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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1918


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Testimonial for Mr. Hopkins - Red Cross Needs Funds - Dairymen Organize.

William Burghardt has closed his garage on Delaware street and entered the employ of G. M. Parker in his garage.

Donald S. Berray, bugler in Company G, 107th Infantry at Camp Wadsworth, S. C., is home on an eight day furlough, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berray.

The rule prohibiting licensed dealers from dealing in live or freshly killed hens until April 30 has been amended by the Food Administration to end at midnight Friday, April 19.

The moving pictures of the battle of the Somme, furnished by the British and French governments in the interest of the Liberty Loan, will be shown at Walton Hall next Thursday evening.

Vincent, the young son of Mrs. Burt Litts of Read’s Creek, fell down the porch stairs at the Litts home Wednesday and sustained a fracture of the right arm above the wrist. Dr. W. R. Gladstone reduced the fracture.

B. M. Kilpatrick, director of the Dairymen’s league, organized a branch league at Mundale Tuesday with about twenty five members. A meeting in the interest of the Farm Bureau will be called in the Mundale church next Thursday evening, April 25.

The Risley Lumber Company has started to rebuild its store at Rock Rift which was destroyed by fire last summer. The new structure will be a two-story building consisting of a storeroom on the first floor with a hall and auditorium on the second. R. S. Jones is building the structure.

The Walton chapter of the American Red Cross is receiving about $150 a month from the pledge card system. As nearly twice that sum is needed to meet the monthly bill for expenses, it will be seen that either some outside source of revenue must be found, or the pledges increased in amount.

Henry L. Seely and Howard R. St. John attended a meeting in New York Thursday in the interests of the Red Cross War fund campaign, which will open May 20. A year ago one hundred million dollars was raised in the country for the Red Cross War Fund, and this has all been appropriated for relief in France and Belgium.

Mrs. Agnes Robinson Kilpatrick celebrated her ninety-seventh birthday on April 10th at her home on Griswold Street. Mrs. Kilpatrick, in spite of her advanced age, is still active and alert and takes a great interest in current events. Her memory is unimpaired and she can recall very clearly events of many years ago.

Some farmers were still making maple syrup the first of the week. The season has covered a period of several weeks, and the run of sap has been one of the best in years. Owing to the scarcity of sugar, it is believed that here will be a demand by candy manufacturers for maple sugar, which will furnish a good market for the product.

The late afternoon train from Delhi frightened a horse driven by Ira Gregory Monday. Mr. Gregory, who works for H. C. Conner, was on the river road above Haverly’s mill when the train came down. The horse became frightened and started to kick and run. The horse broke the whiffletrees and the wagon slewed around and threw Mr. Gregory off. The horse broke loose and ran as far as Harvey Goodrich’s store, Delaware street, before being stopped. Mr. Gregory had one arm injured.

Miss Ethell Snodgrass of Munsey Indiana, has been sent to Walton by the federal government to act as county conservation agent in co-operation with the Farm Bureau. Miss Snodgrass will take up the same line of work as carried out by Miss L. Frances Clark last year. A meeting of the old executive committee in charge of the home economics work was held in Walton last week and a list of names for a new executive committee suggested. The members of the new committee will meet in Walton on April 27th to organize. A program of food demonstrations will be arranged later.

Several hundred of the employees of the Ontario & Western railroad gave a smoker in the Masonic Temple, Middletown, Wednesday evening, as a testimonial of their regard for Charles H. Hopkins, who recently retired as division superintendent after many years of service. A special train, donated by the railroad company, left Walton shortly after 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and arrived here on the return trip at 5 o’clock Thursday morning. Mr. Hopkins was presented with $600 in gold by the railroad employees as a token of their esteem. Those from Walton present were B. H. Stowe, George Geer, George Williams, U. S. Hawley, Clair Knickerbocker, Clyde Baxter, E. W. North, B. G. North, S. C. St John and Clyde Chase. Frank H. White and Harrison Hulbert of Hamden also attended the smoker.


Governor Accused of Breaking Pledges to the Farmers


Attempt by Executive to Break Up Federation by Offers of Fat Jobs To Officers Charged.

The meetings of the New York State Federation of Agriculture now being held throughout the state are giving the politicians the shivers. The farmers have so long been considered as “easy marks” for the politicians that to see them meeting and talking like a lot of revolutionists and refusing to take any further stock in the Greeks bearing gifts is inspiring. The meeting held in Walden recently is a fair example of what is being talked at these gatherings. At that meeting the following accusations were made:

First, that it was sought unsuccessfully to break up the federation with offers of lucrative jobs to its officers.

Second, federation officers were warned that if they did not quit their warfare upon Whitman their business credit would be assailed and the courts might give unfavorable decisions in cases in which they were financially involved.

Third, that men in the interest of Whitman visit the series of federation conventions throughout the state and do all possible to disorganize the movement.

The charges above outlined were made in open convention by Secretary J. T. Bush and Vice President Samuel Fraser of the Federation. They were uttered in the presence of three hundred representative farmers, ninety per cent of them Republicans, from Orange, Ulster, Delaware, Sullivan and other southern counties.

The disclosures followed a query put by William Trueman, an Ulster county farmer. Following a short outline of the Federation’s purpose by Vice President Fraser, Mr. Trueman said:

“The trouble has been that farmers have repeatedly been sold out when they have formed organizations for their own protection. What guarantee have we that this federation will not be sold out?”

“I’ll answer that,” declared Secretary Bush, as he opened with an attack upon the governor. He said:

“We have established this federation for the very purpose of preventing a sell-out of the farmers through the governor or anybody else. The Albany administration has constantly misrepresented this federation. The governor himself has charged me with being a Democrat and alleged that Democrats are running the federation.

“That is lie number one. I have always been a Republican and have been a delegate to Republican state conventions. The only time that I have not been a Republican was when I voted for Colonel Roosevelt for president. They tell me that Roosevelt is a pretty good Republican now. The governor has sent men to break up our meetings. I serve notice that before we are through with those Albany politicians we will nail some dirty hides to the fence.

“Certain men have been notified

Wm. P. Rodgers, our treasurer, that unless he quits fighting the governor he may expect an adverse decision from the courts in a case in which he is financially involved.

“Personally, I have been offered the secretaryship of the Food and Market Council at $6,000 a year, if I would quit the federation and come into the Whitman camp. My answer was, ‘I am not to be bought.’ Chairman Glynn of the Republican state committee, said to Master Sherman J. Lowell, of the State Grange: “The governor and I are going to take care of you agriculturists all right: haven’t we given G. T. Giles, of the grange, a job? Haven’t we given another one to Dr. Porter?”

“They gave Giles his job after Master Lowell of the grange had indignantly spurned an offer of the commissionership of agriculture on condition that he join in giving the governor a third term. There may be Benedict Arnolds who are trying to sell us out. If they are they must be very, very careful. We are not for sale.

Vice President Fraser corroborated Secretary Bush’s allegations. He said:

“I know personally of the offers of office made to Master Lowell of the State Grange and to Secretary Bush. I know how they were indignantly rejected. I also know of other men in this federation besides Treasurer Rodgers who have been warned that cases in court may be decided against them.

“I have a case of my own. They are after me, too. But I shall continue the fight to give the farmer a square deal in spite of threats and offers of personal financial gain from the Albany crowd that have betrayed the farmers and lied to their representatives.”

“Governor Whitman promised us a year ago that representative farmers would be appointed if we would help him put through the Farms and Market legislation,” said Charles W. Burkett, editor of the American Agriculturist. “How did he keep that promise? He appointed John Mitchell, a coal miner, and Pratt, an oil man. When we protested he withdrew these nominations and agreed that we should name representatives farmers for their places. How did he keep this agreement? He reappointed Mitchell and Pratt.

“Let me tell you that the farmers will never wear the yoke of political expediency.”


Important Gathering of Dairymen in Delhi Thursday.

A county meeting of the Dairymen’s League was held Thursday of this week in Delhi and was attended by delegates from nearly all the branches of the league in the county.

Edward R. Eastman, formerly county Farm Bureau manager, was the speaker at the meeting.

The county meetings are being held in order that the league officers may present the facts regarding the milk situation directly to the league members. During the past month the situation has not improved much. Great Britain has bought a large quantity of cheese and condensed milk is being shipped in larger quantities to the neutral countries, but there is still a troublesome surplus.

The federal commission is expected to announce the price of April milk within a few days. A lower price for both May and June is looked for on account of the flush of milk in those months.

On Saturday, April 27, there will be the greatest series of dairymen’s meeting ever held in the state. The hour of the meetings is to be set by each local branch and may be in either the day or evening.

The purpose of this great meeting drive is to transact several very important matters of business and to get the tremendous concentrated power of the whole organization back of the same business propositions at the same time.

Perhaps the most important question at these meetings will be that of getting every member in the organization to pay his one per cent per hundred towards the support of the league organization. It is unfair that a part of the membership should pay for the benefit which all receive. If every member pays his dues, there will be enough money to help pay local league expenses. These meetings come at a time when farmers are busy, but no doubt most of them will be held in the evening that the attendance will be very large because of the importance of the business to be transacted.


Binghamton, Oneonta, Norwich, Middletown No License


Their Vote a Deciding Factor for Temperance Forces in Many Cities.

Twenty of the thirty-nine cities that voted on the local option propositions this week went dry, while nineteen decided to retain license. Among the cities which voted against the saloon are: Auburn, Binghamton, Batavia, Canandaigua, Corning, Cortland, Elmira, Fulton, Gloversville, Hornell, Ithaca, Jamestown, Johnstown, Middletown, Norwich, Oneonta, Oneida, Plattsburg, Salamanca and Watertown.

Those which voted to license the sale of liquor were: Amsterdam, Beacon, Genesee, Glens Falls, Kingston, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Newburgh, Little Falls, Lockport, Ogdensburg, Olean, Oswego, Port Jervis, Rome, Schenectady, Syracuse, and Tonawanda.

In Syracuse license won by about 10,000.

Of the cities in this section Oneonta went dry by 2,200; Binghamton by 3,300, Norwich by 400, and Middletown by 800.

In Oneonta the vote on saloon license was 1240 in favor and 3531 opposed, an adverse majority of 2291.

The election was held for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, under a special law, in order that the women’s vote might be handled, as no provision had been made to increase the number of election districts. In the dry cities which voted no license the dry regime becomes effective on October first. Oneonta has long been a dumping ground for Delaware county drunks, but with the nearest wet cities Kingston, Syracuse and Port Jervis, the nuisance should be abated and the highways made once more safe from intoxicated motorists.


Enos Drake Met Death On Way Home From Joy Ride to Liberty.

(Special to Reporter.)

A fatal accident occurred on the state road near Liberty, Sunday night. A party of four men had come from Corbett, near Downsville, reaching Liberty about dark. They started home at eleven o’clock. All the men in the party are said to have been more or less intoxicated. The machine ran into the fence somewhere between Liberty and Parskvlle.

In the back seat were two brothers named Drake and both were thrown out. The older brother, Enos Drake, was put back in the car unconscious from the fall, though the party, did not know the man was hurt until they reached Roscoe, where Dr. Miller saw the man and found that he was dead. An investigation is now going on and there is trouble ahead for some of the booze merchants of Liberty.


Second Call Will Follow in Fifteen Days


Change in Selective Service Regulations Will Benefit the Walton District.

Twenty-seven men have been called from the two Delaware county districts to leave for Camp Dix, N. J., on Tuesday, April 30. They will leave Walton at 8:06 in the morning, going by way of New York. Fourteen go from the Walton district and thirteen from the first, or Delhi district. They are part of the increment of 150,000 on the second draft call. An increment of 49,000 more is to leave between May 10 and May 15 for the regular army posts to fill regular army organizations to full strength. For this increment each of the two Delaware county districts will probably furnish about seven men. A call for the voluntary induction of 12,000 skilled men in addition to the above will close on April 27.

The men from the two Delaware county districts who will leave April 30 are given below, but the lists are subject to slight changes:

From District I, Delhi. Order No. Name 588 Carl Walter Kroneck, Fleischmanns. 612 Francisco Moneta, Colchester. 619 Benj. Birtcher, Hancock. 642 Sherman DeLong, Grand

Gorge. 651 John Z. German, Arkville. 653 Chas. B. Mullen, Cooks

Falls. 697 Floyd Lewis, Colchester. 708 Ray W. Marks, Margaretville. 730 Horace Infusine, Delhi. 731 Hiley, Kittle, Arena. 738 Harry P. Hunt, Delhi 744 Arthur Mierki, Hancock. 1223 John Stanley Bussey, Margaretville.

Alternates. 758 Leroy Bessemer, S. Kortright 765 Henry J. Miller, Pepacton 795 Fred B. Foote, Hobart. 808 Ralph L. Wheelock, Hancock.

From District II, Walton.

72 Chas. T. Buck, Stamford. 90A Herman Peake, Walton. 375 Claude J. Scott, Rock Rift.

411 Wm. P. Bruce, Walton. 449 Ichabod Sprague, Walton. 575 Herbert J. Higgs, Sidney. 716 William N. White, Walton. 742 Joseph Marone, Sidney. 816 P. Pelusa, Sidney. 830 Joseph E. Aldrich, Stamford. 830 Joseph E. Kelly, Stamford. 838 George Curley, Norwich. 857 Ward Nichols, Harpersfield. 885 Chas. R Seymour, Hancock.

Alternates. 896 Kenneth Daniels, Deposit. 901 Burton Harder, Meridale. 906 Fred Conklin, Deposit. 935 Robert Young, Barboursville.

The House of Representatives on Saturday passed the bill advocated by the War Department to base draft quotas on the number of registrants in Class I instead of upon population. The senate had previously passed the measure. An amendment to base the quotas on total registration and liability to military service was defeated. An amendment directing that credits on quotas be given for all volunteers in the military or naval service since April 1, 1917, was adopted.

The change will be of great benefit to the Walton district. The Delhi district has nearly twice as many registrants in Class I as the Walton district but in the first draft the Walton district had to furnish three more men than the first district.

The change will mean that no men in Class II in this district will be called for service in this district until all the men in Class I throughout the country have been drafted. With the increment of selected men who leave April 30th, the Walton district will have furnished thirty-eight men on the second draft quota and when the quota is apportioned and proper credit given the calls on the district should be greatly reduced. About ninety remain on the available list in Class I in this district, and something like twice that number in the Delhi district.


Double Tragedy in Home of Former Burnwood Man.

(From our Burnwood cor.)

Repeated cries of a three year old son for his mother caused the police to break down the door of the home of Mrs. Clifford Horton in Utica last Thursday.

They found the mother dead on the floor and her two sons, aged nine months and three years, weak from lack of food. The baby died in a hospital an hour later. The father went away about a week before looking for work and a letter in the mailbox delivered Tuesday and read by the coroner, announced that he had found employment at Hancock.

Mrs. Norton was last seen by neighbors on Monday and her body indicated she had been dead several days. She was about 28 years of age.

Mr. Norton at the time was working in Hancock where he had come the week before. He arrived home at the request of his wife, who wrote to him that she was not feeling well, but upon his arrival in Utica found that his wife and child were both dead. Clifford Norton is the son of L. Norton, formerly of Burnwood. Mrs. Norton was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lang of Hancock.


Win Litigation With Risley Lumber Co. After Four Years.

H. C. Stratton, Esq., of Oxford, has filed his decision in the case of Harry D. Arbuckle, Jennie P. Arbuckle and Agnes Ward against Risley Lumber Company, Burton J. Cotton and Mabel A. Barnhart, which is in favor of the plaintiffs. This action has been in court for nearly four years, and during the eight hearings which the referee has held during the time a large amount of evidence has been taken, both as to the question of early titles to lands and as to the value of the timber cut and removed from this particular piece of real estate.

As shown by the referee’s findings a summary of the matter is as follows: The action was commenced in the Supreme Court in the year 1914, and was originally brought for trespass on the part of the Risley Lumber Co. for taking and removing the timber on the lands owned by the plaintiffs in the town of Andes below Shavertown. At the first trial it developed that defendants Cotton and Barnhart alleged some part of titled gained by adverse possession and at the February term of the court, 1915, the plaintiffs were allowed to amend the complaint. The action was then in the form of ejectment as well as to recover damages for the removal of the timber. A case of the record title of plaintiffs against the adverse claims of the defendants.

A century before the lands in question were owned by Samuel Ver Planck, whose title came from the English crown. In February, 1817, he leased the property to Phillip Barnhart, Jr., and Christian Barnhart for the term of their natural lives, the rent to be two fowls for the first seven years and $12 a year thereafter. The lessees were to make many improvements which should all be surrendered with the land at the expiration of the lease. Christian Barnhart died in 1848 and Philip, Jr., in 1871, and his death terminated the lease according to the stipulations thereon. Some of the descendants continued to occupy portions of the premises and then gave quitclaim deeds, alleging adverse possession.

Through their father, the late Judge D. T. Arbuckle, and by virtue of numerous conveyances, transfers and deeds, the plaintiffs succeeded to the title in fee simple. The referee states that before the commencement of this action the plaintiffs were ever since, have been and now are the owners. Two members of the Barnhart family gave to defendant Cotton quitclaim deeds to the lands and after he had the quitclaimed back to them the land, reserving the timber of every kind. Cotton then sold to the Risley Co., the standing timber on the property for $2,860, in June, 1913, the company paying down on the contract $1,160.

During the remainder of that year the Risley Company cut and removed a large part of the said timber, in all 412,000 feet of lumber and timber. The referee finds that the plaintiff, being owners of the land are entitled to recover the sum of $3,153.25, and that judgment be entered for that sum against Burton J. Cotton and Risley Lumber Co., and further that plaintiffs are entitled to immediate possession of the premises. That the costs of this action be taxed against all the defendants, by the county clerk of Delaware county.

The attorneys in the case were: F. W. Youmans and A. C. Curtis of Delhi and Alva Seybolt of Oneonta for the plaintiffs; Wm. F. White of Walton for Risley Lumber Co.; Neish & Neish for Mr. Cotton; A. D. & C. N. Peake for Mabel Barnhart.


Substitutes Must Be Bought at Time of Purchase of Wheat - After Violators.

The federal food administration’s rulings will be strictly enforced in Delaware county. A federal inspector has been in the county and as a result, one firm has been ordered to close their business three days for failure to comply with the regulations governing the sale of flour. Other merchants are under investigation.

While rye flour is not now a substitute for wheat, it may be purchased without buying a substitute with it. Formerly substitutes had to be bought with rye the same as with wheat. With every five pounds of graham or whole wheat flour three pounds of substitutes must be purchased.

The following are the latest regulations received by A. J. Courtney of Walton, the federal food administrator, and should be carefully read and observed by both merchants and their customers:

In each sale of wheat flour substitutes must be sold in all cases at the time of sale, no person is exempt from buying substitutes because he may have on hand buckwheat flour or corn meal of his own raising.

All retail dealers should now buy granulated sugar based on the $7.40 price at the refinery; if not, please report to food administrator

It is expected that plans will shortly be worked out so that everyone one may take an ample supply of sugar for canning during the canning season.

All bakers must now use 25 per cent substitutes in the baking of bread and rolls; this doubtless will be increased to 30 per cent before long. In the baking of pies, fried cakes and cake 33 1/3 per cent must be used.

Every licensed dealer in this country must use on all sale slips, bill heads and letterheads his license number.

All cheese in storage must be marketed before June 15th unless a special permission is given by the food administration to hold such cheese longer.

The great problem of winning this war rests largely on the loyalty and sacrifice of the American people in the matter of food, and every one that possibly can should plant a war garden.


Mrs. Mary Wheeler of Delhi New District Deputy.

The 14th annual session of Delaware Rebekah district was held at Walton on April 17th under the supervision of the district deputy, Flora Robinson. There were thirty-two delegates present from the different lodges; the assembly president, Anna VanAkin, of Kingston, was also present.

Mrs. Mary Wheeler of Delhi was recommended as the next district deputy. After the business meeting an entertainment for the guests, including a drill by the past grands of Gardiner lodge was given, and was enjoyed by all present.

The banquet was held at the Central House at six p.m. Later in the evening a reception was held in the lodge room in honor of the assembly president and the past district deputies. The degree was conferred in the evening and a pleasant time was enjoyed by all.


John Heubi of Richmond Dies From Accident.

(From our Cannonsville cor.)

John Heubi, foreman of the paint department of the American Locomotive company of Richmond, Va., was seriously injured on Wednesday morning at the plant, and died at 5:30 the same day. Services were held Thursday evening in the Episcopal church of which he was a member, and the family accompanied the remains to Dunkirk, his former home, for burial. His wife, three sons and a daughter and other relatives are left to mourn his loss. The above will be of interest to many in Cannonsville, as Mrs. Heubi was formerly Miss Frances Walldorff, a niece of Mrs. S. A. Hathaway, River street.


Lacteal Fluid Proves Efficient Extinguisher at Gaylord Farm.

(From our North Kortright cor.)

While they were milking at R. H. Gaylord’s one night recently, three explosions were heard in quick succession in the direction of the engine room. Mr. Gaylord and his hired man Grant Effner, hurried to the place and found the room in flames. Effner threw on the pail of milk he carried, which with prompt applications of water checked and subdued the fire without serious damage.


E. E. Parsons of Davenport Meets Painful Injury.

(From our Davenport cor.)

While cleaning the mangers in front of his cows Saturday morning E. E. Parsons of Davenport met with a very painful accident. One of the cows threw up her head and struck Mr. Parsons in the eye with one of her horns. At this writing he is still unable to see but his many friends hope for a speedy recovery.

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