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April 09 (1909/2009)

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Middletown - Our quiet township seems to be in quite a mixup at present, for the work done by our supervisors for the past two years was illegal and not according to the road law. They took the law in their own hands and did the work themselves making unnecessary expense for the tax payers. Our auditors are to blame for letting such work go on. I think something ought to be done to relieve taxpayers. T. H. Conboy, Clerk

Glenwood - Miss Julia Medler has been working for the Northeast Telephone Co. at Nicholson for the past two weeks. Julia makes a fine "hello" girl.

Brookdale, Liberty Twp. - This week is the last of school. Miss Lulu Ruckman has been the teacher for the past term and much credit is due her for her success in the school.

Thompson - Wm. Weir, a grand juryman in Montrose last week, was suddenly stricken with an attack of indigestion while in the Treasurer's office. He fainted away and fell to the floor and after being revived was taken to the Montrose House and next day was able to return home.

Oakland - The Beach Sanitarium is being wired for electric lights and other improvements are being made.

Franklin - Earl Hickok caught fifteen skunks, twenty musk rats, two mink and two coons this winter.

New Milford - John T. Middaugh, a former resident of New Milford, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sadie Thomson, in Binghamton, on March 24. Mr. Middaugh was 74 years of age and a man of prominence in this county for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Co. E, 51st Regt.], having served faithfully and with bravery and was well known in G.A.R. circles. The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal church in New Milford last Friday morning and interment was in the New Milford cemetery.

Harford - Eugene Withers and family have gone to Conklin, where he has charge of a store. Monday being Mrs. Withers' birthday, she was given a post-card shower, 36 cards being sent to her.

Montrose - Amos W. Cooley died April 1, 1909. He was born in New Jersey but came to Montrose in Sept. 1861, as did his brother, John R. Cooley. Amos was a carpenter and contractor and erected many houses in Montrose, including the one now owned by Jessie James, the one owned by Mrs. Kenyon, and the one on Grow avenue, known as the Bullard house, also the block on the East side of South Main street, known as the Cooley Block and other buildings. ALSO Charles Davidson, a veteran and honored member of Four Brothers' Post G.A.R., Montrose, died at his residence on April 8, aged 74 years. He served honorably in the Civil War in Co. I, 45th Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry, for over two years. Funeral Saturday at 3 p.m. at the A.M.E. Zion Church. Four Brothers' Post G.A.R. will have charge of the services at the grave.

Heart Lake - Andrew F. Curtis, one of Heart Lake's well known citizens, was taking in the sights at the County Capital yesterday. He informs us that his son, Anson, who has been very ill, is restored to normal health again. Anson has a splendid position with the Barney-Smith Motor Car Company. ALSO A new Grange was organized here last Wednesday with 22 charter members.

Jackson - Silas Howell and Fred Chamberlain, of South Gibson, were here last week installing their low pressure lighting system in some of our business places. ALSO In North Jackson, a large force of men recently put in a good days work cutting wood for the Methodist Episcopal Church and as a result 35 cords of fine fire material is on hand.

Brackney - The bans of marriage were published for the first time on Sunday in St. Augustine's church between Edward Cahill and Elizabeth Giblin, both of this place.

Stanfordville, Liberty Twp - Last Friday a number of Aunt Rebecca Stanford's friends called on her to remind her that it was her 76th birthday. A good time was reported. May she have many more as pleasant as this one.

Hallstead - Nelson Coon, am aged resident of Hallstead, died at his home on Wednesday afternoon of last week. Mr. Coon was for a long time a faithful engineer on the Lackawanna, having been pensioned a number of years ago. Wednesday morning his wife spoke to him as he was seated in a chair near a window and failing to respond, she went to him and found that he was dead. Death was due, now doubt, to heart failure. Besides his widow one stepson survives.

Fairdale - Lee R. Bolles, the librarian for the circulating library, will be in the basement of the M. E. church between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, and every two weeks thereafter. All wishing to procure books can get them on those dates.

Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Frank Rogers has erected a telephone line to Isaac Wilmarth's. We learn it will be extended to Hop Bottom in the near future.

Lynn, Springville Twp. - C. W. Jennings's teams are hauling 4-feet ash timber from the Olin Risley farm to the railroad at Springville, where it will be shipped for the manufacture of fork and shovel handles.

Ararat Summit - C. V. Roberts has taken possession of the hotel in this place.

News Brief - The following story is going the rounds: A grade teacher, after having a medical examination in her school, recently wrote the following note to the parents of a certain little boy: "Your little boy, Charles, shows signs of astigmatism. Will you please investigate and take steps to correct it," to which she received a note, "I don't exactly know what Charles has been doing but I have walloped him tonight and you can wallop him tomorrow and that ought to help some." ALSO The apparent hard times down the Valley is causing many of the working class to scatter out through the county looking for work among the farmers.

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