August 23 (1901/2001)



Thomson - The Canawacta Water Supply company has purchased Comfort's pond, a considerable body of water in the township, of Oscar Smith, of Albany.


Elkdale - The boiler in Quick's mill exploded, wrecking the place. The fireman, Tracy Smith, was badly scalded and has been taken to the hospital.


New Milford - Guy P. Blessing has invented an auxiliary spacing device for typewriters. By means of this device the direction of the carriage of a typewriter can be reversed at anytime to the extent of one or more points, whereby the operator is enabled to correct a misspelled word or a letter erroneously struck. AND The Smith family reunion will be held in New Milford, Aug. 30. Think of seeing all the Smith's together.


Lawsville - During the shower the night of the flood lightning struck a tree in front of G.W. Meeker's house and entered the house, the effects of which is visible in several rooms. Mr. Meeker was badly shocked by it and his head was not quite clear for some little time. AND At George Lindsley's during the flood, the most damage was done to anyone on the list so far as heard from. His saw mill will have to be rebuilt, if ever it is used again, his hen house was moved off its foundation and carried down stream a short distance, and the house flooded so that the damage to furniture, bedding and carpets is large. Mr. Lindsley and family were away on a visit and knew nothing of it until their return several days later.


Springville - The marriage of Lottie Blakeslee, of Springville, and Mr. Halderman, of Parkvale, will take place next week. Mr. Halderman is a hardworking man, as his farm will testify to. A housekeeper is very necessary in his case. As the saying goes, "civilized man cannot live without cooks."


Oakley - The iron fence at the old cemetery has received a new coat of paint. This fence was built and is looked after by the ladies.


Montrose - The Montrose canning factory is running night and day and Sup't Gill and his assistants are doing a land-office business. AND The annual handicap golf tournament of the Lakeside Country Club came off on the links of the club this week. The frequent rains and the necessity for working the links while still wet, made low scores somewhat difficult. The lady's cup was won by Mrs. Hildebrand Fitzgerald, of Philadelphia, with a score of 79 for twelve holes. The gentleman cup was won by Mr. Isaac A. Pennypacker, president of the senior class of the University of Pennsylvania, with an actual score of 118 for 18 holes


Susquehanna - Quite a number of Susquehanna and vicinity veterans were at Union [N.Y.] Wednesday attending the annual reunion of the 89th New York regiment. AND The matter of a central fire station will be decided by popular vote at the state and county election in Nov. It is understood that the Common Council has an option on a very desirable lot on East Main St. The project is a good one and it will keep.


Harford - A grand cineograph entertainment will be given in the M.E. church under auspices of the Epworth League, Friday, Sept. 6. Moving pictures, including thrilling battle scenes of the Philippine, Boer and China wars, will be shown, together with pictorial illustrations of popular and religious songs. Adm. 25 and 15 cents.


Brooklyn - The graded and district schools began work on Monday. Sadie Rosengrant is teacher at Watrous school. Josie Gere at Five Corners and Ernest Gere at Lindaville. AND Your correspondent was informed recently that 22 barns had been burned by lightning this season in Susquehanna County.


Jackson Valley - Many started for the Stevensville band fair Thursday but were not able to get there on account of the bridges being washed out. The roads are in such condition that it will take some time to repair them.


St. Joseph - Choconut Creek, whose peaceful waters wind its course so gracefully through this place, was transformed into a steam of fury during the recent deluge. Small bridges in the vicinity were swept away, and the lowlands filled up with water, looked like toy lakes. The rain has been the hardest in years, and the roads are left in a deplorable condition. The small stream near the old convent ruins swelled to twice its natural size and carried in its swift current everything in its path.


Hopbottom - It would be a good idea for all our people to keep the weeds cut down by their sidewalks so that ladies will not ruin their dresses.


Forest City - From a careful perusal of recent issues of the Forest City News we are thoroughly convinced that Brother Gelder is the right man in the right place. In his efforts to better some of the conditions prevailing in his town, he should be upheld and sustained by all good citizens of that place.


Jackson - Almost four hundred people gathered at the old historic homestead, settled by Martin Hall as early as 1815, [and] made the Lamb and Hall reunion, held Aug. 14th, one of the most pleasant gatherings ever held.


Prospect Hill, Jessup Twp. - The party at Mr. Jenner's was a success. Mr. J. has a fine new house. AND Don't forget the date of the McKeeby reunion, Saturday, Sept. 7, on the flat below Robinson Bolles.


Lanesboro - Those who are taking in the sights at the Pan-American Exposition [in Buffalo] this week are: Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kitchen, Mrs. George Hendrickson, Miss Aggie Hall, Earl Hendrickson, Harry Munson, John Soop, Vallie Soop and David Taylor.


Bridgewater/Dimock - Mrs. Nancy Reynolds, of Southeast Bridgewater, died at the home of her son, Richard, in that place, on Monday, Aug. 19th, at the age of 79. About 25 hours after the death of Mrs. Reynolds, her brother, John Gavitt, who had been ill for several days, passed away at his home in Dimock, aged 69 yrs.


August 30 (1901/2001)



Jackson Valley - Prof. Fred Thomas has again found coal on the Owen Roberts' timber lot near Middletown Center. Since the recent flood they have picked up a number of pieces and they are going to dig for the valuable mineral which they think is there in paying quantities.


Lakeside - If the popularity of our lake increases as fast as it has this season, it will be only a short time before it will be among the noted summer resorts of North Eastern Pennsylvania. The Collum cottage is engaged every day for the whole season. The Barrett cottage has been occupied almost continuously and nearby farm houses have been called upon to accommodate visitors. We are glad to hear that there are a number intending to build cottages which is the principal need of the place. The genial proprietor, Dr. A.E. Snyder, has placed four new boats on the lake, which increases the number to sixteen. The people of Lakeside are always pleased to welcome all who come, and all who wish a pleasant summer outing at a convenient place and with good accommodations, can do no better than to come to Lakeside.


Susquehanna - Timothy McMahon, one of the pioneer residents of Susquehanna, died on Saturday morning. He is survived by four adult children. The funeral took place and was largely attended from St. John's Catholic Church on the 2d. Interment was made in the Laurel Hill cemetery.


Hallstead -The hotel at Hallstead, formerly known as the "Major House," will from now on bear the more euphonious appellation, "The Arlington." F.G. Gratton, the popular proprietor, has caused many improvements to be made about the house recently and is better than ever prepared to make it pleasant for his guests.


North Jackson - Company B, 17th Pa. Cavalry, held their 21st annual reunion Wednesday of this week with Company member T.J. Tallman. Jackson had many members in this celebrated company.


Bradley Corners/New Milford Twp. - Will Wall gave the patrons of the creamery an open air concert on the evening of Aug. 28. Ice cream and cake was served and a general good time was had. A phonograph gave the concert. AND - Mrs. Charlie Lewis was bitten by a water snake Tuesday while she was at the creek washing potatoes.


Brooklyn - A. Ely is building a house over the reservoir that furnishes water to several families. AND School opened Aug. 26th with an attendance of 109.


Montrose - Forty years ago today, E.S. Warner, Benj. Lyons, L.L. Lyons, John C. Foot and several others enlisted in the army, thus forming the nucleus of Cat. Dimock's Co. D. The company was organized about ten days afterwards. They left Harrisburg for the front Oct. 1st as Co. D, of the 50th Pa. Vols. [Brothers Benjamin, Luke and Clark Lyons died during the Civil War. Another brother, Capt. Jerome, designed the Civil War monument on the green.] AND Word has been received that Albert J. Rice, formerly of this place, but for some time in the United States marine service, has recently been promoted to the captaincy of a gatling gun. This position carries with it large pay, and Mr. Rice is considered very fortunate in securing the appointment.


Forest City - Forest City has been having its first practical experience with a boycott, but the trouble has been adjusted and business in the county's metropolis goes on serenely. The trouble was caused by some beer being sold at a picnic held by the labor unions of Forest City. Soon after the picnic, Revenue Collector Evans, of Carbondale, took steps to collect the internal revenue tax for selling beer on the grounds. The officers of the union were told by someone that the revenue agent had been "put on" to the affair by Julius Freedman and Samuel Lyons, two prominent business men of the place. The union men were furious and at once declared a strict boycott against the two alleged informers. So successfully enforced was this boycott, Mr. Freedman states, that in one week he lost $600 in his hotel, and that his mercantile business also suffered greatly. Mr. Freedman at once appealed to Collector Evans, who promptly exonerated both Freedman and Lyons in the matter. The matter was reconsidered at a special meeting, called for the purpose, of all the unions, and the boycott was removed by a unanimous vote.


Glenwood - The S.S. convention to be held at Mrs. Grow's Chapel, Aug. 31, has been postponed to Sept. 7th. There will be several schools in attendance, and a good time is looked for. All are cordially invited. Arrangements have been made to accommodate teams coming from a distance.


Rush - The most interesting Ball game that has been played here this season was between Auburn and Rush last Tuesday, resulting in a score of 6 to 2 in favor of Auburn. Immediately after that game another was played between Fairdale and Friendsville. Fairdale won by a score of 12 to 6. Of course Fairdale had some outside help, but the games were all played very quietly. The band played and a very nice time seemed to be enjoyed by all. At the dance in the evening there were 86 numbers sold.


Welsh Hill - After an absence of 16 years, Robert Richards, wife and two sons, arrived at the home of his mother from Australia. He looks well and reports a delightful trip, covering a period of 35 days. AND The cemetery adjoining the church is about full and workmen are at present removing the wall and enlarging the cemetery plot. The lots will be laid out systematically and a number of them have already been sold.


Thomson - A beautiful boat was launched on Wrighter lake by W.E. Wrighter, of Susquehanna, and G.D. Wrighter.


Choconut - Entered into rest, March 13, Abigail, daughter of the late Lewis Chamberlin. She had been an invalid for several years, but death came suddenly and unexpectedly. Sept. 20, 2000, a brother, Dr. O.R. Chamberlin, of Dayton, O., crossed to the other side. In six months, two of the family have gone to join father, mother, brothers and sisters in that land where death never enters and partings never come. Of a family of ten children but three now remain, two sisters and one brother.


September 05 (1901/2001)



Buffalo, NY - President McKinley was twice shot on the exposition grounds in Buffalo on Friday by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. His condition is not as critical as first thought.


Susquehanna - The "A Country Merchant" company appeared in Hogan Opera House on Monday evening. A fair-sized audience witnessed a poor performance. AND Picking cranberries will begin on Sabin's Cascade marsh on Monday morning next. About 100 pickers will be employed. A crop of seven or eight hundred bushels is expected.


Deep Hollow, near Susquehanna - Jim Crandall, of Deep Hollow, a noted snake hunter and charmer, has 17 blacksnakes that are more or less useful. Crandall has spent months in training these serpents, and they will perform numerous tricks. At his command they will, on wash days, join themselves together and serve as a clothes line. On sunny days they will weave themselves into a hammock and Crandall will lie under the front porch and read dime novels. Jim will take his pets to the Pan-American before it closes.


Lynn - The attempted assassination of President McKinley at Buffalo, last week, created quite a sensation here.


Gibson - Instead of the regular temperance meeting Sunday evening, a silent prayer meeting for President McKinley was suggested by the speaker, Rev. Crane, and adopted.


Howard Hill - H.W. Howard, an aged resident of this place, has furnished your Correspondent with some interesting items showing plainly that Liberty township is the place to live if you want to enjoy long life. Following are the names of (some) people over 70 years old in Liberty twp: Joseph Chalker, 99, Wm. Ives, 87, Mrs. Rachael LaSure, 84, Luman Allen 81, Mrs. Luman Allen 81, Charles Adams 81, Mrs. Julia Minkler 80. Thirty-four others are age 71 to 78.


Hallstead - Mrs. June fell from the back porch of the second story to the ground on Tuesday and is lying at her home on Chase Ave. in a critical condition. The doctor says she will never wholly recover if she should live. They have the sympathy of the city in their affliction. The family recently moved here from Brandt. AND Car loads of the most beautiful chairs are turned out daily at the American Chair Factory.


Silvara - The junior base ball team of West Auburn played a game of ball with the juniors here on Saturday last. The score was 39 to 11 in favor of the Silvara boys.


Lawsville - The brains of our pupils must still continue in a dormant state, as we seem unable to secure a teacher.


Auburn Corners - E.R. Lott and Eru West, after a week's sightseeing at Buffalo, have returned. The latter says Buffalo is nowhere to him with Auburn Corners. Well, I guess it isn't just now. AND Mr. Hardic, our butter maker, and John Adams are erecting a feed and shingle mill, combined, just opposite the blacksmith shop.


Harford - One of the attractions at the Harford Fair will be a game of foot ball between the Binghamton and Scranton high school teams.


Sankey (Auburn Twp) - One day last week, while driving past a threshing machine at C.E. Davis', Gershom Bunnell's horse became frightened and ran, throwing Mr. Bunnell and his aged father out and smashing the wagon quite badly. Fortunately no one was hurt.


Springville - Springville graded school commenced on Monday last with over 80 pupils in three rooms-a good attendance for the first month. AND Every Tuesday morning we can have fresh meat at our doors-the rest of the week we can go to the market and get it ourselves or go without. Could not our worthy friend make it convenient to come on different days?


Glenwood - A "jolly" crowd of young men from Scranton camped at "Lake Glenmere" Sunday and Monday. They were very welcome and made things pleasant, making the woods ring with their music and sweet singing. Come again boys.


Gibson - Several wagon-loads of Gelatts went from the village of Gelatt to the Gelatt family reunion at Thomson.


Forest Lake - The mill dam of Thomas Booth is being repaired as fast as possible and we hope soon to hear again the buzz of the machinery in the mill.


North Bridgewater - The Tyler premises were so badly washed at the time of the big storms and so much stone and gravel washed down into his door yard, that Mr. Tyler considers it cheaper to move his house to another location than to clear up the old place and he is moving it, assisted by John Ralston. One rock, said to weigh 15 tons, was carried down stream by the on-rushing waters, a distance of four rods.


Uniondale - A little party given to a few friends in honor of Mr. G.M. Darrow had a serious sequel. Among other delicacies canned beef was served and all who partook were made very sick. Two doctors were kept busy, Dr. Craft at Albert Smith's, where there were three ill and Dr. Grander, at Mrs. Darrow's, where there were four, but all are thankful to have recovered.


Thomson - The portable shingle mill owned and operated by Andrew Plew, about two miles from Starrucca, was blown to pieces on Thursday afternoon of last week by the explosion of the boiler. Mr. Plew was instantly killed, his body being blown forty feet. His son, George Plew, had one leg broken twice below the knee. Another son was slightly injured. Albert Osborn sustained a broken arm and his face was badly bruised. The building was completely wrecked. Mr. Plew is survived by the widow and five children. He was an industrious man and well thought of.


Lake-a-Meadow (Apolacon Twp.) - School opened under the management of Mame Butler. AND The Wilson reunion was held at the lake on Wednesday.


September 13 (1901/2001)



When the Montrose Democrat of last week was printed there was, according to the reports from Buffalo, every reason to believe the injured President would recover and a loyal nation rejoiced thereat. The next day a change for the worse occurred. The news of the President's condition, as it grew worse from hour to hour, was eagerly and painfully watched for, until death finally came, and the nation bowed its head in grief, no party lines keeping men apart at this time. The President's calmness and fortitude was everywhere commented upon and his spirit of heroism, and at the same time, gentle forgiveness, made a marked impression on the public mind and caused the world to know that, in more senses than one, a great man has gone. Wounded unto death, President McKinley had no bitter words for his slayer. He only asked that the murderer might not be severely dealt with, and then turned aside from the glowing scene of the fair to a brave struggle which ended at Buffalo Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 1901, at 2:15 o'clock in an untimely death. His resignation, his patience and his sublime faith brought out into clear relief his admirable qualities as a man. The oath of office was administered to Theodore Roosevelt upon his arrival in Buffalo.


Montrose - Immediately upon receipt of the news of the President's death the bell in the Court House tower and the various church bells began to toll, the mournful tones carrying to every home in Montrose and far into the countryside, the direful news. Flags on the Court House, the First National Bank and Colley & Son's store, were half-masted, and the work of draping public buildings, business places and private houses was at once commenced.


Hopbottom - The news of the death of President McKinley was received with profound sorrow by the people here. In appropriate tribute to the nation's honored dead flags were hung at half-mast. The Foster House was heavily draped; all the posts of the verandas were entwined with white and black. The same drapings prevail on the post-office building and a portrait of President McKinley is enclosed in black in the window.


Susquehanna - The Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday had a picture of the old McKune farm-house in Oakland township, in which the Mormon Bible was translated, and Mormonism had its beginning. Under its sheltering roof, Joseph Smith, the father of Mormonism, assisted by Oliver Cowder [Cowdry], and one [Martin] Harris, translated the Book of Mormonism or Mormon Bible in the year 1827. A few rods distant from the farmhouse can be seen traces of the foundation of a Mormon temple.


St. Joseph - Next Sunday afternoon, the handsome little Church of St. Joseph, of this place, will receive a visitation from Bishop Hoban, D.D. of Scranton. The pastor, Rev. Fr. John J. Lally, and his assistant, Fr. Stephen O'Boyle, have prepared a large class for confirmation.


New Milford - A.W. Chapman, Byron Dutcher and D.D. Plummer left on Thursday for Indian Territory, where they will work for A.A. Lasch during the apple season. AND Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Moffatt, so the writer understands, shook hands with President McKinley a short time before he was shot.


Harford - The Harford Soldiers' Orphan School is no more, the children having been removed recently to the orphan schools in other parts of the state. The principal cause given for abandoning the school was on account of [the] high rent the state had to pay for it. It is stated the rent was $3,000 a year. The property is owned by J.M. Clark of Mansfield, who bought it of H.S. Sweet. The latter gentleman received a certain amount for each child for caring for it, and earned a good deal [of] money while conducting it. He was assisted for a time by Myron Kasson. The removal of this school will make some differences in life in Harford. What Mr. Clark will do with the property is unknown.


Bridgewater Twp. - On Wednesday of last week Sylvester Hart purchased a bull from T.J. Davies, Esq., at the D.O. Wells farm, and Mr. Davies was to deliver it to town. The man on the Wells place started with the bull, but the animal became vicious and refused to go to Montrose and he was given up. Mr. Davies sent several others from town to bring him, among them Will Rhinevault, Billy Smith, Charles Wood, David Wood and others, but were scared out by the animal; it was left anchored to a tree near Stark's farm. Next day, W.E. Felter was in town and Mr. Davies asked him if he would deliver the bull to the stockyard and Mr. Felter said he would; so he got A.E. Robinson and started for the bull. When they reached the place where the bull was the stonewall was black with the fellows that tried to deliver the bull and crowds followed Felter and Robinson (to see the fun and trouble) to the stockyard where he [the bull] was finally left for shipment.


Jackson Valley - Married by Rev. David Davis of Rome, Maud Philips and Neath to James Jones of Middletown Center, Sept. 14th, at the home of the bride's parents. AND School commenced here Sept. 2nd with Winnie Hickey as teacher.


Rush - The memorial windows in the church are all taken. The large G.A.R. front window is now assured.


Elkdale - Miss Grace Churchill was chosen as teacher for the Tirzah school for this term. The Burns school has opened with Miss Irene Morgan as teacher.


Royal - John Bennett is tearing down the shop in front of his hotel and will put it back in its original place. It will make a great improvement to the looks of his place.


Jackson - An automobile, containing a lady and gentleman, recently passed through town.


Great Bend - A stock company is building a butter and cheese creamery in Great Bend near the Erie railroad crossing. The building will be 180' long and 40' wide. The milk from 1000 cows has been contracted for.


Brooklyn - Bertha Sage left on Tuesday for Montrose, Colorado, where she expects to teach school this winter. AND Geo. Terry has taken possession of his store and we wish him success.


September 20 (1901/2001)



Herrick Centre - The 9th semi-annual meeting of the Susquehanna County Teachers' Association was held here Sept. 20th and 21st. errick CHHerrick Among the presentations were: Martha D. Peck spoke on Physical Culture and urged its adoption in the school. Miss Anna Doran followed with a paper on How It Should Be Done. She recommended gymnasiums and plenty of walking in the open air. J.V. Delaney spoke of the Duties of Parents and said they should train the children at home and visit the school. B.W. Pease spoke on The Future of the Rural School. He said the tendency was to centralize and systematize the work and that the future would see more township high schools.


Fairdale - One day last week Bert Very's spirited horse was out in the pasture, near the house, and walked upon the back porch. The timbers being rotten, it broke through and fell about 8 ft. into the cellar. Mrs. V. ran down to Fairdale, about a quarter of a mile distance, and soon there was plenty of help on the ground, but how to get the horse out of the cellar was the question. Mr. Very, having been sent for, arrived in the meantime. It was proposed to back the animal up the stone steps, but that would not work, so after some difficulty it was turned around and making three or four springs came out on solid ground, to the joy of all.


Harford - The selling of the personal property at Harford Orphan School is going on daily, to be followed by a public sale in the near future. AND aside from the strictly agricultural and social features at the Harford Fair, the great attraction was the game of football between the elevens of the Scranton High School and the School of the Lackawanna. The players were fortunate in not being seriously injured until just before the close of the game. Peter Grimes, of the School of the Lackawanna, in tackling the ball was thrown across the line and struck headfirst against a tree. It was seen at once that Grimes was seriously injured and the game was suspended. It was some minutes before Grimes was restored to consciousness, and he seemed to be suffering greatly. The physician thought Grimes would come out all right.


Little Meadows - Among the most enterprising businessmen in Susquehanna County are Frank Palmer and his son, George, manufacturers of flour, feed, lumber & c., with mills at Little Meadows, Birchardville and Apalachin.


Lenoxville - Again one of Gibson's thrifty young men crosses the township borders and takes from Lenox one of her fair daughters. They hied themselves away to see the Pan American as a spice of romance and there at the parsonage of F.S. Rowland, pastor of the Asbury Methodist Episcopal church, on Tuesday, Sept. 3d, at 8 p.m., were by him united in holy bonds of wedlock. The contracting parties were Miss Bird M. Harding, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Harding, of Lenox, and William H. Davall, of South Gibson.


Heart Lake - They have finished loading ice from the big ice house. From 8 to 10 men have been engaged there since May.


Lynn - Mr. Smales, our cartman and mail carrier from this place to the station, is the right man for the occupation and accommodating in this line. People can ride in his stage in perfect safety, as it is a slow train.


Susquehanna - On Wednesday last Dr. S. Birdsall, of Susquehanna, read a paper on "Some Practical Points in the Treatment of Typhoid Fever," before the Pennsylvania Sate Medical Society at Philadelphia. AND The Susquehanna [base] ball club is the only undefeated ball club in the State of Pennsylvania.


Hallstead - William A. Gruslin, of Hallstead, who has numerous friends in this place, is playing a slide trombone in the "Si Stebbins' Company" band.


Montrose - Among the friends from out of town who attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Brewster Booth, age 37, youngest daughter of A.J. Brewster, in this place last week were Mr. W.B. Parker, of Boston, assistant editor of the Atlantic Monthly, and Miss Elizabeth Hitchcock, of the Nurses' Settlement, 265 Henry St., New York, who had been an intimate friend of Mrs. Booth since she first went to New York. [From Healing At Home: Visiting Nurse Service of New York 1893-1993: "By 1890, the lower east side of Manhattan had the densest population in the world with 1,000 residents per acre. Much of this population had arrived recently in the United States via Ellis Island. Immigrants came to the lower east side because it was there that they found others from their homelands who spoke the same language and ate the same foods. They also found numerous sweat shops that offered jobs to new arrivals, though wages were pitiful. The low wages that plagued the lives of these immigrants made sickness when it happened all the more devastating. Ninety percent of the sick were sick at home. In 1893, Lillian Wald and Mary Brewster stepped into the lower east side for the first time. Confronted by the poor health and wretched living conditions in the area, the young nurses determined to bring nursing services directly into the homes of those who most needed them...their vision became reality with the founding of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York].


Rush - From the number of young people in this place who are attending graded schools and academies away from home, it would appear that Rush would be an excellent place for the location of an academy. It is the center of a large contributory neighborhood and the young people are of that enterprising sort which demands something beyond the facilities for education offered by the ordinary country school. It would pay the citizens' of Rush to agitate the matter of an academy or at least of a high school. The following names occur to us of those attending school away from here: Miss Anna Nurss at Camptown; Welton Kinney, Glen Haight and Miss Linnie Granger at Montrose, Miss Mabel McCain and her brother, Earl, at Factoryville.


Jackson Valley - There was a large barn-raising at T.H. Conboy's on Saturday afternoon.


Lynn - The Willing Workers of the Presbyterian church spent Thursday afternoon with Grandmother Avery. Mrs. Avery is in her 92d year and still enjoys good health.


Oakley - Mr. Rought had all his chickens stolen by some miscreant who added insult to the injury by painting "24" on the front door with black carriage paint.


September 27 (1901/2001)



Flynn - Our (baseball) boys went to Little Meadows Saturday, just to get beat; the score, we understand, was 4 to 16 in favor of the Meadows. AND At Little Meadows a stereopticon entertainment was given the same night under the auspices of the Epworth League.


Rush - The news of the death of Dr. C.H. Warner, which occurred at his home in Rush on Sunday evening, occasioned sincere sorrow to many hearts. The Doctor was a large-hearted and kindly man, who held a warm place in the affections of a great number of households in the western part of this county and Eastern Bradford. A good man has gone to his reward. Peace be to his ashes. AND The first Roberts reunion was held Sept. 14 at Kinney's Pond. The weather was fine and all present were in good visiting order. Each made good use of their time until dinner was announced. After their appetites were appeased they spent their time visiting, swinging, boat riding and gathering water lilies.


Uniondale - The newly organized band of Uniondale rendered sweet band music for the newly married couple, Mr. and Mrs. L.G.. Brady. They did well considering not having much practice, just being organized that night. The cigars were passed around by the groom and the compliment that Mr. Brady gave the boys for thanking him for the cigars and wishing him much joy and then dispersing very quietly, was a good puff for the new band. But we would say for the benefit of the boys that they came too soon to give the host and hostess a chance to wait on them to ice cream and cake.


Lenox - A meeting of stockholders was held at the Tower cemetery, Sept. 16. A fence was ordered of a Scranton dealer, who was present, for the roadside of the new cemetery. It looks now as though the project would be something more than talk in the near future. AND C.G. Stephens leaves his farm Nov. 1st and will take possession of the store now owned by Severance & Son.


Hallstead/Great Bend - The foot ball game Saturday between Great Bend and Hallstead resulted in a victory for Great Bend by a score of 4 to 1. AND While crossing the river bridge Sunday morning on her way to church, Miss Eliza Hanrahan's watch dropped through a crack in the bridge into the river. She called a boy that was near and he rowed out to the place and got the watch for her. It had not stopped and did not seem to be hurt in the least.


Susquehanna - Misses Della Hurley and Jennie Moran, two of Susquehanna's most estimable ladies, on Wednesday entered the Carbondale Convent, as postulants. AND The first of the series of social hops to be held by the young people of Christ Episcopal Church, was held at the Starrucca House on Wednesday evening.


Forest Lake - The Ladies Aid Society of the M.E. church met with Mrs. John Coy on Thursday of last week. There was a good turnout and 27 pounds of rags were sewed. Rev. W.R. Cochraine and wife and W.C. Tilden and wife were present. Proceeds $2.90.


Tingley - Bert and Frank Rosencrants, one night, while their parents were attending the New Milford meeting, found a revolver and proceeding to the barn proceeded to re-enact the McKinley and Czolgosz tragedy, handkerchief and all, in the process of their play. Bert, who was McKinley, received a bullet through his cheek and neck, the missile coming within an ace of the jugular vein. A gentleman boarding there discovered the wounded boy. Surgical aid was summoned and the boy will recover. Next morning in school the teacher asked Frank as to the whereabouts of his brother. He naively exclaimed: "Bert's shot: I shot him." They are about six and eight years of age.


Gibson - Several enterprising ladies of Gibson have taken up the agency for the celebrated bunco remedies which is said to restore perpetual youth by giving beauty to the old and flowing locks to the bald. These ladies believe that they have a good thing and that there is money in it. They are not altogether convinced that they have been buncoed, although they have paid dear for their experience. They are applying the remedies daily to their complexion and hair and are waiting and watching the results of these applications before launching them on the public. No doubt, if the beauty and growth of hair which they are seeking, materializes, their fortunes will have been made and the people in their mad rush will stumble over one another in their endeavor to obtain this wonderful discovery.


South Auburn - Edward Cooley, who has spent the last 45 years in Duluth, Kansas, has returned east and in company with Mrs. David Jayne, visited in this place last week.


Springville - School here seems to be having a pretty good attendance, which will probably increase after the fall work is done. AND L.B. Luce and family start this week for California. E.M. Blakslee will go at the same time. Abram Luce will accompany the party as far as Illinois where he will visit relatives for three or four weeks.


Montrose - The 8th annual reunion of Co. D, 50th Reg't, Pennsylvania Volunteers, was held Sept. 27th in the rooms of the Four Brother Post, G.A.R. Among those attending were: Thos. W. Alderson, Glenwood; H.A. Shaw, G.W. Mitchell and Mark Smith, Binghamton; E.J. Messenger, Thomson; W.H. Fordham, Carbondale; H.C. Burgess, A.C. Ayers, E.S. Warner, C.W. Lung, Lyons, Mich.; D.W. Brundage, Scranton; W.C. Rockwell and H. Lindsley, Lathrop; W.H. Lester, Vestal Center; Samuel Tarbox, Brook-side; W.H. Weaver, Oneonta, N.Y.; W.H. Dennis, J.I. Chapman and Chandler Stephens, Montrose; Charles Fessenden, Birchardville; W.D. Bolles, Silver Lake; Joseph Howard, Lawsville. The first 14 are the original members of the company who went out in 1861.


Harford - It is said that one of the young men injured in the foot-ball game, at the Harford fair, has since died.


Binghamton Fair - On Friday, the people who visit the fair will have an excellent opportunity of striking up an acquaintance with Mrs. Carrie Nation, that remarkable Kansas woman of whom so much has been reported and printed during the last few months. Despite her eccentricities and peculiar freaks she is considered, in Kansas, as a very worthy sort of woman entitled to the highest respect and consideration. She employed means which would not be resorted to by the ordinary woman, but then--Mrs. Nation is no ordinary woman.


October 03 (1901/2001)



Jackson - Join Jackson's Public Library Association and thus aid, by your influence and money, one of the best means for pure recreation coupled with information that our township has ever known, and one that but recently was considered impossible and impracticable except in the large towns and cities. That this enterprise will succeed no one now doubts.


Franklin Forks - The Epworth League services were led by Wm. Stockholm of Oregon, who is home on a visit. It was a profitable and good service. Mr. Stockholm was born and brought up in this town, but went west ten years ago and this is his first visit home. He saw service in the Philippine war. AND Congressman C.F. Wright was a welcome visitor in town on Wednesday. Mr. Wright was en route to Franklin to look over the prospective oil field in that township, in which he. Col. C.C. Pratt, of New Milford, and a number of other gentlemen are interested. Congressman Wright was accompanied by Col. Pratt and an oil expert, Mr. Cleveland. The outlook for oil is said to be encouraging.


Lanesboro - Sheriff Bray, of one of the counties of a western state, was recently killed while attempting to stop a runaway team. While the great Starrucca viaduct was in process of construction (1848-49) Bray, then a workman, fell from the parapet of the structure to the ground below, a distance of nearly 100 ft. He was picked up for dead, but when the physician examined him he was amazed to find that no bones were broken. Bray recovered and in four days returned to work. A prominent resident of Susquehanna, now residing here, saw Bray when he fell.


Susquehanna - The Board of Trade on Tuesday evening considered the following matters-"The new central fire station, the sewerage question, lack of houses, and the preservation of surrounding forests."


Fairdale - The Fairdale farmers feel like singing solos, as their silos are all filled. AND The bridges swept away by the flood have all been replaced except the one below the Snow mill. The foundation of this is complete and the ironwork will be ready in a few days.


Lynn - Abram Luce, an aged and respected resident, passed away last Thursday night. Mr. Luce was in apparently good health up to a few days ago when he was stricken with pneumonia in its worst form. A trained nurse presided at his bedside and loving hands administered to his wants, still the end came not unlocked for as his recovery was doubted from the first. Mr. Luce had just passed his 81st birthday and was one of the oldest residents in this community. He is survived by three sons and three daughters.


Welsh Hill - Hon. J.G. Jenkins, a brother of Z.D. Jenkins, has for years been a leading statesman and man of affairs in Australia and he has finally gained the high distinction of being chosen Premier of South Australia. We have been handed copies of the Register, published at Adelaide, containing an account of his inauguration and his able address,.announcing the policy of the new government. Premier Jenkins also announced the names of his cabinet. The editorial comment of the paper shows in what high esteem the new Premier is held by the people and his administration is expected to be one marked by progress and prosperity.


Hallstead - The Mitchell House, for many years owned by N.T. Mitchell, has been sold to James Clune of Carbondale, for $12,000. Mr. Clune married Miss Mary Scanlon, the daughter of Charles Scanlon of this place.


Hopbottom - Mrs. Sarah Rhoades received a fine combination ironing table and clothes rack as a premium for the best-ironed collar and cuffs at the Montrose fair.


Lenox - Many of the people in this vicinity are taking advantage of the bargain sales at the Orphan school building in Harford.


East Dimock - F.E. Bunnell is moving a couple of barns for a Mr. Arnold, near Springville.


Rush - Dr. Charles H. Warner, one of the best-known physicians in this part of the State, died Sunday evening, Sept. 29. Dr. Warner was born in Pike Township, Bradford Co. He graduated from the Medical Department of Ann Arbor, now University of Michigan. Dr. Warner entered the service as a volunteer in the 141st Penn'a and served his term of enlistment during the great Civil War. He was a man who always depended more on deeds than on words, much of his kindness and charity is known only to the recipients and the God of Kindness.


Springville - Eben Turrell has secured an agency for the lives of our martyred presidents, Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley and from what we can learn is meeting with good success. It is a book worthy of a place in every home and the price is within the reach of everyone. Those wishing this work should avail themselves of this opportunity and they will never regret it.


That Tombstone: It Caused Some Trouble To A Susquehanna County Farmer- A vicinity farmer some time since had the misfortune to lose a good wife. For a while he was inconsolable, and he spent much of his time weeping over her grave. He visited a marble dealer and gave an order for a fine monument. At the end of the inscription he caused this sentence to be chiseled: "My light has gone out." Months later the sad eyed widower visited Connecticut, where he met a widow fair, fat and forty-nine. It was a case of mash and marry at once. After the ceremony the bridegroom thought of the monument and there came an idea that perhaps the sentence about the light going out might not be just the proper thing under present conditions. He therefore wired the marble man not to cut the sentence on the stone. But the message came too late. The marble man had done his work. But he had a few original ideas, as the sequence will show. A few days after the newly wedded couple arrived on the farm, the bridegroom suddenly took it into his head that he ought to do something towards making his wife extra happy. And so he took her to the grave of his first wife. The monument was a handsome one. The inscription closed with this: "My light has gone out." "P.S. I have got another match." The bridegroom said not a word, but the next day he ordered the stone taken from the cemetery to the marble shop. Today, at the suggestion of the bride, the monument bears this legend; "Death is a grim reaper, but time heals all sorrows."


October 11 (1901/2001)



Hallstead - Dr. C.W. Caterson of Franklin Forks, was stopping at the home of Willis Ingraham last Friday extracting teeth for a number of people. He expects to be there one day in every week until further notice. Any one wishing painless extracting done will do well to give him a call at the home of Willis Ingraham on upper Pine street, Hallstead.


Brooklyn - Mr. G.B. Rogers celebrated his 80th birthday at the home of William Morgan on Lincoln St., Dickson City, where he was visiting. The evening was pleasantly spent with stories of Mr. Rogers' younger days and music. All departed after singing "God Be With Us Till We Meet Again." There were four generations represented at the gathering. Although Mr. Rogers has lived 80 summers, he is a hale old man yet and still works his farm himself.


Susquehanna - The Erie was opened through to Elmira 52 years ago on Thursday last. The railroad will be petitioned to have the westbound train, leaving here at 7 A.M., kept on the road. It is a very convenient train for people leaving Susquehanna and Great Bend for Binghamton and points on the Susquehanna division. AND Miss Isabelle Kittell, who recently entered the New York Conservatory of Music, to study voice culture and instrumental music, is the composer of a gem two-step called "The Susquehanna Two-step," which has received favorable comment.


St. Joseph -The Rt. Rev. M.J. Hoban paid his visit here Sunday, Sept. 22d. He administered the sacrament of Confirmation to a class of 153, two adults being among the number. The Bishop was assisted by Frs. J.J. Lally, pastor of the Church, his assistant, Fr. S. O'Boyle and Fr. Driscoll of Friendsville. The little church could not hold one-half of those who came to greet Bishop Hoban on the auspicious occasion. The Bishop presented each child confirmed with a small medal as a memento of his second visit to the parish. The children were neatly dressed, the girls all wearing white, and some with wreaths or crowns. The day was beautiful and will be long remembered by all. Great credit is due the popular pastor, Fr. Lally, who with untiring zeal for many weeks prior to the event, instructed the children most carefully.


Springville - A certain boy took the liberty to stone M.L. Allyn's house Monday night, breaking a large glass. That boy had better settle and save trouble, for he is well known.


Harford - Eloise McConnell, daughter of Mr.& Mrs. Hugh McConnell, was married on Thursday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Paul Sherwood in Wilkes-Barre, to Mr. Kniffen of that city. Mr. McConnell and family attended the wedding.


East Rush - The rain Sunday morning kept many away from services. The Pastor H.B. Burns wishes the people to remember that rain will not prevent his coming. If the pastor can drive 3 miles in the rain, surely the people ought not to stay away. AND In Lawton the farmers of this locality are becoming quite enthusiastic over the Grange organization. Their membership at present is nearly 100. It is time that this class of men should awake from their lethargy and organize against the monopolies. This is the last and only resort for the farmers who are threatened with chattel .


Elk Lake - Estus & Green are doing good work with their steam thresher. Any one wanting work done will do well to call on them.


Lakeside - Mrs. Candace Watson was very pleasantly surprised Saturday morning to meet at her door bout 35 of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who had come to visit her in honor of her 80th birthday.


Franklin Forks - Lyman E. Beebe, formerly from Franklin Forks, has gone to Honolulu, where he will act as agent of the Globe Navigation Co., and have charge of its interest in the Hawaiian Islands.


Montrose - The Montrose Foot Ball Team will journey to Tunkhannock Saturday, Oct. 26, to play the strong team of that place. The following are the members of the Montrose team: Coyle, Searle, Ayres, Baxter, Felker, Tingley, Allen, Camp, Smith, Carey, Billings, Downer and Gardiner. AND Among the popular books recently added to the Montrose Library are: "Up From Slavery," by Booker T. Washington; "Five Years of My Life," Dreyfus; "The Crisis," Churchill; "Helmet of Navarre," Runkle; "Days Like These," by Townsend. Only $1.50 a year or 25 cents a month. Open Wednesdays & Saturdays, Searle Building, 2nd story.


Hopbottom - Our streets are well supplied with good stone sidewalks. There have been about 20 laid in the last three years and more than half that many re-laid, so our walks are in very good condition. But Main streets beats anything in the county for cross-walks; in a distance of about 500 feet there are five stone cross walks and the last one laid was unnecessary. If our city fathers have so much money to spend for side and cross walks, they had better burn some of it for the taxpayers' benefit, in lighting our streets, which have been in darkness for a year.


Glenwood - Chicken thieves have begun their fall work. It might be well for them to be a little careful where they get them hereafter.


Dimock - Ed Nobles had a husking bee last Friday night. There were about16 there and they did him a fine job. AND A number from this place attended a stone bee at W.C. Smith's last Saturday.


Choconut and Vicinity - Our people are patiently awaiting the arrival of the Advance Agent of Prosperity, who usually makes his appearance here about election time.


Uniondale - John Tinker has gone to Philadelphia to take a course in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


Heart Lake - Friend L. Richardson has been putting in a dam for Chas. Tiffany, at Brooklyn, for power for the mills conducted by C.A. Corson. Mr. Richardson is an efficient man, stonemason and in years gone by has handled some large county contracts.


October 18 (1901/2001)



South Gibson - Miss Ida Belcher, formerly of this place, and James Monroe. of Carbondale, were married at the home of her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Amos Belcher, of Union Hill, who on the same day, Saturday, Oct. 18, 1901, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage and acted as bridesmaid and groomsman for the young couple. Mrs. Monroe was assistant teacher in our graded school for several years and has a host of friends who wish her true happiness in her matrimonial life.


Gibson - The millinery trade is flourishing this week. Mrs. W.H. Willenberger, of Forest City, is at the Gibson House and Mrs. Hall, of New Milford, is at the residence of G.R. Stiles. AND Entertainment and box social at the Gibson Methodist Church, Oct. 29. Proceeds to be used in purchasing a flag for pubic use. Ladies will please bring box containing lunch for two.


Brooklyn - The Giles family held their first reunion with Mr. and Mrs. Isaac VanAuken-74 members of the family from far and near gathered to do honor to the Giles name. These were the descendants of Thomas Giles, who settled in Dimock on the farm now occupied by David Kinney, in 1799. The oldest member of the family present was Mrs. Betsey E. Maryott, of Cortland, NY. She is the daughter of said Thos. Giles, and is a woman of remarkable activity for her age-86 years. Her sister, Fannie, was lost when four years of age, while chestnutting in the woods near their home, and no trace of her was ever found though a diligent search was made, people coming from 30 miles to participate in it. It was the general opinion that she was carried off by Indians. The remarks of Aunt Betsey were worthy of special notice and the advice given to the younger members of the family ought to be lovingly cherished and followed. At the noon hour the contents of heavily laden baskets began to come forth, and a feast long to be remembered was spread and enjoyed to the full.


Montrose - J.C. Harrington has his new buckwheat mill now in operation and is ready to do custom work. The mill makes the very highest grade of flour. AND We do not believe the oldest inhabitant can remember a year when chestnuts were as plentiful as they are this season. Up to the first of this week, A.W. Lyons had bought and shipped something over three tons, JH.L. Quailey, two tons, and H.H. Fordham, one ton. In addition to these, several tons have been shipped by outside dealers, so that twelve tons would be a very conservative estimate of the entire amount shipped from this place. AND Charles O. Fordham died in Little Valley, NY, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F.D. Rowley. A former resident of Montrose and dealer in shoes, he was born at Southampton, L. I., May 26, 1836. His father, Charles Fordham, was a seafaring man and for several years was captain of a whaling vessel.


Forest City - On Friday evening last, a novel sight was witnessed on South Main street. A philanthropic clergyman, who had enlisted a number of young people, had issued printed invitations to all breaker and mine boys under 18 to spend the evening at a vacant store building. The boys went-some 200 of them-and for three hours there was life and happiness, such as one seldom sees, around that particular part of town. Ice cream, cake and sandwiches were served to all the lads and then a number of indoor games were played with prizes for the most skillful. There was no religion in the affair, although a clergyman was the backbone of it and the boys had a happy evening with every minute chockfull of mirth and laughter.


Silver Lake - St. Augustine's church has been most beautifully frescoed and new paintings have also been added, which is a great credit to the pastor, Fr. J.J. Lally, and his parishioners. The subject of the painting back of the altar is "The Crucifixion," and the one in the center of the ceiling is "The Ascension."


Dimock - W.H. Barnes can be heard daily as in times of the past, pounding iron at his shop, shoeing horses, ironing wagons, sleighs, repairing machines, reapers and all kinds of farming tools, cheap for cash, near Dimock.


Susquehanna - The following most excellent quartette has been added to the regular choir of the Presbyterian church-Mrs. E. Riley, soprano,; Grace Burrhus, contralto; Harry Wheeler, tenor; Harry Murdock, baritone; Organist Warren is assisted by William Skinner, cornet; William Evans, violin; Harry Pride, flute. AND The Cooperstown, Republican says: "It is so fetching for a lady to make a rear grab at her skirts, and switch them to the front, for then it shows the fine form divine." Yes, it also opens, sometimes, the pocket hole behind, and shows a space of white flesh as big as a man's hand, as was observed one day on Carroll street, not to mention the oft one-sided "legacies" seen. [Tri-Weekly Journal, Susquehanna]


Welsh Hill - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richards, of Australia, who are visiting Mr. Richards' old home here, left last week for Scranton and Pittston, where they will visit relatives.


Hopbottom - Mr. Russell, formerly the [railroad] night operator here, was moved by the company to Nicholson, and a Mr. Travis of New York State was stationed here, but only for a few days, as he was caught napping and got the G.B.


New Milford - A game of football between the high school and tannery teams resulted in a victory for the high school by a score of 10 to 6. A basket ball team is being organized.


Lawsville - A very pleasant and enjoyable meeting of relatives and friends assembled at the home of Mrs. H. Ives and son, Henry, on Sept. 26. A large number were in attendance, nearly all the descendants of Mr. Caswell and Reuben Ives, who settled at Lawsville 90 years ago. Wm., the elder son of Caswell Ives, still resides at the homestead, a man well advanced in years and somewhat infirm, but retaining his mental faculties remarkably.


Clifford - R.E. Wells has painted, since the first of September, 23 carriages and wagons and one cutter.


Auburn Corners - The grist and saw mill, referred to in this paper some weeks ago, is built. The machinery is in working order and Roy Hardic is prepared to grind your corn and oats and make your shingles.


October 24 (1901/2001)



Susquehanna - The Tiger foot ball team of this place defeated a team composed of Railroad trainmen by a score of 5 to 10, in Hallstead, Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are not full grown while the Hallstead team averaged 165 pounds. Tiger line up: F. Donovan, left in.; J. McCarthy, left tackle; J. Ahearn, left guard; W. Ryan, captain, center; J. Geary, right guard; L. Montgomery, right tackle; J. Irving, right in; B. Leslie, quarterback; M. Ryan, touch down; Frank Robbins, Jr., Referee. AND A public mass meeting to consider the question of a central fire station will be held in Hogan Opera House. Prior to the meeting there will be a parade of the fire departments, headed by the Susquehanna band.


Montrose - The San Francisco Minstrels at Village Hall on Wednesday night gave a strictly first-class entertainment. The quartette singing was especially fine, the end men's "gags" were mostly new, all funny and none offensive. The baton twirler, the slack wire performer, and the contortionist, were each artists in their line and the specialties were all A No. 1. The audience, though highly appreciative, was not as large as was merited. Should this company return at a later date the hall would be packed. Manager Titsworth is to be congratulated upon the excellent character of the entertainments he is securing. AND The Indian, which stands guard at D.V. Gardner's popular cigar store, looks very imposing in his new suit of red.


Birchardville - The reputation of the fine blooded stock raised by our progressive Susquehanna county farmers extends far beyond the confines of our county, as is frequently proven by the sale of such animals to breeders at distant points. The latest evidence of this fact is a handsome Jersey bull calf brought to Montrose this week by L.T. Birchard & Son and shipped to Morristown, N.J., where his purchaser will place him at the head of a fine herd of Jersey thoroughbreds. This calf comes of proud lineage, his sire being "Brown Bessie's Medium" which head the Birchard herd and which was purchased of parties in Wisconsin. He is in breeding close up to "Brown Bessie," champion butter cow at the Chicago World's Fair and "Merry Maiden," the sweepstakes cow at the World's Fair. On his mother's side the calf is equally well bred.


Hallstead - The chair factory is running until nine o'clock every night so as to fill orders.


St. Joseph - Chicken pox has been a visitor in this vicinity. AND The farmers have been drawing potatoes to Montrose the past week. The price received was 45 cts. A bushel. The prospects of an advance seem certain.


Lakeside - We noticed at church on Sunday, the representation of four generations of the Robinson family, including Mrs. Hannah Robinson, Mrs. Rodney Morse, and Mrs. Major and baby daughter of Lestershire [now Johnson City].


Lindaville [Brooklyn Twp.] - The children enjoyed nut-gathering last week during their vacation.


Jackson Valley- The Middletown nine played a game of ball with the Neath nine on the latter's grounds, Saturday, which resulted in a score of 31 and 17 in favor of Middletown.


Elk Lake - J.G. Cart is digging and laying pipes to a large spring on his farm, so as to bring water to his house and barn.


Rush - Frank Crandall, a well to do farmer, living between Rushville and Stevensville, was accidentally killed while coming from Wyalusing last Saturday with a load of coal. Just how it happened is not known.


Uniondale - Miss Lottie Eastman invited her Sunday school class to meet at the parsonage and treated them to the delicacies of the season, and then gave them a menu of a different kind-a free, full and enthusiastic description of the wonders she had seen at the Pan-American exposition. It was a fine hit.


Dimock - There have been three cases of typhoid fever at Jonas Gray's in Dimock.


Bridgewater Twp. - Justice M.H. VanScoten showed an interesting political relic of war times that had been given him by an old comrade. It is a pin made from the head of a Goddess of Liberty cut from an old-fashioned cent with a pin soldered to its back. Few people could tell what it was, stood for, and when it was used, but the senior editor of the Republican ventured a guess and is proved to be correct. It is a genuine "copperhead" pin, such as was worn in war times by those pestiferous sympathizers with the Rebs-the "Knights of the Golden Circle." In those days the vicinity of Williams' Pond was inhabited by many members of that order, and this pin was found in the cellar of the house now occupied by Comrade Chandler Stephens, but then occupied by a southern sympathizer.


Franklin Forks - Southwell Post, No. 222, G.A.R., celebrated their 20th anniversary, the 30th of October. On this beautiful day, comrades with their wives were promptly on hand at their pleasant Post room to welcome their visiting friends, who began to arrive between 10 and 11 o'clock. There was a lively time in the dining hall, while Comrades' wives and daughters made ready the sumptuous banquet, and outside the comrades enjoyed themselves in story telling, reminiscence and pitching quoits. At 12 o'clock the call came to fall in for dinner and two large tables were promptly filled. Rev. N.S. Sage invoked the divine blessing. With keen appetites the invited guests attacked the tempting viands before them and all was seasoned with wit and repartee, until there was too much fullness for utterance, then they retired and the tables were re-set and again filled. Cigars seemed to be free and most comrades took a smoke, as substitute for the pipe of peace. Games of quoits were resumed with as much spirit as full stomachs would allow. At 2 P.M. all assembled in the Post room, where remarks were made by various comrades. Comrade Vance spoke a few words for the noble women-didn't know where he would have been if he had never had a mother. After a few words from some others, the assembly broke up; the parting salutations were uttered, and all started homeward, with feelings of pleasure and satisfaction over a day happily spent. It will long be a pleasant memory.


November 01 (1901/2001)



Jackson - The Jackson Library Association numbers upwards of 50 members. AND The North Jackson and Jackson members of the M.E. church have moved the parsonage barn.


Brooklyn - A movement is on foot to run a telephone line from Brooklyn to Montrose and thus give a direct line from Foster to Montrose. AND The old friends of Amos G. Bailey, who went from here about 16 years ago to Nebraska, will be sorry to learn of his misfortune in losing his only son, Charlie, a boy of 18 years. The family was in Colorado when the death occurred. Typhoid fever was the cause of death.


East Dimock - Mrs. E. Browning, of Grangerville, is caring for her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Allen, who are in poor health and as their wood pile was small, the neighbors thought they would improve the opportunity by helping get them up a nice lot of wood and the women folks assisted Mrs. Browning in preparing dinner for the men. Mrs. Browning wishes to thank all who so kindly remembered her parents in their hour of need.


Forest City - Prof. C.T. Thorpe is the oldest-in service-teacher in the county and one of the most popular. He is one of the "features" of every institute.


Montrose - Albert Miller has purchased Mrs. Mary Webb's residence on Public Avenue And moved thereto, a part consideration being that he shall care for Mrs. Webb while she lives. AND The ladies of the Baptist church will serve their annual chicken pie supper, Tuesday eve, Nov. 19. These chicken pie suppers are so well remembered from year to year that it only needs the mere announcement of the date to draw a large crowd.


Great Bend - It is reported that a slick swindler visited Great Bend, sold some tombstones, then went to a cemetery and stole some stones, cleaned and re-lettered them, and furnished them as new stones. Justice Quailey issued a warrant for the arrest of the swindler, who was supposed to have gone to Nicholson.


Middletown - A jolly party, Mr. and Mrs. M. Lee, of Friendsville; Misses Mary McCormick, Sadie Reilly, Lizzie McCormick, Genevieve Keenan, Messrs. Willie Reilly and James McCormick, visited Buffalo, the Pan-American, Niagara Falls, and other points of interest in Canada, returning Oct. 24th.


Lawton - The boys of Lawton played ball at Silvara Saturday. The home team anticipated an easy victory, but our boys twirled the ball with such professional skill that the red-capped boys became discouraged after the first inning. The game was played quietly, and the score tallied 22 and 6 in favor of Lawton. AND Singing school began here Tuesday night under the directorship of Mr. Clapper. He has had good success here.


Gibson - In a Susquehanna Justice's Court, a Gibson man whose yellow dog was killed by a neighbor, was awarded $50 damages. Yellow dogs come high this year.


Susquehanna - A largely attended and very enthusiastic meeting of citizens was held in Hogan Opera House on Thursday evening, to discuss the matter of erecting a building to be used for general borough purposes. Appropriate and interesting addresses were made, all in favor of the proposition, by Dr. Samuel Birdsall (the chairman, ex-fire Chief Hickey of Scranton, Rev. Father P.F. Brodrick, Thomas A. Doherty, Esq., M.H. Eisman, William A. Skinner, Esq., and R.J. Manning, Esq. The sentiment of the meeting was thoroughly in favor of erecting the building. The Susquehanna band furnished music, and prior to the meeting the fire department paraded, headed by the band.


Kingsley - On Saturday, Nov. 9, a bee will be held at the M.E. church, Kingsley, to grade and make foundations for the new church sheds. Frank Whitman will have charge. The bee will last all day and the ladies will serve dinner at the church at noon, free to all who work. All who can work teams; all who can work a day; all who can work half a day, come. These sheds, when completed, will be free to all and a benefit to the town.


Silver Lake - Silver Lake Republicans are like Angels' visits, few and far between, but they showed their good sense by all turning out to vote on Tuesday. AND The completion of the new iron bridge over the outlet of Mud Lake is anxiously looked for.


Goods and passengers have been taken across in boats and the Binghamton stage driver had to leave his team across the lake and carry the mail over. The Montrose stage was fortunately on the same side as the post office. There is a temporary bridge used at the present writing and good progress is being made in finishing the new one.


Springville - The "elite" of East Lynn, more familiarly known as Mud Hollow, were up in full force last Thursday evening [Halloween], and the evidence of their work was very plain the next morning. Next year, if the work of this year is repeated, this same gang will meet with a warm reception, for the people are tired of having property destroyed year after year by these same hoodlums, and the remedy will be more forcible than polite.


Brushville - The Brushville Baptist church was dedicated on Thursday, free of debt. The society has a neat and commodious edifice, costing about $1,800.


Auburn Corners - While calling on friends near Kasson Corners recently we found Mrs. Nettie Smith equipped with all up-to-date appliances for weaving carpets and rugs. A little farther up the street is Mrs. Kinney, prepared to do dressmaking in the latest fashion.


New Milford - A very interesting game of football was played on Saturday last between the North End team of Binghamton and the New Milford team. The game resulted in a victory for the Bingo boys by a score of 10 to 0. Considering that the game was new to most of the players we feel that our team did very well.


News Brief - This is a good time to advocate sanitary living in the winter months to people as a prevention of colds and pneumonia. There is much harm done by overclothing, shutting windows and doors and staying out of the open air for fear of taking cold. Warming foods, easily digested, brisk exercise instead of too much clothing, fresh air in the bedroom at night and the generous use of cold water by drinking and bathing will keep the circulation up and bodily functions in good order.


November 15 (1901/2001)



Clifford/Great Bend - T.J. Wells, of Clifford and Robert Ferguson, of Great Bend, who went to Harrisburg last week as jurors in the United States court, were drawn on the jury to sit in the condemnatory proceedings brought by the United States in regard to the battle ground of Gettysburg, with a view to making that historic spot the property of the Federal government. Messrs. Wells and Ferguson, together with the other jurors, will, in pursuance of their duties, visit Gettysburg on December 9.


Lawsville Center - Thursday, Thanksgiving evening, the Lawsville Ladies Aid Society will furnish, in Creamery Hall, a Thanksgiving supper consisting of all the delicacies of the season. Roast turkey and roast chicken will be served in addition to all the other good things for which the ladies of Lawsville are noted. There will be a fish pond in one corner of the hall for all those who enjoy that kind of sport to indulge in. Come and bring your lady and enjoy a good supper and learn to fish.


Susquehanna - Burglars broke into St. John's Catholic Church on Monday morning at 2 o'clock. They thoroughly ransacked the sacred edifice, but secured no booty. They afterwards attempted to enter the parochial residence but secured nothing. AND The Journal makes the excellent suggestion that the matter of the site for the new borough building be decided by popular vote at the borough election, to be held in February next. In the meanwhile, in the language of the immortal Grant, "Let us have peace."


Brooklyn - Farmers are improving this fine weather in getting their work in shape for winter, therefore trade is quiet and our storekeepers are having a much-needed rest, except our new hardware merchant who is rushed putting up stoves. Along the many sold was a fine new range to Mr. Lemon.


Rush - Wilbur Terry, the harnessman, is working day and night to keep up with orders for new harness. His work has attracted the attention of farmers and horsemen throughout the whole neighborhood. Mr. Terry has taken first premium on his harnesses at Wilkes-Barre, Towanda, Binghamton and Elmira. He is also prepared to do all carriage and other upholstering.


Glenwood - Harry Potter, who has been working in Gelatt during the summer and fall, is home for the present.


Herrick Center - The box social held at the school building Friday evening last was a decided success. About $30 was cleared which will be used to buy window shades for the school building.


Dimock - Mrs. Mary L. Hinckley was presented with a gold-headed cane on her 85th birthday, November 18th, by her son, J. Fremont Hinckley and daughter, Mrs. Daniel Horton.


Jackson - The recent election of L. Dow Benson, Esq. Of Jackson, to the office of County Surveyor, is the fifth time he has been thus honored, though it has not been continuous. He has, however, served continuously as Justice of the Peace since 1856, a period of 45 years, a service perhaps without parallel within the borders of the State.


Auburn Corners - The M.E. church will hold its annual oyster supper, Nov. 26th, at the home of Ed Lemon. Mr. Lemon has a large home and will be able to accommodate all that come. He also has plenty of stable room for your horses. A good time is anticipated.


Forest Lake - John J. Kane, a prosperous farmer of Forest Lake, has just treated his wagon barn to a neat coat of paint. The building, which was erected over 60 years ago, was formerly a schoolhouse and was used 33 years for that purpose. Nearly 17 years ago Mr. Kane had it moved to his premises. In its new dress it resembles the old house, when Mr. Kane was a student within its walls. The last term he attended there were 95 scholars and the instructor was Patrick McTigue, now a prominent wholesale dealer of Binghamton. Sacred memories cluster round the old house, and John, who has much veneration for it, will preserve it in memory of his school days, and early manhood, while life with him shall last.


Ararat - The mystery in connection with finding so much valuable property in the possession of the two Ararat old maids (names withheld), who recently applied for aid from the town, deepens. After receiving their application and calling and discovering a box filled with valuable merchandise in their possession, and while the poor masters were looking for a drayman to remove them, goods estimated at two truckloads were removed by unknown parties and all trace of them are utterly lost. The women still have "nothing to say" in regard to this or any other matter at all connected with the case. The goods recently auctioned off represented a period from 1860 to the present day. Some articles were manufactured within the last two years, especially in regard to the sacks of sugar and salt and the farming utensils and the large number of beads and other small articles usually carried by the Arabian pack-peddlers. The only articles thus far traced to an owner are a couple of pair of boots, identified by Mr. Kenedy as having his father's price-mark on them, but his father retired from business 38 years ago. Inquisitive persons have been digging up the garden at the rear of the house and though several small articles have been found, nothing of importance has been unearthed. By reason of their living over the borderline, for a sufficient length of time, Herrick township is forced to take charge of the women and their effects. The burden will not be a heavy one, as nearly $400 was realized from the auction sale, which together with the $200 found in their possession, will be used toward their support. Many who are acquainted with all the circumstances, think this is merely one house of many on a line of underground railway for stolen goods.


News Brief - Jewelers' clock signs usually indicate 8:15, that being the hour when our first martyred president, Abraham Lincoln, breathed his last. A movement has been inaugurated to induce jewelers to change their signs to indicate 3:55, the time when President McKinley was shot by Czolgosz.


November 21 (1901/2001)



Susquehanna - The Lovett Boston Concert Company will appear in Hogan Opera House on Saturday evening. AND Thomas H. Lanning, one of Susquehanna's expert mechanics, has been appointed General-foreman of the Lehigh Valley's shop at Buffalo.


Hopbottom - Prof. B. Lewis McKeen, organist, pianist, vocalist, assisted by Mrs. Mabel McKeen, gave an entertainment in the Monday evening. Prof. McKeen, who has been blind since infancy, was a graduate of the Institute for the Blind at Batavia, N.Y. Owing to the inclemency of the weather your correspondent did not attend so cannot write results.


North Jackson - Col. C.C. Pratt's remembrance of the Jackson Public Library in the gift of a generous check and the yearly loan of 50 volumes from the Pratt Library, New Milford, insures its success. AND Slight falls of snow the past few nights, just enough to make the ground white. On the Thomson, Starrucca and Ararat hills the fall was heavy enough to make what hunters term a tracking snow, and people from the adjoining cities and town are tramping these hills in search of game.


South New Milford - A few neighbors of Joseph Powers made him a wood bee and got him nearly ten cords of wood.


Silver Lake - Miss Bessie Rodgers has gone to Brooklyn to assist in the Children's hospital. This is her first step in fitting herself for a trained nurse.


East Dimock - James Greenwood has purchased the homestead farm of his father and will soon occupy it, we understand.


Jackson Valley - James Jones and wife have moved in George Buxton's tenant house. Mr. Jones is now prepared to do blacksmithing for the public. AND Arthur Williams passed through this place on Saturday on his way to Scranton with his beautiful new matched span of Clydesdales.


Little Meadows - The death of ex-Sheriff Ward Deuel occurred at his home here early Wednesday morning, Nov. 27. Mr. Deuel, just a short time before the close of is term as Sheriff of Susquehanna county, suffered a slight stroke of paralysis, since which time his health has been gradually failing, and for the past few weeks he had been confined to his bed. Mr. Deuel was a man of strict integrity, highly respected, and with a host of friends who will mourn his early death. Funeral services will be held from his home, Friday at 2.


Montrose -The Chester Reed Colored Concert Company of Montrose, is an organization which, although new, is capable of giving a neat and interesting entertainment. They recently gave a meritorious performance in Dimock. The company is composed of the following: Messrs. Reed, VanRenssalaer, Smith and Norris and Misses Phebe VanRenssalaer and Hattie Smith, Vocalists.


Auburn Twp. - On a farm adjoining his present home, John W. Lott was born on May 5, 1818. He died on Nov. 10, 1901. John married Lovinia Halleck, March 18, 1840. He then settled in the woods and commenced making his home and cleared up the farm adjoining the place where he lived. He is the last of the old settlers that commenced to clear away the forest and make the beautiful farms on the main road leading from the State road to Meshoppen, a distance of 12 miles. After the death of his first wife he married 2nd Martha Orr on Nov. 10, 1890, who lovingly cared for him in his declining years. Six children were born to John and Lovinia and four survive, along with two brothers, Milton and Charles, two sisters, 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.


The funeral was held at Jersey Hill with six grandsons as pallbearers: John, Edward, Ziba, Bliss and Bruce Lott and Preston Linabury.


Lenox - Apples were never known to be so scarce in this locality as they are this year. AND There are more hunters than game in this vicinity. One day recently two of Mike Maloney's sons were hunting when one of them accidentally shot the other. Three good- sized shot entered the head, but it is not known as yet just how serious it may prove.


Forest City - The council met in special session and appointed Joseph Ackerman as inspector of work on the new borough building. His pay was fixed at $2 per day. AND The friends of Joseph Lewis and Mrs. Mary Roberts were surprised to learn that they were quietly married on Saturday eve, Nov. 16, by Rev. C.A. Spalding.


East Rush - East Rush Creamery Co. held a meeting Saturday night for the purpose of letting the wood and hiring butter makers. They ordered 100 cords of wood at an average of $1.24 per cord. They also hired E.W. Estus to run the creamery for another year. AND In Rush the new windows have been placed in the Methodist church: they are "dandies." The new seats are also on hand.


Glenwood - Diphtheria is prevailing here. One of Wm. Bell's children has succumbed to the terrible disease and more of the family are under the doctor's care. AND It does not take a clairvoyant to tell where the chickens went. The party who ate them could say with truth that they were fat and juicy, but it was rather mean to get them that way.


Clifford - B. F. Wells and wife and Otis C. Severance and wife started for the sunny south last Tuesday. They go to Sea Breeze, Florida to spend the winter.


New Milford - Aaron Aldrich celebrated his 50th year as a blacksmith, Nov. 16. Nearly the whole of that long period has been spent in the shop where he still does business.


Kingsley - Miss Hartley, of Hallstead, was in town Thursday displaying a fine assortment of samples of wearing apparel from Chicago.


Lanesboro -Alice Morgan, age 10, died on Saturday morning of diphtheria. Harry McNerny, age 13, died on Monday morning. On the account of closing school Misses Blanche Barton, Rena Brown and Messrs. Carl Tewksbury, Glenn Blasdell, and Walter Putnam have returned to their homes. We understand that Walter Putnam is very ill with diphtheria.


November 29 (1901/2001)



Brooklyn - The item in last week's letter relating to Mrs. A.K. Gere's illness should have read, Mrs. A.R. Gere. We regret to say that she is no better at the present writing. Mrs. J.C. Gere is able to be out after a serious illness.


Susquehanna - After a ten months' labor contention, Susquehanna is once more at rest. The greater portion of the Erie boiler-makers now in town returned to work, Monday and many of the apprentices and laborers will be re-employed at once. For the sake of all concerned, it is sincerely to be hoped that Susquehanna has seen its last strike. The old town can now settle down to enjoy the boom, evidences of which are already in sight. AND A wooden clock, over 110 years old, is in possession of Ellis Persons, who secured the relic from an aunt in Delaware Co., NY. The clock keeps good time and is at present in Langford's jewelry store.


Springville - People who have been in the habit of trading with Hungerford & Co. are very sorry to have them go away, for it has been a good place to trade and customers were always treated on the square. AND Mr. & Mrs. Perry Lyman, of Red Lodge, Mon- tana, write they have a family of four now-a son arrived at their home a few days ago.


Silver Lake - Ladies visiting Binghamton would do well to lunch with Mrs. Anna Johnson and Miss Mack, formerly of Montrose, at the Women's Exchange, Court street. Besides having a dainty lunch they could see a display of beautiful articles placed there for purchasers. AND Silver Lake was frozen over Sunday.


Auburn Center - Though a trifle late, we wish to congratulate our worthy friend and subscriber, upon the arrival of a lively young Republican at his home on Nov. 5 (election day). Young Mr. Carter was barred from voting at that time on account of his youth, but time will remedy that, and in years to come he will, following in the footsteps of his father, help roll up rousing Republican majorities in old Auburn.


St. Joseph and vicinity - The 19th anniversary of Rev. J.B. Whelan's pastorate, of St. Patrick's parish, West Scranton, was rounded out on Thanksgiving Day. Fr. Whelan is a native of Friendsville, only a few miles from this place-where his sister, Miss Louisa Whelan, still resides. Last Sunday 450 persons were confirmed in his parish.


Hopbottom - We had a rain and sleet storm Monday night and on Tuesday it snowed to the depth of about 8 inches in the course of the day. Wednesday was clear and cold and the sleigh bells were heard in every direction.


Shannon Hill - H.L. Lott, of Camptown, has been spending a few days in this place stamping names on the church quilt, which the ladies have been getting up and which will be ready for sale in the near future.


Montrose - Prof. Schenck and daughter, of Binghamton, will be here this (Friday) evening to organize a dancing class at Village Hall. AND On Dec. 12, the D.L. & W. will run an excursion to New York at one fare, plus one dollar for the round trip. Fare from Montrose, $6.40. Tickets good returning Dec. 17.


Ararat - Willie Thompson, a young lad living near Ararat, in a heavy snow storm the other day, lost his way coming from school. A number of farmers organized a search and the poor little fellow was found but a few rods from his own home, unable to take a step. After constant care he was in his usual health, a few hours later.


Franklin Forks - Mr. Jerry Banker, a member of the firm of D & J Banker, breeders of Devon cattle, Franklin Forks, is in Chicago this week acting as judge on Devon cattle at the Chicago National Live Stock Show. The appointment is a very complimentary one, as Mr. Banker knew nothing of his selection until he received the notice of his appoint- ment. The directors of the National Live Stock Association could not have made a better selection, for what Mr. Banker does not know about Devon cattle is not work knowing.


Thompson - A novel feature of Messrs. Simrell Brothers' farm is the trained Angora Goat Department, in charge of Mr. George S. Cash. The goats are thoroughly broken to drive single or in a team. They take kindly to their work and present a most pleasing appearance in harness. Recent sales are reported as follows: "Pasha," to Raymond Walker, New York City; "Ashantee," to Mister Paul Theband, Gedney Farm, White Plains, NY; "White Cloud," to Master Henry W. Smith, Cedarvale Farm, Closter, NJ.


Harford - F.E. Carpenter, a leading citizen of Harford, is a candidate for county commissioner, subject to the Democratic nominating convention. Mr. Carpenter has been a lifelong Democrat, and having served his party faithfully, deserves the nomination.


Brushville - The young people of Brushville have donated a fine new bell to the Baptist church of that place.


Forest City - Michael Petuh, a well-known citizen, recently lost a leg. He was oiling the coal elevators in the new breaker and got caught in one of the iron dippers. The leg was literally cut in two. Three ribs were broken and he was otherwise bruised. Dr. Noble dressed his injuries and completed the amputation of his leg, after which he was taken to the hospital in Carbondale.


East Dimock - Robbie and George Allen and Ralph Martin are trapping skunks after school hours.


Forest Lake - The Republican, Montrose, is in receipt of a letter from one of its oldest subscribers and friends, M.S. Towne, of Unionville, Mo. It will be 52 years since Mr. Towne first subscribed for this paper, which was then the Susquehanna Register; Hon. James W. Chapman was the editor, and Judge Benj. Patch, of Illinois, was then the printer's devil in the Register's office. Mr. Towne was a young man of 20 years, and a schoolteacher, at the time he first subscribed: he is now 72, and through all these years the Republican has been a regular weekly visitor to his western home. There were four years in which Mr. Towne served his country in putting down [the] rebellion, but even in those years the paper continued its weekly visits to his home. We wish to doff our hat and extend our best wishes to our old friend and subscriber "In Old Missouri."


December 06 (1901/2001)



Dimock - Lee Moody has a large amount of coal for sale at the Dimock depot. Call at the Dolan House to weigh. AND H.W. Barnes is doing a large business in his shop this winter shoeing horses, ironing sleighs and wagons, repairing all kinds of tools cheap for cash. Give him a call at his shop on Main St.


Susquehanna - Canawacta Lodge No. 360, F. & A.M., has installed the following officers: Homer Spencer, W.M.; B.B. Baull, S.W.; C.E. Titsworth, J.W.; G.W. Gleason, Sec'y; C.A. Miller, Treas. With one exception, Treasurer Miller, in point of continuous service, is the oldest Masonic officer in the State. Secretary Gleason has held his office continuously for nearly 20 years. Dr. Peck will represent the Lodge in the State Grand Lodge.


Elk Lake - As Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Lathrop were returning home Monday night they were thrown from the sleigh. Mrs. Lathrop's shoulder was dislocated. Dr. Frye was called and replaced it, and she is doing as well as can be expected.


Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. - The children and grandchildren, also one brother, of Mrs. Sarah Berg, made her a pleasant surprise on the 3rd inst., it being her 71st birthday.


Herrick Centre - The box social which was held in the schoolhouse basement on Friday evening, under the auspices of the Ladies' Aid Society, was largely attended. The ladies cleared $36.


Silvara (Bradford Co.) - The mercury went down to 23 below zero, Friday morning.


Forest City - Among postmasters named by President Roosevelt this week were Truman C. Manzer, at Forest City and Col. Ezra H. Whipple, at Scranton. Both gentlemen are named to succeed themselves.


Montrose - The excellent sleighing the first of the week brought out an unusual number of sleighs, and our streets were made merry with the jingle of the bells and hearty laughter of the pleasure seekers. There were several runaways but with one exception they were without serious results. The exception took place Monday morning. While Mrs. W.W.Woodruff and a young man were driving about town with grocery man Kelley's horse and sleigh, collecting laundry work, the horse took fright near E.P. Pope's on Depot street and at once broke into a run. As a sharp turn was made the occupants were thrown violently out onto the icy street, and Mrs. Woodruff sustained painful injuries to one of her legs, tearing loose the ligaments of the ankle, and thus causing an injury generally considered worse than a break. Mrs. Woodruff was otherwise badly bruised and has suffered a great deal, though she rested some last night, and is doing, all things considered, as well as could be expected.


Brooklyn - The Junior class of Brooklyn High School will give their class entertainment in the Universalist church at Brooklyn, Friday evening, Dec. 20th, 1901. They will be assisted by good musical talent; also by sixteen young ladies in drill and tableau designs. AND The Ladies Aid Society of the Brooklyn Methodist church is under obligations to F.B. Jewett, for the set of dishes recently presented by him.


New Milford - The ice in East creek went out Tuesday morning, causing a jam at the railroad bridge and overflowing and flooding a number of cellars. AND The question of heating the Opera House by steam is being agitated by the town council. The present way is very unsatisfactory to every one who has occasion to use the building and it is hoped that something will be done to improve it.


West Auburn - The store windows are full of beautiful and useful articles that remind us that Christmas is coming.


South Gibson - Our merchants are to be congratulated upon their fine assortment of holiday goods, no larger display has been seen here for several years, which is proven by the large sales each day. AND Santa Claus will be at the M.E. church on Christmas Eve with presents for all, a free entertainment by the Sunday school. On the same day and evening the Ladies' Aid Society will conduct an apron and Topsy doll sale in the lecture room. Cake and coffee will be served.


Hopbottom - It is a matter of wonder to some people why Hopbottom has two names and how she came by them, Hopbottom and Foster. A correspondent says that when the first settlers came there they found, growing along the stream that flows down the valley from Brooklyn, wild hops. The land between two hills is often called "bottom land." The wild hops growing on this bottom land caused the settlers to give the stream the name of Hopbottom creek. Many years later a settlement was made at the junction of this stream with Marten creek, which runs down the valley from New Milford to Nicholson. To this settlement the name Hopbottom was given. A score of years ago a movement was started to change the name to something more pleasant to the ear. After due consideration and consultation with the railroad company the name of Foster was agreed upon in honor of the then track master of the northern division. Upon application to the postoffice department to have the name changed, it was discovered that there was already another postoffice by the same name in the state and so they would not change the name. The company, having changed the name of the station would not change it back. Consequently, while the state and the telegraph and express offices are known as Foster, the postoffice and legal name is Hopbottom.


Springville - A free show tomorrow. A medicine show will have the Grange Hall all the week and give a free show the first night. AND Geo. Taylor has sold his photo gallery, etc., to Lee Compton, and will work for Compton.


Lanesboro - The epidemic of diphtheria at Lanesboro is subsiding and the public schools will be re-opened.


Tunkhannock - A correspondent says there are several cases of smallpox reported. The theory is that it was brought by a couple of men who came to sell soap and boarded at the Wyoming House, where two have taken with the disease, plus a young girl.


December 14 (1901/2001)



Hallstead - Leo Whalen has rented the Bee Hive store in Hallstead and will conduct a restaurant in the building. He also expects to have a pool table for the amusement of his guests.


Jackson - The "rag time" social for the benefit of the Jackson Methodist Church choir, held at Hugh Perry's, was well attended and was a very ragged time. Some of the costumes worn on the occasion were fearfully made. Cash amounting to $16 was secured.


Hopbottom - The Walker Specialty Co. is here this week, and their entertainment is very good for the small admission. Our town is well represented with popular babies just now as the Walker co. gives away Saturday night, to the baby who has the most votes, a plush case containing 24 pieces of silverware. Master Arthur Tiffany has the most votes at this writing.


Brookdale - Joseph Chalker, one of the oldest men in this county, died Dec. 10, aged 98 years, last October, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah Butts.


Rush - The new Methodist Episcopal church will be dedicated on Saturday, December 28. There will be services Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 and 7:30 P.m. The Rev. Dr. L.C. Floyd of Binghamton and the Rev. H.B. Benedict, of Montrose, will be present Saturday. There will be services in the church on Sunday, the 29th. Program will be published next week. Those from a distance attending the dedicatory services on Saturday will be entertained for dinner by the people of Rush. In East Rush the rain Saturday played havoc with roads and bridges, washing the road in front of T.S. James' house badly and left gravel in the yard, which he had graded and fixed nicely the past summer, also making the temporary bridge over the Wyalusing creek at Rush impassable.


Montrose - No more enjoyable Christmas gift could be given anyone than a subscription to the Montrose Public Library. Only $1.50. Will last a whole year through and give the reading of several hundred books, including biography, history, boys' books, and the best fiction-standard and modern. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, over McCollum & Smith's. The Library will not be open on Christmas and New Year's. AND The menu of the annual New Year's dinner served by the Working Guild of the St. Paul's Church is: Raw Oysters, Olives Wafers, Roast Turkey, Giblet Sauce, Cranberry Sauce, White Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms, Boiled Onions, Celery, Cabbage Salad, Jelly, Pickles, White Bread, Brown Bread, Mince Pie Cheese, Salted Almonds, Ice Cream, Fruit, Coffee, Tea.


South Montrose - The Ladies' Mission Band, on Tuesday, kindly remembered one family, who was sick, and two others who needed fuel and groceries.


New Milford - Lee Dewitt has recently returned from a collecting trip in Pike county. He is a valued employee of the McCormick Harvester Company and has charge of their affairs in several counties.


Bridgewater Twp. - On Sunday morning at 4 o'clock the wood house belonging to the Tewksbury school district, in Bridgewater, was discovered to be on fire, and it was consumed with its contents. By the timely arrival of L.C. and J.T. Smith, George Rose and Fred Kinner, the school building and out house were saved.


Susquehanna - The borough policemen, the Burgess, or any other person, who has authority, should take by the neck, arraign and cause to be fined, any person guilty of reckless driving on Main street or any other street of this place. It is a violation of a stringent ordinance. Attend to business.


Forest Lake - Mrs. Sarah Ann Baker desires to extend thanks to her neighbors and friends who so kindly and generously contributed in purchasing a cow for her, to fill the place of the one she recently lost. AND Lamont Stone of this place and Miss Hattie Brooks of South Montrose, were united in marriage on Wednesday of last week.


Brooklyn - Mrs. Ammi Ely died at her home here, Tuesday p.m., after a short illness of pneumonia. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss.


Great Bend - For debt paying qualities the premium horse is the one owned by DeWitt C. Hamlin, formerly of Binghamton. On Saturday the animal paid off two debts aggregating about $200, and ended the day back at his old stand, ready to do business for his original master. When Mr. Hamlin took the horse from this city some time ago, the animal was encumbered by a chattel mortgage, held by E.A. Weeks. Chattel mortgages do not go in Pennsylvania. But Mr. Weeks did. He went about the middle of the week. He could not secure the money, which Mr. Hamlin owed him, but did secure possession of the horse, which he mounted bareback and started at a mad gallop for the State line. Mr. Hamlin was not disposed to close negotiations in that way. He accordingly secured another horse and started in pursuit. It was a made race. Mr. Weeks' long beard, fanned by the breeze, flowed back gracefully over h is shoulders. He was riding a race to win. Before he reached Riverside he had "John Gilpin" distanced with "Ichabod Crane" and the "Headless Horseman" way on the backstretch. But Mr. Hamlin was still in the race: and the mortgagee crossed the State line a winner only by a length. (continued next week)


News Briefs - The committee on revision of hymns for the Methodist Church has decided that "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "He Leadeth Me," have faithfully served to the limit of their usefulness and those two old hymns will not appear in the new hymnal. AND The Wyoming Democrat publishes the following alleged sure cure for small pox: Thomas E. John, corner Lehigh and South Empire St., Wilkes-Barre, claims to have a remedy for smallpox as follows: Old ale and rosemary-herb boiled together and drank hot. Drink often enough to keep patient in constant perspiration. The patient should be kept in blankets until the scab disappears, which will be about 12 days. Keep the room warm and without draft. Mr. John says it is a sure cure and wants it published for the benefit of the public. AND Never have we seen so many fatal accidents to hunters, at the hands of companions, as have been chronicled this winter. A man who goes into the woods to hunt game, nowadays, should have a wrought iron boiler shell, perforated with arm holes and eye holes, about his person.


December 20 (1901/2001)



Welsh Hill - Christmas Eve an entertainment was given at the church, which was greatly enjoyed. The children did their part right well. Two trees prettily trimmed and bearing fruit of various kinds, were admired by all. Among the presents was a purse for Rev. R.N. Harris from the congregation; also one for his good wife from the L.A.S. Prof. H.B. Anthony received a fountain pen from his pupils.


Dundaff - The sleighing is good here and a happy New Year was enjoyed by all. Those expecting to cut ice last week were disappointed in finding 6 inches of water on top of the ice Monday morning.


Brooklyn - Diphtheria has given quite a scare here. In the home of John Salisbury two children ere attacked by this dreaded disease-Frankly, the youngest is reported to be out of danger and slowly improving. But Nettie, aged 11, has left earth to be with Him who doeth all things well. She was a bright, kind and affectionate child and is greatly missed, especially by her schoolmates and teacher, Miss Hinkley.


Forest Lake - Miss Lillie Hoag was burned quite badly on Tuesday morning. She stepped out the door to drain some potatoes and slipped and fell throwing the potato water over one arm and hand, and also some splashes in the face. AND Our new stage driver, John Shay, is very kind and obliging.


Auburn Corners - The barn, sheds and hen house belonging to L.W. Titman, near Auburn Corners, were destroyed by fire between 6 and 7 a.m., Jan 1. The fall and exploding of a lantern was the cause. By great effort Mr. Titman succeeded in getting the horses and cattle al out. Wagons, sleighs, harnesses, etc., all destroyed. Insurance far below the loss. AND On Christmas Eve the minister and his family were not forgotten-their many friends presented them a beautiful parlor couch.


Montrose - Small pox exists in Montrose. It has appeared in one of its gravest forms, known to the medical fraternity as Confluent Hemorrhagic. There have been up to the present time two cases, both in the same household, and from the first there has been a quarantine in force and prompt measures taken to prevent the spread, and to speedily stamp out the dread disease. Sunday, Dec. 22, Mrs. Gilbert, wife of Vice President O.A. Gilbert of the First National Bank, was taken violently ill. Dr. J.G. Wilson was summoned and throughout her illness was her faithful medical attendant. Death ensued on Dec. 31. The burial took place the same evening, enough volunteers being secured to conduct it, and every possible precaution against contagion being taken. In the meantime Mr. Gilbert has been stricken, his illness developing into a form of the disease known as Confluent Varioloid, a type to some extent lighter than Mrs. Gilbert's, owing doubtless to the fact that he was vaccinated about two years ago.


Jackson Valley - William Schooley and Albert Roberts were at Rushville on Monday, after their shingle mill, which they are putting in their sawmill, to accommodate the public.


South Gibson - Gurnsey Manzer and Nellie Bedford and Walter Felton and Pearl Bedford, were married last week.


Hallstead - The daughter of Mrs. Arthur Coddingtoon has small pox. The case is the first in Hallstead in years. Every effort is being made to prevent the spread of the disease. Dr. A.F. Merrill has hopes that the case will not prove fatal, and that it is but a mild form of the pest. Mrs. Coddington is clerk in the postoffice and it is thought she absorbed the germs of the disease through handling letters, and in this way communicated the disease to the little girl. Physicians have sent orders for fresh virus, and there will probably be many sore arms in Hallstead for a few weeks.


Jackson - C.A. Allen and Charlie Campbell have the honor of felling the largest maple tree in Jackson. It measured 5 ft. across the stump and made 2513 ft. of lumber. The tree stood on the Brooks farm. Next!


Hopbottom - It is a matter of wonder to some people why Hopbottom has two names and how she came by them, Hopbottom and Foster. A correspondent says that when the first settlers came there they found, growing along the stream that flows down the valley from Brooklyn, wild hops. The land between two hills is often called "bottom land." The wild hops growing on this bottom land caused the settlers to give the stream the name of Hopbottoom creek. Many years later a settlement was made at the junction of this stream with Marten creek, which runs down the valley from New Milford to Nicholson. To this settlement the name Hopbottom was given. A score of years ago a movement was started to change the name. After due consideration and consultation with the railroad company the name of Foster was agreed upon in honor of the then track master of the northern division. Upon application to the postoffice department to have the name changed, it was discovered that there was already another postoffice by the same name in the state and so they would not change it. The company, having changed the name of the station would not change it back. Consequently, while the state and the telegraph and express offices are known as Foster, the postoffice and legal name is Hopbottom.


Great Bend - (continued from last week) But Mr. Hamlin was still in the race and the mortgagee crossed the State line a winner only by a length. But he had the horse on soil where chattel mortgages are recognized. Mr. Hamlin recognized that possession is nine points of law--across the State line. On Saturday morning he paid up his mortgage and started back home with his horse. In the meantime Crocker & Ogden had learned of the transaction and decided that the horse would just bout fit their bill of $75 against Mr. Hamlin. They accordingly had T.B. & L.M. Merchant make out attachment papers, which were turned over to Under Sheriff Worthing. Mr. Worthing and his papers arrived on the scene just before Mr. Hamlin and his horse were across the line into Pennsylvania, and they immediately got in their work. The result was that the horse was brought to this city, whither Mr. Hamlin followed. On Saturday night he settled the second claim, and about 9 o'clock that evening he started in the hard rain to ride the horse back to Great Bend. (From the Binghamton Republican)


December 27 (1901/2001)



New Milford - An excellent opening for a tinner and plumber at this place. One who could assist in band work would be heartily received by the musical people as we are in need of a few more men to complete our organization. In South New Milford the team of Clarence Brainard, which was drawing milk, ran away down Mott Hill, a few days ago, caused by the wagon pole breaking. The boy jumped from the wagon, saving himself from injuries. The wagon was a wreck and one horse died a few hours later from injuries sustained.


Susquehanna -Keystone Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 will hold its annual ball in Hogan Opera House on Friday evening. AND Mrs. Charles Green of Corner Grand & Jackson Sts., says-"As a good family pill there is nothing better than Dr. A.W. Chase's Kidney-Liver Pills. I had been feeling poorly for a long time and medicine that I took did not seem to suit my case. The liver was inactive, digestion was poor and I felt tired and languid. I got some of Dr. A.W. Chase's Kidney-Liver Pills and had used but a few doses when I felt decidedly better. I use an occasional dose now and feel as well as ever." (25 cents a box at dealers)


Hallstead - Dr. Merrill is having his residence wired for electric lights. AND The International Correspondence School's car has been at this place during the past week and the railroad men have been receiving instructions concerning the air break and the new rules. AND A large number of sample chairs have been sent to Grand Rapids, Mich., by the American Mfg. Co., of this place, for the annual furniture exhibit soon to be held in that city.


Hopbottom - The marriage of Miss Grace Lord, daughter of Asa Lord of Lindaville, and Stephen Millard, of this place, was solemnized at the home of the groom's father, Farris Millard, on Christmas Eve, by Rev. A.O. Austin.


Birchardville - Fred S. Birchard of the Medico-Chirurgical College of Philadelphia, is spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Birchard.


Silver Lake - It is reported that St. Augustine's Catholic parish, heretofore a part of the parish at St. Joseph, will be made an independent parish and support a priest of its own. Heretofore, this church has been under Father Lally's charge and he has built up the congregation and made great improvements on the church edifice.


Dimock - Invitations are out for a ball at the Dolan House, Jan. 1.


Lawton - The annual ball will be held at Haire's Hotel, New Year's night.


Harford - F.P. Tingley has sold his sugar camp to Porter & Bayliss.


Clifford - The storm of Dec. 15 & 16 was terrible here, the highest water ever known. Nearly all the cellars were filled to overflowing, our streets were one sheet of water and the roads were badly washed and damaged; the flood will long be remembered here.


Montrose - Len Titsworth, the wide-awake manager of Village Hall, is slightly disgusted because of several chunks of bad luck that came to him in the way of entertainments-which didn't come to him. He had four high-class companies booked for December, but for one reason and another (change of routes, &c) not one of them could come, and Len isn't a bit pleased over it. However, on the first night of the New Year a laughable farce entitled, "Between the Acts" will be presented. This 3-act comedy is full of delicate humor and laughable complications. The general public is assured of a pleasing and enjoyable entertainment by our best home talent for the benefit of St. Paul's Church. Miss Louise V. Warriner and Miss Sallie Courtright play the female roles.


Forest City - Mrs. A. A., charged with unlawful relations with Dr. K., of Forest City, recently pleaded guilty and court suspended sentence. Mrs. A. was arrested with the doctor in a hotel in Scranton. Both were indicted and the doctor was convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the county jail. After the conviction of the doctor, Mr. A., who was behind the prosecution of both, declined to pursue the case against his wife. This displeased Mrs. K., who thought her husband's partner was as much deserving of punishment as he was and she had her re-arrested and indicted for the second time. Last week Mrs. A. entered a plea of guilty and her attorney made an urgent plea to have sentence suspended. He said that her husband has forgiven her and is willing to take her back, that she has a daughter who needs care and that, moreover, she is shattered in health. Judge Edwards said it was the policy of the law to keep married people together, rather than to separate them. In such cases, the judge said, the man is more to blame than the woman and if sympathy is extended it ought to go out to her. [Names withheld, but a visit to the Historical Society will reveal the true identities].


Fairdale - At the home of the bride, Dec. 19, by Rev. W.R. Cochran, Mrs. Wallace D. Gould, of Little Meadows, and Miss Hettie M. Very, of Fairdale, were united in marriage.


Rush - The new telephones in Dr. Granger's and Dr. Fry's offices and S.B. McCain's stores are now ready for use.


South Montrose - Lamont Stone, of Forest Lake and Miss Hattie Brooks, of South Montrose, were united in marriage recently.


News Briefs - Recent pensions secured through the agency of Pension Attorney M.H. VanScoten are as follows: Original widows; Amy Seiber, Birchardville, $6; Catherine Phoenix, Montrose, $8; increase, Simeon Carroll, Little Meadows, $6 to $12; Spencer Brown, Sayre, $6 to $12; Alfred C. Grow, Auburn Corners, $12 to $17. AND After January 1 there will be no more three 2-cent postage stamps sold for a nickel at the Montrose postoffice. AND A new law recently passed by the Pennsylvania legislature, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 1902, makes it unlawful for first cousins to marry. Such marriages contracted in this state after this date will be void. You have only five days more.


January 03 (1902/2002)



Susquehanna - The [Health] Board will not insist upon people being vaccinated [for smallpox] until it becomes absolutely necessary. AND Depositions were taken on Tuesday before Justice Williams, from witnesses from Jackson and Gibson township, to settle the question as to who is responsible for the maintenance of A. Chandler, a chronic wanderer.


Jackson - Eugene Lamb is taking a creamery course at State College. AND Wallace Babcock had the misfortune to be slightly injured by a runaway team-driven by Mr. Conrad. Mr. B's horse was also injured, his harness destroyed and a nice Portland cutter entirely demolished.


East Dimock - People in this vicinity are filling their icehouses. In Dimock new [horse] sheds are being built at the Methodist church.


Rush - A series of socials and entertainments for the benefit of the new church will begin with a "Nickel Social," on the evening of Jan. 16, 1902, at the home of Mrs. S.B. McCain. Various games will be played in which all are invited to take part. Be prepared for the potato race. A prize to the winner. During the evening a grand 30-minute concert in three minutes will be given. After which refreshments may be purchased at the following rates-Coffee 5 cents, ice cream and cake 5 cents, and popcorn 5 cents.


New Milford - Basket ball is all the rage and two games each week is the regular program. AND The Board of Health is taking vigorous measures to keep the town free from smallpox. On Wednesday evening two young men from Hallstead were escorted to the borough limits on the strength of the fact that one of them had been exposed to the disease. Three new cases are reported at Hallstead on Wednesday.


Montrose - The death of Mr. O.A. Gilbert, whose serious illness of varioloid [smallpox] chronicled previously, occurred between midnight and one o'clock Monday morning. The burial took place Monday evening, under the direction of the Board of Health, and the personal supervision of Dr. J.G. Wilson. Every possible precaution was employed to prevent contagion. At the earliest possible moment, two of the best disinfecting machines were put in use at the Gilbert house under the direction of the Health officer. All bedding or articles that may convey contagion are to be destroyed or thoroughly disinfected. Small domestic animals at large near the house have been killed. The Presbyterian church is to be disinfected wholly or in part and the churches are to remain closed until the Board is satisfied that it is safe and proper to open them. When the church bells ring, the community will understand that the Board considers the danger has passed.


The awful shock of Mrs. Gilbert's death and unnatural burial affected Mr. Gilbert deeply. [Immediately following her death the doctor prepared her for burial, assisted by Mrs. Clifford, the nurse, the two carrying her body from her room, down stairs, and to the front porch at ten o'clock at night, where the coffin stood, ready to receive it, and from which point men came afterwards and took it to the cemetery that boisterous, blizzardy night].


The death of Mr. Gilbert caused a mantle of deep gloom to overspread this community, wherein he was honored as an honest businessman and a public-spirited citizen. He was a prominent Mason and an active member of Rescue Hook & Ladder Co., No. 1. The bank building and the Hook & Ladder Company's rooms are draped with mourning. [The Gilbert home is now the location of the Medical Arts Pharmacy].


Forest City - through the persistent efforts of attorney Searle McCollum, Governor Stone has pardoned John Waltz, who was convicted four years ago of the murder of Jabez Lemon, of Forest City. This case attracted much attention at the time of the trial as so many questioned the man's guilt and Mr. McCollum is to be congratulated upon the favorable outcome.


Flynn [Middletown Twp.] - A number from this place attended the New Year's party at the Haire house on New Years night, and all report a good time. AND A select part of friends were royally entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lane, Thursday evening, Jan. 2d, 1902. Games and dancing were indulged in until nearing the small hours, when refreshments were served that were up to the Queen's taste.


Lenox - The ice harvest has begun. The ice is good quality and 14 inches thick. AND Mrs. Alice Williams, while on her way to Lenoxville, one day recently, the horse became frightened and ran away. Glenn Davis and Earl Conrad caught the horse before much damage was done.


Williams Pond - The children of the Calph school presented their teacher, Miss Nora Van Scoten, with a beautiful inkstand as a Christmas present.


Bridgewater - Monday afternoon some parties, said to be from off toward Tracey Creek, became intoxicated and when they started for home, out near the Reynolds creamery, the horse ran away. One man fell out of his sleigh, was hit by the runner and knocked insensible. His companion went on and left him, and somebody brought the injured man to town. He was taken to Dr. Mackey's and afterwards to the Montrose House, his injuries being attended to.


Great Bend - A recent issue pf the New York Sun contained over half a column editorially concerning the Great Bend girls' anti-tobacco league and how it works, etc. What we wish is that the Sun would send a representative here that he might investigate the inner workings of this society of young ladies who are doing so much for the young men of this place and vicinity. It might be well to intimate that this representative should be a single man and that he abhors the noxious weed. In such a case we can bespeak a warm reception for him, free entertainment, fuel and electric lights, and immunity from the watchdog and the toe of papa's boot. There is probably no community in the great Keystone State that is as proud of its anti-tobacco league as are the people of Great Bend. There is but one class with whom the league is unpopular and that is with dealers in the vile weed. As a result of this crusade, tobacco is a drug in the market and crockery dealers cannot give away cuspidors, to say nothing about selling them.


January 09 (1902/2002)



Montrose - For three weeks the people of Montrose have been subjected to great mental stress and anxious foreboding because of the fearful visitation of smallpox, which now in the good providence of God has entirely disappeared. Business in all departments having been very seriously interrupted, it is important that the activity, which existed before Christmas, should be resumed. No one of the many who met and greeted Mrs. Gilbert at the Presbyterian church on that last Sabbath has felt any ill effects from it, and it is scarcely possible to conceive of any danger from the contagion in church.


Brooklyn/Hopbottom - Dr. A.J. Ainey and A.S. Waldie, of Brooklyn, were in town on Wednesday talking up the subject of the entrance of the Hopbottoom and Brooklyn telephone line into Montrose. This will accommodate a section of country not now enjoying telephone facilities. They do not ask to enter into local business, but only the privilege of extending through to Montrose the line, which they now have, from Hopbottom to Brooklyn.


Ararat - The house and barn of Noah Smith, at the head of Fiddle Lake, were destroyed by fire, with the entire contents, Friday evening last, between the hours of six and seven o'clock. Mr. Smith's family was away from home at the time, Mr. Smith being in Montrose. Neighbors discovered both buildings in flames at the same time, a fact that proves it to be of an incendiary origin. Prompt measures have been taken to arrest the guilty parties. Insurance unknown. The buildings were comparatively new.


Susquehanna - Michael Foley, of this place, a fireman of a pushing locomotive, was killed Monday morning at Gulf Summit while coupling cars. He leaves the widow to whom he was married about a year since. The funeral will take place from St. John Church this morning. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen will attend in a body.


Hallstead - There are five cases of small pox in this place. All are at the pest house across the street from the new depot. Those that are sick are Mrs. Coddington's little girl, Mrs. Coddington and sister and two brothers, Jim and Dick Barber. [Dick Barber died Thursday morning, Jan. 16th ]. They have three trained nurses.


Gibson - At Christmas time a four-horse team arrived from South Gibson for the pastor, with a donation amounting to nearly $50. The pastor extends a heartfelt thanks to all his people at both Gibson and South Gibson for their generosity.


Birchardville - Floyd Ball and Edward Birchard caught 42 pickerel through the ice at Bixby's pond, last Saturday.


Lakeside - Prof. Snyder entertained the older members of his school by taking them for a sleigh ride to his home at E. Lenox, last Friday evening.


Herrick - Lyon Street is in Herrick township, on that section of "the old Wilkes-Barre road" that stretches between Burn's flat and Dimock Corners on the Newberg turnpike. Burns hill road has been snowed under for nearly two months. The traveling public leaves it at Sanford Burns', go across Gibson's farm, and strike it again near Uniondale. AND Groups of men with cross-cut saws and shovels can be seen opening roads, not withstanding they did a thorough job over the same ground but three days before.


East Rush - Our school of 27 scholars is progressing finely with Alice Hastings as teacher.


Retta, Auburn Twp. - A petition is being circulated to raise funds to build a Methodist-Episcopal Church. If $800 can be raised the church will be built. More than one half of the amount has already been signed.


Springville - The big drifts so discouraged the Narrow Gauge train that it did not try to run this side of Springville for several days the first of the week.


Lakeside - N.G. Bishop and Edward Cantrell were returning from Susquehanna when the sleigh slued violently to one side, throwing them out and down a steep bank. The team ran away and was stopped at L.W. Carrington's. Those who went to their assistance found the two men suffering severely from their injuries. Mr. Cantrell, who has but one arm, sustained a broken rib and numerous bruises. Mr. Bishop, while not injured as badly, suffered from many bruises and an injured hip.


Dimock - Mr. and Mrs. William G. Parke, of Scranton, formerly of Montrose, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth, to Mr. Percy Ballantine, of Newark, N.J. It is also reported that Mr. B. will come to the Parke farm, near South Montrose, and build a palatial summer home there, next summer.


Auburn Centre - Two persons [are] looked for with anxious eyes, one male and one female-Mr. Thornton, carrying the mail from Montrose, and Miss Annie Eisman, from the Eddy. She hasn't missed but two days this winter; she is the champion. She also found a letter that had been put in a wayside box, but had blown out. People mailing letters in that way better put a stone on them to hold them down, especially if they have checks directed to the school marms. AND Overfield & Gregory, stone quarry men near Auburn Centre, are trying to blow the whole top off the earth. They put down 32 holes, 12 ft deep and used 28 kegs of powder. Gee wiz, how the rocks and dirt did fly, and nobody hurt, but it made kindling wood of their derricks.


News Briefs - The work system has been established in the Lackawanna county jail. One of the industries is making rag carpet and the prisoners have turned out over 2,000 yards this winter. AND F.I. Lott, Esq., solicitor for Commissioners, has advised the board that the adoption of the constitutional amendment, last election, does away with the numbering of ballots, in the ballot box, by an election officer, and that hereafter ballots should not be numbered and the voter will deposit his own ballot in ballot box. The County Commissioners have sent notices to this effect to all election boards.


January 17 (1902/2002)



Carbondale - When John Burdick eloped with his servant girl, Miss Mousing, the latter's father offered $100 as expenses to anyone to trace them. Walter Burdick, a nephew of Burdick, took the $100 and instituted a search for the eloping pair by taking for company his sweetheart, Mamie Keenan. They were married in Binghamton on Saturday, word having reached here today of the affair. They intend keeping up the search for the other pair until their money gives out.


Jackson - Hon. Galusha A. grow has donated a valuable collection of books to the Jackson Public Library.


Lawsville Centre - The creamery is running full blast, under the management of Chas Southworth, J.P. Downs and C.J. Peck, Directors, and buttermaker Scott Drake, who is counted one of the best in the county.


Brookdale - The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wilbur were shocked to hear of the misfortune that befell them last Wednesday evening, when the house burned where they lived, with a great part of its contents. Also the pig pen with five hogs, nearly ready for market.


Thomson - Mrs. L.E. Bailey, of Prohibition Park, N.J., will speak in the Methodist church, Feb. 23d and 24th, under the auspices of the W.C.T.U.


Glenwood - A report was in circulation last week of a family near here that had come down with the small-pox. There was no foundation in fact. The first thing now is that when any one is sick, small pox is the cry. People should not be so ready to spread such reports, unless they are true.


Fairdale - There will be a New England supper and Japanese wedding at Fairdale M.E. church, on Friday evening, Feb. 2. Wedding ten cents, supper fifteen cents. Two quilts will also be sold. Proceeds to apply on quarterage.


Bridgewater Twp. - The ice on Jones Lake is now of prime quality and from 12 to 14 inches thick.


Hallstead - The funeral of Postmaster Richard A. Barber, whose death from small pox occurred Thursday of last week, was held after midnight of the same day, with all the necessary precautions. The remains were hastily taken to the Catholic cemetery at Great Bend where the assistant-priest, Rev. Father Heffron, read the burial service at the still of night, by the dim light of lanterns, while the remains were lowered in the grave lined with snow and ice. Mr. Barber was a prominent member of the Order of Locomotive Engineers.


Lenoxville - The evening of Jan. 16th was a happy time for a large number of young people who gathered at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Layton Greene for the purpose of having a surprise party for their eldest son and daughter, Lloyd and Leta, who are twins. The first arrivals found Lloyd and his father very contentedly engaged in a game of checkers. However, this soon wore off when the sleigh bells were heard in all directions and the house rapidly filled with young comrades. Games were indulged in and everyone seemed to share in the general enjoyment. Misses Jennie Hallstead, Maud Stone and Messrs. George Hasbrouck and James Bennett entertained the company with songs with guitar accompaniment. Refreshments consisting of cake, pie and coffee were served at midnight, and immediately after the games were again taken up. The company disbanded about 1:30 a.m. Those present were: Emma, Eva & Violet Ross, Maud Stone, Jennie Hallstead, Orla Severance, Sadie & Blanche Wilson, Cecile & Pearl Ransom, Veda Sherman, Sara Maloney, Mabel Barber, Edna, Leta & Belle Greene, Maud Burklin, Minnie, Bernice and Ada Jerauld, Famia Plummer, Mrs. Willis Ransom. Also George Hasbrouck, Garfield Schall, Ray Roberts, Glen Harding, Silas Decker, Sam Gordon, Frank & Charles Barber, Robert Johnston, Jerry Maloney, James Bennett, Ronald Ransom, Lynn Green, Charles Burklin, Harry Giles, Ray Gerauld, Fred and Frank Estel, Clarence Gumaer, Lloyd Greene, Geo. Plummer and Fred Conrad.


Jackson Valley - Wm. Schooley has shut down the sawmill during the cold weather. AND John Hickey and sister Winnie were at LeRaysville, getting dental work done, on Wednesday. AND The people of Potterville made Rev. Hugh Jones and wife a complete surprise on Thursday. They came with well-filled baskets of choice viands and 45 sat down to the feast. They made Mr. Jones a nice present of a rocking chair and some money.


Gibson - Orlie Ellsworth is our new stage driver. AND The Grangers held a peanut hunt at Arthur Estabrook's on Friday evening. AND J.T. Potter has exchanged his mill property for a block in Binghamton.


Susquehanna - The Crescent Club will hold a hop at the Starrucca House on Tuesday evening. AND The revival services will begin in the Oakland Methodist church next week. Pastor Bouton will have the assistance of several clergymen. Cottage meetings are being held this week.


Montrose - Usually a blizzard comes each February, about the time the County Commissioners have to travel over the county, delivering the election ballots. But this year the blizzard waited and came election day (and the night preceding) and instead of the ballot distributors running into it the voters, who wish to get to the polls in the various districts, got it "in the neck," likewise in the roads, and cross-lots, and all sorts of ways wherever they tried to travel. AND The Narrow Gauge [rail]road is having troubles of its own this year, lots of 'em and deep ones-snow banks from 6 to 12 feet deep. The trains run only once in a while a day.


Dimock - David C. Bush, a well-recommended young man, will give an entertainment, consisting of impersonations, monologues and pantomimes, at the Methodist church of this place, Wednesday evening, January 29. Everyone cordially invited. Admission 10 cents and 15 cents.


January 24 (1902/2002)



Springville - On the eve of Jan. 22, the house of Henry Button took fire from a defective chimney and burned to the ground. The family had gone up to a brothers, a short distance away, while he was a mile and a half away getting his horse shod. He arrived at his brothers, just in time to see the blaze, and got to the house in time to save nearly all of his goods. He had recently sold the place to Porter Squier and was intending to move away soon. There was an insurance of $400


Brooklyn - Among the well-conducted stores of the county is that of Geo. H. Terry, who recently purchased the hardware business of F.H. Kent, being the store conducted by O.M. Doloway for many years. Mr. Terry is both obliging and wide-a-wake-qualities which are sure to win.


Auburn Corners - A very conspicuous sleighing party of 12 or 14 persons, from Springville, visited this place Tuesday night. AND L.W. Titman, of Auburn had a frightful experience with the fire recently, when his barns were destroyed, saving stock & etc. We only wonder that Lem had his whiskers left after the scorching scenes he went through.


Clifford - The following article was taken from the Philadelphia North American: "The death this week of Rev. William Miller ends the fruitless watch for a runaway son. Elder Miller was 81 years old when he died. His youngest son, John, was a pleasure-loving youth and the father frequently remonstrated with the boy about the evil of playing checkers at the neighbors. When croquet became popular in Susquehanna County, 28 years ago, John Miller, then 17 years old, joined a croquet club. His father scolded him severely one afternoon and forbade him ever playing the game again. That night John Miller ran away and nothing has since been heard from him. His parents would never believe that he was dead and have daily watched for his return. They thought he might return in the night and for over 28 years they never locked the door at night. They looked for his return on the different anniversaries of his disappearance, particularly on the 5th, 10th, 20th and 25th. On those occasions the mother would prepare the particular delicacies of which the boy was fond, to have them ready for his homecoming. Up to the hour of his death William Miller was certain that his runaway boy would return; and even yet the aged mother listens nightly for the opening of the door."


Jackson - The Jackson Dramatic Society will present the drama entitled "Fisherman's Luck" in February.


Silver Lake - Louis Donovan is cutting ice on Quaker Lake. How thick is the ice Lou?


Alford - A young man named Sumner Deans, formerly of Dimock, was killed by the [railroad] cars Tuesday night. He was riding on a freight train from which he alighted, near the Alford station, and instantly a fast freight train, coming around the curve, struck and killed him.


Herrick Centre - Good reports come from the family of A.J. Cawley, who recently moved to Endicott and built a fine house. He and the boys are at work in the big new factory.


Elk Lake - The friends of E.W. Stedman met at his home, on Friday, and cut him a nice pile of wood, for which he is very thankful.


New Milford - The New Milford Advertiser is pleased to make this week the official announcement of the candidacy of Charles C. Pratt for State Senator. He will come before the March convention for nomination and at this time there is no opposition in sight.


Susquehanna - Wm. J. Murphy, a native of Susquehanna, has been made general manager of the Great Southern Railway. AND The January number of the Pennsylvania Medical Journal contains an excellent paper on "Some practical points in the treatment of Typhoid Fever," by S. Birdsall, M.D., of Susquehanna. This paper was read by title at the last meeting of the State Medical Society.


Stevens Point - M. Melous has moved out of the house he formerly occupied on account of an ice jam around his domicile, and likely more to follow.


Lawsville Centre - The Lawsville School Library Assn. Will hold a poverty social at Creamery Hall Friday eve., Feb. 14. All are invited to attend-but unless you wish to pay a fine, do not wear a starched collar or a new dress. Bill of supper 10 cents. Proceeds of supper will go to purchase new books for the library.


East Rush - Our mail carrier, Mr. Estus, was obliged to leave his horses this side of the creek at Rush, on account of the ice taking away the temporary bridge. Everybody will be glad when the iron bridge is finished.


Oakley - On Saturday last O.J. Bailey and Amos Tanner fished at the Acre Pond and between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. the two men, with nine hooks, caught 134 fine pickerel. AND The death of Mrs. Warner Wilmarth occurred on Thursday of last week.


Montrose - The distinguished life and service of the late Judge William H. Jessup was fittingly recognized in open court this week. Judge Jessup died Jan. 16. He was born Jan. 30, 1830, in Montrose, and graduated from Yale in 1849 at the age of 19. He lived in Montrose until 1889 when he moved to Scranton and was in practice with his son.


Hallstead - Last Saturday it was decided to be a prudent idea not to hold any public services on Sunday. The ministers afterwards learned that the public places were to remain open Saturday night and they were not altogether pleased with the sentiment that would close houses of worship on Sunday while club rooms were to remain open during the week. Two officers, three ministers, one secretary and six other citizens decided to visit one or more of the club rooms and ascertain if they were allowed to conduct open houses. Four slot machines were the result of their search. It was reported that another proprietor got word of the visit being made and when they reached his place they found it in darkness and the machine reported to have been there did the "presto change" act and it is seen there no more. The courts will decide the matter.


January 31 (1902/2002)



Susquehanna - At Ithaca, on Monday, Fred Benson, the well-known Susquehanna baritone, won an $85 scholarship in the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. AND Dibble's moving pictures appeared in Hogan Opera House on Monday and Tuesday evenings to good business.


New Milford - It is expected that a game of basket ball will be played the latter part of February between the home team and the Keystone Academy team.


Dimock - The blizzard, which visited this place on Sunday, left the roads in a very bad condition. The road east of town was blocked so that it required a great deal of shoveling to make it ready for travel. C.M. Hinckley, when going to the milk station, had quite an experience. He made two unsuccessful attempts to reach the station and finally with the third attempt, with the assistance of Frank Wanick, he arrived at the station about 2 P.M.


Brooklyn - Miss Josie Gere was unable to attend to her school duties a part of last week, being sick of vaccination.


Silver Lake - No mail for two days. Mr. Foster succeeded in getting as far as the Silver Lake postoffice Tuesday, and the dwellers around the lake broke the roads for over a mile for him. He then had to return to the postoffice. Do not know where the blame rests, but the roads have been left in a bad condition this winter-some impassable.


Fairdale - There was a quiet wedding at the parsonage on Wed., Jan. 29. Claude Downer and Miss Grace McKeeby were the happy pair. They started for Binghamton on the evening train.


Birchardville - F.H. Ball, School Director, gave the teacher and pupils of the Birchard- ville School a sleighride on Friday afternoon. They visited Miss Mattie Birchard's School on Stone Street. All report a fine time for which they return thanks to Mr. Ball.


Lynn - At Lynn lives a woman who will carry with her to the grave the most tender and loving remembrance of President McKinley. Ira Buck, the son of this woman, a young man of excellent habits, enlisted and went to the Philippines. Correspondence passed regularly between the mother and son for a long time and then letters from the son ceased. The mother wrote several letters without receiving an answer and then in her distress she addressed a letter to the President. At once she received an answer assuring her he would investigate, and in due time came the information that her son was sick in a hospital and giving his address, and thus to her great joy she was able to renew correspondence with her son. This is only one of thousands of instances of the kind, which brought President McKinley close to the people he served so well, and time will never efface the memory.


Clifford - Eddie Green, our Nicholson stage driver, has been sick the past week, caused by being vaccinated. Eddie was a good hand with the stage and looked after the business in such a way that he was liked by everybody. The people on the stage line will miss him; he will probably drive no more.


Jackson - Roberts' Bros. had a phone placed in the Central Hotel last week, Saturday.


East Rush - Real estate in this vicinity is changing hands to quite an extent, some in talk only, while some is in reality. Halsey Shay has bought the Geo. Fargo farm for $1705; Cyrus Roberts has bought the Nettie Bedell farm; B.A. Jones has not sold his farm; E.L. Jones did not sell a part of his farm to D.W. and N.E. VanOven.


Dundaff - During the terrible storm on Sunday night, E.P. Chamber, who lives just in the outer edge of the village, at about 10 P.M., heard the shouting of a man in the vicinity of his barn. In the rear of the barn is a deep gulley, fenced in with barbed wire. Mr. Chamber aroused his neighbor, Constable Race, and the two set out to find the cause of the shouting and as they neared the gulley they found a man tangled in the barbed wire and completely lost. He was wet through and shivering with the cold and was not able to tell even his own name. He was not intoxicated, however, but quite unconscious from exposure. Mr. Race and Mr. Chamber took him up like the Good Samaritan and carried him to Hotel Decker, where he was taken care of through the night and in the morning he was able to walk to his home half a mile away.


South Montrose - The drifts on Monday morning made travel impossible. Teachers were unable to reach their schools


Forest City - A bashful and youthful couple from Forest City had a painful experience in Susquehanna a few evenings since. The young husband wrote his own name and his wife's on separate lines of the hotel register and the purblind clerk assigned them to separate rooms. Each waited for the other to set the matter straight but it was only after a terribly lonesome hour that the bride plucked up courage and her marriage certificate and descended to interview the clerk. She held out the document mutely and the situation at last dawned upon him. The banished benedict was summoned from his seclusion and the curtain fell amid perfuse apologies.


Montrose - The bear didn't see his shadow Feb. 2nd so get ready for an early spring. But don't take down your stoves yet.


Choconut - The residents of small villages where small pox exists individually and collectively, go into hysterics over the light prevalence of the disease. A local resident commenting upon the fact mentions a story relative to the way the disease was regarded 20 years ago. A man died with small pox in Scranton and relatives at Choconut went to Scranton, put the coffin in the wagon and drove back to Choconut. Many times they ate lunches sitting upon the coffin in the wagon. Arriving at the former home of the deceased, in Choconut, there was a large wake attended by several hundred people, although the fact that the man died of small pox was known. However, two brothers of the man died of the same disease and the incident was a costly lesson.


February 07 (1902/2002)



Forest Lake - Dr. Henry Corson, who died at the home of James Arthur, in Forest City, on the 6th inst. and who was buried from the home of his son, Dr. Frank Corson at Waymart, was perhaps the oldest person living in the State at the time of his death. He was born near Camden, N.J., March 15, 1794, which would give him the distinction of reaching his 108th year. Dr. Corson spent most of his time as a practitioner in Susquehanna, Montrose and Harford several years ago. A family survives, two sons being physicians.


Montrose - The Narrow Gauge, which has not been able to reach Montrose on account of the heavy snow for about a week, got as far as Coon's Crossing this morning and the passengers walked the remaining distance to town. There are about 100 men at work shoveling and the train will soon be able to make regular trips. AND Nearly every boy in this place has a pair of skees (long narrow boards curved and pointed at one end) which he uses with as much skill as a Swede or Norwegian. The boys should combine and form a club. They could secure much pleasure by making jaunts through the surrounding country. The sport is not a dangerous one, although very exciting, and accidents very seldom result. You can't be a boy but once, so get all the enjoyment out of good healthful sports that you can, but do not let them conflict with your studies.


Susquehanna - Slot machines have suddenly disappeared from Susquehanna. From his pulpit on Sunday morning Rev. E.E. Riley, pastor of the Presbyterian church, denied the current rumor that he had something to do with the sudden disappearance of slot machines from Susquehanna. "I am hired by this people to preach, and not to act as a policeman or detective," said he. AND George Perry, an old resident and a veteran of the Civil War, died on Tuesday.


Brooklyn - The Epworth League held a warm sugar social at the home of L.S. Ely on Friday evening. AND On Monday, Feb. 4th, the house of Mrs. Reuben Reynolds in West Brooklyn was destroyed by fire, but with the help of her neighbors some of the contents were saved. A Mr. Salsbury and family who lived in part of the house are only recovering from diphtheria and the son was carried out on a bed to Mr. Dean's home until he could be cared for some where else. The house was wholly destroyed, also most of the goods of both Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. Salsbury.


Lawsville Centre - The creamery is running full blast under the management of Charles Southworth, J.P. Downs, and C.J. Peck, directors. Butter maker, Scott Drake, is counted one of the best in the county. AND We are sorry for the young man who came all the way from Montrose to see his best girl and found that she had gone or was going away with a handsome man. It is bad enough to take such a walk, and then when you lose such a lump of sweetness, is enough to kill corn. AND Bert Bailey was out with his big sleighs and gathered up a load for the aid society folks last week, Saturday.


East Dimock - Another blizzard visited this place last Saturday. It left the roads in worse condition than the one previous.


Harford - The graded school will give a prize contest of recitations Friday evening, Feb'y 28; admission 10 cents; proceeds to be used to lay a walk to the school house.


Jackson Valley - Scott Shaner's barn was burned to the ground on Friday night, with a quantity of hay and straw and 114 bushels of western oats he had just purchased. The fire was caused by a lantern.


South Gibson - Under the auspices of the Aid Society a Martha Washington Tea will be served on Friday evening, Feb'y 21, in the church in real colonial style. Young people in quaint costumes to represent George and Martha Washington, and others, will furnish a short old time entertainment. Supper and entertainment, 25 cents. AND The telephone office has been taken to the furniture store of H.D. Pickering, who will have charge of the phone.


Silver Lake - Arthur Hayes gave the young people an oyster supper and dance. All report a good time. Herrick Centre It is reported the Carpenter boys, who have been engaged in boring for coal on their farm in Uniondale, struck an eighteen-inch vein last Saturday.


East Rush - C.P. Linaberry is thinking of getting a heater for his tank, to warm water for his stock. T.A. Roberts and G.A. Crisman have each put in one which work successfully, making the water much better for milch cows.


Lynn - F.L. Sherman was the lucky man to win the folding saw at Fish's store, of Al Brown, and is now prepared to do your sawing in the line of cord wood or shingle blocks. Who said smoke?


Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - G.L. Lewis has erected an ice house on his farm here. AND The roads are very much drifted. Again the man with the shovel will be in demand.


Springville - An entertainment for the benefit of the school library will be given by Miss Julie Cruser this Thursday evening.


News Brief - February 11 was the 100th anniversary of the burning of the first anthracite coal and was celebrated at the Old Fell House in Wilkes-Barre. The old fireplace in which the first coal was burned by Jesse Fell, in the year 1802, was shown to the large numbers of people who visited the house during the day and listened to a program of music by an orchestra.


A weather sharp, who for forty years has carefully observed the annual appearance of the ground hog, has usually interpreted its meaning with remarkable foresight, says that ground hog day conditions this year forecasts that there will be mild winter weather for three weeks, followed by the same period of severe cold weather. He predicts a break up early this month, followed by a heavy snowfall. He looks for an early spring. But anybody's guess is just as good.


February 13 (1902/2002)



Great Bend - The Chapot Chamois factory has been closed by the creditors. After settlement it is thought that the stockholders will realize 50 cents on the dollar on their stock. It is said that the business has not been carried on entirely to the satisfaction of the stockholder. The Chapots will probably resign as manager and secretary of the firm. A well know politician of Great Bend is reported to have said that he would give $30,000 to start the factory, providing that he was sure that the money would be applied to that purpose. The factory puts out a very high grade of chamois skin, and as there are few competitors in the field, there is no reason why it should not be a paying industry.


Montrose - Thimble Tea, given by the Epworth League at the home of Hon. D.C. Titman, next Tuesday afternoon, commencing at 4 P.M. Gentlemen unable to manipulate thimbles are invited to supper at 6 o'clock. Adm. 15 cents. AND The special exercises in commemoration of Lincoln's and Washington's Birthdays will be held at G.A.R. Hall, Saturday, Feb. 22. All veterans and Sons of Veterans are requested to bring something for the mess chest and to report promptly for the enjoyment of the occasion, inviting their families and lady friends to accompany them.


Hallstead - A man came to this place the first of the week and attempted to bribe Rev. M.J. Watkins and had an experience that he will remember for some time. The reverend gentleman is little, but Oh, my! The man approached Mr. Watkins with the proposition to present him with $75 if he would fix it so that he could get possession of the slot machines. The man soon found that he had tackled the wrong man for the reverend gentleman went for him hammer and tongs, and by the time he had finished the lecture the fellow felt like thirty cents. The man evidently did not care to receive another such lecture, as he did not call on the other minister, but shook the dust of Hallstead from his feet and left for parts unknown. The popular theory is that the man was either acting on his own responsibility or acting as agent for outside parties. The slot machines that were seized are owned by parties residing out of town.


Harford - Mrs. Luther Burdick had a rag bee last Saturday, when twelve ladies and one gentleman sewed 45 pounds of rags.


Dundaff - Mr. Trollis, of Carbondale, the noted fisherman, was trying his luck on the ice at Crystal Lake last week and while doing so he pulled out two lake trout; one weighing 8 pounds, the other 7 1/2 pounds. These two fish are of the largest ever caught in this lake. Mr. Trollis is a man of his word and never tells fish stories, so we can vouch that the above is absolutely true.


Susquehanna - What was formerly Masonic hall, on Church Hill, is being remodeled, to be used, hereafter, as dwelling rooms. AND Mrs. L.F. Bailey, of Staten Island, a National Organizer of the W.C.T.U., will speak in the Baptist Church on Thursday and Friday evening. Subject: "Home or Saloon?"


Brooklyn - Edwin A. Weston died at his home in Brooklyn, on February 11, 1902, age 76 years. With the exception of two years of his life, Mr. Weston lived on the old homestead where he was born and which he had helped to clear. A history of the township of Brooklyn, with its early settlers and present inhabitants, testifies to the careful and painstaking work of several of his later years. [Reprints of E.A. Weston's A History of Brooklyn, Penna., can be purchased from the Brooklyn Historical Society]


Thompson - The Erie Railroad Co. have commenced filling the trestle in Aldrich District, one mile from Thompson. AND Thompson is to be congratulated on the efficient work of their temperance workers. May the good work go on and reach the nearby towns.


Silver Lake - We advise a friend of ours to take a bobsleigh instead of a cutter in case there would be deep snow on the crossroad. Better be on the safe side, Tim!


Lawsville Centre - A.G. Southworth has a cow that is averaging 40 lbs. of milk per day-- very good for cold weather.


Fairdale - There will be a New England supper and Japanese wedding at Fairdale M.E. church on Friday evening, Feb. 21. Wedding 10 cents; supper 15 cents. Two quilts will also be sold. Proceeds to apply on quarterage. Everybody cordially invited to attend.


Bridgewater Twp. - On Saturday night a horse ran away on the hill this side of the Poor Farm, throwing the two occupants of the sleigh (a man and his wife) into the snowdrifts. The man started in pursuit of the horse, which he soon captured, repaired the injured sleigh and again started. All went well until they were nearly opposite the poor asylum, when the horse began to use his heels with telling force upon the cutter and soon had it past usefulness. The couple had to be driven to their destination, a short distance below South Montrose, by a nearby Good Samaritan. Upon inquiry it was found that they reside in Binghamton, the death of the woman's sister having caused them to hurridly start on this unpleasant journey. The names of the unfortunate parties could not be ascertained.


Lathrop - Two sleigh loads from Glenwood Switch were pleasantly entertained at John Wilbur's on Saturday evening.


News Briefs - A certain section of Scranton has been terrorized by a "hugger," during the past few weeks. The man grasps the women around the waist and gives them a squeeze. No further violence has been offered. The police think the fellow is crazy. Crazy or not, the police should be able to catch him. AND The following persons have announced themselves as candidates for Commissioner and will appear before the Republican County Nominating Convention: L.T. Birchard, Birchardville; J.T. Bennett, Lenox; Andrew Carter, Auburn. AND The woeful ditty of Jack and Jill, whom Mother Goose, as we all recollect, left at the bottom of a declivity, with at least one broken head between them, is now supplemented with one more cheerful: Jack and Jill now climb the hill, Not as in days of old; But on a tandem, front and rear, Up hill and down they safely steer, Through meadows, wood and dell they glide, And by the millpond quickly slide. And now they're happy as can be, For they are up to date you see.


February 20 (1902/2002)



Bridgewater Twp. - What promises to be a very interesting occasion, will be the flag raising at the Capp school near Williams' Pond, on Friday, March 7, under the direction of the school's popular and efficient instructor, Miss Nora VanScoten, daughter of Justice and Mrs. M.H. VanScoten.


Oakland - Frank Reese, a 12 year-old lad, of the Oakland Side, Susquehanna, was run over Wednesday afternoon by a switch engine in the Susquehanna yard of the Erie railroad, and instantly killed. His head was severed from his body. AND In Susquehanna, the Common Council has given the Board of Health authority to secure a pest house for use if there should be a case of smallpox.


Montrose - Capt. H.F. Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans [Civil War] commemorated the anniversaries of Washington and Lincoln at the G.A.R. Hall on Saturday evening, Feb. 22. A cordial invitation to comrades of Four Brothers Post was accepted by a goodly number. After a bountiful repast, Comrades Halsey and Lott responded to the call to say something about Lincoln, and Comrade C.N. Warner followed with a soul stirring recitation from the London "Punch" on Lincoln. C.W. Brodhead read a paper on Washington, and Comrade F.I. Lott spoke upon the same theme. The beautiful Post flag was waved by Comrade Lott and most heartily cheered. Comrades H.F. Beardsley, R.S. Searle and M.H. VanScoten had each something to say bout Lincoln and Commander Dennis is entitled to much credit for the pleasure and profit connected with this celebration.


Lanesboro - The house occupied by a family named Crandall, near the Germantown Crossing, in Lanesboro, has been quarantined on account of the presence there of a woman named Lena Clark, who had been exposed to smallpox in a house in Conklin Forks, near Binghamton. The health board's physician, Dr. Miller, examined the woman, who says she went from Conklin Forks to Binghamton and reported to the city poor authorities that she had been exposed and they told her she had better go to her relatives. She then left for Lanesboro. She carried with her an addressed envelope directed to the officers in Binghamton, in which she was to enclose a letter notifying them where she landed. The house is guarded and all the occupants have been vaccinated.


Brooklyn - At a recent meeting of the Telephone Association, Limited, of Brooklyn, L.S. Ely, George H. Terry and C.F. Watrous were elected committee to construct the line to Montrose. They have bought poles and are arranging to erect and equip it as soon as possible. The Association, which is composed of ten citizens of Brooklyn, was organized but a short time ago for the purpose of building this line. The people of Brooklyn and along the route have greatly encouraged the project by subscribing for phones.


Franklin Forks - The congregation of the Methodist church were startled about midway in the sermon on Sunday morning, the 6th, by the alarm being given that Nelson Green's house was on fire. The pastor at once dismissed the congregation and pastor and people at once hastened to the burning building, but too late to save it, and it was soon a heap of coals and ashes. They [Green family]lost about all their goods in the upper story but saved most of the furniture on the ground floor, except the cook stove and nothing from the cellar. Their friends and neighbors showed sympathy by works and helping them to get started again. They moved in John Harsh's house, which had just been vacated.


Thompson - The Erie Railroad Co. has commenced filling the trestle in Aldrich District, one mile from Thompson. AND L.M. Gillett has opened a feed store in the Tallman building.


Springville - The remains of Halton Stone were brought up on the train Feburary 12, for interment in Newton cemetery, making ten children that Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stone, of Stull, have laid to rest in the old family burying ground of the Newtons: two brothers and one sister are left to mourn his loss. Deceased was about 26 years old and died in Kansas City, Missouri. AND The "Dewey" St. Bernard dog has put in his appearance again. It was thought by many he had been killed at the time of the smallpox scare in Tunkhannock. He is a fine dog and a knowing dog, and his master, Ward B. Dewey, would be sorry to lose him. It is quite evident that he was coaxed away by some person.


Hallstead - Chas. M. Kistler, of Brandt, is agitating the question of establishing a national bank at this place.


Lenox - The heaviest snowfall in many years came to us Friday and Saturday. The wind, for once, was conspicuous by its absence, but even so, a good many of our highways had to be shoveled and some are still impassable.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - The month of February, 1902, will long be remembered. Blizzards Nos. 1, 2 & 3 blocked the road from all points of the compass.


Forest Lake - Miss Amy Seiber lost a valuable cow last week.


News Briefs: The Anti-Saloon League, headed by the Rev. J.J. Fletcher, has won a big victory in the fight against the saloons in Pittston and Luzerne boroughs. The Court, Monday morning, refused 23 of the 25 places in Pittston against which objections were made, and 15 of the 20 opposed in Luzerne borough. In Luzerne county 82 retail applicants and 12 wholesale applicants have been refused licenses. AND Owing to the heavy fall of snow we have had this winter, warnings have been given by the weather bureaus throughout the country to the people on the low lying lands to be in readiness for a thaw and consequently a most disastrous flood. Weatherman Clarke, of the Scranton Weather Bureau, has sent out over 800 postal cards throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania giving warning of a flood and notifying train dispatchers of all the railroads to look out for washouts. AND An exchange says that a gang of swindlers have been operating in Susquehanna and Wayne counties. Approaching a farmer, they appointed him agent for a patent hayfork and agree to give him a fork if he will show it to his neighbors and devote one day of the month in taking orders. The farmer signs a contract, agreeing to the above. When the contract is cut in two, the signature end is a judgment note, which the farmer is forced to pay at a bank. Scores of farmers have been forced to pay from $75 to $450 each.


February 27 (1902/2002)



Bridgewater Twp. - What promises to be a very interesting occasion, will be the flag raising at the Capp school near Williams' Pond, on Friday, March 7, under the direction of the school's popular and efficient instructor, Miss Nora VanScoten, daughter of Justice and Mrs. M.H. VanScoten.


Oakland - Frank Reese, a 12 year-old lad, of the Oakland Side, Susquehanna, was run over Wednesday afternoon by a switch engine in the Susquehanna yard of the Erie railroad, and instantly killed. His head was severed from his body. AND In Susquehanna, the Common Council has given the Board of Health authority to secure a pest house for use if there should be a case of smallpox.


Montrose - Capt. H.F. Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans [Civil War] commemorated the anniversaries of Washington and Lincoln at the G.A.R. Hall on Saturday evening, Feb. 22. A cordial invitation to comrades of Four Brothers Post was accepted by a goodly number. After a bountiful repast, Comrades Halsey and Lott responded to the call to say something about Lincoln, and Comrade C.N. Warner followed with a soul stirring recitation from the London "Punch" on Lincoln. C.W. Brodhead read a paper on Washington, and Comrade F.I. Lott spoke upon the same theme. The beautiful Post flag was waved by Comrade Lott and most heartily cheered. Comrades H.F. Beardsley, R.S. Searle and M.H. VanScoten had each something to say bout Lincoln and Commander Dennis is entitled to much credit for the pleasure and profit connected with this celebration.


Lanesboro - The house occupied by a family named Crandall, near the Germantown Crossing, in Lanesboro, has been quarantined on account of the presence there of a woman named Lena Clark, who had been exposed to smallpox in a house in Conklin Forks, near Binghamton. The health board's physician, Dr. Miller, examined the woman, who says she went from Conklin Forks to Binghamton and reported to the city poor authorities that she had been exposed and they told her she had better go to her relatives. She then left for Lanesboro. She carried with her an addressed envelope directed to the officers in Binghamton, in which she was to enclose a letter notifying them where she landed. The house is guarded and all the occupants have been vaccinated.


Brooklyn - At a recent meeting of the Telephone Association, Limited, of Brooklyn, L.S. Ely, George H. Terry and C.F. Watrous were elected committee to construct the line to Montrose. They have bought poles and are arranging to erect and equip it as soon as possible. The Association, which is composed of ten citizens of Brooklyn, was organized but a short time ago for the purpose of building this line. The people of Brooklyn and along the route have greatly encouraged the project by subscribing for phones.


Franklin Forks - The congregation of the Methodist church were startled about midway in the sermon on Sunday morning, the 6th, by the alarm being given that Nelson Green's house was on fire. The pastor at once dismissed the congregation and pastor and people at once hastened to the burning building, but too late to save it, and it was soon a heap of coals and ashes. They [Green family]lost about all their goods in the upper story but saved most of the furniture on the ground floor, except the cook stove and nothing from the cellar. Their friends and neighbors showed sympathy by works and helping them to get started again. They moved in John Harsh's house, which had just been vacated.


Thompson - The Erie Railroad Co. has commenced filling the trestle in Aldrich District, one mile from Thompson. AND L.M. Gillett has opened a feed store in the Tallman building.


Springville - The remains of Halton Stone were brought up on the train Feburary 12, for interment in Newton cemetery, making ten children that Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Stone, of Stull, have laid to rest in the old family burying ground of the Newtons: two brothers and one sister are left to mourn his loss. Deceased was about 26 years old and died in Kansas City, Missouri. AND The "Dewey" St. Bernard dog has put in his appearance again. It was thought by many he had been killed at the time of the smallpox scare in Tunkhannock. He is a fine dog and a knowing dog, and his master, Ward B. Dewey, would be sorry to lose him. It is quite evident that he was coaxed away by some person.


Hallstead - Chas. M. Kistler, of Brandt, is agitating the question of establishing a national bank at this place.


Lenox - The heaviest snowfall in many years came to us Friday and Saturday. The wind, for once, was conspicuous by its absence, but even so, a good many of our highways had to be shoveled and some are still impassable.


Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - The month of February, 1902, will long be remembered. Blizzards Nos. 1, 2 & 3 blocked the road from all points of the compass.


Forest Lake - Miss Amy Seiber lost a valuable cow last week.


News Briefs - The Anti-Saloon League, headed by the Rev. J.J. Fletcher, has won a big victory in the fight against the saloons in Pittston and Luzerne boroughs. The Court, Monday morning, refused 23 of the 25 places in Pittston against which objections were made, and 15 of the 20 opposed in Luzerne borough. In Luzerne county 82 retail applicants and 12 wholesale applicants have been refused licenses. AND Owing to the heavy fall of snow we have had this winter, warnings have been given by the weather bureaus throughout the country to the people on the low lying lands to be in readiness for a thaw and consequently a most disastrous flood. Weatherman Clarke, of the Scranton Weather Bureau, has sent out over 800 postal cards throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania giving warning of a flood and notifying train dispatchers of all the railroads to look out for washouts. AND An exchange says that a gang of swindlers have been operating in Susquehanna and Wayne counties. Approaching a farmer, they appointed him agent for a patent hayfork and agree to give him a fork if he will show it to his neighbors and devote one day of the month in taking orders. The farmer signs a contract, agreeing to the above. When the contract is cut in two, the signature end is a judgment note, which the farmer is forced to pay at a bank. Scores of farmers have been forced to pay from $75 to $450 each.