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April 23 1909

Laceyville - The grand jury at Tunkhannock last week ignored the charge against Clayton G. Keller, principal of the Laceyville High School, charged by the parents of Miss Blanche Russell, a pupil, with assault and battery. Miss Russell is alleged to have made an infraction of the school rules and the principal punished her with a ruler quite severely. Miss Russell complained of the mode and strenuousness of the punishment and the young lady's father had the principal arrested and held for court. The grand jury of Wyoming county, after hearing the evidence, decided to ignore the bill, placing half the costs, however, upon the disciplinarian.


Bridgewater Twp. - Ice that was stored in stacks in the barn on the Hoyt farm, near Lake Montrose during the winter, is now being shipped over the Lehigh Valley to points in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Messrs. S.G. Fancher, F.D. Morris, C.O. Hoyt and W.H. Conklin are the shippers.


Brandt - Raphael Kessler, Sr., one of the best known men in Susquehanna County, died at his home at Brandt last Saturday. The deceased was born in Germany, coming to this country when a young man. He was educated for the Presbyterian ministry and for over 13 years preached until his health failed and he was obliged to give up the ministry. Having married Miss Nancy H. Brandt, daughter of the late Henry W. Brandt, who had a branch acid factory in Brandt, the principal industry of the place, he took charge of the factory for his father-in-law. The wood acid business was then in its infancy and Mr. Kessler afterwards took over the business and at one time had one of the largest manufactories of its kind in the country. He was also largely interested in other business enterprises and continued to give them his attention almost up to the time of his death.


Lynn, Springville Twp. - Walter Hartman is the floor walker at Fish and Sheldon's store and is well liked by the customers for his kind attention with which he treats them. Ray Greenwood is home for a month and is over-hauling the goods in his father, F.S. Greenwood's store, making quite a display in the show windows of spring goods. Ray knows how to do it and says he has got to have it.


Susquehanna - Tuesday evening the local basket ball season came to an end in Hogan Opera House. The L.A.C.C. five and the R.R.Y.M.C.A. Jr. five played. Between the halves the audience was entertained by Jack Hall, Leo Sullivan and Charles Rauner, wooden shoe dancers. After the game Lea's orchestra furnished music for dancing.


Ararat Summit - We are glad to see R. Sparks, the butcher, of Jackson, on his weekly rounds again. Rob is the right hand man with meats.


Kingsley - On the roll of honor of the Kingsley Graded School, the following are those who attended every day. Ethel Welch, Minnie Searles, Julia Stearns, Marvin Stearns, Glenn Wilmarth, Walter Tiffany and Ralston Tiffany; those who missed only one day were: Louise Stearns, Irene Stearns and Lynn Mathews.


New Milford - Daniel Rice, who died on March 31, aged 78 years, came to Gibson when he was about five months old, having been born in near Sterling, Mass. The journey occupied six weeks and for a portion of the way was marked only by blazed trees. When he was 14 months old his father died. Mr. Rice was married to Miss Emeline Perry and lived in New Milford for the better part of his life.


Montrose - "Old Tim" the lovely, big, fluffy, yellow Tarbell House cat, is no more. He was found on an ash heap in the rear of the hotel, and a bullet in the head of the poor inoffensive cat disclosed the manner of his death. Tim's right name was "Timothy Tarbell House," and his age was 14 years. Not believing in nightly paradings and caterwauling on other folk's back fences, Tim felt that his duty was to act as mouser in the Tarbell House, which duty he carried out well up to the time even when old age made his legs rheumatic and his beautiful golden coat and white vest very much disheveled. Many a traveling man and other friends too, will feel badly to hear that Tim has gone, and will never greet them in the halls and office again. He had been given the freedom of the house for years. Friends stood ready to take Tim, but a former mistress wished the cat to remain at the Tarbell House pending being sent for to live in more quiet quarters.


Uniondale - Dr. Craft and M.D. Daniels expect to sail up the Nile some time this summer. ALSO Harvey Smith is selling lime by the car load to farmers. They say that lime sweetens the soil. The profits make Harvey smile very sweetly.


Friendsville - We are sorry to hear that the stage running from here to Binghamton is to change hands after July first, as Mr. Brown has given the best of satisfaction while he has been driving.


Forest City - There were exclamations of pleased surprise all over town when the electric current was turned on Friday night. The company had promised greatly improved service when the Carbondale power plant was tapped, and the promise was fulfilled. After the miserable services of the past few months, during which time the local lines were loaded beyond capacity of the generating machinery, the new illuminant seemed dazzling. As our 90 candle power lamps blow out, it is probable they will be replaced with others of higher voltage. The company has replaced the old fashioned arc lights with more modern lamps which need attention but once a week instead of daily. They make a light with a blue tinge.


News Brief - The capabilities of the split-log road drag were never more forcibly demonstrated than on the Main Street of the village of Millerton. One round trip through town transformed the highway from a sticky, rutty and bumpy abomination into a road nearly as smooth and agreeable as the macadam. ALSO For the eighth time in as many years 'Squire Peter Fisher, of Columbia county, is laid up in bed with injury to his left leg. Once a year as regular as the seasons, Fisher either breaks or injures that left leg in such a manner as to cripple him temporarily. He wouldn't feel right if he did not. A load of hay was blown over on him by the wind this time. Alternately he has been run over by a wagon, mowing machine, hurt by a runaway, stuck with a pitchfork, shot, and hurt several other ways. Half a dozen times the doctors thought they would have to saw the leg off but Fisher is a scion of a sturdy family and he still has his leg.

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