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Excerpts regarding Almond

January 4, 1889


Almond, Dec. 28 The Baptist and Methodist societies united and held their Christmas festivities Christmas eve at the Baptist Church. They had a very find Christmas tree bountifully laden with presents for old and young. Rev. Mr. SUMMERBELL and others made some excellent remarks, and a very enjoyable time was had.

The Presbyterian society had their festivities Christmas night and Santa Claus presided in person. He was more liberal in compliments than in presents, claiming he had nearly exhausted his stock Christmas even in the large places like Hornellsville and Buffalo. He said he had just came from the north pole,where he had been sitting on an iceberg resting himself and cooling off after his fatiguing labors the night before.

Rev. Mr. BOYCE was presented with a fine gold watch by his many friends as a well deserved testimonial of the appreciation of his labors by his congregation.

Miss GRACE BUSBY also received $20 cash for services as an organist.

The wedding of Mr. MARTIN KARR and Miss MINNIE YOUNG, Dec. 20, was a very pleasant and enjoyable one. The bride received many valuable presents, and the groom was presented by his father with a valuable horse and five cows. They go to house keeping in the spring on the WILLIAM WHITNEY farm, now owned by Mr. KARR.

On Dec. 18th a few load of Karr Valley folks visited Mrs. WAKEMAN COLEMAN, a widow lady, filling up her cozy little house with lots of good things and making the dear little fatherless children's faces beam happy smiles. This is the kind of religion people should be more of.

Mrs. STRAIGHT, mother of Mrs. A. LARKIN had the misfortune to fall and break her hop on Saturday. She is 75 years of age and fears are entertained of her recovery.

JAMES STURDEVANT, whose parents feared he might be dead, has been heard from and is all right. He is coming home. (see the 1888 tribune for further information) <see my notes below>

One hundred and fourteen carloads of produce have been shipped from this station since September 1 50 of hay, 52 of potatoes, 5 of buckwheat, and 1 of apples.


<my notes: JAMES STURDEVANT was found in the 1880 census living in Almond. At that time he was age 14. His parents were William (age 47), Lydia (age 43). His sister was Jennie (age 10) and brother Heightland? Age 1 month.

January 11, 1889


A Terribly Mixed up Family A History of the Proceedings.

About three years ago, LESTER BUCK, a dentist came here and purchased a house and lot on Chapel street and moved into it with his family, which consisted of his wife and five children.

It was understood that her and Mrs. BUCK had been married about four years before moving here, she being a widow with three children, and he a widower too.

Everything appeared agreeable in the family, she treating his children as kindly as her own. BUCK was away most of the time, supposed to be working at his trade, but occasionally came home and settled up bills she was obligated to make at the stores.

Once he sent home a quantity of butter, more than she could use without spoiling, so she sold part of it. When he returned he was angered because she had done so, although she used the money to purchase other family necessaries, and on a slight provocation at the dinner table, it is reported, threw a goblet at her, inflicting a serious would near the eye, ad struck her a severe blow across the back with a caster. He then left, and for about a year had been living in Addison.

Mrs. BUCK learned not long since that he had married another woman, and was coming here to get what he claimed was his part of the household goods.

On Thursday he arrived and proceeded to load up. She protesting, he threatening. He succeeded, however, in getting away with them except some bedding.

She went before Esq. STEBBINS, swore out a peace warrant, and he was arrest and gave bail.

She next swore out a warrant for bigamy against him, but as the offense charged was committed in Steuben County it had to be dropped here.

He then went to the house and took the bedding, demoralizing things generally.

She then swore out a warrant for assault and battery before spoken of, and he was again arrested. She also had instituted proceedings in the other county for his arrest on the charge of bigamy.

By this time Mrs. BUCK, who is a small woman, but has enough grit for a dozen big ones, had made it so warm for his Buckship that he had became exceedingly anxious to settle, and has agreed to give her a dead of this house and lot if she would cease further proceedings against him, which she has consented to do so if he fulfills.

Mrs. BUCK is a lady highly respected by her neighbors,and much sympathy is had for her.


January 18, 1889


At the home of the bride, in Fremont Center, January 9, 1889, by Rev. L. S. CRITTENDEN, of Almond, Mr. A.L. FRANKLIN an Miss MAUD BLANK. After the happy couple were made one supper was served then the presents were presented. They were mostly silver and table linen. The next morning at an early hour the couple left for Arcade, N. Y., and other places of enjoyment.

February 8, 1889


An Almond Saloon Keeper under Arrest Charged with Assaulting a Woman with a Revolver Because She Wanted Her Husband

DANIEL LUNDERGAN, a saloon keeper at Almond, is on trial before W.W. OXX, of this city, charged with assault with the intent to kill. The charges, as alleged by the plaintiff, MARY EDWARDS, are that she went to Mr. LUNDERGAN's saloon with the intention of inducing her husband to go home, and that LUNDERGAN fired upon her with a revolver and otherwise assaulted her with deadly intent.

In an interview with the defendant he stated that he refused Mrs. EDWARDS liquor, and that she came there with the avowed intention of creating a disturbance, and loudly objected to her husband's drinking there if she could not.

Under his version of the affair the provocation in the case would not warrant the extreme measure which were used.

If the woman's story is true LUNDERGAN should get the full benefit of the law in such cases made and provide and the sooner such brutes reach their deserts the better.

February 15, 1889


A Case of Suicide in that Little Village

Almond, Feb. 8 A case of suicide occurred at the BENNETT house on last Tuesday night. Old Mr. NELSON ELDERKIN, about seventy years of age, hung himself in his room by tying a cord to the bedpost and which he procured the before at the printing office. He and his wife had lived some time at the poorhouse, his wife having died several years ago, and since then he has been living with his children. He had some difficulty with them and had stayed at the BENNETT house a few days. The day before, in a conversation with MR. NEPHEW, he told him he wanted him to dig a grave for him. Mr. NEPHEW thought he was joking, and it seems he had come to the necessity of again going to the poorhouse, and rather than go there he took his life.

Mr. WILLS KARS had a severe stroke of paralysis last Sunday and is an a precarious condition. His daughter Gettie has also been on the sick list with pneumonia.

March 8, 1889


What is Going on in Neighboring Places, as Written by our Reporters

Almond, March 1 The grist mill belonging to O. W. ROBIE, near Baker's bridge burned last night. It was partially insured, loss probably about $2,000.

The following gentleman were nominated for town offices today by the democrats: WESLEY GIBBS for Supervisor; F. J. TAYLOR for town clerk and E.P. STILLMAN for justice for the peace. By the republicans: WALTER McHENRY For Supervisor; A. J. FENNER for town clerk and D. A. STEBBINS for justice of the peace.

There will be a lively fight for office of justice. STEBBINS says he is in the fix the boy was digging cut the woodchuck he has got to have it. I predict that most of the democrat ticket will be elected. O. D. W.

March 15, 1889


Almond, March 8 Mr. BERT DUNGAN and Miss ANNA KARR, two of our popular young people, were quietly married at the home of the bride's parents, on Thursday of this week. Rev. Mr. BOYCE officiating. They immediately left for Bradford to visit friends at that place.

Our town meeting was a lively affair. The democrats secured all of the important offices except Supervisor, WALTER McHENRY, republican, being elected to that office. The fight for Justice resulted in electing E. P. STILLMAN, democrat, over D.A. STEBBINS, republican, by 42 majority. The no-license ticket carried by 78 majority. Editor JENNINGS printed about twenty dollars worth of regular and mixed tickets, so he says.

Mr. RODMAN SISSON has purchased the PHILIP GREEN house, which he intends building over into a dwelling for himself.

The dog owned by WALLACE ROBERTS, of Hornellsville, who has been visiting a near relative here. Mr. JOHN POTTER, for some time, returned home last week but as soon as he learned that they charged fourteen cents a pound for shoulder steak there, he made a bee line back to John's place, where there was plenty of nice round for ten cents a pound. Sensible dog.

March 22, 1889


The President of the Pennsylvania part of the New Railroad and One of the most Enthusiastic Promoters of the Enterprise

Hon. D. C. LARRABEE, of Coundersport, PA, died at Renova, Pa, March 14th on his way to attend a meeting in New York of the directors of the proposed R. H. & C. R. R., of which he was the President of the Pennsylvania company, and one of the most energetic, active and enthusiastic promoters.

He died suddenly of heart disease.

His untimely death has been a shock to Coudersport and Northern Pennsylvania, equally only by the announcement of the death of Garfield. Judge LARRABEE was born in Almond, N.Y. nearly 60 years ago. He was conductor on the Erie railway for a while, and at one time station agent at Dunkirk. He went to Pennsylvania and studied law, and rose to a position of great trust and responsibility, being loved and trusted by the people of his section.

He will be remembered by many of our citizens on the occasion of the excursion over the new roads a few weeks ago, when he won many friends.

His death will probably tend to delay the proposed new road, but will not interfere with its eventual completion.

April 12, 1889

The People of the State of New York, To AMOS F. CURRY, SARAH AYERS, SARAH MAJOR, AMOS JOHNSON, ALICE EASTERBROOKS, SIMEON BEACH, SAMUEL PERRY, ETHEL MADDOX, MARGARETT F. DEARBORN, ESTHER PERRY, MARY F. CURRY, FRANCES BEACH, being all the heirs at law and next of kin and creditors of THORNTON F. CURRY, late of the town of Almond, in Allegany county, deceased. Greeting: You and each of you are hereby cited and required personally to be and appear before our Surrogate of Allegany county, at his office in Wellsville, N. Y. in said county on the 31st day of May, 1889, at ten o'clock in the forenoon of that day, then and there to attend the judicial settlement of the accounts of SILAS F. CURRY, Executor of said deceased.

<my notes: In the 1880 census, Thornton F. Curry, age 85, was living in Almond with wife Sarah, age 85. Thornton was born in Pennsylvania and his wife, Sarah was born in New Jersey. The 1870 census shows Thornton, age 75 with wife Sarah also 75 along with SARAH CONKLIN, age 18 described as living in family. In 1860, Thornton was living in Almond with wife Sarah and a CINTHIA DAVIS, age 16. In 1840, Silas was living in Sparta, Livingston County, NY. In 1820, he was living in Ulysses, Tompkins County, New York. >

May 3, 1889


Almond Items

Almond, April 25 Cards of invitation for the wedding of Rev. Mr. BOYCE and Miss GRACE BUSBY are out. It is set to take place May 1st. The happy couple will immediately leave for the west, where they will make their future home. Hosts of friends regret that Mr. BOYCE is to leave Almond. He has given excellent satisfaction as minister during his stay here. It is very difficult, it is feared, to find another that will fill his place.

Invitations are also out for the wedding of Mr. JOHN DIXSON, of the firm Dixson Bros. and Miss MARY WHITE, of Hornellsville, to occur May 1st.

On Saturday morning of last week, when Mrs. JAMES STEWART went to call her daughter, Donna, to breakfast she found her in bed unconscious. A doctor was called, but soon after he arrived she died. A postmortem examination developed the fact that she was in a delicate condition. She is believed to have taken some narcotic drug for the purpose of ending her life, as she seemed to sleep herself to death. She was only 20 years old and an only child. The villain or villains who are responsible for her ruin and death had better be in State prison than running at large in any community. <see my notes below>

JOHN BUSBY is tenderly nursing a black eye. He hopes to get it in shape by next week. It was caused by coming in contact with JIM STRURDEVANT's fist in an altercation in Brink's grocery the other night. Jim, after the affray, went before a justice to complain of himself. He said he had knocked JOHN BUSY down and wanted to be fined. The justice did not act.

The report of the suicide of Dr. Curry, once of this town, is entirely untrue he expects to be Postmaster that's all.

-- Almond Era

<my notes DONNA STEWART was also known as Gertrude D. STEWART. In the 1880 census, she is living with her father, James (age 58) and mother Sarah (age 53). She was listed as 17 years old at the time. In 1870, she was living in Rushford listed as Donna G. STEWART (age 7) She was living with her parents with the BOVIL SABIN family. BOVIL? Was age 60, wife GIDDY age 51 and PHEBE BEACH age 75. >

<my notes for Grace BUSBY. Grace was the daughter of John and Maria BUSBY. The 1880 census shows her at age 17 with father John (age 49) and mother Maria (age 39)>

<my notes: This Mr. Boyce is Lester Boyce. According to the 1900 census, he was born Dec. 1865 in Ohio. He is found in the 1900 Census living in Newark township, Licking County, Ohio with wife Grace (born Aug 1863) and daughter Grace (born Aug 1891). In 1910, he is living in Ohio, Hancock County, Findley Ward 4. He is with wife Grace, daughter Grace Marie (age 18) and Maria A. Busby (age 71). Maria is Grace's mother.

It is further possible that Lester Boyce was the son of William Boyce. He is found in the 1880 census, age 24, living in Ohio, Delaware County, Delaware Township, as a student at O. W. U.. There is an Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. The census shows William Boyce (age 50), Sarah J. Boyce (age 51) Lester (age 24) Mary E. (age 18). >

May 24, 1889


Almond, May 20 Mr. EDWARD PAYSON KARR has been appointed postal clerk on six months probation. He leaves this week to commence the duties of his office. Salary $800 per year. Congressman Laidlaw did the business for him.

Mr. KARR was postmaster here for some time under Arthur's administration and was offered the office again, but wanted something better, and he got it. Ed is a good fellow and has many friends here are pleased at his success.


May 31, 1889

Mr. NILES STEADMAN recently found an old account book that was doing good service in the hands of C. S. HALL of Almond, in the year 1853, for the Almond Agricultural Society. There are nearly a hundred names of people on the list of whom fully half are now dead or moved away. Here is the account of Almond's age of progression, and every name can be plainly read and the book is nearly as good as new. -- ERA


HIRAM MEEKS, formerly of Almond, an old resident, died at Burns May 23rd of paralysis, aged 72 years. Deceased leaves a wife and seven sons. The funeral will be attended from Almond on Sunday next.

<my notes: HIRAM MEEKS was born about 1808. According to the 1880 census, his wife was JULIA (age 58) and sons EPHRAIM (age 37), EUGENE (age 18) and ELMER (age 16).

In 1860, he was living in Almond with is father JOHN MEEKS (age 75), Jane (age 58), JULIA (age 38) SONS: EPHRAIM (age 17) ,OLIVER (age 15) , ELIAS (age 13) , EVANDER (age 10) , LEVI (age 8) , AND daughter JULIA A. (age 4). To read more about ELIAS MEEKS click on this link:

June 28, 1889

Strange but True

The Richardson Shoe Shop,one of the largest enterprises in Hornellsville, went there from Almond. The Rawson Foundry and Machine Shops, which manufactured the Rawson Mowing Machines and Reapers, was also Almond enterprise. O'Connor's great tannery was practically Almond enterprise. Many of the prominent merchants and businessmen running that city today were bred and born in Almond. One of the most popular editors there first opened his eyes in Almond. The patrons of the Era are every day trading with the Hornellsville merchants who advertise in this paper. What is the matter with Almond's being Hornellsville's best friend any way? -- Almond Era

July 5, 1889

Says the Almond Era:

A. J. FENNER, GEO. YOUNGS, Mr. LINCOLN and others were volunteers to help repair the road to the depot last Saturday although the work was for the town of Hornellsville.

Mrs. FRANK COMBS of East Washington Street, is making a sojourn of a few weeks with friends in Almond.

July 12, 1889

Almond, July 5, 1889 An interesting feature in Thursday's sports at Almond was the 100 yards race between M. H. FITZGERALD of Hornellsville and a celebrated runner of Cortland. The race was close and exciting, three heats being necessary to decide the contest. In the first two heats each contestant succeeded in winning one a piece, but FITZGERALD in the last got the start and crossed the lien two feet ahead of his opponent, thus winning the race. Young Fitzgerald has the stuff in him to make a good runner.

July 19, 1889

Mrs. W.A. TRACY, of East Washington Street, is visiting her mother Mrs. ROBINSON, Almond.

October 4, 1889

Died in Almond, Sept. 26th, BELLE, wife of LEWIS McHENRY, aged 36 years. The funeral will be held at the family residence, in Karr Valley, Sunday at 2 p.m.

<my note: There is a LOUIS McHenry in the 1880 census living with father Joseph. Louis/Lewis is age 40 with wife Emma S. age 27. could this Belle also be named Emma? The age would fit.>

October 25, 1889

Almond people plainly behold the Hornellsville electric light. Just wait until we get our natural gas started.

November 1, 1889

JENNINGS of the Almond Era is in luck. He says: Mr. M. BULLARD of West Almond, has made arrangements to start a wood yard in the rear of this office.

November 8, 1889

A number of our neighboring towns are being burglarized lately, Almond being the latest one heard from, where J. M. WETHERBY's hardware store was entered Sunday night and goods taken to the amount of $80. No clue to the perpetrators has yet been discovered.

November 15, 1889

ELIDA M. SPENCER, widow of CHAS. SPENCER, Almond, N. Y., has been grated with arrearages amounting to $1,696, Frank A. Buck Co., arrears amounting to $162.93, PHILIP WEBB, Burns, N. Y. increased from 6 to 8 dollars per month, are among the pensions granted this week,through S. M. HARMON claim agent.

November 29, 1889

Miss SARAH OAKLEY, of Hornellsville, is visiting her parents in this village. -- Almond Era


STEBBINS MCCHESNEY, in this city at No. 18 Elm street, Nov. 25, 1889, by Rev. E. H. LATIMER, D. A. STEBBINS, Esq. of Almond, N. Y., and Mrs. M. S. McCHESNEY of Rathboneville, N. Y.


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