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.