July 07 (1922/2022)



Silver Lake – The storm of last week caused severe damage here, to crops, road and buildings. A large barn belonging to Ed. Monahan, at Brackney, was completely destroyed and swept away by the surging waters that enveloped this section. Not so much as a board remained on the premises to mark the place where it stood. Some parts of the wreck were carried two miles by the flood. Water rose to six feet on the barn floor, when the foundations were undermined. The road from Brackney to the state line, on “Brackney Hill,” was so badly washed out that it is impossible to repair same and the supervisors were in court with a petition for the laying of a new road. Also the road from the Silver Lake church to Choconut Valley Inn and the Laurel Lake road, via Patrick O’Day’s was damaged badly. The Choconut Valley Inn’s grounds were a heavy loser.


Montrose/Heart Lake – The Fourth of July celebrations at both places were “hummers,” even though the weather was so cool as to make the ice man old before his time. While there was a chill in the air it did not rain and the day was ideal for motoring. A large crowd gathered to enjoy the celebration arranged by Saint Mary’s church on the Montrose fair ground and a very pleasant day was spent. The lunch counters and various booths, artistically decorated for the occasion, did a fine business. The Boy’s Band of Montrose did themselves proud and are a credit to the town. At Heart Lake a very large crowd gathered to celebrate and various stands and booths did a good business. The newly erected ice cream saloon was open, though the elaborate soda fountain was not in operation. Two spacious verandas afford a beautiful view of the lake and the activities on the lower ground. A huge crowd gathered for the dance in the evening.


Harford – Rosemont Inn, Montrose, was the setting for the 66th anniversary of the graduating class of Harford Academy, in 1856. Each of the graduates present had passed well over four score years. The eldest, Edgar W. Bolles, of Fairdale, lacks but a month of 90 years. Mr. Betsey M. Jeffers, of Harford, is in her 86th year. H. M. Benson, of Jackson, the youngest of the trio, is 85. H. N. Benson spoke of the old school days and recalled a song they had sung together. Mrs. Jeffers had written a poem just that week. She recalled the memories that had been awakened by the quilt she possesses given to her by her old class-mates. The pieces in the quilt are inscribed with their names, many who have passed on. Part of the poem runs: “As I looked at the blocks and read the names through…..I wondered if you, my old school-mates, would remember them too.”


Dimock – The Ladies’ Aid was well attended Saturday. Nearly everyone stayed to see the ball game between our boys and Hop Bottom. It was the most exciting and interesting game of the season—a good clean game—no disputes or wrangling, but hotly contested from the start to finish, with the outlook favorable for Hop Bottom until the eighth inning, when Dimock forged ahead, winning the game by one score, 5-4.


New Milford – The Girl Scouts left on Monday for Upper Lake, where they will spend two weeks in the Gillespie cottage.


Gelatt – During the storm of June 17th, C. J. Gelatt had a loss of about $1500. His shop was washed away, containing new mowing machines and other farming implements and repairs for which he was agent. Eleven bridges are gone in Gibson Valley, besides livestock and poultry which were buried in sand and stones.


Lackawanna Trail – It is estimated that 10,000 automobiles passed over the Lackawanna Trail on the Sunday first following the opening on Wednesday of last week. Hotels of Binghamton and Scranton report an increase in business since the opening of this great highway. One man who kept count of the automobiles passing a point on the Trail for two hours, Sunday, said six cars passed every minute, on an average.


Unknown Fishing Spot – Dr. Wirt Conklin, S. G. Fancher, Ward Reynolds and Ernest France caught twenty-two black bass Saturday, the combined weight being forty-five pounds Up to date the place of this fishing ground is unknown to other fishermen. It is said this is one of the finest strings of fish ever brought into Montrose.


Franklin Forks – Mrs. A. B. Conklin entertained her brother and sister, B. B. Rounds, last week, from Los Angeles. They motored from Los Angeles, being twenty-one days on the road, a distance of over 3600 miles. They carried their tent and camped and were very lucky in missing the sand storms over the prairies and also saw no rain until they reached Binghamton.


St. Joseph – The Choconut stage road was never so badly damaged as by the rains on June 28, the road being gutted several feet deep in places and bridges, buildings and stock carried away. In other places several feet of gravel and stones piled in the road. Some families left their homes for safety Most of the damage done was between the homes of E. Feely and S. Clark.


Mountain Valley, Liberty Twp. – Charles Brush, who is home from Camp Dix, had a thrilling experience. On climbing to the hay now to get hay, he discovered a large black snake climbing a post. He finally succeeded in killing the snake, and on measuring it found it was six feet long.


Ararat – A ladies handkerchief of some value was found in the church the evening of Commencement exercises. The owner can have it by calling at the Walker residence.


Forest City – Forest City had the quietest Fourth of its history. The day was sour and gloomy and the weather man came in for much abuse. In the evening a slight rain fell. It may well be said that the day was passed in a safe and sane manner. ALSO The Forest City Poor farm is building a new chicken house.


News Brief: The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how. There are no Republicans, No Democrats, on the Fourth of July—all are Americans.


July 14 (1922/2022)



Lanesboro – David Soop, sixteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Soop, of Ithaca, formerly of Lanesboro, was drowned in the Susquehanna, a short distance above the Lanesboro dam, Friday afternoon, July 7, 1922. His body was recovered about an hour later by Nicholas Merk, who brought the body to the surface of the river with a grappling hook. Donald Soop, cousin of the lad, nearly lost his life in a brave effort to save David, as did Oliver Wheeler, Jr., who made brave efforts to rescue David, but the fates decreed otherwise. The drowning was due to the upsetting of a canoe in which David and Oliver were paddling. David was born in Lanesboro and loved the village as only a boy can love his old home town. He drove here with his mother and two others to visit Mary Soop. It was a happy trip for the lad, his mother and their friends, for it was a home-coming for them.


Montrose – On Monday and Tuesday the new stone front for the First National Bank’s new building was unloaded from the cars at the D. L. & W. station and excited much interest, as Indiana limestone, for the whole front of a building, had not been seen in Montrose before. The two massive columns, over 19 ft. high, and weighing between 5 and 6 tons each, attracted most attention. These are in monolithic form, cut out of a solid block of stone, all in one piece, at the Quarries in Bedford, Indiana, and will flank the two sides of the main door-way into the bank. The 16 inch brick and tile wall next to H. A. Patrick’s is now being laid, the contractor sending Messrs. Hinsdale and Reynolds, expert brick layers and Mr. Chase, mortar maker, from Binghamton, to do the work. ALSO The public is invited to attend the lawn fete at the Presbyterian manse, Tuesday afternoon and evening. The proceeds of this goes toward the support of a child in a Jerusalem orphanage. This child, nine years of age, but for the intervention of Christian workers and necessary funds, would have been sold into white slave traffic.


New Milford – The Borough is greatly incensed by the infraction of laws by autoists who pass through the village at too rapid a pace and the embers were fanned into flame last Sunday when Wm. Turner, a citizen of this place, was run down and instantly killed by C. E. Kisler, of Allentown, Pa. Mr. Turner, who was 70 years old, and quite deaf, had started to cross the road from his home to feed his team. He stepped out of the way of one car directly in front of the car driven by Mr. Kisler. He was thrown some distance and his skull was fractured, resulting in almost instant death. Mr. Kisler said that he blew his horn as soon as he saw Turner step out of the way of the other car and applied his brakes, but could not avoid striking the man. He remained until the local authorities had satisfied themselves, by investigation, that Kisler was blameless.


Rush/Auburn – Christie Curran, well-known in and about Wyalusing as a good base ball player, fan and umpire, is playing ball in his old-time form of ten years ago again this season. He is a member of the strong Rush-Auburn club in the Susquehanna County League, and is doing better work at catching behind the bat than ever before. His timely heavy hitting has also been a strong factor in keeping his club in first place in the league race.


Hop Bottom – Mrs. Martha Capwell has beautified her new home by the addition of fine porches, paint, and electric lights, making a great improvement in the appearance of Adams Ave.


Forest City – James Walker, son of Cashier and Mrs. J. J. Walker, has received an appointment, thru Congressman L. T. McFadden, to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and entered the institution last week. He graduated from the Forest city High School in 1920, and for a year was employed at the First National Bank. The academy at Annapolis is the training school for officers of the U. S. Navy. Mr. Walker was an honor student in the high school and prominent in athletics.


South Harford – Mrs. Ellen Whiting died at the home of her son, F. T. Whiting, July 1, 1922, aged 89 years and 8 months. She had been in very poor health for over a year but was very patient and always had a smile for all visitors and was very glad to visit with them, as her mind was very good almost to the last. She leaves one son, Forest Whiting, of West Lenox; five grand-children, Merle Rynearson, of Hop Bottom; Lee Rynearson, of New York; Mrs. M. A. Oakley, of Kingsley; Mrs. E. Granger, of West Lenox; Mrs. L. J. Conrad, of South Harford; also twelve great grandchildren and a host of friends.


Springville – The much talked about July 4th has come and gone and Springville is taking a much needed rest. The Tunkhannock band was on the job early. Rev. Johnson, of Tunkhannock, rector of St. Andrew’s church, delivered a fine patriotic address. Games, ball playing, dancing and a parade a mile long, with plenty of eats, made a full day.


Ararat – Gerald Walker and Austin Denney, who have become greatly interested in fishing lately, have built themselves a nice, new row boat which they will use on Dunn Pond. ALSO After losing several chickens, Burt Porter decided to set a trap and see if anything resulted from it. Something did. The following morning he found he had caught an old skunk and three young ones were walking around nearby. The whole family were quickly put out of commission and he has not lost any chickens since, nor has Burt worn the same clothes since.


Dimock – When making a call at the Dimock Free Library, recently, we were agreeably surprised to find so many newspapers, a new feature at the library, for the perusal of all who care to read them. Among them were: The Montrose Democrat, Independent Republican, Tunkhannock Republican, Wyoming Democrat, Susquehanna Evening Transcript, The County Herald, published at Hallstead, and the Dearborn Independent, by Henry Ford, all of which are free contributions to the library by the publishers.


Susquehanna – The second week of the strike of the Erie Railroad shop finds this town quiet, and no disorders. Strike breakers have been here and many have gone, but no disturbance was created in either case. That there may soon be a satisfactory settlement of the entire question seems to be the attitude of all our people. A dancing party, for the benefit of the striking workers, will be held in Murphy’s Hall, Oakland, Thursday evening. All are invited.


July 21 (1922/2022)



County Poor Farm – Miss Mary Borthwick, State Nurse in charge of work in Susquehanna County, is circulating a petition to present to the County Commissioners, asking that a special election be held for the purpose of placing before the electors the proposition of establishing a poor farm for the entire county. This county is one of the few in the State which has local poor farms. The establishment of a county poor tax has been found to be a very satisfactory way of meeting conditions. A special election would bring the proposition squarely before the people of the county for a full decision.


New Milford – After more than 42 years of faithful service in the interest of New Milford, and vicinity, the New Milford Advertiser, with this issue, goes out of existence. This news will be read with regret by a large number of long and faithful friends of the paper. It is with no less regret that the publisher makes this announcement. The problems that confront the country newspaper editors in small towns are the same all over. The financial returns on a small, country weekly are not proportionate with the amount of work and worry involved. The disappointment to us is great, yet we do not feel that all our efforts have been in vain, for in the past decade we have seen New Milford go forward in long strides and we pride ourselves that the Advertiser has been a factor in boosting all progressive movements.


Montrose - Dr. Robert Mackey, of Waverly, Pa., has purchased the beautiful home of the late Mrs. Mary Amsbry, on Lake Avenue, and will practice medicine in Montrose. He is a son of Dr. C. M. Mackey of Waverly and a nephew of the late Dr. C. D. Mackey, of Montrose, and is a very competent doctor. It was currently reported, yesterday, that Dr. Mackey contemplates a sanitarium here, but this newspaper was unable to confirm the rumor.


Hop Bottom – An ice cream social will be held on the lawn at Mrs. Aldrich’s on Saturday evening, under the auspices of the M. E. Ladies’


Hallstead – Dr. E. E. Tower and son, Jean L. Tower, of Elizabeth, N. J., were callers in Montrose for a short time. Jean is an electrician and radio expert. In the latter, Mr. Tower has gained considerable renown, being considered an authority on the new science. He edits a radio page in one of his city papers and is also a contributing editor to the New York World and Philadelphia papers on the subject.


Thompson – Any one desirous of aiding the Simon H. Barnes hospital, at Susquehanna, by way of canning fruits, etc., may be furnished with cans at Dr. W. W. McNamara’s, Main street.


Great Bend – Mrs. Catherine O’Leary sailed from New York recently for an extended visit with relatives in Ireland. Mrs. O’Leary came to America when ten years of age and this is her first visit to the homeland. She expects to sail for home August. 26th.


Elk Lake – Loren Ellis, a well-known farmer living near Elk Lake, was found dead in his barnyard, July 13, 1922, at 6:30 p.m. He left the house to turn the cows out to pasture and when he did not return his wife went to look for him, finding his lifeless body on the ground. Mr. Ellis had been in ill health for years and had remarked that he would not live long. Heart trouble was the cause of his death.


Forest City – The siren recently installed on the roof of the Municipal building as a fire alarm is now performing with increased vigor. A factory expert was here last week making adjustments. ALSO The Garden of Sweets, the new ice cream and lunch parlor in the Muchitz hotel, had its grand opening on Saturday night and drew a large number of visitors, who were surprised by the ornate quarters and completeness of its appointments. Music and free dancing were enjoyed. The soda fountain is in charge of James Almena, who is an expert in serving the latest and most appetizing soda and ice cream combinations. The Garden of Sweets is a business place that would do credit in a much larger place.


Awful Toll In Little Meadows Shooting Affray Last Week. A dual tragedy and the painful wounding of five other persons was the outcome of a shooting at Bear Swamp, about 4 miles from Little Meadows. The murderer, Fred Tibone, and his victim, Charles Wakeman, a highly regarded and prosperous farmer of Apolacon township, are dead. Those wounded by Tibone before he himself was shot by a posse are: Sheriff Girton M. Darrow, wounded in chest; Albert J. Tingley, chief-of-police, wounded in face and knee; Gertrude Wakeman, daughter of murdered man; shot in calf of leg; Constable N. G. Barnum, shot in leg and arm; Deputy Constable Stephen D. Jones, shot in head and chest, the last three being from Little Meadows. Tibone, who was an un-naturalized citizen, had served as supervisor for a year when he was replaced by Wakeman, who went to Tibone’s home seeking his support. He had no idea that a man with a gun was waiting his coming. Tibone who had been suspected of making illicit whisky, and had been warned by officers, thought the approaching automobile and the man walking towards the house in the dim light was a party of officers coming to arrest him. Wakeman was shot 20 feet from the house and his daughter, Gertrude, ran to him and aided him to reach the car. While doing this Tibone shot again inflicting a wound in her leg. While trying to get away the car ran over an embankment and the terror-stricken Miss Wakeman walked about a mile and a half to the Williams’ farmhouse, where she telephoned for an ambulance to come from Johnson City, some 25 miles distant. It took four hours for Wakeman to reach the hospital, due to bad roads from recent rains. He passed away the following morning. About midnight Sheriff Darrow and Chief-of-Police Tingley, along with State Trooper McElroy, left as soon as possible for Little Meadows. Arriving there, Constable Barnum, Will Minkler, Michael Reardon, son-in-law of Wakeman; John Jones, Stephen Jones, Bart Neville and Jack Neville, armed with shot guns, rifles and revolvers, went to Tibone’s home and surrounded it. [To be continued next week.]


August 04 (1922/2022)



54th Encampment – The encampment of this organization will be held Aug. 11th, on the Fair Grounds, Montrose. A cordial invitation is extended to all sons and daughters of veterans, the ex-service men of our country, to all soldiers’ widows and the Daughters of the Revolution, to join us on that occasion. It is hoped that each and every one come with a word of cheer, a song or a short story of camp and army life, and an old time campfire may be expected.


Striking Miners – We are informed that several striking miners have come into Susquehanna county and are working at almost any wages that are offered, some as low as $10 a month and board. More labor for the county farmers at wages that they can afford to pay would afford relief, but it does seem strange that a striker would come to an agricultural section and under bid the rural workers, tending to reduce wages.


Hop Bottom – Roberts Bros. announced that, beginning Sept. 1st, they will conduct their coal business on a strictly cash basis. Many coal dealers have announced their intention of going on a cash basis. It, evidently, is deemed necessary, for were credit extended the coal dealers very likely would stand to take an enormous loss through unpaid bills. It would also seem to indicate that coal prices might be advanced.


Dimock – Advancement is being steadily made in the plans and work for a successful Dimock Twp. Community Day to be held, Sept. 4, Labor Day. It cannot help but be an improvement over last year’s fair, according to interest and willingness to work by many. One of the day’s events will be a demonstration, by Jonathan Estus, of the power washing machine and other farm conveniences made possible by the use of an engine.


New Milford – John Mitchell has sold his pool room on Depot street to George Sumner. ALSO The ball game between New Milford and Hop Bottom was one of the best of the season. The score was 7-2 in favor of New Milford.


Brooklyn – The lawn festival given under the auspices of the Universalist Sunday school was a grand success. Gross receipts were over $40 and net amounted to over $27. Brooklyn band generously gave a goodly number of fine selections and about 70 of the Girls Scouts were in attendance and sang some rousing choruses, which were much appreciated.


Montrose – The Ideal Theatre will present “The Scrapper,” starring Herbert Rawlinson, an Irish character sketch of youth who is mistrusted by his fellow workers because of his refined ways. He suffers abuses and insults but manages to smile through them all. Also comedy, “Sweet Cookies.”


Ararat – One of the best games of ball ever seen in Ararat was played on Saturday last between Ararat and Thompson. At the beginning of the eighth inning the score was 0-0. In the 8th, Thompson got a man on second; two were out; a batter hit the ball and was put out at first, the man on second crossing the plate. The umpire decided the score did not count, as the man out at first was the third out. The manager of the Thompson club would not continue the game, declaring the run counted. After waiting five minutes, the umpires declared the game forfeited to Ararat, 9-0. The features of the game were a one-handed stop by Lowrey, of Thompson, and a long running catch of a fly, by Gordon Keenan, of Ararat.


Forest City – July 27th will be a red letter day in the life of every American of Lithuanian descent, because on that day the United States of America gave official recognition to the Lithuanian Free State. Lithuania declared its independence on January 16th, 1918 and their form of government is modeled closely after that of America. In honor of the event the Lithuanians of Forest City will hold a celebration on Sunday next. There will be a parade beginning at three in which all the societies of the town have been asked to participate, and it will be followed by exercises in the municipal hall, at which time a patriotic program, consisting of music and addresses, will be carried out.


Stillwater – Our attention is called in the fact that young men who ought to know better are in the habit of bathing in Stillwater, ungarbed, and apparently unconcerned about the element of decency, They are liable to get into trouble. A word to the wise is sufficient.


Little Meadows Shooting Affray, continued……There was a light in the house and the officers and volunteer law enforcers felt certain that their quarry was within. The men were afraid that Mrs. Tibone and her children might suffer if they opened fire on the house and Trooper McElroy approached the house and ordered the woman to “come out  with your children quick.” Mrs. Tibone and three children appeared and she told the men that her husband had gone away during the night. A search was underway when a locked door was discovered and the door panel was splintered by a charge of shot, which wounded Sheriff Darrow in left breast, above the heart and in an exchange Chief Tingley was wounded in the right leg. Tibone was forced into the cellar but held off the men from again entering the house. Darrow was taken to the Johnson City hospital. After an interval Tibone called that he would give himself up but as soon as Chief Tingley and Jones stepped out Tibone again fired wounding Tingley and Jones. Tibone refused to surrender and the posse agreed that the house should be set afire, but only after the whole structure was blazing did Tibone appear through smoke at the cellar door, a gun in either hand. The posse firing back soon fell Tibone, who paid the penalty for his lawlessness and the sad mistake, which made him liable for the life of an innocent man. Dumb with unspoken anguish the bereaved family uttered no words of complaint. Mrs. Tibone, a woman of 36 years, walked dejectedly and aimlessly about, looking at her husband and the smoking ruins of the home. She refused to speak ill of her husband, although residents of that vicinity testified he was a man of most violent character, carrying firearms with him whenever he roamed about the place. Mrs. Tibone stated that they came to the United States about 13 years ago, had lived in Illinois and later in Scranton until they moved to Bear Swamp.