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April 11 1919

Jackson –Floyd E. Waters, who met his death only a few hours before the signing of the armistice and the stilling of the guns, was recommended for a Distinguished Service Cross by one of his commanding officers. Shortly before his death he was also recommended for a promotion to sergeant. His death was described in a letter from this officer and read: “Corp. Waters, along with the other members of the platoon and myself, had accomplished our mission earlier in the evening with the Stokes mortar and had returned safely to our fox-holes, which we had occupied for nearly a week and which, up to that time, had not been shelled. The Germans were shelling the road heavily when we returned to our fox-holes and were inflicting casualties on another regiment, which was also on the road at that time. Your son, entirely of his own volition and knowing that our work for the night was done, left his hole informing his “Bunkie” that he was going out to help carry in the wounded of the other regiment. Your son had not gone ten feet from his hole when the Boche shelled our area very heavily, a big piece of shell hit your son on the head, cut through the rim of his helmet, and although we carried him to the dressing station at once, which was about 500 yards away, he was wounded so seriously that he passed away within a few minutes. Corp. Waters was one of the best soldiers in the platoon. He was well liked and is greatly missed by all. This action was typical of your son; he not only always did his duty well, but was always willing and ready to help any of his comrades in any way possible. He was buried with about 80 comrades in a cemetery about three kilometers north of the village of Beaumont, on the road to Villemontry.”


Bridgewater Twp. – William Furey, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Furey, who has been fighting in the 27th division in France, arrived in Boston this week. He was wounded during the St. Mihiel drive, but stuck to his company for some days before he would permit them to send him to a casual[ty] station. “Bill” was just the same way playing baseball. He never would quit until the end of the last half of the ninth.


Springville – The unused creamery building, formerly occupied by the Empire State Creamery Co., will be sold by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Co. to the highest bidder. ALSO Harold Smith, of the 102d Engineers, has returned from France and recently spent a 48 hour furlough with his sister, Mrs. J.W. Baker, at Lynn. Although he has spent some months in the hospital, as a result of wounds and shell-shock, his many friends are glad to know he is well on the road to recovery.


Montrose – The Farm Bureau wishes to announce that the carload of Lancaster County Sure Crop has arrived at Andre & Sweet’s, Montrose. This is excellent seed corn, and we recommend the Sure Crop variety as being one of the best varieties to grow here, giving a large tonnage per acre and earing up in excellent condition. ALSO The Farmers Bank building, badly injured by fire last week, will be rebuilt, with extensive improvements on the front and side of the building. At this date the plans are not settled, but the present building will be utilized instead of building a new structure.


Heart Lake – L.E. Griffing, of this place, has taken the agency for the Wheat tractor and the Republic and Traffic trucks, all of excellent construction. W.R. Oakley, who for the past 15 years has been connected with the automobile business in Scranton, and Frank Ely, of Brooklyn, will be associated with him. The Wheat tractor is doing excellent service with road machines and is bound to be a big factor in the immediate future in the construction of highways.


West Auburn – R.B. Swisher has built a fine, new, dog-proof sheep fence—a model for those who contemplate the keeping of sheep. It is of woven wire, three feet high, and barb wire at the top. ALSO A change in one week from blizzards, snow banks and extreme cold weather to warm, sunny skies, green grass, singing birds and flowers is going some.


Beech Grove – A milk meeting was held at South Auburn. The milk question is getting to be a serious matter for some of the farmers in this section, there being more produced than the dealers can handle.


Dimock – My wife, Lina Crisman, having left my home without cause, I pay no bills of her contracting. Fred L. Crisman.


Brooklyn – The eighth grade pupils in the Grammar room held a debate on Wednesday on the question, “Resolved, that men work harder than women.”


Hallstead – The recent blizzard unroofed several buildings in this vicinity; blew over several vehicles, uprooted trees and cut up several disagreeable capers.


Thompson – Mr. Truax, of Carbondale, has purchased the barber shop and building, including ice cream parlors, living rooms, etc., of Ed. Avery and intends to take possession the middle of April.


Forest Lake – Wm. Flynn and son, John, were in Montrose on Thursday. Mr. Flynn makes a specialty of fine maple syrup, having already marketed over one hundred gallons. Syrup sells for two dollars a gallon.


Hop Bottom – Lost-On April 1st, between the culvert and Roy McCloud’s, a coon skin overcoat, lined with black. Finder please leave it at G.C. Finn’s store. Guy Penney.


Marriage Licenses issued: John Soden and Dora Inman, Hallstead; Raymond M. Titman and Beatrice A. Lyman, Springville; Irvin Wauck, Union, NY and Edna S. Wright, Susquehanna; Victor H. Travis and Daisy R. Parmalee, Susquehanna.


200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, April 10, 1819.

*The reprobate Lord Ross, being on his death-bed, was desired by his chaplain to call on God, he replied, “I will if I go that way, but I don’t believe I shall.”

*Notice – Is hereby given, that the commissioners will receive proposals in writing until the first Monday of May next, to build a bridge across the Wyalusing Creek near Wm. C. Turrel’s in the township of Bridgewater.—The said bridge to extend across the main bed of the creek, supposed to be sixty-five feet—and 14 feet wide between the railings, supported by three bents—from the centre bent an ice-breaker extending 11 feet up the stream 13 ¼ feet long and 18 inches square, and standing in the same sill with the centre trustle—the mud sills to be 12 by 18 inches, the posts 18 inches square—the cap pieces the same—five string pieces abreast 12 by 18 inches, covered with pine plank 3 inches thick and 14 feet long—the timbers to be of Hemlock—13 braces 6 feet long 6 by 5 inches—the plank to be 12 feet above the water.—The railing to be made by extending the posts 3 feet above the plank, girted and studed with 40 studs and boarded. Silvanus Hatch, Daniel Ross, Philander Stephens, Commissioners. Montrose, April 10, 1819.

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