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Allegany County Gleanings from the Olean Democrat

extracted by Karen Bush

December 2, 1880

(p. 3) John P. Dunning, of Bolivar, has just received a back pension of $2,094. Th__ ____ will work in good just at present for him, as he is nearly blind. John was a good soldier in the gallant old 5th N.Y.V. Regt. -- [Register.

December 9, 1880

(p. 3) Ceres. N. A. Hendryx has engaged Matt Goodrich of Bolivar as helper in his smith shop during the winter.

J. W. Babcock has just received a boy. Lucky man, for a thousand dollars isn't picked every day at this season of this year.

H. A. Rive is hauling logs on sleds to V. W. & W's mill.

M. F. Riley, the Olean fruit and oyster man, spends his Sabbath's here.

J. J. Roberts has moved into his house recently vacated by Chas. Robinson.

A large amount of ash logs are being cut and put into the creek for Coss Bros.

Our druggist, Chas. Robinson, having remodeled his store and added new stock, appears to be demonstrating the fact that a drug store pays here.

L. A. White is the setter at Van Wormer & White's mill. I won't mention the names of the setters at Nasby's, the Dew Drop Inn, and other places of resort for fear they might not consider the item in the right light.

(p. 5)The funeral of Je--- Eaton of Wellsville, was held last Saturday under the --ices of St. John's Commandery. A legion from Olean was present.

December 30, 1880

(p.4 Suburban Counties) Died, in Bolivar, Allegany Co. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 1880, Mr. Jonathan Crandall, about 60 years of age. Mr. C. was an old resident of the town, and a man universally esteemed.

(p. 4 Suburban Counties) Richard Church, Esq. of Belvidere, Allegany County, met with a serious accident on Monday last.  He has a high --ttled horse which he was driving, and as he entered his dooryard, by some means the thills of the sleigh became broken, the horse started on a run, and Mr. C. was thrown violently out of the sleigh and against a tree, breaking both of his legs above the knee.

(p. 4, Suburban Counties) Chas. S. Clark, of Scio, Allegany County, an old and highly esteemed resident of this county, died at his home, on Tuesday last.  Mr. Clark was about 75 years of age at time of his death.  He removed to that county over 30 years ago, and has ever been an enterprising business man and an influential citizen.  As a businessman he had but few equals, and was preemently successful in all his ventures.  He accumulated a large fortune, variously estimated at from $300,000 to $500,000.

(p.4, Suburban Counties) One day last week Mr. John Ingersoll, of Caneadea, Allegany County, and a man well known in the county (and there are but few better men) had the sum of $200 paid him.  Not being near a bank, he thought he would deposit it, for safe keeping, in the oats in his granary.  He went to an oat bin, scooped out an oat vault, and placed the money therein.  That night he went to a masonic lodge, at Belfast, of which body he is an honored member.  On his return home he discovered that some person had broken the lock to the grainary.  He made up his mind that someone had “drawn” on him with a night draft.  On going into the grainery he sought for his money but found it not.  The bank had suspended, and his money was non est.

(p. 4) -In the town of Wirt, Allegany county, there lives a wealthy and highly respected citizen by the name of Andrew J. Jorden.  About one year ago Mr. Jorden, while watering a span of colts was kicked in the chest by one of them and for several days his life was despaired of.  He however so far recovered as to be able to slowly walk about and partially attend to business but experienced great difficulty in breathing.  This last fall while Mr. Jorden was riding on horseback the animal became frightened and threw Mr. J. and kicked him so severely that his life was again despaired of for several days.  He recovered however.  Now comes the strangest part of the business.  The last kick completely cured him of the disability incurred by the first kick and he is now in a better state of health than he has before enjoyed in a long time. --[Andover Express

January 13, 1881

(p. 3) Passed Away. On Sunday evening Mr. Luther Stowell, for 18 years a much respected resident of this place, passed peacefully away from the cares and trouble of this world.  Mr. Stowell who who (sic) was 81 years old at the time of his death, removed here from Friendship, Allegany Co., where he had long resided, occupying an important social and commercial position in that community. Mr. _ S Stowell and Mr. Frank Stowell of this place and Mr. Dana L. Stowell of Black Creek are sons of the late octogenarian.  The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, the _____ being conducted in a most ____ _____ manner by Rev. J. J. Andrews of St. Stephens' Episcopal church. There was a large ________ of friends and relatives. The bearers were _ _ B B____, P. _ St. John, R. O. Smith, H. W. Moore, F. _ Myrick and Geo. VanCampen Senior.  The remains were interred in the Olean cemetery.  Mr. Stowell although re_____ to ______ considerable wealth probably died only in comfortable circumstances.  He had been quite __ ___ for the past two years.

(p. 3, Suburban Counties) L. N. Stevens, is to succeed L. A. Bartlett as postmaster at Cuba.

(p. 3, Suburban Counties) Court at Belmont had a sad case last week.  Mrs. John Davis accused her uncle Hal_ Davis, of Andover, of assault with intent to outrage. She sued for assault and battery, laying damages at $800, and was awarded $100 [?].

February 17, 1881

(p. 3) Mr. D. A. Newtown, one of Bolivar's solid citizens and an intelligent, conscientious Democrat, made us a most agreeable visit Tuesday.  Mr. Newton is very sanguine as to the future of the oil field which is being rapidly developed in that town, and predicts that the coming spring and _____et will show great results as to the _____ings of that region to produce the “light of the world.” He claims that the drill has already demonstrated a good producing area of at least ten thousand acres.  It appears that what has been very improperly called the “Wellsville Oil Field,” is about as near Olean as Wellsville and it might be prudent for the business men of Olean to look into the subject a little and see if the business of that field cannot find its outlet __ ____ Olean better than any other town.

February 24, 1881

(p. 2, Ceres).  Feb. 22. 1881.  Mr. Levi Elliott formerly with F. A. Raymond & Co., has been spending a few days in town, has opened a grocery and provision store at Rixford, Pa., success to him.

(p. 2, Ceres).  The recent thaw put a satisfied smile on the faces of mill-men and both mills are now running on full time.  Van W. & W. and G. V. Smith have each started a crew in the raft building business this week and dull Ceres will soon be busy again.

(p. 2, Ceres) Last Friday morning the register at the Oswayo House bore this inscription “Ephram Foland came to stay weight nine and one-half pounds” Of course the name isn't right but Jocks is a happy father just the same.

March 3, 1881

(p.3) Mrs. C. J. Elmer, of Rushford, wife of the well-known cheese man, is reported insane.

March 10, 1881

(p. 3 Personal Gossip)Mrs. Dr. Lewis is lying dangerously ill in Cuba.

March 17, 1881

(p. 3) The sixty acre farm of Mr. Bascom, in the town of Alma, Allegany county, N.Y. has been purchased for all purposes, the consideration being $7,000.  It is said that the purchasers have been offered an advance of $5,000 on their purchase.

(p. 3) Wm. McDougal, a wealthy and eccentric bachelor of Willing, Allegany Co., died Sunday aged 75 years.  All his papers, books and considerable money was locked in his safe and no one but himself know the combination.  An expert was sent for to open it.

March 24, 1881

(p. 3) O. P. Taylor, the discoverer of the Allegany oil field, has been elected President of Wellsville.

(p.3) Fred Decker is the name of an individual seven feet and two inches high, who works in Canisteo.

(p. 3) A DAKOTA COLONY.  Alleganians About to Make the Pilgrimage to the West in Company.  The Dakota colony which will leave this vicinity for Labson, Ransom county, have nearly perfected their arrangements.  The freight cars will be here next week and will be ready to start between the first and fifth of April.  The party embraces citizens of Friendship, Belfast, New Hudson and Cuba, and now own or have claims upon over 20,000 acres of the best wheat growing land of northern Dakota.

The citizens of Friendship who are among this party are J. E. W---er, H. S. Oliver, Fred Oliver, M. L. Kagle, George Robinson, Will Warden, John Wycoff, Peter Godfrey, E. F. [or P.] Lowell and perhaps one or two others.  Three freight cars will be used by their party which will be filled with all kinds of goods and stock needed for Dakota farming, including sixteen horses, one or two cows, with three dogs and two cats to fill out the menagerie.

A fourth car will be used by Messrs. Bell of New Hudson.  Two or three cars will be sent through in June and others in September.  The route has not yet been settled upon, as the boys are waiting for the lowest bid.  Probably the Great Western will take them as far as Chicago.  The freight ____ from this place to Tower City will probably be $135 per car.

The wives of the Messrs. Bell of New Hudson are the only women, we believe, who will go with the April exodus, the feminine portion of the other families preferring to let their l__ds go forward and subdue the land, while they follow in June or September. -- Friendship Chronicle.

April 28, 1881

(p. 3) A. L. Elliott, of Friendship, has presented the hose company of that place with $100.

June 9, 1881

Miss Eliza Cartwright, of Andover, has recently became insane.

July 7, 1881

(p. 3) Charles Lounsbury, of Cuba, fed his employer's horse paris green.  The horse died and Charles will have an investigation about August 1st.

(p. 3) Fred Oliver, a Friendship man who recently to Dakota, was kicked by a horse a few days ago, and died from the injuries received.

(p. 3)Nelson Reynolds, a well-known farmer residing near Scio, hung himself last week. He was about 33 years of age and leaves a wife and three children.

(p. 3) Mrs. Henry Norton, of Knights Creek, Allegany county, has a bright, active boy baby which only weighed two pounds at birth.  It is regarded as quite a curiosity and has lots of visitors.

(p. 3) An attempt was recently made to murder Mr. Fred Harvey, of Wellsville.  While in bed with a lamp burning, he was shot, the bullet just grazing his ear ent [torn] burying itself in the pillow.  No [torn] the would be assassin.

(p.3) Two men, who were patrons of a cheese factory at Alfred, are in a somewhat unpleasant situation.  Their names are Willard Church and Jeremiah Beebe. They were suspected of materially increasing the weight of the milk they sold at the factory, and a committee was appointed to watch them.  Mr. Church was discovered skimming the product of his dairy, and a son of Mr. Beebe was found ___siduosuly working the pump handle while the milk can was under the spout.  Mr. Church wanted to settle for $150 and continue his patronage, but the offer was returned, and he was obliged to pay $45, and was excluded from the factory.

November 3, 1881

(p. 3) Death's Doings. Two deaths occurred at Richburg yesterday from malarial fever.  The first was Mead Burr, of Franklinville, aged 21 years, who died at the Bennett House.  His father and brother were with him and took the remains home for interment.  The second was Henry Olmstead, 23 years of age, whose home was at Sugar Grove, Pa.  He was a rig builder and died at the Park House at 7 o'clock last evening.  His brother and sister-in-law were present when the dread messenger came, and the remains were taken to Sugar Grove for burial.  Neither of these young men were married.

December 29, 1881

(p. 3) Saved Part of It. The Cuba Patriot says: "Alvin E. Parker, a wealthy but p___ious old gentleman of Belmont, well known throughout the county, went to Wellsville recently on business.  Having transacted it, he started for home, a distance of twelve miles, on foot.  About half a mile west of Scio, when about eight miles of the distance had been accomplished, he fell into a railroad culvert.  Being conscious, he made his way back to Scio where he was cared for and assisted to train 19 which brought him home.  His injuries, though severe, are not serious.  The old gentleman saved part of his fare."

January 5, 1882

FATAL FLAMES    Three Children Perish at Richburg HOW THE FIRE ORIGINATED--NARROW ESCAPE OF THE CHILDREN'S PARENTS.   Richburg, Jan. 1-- The New Year's sun looked down upon a desolated scene and a sad household in this, the realm of distressing tragedies, and today three little ones bathed in the blissful waters of the solemnly rolling L... and passed to realms beyond. A fire, supposed to have been caused by escaping has of adjacent wells, broke out in the residence of Gerrett Abers this morning at about one o'clock, and in a very few moments the structure was in flames.

At the time the fire started there were seven persons in the house, as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Abers, a son aged 11 years, and two daughters, aged respectively twelve and fourteen years, and two gentlemen boarders. As soon as the alarm was given there was a rush for exit, and the four adults succeeded in escaping with some slight burns, but the little ones, who were sleeping up stairs, owing to the rapidity with which the flames spread, were unable to get out and they perished almost within reach of their mother, who had been carried out, being too sick to help herself. The house was located near the old Richburg well, east of the town. The citizens turned out and did all that was possible, but they were too late to render much assistance and the building, with three bright young lives, was soon a charred and blackened heap. The grief of the parents is sad to behold, and it is feared that the shock may prove of serious consequence to the mother.

A subscription paper was circulated, to which the citizens responded with that cordial liberality always to be found in an oil town, and in a short time $50 was raised, which was swelled by a collection at the church, amounted to $30, in the evening.

January 12, 1882

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