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Almond History

Hornellsville Tribune

1851 – 1852

December 24, 1851


A young man named Henry Fonda was seriously injured on the N.Y. & E.R.R. at Almond on Saturday evening last in the following manner. It appears he was riding on a handcar attached to the train when by some accident he was thrown off upon the track in front of the car, which passed over his head, injuring him so severely that fears are entertained for his recovery.

January 31, 1852


In West Almond, on Sunday last, by Rev. O. B. Clark, Mr. Geo Bunnell, of Alfred to Miss Weighty Royce of West Almond.

February 14, 1852

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir: I notice in the proceedings of a public meeting proporting to have been held in Hornellsville on the 26th day of January last, on the subject of a new county (with a site at Hornellsville) from parts of Allegany and Steuben County, that my name is published as one of the town committee for Almond, to further the objects of said meeting. I never heard of said meeting until I saw my name in its proceedings, and have no sympathy with its objects, and must beg leave respectfully to decline the proffered honor. John Van Campen Almond, February 3, 1852

Response from Newspaper:

We cut the above from the Angelica Reporter, and would say to Mr. Van Campen that the “meeting proporting to have been held at Hornellsville” will not insist up on his serving as “one of the committee for Almond, “ but allow him to “decline the proffered honor” if he has “no sympathy with its objects.” The only apology in our power to make to make him, in behalf of the meeting, for the use of his name “without authority,” is that he has always expressed a warm sympathy in favor of the new County, and in 1849 not only signed a petition himself, but procured many other citizens to do the same thing, and then forwarded it to the Legislature with his earnest wishes for its success. The “meeting” had not been informed that he had changed his views or lost his “sympathy” on this subject.

With this explanation, we trust Mr. Van Campen will pardon the unauthorized use of his name by the “meeting” and we hope too that the Angelica Reporter, will publish this article, so as to prevent as far as possible any serious injury to his popularity with the people of Allegany and especially with the voters of Almond at the coming town meeting.

February 28, 1852

Mr. John VanCampen, of Almond, is sorely annoyed by our apology in the Tribune of the 7th inst., as appears by his letter published in the Angelica Reporter of last Tuesday. He says the apology in the “miniature Tribune” “that veracious little print” (awful hard names Johnny) is “quite as obnoxious as the original usurpation of my name.” We regret that our apology should prove so obnoxious to him. We fear that, and the “use of his name” may cause serious results next Tuesday; and as Mr. V evidently wants the public to know all he has to say on the subject, have concluded to publish his letter.

Mr. Horton.

Mr. Van Campen's Response:

Dear Sir. -- I observe that my declining to serve as a “committee to procure names to petitions for the new county of Canisteo (sic) has called forth an “apology “in the Miniature Tribune, at the contemplated County site: and the writer has deemed the opportunity a good one to make an impression upon the “coming Town meeting” in the village of Almond, not withstanding the avowed neutrality, of that veracious little print, which renders its apology, quite as obnoxious at the original usurpation of the use of my name. I desire merely, however, to correct an error or two of the editor (or his subs) contained in said apology. It is represented in the Tribune, that I “have always expressed a warm 'sympathy' in favor of the new County, and in 1840, not only signed a petition myself, but procured many other citizens to to the same thing, and then forwarded it to the Legislature with earnest wishes for its success.”

That a petition was sent to me in 1849 is true; but that I circulated and was instrumental in procuring “many other citizens to sign it,” is simply untrue; neither did I send it to the Legislature with my “earnest wishes for its success.”

In regard to my “popularity with the people of Allegany, and especially with the voters of the town of Almond, at the coming town meeting,” I have only to remark it is a matter between them and myself , it it does not require the foreign intervention of a whig press of Hornellsville to settle it; and the invidious innuendo savors more a disposition to meddle with political affairs of the town of Almond than the occasion called for. Yours &c, John Van Campen, Almond Feb. 16, 1852

Mr. Horton of Angelica Reporter adds his perspective:

Our neighbor, Horton of the Angelica Reporter, like the tender to an engine, follows up Mr. Van Campen's letter at our expense. He says:

We don't know as we blame the Tribune for its overzealous manifestations in favor of a new county, because it is its interest but we certainly do think that it steps one side of the question, when it attempts to interfere with the individual popularity of any person and particularly so when he steps across the county line to make up an issue upon Town Meeting Day against a particular individual. It is a Whig trick, however, and the democrats of the town of Almond will hardly be deceived, after being apprised of it. The Tribune pretends to be neutral, but the “critter” has shown its teeth, and democrats will hereafter be careful how they feed him.

Tribune response to Mr. Horton:

In reply to the above, we wish only to remark that Mr. H. certainly manifests a sober dignity, that we were not aware he possessed. He appears very sensitive about stepping across the county line, and has, no doubt, already began to experience some inconvenience as near the county line as Hornellsville. We judge so from the fact that he would like to make his readers believe that the Tribune is not neutral, but that it is politically opposed to the Reporter and very prudently cautions its democratic friends “to be careful how they feed him.” Probably Mr. H. is not aware that although he fancies the “critter shows his teeth” he is perfectly harmless especially to those who “feed him.” Next time he reads the Tribune we advise him to change his glasses and not use such powerful magnifiers – Such illusions are often very deceptive.

March 6, 1852

High Priced Pig

James Ward, of the Town of Almond, with a view to the improvement of swine in this country, has procured L. G. Morris, of Westchester Co,, a full blood Suffolk pig, at a cost of thirty dollars. The first premium on hogs was awarded to Mr. Morris, on the stock of his hogs, at the last State Fair, and our friend Ward is determined that Allegany shall have a chance in next time. We are glad to see this spirit manifested by some of our farmers, and hope the day is not far distant when there will be more emulation to excel in all kinds of stock and produce, than has yet manifested itself. - Angelica Reporter

March 13, 1852


In Almond, on the 10th inst., by Rev. H. Pattengill, NELSON M. HERRINGTON, M.D. of Corning and Miss JULIA ANN GENUNG of Almond.

Weaving and Dying Establishment

The subscriber wishes to announce to the citizens of Allegany and Steuben Counties, and the public generally, that he still continues to carry on the Weaving and Coloring business at his old stand in Almond, opposite the store of H. W. Crandall, where he would be happy to receive calls of any who wish to get any thing done in his line of business. He will execute to order every variety of Flowered and Striped Carpeting, Flowered or Plaid Shawls, Coverlets &c. and warrant that the work shall be executed in a style that will give entire satisfaction. C. V. BOGART

July 10, 1852

Notice has been given out that the new Presbyterian church in Arkport would be dedicated on Thursday, the 15th inst. at 10 o'clock A.M. services by Mr, Parker of Dansville, and that on the same day, the New Methodist church in North Almond would be dedicated.

July 17, 1852


On the 13th inst. by Rev. H. Pattengill, in the Presbyterian church in Hornellsville, Mr. DARIUS FORD, a Professor in Alfred Seminary, and Miss ELLEN A. GOODRICH, daughter of the late D.L. Goodrich of Almond.

October 2, 1852

A little son of Mr. F. H. Manny, Cabinet maker of Almond, aged six years, was instantly killed on the 25th inst. by the falling of a pile of boards, near which he was playing.

(my note: According to the 1850 census, there was a Fredrick H. Manny, a cabinetmaker who lived next to my gr gr gr grandparents – the Brockways. However, there is not a 4 year old male shown on the census. The only male was James and he would have been 12 at the time.)

December 25, 1852


Is hereby given, that application will be made to the Legislature of this State, at the next session thereof, for the erection of a new County, to be composed of the towns of Dansville, Hornellsville, Hartsville, West Union, Greenwood, Troupsburgh, Jasper, Canisteo and the west part of Howard, the south part of Cohocton, Wayland in the county of Steuben, and Ossian, Burns, Almond, Alfred, Andover, and Independence in the County of Allegany. Dated, December 25, 1852

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