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Found in the Hornellsville Weekly Tribune


February 10, 1888

Prohibition at Almond

The prohibition people at Almond have uttered the cry, “Defend the home against the saloon,” and are hold a series of meetings in the Presbyterian church at that place The are conducted by DAVID THOMAS a noted temperance evangelist of Buffalo, being heartily endorsed by the church, the press, the special duty of the Grand Lodge I.O. of G.T. and others. The subjects under discussion are:

Tuesday, “How We Reach the Masses.”

Wednesday: “High and Low License.”

Thursday, 9th, “Two Systems of Education.

Friday, 10th, “The Church, the Press and the Saloon.”

Saturday, 11th, “Capital and Labor”

Sunday, 12th, “Ancient Landmarks.”

Monday, 13th, The Great Indictment.”

Tuesday, 14th, “Physical Effects of Alcohol.”

Wednesday, 15th, “What has been Gained by Agitation.”

Thursday, 16th, “Prohibition – What is it?”

February 17, 1888

Mrs. JEROME HALBERT, of Breckenridge, Mich., formerly of Almond, is visiting friends in this place.

Band Concert and Literary Entertainment

At Fenner's Hall, Almond, N. Y., Friday, evening February 24, 1888 at 7:20.

Chairman, WM. BENJAMIN, M.D.

Treasurer, CHAS HAMLIN


Prayer, Rev. L.S. BOYCE


Essay, Relation of Mind to Matter, C.R. BOWEN, M.D.

Recitation, Miss JENNIE ROBERTS

Music, Almond Cornet Band


Recitation, Miss GRACE BUSBY


Discussion, Resolved, That our protective system is a robbery of the American people and should be reduced to a tariff for revenue only.

Affirmative, W. H. LOVELL and D.C. HOPKINS

Negative, JOHN J. UPSON and D. A. STEBBINS

Music, Band.



Admission, 10 cents.

February 24, 1888

Farmers Club Meeting

Interesting Discussion Held Saturday Afternoon

There was some delay in calling of the club to order Saturday owing to a referee suit which was to have been tried in the hall but which JUDGE HAKES kindly adjourned to his own office. The president then called the club to order and after reading of minutes the secretary also read a communication from the Corning Farmers Club extending the officers of the club an invitation to attend the annual dinner at club of that place which is to be held on Feb. 28. The invitation was accepted. The following persons were made members of the club: AL ARNOLD, S.H. BROWN, city; WESLY FRITZ, DOTY CORNERS, SID McMASTER, LORENZO ROBBINS, HARRY SNIDER, B. F. FREEMAN, LOT BENNETT, SAMUEL TOWNSEND, Burns; JACKSON WARD, Almond.

March 16, 1888

Almond's Elections

Almond, March 8, 1888

The democrats elected all their ticket on Tuesday, except collector, one poor master, assessor and part of the constables.

A hot fight was made on the excise commissioners, there being two to elect, and the election of license commissioners would immediately insure license. Both parties were out in full force and the result was the temperance people beat by a majority of three.

Mr. A. B. DEMMING, a former resident of this village, whose lawful wife still resides here in the old homestead and keeps a loaded revolver ready to shoot any miscreant daring to molest her, was arrested and brought here Monday charged with being the father of a bastard child. It seems that DEMMING, about two years ago, succeeded in alienating the affection of Mrs. SHOWERS from her husband and moved with her to Canaseraga, agreeing to furnish her with first class grub and care, leaving Mr. SHOWERS and his lawful wife, from whom he had separated, here in a state of single blessedness. Everything went on nicely for many months but last fall Mrs. SHOWERS returned back to the embraces of SHOWERS claiming that DEMMING'S supply of grub had become to scanty, staying with him some time. She again left with DEMMING, and some time ago a little son and heir was born to the fond parents. The supply of grub and fuel again becoming scanty, she returned to Almond, charged DEMMING with the daddy-hood of the baby and overseer of the poor caused his arrest. DEMMING owned up that it was his, gave a bond with two sureties to the overseer that he would care for the baby and mother in the future in a more satisfactory manner, upon which he was discharged. Much fun was enjoyed by our citizens over this case. Demming was very indignant that he had been disgraced by an arrest. He is now looking for a place to keep house.

March 23, 1888

Dan McCarthy's Hen Roost

Almond, March 17, 1888 – Some of Hornellsville's miscreants came up here one night last week and robbed DANIEL McCARTHY's hen roost and also stole all of Mrs. GRIFFIN's washing from the line. Mrs. GRIFFIN is one of those ladies who has the ring of true mettle in her and she was not long getting R.M. BURDICK on their track who soon ferreted them out and had them arrested and taken before authorities where we hope they will get their just deserts. R. M. BURDICK is an old detective and when he gets on track there is but little chance of escape. Had it not been for him the rascals undoubtedly would have gone scott free. As Mr Burdick is not an officer now he gets little but thanks he has, hoping next year that he will be made an officer of the law.

March 30, 1888

Died at Almond

Almond, March 22, 1888 – Mrs. IRA W. DIXSON died this afternoon. She had been confined to her bed about four weeks, but in reality her illness dates back a year to the time her only daughter died. She has unceasingly mourned her loss and had been gradually failing in health ever since. She leaves a bereaved husband and two sons who have the deepest sympathy of this community.


<My notes: The 1860 census shows Ira Dixson, a druggist age 35, with a wife Sarah F., age 35 and son Frederick H. age 3.

In 1870, Ira was still living in Almond, now age 45. with wife Sarah, age 43, son Frederick age 12, daughter Emily age 8 and son John age 4.

In 188, Ira remained a druggist in Almond now at age 55, he lived with Sarah F. age 56, son Fred now 22, daughter Emily age 18 and son John B. age 14. They also had a servant named Alice Oakley (age 15) and a boarder born of parents from Ireland and L. J.. Van Norman, age 25, a school teacher.>

See obit for her daughter, Emma (Emily) Dixson, at this link: Hornellsville Tribune 1886-1887

April 6, 1888

Miss NELLIE PRYOR is visiting relatives and friends in Almond.

April 20, 1888

Miss SARAH OAKLEY, who has been confined to her home in Almond with measles has returned to this city.


Almond, April 12, 1888 – A twelve year old son of Mrs. ELSIE JOHNSON, a widow lady residing here, while playing with another small lad five years old, found a bunch of roots of poison hemlock or cicuta and ate some of them. The other boy said he did not eat any because it was dirty. He was found a short time afterwards lying in the road in spasms and frothing at the mouth. A doctor was called but the deadly poison had done its work too well and he died in a few minutes.

April 27, 1888

Rev. E. C. HULL exchanged pulpits with REV. Mr. BOYCE of Almond last Sunday. (my note: Hull was from Arkport)

May 11, 1888


How the People in that Place Celebrated the Day

Almond, May 1st, 1888.

Arbor day was again celebrated here with increased interest. The whole number of trees planted was five hundred and fifty-one. The following persons planted ten trees or more:

Mrs. BAXTER......11

CHAS. KARR and GEO. BRINK.....18

B. J. GREEN and boys....29










Arbor day is now a legal holiday as Gov. Hill has signed the bill setting apart May 1st as holiday to be called Arbor day. It seems destined to take place of May day with its decorated queen. The change will certainly be a useful one, if not as ornamental. Almond claims the honor of holding the first Arbor day held in the state and gives our enterprising nurseryman D. C. HOPLINS the credit of starting and maintaining the enterprise.

May 25, 1888

A Fine Colt

Almond, May 21, 1888 – Dear Editor, I have just had the pleasure of seeing one of the largest and finest up and up straight one day old colts that I ever looked at. It was sired by the well known and popular horse, Smuggler with a record of 2:15 owned by F. B. BABCOCK of Hornellsville. The colt looks like and is marked same as horse with fine curved stripe in forehead, dame a Kentucky mare known as being a very lively trotter. The colt has the action of a pacer and is owned by JOHN MARVIN of the village of Almond, and doubtless has the best show speed every known in the town or country. Wm. D. GOFF

June 1, 1888

Died, in Almond, May 25, CLARA, wife of Wm. W. SANBORNE, aged 38 years 12 months. Funeral at Almond Sunday at the Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m.

June 8, 1888


Almond, June 6, 1888 – Mr. NATHAN FARNUM and Miss FRANK KLINE were quietly married at the residence of the bride last evening, Rev. Mr. BOYCE officiating. Congratulations are in Order. O. D. W.

July 13, 1888


Almond, July 6, 1888. Mr. CHRISTOPHER EMERY's house, situated back of the Baptist Church, was burned here about two o'clock this morning. The fire started in a bedroom. Probably from a lamp left burning. When the family awoke they were almost suffocated by smoke and narrowly escaped being burned to death. They lost nearly all of their household goods. There was $600 insurance on the building and $500 on the furniture. O. D. W.

August 3, 1888

REV. L.S. CRITTENDEN, of Almond, exhibits for the first time the thoroughbred Durham bull; duke, and a very large handsome yearling bull, both with first-class pedigrees.

August 24, 1888

Miss NELLIE PRYOR, of this city and Miss EDITH PRYOR, of Wellsville are visiting friends and relatives in Almond.

October 12, 1888


There will be a grand democratic rally at Almond, on Friday evening. Hon. STALEY M. WOOD will be the orator.

October 25, 1888


He Falls Dead at 11:20 this Morning in the Stock Exchange

The startling and surprising news that JESSE GIBBS had fallen dead while in the stock exchange, was spread upon the street at about eleven twenty this morning. No one could hardly believe it, although no one could be so thoroughly surprised had they had known the facts of the case.

The particulars of the case are very sad to relate. Jesse sat in a chair and was watching a game of dominoes, which was being played. He was in no way interested in the game or in the market, and things in the exchange were unusually quiet this morning, so he was not wrought up with any excitement. All of a sudden, as he sat there, he looked up and said: “I can hardly see across the room.” This was the first that any one noticed that there was anything the matter with him, and those were his last words. All that was possible was at once done for him, and medical aid quickly summoned, but he was beyond human assistance. Coroner HUBBARD was summoned and pronounced the cause of his death to be rheumatism of the heart. Undertaker FAULKNER took charge of the remains, which were taken to his home on Washington Street.

He was the oldest son of a family of three children. He had always lived at Almond until within a few years when he engaged in the livery business with WILLIAM VAN DUSEN, in this city He was well thought of by all who knew him, and was one of the most enterprising and public spirited members of the community. He was about 34 years of age and leaves a wife and three children, a mother and a host of fast friends to mourn his untimely death. The earnest, sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the large circle of friends is extended to the afflicted family in this deep hour of trial and bereavement.

<My note: There is a Jesse Gibbs, born about 1855,(fits the age of this Jesse) that lived in West Almond during the 1860 census, but he was not the eldest son of a family of three children. This family had 7 children of which Jesse was the eldest son. It shows: Jesse B. Gibbs, age 51, Mary Gibbs, age 38, Ella Halsey, age 24, Elizabeth Gibbs, age 23, Jane Gibbs, age 16, Lorin Gibbs, age 15, Catherine Gibbs, age 12, Jesse Gibbs, age 5, Samuel Gibbs, age 3, William Gibbs, age 1, Thomas Halsey, age 29 and Lyman Johnston, age 27.

In 1870 census, Jesse is living with father Jesse B. Gibbs, age 61, Ruth Gibbs (mother) age 53, Elizabeth age 31, Louisa age 23, Katherine age 21, Jesse age 15, Samuel age 13 and William age 11.

In 1880, Jesse B. Gibbs, Jr. is living in Almond, age 25 (fits age of this Jesse) with wife Ida and daughter Grace, age 3 months Also living with them is a Frank Selover who works at the Grist Mill with Jesse. The census shows his name spelled Jessee. >


The funeral of Mrs. ELIZABETH CURRY was held from the Methodist church at Arkport, Wednesday morning Oct. 17, 1888. The deceased was born in the town of Almond Nov 27, 1830, and died at the residence of her son, D. N. CURRY at McCurry Gentry County, Mo. Oct. 13, 1888, of acute pneumonia. She left Hornellsville, Monday morning Oct. 8, to spend at least the winter with her son but was ill upon her arrival the following Wednesday morning and died on Saturday evening. The corpse was brought to Arkport and interred in the cemetery at that place. Notwithstanding the inclement weather an audience gathered at the funeral services that filled the church to its utmost capacity. The deceased was well and favorably known in the entire community, she was possessed of a strong Christian character and of a disposition to extend a helping hand wherever help was needed, and although called upon to endure severe trials, these did not convince her that life was not worth living but she pressed onward to make others blessed though her own heart should break. She has left three children to mourn the loss of a mother, and a mother that possessed the best traits of a mother and of whom her children were justly proud. The children are Mr. D. N. CURRY above mentioned, Mrs. H. L. DAVENPORT and Mrs. S. A. CARTER, worthy children of a noble mother. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. T. EDDS of Corfu N. Y. and Rev. A SMITH of Arkport. The Order of the E. A. U. of which the departed was a member, were present in body and after the box was lowed in the grave each one dropped a bouquet of flowers upon the cover. The deceased was a regular communicant of the Methodist Protestant church of Arkport and her trust was confided in the “strong to save.”

<My note: According to the 1860 Almond Census (Federal), Elizabeth was the wife of Silas Curry born about 1830. The D. N CURRY above was Daniel, born about 1852. Her two daughters were Caroline A,, born about 1854 and Elizabeth age 1856. Silas Curry was a physician. His father was Thornton Curry and mother was Sarah?

In looking for Elizabeth's maiden name, I looked for any Elizabeth around the age of 20 in the 1850 census. There is an Elizabeth WARD, age 21; Elizabeth PALMER age 22; Elizabeth FERRY age 20; There is a Zenos Ward, Jr. family in the 1840 census with a female age 5-10 in the house. There is also a William WARD with a female age 5-10 in the home Either of those could be Elizabeth Ward. There are no Ferry families in Almond 1840. There is one Palmer family in 1850 but with no females the age of Elizabeth.

In the 1830 census, there is a Zenos WARD, Jr. so the likelihood points to this Elizabeth Curry being Elizabeth Ward but is not confirmed.

November 2, 1888


The Way this Political Gun is Mended in This Near-By Village.

Almond, Oct. 27 – On Wednesday evening Congressmen LAIDLAW addressed the republican meeting here. His address which was mainly mis-representative and abuse of Grover Cleveland and the South, mad no votes for Harrison.

On Friday night Judge FARNUM addressed a democratic meeting and was listened to by a large and attentive audience. He made no attack upon candidates, but ably discussed the principles of the two parties on the tariff. Showing conclusively that free wool instead of driving the sheep out of the country, would increase them and raise the price of domestic wool, enable our woolen factories to run on full time, employ more men, and pay better wages.

On Monday the prohibitionists are to have a grand rally and speech by J. H. BRONSON That lively Mrs. FOSTER has utterly failed to make any temperance people here believe they ought to vote for Harrison and free whiskey.

I would not be surprised if some of the prohibitionists voted for Cleveland, as all I have seen are in accord with him on the tariff issue.

Mr. JENNINGS expects to issue the first number of his paper to be called the New Era next week. He has been very successful in obtaining subscribers and office work thus far, and thinks he has come to stay.

Mr. HIRAM NEPHEW, one of our reliable and successful business men, has got the frame of his store up and expects to have it ready to occupy in the spring

Our farmers are very busy digging potatoes and hauling them to the depot. They got 30 cents per bushel which is considered a very fair price.

Disaffected democrats are as scarce as hen's teeth in Almond and when the votes are counted they will show a good democratic majority.


November 23, 1888

A copy of the New Era, published by S. H. JENNINGS, at Almond, is on our desk. It is a better paper than the old Era a thousand times over.


Almond, Nov. 16 – Our new paper, the New Era, is booming finely. The editor says, “that never, in the history of journalism, has he got subscriptions as fas as now.” The last newspaper published in Almond was in 1853.

There seems to be some dissatisfaction in the Good Templars lodge here. Many members have signified their intention to withdraw from it

The young men here are going to start a series of club dances, the first to occur on Thanksgiving eve, at Fenner's hall They have adopted a set of by-laws, which makes it obligatory to commence to dance at 8 o'clock and quit at 12. No drinking is allowed or improper behavior of any kind, or any admitted that do not belong to the club.

Mr. STOUGHTON WALKER, who has been engaged in selling fruit trees for Mr. D. HOPKINS, is lying very ill with erysipelas at the house of Mrs. Robinson. There seems to be no hope of his recovery. <My note: Erysipelas is a superficial bacterial skin infection that characteristically extends into the cutaneous lymphatics. According to>

The Rev. Mr. BOYCE has organized a society composed of the young fry of both sexes, who meet at his room Friday evenings for moral and literary instructions. It is called the Wide-Awake Society, and will prove of a great benefit to the little ones.

Two of our old, reliable, democratic citizens, eight-six years old, Mr. JOSEPH COREY and Mr. WILLIS UPSON, who voted for Cleveland at this election, cast their first vote for President for Andrew Jackson, in 1824.

Mrs. Dr. DILDINE, widow of the late Dr. Z. DILDINE, who is stopping at Mr. BENJAMIN's had a large tumor removed from her shoulder, one day this week. Dr. BENJAMIN, assisted by Dr. WALKER, of Arkport, performed the operation, which was nicely done, and she is reported to be doing well.


December 7, 1888


Mrs. BARTON J. GREEN is on the sick list.

Mrs. CARRIER talks of visiting at Friendship for some weeks.

D.A. STEBBINS, Esq. is suffering from an attack of rheumatism.

Good houses can be rented here for from three to five dollars a month.

Mr. DANIEL SCHENCK of Wellsville, was in town drinking from the Almond mineral well.

Large quantities of potatoes are being shipped from this depot, the price paid is 23 cents per bushel.

Mr. STOUGHTEN WALKER who has been so bad with erysipelas that large portions of the flesh of his arm sloughed off, is reported to be convalescing.

The first series of club dances was held Thanksgiving night at Fenner's hall. About forty couples were in attendance and report an enjoyable time.

Thanksgiving was duly observed here. Rev. Mr. BOYCE preached an excellent sermon at the Presbyterian church, but the attendance was not as large as it should have been.

Mr. GEO. P. FOLTZ of N. Y. City, who has been for some time taking care of his mother who has been very ill at the house of Mrs. BENJAMIN HELMER, has returned home. Mr. Foltz was a former partner of WARNER MILLER.

The HOTCHKIN Family concert company and bell ringers gave a concert at the Presbyterian church Thanksgiving evening. The violin used by Miss HATTIE HOTCHKIN was a $200 prize she having received the first prize at the Centennial Exposition in 1876. It was a very fine entertainment.


December 14, 1888


Dear ERI HASKINS an old and highly respected citizen of Almond, was buried on Thursday. He had reached the advanced age of 88 years. (see notes below this article)

Mrs. J.C. GOFF entertained a number of the young people last evening at her home in honor of her niece Miss MATIE COREY.

The second series of club dances is to be held next Thursday evening Dec. 13th.

JAMES STURDEVANT who left home about two years ago for California, has not been heard from by his parents for some time and fears are entertained by them that he is dead.

One of our town merchants, Mr. A. J. FENNER was seen to act strangely on Thursday. He dressed himself in a new suit of clothes of the Prince Albert style and left Almond very mysteriously carrying a satchel.

Everybody wondered where he was going. Some thought it might be Canada but that was improbable as he was not a bank cashier and a bible class teacher in the Sunday School. On Friday the mystery was cleared up when cards were received by his family stating that he had been married to Miss ALICE BARRETT of Risingville and that Mr. and Mrs. FENNER would be home in Almond on Monday if nothing serious happened.

Mrs. LEONARD CRANDALL of Bradford is visiting her sister Mrs. IRA CUTLER for a few weeks.

Our farmers are making good use of the mild weather drawing their potatoes. The price paid is a little higher, 25 cents.


<my notes on Eri HASKINS. The 1880 census shows Eri living in Almond at age 79 with wife Caroline (age 61), son Allen (age 22), daughter Carrie (age 20) and son Frank (age 17). Frank was listed as having Epilepsy. The 1870 census shows the same family. In 1860, Eri is living with wife Caroline, son Ruben A. age 2 , daughter Coral age 9 months, and LUCIAN ALLEN, age 17, a farm laborer. In 1850, Eri (age 49) is living with Parlina HASKINS, age 41. >

December 21, 1888

How to Catch Foxes

If you want to know how to catch foxes with steel trap, address SAMUEL DENNIS, West Almond, Allegany County, New York.


About Time that Nurseryman Took a Partner

Revival meetings are being held at the M.E. Church by Mr. WELLS.

The dance Thursday evening was well attended.

Mr. M. BULLARD and Miss M. E. HURD, both of Friendship, were quietly married at the residence of the bride's aunt, Mrs. SORNBERGER on Sunday morning by Rev. Mr. BOYCE.

Cards are out for the wedding of Mr. MARTIN KARR and Miss MINNIE M. YOUNG, at the home of the bride's parents, Dec. 20th.

The New Era was delayed a little this week because the printer's devil accidentally kicked 'a column of type into pi.' The Era says “we have got a watch maker, now we want a hatter.

We had a watch maker here a few years ago who stole all the watches in town and ran away, and it took little BURDICK two years to find him and land him in States prison. <my note: could it be the R.M. Burdick from the article above?>

What can the Risingville young men be thinking to allow Almond fellows to capture and carry off so many of the fair daughters of that locality, this being the fourth one out of the same family and only one more chance left. Who will be the next lucky chap to secure the last remaining prize? I would suggest that our enterprising nurseryman Mr. D. C. HOPKINS had better look into this matter. O. D. W.

<my note: I believe that her is referring to the BARRETT family that Mr. Fenner married. The 1880 census in Thurston (Risingville) Steuben County, NY shows a Thomas BARRETT with 5 daughters: Amelia (born 1860), Carrie (born 1862),Mattie (born 1864), Alice (born 1867) and Laura (born 1874). >

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