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100 Years Ago,

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1916


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub.


Motorcyclists’ Narrow Escape-Walton’s Highway Money, $3,725-Officer Soper Again on Duty.

Frogs may be taken after June 1. The open season for bass begins on June 16.

Prof. C. H. Davis of Flushing, Long Island, expects to conduct a summer camp for boys at Island Park this summer.

Chief of police W. A. Soper went on duty Wednesday as day policeman in the village and will act as such during the summer months.

The town of Walton will receive $3,725 in state money for highway maintenance in 1916. The money will be payable within a few days.

Wade Baxter of Walton and James Mills of Downsville will start a meat business in Andes in the near future. Mr. Baxter has been in the employ of A. J. Courtney in Walton for nine years.

The rubbish will be collected next week, beginning Wednesday, May 31. Put nothing out on Tuesday, as it is Memorial Day. No rubbish will be taken unless it is in barrels, boxes or sacks.

The home of M. C. Salmon at Rockledge, Florida, was destroyed by fire recently. Mr. Salmon has spent several summers in Walton and his wife died her last October. The loss is a heavy one.

The Cornell scholarship examination for Delaware county will be held at the courthouse in Delhi on Saturday June 3, beginning at 9 a.m. No candidate from Walton has decided to take the examination.

Invitations have been issued to the marriage of Miss Etta Marion Howard to Arthur E. Seymour at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Howard, Northfield, on Saturday, June 3, at high noon.

The high wind Monday blew down a large limb on the elm tree across the street from More Brothers’ store, Delaware street. The limb fell across the telephone cable and was removed with difficulty. The fire alarm signal wires from the telephone office to the electric light plant were broken.

The Walton post office has received notification that the Postal Savings Act has been amended so that a depositor may now have an account amounting to $1,000 upon which interest will be paid. The limit of $100 placed upon the amount of monthly deposits has been abolished and all restriction on the amount deposited at one time removed.

At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Ogden Free Library held Friday evening, Prof. F. R. Darling resigned from the board as he will leave Walton in July. Rev. S. R. MacEwan was named to fill the vacancy and A. W. North was chosen as chairman of the board, a position which Prof. Darling has acceptably filled for several years.

About seventy-five friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. George Kilpatrick of Kerr’s Creek gave them a surprise Saturday, the occasion being in honor of the twentieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Kilpatrick. The guests brought plenty of eatables with them and a sumptuous dinner was served at noon. The time after dinner was spent socially. Mr. and Mrs. Kilpatrick received a number of handsome presents, among them a couch, a Brussels rug and new curtains.

Mrs. Eugene Finch, who lives in Robinson Hollow, above Colchester station on the South side of the river, was painfully injured last Friday about noon when her horse became frightened at the automobile of Frank Ives of Beerston and went over the bank. The accident happened just the other side of the woods about a mile above Colchester Station. Mr. Ives was going up the road and Mrs. Finch was driving toward Walton. She stopped her horse and Ives threw his car into low gear to go past when the horse became frightened and jumped down the bank. The buggy was overturned and Mrs. Finch, thrown out. She was painfully bruised, but Dr. Smith, who was called, found no broken bones. The cross bar and one of the shafts of the buggy were broken and springs damaged.

Axford Beagle, who works for F. C. Darling, and Gordon Olmstead, a High School student, had a narrow escape from a serious accident Friday noon at the Bridge street crossing of the Ontario & Western railroad. Olmstead had bought a motorcycle and Beagle was showing him how to run it, Olmstead being seated back of the driver. They were coming along Bridge street from Stockton avenue and failed to see the Delhi train as it pulled in at the station until it was almost upon them. Beagle turned the machine parallel with the tracks in an attempt to run down the road to the Riverside hotel. Just then Olmstead jumped off causing the machine to skid and throw Beagle off. The motorcycle landed so close to the tracks that the mudguard was jammed in, but fortunately Beagle was thrown the other way and escaped injury.


Specifications to Be Changed to Come Within Appropriation


Board of Education Desires to Keep Cost of Construction, Including Heating System, Within $26,000.

The specifications for the new grade school building, to be erected on Miller Avenue, will be revised so that the contract can be let within the appropriation of $35,000 authorized at the special school meeting held recently.

The bids for the building under the original specifications were opened at a meeting of the board of education Saturday evening. The lowest was the bid of D. B. Ledlie &Son of Saratoga Springs, $29,500, with heating extra. The heating system would cost about $5,000. The site was purchased for $2,700 and the grading of the grounds and the purchase of furniture will take two or three thousand dollars more.

After carefully going over the matter the board of education decided that Brazee & Mallory of Saratoga, the architects who drew the plans, be asked to revise them by cutting out non essential trimmings and changing some of the specifications to call for cheaper materials which would not detract form the appearance of the building. It was the opinion of the board that the construction of the building, including the heating system, should not exceed $26,000. One change in the stone work alone will save at least $1,500 and there are many other items that can be cut down.

There were six bids for the construction of the building, which were as follows:

D. B. Ledlie & Son, Saratoga Springs, $29,500. Heating extra and the contractors will accept the lowest responsible firm selected by the board of education for the heating and ventilating work.

B. Gaffney & Son, Saratoga Springs, $33,700. Heating system extra.

C. H. Weaver, Walton, $34,516.73. Mills heating and ventilating system to be installed according to specifications by Reynolds & Stebbins of Walton for $5,873.47.

William S. Robertson, Saratoga Springs, $39,932 for building and Reynolds & Stebbins’ figures for heating system.

Thomas Dunn, Saratoga, $40,400 and heating system $5,322 additional.

Benedict Peck, Albany, $64,000, including heating. This firm has a contract at the state agricultural school in Delhi.

The Mills system of heating and ventilating was called for in the specifications. The bids submitted in many cases offered lower prices for other systems but those submitted for the Mills system were as follows: American Warming & Ventilating Co., Elmira, $5,433; Gaylord & Eitapenc Co., Binghamton, $5,434; Reynolds & Stebbins, Walton, $5,873.47. There were two other bids that were lower than those mentioned but were not based on the specifications called for.

F. C. Darling submitted a bid for $1,900 for the electric wiring.

The new specifications will be sent to the contractors within a few days and new bids will be asked for.


Congressman Wm. S. Bennett of New York Will Speak at Afternoon Exercises.

Memorial Day will be fittingly observed in Walton next Tuesday, with the G. A. R. services at the cemetery in the morning and exercises in Walton Hall in the afternoon at which Congressman William S. Bennett of New York city will be the speaker.

A union memorial service will be held in Walton Hall Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock, at which time Rev. B. M. Denniston, pastor of the Methodist church, will preach. Patriotic organizations will attend the service in a body.

Tuesday morning the parade to the cemetery will form on Gardiner Place and march to the cemetery at 9:50 o’clock. All the patriotic organizations will participate and invitations have been extended to other bodies to be present. The march will halt on the river bridge when the children will strew flowers on the waters in memory of the dead marines.

At the cemetery the usual G. A. R. exercises will be carried out. Rev. A. A. Johnston will speak to the children and E. R. Eastman, farm bureau manager, will give a short address.

Ben Marvin Post, G. A. R., is fortunate, indeed, in being able to secure the services of so prominent a man as Congressman Bennett. He is a native of Orange county and is a leading figure in Congress. As a speaker he is said to have few equals in the state. The services at the hall begin at 1:30 o’clock. There will be an orchestra and a male quartette will furnish several selections. Lincoln’s Gettysburg address will be given by A.D. Peake.


Claimed That Frank Conklin Acted as Runner for Habitual Users-Will Stop Sale.

Frank Conklin of Walton was arrested last Thursday afternoon by Officer W. A. Soper on a warrant issued by D. T. Shaw of Delhi on complaint of District Attorney H. J. Hewitt. The charge is excise violation. It is alleged that Conklin has acted as a “runner’ in the sale of Jamaica ginger to habitual drunkards in Walton. They would give him money and Conklin would buy the Jamaica for them.

Timothy Sanderson, the village police justice, will use the law of supply and demand to regulate the sale of Jamaica ginger in Walton. If other means fail the justice states he will send all the drunks to jail and destroy the demand. Three men are now in Delhi for sixty days each.

Fred Houck, who was paroled at the February term of Supreme Court, was taken to jail last Thursday night by Chief Soper. It is claimed that he has not reported to the parole officer as directed.

Two Walton merchants appeared before the district attorney during court week and signed statements agreeing not to sell any more Jamaica ginger. It was claimed they had sold to habitual drunkards while knowing them to be such.


Five Hundred Merchants Expected to Attend Session in Walton-Committees Appointed.

The second annual convention of the business men in Delaware and adjoining counties will be held in Walton, Thursday, July 20.

The general committee of the Chamber of Commerce in charge of the convention met Wednesday evening and appointed chairmen of the several committees to have charge of the affair. They are as follows: Reception and registration, Walter J. More; banquet, J. J. Farrell and C. W. Peak; music, J. H. Townsend; advertising and publicity, C. B. Lincoln and H. W. Knight; parking cars, J. R. Bryce. Each chairman will select his own assistants and another meeting will be held Monday evening.

The business sessions of the convention will be held in Walton Hall, while the banquet will probably be in the armory. It is expected that five or six hundred business men will attend.


Dates of Fairs Held in This Vicinity in 1916.

The Walton fair dates this year are Sept. 5-8 inclusive. The state fair in Syracuse will be held the following week, Sept. 11-16. Vicinity fair dates are as follows: Delhi, August 29-31; Margaretville, August 15-18; Afton, August 8-11; Greene, Sept. 5-8; Norwich, August 29- Sept. 1; Oneonta Sept. 18-22; Cooperstown, Sept 5-7; Morris, October 2-4; Cobleskill, Sept. 25- 29; Monticello, August 29-Sept 1.


Important Walton Realty Transfer Consummated Wednesday.

An important property transfer was consummated Wednesday when H. W. Retz purchased the Guild block on Delaware street from E. L. Guild. The block contains the post office and More’s drug store on the ground floor; the Bryce telephone offices and several office rooms on the second floor, while the Odd Fellow lodge rooms occupy the third.


O. L. More, Thrown Out, Struck on Head on State Road


Horses Ran Into Fence and Threw Driver out-Chances for Recovery Favorable- Family Unfortunate.

(Special from Roxbury.)

O. L. More, who resides near Roxbury, was seriously injured Saturday when his horses ran away throwing him forcibly on the state road near the home of Everett Hinkley, His skull was fractured.

Mr. More lives below the village of Roxbury and is a laborer on the highway for the town of Roxbury. While he was returning from his work on Saturday afternoon near the home of Everett Hinkley he met a large motor truck loaded with household goods, which in passing him, frightened the horses and caused them to run away.

The horses ran into a fence at the side of the road which freed them from the wagon and threw Mr. More to the state road with such force as to fracture his skull. The horses ran until they reached the residence of Harry Hewitt, which is near the home of Mr. More. Mr. Hewitt stopped the horses and immediately went after Mr. More with his automobile. He picked him up and carried him to the office of Dr. J. A. Gaul of Halcottville, who dressed his wounds and made him as comfortable as possible under the circumstances. A large cut on the back of the head and several minor injuries is the extent of the injuries besides the fracture of the skull.

On Sunday Mr. More was in a semi-conscious state and was unable to tell just how the accident occurred. No blame is attached to the driver of the truck, who stopped and picked Mr. More up before Mr. Hewitt arrived.

At present Mr. More’s condition is very serious, but the chances are very good for recovery.

Mr. More has certainly been very unlucky for the past few years as his two children have been operated on for appendicitis, and a few months ago Mr. More himself had his leg broken when a log fell on it. His son has also had his leg broken.


Game Warden Secures $10.75 From Each Man in Susquchanna Party.

(From our Hancock correspondent.)

A party from Susquehanna, Pa., came to Hancock Monday, May 22d, to try their luck at shad fishing in the East Branch of the Delaware.

They arrived on the Erie morning train at 7:30, made purchases of the tackle used for shad fishing, hired a team and started for Green Flat, about three miles from the village.

In a short time they began to prepare for a big haul when they were interrupted by game warden Frank Bowen, who began to look over their netting or way of catching shad, and found that they were violating the law and the party were placed under arrest and fined $10.75 each, which was paid.

Of course, that spoiled their fun for the balance of the day and they went home without any fish and much less ready cash.


Former Andes Man Terribly Injured in Paper Mill.

John H. Liddle had his left arm torn off in a paper mill in Herkimer Thursday, May 12. In reaching into a machine to dislodge some clogged rags, his hand was caught and drawn into the machine to the elbow. The arm below the elbow was torn to shreds and it was found necessary to amputate the member near the shoulder. Mr. Liddle moved from Andes to Herkimer only a few weeks ago.


Margaretville Man Has Lively Time on Main Street Friday.

(From Margaretville correspondent.)

Mr. Fry, who recently bought the Bass farm, on upper Main street, Margaretville, had a serious runaway Friday. While coming from the D. & N. depot and just at the beginning of Main street, his horses became frightened and ran, spilling out the driver and a considerable lot of beer, whiskey, etc., which he was hauling to his farm. The horses escaped injury, but the wagon was completely demolished. Mr Fry received a number of severe bruises. He has had a number of runaways since his arrival in town.


Hamden Girl Who Tried Suicide Removed to Her Home.

(From our Hamden correspondent.)

Miss Elgia Gray, the Hamden young lady who attempted suicide last Monday, is gaining nicely under the care of Dr. McNaught and Miss Elizabeth Huber, a trained nurse of Delhi. Her condition was such on Saturday that she was removed from her sister’s home to her own home near by.


Mrs. John McMullen Failed to See Approaching Train


Body Dragged Thirty Feet and Death Was Almost Instantaneous-Had Been After the Mail.

(From our Sidney correspondent.)

Mrs. John McMullen of Sidney was struck and killed by Ontario & Western train No. 29, at the Union street or “tower” crossing in that village about 11:30 o’clock Wednesday morning.

Mrs. McMullen had been uptown after the mail and had also purchased a basket of chicken feed which she was taking home. She stopped at the Novelty Works to see her son Austin McMullen and then started to cross the railroad tracks near by. Near this crossing the D. & H. and O.&W. Tracks make the crossover and there are a large number of tracks which have to be crossed by pedestrians.

The D.&H. Switch engine was backing North and Mrs. McMullen stopped for this. She failed to see O.&W. Train No. 29 approaching form the same direction on the adjoining track and started on. She had nearly reached safety when struck by the locomotive. Her body was dragged along about thirty feet.

Lee Dykman, Towerman, saw her danger and yelled at her but too late. He rushed down but Mrs. McMullen died almost instantly as she only moved once or twice after Dykman reached her. The train crew were unaware of the accident. No. 29 was doing some switching at the time.

Several bad gashes were about the head, but the body was not mangled. Dr. Loomis, the coroner, was at Masonville, but arrived home in about an hour after the accident and issued a burial permit. Ten minutes had scarcely elapsed between the time Mrs. McMullen saw her son Austin at the Novelty Works and the time when he was told of this mother’s death. The husband was at Bainbridge and did not learn of the accident for several hours.

The family have lived in Sidney for some years. Mrs. McMullen is survived by her husband, one son Austin McMullen and two daughters, Mrs. Frank Park of Norwich and Miss Mabel McMullen of Sidney.


Sidney Man Struck by Auto After Rescuing Child.

(From our Sidney correspondent.)

Late last Saturday afternoon as Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Twitchell and two children, who live near the Albert Kipp farm on Riverside, Sidney, were starting to come to Sidney village, when near the foot of the yard Mr. Twitchell stopped to speak with the news boy. Dorothy, aged about three years, walked on ahead until in about the middle of the road. The father saw an automobile coming, and he dashed into the road to rescue the child. The auto ran over Mr. Twitchell, but he managed to throw the girl to one side. The child was not injured, but Mr. Twitchell was injured about the spine and other serious injuries, the extent of which cannot yet be ascertained. The car was driven by Homer Hodge of Bainbridge.


One of Mead’s Inshoots Disastrous to Dwight Jaycox.

(From Fish’s Eddy correspondent.)

Dwight Jaycox of Rock Rift had his arm broken on Saturday, while playing ball with the Fish’s Eddy boys against the Walton team. He went to Dr. Woolsey at Hancock to get the arm set. Jaycox was at bat and failed to dodge one of “Bill” Mead’s in-shoots, which struck him on the arm. Walton won the game by a score of 9 to 6.


Surplus Can Be Properly Worked Into Butter and Cheese.

As compared with the same month a year ago, April, 1916, shows a falling off in market receipts, but April, 1915, was a record breaking month so far as concerns the gain over the corresponding month of the previous year.

Market receipts for April, 1916, consisted of 1,517,180 cans of milk, with 82,860 of cream and unsweetened condensed, a loss from the same month of 1915 of 1,400 cans of milk and 8,271 cans of cream and unsweetened condensed, the whole equal to 42,755 cans of plain milk, a daily average of 1,425 cans. The extremely cool weather prevailing throughout the month lessened the demand for cream.

Market price in April, $1.30 per can for Grade B in 26-cent freight zone, with 10 cents less for Grade C. in May $1.20 for Grade B. with the same deduction for C.

The Borden schedule has been advanced 10 cents per hundred pounds for each of the months of April and May. The revised April prices for 3.3, 4 and 5 per cent fat are $1.50, $1.71 and $2.01 per hundred pounds, respectively, for Grade B. The May schedule as revised for the same grades, is $1.25, $1.46 and $1.76 per hundred pounds, which is equal to $1.061/4, $1.241 and $1.496 per can of 40 quarts.

The market still remains in a good condition. Any surplus which may develop from time to time can be profitably worked into butter and cheese, the prevailing prices of which remain at a high figure-Milk Reporter.


Harvey McCumber has been awarded a disability claim of $53.58 against the D. & N. Railroad by the workmen’s compensation commission for injury to his eyes. McCumber claimed that 70 per cent of his vision had been impaired and asked damages of $1,028.88. The records on file showed an impairment of only 5 per cent and it was on this basis the award was made.


New Law Specifies Money Must Be Used for Highway Purposes.

Governor Whitman has signed the bill providing that motor vehicle registration fees be divided equally between the state and the county from which the automobiles are registered, instead of going entirely to the state as heretofore. Last year the license fees in the state amounted to nearly two million dollars which was used for the maintenance of state highways.

New York city’s share of the fees under the new law will go to the general city fund, but in the case of upstate counties the money must still be used for highway purposes. The money so far collected will not be affected by the new law, but beginning with last Friday all fees will be subject to the division. Last year 1,228 motor vehicles were registered in Delaware county and the license fees amounted to $8,557. This year the fees will probably total $10,000 in the county, but as most of this sum has already been paid for the renewal of licenses since the beginning of the automobile fiscal year on February 1, the county will receive but little this year from the new law.

The secretary of state’s office has issued the following “don'ts” for automobile owners:

Don’t run an automobile with last year’s license plates.

Don’t think that one plate is just as good as two, or that you can get along without any. The idea may cost you a few dollars.

If you are a chauffeur, don’t forget that the state requires a badge and a card, and what is more these are not to be left at home or at the garage.

If you are a dealer, don’t take a chance with the inspector by using extra plates intended solely for demonstration purposes, on commercial or pleasure cars.

Don’t operate a care while intoxicated. There is a possible imprisonment for a year or a fine of five hundred dollars or both staring you in the face.

Don’t forget the lights at night.

Incidentally, it’s not a bad plan to wash the mud from the license plates.


Appropriation for $25,000 for New Barn in Addition to Maintenance Charges.

Governor Whitman has signed the bill appropriating the sum of $25,000 to pay for the construction of the new barn at the state agricultural school in Delhi which is now being erected. The barn when completed will cost about $23,000.

Included in the general appropriation bill, signed by the Governor Saturday, were items of about $36,000 for the maintenance expenses of the school, this sum also including $10,000 for the remodeling of the old Academy building which will be turned over to the state.


Parish Man Paid $63 for Killing the Bird.

A large cock pheasant that had spent the winter among different flocks of hens at Parish, Oswego county, beat up one of the choice cockerels of H. R. Graves there one day recently. The exasperated owner of the dead rooster promptly notified the game authorities and asked what could be done about the nuisance. Receiving no reply to his inquiry Graves finally shot the scrappy stranger, and notified the village constable. He then heard from the nearest game protector, Claud Quick, of Pulaski, in a double quick time. He paid a fine of $63 in justice court as tribute to what he is convinced is a foul and unjust law.

Over at Loomis there are several pheasants and one has been treating Homer Shultz’s roosters in the same way.


Annual Presentation of Company F Held in Armory Monday Evening.

Renewed interest in the affairs of Walton’s military company was shown by the large attendance at the annual presentation of medals of Company F in the armory Monday evening.

A good idea of military life was conveyed by the tent pitching under the direction of First Lieutenant H. A. Wilbur. The guardsman had their fun with songs about a campfire and the paddling of several rookies.

Following the bayonet drill and the tent pitching a short musical program was carried out. The company then paraded in dress uniform and the medals were presented by Hon S. H. Fancher, Sr A. E. Oothoudt, quarter-master sergeant, who has completed twenty-five years of service in the National Guard, received a fine gold medal from the state. First Lieutenant H. A. Wilbur was presented with a 15-year medal, and Private R. C. Launt with a 10-year medal. The other medals were as follows:

100 per cent duty metals: 1st Lieut. Harry A. Wilbur, 2nd Lieut. William Hones, Jr., 1st Sergent Arthur D. Hale, Q. M. Sergeant Arthur E. Oothoudt, Sergeants Floyd S. McLean, Emil C Eger; Corporals, James J. Connelly, Stanley S. Hoyt, Charles T. O’Neill, Lance Corporal William H. White; Privates S. J. Beagal, F. M. Eells, M. T. Guild, L. S. Johnston, H. G. Laidlaw, J. W. Palmer, F. C. Roda, R. W. Secord.

The A. D. Peake Medal, Sergeant John H. Armstrong.

Expert Rifleman: 1st Lieut. H. A. Wilbur, 2nd Lieut. Wm Hones, Jr., Q. M. Sgt. A. E. Oothoudt, Sgt. J. H. Armstrong, Artificer R. L. Wilbur, Privates S. J. Beagal, *C. N. Rothensies.

Sharpshooters: Cook J. J. Townsend, Corporal S. S. Hoyt, Privates J. H. McCall, *A. Mc- Cook, *M. B. Robinson.

Marksmen: *Capt. A. E. Conner; 1st Sgt. A. D. Hale, Sgt. E. C. Eger; Corporals J. J. Connelly, F. R. Pierson, C. T. O’Neill; Lance Corporal W. H. White; *Musician F. S. Green; Cook H. M. Benedict; Privates M. E. Caden, F. C. Roda, F. M. Eells, *B. A. Eger, M. T. Guild, C. N. Miller, *A. Gramanto, E. A. Hoyt, L. S. Jonhston, *C. S. McCabe, *F. M. McCook, *F. D. McIntyre, *B. D. Miller, *F. S. Conklin, J. C. Turci.

*Discharged or dropped since the qualification was made.


Downsville Men Jumped When Car Went Over Bank.

George Gray and Charles Tait of Downsville had a lively experience Saturday afternoon. While taking a spin up the river road in a Metz car which Gray & Foote secured in a deal with George B. Fletcher of Shavertown, they drove up a few feet in a road leading to Warner Hawley’s house and were backing down in order to turn around when the brakes refused to work. The two men jumped out and the car went over the bank into the river, 25 feet below, landing right side up. A number of people were soon on the scene and a rafting rope secured and the car hauled out. One of the wheels was broken and the car otherwise damaged. -Downsville News.


The tent caterpillar egg-mass collecting contest, conducted with the school children of the county by the Farm Bureau cooperating with Judge Kellogg of Oneonta and the school superintendents, has just closed.

The eggs were not so plentiful this year as usual, yet the children have collected more than 45,000 egg masses. Winners of prizes will be announced next week. Judge Kellogg will present in person a beautiful flag to the school collecting the largest number of egg masses. This school will probably be district No. 1, town of Hamden, which collected a total of 11,6455 egg masses.

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