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The Canton Independent Sentinel
130 Years Ago-1889 2/14/2019
The following statistics relative to the lumber industry at Roaring Branch: Joel Garrison, who owns one of the most complete mills in that section, shipped during 1888 about 2 million feet of lumber as follows: Pine, 140,000; oak, 12.500; hemlock, 1,848,000. Besides this he shipped 505,000 feet of 3 x 4 plastering lath. He also peeled 835 tons of bark and delivered it to the tannery of John A. Innes. He has at present 9,500 logs on skids and has purchased 225,300 feet of hemlock logs to be delivered at his mill. His entire stock for the year will amount to 1,850,000 feet, and there should be sufficient snow to get it all to the streams. John A. Innes last year sawed 1,250,000 feet and is delivering the lumber to C S Green at Roaring Branch. A S Courtney of Williamsport will have about 1,500,000 feet of logs to stock up his mill on Mill Creek. C S Green has 500,000 feet of hemlock to haul in on sleds and is now extensively engaged in the wood pulp business.
Among the many new comers who are to make Canton their future home is Lee Brooks, of Union Township. He will read law for the next two years in the office of Mial E Lillley Esq.The largest audience we ever saw at a concert in Canton greeted the Madame Fry concert company at the Methodist church. The receipts were in the neighborhood of $110, proving that good companies receive liberal patronage in Canton. The entertainment was first-class in every respect. The vocal quartettes were superbly rendered, and the string quartettes and flute and violin solos were a delightful treat. The readings were capital and kept the audience in a continual roar of laughter.
Sixty-two loads of bark were unloaded at the Roaring Branch tannery one day last week.
H Sheldon met with a severe accident on Wednesday. He was driving by the depot in a bob-sled, which suddenly veered around, throwing him out. He struck his head on the track and received severe gash, which rendered him insensible for a few moments. Dr. Davison dressed the wound and Mr. Sheldon is doing well.
Hugh Crawford is getting in a big stock of logs this year.
120 Years Ago-1899 2/14/2019
Eugene Burtis, of Grover, has 103 swarms of bees now. From 68 swarms he sold about 4,000 pounds of honey last year. The average price for the entire lot was 9 cents a pound. There seems to be money in honey and Mr. Burtis knows how to handle it.
Several families on Center street are having trouble on account of frozen water pipes.
A bill to locate a state insane asylum in or near Troy has been introduced in the legislature. If the asylum is to be located in Bradford County, Canton should see that it comes here. Towanda and Troy have court houses, Burlington has the poor house, and Canton should get the asylum.
George Packard of Troy has been appointed janitor of the basement at the State Capitol, at a salary of $6 a day.
Last Saturday the streets were a glare of ice and there was good skating all over town. Many young people were out and the novel spectacle of skaters in the public square and streets was witnessed. Sleighing parties were also numerous, and as the weather was rather mild the sport was highly enjoyed.
Monday night, fire and smoke were discovered issuing from the grocery of W J Tripp & Sons and the corner of Troy and Main streets. The building is a wooden structure, one story and attic, and was adjoined on the north by a two story frame building. The fire was difficult to fight but the fire company was equal to the emergency and succeeded in extinguishing the flames. The building was greatly damaged and the greater part of Mr. Tripp's stock was ruined by fire, smoke and water. It is a singular fact that but one window pane was broken.
Shirley Andrews of Granville Center died at the Williamsport hospital Monday night from injuries received while coasting down the steep hill at Granville Center on Saturday. The roadway was a glare of ice and in company with others, Mr. Andrews was indulging in the sport of coasting. They proceeded about halfway down the hill in safety, and then struck a "thank-ye ma'am" which caused the sled to sway from side to side. The grade was very steep at this point and the coaster gained frightful velocity. Just as they reached the most dangerous point, Mr. Andrews' foot came in contact with a log, which completely crushed the bones. It was impossible to reduce the fracture and on account of the weak condition of his heart it was not thought advisable to amputate the limb at once. Gangrene set in and the end came Monday night. He was about 22 years of age and unmarried.
It was 18 degrees below zero on February 9.
F E Benedict, the artist, was out with his camera Wednesday, taking views of houses with their mantles of snow.
A large amount of tobacco was shipped in the bundle from this place on Wednesday. The price averaged about 9 cents.
110 Years Ago-1909 2/14/2019
The mad dog scare which has prevailed for some time in the eastern part of the county, reached Canton last week when it became known that a dog belonging to a man from East Canton had become mad and had bitten a calf and cow and gnawed the feed boxes and posts in the barn. The dog was killed and sent to the State Veterinarian, who pronounced it a genuine case of rabies. The dog also bit other dogs before he was killed, and the authorities of the borough posted notices requiring all dogs to be muzzled under penalty of having the animals shot.
On Saturday the Canton township spelling contest was held in the borough high school rooms. Miss Hermina Dreste and Miss Margaret English carried off the honors, each having an average of 100 per cent. Miss Grace Taylor and Paul Dreste each had an average of 99 1/2 per cent.
100 Years Ago-1919 2/14/2019
Ira Mandeville, a trainman on the Pennsylvania railroad, was struck by the lever of the distance signal at Minnequa on Monday and his lower jaw was fractured. He was sent to his home in Elmira.
Charles Randall has purchased the A J Wilcox farm in North Union.
Mr. R L Kenyon of New York has acquired control of the Armenia Furniture Company and is in possession of the factory, which will be refitted to manufacture the cases, or cabinets, of phonographs.
There will be a shadow social at the Grover P.O.S. of A. hall, Saturday night. Ladies, please bring a lunch for two.
The farmers in the South Union section have made good use of the fine roads while it lasted by hauling their lime etc. from the Branch. Roads could never be better the only trouble was horses shoes had to be kept sharp on account of bad icy places on the hills.
Jack O' the Lantern with his magic light will be at the Methodist church Friday evening.
90 Years Ago-1929 2/14/2019
There was a good crowd Friday at the home of John Brackman to honor Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Shoemaker. The young people received a number of nice gifts. They will go to house keeping at Beech Flats where he has been employed by Mr. McKee. Ira Bryan died Sunday morning in the Packer hospital from injuries received ten days before in an accident at the Belmar factory. He was operating a shaping machine, and the top flew off, throwing the knife into his arm and severing some of the larger muscles.
Packard and Burlingame meat dealers, have purchased L Ross' business and moved their stock from Sullivan street to the Ross location on Main street.
80 Years Ago-1939 2/14/2019
Mrs. Floyd Crist entertained her bridge club at the Packard Hotel last Thursday evening.
Mr. & Mrs. L M Marble gave a dinner to a number of their friends on Tuesday evening at their home at Minnequa.
Camera Club members have a group of interesting prints on exhibit in the High School Reading Room of the Library. The exhibit is the first of a series showing work of various members of this recently organized club.
A number of Canton high school students went to Elmira Thursday afternoon and heard the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra Concert.
Russell Collister and William Owens are cutting ice at South Union at the present writing.
Everett A Quackenbush of New Cumberland, a former principal of Canton schools, has originated a new gladiolus, which he has named "The Flora Farmer," in honor of his wife. He has taken up the growing of "glads" as a hobby and is now engaged in their growing on a large scale. The new flower has taken prizes at several shows and is now on the market.
Community Nurse Miss Bessie Cole reports she made 145 medical calls, 5 surgical calls, 3 maternity cases, 28 maternity calls and 19 welfare and supervision calls in January. There were two well baby clinics and 25 return visits.