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.