Hop Bottom – The death of Elijah C. Tingley, postmaster, and one of the county’s highly esteemed citizens, occurred at his late home, Thursday, Nov. 20, following a brief illness of erysipelas, and other complications. His age was about 65 years. His wife died a few years ago. Although a man of quiet demeanor, he united sound sense with his convictions, was candid and outspoken for the right when occasion demanded, and personally established a high standard of citizenship for the citizens of his community. ALSO Miss Candace Brown, assistant principal of the Dalton High School, spent the Thanksgiving vacation at her home in this place.
Springville – Friends of Stuart Riley are showering him with congratulations on his appointment as postmaster here. Mr. Riley was for many years one of the leading merchants of Springville and with his business experience, ability, and courteous manner, will give the patrons of the office a splendid administrations. He succeeds Stephen Tuttle, whose health is very poor. The office will be located in Mr. Riley’s home, with large rooms specially fitted up, having furnace heat, gas lights, etc.
Little Meadows – Joseph Hynes and P. McNamara were in Owego last week repairing their auto.
Hallstead – After having spent more than four months in the heart of the war zone, Mrs. Adelaide Clune, of this place, has reached this country in safety. With her were her two grandsons, Charles Melvin, aged 19, and Melvin McTighe, aged 20, of Atlantic City. All three were in Suxi, near Neuf Chateau, two miles from the line of actual battle. For weeks they were deafened by the constant roar of artillery and sickened by the sight of dying and wounded soldiers brought into the little town. The two boys declare that they saw five German soldiers killed by their comrades by the order of the commander. The men, exhausted and unable to march further, were lined up and shot, they assert. Mrs. Clune asserts that Americans in the war zone are treated with the utmost respect by all belligerents. The German forces were extremely kind. Mrs. Clune, despite her age, bore up remarkably under the strain and suffered no ill effects. She was born in Belgium and has returned to her native home nearly every summer. When she arrived in New York on the Cunard liner, Transylvania, and was met at the docks by her sons, John Clune, of Hallstead and Frank Clune, of Carbondale, she was already planning for next year “I’m going right back next summer,” she protested to John. “I guess, mother, you’ll stay right here at home,” was the reply. “You’ve started one war already.” Mrs. Clune sailed from New York, on the Lusitania, June 22.
Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Sweet celebrated the 60th anniversary of their marriage on November 23, and entertained their four sons and their wives, C.A. and E.H. Sweet and wives of Binghamton, E.A. Sweet of Union, NY and I.A. Sweet and wife of this place. ALSO Rumor has it that a black bear is roaming about this vicinity; his tracks having been seen by hunters in the mud around the swamps and where he has been rooting for beachnuts. Who is going to be the hunter to get him?
Uniondale – The game supper at G.W. Bayless’ was a success financially and socially and a good time generally. One hundred and fifteen dined on venison, chicken and rabbit. Music and singing were also enjoyed.
Susquehanna – The water conditions here are something terrible. The State certainly ought to take hold of it. ALSO Frank Cross, the man who was found crouched under a stairway at the Susquehanna postoffice by Chief of Police McMahon, on the night of July 31st, just after the post office window was broken, has been taken to the Western penitentiary, at Pittsburgh, where he will serve three years for attempted post office robbery. Cross has a criminal record, having served time for a post office robbery in For Leavenworth, Kansas and in other prisons. He escaped jail sentences three times by insanity pleas, being sent to insane asylums each time. He always recovered in a month or two, when placed in an asylum.
Forest Lake – The Forest Lake Women’s Christian Temperance Union met at Mrs. A.S. Horton’s, Dec. 1st. Received one new member and planned work that would keep a regiment busy. Members had better take notice. ALSO James Broderick is furnishing wood for the Warner School.
Harford – The ladies of the M.E. church are getting ready for their church Fair to be held sometime this month. This fair is not confined to the Ladies Aid, but the whole church, or anyone that would like to contribute. The men are asked to help with products of the farm; in fact, anything salable will be thankfully received.
Lawsville – Archie Southworth went to Washington state a few weeks ago and returned, last Saturday, with a bride. They brought with them some fine specimens of apples from the apple show which they attended while there. A few specimens found their way to Thompson when his daughter, Miss Gertrude Southworth, returned to her school. They were of the variety known as the Delicious apple and rightly named they were.
Middletown Twp. – The entertainment and box social given by the pupils of Biglan school, last Friday evening, was largely attended. The proceeds are to go for the improvement of the school.
Forest City – Dr. Grander says that the rumor of his gunning for rabbits. Thanksgiving, is false. He spent the day with his lame shoulder in the Emergency hospital, Carbondale.
Montrose – R.H. Donlin, proprietor of the Exchange Hotel, purchased a handsome, four-year old standard breed mare, combination driver and saddler, of Scranton parties, the first of the week. “Bob” is a lover of good horses and knows a good one when he sees it.
News Briefs: Binghamton now has a motor hearse, the first one ever in that city, having been recently purchased by one of the city’s undertakers. It is of 50 horse power. ALSO One of the steels in her corset probably saved the life of Miss Frances Coyle, a Pittston high school teacher, Monday. Miss Coyle was on her way to school when she heard the report of a pistol and then felt a stinging sensation in her back. The pain was intense, but she managed to keep up until she reached the school building. An examination revealed that a bullet, probably a twenty-two caliber, had passed through Miss Coyle’s coat and waist and struck the corset steel, bending the shield considerably and just grazing the flesh. The plucky young woman was able to continue her duties throughout the day, although suffering considerable pain. The authorities have not found the person who fired the rifle. ALSO Pennsylvania is taking measures to increase the efficiency for her national guard. It was announced today that regular army officers will begin an inspection of every unit of militia in the state on January 4, with special request to report the needs and deficiencies. In addition the artillery is to be increased by the location of a new field battery to be located at South Bethlehem, where an armory and drill ground of thirty acres are being provided. At the same time a field hospital will be mustered in at Tacony, Philadelphia.