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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, September 16, 1916


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Green Apples Cause Death- Walton Fair Receipts Show Loss-Boy Judges Win Farm Stock

Bessie, the twenty month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Bailey of Mead street, died Friday from cholera. The child had been eating green apples. The burial was Monday at 2 p. m., Rev. W. E. Frederick officiating at the services.

A petition to submit to the voters at the November election a proposition making the office of town superintendent of highways an appointive one is on file in D. E. McLeans’s store. The signatures of twenty-five taxpayers are required. This is a matter which was been suggested several times, the stated object being to take the office out of politics.

Quite a serious accident occurred on Tuesday on the mountain back of Ed. Goodrich’s place, Beerston. One of the acid company’s teams driven by Sim Beismer was coming down the mountain with empty rigging. In some manner the wagon overturned and rolled over down the hill several times. One horse was badly hurt in the left shoulder and the driver had one ankle sprained and was badly bruised.

The section of the federal revenue law requiring stamps on certain legal documents was repealed by the new revenue bill passed by congress. This removes the stamp tax from bonds, debentures, certificates, sales agreements, express and fright receipts, bills of lading, broker’s contracts, conveyances, custom entries, insurance policies, powers of attorney, promissory notes, protest of notes and bonds accompanying mortgages.

Dan Bowker of Beerston narrowly escaped a bad runaway on Tuesday night. Mr. Bowker and E. F. Goodrich were just opposite the acid factory as the six o’clock whistle was blown. The horses were frightened and jumped, breaking the doubletree. Mr. Bowker hung to the lines and was jerked a distance of about ten feet into the road. His hip was injured quite badly. The horses did not get away.

Two fine purebred bull calves and a pig were won by boys who proved themselves the best judges of dairy cows at the Walton fair. The boys were requested to judge four three-year-old Holsteins, placing them in order of value. Ten boys entered the contest. Clifford E. Green of Greene, N. Y., a prominent Jersey breeder of Chenango county, acted as judge. The first prize, a purebred Ayrshire bull calf, was presented by H. C. McKenzie, and was won by Arden Doig of Walton. The second prize, a purebred Jersey bull calf, was presented by Mr. Green, and was won by Ernest Smith of Franklin. Third prize, a four weeks old pig, was presented by E. E. Risley, and was won by Everett Hymers of Delhi. The objects of this contest were twofold: first, to encourage young men to study stock judging that they may be able to pick the good cows, and second to interest them in good purebred stock.

Until the total amount of premiums to be paid by the Walton fair has been figured out the exact financial status of the association will not be known. The gate receipts ran about two-thirds of the receipts last year. It is stated that the deficit will probably be at least $500. Reports have been circulated that the association might assess its members or reduce the amount of premiums to be paid. The officers state that both reports are unfounded. One poor year will not affect the strong financial situation of the association established by the conservative policy of the officers. The races Friday were the free for all and the 2:25 class. In the free for all Lowanda won first money and second and third money was divided between Mack McGahn and A. S. A. The winners in the 2:25 class were was follows: first money, Margaret S.; second money, Hattie Cope; third and fourth money divided between Bingarcourt and Flora H.

Privates John Sherwood and David Broas of the division field wagon train being organized at Peekskill were in Walton last week seeking recruits. On their return Saturday they were accompanied by eleven recruits, six being members of Company F, who asked for transfers to the wagon train. Among the men were Frank Flowers, James Watson, and George McManus of Delhi, William W. Mead, Clifford Gerowe and Roger Diihr of Bloomville, Samuel Barnes of Sidney and Thomas Beardslee of Masonville. Twenty-eight men have been enlisted in Walton for the wagon train, a number larger than recruited in the city of Binghamton. The pay checks of the 34 days’ service of Company F in July and August were received at the armory Monday and have been distributed to the men. The delay of the Whitman administration in paying the guardsmen has been much criticized. Many of the men had discounted their claims at the bank rather than wait. The total paid the Walton guardsmen amounted to $6,486. Under the new federal army law the guardsmen will receive $45 a year if they attend 48 drills and pro rata, or 94 cents a drill, if they are present at 24 drills at least. Company F resumed the drill season Friday.


Fred Cornell Injured in Benton Avenue Accident


Machine Not Much Damaged by Six-Foot Drop Into Brook Bed – Injured Man Recovering.

Fred Cornell of Masonville was badly injured Saturday evening when the eight-ton steam roller of the Fulton Engineering Company broke through Benton avenue bridge over East Brook.

The bridge was completely wrecked. The roller has been in operation on Pinesville section of the state road construction. Cornell was driving it to the completed piece of highway from the Novelty Works to Colchester Station. Attached to the roller was a scraper for use in leveling the shoulders on each side of the completed section.

Cornell was a new man on the job, having entered the employ of the construction company about two weeks before, and was unfamiliar with the village streets. It is stated that he had been directed to drive to Union street and thence down Griswold street in order to cross the bridge on that street instead of either the one on Delaware street or the Benton avenue structure. Instead of doing so he took the Benton avenue way.

The roller was about half way across the bridge when two of the big sleepers crossways of the bridge gave way and the whole flooring of the bridge collapsed. The roller was precipitated to the brook bed six or seven feet below, turning part way over on the upper side. Cornell was thrown over on the wheel of the roller. He managed to crawl back and shut off the steam before help came. When taken from the wreckage, both legs were paralyzed. He was taken to the house of G. J. Yendes nearby, and later removed to his boarding place on upper East street. Dr. Morrow has been attending him. The paralysis gradually left the legs and was gone Sunday, but it is thought that perhaps his spine may have been injured. The crash of the falling bridge could be heard for some distance.

As the roller went down it snapped the tongue of the scraper and this machine did not fall into the wreckage. The negro, who was guiding the scraper, gave one yell and ran.

Donald Moore had been on the roller with Cornell, but got off between the library corner and the bridge in order to go to supper.

One of the sleepers under the bridge broke several weeks ago under the weight of Johnson’s ice truck, but the damage had been repaired and the bridge opened.

The town board met Thursday afternoon and planned, if possible to move the iron bridge over East Brook on Delaware street to Benton avenue and build a new steel and concrete structure on Delaware street.

The steam roller was not much damaged. Sunday is was righted and taken down the brook bed under its own power to G. O. Mead’s property, where a suitable place was found to run the machine out to the road.


Jones-Fairchild Fight and County Clerk Contest Will Get out Vote.

Primary day is next Tuesday, September 19. The contests in the Republican party are expected to bring out a larger vote than has been cast since the primary law went into effect.

The polls will be open from 7 a. m. to 9 p. m. In Walton the polling places are located as follows: District No. 1, fireman’s quarters, Walton Hall; No. 2, Lyon block; No. 3, court room of Walton Hall; No. 4, Henderson’s garage.

The candidates to be voted for by the Democrat, Republican, Prohibition, Progressive, Socialist, Independence League and American parties include an entire state ticket, the chief justice and an associate justice of the Supreme Court, United States senator, representative in Congress, justice of the Supreme Court in the sixth district, state senator, county clerk, member of assembly, district attorney and coroner.

Interest centers in the fight between Congressman George W. Fairchild of Oneonta, who is seeking a renomination by the Republicans, and State Senator Samuel A. Jones of Norwich; and the fight for the Republican nomination for county clerk between William G. Moore of Walton and Edward F. Turnbull of Andes.


North Kortright Party Has Collision on Return From Funeral.

(North Kortright correspondent.)

Mr. and Mrs. T. E. McCulley of North Kortright had a serious accident coming from the funeral of Mrs. Effie Kerr. Mr. McCulley was driving his young horse and as they neared the main road from the Braehead crossroad an auto suddenly appeared coming from Kortright. It was raining hard and neither the autoists, J. C. MacLaury of Kortright and Guy MacLaury of Oneonta, nor the McCulleys heard or saw the approach of the other vehicle, as at that point bushes hide the view.

The terrified horse sprang directly in front of the machine and the carriage with the top and side curtains on was overturned, the occupants thrown out and Mr. McCulley was dragged some distance. At the moment the animal jumped he was driving with one hand while arranging the lap robe. The horse escaped and with wagon up side down was caught at H. K. MacLaury’s considerably scratched up. The carriage top was broken and the wagon otherwise damaged. Mr. McCulley and his wife were badly bruised but escaped with no broken bones. That they were not killed seems almost a miracle. Mr. McCulley thinks if the men had sounded their horn for the crossroad that the accident would not have occurred.


Borden’s October Price 25 Cents Below League Demand


Dairymen’s League Officers Have Power to Shut Off City’s Milk Supply-Farmers Organize.

The Borden Condensed Milk Company has adopted a new system for the purchase of milk. The old six months contract has been abandoned and until further notice the company will publish monthly prices which they will offer for milk in the following month. It is stated that the Sheffields and other dealers will adopt the same method.

In accordance with this system the company on Thursday announced its October price which shows and increase of 20 cents a hundred pounds above 1915 prices.

The price is based on a .3 butter fat test. For this test the price is $1.80 per 100 pounds and 3 cents is to be added for each tenth point in butter fat above that test. For 3.8 milk this makes the price $2.04 per hundred weight.

During the past few weeks the Dairymen’s League has been organizing the farmers of the state with the announced purpose of compelling the dealers to meet the prices fixed by them.

The executive committee of the Dairymen’s League met in Albany Saturday and determined upon the price they will ask for milk for the next six months. The base price is for Grade B milk testing 3 per cent butter fat. Three cents per 100 pounds of milk is to be added for each one-tenth point in butter fat. The base prices for the zone in which Walton and Delaware county are situated and the corresponding price paid by the Borden Company for the same test last year, follows:

League Borden’s 1915
Price Price
October $2.05 $1.60
November 2.15 1.70
December 2.15 1.70
January 2.05 1.60
February 2.00 1.55
March 1.95 1.50

It will be seen that the price demanded by the League for October milk is twenty-five cents more than that offered by Bordens.

Whether the dairymen will accept the Borden price or will strike for the price fixed by the League, could not be ascertained Thursday afternoon after the prices were announced. A meeting of Walton dairymen will be held in Walton Hall this, Friday, afternoon.

Reports from all sections of the county indicate that a large percentage of the farmers have given the Dairymen’s League power of attorney to sell their milk. With the officers of this organization rests the power to declare a milk strike. The League claims it controls over 210,000 cows out of the 400,000 supplying New York city.

A meeting of Walton dairymen held in Walton Hall Tuesday afternoon was attended by about 100 farmers. The main business transacted was the appointment of an executive committee of five members who shall have control of the milk of the farmers to dispose of the milk through the to dispose of the same through the Department of Foods and Markets or otherwise. The committee is composed of Edson Dann, J. Q. Barlow, E. E. Risley, W. R. Russell and John D. Smith.

E. R. Eastman, Farm Bureau manager, addressed the meeting and presented statistics showing the cost of milk production in the county. The two problems confronting the dairymen today he declared are, first, to produce milk at as low a cost as possible; and second, to get as good a price as possible for his product. At present the emphasis is being laid on the latter. Mr. Eastman declared that the dairymen were entitled to a substantial increase in price, but warned them not to expect too much.

The officers of the Dairymen’s League have been quoted as declaring that unless the price is met the product of League members, who own some 200,000 cows, will be marketed through the Department of Foods and Markets.

If the big dealers and the Dairymen’s League cannot agree on prices and the League holds out for its prices, a difficult problem confronts the League and the Department of Foods and Markets, as all milk sent to New York city must be pasteurized. Officers of the League declare that the farmers will hold back the milk they cannot make into butter or use otherwise.


Train Disturbs Nap of Italian Section Hand at Unadilla.

Pasqualio Domenica, a laborer employed by the D. & H. on the tracks at Unadilla, met with a peculiar accident Friday. Becoming weary he laid down beside the track of the railroad and fell asleep. The noise of a passing train awakened him and he aroused and raised his head. In so doing he brought it against the journal box on a car of a passing train and the force of the blow he received cut a gash in his head that required surgical attendance.

Fortunately his body had not been raised and he sustained no other injury than the scalp wound.


Hoboes May Have Fired Ulster & Delaware’s Building.

The ice house at Hobart owned by the Ulster & Delaware railroad, was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out about 4 o’clock and was discovered by the night watchman of the Sheffield company. When the alarm sounded the building was a mass of flames and was burned to the ground.

The fire may have been started by hoboes. By hard work the railroad water tank and section house nearby and the old creamery buildings of the Sheffield Farms milk company were saved. The loss is placed at about fifteen hundred dollars.


Harvey N. Loomis Shoots Himself in Undertaking Shop.

Harvey N. Loomis, aged 72 years, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in McCrum’s undertaking establishment, Oneonta, at 10:30 Saturday morning. He was rushed to the hospital, but died 15 minutes after the shooting. Mr. Loomis’ home was in New York city and with his wife he was on a visit at the home of Dr. M. L. Ford in Oneonta at the time of his death. Reasons for his act have not been learned.


Season’s Crops of Harland Shaver Are Destroyed


Wagon House and Hog House Also Go up in Smoke- Loss Double the $1,800 Insurance.

(From Shavertown correspondent.)

The large barn on the farm of Harland A. Shaver of the Tremperskill road, one-half mile from Shavertown, was burned last Saturday evening at about 8 o’clock.

When the fire was first discovered the upper portion was all on fire and it was with difficulty that three horses stabled in the basement were gotten out. The rest of the contents, including the season’s crops of hay and many farming implements, burned.

A granary, a wagon house, and hog house standing near burned, but much of their contents was saved. The origin of the fire is not known as no one had been in the upper part of the barn that day, and no light was in the barn that evening.

There was an insurance of $1,000 on the buildings and $800 on the contents in the town company. The loss is twice that amount.

Mr. Shaver is without a single building in which to shelter even his chickens. The neighbors will help him through the winter with his dairy and next season he will rebuild.


Quarantine in Walton Effective for Another Week.

There has been no change relative to the infantile paralysis quarantine in Walton village. It is expected that the quarantine will remain in effect until September 25, the date set for the opening of the Walton schools.

Dr. E. A. Hand, the village health officer, goes to New York Saturday to study the disease in the Willard Parker hospital, where most of the cases in the city are treated. Mrs. Hand will accompany him.

During the week there has been one death at Hancock and one in Oneonta. In the latter place the death was that of the two year old son of George J. Pechtel. The Reporter’s Hancock correspondent writes regarding the death in that village: The young son, eight years old, of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chamberlain died Friday, Sept. 8, after four days’ illness with infantile paralysis. At first the boy was not very sick, but about two hours before he died a turn came for the worse and two doctors were in attendance, but nothing could be done for him, as he was paralyzed through the lungs and in the throat. This is the second death within one week.


Schenevus Ford Overturned by Larger Machine.

Walter A. Clark of Schenevus was giving his father-in-law, Delos Emerson, and his sisterin law, Mrs. A. K. Goodrich, of Otego, an automobile outing Sunday and when on the Stamford road near Davenport, a Ford touring car locked his hubs with the Clark car, as it attempted to shoot by, overturning the Clark car and injuring the occupants. Mr. Emerson is a man upwards of 80 years of age and the shock for him was very severe. He was cut and bruised some but fortunately no bones were broken.


Votes Against Building on East Side of Railroad.

A special school meeting was held in Sidney Monday evening to vote on the proposition of appropriated $8,000 to erect and equip a grade school building on a site to be selected on the east side of the railroad tracks.

The proposition was defeated by the decisive vote of 186 against 61 for. There were sixty-five women who voted.


Northwood, the mansion erected by the late George North, a native of Walton, some forty years ago on an eminence near Winters, California, overlooking the Sacramento valley, was destroyed by fire at midnight recently. The season there has been very dry and the grass has become like tinder. The fire originated in one of the outbuildings and spread instantly to the house and barn, which were burned. The caretaker barley escaped with his life. While the insurance nearly covers the material value, the association and sentiment made the loss most keenly felt by the owners, Hon. A. W. North and Miss Maude North of Walton and H. H. North of San Fransisco, Cal. Among other things destroyed was the large library collected over a period of nearly a hundred years and furniture and nicknacks brought from the Orient.


The sleeping room above the Boston Candy Kitchen in Delhi was entered by someone last Thursday night. The thief stole about $200 and two gold watches from the four men sleeping there. No clue has been found.


Marshall E. Arbuckle, the genial owner of the Edgerton House in Delhi, has decided to keep that well known hostelry open. Mr. Arbuckle had contemplated closing the hotel on account of ill health.


Values Put On Special Properties at Hancock Equalization Hearing.

The last hearing in the Hancock equalization case was held in Delhi last Thursday before Hon. Walter M. Knapp of the state tax commission. The case will be submitted to the commission in Albany on September 26.

The hearing Thursday was devoted to testimony regarding the value of special properties. Robert Miller of New York, an expert appraiser for the town of Hancock, testified that the reproduction value of the Robert Gerry mansion at Lake Delaware was $125,000. The mansion with all other buildings and about 300 acres of land is assessed at $27,000

Mr. Miller also testified that the cost of reproducing the buildings on the E. B. Sheldon estate in Delhi village would be $112,000. There are nine acres of land in the corporation. The assessment is $30,000.

The Ayer & McKinney farms property in Meredith has been appraised by F. B. Lyon of Walton, after careful measurements, at $100,000. This includes the creamery. It later appeared that by mistake Mr. Lyon had included in his appraisement what is known as the Strickland property, which has a separate assessment of $2,000. The Ayer & McKinney farms are assessed at $26,000.

W. T. Black of Delhi, as a witness for the supervisors, placed a valuation of $75,000 on the Sheldon property, and John W. Gibson of Delhi appraised the Ayer & McKinney farms at $55,000. A. G. Patterson of Walton and V. N. Elwood of Hancock, and Andrus & McNaught represent the county.


Message Being Carried From Cost to Cost in 120 Hours.

(From our Unadilla correspondent.)

A tour under the auspices of the Yellowstone Park Association for the purpose of demonstrating the conditions of the road across the country and with the cooperation of the war department, for determining how long it would take a dispatch to reach from one coast to the other by automobile, accomplished by relay, was started from Plymouth Rock, Mass., on Monday, the destination being Seattle, Washington. A message furnished by the war department was to be delivered at the end of the trip. The time allowance for the race of 3,685.5 miles was 120 hours.

The distance from Phonecia to Binghamton, one of the longest single relays in the entire trip, which with detours measures according to speedometers a total of 143.8 miles, was accomplished in 3 hours and 4 minutes and only 3 hours and 29 minutes lapsed time by the Mercer touring car owned by Frederick Cady Hubbell of Unadilla and the Cadillac eight of Hon. Charles Smith of Oneonta, who followed the Mercer closely as a relief car if needed. In the car with Mr. Hubbell were is driver, Earl C. Beattie, who has driven at the Indianapolis track at better than 95 miles and hour and is a driver of repute, but was unfamiliar with the road to Oneonta, and Judge Frank M. Tyson and Fred Tabor of the Unadilla garage.

The message which reached Phoenicia at 6:40 p. m., was taken immediately and the cars left at 6:41. At Davenport the Mercer had a blow out, causing a delay of 5 minutes. During this time the cars had been making over 70 miles and frequently late ones 60 miles per hour. They passed through Unadilla at the rate of 75 miles. Near Sidney a spark plug burned out on the Mercer and the machine proceeded as far as Afton on 3 cylinders. There 5 minutes was taken to put in a new one. At the head of Belden Hill gates were padlocked across the road and a delay of 10 minutes was caused to break the locks. They reached Binghamton at 10:10 and the message was delivered at 10:30 to W. G. Faatz of the Binghamton Motor Car Co., with his son Raymond Faatz at the wheel, who with a Marmon 34 made the start for Elmira.


Effort Made to Have Harpersfield commitment Set Aside.

On Monday there was a jail delivery under rather unusual conditions. William Elliott, who was arrested for theft and held for the grand jury on August 24, in Justice Irving Peck’s court in the town of Harpersfield, was brought into county court on a visit of habeas corpus. The writ was secured by Edward O’Conner at the instance of Mrs. Ella Foster, with whom Elliott resided. The defendant’s counsel argued that the prisoner was illegally confined as there was no evidence contained in the commitment papers sufficient to charge that the crime of burglary had been committed, and nothing to connect this man with such crime had one been shown. District Attorney Hewitt was informed of the proceeding and appeared for the People, claiming that the information and the affidavits were sufficient to warrant the action taken by the justice.

Mr. O’Conner insisted, however, that the affidavits did not allege a crime, and the defendant was unlawfully held. That the affidavits merely stated that goods had been taken and that similar goods were found in the possession of this defendant, which was not competent evidence against his client. The contention of the district attorney was that there was a crime charged, and Judge Raymond so held, but would admit the prisoner to bail if he desired. A bail bond was prepared and signed by Mrs. Foster, who claimed that she was worth $1,000 above all liabilities. It was accepted by the court and the prisoner released until the time for the October grand jury.

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