Great Bend - A diamond rattlesnake, revealed in a bundle of oats, was killed in Great Bend township, nearly 6 feet long and sporting 17 rattles. AND F.T. Kyling is recovering from the injuries he received a few days ago by being hit by an engine while driving his bakery wagon across a D.L.&W. crossing.
Springville - D.D. Layton has the woodwork of his house nearly finished, and Painter Culver has begun the artistic work. It will be a very fine residence when finished. Steam heat will be installed later. AND A.L. Greatsinger is putting up a slaughterhouse just below town.
Hopbottom - Quite a good deal of excitement was created here on Thursday last, when the Stone House was discovered to be on fire in the roof, supposed to have caught from sparks from passing trains. It was soon extinguished, however. It was very fortunate, indeed, that it did not happen in the night.
Brooklyn - The Southworth recital on Tuesday evening, in the Universalist church, was well attended and a grand success. Dr. Bond favored the audience with five fine selections and Mr. Southworth's playing was well received. His rendition of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" was something to be remembered, also the selections "Recollections of Home," was a favorite with the audience.
Middletown - The Oregon Indian Medicine Company held a series of plays on the fields in the vicinity of Middletown Center, lasting four nights and, as it was very entertaining, attracted large crowds, which gathered every evening. The principal features were the contests. The nail driving contest participated in by four ladies was won by Mrs. D. Jories. "The most popular lady" contest, for which a silver ice pitcher was the premium, was won by Miss L. Golden. Mrs. D. Murphy, who was next in favor, fell short by a number of votes, but the winner in this instance was really the loser, to the tune of some $20. The dance held in the hall after the play Monday night was enjoyed by the crowd. Good music was in attendance and a good supper left nothing to be wished for and all went home feeling satisfied.
Burnwood, Ararat Twp. - There are very encouraging prospects for a new and big industry here. Scranton capitalists are engaged in testing the clay in the swamp bed. This extends over many acres and men are sinking drills at three different points. They have already ascertained that the clay extends down for a distance of over ten feet. It is thought to be admirably adapted to the manufacture of brick, tile and pottery and a big factory may spring up here, which will give the place a boom.
Brandt - The work of replacing the interlocking plant of the Erie and Delaware and Hudson companies, at Jefferson Junction, which was torn out in the recent derailment, will be begun shortly. Mr. Van Houten, division engineer, is authority for the statement that when it is completed it will be more up-to-date, and better than the old one. Some 75 trains pass over this plant daily. C.D. Burton, the publisher of Lanesboro, has secured some very good views of the wreck, which occurred at the Junction, and the same are selling rapidly. Mr. Burton certainly turns out some very good pictures.
Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - During the severe electric storm that passed over this section Saturday evening, the large barn of Sam and Harry Reimel was struck by lightning and burned to the ground with all its contents, including one horse, which was killed by the bolt; another horse was knocked down but through the heroic efforts was dragged out while yet unable to stand, by Sam, who was in the barn milking at the time. He succeeded in getting all the cows out and saving a hack wagon and grind stone, but that was all. The small barn adjoining was also burned, which contained a new reaper and many new farming tools, which could not be saved. While B.B. Smith owned the farm two barns were burned. Just three years ago the last one burned. One year ago last spring the Reimel brothers purchased the farm and erected this fine barn, which had not been completed a year. It was a wooden structure and there was a small insurance. Harry was not at home at the time of the fire.
Forest City - Base ball fans will be pleased to learn of the organization of a nine that includes all the home players who were in the organizations of the season of 1904 and 05. Ed Lewis is captain of the reorganized team. The first game arranged for will be played Saturday at Taylor and our opponents will be that exceptionally strong amateur team, the Taylor Reds, who, it is said, have been beaten but once this season. Forest City's Line up will be as follows: pitcher, John Miskell; catcher, Fred Wolfert; short stop, William Miskell, 1st base, Edmund Lewis, 2nd base, William Hughes; 3rd base, James Egan; left field, Michael Troy, center field, Patrick Kelleher; right field, Fred Gunning, substitute, Joe Kaffo.
Montrose - The following is reprinted from a Montrose newspaper of 12/10/1857: On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1857, there took place one of the most extraordinary races ever known in this county. Dr. R.Thayer, Jr., had bet with Wm. M. Post, Esq., a gold watch against Post's horse, that he (Thayer) could go from Montrose to Brooklyn and back on foot, quicker than Post could drive his horse the same distance, with another man in his buggy. The trail of speed accordingly was commenced Wednesday morning, the very muddy state of the road favoring the Doctor. They started out by the Methodist Church and Thayer, throwing off his shawl, coat and vest, clapped his hands together and started down the hill, full speed, with W.M. Post and D.D. Hinds after him in the buggy. Thayer kept ahead up the hill by the "Dunn Place," and when the buggy reached the top of the hill he was out of sight. Here Hinds put on the whip, and they overtook the Doctor and passed him at Col. Watrous's, three miles from Montrose. They described the Dr. as puffing and blowing almost as hard as their sorrel, who by the way had the heaves. In passing they bade the Dr. good morning, and Hinds told him they would go on to Brooklyn and have dinner ready by the time he would get there. But in going up "Newton Hill," which is both long and steep, the Dr. got ahead again, and then as his competitors state, called to his brother--who in company with Tarbell, of the Franklin Hotel, was following in another buggy, --to bring up his horse. Here Tarbell alighted and the other put whip to his horse, passed Post and Hinds, and came up with the Dr., who by taking hold of the hind end of the buggy, led up the hill in fine style. Post alleged that this was a violation of the terms of the race and referred it to Tarbell, but Tarbell declined to give an opinion and here turned back to Montrose. On reaching the top of the hill, Post and Hinds saw the Dr. far ahead, still as they thought in suspicious proximity to his brother's buggy. (Continued next week.)