January 02 1903
Glenwood, Lenox Twp. - Hon. Galusha A. Grow, who was the war speaker of the House of Representatives, will write "Lincoln Life in the White House" in the February "Success." AND At the home of P.H. Hunt, our genial blacksmith, all was Christmas jollity. Those from out of town were Perry Hunt, wife and daughter, of Mill City and Mrs. Cora Cole, of Carbondale. All enjoyed a family sleigh-ride to Clifford. Mrs. P.H. Hunt was made glad by the gift of a fine new cooking range, Miss Martha Hunt, a gold watch and Mrs. Susie Sprague, a beautiful fur cape. There was scarcely any one slighted.
Montrose - Editor Taylor celebrated the holidays by removing the whiskers, which have long been a part of his facial expression, and joined the bare-faced brigade, which gives him a distinguished appearance. It is getting to be the fashion among statesmen, diplomats, and other distinguished people. Perhaps the fact that brother Taylor is now a grandpa for the second time has something to do with his casting aside such frivolous adornment as chin whiskers. AND Elliot and Thomas Davies, two young men of this place, have constructed a telegraph line between their homes, the distance traveled being about two blocks. It works to perfection.
Little Meadows - Two men engaged in cutting trees from the woods picked out a magnificent oak of apparent health. During the time they were engaged in sawing the tree they noticed nothing peculiar, until they got to the point where the tree toppled over. It was then discovered that the center of the tree was hollow and when the top fell over a peculiar hissing was heard coming form the cavity. The men stopped to express their wonder at the phenomenon and one of them lighted his pipe. He then held the burning match over the hollow stump to see if possible what was in the tree to make the noise. Imagine his astonishment when a stream of fire shot up into the air. The hole in the stump of the tree evidently tapped a subterranean vein of natural gas and that in escaping from the hole it made the hissing sound. The gas continued to burn until the stump of the tree was nearly consumed. The discovery has again caused much excitement in Little Meadows and may result in further attempts to locate gas wells in the vicinity. Two years ago, local capitalists were unsuccessful in finding gas.
New Milford - About six o'clock last night, while the guests at the Jay House were eating supper, the gas plant which is at the rear end of the hotel, blew up, causing a loud report and completely breaking out all the windows in the house. Fortunately, no one was hurt and no fire occurred.
Great Bend - The gold watch given by the Great Bend Pleasure Club, as a prize for the best lady waltzer at the Christmas night dance, was awarded to Miss Joe Kilrow.
Susquehanna - A committee from Susquehanna Town Council will confer with a committee from Lanesboro in regard to lighting the road between the two boroughs. This is a dark and dangerous road and needs lighting badly. AND John McMahon opened a shoe store in the Lannon block and Lloyd Knise opened a tonsorial establishment in the Pope building.
Lawsville - A very pleasant affair was the surprise party given on Christmas night to Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Bailey, it being the occasion of their 39th wedding anniversary. Their friends (95) assembled to help them celebrate and to wish them many happy returns of the day. We were very pleasantly entertained with both vocal and instrumental music, and last but not least by a recitation, "The Judgment Day," by Miss Mary Wheaton, which deserves great praise. Just before 12 o'clock we were invited to partake of ice cream and cake; also bananas, to which we all did ample justice and each one departed declaring it as being a very pleasant occasion.
Birchardville - Frank Fessenden took a load from here over to Mr. Beebe's, near Montrose, where they tripped the light fantastic until the wee small hours, one night last week.
Springville - Howard Taylor, a young ministerial student of Wyoming Seminary, is spending his vacation with his parents at Lynn. Owing to the pastor, Rev. J.W. Price, being engaged in revival work at Lymanville, Mr. Taylor preached at East Lynn, last Tuesday evening.
Lakeside - J.R. Barrett's people have added to the comfort of their home, a telephone.
Auburn Centre -As a rule, gentlemen are not pleased when they "get the mitten," but when B.B. Lowe received a nice pair of double mittens as a Christmas present from his wife and learned that they were knit by her grandmother, who is known through Auburn as Aunt Lovisa Carlin, a lady who celebrated her 90th birthday, Nov. 26, 1902, he was more than pleased. The yarn was taken to her Friday evening, Dec. 19, and the following Monday her daughter, Mrs. J.C. Tyler, who lives with her, went away and was gone until Tuesday, so the old lady had to go ahead with the housework for two days, but by Wednesday night she had them finished and nicely washed and dried ready for wear. The wrists are knit what is called fox and geese and are striped. What is more remarkable, she knit them without the aid of spectacles, and she has also knit several pairs for her great-grandsons and she also sews and reads without glasses.
In her younger days Aunt Lovisa used to spin wool to make kersey blankets and sheets, also weave cloth for the girls dresses and spin flax and weave her own towels, beside caring for a family of seven or eight little ones, all of whom grew to man and womanhood and are now all numbered with the dead except one daughter. Now in the summer season it is no unusual thing to see Aunt Lovisa out hoeing and weeding in the garden, and when in the house she peels potatoes and apples, washes dishes and is more active than lots of young girls.
News Briefs - In Wilkes-Barre, police attended a Christmas night dance in that city and sent home 45 girls they considered too young to frequent such affairs. AND The old home of Horace Greeley, on the New York State line, six miles from Correy, Pa., burned last Friday. In this dwelling Horace and Barnes, his brother, spent many years of their life. Burt Greeley, a nephew, occupied the house and barely escaped with his family.