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.