Montrose - James D. Smillie, of New York, the distinguished artist, who for many years spent his summers in Montrose where he erected a magnificent home and studio and acquired other desirable property, has sold all his real estate in this place to Mrs. H.M. Kent, of Buffalo, NY, who has spent several summer seasons here, occupying the Smillie residence. If this means that hereafter we shall see little or nothing of Mr. Smillie, that fact will be a matter of keen regret on the part of his many friends and acquaintances here, while we shall all rejoice in the reasonable assurance that we shall have the Kents as regular summer residents.
Thomson/New Milford - Albert Ballou has been awarded the contract of the rural free delivery of mail from Thomson to New Milford, via North Jackson, Lake View and Lakeside. This is said to be the first route to be awarded in Susquehanna county under the new law for the free delivery of rural mails. AND Jacob Wellman, an aged resident of New Milford Township, died at his home on Friday.
Brooklyn - Mr. F.B. Jewett leaves tomorrow morning for Washington to attend the second inauguration of President McKinley.
Springville - On Sunday morning last, the Rosengrant house, one mile east of Springville, was burned. As the fire took place before daylight very few persons saw it. The house was owned by S.A. Shook and had been without a tenant since late in the fall. The house was built over 50 years ago by Jeremiah Rosengrant and in its time was considered a fine residence. The fire was undoubtedly of incendiary origin. AND George Taylor moved his photograph gallery one day last week, to the grounds of the Widow Smith and will soon be ready to work again.
Middletown - Charles Golden is employed at the Exchange Hotel in Montrose.
Forest City - Some women are starting a new sect-"The Church of God." Supposing all the women should join it, would there not be a marvelous lot of lonesome churches?
Great Bend - A township man who has been letting his beard grow 47 years, on an election wager, has just lost his whiskers in a set of cogwheels. Justice may travel slow but eventually she gets there with both her leaden feet. AND Mrs. Knoeller, mother of W.M. Knoeller, had the misfortune to break both bones of her lower right limb last week. While attempting to use the telephone from her son's office to his home, she fell from a box on which she stood to reach the receiver.
Auburn 4 Corners - Leonard Otis concluded it was not good for man to be alone, so invited Miss Bunnell of Rush to share his joys and sorrows while they both shall live.
Lanesboro - A Lanesboro poultry fancier, a few days since, sent five live ducks to Stanford, Conn., a distance of 220 miles. One of the ducks-a black one, had not had its wings clipped. On Thursday there was a great commotion among the fowls of the fancier and, on going to ascertain the cause, he discovered the identical back duck that he had sent to Connecticut by express.
Fairdale - Moving seems to be the order of the day; there will be a few changes in this place. P.L. Shelp will move in his new house and B.A.Risley will move in Shelp's old house; Will Allen will move from Chas. Steiger's house to the house of B.A. Risley; John Ball will move out on a farm, have not learned where; Bert Very goes into the Parks house and Israel Birchard goes into J.A. Rosenkrans' house.
Heart Lake - On Sunday last, while returning from church services, a load consisting of Mrs. Holloway Cobb, Minerva Drake, Willis Cobb, and Earnest Passmore, met with a thrilling experience which might have proved fatal. While crossing the railroad track, a short distance below the church, the horses became frightened and were soon beyond the control of Passmore, who was driving. The sleigh tipped on the crossing and threw the occupants out. Mrs. Cobb sustained most painful injuries. Both her arms were broken-each in two places, making four breaks in all. The others escaped any serious injuries. Mrs. Cobb is feeling as comfortable as possible. Two weeks previous, another sleighload, numbering five persons, nearly met with serious injury on the same crossing, while coming from church. The team was crossing the track as the train approached. By a quick turn, however, the party was saved from the perilous position in which they were placed. Quite a number are of the opinion that the railroad crossing is very dangerous.
South Auburn - The Grange is increasing and there is talk of having a Grange hall in the near future.
Susquehanna- While Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter were driving to Jackson recently, in attempting to pass a team near North Jackson cemetery, their horse became frightened and ran away, colliding with a tree and completely demoralizing the cutter and harness. Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter escaped injury and the horse was but little injured.
Silver Lake - H.J. Rose has moved his saw mill a short distance down the creek. It will be combined with the shingle mill and steam power will be used in the future.
Ararat - A little child of Wesley Bartleson died Saturday morning of typhoid pneumonia, another child is very low and his daughter, Grace, is recovering from typhoid fever. This family is especially afflicted as they are unable to procure the services of a doctor.
Washington, D.C. - A number of the students of the West Chester State Normal school made a pilgrimage to Washington last week and here is a paragraph from a letter written by one of them from the hotel at which they were stopping: "Immediately after supper last evening Dr. Phillips announced that Galusha A. Grow, who was stopping in the house, would give a public reception in the parlor. The dear old man, with silvery locks, was the mark of deep affection on the part of the students, each of whom had a chance to shake hands with him.
Harford - The schoolmates of Ethel Lott gave her a surprise Wednesday in honor of her 13th birthday. AND As we are sending these notes we hear of the death of Otis Grinnell.