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I am forwarding to you an article entitled "What People are Saying in the Northern Tier", dated August 18, 1918.  The name of the author is not included, however, I think this is the name of the weekly article my great grandfather, John C. French wrote.  Unfortunately, I do not have the name of the newspaper as it was cut off - only the end of the word Pennsylvania shows.

My great grandfather sent this clipping as well a a couple of others to my grandfather, Robert W. French, who at that time was a Private in the Army, 26th Company, 7th Training Battallion, 155th Depot Brigade, stationed at Fort Lee, VA for training during WWI.

Marion Scherer

August 12, 1918


War’s Highest Honor Roll Carries Name of Italian Boy, Who Volunteered from Wellsboro

Lawrenceville, Pa. Aug. 11 – The war has been brought home to Tioga County the last week by the deaths of two of her young men, who have made the supreme sacrifice in France. "Killed in action," the highest war honor which can come to any soldier. They were Salvatore Fenicchia, of Wellsboro, and Floyd E. Harry, son of Mrs. H. Bailey, of Osoeloa. Fennicchia was not even a citizen of this country. He was born in sunny Italy, where aged parents will soon receive the mournful tidings. When his brothers and sisters came to this country to enjoy the blessings and privilege of a democracy, he came with them and made the most of its opportunities. When the Wellsboro branch of Corning glassworks was established at the county seat, he was sent with the other apt pupils to Corning to learn the trade of the parent shop, that he might take a position in the new factory. While he was there, a state of hostilities was declared existent between Germany and America. In June, 1917, three months after his adopted land was forced into the conflict, his loyal young heart heard the call to the colors, and he enlisted to defend the liberties of which he had but recently partaken, putting to shame many slackers ose ancestors have enjoyed them as well as they, and who are evading any attempt to protect the women and children of America from Hun outrage. Fenicchia was of different stripe. He was fighting for his native and his adopted country as well in the uniform of the latter. The message from the adjutant general was terse and there are no additional tidings. He has a brother in the naval branch of the service. He was aged 23 and unmarried.

The old covered bridge at Marshlands, built prior to the Civil War, has been replanked, and bids fair to round a century. Perhaps our ancestors did not know much about building roads, steering from the top of one hill to the next, seeking short distance rather than easy grade, but they knew how to make bridges which have stood the test of time. There are three of these old covered bridges in Tioga built almost seventy five years ago. One across the Elkhorn, as you approach the town, one south of the village toward Mansfield, and one north toward Lawrenceville. Perhaps the one toward Mansfield is the finest specimen because it has two tracks for traffic, well separated by giant timbers. These bridges have outlived their contractors many years and as far as cursory observation shows, are as substantial as any iron or steel structures half their age. They are memorials to hardy pioneers who built to endure not to profiteer. (NOTE FROM JMT - See Nelson Covered Bridge above - burned 1903 - before this article)

David Whiting of Middlebury, is a fine example of one who has lived wisely and well. He attained his ninety-third year last week and is hale and hearty.

The Wellsboro High School has an honor roll of twenty boys. They agreed to earn $10 each during vacation and give it to the Red Cross. All have "cashed in".

Twenty Clinton County young women have enlisted in the students nurses’ reserve at Lock Haven. It is a patriotic and profitable opportunity to serve one’s country.

Mrs. Francis Rockafeller, of Eleven Mile, and her sister, Mrs. Betsy Bradford, of Shinglehouse, aged women both, are laid up with broken hips.

On the Howard farm in Eulalia, Helen, the 2 ½ year old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Wright Swift met injuries from being run over by a hay wagon, to which she succumbed Sunday. Mr. And Mrs. Swift put their four children in the bottom of the hay rigging as they started to the field after a load. On coming around a bend there was a beautiful view, to which Swift called his wife’s attention, and while they were gazing at the vista, the little one fell thru a hole in the bottom of the wagon and the wheel passed over her.

Bradford County claims the youngest mother in the North Tier. Mrs. G.M. Sours, of Troy, who will not be 15 years old till December, has a daughter, born July 23. Mrs. Sours maiden name was Hackett. She was married at 13.

R.J. Ward of Conrad, Potter County, is the champion North Tier brown trout fisherman of the season of 1918. He closed it with the landing of a trout 27 ½ inches long, which weighed 7 ¾ pounds. A five ounce rod and a number 10 fly added gayety to the task of getting out this whale.

Farmers unable to get help are put to their wit’s end to harvest crops. A Bradford granger, hitched a hay tender to his fivver and away he raced around the field kicking over the crop to allow the sun to properly cut it, was a caution. Some meadows are as smooth as some roads however.

Elbert Hubbard, 2d, of East Aurora, NY and Karl Kip, master craftsman of the art metal department of the Roycroft shops, have been spending a well earned on Potter County, as is their wont every year.

Two citizens of Allegheny Township were taught a lesson for breaking measles quarantine last week when Justice Thompson, of Coudersport, fined them $30. A large number of cases are under quarantine in that section, and the health authorities are determined that the laws safeguarding the public shall be enforced.

Fred C. Newell, Jr., of Canton, was formerly editor of the Sentinel, when he entered the army of his father, who had been out of health and had left the journalistic reins to the son, came back to work, assisted by his daughter. The younger Newell writes, home from France, as follows: "It is pitiful to see the youngsters chase after the Americans, hungry for a little affection. Their fathers, brothers and uncles are at the front and they long for men. They come and hang to our necks, sit on our laps and take hold of our hands as we go along the street. They seem to regard us as objects of worship and are positive that we are going to save them from the "Huns".

Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Mays, of Wellsboro, have four sons in the service, and a fifth who enlisted was rejected.

Arthur V. Drake, of Sayre, is the fifth young man of that town to be killed in action in France. He was an only child and enlisted in the Sayre machine gun company before he was of age.

John Bigler, of Wellsboro, had his supper rudely interrupted when a rifle bullet came down thru the ceiling and missed him by a narrow margin. It seems a man and his wife upstairs were struggling for possession of a gun when it was discharged.

Westfield has 200 guarantors to back its Chautauqua for next year. The price of season tickets is placed at $2.50, instead of $2 as to heretofore. Each guarantor will take three season tickets, and the list of guarantors will be increased until the full amount of the guaranty is raised. Then the sale of season tickets will cease.

Both of these potcards show photos taken during 
Chautauqua Week in Westfield, including the parade. 
The banner can be seen in both above the street. 
These Postcards are form the Joyce M. Tice Collection

Leraysville, a quiet Bradford County hamlet usually has come into the limelight with a daring hold up of a citizen by two culprits with revolvers. The victim surrendered his cash and valuables and no trace of the marauders was found. Towanda and Sayre are even safer.

Mr. Rearick, accompanied by a federal boiler inspector named Thurston, fishing near Hulls, found that the low water had imprisoned hundreds of small trout in pools, from which they could not escape. These men, are true sportsmen, walked two miles to the nearest house and borrowed a pail and dipper and some cloth. They seined the trout out of the stagnant pools and carried them to running water. It is estimated that they saved the lives of 800 trout, ranging in size from two to nine inches. Quite a number of small trout were floating dead on the top of the pools, and it would have been only a few days when all the water would have evaporated. Isn’t it part of the duty of fish wardens to patrol trout streams during drought to see that no such fatalities occur? And, if it isn’t, it should be. When the water is low like that, even if freshets do come to relieve the stress while the fish are captive, varmints prey upon them badly.

Time was, in fact up to this year, when every regimental association which had a company recruited in Tioga County, had a separate reunion. But the fast thinning ranks of Civil War veterans have made co-operation necessary. A mute testimonial to the rapidly disappearing Union Soldier is the announcement, that companies, several will combine in a basket picnic at Wellsboro, August 24. The following commands will join: Company H, Sixth regiment; Company E, First rifles, Old Bucktails; Company I and G, Forty-fifth; Company A, 149th Companies A and I, 187th; Company K, 207th, and the Seventh, Eleventh and Sixteenth cavalry.

Harold Olney, of Covington township, has been given a furlough and is visiting his parents. He was one of the crew of the ill fated ship, President Lincoln, sunk by a sub. The ship’s family is being kept together till the new home building for them is ready. When Uncle Sam gets an effective, working family under one roof he keep the family ties intact, the true American spirit.