments will be cut on the shortest notice, and in a manner that cannot fail to please. ROBERT M’COLLUM. April 3, 1816.
*Leeds, England, Dec. 17. In consequence of two marriages, which took place not long ago, in Lancashire, not far from Oldham, a very curious alliance is formed. A gentleman married a lady, whose brother, soon after, married her husband’s daughter, by a former wife. In the course of time, each party had a child; the former a daughter, the latter a son; therefore, the first mentioned lady is mother to her brother, sister to her daughter, and grand-mother to her nephew; her little daughter is niece to her sister, aunt to her cousin, and sister to her uncle; the young man is brother to his father and mother, son to his sister, uncle to his wife, and brother to his niece; his wife is sister to her father and mother, daughter to her sister, niece to her husband, and aunt to her sister; his little boy is grandson to his aunt, the old lady, and cousin to his aunt, the little girl.
100 Years Ago.
Montrose – A fire, which was discovered at about 9 o’clock Monday night, near the heating plant in the basement of the Farmers National Bank building, did damage to the extent of around $15,000. Several businesses located in the bank building suffered damage, including Leon Dolan’s dental office which had just opened a few days before. ALSO The blizzard of Friday and Saturday caused more inconvenience in Montrose than any storm in several years. The rural mail carriers were unable to make their trips on Saturday. Friday night, at about five o’clock, trouble on the wires between Montrose and New Milford developed and Montrose was without lights or electric power all day Saturday and Sunday. The Beach Mfg. Co. was closed all day Saturday for want of power, and the Democrat lost a full day’s use of its type-setting machinery, power presses, etc. ALSO Everyone knows our library is one of the chief institutions for the benefit of our town, for both young and old. Tuesday you will be asked to give for the book fund. Be as liberal as you can.
New Milford – The road over Mott Hill is being improved by the State Highway Dept. The double curve at the top of the hill will be eliminated and workmen are now engaged in blasting a new course for the road,
Fair Hill – We sure did have a blizzard the last of March. So the old prophecy was fulfilled of March coming in like a lamb goes out like a lion.
Forest City - Samuel Kaepchik , aged 59, died at the Emergency hospital, Carbondale, on Sunday, the result of injuries sustained when he was run down by a Delaware & Hudson freight train at Uniondale, Saturday morning. He was on his way to work on a farm at Uniondale and while walking along the railroad he was hit by the train and rendered unconscious. He was picked up by a passing train crew and removed to the hospital, where he died. Besides his wife he is survived by six children.
Auburn Corners – The Methodist people of Auburn Corners are working hard to try and have the basement of the church completed this spring. A stone bee was held and a good many responded with their teams and hauled plenty of stone while some of them began crushing them in order to be ready to do the concrete work. This surely will be a great improvement and much need convenience.
Brookdale – Leonard Chalker lost a valuable cow last week and John Chalker has purchased a fine span of mules.
Brackney – Mrs. Tracy Gage, who teaches the Grove school, in New York state, was home Friday on account of the blizzard, which visited this vicinity. The drifts are larger than any we have had this winter.
Springville – Mrs. Nancy Culver has returned home from Albany, NY, where she was called suddenly to see her son, Halton Culver, wife and baby, who were all stricken with the “flu.” The wife and child were dead when she reached there and the son survived but a few hours. This leaves her with one living child, the eldest of the family, Ray. Her husband, S.O. Culver, two daughters and two sons have passed on before. She has the sympathy of all.
Susquehanna – The Susquehanna girls’ basket ball team played the team from Great Bend here on Monday night. Score, 28-1, in favor of the local team. A large crowd witnessed the game.
Little Meadows – William D. Minkler is conferring with the county commissioners regarding the proposal to build a macadam road through that borough with state and county aid. Little Meadows is one of the prettiest villages in the county and a good main thoroughfare would greatly add to its attractiveness and the welfare of its citizens.
Fairdale – Dexter Very, one of the best known graduates of the Soldiers Orphan Industrial School, at Scotland, Pa., has been a very busy man since completing his civil engineering course at Pennsylvania State College. He is married, is the proud father of a charming baby girl and holds a good position with one of Pittsburgh’s big steel industries.
Uniondale – Wind caused much damage to John White Friday and Saturday. His large silo blew over and a large well drill derrick fell on an out building, damaging it greatly. ALSO W. E. Gibson spent the weekend with relatives near and in Starrucca. Saturday morning [during the blizzard] he came near being exhausted while on his way to the depot and if he had much farther to go would surely have fallen by the wayside As it was he froze his finger tips. ALSO Bennie Westgate reached here Sunday night. He was connected with the 41st regiment, field artillery, and was on the firing line when the armistice was signed. Sometimes they were without anything to eat. He states that at one time he was thirty hours without a morsel of food. It was impossible to get food-stuffs to the fighting force. After the fighting was over the boys had good eats and plenty of them.
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Jackson –Floyd E. Waters, who met his death only a few hours before the signing of the armistice and the stilling of the guns, was recommended for a Distinguished Service Cross by one of his commanding officers. Shortly before his death he was also recommended for a promotion to sergeant. His death was described in a letter from this officer and read: “Corp. Waters, along with the other members of the platoon and myself, had accomplished our mission earlier in the evening with the Stokes mortar and had returned safely to our fox-holes, which we had occupied for nearly a week and which, up to that time, had not been shelled. The Germans were shelling the road heavily when we returned to our fox-holes and were inflicting casualties on another regiment, which was also on the road at that time. Your son, entirely of his own volition and knowing that our work for the night was done, left his hole informing his “Bunkie” that he was going out to help carry in the wounded of the other regiment. Your son had not gone ten feet from his hole when the Boche shelled our area very heavily, a big piece of shell hit your son on the head, cut through the rim of his helmet, and although we carried him to the dressing station at once, which was about 500 yards away, he was wounded so seriously that he passed away within a few minutes. Corp. Waters was one of the best soldiers in the platoon. He was well liked and is greatly missed by all. This action was typical of your son; he not only always did his duty well, but was always willing and ready to help any of his comrades in any way possible. He was buried with about 80 comrades in a cemetery about three kilometers north of the village of Beaumont, on the road to Villemontry.”
Bridgewater Twp. – William Furey, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Furey, who has been fighting in the 27th division in France, arrived in Boston this week. He was wounded during the St. Mihiel drive, but stuck to his company for some days before he would permit them to send him to a casual[ty] station. “Bill” was just the same way playing baseball. He never would quit until the end of the last half of the ninth.
Springville – The unused creamery building, formerly occupied by the Empire State Creamery Co., will be sold by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Co. to the highest bidder. ALSO Harold Smith, of the 102d Engineers, has returned from France and recently spent a 48 hour furlough with his sister, Mrs. J.W. Baker, at Lynn. Although he has spent some months in the hospital, as a result of wounds and shell-shock, his many friends are glad to know he is well on the road to recovery.
Montrose – The Farm Bureau wishes to announce that the carload of Lancaster County Sure Crop has arrived at Andre & Sweet’s, Montrose. This is excellent seed corn, and we recommend the Sure Crop variety as being one of the best varieties to grow here, giving a large tonnage per acre and earing up in excellent condition. ALSO The Farmers Bank building, badly injured by fire last week, will be rebuilt, with extensive improvements on the front and side of the building. At this date the plans are not settled, but the present building will be utilized instead of building a new structure.
Heart Lake – L.E. Griffing, of this place, has taken the agency for the Wheat tractor and the Republic and Traffic trucks, all of excellent construction. W.R. Oakley, who for the past 15 years has been connected with the automobile business in Scranton, and Frank Ely, of Brooklyn, will be associated with him. The Wheat tractor is doing excellent service with road machines and is bound to be a big factor in the immediate future in the construction of highways.
West Auburn – R.B. Swisher has built a fine, new, dog-proof sheep fence—a model for those who contemplate the keeping of sheep. It is of woven wire, three feet high, and barb wire at the top. ALSO A change in one week from blizzards, snow banks and extreme cold weather to warm, sunny skies, green grass, singing birds and flowers is going some.
Beech Grove – A milk meeting was held at South Auburn. The milk question is getting to be a serious matter for some of the farmers in this section, there being more produced than the dealers can handle.
Dimock – My wife, Lina Crisman, having left my home without cause, I pay no bills of her contracting. Fred L. Crisman.
Brooklyn – The eighth grade pupils in the Grammar room held a debate on Wednesday on the question, “Resolved, that men work harder than women.”
Hallstead – The recent blizzard unroofed several buildings in this vicinity; blew over several vehicles, uprooted trees and cut up several disagreeable capers.
Thompson – Mr. Truax, of Carbondale, has purchased the barber shop and building, including ice cream parlors, living rooms, etc., of Ed. Avery and intends to take possession the middle of April.
Forest Lake – Wm. Flynn and son, John, were in Montrose on Thursday. Mr. Flynn makes a specialty of fine maple syrup, having already marketed over one hundred gallons. Syrup sells for two dollars a gallon.
Hop Bottom – Lost-On April 1st, between the culvert and Roy McCloud’s, a coon skin overcoat, lined with black. Finder please leave it at G.C. Finn’s store. Guy Penney.
Marriage Licenses issued: John Soden and Dora Inman, Hallstead; Raymond M. Titman and Beatrice A. Lyman, Springville; Irvin Wauck, Union, NY and Edna S. Wright, Susquehanna; Victor H. Travis and Daisy R. Parmalee, Susquehanna.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, April 10, 1819.
*The reprobate Lord Ross, being on his death-bed, was desired by his chaplain to call on God, he replied, “I will if I go that way, but I don’t believe I shall.”
*Notice – Is hereby given, that the commissioners will receive proposals in writing until the first Monday of May next, to build a bridge across the Wyalusing Creek near Wm. C. Turrel’s in the township of Bridgewater.—The said bridge to extend across the main bed of the creek, supposed to be sixty-five feet—and 14 feet wide between the railings, supported by three bents—from the centre bent an ice-breaker extending 11 feet up the stream 13 ¼ feet long and 18 inches square, and standing in the same sill with the centre trustle—the mud sills to be 12 by 18 inches, the posts 18 inches square—the cap pieces the same—five string pieces abreast 12 by 18 inches, covered with pine plank 3 inches thick and 14 feet long—the timbers to be of Hemlock—13 braces 6 feet long 6 by 5 inches—the plank to be 12 feet above the water.—The railing to be made by extending the posts 3 feet above the plank, girted and studed with 40 studs and boarded. Silvanus Hatch, Daniel Ross, Philander Stephens, Commissioners. Montrose, April 10, 1819.
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Friendsville – Orange A. Baldwin died at his home near here on April 15, 1919, after a prolonged illness of heart trouble. Mr. Baldwin was one of the best known and most highly respected farmers of that section. His age was 75 years. His widow and three daughters survive: Mrs. A. B. Cole, Montrose; Mrs. Geo. Bennett, Rushville, and Miss Juliette Baldwin, at home. The funeral will be held in the Baptist church at Birchardville with interment in the cemetery at that place. Mr. Baldwin was a Civil War veteran, serving in Co. H, 143rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.
Harford – Miss Gertrude Powers, of Lenox, and Merritt Payne, of the township, were united in marriage on Wednesday evening, April 2, at the home of the bride, by Rev. Rinker. ALSO Dandelions and horse radish is the treat now.
Clifford – The Rev. Harold Strathern is holding evangelistic meetings in the Baptist church. Cottage prayer meetings are being held and on Friday evening his subject will be: “The Greatest Sin in Clifford.” Saturday evening there will be a concert by local talent.
Susquehanna – The Hotel Oakland, at the corner of Main street and Erie avenue, is to be remodeled and converted into a theatre. The work is to be done as soon as possible and Landlord McGinty says that when the country goes “dry” July 1, he expects the Oakland Theatre will quickly take the place of what is now the Hotel Oakland.
Forest City – Another Forest City soldier has been cited as one of the real heroes of the great war. Sergeant Hugh Johnston has received from the War department, a Distinguished Service Cross. The department makes the following report: “Sergeant Hugh Johnston, Company D, 325th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near S. Juvin, France, on October 11, 1918. Voluntarily leaving shelter, Sergeant Johnston crawled out into the open under heavy enemy fire to the aid of a wounded soldier. While administering first aid to the latter, he was himself wounded, but he nevertheless attempted to carry his comrade to safety, and in so doing he received a second wound.” He has returned to this country and is in a hospital recovering from his wounds.
Montrose – Plans are being made for a meeting at the library on Friday evening, April 25, for the purpose of organizing a humane society. All interested are urged to show their interest by attending this meeting. Well informed speakers will present the objects and purposes of the work. ALSO Next Wednesday evening Montrose Hose and Chemical Co., No. 2, will conduct one of its famous suppers, which will be followed by a dance. Supper will be served in Colonial Hall and such preparations have been made that it will be the usual “rousing success.” This company, for fifty years, has aided on many occasions in subduing flames that threatened to bring wide-spread disaster and the gratefulness of the community has often been shown in these annual suppers, when all contributed food and money to their aid, knowing full well that in the strength of the company depends the protection of their homes and property. The supper will cost 50 cents a plate, and the good, old-fashioned chicken pie will form one of the principal entrees. The dance music will be by Beuckmann’s orchestra of three pieces. Tickets, $1, plus war tax.
Kingsley – Mrs. Jennie L. Tiffany has just recently received from the D. L. & W. Railroad Co., a check for $3,147.79, in full payment of her claim against the company for damages done to her lands, and which case has been in litigation in our courts for some time. J. M. Kelly was Mrs. Tiffany’s attorney in the trial of the suit.
Franklin Hill – The farm house on the William Clifford farm was burned Sunday morning of last week. The previous afternoon Stephen Davey, of Hallstead, had moved to the farm and built a fire in the kitchen stove. The chimney burned out in the afternoon, but it was thought all danger of fire was over. A smoldering ember doubtless started the conflagration. Most of the household goods were removed before the fire gained to a great headway.
Uniondale – Last night a reception was tendered the young men who have returned from the service. Those who saw service overseas were: Erwin Potter, Bennie Westgate, Robert Spencer, Harry Payne, and Prof. Clarence Phillips and Archie Swingle, who were in the camps.
Birchardville – We are very glad to welcome Dr. and Mrs. Newman in our midst, as this community was in great need of a good physician.
Gibson – Nearly 50 relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Estabrook gathered at their home on Monday afternoon to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. The bride appeared in a dress she had worn 50 years ago. This aged couple has lived in this community all their lives. Dainty refreshments were served. Mr. Philander Tiffany voiced the sentiments of all present in a few well-chosen words of esteem and good wishes.
New Milford – Williams Bros., of New Milford, will hold a big Holstein sale on April 30, at the Lewis House barn.
Thompson – The drama, “What Happened to Braggs,” given by students of Thompson High School, on Friday night, was a decided success, nearly 250 attending and none went away feeling that they were not justified in coming. Net proceeds of $46.93 were realized. Those who had roles were: Clinton Lewis, Raymond Leach, Willard Callendar, Helen Craft, Rexford Gulley, Marian Smith, and Clyde Crosier.
East Rush – Earl Robertson and Glenn Quick went fishing over to White’s pond, one night last week, and hauled in about 50 bullheads.
Silver Lake - A number of young people were entertained at J. M. Murphy’s, Friday evening, in honor of Privates Charles Bone and Edward Howard, who have just recently returned from overseas.
News Brief: Under automatic control, an air plane capable of carrying a heavy load and without any human being aboard to guide it, has made a trip of more than 100 miles and landed within a very short distance of the point it was sent to reach. The invention of the automatic control, which has been kept secret until now, was mentioned by Newton D. Baker, secretary of war, in a speech at Fort Worth, Texas, while he and General Peyton C. March, chief of staff of the United States army, were in Fort Worth to inspect Camp Bowie.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, April 17, 1819.
*ACADEMY. Public notice is hereby given, that the Susquehanna Academy, in the village of Montrose, is now open for the reception of schollars from abroad. The Trustees having completed the building for the accommodation of a number of schools, and having obtained a competent number of good teachers, the principal of whom is Wm. Jessup, a graduate of Yale College, flatter themselves that from the healthy situation of the village, the moderate price of board and tuition, and the attention that will be paid to the morals of those young Ladies and Gentleman whose education shall be entrusted to this Seminary, that it will receive a liberal patronage from an enlightened and an intelligent public. The price of tuition for the higher branches of the Mathematicks and the learned languages 4 dls. Per quarter—for English Grammar and Geography 3 dols. Do. For reading, writing & common arithmetic 2 dls. Do. And for reading and spelling $1.50 ct. By order of the President, J. W. Raynsford, Secretary.
April 24 (1919/2019)
Montrose – Prisoners in the county jail attempted to dig their way out through the thick stone walls the past few days, but were discovered some time before they were able to carry out their plans. Sheriff Taylor gives his wife credit for the discovery, she having noticed unusual noises in the prisoners’ quarters. They were digging at the walls in an effort to make a hole large enough for them to crawl into the jail yard. The sheriff let the men continue at their labors for some days after that, keeping close watch of them, and tried to discover who the leaders were in the plot. But as it is necessary to come down two long flights of stairs to the corridor adjoining the quarters of the prisoners, it was an easy matter for them to give the alarm to the companions at work. Finally the strain on Mrs. Taylor became so great that the sheriff decided to give up the attempt to capture them “red-handed.” All the prisoners had left to do was to dislodge one large stone, as they had dug away the cement to such a degree that this would have taken little effort. ALSO Ensign Grubham, who is now in England, is engaged in repairing German U-boats. He expects to return with several U-boats about the first of May.
Williams Pond – While working the road Saturday afternoon, the large tractor dropped through the bridge into the channel. Some job to get it out.
Heart Lake – “Owing to my inability to secure competent help, I offer the Heart Lake resort for rent for the season of 1919. A first-class money making proposition to a hustler. F. T. Mack, Subway Lunch, Montrose.
Brooklyn – People here are planning to give a long-to-be-remembered reception for her soldier boys in Odd Fellows’ hall next Monday evening. Those of her young men who have already returned are: Albert Strickland, Stanley Crissell, Rodney Jewett, Leonard Shadduck, Hugh Weston, Wayne VanAuken, Archie Richardson and Arthur Tiffany. Myron Craver is expected to arrive Saturday. Their friends are joyous over their return and are taking this pleasing way of letting many more meet the boys.
Bridgewater – A heavy pair of farm horses owned by Enoch Holbrook, of this place, were left standing on the pavement near Slatter’s store in Montrose. They started ambling off and were breaking into a run when Nina Strang, the little 9 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strang, the only one near at hand, noticed them. She called shrilly: “Whoa, whoa!” in a firm voice, and as they didn’t stop she ran in front of them, reaching up and catching one by the bridle. She hung on until the animals finally came to a full stop. More distant witnesses of the quickness and pluck of the child remarked that “a strong man could not have handled the situation any better.”
Hallstead – Hallstead’s new industry, which occupies the old glass factory building, will be ready for business within the next two weeks. The factory will manufacture Zephyr rings for pistons, and will employ about 50 people.
Susquehanna – The police officers of the Erie railroad are hard at work on unraveling the robbery of freight cars in the local yards. A number of automobile tires were stolen from freight cars and the detectives are gathering evidence to bring the thieves to justice. It is said that quite a number of cars have been robbed lately.
Gibson – The graduating exercises of the Gibson graded school were held in P. O. S. of A. hall. Five boys composed the graduating class. They were: Clarence and Howard Estabrook, Ralph Stoddard, Harold Davis and James Evans, Jr. The teachers have been Miss Kathleen Healy, of Harford and Miss Hattie L. Baldwin, of this place.
Clifford – The Shepherd-Williams Merry Minstrels, of Carbondale, will give an entertainment in Finn’s hall on Tuesday evening. Proceeds for Village Improvement Society.
Hop Bottom – Miss Ada Carpenter left for Montgomery, Ala., where she will become the bride of Clyde Hilton, of El Paso, Texas, who will meet her there. Mr. Hilton was formerly a resident of this place, but went west to accept a position with the Southern railroad. The marriage is the culmination of a romance which commenced some years ago. Mr. Hilton and Miss Carpenter both have many friends in this part of Pennsylvania. They will reside in El Paso.
Dimock – Ernest Benninger is learning the blacksmith trade at the shop of C.W. Barnes.
Forest City – Mr. and Mrs. Max Heller left Monday for New York City to greet two sons, Abe and Joseph, on their return from Europe. Abe is a lieutenant in the 165th regiment and was scheduled to land yesterday. Joe Heller is a sergeant in the 368th regiment and will probably sight the Liberty statue on Monday. ALSO Timothy Kilhullen has re-opened his barber shop, which he closed when he went to work for Uncle Sam at Susquehanna.
News Briefs: It is regarded as probable that the State Highway Department will advertise the first section of the Lackawanna Trail building in May. The initial contracts are expected to cover the portion from Clark’s Summit to Nicholson. Remaining construction work on the New Milford end, it is said, will follow the completion of the Eastern section of the contract. ALSO I am not much of a mathematician said the “Cigarette,” but I can add to a man’s nervous troubles: I can subtract his energy; I can multiply his woes; I can divide his attention from his work and discount his chances for success.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, April 24, 1819.
*The “tide of Emigration” is fast setting into the country. The “British Settlement” here bids fair to advance the agricultural interest in this part of the state. Large purchases are making by the hardy cultivators of the soil from England. We trust those of them who purchase here in preference to travelling to the “western wilds” will enhance their own interests, and that of our county generally. Indeed, we know of no part of the country better calculated for an English farmer than this; our lands are cheap, our soil is good, our waters pure, our markets quick, and our climate healthy. Nothing is wanting but industry to make Susquehanna county rich and flourishing.
*Tavern to be let. That well known tavern in the town of Montrose, lately occupied by Edward Fuller, together with a garden, stables, sheds, out houses and other improvements, on reasonable terms—possession will be given immediately.—The sooner application is made, the lower the rent. SAMUEL HUNTING, by A. H. Read. Montrose, April 24, 1819.
May 02 (1919/2019)
Alford – There is every probability that Alford will soon have a substantial industry, giving employment to several people, through the initiative of one of her wide-awake citizens, merchant J.M. Decker. The old, four-story grist mill is being razed to build a modern factory for use as a silk mill. The water in Martin’s Creek will be harnessed to drive the machinery and furnish lights. Alford, being on the main line of the D. L. & W. railroad, is an unexcelled shipping point.
Oakland/Great-Bend – Hundreds will rejoice in the news that a movement is on foot to connect Great Bend and Oakland Boro with a macadamized road. Atty. John Ferguson, representing the people of Oakland and Great Bend townships, has secured petition blanks asking for state and county aid in constructing an improved road from Oakland Boro line to connect with the State road at Great Bend, a distance of about 7 miles.
Brooklyn – B.I. Jewett, N.J. Richardson and Floyd Jewett went to Scranton to meet four of the Brooklyn boys who have just returned from France. Three of the boys, Wayne VanAuken, Hugh Weston and Archie Richardson, arrived in Brooklyn on the 8:15 trolley and about 60 of our citizens were there to greet them and give them a hearty welcome home. These boys have seen about 18 months’ service overseas, doing service on the ambulance corps.
New Milford – The members of the South New Milford church had a bee. The men worked on the [horse] sheds and the ladies cleaned the church.
Thompson – M.S. Cohen sold his store here to I. Levenie, of Binghamton, who will conduct it as a general store. It is the store Mr. Cohen bought from the Fatah estate.
South Gibson – Mrs. Sabra Carpenter was 99 years old the 23d of last December. She is a remarkable woman in many ways. She is one of the brightest and happiest of persons to be found. The only trouble in conversing with her is that she is quite deaf.
Jackson – Two boys composed the graduating class of the Jackson Graded School. They were: George L. Savory and Jay C. Bryant. A program and commencement exercises were held in the Odd Fellows hall. A pantomime, entitled “Home Sweet Home,” with parts acted by Raymond Page, Gordon Pease and Misses Marian Bailey and Leah Dewitt and accompanied by the singing of “Home Sweet Home,” by W.S. Holmes, held the rapt interest of everyone.
Lenox – Wendell Phillips, of West Lenox, has returned from France. He has been honorably discharged from the army. He was wounded in the battle of Argonne forest, but is in the best of health at present. He has a large scar on his head and neck and is deaf in one ear.
Uniondale – Earl Payne purchased the Whitman building on Main street at a public sale by the administrator of the estate of the late Wallace Whitman. Consideration $955. We understand that Mr. Payne, in connection with D.S. McLaughlin, will use the building as a garage and repair shop.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. – James Conboy has secured a position with a St. Louis firm and expects to commence work at once. ALSO It is reported that we are to have an ice cream and soft drink parlor started here for the summer. Anything will help our little village.
Clifford – The entertainment given in Finn’s Hall, April 22, by the Sheppard & Williams Minstrel Co., was a decided success. After the entertainment the ladies of Clifford served a chicken supper to the minstrels and a number of their friends all coming from Carbondale. The net receipts of the evening were $105, which goes to the Village Improvement Society to pay for street lighting, etc.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The school children, assisted by some of the farmers, raised a fine flag pole at the Forest Lake school. Their teacher is Miss Nina Valentine, of Fair Hill.
Little Meadows – Misses Catherine and Elizabeth Walsh attended the last day of school at the Grave school, of which Miss Mildred Haight was teacher.
Montrose – Friday afternoon, at about half past four, Ray Ackerly and Joseph Kane, alias Joseph Shafer, escaped from the County Jail. They discovered a place in the floor where an old pump had been, loosened the floor and dropped down into the cellar, where they threatened the “trusty,” Wm. McKenna with pieces of lead and walked up stairs, through the hall, and out into the open. McKenna gave the alarm and chased them, giving up and returning to the jail. An alarm was sent to the farming districts and villages by telephone and the State Constabulary at Susquehanna. The next afternoon a message came that the two were on the road to Corbettsville. G.L. Voss and Wm. Holmes immediately went there with two state troopers and a trooper near Conklin reached the prisoners two minutes before them. Taken back to Montrose, Ackerly told Kane to tell the Judge that he was obliged to leave the jail because he put his arm around him and dragged him out. Kane remarked that he already had his sentence, but Ackerly enlightened him as to what would probably happen when he reached the County Seat. Judge Smith revoked Kane’s last sentence and fined him $100 and a sentence of not more than 5 years, or less than one year in the State Penitentiary. Ackerly is awaiting a hearing before the next jury. They said that the farmers must sit up all night for every house was lighted. Finding a hay stack and about to crawl in, a big dog emerged and asserted his rights to that sleeping place. They were very cold and somewhat exhausted when caught by their captors.
East Kingsley – Horse thieves have been plying their trade in this vicinity again. On the night of April 20th a horse, harness and lap robe were taken from the barn of Will Raub at Loomis Lake, and the same night a wagon was taken from the barn of Frank Pratt on the creek road leading to Hopbottom. Mr. Raub traced his horse a long distance by a peculiar track it made, but as yet none of the stolen property has been located.
News Briefs: Chicago brewers will manufacture 2.5% beer after May to throw the issue into courts. ALSO New York brewers will keep on brewing 2.75% beer until stopped by Government. ALSO Is your Victory garden underway? It’s just as uncomfortable to go hungry after the war as during it. ALSO Life is one blamed thing after another. The war is over, but spring house cleaning is just beginning.
200 Years ago from the Montrose Gazette, May 1, 1819.
*[Report on bridge at Wilkesbarre]. We feel happy in having it in our power to announce to the public that the injury sustained by the Bridge over the Susquehanna, at this Borough, is not so material as was at first apprehended. By the united exertions of the Company, and people of the neighborhood, (many of whom, with an alacrity much to their honor, generously volunteered their services to preserve it from threatened destruction), the Bridge remains in such a state that no danger can be apprehended from the passage of the heaviest teams.—The only injury which the Bridge has received is at the Pier nearest to the Wilkesbarre shore, which stands in the current of the river, and which has settled down stream; owing it is believed, to some heavy and long sticks of timber, which lodged at the upper end of it, and formed a fall of water, which partially undermined it. There can be no doubt, from the interest generally felt in the preservation and permanence of this noble and useful superstructure, that immediate measures will be adopted to put it in a situation to withstand any contingency that may possibly occur hereafter.
May 09 (1919/2019)
Montrose –The death of William Spence occurred suddenly on May 3, 1919, at the home where he had long resided. The funeral services were held from the home and at [AME] Zion church, of which he had long been a faithful member. The bearers were Walter Thompson, George Cruser, Jesse Thompson, Luther Smith, Archie Berg and Bruce Cuff. The deceased was born at Snow Hill, Maryland, on Jan. 11, 1831, coming to this place following the Civil War, after his freedom from slavery occurred. He was married to Sarah Thomas, of Montrose, on Sept. 6, 1871, she preceding him in death by several years. Nine children were born to them, two of which survive, Mrs. Daniel Wilson and Isaiah Spence. Noted for his faithfulness to duty, he was a valued employee of Sayre Bros., W. G. Parke and the late James D. Smilie for many years. He was a deeply religious man and gifted in prayer, and had served Zion church well for many years. ALSO A complaint was made at the Borough Council meeting that there was speeding on Grow Avenue, which was discussed at length by the Council and drastic steps will be taken by the Boro authorities to arrest and prosecute drivers who ignore the speed limit.
Hop Bottom – Pupils of the Primary Dept. of the school, who were perfect in attendance during the seventh month, were as follows: Ralph Rettberg, Leo Serino, Tony Serino, Arnold Glass, Milo Tiffany, Harold Roberts, Clyde Cook, Edwin Scott, Charles Millard, David West, Albert Churchill, Roberta Roberts, Marian Yeomans, Janette Grabiele, Mayme Titus, Virginia Filan.
Silver Lake - Hon. and Mrs. Henry Rose leave this week to spend the summer on the old homestead farm, on the shores of Silver Lake, sharing the house occupied by Carmalt C. Rose, their brother, whose wife, a former Montrose girl, who will be remembered as Miss French Hill, is obliged to remain in the south, owing to poor health.
Harford – Howard Mead spent the weekend with his grandmother, Mrs. H.E. Baxter. Howard is one of Susquehanna county’s bravest and best sons. He entered the service Sept. 15, 1917, and was honorably discharged April 10, serving 19 months, 13 of which were spent overseas He was a member of the 301st Heavy Tank Battalion, whose casualties in one battle at the Hindenburg line were 60% of the men engaged, with a loss of 37 out of 48 tanks.
South Gibson – Mrs. Frank F. Resseguie died at her home here, April 28, 1919. Deceased was a well-known lady in the eastern part of the county and her death came as a shock to a wide circle of friends, who loved her for her character and womanly nature. Besides her husband she is survived by six children, the youngest of whom was but three days old.
Gibson – My wife, Abbie, having left my home without just cause or provocation, I hereby notify all persons not to trust or harbor her at my expense. Clarence Kelley
Thompson – The popular drama, “What happened to Braggs,” will be given by Thompson high school next Friday evening, May 9, in Odd Fellows hall, in Jackson. All who wish an enjoyable diversion, “Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag” [and] attend the drama next Friday night and you will “smile” all the evening.
Forest City – Unwelcome visitors were at the homes of all the Catholic clergy. Their object was robbery. In two instances they were foiled. Rev. M.F. Manley, pastorr of St. Agnes, was aroused from his slumbers, hastily dressed and proceeded to investigate. An open window in the pantry was noticed and the flower pots thrust from their places. The sound of retreating footsteps was heard as Father Manley arrived. Footprints revealed four men. Windows were found open at St. Joseph’s but nothing was taken. At Sacred Heart rectory Rev. Roman Wandolowski’s office was rifled but nothing taken, but in another room many articles belonging to the pastor were found missing. A haul was made at St. Anthony’s rectory where over $100 in money and two valuable gold watches were taken.
The Circus Comes to Town: Walter L. Main’s circus arrived in Montrose, coming from Pittston. The show travelled over the Lehigh Valley Railroad, coming in two sections. Despite the rain there were large crowds at both the afternoon and evening performances. The show has always had a good reputation from the days it traveled to Montrose by wagon, nearly 25 years ago, and it sustained its reputation for a clean, sparkling aggregation of acrobats, jugglers, riders, etc., while the trained animals and menagerie were also excellent. On Drinker street, in the morning, several heavy vans got mired and the herd of elephants was called into effective use, the huge pachyderms gently resting their heads against the vans and pushed them out of the ditches, while the straining teams of eight and ten horses pulled the vehicles out. Owing to weather conditions there was no noon parade, but all who attended the shows said they “got their money’s worth.”
News Briefs: Missouri and Tennessee, two Democratic states, have joined the suffrage column. Missouri extends the ballot to women in Presidential elections and Tennessee in Presidential and municipal elections. They add thirty electors to the 259 already in the suffrage column. ALSO More than 100 towns and cities with a population of 2,500 or more have established citizenship classes in public schools for the teaching of the principles of Americanism. This is a part of the Americanization program of the Department of Labor. Aside from 200,000 naturalized through military service, the number of persons naturalized last year was twice as great as in any preceding year.
*In the 100 Years column, April 18, 1919, a mention was made of an airplane flying under automatic control. A question was asked about the airplane and information was found that “automatic control” was actually autopilot, invented by Lawrence Sperry in 1914. You can read more about this, on line, either by searching autopilot or Lawrence Sperry. Sperry’s father, Elmer Ambrose Sperry, invented the gyroscope and was known as the father of modern navigation technology.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, May 8, 1819.
*SPLENDID EDITION OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. In answer to letters from various parts of the Union, we would state that the Plate is now in the hands of the last Engraver, and the Proprietor has the strongest assurances that copies will be ready for delivery before the next Anniversary of American Independence. Care shall be taken to forward them to our Agents with all possible diligence. We want respectable active Agents in many of the Cities and States, to collect Subscribers, deliver the Prints and promptly forward the money.—Letters post-paid, addressed to John Binns, Philadelphia, shall be speedily answered. It is requested that in the letter be stated what district the person applying would wish to engage to supply. We have expended so much money on this publication, that we can give no credit. The money must be paid on delivery of the print. D. Press
*Thirty Dollars Reward, Will be given for the apprehension of SETH JUDSON, ANDREW DANY AND AMATUS DEANS, if delivered to the jail of Susquehanna County. –Said persons broke the jail of Susquehanna County on the evening of the 10th inst. Judson is about 5 feet 9 inches high, heavy beard, dark eyes and is a guilty looking wretch; he was confined for an attempt to murder, and is about 23 years old. Dany is about 6 feet high, and carries the stamp of a villain in his countenance; he is addicted to telling large stories and boasts much of his courage and strength—he was confined for larceny, and is about 25 years old. Deans is about 17 years old, light complexion, about 5 feet 9 inches in height, walks with an Indian gait, and has a thievish countenance.—The above reward will be given for the delivery of the whole to the jail aforesaid, or ten dollars for either of them. J. CLARK, Jailor. Montrose, April 3, 1819.
May 16 (1919/2019)
Auburn – Lieut. Stanley D. Loomis, who has been in the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C., is now spending a 30 day furlough with his parents Mr. And Mrs. S.W. Loomis. On his return to Auburn several hundred were at the station to greet the unlucky officer, who returns minus a leg, which he lost in France while charging a German trench with his platoon at the time when the Allies smashed through the Hindenburg line. Lieut. Loomis has been fitted with a cork leg, and although inconvenienced is able to get around very handily. Lieut. Loomis is a model type of the true, young American. His bearing is soldierly; his eye bright, though kindly, unusually intelligent and very courteous. He complains not of the price he paid for our victory at arms. He will complete his college studies now. ALSO Stanley Loomis and Harold Davis, of Meshoppen, attended the banquet at Auburn Center, Friday evening, and while returning home were unfortunate enough to get stuck in the mud on the Bunnell and Loomis hills.
St. Joseph – The funeral of Miss Anastasia Sweeney a former resident was held at St. Joseph’s church, Monday. She was an educated and refined woman who spent many years as a valued teacher in the county. Late years she spent with her sister, Margaret, who has a government position in Washington, D.C.
New Milford – Business change: F.K. Sutton sold his grocery business to George Lathrop, of this place, and Glenn Parker, of Johnson City. Mr. Lathrop has been in the jewelry business for two years and he will continue the jewelry business in connection with the store. Mr. Parker has wide experience in the mercantile business. Mr. Sutton will devote his time to the undertaking business.
East Rush – We hear plenty of complaints these days in regard to our roads being in such bad shape. It seems preposterous for a supervisor to go and haul a lot of sods and stones into the road and then leave them for weeks at a time before throwing out a stone or leveling down a sod, and yet we people sit calmly by and say nothing. There ought to be a law compelling the supervisor to finish the roads, a mile at a time, so that the traveling public could get over them without endangering their life. ALSO In Rushville, Barney Avis and wife have moved into the Shadduck store building, where Mr. Avis will conduct a grocery store. The people of this community are much pleased, as they had to go three and four miles to a store.
Gibson – The Grange has a new player-piano, which added much to the interest of the meeting last Saturday. Several members of the Harford Grange were present. Come again.
Susquehanna – Not in years this early in the season [has] the Lenox and Harmony state and stage road leading into Susquehanna been in such fine condition as at present. Those witnessing the great auto and team traffic daily over the surface state, without a dissenting voice, that it should be among the very first in the system of highways in Susquehanna County to be made a permanent stone road by the State Highway Department.
Stevens Point – Harry Buchanan is in the Barnes hospital, Susquehanna, receiving treatment for injuries sustained when he was struck by a D&H train on the Jefferson division of the Erie last week. That he was not killed is a miracle. Mr. Buchanan was homeward bound, driving a horse and carriage. In passing over the crossing he was struck, his carriage overturning, and hurling the horse for some distance. He was brought to the hospital where it was found that one shoulder had been dislocated and he was painfully bruised about the head and body.
Montrose – Floyd S. Andre, an ingenious man and former machinist, has patented an invention which has possibilities of great magnitude. It is a new form of automobile or wagon spring. At the ends of each leaf of the spring is inserted a small steel roller, which when in use acts much on the principle of the familiar ball-bearing, easing the shock which comes from a jolt and greatly increases the resisting qualities of the spring and at the same time adds to the comfort of the passenger. Mr. Andre has taken up the matter of producing specimen springs and testing out the invention with the Sheldon Axle and Spring Works, at Wilkes-Barre, and experts give him considerable encouragement as to its practicability and worth. ALSO The party who has the book containing a record of all graves in the Montrose cemetery between 1800 and 1900 is requested to return it to the library, or hand to an officer of the Montrose Cemetery association. This record was compiled by the late Mrs. Mary Sayre and is valuable to the association.
Hallstead – The students of the Hallstead High school have set four memorial trees in memory of Mark O’Neill, Archie Tanner, Boyd Cottrell and John Moran, who gave their lives to their country in the late war.
South Montrose – Mrs. Fred Sigmond, Arlie Nichols and Hubert Yeomans have the measles.
Forest City – William Feddock, of the 17th Balloon company, arrived in this country from France, where he served for some time in the St. Mihiel sector, on May 3, and was sent to Camp Lee where he was discharged from service. ALSO The home of Andrew Strinsky of North Main street was entered one night last week by an intruder who gained entrance through the cellar window. About 4 o’clock Mr. Strinsky arose and going to the kitchen beheld the intruder leaving. He rapidly disappeared with no booty except some underwear. ALSO G.A. Thorpe has recently placed bath tubs in the homes of W.F. Sherwood and S.E. Lowery.
Uniondale – A number of our public spirited citizens propose an improvement that will surely remove the mud holes from Main street. It is the intention to place crushed stone as an experiment on Main street from Lake avenue south to the borough line. If the plan is successful other portions of the borough streets will be treated in the like manner. The business portion of Main street is the place to start with. One man has agreed to furnish stone and back the movement with a $25 subscription. We now have side walks, let’s pull together for better roads.
News Brief: If every farm home would keep a supply of pop corn and a popper convenient, fewer nickels would be spent for less wholesome knickknacks and more enjoyable evenings would be spent around the family hearth.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, May 15, 1819.
*A hint to Farmers who plant late. Steep your seed corn in brine of salt petre twelve hours; four oz of salt petre to a gallon of water. This practice it is said will give your crop two weeks’ advantage; the salt petre will cost but a shilling. [Now known as potassium nitrate.]
*Notice. All persons are hereby warned against taking an assignment of a certain Judgment of between 50 and 60 Dollars which Moses B. Wheaton holds against me on the docket of Esq. Tiffany, as I shall not pay the same without trouble. RUSSELL WHITNEY. Jackson, May 14, 1819.
*WANTED, Immediately, a Journeyman to the Hatting business—apply to John Brulte at his Manufactory at Mont-Rose. Mont-Rose, May 14th 1819.
May 23 (1919/2019)
Hallstead-Great Bend – Hallstead and Great Bend musicians will organize a band at a meeting to be held in the firemen’s hall, Hallstead, this evening.
Birchardville – Selden C. Birchard, of Birchardville, one of the most successful breeders of Jersey cattle in this region, has lately taken his son, Carlton, into partnership in the business. The young man has been a student in agricultural and business colleges and will be a valuable addition to the interests of this well-known breeding and dairying farm.
South Montrose – Messrs. H.D. and T.J. Brown have named their farms the “Overton Farms” and anticipate getting the name copyrighted for future use. They are breeders of purebred Holsteins and expect to have their products in the future measure up to the best.
Auburn Corners – Miss Effa M. Dunmore, formerly of this place, who has been for many years a missionary and teacher at Mexico City and Guanajuato, Mexico, is sojourning at the sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, to recover her health, which was impaired by her arduous duties during the wave of influenza which swept over that country during the past winter.
Brooklyn – The Musical club was very pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. T.A. Capron on Saturday afternoon. About 20 were present and all enjoyed a pleasant afternoon. Schumann was the composer studied, and Mrs. Wilmarth played “Soaring” of his composition; Mrs. Terry his “Cradle Song” and “Warum,” while his “Slumber Song” was rendered as a four-hand. Miss Chamberlain rendered a pleasing vocal solo; Miss Gere a reading, and also Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Smith; Mrs. Gere and Mrs. Stephens gave piano duets. Dainty refreshments were served and musical games were much enjoyed by the company.
Brookdale – Thieves entered the home of William Bartles on Saturday evening and took bedding and everything in that line that they could find. They also took a pair of whiffletrees from a wagon belonging to Michael Dolan, which was in a lot near Mr. Bartles’ house. The Bartles were working in Binghamton at the time.
Harford – Harford had quite an exciting time one day last week when a band of gypsies passed through in six large, covered automobiles. It was rather amusing to see them, attired in their gay costumes, and to hear them tease to tell fortunes. They camped overnight at Barrett’s Corners, where they set up five large tents. ALSO At Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp., a band of gypsies took possession of the Owen Morgan farm one night, erected their tents and spent the night. They soon had orders to move on by a certain time and which they obeyed.
Springville – W.E. Spencer has sold his house and lot to the Springville First National Bank. They will reserve land for the bank and the remainder goes to the highest bidder. ALSO The class of graduates is the smallest in years. Those graduating this year are: Esther Avery and Edna Smith. ALSO Leon Justin, proprietor of the Stevens’ blacksmith shop, went to Thompson Hospital, Scranton, because a piece of nail clinched off, while shoeing, flew up and struck him in the eye, compelling him to go for treatment. Minot Riley took Mr. and Mrs. Justin to “Michael’s Crossing,” where they proceeded to Scranton by the Northern Electric. His injury is very serious.
Lemon Twp., Wyoming County – In this township, near the Susquehanna County line, the measles seem to have infested the country to such an extent that the local board of health has quarantined several families, where there has been exposure.
Montrose – E.S. Bardwell, proprietor of the Montrose Vulcanizing Works, is installing the machinery in his vulcanizing plant, and in a very few days will be able to give first-class service in this line. While Mr. Bardwell has been busy building up tires, the completion of the work could not be done until the arrival of these machines, which were delayed in shipment.
New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McConnell had a narrow escape from serious injury when the carriage in which they were riding was struck by an automobile. They were returning from Hallstead and turned to enter the yard at their home on Main street, when a car that had turned out to pass them struck the rear wheels of the carriage, throwing both Mr. and Mrs. McConnell out, bruising Mr. McConnell quite badly while Mrs. McConnell escaped without injury. The rear wheel of the carriage was badly broken. This appears to be one of those accidents in which no one is to blame.
Forest City – Two flags were placed in front of Evans’ restaurant the night of the celebration given last fall in honor of Norman English. The proprietor vowed that they should remain there until Sergeant English returned. Monday evening they were replaced and the old flags are now the property of the gallant soldier. ALSO The base ball session opened and a large crowd assembled at the park to witness a white wash administered to the Independents by the Jermyn team. The locals were without practice this season and therefore were at a disadvantage. Warren, of Peckville, a semi-professional was on the mound for the visitors. Owens, Kelly and Carpenter were in the box for the locals. Jermyn was favored by the umpire’s decisions until the seventh stanza when he was relieved. Jermyn drew blanks in the first, third and eighth innings. Forest City drew blanks and the score stood 13 to 0 in favor of the visitors. The work of the locals, with the exception of Kelly and “Packy” Malia, was very poor, the latter made the best hit of the game.
News Brief: - Commencement honors have been awarded by the faculty of the Mansfield State Normal school to the following Susquehanna county students: Elizabeth Jannicelli, Forest City and Helen Whitney, Thompson.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, May 22, 1819.
*Camp-meeting will be held on the Wyalusing Creek on the 17th of June next about a half mile from Esq. Bosworth’s in the Township of Pike, Bradford County.
*To Alba Stone. Take Notice, That Polly Stone your wife has filed her petition and libel against you for a divorse from the bonds of Matrimony, and that an alias Subpoena has issued, you are therefore required to be and appear before the court of common pleas in and for the county of Susquehanna, to be held at Montrose on the last Monday of August next, & then and there shew cause (if any you have) why the said petition and libel of the said Polly should not be granted, and her bonds of Matrimony with you should not be dissolved. SAMUEL GREGORY, Sh’ff, Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, May 22, 1819.
*Notice is hereby given, To those persons who own unruly Sheep running at large in and about the Village of Montrose, that they are frequently trespassing on lands of the subscriber; considerable damage has already been done. Those persons who own said sheep are requested to take immediate care of them or legal measures will be persued. ISAAC P. FOSTER. Montrose, May 12, 1819.
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Little Meadows –Three men from Tioga Center were arrested at Apalachin, charged with public intoxication. They had been to Little Meadows, where they shipped a good-sized cargo of Pennsylvania whiskey and had some whiskey when they arrived in Apalachin. The three men drove from Tioga Center to Little Meadows with a horse and buggy. After getting as far as Apalachin on the return journey, they had driven back to the Barker farm on the Little Meadows road. One of the men lost his hat, and they turned back to find it when their horse gave out from hard driving. The officers found in the possession of the three men two pint bottles of very poor whiskey and one pint bottle two-thirds full and two empty bottles. Two full pint bottles, which were under the wagon seat, were taken out by “native” tipplers before arrival of the officers.
Brooklyn – Many improvements have been made in the Tewksbury House, one of the oldest temperance hotels in the county. No license has been applied for at this house since 1871. J.O. Bullard was proprietor then, having bought the property in 1855. His daughter, Mrs. L. Tewksbury, still presides over the dining room. ALSO The High School graduated six students: Misses Pauline Fish, Lillian Kinney, Ada Gardner, Lena Ring, Marion Reiber and Charles Peckham.
Harford – Dr. C.A. Johnston and Undertaker E. J. Whitney drove to Montrose one morning in the doctor’s Ford. While descending Mott hill, near New Milford, the radius rod in the steering gear was bent when the machine struck a rock and they had a narrow escape from going over the bank. A New Milford machinist soon appeared with a new part and they bowled into town without further mishap after less than an hour’s delay. One of the really fine features of the Ford is that you can secure repairs quickly at almost any “corner grocery.” And when Ford’s $250 fivver makes its appearance he’ll have to sextuple the size of his present factory
Susquehanna – This borough lost one of its ablest business men and best citizens. M.H. Eisman was a fine type of honorable, courteous manhood, while his true character and generous disposition endeared him to the hearts of many. No charitable undertaking was ever ignored by him; no needy person ever appeared to him in vain, if they were worthy of assistance. No friend was every denied by him. Although a resident of Susquehanna he contributed handsomely on a number of occasions to the book fund of the public library in Montrose. Material possessions to him were a matter of trust, to be used unselfishly. ALSO Corp. James and Thomas Igo recently returned from overseas and are at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Igo.
Springville – Charles Smith and wife, formerly of this place, but for nearly 40 years residents of the state of Nebraska and for the past year, of Minnesota, are here visiting Mr. Smith’s brother, E.T. Smith and family.
Montrose – Sheriff H.E. Taylor was engaged in wrapping a finely executed horse-hair chain for mailing. We have seen many horse-hair chains, but this was the finest specimen of workmanship we had ever seen. “Bill” McKenna, a prisoner in the jail, was the artisan. Alternate black and white links of horse-hair, and a multiplicity of them at certain regular points on the chain to form a more “massive effect,” made it a beautiful specimen of its kind. The chain was intended for Benjamin Carr, of Susquehanna.
Uniondale – May 31 will be the opening day at Douglas & Yale’s new garage. Dinner will be served by the ladies.
Thompson – Lewis B. Washburn died at his home in Postoto, California, May 11, aged 67 years. He was born in Gibson and married Miss Elfie Nye, of Jackson, a sister of Mrs. C.Z. Pickering, of Thompson and John Nye, of Jackson. He moved to California 40 years ago.
Franklin Forks – Silas W. Lacey, Civil war veteran, told a reporter that he had a record which he challenges any old soldier in the state of Pennsylvania to beat. He, at the age of 75, is vigorous, retains good health, juvenile ambition and spirits, being employed at a saw mill here, daily handling 6,000 feet of lumber. Mr. Lacey lived in Lanesboro previous to enlistment in the 89th New York Infantry, served during the whole four years of the war receiving his discharge in 1865; was wounded twice, taken prisoner at Fair Oak [Oaks] and participated in 31 battles. [Silas died in 1933 at the age of 89.]
Forest City - Atty. W.H. Maxey has received a letter from his son, Lieut. Rexford Maxey, in which he states he is recovering from pneumonia in a hospital at Brest, France. Owing to illness he was unable to return with his regiment.
Great Bend – The Daughters of Veterans have selected July 4th as the day when Great Bend and Hallstead will welcome home the soldiers who have been serving Uncle Sam during the recent war. Committees have been appointed to make arrangements.
Hallstead – James. T. DuBois arrived here from the south, where he has been spending the winter. His son, Arthur, who is connected with the Peace Conference, in France, has been acting as commissioner in Silesia, in an endeavor to reconcile the difference existing between the Poles and Czeko-Slovaks. The young man, who speaks a number of languages, has traveled all over the world and since the war has been serving the United States Government in various countries.
Lanesboro – Joseph A. Virginia, who recently sold a residence property to Edward Clapper, is moving into a house near the iron bridge and will there open headquarters for a land improvement move which he will carry out himself. He has set aside five acres of a 25 acre plot along the main road in Lanesboro, and will divide this into building lots 50x100 feet which he will sell for $100 each.
200 Years from the Montrose Gazette, May 29, 1819.
*Five Dollars Reward, Will be given for the apprehension and delivery to the Jail of Susquehanna County, of JOHN EVANS, a Molatto, aged about 22 or 23 years; he had on when he escaped from my custody, a soldier’s coat—Versailles vest, a new cotton shirt, a decent looking hat, gray pantaloons gray stocking and Shooes [Shoes], partly worn. J. CLARK, Jailor. Montrose, May 13, 1819.
*Notice. Isaac Brown and others entered on the Docket of the Subscriber that they took up, floating down the waters of the Susquehanna river, at the Great Bend, on the 5th inst., part of a platform of boards supposed to contain about 1650 feet and one bunch of short Shingles marked W. W. Hinkley. The owner or owners can have his or their lumber by making the necessary proof before the subscriber at Great Bend. CHARLES DEMON, J. P. Great Bend, April 20, 1819.
*WANTED, A lad from 14 to 16 years of age of good morals, and steady industrious habits as an apprentice to the Tanning and Shoe Making business; a boy of the above description who can come well recommended may find an advantageous situation by applying to ISAAC P. FOSTER, May 29, 1819.
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Montrose – Twenty-seven young people graduated from the High School the past week. Miss Sarah Robinove was valedictorian of the class and Mildred Aldrich, salutatorian. ALSO With the echoes of guns along a far-flung battle-line still ringing in the ears of the nation, Memorial Day had a more sacred meaning. The sacrifices of the young men of the county brought war’s terrors and losses anew to the hearts who went through the long War of the Rebellion and a realization to the younger generation of what war has meant in memories to the now grey-haired men and women who faced those four long years. Only four of the “Boys in Blue” marched to the beat of the drum to the cemetery before the dew was off the grass Friday morning and planted flags on the graves of their comrades gone before. Soldiers of the world war, sons and daughters of veterans and interested citizens accompanied them. Their small number gave an added tinge of sadness in the realization that the serried ranks are fast dwindling before “the silent Artillery of Time.” There were a number of other veterans who were unable to attend through sickness or physical weakness and this knowledge added to the sadness of the memorable day. In the afternoon the customary exercises were conducted by the members of Four Brothers Post at the grave of the four Lyons’ brothers, for whom the Post was named. In honor of the boys who sleep in Picardy or the Argonne, or who found their long resting place on this side of the Atlantic in the late war, Major S.C. Smith placed floral tributes on the graves of those buried here and in remembrance of those in unknown graves. Rev. D.A. Johnson also deposited garlands in memory of Homer Slaughter, a young colored soldier who met death in France. There were further services and addresses given on Monument Square and at Colonial Hall.
Susquehanna/New Milford – J.C. Greene, of Susquehanna, is hopeful of starting a silk mill in New Milford. Mr. Greene is superintendent of the Susquehanna mill, and says that if he can secure 25 employees in New Milford a mill will be started at once. The tannery building in that place can be utilized. The project is said to be backed by a million-dollar corporation, which already operates fourteen silk mills.
Clifford – Mrs. Henry Dann (nee Ella Maude Stewart) who, with her husband, went to Idaho several years ago is visiting in Clifford. [Ella Maude Steward wrote “Majella, or Nameless & Blind, A Story of the Susquehanna” printed by Lippincott Co., Philadelphia in 1893.] ALSO Memorial services were held in Clifford and graves in the two cemeteries were decorated, after which dinner was served by the ladies of the Baptist church. Only four G. A. R. men were present, viz. David Snyder, George Simpson, Alonzo Abers and Thaddeus Hunter.
Dundaff – A hearing was held at Montrose before Judge A. B. Smith, on the proposition to annul the charter of Dundaff borough and join it with Clifford township. The effort to accomplish this revocation has been underway for a long time, and apparently will not be settled for some time to come. A large number of witnesses from the pretty little borough which was once the leading town of this section were on hand and day and evening sessions were held. The grand jury recently approved the request to annul the charter but the present proceedings are being brought before the court to nullify this action. In the beginning a majority of the citizens joined in the petition to have the charter taken up. Those who have stood as adamant against the proposition have won over some of the original signors, who have now joined them in the effort to preserve the borough. It is contended that enough good men cannot be found to fill the various offices and by joining the township better roads and school facilities could be obtained at less expense.
Thompson – Mrs. Ida Whitney has returned from Susquehanna to her home in Thompson, on South Main street, and opened up a much needed dress-making establishment. Give her a call.
Forest City – Joseph Cavanaugh, of Camp Meade, was home on a short furlough during the week. He is connected with the leading base ball team of the Camp and is the crack twirler for the army boys. ALSO In two consecutive nights a portion of the fence surrounding the No. 2 school has been torn down. The school board will make it lively for someone if the work is continued. Look out boys. ALSO Anthony Kuznik, who spent some time in the airplane service in France, is convinced that he can drive a Ford recently purchased of the Auto Sales and Service company. He says if the tin lizzie does not climb a telephone pole he can manage it.
Uniondale – Isaac Curtis, one of Uniondale’s oldest and best known citizens, passed away on Sunday. He came from old New England stock and his family actively participated in the service of its country since its early history. The grandfather of Mr. Curtis, F. Clark and James Curtis, both enlisted in Connecticut and served in the war of 1812. Both received pensions and a plot of ground in Ohio. His great grandfather Clark was with Washington at Valley Forge and was killed at that place in 1778. Mr. Curtis enlisted when a boy just before the civil war under Capt. Warner and drilled in front of the court house in Montrose. The next fall he enlisted under Capt. Waters, of Dundaff, and was sent to Camp Curtin, where he remained until the time of his enlistment expired. A brother, Jerome, enlisted and served until the close of the war. Later Mr. Curtis married Angeline Payne and they lived together 52 years until her death in 1914, and were the parents of 5 children.
Williams Pond – Fred Lewis and wife have gone to their home at Protection, Kansas for a few months.
Gibson – Leo Manzer arrived home from France where he has been in service for the past year. His many friends are glad to see him home once more.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, June 5, 1819.
*WANTED, A lad from 14 to 16 years of age of good morals, and steady industrious habits as an apprentice to the Tanning and Shoe Making business; a boy of the above description who can come well recommended may find an advantageous situation by applying to ISAAC P. FOSTER. Montrose, May 29, 1819.
*STRAY MARE. Came to the Subscriber about the middle of the present month a Black Mare, supposed to be six or seven years old, a natural trotter, square dock rather under size, the owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take her away. OLIVER PAYNE. Gibson, May 29, 1819.
*EGGS! EGGS! CASH paid for any quantity of EGGS delivered at the Store of N. H. and J. LYONS.
Montrose, June 5, 1819.
*NOTICE, Is hereby given that books will be opened by the Commissioners for Susquehanna County appointed by an “act to authorize the Governor to incorporate the President, Managers & Co. of the Philadelphia & Great Bend Turnpike road” at Edward Fuller’s in Montrose on Tuesday the 15th day of June next where one or more of the Commissioners will attend. THOMAS MEREDITH, BENJAMIN T. CASE, WILLIAM WARD. May 22, 1819.
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Susquehanna County Marriage Licenses: Andrew Hackey, Thompson and Eva Dix, Ararat; Wm. Perry Lee, and Elma Gage, both of Rush Twp.; Victor J. Taylor, Susquehanna and Ethel M. Sloat, Scranton; Searle P. Swisher and Lola M. Greene both of Auburn; Joseph D. Stout and Myrtle M. Way, both of Binghamton.
Montrose – A dispute over a line fence lead to a fight Monday, between Ed. Jones, an old man and Isaiah Spence, a young man, in which Jones received a severe beating. His face was badly cut and several teeth were knocked out. Jones is a colored man and owns a little place where he raises flowers and he is much upset over real or fancied wrongs concerning the ownership of his property. He claims Spence told him that he had Spence’s property. ALSO The opening of the Country Club will take place the latter part of this month. The links and tennis courts are being put into excellent condition and the outlook is bright for a lively season, with large numbers of city people planning to spend part or all of the summer here. Mrs. Edward Nailor, of Ithaca, N.Y., who has considerable experience in superintending fraternity houses at Cornell University, will have charge of the club house, having held this position several years ago
South Harford –The funeral of William Patterson was held from the Congregational church on Saturday, May 31. Burial was in the village cemetery. He leaves a daughter and two sons to mourn his loss. Mr. Patterson was a veteran of the Civil War and a highly respected citizen of the community. ALSO Miss Minnie Tinker, a well-known music teacher, is now prepared to instruct pupils at her home in that place. Terms will be reasonable and time and patience used to make progress more rapid.
Lathrop Twp. - Stanley Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Williams, returned to his home being met at the trolley station at Hop Bottom by a large number of friends, who accorded him a hearty welcome home. He had been in the service for the past eleven months and made a good record. He looks the picture of robust health. Mr. Williams formerly worked at the Robinove store in Montrose.
New Milford – The place where the detour leaves the New Milford road, about a mile this side of New Milford borough, near Fred Deans’ is an extremely dangerous point and should be made safer. The turn is so abrupt that large cars have difficulty in passing to the detour from the New Milford road. The oil wagon had trouble there the other day and on Sunday last S.G. Fancher and family had a thrilling experience when their car went partially over the bank. It was by the sheerest good fortune that the car did not pass clear over the bank and overturn, in which event there would have likely been lives lost. All detours over which vehicles must pass should be made very safe. Usually detours are given little or no attention, when, as a matter of fact, a small outlay would usually make them pleasanter to travel over and safe for use. Autoists are warned to drive very slowly at this point.
Lynn – W. A. Welch has sold his blacksmith tools to W. H. Brooks and has given up work, he being too old to work at his trade any more.
Gibson – The people of this place are to celebrate the Fourth in due and ancient style, under the auspices of the Gibson Star Grange.
Great Bend – The commencement exercises of the Great Bend High School were held last Monday evening, June 9th, in the M. E. church in this place. The class of 1919 consisted of five members: Harold Brant, Gerald E. Enright, Beatrice Vroman, Edwin Von Bergen and Reba E. Wood. The valedictory essay was given by Harold Brant and salutatory by Edwin Von Bergen. ALSO Rev. John J. O’Leary, who has been a chaplain in the U.S. Army in France, recently arrived from overseas and returned to the home of his mother in this place last week. While serving his country Chaplain O’Leary was seriously wounded and was confined in a hospital for some time. He has entirely recovered. Since his return hosts of friends have gathered at the family home to greet him and wish him well.
Susquehanna/Oakland – The Susquehanna-Oakland Athletic Association is planning to fully equip its new playground. A committee recently visited the Johnson City playground, one of the finest equipped in the country, to secure ideas for their own use.
East Kingsley – Our roads were somewhat improved recently by a road machine and a force of men, but the thing most needed was sadly neglected—the opening of sluices and putting in new ones to prevent washing out on these hilly roads by the heavy rains.
Forest City – August Wallace, aged 53 years, was killed while at work at the breaker of the Hillside Coal and Iron Co. He was struck by a mine car and was literally crushed by the impact. He was beyond human aid when he was picked up. He is survived by his wife and two children whose whereabouts are unknown. The body was removed to Connolly’s undertaking rooms and prepared for burial and later removed to the home of Michael Goskowski of Hudson Street. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from Sacred Heart church with burial in St. John’s cemetery. ALSO Another Forest City boy has been awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery in action. Michael Pituh is in receipt of a letter from his brother, Corporal Andrew A. Pituh, who is with the army of occupation in Germany, in which he states that on the 15th of May he was decorated by Major General Summerall for bravery in action in the Muse-Argonne offensive.
Thompson - Those who graduated from Thompson High School are: Helen Craft, Willard Callender, Clinton Lewis, Lena Southworth, Reba Thomas, Frances Post, Raymond Leach, Rexford Gulley and Gladys Washburn.
Springville – Mr. and Mrs. Myron Kasson go south for their winters and then long for spring, when they can return north, the former prothonotary bringing with him a large fund of stories for the delectation of his many friends. “Myron” in two respects is very much like Lincoln. He is tall and spare and tells stories well.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, June 12, 1819.
*L. A. Burrows, Esq. is appointed Cashier of the Silver Lake Bank, in the place of Putnam Catlin, Esq., resigned
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Montrose – It will be of general interest to the people of this section to know the not inconsiderable part a Montrose industry played in the first great non-stop trans-Atlantic flight. It is not generally known that the Beach Manufacturing Co., of Montrose, operated by the McKeage Bros.., furnished the woodworking saws and machinery, which are used in the huge Vimy factory in Manchester, England. Yet this is so. The fine machines made in the local plant were used in making the fine, birdlike Vimy airplanes, which are considered the best in the world. The local plant is at present working on an order for one of the largest wood-working machines ever built for this same aero plant. [Non-Stop Flight Across the Atlantic—16 hours and 12 minutes from the time the Vickers-Vimy flying machine left at St. John’s Newfoundland, piloted by Capt. Jack Alcock, with Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown as navigator, it landed on the Irish coast and the achievement of a non-stop transatlantic flight became a historical fact. At a rate of 120 miles an hour they had crossed the ocean, more than 1900 miles, sometimes not knowing whether they were flying upside down in the heavy fog, which prevented them from taking bearings either from the sun or sky.]
Uniondale – John E. Thomas, for nearly 30 years postmaster, died after an illness at his home on Thursday, June 12, 1919. He was born in Paris, NY, March 20, 1851 and moved with his parents, 8 years later, to Clifford, and has lived in the vicinity of Uniondale since that time. He opened a general store in that place in 1874. The funeral was held from his late home with representatives from the Presbyterian church, Masons and friends and relatives throughout the county being present.
Harford – A telegram from County Farm Bureau Agent reads: State College, Pa., June 19, Susquehanna county stock judging team from Harford won first prize contesting for State Championship—the biggest honor the boys could achieve. The team consists of Miller Lewis, Rupert Grant, Kenneth Maynard, Frank Wilmarth and Howard Benning. ALSO Some skulking thieves broke into the cellar where Mrs. Hazel Williams had a barrel of vinegar in the making and carried off and wasted about half of the contents.
Middletown Twp. – Sherman Jones, who has been with the A.E.F. in France, is back and friends of “Sherm” didn’t recognize him in his additional avoirdupois and impressive moustache. But he’s the same jovial lad, though aged by war’s hardships that we knew while a student in the Montrose high school.
Auburn Twp. – Ben Smith spent Friday with his parents at Retta, visiting his brother, Nathan, who has just returned from overseas, bringing a bride with him.
Friendsville – Cornelius Minchan, Charles Van Bell, Oscar Hill and Chas. McInerney have been honorably discharged from the U. S. army and have returned to their homes here. All four young men were at the “front” and but recently returned from France.
Heart Lake – Miss Ethel Lyons announces the opening of her tearoom, “The Lyoness” on Saturday evening, June 21st. From a tempting list of beverages, relishes, soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts one can surely select an appetizing hot weather menu, and we anticipate a prosperous season for Miss Lyons. The packing of tourist lunches will be a specialty.
West Bridgewater Twp. – Guy Angle, who has been employed with the Dr. Kilmer Co., of Binghamton, for the last seven years, is home on vacation.
Gibson – The semi-centennial celebration of the M. E. church was observed with services. One of the most enjoyable hours was the sunset service at the grave of former Judge Urbane Burrows, who paid over half the cost of building the church 50 years ago, and at his death left a $3000 endowment to assist in the support of the church. Services throughout the week, consisting of sermons, music by the local orchestra and singing added much to the enjoyment of all. ALSO Gibson is going to have a 4th of July celebration. A program has been prepared which has something doing from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There will not be a dull moment during the entire twelve hours. A parade, races, an address, an evening entertainment are among the interesting things on the program.
Forest City – Andrew Strinsky was seriously injured while at work in the Grassy Mine, Monday morning. He was employed as a brakeman on a “lokie” when in some way he fell between the cars. He was dragged fully 200 feet before being released. He was removed to his home on North Main street. He sustained severe cuts and bruises on the right side and his right leg from the knee down was severely torn. His spine was also injured. ALSO A dinner party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Touch in honor of a number of returned Italian-American soldiers. The guests were Samuel Fario, Earl Tedesco, Frank Braiotti, Domineo Morchione, Frank Tripico, ____ Feraro, Carmine diMarcho.
News Briefs: Action by Congress on equal suffrage—subject of a fight of 40 years duration ended last week in adoption by the Senate, by a vote of 56 to 25, of the historic Susan B. Anthony Constitutional Amendment resolution. The proposed amendment adopted by the House by a vote of 304 to 89, May 21 last, as the first act of the new Congress, now goes to the states for ratification by the legislatures, which is required before its incorporation in the Federal Constitution. ALSO It is understood that every soldier who served in the United States army during the great war will receive a button to wear to be known as the Victory Button, provided he served honorably. There will be two kinds of buttons; one of silver for men wounded in the service, and one of bronze to be issued to all officers and men who served honorably on active duty. The design represents a five-pointed star surrounded by a wreath. In the center of the star there is a shield with the letters “U.S.”
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, June 19, 1819.
*MARRIED, In this township [Bridgewater], on the 6th inst., by J. W. Hill, Esq., Mr. Walter Allen, to Miss Betsey Campbell; Mr. Jacob Bump to Mrs. Polly Thayre, all of this township.
*DIED, In this township [Bridgewater] on Monday last in the 17th year of her age, of the prevailing fever, Phebe Daniels, daughter of Richard Daniels.
*FOUND, On the road leading from Montrose to the Newburgh Turnpike a large Bag containing sundry articles of Women’s apparel—the owner may have them again by calling on E. Fuller and paying for this advertisement. Montrose, June 15th, 1819.
*STRAY MARE. Came to the subscriber about the middle of the present month, a BLACK MARE, supposed to be six or seven years old, a natural trotter, square dock, rather under size, the owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take her away. OLIVER PAYNE. Gibson, May 29, 1819.
*TO LAND HOLDERS AND FARMERS. Persons wishing to get surveying done may be accommodated by applying to D. Post, Esq. at Montrose, or the Subscriber at the Great Bend, who will execute commands in any part of the County on a reasonable notice. DANIEL TROWBRIDGE, Montrose, May 8, 1819.
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St. Joseph – Miss Kate Griffin, daughter of Patrick Griffin and Searle Clark, of Choconut, were married in the St. Joseph church Tuesday morning, June 24, 1919. The rector of the church, Rev. Daniel Dunne, officiated. Miss Eleanor Sullivan was bridesmaid and Serenus O’Connel was best man. Owing to the recent death of the bride’s mother, the wedding was a quiet and unostentatious affair, only a small number of guests, including near relatives, being present. They are on a wedding trip to Binghamton, Hornell, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Auburn Twp. – Rev. Wm. A. O’Neill, C.M., who was recently ordained in Philadelphia, said mass in St. Bonaventure’s church on June 17th. A large crowd was present to receive the young priest’s blessing and to manifest their pleasure in having Ft. O’Neill say his second public mass in the church of his mother’s native home. He later took dinner at the home of his uncle, William Brotzman.
Friendsville – Mr. and Mrs. Woolsey Carmalt, of New York city, are occupying their summer home near Lake Carmalt.
Kingsley – E.E. Titus, of Kingsley, although past 80 years of age, still has good health and a remarkable memory, which makes him an extremely interesting conversationalist on events of the past. He is the only survivor of the group of men, one of whom was killed and another badly injured by the premature discharge of a cannon that was firing a salute near the county jail during the celebration of a Democratic victory of the election of governor in 1858. The group consisted of Col. Spicer and son, Newell, E.E. Titus, Crawford Titus, D.W. Titus, Silas Sterling and Amos Tanner. Crawford Titus was killed and D.W. Titus lost an arm. The accident was caused by not closing the vent of the gun after the previous discharge. The last and fatal shot was to have been the last of the series used in the salute. The cannon was made of brass, probably of foreign make, and had on its barrel characters, which were illegible. Mr. Titus thinks that this gun ay have figured in the Civil War afterwards.
Montrose – Small boys, who find it difficult to wait for the 4th are annoying some of the residents of the town with premature shooting of firecrackers, pistols and the like. Montrose has an ordinance forbidding such action until the night before the 4th. Many invalids and those in ill-health really suffer from the thoughtless acts of these boys, and unless they considerately refrain from outbursts of patriotism or effervescence of this form they should be taken in hand by the borough authorities.
Springville – Lee Brothers have purchased the W. E. Spencer property, recently acquired by the First National Bank of this place.
Elk Mountain – The sawmill of H.P. Johns’ on Elk Mountain was destroyed by fire at an early hour yesterday morning. The cause of the blaze is unknown. The building and machinery are a total loss. Most of the lumber was saved. It is said the loss will exceed $3000. There was no insurance.
Forest City – The dance to be given by the Independent base ball team tomorrow night promises to be a brilliant affair. ALSO Miss Mildred Winifred Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Walker, was one of the honor students in this year’s graduating class at Marywood College, Scranton.
Uniondale – James Carpenter is expecting an Overland Six auto any day. It cannot arrive any too soon to suit James, and the girls say in the chorus, “So say we.” ALSO Jasper Warren is blasting out the trees and stumps on the new road that is being built from Burdick Hollow to Uniondale.
Hallstead – William Knoeller, contractor and builder of Binghamton, formerly of this place, met death in an automobile accident about one mile west of Oakland borough, when the Hudson car he was driving left the road and plunged down a 250 ft. embankment. Mr. Knoeller was hurled from the car and his life crushed out instantly. His wife was also thrown out. She retained consciousness and crawled to the top where she found the body of her husband. Mr. Knoeller built churches and school houses and many other buildings in Hallstead before he moved.
Oakland – Aaron Clifford, 18 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Clifford, was instantly killed near Blossburg, when he was caught under one of the heavy wagons of Cook Brothers’ Circus, with which he was traveling. Young Clifford had been employed in the Imperial restaurant, at Susquehanna, for some time, and when the Cook Circus came there June 6, he joined the show.
Great Bend – Last Thursday night during the electrical storm here, F.L. White’s house and barn were struck by lightning. A bolt first struck the barn, tearing off the cupola and splitting the roof apart. From there it followed the electric light wire into the kitchen, doing much damage there, by tearing the plaster from the ceiling, blowing up the floor and breaking out eight window lights. The electricity seemed to follow the electric light wire to the meter, which it blew out. Fortunately, the house did not take fire.
Lake View – Arlean Lewis was badly hurt last Saturday morning when the team became frightened while drawing water from the creek, tipping over the wagon and throwing her out. She was taken from under the wagon and Dr. Snyder, of New Milford, was called. We all hope for a speedy recovery.
Harford – The people here witnessed quite a sight last Tuesday when an aeroplane flew over our houses. We all ran out to see it when we heard the buzzing sound, and soon located it, making a very nice flight and we thought it was going to Montrose, as the course it was taking seemed to be in that direction, but we have not heard anything definite as to where it landed, or who the aviator was.
Brookdale – L. Caffee met with quite a painful accident last Sunday morning. When near Conklin creamery his horse became frightened at a passing motorcycle and ran away, throwing Mr. Caffee out, bruising him quite badly and spilled part of the five cans of milk.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, June 26, 1819.
*FOURTH OF JULY. No preparations are making in this place for celebrating the Anniversary of our Independence. Shall the day again pass unnoticed? Shall it be said that there is an American so insensible to the blessings of Liberty as to suffer the anniversary of the day on which our Independence was declared to go by without some demonstrations of joy? No, we hope not. Let us be up and doing. Preparations are making in every direction around us for celebrating the day in a becoming manner.
*OLD SOLDIERS AGAIN. Hezekiah Olney –certificate not accepted, he must make proof of his services [Revolutionary War] by two witnesses, if privates, or one officer, in the manner I have before noticed. David Sherer and Luther Hollam, also. [Verification needed for pensions.]
*NOTICE – All persons indebted to the subscriber on Note or Book are requested to call and settle the same immediately. Necessity compels me to effect a settlement of outstanding debts “peaceably if I can, forcibly if I must.” CURTIS BLISS. Bridgewater, June 27, 1819.