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June 04 1920

June 04 (1920/2020)


Jackson – Memorial Day services were held throughout Susquehanna County. In the town of Jackson, at 10:30, the Grand Army of the Republic, the Patriotic Order, Sons of America and others assembled in the Jackson Cemetery where the graves of the Civil War veterans were decorated. From there the two orders marched to the Methodist Episcopal Church, where the Memorial Day speech was delivered. Commander of Myron French Post, C.D. Washburn, presided. The following old soldiers were present: H.M. Benson, W.W. Larrabee, E.O. Perry, C.D. Washburn, Fred Jeffers, Rufus Barnes, Smith French, Edson Williams and M.E. Gates. Mrs. Oscar Stone, Mrs. Fletcher Brown and Mrs. Melvin Larrabee, widows of Civil War soldiers were preset. The Methodist Ladies Aid Society served an excellent dinner in the church parlors after the service. In the evening the Jackson Epworth League provided a most excellent and enjoyable home talent entertainment in the Odd Fellows hall.


Susquehanna – The graduating class of the high school will take a trip to Washington this month, following commencement.


Montrose – A very fine electric piano, with flute and mandolin attachments, adorns the Burns’ pharmacy, which will be a source of much pleasure to Mr. Burns’ ice cream and soda water patrons. ALSO The Warner-Gardner Post, of the American Legion, was presented last week a stand of colors by Dr. E.R. Gardner and N.C. Warner, for whose sons the Post is named. It is a beautiful stand of colors of the most expensive type. It was carried for the first time in the Memorial Day parade, Monday, and last week was on display in the Farmers Bank window.


Bridgewater Twp. - Breese & Norris, the local Delco light dealers, have taken contracts for installing lighting systems on the farms of A.E. Robinson, Bridgewater, and Edward Arnold, Fairdale; also water systems on the farms of George D. Robinson, South Montrose, and Francis R. Cope, Dimock.


St. Josephs – Miss Nellie Kane, a trained nurse of Scranton, is visiting her parents, here.


New Milford – A. Kahn, of Scranton, has opened a new meat market in the Inderlied Block, in this place.


Dimock – More cars are now running on the State road than wagons. ALSO The Free library is now open all hours of the day, where you can get a good book and paper to read.


Brooklyn – Miss Frances Ely, who teaches in Long Island, spent a short vacation at the home of her parents, here, recently.


Ararat – M.E. Taft, who has spent the past year in Tennessee, has returned and purchased a farm, and is glad to get back to his own old Pennsylvania. ALSO A box social for the benefit of the Ararat Band was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Scott on Saturday evening and was largely attended. A fine display of lunch boxes evidenced the interest taken by the ladies to make the social a success. One of the Band boys, having the knack of a good auctioneer, soon gained the liberal bidding off boxes from the men folk—both young and old. Ice cream was sold also and the proceeds soon rounded up over one hundred dollars. Success to the band.


Binghamton/Heart Lake/Montrose – George N. Cobb, a native of Montrose, a son of Zipron Cobb, died at his home in Binghamton, May 28, 1920. Deceased, while at his cottage, the “Cobb-Webb,” at Heart Lake, about two weeks ago, suffered a severe heart attack from which he failed to recover. Mr. Cobb learned the photographic business in Montrose and was one of Binghamton’s leading photographers for many years, retiring from business about 30 years ago.


Middletown Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. Francis Coleman, who were wedded here, came to “The Evergreens” in Montrose, where a wedding breakfast was served by the Misses O’Neill. The bride was Miss Alice Golden. The happy young couple were en route to New York, where they are spending their honeymoon.


Little Meadows – Mrs. R.H. Hillis attended the wedding of her niece, Miss Lena Foley, in New York City, to Francis Mahoney, formerly of Little Meadows. The bride was a former secretary to McGraw, the great ball player.


Birchardville – Miss Chadijah Dayton, of Syracuse, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Watson Dayton.


Harford – The Boy Scouts spent a delightful time at Blanding Lake on Saturday last with their scoutmaster. The boys waded, fished and had a general good time.


Rush – Miles LaRue fractured both bones in his arm cranking his father’s car. ALSO Those who attended the Decoration day exercises at Jersey Hill were: Asa Hickok, Silas Smith, Mrs. Etta Wilcox, Mrs. Martha Devine, Mrs. Susanna Harris and Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Edwards.


Fairdale – Quite a number from this place took in the circus at Binghamton on Friday last.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – The stereopticon views, lecture and ice cream social passed off very pleasantly last Saturday night. ALSO The people of this community turned out well on Thursday last and cleaned up the cemetery.


Thompson – Edwin E. Dow, formerly engaged as undertaker at this place for many years, passed away in Los Gatos, California on May 5, 1920. He left Thompson for California in 1876. He was born in Thompson in 1836, being in his 84th year at the time of death. He was married to Caroline Salsbury, at Mt. Pleasant, on May 11, 1856. He was a devoted member of the G.A.R., having served his country during the Civil War on a Mississippi gunboat. Mr. and Mrs. Dow lived in Texas and Nebraska before coming to Los Gatos. He was a locomotive engineer and conducted a blacksmith shop for many years. He was elected to the Assembly of California in 1891. Mr. Dow was a remarkable man, well preserved in body and mind with a jovial disposition which won the abiding friendship of all with whom he met.


Uniondale – George Bok backed off the siding near the Stillwater breaker. His machine started to buck and like a bucking mule could not be controlled. The occupants of the car escaped injury but the car was badly damaged. The ladies of the party were compelled to walk to their homes, a distance of several miles.


News Brief: The state constabulary will have a patrol of the newly organized motorcycle company on all the state highways. Speeding drivers will be surprised when they have a notice to appear before some justice to answer to a charge of reckless driving. The law calls for tail lights on all motor driven vehicles. This includes motorcycles. All trailers weighing 500 pounds or over must be registered and carry a license plate. Cars parked or standing at night must have tail light burning.

June 11 1920

June 11 (1920/2020)



Forest City – John Garvey of Frankfort, NY, who came to visit his brother, M. J. Garvey, remembers Forest City as a wooded plot. He worked on the first freight train over the Jefferson branch. At that time Forest City was not known and he was surprised to find such a large and prosperous community. For the past 35 years Mr. Garvey has been superintendent of switches on the New York Central Railroad at Frankfort, NY and retired on June 1 of this year.


South Auburn – The Grange Auxiliary was very pleasantly entertained at the home of P. M. Benninger on Thursday. A bounteous dinner was served to nearly 70 guests and members of the order. The receipts were $6.75 and a fine lot of sewing was accomplished for the family. ALSO An ice cream social will be held in Grange hall on Friday evening. All are invited. Ladies to furnish cake.


Rushboro – Mildred Gardner, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Gardner, was killed Monday when a horse, which she had led into the stable kicked her, resulting in her death within 20 minutes. The child had been helping her father, and was preparing to fasten the animal in its stall when he kicked. Her funeral was held in the Jersey Hill church and interment was in Jersey Hill cemetery.


Highlands, New Milford Twp. – U.G. Brush has purchased a new Maxwell car of Lewis & Benson, of Susquehanna. ALSO In South New Milford, Norman Jones, W.G. Smith and C.C. Keeney, were consulting with the county commissioners regarding needed repairs to the main road in that vicinity. This road, which the state and township seems to disown and which gets only such improvement as local residents give it, is part of the old Cochecton-Great Bend turnpike. No road supervisors appear willing to accept its maintenance. We understand this will be taken into the county courts.


Thompson – Since March 1st, Mrs. Rachel Corey, the champion piecer and quilter, has just completed her 6th quilt, beautifully done and it would seem, an endless amount of work on them.


Kingsley – Henry Jeffers, manager of the famous Walker-Gordon farm at Plainsboro, NJ, has purchased an International Harvester tractor through the local dealer, P. W. Wright, which will be used on the Jeffers farm here. Lee Grinnell is manager of the Jeffers farm, and both he and Mr. Jeffers realize that the best way to get large acreages planted is to utilize power-driven machinery wherever possible.


North Bridgewater – J.W. Angle is one of the few remaining wagon makers and repairers in this vicinity, and efforts have been made to get him to move to Montrose and conduct the wagon shop formerly operated by the late S.A. Dawley.  It is understood that a number of other towns are also offering him inducements to locate, competent men of his trade being difficult to secure and quite necessary when needed.


Dimock – A power-propelled hand-car, on which seven Lehigh Valley employees were riding, jumped the track near here on Tuesday, and all sustained injuries Earl Sloat was the most severely injured, having both legs broken, He was taken to Sayre hospital, accompanied by Dr. Gardner.  Arthur Rice, son of William Rice, was also badly bruised and cut about the legs. All on the car were lacerated and bruised but suffered no broken bones. Others on the car were Earl Rice, John Ball, Van Ball, Mr. Dominick, William Rice and Frank Rafferty.


Brooklyn – Our health officer has quarantined several cases of whooping cough.


Gibson – The King’s Daughters class will hold a leap year social at the home of F.L. Shepardson on Friday night. The ladies are to wear bungalow aprons and the men are to wear overalls or old clothes. Anyone dressed up will be fined fifty cents. The ladies are to pay for the supper at two cents per inch for the number of inches around her young man’s head.


Montrose – Montrose and surrounding country are to have a genuine treat when Capt. W.A. Yackey will bring an airplane and give a very fine flying exhibition, including the various “thrillers” of which we read so much about. This will not be simply an air flight, but a diversified exhibition of the various hair-raising antics of the modern aircraft. The Cooperstown Air Service Station has agreed to send their crack team with the new passenger plane that made the record-breaking flight from Richmond, Va., to Scranton, in 4 hours and 12 minutes.


Harford – Commencement exercises were held Friday night and were largely attended. There were only three graduates—Misses Salome Booth, Margaret Craft and Olive Stonier. ALSO On Saturday Lee Grinnell’s team was evidently determined to run away. In the morning he drove his team, accompanied by his three little daughters, to the Wilmarth farm. Leaving them standing, he went into the barn, when they became frightened and started to run, throwing the little girls out and bruising then severely. The team was stopped before they had run far. In the afternoon they again got away from him and ran into a barb wire fence, cutting one of the horses.


Middletown – One of the prettiest weddings of the season took place Wednesday, June 2nd, when Miss Alice Golden, of Middletown, became the bride of Francis B. Coleman. The ceremony, which was held in St Patrick’s church, Middletown, was performed in a Nuptial High Mass by the young couple’s pastor, Rev. H. J. Ruddy. Maid of honor was Miss Anna O’Connell, of Middletown and the groomsman was James Purtell, of Friendsville.


Lynn, Springville Twp. – Mrs. W.A. Welch made a trip to Montrose last Monday on business pertaining to getting a pension for herself and little girl, as her late husband was a Civil War veteran.


South Ararat – Joseph Igar, of Carbondale, is building a cottage at Fiddle Lake, which he will occupy as soon as completed. We understand several new cottages are to be built this summer. ALSO Leon Stone is making repairs on his cottage at Fiddle Lake, which will add much to its appearance. Campers are soon expected to arrive and we understand it is rented until sometime in September. All seem to like the surroundings at Fiddle Lake.


Hop Bottom – Charles Conrad lost a valuable Jersey cow, being run over by the streetcar.


Gelatt – Dr. Cole is moving to Mrs. Lewis’ house. We are all glad it is only another house he is moving to instead of another town.

June 18 1920

June 18 (1920/2020)


South Gibson – The Sons of Veterans camp at this place will celebrate the Fourth of July this year by unfurling to the public one of the largest and oldest flags in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This mammoth flag was first raised at Smiley Flats in 1866 and has an interesting history. It is a relic well worth going miles to see. ALSO The 19th annual reunion of the Manzer family will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pickering on June 22. Please attend with well-filled baskets.


County Roads – Travelers coming in from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton report the dirt roads in this county, in the Gibson and Jackson district, as being in excellent condition. Glad to hear it. But these travelers evidently did not pass over the “alleged” road between Harford and New Milford. Speaking of roads, the stretch between Clifford and Dundaff is as smooth as a floor and from Dundaff to Forest City even better—said to be the best dirt road in the county. The road from Gelatt and Thompson, Jackson and South Gibson, is said to be in extraordinarily fine shape, as is the Harford and Kingsley road.


Springville – Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Stang, of Centermoreland, were calling old friends here on June 7th. Mr. Stang was called here to officiate at the funeral of the late Wm. Burdick. Mr. Burdick was an old resident. He and his brother, Abraham, had lived alone many years after the death of their parents. The brother has the sympathy of all in his bereavement.


Montrose – Carpenters, employed by Whipple Brothers, of Laceyville, contractors, have started work on Mr. Welliver’s new theatre building, the C-Nic. ALSO The aeroplane demonstration advertised to be held here last Saturday was prevented by an accident to the machine on Friday evening. The aviator was returning with a passenger from a trip to Wilkes-Barre and made a forced landing near the country club. The machine was damaged to such an extent that it could not be repaired in time to come to Montrose on Saturday.


Forest City – Forest City has ordered an automobile fire truck, at a cost of $9,450. It will be of 75 horse power and equipped with a pump capable of throwing 300 gallons of water a minute. It will also have a chemical apparatus, ladders, hose and the usual other equipment.


Harford – The Sunbeam Circle gave a fine entertainment in the M. E. church, Friday evening. The play, “The Borrowed Baby,” was very amusing. The entire program was given by twelve little girls. ALSO State Senator E. E. Jones, of this place, has been elected a trustee of Pennsylvania State College. His selection was made at a meeting of the State agricultural societies at State College, as a representative of the farming interests.


New Milford – Berry pickers wanted at the Smith Berry Farm, on New Milford road, between Heart Lake and New Milford. Would board a number of reliable, steady pickers. R.L. Smith. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Vail, who were taking a wedding trip through New York State by motor, were unfortunate in being struck by a rapidly driven truck near Ithaca, both sustaining serious injuries. Mr. Vail has a broken knee-cap and Mrs. Vail (nee Elizabeth Grinnell), while suffering bruises, had no bones broken. She was able to return to New Milford on Sunday, but Mr. Vail is still in a hospital. It is believed he will be sufficiently recovered to return next Sunday. The rear wheel of the truck struck the front wheel of Mr. Vail’s car, throwing it against a telephone pole and wrecking it. That they were not killed, or more seriously injured, is considered miraculous. The driver of the truck assisted the injured young people.


Heart Lake – The Binghamton Dixie Jazz Orchestra will be at the Heart Lake Resort, Monday, July 5th. Dancing both afternoon and evening. AND Smith’s three piece orchestra will furnish music for the square dances. You all know them. Unexcelled in the county. At the Heart Lake celebration, July 5th.


Hallstead – William J Pike, who has been consul at St. Gall, Switzerland, since 1917, has lately been notified of his transferal to a new post which will be opened in Strassburg, France. He has also been promoted to the third grade in the consular service, which carries a salary of $5,000 a year. Mr. Pike will doubtless make a visit to his home here before taking up his new duties. He has been in the consular service for thirty-five years.


Ararat – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Austin Denney, on Sunday, May 30, 1920, a daughter—Reba May. ALSO Aleck Bryden, who enlisted in the Army three years ago and was stationed with a regiment guarding the Panama Canal, has been discharged from service and has returned home.


Thompson – Mrs. J. E. Blain has opened up an ice cream parlor at her rooms on East Jackson street, where she will serve to any and all, a variety of flavors in a neat, stylish and genteel manner, every day in the week but Mondays. She is desirous of your patronage and worthy of it. Call and be convinced of the excellent quality of her cream. ALSO Is there anyone in the United States that can give us any information as to the whereabouts of Mrs. Esther Pickering? If there is anyone that can tell us where she is or where she has been banished to by those who should be tenderly caring for her, they will confer a great favor upon her many friends in Thompson and adjoining towns by notifying them in this paper or addressing Box 125, Thompson, Pa. People in many places are inquiring about her and getting very determined to find out what has been done with her.


Uniondale – Henry Cross, of Carbondale, wishing to locate in a wide awake community, was here during the week to purchase a home, if possible. He looked at several properties and all looked good to him.


Senator Harding – Warren G. Harding, the Republican candidate for President is a direct descendant of early settlers in Wyoming county and has blood relations in Scranton and in Tunkhannock. He is related to F. E. Harding of Eatonville, near Tunkhannock and H. S. Harding, of Tunkhannock, is a cousin. Senator Harding’s ancestors were among the early settlers of the Wyoming valley and figured prominently in the stirring events of the early days.


Marriage Licenses: Walter Millard, Lawton and Dora Burchard, Rushville; Wm. Deloe Edwards and Georgianna Eaton, both of Susquehanna; Robert Kays and Vera Cole, both of Great Bend; Ray DeWitt Regan and Marian N. Curran, both of Susquehanna.

June 25 1920

June 25 (1920/2020)



Ararat – One disappearance of a child which did not prove to be a kidnapping case is related as follows: ‘Missing from his home in Binghamton since May 29th, twelve year old Frank Ellis was found at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Cheller, at Ararat. The boy was found by his two sisters, Teresa and Mary Ellis. They went from Binghamton to Scranton; the trail of the boy led to Starrucca and thence to Ararat, where he was found having the time of his life helping herd the cows, gather eggs and do the chores. He was delighted to see his sisters, but refused to return home with them. Too much fun here on the farm, he said. Every Saturday a boy from a neighboring farm plays with him and they have big times. The boy is to be allowed to remain at the Cheller home until fall. He had told the Cheller family he had permission to stay with them when he first arrived at the farm.”


Ogden, NY – Earl O. Nash and Miss Marian Jewett, both of Montrose, were united in marriage by Rev. L. D. Armlin, at Ogden, NY, Thursday, June 17, 1920. The bride is a daughter of Bailey Jewett, of East Bridgewater, and the groom a son of Mr. and M. W. W. Nash, of Montrose. They will reside in Binghamton where the groom has a responsible position with the New York Sales Co.


Jackson – Very properly adjusting himself to conditions made by the general use of the automobile and auto truck, W. E. Babcock has converted his wagon shop, which he has successfully conducted for a long time, into an auto repair shop and is meeting with much success, having specially fitted himself for this work. He is now putting in equipment for the charging and care of batteries. A garage at this point should prove a great convenience and should have a liberal patronage.


Montrose – In an article relating to the old Susquehanna County Jail, Henry Birchard relates a story about the site of the jail, before construction: “The present site of the jail, when the writer was a boy, was a big hole in the ground, resulting from stone quarrying. The boys used to consider it an ideal jumping off place in winter, after heavy snow falls. Starting from the north side, below the grounds of Samuel H. Sayre, they would plunge down into the hole, a depth of 30 to 40 feet. “Jo” Richards was the only boy in town who had the nerve to attempt the feat upon a sled, and he was looked upon as a hero by his companions.” ALSO Tom Moore in “Heartease” is playing at the C-Nic Theatre on Thursday, June 24. On Saturday, June 26, Norma Talmadge stars in “The Heart of Wetona.”


Middletown – J. F. Curley is one of the county’s large potato raisers. When asked if he would plant a large acreage this year, he replied that the shortage in farm help would naturally preclude a large potato crop. Mr. Curley suffers, like many others, from the inability to obtain farm help. ALSO Auburn defeated Middletown’s base ball team by a score of 16 to 4. Golden, Jones and Watson were the only ones to score for Middletown.


Baker’s Corners, Franklin Twp. – A party from Binghamton met with an automobile accident near Wm. Baldwin’s Sunday night, when the car turned turtle, throwing the occupants out. The ladies were seriously injured; the rest slightly injured, all being rendered unconscious for some time. They were carried to the home of Wm. Baldwin, where they were cared for until Dr. Preston arrived. At a later hour they were taken to Binghamton by Russell Sprout.


West Lenox – An excellent Children’s Day program was given at the church June 13. The little people did fine with songs and recitations. The pantomime of “Nearer Thy God to Thee” by Adalyn Brundage was fine; also the violin duet by Myra Empet and Howard Squires, also their violin music with the choir.


Susquehanna – Albert H. Falkenburg, vice-president of the First National Bank, was seriously stricken with paralysis while in a barber shop Saturday afternoon. His death occurred Wednesday.


Uniondale – On Wednesday, June 16th, a 3 p.m., Miss Ruth Lockwood and Daniel Howell, both of this place, were married at the home of the bride’s parents, on Darrow street. After a wedding diner they left for a trip to Niagara Falls.


Forest City – Several young lads were before Squire Decker Friday, charged with having broken into a railroad car on the O. & W. railroad and having taken therefrom goods valued at $10. They admitted their guilt. Each paid a fine of $2 and costs and also for the goods stolen. ALSO Lester Tonkin is nursing a broken thumb as a result of attempting to jump on a train. He wished to reach Forest City and that he might do so made two unsuccessful attempts to board a moving train. The third time he was thrown violently to the ground, and the train went on.


Clifford – Richard I. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Davis, lost an eye as the result of an accident that befell him one day last week. He was employed by the Erie Railroad company at Susquehanna. He sat down on the tracks of the above company when a torpedo exploded. A fragment struck him in the eye. He was removed to a hospital at Port Jervis and later taken to New York city where specialists removed the injured member. He was accompanied by his father and Dr. H. W. Trimmer, his father-in-law, of South Gibson. Richard went through the battles of the World War unscathed.


Women Enter Political Arena: For a generation or two “The woman in Politics” has been a subject for humorists and wits—and some who are neither humorists nor wits. Suffrage jokes have been wore more threadbare than the famous “mother-in-law” chestnuts. But as the time surely draws nearer when the women of Pennsylvania shall exercise their right of suffrage, the women of the state are organizing so that they may be ready to intelligently exercise their new rights The women of the Republican party—or rather the Republican women—of Susquehanna County, met at Colonial Hall, Montrose, Tuesday afternoon and effected a county organization. It was well attended, and –quite harmonious. It was also most enthusiastic. When nominations were asked for the name Sue M. Strous, of Montrose, the only woman lawyer in the county, was put forward and she was elected by acclamation. The remaining officers were elected in turn without opposition. To make a point, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world,” but the feminine hand can rock the nation to its foundations, and arouse it to its noblest purpose if it will.

July 02 1920

July 02 (1920/2020)



Susquehanna – The bursting of the dam at Susquehanna put the Susquehanna County Light & Power Co.’s plant out of commission for about six hours. The dam was weakened during the winter by the large body of ice which had been forced against it, and it is the theory that the water was forced down under the foundations, undermining the mammoth wall. Recent rains swelled the river to large proportions and it could not withstand the strain of millions of gallons of water held in storage. Shortly after noon a section of the dam, about 50 ft. in width, gave way in the center and the water went out with a roar, a huge wave of water sweeping down the river. The electric light plant was immediately put out of repair. The towns of Susquehanna, Hallstead, Great Bend, New Milford and Montrose, all of which are dependent on the plant for light, and many manufacturing plants and industries for power, were rendered powerless and lightless. A reservoir at the plant was useless and another was constructed with all speed and as soon as possible seam gotten up under the boilers. Early in the evening power and light was restored to all concerned


South Montrose – One of the most severe and disastrous wind and electrical storms which has visited the county in many years, occurred Tuesday afternoon, affecting Forest Lake, Jessup, Bridgewater, Dimock and Springville townships, where trees were uprooted, silos blown down, buildings unroofed and other damage done. South Montrose seemed to be the worst affected. Jerome Smith’s barn had the roof blown off and damage to the house; silos on the Thomas Brown, Charles Newton and Myron Shannon farms were blown down. Lightning struck the barn on Jesse T. Smith’s farm, killing a fine pure-bred bull and setting set fire to straw. It is believed that the animal owed its death to the fact that a metal ring in its nose attracted the lightning. The Merchants and Commonwealth telephone lines suffered heavily and the Kingsley school house was struck by lightning.


Uniondale – The town will not celebrate the glorious Fourth this year. There will be social gatherings at the lake, and a number contemplate attending the picnic given by the Ararat band at Dunn’s pond.


Camp Susquehannock – The camp will open the baseball season at Athletic park, in Montrose, on Saturday, July 10th. J.C. Cox was at the camp on Monday where he dynamited a number of rocks which were undesirable spots in the tennis courts and baseball park.


Montrose – W.A. Welliver, proprietor of the C-Nic Theatre, has rented Colonial Hall for a year and will conduct it along its present lines. Mr. Welliver will rent it for dances, local entertainments, traveling shows and more. ALSO Max Noll, who has been a successful student of wireless telegraphy, has erected a radio station for the jewelry firm of Smith & Stone, by which they are able to get the correct Washington time at noon daily, also to receive weather reports. He shows considerable talent in this improved branch of telegraphy.


Heart Lake – Heart Lake will be electrically lighted for the celebration on July 5th with lights furnished by the Delco company, through its county agent, Ward Breese.


Forest Lake – The death of Jefferson Green (son of David and Phoebe Darrow Green) occurred at his home on June 29, 1920. The deceased was well-known throughout the county, his 88 years of life having been spent largely in this township. When a young man he joined the “forty-niners” in the gold rush to California, going “around the Horn” and experiencing many adventures by sea and in the mining camps. He was a man of large and powerful physique and until his later years retained a clear mind and enjoyed recounting the travels of his early days.


Scranton – Judge C.B. Witmer, in naturalization court last week, gave aliens who dodged military service during the war, because they were subjects of another country, something to think about. Among the many applications for final citizenship papers were 15 men whose records showed on investigation that they claimed exemption from service because of the fact that they were not citizens of the United States. Judge Witmer promptly denied them citizenship. All told during the week 272 aliens were admitted full citizenship of the United States. Among this number were 54 discharged service men.


Thompson – Miss Gladys Stone is acting as telephone girl at the Jackson exchange this week.


Forest City – The game between Endicott and the Independents attracted a large crowd Sunday afternoon. Wargo and Payne, former members of the Independents, were the battery for the visitors. Carey and Hobbs did the twirling for the locals and Hobbs and Slick did the receiving. In the first inning the visitors made three runs off errors by the 2nd baseman. In the 6th inning Slick took first on balls, stole second and made home on Moody’s hit. He was counted out for not touching the third sack. The locals put up a lively game but met defeat by a score of 8 to 6.


Silver Lake – Many friends will be pleased to hear of the marriage of Grace Elizabeth McEnaney, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry McEnaney, of this place, to Thomas J. Conroy, of Binghamton, June 23, 1920. The bride was attired in a white georgette crepe gown and white picture hat to match. Vincent McEnaney, of Silver Lake, brother of the bride, was the groom’s attendant. They will reside in Binghamton.


Jackson – The Young People’s class of the M. E. church will hold a shadow social in the parlors of the church, the evening of July 8th. Ladies please come attired in gingham dresses. All gentlemen are asked to wear overalls, which of late have come greatly into vogue as a measure to reduce the high cost of clothing. A fine not exceeding a nickel will be levied those who appear on the occasion not dressed in the styles described. Cake, coffee, pickles, beans, sandwiches and cocoa will be served. ALSO In this place, 56 years ago, on July 4th, 1864, the ladies of Jackson held an ice cream and strawberry festival at the hotel, for the benefit of wounded [Civil War] soldiers.


Brooklyn – the Ladies Musical Club was most pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. Florence Kent, aided by Mrs. Otto. A study of the composer, Brahms, was taken up, Miss Josephine Gere giving the sketch of his life. Mrs. A.W. Gere played a piano selection by the composer and Mrs. S. B. Stephens sang “The Little Bandman,” also by Brahms; Miss Luella Gere gave a humorous reading and delicious refreshments were served.


Auburn Twp. – Saint Bonaventure’s Catholic church and parish is located about half way between Auburn Center and Auburn Four Corners and its location has sometimes been indefinite. Father Burke, the pastor, has decided to call it Auburn Place in the future.


Gibson – Wedding bells have been joyously ringing. Miss Marjorie Hill and Claud Lewis, and Arbelle Lewis and Mr. Brown, of Heart Lake. May they have a long and happy life.

July 09 1920

July 09 (1920/2020)



Dimock – During the thunder shower Saturday evening, lightning struck a wooden frame building used as a feed and implement repository located about an eighth of a mile south of the main buildings on Louden Hill Farm, owned by Percy Ballantine. The loss is estimated at from ten to fifteen thousand dollars. The building did not carry lightning rods.


Montrose – The “Fourth“ passed off uneventfully here. Scores went to Heart Lake, as usual, and many others went to Endicott, where horse racing was an attraction. The large crowd at Heart Lake was most orderly, the writer seeing no person during the day that had the appearance of even looking at that congenial old chap, John Barleycorn, who in the old days always got around at the 4th of July celebration. The boats, stands, dance, merry-go-round, etc., were liberally patronized, and all seemed to have a jolly good time. ALSO There have been a number of complaints the past few weeks in regard to the riding of bicycles on the side walks, which a borough ordinance forbids. It would be well that this law be enforced. It would also be well if all boys of the town had some form of warning on their wheels, as required, instead of riding up behind people and then whistling for them to get out of the way.


Susquehanna – Josephine, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. O’Brien, of Prospect street, died Tuesday morning from the result of burns received on Monday night when here clothes caught fire, in just what manner is not known, as the child had just left the house and was out on the sidewalk when her clothing became ignited. She ran screaming into the house. Her mother caught the little girl and rolled her in a rug, but when it was unrolled every stitch of clothing above her shoes was burned away. Dr. Denman was called and worked in vain to save her life, but death came as a release about 5 o’clock on Tuesday morning.


Road to Scranton – It is said that the best road for autoists, between Montrose and Scranton is via Watrous Corners and Newton Hill to Brooklyn, to Hop Bottom; and then swing off to Glenwood, meeting the state road, which is in splendid shape, proceeding via Pine Hill, Fleetville, Waverly and Clark’s Summit. The state road between Harford and Glenwood is in extra-ordinary good condition. [Time on your hands? Try this route.]


Silver Lake – Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Hawley are occupying their new home near Laurel Lake. All join in wishing them much success and happiness.


Gibson – Our boys played a game of base ball with Harford Monday afternoon and our “boys” are busy men and have little time to practice, and we do not feel badly if we were beaten for we had a good time just the same.


Hop Bottom – A reception was tendered to Roy Case and bride at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Oney Case. Friends assembled, bringing useful and beautiful gifts as a token of esteem. The evening was spent with vocal and instrumental music and games. A beautiful kewpie bride and groom adorned the table which held the bride’s cake, and gifts of silver, cut glass, linen, wool blankets, pyrex ware and a bit of money and other gifts of value. Punch and dainty refreshments were served and all enjoyed the evening.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – George Birchard, of Lincoln, Nebraska, is spending a few days visiting old friends and neighbors. He has been in that state for 38 years and is engaged in contracting and building, having built a large number of elevators on the B. & M. line. ALSO Forest Lake is rapidly becoming one of the favorite summer resorts of this locality. Already twenty-two cottages are located around the lake and more in contemplation.


Jackson/Gibson – Mr. Leo B. Lamb, of Jackson, and Miss Marion R. Tiffany, were married by Rev. B.L. Lyon at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Emma Tiffany, in Gibson, June 30, 1920.    


Lenox – the death of Albert V. Jerauld occurred on June 19, 1920. He was born June 30, 1844 and was a veteran of the Civil War in Co. F, 52nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was a commander of the G.A.R. Post at Glenwood. Interment was made in the family plot in the Shoemaker cemetery near Dalton.


Rush – Miss Isadore Sterling, an inmate of the Auburn and Rush poor asylum, fell recently and broke her hip. But little hopes are held for her recovery. 


Friendsville – Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Lee are receiving congratulations on the arrival of a second son—Lewis John. ALSO Camp Choconut opened on July 1st with sixty boys enrolled. ALSO Mrs. R.P. Mulford has opened “Hackamore,” her country house near Lake Carmalt for the summer. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Woolsey Carmalt, of New York city, are spending the summer at their country home here.


Brooklyn – Miss Nellie Tiffany, of Scranton, who is spending some weeks at her former home here, was a caller in town. Miss Tiffany conducts the Gossard Corset Shop in Scranton, having been in successful business there for some years. Owing to close application to business, she has been obliged to take a needed rest.


Kingsley – William Smith was the victim of a serious accident recently. While driving his horse and wagon to Hopbottom the horse became unmanageable, throwing him out of the wagon upon some rocks. He sustained a compound fracture of the collar bone and other bruises. George Palmer, who was working on the road nearby, went to his assistance and calling [for] help removed him too his home, when Dr. Taylor was called. He is slowly recovering from his injuries.


Local Relic Adorns Harding’s Headquarters: “The first poster hung on the walls of the Harding headquarters was used in the John C. Fremont campaign of 1856, when the Republican party became a national factor. The poster hung in the window of the store owned by B.R. and J.D. Lyons, at Montrose, Pa. It was sent to Senator Harding by C.A. VanWormer, of Buffalo, whose wife was a Miss Lyons. The members of the mercantile firm referred to were better known locally as “Uncle Bennie” and “Uncle Jerry” Lyons. The store was burned some decades ago, and was located near where the C-Nic Theatre now stands.” New York World [The poster must have been returned to Mr. VanWormer when the office closed. Maria Lyons VanWormer donated it to our Historical Society ca. 1922 and it now hangs in the main staircase of the museum.

July 16 1920

July 16 (1920/2020)



Montrose – Rev. H. Horace Brown, the new pastor of A.M.E. Zion church, is soon to assume the pastorate here. ALSO Marshall P. Benninger, of Balboa Heights, Panama, is visiting relatives in town. He formerly lived in Brooklyn but has been in the employment of the government at Panama thirteen years. He will return this fall. ALSO Charles Mackey, Cornell’s crack wrestler, is in New York city making a try out for a place on the wrestling team in the forthcoming international Olympic games. “Chug” is not trying out for the heavyweight matches, but where speed and endurance count he will give some of them a real lively tussle.


Jackson – The storm which occurred in this section, Wednesday afternoon, caused much damage to roads in Gibson, Senior Hill being washed away so badly that it is impassable. It is reported that to rebuild the road would incur less expense than to repair it, as it is so badly damaged. Mr. Senior says the road was badly washed out there about sixty years ago. ALSO Twelve years ago this month, on July 24, 1908, a storm swept over the eastern part of the county, doing much damage to crops and property and also roads and bridges. The storm was particularly severe in Jackson and Gibson, causing streams to overflow and carry away bridges and small buildings and do hundreds of dollars of damage to roads. Previous to this storm there was a road running from E.I. Whitney’s to the New Milford road, known as the Gulf road. This was destroyed beyond repair. A section of W.W. Pope’s mill, with several pieces of machinery and some lumber, were carried away by the water. E.I. Whitney was one of the heaviest losers, having many farm buildings and crops lost in the onrush of the torrent.


Forest City – H. C. Grayem, of the Forest City News, had nine chickens of which he was justly proud. Sunday morning when he opened the hennery door, he was surprised to find them missing. Someone had taken them during the night.


Springville – Soon after the train left the station here on Sunday noon, going south, the old milk station was found to be on fire and was soon a mass of ruins. Owing to the railroad’s proximity, four rails were found to be badly twisted and new ones had to be laid before the 3:30 train could proceed on its way to Montrose. Herbert Fish had lately purchased the building and contents and will be the loser of much good lumber. Quite a loss at the present time.


Uniondale – The baseball team defeated the Ararat team at the fairgrounds, Saturday, by a score of 11 to 2. The visitors took their trimming graciously. Kraft, the local twirler, had the Summitites guessing. Davis did the receiving with credit. The team consists of Kraft, pitcher; W. Davis, catcher; R. Tuttle 1st base; G. Davis, 2nd base; L.Wademan, short stop; C Lowery, 3rd base; Glen Bayless, Harold Morgan and Ralph Carpenter, outfielders.


Harford – We are sorry to hear that Winston Osmun met with an accident, July 4th, while shooting a “sisser.” It burst a blood vessel in his eye and possibly his sight will be lost.


East Rush – Our pastor, Rev. Hilliard, gave us a very interesting sermon, his subject being “The Home.” Many more than were out ought to have been there and heard this sermon, for in these days when so many homes were being broken up by petty dissentions, such sermons are a benefit to all. ALSO Those who helped in building the concrete steps at the church wish to mention that the funds were furnished by the company of young people that gave the entertainment entitled, “The James Bros.,” two years ago, and that the clock and altar table that were presented to the church some time ago, were purchased by them also, and we wish to thank them through these columns for their noble work.


New Milford – Mrs. Abigail A. Hall died at her home on Saturday, July 3, 1920, at the age of 72 years. Mrs. Hall was born April 10, 1848, the daughter of David and Lucy Wellman. She was the widow of Richmond M. Hall, of New Milford, a veteran of the Civil War.


Lawsville, Liberty Twp. – The death of David W. Bailey occurred at his home in Lawsville on July 7, 1920. He was one of the prominent farmers of that section and his entire life of 75 years was spent in Liberty township, where he was born. He was a man of industrious habits, practical in his everyday life and candid in speech, and possessed a dry wit and love of humor, which made him an effective and engaging conversationalist. His integrity and sturdy honesty were recognized by all who had dealings with him. He was the son of Watson and Louisa Dawley Bailey, who were among the early residents of Lawsville. He was married to the former Delphine Law.


Herrick Center – The funeral of Mrs. Jane Tanner, 82, a resident of this village for many years, was held at the Baptist Church on Sunday, July 4th, Rev. Butler of Thompson, officiating. Interment was made in the Herrick Center cemetery.


Kingsley – Five little girls from New York city, sent out by the Tribune “Fresh Air Fund” are enjoying two weeks in the following homes: Fred Titus, George Tiffany, T. Stanton, A.J. Masters and Leon Hall.


Thompson – On Tuesday of this week, the pastor and trustees of the M. E. church were assembled in a body on a corner of C.M. Lewis’ extensive grounds, measuring, presumably, with a view to purchasing a new site for the church which has been in prospect for some time.


Girls Camp – The attention of our readers is called to the advertisement in this issue calling for a site for a girls’ camp at some nearby lake. These camps are drawing large crowds each summer and prove desirable in many ways to the communities in which they are located. Camp Susquehannock, for instance, has over 200 boys this summer and Camp Red Cloud, at Silver Lake, has some 150, while Camp Choconut has about 60. A girls’ camp is also flourishing at Little Meadows. The best class of young people attend these camps, where they are benefitted in health and mind during the two months in the open.


Another Route to Scranton – With the detours on the state road, many automobilists are inquiring the best way to go from Montrose to Scranton. Frank F. Pepper tells us the best route is from Montrose to Springville to West Nicholson, taking Tunnell Hill (and avoiding Roberts’ Hill) and then take the old roadbed of the Lackawanna railroad—which is to be converted into the Lackawanna Trail—to Brookside, where the macadam road leads one directly to the city.

July 23 1920

July 23 (1920/2020)



Hallstead – It would be difficult to find a motor route affording more enchanting or more animated scenery than the road between Hallstead and Conklin, on the Hallstead side of the river. The one real fly in the ointment, in passing over this scenic road, is that rabbits, in swarms, covering the ground like a blanket, deport themselves gleefully in the path of automobiles, making it necessary every few rods for motorists to stop their car and drive the bunnies out into the bushes before they can pass, to avoid terrible mortality in the rabbit family—and the blamed hares seem to fully understand that this is the closed season for rabbits. It has been suggested that a delegation wait on Game Warden Warren Simrell and strenuously demand that he keep his game out of the roads, emphasizing the fact that travel is being obstructed. Rabbits are protected under the law; should not travelers have some protection too?


Springville – A half-starved and abandoned house cat has made raids on all the residents’ chickens in the western part of our town, causing a loss of whole broods of chickens in some instances. Said cat seems to lead a charmed life, so like the old saying, “a cat has nine lives,” for it has been chased, stoned and shot at a good many times, but still lives, and it is the prayer of this community that if one of our residents moves away, they take their whole family with them after this.


Montrose – About midnight, Tuesday, the neighbors on Grow Avenue were aroused when some thieves tried to get Fred Stilson’s chickens. David Stilson fired the six shots in the direction of the squawking chickens, but did not strike the marauders. Three baby chicks were killed. Grow Avenue men say there were two thieves and warn them that next tine there will not be so much noise, but more fatalities.


Brooklyn – A pleasing Children’s Day program was rendered by the members of the Universalist Sunday School at their church, Sunday morning. The two members of the Cradle Roll were presented with flowers. Three infants were christened by the pastor: Evelyn Elizabeth Packer, William Roe Quick and Leland Harrison Whitman. The church was tastefully decorated with flowers and ferns and the program was carried out in a pleasing manner.


Summersville – M.J. Fernane’s gang, while working on the track near Summersville, killed a rattle snake that measured 30 inches and carried eight rattles and a button.


Harford – George Booth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Booth, was united in marriage June 24, 1920, at Camp Eustis, Virginia, to Miss Anna Patterson, a Red Cross nurse, who cared for him while he was in the hospital some time ago.


Dimock – J.F. Wanick celebrated his 66th birthday, July 12th, by working in his shop all day, repairing harnesses and footwear, which has fast accumulated, being more than busy all of the time.


West Lenox – When a bunch of young fellows from Scranton were enjoying a fine Sunday fishing at the Acre pond, they were greatly surprised when Special Deputy Game Protector W.W. Oakley, assisted by Leon Hull, came upon them. They were arrested and taken before Justice Myron Tiffany, of Foster, and found guilty. They were fined $25 each and costs. After pleading in vain to be released and sentenced pronounced that one had been arrested twice before and let go with the promise that if ever caught again they would push him to the extent of the law. The fines were paid. Although the acre pond has been a fine place for unlawful and Sunday fishing for some years, perhaps there will be less of it from now on.


Uniondale – Shubael Carpenter, eighty nine years young, the oldest resident of this vicinity, has two large garden patches which he cultivates He is hale and hearty. For many years he was active in matters political and has held nearly every office in the gift of the people of the borough, performing his duties at all times with credit to himself and honor to the community. Harding is his man this year. May his days be long in the land, is the wish of his many friends.


Susquehanna – Carl Mulqueen and Frances Barnes are in the City hospital in a serious condition from injuries received when a Buick Touring car, in which they were riding, crashed into a large tree on Washington Street, Binghamton. According to persons who witnessed the accident, the car was going at a furious rate of speed and as it turned the corner from Lewis St. onto Washington, was going so fast that the driver evidently could not turn the car in time to avoid the accident. Sylvester Hurley and Thomas Ambrose, who were also in the car, were badly shaken up, but uninjured. Witnesses say the party had the appearance of being intoxicated. Mulqueen, the driver, was injured about the chest and back and Barnes was thrown forward and went through the windshield, striking the tree. It was found necessary to take him to the hospital on a stretcher. Reports at the City hospital were that both men are seriously but not critically injured.


Rush – Mrs. Susanna Harris has received a letter from her niece, Mrs. Charles Tewksbury, stating their safe arrival at their home in the Rockies. They left in the middle of June and on their way home found snow drifts ten feet deep.


Forest City – “Sherry,” the season’s big dramatic sensation thus far, will be one of the big drawing cards at the Poli theatre [Carbondale] the first half of the current week. Pat O’Malley, the leading man, has the role of Sherry and his kaleidoscopic career includes a tour of the British Isles, Germany and France, playing in stock productions. Mr. O’Malley, though born in Dublin, Ireland, came to this country when but an infant, and was raised and educated in Forest City. Makes us kind of feel like next door neighbors in the lead of one of the biggest screen productions of the year. He’s our Pat all right, but he was born in Forest City and his mother was born “on the Pike” in Carbondale, a long way from Tipparary. From the Carbondale Leader [The last sentence seems to dispute that he was born in Dublin.]


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Green & Raub’s motor truck balked last Monday and took them all day to go to the milk station, and on Wednesday it balked with M.J. Green and he had to call for someone to come to A.E. Robinson’s and get him and his mother.


News Briefs: How about muslin underwear for the older ones and the kiddies? Read & Warner’s advertisement may solve the problem. ALSO One can remove vegetable and fruit stains from linen by dipping the cloths in very strong tea for a few minutes then wash in clear, warm water.


July 30 1920

July 30 (1920/2020)


Brandt – Seth Houghton, 65, while walking the Erie tracks here, was struck by a pusher engine and fatally injured. The unfortunate victim of the accident was returning to his home after having viewed a washout along the railroad tracks caused by the heavy rains last week, when he was hit by the engine. The engineer did not see him until the engine was almost on him. He blew the whistle but too late. Mr. Houghton was tax collector and took a lively interest in the affairs of his township.


Montrose – J.C. Cox, Montrose’s professional dynamiter, blasted a large stump out of the lawn on F.W. Hart’s property, Grow Avenue. He did his customary neat job. Mr. Cox understands his business, having the profession down to so fine a point that he can excavate a cellar under a house with explosives, a quicker method than by pick and shovel.


Gelatt – The creamery and cheese factory, one of the most important milk shipping centers, has been closed and the milk is now handled at the Susquehanna creamery. Cheese was made at Gelatt for a long time. About 70 cans of milk were received there daily, now hauled to Susquehanna by truck.


Thompson – Officer Joseph Cost has been appointed special deputy game protector for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Violators of the law had better take warning. When he starts in Joe does not let up, and generally gets his man.


Ararat – Last Saturday the Ararat baseball team was given a sound trimming by the Uniondale aggregation on the grounds of the first named. The score stood 22 to 7. On Wednesday the Carbondale Barbers were shaved at the fair grounds to the tune of 12 to 7. The barbers were lathered and shampooed to the King’s taste. Our team is some team. On Aug. 7, a return game will be played at the fair grounds between Carbondale and Uniondale.


Brooklyn – We had a large paper mill here in Brooklyn in active operation for some time. The large boarding house for the operators still stands just below town on the east side of the State road. The mill was built by Joshua Miles, Jr., born in Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut, about 1778. His father, Joshua Miles, appears in Brooklyn, from Connecticut, in the census of 1790, as having a family of five males over 16, two under 16, and four females. Brooklyn was named in 1825 after the Miles’ home town in Connecticut. The paper mill was built in 1825 and was burned in 1842. In 1843 Joshua removed to Sterling, Ill, where he died in 1863 at 85. His father died in Brooklyn, July 6, 1815.


Gibson – A regular tornado struck this place last Friday night about midnight. The wind and rain were terrific; window lights were blown out and crops flattened down. The following were the heaviest losers: Irving Sweet had 35 fruit trees blown down. F.A. burrows had over a dozen trees blown over besides crops and garden injured. The roof was blown off J.W. Evans’ house and plastering and paper spoiled. J.N. Terwilliger had two large trees blown over on the house, breaking off one corner of the roof and porch, besides demolishing his silo. George Pritchard had eight fruit trees blown down and several strips of roofing torn off his house. F.W. Barrett had ten apple trees broken down, out buildings blown [over] and nearly half the roof torn off his house, opposite the store, besides damages to barn roof and crops. Frank Miller’s barn was demolished and carried down the creek. Window lights and fruit trees were broken at R.C. Lupton’s and John Bailey’s. Several others sustained damage to crops and trees. Old settlers say it was the worst storm that ever passed over the place. [More in News Brief]


New Milford – W.H. VanCott, who sells the International Harvester Company line of machinery, carrying a large stock of mowers, binder, etc., at his warehouse near the D.L. & W. station, showed us a late type of ensilage cutter, which has several points of superiority, most important of which is the fact that an operator would seem comparatively safe in operating it. The I.H.C. line of farm machinery is widely known and Mr. VanCott’s efforts in keeping stock on hand is greatly appreciated by farmers of this vicinity.


Flynn – The death of J.W. Flynn occurred at his home here July 22, 1920. Mr. Flynn was almost 90 years of age and a life-long resident of Middletown. He was one of our most enterprising citizens. He was always foremost in every new enterprise for the good of the people. It was through him that we had a postoffice established in his home, before having to go to Friendsville for our mail, five or six miles. The postoffice was called Flynn, which it holds today.


Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Raymond and Victor Ace spent Friday and Saturday on the huckleberry mountain, returning Saturday evening with about a bushel of berries.


Elk Lake – One of the oldest landmarks of this vicinity, known as the Brush house, on the Stedman farm, has been torn down and is being erected as a cottage at the lake, near the Jessup cottage.


News Brief: Two storms, widespread in their destruction, swept New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey the latter part of last week, from the lakes to the Atlantic coast. The storm of Friday night was particularly destructive and within the memory of the aged residents none have been more severe. Vivid lightning, deafening claps of thunder and a high wind, added to the fury, while the rain literally came down in torrents. The roadways looked like streams of water, being filled from gutter to gutter. Roadways in the hill sections were washed badly, requiring thousands of dollars to repair them countywide. Gravel was washed over meadows, creeks changed their courses and trees were uprooted or blown down. Struck by a bolt of lightning, the barn of Glenn Taylor, in North Bridgewater, was entirely consumed. From 15 to 18 tons of hay were destroyed. Led by R.W. Vaughn and other nearby neighbors, who dammed up a small stream with bags of oats and formed the volunteer firemen into a bucket brigade, they were able to save a smaller barn less than 6 feet distant. The real spirit of the neighborhood was shown the next day, when from 30 to 40 residents contributed from a few hours to the entire day of their labor, in refitting another barn. A floor was laid, fence built, and stanchions contributed. By milking time Friday afternoon the work was practically completed. A work of kindness for an unfortunate neighbor. Later Friday night the storm raised the Wyalusing Creek, in Rushville and vicinity, so that the roads were impassable in some places, preventing milk deliveries to the Creamery until Sunday.

August 06 1920

August 06 (1920/2020)


Montrose – The 13th annual session of the Montrose Bible Conference Association opened Friday evening. The week has been characterized by fine weather, although a trifle chilly during the early days, but even the tent colony was comfortable. All available dormitories, inns and residences are filled with visitors to the conference, outnumbering, it is believed, the largest of any previous conference. Much talk is heard about the desirability of a summer hotel which will accommodate those coming to the Ministerial Institute and Bible Conference. Secretary Honeyman has the dining facilities well in hand, but if the housing problem could be solved it would result in a largely increased attendance. The speakers have been of the best, maintaining the general tone of the conference, which has won a national reputation. Some of the best programs will be found during the remaining days and the closing day, Sunday will probably witness a record-breaking crowd, as the seating capacity of the auditorium was taxed last Sunday afternoon, hundreds of people coming by auto from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. ALSO George Free, an aged colored resident, died at 6:30 last evening. He was in his nineties and a Civil War veteran. He had been in failing health for some months. ALSO An aeroplane’s exhaust caused many to look eastward early Tuesday morning at about 7:30 and witness a machine in flight towards the west. It passed over the upper part of the borough above the conference grounds. Spectators estimate it was about 5,000 ft. up. It made a beautiful sight in the clear atmosphere.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – An airplane went over the Hill, Tuesday morning, and was seen by several.


Lanesboro – Enoch E. Cook passed away at his home here on July 27, 1920. He had long been in the employ of the Erie Railroad Co. for almost 30 years. He had resided in Lanesboro for 42 years and was one of the town’s best known and most respected residents. Deceased was a son of Caleb Cook and was born in Delaware County, NY, 84 years ago. He served for thirty-six months in the war of the rebellion, being a member of Co. F, 143d NY. Volunteer Infantry. The body was brought to Montrose for interment, it having been his wish to be laid to rest in the Montrose Cemetery. Members of Capt. Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans acted as bearers.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - The Ladies Aid will meet with Mrs. Charles Stevens for dinner on Aug. 11th. The members will bring something for dinner. Also bring your thimble as there is quilting to be done.


Factoryville – “Christy” Mathewson is seriously ill with tuberculosis. The former NY. Giant star and native of Factoryville is endeavoring to ward off the dread disease at Saranac Lake, NY. He is one of the best ball players the nation ever had. For many years he was as much a New York institution as the Brooklyn Bridge or the subway. Mathewson helped win championships in 1904, 1905, 1911, 1912 and 1913.


Uniondale – R.R. Davis is helping Marian Giddings with his haying. Although nearly 85 years of age, Mr. Davis will do his share of the pitching on. He is there with the hay every time. ALSO Last Saturday our base ball team won another victory when the defeat of the Elkdale team became certain. It was a close rub, the score being 11 to 10. Carbondale is expected here next Saturday. They call themselves the Tigers. We fancy they will get all the clawing they want.


Dimock – Douglas Mills and Winifred Estus narrowly averted what might have been a serious accident recently. While driving up a steep hill near Church’s mills, they collided with a rapidly oncoming car, taking the spokes out of one wheel, also demolishing the running board and mud guard. This occurred at a dangerous point, there being a curve and the road narrow. This is the third accident to happen at this point.


Susquehanna – George White, of Marietta, Ohio, who as National Chairman will lead the Democratic Presidential fight this year, is a native of Susquehanna and is believed to have become imbued with his love for the Democratic party by his residence in this Democratic borough. He is the son of Charles White, who was a machinist in the Erie shops. The grand-father of Mr. White was a jeweler here years ago. The mother of George White was also a native of this place, so it can be truthfully said that he comes from genuine Susquehanna stock.


Thompson – A community picnic will be held Friday in Pickering’s grove. Music will be furnished by the Ararat band.


Forest City – Mr. and Ms. Victor Bucannel, of Detroit, are guests of his parents. Mr. Bucannel, for the past eight years, has been employed by the Ford Manufacturing company and stated that the Fords pay from $6 to $8.24 per man for an eight-hour day. ALSO Arrangements have been made between manager Munley of Archbald and manager Cleary of the Forest City Orioles, whereby infielder McCawley, of the Orioles, will report to Archbald next Sunday. He has been playing great ball for the Orioles. He is 22 years of age and served in the army during the war.


Clifford – Miss Wilmot Warren expects to leave early in August for her old home in Draycott, England.


New Milford – F.K. Sutton has purchased a furniture store and undertaking business at Selinsgrove, Pa. and will move to that place August 1. He purchased the grocery business of E.W. Watson and conducted it for about 5 years. He has been engaged in the undertaking business with A.H. Crosier, of Thompson, for a number of years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sutton are licensed undertakers and graduates of two schools of embalming.


Brooklyn – W.H. Ackerson and son-in-law Charles Stanton have purchased the 300 acre farm north of Brooklyn village from F.B. Jewett. This farm has been owned by Mr. Jewett and father for nearly 90 years. The men have taken possession and will improve the already fine buildings and farm and aspire to make it one of the show farms of the county.


West Harford – B.B. Freeman was a pleasant caller in this vicinity last week. We are always glad to see Mr. Freeman, not only because he helps us to dispose of our bags of rags and rubbers and stock our homes with a new supply of tinware and house-hold utensils, but we are glad to see him as an old friend.


Silver Lake – Misses Ellen Scallon and Doris Conklin, Messrs. Floyd and Orren Conklin, Paul Mahoney, Thos. Anthony and Charles Hawley, Michael and Martin Kane, were among those who attended the ball game Sunday last at Stumpville.

August 13 1920

August 13 (1920/2020)


Montrose - A summer hotel, supported by the Montrose Bible Conference association, seems assured. On the last Saturday of the Conference, the matter was discussed thoroughly by the directors, and the advisability of purchasing the Dr. Torrey property was considered. Dr. Torrey offered the handsome brick mansion, the fine buildings, and four acres of land for practically the price he paid for it over ten years ago. He also offered to make a gift of $5,000 on the purchase price. The sale price of $17,000, which the $5,000 offer of Dr. Torrey is to be deducted, leaving $12,000 to be raised and at last report over $8,000 had been pledged.


Lawton – The opening of the new Devine Garage at Lawton will take place on the evening of Aug. 18th. Ice cream, cake and soft drinks will be served. Proceeds for the benefit of the Cemetery Association. Music will be furnished.


Nicholson – Rev. E. Horace Brown, pastor of the A.M.E. Zion church in Montrose, was here on Saturday. Mr. Brown is agitating the project of building a new church for his denomination in Nicholson.


Springville – The men made a bee for Burt Thomas last Tuesday and succeeded in finishing his haying. Nearly forty were present. Mr. Thomas had a large barn, together with four horses, a large amount of machinery and 16 tons of new hay, destroyed by lightning several weeks ago.


Franklin Twp. – Rev. Tracy Webster, of Maine, NY, with his wife and family, is spending a vacation at his old home here. He preached in the Presbyterian church on August 1st. ALSO A very pleasant gathering was enjoyed at Salt Springs—the home of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Wheaton—when the annual “Home Coming Picnic” was held. There were about 125 in attendance. ALSO George Peck, of Franklin forks, leaves today for an extended visit with his brothers Guy Peck, in Ohio, and James, in Indiana. He will go with his automobile.


Bridgewater Twp. – Stanley Roach and family have moved from East Bridgewater to Newburgh, NY. Mr. Roach has accepted a position with the Holden Paper Mill. He has had considerable experience in paper manufacture, having been employed for some time in the large mill at Austin, Pa. Friends deeply regret their removal.


Little Meadows – Our annual picnic, to be held Aug. 16, is expected to be the largest picnic ever held in Little Meadows. Everybody welcome. ALSO Several aeroplanes were seen passing over this vicinity recently.


Forest Lake – Some fishermen have the all too common propensity of letting all the big ones get away or, at least, do not seem to be able to get them home to show to their admiring friends. But this is not the case with Morris Baker, who a few days ago took a three-pound pickerel from Forest Lake and brought it in where all could see it. It was a beauty.


Gelatt – Harold Daniels discovered a deer Sunday night, while doing chores, about five rods from the house. Upon calling to his folks, the deer took fright and went across the lots into F.H. Holmes’ woods. [Deer were very scarce in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the early 1900’s.] ALSO The 32nd annual reunion of the descendants of Captain Joseph and Lois Guernsey Potter will be held in the Gelatt Grange Hall, Thursday, August 19. [Mrs. Julia A. Potter, Sec’y.]


Susquehanna – The Erie Band gave a fine open air concert last Friday evening, which was enjoyed by the many who listened to their fine program.


New Milford – Plans are being perfected to place a memorial drinking fountain in front of the park.


Kingsley – Fred Tyler, the very successful proprietor of the Kingsley Garage, recently accepted the agency for the Western Electric Lighting Co.’s farm lighting plants. As an opening in a campaign to introduce the plants to the public, a demonstration was given at Kingsley, Friday evening, Aug. 6th, at the home of Mrs. Chris. Tiffany, when the grounds were illuminated and a four-reel motion picture, entitled, the “Go-Getter,” was shown to a large audience. This picture, made by the Western Electric Co., shows in reality the advantages of electricity on a farm.


Harford – Ray Allen is one of our progressive farmers and is building a very large barn. Fred Collings and Mr. Johnson are the carpenters and are being assisted by several other men as Mr. Allen wants to get the building finished so he can put in his hay. The barn is 36 x 72 feet, with stable room to accommodate 36 head of cattle and several horses. A “raising” was held last Thursday and a number of men attended and Mrs. Allen served a splendid supper for them, which they did justice to, after which they returned home, all feeling they had  spent a pleasant afternoon and were glad they helped Mr. Allen out with his new building.


Great Bend – Lot owners and people interested in the Newman cemetery are invited to meet at the cemetery Friday morning for work in cleaning the cemetery. A picnic dinner will be held in the Grange Hall. [Records show that Jason Treadwell, first man hung in Susquehanna County for the murder of Oliver Harper, is buried in the cemetery, although the grave is unmarked.]


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. - Mr. and Mrs. S. Jagger and grandson, Herbert Tyler, were over to Kenneth Hollister’s to see Mrs. Jagger’s mother, Mrs. M.O. Evans. She is 96 years old and retains all her faculties of hearing, sight and mind. We think she is the oldest person in the county.


To All Old Veterans, Soldiers and Friends – It is hereby announced that the 52nd annual encampment of the Veterans Organization of Susquehanna County will be held Aug. 20, 1920 on the Fair Grounds, Montrose. In its early days these encampments were from 2 to 3 days duration and were attended by multitudes from all parts of this locality, bringing with them knapsacks containing full rations for the occasion; also all implements of warfare and accoutrements of army life. Camps were planned, tents pitched, guards posted, guard-houses established, sham battles fought, soldiers wounded and taken to the hospital, the enemy taken prisoner and put in the lockup, and military maneuvering was the order of the day. Now they are modified to the extent that they are confined to but one day, and that the time is occupied in greeting old comrades, soldiers and friends, relating stories of army life, singing, impromptu speaking, shaking hands and having a royal, good time generally. It is the one gala day for the now remaining boys who wore the blue. All soldiers and the widows of such soldiers are most cordially invited. If old soldiers or widows cannot walk to grounds or are without transportation, it will be provided.

August 20 1920

August 20 (1920/2020)


Montrose – W.A. Welliver’s new Ideal Theater was opened to the public Tuesday evening and, although the weather was exceedingly unpleasant, an overflow attendance turned out to make the event auspicious and in a most concrete manner to express to Mr. Welliver its appreciation for giving Montrose such a handsome, wholesome and modern moving picture house. Wesley Gavitt’s six-piece orchestra dispensed appropriate music during the evening. ALSO Andrew W. Free died at his home, 17 Wyalusing street, Montrose, August 5th, 1920, after a brief illness, at the age of 95 years. The funeral services were held at the A.M.E. Zion church, Rev. E. Horace Brown officiating. Many were in attendance, evidencing the esteem in which this well-known colored man was held. The G.A.R. Post, of Montrose, was in attendance and contributed to the services of the comrade of the Civil War.


Forest Lake – Troup Two, of the Boy Scouts, of Montrose, are enjoying an outing at Pine Grove Camp, under command of Scout Master Norman Hinds.


Ararat – Harry Hall, with his group of 26 Boy Scouts are here from Carbondale for a two weeks’ outing and a happy time they are having. Just give them a call and be convinced and see their new dining hall and how pleasantly they are situated at Fiddle Lake.


New Milford – A drinking fountain is planned in front of the public park as a suitable memorial to the World War veterans. About $200 was left after the “home-coming” celebration and this will be applied toward the fountain fund. Entertainments will be held from time to time to increase the fund and voluntary contributions will be sought.


Rush – Rush was visited by one of the worst cloudbursts in its history on Wednesday. The Wyalusing creek, which runs through the town, overflowed its banks and carried several out-buildings down the creek, also logs and debris, and covered the roadways with a foot of gravel and sand. The course of the creek was diverted into the basement of S.B. McCain’s store and damaged a large stock of rubber goods. The water coming down the middle branch of the Wyalusing overflowed at a bridge crossing the creek, and the course of the stream flowed directly through the barn on the Uzal Kinney farm. Horses, which were in the building were removed through water four feet deep with difficulty. Trees were uprooted along the streets by the wind, while big hailstones pelted the growing crops, doing much damage. The greatest damage was in the vicinity of Rush and Lawton.


Lawsville and Franklin Forks – A similar deluge, accompanied by hail and lightning, visited these two towns. The Snake Creek overflowed its banks and flooded the flats from Lawsville through to Conklin, NY, damaging crops. The creek resembled a raging river. Autoists who came over the much-travelled road located high on the hillside most of the way said that they passed through water for rods at a stretch which was almost up to the engine.


Brooklyn – Luther Ely was appointed Poor Director of the Township of Brooklyn to fill out the unexpired term of Herman Otto, who resigned.


Harford – The Tingley reunion was held in the old log house on the Mason Tingley farm last week, 68 being present, of which eight were from Nebraska. AND The roads from this place to Hallstead are in very bad condition, owing to the recent rains. Mott Hill is almost impassable for any autos, only Fords. The lower part of the hill is a mass of stones and deep cuts on each side of the road.


Herrick Township – Giles H. Lyon, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leon H. Reynolds, Aug. 6, 1920. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Lyon, pioneers of this vicinity. He was born on the Lyon homestead, on Lyon street, Feb. 20, 1836. He was married to Miss Mary J. Burns and settled on the Lyon homestead after his marriage.


Dimock – The meetings on the campgrounds opened auspiciously, on Thursday evening, Aug. 12th. The installing of electric lights gives a majestic effect to the canopy of trees, which “stand like Druids of eld.”


Lanesboro – Former Sheriff Harry E. Taylor is spending the week at his old home in Lanesboro. This is the first vacation the ex-sheriff has had in nine years and he went well equipped with fishing tackle to snare the denizens of the deep from the Susquehanna.


Gelatt – The Potter gathering will be held at Grange hall in this place on Thursday, and the Craft gathering will be held on Saturday at the same place.


Springville – Parents of school children should heed the warning sounded by Supt. F.H. Taylor in last week’s paper relative to the enforcement of the vaccination law. “Pupils who have not been vaccinated will be excluded from school, and then the parents will be arrested and fined because the children are not in school.


Forest City – Game Protectors Watrous and Young, assisted by Chief of Police Blacksmith and officer Cost, made extensive raids in Browndale and Richmondale yesterday. Twenty-five arrests were made for violations of the dog law and having guns unlawfully. Five were arraigned before Squire Stiles, of Browndale last evening, four of whom settled for $25


Clifford – It is rumored we are to have a wagon maker and blacksmith in the near future.


Uniondale – Our ball team suffered defeat last Saturday, the Elkdale team winning by a narrow margin. The score stood 7 to 2 in favor of our team at the close of the eighth inning. Bayless, who had pitched wonderful ball, was retired. He was succeeded by Conrad, who proved an easy mark for the Elkdaleites. They scored six runs and the game. Our team is young and has progressed under the guiding hand of “Chic” Coleman, a former well known player.


WOMEN WILL VOTE: The ratification of the suffrage amendment by the Tennessee legislature gives women throughout the United States the right to vote. Atty. Sue Strous was interviewed and expressed her elation. “I realize the mammoth task which confronts the organization in the county to prepare for the campaign at this late date,” she said, “but the women of the county have been active in suffrage clubs and the war work experience was also helpful, and I am sure they will be in position to vote intelligently on November 2.” She expressed her belief that the adoption of the suffrage amendment will strengthen Harding’s candidacy very materially.

August 27 1920

August 27 (1920/2020)



Susquehanna – A big crowd will accompany the Susquehanna baseball team and the Erie Band to Hornell next Saturday. A canvass of the shops took place on Monday to find out whether enough desired to go to make a request for a special train. About 1,000 will go to enjoy the day and, probably, escort the victors back to the old home town.


Springville – On Wednesday afternoon, after a search of two hours, the little 8 year-old girl of Bentley Stark was found in a field totally unconscious with fracture of the skull, presumably from the kick of a horse. The child’s condition continued unchanged and on Thursday morning she was taken by Dr. Lathrop to the City hospital at Wilkes-Barre, when it is hoped her life, otherwise despaired of, may be saved by an operation.


Friendsville – Richard Foran, a life-long resident, former sheriff of Susquehanna county, died on August 8th in the Packer hospital at Sayre. The funeral was held from St. Francis Xavier Church on August 11th. Mr. Foran was widely known in this section as a lawyer, having practiced his profession for the last 40 years. At the expiration of his term he returned to Friendsville and since then had been active in farming, as well as the law. He is survived by children, Anna, Hugh, Joseph and Mark.


Forest City – “Italy” Slick, while at work blocking [railroad] cars got his right hand caught, badly squeezing the first two fingers. ALSO Now that the town has a clean slate so far as licensed dogs are concerned, would it not be advisable to get after the automobile speeders? They run the town in spite of efforts to check them. ALSO Joseph Budzeika has received application forms for victory medals. All ex-service men are requested to call and fill them out. At the meeting of Charles and Martin Skubic Post of the American Legion tomorrow evening, Mr. Budzeika will be glad to assist the boys in making out the form. Every man must present his discharge papers.


Forest Lake – Mrs. Earl J. Smith, who is summering at the family cottage here, holds the distinction of being the champion fisherwoman at the lake. Inside of an hour she pulled twenty fine perch from the water, or one every three minutes. This is [an] exciting enough sport for anyone.


New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Melhuish attended the encampment of the Susquehanna County Veterans’ Association. Mr. Melhuish was a member of the 151st Regiment, PA Volunteers, and saw hard fighting in several of the severe battles of the war. He helped to administer first aid treatment to Gardner Taylor, an early employee of the Montrose Republican, who was shot through the shoulder with a minie ball at the battle of Gettysburg.


Montrose – “Local Motoring Hints:” The idea seems prevalent among local motorists that Public avenue has been set aside by the council as a parking place for automobiles, and that there is a provision under the law whereby cars may be parked in a designated parking place without lights. While the law does permit towns and boroughs to make ordinances governing the parking of cars, there is no provision for cars being parked in these places without lights. In the second place, the borough council has not designated, by ordinance, a parking place in any part of the borough. Motorists are warned against parking cars so as to obstruct alleys, particularly the alley between the post-office and the new theatre, as the U S. mail passes through this alley. They are also warned against running with cut-outs open within the borough limits. Whether a car is in motion or is standing, lights must be on from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise, or when it is impossible to see clearly for a distance of 200 feet. ALSO Charles Smith, of Auburn, NY, has been visiting relatives here the past week. Mr. Smith was a resident of Montrose some 40 years ago, being a son of the late William Smith, Sr. He is a veteran of the Civil War (Co. C, 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the most celebrated regiments of Black soldiers that fought in the Civil War, and made famous after the ill-fated assault on Ft. Wagner, S. C., depicted in the film, “Glory.”) Although approaching his 80th birthday he recalls the older residents of Montrose and incidents in the town’s history vividly.


Wyalusing – One of the most severe accidents seen in the local baseball ground in recent years occurred on Saturday last, during the game between Wyalusing and Blossburg, when Christie Curran, of Lawton, umpire for the game, was hit square in the face by a ball thrown from the hand of Catcher Brumbaugh, intending to put out a runner at second base. Curran, umpiring at the rear of the pitcher’s box, was hit as he started to turn his head toward second base to view the play. Although knocked down he was not rendered unconscious. He was taken to a local doctor where the injury was dressed and made as comfortable as possible.


Thompson – F. D. Wrighter, with a force of men, are erecting a reinforced concrete bridge on the site of the old Barnes mill pond, a short way from Gelatt. This for some time has been a very dangerous point and this improvement, no doubt, will be appreciated. The bridge will be 24 feet in width. ALSO Saturday evening the Ararat band favored Thompson with some excellent music which was greatly appreciated. Dr. McNamara’s large and capacious porch was kindly offered them which they accepted with pleasure and from which nearly all lovers of music could distinctly hear without leaving their homes. A few vocal and piano selections were also rendered by Mrs. Fernley and Mrs. Barnes. Later ice cream and cake was served as a slight reward for the musical treat. ALSO Since the work of covering the stones has been completed, Jackson street is an ornament to the Borough.


Uniondale – Sunday night a five-passenger Studebaker touring car owned by James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Carpenter, was placed out of commission following the results of an explosion when the driver, in looking for engine trouble, held a lighted lantern in close proximity to gas fumes from a small container used for the purpose of priming the engine. After driving over the Dundaff street crossing at Carbondale, the car stalled and James climbed out with a lantern to ascertain the trouble. Believing it to be the carburetor, he drew some gasoline from the tank and was in the act of using it when it exploded, thereby setting fire to the car. Police headquarters could not be reached by phone and no help arrived until the car was destroyed. James was taken to Emergency hospital, Carbondale, suffering from severe burns about the shoulders but his condition is not serious.

September 03 1920

September 03 (1920/2020)



Susquehanna – A Chevrolet touring car, carrying seven people from Warsaw, NY, went over the embankment near the George Chamberlain place, at the western end of Susquehanna borough, Sunday morning, and for a time death stared the travelers in the face. The car, enroute from Scranton, was traveling toward Hallstead and skidded off the roadway and slid down the embankment. A small tree was struck and this snapped off. The car slid about 20 feet farther down the mountain side and struck another tree, which held the weight of the car and the occupants were able to get out. Minor injuries were sustained by some members of the party. Had the second tree failed to hold, the car and occupants would have went down at least 50 ft. further and death or serious injury would have been their fate. The owner of the car sold the machine where it rested to Lewis Rowe, of this place. The car was but little damaged. It was taken from the mountain side late Sunday afternoon.  ALSO William Stack is closing out his stock of furniture, fire arms, stoves, musical instruments, etc., and in the near future will open a real estate office on the second floor of his building next to Michael O’Connor’s barber shop. Mr. Stack will deal in town and country properties.


Springville – The Springville high school opens Sept. 6th, with the following teachers: Principal, Stuart C. Button; assistant, Miss Margaret Sutton; Miss Lena Lyman, Miss Sheehan and Miss Decker, the two latter being new teachers coming from Mehoopany. The East Lynn pupils will be carried to the Springville high school this year, the Springville school being a second-class high school.  ALSO Pauline Stark, who suffered a head injury last week and taken to a Wilkes-Barre hospital, has never regained consciousness but is still alive. Much sympathy is expressed to the family.


Montrose – B. W. Rifenbury, who has been taking the baths at Mt. Clemons, Mich., for the past two weeks, is expected home today. Mr. Rifenbury is a great sufferer from rheumatism, and so far has failed to obtain relief. A few months ago he had his teeth extracted, as recommended by a specialist, but no improvement has been noted. Mr. Rifenbury has many friends who sincerely hope his visit to Mt. Clemons may have beneficial effects.  .  ALSO “An Arizona Cowboy,” with Herbert K. Betts in the title role, will be produced at Village Hall, this evening. This is not a motion picture play, but a thrilling drama, with real, red-blooded men and women in it. Vaudeville specialties, singing, dancing, etc., will be introduced between acts.


New Milford – Mr. Lewis, of New Milford township, was fined $100 and costs by Justice of the Peace F. A. Davies, after pleading guilty to operating an automobile while intoxicated. Mr. Lewis also paid $10 for injury to N.L. Parks’ car, which he bumped, Saturday night. While this is a stiff sentence, an automobile in the hands of an intoxicated person is a fearful menace. We understand that Mr. Lewis had not tasted a drop of liquor in two years before his eventful trip. 


Thompson – The high school will open Monday, Aug. 30, with Prof. R. S. Walter, principal; Miss Carolyn Nearing, assistant principal; Miss Myra Campbell, intermediate and Miss Nina Avery, primary teacher.


Harford – On Friday, Aug. 27, was farmers’ picnic and fish day at Newton Lake. The following from Harford attended: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Whitney and daughters, Florence and Ruth; Mr. and Mrs. Will Warren and children, Mr. and Mrs. Burr Wilder and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harding and daughter, Evelyn; Mr. and Mrs. Park Harding, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Harding and daughter, Jessie; Clifton Chamberlain and Hallie Forsythe. A fine time is reported.


Gibson – The graded school will open here next Monday with Harry Pickering, of South Gibson, as principal, and Miss Hattie L. Baldwin, as teacher of the down stairs room.


Hop Bottom – E. M. Loomis has just completed a beautiful cottage at Loomis Lake, equipped with all the modern conveniences, including electric lights. The location commands a fine view of the lake and surrounding country. The farm upon which the cottage is located was at one time owned by Mr. Loomis’ grandfather.


Uniondale – Ex-Sheriff and Mrs. B. T. Reynolds went to Montrose on Tuesday for a few days’ stay in town. We are reliably informed that Mrs. Reynolds came expressly for the purpose of registering [to vote]. This speaks well for the interest which the ladies are taking in their newly acquired duty.


Nicholson - Fletcher G. Warner, Montrose, was a guest at the home of Editor and Mrs. H. T. Birchard, Saturday and Sunday. Mr. Warner, who is 84 years of age, is an honored veteran of the Civil War with an active service record. He was wounded in the battle of Antietam. He has been connected with the Susquehanna County courts as court crier for thirty-two years.


Birchardville – Merchant D. Fred Birchard took his son, Dayton, to Montrose to enter the Montrose High school. Mr. Birchard graduated from the High school with the class of 1894, and he is desirous of having his son secure the same educational advantages. Dayton is boarding at the home of Lester Turrell, on South Main street, a former Birchardville citizen. [Dayton Birchard eventually became principal of Montrose High School].


Lawton, Rush Township – James Nichols tells us that he, when a boy of four years, arrived from England with his parents. Mr. Nichols enlisted as a boy of 16 and served nine months in the Union army, and later re-enlisted. He was with the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, of which J. I. Campman, of Montrose, was also a member. Both were in Capt. G. Z. Dimock’s company.  ALSO The opening of the new Devine garage was a complete success, everyone enjoying themselves and a nice sum was realized for the cemetery fund.


Annual Encampment of Veterans: There was a good-sized attendance at the 52nd annual reunion of Civil War veterans held at the fair grounds, about 40 being registered. There were also some world war and Spanish war veterans present. Excellent addresses were made and a fine dinner served. C. S. Gates, of Gordon, Neb., who has been spending some weeks at his former home in this county, was among the attendees at the encampment of veterans. He told us that he had been west about 40 years and that few of those who now remained were old friends. The death of the late Marshall H. VanScoten removed the last comrade from his company, which was Co. H. 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and the two men had served through many trying campaigns. This leaves him as the sole survivor.

September 10 1920

September 10 (1920/2020)


Montrose – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals has been organized and elected Dr. L.M. Thompson, President and Dr. A.B. Cole, Humane Officer. It will establish a shelter at Dr. Cole’s, 7 Cherry Street, where all unwanted animals can be taken. Though only a week old the Society has over fifty members. There are four classes of membership: life, sustaining, active and junior. ALSO Charles N. Warner, aged 81 years, died at his home on Cherry Street, Sept. 5, 1920. Mr. Warner graduated from West Point in 1862 and had a splendid military record and fought in many of the greatest battles of the Civil War, including the Virginia Peninsula campaign, the Battle of Manassas, South Mountain, Antietam, the march to Falmouth, the Rappahannock, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Warrenton, Va. For gallant services performed at the battle of Gettysburg, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. Several weeks after the surrender of the Confederate army, Lt. Warner was promoted to the rank of Captain and was sent on frontier duty in the Indian country. Later he was honorably discharged in 1871. He studied law and was admitted to the Susquehanna County bar in the fall of 1875. Fletcher G. Warner, a brother, is also a Civil War veteran. [For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862 by Brian R. McEnany and Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point by James S. Robbins have numerous mention of Charles N. Warner throughout their books.]


Rush – Fay Shaner, a Rush young man lies in a serious condition in the Packer hospital, Sayre, with a portion of his lower jaw torn away and badly bruised and otherwise injured as a result of an automobile accident on Wednesday. He was driving a car down a steep hill accompanied by Haskell Devine and another young man named Manning, when Frank Bertholf, driving a team hauling a load of sand, came around a sharp curve. Young Shaner did not have time to steer out of his way and was obliged to run the car up the bank, applying the brakes at the same time. The car upset and all were thrown out, but Shaner was the only one seriously injured. Dr. H. M. Fry was called and attended the young man and advised his immediate removal to the hospital. It is believed that his chances are good for recovery. [Another newspaper reported that Devine was driving.]


Gibson – Two Gibson young men are being held in the county jail, charged with holding up Harry Golden, a Binghamton peddler, beating him into unconsciousness and relieving him of $1,100 in cash and checks and also a number of watches and a quantity of clothing. The holdup was staged Friday night near what is known as Kentuck Corners, a solitary spot between Harford and Gibson, the boys coming out of the bushes alongside the road with bandanna handkerchiefs over the lower parts of their faces to conceal their identity. They were both armed. The older one, aged 18 years, is said to have struck Golden over the head with the handle of his heavy knife and later used the butt of the revolver in beating him. While he lay unconscious they ransacked his person and wagon and took what booty they found. Included were a number of boxes of cuff links and collar buttons, hose supporters, etc. Of the amount in negotiable currency and checks taken there was $700 in cash and $400 in checks. The State constabulary, under Major Lynn Adams, who was visiting his father in Harford, called for more help at the barracks at Wyoming, Pa. and a search for the culprits was started early Saturday morning. Torn checks, notes and papers were found scattered along the road and in the fields leading to the culprit’s home in Gibson. The boys are reputed to be of the knife and gun-toting type, with outlaws as their heroes and the holdup appears evident to have been the work of perverted youthful minds. Unable to secure bail, they will remain in jail until the November term.


The Women’s Vote: The women of Susquehanna county have shown much interest in receiving the ballot, and while county figures are not available from the assessors’ returns at present, it would seem that the vote of the county will be nearly doubled. In Montrose 420 women enrolled; Susquehanna has a total enrollment of 535; Oakland borough shows 140 enrolled, with 19 in the township; Great Bend borough enrolled 104. Rush had 73 ladies registered. Politicians will now have to carry something else besides gum, as the ladies here neither chew nor smoke. Women to be eligible to vote must find the collector and pay their assessment, 20 cents, to the collector thirty days or more before election.


Uniondale – Schools here will not reopen for a couple of weeks on account of repairs being made on the school buildings. Additional windows are being put in to give the necessary lighting required by state laws.


Birchardville – To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Wilcox, of this place, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 1920, twin sons. It has been suggested that they be named Harding and Collidge Wilcox.


Carbondale – William Chase is visiting at the home of his cousin, Postmaster O.W. Chase, in Montrose. Mr. Chase is a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted when a boy of 14, and saw considerable service.


Bridgewater Twp. – The large new house being built by Dr. Thompson, on the Lathrop farm, will be an imposing one, sitting as it does on the knoll across the lake from the Country Club, with a view of the lake and the club grounds in front, and from the rear a long stretch down the Snake Creek valley. Harry Melhuish and son, Hilbert, are the builders.


Susquehanna – All candidates for foot ball were requested to meet Tuesday of this week at Victory Park. Bruce Leslie, Dixie Walker and Father Boland are to act as instructors.


Harford – There will be a circus in town on Friday. Clarke’s trained animals. Come and see them. ALSO The women folks are all quite excited over being able to vote, but are worrying about the jury list.


Brooklyn – Mrs. Walter Adams, who will be remembered as Emily Ely, of this place, is teaching in the public schools at Kirkville, MO, where Mr. Adams is pursuing his studies in the American School of Osteopathy, and is very enthusiastic regarding his chosen profession.


Lenox – The Ladies’ Aid met at the parsonage last Friday to sew the new carpet for the church.

September 17 1920

September 17 (1920/2020)



Many County Women Register as Electors. The County Commissioners must furnish 50% more ballots than usual. That the women of Susquehanna County take an interest in governmental affairs, and are willing to assume the responsibilities that pertain to the franchise, is attested by the fact that nearly 4500 women have registered to be able to vote, only Little Meadows not yet counted, at the coming election.


Lanesboro –To the Editor of the Susquehanna Transcript. The following letter from one of Lanesboro’s oldest and best-known citizens is self-explanatory: “I was very much interested in Henry T. Birchard’s letter to Montrose Democrat regarding the Starrucca Viaduct, but was greatly surprised while reading his list of those who died since he left Susquehanna to find my name among that number. But believing that everything published in the Transcript must be true, I doubted my own identity until after consulting my friends. I concluded I still exist. Therefore, I deny the ‘allegation and defy the alligator.’ I am only 80 years old. I refuse, at this time, to be counted out as a back number or a has been and I demand of Editor Birchard an abject apology, or he may choose his weapons and distance so I may prove to his own satisfaction that I am still very much alive.” (Signed) T. J. Nicholson, Lanesboro, Pa.


Forest City – Peter Peosenic, a soldier of the World War, and Anthony Zanicki, both of this place, appeared before Judge Witmer in Naturalization Court at Scranton. Peosenic produced his discharge and was quickly granted citizenship papers. Zanicki was also granted the coveted honor of American citizenship.


Dimock – Every woman in this township is invited to meet with the W. T. C. U [Women’s Christian Temperance Union] for dinner at the home of Mrs. J. B. Sheen, Friday, Sept. 24th. The dinner is free. Membership dues will be received; also contributions for the Jubilee Fund. Those who have copies of the annual, “Lessons in Citizenship,” are requested to bring them to the meeting. The first lesson will be taken up and the discussions will be open for all to take part, whether members or not. Dimock women acted well their part in service of country during the World War, in Red Cross work, Liberty Loan, etc., and we are sure they can be depended upon to do the right thing in the crises before us. Everyone come. This invitation includes Elk Lake and East Dimock.


Silver Lake – The Snow Hollow school, after being closed for the past two years, opened this morning with Mrs. Agnes Hawley as teacher. ALSO V. J. McEnaney, F. E. Conklin and J. R. Hill are hauling poles from the Whalen place to Brackney for the electric line company.


Liberty Twp. – Harry L. Johnson, consulting engineer and oil and gas geologist, is calling on the farmers to get them to lease their farms for the oil and gas. Get busy farmers, and see what you can do.


Heart Lake – A. R. Vosbury, of Binghamton, recently captured a 7¾ pound pike, measuring 29½ inches. He used an ordinary pike spoon hook. Mr. Vosbury says he has fished at Heart Lake for 15 years, but this beats anything yet.


Montrose – Ben C. Norris, of New Milford, and Ward D. Breese, of Heart Lake, the well-known Delco-Light dealers, had a very showy exhibit at the Montrose Fair, showing in a practical way, the uses of “Electricity on the Farm.” Farmers are among the heaviest buyers. The farmer finds that he can do much better work and get more satisfaction and happiness out of life, both for himself and family, by having convenient lights in the farm buildings and home, and accessible power for light machinery. These improvements are no longer looked upon as luxuries, but as an investment. ALSO In an extract from a letter to the family of the late Capt. C. N. Warner, written by Gen. Morris Schaff, a classmate at West Point over 60 years ago, he states: “I am very sorry to hear of your father’s serious illness. If he is still alive, give him my warm love: if life be ended, let me say that no more modest, a truer-hearted, or a nature more charitable ever walked the plain at West Point. Surely, surely, angels met him at the ‘crossing of the bar.’” Gen. Schaff is the author of “The Spirit of Old West Point.”


Springville – The adopted child of Mr. and Mrs. Bentley Stark, after three weeks, is still in a precarious condition at a Wilkes-Barre hospital. They may never know just how she received her injuries. Some are inclined to think it was not a [kick of] a colt, but an automobile that ran her down. If she recovers she might be able to tell something, and she may never remember.


Uniondale – There was considerable excitement here Saturday when two large aeroplanes landed in M. O. Round’s field. A large crowd soon gathered to find that they had simply stopped to ask the way to Scranton.


Harford – If you want to go to something great, just plan to go to the Odd Fellows Hall, Sept. 30, to a play entitled, “Civil Service,” given by Harford Grange. You will see a real clown and several love scenes that might be a great help to a bashful boy.


Brookdale – As John Whipple and wife were coming home from the fair last Wednesday, a mile above Franklin Forks, an auto that was going towards Montrose skidded and took one wheel off their buggy throwing them out, bruising them quite badly. Mrs. Whipple, striking her head and shoulders, she has not recovered yet from the shock. The road is very narrow at that point.


Rush Twp. – Ray Shaner, who was seriously injured while riding with Haskell Devine, is reported to be doing as well as can be expected. E. E. Devine is driving a new car, as his car was smashed in the accident.


New Milford – St. John’s Catholic church was struck by lightning on Saturday evening and damaged to a considerable extent.


Can She Vote If She Marries Before November? Philadelphia: Miss Dorothy Dexter, Overbrook, gave the registrars in her division a puzzle which they could not solve. She registered and then asked if she might vote in November. But, before November 2, Miss Dexter does not expect to be Miss Dexter. She anticipates being Mrs……..Well, she didn’t tell the registrars what her name would be. If she registered as Miss Dexter, could she vote under another name if she married? The registrars couldn’t tell her.

September 24 1920

September 24 (1920/2020)



Dundaff/Clifford – On Monday, Sept. 6, Judge A. B. Smith rendered a decision in the long drawn out Dundaff case wherein certain residents petitioned the court for dismemberment of the borough and the annexation of the territory to Clifford township. Judge Smith granted the petition and so declared Dundaff a portion of Clifford township. Someone has said that the banns of marriage of Dundaff and East Clifford have been proclaimed.


Franklin Township – The reports coming from the vicinity of Franklin Forks and Lawsville of strangers leasing lands with the avowed intention of drilling for gas and oil has caused much local comment. During the past few weeks, it is stated, in the neighborhood of a 100 leases of farm lands in that vicinity have been drawn up by men claiming to be associated with a Pittsburg concern, although there is considerable mystery in the matter, but the fact that they are willing to pay out money and not asking them to buy stock gives certain stability to the project. Thomas O’Brien, of Binghamton, is active in the promotion of a company to be known as the Snake Creek Oil & Gas Co. The lease this company is circulating gives the owner of the land $125 a year. For some years there has been a considerable supply of natural gas at Salt Springs and the gas has been utilized at the Wheaton farm for illuminating, cooking and heating purposes. There is a steady supply and that it must exist in large quantities seems evident from its forcing its way through 300 feet of water in an abandoned drill hole sunk some years ago.


Dimock – Thieves took batteries from a damaged Maxwell car owned by E. K. LaRue, while Mr. LaRue and family were attending the fair at Montrose. They also took the spot light and from evidence were preparing to remove the wheels when scared away. Not long ago someone took the batteries from a car at Springville.


Forest City – One of the most listless games of the season disappointed the largest gathering of fans to witness a game at the local park in many moons. Eight players from Jermyn caused the first frost of the season. They were assisted in their poor playing by members of the Orioles. Wild throws, poor base running and poor stick work featured the visitors playing. Their catcher injured his hand and Jimmy Smith of B. M’s. did the receiving the last four innings. The visitors scored one run in the first inning and never saw third base from the first to the eighth innings. Kelly, Woodischek, Shamro and Moody featured as wielders of the willow for the locals. Shamro was in the box for the locals until the 7th frame when Carpenter was sent in to hurl. Shamro’s twirling kept the visitors guessing. The fans began to leave in the 6th inning, many of whom were disappointed in not seeing a game like unto the four preceding meets. The score was Forest City 16 and Jermyn 4.


Lenoxville – The Lenoxville ball club crossed bats with the Elkdale club Sunday on the Burns’ flats. The game was a hot one from start to finish and at the finish the score stood five and six in favor of Lenoxville.


Uniondale – It makes no difference to Harold and Reed Burns and Clyde Coleman whether the D. L. & W. buys the Erie or not. They have joined the construction gang for a winter’s job. AND Harvey Williams’ paint gang is treating the Erie depot and the outbuildings to a new coat of paint. We can now boast of a pretty little depot.


Brooklyn – Mrs. Gertrude Peckham and son, Charles, left for Ithaca, Monday, where Charles will attend the Cornell University. A. L. Gere took their household goods in his truck.


Susquehanna – Eighty-nine men employed in the Erie shops have been laid off. These men were the last hired for the Susquehanna shops.


Fairdale – Fairdale Women’s Christian Temperance Union will meet at Fairdale, Wednesday, Sept. 29th. Mrs. Sheen will be present to explain the work for another year. Will all members who have not paid dues, please come or send dues on or before that time to Secretary Mrs. Ethel Smith, Montrose, R. D. 2.


Harford – The Harford Fair was a splendid success this year. Exhibits were unusually good and we have heard it remarked that the crowd, Wednesday, was the largest one the fair had ever had. The music by the Orphan Boys’ Band was greatly enjoyed and all who did not attend the fair missed something worthwhile. AND Several from here motored to Scranton Friday night and enjoyed the concert given by Sousa’s band. AND There will be a medicine show here in town every night this week.


Gibson – The death of William Wickliff Pope, occurred at his home in Gibson township, Sept. 10, 1920. He was widely known as an undertaker and manufacturer of furniture. Mr. Pope was born April 1, 1843 at Smiley. At the age of 21 he went to Monroe county to conduct a woolen mill. Two years later he returned to Gibson township and purchased a woolen mill at Smiley, which he conducted ten years. In 1886 he purchased a half-interest and one year later became owner of the establishment between Gelatt and Jackson which he conducted until his death. He  was deputy sheriff under his brother, Edward P. Pope, a Mason and member of the I.O.O.F. He married Miss Elizabeth Pickering on May 8, 1866.


Silver Lake – School opened at Snow Hollow on Monday last, with Mrs. James Hawley as teacher.


Montrose – The fuel situation here is really distressing and if relief is not forthcoming, soon, great suffering will result. Many families are entirely out of coal and none can be had. Even those who have hovered ‘round the kitchen range, to keep warm, have, with consternation, seen the paltry supply of fuel dwindle to nothing. A meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held and a committee was named to visit Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, to lay the matter before the coal companies. Much coal is moving on the railroads, but it is going to the great lakes for shipment north and west, as navigation to many far points will be closed later. Coal will be very high in price—that is certain. AND Regular meeting of Gardner-Warner Post of American Legion, Monday evening, Sept. 27th. Every member is urged to be present. Some of you fellows who have not been out for some time report next Monday evening when assembly is sounded.

October 01 1920

October 01 (1920/2020)


Forest City – The Forest city High school claims the high school basketball championship of the County. If Montrose and Auburn dispute this claim, kindly write to Harry Watkins, Manager, and arrange for a series of games. ALSO The springing of a trap laid by detective M. A. Rafter of Scranton, in an effort to catch Forest City officials in the act of holding up and compelling the payment of tribute from alleged bootleggers, on Friday last, has been featured in the vicinity press throwing Forest City into an undesirable limelight. It was a melo drama in real life in which a truck, a whiskey barrel, and a lavish display of revolvers were the properties, and three Scranton men posing as bootleggers, Chief of Police Paul Blacksmith, Special Officer Joseph Cost, and a posse of private detectives headed by Sleuth Rafter were actors. Credit for the planning and working out of the plot is given to Mr. Rafter but there are various opinions as to the identity of the men behind the scenes who inspired it. A few credit it to officers of the Federal Enforcement Bureau. Others suspect that an organized bunch of men interested in the illicit transportation of liquor, who want a free and untrammeled pathway through Forest City for their bootlegging operations, were the instigators. Rumor has it that plenty of the stuff passes through this place enroute from the Lackawanna valley to the York state line and that the operators of the underground railroad have been disturbed by the efforts of local offices to block their free and easy passage. Rafter intimates that he was engaged by Forest City Men. [To be continued]


Susquehanna –Two New York State men, enroute from Scranton to Ithaca, with an automobile carrying 45 gallons of whiskey, were arrested Friday here by Chief Braves, of police, during the absence of Officer Donovan, who is acting chief. A telephone message was received here to arrest the two men and hold the car containing the whiskey. The car arrived here about 6:30 in the evening and the men were greatly surprised when told that they were under arrest. The car, a new Chevrolet roadster, was arranged ingeniously so that the cargo would not be detected unless a close examination was made. The whiskey, in copper tanks, was placed away in compartments in the car.


Jessup Twp. – George L. Shelp, an aged and respected citizen, died at his home on Fair Hill, Sept 4, 1920. He was the youngest of eight children born to Henry and Betsy (Main) Shelp and a grandson of Christian Shelp, who came from Mohawk Valley, N.Y. in 1812 and took up a claim of 400 acres. Thus passes away the last direct descendant of that sturdy pioneer who settled in the untrammeled wilds of the county more than a century ago.


Montrose –In a well-fought game of foot-ball between Montrose and Nicholson, Montrose scored a decisive victory. It was one of those contests to try the metal of the players and the fight that the Montrose boys put up won for them the plaudits of the large number gathered to witness the game. That Montrose is developing some great foot-ball timber was demonstrated conclusively. Star plays were made by Paul McAloon, who carried the ball over for both touch downs. M. Johnson kicking one goal. Paul Pross made a sensational end run, one of the features of the game.


Thompson – Sunday, at 12 o’clock, a D & H coal train, north, derailed four cars just south of Bryant [Brandt?] station greatly damaging the track for a quarter of a mile; both tracks were blocked for hours; passenger trains were delayed. Trackmen were called from Ararat, Thompson, Starrucca, Bryant and Lanesboro. ALSO If anyone is contemplating making rag carpets, or rugs and is at a loss to know where to get the work done satisfactorily, we think they could not do better than apply to Mr. Condon in Starrucca. He does splendid work and we understand needs your support. We have seen samples of his weaving and it is very nice.


Uniondale – Our baseball team has lost some of its best players. Wademan and Lowry have gone to college and others to other points. In its enfeebled state it tackled the Greenfield team Saturday afternoon on the grounds of the last named team. Greenfield won by a score of 9-1.


Herrick Center – It is to be hoped that the parties who could find nothing better to do than to girdle the beautiful row of willows, skirting the street on the Reynolds farm may be apprehended and justice meted out to them. They were an ornament to our little village as well as a loss to the owner.


Harford –Bert Loomis, of Washington, D. C., who was born and brought up in this township, a son of Dr. Loomis, one of the old landmarks of this place, was visiting the scenes of his childhood days last week. In fact, a love for the county of his birth had become so strong that he lately purchased the Welcome Wilmarth farm in Harford township, which he will retain and occasionally visit. Mr. Loomis enlisted in the regular army nearly 40 years ago, and after 30 years of service was retired in 1914. But when the United States joined the allies in the World War, he was called back for service and was recruiting sergeant at Fayetteville, N. C. for more than a year. Mr. Loomis is a very pleasant gentleman to meet and we hope that he will, sometime, return to his native county to reside.


Nicholson – Ned C. Tiffany was awakened by the ringing of the cash register in the lobby of Hotel Almont, shortly after midnight Friday. Turning on the light he stepped in the hall, where he was confronted by a burglar and was commanded to hold up his hands, in which tiffany replied “Not by a d---sight.” And stepped back in the room. At this the thief made a hasty retreat from the house. On the same night the Lackawanna station was broken into and the safe carried across the tracks. The thieves secured about forty cents for their night’s work.


Gelatt – A few days ago, while B. J. Avery and family were away, someone entered their home and took their vinegar out of the barrel in the woodshed garret; also removed the stove pipe from the chimney. Last Saturday night, about eight o’clock, someone came and shook their pear tree and gathered the pears; also took all their squash.


News Brief: Brooklyn won the National flag. New York was defeated by Boston and dropped out of the race. The Robins can lose all the games scheduled without losing grip on the flag. The World’s series will start on October 5 in the American city winning the pennant. If the American league race results in a tie between Chicago and Cleveland a three game series will be necessary.

October 08 1920

October 08 (1920/2020)



Simpson, Lackawanna County – Game protectors, George Watrous, from Susquehanna Co., Walter Young from Wyoming Co. and three deputies, were mobbed here last week. They had made 12 arrests and were in the office of Justice of the Peace, J. Pecko, when the disturbance began. When trying the fourth case a mob of men entered the court, took a revolver from Mr. Young, and took the five men to another J. P. and informed them they were under arrest for carrying concealed weapons. When asked to prove their authority to make arrests, and shown their badges, the justice said, “You can get those at any 10-cent store.” When Mr. Watrous tried to show his papers proving authority, they were not looked at. Their search warrant was asked for. This was produced and again were told, “You can get those for two cents apiece,” and informed the officers they were placed under $500 bail to appear at court. When informed that bail could be produced, the justice said they could go to the lock-up. At this the men [mob] began to shout—“Hang them to the bridge; it’s a wooden building; we can burn it tonight.” At this point Mr. Watrous mentioned several prominent men in Scranton who would go their bail which resulted in the justice deciding that the matter could be fixed up and said if they would pay the fine for carrying concealed weapons it would be all right. The men paid the fines and the justice refused to give them their revolvers. The State Commission at Harrisburg will investigate the affair.


Franklin Forks – Will Bailey had a remarkable escape from serious injury while working on a roof. He fell 22 ft., but struck on his feet, and was able to walk to the house somewhat wrenched, but otherwise felt no ill effects from his volplane (?) to earth—on the ladder on which he was working, which slipped off the roof. Will says a man born to be hung will never be killed in an accident.


Great Bend – The plant of the Norman H Parke Leather Co. was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. The loss is estimated at close to a half million dollars. The plant is the largest in the country, manufacturing chamois leather and employed about 90 people. The fire spread very rapidly through the oil-soaked building and in 15 minutes the roof collapsed. Fire apparatus from Great Bend, Hallstead and Binghamton were called by the shrill shrieks of the factory whistle. A few other buildings were saved but the burning of the Parke plant removes the last of the tanneries that once made Great Bend a center of the industry. Years ago, other leather and bark factories were clustered about the plant that burned down.


Lanesboro – The H. G. & H. Stores, Inc., purchased the Buckley Brothers store here and took possession immediately. C. M. Hamlin, a member of the firm, will manage the Lanesboro store as well as the two stores in Susquehanna. This purchase adds the 7th store to the H. G. & H. chain in the county. The company, which is composed of the Messrs. Hand, Gillespie and Hamlin, has three stores in Hallstead, one in Great Bend, two in Susquehanna and one in Lanesboro.


Susquehanna County Court Order – On motion of H. A. Denney the Court ordered a decree that an alternative writ of mandamus be issued to the county commissioners of this county, commanding them to maintain and keep in repair the abandoned “Cochecton and Great Bend turnpike” road situate in this county.


Little Meadows – A very pretty wedding occurred Sept. 29, 1920, at 8 a.m., at St. Patrick’s church, Binghamton, when Miss Cecelia Walsh, of Binghamton and Francis M. Lynch, of this place, were united in marriage. The attendants were Miss Marie Curley, of Flynn and James Walsh of New York City, brother of the bride. After the ceremony an elaborate wedding breakfast was served at the Hans-Jones restaurant. The table was very artistically decorated. They will reside in Little Meadows.


Susquehanna – The Citizens Building and Realty Co. issued a prospectus this week regarding a building boom of houses in and about Susquehanna that the Erie may carry out its plans for enlarging the local shops and which make imperative the need for more houses for the workers. Hundreds of men now come in on the work train who would gladly locate here could houses be obtained and many more will come if the shops are enlarged.


Williams Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – A Pyrex shower was given Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lewis, Monday evening. All enjoyed a good time

Eastern Susquehanna County – On a trip through Jackson, Gelatt, S. Gibson and East Mountain the writer noted the woods, which early frosts have begun to change from their dress of green to one of red and yellow, gives to the landscape a touch of beauty unequalled in any other season of the year. The farmers are industrious. This is evident by the look of their crops, the tall and finely shaped corn, the large fields of potatoes, the spacious barns filled with hay and grain, the fine looking herds of pure-bred cattle, mostly Holsteins, which you see grazing on nearly every farm. The well-kept appearance of farm homes and buildings is a dependable indication of frugality and pride.


Forest City – (continued from last week) Chief Blacksmith and officer Cost were given a tip by a business man that bootleggers would bring whiskey into the town that evening. Even the approximate hour and route was revealed. Sure enough, promptly on schedule, at 1 a.m., a big truck containing three men and a whiskey barrel came bumping over the humps of South Main street. The officers held the men up and revolvers in hand, mounted the truck and directed them to proceed to the lockup. At the lockup the leader of the bootleggers intimated that the illicit stuff belonged to Ponzi, who had plenty more, and when the idea was conceived of shooting into the barrel to investigate, it was protested vigorously, saying “Don’t do that fellow, it’s worth $800. Smell the bung.” This was done and it had the small. At this juncture the men offered a bribe of $600, but were informed that there was nothing doing. They were locked up, “Ponzi” as they called the leader, and one of his men, in one cell and the third man with the barrel in the other. The barrel, weighing about 800 lbs. was some job to wrestle with but the officers landed it in the coop. Again the bootleggers offered a bribe and finally pled to be taken to the residence of Burgess Franko, declaring that the cooties in the cells were eating them up. Franko refused to see them, saying they had to wait until morning. Instead of sending them back to be food for the cooties, they all had breakfast at the Forest House. [Continued next week.]




October 15 1920

October 15 (1920/2020)



Friendsville – Through an announcement in the Democrat today, E. E. Lee, of Friendsville, offers his mercantile business for sale, after a successful business career of 43 years. Mr. Lee feels that he would like to retire and it would seem that he is entitled to a vacation. The county has few finer gentlemen than he.


Montrose – The Humane Society wants a small house, just big enough for a person to get into, to use as a temporary shelter for cats and dogs left at the agent’s. Has anyone an unused chicken house, or other small building he or she would like to contribute for this purpose? If so, notify Dr. Cole.


Brooklyn – Mather Tiffany’s death occurred on Oct. 9th, 1920. He was the son of Thomas J. and Matilda (Rought) Tiffany and was born Oct. 7, 1847. He was a farmer of the old school and by strict attention to his farm and orchards had become owner of more land in Brooklyn than any other man. He was born and spent his entire life on the farm he owned at the time of his death.


Jackson – The people here are enjoying the Oregon Medicine show which is being held in

the I. O. O. F. hall.


Summersville, New Milford Twp.- The three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Neff was drowned in the creek at that place last Friday. The child had been playing along the bank of the creek, which was very high, due to heavy rains the day before. In some way he fell into the water. Mrs. Neff supposed the child was playing in the dooryard and when she missed him she started a search, finding him a short time later drowned along the creek, where he had such a short time before been so happily playing. The family have lived here only a short time.


Brackney – Miss Giblin, who teaches the Ward school; Mrs. Wilks, who teaches the Brackney school, and Miss Mahoney, who teaches the Gage school, are attending Teachers’ Institute at Montrose this week.


Great Bend Twp. – Dr. Frederic Brush has been commissioned assistant surgeon with rank of lieutenant, in the U. S. navy reserve force. The Burke Foundation, of which he is medical director, has recently erected a bronze and granite monumental flag staff in front of the Brooklyn naval hospital in commemoration of their mutual services in caring for the sick and wounded sailors and marines in the world war.


Forest Lake - A runaway accident in Forest Lake Township probably fatally injured Miss Blanche Hamlin. She and her father and Homer Coy were returning from Binghamton and were riding behind a pair of restive broncos. They drove off a sluiceway, frightening the horses into a run, and lost control. Mr. Coy and Miss Hamlin jumped or were thrown out, and she had her feet caught in a wheel and was dragged for some distance before Mr. Coy managed to stop the team. She was carried to the home of LaMont Stone and a physician called. The left side of her face was torn and cut where she had been dragged over the stony ground, the temple artery was severed and one ear was nearly severed. She is being cared for by a professional nurse and will be removed to a Binghamton hospital for treatment when her condition improves.


Gelatt Hollow – Mrs. H. B. Johnson, local member of the Daughters of the American Revolution national committee on historical research, visited Gelatt Hollow where she authenticated the graves of George Gelatt and Joel Barnes, Revolutionary soldiers. Mrs. Johnson is desirous of establishing the identity of graves of all Revolutionary soldiers in the county.


Wilkes-Barre – A reunion of the 143d PA Volunteer Infantry will take place on Oct. 19th. Mark B. Perigo, of New Milford is second vice-president. George Simpson, of Montrose, is a member having served in the regiment during the war. He, with three other young men, enlisted from Dundaff together and all came out of the war, but he is the sole survivor of the quartet. The regiment was surrounded and practically made prisoner at Gettysburg, the major part of the regiment holding back the advance while the battery was taken to the rear, members of the regiment pulling the heavy guns after the horses had been killed. Most of the men were paroled on the field, but some, who refused to accept a parole, died in Andersonville or were held as prisoners.


Forest City – Bootlegging Saga – After breakfast at the Forest House the men saw the burgess at his barber shop and from this point there are conflicts in the story. Rafter alleges that the bootleggers talked with the burgess and Chief about fixing things up, the men saying they were willing to pay for their release and that Franko said he was agreeable to anything that satisfied the officers. Both Franko and the Chief say it is not so. The detective’s statement also alleges that the men accompanied Cost and Blacksmith into the bar room of the Central House and gave them $200 in marked money and then the party started for the garage to release the truck. This the officers vigorously deny. They say they were called into the bar room to have a cigar and finding the bartender out, the men with whom they had stayed up all night insisted on the officers taking a little tip, with the statement “You’ve been a pretty good guy.” It was suggested that they take a walk and they went toward the garage. Cost went in to see that the barrel was still intact, and then returned to join the chief who was standing further up the street. At this point there was a rapid change in the course of events. Det. Rafter, Special Officer J. W. Jones and others joined the group and with hardly a by-your-leave marched the two offices to the Muchitz hotel where rooms had been engaged. The officers declare there was a lavish display of firearms and they were practically held captive for several hours while they were put under one of those examinations known in police circles as “the third degree.” They were asked to sign statements before being allowed to depart. The burgess was called to the conference and had a talk, but made no statement. The alleged bootleggers were not able to get possession of the truck until late in the afternoon when it was released to them after the long conference in the hotel as evidence that there was no settlement of the case and release of the truck as intimated in the detective’s statement. Before leaving town the bung was knocked out of the barrel and the contents ran into the gutter. The barrel contained water.


October 22 1920

October 22 (1920/2020)



Montrose - Announcement that "the Evergreens" is to be closed as a boarding house caused considerable consternation and regret among scores of Montrose people who have patronized the house for some years. It is expected to close to the public Nov. 1st. The Misses O'Neill--three sisters--have conducted it most successfully for the past thirteen years and while they have not grown wealthy as a result, their fine cooking and generous helpings have added to the avoirdupois of innumerable citizens. Misses Annie and Mamie O'Neill have accepted fine positions in the home of Dr. Warfield, Princeton, N. J., where their sister, Miss Josephine O'Neill, has been a nurse for many years. Miss Katie O'Neill will remain in Montrose and act as housekeeper for Rev. A. T. Broderick, who has taken his meals at "The Evergreens" for the past eight years. The house will remain in the control of the sisters, who may possibly be induced to open it for the summer season. ALSO Charles Reed Sayre who died Oct 8th 1920, of septic poisoning, in the Jefferson hospital of Philadelphia, was the son of Samuel Hunting Sayre and Frances Reed Sayre, having been born in the old Sayre homestead on Lake Avenue, March 28th, 1868. The people of this locality will be pleased to know that Mr. Sayre’s wife, assisted by Miss Reifsnider, will continue to conduct the Rosemont Inn, which the late Mr. Sayre successfully conducted for the last twelve years.


Hop Bottom – Blanche Rettberg, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jos. Rettberg, was hit by a bicycle on Friday and seriously injured. She was taken to a Scranton hospital on Sunday. They have the sympathy of the community, as this is the second child of this family to be run over by a bicycle during the last summer.


Brooklyn – An old-time husking bee was held at E. W. Tiffany’s farm. A goodly amount of corn was husked, after which all enjoyed the sandwiches, coffee, doughnuts and pumpkin pies which were generously supplied.


South Montrose – The Ladies Aid Society will serve an old fashioned supper at Red Men’s hall, Wednesday evening, Oct. 27th. The menu consists of boiled vegetables and pork, baked beans, brown bread, white bread, pickles, jelly pumpkin pie and cake.


Bridgewater Twp. – Robert Birchard, 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Birchard, miraculously escaped instant death at the Birchard Bros. farm, just east of Montrose. He was engaged in picking apples. He climbed up a guy wire to a power line passing over the farm and reached up toward a heavily charged wire, and was instantly enveloped in flame and hurled to the ground, a distance of 30 ft. The boy was seriously injured, his lungs being badly burned and burns covered a large part of his body. He had a broken collar bone and one side was paralyzed. He remained unconscious all night and most of the following day. His uncle, Dr. F. S. Birchard, gave prompt and efficient treatment.


Harford – The largest and most modern farm in the township is the farm of W. W. Wilmarth and Sons. Here Walter Wilmarth, his two sons, Fred and Lew, and also his grandson Walter Wilmarth, Jr. work in peace and harmony. Some twenty years ago this farm was merely an ordinary farm, but as Mr. Wilmarth’s sons became more interested in farm work, the farm prospered and is today one of the largest certified milk farms in the state. Well-built buildings of latest improvements add much to the beauty of the farm. Fourteen men are at present employed by the month.


Uniondale – The creamery burned to the ground recently. The cause of the fire is unknown. This is a real misfortune to the dairymen at Uniondale and Vicinity.


South Montrose – J. J. Birney gave a ballot demonstration here on Wednesday evening to the women voters.


Auburn/Meshoppen – The Catholic churches of Auburn and Meshoppen are planning to have a special entertainment at Meshoppen on Thanksgiving Day. There will be “eats” and amusements during the day and evening, and a big event in connection with the festivities will be the awarding of a Ford touring car to the person holding the lucky number.


To the Women Voters of Susquehanna Co.: The American woman voter has arrived, and it is generally conceded that the women of the future will enter more largely into public and official life than ever before. Women will also play a large part in the political history of the present campaign and will prove herself a factor in the coming election, and her influence will undoubtedly contribute greatly to the welfare of her country. It is now time for the women to bury the “suffrage hatchet,” and without regard to party affiliation, formulate definite ideas as to the paramount issue of the campaign and the “great principle of agreement among nations to preserve peace” will be approved by every thinking, loyal American. A leading newspaper recently said: “One of the strangest spectacles ever presented to the world is the figure of the United States hesitating and debating whether to join the League of Nations.” We cannot run away from our memories of the late war, and the misery and unhappiness attended by such a great upheaval, and it is America’s duty, as a great nation, to ratify the Treaty and preserve the peace of the world. The League of Nations is not merely a “drive in politics”—it is an issue that concerns your country and the whole world and its merits deserve the study of every consistent voter. The League undertakes to enforce peace; it supports struggling nations whose lives are in jeopardy; it holds the nations together—and without unity there can be no success. Before his death, Theodore Roosevelt said: The greatest civilized nations of the world which do possess force, actual or immediately potential, should combine by solemn agreement in a great world league for the peace of righteousness.” As a great nation we cannot shirk our responsibility, nor can we afford to break our faith with the world. The present problems are so vast and complicated that the solution seems almost impossible, but the League of Nations will undoubtedly adjust many difficulties. Lloyd George says: “This torn and bleeding earth is calling today for the America of Abraham Lincoln.” Our brave boys wiped away every reproach hurled at us by other nations, and the League will be a lasting monument to our dead in the late war and perpetuate their memory and the cause for which they fought and died. The women of this country will play a great role in the coming election and if the memory of her sons count for anything she will vote for the League of Nations.   Mrs. M. F. Day, County Chairman.

October 29 1920

October 29 (1920/2020)


Franklin and Liberty Twp. – Various movements looking to the sinking of test wells in the two townships for oil and natural gas have been chronicled in newspapers of late. Visitors at the Wheaton farm, at the Salt Springs, find the revelations, when on the ground, become really more than interesting—startling would better describe the impression gained. Arriving at the Wheaton farm, the first place visited was the historic Salt Springs. This spring constantly emits bubbles and, intermittently, seems in a veritable ebullition from the gas coming up through the water and escaping at the surface. One may hold a large funnel over the well and ignite the gas. This phenomenon has existed for a hundred years and vouched for by Mrs. Wheaton, widow of the late Squire James Wheaton, who watched this spring for well towards 50 years.


Montrose – One frequently reads, in the press following Halloween, of thoughtless conduct on the part of young people, bordering on ruffianism and lawlessness; and this has been true, more or less, of our own town in the past. It goes without saying that this is not in keeping with the traditional method of celebrating Hallowe’en, and many cities and towns, to correct this condition, are holding public celebrations, which afford amusement for young and old alike. Let Montrose do the same. A parade will start from the school house at 7:30 and everyone, including all the town organizations, are requested to get in line without further initiation. Let everybody think up something that will add to the merriment of the occasion. After the parade there will be games for the children and prizes will be awarded to the winners. This part of the program and the street dance to follow will be held on Church street. The games will include a sack race, potato race, tug ’o war, push ball and pie eating contests. Contributions will be welcome to fund this event.


Lawton –While Mrs. James McGovern and a boy who resides with her, were driving towards their home, their horse became frightened at an automobile when rounding the corner in front of the Rush garage. Both occupants were thrown from the wagon, striking the concrete wall of the garage and quite seriously injured and rendered unconscious. Dr. Austin, of Laceyville, was summoned to the home of John Devine and dressed their wounds. The boy was the more seriously injured, being badly cut about the head. While Mrs. McGovern was badly bruised her injuries were not so severe. The occupants of the car did not stop to render assistance to the injured, which, if we are correctly informed, should be done according to automobile laws.


Bridgewater Twp. – Robert Birchard, little son of Edward Birchard, who was seriously injured recently when coming in contact with a heavily charged electric power wire, has recovered and is able to be out to play again. He had an extremely close call.


Heart Lake – Mrs. Ralph Lewis, who lives on the A.L. Millard farm, near this place, was seriously injured while driving to the creamery yesterday. Just as she left the new concrete road near Gardner crossing, the hold-back straps broke, letting the wagon strike the horse which kicked Mrs. Lewis, crushing her jaw. When found she was under the wagon seat and unconscious. Her horse had freed itself and returned home. Dr. Preston was called and treated the patient. Mrs. Lewis rallied slightly and asked as to her baby, who was with her, and relapsed again. Strange to say, her baby who was found nearby, was uninjured. Mrs. Lewis was unconscious at last reports.


Fairdale – W. S. Taylor, Attorney-at-Law, filled the M. E. pulpit on Sunday in the interest of the Anti-Saloon League.


Harford – Mrs. O. F. Maynard has gone into the millinery business. She has a few nice hats on display in the store. ALSO Hunting season opened Oct. 20 and the men are busy. Their guns and the bark of the dogs make the forest echo.


Farmers – The farm papers have been full this fall of non-partisan politics, urging the farmers to stand by their candidates, regardless of party. We have some good articles this week on farmer candidates. Fred Hillis is the only farmer on the county ticket and every farmer and his wife should vote for him. Five-sevenths of the voters of Susquehanna county are farmers. Why not send a farmer to represent them at Harrisburg.


Springville – Arthur Arnts has been entertaining the mumps. The teachers and scholars, including Professor Button, have all had a siege, and while being quite sick, are all doing nicely. ALSO Ward Young is driving a new automobile. This time it’s not a Ford. ALSO Some of our boys are suffering with black eyes as the result of base ball.


Lanesboro – Samuel Price, aged 42 years, died at the Barnes Hospital, Susquehanna, Oct. 22, 1920. Death was due to typhoid fever, with which he had been ill for five weeks.


New Milford – Miss Mary Walker, of Binghamton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Walker, formerly proprietors of the Walker House, in this place, was married Oct. 9, 1920, to S. Aubrey Crumb, of Norwich, NY. The ceremony took place in the Little Church around the Corner, in New York City. A dinner was served the bridal party at the Waldorf Astoria, following which they left on an automobile trip through the Berkshire Mountains, Boston, and other places. They will reside at Norwich, where Mr. Crumb is a member of a firm of automobile dealers.


South Ararat – A good many from here attended the funeral of Bliss Baldwin, which was held at the Presbyterian church, Sunday. Burial in the family plot in the Ararat cemetery. He had been in declining health for some time and in May was taken to the Fairview hospital, where he passed away on Oct. 20. Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin were former residents of this place, and for the past few years had not resided here. He leaves a wife and five children and aged aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. L.O. Baldwin. He was about 46 years of age.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. - Some heard an airplane pass over the Hill, Monday night, about 11 o’clock.


Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Potter and son, Clyde, on account of Mrs. Potter’s poor health, are compelled to move west for the winter. They are moving this week.

November 05 1920

November 05 (1920/2020)


Montrose – The Humane Society, organized in September, already has over a hundred members. The Society’s agent, Dr. Cole had received many complaints from the neighbors about a man living some distance from town, who was charged with cruelly neglecting his animals. Last week this man came to town driving a horse that was lame, unshod and pulling a load by the hames. Dr. Cole cited him before Justice Davies, when he pleaded guilty to the charge of cruelty and was fined $10. He was given some good advice by the Justice about his treatment of his horse and stock and was shown that the laws of Pennsylvania protected animals from cruelty as well as human beings.


Franklin Twp. – A most interesting letter came to the Democrat, as follows: Your article on the oil well and mention of the Salt Spring, suggests talk I heard when a small boy at Nicholson. The statement was made that one of the early settlers used to loan, at intervals, to Indians, a particularly large kettle which was carried north up Martin’s creek. When returned it frequently showed it had been used for boiling down salt water. The location of the spring was kept secret, but when the Indians came the last time they described the location with reference to a large forked-top pine tree, but the settlers were never able to locate either the tree or the spring. My indefinite recollection is that Lathrop township was suggested. May it have been further north? Yours truly, Wm. A. Wilcox, Scranton, Pa. ALSO In Franklin Forks, Kenneth Conklin, aged 10 years, was accidentally shot in the leg by his brother, Orren, of Endicott, one day last week. His condition is not serious. Orren had returned to his home from Endicott where he had been working. He brought a rifle with him with the intention of going on a hunting trip before returning to the city. While cleaning the gun a shell exploded and the discharge entered his brother’s limb. The wound was treated by Dr. Caterson.


Liberty Twp. – Old-Fashioned Square Dance, Friday, Nov. 5th, at Lawsville Center, in the building that was formerly Roberts’ store. Music by Franklin Fork’s orchestra. Admission, 75 cents.


Forest Lake – The Women’s Christian Temperance Union ladies had a temperance program on Sunday, with special temperance music, and Mr. Harwood gave a short temperance political sermon. The church was neatly decorated with flags and white ribbon. Many were there from Forest Lake Center and Birchardville.


Lawton – Several hunters arrived yesterday to be in time for hunting. We see more “No Trespass” signs posted on the farms than ever, and it is the right thing to do.


South Harford – The chief topic is election and how a woman will vote. Just go to election and see. ALSO In Harford, Mrs. A. R. Grant had an apple-cut at her home one day last week. She is drying apples to send to an orphans’ home in Vermont.


Susquehanna – The employees in the Erie shops of this place set a new record in the matter of overhauling locomotives during the month of October. Twenty locomotives were completely overhauled during the month and on an eight-hour schedule. Previous to this the largest number overhauled during a month was eighteen. ALSO Michael Igo, who was injured in the shops last Saturday underwent the amputation of his left leg on Monday. Mr. Igo was knocked down by a pair of large driving wheels which were being rolled into the shop, one passing over the leg, and injuring it so badly amputation proved necessary. ALSO Robert Tickner has sold his restaurant and pastry shop on Main Street to Harley D. Hall. Beginning Nov. 8, the restaurant will be re-opened night and day, serving lunches and meals at all hours. ALSO Raymond Tucker, for 12 years past the carrier on rural mail route No. 6, out of Susquehanna, has resigned, effective Nov. 15th, and will remove to Deposit, where he has purchased a greenhouse business. Mr. Tucker has sold his residence here. H. V. Burton has been appointed carrier on R. D. No. 6, succeeding Mr. Tucker. Mr. Burton will remove from R. D. 5 to Susquehanna.


Forest City – Last month W. H. Stephens, who resides in the former Budd building on North Main street, entertained his brother Joseph Stephens, of Seattle, Washington. It was the first time in 43 years the brothers had met and the time for the departure of the western brother came too soon. Mr. Stephens is connected with the engineering department of the city of Seattle, his home. He has seen Seattle grow from a mill town of 3,000 inhabitants to a city of 316,000 and one of the most important trading centers on the Pacific. Mr. Stephens is past the 70 mark but is as active as a man of forty.


Hallstead – Joseph Gruslin, a former engineer on the Montrose branch of the D. L. & W., is reported seriously ill. He is an aged man.


Bridgewater Twp. - Henry Rose was accidentally shot in the right hip by his uncle, George Rose, while hunting, Monday afternoon. The elder Mr. Rose stumbled, when the gun was discharged, with the above mentioned result. The youngster was removed to his home, where he was treated by Dr. Gardner, who does not consider his condition serious. ALSO A party of four, from Scranton, have been hunting in this vicinity the past two days. Yesterday, Game Warden Geo. H. Watrous arrested one of them for shooting a pheasant from an auto. The man was fined $25.00. It is against the game law to shoot from an auto or vehicle, with a fine of $25.00 for shooting a pheasant and $10 for shooting a rabbit or squirrel.


St. Josephs – M. J. Kane, for the past few months, has been hauling the cream to Lawsville Creamery from Choconut Creek. His route started from O’Connell’s store and the trips were made by auto truck every second day. Mr. Kane’s work was very satisfactory, but owing to the time of year, he is discontinuing his services.


Brooklyn – There was a union service in the M. E. church last Sunday morning, which was addressed by Mrs. J. B. Sheen, of South Montrose, who spoke in the interest of the temperance candidates in the coming election.


Uniondale – The Semper Fidelis class held a banquet in Williams’ Hall on Friday night. Covers were laid for sixty. The hall was artistically trimmed with autumn leaves and hemlock and the usual array of jack-o’lanterns.


Jackson – The Jackson Dramatic Society is rehearsing a play “An Old-Fashioned Mother,” to be given in the near future.

November 12 1920

November 12 (1920/2020)



Herrick – Out of the fifty-four women who registered in Herrick, all but seven voted, although many had to ride several miles in a pouring rain. None of them spoiled a ballot, and it would seem by the results that most of them voted the Republican ticket. We believe they are relying on the Republican administration to enforce the prohibition amendment and are confidently expecting that the illegal traffic in alcoholic drinks will be done away with almost entirely within the next four years.


Jackson – One hundred and six women were registered in Jackson. ALSO One of the Democrat’s oldest subscribers is C. C. Bookstaver, of Jackson, who has taken the paper since 1865, when a young man, being a soldier in the Union army. Is there anyone who has taken the paper longer than Mr. Bookstaver?


Brooklyn – Mrs. Miranda Bailey, whose age is 90 years, was one of the oldest persons to vote in this place. Although quite feeble Mrs. Bailey’s faculties are all keen. ALSO Harland Mead has gone to Ithaca to take a winter course at the Cornell University.


South Gibson – Aunt Sabra Carpenter, who will celebrate her 101st birthday next month, went to the polls and cast her ballot on election day. Can any other town boast of such an aged voter?


Choconut – Miles McCahill, of this place, and Robert T. Hynes, formerly of the Binghamton police force, have been appointed to guard President-elect Warren G. Harding. Both men have been in the secret service for some years, and are considered among the most capable and resourceful officers in the country. Mr. McCahill is a brother to the McCahill Bros., who for some years conducted Choconut Valley Inn. They were formerly New York city policemen.


Susquehanna – The Erie Railroad Co. has set aside $400,000 to be used in enlarging and improving their repair shops. The work is to be started at once. With the improvements contemplated, the Erie will be in a position to do all kinds of repair work, in the past outside companies being employed to do certain repairs for which they lacked facilities. An electrically operated turntable, large enough to receive even the giant locomotive “Matt Shay,” is also being constructed.


Alford – Edmund Cooley, of this place, was killed late Monday afternoon, when he accidentally fell over a steep embankment, his skull being crushed. Mr. Cooley, whose age was about 32 years, was employed by the Lackawanna railroad as a section worker. He was subject to epilepsy and it is believed this is what caused the fall. Failing to reach home at the accustomed hour, his wife became alarmed and neighbors joined in the search, his lifeless body being found soon afterward. He resided in this place all his life and is survived by his wife and five children.


Gelatt – Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Potter and son, Clyde, left here to spend the winter in Southwestern Kansas.


West Bridgewater – Hunters were so plentiful on Monday that they hunted rabbits in people’s backyards and along the public highway. ALSO In North Bridgewater about 25 members of Montrose Lodge, Knights of Pythias, attended a “husking bee” at Glenn Taylor’s. They left him 75 bushels of husked corn as a fraternal reminder of their good will to a Brother Knight, besides enjoying a pleasant evening.


Birchardville – DeWitt Vail, of New Milford, is engaged in transferring the electric lighting plant used at South Montrose, to this place, where it will be used in lighting the streets and also for homes and business places. Birchardville people are to be congratulated on their enterprise.


Lakeview – Walter Mosher moved into the parsonage last week, so as to be nearer his duties as principal of our school. ALSO George Pease was called to Binghamton on Monday by the serious illness of his father, Rev. Herbert Pease.


Hallstead – The 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Unger has been missing since Tuesday, Nov. 2. The family resides about three miles from Hallstead, on the New Milford road, and the last known of the girl was when she started to attend school. The state police have been called to institute a search.


Heart Lake – The home of an old man, Arthur Hoyt, near here, was burned to the ground with the contents, by two boys, Edwin and Charles Hill, aged 11 and 8, living nearby. The boys confessed and are now at the Montrose Boro. Poor Farm, awaiting action of the Juvenile Court. The fire was started when the old man and his wife, aged 75 years, were away from the house. Rev. Freeman noticed smoke pouring from the Hoyt home and saw the Hill boys scampering away from the place. After investigation of the two boys, the elder boy confessed, telling how they raised a window and entered the house, taking kerosene lamps and saturating the siding of the house with oil and applied a match. The boys said they had it in for Mr. Hoyt for driving them from his apple orchard. Mr. Hoyt is badly crippled and nearly blind and the couple is destitute, having lost everything. They are staying with neighbors.


Springville – Mr. and Mrs. Minot Riley and Mr. and Mrs. Ward Reynolds returned from the Adirondacks last week. They brought a fine deer home with them, dead, of course.


East Rush – The children of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. James, of Rush, made their mother a surprise party last Saturday, it being her 54th birthday. We all feel somewhat slighted, on account of not being invited, as they are some of our people, though now living in the town of Rush. ALSO The Men’s Chorus, of Montrose, will give a concert in the Rush M. E. church, Nov. 12th, to help in the purchase of electric lights for the church.


Montrose – There will be a good 5-reel feature at the Ideal Theatre; also a serial entitled, “The Moon Riders,” starring Art Accord. The Devilmen were riding again that night. So soul-harrowing were their deeds that none dared even offer their resistance—none but Art Accord, that nice, cool cow puncher with a double punch, that death-defying man, with the courage of a lion and the heart of a superman. How he fought and won, single-handed against the overwhelming odds of this marauding, ghoulish band, is but one of the thrills with a choke and a clutch in ‘em that runs throughout this smash-bang-crash serial. Don’s miss it.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Wedding bells were ringing on the Hill the 8th of November, when Ira Ward and Miss Marion Valentine were married in Montrose.


Middletown – Mr. and Mrs. John Lane have given up farming on account of Mr. Lane being in poor health and have moved to Binghamton. Francis Guiton has purchased the Lane farm. Thos. Riley has purchased the J. W. Flynn farm, which is considered the finest location in the township.

November 19 1920

November 19 (1920/2020)


Forest City - Walter Kopeck was critically injured while at work in the Erie mine on Monday by being struck by a runaway car. The car got beyond control and in an effort to stop it Kopeck was injured. He was removed to Emergency hospital, Carbondale, where it was found that his spine was fractured and that he had received lacerations of the face and scalp. His limbs were paralyzed. AND The Lithuanian Dramatic Society presented two playlets in the Grand theatre Sunday evening to a large and admiring audience.


Uniondale – But few towns the size of Uniondale have the privileges of a free public library, and we frequently hear the remark “Uniondale should be proud of its library.” So, if you want to do something really worthwhile for your town, you will have an opportunity on Saturday, Nov. 20th.


West Clifford – On Saturday evening, about thirty friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Jones for an old fashioned “Husking Bee,” with the result that nearly 100 bushels of corn was husked. Refreshments were served and all enjoyed a very pleasant evening.


Middletown – A very pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Patrick’s church on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1920, when James Purtell and Miss Norene Coleman were united in marriage by their pastor, Rev. Father Ruddy. The attendants were Joseph Fitzgerald and Miss Kathleen Coleman, sister of the bride.


Montrose – The Beach Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of sawing machines, made a record for the month of October at their plant, 104 machines being made and shipped. Business is booming at the plant, and it is expected that this month’s shipment will equal that of last. In appreciation of their month’s work, each employee found an additional day’s wages in his pay envelope. These machines are in great demand not only in the United States and Canada, but all over the world. ALSO A turkey shoot was held on South Main street yesterday afternoon. The bird escaped from Rogers’ meat market and lit on the top of Voss’s garage. The only way the bird would come back was by resorting to a shotgun.


Susquehanna – The football team of the Susquehanna schools played the Port Jervis team, at that place, on Saturday last and defeated them by a score of 13-7. The Port Jervis team played here a few weeks ago and defeated the local team, the only time they have been beaten this season.


Little Meadows – J. N. Newman, Abel Card and Myron Card have returned from a two weeks’ hunting trip in the Adirondack Mountains with a fine deer.


Ainey – Arthur Wall and wife and Emmett Wall, of Scranton, spent last week at J. F. Johnson’s hunting. They carried home with them seventeen rabbits, four birds, two woodcocks and one owl. They were a happy lot of hunters.


Gelatt – The effects of the cider mills, which are running full blast here, are beginning to show on some of the population here about.


New Milford – George A. Lathrop was in town Wednesday on business. Mr. Lathrop is one of the leading salesmen of Dort cars in this vicinity, he and C. H. Young, of Springville, having the county agency. They desire to secure sub-agents in the principal towns in the county.


Apolacon Twp. – Commonwealth vs supervisors of Apolacon Twp., charged with not repairing roads. Verdict of guilty returned. Sentence deferred until first Monday of January, 1921, defendants to enter into their own recognizance for appearance at that time.


West Auburn – On the evening of Nov. 24th, our school, under the direction of the teacher, Miss Susie Swackhamer, will render a Thanksgiving program in the M. E. church, followed by a social. Refreshments will be served and the proceeds will be applied to the purchase of a school library.


Hallstead – Aaron and Robert VanWormer have leased the Cole store building, corner Pine and Church streets, Hallstead, and will open a grocery store. Mr. Cole will continue his business in the store next door. Hubert Hassler has leased the store building in the Arlington Hotel block, on Franklin St., where he will open a second-hand furnishing store.


Brooklyn – Dr. Fred Miller and family, of Franklin, Pa., are returning to their former home here to reside. Last spring, while they were here during the serious illness and death of Mrs. Miller’s father, O. M. Doloway, their home was destroyed by fire. Later they returned to Franklin, where they lived until a few days ago, when they were awakened by cries of fire, and just escaped from the building.


Ararat – On Nov. 2, at their home in Burnwood, Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas Avery celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married at the Presbyterian parsonage at Ararat by the Rev. R. V. Wilson. Nine children were born, of which seven are still living.


Jackson – Jackson Township again gave the lie to the incompatibility argument when another couple of its life-long residents celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. 11th. The youthful and happy pair were Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Washburn, and the hostess for the day was their daughter, Mrs. Alfred Henderson, of North Jackson. To be sure as many of the children as could be present were there. A most pleasant feature also to behold was the presence of a number of Mr. Washburn’s comrades of the Myron French Post, G. A. R. With so many past masters of the game present, it was inevitable that dominoes be part of the order of the day.


Wager on Election: W. A. Welliver, proprietor of the Ideal Moving Picture Theatre, proved that he was “game” beyond a doubt, when he paid a wager with Attorney Ed. Little, yesterday noon. Mr. Welliver, a staunch Democrat, and Mr. Little, a good Republican, made a wager as to who would be the next President, and Welliver paid the wager yesterday noon by wheeling Attorney Little in a wheelbarrow from the Court House to Morris’ Drug Store. Now Mr. Welliver  believes in cheerfully “owning up the corn,” and not only did he pay his wager, but on Tuesday night he threw on the screen, at his theatre, an announcement that the event was to be “pulled off,” that nobody might miss the fun. We’ll say Will’s “game”—and a good looser.

November 26 1920

November 26 (1920/2020)



Franklin Forks – A.E. Stockholm passed quietly from this life Nov. 20, 1920, at the age of 83 years, at his home. Mr. Stockholm was a Civil War veteran and his death leaves but three members of his Post at Franklin Forks. His brother, George Stockholm, read the G.A.R. service at his late home, and later at the Methodist Church at this place.


Montrose – D.J. Donovan’s new restaurant has been named “The Ever-Best Quick Lunch and Dining Room.” It will be up to the last minute in appointments, and will be one of Montrose’s show places. ALSO Mrs. Miriam Evans celebrated her 97th birthday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.E. Hollister, and granddaughter, Mrs. J.G. McGeorge, on Public Avenue on Tuesday. Mrs. Evans is enjoying fairly good health for one of her years, her faculties are keen and alert. ALSO The people of Montrose and other sections of the county will be interested to know that the photographic studio in the Read block has been re-opened. This studio has a long and enviable reputation for fine photography. The new proprietor, E.W. Kempsell, comes to Montrose extraordinarily well recommended, having been connected with the best photographic studios in Scranton. By good work and careful attention to business, Mr. Kempsell hopes to develop a large business in all the branches of modern photography.


South Harford – We have something to brag about again—a real, live panther. Several have heard it, and dame rumor saw it with a skunk in its mouth. If it is hungry enough to eat a skunk, we wonder what it would do to a man or woman.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The Taylor Hollow school opened on Monday of this week, after being closed for a week on account of chicken pox.


South Gibson – Armistice Day was observed by the members of the G.A.R. and Sons of Veterans, in the Sons of Veterans’ Hall, on Nov. 11th.


Bennett’s Corners – Irving Loomis took the basketball team of Auburn Center to Stella recently, to show them a good game.


Brookdale – Miss Nellie Dolan is nursing in the Moore-Overton hospital, at Binghamton.


Hop Bottom – Saturday night was a “red letter day” for the members of the M. E. church, at which time the members, with their friends, gathered to celebrate the clearing of the indebtedness of the church. A history of the church up to the present time was given by H.G. Wright, then came the burning of the note which meant so much to all.


Lawton – A number of children are suffering with whooping cough.


Herrick Center – The stereopticon lantern ordered by the M. E. Sunday school has arrived and was initiated by Rev. T.J. Vaughn on Friday evening. The people in attendance at the bazaar were invited upstairs to the auditorium to listen to an illustrated lecture on a group of islands belonging to Japan. The machine is run by an acetylene light and seems to be very satisfactory. It is expected that it will prove a source of pleasure and profit to the young people of the community during the winter months.


Jackson – Hark! What is that that Howls? Can it be owls? Oh, no, they would be in trees not driving along the road at 3 a.m.


Heart Lake – The Ladies’ Aid of the Heart Lake M. E. church will give an entertainment, “The Old-Fashioned Photograph Album,” at the church on Friday evening, Dec. 10th. Also, at this time, all ladies having earned a dollar will tell how they earned it. The Male quartet from Montrose will be present to help the good work along.


Dundaff – Miss Laura Wells, a teacher in the Dundaff public school, and daughter of L.J. Wells, of that place, died Monday evening following an illness of a few days. Her death comes as a shock to her many friends. Deceased was 19 years of age and a life-long resident of Dundaff. She was a graduate of the Mansfield State Normal school, class of 1918. She was a young woman of sterling character and esteemed by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She is survived by her father, two sisters, Mrs. Hannah Race, of Crystal Lake, and Miss Louisa Wells, a student at the Mansfield Normal School.


Ararat – W.A. Silver, truant officer of Ararat township, brought two parents and their children before Justice C.M. Lewis, at Thompson, this week, charging them with having failed to have their children in school as required by the compulsory school law. After hearing the evidence, the justice imposed fines and costs amounting to $10 in each case.


Springville – The special Saturday sales which are being held by W.W. Reynolds and Lee Bros.,’ in Springville, are attracting much attention and big crowds. Last Saturday the town was thronged with people from miles around. This week Lee Bros. are advertising sugar at 9½ cents per pound for Saturday, and flour at $2.98 a sack, with general reductions on other goods. The business rivalry between the two stores is being appreciated by the buying public.


Uniondale – Col. F.J. Osgood, of the Northeastern Pennsylvania telephone company, was here to view the wreckage caused by the ice storm on the night of Nov. 16. He is pushing the work of reconstruction as fast as possible and says that with all possible loyalty the farmers are volunteering their services, gratis to the company, in the work of repairing the lines. Everything is quiet here on the telephone line and a cynical old bachelor says we will have to fall back on asking a woman for the news.

December 03 1920

December 03 1920/2020



Susquehanna – The dam across the Susquehanna river here, which was swept away during the ice jam last spring and which was nearly completed after being under re-construction for the last six months, has been carried away again entailing a heavy loss to the Susquehanna County Light and Power Co.


Montrose – Preparations are being made to hold two social dances during the holidays—one on Christmas night and another on New Year’s Eve, at Colonial Hall. AND  W. A. Welliver, proprietor of the Ideal Theatre, is giving theatre goers some splendid moving picture plays, and the high quality is fully appreciated, judging from remarks heard. “The Eyes of the world” delighted many last week and an equally fine feature is promised for nest week when “Ramona” will be presented—a story in which history and romance is charmingly blended, in fact it is spoken of as “The sweetest love story ever told.”


St. Joseph – Owing to the condition of the roads the Friendsville stage driver has discontinued the use of his autos and is now driving his horses. This makes his hours a little earlier in the morning and a little later in the evening.


Jackson – There have been eleven golden wedding anniversaries observed in the past few years by members of the Myron French Post of the G. A. R. of this place. Members, some of whom are now deceased, reaching the fiftieth wedding anniversary are as follows: Orrin Mattison, Hollis Barrett, Asariah Daniels, Jas. Curtis, Maynard Gates, S. L. French, E. O. Perry, W. W. Larrabee, Wm. Cole, Rufus Barnes and C. D. Washburn. There is yet one remaining couple in the Post who may attain the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.


Brooklyn – The presentation of “Shavings,” in the Universalist Church, Thanksgiving night, was thoroughly enjoyed by an appreciative audience. Joseph Lincoln’s story was told in a fascinating manner and the pictures were clear and very life-like. All who heard it will look forward with pleasant anticipation to the presentation of “Pollyanna,” which will be given in the near future, it is hoped. ALSO Lodowick Bailey was born on Nov. 25, 1831, on the farm that his father bought in 1818, and died there on Nov. 22, 1920. Thus he enjoyed nearly 89 years of life in this world. Brooklyn township has many records which are object lessons, but none more striking than the history of the three Bailey brothers who came to Brooklyn from Groton, Connecticut. Captain Amos Bailey, the elder, came in 1801. He voted for Thomas Jefferson in 1804 and bought a fine farm east of town, where he lived the remainder of his lie, and when he died, Nov. 9, 1865, aged 88 years, his son then resided on the farm until his death, when the grandson, W. P. Bailey, lived there until his death, and now the farm, after a lapse of 119 years, is owned by his great granddaughter, Mrs. Fred Bennett. The next brother was Col. Frederick Bailey, who came in 1807 and bought a farm of about 400 acres from his brother. For nearly 30 years, from 1823 to 1851, he was treasurer and superintendent of the Milford and Owego turnpike. His son, Henry L. Bailey, kept the old homestead and the farm until he died, July 4, 1898. It is now owned by the granddaughter of Col. Bailey, Mrs. Annie Palmer. The last to come was Lodowick Bailey, Sr. who bought the farm now owned by his grandson in 1818, so that all these farms have been in the families of the brothers for over 100 years.


Forest City – Daniel Melvin, Jr., returned home from Camp Upton, where he was discharged from service in the United States army. He was in a hospital for seven months at Camp Zachary Taylor, KY, where he was treated for trouble to his lungs brought about by being gassed in France. He was in the service over 5 years. ALSO Two steamer trunks filled with booze sprung a leak in the Erie station in Binghamton, Monday, and were confiscated by prohibition officers. The trunks were shipped from Carbondale, with Hammond, Ind., as their destination. ALSO The 11th anniversary of the organization of the Zvon Dramatic and Singing Society was duly observed at their hall on Grand Avenue Saturday evening. The members enjoyed a pig roast. The musical program was of the best and the affair was a social success. The society takes first rank among the Slovenian singing societies of the United States and is a credit to the community. For some time they have been without an instructor, but have secured the services of Prof. Peter Srovranik, a former leader, and who on several occasions has led them on to victory.


Thompson – Lost—Friday, Nov. 26th, between the Aldrich School and Wrighter Lake, a new weed tire chain for Ford car. Finder please leave at E. S. Potter’s shop.


Uniondale – The old historical town kettle is now in use, thanks to U. Wright Avery, who has been master of ceremonies in its repair. ALSO Richard R. Davis, over 80 years young, made a record of grave digging in the local cemetery. The day was anything but agreeable for the work, but when he finished at night he had the satisfaction of knowing that he had dug two graves in a single day.


Tirzah – Telephone lines are down since the ice storm. No communication with the outside world.  ALSO Dave McPherson returned Monday from New Jersey, where he went with a car of cattle. He reported a ready sale for cattle. Said grain was green and apples not frozen and thought it the place to live.


Clifford – Robert Ross, of Lenoxville and Miss Ruth Horton, of this place, were married recently.


Herrick Center – The drama, “Uncle Ephraim’s Summer Boarders,” given here on Friday evening by members of the Uniondale M. E. Sunday School. Was well rendered and proved to be a very interesting play. There was a good attendance the net proceeds being nearly $39.


North Bridgewater – Herman Bush and wife left last week for their new home at Endicott, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Bush will be very much missed in this community.

December 10 1920

December 10 (1920/2020)



Women Jurors – Women as jurors in the county will be an accomplished fact at the January term of court. The jury commissioners met with the proper officials at the courthouse and the jurors for the next term were drawn. About 100 names of women eligible for jury duty had been placed in the wheel and of this number 17 chanced to be drawn. The name of Mrs. Ida S. Hart, of Oakland borough, was the first woman’s name to be drawn. She will serve as a grand juror as will Minnie Smith, of Lanesboro. Considerable space has been devoted by the joke smiths in the daily papers because some women asked to be excused on various pretexts, such as being unable to remain all the afternoon as she must get her husband’s supper. It is believed, however, that the women of Susquehanna county will readily adapt themselves to the new condition and will be found serving with fidelity and wisdom.


Montrose - The state has recommended that the schools give at least ten minutes a day to physical culture. Instructor O’Brien, who was recently in the army, is giving this course every morning and afternoon, immediately after the third period. It is expected that this will help the students mentally as well as physically. ALSO Landlord D. J. Donovan, proprietor of the Tarbell House, this week purchased the site of the Montrose House, at the corner of Church and Chestnut Sts. The building has been torn down and Mr. Donovan is planning to erect a structure on the former site. [The Montrose Inn was built at this location.]  ALSO The Athletic association has secured Colonial Hall for three days a week, for basketball and folk dancing.


Silver Lake – Joseph J. Kane passed away at his home, December 4, following an illness from a complication of diseases. Mr. Kane was a prominent farmer and well-known in this vicinity. He was a son of Thomas and Ellen Nugent Kane and had lived practically his entire life of 52 years in the locality.


Auburn Twp. -Leander S. Lowe, aged 77 years, a resident here all his life, passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. Murray Wandall, on November 31. He was a veteran of the Civil War and an honored member of the I. O. O. F. He leaves several sons and daughters. The funeral was held at Jersey Hill and was largely attended.


Forest Lake – Archie Horton has gone to the National Military Home at Hampton, Virginia, for the winter months. ALSO At Fair Hill, C. M. Brande’s cows got too many apples and nearly dried up—eight of them.


Susquehanna – County Game Protector George H. Watrous, who has been in Pike county during the open season for deer, shipped a doe to the Barnes Memorial hospital from Dingman’s Ferry. The animal had been illegally killed by hunters and, as prescribed by law, the doe was sent to a nearby hospital. ALSO The gigantic new turntable, near the old terminal, will be in use this week it is expected. It is the longest and heaviest ever made, no other railroad having one nearly its size and upon it the “Mat Shay” engines can be turned. The ironwork is as massive and heavy as upon the largest bridges.


Brooklyn – The call of fire summoned a large number of people to the home of T. A. Capron, where it was found that their chimney was burning out and fire had broken through in the upper rooms of the house. It was soon under control, however, and no great damage resulted. The need for some equipment, by the way of a hose cart and ladders, with which to fight fire, is being forced on the minds of our town people. ALSO The Methodist and Universalist Sunday schools, having voted in favor of a Community Christmas, have appointed committees that are arranging for a good program for the occasion.


Heart Lake – The hearing in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Charles and Edwin Hill, in the Juvenile Court, was continued by Judge Smith to the second Monday in January, the boys being paroled in the custody of their parents, Charles and Margaret Hill. The boys, aged 8 and 11 years, are charged with setting fire to the home of Arthur Hoyt, of Heart Lake, which was destroyed early in November.


New Milford – Robert Oliver, who has been playing in the Rocco Exposition Show Band, in Georgia, has returned to his hone here.


South Gibson – H. G. Michael has purchased an Edison talking machine.


Harford – The Sunshine Class will have a foot social at the home of Mrs. Abels, Tuesday night, Dec. 14. All tall folks are requested to attend, as well as the short ones.


Little Meadows – Charles Hand has gone to Endicott where he will accept a position as violinist in Roper’s Orchestra.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – The mud is getting so deep that it reminds the farmer some of the snow we had last winter.


Forest City – Charles and Martin Skubic post of the American Legion, will elect officers for the ensuing year on Dec. 27. Applicants to the number of fifty or more are seeking membership in the order. The members will not be satisfied until every ex-service man, eligible to membership, is enrolled.


Ararat – While attending Pomona Grange at Thompson a halter was put in Jerome Denney’s wagon through mistake. Owner can have same by calling on Telephone Jackson Exchange.


Uniondale – Lineman John LeBell and A. S. Johnson are looking up the wreckage to the N. E. Pennsylvania Telephone Company caused by the storm of Nov. 16. They find plenty to do. It is hoped that the lines will soon be repaired to such an extent as to enable us to communicate with the outside world. We sympathize with the telephone company but we can not express our sympathy by wire. ALSO Last Thursday a telephone man worked hard all day in Uniondale without his dinner because no one directed him to the Ladies’ Aid at the Manse, where he could have had a dollar’s worth of victuals for 25 cents. In the evening he said he would have given a dollar for a dinner if he could have found a cook in Uniondale.


Marriage Licenses: Jesse Stevens and Verna M. Fisk, Springville; Chas A. Lynch, Little Meadows and Marie A. Curley, Middletown; Lisle F. Fortner and Gladys M. Swisher, Great Bend; Donald Franks and Helen O’Neill, Great Bend.

December 17 1920

December 17 (1920/2020)



Montrose – Mrs. Mary G. Sayre, wife of Benjamin Chapman Sayre, passed away Dec. 11, 1920 in Jacksonville, Fla., at the age of 94. Her young womanhood was spent in Wilkes-Barre, her grandfather, Rev. Cyrus Gildersleeve, having been one of the early pastors of the First Presbyterian church. Her father, W. C. Gildersleeve, was a prominent business man of that city and a man of strong principles and deep-seated religious belief. During the years before the Civil War he was active in aiding escaping slaves to the Canadian border, being one of the foremost leaders in maintaining the “underground railway station” in Wilkes-Barre, which was one of the connecting links of the route, and included Scranton, Waverly, Montrose, Binghamton, Owego and numerous other points in Pennsylvania and New York State. It was Mary’s wish that she might pass from earth at her old home in Montrose and be laid by the side of her husband in the family plot in the Montrose cemetery. ALSO A very beautiful Christmas service has been arranged for Sunday evening, when the early part of the service will be given over to a Sermon of a Hundred Candles, in which a hundred candles will be used to teach some spiritual truths. This message will be of great interest to both the young and old. ALSO Mrs. Harry Gersowitz received information of the death of her sister, who resided at Stanesten, near Kovno, Russia. She was one of a considerable number who were killed or fatally wounded when a Polish airplane flew over the city and dropped a bomb. She lived several days after receiving the injuries and left six sons motherless by her death. Her husband was gone for four years during the war. When we Americans consider our peace, security and prosperity, it should make us more generous in giving of our means to aid those unfortunates in Europe and Asia.


Jackson – H. Marble Wells wrote a letter to be read by all his former friends and members of Capt. Dimock’s Co. D, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers, of which he was a member. There were three: Marble, Velosco V. Leonard and P. K. Benson. They were on the ill-fated ship, Winfield Scott, 500 of the 50th. While off Cape Hatteras a hurricane blew the masts off and left the hull of the ship powerless, and for three days and three nights they pumped and baled water for their dear lives. They also threw everything overboard. When the storm ceased they were towed into Hilton Head, S. C. Wells and Leonard served time in southern prison dens. They all spoke very kindly of Capt. Dimock and “Fletch” Warner.


West Auburn – A chicken-pie dinner will be served on Thursday evening, Dec. 23d, in the church parlors, the proceeds to be divided 50-50 between the Near East Relief and pastor’s salary.


Harford – F. O. Miller and Hon. E. E. Jones have formed a partnership in the automobile business. Mr. Jones taking an active financial interest in the firm while Mr. Miller will supervise the business. The firm has leased a portion of Woodward’s garage in New Milford, where they will have their sales room. The Dodge car will be prominently featured.


Forest City – John Fararo has purchased the confectionery store of Peter Mancuso on North Main street and is in possession. ALSO  Eugene Slick had three toes of his right foot crushed while at work in the mines Friday. He was removed to Emergency hospital.


Clifford – Sylvester Wells died at his home Thursday morning from pneumonia, aged 80 years. He was a lifelong resident of Clifford township and was one of the best known farmers in that section. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Hattie A. Clark, of Brooklyn; Arthur, Ernest and Raymond.


Thompson – Mrs. Rachel Corey, of Jackson Street, is quilting a quilt containing one thousand, six hundred and seventy-three pieces.


Uniondale – Jerome Curtis has gone to stay with his son Benjamin, at Factoryville, for the winter. Mr. Curtis is one of the very few survivors of Co. M. 17th Pa., Cavalry, of Civil War fame. He is eighty-three years of age, and says he remembers the time when he went to Honesdale to enlist, as if it happened only yesterday. ALSO Mrs. Grace McPherson, wife of Bert McPherson, was drawn as a juror to serve in the county court the first week of the next term. Bert is up in arms and says no court except a divorce court has the right to separate man and wife. Mrs. McPherson, for several years before her marriage, was one of the leading school teachers of this vicinity and will render a verdict according to the evidence in cases on which she may be drawn.


Lanesboro – Lanesboro experienced a very bad fire last night about nine o’clock when a barn owned by W. E. Bennett and occupied by Leslie Jones, an express deliveryman in Susquehanna, was burned. It is a large structure situated close to Firemen’s hall. In the barn were two horses, four cows, some pigs, twelve tons of hay, wagons and farming implements belonging to Mr. Jones. The Lanesboro fire company worked heroically to stay the fire, but the task was too great for their equipment. The Susquehanna fire trucks loaded with firemen rushed to Lanesboro and the Erie hose company gave great assistance with the motor engine and several lines of hose. O. H. Storer’s barn and Firemen’s hall were threatened but the flames were kept away by the judicious playing of streams from the fire hose.


Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Mrs. Roy Howells, who will be remembered as Miss Margaret Lyons, daughter of Mrs. A. W. Lyons, of Montrose, now of Chicago, swallowed a very valuable diamond ring December 5th, when bandits near Sapulpa accosted her and her husband in broad daylight. The Howells were crossing Oklahoma and just as their car drove onto a bridge, three masked men crawled from beneath the bridge, jumped in front of their Hudson car, and at the point of guns, commanded both to hold up their hands. After searching Howells and relieving him of about $200, the bandits disabled their car and were searching Mrs. Howells. When asked a question she swallowed one diamond ring, another she was able to secret in her dress.


News Brief: Governor Sproul, a short time ago, stood on the steps of the State Capitol at Harrisburg and auctioned off three health bonds to wage war on tuberculosis. Although one of the busiest men in the state, the Governor was not too busy to help the cause of sound health and was liberal enough to pay $75 for a $5.00 health bond.

December 24 1920

December 24 (1920/2020)



South Gibson – At a dinner served to the old soldiers and old soldiers’ wives and widows, by Mrs. Estella Pickering at her home, it was found that the combined ages of the ten present was seven hundred and fifty-five years.


East Rush – Messrs. Crisman and Pierson went to Camptown last Friday evening to play basket ball with the Rush high school team and report that the game went against them 17 to 10.


Uniondale – Charles McDonald, of Rome, Bradford Co., is under arrest in Binghamton on the charge of jumping a board bill in Endicott, and also abducting a girl, 15 years old, from Uniondale. It is alleged that in the abduction, McDonald was aided by his son. They were arrested, but the older McDonald escaped and had been at liberty until arrested in Binghamton.


Nicholson – Carpenter’s hall, Dec. 24th, music by Purvis, Kunz and Wrigley. $1.00 a couple. Extra ladies, 25 cents. We are trying to make this the last dance of the season. Old Fashion Square Dance and extra music at regular prices.


West Harford – Charlie Harding is busy capturing foxes and he gets them too. We have no wild cats and panthers. They stay in South Harford because if they came up here Charlie would catch them. ALSO At North Harford, wedding bells rang joyously at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Darrow, when their daughter, Floretta, became the bride of Harold Brainard, of this place.


Alford – Mrs. Gertie Ellsworth is preparing to take boarders, by the day and all times. She also runs a big feed business.


Brooklyn – On the evening of Dec. 27th, in the Universalist church, Lincoln W. Barnes, of Amhurst College, will give a stereopticon lecture on France, as seen by him while in the service during the war.


Hop Bottom – Christmas exercises will be held in the M. E. church this evening. Everybody come. On Sunday evening, Dec. 26th, a sacred concert will be held in the same church. Special music will be rendered by the choir and children. Santa is expected to be there.


Susquehanna – A. B. Crandall, who had a harrowing experience in the river here, is recovering says the Susquehanna Ledger. He has been under treatment in the Barnes Hospital since the accident. Mr. Crandall, who is 91 years of age and a veteran of the Civil War, was starting for Binghamton in a boat when he met with an accident, while passing through the dam here. He had in the boat his clothes, a rifle and, in fact, all his belongings, as he expected to locate in the Parlor City. He lost rife, and other articles when the boat upset. He owes his life to James W. Chamberlain, who affected his rescue after a hard struggle. Chamberlain was assisted by two young men working in the Oklahoma Railroad yard (a railroad yard in Susquehanna). Crandall was numb with the cold and lost consciousness as Chamberlain took hold of him. At that time Crandall was clinging to his overturned boat, and was floating with the currant. Chamberlain had great difficulty in getting Crandall into his boat, owing to the current. He was able to save the aged man by the timely assistance of Colwell and another young man.


Herrick Center – D. H. Lewis and family are moving to Carbondale, where Mr. Lewis has taken a position as blacksmith for the D. & H. Co. For the past nine years he has conducted the blacksmith shop in this village, doing all kinds of work in a very satisfactory manner. Miss Hannah Lewis has secured a position in Woolworth’s store, where her many friends will be glad to greet her when in Carbondale. The family will be missed here.


Lanesboro – Plans are being made to pave main street this coming summer, which is an improvement greatly needed.


Montrose – The coal situation in Montrose appears to be brightening. Pepper & Birchard report that they have four different kinds of coal on hand at present—buckwheat, stove, egg and chestnut—and expect to be able to keep the home fires burning throughout the winter, as the coal company officials give them assurance that they will be able to keep the local pockets fairly well supplied. ALSO Dr. J. Arthur Bullard, of Wilkes-Barre, is expected today to spend Christmas with his daughter, Miss Hope Bullard, who is in Montrose for some time. Their home on Monument Square is progressing toward completion. [Home was torn down in the 1960’s to make room for the present Post Office.]


Forest City – Joseph Miluszusky boasted that he would have a rabbit dinner on Christmas. He got six fat bunnies and hung them on the street side of the house, suspended from the third story. They were where he supposed they would remain until the joyous day. But the best-laid plans of mice and men are often set aside. About 8 o’clock Monday evening someone climbed on the porch, removed the rabbits, a turkey and a goose, and escaped without detection. Now the genial Joseph is in mourning. He expected some prominent guests to gather around his festive board. A liberal reward will be paid for the conviction of the party or parties concerned in the theft. Joseph said he would not mind his loss if the rabbit season was on but now it is frankfurters and kraut for him.


Franklin Forks – The school will give an entertainment on Thursday evening in th