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October 15 1909

Brushville - The large and stately residence of ex-Sheriff and Mrs. Richard Brush, considered one of the handsomest country homes in that part of the county, was totally destroyed by fire last Sunday morning. All efforts were directed toward saving the household goods, because it was impossible for a bucket brigade to even attempt to quench the furies of the fire which was fast consuming the rear portion of the house. An alarm was sent by telephone to all nearby neighbors who hurriedly assisted in removing household goods but nearly all the furniture upstairs was destroyed with the parlor and sitting room furniture was removed in good order. A bucket brigade saved the fine barn which did not stand far from the burning building. Mrs. Brush collapsed afterward because of nervous strain but is now in a more comfortable condition.


Susquehanna - Arthur H. Westbrook was killed at Ararat before daybreak Tuesday morning. He was a brakeman on the freight train which left Susquehanna Monday afternoon and was due back there at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning. When the train reached Susquehanna, Westbrook was missed and an engine started back in search of him. At Ararat Summit the body was found cut in two. It is thought that he lost his footing while walking the length of the train. He was about 25 years of age and leaves a wife and two children. AND Martin Griffin Jr., of Susquehanna, was killed at Kirkwood sometime during Friday night, the body being found on the railroad shortly after daylight. Griffin was about twenty-six years of age and was a hostler in the round house.


Springville - Stuart Riley is making preparations to bring water from a spring owned by A.C. Grow and will put in a bathroom, while C.E. Burdick is preparing to install a hot water plant in his residence to defend himself and family against the rigors of winter. AND The suit between Maud B. Barnhart and the Trexler & Turrell Lumber Co., of Ricketts, Sullivan Co., Pa., for damages on the death of her husband, Andrew J. Barnhart, who was killed on April 19, 1909, at Ricketts, by a boiler explosion, has been settled, the widow receiving a nice sum of money. Mrs. Barnhart feels very grateful to her attorney, Paul J. Sherwood, and to the Trexler & Turrell Lumber Co., for their kind and courteous treatment.


Rush - Uncle Tom's Cabin show will appear in Rush on Saturday, October 16.


Brooklyn - A meeting was held in the office of G.H. Terry Saturday evening to take steps toward building a sewer through the town. F.B. Jewett was elected president and G.H. Terry secretary. The feeling expressed was that it ought to be built, but not being an incorporated borough it remains with the people to decide. A committee was appointed to ascertain the cost and make a report.


Tunkhannock - D.W. Schooley has built a 35-horse power automobile capable of doing sixty miles an hours. The machine, weighing nearly a ton, has three speeds and a reverse. He has demonstrated it to a number of capitalists and businessmen and hopes to get backing for a factory to manufacture the machine, desiring to locate either in his home town, Scranton or Pittston.


Lawton - Robert Giffin was born in Choconut, March 22, 1841 and died at his home here, Sept. 24, 1909. His death removes another from the list of Civil War Veterans. He enlisted in Co. C, 52nd Regt, Pa. Volunteers, in 1864, and was discharged from service July 12, 1865. He was united in marriage Oct. 15, 1865, to Miss Elizabeth Chase. To them were born eight children, six of whom are living and two died in infancy. He is also survived by one brother, Bela Giffin, of Rushville and two sisters, Mrs. C.J. Haight, of Rush and Mrs. John Howard of Tama Co., Iowa.


East Bridgewater Twp. - Horton Reynolds is installing a 30 horse power steam engine and boiler at his saw mill, which, in connection with the water power which has heretofore been used, will enable him to meet orders promptly under any conditions. He has already some large contracts upon which he is at work, and the new equipment will be a great benefit. The new machinery was purchased of William Bright, of Scranton, a well-known and reliable dealer of that city.


Ararat - The South Ararat School is progressing fine with Clark Avery as teacher.


South New Milford - B.F. Burdick had the misfortune to lose a good horse last Saturday.


Hallstead - There is much complaint from nearby farming communities about several dogs which appear to travel together and as they are seen for days at a time, in a single locality, it is thought that they live in the woods, hunting game for their living. Farmers say they are frequently seen chasing sheep and sometimes attack calves and larger animals. Rural mail carrier, Val Loan, says that several farmers who have seen the dogs at a short distance say that they are hounds, and it is thought they have either run away from their homes or else have been lost by hunters, and several have threatened to shoot them at the first opportunity, providing they are again caught chasing cattle or sheep.


Heart Lake - Will start cider and jelly mill, October 11th. Cider apples wanted. L.E. Griffing.


South Gibson - Mrs. Addie Gillett is teaching a very successful term of school in the Columbian district, and our graded school is progressing finely under the able management of Prof. Knox Tingley and Miss Dora Follett.


Forest City - Andrew Propokovitz, son of John Propokovitz, was admitted to the Lackawanna county Bar on Monday. He is a graduate of Dickinson and has been studying law since with Attorney W.A. Wilcox, of Scranton. Miss Ruth E. Jacobs, also a Dickinson graduate, was admitted to the bar the same day, she being the second lady in the county to be thus honored.


Montrose - Mrs. Alice Dolan, one of the oldest residents of Montrose, died October 9th, after an illness of short duration. She was born in County Kildare, Ireland, 83 years ago and with her husband came to America when quite young. They first lived in New York city and then located in Orange County, NY and then came here 53 years ago, first locating in Bridgewater and then took up a farm tract in Dimock. After the death of her husband, "Grandma Dolan" (the name by which she was more familiarly known), came to Montrose to live with her son. She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom survive her. "Grandma Dolan" was a gray-haired and gentle-faced old lady whose smile will never pass from the memory of those who knew her.

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