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January 06 1922

January 06 (1922/2022)



Forest City – Hillside Hose company is advertising a dance to be held in the borough building on February 1st. It is expected that it will be one of the big successes of the year. The proceeds will go into a fund for a triple piece fire truck. The company members are also sitting on the fence singing cock-a-doodle-do. They claim that recently they trimmed teams of both Enterprise Hose company and the American Legion at pinochle, and if either organization thinks it has any better players, Hillside is ready to try them out again in either pinochle or “horse and pepper.”


Uniondale – Tuesday’s rainstorm spoiled the roads. Previously wagons, sleighs or autos could be used with pleasure. ALSO The surviving members of Matthew McPherson Post, G. A, R., met at the home of Comrade T. B. Dimmick, instead of at the Post rooms as usual. The old vets enjoyed the change. The afternoon was spent in reminiscences, etc. A good feast had been prepared by the host and the “boys.”


Montrose – Monday evening at 11:30 a Buick car, with closed curtains, stopped on the cross walk between Harry Patrick’s pool room and the First National Bank, and when Chief-of Police, A. J. Tingley and his deputy, Arthur Smith, came up the street they noticed the water was boiling furiously in the radiator. The officers stopped and asked for their license. The numbers did not correspond with the numbers given and Chief Tingley told the deputy to hold them till he telephoned for the Justice of the Peace to investigate the matter. As soon as Mr. Tingley had gone up the street, a man who was working at the car, and another man who stepped out of the car, placed guns against the deputy and ordered “hands up.” Keeping him covered the driver got in the car and the other man backed in and started the car. About that time Chief Tingley came back down the street and a real wild-west show began, with bullets flying, one going through the big window of Morris’ drug store, and several others hitting the racing machine. At Tiffany the car went off the road and was abandoned. In it was found a cake of soap, a bottle of something, which one man said smelled like silo juice, and a billy club. Up to date the parties have not been found, but the car belonged to a Scranton man, having been stolen Nov. 27th.


South Harford – Word has been received here that George Pendleton, formerly of this neighborhood, is doing good as an evangelist in New York state.


Susquehanna – Martin Hersch, last survivor of the original firm of Eisman & Hersch, one of this town’s oldest and most highly respected business men and citizens, died at the home of his son, Albert, in New York city, Dec. 26th. His body was brought to Susquehanna and taken to the family home where the funeral services were conducted. The Erie shops in this place remain closed, except for a few men. There is no indication of intention to resume business matters seeming as about the same for the past three months.


Clifford – The contract for the construction of a highway between Carbondale and Clifford, with reinforced concrete, was awarded by the State Highway Department to M. Rosto & Son, of West Scranton, a matter which will bring satisfaction to a large number residing in the eastern part of the county. The job will cost approximately $193,000.


Franklin Forks – The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coy gave them a party the evening of Dec. 27th, their tenth wedding anniversary. Sixty-one were present, all who had a fine time.


West Lenox – Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Reynolds expect to move to Pucker Huddle in the near future where Mr. Reynolds has employment with the Bush [maybe Brush?] Lumber Co.


Franklin Hill – Miss Platt, the State nurse, took Dorothy Scott and Grace Knight to Scranton this week to be operated on for adenoids.


Union, Lathrop Twp. – Frank W. Taylor, the only old veteran left in this place, is in poor health. ALSO Twenty or more men and boys, with dogs, were after the foxes all last week. They got no foxes, but had lots of fun.


Springville – C. B. Marcy, though nearly seventy-five years of age, is very active and poses for a much younger man. Of seven serving in his company [Co. C, 203rd Regiment] in the Civil War, from Springville township, he, only, survives. He was calling on friends here Tuesday.


Nicholson – Editor H. T. Birchard was calling on friends in Montrose. He is the nestor of the newspaper fraternity in this section and his newspaper The Nicholson Record, is one of the neatest and most carefully edited weeklies in the state, He has an extensive acquaintance in the county, having served both the Montrose Republican and Susquehanna Transcript in an editorial capacity.


Alford – David Fuhri has a new apparatus to insert in a cook stove for heat, Can bake a cake in thirteen minutes and boil water in six minutes. It beats gas. He will demonstrate it to anyone wishing to see it work. Also a lamp he is trying. He is also agent for all nursery stock.


Fairdale – The good, old neighborly spirit still exists in this county and was well proven here last November. Mr. Ed. Ainey, Master of Pomona Grange, had the misfortune to have his barn burn one Saturday night. On the following Monday he bought another. His good neighbors all lent willing hands and in a short time, as if by magic, a fine new barn was on the old site and the cows were eating ensilage from a new silo.


Hart Lake – Borden’s Company expects to begin harvesting ice Wednesday and the Mountain Ice Co. expects to begin harvesting in the near future.


Dimock – The Dimock Torpedoes went to Springville to play basket ball with their town team. They sent a fast aggregation against the Dimock boys and it was a clean fought game all the way through. The game resulted in a 23-17 score in favor of Dimock. ALSO Mrs. Benninger has a new engine to run her washing machine. AND W. H. Palmer, with a force of men and teams, is building a new road near South Montrose.


Herrick Township – Truman Dunn, for many years a prominent farmer here, is engaged in the mercantile business in Peckville and meeting with success.


Thompson – Mrs. Jane Crosier died at her home at Thompson, Dec. 20th, 1921. Her husband died early in November. She is survived by four sons, William, Archie, Charlie and Harry, and one daughter, Mrs. Jerome Brundage.

January 13 1922

January 13 (1922/2022)



Fairdale - Grange met at the hall on Saturday and after an oyster dinner the following officers for the new year were installed in a very able manner by Brother and Sister H. G. Jenner: Master, Cleon Smith; Overseer, Earl Ainey; Steward, Reed Very; Chaplain, Minnie Horton; Treas., Glen Cronk; Sec’y, Edith Ainey; Ass’t. Steward, Frank Tyler.


Montrose – Lake Montrose furnished ideal skating for the young people the first of the week. ALSO J. A. McCabe and Joe Donovan have been harvesting fine, eleven-inch ice at Jones’ Lake [Lake Montrose] this week. We understand the Borden Milk Co. expect to fill their ice houses next week. ALSO Comrade W. A. Taylor, of Cherry street, celebrated his 82nd birthday by entertaining the members of Four Brothers Post, G. A. R., at his home. The time was spent with stories, told as only the old “vets” can relate them, and a delicious supper was served. The Dr. Ellen E. Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Union Veterans, sent a bouquet of cut flowers with their best wishes for the happiness of the veterans.


South Montrose – Eddie Ingraham, who has been in Germany the past four years, was visiting friends here Monday. At the beginning of the war, Mr. Ingraham enlisted, but, being a small man, he was rejected several times. Then he joined the National Guard and was sent to New York to do guard duty. Then a time came when the question was asked, “Who wants to go across?” and Ingraham was among the first to step out. He spent four years in Germany, and has been in Washington, D. C. for a while, and is now at the home of his father here.


Dundaff – Dr. G. A. Fike, age 71, among the oldest practicing physicians of northeastern Pennsylvania, and a resident of this place the last 45 years, died at the Emergency hospital, Carbondale, Jan. 6, 1922, a victim of blood poisoning. Dr. Fike was ready at all times to heed the sick call and it mattered not the hour or weather conditions to him. He felt it his duty to relieve the distressed. His funeral was a gathering of mourners.


South Auburn – The South Auburn Grangers will hold their annual dinner on Saturday. The ladies of the Grange will furnish the baking and each one is requested to bring some kind of meat. Officers will be installed. ALSO Arthur Bunnell, of this township, has recently built an ice house in which to store ice to cool milk in the summer months.


Springville – C. H. Young, agent for Studebaker cars, has an advertisement announcing new prices of the Studebaker line. ALSO Dame Rumor says that Clark Sherman has purchased his grandmother’s farm, known as the Theron Strickland place and will move there in the spring.


Dimock - Judge Charles E. Bunnell is in the States on business connected with the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. He has been appointed president of the institution which is located at Fairbanks, and is very optimistic over the future for Alaska’s first college. He comes east to visit a number of similar institutions. Also to purchase necessary equipment and to employ a staff of instructors. The school will open next September. He will go to Washington and may appear before congressional committees studying Alaska affairs, and then come to Pennsylvania. [Charles E. Bunnell was born in Dimock in 1878, graduated from Bucknell University, and became the first President of the University of Alaska (first named above) from 1921 until 1949.]


Susquehanna – Rev. D. J. Bustin, the newly appointed pastor of St. John’s, reached here on Friday and greeted his people at both Masses on Sunday. He is a man of scholarly attainments and the people of St. John’s are to be congratulated upon his appointment. ALSO Patrick Sheridan, of Forest City, came here to accept a position on the Susquehanna Transcript.


Franklin Forks – Lyle Stockholm is putting up a telephone line. He will soon be ready for his ‘phone.


Thompson – M. C. Whitney, of North Jackson, went to Binghamton with his truck and brought home the new windows for the M. E. Church.


Uniondale – W. T. Curtis is installing a new furnace in the Methodist Episcopal church. The parsonage has also been provided with a furnace. ALSO The creamery ice house is filled with a superior quality of ice. It holds about 700 tons.


Browndale/Lanesboro– Joseph Miluszusky lost a new Wells adding machine from his Browndale store a few nights ago. While skating under the Starrucca Viaduct, at Lanesboro, some boys noticed a peculiar looking package. On investigation it was found to be Mr. Miluszusksy’s property. He went up Monday to recover the machine.


The Knickerbockers, who conducted a successful dance in the Borough hall, having the Frisco Syncopators of Atlantic City, NJ, will entertain their many friends of the community and vicinity, by conducting a Party Dance in the Borough hall on the evening of January 16. Music will be furnished by Gregory’s Society Six, of Philadelphia. ALSO The Borough Council reorganized by the election of Dominick Franceski, as Chairman of Council. J. W. Jones was appointed Chief of Police and William Connelly, Street Commissioner.


Marriage Licenses: Howard W. Estabrook, of Gibson and Rosamond Westbrook, Jackson; Lloyd P. Hill, Susquehanna and Gladys I. Morgan, New Milford; Maurice W. Ellsworth, Harford and Angie N. Richardson, Hallstead; Harry Lee Ellsworth and Gertrude Louise Tingley, both of Harford; J. W. VanVechten and Beatrice Hay, both of Montrose; Harry C. Sandell and Alice Gathany, both of Hallstead; Mike Kriso and Mary Bednar, both of Forest City; Anthony Mlinar and Annie Mikene, both of Forest City; Ralph Bailey and Annie Matilda Jones, both of Forest City; Theo Pinkole and Stella Mary Andracka, both of Forest City; Eli D. VanAken, and Millie McGuane, both of Susquehanna; Chas. T. Weiss and Mary L. Flummerfelt, both of Bridgewater Twp.


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January 19 1922

January 19 (1922/2022)



Franklin Forks – Halley Lindsey took a dose of saltpeter (potassium nitrate), by mistake, and was taken very sick. Dr. Caterson and Dr. Birchard, of Montrose, were called. He is some better, but not well yet.


Auburn Twp. – The farmers are busy now-a-days filling their ice houses.


Prospect Hill, Jessup Twp. – The Pathe Victrolas are the leading machines around here. Most everybody has one.


Harford – Senator Jones gave three Bibles to the Sabbath school at the Congregational church for presentation to the scholars not missing an attendance throughout the year. These Bibles were awarded on Sunday to Jack Maynard and to Hazel and Mildred Benning. ALSO Miss Smith, the newly appointed music teacher of the Harford high school was heard in a very effective solo, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” at the Congregational church.


Hop Bottom – Oley Pratt and family moved this week to their new farm in Lathrop, which was purchased recently from the Orrin Hinkley estate. ALSO Albert Conrad, chief train dispatcher, and brother, Ralph Conrad, of Scranton, called on their father, Ira Conrad, Saturday, and dined at Joseph West’s.


Lenoxville – Howard Stephens, of this place, and Miss Irene Cobb, of Clifford, were married Wednesday, Jan 11, at Scranton. Both are popular young people and a host of friends extend congratulations.


Kingsley – Little Jack Masters, who has been ill, is better.


Flynn, Middletown Twp. – Gerald Curley, Albinas Curley and Lawrence Degnan have secured positions in Binghamton and have gone there to work. ALSO Mrs. Thomas Shields died on the first day of January 1922. Thomas Shields died Jan. 15, 1922, after a week’s illness. Mrs. Shields had been complaining some, but had done her own housework up until Christmas day and attended church on that day. Mr. and Mr. Shields were among our very best neighbors. They were always at the front in the building of our new church, strictly honest and charitable and the best Christians in this parish. Mr. Shields had no relatives. Mrs. Shields is survived by one sister, Margaret, of Deposit, and three brothers, O. F. McDonough, of this place; James and Thomas of Deposit.


Montrose – The Montrose School Board has had considerable correspondence of late with the Dept. of Public Instruction in regard to the school building, which no longer conforms to law in seating capacity, light and air space. It has been intimated that the building may have to be condemned unless definite action is taken in the near future by the Board to correct the conditions complained of. The school buildings which are now being erected in this state are planned with a view to the growth of a community’s population and are built in such a way that a unit may be started with three or four rooms, and later increased to almost any size, including an auditorium, if desired. This would involve the selection of a building site and as centrally located as possible, and large enough to afford a playground of 30 square feet per child, as required by law.


Brooklyn – A cow belonging to Glenn Ely, of this place, gave birth to what resembles to a great extent, an 80 pound shoat, having short ears and feet, like a well-developed pig, though its nostrils are those of a calf. It was also found that this strange appearing creature had digestive organs similar to that found in swine, the first stomach or rumen, of a calf, being missing. It was dead when born. ALSO Skating parties enjoyed the ice on McKinney’s pond and Ely Lake. Weather indications now point to sleighing parties instead.


Uniondale – Miss Gladys Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Cole, and Merritt Foster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Foster, both of Tirzah, were married on January 6 at the Elm Park church in Scranton, by Rev. Dr. J. M. M. Gray. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Williams. A reception was held at the home of the latter’s aunt, Mrs. Alma Correll, of Uniondale, and they later left for their home in Tirzah. ALSO Elias B. Crandall, who is an inmate of the Soldiers’ National Home, Washington, D. C., writes that he is well pleased with his new home. Elias saw five years’ service in the U. S. army and most of the time was stationed in the Philippines. He certainly is entitled to all the government gives him. ALSO Win Taylor and Bert McPherson are filling their ice houses. The product is obtained from Cottrell pond. Mr. Taylor proposes to build an ice house at the pond.


Alford – Although the night was bad, there was a fine crowd at the silk mill dance. There will be another on January 27. All invited.


Rush – Oscar Hardic is our butter-maker for another year; also Clifford Devine runs the skimming station on the hill. Haskel Devine draws the butter, and David Reynolds is our new trustee. ALSO Clifford Devine and Dayton Brotzman filled the Rush creamery ice house last week.


Dimock – During the Parent-Teacher meeting on Monday evening the subject of “Home Study” was taken up by the parents and teachers, it being the biggest problem confronting the teachers at present. It is hoped the lengthy discussion will do much good along this line, as there seems to be great need of giving this matter serious attention. The next meeting will be held at the teachers’ cottage, Monday evening, Feb. 20th. ALSO Mrs. Francis R. Cope and daughter, Theodora, who have been spending several weeks in Philadelphia, returned to their home here Saturday.

Herrick Center – The Kumjoinus class meeting was held at the home of Gladys Eldred, Friday evening, it being Evalyn Ogden’s birthday. The class surprised her with a birthday cake brightly lighted with candles and also as a remembrance of the day they presented her with a sterling silver bar pin.

January 26 1922

January 26 (1922/2022)



Jackson – The What-so-Ever Sunday school enjoyed a sleigh ride to Gibson, Wednesday evening. A banquet was served by the Oxford class in the Grange hall. A fine time was reported.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – We sure had a blizzard Wednesday of last week, which hung up travel for a time. ALSO The farmers are filling their ice houses with good quality ice from Thomas Booth’s pond.


Forest City – Hillside Hose company has purchased new uniforms. They are to be a forestry green, trimmed with black mohair braid. The buttons will be brass, with the letters “F. D.” inscribed thereon. On the caps there will be a wreath and the words “Forest City” will be on each headgear. Enterprise Hose company will also have new uniforms soon and it is expected they will be similar to those of the Hillside. A representative of the clothing firm will be at the hose room Saturday to take measurements. ALSO The ladies of St. Agnes church are engaged in sewing for the St. Joseph Foundling Home. They have already completed more than 300 garments.


Fairdale, Jessup Twp. – The men of Fairdale will hold their annual supper on Friday evening, Jan. 27th, commencing at 8 o’clock sharp. A good entertainment will be held after which oysters will be served.


Elk Lake – Farmers are rejoicing at the prospect of a fine harvest of ice—fifteen inches thick, and not an extremely cold winter either. ALSO During the high wind, attendant upon the blizzard last week, our little community was greatly startled at the sight of a red glare, with volumes of smoke issuing from the vicinity of the school house. Upon an immediate investigation by the ever ready ones, it was found to be none other than that little “Temple of Learning” which for years had stood an object of much love and hatred in the hearts of the juvenile of this place. At the present writing it is uncertain about its being rebuilt. The origin of the fire is still a mystery. Books, furniture and an organ, which had been purchased not very long ago, were destroyed. Miss Vivian Risley is teacher of the school.


Harford – Miss Helene Rynearson is home from Mansfield, the school being closed on account of scarlet fever. ALSO William Benning, who is one of our prosperous farmers, has installed drinking cups in his stable for his cows. ALSO Everyone is busy filling their ice houses. Some get ice at West Lenox; some from Tyler Lake. The rest of it comes from Pease Pond.


Great Bend – “Under influence, unsoundness of mind and other charges are made in a contest developing over the last will and testament of Scott Ives, of this township, who left an estate valued at more than $1000. The property was left by the will to a brother, Ward Ives, of Binghamton, to the exclusion of two sons and three daughters of the deceased. The disinterested heirs are: Harry Oliver Ives, Bernice VanHorn, Lester D. Ives, Eleanor Ives and Elsie Ives Gibson. It is asserted by Mrs. Gibson, who is contesting the will, that he was of unsound mind at the time the will was made, that it is not his last will and that it was not duly subscribed, executed, published and attested as required by statute.” ALSO Wm. L. Ely for several years junior member of the firm of Williams & Ely, general merchants, of this place, has sold his interest to the senior member, Mr. Chas. E. Williams, who is opening a hardware store in one-half of the large room occupied by the Plaindealer office. Mr. Ely will serve the public with a  general line of hardware and electrical supplies and Mr. Williams will conduct the dry goods and grocery business as heretofore.


Friendsville – Mrs. Andrew Minehan and son-in-law, John Condon, of this place, were shopping in Montrose yesterday. They found the sleighing excellent, covering the thirteen miles in one and a quarter hours. It takes a team of good steppers to do this.


Tunkhannock – A brief but exciting scrimmage took place at the Tunkhannock jail yesterday morning, when two prisoners made a break for liberty. Dr. McKown had been treating a prisoner, and as Mrs. Gray, wife of the sheriff, started to let him out the door, two men jumped on the doctor and threw him down. Mrs. Gray slammed the door shut and held it fast, while the prisoners pummeled her with their fists to break her hold. Two of the other prisoners, Talanda and Allen, who were upstairs, came running down and helped to overpower the men, otherwise they doubtless would have escaped. Dr. McKown lost a fingernail and Ms. Gray received a bad blow on the cheek and one hand was injured.


Susquehanna – A great deal of new machinery has been installed in the silk mill, recently, and the company has orders for all silk that can be thrown. Supt. Green is advertising for more skilled help.


Dimock – J. A. Martin and three young men, Winford Estus, John Muzzy and Fay Cronk, of the vocational class, started for Harrisburg to attend the big State Farm Products show the rest of the week. They were joined at Brooklyn by four other boys, James Decker, Elwyn King, Luther Ely, Jr., and Francis Larkin and their teacher, Mr. Harris.


Hallstead – The death of Frank Tingley, aged 61 years, formerly of this place, occurred at his home in Elmira, Jan. 8, 1922. Deceased was a Lackawanna passenger engineer, well-known along the entire system. He was a member of the New Milford Lodge, F. & A. M. and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.


Middletown – Patrick Flanagan, of Flynn, was a business caller at Middletown Center. Patrick predicts a great snow storm in the latter part of February.


Brooklyn – Monday night was the coldest of the winter so far—15 below zero in many places in town.


Montrose – Atty. D. T. Brewster announced that it was Mr. Fletcher Warner’s 85th birthday and that for 30 years he had been an officer of the court. He said he had known him for 60 years and well-remembered when he came home from the Civil War, with a bullet wound in his leg, that the wound was small compared to the wound made by the death of his grandson, Kenneth Warner, during World War 1. As a token of esteem, on behalf of the Bar, Mr. Brewster presented him a package containing $32. Judge Smith spoke briefly of Mr. Warner’s courtesy during his long years of service as court crier.

February 02 1922

February 02 (1922/2022)



Birchardville – Will D. Turrell has taken the agency for the Maxwell automobile and we understand he and his wife will move to Montrose where he will have a show room.


Forest City – Earl Tourje took two baths Sunday. One, however was unexpected. He was in a stooping posture at the ice pond when his feet slipped from beneath him and he landed head first in the water. He regained a standing position with the water up to his back, and was soon rescued. He told short stories of how it happened until he was attired in dry clothing. ALSO soon, in the spots where the sun has dissipated the snow, the small boy with marbles will appear. ALSO The baby clinic is held every Thursday afternoon in the borough hall. Examinations are free and mothers are urged to bring the little ones to the clinic. A state nurse is in charge.


Brushville – A. Brush, of this place, was fined $50 as a penalty for his dog killing a deer; and Lloyd Hall was fined $25 for his dog chasing a deer. Game Protector Geo. H. Watrous was called to Hickory Grove last Saturday and made an investigation and the owners of the dogs settled the fine.


Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Loomis and Mr. and Mrs. Jack McKeage motored to Binghamton Saturday. On their way home, near midnight, they encountered terrific snow drifts on Gardner Hill, where they were obliged to stay overnight at the home of Mr. VanHousen, with the exception of Mr. McKeage, who set out on foot for home. Mr. and Mrs. B. Ward Beck were also forced to abandon their car at the same place and were brought home in a sleigh. ALSO A letter was sent to the Independent Republican from a friend of Rufus E. Frink, now living in Centralia, Ill. In it he related that Rufus, now nearly 90, has many wonderful memories of his life in Montrose, especially the old court house, with its debtors’ row facing the east, the scaffold from which criminals were hanged, and the square where the youth of Montrose used to assemble to wrestle. Mr. Frink is bedridden now but he still hopes to be up and around by spring.


South Ararat – A. L. Bowell made a trip to Hurley Taylor’s mill, in Herrick, for a load of sawdust the last of the week. He secured only half a load and had to wait for it to be manufactured, at that.   ALSO The ice house at Ararat is filled with ice and they claim it is of very fine quality this season.


Bennett Corners, Auburn Township – School opened again Monday, after being closed for two weeks with a new teacher in charge, Joseph Winans, of Auburn Center, who has been hired to complete the term commenced by Mrs. Hewitt Kintner.


Hop Bottom – Don’t fail to hear Miss Lottie L. Tillotson, Hawaiian Globe Traveler, give her elocutionary and lecture entertainment in the M. E. church, Thursday evening, Feb. 9. This entertainment is given under the auspices of the Hop Bottom high school.


Jackson – Automobiles have been traveling the past week, which proves that if the road running from Susquehanna south, towards Nicholson and Scranton was hard surfaced it would be used the year around and no expense made during this winter to remove snow, as the road follows the Tunkhannock valley and seldom drifts in the winter.


Brooklyn – A fine crop of ice is being harvested this week from McKinney’s pond.


Hallstead – The American Chair Manufacturing Company, of Hallstead, is running their plant on full time to fill the mail orders that are coming in. The Herald says the company expects an unusual rush of business as soon as their salesmen start out on the road.


Great Bend – It is reported that the Endicott-Johnson Company will run a bus daily from Johnson City to Great Bend if they can obtain men enough to work who prefer to live at home.


Dimock – Mrs. James Calby died Wednesday evening, Jan. 25th, after a long period of suffering from the dread disease cancer. Everything was done that medical skill could do yet it was all in vain, and, at the last, death came as a blessed relief to the sufferer. Mrs. Calby, with her husband, resided in Dimock Twp. for several years, where she made many friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved husband. She is survived by her husband, two sisters, and two brothers, most of whom reside in Friendsville, Mrs. Calby’s native town. The funeral was held from the Catholic church in Montrose, of which she was a member.


Alford – The dance held in the silk mill was well attended and enjoyed by all. There will be another on Feb. 10th.


Thompson – Monday evening of last week, Starrucca and Thompson played Basket Ball. The score was 14 – 15, in Thompson’s favor. They played again on Thursday night, score 17 – 19, in favor of Starrucca.


Uniondale – Leon H. Reynolds is delivering potatoes in Forest City by the sleigh load. He has furnished Forest City parties with a large amount of hay and straw this season and is now turning his attention to the marketing of potatoes.


Articles from the Montrose Herald, 200 years ago:

January 5, 1822: Married on the first instant, by Joshua W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Levi Gregory to Miss Miranda Howard, all of Bridgewater township. ALSO Milford and Owego Turnpike. Notice is hereby given that an election of officers of the turnpike road company will be held at the house of Benjamin Sayre, in Montrose, on the first Monday of January next, at which time and place will be elected. ALSO Milford and Owego Turnpike. The subscriber has the pleasure of announcing to the public, that the whole of the aforesaid road is now open and safe for the writer travel. Therefore, those who are disposed to travel this road with sleighs, etc., may have the fullest assurance that they can do the same in safety. Signed Frederick Bailey, Agent for the Road Company.

February 10 1922

February 10 (1922/2022)


Kingsley – One of the worst fires in the county, for many years, was that of the Moore-Tyler farm near this place. The bright red glow that was reflected in the sky was no false indication.  The cause was due to an explosion in the boiler room and estimated at nearly  $50,000, but nearly all covered by insurance. In all nine buildings were burned—the cow barn, four large silos, the dairy house, ice house, garage and tool shed. The farm was one of the most up-to-date farms in this section of the state, and was a marvel and model of present day efficiency. Fortunately, the 120 head of cattle were all saved. Fred Tyler, who runs a garage at Kingsley and brother of the owner, George Tyler, rushed to the farm, where he took charge and ably directed the fire fighting. Due to the willing workers, who poured in from all sides, the house was saved. It is estimated that over 200 people from a radius of ten miles were at the scene of the disaster.


Montrose – What may be termed the most fortunate fire in local history was the one at the Rogers-Warner block, located on the southwest corner of Church and South Main Streets. For though in the end the amount of damage done was not large, the start of the fire gave great promise of wiping out this valuable block in its entirety, housing the Carney millinery shop, F.B. Smith’s jewelry store and Wm. Flindt’s tailoring shop. On the South Main Street side, reading from north to south, the shoe shop of Harry Gersowitz, Paul Wood’s barber shop, the express office and Rogers’ meat market. It was in the rear of the express office that the fire started. Paul Wood, on opening the door leading into the backroom of the shop, found that part of the building was filled with smoke. He turned in the alarm at the local telephone office to Miss Leola Inman, chief operator, who immediately turned on the switch releasing the new fire alarm siren. The shrill blasts of the alarm soon attracted the largest number of people that has been assembled in Montrose for many a day. Several young men were at No. 2’s chemical engine room and ready for action. It was only due to the early and efficient application of the chemicals from below and of water from above that the flames were checked. Losses were not large but the Carney millinery shop experienced the greatest inconvenience. The entire contents of the shop was moved into the street and much of the perishable stock was badly soiled. It is said that two men carried the shop’s large mirror all the way to Harrington’s alley, and then, in setting it down, broke it into a thousand (?) pieces.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Silas Jagger, the United States weather bureau man, reports that the weather for the month of January was the coldest, on an average, for the last ten years. The maximum average was 30 degrees above and the minimum average 9 above. There were ten days in the month that the thermometer registered from 5 to 16 below. The official month’s snowfall was only ten inches.


Jackson – H. M. Benson, one of the county’s oldest and most successful merchants, has written regarding his long term of service, occasioned by the mention of the 48th anniversary of McCain’s store at Rush. Mr. Benson, for 57 years, has held the fort as a merchant in the same location, the first three years 1866 to 1869 with Henry F. Manzer as his clerk. At the end of three years the partnership with Henry ‘s father dissolved. The railroad was commenced and he saw that the business would be cut fully or more than one-half, so he bought out his uncle, Thomas Jefferson Manzer. The postoffice, which has been in the store for over 35 years, is here yet.


Brooklyn – A sleighload from Dimock attended the minstrel show here on Friday evening. ALSO A sleighload of young people, chaperoned by Miss Daisy Fish, drove to Montrose on Saturday evening. ALSO In Lindaville, while returning home from church, Charles Verguson had the misfortune to have his cutter overturned, injuring his knee quite badly.


Birchardville – Olin Devine, of Iowa, is visiting friends and relatives in this place for a short time.


Springville – Misses Alice Snover and Luella Thomas, graduate nurses from the Scranton State Hospital, are spending a short vacation with relatives here before leaving to accept positions in St. Luke’s hospital, New York city.


Susquehanna – The curfew ordinance will be rigidly enforced. Burgess Condon has told the police to pick up all children on the streets after 9 o’clock in the evening. The parents, in case of arrest, will pay a fine of $1 or be imprisoned. It is said that this is the only way to keep the youngsters in their places. ALSO Soon every repair plant along the Erie railroad, formerly operated by the Erie Company, will have passed into the hands of contracting firms. The Hornell shops were leased some time ago. Other shops followed, and on January 16 the Susquehanna shops were transferred to the Susquehanna Shops Company. Gallion, Marion, Kent, Salamanca, Dunmore, Port Jervis, Meadville, Jersey City and the Buffalo shops will all be under contract soon. The contracts are being closed as fast as possible.


Herrick Center – The Golden Rule Class of the M. E. church met at the home of their teacher, Mrs. A. L. Craft, to elect officers for the coming year. At the close of the meeting dainty refreshments were served.



200 Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, February 9, 1822.


Married, by Elder Davis Dimock, on the 3rd inst., Mr. Ira Gage to Miss Eunice Turrel, both of Bridgewater.


A party of hunters at Roxbury, Vt., has killed a Catamount, which weighed 116 lbs, and 7 feet in length, and 3 feet in height.

February 17 1922

February 17 (1922/2022)



Rush – The second annual fox hound field trials will be held tomorrow afternoon. All dogs must be entered by 1 o’clock and the chase will start at 2. A live fox will be led around a three mile course and brought safely back before the dogs are started. The course will circle through the town so that everyone will have an opportunity to see the pack in action. The race will be held on bare ground or snow. In case the weather is very stormy, or there is a sharp curst, the event will be postponed one week, until Saturday, Feb. 25th.


Forest City – Julius Freedman, who has been the proprietor of the Freedman House for many years, intends to change the barroom of the hotel into a pool room and restaurant in the near future. He intends to make the restaurant up-to-date in every particular and will employ an expert chef to attend to the minutest details. It will be known as “Pap’s Restaurant and Pool Room.” The hotel property is the oldest in Forest City, having been opened by Reuben Taylor at a time when Forest City was in its infancy. Later it was managed by J. R. Fleming, now of Scranton, and in 1897 was purchased by Mr. Freedman, who has since conducted it.


Montrose – The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Methodist Church will hold a food sale in the rest room of the Farmers Bank building on the afternoon and evening of Feb. 18th. ALSO W. A. Harrington will arrive in Montrose the last of the week with a carload of Missouri horses. They will be on sale at the Harrington stables from that time on. We do not need to tell you of the class of horses Mr. Harrington has selected—his ability as a horse judge is unquestioned.


Springville – Last summer the people of Springville decided to try to start a library by asking people to give books that they had read or willing to pass on. Sept. 15th the library was opened in one room of the Community building with 500 books. Now the number has increased to 1123. The library has no income except the two cents a day fine for books kept over two weeks, and this pays for supplies and buys a child’s book once in a while. Edgar Button, Frank Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Turrell, Mrs. Harry Lee and Fannie Avery are the trustees of the library.


Heart Lake – The Russell-Spaulding Baking Company’s truck, which is now making daily trips from Binghamton to Montrose, became stuck in the snow drifts near Heart Lake yesterday. The bread, pies, etc., were sent on into Montrose by sleigh.


Jackson – I noticed in the last issue of your paper an article by my old friend and neighbor, H. M. Benson. “I have spent my whole life in the Central Hotel at Jackson, which is next to the H. M. Benson store, and I would like to add a little more information to Mr. Benson’s report. Mr. Benson’s residence is one-fourth of a mile from his place of business, which distance he has walked three round trips daily, twenty-six days each month, twelve months a year, for fifty-seven years, or a total of 26,676 miles, besides hundreds of extra trips when he forgot his keys.” H. M. Roberts.


Great Bend – On Tuesday evening a mass meeting was called at Williams’ hall to form a Civic club for the betterment of our town. Temporary Chairman Mrs. Fred White and Secretary Mae Clafflin called the meeting to order. After explaining what the meeting was for, Miss Madeline Norton, of Binghamton, was introduced and gave an interesting talk of the city civic clubs and their good work.


Lenoxville – Many people are taking advantage of the sleighing to haul their logs to Ridgeway’s mill.


Brooklyn – Within recent years the Universalist denomination has established the annual custom of observing a special day known as “Laymen’s Sunday.” In accordance with this custom, the Brooklyn Universalist church will observe it next Sunday, Feb. 19th. The minister is supposed to make himself a part of the congregation, while the men of the church conduct the services.


West Auburn – Our neighborhood is grief-stricken over the death of our beloved friend and neighbor, Miss Susie Swackhamer, which occurred at the Packer hospital, Sayre, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 8th, where she was taken a little more than a week ago. Funeral services were held at the home on the Sunday following, particulars of which will undoubtedly be given later. ALSO at Bennett Corners, Joseph Winans began teaching the school here on Monday. He is a graduate of Auburn High School and everyone feels sure that he is capable of holding the job.


Friendsville – Mother M. Veronica Murphy, of the Order of Saint Francis, at Kingston, Jamaica, died at her convent home in Kingston on Jan. 15, 1922. The deceased was well-known in the world as Miss Katherine Murphy and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Murphy, of Middletown. Mother Veronica was 72 years of age and had spent more than fifty years in the service of religion. One brother, Daniel J. Murphy, of Middletown, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Dugan, of Binghamton, survive.


Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. Russell Stone offer for sale their Edison Phonograph. Anyone interested, inquire at their residence on Jackson Street.


Uniondale – The borough finances are at a low ebb. From the auditor’s report we find that the balance in the general fund is $10.03. The poor board reports $119.12 in its treasury. The expenses of the borough were heavy last year, owing to the amount of road work made necessary by floods. ALSO W. E. Gibson fell Saturday from a sleigh and sustained painful injuries. He was seated on a milk can when the horses suddenly started and he was thrown to the ground. His wrist is badly swollen and he complains of severe pains in his side.


Clifford Twp. – The Elkdale school has been closed this week owing to the resignation of the teacher. It is expected to reopen Monday.



Notes From The Historical Room: Last summer (1921) the Historical Society received from John H. Potter, of Binghamton, a collection of letters and documents formerly the property of his great grandfather, Capt. Joseph Potter, of Gibson, a Revolutionary soldier from Pittsfield, Mass., who was one of the first settlers in Gibson Twp., coming in January, 1792. Miss Blackman says: “His first habitation was a cabin with a door, into which he moved his family. His wife did not see a woman for more than six months. He afterwards moved about two miles east, to a place on the Newburg turnpike, where he kept (a) tavern.” Among the papers are accounts against a long list of our pioneer fathers for rum, brandy and whiskey by the quart, pint, gill and sling. He died Feb. 9, 1835 and his wife, Lois, died in 1824. They had a family of nine children. [Continued in next week’s 100 Years Ago column.]

February 24 1922

February 24 (1922/2022)



Little Meadows – We wonder how many of our readers know that a lime quarry has been opened here. The opening of the quarry promises to be of great value to this section of the county. The farmers largely use lime. It has heretofore been shipped in to Apalachin, the farmers having to haul it from there, a distance of from 12 to 15 miles over a dirt road, which, at times with loads, are impassable.


Montrose – D. J. Donovan purchased the old rink lot, located on West Church street. Just what Mr. Donovan intends to do with the property is not known. This spot was for many years the site of the old skating rink and a deal of history and sentiment is attached to the place. When the rink burned Montrose lost a very useful building, as it was a large structure and well suited to many purposes.


Forest City – Miss Angeline Skubic, a student at the Stroudsburg Normal School, is home for a short vacation. She is a member of the basket ball team of the school and a star point getter.


Springville – A very pleasant surprise party was attended at the home of John Cokely, on Feb. 17th, in honor of his 78th birthday. His children were present and made a “wood bee” for him. Mr. Cokely is the oldest member of the Cokely family now living. He has nine living children and twenty-nine grandchildren.


Fairdale – Some of our young men have been calling on the famous Rook players of Lawton. They report a good time.


Williams’ Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – A merry sleighload from this place attended a surprise party for Ralph Lewis, at Heart Lake, on the evening of February 14th, the occasion being his birthday.


Susquehanna – Many residents, if not the merchants of this place, are rejoicing over the fact that a bus line between their city, Windsor and Binghamton was put into operation the first of the week.


Hallstead – The marriage of Mrs. Florence Barber Monypeny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Barber, of Englewood, NJ, to Henry P. DuBois, of New York, will take place in Pinehurst, NC, Feb. 25th. Mr. DuBois is the son of the late Hon. James T. DuBois, former minister to Columbia, and Mrs. James T. Dubois, of this place.


Herrick Center- By the new auto service, the Scranton Republican will be transported over the Lackawanna Trail to Great Bend and reach stations on the Jefferson branch on the Erie morning train, thereby reaching R.D. subscribers on the date of publication. Kenneth Carpenter will represent the paper here, delivering it to his patrons each week day morning.


Uniondale – Clark Tingley, who for some time has been connected with a well-known architect on New York city, has located in Binghamton, where he will teach the inhabitants how to build sky scrapers.


Gelatt – Wedding bells were ringing recently in our town when Miss Hazel Gelatt and Ray Holmes were married at the home of their pastor, Rev. M. Shelly, of Jackson. Everyone joins in wishing them a happy voyage through life.


Heart Lake – Mrs. Freeman will have the Ladies’ Aid dinner at the parsonage on March 2nd. All ladies are requested to bring thimbles, as quilting will be the pastime of the day.


Burnwood – Herbert Carpenter lost a horse one day last week. It fell through the ice and was drowned.


Carbondale – Pierce Butler, aged 91, one of our oldest and most highly esteemed residents, died on February 16. He was born in Kingston township, Luzerne county, Oct. 13, 1830. He was a grandson of Col. Zebulon Butler, who distinguished himself as a defender of the Wyoming settlers against attacks of British and Indians [Wyoming Massacre] during the early days of the history of Pennsylvania. He was at one time master mechanic for the gravity system of the Delaware & Hudson. 


West Auburn – In Memoriam: On Feb. 9, 1822, Miss Susie Swackhamer passed from earth into everlasting life. In her passing we have lost one of our best beloved and noblest personalities. By her unselfish life and service to others, she made for herself a place in the community and she will be missed by old and young, for she was a friend to all. Susie was born at Retta in 1871 and came to our village in 1895. For many years a teacher in the school of the county, she was highly successful, winning the esteem and love of both patrons and pupils and her beautiful Christian character has radiated an influence that will remain.


From the Republican: Again we are forced to call our readers’ attention to the fact that we send bills to everybody.  Just because you receive one is no sign we think you are not going to pay us, or that we have a grudge against you. When it comes to sending out bills we have no favorites whatever. Everyone gets them.


Notes From the Historical Room…Joseph Potter continued: Another interesting manuscript is marked “Copy of New Lebanon Letter,” and reads: “To the postmaster of New Lebanon, Unknown friend, I am under the necessity of writing a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and entitled to a pension, if I can prove my service as such. I left a man in New Lebanon about 45 years ago by the name of Peleg Spencer who belonged to Captain David Nobles company, of Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, and said Patterson first lieutenant, and Hall ensign; Jonothan Stoddard orderly sergeant, and we joined Colonel Patterson’s regiment in the year 1776.  Said Spencer was spinning wheel maker and lived in New Lebanon when I left there. If he is still living and you can find him, do me the kindness to show him this letter and get him to make a deposition of my services, sealed and signed, and send it to me as soon as he conveniently can. If he should be moved away or dead, be so kind as to inform me of the particulars, and should you find him, and he is knowing of others that can attest to my services, I want he should get their depositions also, and send to me, in so doing, you will confer a great favor on a soldier in the Revolutionary war. “  Joseph Potter, Gibson township, Susquehanna County.   N. B. –“In order that Spencer may know that I am Joseph Potter, I attended the Shaking Quaker meetings one summer, and he was sometimes there, was a step-son of Joshua Green, who died with the smallpox about 45 years ago and his wife, my mother, also died a few days after in said New Lebanon.” [Spencer’s reply in next week’s 100 Years.]

March 03 1922

March 03 (1922/2022)



Ararat – The people who put in the small note that the back road, as it is called, from Ararat to Herrick Center, has been traveled all winter by automobiles, forgot to note that they had to travel a number of rods through Harry Hobb’s pasture, over knolls and stumps.


Clifford – Charles Ross sold his farm and moved with his family to Binghamton, NY. ALSO William Bell is some hog raiser. On Monday he delivered a hog to John Dobesh, the meat man, a hog of vast proportions. It is undoubtedly the largest native hog seen here in some time. It tipped the beam at 875 pounds. It measured over two feet across the back; is seven feet in length; had short legs and an extremely small head. It is of the Chester White breed and only twenty months old. If anyone has a larger hog, let them speak out.


Susquehanna – Stanley H. Brush, one of the best known business men of the county, died at his home in Susquehanna, after an illness since May of 1921. Death was due to tuberculosis. Mr. Brush was born in Brushville, a short distance from this place, thirty-five years ago. His father engaged in the grocery business here and his sons were made partners in the business, later being known as Brush Bros., located on the Oakland side.


Dimock - Three sleighloads from here attended the pie social at Louden Hill, on Wednesday, for the benefit of the Louden Hill basketball team. One pie sold for $15 and the boys cleared $72.


Montrose – Do You Remember? That Montrose once possessed a pound, located in the rear of the Hughy Mitchell livery stable, back of the Dessauer block. When unruly cows were allowed to engage in wander-lust, they were forthwith impounded, and the owners had to cough up 50 cents to secure their release. Of course, the failure to cough up was loss of milk. That Judge Tyler, whose homestead occupied the present site of the public library, had a pretty and talkative parrot who was wont to call school children naughty names as they passed to and from the old academy.


New Milford – H. Claude Hardy, son of Mr. and Ms. D. N. Hardy, of New Milford, was recently offered the position of superintendent of schools at North Adams, Mass. The position carries a salary of one thousand a year more than Mr. Hardy now draws as principal of the schools at Fairport, NY. He sought to resign the position but the Fairport board would not accept his resignation and assured him that in the matter of salary he would be properly remembered. [H. Claude Hardy wrote “To and From Hell’s Half Acre,” a history of West Lenox, Lenox Township, Susquehanna County, where he was born in 1887. Mr. Hardy donated it to our Society in 1938.]


Herrick Center – An interesting literary program, featuring exercises suitable for Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays, was given in the High school auditorium on Friday afternoon by the pupils of the Primary and Intermediate rooms.


Elk Lake – Miss Mary H. Arnold died Feb. 19, at her home here. She was the oldest daughter of the late Richard and Ann Arnold, two of the oldest settlers in this place, arriving in 1854. Miss Arnold kept a general store at Elk Lake in the old store originally owned by Mr. Leebody and daughter. Her funeral took place at St. Bonaventure’s church at Auburn.


Forest City – J. W. McCracken, well known here as a cracker jack salesman, who is now engaged marketing the toothsome products of the Smith and Clark company, was here yesterday in charge of a squadron of trucks loaded with Smith’s ice cream. Free distribution of cream cones caused such a storming of the squadron by the kiddies as to block the traffic on the street.


Thompson – Mrs. Rachel Corey has quilted from January 3rd, 1921, to December 23, 1921, fifteen quilts besides tying 10 comfortables and 3 pads for cot beds. At present she is quilting a quilt for Mrs. R. E. Allard containing 2,187 pieces. This quilt was pieced by Mrs. Allard’s great grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Pickering, several years before Mrs. Pickering’s death.


200 Years Ago - To Be Sold, A complete set of Saw Mill Irons, for which Grain and Cattle will be received in payment. For further particulars apply to Benjamin Russell, at Widow Scott’s, Bridgewater Township. Feb. 1822. ALSO Wanted Immediately, A large quantity of fur and deer skins. The subscribers respectfully inform the Public, in general, that they have commenced dressing and manufacturing Fur and Deer Skins, about four miles south of the Village of Montrose, where they intend to keep constantly on hand the following articles, Muffs, Tippits, Caps, Gloves, Ladies Boots and Shoes, Gentlemen’s Mittins, Suspenders, &c.  ARMS & POTTER, Feb. 19, 1822. ALSO “Anecdote” A citizen invited some of his neighbors to a feast. His son, handing a glass of wine to a gentleman, accidentally spilt it on his hand and for his carelessness his father gave him a box on the ear. The son having recovered himself, gave the next man a good box—being asked the reason, he said, “Come, come, let it go round, it will come to my father by and by, for I dare not strike him myself.”


Notes from the Historical Room: Joseph Potter, continued…Under date of July 15, 1831, Peleg Spencer replies to Joseph Potter: “Sir: I received your letter of the twenty-first of June. I am able to answer your request, but being in the time of my harvest, have not time to attend to all that was required in the matter at present. I thought proper to write first, as I am not certain where you was when you was discharged. Sum part of the company was discharged at Trenton and sum part was discharged in Morristown. Our times was out at Morristown. The first day of January, 1777, enlisted again for six weeks longer, and I don’t remember at present whether you was with me at that time. Please to informe me of the matter as it was as soon as possible, and I will send you my depositions emedately, and should be glad to get yours as to my services accordingly afterward, as I may apply for a pention myself. The cost will be but trifling for each of us. You have stated in your letter correctly as far as it went concerning the matters, according to my recollection. I remember you well and have had many a hard time with you in the services in the year 1776. Yours to serve, Peleg Spencer, New Lebanon.”

March 10 1922

March 10 (1922/2022)


As reported in the Forest City News: “Hootch” Found in Browndale Homes—Browndale was visited Tuesday by County Detective Blake and two State troopers who having heard divers reports of how “hootch” was being made in Browndale concluded to see for themselves. They were assisted in their search by Constable Anthony Regan. At Martin Kniss’ place sixteen gallons of whiskey were found and seized. At the home of Mrs. Konnick, near the school house, two large stills were found. Another party, suspected of making moonshine, was looked up. Only some “mash” was found at this place. The officers returned laden with their trophies confident that a start had been made in suppressing the illegal manufacture of hootch in that vicinity. [Browndale is located near Forest City, in Wayne County.]


South Gibson – An up-to-date line of spring and summer hats for ladies and children at Mrs. Mae Michael’s.

Susquehanna - In the Tri-State basketball league Starrucca defeated Susquehanna by a score of 29 to 20. Moroski and Connolly played with Starrucca. Connolly was the high point getter, having 11 points to his credit. Moroski broke a rib in the contest, but continued until the end. It was the first Susquehanna has been defeated on its own court in two seasons.


Thompson – Crosier and Gelatt, undertakers, are dealers in all kinds of monuments, headstones and grave vaults. Mr. Gelatt recently visited the different quarries in the New England states and purchased several carloads of monuments at extremely low prices—and are going to give you the benefit of those prices. ALSO In an obituary notice on the death of one of the county’s oldest residents, F. A Crosier, late of Thompson, it was stated that he was familiarly known as “Grump.” This was a typographical error, the word intended being “Gramp.” Mr. Crosier was affectionately greeted as “Gramp” for many years, being loved and honored by every man, woman and child who knew him, and figuratively, “grandpa,” to a wide circle of acquaintances.


Montrose – Great interest was demonstrated Monday morning in the forthcoming appearance here of Hon. William Jennings Bryan, when the diagram for reserved seats was opened to the public at F. D. Morris & Co.’s drug store. Many men and women were congregated in the store, the men chatting and the ladies occupied—mostly—with knitting. A line was formed at the hour set and those in the store given numbers so that they might be waited upon in turn. [Bryan ran for President in 1896, 1900 and 1908 on the Democratic ticket and was Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson].


South Montrose – F. E. Barron, the veteran merchant, is erecting a big showy double store building, to which he expects to remove his stock and the post office within the next few weeks. It will be a fine improvement for the town, and with the several residences going up, the wide-awake inhabitants may well say there’s something doin’ at South Montrose.


Fairdale – Joseph Petros, who lately moved to the A. D. Steiger farm, near this place, which he acquired recently, exchanging his property at Vestal Center for same, was in town and is a most agreeable man to meet.


Brooklyn – Samuel Kinney, who lives near Ely’s Lake, finds his health does not permit him to continue active farming and will sell cows, wagons, farm implements, at public sale, as announced by advertisement in this paper. In the offering are several fresh cows.


Franklin Forks – G P. Stockholm, a G. A. R. man, recently returned from a trip to New York, where he attended the annual reunion of his regiment, the 1st New York Mounted Rifles. The muster and banquet was held in Hotel Astor, and was attended by nine members of the regiment, with their wives, daughters and invited guests. Some of the comrades had not met since the days of ’65, yet easily recognized each other, despite the many changes wrought by “Old Father Time.” Comrade Stockholm also spent several days with his sister, Mrs. Ida Miller, in Newark, NJ, and visited the New Jersey Soldiers’ Home. He was not very favorably impressed by the appearance of the home, but has many complimentary things to say of Newark and her people.


Great Bend – Charles Hurlburt, who recently disposed of his half interest in the Hurlburt and Graves cigar store, at Susquehanna, will locate in Great Bend, where he expects to engage in his trade of painting and paper-hanging.


Springville Twp. – While Walker S. Bunnell, of Meshoppen, was returning from the Williams cattle sale at Lynn, last week, an automobile sideswiped his buggy near Lemon, frightening his horses so that they turned about and ran back toward Lynn, throwing Mr. Bunnell out of the wagon and rendering him unconscious. At the bridge crossing the creek at Church’s mill, one horse fell into the creek bed and was killed. The driver of the auto got away unidentified.


West Harford – The stage route between Harford and Kingsley and Harford and Gibson, which has been in charge of Hallie Forsythe for some time, is now conducted by Gus Jackson and Claire Tompkins. Mr. Jackson driving the route between Harford and Kingsley and Mr. Tompkins between Harford and Gibson.


Memories written by D. T. Brewster to the Montrose Democrat: I remember when Lee was at Gettysburg, and the first Sunday in July, 1863, how the Court House bell rang, drums beat, a  band played, disturbing church services so that Rev. H. A. Riley, at the Presbyterian church, stopped in the midst of his sermon, raised his hands toward heaven, and said, “Receive the benediction.” How the Emergency Company was enlisted that day, and they soon started out riding on hay riggings and went down and drove Lee back into Virginia. I remember when Lee surrendered and every man in town got drunk, or acted as if he were. I remember when Lincoln was assassinated and the first exclamation was, “And Oh, that drunken Vice President!” I remember when it took from 20 to 30 yards of cloth to make a lady’s gown, instead of only 2 or 3 as now. Then to cover the fashionable hoop skirts the dress was about 20 ft. in circumference at the ankles, and the only opportunity for a peep at a nicely turned ankle was in a gale of wind, or when milady sat down in a narrow arm chair, or something like it. When it was the fashion to have gowns trailing one or two yards on the ground, street sweepers, they were called.

March 17 1922

March 17 (1922/2022)


Forest City – The great European sensation, “Sawing a Woman in Half” will be presented at the Plaza theatre today, Friday and Saturday evenings. ALSO Andrew Warhola and Michael Timko will start a restaurant and pool room in the Theodore Piatkowski building, this week, to be known as the Central. Both young men are possessed of many friends who wish them success in their venture. Mr. Warhola has, for a number of years, been the chief chef at the Model and plans at all times to suit his customers. ALSO A concerted movement is going forward among the Lithuanians of America to raise a fund for the support of the Lithuania University in Lithuania. Local organizations interested in the cause will hold a moving picture show in the Plaza Theater on March 26th.


Uniondale – William Curran, better known as “Billy” was assaulted by a number of young men Saturday night. He is nearly blind and was unable to defend himself. He was hit in the back by a hard substance from which he suffers much pain. The young men are known. They knew better than to assail and old, almost sightless man and should be dealt with accordingly.


Susquehanna – Martin Collins, formerly of this place, was fatally injured in Jersey City, this week, while at work in the Erie roundhouse. He was caught between two locomotives and crushed. He was well-known in Susquehanna, being employed in the Erie shops for a number of years before being transferred to Jersey City. A brother, M. J. Collins, of this place, survives him and a widow and four children in Jersey City. His mother and sister live in Ireland.


West Harford – Lew Wilmot is moving to Gibson. We deeply sympathize with Mr. Wilmot in the loss of his wife and regret to have him and his family move away.


Hallstead – J. Lewis Wier, of the Hallstead Excelsior and Lumber Company, has purchased the building on New York avenue, formerly used as a silk mill and will use the same for the manufacture of excelsior mattresses, etc.


East Rush – Floyd Crisman, son of Merchant G. A. Crisman, of East Rush, who is attending the Montrose high school, and assisting in the Subway Lunch, suffered an attack of appendicitis, Tuesday evening, and was taken to St. Mary’s Keller Hospital, Scranton, by Dr. Birchard, where an operation was performed. The operation was successful and friends will be pleased to hear that he is improving nicely. This information being ascertained by a ‘phone message.


New Milford – H. I. Hoffmire has sold his barber shop in the Park View Hotel, to Rocci Caruso, well-known in Montrose, a son of Frank Caruso. Mr. Hoffmire will devote his time to the undertaking business and the sale of automobiles.


Springville – Homer Young recently sold a Nu-Way milking machine to Arthur Robinson. It is not out of the way to state that Mr. Young is one of the most successful salesmen in this part of the state. He has sold seventeen Nu-Way milking machines during the past few months. But it is as an automobile salesman that Mr. Young shines. During the few years he had the Maxwell agency, Mr. Young placed 350 cars. That was some years ago and Homer says that he did not get rich, either, for in those days one buying an automobile expected the agent to keep it running for him almost indefinitely, without charge, much of the profit being expended in giving service. Homer says he can always go back to his old customers and get a hand-shake—and maybe sell another car.


Jackson – Roberts’ Brothers recently installed an electric light plant in the Central Hotel, which promises to be successful. No wiring has been done yet, but the plant has been set up and seems to work all right. Electric current will be furnished for the hotel and hotel barn.


Ararat Township – Leonard Baldwin, an aged and respected citizen of this place, died at his late home March 9, 1922, after a brief illness of grip. His death was very sudden and came as a shock to a wide circle of friends. Mr. Baldwin was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Shuabel Baldwin, of Ararat, was born Oct. 31, 1832, and spent his long and useful life on the homestead where he died. He was educated in the township schools. Early in life he learned the mason’s trade, which he followed along with farming. He built many foundation walls for buildings for miles around. He married Lucetta Doyle, of Ararat, and 65 years of married life were happily spent together. No children were born to them but they brought up a number of children, among whom were Mrs. Stephen Carpenter, of South Gibson and a nephew, Bliss Baldwin, who died a few months ago.


Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. Fred Barrett made a business trip to Carbondale and on their way home in an auto had a very serious time on account of the bad condition of the roads. Leaving Carbondale at six in the evening, they reached Gibson at one in the morning.


News Brief: Three men were recently arranged in Wilkes-Barre, who have been termed deserters from military service of the United States during the World War. They are the first to be arrested whose names have appeared on the slacker list.


200 Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, Montrose, PA, March 16, 1822.

Died on Saturday the 6th inst. [this month] Agnes and Susanna Post, children of David Post, Esq, of this place. [Montrose]

Died on Friday the 8th inst., Mrs. Elizabeth Carbine, wife of Horace Carbine.

Died on Wednesday, the 13th, Mrs. Snow.

Died on the 14th, Ebinizer Wilber.

All of the above from Bridgewater Twp.


WANTED: A few bushels of wheat and rye. Our subscribers [of this paper] will oblige by supplying them.


NEW STORE. Eyre & Hodgdon Respectfully inform the Public, that they have opened a general Assortment of Goods, in the Store formerly occupied by Isaac & David POST, where may be found almost any article of DRY GOODS, or GROCERIES, HARDWARE, or CROCKERY, on as reasonable terms as any can be had in the county.

March 24 1922

March 24 (1922/2022)



Forest City/Susquehanna – The safe of the Hillside Coal and Iron company was blown open yesterday morning shortly after the midnight hour. The explosion was heard by Chief of Police Jones and he later notified John Garrick, a fireman, and Mr. Wrightson, superintendent of the company. Together they hastened to the office, where they found the safe blown open and the floor covered with cement from the safe door. The yeggmen tried to open the safe by prying at the top. Failing in this they placed nitro-glycerine in the opening at the bottom of the door. A cap used in the explosion was found intact. About $5 in change was found, a check for $32 and about $60 in cash was taken. Two new Smith & Wesson revolvers were taken plus other articles. It is supposed that the men made their escape by jumping on a passing freight train. State Troopers, Chief of Police of Susquehanna, a Constable and several citizens went to Lanesboro to be in waiting. When the train appeared it was flagged down and the hiding place was found. The bandits opened fire and so did the posse. Murphy was wounded in the back and Williams [no first names given] wounded in the leg. They were finally overpowered and searched and revolvers, fuses and nitro-glycerine were found on them. Murphy is declared to be one of the most notorious yeggs in the country and is not expected to live.


Ararat – E J. Payne, justice of the peace of this township, took his bear traps to the mountain peak. While on his way up the hill, he came across the tracks of a porcupine. The justice seated himself on a log in deep silence. He decided that it was an act of justice to trap the “squiller kuss.” To his surprise, on visiting his traps, he found that he had captured a beautiful green-eyed timber wolf. On the following morning he found its mate in the same place. The justice presented the hides to his wife and daughter, Mrs. Oscar Hugaboom. She, being a taxidermist, tanned the hides and is making furs. When the ladies wear the beautiful furs, the justice will exclaim “aren’t those great? I caught them on my own farm, and there are lots more on the old mountain and their tracks have been seen on the old Sugar Loaf as well.”


Clifford – Charles Utley, who resided on the Milo Burdick farm in E. Clifford, was caught under an overturned wagon on his brother’s farm in Greenfield, and received injuries that resulted in his death before he was found. His neck was broken and his chest crushed. Utley was turning the team around when the front wheel caught under the box and upset it. Utley was caught underneath. Deceased was about fifty years of age. He was engaged in drawing sand from the Burdick sand bed to Forest City. Owing to bad roads he went to his brother’s until the roads improved.


Little Meadows – The citizens of Little Meadows were privileged to witness a very interesting fox chase on Thursday afternoon, March 16th, when a rabbit dog belonging to W. D. Minkler outstripped nine fox hounds and carried off first honors. So fast was the pace set by the rabbit dog that only two of the hounds even finished. Myron Card, of South Apolacon, NY, owned three of the vanquished fox hounds; John and Ed Purtell, of Apolacon township, two of them and Earl Gardner, of South Apolacon, another; Walter Hickey, of Apolacon township, and Lane Huntington and Jesse Newman, of Little Meadows, one each. Mr. Minkler only entered his rabbit dog in the race upon being urged to do so by the committee, and was as much surprised as anyone when his entry romped home a winner. Credit for the success of the affair goes to James Hickey, a world war hero, who was gassed in action “over there.”


Montrose – William Jennings Bryan, the noted orator and politician, spoke to the largest crowd ever addressed by any lecturer in any hall, in Montrose, when he delivered his lecture on “The World’s Greatest Need” in the Presbyterian Church on March 16th. Over 500 tickets for this premier event were sold, thus assuring the financial success of the entertainment. ALSO In a fast and somewhat rough game of basketball at Colonial Hall last Friday evening, March 17th, the Montrose town team emerged victorious over the Thompson team by the score of 28-27, or Thompson, 29-27, the Montrose victory stands, as both official scorers checked at 28-27 in her favor. Captain H. Ayres starred for the local five.


Heart Lake – The Adult Bible class met with Mr. and Mrs. Ray Smith. Mr. Skinner won in the sewing contest for the men. A race of spooning potatoes by both classes was won by the men. Refreshments were served. All voted a fine time.


News Brief: If Tuesday was the first day of spring, we vote for winter.


200 Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, Montrose, March 23, 1822.

NOTICE, is hereby given to the enrolled militia of the 76th Regiment, comprised in the bounds of Susquehanna county, that, on Friday the twelfth of April next, an election will be held between the hours of ten o’clock A. M. and six o’clock P. M. to elect by ballot one Colonel and one Lieut.-Colonel for said regiment. The eastern battalion will meet at the house of Jonas B. Avery, in the township of New Milford. The western battalion will met at the house of Henry Catlin in Montrose. Major Francis Fordham and Major Franklin N. Avery are directed to superintend the election in their respective battalions. SAMUEL THOMAS, Inspector 2nd Brigade, 8th Div. P. M.


Extraordinary Will, Made by a Miser in Ireland: The words are:--“I give and bequeath to my sister-in-law, Sarah Dennis, four old worsted stockings, which she will find underneath my bed; to my nephew Charles Macartney, two other pairs of stockings laying in the box where I keep my linen; to Lieutenant Johnson, of his majesty’s 5th regiment of foot, my only pair of white cotton stockings, and my old scarlet great coat; and to Hannah Bourk, my housekeeper, in return for her long and faithful services, my cracked earthen pitcher.” Hannah, in her anger told the other legatees, that she resigned to them her valuable share of the property, and retired. In equal rage, Charles kicked down the pitcher; and, as it broke, a multitude of guineas burst out and rolled along the floor. This fortunate discovery induced those present to examine the stockings, which to their great joy were crammed with money.

March 31 1922

March 31 (1922/2022)



Dimock – John F. Dolan, a worthy and well-known resident of Montrose and formerly of Dimock, died from the effects of a stroke. Mr. Dolan was born in Orange County, NY, in 1856, and married in 1892, Mary Walker, of Scranton. Since the age of three he has resided in this vicinity. Following his father’s death he remained on the farm at Dimock for several years, later buying the Dimock Hotel, conducting it for a period of fifteen years. He was tipstaff at the court house for the last four years and members of the Susquehanna County Bar and court house officials attended his funeral services in a body.


Springville – Lee Brothers will open their new store, which has undergone extensive repairs, on April 1st, with a full line of furniture, rugs and linoleums. ALSO The library can use old copies of the Youth’s Companion and the American Boy magazine. ALSO Do not miss the operetta, “Mother Goose Island,” to be given by the children of the grades at the Community building, Friday March 31st.


Lakeside, New Milford Twp. – Friday, March 10, 1922, was the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Callender and their friends and relatives resolved to help them celebrate the happy event. After dinner the Callenders were escorted to two easy chairs placed in the center of the parlor and a short program was conducted by Rev. E. A. Benson who told of the trail taken by Mr. Callender’s father in the olden days during this ministerial duties. A few were there who remembered the dear, old man when he lived on Mott Hill and preached in the Moxley church at South New Milford, but most of them that knew him then have gone to the other shore. The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Callender were present, also 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Forest City – Miss Bridget Gerchman, age 10, has returned from Hahnemann hospital where she was operated on successfully for an ailment of the head, from which she had suffered since she was fifteen months old.


Montrose – On Wednesday of this week an opportunity was given the women of the town to attend a display of gowns and proper corsets from the popular and exclusive shop of Warner, in Binghamton, which was given at the home of Mrs. Mary Stewart on Lincoln avenue. ALSO Frank H. Deuel was in Binghamton purchasing new equipment for the re-opening of his renovated and re-decorated barber shop located in the Kelly block. The shop has really undergone a remarkable transformation and will be a credit to the community. Electric hair clippers, mud massages and shoe shining are among the new features and the patronage of ladies will be catered to.


Hopbottom – There is talk at Hopbottom of opening a hotel on the “Lackawanna Trail.” Hotels in this bustling little town have been short-lived of late years, but with the heavy traffic over the trail and the necessity of entertaining travelers, the opportunities for making a hotel a paying proposition are greatly enhanced. As many as 1,000 cars a day pass through Hopbottom on the Trail. It is also pointed out that Foster is “centrally located” to catch the transient business as it is midway between New York and Buffalo, and also equi-distant from Binghamton to Scranton.


Susquehanna – Patrick Murphy, aged 52, who was wounded in a fight to resist arrest at Lanesboro last Wednesday morning, died at the Barnes Memorial hospital yesterday. His lips were sealed to the very last concerning his real name and his home address. Efforts to get a statement from him were in vain. No information regarding his two pals, James Williams, aged 22, also wounded and hospitalized and John or William O’Shaughnessy, now a prisoner in the Montrose jail, was imparted by Murphy. The other two also maintain silence. Murphy, recognized by the police of several cities as the leader of the old-time “Island Gang” of burglars and safe-crackers, had several terms in New York penitentiaries. He did say he had been treated in the Susquehanna hospital 15 years ago from wounds he received in a duel with someone.


Uniondale – W. E. Gibson went to Starrucca to be with his sister, Mrs. James Smith to celebrate their birthdays. They are the only survivors of a family of ten children. Four of the sons saw service in the Civil War, two of the brothers were members of the 56th Pa Volunteers; one in the 59th NY Vol. and the subject of this sketch served in the 137th PA Vol. One of the brothers was captured at the battle of the Wilderness and died in Andersonville prison; one was crippled for life and died a few years after the great conflict at Fairfield, Nebr. One went west after the war and came east when 81 years of age to die near his old home. The last survivor is Mr. Gibson, who is in good health and as erect as when he wore the blue.


Harford – The “Harford Spotlight” the school paper of the Harford Vocational High school, appeared in its second issue for this school term on Monday.


South Montrose – Wm. Hower, foreman at Louden Hill farm, recently purchased a Baby Grand Chevrolet touring car from the L. H. Sprout & Sons’ agency. Mrs. Tillie Tyler, also of the Louden Hill farm, was a recent Chevrolet purchaser.


News Brief: Signs of spring are numerous. The youngsters rolling around on roller skates or “jumping the rope.” The first “peepers” of the season were heard on Tuesday night, just prior to the first thunder shower of the season. Robins, bluebirds and song sparrows are numerous, while an occasional early meadow lark is to be seen in the fields. Syrup from the “first run,” at $2 a gallon, is being spread on breakfast pancakes. And everywhere the roads are from six to eighteen inches under mud. As one country woman remarked the other day, “Only fools and doctors are using the roads these days.”


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Herald, March 30, 1822.

 WAGON MAKING. Wagons of various kinds made, repaired, and painted, in the newest and best fashion—such as swelled and straight sides, straight, circular, and Oh Ge backs, and common team wagons—on the most reasonable terms. Most kinds of country produce received in payment.           WANTED, an Apprentice to the above business, between 15 and 17 years of age. To one of industrious habits, who can be well recommended for honesty and sobriety, good encouragement will be given. SYTHE MAKING. The subscriber has also replenished the Triphammer Works with the best imported iron and steel, for the purpose of making Scythes, with which merchants can be supplied by the dozen on the most reasonable terms for CASH.  JOAB CHAMBERLIN. Choconut, March 25.

April 07 1922

April 07 (1922/2022)



Millinery for Sale: Mrs. C. J. Roberts will be at Brooklyn on April 12, with an attractive new line of Easter millinery for ladies, misses and children; Mrs. Stuart C. Button will be in Springville, at her home, with a new line of spring and summer hats. Will also trim and remodel hats.


Hop Bottom – A reception was given in the M. E. church in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. West. A large number of friends were in attendance. A pastel painting was presented as a token of esteem. They leave soon for their new home in Fairdale.


Middletown - Middletown is very badly hit by the influenza, many whole families being sick in bed, among them being James Farrell, wife and four children, the nurse in attendance going home ill; in O. F. McDonough’s family five are ill; Martin Golden and son, William; Thos. Guiton and family; at Harry Watson’s four are ill; Jerry Lane and son; P. O’Brien and house-keeper; Mrs. T. Degnan and orphan girl; John Maloney, wife and orphan; Wm. Reilly. Five in the family of Walter Coleman are ill with influenza and pneumonia and are sorely afflicted. Miss Kate Coleman ministers to all of them and is rendering a splendid service.


South Montrose – This newspaper’s editors were treated to some very fine maple sugar Friday, being remembered by Mrs. J. W. Bunnell, who was delivering both syrup and sugar to customers here. Mr. and Mrs. Bunnell are experts in fine maple products, being exceedingly particular with every detail from the time the sap leaves the tree until the product is in the hand of the purchaser.


New Milford – The town is to have a new industry. Frank Moulthrop, of Fort Plane, NY has formed a partnership with Glenn C. Dean and they will establish a silk weaving mill in the N. B. Burdick building. The mill will weave what is known as silk jersey cloth of the better kind, used in the manufacture of skirts, gloves, etc.


Dimock - A. L. Estus, who recently sold his hotel property, has gone into partnership with Mr. Hart in the Hart & Bushnell meat market at Montrose. Mr. Estus bought out Mr. Bushnell and commenced his work immediately. He will move is family to Montrose soon.


South Auburn – Grover Mowry, of this place and Miss Lyda Arnts, of Laceyville, were married Saturday, March 18, at the home of the bride’s grandparents. Rev. Lester Guier performed the ceremony. They will begin house-keeping on the farm recently purchased near Pleasant Valley.


Hallstead – Engineer Britton McKeeby, of this place, is now manipulating the throttle on the local freight between Binghamton and Scranton.


Rush – Charles E. Jagger was arrested for violation of the scarlet fever quarantine law, and appeared before Justice of the Peace Comstock, pleading guilty and paying the fine.


Montrose – W. C. Cruser has sold the greater part of his “Warner farm” on Lake Avenue, to Lewis Briggs. General D. D. Warner purchased this farm in early years, resided there and raised a large family. In 1905 W. C. Cruser purchased the farm from the heirs and in 1911 had part of the farm plotted and laid out in building lots, a considerable number of which were sold and some houses built. Mr. Cruser retains some of the lots, but that which is more particularly farming land, together with the house and big farm barn, goes to Mr. Briggs.


Harford – All the farmers are making butter for a few days, owing to the milk strike.


Susquehanna – Mrs. E. N. French, one of the oldest and most estimable residents of this place, died at the family home, corner of Jackson Ave. and Grant street, on March 17th. Her death, the third among the elderly residents of the community within the past weeks, breaks another tie which united the old Susquehanna with the present. She was Martha Birdsall, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Birdsall, pioneer residents of the Jackson district. Those of you who day after day and night after night, have journeyed up and down Grand Street and Jackson avenue, could not but have noticed, numberless times, Mr. and Mrs. French in and about their home. Companions and lovers to the end of the journey. The earthly ties are broken but their devoted spirits are still as one. Mr. French, two sons, Harry, of Lanesboro, and Frank, of Susquehanna, together with five grand and seven great grand-children survive her.


Forest City – Chief of Police, J. W. Jones and Special Officer, Leonard Payne, captured two men engaged in the manufacture of intoxicating liquors. They had been doing business for some time and their place of business was near the shoe factory. They gave their names as Peter Paulenski and John Bielizua. The officers removed a large copper still, about 9 quarts of “hootch” and an oil stove. AND A ten round boxing match is scheduled in Lukas hall, April 12, when Kid Stanulas and Battling Gill contest for honors.


Gelatt – Rufus Barnes, an aged resident of Gelatt, and a veteran of the Civil war, died at his home, March 15, of blood poisoning. He was one of the most highly regarded residents of Gelatt and vicinity. He was engaged in the milling business with his son, Lynn, and is survived by sons Lynn and George, his wife died a number of years ago. Two members of Myron French Post, G.A.R. were present and also members of the Gelatt Grange.


Crystal Lake – The most severe wind and ice storm of the season swept this place last Friday, ripped off shingles, broke fruit trees, and played havoc with the telephone lines. ALSO S. H. Whitmore has 140,000 feet of lumber here and is ready to build a large number of cottages when the weather permits.


Ararat – The Ararat Band will have uniforms this season.


200 Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, April 6, 1822.


Married, at Springville, on the 4th inst. by J. W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Phinehas Arms, Jr., of Bridgewater, to Miss Maria Bolles, daughter of Mr. John Bolles, of the former place.


Important – Pirates Captured. We learn from the Boston Daily Advertiser, of Tuesday, that Captain Seabury, of the brig Joseph, at Holmes’s Hole, from Cuba, reports that he was boarded in sight of Cape Antonio on the 8th instant by the United States brig Enterprise, and was informed that she had captured, that morning, eight piratical vessels, and had their crews, amounting to about 160 men, then in possession.

April14 1922

April 14 (1922/2022)



Montrose – About 6 o’clock on Tuesday a team, drawing a platform spring wagon, was seen to be tearing up Church street. When they reached Morris’ drug store, the right front wheel caught the right front wheel of W. W. Nash’s Ford delivery truck. The impact was so great that Miss Grace Gay was hurled ten or more feet into the air. She struck on the concrete pavement with great force, just back of the flying hoofs of the horses. Much to the astonishment of the eye-witnesses, Miss Gay stood up almost immediately. The thought had flashed across everyone’s mind that she was killed. The cause of the runaway was a loose neckyoke, which slipped back and caused the traces to drag. This frightened the spirited horses and they began running below Cooley’s store. Miss Gay sustained but slight injuries, her arm and hand being bruised. When the collision occurred, the front wheels became detached from the body of the wagon and the pole and other parts were broken. The horses were stopped a short distance up the street. Mr. Nash’s Ford was damaged slightly.


Herrick Center – The school building, together with all of its contents, was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. The loss is estimated at $20,000, less than one-third of which was covered by insurance. The building was a fine brick structure erected in 1901 and was also used as a community center. It is expected that the district will secure temporary quarters to continue school for the balance of the term.


Springville – Miss Miriam Lathrop, librarian, announces that the library will now be open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, and from May 1st to Oct 1st, also Saturday evening from 7 until 9 o’clock.


Forest Lake Twp. – Rev. Asa Warner died at the home of his sister, Mrs. David Wheatcroft, on March 15. He was in his 80th year. When his country called for help he enlisted as a private soldier in March of 1861 and was honorably discharged as first sergeant on June 12, 1865. At the age of 18 he united with the Methodist church, where he is known for his faithfulness, both spiritual and financial, having carried the keys of the church for nearly 50 years.


Forest City – Notice is hereby given that dumping ashes will be permitted on Tuesdays and Fridays and on North Susquehanna street dumping ground only. All spoiled meats and vegetables must be burned and covered with not less than two feet of dirt. This must be obeyed to prevent spreading disease. Dumping ashes and tin cans or other nuisance on bridge to Brownsdale, or North and South Main streets and West Dundaff street is strictly forbidden.


Clifford – The Hasbrouck brothers have taken possession of the E. E. Finn store. Glen Hasbrouck and wife arrived with their goods from Binghamton, the first of the week.


Burnwood – Spring is here, Summer is coming, Hurry up boys! Get the baseball humming.


Fairdale – Mr. & Mrs. Joe West have moved from Hop Bottom to this place, where he has bought the store of D. M. Roe and is now at the stand doing business.


Dimock – Joseph Dixon has opened a barbershop in the east end of the Berry wagon shop, near the community building. ALSO James Gavitt, a veteran of the Civil War, is poorly, not being able to leave his room.


Lanesboro – The Lanesboro Furniture Manufacturing Co. has started business. A number of lathes and woodworking machines have been installed to manufacture various articles of furniture.


Jackson – Two New Milford electricians, DeWitt Vailes and Bruce Frink, wired the Central Hotel and the hotel barn last week, finishing the work of installing the new lighting system for Roberts Bros.


Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. – Mrs. Lucetta Lyons Bolles passed away. She was born on Spring Hill, June 24, 1848 and married George W. Bolles on Dec. 3, 1870. She graduated from the Mansfield State Normal school in 1859. To Mr. and Mrs. Bolles were born three sons, Henry, Roy and Leo. Her husband preceded her in death three years ago.


County Wide News – Superintendents of Sunday schools, teachers in the public schools, in fact, anyone who is interested in the cause of temperance and prohibition, are asked to take the pledge, together with sheets of white paper, to schools, Sunday schools and public places in the town or neighborhood, asking for signers, using one side of the paper only. The pledge is the famous document of Frances E. Willard, called the Polyglot petition, already signed by more than 7½ million people. ALSO Michael O’Shaughnessy was sentenced to the Eastern penitentiary for not less than three years or more than five years on the charge of felonious use of explosives, breaking and entering, and not less than 15 years or more than 18 years in separate and solitary confinement at labor. He was on parole when he was captured in the sensational gunfight with police and detectives in Lanesboro. ALSO A WARNING! To feel tired before exertion is not laziness—it’s a sign that the system lacks vitality and needs the tonic effect of Hood’s Sarsaparilla. Sufferers should not delay. Get rid of that tired feeling by beginning to take Hood’s Sarsaparilla today.


TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO – NOTICE! A meeting of the Stockholders of the Susquehanna Academy will be held at the Academy, on Wednesday the 17th. Inst., at 3 o’clock, P.M., for the purpose of electing fourteen trustees for the Academy for the ensuing year. DAVIS DIMOCK, President of the Board. April 11, 1822.


BUTTER- The following is given as an improved method of preventing the bitter taste which butter has at this period of the year from cattle feeding on turnips, cabbages, leaves of trees, &c. Boil two ounces of salt petre in a quart of water and put 2 or more spoonfuls according to the quantity of milk into a pail, before milking; if this is done constantly, it will prevent the taste of turnips, but will not be effected if even once neglected. This has been proved by twenty years experience, and if it does not succeed, the farmers may rest assured that the fault arises from the neglect of the dairymaid.

April 21 1922

April 21 (1922/2022)



Susquehanna – Erie shops have laid off most of [their] men within the past few days. On April 3rd notices were posted in the round houses that owing to the business depression seventy firemen would be laid off. Girls having clerical positions have been put on short working schedules and quite a number of engineers, conductors, trainmen and yardmen have been laid off owing to lack of work. Twenty engineers, some of whom have been running engines for years, were set back by firing. It is expected within a day or two many trainmen and firemen on the Allegheny & Buffalo division will be laid off. ALSO The funeral of “Big” Murphy, who died at the Barnes hospital last week from wounds inflicted by the police [in the shoot-out in Lanesboro], was held from the Roman Catholic church and burial made in the Laurel Hill cemetery.


Lanesboro – J. H. Whittington has patented a new automatic screw driver which is now being manufactured by the Whittington Company of Lanesboro and is now developing a country-wide demand for same. The automatic screw driver contains no rackets, pawls, cams, slides or dogs, nor anything else to operate. Mr. Whittington, the patentee of the screw driver, is also the inventor of an extension ladder, combination locks, coaster brakes, bicycle cranks, head lamp brackets, seat post expander and pipe vise.


Brooklyn– Prof. Hamlin E. Cogswell, a well-known musician, died at Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore, April 3rd. He organized and was leader of the old Brooklyn Cornet Band, which captured third prize at the Centennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1876. He was a noted composer, having written several famous selections, including the old Montrose Quickstep, known to practically every band man of the United States. Among the surviving members of the old Brooklyn Cornet Band are: W.A. Stephens, Lester Tewksbury, Frank Tewksbury, of Binghamton; N. G. Kent and Arthur H. Palmer, of California; Curtis Birch, of Tunkhannock; Addison Birch, of Glen Castle, NY, W. B. Chase, of Carbondale; Nelson Oakley of Sacramento, Calif. [Photographs of Hamlin Cogswell and the old Brooklyn Cornet Band are on display in the Susquehanna County Court House, first floor hall, with a number of other 19th and early 20th century bands.]


Springville – Miss Ruth Strickland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Strickland and Adrian Quick, of Nicholson, were married in the M. E. church at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 5th. Dinner was served in the church parlors to a large number of relatives and guests. Mr. Quick has taken possession of the store purchased of Mr. Reynolds and is ready for patronage. Mr. Reynolds is now engaged in the egg business in Montrose.


Forest City – The hay mow in J. P. Murray’s livery barn collapsed Friday afternoon. A supporting rod broke and down came tons of baled hay. Geo. Fives was caught by the fall and sustained two broken bones of the right foot. Barney Conrad’s buggy was reduced to kindling wood and considerable damage was done to articles on the first floor. Four persons were in the lay loft at the time of the collapse and all escaped injury.


Great Bend – F. S. Barnes, one of Great Bend’s most highly esteemed residents, was called for jury duty Monday, but was excused by Judge Smith owing to Mr. Barnes’ age and the fact that he does not hear well. Mr. Barnes, for a score of years, had charge of the freight and express at Hallstead and was locally famous for his courtesy to the D. & L.’s patrons. He is very well preserved for one of his age, being in his 79th year.


Clifford – W. S. Spedding, of the Clifford Hotel, famed for its very fine table and considered one of the best hostelries in the county, has a garden and yard a sight to behold in the summer. We’ve set our heart on taking dinner with W. S. when his yellow bantam sweet corn is prime for picking.


South Auburn – Mrs. William Overfield was in Montrose last week, serving on the jury. She has the honor of being the first lady from South Auburn to serve in that capacity.


Forest Lake – Thomas Booth, one of Forest Lake’s oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, passed away April 10, 1922. He was a native of England, having been born at Nottingham, in 1839. Death was due to complications which followed an injury to his hip, sustained from a fall on the ice during the past winter. The fall occurred just one week after the death of his brother, William Booth.


Dimock – Miss Pauline Mills, of Mill City, spent the week-end with her family here. Her mother, Mrs. Lizzie Mills, accompanied her back to Mill City, where she will spend several days with her two daughters.


Marriage Licenses: Guy D, Ely and Ruth L. Howard, both of Dimock; Cornelius J. Pluckett and Kathryn E. Sullivan, both of Hallstead; Frank Telban, and Mary Slopnick, both of Forest City.


Two Hundred Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, April 20, 1822.

A Squall a-head. All persons indebted to the Subscriber, in any manner whatsoever, are hereby notified, that immediate payment must be made, as the ship wants repairs. The subscriber still continues his business as a Saddler and Harness Maker; and thankful for past favours, offers his further services at his house in Montrose. N. B.—An Apprentice and Journeyman in the above business are wanted—Enquire of WILLIAM TURRELL, April 19, 1822.

YOUNG HIGHLANDER. YOUNG HIGHLANDER will stand the ensuing season, at the following places: On the first Monday in May at the stable of Isaac Post, Montrose, from 9 A.M. until 3 P.M.—On Tuesday, at the stable of Samuel Yeomans in Waterford, from 6 A.M. until 2 P. M.—On Wednesday, at the stable of Spencer Hickcox in Springville, until 12. On Thursday, at the stable of Jabez A. Birchard, Middletown, from 6 A.M. until 12.—On Friday, at the stable of Thomas Christian, Middletown, from 6 A.M. until 12. On Saturday at the stable of Isaac Post, Montrose, from 6 o’clock morning until 6 in the evening—and continue his route through the season as above.

April 28 1922

April 28 (1922/2022)



Forest City – Tuesday afternoon, Michael Yourcowsky, of Mayfield, was hauled before Squire L. L. Decker, charged with reckless driving, operating a car without a license tag in the rear of the car and resisting an officer. The arrest was made by a State trooper who brought him here. He was found guilty on the three charges and fined $10 on each charge and costs. On April 2, he was speeding through town and was ordered to stop. Not complying the constable fired a shot at the Mayfield man’s tire, but failed to puncture it as he intended. The constable secured the car number and brought about the man’s arrest. ALSO A new bell has arrived for St. Anthony’s church. It was made at the famous McShane Foundry, Baltimore, which insures its goodness. It weighs, with the frame, about 3,000 pounds and cost over $2,000, the gift of the parishioners. Next Sunday afternoon, at four o’clock, it will be blessed by Monsignor Crist, of Scranton. All societies of the church and parishioners will take part.


Uniondale – The chug of airplanes was heard here Saturday and Sunday. They were flying high and fast. When F. Z. Carpenter saw the airplanes in the flight Saturday, he resolved to secure an airplane to convey himself and associates, J. R Budd and Oliver Coyle, to Florida on their fishing excursion. For Mr. Coyle’s benefit, he stated that the fish hooks have been manufactured and all preparations have been made except the securing of the airplane. ALSO Next Thursday our schools will close with appropriate exercises. The graduates are Leona Todd, Marie Swingle, John Planischek, Nelson Coleman, Walter Knapp and Earl Lowry.


Harford – Prof. R. M. Sampson, of this place, has been appointed assistant county superintendent of schools and Miss May Gildersleeve as clerk of the superintendent’s office. ALSO “Buried Alive” will be the subject of the sermon next Sunday morning. The sermon will be based on Arnold Bennett’s story of a man who attended his own funeral and saw himself buried. Service begins at 10:30 a.m.


Heart Lake – On Sunday evening the farm house on the old Millard place, situated near Gardner’s Hill and owned by Ralph Lewis, burned to the ground. The conflagration took place about 7:30 o’clock and is thought to have been caused by a defective chimney fire. The flames, due to a tin roof, did not spread rapidly and practically the entire contents of the house was saved.


Montrose – Milford Johnson, 18 years of age, was arrested for street loafing and disorderly conduct on Wednesday evening and arraigned before Justice W. G. Comstock, who sentenced him to 24 hours’ imprisonment and to pay the costs of prosecution. He also paroled the young man to work for R. M. Honeyman, at Torrey Lodge, which service he was to begin this morning and for which he was to receive fair compensation.


Elk Lake – Due to the removal last fall of the gate in the dam, the lake is now at the level which the old residents tell us prevailed 75 years ago. The many cottages along the shore are left “high and dry,” some of them being as much as sixty feet farther from the edge of the water than normally. It is estimated that it will take from eight to ten feet of water to raise the lake to its recent normal level. It is feared that the receding of the water may materially affect the fishing, due to the fact that some of the favorite breeding places for game fish are now many feet from the water line.


Springville – The net proceeds from the two productions of the operetta, “Mother Goose Island,” was about $50, which will go to the Near East Relief fund.


Brooklyn – Dr. F. B. Miller is driving a new Dodge roadster and E. F. Ely has a Ford coupe. ALSO Brooklyn High school boys played the first baseball game of the season with Harford on Friday afternoon last and were defeated, 18-5.


Lanesboro – The Council of Lanesboro is making plans to build a road through the pretty borough and do the work this spring and summer. The State Highway Department had turned down the borough on the promised aid in building a brick road but with characteristic enterprise the citizens backing council say ‘we must have a road, and so will build one regardless of the refusal of the State to make good on the pledges of last year.’ The pledge was made by the late Lewis S. Sadler, Highway Commissioner. Since his death representatives of Lanesboro have called the State Highway Dept. regarding the pledges and have been politely informed that there will be nothing doing in Lanesboro, by the State, for several years. The present plans call for a crushed stone road, with asphalt dressing. The expense will be borne by the Borough. It is expected to make use of a portion of the $5,000 subscribed by the citizens of Lanesboro to meet the state in building a permanent road.


200 Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, April 27, 1822.


PEDIGREE. YOUNG HIGHLANDER was sired by the imported horse Highlander; his dam was sired by the imported fast running horse, Wild Deer; and grandma, by Old Volcano, from Long Island. Young Highlander is twelve years old, dark bay, full sixteen hands high, moves elegantly and by good judges is said to be the best blooded and most perfect model of a horse ever kept in the county.


TERMS:--The terms of Young Highlander will be Two Dollars the single leap; Four for the season; and Six to insure with foal.


N. B.—Mares parted with, before foaling, will be required to pay the insurance.
Grain will be received in payment if delivered by the first of January next.

DEMMON A. PRICE. Bridgewater, April 18, 1822.

May 05 1922

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April Snow Storm, 100 Years Ago – The blinding flurries of snow which occurred Sunday, April 23, were commemorative of a phenomenal snowfall of just sixty-five years previous. Talking with an old resident not long since, he said he distinctly recalled the four-foot body of snow which covered the ground on April 23, 1857. The snow, light and fluffy, literally dropped from the skies and lay in an even blanket all over this section of country. Traffic was held up for the day, and court, which was in session, was adjourned, owing to the inability of jurors to reach the County Seat. By the first of May the last vestige of the unusual fall of snow had disappeared. A traveling man told me that on the 22nd of April just passed, in Syracuse, there was a nine-inch snowfall and that many were out in sleighs.


Springville – N. S. Brown, while in town the other day, told us that he well remembers the great snow storm of sixty-five years ago, when forty inches of snow covered the ground, blocking traffic for many days.


Lanesboro - C. L. Depew, D. & H. station agent at Lanesboro for the past 23 years, has resigned the position and will give his entire time to his coal business. J. W. Coon is acting as station agent temporarily.


Montrose – Miss Amelia T. Pickett, a former librarian in Montrose, has accepted the position of head librarian of the new public library at Pottstown, which opens June 1st. Miss Pickett has had charge of the Dimmick Memorial Library at Mauch Chunk for several years and is highly recommended by the State Department at Harrisburg. ALSO The high school and grades, under the direction of Miss Billings, are preparing to give an operetta on Wednesday evening, May 17. The proceeds to go toward the library fund that is being raised by the scholars throughout the county. ALSO Rudolph Valentino, playing in “The Conquering Power,” will appear at Ideal Theatre next Wednesday. Admission 30 cents.


Susquehanna – The body of John Kane, of Columbus avenue, who disappeared over three weeks ago, was found in the river back of the Erie shops, Sunday morning. He left a note for his family stating they would find his body in the river. Mr. Kane leaves a widow; two daughters, Madeline and Annetta Kane, and two sons, Augustine and Benedict Kane, all of this place.


Brooklyn – Brooklyn high school base ball team went to Montrose last Friday and won the game over the Montrose team with a score of 22-7.


South Auburn – Seldon Swisher and the Misses Grace Benninger, Marion Pierson and Freda Gay went to Auburn Center to take the high school entrance examinations.


Ararat – Wallie Hackley is contemplating disposing of his Victrola and installing a Radio phone. Wallie is bound to be up to date. ALSO The sixty foot wind mill, which has stood for so long at the creamery, was pulled down to make room for an addition to the creamery.


Uniondale – Road supervisor Burdick is making a good job on Main street from the square to Deming’s corners. Broken stone is the first layer, course gravel the second and fine gravel forms the top dressing. Volunteer help is doing the work, largely Merchant F. M. Davis, Councilman Tuttle, Will Moran and Squire Lowry were seen Tuesday on the stone pile. ALSO Edward Reynolds has purchased of Frank Westgate, the store property on the corner of Lake avenue and Main street. The consideration is said to be $2,700. The stores are occupied by J. N. Cable and the second story as living rooms and occupied by Mrs. Maria Norton. All hope Mr. Cable will not be compelled to go out of business. He is one of the most substantial men of the town.


Franklin Forks – The men from this place were called out to fight fire which stated from a brush pile at Frank Shay’s. It spread over a great many acres. A very exciting time for a while.


Forest City – On Monday, the United States court at Harrisburg was stirred by John Bielinza, who was being tried for the illicit manufacture of “hootch” when he stated that he had bought the still, seized from him, of Chief of Police John W. Jones. His story was denied by the chief who declared he had never seen a still until he raided the defendant’s house. Bielinza was given three months in jail and fined $50.


Brookdale – Agnes R. Dolan, age 18, a teacher at the Jarvis street school, was killed by a freight train in Binghamton. She started to cross from the north to the south side of the tracks and passed under the gates, which had been lowered. She apparently thought the gates had been lowered for a switch engine and concentrated her attention on it as she crossed. She stepped on the eastbound Erie tracks in the path of the fast freight train, seeing it as it was almost on her and started to run, but was struck just as she was about to step off the track. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dolan, of Brookdale, four sisters and five brothers survive her. The principal of the Jarvis street school said that Miss Dolan was one of the most popular teachers in the city and that her death is a great loss to the school system.


200 Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, May 4, 1822.

Attention! SUSQUEHANNA TROOP. THE Troop will parade on the first Tuesday in May next, at 10 o’clock A. M. at Head Quarters. Punctuality is expected, as the line will be formed exactly at the hour appointed. By order of Capt. Catlin, Samuel Hodgdon, O. S.

THE FLYING MACHINE. It will be seen by the following extract from the 17th number of the New Edinburgh Encyclopedia, that Mr. Bennett, who has petitioned Congress for exclusive privileges, is not the first who invented a machine by which a man can not only elevate himself in the air, but also steer in any direction. How then can he claim an exclusive right from any country?

May 12 1922

May 12 (1922/2022)



Brooklyn – The Girl Scout camps of Scranton and Mid Valley towns have purchased a tract of about five acres of land on the northeastern border of Lake Ely, and have a force of men engaged in erecting a mess hall, about 70 by 28 feet, and will build other needed buildings in the near future. This association has a membership of about 1,000. ALSO On May 6th the Brooklyn High School ball team crossed bats with a team composed of farmer boys of that locality. The High School team was in fine trim, having practiced considerable during the week, while the other boys had practiced none at all. The former team went on the diamond laughing and shouting, but went home with a change of tune, the farm boys’ team winning the game.


Franklin Twp. – George C. Campbell died at his home on Thursday, May 4th. He was born in County Down Ireland, Oct. 14, 1846, and came to Canada with his parents when he was one year old. In his early youth he went to Chicago, where, for over 30 years, he conducted a grocery business, supplying the vessels on the Great Lakes as well as his regular retail trade. Twenty years ago he came to Franklin Hill where he has since resided. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two sons, George C. and David R., at home; one daughter, Mrs. W. R. Hollingshead, of Binghamton. Interment was in the East Bridgewater cemetery, with Great Bend Commandry in charge.


South Montrose – Henry W. Deans, A Civil War veteran, died on Friday, April 26, 1922, in a New York city hospital. In accordance with his request, the body was brought to South Montrose for burial. Services were held in the South Montrose church. He was a member of Battery F, Second Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.


Birchardville – Mrs. W. C. Tilden, of this place, wife of the late Rev. Tilden, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Emma A. Ball, was in town on a visit. Mrs. Tilden is 93 years old and does remarkable things for a woman of her years. She thought nothing of making the trip to Montrose by auto. She reads and sews almost constantly and does not wear glasses.


Montrose – E. J. Dorey informs us that he has ordered two new buses for use on the Binghamton-Montrose line. They are to be modern in every detail and will cost $8,000 apiece. They will be larger and lower than the busses now in use; smoking compartments will be a feature. An interesting fact in connection with the bus line service is that every bus comes to a dead stop before crossing any railroad track. ALSO This evening, May 11, special at Ideal Theatre to benefit the Montrose High School Athletic Association—“Conquering Power,” starring Rudolph Valentino. Admission 30 cents.


Harford – The radiophone which the Wilmarth brothers have installed in their home is pronounced a success by all who have heard it. Fine concerts are heard every evening from Schenectady, Pittsburg and other cities, being heard very distinct. Stock reports and baseball news are given daily and the code from the Atlantic cable is also heard.


Springville – Commencement exercises were held in the Community building. The two graduates, Bernard Smales and Dorothy Jennings, both gave essays which reflected much credit to themselves and their instructors. The music by Mittan’s orchestra was a pleasing feature and the address of the evening, given by Rev. Lawson, of Nanticoke, was one of the best ever heard here. Rev. Lawson has something to say and knows how to say it.


Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - A. C. Carter is driving a new Willis Knight roadster and Claude Swisher has installed a Pine Tree milking machine in his barn.


Lanesboro – Clinton Watkins, an eight-year-old boy, lost four toes on his left foot when the member was run over by an Erie train, Saturday afternoon. The four toes were amputated at the Barnes hospital, Susquehanna.


Dimock – The School board held a meeting at Elk Lake yesterday to decide whether the school house that was burned up last winter should be rebuilt as it was formerly, or a larger building be made so as to consolidate with the Tyler school. The head of the Bureau of Consolidation of Schools, in Harrisburg, was present at this meeting to help them decide which was the better way. No word on what was decided.


Thompson – A week of special services will mark the dedication of the Thompson M. E. church. Many former pastors and visiting clergymen are expected to be present during the week.


Forest City – Joseph Muchitz has made great progress as head cheer leader at Penn State College. In a recent issue of the Penn State Collegian it commended him very highly for his work, and also explained the new system of electing cheer leaders, which Joe has introduced in the college. This is a great improvement over the old system and will be introduced next September.


Jail Assault: Joseph Wilicka, a prisoner in the county jail, attacked Chief Tingley, who was locking up in the absence of Sheriff Darrow, hitting him on the back of the head four times with an improvised blackjack, which he had made by filling a stocking with bits of brick and sand, and then soaking it in water. The blows all but knocked out Chief Tingley, but Frank Roma, the jail trusty, jumped on Wilicka, throwing him away from the chief. Though dazed, Chief Tingley managed to whip out his Smith & Wesson “45” and fired at Wilicka, who dropped over on the floor as if dead. Supposing Wilicka dead, Chief Tingley had Mrs. Darrow summon Dr. Birchard and Attorney Denney. Examination showed no gun wound and it is supposed Wilicka lost consciousness through sheer fright, or feigning injury. Wilicka’s “Buddy” Leo Wagner, had showed signs of taking part in the attack, but when the chief got the gun into action, he dove headlong through the doorway of and onto the floor of his cell. Both men were being held on a charge of highway robbery.


200 Years Ago from the Susquehanna County Herald, May 11, 1822.

MARRIED, on the 9th instant, by Joshua W. Raynsford, Esq. Ezekiel W. Harlan, of Chester county, to Margaret, daughter of Joseph Baker, Esq., of Bridgewater township.

May 19 1922

May 19 (1922/2022)



Kingsley – Lewis Titus, three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Titus, was seriously burned by falling into a pail of scalding water.


Montrose – The 1922 commencement of Montrose High School will graduate 43, the largest class in the school’s history. Of this number 28 are girls with Frances Williams, valedictorian; Ruth Thornton, salutatorian. ALSO Manager F. T. Mack informs us that the new Subway Lunch will be formally opened to the public the first part of next week. Those of us who appreciate real cooking have something to look forward to. Mrs. Julia Gilroy is to be in charge of the cuisine department, which is about all that need be said.


Harford – Emmett Flint, one of the very few remaining veterans of the Civil War, residing in the vicinity of Harford, died at his home on May 16th, aged 78 years.


Springville – Leon Thomas, of Hoboken, NJ, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anson Thomas. Mr. Thomas holds a responsible position as foreman of a telephone company and is also greatly interested in radio work. He has manufactured and sold several radio sets, and he brought one for his parents. He also tried a demonstration at the Community building, but conditions were not favorable for making it a complete success, though snatches of concerts were caught. ALSO What proved to be a miraculous escape from serious injury, or probably loss of life, occurred when a Ford touring car, owned by Glenn Davis, caught fire. Mr. Davis was filling his car with gas at Riley’s garage and was standing on the running board, looking into the tank, when the fumes ignited from a cigar which he was smoking and instantly the car was in flames and his clothing around his limbs caught fire, burning one ankle quite badly. A number of men nearby succeeded in saving the main body of the car, though the cushions and top were completely destroyed. What probably saved Mr. Davis’ life was the fact that he had on his car a self-closing cap to the gasoline tank and at the first burst of flame, he instantly jerked the nozzle of the hose out and the tank was closed.


Hop Bottom/Brooklyn – defeated Dimock in the first game of the County League season, 20 to 13. The pitchers performed well. Ira Case, Hop Bottom, having twelve strikeouts. The infield did snappy work, Art Brown grabbing one barehanded, saving two runs. Wayne VanAuken and Wm. Burbank performed in left and right fields for Hop Bottom and George Stewart, of “bunter fame,” covered center. Game lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes, but was interesting from start to finish.


Lenoxville – A very pretty birthday party was held at the home of Irving Decker, May 13th, in honor of their little daughter, Alice May’s, eighth birthday. All her little friends were present: Velma, Retha and Myrtle Miller, Lucy Clara and George Tuttle, Gertrude Marcy, Margaret Wilson, Robert and Howard Barber, Herman, Irving, Edward and Llewellyn Decker.


Jackson – Herman I. Potter, a native of Jackson, died at Havensville, Kansas, April 27, 1922. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. C, of the 141st Infantry, PA Volunteers, for 2 years, ten months and nine days, to the close of the war. In 1872 he came to Kansas, settling on a farm in Gearey Co., and united in marriage to Mary Ellen Cunningham. He was 78 years of age when he died.


Lanesboro – Hale Kingsbury, age 60 years, was fatally injured when pinned down by an auto tractor which turned over backwards on Saturday. He owned a large farm at Lanesboro and used a tractor for plowing and other work. The tractor was hauling a road machine, opening ditches along the main thoroughfare, when the tractor tipped over and pinned Mr. Kingsbury underneath.


Dimock – The new landlord, Wm. Palmer, has taken possession of the hotel he purchased this spring and is already running an open house, which is very pleasing to everyone. During the short time it was closed the people felt lost without a hotel.


Brooklyn – We are informed by the manager of the Brooklyn High School base ball team that the account of a game in last week’s issue of the Democrat between the high school team and a team made up of farmer boys of that locality was erroneous, that no game was played. The notice was contributed, we supposed it authentic, and we printed it in good faith as a matter of news.


Hallstead – J. C. Florance, Hallstead’s hustling horse dealer, showed the writer fifty horses grazing on the hills of his farm, just out of Hallstead, having just unloaded a car load of handsome farm chunks that day. “Jimmie” says the horse business is good despite the large number of automobiles and trucks now in use.


Forest City – Ludwig Conrad, the sole veteran of the Civil War in this place, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Eicholzer. Deceased was born in 1835, in Harford, and married Miss Alvera Walker, daughter of Col. and Mrs. Walker, pioneer residents of South Gibson. He served four years in the Army of the Potomac and participated in many battles, including Gettysburg, Bull Run, Spotsylvania, the Wilderness and Antietam. He is survived by his daughter and two sons, Arnold, of Clifford Twp. and Hallie, of Long Beach, NY, grandchildren and sister, Mrs. Palmer, of Wyalusing.


Clifford – The remains of Mrs. Mary Jenkins West were brought here for interment. Deceased was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jenkins, pioneer residents of Welsh Hill. She is survived by a son and daughter and a brother, Hon. John G. Jenkins, former prime minister of Australia. One sister, Mrs. Anna Davis, of Neath, Bradford Co. also survives.


Thompson – A Box Social will be held in Keystone Hall, Monday evening, for benefit of the Thompson Baseball Team. An old English comedy, “A Romance of Real Life,” will be given. There will be music by Ararat orchestra.


Uniondale – Miss Mary E. Borthwick, State Nurse for this county, was a caller here, endeavoring to have the pupils in our schools, who were deficient in size and weight, sent to a state park in Bucks county.


Bits of news from “200 Years Ago” from the Susquehanna County Herald, May 18, 1822.

An American gentleman writes from Port au Prince, that President Boyer has emancipated all the slaves in the island of St. Domingo. ALSO Bunker’s Hill, a place dear to every American, has been divided into lots, which were sold lately by auction. That part of it on which Gen. Warren fell, and on which a monument has been erected to his memory, has been purchased by his nephew for the sum of $540.

May 26 1922

May 26 (1922/2022)


Montrose – A few of the highlights of Memorial Day are as follows: The tolling of bells for five minutes, from 12 o’clock noon, during which time comrades remain standing, uncovered. Also, the casting of flowers on the waters of running streams whose fragrance a sweet incense shall be born towards the seas upon which our comrades of the navy rendered such immortal service. The band will give its services during the day as directed by the management of the exercises and an open air concert in the evening. The sons and Daughters of Veterans will make wreaths and bouquets next Monday afternoon and evening. Any contribution of flowers at the Firemen’s Hall, Monday afternoon or early Tuesday morning, will be greatly appreciated.


Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine spent a few days this week at their Louden Hill home. Mr. Ballantine is driving a new Rolls-Royce sedan.


Brooklyn – Memorial Day will be observed as usual in this place. The members of the G. A. R. will meet at the Post room at 10 am and go to Mountain View cemetery to decorate the graves of comrades. After disbanding for dinner at the hall the line, led by the Brooklyn band, will form and march to Evergreen cemetery, and thence to the M. E. church, where the address of the day will be delivered. Soldiers of the Spanish-American war and the World war, and Sons of Veterans are expected to take part.


Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. – David Trowbridge has his new Overland car home and is practicing every evening.


New Milford – A truck, carrying students from New Milford, struck a rock, which had slid from the mountainside and onto the road, flopped upside down and landed in the ditch between the road and the side of the mountain. Some of the students were thrown clear of the machine, while Miss Eileen Johnson was held down by the overturned truck, as was the driver, George Crotty. Miss Johnson’s leg was broken in two places and Miss Doris Norris and Miss Mary Hickey, sustained slight injuries. Others in the truck were Josephine Donley, Dorothy Snyder and Charles Powers. Commencement has been postponed until the last of June, owing to the accident.


Heart Lake – Tuesday, May 30th, is the opening of a new Heart Lake resort, under the management of D. J. Donovan. Dancing in the evening with music by Elks Orchestra, of Binghamton.


Susquehanna – J. J. Stockholm, aged 82 years, passed away Sunday morning, May 21, 1922, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Chas. Manson, of this place. He had been a resident here for many years. He is survived by his widow; two sons, J. J. Stockholm, Jr., of Susquehanna and Harris Stockholm, of Oneonta, NY; also one brother, George Stockholm, of Franklin Forks and one sister, Mrs. Ida Miller of Patterson, NJ and one daughter, Mrs. Chas. Manson.


Dimock – Will Fuller and son, Ray, went to Sayre last week, where Ray underwent an operation for the removal of tonsils and adenoids. Geo. Baker accompanied them in order to consult Dr. Guthrie for a serious stomach trouble.


Hallstead – Motorists should heed the 15-mile-an-hour limit in the borough. Offenders will be fined and the borough council gives timely warning.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Township – Mrs. C. M. Brands broke through the floor of the church, Sunday, and escaped with a few bruises.


West Harford – The Odd Fellows held a bee for Hoyt Pease last Monday. Mr. Pease has been sick and his friends helped him out.


Ararat – The band was the guest of the D & H employees at the base ball game held at Carbondale, between the Generals of Oneonta and First Carbondale Team. A special train, good eats and drinks, made up a splendid time.


Great Bend – A young deer was seen Sunday morning on the farm of Henry Crisman, this place. The doe was discovered by Stephen Gleason, who says the animal was a most beautiful one and wandered around the pasture lot for nearly half an hour, finally going toward “Hogback” mountain. Deer are becoming quite numerous in this section, three having been seen near Smoky Hollow on several occasions of late. Sportsmen in this section are working to have the law protecting these animals continued for several seasons, in the hopes that Susquehanna county may become a fine hunting resort when the law protecting deer is finally removed.


News Brief: The telegraph was first used on May 24, 1844. Wednesday, therefore, was the invention’s 78th anniversary. Would anyone dare to predict the uses to which radio will have been put 78 years from today?


Bits of news from “200 Years Ago” from the Susquehanna County Herald, May 25, 1822.

DIED, at Cooperstown, on the 6th inst. JUSTIN CLARK, lately editor and proprietor of the Montrose Gazette. As Mr. Clark had an extensive acquaintance in this county, those who knew him will generally be gratified on learning the state of his mind and feelings, when he was sensible, of the approach of his dissolution. This, we are pleased to inform them, was happy. He retained his mental faculties full and unimpaired till the last. Firm in the belief of a God of universal benevolence and love, he trembled not at the threshold of eternity—satisfied that the will of his Creator was the consummation of the happiness of all his creatures. Mr. Clark, immediately before his dissolution, called his relatives around him, and took an affectionate farewell of them all. He also expressed a wish to the physician, that the seat of his disease should be examined, in the hope that relief might be afforded to others similarly afflicted. He died without a struggle.

DIED, on the 22d inst., WILLIAM WOODHOUSE, of Bridgewater. He has left a wife and seven children to mourn his loss.

Forest City – Hornbeck Bros. sold five Hupmobile autos the past week and two Chevrolets. The purchasers of the Hupmobile are Tony Finc, M. Brasso, Anthony Baber, John Ferdock and Wm. H. Jones. Harry Sparks and Raymond Lewis will drive the Chevrolets.


Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, in the United Statesholiday (last Monday in May) honoring those who have died in the nation’s wars. It originated during the American Civil War when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle. After World War I, as the day came to be observed in honor of those who had died in all U.S. wars, its name changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day.

June 02 1922

June 02 (1922/2022)



Montrose – G. Carlton Shafer, better known as “King,” owner and director of Camp Susquehannock, played some of the best tennis of his career when he met Bill Tilden, world’s champion, in the fourth round of the Philadelphia championship tournament. The following is an excerpt from the Philadelphia Public Ledger: “Bill Tilden, for the first time of the tournament was forced to extend himself for advance. Prior to this round, the world’s champion had dropped but four games out of three rounds of play. Yesterday he faced G. Carlton Shafer, and the match held the attention of the gallery. Spectacular shots punctuated the play throughout the two hectic sets that were required to settle the issue. The champion would slash out sizzling shots, only to have his stocky opponent ring off returns that were believed impossible. Tilden caused Shaver to cover a lot of territory, but had difficulty in wearing him down.” Tilden eventually won the tournament. Shafer was born in Montrose, son of Nathan and Catherine Shafer.


Springville Twp. – Edw. A. Hibbard died at his home near Toronto, Kansas, May 20th, in the 80th year of his age. He was born in Springville Twp. Oct. 21, 1842. He enlisted in the Civil War in Battery A, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery and mustered out at after the close of the war. Married to Mary Peck, in New Milford, he then moved with his family to Kansas and located on the farm that has been his home for more than half a century.


Heart Lake – The many spectators, as well as dancers, who attended the opening dance of the season, were delighted with the changed and attractive appearance the resort has assumed. The shifting of the pavilion back onto the knoll proved to be a wise move, as it has greatly enhanced the resort’s general appearance and provided a spacious beach.


Susquehanna – John Sullivan, of “Smoky Hollow” had the experience of his life on Front street last night. He drove his Chevrolet car to Kelly’s garage and there started to turn by backing towards the fence guarding the high embankment overlooking the approach to the Erie station. As he started to back up, he stalled his motor and without shifting the gear from reverse to neutral, got out and cranked the car. The motor started as did the car. The machine began to move slowly backward toward the fence. Sullivan jumped on the running board and tried to steer it away from the fence, but before he could do so the car crashed through the guard rail and started down the embankment, which is about 40 ft. high at this point. Sullivan leaped from the car just as it careened and over went the machine. Turning turtle, and rolling over twice, the machine landed right side up on the sidewalk. The top was crushed and the windshield smashed. Otherwise the damage seemed slight; the motor was still running. Sullivan calmly removed the broken top, climbed into the machine and drove home. Had he been in the machine when it went through the fence he would have been killed as the car turned turtle. ALSO Myron Griffis, Susquehanna’s ice dealer, has been in the Barnes hospital undergoing treatment for blood poisoning in the left hand. His hand was cut by a piece of ice and blood poisoning developed. [Our Historical Society has, on display, a collection of the tools used by the Griffis Ice Company when they harvested ice at Brushville pond.]


Ararat – The base ball game between Ararat and Carbondale resulted in the defeat of Ararat, 14-7. The boys looked fine in their new uniforms and really put up a good game, but were up against a stronger team. Michel Howard, conductor on the D. & H. work train, was hit in the face by a very swift foul ball. Although no bones were broken, “Mike” will have a very sore face for some time.


Oakland Borough – Mrs. Sarah Burgess celebrated her 100th birthday on Memorial Day. She resides with her daughter, Mrs. Robert Lee, Sr., and is enjoying good health.


Transue – The quarantine for scarlet fever was removed from the home of James Hallstead last week.


South Auburn – This community was very much shocked and grieved when the news of an accident, which resulted in the death of Harry Love, occurred. He was working on his garage when the board on which he was standing gave way and he was thrown on his head, bruising it in a terrible manner. Dr. G. M. Harrison was summoned and advised taking him to the hospital at Sayre. His wife, son and one of their men started with him, but the case was hopeless and he expired on the way. The deepest sympathy of the entire community is extended to the heartbroken family. He is survived by his wife and two sons; one brother and one sister.


Forest City – David Krasno writes of his arrival at the home of his parents in Wiesbaden, Germany. He viewed the sights of London and Brussels while on the way. He found his father, mother and brother in good health. The family had not seen Mr. Krasno for seventeen years and the meeting was a cordial and happy one. During the World war all communication between Mr. Krasno and his kin were cut off which increased his desire to again visit the fatherland.


Memorial Day in Montrose – Thirteen members of Four Brothers Post, who for more than half a century have kept alive the spirit of patriotic and fraternal love for those who responded to the call to arms in ’61, participated in the exercises as follows: F. L. Compton, E. L. Robinson, A. J. Hawley, H. L. Beach, Charles F. Read, R. M. Bostwick, J. I. Chapman, T. L. Ainey, F. G. Warner, T. F. Mack, F. I. Lott, Geo. Simpson, W. A. Taylor.


Bits of news from “200 Years Ago” from the Susquehanna County Herald, June 2, 1822.

A chariot propelled by steam is now exhibiting in New York. Another is building on a larger scale, intended to ply in one of the public gardens, so that the ladies and gentlemen of the city may have an opportunity of riding in alleys overshadowed with trees and skirted with flowers, with the assistance of horses. ALSO Prof. Rafinesque makes the North American snakes amount to 115 species: Among these are 10 species of rattle snake, 4 species of copperheads, 12 species of vipers, and one moccasin. There are therefore only 27 kinds of venomous snakes, while there are, in the United States, 3 species of adders, 3 of boas, 7 of glass snakes, and above 80 species of common snakes belonging to the genus Coluber, all harmless. [I know, doesn’t add up to 115.]

June 09 1922

June 09 (1922/2022)



Dimock/Fairbanks, Alaska – When the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, in Fairbanks, opens its doors for registration of students about the middle of September, the Stars and Stripes will fly above the “Farthest North” institution of higher learning in the world The honor of opening the institution and being its first president goes to a Pennsylvania man, Prof. Charles E. Bunnell, graduate of Bucknell University and native of Dimock, Pa.. It is the last of the land grant colleges to be established under the Federal statues, and is the 51st in number. It is located on the main line of the Alaska Railroad. Prof. Bunnell is 44 years old and half of his life, and all of the period since reaching manhood, has been passed in Alaska. Born at Dimock, he was educated in the schools of Montrose, at Keystone Academy, and received degrees from Bucknell. He was a schoolmate of Christy Mathewson and played both football and baseball with “Big Six” in their school days. His first work in Alaska was with the government schools and later was superintendent of schools at Valdez. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Valdez and was appointed to a Federal judgeship, with headquarters at Fairbanks.


Montrose – The sad death of Grace Elizabeth Beach, age 11, occurred at the family home on Sunday. Her death was due to diabetes, having been in poor health for about a year, attending school at irregular intervals. Besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beach, she is survived by siblings, Margaret, Benjamin, Barbara and Mary Eloise.


North Jackson – Our cemetery has been greatly improved of late. The trees have been trimmed, flowers planted and new flags have been placed on the soldiers’ graves.


Fiddle Lake – While Kleber Shaver was at Montrose, with the election report, someone had the nerve to take 28 of his best hens and two roosters. The parties are strongly suspected.


Jessup Township – We have been obligingly informed that the recent death of John A. Fowler leaves but one veteran of the civil War in this township. This man is Michael Hill, an honored and respected citizen, whose deeds of valor are well-known to many. He is now in his 83rd year. Though not a native of Jessup, he enlisted from Susquehanna county and has spent more than half his life in Jessup. This township sent more than 100 enlisted men to the front during the Civil War. Of this number one-third died of disease in the service, one-third of wounds and one-third returned to their homes.


Brooklyn – Mrs. Aurelia Brown, the oldest resident of Brooklyn and, perhaps, the oldest person in the county, celebrated her 99th birthday on May 25, 1922, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Meade. Mrs. Brown came with her parents from Connecticut when only 7 years of age and all her life had been spent in Orwell and Nichols, NY until she came to live with her niece, Mrs. Meade, 5 years ago. Think of the changes she has lived to see. The ox-cart to the automobile, the candle replaced by the electric light, home-woven clothing to the manufactured article. She has seen the coming of the telephone, telegraph, airplane and railroad and numerous other changes and inventions.


Lakeview – Miss Florence Wakefield and Arland Pease were married by Rev. H. M. Pease, at Binghamton, on Wednesday, May 31st. They were accompanied by Howard Corse and Lucille Tyler. Oakland – In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of her birth, Mrs. Sarah Burgess took her first automobile ride on Memorial day. She was the guest of Mr. and Mr. Floyd Brush. Mrs. Burgess has been blind for the past 30 years and had not seen, let alone been in an automobile, until her 100th birthday, May 30th.


Brushville – A son was born to Mrs. Myron S. Griffis the evening of May 31. Mr. Griffis, the husband and father, died at the Barnes hospital, May 31, death being due to blood poisoning caused by an infection following a slight cut on the left hand from a piece of ice. [The Griffis family owned the Susquehanna Ice Company.]


Hallstead – Wm. J. Pike, American Consul at Strasburg, France, writes that he expects to spend his summer vacation in his old home town of Hallstead and that he will probably reach here within the next two months.


Silver Lake – A force of men are employed at Silver Lake, tearing down the large apartment house, the material to be used in constructing a girls’ camp. For some years there has been a boys’ camp on the Col. West side of the lake. Under the capable management of Major Lambert these camps are composed of boys and girls of wealthy families, mostly from Philadelphia and Baltimore. [This camp will be known as Camp Red Wing, while the boys’ camp is known as Camp Red Cloud.]


Forest City – Shortly before three o’clock Saturday afternoon, this vicinity was visited by probably the worst storm in its history. The rain descended in torrents, and in a short time our streets were flooded. The flood waters that emptied from the skies raged and surged on the work of destruction, sweeping on like a miniature Niagara. Places were deluged as never before and the loss will probably reach into the millions in the district from Forest City to Archbald. The culvert under the railroad at Castle Garden was unable to carry off the swelling torrents and soon the railroad tracks were reached. The waters pressed the embankment until it washed away, leaving a gap of more than 100 ft. deep, with the four tracks left high in the air.


Bits of news from “200 Years Ago” from the Susquehanna County Herald, June 7, 1822.

A meeting of a number of the inhabitants of the village of Montrose was held on the evening of the 24th of May, at the Washington Hotel, for the purpose of making arrangements to celebrate the Independence of the United States, on the 4th of July next. A committee of seven was appointed to make the necessary preparations. It was Resolved, That an oration be delivered, and the Declaration of Independence read. The committee of arrangement are to request some person to prepare an oration. Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Montrose papers.

MARRIED – On the 9th instant, by Elder D. Dimock, Mr. Harry Mills, to Miss Irena Main, both of Bridgewater

MARRIED – On the 26th instant, by the same, Mr. Richard Hickox, to Miss Armintha Handrake.

DIED – On the 17th instant, in Choconut, Mr. Benj. Chamberlin, aged 60 years. He bore a long and severe sickness with great patience, and died in the triumph of faith in Christ.

June 16 1922

June 16 (1922/2022)



Lackawanna Trail Opening – The last batch of concrete was poured on Tuesday of last week, and on Wednesday, June 28, the Lackawanna Trail will be open to the public, appropriate exercises being held in which it is expected the governors of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey will participate. Thousands of automobiles, carrying from 15,000 to 20,000 people, are expected to form a great procession in honor of this great event. The opening of the Lackawanna Trail will mark one of the greatest achievements in road building in the world’s history. The trail, which really extends from Binghamton, NY, to Delaware Water Gap, has cost in the neighborhood of $85,000,000. It is destined to become one of the most travelled thoroughfares for motor vehicles in the United States and traversing a country whose beauty beggar’s description, it will become greatly used by pleasure-seekers as well as means for truckers and business men to utilize it to their pecuniary benefit.


Stevens Point – John Sampson, aged about 65 years, was found dead in the barn on his farm, Monday of this week. He had been missing for several hours and his wife found him in the barn on a pile of straw. He told his wife he was tired and would take a little nap. He said he was cold and asked for a blanket. His wife covered him and went to the house. The next time she went to the barn he was dead. Death was due to heart trouble. Besides his widow he is survived by a number of children.


Jackson – It has been announced that the Jackson School Board decided to continue the Jackson Graded School as a two-room school, hiring two teachers as usual. The decision comes as welcome news to nearly every resident of the community and township. The directors had talked of cutting the school down to a one-room school, with the idea that it would reduce taxes. It was fair and right for the directors to make an effort to determine what the taxpayers wanted and they are to be congratulated for deciding to leave the school on its present basis. ALSO Arland Pease, a well-known young farmer, and Miss Florence Wakefield, popular Jackson belle, were married in Binghamton on May 31st, 1922.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. C.A. Corson, who has been in the Moses Taylor hospital, Scranton, for the past two weeks, is not expected to recover. ALSO A regiment of soldiers passed through here and attracted much attention.


Transue, Auburn Twp. – T. A. Bowen’s horse has been sick the past week, but is better. ALSO F. L. Peet has a pipe laid and intends to pump water from the well in his yard into the house.


Rush – Russell Spaulding’s bakery truck comes here on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Susquehanna – Sweeney Brothers, of Scranton, will pave eight streets with brick at a cost of approximately $130,000. The lowest of the bids, that Sweeney Brothers submitted, totaled about $182,000. This sum, while 20 percent under the estimated cost of the work, was more than the borough has available for improvements at this time, so it was decided to cut off a section of paving from each street. The borough pays 1/3rd of the cost of the paving and the abutting property owners two-thirds. ALSO A new Methodist Church will be built this summer, the structure to be modern in every respect, costing about $35,000. The auditorium will have a seating capacity of about 800. There will be Sunday school rooms, dining hall, bowling alleys, volley ball court, shower baths, etc.


Apolacon Twp. – Here’s one that jingles like a “Bug House Fable,” but strange as it may seem, this is strictly true. The township levied no road tax this year because she has her roads worked up in apple pie order, with the bills for the work paid out of money in the treasury at the first of the year. This is, certainly, a mighty pleasant state of affairs, and, moreover, it saves the genial tax collector, Timothy Griffin, the work of writing receipts.


Dimock – Francis R. Cope and family will start for North Mountain next Monday on their usual annual camping trip. Miss Clara Winans, of Montrose, Miss Margaret O’Brien and some of the other Dimock teachers, and all of the seniors of the bird club, will accompany them on this delightful camping expedition. The following week Mr. Cope will take the juniors of the bird club to the same place, a custom he has followed for years.


Harford – An aeroplane flew over here last Wednesday. ALSO Comrade Emmet R. Flint, age 78, the last of the old guard, died on May 16. Special mention was made of him at the Memorial Day exercises held at Harford. For several years he was the only veteran left to represent the Grand Army at these exercises and his passing left a gap. He was buried on May 18 from his late residence, amid a large gathering of mourners. Comrade Urbane Sloat and Comrade David Hardy conducted a service beside the casket of their dead comrade. He was a member of Co. H, of the 50th Regiment of New York Engineers. His body rests in the Peck cemetery, near the old homestead.


Forest City – The following are members of the class of 1922: Academic—Beulah Deming (first honors), Lillian Alexander (second honors), Patrick Kane, Madeline LaTourette, Fred Westgate, Leslie Tonkin, Margaret McLaughlin, Collett O’Neill, Mildred Faatz, Eugene Yorke, Adolph Sredenschek, Gerald Gensil, Michael Jannicelli, Clelland Ogden, Leon Bloxham. Commercial: Howard Lowry, Arlyn Gaylord, Elizabeth Suponsek, Esther Snedeker, Helene Cawley, Bridget Kalesinsky, Mary Melvin, Isabelle Barrett, Leona Burdick, Agnes Callaghan, Dorothy Fletcher.


Fowler Hill – Harry Vangilder passed over the Hill, Saturday. [This does not mean he passed away, just, literally, went (walked, rode) over the Hill.].


Bits of news from “200 Years Ago” from the Susquehanna County Herald, June 15, 1822.

MASONIC. The anniversary of St. John the Baptist will be celebrated at the house of Daniel Curtis, in Montrose, by the RISING SUN LODGE, on the 24th instant. The procession will be formed at the hour of eleven o’clock, A. M. and march to the place of worship, where an appropriate discourse will be given by the Rev. Mr. Rogers. After which it is expected that an oration, suitable to the occasion, will be delivered by the Rev. Mr. Crandall. To conclude with prayer. The North Star Lodge is particularly invited to attend. As also all members of either lodges in regular standing. PEREZ PERKINS, MASON DENISON, HIRAM FINCH, Committee of Arrangement.

June 23 1922

June 23 (1922/2022)



A second storm, which covered practically all sections of the county, streams, both large and small, jumped their banks, resulting in an extraordinarily large monetary loss, almost impossible to estimate. While all sections of the county were affected, Hop Bottom borough is by far the heaviest sufferer, although private property was not damaged to a great extent. A torrent of water coursed down the steep banks east of the town, sweeping huge rocks, trees and earth with it. The large sluice way at the head of the street became clogged and a raging river coursed down through Main street, bringing with it debris which filled the streets in certain points to a depth of five or six feet. Water overflowed into the Stone feed store, but, providentially, it would seem, after this point the swirling current kept well to the pavement until discharging itself into Martin’s Creek. The newly completed Lackawanna Trail was damaged considerably, fissures to the depth of several feet being made in some places. However, repairs have been made and the Trail will be opened June 28th as originally planned. In Rush township several bridges were swept away and a horse was drowned. It was also stated that a woman died from fright during the storm’s progress. Kingsley, Clifford, Uniondale, Ararat and Herrick all suffered in the deluge. At the DL&W stockyards in Montrose the water tore a gapping hole seven feet deep under the railroad tracks and the section men exerted strenuous efforts to making repairs so that the Montrose train could come into the station.


Rush Township – A woman, who with her husband and two children, were riding in an automobile between Lawton and Rushville, when he storm broke, became terribly frightened when their car dropped into three or four feet of water and stalled, and collapsed She was taken to the home of Bruce Dodge, near Rushville, and Dr. G. S. Milnes called, but her nervous system received such a terrible shock that she died the next morning. It was impossible to reach Rushville by phone yesterday, but we learn the unfortunate woman’s name was Mrs. Williams, wife of Dr. Williams, and that they were returning to their home in Pottersville, Bradford County.


Susquehanna – The men of the Erie shops voted whether to accept or reject the coming cut in wages, also to strike or not, the latter part of the past week. It was reported that every one of the 900 men who voted, cast the vote for strike, if the expected wage slash goes into effect July 1st.  ALSO The Susquehanna Baking Company plant is up-to-date in every respect, having a capacity of baking 5,000 loaves of bread in eight hours as well as other modern conveniences. Henry Lisi, general superintendent of the plant, invites visitors to call and inspect this bakery. The Susquehanna Baking Company is a maker of “Rival Bread” which is sold in Montrose by the A & P Store.


Montrose – The work on the new First National Bank building is progressing rapidly under the direction of Contractor Badgely, of Binghamton. It will be a handsome edifice for Public Avenue.


Hallstead/Great Bend – Ruth Lewis, daughter of Fred R. Lewis, of Great Bend and Albert Bullard, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Bullard, of Hallstead, were married at the First Baptist church, June 14, 1922. Rev. Leslie E. Gould performed the ceremony. The happy couple were the recipients of many beautiful gifts, among them a house and lot and automobile. After a wedding trip, which will include Scranton, Buffalo and other points of interest, they will reside in Great Bend.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp – Wm. Cruse, while painting the roof of the house, had quite a fall. The ladder broke on the roof and let him down, and as he fell he caught the other ladder and that carried him quite a ways from the roof. He escaped with some bruises.


South Montrose – The South Montrose Mfg. Co. is running on full time, making their celebrated coat hangers, for which they are having a heavy sale.


New Milford – Guy Garland and A. C. Pratt, of Endicott, have purchased the restaurant business of E. W. Miller in the I. O. O. F. building here. Mr. Garland is well known, having spent his boyhood here. Of late he has been conducting a restaurant at Endicott, N. Y. Both the young men’s wives are expected to join them soon.


Uniondale – The Methodist Episcopal church was struck by lightning during the storm Saturday afternoon. A ball on the spire was struck, the current running down the southwest side of the steeple breaking window lights in the spire and escaping to the ground near the main entrance. Ladies preparing for children’s day had left the church but a short time before it was struck. ALSO Mrs. E. L. Payne has thirteen young canary birds. She takes great interest in birds, and only keeps the liveliest strain of singers. ALSO Morris Davis’ garden has gone down the Lackawanna. Water, four feet deep, ran through it during the storm Saturday afternoon.


Herrick Center – Carl I. Baker, a graduate of the Forest City high school, a student at Cornell University, is to attend the training camp at Plattsburg, NY, for a six weeks’ campaign. He is now a first lieutenant in the R. O. T. C.


Forest City – The following college students have returned home for their summer vacation: Mary Sredenschek, from [Penn] State; Lyle Hornbeck, from Amherst; Paul Maxey and Harry Lyons, from the University of Pennsylvania, Ligouri Fleming, Joseph Muchitz and John Callaghan, graduated from [Penn] State and are home.


News Brief: The Supreme Court Justice Arthur S. Tompkins, of Nyack, NY, grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of New York State, has denounced the Ku Klux Klan and warned members of the Masonic fraternity, in his jurisdiction, that they cannot be both Masons and members of the Ku Klux Klan. “Masonry will not tolerate the doctrines of the Ku Klux Klan within its sacred precincts and should a Mason so far forget his obligations to his fraternity, his God, to his country and his fellow man as to become affiliated with this anti-American organization, known as the Ku Klux Klan,” said Grandmaster Tompkins, “his right to remain a member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity would be seriously questioned.”

June 30 1922

June 30 (1922/2022)


Lackawanna Trail Opening – The formal exercises in opening the great Lackawanna Trail were favored by the very fine weather; an immense crowd of people were present to participate in the opening of this great and nationally known roadway connecting the cities of Binghamton and Scranton. The exercises at Scranton, preliminary to the day, were marked by great enthusiasm. Early Wednesday morning hundreds of cars lined up on roads leading to the Trail in order to join the merry throng of paraders starting from Scranton on the trip to Binghamton. The main program of exercises were carried out at New Milford, and the citizens of this enterprising town are to be warmly commended for their work in arranging for the suitable marking of this great event.


North Jackson – On June 20 the annual reunion of the Yale school was held in the M. E. church. Nearing the noon hour about 70 had gathered from far and near in remembrance of the day. All came with well filled baskets and at noon the tables were well filled with the good things to which all did justice. During the afternoon songs, readings and recitations were listened to; also several speeches were rendered bringing back many happy reminiscences of old.


Hells Half Acre – Alexander Kowconsky and Alex Shellock, of Throop township, Lackawanna County, were caught fishing at Hells Half Acre, between South Gibson and Hop Bottom, with set lines in violation of the law, by Game Worden Geo. H. Watrous and deputy, Fred Smith, last week. They were arrested and brought to Montrose and had a hearing before Justice W. G. Comstock. Being unable to pay their fines they were committed to jail for twenty days.


Birchardville – John Flynn, one of our county’s ambitious and highly regarded young men, was calling on friends here Friday. He completed the botanical course at Pennsylvania State College this spring and speaks highly, indeed, of the educational opportunities afforded at this institution. Plans are on foot to extend the influence and scope of Penn State and it hereafter be known as a university and given a name more in keeping with the character of this splendid institution.


Fairdale – David Olmstead had a thrilling experience on his farm during the storm of a week ago. On reaching home, after a ball game, he found his fine herd of Holsteins marooned on an island in Wyalusing creek, with the water so high and swift where they were used to crossing that they could not get to the main land. He and two hired men attempted to wade to the island but had to return and remove their clothing and swim across. The herd was driven to another point where the water was not so high and a rescue effected. Another dairyman, Ed. Jones, found his cattle surrounded by water, too. His son, Earl, crossed over the stream on a foot bridge to drive the cattle over and while he was gone the bridge was washed away. Mr. Jones had to take a horse and ford the stream in order to reach his son.


Rush – Albert Hibbard informs us that Rush township will be required to spend a large sum of money to repair the roads washed away during the recent hard storms. The road from Snow’s mills, extending toward the Elk Lake stream, was eroded at places to the depth of seven or eight feet, and it is said that to repair this road alone will cost around a thousand dollars. The road is impassable and several residing in this vicinity are required to go through fields in going to the creamery, or when making shopping or other visits. It is possible that a new road will replace the one destroyed, as a new road could be more cheaply built.


Montrose – Mrs. Helena Clark Cook arrived here, Monday, and is getting Torrey Lodge in readiness for its formal opening on Saturday, July 1st. The Lodge already has some guests and many more are expected the first of July. The management is planning an especially fine dinner for the Fourth of July.


Thompson – A social was held in Keystone hall, Saturday evening, which was largely attended. The principal feature of the evening, dancing. The Scranton orchestra, under the leadership of Roy French. ALSO Mrs. Margaret Lodge is in town and intends to follow dressmaking. As there is such a demand for that kind of help and so few to respond to the call, we thought many would be interested.


Uniondale – For the 18th successive season, John Hughes, of Scranton, is stopping at Lewis Lake. His father, Prof. James Hughes, was the first to erect a cottage at the lake 17 years ago, and the family has spent each heated season there since. John graduated from State College last week.


Forest City – Miss Agnes Kelleher sails on the “Esperanza,” from New York, for an extended trip to Havana, the Bahamas and the City of Mexico. She expects to return about the first of September to resume her duties as a teacher in the New York public schools.


News Brief: Thomas A. Edison, who established his first successful electric light plant at Sunbury, PA, is to help the town celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Sunbury. There is to be a four-day celebration commencing July 1 next.


Bits of news from “201 Years Ago” from the Susquehanna County Herald, June 30, 1821.

(Went back 201 years for news since the 1822 newspapers in our collection ended June 23.)


*INDEPEDENCE. The Fourth of July will be celebrated in this village. An Oration will be delivered at the Court-house. The procession will be formed in the public avenue at 11 o’clock. The citizens of the County are respectfully invited to attend. DAVID POST, A. H. READ, WM. JESSUP, Committee of Arrangements.

*NOTICE. A PERSON competent to teach the Latin and Greek Languages, the higher branches of Mathematics, English Grammar, Geography & c. is wanted, to take charge of the Susquehanna Academy as principal teacher thereof. Application to be made to D. Dimock, Esq. President of the Board of Trustees, at Montrose. By Order of the Board of Trustees. WILLIAM JESSUP, Sec.

*NOTICE. The members of the Susquehanna TROOP are commanded to meet at D. Curtis’s Inn, Montrose, on Saturday the last day of the present month. By order of the Commanding Officers. T. T. FOOT, Sergt.

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