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, NJ, 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.


August 11 (1922/2022)



Dimock – The forty-ninth annual session of the Dimock camp meeting will begin Aug. 17, and close August 27. All expense of keeping the grounds and buildings in repair, lighting and cleaning up are paid by the Association. In order to meet this expense the management have decided to raise the admission fee to 25 cents for all tickets. One ticket admits bearer to any session during the entire ten days. All money made in the grocery and boarding hall goes toward expenses.


Montrose – W. A. Harrington, chairman of the Street and Sidewalk Committee, presented John A. Giles, of Hoadley & Giles Co., civil engineers, of Binghamton, who presented plans and estimated prices for paving Public avenue. On motion duly seconded the Council approved and adopted plan No. 1, as submitted, which calls for a 30 foot center of concrete with a 20 foot brick on each side. The President appointed a committee to wait upon the property owners on Public avenue for the purpose of ascertaining their feeling in the matter, and get them to sign, if willing to co-operate, with the Borough and pay their proportion according to frontage for the paving. Should the project meet the approval of the property owners the work will be started at once and completed this fall, if possible.


Hop Bottom – Canfield Stone, for many years one of the most popular and widely known hotel keepers of the county, passed away at his home, Friday morning, Aug. 4th, 1922. He was identified with the business interests of Hop Bottom for many years, engaging in the feed business after leaving the hotel. He was a director of the First National Bank, Nicholson, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. Although Hop Bottom is a small borough, it was known for many years as one of the very best places “to stop” between New York and Buffalo. So famous was his hotel that traveling men and agents would arrange trips to be a guest of mine host Stone.


East Rush – Our base ball boys are feeling rather blue over their defeat by Harford. They claim the Harford team tried in every way to cripple them, which indeed they did, to an extent by hitting Mr. Curran three times with a pitched ball and also by striking pitcher Pierson on the hand.


Dimock – The Dimock Free Library is closed until further notice as the librarian, Miss Isa Mills, is spending a few days in Philadelphia and Plymouth.


Susquehanna and Great Bend – A band of gypsies traveling in automobiles robbed an aged man of $100 in Windsor shortly before visiting Susquehanna and Great Bend, and had trouble in Binghamton on Monday. The gypsies were made to give up the hundred they took from the Windsor man, at Susquehanna, Saturday evening. Near Newberry crossing, on Monday, they robbed a roadside lunch room of $50. The Binghamton police dept. was notified, and one of the gypsies was arrested and later identified as the one in the lunch room. After being in jail for a few hours he decided to settle, and was allowed to go. The police officers in searching his auto, found $2,000 in currency hidden in a secret compartment in the car. It is believed a number of robberies between Binghamton and Great Bend were committed.


Springville – Mrs. Ella Meserole, after a long visit to her brother’s and other relatives in Montana, returned home on Sunday last. She left Springville for the west in May, 192l. ALSO The fresh air children from New York, having spent two weeks here, returned home Thursday last.


Ararat/Forest City – What was supposed to have been a business man’s base ball club that came to Ararat from Forest City, Saturday, and beat Ararat to the tune of 30 to 8 and if that was a business man’s club then the business of Forest City is being conducted by members of the Inner State League, for at least five members of the Forest City club were I. S. League players. The members of the Ararat club are simply boys of this town and vicinity and do not pretend to play I. S. League teams. They played a good, up-hill game with but few exceptions. It is small credit to the Forest City Business Men’s club to have won the game with the line-up they had.


South Harford – Several from here took in the ball game at South Gibson, Saturday. The Harford boys did not have much time to admire the girl ball players as they were very busy with bats, etc., and the girls came out ahead.


Jackson – No teachers have been hired for the Jackson graded school. Wendell Phillips, who was principal here last year, and Miss Lily Park, Primary teacher here last year, will teach at South Gibson.


Thompson – The ball game between Thompson and Starrucca, played at Starrucca last Saturday, resulted in a score of 10-4in favor of Thompson. Next Saturday they will play at Thompson. Both sides expect to win.


Forest City – New Hupmobile Prices; Touring Car, $1150; Sedan, $1785; Roadster, $1150; Coupe, $1635; Roaster-Coupe, $1335, from Hornbeck Bros.


Uniondale – A ladies’ handmade, brown linen handkerchief, was lost on Monday evening between the bridge and Cable’s store. Will finder kindly leave at the postoffice?


Fiddle Lake – Ira Curtis, of Herrick, with his force of men have started work on the state road from here to Gelatt, were it was washed out by the big storms some time ago.


East Bridgewater – Morris Tingley, surveyor, met with a serious accident Monday morning. He started about four o’clock in the morning to drive from Summersville to his home in Lenox township, being in a hurry to reach home to set up a harvester. When he was near the East Bridgewater church his harness broke, the neckyoke falling to the ground, frightening the horses. Near the home of N. O. Roach he was thrown from the wagon and sustained a fractured hip. Dr. W. W. Preston was called and attended him, but owning to the fact that he lives alone it was thought best to take him to a hospital. He is at Moses Taylor hospital, Scranton.


News Brief: This daylight saving business gets the good wife to work an hour earlier every morning and gives her husband an hour every afternoon to get into mischief, says the Louisville Courier Journal


August 18 (1922/2022)



West Auburn – The class in home hygiene and care of the sick, under the instruction of Miss Platt, is progressing nicely and much interest is manifested. The class is held on Friday afternoons in Grange Hall.


Pleasant Valley – Perry Schoonover has sold his tame fox to a party in Sidney, NY.


Bear Swamp – Reading the account of the terrible thing that happened at Bear Swamp brought to mind that my boyhood home was near that swamp. At that time there was a hotel there called the Bear Swamp House. It was a pretty rough sort of place. The old stage line on the Owego and Milford turnpike passed through this place. I remember seeing the old stage coaches, with their four horses and driver sitting up high, with his long whip. They changed horses every ten miles. I enlisted in Capt. John C. Morris’ company at Friendsville. We were attached to the 143rd PA Regt. after the battle of Antietam. I was a prisoner of war at Andersonville and Florence for several months. I have lived in Southern California for nearly 7 years. I hope someday to see dear old Montrose again.  Frank E. Foster, Long Beach, Cal.


Forest City – One dead and two seriously injured represented the toll of an automobile accident on the road to Crystal Lake, one mile from here, yesterday afternoon, when a five-passenger touring car, carrying nine persons, overturned as a result of the snapping of the rear axle and the loss of a wheel. Lawrence Gardine, aged 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gardine, of Hudson street, died shortly after the accident from a fractured skull. According to the survivors, the car, driven by the dead boy’s father, was not traveling at an excessive rate of speed. The snapping of the axle occurred along a level stretch of road and was followed by quick skidding as the car turned turtle. The passengers were pinned beneath the machine.


Brooklyn – The Ladies’ Musical club was pleasantly entertained at the home of the Misses Gere on Friday afternoon. The story of the opera “Tannhauser” was given by Mrs. Fitch and musical selections from the opera were rendered by Mesdames Wilmarth, Griswold, Smith and Terry. A sketch of the life of Wagner was given by Mrs. W. S. Tiffany and a whistling solo by Mrs. S. B. Stephens. A most pleasant afternoon was enjoyed.


Montrose – Some new books at the library include: Furniture of the Olden Times, by Morse; Daughter of the Middle Border, by Hamlin Garland (this book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize of $1000 for the best biography teaching patriotic and unselfish service to the people); On the Rim of the World, by Smith J. Patterson; Silver Box, by Galsworthy; and Breaking Point, by Rinehart. ALSO An interesting picture at the Ideal Theatre, Saturday evening, will demonstrate the working of the new burglar alarm at the Farmers National Bank.


Heart Lake – The Troubadours are scheduled to play at Heart Lake Resort again on the 23rd of August. The Wednesday night dances, which are held every other week, are special and do not interfere with the regular Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night dances, for which the “Arlington Jazz” furnishes the music. The auto ride to Heart Lake over the fine roads, attracts young people from long distances.


Transue – F. L. Peet has the water pumped from the well into his house.


Friendsville – A very sad funeral took place here on August 8th, when Miss Anna Foran was laid to rest, with memories that were dear to all who knew her. The corpse was followed to the church with a host of friends. After the Mass, Father Ruddy spoke of this girl’s beautiful character, saying Miss Foran should be an example for those still living. The beautiful singing by Prof. Warner and Mrs. Helen Bolan was very much appreciated.


Springville – Mrs. Mary Stone, who resides with her daughter, Mrs. A. B. Tuttle, celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday. Though quite lame from rheumatism, Mrs. Stone occasionally walks down town and back.


Great Bend – What might have been a serious accident was narrowly averted at the Keystone Farm. Eugene Carl, who was cutting brush with a brush scythe, had been accompanied to the field by his little son, James, who was standing near by. One brush was particularly hard to cut and Mr. Carl swung his entire weight on the scythe. The brush was swept away and as the father swung around he was horrified to see that the boy had moved nearer to him and was in direct range of the sharp scythe. He partially succeeded in stopping the movement but the sharp point struck the boy over the ear and forehead cutting a deep gash. Mr. Carl rendered first aid and Dr. Merrill was summoned. It required several stitches to close the wound but it is thought that the lad’s forehead will not be disfigured to any extent. It was a close call from being a very serious accident.


West Lenox – The Tingley reunion was held last Thursday at the log cabin on M. R. Tingley’s farm.


Nicholson – Editor H. T. Birchard (Henry) has a wide circle of friends here who always greet him cordially. He is the dean of newspaper men of northeastern Pennsylvania and his pen retains the old-time punch.


Franklin Forks – We can think of no one who would do more to make his fellow man comfortable and happy than our good friend, Will Bailey, of this place. And he has now entered upon an enterprise which should bring real pleasure to many here—that of furnishing “real,” Jersey cream, which is on sale at Estus & Tiffany’s Meat Market. The ladies say this cream “whips” splendidly. Anything coming from W. B. can be depended upon as okeh.


County Veterans Association: The 54th annual encampment of the Susquehanna County Veterans’ Association, which was held Aug. 11th on the Montrose Fair grounds, proved to be another entirely successful and enjoyable occasion. Fifty-one veterans of the Civil War, 17 widows, 10 sons, 43 daughters, 13 D.A.R’s and 160 guests were present. The camp-fire was most enjoyable and satisfactory, replete with impromptu speeches and camp and army songs. Fifty-one old veterans, between the ages of 76 and 87, with their wives and seventeen soldiers’ widows, seated at one table, is a rare and pleasing sight for these times. May they all attend the next encampment.


August 25 (1922/2022)



“Yegg Man Gets 15 Years” – James Williams was on trial at Montrose, charged in the indictment with three counts of felonious use of explosives, breaking and entering and larceny. He was one of the yeggmen [a person who breaks open safes, a burglar; a yegg] who were caught at Lanesboro, last March, after a gun battle with state police. The leader, Murphy, was wounded and died in the hospital at Susquehanna. Another, named O’Shaughnessy, was tried and convicted. On the same night the office of the Hillside Coal Company, at Forest City, was blown open and at 4 a.m., following, the three men were captured at Lanesboro following a fierce fight. It turned out that Williams was not his real name, but Howard Kravin, whose fingerprints and photo identified him as an escapee of the Western Penitentiary. Williams was sentenced by Judge Smith to fifteen and not more than eighteen years in the penitentiary.


Montrose – Violinist, J. Wesley Gavitt, returned from Ithaca, NY this week where he has completed the summer course at the Conservatory of Music. Mr. Gavitt studied with two artists this summer, Paul Stowing and W. Grant Egbert, and resumes his classes in Susquehanna, Bradford and Wyoming counties this week.


Lakeside, New Milford Twp. – The directors of the Lakeside Outing Club expect to soon begin repairing the dam and otherwise improving the property.


Stillwater, Clifford Twp. – A Dort car, driven by Lester Verity, of Vandling, and occupied by himself and Charles Viney, Jr., plunged down the steep embankment a short distance this side of the Stillwater crossing, last evening, and although the boys had a thrilling experience as the machine rolled down the hill, finally lodging against a tree, neither was injured. The top of the car was demolished. The young men were passing a carriage containing two ladies when the accident occurred.


Springville – On Tuesday, August 15, a goodly number of old friends called at the home of Mrs. A. Tuttle to pay their respects to her mother, Mrs. Mary Stone, who has attained the remarkable age of 90 years. A large birthday cake, with ninety candles, with other cake and ice cream, were served and all enjoyed a pleasant hour. ALSO Ralph Button, after serving a three-year enlistment with Uncle Sam, has returned home and is greeting his many friends.


Great Bend – The silk mill at this place was burglarized one night last week with about $500 worth of silk being taken.


Uniondale – Dan Gibson won first, second and fourth moneys in the races at DeRuyter, NY, with his three houses, winning the first race in record time. His horses were in the races at Trumansburg, NY last week.


Herrick Center – E. A. Bloxham, of Forest City, has been awarded the contract to erect a new school building at this place to replace the one destroyed by fire several months ago. Mr. Bloxham’s bid was $16,400. The Scranton Heating Company will install the heating apparatus and Mr. Carter, of Peckville, will place the electrical wiring. The total cost of the building will reach about $22,000 and is to be completed on or before November 21, 1922.


Jackson – Raymond Page, 15-yrs-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Page, was knocked down and trampled upon by an angry bull last week. He was painfully bruised and attended by Dr. M. L. Miller, of Susquehanna.


Union, Lathrop Twp. – H. E. Kerr, the man that puts a new roof on your house or barn, is seen mornings in the hammock on his porch caring for the young son, singing, “This is the day I long have sought, etc.”


Harford – L. J. Conrad will have a public sale of stock, tools and farm on August 31st. Lunch will be served at noon. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Ira L. Osmun wish to thank their many friends and neighbors who came Tuesday and made them a haying and oat bee, cutting and putting the hay into the barn, besides reaping and binding the oats. They were certainly friends in time of need and will always be remembered.


Heart Lake – Lovers of good eats, who like to test their gastronomic capacities, will be delighted to know that Landlord D. J. Donovan is to serve a big clam bake at Heart Lake Resort on Wednesday, Aug. 30. This will surely be a “big feed” and the festive clam will be strongly fortified by sweet corn, chicken and many other delightful edibles. “D. J.” may be depended upon to do the handsome thing by his guests.


Ararat – The Ararat Band will give an old fashioned basket picnic at Dunn’s Lake, Labor Day. Dunn’s Lake is situated about 1½ miles east of Ararat. Everything will be done to make this a most enjoyable affair. Good music, games, rowing, fishing, etc., will go to make a good time. A ball game between Ararat and Uniondale clubs will be played in the afternoon. Although the members of both teams are the best of friends there is a bitter rivalry as to which is the best team, so it is bound to be some game.


Susquehanna – The price of ice cream sodas has been reduced to ten cents and the “kids” are naturally happy.


Forest City – It is said that street car service between here and Carbondale will be resumed today or tomorrow. It will be the first time for the electric cars to be operated over the line between here and Carbondale since the second of July. We have a jitney service, but give us the old street car with conductor Farrell, who constantly reminds one “to keep looking ahead.” ALSO – The naturalization applications of Michael Lucas, Joseph Marra, Pietro Pietrosanti, John Traverza, Arduina Guglielmo and Carmelo Adornato were granted.


News Brief: The genius of Alexander Graham Bell gave to the world one of its greatest conveniences without which modern business and social life would proceed under considerable disadvantage. It is doubtful if any other invention has saved more time and foot leather than the telephone—except possibly the automobile. It is hard to realize that the phone is such a comparatively modern invention that its inventor has just died. Mr. Bell had many other achievements along scientific and inventorial lines to his credit, but the telephone is the greatest of them all and will be his enduring monument.


August 31 (1922/2022)



Uniondale – The Uniondale baseball team announce that a drama will be presented in Williams’ Hall this evening, vocal and instrumental music will be an additional feature. The team journeyed to South Gibson last Saturday and trimmed the strong team of that place to a standstill. Kenneth Craft was on the mound for the locals and were it not for errors in the field would have shut out the Gibsonalites. The score was 9 to 3.


Birchardville – The community picnic was largely attended, about 250 being present and a jolly, good time enjoyed by all. Many friends were more than pleased to meet with them. The real event of the whole day was the ball game between Birchardville and Griffis Hill boys. The Griffis Hill boys and their friends returned to their homes in mourning, score, 19-29 in favor of Birchardville. It would have been more but just as Birchardville boys made their 20th score, Griffis Hill boys happened to think “the cows needed to be milked” and in a few minutes the old town team found itself playing alone.


Clifford – There are few young men in the county more popular than John Spedding, and the fact that he is promoting a series of dances at Royal Hall will be hailed with delight by young people in the eastern part of the county. Special feature dances are listed for Sept. 1, 4, 8, 15. Music by Paul Wynn and “The Honeyboys.”


Susquehanna – The strike situation in this place remains about the same. New men come and go—everything quiet and no violence whatever. A largely attended meeting of the shop crafts was held last Friday night at the Union Hall.


Montrose – A contract has been entered into between the Montrose Cemetery Association and the firm of Bosler & Haley, by which the latter has agreed to take over the restoration of all grave stones and markers that through the ravages of time and neglect have fallen into the discard. All those which have become broken or displaced will be mended and placed upright, and such as needed it will be cleaned and rendered readable. Of course, as this is an expensive undertaking, it is hoped and expected that all friends and relatives interested who can do so will willingly come forward and pay the assessed cost of these individual repairs. Unless the cemetery is treated as an entirety, the improved effect is lost. As complete a list of names inscribed on these older and neglected stones, the families of which it is difficult to trace, may shortly be published, hoping in this manner to find a survivor here and there who will be only too willing to assume the obligation thus incurred to keep in remembrance the names of our honored dead.


Auburn Center – Thomas C. Davis, son of Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Davis, a graduate of Auburn Center high school, class of 1921 and of Montrose high school, class of 1922, has been awarded the state scholarship for Susquehanna county in the competitive examination. Miss Lillian Alexander refused it and he stood second.


Lenoxville – Clarence G. Stephens, Lenoxville’s wide awake merchant, was engaged here Friday and, as usual, was an inspiration to the friends and acquaintances with whom he came in contact. “Clarence” has been going strong for a quarter of a century though he retains to a marked degree the energizing force of a man much his junior in point of years. Although Lenoxville is a small hamlet his store is always marked by much activity.


Ararat – On Wednesday night the barn of C. V. Roberts, situated on the Snow place, was struck by lightning and entirely destroyed by fire. His whole hay crop was in the barn at the time; also two automobiles owned by Geo. Carpenter, son of Mrs. Roberts, who lives on the Snow place. There was no insurance.


Harford – Hally Forsythe is again driving the kid wagon on the S. Harford route.


New Milford – The high school opened with the following teachers: Principal, T. C. Hinckley; assistants, Lucille Ryan and Elizabeth Maher; grammar room, Myrtle Felton; second intermediate, Blanche Grinnell; first intermediate, Mrs. Jessie Darrow; primary, Betty Pedrick. There were 175 pupils present.


Brooklyn – Saturday was Open House day at the Girl Scout Camp at Ely Lake. A large number of guests were entertained. The girls did many stunts both on shore and in the lake. They were awarded prizes for proficiency in swimming, etc. In the evening a pleasant social time was enjoyed.


Hop Bottom – A shower was given Miss Pauline Taylor on Thursday afternoon by the ladies of the Shakespeare Club and Book Club, No. 1, in honor of Miss Taylor’s approaching marriage.


Rush – Editor Tracy Sweet, of Scranton, a former Montroser, visited here and took an auto trip down the Wyalusing Valley, the place of his birth. He reminisced since his last visit 17 years ago. In the old stage days hotels were found flourishing at Grangerville, Snyder’s, now known as Lawton; at Sherwood’s and at Camptown. Sherwood’s, a stopping place for dinner when the stages used to run from Montrose to Wyalusing daily, was one of the best country hotels in the state. Hon. W. H. Sherwood, the host, used to sit at the table with the guests and see that every plate was loaded with the good things for which the cooks of the good old days were noted. There were no bell hops, no clerks, no uniformed chambermaids, no bartenders wearing white coats, but everything about the place smacked of good cheer and if one felt so inclined he could get a glass of real whiskey out in the lounging room. The traveling man was always sure of a comfortable room and the best of food. Landlord Sherwood, who was a member of the legislature, away back in the sixties, was an ideal specimen of the American country gentleman. Six feet tall, of genial personality and an immaculate dresser. I expected to stop a moment at the hotel but was grieved to find that the hotel had been closed and was a private residence. [The house still stands in Rushville]. Continued next week.


News Brief: Commissioner Haynes says that he doesn’t expect to have a bone dry America for 25 years. There are still—with the accent on the still—over 40,000,000 gallons of whiskey in the country that is legally available for use in sickness, and it will take a long time, even in our enfeebled condition, to use all this up. Los Angeles Times


September 08 (1922/2022)



Dimock – The Fair was bigger and better than expected. The parade, in which about 160 persons participated, was one that will go down in history as being one of the finest ever seen in a small town like Dimock. The fire department was a scream, from the time it appeared in sight, when it immediately extinguished the two fires that called forth their most strenuous efforts. The policeman, holding back the crowds from the fire in real “cop” fashion, was just too funny for anything. The couple, “Just got Married,” riding in the well-preserved, old-fashioned phaeton drawn by a span of beautiful black horses, called for the admiration of everyone. The couple who were wearing high top hat and little quaint bonnet were too sweet for anything, many said; the school children, the red cross, the little boys with their sunflower faces, the Base Ball Busy Workers, the floats, etc., all led by the woman (?) marshal, closely followed by the town band dressed as clowns, etc., playing popular airs, helped to make the parade one to be long remembered. During the afternoon the Dimock orchestra played and the ball game, which was supposed to be the big event of the day, was forfeited by Montrose on account of the absence of four of her players and they being obliged to use extra players. The game stood 17-5 in favor of Dimock.


Heart Lake – L. E. Griffing will open a jelly factory, Sept. 14, and will make apple juice, jelly, apple butter and condensed apple juice and pasteurized. Bring your clean and well matured apples. Customers living some distance can take [their] product home on same trip. Sweet apples make the best jelly or butter.


Alford – While Earl Ellsworth and Willis Carpenter, both of Harford village, were proceeding south on the Lackawanna Trail, about ½ mile north of Alford, the Ford Runabout in which they were riding, owned and driven by Mr. Ellsworth, got from under control and plunged down a steep embankment, landing 50 ft. below, after turning over twice. Mr. Ellsworth was pinned under the car and that he escaped instant death seems miraculous. He was treated by Dr. Taylor in Hop Bottom and taken to his home, where he did not regain consciousness until nearly noon the following day. No bones were broken and no internal injuries, although receiving minor cuts about the face and head. Yesterday afternoon he was reported as making satisfactory progress, though still confined to his bed. Mr. Carpenter escaped with a few bruises, being able to give assistance to his friend.


Susquehanna – When Erie train No. 3 arrived in town, Saturday night, Al Severson, aged 70, of Brushville, and a portion of the wagon in which he had been driving, were found lying on the pilot of the engine. The man, in an unconscious state, was rushed to the Barnes hospital, where it was learned that his right lung had been punctured. He died at two o’clock Sunday morning. The accident occurred three miles east of Susquehanna. The horse driven by Severson had been killed instantly, while the wagon was found to be completely wrecked. The engineer knew nothing about the accident until the arrival of the train in Susquehanna. It was first thought that the aged man was only slightly hurt but later desperate efforts to revive him proved fruitless. Mr. Severson owned a large farm at Brushville. He was also distributor for “Boss Liniment,” for which he had a large trade. He is survived by his widow and one daughter.


Birchardville – Say Folks—it’s a mighty good thing that we Birchardville ball players crowed while we had a chance. We made up with Griffis Hill and got our heads together and made up our minds we were real ball players, and that we would just stroll over to Fairdale some day and clean up those fellows. So we went, played base ball and came home—beaten.


New Milford – The New Milford mill of Jouvard-Lavigne Co., which had been closed down for three weeks, reopened on Tuesday. The silk business is rapidly improving. The Tri-Borough Silk Mill at Susquehanna, which had been closed down for the past nine weeks, was to re-open also.


Forest City – Adjutant W. W. Feddock has just received a number of markers for graves of Spanish-American war veterans. He will be pleased to be informed if there are any graves unmarked in any nearby cemetery of Spanish-American veterans, and any one knowing of unmarked graves will confer a favor in informing him.


Uniondale – Rev. D. D. Jenkins has been invited to attend a concert at the Carbondale high school tomorrow. His composition, “Columbia,” is having a large sale, and favorable comments of press and musicians are being constantly received by the author. The song carries a thrill that is inspiring.


Montrose – Fire damaged the Susquehanna County Court House on Wednesday of last week. The blaze, which was discovered near the eaves of the large frame structure, was believed to have been caused by the careless use of a blow torch by painters who are working about the building. The fire was discovered at 5:45 in the afternoon. A call was sent to the fire dept. who responded promptly and did efficient work in the control of the blaze. The damage, it is estimated, will amount to about $1,000.


Old Hotels at Rush and Lawton, continued from last week: Just above at Lawton, was another famous stopping place, known as Snyder’s. The proprietor of that hotel was another character in his way. Mr. Snyder was short, fat and jolly. And he always made a hit with the boys. After his death the hotel was kept open by his son-in-law, Isaiah Haire, who was one of the prominent citizens of the county and served several terms as county commissioner. The Snyder hotel was kept open until a few years ago and was one of the popular stopping places for travelers as well as summer boarders. But prohibition has put that out of business also. The big house overlooking a beautiful view down the Wyalusing creek, is now used as a residence for a farmer, who works the old Snyder acres. As we bowled on over the well-kept country road that took us past a panorama of nature that has never been surpassed, the doctor and I thanked our stars that we had been permitted to live in an age when the good, old, real Americans were not hampered by restrictions on personal liberty. [The remainder of the article takes the author into Stevensville, Bradford County, so we shall end here.]


September 14 (1922/2022)



Jessup Twp. – A tragic death, which was surrounded by unusually sad circumstances, occurred Sunday afternoon, Sept. 10, 1922, when Mrs. Everett E. Devine (nee Clara Jenner), of Rush, lost her life in a runaway accident. Her neck was broken and instant death resulted, when she leaped from a carriage, the spirited horse she was driving having become unmanageable. The accident occurred on the hill near the Edgar Bolles farm, a short distance below Fairdale. Mrs. Devine had gone to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Glen Cronk, at Fairdale, where she spent the night. At 5 o’clock she started alone for her home. The only witnesses of the accident were Merrit Light and Miss Mildred Bunnell, Rush young people who were in a car coming up the hill below the Bolles farm. They saw the horse galloping madly down the hill with a lady frantically endeavoring to hold the animal. Mr. Light swung the car out of the road to prevent a crash and as Mrs. Devine passed them she called to the occupants, probably an appeal for assistance. She was seen to jump from the carriage forcibly striking on her head. The young people immediately ran to where she lay motionless and were shocked to discover her lifeless. The galloping horse and empty vehicle were seen passing the home of Mrs. Jenner’s nephew, Harrison Jenner, a short distance beyond. The lifeless body was carried to the Bolles home where a physician was summoned, to no avail. She was 51 years of age, devoted to her husband and children, an active member of the Rush ME Church and mother of two sons, Clifford and Haskell, and daughter, Mrs. Cronk. The funeral was held from her late home and interment was made in the State Road cemetery.


Forest Lake – Erma Turrell, of Montrose, is teaching at the Hamlin school in this place.


Little Meadows – F. M. Lynch, of the firm of Lynch Brothers, merchants and farm machinery dealers, of this place, was engaged here Thursday. The firm of Lynch Brothers is widely known in the western part of the county, its business extending over many townships. They handle the International Harvester Co.’s line of goods and give a satisfactory service to their customers.


Brooklyn – The vocational instructors of our high school have arrived and taken up their duties. Mr. Beach, who lives in Mansfield, is a graduate in the Agricultural College, Cornell University; Miss Nelson, whose home is in Binghamton, graduated in Home Economics at the William Smith college, Geneva, NY.


Fair Hill – Some from the Hill attended Pomona Grange at Birchardville last week and report a fine time, and that it was the largest grange meeting they have had for years as nearly two hundred were fed by the Birchardville Grange.


Hop Bottom – A battalion of U. S. Artillery passed through here Monday, over the Lackawanna Trail, and attracted much attention. Uncle Sam’s horses and mules appeared to be in fine condition and were a most pleasing sight in contrast to the usual rush of automobiles. ALSO Had some shower Monday night. One and fifty-hundredths of an inch of water fell.


Dimock – Paul Blancher has purchased a new Ford car, which leaves the dust far behind. ALSO School has opened here again with 127 pupils in attendance and a splendid corps of teachers. There are 36 students in the high school room, a larger number than was ever known here before. The sessions begin at 9 o’clock a.m. instead of at 8:30 as formerly. ALSO A Willys Light electric plant is being installed in the F. W. Jaussen house in which the manager of his creamery lives. W. J. Cronk has one of the same which he purchased last year that has given entire satisfaction. This plant was used on the Dimock camp grounds during the camp meeting.


Ararat – Andrew Hackley and Ronald Walker are taking a week’s lay off for the purpose of cutting wood on Andy’s father’s place in anticipation of a coal shortage this winter.


Susquehanna – Thos. A. Doherty, Esq. has been appointed attorney for the Erie Railroad Company at this place, succeeding Wm. A. Skinner, who has moved to Scranton.


New Milford – Two automobiles were badly damaged in a collision on the narrow bridge at Summersville on Sunday. The occupants escaped uninjured. One of the cars, driven by F. B. Figgins, of the C. & P. Telephone Co., Washington, D. C. and accompanied by his wife, was nearly across the bridge when a large car driven by Joseph Delio, of Pittston, with several occupants, ran into him head on. Delio was arrested and at the time of the hearing had no driver’s license with him. The Summersville bridge is not what it should be, although this in no way excuses Mr. Delio for his careless driving.


Jackson – Work was started this week on the new road, which is to take the place of a portion of Snake Hill. ALSO Patrons of the Jackson library who take books from the shelves are kindly asked to take pains in putting the books back in their places. Thank you.    


Uniondale – Leaving his engine on which was employed as a fireman at Uniondale station of the Erie road, Saturday evening at 8 o’clock, Maurice Walsh, of Carbondale, wandered away and was not located until Sunday noon The locomotive in charge of Howard Oliver had just returned from Ararat after pushing a train over the hill and had stopped to take water at the Uniondale tank, where it was discovered that Walsh, who had been on the engine just a few minutes before, was missing. A call for assistance was sent into the state police at Susquehanna, the Forest City and Carbondale police and to the D.&H. police. A vigorous and thorough search was started, which continued through the night in an effort to find him. An automobile party overtook the missing man on the road between Crystal Lake and Welsh Hill. The fireman was found in a weakened condition, resulting from a recent illness, and the heavy work of firing the engine caused a temporary case of Aspasia. A large part of Carbondalians were at the Uniondale station ready to scatter in a systematic search for Walsh when word was received that he had reached home.


Montrose – Mises Mildred Lyons, Lillian Martin, Dorothy Titsworth, Louise Hay and Margaret Meehan leave on Sunday for Syracuse University to continue their studies. Miss Frances Fancher goes to Ithaca to enter the Conservatory of Physical Training. Harry Fancher returns to Cornell for his third year.


September 22 (1922/2022)



Heart Lake – Delbert Lee, driver of a Spaulding Bakery Truck, had a miraculous escape Monday noon when the truck which he was driving was struck broadside by the milk train of the D.L.&W., at the Heart Lake crossing. Presuming the train was loading milk the driver started to cross the tracks when the motor truck was struck broadside and carried ahead of the locomotive down the tracks a hundred feet. When the locomotive came to a standstill Lee was still in the cab of the truck with the motor running. The train crew assisted him out of the truck. He received cuts and lacerations about the face from flying glass and one hip was somewhat injured. He was immediately taken to Montrose where Dr. W. W. Preston dressed the wounds. The Superintendent of the Spaulding Company was notified and soon arrived on the scene with a truck and pleasure car, making the balance of the delivery himself and sending Mr. Lee home in his private car.


Montrose – The County Fair, last week, was intensely satisfying to both the large number of visitors and those who had worked so hard to make it a success. The weather was simply ideal, both days, contributing very much to the pleasure of all. The prize of $5.00 offered by the Humane Society for the oldest horse in good condition, entered at the Fair, was won by A. L. Greene, of Tiffany, who has a horse nearly 32 years old. ALSO Be sure to save the night of Oct. 2nd for Douglas Fairbanks in “The Mollycoddle.” Three performances, 4, 7 & 9.


Bridgewater Twp. – Raymond Randall and Ralph Palmer experienced something Saturday afternoon which they do not wish to repeat. They were going to Montrose in Randall’s little, white car, when just past Mr. Ely’s greenhouse, Mr. Randall lost control of the car for a short distance. The car turned over endwise, throwing both men out, far beyond the machine, injuring both men badly, yet not seriously.


Dimock – Wallace Fish, aged 86 years, is feeling fine, his friends will be glad to know and has been able to dig all his own potatoes, which was no light job during the past few days.


Brandt – Edward Wardener is in the hospital at Oneonta in a serious condition as he result of injuries inflicted by an angry bull. Mr. Wardener is track foreman for the D.&H. and while eating his lunch on a grassy knoll overlooking the track where he had been at work, an angry bull attacked him and gored him in the thigh. Blood poisoning has developed and lockjaw is feared. He is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Brocker, of Brandt.


Ararat Twp. – The roads from here to Gelatt, which were made almost impassable from the big washout some time ago, are in fine condition now. Much credit is due Mr. Curtis and Mr. Belcher who, with their force of men, have worked so faithfully. ALSO George Carpenter, who lately lost two autos by fire, has bought a new one. George says he don’t seem to be able to get along without a car.


Clifford – Former County Commissioner, Thomas W. Atkinson was surprised at his home here by a number of friends and relatives in honor of his ninety-second birthday, which occurred Sept. 10th, 1922. He is enjoying good health.


Forest City – The funeral of Benjamin Maxey, one of the largest held in this vicinity for many years, was held from the Maxey homestead Sunday afternoon and there never has been so many prominent people at any funeral ever held here. People from all walks of life, state, county and mine officials from the anthracite region, bankers and miners, business and professional men from the Lackawanna Valley came to pay their final respects to one who in life had occupied positions of trust and honor in this community.


Thompson – A business meeting of the Ladies Aid Society will be held Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, at which time they will paint their tables. Each lady is requested to bring a brush. No refreshments will be served. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Borden, of South Thompson, and her aunt, Mrs. Jennie Clark, spent last week in Johnson City. Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Borden, in company with Leon M. Borden (contractor) and his wife, motored to Syracuse and were in attendance at the fair on Wednesday. While there Thompson and Leon Borden took a spin over the city in an airplane. Thompson’s friends told him they were afraid that was the nearest to Heaven he would ever get, to which he responded by saying he was not sure how soon he might drop in an opposite direction. Rather serious matters to jest about.


Carbondale – Special for a few days only at the Carbondale Vulcanizing Works, 30 x 31 fabric, non-skid tires, at $8.50 each and 20% off on weed chains. Now is the time to buy.


The Old Doctor’s Birthday: Dr. Chas Decker’s birthday anniversary comes Sept. 23rd. A few friends are planning to extend some remembrances on that day,-- not only birthday cards, letters, etc., which are nice, but something in the way of more substantial tokens of friendship and good cheer, to one who during his long life attended the sick and suffering at all hours of the day or night, in all weather, and often where payment could not be expected: but he never side-stepped his professional duty for that reason, nor did he press for payment. And now in his old age, when in more or less need of assistance, his friends feel that there are many who would like to send him some remembrance for his birthday, if they but knew of it. --Therefore this public mention of it, for those who would like to assist in a small way in lightening the old doctor’s cares, and brightening his passing birthday occasion. (Dr. Charles Decker passed away at age 82, March 25, 1927, and is buried in the Montrose Cemetery).


September 29 (1922/2022)


Thompson – A large concourse of people assembled on the school grounds, Monday afternoon, awaiting the arrival of Gifford Pinchot, Republican nominee for Governor and his party. The school and faculty took a recess at the same time and joined the company. At the appointed hour three auto loads from Forest City appeared on the scene, Mr. Pinchot taking the lead. Then the hand-shaking began in which all had the honor of shaking the hand of Mr. Pinchot, Col. David J. Davis, Hon. F. T. Gelder and Mrs. Pinchot. As the distinguished leaders and their company took their departure the high school students gave the “College Yell” which was responded to with waves and adieux, after which school was again called to order and the company disbursed.


Forest City – Seven anthracite coal miners from Scranton and Olyphant, garbed in overalls, called at the White House Monday to see President Harding. The group styled themselves the “Anthracite Sextet” and sought to serenade the president but were prevented on account of Mrs. Harding’s illness. ALSO Russell Hornbeck went to the Binghamton fair. While there he took a thirty mile ride in an airplane. Bidding his companion farewell, Russell entered the aircraft. It lingered its way over the shoe town and when the plane was about 500 feet from terra firma the engine balked. Russell thought of Forest City and his life insurance policies in an instant and supposed his days in an automobile shop were at an end. When his thoughts were collected the plane was descending and Russell’s experience was at an end for the time being. He claims to be the first, other than service men from Forest City, to ride in the air. He states that a ride in a plane is more of a pleasure than riding in an auto and he expects soon to be the possessor of an air craft.


Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. – A chicken dinner was given by the ladies of the church, Saturday, and was largely attended. A ball game between South Gibson and Lenoxville was a feature of the program of sports. Welsh Hill won in a tug of war contest.


Jackson – Yes, we went to the Harford Fair, and a grand success it was, too. ALSO I. C. Hill, one of Jackson township’s oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, suffered a stroke last Monday from which he has not yet recovered, although from last reports he is a little better. Mr. Hill was working in his barn when he was stricken. It was some few minutes before members of his family found him. He was trying to get to the house, but it required the combined efforts of his daughter, Miss Nora, and another member of the Hill home, David Rogers, to get him into the house. Mr. Hill is a veterinarian and has had an extensive practice throughout this part of the county. He has hundreds of friends who anxiously await his recovery. [Isaac C. Hill died on March 31, 1923 and is buried in the Jackson Baptist Cemetery].


Montrose – Citizens of Montrose were greatly shocked and sorrowed on the evening of Sept. 26, when the news became current about the streets that Hon. Harland A. Denney had suddenly passed away at his office from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. Deceased, who was 55 years old, was Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, with an office in Harrisburg, and had been home for a few days. He was making plans to leave the following morning for the Capitol when the end came. Industry, helpfulness and loving kindness were his prominent characteristics. His friends were legion and are bound to him by hands unbreakable. As a lawyer, District Attorney, President Judge, Deputy Attorney General, and in a multitude of other relations and associations, he was prominent and well-known by the people who mourn his passing and proclaim his worth.  ALSO Norton W. Scott celebrated his 88th birthday last Monday. He called on acquaintances in some of the business places, wearing a well-preserved suit of clothes that was forty-four years old, being the suit he wore to a friend’s wedding at that time.


South Gibson – The following from the versatile pen of Editor Baker, of The Transcript, whether fact or fable, makes good reading. “From South Gibson comes a story which seems a little too odd to be true. As the story goes, a farmer was aroused in the night by a man calling for help. The farmer put his head out of a window, and the man on the outside said a pig which he was carting in a truck had gotten away, and was on the farmer’s premises and he asked for help in catching the porker. The farmer, his wife and children, dressed and aided the stranger in rounding up the pig which was put into an auto. The stranger wanted to pay the farmer “for his trouble,” but he would not accept anything. Then the stranger departed, shouting his thanks to the farmer and his family. After he had gone, the farmer went to his own pig pen and discovered that his own pork on hoof was missing. It was his own pig which he had helped the man catch and put in the car. Evidently the stranger had tried to steal the pig from the pen, and the porker got away from him. Then he hit upon the novel idea of having the owner of the pig help him and it worked beautifully, according to the stories coming from out South Gibson way.”


Harford – Earl Ellsworth, of Harford village, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident on the Lackawanna Trail, recently, does not improve rapidly and has gone to Scranton for treatment.


Great Bend – Elwood Edinger, a retired Lackawanna engineer, died at his home here, Sept. 21, following a long illness. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Perry.


Middletown – Frank J. Golden died Sept. 11, 1922, at his home here. He is survived by his wife, Mary; four daughters, Mrs. Frank Conroy, Julia, Mary and Katherine Golden; seven sons, Joseph, Leo, Lawrence, Frank, William and James Golden, of New York, and Thomas Golden of Middletown; a sister Mrs. D. Hannon, of Binghamton and two brothers, William and Morton Golden, of Middletown. The funeral was held at St. Patrick’s church, Middletown.


Marriage Licenses issued: Haskill Devine and Olive Leight [Light], both of Rush; Chauncey M. DePue and Elizabeth C. Conn, both of Susquehanna; James J. Barrett and Bridget Fitzpatrick, both of Dimock and Charles Fitzsimmons and Mary McLoone, both of Dimock.


October 06  (1922/2022)



Forest City – The policy committee of the United Mine Workers of America, in session at Cleveland, Tuesday, reaffirmed the demands of the February, 1922, convention of the union in Indianapolis, demanding the continuance of the present wages in coal mines until 1925, and, in addition, the six hour day and five day week, time and one-half for over time work and double time on Sundays and holidays. These demands will be presented to the next scale conference of miners and operators prior to the expiration, March 31, next, of the Cleveland agreement signed last August, which practically settled the soft coal strike and which is now in force.


Montrose – The matter of children playing on the pavement and carts and vehicles without lights on Grow Ave., was a subject of much discussion by Montrose Council. It was decided that drastic means to eliminate same will be taken which will probably follow by arrests of continued offenders of the ordinance in the near future. ALSO Playing at Ideal Theatre, October 7th, Viola Dana in “The Fourteenth Lover.” A comedy drama of a pampered daughter of the rich whose object is matrimony and encourages thirteen lovers to pay homage to her court. They lack personality, so she selects—Who? Come and see who the “Fourteenth Lover” is. ALSO The County Commissioners have purchased, through Earl J. Smith, a Seth Thomas improved tower clock. This will be made to order and it is expected to be installed in about eight weeks.


Baker’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – We are all glad to hear that Miss Helen Buckley is nicely improving after an operation for appendicitis at Dr. Mackey’s hospital in Montrose.


Susquehanna – After twelve weeks’ strike, the Erie shop men here have returned to work following the strike settlement which was completed last Saturday evening. By the end of the week all the former employees will be at their old places and there are 200 more skilled machinists wanted to rush the repairs on the Erie equipment, which must be accomplished before the road can move the necessary coal trains and other lines of freight, to say nothing of passenger trains which are uniformly late. ALSO The crosses on St. John’s church have recently been gilded and add much to the beauty of the church.


Lawton – John Devine is building him a new house on the Kirkuff farm, which he bought some time ago, and he expects to move there as soon as the house is complete. ALSO John Devine, Reed Devine, Donald Pierson, John McGovern and Martin Coleman expect to leave on Tuesday morning to go to New York. They expect to take in the world’s series.


Dimock – A double wedding occurred in Auburn Twp, on Wednesday, September 20, 1922, when Charles Fitzsimmons and Miss Mary McLoon and James Barrett and Miss Beatrice Fitzpatrick, all of this place, were united in marriage. The two young ladies came from Philadelphia last spring and had been working at the Norris farm during the summer. The happy couples will continue to reside in Dimock Township and their friends wish them much joy.


Harford – Twenty years ago, Oct. 1st, 1902, Sarah, the youngest daughter of the late Tennyson and Lillian Tingley, was united in marriage to Bert Richardson, of Harford, at Montrose, by Rev. E. K. Thomas. One year from that day, born to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Richardson, a daughter, named Beatrice. Eighteen years from that day, Oct. 1, 1921, Beatrice was united in marriage to Olin Howell, of Johnson City. One year from that day, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Olin Howell in the Johnson City Hospital. Mother and son are doing fine.


Hop Bottom – Millinery Notice: A full line of ladies’ and children’s fall and winter hats at Roberts’ Hat Shop, over Roberts Store.


Hallstead – On Wednesday, Colpitt & Dubois, of Johnson City and Binghamton, closed the deal through John M. Robbins, real estate agent, for the purchase of Mt. Manotonome, a tract of between two and three hundred acres, comprising the beautiful mountain park which over looks Hallstead, a vast tract of timber land and about five miles of road, comprising the beautiful mountain drive up and around the mountain. The vast tract was purchased for purpose of making it into a breeding farm for silver gray foxes and by December first pens for the foxes will be erected and at least a hundred foxes will be placed in the pens. At one time it was thought that a great movie colony would be established here. At another time there was a report that a great hotel for summer tourists would be opened.


Uniondale – On October 17, G.E. Douglas, of this place, will give a demonstration on the farm of John Simpson, near the Birch school house, of his powers as a manipulator of a witching rod. The test will be made in the afternoon. Mr. Douglas was recently in Washington, D. C. to convince the editors of the “Pathfinder” of his abilities to locate water, oils and minerals. Mr. Douglas is firmly convinced of his powers and will leave the matter to a committee to be selected by those present at the demonstration. All he asks is a fair trial. The public is earnestly requested to attend the demonstration. He will do his witching in his own way.


Thompson – The first number of the Thompson high school winter Lyceum Course will be held the evening of October 10 in Keystone Hall. The entertainment will be one of magic, melody, music and mirth. There will be five numbers; the second a lecture, the third, an electrical entertainer on the wonders of electricity; forth, a musical number with harp and guitar and the last number will be the “Metropolitan Glee Club.”


October 13 (1922/2022)



Jackson – Oct. 21, 1922 will be a big day in the history of North Jackson when the anniversary of the establishment of the First M. E. Church and an “Old Home Coming Day” will be observed. Several former pastors will be present and at the noon hour “ye old time eats” will be provided, in abundance, by the ladies of the church.


Springville – The Literary Society of Springville high school will give a free program in the community building, Thursday evening, October 12th. Afterward there will be an ice cream social and parcel post sale for the benefit of the senior class.


Fairdale – On account of the fox hunt at Birchardville and celebration at Rush, on Saturday, October 14th, the Grange dinner, which was to be held that day, is postponed indefinitely.


Harford – Work is progressing nicely on the new road from Harford to Kingsley. ALSO An old resident of Harford was laid to rest on Tuesday morning in Harford cemetery. Dr. Sylvester Carpenter, who died at Clarks Summit, Saturday, was buried beside his wife in the family lot. His daughter, Miss Gertrude, and her friend, Miss Shaw, were present from Port Jervis.


Alford – A porch picnic dinner was enjoyed on Rev. Hubbard’s porch on Wednesday. All enjoyed the chicken dinner very much.


Montrose – About fifty pupils from the Montrose high school motored to Meshoppen, Saturday, and witnessed the foot ball game between Meshoppen high school and the Montrose high school, the score being 0-0.


Middletown – October 1, 1922, at home, occurred the death of John T. Jones. In the death of Mr. Jones the community loses one of its very best men, always public-spirited and any movement for the betterment of the community always received his best efforts. Although a long and patient sufferer, being confined to his bed for about five years, he always kept abreast of the times and always had a pleasant smile and hearty welcome for all, being a model neighbor. It can be truly said of Mr. Jones that any neighbor wanting his assistance was never refused even at a sacrifice to himself. So why would not a community mourn the loss of such a man.


Ararat – Marvin Price is working on the new bridge near Gelatt, where the other bridge was destroyed in the flood. It will be a long time before it is completed. ALSO Messrs Scott, Smith, Bushnell and A. Brooks were the only men attending the cemetery bee last week. They, with the assistance of Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Scott, placed all the cement posts at the corners of lots, which are for sale. Dinner was served at the home of Mrs. Floyd Sartell. The cemetery looks fine, but a little more co-operation among friends who have lots in the cemetery, in donating work or money, would enable the women’s committee to make the place more beautiful.


East Rush – Our boys feel pretty proud over winning of the silver cup in the series of base ball played this season.


Auburn Twp. – The South Auburn Grangers are planning a Halloween masquerade social in the near future. Particulars given at the next meeting.


Cider Making – We are ready to make cider, one mile east of South Montrose, at the Ralph Roberts farm, on the detour road to Dimock. H. D. Griffis and Ralph Roberts.


Brooklyn – Dr. and Mrs. F. B. Miller entertained about twenty friends from this place and Hop Bottom at the Scout Camp at Ely Lake on Monday evening. Dancing and cards were enjoyed and dainty refreshments served. ALSO Mr. Watrous has his house on the new foundation on the east side of Maple Street. J. W. Bunnell, of Dimock, has had charge of the moving.


Great Bend Plaindealer of Oct, 6 – The saw mill and a large quantity of lumber belonging to Miles Rickard & Son, on the Windsor road, was destroyed by fire about 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Clair Rickard discovered the blaze and gave the alarm. The neighbors responded and many from town answered the call for help. The fire burned rapidly and the workers, securing water from a nearby creek, endeavored to save the burning building and lumber, but it was impossible. Much new machinery had recently been installed, and this, together with 50,000 feet of finished lumber was destroyed. The loss amounts to $6,000.

Forest City - J.J. Newberry, who has a five and ten cent store here, has opened his thirty-second store. The latest is at Newton. Mr. Newberry is a former resident of Stroudsburg, and has made wonderful strides in the mercantile line. ALSO The State Firemen’s Convention is being held in Harrisburg. Michael Skubic will represent Hillside Company. Thomas Jurasko was chosen to represent the Enterprise Company, with John C. Murray as alternate.


Drought – One of the longest drought periods on record in this part of the country was broken Saturday by a soaking down-pour, which continued into the next day and again on Tuesday. As a result of the twenty-five days without rain fall many of the streams dried up and springs and wells that had never before failed went dry. It will take several days of soaking rain to prepare the soil for the winter’s water supply on many farms. Many forest fires were raging and the rain saved many young trees. A fire south of Montrose was in progress; also fires north of Alford and the vicinity of Forest City, Herrick and many other places.


October 20 (1922/2022)



What Possesses the Witching Rod: The question as to whether water can be located underground by the use of the witching rod—the forked branches of an apple, plum or cherry tree—in the hands of a so-called water witch, is receiving considerable discussion in a good many homes in this section of Pennsylvania, since the excursion of G. E. Douglas to Washington, D. C., and his experiments before a committee of Pathfinder magazine editors. There are those who look with doubt on the entire question of water finding by such methods and there are plenty of others who have an abundance of faith in the water witching processes and declare their faith, is founded on works that they have seen performed. On Tuesday last Mr. Douglas gave a demonstration of the powers on John J. Simpson’s Meadow Breeze farm, near Crystal Lake. There were 50 observers present, including a number of ladies. It developed that among the spectators were a number of other claimants of water witching powers and for some time the fields adjoining Mr. Simpson’s farm building were an animated scene with men standing about holding the forked sticks. It can hardly be said that the time and place were adapted to a fair test. A heavy rain had fallen the night before which probably saturated the ground, and it is doubtful if the water pipes carrying only a one inch stream would be sufficient magnet to cause unusual attraction. If the witching rods of the various experimenters are to be relied on the Simpson farm is supplied with an abundance of underground veins of water. It was conclusively shown that in the hands of Mr. Douglas the wand would, at certain spots, bend and point earthward, while in the hands of others it would not. Frank Warner, of Newton Lake and his son, Willard, who were present, also appeared to have witching powers and some of the other spectators who had never tried the art before found that the rod would bend in their hands. As Hamlet observed, “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than dreamt of in your philosophy.” The question still is, can water be found with a witching rod. Mr. Douglas says it can, that he has found it.


Birchardville – The fox chase in the forenoon was a pronounced success. The large pack of stalwart hounds covering the chosen three mile course in a phenomenally short period of time, awakening the keenest interest for those witnessing the event. Prizes were awarded to owners of hounds as follows: Ball Brothers, Birchardville, hunting coat; Glenn Billings, of Springville, a live fox; Joseph Brotzman, of Rush and Mortimer Rhinevault of Birchardville, tied for third. Clay pigeon shooting continued throughout the day perpetuating a rare sport of days gone by. Dana Barrett, of New Milford, took the honors, scoring 24 out of 25. The ball game between Fairdale and the Fox Chasers resulted in a victory for Fairdale, 4-13.


Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Bostwick left for Grand Bay, La., where they will reside with their daughter, Mrs. Charles T. Marvin. Many friends regret their removal from town. The Daughters of Veterans packed a special lunch and gave it to them as they stepped on the train leaving Montrose. Mr. Bostwick was the genial [Court House] tipstaff here for many years. He will be greatly missed by the G. A. R., being one of the few survivors of the Civil War. ALSO And now prohibition enforcement officers are said to be very much up in the air over the activities of aerial bootleggers.


Brooklyn – A potato spraying demonstration on the farm of W. S. Tiffany, of this place, showed that spraying doubled the yield and prevented rot and blight. The expense of spraying was small. ALSO Two auto accidents occurred on the state road in this vicinity. B. A. Oakley, who was driving near C. J. Savige’s, lost a bolt from his steering wheel and a smash-up ensued, which did not prove serious, although it probably would have been had he been driving fast. Stanley Lord, who was driving a Ford car, and was accompanied by Howard Osborne and Maurice Bailey, when near the residence of Mrs. Minnie VanAuken, struck a head block, being unable to make the curve at that point in the road. All three boys were thrown from the car and more or less seriously injured. Dr. Taylor was summoned and dressed the wounds.


Jackson – Chas. F. Whitney, who very likely is the largest grower of high class fruit in the county, marketing as high as 5,000 bushels of apples in a season, reports that the long drought injured fruit considerably this year, the stems withering and the apples falling from the trees.


Susquehanna – Rev. Wm. Clemon, of this place, head of the East Mountain Coal Co., while at Scranton, last week, filed suit for heavy damages against the D & H Railroad company for failure to deliver coal consigned to Clemon & Plummer, said cars of coal becoming lost and not delivered. After a search it is said the lost cars were found in the Carbondale yards. The damages asked are $50,000 from the D & H Company. ALSO The work of remodeling and decorating St. John’s Church is nearing completion. It is expected another week will finish the work and when done the church will have one of the most beautiful interiors of any in the Scranton diocese.


Uniondale – Shubael Carpenter, the grand young man, will be ninety-one years of age next Monday, if spared. Tuesday he was at work in his garden and as strong as a man of fifty. ALSO Fifty years ago, Monday, we had a snow storm. Snow began falling in the early afternoon and by night there was a heavy fall. The snow remained until January. An early spring followed.


Transmission of Power by Radio: Transmission of power from Niagara Falls to New York by radio is a possibility of the future in the opinion of Dr. E. F. W. Alexanderson, chief engineer of the radio corporation. This prediction by the noted engineer followed the success of a sixteen hour test of election tubes in place of large alternators in transmitting wireless messages across the Atlantic Ocean. Possibility of power transmission by the use of election tubes has stimulated the imagination of scientists, who for some time have believed that wireless transmission of power might come to pass. The almost infinite possibilities of the tubes attracted the attention of Marconi when he was here and their development, he said, was the next most important step in wireless.


October 27 (1922/2022)



Susquehanna/Forest City – Both candidates for governor have covered the Forest City to Susquehanna trail. One went through clouds of dust, the other plowed through mud. Candidate McSparran and party was brought from Susquehanna to Forest City by Harry Ryan who found the road so bad that he decided to return home by way of Carbondale, Scranton, the Lackawanna trail to Great Bend and up the river road to Susquehanna, notwithstanding the detour to Carbondale was pictured to him as a terrible five mile stretch of road. He went three times the distance to get a better road. Susquehanna county’s two largest municipalities should be connected by an improved road. The local businesses requires it. Interstate traffic would be expedited by it. Studded by innumerable lakes and beautiful hills and dales this section needs only good roads to take the lead as a summer resort section. More important better roads are needed for the daily business of this section. ALSO On Saturday an Erie crew brought 86 cars of coal from Forest City to Susquehanna on one train. An ordinary freight engine with the regular pusher to Ararat handled the long train. ANOTHER ALSO This vicinity was given material evidence of the proximity of winter Tuesday morning with the first autumnal flaky harbingers of the coming winter. It began snowing about half past six o’clock and continued to spin the white flakes for about three hours. The snowfall was accompanied by a genuine cold snap, the thermometer marking 32 degrees. The earliest snow fall recorded in this vicinity occurred on October 11, 1905 and the heaviest on October 30, 1917.


Carbondale/Clifford – Work on the Carbondale-Clifford concrete road is being held up owing to a squabble over right of way and a demand for damages by two property owners at the bottom of Finch hill. The County Commissioners threaten to abandon the work there and spend the money in another part of Lackawanna county, terming the demand for damages as a “hold-up.”


Franklin Twp. – At a meeting of the board of directors of the Montrose Gas, Oil & Coal Co., held last week, it was decided that the time has come to put into active operation the comprehensive plans for the full development of the natural gas field now known to exist in Susquehanna County. In a short time bituminous coal may be had in sufficient quantity to warrant contract for several wells, and drilling contracts may be had at a lower figure than obtained a year ago.


Uniondale – New stained glass windows have just been placed in the Presbyterian church by Paddock & Sons of Wilkes-Barre. Two of the windows were donated, one by the Westminster Guild and one as a memorial to the late Wm. Tinker.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake – Last Saturday, while Silas Jagger was gone to the creamery, some men from New York state came and began cutting timber and they kept at it and with the help of one of the neighbors they had cut and skidded enough for twenty cords of stove wood.


Kingsley – A masquerade box social will be held in the Universalist church, the evening of Oct. 28th. 25 cents admission to all ladies who do not bring a box. A prize will be given to the one wearing the prettiest costume and one to the most grotesque. Come and see the gloomy family.


Dimock – J. M. Calby, one of the county’s very popular builders, was calling on County Seat friends. Although steadily employed on the Louden Hill Farm, he is taking a few weeks to tidy up work on his farm. “Jim” made many friends during the years he was in Montrose and is always cordially welcomed here.


Montrose – Although rumors have been persistent that D. J. Donovan had sold the Tarbell House (now the County Seat Hotel), the deal had not been made yesterday, though Mr. Donovan has given an option, said to be $55,000 on the property.


Heart Lake – The Mountain Ice Co. has finished loading ice for the season and Supt. Aldrich and men are busy on repair work making ready to harvest ice in season.


Lathrop – Byron Williams dropped dead while helping Norman Oakley fill silo, Oct. 19th. He was an unmarried man and lived alone since the death of his father some years ago. He was highly regarded and a kind and obliging neighbor. He will be greatly missed by all.


Fairdale – There will be a masquerade social at the Grange Hall, Monday evening, Oct. 30.


Franklin Forks – Mr. and Mr. Robert Caterson and son, Donald, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coy, Sunday. ALSO Some of the school children at the Baker school are entertaining the chicken pox.


Jackson – In a recent issue of the Montrose Republican the Jackson correspondent of that paper says not to say anything to Jackson folks about chicken pie. This probably applied to the recent church supper. It was a very unkind and seemingly untrue thing to say, in view of the fact that the supper was considered one of the best by nearly everyone present. The church people have enough difficulty in raising funds for the church, without having such statements applied to their suppers through the public prints.


Upper Lake, New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wellman are the proud parents of a boy, born Oct. 21, Guy Eugene. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wellman celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Fifty friends were present and they received many lovely presents and a purse of silver.


Why “Pot-Luck” – When a man offers a spur-of-the-moment invitation to “come home with me and take “pot-luck,”  he is understood as meaning that no special preparation has been made for the guest, but that the repast will be whatever chances to be in the house. But there was a time when “pot-luck” was actually dished out of a pot, and when the guest took his chance of getting either a good meal or a very slim one. In the old days—and the practice is still in force in some parts of Europe—nothing came amiss to the family cooking-pot suspended from the pot-hook in the center of the fireplace. Everything edible was thrown into it, and, to keep the pot boiling the fire was seldom, if ever, allowed to go out. When meal time came persons fished for themselves and whatever they happened to find was their “pot-luck.”


November 03 (1922/2022)



New Milford – Mark P. Perigo, one of our well-known and highly esteemed citizens, died Oct. 29, 1922. Mark was born near Hamburg, NJ in 1836 and moved with his parents to Birchardville when a small child. He was a Civil War veteran, enlisting in Co. H, 143d Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was with the Army of the Potomac in 1863, being in the thick of the fight at Gettysburg. He attended the fiftieth anniversary of Gettysburg, in 1913, having the honor of being chosen one of the four flag bearers of the 143d Regiment. He resided in Rush for many years but removed to New Milford borough, where he had since made his home. His first wife, Bertania Turrell, of Forest Lake, bore five daughters and one son, she passing in 1887. A second wife, Almira Hamlin, died in 1897 and a third wife, Caroline Sterling, survives him.


Montrose – The hill climb on Bank Hill, put on by Joe Donovan, agent for Paige and Jewett automobiles, recently, was a complete demonstration of the wonderful power of the Jewett “6.” This hill is considered one of the most difficult in Montrose. The Jewett car, carrying five passengers, went over the top at 18 miles per hour, and with two passengers at 25 miles per hour. ALSO The Montrose High School foot-ball team played the Honesdale team on the latter’s grounds. Honesdale, who put in many outside players, won the game.


Susquehanna – The purchase of the creamery here, by the Dairymen’s League, means much to the dairy interests in this section. The League will transform the local milk plant into a shipping station, also will probably make changes, enlarging it and making it the central station for a large League territory.


Springville – Many from here and surrounding country attended the sale of household goods at Kasson Corners. The present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Kasson, are loath to part with this fine farm and summer home, descended from father and grandfather, but desirous of a warmer climate and a permanent home there, will pass from here leaving regrets of many old and new friends, and we wish them a long and happy life wherever they may locate.


Hop Bottom – The M. E. church has been undergoing some decided improvements. A new concrete porch and steps have been built at the entrance. The old carpet has been removed; the floor refinished and varnished. New Axminster rugs and runners have been laid, giving the interior of the church a very fine appearance. These rugs were purchased of D. L. Robinove, of Montrose.


Dimock - Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Fuller are rejoicing over a son, born Nov. 27, Clark Bailey Fuller.


Uniondale – Miss Leona A. Burdick, who has spent the past few months visiting relatives in Philadelphia, has accepted a position with Sears, Roebuck & Co. She is a graduate of the commercial department of the Forest City high school. ALSO Electric lights are now a sure thing in the Methodist Episcopal church. They are the gifts of friends and are appreciated.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Several met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Jagger and cut and split about 20 cords of wood last Saturday, for which they are very thankful. [Follow up to last week’s article saying that men from New York came and cut the wood. All was a kind gesture to help the Jagger’s.]


Jackson – The What-So-Ever class met with Mrs. A. O. Strockbine. A bee was had by the men for the purpose of cutting Mr. Strockbine’s winter wood. Mr. Strockbine, who has been in a Buffalo hospital for some time, is on the gain.


South Ararat – Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Burman, spent the last of the week here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Burman. They started for Florida and expect to make the trip by auto, which was fully equipped for the journey with living purposes. He had a tent to cover the car by night and the car will be used to sleep in on the tour.


Forest City – An “Army and Navy” store is to be opened in the storeroom lately occupied by J. Karpinski. ALSO A masquerade party was held in the Grange Hall Monday evening. The costumes were quaint, ludicrous and grotesque beyond degree and were not secundum artem made. Frank Halkyer, dressed as Rip VanWinkle, was a prize winner.


Friendsville – Miss Katherine Leary, daughter of Thomas Leary, of Friendsville, and Edward Moran, of Friendsville, were married in St. Francis Xavier church, Friendsville. A Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Rev. Ruddy. Prof. Warner played a program of wedding music. The bride wore a navy blue tricotine suit with a black panne velvet hat and carried a white leather prayer book. Miss Katherine Matthews, a niece of the bridegroom, wore a navy blue tricotine coat dress and a black panne velvet hat. William Moran, a brother of the bridegroom, was the best man. A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s father. After a wedding trip to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Moran will live in Friendsville.


Brushville – The brutal murder of an elderly man, named Cyrus Payne, occurred at his home, about three miles from Susquehanna. He lived alone and kept considerable money in the house, which was probably the cause of the crime. State troopers and police are trying to solve the mystery, but no clues could be found. He was apparently killed while eating, his head being crushed at the back. His only surviving relative is Thomas Payne, of Susquehanna. Undertaker Perrine took charge of the body. More in next week’s 100 Years column.


Marriage Licenses issued: Urbane D. Whitney and Catherine L. Vanderson, both of New Milford; Edward P. Moran and Katherine Leary, both of Friendsville; Malvin T. Caffrey and Marie S. Ziegler, both of Lanesboro; Wm. E. Dutchman and Mildred G. Ciar, both of Forest City; Claude Woodruff and Dorothy Ace, both of Auburn Twp.


November 10 (1922/2022)



New Milford – At Lakeside the repair work on the dam in this place is about completed. The well-known old Page pond is known all over the county as a great fishing resort. The pond is now owned by a stock company and the way is opened to make this a famous resort. The big pond is a beautiful sheet of water, a mile or more in length, 1400 feet above tide water, in a very healthful region of the Alleghany chain. ALSO  Mrs. Mark B. Perrigo, aged 75 years, died at her home on Nov. 3rd, less than a week after the death of her husband. Until a few weeks ago she had tenderly cared for Mr. Perrigo, who had not been able to speak for over four years, due to a stroke. Burial was at Meshoppen, by the side of her former husband.


Franklin Forks – Henry Webster moved his family to Conklin. Mr. Webster works in the Creamery at Conklin.


Forest Lake – Morris Baker and family spent the last of the week here. Morris is a crack shot, and put in much of his time hunting. ALSO At Fair Hill, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Brands, of Detroit Mich., started for their home. They drove a Ford and expected to make the trip in three days—over 600 miles.


Hallstead – Miss Madeline Maloney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Maloney, and Frank T. Holl, of Scranton, were married Oct. 28, 1922, in St. Lawrence parochial residence, Great Bend, by the Rev. Father McGuire, of Susquehanna. They were attended by Miss Frances Maloney, sister of the bride and Chas. Breswitz, of Binghamton.


Lenox – There has been no school at the Howard school for several days, on account of the illness of the teacher.


Dimock – Oct. 28th was “Red Letter Day” for the Dimock Women’s Christian Temperance Union, when they entertained the teachers of the public school and fifty members of the Y. P. E. and L. T. L. at dinner in the community building. At 12 a long line of young people and children marched in order to the community building. After singing several patriotic selections the table was surrounded and everybody got busy. At the afternoon session it was reported that 1500 temperance essays were written in the county public schools and 155 afghans knitted for returned wounded soldiers in hospitals.


Forest City – Victor Hodorowski, aged 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hodorowski, met a tragic death Saturday while on a hunting trip with Willim Budjeicka and Joseph Carey. They ran a rabbit in a hole on the Derrick farm. Young Hodorowski worked to get the rabbit out and when the animal leaped away the concealed Hodorowski youth called to Budjeicka to shoot. As he did so Victor jumped up and received the full charge of the gun. Dr. C. R. Knapp was summoned, along with M. J. Connelly, but the wounded boy expired before their arrival. The funeral was held from St. Agnes Church and was attended by a large group of sympathizing friends. Interment was made in Sacred Heart cemetery. ALSO Marion and Howard Roberts, children of David Roberts, were taken to the Wyoming Conference Children’s home at Binghamton. They were accompanied by their father and Rev. G. V.McAllister.


Thompson – Anyone who would like to locate in this place will do well to call on Real Estate Agent A. H. Crosier, who has a number of good properties for sale. There are many inducements for people to locate here.


Uniondale – Samuel Starks is planning to move his family down the valley, where he is employed. ALSO Freeman Carpenter is having water piped to his home. He says he has plenty of coal and soon will have water in abundance and sees no reason why he should abandon home comforts for a trip to the Southland. ALSO Valentine Knapp has concluded that he will hitch up his own Lizzie. He has purchased a Ford touring car.


Jackson Twp. - Can a boy fourteen years of age pay the death penalty for first-degree murder?  That is a question which thousands of people in the county are asking. Elmer Washburn, who was fourteen years old last August, confessed that he killed, alone, and premeditatedly, Cyrus Payne, 81, in the aged recluse’s home near Brushville, on Oct 27. He took from the body of the unconscious and dying man a bag containing $2462.50. (Cyrus is the adopted son of Mrs. Scott Washburn who was deserted by her husband when the boy was two years old.) When asked by State Trooper Gratcofsky about a certain rifle, Elmer finally confessed. The feelings of Trooper Gratcofsky can best be realized when he was on the trail, which so surely implicated the boy, and when conversing about the crime, he made the following statement: “I could have cried when the kid made me understand that he was really the murderer. I felt—I really knew it was true—yet I did not want to believe. There was something about him that made me feel that I must prove he was not the murderer, rather than that he was the slayer—but that cannot be done.” [Because of the lengthy article, containing further information about Elmer Washburn and the murder of Cyrus Payne, anyone wishing to read more can find the article at the Historical Society. Further developments will be reported as they happen.)


News Brief: Unable to get coal for several weeks and also unable to obtain relief through appeals to the state and federal governments and officials of the Hudson Coal and Temple Coal companies, the citizens of Olyphant, at a mass meeting Saturday night, planned to commandeer cars of coal lying on the tracks within the borough limits, Sunday morning the plan was executed.  Of the 120 tons confiscated 82 tons went to the schools of the borough, which have been closed for some time owing to a lack of fuel and the balance was delivered to the churches of the town, which were without coal. The chief of the coal company’s police department and three of his men were on the scene while the coal was being hauled away but took no steps to interfere. The citizens had the fire companies on hand to prevent interference. The borough officials stand ready to pay for the coal as soon as statements are received.


November 17 (1922/2022)



New Milford/Lenox Twp. – David M. Hardy, one of the most prominent members of the Grange and G. A. R., in the county, passed away at his home here, aged 77 years. Seven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, the latter before her marriage being Miss Anna C. Potter, celebrated their golden wedding. Deceased is survived by his widow and eight children, Samuel J, Mrs. J. E. Gardner, Mrs. Walter Davis, John C., Harry A., M. Clyde and Prof. H. Claude Hardy (only 7 named). He was a member of the G. A. R. post of Glenwood and also of the Methodist Episcopal church, being an earnest and active worker. He was one of the most prosperous farmers of Lenox township and after his retirement from the farm removed to New Milford. Services will be from the Tower church in Lenox and burial will be in the Tower cemetery.


Forest City – Miss Josephine Brown, of Bethlehem, a former teacher in our high school, who was largely instrumental in bringing the high school to its present standard of excellence, was a weekend visitor here. She came up to witness the play, “Kathleen” by the high school and met with a cordial reception.


Uniondale – The bodies of Miss Freda Bartholomay and her nephew, Wellington Burns, late of Vandling, were re-interred in the Uniondale cemetery. They passed away last summer and were buried in the Archbald cemetery.


Montrose – A matter very pleasing to Masons, not only of Montrose, but of the county as well, is the announcement that Warren Lodge, No. 240, F. & A. M., at a meeting last week, voted to purchase the Dessauer block, in which they have held their meetings for a great many years. The price paid for this very fine property was $10,000, with the stipulation that $2,000 should be set aside and the income used in maintaining the Craftman’s Club. The Dessauer heirs sold this property for about half its value and it is the plan to have the building named the Dessauer Memorial Hall in honor of the late M. S. Dessauer, an enthusiastic and faithful member of Warren Lodge for a great many years. The Craftman’s Club’s headquarters will be increased to include the entire second floor of the building. The Dessauer block is a very fine three-story brick structure, very substantial and well built. [Formerly Craige’s Store, now Hometown Finds & Friends]


Jackson – The Ladies’ Aid will meet in the church parlors next Thursday and tie quilts for Mrs. Felton. There will also be a wood-bee to get wood for the church. Men invited.


East Rush – Mr. and Mrs. Clark Linaberry are rejoicing over the arrival of a son, Gorden Clark.


Lenox – F. L. Tanner was engaged at Montrose on Saturday. He is a born optimist and, of course, is always most welcome wherever he goes. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pickering and family and father have moved from their farm to Lakeside. Their many friends here regretted to have them move away.


Harford – James Adams is kept busy these days making cider. ALSO Work is still progressing on the state road, in spite of the recent strike, some of the teamsters refusing to work over some grievance, but their places were quickly supplied. We have not heard of any strike riots yet.


Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine and children, after spending the summer at Louden Hill Farm, left Tuesday for their home in Newark.


Mountain Valley – Chas. Brush, Miss Ruth Nichols and Miss Laura Brush, went to Binghamton Sunday to hear Sousa’s Band. [Miss Ruth Nichols became the wife of Charles Brush in 1923].


Hop Bottom – Mrs. C. A. Corson left last week for Hoboken, NJ, where she will make her home with her son, G. L. Corson.


Brooklyn - To help defray the expenses of the Lyceum lecture and entertainment course, there will be an illustrated portrayal of the ever popular play made famous by Denman Thompson, “The Old Homestead,” at the Brooklyn Universalist church, Nov. 23. This delightful play, full of humor and pathos, will be illustrated by 70 beautifully colored slides prepared from the films of the recent wonderful motion picture production shown at New York.


Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Post left Nov. 4th for Florida, stopping on their way at Carbondale and Northumberland, being joined at the latter place by Mr. and Mrs. Rimron and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bayliss, of Uniondale, and Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Sherwood and daughter, Miss Della Sherwood, of Binghamton—three auto loads in all, bound for the Palmetto state. Roy Burman, also of Thompson, arrived in Florida for the winter some time ago.


Marriage Licenses: John Suponcik and Martildo Suponcik, both of Forest City; Frank Kotor and Maria Stmier, both of Forest City; Douglas Carter and Mildred D. Pierson, both of Auburn Twp.; Wm. R. Coleman, Scranton and Grace M. Bower, Susquehanna; R. W. Byram, Hop Bottom and Deena M. Peckins, Hughesville, Pa.; Thos. A. Coggins and Nellie Galloway, both of Oakland; John P. Gavitt, Montrose and Myrtle A. Hayward, Binghamton.


Friendsville – The funeral of Mrs. Katherine Keenan, whose death occurred after a long illness on Nov. 6, was held from her late home and at St. Francis Xavier church. She is survived by eleven children. She was a woman of high ideals and moral character, patient and resigned to the “Will of God” in all her trials and sufferings, with a kind and encouraging word for everyone. Truly it could be said of her, “None knew her but to love her; none spoke of her but with praise.” She will be greatly missed by her family, relatives and a large circle of friends.


News Briefs: The ancient Egyptians were forbidden to eat onions and garlic, which explains, in part, Cleopatra’s charm. ALSO There is considerable truth in the assertion by the Harrisburg Patriot that “when you see a man climbing the ladder to success you can bet a woman is holding it.” ALSO A new foot disease, caused by the pressure of the automobile driver’s foot on the gas accelerator, has been discovered. It is sometimes fatal to the pedestrian.

November 24 (1922/2022)


Jackson Twp. – Although Cyrus Payne, who was brutally murdered at his home, October 27th, lived and died a bachelor, it appears that he had an affair of the heart when a young man, though destiny seems to have decreed that he and his youthful sweetheart should not tread the pleasant by-ways of life together. A letter revealing that Cyrus cherished the affections of a young lady and that their regard for each other had progressed to a point where they had planned on a life together, was sent to Sheriff Darrow by Mrs. Adie Burt, of Watervliet, NY, who had heard of the pathetic end of Cyrus Payne, and wrote for information. She shared that cruel fate had separated them and for fifty-five years she wondered and hoped, wished and prayed to learn of his whereabouts. She eventually married but her husband was killed in an accident, leaving her widowed for thirty years, “but Cyrus Payne’s name has forever been stamped in my memory, and will ever remain there until I have passed on, where I shall hope to meet my dear one.”


Brooklyn – The Ladies’ Musical club was pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. C. P. Fitch, who was assisted in entertaining by Mrs. T. A. Capron. The Club has recently joined the Federation of Musical Clubs. The program of the afternoon was grouped around the topic of Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute,” and a pleasant afternoon was enjoyed.


Montrose – Miss Katherine Bloom, for a number of years head waitress at Hotel Donovan, will relinquish her position Dec. 1st and take up practical nursing, having recently completed a course in this work. ALSO S. G. Fancher, R. C. Sprout, C. L. Stephens, E. E. Small and Glen Wilmarth, of Kingsley, went to Tarrytown, NY, Sunday, and drove through five Chevrolet cars for the L. H. Sprout & Sons Agency.


New Milford – One of the very best preserved men of our acquaintance is Charles M. Shelp, our very efficient and popular Justice of Peace. He is a very useful and intelligent gentleman, his long life having been replete with work of a worthwhile nature, and is now giving New Milford a splendid service as a peace officer, being kept very busy with duties pertaining to his office. Mr. Shelp passed his 80th milestone last month, but you would not suspect that he was this old to see and talk with him.


Fairdale – E. L. Jones, one of Fairdale’s prominent residents, is saying that the need of rain to replenish springs, wells and streams is becoming very acute and that should the ground freeze without copious rains, farmers will be put to great inconvenience for water for their stock. ALSO While Rev. John M. White, of Fairdale, was in town one night last week, assisting in the revival meetings being held at the Methodist church, an extra tire was stolen from his car. The guilty party should be found and punished. Stealing from a minister, and at a church, is particularly scurvy crime.


Thompson – E. A. Foster has just purchased a new loud-speaking wireless telephone and expects, in a few days, to be able to give us free concerts.


Hop Bottom – M. E. Rynearson is erecting a new garage on Lackawanna Trail. The building will be fire proof. The two upper floors are of red tile. The basement of concrete blocks. It is a beautiful structure. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Pease are painting their home a nice shade of green. ALSO Floyd Oakley has accepted a position as foreman in a toy factory at Ithaca.


Harford – The South Harford people are much excited about a wild cat which is prowling around the woods. A few nights ago one of the dogs treed it, but it got away. A number of boys have been on the watch out for it. It snarls and spits and makes very unearthly shrieks.


Forest Lake – There will be a carpet rag social at the Hamlin school, Friday evening, Nov. 24. Ladies bring ball of rags with name inside. Please bring cake or sandwiches.


West Auburn – Monday afternoon Harold Devine and two or three other boys and girls, who live near Kinney Pond, started to call on a friend and took some guns along, thinking they might bag a rabbit or two. On the way they stopped to rest, and young Devine stood his gun against a fence, while a ten-year-old son of Charles Winans laid his on the ground. As he did so the gun was accidentally discharged, the load striking Devine in the leg, just above the ankle. The unfortunate young man was brought to Laceyville, the wound given first aid attention and he was sent to Packer hospital on the west-bound Black Diamond, which was stopped there for the purpose.


Springville – We are planning a big, all-day community bazaar for Dec. 6th. Everything will be on sale from farm produce to fancy goods and the ladies of the community will serve dinner. In the evening there will be an entertainment. The proceeds will be applied on the community building’s debt.


Gibson – Fay Burrows and family, of Binghamton, returned to Gibson to cast his vote.


Forest City – The Hillside Coal and Iron Company is building a bowling alley for use of members of the Hillside Volunteer Hose Company. ALSO Tomorrow night the Seniors and Juniors will play basketball. There is much rivalry and a lively tussle may be expected. The high school quintet was defeated at Simpson last evening. Score: 17 to 14.


Elkdale – G.G. Wells, one of the oldest and  most highly respected residents of this vicinity and for many years our only merchant, will soon move to Scranton to reside with his daughter, Mrs. John Tinker.


News Brief: We notice by the papers of several counties that farmers generally are posting their lands with No Trespass Signs, being forced to do so by the careless acts and depredations of hunters. Farmers, in general, in speaking of the matter, say that they do not care particularly about the game that is shot but feel compelled to stop the damage done by a certain class of hunters, saying barb wire fences are cut, stone walls are often torn down in the quest of a rabbit or other game, that fires are occasionally started in woods or brush lots and that stock is occasionally shot through the carelessness of a hunter.