January 07 (1921/2021)
Brooklyn – The death of Amos G. Sterling occurred on Dec. 29, 1920. He was born in 1853, son of Ansel and Lucina (Kent) Sterling. He was the great-grandson of Justice Kent, who settled in Brooklyn in 1810, the head of the large Kent family, who for 100 years (now 200 years) have been prominent in the township. Mr. Sterling bought the old homestead from his father and became a successful farmer. Twenty years ago he sold his farm and moved into the village of Brooklyn, where he resided with his wife until his death. The clean and upright life is the highest eulogy that can be given him. ALSO Some of our young people enjoyed the skating on McKinney’s pond Saturday evening. The ice was fine they reported.
Fairdale – A heart-mending social will be held in the M. E. Church this Friday evening. If your heart is broken come. At 11:30 a watch-night service will be held. A cafeteria lunch will be served. [The Heart Mending social was a success, both socially and financially.]
Dimock – We are pleased to greet Byron Benninger and wife after their many months of illness with typhoid fever.
Hallstead – Editor Ira A. Thomas, of the Hallstead Herald, returned from the Binghamton City Hospital on Friday, following a month’s confinement, due to an operation for appendicitis.
West Auburn – On Sunday, Dec. 19, Rev. McGowan, our pastor, brought with him Miss Hastings, the missionary who is carrying on the Effie Dunmore school in Mexico. She gave one of the most interesting addresses on foreign missions that we ever listened to. [Effa Dunmore was born in Rush township in 1863 and died in 1919. She spent 27 years as a missionary in Mexico and taught at a girl’s school in Guanajuato. She returned to the United States after a lingering illness of several months and died at the home of Tracy E. Darrow, in Binghamton. She is buried in the Bunnell Cemetery in Auburn.]
Lakeview, New Milford Twp. – Fred Ralston, of the Highlands, has bought the house known as the Maggie Wood house and is tearing it down and moving it to his place to replace the one he lost by fire. ALSO Mr. Butterfield is still giving music lessons around here. Many of his scholars are fine musicians. Most of them play the violin.
Montrose – W. A. Welliver, owner of the Ideal Theatre, announces that on Saturday, January 1, 1921, Will Rogers will star in “‘Jes’ Call Me Jim.” ALSO E. C. Wells, of South Montrose, while renewing for his Montrose Democrat, and New York World, remarked that he had been a subscriber of The Democrat, continuously, since 1858.
Silver Lake – The body of the late Earl Raynor, who died in France in the early days of America’s entrance into the World War, was brought to his former home here. An escort from the Gardner-Warner Post, American Legion, met the train bearing his body and it was taken to the Hart undertaking rooms. The body is enclosed in a hermetically sealed heavy metal casket, furnished by the government. The funeral will take place in the Baptist church, Rev. L. B. Bryden officiating. The citizens of the town and vicinity are invited to participate in this loving tribute to his memory. A guard of honor and bearer will be made up of members from the local Legion Post. The deceased was a highly regarded young man, son of Mr. and Mr. Samuel S, Raynor, of this place, formerly of Montrose.
State College – Clifford E. Devine, of Rush, Maurice Mack, of Franklin township, Edward Bailey of Franklin Forks and Glenn Ellsworth, of Alford, are taking a two-months course in butter-making at Pennsylvania State College.
Clifford – The annual oyster supper was served by the men of the congregation of the Baptist church on New Year’s night. Proceeds, $50.
Bethel Hill, Thompson Twp. – A wood bee was held on Friday last for Fred Stark, who has been on the sick list and unable to get wood.
Middletown – The farmers of this section are busy cutting wood in preparation of the big snow storm about to come. ALSO Harry Jones was seen on our streets the other day carrying four foxes. But this is nothing new for Harry.
Hop Bottom – About 45 children of the Universalist Sunday school and many grown people enjoyed a free Christmas supper at their church on Thursday evening, Dec. 23. This was followed by a program, consisting of solos, recitations and Christmas songs. Mrs. W. B. Van de Sand at the piano and Rev. Mr. Morton, of Brooklyn, with the cello, furnished the instrumental music. Santa Claus appeared with boxes of candy. The Christmas tree, donated by Oney Case, was prettily decorated and laden with gifts. It was a gala evening, especially for the little folks.
Lanesboro – James O. Taylor, who was born July 12, 1846, in the Old Toll-gate House, which stood near where the Beach sanitarium now stands, died December 30. When James was four years of age, his father built the “Old Homestead” across from where the Firemen’s hall now stands in Lanesboro, where he lived until the Civil War, when he enlisted as a private in Co. F. 219th PA. Volunteers, being 19 years of age. When the war ended James married Della Eldred and two sons were born of this union, ex-Sheriff Harry Taylor and Lee Taylor, who died as sergeant in the Spanish-American War. Ms. Taylor died in 1873. His second marriage was to Eunice Stone and to them was born their daughter, now Mrs. Valentine Soop. The funeral was conducted from the family home and burial in the family plot in Lanesboro.
East Rush – Our school has dwindled down to two or three scholars on account of the different diseases in the neighborhood.
Forest City – The appearance of the two nifty red fire trucks of the local fire department on our streets, give us a real smart metropolitan appearance. Our department is now, without question, one of the best equipped fire fighting forces in the state. John F. Callaghan has been appointed chief of the fire department. He was the unanimous choice of a committee selected by the two fire companies. He is a fireman of wide experience, having been a member of the Enterprise Hose company for nearly 25 years.
This column is a combination of two weeks of news from Dec. 31, 2020 and January 7, 2021. More back issues of 100 Years can be found on our website, www.susqcohistsoc.org.
January 14 (1921/2021)
New Milford – The band held a meeting Wednesday evening in Odd Fellows hall and formed an organization by electing the following officers: President, R. B. Browning; Secretary, Robert Oliver; Treasurer, John J. Hand. The band will meet for rehearsal on Tuesday evening of each week. It is good news to the people to know that we are again to have a musical organization. In the past New Milford has been noted for its bands and we have the musical talent to make the present band the equal of any of its predecessors.
Montrose – Montrose badly needs a place where teams may be hitched while people are on shopping trips. Who will start the ball rolling? ALSO A Colonial supper and jubilee concert will be given by Mrs. Beatrice Cuff and Mrs. Ella Thompson at the A. M. E. Zion Church on Thursday evening, Jan. 20th. Admission, including supper, 50 cents.
Forest City – Forest City is well-known as an up-to-date hustling city, keeping abreast of the times in modern improvements. Her business men are wide-awake and intelligent, always with an eye out for anything looking toward the town’s betterment. It is noteworthy that among such men are Thomas and John McCormick, former residents of Silver Lake. The former is Forest City’s postmaster, and one is not in Forest City before he learns that Mr. McCormick is held in the highest esteem by both Democrats and Republicans. John is an active member of McCormick Bros. Store, which has an enviable record for square dealing. Frank M Gardner, John C. Murray and Editor Gelder, who has just taken office as Representative from Susquehanna county, are also among our energetic and useful citizens. ALSO Al Murphy, who worked for the Hillside Coal and Iron Company here last summer and fall, was knocked out in the 5th round at Philadelphia, Monday night, by knockout Chaney, of Baltimore. The men are light weights.
Harford – Robert Frink, rural carrier on Route No. 1, desires to express his thanks and appreciation for the money and gifts which his patrons gave him for Christmas. Mr. Frink has a journey of 29 miles to make each day and he very seldom misses a trip. Snow banks have to be pretty high to keep him away and his patrons very much appreciate his good service. ALSO Elwell Allen is our champion hunter. During the recent season he has captured seven foxes, two coons, one mink, 28 skunks, nine muskrats and three weasels. ALSO J. M. Felton is Harford’s champion pig raiser. His pig, Peter, dressed 560 pounds. Who can beat that? [Poor Peter].
Choconut – Sleigh riding will be a very disappointed thing for many that have nothing much to do.
Brooklyn – Mrs. Louise Lee passed away at her home here on Saturday, Jan. 8, 1921. The funeral services were held Tuesday morning. Mrs. Lee had passed her 90th birthday, but had full possession of all her faculties and had been quite active in the home until a short time before her death. She is survived by two sons, E. G., of Brooklyn, and Willis, of Washington, D. C.; two daughters, Miss Evalyn, at home and Miss Alice Louise Lee, of New York City.
Howard Hill – Charles Roe has returned home from the hospital and is doing nicely, the only danger feared now being blood poisoning.
Clifford – Dr. Reed Burns is a native of this place, and was educated in medicine and surgery at the University of Michigan. He established a hospital on Adams Ave, Scranton, in 1906 and in 1908 bought property at Jefferson Avenue and built a larger hospital, opened in 1909. This was later sold to the Order of the Sisters of Mercy, in 1917. Among the men who attained proficiency under Dr. Burns was Dr. Birchard, of Montrose.
Rush – Dewey Garrison has enlisted in the U. S. Marines. Also Earl Canfield, a former resident of Rush. ALSO S. B. McCain is having a big sale on shoes and overshoes. He tells us that he has supplied us in shoes for 47 years, coming here from Montrose with his father, Uncle Joe McCain, and his brother, Will, in 1873.
Thompson – A three year old boy was found on Wednesday of last week wandering along the O. & W. railroad tracks by Foreman O. M. Spoor. The little tot was unable to tell from whence he came. Thinking that the boy was from Browndale, Mr. Spoor placed him on the car and took him to that place where anxious parents were looking for him. Had he not been discovered by Mr. Spoor the child would undoubtedly have suffered from exposure.
Herrick and Clifford – The cases of the Commonwealth vs. the Supervisors of Herrick and Clifford have been continued until the April term of court. In the case of the supervisors of Herrick, we are informed, the constable withdrew the charge that they had been negligent in the performance of their duties and the supervisors offered to pay the costs in the case but the court refused to discharge them.
Uniondale – Valentine Knapp has been appointed truant officer of the Uniondale school district. Henceforth the kiddies will have to be in school unless prevented by illness.
The following marriage licenses were issued: Frank Ceglar and Rosie Planisek, Forest City; Leon Carman and Gertrude Moat, Choconut; F. Arthur Buckley and Sarah E. Donovan, Lanesboro.
East Rush – Our pastor, Rev. Hilliard, gave us a very interesting discourse Sunday. There ought to have been more there to hear it. ALSO Chas. Squires went to Binghamton, Saturday, to attend to his father, who is in bad shape after his operation.
Franklin Hill – On account of the poor health of the pastor, the church has been closed for the winter.
News Brief: A little baby with no milk, a starving child with no clothes, reach out their hands to you in utter want and helplessness. If you care, send ten dollars or more to W. H. Warner, First National Bank, Montrose, treasurer, European Relief Council. ALSO Men and women not beyond middle age can remember the time when it was the rule for a person to get a fresh egg for breakfast. Now very few have that pleasure, among town folks especially. The eggs served are of an old time vintage, ancient in months of canned isolation and cannot be served with the “sunny side” up.
January 21 (1921/2021)
Clifford – Susquehanna County’s fame for fine cattle is continually spreading. F. R. Varcoe, of Waymart, over in Wayne county, referred to two very fine Guernsey cows, which he had recently purchased from County Commissioner Thomas Jones, of this place. Mr. Varcoe, who, by the way, is a thorough gentleman and successful merchant, is a discriminating breeder and was highly pleased with his purchase. ALSO Stanley and Donald Ayres are attending State College.
Brooklyn – Ira J. Pratt will sell thirty-one head of Holstein cattle, 20 tons of hay, mine props and ties, some lumber, etc., at public sale January 29. This will be a large sale and should attract many buyers. Mr. Pratt finds it necessary to make a sale on account of the scarcity of farm help. ALSO Friends in this place are pleased to learn of the birth of a son—Herman Luther—to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Otto, of Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Otto is the daughter of Postmaster and Mrs. L. S. Ely.
Nicholson – The citizens of Nicholson and vicinity will fight the proposition of the Lackawanna Automobile Club of Scranton to remove the six miles of Lackawanna railroad switch tracks, between Nicholson and Hop Bottom. The road bed is wanted for the Lackawanna Trail, but it is the only means of getting freight cars down into the village of Nicholson for convenient loading. If the tracks are taken up, all freight will have to be hauled up the steep hill to the station, on a level with the big concrete viaduct.
Heart Lake – Borden’s harvested ice on the lake on Tuesday.
Springville – A dinner was held at the Grange hall on January 9—the funds to be used to repair the Grange building, known as the old M. E. church.
Forest City - Messrs. Johnson and Lord, of the North Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company, were side-swiped by an automobile yesterday afternoon near the Stillwater breaker. Their horse was thrown down the bank and both men thrown from the buggy. The buggy was badly damaged. The driver of the auto passed on as if nothing had happened, but the license number of the machine was secured.
Uniondale – Thomas Avery, one of the oldest residents of the Burnwood vicinity, and veteran of the Civil War, is suffering from a fractured hip, sustained by a fall on the ice. ALSO Albert Corey and daughter, Grace, left Tuesday for Daytona Beach, Florida, where they will join the Uniondale colony for the winter,
South Gibson – The Boys’ Character Builder class was pleasantly entertained at the home of their teacher, Cecil Resseguie, on Friday evening last. Games were enjoyed and refreshments served.
Harford – Susquehanna County takes pride in the appointment of Senator Edward E. Jones to the chairmanship of the Public Roads committee in the State Senate. Mr. Jones’ appointment comes in consequence of his long period of usefulness in both houses, where his knowledge concerning roads and his championship of measures tending to promote road improvement won for him the sobriquet of “Good Roads Jones.”
Susquehanna - On January 12th, an election was held to decide whether the town shall be bonded for $80,000 for the purpose of paving streets and extending the sewerage system. It carried by a majority of about 2 to 1. ALSO The Baptist church of this place, under the pastorship of Rev. C. C. Walker, is in a flourishing condition, being recently freed from all indebtedness, with both church and parsonage in good repair and money in the treasury. Next spring the church is to be remodeled and enlarged by Architect Williams, of Dayton, Ohio.
Fairdale – Our new creamery man, Mr. Burke and family, have arrived and are living in the creamery. ALSO - The new officers of Fairdale Grange were installed in a very able manner on Saturday by Brother and Sister G. M. Olmstead. We are looking forward to a prosperous year.
Lakeview – The men of the community met at the church on Wednesday to repair the sheds, but on account of the storm did not get much done. The ladies held an Aid and served dinner at F. S. Bingham’s. Another bee will be held next Wednesday. ALSO No one can complain of this winter so far. Nine times the ground has been covered with snow. Some sleighs are out, but the sleighing is rather thin.
Herrick Center – Mrs. Jerome Kishpaugh met with a unique accident one day last week. After sweeping her kitchen she raised the lid of the stove and emptied the contents of the dust pan upon the fire when, instantly, there was an explosion and something struck her in the neck, cutting a small hole in her dress and passing through the skin, lodged in her neck. She washed the blood away and dressed the wound, but as it continued to cause her a good deal of pain, she visited Dr. Craft on Monday and he extracted a triangular piece of coal, about an eighth of an inch in thickness and about a quarter of an inch across.
Bennett’s Corners – Irving Loomis spent the weekend in Forest City, Scranton and Factoryville, playing basketball with the Auburn High school team.
LeRaysville, Bradford Co. – Quick work by neighbors prevented the body of Mrs. Adeline Pennay, who died Saturday, from being destroyed, when the home of her sister, Miss Gertrude Humphrey, was wiped out by fire. Neighbors succeeded in getting the coffin through a window. Miss Humphrey, who was sick in bed, wrapped blankets around herself and walked 200 yards to a neighbor’s while the others were rescuing her sister’s body. It was taken to the home of Burton Lyon, where the funeral was held on Tuesday. The Humphrey home and most of its contents were destroyed, by what was perceived to be a defective flue.
Great Bend/Elk Lake – The primary room in the Great Bend school has been closed, owing to the development of four cases of scarlet fever. The Elk Lake school has also been closed, owing to the illness of several pupils with the disease.
Montrose – Ernest Darrow, of Heart Lake, was in town Monday, having come to secure a large pane of glass to replace one blown out during the heavy wind of the previous night. Numerous residences had window panes blow out, “Ben” Smith tells us that at the family residence on Chestnut street wind blew out a pane of glass in the front of the house. They went out and gazed on the damage and returned to warmer quarters. A second pane soon followed, and again they went out and viewed the damage. A third pane went out—and then they quit going out, and so did the window glass.
January 28 (1921/2021)
Susquehanna County – The mercury on Monday and Tuesday mornings registered zero, or from one to two below. A searing wind on Monday made the cold more keenly felt. Last week, in some localities, from ten to fourteen degrees below was reported on the coldest morning. There is no more worry about the ice crop being a failure.
Tripp Lake – G. Carlton Shafer has lately purchased the Moran farm of 61 acres, on the shores of Tripp Lake, which purchase places the ownership of all the land bordering this beautiful lake in Mr. Shafer’s possession. He has successfully conducted Camp Susquehannock here for some years, and is making it a model recreational and educational summer camp for boys and young men. Mr. Shafer is planning the erection of additional buildings and will devote even more of his time at the camp.
Lake Montrose – Ice nearly a foot in thickness has been harvested on the lake the past week. The ice houses of Charles Hoyt, Borden Farm Products Co. and H. A. McCabe, have either been filled or are nearing the completion of the process. Large numbers of dairymen are also commencing to draw ice for their individual ice houses. Monday, Richard Chafe, of Sidney, N.Y., fell into the lake as he was getting a pail of water to carry to a team he was giving water. He made his way to his boarding place—B. W. Rifenbury’s – with his clothing frozen through.
Auburn Twp. – At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the West Auburn Telephone Co., the following officers were chosen: President, A. B. Lacey; Vice-president, Andrew Hibbard; Secretary and Treasurer, H. B. Brande.
Montrose – Allison Birchard, 6 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs., Edward Birchard, was struck by a runaway horse and knocked down, sustaining a broken ankle bone and also injuries to the shoulder. The horse, driven by Edward and Frank Keough, threw the men out as they were driving down Lake avenue, due to the icy road, and the child, who was near the school, either failed to see the oncoming horse or tried to stop it. The animal continued to run until near the Tarbell House barn, where it was caught. The boy is being attended by his uncle Dr. F. S. Birchard, and is steadily recovering.
Marriage Licenses granted: Amos A. Galloway and Grace Bacon, both of Great Bend. Frank Kosier, Forest City and Yeweka Vilovick, Vandling.
Rush – Ice is being harvested from the Wyalusing Creek. ALSO Misses Frankie Davis, Mabel Hillis, Ethel Bunnell and Christie Curran, teachers in the high school at Rush, attended the Susquehanna County Teachers’ Association, at Hallstead.
Lakeview – The farmers who send their milk to Susquehanna are being asked to keep it at home about once a week, to help out on the surplus. It gives us a chance to make a little butter, and no excuse for using “oleo.”
Forest City – Hymen Joseph was in New York during the week, buying spring goods for Joseph’s Bazaar. ALSO Reese & Sredenschek, the new owners of the McLaughlin pond, are cutting ice of good quality. It is about a foot thick. The firm intends to handle ice during the season. ALSO The score of the basketball game between Forest City and St. John’s, of Pittston, was 22 to 4 with Forest City on top. High scorers were Watkins and McLaughlin, with 12 each.
Uniondale – The Burdick school has been opened after being closed for two weeks owing to the illness of the teacher, Mr. Russell, who had the measles. He is giving good satisfaction as a teacher. ALSO T. E. Carpenter has sold $40 worth of eggs from 16 pullets and an old hen since Nov. 17, 1920. And yet some people will say that egg farming will not pay.
Great Bend – It seems good to hear the old tannery whistle once more as it has resumed work again.
Dimock – Basketball was played at the community building, Friday evening, by a team from Hallstead and one of the Dimock teams. The visiting team was defeated, the score standing 38-19, in favor of Dimock.
The Dimock high school girls also put on a game the same evening.
Thompson – The borough’s new electric light plant is now in operation. The shareholders are enjoying the new lights. Poles are being set and preparations made to light the streets. There will soon be no need for anyone to walk in darkness.
Jackson – Mrs. Fred Sheldon died at her home in the township, January 17. Interment in North Jackson cemetery, Crosier & Gelatt in charge. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn her loss.
Bridgewater Twp. – There will be a clothes pin social at the Tyler school house, Friday evening, Jan. 28, for the benefit of the Montrose library. Ladies please bring cake, sandwiches and two clothes pins dressed alike. Everybody welcome.
Brooklyn – C. F. Richards, a veteran of the Civil War, while 76 years of age, does not look it, but admits he feels somewhat of a patriarch when he stops to recall that of around 100 men who left Montrose, with light hearts to join the army of the Potomac in January, 1862, he can remember but one survivor, T. L. Ainey, of South Montrose. Mr. Richards was 18 years old when he enlisted and that the members of his family were very patriotic is shown by the fact that a brother of 16 years, below the age limit, and his father, who was 48, three years above the age limit, managed, conveniently, forgetting the date of their first birthday, to join the army.
Susquehanna – Another big “lay-off” of men in the local shops was posted last Saturday, when over three hundred men were notified their services would not be needed after Jan. 27. About ten days ago, 160 men were laid off and another big reduction is reported as coming within a few days. The men have no idea when they will be recalled; the length of the lay-off depends upon business conditions. ALSO The Tri-Boro silk mill resumed work after a shut down since last fall, owing to the unsettled conditions of the silk market.
News Brief: A new use has been found for the electric flat iron. Attached to the light socket in a garage, it serves as an ideal means of warming the carburetor of the car on cold mornings and making a quick start possible. The only one who objects to its use is Mrs. Housewife, who avers that it soon destroys the smooth surface of the bottom of the iron. That’s a trifle, however, when compared to getting a stubborn car started.
February 04 (1921/2021)
Uniondale – Did you attend the skating party at Lewis Lake Saturday evening? If you were not there you missed a grand time. ALSO F. M. Davis is installing electric lights in his store, dwelling and chicken house. Frank says he is going to fool the chicks to see if they will not become better layers.
Forest City – The Klots Silk Throwing Company’s mills at Forest City, Simpson and Carbondale, were visited by a group of Chinese silk producers and distributors. They were on a tour of inspection of the silk centers of the Eastern section of the U. S., primarily for the purpose of getting first-hand information as to how American silk manufacturers want the raw product prepared for handling to the best advantage and also to ascertain the extent of defects formed in the silk as it comes to the mills.
Ararat – Alan Rogers died Thursday night, January 27th, following an operation. The funeral was held Monday at 2 o’clock at Starrucca. It was one of the largest funerals Crosier and Gelatt were ever in charge of. Deceased was a railroad employee and the Division Engineers, track foremen and laborers of the Jefferson Division were all present. Also the Masons and Odd Fellows attended, the Masons having charge of the burial services at the Starrucca Cemetery.
Susquehanna – Vincent Connolly is coming to the front as a basket ball player. He is connected with the fast Susquehanna team of the inter-state league. In a recent game with Owego he made an exceptionally fast play and made a double decker, thus placing his team in the lead. His picture appeared, after the game, in the Binghamton Sun. He is holding down the center for the railroad townsmen.
Uniondale – The following new books have been added to the Uniondale public library: The Portegee, Shavings, Many Marie, The Man of the Desert, Desert Gold, That Affair at St. Peter’s, Pollyanna Grows Up, Pickett’s Gap and Marcia Schuyler.
Auburn Twp. – While working in the field last June Charles McMickens saw a swarm of bees near. He found where they located and while working in the woods last week he cut down the tree and was rewarded with about fifty pounds of nice honey. ALSO Clarence Harvey had a narrow escape Saturday. After unloading wood he attempted to walk up the wagon pole to get the reins when the horses were frightened and ran away. He managed to get on the back of one of the horses and after running over the well and making a circle around the hen house, he succeeded in stopping them before any further damage was done. The chain pump on the well was completely demolished.
Montrose – Isaac Post, for many years associated with the First National Bank of Scranton, passed away at his home in Roselle, NJ, Feb. 1st. Mr. Post was 64 years old and until a few years ago, when failing health made a relinquishment of duties imperative, he had been associated with this bank, starting in boyhood as errand boy. He was a son of Isaac Post, for many years a Montrose banker. Isaac Post, Sr. erected the large brick house at the corner of Lake avenue and Locust street, which has been successively known as the Beach and the Torrey property, and was purchased last autumn by the Montrose Bible Conference association to be utilized as a boarding house. [The first Isaac Post, grandfather of the above, came to Montrose when a boy, in 1800, with his step-father, Bartlett Hinds.]
Gelatt – O. P. Walker is tracking logs to the mill and intends to build a new barn this season.
Choconut – Ice harvesting has begun at Lake Stanley. The ice was not more than thirteen inches thick, but the milkmen had to take a chance on losing their January ice crop. ALSO A gloom was spread over Chalker school when it was found that Gertrude Moat was no longer a member. But that was all changed when we found that wedding bells had rung for her and now the pupils and teacher are offering congratulations and wedding gifts to Mrs. Leon Carman.
Silver Lake – About 90 attended the dance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Donovan. Music by Patrick O’Day and Mrs. Edward Brigham. A very pleasing scene was attentive of jig dancing by Edward Kernan and Gregory Hanigan.
Harford Twp. – The men of the Wilmarth farm are busy harvesting ice. Only two accidents have happened on the pond, both occurring on Saturday. Frank Miller walked on several cakes of ice that were cut, not knowing that they were cut and was suddenly immersed in the pond. He was quickly rescued from a cold and watery grave, being only a little more wet than necessary for winter weather. The other accident of a more serious nature, was when Walter Wright dropped a cake of ice on his foot, needing the attention of a doctor and which will confine Mr. Wright to the house for a few days.
Lawton, Rush Twp. – Last Friday night about 93 friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Terry and had a little hop and played Rook. A bountiful lunch was served and all had a good time. [By the way, you can still purchase the game of Rook.]
Heart Lake – They have finished filling the Borden and D. L. & W. ice houses with a very fine quality of ice, and the filling of the big Mountain Ice House is progressing nicely under the supervision of Mr. Aldrich, superintendent.
Springville – Dewey Fitch met with a bad accident while working in the woods. He slipped and fell, striking his hand on a two-bladed axe, injuring himself very badly.
Dimock – One of the teams from the milk station ran away, Friday morning, causing considerable excitement, until they hug themselves up on a strong hitching post in front of W. J. Cronk’s store. Fortunately no damage was done, except that the harness was quite badly broken up.
News Brief: Farmers are drawing large quantities of lime this week, the excellent sleighing making it easier to handle. It is a matter of general interest to know that a recent survey of all the counties of Pennsylvania shows that the character of the soil of Susquehanna county requires a larger percentage of lime than any other county in the state. Pennsylvania leads all states in the union in production of lime, 738,000 tons being last year’s production.
February 11 (1921/2021)
Montrose – Hon. George A. Post, a former editor of the Montrose Democrat, has resigned as president of the Standard Coupler Company of New York, to accept the presidency of the Hudson Bridge Corp., of New York. The company will construct a bridge across the Hudson river from 5th St. to the high ground of New Jersey, west of Weehawken. It will be remembered that Mr. Post was elected to represent the 14th District in Congress, while a resident of this county, being one of the few Democrats ever elected to the National Legislature from this district. ALSO Morris Baker, bookkeeper in the First National Bank, is quite seriously ill with measles at his home on Grow Avenue.
Harford – The North Harford Book Club held its annual banquet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Titus. The men served the dinner and the menu consisted of oysters, coffee, doughnuts, olives, cookies, rolls and brick ice cream. About 40 were present and the ladies had a day of rest, as the men prepared the dinner and washed all the dishes. ALSO C. C. Darrow, of North Harford, seems to be the busy man here, driving the school wagon to Harford.
Dimock – Our correspondent says: “A young man, in an open car, raced through here on Sunday afternoon way over the speed limit, never slacking up the least bit when he saw a flock of hens in the road ahead of him. The machine ran over and killed three nice laying pullets and injured two more. The driver just barely missed colliding with a locust tree in rounding the corner towards Montrose. The owner of the poultry at once explained the matter over the telephone to a state trooper at the Tarbell House, who met the young men as soon as he drove into Montrose, causing him to make settlement for the damage wrought by his reckless driving.”
Brooklyn – The Universalist S. S. will hold a social next Saturday evening, Lincoln’s birthday. Everyone is requested to bring a saying or an anecdote of Lincoln’s.
Middletown Twp. – A public sale of more than ordinary proportions will be made by P. F. Degnan on February 24, as per detailed announcement in the advertising columns. Mr. Degnan lost his wife about a year ago, and finding it difficult to find help, finds it necessary to retire from the farm, and will sell or rent his farm. Thirty head of cattle are offered for sale, as well as other stock, farm machinery, grain, hay, shingles, lumber, etc.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – W. H. Valentine is Lynn’s wide-awake blacksmith and wagon maker. While horse-shoeing is Mr. Valentine’s specialty, he is doing wagon work as an accommodation to his patrons, but says he still has difficulty in getting needed supplies, particularly rims, spokes, etc. No young men seem to be learning the blacksmith and wagon repairing business now and we often wonder what the farmers are going to do in a few years.
Oakland – Stanley H. Brush and Floyd E. Brush have purchased of Stack & Bryant the hardware store conducted in connection with the Stack & Bryant grocery business on the Oakland side. Brush Brothers conducted both the grocery store and the hardware store on the Oakland side for many years. They sold their grocery business to Joseph Stack, who later sold a half interest to L. T. Bryant. Stack & Bryant also purchased the hardware store, and conducted it in connection with the grocery business. Brush Brothers will give their entire time to the hardware store. They expect to enlarge by adding another floor. Floyd E. Brush, who has been residing in Binghamton for the past year, has sold his property in the Parlor City and has returned to Susquehanna.
Thompson – The Susquehanna County Free Library Association is asking voluntary contributions for the purpose of adding more traveling libraries. Contributions in this place may be handed to Prof. Walter or to E. S. Potter.
Gelatt – Earl Whitter, of Susquehanna, expects to make two trips a week through here with bakery goods from Getter’s Bakery.
New Milford – Lawrence Shelp, of Rochester, NY, visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Shelp, of this place, over the weekend. Of him the New Milford Advertiser says: “Lawrence is a former New Milford boy who is making good. He enlisted in the U. S. cavalry during the late war, and was stationed in Oklahoma. Later he was transferred to the field artillery and sent to France, arriving in that country only two days before the armistice was signed. He says he was sorry not to get into action after getting over there, but was mighty glad to get back to the good, old U. S. A. Of late he has been making good as a ball player during the summer season. He made an enviable record last year in the Industrial League of Rochester, having a batting average of over 500 and a fielding average of 991(?), having only three errors in fourteen games played.”
Forest City – Much as been said of late concerning the “woman in black” whose mysterious ways are unfathomable. Several persons claim to have been held up by this incognito, but no serious results are announced. Mike Burdick says the woman in black is a man. Who knows? ALSO A patient died at the Farview State Hospital for Criminal Insane the first of the week. A Simpson undertaker secured the body and took it to his morgue to prepare it for burial. A Forest City undertaker later appeared and demanded the body, claiming he had authority to care for it. The Simpson undertaker refused to give it up, and during the night, the Forest City undertaker is alleged to have quietly entered the Simpson rooms and spirited the body away. The Simpson undertaker’s ire can better be imagined than expressed in print.
Uniondale – Lasco Lenox is now the oldest section hand in point of service in the employ of the Erie here. By faithful work he has become an assistant foreman. Lasco is happy at all times but more especially at home with his wife and eight children.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – About 30 men, neighbors and friends, attended the wood bee held for John Conrad and the Davis sisters. The men put up a fine pile of wood, which they appreciate very much. Surely good will and helpfulness abound in this neighborhood.
Hopbottom – On Thursday of last week the Hopbottom Book club met with Mrs. Bisbee. The hostess served sherbet and two kinds of cake. On the same afternoon the Foster Book club met with Mrs. Learn. Charming selections were rendered on the victrola. The hostess served sandwiches, chocolate cake and cocoa with whipped cream.
February 18 (1921/2021)
Herrick Center – A sleigh load of ten of our young people enjoyed a ride to Pleasant Mount, Saturday night, and were also served with coffee, cake and pickles at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Tennant.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. – Of course we are going to attend the “Old Folks” concert at Welsh Hill next Monday night. The Welsh Hill choral society concert will be so diversified as to suit the most exacting. We are going over and enjoy a side-splitting laugh. After the concert the Ladies’ Aid will serve lunch in the hall. Ollie Jones is slated as manager; T. D. Jones, first base; Wortley Bennett, third base; Girdon Westcott and several others will act as substitutes. The manager has a fine tenor voice and will be heard in several solos.
South Gibson – The Boy’s Character Builder class met at the home of F. F. Resseguie. Refreshments were served and a good time reported.
Clifford – Mrs. Clarissa [Clara] Wells, a life-long resident of the county, died on Feb. 13, 1921, at the home of her daughter, Marian. She was born in Clifford in 1836, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Burdick Cole, pioneer residents of Clifford twp. Her father, with his gun as his only companion, walked from the State of New York and secured a tract of land in Clifford twp. and proceeded to carve out a home from the forest. Her mother was a sister of the late Philip Burdick, in his time one of the best known and respected residents of this place. She is survived by two sons, F. J. Wells of Forest City, William I. Wells, of Uniondale, and a daughter, Mrs. Marian Hadsell, Newark, N. J. [Clarissa was married to and divorced from James Wells, of Clifford.]
Forest City – If you are interested in paying your income tax you will have a chance next Wednesday, when a representative of the Internal Revenue Collector will be at the borough building. ALSO F. T. Gelder has introduced an appropriation bill in the lower house of the State Legislature, asking for $18,000 for the Barnes Memorial hospital at Susquehanna. Eight thousand dollars of the amount would be used for maintenance and $10,000 for improvements.
Susquehanna – Guy Wilbur, proprietor of Wilbur’s Hotel on Front Street, Susquehanna, and his family, had a narrow escape from death at Great Bend, last week, while coming from Great Bend by auto. In the darkness he failed to make the turn and ran onto the railroad tracks at the Main street crossing. As he brought the car to a stop on the railroad tracks an Erie freight train came down upon them at high speed. The party jumped from the car and reached a place of safety as the locomotive struck the car and completely destroyed it.
Rush Township – The one and only John Devine was sighted in front of the Democrat building Friday. John says he is awful busy but hopes, soon, to write a book on “How to farm and not notice it.” John lives in Rush Twp., whose citizens are often in Divine presence.
Dimock –A. L. Evans, proprietor of the Dimock hotel, is desirous of selling the property, owing to his coal business demanding more of his time and also to his belief that his wife’s health would be benefited by her being able to retire from so confining an occupation. ALSO We are glad to state that all of those who were on the sick list last week are improving. There are a few new cases this week. Two of the sons of Thomas Oliver are ill with pneumonia. There is a case of scarlet fever in the home of Foster Williams. Miss Theodora Cope has been ill with the mumps. Miss Marian West has been quite ill the past week with tonsillitis. ALSO The Valentine social at the Community Building was well attended. $27 was obtained for the benefit of the Montrose Traveling Library Fund.
Fairdale – A sleigh load from here attended Grange at Lawton, Saturday, February 12th.
Great Bend – James C. Florance has sold his brick block, on Main Street, to Wm. Gore, of Johnson City, who will open up an up-to-date garage, now making necessary repairs and installing machinery. This block was formerly owned by the late A. L. Reckhow.
Franklin Twp. – There was a riding downhill party on Booth’s hill last Thursday. Twenty-two were present.
Montrose – On Feb. 22nd, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Nash celebrate the 40th anniversary of their marriage. Montrose’s veteran florist and his wife are among our most highly esteemed and energetic citizens, and there are many who will wish them hearty congratulations on this important anniversary. ALSO The vulcanizing works operated by E. S. Bardwell is doing a steady business this winter. Motorists are having their tires overhauled during the winter so that they will be ready for sprig use. The town is fortunate in having a good vulcanizing plant and so capable and honest a man to run it. It has saved local automobilists a large amount in repairs and the proprietor’s advice is always good whether to get the worn tires repaired or buy new ones. That he treats the trade right is shown by his steadily increasing business.
Springville – Frank Forbes, of New York city, who is a noted baritone singer studying under Dudley Buck, was the guest of his sister, Mrs. W. H. Cadwell for a few days last week. Mr. Forbes was accompanied by a young lady who possesses an extraordinary contralto voice, and with Miss Grabowski, the blind pianist, of Scranton, as their accompanist, they gave a concert in the Community building at Dimock, which received highest praise from those in attendance.
Lanesboro – Mrs. Ray Hubbard experienced a night of horror and today is suffering from the many painful bruises and lacerations sustained when she leaped from the roof of her porch into the snow, this morning about 1 o’clock. The Hubbard family occupy the Barnes homestead almost under the Erie’s steel bridge. Mr. Hubbard is employed on the D. & H. and away from home a good deal. Mrs. Hubbard heard a noise which sounded as if someone was trying to force open one of the windows on the first floor. As it continued she could stand it no longer and went out on the roof and jumped to the ground, a distance of 15 feet, in her bare feet. When landing she was severely injured about the limbs and body. She made her way to J. A. Virginia’s home and aroused them and several guests of the hotel nearby. A thorough search was made and no trace of an intruder could be found, although it appeared as if someone had made tracks in the snow. Mrs. Hubbard received medical attention while her baby slept all through the excitement.
Febraury 25 (1921/2021)
Forest City – David A. Davis, of this place, in memory of his son, Lieut. Reese Davis, presented the Reese Davis Post No. 187, American Legion, Scranton, with a stand of colors on Tuesday evening. Lieut. Davis fell in the fields of Northern France among the bodies of the men he was attempting to save. The young physician, just out of medical college, had been one of the internes at the State Hospital in Scranton. With two other members of the staff, he left the country early in 1917 and became attached to the British army for service, although he wore the uniform of the United States army. Judge George Maxey, who presented the standard to the post in behalf of the father, said the following: “Up in Forest City we call the man who sits at my right, Davey Davis, and he had a right to call upon me to present these colors for him and I had no right to refuse; for his son gave his life that your children and mine might enjoy peace and liberty. Reese Davis gave his life in a worthy cause and you have done well to name your post after him.” In conclusion he said: “Back in Northern France there is a place that is a part of America and a part of Forest City to the mother and father of Reese Davis, for there his body is buried.”
Thompson – The Thompson Electric Light Company cleared $25 on the motion picture entertainment given in Keystone Hall last Saturday evening. The Company will have a meeting Monday night to find out the expense for running the plant the first month.
New Milford – George A. Lewis has been awarded $4,000 in the settlement of a large action against the Lackawanna and Pennsylvania railroads. The action was a result of the death of Cecil A. Lewis, a son of Mr. Lewis, who was killed in Oct. 1918 in the yards at Buffalo. While engaged in his duties as an employee of the Lackawanna he was struck and killed by a Pennsylvania train.
Ararat – Isaac Rankin, Civil War veteran, now living in Carbondale the past few years, died at his home following an illness of a week’s duration. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a member of Co. B, 145th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was a resident of Ararat township for many years. He and his wife were married 54 years last July 8th, and celebrated the occasion by a visit to the Gettysburg battlefield. He is survived by two daughters and two sons. Interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Carbondale.
Rush – “The Little Red Mare and Mother Goose” operetta at the Rush M. E. church, Friday evening, Feb. 25th. Come and hear the whistling birds. Proceeds for community building fund.
Heart Lake – C. L. Stephens informed this newspaper that no trace has been found of the thieves who stole his National touring car, last week, while on sale in a Binghamton garage. The car, which was recovered near Heart Lake after it had been abandoned, was in as good condition as ever, save that one of the head lights had been broken. The thieves evidently were trying to reach Scranton with the stolen car, but when it became stalled in a snow bank they left it and made off on foot.
Lake Montrose – Charles Hoyt has harvested around 7,000 tons of ice from the lake this winter, a substantial part of same being for the Borden’s shipping plant here. The farmers have been extraordinarily good customers of Mr. Hoyt this winter, taking around 3600 tons. The quality of ice taken from the lake, always good, was particularly fine this winter. The ice this year averaged around 12 inches, which is lighter than that usually harvested here.
Hallstead – The Democrat has no more loyal subscriber and friend than Mrs. W. L. Ainey, who has been a continuous reader of the Democrat for more than 55 years. This lady has hosts of friends in various parts of the county who will be pleased that she is enjoying good health. She has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Giles Carpenter, for some years past.
Montrose – Landlord D. J. Donovan opened his handsome new restaurant, the “Everbest,” in the basement of the Tarbell House, last week, and is using same for patrons of the hotel, while the dining room proper of the hotel is being improved by a new floor laid of marbeloid. The restaurant is most complete in every respect and the genial landlord is due full credit for giving Montrose one of the “spiffiest” eating places to be found in northern Pennsylvania. ALSO A. L. Titman, president of the borough council, believes that all good citizens should remove the snow from their sidewalks. He not only preaches it, but practices it. President Titman has a horse-propelled snowplow and after using it to clean the snow off the walks on his own properties, the horse is given a little needed exercise by pulling it over the sidewalks on neighboring blocks around Jackson and South Main streets and Lincoln avenue. This thoughtful act on his part has greatly lessened—so tis’ said—the migration of Montrose residents south this winter.
County Women Jurors: The names of 24 women were taken from the jury wheel during the past week to serve as jurors at the April term of court. Of this number only two happened to be drawn to serve on the grand jury, which meets here the last Monday of March, the 28th. They are Amelia Baker, of Franklin township and Beatrice Milliken, of Gibson township.
Snow Storm – About a foot of snow fell Saturday night and Sunday morning, making the heaviest snow fall of the winter. Fortunately the wind did not pile the light snow into drifts, and it has made excellent sleighing. Monday morning the mercury registered as low as 20 below zero in some places, it being so reported from Kingsley, while at Rush, Springville and other points, 16 was recorded. The best Montrose could do, which always feels hurt if beaten in the matter of frigidity, was around eight below.
News Brief: Hatpins are carried in the hands and not worn on the headgear of many girls of Hazleton, since a “Jack the Hugger” started to operate in the residential section and has terrorized many young women by his attacks.
March 04 (1921/2021)
Hallstead – Fire practically destroyed the handsome hotel property owned by John E. Clune. The property, valued at about $30,000, was gutted by the flames, and it was with difficulty the fire was confined to the building. The Binghamton fire department was phoned to for assistance, when Chief Lyons and the crew with Pump 2 made a quick run to Hallstead. This hotel was formerly known as the Mitchell House. Mr. Clune bought it some years ago and converted it into a modern hotel property. The loss will be a serious one to Hallstead.
Friendsville – The general store, which for forty-five years has been successfully conducted by E. E. Lee at this place, was sold on Monday last to Charles F. Geary. Mr. Lee will retire from all business and it is probably that he and Mrs. Lee will go to Philadelphia for the remainder of the winter. Mr. Geary has also secured the contract for carrying the mail between Friendsville and Apalachin during the coming term.
Herrick Center – Melvin Wimple has gone on another trip to Deansboro, NY. Rumor says he will bring home a bride.
Clifford – Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ayres and Mr. and Mrs. Emery Greene attended the Old Folks’ concert at Welsh Hill on Monday night. A delightful program was rendered and it was a success in every way.
Rush Twp. –In Lawton, a “fox chase” is to be held. A. R. Wilcox and Lewis Loomis are sponsors for the chase, and they will use several live foxes to trail the large pack of hounds expected. Prizes ranging from $2 to $7 for the best trailers will be offered. By the methods followed the dogs are simply allowed to follow the scent of the foxes, which are led over a five-mile route, there being no possibility of the foxes being caught or worried by the hounds.
Montrose – Attorney F. A. Davies went to Washington, D. C., where he will attend the inauguration of President Harding. Mr. Davies has the unique distinction of having voted as a delegate for Harding at the Chicago nominating convention; was present at his formal notification at Marion, and will now attend his inauguration. ALSO The old book and stationery store on Church street, which has been the stand for such a business for nearly half a century, is soon to be opened under the management of Mrs. Irene R. McCollum. A gift department will be added and one section of the store will be devoted to a woman’s exchange in response to many requests for same. This will be a new departure in Montrose and will doubtless prove of real benefit to many, having fancy or other articles for sale.
Springville – Prof. Stuart Button returned home on Sunday, a much married man. After school Friday he slipped quietly away and was married on Saturday to a young lady of Hopbottom. If it had not been for the cigars and cards probably Springville would never have heard of the affair. For once, Springville “got left.” Now that it is no secret we congratulate Mr. Button and wish them many happy years of wedded life. [The bride, Miss Beulah E. Downey, is the present worthy matron of Prosperity Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, at Hopbottom].
Brooklyn – At last Brooklyn has a snowplow. W. A. Stephens and Geo. H. Terry constructed it. J. J. Austin hitched his horse to it and made a much- needed path to the trolley station. We trust that there are other public-spirited men who will lend their aid in removing the snow from the sidewalks at the proper time.
Kingsley –Some of the stockholders of the Northeastern Telephone Co., here, flatly refused to pay an assessment of $14, which was lately levied upon them by the company until they can have the use of the line, as at present they are unable to call Central, due it is thought, too the dilapidated condition of the switchboards.
Auburn Twp. – The Washington and Lincoln exercises rendered by Miss Susie Swackhamer’s pupils at the schoolhouse, were largely attended and much appreciated by the patrons of the school. One man, a recent arrival, whose children have attended schools in several different counties in this state, said that his children had never made such progress as they have this winter under the tutelage of Miss Swackhamer.
Silver Lake – C. C. Rose, of the Silver Lake Farms, has the county agency for the Indiana “All-Round” tractor in the county. One may be seen in operation at the Silver Lake Farms, that is, when farming operations can be progressed. Mr. Rose makes very strong claims for this tractor, emphasizing one feature—that it enables one man to work a two-man farm and save one man and four horses on a six-horse farm.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Frank Strong went to a hospital in Scranton last Friday to have his eyes treated. We understand he had an operation on one of his eyes. They took the eye out and scraped the film off, and put the eye back, taking four stitches to hold the eye in place.
Jackson – The Jackson-New Milford Good Roads Association held a meeting at Lake Side, recently. If a much traveled road in the county needs to be improved, it is this Jackson-New Milford road, which connects the State Highway at Jackson with the Lackawanna Trail at New Milford, a distance of about eight miles.
Little Meadows – A quilting party was held at the home of Jennie Newman for Mrs. Arthur Mead and family, who home was destroyed by fire with no insurance. ALSO The Little Meadows hotel, formerly owned by Geo. McCrossin, has been sold to Francis Fitzmartin.
Harford – Mrs. Melvin Tingley and Mrs. G. W. Peck were entertained Feb. 22nd at the home of Mrs. W. H. Richardson to celebrate Mrs. Peck’s birthday. A cake, on which was a hatchet and the date, Feb. 22nd, and decorated with primrose flowers, was on the table. The menu consisted of oysters, mashed potatoes, boiled ham, coffee, pickles, sweet corn, turnips, doughnuts, cookies, mince pie, cheese and jello, in which were George Washington cherries.
Dimock – Ernest Benninger has sent an order to Pittsburgh for a wood saw and engine, which will be here soon and then he will be ready to saw your wood cheap for cash.
Susquehanna – The main topic of conversation here, as in many other railroad towns, is the discussion of the Labor Board at Chicago, and its consequent results to the many employees. The decision will be known the first of this week, it is reported.
March 11 (1921/2021)
Forest City – William, the 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Jones, Jr. and his cousin, Berton, aged 11 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Holdren, met with a miraculous escape Sunday, when they were run down by an Erie freight train. The boys walked to the Stillwater breaker, but the road was muddy and they returned on the railroad track. The northbound train came along near the silk mill, where their attention was distracted from the south bound train, which was noticed when it was too late. The Holdren boy was standing in the middle of the track when struck by the engine. It is said that 74 cars passed over him. The engineer stopped his train and went to the front of the engine where he expected to find the boys, but found only their caps. At the rear of the train he found the Holdren boy, who was placed in the caboose and hurried to Emergency hospital, Carbondale. He sustained a fracture of the skull, the left leg was crushed near the hip, with severe lacerations about the body. The Jones boy had his right foot crushed and is delirious. Two toes were amputated and he was taken home. Kirk Rolls, who was with the boys escaped without injury. A man standing nearby cried to the Holdren boy to keep his head down, thinking that he was his own son. No more is known of his condition at this time. ALSO The John L. Kirby & Son’s Coal company, better known as the Stillwater Colliery, north of this place, suspended operations Saturday. The reason assigned is that there is no demand for anthracite coal and that but few orders are coming in—not enough to warrant the continuance of work, even on part time.
Montrose – Frank T. Mack, who recently underwent an operation in the Binghamton City Hospital, arrived home. While not as yet being able to be out, he is convalescing rapidly and his many friends hope to soon see him at his restaurant, the Subway Lunch. ALSO Elmer Shaffer advertises a big horse sale at the Tarbell House Barn, March 12th. On March 30th, Brumbaugh & Guyer will have another auction sale of a car load of horses at the Tarbell House barn. The sale last Saturday, notwithstanding the stormy weather, was very largely attended, showing there is a demand for good horses. (The Tarbell House barn is presently C & F Motors.)
Brooklyn – A. L. Gere is rapidly coming to the front as a breeder of pure-bred swine, specializing in the popular Berkshire breed. Mr. Gere is one of those types of men who believe it wise to make haste slowly, when such haste interferes with the development of the blood lines, which contribute to profitable swine—and swine should be an important part of every farm program.
Thompson – Born to Thompson and Ararat, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Crosier, an orchestra. The happy parents have christened it “The Sympathy Orchestra.” All signs point to a very brilliant career for this organization, which consists of twenty persons, both young and old, and judging from its first uproar, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be taking a back seat in the near future.
Susquehanna – Vincent Connolly and Joseph Moroski, playing with the Susquehanna team of the Inter-State basket ball league, assisted in the downfall of the Hallstead quintet at Susquehanna. The score was 32-22. Connolly was the scoring star for Susky. Susquehanna stands third in the pennant race for the second half. ALSO The Federal Labor Board, at Chicago, decided that the Erie company had no legal right to make a reduction in wages. The Board has not the power to enforce its ruling which calls upon the Erie to restore former pay to its employees, and to make good the difference due, and it is said the Erie will ignore the order in its entirety.
Uniondale – John Smith, who for the past ten years had charge of the Forest City poor farm, in Herrick, left for Endicott to reside with is daughter. He was a faithful manager and the farm, under his supervision, has become a source of profit. ALSO To Mr. and Mrs. John Burdick, of this place, the birth of a son on March 3, 1921.
Welsh Hill – Mrs. Arietta Watkins, whose home was destroyed by fire about two years ago, is having a new residence built by A. W. Tennant and John J. Paye and son, Harry.
Dimock – Frances Barnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Barnes, who attends Dimock school and boards at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Barnes, is now ill at the latter place with pneumonia, following the measles. The other sick ones are on the road to recovery, although the mumps and measles are still prevalent in this place. Twelve families are now under quarantine in this place. ALSO On account of the bad weather and so much sickness in the place of late, news items are a scarce article.
Hop Bottom – M. E. Rynearson, the well-known agent for Nash and Dodge Brothers’ cars and Larrabee trucks, is a live-wire salesman and is planning for an especially active campaign in the truck department, as well as automobiles, this spring and summer.
Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – O. B. Howard had the misfortune to get tipped over with a load of wood in his woods, one day last week, and got caught underneath so it was necessary to call for help. ALSO We are having some very fine spring weather at present and hope it continues. The robins are chirping their sweet songs once more, we are glad to say.
Marriage Licenses: Domincio Dimidio and Mayrench Harley, both of New Milford; Willard H. Osterhout and Bessie M. Burns, both of Susquehanna; Ray Hurlburt and Florence Johnson, both of Bridgewater Twp.
Friendsville – Mrs. Anna Marie Sweeney died March 7, 1921, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Tierney, of this place. Besides her daughter, she is survived by four other children, Sister Mary Camilla, of Dushore; Charles F. Sweeney of Brackney; Mrs. Michael McNerney, of Friendsville and John J. Sweeney, of St. Joseph. The funeral was held in St. Francis Xavier church, Friendsville and burial in St. Augustine’s cemetery, Silver Lake.
News Brief: One by one, man’s inalienable rights are being filched from him. Down in Wilkes-Barre they have arrested a fellow for snoring in church.
March 18 (1921/2021)
Alford – The Gentlemen’s chicken-pie supper was a great success in every way. Proceeds, $46.10. Much praise is due the Alford jazz band and we must mention the clog dancing by little Ronald Richardson, and Everitt Aldrich, who was the only gentleman to make his own chicken-pie. The others all had to call on their wives to help them out.
Montrose – Landlord John J. Burke, of the Exchange Hotel, was sentenced in the U. S. district count at Scranton, to pay a fine of $100 and imprisonment in the county jail for 30 days as a result of violating the 18th amendment of the constitution. The crime with which he was charged was receiving two barrels of whiskey from Scranton parties, for which he said he paid $1,800. He took officers to the garage in the rear of the hotel and showed them the liquor, which was confiscated by the officers. The fact that Burke admitted his guilt accounts for the lightness of his sentence. ALSO Henry L. Beach has invented a clever device which permits the heat from an oil stove be distributed where desired for the comfort of those sitting in any part of a room, instead of the heat immediately going toward the ceiling. Mr. Beach has patented some fifteen inventions, all of which have been highly successful and profitable.
Uniondale – Thirty-three years ago this week, Uniondale was snow-bound as never before or since. Snow began falling on Saturday and for one week there was no railroad traffic. The storm is remembered as the “Conkling blizzard.” It is said that a cabman asked $50 to convey Roscoe Conkling from his office in New York city to his apartments in the Hoffman House, in that city. The ex-Senator refused to pay and walked and in a few days after died as the result of exposure. Different conditions prevailed Tuesday [of this week], when the robins and bluebirds warbled their joy at the coming of spring.
Susquehanna – Another change in the local shop here went into effect on Monday, when the men were put on six days a week, and orders were also received to reduce the force employed to bring operating expenses to a sum equivalent to the four days per week which had been in effect the past six weeks. This will mean that 240 or more men will be laid off until further notice.
Jackson – F. M. Pease, of this place, is one of the county’s best road supervisors.
Rush – The matter of organizing a Boy Scout troop is being thoughtfully considered. Christie Curran, teacher in the Rush High School, and who is interested in all kinds of sports, is among the most active in promoting the laudable project.
Forest Lake – A social will be held at the home of R. H. Raub, for the benefit of the Taylor Hollow school, on March 25th. Ladies, bring cake or sandwiches. Refreshments, 25 cents; children under 12 years, 15 cents.
Hopbottom – It is rumored that bids are soon to be let for the construction of the Lackawanna Trail between Hopbottom and Nicholson. The trail is to be constructed on the lower side of the old roadbed, the upper side being reserved for the now existing freight track, extending from Nicholson to Hopbottom, which is to be maintained.
Lakeview – The men drawing milk to Susquehanna are driving three and four horses on account of the roads. We wonder if it would help the cause of good roads any if the county commissioners could ride over the road from New Milford to Jackson. Certainly the road has never been worse than now.
Forest City – Paul Franceski, who left here last Labor Day for a visit with relatives in Jugo-Slavia, and Italy, has purchased a hotel property in Milan, one of the largest cities of Italy. He was expected to return ere this, but having engaged in his new venture the time of his coming is uncertain.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. – Word has been received of the death of David S. Jenkins, in Ontario, California. He was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jenkins, pioneer residents of Welsh Hill, and was born in Clifford township in 1854. He worked in Ontario and Australia, state of Washington and went to California for his health. Two brothers have preceded him in death, the Hon. Thomas Jenkins, of Dawn, Mo., and Z. D. Jenkins, of Montrose, at one time sheriff of this county. He is survived by one brother Hon. John G. Jenkins of London. England and two sisters, Mrs. Levi West, Montgomery, N. Y. and Mrs. Henry Davis, of Neath, Bradford County, and three sons.
West Auburn – Married – Mr. William Kinner, of Hopbottom and Mrs. Nellie Potter of this place. We extend best wishes.
Bridgewater Twp. – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Caterson, of Williams’ Pond, Saturday, March 12, 1921, a son, Donald Clair Caterson.
Thompson – On Thursday evening last, in Keystone Hall, a reception was given in honor of Harold Wallace, who just recently returned home from Syria after a four year absence. He was the first of the Thompson boys to enlist in the World War. After spending about a year in this country, he was detailed for service in France. When the armistice was signed, Harold and several of his associates took up American Relief work in the Near East. He is a graduate of Thompson High School and is an individual the like of which is needed in every community.
News Brief: Many people have remarked this winter, “There’s no use going south when we get weather like this.” The last week of unusually advanced spring weather has almost made us forget that we can experience such winters as that of 1919-20. And now with daffodils, crocuses and tulips bursting through the ground from which the frost has practically left, it appears like an early spring. The roads have “settled” and in some places the mud has given way to dust, although occasional rain—interspersed with bright, balmy days—keeps the “dust nuisance” abated. But, we have not forgotten that “March came in like a lamb” and we may yet repent his triumphant declaration of the death of Winter.
March 25 (1921/2021)
Hallstead – Another destructive fire, from unknown causes, partly destroyed the former Barber homestead, recently purchased by Harvey Sackett. The blaze was first seen by Britton McKeeby and while he was arousing the neighbors by telephone, a train from Binghamton pulled into the yards, the engineer, with a few shrill blasts from the whistle, gave a general alarm, and then brought his train to a stop. The train crew ran to the house and aroused the Sackett family, who were still sleeping. The firemen were soon on the ground and got the flames under control, but not until the roof and second story had been destroyed. The family removed to a house on Dayton Avenue.
Forest City – One of the most important real estate deals of the week was consummated when Mrs. W. H. Wildenberger purchased of H. P. Johns the store building adjoining the M. E. church. It is the second oldest business house in Forest City, being constructed in past by T. J. Pentecost, and later remodeled by J. P. Johns. The lower story is occupied by Mrs. K. B. Realy as a department store. The second story has been for several years occupied by Mrs. Wildenberger as a millinery store and the third floor as living apartments.
Dimock – Winford Estus is the latest victim of the measles. The hotel has been under quarantine for some time. For this reason the Misses Elaine and Irene Tanner, two high school girls that room there, are staying with Miss Alma Williams until the quarantine is removed. Winford is coming along in fine shape. ALSO Sugar making seems to go pretty slow in this place, as the weather does not seem to favor the product. Very few people are trying to make any. ALSO The largest and most reliable seed house in this part of the country is conducted by B. E. & T. J. Cokely, of Scranton, and a matter of real interest in connection therewith is the fact that they are natives of Dimock. All seeds and bulbs handled by these men are of the very highest quality and customers of many years speak of them in the highest terms.
Gibson – The Ladies’ Aid Society of the M. E. church will serve an egg supper, at the Grange Hall, a week from Friday. Be sure not to miss the great egg hunt. The proceeds are for the pastor’s salary.
N. Bridgewater Twp. – W. G. Briggs has sold his farm in this place to Arthur R. Bush, who will take possession the 20th of April. This is one of the finest and best-kept farms in this part of the county and will continue to be so, as Mr. Bush is a hustling young farmer. Mr. Briggs and family expect to buy a home in Montrose and locate here, and will make a public sale of all his personal property at a later date.
Forest Lake – There will be a masquerade social at the creamery hall, Friday evening, April 1. Everybody come and have a good time on All Fools’ Night. Prizes will be awarded for the best disguises; also for the horridest looking lady and gent. Supper will be served. Ladies, please bring eatables—anything.
Little Meadows – A box social was held at the home of W. D. Minkler on Thursday evening, March 17, for the benefit of the Little Meadows school. A good crowd was present. The proceeds were $33.70.
Lake View – Many May flowers have been seen around here, which goes to show that the old saying is true. April showers bring May flowers; only they are early this year.
Brooklyn – Brooklyn is once more organizing a band. B. L. Jewett is the leader. The boys meet for practice Tuesday evenings. ALSO There are two cases of scarlet fever in quarantine here. Bernice, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kent and Betty Williams, who was taken ill Friday night. The primary room at school was closed Monday and Tuesday for fumigation.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. – Arthur Owens, a former resident of Welsh Hill, who removed to Blakely about two years ago, has purchased a meat market and grocery store in that town and expects to be ready for business, April 1st.
Thompson – Mrs. George Pickering was the recipient of a beautiful Easter basket, presented to her by little Clara Schneider. The basket was purchased in Scranton and was filled with chocolate and Easter bunnies and many other articles.
New Milford – Robert Wilber, a 15-year-old boy of Summersville, had his leg cut off above the ankle while jumping from a D. L. & W. engine on Saturday afternoon. He was taken to the Moses Taylor hospital, Scranton, on train No. 28. Dr. A. C. Hull accompanied him.
Montrose – A large flock of geese, flying so low that their honking could be plainly heard, passed over Montrose on Thursday evening of last week, just after dusk. They appeared bewildered and were evidently seeking an alighting place for the night.
Fairdale – On March 12th, the first Junior Grange in the county was instituted. Fairdale Grange is in a thriving condition, thirty-five new members having been added recently. It is believed the Junior Grange will soon spread to other Granges, as there is a growing sentiment for older Grangers to take more interest in the children and endeavor to add to the pleasures and advancement of the youth. It may be the right way to keep the boy and girl on the farm.
Jail Incidents: There was a slight blaze at the jail yesterday afternoon, at 3:30, and an alarm was turned in. Papers and magazines which had been placed around a radiator, were found in a blaze, which leads the Sheriff to believe that a match must have been used to light them. No damage was done, except the wood-work being scorched. An investigation is being made as to the cause. ALSO There was a lively stir about town last Saturday, precipitated by the arrest of Vernon Collier and a friend, named Hoffman, of Trenton, NJ, who were visiting friends here, on the charge of forgery, and the young men were placed in jail for the night. Collier was released the following morning, it being apparent that he was innocent, his chum confessing to the forgery of a check of $108. A brother of Hoffman came and paid the amount of the check and Hoffman was also released. A few hours after Hoffman had been released another telegram was received requesting that he be held, another forged check for a like amount having turned up, but the young man had left town.
April 01 (1921/2021)
Springville – Ed. R. Thomas, for many years Springville’s miller, and by the way, a fine, cordial fellow, has rented his farm and will sell the personal property at public sale Saturday, April 9. He retains a part of his large residence and will remain in Springville. He is entitled to a good-sized vacation.
Hop Bottom – Roberts Bros., our enterprising coal dealer, advises the purchase of next winter’s coal now. And offer a 50 cent reduction for April. A full coal bin always gives a comfortable feeling.
New Milford – On Wednesday afternoon a quiet wedding was held at the M. E. parsonage, when Rev. B. R. Hanton united in marriage Harold Whitney and Ethel Matthews. They left on train No. 28 for a short wedding trip.
Dimock – The Bird Club of this place has already met at the home of F. R. Cope for one of their meetings, where the usual benefits and pleasure was obtained from Mr. Cope’s instructive talks. Mr. Cope is considered an authority on birds and flowers as he is a genuine naturalist, having made a study of nature, and especially all plant life, for years. The young people of this place are fortunate in having the privilege of such a club under his direction.
Glenwood – This vicinity was the scene of much excitement March 22nd when Mrs. Sidney Marcy was severely burned, having caught her sweater on fire from the stove in a manner unknown. Her clothing was practically all singed and she was injured on the hands, arms, back and one limb, and but for the timely arrival of her son, Elmer, would have been fatally burned. Her clothing was a mass of flames, but with plenty of water at hand, he soon put it out. The house was also on fire which was luckily discovered and extinguished. Dr. Harry Trimmer, of South Gibson, was called, and under his care she is improving nicely. She was the recipient of an Easter sunshine box from a host of her friends. What a surprise when she looked at each name and token—how the tears came to her eyes.
Lathrop Twp. – Editor Tiffany, of the Nicholson Examiner, is a sleuth. He says: “We have knowledge that there are persons in Lathrop who are selling cider-wine with a big kick in it. This is against the law and if the parties continue to sell it or give it away, they will have Uncle Sam after them.
Jackson – Windsor W. Larrabee, an aged and esteemed citizen of this place, died March 22, 1921, at the Central Hotel, his late home, after a brief illness, at age 76. The greater share of Mr. Larrabee’s life was spent in Jackson township, where he was born on the old Larrabee homestead, the son of Emory and Laura (Wheaton) Larrabee, descendants of two of the township’s oldest pioneer families. His father moved to Jackson in 1825 with his parents, from Vermont. His mother came to the county in 1821 with her parents, Moses and Polly (Aldrich) Wheaton, of New Hampshire, who also settled in Jackson. Windsor Larrabee served during nearly the whole four years of the Civil War, being part of the time in the navy. His father and two of his brothers, Alfred and Oscar, were also in the service, the latter being in the Battle of Gettysburg. In all there were seven members of this family in the war. After the war Windsor married Miss Josephine Leonard. He leaves a daughter and eight grandchildren. Burial took place in the Lamb cemetery in Jackson.
Uniondale – Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edson Reeder, broke his left arm in two places recently. The youngster was on a cow’s back when Boss threw him forcibly to the ground. ALSO Some of the town people visited the high school Friday. The teachers and pupils were very much surprised, as well as pleased, and wished that there were more interested enough to visit the schools. ALSO Wm. White has moved a building on W. E. Gibson’s lot and opened therein a meat market.
Montrose – An evidence of the large number of persons attending the large horse sale here, was the fact that every available stall in the barns and stables in the town was filled. Some teamsters found it impossible to secure stabling for horses. Another argument for a public hitching place. ALSO W. A. Welliver, owner of the Ideal Theatre, is planning to have a large stage constructed so that the popular motion picture house may be used for plays and vaudeville entertainments. This is the finest motion picture house in this section and at a comparatively small expense can be made into a first-class play house for all classes of traveling troupes.
Auburn Twp. – The Auburn Four Corners creamery is to be reopened today. This creamery has been in almost continuous operation for twenty-seven years.
Rush – Messrs. Reed W. Devine, John Devine, Harry Juser, Dayton Brotzman, Oliver Wilbur and Clark Wilbur, were in town Monday and drove back six Ford cars which had been sold by Mr. Devine, proprietor of the Devine garage at Lawton. The purchasers of the cars were Levi P. Light, Clark Warner, Peter Cryan, Nathan Cobb, Frank McCormick, all touring cars, and a truck purchased by Haskell Devine.
Hallstead – A Ford car, loaded with [illegal] whiskey, was wrecked by crashing into another car on the road between Great Bend and Kirkwood on Thursday, leaving a quantity of broken bottles along the highway. ALSO Word has just been received that the body of Corporal Mark O’Neill, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. O’Neill, has arrived in New York from overseas.
Herrick Twp. – Rev. T. J. Vaughn gave an excellent Easter sermon at the M. E. Church and the choir sang Easter hymns, while potted plants in bloom added a cheerful touch of color. Mr. Vaughn is closing a very successful conference year, his third on this charge, and it is hoped and expected that he will be returned. ALSO The “peepers” are frozen in. The temperature dropped from 70 degrees to 6 degrees above in less than 18 hours.
Forest City – The following students are home for their Easter vacation: Wm. Sredenschek, Joseph Muchitz, John Callaghan, of State College; Paul Maxey, of the University of Pennsylvania; Irene Drake, Irving College; Cresentia McGrath, Annette and Agnes O’Brien, Cella Lumbert, Bloomsburg Normal School; Anna Dunleavy, Stroudsburg Normal School; Benjamin Bailys, of Wyoming Seminary.
Ararat Twp. – The snow has disappeared. Robins have returned and mud drying up, and everything seems to indicate spring. Even sugar making, moving, and house cleaning are in evidence.
April 08 (1921/2021)
Forest City – The Forest City Ice Co. sports a new Reo delivery truck. Old Jehu has nothing on Will Sredenschek as a driver. Will says, now that the firm has a new truck, deliveries will be made promptly and no waiting for the ice wagon. ALSO The Strollers will hold their first annual dance in the borough hall tomorrow evening and the event is looked forward to with great pleasure by the large number who have extended invitations. The “Ten Sirens” orchestra, of Scranton, will furnish music for the occasion. Jack Gallagher, the song artist, will feature. ALSO J. A. Holt, the pave contractor, has a force of men at work quarrying stone near the Stillwater bridge, and states he will soon start laying brick on South Main street. It is to be hoped that the work will be rushed to an early completion. South Main Street, after being torn up, proved to be the worst piece of road in 48 states and was anathematized by everyone having occasion to pass that way. We will be of good cheer and hope for the best.
Uniondale – Ray Lee has purchased land of Charles Gibson on which he is planning to erect a substantial bungalow. It is a sightly site, commanding a view not only of Lewis Lake, but of Elk Hill and the country adjacent. ALSO Guy Howell will soon move to the “Nebraska” section of Clifford township where he intends to run Johns’ boarding house. Mr. Johns will finish lumbering in that section in about three months.
Montrose – Schools of Susquehanna County are contributing for the traveling libraries and have already passed the $800 mark. Clifford Township leads with a contribution of nearly $100. [Susquehanna County was the first in the State to offer a traveling library and to this day the van still travels.]
Kingsley – The farmers here who draw their milk to Hopbottom, over the old Milford and Owego turnpike, learning that the supervisors had been instructed to put no work on it, decided to work it themselves, so five men with tractor, road machine, two spans of horses and road drag, tore up the road on Saturday of last week, and all hope to soon have a road fit for travel.
Brookdale – On account of the bad roads several from here who work in Binghamton were unable to make their daily trips last week.
Susquehanna – The people paid tribute to the return of the body of Earl B. Wheeler from France, where he was killed in action, by large crowds that lined the streets as the casket was conveyed from the Erie depot to the home of his parents at Lanesboro. The Erie band headed the procession, the casket draped in the colors following and many of the World War veterans, also a few of the G. A. R. heroes, were in line. The places of business were closed, flags were at half-mast and business was practically suspended for half an hour. The body remained at the home of his parents until the funeral on Thursday, which was held in the Lanesboro Methodist Church, Rev. C. C. Walker, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating. Burial in the Lanesboro Cemetery. ALSO This town has a just right to be proud of its athletic young people in their different victories over other teams. Our base ball team won the Erie championship last fall. We have the champion girls’ basket ball team, as well as the champion team of the Inter-State basket ball league, which is a remarkable showing and Susquehanna people are justly proud of it.
Springville – Byron Oakley died at his home at Strickland Hill, after a brief illness, on Sunday morning, March 20, 1921, aged 73 years. Mr. Oakley, when but a boy of 17 years, enlisted in the Civil War and served his country until the close of the war. He was honorably discharged on June 22, 1865, at Raleigh, N. C. He is survived by his wife, four sons, one daughter and fifteen grandchildren. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Jones at the Strickland Hill church. Burial in Strickland Hill cemetery. [He was a member of Co. C, 203 Regiment Penna. Volunteers.]
Lakeview – School closed on Thursday with a very pleasing entertainment. The children showed that they had been well drilled and all did fine. The graduating class consisted of two boys, Edwin Burchall and Floyd Wellman. The next in interest was an honor class of five boys and three girls who were presented with perfect attendance certificates, not having missed a day through the term. One girl, Frances Daniels, had not been late. There was a good attendance considering the hard storm.
Liberty Twp. – The autoists keep F. B. Travis busy drawing their cars out of the mud hole near Lawsville on the good State road.
Jackson – Mrs. W. W. Pope and daughter, Miss Grace, are living in a part of Mrs. Lewis’ house until their new home, which will be constructed on the old hotel property, is completed.
Rushville – F. C. Williams was the successful bidder for the stage route between Montrose and Rushville, which for the past eight years has been operated by the Owens Bros. Mr. Williams has purchased a property at Rushville where he will take up his residence this month. At the expiration of the Owen Brothers’ contract in July, Thomas Owen intends going to Montrose to take a position in the Catlin garage.
Court House News: Former Sheriff H. E. Taylor, who is engaged in securing all pictures possible of Susquehanna County’s sheriffs, has lately been able to secure pictures of Austin Howell and John Young. Mr. Howell was the second sheriff of the county. He lacks eight pictures to make the line of succession complete and is hopeful that he may secure them all. Those pictures which are now lacking are: Edward Fuller, Samuel Gregory, P. Stephens, Charles Chandler, J. Williams, William Hartley, and E. V, Green. [The framed photographs of the sheriffs is hanging in the new lobby of the Court House. There are still a few photographs missing.]
News Brief: Wyoming Seminary may be enlarged or a new Christian college constructed somewhere in the territory of Wyoming Conference, as a result of a movement inaugurated during one of the business sessions of the conference, following the reading of the report from the trustees of the Seminary.
April 15 (1921/2021)
Dimock – The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Greenwood, who severely injured his arm in a power washing machine and has been in the Packer hospital, at Sayre, for some time, is improving so he can use the arm sufficiently to pick up a handkerchief from the floor. It is thought he may be able to return home by next week. ALSO The Harford and Dimock high school teams played basket ball here Friday evening in the Community Building, each tam winning a game. The girls played the first game, resulting in 26-6 score in favor of Dimock. The boys played the next game, Harford being victorious, 39-8.
Montrose – H. M. Cole, Montrose’s veteran automobile owner, one of the very first in this part of the state to own and operate a gasoline car, and first, last and all the time a Ford booster, has made two automobile rips to Scranton recently, and tells us that the dirt road between Montrose and Nicholson is in splendid condition and that the Scranton ride is a pleasant one to make. It will be recalled that this road was again taken over by the State Highway Dept. last year, largely through efforts of the Lackawanna County Automobile Association. These dirt roads have already been worked this spring. Mr. Cole tells us that one may take the Trail at Nicholson to the crossing on Roberts’ Hill, eliminating a long and steep grade on this veritable mountain, although the concrete on this stretch has not been laid. ALSO It is five years, on May 8th, since the first trolley car came to the station near Harrington’s mills. We hope it will not be five more years before the rails are brought to the center of town.
Forest City – Private John Petroski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Petroski, of Railroad street, is in a base hospital at El Paso, Texas, suffering from wounds received while on duty on the Mexican border, when U. S. immigration officers and soldiers of the border patrol engaged in a long fight on March 17, with Mexican whiskey smugglers at a point on the Rio Grande near El Paso, Texas. Fifty-seven quarts of whiskey, abandoned by the smugglers, were discovered at daybreak. Two soldiers and an inspector were wounded. In a recent letter to his parents he informed them that he was operated on and stands a good chance for recovery. ALSO Stephen Shamro, the mighty south paw of the Independents, has received an offer from the Elmira Arctics, a crack team of the Southern tier of New York, and ordered to report forthwith. His friends claim he has the big league goods and if given a trial will make good. He is by far the best twirler in this section and the fans hope he may land with the major leagues.
Hickory Grove – The station at Hickory Grove, one of the most famous points along the Erie railroad, has been closed in keeping with the retrenchment and economical policy of the company. This station, two miles west of Susquehanna, knew intimately Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon faith when he resided in this vicinity. Hickory Grove section is the visiting place for many Mormons who came here each year to visit the old haunts of the founder of their church. Hereafter, when they come, they will have to pay cash fare to the conductors or buy tickets—at Susquehanna or Great Bend, for no longer is there a station agent at Hickory Grove. The books and accounts of the station have been transferred to Great Bend. It was at Hickory Grove that Joseph Smith had his famous dream of a great city. He located this great city within the range of his vision as he stood at the [site of] Hickory Grove station. Salt Lake City, the home city of the Mormons, is the realization of Joe’s great dream, while Hickory Grove becomes a “flag station.”
Rushville – Residents of the western section of the county are very hopeful that the road between Rushville and Little Meadows, via Middletown, may come in for early attention on the road improvement program of the county. The grade over this route, embracing around 16 miles, is exceptionally good, and could it be put in condition to withstand traffic requirements, should become very popular with autoists, as well as affording immense benefit to tax-payers in this section of the county.
Great Bend – Rev. Father O’Leary, of Great Bend, a chaplain in the American army during the World War, has been presented with a purse of $2000 by the congregation of St. Mary’s Catholic church, Wilkes-Barre. Father O’Leary was a curate at St. Mary’s church before going into the army. He was one of the heroes of the war, and was seriously wounded besides being gassed while attending and rescuing fallen soldiers on the bloody fields of France. He has been under medical and surgical care since leaving the army.
Hallstead - The band pagoda on the riverbank was destroyed by fire last Tuesday afternoon. Sparks from burning rubbish was the cause of the fire. ALSO Joseph DuBois, son of Atty. Addison G. DuBois, has been appointed 2nd lieutenant of Co. E, U.S. Infantry, stationed at Coblenz, Germany. He has also been made clerk for the U. S. counsel and acting counsel for the defense on the company court martial.
New Milford – New employees are being hired daily in the silk mill here. Anyone desiring employment in this new mill should apply to the superintendent, Mr. Clement Pressman.
South Auburn – April 1st, being Miss Mamie McMickens’ 17th birthday, about 25 of her young friends gathered at her home to help celebrate the event. It was managed so cleverly that it was a complete surprise to the young lady. The evening was delightfully spent in games, music, etc., and dainty refreshments were served.
Thompson – The Ararat and Thomson orchestra met Monday evening, at the home of B. F. Barnes.
Uniondale – Samuel Stark, of Church street, has a relic of the days when Pennsylvania was a wilderness. It is a compass and was used by William Penn in surveying Pennsylvania. It is far from resembling the compass of today. The needle turns but two ways. It is in remarkably good condition and has been in the Stark family for several generations. It came into the family from a party in Philadelphia and is accompanied by a verified statement as to the accuracy of its ownership.
April 22 (1921/2021)
Forest Lake – Daniel Whalen was struck by an automobile, at a crossing at the foot of Public Avenue, yesterday, and carried several feet on one of the fenders, but aside from a severe shaking up, he was not injured. The car, a new Ford, was driven by a stranger.
Clifford – John Spedding, our enterprising, wide-awake farm implement and machinery dealer, has a new advertisement in the Democrat today. Mr. Spedding is a most pleasant gentleman to deal with and those interested in the famous International Harvester line will make no mistake in seeing him. His line is very comprehensive.
Harford – E. J. Whitney, one of our most highly regarded citizens, was calling on his hosts of friends here in Montrose. Mr. Whitney has a very extensive acquaintance, and, being an undertaker, is kept extraordinarily busy by demands for his services, extending over a wide section. He came over with Dr. Johnson, in the latter’s automobile, and reported the roads between East Bridgewater and Alford as little short of “terrible.”
Dimock – Nearly 100 cars passed through this place on the state road Sunday.
Hop Bottom – The ladies of the Shakespeare Club met at the home of Mrs. E. M. Loomis, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Loomis and Mrs. Janushek were hostesses. After a review of a Shakespeare play, given in able manner by Mrs. Chesley, a pleasing musical program was given: Vocal duet – Ms. Van de Sand, Miss Byram; Piano Solo, Miss Eula Miller and Vocal Solo, Mrs. Van de Sand. Selections on the player piano – Mrs. E. M. Loomis. The Victrola furnished many pleasing numbers as the ladies were being served to delicious refreshments.
Springville – The people of this section were very sorry when they heard of the accident that happened to Tom Reilly on Saturday. While in the act of hitching his team to the wagon, to return home, one of his horses became frightened at another horse that his father was leading and kicked him in the face, breaking his nose and cheek bone and making a bad flesh wound which took seven stitches to close. Dr. Hickok, of Meshoppen, was called and made him as comfortable as possible. He is doing as well as can be expected and it is hoped he will be able to move to his own home in a few days.
Montrose – “The Luck of the Irish” is playing in the Montrose theatre and a wrestling and boxing match will take place on April 22—Wrestling by Guy Rhinevault and Young Gotch, of Utica.
Gibson – Dimock Walker, one of our young men, who fought for his country in France, and who conducted a vulcanizing business in New Milford for some time on his return and later going to Akron, Ohio, to one of the big automobile tire manufacturing companies, has, with his wife, returned, and has purchased the general store of William Manzer, at Gelatt, taking possession last week.
Alford – Our town is getting to be a musical town, with a jazz band, and M. Slocum lately purchased a piano and Bert Giles an organ.
Clifford – Wm. McCoy had a thrilling experience at Richmondale, Tuesday evening of last week. Mr. McCoy was supposed to have money on his person, having made collections in the town during the afternoon and evening. When returning home, near the culvert, he was accosted by three men, who, with pointed revolvers, demanded his money. McCoy told the men that he had no money. They searched him and found nothing. They then turned the team down an embankment and McCoy jumped from the wagon and escaped. He ran along the railroad track and headed off the team, which had broken loose from the wagon. He patched up the lines of the harness and made for Forest City. McCoy had collected quite a sum of money and had taken the precaution to place it in his shoes.
Franklin Forks – George Halsey has a new Silvertone Victrola.
Fair Hill – Wm. and Kate Cruse had an accident last week. Their harness broke, letting the wagon against the horse, which ran away and threw them out, cutting and bruising them quite badly. William had some ribs broken. ALSO We had no church Sunday as the preacher could not get moved.
Forest City – Two sons of Mrs. Teresa Skubic, of Lackawanna street, offered their lives upon the altar of their country’s devotion and lie sleeping in France. Charles died in a hospital in Southern France and Martin died on the battle field of the Argonne a month before the armistice was signed. Their brother, Frank, wrote to the war department and stated that it was the desire of the family that the brothers might be interred side by side. They contacted him saying that Corp. Charles Skubic, now interred in the American cemetery at Prauthoy, Dept. of Haute-Marne, will be concentrated into the Argonne American cemetery at Romagna-Sous-Montfaugon., Dept. of Meuse, and buried alongside or near the body of his brother, the late Private Martin P. Skubic. The American Legion Post of this place is named in memory of the two brothers. ALSO Many local fishermen spent the opening days of the season on the Lackawanna and Lackawaxen rivers and on Starrucca and Lyon street creeks. Nearly all returned with the limit, twenty-five, and the average fish being of fair size. Howard Johns, Jr. had exceptionally good luck, having landed the limit and all of large size. Earl Tourje, under oath, declares he caught the limit, but the boarders at the Forest City House are inclined to believe he was stretching the wire.
Thompson – A box social for the benefit of the Thompson Base Ball team will be held in Keystone Hall on Monday evening, April 25th. A good speaker for the evening has been secured and the Thompson-Ararat orchestra will furnish music. All ladies are requested to bring boxes. Everyone, both old and young, are requested to come out and have a good time and help the Ball Team.
Ararat – Mr. and Mrs. Alex Bryden have gone to house-keeping in the tenant house of
S. N. Sartell.
News Brief: The Lehigh Valley locomotive shops, at Sayre, closed on Monday, April 18, and will remain closed indefinitely. Seven hundred and fifty men are thrown out of work. One hundred men employed in the car shops are to be released from service, effective Monday.
April 29 (1921/2021)
Clifford Township – Jeremiah Wescott answered the last roll call April 26th. His partner in the Clinton Falls Coal Co., Charles Truesdall, was with him in his last moments. Deceased was 75 years of age and was born at Glenwood, as was his late wife, Hannah Tourje. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Battery A, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, participating at Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Reassigned to the Army of Virginia they operated on the Black Water, at Deep Bottom, Fort Darling, Seven Pines and Petersburg. In July of 1865, after four years and four months of service, Battery A was mustered out].The family came to Forest City 32 years ago to reside until seven years ago when they removed to a farm in this township, near the Burns school house. Five children were born to them. For many years Mr. Wescott served as constable in Forest City and politically he was a Republican. His life was an open book. He made friends and retained them. His funeral will be held from the home of his daughter-in-law and burial will be made in the Tower cemetery in Lenox township.
Forest City – Leonard Payne, who for several seasons has been the catcher for the Independent baseball team, left Tuesday for Endicott, NY, where he will play with the tannery team of that place. His departure will weaken the local team. It is hoped, however, he will succeed in the shoe town. ALSO William Pitus, while driving his car on South Main street, ran into a ditch recently dug and the car turned turtle. The occupants, six in number, escaped with slight injuries but the car was badly wrecked. The young men were assisted in their attempt to get from under the car by passers-by who overturned the car. Hornbeck Bros. towed the car to their garage.
Montrose – Montrose is considering buying a fire alarm, and practically all of the known qualifications and disqualifications of an electric alarm have been discussed by local officials and interested citizens. But for fear that something may be overlooked which might react against this desirable appliance, we reprint the following news dispatch from Tilton, N. H.: “Tilton’s new fire whistle, which emits a sound which is a faithful imitation of that made by a distressed calf, has got to go. Every time the whistle blows all the cows in Tilton, Canterbury and adjacent towns begin to gallop around in search of a presumably suffering calf. In many cases their digestions have begun to suffer with a resultant loss of milk.” Our advice is that we take the alarm on a 30-day trial. This region is noted as a milk-producing territory and our prestige is at stake.
Uniondale – Charles H. Carpenter has sold his farm on South Main street. It is one of the best equipped farms of this part of the county. The buildings are arranged with all possible conveniences. The farm has been in the Carpenter family for many years. The price paid was $6.000.
West Bridgewater Twp. – Wm. Cruise and sister, Katie, had a runaway one day last week, when the harness broke, causing the horse to run. Both were thrown out and Will had his side so badly injured that the doctor put him in a plaster cast. Miss Cruise escaped uninjured.
Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – Several from here attended the play, “Blundering Billy,” at the Auburn High school building. ALSO Auctioneer P. M. Harris and little son, of Auburn, were in town Monday morning. The main business of the trip, so far as the youngster was concerned at least, was to purchase a jack-knife.
Lanesboro – Thomas J. Nicholson, one of our best known citizens, died on April 21, aged 80 years. His death was due to a general breaking down. Mr. Nicholson was a life-long resident of Lanesboro and for many years postmaster. He conducted a general store until a few years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. David Soop and Mrs. Leslie Jones, also by one sister, Mrs. Maria Barnes, of this place.
Brooklyn – Through the efforts of our citizens and the intervention of Congressman L. T. McFadden, the star route between Brooklyn and Hopbottom is to be continued. The postal department had notified the driver of the route, Gale Tiffany, that it would be discontinued on May 1st, but later an order was received authorizing him to continue the service, which is welcome news to people of that vicinity.
Friendsville/Silver Lake – In the little church of St. Francis Xavier, at Friendsville, on April 18, 1871, occurred the marriage of Mary Ann Bergan to John T. Murphy. After 50 years of happy married life, amid an assemblage of nine children, 21 grandchildren, many other relatives and friends, the Murphy’s celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After Mr. and Mrs. Murphy swore by each other for “better or worse” in the little country church, they went away happy to their little farm house at Silver Lake. Forty-four years of hard work on the farm followed. During this time a family of ten children were born, one of whom has since died. All of the children were present, in addition to the majority of the 21 grandchildren and many other relatives.
Herrick Center – Our public school term will end on May 18th. The closing exercises of the primary and grammar rooms will be given in the auditorium on the afternoon of May 6th. The teachers are working faithfully on an interesting program and the patrons of the school are cordially invited to be present. The High school will give their closing program, including a drama, “Pa’s New Housekeeper,” on Wednesday evening, May 18th.
Dimock – Seven girls and one boy comprise the graduating class. They are: Misses Ruth Thornton, Rose McDermott, Marian West, Pauline Grow, Agnes Avery, Doris LaRue, Geraldine Rhodes and William Donahue. The principal, Miss Margaret O’Brien, Miss Leach and Miss Stearns will return here for next year’s work and it is hoped that the other teachers will come also. ALSO A camp of 100 Girl Scouts from Scranton will spend the summer at Ely Lake, having leased land on the farm of Shirley Stephens. We understand that several instructors will be in the camp and tutor in various courses. They will occupy 35 tents.
New Milford – County Commissioners H. A. Stone and Thomas Jones were here on Saturday and drove over the old turnpike road to Mott Hill. This is a section of the road that is under litigation to determine whether the county or township is to maintain it.
May 06 1921/2021
Susquehanna – Rev. Father Boland, of St. John’s church, at the Sunday morning services, strongly denounced many modern dances as given in Susquehanna, among them the “Chicago Shimmy,” “Camel,” and other similar so-called athletic dances. He also stated the L. A. C. would be closed if any more such underworld exhibitions were attempted.
Kingsley – An entertainment and box social will be given in the Universalist church on May 11th. Each lady furnishing a box will be given a free ticket to entertainment, which will consist of songs by a quartet composed of Elwood and Ray Capron; humorous sketch by Frank Ralph; cornet solo, Orrin Appleman; bass solo, Water Tiffany; and other selections. Admission 25 and 10 cents. Don’t miss this rare musical treat.
New Milford – Three steam shovels were placed in operation on the New Milford to Hallstead state road on Monday. Stipp & Son, who have the contract of building the concrete pave from Tiffany to New Milford, have the concrete poured as far as Heart Lake station.
Montrose – John P. Lyons, who has been spending the winter in Bermuda, returned to his home on Friday. While in Bermuda he met Mr. and Mrs. G. Carleton Shafer frequently, who are also of Montrose, and he had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Shafer and a former national champion tennis player defeat two English players of considerable reputation. Mr. Lyons said Mr. Shafer was the best player of the four. ALSO At the Ideal Theatre, wrestling and boxing bouts: Jimmy Kane vs. Eddie Stanley and free boxing: Young Bowen, of Endicott, NY and Percy Wilbur, of Montrose.
Hallstead – Word has been received of the promotion to captain in the Army of Lieut. Joseph Addison DuBois, former Washington University Law School student, who after an enviable record in the Great War resigned his commission, only to enter the service last fall as second lieutenant. Captain DuBois is the son of Atty. Addison G. DuBois of Hallstead. ALSO Several Hallstead girls are employed in the New Milford silk mill. A bus runs from Hallstead to New Milford for their convenience.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The viewers met Friday to look over the road from Taylor Hollow school house to Fair Hill church to see if it were advisable to vacate it, but found out they could not, as there was a public cemetery and farm house along the road.
Jackson – There will be a carpet rag social at the home of Geo. Leonard, Friday evening, May 6th. Girls are asked to bring balls of carpet rags with their names on the inside. Everybody cordially invited.
Birchardville – Miss Ruth Groover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Groover, of this place, and Herbert Fish, of Montrose, were married at Montrose, May 2, 2021. They will reside in Montrose.
Hop Bottom – School closes May 4. Class Day exercises of the Hop Bottom high school were held Tuesday afternoon in the Universalist church. Program as follows: Class History, Marcella Maher; President’s Charge to Juniors, Aleck Hortman; Conundrums, Mary Maher; Song, Junior and Freshman Chorus; Class Will, Dorothy Hardy; Prophecy, Helen Yagice(?), Helen Conrad; Song, Chorus; Presentation, Arline Oakley, Margaret Maher; Class Poem, Verda Perry.
Thompson – Our silk mill and shoe factory have gone into obscurity.
Forest City – The Ladies Aid of the Congregational church, numbering about 45, assembled at the home of Mrs. Abraham Owens with the fixed purpose of presenting Mrs. Shoop a cut glass bowl as a token of their friendship. Rev. W. R. Pierce, the pastor, was present to make the presentation address in behalf of the society. Time wore on and Mrs. Shoop did not appear. A committee was appointed to ascertain if she could attend. The committee sought in vain and returned and reported their failure. Later it was learned that Mrs. Shoop’s household goods had that day been shipped to their new home in Binghamton. The ladies were disappointed but made the occasion a merry one. Mrs. Shoop now has her present which was to have been presented in person but—was not.
Uniondale – James McAvoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael McAvoy, formerly of this place, now residing in Binghamton, has developed into a base ball player of note. He was recently released from the Bloomington, Ill. team, to sign up with the Binghamton team. Jimmy plays in center field and is a hummer with the stick.
Unearth Black Hand Plot at Carbondale: The diabolical machinations of the Black Hand Society, as revealed in a murderous plot at Carbondale, when alleged leaders of a notorious organization were rounded up by the police, show that these criminals are extending their field well towards the borders of our county. In fact, Forest City already is threatened with the blighting effects of Black Hand activities. An account of the round up appeared in the Scranton Times: “Driven to desperation, five members of an alleged branch of the Black Hand Society, at Carbondale, confided to the Carbondale and county authorities some of the vicious tactics of the gang and made possible last night a raid that resulted in the arrest and confinement in the county jail of 14 alleged Black Handers, including the reputed leaders of the Society. One other man, believed to be a member of the Pittston branch of the cut throat outfit, was also taken into custody after he had dropped an automatic revolver and tried to buy the officers off. The police say that several of the men, now in the county jail, have admitted that they dodged the draft. One boasted that he had been in America 18 years and never thought of being naturalized and that he will be here another 18 years and not become a citizen. The Black Handers for six months past have been threatening to “get” Patrolman Scalze and had fixed last night as the time to either shoot him while on duty or to dynamite the home where is wife and six babies slept. Quick action by the authorities spoiled their plans. The prisoners were each held in $5000 bail for court. The Black Handers were charged with extortion and conspiracy.”
May 13 (1921/2021)
Clifford – The survey of the Carbondale-Clifford road as far as the Lackawanna-Susquehanna county line has just been completed and the preliminary survey on that section of the road, within Susquehanna county and as far as Royal, has been commenced. It was learned that work will commence shortly on the section of the same route between Harford and Kingsley.
Fairdale – Edward Olmstead, a 12-year-old Fairdale boy, was accidentally shot through the calf of the leg by his cousin, Charles Olmstead. The boys were out hunting at the time, having a small caliber rifle. The bullet passed between both bones, narrowly missing each. The wound was dressed at the office of Dr. Gardner.
Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – Three boys from this place, Lee Baldwin, Thomas Davis and Irving Loomis, will graduate from the Auburn High School on May 19th. ALSO G. C. Barnes and brother, W. H. Barnes, of Auburn, drove their car to Montrose, a distance of over 20 miles, in one hour and 25 minutes, which included a stop of at least five minutes. Mr. Barnes says that the road from Lawton to Montrose is in excellent condition, but the balance of the way was decidedly rough in places. He says his Ford will reel off the distance in an hour and a quarter, but he lays no claim to being a speedster.
Susquehanna – The Erie shops at this place closed down on Monday night of this week for an indefinite period. Every shop on the Erie system closed at the same time. No one knows whether the order will be effective for one week or many, but most of the men are looking for a “job” until the shops resume operations again. ALSO Dr. Henry W. Brandt, formerly of this place, but now in California, has a high standing with the American Red Cross, having served with that organization during the war.
Montrose – Mrs. Irene McCollum announces the opening of her book and gift store in the store room on Church street which for nearly half a century has been used as a book and stationery store. In connection with the store, Mrs. McCollum will inaugurate a movement new to Montrose in a “woman’s exchange,” where ladies may bring fancy work and articles of apparel made at home, a price will be fixed on them and the articles sold on a commission basis. ALSO Montrose’s summer colony is arriving early this year. Several have already registered at Rosemont Inn and are enjoying our bracing mountain air.
Gelatt – The supervisors of the township, with their men and teams, are at work on the old Newburgh turnpike, which has not been repaired for several years and had gotten in a very bad condition.
Friendsville – Mrs. George L. Winlock, of Cambridge, is here for a few days, making arrangements for the planting of the extensive gardens at Camp Choconut.
Forest City – Julius Freedman was acquitted of selling intoxicating liquors because a federal court jury held the federal authorities had failed to show the stuff was intoxicating. One of the witnesses was John Fallon, aged 17, who was charged with having been drunk. Fallon, when on the stand, said he was asked when taken before Burgess Johnson, of Forest City, where he got his liquor, and he replied to that official he had secured it the same place he said the official had gotten his. The drink was alleged to have been “sweet cider.”
Silver Lake – The Snow Hollow school closed on Tuesday. Miss Mary Guiton, of Middletown, was the teacher. ALSO Walter Buckley, Walter Mahoney, Ambrose Mahoney and Floyd Conklin were among those who went to Dimock to play ball. They report defeat. However, they are to play another game in two weeks.
Kingsley – U. Sloat has resigned his position as mail carrier. He has sold his horse, wagon, etc., to his nephew E. G. Wilmarth, of Brooklyn. Mr. Sloat will be missed, as he has carried the mail for so long.
Fair Hill – We have no preacher for this charge, as the one that was offered more cash and goes where the most money is, regardless of the needs of the people.
Glenwood – Frank Nichols is erecting a large chicken house. Mr. Nichols expects to go into the poultry business on a large scale, by the looks.
Harford – The stage road from Harford to Kingsley is in the best condition it has been for a number of years. It has been under the management of Harry Estabrook, and he employed a number of capable men to do the work.
Great Bend – Three cars, each containing six Buick automobiles in transit, stood on the siding at Great Bend for nearly two weeks. When the cars were placed in a train for moving, it was discovered that thieves had been at work. The tires, batteries, windshields and other parts had been taken from some of the cars by thieves.
Brandt – Andrew Blank, Sr., died at his home May 4, age 86 years. Mr. Blank was born in Germany; came to America when young in years and spent most of his life here in the brick business. He was the oldest resident of Brandt; a charter member of the Harmony Presbyterian church, and highly respected by all who knew him. He is survived by three daughters and two sons. The funeral was held at the house and interment in the family plot at Brandt.
Uniondale – Foxes have played sad havoc with the hen coops of Lyon street of late. A young man, we are reliably informed, shouldered his musket and proceeded to dispense with the services of Mr. Reynard. He kept a close vigil and was rewarded by seeing a fox making his way to the coop. He took aim, fired and hastened in the direction of the shot and in the distance Mr. Reynard was congratulating himself on his narrow escape. The young man investigated and found the he had ended two egg producers and had to cough a sufficient sum of pay for them. He inwardly resolved that henceforth he will not attempt to play the good Samaritan.
Stevens Point – Arthur Kishpaugh and Mr. Wheeler, of Lanesboro, were in town calling on George I. Prentice, in the interest of Decoration Day exercises. The young soldiers feel that they should attend to some of the duties that the veterans of the G. A. R. Post have so long preformed.
News Brief: The liquid notes of the bob-o-link and the whistle of the oriole were heard this week, the appearance of these little feathered friends heralding the approach of continuous warm weather, but which has not been borne out the past few days. Many local people are “getting their gardens in.”
May 20 (1921/2021)
Montrose – Many sky-gazers were out Saturday evening to see the beautiful display of “northern lights.” Rarely is such a magnificent burst of many hued lights to be seen when the aurora borealis gets into action. From a color viewpoint it exceeded the wonderful display of last year. The telephone and telegraph companies do not see much beauty in it as the electrical disturbance seriously interferes with communication for a couple of days. ALSO A meeting of Gardner-Warner Post American Legion will be held next Monday evening. It is hoped there will be a large attendance of members, as plans for Memorial Day will be considered.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Another report—The Northern lights were again visible Saturday evening, rolling and flashing so beautifully in the heavens as they did about a year ago. It reminds us of how it is written in the Word, as the end of time draweth nigh “There shall be signs and wonders in the heavens.”
Hallstead – Quite a large number of Susquehanna county boys and girls are winning handsome premiums offered by Campbell Bros of Hallstead, for selling their products. The company is building up a fair-sized business and the people of the county should be interested in its growth. If you have an active boy or girl in your family or neighborhood, interest them.
Dimock – The senior class of the Dimock high school will hold an ice cream social in the community building on May 24th. Proceeds for the benefit of the Washington trip planned by the graduates. AND Fishermen going to Elk Lake were much in evidence last week. Some of the Dimock folks were over to the Lake, Sunday, and report several cottages being already occupied by campers.
Friendsville – The borough of Friendsville is the smallest incorporated community in the state of Pennsylvania. Its population, according to complete figures for the entire state, announced by the United States census bureau, was 74 persons on Jan. 1, 1920, the date of the last census. Friendsville has been growing smaller steadily for the last twenty years although the last decade has seen more rapid decrease. In 1900 it was credited with a population of 110. It lost seven residents in the next ten years, and from 103 in 1910 it dropped to 74.
West Lenox – Memorial Day will be observed as usual at the Tower cemetery. The Ladies’ Aid will serve dinner and the Young People’s Sunday school class will sell ice cream and other dainties.
Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. – Miss Hilda Jones is clerking in Howard Michael’s store at South Gibson.
Hop Bottom – The ladies of Foster Book Club, No. 2, were entertained at the M. E. parsonage recently. Mrs. MacBain was hostess. Dainty refreshments were served. AND The ladies of the Shakespeare Club were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Doran, when the announcement of the engagement of their daughter, Miss Grace Doran, to Mr. Edward Evans, of Scranton, was made.
Little Meadows – There was a large ball game at John Purtell’s Saturday, between Apalachin and Little Meadows. The score was 9 and 12 in favor of Little Meadows.
Forest Lake – Our Women’s Christian Temperance Union met with Mrs. Joseph Potts on May 3rd. The reports of the various committees showed that our union has accomplished much during the past year. The old officers were re-elected and installed as follows: President, Mrs. Carrie Booth; vice-president, Mrs. Emma Wright; secretary, Miss Fannie Carr; Treasurer, Mrs. Edith Chamberlin. We hope all our members will pay their dues soon. Next meeting on June 7 will be held at the home of Mrs. Lee James.
West Auburn – News has been received here of the recent death of Mrs. Nancy Swackhamer, a former respected resident of our village, at the home of her daughter, Lavina, at Tioga Point. “Aunt Nancy,” as she was familiarly called, had lived to be more than 90 years of age.
Uniondale – Matthew Sparks, one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of this place, passed away at his home on May 12, 1921. His death was due to erysipelas. Deceased was born in Gibson township on December 7, 1863, where his boyhood and early manhood was spent. He is survived by his wife, whose maiden name was Hattie Collum, and the following children: Harry, of Great Bend; Floyd, at home; Howard, of Pleasant Mount, and Mrs. James Lowry, of Bellefonte, Pa. Interment in the family plot at Pleasant Mount.
Brooklyn – Plans are being made to give the people of Brooklyn a chance to see some of the popular plays that are being given upon the stage and presented upon the screen at Scranton. The first three are: “Lightnin’,” with Frank Bacon; “Tiger Rose,” with Leona Ulric, and “Way Down East.” They will be given at two weeks intervals in the Universalist church, with the aid of the stereopticon. The first play to be given on the evening of May 17th, will probably be “Lightnin’.”
News Brief: Gov. Sproul has signed the Edmonds bill, which will give 45,000 school teachers an increase in salary. The bill carries with it an appropriation for $32,000,000 to be expended by the Department of Education. The compensation of teachers is fixed and their qualifications are specified. Teachers who at this time may not be qualified under the new law will have time to perfect themselves. The state, under the new law, will pay 35 per cent of the teachers’ salaries. Nearly 24,000 teachers are employed in the elementary school of the state.
Lakeview – F. J. Osgood was through here recently, looking after the telephone lines. Hope we have better service. ALSO A number from here attended the good roads meeting, at Jackson, on Thursday evening.
Lawsville – Harry Vance, since returning from the south, where the family wintered, have been staying at the home of Bert L. Bailey. Harry says they spent an enjoyable winter but when one has no regular occupation the only way to keep from becoming ennuied (a French expression similar to “pushing up the daisies”) is to keep moving from one place to another. At Tampa it was not unusual to see a tent colony of northerners on the camping grounds set apart by the city. The trip down and back was made by automobile and his repair bill amounted to only $1.65. Harry says it was worth it if it had cost twice that much. But he is now looking for a farm and wants to settle down again.
May 27 (1921/2021)
Let us celebrate the 100th birthday of a very special man, Harold Gary, born May 28, 1921 on the Gary family homestead, Devine Ridge, Rush Township, Susquehanna County. Harold graduated from Rush High school and after a year at Drew University he enlisted in the Navy during World War 11.After the War he came back to Susquehanna County where he farmed and expanded his long list of accomplishments. Harold became, without doubt, THE knowledgeable historian of Rush Township. A trip on the back roads of the township provided this lady with over 20 pages, front and back, of Rush history and the people who lived there. At the end of his book, Nostalgia Revisited, Harold philosophized: “As I wrote the pages for my book, I began to wonder if I have been a little like my Dad….or my Grandfather…It feels good to think of that possibility. I’m not that naïve to think they would be happy with all aspects of my life, but I would like to know if I have “passed the test.” In the eyes of those who know you, Harold, you have “passed the test.” Happy Birthday!
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This is also the 31st anniversary of the weekly “100 Years Ago” column, started in 1990 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Susquehanna County Historical Society. The column can be found in the Susquehanna County Independent, The Forest City News and the Susquehanna Transcript. Back issues will be found on our web site: www.susqcohistsoc.org.
Forest City – Charles O’Malley, a former Forest City boy, and brother of Pat O’Malley, who has won fame in the movie world, has broken into the movies and was seen at Binghamton, Monday evening. A number from here were at Binghamton to witness this play. ALSO W. M. Clark, of Endicott, NY, for many years a resident of this place, accompanied by his son, Benjamin, daughter, Miss Louise Clark, and grandson, Manzer Clark, were guests at the home of Wm. Watkins over Sunday. Mr. Clark is 84 years young and is as spry as many men many years younger. He is a veteran of the Civil War [Co. G, 187th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers] and for several years was the only veteran of that war residing here, an honor now resting upon Ludwig Conrad.
Great Bend – Fred Ives, Jr., who is employed at the new Erie terminal in Susquehanna, narrowly escaped drowning Tuesday morning. He accidentally slipped into an ask pit, 12 feet deep, which was nearly full of water. In falling he struck his head, rendering him unconscious and helpless. John Collins, a hostler, was nearby and he grabbed up a hook and succeeded in fastening it into the drowning man’s clothing and dragged him out. The man was later attended by a physician and is recovering.
Uniondale – So far as is known, Richard and Morris Davis, of this place, and James Keech, of South Gibson, are the only known survivors of Co. C, 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers. Mr. Keech is in poor health. The company was composed of Clifford, Gibson and Herrick township volunteers. They were organized at Montrose and after training at Harrisburg they were sent to the Army of the Potomac where they engaged in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and were nearly wiped out at Gettysburg.
Franklin Twp. – Newton W. Emmons, one of the best known and experienced geologists in North America, has been secured by the Montrose Gas, Oil & Coal Co. to make a geological survey of the region leased by the company at Salt Springs. By a careful system of working out the structure of the rock formation, he will be able to locate the anti-clines and select the places where the first holes are to be bored.
Brooklyn – Mrs. Aurllea Brown, celebrated her 98th birthday on May 25, 1921. She is probably the oldest person in the county. Aurllea came to Pennsylvania from Rhode Island in an ox-cart when seven years old.
Thompson – The work of moving, repairing and remodeling the M. E. church is begun. A force of men were authorized to commence. The plan of the church was designed by Mr. Putnam of Corning, NY and when completed will present a most pleasing and picturesque appearance.
Harford – The Harford baseball team defeated the Dimock team in an exciting game on the Fair grounds. For the first seven innings the home team maintained a comfortable lead, but in the 8th the visitors rallied and succeeded in tying the score in the 9th, but Harford succeeded in bringing in the needed run, winning 10-9. The catching of Ray Tingley and fielding and hitting of Jay Fancher were features of the game.
Springville – Few men have more friends than Ed. Thomas and the source of his popularity is not difficult to trace—he is always most genial, and with a good story or two on tap: He was in town Tuesday and regaled his friends with stories of a new vintage. For many years Mr. Thomas conducted the grist mill at Springville, now owned by Brown & Fassett, of which Harry Turrell is manager, and when he tells of buckwheat flour selling at 35 cents a sack of 25 lbs., and cornmeal at $10 a ton years ago, he is often obliged to haul out his old books and prove his assertion, these prices seeming absolutely ridiculous at this time. Everything (barring potatoes at 30 cents a bushel) is different now. We are living in a different age. ALSO “Like father, like son,” is an old expression and was literally true in a sense at Brown & Fassett’s feed mill the other day, when the genial manager first weighed Ed Stockholm, of Franklin Forks, then his son, George, a lad of 14 years, and both tipped the scales at 200 pounds. Both are types of virulent American manhood.
Memorial Day: Soon after the close of the Civil War, in 1866, an organization composed of the discharged soldiers, sailors and marines was formed under the name of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). In May of 1868, a conference was held resulting in the famous Order, No 11, instituting the day, May 30th, as Memorial Day, which has been religiously and reverentially observed ever since by that organization and the good citizens generally.
Daughters of Veterans Will Sell Poppies: There will be a national movement to wear the poppy on Memorial Day, in memory of our brave boys “who sleep over there.” The poppies are made of silk and are sold for 10 cents each. The entire proceeds are to be sent to the relief of the little French orphans.
June 03 (1921/2021)
Brooklyn – Probably the largest flag in the county was swung to the breeze in Brooklyn on Memorial Day. The flag measures 20x20 ft. and cost about $100. It was purchased by the citizens of Brooklyn to replace one purchased by them at the close of the Civil War and which has been displayed on all patriotic occasions since that time, but is much the worse for wear after its 55 years of service. Much praise is due Comrade E. E. Rozelle, one of the few surviving members of Rogers Post (G. A. R.), who was instrumental in securing the same. Comrade Rozelle served nearly four years in the War of the Rebellion under General Geo. B. McClelland in the campaign of the Peninsula and others, and is always ready to do duty for his flag and country as he was in the days of ’63.
South Gibson – Mrs. Sabra Carpenter, Susquehanna county’s oldest resident so far as known, passed away at her late home in this place, Thursday, May 26, 1921. She had celebrated her 101st birthday last Christmas. Deceased was born in Harford, daughter of Darius and Sabra Tingley, and had spent her life time of more than a century in this county. On January 15, 1845, she married Timothy Carpenter, who died January 1, 1900. A notable thing in deceased’s life was that she voted for president at the last election, having rounded out an even hundred years of life when this important privilege came to women. She voted a straight prohibition ticket. She is survived by two daughters, Miss Rhoda Carpenter and Mrs. B. D. Reynolds, both of South Gibson.
Montrose – Nearly everyone you meet, nowadays, propounds the question, “When is the Scranton and Montrose trolley to resume?” Or, “Will this trolley line ever resume.” While the 7th son of a 7th son would, likely, be stumped at such interrogations, The Montrose Democrat is optimistic enough to believe that it will not be very long before cars are again in operation. The men, of course, do not like to take less and to all appearances are very obdurate but the trend of prices is steadily downward, and it is no secret that the trolley company can get plenty of men to operate the line at a price that would permit the road to pay expenses. There are, undoubtedly, hundreds of men idle today who would be happy, indeed, to work and earn an honest livelihood for themselves and families and would gladly man these cars were opportunity offered.
Forest City – The Forest City team in the County League has made a proud record, winning every game played. Last Sunday it downed the standards of South Scranton and gave an exhibition of hard hitting for which the team has become famous. Shamro, the southpaw hurler, fanned fifteen of the opposing team. Hobbs, the star backstop, was on the job and woe unto him that tried base stealing. Home runs by Payne, Moresky and Kaplavko featured the game. The score was 17-3.
Springville – Robert Lee, a nine and one-half pound boy, arrived at the home of Mrs. Charles Lee on Sunday, May 22. ALSO Ground has been broken for the community building here, the erection of which the citizens have entered with enthusiasm. Dimock already has a community building which is of great benefit to the community.
Dimock – Bids are solicited, through advertisement in another column, for carrying pupils in Dimock township to the consolidated school at Dimock village. There are six routes and these contracts will likely be profitable to those situated so as to conveniently take care of them. ALSO Miss Fanny Bunnell, of Montrose, visited Miss Isa Mills on Monday afternoon. Both of the librarians started for Towanda, Monday night, where they will attend the librarians’ convention next day.
Brandt – The station at Brandt, at the junction of the Erie Jefferson Division and D&H, was closed June 1 and will hereafter be a flag station without an agent. Heretofore the transfer of local freight from the D&H to Erie trains was made at Brandt. After June 1 the transfer will be made at Binghamton. Years ago the freight shipments in and out of Brandt amounted to around 83,000 per month.
Jackson – Miss Nellie DeWitt, a government nurse, was called home on account of the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. Peter DeWitt, who died two days later. The family have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.
East Rush – Decoration Day was observed at this place and was largely attended. Everyone seemed to have a good time. The dinner served by the Ladies’ Aid was a success, they realizing a tidy sum from same. The ball game in the afternoon between Dimock and our home team was hotly contested but our boys came off victors with a score of 5 to 6.
Gelatt – William Wheeler’s store was broken into Saturday night. The intruder helped himself to a suit of new clothes, leaving his tattered raiment behind, helped himself to cigarettes and chewing gum and took his departure. He was rounded up by Frank Wheeler and Claude Hine and the suit he wore was claimed by Wm. Wheeler. The man gave his name as Hallstead and New York as his place of residence.
Uniondale – Our baseball team journeyed to Elkdale Saturday and trounced the team of that place to a standstill. The valleyites could not connect and were defeated to the tune of 22 to 2. Monday, however, in the presence of several ardent fans, the Elkdaleites defeated the local team in a sharp, snappy contest on the new grounds near the high school building. ALSO The graves of our fallen heroes were not forgotten Memorial Day. The remnant of Mathew McPherson Post, G. A. R., and the children of the various Sunday schools, marched to the cemetery and strewed flowers on the graves of the sacred dead of the wars of 1812 and the Civil War. ALSO David Canfield has installed wireless telegraphy. Last Sunday, he states, he heard distinctly a sermon by a minister at Cincinnati. Ellis Foster, of Thompson, heard the sermon also. He receives messages by wireless or by the Morse code, but is not able at present to transmit messages. Attitude has much to do with the successful operation of the wireless and Mr. Canfield is fortunate in that particular, his home being near the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Hop Bottom – Miss Platt, Red Cross nurse, has organized a home nursing class which meets at the school house on Tuesday afternoons at four o’clock. Anyone wishing to join the class will be admitted anytime.
June 10 (1921/2021)
Susquehanna/Forest City – With their colors flying the Susquehanna Business Men’s Base Ball team went down to defeat yesterday afternoon at the local ball park in Forest city. Col. Baker’s colts were trimmed to the tune of 14 to 7. Dr. Knapp’s speedy rangers outclassed the visitors. Berish was on the mound for the locals and Jimmy Smith did the receiving. Griffis, pitcher, was relieved in the 5th frame by Mathews. He proved easier than Griffis and four circuits were made on his delivery. Shields did the receiving for the visitors. The lineup for Susquehanna was Tierney, ss; Deacon, 3b; Leslie, cf; Condon, 1b; Baker, rf; Wagner, 2b; Shields, c; Mathews, cf and p; Griffis, p and cf. Forest City—Kutarnia, lf; Budjake, cf; Dr. Costello, 3b; John Smith, 2b; Dr. Bell, 2b; Bayless, rf; McHale, ss; Dr. Knapp, 1b; James Smith, c; Berish, p. A return game will soon be played and Baker promises his team will win on their own grounds.
Forest City – Joseph C. M. Muchitz, of this place, was elected varsity head cheer leader for the school year 1921-22, at the Pennsylvania State College. Joseph always gets there and as a cheer leader he will make the welkin ring,
Montrose– Senator E. E. Jones, of Harford, while calling on his County Seat friends, and operating a brand new Dodge roadster, was struck by a Ford car near the Tarbell House, considerable damage being done to the Senator’s car, but with slight injury to the Ford—as “per usual.” The Ford was being operated by Mr. Furey of Bridgewater, who was learning to drive and who assured Mr. Jones he would pay the damage. Certainly this accident was most regrettable as it is not the wish of county residents to treat our State officials in this manner.
Heart Lake – Lyons & Son invite the public to spend the “Fourth” at Heart Lake, and tell of attractions at this popular resort this day, including merry-go-round, motor boat, dancing, swimming race, etc. There are a large number who always find Heart Lake a charming place to spend the Fourth and a good sized crowd may be looked for, as usual.
Gelatt – Three of our young ladies will graduate June 15th from the Susquehanna high school—Miss Helen Hine and the Misses Helen and Margaret Jones. Four of our boys took the examinations for high school—Oliver and Manley Potter, Howard Gelatt and Claud Barnes.
Glenwood – The parties that took Elmer Corey’s and Frank Pherrigo’s chickens one evening last week, had some nerve. They need to be driven out of town or put behind the bars, which will surely be done if they don’t take warning.
Harford – Ball games are the order of the day here and they attract more attention than a circus. Harford and Gibson played Saturday and the score was 12-5, in favor of Harford.
Dimock – A meeting of the Community Circle will be held at the Estus hotel, Friday afternoon. Another demonstration of the cheaply made dress forms will be made at this time, and if plenty of helpers attend, three or more forms may be made during the one afternoon. It is hoped everyone who is interested will take advantage of this opportunity as many are anxious to rush their summer’s sewing, and this demonstration will be of great help. They can easily be made at home after seeing how one is made. ALSO Chas. N. Green, a bee expert from Harrisburg, was through this place last week, inspecting bees to report and help eliminate any bee diseases. The bee-keepers were very grateful for his helpful talks and advice.
Apolacon – M. A. Reardon, of Endicott, a former popular and well-known citizen of Apolacon, was calling on Montrose friends, Monday. He and his family are enjoying good health, Susquehanna county friends will be pleased to know. Two of his sons, longing for farm life and the familiar scenes of their boyhood days, have returned to Apolacon and are conducting the homestead farm. Mr. Reardon purchased a home in Endicott when he took up his residence there a couple years ago and tells us that he has had several opportunities to sell at a substantial profit, and says that about every other person you meet in Endicott is a Susquehanna county man.
Lenoxville – C. H. West gives notice of a big opening dance at Stephens’ Hall, Lenoxville, Thursday, June 16th, 1921, the music to be furnished by Bill Purvis and Rogers. Mr. West is famed for conducting most pleasurable dances and many will look forward to this event.
Great Bend – Franklin Scoville, aged 77 years, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home here on May 31, after an illness of several months. The funeral was held at the home of Frank Fortner, at Great Bend. Burial in Chenango Valley Cemetery. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Oliver Snedaker and Mrs. Sarah Parker, both of Great Bend.
Franklin Forks – Memorial Day is now past, but it will long be remembered. The fine speech by Mr. Ellsworth, of Binghamton, was much enjoyed. There were only seven veterans and two of the World War soldiers. There was a large crowd—people from Binghamton, Hallstead, Conklin Montrose and Nicholson. All helped to make the day a success.
Forest Lake – Asa Coleman has moved on his farm at Fair Hill. Mr. Birchard has moved his goods from the store here to Birchardville. Sorry to lose the store.
Kingsley – On Tuesday the 7th, one of our well-known and respected citizens, Warren H. Wilmarth, reached another milestone in life’s journey and became 80 years young. He enjoys remarkably good health and good reading and music are particularly pleasing to him. He has planned and built most of the houses, stores, churches and barns in our town, besides much other building and repair work in the surrounding country. A large number of relatives and friends gathered at his home in honor of this event and enjoyed a very bountiful dinner. His son, Thomas, of New York City, arrived Monday night. His other children, Mrs. Nellie Finn, of Montrose and Perry and Jesse, of this place, and his grandchildren and all present will long remember the day.
New Milford – The commencement exercises of the New Milford High School were held in the opera house Thursday evening of last week, when a class of six girls and three boys received diplomas. The graduates were: Rachael A. Benson, Agnes E. Fernan, Ruth Norris, Dorothy W. DePew, Neva Ruth Hillis, Mary Lucille DeWitt, Everett Garratt Ainey, Neal L. Harris an Myles Joseph DeWitt.
Uniondale – Curt Lee, of Forest City, has purchased of Mrs. John S. Tinker, the farm known as the Tinker-Carr place. Curt says he will soon have the farm up in the former condition. His first step will be to erect buildings on the place.