July 26 1901
Uniondale - A young farmer named Jones, living near Uniondale, was made a heavy sufferer by the terrible lightning storm of Monday night. Jones, who was only recently married, settled on a dairy farm and purchased 26 cows. During the storm the herd collected under a large tree. Suddenly there was a terrific and deafening report. The bolt struck the tree and completely shattered the massive trunk. Sixteen of the cows were killed.
Laceyville, Wyoming Co. - While mowing the other day U.G. White saw a blacksnake, which he declares was 16 ft. long, right in front of the mowing machine. With a terrified yell that nearly frightened the team into running away, Lysse turned a double back summersault from the mowing machine, dislocating his liver pad and nearly killing the dog by the fall. During the excitement the snake escaped.
Auburn Four Corners - John Smith, of Auburn Four Corners, was in Tunkhannock the latter part of the week to consult Dr. Tewksbury concerning eye trouble and took occasion to visit his friend, Rev. J.C. Madden, at Eatonville. Mr. Smith is nearly 80 years old and he has lived in Auburn township over 70 years. His experience dates from pioneer days when barter was effected mostly by the exchange of commodities and when teams were driven through the long stretches of forest to New York City to bring home goods for the stores.
Glenwood - P.H. Hunt and George, his son, and N.B. Marcey went huckleberrying and came back with three bushels, so reported. They must have taken a shovel along or considerable money. From Elkdale Geo. Halsted, G. Spencer, A. Howell, Frank Rounds and Cora Crandall enjoyed a trip to Salem mountain, returning with their pails filled to overflowing with huckleberries.
Forest City - The viewers from Wayne county, Messrs. Pomeray, Ledyard and Miller, and the viewers from Susquehanna county, Messrs. Lowery, Wells and Phinny, looked over the site of the proposed bridge across the Lackawanna and will report favorably. They were accompanied by the county commissioners of both counties. The site selected is just east of the grist mill, near the Erie depot.
Lawton - The Lawton horse hide twirlers reported for practice last Saturday. The manager of the association saw that the men were in good condition for a game, and consequently arranged a game for the following day with Friendsville. The Friendsville men showed up good and had registered a few ringers. Nevertheless, at the end of the fifth inning the umpire was forced to call the game on account of darkness. Score: Lawton four, Friendsville one. Features of the game were McCormick's fielding and McGoverns coolness (Lawton). Biers was too clever in his delivering for some of the Lawton boys.
Silver Lake - St. Augustine's church, one of the oldest edifices in the county, will be improved before long. A painting may be placed on the wall back of the altar, the sanctuary will be newly carpeted, while new statues will add to the interior beauty of the church. The walls are to be frescoed also. Father Lally, the rector, takes special pride and displays excellent taste in keeping up his parishes-this and St. Joseph's.
Rush - W.E. Harvey is working at Endicott, the new city that is being built near Binghamton.
Montrose - Business at the cannery this week has been booming, some fifty hands being employed the most of the time. String beans is the main product being received at present, although beets are also beginning to put in an appearance.
Harford - The island in Tyler Lake that has never been known to move, (so says the oldest inhabitant) moved last Sunday one-half mile toward the outlet of the lake. This island is 56x65 feet and has a number of fair sized trees growing on it.
Susquehanna - A number of masked men on Friday night called upon a resident of the Oakland Side and notified him that unless he got rid of a certain tenant, a non union laborer in the Erie boiler shop, his home would be burned.
Jackson Valley - Nearly 100 men and almost as many women attended the barn raising at [the farm of] John J. Davis. AND Essie Schooley is selling the "Hold-Fast" skirt supporter.
Springville - J.K. Aldrich is a lover of lightning rods and defends them whenever and wherever the occasion calls for it. He has them on his farm houses. Tuesday there came along a thunder shower and it somehow happened that lightning struck the house, some say within a foot of the rod, and damaged it quite badly.
Great Bend - The 3:38 train from New York on Tuesday brought 40 fresh air children, which were distributed among our people as guests for two weeks.
Dimock - Dimock Campmeeting begins Wednesday, Aug. 21, and continues eight days. Greenwood and Lyman, of Lynn, will have charge of the dining hall. AND J.W. Bunnell has purchased a new "Wood" drop reaper and is prepared to do work for any one who wishes it.
Recent Storms, with the accompanying lightning, wrought damage in many parts of the county. During the storms of Sunday night barns were destroyed as follows: At Brooklyn, Hon. J.W. Adams'; at Hopbottom, Frank Jackson's, Warren Eastman's and Henry Brewster's; at Harford, Horace Sweet's; at Rush, Lawrence Sivers'; at Lenoxville, Frank Brundage; at Forest Lake, ? Kane's; On Monday night a barn at Harford, belonging to Henry Sweet, was struck and burned, this being not far from the barn of Horace Sweet that burned the night before. Among other places damaged, more or less during the week's storms are the house of George Shelp at Fair Hill, J.K. Aldrich's house at Springville, the house occupied by R.E. McMickens at Springville and the house of Edson Ball, near Lake Carey. The above are a few, but doubtless the returns are not nearly all in yet.