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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1918

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We Are Talking About at the County Hub

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE

Surprise the Minister - Dairymen’s League and Civic Club Elect Officers - Woodchuck Thaws Out.

Rev. Oliver Towne of Ohio has declined the call to the pastorate of the Congregational church at Northfield.

A box containing 238 books was shipped this week from the Ogden Free Library to the American Library Association for use of the soldiers and sailors.

Jacob Wood and William Oliver Washburn, while trapping in Notch Hollow Wednesday morning, saw a woodchuck. There were several inches of snow on the ground at the time.

Frank Oles of Griswold street, Walton, exhibited his prize winning White Leghorn chickens at the Utica poultry show last week and won three first ribbons, including first premium on pen.

J. L. Ewell of Babylon, L. I., has sold his large farm at Hawleys Station, the Shaw place, to parties from the west. Possession given this week. The farm has been conducted the past year by Mr. Ewell’s sons.

Robert Blything has rented the store in the Lyon block, corner of Delaware and North streets, and will open a second hand store there in time for the Christmas trade. The store was formerly occupied by Martin’s 5 and 10 cent store.

At a meeting of the Walton Civic Club, held on Monday afternoon, Dec. 2, at the home of Mrs. Geo. Fitch, the following officers were elected for the coming year: Pres., Mrs. J. Burrell; 1st Vice Pres., Mrs. George Smith; 2nd vice Pres., Mrs. Roderick Fitch; Sec., Mrs. Frank G. Lyon; Treas., Miss Ethel Webb.

Word was received in Walton on Thursday morning of the death of Mrs. Sarah Delaney at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. D. Schultz, in Oneida. Mrs. Delaney was the widow of Thomas Delaney, and conducted the Riverside Hotel in Walton for a number of years. The body will be brought to Walton Sunday for burial.

At the meeting last Saturday of the Walton branch of the Dairymen’s League, George Gosper was elected president; Nathan Budine, vice president; A. G. Neal, treasurer; and L. D. McClenon, secretary. Another meeting, which all League members are urged to attend will be held in the court room of Walton Hall on Saturday of this week, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p. m. F. W. Smith, division field man for the Nestle Milk Company, will be present.

A Farmers’ Institute meeting will be held in Walton Hall, Saturday, Dec. 21, 1918, at 10:30 a. m. and 1:30 p. m., respectively. The meeting is under the leadership of Jared Van Wagenen, well known to all farmers, who will talk on subjects of vital interest to dairy farmers. Prof. C. O. Dubois of the state school and E. G. Brougham, County Agricultural Agent, will also be present and talk on subjects of interest to all farmers. A representative of the Home Economics Department will also be present and talk on subjects of interest to the ladies.

It is now “Colonel” Sherwood. This week J. Tyler Sherwood of Walton received an appointment as colonel of the 40th Regiment of cadets composed of boys coming under the military training law of the state. The companies of the regiment are located as follows: A, Walton; B and C, Oneonta; D, Deposit and Hancock; E, Cooperstown, Worcester, Laurens, Hartwick and Schenevus; F, Bainbridge, Sidney and Unadilla; G, Greene, Oxford and Delhi; H, Norwich, Mr. Sherwood is now drilling cadets in Walton, Bainbridge, Sidney, Unadialla and Norwich.

While Rev. Boyd White and sister Miss Emma, were visiting at the home of Hugh Luckey Tuesday evening, they were summoned to return to their home on Union street to entertain a caller. On arriving, they found the house filled with friends and members of his church. While surprised and embarrassed, Mr. and Miss White proceeded to give the uninvited guests a cordial welcome. The guests came well loaded with provisions, which the ladies prepared and served. John T. Doig, in behalf of the congregation, presented to Mr. White a purse of money as a token of their good will and as a pledge of their willingness to co-operate with and support him in his work.

A Community Christmas Tree will be held in Walton on Christmas night, December 25, in front of Walton Hall, Gardiner Place. The community Christmas Tree idea has been a great success in many cities and villages, and Sidney has made this a feature of the Christmas season for several years. While the details have not all been worked out, it is planned to have the tree decorated and lighted with electric lights. Christmas music will be played by the Walton cornet band and Christmas carols sung. The intention is to have a gift for every child under a certain age and to carry out this plan and to defray the other expenses, a public subscription is being asked for. Miss Ruth Haulenbeek is chairman of the committee in charge.

Stricken While Pressing Hay.

George Butts of Sidney, aged 75 years, died suddenly from chronic heart disease Tuesday, Dec. 3, while pressing hay on the David Gordon farm in the town of Oxford, Chenango county. He was working for Frank L. DeForest of Sidney.

CHRISTMAS ROLL CALL OF THE RED CROSS

“All You Need is a Heart and a Dollar” the Slogan

WEEK OF DECEMBER 16-23

Solicitors for the Walton Chapter Will Give Every Person an Opportunity to Become a Member.

The real significance of Christmas time has never been brought more forcibly home to the children of men of all races and climes than at this holiday season, when the world has been wrested from four years of turmoil. There is now “Peace on earth” and a world wide desire and endeavor to show good will toward all men.

The Red Cross Membership Roll Call is the universal medium through which every individual can express himself in action as being more grateful than words can tell.

The Red Cross appeals to you to respond to the appeals of those who call upon that organization, which the unfortunate know has a person touch with you.

Rid your minds of any feeling that the Red Cross does not need your membership. The need in certain lines of its endeavor was never greater. You surely are not now going to desert those who have sacrificed for the good of the world. Then, too, the return of the hitherto enemy occupied territory vastly increases the need for Red Cross work. There are still 2,000,000 of our boys across, and there will be two-thirds of this number there for months to come.

President Wilson summons you to “Comradship in the Red Cross.” The appeal is universal.

Join the Red Cross first and then with a clear conscience you can give and receive the full measure of the usual American Christmas time blessings.

Solicitors for the Walton chapter will give every individual an opportunity to take out the dollar membership some time during the week of December 16-23. The appeal comes from “over there,” not from the solicitors. They are agents bringing the great appeal to you personally. “All you need is a heart and a dollar.”

THE 1918 TAX RATES

Decreases Shown from 1917 Figures in Several Towns.

The general and highway taxes for the several towns in Delaware county are as follows:

1918 1917
Towns Gen’l Road Gen’l Road
Andes $25.75 $5.48 $32.08 $6.55
Bovina 11.60 3.50 12.28 3.50
Colchester 15.87 5.83 15.59 6.15
Davenport 15.83 4.62 14.30 4.52
Delhi 10.75 5.04 9.62 4.11
Deposit 16.62 4.36 15.49 4.67
Franklin 11.29 5.25 9.17 4.63
Hamden 15.83 3.35 18.21 3.31
Hancock 20.87 8.47 25.81 3.74
Harpersfield15.76 7.91 13.08 5.33
Kortright 10.12 2.39 7.40 2.04
Masonville 18.23 7.70 16.23 6.03
Meredith 8.12 3.19 8.40 2.78
Middletown 12.68 5.03 14.92 5.68
Roxbury 9.06 3.20 15.20 3.64
Sidney 10.20 3.68 8.36 3.31
Stamford 12.37 6.53 10.56 6.43
Tompkins 23.00 6.43 17.14 5.71
Walton 17.77 7.66 17.61 7.46

In towns in which are incorporated villages the road tax is levied only on property outside the village corporation limits.

Father Has Custody of Children.

Recently in Supreme Court chambers at Oneonta, Judge Kellogg granted an order placing Irene and Francis the two little children of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Williams, of Sidney, in the care of their father, who is asking a divorce from his wife, and restraining the defendant from interfering with their custody and control during the pendency of the action. At a hearing Friday before Judge Kellogg, at which no appearance was made of the defendant, the order was made permanent.

DEPOSIT WILL CASE SETTLED IN COURT

Question Whether Agreement With Father Existed

COW BELONGED TO JONES

Jury Find that Archibald Shipped Animal with Own Herd - Several Cases Settled.

The matters coming before the December term of the County Court, convened Monday at Delhi by Judge Lewis F. Raymond, were finally disposed of late Wednesday afternoon. Court was then adjourned by 9:30 a. m. Thursday, at which time the 12 jurors, who had served in the second of the only two actions tried during the term were finally discharged.

When court was called to order Monday afternoon at two o’clock very few lawyers were present; several of the jurors had not yet put in an appearance, and it was late in the day before the wheels of justice were put in motion. Of the eight civil cases on the calendar, only two were put down for trial. The following cases were declared over the term: L. W. P. Cortes against Michael Frisco, an action for recovery of money loaned; Ganiel Green in a suit against the Acme Lumber company for damages; Fred Hackett against Samuel More, an action for conversion.

The following cases were reported as having been settled: Ray Palmer against James Hubbel, on a note; Allen Hunt against Bert McIntosh, an action for breach of warranty; Arthur G. Barry against Otis Deyo, for breach of contract.

The jurors who sought to be excused on the plea of insufficient help on their farms were dis appointed, as Judge Raymond was not disposed to grant them full exemption from jury duty. However, he arranged so that some whose work was very pressing could go to their homes over night or during the day when they were not apt to be called, so they could attend to necessary chores. The following jurors, who had physicians’ certificates or rock-bound excuses, were let off for the term: Sherman Kinch, John R. Bryce and Fay C. Darling, all of Walton; George E. Gladstone, Margaretville, Herbert Hood, Downsville.

The first case tried was a contest over the probate of a will, an action from the Surrogate’s Court. Everett Blanshan of Deposit died in the latter part of last May, leaving two daughters, Mrs. Fannie B. Mills and Mrs. Maud E. Whiting. Only a short time before his death he drew up a will, in which he left $50 to his elder daughter, Mrs. Mills, and the residue of the property, consisting of a house and lot in Deposit, was given to the younger daughter, Mrs. Whiting, after a few small bequests had been made to other relatives.

Mrs. Mills opposed the probate of the will, claiming that several years ago her father had drawn up an agreement with his two daughters, by which the property was to be divided equally between them after his death, and they were to take care of the property and also of him during his lifetime. She also charged that undue influence had been used in getting Mr. Blanshan to make the will, and that owing to excessive use of liquors he was not in a proper mental condition to fully understand the contents of the instrument. Witnesses were produced to show that the agreement referred to had never been carried out, and had become of no effect. Both of the daughters testified that they had cared for their father for several years, and the evidence was conflicting on several points. After the greater part of the day had been taken up with hearing the various witnesses, the parties on both sides got together and made a settlement without letting the case go to the jury. Mrs. Mills was given $50 more than the amount originally willed to her by her father, and concessions were made by both sides. It is stated that the property in question does not exceed $600 in value, and there is a mortgage of $100 on the house and lot.

The other action tried was the case of William Jones against John Archibald, both parties being from the town of Middletown. Mr. Jones, who has a pasture lot at Arkville, allowed Mr. Archiblad, who is a drover, to pasture a herd of 19 cattle in the field there over night last fall. He claimed that after the herd had been taken out the next morning and shipped to New York city, one of his own cows was missing from the lot, and he charged that Archibald took it with his herd. This the latter denied, although admitting that an extra cow was found in the herd on the way to the train, but it was put back in the lot by some boys who were assisting in driving the cattle to the cars. Evidence differed as to whether or not the cow that was taken from the herd by the boys belonged to Mr. Jones, and there was also conflicting testimory as to an offer which it was alleged Mr. Archibald made to Mr. Jones for the loss of the cow. After being out about an hour, the jury brought in a verdict for the plaintiff, and awarded him $65 as compensation for the loss of his cow.

The other civil case set for trial, an action brought by John Ruff to recover from Andrew Michael for services rendered was settled by the parties concerned without being brought to trial, making four cases in all that were settled at this term of court by agreement.

NESTLE’S COMPANY RECEPTION

All Dairymen and Families in Walton Territory Invited.

A public reception for all the dairymen in Walton and surrounding territory and their families will be given by the Nestle’s Anglo- Swiss Condensed Milk company at their plant in Walton, the former Borden property, on Tuesday evening, Dec. 17, at 8:15 o’clock.

A good orchestra will be present, and there will be a number of vocal selections by local people. Refreshments will be served, and there will be cigars for the men. A flower will be given each lady present. F. W. Smith, division field man, E. G. McCoy, division plant superintendent and W. W. Lewis, the plant superintendent, and a number of officials from the company’s New York office will be present.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce and their families are invited to be present and meet the company officials.

During the past week a number of meetings have been held in various sections of the town, at which Mr. Smith has been present and has addressed the dairymen, explaining the company’s plans.

When the plant is opened January first, it is expected that a large volume of milk will be secured. Every dairyman in the Walton territory is urged to be present at Tuesday night’s meeting.

ITALIAN BURNED TO DEATH

Track Walker Loses Life When Box Shanty burns.

Bartelle Bacareto, an Italian track walker, was burned to death Friday morning, when a box car shanty beside the D. & H. tracks near the Worcester station was destroyed by fire. It is not known how the fire started, but it is thought that the Italian was ill and not able to save himself.

COUNTY HONOR ROLL

List of Men in Service From Towns of Davenport, Deposit and Hamden.

The publication of towns of an honor roll of the men in service from Delaware county was commenced in the Reporter recently. It is almost impossible to secure a complete list of the men in service from each town and readers or relatives of men whose names are omitted are requested to send them in. Men in the Student Army Training Corps and the various reserve corps, not called into active service are not included. The honor roll for the towns of Davenport, Deposit and Hamden are given below:

DAVENPORT.

American Expeditionary

Forces.

Blackman, Alvin, Davenport Center.

Beames, Chester, West Davenport.

Burdick, L. P., Davenport Center.

Callahan, Ernest W., Davenport.

Cooper, Layman, West Davenport.

Fisher, Charles A., Davenport.

Gildersleeve, Walter, Davenport Center.

Kollin, Russell, Davenport.

Larbell, Frank, Davenport.

Pick, Carl, Davenport.

Ross, Archie, West Davenport.

Schemerhorn, Clyde H., Davenport.

Warfield, Harold, West Davenport.

Army in U. S. and Navy.

Couse, Jesse, Davenport, army.

Craig, Lieut. Thomas L., Davenport, army.

Eggleston, Wm., Davenport, army.

Hall, Walter J., Davenport, army.

Maybe, Alvin, Davenport, army.

Moore, Walter, Davenport, army.

Miller, Clair, West Davenport, army.

McArthur, Harold A., Davenport, army.

Sickler, Grover C., Davenport Center, army.

Sheldon Arthur L, Davenport, navy.

Smith, Harry J., Davenport, army.

Stewart, Thomas H., Davenport, army.

Staneck, William, Davenport Center, army.

Whitlock, Claude, West Davenport, army.

Total, 28. Overseas, 14.

DEPOSIT.

Died of Disease.

Cable, Theodore W., Deposit.

Kohler, George, Deposit.

Wiest, Andrew J., Hambletville.

American Expeditionary

Forces.

Alexander, Earle, Deposit, 332nd Aero Squadron.

*Begeal, Archie, Deposit, Co. E, 307th Motor Supply Train.

Beilby, Smith G., Deposit, 3rd Division Hdqts.

Bush, Warren, Hale Eddy, Co. B, 105th Inf.

Bosket, Melvin C., Deposit, Co. M, 52nd Pioneer Inf.

Basto Wm. E., Deposit, Hdqts. Co. 54th Pioneer Inf.

Crumb, Andrew, Deposit, Co. A, 305th M. G. Bn.

Conklin, Fred, Deposit, Co. B., 311th Inf.

Constable, Maxfield, Deposit, Overseas Det. War Risk Ins.

Cole, Clair R., Deposit, Co. B, 54th Inf.

Crawford, Chester, Deposit, Batt. B, 106th Field Artillery.

Flaherty, Martin J., Deposit, Hdqts Co. 3rd Pioneer Inf.

Green, Lavern, Deposit, 841st Aero Squadron.

Gardiner, Paul, Deposit, med Dept. 309th Inf.

Gransbury, Harry, Batt. B, 106th Field Artillery.

Guyer, Milo, Deposit, Batt. F, 106th Field Artillery.

Getter, William, Deposit, 34th Service Co., A. P. O. 717.

Hoag, Ross, L., Deposit, Co. E, 102nd Eng.

Knapp, John C., Deposit, Co. H, 107th F. A.

Lobdell, Lawrence, Hale Eddy, 840 Aero Repair Squadron.

Lincoln, Harry A., Deposit, Batt. E, 106th F. A.

Nemire, Burton L., Deposit, M. G. Co. 7th Inf.

Pellett, Philip H., Deposit, Co. D., 53rd Inf.

Palmatier, Jesse J., Hale Eddy, Co. B, 18th M. G. Bn.

Pierce, Norman S., Deposit, Aircraft Acceptance Park No. 1.

Palmatier, Raymond Deposit.

Salisbury, Albert, Deposit, Co. B., 304th M. G. Bn.

Simpson, Clyde, Deposit, Co. K, 311th Inf.

Scott, Graydon W. Deposit, 107th Inf. Band.

Thomas, Leland S., Hale Eddy, Co. B, 304th M. G. Bn.

Travis, Ralph S., Hale Eddy, Co. C, 305th M. G. Bn.

Sanford, Morris, Deposit, Co. B, 105th Inf.

Vigus, Edwin, Co. K, 311th Inf.

Wright, Benj. F., Deposit, Tr. K, 3rd Cav.

Young, Robert, Barbourville, Co. K, 311th Inf.

*Registered town Hamden.

Army in U. S. and Navy.

Albee, Arthur W., Hale Eddy, army.

Basto, Earle, Deposit, army.

Beagal, Wm. M, Daposit, army.

Bauman, Ray C., Deposit, army.

Cass, Ray, Deposit, navy.

Cutting, Harry, Barbourville, army.

Cuyle, Clyde, Deposit, army.

Cook, Stephen R., Hambletville, army.

Daniels, Kenneth, Deposit, army.

Davidson, Ambrose, Hale Eddy, army.

Davidson, Ambrose, Hale Eddy, army.

Davidson, Oliver, Deposit, army.

Duren, Lloyd, Deposit, marine corps.

Edick, Chas. H., Deposit, army.

Fiala, Wm., Deposit, army.

Gifford, Leon E., Deposit, army.

Hendrickson, Clarence L., Deposit, army.

Hoag, Arthur, Deposit, army.

Hathaway, Edgar B., Deposit, army.

Hart, Olin, Hale Eddy, army.

Knapp, Roy, Hale Eddy, navy.

Knoodle, Elwood, Hale Eddy, navy.

Knapp, June, Deposit, army.

Knapp, Nathan, Hale Eddy, army.

Mills, Merton H., Barbourville, army.

Neff, John W., Hambletville, navy.

Richards, Joseph, Deposit, navy.

Scott, Lieut. Curzon, Deposit, navy.

Van Gorder, John J., Deposit, army.

Varian, Wm., Deposit, army.

Vigus, Charles, Deposit, army.

Wakeman, Ralph C., Deposit, army.

Clements Buchanan, Raymond Runk, Martin Rode and Cyrus Beebe were granted discharges after being in camp from 10 days to two months.

Total, 69. Men overseas, 35. Deaths, 3.

HAMDEN

Killed in Action.

Baker, Floyd, Walton, R. D.

Pratt, Leo, Hamden.

Died of Disease.

Belcher, Clinton, Hamden.

Salton, Stanley, Hamden.

American Expeditionary

Forces.

Ahlgren, Albert W., DeLancey, 357th Inf.

Bedford, Elmer F., Co. E, 403rd Tel. Bn.

Bush, Caleb, Hamden, Co. L, 54th Pioneer Inf.

Ballantyne, Clark, DeLancey, Co. H, 107th Inf.

*Beagle, Archie, Deposit, Co. E, 307th Motor Supply Train.

Crook, Atwood, Hamden, Co. D, 308th M. G. Bn.

Chambers, Henry J., Hamden, Hdqts. Co. 107th Inf.

Ganoung, Fred, Hamden, 102nd Field Signal Bn.

Laidlaw, Ivan T., DeLancey, Co. C, 102nd Fd. Signal Bn.

Latham, H. E., Hamden, Ambulance Co. 27.

Morris, Fred T., DeLancey, Co. F, 107th Inf.

Mallory, Wm., Hamden, Co. F, 107th Inf.

McDonald, Burton, Hamden, Hdqts Co. 107th Inf.

McClure, Charles, DeLancey, 14th Co., 4th Regt. Motor Mechanics.

Munn, Clifton, Walton, R. D., Co. K, 311th Inf.

Nagel, George, Hamden, Co. M., 52nd Pioneer Inf.

Newkirk, Harold, Hamden, Co. M., 52nd Pioneer Inf.

**O’Connor, Leo, Hamden, Co. F, 107th Inf.

Pratt, Benny O., Hamden, Co. F, 107th Inf.

***Ruff, Arnold E., DeLancey, Co. A, 336th M. G. Bn.

****Ruff, Fred W., DeLancey, Co. A, 2nd AntiAircraft M. G. Bn.

Salton, Robert C., DeLancey, Detachment 32nd Co. 20th Eng.

Stevens, Arney, DeLancey, Co. K, 11th Regt. Marines.

Stevens, George, Hamden, Co. F, 107th Inf.

Stevens, Stanley, Hamden, Co. F, 107th Inf.

Shaw, Howard, Hamden, Co. C, 102nd Field Signal Bn.

Shaw, Clayton, Hamden, Co. M, 305th Inf.

Snyder, Guy, A., DeLancey, 485th Motor Truck Co.

Utter, Raymond, DeLancey, Co. E, 39th Infantry.

VanAlstyne, Ray, Hamden, 307th M. G. Bn.

*Registered town of Hamden.

**Also credited Colchester

***Registered town Andes

****Registered town Delhi.

Army in U. S. and Navy.

Ainslee, Clifford, Hamden, navy.

Ainslee, Clifton, Hamden, navy.

*Brundege, Clinton, Granton, army.

DeWitt, Fred C., Hamden, army.

Francisco, Monte, Hamden, army.

Hulbert, Harrison T., Hamden, army.

Marsland, Lieut. Merwin, Hamden, navy.

Morris, Wm. S., DeLancey, army.

McClure, Hugh C., DeLancey, army.

Northrup, Harry, Hamden, army.

**Nurmela, Kosti Y., DeLancey, army.

Penny, Eward, DeLancey, army.

Scobie, Wm., J., DeLancey, army.

*Truesdell, Ahira, Stamford, army.

Sands, Claude, DeLancey, army.

*Registered town of Hamden.

**Discharged from service.

Total, 50. Overseas, 31. Killed in action, 2. Died of disease, 2.

FORDS NEED PROTECTION

Are Crowded Into Ditch by Larger Cars, Says Correspondent.

(From our Burnwood Cor.)

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Edwards, of Burnwood, met with a serious accident last Wednesday while driving to Roscoe in their car. While they were going up a long hill just this side of Roscoe, a large automobile came down the hill at a high rate of speed and smashed into Mr. Edwards’ new Ford, damaging it badly. Mrs. Edwards’ eye glasses were broken and she suffered painful bruises. Her husband was not seriously injured. The machine that caused the accident was from Binghamton. There are quite a few with Ford cars, which have escaped serious accidents by being run into the ditch by people with larger cars. People owning Ford cars should have the same privileges as people owning large ones, as long as they are tax payers, and the state road is supposed to be for the poor as well as the rich. In this vicinity when a Ford owner sees a larger car coming toward him, he has to scoot for the ditch to avoid a collision.

ARRESTED AS AUTO THEIF

Monroe Hotaling of Oneonta Faces Serious Charge.

Monroe Hotaling, a D. & H. trainman, was arrested in Oneonta this week in connection with the theft of a Hudson limousine owned by Jacob S. Andress of Hainsburg, N. J. Hotaling has admitted that he has sold a number of cars in the vicinity of Oneonta, but still insists that he had no knowledge that they were stolen cars. Severad of the machines were sold at East Meredith and other Delaware county places. Oneonta officers visited the home of Hotaling’s father at Bainbridge Sunday, and found the limousine stored in the barn. Young Hotaling will be extradited to New Jersey to face the charge against him.

MIDDLETOWN SUFFERS $300,000 FIRE LOSS

Tompkins Dry Goods Store Wiped Out by Flames

BOGART STORE IN DANGER

Goshen Fire Department Aided in Checking Progress of Fire - Business Pieces Suffer Damage.

The Tompkins dry goods store, one of the finest business emporiums in the city of Middletown, was wiped out by a fire which broke out about 2:30 o’clock Monday morning. The adjoining three-story building of the A. E. Ruggles Co. is in ruins, and the business places of McMonagle & Rogers, wholesale and retail druggists, the C. C. Bogart wholesale and retail tobacco company, the Up-to-Date store and the W. J. Startup furniture store are badly damaged. The total loss is estimated at $30,000. Defective electric wiring in the one-story addition to the Tompkins is believed to have caused the fire.

The Goshen fire department was called to aid in the work of subduing the flames, for at one time it looked as if a large part of the business section of the city would be wiped out. The Congregational church building nearby was among the structures endangered.

The Tompkins store was one of Middletown’s great shopping centers and the building and stock, valued at nearly $200,000 are a total loss. The Ruggles building adjoining is practically ruined.

The store of C. C. Bogart was not seriously damaged. Mr. Bogart is a Delaware county man, a former resident of Downsville. The windows were broken out of the front of his store, and a considerable quantity of stock was ruined. He was open for business Tuesday.

One of the first men on the scene was Officer B. S. Thompson, a former Walton man, now a member of the Middletown police force.

Elect Knapp Brothers Trustee.

A meeting of the creditors of the bankrupt Knapp Brothers bank at Deposit will be held in Binghamton next Tuesday, December 17th, to elect a trustee in the place of William M. Gregory, deceased.

ARMY OF OCCUPATION

Delaware County Men Represented in Units In Germany.

The American Army of Occupation which is now in German territory consists of five Regular Army, three National Guard and two National Army divisions. The divisions and the units of each in which are Delaware county men are as follows: First Division (16th, 18th, 26th and 28th Infantry, 5th, 6th and 7th Artillery, (1st Engineers); Second Division (9th, 23rd Infantry, 5th and 6th Regiments of Marines, 12th, 15th, 17th Artillery); Third Division (4th, 7th, 30th and 38th infantry, 10th, 18th, and 76th Artillery); Fourth Division (39th, 47th, 58th and 59th Infantry, 13th, 47th, 58th and 59th Infantry, 13th, 16th and 77th Artillery); Fifth Division (60th, 61th, 6th and 11th Infantry, 19th, 20th and 21st Artillery); Twenty-sixth Division (101st, 102nd, 103rd and 104th Infantry, 101st, 102nd and 103rd Artillery); Thirty-second Division; Forty-second Division (Rainbow) (165th, 166th, 167th and 168th Infantry); Eighty-ninth and Ninetieth Divisions, National Army. Walton men in the Army of Occupation include the following: June Hoyt, 18th Infantry; James Gillette and Harold Webster, 17th Artillery; Homer Gladstone, 7th Infantry; Earl Palmatier, 30th Infantry; Charles Darling, 38th Infantry; Frank Bogart, 47th Infantry, Charles E. Adams of Cannonsville is with the 26th Division. Palmatier and Darling were wounded and may not have rejoined their commands. As the divisions in the Army of Occupation are those which have been longest in France.

FIFTY SOLDIER’S BALLOTS

Walton Leads with 12, While Five Towns Have None.

Fifty of the soldiers’ ballots have been received by the Commissioners of Election, and will be distributed among the election districts of the several towns to be opened and canvassed next Tuesday, Dec. 17. The board of supervisors meets again as a county board of canvassers on next Thursday, Dec. 19. The ballots are distributed by towns as follows: Andes, Colchester, 3; Hancock 2; Davenport, Deposit, Franklin, Hamden, Harpersfield and Tompkins, 1 each; Delhi, 8; Middletown, 4; Sidney, 6; Stamford, 3; Walton, 15.

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