New Milford – The first serious wreck on the new “cut-off” of the Lackawanna Railroad occurred at New Milford at 5:30 Sunday morning. It is thought to have been due to forgetfulness on the part of Engineer John Cronin, who in taking a siding to allow a train to pass, forgot the nearness of the derail, and the engine, followed by ten cars, toppled down the embankment. Cronin and his fireman, Roland Eveland, of Elmira, both were caught under the locomotive and crushed to death. Michael Ginley, of Scranton, conductor of the wrecked freight, said the train was moving at about 15 miles an hour when it took the siding. After striking the derail it bounded along the ties for a short distance, before finally toppling over the 20-foot embankment.
Dimock – Thomas B. Williams, aged 93 years, passed away at his home in Dimock on Friday, Feb. 25th, 1916. He had been a resident of Dimock for about 60 years, for a long time following the trade of carpenter and contractor. Thomas was born at Ledyard, Connecticut, having been born Feb. 11, 1823. His parents were Ephriam and Mary (Spencer) Williams. Graduating from the Plainfield, Conn. Academy at the age of 16, he became vice principal, and for a number of years in young manhood followed teaching as a profession. He is survived by his wife and two children, E. Almy Williams, at home and Edward B. Williams, of Meshoppen.
Rush – Oscar Devine, having sold his farm and stock to Robert Bunnell, has moved his goods to Binghamton. ALSO At East Rush there was no preaching here Sunday, the snow being so drifted that the preacher could not run his auto. ALSO Earl Robinson brought a load of household goods through from Binghamton last Saturday. One of his horses tired out at Rush and Guy Palmer took a horse and went to his help. They arrived at his destination at midnight.
Clifford – N.E. Gardner is suffering from severe swellings inside his head. His daughter, Katie, of Scranton, is caring for him. ALSO Miss Sara Rivenburg is again suffering from her old malady, stomach trouble. She is being cared for by a trained nurse from Carbondale.
Great Bend – Philip Solar, electrician of the Erie signal system, was struck by a passenger train while on his speeder, near Red Rock, Monday morning, and was thrown from the machine and quite badly bruised. No bones were broken, but the machine was wrecked. ALSO The Black Horn Leather Company has installed eight sewing machines. This will make 22 machines run by motor. The prospects are very bright for a busy spring season.
Harford – A load of young people from this place went to Lenox, for a surprise party, Friday night, in honor of Miss Pearl Conrad. Pearl was what you might call “taken.” The young people had a jolly good time, reaching home in the “wee small hours.” ALSO At Richardson’s Mills, one of our young men has sent away and got himself a fox dog. He thinks he will get the fox soon. Another man was here one day last week trying to track a skunk. We all wish him luck.
Montrose – The “Adamless Eves’ club” was delightfully entertained at the home of Miss Mae Smith, on Cherry street, on Saturday afternoon. A pleasing feature of the meeting was the variety shower, which was given Miss Frances Wrighter, whose engagement to Paul S. Sprout, manager of the Globe Grocery store, was recently announced. ALSO Someone has deplored the fact—with emphasis, too, that a number of boys nine and ten years of age are allowed to stay on the streets at night until nine o’clock without a chaperone. Boys of tender age have nothing to gain by street-gadding at night, and parents have everything to lose.
Brooklyn – Prof. Robert Breed and wife, of Geneva, NY, made a week-end visit to his mother’s, Mrs. E.S.P. Hine. Prof. Breed is one of the Brooklyn boys who have gone out and made good. He has charge of the state experimental station at Geneva.
Bridgewater Twp. – Floyd Mack, for many years one of Brooklyn’s prominent and progressive young agriculturists, is moving to the fine farm he recently purchased near Lake Montrose. We are greatly pleased to regard Mr. Mack as one of our neighbors.
Friendsville/Little Meadows – Dr. E.L. Handrick, after more than a half century as a practicing physician, all spent at the same location, has sold his home at Friendsville and contemplates removing to Little Meadows. After receiving his diploma, 53 years ago, he established his office at Friendsville and during all the succeeding years has been taking good care of his many patients, scattered over the country for many miles around, necessitating long, hard drives, in all kinds of weather. Surely a doctor’s life is no sinecure. The doctor has scores of friends who will regret that he is to leave the town where he has lived so long. He will have a public sale of his household goods, wagons, harnesses, etc., March 21st. His property, at Friendsville, has been purchased by Ed. McDevitt.
Uniondale – A number of young ladies from here enjoyed a sleigh-ride to Forest City, Thursday evening. They attended the Plaza theatre. Charles Gibson was the driver. ALSO Glenn Bayless, Raymond Tuttle, Kenneth Cable, Fred Crandal, Charles Spoor, Frank Gibson, Elizabeth Tuttle, Irene Drake, Sarah Carpenter, May Norton and Margaret Williams, enjoyed a sleigh-ride to Forest City, Wednesday evening.
Silver Lake – Our mail carrier, James O’Day, has been unable to make his route every day on account of the heavy snow storm on Sunday. ALSO Miss Zora Rounds, of Los Angeles, Cal., is visiting her sister, Mrs. A.B. Conklin.
South Ararat – The heavy rain this week stopped the harvesting of ice on Stalker’s pond, which the railroad company was carring [storing in a railroad car]. A large force of men was employed. They will resume work as soon as possible.
Liberty Twp. – Two new telephones have been added to the Bell line of this place and vicinity. Frank Ross, of Rhiney Creek, and Warren Fish, of Brookdale. Several others are contemplating having one put in.
News Brief: The following ad appeared in the Independent Republican, Montrose: “WANTED—Men wanted on stock land and grain farm. Good wages, steady job. No boozers or cigarette fiends need apply. John Marshall, Route 1, Battle Creek, Iowa.
200 Years Ago. Centinel, March 5, 1816 – The following are two notices that appeared: Public Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Zebdial Lathrop, late of the township of Rush, in Susquehanna County, deceased, that Abigail Lathrop and John Blasdell, administrators of the said estate, have filed in the Registrar’s Office of the said county their accounts of the administration of the estate aforesaid, and that the same will be presented to the Orphan’s Court of the said county, at Montrose, on the fifth Monday of April next for confirmation and allowance. C. Fraser, Reg’r. Register’s Office, Montrose 20 Feb . 1816. ALSO: WANTED, A SMART active lad 15 years old, as an apprentice, to the Printing business. One of good education and respectable parents. No other need Apply. 27 Feb. 1816.