Clipped From The Express
Shore By Joseph Cox Was there ever an elevated railroad in. tKii'pitrt ; of the West Branch Valley? We mean one that ran'..*' above the streets. ' ' M ' ' Jersey Shore had such a railroad, according to ' members of the Octogenarians Club, and the follow^ ing item from the local paper for 90 years ago this.., week is a reference to tt. "tt would be well enough for parents'to Jiee'p their children off the railroad track of Messrs, .Wood & Childs' mill, if they do not wish to have them injured,", The (rack carried hand-propelled trucks of sawed < boards over Locust St.—then Lock St.—to be stacked ' in the lumberyard on the other side, meaning that to the north. ' * ;i We used to walk on those aerial rights-of-way In •. other lumberyards when we "were a boy and do not blame the kids of long ago for liking to do it. Now the ' smell of pine and hemlock from the bright boards ' stacked in the sun is amomr the strongest'of many pleasant memories. . . "The spring ctop of marriages is about harvested! ' The next process will be cradling." Who knows now that cradling was a part of the process of reaping grain before the big machine's'.j took over? '.'Grass and grain presents a very fine appearanca and the prospects for a full crop throughout the country are decidedly promising. "Gone to grass—the farmers." . t The aged agriculturist is also a member of the Octogenarians Club and we reprint those paragraphs to appease him. He and other members sometimes seem to feel that the old lumberman and the retired railroader get too much attention here. The point is that the most interesting news Is along their lines of endeavor, as Colonel, Seely would have said, although the number of points in any line it infinite, as the superannuated schoolmaster, another member, might have reminded them. The old lumberman also taught school for a time, when the snow was too deep for anyone else to wadt through. The thesis for his doctorate at the University of Pewterbaugh was an attempt to prove that logarithms were invented by a logger and ought to be' called loggerisms. "It was too deep for anyone else to wade through/* he said the other evening," but I got my degree." . .. "What was it?" "Forty below!" said th« retired railroader. Mora appeasing was made necessary by this, so we reprint • the following from the paper for 90 years^ ago this week: • , "The steam mill of John Gaus and William Craw-' ford situated on Miner's" Run in Clinton Co,iinty wa"s burned to the ground on Thursday night last between,. 9 and 10 o'clock. \ • „, "The fire occurred through the watchman snuffing, an oil lamp and throwing the remains on the sawdifst.', where oil and grease were freely used. .. .. . ', , t >. "It is said by the employes of the mill that \vater- was convenient and was thrown'iipon the fire Im^i*- diately, but it spread so rapidly that they could not con-, trol it.. , ....••",-" "About 950,000 feet of sawed lumber was burned, on which there is an insurance of $15,000." , More important to both counties wag an account. of a big business deal which had been completed a >short time before. • .-. • •• "The saw and grist mill situated oa Pine Creek about two miles from this place, and formerly, owned by Phelps, Dodge & Co., was sold by E. R. Campbell & Bro. last week to A. Wentz, of Wayne Township, Clinton County, for $13,000. "It is the intention of Mr. Wentz to repair th« property and commence operations immediately. Th«. property is valuable and was purchased for a very low figure." : The topic of the Tiadaghlon introduces this: i "It may be of importance to tuch as are in tht habit of fishing with any kind of nets to know that by a law of last session, which appears to be general, they are liable to a fine of one hundred dollars for fishing with anything but hook and line, between the 15th day of June and the 10th day of August. They are . also subjected to an imprisonment not exceeding six months." Colonel Seely reminds hit readers that the Fourth of July will come in one week and asks this question: "Where is the patriotism of our people oozed to?" Ooze to Jersey Shore on Independence Day and find out.