July 30 1909
East Rush - E.A. Jenner has purchased an automobile and took his first tour without a chauffeur. It was delightful, this flying through the air at the rate of 20 miles an hour, and even the poor roads in Jessup did not dampen Mr. Jenner's delight in motoring, but all of a sudden it stopped just at the foot of the hill by Very's. It must be the simplest thing in the world for a professional to discover what was wrong, but he would do nothing but shrug his shoulders and why, yes, he had taken out the valves and tested the coil, any amateur could do so much; yet the motor would not start. Mr. Very had a rope and an obliging disposition, and with his horse towed the refractory machine to the top of the hill. If Mr. Jenner's remarks matched his expression it would be wrong to record them here. When they reached J.H. McKeeby's, Mr. Jenner thought he would be safe in sending the horse back, as it would surely go on the level, but he was finally obliged to leave it beside the road and trudge wearily home a foot. The trouble proved to be that the batteries needed replacing.
East Kingsley - Thursday, little Charles Oakley, while sitting in front of the stove, fell out of his high chair onto the stove burning his face and hands severely, although not seriously.
Elk Lake - The many friends of Miss Sallie Stevens surprised her on her 89th birthday, by taking dinner with her and making her a postal shower. She was also presented with some very beautiful bouquets of sweet peas and many best wishes.
Franklin Twp. - Banker Brothers have just sold a number of handsome thoroughbred Devon cattle to parties in South Carolina, Virginia and Litchfield, Conn., and state that they were never in receipt of more orders than the present spring and summer. They breed the best in thoroughbred stock and have a steady demand from those who wish to improve their herds.
Lawton - William Gibbs, of Lawton, died at the home of his son, Edgar C. Gibbs, at West Auburn, July 20, 1909, aged 64 years, 8 months and 6 days. He was a good man, beloved by all who knew him. When 17 years of age he enlisted in Co. A, 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, serving until honorably discharged, a period of 5 years, 3 months and one day. A part of this time he spent in confinement in the dreadful Libby prison. His casket was draped with the flag of his country, which he loved so well.
Montrose - The Palace Roller Skating Rink is proving to be a most popular place of recreation and amusement for a constantly increasing number of people, who find the relaxation most pleasurable after a day of work or business. All the appointments at the Palace are of the best, and the deportment and decorum being noticeable features. The floor is as near perfect as it could be and the interior has been entirely repainted and decorated. A military organ furnishes music all the time and apparently never seems to tire. It has been open two evenings each week, namely Tuesday and Saturday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5.
Fowler Hill - Mr. H. Hitchcock has picked 591 qts. of black caps from his little patch; also 699 qts. of strawberries and 103 qts. of goose berries, 77 qts. Of currants and has red raspberries yet to pick.
Hallstead - Hon. and Mrs. James T. DuBois are to leave Aug. 25 for Singapore, where Mr. DuBois was selected by President Taft to do some special work and it is not likely that he will remain abroad for more than a year.
Friendsville - Chas. Stevens is prepared to wait on any one in need of wagon or sign painting. ALSO We are sorry to report our blacksmiths, both, are nursing sore fingers.
North Bridgewater - Camp Choconut crossed bats with the Montrose boys on Saturday last. Quite a delegation, as it took 16 horses nearly all in four-in-hand loads, to convey them to and from the County Seat.
Brooklyn - What came near being a very serious accident occurred at the home of F.B. Jewett, when the hall lamp exploded and the oil became ignited. But for the courage and presence of mind of Mrs. Jewett the large house would have been burned. She heard the explosion, caught the lamp and with the burning oil running to the carpet, carried it out of the house.
Lenox - The telephone business is booming here. L.M. Titus, C.D. Bennett, Floyd Leach, Eddie Brundage, Charles and Frank Powers, Albert Phillips and C.L. Carey, have 'phones in. Mr. Osgood and his men have the telephone line nearly completed to Eugene Brundage's.
South New Milford - Now and then an auto goes through here for a change. ALSO The horse that was used for many years by W.B. Roe passed away last week. Death was due to old age. ALSO Three meat wagons a week and one store wagon through here keeps us well supplied.
Forest City - The Forest City team played the Clippers of Carbondale, at Duffy's field, Sunday, and was beaten. In the third inning, with the score 2-0 in favor of Forest City and Carbondale at the bat, there were three men on bases and two out when the ball was batted into foul territory outside the third-base line. There could be no doubt that the drive was foul for the ball landed at least ten feet outside the line and rolled further out. But the bold Mr. McDonough, that versatile arbiter who sprung in to prominence in the days of Mikey Walsh, could see that foul line perambulating hither and thither, twisting and turning and accommodatingly taking sudden jumps that embraced within the line of fairness the above mentioned foul ball. He called it "fair." Three runs came in and the game, from that [point] on was all "Clippers." McDonough is no doubt a capable umpire. He knows the game, he knows the rules and he knows the game is a farce when decisions are not given promptly and fairly. But one should hesitate in accusing him of intentional unfairness. Perchance he labored under a temporary attack of pink eye, which is somewhat "bossy" or the poise of his mind may have been disturbed by that affliction known as double vision, where each eye locates the same object in different places. But, unfortunately for the Forest City team he did not always close the same eye.
Jail Break - It seems that one of the prisoners tipped the Sheriff, H. S. Conklin that preparations were under way to affect a general jail delivery [break].
Towanda - More tests are being made of the Durreil oil field near Towanda. Some oil had already been discovered when drilling stopped awhile ago, but now the Pittsburg Oil & Gas Co., with plenty of money back of it, has taken up the work and the citizens believe they will strike oil this time.