February 21 1908
Brooklyn - The G.A.R. campfire at the village hall, Feb. 12, was a most enjoyable affair. Old war songs and stories were interestingly sung and told. Rev. Wilcox gave a humorous talk on the meaning of war terms and army phrases. Rev. Drury gave an address on "Lincoln during the war."
New Milford - Great havoc was made on Saturday when the ice broke in the creeks and came down into the town at 11:50 a.m. A heavy snow was on the ground, which was melted by the rain Friday night, causing the ice, which was two feet thick in places, to break up and come down the creek with such violent force as to take away the bridge on upper Church street. Following the course of the creek it crashed into the Main street bridge and blocked up the channel under it. The ice, not being able to go further on account of this, the water was turned down Main street, going down nearly as far as the lower Main street bridge. The house owned by Mrs. E.S. Garrett and another occupied by Mr. & Mrs. T.M. Houlihan, were completely surrounded by water and ice and a good many cellars were filled with water. The larger portion of the fence surrounding Samuel Moss's residence was broken in pieces. In order to remove the dam of ice which was clogged up under the Main street bridge they were obliged to use dynamite, which added to the damage already done, completely demolishing one half of the bridge. In some instances cakes of ice 16" thick piled up and represented a miniature landscape view of the Klondike region. At Summersville, the D.L.&W. track was under water and the engineer was compelled to lessen his speed as the car wheels swished through the water.
Flynn, Middletown Twp. - Two well-dressed young men visited several places in Flynn and vicinity on Sunday last. No one seemed to notice them and they left as unceremoniously as they came.
Forest Lake - Jefferson Green was a caller to re-new his Democrat, which he has taken many years. Mr. Green tells the Democrat that he has recently started upon his 77th year, though he doesn't look it. He was one of the men who went to California in 1849, when the gold excitement was on, and so many people went overland to the new field of golden wealth. And he did well there too, but he concluded to return to old Pennsylvania.
Great Bend - While returning from the cemetery after the burial of S.E. Sands, the sleigh in which the minister was riding with James Kirby, who was driving the horse, was over-turned, throwing the occupants out in the snow. The horse ran quite a distance down Main street, finally turning into the yard of Professor C.T. Thorpe, where the animal stopped. The only damage was a badly sprained ankle for the horse. AND A number of families expect to move to Hornell, NY, on account of the closing of the Erie shops at Susquehanna.
Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - Some of the mail routes in the township were closed up from snow but no snow keeps Homer Smith from his regular route. He is right on time always.
Gelatt -Many wells were dry on the flat, caused by the recent cold weather, but last Saturday they had abundance of water and some to spare.
Hopbottom - Last Tuesday evening the class of '08 of H.H.S. and friends were delightfully entertained at the home of Miss Grace Doran. Those present were: Misses Luva Davis, Diamond Rose, Bertha Hortman, Dora VanAlstyne, Grace Doran, Lillian Byram. Messrs: Vernon Payne, Will Mink, Roy Sterling, Lional Lott and Lee Carroll.
Lawton - The recent good sleighing was taken advantage by all having logs to haul, nearly filling S. Terry's log yard.
Herrick Centre - The people who have been helping themselves so freely to Erie and D & H coal, had better watch out or they will see trouble.
Harford - The old landmark known as Maynard's mill, together with its contents, about 30 tons of grain, was burned Saturday, also a barn with a quantity of hay, and by the greatest effort the house was saved. If it had not been for the light rain of Saturday morning that whole corner would have burned. Estimated loss about $5000, no insurance. Mr. Maynard saved the books and would like creditors to pay outstanding bills promptly, thus assisting him in straightening out affairs.
Forest City - The bridge, which spanned the Lackawanna river at the old D.&H., southeast of here, was swept away by the high water on Saturday. As bad as it was, this was Forest City's nearest road to the Ontario & Western in Wayne county. Now, to haul freight from the Ontario station, a distance of a quarter of a mile, it is necessary to go about three miles and cross the river on a private bridge erected some years ago by Frank Hollenback. This bridge is in poor condition and it is only a matter of a short time before it will be unsafe to cross.
Springville - W.E. Stevens moved the building formerly occupied by C.N. Giles as a meat market and will convert it into a blacksmith shop. M.B. Johnson is expecting to tear down the shop occupied by W.E. Stevens on which stands on his newly purchased property, and build a residence in its place. AND In Lynn, the M.E. church was seriously damaged by the falling of a chandelier in the church Sunday evening. A fierce blaze soon ensued but the doors were closed and the fire was soon extinguished. The carpet, several pews, some of the windows and the chandelier, were so badly damaged as to necessitate new.
Montrose - Jeweler F.B. Smith's window display of cutglass is something that is attracting the attention of the artistic eye. It is a fine collection made by Leo Mahon of this place.
West Liberty - C.H. and A.G. Southworth are putting in a telephone line from their home to Lawsville Center.
Birchardville - Our stage did not get through from Montrose last Saturday night on account of the ice jam at Tyler's bridge.