West Lenox – The storm on the evening of July 2nd did great damage. The strong wind blew one-half of the roof from N. Empet’s house; also caused window lights and lamps to be broken. The torrents of wind and rain ruined plaster, paper, carpets and bedding. The family was badly shocked from the disaster, but no one was hurt. Several apple trees were blown down. Albert Baker’s porch was somewhat damaged.
Hop Bottom – Mrs. Lucy Taylor died July 3, 1916 at her home here, aged 71 years, and her husband, James, died at the same place Thursday noon, aged 82 years. They are survived by 2 sons and 3 daughters, Dr. A.J. Taylor, Eldon Taylor, Mrs. J.H. Hortman, of Hop Bottom, Mrs. T.O. Watrous, of Binghamton and Mrs. Reuben Vosseller, of Oxford, NJ. Mr. Taylor was born in England and came to this country when only 3 weeks old, settling in Scranton. He married Lucy Westcott in January of 1864 and settled on the farm where they spent together so many happy and prosperous years. ALSO Foster [Hop Bottom] had a fine celebration on the 4th. Over $200 was netted for the fund to provide electric street lights. The Parade Marshall, Tracy Brown, dressed in Shakespearean costume, presided over a parade of floats and various presentations by organizations. Prizes were awarded by category and the Better Baby contest was won by Mrs. Myron Tiffany ($2.50), presented by Dr. Taylor. 2nd Mrs. Monroe Rought; child’s rocking chair, presented by F. Janausheck. The Prettiest Baby was won by Mrs. Harry Weiss ($2.50), presented by Dr. Taylor. 2nd Mrs. Bellfield, chair, presented by F. Janausheck. In the afternoon a ball game was played between Foster and New Milford; in the evening there was a speaking contest, a dinner, solos, impersonations, an oration, “A Pair of Lunatics,” a farce; and the Glenwood band entertained the pubic in a pleasing manner.
Susquehanna – John P. Shanahan, who for the past three years has been editor of the Susquehanna Evening Transcript and Weekly Ledger, relinquished his position to accept a clerical position in the Erie storehouse department. He has assumed his new position.
Rush – While Fourth of July celebrations are usually counted as profitable for licensed hotels, particularly where a town in which a hotel is located celebrates, Silas D. Kintner, proprietor of the Rush House, closed his place July the Fourth and left town, though the town celebrated the day. The proceeds were for a community building for Rush and certain it is, Mr. Kintner was no competitor either, for meals or refreshments that day. And another important matter, no possible disorder could be laid to Mr. Kintner’s door. Many people regarded it as a most proper and discreet thing to do.
Clifford – The Cristal Lake Park company has asked the court for an order of dissolution. July 24 was the date fixed for a hearing. Interest was revived in the company when it seemed as if it was a foregone conclusion that the Laurel Line would be extended to the Pioneer City and from thence to Crystal Lake, where one of the largest pleasure resorts was to spring phoenix-like, but the best laid plans of men “gang aft aglee” [agley]. The road did not come and all prospects for the carrying out of the plans of the promoters went glimmering.
Forest City – An agreement has been made with the Consolidated Telephone Co. for direct connection of the two companies at Simpson, Pa., between the Forest City exchange of the North-Eastern and the Carbondale exchange of the Consolidated. The line will run east of the main public highway and should be free from all electrical currents assuring the best of service between this place and Carbondale. Forest City will be the checking station for the entire North-Eastern system when its patrons telephone to Carbondale and Scranton. The North-Eastern expects to extend its trunk line from Jackson to Susquehanna thereby enabling the subscribers of the Susquehanna Telephone and Telegraph Co. to reach Carbondale and Scranton at lower rates. This was accomplished through the efforts of F. J. Osgood, of North Eastern Pa. Telephone Co.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – Nelson Sheldon, wife and daughter, of Seattle, Washington, are making an eastern visit among friends and relatives in Lynn, being the birth place of Mr. Sheldon, who has been away several years.
Montrose – Joseph Mahanna, hostler at the Montrose House barn [now C&F Motors], accompanied by his little 4 year old son, were out driving Tuesday evening, with one of Landlord T.L. Dolan’s fast horses. Mr. Mahanna left his son in the carriage for a few moments, while on Grow avenue, and the animal, becoming frightened, started at a breakneck speed in the direction of Lake Mont Rose. The child was thrown from the carriage and the animal continued to race toward Franklin and was not stopped until it reached the H.S. Patrick farm below the lake. The carriage was badly damaged, but the child escaped with no apparent injury.
Hallstead – A former Hallstead man, William J. Pike, was named consul to Madrid, Spain, last Thursday, by President Wilson. Mr. Pike has been in the consular service for the past 18 years and had recently been attached to the State Department. Mr. Pike is a son of the late John Pike, for many years a Lackawanna engineer. Twenty years ago he was secretary to the late Hon. Galusha A. Grow, then Congressman from the 14th Pennsylvania District.
Middletown– On Wednesday morning, June 21, 1916, a nuptial high Mass was celebrated in St. Patrick’s church in Middletown, PA, joining in wedlock Thomas J. Lee of Friendsville, and Miss Margaret Nora McManus, of Middletown. The bride was attired in a white net dress with satin trimmings and wore a white picture hat. Her sister, Genevieve, was maid of honor. The best man was William Reilly, a cousin of the groom. A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride at 12 o’clock. Miss Lee is a graduate of Rush High School and has been a successful teacher in the public schools for the past four years.
Glenwood – The cornerstone of the Addie Bailey Memorial M. E. church was laid Sunday afternoon. The church is to be 28x40 with belfry. It is expected to be ready for use Oct. 1, when revival services will be held. A sealed box in the corner stone contained a copy of the conference year book for 1916, a copy each of the Christian Advocate, the Nicholson Record, Examiner, Tunkhannock Republican, the list of officers and members of the Glenwood church and 3 Lincoln cents of 1916. It was sealed by Clarence MacConnell, who made the box.
200 YEARS AGO, THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA, July 16, 1816. FIRE. On Thursday last the barn of Capt. Daniel Lathrop, of this town, was entirely consumed by fire, together with all the hay and grain that was in it.—The fire caught in the yard which was covered with straw, from a fallow that had been set on fire but a few moments previous. Such was the extreme dryness of the weather, that it was with difficulty that the buildings in the neighborhood were preserved. Great damage was done to the fences. Notice is Hereby Given that ALL persons indebted to the estate of Colwell Cook, insolvent debtor, late of Bridgewater township, deceased, must make immediate payment and that those having demands against said estate must present their accounts so that a dividend may be made amongst his creditors. OZEM COOK, Administrator. MARRIED. In the township of Rush, on Sunday the 30th of June last, by Seth Taylor, Esq., Mr. Sidney A. Knowlton to Miss Harriet Burnham, daughter of Mr. John Burnham. Farmers & Mechanics, “If your tools are dull” grind them. Just received and for sale, a number of excellent GRIND STONES. For further particulars call on the subscriber at Montrose. C. Carr.