submissions by Doug Boyer, Russ Tallman, Kathleen Thomas, and Patricia Wright
Date unknown (1920's - 1930's) - Livingstonville - Watch Out For That "Bear"
That four-hundred-pound "Bear" which spent its vacation at Crystal Lake, on the approach of cold weather, and having it whispered that their "Prodigy" had reformed, - suddenly betook himself to the warm clime of Hawverville. On the way down - so the story goes - he encountered a cold wave and promptly grew wool on his back nearly a foot long. We take it from the extra apparel that he intends to stay out all winter, in which case he must not only be living, but living right.
Now if any one sees this "bear," don't injure him, but report the next change.
Hastily, but truly yours,
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Date unknown (1920's - 1930's) - No Bears at Crystal Lake.
There is at least a slight difference between bears having respectively tow and four legs, and there is quite as much difference between a bear story and a bare lie. Suffice it to say that the "story" was hatched under the wing of that wonder of wonders, "The Prodigy of Crystal Lake House." F.
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Date unknown (1920's - 1930's) - Like Mother.
We have all read and been touched by the story of the little boy who told his mother that when he grew up he was going to marry a lady just like her. i think the following little incident is equally touching and beautiful:
Little Arthur B----, a three-year-old child, was watching his mother at her household work, and, looking affectionately at her, he remarked:
"I hope I'll grow to be a lady."
"Why," said the mother, "do you like ladies better than men?"
"Ye-es!" was the answer.
"Well," said the mother, if you grow up to be a man perhaps you get some nice lady to come and live with you; that is the way med do."
He looked up with a very bright face and said:
"Will 'oo come and live with me when I am a man?"
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Date unknown (1920,s or 1930's) - Schoharie Boy Hurt By Explosion - Adam Kennedy Suffers Loss of Eye and Other Injuries When Drill Strikes Unexploded Dynamite Charge
Adam Kennedy, 18, son of Mrs. Wilhelmina Kennedy, of Schoharie, was seriously injured last Wednesday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, at the Howes Cave plant of the Helderbergh Cement Company by an explosion of dynamite. he is expected to recover but may lose the sight of one eye and suffer other physical injuries.
Kennedy was drilling a boulder preliminary to putting in a charge of dynamite when his drill struck a charge that had previously been placed in the rock and had not exploded. An explosion followed and Kennedy fell to the ground. Workmen rushing to him saw that he was seriously hurt and a hurry call was sent to Dr. Henry R. Bentley, Central Bridge, company physician. Dr. Bentley ordered his immediate removal to the Albany hospital, where he was taken.
Reports received by relatives say that Dr. Arthur W. Elting, who is in charge of his case, found that the sight of his left eye is destroyed and that of the right eye may be affected. His right arm is unable to move, but x-rays show no fracture. His face and head were badly burned by the explosion and his head is said to be swollen nearly twice normal size. Part of his clothing was blown off by the blast. Possible internal injuries may have been suffered also, although x-rays are said not to have disclosed injury.
Friends of the young man here hope that his condition will improve rapidly.
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date unknown (1920's or 1930's) - Notice
The notice in the "Gazette" last week was uncalled for as Mrs. Jay C. Rhinehart did not leave home. She was sick and had no one to care for her. He brought her home for me to take care of and he hasn't offered me one cent for board or caring for her, or doctor's bills and I haven't asked him for any. The first night he brought her home and had the doctor he paid him one dollar and he paid one call before she came home up to his house and if he had got a woman to take care of her that would have been good to her she could have gone home two weeks ago but he did not. He brought his mother down on Saturday and said that she would take care of her that night and Elizabeth would not go with her and I took her up and we were not in the house fifteen minutes before Elizabeth said something Mrs. Rhinhart did not like. It was the truth that Elizabeth said. Mrs. Rhinehart said if you say that again I will knock you and started for that sick woman. Elizabeth has her father's disposition and said it again but i was there and I think that was all that stopped the fight and if she had been angry at her husband or he at her why does he come and stay home nights. I have paid all her doctor's bills last fall when she was home sick and never asked him for anything.
Mrs. Geo. Best.
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date unknown (1920's or 1930's) - Farm House Consumed By Fire Saturday
Saturday evening, Mr. John Vroman of the town of Fulton had retired and while his wife sat at work sewing a noise like a gnawing of a rat in the ceiling was heard by Mrs. Vroman and on looking she saw the reflection of a light. Upon investigation it was found that the upper story of the house was all on fire. Mr. Vroman was aroused from his sleep and the alarm of fire sounded. Neighbors being scattered the fire was well under way before help arrived. A small portion of the household goods were saved. The fire started from the chimney. There was a small insurance on the house. None on the contents.
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date unknown (1920's or 1930's) - Livingstonville
Sunday, Feb 22nd, the funeral of Watson Auchempaugh was held at his home, Rev. Bowen of Franklinton preaching a finer sermon from Job 1-21. "The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Wm. Chase and family of Schenectady were here to attend the funeral of Watson Auchempaugh.
Frank Auchempaugh is confined to his bed with a severe cold threatened with pneumonia. He is better at this writing.
Charles Cain is sick with a severe cold and under the doctor's care.
Mrs. Elvena Horsman is visiting her parents for a few days.
Miss Ida Auchempaugh of Greenville, sister of the late Watson Auchempaugh, has been, and is
still staying with Mrs. Auchempaugh. She helped to care for her brother during his last illness.
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January 1, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily
Ralph Clyne, manager of the Shear & Sharping shoe store at Fulton, is spending a few days with friends in this city.
Mrs. I. Benedict of Schoharie, who has been visiting at the home of harry Hunter, 4 Fourth street, returned to her home Thursday.
Mrs. H. J. Gilpin and daughter, Mildred, of this city, left yesterday for Cobleskill, where they will spend a few days with Mr. and Mrs. David Lawyer of that place.
Mrs. J. H. Leonard and daughter, Florence, of Tully, were in Oneonta yesterday, on their way home from Broome Center, where they attended the funeral of Dr. D. M. Leonard.
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January 3, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes, Events of Past
Week in Otsego and Adjoining Counties (Oneonta Daily Star)
Henry Smith, a native of Cobleskill, has been appointed deputy comptroller of New York city. He is a son of the late Hon. Henry Smith of Cobleskill, and under the administration of Mayor McClellan was president of the New York city park board.
The total sale of Christmas seals in Schoharie county was $1,000, which is about one-third of the quota.
The New Jeffersonian, lately conducted at Jefferson under the auspices of the Welfare association of that village, has suspended publication, at least temporarily. Later it is hoped to secure a manager who will make the paper what the association desires.
Miss Janet Cushman, a graduate of the State School for Librarians, at Albany, is to have charge of the new Cobleskill Public library, beginning January 11.
The Middleburgh & Schoharie railroad is excavating at Schaeffer’s cut, near Schoharie for the purpose of ridding the road of the troublesome drifts which each winter have caused much delay. Last year the cut was obstructed for a day or two each week for six consecutive weeks.
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January 4, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
The Methodist Episcopal Sunday
school at Cobleskill gave $40 for European relief, $326 for North China relief
and $60 for local needs as a Christmas gift.
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January 12, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes, Items of
Current Interest Clipped, Culled and Condensed (Oneonta Daily Star)
The farm house of David Proper of Eminence was burned last Monday, the flames communicating from a hog house near the residence in which hot ashes had been placed.
Cottone Brothers, makers of Italian cheese at Blenheim, shipped a twenty-ton carload valued at $30,000, or 75 cents a pound, to New York city last week.
Not a single indictment was found by the Schoharie county grand jury at its session last week. There was evidence taken in a few cases, but not in one would it justify an indictment.
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January 13, 1921 - Personals (Oneonta Daily Star)
Miss Alice Mattice returned Wednesday to her home in South Valley after spending the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Bresee.
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January 13, 1921 - Beloved High School Student – Ruth
Rainey Dies Tuesday Night After Two Months’ Illness (Oneonta Daily Star)
Miss Ruth Aigie Rainey, beloved only child of Rupert W. and Minnie Rainey of South Side, died at 11 p. m. on Tuesday at the home of Miss Lillian Smith, 54 Academy street, this city. Her illness, which was of mastoiditis, was of about two month’s duration; and on Tuesday of last week she was brought to the home of Mrs. Smith in the hope that the change with the accompanying convenience for prompt medical treatment might be beneficial. The hope, however, was unavailing. She failed steadily despite all that could be done for her relief, and the end came Tuesday night as above stated.
Miss Rainey was born August 22, 1901, at Warnerville, where the family then resided. Eleven years ago the family moved to Oneonta, residing for the first seven years in this city and for the last four on the farm on South Side. She was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church and a student of the Oneonta High school, from which she would have graduated in June next. She was a lovely, companionable girl, a consistent Christian, a good student, and by all who knew her held in highest esteem. During her long illness the deepest concern has been expressed by her classmates and associates, and the recollection of her will long remain to them as a cherished and saddened memory. By them also, and by all who knew her, heartfelt sympathy will be felt for the parents so much bereaved
Besides the parents above named her nearest surviving relatives are uncles and aunts, several of whom live in Schoharie county. One of them, J. D. Rainey, is a resident of this city.
The funeral, which will be private, will be held Friday at 1 p. m. at the home of her uncle, above named, at 7 Draper street. Her pastor, Rev. Dr. B. M. Jones of the First Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate, and interment will be in the family plot in the cemetery at Richmondville.
Friends of the deceased desiring to pay their respects can do so from 3 to 5 o’clock this afternoon at 7 Draper street.
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January 24, 1921 - Breakabeen
Breakabeen, Jan. 24 Mrs. P. W. Bergh is ill, her mother, Mrs. Gideon
Shaffer is caring for her.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Haskins and daughter were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Manley Coons last week.
Dr. C. Albertson is still confined to the house. We trust he may soon be with us again.
In a letter recently received from Mr. and Mrs. Leo Chapfan, they tell us of their pleasant surroundings and that they are enjoying their new work and making many pleasant acquaintances.
Master Edwin Bouck of Guinea spent several days last week with his aunt, Mrs. Josiah Rosecrans. While here, he with several others tried the Regents examinations.
Miss Mary Catherine Mattice has been ill all winter at her home and is alone, only as the neighbors come and go. We hope she may soon be restored to health.
Mrs. Samuel Cole, Mrs. Rollin Bouck and master Kenneth are spending a few days in Schenectady.
Mrs. Robert Becker and son James are visiting friends in Schenectady.
The congregation at the Presbyterian church had the pleasure, Sunday night of listening to a hymn entitled "Sing It Out Among the Nations.'' composed by the pastor, Rev. Albertson, music written by Prof. J. H. Rosecrans.
We regret very much to report the illness of Mrs May Duell. Mrs. Duell has been ill for a long time at the home of Joseph Zeh jr. We hope we may soon expect her to be on the convalescent list.
Mrs. Washington Baldwin has been spending a few days with Mrs. Harry Nelson.
Mrs. George Parslow visited her sisters, Mrs. Belle Nelson and Mrs. D. W. Fancher recently, Mrs. Parslow has been at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nelsion Parslow caring for Mrs. Nelson Parslow and daughter Gertrude. Both are batter at this writing.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rivenburgh of Schenectady are here for a week assisting their aunt, Mrs. C. E. Foland who is now able to be about the house again, although not fully recovered from her recent illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Burl Scutt were called to Kingston Tuesday on business.
Mr. and Mts. Charles Chapman entertained their daughter, Gladys and her friend, Dr. Dailey of Albany Sunday last.
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January 31, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
At Charlotteville last Saturday
night eight persons among those attending a moving picture show were overcome
with gas and fainted. One of these was Mr. Martin, the proprietor of the show,
who was found unconscious after the show was over.
Mrs Walter L. Gilbert of Middleburgh has been appointed chairman of a woman’s committee to raise $1,500 in Schoharie county for the Child Feeding fund.
The New York office of the Dairymen’s league reports that 307 contracts for the pooling plan have been received from farmers of Schoharie county.
Rev. E. G. Hay will be installed on Thursday as pastor of the Lutheran church at Gallupville. Rev. F. J. Baum, D. D., of Cobleskill, will deliver the charge to the pastor and Rev. Walter Frederick will install the new pastor.
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February 1, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily
The Schoharie Cider and Vinegar company of Schoharie has erected at its plant near the depot, two tanks for vinegar, one holding 27,000 gallons, and the other 17,000 gallons.
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February 7, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
Farmers of the town of Carlisle who get
their ice-supply from Smith's lake were badly frightened when at work on the ice
on January 27, when a noise which seemed to resemble the moving of a heavy
freight train seemed to come from beneath them in the deep waters of the lake.
the cutting was abandoned and since then they have wondered if it were not the
earthquake which was reported the same day in the Lake George region.
The Reformed church at Schoharie has called Rev. Alfred P. Miller, a Congregationalist, as pastor, and he will at once begin his work. The church had been without a pastor since the dissolution of the federation of churches in that village, but since July has maintained regular Sunday service and has reorganized its auxiliary societies.
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August 27, 1921 - Latest Vicinity News (Oneonta Daily Star)
There will be civil service
examinations September 10 for postmasterships at Schoharie and Sharon Springs.
each office pays $1,900 per annum.
The new uniforms for the M. W. Harrowny Hose company at Richmondville have been ordered and will cost $1,000.
Herman Zinner, a Middleburgh farm hand, was arrested in Albany on Monday on a charge of transporting a stolen motor car from one state to another. he is held in jail pending further examination on Tuesday next.
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September 8, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
Leon VanDeusen and Kromer Larkin
of Richmondville went fishing at the vlaie last Wednesday night and caught 200
bullheads which weighed 50 pounds when dressed. The same men caught 2,100
bullheads at the vlaie this season.
There are a few productive apple orchards this year in Schoharie county. Mrs. Abram VanTuyl of Schoharie has an estimated crop of 500 bushels, which dealers say will bring $5 per bushel. They are all choice winter fruit, from young trees which have been bearing only a few years.
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September 15, 1921 - What Happens Hereabouts –
Events of Current Interest in Otsego and Adjoining Counties (Oneonta Daily Star)
Rev. Thomas Stevenson of Richmondville received his naturalization papers last week and is now a full American citizen.
The baseball game and dance at Richmondville on Labor Day netted about $225, which sum will be applied on the temple debt of the Odd Fellows.
Schoharie county is still producing quite a quantity of hops. This year’s growth is not of the very choicest but is an average quality. Old hops are selling at 20 to 25 cents and the best new quotations are 32 to 40 cents per pound. The yield is only about two-thirds of last year’s crop.
The Norton Stone and Lime company of Cobleskill has the contract to furnish 25,000 tons of crushed stone for Henry Ford, to be used in the construction of the big Ford power plant at Green Island, N. Y. Six carloads per day are now being shipped.
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September 17, 1921 - Otsego and Other Counties – Recent
Happenings in Otsego and Adjoining and Near-By Counties (Oneonta Daily Star)
Middleburg, having tired of the clang of the old fire bell, proposes to put in a siren fire alarm. About $75 has been raised by subscription for the purpose.
As predicted, the hop growers in Schoharie all report a short crop, some getting as low as half the usual yield, others doing somewhat better. Owing to crop shortage in England and Germany buyers have been active in all the coast markets and some inquiry is noted in this state at 35 cents to 40 cents. Imported hops are reported to have reached twice these figures.
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September 21, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta
The public school at Cobleskill opened Tuesday with a registration of 540, of whom 240 were of the high school and training classes.
A record was made by Collins Horton at Summit lake last Saturday afternoon, when he swam the length of the lake six times. Equivalent to 4 ½ miles, without resting or leaving the water.
Abram S. Coons, an aged resident of Preston Hollow, who served in the Assembly for 7 consecutive years, dropped dead in front of his home on Wednesday afternoon. He was 70 years old. His wife was Miss Addie Russell of Broome township, who is the sole surviving member of his family.
F. E. Snyder, a Union college student residing at Cobleskill, has returned from a canoe trip of 350 miles, in the course of which he passed through Champlain canal and Lake Champlain, and numerous streams of Canada, returning home by way of the Thousand Islands to Ogdensburg, where his water journey ended.
Back door thieves have recently been operating extensively in the village of Cobleskill. The latest attempt on their part was at the A. and P. store on Thursday of last week where they broke a lock, but on account of the bar inside, were unable to enter.
After being deadlocked for three months in an effort to elect the school superintendent for the third district of Schoharie county. Ralph W. Eldridge has been chosen to succeed himself.
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September 24, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
Among the Schoharie people who
attended the Republican State convention at Syracuse this week were: Assemblyman
Greenwald and Mrs. Lavilla Jones of Cobleskill, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Cornell and
W. E. Bassler of Middleburgh, District Attorney Proper. Lawyer Wright and Mrs.
Daniel Larkin of Schoharie and Lester Hiller of Sharon Springs.
Shell game artists who apparently accompanied the Cole Brothers' circus to Cobleskill relieved residents of the big city of Schoharie of several hundred dollars in cash. It is the verdict of the Times that the animals pleased the children and the concert disgusted all who remained.
A team of three girls from Schoharie county won second prize in the canning demonstration at the state fair this month. The members of the team were Helen Dietz, Sarah Vroman and Margaret Mix of Schoharie village.
Rev. father James J. Dusey, former rector of St. Vincent de Paul parish in which Schoharie and Middleburgh were included, has given up his parish at herkimer and entered into the Order of Reformed Cistercians, one of the strictest in the Roman Catholic church in the United States.
The supreme court term of Schoharie county has taken a recess to October 3. In preparation for the trial of a large number of criminal cases: mostly under the liquor enforcement act, a panel of 72 additional trial jurors has been drawn.
Everything is ready for the service, and free delivery of mail in the village of Cobleskill will begin October 1.
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September 26, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
There are six counties in the
state which have one automobile to every eight residents. They are Otsego,
Chenango, Schoharie, Cortland, Niagara and Tompkins. Delaware county has one to
Seven indictments were found by the Schoharie county grand jury last week - six of them sealed and one open. The latter was for assault in the second degree against Lewis Gordon of Sharon Springs, alleged to have assaulted Deputy Sheriff Lyke of that place, who was arresting him for violation of a traffic ordinance. Gordon was held in $1,200 bail.
M. D. Bennett of Sidney is erecting the new signal and switching tower of the D. & H. company at Schoharie Junction. The building completed will cost $100,000 and when completed will be the only one of its kind on the Susquehanna division and one of the finest in the United States.
Elaborate preparations are making for the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the Reformed church at Schoharie, which will begin on Sunday, October 16, and continue for eight days, ending the following Sunday. It is expected that the services, which will be of an historical nature, will be largely attended.
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October 1, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily
Alden Empie, son of Edgar Empie of Sharon Springs, found a dynamite cap on Wednesday and was hammering it with a stone when it exploded, blowing off two fingers and a part of the thumb of his left hand. He was taken to the hospital at Gloversville.
The final game in the Schoharie Valley baseball league will be played today, Schoharie playing at Middleburgh and Delanson at Preston Hollow. Delanson is safely in first place with the second in doubt.
So well is the work on Schoharie’s new town hall going along that the first dance may be held about the Thanksgiving holidays. The roof on the big structure is finished and the siding is fast being put on while the work on the interior progresses.
Ellis J. Staley of Albany, a native of Carlisle, Schoharie county, has been nominated by Republicans as candidate for supreme court justice in the third judicial district. There are now four natives of Schoharie county on the judicial bench. They are Justice Thompkins of Nyack, Justice Henry V. Borst of Amsterdam, Justice Merrell of Lowville and Justice Nichols of Cobleskill.
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October 12, 1921 - Personals (Oneonta Daily Star)
Mrs. John C. Wilber of Schoharie spent
Tuesday as the guest of Mrs. Fannie R. Dietz, 7 Grove Street.
Attorney F. L. Smith of Cobleskill was in the city yesterday on business before the special term of county court.
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October 29, 1921 - Events of Current Interest (Oneonta Daily Star)
Registration in Cobleskill this year is 2819, which is 140 more than in 1920.
Interest in county and local campaigns are reasons attributed.
The Mansion house at Sharon Springs was raided by dry agents on Tuesday and 1 quart of gin, 2 quarts of liquor and 4 ten-gallon cases of alcohol are reputed to have been taken. C. P. Winnie and Frank Bosquet, proprietor and bartender, were arrested and held on $1,000 and $500 bail respectively for hearings in November.
Tuberculosis clinics will be held in Schoharie county in November as follows: Cobleskill, Nov. 9; Middleburgh, November 10.
The 46th annual convention of Schoharie Sunday School association was held yesterday at Richmondville. There was a large attendance and an address was delivered by Dr. Arthur S. Bennett of Boston, Mass.
Thieves pried open the money drawer of the D. & H. office at Cobleskill one recent night but got nothing except disappointment, the drawer being empty.
Mrs. Etta Harroway of Richmondville has presented the Parent-Teacher association of that village a check for $100 to aid its work.
The Sharon Reformed church, earlier the Dutch Reformed, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its organization next week. many repairs have recently been made and the church has received a new organ, presented by the classis of Schoharie.
There are 48 residents of Schoharie county who have made application for absentee ballots for the coming election. Of these 19 are from Schoharie.
The Reformed church at central Bridge has been sold and will be converted into a two-family dwelling house. The bell has been sold and will be transferred to the Lutheran church steeple.
A party of four, consisting of Peter Rucca, Joseph Curiale and Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Galella, which about two months ago left Jefferson for a trip to the Pacific coast, returned this week. The trip was to San Francisco and Los Angeles and return to Jefferson, a distance of 8,100 miles, and 600 gallons of gasoline were used in the Nash car driven by them. There was only one blow-out during the trip and one tire returned with the same air that was pumped in on departing from Jefferson.
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December 1, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
Honey bees for the past two years had lived between the ceiling and floor of the
home of Fred Clay of Richmondville. Last week he made a raid upon them and
secured about 100 pounds of fine comb honey.
The contract for the state road from Cobleskill to Janesville in the town of Seward has been let to Scudder & Scudder of Painted Post for $136, 606.
The goal, of the Christmas Seal campaign in Schoharie county is $3,000. The canvas begins this week.
C. R. Guernsey of Schoharie Hill, this year had one acre of potatoes from which he dug nearly 300 bushels of three varieties, including Todd's Wonder and Golden Rural. Thirteen of the largest weighed 30 pounds or, in other words, thirteen made a half bushel. One of the largest tubers weighed two pounds and seven ounces.
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December 15, 1921 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta Daily Star)
Morrell Hamm, former hotel lessee
at Jefferson, was fined $150 last week by Judge Beekman at Schoharie for
violation of the state prohibition law.
Rev. Frank D. Lawyer, formerly of Cobleskill, has been called to the pastorate of the Olivet Methodist Episcopal church in Chicago. The salary is $4,000 per annum and he has a parsonage and an assistant pastor.
Scott Madison of Sharon Springs was instantly killed Friday, Dec. 2, when a Fordson tractor on which he was riding tipped over and fell on his body, crushing his chest. He was a native of Cooperstown, 34 years of age and leaves a wife and four small children.
It is estimated that by the recent ice storm the maple orchard of George D. Taylor of Jefferson was damaged to the amount of $5,000. This is the largest sugar camp in Schoharie county.
At the annual meeting of the Cobleskill Agricultural society on Saturday last it was voted to buy the Eldredge property south of the railroad tracks and adjoining the present fair ground property. The land consists of 20 acres and the price is said to be $15,000.
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January 3, 1922 - Latest Vicinity News – Happenings of Interest in Otsego and nearby Counties (Oneonta Daily Star)
In Schoharie county next year the Richmondville Phoenix and Middleburgh News
will print the concurrent resolutions, the Cobleskill Times and Middleburgh
gazette the election notices and the Schoharie Republican the official canvass.
Cobleskill is considering a proposition to bond $60,000 wherewith to pave the eastern end of Main street.
By advice of counsel parents refuse to send their children from Beards’ Hollow to Richmondville village school, to which the former district was largely annexed. The distance is too great to travel and the residents demand that Richmondville district provide a conveyance, which would be expensive.
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January 19, 1922 - Estimates Far Apart - Tri-County Power Company Claims Property is Worth $800,000, While New York City Says $30,000 (Oneonta Daily Star)
The Schoharie Reservoir and Shandaken
Tunnel commission, consisting of Messrs Kelly, Mayham and Shea, who devoted all
the last week of December, 1921, to the hearing of the Tri-County Light and
Power company claim against the City of New York, will resume the hearing at
Kingston, January 30, when it is expected the evidence will be closed.
The case indicates a variety of judgment among the expert witnesses, who practically are the only witnesses in the case. It is admitted that a developed water power has been in existence on the Schoharie river at the point when the Tri-County plant is located at Gilboa, for upwards of seventy years, for grist mills, cotton mills, woolen mills, saw mills, and now a hydraulic electric plant. the witnesses for the claimant estimate the value of the plant with the flowage rights of the Schoharie river and other riparian rights and easements, with the concrete dam, at substantially $800,000. The witnesses called for the city placed its value at $30,000.
The Tri-County Light and Power company furnishes electric lights and power to Grand Gorge, Stamford, Hobart, South Kortright and other places. Judge J. P. Grant of Stamford, is president of the company.
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January 29, 1922 - Badly Burned In Their Home - Former Residents Are Victims Of Explosion At Schenectady - Mrs. Norman J. Vroman Taken to Hospital for Treatment Mr. Vroman Slightly Burned
Mrs. Norman J. Vroman was seriously
burned last Saturday in an explosion of floor wax at her home in Schenectady.
Mr. and Mrs. Vroman were waxing floors Saturday afternoon. A can of wax had been placed on the kitchen stove. It was too hard to use and they hoped to soften it by heating it. While both Mr. and Mrs. Vroman were near the stove the can exploded, covering the right side of Mrs. Vroman's body with hot wax. Mr. Vroman was burned on his right hand while assisting his wife into an adjoining room.
Mr. Vroman rushed out of the house and sent in an alarm of fire. There was little damage to house or furniture, however, and the firemen hastily administered first aid measures to Mr. and Mrs. Vroman. Dr. J. B. Garlick was summoned and after treating their burns directed that Mrs. Vroman be sent to the Ellis hospital.
Mrs. Vroman is suffering from burns on the right side of her body, the wax having been thrown over her face and right arm and burning through her clothing.
Middleburgh friends will be glad to know that she is improving.
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January 23, 1922 - Latest Vicinity Notes (Oneonta daily
County Judge Dow Beekman has appointed Rev. Freeman S. Kline, pastor of the Cobleskill Methodist Episcopal church and Rev. George Z. Collier, pastor of the Middleburgh Reformed church as volunteer prohibition officers in the county court of Schoharie county.
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July 11, 1922 - Sons, One 7, other 90, Mourn Death of World's Oldest Man
Louisville, Ky., July 10. - Among the many mourners at the
funeral of "Uncle John" Shell, 134 years old, were his tow sons,
William, ninety, and Albert, seven, it became known here today when news was
reached that the oldest man in the world had died. Albert is the offspring of a
second marriage, "Uncle" John's first wife, who is said to have been
two years his senior, having died about ten years ago.
The aged man retained full possession of his faculties to the last and discussed his funeral arrangements with Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Creech, with whom he made his home since he lost his own place through foreclosure of a mortgage several months ago.
He was said to have been born in Tennessee, September 3, 1788, the son of Samuel Shell, a gun maker.
Up until the time he was "discovered" about four years ago, "Uncle John," is is said, had led a secluded life in the mountains, but since then he has traveled considerably, exhibiting himself at state fairs.
In 1919 he took his first airplane ride. On his visits to cities he told newspaper interviewers that he remembered once of having seen Daniel Boone and that he recalled the general mourning that followed the death of George Washington. He said he was too old to enlist in the Mexican war.
Shell was born in Leslie county, Kentucky, but owing to the inaccuracy or incompleteness with which official records were kept at the time the exact date of his birth has not been fixed. In any event, he lived long enough to leave behind him more than 200 descendants.
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October 1923 – Died
Brayman - At Milo, N. Y., Oct. 10th, Mrs. Otis Brayman formerly of this place, aged 59.
Rosecrans - At Breakabeen, Oct. 8th, Mrs. Washington Rosecrans.
Wood - At Crystal, Oct 9, Mrs. Manley Wood aged 45.
Shephard - At Crystal Lake Oct. 10th, Wm. Shephard, aged 77.
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October 1923 – Married
Mau - France - At Middleburgh Oct. 13th, by Rev. G. Z. Collier, William J. Mau of Middleburgh and Miss Harriet R. France of Cobleskill.
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October 15, 1923 – Pine Grove
Mrs. Mary Chickering and two children are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Lloyd.
Mr. and Mrs. Levi Alger spent Saturday night and Sunday at C. Brayman’s
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Kelsey – At Cobleskill, march 28th Mrs. William G. Kelsey, formerly of this town, aged 83.
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June 24, 1924 - (Cobleskill Times)
Reginald Le Grand Swann, son of rev. J. A. Swann, D. D., of Schenectady, is the valedictorian of the June graduating class of the Schenectady High school at the commencement exercises held this evening in the First Presbyterian church. Mr. Swann's rank was first in a class of 240, with an average of 96 per cent in all the studies of the four years' course. This standing has seldom, if ever, been reached before in that High school, which is said to rank among the best in the state. He also won three prizes including the French prize and the civic prize. he is a member of the Latin club, the Modern History club, the Forum and the Lincoln club of the High school. Mr. Swann will enter Union college in September, in the A. B. course. The Rev. Dr. Swann will be remembered as a graduate of the Cobleskill High school in the class of 1887. He later graduated from three universities, among them Syracuse and Yale. After spending more than twenty-five years in the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, because of impaired health he retired from the active ministry and now resides in Schenectady.
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August 26, 1924 - Leon Kniffen Killed In An Auto Accident - Tragic Collision Between Taxicab and Farmer's Wagon Near Schenectady - Companions Injured - Was A Former Middleburgh Boy - Victim's Wife In The City Hospital
Leon Kniffen, 22, of Schenectady, a former Middleburgh boy, employed as a taxi driver by R. Flansburg of that city, was instantly killed and two companions with whom he was driving were seriously injured when their car, Tuesday morning struck a farmer's wagon and overturned in the Duanesburg road near the government warehouse, Schenectady. The accident occurred at 5:30. The injured are:
Beatrice Larkin, 18, of 606 Blaine street, in Ellis hospital with a fractured skull, condition critical.
Raymond J. Funk, 22, of 218 Hageman street, in Ellis Hospital with serious back injuries.
Kniffen lived at 902 Albany street. His young wife, according to hospital authorities, was to have left the hospital yesterday with a baby, Edward Leon, born a week ago. She will not be told of the death of her husband until she is stronger.
Kniffen was employed as a night chauffeur and had started for Franklinton, Schoharie county, to visit his brother, Alfred Kniffen. Funk said he and Miss Larkin were going along for a ride. At a curve in the road, it was reported, Kniffen suddenly came upon a horse and wagon driven by August Rothmyer, a farmer, of Rotterdam. According to the story told the police, Kniffen applied the brakes and skidded on the wet road, striking the wagon and then overturning in the ditch.
Neither Rothmyer, his horse nor his wagon were injured.
The funeral will be held here Thursday afternoon in the M. E. Church, Rev. Preston Kennedy officiating. Burial in the local cemetery.
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August 26, 1924 - Local Young Man Married at Watertown - John L. Warner of Middleburgh and Miss Myrtle N. Snider of Watertown united at Pretty Wedding
John L. Warner of 319 Academy street and Miss Myrtle Nalda Snider of 144 Woodruff street were married Thursday afternoon, August 21st at 5 at the bride's home by Rev. Albert R. Lambert, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church.
The bridesmaid was Miss Adeline F. Knapp of Watertown and the best man was Professor Verner J. Warner of Canton. The flower girl was Miss Alice Woodruff of Watertown and the ring bearer, Master Paul S. Warner of Canton.
The wedding music was by Miss Margaret Swan, harpist of Watertown and Miss Marjorie Webster, violinist of Gouveneur.
The bride and groom were married before a bank of palms and ferns. The color scheme of the house was gladiolis and pink and white astors with lighted candles at each table.
The bride's costume was of white georgette with a train of white satin. She wore a white tull veil with orange blossoms which had been worn by members of the Snider family in weddings for the past 20 years.
About 40 guests were present at the bounteous wedding supper. The wedded couple left for a trip to Boston and other points in the east.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Gertrude Walwrath Snider and the late Robert J. Snider. She is a graduate of Syracuse university and has been a teacher of dramatic art at Gouverneur High School.
Mr. Warner, the bridegroom, is a graduate of Syracuse university and is now agent for the state hospital commission with headquarters in Watertown.
Mr. and Mrs. Warner will be at home after September 10 at 144 Woodruff street. - Watertown Daily Times.
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August 26, 1924 - miscellaneous news items from 1904
Died - Mrs. Lewis Schrom at Binghamton, August 27th, aged 71. James Brownlee, at Cobleskill, aged 62. Frank Williams, son of Mrs. Avery Taylor, at Sharon Springs. Mrs. Nancy Clark, widow of Joseph Clark, at Schoharie, August 25th.
Married at Philadelphia, August 31, Raymond T. Cornell of Middleburgh and Miss Mabelle Gaskell of Philadelphia.
Carl Z. Hulbert left for Philadelphia to attend college.
Willis L. Scribner took prizes at the Altamont Fair to the amount of $87.50.
The household goods of Prof. S. C. Kimm were shipped to Amenia, N. Y.
Miss Louie Zeh went to Albany to accept a position in the Sporburg millinery establishment.
Miss Nettie P. Wandell of Saratoga Springs, a former teacher of Middleburgh High School, visited Miss Anna Becker.
Prof. C. A. Snyder left for Wenonah, N. J., to fill a position as teacher of languages in the Military School there.
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August 26, 1924 - miscellaneous news items from 1914?
Died - At Altamont, August 22nd, James Bleeker Groot, in his 67th year. At Altamont, August 24th, Jeannette Lewis, aged 74. At York, Pa., Rev. T. T. Everett, D.D., formerly of Cobleskill. At Knox, August 27th, Almina Saddlemire, aged 79. Editor D. H. Crowe of Quaker Street, aged 84, August 21st.
July creamery butter sold for 28 1/2 cents per pound.
The handsome residence, with barn nearby, of Edward Wentworth at Fultonham, burned. No insurance.
August 31, three post offices in Conesville, West Conesville and Manorkill, all in the town of Conesville, were discontinued.
The large Kilmer Sanitarium at Schoharie burned.
Workers for Jackson Bros. on the State road at Schoharie went on strike demanding an increase of 10 cents per day. They had been getting $1.56. Nearly all returned at former price.
August 22nd, Mahala Bouck, widow of George B. Bouck, was thrown from a wagon and seriously injured. She lived but a short time, aged 58.
Lightning struck the large barn of Floyd Mattice at Blenheim, doing but little damage.
Walter Bliss entertained his college chum, Irvin E. Post of Catskill.
While cranking his auto, Gustave Tenblad had the misfortune to break his right arm at the wrist.
Charles Gardner was having extensive repairs made to his residence on Grove Street.
Mrs. W. P. Capes and son and Mrs. Ida Petchtle of New York were here to attend the funeral of Mrs. Mahala Bouck.
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September 1924 – Double Engagement Is Announced
Miss Dorothy R. Mann entertained at a bridge luncheon on Saturday, September 20th, at which she announced her engagement to Mr. Robert P, Luyster of New York City. The announcement of the engagement of Miss Martha L. Pindar to Mr. Henry Bowen of South Amboy, N. J. was made at the same time. The guests were: the Misses Margaret Mix, Mina Willsey, Lolita Willsey of Schoharie; Nellie Kennedy, Charlotte Randall, Willa Rickard, Martha Pindar, Margaret Ranson, Emma Best and Mrs. DeForest Rickard, all of Middleburgh.
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October 9, 1924 – Dr. and Mrs. Rivenburg To Leave
Middleburg - Has Been Appointed Medical Inspector of Schools (The Middleburgh
| Dr. W. T. Rivenburgh of this village was appointed Assistant Medical Inspector of Schools in the Medical Inspection Bureau of the State Education Department on October 4th, by Commissioner Graves, State Commissioner of Education.
This position was created by the legislature last winter and is under the civil service. At a recent civil service examination held in the state, Dr. Rivenburgh was No. 1, on the list with a rating of 97 per cent.
The doctor and Mrs. Rivenburgh will reside for most of the year at 27 Lake Avenue Albany, but will retain their residence here for a summer home and week ends. The doctor will shortly take up the duties of the position in the medical Inspection Bureau of the State Department of Education, Albany.
Dr. Rivenburgh attended the Boys' Academy at Troy and the South Berkshire Institute, Mass. He is a graduate of the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo and in 1919 took the post-graduate course in infections diseases and public health in the Albany Medical College and the New York State Department of Health, receiving a Public Health Certificate. He is health officer of the village of and the towns of Middleburgh, Fulton and Blenheim; has served as president of the Board of Education and treasurer of the Village Corporation. In 1915, he was appointed coroner by Governor Whitman to fill a vacancy and has held the office continuously since that time. He is custodian of the District Laboratory Supply Station, New York State Department of Health, president of the local Red Cross branch and examiner for some fifteen old line life insurance and accident companies, also the Life Extension Institute of New York. He is a member of and Past Master of Middleburgh Lodge, No. 663. F. and A. M. and belongs to John L. Lewis Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Cobleskill and is a deacon in St. Marks Lutheran church. The doctor is a member of and has twice been president and is now censor of the County Medical Society and belongs to the State Medical Society and is a Fellow of the American Medical Association.
The doctor came to this village some 36 years ago and began the practice of medicine. His success from the first has been marked and while all are pleased that he has been chosen to fill such an honorable position still all regret that we are to lose such valuable assets of our village as Dr. and Mrs. Rivenburgh.
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December 1924 – ReQua – Heason
Middleburgh, Dec. 23. – George A. ReQua of Middleburgh and Miss Minnie Heason, daughter of Mrs. Isadore ReQua, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Heason of Huntersland, were married Saturday at noon in Albany at the home of the bride’s brother, Prof. Stanley E. Heason. They left on a wedding trip to New York after which they will reside at Schenectady.
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December 1924 - Kling - Floyd
The marriage of Mr. Howard Daniel Kling of Breakabeen and Miss Ethel Foland Floyd of Schenectady was solemnized at noon, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1924 at the parsonage of the Second Lutheran Church, West Sand Lake, by the Rev. George H. Kling. Mr. and Mrs. Irvin M. Kling of Breakabeen and Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Lloyd of Schenectady, the parents of the contracting parties and also Mrs. Ellen Kling and Mr. Carl B. Kling of West Sand Lake witnessed the ceremony. The father of the bridegroom and the mother of the bride were the attendant. After a few days visit to New York City and vicinity, Mr. Kling will engage in the extensive mercantile business which his father has conducted for many years.
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1925 – Middleburgh Boy Writes Interesting Letters on Florida
Florida is the only state in the union having an east and a west coast. One thing of traveling by the rising sun, as they would up here would be going east when they thought they were going west. For east is west and west is east. Florida’s principal source of income is hotels, alligators and tourists. Alligators are skinned in the summertime, tourist in the wintertime. You can get a good meal in a hotel from two to six dollars a plate; the same meal can be had in a self serving restaurant for thirty-five to eighty-five cents.
Jacksonville is the key to Florida. Key West is the jumping off place, as that is as far as one can go by land. But the Key is able to unlock the way to the mainland, Key west is the east coast, but its farther south than Jacksonville. Key West joins the Main land by the longest railroad bridge in the world that crosses the ocean. When you enter the gate at Jacksonville to Florida, you will be treated if looking prosperous, like a king. But on the way out you may be only a prince, but with good luck and a Wallingford and Ponzie on your side you may still return a king. If the real estate sharks who migrate to Florida and hotels hasn’t divorced you from your roll. Real estate in Florida is sold strictly on the level, it puts me in mind of a sign, above a box of eggs (strictly fresh eggs 85c per dozen and found one with writing on it. Stopped to read it and it had a girls name and address printed on two years before: moral, I never saw a sizable hill in Florida.
The real estate boom in Florida is the greatest the world ever saw and backed by the world’s greatest press agents. Most of the hotels of the south are built on shells, sales of stock and mortgages. The price list for the privilege of putting up there must have been originated by the rubber trust. The one outstanding feature of Florida is its citrus fruit growing. Citrus fruit growing in Florida last year was a cinch. California fruit crop froze stiff, Florida’s fruit was untouched by frost.
In Florida you can but tangerines, oranges, grape fruit for ten fifteen and twenty cents per dozen. Up north they are kept in a safe and only issued on a written order from the high muck-a-mucks. Please folks don’t blame the retailers to much, blame the middleman. Fruit has to be picked, delivered to packing houses, washed, dried, polished, sorted as to size, crates to make and fruit packed and loaded on cold storage cars. One has no conception of the work to be done on a crate of fruit. One can buy a tract of land for an organe tang, pineapple, banana or grape fruit plantation for $200 to $600, if you can find a good real estate agent and persuade him to part with it. At the same time you can homestead, pay the government a stipend and get your land for $4 per acre, with luck may be less. If you are not able to clear it yourself, colored men will do it for about $3 a day, you will have about $400 worth of wood. As no one will buy it you will have to pay for having it burned. Now your land is ready for the planting. If you have enough to live on for the next six years, you buy your trees about one hundred to the acre, plant them, care for them. At the end of six years they begin to bear, but how long it takes to get back your profit on your investment, depends on luck and how much money you had to start with.
Florida is said to abound with big game, and the home of big game hunters. The only big game I saw was the bathing beaches in St. Petersburg and out on the Gulf, as the beaches are abound with many (Dears). Florida is inhabited by Indians, whites and tourists, last and not the least razorback hogs. The Seminola Indians are much redder than their northern brothers. The reds live on the everglades, the blacks on the whites, and the whites on the tourist (called the tin-canners). The tin-canners on the free camping ground. They are also called the feed bag tourist. Florida is full of tin-can tourists and razorback hogs, although razorbacks never saw the inside of a tin can, nevertheless they serve the same purpose as well as pets.
Speaking of big game hunting, there is n o question about big game fishing. The followers of Walton will find the banks, keys, bayous and passes of the Florida and Mexico Gulf full of the gamest fish of any waters in the world. And there are some 600 different varieties to fish for. A few of the gamest are the silver king also called tarpon and are as swift as lightning in action, and they can put up a fight that would stir the blood of the most sport loving followers of the Waltonites. There is the savage kingfish the sailfish, also stingray called the tiger of the sea. When on the hook he churns the water to foam a distance of several feet all around him it takes a lot of nerve and a brave fisherman to land one. A great many men only fish for the sport they get out of it as fish is a commercial food and has more health for people subject to consumption they are a cheat. A law ought to be enacted that would prohibit them from fishing, for they are cheating themselves, the fish and the people that love fish. There’s never a fish after fighting to get off the hook and thrown back that don’t leave a trial of blood, and the scent makes them as easy prey for the wolves (sharks) of the sea. Fishing in Florida waters is not quite the same as up here, and when one gets a strike it won’t do to loose your head. One trolls for most fish in Florida waters. Some of the fish are so savage they will bite on any moving object, and you can’t even mark the bait poison to keep some of them from following the bait when its pulled in the boat.
I think the News family would be pleased to have a few fish named, space would not permit naming them all: tarpon, kingfish, sailfish, ballahoo, whitefish, wahoo seatrout, porpoise, jewfish, shark, hammerhead shark, shovelnose shark, red shark, dog shark, barracuda, pompano, fool fish snake fish black shark, nurse shark, mullet shark. The mullet shark I have eaten when young they are very good eating. Bluefish, butterfish, grouper, red grouper, red snapper, sun fish, mango, snapper, cat fish, channel cat, and sea cat, flounder, lady fish, moon fish, angel fish, though why they call it angel I don’t know for they are as much like an angel as an octopus is like a sun fish. Florida waters also has a fish called the drum fish also a Key West grunt, I’ve never had the good fortune to hear the music of the drum fish, but I have heard lots of fish grunt for the way they are pulled out of the salty main is enough to put the grunt in any thing alive. I have heard fish bark as they were pulled out of the rivers in the west. They were not all dog fish either.
Shell mounds in Florida are of great interest to naturealists and there are many mounds throughout Florida. Some within the city limits, one 6th street and 7th avenue south is surrounded by the grounds of Mound park Hospital, for which it was named. They are supposed to be built by the Indians. Shells are used for building roads also in buildings and other things where cement and sand is used. I just recall other usage the shells of the shell mounds were put to. It will not do to give names and places as I have many friends there. A real estate company owned a tract of land a small island and conceived the idea of developing it and booming it for a town site. In their work of developing they excavated some human bones sending to the Smithsonian Institute for some one to come and examine it with the supposition they had found an ancient Indian mound that might have been used as sepulchers. Well the Smithsonian man of learning came, they gave him carte blanche. Then set back and tickled themselves with the thought of the free advertising they were going to get. Sent the learned men in their auto and dumped them on the ground. They started poking recognized it as recent origin paid no more attention to it. They poked and looked over the island coming to the other side they noted depressions and mounds or humps. Poking into them the upshot was, they uncovered and excavated thousands of dollars worth of Indian relics, consisting of bones, war implements and pottery. It don’t always pay to pat onesself on the back.
I think this is getting rather lengthy so will close. And heres hoping the News family enjoys my small effort to give them some of the fun by proxy I’ve enjoyed in person. I am
Ford B. Davis,
Middleburgh, N. Y.
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January 1925 – Died
Scutt – At Middleburgh, Jan. 21st. Mrs. George Scutt of Franklinton, aged 65.
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January 26, 1925 – Franklinton
Franklinton, Jan. 26. The eclipse was wonderful to behold.
A Mr. DeForest has hired the Franklinton house and will move in this week glad to welcome them to the place.
The funeral of Mrs. George Scutt was held in the church, Saturday at eleven o’clock. She leaves a husband two children, three grand-children, one brother, one sister and a host of friends. A sister-in-law and niece from Brooklyn, came to the funeral. They stopped with Mrs. Vernon Huse over Sunday.
Hiram Earls and wife were callers at Mrs. Angeline Benjamin’s, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hallenbeck and Mr. and Mrs. Kellie Foland attended church at Middleburgh Sunday, and took dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Van Wie of Fulton.
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February 1925 – Married
Wood-Wilber – February 28th, Mr. Leo Wood of Fultonham and Miss Flossie Wilber of Barron Hill.
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February 18, 1925 – Married At Schoharie -
On Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Community Parsonage of Schoharie, occurred the marriage of Miss Fanchon A. Dewell, daughter of Mrs. L. Maie Dewell of Breakabeen, and Mr. Dow Vroman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Vroman of Blenheim. Rev. J. H. MacConnell performing the ceremony. Miss Irma F. Travis of Schoharie and Mr. Ford Keyser of Blenheim being the attendants. After a wedding dinner at the home of the bride's attendant, Miss Irma Travis, the happy couple left for a short stay with friends, after which they will take up their residence at Blenheim, where they will be at home to their many friends.
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March 1925 – Four Deer Seen By Mr. And Mrs. Walter
On March 19th at 7:00 a. m., Walter Edwards and family saw four deer in Freemyer's lot in front of the Edward's house, they crossed over the brook and went towards the Walhalla Rocks.
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April 1925 - Communication
Franklinton, April 6, 1925
Editor of the News:
The Ladies' Aid Society of the Franklinton M. E. Church last week held their monthly business meeting in the parsonage. An hour was spent in social chat. A delicious dinner was served by the four hostesses, Mrs. Angeline Benjamin, Mrs. James Taylor, Mrs. Spencer Kniffen and Mrs. K. Foland. After lunch a musical program was rendered. Song by Master Clifford Taylor and was very much enjoyed. A handsome bouquet of flowers was given for the dinner table. After the dinner they were given to the sick of the village.
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April 8, 1925 - To Apply Torch To Gilboa
It is reported by an exchange that the city of New York is soon to apply the torch to the village of Gilboa and wipe it out. The village is within the great reservoir and there is no sale for any of the buildings in the village. The city has paid for them and wants them destroyed and the site cleaned before the gates of the dam are closed to retain the water.
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August 8, 1925 - Smile of President's Wife Worth $1,000,000 and Votes, Say North Shore Residents
First Lady of Nation is 'A
Real Girl,' Assert Neighbors, Finding her Clever at Pleasant Small Talk for
Which Coolidge Has No Faculty.
Swampscott, Aug 7. - Mrs. Coolidge's smile has won the hearts of most of the north shore of Massachusetts this summer.
The President's wife is a home woman, and she has stayed mostly in the background during the six weeks so far of Mr. Coolidge's vacation here - much less in the social spotlight than at Washington, where social events are inevitable.
Nevertheless, all classes of people up here are really enthusiastic in their appreciation of "Grace Goodhue Coolidge." Greetings on every hand, a smile and hand-waving greet her whenever she leaves the summer White House.
The President is greeted respectfully - with the restraint New England feels for a chief executive of the nation - but the first lady is "a real girl."
Her infectious and hearty smile, one old acquaintance of the family here asserts, is "worth $1,000,000 - and more votes - to Calvin Coolidge." The President has no talent whatever for small talk or table chatter on the subjects of golf, music or personality. He appreciates and enjoys hearing this sort of conversation, which seems necessary for social life, carried on by other people, and his wife is a skilful conversationalist.
A Polish count who was here the other day said Mrs. Coolidge had "joie de vivre" - a French idiom which may be translated roughly as "joy of life."
The people with whom she comes in contact - the neighbors, her swimming companions, the neighbors' children, the secret service men, and frequent callers at the summer White House all unite in praising her highly for her democracy and good nature.
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April 20, 1925 – Livingstonville
Livingstonville, April 20. Mr. geo. Ray of Illinois spent a few days recently in this village, looking after the welfare of his real estate holdings in the community, has rented the pasture land on the church property to Arthur Cook.
Miss Edith Losee is home from school for a two week’s easter vacation.
Mrs. Mazy Decker returned home with her daughter, Cora.
Mrs. Alice Auchimpaugh has returned home after passing the winter at Richmond Hill, L. I.
Mrs. Theodore Scutt sold her 150 R. I. Red chicks to L. D. Hess.
Several in the village are doing a good thing in the way of cleaning their surroundings.
Mrs. Alice Crosby has moved from her brother’s to Preston Hollow.
Charles Cain has sowed his oats on the Cal Decker farm.
It is reported that on May 5th the Scotts Patent, Smith and Bevins hearing before Justice Haskin will be resumed. There are now three court proceedings pending over the Scotts Patent Church.
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October 1925 - Chase Family Reunion Held At Schoharie -
Floyd Chase Of Middleburgh Elected President - Sixty Members Present -
Interesting and Enjoyable - Next gathering at Livingstonville
Sixty members of the Chase family gathered at Lasalle Park Schoharie, N. Y., on October 3rd, for their first reunion.
The committee in charge were: Mrs. Hattie Chase Dennie, Mrs. Edith Chase Dodge and Mrs. Bell Swart Rosecrans.
A bountiful dinner was served of which all partook and did justice to the many good things to eat. The center of attraction however, was a large cake on which were the words "Chase Reunion," this was the work of Mrs. Wm. J. Chase, sr., of Schenectady. Following the dinner a brief business meeting was held. In the absence of Mrs. Dennie, Mrs. Rosecrans acted as chairman and called the meeting to order. At this time officers were elected for one year as follows: President, Floyd Chase, Middleburgh; Vice President Wm. J. Chase sr., Schenectady; Secretary Edith Chase Dodge Gloversville; Treasurer Manola Chase Brundage, Gloversville; Historian, Hattie Chase Dennie. East Worcester.
Memorial committee were: Arthur C Chase Gloversville; Frank Chase Schenectady; D. A. Swart, West Fulton; Earl Dennie, Scotia; Earl Ploss Gloversville; F. C. Dodge and Mrs. Ethel Wood Fitzpatrick, Gloversville.
Greetings from absent members were read and very much enjoyed.
The next reunion will be held on August 14th, 1926, at the summer home of Wm. J. Chase and family at Livingstonville, N. Y.
The meeting adjourned, and all present voted the first Chase reunion a complete success and resolved to attend next year.
Games were enjoyed, pictures taken, and a program of readings rendered by the Misses Elsie and Georgianna Horstmyer of Schenectady and Mrs. F. C. Dodge of Gloversville.
Those who attended were: Mr. Albert Chase, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Chase, Sr., Mr. and Mrs Frank Chase and son Dewight, Mr. and Mrs. George Horstmyer son Chester and daughters Elsie and Georgeanna, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eldred and son Elmer, and Edgar I. Cottrell, of Schenectady ; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Chase, Jr. and Miss Ruth I. Ploss, of Albany; Mr. Floyd Chase, Middleburgh; Mrs. Fred Coager, son and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Truesdell and son of Prattsville; Miss Hazel Rosecrans Lewis, Gilboa ; Mrs. Janie Chase Swart and son D. A. Swart, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace English and two daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon E. Swart and daughter of West Fulton; Mr. and Mrs. Harold MacNeil and son of Richmondville; Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Rosecrans, Fultonham; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wood, Johnstown; Miss Dorothy Kelsey, Mr. and Mrs. L. Earl Ploss, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fitzpatrick and daughter Edna, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Wood and daughter Marion, Mrs. Ida Fox Chase, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Brundage, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Chase, of Gloversville; and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer H. Chase and son Newton E. Chase of Mayfleld, N. Y.
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October 18, 1925 - Married at Huntersland Sunday Morning
On Sunday morning at 9:15 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Coons at Huntersland, occurred the marriage of their daughter Maud to Leland E. Campbell, in the presence of the immediate friends of the families. Rev. A. J. Sunderland performed the ceremony. Ora Wager, niece of the bride played the wedding march. Miss Lillian Whers as bride's maid and Mr. Theodore Kania, friends of the groom acted as best man.
The bride was dressed in blue white silk Canton crepe, carrying a show bouquet of white roses. The bride's maid in blue Canton crepe carried pink roses.
After congratulations were extended the friends were invited to the dining room to be served to a very tasty wedding breakfast arranged by Mrs. Ora Petchtle, friend of the family. Roscoe Coons, brother of the bride, was the caterer. Assisting waitresses were Lora Wager, and Evelyn Coons, sister of the bride.
After spending a social hour, the bridal party left under showers of rice and confetti to their home in Schenectady carrying with them the best wishes of all pleasant.
The bridegroom is manager of an A. and P. Store in Schenectady on Broadway.
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December 1925 - Pollard Chosen Master If The County
Grange - Winter Meeting of Schoharie County Grange held at Richmondville With
Election of Officers
The winter meeting of the Schoharie County Pomona Grange was held in Recreation hall in Richmondville on Wednesday, December 2nd, when R. P. Pollard was chosen master for the two years. Worthy Master Frank Lawyer presided and Worthy Lecturer Alice M. Bouckk had charge of the literary program.
The Richmondville Grange entertained their visitors in a very pleasing manner, furnishing both dinner and supper. There was an attendance of 60 voting members at the afternoon session. The evening meeting was open to the public and many witnessed the installation of the officers elected for the next two years.
The list of new officers follows:
Master, Ray P. Pollard of Rock District; overseer, G. M. Simmons of Richmondville; lecturer, S. B. Patrick of Richmondville; steward, Ed. P. Brown of Fultonham; assistant steward, Chas. Briggs of Gallupville; chaplain, P. J. Colyer of Argusville; treasurer, M. K. Blenis of Breakabeen; secretary, Mrs. Frank Lawyer of Fultonham; gate-keeper, J. C. Gordon of Rock District; Ceres, Pearl Hilsinger of Rock District; Pomona, Rita Haynes of Fultonham; Flora Mrs. Mackey Smith of Breakabeen; lady assistant steward, Mrs. Chas. Griggs of Gallupville; member of the executive committee, Alice M. Bouck; county deputy recommended, R. W. Ellis; delegates to the State Grange, Ray F. Pollard and Mrs. L. M. Hastings.
Twelve new members were elected and initiated into the order. The evening program included a one act play and several musical numbers presented by the Marion Study club of Richmondville. The, Argusville delegates put on a playette. E. D. Day of Cobleskill helped with the music. Jay Gelder of Ithaca gave a talk on the subject of the G. L. F. Exchange. This was one of the most successful Pomona meetings held in some time. The March session will probably be held at Breakabeen.
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