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Local Businesses Support Fire Co.
Original "Brush" Recalls 1900's in Susquehanna
I'm Here For You!
4-H News
Oakland Establishes A Caring Club
Plaque Presented To Musa-Stiles VFW
PNB Dividend Report


Local Businesses Support Fire Co.

During the recent open house of the Leet Professional Building in Lakewood, the businesses joined together to sponsor a bake sale to support the Northern Wayne Fire Company with their building project.

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Original "Brush" Recalls 1900's in Susquehanna

Ken Brush of Waterloo, NY celebrated his 101st birthday in August with a birthday party given in his honor by his family and friends. Ask any one of those who attended this special occasion and they'll describe Ken as a fine person, a successful businessman, and a pillar of the church at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waterloo where he has attended for over 70 years.

Ken's Barber Shop on Virginia Street in Waterloo was a gathering point for the men in town for over 50 years. During these same years, Ken and his late wife, Ruth became beloved citizens of this small village in the scenic Finger Lakes area. Known for their kindness, humor, and zest for living, they made newcomers to the area feel welcome and "old timers" feel valued.

What are the roots of such an upstanding citizen and what can be attributed to his long, productive life?

Ken Brush's roots are in the borough of Susquehanna, where he was born on West Main Street August 13, 1903, in a house that still stands. One of the Brushville "Brushes," Ken is the oldest living descendant of the family that inspired the name of this little settlement just a few miles from Susquehanna on the Brushville Road. Ken says it has been 50 years since he visited Susquehanna, but he still remembers the area with fondness.

Ken was a mere 2 1/2 pounds at birth, decades before mothers went to the hospital to deliver their babies and a half a century before the medical miracle of neonatal units. His mother, Iva Hurlburt Brush gave Ken tender loving care and he grew stronger. Ken vividly recalls the family doctor, Dr. Miller, who had a "big practice" making house calls. He says that Dr. Miller was very good to the Brush family. Ken grew up with 2 brothers, Carl, who was a year and a half younger, and Harold, who was 6 years older.

Ken's grandparents, the Albert Brushes, lived in the Brush homestead and farmed the land. Ken recalls that in addition to farming, his Grandfather was a beekeeper and raised honey which he sold around the area.

Ken's father, Arthur Victor Brush, helped operate Brush and Persons Grocery Store in Susquehanna. Brush and Persons Grocery Store was originally owned by Ken's Grandfather Albert and co-owned by a Mr. Persons, a family friend of the Brushes. Ken's father and Mr. Persons went door-to-door to take grocery orders in the borough and made deliveries by horse and wagon. His father received $35.00 month in pay. Ken recalls that young Sidney Persons was "a great friend."

The Brushes were members of the First United Methodist Church in Susquehanna. Ken attended school through the 6th grade in Susquehanna where students were brought from the outlying areas by horse and wagon.

Ken remembers family gatherings at the Brushville Homestead attended by his Uncle Mort Brush and his Aunt Daisy (Benson) Brush who were very well liked in the area. He says that the Bensons, Aunt Daisy's family, lived in Brushville had an ice house, selling ice from their pond. Ken also recalls that a great uncle, Captain John Brush served as Sheriff of Susquehanna County.

Ken's father passed away suddenly at the young age of 36. Ken was only 8 years old at the time. He says that his father had "only seven cents in his pocket and no life insurance." He reports that the years that followed were very difficult for the family: "We really had to scramble. My mother went to work... we all worked".

His mother became a cook at the Erie Railroad Depot Restaurant to support Ken and his brothers. Older brother, Harold went to work as a caller for the Erie Railroad. Ken remembers the terrific smoke that spewed forth from the Erie Railroad Depot in those days.

Ken became a paper boy for the Susquehanna Transcript, then, a daily newspaper. He would report to the Transcript Office every afternoon and fold newspapers for his 100 customers. He delivered the papers on foot and received a wage of $.50 a month. Ken says he also worked for a farmer named Homer Hart from the area now called Jackson Township, "peddling fruits and vegetables" around Susquehanna.

A barber located at the busy Erie Railroad Depot agreed to hire Ken as an apprentice in the shop. Ken learned the art of barbering quickly, giving the hard-working railroaders haircut and shaves with a straight blade. Haircuts in those days, (about 1915) were just $.35.

When Ken was 13 years old, the family relocated to Shortsville where Ken continued his schooling and barbering. He returned to Susquehanna for a while at the age of 16 and recalls his friendship with a young woman, Marion Knise, called" Peaches" who lived on Church Hill and who was a fabulous pianist.

Ken was recently interviewed for the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society and the audio tapes of the interviews will remain in the Historical Society Archives. Now looking forward to his 102nd birthday celebration, he attributes his longevity to "the grace of God."

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I'm Here For You!

Hi! My name is Dexter! I’m an adorable, 1-1/2 year old male Beagle mix who’s housebroken and great with kids. Please come and see me and all the other wonderful adult dogs here at the shelter. No one is coming to even see us, much less take one of us home.

Please don’t pass us by!

Please come see me at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.

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4-H News

New 4-H Horse Club

There is a new Susquehanna County 4-H Horse Club called Endless Possibilities Horse and Pony Club. Their first meeting was held at the home of Luke Jenkins. The goals of this club will be positive thinking, teamwork and basic horsemanship skills.

At their first meeting, members discussed many topics and came up with some great ideas. They did some basic hands-on ground work exercises with the horses. They ordered T-shirts with the new club’s name on them. They discussed a Christmas party and a field trip. If you are interested in joining this 4-H horse club call Judy Jenkins at 434-2883.

If you are interested in joining 4-H, or becoming a volunteer contact the Susquehanna County 4-H program at (570) 278-1158 or Penn State Cooperative Extension, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.

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Oakland Establishes A Caring Club

The Oakland Community Caring Club has been established and will work in a nonprofit capacity, to fill the need for an outreach to community residents when special needs, concerns or occasions arise, through the sending of cards, care packages, flowers and food donations as is called for by each individual situation. This outreach includes residents experiencing new births, weddings, special needs, family illness or a death of a family member as well as needs that arise from accident or disaster situations.

On November 6, 9:30 a.m. the Caring Club will be conducting a canned and non-perishable food drive to stock their food pantry. Volunteers will be going door-to-door accepting your donations to prepare to lend a helping hand with food boxes in time of tragedy to other borough residents. Please help make a difference!

Anyone wishing to become part of this club is encouraged and welcome to attend meetings, being held the third Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m.

For more information contact Wendy Dudley (853–3994), Darlene Mallery (853–4320) or Sharon Scaggs (853–2761).

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Plaque Presented To Musa-Stiles VFW

A meeting of the Susquehanna County Veterans Memorial Bridge Committee was held at Musa-Stiles Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6223, in Great Bend, PA, on September 28, to present the Post with a picture plaque for display.

Those present were Committee members: Chairman Tony Napolitano, Ray Rockwell, Carol Rockwell, Evan Price, Chuck Glidden, Gerry Vail, Bob McNamara, visitor Beverly Everitt, and VFW Post Commander Ed Arnold.

Chairman Napolitano, followed by the tribute to the flag, called the meeting to order. The picture plaque was then presented to Commander Arnold, which he accepted with great appreciation and displayed immediately in the canteen for all to see. It will stay at Musa-Stiles for approximately one year before going to another county veterans’ organization for display.

After conducting other business, the meeting was adjourned.

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PNB Dividend Report

The regular quarterly dividend of Peoples Financial Services Corp. was increased to $0.19 per share from $0.18 by the Board of Directors on October 1, 2004. The dividend will be payable on November 15, 2004, to shareholders of record on October 29, 2004.

Net income through nine months in 2004 was $3,607,000 vs. $4,175,000 in 2003. For the quarter ending September 30, 2004, net income was $1,419,000.

Total assets on September 30, 2004, were $377,766,000, which compares to $365,311,000 at the same time in 2003. For the quarter, assets decreased from the June 30, 2004, figure of $383,853,000. Compared to September 30, 2003, net loans were up 4.73% at $240,299,000 on September 30, 2004, and $229,441,000 on September 30, 2003. On June 30, 2004, net loans were $236,340,000.

Deposits totaled $275,738,000 on September 30, 2003, and increased 1.67% to $280,353,000 on September 30, 2004. Deposits decreased from $285,169,000 on June 30, 2004,

Allowance for loan losses increased 31.64% from September 30, 2003, to September 30, 2004. Loan loss reserves stood at $2,750,000 at the end of the third quarter of 2004, which compares to $2,615,000 on June 30, 2004, and $2,089,000 on September 30, 2003.

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