July 01 (1921/2021)
Montrose – “Fourth of July” – Activities include an aeroplane to arrive on July 3rd. Will carry passengers in the afternoon. The flying field is east of Lake Montrose, on the Lathrop Stock Farm. Follow the signs and please keep to the road—the shortest way to the field. Stay off the growing crops. At 11 am there will be all day motion pictures. Mary Pickford, the greatest of all film stars at the Ideal Theatre. At 12 pm individual box lunches served by the Legion on the Court House Green. A celebration parade, headed by a United States army tank, will be held starting at 1:30. This also includes cash prizes for the best decorated automobile. In the afternoon will be bag races, foot races, greased pole, with prizes. Also a baseball game. The Endicott-Johnson, 20 piece band will furnish music for the parade and a concert at the baseball game. In the evening will be a beautiful display of fireworks and a band concert. Dancing at the Colonial Hall all day and during the evening. Young & Clark will play for the square dances and the Dixie Jazz for round dances. The town is to be most attractively decorated by Mr. M. B. Lamke, of the Binghamton Decorating Co. In addition ice cream, soft drinks, candy, Cupie dolls, balloons, flags, squeakers, fireworks, etc., will be sold.
Jackson – Fishermen on Butler Lake made a startling discovery last Thursday, when they discovered the body of a yearling heifer submerged and held under the water by a large stone. Health authorities were notified and an investigation is being made to ascertain the names of the guilty parties. Consequences of the water becoming polluted, endangering public health, is so apparent that it is to be wondered at that any normal person would do such a thing. ALSO Edson Williams died at his home June 22nd, 1921. He was the last survivor of the family of the late Gilbert Williams of New Milford Twp. and was born in Thompson, June 11th, 1842. He served three years and 9 months in the Civil War and was a member of Myron French Post, G. A. R. Mr. Williams married Miss Virginia Quick, of Lynn, in 1865. She died in 1912 and he married, May 27, 1920, Mrs. Marion Empet, of Jackson, who survives. Mr. Williams was an influential member of the Lake Side church, being choir leader.
Thompson & Harmony Twps. – Two delegations, one from Thompson and one from Harmony, with their attorney, Thos. Doherty, visited the County Commissioners to urge that the County build a hard road between Forest City and Susquehanna.
New Milford – The Sproul Construction Co., who are building the New Milford-Hallstead road, moved their concrete laying machinery to the north end of town. The concrete is now laid from Johnson Hill to Summersville and work is now progressing rapidly in getting the concrete down from the north end of the borough pavement to connect with the road to Summersville When this stretch is completed the machinery will be taken to the Hallstead end and the road built to Johnson Hill.
Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Band will have a festival on B. L. Jewett’s lawn, in the village, the evening of July 6th. Proceeds for the benefit of the band.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake/Jessup Twp. – Dr. George W. Brands, of Detroit, has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Brands, the past week, and has carried off one of Fairdale’s young ladies. Miss Hazel Jones. We wish them abundant happiness and long life.
Ararat – Mr. Johnson, of this place, a veteran of the World War, has just received from the government his World War medal, with five bars attached—something to be proud of and hard to get.
Gibson – The Gibson ball team and many others motored to North Jackson on Saturday where a game of ball was enjoyed between Jackson and Gibson. Due to superior playing, the Gibson boys won by a score of 13 to 4. A return game with Jackson is to be played the fourth of July on our diamond. Be there with the “pep” for we must win again.
Silver Lake – A large crowd attended the dance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Hawley, Friday night. All report a fine time.
Forest City – Failure on the part of John Nichols, county league umpire, to report for duty at Old Forge, Sunday, resulted in the breaking up of the game between Old Forge and Forest City in the 8th inning. The teams waited until four o’clock for the ump’s arrival and when he did not appear an Old Forge man was substituted. His rulings against the visitors were arbitrary and glaring in their inaccuracy. At the close of the 8th inning Kelly caught an Old Forger napping at the 2nd sack. Kelly touched the runner several feet from the base and the umpire, so called, pronounced the runner safe. Our boys protested, but in vain. After duly explaining the situation without relief, the team left the field with the score 16 to 9 in favor of Old Forge. (In the 2nd inning an Old Forger batted a foul and the umpire called it a safe hit. The ball rolled down the hillside and brought in three runs. Protests were useless.)
West Auburn – About 3 o’clock Saturday morning, residents were awakened by the telephone signal for fire, which proved to be at the Ruggles saw mill on the farm of Hugh Rooney. Neighbors went, carrying pails of water and Claude Carter, of Retta, came with his auto bringing several milk cans of water. The mill was a total loss. The fire is thought to be the work of an incendiary, as the three men who slept at the camp did not hear the crackling of the flames or smell smoke until they were aroused by others and the flames were well scattered over the plant, as if kerosene oil or gasoline had been poured over it. This brings out the necessity to have a night watchman at every operating saw mill.
News Brief: You will notice by many of our advertisements today that a “butter-eating campaign” is on. Better join it. Help the dairyman to stabilize his prices by eating butter and cutting out oleo The dairyman is getting about 4 ½ cents a quart for his milk at the present time and we can all help him get better prices by creating a demand for butter, which will take up the surplus butter and milk. Order ten pounds today, as the price is likely to go up. It will keep.
July 08 (1921/2021)
Thompson – The Coxton Lake correspondent says that the big fish of the season got away, but he did not say how. We happen to be cognizant of the affair. A lady, for many years a summer resident at the lake, went fishing one day and caught a big perch; before landing him the watchful eye of a pickerel which compared in circumference to a five or six inch stove pipe (length in proportion) nabbed the perch and was drawn to shore; but as it lacked just three days of being the first of July, when it was lawful to catch pickerel and her sense of honesty and integrity was so keen, (and possibly somewhat fearful of the penalty) she threw him overboard, thereby losing both pickerel and perch. Doubtless her rest was sweeter that night for having observed the rule, that, “honesty is the best policy.”
Dimock – Fred Crossland, of Louden Hill Farm, expects to sail from New York to Liverpool, England, for a six weeks’ visit with his mother. When Mr. Crossland left England he assured his mother he would visit her every three years, but owing to the war has not seen her since 1913. A steamship ticket, one way, at that time was $60. The same class ticket now costs $135. ALSO The waters of Elk Lake are very enticing to Dimock folks of late, both for swimming and fishing, although the fishing is much better in the Cope pond.
Jackson – A cloudburst came up suddenly; there was but one flash of lightning, followed by a terrific peal of thunder, and then came the deluge. Fields and lowlands were turned into miniature lakes. The roads were washed in many places, tiny brooks became raging torrents. The barn of Elmer Schermerhorn was damaged but Howard Wall, a youth employed by Elmer, drove into the barn to escape the storm. The lightning bolt that hit the barn robbed the lad of his hearing. He reported that he could see the horses, that they were kicking and carrying on but he could not hear them. After much difficulty Mr. Schermerhorn quieted the horses and led them out of the barn. Howard’s hearing, which left him with the crash of thunder, returned during the evening and he was none the worse for his horrible experience.
Susquehanna – The silk mill is breaking all records, according to The Transcript. The plant is running with a full force, and the production is exceeding all expectations of the owners, Jouvaud & Lavigne. Much additional machinery has been added and every inch of space in the big plant is occupied. Superintendent Greene has a happy, efficient force of operatives and the mill was never in such good condition.
Clifford – John Watkins, for many years a prominent resident of this township, passed away at his home in South Gibson on July 3. Deceased was the second child to be born in what is known as Welsh Hill. He was the son of Thomas Watkins, one of the first settlers of West Clifford. He is survived by three sons and a daughter. The funeral was held from Bethel church, Welsh Hill, of which deceased had been for many years a member.
Uniondale – The Uniondale base ball team played Elkdale here Monday morning. The game was close. The score was tied in the 9th. The Elkdale team failed to make a run in the tenth. Score 7-6. Our boys scored and won the game. In the afternoon Uniondale played the Carbondale barbers, and won. Score 12-9.
Montrose – If the celebration of the Fourth did no more than to bring us all together, in and out of town, for a day of pleasant social intercourse and as a break in the drab life routine in which many of our lives are cast, the boys of the American Legion have done a good thing and deserve the heartiest thanks of everybody. But it did infinitely more than that. The bunting adorned streets, the ubiquitous firecracker, the khaki-clad boys, the old veterans in the parade, served to accept as a matter of fact—AMERICA. So Boys of the Legion, we thank you. It was a great day. Don’t fret that the aeroplane broke down, or the sports did not materialize, or that the parade was not as big as it might have been. There was plenty of ice cream and hot dogs and ginger pop and laughter; there was no drunkenness, no accidents, no anger. So please accept our congratulations and thanks.
Reminisces of Olden Days – In an article written by D. T. Brewster, of Montrose, he talked about the old turnpikes, before the steam engine and gas engines, and about there being, still, a sort of halo of romance connected with the stage coaches that ran the pikes. “The bob-tailed, four-horse teams, under-slung Concord coaches, driver on his high box, with a whip to reach the leaders’ ears, and cut behind at the boy on the boot, made a good show. There are many good stories and traditions among the old settlers connected with the stage coaches. Nearly every small boy wanted to be a stage driver. A trip from Montrose to New York could be made by stage in three days, over 200 miles and furnish subjects for conversations long afterwards. The turnpikes were usually laid out straight up and down the hills, so the stage would not “slue” around and tip over.” A. B. Burns remembers the following: “The snow drifts filled the road, and the four-horse stage had to detour through the fields. The driver and male passengers got out to hold the stage from upsetting; just as they were crossing the ditch to get back into the road, the horses got to plunging, the driver fell down in the snow, but hung on to the lines, and so they got back on the road, stopped and looked around. The driver brushed the snow out of his face and neck and said: ‘Hurrah, we made the riffle.’”
Marriage Licenses applied for: Harold B. Shea and Ethel V. Putman, both of Susquehanna; Leo H. Malone and Harriet E. Dewald, both of Montrose; Martin Blaisure and Frances Daly, both of Prospect Hill; William Moat and Francis Chandler, both of Choconut; Vern P. Melhuish, Norristown, Pa and Iva M. Stedman, Elk Lake.
News Brief: Jack Dempsey licked Georges Carpentier in a prize fight, lasting for four rounds, at Jersey City, Saturday. 1899 of Montrose’s 1900 souls failed to attend, “Jim” Griffin alone representing the town. We appropriate nine lines of this newspaper to tell the story—all the event deserves.
July 15 (1921/2021)
New Milford – William Alexander, aged 90 years, one of the oldest residents of this section, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. W. Gardner, July 4, 1921. He was born in Ireland, coming to this country when 19 years of age, and was married to Miss Hannah Dickson in 1862, living here ever since. A cheerful, kind-hearted, willing worker always. He united with the Congregational church of Harford about 60 years ago.
Lakeview – Newell Washburn, who has completed a course in mining engineering at Yale and has been spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Washburn, has accepted a position in Scranton.
Montrose – The townspeople rejoiced to know that after being idle since April, on account of a strike of the employees, the Scranton, Montrose and Binghamton railway resumed operation again on Wednesday of this week, the first train arriving from Scranton at 7:30 am. ALSO Through the courtesy of the Susquehanna County Light and Power Co., and the Merchants and Bell telephone companies, there has been erected in town two alarm systems. One in front of the Donovan Hotel, the other in front of Flint’s tailor shop. These alarms are red light signals, which can be turned on from either telephone office, in case of fire, burglary, or any other matter where the services of the police, or quick help is needed. All that is necessary is to call Central and she will turn on lights which will be seen by the night watchman, who will investigate.
Gibson – Our ball team, No. 1, played Thompson last Saturday on their field. Thompson won with a score of 10-9. Our team, No. 2, defeated the Union Hill team on our diamond, with a score of 27-8.
Jackson – Surprised by the owner while in a chicken coop here, a thief grappled with and bit the owner, Edward Leonard, making his getaway in a waiting automobile. It is the second time lately that Jackson township has been visited by chicken thieves who work like professionals. About 12 o’clock, Thursday night, Mrs. Edward Leonard was awakened by a commotion in the rear of the house. Mr. Leonard, who was awakened, found the noise coming from the chicken coop. As the owner entered the thief attempted to escape and when caught, bit his captor’s thumb severely. This pain caused Mr. Leonard to let go his hold and the marauder slipped away in the darkness. A moment later a car in front of the house started up and sped down the road. Of the 80-odd chickens owned by Mr. Leonard, only 55 were accounted for. ALSO While cultivating potatoes upon the Yale farm, H. E. Henderson discovered a large rattlesnake. He secured a club and soon placed the snake out of commission. It measured 47 inches in length and carried seven rattles. It is presumed that the dry weather is responsible for the advent of the reptile in this section.
Rush Township – Mrs. Edward Blakeslee, who lives near Rushville, was struck by an automobile driven by Merchant W. W. Reynolds, of Springville, while at Silvara, Tuesday noon. Mrs. Blakeslee was crossing the street when hurled to the pavement by the machine and rendered unconscious. A telephone message from the Blakeslee home last night stated that her injuries were of a serious nature. Her daughter, Miss Zeltha, who is clerking in Burns’ pharmacy, was immediately notified.
Susquehanna – Harry Brown, of R. D. #5, Susquehanna, is charged with dynamiting “Melrose hole” in Starrucca Creek. It is alleged that Brown placed dynamite in the hole killing many fish. Two men appeared as the dynamiter was leaving. They caught the number of the car in which the dynamiter drove away. The number on the car is what led to Brown’s arrest. He paid a fine of $100 and costs amounting to $17.
Forest City – The M. E. church is undergoing a general overhauling. The church has been raised and new walls put under the entire building and excavation under the vestibule furnishing considerable extra room for social occasions of various kinds. The interior is being finished. The church had been badly shaken up by mine caves and the coal company is doing most of the repair work. ALSO Roy Shaw, of Endicott, a former Forest City boy, will open a restaurant in the building formerly occupied by Sam Stein, on Main street, where Liberty root beer and Coney Island “hot dogs” will be served.
Uniondale – S. E. Lowry and J. F. Tinklepaugh, stockholders of the Clifford creamery, were present at a stockholders meeting when the company disposed of its plant to the Woodlawn Dairy Company of Scranton. The new company is in possession.
Springville – Our town had a very quiet 4th of July. Many motored to Montrose, while others spent the day in fishing.
Forest Lake – Numerous friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Griffin, 4511 California Avenue, Seattle, Wash., to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. It was a red letter date in the lives of both and both declared they were as happy as the same day fifty years ago found them. The day and far into the night was one continual round of pleasure for all who came, and none enjoyed the occasion more than “Big Jim Griffin” and his charming bride. An elaborate wedding dinner, presentations and presents were given. Mr. Griffin will be remembered by the old-time readers of the Democrat as the youngest son of the late Patrick Griffin, of Forest Lake, and brother of Matthew Griffin, now of Choconut.
Dimock – This is certainly some month. Did you know that dog days arrived in June this year instead of waiting until July 25? We think that must be the case, as the heat bears all the registered ear marks of dog days. Then, too, things happen to food stuff that are supposed to belong exclusively to that delightful period. This year golden rod was found in full bloom in June, which is a rare occurrence. We will notice whether St. Swithen’s day, which is popularly supposed to control the rain fall for the next forty days, fulfills all expectations or not. July has five Fridays, four Saturdays and five Sundays, too, this season.
Greatest Event in History: We have not the military mastery of the world, like Rome, nor have we put other kingdoms and empires under our heel, as did Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Persia, Greece and Rome, but, in the evolution of civilization those were as nothing compared with what has resulted from the signing of that great Declaration in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776.
July 22 (1921/2021)
Ararat – Mrs. Mary Sartell, while crossing a field to visit a neighbor last week, encountered a large skunk. Did she pick up her dress and run? She did not, but picked up some stones and killed Mr. Skunk. Mrs. Sartell and others have lost a number of chickens because of numerous skunks about. This is the second she has killed. At Lake View the skunks are numerous and nearly 500 chickens and other poultry have been destroyed in this vicinity by them
Montrose – Montrose has a health center, open Friday afternoons, at the library building, where anyone may call and consult the health nurse on matters in which he or she may be interested. This is a most valuable service and should be taken full advantage of. ALSO After weeks of hard work the Mill Company have installed the machinery for making coat hangers which will necessitate the employment of a number of extra hands.
Thompson – The bands of Susquehanna County have consolidated to effect the very best results. Those which have been organized in the towns of Thompson, Ararat, Orson and Lakewood and other places of the near vicinity are now meeting at the residence of Dr. McNamara, at Thompson, where they are being given instruction, from time to time, by Bandmaster Al Lawrence, of Scranton. There is a beautiful lawn where the 75 members of the consolidated band gather. It is expected the band will fill engagements for that section of the state which will be equal to any that can be brought from a distance. The social features of the rehearsals of the band have been made very pleasant by the doctor.
St. Joseph – Joseph Minehan has purchased a new Brockaway truck. He drives three times a week to Binghamton carrying freight and passengers.
Lenoxville – Daniel Green, aged 71 years, had his left leg fractured and was badly lacerated about the body, Tuesday afternoon, when he was thrown over an embankment by a fractious cow, which he was leading on a rope.
Uniondale – Everett Burdick and wife, of Lyon Street, near here, had a rather thrilling experience with a burglar recently. Hearing a noise at the front door, Mr. Burdick arose and went to the door and spoke to the intruder, who was bold enough to continue his efforts to enter the house. Mr. Burdick opened the door and threatened to shoot, but the burglar jumped off the porch and seizing a club attempted to strike. Burdick was too quick for him, however, and knocked him down and held him until help arrived. The culprit was taken to Forest City and lodged in jail. ALSO Jerome Kishpaugh, the sole veteran of the Civil War at Herrick Center, came down Tuesday to see the “boys.”
Forest City – Frank Faatz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Faatz, of Main street, is prospering finely at Timpas, Colorado, according to a letter received lately by his parents. He is operating two garages and is selling about a carload of cars a week. He took up a claim a few miles from Timpas. His wife remains upon the claim and Frank spends as much time at his home as he can spare. [Frank worked as a railroad flagman prior to moving. Read more about Timpas on line.]
Silver Lake – Camp Red Cloud is preparing for a wonderful day of sports, Aug. 13th. There will be water sports of all kinds, including the annual regatta. There will be a track meet and baseball games. There will also be horseback riding. Major Lambert, the camp head, is looking forward to making this an unusually good meet. Among the boys at this camp is the son of General John J. Pershing, and it is expected that the general will arrive at the camp about the middle of August, to remain several days, including the day of sports. Besides this noted visitor, many other well-known men and women will be present as guests from Washington, Baltimore and other places.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. – Two little girls sent out from New York city by the Tribune Fresh Air Fund arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bolles on Thursday for a two weeks’ vacation. Their names are Camilla Hajek and Rose Fisher.
Hop Bottom – Saturday night many turned out to hear and enjoy the band concert given by the Brooklyn Band. Mr. Norris, of New Milford, lighted the Main Street with a Delco plant. As Hop Bottom has long been without lights, it afforded much pleasure to the people.
Kingsley – Mr. Zick, of Scranton, spent Sunday with his brothers on the D. E. Oakley place.
Brooklyn – Brooklyn has quite a colony of summer visitors this year and one of the most interesting is J. H. Johnston, who for many years was with the D & H as head bookkeeper in the coal department and lately paymaster for the Pottsville street railway. In his younger days, Mr. Johnston worked for Daniel Searle & Co., [Montrose] who had the contract for carrying the mail from Owego to Milford. Mr. Searle was the father of Mrs. J. B. McCollum, of Montrose. Mr. Johnston, who is now past 84 years of age, is still mentally vigorous and has a bright memory. His account of incidents of interest while at work on the old Gravity road from Carbondale to Honesdale are worth listening to.
Harford - A military funeral was held in the Congregational church, Sunday, for Bruch Hawley, whose body was brought from France. Rev. Mr. Perkins preached the sermon. The Odd Fellows were in attendance, one sailor and six soldiers, besides many others.
Jackson – While cultivating potatoes upon the Yale farm, H. E. Henderson discovered a large rattlesnake. He secured a club and soon placed the snake out of commission. It measured 47 inches in length and carried seven rattles. It is presumed that the dry weather is responsible for the advent of the reptile in this section.
Bible Conference: One who recently dined at Torrey Lodge, the new Conference Inn, speaks very highly of the gracious manner in which they were received, the excellent food served, the attractiveness of the Lodge and the quiet, home-like atmosphere of the whole place, all of which augurs well for a wonderfully successful season.
July 29 (1921/2021)
Lenoxville – Orchestra dance, five pieces, at Stephens’ Hall, Friday evening, July 29. Music furnished by Nicholson’s Select Five. Round and square dances. Come and bring your friends. Go where the crowd goes. Bill for dance, war tax included, $1.00.
Hop Bottom – On Saturday afternoon an automobile party visited Elk Mountain and climbed to the summit for a picnic lunch. Included in the party were the following: Mrs. A. J. Taylor, Mrs. Joe West, Miss Lillian Byram, Mrs. C. A. Corson, Mrs. C. A. Tingley, Mrs. Frank Doran, Miss Grace Doran, Morgan Taylor and Edward Evans, whose Pierce-Arrow touring car carried the entire party on this delightful ride to the mountain, which should be a noted resort, being next to the highest point in the state of Pennsylvania. A magnificent view of the surrounding country can be seen from this place.
Ararat Twp. – Forest Hobbs met with a painful accident last Saturday, his hay fork becoming unfastened, dropped down, striking him in the muscle of the arm, piercing to the bone. It will bother him for several days probably. AND In South Ararat - There were never so many campers at the pond as at present and more would be glad to come if there were more cottages. Wonder more wouldn’t be built to accommodate people who would love to come to such a beautiful body of water.
Montrose – The Library will hold a Noveltonian Lawn Fete on the grounds of George Carlton Comstock during the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, Aug. 10. The word “noveltonian” may be safely assured to cover a great variety of most entertaining features.
Royal, Clifford Twp. – Royal has a new business place, C. H. West having opened a store in which he will carry groceries, cigars, candy, ice cream, soft drinks and sandwiches. Mr. West is very popular and will, undoubtedly, do a good business. His store is located on the main road from South Gibson to Clifford and Carbondale, used by large numbers of tourists, and this stand will be greatly appreciated.
Fairdale – A large crowd assembled at the Grange Hall for a farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Olmstead, who are soon to leave for State College, where Mr. Olmstead has accepted a position in the dairy extension department of the college. It is with much regret that we see this estimable couple leave us. ALSO Glen Cronk is wearing a broad smile these days—cause—a brand new baby girl arrived Saturday, July 23, 1921—Clara Jean.
Brooklyn – The four corners at the foot of Maple street, near the feed store of Doran & Ely, was the scene of an automobile accident at about 7 o’clock on Sunday evening, when H. W. Roper’s Buick touring car and a Buick roadster, driven by a Scranton party, crashed together. Each car contained but two passengers and none of the four were seriously injured, which is extremely fortunate. Mr. Roper sustained some bruises and minor injuries, while the woman in the roadster was cut on the head and became unconscious for a short time, but prompt attention from Dr. T. O. Williams enabled her to continue her journey to Scranton, that evening, in another car. Mr. Roper was driving his car down the hill past the M. E. church, and the roadster, driven by a Mr. Lavelle, was on the state road, going towards Scranton. The feed store, which is on the southwest corner, obstructed the view of each driver and the crash came as a severe shock to both. It is evident to all that danger signs should be conspicuously posted in each direction from this corner to prevent future accidents at this place.
Thompson – O. P. Walker is now completing one of the finest dairy barns in the county. It is to be modernly equipped, with 32 cow stalls, water bowls, etc.
Hallstead – H. O. Bullard drove to Niagara Falls on a three day trip via Watkins Glen and the Seneca Lake region recently, driving his seven passenger Moon touring car. In the party were Dr. and Mrs. E. E. Tower, of Hallstead, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Tower and family of Trenton, N. J. One of the remarkable things about the trip was that the fan belt came off and the entire trip was made without it and with no trouble from a hot engine, even on the hills.
Harford – There will be a farmers’ picnic on the Fair Grounds, August 20th. Prominent speakers will be present; the merry-go-round will be in operation and a good time is expected. The picnic will be an all-day affair, lasting from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bandmaster Ben Jewett has promised the Brooklyn band, which is considered the best band in the county. The South Montrose Grange Quartette will give a few selections. The Master of the County Pomona Grange, N. H. Wilmarth, has arranged a big base ball game between teams representing the eastern and western parts of the county. The eastern team will be built up around the Harford team and the western team will likely be composed of Dimock and Rush players. The Ladies’ Aid of Harford will supply refreshments and lunches for those who do not bring their own lunches.
Auburn – A little son of M. L. Lake, the livestock dealer of this place, was badly injured Saturday by a kick in the forehead by a horse, which he was driving in unloading hay with a hay fork. He was taken to a Binghamton hospital Sunday. He is thirteen years old.
Court News: Thirteen divorce hearings were on the list for Tuesday. Fred Knapp, who is suing for divorce, made a sensation in court while in the witness chair, by fainting. His wife did not appear. Their troubles had not been exciting, according to the evidence, but she did not like to live where he worked and simply deserted. [If this is the correct Fred Knapp, according to the 1920 census, he lived at Silver Lake and owned a sawmill.]
August 05 (1921/2021)
Stillwater – Richard Price has been employed as watchman at this place. He has so far brought five cases before Squire L. L. Decker. The parties were charged with illegal fishing and the use of nets. He has arrested 15 for violations of the fish laws and 10 along the river for bathing without bathing suits.
Forest City – The silk mills of this vicinity are enjoying a veritable boom and are rapidly reaching pre-war conditions. Manager Smedly, of the Klots Throwing company informs us that 180 are now employed in their mill and that they could put on 50 more experienced workers.
Crystal Lake – Fire of unknown origin destroyed a barn owned by S. J. Whitmore Sunday evening. A large quantity of hay and farm implements were consumed. Cottagers formed a bucket brigade and succeeded in saving the farm house which stood close to the barn.
Susquehanna – About 100 men refused to work in the round houses and long shop of the Erie, Sunday, because no assurance was given that time and a half would be allowed for work on the Sabbath, and those refusing to work have been removed from the service of the company until an investigation is made.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Evangelist L. C. Bennett, of Laceyville, will hold revival meetings at Jersey Hill, beginning Sunday evening, Aug. 7th, and continuing for two weeks. Everyone is most cordially invited to attend and help advance the good cause.
Montrose – The citizens of the eastern end of town, led by T. C. Boyce, are planning to ask for an injunction restraining the Lehigh Valley Railroad company from coaling the engines on the Montrose branch within the borough limits. The engines are coaled mostly at night, and the smoke, dust, gas and noise are alleged to be a public nuisance. A movement of that kind was started a few years ago, and an appeal made to the Public Service Commission, but that body claimed it had no jurisdiction in the matter.
Dimock – Preparations are being made for a Dimock Township Community Day to be held in this place on Labor Day. This is the first, as well as the biggest, event of the kind ever held in this place and is expected to become an annual affair hereafter. It will consist of an extensive exhibit of livestock and machinery, also home nursing, dairy and household equipment booths, stock judging contest for girls and boys, and many worth-while athletic events. The two Ladies’ Aid societies will cater. This Community Day is the result of the Farm Product Show held here last January, which was such a decided success.
Harford – The Boy Scouts are camping this week at Tingley Lake, under the care of their scoutmaster, Rev. A. L. Prynn.
East Kingsley – The Whitman brothers, Ren, of Detroit, Mich, and Ralph, of Scranton, were pleasant callers here recently, where their boyhood days were spent. Both are now successful young businessmen, Ren, being a draughtsman and Ralph a fireman on the D. L. & W. road.
Springville – A much needed rain visited our vicinity on Friday last, greatly to the relief of man and beast. For near six weeks, or about, the thermometer has registered 80 to 100 degrees in the shade. Potatoes are nearly all blighted and gardens are in a very bad shape.
Court Matters: A case of desertion was heard on Tuesday morning by Judge A. B. Smith. Mrs. C. Main, seeking to have her husband support her, claimed he called her names when under the influence of cider, and she left his home after sixteen days of wedded life. Mr. Main denies he drank cider and was unkind. The case was continued.
Franklin Twp. – Newton W. Emmons has reported very favorably in regard to the prospects for gas in the Franklin field, which he has been investigating for some time. While only the digging of wells will actually prove its presence, yet he thinks the outlook is very bright. The company for which Mr. Emmons is working, at a meeting held last Friday, instructed him to continue his work for the next two months, by which time it is expected the first well will be completed. [Ten photographs showing operations of the Montrose Gas, Oil & Coal Co., mostly on land leased from the Wheaton family from 1921 thru 1923, are in the collection of the Susquehanna County Historical Society.]
News Brief: “A Boyish Prank Cause Big Railroad Wreck.” Responsibility for the disastrous Delaware, Lackawanna and Western train wreck at Glenburn, 10 miles west of Scranton, on Friday, July 12, has been placed on John Arre [sp?], aged 14 years, of Glenburn, who has confessed his guilt. Charged with murder—the engineer and fireman on the passenger train having died as the result of injuries sustained in the wreck, the youngster was arraigned before a Scranton alderman and committed to the House of Detention, without bail, to await trial. The boy stated that he had placed pieces of iron on the tracks to have them flattened out. He never thought for a moment, he said, that the train would be wrecked. The boy does not appear to be of sound mind. ALSO “Wrong Man Hanged in Montrose.” The following from a Scranton newspaper: “Nearly a hundred years ago a man was hanged in Montrose for the murder of a lumberman, supposed to have money on his person. The evidence was circumstantial. Nearly 40 years later a criminal was hanged in New Orleans, who confessed that he had committed seven murders. The killing of the man at Montrose was one of them. The man hanged was equally guilty, as they had planned to kill the lumberman. One was to shoot first. If he missed, the other was to finish the job. They lay in wait for their victim and the man executed in New Orleans fired the shot that killed the lumberman. But the other man was arrested for the crime and was hanged while his accomplice got away. But he did not fire the fatal shot, though all thought him the murderer until the confession of the accomplice many years later. [This was the case of, Jason Treadwell, the first man hanged in Susquehanna County for the murder of Oliver Harper on May 11th 1824. It took place on the old Harmony road, a mile and a half below Lanesboro. You will find an account of the murder on page 582 of Emily C. Blackman’s, History of Susquehanna County.]
August 12 (1921/2021)
Forest Lake – Silas Jagger, age 75, who has kept an accurate record of the weather for many years, tells us that July was the hottest month he has yet seen. The twenty-four hour average for the month was a little higher than 83 degrees while the mercury at no time fell below 79 degrees. With August starting off with so many very cool days, the seasonal average will be greatly reduced. The summer is speeding away and we are aware the snow shovel will have replaced the lawn mower. ALSO Descendants of the Canfield Stone family, to the number of 170, met here for their 19th annual reunion, an all day picnic. William and John Stone, born in Hereford-on-the-Wye, England, were the eighth and tenth signers of the “plantation covenant,” between July 1 and 15, 1539, on the ship St. John, the first to enter New Haven harbor. They got a deed for the township of Guilford from the great Mohegan sachem, Uncas.
Glenwood – William J. Green, who has conducted a store at Glenwood for the past several months, lately purchased the store of E. M. Barnes, also at Glenwood, and will use the building as a feed store and a stock room. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes have returned to their farm in Lenox. Mr. Green, upon engaging in business in Glenwood, purchased from Dr. Decker, of Nicholson, what is known as the Tanner store, where he will continue his mercantile business.
Herrick Twp. – F.M. Felter, one of our very well-known and highly esteemed residents, has been during jury duty in Montrose this week and made The Democrat a pleasant call. His long life has been a most useful and active one, having lived continuously in Herrick since his birth 73 years ago. Mr. Felter believes that a medium amount of work is conducive to one’s health—necessary for the healthy functioning of both mind and body. He is right.
Stevens Point – A female bear and two cubs have been seen in the woods near here, the past two weeks. Berry Pickers report having seen the bears. They were first mistaken for deer, but when some of the more daring crept nearer, they discovered the members of the Bruin family.
Hallstead – H. O. Bullard, well known here, being a native of Bridgewater township, is one of Hallstead’s very wide-awake businessmen. In addition to his store he has a finely equipped auto livery. Thirty years ago Mr. Bullard and the writer were “cronies,” both being members then of the old Heart Lake Band and as player of the cornet, Mr. Bullard was a local wonder, making such rapid progress after taking up the study of music as to win the admiration of a wide circle of friends no less than to surprise them. Angus Richardson, who owns the showy farm on the old plank road, north of Alford, was the leader of the band. Other members of the band at that time were: Merchant C. L. Stephens, of Montrose; Ben Jewett, of Brooklyn; Louis and Sherman Griffing, of Heart Lake; Nelson J. Tiffany, formerly of Tiffany Station, now of Buffalo, N. Y.; Perry and Ira Calph, Raymond Millard and others.
Hop Bottom – The funeral services of Delbert Dean Rose were held from the M. E. church, Sunday, Aug. 7. His death occurred in France, three years ago, from wounds received in action at Chateau-Thierry. His remains were the first of the World War soldiers to be returned to Hop Bottom for burial. He sailed overseas with the 13th Regiment of Scranton, as a private soldier of Co. L., 109th Infantry, 28th Division.
Susquehanna – Howard Collins, formerly of Susquehanna, is making his mark in New York theatrical circles. He is now musical director for one of the largest and best shows on Broadway. He was director of music for “Irene” during the run of the show. Mr. Collins has been visiting friends here.
Heart Lake – Never were the waters in the lake so low as this summer. Some plan to raise or rebuild the dam at the outlet is being considered.
Montrose – The Bible Conference closed on Sunday after what was probably its most successful year. It is felt by the heads of it that it is no longer an experiment, but a stable and permanent institution with a great and most useful future. ALSO The A. M. E. Zion church had its annual picnic at Heart Lake last week, in connection with churches from Scranton and Binghamton.
Lanesboro – Every sportsman in the county knows the pool made by the natural dam at Melrose on Starrucca creek. The Rod and Gun Club, of Susquehanna, have had it stocked with fish and when it was found to have been dynamited and great numbers of fish killed, a wave of indignation went over everybody. The party who did the dynamiting had come in an auto, accompanied by a woman. The auto number was obtained and upon investigation by the Club the name of the owner, H. L. Brown, was discovered. He was arrested and dealt with very justly because of his unsportsmanlike practice. His arrest, it is hoped, will teach people a needed lesson. A fine of $117.57 was accessed.
Franklin Forks – George P. Stockholm, a veteran of Gettysburg, was in The Republican office and showed a bullet picked from the battlefield 16 years after the battle in a wheat field. He had the bullet bored out and a scene put in with magnifying glass showing Jennie Wade, her old home and monument in the cemetery. Mr. Stockholm enjoys good health in spite of his old war experience.
New Milford/Hallstead – The new concrete pavement between New Milford and Hallstead is now opened to about three miles below Summersville and will, by the first of the month, it is expected, be completed.
Rush – Mrs. S. A. Edwards, who lives one mile from the Rush High School and by whose door the transport wagon that carries the school children passes twice a day, would take two or three school girl boarders. ALSO In Rushboro, the festival at the grove here, last week, was a great success. The Willys Light agent wired the grove and furnished fine electric lights. An entertainment by the local people made lots of fun. The proceeds were about $40.
Springville – The fresh air children that have been entertained in this section for the past few weeks, returned to New York on Monday.
Marriage Licenses: Nick Kurko, and Anna Gumbach, both of Forest City; John Treven, and Agnes Stare, both of Forest City; Willard E. Gibson, Uniondale and Doris Burns, Sebring, Fla.
August 19 (1921/2021)
Dimock – The 48th annual session of the Dimock Camp meeting will be held on the grounds of the association, at Dimock Station, August 18-28. ALSO A household equipment booth will be one of the features of the Dimock Township Community Day to be held here Sept. 5th. It is appreciated if the ladies of the township would bring all labor-saving devices for the home, big or little, to this booth.
Montrose – Everybody will be glad to hear of the great success of the fete held last week on the grounds of Mr. George C. Comstock for the benefit of the library. The weather was flawless and summer people and all-the-year-round people were out in equal force. The Postoffice, Punch and Judy, Tea Room , Mrs. Wiggs and the Fortune Teller, all had their own log cabins, and every feature fitted perfectly into its own appointed place. All these attractions, besides the flower table, ice cream stands, lemonade well and barn dance helped to make up the fine total of $230, the net proceeds; but the chief channel of revenue was the candy store which came out with a clean $70 to the good. This $238 will be a great help to the library. It needed several things which it now can have.
West Harford – On Tuesday, while Mrs. Lew Wilmot and three small children were on their way to visit relatives in Gibson, the harness broke and the horse she was driving became unmanageable, overturning the carriage and throwing all out. Mrs. Wilmot was severely bruised but the children were uninjured.
Apolacon – E. J. Butler, formerly of this place, now proprietor of the Endicott Taxicab Company, was here Saturday to bring the American Legion base ball team, of his city, to play Camp Susquehannock on the Montrose diamond. Mr. Butler operates six cars—two Cadillacs, two Chalmers and two Buicks, and keeps them all busy.
Williams Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – There will be an ice cream social held at the Williams Pond school house, Friday night, August 16, for the benefit of the Fernheim ball team. ALSO The Fernheim base ball team defeated South Montrose. The score was 5-6, the game lasting 15 innings.
Elk Lake – Mrs. Mary Shelp, an old resident of this place, died at the home of her daughter, in Binghamton. The funeral was held in the M. E. church at this place, last Wednesday. Rev. Cadwell, of Springville, officiated. Burial was in the Bertholf Cemetry, beside her husband and son, who died some years ago.
Springville – Arthur Comstock had the misfortune to get badly injured with his automobile on Friday last. He had driven up to the side of Lee’s store and left it in high gear and when he started to leave the car rushed him along at a speed that surprised him, pinning him up against the feed store. The crank was forced through the leg and he was badly pinched between the building and car. He was rushed to a physician and taken home. Last reports are he is sore but getting along as well as can be expected.
Lakeside – Seated on the lap of her husband, Harold McConnell, 22, in the kitchen of their home at this place, at 5:15 yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Dorothy Stephens McConnell, also 22, laughingly dared him to shoot her. McConnel levelled a revolver to her head, a shot rang out and the lifeless body of his wife slipped from his knees. This was the story that McConnell told of the tragedy that made two children motherless, and which resulted in his arrest by state troopers, while he crouched alongside of the body of his wife and weeping bitterly. Any theory other than that of accidental shooting is not being given much consideration by friends of the young couple in their discussion of the tragedy. Married three years ago, Mr. and Mrs. McConnell’s married life is said to have been nothing short of ideal and their happiness in the quiet little Lakeside home, apparently limitless. Rumors of domestic trouble being responsible for the shooting are being stoutly denied by friends of the couple.
Forest City – The Forest City Fire Department is planning for a big firemen’s celebration which will occupy the week of September 12th to 17th. Joint committees from Enterprise Volunteer Hose Company, No. 1, and Hillside Hose Company, No. 2, have the affair in hand and promise that it will be an event far distancing anything staged heretofore in Forest City and making a new epoch in the town. There will be amusements galore, company after company of visiting firemen, big parades, plenty of music and other attractions to make every day of the period one worth coming miles to see. ALSO A smoker will be held in the Charles and Martin Skubic post of the American Legion next Thursday evening. All ex-service men are invited. The boys have fine times at their smokers and this will not prove an exception. Music will be furnished by the Franceski orchestra.
Thompson – F. D. Wrighter is superintending the construction of a concrete bridge at Brandt and has a large force of men engaged at the work.
Uniondale – The Library Association will give a literary entertainment in Williams’ Hall next Monday evening. Turn out and help the association. The library is a convenience to all. The association needs funds. Will you help this worthy cause?
About two o’clock on Wednesday morning a fire was discovered in the Auburn-Rush Poor Asylum, which resulted in the total destruction of the building. Miss Linaberry, who is employed at the asylum, was awakened by the smell of smoke. She immediately called William Devine, who is in charge of the farm, and upon investigation fire was discovered in the woodshed at the rear of the house. Mr. Devine is convinced, from the circumstances surrounding the fire, that it was set with intent. The asylum, toward the support of which Springville and Dimock also contribute, was one of the finest in the county. The main building had but recently been repaired and the interior painted and was, altogether, an institution of which the board of poor directors and the community might well be proud. Loss is estimated at about $15,000.
Forest Lake Township – The death of Archie Horton, for over 50 years a resident of this place, occurred July 25. He was the son of Samuel and Sarah Glidden Horton and was born in Rush in 1842. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. H, 143rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and served about three years. In 1867 Mr. Horton married Martha Pickering and two children, Benton and Edith, were born to them. There are but three old soldiers left in the whole neighborhood of Mr. Horton’s home, two of whom acted as honorary pallbearers.
August 26 (1921/2021)
Gibson – A fire, which came very near taking a toll of three people, destroyed the home of Frank Hayes, one mile from here on the Creek road, leading to New Milford. The fire started from a defective chimney, which ignited the wood work in several places, having a good start before it was discovered. Frank and his two children were trapped in the burning building and rescued by neighbors.
Skinners Eddy – While John Grose and Fred Harned were on their way home from Mehoopany, and as they crossed the bridge here, they were met by Lee Jackson, driving an automobile. The car struck one of the horses on the hind legs, throwing it down and cutting both of its legs and taking off the shoes. The occupants were thrown out of the wagon. No one was seriously hurt, escaping with a few bruises. The wagon was badly damaged and the horse is laid up for a time. Mr. Jackson is a young man, blind in one eye, and was driving his brother’s car.
New Milford – The high school will open on Aug. 29, with the following corps of teachers: Principal, T. C. Hinckley; assistants, Lucille Ryan and Elizabeth Maher; grammar room, Myrtle Felton; second intermediate room, Blanche Grinnell; first intermediate room, Mrs. Jessie Darrow; primary, Ruth M. Austin.
County Jail – Two prisoners, Ray Ackerly and one Brown, from the jail, were taken to the Eastern Penitentiary by Sheriff F. M. Darrow, accompanied by E. G. Foote and Herman Bush. Ackerly had broken jail once and it was found, after taking him from the jail, that he had a hole in the floor large enough to make his escape and but for the reason that many visitors were around the Jail, Sunday, and being locked up early Sunday night, would, likely, have made another get-away, and not made the Philadelphia trip with the sheriff.
Friendsville – Come one, come all, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1:30 pm. A community picnic, given by the ladies of the Grange. An interesting ball game and athletic sports as follows: Sack race, potato race, basket toss, wheel-barrow race, an Indian club up, bean-bag relay, etc.
News Brief: If housewives are hereafter tormented with flies or mosquitoes, it will be their own fault, for J. J. Ryan and Co. sell Komo Fly Liquid, which, when sprayed in a room, quickly kills all flies and mosquitoes, etc. The spray is harmless to persons, is, in fact, antiseptic and may be sprayed on clothing, furniture, or even food, without the least harm. The Democrat purchased a package of the liquid and a sprayer, this week, and the results were truly astonishing. ALSO Miss Borthwick, the State nurse, advises that all drinking water be boiled at this time as there are many cases of typhoid fever. Boiling drinking water is one of the best measures to prevent this disease.
Rush – Reports are that the Rush and Auburn poor asylum had been set on fire three times before they succeeded in burning it. Each time Mr. Devine had been successful in putting it out.
Glenwood – Bert Corey has the contract of drawing the school children for the Wright to the Howard district school corners, beginning Aug. 29. Mrs. Anna Adams, teacher.
Brooklyn – Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Ely and sons, of Oak Harbor, Wash., are visiting relatives here. They made the entire trip, over 4000 miles, in a Buick touring car, taking about forty days. They stopped for a week in the Yellowstone Park.
Death of one of Wright Chamberlain’s daughters: Word has been received of the death in Agnewville, Va., Aug. 4, 1921, of Mrs. Mary Clarke. She was the last one of the children of Wright Chamberlain to be taken, her sisters, Mrs. Huldah A. Brown, of Peckville; Mrs. Hettie Avery, of Lynn, and a brother Durant Chamberlain, having preceded her by only a few years. She was born on June 4, 1822, one of 27 children of the said Wright Chamberlain. In her early young womanhood she was married to Thomas Clarke, of Virginia, and spent the remainder of her long, useful life in the sunny south. She made many visits to the north, the one best remembered being just after the close of the Civil War. People came from a many mile radius to see her and to hear her tell of her experiences during the four year struggle. Her husband was fighting in the northern army and she and her five small children were trying to keep the home together. She was buried on Aug. 6th, in the family plot, at Occoquan, Va. [Another sister, Electia, married George Shannon, of Harford. She died in 1864. Wright Chamberlain was a Revolutionary War veteran.]
Ararat – Parley Potter, of Missouri, is spending some time among friends and relatives in this vicinity He spent a few days at the home of his sister, Mrs. Mary Sartell, last week.
Lakeside – Harold McConnell was discharged by Judge Smith, in the shooting death of his wife, after being informed by District Attorney Ferguson, there would be no prosecution. (The incident was reported in last week’s 100 Years Ago.)
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – In a fire which occurred early Thursday morning, little Arden, 5 years old, and Janet, 2 years old, the only children of Mr. and Mrs. George L. White, were burned to death. Mr. and Mrs. White arose as usual and, after lighting the oil stove in the kitchen, went together to the barn to do the morning chores. They had been there but a short time when it was discovered that the house was in flames. Rushing from the barn, the terror-stricken parents made desperate efforts to save their two little children, who were left sleeping in a bedroom directly over the kitchen, but the flames had gained such headway that any attempt at rescue was impossible. Neighbors, seeing the flames, soon gathered, but, despite every effort, the house was totally destroyed and the two little children met a sad and tragic death.
Forest City – Our old friend John J. Campbell, of Herrick Center, was a pleasant caller at this office yesterday. His health is poor we are sorry to state. He will soon be 88 years of age. He is a Civil War veteran, and is proud of his record. He was accompanied here by his grandson, A. M. Denney, of Ararat.
Uniondale – Burns Lyons is driving a new Maxwell car. Fords are too slow for him.
September 02 1921/2021
Encampment Held, Over Forty Civil War Veterans Gather for Annual Affair: The encampment of the veterans of the Civil War, held Aug. 25th, was a success. The day was ideal and at an early hour the boys began to arrive. Among those sighted from out of the county were: R. H. Holgate (known at campfires as “Our Dick,”) of LaPlume; E. C. Frear and R. P. Lindley, of Factoryville; N. J. Hawley, J. K. Brady, E. A. Leonard, B, C. Taylor and Paul O. Stillwell. The roster showed 43 veterans, eight widows, 41 daughters, ten sons and five ex-service men, and a long list of guests totaling over 200.The dinner was served, then came the lining up for picture taking and the inspection by the judges on the loving cup prize offered by Four Brothers Post to the “old vet” appearing the most completely uniformed and equipped for camp and army life, as in Civil War days. It was concluded that George Simpson, late of Co. B, 143d Regt, Pa., would be the winner. He was uniformed in army blue, regulation cap, with gun and bayonet, belt buckle, cartridge box, cap box, canteen, knapsack and haversack carried by him in the army. The old soldier was deeply affected, yet he expressed his thanks and appreciation in faltering, but well-chosen words.
Brooklyn – The truck garden of C. A. Rozell, one of our most prominent farmers, caught fire and burned nearly two feet into the ground despite all efforts. Loss estimated at nearly $1000. This land was for many years a useless swamp, but Mr. Rozell acquired the property, drained the swamp and has been using this for the growing of vegetables. It was valuable and productive land. Many neighbors hastened to aid and at one time as many as 14 men and five teams of horses worked from early morning until night, drawing water, in an effort to save the many crops not yet harvested. Seventy milk cans were kept busy day after day.
Camp Red Cloud, Brackney – At last we know that General Pershing actually visited here. The General, however, was “disguised” in civilian clothes. Many did not recognize him in this garb.
Merryall, near Wyalusing – Game Worden, W. E. Shoemaker, was shot while arresting Peter Walters and Harry Pond for spearing fish. Walters had a permit, but Pond, not having one, was placed under arrest and was being taken to a justice’s office, when Walters stepped up behind the game warden and, drawing the revolver carried by Mr. Shoemaker, shot him. The bullet passed entirely through the neck, grazing the spine and causing almost total paralysis. Shoemaker’s son ran to his father’s assistance and he was taken to the Robert Packer hospital, at Sayre. It is thought he will probably recover. Walters escaped into the woods, but soon gave himself up, after having been surrounded by a posse of state police and deputies. He stoutly denies that he is guilty.
Silver Lake – The largest funeral ever known at St. Augustine’s church was that of Private Joseph F. Cadden, late of the 78th Division, A. E. F., who was killed in France. The bearers were all overseas service men, and were dressed in uniform. They were Daniel, William and Leo Murphy, Daniel Lane, Lawrence Hickey and Thomas McCormack. Three volleys were fired over the dead hero’s grave under command of Thomas Cadden, a brother of Joseph. Taps were played as the last tribute to a comrade “gone West.” Gen. John Pershing, visiting Camp Red Cloud, paid a call on the dead soldier’s parents, expressing his sympathy and great sorrow.
Susquehanna – The big dam of the Susquehanna County Light and Power Co. has been completed and the water power plant of the company is again in operation, after months of labor, which was destroyed by high water in the river. The dam is entirely complete and a large volume of water is flowing over the structure. ALSO Private Earl Eike, who died in France, was laid at rest in his home town on Aug. 27th. The funeral was held in the Baptist church and was attended by a large crowd. Members of the Strider-Tesky Post attended the services in a body.
Ainey – An animal of a dark brown color was startled by some dogs in the swamp near F. W. Taylor’s house, the other day. It was so large that a number of men and boys, with guns, started in pursuit. It is thought to have been a lynx.
Rush – We are wondering who was so mean as to set fire to the Rush and Auburn poor asylum and endanger the lives of so many.
Friendsville – Mrs. James L. Fitzpatrick and little daughter, Ruth, of Geneva, NY, who have been visiting friends here, left for New York city where they will spend two weeks. Mr. Fitzpatrick, who is proprietor of a flourishing organ business in Geneva, is now in Chicago, where he is rebuilding the enormous organ in the Paul’s and Father’s church.
Forest Lake – The Warner school opened Monday with good attendance. Irene Quinlivan, teacher.
Dimock – After being held ten days, another Dimock Camp Meeting ended on Sunday, Aug. 28. It was one of the most successful and enjoyable sessions ever held here.
Montrose – R. H. Caruso has taken the agency for the Five-in-One Wringer Mop, and is meeting with fine success in selling them. ALSO The property of the Post estate on South Main Street, known as the “Evergreens,” was sold the first of the week to John O’Neill and sisters, who have occupied it for a number of years.
South Harford – Wilfred Tiffany drives the kid wagon this year.
East Jackson – Mrs. Alice Slocum has purchased a new Edison phonograph and records, which makes very fine music. ALSO Prof. R. A. Snyder is assisting in setting polls through from Alice Slocum’s to meet (the) Jackson line of Northeastern Telephone Co. Some new members will then be heard from.
Ararat – Hobart Davis made a trip to Uniondale for a load of shingles which he will use on the house he is building at Fiddle Lake. ALSO Miss Celia Walker has gone to Ulster, Pa. to take a position in Orville Potter’s store.
September 09 (1921/2021)
Dimock – The Labor Day Community Fair exceeded all expectations. More than 1,000 people were there. Community spirit was the keynote everywhere. The parade was probably the feature attraction with the old and new farm machinery section creating a great deal of interest. Over 200 school children and teachers took part in the parade. Two very lively wrestling bouts were on the program. In the first, Roy Randall, of Dimock, threw Ailiee [Arlie?] Nichols, of South Montrose. In the second, Clifford Stone, of Dimock, defeated Herman Hollister, of East Rush.
Factoryville – Everyone with a knowledge of baseball residing in this section of the country will feel an interest in the announcement that the New York Giants are to play, on Sept. 30th, a testimonial game for the benefit of Christy Mathewson, the Factoryville man, who, for so many years, was a tower of strength in the box for the New York Nationals. Boston is to be the competing team. An effort is to be made to have the regular game preceded by a five-inning contest between the present Giants and the men who were with Mathewson on the team when it won the world championship in 1905. Few of these are still active in baseball. Mathewson is still at Saranac Lake, in the Catskills, a sufferer from tubercular trouble.
Montrose – G. G. Shafer, who has a national reputation as a tennis star, and Rodney Beck, who won the Montrose Country club tournament this year, are favored to win first honors in the Binghamton Country club tournament, which is now in progress.
Springville – Misses Mabel Decker and Nellie Sheehan, of Mehoopany, teachers in the school here, are occupying rooms in Mrs. J. H. Mitchell’s home.
Rushboro – The LaRue reunion was held in the grove here last week. About 60 were present. A chicken dinner was served. After an exciting ball game a business meeting was held and new officers elected.
St. Joseph – The church was struck by lightning on Friday afternoon, Sept. 2nd. O’Neill and Little, local insurance agents, report little damage done. Re-slating the roof will be the extent of the repair work.
Brooklyn – Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Jewett, Rodney Jewett and N. J. Richardson, met with an accident on Thursday, when driving to Scranton. An auto, in trying to pass a heavy wagon coming toward them, struck their car and the occupants were thrown out. Mr. Richardson sustained quite serious injuries and the others were bruised and considerably shaken up, but fortunately escaped further injury.
Harford – Miss Katherine Quinlan left Monday to resume her duties as teacher in the Scotland Industrial School. [The Scotland School for Veteran’s Children was established in 1895 as the PA Soldiers’ Orphans Industrial School. The remaining students at Harford Soldiers’ Orphan School were transferred to Scotland.]
Forest City – South Main street was opened to vehicular traffic Saturday, and immediately some of the young men of Forest City and Vandling sought to turn it into a speedway. The authorities were as determined that no speeding would be tolerated and as a result 14 speed kings are to face his honor, the Burgess. Tuesday evening four were up and each fined. Three settled for $10 and costs each and the fourth was let off with a $3 fine and costs. It is alleged that several of the young men were driving from 40 to 50 miles an hour.
South Gibson – Mrs. Hiland Esterbrooks, of Gibson, has moved her family to the Central Building and will be our hello [telephone] girl.
Thompson – Miss Lennie Chapel, of Windsor, N.Y., is expected to come as assistant to Mrs. A. C. Foster in her millinery store, with a view to becoming proprietress in the near future.
New Milford - The marriage of Miss Helen Mae Whitney, of Thompson, and Royal D. Rice, of New Milford, occurred Sept. 1st. They will reside on the F. E. Rice farm in the township. ALSO Lightning struck the barn of Jesse Morse, on his farm east of here, Friday afternoon, and burned it, together with a quantity of hay and all his farm machinery. The loss, which is heavy, was only partly covered by insurance.
Uniondale – Among the welcome visitors we noticed Leonard Avery, more familiarly known as “Bush.” He is connected with the U. S. ship Manley, and is stationed at Newport, R. I. This is his first visit home in two years. All were glad to meet him. ALSO Elkdale baseball team suffered defeat twice. It was the Uniondale team that gave them the trimming. Saturday’s game resulted in a sore of 4 to 1, and only for a fumble would have had a shut-out. The game Monday at the local park was a clincher. Bayless on the mound was classy and steady. Uniondale copped the fourth game of a series of six games Monday.
Jackson – Among the sports enjoyed here during the past few weeks, nothing was in favor more than quoits. Among those who enjoyed the popular pastime were: Messrs. Dodge, Hayes and Paden, of Binghamton; Gardner and Thomas, of Scranton. In spite of the fact that the New Yorkers were on the majority side and put up a good fight for their native state, the laurels went to Pennsylvania. ALSO The Labor Day base ball game, between Jackson and Brushville, resulted in a victory for Brushville, 12 to 9. The Jackson pitcher was R. E Tucker; the catcher, Don Aldrich. Harrison brothers’ pitched and caught for Brushville. The game might have resulted in a victory for Jackson had it not been interrupted by a rain storm. Gibson was defeated by Jackson, Saturday. The score was 11 to 1. The Gibson pitcher and catcher were Floyd Craft and Lewis Richards, respectively. Gussie Stone, Jackson pitcher, and Don Aldrich, catcher.
Welch Hill, Clifford Twp. – Last Friday, while riding in a truck near this place, Stephen Bronson, our veteran meat man, and Nelson and Max Coleman, of Uniondale, met with an accident out of the ordinary. In turning out for another car the driver struck a large rock with such force as to overturn the car. The occupants were able to extricate themselves without help, owing to the car turning on the calf rack which was strong enough to sustain the weight of the car. Bronson does not let such little things bother him. He drove home 15 head of choice beef cattle and the car.
News Brief: The President has signed the bill declaring the war with Germany at an end. The public was of the opinion that it had been over for a couple of years.
September 16 (1921/2021)
Montrose – The County Fair is now in full swing and it is conceded on all hands that it is the biggest event of the kind ever held here. Everything from exhibits and the trade displays, to the amusements, is on a quite gigantic scale for places anywhere near the size of Montrose. The flying stunts, over the grounds by the aviator, brought real thrills. Yesterday was “School Day” and great crowds of students from all over the county contributed to the gaiety of the day. Their bright faces, showing the keen enjoyment of all the fair features, and the school display, is difficult to find a suitable adjective to describe it. ALSO Ann and Mary Wharton, of Philadelphia, are in town. The former is a well-known author, one of her books, “Through Colonial Doorways,” being on the shelves of the Montrose Public Library. A picture of one of Montrose’s fine old homes, the property of John Lyons, on the corner of Cherry and Church streets, adorns the volume.
Forest City – The body of Sergeant George Payne, who made the supreme sacrifice overseas in the World War, arrived here. It was escorted to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Payne, by members of Charles and Martin Skubic Post, American Legion. Sgt. Payne was one of the first to enlist from this place and the first to lose his life. His funeral was held from Christ Episcopal Church and the American Legion attended in a body.
Gelatt – School opened here Monday, Labor Day, with Mrs. Sarah Walker as teacher and twenty-six scholars.
Silver Lake– Catherine O’Day announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for prothonotary. Mrs. O’Day is a very competent woman and would give a satisfactory administration if elected; and the further fact that she is the first woman to seek a county should stimulate the Democrats, both men and women, to rally to her support and give her a record vote at the primaries.
East Rush – We understand that the Dimock base ball team claims to be the champion team of Susquehanna County. We would like to know how they claim this—for if my memory serves me right, East Rush beat them two games out of the three played, and if they had had a fair umpire would have beaten them in the three games. We would like them to come down with their own team and play us a game or two to prove their right to the “laurels.”
Hop Bottom – School re-opened Sept. 5th with an enrollment of over 160 pupils. The school house presents a fine appearance, having been painted outside and thoroughly cleaned and renovated during vacation. The teachers are: Principal, O. L. Mittan; Vice Principal, Mr. Carey; grammar school, Miss Lillis Pratt; intermediate, Mrs. May Miller; primary, Miss Lillian
Dimock – Geraldine Rhodes is attending the high school at Montrose, driving her white pony and cart to and from each day. ALSO W. J. Cronk has had new electric lights placed in his store, house and barn, and also R. W. Palmer, in his garage. ALSO W. L. Stillwell, who has faithfully carried the mail for seven years, from the train to the post office, has been obliged to resign owing to ill health. Mr. Stillwell is 76 years of age, and has done remarkably well to keep up such an active business so long, besides carrying on his farm work.
Uniondale – Kenneth Cable entered the Department of Commerce of Temple University, at Philadelphia, as a student. He is a graduate of the Uniondale High School and of the commercial course of Wyoming Seminary.
Springville – Helen Gregory, of Wilkes-Barre, is the new assistant principal this winter and is boarding at the Hotel Fisk. ALSO Tramps and chicken thieves have made their appearance in our vicinity. Meserole Bros. have flash lights and guns a plenty.
Lake View – We were visited with showers last Friday, although it did not rain. J. C. Morse had a barn struck by lightning. It shattered the barn and immediately set it on fire. Some of the neighbors, seeing the bolt of lightning strike, hastened to the fire in autos, but before anyone could get there the whole barn was aflame. The wind carried sparks and set the house on fire and in an hour’s time both barn and house were burned to the ground. Both were built over 75 years ago. Expensive equipment was consumed and the buildings were not covered with insurance. Mr. Morse was away at the time and his man that works the place was plowing in the back lot and did not see the fire until some of the neighbors had arrived.
Susquehanna – The home of Hon. C. Fred Wright, was burglarized recently and over $1000 worth of personal property taken, the interior of the house being badly damaged by the thieves in their search for valuables. The Wright home has been closed for the summer, the family occupying their summer home, Pinecrest, on the Susquehanna River.
Forest Lake – A local woman, Mrs. Earl Smith, is fast putting the adage, “he-was-that-long-but-he-got-away,” to shame. In fact, her success here this summer has been remarkable. Her catches of bass break all local records. One she landed the other day weighed four pounds—and he did not get away.
New Milford – One of the best dances of the season will be held in the New Milford Opera House this evening. The Arlington six-piece jazz, of Binghamton, will furnish the music. This is one of the best dance orchestras in this section of the country and should assure everyone of a good time. The floor is also one of the best. And as for the roads—with the exception of a short detour on the New Milford end—there is concrete all the way.
Brookdale – George Lindsley lost his horse a few days ago. The children found some paris green and sprinkled it on the grass and the horse ate some of it and died. ALSO Our school opened on Sept. 6th, with Miss Loretta Allen, of Montrose, as teacher. We are glad to welcome her back again this year.
Heart Lake – Luther Whitney has returned home from the army, where he spent nearly a year.
September 23 (1921/2021)
Dimock – Many people have been going to F. R. Cope’s place of late to inspect the great work being done there by a machine that drills through solid rock by means of compressed air forced through by gasoline power. A water system, one of the best in this part of the country, is being installed by this means. The source of the water supply is an artesian well which has been located for years on the hill top above the mansion. Water is now being pumped from this artesian well into a newly made reservoir. It is then piped to all the houses and barns below. It is an expensive undertaking, as the work has already been going on for the past five weeks and has required an average daily gang of from 8 to 12 men, to carry on the work, being done by a Philadelphia firm.
Forest City – The body of Corp. Joseph P. Dearie, who made the supreme sacrifice in France, arrived here Saturday. The body was escorted to the home of Mrs. H. Dearie, on Main street, by members of Charles and Martin Skubic Post of the American Legion. Corp. Dearie was born in Forest City and left for Camp Meade on November 1, 1917. On July 4, 1918 he went overseas and was killed November 1, in the Argonne Forest Sector, on the first anniversary of his induction into the service. ALSO The old McLaughlin pond is being cleared of stumps and other debris by the Forest City Ice company, who intend this season to harvest sufficient ice to furnish the town.
Thompson – Mrs. Fay Sumner has the honor of being the first lady to sit on the election board in Thompson Borough.
Friendsville – It seems that some Binghamton beer with a “kick” was imported into Friendsville on Friday night last, the occasion being a dance. At any rate, about 3 o’clock on Saturday morning Sheriff Darrow received a phone call, stating that Friendsville was in a state of general uproar and requesting that immediate action be taken. Sheriff Darrow, Chief of Police Tingley and Constable Arthur Smith sped toward Friendsville. Upon their arrival, the chief asked a rather unsteady individual, where he might get a drink. He, being more than obliging, pointed to “the barn on the left side of the road, under the hill.” Proceeding there the officers found both whom and what they were seeking. Gathered around four cases of beer was a gang of men, and the dispenser, William Moan, was arrested. He declared the beverage to be nothing more than “near” beer. Disbelieving the man’s assertion that the beer was more than “near” is attested by the fact that even the small tastes (to see what it was) taken by the officers rendered them dizzy. Some indication of the amount of beverage consumed may be had from Sheriff Darrow’s assertion that he counted 149 bottle caps on the barn floor. The officers took Mr. Moran and the four remaining cases of beer to Birchardville. Here Moran was given a hearing before Justice S. T. Birchard and fined $500 bail, which he furnished. The beer was stored in Mr. Birchard’s cellar.
Harford – Hon. George Reed Resseguie died suddenly at his home here, Sept. 18, 1921 at the age of 82. He was a native of Gibson Township. He enlisted in August of 1862 and was a member of Co. F, 141st Regt P. V. I. and participated in several of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War—Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Culpepper, Centerville, The Wilderness and more. He was twice wounded. When mustered out he held the rank of first sergeant. In civil life Mr. Resseguie was a farmer and extensive fruit grower. He was elected to the State legislature in 1885.
Rush – A. W. Hickok is a veteran of the Civil War and has the unique record of not having been sick, even for one day, during his four years’ service. He has been a subscriber to the Montrose Republican for fifty years.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Clayton Bennett has returned to his work at A. L. Mericle’s, after being laid up for a few days with a lame foot, caused by his brother, Dick, running over it with their auto.
Montrose - The Old Town Pump, by D. T. Brewster – Today I noticed the filling up of the old well at the corner of Church street and Public avenue, in Montrose, and the laying of a concrete pavement across its mouth. In the early days of Montrose that well supplied more families and business places with a necessity of life than any other well in the community. Just when the well was dug I do not know, but considerably more than a hundred years ago. Located as it was, at the crossing of the Milford and Owego turnpike and the Wilkes-Barre and Bridgewater turnpike, around the corners of which the first principal business places and most ambitious residences were built, that old well was the center of the town. It was a gathering place for families and there they obtained all the water for culinary and drinking purposes. The hotel kept by Preserved Hinds, and later by Leonard Searle, was perhaps its principal customer. The well was deep and cold, and used as a refrigerator in which to hang a side of mutton or a haunch of venison to become properly mellowed. Today I suggested to the street commissioner, who was filling the well, that he ought to first fish around in it with grappling hooks.
Springville – Everyone who is interested in organizing a book club is invited to meet in the Community building next Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
Great Bend – The Co-operative Association of the Dairymen’s League has purchased the creamery here and plans to open it about October 1st. This creamery has been closed for about a year.
Herrick Twp. – Dr. A. L. Craft has been appointed state medical inspector for Uniondale, Ararat and Herrick townships.
New Milford – Marcus Blair, Jr., has returned to Philadelphia to resume his studies in the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy.
Kingsley – James Merritt is driving a new Overland “4” touring car, purchased of the Kingsley Garage.