August 21 1914
Dimock – The fortieth session of the Dimock campmeeting opened very auspiciously on August 12th and to date has exceeded all previous years in attendance and in general interest. The fact that 4,500 people, the largest crowd in the history of the campmeeting attended the services on Sunday, is definite proof that a new era has dawned for the historic camp. Nearly 300 automobiles were inside the camp on that date. Persons were there from the north, south, east and west, coming from great distances.
South New Milford – C. Shay and men commenced work on the cut-off around Roe Hill, from near the Manzer house to W. Spoor’s, saving a very hard pull. It should have been done years ago. New Milford Twp. – The tannery has been shut down for some weeks and it was expected to resume work last Monday, but owing to the European war, which makes it impossible to get foreign hides, they are unable to start at this time.
Franklin Twp. – Tuesday evening, during the thunder shower, a barn owned by Geo. P. Stockholm was struck by lightning and burned. The barn was used for storing hay and about twelve tons were burned.
Rush – John Marbaker, who was recently shot and badly injured by his cousin, Luther Marbaker, and is being held for trial in the Bradford county court, has sued the latter for $10,000. He claims that he has been maimed for life. The two cousins reside near the Susquehanna and Bradford county line, not far from Rush, and they quarreled over a line fence, resulting in the shooting. ALSO Improvements have begun on the East Rush church. The church is being raised and a basement put under the entire church.
Susquehanna – Saturday night Charles W. Sutton, of Susquehanna, employed as a flagman on the pushers between Susquehanna and Gulf Summit, was struck by a pusher at Gulf Summit and his right leg was cut off near the hip. He was taken to the Barnes Memorial Hospital, at Susquehanna, where he died at 1:00 Sunday morning. Sutton was about 23 years of age and had lived in Susquehanna for a number of years. [Another article gives his age as 21]. ALSO There will be a meeting of the ladies interested in the Women Suffrage movement, in the Hotel Oakland, Wednesday afternoon. It will be conducted by Miss Helen Lynch, of the Pennsylvania Women Suffrage Association.
Glenwood – We are very glad to report that Bert Cameron is able to get out around again. He enjoyed an auto ride to South Gibson and back last Wednesday. Floyd Carpenter very nicely remembered him recently with a box of very fine huckle berries. Floyd bought a huckle berry orchard at Ararat and is busily engaged with the fruit and reports a large crop. ALSO Harry Maloney, of Elizabeth, NJ, who has been visiting at Larey Maloney’s, shot five skunks with two shots that were after chickens. Good for Harry.
Hop Bottom – C. W. Fulkerson, of Carbondale, recently placed a fine auto piano in the Foster House.
Harford – The many friends of Prof. W. L. Thacher, for past few years an inmate of Hillside Home at Clark’s Summit, will be pleased to know that he is a favorite with those in charge of that institution and teaches a Bible class there. Under the quieting influences at the Home, Mr. Thacher remains rational and converses very intelligently with those calling on him. His memory is still acute and he delights to go over the past events of the county, particularly matters associated with the Susquehanna County Historical Society [Mr. Thacher was the first president of the Society in1907]. Mr. Thacher was an extensive writer, a book on Civil Government perhaps being more widely read than any other of his literary efforts and he frankly says that over-work was the cause of his mental breakdown. He remains an inmate of the Home at his own volition and resents the imputation that he was placed there against his will. He realized that his mind was giving way and desired to be placed where he could do no one possible harm during an unrational period. [Wallace L. Thacher was the author of Harford’s Centennial History, 1888 and Harford Fair, 1907. Wallace Lord Thacher, A. M., educator, author and historian, was born March 28, 1841 and died October 12, 1916].
Fairdale – Fairdale church will resume its services on Sunday, August 23rd, after having been closed during the past three Sundays for the summer recess. The pastor expects to return from his vacation sometime during this present week in time to be in the pulpit on the 23rd. A sermon will be preached intended specially for the young men entitled “A Farmer’s Son Who Went to the Dogs.” In the afternoon the pastor preaches at Fair Hill.
Little Meadows – The Misses Marie and Celia Downs are going to Owego to attend school.
Montrose – In the lower part of Monument Square there is a tree which to you people and strangers has no more significance or interest than any other tree in the public grounds. This is because of ignorance of its history. It grew on the first homestead taken up in this country. It has historic interest which will greatly increase in the coming years. Like the Charter Oak at Hartford, the Elm at Concord, under which Washington drew his sword on taking command of the army, it is destined to become famous. This tree should be marked and protected. Let the citizens of Glenwood get as large a boulder as possible from the Grow homestead and place it a little below the elm. [A boulder was placed adjacent to the Elm. A plaque was attached to the boulder and reads: “From the farm of Galusha A. Grow, Glenwood, Pennsylvania, commemorates his Homestead Bill of 1862. The nearby Elm grew on the farm of the first homestead taken under his act. It was brought here by the first homesteader, Daniel Freeman, of Beatrice, Nebraska, at the time of the oration given Mr. Grow by the people of Susquehanna County, June 9, 1903.” Erected 1915 by the Montrose Chapter DAR. On the opposite side another plaque reads: “The Green Ash adjacent, flown from Nebraska’s National Homestead monument, was planted Arbor Day, April 27, 1973. It replaced the 1903 Elm, victim of disease. Cooperation between Susquehanna County Commissioners, Nurserymen K.H. Van Cott, The National Park Service, and The State of Nebraska, brought this tree from the first Homestead Farm as memorial to Galusha A. Grow.”
Forest City – The Forest City Independents defeated the Romeos—Carbondale’s best team—by a score of 11-1 on the latter’s grounds on Sunday.
Clifford – Dr. William Galbraith, of Omaha, is visiting friends at Dundaff. He is a former resident of Clifford township. He went west, studied medicine and has become famous in his chosen profession.