January 02 (1920/2020)



Montrose – Seven prisoners escaped from County Jail early Christmas night. They managed to affect their escape and all but one, the youngest, were recaptured. Chance led the last man to get through the bars of the jail corridor to the home of sheriff-elect Girton M. Darrow, who resides about a mile and a half from the borough, and when the escaped prisoner rapped at the door of Mr. Darrow’s home and asked him when the next trolley car to Scranton was to pass through, Mr. Darrow said: “Why, Bomberger, what are you doing here? Does the sheriff know you are out?” Bomberger, likewise surprised at someone recognizing him, remarked to the sheriff-elect, whom he had also become acquainted with: “Gosh! Do you live here?” Mr. Darrow then firmly insisted on Bomberger’s coming into the house while he called up Sheriff H.E. Taylor on the phone. “How many prisoners have you got?” queried Mr. Darrow. “Seven,” came back the answer. “Better look and be sure,” said the sheriff-elect, “because I’ve got one here with me.” Sheriff Taylor rushed from the phone and came hurriedly back. “Holy Gosh, ‘Girt,” he shouted, they’ve all gone and beat it.” Mr. Darrow quickly got Bomberger into a cutter and started with him for the bastile, it being then about 8 o’clock. With Bomberger again behind the bars, the sheriff, sheriff-elect and several deputies started out with teams to trail the five young men who had gone towards North Bridgewater and in the direction of Forest Lake. They were followed to Stone’s Corners, Jefferson Green farm, and then towards Fairdale, where they were come up with near the George S. Frink farm. They had gone about 16 miles, all told, and were only about three miles from the jail when taken, having gone in a semi-circle The party was worn out, some of the boys having on low shoes and silk stockings, and they were not dressed for roughing it in the rural districts, It wasn’t much of a capture—it was more like a “rescue”—and they gladly piled into the big sleigh and returned “home.” As they were driving into Montrose, Sheriff-elect Darrow said: “Boys, would you like to see what it says on this sign?” He swung up his trusty lantern and they read thereon the inspired words “Montrose Welcomes You.” They made no comment—worthy of reproduction.


Tiffany, Bridgewater Twp. – Engineer Augustus M. Sliker, of Hallstead, lost his life in an accident which derailed the out-going 11:45 Lackawanna passenger train on Wednesday morning, being pinned under the locomotive as it rolled down a steep embankment near Tiffany station, about two miles east of Montrose. The fireman, William Rolles, of Scranton, was thrown about 40 feet, and although badly injured, will recover. The passengers and crew escaped with but slight injuries. Spreading rails, or a broken rail, are thought to have caused the accident. It took place near what is known as Babcock’s crossing, west of Tiffany station.


Harford – F.O. Miller has installed electric lights in his store. Let the good work go on and may the light thereof beam out to guide the feet of pedestrians on dark and stormy nights.


Springville – A choir of fourteen young people delightfully rendered Christmas carols on the streets Christmas night singing in front of the home of the aged and shut-ins, which was much appreciated.


Elk Lake – Much credit is due Miss McDermott and pupils for the fine Christmas exercises given by them on Wednesday afternoon. A little excitement was caused when Santa Claus’ whiskers caught fire from the candles decorating the tree. Santa’s beard may be a little short next year.


Fairdale – Miss Hazel Jones went to Binghamton on Sunday, where she has accepted a position in one of the schools of that city.


West Lenox – Now that the rush of farm work is over, plans are being made to renew work on the church sheds. The committee will need teams to haul the logs to the mill, money, lumber, work, etc., to get them built. Help in any way will be gratefully received. These sheds are needed and we must all help the good work along. (Sheds were built to house horses, buggies, sleighs, etc.).


Hallstead – Edgar Lindsey, aged 86 years, died at his home here, Dec. 27, 1919. He had been an invalid, confined to his home, and oft times a great sufferer for the last ten years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of Co. B, 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. J. Warner, of New Milford.


Jackson – Another railroad accident, in Archbald, took the life of a well-known man, formerly of Jackson. Gilmore E. Tucker, of Carbondale, was passing between cars to make a coupling when he slipped on an icy spot, and the wheels of one of the cars passed over him before he had a chance to regain his feet. Born during the Civil War, on the I.J. Witter farm, Oct. 10, 1863, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Evander Tucker, a descendant of one of Jackson’s first pioneer families. His mother, Theoda Mott Tucker, was the adopted daughter of the Rev. J.B. Worden, who for a while was pastor of Montrose and Jackson Baptist churches. His grandfather, Stephen Tucker, came to Jackson in 1816, from New England. Of two brothers and two sisters, only one survives him, Mrs. Emery L. Tingley. Mr. Tucker never married.


January 09 (1920/2020)



Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – The Alford school will be closed permanently in a decision handed down by Judge Smith.


Montrose – The Montrose barbers will, commencing January 15, raise the price of hair cutting, five cents, with an additional five cents for a neck shave. ALSO Landlord D.J. Donovan, proprietor of the Tarbell House, has largely sold his hotel property in Benton, Pa. Mr. Donovan has greatly improved the Tarbell House since he obtained possession of it, and is making it into an up-to-date hostelry. The building is frequently filled to capacity and the accommodations to the public are such that it is steadily increasing its excellent reputation. Many local people take their meals there and Sunday dinners are specialized in. Mr. Donovan is preparing to remodel the former pool and billiard room in the basement, facing Maple street, and will convert it into a lunch room or meat market, he not yet having decided. It will have a large plate glass front and will be modern to the latest detail.


Clifford - Floyd Spedding and Wm. Horton leave Tuesday for State College, where they will take a course in agriculture.


Jackson – Many of the young folks from here and Lake View enjoyed a sleigh ride to Susquehanna, Wednesday night, and attended the play, “Shepard of the Hills.”


Springville – Harry Palmer has rented the Strickland blacksmith shop and begins work at once. ALSO Dame Rumor says Herbert Fish has purchased a new automobile and it’s not a “Tin Lizzie.” A very good time to break her in—very few traveling these days and all his neighbors anticipating a nice ride.


Upper Lake, New Milford Twp. – A coasting party was held on Shay Hill, Saturday night. After riding for about two hours, they were invited to the home of H. J. Tingley where the remainder of the evening was spent in games and visiting. In South New Milford a large caterpillar truck and trailer came up from town Saturday and got a large load of saw logs. Some different from hauling them with oxen, as they did years ago.


Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. James Bunnell entertained, New Year’s day, to a fine dinner, which included roast pig and Florida fruit. ALSO James W. Gavitt is the type of man who rests only when his debts are paid. ”Uncle Jimmy,” like some of the rest of us, might not cut much of a figure at a dress ball, but we hope to occupy a seat along-side of him some day when the overture from the heavenly choir opens up. From our knowledge of him we do not think St. Peter will even ask to see his invitation at the gate.


Lenoxville/Heart Lake – H.L. Stephens, of the firm of Ridgeway & Stephens, the Ford agency of Lenoxville, was in Montrose, Monday, driving through in his automobile. He found no snow to interfere with pleasant driving, till near Montrose. John Ferguson attempted to drive his car to Montrose, Monday, but was unable to negotiate the snow drifts on Gardner Hill, near Heart Lake. He said he found the roads in splendid shape, with no snow to give trouble, till he reached Gardner Hill.


Gelatt, Gibson Twp./Susquehanna – The most unusual wedding to ever take place in the county, took place in Susquehanna, Dec. 20. The contracting parties were Howard Warner and Miss Belva Barnes. The wedding was to have taken place at the home of the bride, in Gelatt, Dec. 17. The minister was on the scene and the home decorated. When all was in readiness for the happy event, it was learned the marriage license had not arrived from Montrose. Without the license, the minister was helpless. He tried to phone the court house, but the wires were down. The mercury was five degrees below zero, and it was a terrible night. No wedding, but the wedding supper was served, all the guests sitting at the banquet table. Many from Susquehanna journeyed to Gelatt, braving the zero weather. Autos were put out of commission by the cold, and much hardship was experienced. Two days later Mr. Warner and Miss Barnes traveled to Susquehanna and were united in marriage at the Baptist parsonage. The marriage license reached Mr. Warner that morning.


Gibson – The home of Mrs. Sabra Carpenter was the scene of a very pleasant gathering on Tuesday last, the event being Mrs. Carpenter’s 100th birthday, a number of her neighbors and friends being present. Light refreshments were served. ALSO Max Tingley, who is home from State College on his vacation, is laid up with the measles.


Susquehanna – Brush Brothers have sold their hardware store to Stack & Bryant, who have been owners and managers of the one-time Brush Brothers grocery store, Oakland side. Mr. Bryant has had considerable hardware experience, and will take charge of that department. Brush Brothers, who have the Miller Tire agency here, will continue that line and endeavor to expand the large business already enjoyed.


Great Bend – Robert Howard, aged 83 years, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home here on Christmas Day. He is survived by his wife, and four children, Mrs. Frank Grant, of Painesville, O.; Mrs. John Connell, of Binghamton; Mrs. John Flynn, of Hallstead; and Melvin Howard, of Yardley, Pa.


Forest City – The Hillside Volunteer Hose Company has purchased a Dodge fire truck from Bartholomay Bros., says the Forest City News. A fair will be held early in February to secure additional funds to make the purchase price complete.


East Kingsley – Galusha Benjamin, whose home is near Loomis Lake, is recovering from a slight paralytic stroke, which he sustained recently. He was found near his barn, where he had fallen in the snow, and was unable to arise. He is attended by Dr. Williams, of Brooklyn.


Harford – Coasting is the pleasure of the day for the youth around here. Just now it is superb on Fairground hill.


News Brief: Someday there will be a female president of this country. And, if she has a husband, there will be one man in the country less important than the ice-president.


January 16 (1920/2020)



Montrose – Three men were placed in charge of Sheriff G. M. Darrow on the charge of Vagrancy. The three men, however, are supposed to be more than mere hoboes, in fact one is believed to have served time in New York. The men are held under suspicion that they know a great deal about the cracking of a safe in the Wilmarth store at Thompson a few weeks ago, $800 in Liberty bonds being stolen. They were seen in that place the night of the burglary, and detectives are now at work endeavoring to substantiate their theories. ALSO The Montrose H. S. orchestra is making rapid progress. The members are: Miss Helen Treible, pianist; Frances Gardner, banjo; Max Knoll, mandolin; Norman Reynolds, violin; Clifton Melhuish, cornet; Stewart Payne, drummer. ALSO Miss Mary Meehan, Montrose’s census enumerator, is learning the names, ages, occupations, and other valuable information for the government these days. The family Bible is coming in for more use now than it has in many a year.


Great Bend – Robert Howard, aged 83 years, a Civil War veteran, died at his home here, Dec. 25, 1919. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery.


Brooklyn – On Tuesday evening of this week two sleigh loads of lovers of our wintery pleasures journeyed here, from Montrose, for one of those famous Tewksbury House suppers.


Liberty Twp. - Farm for Sale-Situated in Liberty township, adjoining Camp Susquehannock; six miles from railroad station at Conklin, NY; three miles from milk station, Lawsville Center; extraordinarily well watered. Springs never failing, for use at house and barn. 280 acres or would retain 50 acres. In splendid state of cultivation. New barn; big, comfortable house, wagon house and other outbuildings; some timber, lots of wood, good sugar orchard. Age and scarcity of help necessitates selling this property. Would rent, for cash or on shares, to right person if sale is not made. M.J. Hanagan, R.D. #1, Brackney.


Hop Bottom – People of our town were shocked yesterday to learn that Wm. Jones, colored, had been instantly killed on Monday by train No. 3. Mr. Jones had lived near Foster for several years and was a highly respected resident. He was employed by Timothy Burke, contractor, of Scranton. ALSO A.J. Qualey has a gang of men busily engaged in harvesting the ice crop for the Highground Dairy Company’s ice house, while D. W. Wright and W. W. Kinner are cutting and drawing ice from Joe West’s mill pond.


Uniondale – O. H. Yale and John S. Boulter autoed to Wilkes-Barre Tuesday and returned with a new Ford runabout to be converted into a tea wagon for Harold Morgan, who is doing a rushing business in the sale of tea and coffees. Harry is a rustler. ALSO Gaylord Reynolds was severely injured Monday while assisting H. T. Williams in filling an ice house. He jumped on a horse to get a pair of ice tongs and in delivering them the tongs fastened in some way to the blanket. The horse became frightened and started to run. The animal kicked vigorously with Gaylord close at its heels. The young man was dragged for some distance before the animal was curbed. Gaylord sustained severe cuts about the face, and a sprained ankle. He considers himself lucky in escaping more serious injury.


Franklin Forks – Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Stockholm celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, Sunday, by entertaining their children, Mr. and Ms. Chas. Berg and children and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Stockholm and son, Robert. ALSO Mr. and Mr. Hermon Hollenbeck’s little baby passed away on Friday.


Rush Twp. – The holidays are now a thing of the past and everyone is hustling to get their lime ready for spring work and deliver their hay while we have fine sleighing.


Dimock – C. W. Barnes, our newly elected constable, is preparing to build a large, new garage in the near future.


Fairdale – The coasting has been fine on the town hill this week and the young people have been making the most of it.


Silver Lake – Quite a number of people attended the box social held at the Richmond Hill school on Friday evening last. And a box social for the Ward school will be held a week from Friday night, Jan. 23, at the home of the teacher, Miss Genevieve Snyder.


Thompson – Mrs. A. W. Brown, of Starrucca, Mrs. F. D. Brown and her daughter, Miss Gertrude Brown, of Jackson, leave Tuesday, Jan. 20th, for Florida, to spend the winter.


Forest City – “King Kelly” well known here, was arrested by Robert Ingles of the Erie police force on Monday, charged with trespassing on the premises of the railroad company and train riding. He was given a hearing before Justice L. L. Decker. The prisoner admitted his guilt. The justice imposed a fine of $10 and costs or 10 days in the county jail. “Take me to jail” said the prisoner, and Officer Ingles took him to Susquehanna and turned him over to the State constabulary, who have several prisoners to remove to the county jail. ALSO The appeals by the Hillside Coal and Iron and Hudson Coal companies, in which the assessed valuations of coal land in Forest City and Clifford townships has been the issue, is said to be the longest case on record in this county. It took fourteen days to take the testimony, during which 50,000 words were recorded by the stenographer. Fifty exhibits were admitted in evidence. The litigation has cost the county upwards of $5,000. The taking of testimony has terminated and arguments in the case are expected to be made soon.


Fiddle Lake – Jerome Denney was called to Susquehanna to see his brother Judson Denney, who was in the hospital and found him in a very critical condition. He returned home in the evening and the next morning received word that his brother had passed away.


Herrick Center – A sleigh load of our young people went to Forest City last week and took in the movies.


Springville – Joseph H. Kelly, of Endicott, has sold his business known as the Endicott Furniture Co. to Casper and Joseph D. Freedman. Mr. Kelly was a former resident of this vicinity and went from Springville to Endicott a number of years ago, when he entered the furniture business.


Marriage Licenses – Louis R. Bolles and Eva Galloway, both of Hallstead; Wilfred H. McCoy and Ina A. Burdick, Clifford; Patsy Igo, Susquehanna and Dolly Anderson, Summersville; Raymond Vincent, Susquehanna and Sadye Feldman, Springfield, Mass.


News Brief: Catholics of the United States will build a $5,000,000 church at Washington, D. C., in honor of the heroes of the World War. Ground will be broken in May.


January 23 (1920/2020)



Lakeside – On January 16, 1919 the people of this place were very much surprised to hear of the marriage of Ella Tanner and Ernest Elbrecht, so on Friday evening, January 16, 1920 the Lakeside people thought they would return the surprise on Mr. and Mrs. Elbrecht by gathering there in sleigh loads. Although a southern storm was blowing outside, the house was filled with a jolly crowd inside. Light refreshments were served, after which the couple was called into the sitting room and in a pleasing manner presented with some linen and a purse of money. Everyone was invited to meet 49 years from that night to celebrate their 50th anniversary. [Ella and Ernest were married 44 years when Ella passed away.]


Montrose – Coincident with the passing of old “John Barleycorn” comes the announcement of the sale of the old “Montrose House” building to contractor W. A. Clark, of Montrose, who will wreck same for the lumber, doors, windows, etc. Mr. Clark is given six months to remove the building from the premises. Miss Meta Guy, of Pittsburgh, is here this week to complete the deal. The Guy estate retains the lot, which we understand will be placed on the market. The old building is one of the old land marks of Montrose. It had been in use as a licensed hotel up to two years ago, and had enjoyed a profitable business for nearly 40 years. The building was originally a residence, which was converted into a hotel by raising the house and building a new first story under same. [The residence was that of Isaac Post, step son of Bartlett Hinds, first settler of Montrose. The Montrose Inn was built on the lot, which was eventually remodeled into the present bank building on Church St.] ALSO W.A. Welliver is looking forward to the time when he shall throw open the doors of his handsome, new movie house, on Public Avenue, to the lovers of movies in Montrose, and to make his equipment for excellent service more complete, he was in Binghamton on Monday to purchase another film machine, that he might have two machines and have continuous pictures during the entire show, without any waits in changing films. The new picture house, the erection of which Whipple Bros., of Laceyville, have the contract, will have a seating capacity of 350, and the most modern ventilation system available. Completion should be by June 1st.


Auburn Twp. - Some of the pupils are absent on account of the snow drifts. However, one student showed his school spirit by getting out and breaking open the road on Sunday night, in order that he could get to school on Monday morning. ALSO At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the West Auburn Telephone Co., which was held on Jan. 15, the old officers and directors were elected to succeed themselves, with R. B. Swisher continuing as managing director.


Susquehanna – The ice is twenty inches thick on the Susquehanna River. ALSO Josiah Mills, a few years ago one of the best-known engineers on the Erie, died Jan. 6 at Highland Park, Illinois. Mr. Mills, who was 86 years of age at the time of his death, resided in Susquehanna for many years.


Birchardville – A variety shower was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Dayton at their home on the evening of Jan. 13th, by a number of their friends. The young couple received many useful and pretty gifts. The evening was spent at planning rook, checkers and crokonole, after which dainty refreshments were served.


Gibson – The roads are drifted full in nearly every direction and the milk teams had a hard time getting to the creamery Monday morning.


Choconut Valley – It keeps the supervisors busy breaking roads for the Friendsville stage and the rural delivery to get through. ALSO The teacher, Miss Dunne, of the Chalker school, could not reach her school on Monday morning and James Donnelly started to Endicott with milk Sunday, but had to turn and come back on account of the roads being drifted.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - C.L. Sheldon, one of our enterprising townsmen, has invented a snow plow to clean sidewalks, and after every snow storm he can be seen making snow paths about town, especially on Church street and Widow avenue. A vote of thanks is certainly due him, at least.


Clifford – “Aunt” Fannie Felts passed away on Wednesday morning, after a short illness, at the age of 91 years. Her sister, Mrs. Felton, who resided with her, will go to Elmira for the winter.


Lanesboro – Lanesboro council has passed an ordinance calling for a special election on March 29, 1920, to give the people an opportunity to vote on the proposition of increasing the indebtedness of the borough by $15,000, the money to be used for street paving. West Main, Main and Viaduct avenue are the streets it is desired to pave.


Forest City – Fans witnessed the defeat at the high school gymnasium of the high school basket ball team and the Forest City Scrubs, the second team of the high school, by the high school quintet and the junior team of Honesdale. The games were speedy and in the final half between the seniors, Rugby tactics were resorted to by the visitors. They had difficulty in reaching here and were compelled to walk from Simpson. ALSO Students of the high school are preparing to give a musical comedy, “Oh, Oh, Cindy” on Feb. 5 and 6. The play is of high type and is sure to please.


Thompson – Albert Mock, of South Thompson, is soon to have a pipeless furnace installed in his home. Slowly but surely the pipeless furnace will take the lead.


Fairdale – The large farmhouse on the Willis E. Barron farm, near this place, was burned to the ground early Tuesday morning. The fire was discovered about 7 o’clock, catching in the attic over the kitchen, and was so situated under the roof and had got such a start that it was impossible to extinguish the flames. Mr. and Mrs. Barron were engaged in milking and other chores when the fire originated and after a vain attempt to put out the blaze with the limited means at hand, they phoned for help to neighbors and set out to remove what furnishings were possible from the first floor. No insurance on either the building or personal property and owing to the advancing years of the owners it makes the loss doubly heavy. The Barrons are with their neighbor, John Hart.


Ararat – When Mrs. Nettie Hathaway returned home recently from a visit, she discovered window panes broken. Thinking that possibly burglars had visited her home during her absence, she concluded that an investigation would be in order. She entered the house and found a large fox in possession. She proceeded at once to the home of a neighbor, who returned with her and dispatched Mr. Reynard in short order. It is presumed that the fox had been pursued by dogs and sought refuge in the home.




Marriage Licenses: Leon H. Vincent, Binghamton and Margaret E. Hoag, Great Bend; Stanley Crissell, Lanesboro and Clara Stark, Susquehanna; Anton Marinic and Mary Beveris, Forest City; Reinhold Sayer and Irene Rogers, Hallstead; M. E. Sullivan, Sanitaria Springs, NY and Elizabeth E. Clark, Montrose.


January 30 (1920/2020)



Forest City – Last Friday night someone entered the store of Elias Freedman and took away with them goods consisting of pants, shoes and shirts to the amount of $55. ALSO Anthony Skubic, of Aurora, Minn., is the guest of relatives in town. He was formerly a resident of Forest City and accepted Greeley’s advice and went west, where he has prospered. He is pleased at the growth of the town in the thirteen years he was gone.


Thompson – If you live on the hills don’t get sick until the roads get in better condition than at present, as it would be difficult to get a doctor. But, if you do have to call a physician get somebody out to help him break the roads. Don’t ask him [doctor] to come and then make him shovel a road to get there. ALSO There is, undoubtedly, much just complaint as to hotel accommodations in many villages and small towns, but any such unfavorable comment, certainly, does not apply to the charming town of Thompson. The Jefferson House, conducted by R.L. Smith, is satisfying in the extreme to anyone wishing either a meal, or a room. The well-laden table, with splendidly prepared foods, leaves nothing to be desired in this direction. The house is steam heated and presents a wholesome, inviting appearance. The people of Thompson should fully appreciate what Mr. Smith is doing for his town, and give him a hearty support.


Welsh Hill – E.A. Reynolds came to Uniondale by the Eli Crandall highway, for he heard that Eli’s road would never drift and he failed to observe where H.J. Tuttle’s new barbed wire fence was chopped down to get around the piles of “the beautiful” [snow]. Ed says he got on a drift that had a top but if it had a bottom it was a good ways down. Here after when he drives a road that never drifts he will take a guide. He went back the old road.


Montrose – George S. Frink, oldest resident of the town, died Jan. 22, 1920. He was born here on May 6, 1837, his parents George and Mary Crandall Frink residing, at the time, in the A. J Brewster house on Maple street [now Frontier’s parking lot]. His mother was a sister of Charles Crandall, owner and proprietor of the well-known Crandall toy factory of a generation ago. George joined Co. D, 6th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. He stood for all things which would benefit humanity and was a type of man which is only produced by long decades of hard work, sound thinking and temperate living. He married Lucy Frink, of Auburn, and was the father of six children. Members of the Four Brothers Post, G.A.R. and the local orders of Sons and Daughters of Veterans were present in a body. ALSO The meeting called last Friday evening with the intention of saving the Montrose House from demolition, if considered advisable, failed to materialize. The auction sale of the house’s furnishings by W.C. Cox was attended by large crowds from all over this section. Many people secured bargains in bedroom suits, bed clothing, etc.


Brooklyn – The ladies of Brooklyn will serve a Colonial dinner in Odd Fellows’ hall on Feb. 21. Colonial costumes will be worn, an excellent dinner served, and a good time is confidently predicted. ALSO Miss Fannie Ely was united in marriage to Harold Hunter, of Lathrop, on Jan. 24th. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ely and is a graduate of Brooklyn High School. She has taught school for two years, having taken a training course at Mansfield State Normal.


Susquehanna – The Erie had a bad wreck of a fast freight train on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24th, at Narrowsburg, when 27 cars jumped the track. Traffic was tied up until noon the following day. Robert Welch was the only one injured. He was struck by a derailed car and his right ankle broken and other injuries sustained. ALSO Lee Swackhammer is in the restaurant business, having recently entered partnership with a Mr. Lamm, and under the firm name of Lamm & Swackhammer they conduct the Imperial Restaurant on Main street This writer was served with a meal that was second to none, the food being cooked most excellently and the price very reasonable.


Gelatt -The Gelatt Grange had an oyster dinner in their hall last Saturday and celebrated the paying off of the mortgage on their building. Much credit is due the management in paying the indebtedness in so short a time.


Silver Lake – The box social held at the home of Otto Snyder, Friday night last, was not very largely attended on account of the bad drifts. About twenty were present. The proceeds of $12.50 is for the benefit of the Ward School.


Middletown – Edward Fitzgerald, the census taker, has completed his work in this place.


St. Joseph – Raymond Donnelly spent last week in Apolacon and Little Meadows, taking the census.


Jackson – On account of the bad storm, the candy pull, which was to have been pulled off on last Friday evening by the Epworth League members, was put over and the candy will be pulled on some later date. Perhaps sugar will be more plentiful when the candy is finally pulled. ALSO Miss Nora Hill has been dressmaking at the Central Hotel, the past week.


Hop Bottom – The Shakespeare Club and book Club, with invited guests, banqueted in Loomis Hall, Friday evening, Jan. 23d. The affair was the most elaborate event of the season. Covers were laid for over sixty persons. The hall was tastefully decorated, yellow birds suspended from the ceiling forming a most beautiful effect.


News Brief: “High hope for the proposed Americanization program is held out by a study of the remarkable way the United States has absorbed the amazingly large foreign element of its population,” says a bulletin from the National Geographic Society. In describing the volume of this influx, which was halted by the European war, the bulletin quotes, “Who can estimate our debt to immigration? Thirty-three million people have made the long voyage from alien shores to our own since it was proclaimed that all men are born free and equal, and liberty’s eternal fire was kindled first on American soil.”


February 06 (1920/2020)



North Bridgewater – Not only is James H. Clough a man who believes in up-to-date equipment for his farm, but is equally interested in saving labor in the home, having recently purchased a May-Tag washing machine and wringer, complete with individual gasoline engine power plant, for his good wife. “Jim” says, “it will wash almost any old thing but his sheep.”—and that the proverbial “blue Monday” has been banished. The May-Tag washing machine is sold by E.D. Snyder, of Brooklyn, Pa.


Forest City – Rev. J. Tomsic, who for the past 17 years has been pastor of St Joseph’s church, tendered his resignation as pastor to the congregation last Sunday morning. Rev. Tomsic was in charge of the only Slovenian Catholic church in the Scranton Diocese. ALSO The Forest City police are preparing for their annual ball which is to take place in the borough hall on Easter Monday evening. It promises to be a function of more than usual interest and the guardians of safety will aim to please the public.


Dimock – James Calby is one of the carpenters of the county who is kept on “the jump,” but during the winter he does a big business cutting ice, having special equipment for the work, gasoline engine power supplanting the reliable, but slower horse. He cut 120 loads in one day for E.P. Brown, of Louden Hill Farm, one day last winter. This is goin’ some. ALSO Leon Stone is ill with the “Flu.” Judson Bell is driving Mr. Stone’s kid wagon, while Fred Bunnell is driving Mr. Bell’s.


Thompson – A host of people are talking “Florida.” About one more winter like this, with coal prices soaring like all the rest, Thompson will practically be deserted. There will be a regular exodus for the South, then who’ll smile? Plenty of work in Florida; good wages and summer weather and a good time all the while.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. George Stewart passed away Sunday morning, following a short illness with pneumonia. The family is sadly afflicted, three little children being left, the youngest only six months old. Several in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brown, the parents of Mrs. Stewart, are ill at the same time with “flu.”



Ararat – On Sunday, January 25, Rev. R.H. Fisk traveled over snow bound roads and preached three times to congregations at Maplegrove, Clinton Center and Herrick Center. He traveled about 30 miles to fill his appointments all of which he reached on time.


West Clifford – A sleigh ride party of 15 from Carbondale were served a chicken supper at the home of C.P. Chamberlin, on Saturday evening. When they started for home the thermometer registered 22 below zero.


Montrose – Ward Breese has sold H. S. Patrick a Delco Lighting plant, which will be installed this week. It will furnish lights for Mr. Patrick’s bowling alley and cigar store.


Fiddle Lake – O.P. Walker had the misfortune to have one of his best high grade cows get her leg broke causing her to be killed. Quite a large loss as cows are very high.


Fair Hill – M.N. Seeley and Myron Green filled their ice house last week with a good quality of ice from Forest Lake. ALSO We sure have had some drifts here on the hill, but the roads were opened last Wednesday by doing some hard shoveling.


Uniondale – O.M. Spoor for nearly 30 years has been a section foreman on the O & W Railroad and last Saturday was the first day in that time in which his men could not work on account of cold. They had to return home after being out but a short time.


Brackney – Tracey Gage, who sold his farm last fall to Mr. Gibson, of Yonkers, NY, has purchased the Gage homestead and moved there last week. Mrs. Gage closed her school last week on account of moving.


Kingsley – Recent purchasers of Overland Four cars through the Fred E. Tyler Agency, are George Tyler and Guy Palmer, both of Kingsley. Mr. Tyler expects to receive a carload of “fours” very soon.


Lanesboro – Lanesboro will hold a special election on March 29 to decide the question of bonding the borough for $15,000 to build paved streets. Montrose paved some streets two years ago, also New Milford. Both towns are glad they took the step.


Elk Lake – Chas. E. Lathrop of Elk Lake, was among the Democrat’s valued callers yesterday morning. He says the lowest temperature at Elk Lake, so far as reported during the recent cold snap, was 16 below zero, though the mercury got as low as 21 degrees below zero at Dimock and other places.


Susquehanna – E.L. Allen, a native of Susquehanna and one of the well-known cigar manufacturers, died at his home in Binghamton, Saturday evening, after an illness of only a few hours. Mr. Allen was born in Susquehanna 62 years ago, the son of the late Joseph Allen, for many years proprietor of the Central Hotel in this place. E.L. Allen learned the cigar makers trade, was located in New York and other cities, and a few years ago returned to Susquehanna, establishing a factory on East Main St.  Unable to secure help there, he removed to Binghamton. He is survived by his widow and one brother, Joseph Allen, of Scranton.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – The Baker creamery has been doing business again for the last two weeks, which seems like old times. Daniel Davis is buttermaker.


Jackson – Ed Carpenter, the stage driver, is making his round trip daily and on time, during our severe winter weather. ALSO Chicken pox and whooping cough seem to be the prevailing diseases among the children of this community.


Glenwood – The Leap Year social held, at the Grange hall, was largely attended. A fine supper was served by the gentlemen. As it is Leap Year, the ladies paid the bill. A very enjoyable time was spent.


East Rush – Thomas Ray Chase and a friend of his, from Scranton, braved the cold and paid his father and mother a visit over Sunday. “Tom” rather likes to get some of the city fellows out in the country in the winter time and show them how we farmers have it.


New Milford – Miss Elizabeth Grennell, who taught the 5th and 6th grades for two weeks, when her sister, Blanche, had mumps, is now teaching 7th and 8th grades for Miss Maher, who has the mumps.


Brooklyn – The Senior Class of the High School expect to give their play on Feb. 27th. Proceeds are to be given to start a fund for a new school house.


February 13 (1920/2020)



Montrose and County Wide Snowstorm & Influenza – The snow-storms of last week, beginning with the flurry of last Wednesday night, have caused one of the worst tie-ups on the railroads and trolleys in years, and practically all the country roads, too, have been piled high with drifts, causing great hardship to those with milk to haul to creameries, the rural mail carriers and others. The trolley has encountered more trouble the past week than in all the time it had been running to Montrose. The last trolley last week to reach Montrose carrying passengers, was Wednesday night. Thursday many futile attempts were made to get through to Montrose. Several cars were off the track at different points on the line. Workmen were engaged several hours Friday, getting a car back on the rails near Finn’s Crossing, about two miles east of Montrose. The bad condition of the roads seems to be general all over the county. Doctors are unable to get to their patients, and as there is much sickness, the condition of affairs in many cases has been pathetic. The rural mail carriers have had trying experiences and many patrons have received no mail for days at a time. The influenza peak in Montrose has been passed—at least this seems to be the belief of the doctors, who report a marked falling-off in new cases for the past three days. The schools have been sadly depleted, some of the rooms having fewer than half the usual number of pupils present. The matter of closing the schools was brought before the Board of Health, but this body refused to take the initiative in closing the school as the peak of the epidemic had been passed.


Uniondale – Eighteen hundred dollars was subscribed at a public meeting, held in Uniondale Borough recently, for a new lighting plant for this progressive town. ALSO There were no services in the Presbyterian church Sunday, the snow being piled so high that people could not get to the church. Not a single vehicle was seen on our streets from Saturday until Monday when an effort was made to break the roads. Milkmen could not get out and so kept their milk at home.


Hop Bottom – To Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rose, on February 4, 1920, a daughter, Marion Gladys. The young lady is Hop Bottom’s youngest bank depositor, already having a bank account of her own.


St. Joseph – Mr. Flaherty is kept busy trying to keep the roads passable. On account of the roads being drifted so badly, a large number walked across fields to church on Sunday.


Heart Lake – Frank T. Mack took the Lackawanna to this place on Tuesday and returned overland on snowshoes. He says he never saw bigger snow banks than in the woods and fields between Montrose and Heart Lake. “Franz” is an expert snowshoer and is anxious to organize a club here.


Susquehanna – The residence of James F. Lannon caught fire underneath the roof on Sunday evening and it required two hours of hard work by the local firemen to put out the flames. The public library is located in the basement of the building and volunteers carried the books to a safe place. The loss by fire and water is considerable, although the structure was saved. ALSO Susquehanna is to enforce the curfew law, and all children must be off the streets at 9 pm. At present many youngsters may be seen on the streets as late as 11 o’clock.


Brooklyn – Owing to the depth of the snow drifts, the trolley cars were unable to make their regular trips on Thursday. Only two passenger cars got through.


Lynn – The blizzard is one long to be remembered by some of our people, especially Messrs. C. O. and W. E. Button and some others, who shoveled through to get the doctor for H. P. Florey and wife last Friday.


Kingsley – School having been closed in Dimock because of the “flu” and the Lehigh Valley trains stalled in the snow, Marian Stearns and Miss Leach walked on snowshoes from Dimock to Kingsley, a distance of nine miles, on Saturday.


Forest City – Frank, the 16 year old son of Mrs. Anton Prudish, of Lackawanna street, lost his life Monday morning in an attempt to board a south bound D&H freight train. He and three other boys had gone to the Stillwater breaker just north of town to seek employment. On returning the boys tried to mount the train for a ride to the depot. Prudish failed in his attempt to get on the train and later made the second attempt which cost him his life. He was thrown to the bank and rolled beneath the train, and carried nearly to the Erie depot, when he was discovered by the trainmen. His lifeless form was removed to Bell’s undertaking rooms where it was prepared for burial and later taken to his mother’s home. Dr. C.R. Knapp, county coroner, was called and decided that an inquest was unnecessary. His father died seven months ago. He is survived by a younger brother and three sisters to whom the sympathy of the community is extended. The funeral will be held from St. Joseph’s church and burial in St. Agnes’ Cemetery.


News Brief: By one of those queer arrangements of the calendar which has happened only eleven times in 300 years and occurs three times in this century, more of an opportunity will be afforded people of going to church this month than at any time since 1880. There are five Sundays in the month of February, which everyone will agree is better than five Fridays. Make the most of the five Sundays, for it will not happen again until 1948, and it is too long to wait to be good until then. For those who are curious to know when this thing has happened before, here is the record of five Sundays in February years: 1604, 1632, 1688, 1728, 1756, 1784, 1824, 1852, 1880, and 1920. ALSO William Jessup, grandfather of Miss S. Louise Jessup, of Montrose, was the delegate to the national convention from this district. I believe that he was accorded the honor of making the speech seconding the nomination of Lincoln for the presidency. The Pennsylvania delegation was strong for Lincoln for president and had it not been for this state’s hearty endorsement of the “rail-splitter,” in all probability he would have been defeated for the nomination. ALSO The assertion is made on good authority that 300,000 American Indians want to become citizens. Whether they are fitted for it or not, 30,000 of their children are without school facilities. During the world war they subscribed $20,000,000 for Liberty bonds and 10,000 volunteered for the army.



February 20 (1920/2020)



Great Bend – The sudden death of Hiram T. Stark, occurred Feb. 8, 1920.  He had been feeling unusually well and enjoyed a hearty breakfast the morning of his death. He began his morning chores and not returning as soon as expected, his wife stepped to the door to speak to him, and was horrified to find him lying dead in the snow. He was 78 years of age and one of our best known and most highly esteemed citizens. At the time of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. G., 167th Regt. Pa. Volunteers, and was promoted to the rank of Captain. He was twice wounded and captured and spent nine months in Libby prison.


Rushboro – The deep snow of the past few days has nearly blocked the roads and no one travels for pleasure now.


Keeney Pond, Auburn Twp.- George Wootton, of Canada, is visiting his cousin, G. S. Wootton, in this place.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – We extend our most hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crawford over the arrival of a little daughter on Sunday, Feb. 7, 1920. Mrs. Crawford is at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Thornton, at Auburn Center. Thomas Crawford had a moving bee and is moving to the C.B. Tyler farm near Auburn Center, which he purchased last fall. We deeply regret to lose such good neighbors as the Crawford’s, and wish them success in their new home.


Birchardville – Birchardville is reported to be hard hit by the influenza epidemic. Nearly every home in that place is said to have one or more cases. It is said that two men in a neighborhood near Birchardville have been the only ones able to do chores, and they have gone from farm to farm. In some instances cows had not been milked for two days.


Montrose – Elmer Shaffer of Berwick, advertises a sale of horses at the Tarbell House barn [now C.&F. Motors] on Thursday next. Mr. Shaffer has brought several carloads into Montrose during the past few years. These animals are from Iowa. ALSO George H. Dayton, who has been quite ill, has taken rooms in the residence of Mrs. E.C. McVicar, where she and her daughter are giving him attentions which were lacking in his solitary quarters in the Maxey block. Mr. Dayton is a veteran of the Civil War and an ardent Mason, and as an ex-soldier and Mason has two homes whose doors are wide open to him, but he prefers to live in Montrose, where he has many friends, and the Republican trusts this sterling, upright citizen may live to enjoy many years here.


Brooklyn – A fine, large church organ has been placed in the Universalist church here. It is the gift of a lady in Philadelphia, who is a friend of the church. ALSO The entire community was saddened last Saturday when it learned that Boyd Austin had passed away after an illness of pneumonia. He was but 29 years of age, yet was one of the most active and respected of our citizens. He had been our stage driver for a number of years and was ever ready to help when called on for any service. He was serving as a juror when stricken and was unable to get home until seriously ill.


Springville – The school and churches have been closed for the past two weeks on account of the “flu.”


East Kingsley – Patrons of R.F.D., Route No. 1, from Kingsley, have only words of praise for R.A. Jones, the mail carrier. He has not failed to make part of his trip through the huge drifts so far each day, and his cheery voice and courteous and obliging manner is greatly appreciated by those whom he serves.


Fowler Hill – Leo H. Hitchcock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Hitchcock, who entered the service of his country on April 26, 1918 and was seriously wounded on Oct. 17, 1918, having his leg and five ribs broken, is visiting his parents. He expects to return to Walter Reed hospital on Feb. 21st.


Susquehanna – Harry Reed, aged 17, son of Mrs. Delbert Reed, died in the Barnes Hospital Saturday night, as the result of injuries in the railroad yards west of Susquehanna. Reed was employed by the Erie and had charge of the pump which keeps the water tank in the yard filled. Saturday night he boarded a freight train at Hickory Grove to ride to his home near the Oklahoma yards. He rode into the yards and then the train on which he was riding went into a switch back of another train which was at that time moving out. He jumped off the train which carried him from Hickory Grove, ran on ahead and boarded the other train, expecting to get home more quickly. While running over the top of the moving train, he slipped and fell between the cars and the wheels passed over his limbs just below the hips. He called for help after the train had passed and members of a switching crew heard his cries and went to him. He was brought to the Barnes hospital but examination showed that his case was hopeless. Though suffering intense pain, the youth never lost courage and talked with those at his bedside until death ended his suffering. Besides his widowed mother, he is survived by an older brother.


North Jackson – Wishing to attend the meeting of the Northeastern Telephone Co., of which he is a member, C.F. Whitney left his home Monday evening to catch the train at Thompson for Forest City. He was driving along as fast as he could when he met a farmer who had a load of feed on a hay rack. The snow was too deep to turn out so Mr. Whitney had to unhitch his horse and then back the cutter about 50 rods before a passing point could be obtained. Mr. Whitney states that the snow drifts in this section are the worst he has ever seen. There is practically no travel on the highways.


Ararat – We are having plenty of snow. On Sunday it was so bad Walter Thorn, on going home from work, had to put his team of horses in Nick Stone’s barn and resume the rest of his journey on foot.


Marriage Licenses: John C.A. Cady, Baltimore, Md. and Agnes E. Dolan, Montrose; Arlie E. Nichols and Ruth A. Tanner, South Montrose; John Reisner and Mary Sweltz, Forest City; Joseph L. Bunnell and Florence Hall, Johnson City; Charles M. Coons and Carolyn Warren, Susquehanna.


County News: Tuesday morning saw all roads of the county badly blocked with snow—the worst condition they have been this winter. The work of opening the roads has been progressing at a rapid pace.


February 27 (1920/2020)



East Kingsley - The hard winter prophets are all saying, “I told you so.”


Brooklyn – O. M. Doloway died on his 75th birthday anniversary. He was the son of Hiram and Phoebe Doloway, born in this county on Feb. 23, 1845.  When the need of men at the front became urgent, he, in company with a fellow workman, J. H. Corwin, enlisted in the Union army and was assigned to Co. A, 52nd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He ran a successful hardware store in Brooklyn for nearly 30 years. We all have our faults—some of us many—and O. M. Doloway was no exception, but he had so many kind and commendable traits of character that made him an instrument for good in the town in which he spent more than 50 years of his life. No worthy poor were ever turned away from his store for want of cash, but were treated with much consideration and often greatly benefited by him.


Herrick Center – The severe storm of Saturday night and Sunday refilled the roads and impeded travel, both on highways and railroads. Snow plows have been kept busy, wrecks are frequent and trains running late is almost the rule. The Pleasant Mount road was opened Monday afternoon by milk teams and their drivers. No school was held on Monday and Tuesday, on account of the impossibility of the loads getting here. It was 12 degrees below zero on Monday morning.


West Auburn - Wayne Bennett, who resides near here, and who was severely wounded at Chateau-Thierry, necessitating the removal of his limb, had the leg amputated at the socket recently. The young man underwent a number of operations after receiving the wound, and has suffered greatly.


Ainey – The cow shed of James Green collapsed one night last week, injuring several of his cows. By the help of neighbors, they soon had the cows released from the wreck ALSO The farmers near Schooley pond and the Union church have made their daily trips to Nicholson with their milk. It took men and teams with grit to get to Nicholson.


Susquehanna – Henry W. Tesky has received from the American Red Cross in France, a photograph of the grave of his son, Corporal Jay Tesky, who fell in battle. The photograph is perfect. The lettering on the cross giving the name, Corporal Jay Tesky, 304th Engineers, is distinct in the photograph.


Hallstead – The bazaar which was held in Rogers’ hall, Hallstead, under the auspices of Corp. Mark L. O’Neill Post, American Legion, was a great success financially. Large crowds were present each afternoon and evening, and the supper served Thursday evening was unsurpassed by anything ever held in this section. It is thought that they will net nearly $1,000 from the event.


Lenox – Word has been received that Cecil Conrad and Beva Pickering, of Endicott, are married. Mr. Conrad is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Conrad of South Harford, and Miss Pickering is the youngest daughter of Mrs. J. F. Pickering of Lenox. ALSO Grover Lawrence, formerly of this place and now Bainbridge, NY, is ill with the “flu,” and his wife, formerly Bertha Hortman, of this place, had the misfortune to fall downstairs with a lamp in her hand, cutting the cords in her wrist. She was treated at Binghamton Hospital and both are gaining.


Forest City – A number of local businessmen were given a hearing before the burgess on Monday night, charged with allowing punch boards, and in one instance, a slot machine, to be operated. They were fined. During the hearing there was considerable talk by one of the defendants of “wide open” poker games going on in the borough. This too should be investigated by the local police force, and if there are any gambling places in operation action should be taken to have them abolished. ALSO The congregation of St. Anthony’s church has shown a great spirit of progress. A large amount of money has been raised to pay bills and the congregation has contracted for a new pipe organ and two new altars. ALSO The Chamber of Commerce has landed a new industry for Forest City. It was announced that the sum of $87,100 had been subscribed as stock in the proposed shoe factory, with a few districts yet to hear from.


Thompson – George Lamont, who died at the home of his daughter in Peckville, was brought here for interment in North Jackson Cemetery. Masonic services were held at the grave. The deceased was 84 years of age and was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in the 50th Regiment, New York Volunteer Engineers.


New Milford – Lee J. DeWitt, of the township, while driving through town last Sunday morning, remarked to a snow shoveler on the sidewalk that he would like to see one of those old fashioned winters where we have lots of snow—you know, the kind we don’t have any more. The snow shoveler climbed up a stepladder and looked over a snow bank to see who was talking and remarked that some people are never satisfied.


Montrose – The physicians of Montrose, as in other parts of the county, have been taxed to the breaking point for the past several weeks, and the wonder is that they have not broken down under the severe exactions demanded of them. Dr. Caterson was called to Franklin Thursday to attend two patients, and before returning to Montrose, had made nearly a dozen calls, being summoned to many homes along the way where there was illness. The impassable condition of the roads has made the physician’s work much more difficult. Dr. Caterson was summoned to Forest Lake one day last week, and a blizzard developing in the meantime, was marooned there till the following noon.


Jackson – The snow coming Saturday night, filled up the roads again, so Jackson Milk Delivering Co. could not deliver their milk Sunday, to Susquehanna. By much work it was put through Monday. ALSO A gang of men under the supervision of F. M. Pease opened up the Snake Hill road, Friday last.


Harford – If the ladies want to learn how to make beautiful hand-bags and belts just ask William Gillespie. He will teach you how to make them in sailor’s knots.


March 05 (1920/2020)



Gibson – Last Friday morning the little town was greatly startled to learn that the home of Mrs. Sarah Tingley had burned during the night. Mr. and Mrs. George Manzer and three adult children occupied one half of the home. Mr. Norman Hinds, principal of our school, was making his home with Mrs. Tingley in the other side of the house. Mrs. Manzer heard a crackling sound and smelled smoke about one o’clock Friday morning and she awakened the household. They tried to put out the fire but to no avail and within an hour the roof had fallen in. The occupants lost just about everything, Mrs. Tingley having only $800 insurance, which only covers a third of losses. The occupants are now staying with neighbors.


Franklin Township – Another fire, the result of an explosion of an acetylene lighting plant in the basement of the home of Frank Wilson, blew off the roof and caused the walls to fall. The family, with the exception of Mr. Wilson, who was in the woods, all survived, but household furnishings were scattered; the top of a new piano was hurled into he top of a maple, where it still clings to the branches. They left the house thinly clad, but neighbors soon came to their aid and cared for them. Damage of 4 to 5 thousand is estimated with an insurance of only $850. They plan to move on the adjoining Travis farm immediately.


South Gibson – About 50 friends of Mrs. Sabra Carpenter gathered at her home on Dec. 23, to help celebrate her 100th birthday. It is believed she is the oldest person in the county. If there are any older, we would be glad to hear from them.


Franklin, Bradford Co. – E. A. Holden has a pair of Indian snowshoes worn by his grandfather in hunting foxes 125 years ago. The shoes are in a good state of preservation and the present owner used them last week to find his barn, which he knew was not far back of his house before “the big snow.”


Road Suggestion – There is a strip of road from Auburn Center to South Montrose that should be a state road. Along this road, through Auburn, Dimock and Bridgewater, are many churches, schools, cemeteries, blacksmith shops, stores, quarries, creameries and Grange halls, and tons of milk, lime and feed to be carried over it, miles from the railroad, and all the year around there are places in this road that are impassable.


Alford – The death of William Spencer, an aged Alford man, occurred Monday and his wife died the day following. They had spent their long life on their farm, northwest of this place. Both were highly esteemed people and their deaths were due to infirmities of their advanced years.


Springville – The marriage of Miss Ruth Tuttle, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Tuttle, to Ralph Lake, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Lake, of South Montrose, was quietly solemnized at the home of the bride’s parents on Thursday evening, Feb. 26, 1920, Rev. W.H. Cadwell officiating.


Montrose – The picture, “The Woman Under Cover,” featuring Fritzi Brunett, shown at the C-Nic Theatre on Tuesday evening, attracted a large crowd. Gamont news was an entertaining and instructive part of the evening’s entertainment.


Eastern Susquehanna County – The snow drifts are of such a height in the eastern part of the county that in some places it was found easier to tunnel than to shovel the snow from the road in the usual manner.


Susquehanna – The Transcript says that it is rumored in railroad circles that there is a strong possibility of the Erie railroad putting a couple of the new Ford motor passenger cars for steam railroads in use in the local service. These cars, just perfected in the Ford factories at Detroit, weigh only ten tons, against 25 and 50 tons for other types of cars and a new style motor, which makes them powerful, as well as economical. Report has it that the Erie is contemplating putting a couple of these cars in the service between Susquehanna and Binghamton. They carry 50 people and can make the run in 50 minutes, at one-tenth the expense of a local passenger train. ALSO Mrs. O.E. Williams, a teacher in the Susquehanna public schools, died in a hospital in Scranton, Feb. 24, 1920. Deceased spent her girlhood days in Montrose, being remembered as Miss Inez Blessing. Her husband, the late O.E. Williams, was one of the best-known aviators in the country. He was killed in a fall in his machine while giving an exhibition in Alabama. She is survived by three children, and one sister and two brothers, one living at Oak Hill and Gay Blessing, of Jersey City. [Copies of “Men, Wind & Courage: A Pioneer Aviation Story of O.E. Williams and His Associates,” written by Nancy Lynn Mess, formerly of Susquehanna, is available at the Historical Society.]


Lathrop Twp. – Peter Phillips died at his home in this place on Feb 23, aged about 60 years. His father, a veteran of the Civil War, and dying when Peter was young, the boy was sent to the Soldier’s Orphan school at Harford, where he remained until he was 16. After his first wife died, he married Miss Bertha Squier, who with the following children survive him: Mrs. Vida Moore, Fred Squier, Charles, Peter, and Stanley [Phillips]. His death was due to pneumonia, complicated with heart trouble.


Uniondale – The deep snow has obstructed the highways leading into Uniondale. What is known as the Churchill was abandoned sometime ago. Hand sleds are used by some of the farmers to get their coal. Fortunately our coal merchants have been well supplied. Farmers living close by in Clifford township are compelled to go to Elkdale and then come up the creek road. The Crandall road is a veritable Broadway.


News Brief: Here is the way an exchange sizes up the present winter: “Never do we remember seeing the earth so burdened with snow and drifts. We have known more severe, individual storms that we have had so far, but snow storms and blow storms follow so frequently, in the aggregate they exceed anything in our remembrance, and a large percentage of the travel is now through the fields, the roads being blocked with from 6 to 15 feet of snow.


Among the deaths reported in the Montrose Democrat, Independent Republican and Forest City News, many were from influenza. They were: Lee A. Merrill, Dimock; George White, Birchardville; Mrs. Susan Skinner, Upsonville; Mrs. Patrick Degnan, Middletown; Mrs. Caroline Gray, Dimock; J.W. Dibble, formerly of Great Bend, at his home in Sellersville, Pa.; Mrs. Glen Anthony and Miss Marion Townsend, both of Oakland.


March 12 (1920/2020)


Bridgewater Twp. – To spend a night and the better part of a day in a stalled train, hemmed in by mountains of snow, and be obliged to stay there is an experience which not many people have passed through. Such was the adventure of some 30 persons, who got stalled in a deep cut on the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna, Friday night. They gained their freedom at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon when a rescuing party reached them and brought all to Montrose. Snowshoers kept them in food, but the supply of coal for the stoves in the car gave out about daylight Saturday, and the soft coal which suppled the engine proved poor fuel and the party were in danger of real suffering had they not been reached. The train got stuck in a cut near Vinel Welch’s farm, west of Tiffany station. Engineer McKeeby saw that it was impossible to back the train out of the snow and return to Alford. Flagman Leonard waded through the drifts to the Welch farmhouse and phoned to Scranton for assistance. Two engines were sent up and reached the stalled train and attempted to force it through the drifts but succeeded only in packing the snow under the rear of the train, lifting it from the rails. Seeing it was a hopeless task they started back, but also got stuck at Tiffany and could go no further. Three men on the Montrose train hiked to Montrose and arranged for Landlord Donovan to send food and coffee and F. T. Mack, David Stilson and Edward Harold snowshoed out to the train and cheered the luckless and hungry crowd. Some of the men went to the home of Hugh McCollum and Mrs. McCollum was kept busy over the range supplying the famished men with griddle cakes. Dr. L. M. Thompson learned of the plight of the stranded ones and with helpers started out with two teams and found the train almost buried in the cut. Soon the party was transferred to the sleighs, wrapped in warm garments and at 12:30 all were in town. On Monday a crew of shovellers and three engines came up and by “bucking” the train forced it through the cut.


Friendsville – The marriage of Miss Mabel Griffin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Griffin, of this place, to Mr. Walter Shaugnessy, of Little Meadows, took place at St. Francis church here, at noon on Monday, Feb. 16, 1920. The young couple will reside at Little Meadows.


Forest City – The following is an account of an accident befalling a Forest City boy last week. Ludwig, the 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gasper Ravonikar, of Clinton Twp., Wayne Twp., attempted to board a northbound Erie train on Monday afternoon. He was coming from work at the Gray slope and jumped on the 25th car from the front end. He missed his hold and fell beneath the train. The trainmen stopped the train, cut off the caboose and brought the young man to the Erie Station. Dr. Knapp was called and ordered the injured man to Emergency hospital, Carbondale. He was taken to the Dundaff street crossing, Carbondale, by train, where an ambulance was waiting. The young man lost the right leg below the knee and received lacerations about the head and hands.


Great Bend – Wm. J. Day had an exciting experience last Friday, which he will not soon forget. In company with two hired men, George and Earl Hawk, he was on his way to the slaughter house. The blizzard was on and in the blinding snow he did not notice that Trowbridge creek had overflowed its banks earlier in the day. The snow was drifting badly and he drove into the water, which had undermined the huge banks of snow, and the horses were soon floundering in water up to their backs, while one went down. The men waded in the water up to their shoulders to rescue the animals, and finally succeeded, but were compelled to leave the sleigh in the highway until the next day. Although it was some time before the men could reach home and secure dry clothing, all came through the ordeal none the worse for the dunking they received.


Gibson – Practically no milk was brought to the creamery here Friday and Saturday, as the roads were impassable. Men had to shovel the entire length of Burgh Hill, Sunday, before the milk teams could get through from Union Hill. It is estimated that the drifts are 9 or 10 ft. deep under the track, near the top of Burgh Hill.


Montrose – Merchant D. L. Robinove has been much depressed the past few days over news reaching him from his home land, Poland. He was greatly shocked about a week ago to learn that a sister living in the battle-swept country of Europe had actually starved to death. Mr. Robinove knew of the distressing conditions among his people in Poland, and during the past two years had sent several remittances of money which should have been abundant to care for their actual needs, but none of the money reached his relatives. ALSO “Our Constitution, Its Ideals and Objects,” is the general topic for discussion at the March meetings of the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Our local Union has requested Atty. Safford to address their meeting on said subject at the residence of Mrs. Fred Rosendale.


Forest Lake – M. J. McNerney was engaged in Montrose on Tuesday. He says that navigating the snow drifts is ticklish business—for when a horse steps off the hard, beaten track, there’s sure to be trouble.


Hop Bottom – Miss Marie West, of this place, and Mr. Stephens, of Nicholson, won the prize for best waltzing at the Purvis dance, at Loomis Hall, Wednesday evening.


Alford – William T. Spencer, whose death was reported last week, was 80 years of age and a veteran of the Civil War. His wife’s death occurred the following morning, March 2nd, having survived her husband only seventeen hours.


Harford – Wedding bells! Their sweet chimes tell us of the recent marriage of Miss Beva Pickering and Cecil Conrad, and we extend hearty congratulations. The bride and groom were both formerly of this vicinity and very popular here, but will reside in Johnson City, where they have purchased a home. Mr. Conrad holds a splendid position in the tanning factory.


News Briefs: A good many people are loud in their demand for their constitutional rights, who have never read the constitution. ALSO Women of 21 states, including Rhode Island, will enjoy presidential suffrage this year, regardless of whether the amendment becomes effective before the presidential primaries.


March 19 (1920/2020)


Uniondale – Mrs. C.E. Phillips entertained the Suffrage club on Tuesday evening.


East Rush – There has been no church or Sunday school for several weeks on account of bad roads and the “flu.”


Williams’ Pond – E. J. Hohn visited his brother, Louis, near Brooklyn, on Sunday, going “across lots” on skis. That seems to be the only way to get about as the roads are very bad.


Forest City – The capital stock for the new shoe factory here, amounting to $100,000, has been fully subscribed and paid in. The concern will be known as the Melhinch Shoe Company of Forest City, Pa, The Bartholomay garage building on South Main Street has been secured for the location of the plant. It is expected operations will begin in May. The machinery will be installed between now and then. The directors elected for the first year are: Charles Melhinch, John Lynch, F.M. Gardiner, Thos. P. McCormick, J.H. Melhinch, Isadore Alexander, Geo. F. Horton, Geo. A. Bartholomay, Benj. Eicholzer. ALSO According to the census just completed, Forest City has a population of 6,004, an increase of 225 persons in the past ten years, or 4.4 per cent.


Herrick Center – John Shager, whose home is two miles north of this village, was struck by an engine on Monday afternoon. He was returning homeward, drawing a handsled with some goods on it when the engine hit him. He tried to get out of the way by crowding against the bank of snow at the side of the track, but was hit and thrown under the engine. He escaped, however, with a cut over one eye and some minor bruises. AND School was closed last week and this on account of the condition of the roads and sickness in the county. Three of Fred Fletcher’s children, Frances, Robert and Laura, are ill with scarlet fever and there are a few cases of mumps in town.


Montrose – Rural Carrier Frank H. Sechler, is going to see that the patrons of his route get their mail if it is within the bounds of human possibility. On Monday and Tuesday, when it was impossible to drive a horse, Frank slung his mail over his shoulder and walked the route. “Sech” does not intend that any complaints will be made to the sixteenth assistant postmaster general from disgruntled patrons so long as his pedal extremities hold out. ALSO The Beach Mfg. Co. has bought the fixtures, pool tables, etc., of the Chapman Pool Rooms, and will use them as a club room for the men working in their plant.


New Milford – E.D. Bertholf has leased the Eagle Hotel at the south end of town, formerly conducted by Hallie W. Lewis. He has purchased the furniture and fixtures of Mr. Lewis. Dana Barrett will move from the township to Mr. Bertholf’s house on Montrose street. ALSO The thaw flooded the Burdick flat below the school house to a depth of three and four feet before it froze and held up until Friday, when the three log teams were passing over they dropped down into several feet of water. They unloaded and in trying to save one team from drowning the men got very wet. The milk teams on Saturday had to go around. On Saturday afternoon John Jess thought he could pass over Jordan all right. He went through and had to leave his sleighs there as a marker. The snow in the roads is still from two to four feet deep.


Great Bend – A large deer narrowly escaped being killed by the Erie train near Great Bend recently. On account of the deep snow, the animal ran ahead of the train for some distance, but finally disappeared over the hill, near Wm. Manson’s farm.


Springville – A gang of men are opening the State road. Nearly the whole distance of Route No. 12 is made in the fields, snow being piled many feet high. Farmers have experienced great trouble this winter, the worst in years.


Little Meadows – W. D. Minkler, Investigator of Deaths for Susquehanna County, has been in Montrose the past ten days checking up his lists, preparatory to further investigation which it is necessary for him to do in person, and will necessitate his traveling in various parts of the county. Mr. Minkler also operates a bus line from Little Meadows to Binghamton, three times a week, when the roads are in condition, but just now he is unable to run his truck and can take care of the duties of his appointment nicely before the roads open up.


Lenox – Miss Alice Jerauld has gone in training for a nurse at the Moses Taylor hospital, Scranton. We wish her the best of success.


Harford – Will Benning walked home from Scranton one day recently. He went down by train and purchased a horse, and led the horse home all the way. Left Scranton at eight o’clock a.m. and arrived home at eight p.m. ALSO “Dr.” H. L. Lewis tells us he split and piled five cords of wood in ten hours for L. Brainard the 20th of February. Who can beat that record? Mr. Lewis is known as the world-renowned wood cutter.


Lathrop – To Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Benjamin, Sunday, Feb. 29, 1920, a daughter, Blanche Esther.


Stevens Point – The house of Mr. Clapper burned to the ground last Friday. Nothing was saved.


South Auburn – Ralph Place and Fred Swackhamer, of this place, having completed their course at State College, returned to their homes recently. Mr. Place is now acting as official cow tester for the First Dairy Improvement Association of Lackawanna county. Mr. Swackhamer expects to operate a creamery at East Rush.


Marriage Licenses: Maurice L. Reynolds and Mary P. Brandt, both of Susquehanna; William Rainey and Bertha Clapper, both of Harmony; Claude Darling and Aurora B. English, both of Forest City; Alva S. Spearbeck, Windsor, NY and Lillian F. Egleston, Great Bend.


News Briefs: New York barbers say that the day of the dollar hair-cut is at hand. This will be especially tough on the fellow with only ten cents worth of hair. ALSO Ten presidential candidates—five Republicans and five Democrats—have united in a statement advocating adoption of the woman’s suffrage amendment in time for women to vote in this year’s elections. This, presumably, is the only issue on which they are of one mind. ALSO The cost of Zane Grey’s new book, lately purchased, was $1.80. In deciding how much you are going to give the library committee when they call on you next Wednesday, think [of] how many books you will want in the coming year.



March 26 (1920/2020)


TALK ON INFLUENZA [1920]: Influenza was discussed recently by the Medical Society at Bay Ridge, New York. Dr. Robert E, Coughlin read a paper on “Influenza, Past and Present,” in which he reviewed epidemics in America and Europe, dwelling on investigations by Noah Webster in 1789, who believed influenza was not due to infection, but to peculiar atmospheric conditions. Dr. Coughlin did not think whiskey was necessary in influenza. He also spoke against persons drugging themselves when they feared an attack of the “flu.” He said no definite treatment had been determined upon.


Silver Lake – Quite an exciting time at Flowery Valley, Saturday last, when a horse belonging to Daniel Kane, of Forest Lake, was taken with blind staggers. The horse ran into a barbed wire fence, was marked up some, but about dusk was hitched to the sleigh again and driven home.

East Rush – The family of Fred Jenner is quite sick at preset with the “flu.” The son, Harrison, was taken sick last Monday and at present the other son, Carl, and the father are also ill.


Lake View – Stuart Corse has gone to Oil Top, Kansas, to work for his brother Paul.


Susquehanna – The Knights of Columbus held a smoker on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, which was well attended. Souvenirs, consisting of shamrocks with miniature pipes, were given each member. An address by Rev. P. F. Broderick, social music and a boxing bout were features of the evening programs.


South Auburn – T. S. Brewer has sold his farm to the Mowry brothers, of Shannon Hill.


Montrose – We understand that Atty. Wm. A. Titsworth, who, as a passenger on the L. & M. train, was marooned in a snow bank between Montrose and Alford, will bring suit jointly against the weather bureau and railroad company, alleging “breach of promise.” ALSO Some 70 years ago the Smith Brothers started a “cabinet shop” in the same location which M. J. O’Brien now occupies. The Smith Brothers were known all through this section for the fine furniture which they made. Later W.W. Smith conducted the business and was also a successful undertaker. The furniture and undertaking establishment has all these years enjoyed an unexcelled reputation for the excellence of its goods, the integrity of its proprietors and the satisfactory service which it has rendered. [A fine example of the work of W.W. Smith can be found in the museum of the Susquehanna County Historical Society. It is a large breakfront made of native American woods, constructed to be shown at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876. It was brought back to Montrose and purchased by Byron Camp, a Civil War veteran, and later given to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Taylor, neighbors of Mr. Camp. It was donated to the Historical Society by Mr. Taylor in 1989.]


North Jackson – Announcement of the deaths of two children of Benjamin Brown, appearing in last week’s Democrat and other papers, was incorrect. One death did occur in the family, that of the oldest boy, who passed away March 6th, 1920. The younger brother was critically ill, but is rapidly on the gain now, according to latest reports, we are pleased to state.


New Milford – William D. Houlihan, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.D. Houlihan, died at the City Hospital, Binghamton, March 18, following an operation for appendicitis. A Requiem High Mass was offered by Rev. Father M. E. Loftus, with burial in the family plot in the church yard. William was president of the junior class of the New Milford high school. ALSO Dr. W. E. Park, for two years in the medical corps with the A.E.F., in France, has been promoted to the office of major. Dr. Park was gassed while at the front and following his recovery he was stationed in the base hospital and later in a New York hospital. His promotion was recommended while in France, but the red tape was not unwound sufficiently to consummate the act until a couple of weeks ago.


West Lenox – A daughter, Eunice Theta, was born to Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Adams, March 2, 1920.


Fair Hill – The rural carriers are having a hard time delivering mail for the last six weeks. We have had no carrier over the Hill in six weeks. ALSO Some are getting ready to tap their trees and make some syrup on account of the high price of sugar.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – After a lapse of ten weeks, services were held on Sunday at the M.E. church, the weather and “flu” not permitting the people to get out before.


Franklin Forks – The Ladies Aid met at the Alliance Hall last Wednesday. The work for the day was sewing for Mr. Wilson’s family, who were recently burned out.


Harford – Philander Harding, an old and respected resident of South Harford, died at his home Monday. Funeral was held Thursday at the house. Sympathy is extended to his aged wife and all relatives and friends who mourn his loss. ALSO The men got busy and shoveled the big snow banks out of Fair Ground Hill a few days ago, and it sure was some job.


Forest Lake – Ellery Corner, a young man employed by Homer Coy, at Hamlin Hill, while handling a revolver on Saturday, accidentally discharged the firearm. The bullet struck him in the chest, over the heart, but fortunately struck a rib, which changed the bullet’s course and only a small wound resulted.


Clifford – A. O. Finn, who for many years has been connected with the State Department of Agriculture and is an authority on all matters relating to fruit trees, states that this winter has caused a loss of thousands of dollars to fruit growers. The ravages of mice has been the greatest he has ever known, and many young orchards are rendered worthless. The deep snow has given them more room for their work of destruction.


Elk Lake – Patrick Oliver rescued Amos Mead from a snow drift near the Mott cottage on Friday afternoon. Amos had walked to South Montrose that morning and was returning when he became so exhausted from the trip that he was unable to help himself. The timely arrival of Patrick may have prevented serious consequences.


Fairdale – R. H. Olmstead and family will return to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George M. Olmstead, at this place, this spring. Mr. Olmstead has been engaged in agricultural extension work in Center county as superintendent, with headquarters at Bellefonte.


Marriage Licenses: Elmer Edwards and Lillian M. Wayman, both of Lanesboro; Alfred Zancpi, Endicott, NY and Mary J. Dalesandro, Susquehanna; Ferdinando Pacifici and Catherine Dellavigna, both of Susquehanna; J.C. Wademan, North Bridgewater and Susan Conrad, Meshoppen; Thos.. J. Scanlon and Martha I. Smethurst, both of Susquehanna.


April 02 (1920/2020)



Clifford – Seventy years ago, last June, there arrived in Susquehanna county, from England, an 18 year old boy. He had come to America to make his home. He arrived in New York on the 4th day of June 1849. That boy has developed into one of the county’s best and most upright citizens. His name is Thomas W. Atkinson and for fear that some will not recognize him by that rather formal name, we will say that he is better known by the affectionate title of “Uncle Tommy” Atkinson, who served six years as county commissioner and was chairman for that period. His judgment and unswerving honesty won the regard of all good citizens. He became a citizen of the United States in 1856. He came to Thornhill, Clifford Twp., where he agreed to work for John Spedding for four months at $10 a month and board. The best of men at that period were receiving but $12 or $13 per month. He served diligently in a number of local offices, assessor, school director, judge of election, registry assessor, arbitrator, road viewer and other elective and appointive offices. Mr. Atkinson is now in his 90th year and yet he is remarkably well and active. We trust that Time will continue to deal gently with him and that his remaining years may be healthful, happy ones.


Montrose – The borough council is making preparations to cover Public Avenue’s road this spring with a top dressing of crushed stone, giving a tar binder. This will greatly improve the thoroughfare, which is the most used portion of the town’s highways. ALSO W. A. Harrington, who brought in a car load of Missouri horses, about two weeks ago, sold them so quickly that he had to return to Missouri for another lot, which will arrive about Monday, April 5.


Lanesboro – Louis Galatta, one of the proprietors of the Lanesboro bakery, lost his right hand in the cogs of the bread mixer one day last week. He was operating the mixer and his hand was caught in the machinery, He was taken to Barnes hospital, where it was found that the hand was so badly crushed and mangled that Drs. Condon and Peck amputated it at the wrist.


Forest City – The McLaughlin House, one of the oldest hostelries here, is undergoing alterations and will be occupied by stores on or about the 15th of this month. The present proprietor, W. J. McLaughlin, has been in charge of the hotel for the past 17 years. He will use the upper part of the house as his residence. The venerable John McLaughlin is the owner of the building and for many years conducted the business, leasing the same to Martin Muchitz, now proprietor of the Muchitz House. Mr. McLaughlin was the first person to whom a hotel license was granted in Forest City.


Brooklyn – Hon. J. W. Adams says that at one time Lieut. Rogers Post, G. A. R, of that place, had 120 members, but now all the Post can muster is ten veterans, only three of whom live in the vicinity of Brooklyn. Beside himself they are Charles Richards and E. E. Rozell.


Springville – The entertainment given by Major R. H. Hendershot and son, of Oak Park, Ill, assisted by home talent, was greatly enjoyed by a large audience. Major Hendershot was the original drummer boy of the Rappahannock and the youngest one to serve in the Civil War. He was remembered by our townsman, D.D. Layton, a Civil War veteran, who was present at the entertainment. One of the drums he had with him was a gift from the G. A. R. after the close of the war and was presented to him by President Harrison. 


Harford – Howard Mead and bride were tendered a warm reception by an enthusiastic crowd last Friday evening. After a salute from a choice and carefully selected band and the rendering of some of the most classical and up-to-date music, Howard appeared upon the balcony of his father’s residence, on Main street, and after a hearty greeting, treated the crowd to cigars and the crowd dispersed, wishing the bride and groom many years of wedded happiness. ALSO An immense white eagle was seen a few days ago by a few people here. Chiroprator Osmun remarked that it looked like an aeroplane, as it flew high in the air.


Thompson – How would you like to take a little hike of three or four thousand miles, just to shake the blood into your legs, for the tonic effects, supplanting tag alder and dandelion bitters, which are popular when spring invigorants are needed? This is just what Alexander Rounds is planning to do and will very soon be on the opening stretches of a trip to California. Mr. Rounds is a man, we should judge, of around 60 years. He says he wishes to see the country, and, like Bayard Taylor, believes that walking the ideal form of travel, especially in a country like America, so rich in its natural scenic beauty. He expects to remain in California ten years. His goods were shipped across the continent by rail.


Hop Bottom – At the present time there is no certainty as to the route the Lackawanna Trail will take through the borough of Nicholson and on up to this place. The delay in advertising for bids for this section would indicate that the trail would not follow the railroad right of way.


Susquehanna – The physicians of this place, owing to the increased cost of living and all that enters into the practice of medicine, are compelled to increase their rates effective April 1, 1920. On and after that date, office visits will be $1.00 for the minimum; house visits, $2.00, and the minimum charge for night visits will be $3.00.


Heart Lake – The successful farmer these days is a businessman in the strictest sense of the word, and few men exemplify this assertion more nicely than A. W. Richardson, grower of fruits, vegetables, etc., on a large scale. But the interesting fact that prompts this is the economy found in the use of a truck used by Mr.. Richardson, which should point a moral to anyone with much hauling to do. Mr. Richardson had, up to this spring, run the truck 14,000 miles, and his repair bills had amounted to just $4.38 to date. He is greatly pleased with the truck as he naturally would be, and is now considering a farm tractor.


News Brief: Maple syrup is appearing in the local markets, selling for $3 and $3.50 per gallon. This is the highest price it has ever been known to command. Owing to the scarcity of it, due to a short season, there will be little difficulty in disposing of it.


April 09 (1920/2020)



Montrose – The Heath manufacturing company, formerly of Johnson City, N.Y. and makers of the world famous Heath Drum Sanders, will locate in Montrose, buying from Beach Mfg. Co. the warehouse at the northeast corner of Mill and High streets and the factory building on the opposite corner, which was occupied by the McCausland Engineering Co., together with all machinery. Employees of McCausland will continue in the employ of Heath. Montrose is known, wherever the wood-working trade has developed, as the home of wood-working machinery through the products of the Beach Mfg. Co. [The scroll saw was invented by Henry L. Beach in 1867 and by 1870 was in production. One of his saws is currently on display at the Susquehanna County Historical Society.]


New Milford – Fred W. Dean, one of the best known farmers of this place, died April 5, 1920. Few men were better known in the county. An aggressive, energetic type of man, his untiring industry and enterprise brought him in contact with many citizens. He was a man of considerable originality and fearless in the expression of his ideas, and it did not concern him greatly whether his ideas met with popular approval, he clung to his convictions tenaciously and upheld them. A hard-worker, honest and upright, he scorned the man who endeavored to profit at the expense of others.


Fairdale – Herman Olmstead and family have moved to this place from Bellefonte, Pa., where he was farm bureau agent for a number of years.


Great Bend – A petition was presented to the city council of Binghamton for the privilege of operating an auto truck and bus line to this place, with the intention of continuing it eventually to Montrose. A truck line between these two places would be a great convenience.


Herrick Center – On March 25th, Dr. A.L. Craft performed a very difficult operation, at his office here, for a double hair-lip and cleft palate. The operation was very successful and was done by the late method for that deformity.


Brooklyn – Miss Frances Ely, who teaches school in Long Island, and Mrs. Frances Bowker, of Columbia College, are visiting their parents in this place.


Rushville – About 45 of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Linaberry tendered them a farewell party last week. The evening was spent in games. All report a fine time. Mr. Linaberry is moving his family to a farm on Jersey Hill [Auburn Twp.]


Forest Lake – Mrs. A.L. Day has gone to Iowa for a two months’ visit with her son, Bert Day. ALSO At Fair Hill there was a fair turnout at church on Easter Sunday, the first preaching since the 11th of January and the rural delivery man came over the hill the last day of March, the first time since the first week in February, due to the blockage of roads by snow storms.


Harford – The Dort car has a great many friends in this county, where it has been proven as a good roadster after years of hard service. F. O. Miller, of this place, is the county representative. ALSO The Creamery is putting on an annex in which Italian cheese will be manufactured. Lee Forsythe will remain the foreman. ALSO J. W. Rettberg, the Rawleigh man, from Hop Bottom, was in town last week.


Susquehanna – The H.G. & H. Stores Company, with two grocery stores here, is opening a meat market in connection with the store in the Persons’ building on Main street. John Stonebach will have charge of the market. ALSO Editor Baker, of the Transcript, is all worked up over a clock just placed in one of the display winders in Susquehanna, which runs, apparently without the customary “innards.” Of course other places in the county have had these clocks for some time, but Editor Baker has been so busy of late working on a plan to bail out the Susquehanna river, to provide level land enough for a tennis court for his town that he has, very likely, overlooked the progress made by his neighbors. [It seems that the editors of county newspapers had a friendly and humorous banter that occasionally appeared in their columns—this being one example.]


Flowery Valley, Auburn Twp. – We extend congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Overfield, of Shannon Hill, on the birth of a son on March 28th. Also to Mr. and Mr. Clarence Stroud, of Endicott, NY, to whom a son was born on March 27th. Both ladies were South Auburn girls.


Kingsley – Miss Anna McCarthy went to Scranton to hear [Enrico] Caruso.


Springville – Miss Hazle Scott, a navy nurse stationed at Norfolk, Va., spent the Eastertide with her mother, Mrs. Olney Whitney.


Lenoxville – Flossie Allen closed a very successful term of school at the Green Grove district on Friday.


Little Meadows – William John O’Mara, of Endicott and Martha Cecelia Hartigan, of Little Meadows, recently obtained a marriage license.


Jackson – Miss Gertrude Pease is assisting at the telephone exchange during the absence of Mrs. Curtis. AND The M. E. Ladies’ Aid will have a social in the church parlors, April 9th. Syrup and biscuits will be served. AND The sugar house of Charles Potter caught fire March 25th and for a time threatened to be consumed and also greatly endangered the dwelling house near by. Fortunately it was discovered in time and a thorough drenching of sap and a timely downpour of rain saved the buildings.


St. Josephs – An eloquent sermon was delivered on Easter Sunday by the pastor, Rev. M. J. Cawley. The church was prettily decorated for Easter with lilies, carnations and a variety of palms, sent by a friend from Florida.


News Brief: You can tell New York people by the frequency with which they consult their watches. New York State is observing the daylight saving plan, and Pennsylvania “ain’t.” It keeps the New Yorker busy figuring what time it really is and whether he is going to miss his train. ALSO A teacher in the Dalton schools lost her action in court to compel the school district to pay her for the time the school was closed because of the “flu” epidemic in 1918. The judge stated that the law was against the teacher in 1918, but at present it was with her. An Act was passed in 1919, which compels school districts to compensate teachers when schools are closed through no fault of the teaching corps.


April 16 (1920/2020)



Thompson – A paper will be circulated in the near future for subscriptions to move the M. E. church from its present location to the Lewis lot on the corner of Jackson and Main streets. We have $4000 in sight providing an equal amount can be raised to meet it. Let us all be as liberal with our subscription as possible. The ladies aid has pledged $1000 so we have only three more to go.


Silver Lake – Major Lambom, of Camp Red Cloud, talked with the Montrose Chamber of Commerce and there is a good chance it could secure all the camp’s business by assuring the Camp of co-operation along several lines, most important of which is the improvement of the road to Silver Lake, including Prospect street in Montrose.


Forest Lake – J.J. Kane is a recent purchaser of a May-Tag Power Washing Machine, the latest out, from agent E.D. Snyder, of Brooklyn. Mr. Kane is not only saving drudgery by his purchase, but has taken the necessary step to banish the proverbial “Blue Monday” from his home. Mrs. Kane is to be congratulated both on having such fine, modern equipment for her home, and on having such a considerate husband.


Lynn – The Odd Fellows are taking turns in sitting up nights with Len Welch. Len is very low at the present time, due to a stroke of paralysis.


Forest City – Charles Schessler, the youth who made a hit as the hurler for the Soldier and Sailor’s team against the Independents here last fall, is being tried out by the Springfield, Mass., team of the New England league. His friends predict that he will make good. If he falls by the wayside he will return to Forest City and line up with the Soldier and Sailors, who are practically without a hurler. Schessler is but 19 years of age and possesses a wonderful delivery for a youngster.


Harford – Thomas Gillespie has a hen that lays Easter eggs. If you do not believe it, just look at the eggs on display in R. R. Andrews’ store, here.


New Milford – Frank T. Wellman has sold his farm and will make his home with his daughter, in Binghamton. Mr. Wellman was born in the old farm house, eighty years ago last December, and with the exception of two years spent in the service of his country during the Civil War, he has spent his entire life on the farm.


Brooklyn – Herman H. Otto and Miss Edna Ely, both of this place, were married by Dr. Clark, of the Myrtle Street church Scranton, April 5, 1920. The groom has been prominently identified with the Dairymen’s League and the bride has been the obliging clerk in the Brooklyn post office.


Dimock – James Gavitt, an aged veteran of the Civil War, is very feeble at his home here. He is attended by Dr. Lathrop, of Springville. ALSO Remember, when your harness and footwear need repairing, take them to the shop of J. F. Wanick, on the corner, where he is busy from early morning till late at night.


Herrick Twp. – Mrs. John Smith, whose husband is superintendent of the Forest City poor farm, died at her home, yesterday, at noon. Her remains will be taken to Silver Beach, NY where funeral services will be held.


Franklin Forks – Everett Lee, the boy preacher, of Chenango Street Church, Binghamton, will preach at Franklin Forks and Franklin Hill, next Sunday. While Master Everitt is but 13 years of age, he is nevertheless, a very enthusiastic church worker. A special invitation is extended to all the boys and girls to be present.


Montrose – Stephen A. Dawley passed away following an operation in Scranton. He was born in Liberty township in 1853 and died April 8, 1920. He was a solid, reliable man, of an independent nature, and Montrose has lost a useful mechanic, the deceased being the last in his line of the old-time wagon makers. One of his early employers, the late D. D. Lathrop, on writing him a letter of instruction, admonished him to “always use straight timber for his whiffletrees and wagon poles,” and this quality of dependability has remained with him through life. ALSO A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Stilson, at their home, April 9. The new arrival has been named Charlotte Margaret Stilson.


Susquehanna – Many from this place were at the county seat last week on legal business. The matter of the street paving called quite a number, among them being Attys. Skinner and Doherty.


Ainey, Lathrop Twp. – Last Saturday afternoon friends, to the number of 17, gathered at the home of Frank W. Taylor and the men with teams went to the woods and cut poles and drew them to the house, where 10 cords of wood were cut. Mr. Taylor and family say that they cannot find words to express their thanks. All called to speak a word of cheer to Jack.


Auburn Twp. – A number in this place are holding church services at their homes. The Easter service was held at the home of Mrs. Clara Warner. [Due to the condition of roads after several snow storms.]


Stevens Point – Fire was discovered in the house of Mrs. Jennie Shellman, Mrs. Shellman not being home at the time. Call was made by telephone for help and neighbors responded at once but nothing could be saved as the house was all on fire on the inside. It is a mystery how it started, there being no fire left in the stoves.


Uniondale – Our schools close on April 30. Class night will be held in the Presbyterian Church on that evening. The valedictorian will be Beulah Deming and Florence Williams will deliver the salutatory. The other graduates are Michael Chomyszah, Leona Burdick, Frances Boulter, Elizabeth Tuttle and Marian Rounds.


News Briefs: The strike of the switchmen and firemen on some of the railroads, which has been done without sanction of their officers, has tied up the freight and express shipments on some railroads. For those of you who need information on what lines are still shipping see the Independent Republican, April 16, 1920.  ALSO  Gov. Sproul has designated April 16 and 23 as Arbor Days, and suggested that in observing these days, that trees be planted in memory of soldier dead.


April 23 (1920/2020)



Elkdale – Frank Halkyer, with the aid of three men, sawed 12 cords of wood in three hours. It was sawed by automobile power with the belt attachment fastened to the automobile.


Forest City – The Friends of Irish Freedom are to be congratulated on the success of the dance and entertainment held by them in the Municipal Hall. Merriment reigned supreme and that prince of entertainment Con McCool, of Wilkes-Barre, related humorous selections, followed by other speakers and entertainment. ALSO The latest fad is in wearing overalls. A number appeared on the streets Saturday, attired in denim. ALSO Forest City high school claims the [basketball] championship of the county. If Montrose high school disputes the claim they should arrange for a game at Forest City.


Lanesboro – George E, Pooler, a veteran of the Civil War, who mustered out in 1864 and immediately re-enlisted, died April 17, 1920, aged 75 years. Deceased was a constable and tax collector in Harmony township for 14 years and a candidate for sheriff and county commissioner. He was one of the most widely known citizens of the county.


Kingsley – While out for a walk Orrin Wagner killed 17 blacksnakes, the longest measuring 5 ft. 9 inches. The next day, P. M. Wilmarth, J. J. Wagner and son, Addison, went over the same place and killed five more. This is the largest number killed in this vicinity in so short a time. A snapshot was taken of them at Mr. Wagner’s.


Rush – The members of the graduating class are: Misses Kathryn Fry, Anna O’Connell, Evalyn Main, Evalyn Cavanaugh, Mildred Wootton, Lillian Warner and Messrs. Ralph Vaughn and James Curley.


Montrose – While men were engaged in excavating the cellar and tearing down the old wall for the new theatre below the postoffice building, they unearthed two diamond rings. One of them, found by Charles Sweet Sr., has a fine large diamond in it. How the rings happened to be there will be a mystery never explained, in all probability. The building on the site was the old Mulford store, one of the oldest in the town before it was burned some 12 or 14 years ago.


Harford – The funeral of Mrs. Julia Sweet was held from her home on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Osborne and other relatives from a distance were present. Mrs. Sweet was a woman of much charm and will be sadly missed.


West Lenox – Guy A. Empet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelvin Empet, and Philena Tingley, youngest daughter of Mrs. Ella Tingley, were married April 10, 1920 at the Baptist parsonage by Rev. C.F. Rinker. Mr. Empet is one of our successful young farmers and a former scoutmaster. Mrs. Empet graduated at the Harford High School in the class of ’18, attended the Mansfield State Normal school and has taught five successful terms of school. They will reside in part of the house with his parents, Guy having rented his father’s farm.


Birchardville – Francis Rhinevault has gone to Binghamton, where he has employment with the Binghamton Street Railway Co.


Lawsville – Fred Bailey is moving to his farm at Windsor, NY. He has sold his farm in Lawsville to John Dillon, of Binghamton.


St. Josephs – A party of 12 telephone men, with headquarters in New York City, is working on the Bell telephone lines passing through this place. The business of the company is enlarging, requiring new cross-arms, and a number of extra wires.


Brooklyn – J. J. Austin, who has successfully conducted the Austin House for some years, gives notice that the hotel has been closed, but that meals will be furnished, if notice is given in advance. Scarcity of help makes this move necessary. The Austin House has been very popular with a large number of people, who will regret to learn that the business is to be terminated.


Springville – There are ten members in the graduating class: Abagail B. Haldeman, Mattie L. Johnson, Irene G. Giles, Theda R. Johnson, E. Alwildah Travis, Mary B. Smales, Mabel L. Comstock, Gladys A. Smales, Arthur L. Ainey and Leland E. Titman.


Ararat – A new Diamond Disc Victrola has been purchased by Mr. C. F. Stone and Allan Brooks has purchased a new Maxwell car.


Choconut/Rush – Bela Griffin, aged 89, who died April 13, 1920, was in some respects more than an ordinary man. He was born in Choconut, Nov. 30, 1831, and during his boyhood days lived on the West Choconut creek, a few miles from Friendsville, later moving with his parents, Isaac and Julia Griffin, to two miles south of the same village. He learned the blacksmith and wagonmaker’s trade and after marriage and the birth of three sons he purchased a farm in Rush. He answered his country’s call during the Civil War and was a private for nine months in Co. H, 177th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Always a patriot he loved to meet the old soldiers in their gatherings. He was a temperance man, a loyal citizen, a fair businessman, a kind husband, loyal father and good friend.

Looking Back, by Henry Birchard. In his weekly column, relating the history of the Montrose Band, the author recorded many instances where the band was invited to play. One such was at an encampment of the Veteran’s Organization of Susquehanna County, held at the Montrose fair grounds. “Everything was harmonious until it came time for the “sham battle,” when the band was required to march between the battle lines. During the conflict the old vets became excited and were shooting, not only blank cartridges, but wooden ramrods. One of the ramrods, in rapid transit, buzzed over the head of yours truly, and if he had been a little more elongated would have been shot right through the collar button. The members of the band, many of whom were not carrying life insurance, objected to taking further chances in this short route to the burying ground. The vets had, apparently, forgotten that the Civil War was over and were imbued with the spirit of ’61, when they were fighting the “Johnnies.” The battle became fierce, and many left the grounds in affright. Many of these honored, battle-scarred veterans have passed on in answer to the last roll call, but their memories are kept fresh by a grateful people, and the flag for which they so nobly fought marks the “little green tents,” where they lie.”


April 30 (1920/2020)



Montrose – Claude Graham and Miss Beatrice Henry, of South Montrose, came to Montrose to have the nuptial knot tied and with the firm resolve to have Rev. Gillespie tie it. They proceeded at once to the parsonage, where they were informed that the greatly desired parson was not at home, and therefore, unable to officiate at their marriage. Undaunted they inquired as to where the Rev. might be found, and learning he was at the Voss garage, went thereto straightway, where the ceremony was performed. Several auto mechanics, together with the proprietor of the garage, were among the spectators to the unusual event. Rev. Gillespie’s fame with young people, with matrimonial knots to be tied, quite unwittingly enhanced his fame by leaps and bounds. ALSO D. J. Donovan is excavating under part of the Tarbell House, on the Maple street side, to put in an up-to-date lunchroom. ALSO A miscreant broke into the parochial residence of St. Mary’s church and stole 8 gallons of sacramental wine, This is certainly a dastardly piece of business, for this wine is not only expensive (over $3 a gallon) but, owing to present laws, is difficult to procure, much red tape being necessary to obtain shipments. This wine contains a very small percentage of alcohol, around one percent—being very sweet and when taken in even small quantities, makes the person very ill.


Susquehanna – The absorbing question in this town of late has been the “walk-out” of the railroad men and its results. Both Port Jervis and Susquehanna were decided up-to-date not to return to work, consequently very little business is being done in either the east or west bound yards.


Springville – A cold, backward spring is delaying farmers with their work, and help is very hard to get. ALSO The show, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was largely attended, people coming from miles away. Seating capacity was all taken up.


Hop Bottom – The Shakespeare Club met with Mrs. Geo. Finn last Friday afternoon. Dainty refreshments were served. After the usual work of the Club a pleasing musical program was given under the direction off Mrs. Cora Miller.


Uniondale – Charles H. Carpenter has sold his farm on South Main street. It is one of the best-equipped farms of this part of the country. The buildings are arranged with all possible conveniences. The farm has been in the Carpenter family for many years. The price paid was $6,000.


Gibson – Kenneth Craft and Miss Flossie May Wilmot were married at the Methodist parsonage on April 22, 1920. After dodging showers of confetti and several auto loads of friends, they finally outstripped the autos with their famous pacing mare and took the train at New Milford for parts known only to themselves.


Forest City – Another Civil War veteran, Joseph G. Wescott, answered the last roll call on April 26. He was born at Glenwood 75 years ago and about 50 years ago was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Tourje, of Glenwood. The family came to Forest City thirty-two years ago and continued their residence until seven years ago when they removed to a farm in Clifford township. Five children were born to them. For many years Mr. Wescott served as constable in Forest City and was a partner in the Clinton Falls Coal Company. Funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Martin Wescott and interment will be made in the Tower Cemetery in Lenox Twp.


West Lenox – An old friend, Dave Hardy, of New Milford, was at church Sunday. He is one of our Civil War veterans and we are always glad to see him. ALSO Oscar Reynolds underwent an operation for appendicitis, April 14, at his home. He is gaining nicely.


Lake View, Jackson Twp. – Miles Tyler has a Cleveland tractor on trial. It will plow or pull out autoists. He has used it more for the latter.


Choconut Valley – Many from St. Joseph, Middletown, Little Meadows and S. Vestal, attended the box social held at Julia Curley’s school house, Wednesday evening last. Everyone reported a good time.


Keeney Pond, Auburn Twp. – The roads in this vicinity are in a horrible condition. It seems a pity, with such taxes, that we cannot have better roads. Even a “Tin Lizzie” should be insured before venturing out. ALSO The 1920 graduating class from Auburn High School consisted of Grace E. Galvin, Mildred R. Stevens, Elna Mae Pierson (valedictorian), and Richard S. Davis. Teachers were Prof. L.M. Payne and Miss Agnes E. Brotzman.


New Milford – The school board has retained the present corps of teachers for another year, at salaries ranging from $20 to $25 per month higher than this year. This action was taken because of the demand for competent teachers all over the country and the high salaries being offered. New Milford has never had a more successful school than this year, and it will be good news that there is to be the same efficient management.


Clifford – Frank Tennant, one of the best-known hotelmen of this section of the state, died on April 17, 1920. He was born in Gibson in1858, married Miss Nellie Spedding, of Clifford and was the father of two children. Mr. Tennant purchased the Clifford Hotel and made it into a popular resort, which reputation is still enjoyed with its present owner, Walter Spedding, brother of Mrs. Tennant. After the sale of the Clifford Hotel he purchased the Valley View Hotel at Foster (Hop Bottom), and several other hotels, the last being the Phinney Hotel at New Milford. Frank Tennant had a host of friends who will miss him and mourn because they can greet him no more. His remains were laid to rest in the family plot ion the new cemetery in Clifford.


A Recipe: Here is the recipe for the Salvation Army doughnut. If you do not think it is the best ever, ask any of the boys who were “over there.” This is the formula from which all the doughnuts for the men of the A.E.F. were made. There is something magic in it, for it worked wonders when used under worse conditions than exist in your kitchen. Here it is: 5 cups of flour; 2 cups of sugar; 5 teaspoonfuls of baking powder; 1 spoonful of salt; 2 eggs; ¾ cup of milk; 1 tablespoonful of lard. Knead and cut and drop in boiling lard. The Salvation Army lassies who made these doughnuts in France say that a happy smile, added to the doughnuts at the time of serving, makes them even more delightful. ALSO Remember the steam kettle—although up to its neck in hot water it continues to sing.


May 07 (1920/2020)



Liberty Twp. – M.T. Dillon’s father, John, for several years a resident of Franklin Forks, and for the past three years of Binghamton, has moved to a farm in Liberty. He is being cordially welcomed back to his native county.


Montrose – “Clean-up Week” will be next week and will be in charge of the Board of Health. The days for gathering up of rubbish, etc., that is set out to the curb, will be Monday and Tuesday, May 10th and 11th, and a charge of 25 cents a barrel, or less than a barrel, will be made and is to be paid to the driver to cover the expense of teams, etc. Have your rubbish in receptacles that you do not wish returned, if possible.


Elk Lake – Edgar E. Stevens, for many years a merchant and postmaster at this place, died suddenly Friday, April 30, 1920. He was a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Stevens and had always resided in the vicinity of Elk Lake, where he was born 52 years ago. About 8 years ago he married Miss Edith Risley, who survives him with son Asa and daughter, Marion. ALSO William D. Boyer, of Scranton, has purchased Mrs. Mary T. Stewart’s cottage, including garage, bath house, ice house, etc., the cottage being modernly equipped, a fine cottage at a charming spot.


Dimock – B.E. and T.J. Cokely, 7th Avenue, Scranton, have one of the largest and most complete seed houses in northeastern Pennsylvania. They are natives of Dimock and their success is most gratifying to their many friends and admirers in Susquehanna County.


Harford – Mr. and Mrs. Sophia soon expect their daughter, Louise Alexander and four children, to arrive from Butte, Montana for the summer.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – John R. Lathrop, of Springville, has purchased the stock and good will of goods in F. S, Greenwood’s store and will take possession of the same on Monday of this week. ALSO Eli H. Noble, formerly of Springville, died at his home in West Pittston, April 29th. He was a veteran of the Civil War and uncle of J. M. Noble, of Montrose.


Forest City – John Shaggy, Andrew Wargo, Charles Zahorra, John Koplavka and Mike Ko?nik, spent the weekend in Endicott and Johnson City. On Saturday Wargo and Koplavka played with the Endicott-Johnson City baseball team. Wargo was on the mound and showed what the miners can do. He had a number of strike-outs to his credit. ALSO A salesman for the Forest City News knocked at the door of a home located in the county. The lady of the house opened the door slightly in answer to his knock. He asked if she would like to take the News. No response. I repeated the request when she replied “No stand.” This in her own language. I again repeated in an effort to be understood. The quick response came. “You get out of here or I will kick you.” I immediately lifted my hat, said goodbye and hurried to the street.


Herrick Center – Henry Simpson and Mary Mumford were married at Carbondale, Saturday. Congratulations.


Uniondale – Ralph Bunnell is figuring on making extensive improvements this summer on his farm in Herrick township. He will move a large barn and erect a new house. Harry Coleman, Mr. Webster and Kenneth Cable are now moving the barn. ALSO Our enterprising Ford automobile agents, Douglas & Yale, are on the job every minute and so far this season have made eighteen sales.


Fairdale – Ward Taylor, of Taylor Hollow school, and Claud Valentine, of Tyler school, passed the entrance examinations at Montrose High school. [When no high school existed in a nearby township, students could apply to Montrose where they boarded with families in the town.]


Susquehanna – The local yardmen are still out. They are not taking for granted all the reports from the city papers and appear to be satisfied that matters will finally be adjusted in a satisfactory manner [regarding the strike]. No switching is being done in the local yards of any amount, the trains being classified elsewhere. Twenty more “new men” were brought here last Saturday evening and are being quartered at the depot.


Hop Bottom – A play entitled “The Sweet Girl Graduates” will be given by the students of the Hopbottom High school on Friday evening, May 7th, in the lower part of the Masonic hall. Everybody come and enjoy a good laugh. ALSO Commencement exercises of the high school were held April 30 in the Universalist church. There were six graduates in the class of 1920, namely Clara Rose, Harriet Bennett, John McNulty, John Maher, Rupert Conrad and Vincent McAloon.


Fairdale – The many friends of Dayton Brotzman gathered at the hall last week and gave him a surprise party. After an enjoyable evening all returned to their homes wishing him every success in his new undertaking. Dayton started for Buffalo the next day, where he will work for G. H. Wicks in his store.


Kingsley – Mrs. Arthur Wilmarth, Mrs. Flora Decker, Misses Edna Decker, Florence Wilmarth, Margaret DeLere, Helen Suer and George Oakley are working in the silk mill at Alford.


Franklin Twp. – Charles Palmer recently shipped five cows and a bull from his herd of purebred Ayrshires to the “Soapstone Farm,” Philadelphia. He has also an order from Sunbury, Pa., for six heifers, which has been held up on account of the congested conditions of the railroads. Mr. Palmer’s fame as a breeder of fine Ayrshire stock is constantly reaching out beyond the local confines.


Alford – Miss Katie Conroy closed a very successful term of school here on Tuesday last. She has taught here for the last three years and we all hope that she will return next year.


Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. C. Z. Pickering, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Mead, Mrs. Nellie Messenger and the Mesdames Eva Brown, Kate Brown and Gertrude Brown, have all returned from Daytona Beach, Florida, where they have spent a most delightful winter and are anticipating much in the prospect of a return trip the coming winter.


Marriage Licenses: Henry Simpson, Herrick and Mary Mumford, Herrick Center; Claude Graham and Beatrice Henry, both of South Montrose; Geo. L. Clark, New Milford and Lydia Bradford, New Milford Twp.; Ward Edw. Mosholder and Ruth Naomi Tonkin, both of Uniondale.


May 14 (1920/2020)



Franklin Forks – Gilbert H. Smith, our oldest native businessman, has sold his store property stock and good will to the Alliance Co. and will remove to a home on the Conklin road, near the site of the old beet sugar factory. This may mean little to the casual reader, but to a host of neighbors and friends it will cause a smarting pang of regret. “Gib” Smith numbers his friends by the score in this section, and our loss will be a distinct gain to New York State. He has been in business at the “Forks” for 44 years and with Mrs. Smith, will appreciate the change of scene and rest, which we know is due them.


Montrose – Daniel Searle drove a four-ton Packard army truck up from Harrisburg. The truck is one which has been allotted to this county for use in state road work and will be used entirely for carrying materials and doing highway construction work. Two bridges are to be erected in the eastern part of the county, one at Gelatt and the other near Lenox, and it will greatly assist in their more rapid construction. Mr. Searle says that from Harrisburg to Montrose he found the best stretch of road on the trip between Springville and Dimock. ALSO Carl Bullard has been visiting relatives in this vicinity. He holds the position of yardmaster for the Pennsylvania railroad in South Philadelphia.


Gibson – At a regular meeting of the Gibson Star Grange they ordered a Delco electric lighting plant to be installed in Grange hall. Ben C. Norris, of New Milford, the hustling agent of the company, was present and fully explained the Delco system.


Uniondale – It is said that a blacksmith is to locate here and is to occupy the shop near the bridge where A. M. Knapp was wont to pound the anvil. At present we are without a blacksmith and the coming of a good smithy will be hailed with great satisfaction.


Herrick Center - Roby Felter and Dorothy Fletcher graduated from the high school.


Thompson – At the meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, held at Mrs. Corey’s, seventeen were present and luncheon was served by the ladies. The day was spent in quilting for Mrs. Corey, whose great ambition lies in piecing and quilting bed-quilts and who has become adept at the work. She was very grateful for the service rendered her and responded in a very feeling and appreciative manner.


Susquehanna – H.E. Wentworth and G.D. Benson have formed a partnership and taken over the Oakland garage here, conducted for a number of years by John W. Murphy. Both are experienced auto mechanics and will give their whole time to repairing and overhauling cars. A vulcanizing plant will be operated, Mr. Wentworth, being an expert in this line.


Forest City – Mining at the Clinton Falls tract will soon end. C.M. Truesdell, the surviving owner, intends to leave in a few days for other fields. Since the death of his partner, Jerry Wescott, he has been engaged in settling up the affairs of the firm.


Brooklyn – On Wednesday afternoon the telephone called for help from the men of our town to stop a fire, which had been started at T. A. Capron’s farm, a mile below town. Stuart Capron, his five-year old son, and a neighbor’s child, a year younger, had been playing with matches and set fire to some excelsior in a building which was used partly as an ice house and partly as a store room for tools and some lumber, which was intended to be used in building a new ice house. The fire had made some head way before it was discovered by Mr. Capron and the sparks, which fell on the roof of his house, threatened to destroy that, also, but thanks to the prompt aid of willing neighbors the fire was soon under control, and only the one building burned to the ground. Mr. Capron’s loss included a cultivator, a good sled and a quantity of lumber.


Binghamton and Montrose Railway – The announcement was made by R.W. Day, general manager of the Scranton, Binghamton and Montrose Railway, that next week a force of men will begin the work of extending the line from its present terminus to the Parlor City and that there is hope that the task will be finished by fall, so that transportation will be furnished the people of the towns immediately concerned, as reported in the Scranton Republican. It was stated that a high tension supply line will connect the Electric and Parlor cities, running “straight as the crow flies” from Tiffany Junction, east of Montrose, to Endicott, NY. When this line is completed the entire electric street railway system in Binghamton will be operated from the power plant in Dalton. This plant now sends power as far south as Providence and north as far as Tiffany Junction. When completed, the total length of the line over which power is furnished will be sixty-eight miles.


Brandt – Andrew Blank, Sr. died at his home Tuesday, May 4, age 86 years, 6 months. Mr. Blank was born in Germany; came to America when young, and spent most of his life here in the brick business. He was the oldest resident of Brandt, a charter member of the Harmony Presbyterian church and highly respected. Interment at the family plot at Brandt.


Thompson – Mrs. C.E. Layton had a narrow escape on her return from delivering mail; coming from Jackson, between A.P. Blackman’s and L.B. Whitney’s, she met a motorcycle at which her horse took flight and jumped to a bank on the side of the road and throwing her out. She sustained a few bruises, but fortunately no bones were broken. Some boys caught the horse and she started for home, but the horse still seemed unmanageable and she stopped at the nearest house and phoned for Mr. Layton to come for her, which he speedily did with his auto. George Belcher, who was with the motorcycle, drove the horse home.


Harford – We just heard that wedding bells have been ringing at North Harford, and guess we did not listen very closely, for we failed to hear them. Any way, Harry Smith and Miss Margaret Titus, also Stanley Carey and Miss Mildred Smith, were united in marriage. Congratulations.


News Brief: The President signed the Fuller pension bill granting minimum pensions of $50 a month to all Civil War veterans. The bill, it was estimated, would cost $69,000,000. In addition to pensions for all Civil War veterans, the bill grants new pensions or increases to their dependents.


May 21 (1920/2020)



West Harford – The ladies of this place are busy cleaning house, digging greens, caring for baby chicks, while the men folks are busy preparing the ground for summer crops. The small girls are seen in the woods looking for Mayflowers, or other spring flowers, while the small boy, as well as larger ones, are just as busy as anyone, fishing down at the pond, and some times their patience is rewarded by bringing in a few fine fish.


South Gibson – The ladies of the church will give an entertainment in the church on the evening of May 29th, entitled “The Spinsters’ Convention.” Come and see the old maids transformed into young and beautiful maidens before your own eyes. It is expected that Clair Lewis, of Jackson, will be present and favor the audience with a few readings.


Flynn – The young people held a lovely May party at the new home of S.J. Gillin on May 13. About 40 of his friends were present. Dancing was indulged in until the small hours. The party was added to with several up-to-date selections rendered by his Pathe graphonola, which is a perfection. The ladies served lunch and the only thing lacking was more time. The party was chaperoned by Mrs. M.P. Curley, Mrs. William Phalen and Mr. James McGovern. ALSO Thomas Guiton, Jr., has accepted a position with the 1900 Washer Co., Binghamton.


Montrose – The graduating class of the high school is composed of the following: Leona Black, Marjorie Bullard, Vivienne Bushnell, Kathleen Coleman, George Englehardt, Harry Fancher, Pauline Fish, Alice Hinds, Eleanor Ives, Lillian Kinney, Marjorie Raub, Augusta Steiger, Reva Steine, Lillian Thornton, Frances Stephens, Reginald Snell and Norman Reynolds.


Thompson – John D. Miller advertises a public sale of 13 pure bred Holsteins, to be held at his farm, Tuesday, June 1. Difficulty in obtaining farm hands is given as the reason for the sale. ALSO During the snow squall of May 14th, Frank Wrighter, of Wrighter Hill, scraped up sufficient snow to pack a good-sized snow ball.


New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. Homer J. Tingley announce the engagement of their daughter, Sylvia Arline, to Urbane Lee Darrow. The wedding will take place in June. Both are popular young people, Miss Tingley being employed in the New Milford Silk Mill, while Mr. Darrow is a responsible young farmer of the township.


Susquehanna – Eisman & Hersch, who began a 20% discount sale last Friday, report a large amount of stock sold and many customers filled their spacious stores. The sales on Friday were the largest ever recorded for this popular firm, who always enjoy a large trade and cater to the best people of the city and country. ALSO Frank Gaeta, proprietor of the Erie Avenue Shoe Shop, has purchased 4,000 pairs of army shoes, which he will be able to sell at less than half price.


Brooklyn – At the annual commencement exercises the two honor students, Helen Gere and Rena Terry, each gave essays and Robert Breed, the class president, bestowed the Class Mantle upon the Junior Class.


Hop Bottom – Mail Carrier Ollie Pratt had a miraculous escape from injury when his team of horses became frightened and ran about a mile before they were stopped by men on the highway. Mr. Pratt had a thrilling ride before the horses were under control, the road over which the horses had run being down grade.


Forest City – The old Independence base ball team have once more re-organized. The following are requested by the manager to report for practice, Friday evening, May 21, at 6 o’clock sharp: James Kelly, Guy Carpenter, Steve Shemro, John Woodisheck, Sam Payne, Pat Malia, Joseph Murin, Harold Owens, Dr. Bell, Mike Korsnak, Italy Slick, Joe Muroski, Thomas Burns, Joseph Barrett, Duke Dukanic, McGranaghan, Vin. Connelly, Joe Surba, V. Swarts, M. Micko, Tiny Svigel and Joe Madden. We are in need of a catcher. All catchers report.


Uniondale – Herman, eldest son of Dr. and Mrs. F.F. Todd, was the victim of a painful accident last week. He found a dynamite cap that exploded. His left hand was so badly shattered that two fingers had to be amputated. AND Dan Gibson has started training his race horses on the fair grounds. He has five in training and dopesters have it that Dan will set the pace for the best horses in this section.


Binghamton & Auburn Twp. – C.J. Lake and A.J. Reynolds, of Binghamton, are now operating a motor truck between Binghamton and Montrose, making three trips weekly. The young men do a freight and express business entirely, carrying no passengers. It is a great convenience to local people and should be liberally patronized. They are former Auburn township residents and have many friends in this section.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. – We wish to state at this time that the item in last week’s paper, concerning the announcement of Miss Lizzie Hitchcock’s engagement, was false and not written by the regular correspondent. The writer of such was entirely out of their place to send in such an article to be printed unless they had good authority. Tending to other people’s affairs often times causes all the trouble we are looking for.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Myron Green has purchased a new trotter. He thinks he can now show some speed when the autos get out of his way.


Lanesboro – The people of this place are determined to stop the speeding of automobiles from the D & H station and other roads in the vicinity of that thriving little village and somebody will surely get the offenders if they persist in the practice.


Herrick Center – Henry Simpson and Mary Mumford were married at Carbondale on Saturday, May 1 and are living there for the present. Ward Mosholder, of Uniondale and Miss Ruth Tonkin, of Herrick, were married on Thursday, May 6th, at the parsonage, by Rev. R.H. Fisk. They will reside in Uniondale.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – On the evening of May 21, at the M.E. Church of this place, an entertainment by home talent will be given. Following the entertainment will be a social and free lunch at the hall. Admission to the entertainment will be one cent an inch for the number of inches of your waist measure. All come and enjoy the fun.


May 28 (1920/2020)



Gibson – An explosion of gasoline at the home of William DuVall [Davall], near South Gibson, Sunday morning, had tragic results. Mrs. DuVall died from results of injuries received and Mr. DuVall being painfully burned about the face and arms and their splendid home and contents destroyed. Wishing to hurry a coal fire, Mrs. DuVall added kindling wood; then, as she thought, sprinkled kerosene on the wood. But what she believed to be kerosene proved gasoline and then ignited flames causing the can in her hand to explode and setting her clothing on fire.  The operator at the South Gibson telephone exchange, on hearing of the fire, immediately hastened to the nearby church and a hundred people were soon on the scene. Mr. DuVall is one of the townships most prosperous and highly esteemed farmers. His home was one of the finest in Gibson township, being situated at Kentuck, three miles from South Gibson.


Heart Lake – An opening dance will be held at Heart Lake resort, Monday evening, May 31st, commencing at 8:30 p.m. Music by a Binghamton orchestra. Come and enjoy yourself—the first out-of-door dance of the season.


Montrose – The interior of the Court House is being re-decorated by the Andrews Decorating Co., of Chicago. ALSO Every ex-service man is requested to meet in the American Legion room, Monday, May 31, at 1 o’clock, to participate in the Memorial Day exercises. If possible, please report in uniform, without a blouse, as blouses will not be worn. ALSO The Daughters of Veterans wish to urge the children of the town to gather flowers for the Memorial Day bouquets. They should be left at firemen’s hall, Saturday, before 3 o’clock.


Hallstead – The noted castle at the foot of Mount Mianotonoime [Manotonome] has been taken down and drawn away. It is the intention of the purchaser to erect several bungalows along the river for which there is a good demand when the road is in fit condition for automobile travel. With good roads and all the beautiful scenery this locality can boast of, there is no reason why many people from Binghamton, Scranton, Philadelphia or New York City cannot be attracted here.


Springville – Mr. and Mrs. Philip Conrad are entertaining their two sons and wives, of Newark, NJ. They are planting the garden and helping their parents in numerous ways. Mr. Conrad is improving very slowly and has had to give up his shop down town. A calamity to him and the people, too, for now we will be obliged to seek a shoemaker out of town.


Oakland – Miss Katherine Florence was robbed of $5 by a daring purse-snatcher one evening last week. Miss Florence was on her way home and to make a short cut started through an alley, the man following her. He made a run, snatched her handbag and darted away. It was all over so quickly that Miss Florence hardly realized what was taking place. The next morning the stripped handbag was found in a dooryard. Miss Florence is unable to describe the man, but believes that he followed her for considerable distance.


East Rush – On account of the nature of our superintendent’s symptoms of diphtheria, there was no Sunday school last Sabbath at this place.


Auburn Four Corners – Levi Warner, a respected citizen of this place, died at his home on Wednesday, May 19, 1920, with pneumonia, following an illness of influenza He was 74 years of age on the day of his death. Mr. Warner was a veteran of the Civil War. His wife and several children survive him.


Harford – Mrs. M.C. Richardson and Mrs. Fred Merritt entertained the Book Club on Friday. Several of the gentlemen came with their hoes and planted Mrs. Richardson’s garden.


From the Tunkhannock New Age: The Northeastern Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Company has ordered a drilling outfit, including engine, derrick, drills, pipes, casings and blacksmith forge and tools, at a cost of about $8,000, and will commence drilling near Lovelton as soon as the outfit arrives and can be set up. Experts from the oil territories are keeping tabs on developments here, and it is expected that there will be interesting news before snow flies. It surely is to be hoped that oil or gas in paying quantity will be found there because the increasing demand and decreasing supply is sending the price of gasoline farther skyward.


Death of Hon. James T. DuBois. One of he best known and most admired men of this county died in Dr. Cowles Private Hospital, New York City, due to bronchial pneumonia. The Hallstead resident was U. S. Minister to several countries and was held in high esteem as an editor, author and lecturer. Mr. DuBois was born in Great Bend, April 17, 1851. His parents were Joseph and Emroy (Taylor) DuBois, early residents of Great Bend, as was his paternal grandparent, Abraham DuBois. Besides his diplomatic career he was editor of The National Republican in Washington, D.C. and in later years engaged in writing the life of Galusha A. Grow, a life-long friend. [Much more information on the life of Mr. DuBois may be found in the Independent Republican, May 28, 1920.]


Almost 100 Years Old: Anna Very, 99, was born on May 26, 1920 to William and Lena Overfield, and passed away on April 24, 2020. Anna was almost 100 years old. Her goal was to celebrate her 100th birthday but, sadly, that goal was missed by a month. Family, friends and former neighbors eagerly awaited that milestone. Because of the Corona Virus none of us could properly mourn her passing, but perhaps this small tribute to a life well lived will tell you about Anna [Ann]. She had a sharp mind and memory, a great sense of humor and an ever-present smile. She resided at Montrose Square and lived an independent life. She was waiting for the spring crop of rhubarb to bake her favorite recipe. Road trips with Ann w   a history lesson of who lived where and when in Bridgewater and Auburn Twp. While living on Jessup Street with her late husband, Asa, both took delight in watching the ongoing feud between groundhogs and our garden. They were champion blueberry pickers for the Festival and oh, those cinnamon buns and mints.  Their dining room was referred to as “puzzle town” with 500 to 1000 piece puzzles shared with neighbors and friends.  There are so many more stories and memories of Ann and we will celebrate her life of almost 100 years on May 26, 2020, perhaps with her rhubarb coffee cake.