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South Side Observer
January 1, 1892

Mrs. Lewis Krammerer has had her full share of trouble this year. The sad event of the drowning of her husband is still fresh in the minds of OBSERVER readers...Now she is mouring the death of her father, who died on Tuesday evening, after a brief illness. Much sympathy is felt in the neighborhood for the bereaved lady.

Hawkins-Derry-Farmingdale, Dec. 27, by Rev. F. Stiehier. Mr. S. N. Hawkins, of Ronkonkoma, Miss Kate Derry, of Farmingdale.

Robins-Morse-At the M. E. parsonage, Baldwins, Dec. 2 by Rev. W. P. Ferguson. Mr. Peter Robins of East Rockaway, and Miss Ida Morse, of Baldwins.

Self-Mackintosh-Brooklyn, Dec. 16, Miss Kithie Mackintosh, of Brooklyn, to Mr. Edward P. Self, of Bellmore.

(1)Wood-Rockville Centre, Dec. 24, Epenetus Wood, of Baldwins, aged 65 years.

Hewlett-Merric, Dec. 27, Joseph T. Hewlett, in his 30th year.

Holland-Rockaway Beach, Dec. 26, William C., son of William C. and Margaret Holland, aged 7 months and 5 days.

Dungate-East Rockaway, Dec. 29, Wm. S. Dungate, aged 64 years.

(2)Wood-Oceanville, Dec. 27, George Wood, aged 64 years and 13 days.

Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn's aged prelate died on Tuesday afternoon. His loss will be greatly mourned in the City of Churches, where he was known as the church builder, and esteemed by all denominations.

(1)Mr. Epenetus Wood, an elderly citizen of Baldwins, was struck by a train and killed at the Oceanville crossing, about one mile east of Rockville Centre, on Christmas Eve. He was struck by the Sag Harbor express, going west, at about 5:18. The train makes the 27-mile run from

Babylon to Jamaica without a stop, and always runs at a very high speed.

On the night in question it was a few minutes behind and was probably going at the rate of 50 miles an hour. The night was very dark and stormy, and the engineer failed to see any obustruction until too late to stop. Mr. Wood had been out selling oysters and clams. The locomotive struck the horse and forward part of the wagon. The horse was killed and the wagon completely demolished. The body of Mr. Wood was found about 50 feet from the crossin. His horse was thrown about 150 feet. The body of deceased was found in tact. His neck was broken and the carotid artery, jugular vein and wind pipe severed, and nearly all principal bones were broken. There was a small scalp wound. The left leg was broken and hip fractured, and the left arm was broken in one or two places. The body was removed to Pearsall's undertaking rooms. The deceased was very deaf, and piles of stone and small buildins belonging to the city of Brooklyn obstruct the view of the railroad track at this point; so this may account for the accident. The deceased had lived in Baldwins and vicinity all his life. Coroner Horton empaneled a jury and will held an inquest next Tuesday at 2:30 P.M. at Moseman's hotel.

LEVI SOUTHARD-On Tuesday evening Conductor Wilder's freight train ran over a man at Rockaway Junction, near Jamaica. The body was so mangled as to be almost unrecognizable. The remains were taken to Coroner Everett's morgue and on Wednesday Clarkson Rhodes, son-in-law, recognized Levi Southard. The deceased belonged to one of the oldest families of Baldwins, and had lived there always, until about a year ago. He moved to Jamaica. He was about 58 years old.

(2)OCEANVILLE-George Wood Sr., a well known and highly esteemed citizen, passed way last Sunday morning. He was a life long resident of this place, and was engaged in the oyster business for many years. He had been a church member during the greater part of his life. His sufferings have been very great for the last year, during which time he went to a hospital in New York City but could not be entirely cured. After his return home he was somewhat better, but a short time ago he suffered a relapse which terminated in his death. His funeral was larged attended from St. Mark's M. E. Church of which he was a member, on Wednesday afternoon. The deceased leaves two sons and two daughters, also several brothers and sisters.

Conductor Killed-William Rowland, a conductor on the Long Island Railroad in chr of a freight train, was killed at Oyster Bay Tuesday morning. He attempted to board the train while it was in motion and was thrown under the wheels.

January 8, 1892

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred S. Hicks has been brightened by the addition of a new daughter.

Smith-Brooks=Amityville, January 4, by Rev. G. W. Servis, Charles O. Smith, of Westportal, N. J., to May E. Brooks of Bloomfield, N.J.

Patterson-Freeport, December 27, Daniel Patterson, aged 86 years, 7 months and 11 days.

Penny-Rockville Centre, January 1, Charles Penny, aged 70 years, 1 month and 9 days.

Abrams-Pearsalls, January 2, Oscar B., son of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Abrams, aged 7 years 9 mos. and 15 days.

Rhodes-Pearsalls, January 2, Benjamin Rhodes, aged 84 years 7 months and 8 days.

Ruse-Rockville Centre, Jan. 4, Sarah Maris, wife of John Ruse, aged 46 years.

Mr. Garry Brower attended the inaugural ceremonies of Governor Flower at Albany, and reports a very pleasant time, notwithstanding the pace set by the politicians at the Capito was a little too fast for him.

Some of our local horsemen went to Pearsall on New Years Day to witness a race between the fast horses owned by Lewis Pearsall, Cornelius Craft and Thoedore Pettit. Mr. Craft's horse was the winner, taking two heats in three. Time-about 3:15.

Mr. Alfred Walter has won honors in competition with the crack shots of Woodsburgh at pigeon shooting and he is getting ready to swoop down on them in the next event.

Mr. John E. Tator and wife will start the last of the month for a visit to New Orleans. From there they will go to Mexico and thence to California, returning next May.

A watch and an accordion were raffled for at Vandewater's Hotel on New Years eve. The watch was secured by Mrs. Eagan. Alfred VanWagoner won the accordion.

New Year's night a gold watch was raffled for at the Irving House. It was won by Daniel Craft who took $40 cash as option instead of the time piece.

Mr. Jas. VanClief, of the Life Saving service, was married on Monday to a lady in New Jersey.

Mr. Frank Bedell and Miss Carrie Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rushmore Hicks, were married on Wednesday evening of last week. The young couple have set up housekeeping in Mr. Albert Player's cottage on Mott avenue.

Mr. Morris F. Craft will go to Hempstead next week to act as assistant to Tax Receiver Nichols for a few weeks.

Dominoes is the great social game in Inwood. The champion player is conceded to be Wilbur Doughty, J(ink fading)ob or John Jones' star is waning, and Colonel Herrick has not reached second place yet.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. L. Hendrickson celebrated the tenth anniversary of their wedding on Monday evening. There was a numerous gathering of friends at their residence, from whom they received the warmest congratulations and good wishes for the future.

The grip continues to increase in this vicinity. Some of the well known residents suffering with it are: Captain Wm H. Rhinehart, of the Life Saving Service and four of his crew; Morris Abrams, Lewis Kenyon, Zophar Pearsall and Henry Rider, all of whom reside here. With the captain they were compelled to desert the station and come home. Capt. Rhinehart returned to duty on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Frank B. Lord has been presented with a young son. May the boy grow up to receive the same feeling in the hearts of the citizens of this community and hold the same hight esteem as his sire.

Mr. F. L. Weeson and family have gone to the West Indies for a four month's stay. Mr. Wesson has business interest there, being interested in railroad enterprises in the island of Jamaica.

Miss Etta Hawkins is at Hampton, Va., on a visit. Here sister, Miss Lila Hawkins, is spending the winter in Michigan.

A raffle for a wagon was held at Dan. Hanlan's saloon on New Years Day. The vehicle was won by Wm. Hewlett.

Mr. John Sloter, of Brooklyn, was a guest of Mr. Harry Ikels on New Years.

The grip has made several seizures here lately. Mr. Platt Frost is suffering from a severe attack of it. Mr. Epenetus Smith was out on Tuesday for the first. Mr. Edward Abrams is around again, after quite a siege of it. Mr. "Bert" Hawkins is down with it.

Mrs. Pauline Hanington has sold her place to her son A. W. Hanington, who will soon make this hes permeanent residence.

Smithville South
William Fream, (better known in this place as "Buster" Fream) has taken unto himself a wife. We wish that his married life may be a happy one and of long duration.

Chas. Chester and A. J. Post also J. H. Boardman are making some very great improvements about their places by the way of clearing up the old hedges.

Junior Vice Department Commander Dubey G.A.R. of Brooklyn was seen at Miss Fannie Neaglie's entertainment New Year's night.

Chas. Colvin has commenced the erection of a new house on his newly purchased property.

Gershom Smith has been granted a pension of six dollars per month.

Mrs. Elbert Valentine has been sick for some time; her many friends hope to hear of her improvement soon.

Mr. Wm. S. Valentine who has been very sick for some time is some what bette, to the delight of his many friends.

Mrs. Charles White, of Stamford, Conn., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pinkham.

East Rockaway
The twenty-fifth annual Christmas festival of the Sunday School in this place, was held on the afternoon of Christmas day. The church was literally packed, many being obliged to stand through the whole of the service. The exercises consisted of recitations by Florence Allen Brocket, Ray Lewis, Louisa Seaman, Harold Lewis, Alice Allen, Johnny Moran, Delia Brocket, Gracie Terrell, Mamie Dorlon, Sarah Curtis, Edna Davis, Nellie Allen and Lottie Curtis, the latter being brought upon the platform in a box, and at a signal suddenly raising the lid, spring- ing up and reciting "Jack in a Box," to the great delight of the little folks as well as their elders. A dialogue in costume, "The Three Fates," was well rendered by Emma Abrams, Ruthella Doxsey, and Fannie Dorlon. The singing of the carols by the school was very spirited, and was heartily enjoyed. Miss Lottie Rhame presided at the piano, and Mr. H. F. Johnson, Jr., and Master Wallace Johnson violinists, and Mr. Edward Kew, cornetist, rendered valuable assistance to choruses by the school. An admirable address was delivered by Rev. W. McNicholl of St. James M. E. Church, Pearsalls.

All the children of the infant classes, being nearly one hundred in number, received presents from the school, and the scholars received a box of candy and an orange. The school was also the recipient of a present of beautiful Christmas cards from Mr. George Davis of this place, and gift books from Baldwin the Clothier of Brooklyn, for distribution to the older scholars. The pastor, Rev. Thos. S. Braithewaite, was presented with a set of Godet's commentaries by his parishioners and friends, and an ink-stand by his Sunday School class and Mrs. Braithwaite with a handsome lamp. Miss Lottie Rhame the organist, received from her associates a beautifully illustrated book, and Mr. Eugene E. Cornell, from his class an Oxford teacher's bible. Others of the teachers were also remembered. A vote of thanks was tendered to all who had contributed to the pleasure and happiness of the scholars.

The Misses Jennie and Ella Walter are home from boarding school at Newark, N. J. for the holidays. They return to school next week.

The envelope which had been deposited with the Far Rockaway Bank containing the number entitling some person to the handsome present offered by A. Louis Nebenzahl, was opened by the president of the bank on Christmas eve. The number was found to be 309, and Jarvis Hicks, a young man of Inwood, was the lucky holder of the corresponding number. The prize was a handsome manicure and toilet set, of 16 pieces, enclosed in a plush case.

Court Westville A.O.F.A. held its election of officers last Saturday evening, resulting as follows: Merritt Smith, C.R.; Thomas Cort, S.C.R.; Chas. H. Soper, S.; Geo. Dodge, F.S.; Fred Beck, T.; Robert Pettit, S.W. Chas. Wanzer, J.W.; Daniel Dodge, S.B.; Wm. Brower, J. B. Dr. H. A. France was elected court physician.

Abram T. Smith, son of Lockwood Smith, and Miss Minnie Abrams, of Jamaica, were married at Jamaica on Monday evening. Mr. Smith is teaching in Boston and the couple immediately started for that city, where they will make their home.

Wm. Mott has traded his sloop with Wood & Pearsall for a larger craft.

The annual meeting of the Tones Island Dock Company was held in Reading Room Hall last Saturday evening. A board of directors compsed of nine members was elected. The official board was organized with John A. Taylor, President; Walter B. Wood, Secretary, and Myron C. Combs, Treasurer.

Wm. Pearsall is about to start for the South on a trip with Wm. Smith's large sloop, the Sarah O'Neil.

The grip seems to be rapidly adding to its victims hers. Among the sufferers are Mrs. Wm. H. Rhinehart, Morris Pearsall and Alvin Rhinehart

Daniel Roche, proprietor of the Inlet House, died last week. He had suffered from a complication of diseases for a long time. Mr. Roche had lived many years in this village and was held in general esteem. The deceased left a wife and two children.

A clay pigeon shoot took place on Christmas Day. There were three matches. The first was won by Seaman Brower; the second by venerable Capt. Jones. The third was a match between Geo. Schiffmacher and H. Mailer. Fifteen birds were sprung from the traps for each, not one of which was hit by the marksmen, so they decided who sould be considered the winner by tossing for "heads and tails."



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