May 01 1908
Montrose - Tunkhannock High School vs. Montrose High School tomorrow afternoon at Athletic Park. Game [baseball] will be called at 2 o'clock. The Tunkhannock team will surely come if the weather is favorable, not disappointing the fans as did the Keystone Academy aggregation. Get your megaphone down from the garret. AND It is said a Nickelette will soon be established here for the amusement of the general public. AND Hamilton Youngs, a colored citizen and faithful G.A.R. man, is critically ill. It is said his age has closely reached the century mark.
Hallstead - There is a rumor that at least two more oil wells will be drilled during the spring-this may and may not be a rumor, but one thing is very certain, and that is that if the Hallstead Oil and Gas Co. is successful in getting oil in their first well that a number of wells will be drilled by them before another winter.
Fair Hill, Jessup Twp. - Mrs. Josephine Bolles had a bee to move her household goods from the O.E. Green farm to Montrose. Mrs. Bolles left Monday for Hallstead, her new home.
Prattville, Middletown Twp. - We had occasion recently to travel the main road leading from LeRaysville to Prattville. This road has, in the past, been a very rough one after the breaking up in the spring. This year the split-log drag has been used on it. To see and to know what this simple device will do is to drive over this road and then drive over another road where the old way is still in vogue. Road supervisors should try the split-log drag.
Forest City - The liveliest spot in town these days is No. 2 breaker, where the $30,000 washery is being built for the Hillside Coal and Iron Co. The new structure is to be of cement and will be the most modern building of the kind in the valley.
Brandt - The sale of a lot of Brandt Chemical Co. bonds to satisfy an unpaid mortgage, which was to take place in Binghamton Monday, was enjoined. The Scranton Title and Guaranty Co. guaranteed the bonds.
Laurel Lake - Tailing arbutus, one of the most beautiful of early wild flowers, is found in many places around here.
Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - John Ralston, of South Montrose, came down last Tuesday to begin moving Will White's house. The family lived in the house all the time of moving and not a thing was damaged. He and his assistants understand their business.
Clifford - Frank Hull, a resident of this place for 24 years, is again renewing old acquaintance. Mr. Hull moved to Nebraska and has prospered. AND T.J. Wells has now his eighth J.P. commission, which if he should serve his term out, makes 40 successive years as Justice of the Peace.
Bridgewater Twp. - A.L. Millard, a good Bridgewater farmer, told us this week that a rainbow in the morning meant that there would be 30 rainy days out of the next 40 and that he had watched it for years and knew it to be so. As there was a rainbow one morning early this week, he is now expecting lots of wetness. Charlie Ely told us that if it rained when the sun was shining it would surely rain the next day. And this occurred the first of the week, he said, on two or three days, and he was still looking for more rain.
Friendsville - Lena A. Deuel announces she shall be at E.E. Lee's, May 5 to 15th, with a full line of summer millinery. All the latest styles, at reasonable prices. AND Leo Matthews caught some fine trout at Carmalt Lake on Saturday.
Ararat - B.B. Stone was a victim of a genuine surprise the 13th, it being his 57th birthday. His amiable wife laid the trap, and Charlie walked right into it. Invitations had been given in whispers, so when Charlie returned from taking his milk to the station that morning and found that about 40 of his friends and neighbors had taken possession of his own house, he was indeed surprised. Three sisters and one brother, with their families, were present, the other four brothers being absent. Dinner was served after which Mr. Stone was presented with a substantial gift by his friends.
Hop Bottom - C.H. Kellum is putting in an automatic water system. The water is forced by air through the house from a tank in the cellar. The system was manufactured by the Kewanee Water Supply Co., Kewanee, Ill.
Susquehanna - When the men who were recently laid off at the Erie shops reported for work yesterday they were told there would be no work until June 1. But a few men will be kept at work in the back of the shop and both round houses will be kept working in order to make running repairs. This move on the part of the Erie is to cut down expenses as much as possible.
South Gibson - Frank Pritchard has been at Pittsburgh, attending an embalming school.
Kingsley - Loomis and Sloat are preparing to build a store house for feed and grain.
Oakley, Harford Twp. - The dance held by the chair factory boys was a grand success. There is a rumor that the chair factory will resume work May 1st on 8 hours a day.
News Brief - Prof. M.J. Lovern, a well-known historian and scholar of Scranton, contributed a lengthy article in Saturday evening's Scranton Times, on the derivation and meaning of the words "Lackawanna" and "Susquehanna," claiming that they are purely Celtic and not of Indian origin, as generally believed. Lackawanna is compounded, he says, from the words lacka-valley, and banna-milk, and therefore means valley or hollow of milk. The substitution of the letter "w" for "b" occurs in the possessive or genitive case in the Irish. The word Susquehanna itself, the professor claims, is compounded of the words "uisce" (water) and "baun" (white, or banna milk), or may be a corruption of Shannon. The writer adds, "From the Irish word 'uisce' (water), we have several changes of the word and 'susqe' is one of them." Prof. Lovern's article was especially prepared for a student interested in etymology.