August 10 (1900/2000)
SOUTH GIBSON - Mrs. Rose Davis, who has received a patent upon an improved dress cutting chart, has disposed of the same to a prominent manufacturing firm in Binghamton, who will manufacture and sell it, paying her a handsome royalty for the privilege.
MONTROSE - Festivals nightly, at the A.M.E. Zion Church, this week, have attracted large crowds. AND: It is the general opinion that owing to the prolonged drought, potatoes will not be the abundant crop that was promised earlier in the season. Some of the early varieties, however, are showing up finely, among them being the "Montrose Wonder," originated by L.B. Pickett, of this place. Some of this variety were of good size, fair and handsome tubers, and when cooked were white, mealy and of excellent flavor.
THOMPSON - W.W. Simrell, for 20 years Master Mechanic of the DL&W Railroad, at Hallstead, and later Prothonotary of this county, is spending the summer months at the Angora goat farm of his sons, in Thompson township, near Starrucca, where he is superintending the erection of a commodious barn.
SUSQUEHANNA - The new telephone line will be extended to Hickory Grove at once. The new lines between Forest City and Susquehanna and between Susquehanna and Bainbridge, N.Y., are gradually nearing completion. AND: The Commissioners appointed to consider the matter of the division of the wards of this borough will again meet here Sept. 11th.
BROOKDALE - The Helping Hand Society of this place met on Thursday, Aug. 9, with Mrs. A.B. Mitchell and did a lot of sewing and tied off a quilt.
SILVER LAKE - A party of 30 visited Salt springs on Thursday and although the creek was dry and the falls had vanished a pleasant time was reported and the ride home by moonlight was much enjoyed.
LYNN - Risley & Silkman, our popular merchants, have opened a branch grocery at the Lathrop creamery and are well patronized by the people who deliver milk there.
HARFORD - A very pretty wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Forsyth, east of the village, on Wednesday afternoon, August 15th, when their lovely and accomplished daughter, Naomi, was united in marriage to Lee W. McLaud, an estimable young man of Harford. The parlor was beautifully decorated with house plants. Pearl Tingley, a cousin of the groom, played the wedding march. Lee Forsyth, a brother of the bride was best man and Abbie Allen was bridesmaid. The bride wore a traveling dress of dark blue, trimmed with white satin. After the wedding a bountiful repast was served. At a convenient hour, amongst a gentle shower of rice, the happy couple left for the evening train. They will spend several days in Scranton and vicinity before returning to Harford.
RUSH - On Saturday last the horse of Mrs. L. Very, and one belonging to Miss Blanche Hill, whilst tied at S.B. McCain's store, were frightened by the whistle of the steam engine of Jerome Kinney, who was threshing near by. The horses broke loose and ran away and Mrs. Very's ran afoul of a telephone pole which turned the buggy upside down, broke a wheel and tore the harness to pieces. Fortunately no one was in the wagon.
LAWTON - James Flynn and James Curley are putting a pair of scales in I. Haire's barn for the purpose of weighing heavy commodities. The scales belong to Kahler, Terry and Haire. Lawton is quite a business place and the scales will be very handy. AND: The Lawton ball team went down to Rushville recently and did that team to the extent of 43 to 7.
GREAT BEND - J.N. Sackett, aged 72, a few days ago rode a wheel from Great Bend to five miles west of Owego, N.Y.
FOREST CITY - Forest City is to have a $50,000 brewery. AND: A surprise that was as complete as it was pleasant was given Rev. J.E. Broadhead, Monday. It was the gift of a new carriage and harness from a number of friends. Woodbury Coil, who was the prime mover in the scheme, quietly circulated a paper for several days last week and quickly realized a goodly sum of money. Saturday the new equipment arrived and Monday morning Mr. Coil borrowed the clergyman's horse for 20 minutes. He took it to Johns' barn, where the animal was hooked to a new rig, complete even to a beribboned whip, and then returned to Pentecost's store where Mr. Broadhead was invited to jump in. It is hard to say who got the most pleasure out of the presentation--the popular "dominie" or Mr. Coil.
FLYNN (Middletown Twp.) - For the last four weeks there has been one continual round of pleasure here. Beginning with a dance which was held in Mr. J. McManus' new barn. Though the night was hot there was plenty of fresh air and the boys and the girls tripped the light fantastic toe until the wee hours of the morning. Next came an excursion to Kinney's Pond with the Haires as a rendezvous; fishing, dancing boating, with an occasional fall in the pond, was the order of the day. Then a ride to West Auburn in which Mr. C. Murray let his arm go to waist. Rob McCormick and the girl that was with him kept their eyes on the cows in the wheat. As for Maggie Golden we don't know what became of her as she was in a closed buggy. Perhaps Patrick Fitzpatrick can tell. Anyway, Miss Armson still continued to cake walk and Miss Asher tried to keep quiet. Captain Tom Golden thought best to leave his wife at home and was eagerly sought after by all the girls. Miss Jeanette Golden had a mania for fishing and what we would have done without Charley Golden and his fiddle we do not know. Anyway, harrah for Kinney's pond.
UNIONDALE - The best preserved man in our town is Jas Bennett, who now has his home with his daughter, Mrs. Elvira Davis. Mr. Bennett is in his 90th year, but still has the use of all his faculties.
GLENWOOD - Sunday, Aug. 12, Mrs. J.B. Swartz opened a can of pickles, which were put up just 9 years ago, and they were elegant.
August 17 (1900/2000)
HEART LAKE - "Harm" Lewis, a young man employed at the large ice house at Heart Lake, was seriously injured there on Wednesday by a huge cake of ice falling and striking him with awful force upon his chest. Mr. Lewis was taken to his home a short distance away and he is reported to be in a critical condition.
MONTROSE - By the death of Chief Justice Green, our fellow towns- man, Hon. J. Brewster McCollum, becomes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the highest judicial position in the Commonwealth. Justice McCollum was elected to the Supreme bench in 1888 and his term expires January, 1910. AND: W.A. Harrington's livery took two 4-horse loads of Co. G. boys to the Soldier's Encampment at Lanesboro. Peter Norris hauled the cannon over.
SUSQUEHANNA - The old Transcript building will be made into a fine hall for Keystone Hook and Ladder Co., No. 1. AND: In Waverly, NY, on Saturday afternoon, a game of base ball was played and nearly finished by the Waverly and Susquehanna nines. During the 9th inning the incompetent Waverly umpire mounted his wheel and the Waverly club followed a wagon track off the grounds to save the home nine from a tie or a defeat. When the curtain went down the score was 6-4 in favor of Waverly.
RUSH - Merchant Whitney found a curiosity amongst some potatoes he dug: one had grown into a clay pipe bowl and was firmly attached thereto.
SPRINGVILLE - Springville base ball nine went down to Mud Hollow on Saturday and played the team at that place. Score 39-9 in favor of Springville.
NORTH BRANCH - William Schooley and family move to Neath this week, where Fred Giffin has located his saw mill on the Charley Moore lumber job.
GIBSON - Millwright W.O. Chamberlin has three mills and two creameries to build. Mr. Chamberlin is a first-class workman.
HOPBOTTOM - Our borough fathers, after receiving counsel on the matter, have set the Street Commissioner to work with several men to straighten a sluice which carries a stream under Main street, which in years past has caused so much damage by clogging and breaking during high water. Owing to the street being torn up people have had to take another street and go around by the depot, and as the streets were not properly lighted, a young man drove off the wall below the depot on Sunday night smashing the carriage and he received some severe bruises. The council promised to pay the young man for his wagon.
CLIFFORD - Green's Reunion, held at Finn's Hall, Aug. 16, was well attended. About 70 present. After a bountiful dinner and many remarks quoit pitching was the order of the day. The Green family are a jolly set and they had a jolly time. AND: Tinklepaugh, our former watch tinker and barber, was in town last week. He is now working in Tunkhannock and C.P. Hunter is running our barber shop. C.P. is a slicker, try him.
ARARAT - Hon. John G. Wooley, the Prohibition candidate for President, made an address at Ararat the other day.
AINEY - L.E. Squires drew a load of stone from Hawke's quarry on Friday, the 17th, the weight of stone being 10,215 lbs. Three horses were used.
DUNDAFF - Crystal and Newton Lakes are great attractions these hot days. Picnic parties every day from various parts of the country. This makes Mr. Seymore laugh, as he runs the little Naptha boat and he will take you around the lake for 10 cents.
SOUTH GIBSON - The South Gibson Graded School will open Aug. 27, with Prof. J.E. Williams, principal and Lizzie Shafer and Dora Follett as assistants. The course of study embraces, besides the common branches, latin, algebra, natural philosophy, book-keeping, civil government, physical geography, rhetoric and botany. All who expect to attend should be present the first day.
BRACKNEY - Ward's Hotel, one of the most popular county hostelries, is full of business these days, often having to turn away city and other boarders. Thos. Ward is one of the most cordial of hosts and it is easy to trace the source of the success of the house.
ELKDALE - R.T. Burdick, the artist, is doing some fine portraits these days. He has some beautiful ones at his studio in Elkdale.
LAWSVILLE - The Southworth family reunion was held at the home of Fred Bailey last Wednesday. There were 112 present and a good time enjoyed. The Lawsville band furnished some excellent music.
SILVER LAKE - A party of young people from New Milford, chaperoned by Mrs. E.W. Boyle, who are camping here, held a party at the hall Friday evening, which all report as enjoyable.
UPSONVILLE - Saturday morning, Aug. 11th, fire destroyed the old house on the place known as the Hitchcock farm.
GLENWOOD - The influx of summer visitors is greater than usual. There is a faint whisper of making a summer resort of Hartly lake, on the hill, by using a little ingenuity and a switch back road up the steep incline would cause wonders. Residents, watch sharp before some moneyed men or trusts step in and grasp the golden prize and all the redress that is left is, "I told you so."
DIMOCK - On account of the Camp Meeting at Dimock the Lehigh Valley railroad will run a special train to and from that point Sunday, Aug. 26th, as follows: Leave Montrose 7:20 a.m.; South Montrose, 7:25 a.m.; Cool, 7:28 a.m.; Hunter, 7:32 a.m.; Woodburn, 7:39 a.m., arriving at Dimock 7:41 a.m. Returning special will leave Dimock at 8:49 p.m., making all stops at Montrose.
August 24 (1900/2000)
FOREST CITY - The new school building, on South Main street, has been completed.
BROOKLYN - George Benjamin, going to his barn Monday morning, found a valuable black colt gone--the thief or thieves also took a nearly new, side bar buggy, painted black, also a good trimmed harness. He tracked the rig as far as Montrose. On the road he found a note which read, "Mr. Man, look for your horse in Binghamton." Mr. Benjamin came to Montrose and sent word of his loss in different directions. Later, his horse was found at Kirkwood, as promised by the person taking it. In the carriage was a slip of paper on which the following information was scrawled: "This horse is from a town 4 to 8 miles from Foster." The horse was driven hard and was in a used up condition when found early yesterday morning. The thief had left the horse wandering about the village and got out of town without leaving any trace as to his identity. Mr. Benjamin would like to get his hands on the rascal that caused him so much trouble.
ARARAT - The fifth annual reunion of the Tylers in the United States will be held in Philadelphia, Sept. 12, Gov. Tyler, of Virginia, presiding. Julius Tyler, of Ararat, will read an original poem.
FLYNN (Middletown Twp.) - Miss Jossie Lane had a doll party to which about 12 of her little playmates were invited; also about 20 handsomely dressed dolls. Her father and mother, Mrs. and Mrs. Jerry Lane, saw that there was nothing lacking in the way of entertaining the little party, including a sumptuous repast, served upon the lawn, after which the little tots wended their way homeward, looking for ward with pleasure to the return of Jossie's next doll party.
FAIRDALE - Last week, while Jenner & Devine were moving their steamer through Fairdale, Mr. Devine left the team to get a bolt, when they became frightened and ran away and, running into Mrs. Cornell's yard, struck a tree and were caught before much damage was done. Also....Monday afternoon last, while Bert Robinson was driving Dent Roe's team home from South Montrose and before they got to Fairdale, the horses got frightened and ran, striking the telephone pole at the corner and knocking it down, ran across the road into Mrs. Cornell's yard, struck a tree, throwing both horses and upsetting the wagon, but not doing any serious damage. [Mrs. Cornell's tree had a busy week].
LENOX - We would call the attention of the supervisors of Lenox township to the unprotected condition of the dugroad passing by the Charley Walker place. It is a dangerous place especially to a stranger on a dark night. Should anyone run off there the township would have to foot the bill.
HALLSTEAD - A sad accident occurred at Alford on Saturday, which resulted in the death of Ray Capwell, of Hallstead, at the Moses Taylor hospital in Scranton. Young Capwell was a freight brakeman on the Lackawanna road and last week had been working overtime and at the time of the accident had not had his clothes off in four days. He had been sent back to flag a train which was following the one he was on, and after doing so he sat down on the track for a minute's rest. Nature asserted itself and he immediately fell asleep. The engineer on the approaching train saw the young man, but not knowing that he was asleep, supposed that he would get up in time and so made no effort to stop the train until it was too late. The pilot of the engine pushed Capwell off the track, but one of his feet was crushed. He was taken to Scranton at once but died at the hospital from loss of blood. Ray Capwell was a young man 20 years old and was very popular among all who knew him.
RUSH - We were visited with a severe storm of wind, lightning and rain on Sunday. The wind blew down much fencing and many trees, also a barn of Henry Wheaton; the lightning struck the large barn of Thos. Golden's, which burned to the ground with its contents, his hay crop, a large quantity of straw, a new reaper, wagons, etc. The barn of Frank Redding was also struck and set on fire but was extinguished before much damage was done; estimated loss between $30 and $50. Jerome Bertholf's barn was struck and destroyed with its contents of grain.
SUSQUEHANNA - September 11, an application will be made to the Governor for a Charter of Incorporation for the Susquehanna Telegraph and Telephone Company, a Susquehanna institution.
FRANKLIN FORKS - Our schools are to commence Monday next with Miss Redding, of Montrose, teaching at the Forks, Mary Wheaton at Salt Springs and Oril Smith at Brookdale.
SILVER LAKE - Twenty or more of the young people from the Lake attended the tennis tournament at Montrose Saturday and were much gratified by the reception given them by the Lakeside Country Club.
HEART LAKE - The past season at the Lake, socially, has been very gay, especially for the young people. Nearly every night dances have been given in the pavilion and on some evenings two or three dances were given for the pleasure and gratification of those who indulge in this popular diversion.
DIMOCK - There was a pleasant surprise at the Baptist parsonage on Thursday. Pastor Hughes and wife were visited by a long procession of carriages from the Auburn congregation. A sumptuous meal was spread on tables in the shade of the trees after which Deacon Smith, in a very happy speech, presented an expensive black cloth suit to the pastor (it was found to be an excellent fit). A quilt was then presented to Mrs. Hughes and a silver napkin ring to each of the children. After spending some further time in a social way the company broke up and declared that a delightful time had been spent and that the surprise was complete. Three weeks ago the Dimock people assembled in the parsonage and papered the rooms and laid a new ingrain carpet. The pastor and Mrs. Hughes desire to acknowledge gratefully all kindnesses from both congregations.
September 08 (1900/2000)
BRANDT - The Harmony Brick Co. is rushed with orders.
GREAT BEND - Charles Meagher was waylaid last week on the flats between Great Bend and Hallstead by highwaymen who relieved him of watch, necktie and 75 cents in money.
RUSH - Mr. and Mrs. Edgar W. Bolles with Miss Emily C. Blackman were callers on Ed Stuart. Whilst there they visited the spot on his farm on which Chas. Miner built a cabin 100 years ago. Miss Blackman relates that he raised a crop of wheat and harvested it, went to the forks of the Wyalusing and got plank for a threshing floor; when he got back he found that the bears had destroyed the wheat.
HERRICK CENTRE - The question of whether or not a new school house should be built, which has so long been a matter of dispute among the good people of Herrick Centre, was finally settled at a special election held for the purpose on Sept. 4, and the vote stood 84 to 53 in favor of increasing the debt for the purpose of building the school house. We think the people of Herrick will never regret their decision.
AUBURN - Chas. E. Bunnell left Aug. 25 for Wood Island, Alaska, to take charge of a government school. Sept 5th he was waiting at Seattle for the boat, Bertha, to undergo repairs, expecting to sail as soon as the eleventh.
SUSQUEHANNA - The following appointments have been made for Christ Church for the ensuing year: Organist, Mrs. Engle; Janitor, Maning Thomson; Choir Steward, Ford Higby; Usher, H.I. Livingston, late of St. Luke's Church, St. Alban's; Altar boys, Tracy Engle, Frank Townsend, Clarence Brewer and Elmer Curran.
LANESBORO/HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND - Owing to the severe and protracted drouth, the people of Lanesboro are being supplied with water from the Canawacta Creek. They will be lucky if they do not sip river water before the drouth ends. In Hallstead and Great Bend the Water Co. has found it necessary to prepare for a supply from the Susquehanna river by reason of the reduced flow from their several storage reservoirs. To obtain the purest water the river can give, it is proposed to extend the intake pipe across to the Great Bend side of the river so that when the pump is necessarily started, less danger of contaminated water will be possible.
DUNDAFF - We understand that through the strike in the coal valley the companies will not sell any coal. Well, that's all right, we have lots of wood and good saws and axes to cut it with. I guess we can stand it.
CLIFFORD - Sept. 6th we had a nice shower, but got pretty well waked up with the lightning--the lightning struck a willow tree close to P.K. Stevens' house. Another bolt struck J. Hobbs' barn, making the boards fly in all directions. The barn was full of hay and oats. It is a query why it did not set it on fire. The insurance had exprired a few days before. AND: Nearly all the wells in town went dry or failed last week.
OAKLAND - The Oakland Congregational church edifice has been removed from its recent site to an adjoining lot.
DIMOCK - Mr. Frank Cope has been untiring in his efforts to make the Y.M.E. Club not only a benefit to the young men of the place, but to the community at large. Fifty new volumes have recently been added to the already fine library which comprises many works by the ablest authors and which has been opened to the public free of charge. The generous manner in which the books are loaned ought to bespeak on the part of the people of Dimock, a liberal patronage and a hearty cooperation in all the efforts of the club towards the raising of the necessary funds for carrying on the enterprise.
LAKEVIEW - E.J. Tyler killed a large rattle snake by his horse barn, which had strayed off from the hills, as it was the first ever seen in this vicinity.
NEATH - John Wood and Ranie Owens, of Middletown, are skidding logs for Charlie Moore.
BRIDGEWATER TWP. - Descendants of the Stephens family held their annual reunion at Chandler Stephens', Aug. 25. Josiah Stephens, of Stockbridge, Mass., married Any Seward, about 1750. They had seven sons and two daughters, all born at Stockbridge. Of these, Oliver married Lucretia Crane, Phebe and Mabel married brothers named Tier and bought farms from Cooper's patent, six years before Judge Cooper founded the village of Cooperstown. The oldest son, Daniel, was a soldier in the Revolution and severely wounded by the Indians at Fort Stanwix, during the great battle there in Aug. 1777. Fearing the scalping knife, Daniel dragged himself along a short distance to the shores of Oriskany Creek and found a safe hiding place under its banks. William and Jarah were also in the Revolution. The family moved to Otsego Co. in 1790. James married Sallie Wood and after her death married Patty Thurston Williams. In 1810 Jarah, Josiah and James came to Susquehanna County.
HEART LAKE - L.E. Griffing is putting in an up to date cider mill and jelly evaporator, at his plant, and will soon be prepared to either buy your apples or do your custom work.
GIBSON/NEW MILFORD - Parties are arranging for a telephone line and an executive committee to promote the building of the line was elected as follows: E.A. Sweet, president; J.J. Potter, secretary; F.W. Barrett, A.C. VanGorder, A.O. Stockbine.
MONTROSE - At the Armory, Sept. 13th, will be presented "Vance's moving pictures and musical artists" presenting sensational, mystifying and humorous animated pictures with thrilling realism and life-like motion. Admission 25 and 35 cents.
FOREST CITY - Schools opened with 700 pupils present.
September 14 (1900/2000)
HALLSTEAD\GREAT BEND - John Aitken is destined to become a general favorite with the young ladies, having purchased a stylish young horse and buggy.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Susquehanna Scholastic Assn. has organized a football team with James Dougherty as a manager. The team will be glad to hear from other teams. AND: A few days ago George Grady and John Dugan killed a blacksnake in the suburbs of the borough, measuring 5 ft. They saw something protruding from the reptile, pulled it out and found it was a copperhead snake, still alive.
RUSH - A Gospel wagon made its appearance in Rush on Saturday, on its way to Fairdale, coming back on Tuesday and stopping at the M.E. Parsonage. AND: S.B. McCain has introduced the National Cash Register into his store. It is a wonderfully ingenious piece of mechanism, making a complete record of cash received or charged, with the names of the clerks, foots up the day's business, &c.
MONTROSE - Among the exciting events of fair day afternoon was the wandering away from Hon. D.C. Titman's barn, his favorite and famous family cow, and no quicker had "Clint" discovered her absence than he started in hot quest of her--"Along the street, 'with might and main' Rushed a man shouting this refrain--Where's my cow?/ From street to street, uphill and down, He hurried on all'round the town--Where's my cow?/ He met the men--and the women too--No words he spoke except these few: Where's my cow?/ He met the boys, and asked them where? He met the girls, coming from the fair-- Where's my cow?/ And thus it went; again and again He repeated that same wild refrain--Where's my cow?/ At last a maiden told him how, A boy had found a lone, lost cow--It was his cow!
FLYNN - Nellie and Anna Conboy and Mary McManus, of this place, are attending school in Montrose. AND: The Gillin school is progressing finely under the able management of Miss Catharine Giblin.
FOREST LAKE - Frank Fessenden is putting up a cider mill in connection with his sawmill.
SOUTH GIBSON - Mrs. Lucy Chandler, now in her 90th year, is enjoying her usual good health. She is tenderly cared for at the old homestead in "Kentuck" by her daughters, Mrs. W.H. and Mrs. Mary Davall. AND: Alonzo Kinney, now in his 95th year is able to ride from East Mt. to Burnwood and return the same day, a distance of 10 miles; he also walks to his neighbors for a mile around. His eyesight is somewhat impaired but his hearing is good. He hopes to be able to wear his "campaign boots" on November 6, and put in a vote for McKinley. Mr. Kinney is pleasantly situated at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed. Bennett.
DIMOCK - School commenced at Hillsdale on Monday, Sept. 3d. with Miss Nettie Stilwell, of Dimock, as teacher. School commenced at West Valley on Monday, Sept 3d, with Miss Katie Stilwell, of Dimock, as teacher.
NEW MILFORD - A very severe accident occurred here Wednesday. Leon, son of Jerome Gunn, while out hunting, in drawing his gun over a log the hammer came in contact with the log and it went off and the whole discharge passed through the arm shattering the bone and muscles of the arm near the shoulder. The injury was so serious that amputation was necessary, which was done by Dr. Ainey, assisted by Dr. B.W. Blakeslee of Newport News, Va.
FRANKLIN FORKS - The Stockholm gathering was held at the home of A.E. Stockholm on Saturday of last week. Friends came from far and near and by noon 68 had gathered. It was an occasion long to be remembered by those who were present. The old officers were chosen for another year. The next meeting will be at the home of J.W. Palmer, at Franklin Forks, in September 1901.
AUBURN - The Retta and Beach Grove nines played a game of base ball on Carter flat last Saturday. The score was 35 to 2 in favor of Beach Grove.
ARARAT - The camp meeting is a thing of the past, and an excellent meeting it was. One hundred tents and many of them more than full.
ALFORD - At 9:20 p.m. on Saturday night last, fire was discovered in the large stock barn of Omar J. Jackson, two miles from Alford, in Harford Twp. In a few minutes the structure was ablaze. The neighbors responded promptly, but owing to the drought, Jackson's wells were dry and water had to be drawn in wagons and this method was so slow it availed little. Nothing was saved except the house and one out house. The farm contained the finest lot of barns and sheds of all the country round. Sixteen head of cattle were cremated and two acres of land were burned over, the cow barn, the horse barn, the wagon barn, a granary, two henneries, 100 ft. of sheds, a hog house, an ice house and a carpenter shed being destroyed. The farm is owned by Otis Grinnell and he had an insurance of $1,575 on the buildings. The fire was undoubtedly of incendiary origin and has caused intense feelings among the farmers of the neighborhood.
NEWS BRIEF - In 1865 there were 10,088 pupils in the schools of Susquehanna county. Today there are 8,630. In 1865 there were 384 teachers; in 1900 there are 320. There were three graded schools in 1865; today there are twenty. The State appropriation in 1865 was $33,031; in 1900 it is $49,737. In 1865 the average wage paid male teachers per month was $30.70; in 1900 it is $40. Female wage in 1865 was $20.47 per month; in 1900 it is $25. In 1865 the average cost of instruction per pupil was 64 cents; in 1900 it is $1.40. AND: The Pomona Grange of Bradford county passed resolutions condemning Congressman Wright for what they believe to be his aid of oleomargarine and the Susquehanna County Pomona Grange, at its meeting at Thomson, after a somewhat exciting session, passing resolutions commending his course. And there you are! AND: Chicago is agitated over premature burials. Susquehanna [co.] physicians ease their patients by reminding them that there is no possibility of being buried alive after they get through with them.
September 21 (1900/2000)
ARARAT - Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Brush will soon return to their home in California, after having passed the last three years with friends here. Mr. and Mrs. Brush are both fine artists and will leave many mementoes of their skill with their many friends.
THOMSON - the new creamery at Thomson blew its first whistle, Sept. 17, 1900. AND: The 11th annual reunion of the Gelatt family was held at G.A.R. hall here, Sept. 5. The first Gelatts who settled in this section were George Gelatt, Sr. and family, who came from New Hampshire. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, serving in the navy until its close, and then settled in Gibson township 101 years ago. His son George, Jr., remained in Gibson. Robert, Jonathan and Collins settled in Thomson and Richard in Iowa. George, Sr. died and was buried at Gelatt, at the advanced age of over 100 years. He was of French descent.
BRIDGEWATER TWP. - Guy P. Wells has returned from Des Moines, where he spent several months visiting his brother, Levi, who conducts a livery that keeps 125 horses at work [and] also has a bank. AND: J.W. Mott, manufacturer of woolens, sells most of his goods in the coal valley and because of the strike demand has fallen off and has closed his mill.
MONTROSE - At St. Mary's Catholic church on Sunday morning, Father Brodrick warned all members of his flock from attending the Wednesday evening dancing class now being conducted in this place. It took the young folks greatly by surprise, but they will heed the advise.
DUNDAFF - It is the talk around town that Luman White expects to soon take to himself a wife. He will not mention her name for the cards are not out yet.
LITTLE MEADOWS - A member of St. Thomas' church presented the church with a valuable statue of "The Sacred Heart." AND: Karl Churchill, of Springville, is teaching the boro school. AND: Philip Stang is attending school at Springville.
FAIRDALE - Last Saturday Mr. Rhinevault went down to Snow's mill after a barrel of cider, taking with him a boy living with Rev. Cochrane. After loading the cider he started up from the mill when near the top of the hill the shafts broke loose, letting the boy, wagon and cider (an overturned mass) down the hill. An eye witness said the barrel seemed to roll right over the boy, yet, strange to say, although very much frightened, the boy was unhurt.
RUSH - The building committee of the proposed M.E. church have purchased the lumber and the work of building will be pushed vigorously to a finish before cold weather sets in.
BROOKLYN - Bert Perigo, wife and infant, of New York, have been spending their vacation at the old homestead here. We are always glad to see the city boys come back to the farms in the summer.
SPRINGVILLE - Thursday last was Mrs. Z.N. Smith's birthday and her friends surprised her in great shape, something over 60 gathering there. Mr. Smith was in the field cutting buckwheat and his wife was busy with her household duties and the surprise was complete. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are a worthy couple and deserving of the fine lot of gifts received.
DIMOCK - It is announced that the pastor, Rev. E. B. Hughes, will preach on "High and Low Places in Heaven," on Sunday evening next, at the Baptist church.
LATHROP - The work of grading for the Lathrop quarry switch is finished and as soon as the bridge is erected, which will be in a couple of weeks, the rails will be laid. It will probably be a month before the steam horse can get to the quarries.
SUSQUEHANNA - Profs. Flood and Pierce, of Binghamton, will open a dancing school in Hogan Opera House on Monday evening next. AND: On Oct. 3d, in St. John's church, Joseph Dougherty will be united in marriage to Mabelle R., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Perry. A reception at the home of the bride's parents and supper at the Starrucca House, will follow.
HOPBOTTOM - The Angel of death visited the home of Hunter Kerr, in Lathrop, Monday morning at 4 o'clock, when Mrs. Kerr breathed her last after a fearful battle with that dreaded fever, typhoid. Mr. Kerr had been sick for some time and she, the faithful wife, cared for him until last week, when she was obliged to give up and take to her bed. The deceased was a lovely woman and model housekeeper.
HALLSTEAD - The railroad men are having a much needed rest. Times are very dull here at present, on account of the strike. There are but few trains running. It makes all people look blue. Coal is advancing in price.
CLIFFORD - When September skies were bending low and fitful breezes joined attendance, the descendants of Capt. Jonathan Burns and the connections of the Burns family were gathering from near and from far to hold a glad reunion near the Burns homestead. The twelfth day of September was, in fact, a notable occasion--it was the centennial of the settlement of the Burns family in Susquehanna county. As pioneers, two brothers, David and Jonathan, sought homes on the rugged soil [coming from Otsego Co., NY, in 1800].
NEWS BRIEFS - The recent frost killed everything killable. And now there will be good weather again. AND: The gale of last week blew thousands of bushels of apples off the trees. The cider mills are being rushed to take care of them before they rot. The familiar strings of apples, drying over the kitchen stoves in country houses, that once were so often seen, are now almost a thing of the past. The evaporators and canneries have usurped the market. AND: There was a slight fall of snow at Lake Carey, last week, Monday. AND: There are many benefits in the county for the Galveston (hurricane) sufferers.
September 28 (1900/2000)
JACKSON - Jackson's oldest male citizen, Uncle Alvin Roper, who is past 89, was an interested attendant among the many thousands at Harford fair.
CLIFFORD - The following faces were seen at the Harford fair: Rev., C.C. Gillett and sons, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Finn, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Green, Mrs. Perry Yarns, Miss Sherman, Mrs. Hiran Rivenburg and daughters, Sadie and Binie, Mrs. Allie Rivenburg, Miss Ruth Rivenburg, Lewis Ayers, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ayers, Mr. and Mrs. J.Y. Slocum, Miss Mabel Grun, Mrs. Oran, Miss Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. I.J. Wetherby and daughter, Lillian, and Mrs. Peter Decker.
BROOKDALE - The Lindsley boys and the Parson boy are running a cider mill at Brookdale. They will make cider for 1 cent per gallon.
SPRINGVILLE - Mrs. Emily Riley, having resided here nearly all her life, now 79 years of age, attended the Montrose fair this year, the first fair she ever attended. AND: Ball playing Saturday afternoon seems to be a regular pastime and by all accounts and trusting our eyes and ears, they get pretty jolly sometimes before starting for home. AND: Lee Compton is learning photography of Geo. Taylor, Artist.
SUSQUEHANNA - Mrs. E.S. Cook is preparing to erect a three story brick business building on her Main St. lot. AND: The Keystone Hook and Ladder Co. realized $71 from the E.R. Weeks' Concert Company's entertainment, held in Hogan Opera House, Sept. 27.
LYNN - Quite an excitement prevailed here last Saturday afternoon when the news spread about town that Walker Bunnell's house was on fire. They succeeded in saving most of the household goods but the house was too far gone to be saved. It is said there is insurance of $500.
ST. JOSEPH - George J.R. Mack, a teacher of Bible History in St. Mary's Sunday School at Montrose, and three members of the class, namely Maurice J. O'Brien, James Lannon and John E. O'Brien, Jr. attended the Devotions in St. Joseph's Church on Tuesday evening. Mr. Mack, who has been employed for several years on the Montrose Independent Republican, received some time ago, the appointment as correspondent for this part of the county, to the Catholic Standard and Times published in Philadelphia.
GIBSON - Within a short space of time the Angel of Death has removed from our midst four aged people-Gilbert Witter, Almond Sweet, Mrs. C.B. Senior and Mrs. John Manzer.
GLENWOOD - The Ladies' Aid of this place will hold a mush and milk social at the G.A.R. Hall, Upper Glenwood, Friday evening, Oct. 5. AND: J.B. Swartz attended the 13th reunion of his old Regiment, the 52nd Pa. Volunteers. 59 old comrades answered to the roll call and they, with their wives and friends, to the number of 140, had a most sumptuous feast. All enjoyed the banquet and camp fire.
KINGSLEY - The acid factory is nearly completed and will be in operation in about two weeks. AND: Stearns Bros. have the foundation almost ready for their steam grist mill.
THOMSON - The 5th annual reunion of the Stones and Slocums was held at the home of Emerson and Emma Stone, Sept. 8. The family gathered and had their pictures taken, after which dinner was served under a tent. There was an address by the Historian, Hon. J.W. Cargill; song by the Misses Esterbrook, a recitation by Miss Maud Cargill, song by Mrs. Della McDuff and Miss Aggie Stone. Mr. Ernest Slocum was elected [to] a committee to confer with [an]other committee of the Gelatts and Pickerings to help purchase a tent for their gatherings. Next meeting at the home of Chas. Pickering.
ELK LAKE - John Arnold is buying and driving a large number of beef cattle to Scranton every week.
DIMOCK - B.V. Crisman is having his well dug deeper. Messrs Billings and Thornton are doing the work.
UNIONDALE - Rumor says that the coal drill will, before long again, commence operations. It is an old saying that "good things come slowly" and for once this is certainly verified, for thus far all prospects in this line are only visionary. We are much in need of coal at present as, owing to the great strike, it is almost impossible to get any.
LAWTON - The new road leading from Devine Ridge to the Middle Branch is completed.
RUSH - Ed Stuart had 5 varieties of hardy roses in bloom on the last of September besides a variety of dahlias, asters, cosmos, cockscombs, nicotiana and stocks.
BROOKLYN - A gramaphone entertainment took place in the Unviersalist church last week, Wednesday evening. Some of our boys did themselves no credit.
HOPBOTTOM - Our town is getting nicely fitted with flagstone walks. Mrs. Elzina Carey has had a stone walk laid in front of her property. Let the good work continue and then there will be no more patching sidewalks.
FOREST CITY - It is claimed by the insurance companies that for the past few years they have been doing business at a loss and on and after Oct. 1 all insurance rates there will be advanced 25 percent.
NEW MILFORD - The Susquehanna Co. Medical Society held its semi- annual meeting at the Jay House, Oct. 2. Dr. F. L. Gardner, of Forest City, read an able paper on "The Causation of Disease by Auto-intoxication." The subject of Appendicitis was very fully discussed and a number of cases were reported.
October 06 (1900/2000)
GREAT BEND - Society in Great Bend has it upon a novel amusement. The entertainment is called an "onion sociable." Six young ladies take an onion into a room and after one of them has taken a bite out of it a young gentleman is admitted. If, after kissing them all he fails to tell which of them bit the onion, all the girls are obliged to kiss him.
FRIENDSVILLE - The "Busy Bats" defeated the Birchardville B.B.C. by a score of 21 and 19 on Saturday last. They also played a tie game with the "Stars," also of Friendsville, last week. At the termina- ation of the 8th inning each nine having scored 13 runs, umpire McInerney called the game on account of darkness. Attendance 400.
FAIRDALE - While N.H. Cool was threshing for Eugene Otis last week, the band came off and the brake, being out of order, they could not stop the power. A lad by the name of Bartlett threw a crowbar into the band wheel, breaking it, one piece hitting Benjamin Horton's arm, breaking the bone, and another hitting Bartlett's arm, just above the elbow, making a bad flesh wound. When last heard from Horton and Bartlett were doing as well as could be expected.
GLENWOOD - Meetings are held in the church here every Sunday evening. Some go to hear what the preacher has to say, others to make a disturbance. Look a little out, boys, the law is hanging heavy over your heads. You will find before you get through that all church services are sacred, and the law will uphold them. Now boys, take our advice: if you can't behave stay right away and you will be all right. AND: Apple picking is now in order. C.W. Hoppe has the finest apples in this section and it is no trouble to take 35 or 40 bushels from one tree.
BIRCHARDVILLE - C.D. Dayton bought and shipped a car of apples this week and will probably buy one or two cars here next week.
FLYNN - Patrick O'Brien is doing quite a business with his new hydraulic cider press. AND: James Graham is building a nice new barn for Thos. Golden.
ELK LAKE - The people of this place met last Wednesday and built a new fence and put up hitching posts around the church, which is a great improvement. The ladies aid society furnished dinner.
DUNDAFF - It is expected that the new hotel No. 2 will soon begin on the site of the old Crystal Lake hotel that was burned down last January. This will make three fine hotels on the shores of Crystal Lake. AND: The farmers have no trouble to get help now, as the country is full of strikers looking for work. Better set them cutting wood, as they will let us have no coal.
LITTLE MEADOWS - J.F. Woolhiser, wagon maker, was in Binghamton Monday. AND: As our school teacher, Carl Churchill attends the teachers' institute at Montrose, the pupils have a vacation.
MONTROSE - Jos. Hitchkiss has rented the store, formerly occupied by McCausland's Pharmacy, for a restaurant and will make a specialty of oysters, &c. He comes here from Pittston. AND: About two weeks ago a pair of new shoes were lost between Montrose and Elk Lake. Will the finder please leave at the Republican office.
RUSH - A significant and noticeable feature at the Republican rally at Rush on Saturday evening, was the presence of more than a score of young men who will cast their first vote this fall, all of whom wore the Republican "Rough Rider" campaign hats. Some of these are the sons of Democrats, but that fact has not prevented them from coming out squarely for what they believe to be right. It is in such that the hope and reliance of this Nation rests.
SUSQUEHANNA - The Canawacta Water Supply Co. has just completed a 4,500 barrel reservoir about one mile from Lanesboro. AND: Susquehanna has a football team. Uniforms have been purchased and the first game will be played at Windsor, Oct. 20th.
LAWSVILLE CENTRE - The new bell for the Baptist church has arrived. It was purchased of Sears, Roebuck & Co. and measures 42" in diam.
HALLSTEAD - Supt Moxley and Dr. Merrell have purchased the Hallstead Herald and Hallstead Sun, consolidated them, and engaged Editor Church to conduct same under the name of the Herald. AND: The Baptist and Methodist Churches looked beautiful on Sunday morning, it being Harvest Home services at both houses of worship. There was corn, oats, buckwheat, pumpkins, potatoes, beets, squash, beans, grapes, apples, pears and flowers. They were arranged so nicely that it was a credit to those who did the work.
SPRINGVILLE - A meeting of voters of Springville was held at the school house Monday evening, Oct. 8, to organize a McKinley and Roosevelt club. Twenty-four voters signed the membership roll. A committee was appointed to procure a button or badge and to procure campaign song books.
NEW MILFORD - F.G. Inderleid is erecting a large addition to his block on Main Street. Mr. Wilder has purchased the E.S. Garratt lot on Main street and is preparing to build.
NEWS BRIEFS - Between buckwheat cakes and new flannel underwear most people will be scratching around. AND: Typhoid fever is a disease which attacks young people much more frequently than old. More than half the cases occur between the ages of 15 and 25. It is seen more frequently with men than women. Unlike any other diseases, it attacks by preference the strong and healthy, those suffering from chronic ailments usually escaping. From the frequency with which it prevails amongst the higher ranks of society, it would almost seem that the habits of life and the varied rich and plentiful diet of the more opulent classes, induced a condition of susceptibility to its influence. The largest number of cases occur in the months of September, October and November. A person who has had typhoid fever is not very likely to suffer from it again, but second attacks may occur.
October 13 (1900/2000)
GLENWOOD - On October 8, Hon. Galusha A. Grow celebrated the 50th anniversary of his election to congress. His period of active participation in the public life of his country exceeds that of any other living American and the half century it spans includes the most eventful time in the history of the world. Yet through it all Mr. Grow has passed without a blemish upon his reputation or sign of wear or tear. [Galusha Grow is best known as the author of the Homestead Act and was elected speaker of the House of Representatives in 1861].
HOPBOTTOM - There is quite a strife between the operators of the two creameries to see which will get the most milk, but the new creamery, the Scranton Dairy Co., is several cans ahead. Contractors are figuring for an ice house and an addition to be built on the new creamery, as the present building is inadequate for the handling of the large quantity of milk received.
HALLSTEAD - John Coddington, one of Hallstead's popular business men, will take unto himself a wife in the near future. The choice is Miss Mame Grogan, an estimable young lady.
KINGSLEY - The acid factory of Porter and Bayless is completed and work has commenced there. Work is progressing rapidly on the new steam mill of Slocum Bros. W.H. Wilmarth and son are the builders.
SUSQUEHANNA - A few prominent citizens are against the sewerage project because their grandparents knew nothing about sewerage--and yet lived. AND: Governor Theodore Roosevelt will be in Susquehanna for 40 minutes on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27th. It will be the occasion of a big rally and mass meeting.
BROOKLYN - An entertainment entitled "An Evening in Japan" will be given in the Methodist church Wednesday evening, Oct. 24, by a returned Missionary and two Japanese ladies. Admission 10 and 20 cents.
LATHROP TWP. - Franklin Lord, of Lathrop township, a veteran of the civil war, passed away from the scenes of this life Oct. 6, 1900, at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 16 days. He had been afflicted for a number of years with a sort of palsy, gradually increasing as he neared the end. The funeral was attended from his late home, Oct. 8, at 2:00 p.m., services conducted by Rev. Dr. Sage.
WELSH HILL [Clifford Twp.] - Miss Lizzie Moses of the Jenkins School, Will Moses of the Gelatt School of Gibson, Miss Bertha Owens of the Marsh school, Miss Irene Morgan of the Colo school, and Miss Mary E. Richards and F.A. Davis are in attendance at the teacher's institute now in session at Montrose.
SPRINGVILLE - Lehigh Valley adjusters were here recently adjusting losses on cattle belonging to Mark Scott and E.H. Sherman, that were killed on the Montrose Railway.
HARFORD - Masquerade and box social Wednesday evening Oct. 24 in Odd Fellows' hall under the auspices of Harford band. A cordial invitation is extended to all to come and have a good time.
AUBURN CENTER - School report for the month ending Oct. 1st: Those receiving a percentage of 90 or above were: Euphrasia Stevens 97, Cleon Stevens 90, Fred Lee 90, Frank Ming 98, Ethel White 95 1/4, Claire Reynolds 92 1/2. Those receiving 100 per cent in Spelling: Euphrasia Stevens, Letha Bennett, Frank Ming, Ethel White, Claire Reynolds, Mary Dean. Those not absent during month: Carrie Lee, Letha Bennett. Those absent only one day: Luvia Thornton, Ethel White, Catherine Harrison. Number of pupils 20. Alpha M. Howard, teacher.
LENOX - In an item in the Nicholson Examiner some smart scribe came down quite heavy on the matter of cost in educating the children of this township, claiming that our school had but two scholars now. As far as that goes, it is fact, but the scribe failed to give the reasons for it. The school has been vacant the last two years, and the appropriation has gone to Hopbottom, taking that amount of money from town. Now there are scholars enough to have quite a good sized school but a few of the parties that have children to send belong to the ring and prefer to send their children somewhere else and have tried every way to break up the school, in so doing. Now then, if they succeed in what they have undertaken, then the town of Lenoxville will be under the necessity of hiring a man and team to take these same scholars to Hopbottom at an expense of not less than two dollars per day and most of these same scholars live in sight of the school house. They have a teacher that stands at the head of the class to look after the school, but Mr. Editor, it is a clear case of Ring Rule or would be Rule or Ruin. It's too bad to let such petty jealousies enter the brain, but it is like the boy who was riding horse back and crying. A man asked what he was crying about. He said, "I am cold." "Get off and walk," the man replied. "It is a borrowed horse and I will ride him if I freeze." Now these same men will send their children miles to school and lose a half day each time, rather than have them sent to school at home, free of charge, for no other reason than to get the appropriation over to Hopbottom. Come now, be fair and keep this money in Lenox. Don't send it out of the town because some one else wants you to. Those living nearest the school should be the most interested in keeping up the good reputation of our schools.
MONTROSE - Billings & Ryan are wiring the Court House and jail at Tunkhannock for electric lights.
NEWS BRIEF - "Another Fool Trick"- It is said that agents are operating in this vicinity with electric belts. The belts are sold for $3 each. If the day is warm when the belt is worn a burning sensation is felt and the wearer gets an idea that he is receiving a current of electricity. The burning is caused by some dry mustard which has been placed in the belt under a piece of gauze. The agents operate only in the country and small villages.
October 20 (1900/2000)
SUSQUEHANNA - The Young Men's Library Assn. will soon receive a new installment of books. AND: Thomas Nicholson, of South Pine Street, is said to be the oldest employee of the Erie, in point of service, in Susquehanna. He has worked continuously for the company since 1846.
FOREST LAKE - Mr. & Mrs. E.W. Taylor, who have been visiting their many friends and relatives here the past six months, have started for their home in Reno, Nevada. They will go by the way of Allegheny, Pa. to visit their daughter, Clara. AND: The Ladies' Aid, which will meet Mrs. Joseph Baldwin on Thursday, Oct. 18, was well attended and a large quilt was quilted.
RUSH - The ladies of the M.E. church are making preparations for a "Conundrum Supper" to be held at the parsonage on Friday evening, Nov. 2. Proceeds to be applied on pastor's salary. The supper will be a la carte and will consist of the best the country can produce. The menu will consist of the following: 1, tree cake; 2, changeable politicians; 3, what asthmatic people are: 4, April's offering; 5, Boston's overthrow; 6, unruly members; 7, what causes neighborhood contention; 8, New England brains; 9, food for the spinning wheel; 10, what a boy calls his sweetheart; 11, woman of grit; 12, what occasioned the fall of mankind; 13, hidden tears. This is a good substantial supper which will cost about 25 cents. Much merriment is expected. Come and spend a joyful evening and help a good cause along. The Ladies' Aid is expected to meet at the home of Mrs. Fred Hardy, State Road, on Nov. 1st, the day preceding the supper, to complete arrangements and to sew on quilts and rags for carpet.
NEW MILFORD - Work on the creamery is being pushed rapidly. AND: Farmer Hayward, of Summerville, killed an eagle near New Milford a few days ago. While looking for a lost cow he saw two large birds in a tree and took them for hawks. He shot the largest one and the other flew away. When he came to pick up the bird he found it to be a grey eagle. In the brush nearby he found the body of a wildcat, just killed. There were signs of a fierce combat. The savage cat had evidently been killed by the two great birds.
GREAT BEND - Miss Mary O'Neil has several young ladies in her employ learning dressmaking. Her place of business is all activity which is an indication of the appreciation of the good work done by her and her assistants.
HARFORD - Harry Miller and Miss Lena Payne were married in Binghamton, Thursday, Oct. 18. AND: Henry Sweet and wife have started for their home in Mississippi.
GLENWOOD - A tub of fresh oysters received each week at Conrad's. Oysters by the plate and gallon on election day.
MONTROSE - On Tuesday night, H.D. Jones and little daughter were on their way home from Mott's mill; and when near the pump station Mr. Jones' buggy collided with another. Mr. Jones was thrown out and the horse ran away but the little girl clung pluckily to the seat. The horse tore into town, along Depot street to Church, and when near the Methodist church it broke loose from the carriage and ran a short distance further when it was stopped; the carriage went backward down Bank street a little way and then tipped over, throwing the little girl out, but not injuring her at all. [Another account says that Mr. Jones came running along expecting to find the little one thrown out and hurt and was greatly surprised and overjoyed to find it in the buggy, unharmed, after its exciting ride of more than a mile in the dark.]
LAWSVILLE - George Lindsley, Sr., has had his farm house moved across the road. AND: The Helping Hand will meet at the home of Mrs. Judson Stanford, Nov. 1st. The Society is doing a home mission work and has already clothed and sent four children to Harford [Orphan School] to school. The good such societies do is not measured by days or years. Everyone interested in home mission work and the helping of a higher moral character in their own community, is requested to attend.
SOUTH MONTROSE - Anyone wishing fine cheese will find it at Nichols' creamery.
GIBSON - A.H. Harding lost a valuable cow recently, caused by eating too many potatoes.
HOPBOTTOM - A new physician, D. Sickler, of Buttermilk Falls, Pa., has located at Hopbottom.
BROOKLYN - A Hallowe'en Social will be held at S.B. Eldridges' in Brooklyn. Some of the usual pranks of the witches may be expected, also pumpkin pie, doughnuts and the wonderful fortune cakes. All are invited.
BIRCHARDVILLE - C.P. Ball raised 23 bushels of oats from one bushel of seed of a new variety. Also he had 100 bushels of wheat on 6 acres of ground and nearly 1200 bushels of corn and 700 of oats, besides 6 acres of sowed corn.
FOREST CITY - James Zeiganfance, one of the workmen on the new breaker, fell about 50 ft. this morning and received injuries that may prove fatal. He was what is known as a block rider and hundreds of people have watched him make the dangerous ascent to the top of the huge building with heavy timbers, which he would, by use of his own weight as ballast, swing into position. This morning he was being hoisted with a big wheel and when he was raised about 50 ft. the weight tipped the heavy planks to which the tackle was attached and Mr. Zeiganfance dropped to the ground with terrible velocity. He received injuries about the head and was rendered unconscious by the shock. Dr. Dwyer rendered what aid he could and this afternoon he was taken to the hospital.
October 26 (1900/2000)
BROOKLYN - Milk wagons are flying in every direction mornings, making making our sleepy little town seem wide awake. The coal strike is off and coal wagons coming once more makes everyone feel as if McKinley times were to continue.
DUNDAFF - The home of Deacon O.T. Hull was the scene of much jollification on Thursday night, Nov. 1, the occasion being the 16th birthday of the birth of Miss Ora, their only child. Games were the order of the evening, interspersed with music, both vocal and instrumental. Mr. Diamond, a traveling salesman, was also present with his phonograph with which he entertained the company by several selections. Miss Ora was the recipient of a number of birthday presents. AND: The Dundaff items had that Luman White was about to take unto himself a wife. We think the writer of those items is mistaken.
SUSQUEHANNA - There was considerable hoodlumism in Susquehanna at the outdoor Republican meeting on Friday evening last. It is evident that the harvest is ripe for considerable home missionary work in this community. AND: H.F. Smith. living near here, had a horse stolen from his pasture, Sept. 25th. A youth, a neighbor of Mr. Smith, appropriated the property and was traced to the home of his brother, in Hartwick, Otsego county, NY, a distance of 90 miles, where he was found Oct. 27th, and the horse recovered and the young offender lodged in the jail at Cooperstown. Afterwards Chief McMahon brought him to [the] Montrose jail.
ELKDALE - The girls of this place have organized a horseback club-- at least it looks so the way they ride around. The boys are talking of organizing one, but they are so slow. AND: It is reported that a farmer near here found four men in the field digging his potatoes and putting them into bags. He ordered them out but they paid no attention to him. He quickly got together a posse of men and when the diggers finished their work, they were compelled to put the potatoes in the owner's cellar, get into their empty wagon and drive away.
FRANKLIN FORKS - James Fisk and wife took a trip to Golden Hill, Wyoming county, to visit an aged sister of Mr. Fisk's. They found her quite smart for a woman of her age although not as sound in mind as they would liked to have seen her. She is just past 84 years of age. AND: The whistle on Tiffany's shingle mill gives out its loud call morning, noon and night, making it sound very businesslike.
GIBSON - The voters of Gibson will turn out en masse on Tuesday next to cast their votes for one of our most honored and upright citizens, George B. Tiffany, for representative. Mr. Tiffany is not a scheming, tricky politician, jumping from one party to another to secure an office, but rather a man of principle; a man that cannot be bought with money or pledges, but one who will work for the interests of the people. As a legislator, his record has never been excelled by any of Susquehanna county's representatives. The Erie bonus bill should be sufficient evidence to convince one and all that Mr. Tiffany is a hustler. Vote for Tiffany and Hill.
HOP BOTTOM - Frank Lindsley met with a big loss Friday last. He had been to LaPlume with a large load of milk. It being a warm day his team was very much heated and he watered, fed them and started for home. One of his horses dropped dead in the road and the other horse died after getting home. Mr. Lindsley had a good team and it was a great loss to him. All the teams that draw such loads of milk every day to LaPlume are overworked.
HARFORD - Sidney Osmun is painting the band pagoda. AND: Republicans from Harford will attend the jollification at Montrose, on Friday.
HALLSTEAD - City water is being put in the Warren block, corner of Pine street and Chase avenue.
GLENWOOD - The Ladies' Aid of this place will give an A.B.C. Social in the G.A.R. hall at Upper Glenwood, Friday evening, Nov. 9; supper will be served consisting of articles of food beginning with A.B.C. Price 10 cents. All are invited.
MONTROSE - Billings and Ryan are putting in a wood-burning Palace Queen furnace for H.J. Truesdell, in Rush. AND: The youngsters cut up the usual number of Hollowe'en pranks, to the discomfiture of many citizens. Among other resulting mishaps, Rev. Dr. Benton fell over a string stretched across a walk and was somewhat injured, though not as badly as first reported when it was said he had a leg broken. That Hollowe'en business is an outrage.
OAKLEY - Improvements seem to be the order of the day. There are the steam mill and Henry Brewster's new house and Albert Oakley's addition, followed up by Otis Bailey's enlarging his home and Emmet Decker's new fence. Keep it up, we can all help improve the appearance of the neighborhood.
UNIONDALE - Poles are being set for the new telephone line which is to pass through this place. In the distance we can almost discern the electric lights and the street cars.
SPRINGVILLE - Mr. Lemuel Bushnell has been laid up for some days from being struck by a ball. The street is not the place for such games, and a stop should be put to playing ball there.
S.W. BRIDGEWATER - Geo. Frink is a strict Prohibitionist, but his cows are far from it. They got drunk, eating apples.
SOUTH AUBURN - The Union Mission Band met on Thursday, Oct. 24. It being the 15th anniversary of its organization, the hour was devoted to reviewing the years past; only two who were at the first meeting were in attendance. Of the 56 members upon the roll, 28 had removed to other localities and nine had been removed by death. Rev. McArthur, of Pittston, will address the Band this (Friday) evening at the Baptist church.
November 02 (1900/2000)
Great Bend - A peculiar bet was made between Ed Kilrow and Geo. O'Neill. If Bryan is elected Mr. Kilrow is to wear for two weeks a card bearing a significant epithet as "I was a chump," or "I was a fool," or similar expressions written on the card by his adver- sary. If McKinley is elected Mr O'Neill will wear a similar emblem.
New Milford - Hayden Hawley, of Philadelphia, who has been spending the summer with his mother, Mrs. J.H. Safford at Heart Lake, has completed the plans for the structure which is to become the home of the Pratt Public Library. It will be built of stone and the plans warrant the statement that it will be a fine structure and an enduring monument to the founder of the library, Mr. E.A. Pratt, whose ideas in regard to the building of a home for the library are being carried out by his son, Col. C.C. Pratt. The building will be erected next spring.
Brooklyn - Hallowe'en witches did their work well in this town. AND Our band is improving very much. They parade and [play] six selections Saturday evening.
Springville - Mr. and Mrs. Oak Culver entertained a large number of friends on Thursday, Nov. Ist., 1900, it being the 25th anniversary of their marriage.
Dundaff - Our Village school is prospering under the tutorship of Miss Nettie Crandall. The pupils seem to like their teacher very much.
Elk Lake - Mr. Will Hoag returned home late on a recent Monday morning, after spending the Sabbath among Camptown friends. It looks very suspicious "Billy."
Little Meadows - James R. Dowd, the inventor of a wagon tire furnace has now applied for a patent on a handy farm gate. AND The Little Meadows creamery, conducted by Walter Gould, will continue to receive milk till Nov. 15th. Mr. Gould has the sympathy of many friends in the loss of his estimable wife.
Montrose - Dandelions in bloom Nov. 9th. The fact is worth a place in your scrapbook. AND (From the Tunkhannock Republican) Jesse Phelps, of Montrose, was in town Monday. Jessie took unto himself a new wife about 6 months ago and dresses like another fellow from the old time Jesse Phelps of this place.
Stevens' Point - Thursday night Harry French, of Comfort's Pond, was at Stevens' Point and was there in a store paid $125. There were two strange men in the place who eyed the proceeding and a short time after, when he started for home, in his wagon, an attempt was made to hold him up on the highway, but he whipped his team into a run and escaped. He had on his person about $500. AND A Stevens' Point woman ten days ago left home with her adult son, without the consent of the husband and stepfather. They took away with them a wagon belonging to the husband, drawn by a horse belonging to the wife. On Monday afternoon the husband came to this place and accidentally met the wife and son who were returning home. A wordy war ensued and in the presence of a crowd there was a mutual separation. The husband took his wagon and harness and the woman retained her milk white steed. They turned their backs upon each other and went along out into a cold and wicked world.
Thomson - Hon. J. Wesley Cargill has returned from Pittsburg where he served as a juror in the United States Court. Mr. Cargill was a juror on the case of William Brits charged with illicit distilling of whiskey in Fayette county, and in the search of whose premises a government officer lost his life. Brits was convicted and will serve a long term in the penitentiary.
Hopbottom - Our hunters are getting rather reckless in this vicinity, having shot two men in the last few days. The first was Isaiah Sinsabaugh who received several shots in the back of his neck and A.J. Green was the next one they thought was a bird, he received some shot in the face.
Susquehanna - In Beebe Park on Saturday afternoon the Susquehanna football team defeated the Forest City team 16 and 0. AND M. B. Belcher, of Jackson St., offers a reward of $50 for the arrest and conviction of the parties who stole his gates on All-Hallowelen.
Lanesboro - On Sunday morning at about 1:00, while John Carl, a stonecutter, was passing through Main Street, he was seized by four masked men who hustled him into a barn where he was robbed, wound in a horse blanket, tied with lines from a harness, gagged and tied with ropes to a wagon. One man was left to guard him while the remaining three went to the store of Buckley Bros., which they burglarized, carrying off cash and goods valued at $100. Carl, after a time, found himself and gave the alarm. The burglars are still at large. Buckley Bros. offer a reward of $25 for their arrest or knowledge that will lead to their arrest.
Rush - After the glorious news reached here that McKinley was elected and Bryan relegated to private life for another four years, the club could not restrain their pent up enthusiasm and for an hour let loose the thunderous tongues of cannon, crackers, pistols, guns, etc., which reverberated amongst these grand old hills and valleys letting the people know the country was safe. People in other sections were equally enthused and we could hear the sound of loud voiced cannon in the distance.
Harford - The annual meeting of the Public Library was held Friday eve., Nov. 2. Address by Paul Sherwood, of Wilkes-Barre, was fine.
Court News: We note in the November trial list a case the like of which is seldom heard of in the Susquehanna county courts. It is the case of the Commonwealth against Mrs. Scott, on the charge of being a "common scold." The prosecutor is Mr. Scott, who, presumably is the suffering spouse of the accused. "A Common Scold" is an uncommon thing in Susquehanna county and the case will likely occasion unusual interest. (First names omitted).
November 09 (1900/2000)
Lynn - Telephone connection was established between Lynn and Springville last week and later the wires through to Montrose were joined. This completes a continuous line between Tunkhannock and Montrose via Russell Hill and Vose and the two county seats can exchange compliments at will.
Forest City - The proposition to bond Forest City in the sum of $5000 for the erection of a borough building was carried. The First ward gave 126 votes for and 51 against; the Second 133 for and 90 against.
South Gibson - Probably the oldest voter to go to the polls in this county on Nov. 6 was the venerable Alonzo P. Kinnie, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of that place. Mr. Kinnie was 95 years old in April. His first vote was cast for Andrew Jackson for President and he has voted at every Presidential election since then. He has voted for every Republican candidate for the Presidency, beginning with Fremont and ending with his vote for President McKinley last week. It is believed that Mr. Kinnie holds the record in another respect, and that is in the length of time which a single pair of boots have done him service. He is now wearing boots which he first broke in 40 years ago and which have since been in daily use. The boots are, apparently, good for 40 years more, as they are not half worn out yet.
Montrose - Montrose will probably see two Victor Automobiles in the early spring, if not more. Mr. Harry Beach has taken the agency for these machines for North Eastern Pennsylvania and will have a sample machine for inspection in February. Mr. Norman Stewart has placed his order for one of these fine machines. Mr. Beach attended the Automobile exhibition at Madison Square Garden, New York, last week, and gives us his opinion that the Victor beat all machines on exhibition. AND A well-attended concert was given in A.M. Zion church on Tuesday evening. Recitations, plantation melodies and selections by the Chesterene Quartette, made up a pleasing program.
Susquehanna - Thomas P. McMahon, SusquehannaÕs big and handsome Chief-of-Police, ornamented the streets of Montrose with his imposing and, at the same time, genial presence during the week. Thomas is much admired, especially by the gentler sex. AND Edward Brush, a Susquehanna boy, now a civil engineer in the employ of the Berlin Iron Bridge Company, is erecting a large bridge across the Maurice River, at Three Rivers, Canada.
New Milford - Col. Charles C. Pratt ought to be the next state senator for this district. He is a gentleman and a scholar and he is in every way splendidly equipped for the position. More men of the genial colonel's stamp are needed in the legislative halls at Harrisburg.
Hallstead - W.H. Wilmot, an old veteran of the war of the Rebel-lion, is proud of the fact that by his vote Hallstead went Republican this year. Mr. Wilmot has never taken kindly to the method of voting prescribed by the Baker ballot law and so had not voted since that law went into effect until this fall, when the importance of the issue at stake led him to set prejudice aside and exercise the right of suffrage, and his doing so gave this borough to the Republicans by a majority of 1.
Franklin Forks - The abutments for the new bridge at Salt Springs are ready for the iron. The stone work was done by A. Cosgriff, the filling in by the town under the supervision of W. Green. The iron for the bridge arrived Tuesday.
Thomson - Dr. McNamara has been appointed railroad surgeon for the Jefferson division of the Erie.
Brooklyn - Oh, for water! Neither water works or wind mill can supply the need and springs and wells fail that never failed before. What is before us?
Rush - The statement that Mr. A.W. Hickok has a warrant out for the arrest of the person or persons for throwing apples at his house was not taken in its proper light; it being meant only as a joke. Rev. G. Gorisse being the thrower.
Hopbottom - The oldest inhabitants in our town are: Saphronia Lorch, 88; Emily Reese, 85; Lyman Blakeslee, 85; Mrs. Sarah Lewis, 75; J.M. Hartley, 71 and J.Y. Saunders, 77.
Welsh Hill - Rev. R.H. Harris, of Mt. Carmel, having accepted the call to become pastor of the Congregational church at this place, will enter upon his duties the first of the year.
Harford - Jerry Robbins is sick with malarial fever contracted during his service in the Spanish American War.
Lake View - Quite an interesting occurrence at W.V. Gelatt's near Lake View, Oct. 25, was the meeting of four generations on his wife's side of the house and also four generations on Mr Gelatt's father's and mother's side. They were: Mr. and Mrs Alvin Barrett, Mrs. Cobb, Calvin Prescott & wife and son, Ernest Gelatt & wife and son, Mrs. L.A. Gelatt, N.J. West, F.M. Gelatt, W.V. Gelatt & wife and little daughter and Rev. W.H. French.
Auburn - Clifford A. Bunnell and Miss Anna McGavin were married at the Catholic church in Auburn last Wednesday by Rev. Father McCabe. An elegant reception was given at the home of the brideÕs parents, which was much enjoyed.
Lenox - Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Jerauld, on Saturday, attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Charles Greene, of Waverly. Mrs. Greene was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris McDanold, but was adopted by Mr. M. Brewer and was well-known to the people of this vicinity as Jennie Brewer, having grown to young womanhood here . She was accidentally shot some few years ago by a young son of Judge Archibald, of Scranton. The ball entered her left lung and was never located. She was very low for some time but finally recovered sufficiently to attend to her household duties and remained so until within a few hours of her death. She leaves three children, one only seven years of age.
Jackson - The combined ages of seven Jackson voters is 600 years as follows: Alvin Roper, 90; Nathan Guile, 89; Thomas Lister, 88; Charles Hazen, 86; Alvin W. Barrett, 83; Aden B. Larrabee, 83; Sabin Barrett, 81. Five of them first voted for William Henry Harrison in 1840 and were so elated over the victory of "Old Tippecanoe" they voted on the side of free soil ever since.
November 16 (1900/2000)
Susquehanna - The 15th Annual ball of Erie Hose Co. No. 1, will be held in Hogan Opera House on Wed. evening, Nov. 28. Doran's orchestra will furnish music and supper will be furnished at the Central House. It will be a fine social event. AND In Great Bend on Saturday afternoon, the Susquehanna Junior Indians defeated the Gt. Bend Seniors at football.
Jackson - The funeral of Henry W. Tyler, of Binghamton, who died in that city on Nov. 4, was held from his late residence on Nov. 7th. The remains were brought to Lake View, his former home, and interred in the cemetery at that place. Mr. Tyler was a member of the celebrated 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry during the [Civil] war, and in 1876 was the Democratic candidate in Susquehanna County for Representative, but was defeated in the election by M.J. Larrabee. Mr. Tyler leaves a widow and five sons and two daughters to mourn his decease.
Silver Lake - Nearly all the springs and wells in this locality are dry and those not living near the lakes have to go a long distance for water.
St. Joseph - The venerable gentleman, Patrick Griffin, is in remarkably good health for one so close to the century mark. He is 97 years of age, and the oldest man in the township.
South Auburn - F.M. Baldwin wears a smile because he has a 10 lb. grandson at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marble Capwell. Of course he will vote the Republican ticket in 1922 with his grandfather.
Brooklyn - The Sunday school class of Mr. C.R. Bailey made him a surprise party on Monday at his home, it being his 71st birthday. About 20 were present. A bountiful dinner was prepared after which Miss Lee photographed the company.
Fairdale - Prof. Clapper has organized a singing school at Fairdale, with a membership of forty.
New Milford - A team belonging to Liveryman VanBuskirk, on Saturday night, ran from a point beyond New Milford right through that town and on to Montrose. The driver was said to be intoxicated and was thrown out near the stone bridge at WilliamsÕ Pond and shoulder dislocated. The horses became free from the wagon near the Tarbell House, and when in front of I.W. OakleyÕs store, they ran into the iron railing and were captured.
Springville - Stanley W. Lyman left for his home at Red Lodge, Montana, on Monday, accompanied by his brother Perry and Robert Wilson, grandson of Saxon Wilson of Montrose. The two young men go to seek employment in that region.
Hopbottom - Mrs. Homan, who was very seriously injured several weeks ago by falling through the bridge, has so far recovered as to be about the house and is occasionally taken out for a short drive. The expenses incident to her illness, including doctor's bills, nurses' bills, etc. amounting in all to $151.10, have been paid by Hopbottom borough.
Montrose - W.D.B. Ainey, Esq., had a professional engagement in Scranton last Friday, but was detained until afternoon expecting to take the 12:20 train on the L & M. He was too late for that train and had only about 38 minutes in which to get to Alford to catch a train for Scranton. Could it be done? Mr. Ainey called Liveryman W.A. Harrington to his assistance and by some extra hustling on the part of that gentleman and a team of his spirited steeds, Mr. Ainey was landed on the station platform at Alford in just 32 minutes from the time he left Montrose, the distance covering eight miles. AND Harry McMillan, nephew of A.N. Bullard, was recently elected a State Senator in Kansas, his adopted home.
Gibson - Miss Annette Williams died at her home Oct. 31, 1900 after a long and severe illness, aged 68 years. Deceased was born June 13, 1831 and spent her entire life at the home where she died. She was the youngest daughter of Esq. John Williams, one of the early residents of Gibson Twp, who came from Norwich, Conn., about 1814. She is survived by one brother, Solomon and one sister, Rhoda Denney. She cared for her brother, John, who died last February, after which she seemed lonely and despondent. She was a kind and loving friend to those in trouble and ever ready to render assistance where help was needed.
Heart Lake - The Ladies Aid Society of the Heart Lake M.E. church will give a chicken pie dinner and Thanksgiving supper at the Ainey cottage on the afternoon and evening of Thanksgiving day. There will be an address by the Pastor in the afternoon and speaking, singing, etc., in the evening. Dinner will be served at 1:30 and supper at 8. Adults 25 cents and children half price.
Dimock - The steeple on the M.E. Church, which was struck by lightning, has been repaired by M. Thompson.
Lenox - Mrs. F.A. Jeffers wears a black eye and a bruised shoulder, not the result of a fight, but on Saturday, as she was driving their team up the hill near the school house, the draw-bolt came out and the wagon reversed its motion, going backward at a rapid rate, until it finally overturned, and the lady found herself beneath. The horses stood still and no great damage was done, but she says she does not care to have the same experience again.
Forest City - T.J. Pentecost says business is good in Forest City since the strike, and likely to be continually better. The rumor that the D.& H. Co. will soon go to mining coal there, as well as the Erie Company, has every appearance of being well-founded. If this company does begin operations it will be on a big scale, and Forest City will see better days than ever before.
Clifford - Clifford is trying hard to start a creamery for next spring, to be located at the J.M. Calender spring. The next thing most needed is a railroad.
November 22 (1900/2000)
North Jackson - About 60 relatives, friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Martin made them a surprise visit Thursday, Nov. 17, at their home. The occasion was in honor of the 45th birthday of Mrs. Martin and was an enjoyable event to all present. Rev. J.M. Correll, on behalf of the guests, presented Mr. and Mrs. Martin with two fine cane rockers.
South Gibson - A committee has been appointed to buy poles and let the digging of the holes for the line from South Gibson to Gibson there to connect with New Milford telephone.
Forest City - Forest City and Uniondale are connected by telephone. Nearly all the farmers between Lanesboro and Ararat have put in telephones on the Forest City-Susquehanna line.
Great Bend - Mr. Crosier, of Thomson and Mr. Burke, of Long Eddy, N.Y., have purchased G.H. Johnson's furniture and undertaking business in Great Bend. AND Daniel Leary, Jr., opened a cigar and variety store in the Kistler Block last week.
Brooklyn - In the athletic tournament at the late Paris exposition, Tewksbury, of Brooklyn, Susquehanna co, a student in the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded a silver cake basket for his victory in the 200-yd. run & a plaque for his victory in the 120-yd hurdle.
Mansfield State Normal School - The student list at the Mansfield State Normal school includes the following from Susquehanna county: Dora J. Ainey, Sadie K. Ainey, Ainey; Lulu Matthews, Harford; Lee A. Shadduck, Rushville, Fannie S. Taylor, Lanesboro; Grace Titman, Montrose, Ernest Tiffany, Lindaville; Lottie F. Townsend, Gertrude Phillippi, Susquehanna; Anna C. Tyrell, Montrose.
Hallstead - J.W. Hunsinger, of Hallstead, was bitten in the nose by a man named Hill. The men became tangled up in an altercation and during its progress the end of Hunsinger's nose was bitten off. A warrant was sworn out soon and the accused man [was] arraigned before Squire Quailey.
News Brief - Last Saturday Mr. VanHorn, of Patterson, NY, was here to buy and ship Thanksgiving turkeys previously engaged by C.M. Brande and others, and there was an awful lot of it. All day long, from early morning, there was at the L&M station [Montrose] from 20 to 30 teams waiting to unload, the whole amounting to over $3,300 The Lake & Roe firm were also buying some that day, and again on Monday. S.B. McCain, of Rush, and Buffum and Roenkrans, of Friendsville, also shipped several tons.
Harford - Twelve ladies spent Tuesday afternoon with Aunt Polly Guile, it being her 80th birthday. She was also remembered by Mrs. Harriet Richardson with a barrel of fruit, sweet potatoes, etc.
Franklin Forks- Walter Snow is running the shingle saw at Tiffany's Mill. Fred Knapp has his saw mill in running order again, and since the rains commenced he keeps it humming. He is having the boiler set so he will soon be able to run his saw and grist mill with steam. AND Elbert and Carl Tiffany are on the road selling pruning shears and pie lifters, of which Carl is the patentee.
East Dimock - Jas. W. Gavitt, a veteran of the civil war, has had his pension increased from $8 to $10 per month.
Lanesboro - W.E. Smith, of Lanesboro, late foreman of the Hallstead Chair factory, has taken a better position in [the] Stickley and Brandt factory at Syracuse.
Rush - Mrs.[Rev.] E.B. Hughes, of Dimock, received last week a fine astrakhan fur cape as a gift from the people of Rush. The garment was furnished at the cost price, $17.50, by Mr. S.B. McCain.
Lindaville - The oldest inhabitants in this vicinity are: Mrs. Elmina Kent, 90; William Giles, 89; Mrs. Eliza Roper, 81; John Bolles, 79; Mrs. John Bolles, 79 and Miss Caroline Bailey, 78.
Little Meadows - The Presbyterian Church is being repainted and otherwise improved; and St. Thomas' Catholic Church as been frescoed at a cost of $400.
Susquehanna - Will Ahern, a Laurel Hill Academy student, gracefully filled the bill as manager of the L.H.A. football team, and lately, owing to a recent accident to himself in a game, does not engage in that part which requires all the alertness and muscular tack that is required of a football enthusiast.
Montrose - If the fathers and mothers were in a position to look up and down Public Avenue during school hours, almost any day, some of them would likely be surprised at the number of their boys-and some of their girls-to be seen whiling away their time on the street, or in the stores or at the postoffice, instead of at school where they belong. Is it true that the compulsory school law is a dead letter in Montrose? In justice to the rising generation it should not be. Where is the Truant Officer, or haven't we such an official?
Uniondale - Alfred W. Larrabee was struck by the Delaware & Hudson fast train, the Saratoga, one-half mile east of Uniondale, at 3:30 Thursday afternoon, Nov. 22, and instantly killed. Mr. Larrabee was walking the track going toward the town and for some reason failed to hear the fast approaching train or its warning signals in time to leave the track. He was struck and hurled with great force many feet to one side of the road bed, and when the trainmen reached him life had fled. Mr. Larrabee served at one time as principal of the public schools in Susquehanna and also filled the same position in Great Bend and Uniondale. He was also Superintendent of the Susquehanna county schools in 1868-69. He served with distinction during the war of the Rebellion and was wounded at the second battle of Bull Run. His four brothers, Wm. H., Oscar G., Windsor W. and John W., all reside in Susquehanna. His age was about 65 years. Mr. Larrabee is survived by a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Dr. McNamara, of Thomson.
November 30 (1900/2000)
New Milford - Billings & Ryan, of Montrose, have just completed installing a Palace Queen, and an elaborate system of plumbing for Dr. D.C. Ainey. AND New Milford claims the finest creamery plant in Susquehanna county. It was recently erected and the main building is 30x60', two stories high, and an engine room 18x30'. It is equipped in first class shape with separators, churns, cooling vats and cold storage room.
Harford - Some friends made a bee and shingled the kitchen of the Harford M.E. parsonage. AND The G.A.R. men are laying the founda-tion for mounting a cannon on the ground in front of the Guile building.
North Jackson - C.F. Whitney, of North Jackson and O.C. Whitney, of Binghamton, are loading many cars of fine fall and winter apples at Thomson. The fruit is shipped to Cincinnati, Ohio. AND Married Nov. 28th, at the residence of Frank Barnes, Fred T. Clinton and Mrs. Nellie Barnes.
Silver Lake - The 40th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Elisha Hill was celebrated recently.
Hallstead/Great Bend - The ice house of C.C. Simmons on the river bank near the bridge, now under construction, is 125x30x40, and will hold 1200 tons, enough for a supply for a seven months season. AND Fred Spencer, Dr. A.F. Merrell, and several others, have purchased a ten horse-power boiler. During the winter they will build a large boat and will use the boiler in the boat. It is proposed to build a boat which will carry about 15 people. It will be used as a pleasure boat on the river the coming summer.
East Rush - Canfield Estes reports Madge, who has Bright's disease, and was given up to die by home physicians, is very much improved under Dr. Pierces' treatment, the great Buffalo specialist.
South Gibson - The auction sale of the goods in J.B. Manning's store was the attraction here recently. J.L. Witter, of Thomson, was auctioneer.
Uniondale - At the funeral of Prof. Larrabee, Rev. J.J. Crane spoke of the deceased as coming from a patriotic family, father and five sons having participated as union soldiers in the civil war-the departed having obtained the rank of sergeant. Four of his brothers were present at the funeral.
Forest City - The Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone company's line is now in operation between Forest City and Uniondale and from Thomson to Susquehanna.
Starrucca - Starrucca, Pa., a town on the Jefferson branch of the Erie railroad, about 10 miles from Susquehanna, is in need of a physician, a shoemaker, and a harnessmaker.
Montrose - A Basket Ball Team is being organized to represent Montrose. This being a more moderate game than football, should receive good attendance. Games will be played in the near future at the Armory.
Dimock - Jonas Gray, an old man of 74 years, can be seen daily plowing on his hill, handling the plow as actively as most of the young men of Dimock. AND On Dec. 14, at one o'clock, W.J. Coggswell will sell personal property: one mare, buggy, harness, blankets, stoves and household furniture, at residence of John L. Lake.
Lenoxville - Presiding Elder Warner gave an excellent discourse on the evils of intemperance at the M.E. church on the 25th ult.
Susquehanna - Erie fireman, George Brown, of the Oakland side, was on Friday found unconscious in the engine tank at Owego. He was stricken with uremiccoma, and was unconscious for nine hours. AND The Cook Block on Main street is nearing completion.
Lanesboro - Patrick McManus, who was seriously injured recently, by being struck by an engine in that borough, is recovering. One arm was amputated at the elbow and he sustained other injuries.
Springville - Burton Carlton is about to have his house repainted. S.O. Culver will wield the brush over it. It has not been painted in 30 years. AND The M.E. Parsonage looks very gay in its new dress of canary yellow, orange and Indian red with graphite roof. Painter Culver did the work.
Hopbottom - Our postoffice was broken into Saturday night, but as the postmaster does not leave anything in the office nights for thieves to get, they helped themselves to his canned tomatoes and corn and peanuts, what they wanted to eat, and left the rest. They must have been hungry and used to that kind of diet.
Auburn Corners - Harry Loomis, who has many friends here, and now resides in Wilkes-Barre, goes soon to Danbury, Conn., to work for the Grand Union Tea Co., whose headquarters are in New York city.
Lawsville Center - The Thanksgiving supper, served by the L.A. in Creamery Hall, Thanksgiving evening, was a decided success both socially and financially. About 100 tickets were sold for supper. Proceeds of evening, $31.66.
Rush - Quite a serious accident occurred at the mills of H.W. Terry, caused by a belt flying off and failure of the governor to work properly. The engine "ran away" and so great was its speed that one of the large fly wheels burst, knocking out the end of the boiler room and throwing pieces of iron and wood for several rods. The flying pieces of iron passed within three feet of L.W. Terry who was endeavoring to shut off the steam.
December 07 (1900/2000)
Susquehanna - The census gives Susquehanna a population of 3,813. Oakland Borough, really a part of Susquehanna, has a population of 1,004. Oakland Township has a population of about 500.
South Lanesboro - Operator Terry is in charge of the new telegraph office.
Harford - A very sad accident occurred at the home of Henry Sealey last Friday. While his sister, Ella, was working around the stove her clothes caught fire and before the flames could be extinguished she was so badly burned that she lived but a few hours after. AND Twenty-three soldiers' orphans will complete their terms and be discharged from the Harford Orphan School some time during 1901.
Sankey - John Prevost and family of this place and William Cogswell and family of Auburn, expect to leave for California in the near future where they will live.
Dundaff - O.T. Hull expects soon to go to the city to buy a new stock of goods for his general store. Mr. Hull is one of our leading merchants and expects to do a rushing business, especially during the holidays.
West Auburn - On Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the home of Geo. Wooten, occurred the marriage of Miss May Wooten to Monroe Magee; and on Saturday evening a surprise was tendered the young couple at the home of Mrs. Magee. The company thought a few articles for housekeeping would be acceptable to the young housekeeper so they were kindly remembered.
South Gibson - The school board was in session on Saturday last trying to adjust what seemed to be a serious trouble in the graded school, where some of the scholars had been expelled. We are informed that said students are to be readmitted. We hope that in the future all will be well and that the former good reputation of our school will be maintained.
Silver Lake - Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hayes are keeping house with Mrs. Alice Rodgers, Mud Lake. Mr. Hayes drives stage between Mud Lake and Binghamton via. Hawleyton and Brackney. AND No school in the Sheldon district on account of lack of scholars.
Heart Lake - Ice on the lake is about 3 inches thick. At Jones Lake it is 1" thick.
Franklin Forks - E.L. Beebe and Erastus Cole take their guns and start out on a hunting tour very often and they make the rabbits run so fast that they get but very few to bring home. Mr. Beebe is 77 years old and Mr. Cole is upwards of 70.
Hallstead - The American Chair Company have just installed an $1,800 carving machine in their factory at Hallstead.
Montrose - Merchant Geo. H. Watrous has a very prettily decorated store window. It represents a room in a house with an old fashioned fire place and a little flaxen-haired child, with night robe on, kneeling down and peeking up the chimney to see if Santa Claus is coming. AND Announcement is made of the approaching marriage of Arlington Andrew Thomson to Miss Lillian Eguert Spence. The ceremony is to occur in Zion A.M.E. Church, Wed. eve. Jan. 2, 1901. Rev. Dr. B.F. Wheeler, P.E., of Ithaca, NY, will officiate.
New Milford - Horatio Garratt, who died Dec. 3, was born August 24, 1811, at Burlington, Otsego county, NY. He attended the district schools until 15 years of age, when he began clerking in a country store at Burlington. After 6 years experience as a clerk he engaged in general mercantile business for himself at Sherburne, NY, con-tinuing there for about 4 years. At the end of this time he traded his home at Sherburne for 800 stoves and moved to Painted Post, thence going to Lyons, NY, where he sold out and in 1855 located in New Milford where he resided up to the time of his death.
Fairdale - Mrs. C.L. Talon, who died Dec. 1, at age 75, leaves two sons and two daughters-Jackson Talon, James Talon, Mrs. Mary Kellum and Mrs. M.H. Brice; the former two residing in Susquehanna county and the latter two in Iowa. Her husband, James Talon, enlisted in the union army at the beginning of the war of the rebellion and died in Andersonville prison. Mrs. Talon never married again, remaining a widow to the time of her death. She was left with 4 small children whom she maintained and educated until they arrived at the age of manhood and womanhood, struggling along with her small means as best she could.
Forest Lake - Patrick Griffin is in remarkably good health for one so close to the century mark. He is 97 years of age, and the oldest man in the township.
Thomson - There has been a mixed lot of vehicles on the road for the past week-sleighs, wagons, cutters, bob sleighs, etc.
Ainey - The old Parkvale Mills are being revived by placing a feed mill at that place, with prospects of more to follow. It will be a good arrangement for people about here for it is so far to get milling done.
News Briefs - Home Magazine, of New York, sent a corps of writers and photographers to the Harford Fair last September to write up the "only original county fair left in the country." The December number of this magazine contains the profusely illustrated article which is very spicy and entertaining. A copy of the magazine can be had of local news dealers or from the publishers at 10 cents a copy. AND Hunky-Dory Cake Walk and two-step and Calanthe Waltzes by Abe Holzmann, are both great in their way and are becoming very popular: piano, band or orchestra copies may be had of the publishers. AND Banish the frock coat from everything now except the most formal functions; do away with the uncomfortable standing collar except for evening dress, and relegate the stiff shirts to the rear before candlelight. Fashion has so decreed.
December 14 (1900/2000)
Elk Lake - Another old landmark gone. C.E. Lathrop has purchased what is known as the old Stevens house and is tearing it down. This is one of the oldest houses in this place, and many a weary traveler found food and shelter under its roof; many a young couple began keeping house there; oyster suppers, dances, band-meetings, K. of P. lodge, Grange, Patrons of Industry, all held their meetings in this house, but now it is a thing of the past, long to be remembered by the old inhabitants. [The Susquehanna County Historical Society has, in its collection, part of the Stevens tavern sign that reads "Entertainment."]
Kingsley - There will be a Christmas tree and a short program of songs and recitations at the Universalist Church, Monday evening, Dec. 24.
Lawsville - Last week Mr. Spencer Luce, of Lawsville, went over and took as a wife Mrs. Elery Washburn, who lived in Thomson township, just east of that borough, and was away with her before any one was aware of his doings.
Great Bend - Steve Beavans, tax collector of Great Bend township, is threatened with a law suit, the result of an election bet. Beavans bet a dog with Theodore Messick, of the township, on the result of the election. The result was in Beavans' favor and Messick gave him his shepherd dog. The animal remained but a few days with the tax-collector and then returned to its former home. Meanwhile, Assessor Parks has assessed the dog to Messick and Beavans had collected the dog tax of Messick. Now Messick threatens to sue Beavans for the dog tax and dog's board, on the ground that Beavans is the owner of the dog.
Glenwood - The girls and boys are having good times now, as Jack Frost has fitted the water in good shape for skating. Let them enjoy the sport, we were boys once, and now only of a larger growth.
Susquehanna - Tuesday afternoon as Erie train No. 2 was entering the Susquehanna yard, locomotive No. 513, Joseph Brave engineer, struck and instantly killed Theodore Whitney, who was picking coal on the track. He was knocked from the track and when picked up was dead, the buffers having struck him in the back. Deceased was 63 years of age and was a Union veteran of the war of the Rebellion. He is survived by a widow and a large family of children.
Montrose - Montrose has been a lively town this week. Each day the streets have been lined with vehicles from out of town, while from early in the day until late at night the stores have been thronged with Christmas shoppers and our merchants and their clerks have been a very busy and happy lot of people. It is astonishing the amount of beautiful and useful goods that have been purchased and taken away and yet by carefully watching their stock and a timely duplication of orders, our shrewd merchants have been able to keep complete their assortment of goods, so that up to the very last hour you can find just what you want in the line of holidays giftsÑand at right pricesÑright here in Montrose. If you haven't made your selections yet there is still time between now and Christmas.
Springville - Del Hendershot and wife lately returned from Philadelphia where their little son had been in the hospital undergoing an operation for crippled limbs. He seems benefitted by the treatment.
Jackson - The Jackson Dramatic Society will, after the holiday season, give a play in the opera house, as is their annual custom. AND Susquehanna talent will, during holiday week, give an entertainment in Roberts' hall.
Harford - Walter Maynard is making preparations to attend the State Dairy College, and will go about the first of the month.
East Dimock - Anyone wishing good dairy butter should call on Mrs. Ed. Nobles.
Lake View - Farmers are busy drawing logs to Washburn mill on the snow. AND Skaters have been putting in full time on the lake the past week.
Forest Lake - Frank Robinson, who has finished his school at Binghamton, can now be found behind the counter in the place vacated by Miss Jennie Cooper. Frank is a hustler and we wish him success.
Little Meadows - Miss Verna Beardslee, Montrose, the talented musician and popular musical instructor, is spending the holidays with her parents, Hon. and Mrs. E.B. Beardslee.
Brooklyn - Mrs. Ellen Lord, widow of the late Franklin Lord, passed peacefully to the other shore at her home in Lathrop on Friday, Dec. 7, 1900, after a lingering illness of consumption. Mrs. Lord was the youngest daughter of Ezra S. and Rebecca Brown, of Lathrop, being born in that place June 11, 1853. Funeral services were conducted in the Universalist Church in Brooklyn. Interment by the side of her husband in the M.E. Cemetery at Brooklyn.
News Briefs - Running Pine is being gathered in our small forests, for Christmas decorations at home, and the boy with his hatchet is searching for a Christmas tree, to prepare for the arrival of Kris Kringle. AND The year 1900 shows that the Susquehanna river reached its lowest level within the knowledge of man. This is shown not only by record at Harrisburg, but is corroborated by markings on a rock at Pittston, made each year under the direction of J.E. Patterson. This rock shows that the river was 1/2 inch lower than in any previous year. AND The largest mortgage ever recorded in Susquehanna County is now in the office of Register and Recorder Buffum. It is given by the Elk Hill Coal & Iron Co. to the Morton Trust Co., trustee for coal lands in Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne counties. The mortgage is dated Dec. 1, 1900 and is for the sum of $3,500,000.
December 17 (1900/2000)
Glenwood - A notable event took place at the G.A.R. Hall in this place on Saturday afternoon in the presentation by the Hon. G.A. Grow of a handsome memorial to the members of Capt. Lyons Post. The Sage of Glenwood gave one of the most able addresses that has been listened to for many a day. He held the large audience in rapt attention for nearly one hour and all were sorry when the speaker took his seat. The response by Dr. Davidson was a masterful oration, eulogizing the donor as one of the staunch friends of the old veterans of the late war for the Union. Comrade Ridgeway gave one of his inimitable songs, entitled "Uncle Sam's Fiddle," which brought down the house. The Ladies' Aid took advantage of the occasion and a most enjoyable spread was prepared, which gave good cheer and opened the way for the pocket to contribute to the joys of the occasion.
Springville - Mrs. Perry Lyman will start for Montana in a few weeks. Her husband and brother are already there.
Hallstead/Great Bend - The incoming of a number of new people by reason of the prospective early operation of the tannery has already quite filled up the vacant houses.
Franklin Forks - Christmas eve will long be remembered by the people of this place. In the M.E. Church there were two trees loaded with presents for nearly everybody. Then Santa Claus gave candy and nuts to every child. There was also speaking and singing.
Uniondale - W. Robert Goss gave a kinetoscope exhibition at the Presbyterian church Wednesday evening.
Montrose - The residences of Dr. [John] Wilson and A. [Andrew] Brewster are being prepared to take steam for heating from the new steam heating plant being the first houses in town. Attachments are also being made at the Court House. AND As the shadows began to lengthen on Dec. 30th, Catherine R., beloved wife of J.E. O'Brien, entered into rest. Mrs. O'Brien was a daughter of the late John and Mary Burns, natives of Ireland. She was born at the old home in Springville, April 18th, 1859. On February 8th, 1881, she was united in marriage to Mr. O'Brien in St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church at Auburn, after which they resided on his farm in Bridgewater Twp. for many years before removing, in 1896, to Chenango St.
Jackson - The Christmas entertainment at the Baptist church passed off very successfully. Among others the solo by Miss Annie Thomas and the recitations by the Misses Allie Griffis, Vina Bingham and Abbie Thomas were of special merit. After the entertainment a fine tree was relieved of its burden of gifts to the great delight of the children. Among the more noticeable of the gifts were those of a fine lamp and quilt to pastor and Mrs. Dwyer and a fine yearling colt to Stewart Holmes from his father, F.D. Holmes.
Elk Lake - C.M. Young has put a new gasoline engine in his shop and is prepared to do all kinds of work in his line of business at short notice.
Ararat - Sneak thieves stole some chickens from the poultry house of Charlotte Bloxham one night last week.
Susquehanna - Mrs. Frances Langford, an old and highly respected resident, died on Sunday morning at the residence of a son-in-law, Wm. Ives, aged 81 years. She is survived by six children: Messrs. Wm. H., Edward, Frederick and Charles and Mrs. Wm. Ives and Mrs. Frank Skillman. The funeral took place on Wednesday from the family residence, Rev. J.L. Williams, pastor of the Baptist church officiating. The remains were interred in the Grand St. cemetery.
Auburn Corners - Rutherford Bently Hay and Miss Liva Sterling were married at the Methodist parsonage, Jan. 1, by Rev. Thos. Eva.
Rush - The life of Miss Clara Hardy of this place, who died in Mexico, written in an interesting manner by the Rev. G.N. Gardner, is expected to be out about Jan. 1. It is a cloth-bound book of 112 pages which will contain the leading events of her life, her call to the missionary work and some of her best poems and writings. It is hoped that this little book, which is dedicated to the memory of one whose life went out all too soon, will be read and appreciated by all who knew her.
Gibson - G.R. Stiles has taken the contract for putting up the telephone wire from here to New Milford.
East Dimock - Molasses candy and popcorn was served at the Literary Society rooms Saturday evening and was greatly appreciated by those present.
Harford - The coming of the new century was duly observed in this place. The watch meeting at the M.E. church was well attended by over 90 persons. The church bells rang out the old and in the new.
Hopbottom - The settlement of the difficulty between the Scranton Dairy Co. and the farmers in this vicinity is the subject of much comment. The farmers never could form a trust as they could never agree long enough. Some of them have broke ranks and gone back to the old creamery of Herkstrotter's, leaving their own creamery, the new one, after a patronage of 3 months. The directors have hired Chas. Stedman as their buttermaker.
Forest Lake - J.W. Birdsall is doing a lively business at saw filing this winter. He is gumming and filing for 75 cents. AND Miss Abbie Lester is teaching a very successful school here.
Springville - The invitations issued by the Epworth League for a social, attracted an enthusiastic company to Jas. Blakslee's on Dec. 26. A pleasing feature of the amusements was writing poetry in 15 minutes. The division that won the Big Apple Pie must have impressed the judges with its dramatic pathos: "There's naught so beaming/As a great big Greening,/When baked in a luscious pie;/ Let's eat it now or die!/An insignificant little/Seek no-further'd make us cry!/But a Greening pie, O, my!"
December 21 (1900/2000)
Franklin Forks - Our Xmas tree was a grand success and was well loaded with presents both useful and ornamental. A grand feature of the evening was Santa Claus with his load of candy which he distributed among the little ones amid shouts of laughter at his funny antics and the jingling of bells.
Harford - The Christmas service, "Hail Emanuel," was very nicely rendered by the Sunday school and choir of the Congregational church, and we would make special mention of the little folks who did their part so nicely. Much credit is due to those who had charge.
Lanesboro - While a party of young people were skating on the Susquehanna river, four miles north of here, on Saturday night, the ice broke. Miss Ida McKune of State Line, and Arthur Munson, of Lanesboro, went into the water. Miss McKune disappeared, but Munson was pulled out by his companions. He hurried to the farm house to alarm the people, and after he had returned, he skated into an air hole and was drowned. A large rescue party set to work and worked all night and until the middle of Sunday morning, when the bodies were recovered. Miss McKune is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McKune of State Line. She had charge of the telephone Central at State Line. Mr. Munson was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Munson of Lanesboro. for several months he had been employed in the Erie boiler shop. Both were graduates of the Lanesboro High School and both were highly respected.
Little Meadows - The Rev. W.H. Stang and wife were the glad recipients of several tokens of good will at Christmas time. A beautiful set of LaBelle china dishes, valued at $12.00, a half dozen fruit plates and four dollars in cash.
Susquehanna - It is reported that the Erie Railroad Company will purchase Canavan's Island, just west of this station, and take heroic measures to make it no longer a famous tramp rendezvous.
Rush - Lee Shadduck, who is attending school at Mansfield, is spending his vacation with his parents at Rushville. AND Lee Hickok, who is attending the Baltimore Medical College, is spending a fortnight with his parents.
Apolacon - Ray Barton has purchased the famous trotting horse of W.H. Minehan. Consideration $259. AND John McGrath, while hunting raccoons one day last week, came in contact with what seems to be a bear, and only for the immediate assistance of Hugh Regan, would have been killed perhaps.
Fairdale - The Christmas exercises passed off very pleasantly at the church; the Brown boys performing their part well. The presents on the tree were numerous and valuable. The church was well filled.
West Auburn - Harry Yonker and Miss Belle Sterling, both of this place, were united in marriage by Rev. J.S. Custard, Dec. 24.
Montrose - On Wednesday evening, at the home of H.W. Beach, a Republican representative had the pleasure of inspecting the most unique arrangement for the illumination of a Christmas tree that he had ever witnessed. Mr. Beach, who might well be called "The wizard of Lake Avenue", has an extreme fondness for electrical experiments, and this year he proposed to have a Christmas tree that should outshine any other ever seen in Montrose and how well he succeeded, a number of delighted visitors can testify. The tree was in itself a handsome one, being exceedingly well proportioned, but when it was made to shine forth a myriad of colored electric lights, it certainly was a thing of beauty if not a joy forever. After the tree had been set up, Mr. Beach had connected it with the electric current from the street, carefully wired it, and scattered some fifty-six three candle power electric lights, with colored globes, among the branches; and then not content to have it shine forth with steady brilliancy in all the glory of red, white and blue, he had placed a tiny dynamo in the cellar, which operated a wooden roll partially covered with copper plates, by which means the electric current was broken for a second and then connected again, causing the tree in the room above to flash forth in minute sparks the beautiful colors of "Old Glory", making it look like a number of great glow worms sporting themselves in the quiet of the summer air. Mr. Beach also showed the visitors his electrical "den" where in his spare moments he carries on his experiments. Here we found a handsome two horse power Shipman engine, three dynamos of different sizes and considerable other apparatus. The walls were lined with electric wires, and to the uninitiated it appeared as though this room might be rather an uncomfortable place when these same wires were all "alive". Mr. Beach, however, enjoys it, and we expect that his experiments will have many practical results in the future. [Henry Beach invented and patented the scroll saw].
Great Bend - Dr. Psalmuel Poeticus More, the erudite editor of the Great Bend Plaindealer, after learning from an exchange of the growing popularity of black skunks as domestic pets and that a Mr. Isdell is raising them in large quantities to sell for this purpose, makes the following announcement: "The publisher of this paper has a black skunk residing under his barn, which will be sold cheap to Mr. Isdell or his lady friends. This pet will be sold on time or in installments to suit the purchaser. All the neighbors will testify as to his excellent qualities."
Hopbottom - Can Stone of the Foster House was the recipient of a very fine Christmas present from a Binghamton friend. It was two mounted pheasants encased in a large glass case. AND The M.E. church had their tree Christmas night and all did their best. Mrs. Ira Conrad played the organ and her four children sang a piece which brought down the house; it was fine. We have in this vicinity some very bright and gifted children from 8 to 12 years old, that will commit to memory pieces which will take them 20 minutes to recite and not make a break.
January 03 (1901/2001)
Brooklyn - F.H. Kent has purchased the milk route and good will of N.L. Packard and now Brooklyn has a "trust." Only one milk wagon from here to Foster. AND Miss Jennie Weston has very recently taken a special course in the typhoid ward in the Seney hospital in Brooklyn. She is now visiting her sister, Miss Mollie Tracy Weston, at Boston, who is taking a course in elocution in that city.
Hallstead-Great Bend - Mrs. Dr. Mara Wingate is succeeding finely in her practice of medicine. AND Very energetic measures are being adopted by the citizens committee in the opposition to the granting of several licenses for the sale of liquors additional to those long established. Personal solicitation is being done to secure every available protest to present to the excise authority at Montrose to indicate the objectional state of feeling to any further increase of the facility for obtaining strong drink in town.
Hopbottom - Our townspeople had a scare on Monday morning. Mr. Merithew, the miller, built a fire at the mill and was grinding some buckwheat when he smelled something burning. He stopped to investigate and found the fire around the stove pipe overhead. He ran to the house for water and help, and Mr. Brotzman and son, who were near the mill, assisted in extinguishing the flames before much damage was done. The mill was full of grain and if it had got 10 minutes more of a start it would have been in ashes.
Susquehanna - About 150 employees in the boiler department of the Erie shops went out on strike on Monday. For some weeks there has been dissatisfaction among the men employed on account of the introduction of the piece work system in the shops and, it is alleged, that laborers have been doing the work of regular boilermakers as apprentices. The local boilermakers union unsuccessfully attempted to have their grievances righted, and the strike was the result. The chief officers of the road arrived in town on Thursday to consult the local officials and the men and the strike may end in a few days. It is possible that the strike may extend to the other departments of the shop. The boilermakers in other Erie shops along the system are also on strike.
Elk Lake - The lake is so low that the water cannot be used for grinding. This condition of affairs is so unusual that it cannot be remembered but three times in the ken of the oldest inhabitant.
Silver Lake - The many friends of Hon. Geo. C. Hill are quite anxious to know what course he will take in the struggle at Harrisburg, but have confidence in his integrity. Mr. Hill is the first Republican from this township to fill an important office and will doubtless do it with credit.
Auburn Corners - P. Riley is filling his ice house with beautiful ice from Elk Lake, 10 inches thick.
South Montrose - A "Twentieth Century Chicken Pie Supper" will be given by the gentlemen of this place, at the home of Adelbert Allen, Friday evening, Jan. 18. Proceeds to apply on pastorÕs salary.
Elkdale - Fishing on Lake Idlewilde is the favorite pastime at present, some parties catching as many as a hundred a day.
Lakeside - Prof. John Morse very pleasantly entertained the members of his school to watch the old year out and the new year in.
Thompson Township - John Mumford Wrighter, the first child born in Thompson township, born in 1821, and who has lived on the farm where born the most of his life, died December 30th.
Rush - There will be a Grand Concert in the Rush Baptist church tomorrow evening, Jan'y 12, 1901, under the leadership of Professor Cobb. The singers of Rush will be assisted by talent from Camptown, Stevensville and other places. The program will embrace A Drama in Two Acts, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Cornet and Clarinet Solos, Recitations, etc. Proceeds to aid in purchasing a furnace for the church. Admission 10 and 15 cents.
Lanesboro - P.L. Norton and Frank Prentice, residents of Lanesboro, missed some fine chickens and rabbits. The next morning Officer Taylor captured Charles Fay, Jr. and Wm. Leahy, and the bag the men were carrying was found to contain chickens and rabbits, which Norton and Prentice identified as their property. Leahy escaped from Officer Williams, but was recaptured by Officer Williams and Palmer in a house near Lanesboro. They were given a hearing before Justice Williams and in default of $300 were committed to the county jail.
Forest Lake - The dance at the home of the Misses Kelly in Forest Lake New Year's night is said to have been a pleasant affair. Over sixty couples were present.
Ararat - The telephone man is making everyone twice glad. We can talk with our neighbors now as well as talk about them, and then we can know so well just what they are all doing. Oh, how handy.
Montrose - One year ago the first of Jan. 1901, E.D. Bronson took possession of what is now known as the Bronson Studio on Church Street. With 25 years practical experience in all branches of photography as a foundation, and by untiring energy and applied business principles he has built up a fine business and the people of Susq. county are finding out that it is no longer necessary to go away to get even the best up to date work.
Rushboro - Mary, Martha and Hazle LaRue attend singing school at Retta every Monday night.
Springville - George M. Sheldon and Carrie Avery were married here last week and a host of friends are wishing them bon voyage oÕer life's stormy sea. Of course George set up cigars for everybody. AND The band boys are getting ready to give a minstrel show.
January 11 (1901/2001)
Oakland - Mrs. May Edick Frey, the singing evangelist, has commenced revival meetings in the Congregational church. The attendance is large.
Susquehanna - The borough has purchased the old "Transcript" building on Euclid Avenue for a fire hall for Keystone Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1. The subject of a central fire station is agitated. AND Susquehanna has a chicken thief that uses chloroform. AND A Susquehanna man, aged 90 years, is threatened with nervous prostration. His physician attributes it to the excessive use of tobacco during the last seventy-seven years.
Hopbottom - Ernest Lewis lost a horse Tuesday. Milo Tiffany had it beside one of his hauling ice; it died just as they got the last load to the ice house. AND The board of health closed the school one week for fear some of the children had taken the measles of their teacher who was quite sick with them. She is recovering.
West Auburn - The singing school conducted by Elmer Clapper is well attended, but hard colds seem to be prevalent so the singing was not as good as usual on Tuesday evening.
Choconut - Edward Burke is 97 years old and Lawrence Murphy is about the same age. Has Susquehanna County older residents?
Auburn Centre - Report of Auburn Centre School for the month ending Jan. 3d. Those not absent during the month: Catherine Harrison, Letha Bennett. Absent one day, Garrie Lee. Those receiving 100 per cent in spelling: Euphrasia Stevens, Letha Bennett, Claire Reynolds, Fred Lee, Perry Lee, Frank Ming, Mary Dean. Those receiving 95% or above in the several Branches: Euphrasia Stevens, Frank Ming, Fred Lee. Alpha M. Howard, Teacher
Montrose - A noteworthy sight on West Maple street, yesterday afternoon, was ex-Burgess Andrew B. Smith renewing his boyhood days and enjoying a good "coast" along with the "small boys." Andrew turned pale and gripped the sled hard as it whirled around the corner by J.M. Jeffers', but he returned to the top of the hill none the worse for his experience. AND Owing to slippery sidewalks now-a-days, "creepers" are in great demand.
St. Joseph\Silver Lake - A very long pastorate is that of Rev. Fr. John J. Lally, who for over 27 years has been in constant charge of the Catholic parishes at St. Joseph and Silver Lake. In an address made to his people at the Midnight Devotions, New Years Eve, he reviewed the labors of the years spent among them, and thanked them for the interest shown in keeping the parish in such a splendid condition. Fr. Lally was ordained 28 years ago, New Year's Day.
New Milford - The ladies of the New Milford M.E. church conducted a rhyme entertainment, at which they made $90. They must have been good rhymers.
Clifford - A couple of small barns owned by thomas Atkinson burned recently. It is said that this is the first fire Clifford has had in twenty-four years.
Hallstead - T.J. Davies, at the sheriff's sale last Saturday, purchased the studio and entire estate of D. Arthur Teed at Hallstead, for $150. The property, however, was sold subject to heavy mortgage.
Kingsley - Geo. A. and Coe Stearns, enterprising citizens, have recently established a modern grist mill there. M.M. Moon, formerly of New Milford, is their miller.
Thomson - The Spencer Steam Heating Co. has been putting in a large heather in a block at Wyoming, also one in Scranton. AND A.O. Salisbury has his household goods, also house and lot, advertised for sale, Jan. 17. He intends moving to California soon.
Uniondale - Our usually quiet little town has recnelty had considerable excitement caused by one elopment and two runaway affairs; a young lady book-keeper for one of our businessmen figuring the first affair. In the second, a young married woman leaves husband and two small children, and the third, a Southern lady, quite recently a bride, on account of domestic infelicity, leaves her husband, returning presumably to the sunny South.
Springville - William Lathrop has rented rooms in Williams' hardware store, where he will put in a bakery and ice cream saloon and meat market. AND Ed Avery met with quite a loss the other day. He was taking one of his horses out to water, it slipped on the ice, fell and broke its hip and burst a blood vessel, dying in a few minutes.
Elk Lake - George Fargo is confined to his bed and has his neighbors sit up with him every night to give him the best of care.
News Briefs - Vicinity telephone managers report that a few farmers' wives are utilizing their wires for clothes lines. AND In planning a business or pleasure trip one of the most essential features to consider is the route that "gets you there" in the shortest space of time, fewest changes of cars, least annoyance by dust and smoke, perfect road-bed, best equipment of coaches, dining cars, pullman sleeping and parlor cars of the highest possible standard of excellence that modern ingenuity can devise such as afforded you by the Lackawanna Railroad. Through Pullman sleeping cars and coaches to Chicago and St. Louis daily. Twenty-four hours to St. Louis, 21 hours to Chicago without change of cars and 26 hours to Jacksonville, Fla. The very lowest rates of fares to all points. Apply to the nearest D.L. & W. ticket agent, either in person by telephone or by letter and you will receive prompt attention and courteous treatment. AND John M. Kelly announced he has removed his law offices from the Sayre building to the second floor of the Blakeslee Building, formerly occupied by the Young Men's Christian Association on the west side of Public Ave. in Montrose.
January 18 (1901/2001)
Auburn Corners - Eru West, the noted horseman, has purchased a fine harness for his Tom Berry colt. AND Tell. Titman has traded his colt, "Topsey," for a fine carriage. AND In South Auburn, George Place, aged 85, a very respected and beloved citizen, died on Jan. 18.
Susquehanna - It is now thought that a stock company will sewer the streets of this borough. The estimated cost is $30,000. AND The Canawacta Water Supply Co. is reaching out for more springs. Surveying has been the in order this week.
Forest Lake - Suel and Asa Warner have been filling their ice houses with ice from the lake which is 13 inches thick and of good quality.
New Milford - Columbia Hose Co. No. 1, now numbers about 50 men and is as well equipped for fighting fire as any company around in a town of its size. At the last regular meeting the following officers were elected: President, Leroy Hawley; Vice-Pres., Joe Dale; Sec., James Mulready; Financial Sec., E.W. Morgan; Treas., A.F. Heitzman; Trustees, F.M. Butterfield, M.A. Hand; Fireman, N.B. Burdick; Pipeman, Thomas Brick.
Hopbottom - Mercury registered 10 degrees below zero on Sunday morning and on Monday noon it was 30 degrees above. No wonder people have the grippe.
Rush - Mrs. B.A. Nurss requests that all those who wish to have rugs woven will bring the material for them before the 1st of Feb. AND F.M. Chase, of East Rush, has a public sale Jan. 30 and is preparing to go to Montana to go into business with a brother who is already there. Mr. C. is a wide awake, straight forward businessman, who is sure to succeed.
Brooklyn - The family of Geo. W. Gere have moved to Lestershire [now Johnson City, NY] where they will take boarders.
East Dimock - The Republican caucus was held Tuesday and the following nominations were made: Auditor, J.D. Baker; Inspector, G.E. Stevens; Supervisor, James Lathrop; Assessor, O.A. Tiffany; Town Clerk, Burt Crisman; Poor Master, W.C. Smith; Treas., C.E. Burdick; School Directors, Frank Merrill and E.M. Blakeslee; Judge of Election, Henry Risely.
Montrose - George White, the popular dispenser of oil at wholesale, had a mishap with the big oil wagon the other day. In driving down by Jesse Smith's, in the township, the wagon slewed on the ice and tipped over. No permanent injury either to Mr. White, his horses or his wagon. AND L.B. Pickett was exhibiting at the store of S.G. Fancher & Co., this morning, a combination flour bin and sieve that is about the handiest arrangement we have ever seen. The flour is contained in the top, which is V shaped inside. Under this is a movable slide which lets the quantity of flour required into a sieve which works in a groove underneath, and through the sieve into a pan on the bottom of the bin ready for use.
Gelatt - A.W. Conrad has been appointed one of the assistant messengers of the lower house of the State Legislature. The position is worth $6 per day during the session and mileage.
Transue - Transue post-office is in the south west corner of Auburn township, three miles from Skinners Eddy. People in this place are very busy, some are filling their ice houses, some putting up ice for the creamery, some taking milk to Laceyville. Mrs. Margaret Tubbs is the oldest lady in this place, she is 80 years old. AND After a two year's illness of consumption, Valentine Transue died at his home here, Dec. 15., burial in South Auburn cemetery. Deceased located in this place in 1863. He is survived by his widow, and three children as follows: Mrs. Alla Manning, of Binghamton, and Abraham and Ida, who reside at home. Five children died with diphtheria.
Brackney - A successful term of school is being taught by Miss Susie Murphy.
Hallstead/Great Bend - Josephine Millard and Edith Trowbridge returned last week to Chicago to resume their studies in the Moody [Bible] Training School. AND Railroad men, tired, grim and weary, to you I would expound a theory. The place to wash and comb your hair, where soap and water will do their share, a place for railroad men to stay, is at the R.R.Y.M.C.A. And if not a member we would say, hand out $2 and join today. A first-class place to read the news, to take a bath and black your shoes, to while your leisure hours away, in any game you wish to play. Our library is up to date, you'd think it so, at any rate--so take advice and don't delay in joining the R.R.Y.M.C.A.
Flynn - Miss Minnie Lee is seriously ill with typhoid fever at this writing. We are sorry to learn of the death of Thomas Lee, which occurred recently. AND Our school is progressing fine under the management of E.H. Redding.
Fairdale - Imon Very filled the ice house for the creamery last week; the finest ice that has been put up for years. AND While Leroy Harding and Fred Hart were sawing shingles, Jam. 15th, the governor belt ran off and before the engine could be gotten under control the large fly wheel broke tearing out one end of the mill and throwing pieces rods away. No one was hurt.
Lawsville - Early in the New Year the death messenger came, for on Jan. 3rd, Mrs. Mary E. Law, aged almost 70 years, departed from the earthly life and entered into the eternal, and we trust the heavenly home. Mrs. Law was born Jan. 18, 1831 and coming from Walden, Orange Co., N.Y. in early womanhood, has lived for over 50 years on the farm, where her husband and herself first located. Mr. Hiram Law, the husband, died nearly 7 years ago, and since that time Mrs. Law has lived at the old homestead, kindly cared for by Mr. and Mrs. David Bailey, the latter a daughter of the deceased.
January 25 (1901/2001)
Montrose - The snow which fell this week made the sleighing about town reasonably good and our streets were made merry all day Wednesday and far into the night by the jingle of the bells and the shouts and laughter of jolly young folks. AND From the N.Y. Sun we learn that H.S. Squire, of Binghamton, F.W. Crandall, of Elkland, Pa., who invented and made a fortune of "Pigs in Clover," J.W. Beard of Elkland, and M.H. Colby, of New York, have been buying timber lands in the northern part of Georgia, intending to establish the largest toy manufacturing plant in the world. Mr. Crandall was a former Montrose boy, who has been manufacturing toys at Elkland since his factory was burned at Montrose years ago.
Gibson - Capt. D.E. Whitney, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Gibson, tripped over a wire guard around a flower bed on his place a few nights since and receiving injuries that resulted fatally the next evening. Capt. Whitney was 77 years old. He was a past commander of the S. Gibson G.A.R. post. He leaves a widow and adopted daughter, Mrs. Helen Hood, of Lincoln, Neb.
Brooklyn - G.I. Giles announces by bills printed at this office that he will offer at public sale on the place known as the James Sterling farm one mile north of Brooklyn on the Montrose road, Feb. 13th at 10 o'clock a.m., a lot of personal property including 22 young cows, fresh or coming fresh soon, 2 heifers, 2 mares, colts, wagons, bobs, harness, farming implements and household goods.
East Auburn - Miner Avery is taking a creamery course at State College. AND A new Estey organ has been placed in the craig Hill school house much to the satisfaction of the people.
Springville - Mark Scott lost a horse last week-not a very valuable one. Mark says that it just laid down and died.
Susquehanna - Ambrose McQuinn, while driving a horse of C.M. Deakin last Saturday, was run away with, thrown out and badly bruised about the head. AND Erie company has a squad of regular detectives and special officers guarding its property here at night. There are always lawless wanderers out during times of strike.
Hopbottom - Some Italian men have rented the property of Mrs. Almira Brown near the creamery where they will manufacture Italian cheese. They have contracted for milk from the new creamery. AND Those who have purchased ice for their ice houses from a pond of pure spring water are: M.A. Blair, Chancy Carpenter and Oney Case. The pond was built last fall on the properties of Mrs. Emily Rees and E.D. Carpenter and is a beautiful little sheet of pure spring water.
South Montrose - L.W. Moody has put in a very expensive cahs register in his store and the cash is pouring in a rapid rate. AND Geo. P. Wells has filled his new ice house with a find quality of ice purchased from Henry R. Decker's pond. Mr. D. cuts the ice and loads it in your wagon for 20 cents a load.
Brandt - Death came to Win. Roe, an aged resident of Brandt, and a veteran of the civil war, on Saturday afternoon. While digging a grave in the village cemetery he became unconscious and died soon after. Heart failure was the cause of his death. He is survived by the widow and a daughter. The funeral took place from the village hall in Brandt on Tuesday afternoon, Tremain Post, NO. 81, G.A.R., of Lanesboro, of which deceased was a member, attended in a body. Interment in the Brandt cemetery.
Silver Lake - Smith and sons of Binghamton are selling pure spring water furnished by Daniel Sweeney who takes it to that city in 5 gallon glass cans, taking about a ton weight each time. Binghamton should be able to furnish water free to its inhabitants, but still they are favored in getting a supply of good water at any cost. AND The roads are so icy at present that very little traveling is done over them.
Lake View - Cobb & Gelatt have cut a fine crop of ice for the farmers with their new ice plow.
Kingsley - Twin boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner the 25th. They are named Adison and Edison.
Dundaff - Dr. B.F. Carey, of the Oregon Indian Medicine Co., who has been with us for nearly four weeks, has moved his show to Royal, Pa. The doctor's family and company are a jolly lot and they made things lively during their stay here; besides, their medicines have helped a lot of people who were afflicted with various diseases.
Transue - Our school is progressing nicely with 39 scholars. We have the oldest schoolhouse in the township; it was built in 1860 and it is about time we had a new one.
Welsh Hill - Mr. Hyman, of Wilkes-Barre, gave a graphophone concert and moving picture exhibition in the hall on Saturday evening, but the program was left unfinished, as fire was discovered in the attic. By the heroic efforts of some of the young men and the immediate action of the bucket brigade, it was extinguished before any serious harm was done.
Glenwood - Capt. Lyons Post, No. 85, G.A.R., of this place will hold a camp-fire in their hall at Upper Glenwood, Friday eve., Feb. 8. Good speaking, good music, plenty of port and beans, coffee and hardtack will be the order of the evening. Come one and all and have a good time with the old vets.
Thomson - James and Gus Burns and Harry Crosier indulged in a little horse racing last week, just for fun-pretty good speed, too.
Brackney - A large amount of very fine ice is being harvested from Little Mud Lake at present.
February 01 (1901/2001)
Lenox - The creamery meeting at Howard school house Saturday evening was largely attended, over two hundred farmers being present. We learn that they won't patronize the South Gibson creamery this year, but the milk will be taken to Honesdale.
Little Meadows - Wm. Holland had the misfortune to fall on the ice, fracturing his leg and three ribs, but is doing nicely under the skillful treatment of Dr. Tripp, of Warren Centre. AND Joseph Degnan, who has been working for J.E. Hickey the past year, is breaking Thos. Walsh's sorrel colt to drive single. Joe reports big snow drifts on Cork Hill. AND We understand that Wm. Foster intends going to Friendsville to learn wagon-making.
Montrose - It is now safe to declare that the proposed new industry--a pants factory--is an assured "go" and that it will be in operation in the early spring. Our well-known townsman, John E. O'Brien and S. Feinbloom, the clothier, late of Binghamton, made a proposition to furnish the capital and establish the factory here.
Susquehanna - Misses Delia Hurley and Mae Belcher, employed in the "Transcript" office, have been ill with la-grippe. AND The Erie has decided to let newsboys remain on some of its local trains.
Jackson - Myron French Post, G.A.R., held their annual camp fire Friday evening, Feb. 1st. Prof. Edgar B. Curtis, principal of the Oakland high school, delivered an excellent and scholarly address. Miss Lena Barrett, of Susquehanna, recited; Miss Howard, of Thomson, sang; and Clayton Benson and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. V. Larrabee and daughter, Ida, rendered vocal and instrumental selections to a large and appreciative audience. Beans and coffee were last, but not least, on the program.
Hallstead - A large shipment of fine Morris chairs were shipped on Tuesday morning, by express on No. 2, to New York city from the chair factory here. The chairs were consigned to John Wanamaker. AND Nearly all the passenger trains on the Lackawanna run behind schedule time, which was something unusual in the "good old days." Surely, things have changed.
Fairdale - The Epworth League, of the M.E. church, will give a Washington's Birthday supper in the basement of the church. Oysters will be served. Proceeds for the pastor's salary. AND People are glad of the opportunity to take the rust off their snow shoes, and they are doing it in fine style.
Stevens' Point - Recently someone cut open and took money from a mail pouch hanging upon a catcher awaiting the arrival of Palmer's Flyer. Government detectives are investigating.
Silver Lake - Many are taking advantage of the snow by getting out their wood and hauling their logs to the saw mill.
Harford - Edith McConnell spent Sunday with their parents while on her way from Wilkes-Barre to Montrose to act as stenographer for Paul Sherwood, a lawyer from Wilkes-Barre, who has a case in court.
Brooklyn - Poles are being distributed between Brooklyn and Foster for the new telephone wire. AND The coronet band gave a a hop Friday evening to raise funds for their organization. It was a success in every way--and, incidentally, it might be remarked that Brooklyn is renowned for the success of her social functions. A splendid supper was served by Landlord Tewksbury.
West Auburn - Mrs. Mary Hopper has been suffering with gatherings in her head, but we hear that she is easier. AND There will be a 20th century oyster supper and free entertainment in the M.E. church at this place on the 14th of February. Supper 20 cents. Valentines and other notions for sale; proceeds for the church.
Hopbottom - Binghamton parties have been here looking for a site to locate a cigar factory.
Transue - Saturday, Feb. 2, the mercury registered l degree below zero, yet the ground hog saw his shadow.
Forest City - A social club--so new that it has not yet been christened--has just been organized. The club will be quartered in the new Ellis building and will occupy the entire ground floor and half of the rooms on the second floor. Its membership includes many of the active business men of the place.
Lake-A-Meadows - John Jones is seriously ill with the measles. AND Charles Walch, of this place, is busily engaged in hauling logs to Kiley's mill.
Mud Lake - Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Barney, of Quaker Lake, entertained a party of young friends, Thursday evening. Dancing and pedro were indulged in until midnight when the refreshments were served. All departed to their homes reporting an enjoyable time. Music was furnished by the Mud Lake musical club.
Uniondale - James Bennett recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
Gibson - There has been no school on Union hill this week on on account of the illness of the teacher, Miss Julia Stockbine.
News Briefs - Mrs. Nation, the Kansas saloon wrecker, is rather overshadowing George Washington in the hatchet business. AND The census department gives the population of several Susquehanna county boroughs and townships as follows: Susquehanna borough, 3,815; Lanesboro, 821; Montrose, 1,827; Great Bend borough, 836; Great Bend township, 1,000; New Milford borough, 715; New Milford township, 1,206; Hallstead borough, 1,040; Clifford township, 1,134; Dimock township, 347; Dundaff, 159; Forest City, 4,279; Gibson township, 963; Harford township, 1,488; Herrick township, 620; Jackson township, 1,304; Thompson borough, 309; Thompson township, 489; Uniondale, 351.
February 08 (1901/2001)
Susquehanna - The pupils of one of the departments of the second ward school, a few days ago, struck against their teacher. The Principal mollified the strikers' committee and peace reigns on Laurel Street. AND Charles Graves, a Susquehanna boy, now a New York artist, is illustrating a book entitled "Deeds of Valor," a collection of anecdotes of the Civil, Spanish and Indian wars, to be published by a Detroit firm. Mr. Graves is Vice President of the Art Students' League.
Springville - Our little butcher boy, W.M. Lathrop, is out again after a two weeks siege with influenza.
Transue - After two years suffering with heart disease, Wm. Phinney passed away at his home. Interment in Bolles cemetery. He leaves a widow and ten children, seven boys and three girls, who were all present at the burial. John came 2,000 miles from Nicholson, Neb., William, of Kalkaska, Mich., Fred and Arthur of Scranton, Henry of Scottsville, Jackson and Benjamin of this place; the seven sons were the pall bearers.
Silver Lake - Mr. and Mrs. Caswell received a letter from their daughter, Lena, recently, with the result of her examination at the Wilkes-Barre school of osteopathy. Her average was 98 and she was the only member of her class that obtained 100 in chemistry. Miss Caswell is a graduate of the Montrose High School. AND Some of the boys from this place killed a bear in P. Giblin's woods.
Clifford - Saturday evening, Feb. 2, a load of young people from Uniondale started out for a sleigh ride and to surprise Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Yarns, of Clifford. They found poor sleighing and were much surprised in not finding Mr. and Mrs. Y at home; but the latter arrived home later in the evening. A pleasant evening was spent, refreshments were served and then the merry young people started towards Uniondale.
Hop Bottom - Mrs. Saphronia Lord, widow of Josiah Lord, died Feb. 8. She was the former Caroline S. Wilson, born in Connecticut June 29, 1812 . She came to Brooklyn at age 6 and married Thos. Sterling in 1829. Three children were born to them. After Thomas's death in 1834 she married Josiah Lord in 1838. Seven children were born to them and four are still living. Mrs. Lord has drawn a pension since 1874, her husband being a soldier in the war of 1812, an honor which but few people in this county at the present time could boast of.
Heart Lake - The work of loading cars with ice was completed last Friday. Nearly 200 cars have been loaded and 20,000 tons placed in the [ice] house. This provided labor for quite a number of men.
Montrose - The snow and blow of Tuesday night and Wednesday played havoc with travel both by wagon road and rail in this vicinity. Many of the country roads are reported to be impassable. The Narrow Gauge has failed to put in an appearance since Tuesday. A telegram Wednesday stated that the train was "stuck" near Lynn. Word received since indicated that the little road was having a sorry experience, one of the engines being off the track tumbled into a mammoth snow drift, and other troubles too numerous to mention. The mail was sent back to Pittston Junction and brought up by the DL&W, reaching here last evening. AND The polling place of the Second Ward has been changed from the Armory to the harness shop of I.W. Chapman & Son.
East Lenox - Harbingers of Spring are already with us. New goods in the vegetable line are here. Lettuce, radishes and new onions made their appearance this week at Fordham's, in Montrose, and from now on they will continue to come from that famous grower of early vegetables, E. Snyder, of East Lenox.
South Gibson - The telephones have been put in the office at South Gibson and now there will be business for the telephone girl.
Gibson - At the entertainment in the Universalist church last Tuesday, there was quite an excitement caused by the explosion of the lamp in the machine, but it was soon under control. The damage was slight.
New Milford - The contract for carrying the mails between New Milford and Thomson for the next four years has been awarded to Albert Barlow, the present efficient and reliable carrier.
Flynn - The wood bee at Mrs. J. Murray's was a success. They cut about 45 cords.
Lawton - There is a good deal of talk about cream separators-some say they pay, some say they don't. Here is a test: John Potts recently set 100 lbs. with a DeLavel separator. He churned 1lb. more butter by the latter way. D.W. Terry will sell you a good separator at a reasonable price.
Little Meadows - Prof. Newell Chidester, of Binghamton, will organize singing classes here if pupils enough can be secured.
South Montrose - The farmers have hired Al. Nichols and started a co-operative creamery. They cut their ice from H.R. Decker's pond.
Brookdale - Our school was closed a few days recently on account of the illness of G.H. Smith, of Franklin Forks, our teacher's father.
News Briefs - Two sleigh loads of the Great Bend high school pupils went to New Milford Monday afternoon. They report a splendid time. Misses Eggleston and Banker, teachers in the Great Bend School, took their pupils sleighing Tuesday afternoon. In Franklin Forks a good many of the sleighing parties seem to have genuine sleigh rides this winter, for we hear of numerous tip-overs in the snow banks, but nothing serious has happened so far. Mrs. G.N. Bennett of Glenwood gave her Sunday school class a sleigh ride to Clifford and return last Saturday and it was a great day for the little ones.
February 15 (1901/2001)
Brooklyn - The supervisors had a large force of men out shoveling snow the latter part of the week as the roads were drifted badly. AND: At G.I. Giles' adjourned sale on Monday, twenty cows were sold at an average of about $28; the highest price was $34.75, the lowest was $20.50. The horses sold low, one colt that would be 2 yrs old this spring, sold for $25.50.
Lawsville - We hear it talked that Henry Craik has bought the property of G.W. Meeker consisting of a dwelling and blacksmith shop; and that Mr. Meeker has purchased the property of F.H. Southworth and will change from a blacksmith into a merchant.
South Gibson - A large number were present at the Aid social held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Estabrooks. Some that went with wagons wished they had sleighs part of the way, while those who went in sleighs wished they had wagons most of the way. Some tipped over and some broke down, but on the whole it was a financial as well as social success and everybody had a good time.
Montrose - The Montrose Dairy Co. opens for business March 1, at their new creamery. AND: The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will celebrate Washington's birthday by serving a Colonial Supper in their church parlors. At this supper will be served those "dishes" of the 18th and those "delicacies" of the 19th that are most desired by all the people of the 20th century. Do not fail to enjoy an excellent supper for 25 cents; ice cream and cake, 10 cents.
Bridgewater Twp. - Because of the drifted roads people were driving in from Tiffany's last week on the L & M road bed. It worked well except they needed to keep their eyes open for Jack Spence's "iron hoss."
Susquehanna - Richard N. Brush, of the firm of Brush & Tiffany, harness makers, is the inventor of a novelty in horse blankets which promises to save considerable time and trouble in adjusting. To prevent all possible mistakes, the word "head" appears upon the forward end of the blanket and the letters forming the word "tail" upon the rear. AND: Wing Lee, Susquehanna's only Chinese citizen, is this week celebrating the Chinese New Year and saying, "Gong he fot toy"-"Happy New Year," to his numerous acquaintances.
Uniondale - We regret to learn of the death of Miss Margaret Bowell, formerly one of Herrick's successful teachers and a much esteemed young lady.
Brackney - J.C. O'Day froze his ears somewhere on the road between the Silver Lake church and E. Foxes.
Elk Lake - Our stage driver, Asa Kunkle, is a man of courage. He did not miss a day during the blizzard. AND: A number are drawing sawdust from Chases's mill in Rush, to cover their ice.
East Rush - A.B. Linaberry went with a load of lumber to Montrose for C.E. Roberts last Tuesday, and on account of the blizzard didn't get home until Friday, then had to return by the way of Rush as the lake roads were piled full.
Jackson - Mrs. Franklin Barnes is very sick with erysipelas of the head and face. AND: Peter Dewitt has rented the Gunnison farm of H.M. Benson for the ensuing year. Mr. Dewitt has also purchased of G.H. Gelatt the milk route from this place to Susquehanna, together with team, wagon and sleighs for the business. George Dewitt will drive team to carry the milk.
Springville - Arthur O. Dunlap went out sleighriding the other day and came back with a smashed cutter, the result of striking a stone with one cutter runner. AND: Last week we had no mail for three days because the little railroad was filled with snow. We got a lot, though, when it did come.
Silver Lake - Mr. Foster's bid of $450 a year was accepted and he will carry the mail between Mud Lake and Montrose for the next four years. He has given general satisfaction and all are well pleased that he will continue to drive the Silver Lake stage.
Kingsley - Mrs. Polly Tiffany and daughter, Mrs. F.P. Tingley, entertained a large party of ladies at a quilting and rag bee last Friday.
Forest Lake - Roger Spaulding, the blacksmith at the lake, will move to the home of Mrs. Spaulding's mother, Mrs. William Walker, near Fairdale. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chalker, of Lawton, will move in the house vacated by Mr. Spaulding, and will work at Blacksmithing.
Harford - Frank Tiffany has traded his property in town with Charles Felton for his farm.
Fairdale - Washington's birthday will be observed in the basement of the M.E. church this Friday evening. The Epworth League ladies have gotten up a fine program and will serve oysters to all. Don't fail to come.
Lenoxville - The renewal of log hauling to the Hartley mill, after a number of years of suspension, looks like business in saving the wind-fall timber in this vicinity.
Franklin - On Monday evening last, members of the Senior Class [Montrose H.S.] and their friends, enjoyed a sleigh-ride to Franklin where they were entertained at the home of Miss Flora Townsend. The hours were filled with pleasure and an abundant and delicious lunch was provided for the visitors.
New Milford - Colonel Pratt and daughter, Harriette, attended Governor Stone's reception at Harrisburg.
February 22 (1901/2001)
Montrose - James D. Smillie, of New York, the distinguished artist, who for many years spent his summers in Montrose where he erected a magnificent home and studio and acquired other desirable property, has sold all his real estate in this place to Mrs. H.M. Kent, of Buffalo, NY, who has spent several summer seasons here, occupying the Smillie residence. If this means that hereafter we shall see little or nothing of Mr. Smillie, that fact will be a matter of keen regret on the part of his many friends and acquaintances here, while we shall all rejoice in the reasonable assurance that we shall have the Kents as regular summer residents.
Thomson/New Milford - Albert Ballou has been awarded the contract of the rural free delivery of mail from Thomson to New Milford, via North Jackson, Lake View and Lakeside. This is said to be the first route to be awarded in Susquehanna county under the new law for the free delivery of rural mails. AND Jacob Wellman, an aged resident of New Milford Township, died at his home on Friday.
Brooklyn - Mr. F.B. Jewett leaves tomorrow morning for Washington to attend the second inauguration of President McKinley.
Springville - On Sunday morning last, the Rosengrant house, one mile east of Springville, was burned. As the fire took place before daylight very few persons saw it. The house was owned by S.A. Shook and had been without a tenant since late in the fall. The house was built over 50 years ago by Jeremiah Rosengrant and in its time was considered a fine residence. The fire was undoubtedly of incendiary origin. AND George Taylor moved his photograph gallery one day last week, to the grounds of the Widow Smith and will soon be ready to work again.
Middletown - Charles Golden is employed at the Exchange Hotel in Montrose.
Forest City - Some women are starting a new sect-"The Church of God." Supposing all the women should join it, would there not be a marvelous lot of lonesome churches?
Great Bend - A township man who has been letting his beard grow 47 years, on an election wager, has just lost his whiskers in a set of cogwheels. Justice may travel slow but eventually she gets there with both her leaden feet. AND Mrs. Knoeller, mother of W.M. Knoeller, had the misfortune to break both bones of her lower right limb last week. While attempting to use the telephone from her son's office to his home, she fell from a box on which she stood to reach the receiver.
Auburn 4 Corners - Leonard Otis concluded it was not good for man to be alone, so invited Miss Bunnell of Rush to share his joys and sorrows while they both shall live.
Lanesboro - A Lanesboro poultry fancier, a few days since, sent five live ducks to Stanford, Conn., a distance of 220 miles. One of the ducks-a black one, had not had its wings clipped. On Thursday there was a great commotion among the fowls of the fancier and, on going to ascertain the cause, he discovered the identical back duck that he had sent to Connecticut by express.
Fairdale - Moving seems to be the order of the day; there will be a few changes in this place. P.L. Shelp will move in his new house and B.A. Risley will move in Shelp's old house; Will Allen will move from Chas. Steiger's house to the house of B.A. Risley; John Ball will move out on a farm, have not learned where; Bert Very goes into the Parks house and Israel Birchard goes into J.A. Rosenkrans' house.
Heart Lake - On Sunday last, while returning from church services, a load consisting of Mrs. Holloway Cobb, Minerva Drake, Willis Cobb, and Earnest Passmore, met with a thrilling experience which might have proved fatal. While crossing the railroad track, a short distance below the church, the horses became frightened and were soon beyond the control of Passmore, who was driving. The sleigh tipped on the crossing and threw the occupants out. Mrs. Cobb sustained most painful injuries. Both her arms were broken-each in two places, making four breaks in all. The others escaped any serious injuries. Mrs. Cobb is feeling as comfortable as possible. Two weeks previous, another sleighload, numbering five persons, nearly met with serious injury on the same crossing, while coming from church. The team was crossing the track as the train approached. By a quick turn, however, the party was saved from the perilous position in which they were placed. Quite a number are of the opinion that the railroad crossing is very dangerous.
South Auburn - The Grange is increasing and there is talk of having a Grange hall in the near future.
Susquehanna- While Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter were driving to Jackson recently, in attempting to pass a team near North Jackson cemetery, their horse became frightened and ran away, colliding with a tree and completely demoralizing the cutter and harness. Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter escaped injury and the horse was but little injured.
Silver Lake - H.J. Rose has moved his saw mill a short distance down the creek. It will be combined with the shingle mill and steam power will be used in the future.
Ararat - A little child of Wesley Bartleson died Saturday morning of typhoid pneumonia, another child is very low and his daughter, Grace, is recovering from typhoid fever. This family is especially afflicted as they are unable to procure the services of a doctor.
Washington, D.C. - A number of the students of the West Chester State Normal school made a pilgrimage to Washington last week and here is a paragraph from a letter written by one of them from the hotel at which they were stopping: "Immediately after supper last evening Dr. Phillips announced that Galusha A. Grow, who was stopping in the house, would give a public reception in the parlor. The dear old man, with silvery locks, was the mark of deep affection on the part of the students, each of whom had a chance to shake hands with him.
Harford - The schoolmates of Ethel Lott gave her a surprise Wednesday in honor of her 13th birthday. AND As we are sending these notes we hear of the death of Otis Grinnell.