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 (1922/2022)



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 (1922/2022)



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.