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, NJ. 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.
September 30 (1921/2021)
Rush – The mystery connected with the destruction of the Rush and Auburn Poor House, by fire, has been solved. Mazzie E., age 32, an inmate, has confessed. She made an unsuccessful attempt August 6th but on August 17th she was successful. Mrs. E. and her five children were being cared for there when her husband deserted them. Mazzie and the five children were found with nothing to eat and Mrs. Emmons ill, when they were taken to the poor farm. The husband, Stanley E., took up with May M., whose mother, Mrs. Elias M. is a cripple and also an inmate of the farm. Mrs. M. had a grievance against the caretakers and wanted the building burned and was unable to do it, so she persuaded Mazzie to do it. The only reason Mrs. E. gives for the crime is that she wanted to get out, and Mr. Devine, the caretaker, would not let her go. [Last names withheld].
Kingsley – Tony Scott, a section workman on the D. L. & W., was instantly killed, Sept. 22, 1921, when struck by a special passenger train making high speed. He was 28 years of age, a young man of sunny disposition and many friends were shocked to hear of his tragic death. He is survived by one brother, Angelo Scott, of Kingsley, and his parents and one sister, in Florence, Italy.
Ararat – The picnic at Dunn’s Lake, Labor Day, was a success in every way. The day was beautiful and crowds of people attended and enjoyed meeting old friends and watching the ball game, races, etc. The cemetery committee cleared over $100 at the refreshment booth. The Community Band, under the able leadership of Scott Manzer, of Gibson, played at intervals through the day and was much appreciated. Miss Celia Carpenter, with her pupils, gave an entertainment at the Grange Hall, Friday evening, the 23rd, which was most enjoyable and netted the Ladies Cemetery Committee more than $50.
Montrose – Mrs. Harris Ayres entertained at a variety shower in honor of Miss Mary Chase whose marriage to Hugh S. Mackey takes place October 5th, at noon, in the Methodist Episcopal church. A most original idea was presented where the guests were requested to go into another room where the gifts were hung on a clothes line and the guest of honor was invited to “bring in the washing.” She received many pretty and useful presents.
Brookdale – Mr. and Mrs. George H. English, of this place, were business callers in Montrose on Tuesday. Mr. English’s aunt, Miss Gertrude Hance, of Binghamton, who was for 27 years a missionary in Africa, and well-known throughout the county, is at present visiting at the English home.
Lawton – George L. Pickett is one of Lawton’s very well-known residents. Mr. Pickett had for many years worn a full beard, but a few months ago dispensed with that portion of the hirsute adornment, causing him to pass unrecognized by many who considered themselves well acquainted with him.
Brooklyn – Floyd Jewett is an extraordinarily popular and an accomplished musician, being a member of the Brooklyn Band. He is the son of Ben Jewett, with whom the editor of this paper spent a large number of his waking hours (many when both should have been cozily tucked away in their beds asleep) when both were boys—but that is another story.
Hop Bottom – E.M. Loomis, of the firm of Loomis & Case, which was recently dissolved by mutual consent, will remain in his home town and specialize in the sale of milking machines, pipeless furnaces, steam and hot water heating plants, etc. Mr. Loomis has an enviable reputation for honorable dealings, covering many years, and has been very successful. The general merchandise business will be continued by Roy Case at the old stand. Mr. Case is an energetic, wide-awake young man.
Harford – The aeroplane attracted much attention at the fair and deserves much credit for the many very successful flights which it made. The following are among the number that enjoyed a ride in the machine: Rupert Grant, Leon Hall, Ralph Tiffany, Carl Seamans, John Chamberlain, Mr. Chesley, Gerald Tyler, Geo. Tyler, Will Adams and John Bailey.
Forest Lake – Miss Myrtie Coy, while getting into the kid wagon to come home Friday night, had the misfortune to run a crochet hook into her leg, below the knee. Mr. Raynard took her to Ed Taylor’s, where Dr. Preston was called and cut out the hook, making a bad wound. We hope for her speedy recovery.
Susquehanna – A large number of Baptist young people enjoyed an outing at the home of Ernest Grimes, down the river, last Friday evening. A big fire was kindled upon the flat rocks; weiners and rolls soon appeared and the air was filled with the aroma of “hot dogs.” All report a fine time with the probability of another similar fun-making event in the near future.
Starrucca – Ira Simmons was in Susquehanna recently with an exhibit of potatoes. These were only samples, raised from potato balls. They are so durned large that it only takes six of them to make a dozen. Mr. Simmons says the crop, on an average, is so large that they have to be removed from the ground with crowbars, hauled in a stone boat and slid into the cellar through a hole knocked through the wall. For winter use they are sawed into blocks, dipped in grease and allowed to stand in a concrete warehouse built underground, as a sort of an addition to the cellar.
Bradford County – Peter Walters, of Spring Hill, faces a charge of murder as the result of the death of State Fish Warden W. E. Shoemaker, who was shot while attempting to place Walters under arrest for a violation of the state fish and game laws, about a month ago. Shoemaker was widely known and had the reputation of being one of the most vigilant officials in the service of the state. Because of his vigilance several attempts had been made on his life, it is said.
Marriage Licenses: Robert H. Aten and Anna Taylor, both of Montrose; Sheldon S. Pierce and Eva M. Borgstrom, both of Susquehanna; Steve Barber and Margaret Salisbury, both of Montrose; Stanley Fletcher and Ettie E. Dean, both of New Milford.
October 07 (1921/2021)
Uniondale – Uniondale, a pretty village in the eastern part of the county, was thrown into a whirl of excitement, Monday, when it became known that Burns Lyon, one of her prominent and respected citizens had been cruelly beaten and robbed of $2000 in cash. The victim’s skull was fractured by the assailants. His age is 45 years. He was immediately removed to the Carbondale hospital. It is not thought that he will recover. Lyon was engaged in the purchase of cattle and left his home at 6:30 am for his farm, about 2 miles from the village. When the cattle dealers arrived at the farm they made a search for him and found Lyon lying in a pool of blood in the barn. It is the belief of State Trooper Shott that Lyon recognized his assailants, as his clothes and body show evidence of a hard tussle. At last account Lyon’s condition was critical. ALSO The splendid new creamery and milk station was totally destroyed by fire last Saturday night. Flames broke out in the ice house roof and in a very short time the whole building was enveloped. From the fact that the fire seemed to start simultaneously at two different points, remote from each other, it is thought that the fire may have been of incendiary origin. Very little was saved and the loss is most unfortunate, as this creamery replaced another creamery at Uniondale, which soon after being remodeled and equipped with modern machinery, was destroyed by fire last October.
Heart Lake/New Milford – The detour between Heart Lake and New Milford is an unpleasant one for autoists, and becomes exceedingly dangerous when the ground is wet. It is not unusual to see a dozen or more cars tied up, after some car has slipped off the narrow road and blocked traffic. The small connecting link between New Milford and Heart Lake will be opened up in about ten days.
Jackson – The death of Edwin O. Perry, a life-long resident of this County, occurred at his late home at Jackson, Sept. 28. Mr. Perry was a direct descendent of the first pioneer families from Massachusetts who settled in Susquehanna County. He was born in 1844 and in 1867 he married Miss Malvina Butterfield, a woman of sterling Christian qualities and was a carriage and wagon maker, a trade he followed all his life. He enlisted in the navy during the closing months of the Civil War and was honorably discharged in 1865. He was a Mason, a Granger, held township offices and a man of splendid habits, respected and honored by all. His burial took place in the Lake View Cemetery.
Ararat – James Fitzgerald is building a garage. A “Tin Lizzie” is suggested as the next improvement by one who knows.
Brooklyn – The Ladies’ Musical Club was delightfully entertained at the home of Mrs. M. K. Packer. “Women in Music,” was the topic for study and sketches of the lives seven noted women composers were read; guessing games and musical contests were indulged in and delightful refreshments were served by the hostess.
Montrose – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, with vaudeville and Unafone band, at Colonial Theatre to-night. ALSO On a recent evening a young screech owl entered the home of Miss Alice Smith, on South Main Street, and unceremoniously began to dine on a meadow mole which he had just caught. Miss Smith summoned Melvin Kelly, just across the street, who came and captured the owl with no trouble. The young disturber of many a good night’s rest on south Main Street was placed under a crate for safe keeping in the Kelly home, but during the night lifted the crate with his head, sufficiently to get out, and in the morning was found perched on a mantel shelf. It was a pretty, young specimen and after Melvin had shown him to his friends, gave him his liberty, as these birds are protected by law. ALSO Harry A. Patrick expects to be located in his new quarters, in the D. V. Gardiner building, by next week. Mr. Patrick’s many friends and customers were glad to learn of his purchase of this property and anticipate splendid service in the future. This they will surely get as Mr. Patrick is making many improvements, one of the big changes being the installation of first-class bowling alleys in the basement.
Rushville – Dr. G. S. Milnes, who bought the Irwin Wood General Store here, a few months ago, announces that he is now prepared to practice medicine, having recently passed the state medical examination, but, necessarily, for the present, will limit his practice to office calls. Dr. Milnes, who is a Texan, was a physician in the Army, being connected with the tuberculosis hospital at San Antonio, Texas, for two years, specializing in pulmonary diseases. He is a son-in-law of S. B. McCain.
Susquehanna – Committees have been appointed for the basketball bazaar, which will be held in the Oakland hall and the proceeds will be used to promote basketball in Susquehanna this fall and winter. Susquehanna will be represented in the Interstate Basketball League this season.
Dimock – We have a good school here, with four teachers. ALSO Repairs are being made at the free library building.
Harford – A large Chalmers touring car, belonging to Raymond H. Cameron, was completely destroyed by fire, about 3 ½ miles from Harford village last Saturday. Mr. Cameron, who lives in Binghamton, was on his way to spend the week-end with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. James Cameron, and was within about two miles from home when the car suddenly burst into flames. He escaped possible injury by jumping. Assistance from nearby farm houses was summoned, but it was impossible to save the car, which was nearly new and represents a large loss, as it was but partly covered by insurance.
Elk Mountain – The State Department of Forestry is building a 70 ft. observation post for the forest ranger in charge of this district. This lookout will enable him to keep a thorough watch for forest fires and to readily detect the same.
South Montrose – October 3rd being the 38th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Decker, a number of their relatives and friends concluded that a little surprise would be in order, so at about 8 pm all went in a body, with the usual supply of tin horns, bells and other musical instruments, not forgetting, however, to take along a good supply of refreshments. A most enjoyable evening was spent with songs, recitations and music. At a late hour all went to their homes feeling that they had a good time.
October 14 1921/2021
Little Meadows – James Hickey had the misfortune to damage his car so badly that it had to be taken to Binghamton for repair. Hence, our bus line between Little Meadows and Binghamton is cut off for a while. ALSO Gerritt P. Rogers, of Binghamton, was in town recently selling shares in the Silver Fox Fur Company, of Broome County, NY.
Fair Hill – The Taylor Hollow school will hold a social in the hall on Friday evening, October 21. Ladies will please bring sandwiches and cake. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the evening.
Harford – George Tompkins is building a wagon shop on the lot adjacent to the blacksmith shop on North Main street.
Uniondale – Burns Lyons, stock dealer, who was brutally assaulted and robbed of a large sum of money, while doing his chores at his farm on Monday last, died in Emergency hospital, Carbondale, on Thursday morning. Mr. Lyons sustained a triple fracture of the skull and never regained consciousness. The body was removed to Shiffler morgue and prepared for burial and Friday night taken to his late home on Church street. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 pm., Rev. T. J. Vaughn officiating. The pallbearers were J. N. Cable, John Boulter, Earl Payne, Olin Yale, J. N. Corey and D. B. Gibson. Interment in Uniondale Cemetery.
Brooklyn – Leonard Shadduck and Harry McKinney, who were severely injured when their car left the road and overturned on the state road, just south of Brooklyn village, last Wednesday, are rapidly recovering. Both are now about and able to follow accustomed pursuits. Shadduck, McKinney and Roy Snover, who were out for a spin on the State road, were hitting it up at a lively clip when a tire exploded and the car lost control and overturned. Shadduck almost lost an ear and McKinney received severe bruises to the head. Both were found unconscious in the road. Snover jumped and escaped injury.
Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp – Our school is closed this week on account of the institute at Montrose. The teachers from here in attendance are Mrs. Winifred Howard, Irwin Cogswell and Richard Davis.
Lawsville – Saturday evening, Oct. 15th, a Box Social will be held in the Grange Hall. Each lady bring lunch for two. The “Grange ladies” are each to bring a cake, which will be sold at auction. A good auctioneer will be on hand. Everybody come and have a good time.
Montrose – During the current week the people of Montrose have been daily electrified by the dare-devil stunt flying of Pilot William Fisher. Time and again he has caused the hair to stand erect on many a local head. The climax came Wednesday afternoon, however, when everyone swore the plane grazed the court house flag pole, the cupola on the roof of the Hotel Donovan, and the top of many other buildings. And they were right. Pilot Fisher stated Wednesday night that he was not more than 17 inches above the Hotel Donovan roof, and that one side of his machine was considerably below the top of the cupola. If we could believe the following story, however, we daresay it would be the feature flying stunt of all time. Otis Cook, it seems, had quite a ride with Mr. Fisher on Tuesday afternoon, and felt greatly indebted to his friend for it. Wednesday afternoon Mr. Cook and his able associate, “Bert” Shay, were repainting the court house tower. As Fisher flew by Mr. Cook claims to have handed him a glass of water, and that to repay this kindness Fisher took the paint brush from Mr. Cook’s hand and touched up a few places on the flagpole which Mr. Cook was having difficulty in reaching.
Ararat – The Ararat Male Quartet went to Thompson Sunday and sang several selections at the Sunday school service. ALSO Nathan Smith has had his well stoned up and has a bountiful supply of fine water. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Baldwin have been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Stalker and Mrs. Mary Sartell. Friday the 7th, was Mrs. Baldwin’s 85th birthday. Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Harris spent the day with her. Mrs. Stalker served a fine dinner and the day was very enjoyable. Mr. Baldwin, who is in his 89th year, spent most of the day husking corn. Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin are perhaps the oldest residents of Ararat and are much loved and respected.
Gibson – The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Burlingame was buried in the cemetery here last Friday. ALSO Ralph Stoddard and Carol Sweet, of the Binghamton High School, spent the week-end at their respective homes here.
East Rush – The first snow of the season fell Sunday, Oct. 9th, at this place. It makes one think of what has become of his summer’s wages. ALSO L. A. Pierson and sons, Fred and Lloyd, went fox hunting one day last week, but came home without any. ALSO Chas Squires and two gentlemen from Montrose started for New York Friday to attend the world series of base ball game on Saturday. They were going by motor, so when Charles returns we will get the news, “hot off the bat.”
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Township – The first frost of the season came Sunday morning, when the thermometer was down to 28 degrees.
County Jail – For five days during the early part of September the Susquehanna County jail was without a prisoner, a very unusual state of affairs, and was commented on by county papers as an occurrence, which had not been known in twenty years. In six weeks from that time the jail contained nine prisoners.
October 21 (1921/2021)
Uniondale – The State Police, while reconnoitering near here, came across an apparently unused road and investigating found it led to an old barn. The door opening of the barn had been enlarged to admit an automobile, which was concealed under some hay. The car was restored to its owner, in Shamokin, having been stolen some time ago. This may be a link to the mystery concerning the murder of Burns Lyon, recently. Reports to the effect that two men had been arrested and charged with murdering and robbing Burns Lyon, two weeks ago, are unfounded.
New Milford – Prof. D. L. Donnelly, of Binghamton, will teach a class every Monday evening, at the New Milford Opera House. Lessons, 7:30. Dancing nine o’clock. Palace Society Orchestra, of Binghamton, will furnish the music.
Montrose – Funeral services for Ray Everett, whose death occurred in France, Nov. 6, 1918, the result of wounds received in battle, will be held this Thursday afternoon in the Baptist church. The exercises will be in charge of the Gardner-Warner Post, American Legion. Deceased is the son of Mrs. Flora Powell, of Bridgewater Township and was a private in Co. K, 312th infantry in the World War. ALSO Ed. H. VanVecthen, of New York, was a guest at the home of Mrs. H. B. Benedict over Sunday, being a boyhood friend of Rev. B. B. Benedict. He is an actor whose side line is posing and has achieved some reputation as a model. Mr. VanVecthen was Remington’s “Indian” during the last two years Remington worked and posed for Leyendecker, Charles Dana Gibson, Franklin Booth, A. L. Keller and all the leading artists in and around New York.
Birchardville – There will be a masquerade social held in the Grange Hall, Friday evening, Oct. 38th. Everybody come and have a good time. A prize will be given to the best dressed; also a booby prize.
Lakeside – There has been much talk about the State draining the well-known Page Pond of this place. This is a large and fine sheet of water, long renowned as a famous fishing resort and should not be allowed to pass out of existence. We understand a stock company is being organized to purchase and preserve it for the benefit of the fishing public. We hope they will succeed in their efforts. With the completion of the Lackawanna Trail more fishermen and campers will be brought in; more cottages could be built, more business done and one more step gained for a good road from New Milford to Lakeside.
Harford – L. W. Peck and son, while digging potatoes, found one which weighed two pounds and seven ounces. Can anyone beat that? If so, let’s hear from them. The potato can be seen at Maynard’s store. ALSO – Several from here attended W. W. Resseguie’s sale at South Gibson and J. M. Felton purchased a fancy pig. If you want to see something worth the price, just stop and take a look at it.
Susquehanna – Owing to the depression in the broad silk market, the Tri-Boro Silk Mill, on Erie Avenue, will close, as soon as the silk now on the spindles is run off. Supt. Greene, however, does not think the shut-down will be of long duration. ALSO The Erie Band gave a program of music on Monday evening at the opening of the bazaar, which is being held for the benefit of the Susquehanna Inter-State basketball league.
Lawton – Merchant M. M. Coleman, of Lawton, has purchased from the Kahler estate, the store that he has occupied for some years and is to be congratulated on acquiring this property. He is progressive and a popular business man. The household goods of the late S. P. Kahler will be sold at public auction at the Coleman store building, on Saturday, October 22.
Bridgewater Twp. – Chas. Roberts has sold his farm of 127 acres in East Bridgewater, to Ygnazes Grisafi, of Dalton, who will take possession Nov. 1.
Dimock – A stereopticon lecture on “Bee Life” will be given in the community building, Friday evening, at 7:30. There will be no charge for admission. The lecture will be given by Rev. A. Jeffrey.
Gibson – The school house has been thoroughly repaired and painted for the opening next week, new windows, new roof and other improvements being made.
Lenoxville – An old-fashioned husking bee was held at Cordie Allen’s Friday evening. About 250 bushels of corn were husked, after which refreshments were served. About 80 friends and neighbors were present.
Great Bend – Mrs. Robert Roosa, aged 84 years, died Friday evening, after a long illness at her home in East Great Bend. Deceased is survived by two sons, J. L. Roosa and Adelbert Roosa. Burial in Newman cemetery.
North Jackson – Joseph Avery is erecting a steam mill upon the Emory Cox farm and will soon engage in cutting pine logs and other lumber for C. W. Deakin, of Susquehanna. C. B. Gillett has the contract for stocking the mill.
Thompson – Wednesday, Oct. 12, being the 75th birthday of J. W. Hobbs, a number of his friends and neighbors surprised him by spending the evening at his home on Main street at Thompson. One interesting feature of the evening was when one of the grand-children found an old violin in the attic, which Mr. Hobbs played over 50 years ago Finally Mr. Hobbs was persuaded to play, and he surprised all in the way he handled the bow. After the usual form of providing lunch and tokens of respect, the friends retired to their homes, wishing Mr. Hobbs many more birthdays as happy.
Forest City – Forest City defeated the Legion team at the local park Sunday afternoon. The first few innings were close but in the last two the Legion was routed. The final score stood at 25 to 10 in favor of the Cityites. “Italy” Slick’s pitching was the main feature. ALSO George Fives has sold his farm in Clinton township to Michael J. Shanley. Mr. Fives will become a resident of this place.
Ararat – The band social held at the home of L. W. Potter, Friday evening, was a delightful affair. Music by the band, the Ararat orchestra, the male quartet and piano duets by Mrs. Crosier and Mrs. Barnes, of Thompson, made a most enjoyable program. Delicious refreshments were served, and all enjoyed the evening very much and felt it one to be remembered with pleasure.
October 28 (1921/2021)
New Milford – An awful toll was taken in an automobile accident on the Lackawanna Trail, about 2 miles west of this place, on Monday night. Mott P. Jones, superintendent of the Blue Ridge Metal Manufacturing Company, and one of Susquehanna’s best-known and most highly regarded citizens, being instantly killed, and Thomas Ambrose, a well-known Erie employee at Susquehanna, being terribly injured, now in the Barnes hospital, Susquehanna, with little more than a fighting chance for his life. George P. Stang and William Lambert, other occupants, were severely though not dangerously injured. Mr. Stang says they were traveling from 15 to 20 miles an hour, when Mr. Jones switched the lights on and off to show their effect, some new electrical device being tried out, and leaning forward to turn the light, he said to Mr. Stang, “George, something is wrong with the steering gear.” No sooner were the words uttered than the car had turned from its direct course, struck a telephone pole, and went through a stone wall, and turned on its side in a field alongside the road. ALSO Dr. Wm. E. Park has been notified from Washington, D. C. of his appointment as attending specialist and assigned for duty at Pocono Pines, Pa. ALSO While Foster Oakley was loading a cow into his truck she threw him over the side and fell on him and broke his collarbone in two places, also some ribs.
Bridgewater Twp. – A very heavy, white frost covered the ground yesterday morning—the first severe frost this fall. It has truly been a remarkable fall.
Montrose –The Home Economics Dept. of the Montrose high school will begin serving milk to underweighted children on Oct. 31st. The teachers will weigh the children before that time and record the number of pounds underweight. A note will be sent to the parents explaining the opportunity for the child to secure a cup of milk in the middle of the morning and afternoon session. The price will be five cents a day and comes from Dr. Thompson’s farm. If the child cannot afford five cents per day, the King’s Daughters Society will furnish funds to cover this. ALSO Following a custom of several years standing, Montrose will have a community Halloween celebration. All public-spirited citizens and everyone who wants a good time, young and old, will please take notice and be on hand, dressed appropriately for the occasion. The Susquehanna Light & Power Company will do its share by putting up extra lights on Church street, between Burns’ Store and the Farmers National Bank, where the program will be conducted. Games, sports and contests will be provided for everyone, with a special prize for the most original costume.
Auburn Twp. – Peter Thayne, a life-long resident of this place, died at his home, Oct. 12, 1921. His death was due to complications of diseases and when the end came he had no fear to die. He was born in 1851 and had always lived on the old homestead. On July 16, 1878, he married Winifred Dolan, of Towanda, who survives him, along with four children. The funeral was the largest ever held in St. Bonaventure’s church, the church being filled and many standing in the rear while Father McCabe, of Wilkes Barre, intoned Requiem High Mass. Interment was made in the family plot in St. Bonaventure’s cemetery. May his soul rest in peace.
Hop Bottom – Tickets are on sale for the entertainment course to be given here during the winter. The first number, “The Florentine Trio,” will be given on Nov. 16. An unusually good program has been selected. James Burns, the Kentucky mountaineer, whose name appears on our list, has a wonderful lecture which alone is worth the price of a season ticket.
North Knob of Elk Hill – Fred Burns is nicely located on the north knob of Elk Hill, having charge of the observatory. It has become a fad to visit the observatory. Fred had 112 visitors Sunday, all anxious to view the surrounding country. The view from the observatory is a grand panorama. A road has been built from Ollie Chandler’s to the top of the hill, thus expediting the climbing of the hill. Fred discovered a fire a few days ago and promptly gave the alarm, thus showing the worth of the observatory.
Uniondale – H. A. Rounds, of Chicago has his picture in the Chicago Evening Post, devoted to the “Chicagoans of today.” Mr. Rounds is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Rounds, of Uniondale. At the age of 18 years he left his Uniondale home for Chicago, where he has gradually forced his way to the front as an expert of forged and disputed handwriting, and is consultant for Pinkerton’s National Detective association and has repeatedly been employed by the United States government. Last July he and his family spent three weeks at the home of his parents and greatly enjoyed the occasion.
Friendsville – Miss Katherine Hickey passed out of this life Wednesday morning and was buried Friday at 10:30 am. Father Ruddy officiated at the Mass; Miss Anna Foran at the organ and Mrs. Helen Bolan sang the Mass and two selections. ALSO A Holy Name Society was organized in St. Francis’ parish on Sunday last with more than 100 members.
Lakeside – Recently the dam at Page’s pond was condemned by sate engineers as a flood menace. The pond was owned by the Susquehanna County Light and Power Co., but they refused to repair the dam. Consequently a meeting of the neighborhood men was called and a company formed to buy the pond. The dam will now be repaired and thereby the pond saved for fishermen.
Springville – W. W. Reynolds, who for the past 8 years has been one of Springville’s most prosperous and up-to-date merchants, has sold his business to A. D. Quick, of Nicholson. The final arrangements were completed last Monday, Mr. Quick to take possession on April 1st. Mr. Reynolds has not made any definite plans as to his business future, but he assures us it will not be “groceries.”
News Brief: When a man boasts of his “100 per cent Americanism” it’s just another way of bragging, “My folks came over first.” ALSO A new bus line is operating between Binghamton and Montrose twice daily, and will also stop at Tiffany, Heart Lake, New Milford, Hallstead and Great Bend. The round trip costs $2.50 and one way, $1.45.
November 04 (1921/2021)
Forest City – The men of Christ church gathered in goodly numbers Saturday and erected a fence about the church property. While not as handsome as the congregation would wish it will prevent the church lawn from being pastured by cattle and horses as in the past. A diner was served for the workmen in the basement of the church by St. Margaret’s Guild to which all did justice. ALSO The Varsity basket ball team of the Forest city high school met its first defeat Thursday evening at Simpson. The score was 27 to 26 in favor of the Fell high school. While the boys met defeat, the girls’ team came forth a winner by a score of 8 to 1. ALSO Joseph Muchitz is winning honors as cheer leader of Penn State College. His picture was taken as he was leading the inaugural parade of President Thomas. He came home for a few hours before leaving for New York to cheer his men in the game between Penn State and Georgia Tech. Our Joe was there with the goods, and loud and prolonged cheering was had over the victory of the team.
Uniondale – Much mischief is reported as the result of the work of young men and boys on Monday evening last. Malicious mischief makes no friends.
Franklin Forks – Wednesday evening of last week the drillers for the Montrose Gas and Oil Co. reported having struck a vein of natural gas at the 200 foot level, which caused no little excitement in the community. Many of the stockholders of the company residing in this immediate vicinity drove to the well as soon as the news was circulated in order to verify with their eyes what it seemed could hardly be true. Visitors were shown the gas bubbling up through the water. When the drill was withdrawn and the bailer had brought up the drillings, a piece of tow was lighted and thrown down the ten inch pipe, with the result that the lighted gas would flame up five feet in the air. The flow has been steady ever since.
Stevens Point – The M. E. church of this place celebrated its 25th anniversary on Tuesday evening, October 25.
North Jackson – A traveling library has been secured from the Montrose Free Library Association through the efforts of Miss Whitney, teacher of the North Jackson school.
Thompson – The Optimistic Club was entertained last Wednesday evening at a Hallowe’en supper at the home of Mrs. George Sprague, of Wrighter Lake. They were entertained by Mrs. Fay Sumner, Mrs. Archie Brundage and Mrs. Everett Ely. About 21 were present and all were dressed in costume. The guests had about given up hopes of their entertainment committee, when after dark they were asked to put on their wraps and follow the guides. They were taken on a lark through the woods by the aid of one flashlight and finally wound up at the sugar house, where they were treated to a Dog roast. Then they were taken farther on and each given a cure for their infirmities. The meeting closed with a fine supper served by the hostesses.
Susquehanna – Coal has been found along Drinker creek within sight of here. Rev. William Clemow, pastor of the Congregational church, Oakland side, made the discovery. Mr. Clemow is a miner of 40 years-experience, owns a third interest in a mine at the present time, and is familiar with all the details of locating and opening coal mines. The finding of a small vein indicates that it connects with a large deposit. So sure is Mr. Clemow that there is coal, he is willing to spend $1000 of his own money in drilling and estimates it will cost $1500, if someone will furnish $500.
Harford – The friends of Mrs. Harry Smith are pained to hear she is not improving in health. The Grangers and neighbors made them a wood-bee Saturday and cut them a nice lot of wood.
St. Josephs – S. B. Clark, T. F. Donnelly, A. J. Gilroy, J. J. Bergin and wives motored to Franklin Forks to the scene of the Montrose Oil & Gas Co’s drilling. ALSO John Deuel made the necessary repairs on the St. Joseph church which was slightly damaged by lightning a few weeks ago.
Gibson – W. J. Lamb was home for the weekend and Mrs. Lamb returns with him to Binghamton, where they will spend the winter. Mrs. Lamb recently received news of the death of her brother, Oney Sweet’s wife, at their home in California. Mrs. Sweet’s maiden name was Nellie Coon and she had many relatives in this county.
Fairdale – Rev. Frederick G. Bulgin, a former pastor at Fairdale, now of Bath, Pa., as accepted a call to the pastorate of the Congregational church at Harford and expects to enter upon his duties the first week in December. Both Rev. and Mrs. Bulgin are well-known in Susquehanna county, the latter being remembered as Miss Lula Estus, of Fairdale.
Brooklyn – The first number of the winter’s course of entertainments was given by the Dietric Music and Magic Co., in the Universalist church. There was a full house and everyone was highly entertained, as was anticipated by the hearty encores given.
Dimock – Mrs. Lucy Drake has moved into the village and is cooking for the teachers at the teachers’ cottage ALSO A barber from out of town will take up this work each Wednesday and Saturday afternoon and evening in the reading room at Hotel Estus.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – They are still agitating the question of vacating the Carr Hill road from the Taylor Hollow school house to the line of the church property on Fair hill, a distance of 242 rods. ALSO Our minister gave us a strong sermon on the evils of strong drink.
Bennett Corners, Auburn Twp. – The people were awakened last Friday night, between 11 & 12, by the burning of Lewis Lathrop’s barn. The fire started from the inside and burned very quickly. There was another barn seen burning off Rush way the same night. The next night another barn was seen burning at Fairdale. The causes of all three were unknown.
Montrose – Sunday afternoon, Atty. G. E. Gardner and family started for an auto ride. His son, Edwin, thought it would be interesting to count the automobiles they saw on the trip. Fifty-one was counted between Montrose and Heart Lake. The count became very interesting and on the way to Kirkwood and return 1058 automobiles were counted.
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November 11 (1921/2021)
New Milford – No clew has yet been found of the yeggs who attempted to break into the Grange National Bank last week. The yeggmen had prepared to blow open the vault and left an acetylene tank behind. The bank was entered sometime after midnight. Entrance was gained through a window. [Yeggman-A person who breaks open safes, a burglar.]
Montrose – Have you been asked “what is the queer-looking structure that is being erected on the Montrose House block?” It is estimated the question was asked 2,000 times in Montrose yesterday, and the funny part is—no one seemed to know the answer. You probably won’t believe us when we tell you it is to be a cat hospital. But it is. Ask Dr. Cole. ALSO D. C. Conklin has sold his house to Mr. Olin, a carpenter, who recently came to Montrose, and has purchased John Rutan’s house, on Chenango Street.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. – On Oct. 16th Daniel Treible, who resides nearby, reached the 90th milestone of life. He is one of our most remarkable men, having all his faculties and his mind is perfectly clear. His health is good and he helps with the chores. Just over the line in Bradford Co., lives another aged man, Smith Tewksbury, who was 90 years old on Oct. 8th, but he hasn’t the good health that “Uncle Dan” enjoys. He is compelled to walk with crutches, but his mind is perfectly clear and it is very interesting to talk with these old men of times long ago, when people didn’t travel by auto or train, but were compelled to use ox-carts. ALSO At Pleasant Valley, Charles Ace shot a fine red fox. It was after his hens.
Dimock – Mrs. Tillie Tyler, of Elk Lake, will have charge of the boarding house at Louden Hill Farm after the 15th of the month. Mr. and Mrs. Ward Jenkins, who have been in charge for the past two or three years, are returning to their farm near Tunkhannock.
Rush – Miss Gladys E. Devine, of Laceyville, and Clifford Devine, of Rush, were quietly married at the home of the bride’s brother in Binghamton. The bride was attired in a gown of blue Canton crepe and wore a corsage bouquet of bridal roses. The ring service was used, and little Jane Devine, wearing a ruffled frock of lavender organdie, acted as ring bearer and carried the ring on a silver tray. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Devine. After a dinner party at the Hans Jones restaurant, the couple left for a brief wedding trip, after which they will be at home to their friends in Rush.
Friendsville – A large barn on the farm owned by Jesse Bolton, near Friendsville, was struck by lightning during the storm on Tuesday evening, Nov. 1st, and totally destroyed. One horse, a cow and a large quantity of hay, together with other provisions and a number of pieces of fine farm machinery were also burned. The loss is partly covered by insurance.
North Bridgewater – Murl Strang was in Binghamton and had an X-ray taken of his eye, which was injured by a piece of steel, which was found lodged in the orbit of the eye. It was thought best to let it remain, unless it becomes painful or effected the other eye.
Lymanville – Hallowe’en passed off very quietly. There were nine, dear, lively, fun-loving people, souls who took pity on the other people of the place, arrayed in fantastic costumes, carrying their music with them, they went out and called on their less ambitious neighbors. They certainly left a bright spot and a feeling of gratitude in the hearts of the people wherever they went. The people they honored with their presence only regretted that they were not prepared for unexpected company and did not even have a pan of apples to offer their lively guests.
Springville – Are you getting ready for the bazaar to be held in the Community building, afternoon and evening, on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st? Everything that’s salable, from fancy work to groceries and vegetables, will be on sale. This Community house belongs to the people of the township and everyone is urged to take an interest in the bazaar and help to cancel the debt. Do your bit by attending and donating something. Make a piece of fancy work or something useful; bake a nice cake or cookies; give a can of fruit, a chicken, or a bushel of potatoes. Something!
Herrick Twp. – Donald Carpenter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Carpenter, of Herrick Center, was instantly killed when he was run over by a train near his home. He was employed by the railroad companies to look after the freight deliveries at this place, there being no regular agent in charge. He had finished his duties for the day. A freight train moving south attracted his attention and he attempted to jump on. He succeeded in getting on the train, but when he went to get off he slipped and was dragged under the train. He had just passed his 16th birthday. He was a member of the Methodist church and will be missed in the Sunday school. Donald is survived by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Thompson – Despite the fact that the weather was unusually cold and rainy many grotesquely masked figures masqueraded in Keystone Hall at the social given there by the Senior Class of the Thompson High School. The aspect of the horribly robed figures was terrifying and made one think that all the terrible animals of the prehistoric ages were present. Sandwiches, pumpkin pie and coffee were served free at the booth; candy and gum were sold.
Brushville – Walter Pennay, of this place, is in the Packer hospital, at Sayre, a victim of a hunting accident. While hunting near the Susquehanna-Bradford County line, Thomas McManus shot a rabbit, and hit Pennay. The load of buckshot took effect in his body, making a serious wound. The shooting was purely accidental. Pennay will recover.
East Rush – The wood bee held at the church last Thursday, as one lady expressed it, “was just like Heaven,” for most of them there were women.
Hop Bottom – Elmer Brewer now conducts a bakery and lunch room at the foot of the bridge on the state road. Brewer’s Bakery turns out bread like Mother used to make.
November 18 (1921/2021)
Great Bend – Herbert W Clune, who resided on the Hunt farm, near this place, met with instant death Monday, when struck by an Erie passenger train on the crossing at Great Bend, just south of the borough, He had just stepped on the rails when the huge locomotive struck him, tossing the body for nearly 50 feet.
Uniondale – If the brutal murder of Burns Lyon goes unavenged it cannot be said that our County Commissioners failed in an effort to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime. They, through widely distributed posters and advertisements, offer $500 reward for the information that will lead to arrest and conviction of the guilty parties.
Rush – Mrs. Emmons, who has been on trial for the burning of the Auburn and Rush Poor Asylum and found not guilty, because of insanity, has been committed by Judge Smith to the Homeopathic State Hospital for the Insane at Rittersville, Pa. The poor directors found her about two years ago sick in bed. Five small children were in the home, suffering with hunger and cold, no fuel or food being found in the house. Her husband had deserted the family.
Montrose – Turkeys retailed here Thanksgiving week for 60 cents a pound. A special turkey and duck dinner will be served at the Hotel Donovan on Sunday, Nov. 20th. ALSO Has the crime wave really hit Montrose? It would seem so. Steine’s store was robbed on Monday morning of a box containing three dozen bow ties which were worth $20. Just what anyone would want of so many bow ties we cannot imagine. The culprit, however, probably realized on his theft. At any rate, Mr. Steine is “pretty sure of his man,” and is prepared to prosecute to the extent of the law.
Liberty – Those that attended the corn husking bee Wednesday evening at C. W. Bailey’s, 17 in all, husked a nice lot of corn. Dinner was served after which all had a good time until 2:30, when the time came that the best of friends must part.
Brooklyn – John Doran found the dirt road in exceedingly bad shape and believes the stretch between Tiffany and a point north of Brooklyn Center, should be made a hard, durable road, which could be used at all times of year.
Heart Lake – Few are they who pay stricter attention to business than Fred J. Aldrich, in charge of the mammoth ice house here. He is just rounding out six years in putting up and taking out the big crop of pure lake ice harvested each year, and during the time there has been but six working days when he has been absent from duty. He is at present erecting a great steel “gallery” for garnering the crop this winter, supplanting the wooden structures here before used.
Ararat – The pie social held at the home of Mrs. W. S. Harris by the Girls’ Cheerful Workers Society on Wednesday evening the 16th, was a success and very pleasant occasion. Although the weather was very stormy about twenty of the young people came. The music, pie and coffee were much enjoyed. The men in attendance did valiant service in eating pie and more pie, paying generously, which materially helped the fund the girls were raising.
Hallstead – An amusing thing about the election was the fact that J. G. McCreary was elected justice of the peace by over 100 votes, although he was not eligible from the mere fact that he already held the office and his commission will not expire for several years to come. While the borough is entitled to two justices, they have elected the same man twice, and while Mr. McCreary is fitting up a fine new office at his home on Susquehanna street and is devoting much of his time to the work, he cannot be two men, even if the people have elected him twice to the same office for the same period of time. Strangest of all, Mr. McCreary, when he came to vote, found that through some oversight his name was not registered and he had to swear his vote in.
Susquehanna – Several memorial and other windows of the Presbyterian church have been damaged to the extent of $800 by boys using sling-shots and air-guns in hunting birds which seek protection from the wind in the ivy-covered windows, The boys, seeing the birds there, have fired at them and damaged the windows. The trustees have served notice that all boys found in the vicinity of the church with air-guns or slings will be prosecuted. ALSO A basketball team has been formed in the High school and Clarence Wright has been secured as coach. Practice is held at the “Y” and a number of games are scheduled. ALSO Gasoline has increased in price here until it is 29 cents a gallon.
New Milford – Eugene Dennis is in the Barnes hospital receiving treatment for injuries sustained in an unusual accident here yesterday afternoon. His car stopped on West Main street and after setting the brake he alighted and started to crank the machine. The car was in gear, and starting quickly, knocked Mr. Dennis down and ran over him. He was taken to the hospital, where Dr. Denman found that he had sustained fractured ribs, cuts on the head and numerous bruises. He will be confined to the hospital for several days. The car, after running over Mr. Dennis, ran along the pavement on West Main street for some distance, and then the motor stalled, due to the pressure of the brakes.
Jackson – The Women’s Christian Temperance Union met with Mrs. Amos Potter to do sewing for some children whose mother recently died. The five-months-old baby that Mrs. Potter is caring for has been sick.
Franklin Gas – We need more gas for cars, also a lot of the right kind of gas for better roads all over the county. Then when the roads are o.k. we can use less gas. Just now it needs good, honest patrol men to go over the roads and fill up the worn places with stones and clean the ditches. Many auto men leave rocks in the road. They should throw them out of the way, as they bother other folks and divert water to where it should not go. Road hogs still show up. One of late made a woman driver turn out so far she could not get back and had to stay there until a man went a quarter of a mile and got his tractor. Too many don’t care for the other fellow, forgetting that no one can live for himself, but must depend on others for something all through life.
November 25 (1921/2021)
Forest City – Contractor Holt has practically finished the Main Street pave. Head walls are being erected at present, and in a few days the stretch on North Main will be open to the public, thus completing a line of pave from the south line of the borough to Clifford township. Contractor Holt has had many ups and downs in the completion of the work, but he has given us a good job. The pavement will be thrown open for travel its entire length on December 1st. ALSO ESTRAYED from my premises on Railroad street, on November 3rd, a yellow cow with one horn broken a little. Dark on the face. Charles Zielenskas.
Choconut – At the sale in New York of the library of the late Robinson Locke, editor of the Toledo Blade, the principal item was a 25 volume set of the works of Mark Twain, which brought $610. Mark Twain was a contemporary of Mr. Lock’s father, David R Locke, who was a prolific humorous writer during the Civil War, under the cumbersome pen-name of “Petroleum V. Nasby,” said to be President Lincoln’s favorite writer. The David Ross Locke, referred to above, was a son of Nathaniel R. Locke and Hetty Ross, of this place. He was the grandson of Captain John Locke, a soldier of the Revolution and one of the Boston “tea party” of 1778, who came to this county and settled in Choconut in May of 1814, where he died in the spring of 1834, at the age of 83 years.
Montrose – Among the best of the new books at the Library are: The Snowshoe trail, by Edison Marshall; The Luminous Face, Carolyn Wells; Traditions, Marie VanWorst; Burned Bridges, Bertrand W. Sinclair; A Lantern of Love, Della MacLeod; Stepsons of Light, Eugene Rhodes and The Island, Bertha Runkle. The worthwhile books that are most in demand at present are Outlines of History and an Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by H. G. Wells.
West Bridgewater – Arthur E, Robinson reports the theft of 25 pullets from his farm last. It is interesting to note that only pullets and no roosters were taken. The loss is a large one and especially so since Mr. Robinson had taken great care and pride in the raising of this splendid flock. A neighboring farm, that of Robert Smith, was also recently robbed. This time $40 worth of furs, which Mr. Smith had trapped, were taken. We predict some midnight shooting soon.
Lenox – Hugh Barney, aged 32, was arrested by State Trooper Lester Hopewell on November 3rd, charged with setting fire to the dwelling house of Chas. O. Price of Lenox, on January 2, 1919. It is thought that revenge was the incentive for the crime. Young Barney was held under bail in the sum of under $500 as a material witness. The State Police have been working on the case since the fire.
Uniondale – A very pleasant affair took place at our school house here on Monday as our teacher, Miss Potter, had arranged to give her pupils a very pleasant time on the last day of school. The mothers were all invited and at noon a bountiful dinner was served, for all had brought something good to eat. Everything was most excellent, hot cocoa, sandwiches, baked beans, cakes, pies, puddings, cheeses and pickles, home-made candies and lemonade. A big dinner was enjoyed by the hungry boys and girls, also by the older ones.
Fairdale – Mrs. Homer Lake, aged 37 years, died at her home near this place early on Tuesday morning. Death came suddenly and as a shock to the community. She was formerly Madge Roe, daughter of David and Jessie Roe. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Zelda and Alice, and one son, Paul. Interment was made in the Fairdale cemetery.
Brookdale – Mrs. Adelia Whipple would like some plain sewing to do, such as piecing quilts.
South Montrose – Thomas O’Brien, Jr. oldest child of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas O’Brien, had the misfortune to break his right leg in a runaway accident last Saturday. The lad had just arrived at the creamery when the boiler blew off steam. The horse became frightened and started suddenly, throwing young O’Brien out of the wagon. No injuries, other than the broken leg, were sustained. Nearby workmen took the lad to the home of Searle Lake, where he remained overnight.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. – Jay Carter has recently been entertaining three city hunters, two of whom brought their wives along for a week in the country. ALSO In West Auburn, we were grieved at the passing of our kind friend and neighbor, John Ervine, Sr., on Nov. 19. “Uncle” John was highly esteemed by everyone and will be greatly missed. Although he had attained the ripe age of 88 years, his erect figure, until his recent illness, far from denoted that age. The funeral was held in the M. E. church and interment at Jersey Hill. Much sympathy is expressed for the widow in her loneliness.
Brackney – The Snow Hollow School has a large attendance and the scholars seem to be interested in their work. Mrs. John Gillooly is the teacher.
Gelatt – Mrs. Carl Wood and children are spending a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Gelatt, before going to Niagara Falls, where her husband has a lucrative position with the Shredded Wheat Biscuit Co.
“The Observer:” In these days of automobiles, when interest on the part of autoist centers on the number of miles one’s car can make on a gallon of gas,--and the size of one’s garage bills—a page from the past, when oxen were used more than horses, and the light of the fire-place and the tallow dip took the place of that now antiquated method of lighting—the kerosene lamp. It gives one a restful feeling, simply because life was being lived slowly and one took time to think and ruminate, to dream and drift with the slow-moving current. But they were toilsome days, too, when hand labor made sturdy men and women, and notwithstanding its somewhat slow pace in America’s history, it was a time when the country was in the making. There is a certain romance connected with those “grubbing” years which characterized the American nation in that period of the last century up to the Civil War. Years ago, I recall an “old resident” remarking that “times ain’t like they uster be,” when the whole family got into the ox-cart and all went visiting the nearest neighbor, some miles away. Yet so it is with life—the poor have their compensations for being poor, and the rich their handicaps—as well as compensations—for being rich—and the wise one asks for the middle route of “neither riches nor poverty,” for withal they are the most truly happy and contented.
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December 02 (1921/2021)
Hopbottom – About 8 pm on Thursday evening, while Mrs. James S. Pedrick and her son, Carlton, of Bacontown, were driving along the Lackawanna Trail, between here and Nicholson, two men appeared from the bushes and demanded that they stop. Mrs. Pedrick, who was driving the car, stepped on the gas, however, and the car sped down the trail. In an attempt to enforce their demands, the bandits fired several shots after the fleeing machine. One bullet passed through the top and both rear tires were punctured After proceeding some little distance another car, driven by Dr. A. J. Taylor, of Hopbottom, was stopped and with Dr. Taylor’s assistance the two flat tires were removed and they continued into Nicholson on the rims. Although the incident was immediately reported, no trace of the highwaymen has been found.
Montrose – The bowling alleys at Patrick’s new pool room will be opened on Saturday night. ALSO The interior of the Catholic church is being attractively re-decorated and, we are informed, a new pipe organ is soon to be installed. When this work is completed this will be one of the most handsome public buildings in this section. ALSO David Conklin and family have moved to the John Rutan house on Chenango street. This house was formerly the colored church.
Uniondale – Howard Johns is drawing hemlock bark from Elk Hill and loading it on cars here. It harkens back to the days of yore, as it is the first seen in many years. ALSO For the first time since May of this year water is running over the dam. The drought has been the longest known in the history of the town. Business was slow on account of the lack of sufficient water to run the millwheels.
Rushville – A Thanksgiving chicken-pie supper was served in the Pine Glen church on Thursday last, about eighty being present. Proceeds, $29.
Kingsley – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Archie Carpenter, of this place, Saturday, Nov. 26th, a son—Archie Jack. Mrs. Carpenter’s mother, Mrs. H. J. Tingley, of Upper Lake, is with her. ALSO Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn Ely, November 14th a daughter, Hazel Alberta.
West Lenox – Vincent McAloon and Alec. Hortman, who are attending the Montrose High School, spent the Thanksgiving vacation with their parents.
Forest Lake – The gentlemen’s dinner, which was served in Creamery hall on Thanksgiving day, was well attended although it was a very bad day. All report a nice time and that the dinner was fine.
Springville – Station Agent and Mrs. Kaufman are receiving congratulations on the birth of a daughter—Pauline Elizabeth—on Monday, November 21. ALSO Miss Marian Smith, a student in the teacher’s training class at the Scranton Oral school, spent Thanksgiving at the home of her father, E. T. Smith, at Maple Heights Farm.
Dimock – The medicine show that was here last week has gone to Fairdale. ALSO P. W. Williams’ now drives a fine covered wagon to meeting and the milk station. ALSO Katharine Warner received a postcard shower on her 97th birthday, Nov. 17th, for which she returns many thanks. Mrs. Emily Payne, of Kentucky, attended the 90th birthday of her grandmother, Mary Jane Harding, recently.
Gelatt – Mrs. Alpha Howell, widow of the late C. V. Howell, had a shock on Friday. There are slight hopes for her recovery, as she is about 85 years of age.
Little Meadows – Mrs. A. Graves has gone to spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. E. E. Frutchey, in Elmira. ALSO Joseph Reardon and Dora Wakeman were married at the Catholic church on Thanksgiving day.
Gibson – Rev. and Mrs. W. S. Germon and son, Niles, have returned home after spending some time in Washington, D. C. They attended the Armistice day exercises at the Arlington National cemetery and visited the grave of the unknown soldier. They also saw the delegates attending the Disarmament Conference, now in session in Washington. On the way home they stopped at Baltimore and Philadelphia to visit their parents.
Friendsville – On Saturday afternoon last the Friendsville school house was the scene of a most interesting letter-writing contest and a pretty entertainment, in which the Golden, Donnelly and McManus schools, as well as the Friendsville school, took part. Mrs. Woolsey Carmalt had offered two gold pieces as prizes for the best letters written by seventh and eighth grade pupils—one prize for the boys and one for the girls—and teachers and pupils were equally enthusiastic. To determine the eligibility of the many pupils who presented themselves, a written spelling test of twenty-five words was given. All who passed the spelling test above 75% were admitted to the letter-writing contest. Prizes were carried off by Master Edward Golden of Friendsville, and Miss Veronica Lynch of the Golden school at Choconut.
Carbondale – The Carbondale Vulcanizing Works, J. A. Brink, Prop. advertises for sale Indian and Harley Davidson Motorcycles and also a full line of Standard Bicycles and parts.
Forest City – This is community inspection week at the Melhinch Shoe factory. The public has been extended a cordial invitation to visit the factory and see the various processes employed to manufacture shoes. Many have availed themselves of the invitation. The school children of Forest City, Vandling and Bowndale, numbering probably fifteen hundred, have visited the plant during the week and given it a thorough inspection in all departments. ALSO The First National Bank is excavating for an addition to go on the rear of their banking room and when completed it is expected that more room will be provided for the patrons and bank employees.
December 09 (1921/2021)
Jackson – A “good roads” meeting is to be held here on December 8th. This meeting is to advance the possibilities of a macadam or concrete road to New Milford, a distance of about seven miles. The promoters of this road cannot reasonably expect help nor sympathy from the Susquehanna district for the simple reason that to build this road, ending it at Jackson, would cut off from Susquehanna the entire Jackson district which would go toward New Milford. Susquehanna needs the Jackson district. Here we have 6,000 consumers and no producers of farm products: here is the best marketing place in the county for products of the farm. The next road that should be built in Susquehanna county, aside from the Oakland and Lanesboro roads, should be from Susquehanna to Forest City, by the way of Jackson and Thompson.
Springville – Large crowds attended both days of the community fair that realized over $600 for the Community House. Many donations came from wholesale houses as well as the farmers.
Ararat – The children of Brooks school marched to the home of Mrs. Harris, who has been instructing them thru the summer in music. They lined up in front of her home and sang a good-bye song, then presented her with a lovely handbag. They were invited into the house and all sang “America.” It was a most happy occasion for all and deeply appreciated by Mrs. Harris, who wishes in this way, again, to thank the dear children and Miss Carpenter, their teacher. ALSO The item announcing the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wilkins should have been the 19th instead of the 26th.
Dimock/Montrose – The death of Samuel Freeman Lane, aged 87, occurred on December 5, 1921, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Homer Wright, in Binghamton. Mr. Lane was a son of George and Olive Lane, two of the earliest settlers of Dimock township. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry and the U. S. Signal Corps, served three years and at the close of the war received an honorable discharge. After being married in Luzerne County, he returned to Susquehanna County and was elected sheriff in 1866, served one term, studied law and was admitted to the Susquehanna County Bar in 1877. The Lanes lived on High Street, Montrose, until the death of his wife, Kate Wells Lane, after which he went to Binghamton and made his home with his children. Burial was made in the Montrose Cemetery.
Uniondale – R. J. Spencer is enlarging his slaughter house. Our old reliable builder, Ely Crandall, is in charge. ALSO Four men of Orange county, N. Y., who are employed in the building of the creamery, are boarding at Mrs. A. Howell’s. She intends in the near future to accommodate strangers with meals. She is an extra good cook and the wayfarer will find her home homelike. ALSO Harry Paye is on the road to recovery. It will be remembered that he was injured last week by being run down by an engine while attempting to cross the Westgate crossing. It is the fourth serious accident to occur at that death trap in less than three years. The people of the town have sought relief from the public service commission without avail.
Clifford – A. A. Chamberlain and wife are settled in their new home. They recently bought the Taylor property.
Forest City – So far this season the varsity basket ball quintet has been very successful. They take to the game like ducks to water. With proper training they will excel any previous quintet of the high school. Tomorrow evening they are to meet the strong Taylor team on the local court.
Montrose – Montrose has a new basketball team, just organized and opened with the first game against South Montrose. The line-up is as follows: I. B. Thomas, manager; W. Ralston, left forward; F. Avery, right forward; D. Stilson, center; F. Chier, left guard; B. Smith, right guard; A. Downer, M. White and H. Ayres, substitutes.
Bridgewater Twp. – Roy Jewett, who lives on the Finn farm in this place, known as Finland, is considering changing the name to Twinland. Mr. Jewett has twin children, a pair of twin heifer calves, and on Tuesday a pair of twin bull calves were born.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – Mrs. Harry White went to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, where she will receive treatment for her head. ALSO Craig Hill, Auburn Twp. – Little Helen Penrith’s arm is some better. Her elbow was pulled out of joint while playing. We hope it will stay in place now. ALSO West Auburn – Our Sunday school superintendent, Leo Bolles, is entertaining the chicken-pox.
Rush – U. W. LaRue and Blaine Sterling have been spending some time in Sullivan County, hunting bears and deers.
South New Milford – Several of the men made a bee and shingled one-half of the church roof. ALSO Better keep your gun handy, as we hear of a hold-up near New Milford.
Harford – On October 27th Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Harding celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary at their home in his place. ALSO Mrs. Kate Healey has gone to Scranton for the winter and the Jones homestead is closed. The many friends of Senator Jones will miss his nod and pleasant smile on our streets.
Forest Lake/Montrose – On Friday morning of last week was born the fourth son in the family of Mr. & Mrs. M. J. Kane, three of the boys being born on Dec. 2nd. They have recently moved from their farm in Forest Lake township, to their newly acquired home in town, and are now the proud parents of a family of several splendid children.
News Brief: As it was in 1907: “Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Tarbell House, Thursday, Nov. 28th, at 1 o’clock p.m. Turkey to the front, together with other toothsome things and “fixins.” In fact, all the market affords and good taste suggests. That Miss Sarah McDonald, cateress, will cook, supervise and serve the dinner is a guarantee you will get all that’s coming to you, at 35 cents per plate. Yours very truly, J. R. Raynsford, Montrose, Pa., Nov. 25, 1907.”
December 16 (1921/2021)
Gibson – Hubbard Payne, Sr., an aged and respected citizen, died Dec. 9, 1921, on the farm where he was born nearly 95 years ago, and where his parents settled in 1812, coming from Connecticut. He was the youngest of 13 children. He married Anne A. Birdsall in 1851, whose death occurred in 1909.
Harford – The community of Harford will have a Christmas tree this year. There will be a pageant involving characters which will perform the Christmas story. A large chorus of high school students will sing special and appropriate music. A male quartette will be on hand. This is to be an expression of the Christmas spirit of the entire community toward the less fortunate peoples of the Near East. Everyone will come in the true spirit of the season and place under the tree their gifts, which may consist of clothes, of canned goods of all kinds, of flour, staple groceries or money. People in Europe will be starving this year while you and I are feasting at Christmas time. Think about it!
Forest City – Motorists find Dundaff street hard to climb. The icy condition has caused much ill temper and a number of side slides.
Fair Hill – Harry Valentine is on the sick list suffering with indigestion. ALSO William Young has been taking down his house at Rushboro and moving it to his farm here and building a house to store farm implements. ALSO We hear that A. D. Steiger has traded his farm in this place for a farm at Vestal Center. We shall be sorry to lose them.
Auburn – A very pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Bonaventure church, Nov. 22, 1921, the contracting parties being Mrs. Anna Kane and Elmer Winans, both of Auburn Township. They were attended by Mr. & Mrs. A. Maxwell. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Burke and after the ceremony the couple repaired to the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Maxwell, where a bountiful wedding dinner was served.
Uniondale – Mrs. Michael Bibulo [Bibalo] had a flock of ducks which she intended to adorn her table during the holidays, but it is not so to be…someone helped themselves to the ducks and there is not a quack left.
Montrose – Breese & Cole are to be commended for giving us an up-to-date electrical store, now being open for business in their very attractive quarters in the Masteller building, opposite Cooley & Son’s. They will carry a large line of electrical goods, sell Delco lighting plants, washing machines, etc. and specialize in battery work for autoists. At the same time W. B. Gregory and Wm. Holmes have been made distributors and selling agents for the Vacuette Sales Co., manufacturers of vacuum cleaners for the western section of the county. The “Vacuette” is a popular make of sweeper and being operated without electric current the sale is not confined to cities or towns.
Hallstead – Mr. Gow, of Nicholson, has purchased the Dayton plot of land on South Main street, opposite the Wridgway Piston factory, of Mrs. Rose Dayton, where he will commence at once the erection of a large garage and two residences for the men who will be employed in the garage after it is erected This garage is to be built expressly as a sales room and service station of a very popular make of car and it is expected that the business will give employment to quite a large number of mechanics.
Bridgewater – Mr. and Mrs. Leon Williams, Mrs. Clarence Williams, Mrs. Perry Goff and two sons were in an automobile accident in Binghamton. Owing to a blinding snow storm another car collided with their car on Court street. Mrs. Leon Williams and Mrs. Goff were thrown out of the car and Kenneth Goff was throw through the windshield. His face was cut, but he escaped serious injury. The machines were damaged.
Silver Lake – The Snow Hollow school reported those receiving 100% in spelling during the month of November: Mildred, Alta and Helen Snyder, Doris, Maylou, Bernice and Anita Hill, Anna and Louise Buckley, George Brigham, Kenneth Conklin and George Degnan. Those not absent nor tardy were: Alta and Mildred Snyder, Anna and Louise Buckley, Dori, Anita, Bernice and Jay Hill, Willis Shields, George Degnan, Kenneth, Douglas and Glenn Conklin and Geo. Brigham. Number of pupils enrolled, 21. Mrs. Margaret Gillooly, Teacher.
Susquehanna – Some of the Susquehanna hunters, who spent a week in Pike county, returned last week. A fine black bear and a buck deer were shot by Delos Bagnall, and another fine deer was shot by Leon Brush. The game was on exhibition at the market of Deacon & Hurley and were viewed by many. ALSO William J. Hull, the oldest engineer along the Erie system, died at his home Dec. 9th. For 55 years he had served on the Erie as an engineer. He was born in Charlestown, N. H., in 1832 and entered the employ of the Erie Company in 1855 at Susquehanna.
Hop Bottom – Book Clubs, No. 1 and No. 2 were entertained recently at the home of Mrs. W. E. Brown and Mrs. C. R. Berry. Over fifty ladies belong to these two clubs and a pleasant and profitable social hour was spent by those who attend these gatherings. The Shakespeare Club will meet this week at the home of Mrs. O. L. Mittan.
Clifford – A party of ten from here, consisting of W. S., John, Melvin and Floyd Spedding, E. A. Coyle, Thos. and Harley Decker, Harry Pruner, Wm. Horton and Wm. Yarnes, recently purchased a piece of land and built a cabin in Pike county, and had two deer the first day of the season.
Thompson – Thompson made its last consignment to Florida when L. M. Spencer and Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Wright drove out during a heavy snow storm on Monday. Mr. Spencer has constructed a young house on a fiffer chasis. It looks like a moving van with a few exceptions, including a glass front and a door on the side. It is arranged so that when stopping for the night, or for a few days, they can drop one side down to the ground and have room for their beds. They have all modern conveniences including a wood stove in which they can bake. They plan to tour Florida and all points of interest. Several friends and relatives gathered to give them a sendoff.
December 23 (1921/2021)
Herrick Twp. – John J. Campbell, one of the most highly respected and best known residents of Herrick township, died at his home Saturday evening. He was 87 years of age. For more than three years he served as a member of the Fifth U. S. Artillery during the Civil War and participated in many important engagements. He was a member of Mathew McPherson Post, G. A. R. and one of its most valued members. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. The funeral was held yesterday morning from the late home. Rev. C. M. Butler, of Thompson, officiating. Burial was made in the Ararat Cemetery.
South Montrose – The high quality of our Susquehanna county citizenry has again been evidenced through a truly remarkable invention by M. Roy Sheen, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Sheen of this place, particulars of which appear in the Engineering News Record: “A tunnel shield with a boring head and a rotating tail attachment by means of which the lining is placed is operating successfully in an experimental tunnel in Philadelphia, Pa. In this tunnel, which is through schist and has a five-foot bore, the machine has advanced at the rate of five and one-half feet per hour. Eight men operated the outfit. This is the only measure of performance which is now available, but it is expected that the machine will soon be installed on actual tunnel work for the city of Philadelphia when more comprehensive records will be secured.”
Montrose – We hear many flattering comments on the interior of St. Mary’s Catholic church, which has been re-decorated by David Lougher, an artist of Waverly, NY. The interior of the church has been done in light and dark shades of buff, and the railing and other woodwork of the sanctuary has been marbleized. On the ceiling Mr. Lougher has done a copy of Murillo’s beautiful painting of the Immaculate Conception, and over the altar is a splendid painting of the “Ecce Homo.” The ceiling is adorned with a handsome stenciled border with ecclesiastical symbols at various intervals. New Stations of the Cross are to be installed. ALSO Mrs. Jennie Delaney, after conducting a large, up-to-date boarding house for a good many years in New York City, has bought the J. M. Jeffers boarding house on Maple street, known as “The Maples.” Assisted by Mrs. May Shay, she will open in the spring an up-to-date year round boarding house. Mrs. Shay will make her future home with Mrs. Delaney after April first, Mrs. Delaney being an intimate friend of Mrs. Shay.
Susquehanna – Very Reverend Patrick F. Broderick, of St. John’s Catholic church, one of the most revered of the priests in the Roman Catholic diocese of Scranton, died Dec. 16th, 1921 at the rectory, here. Deceased was a brother of Rev. A.T. Broderick, former pastor of Holy Name of Mary’s church, of Montrose. Born in 1856, he was ordained by Bishop O’Hara at St. Peter’s cathedral in 1879. In 1885 he was transferred to St. John’s church, being appointed permanent pastor of the church by Bishop O’Hara and served as such until his death. He freed the church of debt and also accumulated more than $50,000, which will be used as the nucleus of a fund to rebuild the famous Laurel Hill academy, of which his sister, Mary Dolorosa, of the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is Sister Superior. Father Broderick was the first priest to be named a permanent rector of a church in the Scranton diocese. He was a brilliant man and in his passing the diocese suffers a great loss. Susquehanna especially, feels very keenly the death of Father Broderick, who for years had been so closely associated with its religious and civic life.”
Springville – Miss Emma Avery is making very delicious home-made candy. Christmas without candy would make a dull Christmas. ALSO Jas. Terry is successor to Phineus W. Terry at the old harness shop stand. This shop has been successfully operated by the latter for over 35 years.
Forest City – Members of Charles and Martin Skubic post, American Legion, intend to spread good cheer among the unfortunates of the town. They have donated $150 from their treasury for Christmas relief and subscriptions are being taken among the members to help swell the fund. All cash donations will be thankfully received, Donors of clothing, etc., are requested to leave their contributions at post headquarters not later than Saturday noon. The distribution of gifts will take place Saturday evening when 26 families and about 80 orphaned children will be remembered.
Dimock – Christmas exercises will be held at the Baptist church, Dec. 23. Of course, there will be a tree, as usual. A fine program is being arranged by E. D. Roderick and the school teachers. The school children will give a pantomime on the Miracle Play, also two playlets. The music will consist of duets by the Misses Dorothy Titman and Pauline Grow; a piano duet by Miss Osborne and Miss MacNamara; also some singing by a large chorus and the school.
Fairdale – W. A. Hewitt, if not the champion turkey raiser of the county, is certainly well up in the list. Saturday, Mr. Hewitt brought to Montrose fifty-two turkeys, for which he received more than $520, and he remarked that this was the highest price he had ever received--and he has been raising and marketing them for forty years. Last year he received 60 cents a pound, dressed—this year he was paid 60 cents live weight. The high price is attributed to scarcity. The nut crop was a failure and there were few bugs on which the turkey lives and thrives. Mr. Hewitt knows his business.
Uniondale – Bronson & Spencer went to Starrucca recently to get a bull. His bullship treed the owner and refused to be led or driven. Consequently Bob got his old rusty and the bull bit the dust and no trouble followed. ALSO Walter Carpenter, of Herrick Center, was in town, Monday. At the recent election he was elected poormaster to succeed George H. Reynolds.
News Briefs: The Susquehanna county stores are an attractive sight these days with their enticing display of holiday goods and things appropriate for Christmas presents. In spite of the complaints of “hard times” it is evident that Old Santa Claus is not going out of business, but will be right on the job this year as usual. The fact that our county merchants have had the optimism to provide as usual for the holiday trade is evidence that affairs here are not going to the “demnition bow-wows,” however conditions may be elsewhere. ALSO Maybe by next Christmas the dove will have supplanted the eagle as the national bird.
December 30 (1921/2021)
Jackson – Daniel D. Duren, Civil War veteran, died at his home, Dec. 22, 1921. He was a member of Co. F, 141st Regiment, with the army of the Potomac. Wounded, he was forced to return to his home, re-enlisting again in 1864. Daniel was the son of Milo and Phoebe Marks Duren, one of 13 children. He grew up on his father’s farm and was educated in the township schools. After the war ended he purchased a home and learned the carpenter’s trade and wagon making, which he followed the remainder of his life. From time to time he added new machinery and improvements until his shop became one of the finest in the county. A blue print was sent to a mechanic’s magazine, who replied that his shop was the most up-to-date of any the editor was familiar with. A foster son, before taking the Duren name, was Harry A. Doty. Harry learned the business under his father and faithfully looked after him in his old age. Daniel united with the Jackson Baptist Church, was sexton, and among his duties was to ring the toll bell at the time of the death of any citizen in the township. (Striking the bell as many times as the citizen was years old, a practice which many years ago was discontinued.) Mr. Duren was a good citizen, an honest business man, a good neighbor, and a loyal friend. He was kind, sincere, charitable and never failed to help a friend in distress.
South Montrose – The South Montrose Manufacturing Company is a thriving business. Originally, it was a planning mill, and dealing in lumber, under the management of A. S. Allen. Later it took up the manufacture of trunk slats as a side line, but was so successful that this line became its main production, bringing in lumber in many car load lots and shipping out almost unbelievable thousands of slats to trunk manufacturers in various parts of the country. Worden Allen becoming the managing director, looking after much of the buying and selling and the management of the plant. After the war there was a falling off in demand for slats and Mr. Allen’s inventive genius came into play with the demand for wooden coat hangers. In the manufacture of these there was a lot of waste in the small bits cut off the ends of lumber. Mr. Allen studied the problem and began making them into small, common mouse traps, which became a profitable line with the company.
Susquehanna – William [Wilhelm] Schmidt the well-known baker, father of Charles Schmidt, died Nov. 28, 1921 in Kissimmee, Florida, at age 87. He was the pioneer baker in this section, operating a bakery at Lanesboro and supplying the entire community with baked goods for thirty-five years. Mr. Schmidt served in the Union army as a soldier and made an enviable record. He was one of the original members of the Tremain Post, G. A. R., of Lanesboro. [Several items from Mr. Schmidt’s bakery, including a commercial egg and butter mixer, were donated to our Historical Society, in 1959, by Clair and Grace Payne, of Susquehanna.] ALSO Bishop Hoban will appoint a priest to succeed the late Very Reverend Father Broderick during the coming week. It is understood that the Rev. Andrew J. Brennan, D. D., Chancellor of the Diocese of Scranton, one of the most learned and brilliant churchmen in the diocese, will succeed Father Broderick.
Forest Lake – J. M. Birdsall fell through the trap door in the barn to the floor below, nearly breaking his leg and shaking him up pretty badly, so he is confined to the house for some time.
Alford – Glenn Richardson made a pretty fine Christmas present to his children by purchasing for them the handsome Shetland pony, “Barry,” raised by E. T. Corfield, of Montrose. The pony has been a premium winner at the County Fair when exhibited and is registered in the American Shetland Pony Club.
Montrose – “The Evergreens” the popular O’Neil boarding house on South Main Street, is having improvements made upon it, including a large porch. ALSO Don’t fail to buy a ticket for the D. A. R. movie benefit for the Near East fund. The picture is the “Last of the Mohicans,” and there will be special music by McCollum’s orchestra.
Great Bend – The N. H. Parke Leather Co. received three carloads of hides and one carload of oil, which means steady work for the employees of this company for some time to come.
Dimock – The Baptist church was crowded last Friday evening when an excellent Christmas program was given by the Sunday school and school children. There were nearly three hundred people in attendance to witness the Miracle Play.
Brooklyn – School closed Friday noon for the holiday vacation. All the children went to Bertholf’s store at three o’clock to see Santa Claus and he did not disappoint them. Each child received a box of candy and popcorn.
Hop Bottom – While Dec. 17th is remembered the country over as the birthday of the poet, Whittier, only a few friends knew that on Saturday, Dec. 17th, Mrs. D. C. Bares celebrated her 81st birthday anniversary—a woman whose long life, no less beautiful than the poet’s, has been given to years of service in many a community as the wife of the late Rev. D. C. Barnes.
Harford – The community Christmas tree was a pronounced success. Numerous bulky packages were laid at the foot of the tree. Almost $100 was given in the collection. The boxes were to be left open for additional gifts and will be forwarded to the Near East in the early part of the year. The pageants were wonderfully realistic. Instrumental and vocal music rendered Christmas airs. The invocation was made by the pastor of the Methodist church, Rev. Austin L. Prynn. Prof. Samson operated the spot light. Lew Wilmarth was stage electrician. An address was made by Rev. Fred C. Bulgin. The extremely bad weather made it difficult for some to attend.