February 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 M.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 cash 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 fine 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 Wm. 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.


March 01 (1901/2001)



Bradley's Corners (New Milford Twp) - A few days ago John Moffatt's horse, "Black Kit," was being driven by Mrs. Moffatt, when it became frightened, upsetting the cutter, throwing out Mrs. Moffatt and her mother, Mrs. Harrison, and bruising them slightly. The horse ran away and when found was near Mr. Lewis' barn; the horse was somewhat lamed and the cutter was broken.


New Milford - New Milford has a band of "white caps," at least as far as the work of that organization is concerned. A few nights since a house on Depot street was visited and when they left the house was not in shape to rent. Doors and windows were destroyed as was considerable of the contents. The place has for some time been a resort for questionable characters.


Penn Avon (Clifford Twp.)- Owing to some dissatisfaction among our people in regard to the name of our post office, Welsh Hill, it was decided to change the name, and for that purpose a meeting was held in "The Hall" on Saturday evening. Several names were suggested, but the one chosen was "Penn Avon," a name proposed by one of our oldest residents, Mr. Richard Davis.


Rush - George Fargo, a respected resident of East Rush, died on Tuesday evening Feb. 19, and was buried the following Saturday. His wife, Serepta Fargo, survived him by ten days, dying on Saturday, March 2.


Franklin Forks - Thomas and John Scott returned from their trip to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. They went with Co. G of Montrose to participate in the inaugural of the President.


Harford - The funeral of Otis Grinnell was largely attended from this place Saturday. His only child living, Mrs. Will Bailey, of Ohio, was so prostrated by the news of his death that she was unable to attend the funeral. AND The Oregon Medicine Company have their headquarters at Odd Fellows hall.


Auburn - At the indoor games of Georgetown University, held on Saturday last, J.W. D. Tewksbury, formerly of Auburn, this county, but more recently of Tunkhannock, a student in the University of Pennsylvania, created a new fifty yard high hurdle record in seven seconds flat.


Lanesboro - The famous Starrucca viaduct on the Erie will soon be inspected and repaired. New ties are on and will shortly be put in. There are 1400 of them as the bridge is a quarter of a mile long; the present ties were put down in 1894, about 7 years ago. The grade at that point is 32 feet to the mile so that the north end of the bridge is 8 feet higher than the south end. The viaduct is familiarly known as the "stone bridge," has 19 arches and is one of the largest stone viaducts in the country.


Bridgewater Twp. - Fred Bush and Russell King, two bright and enterprising young lads of the township, took it into their heads that they must, if possible, be in Washington on Monday last to witness the inauguration of the President. With this idea in view they bravely started out on their own hook, intending to walk to Laceyville or Wyalusing, and there take passage on a Lehigh Valley train. They left their homes on Friday and that night reached the home of E.W. Bolles in Jessup and partook of his hospitality, resuming their journey the next morning. Meanwhile their absence had been discovered and Mr. Bush was hot on the trail. He overtook them over in Bradford county and persuaded them to accompany him home. Thus vanished the boys' hopes of seeing the sights of the Nation's Capital, but their patriotic desire and the zeal with which they went about attaining it simply shows that they are typical American boys, and have a determination to "get there" that does not halt at what to less adventurous youths might seem insurmountable obstacles.


Susquehanna - The Avenue Methodist congregation, on Tuesday evening, enjoyed a sleighride to Bradley Beebe's, Oakland township. AND The Susquehanna Telephone and Telegraph Company already has 112 subscribers.


Great Bend - Editor More, of the Great Bend Plaindealer, who is also Mayor of Great Bend, recently visited Washington and on Sunday attended the Metropolitan Methodist church. In his paper he says he "sat near President McKinley." The President probably never suspected at the time, the great peril he was in. With the President of the United States and the mayor of Great Bend in its pews at the same time, it was a red letter day in the annals of the famous church.


Jackson - North Jackson people will soon be able to talk with all the earth by means of the long distance phone, as connections will be made between Thompson and New Milford.


Hallstead - Hallstead is to have a three-story brick block on the corner of Pine and Church St. The first floor will be used for post office and store, the second for dwelling rooms, and the hall.


Flynn - Miss Lizzie Giblin, of Silver Lake, who has been rusticating in Middletown, has returned to her home. AND Montrose boys who contemplate a trip to Middletown should purchase a map of the roads before starting, especially during a snow storm.


Glenwood - During the severe cold weather, C.L. Swartz, while helping C.W. Hoppe gather ice, had the misfortune to take a bath in about 5 feet of water. No bad results of it.


Little Meadows - A gasoline lamp exploded in the office of J.E. Hickey's hotel, burning John Humphrey about the head and face. AND Ray Dowd reports bad roads through the Bear Swamp.


Clifford - Ludie, wife of Willie Miller, very suddenly and unexpectedly departed this life March 1st. Ludie was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Lowry. While living in Clifford she was always spoken of as one of the nicest girls of Clifford. About a year ago she married one of our most quiet and steady young men, Willie Miller. She was about and was loved and respected by everybody that knew her. She was always very healthy, never sick, until a few days before her death. She was taken sick, the doctor called; he thinking she had pendicitis, called other doctors and they performed an operation but found they made a mistake, brain fever set in and in a few days she was dead. Her funeral was largely attended at the Baptist church Sunday the 3d.


March 08 (1901/2001)



Montrose - Mr. Horace Brewster visited the Montrose High School last week and addressed the students in a highly interesting manner upon "The Underground Railway" by which fugitive slaves were assisted in their flight to freedom before the war. The scholars were so delighted with Mr. Brewster's remarks that he was recalled three times and even then it was with reluctance that he was allowed to close.


Kingsley - The musicale held at Mrs. Lizzie Tiffany's last Thursday evening was a success, over 60 were present. Those from out of town were Miss Ruth MacConnell of Harford, Misses Finn, McKeever, Bertch and Sager. Miss Sager assisted in the program and her songs were highly appreciated.


Lawton - Many hearts were made sad in this place by the sudden death of Mrs. Michael Zacharias, which occurred March 7th. The funeral took place from the Snyder school house on Sunday. She leaves a husband and five small children, the youngest a little over one year old, to mourn the loss of a dear wife and mother.


Auburn Corners - Blue birds and robins have made their appearance. South Auburn - L.T. Place has 60 fine young chicks hatched in his new Cyphers incubator: invention has gone so far there is nothing left for the old hen to do only scratch up the gardens and lay 365 eggs per year.


Susquehanna - Mrs. Abijah Green, of Trout Creek, gave birth to triplet boys. It is said that since this very interesting event, Mr. Green has been decidedly blue. AND The rumor that the Susquehanna shops would be removed to Ellistown, near Waverly, N.Y., proves to be a myth of the first water.


Tirzah - Herrick Center Elgin Creamery is nearly completed and is expected to open about April 1st. AND Miss Lena Corey, our popular music and school teacher, has a fine new piano.


Hopbottom - Charles Kellum had some of his choice White Wyandotte hens and a three-dollar rooster stolen Tuesday night. About a year ago Mr. Kellum had the choice birds of his flock stolen also. Charley, cold lead is a good medicine for chicken thieves.


Forest Lake - Abbie Lester's school is closed this week on account of the illness of her father. AND While driving home from his farm our respected townsman, George Lester, met with a serious and painful accident. He had a load of wood and was standing up, when some of the wood gave way, throwing him to the ground with such force as to break three of his ribs. He managed to get home without assistance, but has since suffered much pain and will be laid up for some time.


Brooklyn - Miss Mollie Weston has returned from Boston where she spent the winter studying music and voice culture. AND Ernest King, who enlisted in Co. M of the 27th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, is now on his way home, after serving two years in the Philippines.


Harford - That splendid musical organization, the Harford Cornet Band, will give a high class concert in Odd Fellows' hall on Friday evening, March 22. A delightful programme has been arranged for the occasion, which includes marches, overtures, brass quartette, piano solos, vocal quartettes, cornet-duet, concert waltz, male quartette, two-step, comic sketch, violin solo, solo and chorus. It will be an evening of rare enjoyment.


Gibson - Olney Sweet, of Iowa, and Will Sweet, of Dakota, have been visiting their many friends at their old home in Gibson.


Lynn - It is reported that Frank Risley and son, Walter, have purchased a grocery store at Springville.


Bridgewater, etc. - Lawrence W. McCabe and Jas. Clough are organizing a Farmer's Mutual Telephone Company, covering North Bridgewater, Silver Lake and Western Franklin Twp., not for profit, but for private use of those putting in phones. The work is going on at once, and poles are already on the ground. The line will also reach Montrose.


Great Bend - The girls over at Great Bend have organized an anti-tobacco club and they propose to make it pretty warm for the young fellows who chew and smoke the filthy weed. The club starts out by emitting some poetical effusions as follows-"He who chews the nasty plug Shall never have my waist to hug." Another motto runs thus-"He who will tobacco spit, Shall be my own true lover-nit." Another sounds as if it had been stolen from Tom Moore-"You may rinse, you may gargle your throat like a jug, But the scent of tobacco still clings to your mug."


Silver Lake - John Gillooly bought the Cranberry farm owned by Mrs. Sayre, of Montrose. Consideration $2000. AND Mike Casey has taken a job of cutting 400 cords of four-foot wood for the acid factory at Brookdale.


Hallstead - Who was the blonde? A fine appearing young lady came here getting subscribers for the Ladies World, stating that if we signed that week we could get a year for 10 cents. She got a long list of names, and that is the last we have seen of her or the paper. She is a blond and very pretty. Look out for her, she is a fake in good earnest.


News Brief - A number of changes have been made in base ball rules for the coming season, some of them being as follows: The catcher must stand close to the bat all of the time; the first two fly fouls now caught are called strikes if the batman has no strikes charged against him prior to making the fouls; an unfairly delivered ball will not be counted against the pitcher; a batsman will not be permitted to take his base on being hit by a pitched ball, but it will be counted as a ball against the pitcher; the umpire is authorized to call a ball on the pitcher if he holds the sphere in his hands for 20 seconds without delivering it to the bat; a ball is called also if the pitcher throws the ball to any player on the field except in an attempt to retire a base runner. All of these new rules are made to hasten the time of the game.


March 14 (1901/2001)



Susquehanna - Sheriff Maxey was officially engaged in town on Tuesday. He is closing more saloons than the church and temperance people combined. The Erie Ave. saloon of Martin J. McMahon has been closed. AND Henry J. Sperl, Sr. of Carbondale, for many years a resident of this place and inventor of the Sperl steam heater, died and was interred in the Grand St. Cemetery, this place, on Friday.


West Auburn - Miss Mabel Magee still drives to her school although the roads are very bad. AND The musical drill conducted by Elmer Clapper is to commence Thursday evening and will close Saturday evening with a concert. Tenor Charlie McCarthy, of Lawton, will assist Prof. Clapper during the drill and concert at Beaver Meadows next week.


East Dimock - Friday evening, March 15, four loads of the Dimock Literary members made Miss Lottie Blakslee, one of the members at Springville, a surprise. The evening was spent in games, social chats and music. At a late hour they departed for their homes hoping that they might spend many such a pleasant evening.


Herrick Center - The patrons of N.E. Telephone Co., between Susquehanna and Forest City, also Niagara, Pa., had the pleasure of hearing the marriage ceremony of Hattie Smith, of Burnwood, to Willard Croker, of Simpson, through their telephones. The patrons of the line between Forest City and Ararat presented the bride with a handsome rocker.


Friendsville - Mary McMahon will go to Montrose, first of April, to learn the dressmaker's trade with Mrs. Wm. Beck. She will reside at B. B. Buffum's.


East Rush - Theodore Smith (better known as Squire) intends to give up farming and live a retired life at Montrose. Dell Hunsenger has given up blacksmithing and [has] rented Squire Smith's farm and intends to move there on the first of April. L. Woodruff, of Auburn, will occupy [the] house where Mr. Hunsenger vacated and become our future smith. Mr. W. is said to be a first-class smith and wishes the patronage of the people of this place.


Glenwood - Our school ends this week. We should, by all means, have two months more, especially for the smaller ones.


Harford - Photographer Bronson made cabinet pictures for the graduates of the Harford Graded School, one day last week. This is the second year Mr. Bronson has photoed the graduating class. They evidently are entirely satisfied with artist Bronson's work.


Jackson - Saturday, March 9, being the 83d birthday of Mrs. Emily Barnes, 17 of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren assembled at her pleasant home in honor of the event.


Montrose - The colt which ran away last week threw the driver out of the cart, ran down Public Avenue till it struck John Meehan's team, from Silver Lake, standing hitched in front of the Fair Store. A large crowd soon gathered and the horse was quickly on his feet but one of the front wheels on Mr. Meehan's wagon was crushed to the ground. Just before this happened there was a couple of young men busily engaged in a fight near by, which caused excitement for some time, but when the run-away occurred their attention was turned to that, with their bloody noses and other injuries. AND The death of Rev. H.R. Phoenix, the honored and respected pastor of Zion A.M.E. church, occurred at his home on Saturday, March 9. The funeral took place on Tuesday, at 2 o'clock. A delegation of comrades from Four Brother Post, No. 453, G.A.R., assembled with other citizens at his late residence on Berry street and escorted the remains to the church. The casket was covered with the Stars and Stripes, and the bearers were comrades R.M. Bostwick, A.C. Ayres, A.J. Holley, Benj. Nailor, Peter Norris, Hamilton Youngs.


Mr. Phoenix was born at Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 7, 1842. He enlisted in the Mass. Colored Regiment in the war of 1861. He was wounded in one of the seven battles in which he fought and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. In 1871 he became a member of the Genessee Conference and served in churches in New York and Pennsylvania.


He was an invalid for a year and a half, suffering greatly at the last. At noon on the 9th of March he asked to be dressed up and said to his wife, "Are you on board the train with me? And presently his spirit took its flight. The burial service was conducted by officers and comrades of Four Brothers Post.


Forest City - Forest City is to have a building boom during the coming summer. The necessity of securing more houses to accommodate families is growing more apparent daily. A large number of men who have recently secured work here have not brought their families because they have been unable to secure houses. A family moved out of a house on Susquehanna street a few days ago and the News office was visited by over a dozen persons that wanted to move in.


Forest Lake - Hay $15 per ton; better cut the cows' eyebrows back of the horns. AND It's better to go to see your better half without a saddle than to have your better half come to see you, as some of our school ma'ams have to do.


Uniondale - Luke Bradley has purchased a fine horse and delivery wagon of the Scranton Dairy Co., and started a huckstering business.


New Milford - The borough granted a franchise to the North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone company to put their system in that place. It is the intention of the company to put in a switchboard in that borough and make that place a center, as it has made Thompson.


Hopbottom - On March 18th Mrs. Emily Rees celebrated her 84th birthday. Those present were her daughters and their husbands and Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Cool of Lenox. Mrs. Almora Brown and Miss Parmelia Tewksbury. The day was very pleasantly spent. Mr. Cool has been a tenant on Mrs. Rees' farm for 14 years. Let's hear who can beat that record of landlord and tenant.


March 22 (1901/2001)



Harford - Mrs. Melvin Tingley had a sewing bee last Friday. The ladies did not have to return the next day to finish up their work, for they joined all the rags together that Mrs. Tingley produced; the ladies of Harford always finish up their work the same day. After the ladies had partaken of a sumptuous dinner, Melvin put up a batch of syrup and sugared off, giving the ladies a double treat.


Susquehanna - J. Joseph Clark, Jr., founder of the Susquehanna "Transcript," is State Secretary of the Ohio Sunday School Association. AND In New London, Conn., on Thursday evening last, Tim Hurley, of Susquehanna, fought "Mysterious Billy" Smith, of New York, to a draw.


Dimock - Any one wanting horses clipped call on Mills & Barnes at their blacksmith shop. They have a first class machine and will do you a good job cheap for cash.

Auburn Center - If the people who are robbing their horses of the protection which an all wise Providence has given them, would remove their winter clothing and go dressed in thin summer garb for a week or two, they might have a little more respect for the feelings of these faithful animals.


Hallstead - Another wreck last week Thursday. The train was so heavy that the engine could not pull it into the yard and another engine was put on, then the drawhead broke and a hog came up with such force that it shoved a flat car that was ahead of it through a caboose, and tore the top off it. It seems almost a miracle that neither of the five men who were in the caboose were hurt. AND Two lamprey eels have been brought to the Herald office within the past two days, both of them secured from faucets through which city water is drawn. One, 7" long, was taken from a Fifth Ward residence.


New Milford - The ladies of the M.E. church will hold a variety sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. New and second hand articles will be offered for sale. An entertainment is given each evening to which a small admission fee is charged, but is refunded on the price of any article purchased. Lunches will be served at all hours. Proceeds to apply on the payment of the cost of repairing the church.


Silver Lake - Thomas Mitchell, of Troy, Pa., recalls a letter from Mrs. Mary B. Leonard, in which the question of who cut the road through the forest from Tunkhannock to Silver Lake is answered. Mrs. Leonard wrote: " I was born at Silver Lake, Nov. 19, 1808. My parents emigrated at an early day to that place from Philadelphia. My father, James Rose and his brother, Dr. R.H. Rose, were employed as agents to sell the lands of the "Francis Estate" in that county. They each built a fine residence at the Lake; my father's house is still standing. They endured all the hardships and privations, incident to a new country, imaginable. Their effects were moved from Northumberland to Tunkhannock in boats. From there to the Lake they hired the road cut so that teams could carry them through. Tunkhannock was their nearest market place for a number of years but the country soon settled up and was prosperous." In 1825 James Rose moved his family to Potter County and Mary married Frederick Leonard in 1831 and settled in Springfield, Bradford County. Mary died at the age of 86 in 1894, the mother of 5 children. Her letter was written in 1884.


Brooklyn - Wm. A. Brown, formerly of Forest Lake, but who for a couple of years or more had lived on Dr. J. Arthur Bullard's farm at Loch Eden, near New Milford, removed to the Robert Breed farm in Brooklyn but a week or so ago. While working in the woods near his new home last week, a tree fell, striking him and inflicting fatal injuries. Mr. Brown was the son of the venerable Thomas Brown of Forest Lake. Some years ago he was traveling salesman for several well-known houses and had a large acquaintance with our town and county merchants. The deceased is survived by a widow (daughter of the late J.B. Overton, of Rush) and several children.


Montrose One of the most important roads leading to Montrose is the Wyalusing creek road [Rt. 706], over which comes much traffic from Fairdale, Rush, &c.- probably it is the most important. There is a road view out, and some changes in the road are asked for, at places where heavy grades may be cut off, which would be of great benefit to the traveling public and make it the easier for people to get to the County Seat.


Oakley - The widow of Albert Hetzel had the misfortune to lose her cow recently. An oyster supper, which was held for her benefit at Melvin Empett's, netted $3.28. Contributions from other sources raised the amount to nearly $15.


Uniondale - Miss Blanche Carpenter, who has been afflicted for a number of years with locomotor ataxia, is so much worse as to be confined to her bed.


Glenwood - P.H. Hunt has about 50 cords of wood piled up, enough to run him through the summer. A good thing to have in planting time.

Forest Lake If that Vinegar bill is passed, letting every man sell vinegar made of pure cider apples, there will be a shingle on every apple tree, "pure cider vinegar" for sale, 10 cents per gallon. Better kill that bill, as the effects of vinegar will kill the young men. AND Jack McInerney and Jim Broderick are furnishing the fuel for the Forest Lake School, 98 cents per cord.


Herrick Centre - Early last winter A. Wolf was seen prowling around West Herrick. Many were the queries as to what the outcome would be. About a month after he was first seen, a carload of lumber and another of machinery were unloaded at Herrick Centre and carted to Lyon Street. Any one going to Lyon street will find a fine new Elgin creamery, nearly completed, a monument to the building, Mr. Wolf.


Lawsville - Sixty-two of the relatives and friends of Robert Caswell and wife met with them on March 22 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wedding. Their children were all present and all but four of their grandchildren. After dinner, which by the way, was one to turn the heart of a pessimist, Mr. B. Vance made a few appropriate remarks. Mr. and Mrs. Caswell received a great many useful presents and over $10 in money, also the best wishes of their friends for a pleasant future.


March 29 (1901/2001)



Springville - I.A. Button, the while haired sage of Mud Hollow, has been furnishing this market with a very nice quality of maple syrup and he generally has it quite early too. AND P.H. Comstock has sold his barber business to a young man from Tunkhannock and he will soon depart for the wild and wooly west.


Auburn Center - We would advise those going visiting Sunday nights to go in by the front way and not through people's back yards, scaring their poultry till it is thought that thieves are around.


Forest Lake - Henry Bolles, aged 72 years, has sawed and split wood nearly fifty days this winter. Pretty good for a man at that age. AND T.N. Quailey is local agent for Mr. Bryan's paper "The Commoner."


South Gibson - Some of our county exchanges are again reporting the death of Frank Belcher, the South Gibson boy who has made a large fortune in the gold fields of Alaska. Belcher's demise was reported in the most circumstantial manner, yet shortly after the "dead" man appeared in the flesh and in a very fair state of health; Mr. Belcher's friends will hope that the report now current may prove equally foundationless as was the previous one. Later reports seem to confirm his death in Dawson City, Alaska. Deceased went to Alaska 8 years ago and accumulated gold and claims said to be worth $1,000,000


Susquehanna - The Erie has a large force of men putting in new steel rails on the westbound track of its Jefferson Branch. The workmen live in five box cars side-tracked at Uniondale.


Lanesboro - R.M. Teetsel ,of Lanesboro, and C.W. Lewis, of Thomson, have been matched to play five games of checkers for $10 a side, to be played at Lanesboro in the near future. The last match between the men resulted in each winning one game. The third was a draw.


Lenoxville - Death entered the home of Mrs. Chapman Harding March 27 and took the aged mother, who has so faithfully performed the duties of life for four score years. Those who pass by the home will miss the pleasant face and snowy hair from the window. Two sons, George and Henry Harding and two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Leek and Mrs. John Maxey, are left to mourn their loss, but truly "A beautiful life ends not in death."


Fairdale - Wild geese are going north early this year but that is no sign of an early spring.


East Dimock - Sugar making is in order but very little has been made, thus far. Some have contracted all their maple syrup for $1.00 a gallon. AND Robbie and George Allen very pleasantly entertained a few of their friends Saturday afternoon and treated them to warm sugar and old fashionable jack wax. A jolly time is reported.


Ararat - The revival meetings that were started in the Presbyterian church have been postponed on account of bad roads. AND The annual Free Methodist camp meeting, heretofore held at Ararat, will hereafter be held on the lands of C.J. Pickering, just outside the borough of Thomson.


Montrose - The official Board of the M.E. church have decided to return to the plan of renting the seats, as more satisfactory. AND The funeral of Lt. Hyde Crocker was held last Saturday. Born in Montrose in 1834, he was one of the first to respond to the call to arms and enlisted on April 18, 1861 for three years. He participated in 32 battles, received a saber cut at the battle of Brandy Station and was captured June 9, 1863. He was first taken to Libby prison, then Macon, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Columbia, S.C. and finally to Wilmington, where he was paroled on March 1, 1865. An incident of interest in connection with the death of Mr. Crocker is the fact that even before Memorial Day was instituted, the idea originated with Mr. Crocker, and eight of his comrades, to each year decorate with flowers the soldiers' graves, and that the last survivor among them should possess the wonderful cane upon which Mr. Crocker had beautifully carved a history of the civil war in brief. Only two of these nine now remain among the living: Judge Searle and A.B. Burns.


Brandt - Friday night burglars blew open the safe in the store of Blank, Peck & Co. and secured $40 and valuable papers. Local talent is suspected.


New Milford - Patrick Casey had the contents of his hen house quickly removed on a recent night. Next morning the chicken house door was found open and no chickens in sight. In a neighboring yard he found blood stains where the poultry had been bled to death. Mr. Casey procured a search warrant and scoured several suspicious houses but found no trace of his chickens. There were 19 hens and a rooster in the flock.


News Briefs - One of the best and simplest cures for insomnia is said to be the odor of raw onions. They should be mashed to a pulp in order to free all the juice. Smell this substance for ten minutes after retiring. It is said to quiet the most nervous person and relax the most overwrought nerves. AND The Scientific American gives this receipt as one which the world ought to know. At the first indication of diphtheria in the throat of a child make the room close and then take a cup and pour into it a quantity of tar and turpentine, equal parts. Hold cup over the fire so as to fill the room with fumes. The patient on inhaling the fumes will cough up and spit out all the membranous matter and the diphtheria will pass out. AND As the Base Ball season is close at hand there is some anxiety among the players as to organizing a team as in previous seasons. The attendance has been too small to clear expenses, consequently the players had to go down in their own pockets-nevertheless we do not wish to pick at that. We understand that the hiring of foreign players has not given satisfaction to the public, so this season home players will constitute the team throughout the season. If the following towns are represented by a Ball Team the undersigned would be pleased to arrange a schedule for the coming season: New Milford, Hallstead, Susquehanna, Great Bend, Nicholson, Tunkhannock, or any others within 20 miles of Montrose.


April 04 (1901/2001)



Montrose - The usual Easter services were held in all of our churches last Sunday and while the weather was very unpleasant and wet, large assemblages turned out to pay homage to the risen King. Special music by the various choirs were leading features and the sermons touched directly upon the subject of the resurrection. The early devotions in the Catholic and Episcopal churches, on that morning, attracted a fair number. The 10:45 services in all the churches excelled in attendance the usual standard, while the church decorations were modest, yet beautiful. The Easter offerings were liberal.


Middletown - The death of Frank Coleman, an esteemed resident of Middletown, occurred very suddenly at his home on Tuesday, April 2d. He leaves a wife and several small children. The funeral was held in St. Patrick's church, Rev. Fr. Bartholomew V. Driscoll of Friendsville, officiating.


New Milford - Geo. Corwin has placed a drag saw at N.B. Burdick's shingle mill for the purpose of sawing logs into shingle bolts. A large amount of timber is already at the mill to be converted into shingles.


Lanesboro - A calico hop will be held in the Firemen's hall Friday night. AND Riverside Park will not be opened this year.


Harford - Porter & Baylis are repairing the old mill at Oakley, raising it from the foundation and putting in steam power. Chamberlain, of Gibson, is bossing the job. They expect to have it in operation in a few days.


Welsh Hill - On Tuesday of this week a bee was held to raise the barn on the church property. A goodly number were present and the ladies served dinner in the hall.


Dundaff - We expect soon to have a telephone line through here. Quite a number of the farmers are taking shares and are going to have 'phones in their homes. A gang of 11 telephone men dropped in on Landlord Decker to board about a month. AND We hope soon to see the street cars running through Dundaff.


Lawsville - An "April Fools" party was held at Creamery hall Monday evening, April 1st by the school children of both districts. The young ladies decided, after due deliberation, that the young gentlemen who ate the dried beef and salted the cakes should be given the booby prize of the evening, for being the ones worst fooled.


Starrucca - Angus Smith, aged 84 years, was the first man to operate a wood acid factory in the United States.


Bradley Corners - The parties who stole the flag and rope from the school house last winter have not come back after the pole yet.


Gibson -W.J. Lamb's sugar house was destroyed by fire one night last week, burning many of his sugar implements and about 10 gallons of syrup.


Brackney - Miss Susie Murphy closed a very successful term of school on Friday last. The children did some very nice speaking and singing.


Herrick Center - Contractor B.J. Bussman, of Hancock, NY, has masons here this week finishing the basement of the high school building. When the basement is finished the building will be complete except for the furniture.


Forest Lake - April Fool's day was in full blast in this place. Someone played a trick on Lafayette Shelp and took his heavy harness and a reward of two quarts of plums will be paid for the return of said harness and no questions will be asked. AND John Sieber has quit making maple sugar owing to the disappearance of his sap dishes on April 1st.


Susquehanna - The Utopia Mandolin and Banjo Club, the Otremingo Male Quartet and George H. Downing and other vocal talent, all of Binghamton, last evening gave a very meritorious entertainment in the Presbyterian church under the auspices of the Dorcas Society. AND Frederick Benzinger, a former Susquehanna boy, is now editor of the Chicago Sunday Record Herald.


Silver Lake -The steam saw mill of Rose Bros. is now in operation.


Elk Lake - Our school closed the 5th, with a short program of recitations, after which the scholars presented their teacher with a nice rocking chair and a vase as a token of remembrance of her successful term of school.


Lenox - Anyone wishing a churn dog or watch dog call on E.G. Palmer.


Oakley - Mr. and Mrs. Jas. B. Raub, son Earl and daughter Olive, left Thursday last for Lagrange, Ind., which is 18 miles beyond Chicago, where Mr. Raub and Earl have good positions in a large lumber mill, Mr. Raub as foreman in the yard. Their many friends will regret to lose such excellent neighbors as they have proved to be. Prof. Leon Raub entered upon the duties of Clerk for Edson Tiffany immediately upon the close of his school.


Springville - The measles have made a clean sweep in the school, only a few pupils attended the last few weeks. In a few instances a whole family has been sick at a time. No Easter services in the M.E. church this year on account of so many sick with measles.


Auburn - J.R. Hay has bought of the Binghamton Gas Engine Co., a six-horse power engine with which he intends to operate a feed mill to supply the stock on his farm with fresh ground feed. The plant will cost $350.


A Spring Tonic - Everybody needs a tonic in the spring, at this time the system craves a tonic. It is housecleaning time for your body. Are you irritable? Do you sleep badly? Is it hard to concentrate your thoughts? Is your appetite poor? Do you feel tired, restless, and despondent? Lichty's Celery Compound will tone up your nerves, blood, kidneys and liver and fill you with health and energy.


April 11 (1901/2001)



Brooklyn - The telephone line from Brooklyn to Hopbottom is now completed. The ringing of the telephone bell in the Brooklyn office at the feed store of Waldie & Terry, about noon on Thursday, the ll, told the story that the phone was in place and the connections completed. This line has been projected and built by Waldie & Terry and is a first class line in every respect. Mr. S.B. Eldridge, our enterprising postmaster, has fitted up a fine both in his office where a 'phone will be placed for the accommodation of the public. The construction of the line, the selection of the 'phones, the wiring of the offices, and arrangement of all the electrical apparatus has been done under the supervision of George H. Terry. The working of the 'phones is so perfect that the ticking of a watch at Foster [Hopbottom] can be distinctly heard at the Brooklyn office, which speaks well for his skill as a student of electricity, and of which he is justly proud. Now let some other enterprising citizens build a line to Montrose.


Harford - The jurymen from Harford returned on the I l and say they were discharged on account of no business on hand. lt is also reported at Kingsley, that Sheriff Maxey had no county boarder, that sounds well for the county. Some of the people at Kingsley took pity on the sheriff and sent up a boarder for a few days.


New Milford - Columbia Hose Co. No. 1 are making arrangements for a supper and fair to be held sometime in May, the purpose of which is to raise funds for the purchase of uniforms.


St. Joseph - Frogs in the Choconut Creek have begun to shake offtheir winter drowsiness and pipe th,e joyous announcement of spring. AND The Easter Service in St. Joseph's church was very impressive and largely attended. The High Altar was elaborate in its decorations of flowers and lighted tapers. The rector, Fr. J.J. Lally, delivered a splendid Easter sermon. The Easter music was exceptionally fine this year. Leonard's Mass in E flat being sung, under the capable management of Miss M.C. O'Reilly, the organist. The chorus singing was strong and the solos well rendered by the following: Misses Eliza (uinn, Mame and Anna Hevey, Mame Mooney, Anna O'Connell, Daisy and Margaret Kelly and Messrs. James Nolan, John Quinn, F. Hevey and P. Thayne.


Hallstead - A wheel [bicycle] was stolen from the porch of J. Simrel on Main street last Friday morning about 7 o'clock, by a tramp. He went towards New Milford. AND Page Lyman had the misfortune to lose his Shepherd dog "Cop". Page was called away to attend the t'uneral of his mother and was gone a number of days, and Cop seemed very lonely without his master, as he is a very knowing dog. They thought he might have tried to t'ollow Page and got lost but they can't find any trace of him.


Susquehanna - The pastor of a vicinity church recently introduced the game of crokinole at the social gatherings of the congregation and some of the membership is kicking lustily in consequence. They place crokinole with cards and other alleged devices of the devil. AND While walking along Front Street on Saturday evening, Miss Coletta Boyle was struck by a stone thrown by someone standing on the embankment near Christ Episcopal Church and paint'ully injured. The stone was probably thrown at two non-union boiler makers who were walking in the middle of the street.


Transue - Our school closed on the 3d inst. The teacher, Giles Seeley, presented his scholars with photographs of himself. He will long be remembered.


Montrose - John Gallagher, a young man well known in this place, now a resident of Binghamton, has just found his mother whom he had not seen since he was 6 years old and placed in a Catholic Home in Boston, owing to the fact that she was unable to support her family. Young Gallagher, when quite a boy, was taken and cared for until he was 21, by a family named Cokely, near Elk Lake. During the war with Spain he "donned the blue," and served honorably and well as a soldier in the United States Army, joining the same in Montrose during the summer when Wm. H. Shouse, of Tennessee, conducted a recruiting office here. Returning from the war, Gallagher--unlike other boys who received hearty welcome to comfortable homes, sought and found employment in Binghamton, with a firm where he is still engaged. He often wondered about the whereabouts of his mother, and two weeks ago dreamed that he saw her alive and well. A new hope of finding her took possession of him and he related the dream to a reported of one of the city papers, who gave it special notice and in a few days the Boston papers copied the account. A letter soon reached Gallagher from his own mother and he will make her a short visit as soon as he can conveniently do so.


Lyon Street, Clifford - The George Lyon farm was sold at public sale April l0th and struck offto Alvah Bennett at $1600, 115 acres, with good buildings.


Forest City - According to the tlonesdale Independent, Editor J.R. Budd, of the Forest City News, smiled with Honesdale friends one day last week. We had supposed Bro. Budd was a prohibitionist, until this announcement.


Uniondale - Miss Faye Smith gave a party to her friends on her ninth birthday. The guests were Blanche Churchill, Bernice Hubbard, Edna and Luella Burdick, Geneva Spoor, Eve Turner and Olive Norton.


Forest Lake - Hugh Chalker, of Nebraska, is visiting his son, Frank, and calling on old triends in this place.


Auburn - John W. Lott, while assisting in setting fence posts, was struck by a beetle in the hands of Owen Carver, and had two fingers of his right hand taken off. He is 94 years.


Glenwood - Don't miss the grand entertainment to be given at the M.E. church, Monday evening, April 22, by Robert H. Hendershot and son of Chicago, the drummer boy of the civil war who enlisted when only eleven years of age.


News Brief - John Davenport, aged 74 years, of Hunlock's Creek, Pa., was arrested for inventing and using an electrical ghost to frighten Dolly Williams, aged 22, into accepting him as her husband. AND The Oklahoma Opportunity is a book descriptive of the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Reservations in Oklahoma to be opened this summer with 2,000,000 acres available for pubic settlement. This publication contains complete information as to soil and climate, a sectionized map of the district, conditions of entry and the Act of Congress opening the Reservation. The great Rock Island Route is the only line running to and through the reservation. The Oklahoma Opportunity and the Western Trail, giving more facts of interest to Homeseekers, will be sent free by John ebastian, G.P.A., Chicago.


April 19 (1901/2001)



Herrick Center - The store of W.H. Fletcher was broken into last Friday night and the safe was wrecked by a charge of dynamite and riffled but fortunately no money was secured. The burglars took the money box and pocketbook to the old tannery sheds and searched them, but when no money was found they left them, leaving the pocketbook on the stone wall by the roadside. There was a large mastiff dog in the store but it is supposed they chloroformed him as the dog did not act right the next day. Several townsmen heard the explosion but did not think what it was at the time. No trace of the burglars has been found as yet.


Lanesboro - The Lanesboro macadam road idea seems to have been snowed under, by public sentiment. The majority of tax-payers are in favor of liquidating the present borough indebtedness before going to the expense of purchasing a stone crusher, etc. AND Messers. C.D. and D.S. Burton have established a boat livery. They have purchased several high-grade Saint Lawrence river, and steel non-sinkable boats.


Harford - W.S. Sophia, Harford's prosperous market gardener, served lettuce of his own raising for dinner Tuesday. Has anyone beaten that?


Forest Lake - Someone broke into Slatter Bros.' Sugar house and took about three gallons of maple sugar. AND Michael Ryan gave his friends a dance Friday night.


Susquehanna - The Young Men's Library Association has received a supply of new books. AND Stetson's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" will appear in Hogan Opera House.


Bradley Corners (New Milford Twp.) - Mrs. John Moffatt has lost her fine young gobbler. Throat trouble was the cause of its death.


Silver Lake - Silver Lake is not yet free from ice; this is much later than it usually disappears. AND The marriage of Miss Margaret Kanane and John Gillooley, both of Silver Lake, was solemnized on Wednesday last, in St. Augustine's Catholic Church, in that place. The bride is a popular young lady, a former student of the Montrose High School and for several years has been a successful teacher in this county.


Franklin Forks - O.H. Summers' house, where A.E. Stockholm lives, caught fire from sparks from the shingle mill but the bucket brigade soon put it out. It is the second time it has caught fire from the same source.


Hopbottom - A good, neat, tidy girl wanted for general housework in a family of two, $2 per week. Address Box 64, Hopbottom. AND Harriet Smith Merrill, wife of the late A.B. Merrill, died April 16, 1901. She was born in New London, Conn., Jan. 30, 1811, and came to Susquehanna county with her parents, Elihu B. and Fanny Mack Smith, in the year 1814. Her home since that time has been in Brooklyn and Hopbottom. Amos, her husband, died March 27, 1885.


Hallstead - The Mountain Valley people will not have to climb the hill much longer to get to and from their homes. They will have a new road which follows the creek all the way up the glen coming out near the school house and P.K. Osterhout's . It will be a great improvement when finished. AND A fire was started on the hill near Steam Hollow and got to spreading; and before it could be put out the old school house was burned to the ground. Archie Fish's house caught fire several times but was put out.


Birchardville - The people of Birchardville are greatly excited over the prospects of a railroad connecting this place with Binghamton and Williamsport. Arrangements are being made to secure right of way.


Lynn - Our new millinery shop in the Sheldon building presents a very pleasing effect. Mrs. Avery has just returned from the city and has a large assortment of fashionable and up-to-date head gear.


Montrose - Commencement exercises of the Montrose High School will occur on the evening of May 9th. The graduating class of 1901 numbers 16, as follows: Bessie Miller, Agnes Summers, May Porter, Julia Wheaton, Belle Patrick, Mara Judson, Mabel Hillis, Carrie Decker, Fred Booth, Harry Patrick, Charles W. Finn, Percy Turrell, Arthur Duel, Ray Dawley, Elbert Blakeslee and Fred Brewster.


Heart Lake - Harvey Griffing was in Montrose Saturday. He is making preparations for the coming season at Heart Lake, and will be well prepared to take care of the pleasure seekers at that increasingly popular resort.


Ararat - O.F. Potter and Bliss Bloxham took in the excursion to New York last week. Plug hats! Oh my!


Fairdale - Olmstead and Downer are sawing wood by steam for Shelp and Risley. They saw the pole wood very fast.


Brackney - When our boys go out calling they should return in due time, for a dark night necessitates borrowing a lantern.


Brooklyn - Ami Ely has begun operations on his reservoir, which will supply water for several families in town. A large windmill will pump the water into the reservoir.


Rush - The new M.E. church is nearly completed. Watch for the announcement of the church fair, which will take place some time in May.


News Brief - An exceptional case of twins is reported from a town in Warren county, Pa. One was born a few minutes before midnight on Dec. 31, 1900; the other a few minutes past 12 o'clock on the morning of Jan. 1, 1901. The town is divided as to whether the boys should be considered twins or simply brothers, and when the birthday should be celebrated-the children having been born not only on different days, months and years, but one is of the 19th and the other the 20th century.


April 26 (1901/2001)



Brooklyn - The C.E. of the Presbyterian church will give a weight social in the G.A.R. rooms on Wednesday evening next, May 8. People will be weighed and pay at the rate of 10 cents per hundred pounds. Ice cream, cake and cocoa served free.


Harford - Leander Bennett was kicked by one of his horses and we hope it is not serious. W. Marshall is assisting his brother-in-law with his work for a few days, while the former is recovering from his kick. AND The first open air concert of the season was given by the band Monday evening.


Montrose - Miss Emily Blackman notes the fast driving on Church street, to the discomfort of those who would otherwise enjoy looking out upon a stirring world, but are now too much moved with pity for the noble animals that do the bidding of cruel or at least thoughtless drivers. Is there not [a] borough ordinance that forbids this torture of them and the trampling on the humane instincts of the community. AND John Quinn, one of the nicest old men in our acquaintance, has received mail at the Montrose post office for 65 years. For 32 years he has acted as color-bearer of the G.A.R on Memorial days and this year, if he lives, will make 33. Long may he live, to bear aloft the stars and stripes.


Kingsley - W.W. Sloat has been in Scranton the past week taking Christian Science treatment for a sore on his hand.


Great Bend - L.W. Chichester is the oldest man in the State working at the watch repairing business. He is 73 years of age and his nerves and eyesight are good.


Hopbottom - The road machine was in operation on our streets Monday and Tuesday and about 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, as they were at work on the road to the creamery, Henry Lindsey's team was hitched to the machine and Frank Green's team was ahead, when they saw coming towards them the team of Milton Bailey, running away at full speed with the tongue and two forward wheels; Green reined his team into the ditch and Lindsey's team got the full force of the runaway team and all four horses fell in a heap. How they ever escaped being killed is a wonder to all, but all escaped injury. The harnesses were broken and Bailey's wagon was demolished.


Stevens Point - Monday morning a bridge between Brandt and Stevens Point collapsed and Frank Comfort, his team and a large tank filled with oil, belonging to the Standard Oil Company, were precipitated into the Starrucca creek, about 14 feet below. The driver escaped without injury and the horses were but slightly hurt. The wagon and oil tank were badly damaged. Mr. Comfort's escape from drowning was miraculous as the creek is very high on account of recent rains.


Transue, Auburn Twp. - The farmers in this place and South Auburn are very much interested in working on the new road around the Tewksbury hollow leading to Skinner's Eddy, and it will be quite an improvement. AND Mrs. A. Brotzman has bought a new horse and she expects to go farming.


Springville - S. Tuttle is getting on slowly after his tussle with measles. Over at E.L. Button's they are not so fortunate; Edgar's little son is very bad and likely to be permanently injured from his sickness with measles. Tuesday morning Mrs. Elizabeth Fike died at her home on what is known as the Hodgson farm. She contracted measles and later on pneumonia and pleurisy. She leaves five small children, a husband and other relatives to mourn her death. AND B.M. Stone, of Stull, has been selling fruit trees in this place called the "Missing Link," an apple that will keep one or two years.


Welsh Hill - Rev. Harris gave a very interesting sermon on Sunday evening, it being the fourth subject in his series of alarm talks to young people. The subject was "The popular dance and its final results." The church was crowded, people being present from Union Hill, South Gibson, Herrick, Elkdale, Lenoxville, Dundaff and other places. Next Sunday he will speak on "Moral Gambling and Where it Begins."


Ararat - While unloading milk at the station Saturday morning, Mr. Toby's horse ran away, throwing Mr. T. to the ground and a can of milk on top of him. At the same time Ralph Stone's horse indulged in some merry pranks that for a time threatened the destruction of wagon, cans and milk; but fortunately there was no serious damage. All of this was caused by a dog fight.


New Milford - The Women's Christian Temperance Union will meet at the home of Mrs.U.B. Gillett, on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock.


Little Meadows - Miss Sadie Riley closed a very successful term of school last week.


Forest City - The borough owns a lot on Dundaff street on which council contemplates erecting a borough building, but so much opposition to that site has appeared that it is possible the present lot will be sold and one on Main street be purchased.


Burnwood - Howard C. Crane, of Uniondale, was recently engaged in placing a telephone manufactured by the American Electric Telephone Co., of Chicago, in the house of C.P. Ross and Mr. Crane seems to thoroughly understand his business. The work was done in a very neat and workmanlike manner and in a short time the phone was in working order and is giving entire satisfaction. It always pays to employ some one who has made a special study of their calling to do any kind of work.


Susquehanna - Between 12 and l o'clock Monday morning, the Erie employees in the West Susquehanna yard discovered three or four men stealing brass from a box. The yardmen pursued the men who dropped their plunder and ran. Car Sealer, Joseph McGinnis, who was in the van of the yardmen, drew his revolver and fired, and one of the men fell, hit in the wrist. His companions escaped. The wounded man was taken to the lockup and given surgical treatment. He proved to be Harry Sherman, who conducts a junk shop on South Street, Binghamton. During the past two years considerable brass, copper, etc., has been stolen from the Erie and the robberies have been credited to peregrinating gatherers of junk from Binghamton and elsewhere. Sherman had a hearing Monday before Justice Williams. He was held in $300 bail for his appearance before the Grand Jury. He furnished surety and was released. Sherman and his companions came to West Susquehanna from Binghamton with a team. When Sherman was shot and captured his pals quickly returned to Binghamton.


News Brief - The time is coming when a boy will have to choose between a cigarette and a job. The boy who smokes cigarettes will not be fit for anything else. The fumes of a cigarette will sooner or later clog the machinery of thinkworks and render him the intellectual inferior of the fish worm. In this land of hustle and bump you can't afford, young fellow, to trade the chance of a job for a little bit of tobacco wrapped up in rice paper. You can't afford to take the chance of beclouding your intellect until you cut no more figure in the world than a grasshopper in an ice factory.


May 03 (1901/2001)



Hallstead- The commencement week of our high school will be ushered in next Sunday evening, May 12, by the preaching of the baccalaureate sermon by Rev. L.W. Church. On Thursday evening May,16, the graduating exercises will be held at the Presbyterian church at which time the following young people will receive their diplomas: Ellen Donovan, Charles Gannon, Llewellyn Gere, Nettie Knoeller, Ellen Kelly, Harvie Loomis, George Millard and Bessie Waterman.


Forest Lake - The death of Patrick Griffin occurred at his late home in Forest Lake, last night at 10:10, after a lingering illness incident to old age. He was 97 years, 2 months, and 1 day old. The funeral will be held next Sunday morning from the Catholic Church at St. Joseph and the pastor of the deceased, Rev. Fr. John J. Lally, will officiate.


Oakland - Miss Lizzie Maloney, a popular teacher in the Susquehanna County schools, has entered as a postulant the Order of the Immaculate Heart, in Carbondale.


Elk Lake - S.K. Bells, of Elk Lake, is preparing to erect a mill near Lemon station, on the Montrose road, for the manufacture of lumber, lath, shingles and feed, with planning mill attachment. It will stand near the creamery building and the Montrose branch will be tapped to allow the putting in of a sliding for shipping facilities.


Lanesboro - Two years ago Mrs. Tewksbury, who residing near Lanesboro, lost her diamond wedding ring. A few days since, while digging parsnips, she found it inside of one of the parsnips, which had grown through it in her garden, and the growth had finally buried the ring in the vegetable. Mrs. Tewksbury had thrown the ring out in a pan of dishwater and it had been spaded under. She is highly elated over the gem's recovery.


Lawsville Center - The members of the Lawsville School Library Association together with their teacher, gave a conundrum supper at creamery hall May 3. It was a success in every sense of the word. The proceeds of the evening, $6.70, is to be used to purchase more books for the library.


Harford - Miss Gertrude Hance, who was at one time a pupil in the old Franklin Academy, but for the past 20 years has bee a missionary among the Zulus in the south of Africa, will speak at the Missionary Society in the church parlor Friday afternoon and in the church Sunday morning at the usual service time.


West Auburn - Our merchants have had quite a run of trade since they got their new goods. Also our milliner, Mrs. Lacey, has been quite busy supplying the ladies and children with new and beautiful hats for the summer.


East Dimock - J.W. Bunnell is delivering nursery goods for Thos. Calby.


Dimock Cross Roads - F.E. Bunnell, our man of all works, is moving a building for F.B. Jewett, of Brooklyn. F.E. is a hustler.


Hopbottom - Mrs. Russell Phillips returned recently from Malone, N.Y. where she spent a few weeks with her husband. Just as she reached home an accident occurred which resulted in the loss of her purse containing $20 and which for a moment threatened a calamity which made the loss of her purse of small account. In eager haste to get home, where he saw his grandfather at work, Clarence, the five year old son, ran on to the narrow foot-bridge which furnishes a short-cut across the creek, and when part way across became dizzy or frightened and fell into the water. The current was swift and carried him some distance before his mother, who jumped in after him, secured him. Men who were near quickly rescued mother and child uninjured, but in the meantime a handgrip, a child's garden set and a purse had gone down stream, and the purse was not recovered.


Brackney - The Rev. J.J. Lally, of Silver Lake, has selected a new set of altar boys: namely, John Francis Murphy, Daniel Murphy, Edward Hawley and William Lynch. AND We all hope that when our boys go to Binghamton on business, they will not return carrying young ladies, for a cold evening necessitates borrowing a shawl.


Oakley - The refuse from the acid factory is said to have so polluted the water that it is killing all the fish in the stream flowing from Kingsley.


Jackson - Wm. Birdsall sold a fine team of horses to the managers of the Oakland poor farm for $300.


Forest City - May 15, four men will start for Alaska to try their fortunes in the frozen gold fields of the Yukon region. They are William Burns, Anton Podby, Dominick Francisco and John Pilbock. Mr. Burns is an "old timer." He spent two years and a half in that region, returning in the fall of 1899 and he believes there are still good opportunities to strike it rich in the land which has lured thousands of adventurers the past ten years-some to wealth, some to poverty and some to unknown graves. The former experience of Mr. Burns will help the quartet greatly. The mode of travel in Alaska has also been greatly improved within the past three years and the men will have a much easier path to travel than fell to the lot of the three men from Forest City who went there five years ago. In those days it was necessary to raft all their provisions and outfit down the Yukon river which was beset with rocks and dangerous channels; now a steamer plies that water and the trip is made in comparative safety. Mr. Burns, during his last stay in the north, worked for weeks within a short distance of Frank Belcher, the South Gibson man who after making $600,000 was taken down with fever and died in Alaska about a month ago, and was a daily visitor in his cabin. Mr. Belcher's remains, it is reported, were shipped for home yesterday.


Montrose - The ball game Monday afternoon between Montrose and Great Bend, resulted with a score of 17 to 5 in favor of Great Bend. The dance in the evening under auspices of the ball team was a success both socially and financially.


South Montrose - The friends and neighbors of Mrs. R. Hillary have purchased her a cow in place of the one she lost recently.


May 09 (1901/2001)



Dimock - Elias Titman was in town Saturday. He still thinks old Dimock the best residence town he knows of, and he sticks to her. AND The opening date of the Dimock Camp Meeting is Aug. 21 and ends Aug. 29. Greenwood & Lyman, of Lynn, being the highest bidders, will conduct the boarding hall and Joe Carlin, of Tunkhannock, will have charge of the barn. Sanitary conditions on the grounds will receive special attention this year from the Improvement committee, new fences will be built, roofs of buildings repaired, and an organ purchased for the preachers' stand. Treasurer Jewett reported about $450 in the treasury. An effort will be made to secure special railroad rates.


Forest City - The commencement exercises of the Forest City High School will be held on Friday evening, May 31, in the opera house. The class will be one of the largest ever graduated and will number about 18, three-fourths of whom will be young ladies. The school will observe Memorial Day this year as last, with special exercises and a march to the cemetery where the graves of veterans will be decorated with flowers. This custom will help to engraft [engrave?] into the hearts of the students a proper appreciation of the men who were ready to lay down their lives if necessary that their country might live, and in the absence of a Grand Army post it is a service that falls with peculiar appropriateness on the public school children.


Harford - Telegrapher Marean, who is a member of President McKinley's party during his trip through the west, was a former Harford boy and learned the business of telegraphing in the old station at Alford, this county, and has long since gained fame and fortune in the business, which allows again, that any place is all right to begin in if you learn your business well and then keep going.


Silver Lake - Thomas Conaty is rapidly recovering from a severe illness with mumps, measles and whooping cough. AND Aloysius O'Day was injured while learning to ride a wheel [bicycle].


New Milford - The commencement exercises of the Graded School were held at the opera house on Wednesday evening. The class of seven graduates all acquitted themselves finely and the other exercises were of a pleasing character.


Hopbottom - Javan Sterling has been making improvements on his property and has his house neatly painted in colors.


Welsh Hill and Clifford - On the 11th inst., a terrific electrical storm passed over Clifford, doing quite a bit of damage. The streets were flooded with water. The lightning struck Jared Utley's house, and Hiram Rivenburg's barn-slivering the posts on each side of the barn door. John Miller, who stood near one of the posts, received a severe shock. He was found by Hiram Rivenburg, and lay senseless on the floor. He was burned across the forehead and his eyelashes scorched. Albert Leek's barn, said to be the largest one in Clifford township, was struck and destroyed. The rain caused great damage to the roads. Hail fell in torrents and the lightning came in blinding sheets.


Franklin Forks - Jesse Newton and wife have traded their property here for a place in Chenango Co., N.Y. and moved there on Tuesday. AND Sneak thieves have again made their appearance in this place, this time at T. Scott's barber shop, taking all his razors and hair clippers to the amount of $25. An entrance was gained by prying a window open in the rear of the shop.


Salt Springs - About 1500 acres of land, at and about Salt Springs, in Franklin Township, have been leased by a company of capitalists who are confident that oil or gas, or both, will be found in paying quantities, and preparations for putting down a test well at once are now being made. The company includes well known business men of this county and of Broome county, N.Y. Let us hope that the Franklin oil field may produce some formidable rivals of Guffey's Texas "gushers." Those who claim to know aver that such a result would not be at all surprising.


Jackson - Charles Lee, manager of Lee's London Circus, was formerly a resident here and for a time was proprietor of the "Walker House." The circus, which showed at Hallstead last week, went to pieces when it reached Binghamton and the stuff was shipped back to Wilkesbarre, its home town.


Gelatt - Those who are to have phones on the Gelatt line are: M.V. Walker, James A. Tinklepaugh, Eli Avery, R. Cole, H.M. Benson, W.E. Babcock and William Gelatt.


Susquehanna - The Annual Commencement exercises of the Oakland High School will be held in Hogan Opera House, June 7th. Prof. Charles T. Stack will lecture. Subject: "Popular Hero Worship." The Annual Commencement exercises of the Susquehanna High School will be held in the High School building June 4. There will be but one graduate this year.


Hallstead - Frank Barnes has the sympathy of his many friends in his being discharged from the service as clerk of Lackawanna yard in this place. He has worked faithfully for a great many years, but is now getting old, so the company has no use for him.


West Auburn - Horse trading seems to be the order of the day, old horses changing places, but Mr. Owen keeps the fine black Morgan stock horse yet. We hope to see in this vicinity as much an improvement in horses as there has been in other places, as his stock sells for the highest market price. One span of his fine black colts (3 year olds) we understand sold for $550 and went to Scranton for a hearse team.


Heart Lake - Geo. Felker, of Montrose, was at the lake Monday and took home nearly two hundred good-sized bullheads. AND George Stoddart has his large steamboat all painted and ready for business.


St. Joseph - Miss Agnes M. Sweeney expects to leave soon to enter a Good Shepherd Convent, near Philadelphia, as a novice. Miss Sweeney has been a popular teacher in the Susquehanna County Schools and her friends wish her success in her chosen vocation.


Auburn Corners - No one need be without meat as A.B. Emmons is ready to furnish it, also Mr. West of the firm of Lathrop & West of Springville drives this way once a week.


May 17 (1901/2001)



St. Joseph - In an article in the New York Sun, last week, under the heading: "They Are Twin Priests," the statement is made that the Rev. Frs. Prendergast are the only twin priests in the world. This, however, is an error. Fr. James O'Reilly, of the Scranton Cathedral and Fr. Edward O'Reilly, of Wilkes-Barre, both graduates of Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., are twin priests and were born at St. Joseph, Pa., where their two sisters and one brother still reside.


South Montrose - During the thunder storm of May 17, F.S. Wells, of South Montrose, had 11 cows prostrated and five of them were killed. Loss, $300; insurance, $100.


Susquehanna - Early indications point to a large rattle snake crop this season. AND The vested choir of Christ Episcopal Church intends to produce several light operas in the fall.


Lanesboro - The bakery wagon of Charles Schmidt was upset on Willow Street in Susquehanna on Saturday morning and Mr. Schmidt was thrown out and severely injured about the head and face. AND Thursday evening the following class of 1901 will graduate: Rena Mae Brown, Irene Jane Plew, Maud Millicent Spears, Lena Grace Whitney, Libbie Catherine McCullough, Willard Austin Spears, John Earl Jacobs, Charles Simon Flaherty, Benjamin Franklin Tewksbury.


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - The Sunday school reorganized on Sunday, May 5, and will hold their sessions at 3 o'clock every Sunday afternoon beginning promptly and closing in one hour's time. The following were elected: Supt., Mrs. F.A. Lewis, Ass't. Supt., Stinson Youngs; Treas., Miss Edith Darrow; Sec'y, Ross Baldwin; Organist, Mrs. F.A. Lewis; Ass't Org., Mrs. Will Spaulding. The teachers are Rev. Cochrane, Mrs. Amos Sutton, F.D. Terwilliger and Mrs. A.P. Hines.


Lynn - Mrs. W.B. Fish wishes to make it known that she will weave good rag carpet, also rugs, at her home in this place. All work quickly done.


Transue, Auburn Twp. - Charlie Tewksbury and wife returned to their home at Kerwin, Wyoming, where they expect to stay another year looking after gold.


Kingsley - Mrs. May Carpenter, of Hopbottom, was calling on friends in town Monday. Her two daughters, Josie and Mildred, have been admitted to the Harford Soldiers' Orphans' school.


Silver Lake - Arbutus is past and our woods are now brightened by violets and many other flowers of May. The forests are gay with the red maples and bright green of other trees, contrasting with the white bloom of wild cherry and June berry. AND William Hayes, aged 14 years, is probably the youngest fireman in this county, being employed in that capacity in Rose Brothers' steam mill, and is giving good satisfaction.


Hopbottom - Sunday, as Earl Tiffany and Claud Roberts were riding out with Chan. Carpenter's spirited horse, the axletree broke, letting a hind wheel off and causing the carriage to upset, throwing the young men out. Fortunately no damage was done except to the carriage. The horse ran a short distance and was caught by Warren Gardner.


Montrose - A beautiful new imperial pulpit Bible was presented to the M.E. church last week by Joseph E. Barney's class of young men. Mrs. Edith Jones' class of young ladies are to make an appropriate pulpit cover for it to rest upon. Each week finds another memorial window taken. AND Wm. M. Post, Esq., says the streets of Montrose are in the worst shape they have been in for 40 years.


Springville - Cyrus Marcey is some better; was able to come to town to see a physician on Saturday. About a week ago a young bull attacked Mr. Marcey, injuring him very severely, both breaking and putting his shoulder out of place. Probably would have killed him, but the creature in tossing him partly threw him under the fence; no one saw the attack and [he] would probably have been killed but for that. His wife knew nothing about it until he came to the house.


Little Meadows - Mrs. Major has just received a fine line of millinery goods from New York. AND Mr. and Mrs. Wood, of Carmalt Lake, have the sympathy of all in their recent bereavement, the death of their infant daughter.


Great Bend - The following students will graduate from the high school, May 29, at Kistler's Opera House: Misses Daisy Lines, Ruby Meagley, Mary Kilrow, Mamie and Bessie Doyle, Hattie Barry, Florence Trowbridge; Flora Gunn, Minnie Becker, Mabel Jaynes, Iva Folweiler, Bessie Vaughn, May Hamlin, Mabel Fisher; Messrs. Ray Reckhow, George O'Neill, Edward Kilrow, Samuel Parks, John Stockholm, John Handrick;


Maulmain, Burmah - Word was received that Dr. Ellen Mitchell died April 6 in that place. Dr. Mitchell was born at New Milford in 1829 to Seth and Comphey Lewis Mitchell. She responded to the need for nurses during the Civil War and was appointed to the Union Hotel Hospital and took charge of Louisa M.Alcott's ward after she left. In 1863 Miss [Dorothea] Dix sought her services for a hospital at New Haven and next she went to Fredericksburg, Va. where she found the hillsides covered with wounded soldiers. From Fredericksburg Miss Mitchell again returned to Washington and took charge of a ward of fifty beds. The soldiers called her "our Nellie" and she devoted nearly her entire pay as an army nurse to relieving the wants of the suffering. After the war ended Ellen taught school in several places and then entered her name as a student of medicine in the office of Dr. C.C. Halsey, Montrose. She graduated from the Woman's Medical College of New York in 1870 and was eventually appointed a medical missionary to Maulmain, Burmah, by the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions in 1879. Here she founded a leper hospital and during the 22 years of her work only made one visit to the United States, in 1889, visiting her home here and obtaining additional instruction at New York hospitals. About six months ago, Dr. Mitchell's health began to fail and she had decided to return home on April 6. On the very day set for her departure, the end came peacefully. [Ellen E. Mitchell was featured in the book Woman's Work in the Civil War: A Record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience, published in 1868].


May 24 (1901/2001)



Montrose - At 5:30 Memorial Day morning the firing of one gun was the signal that aroused the old veterans and such as could repaired to the Grand Army hall and from thence marched to the cemetery and planted large flags upon every soldier's grave. The decoration of flags and bunting was general throughout the town. A 1:45 P.M. the G.A.R. Post and Sons Of Veterans Camp formed on Church street and marched to the Soldiers' Monument and placed upon it beautiful evergreen garlands. The various organizations formed in line and at 2 o'clock moved to the cemetery in the following order: Color Bearers and Colors; Springville Band; Four Brothers Post; Disabled Veterans in Carriages; Capt. H.S. Beardsley Camp, S.O.V.; Spanish-American War Veterans; Co. G. 13th Regiment; Montrose Lodge, K of P.; Speaker and Clergy in Carriages; Glee Club in Carriage. At 7 P.M. the last duty of the day was performed when the members of the Post marched to the cemetery and exchanged small flags for the large left on the soldier's graves earlier in the day.


Springville - "Just 40 years ago, May 19 fell on Sunday. I remember it well. It was a bright, sunny spring day, and a lot of us boys had gathered at the old Lymanville church for Sunday school, when Orville Spencer came up and says, 'Boys, lets go over to Parkvale and enlist.' So, after talking it over a little while, we agreed, and off we started, some of us carrying our Sunday school books with us. We tramped up to Springville and over to Parkvale and put down our names, along with a lot of others. There was myself and John Addison Avery, Henry Roush, Charles S. Lyman, Orville T. Spencer, James Grow, Clinton Brink, "Doc" Gates, Webster Throckmorton and others. We enrolled that day, William Park being the man who was getting up the company. Then we went back home, and the next day had to go again. We were assigned to Co. H., 1st Pa. Light Artillery. Some of the boys did not live to get back, and a good many who did are dead now." As told by Charles Lambert to a Tunkhannock newspaper.


Susquehanna - Frank Raymond, representing Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows, was in town on Monday. AND It is reported that the Erie Railroad Company will tear down the old steam-hammer shop and erect a boiler shop on its site and build a switch at the eastern end of the long shop to connect with the traverse table in the building. This will necessitate the tearing down of several small buildings on the company's land.


Hallstead - Edward Humphrey, employed in the Lackawanna yard, was going up Main Street early Friday morning, when he noticed three strange men in Hanrahan's store. He did not give an alarm, but called Druggist Tiffany from his bed. He at once took a shot gun and kept watch, so that if an attempt was made to escape he could stop the men. Meanwhile Mr. Humphrey had summoned other men to the scene and Tiffany then commanded the men to come out of the store. As they came from the store they were placed under arrest. They were given a hearing before Squire Quailey and bound over for court.


Elk Lake - Fishing has been very active this spring. Several bullheads have been taken that weighed over two pounds each. John VanCamp and Glen Billings caught 41 lbs. In an afternoon, the largest catch reported. AND The Star creamery is making about 2,000 lbs. Of butter a week.


Lanesboro - A gold mine at Central City, Colorado, in which Messrs. F.C. Comfort and F.E. McCoy, of Lanesboro and Elijah C. Sherman, of Montrose, are part owners, has produced ore yielding $81.25 to the ton. Messrs. Comfort, McCoy and Sherman have been in Colorado over a year. A mine adjoining that belonging to the Susquehanna County boys has yielded ore yielding $7,200 to the ton. AND There was a great fall of beef at Lanesboro on Wednesday afternoon. A peregrinating cow wandered out upon the great Starrucca viaduct where it collided with three connected pushing locomotives returning from Gulf Summit. The unfortunate animal was hurled from the structure and fell upon a building beneath, a distance of 93 ft. It was necessary to use a derrick to remove her from the roof of the building. She was somewhat lacerated and shaken up, but at daylight on Thursday she was seen grazing in a lot under the viaduct. Since the incident she appears dazed, and her owner reports that she yields sour milk. The locomotives, viaduct, building and enginemen escaped serious injury.


Heart Lake - Work was commenced on the new [railroad] platform Wednesday. It is to be 18x70 feet with a 12 foot platform in front and a 6 foot platform in the back.


Herrick Centre - Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Bessie Walker of this place to Mr. John Lyon of Lyon's Falls, N.Y., to take place June 4.


Lakeside - The season for pickerel fishing will open June 1st and there is every prospect of a good season. Already the lake is dotted with boats and some good catches of bullheads, etc., are reported. The genial proprietor, W.S. Collum, is making arrangements to accommodate all who come. Those wishing good fishing and a good time can do no better than come to Lakeside.


Glenwood - Chickens and children seem to be the bone of contention in the place, especially the chickens, as they will trespass upon their neighbor's garden, and in an hour will undo as much as one man can do in a day. Chickens and a garden don't work in the same gate, at least for the good of the garden, so please keep the hens confined till after seed time.


Clifford - G.W. Morgan and W.S. Robinson have bought the goods and leased the Clifford Cash Store, of T.J. Wells. It will now be known as the store of Morgan & Robinson. They are fine fellows and will do a square business. Try them.


New Milford - What might have been a fatal accident occurred late Saturday afternoon at the bridge in the south end of the boro. Three teams loaded with stone from the Everett Quarry were driving in, and the first two crossed the bridge in safety, but when the third team was on the bridge it suddenly gave way, precipitating the load into the creek, a distance of about 10 ft. The driver, Geo. Hayes, was thrown down with the load but fortunately fell far enough from the stone so that it did not strike him, and he sustained no serious injury. The horses were taken out somewhat cut up, and a temporary bridge built so that light loads may cross. The stone weighing 5 or 6 tons is still at the bottom of the creek.


May 31 (1901/2001)



Uniondale - Baldwin & O'Brien have reduced the price of milk to 57 cents per can at Uniondale. Farmers begin to feel like kicking. While the price is low, the indications are that there will be another reduction in price ere long.


Harford - Heavy rains caused the large lake near Harford to become dangerous and many men were engaged watching and patching the leaks. Fortunately no damage resulted, though many people were thoroughly frightened.


Forest City - The man who was elected [tax] collector of Forest City did not take the office and there was some difficulty in filling the place as the office of collector there is no softsnap. Julius Freedman, a wide awake citizen, has come to the rescue and was appointed tax collector for Forest City by the court.


Montrose - Montrose played the second game of the series with Gt. Bend, Decoration Day, and the game proved to be a very interesting one, although the ground was in bad condition. The Montrose team showed marked improvement over their last game. The batting of (Milky) Hollister was a winner for the home team and we trust he will continue the good stick work. Curran, who has taken the dentist's position, is right as home and the manner in which he catches the horse-ride meets the approval of the crowd. Smith is coming along the line O.K., with his high-ins, but we think he might adjust his uniform in the light as he would not be so apt to get the wrong stockings. Hart, who is taking care of first base, had a (Hart) time of it, and we anticipate good results from him hereafter. Carey at 2nd base is buckling in to all that comes his way. Shafer is rather a short stop, to be (Frank) with you, and is also doing nice stick work. Rafferty has taken up a new position at 3rd, and he is giving good satisfaction so far. Warriner, Westfall and Hollister, out in the green grass, are always ready for a fly to come their way, and we think they will do if they stop making those goo goo eyes at the fair maidens, as they pass by. Score 5 to 4 in favor of Montrose.


Dimock - John Strupler has one of the finest dairies of cows in the township. He also has a large silo and is now planting many acres of corn to fill the silo for fall and winter use. AND The school directors met on Monday and levied the school tax for the year 1901. They have raised the wages of teachers from $10 per month for three months, and $24 per month for four months, to $24 for the seven months. This meets the approval of a majority of taxpayers.


South Montrose - Harmon Stone, LeRoy Darrow, Dean Rogers, Will Fish and C. White went to Elk Lake, Monday night, fishing. They have done nothing but eat fish since.


South Gibson - Mrs. Nellie Brundage and Miss Ida M. Whitter will open a dressmaking shop in Mrs. Manzer's rooms.


Susquehanna - The Bell Company is endeavoring, but without success, to purchase the interests of the Susquehanna Telephone and Telegraph company. AND The annual Commencement exercises of the Susquehanna High School were held in the High School building on Tuesday evening. There was but one graduate-Miss Metta Skinner.


Springville - Henry Williams has a little team of ponies that are fairly good travelers. He and Mr. Baldwin were down at Tunkhannock recently and started on the return trip at 2:15 o'clock, arriving here ahead of Geo. Alleman's train. Of course we do not wish to intimate that river water had anything to do with it, 'cause Henry aint built that way.


Auburn Corners - One morning last week Tom Berry's colt, becoming tired of waiting for the milk, started for the creamery without driver or wagon. Imagine his disgust when he was overtaken and had to go back and get the wagon when he had nearly reached the corners.


Lawsville - The memorial services held in the church here Memorial day were quite well attended considering the stormy days previous. The clouds disappeared about 10 o'clock and the weather proved to be quite favorable. The L.A.S. sold about 5 gallons of ice cream mostly to the people of Lawsville and the band; the Franklin Forks people never eat cream. AND A roster of names of those who fell and were buried at the front [during the Civil War] were read after the Memorial Service of the G.A.R.: Wallace Southworth, 4th Pa. Reserves; James Hinchman, 4th Pa reserves; Henry Pierson, Co. D., 50th Pa.; Theodore Todd, Co. D, 50th Pa.; Daniel Stephens, 50th Pa., Lyman Beebe, Co. C, 151st Pa.; Jonathan Darrow, 141st, Pa.; Daniel Stilwell, Co. H., 141st Pa.; George Chapman, Co. H, 141st Pa.; William Ward, Sumner Lines, Henry Cromwell, George Champion, Samuel Hathaway, Charles Markham.


Silver Lake - A new road from Hawleyton to Quaker Lake is talked of, which will lessen the distance and avoid hills. All living on the Pennsylvania end of the route are in favor of it, as the distance from Binghamton to the lake would be lessened.


North Jackson - The annual reunion of the Wheaton Family will be held at the home of Chas. F. Whitney, Briar Cliff Farm, North Jackson, Saturday, June 15, 1901.


Oakley - Eldredge Shoup, 9 years old, was down to Hopbottom Saturday with his brother and as he went along the street, his black eyes saw many things that escaped the ordinary passerby, including a bright sparkling spot in the muddy street, which on inspection proved to be set in a ring. They took it home, and Sunday learned learned that Frank Janoushek, the Hopbottom undertaker, had lost a valuable diamond ring, and Monday morning both parties were made happy by restoration of the lost article to its rightful owner, the finder having been suitably rewarded.


Hallstead - L.E. Tiffany has commenced excavations for the foundation of a new building on Main Street. The new structure is to be located between his store and that of C.W. Bankes. It will be used as a bicycle store and sales room when completed.


News Briefs - The right down hot weather arrived this week and, as usual at such times, the most sought after people in the towns are our popular icemen. If you have never known what is was to keep comfortable during the sultry weather, you may experience that delight by dropping a card and have them leave a daily supply of ice at your residence or place of business. AND The remarkable rain fall last month reminds the older people of the wet May, in 1867, when it rained 23 days.


June 06 (1901/2001)



RUSH - Friend Avis is suffering from the effects of a runaway accident, near Beaver Meadows. The harness broke, the horse ran, and he was thrown out and hurt on [the] head and shoulder. The accident occurred about 9 o'clock and he lay for 2 1/2 hours in a dazed condition; he finally recovered sufficiently to get to Mr. Huckabone's near by, who took him in and attended to his needs. He was chilled very much and a good fire and wraps were needed; in the morning Mr. Huckabone took him home. They found the horse at the foot of Blakeslee mountain entirely stripped of harness; the carriage was entirely demolished, but the harness was attached to the running gear near where they found the horse.


HARFORD'S CHURCH CENTENNIAL - June 15 rounds out a hundred years. We shall celebrate it fittingly. The old church will be beautifully decorated. The addresses and sermons will be by men of great ability. The music will be by a choir in excellent preparation, second to none. You shall not lack for conveyances from Kingsley. While we cannot undertake to provide dinner and supper for everybody, we mean that members of the church, and their guests, also invited guests shall be entertained freely. Our mother-church, Attleborough, and our sister-church, Pawtucket, will have able representatives present. The sermons, speeches, history, church-roll, photos of pastors, all brought about by the Centennial, will make a book around which pleasant memories will cluster, when we are gray-haired. Come and enjoy the day with us. We love the dear old church. Never again in all our lives will a like opportunity occur.


DIMOCK - W.G. Thornton can be seen daily laying wall on his lot, with a cane in one hand--as he was badly wounded in the late war.


LAWSVILLE - Someone took a dog belonging to B.L. Bailey, from where it was chained one night last week. The dog was gone several days and then returned, to the great joy of the owner, although the collar and chain were missing. People eating sausage, please keep a sharp lookout. Mr. Bailey will give a reward for the missing property.


EAST AUBURN - There will be a postoffice at the Baker creamery in the near future.


MONTROSE - E.D. King, an expert wagon maker and painter of Cortland, N.Y. has moved to this place and will occupy the shop with Frank Strange in the alley near Perigo's livery stable. AND - The exterior of the Empire State Construction Bldg, as erected for the Montrose Canning Co., was painted in an artistic and workmanlike manner by Messrs. Andrew Arnold and Benj. W. Clark. The carpenter work was done by Andrew Garringer, J.M. Calby, John Gavitt, S.A. Young and Messrs Rifenbury, Parker and Henry.


SILVER LAKE - It is reported that the postoffice at Silver Lake will be hereafter known by that name instead of "Sheldon," and that the postoffice officially called "Silver Lake" will be restored to its more ancient but far less poetic name of Mud Lake.


HOPBOTTOM - Enoch Lord was buried from his late home on Friday, May 25th. He was an old veteran of the civil war. Thus one by one the old vets are passing away and soon the last sad rites will be enacted over the remains of the last one who left home and friends for their country and flag we all love so well. We should strive to keep fresh in our minds the deeds of valor and decorate the graves of the fallen heroes and commemorate the day with due honors instead of making it a day of frivolous amusements, for soon the last roll call will be given and answered. Are we ready?


ELK LAKE - The gate of the dam at the Lake was broken Saturday night so it could not be closed and it looked like a Johnstown flood but Mr. Tanner and neighbors got the water stopped before any damage was done.


BROOKLYN - Miss Louise Bunnell, whose ability as an artist is acknowledged to be of a high order, is organizing an art class here.


HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND - It is said that a national bank will soon be organized at either Hallstead or Gt. Bend for the convenience of residents of those two places. AND - A newly located switch tower on the Erie RR is being completed near Main St. crossing and affords a more extensive view around the curves of the track.


LENOXVILLE - The circumstances connected with the death of Miss Ethel Hartley form a sad story and one long to be remembered by the people of this community. On May 23d Miss Ethel, in company with two of her lady friends, were riding between this place and Clifford, when an accident occurred to Ethel's wheel, which threw her into the ditch by the roadside. She arose, apparently uninjured, but after mounting again and riding a short distance she told one of her friends that she did not feel right since she fell. She was able to get home, however, and did not complain any the next day, until evening, when she went to a social gathering and was taken suddenly ill. Although medical aid was summoned, the next day she grew rapidly worse, until the following Tuesday, when she died. Perhaps there never was a time in the history of our little village when the people were so unanimous in their expressions of sorrow as they were to hear of the demise of this bright girl, who had a pleasant word for everyone. While the fond father and mother are mourning the loss of a loving and dutiful daughter, we all mourn the loss of a bright and beautiful life from our midst. Although but 15 years old Miss Ethel had cultivated a great foundness for literature and had shown remarkable ability in that line.


BRUSHVILLE - The corner-stone of the new Baptist church will be laid on Thursday, June 14, at ten o'clock A.M.


DUNDAFF - After having nicely recovered from the ravages of scarlet fever, the town is besieged with whooping cough and mumps. Dr. Edwards of Clifford is making frequent calls.


June 07 (1901/2001)



Franklin Forks - All that remains of the acid factory in this place is a few old timbers and the tall chimney, and the timbers and boards the Tiffany brothers will soon have in ashes. AND A butcher's wagon from South Montrose has been through town a few times, which is quite a treat to those at whose places it called, as we have had no regular butcher here this summer.


Heart Lake - Some of the young men went to Binghamton on Monday to see Buffalo Bill. AND There will be a dance at Griffin's pavilion Wednesday evening, June 19. The public is invited.


Lanesboro - At a meeting of the school board Monday evening the following teachers were elected for next term: Principal, Wm. Denison; assistant, Mary A. Donovan; intermediate, Leora F. VanLoan; primary, Mable E. Taylor. The assistant in the primary school has not been elected yet.


South Gibson - Mrs. Belcher and daughter started on Thursday for Dawson City, Alaska, where Mrs. Belcher is called as executrix to settle the estate of her son, Frank, who died there a few months ago. The young man is said to have made over half a million of dollars in the Alaska gold fields.


Susquehanna - Major Levi J. McCauley, ex-Auditor-General, who has just been elected Commander of the Pennsylvania G.A.R., was formerly and for several years a resident of this place. He is a one-armed veteran. At the beginning of the civil war his father, the late Capt. John McCauley, raised in this place, Co. K, 6th Penn'a Reserves. AND J.B. Fenner has sold his Main street photograph gallery to J.W. Coone, recently Erie Station Agent at Brandt.


Hallstead - Mrs. Alden of Church street went over the river to Dr. Wingate's a short time ago and had 28 teeth extracted at one sitting.


June 14 (1901/2001)



Rush - The band is organized with a good membership and meets to practice every Saturday night. It expects to celebrate the 4th in an appropriate way. There will be a short address, a base ball game, foot races, sack races, a match game of quoits, and various other athletic sports. Suitable prizes will be given to the winners. Dinner will be served and a general good time is expected.


Hallstead - Some Hallstead people have built a pleasure steamboat which has a speed of ten miles an hours.


Montrose - Harry W. Beach received on Monday a fine automobile (the first in town) of the latest and most approved make from the factory at Chicoppee Falls, Mass., and has since been getting acquainted with the handsome machine. Its appearance upon our streets naturally attracts much attention and Mr. Beach is besieged for information and explanation of the wonderful piece of mechanism, all of which is cheerfully given. Mr. Beach has the agency for the machines for this section of the country and is prepared to take orders for the same. The automobile is destined to become a popular vehicle among those who can afford them, and the prices at which they are now sold make that class comparatively large to what it was when they were first placed on the market.


Susquehanna - The Edwin Trevor Stock company will appear in Hogan Opera House, June 27, 28, 29, at popular prices, in "Camilla,", "Prince of Liars," "Kathleen Mavourneen" and "Under the Stars and Stripes."


Oakland - The body of little Willie Kimley, who was drowned in the river at Susquehanna, on the Oakland side, Tuesday of last week, was Thursday morning recovered, by stretching a rope, to which was attached large hooks, across the stream and towing it up and down. The body was recovered about an eighth of a mile below the scene of the accident.


Lenoxville - A great attraction seems to exist up at Rought school house, where twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, vast numbers of young men wend their way to attend the services held by Rev. Gurstenekar, some to listen and learn from the words spoken by that Great Teacher many hundred years ago, but others to learn when the "going home" time comes, the ways and etiquette of the social world as given by those who are greater in knowledge and experience. Truly, "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."


Silver Lake - Repairs and improvements on the church at Silver Lake, including handsome frescoing, is being planned for by Rev. J.J. Lally, the popular pastor there.


Jackson - Teachers have been hired for the several schools of Jackson township as follows: Graded School-Principal Fred N. Tingley, primary room, Miss Nora Hill; Lake View-Miss Vina Bingham; Yale district, No. 1-Miss Fannie Birdsall; French district-Miss Mamie Calnan.


Fairdale - The marriage of Miss Lulu May Andre, of Fairdale, to Nicholas C. Shelp, of Fairdale, occurred at the home of the bride, June 18th. Rev. W.R. Cochrane performing the ceremony.


Heart Lake - On the 4th one will find boating, fishing, swings, merry-go-round, and other kindred amusements. There will be dancing, both afternoon and evening, with fine music. The L.& M. railroad will run an extra train in the evening and return at midnight for the accommodation of all who wish to attend. Fireworks display in the evening.


Glenwood - The week just passed has been one of unusual interest for pleasure seekers. First was a surprise party tendered Miss Daisy Potter, who has been attending school at Susquehanna. She found a gift of a new piano from her father. Theron Hinkley gave his Sunday school class a party at his home. Ice cream, cake, oranges and bananas were served.


New Milford - The game of ball on Saturday between New Milford and Montrose nines resulted in a victory for the home team by a score of 15 to 14. The game was an exciting one from start to finish and was in doubt until the last man was out. A return game will be played at Montrose soon.


Uniondale - Dr. L. Bird, of Scranton, will deliver a prohibition lecture in the Free Methodist church on Tuesday eve. Subject, "The real or commercial value of a boy."


Auburn - J.K. Reid died on May 7. He was born at Ashburnham, Mass, Jan. 1, 1820. When he was three years old his father died and about a year later his mother moved to Pennsylvania, and being unable to provide for her children he found a home among strangers. He knew but little of a father's and mother's love and care. In 1842 he married Almira Smith, eldest daughter of Stephen and Livina Smith of Brooklyn. He soon after bought a small place in Auburn, which was then a wilderness and built a log house and became a blacksmith. He was a very quiet man, seldom was his voice heard in public, but in the home circle where he was always a kind father and a devoted husband, his Christian character was best manifested. Through his wife's long illness, of over 11 years, he never left her unless necessary. When urged to take a rest for two or three days he would say, "Mother cannot go and I will not leave her." So hand-in-hand they walked together for nearly 60 years, until her death on Feb. 7, 1901. He remarked that "I shall soon be with mother," and on that beautiful May morning the chariot of the Lord swung low and father stepped in and passed to the better land.


News Brief - Messrs. W.H. Dennis, Jr., Burns Dennis and Jean L. Tower of Montrose, Arthur Deuel of Little Meadows and S.J. Halsey of Lestershire, will form "The Jolly Five," that will leave Union, NY for a ten day trip down the picturesque and historic Susquehanna on a boat, expressly constructed for the occasion by Arthur Deuel. Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Dennis, Sr., will take the Montrose contingent over to Binghamton on Saturday that they may be all in readiness for the start on Monday morning. The boys expect to float down the river as far as Wilkes-Barre, where they will dispose of their boat and return home by rail.


June 18 (1901/2001)



Franklin Forks - A short time ago Joseph Palmer announced that he had a 2-year-old heifer that gave 10 quarts of milk daily, and he asked who could beat it. Chas. Palmer of this place has a 2-year-old heifer, Graded Ayrshire, that gave 14 quarts a day. We wait to hear from the next Palmer.


Kingsley - Bauer's Band, of Scranton, spent Tuesday of last week at the Harford Soldiers' Orphan school. On their return a few selections were delightfully rendered at the station here.


Elk Lake - The oat crop is being destroyed by a minute green insect which turns brown at maturity and is endowed with wings. It attacks the leaf causing brown spots resembling rust to appear, after which the entire leaf turns brown or red. Local entomologists are unable to classify the pest and some specimens have been sent to the State authorities but as yet they have made no report. Appearances seem to indicate nearly a total destruction of the crop.


Susquehanna - The Erie is excavating preparatory to erecting a second bridge over Exchange Street for a shop track. AND The school work of the pupils of Laurel Hill Academy is on exhibition in the Birdsall Block. The splendid work is a great credit to the pupils and the talented instructors.


Springville - Mrs. A.T. Gratton is closing out her stock of millinery and fancy goods cheap for cash. She expects to go to Montana the coming fall, so now is the time to secure rare bargains.


Fairdale - P.L. Shelp has the ditch dug for the pipe to carry water into the kitchen, and when the house is complete it will speak well for Perley's skill as a mechanic, as he has done the work alone. AND The people of Fairdale will hold an ice cream and strawberry festival under their tent on the church lawn, July 3d, evening. Come and see how the Fairdale people do the grand.


Heart Lake - The young men that came to the Ladies Aid social with the intention of getting a new hat, braced against the wrong wall. AND Erney Ellsworth is making two trips a week from Harford, supplying Heart Lake people with fresh meat.


Rushville - John Reynolds, who has driven stage from Rushville to Montrose for the past four years, completes his term tomorrow. Mr. Reynolds has a fine reputation as stage driver, always faithful and obliging. Fred Giffin takes the route for the next four years.


Hopbottom - G.W. Struppler had peas and new potatoes from his own garden for dinner Sunday.


Montrose - While lightning was ripping liberal chunks from the atmosphere and thunder crashed with boisterous familiarity, Friday night, the lightning struck the Court House tower, greatly astonishing the staid old tower clock, knocking a few boards off the tower, and splitting a good sized post in the interior, and a few other minor injuries. Peter Radeker and Thomas McDonald made the repairs this week. AND Lewis H. Sprout has taken the agency for the "Puritan" water still, a new and improved device for making any water absolutely clear, pure and healthful. Mr. Sprout was around this week exhibiting a sample and taking orders. It is an accepted fact among physicians that many of the most dangerous diseases originate from impure drinking water, especially in hot weather, and with an apparatus like the "Puritan," that makes any water pure, and selling it at a very reasonable price, it is no wonder that Mr. Sprout is finding a ready sale for the stills.


Forest City - The Methodists are energetically working up their Fourth of July festivities. Rev. H.C. McDermott will give a rousing speech. One hundred dollars worth of fireworks will go up in smoke during the evening and interesting and novel games for the boys and girls are being arranged. The Methodist ladies wlll prepare a dinner which will be served by the gentlemen.


Great Bend - Mrs. Horace Benjamin has rented the Keystone Hotel to Mr. Cleveland, of Binghamton, who will take possession the first of July. Mr. And Mrs. Benjamin will move into Dr. Smith's house on William St.


New Milford - After nearly 32 years of faithful and unusual efficiency as station agent for the D.L.&W. company, D.W. Hager was released from duty. His successor is Thos. B. McAvoy. Mr. Hager resigned early in the spring and several men were sent here by the company at different times to take his place, but after looking the situation over they did not care to assume the responsibility. Mr. McAvoy is a young man and will doubtless fill the position acceptably.


Uniondale - The latest coal report is that Carpenter Bros. have the engine on the ground and as soon as the drill is ready will begin to search beneath the surface for the black diamond.


Dundaff - Fern Hall is open for business for the season. The Fern is an elegant place for a quiet rest; light, airy and good water and plenty to eat.


West Auburn - will have a New Century 4th of July celebration this year and proposes to do things up right. The Silvara band will furnish the music. There will be a ball game and fantastic parade in the forenoon, and a warm dinner will be served by the ladies in the church basement at noon. There will be various races for which cash prizes will be offered. In the evening there will be fireworks.


Silver Lake - T.P. Gage and Miss Minnie Cahill, of Silver Lake, were married in St. atrick's Catholic church in Scranton, on Wednesday morning last, at 11 o'clock, Rev. Fr. J.B. Whalen officiating. They were attended by Lizzie Cahill and John Giblin and will reside at Silver Lake.


News Brief - An exchange contains the following, doubtless penned by an old back editor who has lost all love for present day style of women's attire: "When an old girl has gray hair and wrinkles all over herself, she should quit dressing like a filly. If there is anything ridiculous in the is the spectacle of a grandmother decked out in bright colors with of feathers and gewgaws on her hat; and gingerbread on her dress. It is very seldom that you see an old man dress himself in golf clothes or with pink ribbons on his whiskers. But the old women who fix themselves up like hired girls on circus days are as numerous as sands on the seashore. An old lady attired in somber rags is something to respect and admire; an old lady flaunting around in bunting is enough to scare horses."


Articles selected for 100 Years Ago are entered exactly as they were written in the newspapers of 100 years ago. Some sections of the county had no correspondents or their reporting was sparse. Therefore, they are not represented in this column on a regular basis.


June 28 (1901/2001)



Oakland - The Oakland side was on Monday morning the scene of a sad drowning accident. The two little sons of Engineer and Mrs. George Horton, of Elmira, have been visiting Oakland relatives. At about 9 o'clock they were amusing themselves by playing around a boat in the river a few rods north of the Susquehanna-Oakland bridge when they got into deep water and sank from view. The younger boy, Ernest, aged about 9 years, was drowned. The older boy was brought to the surface and restored to consciousness with great difficulty. The body of little Ernest was soon recovered near the scene of the accident.


Silver Lake - St. Augustine's church of Silver Lake, one of the oldest edifices in the county, will be improved before long. A painting may be placed on the wall back of the altar, the sanctuary will be newly carpeted, while new statues will add to the interior beauty of the church. The walls are to be frescoed also. Father Lally, the rector, takes special pride and displays excellent taste in keeping up his parishes-this and St. Josephs.


Jackson Valley - Henry V. Jones, of Stevensville, was in this place on Tuesday, working in the interest of the McCormick Machine Co.


Our Lakes- Laurels grace the borders of our neighboring lakes. At Forest Lake and Silver Lake this beautiful species of shrubbery abounds most plentifully. Water lilies, too, are in bloom on the different lakes. The white ones are general favorites and the odd-looking yellow ones are scarcely plucked at all. Elk Lake produces lilies in large numbers but Jones' Lake [Lake Montrose] differs greatly, having no lilies to beautify her waters. Late years a few laurel bushes have sprung up and are thriving near the head of the lake.


Vestal - The Binghamton Republican says that on Saturday last Coroner Smith rendered a verdict in the Vestal explosion and wreck case. The verdict finds that George Mattice, engineer on the wildcat train No. 61, and Henry Polhamus, flagman on train No. 61, are criminally responsible for the deaths of the five persons, that a warrant should be issued for their arrest and that they be held for examination on the charge of manslaughter in the second degree. Mattice and Polhamus are both under arrest.


Lemon Station - Of the accident on the Narrow Gauge, near Tunkhannock last week, the New Age says: While the Montrose train was making its return trip yesterday morning, four cars were derailed a short distance above Lemon station and three of them rolled down the bank. Two of them were loaded with milk, which of course was a total loss; while the third was loaded with flag stones. The baggage car also left the track, but was not upset. The cause of the accident in unknown. Nobody was injured in the fracas, and the engine and passenger car came on to Tunkhannock. The afternoon train was delayed considerably by the accident.


Montrose - Just before noon on Wednesday, Seth Wright, from Forest Lake, drove into town and went to put out his horses in the stable in the rear of Read's store. On entering the stable, Mr. Wright was horrified to find George Lounsbery, the aged proprietor of the stable, lying on his face in a pool of blood, and unconscious. In the stall near by was a horse belonging to Will Cronk, who had driven into town a short time before and put out at Lounsbery's stable. It was evident that this horse had kicked the old man in the head, and fearfully, if not fatally injured him. Help was summoned and Mr. Lounsbery was conveyed to his cot in the little room in which he ate and slept. Dr. Mackey quickly arrived and an examination showed that the man's skull was fractured and he had lost a large quantity of blood. Later he was removed to Dr. Mackey's barn where things were arranged as comfortable as possible for him. He never regained consciousness and died early last evening. The old man had a snug little sum in the bank, and efforts are being made to ascertain if he has any relatives living. It is known that "Old George," as he was familiarly known, came originally from the South, but from just what part is not known. The deceased was a good hearted, inoffensive, old man and his tragic death is regretted.


St. Joseph - Miss Margaret Sweeney, a teacher at Sanataria Springs, NY, who has been spending her vacation at her home here, expects to leave this week for a pleasant trip to the Thousand Islands. Miss Sweeney is an accomplished vocalist and received her education in one of the musical conservatories in Canada. At the preaching of the Baccalaureate Sermon in St. Lawrence's Church in Great Bend, recently, Miss Sweeney very creditably rendered an "Ave Maria."


South Montrose - On Friday afternoon, as Earle Robinson was passing along the road by the Cool farm he found the pocket-book which was lost by Guy Wells nearly a year ago. The money was in good condition. Mr. Wells gave him a suitable award.


Susquehanna - The local labor contention at Susquehanna is ended at last, differences between the Erie and its boiler makers and their helpers having been amicably adjusted. The men will return to their old positions on Monday next. The settlement of the strike is great relief to the entire community. Whitney suggests that the band now play.


Dimock - Fred Mills and son, from Gordon, Neb., are spending a few weeks with C.C. and A.C. Mills.


Auburn Corners - We hear many complaining about the intense heat, and nearly everybody complains about our roads. It is true we have marked out roads, but they are in bad condition, they are scarcely fit to drive over. Between the Corners and Shannon Hill there are many, yea, very many stones large enough to build a foundation for a home; to ride over these roads is enough to convince one that your life, the horse you drive and the carriage you ride in ought to be insured. When may we expect better roads.


News Brief - The shirt waist man and the net waist girl go hand in hand in hand today, and the people year after year keep on throwing their clothes away. The coat and vest are laid to rest, and where is the fleecy shawl? And clothes get fewer and thinner-what will be the end of it all? Or, what will the shirt waist man take next from the things he has to wear? And what will the net waist girl throw off from the shoulders now half bare? The shirt waist man and the net waist girl go rollicking down the way. Have we started a trend that's going to end in the old fig leaf some day?


July 05 (1901/2001)



Springville - Stanley W. Lyman, formerly of Lynn, Perry H. Lyman and Robert S. Wilson, formerly of Springville, are trustees of the "Rocky Fork and Elbow Ditch Company" of Red Lodge, Montana, whose capital stock is placed at $5,000, lately incorporated. AND Many were the people who wended their way to the grounds where the Citizens Band of Springville were holding their 4th of July celebration. The cause was the desire to see the balloon ascension to be made by Geo. T. McCroy of Bloomfield, N.J. At the time advertised, all was ready and the order was given to "let'er go," and she went nearly in a straight line, until the man on the bar looked like a very small boy, doing his bar work as he went up. The drop was made at about 2000 ft. from the earth and was eagerly watched by the throng. He came down very nicely, landing about 40 rods from where the start was made. Everyone voted it a success and that the aeronaut thoroughly understood his business.


Montrose - The Montrose ball team went to Carmalt Lake yesterday and played a game with a nine made up of young men from the city, several of who were college athletes. The result was a foregone conclusion, the Montrose boys being beaten to the tune of 7 to 3. AND A caravan of gypsies passed through this place on Tuesday evening and camped a short distance south of town. The outfit consisted of one very handsome and expensively constructed vehicle driven by a prosperous looking and well groomed man who doubtless was the "boss" of the band. There were a half dozen or more other wagons, of various styles and qualities, and to all of them were attached some very good specimens of horseflesh, and led behind were a number of "trading stock" horses, the latter being brought to town the following day for the purpose of dickering with our local horsemen. Later...And now it transpires that the above noted "gypsies" are not such at all but are Frank Mullens, a well known horse dealer of Buffalo, N.Y. and a party of friends out for a vacation and incidentally, to do a little horse-trading on the side..


New Milford - The Shields Stone company quarries have shipped over 200 carloads thus far. AND Col. C.C. Pratt had all kinds of luck at the Binghamton races last week. One of his horses won one of the events, in fine style. But the next day, another of his horses, named Kit Kat, broke her leg after she left the stretch on the quarter. The snapping of the bone was audible to the spectators in the grandstand. It is not likely that she will be shot. So far as is known the accident was caused by a defective hopple which became loose.


Susquehanna - After all, the strike at Susquehanna is not over. The men expected to go back in a body and take their old places. The railroad company would not have it so and announced that all who wish to apply individually would be given places if their were places for them. So the strike is still on.


Brooklyn - The Brooklyn band is coming fast to the front. Brooklyn has a tradition for good bands.


Stevens' Point - Warrants have been issued by Justice Williams, of Susquehanna, for the arrest of several residents of Stevens' Point, who have been amusing themselves by disturbing church services in that place for some time past.


Starrucca - The verdict returned by the county coroner, Dr. Goodwin, of Susquehanna, regarding the death of Albert Wickham of Lanesboro and John O'Rourke of Melrose, Pa., at Starrucca, Thursday evening, was concise and to the point. It could be summed up as "intoxicated, fell asleep on the tracks and run over by the D & H passenger train." Wickham was employed as a stone cutter by J.A. Taylor in the Lanesboro blue stone works. He was over fifty years old, a veteran of the Civil War, and had been a resident of Lanesboro over 20 years. O'Rourke was also a stone cutter and worked at Stevens' Point, boarding at Melrose. Both were unmarried men.


West Auburn - A great feature at the 4th of July celebration was the old Beech Grove fife and drum corps, with John W. Sterling, fife; J.O. Fuller, snare and H.O. Taylor, bass drum. Then came the races-foot race, four entries, won by George Grover; tub race, won by Chas Henry Woodruff. The fire works were in charge of John Zeiber.


Ainey - Miss Dora Ainey has returned from Mansfield State Normal School, where she has just graduated with honors and has been granted charge of the school at this place for the coming term.


Silver Lake - James Lynch is contemplating a trip to Ireland.


Hopbottom - The 4th of July was the quietest 4th here in several years. The small boys disposed of their allotment of fire works and the young men and their best girls enjoyed the dance in the evening at Hotel Carptenter.


Forest Lake - Ed Kane, Bert Horton and a son of Thos. Booth furnished the music at the Catholic picnic at Friendsville, July 4th.


Hallstead - Ethel Corwin, while watching a game of ball on the 4th, was hit in the face by the ball and knocked down. She was carried to Mr. Rogers' nearby, and Dr. Schoonmaker was called. One tooth was broken off and three loosened, and three stitches were taken in her lip.


Jackson Valley - Visitors to this place were: Henry and Leslie Clink of Leraysville visiting their sister, Mary Schooley; Fred Shadduck; Stanley Little, of Towanda; Mrs. Edward Fowler, Mrs. John Grover, Chas. Bowen and Frank Shafer and family.


Oakland - Michael Clancey, one of the oldest firemen in the service of the Erie railroad and a respected resident of this place, died July 6th after an illness of several weeks.


Glenwood - The 4th passed off very quietly in this place; the day was all that could be asked for. The children had a grand time in the evening watching the fire works in different parts of the town. The ohs and the ahs that came from the throats of the youngsters carried the older elements back to their youthful days, and all seemed equally well pleased. One little fellow getting up the next morning said: "I wish it was the 4th every day." Taking it all and all, it was a glorious 4th of July.


July 11 (1901/2001)


Forest City - A tragedy of the elements marked the storm that passed over here Tuesday evening, where Mrs. John Lesco was instantly killed by a bolt of lightning and her brother, Stephen, painfully burned by the same stroke. Mrs. Lesco lived on Hudson street near the Polish Catholic church. The house has a basement and this is where the woman was standing. Mrs. Lesco's brother lives with her and was washing himself after his day's toil in the breaker and Mrs. Lesco was handing him a towel when the lightning struck her. She must have been killed instantly for there were no signs of life when her brother, after recovering from his shock, turned to give her attention. Mrs. Lesco had her hand on his back when the destructive bolt struck her and the shock was communicated to him, the lightning running down his side, and the flesh along the spot of contact was fearfully blistered.


Herrick Centre - P.H. Flynn is not only proprietor of the leading hotel, but he has a farm a mile and a half away that is an object lesson in farming. It was run down and "worn out" when he bought it but he plowed up a 40-acre field last year, picked of the stones and gave it a dressing of lime, sowed oats and buckwheat and seeded it also to timothy and clover.


Susquehanna - Three men, employed in the Erie boiler shop, were arrested on Monday evening, for bathing in the river, within the borough limits. They were fined $5 each. AND John Fitzgerald, who was recently discharged from the 47th U.S. Infantry which has for the past two years been engaged in the Philippine Islands, is visiting his former home here. He also served two years in the war with Spain and his discharge contains the battles in which he was engaged. He is only about 32 years of age. After completing his visit here he intends to go to South Africa on a prospecting tour.


Harford - While coming from church last Sunday evening, little Floyd Barnard, while crossing the road, was knocked down by the big team driven by Miss Gertrude Stearns. Fortunately the horses passed each side and did not step on him. He was picked up and found to be quite badly bruised, but no bones broken.


Hallstead - Page Lyman has sold his four-legged chicken for $8.00. AND There was a wreck in the yard Saturday morning; three cars of wheat were piled up and every one having chickens made a rush to get their share of it. AND Wednesday evening the new steamer, which has attracted so much attention, was successfully launched. The boat was drawn by Ward Ives' team from the Crook shop to the river. In descending the Harmony road, the forward pair of wheels under the boat slipped and let the boat push forward between the horses. This accident caused the boat to spring so that it leaked slightly after being in the water. When in the water the boat draws less than 7" of water and runs at a good rate of speed.


South Gibson - The Ladies Aid Society will hold a "Memory Sale" on July 23, 24 & 25, in the Manning store building. Many useful and beautiful articles have been contributed by former residents and friends of the society. Home made candies, baked stuffs and ice cream will be on sale. Free entertainments will be given on the evenings of the 23d and 25th by home talent. On Wednesday evening the 24th, a grand concert will be given in the church by the following talent: Mrs. Lizzie Hughes Brundage, Mrs. M.E. Brundage and Mrs. Charles Keech, all of Scranton; Miss Gertrude Resseguie of Susquehanna and Miss Julie Cruser of Montrose. Adm. 15 cents, a price within the reach of all.


West Auburn - Sallie Lafrance and daughter, Mamie, took a ride to South Auburn Sunday on a bicycle built for two.


East Dimock - Some people say that Callie Lathrop saw a ghost. Did you Callie?


Gibson - The late Henry Abel, who died recently, left a will providing that the bulk of his estate shall go to the Prohibition party of this county. The bequest will probably amount to four or five thousand dollars.


Little Meadows - Samuel Rice was born in Union, NY and died at his home near Little Meadows, where he lived for 39 years, on July 6, 1901, aged 73 years. He was married about 48 years ago to Miss Julia Barton who died Sept. 11, 1899.They had two daughters, Mary and Dora.


Brooklyn - C.F. Watrous and family are "camping out" at Ely's Lake for a couple of weeks.


Rush - The new church is at a stand still at present. We hope there can soon be money enough raised to complete it.


Glenwood - An automobile passing through this place stopped, and taking up Esquire Swartz, gave him a short ride to show him how the thing worked. It certainly is a fine way to get over the country.


Fairdale - The Harvest Home festival will take place Thursday evening, July 25th. The Rush Band will furnish music. Ice cream will be served in abundance. All come and bring your sister or some other fellow's sister.


Clifford - Clifford has a professional burglar. He can go in the stores at night at any time he is in need of goods. The old saying is "it is a long road that has no turn to it." The other night he got detected-one of our boys happened to be up and saw a man going up the side walk in a suspicious sort of a way which attracted the boy's attention, so he watched him as well as he could. After going up the street a piece he turned around and walked back, watching in all directions. Thinking no one was around, he took a key from his pocket, unlocked the store of B.F. Bennett, got a sack of flour and went home with it. B.F. Bennett was informed of the act the next morning and called at Esquire Wells; office and got a search warrant. He found the chap, the flour, and captured the key. The key showed good workmanship, being made from a case knife blade of hard steel. The thief owned up the corn, and on account of his highly respected relatives, has not been turned over to the authorities yet.


Thomson - Vivian Gelatt is carrying the overland mail from here to New Milford.


July 19 (1901/2001)



Forest City - The house of John Lesco burned to the ground on Friday night last. The origin of the flames is unknown. Mr. Lesco had not been sleeping in the dwelling since his wife was killed by lightning on the previous Tuesday. He, however, prepared his meals there, using wood fires and it is thought a spark may have caused the destruction. The building was insured for about ten hundred dollars. Most of this money will go to the contractor who built the structure. The last half dozen years have been full of trouble for Lesco. His wife was killed by a bolt of lightning last week. His only child died from the effect of scalds received by falling into a tub of hot water. About three years ago he was in the meat business and lost a pocket book containing $300. The money was never recovered and he was forced to retire from business. He has worked at the D. & H. mill for years and is an industrious man.


Liberty Twp. - The following teachers are reported for term of 1901-02. Turrell district, Pearl Lindsley, of New Milford; Lawsville, Nina Roe, of Fairdale; Pleasant Valley, Alma Williams, of Dimock; Chalker school, Katherine Dolan, of Brookdale; Wilbur school, Ellen Donovan, of Liberty; Hillside school, Mary Cosgriff, of Lawsville; Mountain Valley, Jennie Luce, of Stanfordville.


Uniondale - Asher Burdick, an aged gentleman residing near Uniondale, was seriously injured at Forest City on Friday last. He was standing in front of Jones Bros. Shoe store holding a team when W.A. Weber's team, which had been standing near Prokopovitz's hotel, became frightened and started up the street. Burdick, who was standing with his back toward the runaways, did not see nor hear them. He was struck by the wagon pole and knocked down, receiving a fractured shoulder, three broken ribs and a number of severe bruises. His son, who is a victim of heart disease, saw the accident and was nearly prostrated by the shock.


Springville - People who are disposed to find fault with a local correspondent because they do not see a lot of news every week, should bear in mind the fact that he never gets any pay for his work. When the people have something that would be newsy, why would it not be just as well to hand it in and not wait for the news gatherer to come around and ask them about it? The correspondent would be very glad to have news handed to him for it would save him a lot of trouble, and insure a letter every week.


Susquehanna - Several members of the Avenue Methodist Church were on Sunday afternoon immersed in the river, on the Oakland side, Rev. Meeker, pastor of the Lanesboro church, officiating.


Dundaff - The terrible hot weather we have had for the past few weeks makes the city people think of the cool breezes around Crystal Lake, and they are flocking thitherward. Fern Hall and the Mullawney House are filled with boarders, all the cottages are occupied and a number of tents are seen here and there. At Newton Lake the cottages are occupied and a few tents are up and occupied.


Auburn Corners - Huckleberries are selling at the rate of eleven quarts for one dollar.


Franklin Forks - Mrs. A.M. Snow is serving ice cream in her house adjoining Alliance Hall every Saturday evening, so that lovers of the frozen sweet can be supplied. David Turrell has a stand in the hall, where he sells cream to all who call for it. AND Edwin Truesdell's boys have returned to their home in the Parlor City. We miss them on our streets, especially their fine little pony and cart. The boys in town used to enjoy riding around with them, and some of the girls too.


West Auburn - While working in the hay field for his cousin, Harry Sturdevant, the other day, Walter Owen killed a blacksnake that measured 6 1/2 ft. in length and as large as a man's arm, and but a few feet from him Harry killed another measuring 5 ft. in length, and soon after two smaller ones were killed, all on less than an acre of ground. Quite a snake story, but nevertheless true.


Hopbottom - The funeral of Phineas Phillips was held at West Lenox church Wednesday at one o'clock. He died at the Moses Taylor hospital Monday night. It is sad for a young man only 19 years old to meet with such an accident, it being his first regular trip on the road. He was on an engine which collided with another and the hot coals which were thrown over him were the cause of his death.


Harford - One of the pleasantest events of the season was a birthday party, Monday, July 22, given by the relatives of Mrs. Hannah Coughlin in honor of her 80th birthday. Remembrances were left and a very sumptuous dinner was served by her daughter, Mrs. Julia Esterbrook, at whose home the gathering was held.


Lakeside - George Rice and Monroe Moshier attended teachers' examination at Great Bend Saturday. Mr. Moshier will teach the Moxley school the coming year and Mr. Rice the East Lake School.


Hallstead - Lisie Eighmy traded horses with a man from Cortland several days ago. He gave the Cortland individual a good horse and twenty dollars. Later on a constable appeared and took the horse from Eighmy claiming that it was stolen by the Cortland man. Now Eighmy is out the cash and has no horse.


Oakley - A certain young man living toward Cameron's Corners, has the laugh on a large coterie of friends. Some of the latter had become rather suspicious as to the outcome of his rather frequent trips down the valley and one evening, learning that a lady had come home with him, without investigating further, a large crowd armed with tin pans, horns, etc., gathered to give him a serenade in honor of his supposed secret wedding. Judge their dismay when they were informed that his mother had come home with him to visit her old friends in this vicinity.


Elk Lake - You can get your feed ground at the Elk Lake mill for five cents a hundred.


Montrose - On July 24th the young ladies gave a subscription dance at Village Hall and the neat programmes stated that it was a "Spinster Dance." It was strictly a leap year affair. A "Stocking Social" was held at the Baptist church Wednesday evening.


July 26 (1901/2001)



Uniondale - A young farmer named Jones, living near Uniondale, was made a heavy sufferer by the terrible lightning storm of Monday night. Jones, who was only recently married, settled on a dairy farm and purchased 26 cows. During the storm the herd collected under a large tree. Suddenly there was a terrific and deafening report. The bolt struck the tree and completely shattered the massive trunk. Sixteen of the cows were killed.


Laceyville, Wyoming Co. - While mowing the other day U.G. White saw a blacksnake, which he declares was 16 ft. long, right in front of the mowing machine. With a terrified yell that nearly frightened the team into running away, Lysse turned a double back summersault from the mowing machine, dislocating his liver pad and nearly killing the dog by the fall. During the excitement the snake escaped.


Auburn Four Corners - John Smith, of Auburn Four Corners, was in Tunkhannock the latter part of the week to consult Dr. Tewksbury concerning eye trouble and took occasion to visit his friend, Rev. J.C. Madden, at Eatonville. Mr. Smith is nearly 80 years old and he has lived in Auburn township over 70 years. His experience dates from pioneer days when barter was effected mostly by the exchange of commodities and when teams were driven through the long stretches of forest to New York City to bring home goods for the stores.


Glenwood - P.H. Hunt and George, his son, and N.B. Marcey went huckleberrying and came back with three bushels, so reported. They must have taken a shovel along or considerable money. From Elkdale Geo. Halsted, G. Spencer, A. Howell, Frank Rounds and Cora Crandall enjoyed a trip to Salem mountain, returning with their pails filled to overflowing with huckleberries.


Forest City - The viewers from Wayne county, Messrs. Pomeray, Ledyard and Miller, and the viewers from Susquehanna county, Messrs. Lowery, Wells and Phinny, looked over the site of the proposed bridge across the Lackawanna and will report favorably. They were accompanied by the county commissioners of both counties. The site selected is just east of the grist mill, near the Erie depot.


Lawton - The Lawton horse hide twirlers reported for practice last Saturday. The manager of the association saw that the men were in good condition for a game, and consequently arranged a game for the following day with Friendsville. The Friendsville men showed up good and had registered a few ringers. Nevertheless, at the end of the fifth inning the umpire was forced to call the game on account of darkness. Score: Lawton four, Friendsville one. Features of the game were McCormick's fielding and McGoverns coolness (Lawton). Biers was too clever in his delivering for some of the Lawton boys.


Silver Lake - St. Augustine's church, one of the oldest edifices in the county, will be improved before long. A painting may be placed on the wall back of the altar, the sanctuary will be newly carpeted, while new statues will add to the interior beauty of the church. The walls are to be frescoed also. Father Lally, the rector, takes special pride and displays excellent taste in keeping up his parishes-this and St. Joseph's.


Rush - W.E. Harvey is working at Endicott, the new city that is being built near Binghamton.


Montrose - Business at the cannery this week has been booming, some fifty hands being employed the most of the time. String beans is the main product being received at present, although beets are also beginning to put in an appearance.


Harford - The island in Tyler Lake that has never been known to move, (so says the oldest inhabitant) moved last Sunday one-half mile toward the outlet of the lake. This island is 56x65 feet and has a number of fair sized trees growing on it.


Susquehanna - A number of masked men on Friday night called upon a resident of the Oakland Side and notified him that unless he got rid of a certain tenant, a non union laborer in the Erie boiler shop, his home would be burned.


Jackson Valley - Nearly 100 men and almost as many women attended the barn raising at [the farm of] John J. Davis. AND Essie Schooley is selling the "Hold-Fast" skirt supporter.


Springville - J.K. Aldrich is a lover of lightning rods and defends them whenever and wherever the occasion calls for it. He has them on his farm houses. Tuesday there came along a thunder shower and it somehow happened that lightning struck the house, some say within a foot of the rod, and damaged it quite badly.


Great Bend - The 3:38 train from New York on Tuesday brought 40 fresh air children, which were distributed among our people as guests for two weeks.


Dimock - Dimock Campmeeting begins Wednesday, Aug. 21, and continues eight days. Greenwood and Lyman, of Lynn, will have charge of the dining hall. AND J.W. Bunnell has purchased a new "Wood" drop reaper and is prepared to do work for any one who wishes it.


Recent Storms, with the accompanying lightning, wrought damage in many parts of the county. During the storms of Sunday night barns were destroyed as follows: At Brooklyn, Hon. J.W. Adams'; at Hopbottom, Frank Jackson's, Warren Eastman's and Henry Brewster's; at Harford, Horace Sweet's; at Rush, Lawrence Sivers'; at Lenoxville, Frank Brundage; at Forest Lake, ? Kane's; On Monday night a barn at Harford, belonging to Henry Sweet, was struck and burned, this being not far from the barn of Horace Sweet that burned the night before. Among other places damaged, more or less during the week's storms are the house of George Shelp at Fair Hill, J.K. Aldrich's house at Springville, the house occupied by R.E. McMickens at Springville and the house of Edson Ball, near Lake Carey. The above are a few, but doubtless the returns are not nearly all in yet.


August 01 (1901/2001)



St. Joseph - Not far from the quiet valley of St. Josephs, in the neighborhood of Father Lally's residence, and just over the line in Silver Lake township, is a famous Indian spring over a century old. Mr. Sweeney now owns the farm and supplies Binghamton people with water from this spring. In a recent communication to the Binghamton Leader by a resident of that city, he relates at length about the history of the spring, from which we make a brief extract: The old Indian spring is located on what was in part the old Bend road, built by Dr. Rose about 1805, when he first moved to Silver Lake. Nearly sixty years ago when the writer first saw the well it was stoned up on three sides with stones that were probably carried from a neighboring ravine by the Indians more than 100 years before, as evidenced by the surroundings. An immense birch tree stood close to the spring and just back of the spring was a partially cleared piece of ground on which were a few old apple trees that likely grew from seeds carried there by the Indians from the present site of Windsor and Great Bend. Those three places were the only ones where apple trees were found by the first white settlers, some of whom were old men when the writer was a child, and they often spoke of a few stray Indians returning and camping by the old spring and then going away. The Indians knew the specific good qualities of this water, and the first settlers also knew of its medicinal qualities and used it for drinking purposes when not too far away from the spring. It is thought that this unique fount of water is the oldest in this county.


Hallstead - Misses Sarah and Jennie Watkins closed their select school Friday. They were giving their school a picnic in DuBois' grove on Saturday and they were all having a good time until two fellows came along drunk and behaved so badly that the picnickers were obliged to leave and go home. Such a thing is a disgrace to our pretty town and should not be tolerated.


Susquehanna - The Erie wreckers were called to Thompson on Thursday night by a freight wreck and they were at Great Bend on Friday, clearing up a big freight wreck. AND The local strike has been of benefit in one respect-it has frightened the tramps away. There are too many special officers in the railroad yard for their comfort and for the first time in the history of the borough, a tramp is almost a curiosity. There is no great loss without some small gain.


Franklin Forks - The picnic of the "Boys and Girls of "76", held at Salt Springs, was a large gathering. Few young boys and girls. People are called old now at that age.


Forest City - At the Sunday morning service in the Forest City Methodist church, two weeks ago, while the congregation sang the "Doxology," Rev. R.L. Clark burned the mortgage against the church, the debt having been recently entirely wiped out.


Jackson Valley - A merry party of fishermen from Ford street passed through this place Saturday on their way to Lake-of-Meadows.


Lawton - The boys of Lawton wish to have the statement corrected, made by a Lawton correspondent, in regard to a game of ball with Friendsville, which is an error and furthermore, the boys do not play ball on Sunday. AND About 40 guests for dinner at Haire's new hotel last Sunday and his house is full of summer boarders the most of the time.


Tripp Lake - The school here, which has been closed for a few years, will be reopened this fall with Miss Kelly of Brookdale as teacher.


Tunkhannock - The A.M.E. Zion churches of Montrose, Wilkesbarre and Towanda, pastorated by Rev. I.B. Walters, J.H. Anderson and George C. Smith, respectively, are conducting a camp meeting at the fairgrounds. About 1500 people, white and black, were in attendance last Sunday. The meetings will continue over next Sabbath when, if the weather is fair, it is thought 2000 people will be upon the grounds. The services last Sunday were conducted intelligently and orderly and very good sermons were preached. The singing was much enjoyed by the audience.


Harford - It is hinted that a popular petition will be prepared which will deprecate the action of the Commission of Soldiers' Orphan schools and urge its reconsideration as regards the school at Harford. No one doubts the truly conscientious motives of the commission in recommending the abandonment of this site and the consolidation of the schools with others far removed. This historic institution, sheltered amid the beautiful hills of Susquehanna county, is dear to the citizens of Northeastern Pennsylvania. It is a historic spot made a part of the classic records of the state by reason of its brilliant pages in the annals of educational progress in America. It will be against the intense protest of a vast number of people throughout the state if the peaceful, happy little community, dwelling so contentedly in the richest environment of nature must be thrust out like the Acadians from the safe shelter where many inmates have lived since early childhood to go forth into a crowd of strangers far away. Let the Soldiers' Orphan school remain until the last girl and boy of the dead heroes go out into the world as men and women better and nobler for having lived in such a charming spot.


Forest Lake - The reunion of Co. H., 143d Regiment [Civil War], will be held at Robert Booth's on Friday, Aug. 23.


Montrose - A delightful social event occurred on Tuesday at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Finn, on Depot street, when a number of the young friends of Miss Mary E. Finn were entertained at a party given in honor of that young lady's 14th birthday. From two until eight p.m., mirth and pleasure were supreme, and then the happy young folks dispersed for their homes, wishing Miss Finn many happy returns of the day and leaving many pretty tokens of the esteem in which they held their young hostess. Those present were Misses Ruth Safford, Grace Cornell, Clara Tower, Mabel Payne, Pearl Strouse, Louise Griffis, Augusta Smith, Claire Baker, Emily Taylor, Harriet Lyons, Fannie Foster.


Springville - We venture the assertion that last Saturday afternoon saw more drunken men here than any other day in some time. Two were stretched out on the ball grounds and one packed away in a horse stall.


August 07 (1901/2001)



Welsh Hill - S.J. Owens is at present engaged in tearing down the old graveyard wall and extending the boundaries, thus making a much needed improvement.


Dimock - Several boys were out skylarking a night or two before the 4th of July and in the vicinity of John Parks' place in Dimock, they made some noise by exploding firecrackers and singing. This disturbed Mr. and Mrs. Parks and the former got up, went out and ordered the boys to clear out or he would shoot. The boys tarried and kept up the racket and some of the party began firing stones at him and inflicted a cut on his face. A jury found one of the boys guilty.


Susquehanna - Regret was carried to every portion of Susquehanna County by news of the death of ex-State Representative Samuel Falkenbury, which occurred on Monday at his home in Susquehanna. Mr. Falkenbury was born at White Hall, Washington Co. in 1825. In 1852 Mr. Falkenbury removed to Susquehanna, which place has since been his home. For over 20 years he had charge of the Erie railroad company's foundry. In 1847 he was elected a [Republican] Representative in the State Legislature for 2 years. Mr. Falkenbury, although not a pioneer in this section, had "grown up" with Susquehanna. A scattering hamlet when he came here, he had not only watched, but contributed to its growth until, in population, it ranks first in the county. As a mechanic, as a business man, a legislator and a citizen, he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his townsmen.


Montrose - On Saturday last Montrose defeated New Milford in a close and exciting game by a score of 8-7. On account of the rain which fell at 3 o'clock the game was not started until nearly five when both teams agreed on a 7 inning contest. New Milford started out by making three runs in the first inning to Montrose's none, but the home team gradually caught up and in the last inning, with two men on bases, Conklin's double won the game. In the fifth, with three men on bases and no one out for New Milford, Carey replaced Smith in the box and shut them out for the rest of the game. As New Milford won the first game this year, a "rubber" will be played in the near future. AND Norman Stewart went down to Wilkes-Barre last week and purchased a handsome locomobile. Mr. Stewart and Squire J.S. Courtright made the return trip from the Valley on the machine. They had no trouble in climbing the steepest hills and made excellent time all the way.


Brooklyn - Four of our young ladies attended the Pan-American [in Buffalo, NY] and visited Niagara last week. They are Misses Ella Bailey, Mary Hearn, Hettie Caswell and Louise Newton.


Harford - C.S. Johnston is preparing to build another large barn and silo on the Fair Ground farm.


New Milford - Page's Pond, at Lakeside, is being boomed as a place for spending a summer vacation. Dr. A.E. Snyder and Sheriff Maxey have purchased the rights and privileges of Hill & Collum and will improve the place by repairing the dam, putting on more boats, building cottages, etc. making the place a fine resort. Bradley Corners - J.F. Moffat is pressing hair at [the] New Milford tannery.


Lanesboro - Mrs. Phoebe Ann Rouss Cook, of Amboy, Illinois, on Aug. 3d, celebrated her 100th birthday. Mrs. Cook was born at Lanesboro and was married in 1823 to Daniel Cook. Two of her children are living, Samuel Cook, aged 75, living at Columbus, Kansas, who was a soldier in the Mexican war and J.J. Cook, aged 78, who served in the Civil war. Mr. Cook died in 1882, at Sublette, Lee Co., Illinois.


Jackson Valley - There will be a platform dance afternoon and evening at the Stevensville band fair, August 22.


Rush - Material for plastering the new church is on hand and work will begin at once. The church will be pushed to an early completion. The memorial windows are taken: the front window will be dedicated by the Grand Army.


West Lenox - "Hell's Half Acre" is the euphonious name that Centreville or West Lenox goes by-in general parlance. The pond near by has sometimes been called the "Devils Pond." Some West Lenox young men that attempted to swim there amid the eel grass had a variety of experiences. One young man found a leech fastened to his person. Another climbed into the boat with a six inch pickerel attached to his toe. When he went back in the water a mud turtle climbed on his back. This "Cooked" him, and he was "Willing" to stay out of the water thereafter.


Clifford - Over $300 was raised by subscription to recompense Mr. Jones for the loss of 16 cows by lightning. Their hides were not taken off as at first reported, but the next night they were loaded on 7 wagons and hauled to Uniondale, a distance of 3 miles. The Erie Co. refused to ship them and they were obliged to return a half mile and drive into a pasture, where they unhitched their teams some distance from the road and left them standing until the second night, when the O & W Co. was prevailed upon to accept them for shipment, and at 11 p.m. they passed through Uniondale en route to the O & W station. The 16 carcasses brought $50.


Great Bend - The mill house and old boarding house at Red Rock caught fire from an engine on the Erie road, it is supposed, last Wednesday, and as they were dry as tinder they were soon burned to the ground. The flying sparks and brands of flame endangered some of Patrick Creagh's buildings which were near, but they were saved from damage. With the sweeping away of the tannery by flood last spring and the destruction of the boarding house, the old landmarks of a one time vigorous industry are about gone.


Lynn - Edwards, our wagon-maker, while picking blackberries on the old Hudson place, killed a rattlesnake with five rattles. The only one that was ever killed or seen in this part of the town.


News Brief - It may not be generally known that any farmer who maintains a watering trough on the ground along the public road with flowing water will be allowed $2 off his road tax every year, while if the trough be high enough so that a horse can drink without being unreined, $4 a year reduction is allowed on the road tax.


August 16 (1901/2001)



Brooklyn - Seventeen of the New York Tribune fresh air children are here for two weeks. They are little bright folks, clean and neatly dressed, and their delight and surprise at the country sights are touching indeed.


Great Bend - Harry G. More has bought half interest in his father's paper, the Great Bend Plaindealer and the firm name will be S.P. More & Son. If Harry is (not the "old Harry") but a "chip off the old block" he'll do for newspaper work.


Montrose - We are informed by a lady, who made the count, that there are 119 widows in Montrose. AND Eli K. Tarbell and wife, of Winona, Minn., are visiting at the home of his father, Johon S. Tarbell. Eli is a former Montrose boy, who was for years connected with the Tarbell House, but who, a number of years ago, went west, where he has made fame and fortune as a hotel man and has taken a prominent part in the Republican politics of Winona, of which city he has been Mayor for several terms.


Dimock Twp. - Paul Billings' Sons, of Tunkhannock, have the contract for furnishing 130,000 brick for the $50,000 residence of Mr. Ballentine, of Newark, N.J., now being erected near the Hunter crossing on the Montrose railroad, about four miles south of Montrose.


Middletown Centre - The safe of merchant J.P. Gurley was broken open, Sunday night, and about $50 in change secured. The safe was a small one, the hinges being knocked off by sledges secured at a nearby blacksmith shop. The job was done by novices, evidently.


Silver Lake - E. Quinlivan and L. Gilbin have hired with Matt Lynch to ditch his swanp.


Herrick Twp. - Herrick township will not reopen its district schools this coming year. Conveyances are to be furnished and the children of the entire township will be taken to the new graded school at Herrick Centre. This is a novel plan and will be watched with interest by all interested in rural education. Following are the instructors in the new school: Principal, Prof. Manning of South Gibson; intermediate, Mrs. Jennings, Stevens Point; Primary, Miss Elizabeth Bowell, of Herrick Centre.


Hallstead - The borough lockup has been moved from the rear of Knoeller's shop to the lot recently purchased of Mrs. Hines on Pine street, near E.H.B. Roosa's.


New Milford - An aggregation of so-called ball players from Binghamton visited this place Saturday with the intention of giving the home team some lessons in the game. The score, 23 to 0, in favor of New Milford, tells the story. Comments are superfluous.


Harford - T.M. Maynard has returned from his trip to New York. He drove one horse out and changed with his son who is in the milk business there and drove a different one back.


Susquehanna - The Erie is having a large number of the Atlantic type of compound locomotives built at the Baldwin locomotive works in Philadelphia.


A TERRIFIC STORM: Within the past week Northeastern Pennsylvania has experienced more terrific storms, cloudbursts, and the like, than ever before transpired in a similar length of time. The damage done to railroads, wagon roads, bridges, buildings, live stock and crops, is inestimable: the half has not been told and it is doubtful if all ever will be told. In Rush the water came down from the broken mill dams up the Wyalusing in furious torrents carrying all before it. The crops on the flats were nearly ruined. The water reached the highest mark ever known at Rush. The State road was for some distance made impassable and the heavy iron bridge was somewhat damaged. At Shoemaker's mill the dam was destroyed and the mill badly damaged. The bridge near County Commissioner Haire's hotel is reported considerably damaged. The Mineral Springs bridge is gone. John Reynolds, former Rush stage driver, lost a span of fine horses, several cattle and pigs, by drowning. H.W. Terry is said to have lost a dozen cows in a similar manner. Andre's mill, above Fairdale, was washed out of existence. In Forest Lake the bridge near the farm of Jefferson Green went out and his mill dam and other property were carried away. At Snow's Mills the dam, 90x12ft. was totally destroyed, the mill itself is gone, the water wheel, weighing 500 lbs, carried fifteen rods down the stream with the large bridge located at that point. At Franklin Forks all the gardens lying near the creeks were washed out. Potatoes were picked up in quantities on the lot near the M.E. church. Thomas Scott's barber shop and Earle Tiffany's barn, and the lumber, logs and shingles at his shingle mill were all carried away. The foundation under Fred Knapp's barn was washed out. At Salt Springs the foundation of J.C. Wheaton's large wagon house was badly washed out; his granary was carried down stream a little way, and a barn was moved some. The bridge by the Presbyterian church and the one at John McLeod's are gone. At Hop Bottom, after about three hours of steady downpour of water, there was to be seen good sized creeks coming down every mountain side bringing with them huge rocks and a large amount of dirt. Main and Center streets were completely torn to pieces and filled in with stones. Cellars were flooded, some to the first floor; chickens and fish came floating down Main street in large numbers. The railroad company suffered more from the effects of the washout than did the townspeople, but they have plenty of money and men to soon put things to rights, which they did, as they had the road ready for travel again in about 18 hours. If every man in town and those that have an interest in the town would volunteer and give one day's work how easily the streets could be put in order again, but to hire the work all done is a great expense to the borough. Several hundred people were fed at the two hotels here Sunday and Monday. The railroad men and sightseers were numerous. In Bridgewater Twp. the bridge near C.D. Hawley's was washed away and the fine garden of Mr. Cruse near West Bridgewater creamery was entirely washed out which is a very heavy loss that the family are in poor shape to stand. Among the nearby bridges reported gone are those at the foot of Brewster hill near Thomas Houghton's and the one near R.L. Bush's, southwest of Montrose. Damage reported in Montrose was mostly done to the streets, many of which were badly washed, and to the gardens. On Chenango street the small creek which runs under the road overflowed its banks and a part of the stream was turned directly into the residence of Miss Bessie Gray. From out of town, especially from along the creeks, comes news of awful devastation. Of the wooden bridges scarcely one remains; saw and grist mills were damaged, and in some instances carried and the dams destroyed; the damage to crops cannot be estimated.