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August 09 1918

Friendsville – Cornelius McMahon, otherwise known as “Connie Mack,” died at his home Aug. 6, 1918. For fully forty years he drove the stage and delivered mail between Montrose and Friendsville and was known to hundreds of people along the route. He was faithful as a clock, and though somewhat eccentric, possessed a kindly and genial nature.


Montrose – The concrete paving has been laid on Church street to the intersection with Ridge street. At this point the paving will be reduced in width from 21 ft. to 17. The property owners along Church street had agreed to the former width, but owing to the demand for material and labor the government is holding the width of the road to the original contract. ALSO John J. Slatter has purchased the brick building on Public avenue owned by the Hettie B. Miller estate. This building is occupied at present by Pepper & Birchard’s coal and express office on the ground floor, the Merchants telephone exchange on the second floor and the Subway Lunch in the basement. Mr. Slatter has no plans to use it as a location for his grocery business, but as an investment. Cost was $4,000.


Brooklyn – Mrs. Ira Pratt passed away on Tuesday afternoon. She is survived by a husband, seven children, a father and sister, all of whom have the sympathy of the community. The youngest child is but two weeks old. ALSO Direct from one of the battle sectors, somewhere in France, comes the glad tidings that six members of an army ambulance corps, composed mainly of Scranton young men, have been decorated with the French Croix de Guerre for bravery under fire. In addition each member has been presented with a gold stripe to be worn on the left coat sleeve, signifying six months of active war service. Among the six is Hugh Weston, of Brooklyn.


Hopbottom – The Red Cross work room at Valley View Inn opens every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. There is an abundance of material to work on and a great need for workers. Every woman who can sew should offer her service for a few hours each week. Will you help?


West Auburn – A ride over the country on Friday and Saturday showed many fine meadows still uncut. As high as $4 per day and board has been offered for day help in some instances.


Rush – Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Edwards and niece, Mrs. Inez Hopkins, have returned from a visit to Binghamton and Deposit. On the way from Deposit they collided with a big team of horses and a heavy coal wagon, smashing Mr. Edwards’ car on one side. The owner of the team, Mr. Stevens, paid the damages.


Crystal Lake – I remember when I was working for O.P. Phinney, at the old Crystal Lake Hotel, in 1876, the year that the grasshoppers were so thick you could not see the rails on the rail fence. Phinney had three acres of buckwheat, 8 inches high. The hoppers ate it up in one day. But yesterday beat that day for heat. I was at Lewis Lake, fishing, and took a few eggs along. I put them in a can in the boat and boiled them in 15 minutes. That was some cooking in a boat. I can prove it by my friend W.U. Lott. We had a big catch of bullheads. Yours truly, O.F. Coyle.


Susquehanna – Final action was taken at a meeting of the Susquehanna Borough Council, on the ordinance to pave West Main Street.


Birchardville - Roy Melhuish met with a very serious accident. When he stepped out from the house to shoot a woodchuck, the gun bursted as he shot, blowing his left hand off. He was rushed to Dr. Frye at Rush, and from there to the Sayre hospital, where they found it necessary to amputate his arm half way to the elbow. ALSO N.A. Enslin has purchased a Dort car.


Hallstead – A band of over 20 pieces has been organized here and is now having rehearsals. ALSO Floyd Sackett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvett Sackett, has enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps and is now at Fort Slocum.


Lenox Twp. – The Nicholson Examiner reported that they had come across a copy of Blackman’s, History of Susquehanna County and in it learned that Lenox township furnished 173 soldiers during the Civil War, the largest of any district in the county. In one of the election districts of the county a partisan of Jackson offered to buy the dinner for every voter in the district, if no vote was cast for Jackson. He bought the dinners. Whigs were few in those days.


South Montrose – W.H. Allen, who has been manufacturing a splendid article known as “O.K. Varnish Polish,” for the past few months, and selling it in a small way to acquaintances, is getting a somewhat surprising demand for it now through the words of praise from the users to their friends. It seems to be in special favor with autoists, having qualities making it both safe and effective, preserving the finest varnish and giving splendid appearance. We believe “Ward” has something “under his hat” for greatly increasing its sale. He is wide-a-wake.


Choconut – Bernard McCahill was hit and thrown down by an automobile, which his son was running out of the barn, breaking his collar bone and sustaining other injuries.


Thompson – From a Jan. 1885 article: “Wat” Messenger has traded his revolver for a fiddle. You know burglars seldom fear a revolver in the hands of an inexperienced person, but as an instrument of torture, the fiddle in the hands of an amateur cannot be equaled. In case of an attempted burglary, Messenger proposes to sit down and play one of his slow, agonizing tunes and we don’t suppose there is a burglar on earth who can face the music and retain sense enough to affect his escape.


Forest City – We need a musical organization. It is now practically impossible to have music when wanted in parade and on other occasions. In order to fill this want a number of our musicians have announced a meeting of all those interested in the formation of a drum corps to be held in the borough building tomorrow evening. There is first class talent here and several who have been connected with drum corps in the past, get together and start things going.


News Brief: Acting on the urgency of the need the Surgeon General of the United States Army, the Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, the American Red Cross, and other agencies, unite in an earnest appeal for 25,000 young women, between the ages of 19 and 35, to enroll in what shall be called the United States Student Nurse Reserves. Every woman who completes her training of two to three years is eligible for service as an army nurse at the front and stands a chance of being assigned to duty.


No News: Newspapers from 200 Years Ago are missing issues until September of 2018.


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