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July 04 1919

July 04 (1919/2019)



Whiskey Gone From the County Bars – Nothing is so very dry, after all, except the weather. However, “John Barleycorn,” so-called for hard liquors of all kinds, received the solar plexus Monday night, and while there will be some fiddle-faddling about beers and light wines, the whisky business is doomed. While interpretation of the Prohibition law is so liberal and varied that there is much confusion regarding its enforcement, the bar keepers of this county, so far as we have been able to learn, did two things: First:--They removed from their bars all whiskies, brandies, gins, etc., known as “hard” liquors, of every description; also all wines. Second: --All licensed bars are being kept open, and will sell what they term “near beer,” which as we understand, is a light beer, containing less than 2 ¾ % of alcohol.


Ararat Twp. – Charles Heeter, of Lanesboro, died in the Barnes hospital, Susquehanna, on Friday afternoon, as the result of injuries sustained near Ararat, Thursday evening, when a freight car jumped from an Erie train and sideswiped the locomotive which he was driving as a “pusher” back of a D. & H. train. The unfortunate man never regained consciousness. He was impaled on the reverse lever of his engine, the lever penetrating under the right jaw and extending almost to the brain.


Susquehanna – The employees of various departments of the Erie, here, have opened a base ball league, which opens July 1, playing until Sept. 19. The complete schedule will be given out soon. ALSO Hotel Lorraine announces it will remain open, carrying a line of near beer and other temperance drinks; also serving lunches.


Montrose – Undertaker and furniture dealer F.W. Hart has added an attractive new truck to his equipment. It has a top and an arrangement for seats and when not otherwise in use will be used by J. Lewis Hart in plying the road, as an auto bus, between the trolley station and the central city. We noticed twelve people aboard as passengers Tuesday and all seemed to have plenty of room. This improved service will be greatly appreciated. Messrs. Hart are up-to-the minute and are bound to serve you to the queen’s taste—whether you’re dead or alive.


Gelatt – Children’s Day exercises were held here Sunday night and about 200 were present. Two of the items on the program were a Recitation: “Two Rules of Grandma” by Elizabeth Thomas and an Exercise: The Farmer Boys featuring ten boys of Mrs. Sparks’ class.


Thompson – Crosier and Gelatt erected a monument in Uniondale, Monday, and sold one to parties in Forest City. During the month of June they have sold $2,000 worth of monuments. According to statistics they must be doing a rushing business. The sad part of it is that people must die in order that it may be accomplished.


Forest City – The class of 1919, twenty-three in number, were given their diplomas and ushered across the school threshold into the broader school of life. It has the distinction of being the largest class that has graduated from the institution. ALSO Miss Elizabeth Janicelli graduated from the State Normal school at Mansfield.


Uniondale – Prof. B.F. Thomas, a Welsh Hill boy, for many years principal of Keystone academy, Factoryville, is now registrar of Bucknell University. ALSO Advanced years and burdened with a large family of children, orphans of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Litchwalk, Mrs. Augusta Allen became ill and was removed to the City private hospital, Carbondale. Her personal property was sold at auction. She made a gallant fight to make a home for her grandchildren.


Elkdale – The cheese factory is thriving beyond expectations and the payments made to patrons during the month of May were large. Robert Taylor, who furnished milk from nine cows, received a check of $208. Many checks were issued for more than $400 and the average income per cow was a trifle over $20.


News Briefs: In accordance with the decision of Congress new postal rates went into effect Tuesday. We gladly return to the old-time rate of two cents postage for letters of usual weight and one cent charges for postal cards. Souvenir and picture post cards may again be sent through the mails with a one cent stamp. It is claimed that the increased postage that has been in effect for two years has enabled the government to make a profit of seventeen million dollars. ALSO From the wasting of human lives to saving of kiddies’ pennies. These extremes are seen in the new use found for hand grenades. The War department has consented to supply the Savings Division of the Third Federal Reserve District with 15,000,000 of them transformed into penny banks and they will soon be ready for distribution. The plan approved by the Treasury department favors awarding a grenade bank to each child under ten years who earns enough money during vacation to buy a War Savings Stamp. Children over ten will be required to buy two of the stamps.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 3, 1819.

*The dead body of a man was recently discovered in Asylum township, Bradford county, in the wilderness; his features were so defaced by wild beasts as to render it impossible to ascertain who he was, or from whence he came.

*Much damage has been done in the western part of this county, in Choconut, particularly, and in Bradford county, by hail. Whole fields of grain have been destroyed, buildings unroofed and some cattle killed. The season bids fair, as yet, to the agricultural interests in this county, to English grain in particular; and the papers from the different parts of the union represent the harvests to be promising.

*Good News to some Old Soldiers. Thomas Thacher has a certificate for a Pension at my office. Seth Homes do, Joshua Jackson do, Robert Shandler [most likely Chandler] do.—They may call and get them. DAVIS DIMOCK, Ass’t Judge.

*OLD SOLDIERS AGAIN. Hezekiah Olney—certificate not accepted, he must make proof of his services by two witnesses, if privates, or one officer, in the manner I have before noticed. David Sherer do. Luther Hollam do. DAVIS DIMOCK.

*MARRIED, In Choconut on the 27th inst. by Eld. Davis Dimock, Mr. Josiah B. Chamberlain of Silver Lake to Mrs. Malinda Smith of Choconut.

*Four Cents Reward. Ran away from the service of the Subscriber some time since, an indented apprentice by the name of ROBERT H. DAY. All persons are forbid harboring or trusting him on my account, as I will pay no debts of his contracting. Any person who will return said boy shall receive the above reward but no charges. DANIEL FOSTER, Bridgewater, June 29, 1819

*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.

July 11 1919

July 11 (1919/2019)



Lackawanna Trail – R.C. Ruthven, of Scranton, was the low bidder on the section of road construction on the Lackawanna Trail. Mathias Stipp & Son, of Scranton, were low on the work laid out for New Milford and Bridgewater townships, Susquehanna county.  The bids were opened at a record letting for road work and awards will be made later. Susquehanna county, Routes 9 and 10, New Milford and Bridgewater townships, [need] 30,335 feet of reinforced concrete had 6 companies bidding.


Montrose – Robert Welden, who for the past 14 months has been in the coast artillery, serving a greater portion of that period in the Philippine Islands, returned to his home in Montrose on Wednesday. During his long absence he saw but one young man from this part of the state, a nephew of James Bunnell, of Dimock, named Butler. He says they surely did enjoy talking about

Old Susquehanna county. “Bob: is looking well and mighty glad to be back.


Fairdale – Dayton Brotzman, of this place, and Miss French Devine, of Birchardville, autoed to Tunkhannock on the Fourth and were married.


Springville – A very sad accident occurred on Monday evening at States’ pond, when John Teel, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Teel, lost his life while in swimming. He, in company with Glenn Risley, went in swimming after the day’s work. They had been in the water for some time when Teel said he was going to swim across the pond once more and then go home. It proved the fatal trip as, evidently, he was taken with cramps and sank. The body was recovered soon after by Lloyd Bush and taken to his home. He was about 16 years of age and leaves besides his parents, three sisters and two brothers.


Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. – The ladies of this place and vicinity having pieced blocks for three quilts for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Valentine, whose home was recently destroyed by fire, met at the South Auburn Grange hall on June 20th, and tied them. Also a purse of about $8 was raised, for which Mr. Valentine wishes to thank all who contributed. ALSO Two aeroplanes have been sighted at this point this week. One on Saturday morning and one Sunday, going due north.


Thompson – Walter L. Miller, who recently resigned as a lieutenant in the aviation division of the army, is visiting his brother, Hon. A.D. Miller, in Susquehanna.


Tunkhannock – The strawberry season has closed and the army of juvenile pickers can now lie in bed until breakfast time. The pickers received from three to five cents per quart in the flush of the season, and toward the last, when the berries became scarce, some growers offered as high as ten cents.


Wilkes-Barre – Capturing his own brother and making him a prisoner when the American troops raided and took possession of a small town near Alsace was the experience of William A. Lentz, Plains, Pa., during the world war. He was recently discharged from the First Field Artillery. Lentz came to this country six years ago. He enlisted with the American forces when this country entered the world war and was among one of the first troops to be sent overseas. Several days before the armistice was signed his regiment was sent to bombard his native town and his brother was one of the prisoners taken when the town was captured.


West Lenox – A memorial service will be held on July 13th, at the church, for Curtis and Eldridge Shoup, who were killed in France. Some of the soldiers who were in the same company with them are expected to speak. A special invitation is extended to the G.A.R., Spanish-American and World War soldiers, also the Sons of Veterans and Boy Scout organizations to be present.


New Milford – On Tuesday, July 1, the hotel at this place, known for many years as the Jay House, passed out of existence and will be hereafter known as the Park View hotel. ALSO The tannery business at New Milford, which added greatly to the prosperity of the town, is a thing of the past. The work of tearing down the old tannery is in progress. A modern silk mill will be constructed at once on the old tannery site.


Hopbottom – Cecil Berry, cashier of the Hopbottom bank and Miss Lena Corson, also of Hopbottom, were united in marriage at Philadelphia on June 25. They have taken up their residence on Main street, Hopbottom.


Oakland Twp. – Late Monday night the old house near McKune’s, which at one time was occupied by Prophet Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, was destroyed by fire. The house was unoccupied and the cause of the blaze is unknown. Erie employees at work in the Oklahoma yards discovered the fire. It was impossible to save the historic building. Just when the house was erected, is not known. It was in the early ‘40’s [mid to late 20’s] that Prophet Joseph Smith occupied the house. He went to live there with his young bride and according to Mormon history, he spent most of his time copying from the mysterious gold plates what is now the Mormon bible. Prophet Joseph Smith was shot to death in a jail in Carthage, Mo., in 1844 and his followers liken his tragic end to that of Christ who died on the cross. Hyram Smith, a brother of the prophet, met the same fate. The brothers were killed by the same mob.


Forest City – Ira Burdick was called here from Troy, NY, by the illness of his mother. He has lately returned from overseas duty as a member of the 80th regiment of the Second division. He went over the top several times and in the Argonne Forest fight was badly wounded in the left arm. ALSO The ever glorious “Fourth” passed off quietly here. All who could tied themselves to nearby lakes to escape the intense heat. The day was ushered in by young America who rent the air by the discharge of dynamite and other explosives.


Uniondale – Uniondale borough has eighteen widows, young and old—nearly one-twentieth of the census enrollment of the borough,


Marriage Licenses: James J. Hickey and Marie E. Neville, Little Meadows; Joseph Krizmancis and Mary Svele, Forest City.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 10, 1819.

*CELEBRATION.  On the 5th inst. a numerous party of the citizens of Montrose and its vicinity, (without any previous arrangements) met and partook of a public dinner at E. Fuller’s. The cloth being removed, the following sentiments were expressed in the form of toasts. 1. The United States; “Millions for defense, not a cent for tribute.” 2. Pennsylvania; the heart of the Body Politic. 3. George Washington the grand Pillar, and Benj. Franklin the skylight of the temple of liberty. 4. The Heroes of the revolution. 5. Those who fell in the late war. 6. The President of the United States. 7. The American Farmers; The lords of the soil, and the wealth of the nation. 8. Our Navy; Its thunders have astonished Englishmen and Algerines; may its officers never forget they are Americans. 9. The American Fair; “Heaven’s last best gift to man.”

July 18 1919

July 18 (1919/2019)



North Jackson – The home of Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Brown, well-known residents of North Jackson, was destroyed by fire on the morning of July 4th. The blaze was discovered in the upper part of the house about 9 am. Help was summoned and neighbors hurried to the scene, but they could not stay the flames. They succeeded in removing all the furniture from the rooms on the first floor, but nothing in the upper part of the house was saved. The loss is heavy.


Brooklyn – Dr. Calvin F. Bennett, who recently resigned from the military service, after having served 11 months with the American Expeditionary Forces, has opened an office for the practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. Bennett is a son of Dr. N.C. Bennett, a well-known veterinarian in southeastern Bradford County, who has recently come forth with what appears to be a positive cure for infectious abortion in cattle. Dr. Calvin Bennett has not only had experience with his father, but has worked with Dr. Frederick H. Schneider, of Philadelphia, and Dr. Edwin Hogg, of Wilkes-Barre, and is a graduate of the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bennett is one of four brothers who volunteered their services to the government during the war.


Thompson – Wendall Brown has purchased the house and lot on Jackson street formerly owned and occupied by H.L. Burchell and family. Mr. Burchell and family and Mr. Wademan and family, of Ararat, have gone to Oneida, Tenn, where they intend to reside. They made the trip by auto. ALSO Boro teachers hired for ensuing year: Principal, Prof. Robert Sampson, of Thompson; Asst. Principal, Miss Ruth Smith, of Virginia; Intermediate, Miss Myra Campbell, of Osceola, Pa. and Miss Nina Avery, of Ararat.


Silver Lake – Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Murphy have sold their farm and are moving to Binghamton. A farewell was given them one evening recently.


Susquehanna – Jack Dempsey, who walloped Jesse Willard, and galloped away with the so-called heavyweight boxing championship of the world, worked in the local shops of the Erie almost six years ago. He came here on an Erie freight train, secured employment in the local shops and made this place his residence until pay day. All in all Jack resided here about six weeks. He was a quiet lad, and mixed but little, say those who knew him while he was here.


Comfort’s Pond, Harmony Twp. (southern part of pond is in Thompson Twp.) – Leon Storer, while haying in his fields near Comfort’s pond, killed three rattlesnakes in two days. The reptiles were playing in the fields when they encountered Mr. Storer.


Kingsley – The old depot has been remodeled into a garage and Fred Tyler is manager.


Harford – The Normal graduates of Harford, 1856, met again at the Rosemont Inn, Montrose. There were six of them, namely Betsey Oakley Jeffers, of Harford; Mary Corse Stevens, of Clark’s Green; E. W. Bolles, of Fairdale; Levi T. Birchard, of Birchardville; Hon. E.B. Beardslee, of Little Meadows and H.M. Benson, of Jackson. The Normal school of over 200 was the first held in Susquehanna county for special training of teachers. It was organized by Supt. B. F. Tewksbury, at the old Harford academy.


Gelatt – Mrs. Verna Daniels and daughter, Pearl, had a narrow escape in a run-away accident. They took dinner with Miss Gertrude Bigelow, leaving for home about four o’clock. The iron breaking, thill dropping, hitting the horse on the legs, causing her to run away, throwing them out, (and) causing severe injuries about the back and head of Mrs. Daniels. Pearl’s leg was badly bruised. We hope for their speedy recovery.


Montrose – Johnson City base ball team came here, last Saturday afternoon and was trimmed by the score of 7 to 1 by Camp Susquehannock. Camp Susquehannock started scoring in the second. The hit of the day came in the fourth, when Frank Shafer drove the ball to the left field fence, where the ball found a small space and went through, and Frank trotted around the circuit. One might try for ages to duplicate this hit, but the ball would miss the small space in the fence.


Lenox Twp. – Mrs. B.R. Carr was the victim of a painful accident last week, when she was thrown from a hay rake when it overturned on a side hill at her husband’s farm in Lenox township. The horse attached to the rake continued on his way after the rake upset and she was dragged along for some distance. She sustained a compound fracture of the left leg and her body was badly bruised. Owing to her advanced age her condition is looked upon as serious.


Uniondale – Sunday brought more visitors to Cottrell lake than usual. The larger number was from the cities. Over one hundred took the evening train and many more returned by auto.


News Brief: “It’s a waste of time,” says a practical road maker, quoted in the Washington Farmer, “to do road dragging after the roads have dried up. They will usually be wavy and full of holes all summer. Those dragged while wet, will have relatively smooth surfaces.” The road man referred to, uses a simple plank drag that cost him $1.50 and has made the highways around his home nearly as smooth as a pavement. While this advice would not fit all kinds of roads, it does apply to conditions in a great many sections.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 17, 1819.

     *Notice. There is an unjust note held against me, for which I never received any value—and I hereby caution all persons from buying said note, as I am determined not to pay it unless compelled by law. –Said note was given September 9th, 1818, and became due May 1st, 1819. ROLIN BELL, Lenox, July 7, 1819.

      *Burying Ground. Public Notice is hereby given to the inhabitants of Montrose and its vicinity, that one of the Committee which was appointed to circulate a subscription for the purpose of obtaining money to purchase a burying ground, and to inclose [enclose] it, has removed from this place and carried the subscription with him—but there was not enough subscribed to purchase the ground then contemplated. We the committee appointed for the above purpose, have thought proper to appoint Friday the 23d inst. at two o’clock P.M. at the Court House in Montrose, for the meeting of the society, to appoint another committee, or do the business necessary to be done—for we have no ground we can call our won, as a society, to bury our dead.—These things ought not to remain so. SAMUEL WARNER, ROBERT DAY, Committee. Montrose, July 10, 1819.

    *At the present time of failures of Banks, it is with pleasure we are able to state that the Silver-Lake Bank, at this place meets all demands with promptness. This may truly be termed the time that tries Bank’s Souls, and those which maintain their credit thro’ the present pressing time will deserve well of the community. Silver-Lake notes are quoted in Philadelphia at only 2½ per cent

Discount; which is as low or lower than any other interior notes in this state.

      *DIED. In this town, on Monday last, in the 16th year of her age, Miss Peggy Ann Bowman, daughter of Rufus Bowman.

      *DIED. On Thursday morning last, Miss Julia Catlin, daughter of Erastus Catlin, in the 17th year of her age.

    *DIED. In Choconut on Thursday morning, last, aged about 25 years, after a lingering illness, Miss Luna Webster, daughter of Amos Webster.

July 25 1919

July 25 (1919/2019)



West Auburn – The burial of Andrew Kennedy in the West Auburn cemetery, which occurred on July 16th, was most impressive. Mr. Kennedy was a soldier in the Civil War and six young men from the A.E.F. acted as bearers: Webb Sturdevant, Clyde Bennett, Dorsey Baker, Walter Bunnell, Emil Cogswell and Nathan Smith. The funeral was held at Silvara, where Mr. Kennedy resided, and Rev. L.W. Karschner, of Herrickville, officiated. Mr. Kennedy was a man respected by all. He was a director of the West Auburn Cemetery association. ALSO Earnest Smith and daughters, Misses Margaret and Marion Smith, of Auburn, were callers in town Saturday. Margaret will enter State College this autumn and Marion, who graduated from the high school here this spring, will teach one of the schools near her home the coming year.


Williams’ Pond – George Lewis was in town, bringing with him a mink skin which was sent to Harrisburg to secure the bounty offered on the animal which was a large female. In two killings, about July 1st, the animal quickly disposed of 22 chickens ranging in size from half-grown to full-sized fowls. The main object of the mink is the joy of killing and drinking its victim’s blood, the carcass not being consumed.


Forest City – A number of boys and young men were arrested Thursday afternoon charged with train riding. They interviewed Judge Dutchman, who gave them fatherly advice after imposing the usual fines, in such cases made and provided. The authorities are bound to check, if not stop, train riding by boys and young men. ALSO Louis Skubic, a member of the 40th balloon company, under date of July 5, wrote his brother Frank that he expected to leave Germany in a few days. He said he was only too glad to ride in a box car for four days, for that meant he would soon leave for the old U.S.A. On his return the Sheet Iron Gang propose to hold a jubilee. There were 18 members of that organization in May 1917. All but two were in the service and one made the supreme sacrifice. Sergeant Skubic will be the last to come home.


Binghamton – The Binghamton Slag Roofing Co. has an announcement in today’s paper. The president of this company, Samuel M. Griffiths, is personally known to many Montrosers, having superintended the construction of roofs on a number of buildings here, including the Bible Conference auditorium, court house, A. W. Lyons and the Republican blocks, and other structures. The Republican had a slag roof placed over tin roof nine years ago, and it has not cost a cent for repairs during that time and is as leak proof today as when put on.


Springville – The following is a list of those who have been in the service, who have recently resided or are not residing in the township, as nearly complete as possible: Earl Garrison, Jerry Stevens, Erlis Smales, Ralph Thomas, Douglas Lathrop, George Lee, Ralph Loomis, Glenn Ottman, Edward Ottman, Harold Ferguson, Walter Spencer, Olin Teel, George Spencer, Eugene Teel, Raymond Snover, Steve Barber, Walter Hartman, Dana Wood, Raymond Titman, Harold Titman, Carl Gesford, Raymond Strickland, Cecil Parks, Charles Edwards, Howard Thomas, Dr. W.L. Diller, Robert Sheldon, William Sherman, Leland Comstock, Frank Ferris, Dewey Capwell, Fred Hardy, Roy Kilts, George Brown, Frank Overfield, Gordon Fish, Harold Smith, Stewart Button, Jack Williams, Laverne Palmiter, Eugene Galligher, Thomas Jones, Glenn Davis, Hazel Scott and Jesse Pritchard.


Montrose – About 35 veterans of the world war met at the court house on Friday evening and organized a local post of the American Legion. Robert Wood presided and at the election of officers the following soldiers were chosen: Chairman, Robert Wood; vice chairman, Frank Leonarad; secretary, Braton R. Gardner; treasurer, Leon B. Dolan. An application was made for charter for the post, which will no doubt be soon granted. The meeting was enthusiastic and the young men present are confident it will result in an organization which will be of much benefit during the coming years. Owing to the comparatively small number of soldiers in neighboring communities and smaller towns, these smaller-bodies will unite with the local post and form a strong organization. The outlook is that upwards of 100 veterans will be on the roll within a few weeks.


Friendsville – Rev. Ruddy is having electric lights installed in St. Francis’ church, the parochial residence and St. Francis’ hall. The picnic that was held on July 4th, for the purpose of raising money to help defray the expense of the plant, netted more than $500. ALSO Thomas Winters, of Binghamton, is spending a short vacation here and at St. Joseph. While here Mr. Winters is completing the work of demolishing the old Winters house, which for several years has been in a dilapidated condition. One more landmark gone.


St. Joseph – Michael Kane, son of Thomas H. Kane, was calling on friends here during the past week. Mr. Kane left here about 35 years ago and this was his first visit back. He is now general director of an electric battery company in Toronto, Canada. He expects to visit here again in the fall.


East Rush – Frank Bertholf and family and Andrew Jenner and son went over to Mehoopany mountain huckleberrying last Thursday and Friday. They report plenty of berries.


Choconut Valley – Haying and berry picking seem to be the business of most people at present.


New Milford Summit – Ernest Williams has a new Baby Grand Chevrolet touring car.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 24, 1819

*We would inform a large portion of our patrons that we have left their accounts, up to this date, with a Magistrate in this place, for collection. Such as are indebted to the amount of one year’s subscription, had better attend to settling the same in the course of next week or they will have costs made them immediathely [immediately] thereafter. As soon as one year has expired, unless one half of the subscription money has been paid the additional 50 cents will be added. And no papers will be discontinued until all arrearages are paid.

*Gratifying to snuff takers. A skillful physician asserts that he never knew snuff to injure the brains, as is generally supposed—because, says he, the man who has any brains will never take snuff!

*The “lawyer” has been, time out of mind, a standing mark for dull wits to crack their jokes upon. The following epitaph, however, has some drollery. “Beneath this stone lies Robert Shaw, Who follow’d forty years, the law; And when he died, The Devil cried, Ha! Bob! Give us your paw.”

*Notice is hereby given, To all the creditors of Reuben Benedict, an absconding debtor, to exhibit their demands against the said Reuben Benedict at the house of Nicholas M’Carty in Newmilford on Wednesday the twenty fifth day of August next at 10 o’clock A.M. for allowance. At the above mentioned time and place will be sold all the right and title of Reuben Benedict to a certain saw Mill situate in Newmilford township and also board, scantling, one barrel and one bedstead, to the highest and best bidder for cash only. NICHOLAS M’CARTY, BENJAMIN DOOLITTLE, Trustees. July 15th, 1819.

*Just received and for sale at the Montrose Bookstore, opposite the Hotel, SCOTTISH CHIEFS, A romance, in three volumes.

August 01 1919

August 01 (1919/2019)



Springville – Rousing welcome for the boys who fought for Uncle Sam—feasted and feted at Welcome Home exercises at the M.E. church, July 25th. After the big supper, a large parade was formed at the hall. Civil War and Spanish (war) veterans, soldiers and sailors of the late war, led by eight soldier boys and sailors and nurses, carrying the American and Allied flags; also decorated automobiles and drum corps. The large M.E. church was beautifully decorated for the occasion, and was filled to overflowing, many not being able to get in. The flag drill was greatly appreciated. All the lights were turned off and a spot light, with the flags waving while they sang “Star Spangled Banner,” was called the most beautiful of anything ever produced in Springville. ALSO At Lynn, a new auto tire was found on the state road, between Lynn Corners and the Presbyterian church, a few days ago. Whoever lost it should see Blaine Winans, at Craig Hill, or write him at Meshoppen, R.D. 2. A new auto chain was found by Wm. Severcool in the road, between the Corners and his house, a few days ago. It seems to be a good place to pick up accessories on the state road.


Clifford – No town in the U.S. can boast of a neater, better-kept hotel than the pretty village of Clifford. Everything about the place is scrupulously clean. The back yard is as tidy as the front—rubbish cannot be found because the proprietor, W.S. Spedding, is on the job all the time. The gounds about the hotel are artistically laid out, and well-kept. And there’s a garden to make one’s mouth water. Such a place for the entertainment of the public is of inestimable value to any town. ALSO One of the finest dance floors in the county is at Royal Hall, Royal, Pa., having the only spring floor, we believe, in the county. C.H. West is conducting hops there, regularly, this summer; the next dance to be held Friday evening, Aug. 1st. These hops are popular with the young people of the eastern part of the county.


Meshoppen – Fire of unknown origin on Tuesday night of last week destroyed the big flour and feed mill at Meshoppen, of the Dickson Mill & Grain Co, known as the A.E. Mowry mill, causing a loss of about $40,000, which is wholly covered by insurance.


Gibson – Norman B. Hinds has been elected to the principalship of the Gibson High School and will begin his work there in September. [He is a returned veteran of the war.] ALSO Mrs. W.R. Mackey was thrown from a wagon and one wheel passed over her chest while she was turning the horse around near C.H. VanGorder’s store, last Thursday. She is around the house and we hope no serious results come from this accident.


Montrose – Miss Clementine Arnold, daughter of Aaron Arnold, who lately graduated in a business course at a normal school in Caldwell, Idaho, has accepted a position in the abstract office, in the Court House, in that city, and intends to remain for some time. She will reside with her brother, Will Arnold, who lives a short distance from that city.


Uniondale – While driving his car over the railroad crossing on Darrow St, Sunday afternoon, Edward Boulter and the occupants met with an accident and their escape from death or permanent injury is considered a miracle. The occupants of the car were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Boulte and daughter, Miss Anna Tinker, and Letson Rounds’ children. The engine caught the hind end of the car, whirled it around and sent it down the embankment. The train hit the car so as to knock it away from the fast moving train. It was badly wrecked. The party escaped with slight bruises. The crossing is one of the most dangerous along the line. It is provided with the bell system which is not accurate; a jingling is kept up continually. The public service commission was appealed to several years ago without success. Several fatalities are charged to this dangerous crossing.


Hopbottom – The Hop Bottom Orchestra played at social affairs at Hart Lake and Glenwood during the last week. The orchestra is conducted by Olin Mittan.


Forest City –Death claimed Anthony Prudich after a short illness. Deceased was born in Austria 49 years ago and 25 years ago he came to America and located in Forest City and has continuously resided here since. He is survived by his wife and five children; also by two brothers, John and Joseph, of this place, and a sister in Austria. Funeral was held from St. Joseph’s church and interment in St. Agnes’ cemetery. ALSO Nearly 2,000 people assembled at the ball park Sunday afternoon to witness what was supposed to be a real game between Honesdale and the Independents. They were sadly disappointed and in fact, were disgusted at the loose, listless playing of the local team. Wargo and Payne were the local battery until the 7th inning when they were replaced by Koplava in the box and Fred Wolfert as catcher. Sherry, a former New York State league twirler, was in the box for the visitors and made a fine showing. The locals had only one run to their credit when the curtain went down in the 9th stanza, while the Honesdale team had 12 notches on their stick. The locals made the solitary run in the 6th.  L. Payne reached the home plate in the 6th after Kelly had made a brilliant dash, but was declared out, a decision which was strongly criticized. ALSO Mrs. W. E. Lloyd was at State College last week. Mrs. Lloyd expects to reside there during the school term of her son Mason, and was making arrangements for a residence.


News Brief: The beginnings of the Civil War and our war with Germany were 56 years apart. In that period the population of the U. S. was tripled and access to every part of it was made easy by a tenfold increase in miles of railroad. Yet we find, upon comparing the number of troops furnished by the various states in both wars, the same four states at the head of both columns are:

New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois & Ohio.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 31, 1819.

*Sheriff’s Sale. By virtue of a writ of fifa, issued out of the Court of Common pleas of Susquehanna County, to me directed and delivered, will be exposed to sale at the House of Onley Sweet in Gibson township on Wednesday the eighteenth day of August next, at one o’clock P.M., one Clothiers dying kettle, Screw plates, and other utensils, two large Iron kettles, one Cow, one bay Mare, one bay Horse, one large Swine, one feather bed and bedding, a quantity of House-hold furniture, and one Waggon. Seized and taken in Execution at the suit of Hosea Tiffany and Thomas Sweet against Russel Whitney and Martin Hall. SAMUEL GREGORY Sh’ff. Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, July 30, 1819.

*CAUTION. All Persons are hereby cautioned against purchasing a note of hand given to William Gardner, dated the 9th of July 1819, for 14 bushels of Wheat, payable in the month of February next. –As it was obtained by fraud, I am determined not to pay it unless compelled by law. WARREN LUNG. Rush, July 26, 1819.

*WANTED, A few tanned SHEEP SKINS, suitable for Book-Binding. Inquire of N.H. & J. Lyons. July 31, 1819.

August 08 1919

August 08 (1919/2019)



Forest City – Mrs. Frank Kyle, of Bozeman, Montana, has been a guest at the home of her cousin Benjamin Maxey during the week. Her father, Daniel Maxey, was one of the pioneers of that section and prominent in its affairs. He settled there among the Indians in 1868. They started from St. Louis, MO., in company with about 200 immigrants and when they had reached the prairies of Dakota the Indians attacked them and drove away their horses and cattle and left them destitute. With commendable pluck they kept on their journey and endured many hardships. Mr. Maxey was the first to discover coal in Montana and opened the first coal mines in the Gallatin valley. ALSO Manager George Kilonsky of the Lithuanian Giants has challenged the Independents to play a game of baseball at the park next Sunday. The Independents are game and want to play for $50 a side. Arrangements pending as we go to press.


Uniondale – Howard Rounds, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.O. Rounds, has come into national notice as an expert in chirography. He is now in the employ of the government as an expert. His testimony led to the conviction of the I.W.W.’s [Industrial Workers of the World or “Wobblies”] at Chicago. He was called to the witness stand in that famous trial repeatedly in the interest of the government. He is also one of the consulting experts of the Pinkerton’s and gained a national reputation thereby. He and his family were recent visitors at the home of his parents, having come by auto from the Windy City.


New Milford – William Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Llewelyn Richards, now of New Milford, former residents of Gibson, has been honorably discharged from the U. S. army. He was in active service in France for several months and took part in heavy fighting. He has had an unusual amount of army experience having served in the Spanish American War and at one time was connected with the British army.


Springville – The death of Lemuel H. Bushnell occurred at his late home in Springville on July 29. Mr. Bushnell, who had attained the age of 91 years, 5 months and 5 days, was one of the oldest residents of the county, having been born in Montrose on Feb. 24, 1828, and had spent practically his entire life in the county. ALSO We are glad to notice that the Springville bank is progressing rapidly in the course of construction. Whipple Bros., of Laceyville, have the contract.


Thompson – Miss Myra Campbell, who is to have charge of the intermediate department of the Thompson High School, will occupy rooms on the second floor of the Wendell Brown’s residence on Jackson street. Her mother will be with her.


Montrose – All books in the homes of patrons of the public library when contagious disease (smallpox, scarlet fever or diphtheria) appears, when returned to the library are burned. This announcement is made so that parents will not fear having their children read books from the library when there is any contagious case reported. ALSO On August 2nd the family and friends of Lieutenant William Hunting Jessup, 3rd, age 27, who was killed in action in the Argonne, gathered at the Jessup plot in the Montrose cemetery to dedicate a granite cross to his memory. He was struck by a fragment of flying shell and killed instantly. Captain James Edgar, in the same division, was able to superintend the burial, which was conducted under a severe fire and in most dangerous circumstances, and was able to identify the spot, which is near Apremont, France.


Friendsville – During the past three weeks this community has been annoyed by the lawless behavior of a certain very undesirable Binghamtonian, who is in the habit of inflicting himself upon us at regular intervals. It is high time the respectable, law-biding citizens of this place took a determined stand against this nuisance and made an end of it.


Auburn – Andrew Degnan went to the Winans and Dougherty stone quarry at Dimock and framed a 60 foot boom for their derrick. Should he live until next November he will be 78 years old. Club men, take notice, what the simple life and a genial disposition will do toward preserving a man physically, as well as mentally.


Lackawanna Trail – The Gaylord International Engineering and Construction Company, of Scranton, has been awarded the contract for the construction of the second ten miles of the Lackawanna Tail. Equipment will be on the ground within 24 hours, say members of the firm. The job will require 38,000 barrels of cement and a great quantity of asphalt top dressing. The construction company will operate four complete concrete mixing and spreading machines and will employ 100 men. The price paid for the work is $343,637.46.


Hallstead – Bids are advertised to carry the pupils from the Chamberlin school district to the borough school. The new law recently passed to close schools of less than ten scholars and not appropriating state funds to carry out its provisions, is creating confusion in some localities,


Susquehanna – The town council has decreed that devices for measuring gasoline must be removed from the curbs and sidewalks of the borough. Dealers with such devices in front of the places have been notified to remove them. It is understood that the dealers will resist and fight the cases in the courts if need be.


Beech Grove – F.J. Harvey and son, Clarence, and Joe Grover and Arthur Manning, of West Auburn, returned from the huckleberry mountains with twelve bushels of huckleberries.


News Briefs: Elmer Olson, aged 19 years, on July 7, 1918, was an inmate of the Hospital for the Criminal Insane at Farview. On that date he made his escape from that institution and enlisted in the army. He was unable to get across to fight the Hun as he desired. Thursday he returned to the hospital at Farview and explained to Superintendent W.M. Lynch that he would get back on the job. Before he took French leave Olson was working with a gang on a stone crusher. ALSO The fact that women bathers at Atlantic City are required to wear stockings elicits a chivalrous protest from a critic described as “a native of India but an American citizen.” “Why,” he asks, “should beautiful women be compelled by an unmoral and inhumane law to cover their beautiful limbs? What is the difference between a woman’s foot and a man’s foot? Why not make men wear stockings upon legs that are not beautiful and put all horses in trousers?” ALSO Under an order issued by the Postmaster General, all rural mail boxes must be located on the right hand side of the highways as the carrier goes. Even if the residence is on the left side, the box must be placed across the road, or on the right side as before stated.


Unfortunately our newspaper archives (200 Years Ago only) stop with the issue printed on July 31, 1819.  They will commence again in June of 1820. Should anyone own issues of the missing newspapers we would happily borrow them, glean the interesting articles, and return them to you. We will continue with 100 Years Ago with no interruptions.


August 15 1919

August 15 (1919/2019)



New Milford –Although New Milford has always been one of the finest towns on the map and her people courteous in the extreme, travelers have avoided New Milford as much as possible, owing to the terrible condition of her main street, but now a fine cement pavement spans the principal thorough-fare, and it is a genuine pleasure to either visit or pass through this pretty, progressive town. The future of New Milford never looked brighter. The paving has been opened for use as far as the viaduct over the D.L.&W. tracks on Montrose street. The laying of the concrete pavement for one mile west of the viaduct, toward Montrose, was complete Saturday night, necessitating the use of the detour for a couple of weeks yet. When this section is opened up the disagreeable features incident to a trip from Montrose to New Milford will have been eliminated. ALSO On Thursday Will Ellsworth had a lot of heavy hay that needed shaking up, so he hitched his Elizabeth Ford to the tedder and went at it. Oh, my, how the hay did fly. Try it you.


Liberty Twp.– The Lawsville Grange will have a picnic Aug. 15th, on the church lawn. All come with well-filled baskets and don’t forget to bring meat. ALSO Isaac Comstock recently purchased the Lindsley property and has moved from his farm to the village. Although 83 years of age he lives alone, keeping his own house, nearly all the members of his family having been summoned by death. He is very active for a man of his years and of a cheerful, optimistic temperament, notwithstanding the great sorrows that have come into his life.


Montrose – “Delco-Light,” the slogan of which is “Electricity for Every Farm,” is an honest, tried-out electric lighting and power plant for farms, etc. and Ward Breese, the county dealer, is a good salesman, too, judging from the orders for these plants he is booking. Glen Voss has contracted for a special Delco plant to furnish both lights and power for his handsome garage, now in construction. Other late buyers of Delco plants are Glen Mead, of Heart Lake, and Merle Tingley, of Alford, both successful, progressive farmers. ALSO Dance to the four-piece Harmonious Clef Club jazz orchestra from Binghamton, Saturday night, at Colonial Hall. Music will start promptly at 8:30 o’clock.


Little Meadows – William F. McCormick died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James P. Bole, in Bozeman, Montana, July 24, 1919, from a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. McCormick was born near Little Meadows, May 10th, 1842 and made his home there for many years taking over and operating the old homestead. He made his home in Bozeman for the past 12 years and for a number of years before his death was connected with the Montana Experiment Station.


West Harford – Supervisor E.O. Howell and his efficient force of men are improving the road between here and Harford. We understand plans are being made for a state road between Harford and Kingsley in the near future.


Auburn Twp. – The business of the Auburn Corners Creamery company after running successfully for 26 years apparently is disintegrating, according to an Auburn correspondent. A part of the former patrons still deliver their milk there, others take their product to Springville, while still others are hauling to the station at Dimock.


Susquehanna – The Oakland Hotel building in this place is being remodeled for an apartment house, stores and offices. The first floor will be used for business places, the second floor for offices and the other floors will be made into apartments. John J. McGinty, owner of the building, has a force of men at work remodeling the interior. It will require several weeks to complete the alterations. ALSO Mrs. Inez Blessing Williams and daughter, of Mobile, Ala., are visiting Mrs. Williams’ sister, Mrs. Herman Mess, of Oak Hill, near Susquehanna. ALSO Sister Casimir, Mother Superior of the convent here, has been honored by being chosen as Mother Superior of the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the diocese of Scranton, and she will be located at Marywood College, Scranton.


South Ararat –We hear that Hurley Entrot has sold seven lots around Fiddle Lake and the parties expect to erect cottages soon. We are glad to hear the good news. Wish more would be built—the more the merrier and all seem to like the pure waters of Fiddle Lake. ALSO L. B. Brooks and friends, Mr. Beams, of New Haven, Conn., are visiting relatives on the Hill for a few days. The trip was made by motorcycle and they report very pleasant and sightly scenes as they came through the Catskill mountains.


Brooklyn – While driving across the S.&B. trolley tracks, at Mead’s Crossing, about two miles south of Brooklyn, one of E.D. Snyder’s horses was struck by the passenger car, which left Montrose at 9:40 Thursday morning, and died soon afterward. Mr. Snyder was taking the milk to the station. He looked in both directions, but did not see the approaching car and being somewhat deaf, did not hear the whistle. The horse was valued at $200.


Middletown – A closely contested game of base ball was played here by the Laurel Lake and Middletown teams. The excitement was more tense as this was the third game played this season between these teams, each having won one previously. We are glad to say that our boys carried off the laurels.


Springville – The other day, while replacing some clothing that had fallen to the floor in Lee Bros. Store, W.E. Spencer found a scorpion that had evidently been brought into the store with a bunch of bananas. It was quickly dispatched and has been viewed by many who never saw one of the animals before. ALSO The farmers in Ainey are all nearly through haying and grasshoppers are doing the oats.


Lehigh Valley Railroad – Excursions to Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Ocean City and Sea Isle City can be booked on two Fridays, August 22nd and August 29th. Stop-over allowed at Philadelphia on return. Special reduced fares with a 15-day return limit. For folder listing hotels at these resorts, with rates and for fares and tickets, see Lehigh Valley Ticket Agent.


Table Manners in 1855. Some people think that nice table manners are of recent invention and that our grandfathers were unacquainted with dainty conduct. Published in 1855 are the following facts for the people: “If possible the knife should never be put in the mouth at all but if it necessary let the edge be turned outward.”  “The teeth should be picked as little as possible and never with the fork.”  “Carefully abstain from rinsing the mouth or spitting while at table.”  “When napkins are provided, they are to be unfolded and laid on the knees. Use the napkin to wipe the mouth or the fingers; never as a handkerchief, or to mop the brow.”

August 21 1919

August 22 (1919/2019)



Harmony Twp. – Mrs. Stephen Terry is under the care of Dr. Seth Miller, of Susquehanna, suffering from the sting of a rattlesnake. Mrs. Terry was picking berries not far from her home, which is near Comfort’s pond. While approaching a spring for a drink, she felt a sharp pain in the left limb, and at the same time her eyes fell upon a huge rattlesnake at her feet. She jumped away from the snake, which was coiled ready to strike again, and then removing the leather strap which she had over her shoulder to carry the pan with, she put the strap about her limb, above the wound, and drew it so tight that the circulation of the blood was stopped. Then she made her way home, just after the family had left. Without waiting or calling for help, she secured a razor and cut out the flesh around the wound made by the snake’s fangs. Help was summoned after this was done and Dr. Miller was called. While Mrs. Terry is confined to her bed and is suffering considerably, it is believed she will fully recover. Mrs. Terry says that the snake gave no warning of its presence, and that she must have stepped upon the reptile, rousing it to action.


Heart Lake – Someone recently took a tire, rim and cushion from the county sheriff’s auto. It seems that Sheriff Harry Taylor damaged one of the wheels of his car one night last week when near Heart lake. He left the car by the roadside and the next morning he found the car stripped of tire, rim and cushion. The sheriff says if the guilty party will only return the rim it would be a great help, or come back and get the remainder of the car.


Jackson – Anza M. Benson, a native of Jackson township where he was born in 1831, died in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 27. He was the son of the late Hosea and Ann Aldrich Benson, of Jackson. Deceased was a patentee and manufacturer in Cleveland and was very successful, accumulating a snug fortune. The funeral was held in Cleveland, the Knights Templar being in charge. Interment was made by the side of his wife in Lakeview cemetery, Cleveland.


Kingsley – Dominick Cravense, who seems to have a very convincing way with the ladies, was arrested here by George Crandall, who charged that his wife left home taking their two children and planned to live with Cravense. Cravense had a hearing before Justice of the Peace F. A. Davies, and was bound over to court.


East Rush – Some sneak thief entered the chicken house of our creameryman last Friday night and walked off with twenty of his oldest broilers, and a few nights after they made a haul on D. A. Pierson’s. Whoever it is better look a little out or they will receive the contents of the shot guns that are loaded and waiting. ALSO There are plenty of blackberries at present but no sugar to do them up with.


Fair Hill – The housewives are complaining of the shortage of sugar. Cannot get enough to take care of the fruit and have to let it waste.


Hallstead – Hallstead is planning a big time on Labor Day, Sept. 1st. There will be two ball games, band concerts, athletic events, a dance and other interesting features. It is for the benefit of the Hallstead band and base ball club.


Springville – The five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Barber, who live near Springville, was struck by an automobile recently and seriously injured. The child was hurried to the office of Dr. H.B. Lathrop and received medical attention. The driver of the car, who was unknown to anyone who witnessed the accident, rushed on without offering any assistance after he had struck the girl.


New Milford – Thomas Campion, an experienced plumber and tinsmith, has leased the Boyle store, at the corner of Main and Montrose streets and opened a plumbing establishment.


Forest City – The Independents were informed Sunday noon by the manager of the Susquehanna base ball club that the sun was shining on the city of stairs and the presence of the Independents was expected. The boys hastened to get their togs and speedily departed in a drizzling rain to reach Susquehanna to find that old J. Pluvius had been on the job.—No game.


Stillwater – A sad accident befell Mr. Reynard on Tuesday evening near Stillwater when he fell beneath the wheels of Earl Tourje’s tin lizzie. He was seen roaming along the highway and rapidly making good his escape when Earl’s eagle eye discovered him. The chase was a long and spirited one but the chicken thief was no match for our worthy friend. He was run down and Earl came to town proudly bearing his trophy—a good sized woods fox.


Clifford – D. Lafayette Stevens died at his home, known as Elkdale Stock Farm, Aug. 12, 1919, following an illness of several months. Deceased was born in Clifford Township about eighty-one years ago, the son of David B. and Eliza Arnold Stevens. In 1866 he was joined in marriage to Miss Myrtis Dimmick, daughter of the late Otis Dimmick, of Uniondale. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary three years ago. Deceased is survived by Mrs. B. R. Burns, Mrs. Thompson Bean, Philadelphia, and Mrs. J. M. Bean, of Uniondale and one son, M. Lawrence Stevens, of Highland, California. Interment in the family plot in Elkdale cemetery.


Harford – Fred A. Osborn, of the Harford Agricultural Society, was calling on friends here Tuesday. The very attractive catalogues of the fair are ready for distribution and will be mailed to anyone on request. The management is making every effort to make the fair, to be held Sept. 16, 18, 18, the best yet and they will have to “go some” to do it, as Harford is famous all over the state for the fairs held there, extending over 62 years.


Montrose/New Milford – Mathias Stipp & Son, who are building the concrete road between Montrose and New Milford, are working north of Tiffany, and judging from the large amount of equipment on the ground, are prepared to make things hum. All machinery looks to be in excellent shape. More men can be used and four dollars per day for ten hours is offered. Men are conveyed to and from work free of charge.


Thompson – Ralph Stone and family, of Railroad street, are moving in to the west rooms of Mrs. Tower’s house on Jackson street, vacated by Mrs. Jennie Harpur. Mrs. Stone will have charge of the Thompson exchange of the North Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone company as successor to Mrs. Harpur. During the 18 years that Mrs. Harpur has been known as the “Thompson Central,” she has won the love and esteem of all of the patrons by her pleasant voice and her genial manner; never once having been known to utter harsh or complaining words. Her resignation is greatly regretted.



News Briefs: When baby suffers with croup, apply and give Dr. Thomas’ Electric Oil at once. Safe for children. A little goes a long way. 30 cents and 60 cents, at all drug stores. ALSO Soldiers or sailors of foreign birth who served during the recent war will be allowed to apply, without charge, for naturalization as American citizens during a period of one year after demobilization of the expeditionary forces has been declared by the president.

August 29 1919

August 29 (1919/2019)



Forest City – Paul Franceski has been informed by the powers that it will be impossible for him to secure a passport to Austria until peace between that country and the United States has been declared. Paul had hoped to spend the winter in Austria. ALSO David Krasno has received the tidings that his people in Germany are living. For three years he has been unable to hear whether his parents were alive or not. Yesterday he received a letter from his parents, and a happy man was he. ALSO William Connolly, Jr. states that he had the pleasure of visiting his father’s old home in country Galway, Ireland. His description of the manners and customs of the people of that country, and in fact all of Ireland through which he passed, is amusing as well as interesting. He tells of the natives drawing peat to their homes to be used as fuel. The manner in which they do their haying would make an Indian tobacco sign laugh. Everything is done in the old fashioned way. Small carts are used to draw the hay in and the work is carried on very slowly. Mr. Connolly is a member of the First division of the army of occupation which was moved to France when he secured a furlough to visit the home of his sire.


Herrick Twp. – Herrick supervisors are constructing the new road and are busily engaged in blasting and leveling for the new route, according to the Uniondale correspondent in the Forest City News, which says: Last Friday the Uniondale borough fathers were to receive bids for the construction of the borough’s share. One bid was received and as the Council reserved the right to reject any and all bids, the lone bid was rejected. $3000 was the bid.


Birchardville – Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gary, of Walker, Iowa, are visiting her sister, Mrs. Myron Strange, and other relatives in this section.


Harford – 3000 people attended the Farm Bureau picnic at Harford yesterday. Fairdale won the championship ball game in ten innings, defeating Harford by a score of 5 to 3. There were five tractors on the grounds. The cattle exhibit was very fine.


Montrose – The last of the series of dances at Colonial Hall will be held Saturday evening, Aug. 30th. Music by the famous four-piece Harmonious Clef Jazz Club, of Binghamton. Dance tickets, $1.00; gallery, 17cents. ALSO Effie Galutia and Louis Cook were married at Kingsley, Monday. In the evening they eluded the merry-makers, who visited the home with musical instruments. ALSO S.G. Fancher has been appointed deputy fish and game warden, succeeding George H. Watrous, who recently was promoted to the office of game inspector of this county.


Springville – Few men in the county are held in higher esteem than P. W. Terry, and we recall no one so active and well-preserved for one of his age—82 years. He still conducts Springville’s harness shop and his heart remains so young that he is always an agreeable and interesting person to meet, passing as a much younger man. ALSO, in Lynn…Allen Bros., of Meshoppen, are making extensive repairs on the house of C.L. Sheldon, adding a new roof and porch, putting in a bath and toilet and a new cistern and will install electric lights in house and barn. ALSO Who ever found a halter tied to a tree on the camp grounds, at Dimock, Sunday last, please communicate with W. W. Palmer, at Lynn, as he forgot to put it in his wagon when he hitched up.


Heart Lake – A hop, arranged by Henry Crane and J. Purcell, of Binghamton, campers at the Lake, will be held at the pavilion this (Thursday) evening. Binghamton’s best three-piece jazz orchestra will furnish the music. The plans are elaborate and the affair will undoubtedly be a most pleasurable one. Messrs. Crane and Purcell were greeting their friends in town. They are very pleasant young gentlemen to meet.


St. Joseph – Byrne Bros., of St. Joseph, shipped ten head of registered Ayrshire cows to Dr. E.S. Deubler, of Narberth, Pa., who will place them on the famous Penhurst Farms near Philadelphia. A fancy price was paid Byrne Bros. for these cattle, and, of course, were very fine animals, which Byrne Bros. know how to produce. All such sales help spreading Susquehanna county’s fame as great producers of extraordinarily fine cattle.


Auto Accidents: A prolific crop of auto accidents occurred recently: Augustus Steigler, of Fairdale, collided with another car on a narrow piece of road, near the Ballantine farm, near Dimock. Luck was on the side of the occupants, though his car was put out of commission. Saturday afternoon, at about 5 o’clock, a large touring car coming from the trolley station collided with a large Marmon coming out the paved road in Montrose. The Marmon was badly damaged and taken to Sprout’s garage for repairs. Fortunately, no one was injured. The most serious of the accidents occurred Sunday afternoon at the corner of Church and South Main streets, Montrose, when a Ford car, driven by Guy Robinson, of Bridgewater, containing his wife and little girl, collided with a car containing Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Freeman and two guests, of Binghamton. There was a heavy rain falling at the time and in the confusion, in some unaccountable way, the cars crashed together. Helen, the 5 year-old daughter of Mr. Robinson, was catapulted through the windshield, landing on the radiator and then falling to the pavement. The child was badly cut about the head and face and Dr. Birchard, who attended her, found it necessary to take thirteen stitches to close the wounds. Mrs. Freeman had her shoulder dislocated, but injuries to others were not serious. Both cars were considerably injured.


From the Scranton Times: “In this age of profiteering I frequently read about the wickedness of the farmer, who is often judged a grasping plutocrat and is blamed for the high cost of living because he is the producer. When the price of milk was boosted a cent a quart a few days ago, almost every highbrow sob writer in the land hurled darts at the agriculturist, while the jack-knife artists, who could not tell a daisy from a cucumber vine, cartooned him with vicious energy. But, dear reader, did you ever have a bovine kick over a pail of milk on you on such occasions? When the milk was finally secured, did you ever load a can or two of it on a buckboard and drive two or three miles to a milk station on a zero morning? Did you ever feed a promising litter of pigs and watch them grow to near killing time, and then have then turn up their toes from an attack of hog cholera: did you ever sow a field of wheat and have a hail storm cut it to pieces before the harvest time? Did you ever plant a field of corn and have a May frost cut it to the ground? Did you ever raise a flock of chickens and have the skunks, weasels, hawks and minks get the majority of them? Unless you have you do not know much about farming.


News Briefs: Congress has repealed the daylight saving law so that when the clocks are changed back in October they will remain. The repealer was passed over the President’s veto, which required a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and House. ALSO One of the peculiar incidents of the County campaign is that the aspirant for the Republican nomination for County Auditor and one of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the same office have identical names, even to middle initial, namely Frank H. Deuel, of Lawton, Republican and Frank H. Deuel, Democrat, of Montrose. It is entirely possible that both might be elected at the November election. Auditors’ reports would then bear two identical names. This would look queer.

September 05 1919

September 05 (1919/2019)



Thompson – The 20-Mule Borax Team passed through here Saturday. A large procession of Thompson people followed them the length of Main Street. ALSO The Thompson high school opened Tuesday, September 2nd, with Prof. Robert Sampson, principal; Miss Ruth Smith, assistant; Miss Myra Campbell, intermediate and Miss Nina Avery, primary teacher.


Simpson/Carbondale– Bert Gibson, who conducts a store at Simpson, sent a fourteen year old boy to the Miners and Mechanics bank at Carbondale, Tuesday, to deposit $235 in cash and two $50 Liberty bonds. On hearing that the boy had not appeared at the bank, Mr. Gibson notified the police. The boy was employed as an errand boy in Gibson’s store. All trains leaving Carbondale were watched, but no traces of the youngster could be found.


Herrick – Andrew Putnam Bunnell, a brother of Col. L.M. Bunnell, of Herrick township, passed away at the home of his brother-in-law, Daniel Burdick, of Buckingham township, Wayne county, three weeks ago. He was a native of Herrick township and about 70 years of age. He was a pioneer in Kansas where he resided for 30 years and later lived in Arkansas and Oklahoma.


Susquehanna – All eyes went heavenward and sure enough, there in the azure dome above the Susquehanna hills, skimming along through space like a bird, came an aeroplane. When the birdmen gracefully sailed away toward Forest City, and failed to come back, it was remembered that a ball game had started. Pitcher Carrington wound up and the game was on, but alas for poor Susquehanna, the Astral bodies, baseballistically speaking, of every Hillite went winging off with the birdmen and didn’t return until the first inning was played. By that time Forest City had batted around a couple of times and had nine scores to its credit. But listen, here is how it happened. Just as the game started, the Italian bombing plane, known as the Caproni No. 22, hove in sight, and soon reached a point over Susquehanna. Every player on the Susquehanna team looked up and kept looking up at the highflyer. Dr. Knapp, Dr. Costello and Dr. Bell, of the Forest City team, advised their team mates not to look up and they looked down, keeping their eyes on the ground and the ball. While they were doing this their preacher pitcher, Rev. H.L. Renville, offered a silent prayer for victory, and—well the Susquehanna players kept looking up, and up at the airship. On the side of the airship was painted a goat. You may not know it, but “Caproni” is the Italian word for goat and that is the name of the big airship. The Susquehanna players kept looking at that goat in the air until they lost their own goat. To make a long story less painful, the Forest City fellows batted around thrice the first inning and made in the neighborhood of a dozen runs. All the while the Susquehanna players kept looking up, trying to get another glimpse of the goat. Yes, siree, that Forest City delegation made 18 runs in five innings when Umpire Convey mercifully called the game.


Montrose – To Pig Owners-So many complaints are coming to us in regard to the unsanitary condition of the pens that we may have to put up the bars again and put the pigs out of the borough. Now it’s up to you. Keep pens clean or out go the pigs. Montrose Board of Health. ALSO The Independent Republican, for years edited by the late James P. Taylor, has been purchased by Dr. E.R. Gardner, the transfer having been made last Friday. The announcement came as a genuine surprise, even to the employees, and editor, it is said. The real estate and accounts were included in the deal. The purchase price is said to have been $30,000.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Prof. Wesley Gavitt, of Montrose, is giving lessons to quite a large class in this place on violin and mandolin.


Franklin Hill – Our pastor has to be away for some time, but he has others to take his place as follows: The first Sabbath, Sept. 7th, Rev. A. P. Sherwood; the 14th of September, Arthur Christner, of Binghamton. He is a converted Hindu, and will tell of his conversion to Christianity. It will be a Gospel feast that we will all enjoy.


Harford – Wonder how many family reunions have been fortunate enough to have a fish dinner this summer? Such was the case last Wednesday at the Osmun and Tingley gathering, held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Burdick. The fish consisted of 142 bullheads and eight eels, and were all caught by L.L. Burdick and his hired man at Middle Lake. About 60 people were present at this reunion some being from Binghamton, New Jersey and various places. They not only had fish for dinner, but chicken galore, and everything else that goes to make a sumptuous meal. ALSO School opened here today. Hallie Forsythe drives the school wagon from South Harford and he has a jolly looking load of boys and girls. So does Glenn Titus, from Sweet’s district, and Stanley Adams, from the Very district.


Brooklyn – Miss Alice Lee, a final examiner in the Foreign Patents office of the State Department of Washington, D.C., is spending her vacation with her relatives at Brooklyn.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The Bagley and Lane reunion, which was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. Jagger, was well attended, ninety-seven being present, seven different states being represented. The Fair Hill Ladies’ Aid furnished a splendid dinner, for which a vote of thanks was given them.


Dimock – At the annual meeting of the Dimock Camp Grounds, Sunday, August 24, eight hundred automobiles parked on the grounds and the most orderly gathering of people filled the entire encampment.


Choconut Valley – Nearly one hundred autos, bringing over three hundred Elks from Binghamton, were on the grounds of the Choconut Valley Inn one day last week, where they had a clam bake and dinner.


Marriage Licenses: John M. Williams and Lottie L. Button, both of Dimock; E.M. Gage and Estella M. Sauter, both of Bridgewater Twp.; Clyde Day and Metta Purdy, both of Hallstead; Fred L. Williams and Pearl U. Daniels, both of Gelatt; Wendell James Brown and Helen Louise Weir, both of Thompson; Alex Szaluga and Anna Brasso, both of Forest City; P.M. Benninger, Auburn and Alvira E. Herman, LeRaysville.


Forest City – The songfest, conducted by the Jugoslav Singing Society of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, in the High School auditorium Sunday afternoon and evening, was greatly enjoyed by the lovers of music in attendance. At both sessions the auditorium was packed, many attending from points along the valley as far as Wilkes-Barre. Singing societies from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Johnstown and New York City attended. They came and by their interpretation of songs of their native land, captivated their audiences. They came 100 strong and a jolly crowd they were. United choirs sang “Slovenia and Croatia.”

September 12 1919

September 12 (1919/2019)



News Briefs: Ever since the mail routes from Germany have been opened, Gov. Sproul has been receiving letters from Germans stating they are desirous of coming to America and asking if the laws here prohibit their settling in Pennsylvania. The Gov. has been referring the mail to the state department at Washington. ALSO Many of the horses used by the American army in France are now used in commercial pursuits in Germany. At Wingore, Germany, thousands of horses were auctioned, the French having first call, the Poles second and the Germans third. ALSO Now that the cold weather is approaching, it would be well for those supplied with mail through rural carriers to place a small tin cup or can in their mail boxes to hold pennies for stamps. A government ruling permits rural carriers to refuse to take payment for stamps unless the coins are in a small receptacle convenient for their handling in cold weather. It is a great inconvenience for the mail man to withdraw his gloves and extract pennies from the corners of a mail box. If each rural delivery patron thus aids the carrier, life will run along more smoothly for all.


Harford – Harry Golden’s “store on wheels” has been moving about in this section for the past few days. He will return to Binghamton and come back after the Jewish holidays. He carries a splendid assortment of dry goods and clothing and his prices are reasonable. Has many satisfied customers in this section and we always are glad to see him.


Springville – Mr. Vaughn, of Vosburg, Pa., has purchased the furniture and undertaking business of Stephen Tuttle and has taken possession and is in search of a residence for his family. ALSO Charlie Opman, a long resident, died Sept. 15, 1919, while leaning over to tie his shoe strings. He, with his son Glenn, occupied the rooms over the Lehigh Valley station.


Susquehanna – Physical Director Armstrong has secured 25 boys from the schools and formed a football team. They met for practice at Elmhurst Park on Friday afternoon. The equipment for the team has been ordered.


Heart Lake – Blanche A. Smith was united in marriage to Arlo Davenport, of Dalton, Pa, on Sept 10th, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Smith. The bride’s gown was of white satin and chiffon, trimmed with pearls. Her travelling dress was brown broadcloth. The groom wore a black sack suit. The home was tastefully trimmed with ferns and cut flowers, the chief colors being pink and white, and the marriage vows were plighted under a canopy of ferns and asters. The couple left for New Milford where they boarded the train for Niagara Falls.


Gibson – Fred Williams, who is working at the Gelatt creamery, took unto himself a wife on Monday. [According to the 1920 census, she was Pearl U. Daniels.]


Kingsley – Work has now been commenced on the Lackawanna Trail between here and Foster [Hop Bottom], hence it is closed to traffic until the work is completed.


Dimock – The new feed store of W.J. Cronk, near the depot, is now being rapidly pushed to completion and will soon be ready for occupancy. A clerk will be kept there steady to wait on the customers. ALSO C.W. Barnes has purchased a Ford touring car. ALSO James Greenwood has purchased the large Oliver farm, on the Meshoppen Creek, known as the Tiffany farm in early days.


Lakeside – B.E. Tanner has purchased the grocery stock of E. E. Mosher and will conduct an up-to-date grocery store in the place.


Elk Lake – Friends and relatives of Miss Helen Oliver and Tracy Green, of Philadelphia, are receiving announcement cards of their marriage, which took place in Philadelphia, Aug. 26, 1919. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Sarah Oliver, formerly of Dimock and the groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Green, of this place.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – The school in this place has been closed this year and Elmer Shannon has the job of drawing the pupils in the kid wagon to Auburn Center. There are 17.


Montrose – An automobile party drove on the links of the Golf Club, Sunday, and were arrested and fined $20. The links are posted as private property, which should be sufficient, but some people take no notice of such signs. ALSO A street dance on the pavement has never been seen in Montrose. It will prove a novel sight. The famous Endicott-Johnson Band will furnish music, making a pleasing concert. During the intermissions between dances it is hoped to have the Symphony Male Chorus render vocal selections. Benefit the American Legion.


Franklin Twp. – The marriage of Miss Ruth Otis and Ezra Wheaton will take place at Bethlehem, Pa., tomorrow. Mr. Wheaton is a son of Mrs. James C. Wheaton, of Salt springs, and he is a graduate of the Montrose High School and Lehigh University. For some years he has been an engineer in the employ of the Bethlehem Steel Co. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Wheaton, of Montrose and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reynolds, of Clark’s Summit, will attend the wedding.


Herrick Center – School is again progressing nicely in charge of the following teachers: Principal, Miss Mahalath Gent, of Welsh Hill; Grammar room, Miss Helen Howe; Primary, Miss Gertrude Skellett, of Starrucca.


Forest City – William Miskel, of Scranton, called on old time friends here Sunday. He has just returned from service and wanted to see how the old town looked. It will be remembered that two of his brothers, James and Joseph, made the supreme sacrifice.


Tirzah – F. E. Owens and family had a narrow escape last week. While on their way to Forest City they had reached the bridge near D. Q. Price’s when the rods that served as fender gave way and threw their large touring car off into the water. Fortunately all five occupants of the car escaped injury. The car was slightly damaged.


Uniondale – Candidates are on the hop step. One would imagine by the number of candidates who visited this community that we held the balance of power.


Clifford – Miss Flossie Allen, the Clifford “Hello Girl,” will commence teaching school this week. Miss Ruth Horton will act as operator for a time.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – The schools opened in Auburn Monday. So far there is no hired wagon to haul our school children to the Auburn High School. We wonder why.


New Milford – Perhaps the county has no more popular and successful salesman than Ben C. Norris, of New Milford, the “Delco light man” in the eastern part of the county. He will be at the Harford Fair next week where the “Delco” plant may be seen.


Hop Bottom - Quite an uncommon sight now to see airplanes going over town.

September 19 1919

September 19 (1919/2019)



Montrose – September 23rd will be the 75th birthday of Dr. Charles Decker, and this will find him, if alive, alone and in his old home. Send him a birthday card, some words of help and sympathy, and above all something substantial as a reminder that you, his friend, have not forgotten him. Could the doctor receive only the amounts due him from debts that are due him, it would place him on “easy street.” As it is now, he is needy from sickness and misfortune, the old home needs repairing and winter is coming on. Now you who are his friends take notice of this appeal and remember him on next Tuesday. If you send the doctor a message, enclosing a two-cent stamp or more, you will receive something unique in return. He has served this entire vicinity faithfully, ministering to the sick and the dying, and the poor have not been turned away. Signed, His Friends and Neighbors. ALSO Miss Eloise Warriner, who was driving a horse home from the Montrose fair, ran into a Binghamton auto, smashing the windshield, and cutting the driver’s hand. The horse was not injured, but the wagon was badly damaged.


Western end of the County – To those autoists who enjoy an afternoon spin, and appreciate beautiful scenery and good roads, we would recommend a trip between Montrose and Wyalusing via Rush, Lawton, Rushville, Stevensville and Camptown. The speedometer will show a distance of just a trifle short of 30 miles. The road between Montrose and Rushville is undoubtedly the best stretch of dirt road, of equal length, in the county and the macadam between Camptown and Wyalusing is in perfect condition. An exceedingly prosperous agricultural section is traversed.


Harford – Raymond Cameron and Leon Rundell, staff writers of the Elk Music Co., of Binghamton, have just published a new song, entitled “That Dixie Jazz.” This song promises to be one of the season’s most popular hits and the friends of Mr. Cameron will be pleased to learn of his acquired fame. Mr. Cameron was formerly of Harford where his people now live.


Choconut Valley – The Choconut creek seems to be filling up with fine fish. James Gilroy, while out fishing, caught an eel, twenty-nine inches in length, weighing two and one-half pounds, and another which was at first supposed to be a bass.


Williams Pond – Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lewis have moved to their new home at Heart Lake. ALSO H. M. Howard had the misfortune to break his wrist while trying to start his auto.


South Ararat – The Hunters’ picnic, held at Fiddle Lake, Labor Day, was largely attended. The ladies’ Aid, of Herrick, furnished dinner, which was fit for a king, and all there could not say enough in praise of it.


Brooklyn – Miss Clara Winans, Ass’t. Supt. of Schools, and Miss Noble, the new Domestic Science teacher, were in town Tuesday. Beside the classes of Domestic Science in the High School, a course in cooking and home sanitation for the women in the community will meet soon.


Susquehanna – The Business Men’s Association has decided to form a Realty Co., with a capital stock of $25,000, for the purpose of building houses to be sold to the people of Susquehanna, Oakland and Lanesboro. Several houses will be built and it seems as if there may be some relief at hand for the many who, while working in the Erie shops, are compelled to make  their home elsewhere, but would gladly make this their home town could they find houses for rent or purchase.


Scranton – The late John Mitchell, former president of the United Mine Workers of America, was buried in St. Paul’s cemetery, Scranton, because of a dying request that he be buried near the homes of the miners he knew so well. Agitation for the building of a monument in Scranton as a tribute to the memory of Mitchell already has been started.


Forest City – The Slovenian Katholic Dramatic and Singing society has been organized and it is expected that plays will appear in the near future. The society is composed of a number who have appeared in various dramas presented here in the Slovenian language and have been prominent as well in musical circles. ALSO John Grum was in Scranton yesterday to file his final papers in the naturalization court. His witnesses were Joseph Kameen and John Dutchman.  ALSO A pretty wedding was celebrated in St. Joseph’s church yesterday morning when Miss Mary Pauline Zaller was united with Frank Becyan by the pastor, Rev. Joseph Tomsic. Frank Simkovitz was the best man and Miss Julia Dressler was the bridesmaid. A wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. A. Zaller, of North Main street, at which many invited guests were present. Music was furnished by an orchestra and members of the Zvon Singing society. The bride is one of the most popular young ladies of this vicinity, having been employed for some time in Mrs. Really’s store. They will locate in Cleveland, Ohio, where the groom holds a lucrative position.


Uniondale – Bert McPherson drove his Ford truck over the new road, known as the Eli Crandall road, last Sunday. He thinks that when the road is hard that he can go the entire distance “in high.”


East Rush – On Saturday last, at the church in this place, was held the funeral of one of our esteemed neighbors, Mrs. Harvey Estus, who lately moved from this place to Montrose to reside with her son, E. W. Estus, who is the manager of the Brown & Fassett feed business. Mrs. Estus was a person whom one felt the better for knowing. She was always cheerful and had a pleasant word for everyone and was a devout Christian, being a member of the East Rush M. E. church for nearly fifty years.


Marriage Licenses: Willis Clark Sherman and Helen Brooks, Springville; Wm. H. Berg, Franklin Twp. and Mary S. Canfield, Montrose; Rolland B. Leslie, Bridgewater Twp. and Eunice L. Mathews, New Milford Twp.; Daniel H. Bonner, Thompson and Aletta H. Sampson, Jackson; Harry A. Brown and Anna M. Lindsley, Hallstead; Eugene P. Gallagher, Montrose and Ruby V. Shoemaker, Springville; Harry P. Watson, and Jane L. Guiton, Middletown.


News Briefs: A half-million dollar fire visited Scranton Wednesday night and several persons were seriously burned. The Sall Mountain Co. plant was destroyed, and the Williams Chocolate Co., Clark box factory, Quackenbush warehouse and other adjoining buildings were burned. The heat was so great that horses and fire trucks were scorched by the flames. ALSO Joseph Moessew, a Binghamton grocer, pleaded guilty to profiteering in Federal Court the other day and was fined $500. He had been selling sugar at fifteen cents a pound and was reported to the authorities. ALSO Wireless telephone messages have been received in Norway from a station on our Atlantic coast. As usual, America is the first in inventions and progressive methods. And now that the voice of America is the first to make the transatlantic flight, well may we say that wonders never cease.

September 26 1919

September 26 (1919/2019)



Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The Shelp reunion was well attended. Those from a distance were: Mrs. Bennett, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, formerly Mattie Shelp, daughter of Thomas Shelp; Frank Shelp and wife, of Marathon, NY and Mrs. Dimon, of Lasksville, Pa. [probably Larksville, Pa.].


Jackson – Some of the men of the Baptist church met Thursday and completed the work on the sheds as well as fixed the sluice in front of the church. Their wives came and got dinner for them and held an Aid. ALSO School opened last week with a fairly good attendance. The teachers this year are: Mr. Strockbine, principal and Mrs. Walter Lewis for the lower room.


Lenoxville – Howard Stephens, of the firm of Ridgeway & Stephens, Ford automobile dealers of this place, was in Montrose on Tuesday to get a car from agent H. M. Cole. “Howard” is not only a most agreeable young man to meet, but is of the type of men who permit no grass to grow under their feet. ALSO One of the largest cattle sales held in this part of the state is that advertised in another column, by E. H. Ridgeway, one hundred head of cows and heifers to be sold at auction in Mr. Ridgeway’s large sales pavilion, near here, four miles west of Clifford. A free dinner will be served and a brass band will be present. ALSO Orchestra Dance at Stephens’ Hall, Friday evening, Oct. 3rd. Bill, per couple, 75 cents, including war tax. Come and have a good time. Round and square dancing—all you want. Ice cream and soft drinks will be served. Gorton & Freeman, Mgrs.


Montrose – The Montrose High School Foot Ball Team has secured the service “Ben” Engle, State College great half back, for coach. “Ben” has been putting the team through many plays, even to the new army stunts and our first game at Athletic Park, this Saturday afternoon, against Keystone Academy, should be well patronized. Good coaching and good patronage makes a good team. ALSO L.P. Mahon, manager of the A. & P. Store, has purchased the Wm. Doran property on Locust street and the entire furnishings. In an interview with “Lee” in regard to the purchase he said he bought everything, even the chickens. It is a very fine property, and the purchaser is to be congratulated.


Oakland – Robert Ticknor, one of Susquehanna’s popular young men, has purchased the Oakland Restaurant recently established by the late W. R. Stoneback, and is in possession. ALSO - Jos. F. Stack, who purchased the Brush Brothers grocery store in Oakland, some months ago, has taken a partner, Leon T. Bryant, a well-known Susquehanna young man, having purchased a half interest in the business. The firm will be known as the Stack-Bryant.


South Auburn – Harry Love, of South Auburn, suffered a heavy loss recently when his Dodge truck was destroyed by fire. He was carrying 25 gallons of gasoline for use in silo filling and when near the Frank Park farm the car and the load of gasoline burst into flames. It is thought that the cans of gasoline leaked and was ignited by the exhaust. The flames shot high into the air and for a short time made a very hot fire. There was no insurance on the truck and it is a serious loss to Mr. Love.


West Auburn – Allen Jayne has built an addition to his barn for storage purposes. Mr. Jayne is the only man who has an apple crop worth mentioning in this vicinity. It is estimated that he will have from 1000 to 1200 barrels.


Franklin Twp. – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. John Webster, of Franklin, Sept. 22, 1919, a ten-pound daughter, Rosalin Minette Webster.


Silver Lake – The ball game at Laurel Lake, between Laurel Lake and Middletown, was largely attended, the score being 15-5 in favor of Laurel Lake. ALSO A party of young people, consisting of Ambrose Mahoney and Floyd Conklin, of Flowery Valley, Mable Hickey, John Hickey and Leo McManus, of Choconut, Wm. Shea, of Silver Lake, were entertained one evening recently at the home of Hugh Murphy.


Brooklyn – A hearty Welcome Home reception was given at the I.O.O.F. hall, Saturday evening, to the last of our soldier boys who have recently been discharged: Captain T.O. Williams, Sidney Hughes, Will Burbank, Clarence Tiffany, Ely Rogers and Oscar Stephens. G. H. Terry acted as chairman of the meeting and after some patriotic songs he introduced W. A. Stephens, who gave the address of welcome. Dr. Williams gave an interesting talk on his experiences and the other boys spoke briefly, thanking the community for their hearty welcome.


Rush – Mrs. Chas. Bowen has received a full line of fall and winter millinery and will be pleased to have the ladies call and inspect them.


Forest City – Frank Zaller and Stanley Zywrech, aged eleven years, were hauled before Squire Thomas Brown, charged with having stolen a gold watch and chain, a string of pearl beads, a Flobest, a rifle, a razor, and Masonic apron and sundry other articles, valued at $66, from the home of Frank Hornbeck, corner of Railroad street and Grand avenue. Most of the stolen property was returned. The boys pleaded guilty to the charge. Bail was fixed at $500 for their appearance at court. Bail was procured for the Zaller boy and the Zywrech lad was taken in charge of chief of police Wolfort, who took him to the house of detention at Montrose. ALSO The Lithuanians of Forest City and vicinity will hold their tag day on September 29. The Lithuanian Red Cross society meets every week for the purpose of making clothing to be sent to the distressed people of Lithuania. They make this appeal to the citizens of Forest City in order to afford greater assistance to the homeland.


Harford – Harford Fair was a fine success. Weather was favorable, exhibitions were good and everybody had a general good time. Harford Vocational School had a fine exhibition in Mechanics Hall and if anyone failed to see it they missed something worthwhile.


Uniondale – Burns Lyons has a new Overland automobile. Burns says it’s a hummer. ALSO A Cuban has been the guest of Lloyd Wademan during the week. Both were classmates at Wyoming Seminary and intend to enter the University of Pennsylvania together. The young man from the young republic had never seen snow until he came to this state. His father is one of the leading sugar growers of the island.


Marriage Licenses: John Smith and Narsuri Argilis, both of Forest City; Geo. VanVleck and Hazel Halderman, both of Great Bend; Arthur V. Buckley and Frances I. Sullivan, both of Susquehanna; Ude L. Jones, Rush and Mary Louise Chase, Auburn Twp.; Hubert A. Yeomans, Dimock and Pauline E. Robinson, Bridgewater; Seward Wall and Gladys Whitney, both of Thompson; Charles P. O’Malley and Alice A. Barro, both of Susquehanna; Hugh C. Roberts and Lillian L. Stark, both of Springville; L.B. Reed, Lanesboro and Edna V. Swingle, Thompson; Harry A. Worden and Emily J. Fisk, both of Liberty Twp.

October 03 1919

October 03 (1919/2019)



Montrose – Marshall H. VanScoten died at his home on Sept. 28. He was a native of Blairstown, NJ, where he was born 78 years ago on Sept. 15, 1841. His parents moved to Auburn township and it was from there that he went out to fight for the Union when a young man of 19. He was a Corporal in the 4th Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteers and left the war as a sergeant. He was in 32 battles and skirmishes and had many miraculous escapes. Eleven bullets passed through portions of his clothing, yet a minor wound on the hand was the only scar received in the fighting. His engagements were at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Malvern Hill, Gaines Mills, Mechanicsville, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek, Hatcher’s Run, High Bridge, and others. He was with Gen. Crook’s expedition through West Virginia, when the battles of Clyde Mountain and New River Bridge were fought. The soldiers suffered great privations on this march, being for days without food and he often related the dreaded march of the footsore “boys in blue” through the mountains. VanScoten was taken prisoner at the battle of High Bridge, but fortunately Lee surrendered a few days later and he was released. He was married to Eleanor B. Gay and six children were born to them. After Eleanor’s death in 1901 he married Mrs. Ella LeCouver, who survives him. In collaboration with Mrs. John France he wrote a history of Co. H., 4th Pennsylvania Reserves Volunteer Corps, covering the conception, organization and campaigns. He delivered one of the principal addresses at the dedication of monuments at the Pennsylvania Day Exercises at Sharpsburg, Md. in 1906. He moved to Montrose in 1896 and for years held the office of justice of the peace and was also a pension attorney. His funeral was attended by the G.A.R., Sons and Daughters of Veterans and K of P Lodge members.


Susquehanna – The work of paving the streets is progressing rapidly, although the bad weather has interfered considerably with the work.


Rush – Walter Swisher is driving the oil wagon for the Atlantic Refining Co.


Uniondale –There have been two important property deals here the past week. The first is the property of Tennant & Webster, which was purchased at sheriff’s sale by Frank Sheffel, who will soon embark in the coal trade and the sale of farm machinery and wagons, a business so successfully conducted at the stand by Frank Westgate. The second and larger deal is the sale of the Uniondale Mill to C.P. Mathews & Sons, of Scranton, who assumed possession yesterday, having in addition to the mill, secured the large stock of grain and feed carried by S.E. Lowry. The mill will be under the direction of S. J. Sebring, a practical miller of Gouldsboro. Dannie Howell will assist in custom work. Mr. Sebring is to reside in Douglas & Yale’s house on Main Street. S. E. Lowry, who retires after a connection with the mill the past 12 years, will take a much needed rest.


Gibson – As Sept. 25th was the birthday of E.T. Senior, he invited those born in the same year to help celebrate the day, which was one of great enjoyment to all present. A bountiful dinner was served, consisting of a roast pig that weighted forty pounds and other good things that go to make up a good dinner. All did full justice to the pig, but could not eat it all, as Mr. and Mrs. Senior entertained company on Friday and Saturday and still there was pig left. Those present who were born in ’49, were: W.R. Mackey, Mrs. Williston Chamberlin, Mrs. Sarah Strockbine, Mrs. E.T. Senior and Mrs. W.H. Estabrook. The other guests were: Mr. and Mrs. George Whitmarsh, of Gelatt; DeWitt Shepardson, wife and daughter, Nellie, of Marion, N.C. It sure was a day of enjoyment and all joined in wishing for many happy returns of the day.


Kingsley – What might have proven a disastrous fire occurred here Sunday afternoon when Sloat’s mill and another small building and Mrs. Jennie Tiffany’s double house was discovered on fire. A few moments before the steam roller passed through, which is to be used on the Lackawanna Trail, and the sparks from the engine is supposed to have caused the fire. A bucket brigade was soon on the job and the Austin truck supplied the water and with the help of a large crowd of men, women and children the fire was soon under control. Mrs. Tiffany’s house was badly damaged by water and part of the roof was badly burned.


Hop Bottom – Samuel W. Kellum died Sept. 27, 1919. He was one of the best known railroad men of this section and from 1871 to 1895 was at the Lackawanna station at Scranton as chief train dispatcher, a position he filled with signal ability and fidelity to every demand upon him. For most of the years of his work the Lackawanna was a single-track road and no trains moved except on his order, and to his creditable record the Lackawanna trains ran on time and an accident of any kind was a rarity.


Jackson – It has been reported that the Baptist parsonage property will be sold to P. R. Tucker and that a residence near the church will be later used for the new parsonage.


Auburn Twp. – Emery Loomis, of Orange, NJ, has been spending the past week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Loomis, and with his wife’s people, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cole. His wife and baby have been spending several weeks here. Mr. Loomis was at Cleveland, Ohio, last week, and purchased an eight-cylinder Chandler chummy roadster, which he drove down here.


Forest City – Anthony Kusnick is in Scranton today to get his final naturalization papers. His witnesses are Wm. Gliha and John Gerchman. Anthony will have no trouble in securing the coveted papers for he was in Uncle Sam’s fighting force in France and in the service nearly two years. He has the distinction of being one of two men of foreign birth who were the first to don the khaki from this section. ALSO W.M. Clark, for many years a resident of this place, left yesterday to make his home at Endicott, NY. He is a veteran of the Civil War and with his departure Forest City is left without a single participant in that great struggle. His son, Benjamin and daughter, Louise, will also make their home in the shoe town. The family has resided here 26 years. ALSO Clinton Derr bought a house at Johnson City intending to move his family there, but they refused to go, preferring to go to Bloomsburg, whither they proceeded Monday.


News Briefs: An evangelist who was conducting nightly services announced that on the following evening he would speak on the subject of “Liars.” He advised his hearers to read in advance the 17th chapter of Mark. The next night he arose and said, “I am going to preach on “Liars’” tonight and I would like to know how many read the chapter I suggested?” A hundred hands were upraised. “Now,” said he, “you are the very persons I want to talk to—there isn’t any 17th chapter of Mark.” ALSO The owner of a steel mill in the Middle West was waited upon by a committee of employees. They demanded higher wages and shorter hours. “Sit down, boys,” said the steel maker. “Let’s talk it over: You and I have worked hard to help win the war. I made money; so did you. As a result we are tired, impatient and inclined to ‘pick’ on someone. You need a rest; so do I. Here’s what I am going to do: This mill will be closed for 20 days. I am going fishing. It’s great for contemplation. When I return you can all come back on the present terms. Think it over.” They did. A month later the mill reopened and every worker was in his place.

October 10 1919

October 10 (1919/2019)



Forest City – George Bell, who is staying with his son, Dr. H. R. Bell, is in receipt of a letter from a brother of whom he had heard absolutely nothing for the past 39 years. The brother disappeared and was mourned as lost. Last week, however, the silence of years was broken and the absent one apprised his brother of his whereabouts and that if an answer was received a story would be unfolded by the brother whose address is Columbus, Ohio.


Uniondale – The Suffrage Club was entertained at the home of Mrs. Burns Lyon last Friday evening and as usual a great time was enjoyed by the members. An interesting program was presented followed by dainty refreshments.


Lynn – W. A. Sheldon has the finest turnout in town in the shape of a horse and buggy. He doesn’t propose to take anybody’s dust, however.


Brookdale, Liberty Twp. – The Pentecostal Mission people have purchased the M. E. church here and held their first service there last Sunday.


Montrose – L. P. Mahon, manager of the Colonial Hall, will conduct three dances Teachers’ Institute week, the evenings of Oct. 14th, 15th, 16th. These social dances have always been very enjoyable affairs, and with splendid music by a Scranton jazz orchestra, will prove no exception. ALSO A movement has been started to have a gymnasium in the basement of Colonial Hall and the plan is to ask the Alumni of the Montrose High School to contribute to the equipment.


Rush – Recurring impressions of Christie Curran, of Lawton, that of one large, both of body and soul, as we meet him from time to time, were confirmed the other day when passing the Rush High School, where he is a valued teacher, at recess time, when he was mingling with his pupils and assisting them in their sports. We remarked on this to a Rush citizen and his unique reply was: “The pupils like Christie and wish to obey him to the letter when in the school room; when they behold his towering they know that they would have to obey him, anyway.” He knows how to develop the best there is in a boy or girl—a valuable quality in an instructor. [Christie Curran was also known as outstanding in the sport of baseball.]


Friendsville – It was the writer’s pleasure to visit the borough of Friendsville the other day. This section of the county is rich in reminiscence, and surmounting a lofty eminence, is a picturesque spot. Although not situated on important arteries of travel now, a considerable business is done at this point. One of the matters giving charm to this borough is the fact that E. E. Lee has his residence and place of business here, his large and well-kept store enjoying a large business. Mr. Lee has a native charm and grace found in few men, and is an impressive figure in any company, anywhere.


Heart Lake – Photographer F. D. Greene, while pushing his car out of a ditch on Gardner Hill, near Heart Lake, lost the small finger on his left hand. He had his hand on a spoke of the back wheel, when the car started back and the brake band cut off the finger with a clean shear cut. Mr. Greene says he can spare that finger the best of any. He is at his place of business every day.


Susquehanna – Two army airplanes, manned by lieutenants, landed on the Bert Beebe farm, a short distance above Pinecrest, the summer home of Hon. C. Fred Wright, at this place, one evening last week. The machines landed after circling around for half an hour. They were enroute from Cooperstown to Honesdale, and encountering heavy mists and fog banks, feared to continue lest they run into a mountain, so came to earth. F. Miller Wright brought the two aviators to the Canawacta Hotel, where they spent the night. They resumed their flight in the morning. Presumably all these machines were part of the squadron of 50 military airplanes that left Mineola, Long Island, yesterday morning in the great trans-continental air race and reliability  test to San Francisco and return.


Jessup Twp. – A box social will be held at the Griffis Hill school house, Friday evening, Oct. 10th. Everybody come. Ladies please bring boxes. Benefit of the school. Pearl Ainey, Teacher.


South Harford – Whitney Chamberlain, an old resident of South Harford, died at his home Friday morning after a long illness. He was an old veteran of the Civil War, [69th PA Infantry], and his age was 74 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Funeral was held at his late home, Rev. Benson, of New Milford, conducting the service. Interment in the South Harford cemetery. George Osmun and Melvin Tingley, Sextons of the town of Harford, being employed to dig the grave.


Brackney – Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Barney held a social dance at their cottage at Quaker Lake last Friday evening, Oct. 3rd. About 50 were present and all enjoyed the evening very much. The party consisted mostly of friends of this neighborhood. ALSO Curtis Lee has a Shetland pony and cart which takes his four daughters to school every day. The girls enjoy it very much.


Jackson – J. Mitchell Bennetts, of Wilkes-Barre, Dist. Superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League in NE Pennsylvania, spoke at the M. E. church, Wednesday evening, on the temperance question, giving an understandable logical presentation of temperance to a fair sized audience. ALSO Miss Nellie Dewitt, of Charlestown, N. C., is spending a furlough of twenty-two days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter DeWitt, of North Jackson. She is a trained nurse in the government service and has recently returned from an ocean voyage to Belgium, being one having in charge 400 German alien women being transported to their native country.


Auburn Twp. – Lt. Stanley Loomis, star end on the Delaware College foot ball team in 1917, who, as the result of wounds received in a regular army infantry regiment in France, lost one leg last summer, has re-entered college for his senior year. He was nominated for County Treasurer on the Democratic ticket and his election is said to be almost assured owing to his popularity. Regardless of the result of the election, he will remain to get his degree next June.


Brooklyn – Charles T. Otto and Miss Alice Watrous have announced their marriage, which took place at Binghamton on Sept. 12th. Their many friends extend hearty congratulations.


Gibson Twp. – William H. DaVall, Sr., a highly respected resident of this place, passed peacefully away at his home near South Gibson, Oct. 2, in his 84th year. He was born Feb. 25, 1836, in Preston, Wayne county, his grandparents being pioneer settlers in that county. On June 22, 1867 He was married to Huldah C. Chandler, of South Gibson, where he later purchased the old Chandler homestead, residing there a very successful farmer the remainder of his life. [The Susquehanna County Historical Society has, on display, a painting of the Chandler/DaVall farm, as it appeared in the mid-19th century. It was donated to the Society by a descent of the DaVall family. The Hazard Powers Cemetery can be seen on a hill immediately behind the farm.]


News Brief: “Did she tell you the truth when you asked her how old she was?” “Oh, yes.” “What did she say?” “That it was none of my business.”

October 17 1919

October 17 (1919/2019)



Glenwood – John Felton, of South Harford, who was reported as being seriously injured by an angry bull, one day last week, has recovered and is out around. John had a very narrow escape.


Lynn – The husking bee that was to have been held at the home of C. O. Button, was a failure on account of the rainy weather, although quite a few gathered in the house and got away with quite a lot of pumpkin pies, cake and coffee for fear they might spoil before the weather cleared, so they might try it over again next time. ALSO R. B. Williams has the finest cow stable in town, it being newly concreted and white-washed, with up to date stanchions, etc. to match. His cows are justly proud of it and show their appreciation by filling the milk pails to overflowing.


Elkdale – Esther, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and MRS. Ray Lee, of Elkdale, met death in an unfortunate manner shortly before the dinner hour Tuesday of last week. She was playing beneath a platform at the Elkdale creamery when it gave away, crushing the life out of the little tot, whose condition was discovered by her father who is engaged as a buttermaker at the creamery. Life was extinct when found.


Gelatt – Russell Howell and Sue Gelatt, both of this place, were united in marriage by Rev. O. J. Brush, last Wednesday morning. They are both members of the Baptist church and Sunday school here. They expect to take up their abode in Carbondale, where he is employed in the [railroad] shops.


Montrose – Frank Felker has accepted the agency for the Hupmobile and has an advertisement relative thereto in another column. The “Hub” is a very popular automobile and “Frank” will be pleased to arrange for demonstrations.


Great Bend – Mistaken for a deer while on the Syracuse College rifle range, near Watertown, Saturday, Oct. 4th, Nelson F. Jonas, of this place, was shot and killed by Peter Helfer, aged 50, an old-time hunter, according to an item appearing in the Transcript. Jonas was a forestry student at Syracuse, and was passing through the woods near the rifle range when Helfer shot him, thinking the moving object was a deer. Helfer has been exonerated by the coroner. Jonas entered Syracuse last March. ALSO It is expected that the preliminary work on the State road from Great Bend toward Oakland will be completed this fall. Engineer Birchard is now waiting orders from the Highway Department to start surveys. The contract between the county and Highway Department was signed several weeks ago.


Lake View – Twenty-five and probably more of the air ships, starting from New York for the Pacific coast, went a little north of this place. The writer saw and heard twenty-five planes. AND  Jackson people counted thirty-two airplanes last week, sailing in the big trans-continental flight.


New Milford – September 30, 1919, occurred the death of William T. Ward, at his home in Saginaw, Mich. Mr. Ward was for many years a resident of New Milford, where he and his father conducted a general store nearly opposite the Eagle Hotel, now the Lewis House. In years gone by the Ward family was very prominently identified with the interests of New Milford. The residence of the late Col. C. C. Pratt was the Ward homestead. Of late years, however, the family has gradually left town until none now remain. The Ward name is always connected with the early history of the village. ALSO An automobile accident occurred Thursday on the New Milford road, when the car of mail carrier Stevens, of New Milford,  collided with a market wagon belonging to Charles Stuart. Mr. Stuart and his wife, one daughter, his son, Roland, and Harold Banker were returning from Hallstead, when the accident happened. Mrs. Stuart, who was quite badly injured, was taken to the home of Arthur Banker and Dr. Merrell called to treat her. He found her nose fractured and several large cuts and bruises about the head and face. She was later taken to her home in Graham Hollow. Mr. Stuart and his daughter were also severely injured. Mr. Stevens and his son and a gentleman who was with them were thrown out of the car as it turned turtle, but they escaped uninjured.


Dimock – There seems to be a large crop of chestnuts in the woods this season by the way they come in the Dimock stores, paying 10 cents a pound for them. ALSO A large new bell has been placed on the graded school here, which is rung daily by the faithful janitor, George Howell. ALSO There seems to be more automobiles running on the roads now than wagons.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Charles Smith, veteran of the Civil War, is reported dangerously ill at his home there, with no hopes of recovery, he being nearly 80 years of age.


Susquehanna – Susquehanna’s Foot Ball team came over to play a game with Montrose yesterday—and we might as well out with it—the score was 31 to 7, in favor of the visitors. The game, as arranged, was to be between the High School teams, but when the visitors showed up several appeared to be giants, and it was conjectured that these husky chaps saw little time inside a school room. This inclined the Montrosers to “augment” the strength of their team by substituting some players, a little heavier than the school boys, and this caused considerable friction between the teams. The visitors explained that all their players spent at least 15 hours a week in the school room, which, technically, permitted them to be termed “pupils.” The game was patched up and the game played. One hundred from Susquehanna came over to witness the game.


Little Meadows – The prettiest wedding took place at St. Thomas church at high noon, Sept. 30, 1919, when Miss Stella Bergin and Edward Butler were united in holy wedlock by Rev. J. J. McGuckin. About 3:30 o’clock the bride and groom took their departure for a trip to Detroit, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and neighboring cities, touring in their new Chalmers car. The bride was a school teacher here and the groom, formerly of this place, is in business in Endicott. They will make their home at 100 Monroe St., Endicott.


Crystal Lake – The Elkview Country Club has secured control of a tract of 60 acres of land on the south shore of Crystal Lake and an expert has laid out a golf course. Next spring the club will build a commodious club house on a site overlooking the lake and with a wonderful view toward Elk mountains. Prominent Carbondalians are behind the movement.


Thompson – We met a lady on the street the other day and asked her what she had for the paper this week: she replied, “nothing unless you tell them I am 87 years old and still able to travel and do my work.” Her name is Mrs. Anna Cuddleback and she lives on the second floor of Mrs. Cynthia Hubbard’s house on Jackson street. They are sisters-in-law.


Forest City – The Hillside Volunteer Hose company enjoyed their third annual dance in the Municipal hall, Tuesday evening. The music was fine and the fire laddies are to be congratulated upon the social and financial success of the event.

October 24 1919

October 24 (1919/2019)



Montrose – Negotiations are now under way between W. A. Welliver, who has successfully conducted the C-NicTheatre, and the executors of the T. J. Davies estate, which owns a fine building lot adjoining the post office building, for the purchase of the lot. Mr. Welliver proposes to erect a modern building on the site and will locate a theatre on the first floor, with a seating capacity of from 400 to 500. It will be built to accommodate the moving picture shows, but vaudeville and other performances as well, stage, drop curtain, wings loft, etc., together with dressing rooms. ALSO The Montrose Buffaloes were defeated by the strong Dunmore foot ball team Saturday by the score of 7-0. The Montrose team played an excellent game, showing a much better form than in the game with Susquehanna. The people are asked to support the town team by their presence at the future games, and it is hoped that Montrose will have a team to be proud of.


New Milford – Willis Cobb is a wide-awake dairyman, but until about a year ago $10 was a fair price for him to get for a calf. Last year he and two of his neighbors bought a bull for $600 and joined a bull association. Mr. Cobb’s share of this expense was $200 and the three of them only have one bull to feed now. Just a few weeks ago Mr. Cobb sold a grade calf for $25, which was sired by his new bull, and he has refused $150 for a nice purebred heifer calf by this same sire. Mr. Cobb will receive good returns on his investment the first year and he will have the use of four bulls for eight years without any further cost to him. A bull association can do the same for you as it did for Mr. Cobb. ALSO The new silk mill will commence work in a small way next Monday. Only a few girls will be hired as it would be impossible to instruct a large number at a time. Girls who desire work are requested to report to the mill Saturday, when Superintendent Greene will hire those he needs and explain the company’s plan. New girls will be hired as needed until the mill is working to its capacity.


Friendsville – The marriage of Miss Margaret Fitzgerald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fitzgerald of this place, and Joseph Murphy, of Flynn, was solemnized at St. Francis Xavier’s church, on Wednesday, October 8th. Miss Anna Foran played the wedding march. The bride wore a taupe suit, with hat to match, and carried a bouquet of white roses. She was attended by Miss Mary Furey, of Binghamton, who wore a brown suit, with hat to match, and carried a bouquet of pink roses. John Murphy, of Scranton, brother of the groom, was the best man.


Kingsley – Come to the basement of the Universalist church on Hallowe’en night and participate in the fun that will be there for your amusement and be sure and try a hand at fishing; everyone catches something. Don’t fail to call on the fortune-teller and hear your future read. When ready for supper select your lady and join in the grand march. A prize will be given for the couple who keep step in best time. Look out for a “booby prize.” Unmask at the table. Music all the time. After supper, auction sale.


Gelatt – Russell Howell and Susan Gelatt were married on Wednesday and are on a trip to the southern part of the state. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thomas.


Scranton/Dimock – Effie Hinckley, youngest daughter of Mark Hinckley, of Dimock, one of Susquehanna county’s best teachers, married 41 years ago. She and her husband went to Scranton 15 years ago and set up a one-horse wagon bakery. Mr. Moore lived but a few years after going to Scranton and Mrs. Moore went on with the bakery business, building a large bakery and store house. She had three children, two boys and a girl; nineteen grand-children, ten boys and nine girls. She recently sold her bakery for $20,000, gave each of her children $5,000 and has money left to live on as long as she lives. She is the youngest sister of Mrs. Daniel Crossen, of Bridgewater.


Uniondale – The Tri-County Fair Assoc., after many vicissitudes, is now in a position where a very promising future is assured, if a few public-spirited and energetic men will take hold. With the coming of the automobile the country fair, which a few years ago appeared to be in a fair way to extinction, has again come into its own. After receipts of $1700 this year, putting the Association on a solid financial foundation, the loyal supporters need the help of others, because no fair will run itself.


Silver Lake – A dance was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Brigham, of Laurel Lake, and about 90 were present from Brackney, Flowery Valley, Richmond Hill, Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, and Hardscrabble. Music by the Hill family. A fine time was enjoyed by all.


Hallstead – Earl Tiffany has purchased the Conley property near the silk mill and will erect an excelsior factory. This being on a switch track, it will give good shipping facilities.


Harford – A movement is on foot to consolidate the congregations of the Congregational and Methodist-Episcopal churches of Harford, for all purposes of work and worship, to be known as the Federated Church of Harford, Pa. This is in line with a country-wide effort to consolidate churches where the congregations are not large enough to warrant a separate existence. It is a splendid movement.


Thompson – The young gentry of Thompson have organized a “Basket Ball” team and will play their first game at Keystone Hall, Friday evening, Nov. 7th with the Forest city team. The boys will strive to give you a good time and solicit your patronage without which it cannot be maintained; so encourage them by your presence.


Scranton/Dundaff – Charles H. Wells, one of the best known attorneys of Scranton, passed away on his 50th wedding anniversary. He was born in Dundaff in 1845, the son of Charles H. and Sarah Gay Welles. His forebears came from Connecticut and on his mother’s side he was descended from the Gay family of Wyoming. He was admitted to the Bar of Luzerne County in 1867 and the law firm of Welles & Torrey, was established in 1898. His knowledge of legal precedent and processes had given him great prominence throughout the state and was an active member of the State Bar Association.


Head Stuffed From Catarrh or a Cold? Instant relief—no waiting. Your clogged nostrils open right up; the air passages of your head clear and you can breathe freely. No more hawking, snuffing, blowing, headache, dryness. No struggling for breath at night; your cold or catarrh disappears. Get a small bottle of Ely’s Cream Balm from your druggist now. Apply a little of this fragrant, antiseptic, healing cream in your nostrils. It penetrates through every air passage of the head, soothes the inflamed or swollen mucous membrane and relief comes instantly.


News Brief: The right of a woman to hold a county office is denied by Judge George A. Baldwin, of Beaver county, in what was said to be the first decision of the kind in Pennsylvania. The Judge said he had nothing to guide him except common law and he summarized the common law ineligibility of women to hold office as a government function. “The law is that one who does not have the power to choose does not have the right to be chosen,” he said. The judge suggests legislation, but says the court has no power to legislate.


October 31 1919

October 31 (1919/2019)



Lenoxville – Elmer Ridgeway’s sale, held near Lenoxville, was one of the finest community picnics held in the county this year. In addition to being the most successful sale, it was a most enjoyable picnic. Between 500 and 800 people were there and enjoyed a free dinner which Mr. Ridgeway had provided by the Ladies’ Aid Society. A band of 15 pieces furnished music during the noon hour. The sale commenced at 1:30 and by 3:20 eighty grade cows were sold. They sold 25 cows in thirty minutes to start with. Mr. Ridgeway had been careful in the selection of his live stock and his sale was a big credit to him. The highest price paid for a grade cow was $265 and the average price was between $175 and $200. The first registered cow to be sold, untested, went for $700. During the latter part of the sale it was difficult to get the people quiet and a real picnic resulted, and for this reason the registered cattle did not bring the money that was anticipated. Thirty-five head of registered cattle were sold with an average of over $400.


Springville – An event of great importance in the history of the progressive town of Springville will occur Nov. 1st, the opening of the First National Bank of Springville, for business. For many years Springville has been a lively business center, its stores attracting trade from a wide section of the county. But the town has been handicapped for banking facilities and now, fortunately, these have been provided, filling a real community need. It will have a burglar proof vault and safe deposit boxes. The bank is officiated as follows: D.D. Layton, president; L.B. Johnson, vice-president; W.F. Barron, cashier.


Montrose – Don’t forget the Community Hallowe’en celebration on Friday evening, Oct. 31. The big, fantastic parade will start from the school house at 7:30 and proceed down Public avenue to the square, between the Farmers National Bank and Burns’ Drug Store, where games will be played and contests held. It is expected that the band will furnish music and that other organizations and fire companies will be present. Pie-eating contests, boxing contest, dodge ball, sack race, potato race, bob apple and other Hallowe’en stunts will be on the program. ALSO Lieut. Filmore Day, Jr., has recently received an honorable discharge from the Army and is now spending a short time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Day. Lieut. Day was gassed while in France and was in a rest camp for several months.


Harford – J.W. Rettberg, the Rawleigh man, with his drug store on wheels, was in this vicinity Saturday, and his extracts, spices and medicines need no explanation, for you all know they are good.


Hop Bottom – A masquerade social will be held in Loomis Hall, Friday evening, Oct. 31. Admission 10 cents. A cafeteria lunch will be served. A prize is offered to the person wearing the most beautiful costume; also to the one wearing the most grotesque costume.


Jackson – The teachers and students of the Jackson graded schools are arranging a Memorial day program in memory of Corp. Floyd E. Waters on Nov. 10th, being the elapse of one year to that date since he gave up his life on the western front. A historical sketch of the life of another one of Jackson’s fallen heroes, in a former war, Myron French, who gave up his life in the battle of Gettysburg, will also be read. Two short talks will also be presented by a Civil War veteran and a World War veteran. The purpose of the meeting is to arouse and keep up a spirit of patriotism in the schools by starting what is hoped will be a local Memorial day to be observed by the public schools each year on the 10th of November.


South Auburn – The neighbors of T. S. Brewer made him a husking bee on Saturday. A fine lot of work was accomplished, for which Mr. Brewer and family wish to express their thanks. Mr. Brewer has been suffering for some time with rheumatism and is unable to do his work. In Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp., while hauling corn for Thomas Crawford from his home to the Cyrus Tyler farm, a week ago, Perry Schoonmaker lost a horse blanket. The finder will do him a great kindness if he will return it to him or notify him.


Brooklyn – J.W. Adams celebrated his 80th birthday anniversary on Tuesday. His daughter and granddaughters and great grandson came up from Wilkes-Barre to honor the event. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Sickler and daughter, Frances; Mr. and Mrs. Fern Bell and son, James. On Wednesday, Oct 22, A.J. Smith reached the 75th mile stone in his life’s journey. His children gathered at his home to extend their congratulations. Both these men are in great health and are active to a remarkable degree for their years.


Lake View – Every day since the airships started on their trans-continental flight we have seen one or more going in either direction. Three have been almost as many airships as autos in the past week.


Thompson – Praises and appreciation came from every quarter on Jackson street and are aimed directly at Walter Brown for the beautiful flood of light from his new electric light which sheds forth its rays so abundantly as to light every house for some distance each way, making his residence the center of attraction at evening time. Such darkness as prevails over most of our Borough prevents many from attending evening service or doings of any kind.


Forest City – Rev. H.L. Renville, Dr. H.R. Bell, L.J. Wells, H.L. Bayless and Charles Allen, returned from a bear hunt in Pike county, Saturday afternoon. They came home bear-less, being unable to locate a single trail. They had squirrels and birds galore and captured a live rattlesnake, about five feet in length. ALSO Yesterday was Mitchell Day and all mining operations were suspended. There were no demonstrations and the day was very quietly observed. It was the first observed since the death of the former president of the United Mine Workers, a great labor leader.


Gibson – The officers of the Gibson Library association were very pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. C. L. Rowe on the evening of Oct. 21. Mrs. Row and Lucy Estabrook played a piano duet; Mrs. C. H. VanGorder sang a solo, “In Flanders’ Field;” a short talk was given by Prof. Norman Hinds on his year in France; Mrs. E. L. Hill gave a reading, “Christmas Night on the Battlefield;” and another solo by Mrs. VanGorder, “Cantiqua DeNoil.” Dainty refreshments were served. Plans were made for the annual supper on Nov. 14th, where a vegetable supper will be served. Everybody come and help the library.


Marriage Licenses: Ralph Powell, Herrick and Gladys Owens, Elkdale; B. Neville and Mabel M. Walsh, both of Little Meadows; Ellis L. Galutia, and Ada L. Ward, both of Forest Lake.

November 07 1919

November 07 (1919/2019)



Kingsley – W. H. Wilmarth was in Montrose to bring the election returns. Although 78 years of age, he is as straight as an arrow, and says he feels as well as he ever did in his life. He is an admirer of District Attorney Ferguson, who taught school at Kingsley many years ago, walking to and from his home in Cameron’s Corners, Lenox township, each day. He says “John” was always a faithful, industrious, young man.


Lake View – J. C. Morse has dug and stored nearly 800 bushels of potatoes.


Uniondale – The Woman’s Suffrage Club will meet on Friday evening with Mrs. Glenn Wolfe for the annual election of officers. All members are requested to be present. ALSO The masquerade social held in Payne’s hall, under the auspices of the school, was a grand success socially and financially. The sum realized was $28.90. There were many fancy and grotesque costumes that created much mirth. Harold Conrad won the prize for the best costume. He was dressed as a Broadway belle and carried his part perfectly to the great surprise of all.


Alford – A large truck, belonging to Ed McCloe, went off a high embankment and fell to the old D. L & W road bed (now Lackawanna Trail) Sunday evening. A load of hay, carried by the truck, took fire, affording entertainment to passengers waiting to take the train for Montrose. The truck did not burn, but was badly damaged by its drop of nearly one hundred feet.


Forest City – A benefit performance will be given in the Family Theatre on Thursday evening under the auspices of Ruby Chapter, Eastern Star. The attraction will be “The Woman on The Index” and other single reel favorites.


Montrose – S. G. Fancher, while hunting on Tuesday, was struck by a stray shot, which grazed his head, just back of the ear, but fortunately failed to pierce the scalp. It was a close call. He was sitting by a tree when startled by the report of a shot gun and a stinging sensation, and for a moment suspicioned that the open season for rabbits had been enlarged to include politicians. A shot had been fired by a companion hunter, which, striking a ledge of rocks rebounded at a sharp angle, with the above result. ALSO The D. Y. O. S. Club took up a collection amounting to $18, which will be used for little Ruth Smith, of Heart Lake, a wee sufferer with infantile paralysis. Ruth, with her brothers and sisters, was cared for by a widowed mother, who had generously opened her home, also, to an orphan child, a relative. The Club members became interested in Ruth and, through the help of Miss Borthwick, a state nurse, obtained admittance to an institution for children suffering from infantile paralysis. About three weeks ago, Miss Borthwick took the child to Philadelphia. After an examination it was decided that an operation was necessary and she was operated on at the Episcopal hospital. The mother’s name, before her marriage, was Miss Van Hoesen. 


Harford – Miss Floretta Darrow has accepted a position as teacher of the Hoover school, near West Clifford, and she began her duties on November 3.


North Jackson – C. F. Whitney will harvest only about 100 bushels of apples this year. In previous years he has harvested as high as 2,000 bushels. The apple crop is nearly a failure, as the case on the Whitney farm would illustrate.


Choconut – Elwood Thorpe, aged 11 years, adopted son of Rev. D. R. Lewis, of Choconut Center, was shot and fatally wounded by his 13 year-old playmate, John Douglas, on October 20th. The boy was playing Indian and told the Thorpe boy that he was going to shoot him, and made good the threat, but did not know the gun was loaded. The wounded boy died in the Johnson City hospital a few hours after he was shot.


Silver Lake – A box social was held at the Fox school, Hallowe’en night. A large number was present and a fine time enjoyed by all. Proceeds for benefit of the school.


Brooklyn – About 100 persons attended the masquerade social given in the hall on Hallowe’en, and all report a fine time. About 50 persons were masked and took part in the grand march. There were a number of ghosts, a Japanese, an Indian, the Gold Dust Twins, a cow boy, the Dutch Cleanser (boy) and many other uniquely costumed persons. Miss Lillian Kinney, attired as a butterfly or fairy, won first prize.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Election is near at hand and candidates are numerous. Cigars are offered freely to the many smokers and someone is going to be defeated.


Susquehanna – An unfortunate shooting took place in the railroad yards here early Sunday morning. Arthur Bradstreet, a switchman, and one of the best-known and best-liked men in town, was shot through both legs by J. F. Duryea, lieutenant of the Erie police. Duryea claims that Bradstreet was trying to get away with a box taken from a freight car, which had been broken open. Erie Officer Guysee was with Duryea at the time and makes the same claim. Bradstreet is in such a serious condition that he has been unable to make a statement, but fellow railroaders are frank in stating that there was no reason for the shooting. Men at work in the yards at the time and within a short distance of where the shooting took place say that the officers made a mistake. Lt. Duryea says he will prefer charges against Bradstreet, and the indications are that Duryea will be prosecuted for doing the shooting. It is a most unfortunate case.


Little Meadows – Charles Bell, of Owego, N. Y., and Miss Alice Shaughnessy, of this place, were united in marriage at St. Thomas’ church by Rev. McGuggin, assisted by Rev. Lynch, on Oct. 20, 1919, at 9:30 o’clock.


Lawton – Jehile Kirkuff, Jr., is in Philadelphia, having his eyes treated.


Ainey – Grace States gave a shower for Eva Fowler Wilse, who was married last week and will go to housekeeping at Laceyville, Pa., where the groom has a position running the ferryboat. 


Sayre, Pa. – Game Protector F. L. VanOrman and assistant, Harold Taylor, were at Sayre on Tuesday and captured an Italian by the name of Rocco Vernolla, who had in his possession two robins and a bluebird. He was fined $33.50. They searched two other Italians, one had his hunting coat full of cabbages and looked like a walking feather bed; the other had a live hen in his coat. (LeRaysville Times)


Laceyville – The fact that the Susquehanna river was many years ago classed among the navigable streams of the country makes the building of a bridge across it, without the consent of the War Department, illegal, was discovered when the work of repairing the Laceyville river bridge began several months ago. The bridge was built in 1898, and numerous bridges were constructed across the stream in previous years, but yet it was a technical violation of the rules and regulations of the U. S. War Department. Congressman McFadden has introduced a bill into congress that will clear the matter up all right, it is said.


A Card of Thanks (Chicago Tribune) I take these means of thanking my friends and neighbors who done so much toward making the death and funeral of my husband a success. Also, one sow and litter of pigs for sale cheap.

November 14 1919

November 14 (1919/2019)



Uniondale – Mr. and Mrs. Theron B. Dimmick were tendered a surprise by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on November 9, 1919, the occasion being their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married at her home in Uniondale on November 9, 1969 by Rev. Yates Hickey, pastor of the Uniondale Presbyterian church, and were attended by Miss Sarah Mills and Payson Burritt. The bride was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wood; none of her relatives survive. Several of the children died young and a brother was killed in the Civil War. The union was blessed by six children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of whom were present, except one daughter, wife of Sheldon Lamoreaux, whose death occurred on May 1, 1905. Those left who witnessed the wedding are: Mrs. Myrlis Dimmick Stevens, Norman G. Dimmick, of Uniondale and Mrs. Sarah Mills Raynor of Carbondale. (A long list of attendees is with the article).


Little Meadows – George McCrossin, who has conducted the Little Meadows hotel for the past seven years, has leased the hotel and with Mrs. McCrossin will spend the winter in the south, driving through in their automobile to Miami, Fla.


Brooklyn – O. M. Doloway took the early trolley home Tuesday morning, and, with other passengers, saw a deer between Montrose and Brooklyn. A couple of years ago several deer were seen in this county, one being killed in Silver Lake township. [At the time deer were rarely seen in this or surrounding counties.] ALSO Mrs. G. H. Terry entertained the members of her Sunday school class at a molasses candy pull at her home.


Elk Hill – David Jones, who resides on the east side of Elk Hill, lost his home by fire Thursday morning. Mr. Jones was at Montrose at the time. The occupants of the house were his son, Ralph, and daughter, Anna, and a niece, Miss Ruth Goodwin, of Carbondale. Ralph detected the smell of smoke when he arose. On Investigation he found flames coming through the register hole of the furnace. He hastily awakened his sister and cousin who escaped in their night clothing. They wrapped themselves in blankets from the barn and sought help from the neighbors. On their return the house was entirely consumed. Just how the fire started no one can explain, but it is believed it was caused by a new furnace whose operation was not thoroughly understood. The house and contents were insured.


Thompson – Charley Glover, while cranking up an auto, had the same experience of any others, which resulted in a fracture of his right arm. He was taken to Dr. McNamara’s office and later returned to his home on the west side. ALSO Michael Kutarnia, when cranking an auto belonging to Peter Petrus in Forest City, broke the small bones of the right hand. Two others had tried in vain to get the machine to go when Mr. Kutarnia was appealed to.


Montrose – The Monday Club held a very interesting open meeting at the library. Mrs. Harriet LaGrange, a returned missionary, spoke on Syria and told of the great suffering of the people in that stricken country during the war. ALSO On Monday evening committees from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Veterans, Sons of Veterans and American Legion, held a meeting at the library. Miss Eliza Brewster was elected chairman. It was decided to fall in line with the nation-wide movement to study the Constitution, and the work of Americanization.


Forest City – The high school basket ball quintet journeyed to Honesdale Friday evening to play the high school team of that place. The visitors were defeated by a score of 19 to 14, a stiff game throughout. ALSO Frank Hawkyer is the champion cabbage raiser of this vicinity. He had over 10,000 heads of marketable cabbage this year of more than usual size. He sold the crop at seven cents per pound. Forest City was his market. He says he could not supply the demand.


Tirzah – Arnold Foster killed a fine red fox one day last week, while squirrel hunting in Walker’s woods. He came upon the fox which was sleeping and made a good mark. Arnold is a boy, but the best marksman around.


Glenwood – The soldiers and Sons of Veterans held their annual oyster dinner at the Grange hall, Saturday last, there being over fifty friends present, including visitors, seven of the old soldiers of ’65 and several of the young soldiers of the World War also present.


Harford – There are various kinds of “bees,” such as the bumble bee, the honey bee, the sewing and quilting bee, but the bee that was around in Will Merritt’s woods made more noise than all of these other bees put together. It was a wood bee for the Congregational church and although there were not as many men present as expected, there were enough so that the hum of their saws and axes made things merry all day and as the sound echoed through the woods we knew that the fuel was being made ready so the church might be kept warm when the cold, dreary winter approaches, and we thank Melvin Tingley, Cody Gates, W. R. Merritt, Gail Peck, Alonzo Hawley, G. W. Osmun, H. W. Booth, Walter Booth, Earl Lewis, DeForrest Decker and John Alworth. ALSO “Uncle” Philander Harding is real smart in spite of his 97 years and “Aunt” Janie is active, keeps up her reading and interest in topics of the day, and one can hardly believe she was 87 her last birthday.


Susquehanna – Susquehanna celebrated “Armistice Day” with considerable enthusiasm. One of the largest parades ever witnessed in that place was held. About 140 service men were in line. The rain prevented a dance on the pavement in the evening, but numerous functions of this nature were held in the halls.


Birchardville – A serious accident occurred near this place last Saturday, when a team of horses belonging to H. B. Stone & Son ran away. Mrs. H. B. Stone and Mrs. Earl Stone were on their way to Birchardville and had just started down the long hill leading to that village when the wagon pole broke, frightening the team, which broke loose from the wagon and ran wildly down the hill. Friends seeing the horses free, hurried to the scene with an automobile and motorcycle. The two women and little Lelia, daughter of Mrs. Earl Stone, had been thrown from the wagon and was found suffering considerable pain. They were taken to the home of W. H. Small, at Birchardville, and Dr. Newman was hastily summoned. Mrs. Stone, Sr., had suffered a broken rib and other severe bruises, and the younger Mrs. Stone was injured in one shoulder and back and severely shocked. They were all able to be removed to their homes a few days later, where Mrs. Emma Ball is assisting in caring for them.


New Milford – Howard C. Sherman, of Franklin Township and Lutie M. Wirth, of New Milford township, were married Nov. 5th, by Rev. E. A. Benson, of New Milford.


From the Independent Republican, October 23, 1856: A Republican Team—At the meeting in Thomson on Saturday evening before the State election, a unique turn-out made its appearance from Ararat. It was a team of thirteen yoke of oxen, drawing three wagons, connected together, which contained ninety men. On returning the load comprised 112 men. It went and returned without accident.

November 21 1919

November 21 (1919/2019)



Forest City – John Acker [Archer], aged 70 years, familiarly known as “Old Soldier,” from the fact that he served for nearly 20 years in the British army, was killed at 6:30 o’clock on Saturday while lying on the street car tracks on Main street, a short distance above the Erie tracks. The man’s head, which was resting on the rail, was completely severed by the street car, as it sped along Main street toward the crossing. Although the aged man had been seen about town, no one saw him fall near the spot where the accident happened, neither had anyone seen him loiter about the place as if contemplating suicide. The unfortunate victim had been an inmate at the poor house at Herrick for the past several years.


Susquehanna – On Saturday next the Sayre high school foot ball team comes here for a return game of foot ball with the locals. Susquehanna lost to the Sayre team, at that town, on Nov. 4, but fully expect to win the coming game. ALSO The L. A. C. basket ball team played the Hallstead team at that place last Saturday night, but owing to the running (?) of the referee, who seemed determined Hallstead should win, whether entitled to or not, the Susquehanna players left the floor and returned home rather than submit or quarrel. ALSO Captain Augustus A. Kane, a member of Uncle Sam’s regular army for the past eight years, has resigned from the service and is at his home. He entered the army as a private and had made the rank of Lieutenant when the war broke out. He was then promoted to captain and did good work for the government in training men for overseas service. His work has been praised by American Commanders including General Pershing.


Montrose – Smith & Stone, jewelers, are nicely located in their new store, just above the Farmers National Bank on Public Avenue, and their place of business is one of the show places of Montrose. This is highly gratifying to Montrosers who take an interest in the town and Smith & Stone are to be commended for giving Montrose such a well-stocked and handsome jewelry store. One important branch of their business is the optical department in charge of Earl J. Smith. Commodious, handsome quarters are permitted by the new location, and this department, which has, in the past been phenomenally successful, will very likely even grow to larger proportions.


Clifford – Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Rivenburg left town Thursday for their winter home in Sea Breeze, Florida.


Brooklyn – The fourth annual Brooklyn High School fair will be held at the school building, November 21st. The program, consisting of songs, drills, prize essays and musical numbers, will begin promptly at one o’clock. Prizes will be given for the best exhibits of farm produce, school work, fancy work, baked stuff, candy, etc. ALSO Ira I. Johnson drove a new 1920 Maxwell home from Binghamton on Saturday night. ALSO The stork passed over our village recently and left a baby girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Cokely, and a boy at L. N. Hohn’s.


Auburn – Auburn High School Basket Ball team challenges any high school team in Susquehanna or Wyoming counties. The line-up of the high school team is: Guards, Irving Loomis and Richard Davis; center, Russell Lott; forwards, Joseph and John Winans.


New Milford – Ivan Shay and Walter Herbert left for Detroit, Michigan, where they have employment.


South Ararat – Uncle Isaac Rankin, of Carbondale, came up for a few days’ hunt and visited his nephew, H. M. Davis, here, and his niece, Mrs. Loren Stone, of Thompson, before returning home. Although he is nearly 80 years of age he enjoys going out with the younger ones for a day’s hunt.


Harford – It is a common thing these nights to see two or three lanterns shining out in the darkness, up on the hill, or along the creek, or most any where, and then after a while, we notice the air begins to small “fragrant” (?) and we know that the boys have got some “game.” Furs are very high and in great demand.


Hallstead – Before the largest crowd ever witnessing a basket ball game in Hallstead, the Hallstead team went down to defeat before the fast Meshoppen team, Saturday night, by the score of 42-40. Hallstead was leading 17-5 at the end of the first half, Meshoppen creeping up and tying the score. At the end of the second half the score stood 35-35. Each team was out to win the game in the second period, but the best they could do was two each. In the second extra period Meshoppen scored a field goal and a foul. O. L. Watkins starred for Hallstead with eight field goals and a foul, while Stevens, playing guard, was a close second, with four field goals and a foul. Harris was the star for Meshoppen, scoring 19 of their 42 points.


Little Meadows – Vaccination is the latest fad at present.


Hop Bottom – Ye Olden Party: A social representing “Ye Olden Times,” will be given in Loomis Hall on Nov. 25th. All guests are requested to attend in out of style costumes. There will be a program of illustrated songs, piano and violin music. A cafeteria lunch will be served by the ladies of the Universalist church. Prizes will be awarded the lady and gentleman appearing in the most antique costume.


Franklin Hill – John Randall and Miss Thelma McKinney were married at the M. E. parsonage, this place, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17th, by Rev. Page.


Thompson – Mr. Edison Williams, of Union, New York, a veteran of the Civil War, was a guest over Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Stone Upper Main Street. He also visited at the home of his cousin, Mrs. Lodema Lee, and called on his comrade in the war, Mr. Maynard Gates, of Main street. ALSO A. H. Crosier, Rev. M. C. Layton, Dr. W. W. McNamara and E. E. Gelatt are having their houses wired preparatory to installing electric lights.


Marriage Licenses: Austin J. Clifford, Susquehanna and Frances M. Clifford, Oakland Boro.; John Randall and Thelma E. McKinney, Franklin Twp.; Howard O. Dimmick, and Ana M. Larrabee, Binghamton, NY.


News Brief: The proposal to nominate a woman for Vice-President looks like a sly and insidious plot to keep the dear creatures in seclusion even after they have won the ballot. ALSO Nineteen states have ratified the suffrage amendment to the constitution. Seventeen more states are needed to pass the amendment, but unfortunately for the cause, the legislatures of only four states will convene unless special sessions are called, before 1921. These are the states of New Jersey, Maryland, Kentucky and Rhode Island. At present, in 29 of the states, women may vote for presidential electors. It will require a vigorous campaign to induce the calling of special sessions of non-acting legislatures. ALSO The feathered tribe are jubilant over the high prices in poultry this year, thinking thereby their necks may be saved this Thanksgiving.

November 28 1919

November 28 (1919/2019)



Great Bend/Montrose – Merchant S. B. McCain, of Rush, recalled his earlier years when he attended a ball game in Montrose, when “Jimmie” (alias Hon. James T. DuBois) was a slight lad, and the “hot liners” would bowl  him over. But “Jimmie” hung on to the ball every time and got his man. When it came to batting, he could hit the ball, but his short legs bothered him in reaching first. The captain of the Great Bend team acted as coach and shouted encouragingly, “Dig in Jimmie, dig in Jimmie.” The cry was taken up and so impressed “Phon” Smith, of the Montrose team, that he inscribed one of the Montrose team’s bats with the slogan, “Dig in Jimmie.” The characteristic energy and determination of the lad has been a notable trait of the man, helping shape an honorable and praiseworthy career. [James T. DuBois was an author and diplomat, native of Hallstead, PA]


South Ararat – On Saturday morning four hunters autoed up from Forest City to Burnwood for a hunt, and leaving their car near Thomas Avery’s proceeded toward the woods. Oscar Cobb, who lives on the East Side of Burnwood and who is employed on the section has a very good hunting dog which followed him when he went to his work in the morning. Mr. Cobb tried to call the dog back as he made his way towards the woods, but thinking the dog would soon return he kept at his work. Presently Mr. Cobb heard a shot and a dog whining and at once proceeded towards the woods, and met his own dog coming towards him which had been seriously wounded. Mr. Cobb went on till he met the hunters who had shot the dog and asking them why they shot his dog and demanded pay for the dog. They were very reluctant about saying anything in regard to the shooting. Meantime Mr. Cobb saw them drop something and proceeded to investigate, and to his surprise found a ferret tied up in a flour sack. He took the ferret and went to R. U. Tower and phoned for Constable Ira Curtis, of Herrick, and at once went to Mr. Avery’s where the hunters had left their car and waited their return. They returned later, having eight rabbits. Mr. Curtis made known his business to them, saying Mr. Cobb demanded pay for his dog. They claimed they had no money and would settle next pay day. One of the men left his valuable gun for surety and Mr. Cobb finally consented to do so, and the last seen of them they were on their way to Herrick in charge of Constable Curtis. Also the ferret.


Oakland – Norman Florence, a member of the Marine Corps, is now a patient in the Naval Hospital in Brooklyn, being treated for wounds received while on guard duty in the Tropics some weeks ago. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Florence, have just received word that their son was wounded and is now in the hospital. He was doing guard duty at a mine when shot. Bandits made an attack on the mine and a number of the marines were killed. Florence fell with a bullet wound in his body. Florence is but 16 years of age, and is one of the youngest men to ever join the Marine Corps.


Choconut Valley – The farmers of Choconut and vicinity are taking turns in hauling their milk to Borden’s in Endicott.


New Milford – Wm. H. VanCott has purchased the livery barn of David VanBuskirk, opposite the Lackawanna station.


Franklin Twp. – B. J. Baker is the champion chopper of this township, and likely, of the county. Although 87 years of age, he has a wood pile that makes the average mortal green with envy. Wood is wood, these days.


Montrose – Landlord D. J. Donovan, of the Tarbell House [now County Seat Hotel], possesses an abundance of civic pride and is always in the lead in matters for town improvement. Besides keeping his hotel and surroundings in first-class repair, he recently remodeled and repaired the Allen house, on Chenango street, which he uses as an annex of the hotel. For the last couple of months he has had a corps of carpenters and masons at work on the old Tarbell House barn [now C & F Motors], putting in underground stables; also repairing the walks and laying a concrete floor. This he uses for the stabling of horses, while the upper floor is principally used for storing transient cars.


East Rush – Come one, come all, to East Rush on Thanksgiving day. The ladies will serve a chicken dinner and everything good to eat. Men come and bring your wives and children and have a good time.


Hop Bottom – Hop Bottom has its jacks of all trades, its musicians, singers and masters of the brush. The latest that has come to the front is taxidermy. Roy Sterling and Richard McBain are doing quite some pieces in this line. “Dick” and “Deek” have a fine specimen of a large hen hawk they have completed, now on exhibition in the Loomis store. The specimen was purchased by Roy Case. One interesting specimen is a baby muskrat.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – On Tuesday evening of last week occurred the death of Charles H. Smith, an aged Civil War veteran, at his home here. Almost a year ago he fell and broke his leg. After a lapse of time he was able to get about some with the aid of crutches, then fell again, breaking the leg again, which was placed in a plaster cast, and laid in this for eight weeks, without gaining any strength, gradually getting weaker up to the time of his death, he being nearly 80 years of age. The funeral was held at the M. E. church, the I. O. O. F., of which he was a member, took charge of the funeral. [Charles was a member of the 143d Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers]


Harford – A. M. Mead is the champion raccoon hunter. He and his dog, Pork, to date, have two, one weighing 15 lbs and the last one, killed last Saturday, weighed 24 ½ lbs, the largest one ever seen in these parts. The dog is a fox hound, but will hunt raccoon with the best of them. ALSO Butchering day is being well observed in this vicinity, these cold November days. Last Friday five, fine porkers, hung in an apple tree at one place in South Harford.


Susquehanna – In the United States Court of Scranton, last week, George Boyden was awarded a verdict of $1,600 and his wife, Annie Boyden, a verdict of $2,158, against the D & H RR Company. Mr. and Mrs. Boyden sued to recover as the result of an accident at the crossing of the defendant company, at Stevens Point, Susquehanna county. They alleged that an engine, drawing a pay car, struck a carriage in which they were riding on July 31, 1916, causing the team of horses that was drawing the carriage, to run away. The carriage broke down while the horses were running and Mrs. Boyden was badly injured.


Thompson – Our hustling coal dealer hailed us Monday and said: “put it in the paper that a D & H coal train has been wrecked a little west of here and that James Burns has bought the wreck and what is more, he has sold it all out.” Then he added (his face all coal dust and wreathed with smiles,) “Gus will see that.”


News Brief: The first president judge of Susquehanna county was John Banister Gibson, a native of the lower part of the state. He was appointed president judge of the district composed of Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna and Wayne counties in 1812, and continued in that position until 1816, when he was made an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and in 1827 became chief justice. He continued in that office until his death in 1853, having served 41 years as a judge. Many volumes are filled with this opinions, and to this day when a lawyer quotes Gibson the judge on the bench sits up and takes notice.

December 05 1919

December 05 (1919/2019)



Thompson – There will be roller skating at Keystone Hall every Friday evening until further notice is given. Those in charge are desirous of having all ages come and learn to skate; do stunts, etc. And as soon as they become well versed in the art, a most surprisingly rare and enjoyable treat is in store for them. Music in some form will be furnished each evening. Now it stands you all in hand to get busy and make every evening count, for surely a good time awaits you.


Great Bend – On Thanksgiving eve Miss Nellie Thomas and Marvin Conklin, of this place, were united in marriage by Rev. W.E. Elwood. ALSO It is strange that the river bridge, connecting Hallstead and this place, which was erected many years ago for light travel up to 3000 pounds, with $3.00 fine for riding or driving faster than a walk, should be able to sustain all the immense traffic that is now put upon it. Many now are the cars alone that weigh over 3,000 pounds that cross it, while the warning sign to be more in keeping with the travel should read “$3.00 fine for riding or driving NO faster than a walk.” This bridge may be perfectly safe, as far as the writer knows, but the above thought came to mind recently when a large truck passed and heavy vibrations caused a small earthquake under foot.


New Milford – D. C. Vail has a very attractive offer to those having Kodak or other films to develop, giving an 8 x 10 enlargement from any negative with a $1.00 order for developing. Mr. Vail is ex-Chief Electrician and Naval Photographer of the U. S. Navy, and it is needless to say he is a live-wire artist who understands his business thoroughly and will treat his customers fairly. ALSO Did anyone find a satchel near New Milford, lost by Mrs. Chester Chamberlain, some little time ago? It contained two pocket books and various other articles, besides a sum of money, but Mrs. Chamberlain says she cares more for the two pocket-books than for the other articles, for they were given to her by her son, Earl, who was killed some time ago and so why shouldn’t she prize them highly? If the finder will please return the pocket-books to Mrs. Chamberlain she will be very grateful.


Hallstead – The United Sates Sugar Conservation Board’s attention is respectfully called to a very flagrant case of hoarding, when burglars, some time last Wednesday night or Thursday morning, broke into the Tiffany & Co. store and stole all the sugar in town, and Thanksgiving day, at that. Among other things taken were cigars, butter, meats, canned goods, etc. As for the other burglaries, no clue was found as to who it might be, but it is evident that the high cost of living does not trouble some parties.


Forest City – Again the victory is ours. Hawley was humbled last evening on their own court by both teams representing the Forest City high school. The boys won a close game by superior passing and head work. The score stood 22 to 19. The girls won by a score of 19 to 15. The players went by auto and arrived home in the early hours this morning, tired but jubilant. ALSO Eddie Yanchitis is the new proprietor of what has been known as Walker’s restaurant and pool room. Eddie is a popular young man and we bespeak him success in his new venture.


Hop Bottom – Miss Clara Winans, Assistant County Superintendent, called at the Hop Bottom school Monday. Our school is in a flourishing condition. An exceptionally large number of students are in attendance this year, especially in the high school. Electric lights are being installed throughout the building which is a greatly needed improvement for the cloudy winter days.


Jackson – At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lowe occurred the wedding of Jesse Spangenberg and Miss Emma Curtis, Friday, Nov. 21, 1919. ALSO Through the efforts of C.F. Whitney, Mrs. Peter DeWitt has been granted a war time insurance on her son, the late Peter DeWitt, in the sum of $10,000 to be paid in monthly installments.


Montrose - Merchant D.L. Robinove lately heard from one of his sisters after an interim of over three years in which he did not know whether she had perished in the Russian terrors or not. A letter received the day before Thanksgiving, stated that she was alive and at Dminsk [Minsk], although suffering for want of food, clothing and shelter. Considerable sums of money which he had forwarded to her had never been received, but he is hopeful that conditions will improve so that he may give her such aid as possible.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – Clarence Overfield, of Dorranceton, was recently married. He and his bride came up to this place and spent a couple of days with his other [Mary] and other relatives.


Richardson’s Mills – Mrs. C.M. Richardson and sister, Mrs. Wm. Merritt, spent Thanksgiving day together and the two old ladies had a good time talking over their girlhood days. To return to some of the good old days makes you young again.


Dimock – Mrs. C.F. Warner is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, residents of that township. She has attained the advanced age of 92 years and is still in remarkable possession of her mental and physical faculties. Mrs. Warner has long resided in that place and has many friends who have been won by her strength of character and fortitude in misfortune.


Uniondale – Miss Gertrude Stevens resumed her duties as teacher of the primary department of our school on Monday, after an illness of several weeks with scarlet fever. ALSO H. P. Johns, the lumber king of this vicinity, is making arrangements to ship a great quantity of lumber from this point.


Brooklyn – After a two weeks’ illness, Mrs. Mary Stephens passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.J. Austin. Funeral services were held at the residence. Rev. Chas. E. Petty, assisted by Rev. Kellerman, officiated. Mrs. Stephens had lived to the ripe old age of 92 years and yet possessed all her faculties and had been active up to the time of her last illness. Five daughters and two sons, fifteen grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren will ever cherish the memory of her beautiful life of helpfulness; and the entire community will miss a face that has long been dear to all.


Birchardville – Harry Graham, of Lawton, is making cheese at the creamery here for the Penn Cheese Co. of Wilkes-Barre.


West Lenox – Some fine music was given Mr. and Mrs. Amos Adams on Thanksgiving night. Some people called it a “horning.” Mr. and Mrs. Adams invited the musical company in and treated them to cigars and candy.


Rush – Miss Anna O’Conners, a student at the high school, is boarding with Mrs. Silas Smith. Her only brother was killed in France and left her his life insurance of $10,000.


News Brief: Charles Kelly, the half-breed Mohawk Indian, who gained considerable fame last year by predicting a mild winter, and also the weather that would prevail during the summer, is out again with his ideas of climate for the coming winter. Kelly is an ardent trapper and hunter and this year looked over his trapping grounds and discovered that the muskrat is not building his usual winter house for winter abode, but is burrowing deep in the ground and close to the streams, indicating that it will be a very cold winter and with little snow.

December 12 1919

December 12 (1919/2019)



South Montrose – The South Montrose Mill company has been formed into a new company called the South Montrose Manufacturing company, with a capital stock of $75,000.


Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Mead, Mrs. Nellie Messenger, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Pickering, the automobile party who left for Florida, Nov. 7th, arrived at Daytona Beach all safe and sound, making the entire trip in just three weeks. They are delighted with the country, the climate, the beach and the outlook for work; also the wages which far exceed the wages here. ALSO Mr. John Neely found a new razor by the watering trough recently. The owner can redeem it by calling at the “Ready Pay” store. Must be pretty cold, shaving outdoors this weather, better go into the barber shop next time.


Forest City – The Mountaineers of Starrucca notified the Forest City high school basket ball quintet, late Friday that it was impossible to meet them on that evening and asking that the game be postponed until tomorrow evening. It is expected that they will reach here tomorrow evening without fail. A good preliminary is announced.


South Gibson – David Pritchard, Sr., age 89 years, died at the home of his son, Thomas, at South Gibson, on Friday morning last. Funeral services were held at the house on Sunday, Dec. 7th, burial at the Welch Hill cemetery.


Montrose – The library extends the season’s greetings to all its friends, with an earnest invitation to all to visit the library. If you have not yet got the spirit of Christmas, you will when you see the many little bells to greet you. The funniest book in the world (the Philadelphia Press says so) will be found among the list of new books, as well as Dickens’ masterpiece.


Susquehanna – The local and state police arrested five young men last Saturday night who admitted breaking into the Tiffany store, at Hallstead, Thanksgiving night, and stealing a large quantity of merchandise. They also confessed to the stealing of an auto from the Main barn, driving it to Hancock, where they robbed a store. The police have been watching these young men for the past two weeks. One was Howard White, of Cofferville, Kansas and two from Susquehanna, one from Oakland and one from Hickory Grove.


Uniondale – We learned that passage can be made over the Ely Crandall road only when the ground is frozen. ALSO The Presbyterian and Methodist Sunday schools will unite in holding a Christmas tree. A cantata will be rendered by the young people and a splendid musical program is assured. Date will be announced later.


Tabriz, West Persia – The Rev. Frederick N. Jessup, age 43, Presbyterian missionary at this place, died Dec. 1, 1919, of pneumonia. When the Turks occupied the city he remained at his post and was imprisoned for refusing to give up the relief funds in his charge. He was a graduate of Princeton in 1897 and of the Auburn Seminary. The deceased was well-known in Montrose, having been a member of the Presbyterian church, here, and spending his boyhood days in Montrose. He was a cousin of Miss Louise Jessup and a brother of Henry W. Jessup, who recently purchased the Lusk property in Montrose.


Gelatt – Thomas J. Daniels, a highly respected resident of Gelatt, passed peacefully away, Nov 30, 1919, after a lingering illness of gangrene He was a veteran of the Civil War and a worthy representative of a family whose patriotism has been proved in many a hard-fought battle. His grandfather, Isaac Daniels, died in New York State at the age of 109 years; was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and his father, Isaac Daniels, served in the war of 1812, and had six sons with the Union army during the Rebellion of which Thomas J. was one. He was born in 1829 in Orange county, NY. He enlisted at Harford for three years, as a private in Battery A, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery and participated at Drainsville, Mechanicsville, James Mills, second battle of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Fort Darling, Deep Bottom, Petersburg, and was present at the fall of Richmond. In 1863 he married Miss Joanna Burns, who died in November, 1906. At his burial the G.A.R. Post, Nov. 512, was present with their flag.


Nicholson – The Nicholson silk mill, which has been ready to start working for some time, but which has been held back by the slowness of getting connected with the electric power plant, will start Monday. The Eckert Silk Co., under the management of Mr. Eckert, will employ from 8 to 10 persons at the start and add to the force as fast as he can add machinery.


Harford – The Winslow Concert co. gave a fine entertainment in Congregational church last Monday night, and a large audience was present.


Jackson – O.L. Olin and family, of Canton, Pa., have recently moved on the large dairy farm of Mrs. F.D. Brown. ALSO Several of the young folks enjoyed a skating party on Wheeler’s pond, Friday evening.


Hop Bottom - Mrs. M.A. Brown went to Scranton last week where she has accepted a position in the International Correspondence School.


Rushboro – Vern R. Dean who last summer purchased the Jackson property, at Meshoppen, has completed his work as buttermaker for the Jersey Hill creamery, and moved his household goods to Meshoppen, where he will reside, and personally look after his store.


Dimock – A long and cold winter is here. Are we all ready for it? ALSO Several improvements are now being made at the Dimock Free Library.


Franklin Forks – Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Caterson, from near Williams Pond, attended church here Sunday. They were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coy at dinner.


Choconut Valley – William Addison, who has been at work at the Choconut Valley Inn for some time, has returned to his home in Washington.


Transue – Daniel Dixon, who fell from a beam in the barn on the J.S. Sims farm, a couple of weeks ago, and was taken to the Packer hospital, is no better.


Glenwood – On account of the illness of Bro. Pendleton there has been no preaching services at the Wright school house for two weeks.


MARRIAGE LICENSES: Russell Stone Dayton, Jessup Twp. and Mildred Belle Stockholm, Rush Twp.; Leon Welch and Olive Parmlee, both of Susquehanna; Willis B. Palmatier and Katherine D. Strickland, both of Chenango Forks; Austin D. Porter and Marjorie E. Smith, both of Binghamton; Arthur E. Lake and Lillian M. Hutchinson, both of Binghamton; Fred W. Heath, Binghamton and Florence A. Mowery, Oxford, N.Y.


News Brief: Statistics show that of the farms of Susquehanna county, 3478 are operated by owners, and 715 by tenants. The proportion of owners to renters is larger in Susquehanna county than the average in the State. ALSO Auto license tags for 1920 will be blue with white letters and the Keystone will be missing.


December 19 1919

December 19 (1919/2019)



Herrick Twp. – Gardner Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel G. Lee, near Tirzah, accidentally shot himself and passed away almost instantly. He had been out hunting and came to the school house at Dart’s corners, where he engaged in target practice for a short time. He started to place the gun down when he slipped and the gun was discharged, the shot entering his body just under the right arm pit. He exclaimed “Boys, I am shot,” fell to the ground and expired instantly. The body was removed at once to the home of his parents nearby. The funeral was held from the late home Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Sandy Bank cemetery, Greenfield. Deceased was born in Uniondale 20 years ago and was exceedingly popular among his associates.


Gelatt – No school today, Monday, on account of the funeral of Gardner Lee.


Franklin Hill – The teacher in this place has resigned her position, so there is no school till another teacher is found.


Thompson – Our annual visitor, Mrs. Snow, made her appearance Sunday morning, all out of breath with her feathers a flying. Her ardent admirer, Jack Frost, followed close behind. Only the junior members of society greeted them very cordially. Their prolonged stay must be endured, but it will be tedious. ALSO Miss Emily Walker is trying to make it cheerful for the “shut-ins” by taking her Victrola to their homes and entertaining them evenings. She has a fine lot of records.


New Milford – Wm. Gardner, of the township and Miss Alice Tiffany, of Kingsley, were married in Binghamton, one day this week.


Lake Montrose – Men Wanted, to work on ice on Lake Montrose. Apply at Borden’s Farm Products Co., Montrose, Pa.


Forest City – James Rodman and Timothy McCabe have the honor of having the first sleigh ride this season. On Sunday evening they appeared riding in a cutter that would suitably adorn Cattin’s old tobacco signs. But the bells added dignity to the outfit as the boys drove up and down Main street. ALSO Frank Kokel met death while at work in the Clifford mine of the Hillside Coal and Iron Co., Saturday morning. Death was due to a fall of rock. He was removed to Connolly’s undertaking rooms where the body was prepared for burial and later taken to his home on North Main street. The deceased was 45 years of age and a native of Austria. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.


Montrose – For Christmas, holly wreaths, ferns, blooming plants. Expect holly every hour. W.W. Nash, Florist. ALSO The shimmering and fleecy mantle of white which covered the ground Sunday morning, a fall of 6 to 8 inches, brought great joy to the youngsters, but the cold wave accompanying it was not so greatly appreciated by their elders. It was Montrose’s first cold wave, and while coal bins are, as a rule, depleted, we have heard of no real suffering. Tuesday morning the mercury in Montrose ranged from one to five degrees below zero, while yesterday morning the thermometer registered from four to seven degrees above zero. The coal dealers by their careful distribution of coal received, have been able to keep all “going.” A new element in the heating proposition is that house-wives are now able to to use varieties of coal that heretofore they believed they could not burn. They have become used to other sizes and seem to get along with them very well. ALSO  Pepper and Birchard are very much pleased with the Ford model T, one-ton truck, delivered the past week by the Voss garage.


Uniondale – There will be a community celebration of Christmas here this year. It will be held in the Presbyterian church Tuesday evening, the 23rd. A Christmas cantata, “The Bright and Morning Star,” will be given. The two Sunday Schools and the public schools will participate.


Franklin Forks – The Ladies’ Aid met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hill last Wednesday. They tied two quilts and helped with sewing. A large crowd and a fine dinner and a good time was had by all.


Fairdale – Mrs. Lydia Horton has returned to Geneseo, NY after spending some time with relatives here.


Fair Hill – Mr. Taylor, of Scranton, a member of the Anti-Saloon League, spoke at the church here Sunday in the interest of temperance and was taking pledges to help carry on the work.


Little Meadows – W.B. Minkler has secured, through McCausland Engineering Co., the agency for Overland line of automobiles and has secured one of the celebrated Overland 4’s to demonstrate this model, in the several townships comprising his territory.


Harford – Last Monday evening was the scene of a merry-making party at South Harford, when the Kings Daughters Class met at the home of Miss Hattie Alworth for their regular business meeting. About thirty were present and a most enjoyable time was spent; some were knitting and some were crocheting and one could be sure they all were enjoying themselves by their merry laughter and chatter. After the business meeting was held, dainty refreshments were served, consisting of sandwiches, coffee, fruit punch and cake. At an early hour the guests departed, all feeling sure that the home of Miss Alworth was a fine place to have a class meeting.


Great Bend – William Dobson, aged 69 years, died at the home of his son, Augustus Dobson. The funeral was held last Thursday from the home of his son, on Randolph St. Rev. W.E. Elwood officiating. Burial at Kirkwood.


Silver Lake – The Ladies’ Aid of Franklin Forks met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.N. Hill, Wednesday last. About 48 were present. The day was spent in sewing and tying quilts.


Jackson Twp. – Mr. Hollis A. Barrett was born in Jackson township July 1, 1837 and departed this life Friday, Dec. 12, 1919 at age 82. Mr. Barrett was a veteran of the Civil War [Battery E, 1st Pa. Artillery] and a member of the G.A.R. Post at Jackson. He taught school for four terms. He had been a member of the M.E. church for many years. He married Miss Juliett Tyler, of Jackson, 57 years ago this coming Christmas day. He is survived by Mrs. Barrett and one son, Fred, of Gibson, who succeeded his father in the mercantile business, and two daughters, Mrs. Bert Sweet, of Union, NY. and Mrs. E.C. West of Chenango Bridge, NY.


Choconut Valley – Searle Clark, the R.D. Carrier, has put away his car for winter and is driving horses on the route now. ALSO If there would only come another snow storm like the one of Saturday night, we would sure have sleighing for Christmas.


Clifford – Mert Robinson is having electric lights put in his home.


News Brief: In these days when thrift and frugality count as they never did before, encourage the children to make with their own hands Christmas gifts for their friends; the magazines are full of suggestions. Such gifts have a value that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

December 26 1919

December 26 (1919/2019)



Susquehanna – Daniel Smith, of Lanesboro, a switchman in the Susquehanna Railroad yards, was instantly killed by passenger train No. 5, Dec. 20, 1919. He had been in the switchmen’s shanty getting warm and upon leaving to resume his work, stepped in front of No. 5 which was speeding toward Susquehanna, running a few minutes behind schedule. The accident occurred in front of the coal pockets which extend along East Main street. Fellow switchmen found the lifeless body of Smith about ten minutes after he had left the shanty. Daniel was a native of Honesdale. He was a member of the National Guard, and was one of the sentinels on the railroad bridges at Lanesboro. He went overseas with the American troops, served his country and upon his return married Marie Taylor, of Lanesboro, who had been his inspiration during the dark days of the world war.


 Alford – Several people were at the County Seat in efforts to prevent the closing of the public schools at Alford, a preliminary injunction having been served on the school directors of Brooklyn Twp. Alford citizens are unanimous in their protest against closing the school, which has been in continuous operation for 60 years, serving pupils from Brooklyn, Harford, and New Milford townships. It is further contended that with Alford now a factory town, expanding as an industrial center, that it would be disastrous, as well as unjust, to close her public schools at this time. The matter will be argued before Judge Smith on December 26th.


New Milford – The State Highway Dept. has announced that a state road will be constructed the coming summer from New Milford to New York state line at Great Bend, a distance of about six miles. It will connect the Lackawanna trail with the improved roads of New York state. ALSO Operations have been resumed on the Lackawanna trail, testing for rock. A force of men are working at the Summit bridge.


Lenox – We met Philander Bell recently. He is 83 years old and he and his wife have lived together over 60 years. He told us that his father, Elisha Bell, taught a school in the barn on the John Marcy farm, 90 years ago. Philander is one of the five children born in a small, log house on the old Bell farm in Lenox township. His mother spun and wove the wool and flax for their clothing. Those were the good old days, because we don’t remember the bad ones.


Tunkhannock – Barbers have announced that with the advent of the New Year haircuts will be 40 cents and shaves 20 cents.


Montrose – Miss Amelia Pickett, of Painesdale, Mich., is spending her vacation at the home of Hon. And Mrs. H. A. Denney. Miss Pickett was formerly the Montrose librarian and is being welcomed in her home town by many friends. ALSO The Wilkes-Barre Willys Light Co. advertises for a representative for the county in today’s Republican. The secretary-treasurer of the company, Geo. E. Shepherd, and the general manager and vice-president, Harley C. Wheaton, are both known to Susquehanna county people as most reputable and progressive electricians and businessmen and will find that their statements and propositions as represented. The growth of electric lighting and power on the farms is sure to be steady, and the proposition offered should strongly appeal to some capable party.


Glenwood – The Sons of Veterans of Freeman P. Whitney’s Camp, at South Gibson, will hold their annual bean bake at their hall, New Year’s eve. A cordial invitation extended to all.


Harford – We all extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Adams in the loss of their little daughter, who died Friday night, after an illness of 36 hours. Her age was one year and she was a bright, winsome little child, and will be missed by everyone. Funeral at their home in Kingsley this afternoon (Monday) and interment in Peck cemetery, at South Harford.


Uniondale – Boys are warned not to continue their work in wrecking the shanty on the O.&W. at Stillwater. There will be something doing if the mischief makers do not cease. ALSO The Suffrage club is to be entertained at the home of Mrs. Letson Rounds on Friday evening, and all members are expected to answer the roll call. The program committee plans a surprise. ALSO A former census enumerator told of an experience he had while taking the census. He called at a certain home and informed a young lady who appeared at the door that he was the census enumerator and was at their service. To his surprise the young lady went and informed her aunt that the undertaker had come. Unknown to the enumerator a death had taken place in the home, and naturally enough the mistake could be overlooked.


Transue, Auburn Twp. – Our rural carrier, Samuel Harrison, bought a turkey of Mr. Marbaker one day last week. He tied its legs together, put it in a bran sack and placed it in the back of his wagon. When he got home the turkey was not there. The next day Samuel could not get any trace of the missing turkey, but the turkey tumbled out in the hometown of Laceyville, near Clair Whipple’s residence, when its legs were untied and it was out of the bran sack so it could look around a little. It soon found its way to Samuel’s residence, after a sojourn of a couple of days.


Dundaff – The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Halford was held from the family home, Dec. 7, 1919. Services were in charge of Rev. C. A. Graves, pastor of the Baptist church, and burial was made in the family plot in the Dundaff cemetery. The deceased was the widow of the late Frederick Halford, who died while in the United States army during the Civil War. Mrs. Halford was born in New York state, 84 years ago, but had resided in Dundaff during the greater part of her life. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Hallock Warren, and one son, Frank Halford, of Dundaff.


Thompson – Lost, between the town hall and “Ready-Pay” Store, a brown serge dress and a crocheted yoke. Finder please leave at the “Ready-Pay” store. ALSO James Burns (coal dealer) has just received three more car loads of coal and assures us that we can be supplied; quite comforting when the Mercury stands 22 below zero; but we whose income remains the same, while prices are still soaring, many have to freeze just the same.


Franklin Twp. – Albert Lowe had a narrow escape from death on Tuesday morning. He was preparing to butcher a bull, which was being led to the building where the animal was to be killed, at the end of a chain, a hook being also attached at the free end. The bull suddenly bolted and the hook snapped around and caught in the chain, imprisoning Mr. Lowe’s wrist. The animal started on a run and Mr. Lowe was thrown to the ground and dragged about a hundred feet, when the bull turned to gore him. But for the prompt assistance of another man, who drove the animal off, he would have doubtless been killed. Dr. Preston was called and found he had a fractured shoulder and was badly bruised and cut about the body.


Forest City – Chief of Police Fred Wolfort says that children, in coasting on the hills of the borough, take great chances, especially when crossing Main street. He gives warning that if this practice is continued arrests will be made of all parties found coasting across Main street. ALSO Rt. Rev. M. J. Hoban, bishop of the diocese of Scranton, ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood, five young men, one from Forest City, Joseph J. Mileskay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mileskay.


Marriage Licenses: Robert Brock Susquehanna and Mary E. Sumner, New Milford; Stanley M. Williams, and E. Ruth Miller, both of Hop Bottom; Chas M. Seamon, Lanesboro and Mary Cahill, Susquehanna; Howard W. Warner and Belva Barnes, both of Gibson; Henry A. Hawley, Forest Lake and Iva M. Moon, Montrose.

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