Celebrating the End of the War: From noon until late at night, the people of Montrose and surrounding country celebrated the signing of the armistice, the virtual ending of the great war. Noises of every description were heard on all sides. Pandemonium reigned. People were intoxicated (figuratively speaking) with happiness. The festivities were to celebrate a wonderful day and everyone did his or her best to do the occasion a measure of justice, heaped and running over. The Montrose High School paraded with credit to themselves, their teachers and the commonwealth. The Boy Scouts headed the school demonstration. A finely decorated truck, containing Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty, led the way, followed by a red, white and blue truck to represent “Backing Liberty,” filled with farmers, farmerettes, soldiers and sailors, nurses and cooks. Another decorated truck carried the American Girls, dressed in red, white and blue. The Camp Fire Girls and the grades followed, carrying flags. After the school parade, the auto parade formed, headed by Susquehanna and Montrose bands and drum corps. All the patriotic societies and other organizations in the town were represented. At 7 p.m. an informal parade was launched—a real, old-fashioned torch light procession, each marcher equipped with some noise-producing instrument. The homes of the town were illuminated and mid cheers and shouts the parade stopped at Monument Square, where the mayor asked for three cheers for the boys “over there.” After numerous speeches and band selections the crowd then gathered below the Court House where a huge bonfire ended the day’s celebration. At East Rush: Our little town celebrated the fall of Germany by the ringing of the church bell and firing off of guns, and all hearts rejoiced that the two young men that went from us to fight the Hun are not injured, and in all probability will soon return to us, although Clark James, while working in the engineering corps was gassed and it affected his eyes, he wrote to his parents that he will soon be all right. At Susquehanna – The news of the fighting having ceased caused a wild outburst of delight among our people. The big shops were practically deserted for every worker wanted to celebrate the great event and only those unable to be spared, were left in the shops. Brooklyn, when the report came that Germany had surrendered, the church bells, school bells, dinner bells and tin pans sounded forth the glad tidings. School declared a recess and the school children paraded the streets waving flags, singing patriotic songs and hurrahing. In the evening Kaiser Bill was hung in effigy, amid the cheers of a large throng of people, in the center of the town. J.W. Adams and O.M. Doloway, two veterans of the Civil War, aided in the celebration by firing their old army muskets.
Great Bend – V.D. Hand and James M. Gillispie, of Hallstead, and Chas. M. Hamlin, of this village, have organized a system of chain stores, to be known as the H.G.&H. Stores, to be operated as general stores on the cash plan. The new concern starts off with four stores. The Peoples’ Cash Store will be the central store, while the former Chambers, Allen and Hamlin stores will be operated as branch stores.
Tirzah (Herrick Twp.) and Vicinity - Neighbors and friends of Charles Fisher held a bee on Thursday of last week and dug his potatoes for him. He is just recovering from an attack of influenza and is unable to work, while in Thompson, several neighbors and friends met and dug all of Mrs. Edith Davis’ potatoes and put them in the cellar. ALSO Fire destroyed the large dairy barn of Judson J. Walker on Nov. 7. Mrs. Walker discovered smoke and on going out of the house found their big dairy barn in flames. Immediately giving the alarm she hurried to the burning building, where through the dense smoke, she found and brought to safety a large, young horse, the only animal in the barn at the time. Help came, but to no avail, and the ban and contents were completely destroyed; about 40 tons of hay, several pieces of machinery, a quantity of straw and a large silo. The house, nearby, was saved. The loss was a large one, as this barn was one of the best in this community.
Lakeside, New Milford Twp. – The Lakeside store, which has been closed since Wm. Brink moved to Laceyville, has re-opened with an entirely new stock of groceries and general merchandise under the management of A.W. Darrow.
Oakland - The well-known firm of Brush Bros. has sold the grocery stock, etc. to Joseph Stack, who will conduct that business at the same stand. Brush Bros. have retained their hardware store and remodeled the same, adding new lines, until it will be one of the best and most up-to-date hardware stores in this vicinity.
Lynn, Springville Twp. – Two of our popular young women have donned bloomers and have taken jobs of farmers, husking corn on shares with success, showing that they are trying to do their bit.
News Briefs: We notice one thing about this influenza epidemic. The doctors who prescribed whisky are getting much more of the practice than those who prescribed caster oil. ALSO Here is a remedy to help wipe out influenza—the advice of one doctor—“My advice to all patients is to go to bed with the windows open, protected from drafts by a screen and with plenty of cover, but not as to sweat. It is also pressing that our women get away from the habit of keeping the shades in the “company room,” and in bedrooms drawn in day time. Throw open the blinds; let the sunlight in; air the rooms during the day and have plenty of fresh air at night. That will harm nobody and make the body all the stronger in the resistance to the germs.” The doctor is right, germs cannot live in sunlight and fresh air.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, November 7 and 14, 1818.
*”SOMETIMES BY FIRE.” The barn of Rev. E. Kingsbury, of Harford, was consumed by fire on Friday night of last week, with all its contents, consisting of his year’s supply of hay and grain and a valuable family horse. It took fire from a candle which some lads had carried into the stable. The loss to Mr. Kingsbury is great; but we trust the liberality of the citizens of that township will be exercised in relieving his distress. (11/7)
*NOTICE. As certain persons are circulating a report that I have agreed to pay the debts of Jabez Newcomb, I hereby notify the public that such an agreement never did exist, and that I utterly refuse to pay any demands of whatsoever name or nature existing against him. EZEKIEL MAINE, Bridgewater, Nov 6, 1818.
*NOTICE. I hereby notify all persons that I never did nor never will agree to pay any debts contracted by Peleg Baldwin, my father, and I forbid all persons trusting any person on my account without a written or verbal order. LYMAN BALDWIN. Middletown, Nov. 10, 1818.
*REGIMENTAL ORDERS. The field officers of the 76th Reg’t. Pennsylvania Militia, are directed to meet at Edward Fuller’s, in Montrose, on the second Monday of December next, at 11 o’clock A.M. The paymaster of said Regiment is also directed to attend at the aforesaid time and place and exhibit a fair statement of his accounts agreeably to law. FREDERICK BAILEY, Col. 76th Regiment Pennsylvania Militia. Waterford, Nov. 12, 1818.
*WOLF HUNT. The Sportsmen of Susquehanna County are invited to attend a Wolf Hunt on the waters of the Snake Creek, near the Salt spring, on Friday the 27th inst. A large tract of wilderness will be surrounded, and drove to the centre in close order, until the party arrives at a certain circle, marked out by lopping of bushes where a hault will be made for further orders. Danger need not be apprehended, as the circle will be drawn around a hill. Particular arrangements will be made by officers appointed for the purpose. A SPORTSMAN. Montrose, Nov. 13, 1818.