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Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ) – January 30, 1902
Legally Dead, He Still Lives
Hopewell’s Man Long Absence Led to Decree of the Court
Hopewell, Jan. 30. – Charles
France, a farm hand employed by Davis P. Voorhees, near Hopewell, has discovered that he has at the request of a brother been adjudged by a decree of the courts of Schoharie county, New York, to be judicially dead.
Mr. France is the owner of real estate in the village of Cobleskill in that county and entitled to the income of certain moneys during life and has been advised to take measures to have the decree of the courts reversed so that he may claim the inheritance.
The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – February 22, 1902
New York, Feb. 18. - The eastern part
of New York state from this city to the Canadian border was swept by a blizzard
such as had not been experienced for 14 years. Up to midnight reports showed
that 16 counties had received in full force the effects of the gale and the accompanying
fall of snow. These counties were Duchess, Orange, Ulster, Albany, Schoharie,
Schenectady, Montgomery, Saratoga, Essex, Columbia, Rensselaer, Washington,
Clinton, Oneida, Onondaga and Chemung. Thus it will be seen that all the eastern
tier of counties caught the storm and that it did not extend to the western
portion of the state, although expected there. There is a sameness about the
reports from the up-state towns. Anywhere from four to eighteen inches of snow,
wind blowing at a hurricane rate, drifts from six to, in one instance,
twenty-five feet deep are among the features, while there is iteration and
reiteration of delayed trains, impeded or wholly abandoned trolley service and
impassable country roads. The latest reports indicate that the worst is over,
for the wind is abating and in many places the snow has ceased falling.
The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – November
New York, Nov. 6. - Gov. B. B. Odell's
majority over Bird S. Coler, the democratic nominee for governor, is 12,887,
according to reports made by the county clerks to Albany. The reports to the
Herald show a plurality of 11,060. Gov. Odell carried all the counties with the
exception of Hamilton, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland and Schoharie.
The New York congressional delegation in the next house will be composed of 20
republicans and 17 democrats. There is still a possibility that Pugsley (dem.)
may defeat Otis (rep.) in the Westchester district.
The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – January 3, 1903
Probably the oldest team of horses in
New York is owned by a farmer in Schoharie county. The combined age of
the two is 70 years, one being 37 and the other 33 years of age. Notwithstanding
their extreme age the horses are still doing farm work, looking well and taking
three meals a day.
The Fort Wayne News (Fort Wayne, IN) – April 14, 1903
Murderer Is On Trial
One of the Six Toughs That Killed Night Patrolman
Another Is waiting Death at State Prison - Testimony Will Be Conclusive
Schoharie, N. Y., April 14. - The trial of "Canada Black," one of the six
men charged with the murder of Nightwatchman Matthew Wilson at Cobleskill
on November 19 will begin here today. "Dublin Ned," one of the gang who
confessed that he was present but took no part in the shooting and who is now
serving a term of nine years and eleven months in Clinton prison, will be
brought here to testify against "Black." "Sheeny" Harris, who has also
confessed, is in jail here and will testify against the defendant. "Whitey"
Sullivan was recently executed for his connection with the Wilson murder and
"Goat" Hinch is in the death house at Dannemora awaiting the decision of
the court of appeals in his appeal from a judgement of conviction of murder in
the first degree in connection with the case.
Democrat and Standard (Coshocton, OH) – August 4, 1903
This, That, and the Other
The following New York counties have had a diminished population at each successive federal census taken since the one taken after the close of the civil war: Chenango, Oswego, Putnam, Schuyler,
Schoharie and Washington.
The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, GA) - September 8, 1903
Dug Their Way From Prison
Three Desparate Men Escape at Schoharie, N. Y.
Albany, N. Y., September 7, - "Sheeny"
Harris, one of the gang of five that murdered Night watchman Matthew
Wilson, at Cobleskill, two years ago, and two other prisoners, Edward
Cain, colored aged 37, and James Kelly, aged 21, both charged with
burglary and grand larceny, dig their way out of the Schoharie county jail at
Schoharie some time between 10 o'clock last night and 4 o'clock this morning and
escaped. Three other prisoners were in the jail, but were locked in cells and
could not escape.
The Washington Post (Washington, D. C.) - August 26, 1904
What He Looked For
Schoharie Parker Supporter Loses in a Fistic Argument
(From the New York Tribune)
peaceful but busy precincts of the Republican county committee headquarters at 1
Madison avenue were invaded yesterday by a tall stranger, who said that he was
looking for trouble, and Roosevelt men. He found both before he left the
building, but his clothes were torn, his hat jammed, and he narrowly escaped the
clutches of the police.
"I'm from Schoharie County, and now that I,ve settled up my hop business I thought I'd drop in and tell you fellers that we're goin' to lick you this fall," said the caller to "Ed" Bodine, one of the committee clerks.
"That's your privilege if you can do it, but you can't do it," said Mr. Bodine, pleasantly.
"Roosevelt's war record ain't so much," said the hop grower.
"He's running on his record as President," said Bodine, reaching for a sheet of stamps.
"An' Parker is strong with the colored voters," suggested the trouble seeker.
"Yes, I suppose so," said Bodine. "The colored brethren keep right on running after the Democratic party, but usually it's with a club," said Bodine.
"Say," said the Schoharie man, "I dropped in here to lick some Republicans, an' if you want to do business with me, jes' step out into the hall."
That was a s far as the stranger got. "Ed" made a jump at him, hit him on the jaw, banged his head against the door casing, and then rushed him into the hall. The two men were "mixing it up fiercely," when the hallman came running up and gave assistance to Mr. Bodine. In less than five minutes it was all over, and Mr. Bodine was back at his desk, straightening the wrinkles out of his cuffs and telling his colleagues that he used to eat up a couple of Democrats every morning before breakfast in the Fifth assembly district, where Postmaster Van Cott runs the machine.
The stranger was a sight when he stepped into the elevator.
"I wuz lookin' for trouble, an' I run into it good an' plenty," said he to the elevator man. "It's my motto that all things comes to him who hustles while he waits," an' by a little hustlin' I got what wuz comin' to me. Up in Schoharie we ain't particular how a fight comes out so long as we are in it. I feel decidedly better, an' that feller in there is springier than I thought he wuz when I called on him."
The Iowa Recorder (Greene, IA) – October 5, 1904
D. Cady Herrick, nominated for Governor
of New York by the Democratic State convention, is a well-known jurist. he is at
present Supreme Court Justice of the State and Associate Justice of the
Appellate division. Judge Herrick, whose home is Albany, has served as
Corporation Counsel, and also has been District Attorney for Albany County. At
Esperance, Schoharie County, he was born, April 12, 1846, and he received his
education in the Albany Classical Institute. he was a strong Cleveland Democrat
and has antagonized David B. Hill bitterly for years.
The Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ) – September 9, 1905
Corporal Tanner Head of the G.A.R.
Other Officers Elected at the National Encampment in Denver, Colorado
Denver, Col., Sept 9. – The thirty-ninth annual national encampment of the Grand Army of the republic yesterday elected officers as follows:
Commander in Chief James Tanner, New York.
Senior Vice Commander in Chief – George W. Cook, Denver.
Junior Vice Commander in Chief – Silas H. Towler, Minneapolis.
Surgeon General – Hugo Phillier, Waukesha, Wis.
Chaplain in Chief – the Rev. Father J. G. Leary, Chapman, Kan.
Minneapolis was chosen as the meeting place for 1906.
The contest for commander in chief was the most interesting feature of the day’s sessions. Besides Corporal Tanner, dr. B. Brown, of Zaneville, O.; Charles Burrows, of Rutherford, N. J., and Charles G. Dutton, of Nevada, Mo., were placed in nomination. Burrows’ name was immediately withdrawn.
Sketch of Mr. Tanner
New York, Sept. 9. Corporal James Tanner was born in Richmondville, Schoharie county, N. Y., on April 8, 1844. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted as a private in the Eighty-seventh regiment of New York Volunteers. He was soon promoted to a corporalcy. In the second battle of Bull Run he lost both legs.
From the position of under doorkeeper in the New York Assembly, Corporal Tanner went to Washington, where he became a clerk in the War Department. In 1866 he came to this city, where he spent several years in the study of law. Having received an appointment in the New York Custom House, he was later made deputy collector under General Arthur. In 1876 he was made department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in this state.
Subsequently Corporal Tanner became tax Collector in Brooklyn maintaining this position from 1877 to 1885. After a short career as a lecturer and campaign speaker he was, in 1899, appointed United States Commissioner of Pensions. He resigned this position, however, after only a short term of office. In December, 1889, he was admitted to the bar. As a pension attorney, in later years, he achieved considerable success.
The Washington Post (Washington, DC) - September 17, 1905
Pastors Come Home
Dr. Van Schaick Found Rest in Maine Woods
Dr. Devries Visited Europe
Former Proved Better Fisherman Than Doctors of His Party - Canoe Upsets in Lake Rangeley and Occupants Had to Swim Ashore - Minister of St. Mark's Studies Cathedrals of Great Britain
Rev. Dr. John Van Schaick, jr., pastor
of the Church of Our Father, returned on Friday evening from a six weeks'
vacation spent in the North.
"Four of these," said Dr. Van Schaick last night, "were spent at my old home in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N. Y. My time there was taken up in riding horseback and visiting old friends. But I had gone there for rest, and when I found that the brotherhood of the religions had in that little neighborhood progressed to such an extent that I was invited nearly every Sunday to preach in one or the other of the churches of the different denominations, I determined to seek the wilderness, for I had my own flock to think of.
"Accordingly, I joined a party of half a dozen who were bound for the Rangeley Lakes, in Northern Maine, and in that delightful place we spent two weeks. We had a home camp, and thence we made little excursions into the woods, sleeping under the stars, where for every acre of land we had a million acres of sky. I was the only clergyman in the party, but every known school of medicine was represented among us. i am glad I did not get sick on that trip.
"Our great amusement was fishing. All the rest were experts, while I have never risen above the sordid worm. I was much struck with the fact, however, that when we wanted fish for dinner I was the one depended upon to supply the provisions. It may have been that my companions scorned to use their skill and many colored flies and all their intricate apparatus for such a commonplace purpose. To your real fisherman, fishing is an end, not a means. At all events, the quarry that scorned the glittering bait with which these past masters sought to allure them were easily beguiled by my humble grub. This made me necessary, but unpopular.
Doctor Upsets the Canoe.
"Sitting in a canoe one day a
short distance from shore, ballasted with a 250-pound doctor on a cracker box,
the box broke, the ballast shifted, and in a moment we were in the water. I
presume such things are uninteresting experiences, but for a few moments the
peace conference and things generally dwindled into insignificance while we
struggled ashore. Never have I been so much interested in anything as I was in
letting down my feet, feeling for bottom. However, we managed to scramble ashore
at last. No, I'm ashamed to confess that I did not at once offer up thanks for
my safety. I first addressed myself to building a fire and drying out, which
was, no doubt, reprehensible in one of my calling, but the water was very, very
"That is the healthiest spot on earth. In the short time of a fortnight I gained eight pounds, and laid in a store of strength that will stand me in good stead; but I think my glowing health was a great trial to the doctors. From the north woods I returned by way of my old home, and, after remaining a few days, came back to Washington last night, charmed with my trip and glad to get home again."
(The rest of the article is about Rev. Dr. William L. Devries)
The Evening News (Ada, OK) - December 23, 1905
A Rare Doubloon
William D. Gebhard, a Schoharie county New Yorker, holding a position in the United States sub-treasury, owns a gold coin which comes very near having a history. It is a Portuguese doubloon of about the value of $17, and is dated 1729. On one side it is inscribed “Ionnes V., D. G. Port, et Alg. Rex.” Around a woman’s head, and on the other is the coat of arms of Portugal. Its mintage mark is R., wherever that is. Its milling, or booking, instead of being of the modern design, is composed of a wreath, or chain, about the edge of the coin. It is, so far as the wear and tear of circulation are concerned, as new as it was in the year of its birth, for in that year it came into the hands of John Gedhard, burgomaster of Frankfort-on-the Main, and for 176 years, six generations, it has remained in the family. The sturdy burgomaster bequeathed it to his posterity with the proviso that it should not be parted with except for bread. Thus far no Gebhard of that family has needed bread sufficiently to part with the heirloom.
The Washington Post (Washington, D. C.) – January 24, 1906
Senate Ratifies many of President’s Nominations
. . .
New York – Abram R. Wyckoff, Geneva; Melvin J. Stearns, Massena; William L, Crothers, Phelps; George Trempor, Rhinebeck; Robert C. Bailey, Schoharie.
. . .
The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, GA) - August 24, 1906
Goes Visiting at Age of 102
(From The St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Winona, Minn. - If Mrs. Lydia Vine, of
Viola, Minn., lives until September 16, 1906, she will have reached the advanced
age of 103 years, making her the oldest living person in southern Minnesota, and
possibly in the state. Mrs. Vine in spite of her advanced years, is hale and
hearty and spends considerable of her time visiting among her friends and
relatives. She is the grandmother of Sheriff Vine of Rochester, and last fall
visited for a week with him. She has retained all of her faculties remarkably
well except her sight, her eyes having been failing her for the last eight
Mrs. Vine, notwithstanding her remarkable age, shows a great interest in the financial and other affairs of her children and grandchildren. She inquires in regard to their live stock and crops and gives them advice in many matters. She has a good appetite and eats three good meals a day. She always has dressed and undressed herself until last fall, when she began to grow feeble, and she is now in the care of her granddaughter, Mrs. Nellie Smith.
Lidia Grunnell was born in Schoharie county, New York, on September 16, 1803. She married Henry W. Vine in 1842. Nine children were born to them, five of whom are now living. The oldest child is 80 years old and the youngest is 57. She has fourteen grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren and ten great-geat grandchildren. She is the head of five generations.
In 1860 Mr. and Mrs Vine came west from New York to Michigan and in 1863 they came to Minnesota and settled on a farm in Viola. There she has resided since. Mr. Vine died there on March 17, 1892, at the age of 87 years.
Mrs. Vine is of a strong religious character. In early life she was a member of the Dutch Reformed church, and afterward she joined the Freewill Baptist denomination. But when she settled in Viola she united with the United Brethren church, of which she is the oldest living member.
Gazette (Stevens Point, WI) – August 10, 1910
Inventor Quits Company
George Westinghouse, who resigns the presidency of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing company, having, he says, virtually been “frozen out” by his business associates, has been recognized as one of the country’s greatest inventors since 1868, when he patented his air brake, now universally used on railroads. He has made many other inventions of great value. Mr. Westinghouse was born in Schoharie county, New York, in 1846. Her is a member of the French Legion of Honor and holds decorations from Italy and Belgium.
I t was not until after the reorganization of the company some years ago, when it went into the hands of a receiver, that Mr. Westinghouse first noticed that he was taking a secondary place in the business of the company – not voluntarily. The ventive genius made up his mind to retire entirely as active head of the firm which had been created from his brain and which through many years of hard work on his part has become one of the big corporations of the world. Mr. Westinghouse is a member of the board of directors whose terms expire in 1912, and he will remain as a director until that time.
Among the many inventions that are credited to the master mind of Mr. Westinghouse, besides the air brake, are a device for replacing derailed steam cars, various pneumatic devices for switching and signaling, a complete system for controlling natural gas and conveying it for long distances, adaptations for steam devices and similar creations. Mr. Westinghouse was recently elected president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Marion Weekly Star (Marion, OH) – April 13, 1912
Volunteer for Choir
Serag McQuorig, one of the leading Republicans of Schoharie, drifted into Republican state headquarters yesterday with the following Roosevelt story:
“I had a dream about Roosevelt the other night,” he said. “I dreamed he died and went to heaven. After St. Peter had shown him about and asked him what he thought of everything Mr. Roosevelt said:
“I like everything but your choir. Ought to improve that.”
“Well, what would you suggest?” asked St. Peter.
“Well, first off, send for ten thousand sopranos.”
“That’ll be pretty hard,” said St. Peter, “but if you say so, I’ll do it.”
“Then get five thousand altos.”
“Then ten thousand baritones.”
“Then you’ll have a real choir.”
“But how about the bassos?”
“O, I’ll sing bass.” – New York Herald.
Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) – February 13, 1925
Forgot About Fourth Husband As She Weds Fifth at Age of 26
Bennington, VT., Feb. 13. – An officer from Camden, N. J. arrived here today with extradition papers for Mrs. Harry R. Clinton, 26, called by the police “The Careless Little Bride.”
She forgot all about the fourth husband when she married her fifth, she told the authorities.
“But I’ll never marry another man as long as I live,” she added.
“The Careless Little Bride” is said by police to have confessed to marrying these men:
George O. Brown, Springfield, Mass., divorced.
Lester Cooper, Bennington, deceased.
Benjamin Hamlin, Patchogue, N. Y., divorced.
Fred Kniskern, Schoharie, N. Y., the man she forgot.
Harry R. Clinton, Camden N. J.
The officer from New Jersey said she was indicted there for bigamy.
Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, PA) – July 6, 1925
Pennsylvanians Past and Present
John Conrad Beissel, Founder of the Society of Ephrata,
Died There, July 6, 1768
By Frederic A. Goodcharles
John Conrad Beissel,
religionist, founder of the German religious society of the Seventh-Day
Baptists, at Ephrata, was born in Eberbach, in the Palatinate, Germany, in 1690;
died at Ephrata, Pa., July 6, 1768.
Conrad's father was a baker and he was apprenticed to that trade, but studied theology at Halle, where he became a Dunkard. To escape persecution on account of his religious belief young Beissel fled to America, about 1720, and settled at Mill Port, Lancaster County.
Having embraced the religious views of Alexander Mock he lived as a recluse for several years and at different places, and finally settled among the Dunkards at Muhlback (Mill Creek), Pa., as assistant to their pastor.
While living there he conceived that there was an error among the Dunkers as regards the observance of the Sabbath, and became an advocate of the seventh day as the proper one for rest and religious worship. He published a tract in 1723, "Buchlein Vom Sabbath," expressing his conviction that it was the seventh day that was commanded by the Lord to be observed. This was the first German book to be published in Pennsylvania.
The publication of this book caused a division in the society, and Beissel quietly retired to a cave on the banks of the Calaico Creek, where his hermit existence was for a long time unknown to the people he had left, and when discovered, many of the Dunkards at Mill Creek, who had embraced Beissel's doctrine, settled around him in solitary cottages. He also advocated the doctrine of celibacy.
In this new vocation they adopted the original Sabbath, the Seventh day, for public worship, in the year 1728; and from that period, this day has continued to be observed by their descendants. This was the first community of the Seventh Day Dunkards or German Seventh Day Baptists.
Four years later, in 1732, the solitary life was changed into a conventional one, and a monastic society was formed, the title of father (spiritual father) was bestowed upon Beissel, and his monastic name was Friedsam.
In 1733 this society founded the colony of Ephrata, eight miles from Lancaster. This colony received large numbers from Olney and Coventry, in Chester County, as well as a large number of Germans who came from Schoharie County, N. Y., and soon the entire congregation at Falkner Swamp joined Beissel.
Peter Miller came to America in 1730, and became pastor of the Reformed congregation at Tulpehocken. he was a classical scholar and able theologian, and after an interview with Beissel became one of his apostles, casting his lot with the Brother hood of Tpsrata.
here a convent for sisters was erected, and a corresponding monastery for the brethren, and later other buildings arose. They adopted the Bible as their guide and had all things in common. The strict celibacy some adopted was not obligatory. All adopted new names.
The buildings in this cloister afforded but rude and poor accomodations to the inmates. The ceilings were low, passages so narrow that two persons could not pass each other in them with very low and narrow doors. The cells were hardly large enough to hold a cot, with a small window, and containing only an hour glass and the most indispensable pieces of crude furniture. Their pillows were blocks of wood.
The people wore a cowl and gown of white - linene in summer, woolen in winter. All their cooking utensils, furniture and clothing were manufactured by the brethren.
There was a saw mill, flour mill, fulling mill and a paper mill. They made their own oil from flaxseed. Their printing plant turned out the finest publications.
Beissel was the spiritual head of the sect, to which he devoted all his time and labors, his secular affairs being entrusted to the management of others.
He is described as a man of pure morals, uncommon self-denial and sincere devoutness, though to a certain degree whimsical. Some of his followers regarded him as a second Christ.
Beissel was very musical and composed many hymns and anthems in German and Latin. His hymns appeared in collections published by Benjamin Franklin in 1730, 1732 and 1736, and in full by Christopher Sauer in 1739. he also published a mystical dissertation on the fall of man and a volume of letters. he left several curiously decorated manuscript volumes.
Soon after the death of its founder, the society at Ephrata began to decline, and few of the original features are now to be seen there. Although this was the first of its kind in America, the principal settlement of this sect founded by Beissel is at Snowhill, Franklin County, Pa.
The Helena Independent (Helena, MT) - October 20, 1926
Albany, N. Y. - Anyone want a
$7,000,000 dam for $61,000? Schoharie county is offering the Gilboa development,
part of New York City's great water supply system for the amount of taxes
claimed to be due. Father Knickerbocker insists there aren't any dam
taxes due, however, and will fight.
The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT) - May 18, 1927
Cement Worker Admits Murder of Wife's Lover
Albany, N. Y., May 17. - William
Haupt, thirty-eight, Howes Cave cement worker, has confessed to killing Edward
Wilkerson, fifty, because the latter had been too friendly with Mrs. Haupt, authorities of Schoharie county announced today.
Wilkerson's body was found on the highway with a fractured skull and a bullet through the brain. Wilkerson, a railroad worker, had been boarding at the Haupt home for the past few months. Haupt and his wife were separated two weeks ago, authorities said.
Clearfield Progress (Clearfield, PA) - June 27, 1927
Timothy Murphy, Expert Rifleman and Daring Scout and Soldier, Died June 27, 1818
By Frederic A. Goodcharles
One of the bravest and most striking Pennsylvania characters during the Revolutionary War was Timothy Murphy, who afterward settled in Schoharie County, New York, where he became a respected and honored citizen, and died at his home in Middleburgh, June 27, 1818, at the age of 67 years.
Many thrilling tales have been narrated about Murphy - some of them almost too good to be true. But the fact remains that he was an expert marksman, a fearless scout and soldier, and was feared by the Indians more than any other man living at that time.
Timothy Murphy was a native of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and early entered the Continental Army, where he was constantly used as a messenger or scout in the Indian country. He was enlisted in Morgan's Rifle Corps, in which he soon distinguished himself as an expert rifleman. He used a double-barreled rifle, and the Indians could not conjecture how he could discharge his rifle more than once without reloading.
Murphy fought the Indians in their own way, and with their own weapons. When circumstances permitted he tomahawked and scalped his fallen enemy. He boasted after the war that he had slain forty of the enemy with his own hand, more than half of whom he scalped. He took delight in perilous adventure, and seemed “to love danger for danger’s sake.” Tradition has preserved the account of many of his exploits.
In the battle preceding Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga, it was deemed expedient to order the death of general Simon Fraser, and Morgan selected several of his best riflemen to take such posts as they could find and do their duty.
In five minutes Fraser fell mortally wounded by a bullet from Murphy’s rifle. He had posted himself in a small tree, and saw the brave British General fall on the discharge of his rifle. Fraser told his friends before he died that he saw the man who shot him, and that he was in a tree.
A few days after the battle of Monmouth, Colonel William Butler, with a Pennsylvania regiment, and a detachment of Morgan’s Rifle Corps, was ordered to Tryon County, and took post at Schoharie. Among Morgan’s men was Timothy Murphy, and his exploits during this tour of duty were many.
When a detail was sent to the home of Captain Service, a noted Tory of Harpersfield, Captain Long and his men surrendered his house, when David Elerson and Timothy Murphy made Service a prisoner. Watching for his opportunity Service seized an axe and was aiming for Murphy’s head when a shot from Elerson brought him dead to the floor.
Murphy afterward accompanied General John Sullivan in the expedition against the Six Nations in Western New York, where he had a narrow escape from death, when he was captured with Lieutenant Thomas Boyd also of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, and a detachment sent to reconnoiter Little Beard’s Town. Joseph Brant treated his prisoners humanely, but they were turned over to Tory Colonel John Butler, who tortured Boyd and Sergeant Parker in the most cruel manner, but among the few who escaped this same fate was Timothy Murphy. He made his way to the main army and reported the fate of Boyd and Parker, and when the victorious army reached that place they tenderly buried their mutilated bodies.
Murphy returned to the Schoharie country and became enamored of a young girl of sixteen, named Margaret Feeck. Although twelve years her senior, yet his love was reciprocated. In spite of parental objections they fled, were married and returned to Schoharie, where they lived happily together.
Murphy was uneducated, but possessed a strong intellect, and exerted a strong influence over a certain class. He was an early friend of Hon. William C. Bouck, Governor of New York 1843-45, and was among the first to actively bring him forward in public life.
On March 15, 1784, an ice jam caused an overflow in the river near Middleburgh. In an attempt to save the family of John Adam Brown, a near neighbor, Murphy rescued his two sons, but Brown and his daughter were drowned.
Timothy Murphy died of a cancer in his throat, the foundation of which disease was supposed to have been laid at the time of the Brown rescue. The tombstones over the graves of this frontiersman and his wife bear appropriate inscriptions.
The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT) - March 15, 1928
Injured When Bridge Collapses
Five Seriously Hurt; Span Overloading by Crowd Viewing Auto Mishap
Schoharie, N. Y., March 14. - (By Associated Press) Thirteen persons were
injured, five of them seriously, when the west span of a bridge across Schoharie
creek collapsed here today. More than a score of persons were on the span at the
moment it collapsed, but the majority escaped injury either through chance or by
leaping to firm ground as the span fell.
Those on the bridge composed a group of spectators who were watching the extrication of an automobile truck which earlier in the day had broken through the bridge flooring. The weight of the crowd was too great for the strength of the span and it buckled, plunging the spectators into six feet of water and in some instances burying them in wreckage.
A half dozen doctors from nearby towns were summoned to the scene and a call put in for ambulances from Albany hospitals. Rescue work, directed by two state troopers, was conducted from a small boat and canoe and from the shore.
The seriously injured, all of this village, were rushed to Albany hospitals.
Bedford Gazette (Bedford, PA) – June 28, 1929
Active in Aid of Cause of Liberty
Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania Patriot and Long Friend of Washington
At his home in the Tulpehocken valley, fertile in soil and rich in German tradition, a park of 25 acres is dedicated as a memorial to
Conrad Weiser of whom Washington said: “This man serves the colonies well. Posterity will not suffer him to be forgotten.”
Born in Germany in 1696, Colonel Weiser left that country during the religious persecution in the Rhine valley in 1710. With several thousand Palatinate Germans, he settled first in the Schoharie section of New York. Here at the age of fourteen he lived for a time with the Indians and learned their language, which enabled him in later years to render his country inestimable service.
During the French and Indian wars Colonel Weiser rendered a service of national scope to the Colonies. Through his diplomacy he prevented the powerful Iroquois Indians from fighting against the Colonists. – Kansas City Star.
The Adirondack Record - Elizabethtown Post (Au Sable Forks, NY) - January 9, 1930
County Agents to Broadcast On Farm
Will Talk Over WGY Every Tuesday Noon
Essex County Agent Among Speakers
a luncheon held at the Hotel Van Curier, Albany, Monday noon, December 16,
fifteen county agents, Lincoln D. Kelsey, assistant county agentleader of New
York state; Morse Salisbury, chief of radio service of the United States
department of agriculture, discussed plans for the inauguration of a series of
radio programs which began on Tuesday of this week. These weekly programs will
bring to the farm radio listeners practical developments in the field of farm
research and the solution of many of the common farm problems. The county agents
who will appear before WGY microphone in turn will discuss the control of
important crop and livestock diseases, methods of improving crop production, the
control of insect pests and timely information on various agricultural projects.
This addition to the WGY agricultural broadcasting rounds out a farm service unsurpassed in completeness and practical value by any broadcasting station in the eastern part of the country. Following Mr. Kelsey's outline of a six month's schedule of radio addresses, Morse Salisbury, chief of the radio service of the United States department of agriculture outlined the work of his division of the Federal department and contributed a number of helpful suggestions to improve the effectiveness of the proposed radio series. Following Mr. Salisbury's remarks and a general discussion, the meeting adjourned.
The following county agents were present and will part in the broadcasts: H. B. Davis, Albany county; A, C. Buchholz, Columbia county; F. R. Smith, Essex county; C. W. Radway, Franklin county; H. L. Hoyt, Fulton county; E. G. Brougham, Greene county; C. M. Austin, Montgomery county; J. D. King, Rensselaer county; H. B. Little, Saratoga county; R. F. Pollard, Schoharie county; Clarence Johnson, Schenectady county; S. H. Fogg, Warren county; C. M. Slack, Washington county; R. W. Foote, Clinton county.
Also in attendance were Lincoln D. Kelsey, Morse Salisbury, and these representatives of General Electric: F. H. Winkley, W. L. Harraden, W. A. Howe, C. F. Bateholts, and G. E. Markham.
The program as arranged at this meeting will consist of ten minute talks, which will be given every Tuesday noon at 12:30 o'clock. The first of these, given on Tuesday, consisted of introductory remarks by the fourteen county agents. The following is the program for the remainder of the scheduled season, giving first the subject of the broadcast, the date, the name of the speaker and the county which he represents:
Farm Inventory & Accounts, Jan. 14, H. B. Little, Saratoga.
Vegetable Garden Culture, Jan. 21, Clarence Johnson, Schenectady.
Pruning Fruit Trees, Jan. 28, E. G. Brougham, Greene.
Fertilizer Recommendations, Feb. 1, F. R. Smith, Essex.
Farm Forestry, Feb. 11, Ray Pollard, Schoharie.
Seed Recommendations, Feb. 18, C. M. Slack, Washington.
Fruit Spray Information, Feb. 25, A. B. Buchholz, Columbia.
Vegetable Plant Disease, Mar. 1, H. B. Davis, Albany.
Care of Ewes at Lambing Time, Mar. 11, R. W. Foote, Clinton.
Better Seed Potatoes, Mar. 18, C. W. Radway, Franklin.
Alfalfa Suggestions, Mar. 25, H. B. Little, Saratoga.
Producing Quality Milk, Apr. 1, C. M. Austin, Montgomery.
Healthy Chicks, April 8, Clarence Johnson, Schenectady.
Use of Pedigrees in Cattle Buying, Apr. 15, F. R. Smith, Essex.
Rodent Eradication, Apr. 22, C. M. Slack, Washington.
Control of Common Fruit Insects, Pests and Diseases, May 6, A. B. Buchholz, Columbia.
Improvement of Permanent Pasture, May 13, H. L. Hoyt, Fulton.
Sheep Pastures, May 20, R. W. Foote, Clinton.
Pollination in Fruit Trees, May 27, J. D. King, Renssealaer.
Poultry Feeds & Feeding, June 3, H. B. Davis, Albany.
Our Milk Supply and Demand, June 10, C. M. Austin, Montgomery.
Passing of Hop Industry, June 17, Ray Pollard, Schoharie.
Poultry Cutting, June 21, S. H. Fogg, Warren.
Healthy Dairy Cattle, July 1, E. G. Brougham, Greene.
Dairy Barn Arrangement, July 8, J. D. King, Rensselaer.
farm Woodlots, July 15, H. L. Hoyt, Fulton.
Waukesha Freeman (Waukesha, WI) - July 17, 1930
Surround Negro Who Badly Wounded Sheriff
Schoharie, N. Y. - A posse of nearly 350 civilians and about 50 state troopers
surrounded a negro who escaped into the woods on Warner hill after shooting Henry
The posse sent calls to state police barracks for tear gas bombs and it was believed the capture of the fugitive was imminent.
Steadman was taken to Ellis hospital in Schenectady for an operation, which it was hoped would save his life.
The shooting occurred in Steadman's office in the county building. two negroes had been brought in by a deputy and a state trooper to be lodged in jail after having been sentenced to 15 days each by a justice of the peace at Sharon Springs. The charge against them was not known as the commitment papers were locked in the sheriff's safe.
Burlington Daily Times (Burlington, NC) – July 17, 1930
Officer Shot By Negro Is Dead
Schenectady, N. Y., July 17. – (AP) – Sheriff
Henry Steadman of Schoharie county who was shot by a negro yesterday at his office in Schoharie, died at a hospital here today.
Schoharie county officials said they would arraign the negro, Herbert Johnson, who was captured, on a first degree murder charge. The negro had been committed to jail for driving without a license. He was believed wanted in Virginia.
The Record Post (Au Sable Forks, NY) – March 5, 1931
A lifelike picture of C, G. Mallett,
Cobleskill, Schoharie county, N. Y., merchant, appeared in the Albany Evening
News of Friday, February 27, 1931. He is retiring from business after 41
successive and successful years in Cobleskill, having come to Schoharie county
from Campton, Pa., in 1890. He is married and has a daughter, Mrs. Robert H.
partridge of Elizabethtown.
The Adirondack Record - Elizabethtown Post (Au Sable Forks, NY) - September 24, 1931
Charles H. Crandall Visits Elizabethtown
Charles H. Crandall,
native of Charlestown, Montgomery county, where he was born in 1857, who was a
school teacher and is now retired and lives in Albany, recently spent a day in
Elizabethtown where two of his friends, the late Frank A. Naylor and the late
Charles H. M'Lenathan, studied law in the late judge Augustus C. Hand's office.
Mr. Crandall knew the Roscoes of Schoharie county and made a pleasant
call at "Fairview," where he picked up the link connecting the Roscoes
of Essex county with those of Schoharie county. just as Mr. Crandall was
leaving town for Albany he had the good fortune to meet and have a short chat
with Harry H. Roscoe, a brother-in-law of the late Charles H. M'Lenathan.
Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) – March 2, 1932
1832 – Edwin C. Bissell, Congregational clergyman-educator, born in Schoharie, N. Y. Died April 10, 1894.
Newark Advocate (Newark, OH) – May 13, 1933
George Collier of Schoharie, N. Y., is a house guest this week at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Cary Jones on West Elm street.
Mansfield News (Mansfield, OH) – November 18, 1933
Westinghouse, Inventor, Dies
Director of Electric Company Was 80 Last Thursday
New York – Henry Herman
Westinghouse, chairman of the board of the Westinghouse Air Brake company, died today at Goshen, N. Y. He was 80 years old last Thursday.
Mr. Westinghouse also was a director of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing company.
He was a mechanical engineer and inventor, and the founder of the engineering firm of Westinghouse, Church, Kerr and company, of New York. He was born in Central Bridge, Schoharie county, N. Y.
Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV) – November 7, 1935
Local Option Wins Out in N. Y. Town
Summit, N. Y., Nov. 6. – (UP) – This town voting on local option went dry by a majority of 29 votes.
The general trend was democrat in the village of Schoharie. Nine supervisors were democratic; seven republicans.
Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV) - October 1, 1936
Shortest Railroad Given Up After 69 Years of Activity
Middleburg, N. Y., Oct. 1. - (AP) - One of the world's shortest railroads, the
sixty-nine-year-old Middleburg and Schoharie, had stopped operations today.
Its one train, No. 2, had finished its last run and now - in the words of General Manager Merton Shaul - "There she sits."
Since 1867 the four-mile-long M & S was a famous institution in Schoharie county.
When the last shipment of a half-ton of freight was unloaded, Engineer Page Wood and Fireman Danny Dence ran their train (a high-stacked engine, forty years old, and a solitary box car) up to the roundhouse.
"We're stopping service for good," officially proclaimed Shaul, the railroad's only other employe.
The Helena Independent (Helena, MT) - October 1, 1936
Short Rail Line to Go Out of Business
Schoharie, N. Y., Sept. 30. - (AP) - Page and Denny and Merton will be out of a
job tomorrow when the Middleburg and Schoharie railroad - one of the world's
shortest carriers - suspends, a victim of the motor truck.
For 67 years the road, measuring 5.7 miles, has been hauling farm products and for many years Engineer Page Wood, Fireman Danny Dence and Station Agent Merton Shaul have been the only men on the payroll.
Lima News (Lima, OH) - March 20, 1937
For $11,000 a junk dealer bought “the world’s shortest railroad” – the 5.7 – mile line between
Middleburg and Schoharie, N. Y.
Amelia Earhart began her scheduled 33-stop flight around the world.
The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune (Chillicothe, MO) - August 30, 1937
Boy Swimmer Forgets Train
Schoharie, N. Y., (UP) - Harold Bouck, 15, has a grudge against the night
mail train. Bouck went swimming near the railroad trestle, then hung his bathing
trunks out to dry. he chose the railroad tracks as the drying place, however,
and the night train ripped them into shreds.
Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, WI) - October 29, 1937
Violence Breaks Out in New York Milk Strike
Utica, N. Y. - (AP) - Violence flared over a widely scattered area in upstate
New York's milk strike today as strike advocates and non-strikers clashed over
the delivery of milk to several dairies.
Nearly 50 cans of milk were dumped in Franklin, Schoharie and Delaware counties and strike pickets resorted to Highway blockades to halt deliveries.
Dairy farmers in 18 northern and eastern counties are striking in an effort to obtain higher prices - $2.50 per hundredweight for November milk testing 3 per cent butterfat.
Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, WI) – October 30, 1937
Milk Dumped By New York Strikers Near Plattsburgh
Albany, N. Y. – (UP) – Striking New York state dairymen dumped thousands of gallons of milk today and sprinkled highways with tacks to prevent non-striking farmers from delivering their product to distributors.
Members of the dairy farmers’ union pushed their strike for higher prices into its third day and dumped 3,000 gallons of milk; belonging to non-striking farmers near a Plattsburgh plant.
The strikers deluged a non-union truck driver and his assistant with milk when they attempted to run the picket line at the entrance of the Plattsburgh Dairy company plant.
A highway west of Chazy was sprinkled wit tacks.
In Schoharie county where hundreds of gallons of milk were dumped yesterday, a county sheriff accompanied each truck carrying milk to the Sheffield Milk company plant at Richmondville.
The Adirondack Record - Elizabethtown Post (Au Sable Forks, NY) - March 24, 1938
Apple Surplus Over Last Season
A permanent New York State Apple Industries Committee, headed by W. J. Birdsall,
supervisor of the State Division of Markets, was announced a few days ago by
Holton V. Noyes, agriculture commissioner. the committee will be charged with
disposal of the state's surplus 1937 apple crop, estimated by Noyes at 2,500,000
bushels over that in storage a year ago. Other committee members: Weston Rider,
Germantown; George Morse, Williamson; E. Stuart Hubbard, Poughkeepsie; W. Edward
Bishop, Sodus; A. E. Ollson, Albany; E. V. Vedder, Schoharie and Jerome
Bradley, New York city.
Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV) – May 13, 1938
Smudge Pots Used To Combat Frost
Schoharie, N. Y., May 13 (AP) – Smudge pots made their first appearance in the Schoharie valley last night to protect fruit against threats of frost.
Long Beach Independent (Long Beach, CA) – February 16, 1940
Nothing Happens So It Makes Good Story
Joseph Nobellino had his car serviced before going on a trip to Paterson, N. J. After he left the mechanic found he forgot to replace the steering wheel nut. Luckily, Nobellino made it to Patterson without incident.
The Helena Independent (Helena, MT) December 26, 1940
Curious Twist in History
A story about the Iroquois Indians and
colonists in Schoharie County during the Revolution. The story relates how the
Indians "agreed they would remain neutral or would join the colonists. then
a strange epidemic beset the Indians and carried off large numbers of
them." most of them then went over to the British side.
The Helena Independent (Helena, MT) April 30, 1942
Judge D. M. Durfee, Veteran of State Bar, Dies
Took Part in State Constitutional Convention in 1889
Judge David M. Durfee, 86, was born in
Schenectady county (sic), New York, July 22, 1855 and received his
"preliminary educational training in the Schenectady county schools at
Schoharie academy, Schoharie, N. Y."
The Record-Post (Au Sable Forks, NY) November 12, 1942
Metta Swan Begor
An obituary for Metta Swan Begor of
Moriah mentions her daughter Mrs. Herbert McCasland, grandchildren Gray
and John McCasland, and son-in-law Herbert McCasland; all of
Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) December 6, 1943
Albany Mother, Baby Slain
Sophia Meyer was killed by a shotgun blast and her eight-week old baby,
Ernest Jr., was killed by knife wounds by the father Ernest Meyer Sr.
Mr. Meyer was in City Hospital, Albany, with self-inflicted knife wounds
The Berkshire Evening Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) July 26, 1945
Discharges reported to Draft Board 123
included "Howard P. Yanson, 45 Oswald Avenue, now of Schoharie, N. Y."
Denton Journal (Denton, MD) November 16, 1945
Corporal Dick Ccholet celebrated
getting out of the Army with an ice cream party in the park in Cobleskill.
Twenty gallons of ice cream were consumed in 500 cones by 150 youngsters
The Berkshire Evening Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) April 2, 1946
Two School Board Members Leaving Town
New Lebanon, N. Y. - Cyrus R. Temple resigned from the Board of Education
of the New Lebanon Central School because he was moving to Schoharie to enter
the contracting business with former New Lebanon resident Clark E. Grant.
Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, WI) – September 19,
Mr. and Mrs. Nieman, Muskego, Return from Visit to Historic Hudson Valley
Story about Mr. and Mrs George
Nieman of Muskego and their visit east to study some family history. They spent
time in Gilboa where some of their ancestors lived. Schoharie County names
mentioned were Lavarlette Ellarson, David Ellarson, Judge Dow Beekman, Rufus
Ellarson, and Mrs. Bruce Buell.
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (Walla Walla, WA) - January 7,
Police Shoot Hunted Man
After murdering his wife in a subway station in New York City, and forcing
himself into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Lewis and
their two year old son, Richard, Alphonse Rocco was shot to death by
police in Patchin Hollow.
Portland Press Herald (Portland ME) - September 9, 1948
Mentions that Mr. and Mrs. Tillman Parsons were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
William Andrews of Schoharie, N. Y.
The Berkshire Evening Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) - February 24,
Frederick Meins of Schoharie was fined $10 for speeding.
Lowell Sun (Lowell, MA) – January 11, 1950
Three Die in Nursing Home Fire
Elderly Patients are Victims at Cobleskill, N. Y.
A flash fire in a Cobleskill nursing home caused the deaths of Mrs. Myra Bellinger, 65, of Central Bridge; Mrs. Freda Knochemus, 71, of Carlisle; and Mrs. Iola Crippen, 66, of Dorloo. Four injured persons were Willis Crippen, 72 of Dorloo; Mr. and Mrs. William Martin, both 79, of Cobleskill, and Alfreda Hick, 78, of Newark, N. J.
Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV) – April 23, 1950
Reservoirs Flood As Iodide Pumped Into East Cloud
Story about Schoharie reservoir flooding after engineers seeded clouds near Stroudsburg, PA with iodide crystals.
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) – June 7, 1950
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skiff and daughter, Terry,
spent the week end with Mrs. Skiff's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs.
Donald McLaughlin of Schoharie, N.Y.
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) – December 4, 1950
Physician Wins $2500 on Veterinarian Label
Dr. John H. Wadsworth, Cobleskill physician, won a $2500 suit against the telephone Company for listing him as a veterinarian.
Iowa City Press Citizen (Iowa City, IA) – March 24, 1952
Takes Mother, Then Her Son To Hospital
Storey about an ambulance that took Anna Peck of West Middleburgh to an Albany hospital. Ambulance stopped for an accident during its return trip to Schoharie and then transported Andrew Peck to the same hospital.
The Berkshire Evening Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) – April 2, 1952
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skiff spent the week end in Schoharie, with Mrs. Skiff's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Donald McLaughlin.
The Berkshire Evening Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) – August 6, 1952
Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Mclaughlin and their daughters, Mary Grace and Judith of Schoharie, N. Y., spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skiff of Canaan, N.Y., and Mr. and Mrs. William Kinser of Richmond.
Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) – May 15, 1953
Bombs and Baseball
A picture of an 11-man air combat crew on Okinawa are wearing Milwaukee Braves caps. The crew members are Lt. Charles G. Shea, Framingham, MA; Lt. Harold W. Moore, Richmond, VA; 1st Lt. David E. Edwards, Franklin, PA; 1st Lt. Harold S. Rummel, Colorado Springs, CO; S/Sgt Troy D. Tignor, Fort Worth, TX; 2nd Lt. Joe M. Trotter, Columbia, SC; A/1C Donald R. Chirnside, Fulton, MO; A/2C Robert E. Manly, Roodhouse, IL; A/1C Wayne E. Hummel, Harrisburg, PA; A/2C John Carlson, Valley Stream, NY; and A/2C
Paul Mayer, Schoharie, NY.
The Adirondack Record - Elizabethtown Post (Au Sable Forks,
NY) - June 4, 1953
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lashaway of
Schoharie visited parents Mr and Mrs. Henry Lashway.
Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, PA) – October 8, 1953
Woman Agrees Time For Change
Esperance, N. Y. – Mrs. Alice Markle declined the democratic ticket for town clerk after serving eight years because her daughter,
Mrs. Esther Brown, was running on the Republican ticket.
Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, WI) – August 12, 1954
A Restaurant Success Began with Hard Luck
Story about Mr. and Mrs Moseman
of Schoharie and their restaurant that specialized in chicken.
Oxnard Press Courier (Oxnard, CA) – August 14, 1954
Schoharie, N.Y. – (U.P.)
– During a recent 92-degree hot spell, Schoharie County officials disclosed that
it cost more than $127,000 to remove snow from county roads last winter.
Bennington Evening Banner (Bennington, VT) - August 31,
Jacqueline Howe Wed To Brant Schneider
Jacqueline Howe of Hoosick falls married Brant L. Schneider of Hoosick Falls.
She was presently on the staff of the Central School
Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, PA) – October 17, 1955
10 Are Dead in New York Flood Areas
A story about flooding in New York.
4,500 had to flee their homes and 10 were dead. "Schoharie Creek roared into the streets of Middleburg and Schoharie in Schoharie County and Fort Hunter in Montgomery County. It rose to 21 feet above normal at Middleburg."
... "Fifty families left their homes in Middleburg and about 200 persons left their homes in Schoharie."
Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV) – December 22, 1956
Just in Time
Mrs. Edward Foote, of Summit, N. Y. gave birth to a son only three hours after the initial opening of the community hospital in Cobleskill.
Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV) – October 4, 1957
Story from Middleburgh about Rollin
Bouck, 71, being the youngest in a family of three daughters and four sons. The siblings were
Mrs. Viola Radick, 89, of Schoharie; Mrs. Inez Young, 88, of Selkirk;
Tilden Bouck, 82, of Schoharie; and Tobias Bouck, 80, C. Brewster
Bouck, 75, and Mrs. Mattie Wormer, 73, of Middleburg.
Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV) – October 10, 1957
Paragraph about the Old Blenheim bridge being the world’s longest covered single span wooden bridge at a length of 232 feet.
Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) – May 23, 1958
Oberlin Senior Will Present Recital Monday
Elisabeth Becker, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Donald C. Becker, Schoharie, N. Y., presented a piano recital at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where she was a senior.
Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – June
Whiting Really Made A Name For Himself
Story about George A. Whiting,
founder of the Whiting-Plover Paper Co. and the Wisconsin River Pulp and paper
Co. Mr. Whiting was born June 6, 1849 in Gilboa, a son of Charles and
Katherine (Efner) Whiting. He died in Wisconsin at the age of 81 on July 17,
Clearfield Progress (Clearfield, PA) – January 12, 1959
Marriage License Applications
Donald Joseph Smith, Schoharie, N. Y.; Margaret Virginia Flanagan, Clearfield.
Clearfield Progress (Clearfield, PA) - April 16, 1959
An obituary for Irvan Schnarrs, 79, of Erie, mentions a son, Frank Schnarrs
of Schoharie, N. Y.
Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV) – April 21, 1959
History Department Head To Be Honored at Banquet
Story about Dr. Charles Roger Hicks who was retiring after 35 years in the University of Nevada department of history and political science. Dr. Hicks was born July 9, 1888 in Charlotteville, N. Y. and started his teaching career in 1907 as a rural school teacher in Schoharie County.
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) – May 13, 1959
Story about Unity Star Chapter, OES, Lebanon Springs, mentions attendance by
Margie Lee Johnson of Middleburg, Ella Gibben of Schoharie district,
and Joanna and Fred Teeple of Schoharie chapter.
The Record-Post (Au Sable Forks, NY) - May 19, 1960
Schoharie Church Became Fort, Now Museum
A short story about the Old
Stone Fort Museum.
Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV) – June 14, 1962
Pythian Leaders Honored Guests
Amity Lodge No. 8, knights of Pythias entertained the grand officers of the Pythian Grand Lodge at a banquet in Pythian Hall.
Mrs. Irene B. Estenes, Junior Past President of the BPW club in Schoharie, N. Y. was a guest.
Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) –
September 14, 1962
Village Gains When Banker Reinvests
Story about John D. Holmes,
president of the Bank of Richmondville, buying the town a swimming pool and a
fire truck and having the roads paved in the Richmondville rural cemetery. He
also gave Hartwick College a girls' dormitory.
Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, PA) – February 13, 1963
Asian Flu Sweeps East US
Story about the Asian Flu in the United States says:
“The Sharon Springs Central School in Schoharie County, N.Y., closed its doors for the week after 135 of the 425 students and eight faculty members developed a flu-like ailment.”
Holland Evening Sentinel (Holland, MI) – April 23, 1964
Grand Haven Hires 8 New Teachers
. . .
Judith Ann Loveys, of Schoharie, N. Y., a graduate of Hope College and Western Michigan University, will be the new library cataloguer in public schools.
Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) – December 9, 1964
McGiver is Classic Case of Type-Casting in TV Role
Story about John McGiver, his wife, and children Brigit, Maria, Perry, Basil, Clare, Oliver, Ian, Clemens, Boris, and Cornelia moving from their home in West Fulton to Schoharie for his role in the TV series “Many happy returns.”
Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter (Fond du Lac, WI) - July
A short story about the covered
bridge in North Blenheim being designated a national landmark.
Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) – January 25, 1974
Owen McBride takes a bride in Christmastime ceremony
in Schoharie of Owen McBride of Mount Prospect and Karen Muller, daughter
of Mrs. Peter Muller of Schoharie. Bride was given in marriage by
Robert W. Given of Schoharie.
Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) – April 23, 1974
Wild Swan Visits School
Story from Schoharie about a swan living in Schoharie Creek showing up at a local elementary school everyday for lunch. The children and swan got used to each other.
Lima News (Lima, OH) - September 10, 1975
Character Actor Dies
West Fulton, N.Y. (AP) - John
McGiver, age 62, who had roles in “Midnight Cowboy” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” died of a heart attack. He was stricken at his home in West Fulton and was pronounced dead at Cobleskill Hospital.
Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, PA) – March 31, 1976
Short story about the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie.
Frederick Post (Frederick, MD) – March 15, 1979
Two men hurt seriously in I-70 two-car crash
Story about a car crash in
Maryland where John Stoddard, 21, Schoharie, was a passenger in one of
the vehicles. Mr. Stoddard was member of the U. S. Navy and stationed at
Baltimore. He was not injured in the crash.
Lethbridge Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) - January
What Calm Country Life?
N.Y. (AP) - Arlene Shako, 33, works 200-hectare Brentwood farm in
Schoharie County with her husband Stephen Shako. She is one of a growing
number of counsellors working to build stress-management programs in rural
Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) – October 22, 1999
51 Injured in School Bus Crash
Story about a school bus from Albany, NY colliding with a dump truck at the intersection of Route 30A and Route 7 at Central Bridge injuring 51 children. The school bus was traveling to The Pumpkin Patch.