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August 28 1914

Clifford – Sylvester H. Johnson, aged 67 years, died at his home, Fern Hall, the Johnson family homestead at Crystal Lake, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1914. His death occurred in the house in which he was born. Fern Hall, which was conducted by the deceased as a summer resort, was patronized by the best people of the east until Mr. Johnson’s declining health necessitated its closing. He was a brother of James and Robert Johnson, of the noted drug firm of Jonson & Johnson, of Brunswick, NJ and which is known the country over for its excellent surgical and medical preparations. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carrie Fancher Johnson, formerly of Montrose.


Herrick Center – Herrick township high school opened Aug. 24 with the following teachers: Prof. George Norman, of Liberty, Pa., principal; Miss Geneva Lewis, of South Gibson, intermediate; Miss Edyth Smith, of Uniondale, primary. There is a good attendance and every prospect of a successful year.


Auburn Twp. – The Cavanaugh, Donlin and Keough family reunion was held in the grove near St. Bonaventure’s church, Auburn, on Thursday of last week. A splendid dinner was served and a fine time enjoyed. A number of the relatives from Montrose attended, including Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Donlin, John Corbett, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Keough and George Deuel, Sr. ALSO Lightning burned the barn owned by the David Raub estate, at West Auburn, on Thursday of last week. In the barn was stored 23 tons of hay belonging to John W. Sims, and all was totally destroyed. There was no insurance.


Kingsley – During the storm of last Thursday, lightning struck a barn on the farm of the Watson Jeffers estate near Kingsley. The barn was fired by the bolt and the blaze communicated to a second barn by way of a shed. The two structures, a large silo, creamery, forty tons of hay and much farm machinery were destroyed and two calves were burned to death. Ernest Jeffers is in charge of the farm.


Forest City – The storm of Thursday afternoon of last week damaged property in here to the extent of $10,000. From 6 until 11 o’clock that night the street car service was out of commission, lines having been torn down by trees falling against them and the light service was out for the same length of time. A large stained glass window in the Sacred Heart of Jesus church was blown in and the water badly damaged a new $3,000 pipe organ. Many trees were blown over on the street car tracks, and it took some hours to remove them.


Montrose – New and attractive improvements have lately been made in Zion A.M.E. church and there is an effort being made on the part of the pastor and people to promote a deeper spiritual relationship among the colored people of Montrose. The side-walls and ceiling of the church have been repapered, a new pulpit cloth and hymn books added, and the windows have been repainted. If anyone feels disposed to help the church in any way, the congregation will feel grateful. Books may be contributed to the Sunday school library, spiritual books may be sent to the pastor, or religious mottoes for the church may be made use of. The present pastor is Rev. H.J. Bexley of Baltimore, and he delivers helpful messages to his flock every Sunday. A festival will be held at the church basement tomorrow evening for the benefit of the church. Years ago the membership was large, but it has dwindled down to a few faithful since the older generation has crossed the “wide river,” and it is hoped the remaining few will be encouraged toward putting forth new zeal in their work by a good attendance tomorrow night. ALSO A large addition will be made to Rosemont Inn, this Fall, to accommodate the large number of guests coming to this popular inn.


Brooklyn – Work on resurfacing the State old road from the Lathrop township line north, 4 ½ miles to A.J. Smith’s, will begin next week. This road has endured great wear during the past three years. Nearly every Sunday over 100 automobiles pass over it during the summer season. ALSO The Tewksbury family reunion was held in the M.E. church, on August 20th. This is the 17th annual reunion held by the family and most of those who were active in promoting the meeting of the descendants of Jacob Tewksbury, who settled in Brooklyn in 1800, have passed away, and their places were filled at the tables with other and younger faces. The history of this family is good; few dark sheep have been members of this household and many bright and faithful servants of the Master have lived and wrought and passed to their reward.


Harford – Our little town is again teeming with life. School began Monday with an enrollment of 140 pupils, with Miss Clara Winans, principal; Miss Cooper, grammar room; Miss Clark, intermediate and Miss Sarah Stevens, primary.


Bridgewater Twp. – A very pretty wedding took place at East Bridgewater last evening, Aug. 26th, when Miss Ruth Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew F. Curtis, became the bride of Stanley S. Roach, of Lock Haven, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.O. Roach, of East Bridgewater. The house was handsomely decorated with ferns, white and pink asters, carrying out an attractive color scheme. The bride wore a white voile gown, with a real lace collar, one hundred years old, a prize family heirloom, and carried a bouquet of pink and white asters. The happy pair took the midnight train for Lock Haven, where the groom has a position as department superintendent with a paper manufacturing company. Both Mr. and Mrs. Roach grew up from childhood, in East Bridgewater, and have a host of friends who wish them God-speed on their matrimonial journey.


Gibson –The Brundage reunion, held at the pleasant home of E.W. Brundage, Aug. 22, was a very enjoyable affair. The day was an ideal one and the tables were spread in the orchard under the trees. Between 60 and 70 were present. Singing and recitations by the younger people enlivened the occasion. The rest of the time was spent in visiting and all returned to their homes feeling that they had a good time.


Gelatt – In the thunder shower, Tuesday night, lightning struck and burned the large cow barn belonging to H.B. Potter. There were twenty-four large loads of hay and some lumber in the barn. It is a great loss to Mr. and Mrs. Potter.


Hallstead – Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Swartz have received word in a round-about way from a relative in Elmira, in regard to their daughter, Miss Myrtle Swartz, who is traveling in Europe with a party of friends, stating that they had reached London in safety and were making preparations to sail for home as soon as passage could be secured. The family received a letter from her on the 7th but have heard nothing since.


News Brief: Pennsylvania’s automobile tags for 1915 will be of turquoise blue enamel, with white letters and figures and a soft metal keystone for the maker’s number. The contract will be for about 150,000 for next year.

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