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100 Years Ago
From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Library Chitchat
Rock Doc
Earth Talk
Barnes-Kasson Corner

100 Years Ago

LENOX TWP.: J. E. Corey has an apple tree on his farm that beats that of W. J. Young of Springville. Mr. Corey writes that his farm was formerly owned by Isaac Rynearson, who settled on it nearly 150 years ago. [According to Blackman’s History, Isaac Rynearson, a Revolutionary War veteran, settled in Lenox Twp. sometime before 1797; the first settler in Susq. Co. came in 1787.] The tree is said to be 115 years old and is still bearing fruit. It measures 9ft., 2 in. in circumference, five feet from the ground. On the same farm he has three chestnut trees over 130 years old and they still bear. The measurements of the three trees are as follows: In circumference - 15 ft., 9 in.; 14 ft., 10 in.; and 14 ft. Tradition states that about 110 years ago a yoke of oxen ran away with a harrow, bending one of the trees to the ground, leaving evidences of the rough usage in the growth of the tree. Mr. Corey says this is not a “fish story” as the trees may be seen at any time, and would like to know who is next with a tree story bigger than his.

HALLSTEAD: Last Monday evening S. Galloway, who resides about a mile and a half up the river on the road to Susquehanna, had the lock to his chicken house broken and all his chickens taken. On inquiring at Hallstead he found where his chickens had been offered to several parties and on the information furnished, warrants were issued for one Daniel Crandall, of [the] Smoky Hollow gang, also George Pratt, of Broome County, a recently released prisoner of New York State, who is reported as having killed his daughter several years ago. They were bound over to Montrose, being unable to furnish bail to the amount of $200. It is to be hoped that an example can be made with the thieves by a long term in prison, as there has been considerable thieving going on in the locality and the residents on the road to the Hollow have been greatly annoyed by drunken, riotous conduct, running of horses, etc.

N. BRIDGEWATER TWP.: A death under particularly pathetic circumstances occurred Tuesday morning on what is known as the Fancher farm, near the North school house, when the body of Mrs. O. F. Wademan was found in a spring near her home. She was discovered by one of her children upon its return from the field, and the news came as a great shock to the other members of the family and neighbors. A physician was summoned and an examination showed that she very probably had been stricken in death at the very moment she had arrived at the spring and that her body had fallen over into it. The spring was walled up with a very large piece of tile sunken into the ground. She is survived by her husband and four children and was 52 years of age.

SOUTH HARFORD: Winter is here and crops are not all gathered. The writer saw men digging potatoes last week where the ground was white with snow.

HOP BOTTOM: Fred Stone is bear hunting near Cooley, Sullivan County. Fred is expected home in a few days with a good supply of meat for the Foster House [hotel].

LYNN, SPRINGVILLE TWP. Several families in this place have had the Bell telephones installed in their residences. Among them are W. B .Fish, A. E. Carlin, Llewellyn Taylor, Ernest France, W. S. Bunnell and others.

MONTROSE: Dr. Decker’s remedies have a very warm place in hundreds of Susquehanna county homes, where they and the proprietor of them, Dr. Charles Decker, are well known and the users of these remedies have always had a positive assurance that the quality and purity of the medicines were unquestioned, all being made from formulas of the Doctor in the successful treatment of cases. He states that he will sell the Decker Medicine business complete, recipes, etc., as he no longer wishes to give it personal attention.

HEART LAKE: N. Z. Sutton will do blacksmithing Tuesday and Saturday of each week at Heart Lake.

FRANKLIN FORKS: Delebet Smith is being held at Waverly, NY, until extradition papers are made out permitting him to be brought here for trial. He is charged with stealing a horse from R. L. Summers, of Franklin Forks. Archie Summers, a brother, found the horse at Hancock, where it had been sold to Whittaker Bros., liverymen, for $400 and another horse.

S. NEW MILFORD: Mr. and Mrs. Bert Tyler and daughter, of Sparta, Wis., are visiting his father, E. J. Tyler. Mr. Tyler has a position as station agent on the C., M. & St. Paul railroad.

GELATT: George Bowell died Wednesday morning after an illness of two days. The funeral was held at the home Saturday morning and the G. A. R. [A. J. Roper Post, # 452 of South Gibson], Grangers and many friends and relatives were in attendance. Interment in the cemetery here. [George was a veteran of Battery A, 1st New Jersey Artillery, enlisted Jan. 1864 and was discharged June 17, 1865.]

FOREST CITY: In the suit against Michael Salajida of Forest City, charged with murder of John Polica, Attorneys W. D. B. Ainey and F. M. Gardiner, moved the indictment against the defendant be quashed. Among the reasons given were the holding of no coroner’s inquest; the indictment appearing to be found upon an information made by a private prosecutor, R. S. Inglis, and not upon a coroner’s inquest, and failure to file transcript in either of the courts. Motion was overruled by the court. Prisoner before the court pleads not guilty and is remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

RUSH: A drama is to be given by the High School on Dec. 9, in the evening. The title is “The Cabbage Hill School.” There will be a meeting on Dec. 3, for everyone who wishes to come. A collection will be taken at the meeting for the purpose of paying expenses. After the meeting there will be an oyster supper given by the High School and the gain will go towards the library in the High School room.

THOMPSON: Rumor has it that several properties in this vicinity will change hands in the near future. Two new stores have recently opened and another hardware under the G. A. R. Hall. Tallman’s building is the talk now.

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From the Desk of the D.A.
By District Attorney Jason J. Legg

I know that I have said this before, but Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite days of the whole year. While Christmas and Easter are very close behind it, Thanksgiving Day offers a more laid back approach with a focus on what is truly important - spending time with your family and counting your blessings. When you add in turkey, mashed potatoes, apple pie, and some football games, I cannot imagine a more perfect recipe for a good time.

When I was a child, Thanksgiving Day was a whirlwind of activity. Part of the day would be spent with Mom and part with Dad - and that meant two turkey dinners. If you are able to strategically plan the meals, this can be accomplished with only minor difficulties. Admittedly, it does take some discipline to avoid overeating, but the rewards were there for the taking if you applied the proper discipline. If you are ever in this position, I would strongly recommend a loose pair of pants to assist in the large consumption of delectable delights. But it was more than just food - it was the chance to see all of my different family members - both Mom’s family and Dad’s family - that was the true pleasure.

When I went off to college, Thanksgiving Day transformed into something of great importance. It was a chance to reconnect with the family after being at school for months - it might be the only opportunity all year to actually see some of my relatives. I was discovering that life was filled with a finite amount of time and, with each passing year it seemed that there was less and less time for all the things that I wanted to do. Thanksgiving Day was like a port in what was becoming a busy storm.

Then, there was marriage - and my two-house Thanksgiving Day expanded to three homes to accommodate my wife’s family as well. I have been unable to really come up with a strategy that works for three homes - but I think sweat pants are a good starting point! But it was still a day devoted to family, and how rare is that in today’s world? Now, with two little girls of my own, my idea of Thanksgiving is expanding yet again to become even better than ever.

Many Americans do not live in close proximity to their loved ones - so Thanksgiving Day is more of a homecoming for them. But for those of us who are blessed to live close to our families, we know that our daily routines sometimes take us far from our loved ones even if we are geographically close. On this day, we are all coming home whether we are traveling from another state or just across the street. We come together to laugh, cry and love - and most importantly give thanks.

For those who have lost loved ones, Thanksgiving Day can offer special challenges. I know that last year was difficult at my father’s house when Grandma Legg was no longer there at the front of the table telling everyone what to do and critiquing the different food she sampled. This year will be even tougher when I go to my Mom’s house - just thinking about it right now is hard.

As I said before, we all know that we are only here for a limited amount of time - and it is the memories and love that we leave behind when we move on that will define us and our families. Those memories become the building blocks of our family foundations - and the stronger they are, the better supported the family will be even after we are long gone. Thanksgiving Day is a chance to build those memories, share our love and remember our loved ones who can no longer join us at the table. May your Thanksgiving Day be filled with love, joy, happiness, laughter and contentment.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801 or at our website or discuss this and all articles at

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

Q. What are allergy shots?

Allergy shots - also known as immunotherapy - are a series of scheduled injections meant to desensitize you to specific allergens, which are substances that trigger an allergic response. The usual schedule is a shot once or twice a week for about three to six months. After that, you'll need a shot about once a month for three to five years.

Allergy shots are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. Allergy shots may also control allergic reactions to stinging insects, such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps. But the shots are not effective for food allergies.

Before starting allergy shots, your doctor may use a skin test to confirm that you have allergies and determine which specific allergens cause your signs and symptoms. During the test, a small amount of the suspected allergen is scratched into your skin and the area is then observed for about 20 minutes. Swelling and redness indicate an allergy to the substance.

The shots won’t give you immediate relief. You'll probably see improvement in the first year of treatment. The most noticeable improvement often happens during the second year. By the third year, most people are desensitized to the allergens contained in the shots.

For some people, successful treatment leads to a life without allergy symptoms. For others, shots must continue on a long-term basis to keep allergy symptoms at bay.

Q. Can a sinus infection cause a toothache?

Yes, infection in the sinuses located in your cheekbones can cause your upper jaw and teeth to ache, and your cheeks to become tender to the touch. Sinusitis is a nasty malady that can do much more than give you a toothache.

The sinuses are four pairs of cavities: the frontal sinuses over the eyes, maxillary sinuses inside each cheekbone, ethmoid sinuses just behind the bridge of the nose, and sphenoid sinuses behind the ethmoids. Each sinus is connected to the nose.

Most cases of acute sinusitis start with a cold or allergy attack, which inflames the mucous membranes of the sinuses. Swelling traps air and mucus in the sinuses and they cannot drain properly. The trapped mucus creates ideal conditions for bacteria to grow.

Most people with sinusitis have pain or tenderness. Other symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, fatigue, nasal congestion, cough and sore throat.

If you have acute sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe decongestants, antibiotics and pain relievers. Many cases of acute sinusitis will end without antibiotics.

Q. Is there anything I can do to keep the hair I've got?

There are a few steps you can take to preserve your hair:

1.) Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on the hair. So, forget braids, ponytails, cornrows and tight hair rollers. The pulling causes some hair loss, especially along the sides of the scalp. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. If the pulling scars the scalp, it can cause permanent hair loss.

2.) Brushing or combing too much can break hair, so keep them to a minimum. Use combs with wide teeth and brushes with smooth tips. Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, so show care when you do your hair after a shower.

3. Shampooing too often is bad for your hair. Use a cream rinse or conditioner after shampooing to make it easier to comb. And don’t dry your hair by rubbing it with a towel.

4. Don’t use hot-oil hair treatments or chemicals in permanents. These may cause inflammation of the hair follicles, which can lead to hair loss.

If you have a question, please write

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and then comes the “infamous” Black Friday shopping event. I would like to suggest some gifts that could be purchased without hassle and would also benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association.

If you or members of your family are history buffs, you could consider the delightful addition to the Images of America series, “Susquehanna County,” produced by our Historical Society. Published in conjunction with the county’s 200th anniversary, this volume would make a great Christmas gift. It is available at all four library locations (Montrose, Hallstead/Great Bend, Susquehanna and Forest City).

Also, currently on display at the main library in Montrose is a unique scarecrow sun catcher that could also be used as a Christmas tree ornament.

We will also be having our first Christmas Book Sale fundraiser on Thursday, December 3, and Friday, December 4, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. each day downstairs at The Inn at Montrose. In the tradition of the Blueberry Festival, the sale will include hand-picked, used books for holiday giving or just for your own collections. On Friday from 5-8, there will be caroling and other festivities. In addition, during the book sale on Friday from 5-8, Shea Skinner’s white birch Yule Logs will again be available.


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Rock Doc
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

No Rock Doc News This Week

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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

No Earth Talk This Week

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Barnes-Kasson Corner
By Cara Sepcoskiw

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