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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 1917


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


No Firemen’s Supper This Year Broke Collar BoneThe Terry Auction Coming Weddings.

There will be no firemen’s supper this year. This was decided at a recent meeting of the Walton fire department.

The beginning of Lent or Ash Wednesday, comes on February 21, which brings Easter April 8, or fifteen days earlier than last year.

Charles Cole of Bobs Brook had a bad gash cut in his scalp one day this week when his axe caught and glanced, striking him in the head.

Mrs. William Cable fell on the ice Thursday evening, near the Congregational church and fractured her left wrist. Dr. Morrow reduced the fracture.

Gasoline took a jump in price last Wednesday from 22 to 25 cents a gallon, when delivered by the Standard Oil wagon. The retail price raised accordingly.

Among the militia units which will return from the Mexican border soon in accordance with orders issued this week, is the division supply train of which a number of Walton boys are members.

The market for eggs has been much weaker and quotations are now 42 and 43 cents, against 50 cents a week ago. Butter, prints, 41 cents; tub, 40 cents; roll, 38 cents. Potatoes are $1.40 and there is no scarcity. Apples are plentiful at 50 cents a bushel.

Twelve friends of Miss Florence Hart gave her a crystal shower Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. W. B Morrow, Townsend street, in honor of her approaching marriage to Charles Patchen of Sidney. Miss Hart has been a teacher in the Walton school for several years and has made many friends here.

Invitations are out for the marriage of Miss Beatrice Marian Schafer to Ernest Holbart. The ceremony will take place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schafer, Starlight, Pa., Monday January 29. Miss Schafer is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Douglas of Walton and has often visited here.

The Walton High School basketball team was defeated by the Deposit High School five in the auditorium Friday evening by a score of 29 to 15. The game was a fast and exciting one but the Walton boys failed to shoot baskets when chances offered. The game between the girls’ teams of the two schools was easily won by Walton.

At the meeting of creditors of the Walton Home Telephone Company, held Tuesday in Delhi, Arthur E. Conner, the receiver, was elected trustee. The company was thrown into bankruptcy following the destructions of its wires by employees of the Bryce Company, who had obtained possession of a majority of the stock in the Home Company.

Mrs. Herbert Oles of Bear Spring Mountain had her right collar bone fractured in an accident last Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Oles had driven to the village and had reached the river bridge when their team became frightened at some passing school children and shied to one side. This caused the sleigh to slew and strike the pier of the bridge, throwing Mrs. Oles against the bridge.

Mrs. Emma Patterson has sold her house on Bruce street to Miss Helen Clark, the nurse. The sale was made through S. D. Fuller. Mrs. Patterson and daughter Josephine are now in Pasadena, Cal., where they will make their home. John Wolf, who recently sold his farm on West Brook to John K. Gilchrist of Meredith, has bought Mr. Gilchrist’s house on Bruce street and will take possession March first.

At the meeting of the New York State Association of Union Agricultural Societies, held in Albany last Thursday, George L. Wilber of Oneonta was re-elected president for the twenty-third time. A. F. Reynolds, president of the Walton Fair Association, is a member of the executive committee of the state association. Mr. Wilbur was presented with a massive silver loving cup by the association.

The annual town conference of Sunday school officers and teachers of Walton, will be held in the Congregational church, Walton, Monday afternoon, January 29, at 1:30 p. m. Miss Haris, assistant state superintendent will be here to clear up any haziness that may exist in the minds of officers and teachers. Everyone should be present, thereby gaining a thorough understanding of the essential points in the town and county Sabbath school work.

An auction which will draw a crowd from a large territory is the dispersal sale of Mrs. Walter L. Terry’s fine herd of Holsteins at the farm, Colchester Station, next Tuesday. The late Walter Terry was one of the pioneer breeders of thoroughbred Holsteins in this section and the herd to be sold comprises some fine animals. Mrs. Terry recently sold her farm to William Ward of Bovina. The farm implements will be sold Wednesday of next week at auction.


H. Colony of Unadilla and F. Barton of Oneonta Lose Lives


Body of Oneonta Trainman Badly Mangled Colony Did Not Hear Approaching Work Train.

Two employees of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad were killed this week. They were Frank J. Barton of Oneonta and Horace Colony of Unadilla, a former Masonville man.

Frank J. Barton, aged 20 years, a Delaware & Hudson trainman, was killed at Central Bridge Saturday evening. Barton, who lived in Oneonta, was a native of East Worcester, Otsego county, and had resided in Oneonta for two years.

It is thought that while the young man was engaged in releasing retainers of the Howes Caves hill, he slipped and fell between the wheels of the train. He was head trainman on extra 1093, northbound, and when the train reached Central Bridge Barton was missed and a search instituted. The mangled body of the unfortunate young man was found int he south end of the yards.

Frank Barton is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Barton, of Charlotteville; four brothers, Chauncey of Oneonta, Fred, Ernest and Earl of Charlotteville; and three sisters, Mrs. Howard Brownell of South Worcester, Mrs. Fred Lake of Binghamton, and Miss Goldie Barton of Charlotteville. The body was taken to Charlotteville for burial.

Horace Colony was killed on the Adams St., crossing, Unadilla, last Thursday morning at 1030 o’clock. Mr. Colony, who was working on the section, evidently saw a freight train coming and in an endeavor to avoid being run over by one train did not hear the work train coming and lost his life.

He wore a cap over his ears and it is concluded he did not hear the train coming. His legs were severed from his body just above the knees and he was otherwise injured. He was taken to the D. & H. station and died before reaching there. The body was placed in the baggage room to await the arrival of Coroner Getman of Oneonta. He was a man in the fifties and leaves a wife, Olive Buckley, and eight children; Florence, Leonard, Helen, Beatrice, Virginia, Charles, Burton and Louisa Colony.

The funeral was in St. Matthew’s Episcopal church Saturday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by the Rev. Yale Lyon. Burial was given in Chestnut Hill cemetery. Mr. Colony was a faithful and hard working man and for many years a resident of Unadilla. He was born in Masonville and spent his early life there.


Need of Fire Company in Village Again Demonstrated.

(From our Long Eddy correspondent)

Sunday evening, about 8 o’clock, fire was discovered in the very top of Kinney Bros’. ice house at Long Eddy. This building is back of the store and in the heart of the business section of the village. The fire alarm was quickly given, and men and women, in their usual readiness to help in trouble, worked with pails of water while the fire company hose was brought into play as soon as possible, and another attached at Porter’s Hotel. The flames were soon extinguished. Had it been in the night, when probably it would not have been discovered so quickly, nothing could have saved the town, as the wind was blowing strongly and it was bitter cold.

After the burning of the lumber mills last spring there was talk of organizing a fire company, but like many another good resolution, it was forgotten before it bore fruit. It is a vital matter. Will not some one of our business men call a meeting and appoint a committee to see that everything is in readiness to use in case of fire? We have had two fires recently. Let us not fail to be prepared for the third.


Organization Perfected at Tuesday’s Meeting in Delhi


Executive Committee Will Act on This and Problem of Test Premiums Want Dillon Retained.

On Tuesday an important meeting of dairymen was held in the Commercial Club rooms of the Y. M. C. A. building in Delhi. It was important in that it represented an effort to further solidify the farmer element and strengthen the results already attained by means of organization. Optimism is the true watchword. The past fifty years have been unsatisfactory and more or less unremunerative for the tiller of the soil, because of pessimistic ideas and selfishness on his part. But the Dairymen’s League is encouraging because of getting results and the prospect of more power in the future.

At the meeting Tuesday E. R. Eastman of the Farm Bureau, as usual, injected optimistic ideas into the meeting and he was heartily cheered each time he spoke. The dairymen realize quite fully what he is doing for their interests, and more and more are standing behind and seconding his vigorous efforts.

The meeting at this time was called to order by the member of the executive committee for this county, J. J. Thomas, who stated that its object was a permanent county organization and the election of officers, that the work and the interests of the organization may be promoted properly. Also that new conditions which arise may be promptly met and the general work in connection with the state organization be attended to. The attendance was very good at this meeting and most of the towns of the county were represented.

The following delegates were registered: Andes, John T. Roney; Colchester, E. M. Dann, Downsville and William Potts of Pepacton; Davenport, Henry C. Fox; Delhi, Van E. Wilson; Franklin, Judge Raymond of Franklin and Tracey E. Remington of Treadwell; Hamden, W. H. Brisbane; Kortright, E. B. Frisbee, E. W. Georgia and Clark Frisbee; Meredith, W. L. Burdick, East Meredith; Middletown, E. C. Haddow of Arena, P. D. Benedict of Kelly’s Corners; Roxbury, A. J. Underwood; Sidney, W. J. Mayo; E. J. Peckham and E. C. Birdsall; Stamford, Fred Brockway; Walton, E. J. Keene, Beerston, John D. Smith, Walton, and Rev. G. M. McKnight.

The officers chosen unanimously are: President, Van E. Wilson of Delhi; vice president, F. A. Caswell of Roxbury; secretary, James J. Thomas of Bloomville; treasurer, H. C. McKenzie of Walton; director, E. M. Dann of Downsville. These five constitute the executive committee.

Hector Cowan of Hobart was chosen as preliminary chairman and E. M. Dann of Downsville as secretary, at the opening of the meeting. Vice president Caswell presided for a time or until the arrival of president Wilson.

The first topic taken in hand was the matter of extra price for milk test. Mr. Thomas opened and others who followed mainly spoke of the unfairness of the 3 cents per point to the Jersey herds, and many were in favor of making it 4 cents. Figures were given to prove the contention. Some felt that it would be difficult to have a change made, but the Holstein side of the case was not urged and no one objected to making it four cents. Among those who spoke on the subject were Judge Raymond, Walter Gladstone of Andes, T. W. Pierce of Delhi, H. C. Fox of Davenport, E. M. Dann and Van Wilson. It was unanimously decided to put the matter in the hands of the executive committee for consideration.

Mr. Thomas next called up a question that is giving much concern, that of having one cent per 100 pounds of milk retained for the expenses of the League, either by the dealer or by having a report by the dealer of the number of pounds each patron sold during the month. It was generally considered a fair proposition, but there were various ideas as to how it might be worked out. The general opinion was that all who sold milk should be in the plan, whether members of the League or not, for every dairyman is reaping the benefits of the League’s good work. No definite action was taken on this, and the executive committee will have something to think about.

The question of rendering aid and such assistance as possible in the line of state legislation was briefly discussed and there was a manifest feeling in favor of the retention of John J. Dillon in his present position. This meeting evidenced the fact that the battle is still on and it is no time to think of resting on the temporary laurels won last fall. The League needs real support now as much as then, for the problems are not all settled and there will be new ones from time to time.


Judge Raymond Orders New Trial of Fish’s Eddy Case.

In County Court Monday a decision in the matter of William D. Adams vs. Gilbert Hubbell, both of Fish’s Eddy, was entered in which the judgement of the justice vacating the replevin on a moving picture machine was reversed and a new trial of the case ordered.

Augustus R. Benedict of Oneonta was appointed committee of his father, Philo F. Benedict of Delhi, and the bond was placed at $35,000, which is about the amount of personal property in the estate. As Mr. Benedict lies in a critical condition the bond has not been filed, awaiting the outcome of his illness.

The following persons have been committed to the Binghamton State hospital: January 15, Louise B. Clark of Franklin; January 16, Benjamin Hornbeck of the town of Middletown; January 20, Homer Barnett of Franklin.


William Donaldson Fractured Arm Only Few Weeks Ago.

(From our Corbett correspondent)

William Donaldson of Corbett broke his leg Friday. A few weeks ago he was thrown from a wagon while unloading coal, breaking his arm and otherwise bruising him.

On Friday last Mr. Donaldson was in the act of crossing a foot bridge to get his team to deliver some coal. The recent rain had taken the ice down the brook and broke one of the stringers in the bridge, letting the bridge tilt sidewise. Mr. Donaldson slipped on the bridge and fell, striking on his hip, breaking the bone in his right leg about three inches below the hip.

He was discovered by Mrs. Perry Thomas, who lives a short distance from the bridge. She called Charles Flurch, who assisted him to get upon the bridge. Mrs. Thomas then ran about a quarter mile and summoned more help. Mrs. Thomas got a cot bed, and the injured man was taken on the cot to Frank Hobart’s, where he boards, and Dr. Fred Wilson of Downsville was summoned and reduced the fracture. Mr. Donaldson is a member of the Downsville Masonic lodge, which he joined many years ago. He is a man well advanced in years and it will probably be some time before he fully recovers.


Thomas Piggot, Zinc Worker, Struck By Train.

Thomas Piggot, an employee of the St. Nicholas zinc mines as Wurstboro, Sullivan county, was killed by an Ontario & Western train Friday about half a mile south of Summitville.

Engineer H. B. Weeden on train 13 saw the body on the northbound track, but not in time to stop the train and the body was badly mangled by the wheels. The man was deaf and it is thought had been stuck by a pusher engine from Middletown while he was on his way to work. Piggot, who was 57 years of age, lived between Roosa Gap and Burlingham.


Miss Elizabeth Worden Sprains Ankle and Breaks Bone.

(From our Roxbury correspondent)

Miss Elizabeth Worden, primary teacher in the Roxbury High School, had the misfortune to fall on the ice at Margaretville, as she was alighting from a wagon, preparatory to returning to Roxbury Sunday afternoon, and sprained her ankle very badly, besides breaking the large bone of her leg just above the ankle. She was taken back to her home, where at last reports she was recovering as nicely as could be expected.


Former Franklin Woman Dies Friday From Poisoning


Fred Race Attempted Suicide on Day of Sheriff’s Sale Mother Hysterical From Nervous Shock.

Mrs. Velma Race of Castle Creek, near Binghamton, died late Friday night from poison taken after her son, Fred B. Race, had attempted suicide. He shot himself in the left breast with a .32 calibre rifle and is reported to be in serious condition in the Binghamton hospital.

The family are former residents of Franklin and Arena and have many friends in both places who were shocked to learn of the tragedy.

Mrs. Race was the widow of George Race, a Civil War veteran, and for a number of years the family has lived at Castle Creek, Broome county, near Binghamton. The son had at one time been a patient in the state hospital.

A judgement had been secured against Fred Race for the sum of $300. He was unable to pay the judgement and notices had been posted for several weeks of a forced sale of personal property by the sheriff last Thursday, January 18. Mr. Race worried over the sale while attaches of the Broome county sheriff’s office were on their way to his home last Thursday to take charge of the sale, the unfortunate man attempted to end his life by shooting himself. The bullet entered his left side. Race was removed to the Binghamton City Hospital, where he is reported to be in a serious condition.

Mrs. Race became hysterical and declared she would kill herself. She was closely watched, but managed to get a hold of a box of “rough on rats” poison and swallowed the entire contents. When she became ill everyone believed she was suffering from the nervous shock of her son’s deed. A physical was summoned, but despite every effort she grew gradually worse until death relieved her sufferings. It was not until a few hours before she died that she confessed that she had poisoned herself.

The body was brought to Franklin Monday for interment beside her husband in the Ouleout Valley cemetery. Beside the son mentioned, Mrs. Race is survived by two brothers, LeGrande Bissell of Franklin and Emmett Bissell of Sidney Center, and a sister Mrs. Fitch Burdock, of Franklin. She was about 60 years of age.

The Reporter’s correspondent at Arena writes: Mr. D. J. Lawrence and Mrs. Thomas Hare were called to Binghamton on Saturday by the death of Mrs. Velma Race, who committed suicide by taking poison at her home near Binghamton that morning. Mrs. Race lived a number of years with her son Fred on what is known as the James Race farm, near Arena, and was well and favorably known here, and her friends were shocked by her rash act.

Reports received at Franklin Thursday afternoon were to the effect that while Fred Race was still alive, he was very low and the hospital authorities had little hope for his recovery.


Building Near Halcottville Destroyed Tuesday Morning.

(From Halcottville correspondent.)

The small house known as the Schamerhorn House situated about three miles above Halcottville burned to the ground by fire of mysterious origin on Tuesday morning at about 5 a. m.

This house had been unoccupied since that summer when some city boarders made their home there. Last fall it was purchased by John Purchell of Hallcottville and was owned by him at the time of the fire. The house was entirely empty, there being no furniture or anything in it, and it is certainly a mystery how it could have gotten on fire. It was insured but not enough to cover the loss.


First Hearing Will Be at Delhi on February 6.

The first hearing in the appeal of the town of Hancock from the equalization of assessments in Delaware county for the year 1916, will be held in the supervisors’ room in Delhi on Tuesday, February 6.

Commissioner Walter H. Knapp has been designated to sit at the hearing of this appeal. The character of the testimony submitted will be similar to that in the equalization case last year.

The town of Hancock secured a reduction of its equalization in 1915 and that case is now on appeal before the Appellate Division. Practically the same questions are involved this year, the town of Hancock claiming that the equalization of its assessment is unjust in comparison with other towns. The equalization commission increased the 1915 equalization $700,000 over the assed valuation of the town. The tax commission ordered this reduced $602,000. The commission this year raised the town about $500,000 over the assessed valuation. The state and county taxes of the towns are levied upon the equalized values.


Fire in Corbett Acid Factory Tuesday Morning.

(From our Corbett correspondent.)

On Monday morning about four o’clock the people of Corbett were awakened from their slumbers by the continued blowing of the factory whistle. The cause was soon learned to be a fire in the charcoal tipple, which was put out with difficultly, as fire in charcoal is hard to extinguish.

The next morning fire was discovered in the acetate room, burning 100 bags of acetate, which was valued at $1,000. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is thought by some that cigarette smoking may have had something to do with it.


District Superintendent Bell of Kingston Escapes Injury.

Rev. Richard E. Bell, D. D., district superintendent of the Kingston district of the Methodist Episcopal church, had a narrow escape from being struck on the head by a falling window in the front of the uptown station on the Kingston postoffice in the Warren building, on Fair street, Wednesday afternoon.

A double window in the upper floor had become unhooked and a sudden gust of wind was sufficient to loosen it. Instead of falling straight down, the sash was carried by the wind in a slanting direction and was carried just over Dr. Bell’s head.


Gave Pleasing Concert in Walton Hall Tuesday Evening.

A popular and entertaining number of the Community Lecture Course was presented in Walton Hall on Tuesday evening by the Florentine Musicians, before a large and appreciative audience. The company consisted of four performers-violinist, reader and soloist, pianist, and a player on the concert accordion; and whether taking their parts separately or together, they were always enthusiastically received by the audience.

A portion of the program was made up of Italian street songs and folk songs, also bits from Italian operas, and while rendering these the performers were dressed in the Italian costume, which added much to the pleasing effect.

While the work of each of the performers is worthy of mention, possibly that of Mr. Vissochi on the concert accordion deserves special attention. Mr. Vissochi has played in many of the musical centers of the world and his rendering of the various selections is something long to be remembered by the many who had the pleasure of hearing him.


But Judge Intimated That Humane Society May Take Care of Two.

Much of the time of Surrogate’s Court last Monday was taken up in hearing evidence and discussion of the merits of a petition filed by the county Humane Society seeking the guardianship of five children now in the home of their father, Harrison Haennings of the town of Colchester. Ten children have been born in that family, nine of whom are living, and it is the contention of the Humane Society that Haennings has never been able to properly care for his family. When complaint was made to the society officer Phelps investigated the case and reached the conclusion that the five children at home were not properly clothed, fed or educated, and he has found good homes where they may receive the right care. The testimony of one of the daughters, who has become a worthy woman since leaving home, showed that none of the nine children had learned to read or write while at home. The family lives off the highway and over two miles from school, which makes it impossible for little ones to attend much in the winter, but there has been neglect on the part of the parents. Judge Raymond’s appeal to the parents for the consent that two of the older girls at home, aged 13 and 14 years, be given this opportunity for getting an education carried no weight with them, and he intimated that it seemed his duty to make such an order. He, however, stated that he would hold the matter open until next Monday.


Supply and Demand in December About EqualThe Prices.

The New York market in December gradually reached a more satisfactory condition and during the present month has been about normal. Supply and demand are about equal. There is plenty of milk and still no appreciable surplus.

The receipts in the New York market for December totaled 1,589,281 cans of milk and 47,735 cans of cream and unsweetened condensed. Compared with the corresponding month of last year this is a gain of 49,909 cans of milk and a loss of 1,098 cans of cream and unsweetened condensed, a net gain equal to 44,419 cans of plain milk, a daily average of 1,433.

The Arbitration Committee, representing the Dairymen’s League and the dealers, met December 27 in New York city and adopted the following schedule: January, $2.20; February, $2.15; and March, $2.10. These prices are for 100 pounds of milk testing three per cent butter fat, with the usual addition of three cents for each one-tenth of one per cent increase. Prices in No. 2 district are ten cents per hundred pounds less. These prices show an advance of five cents per hundred pounds over the previously published Dairymen’s League schedule. -Milk Reporter.


Liberty Man Claims Undue Influence Used on Uncle.

The trial of the suit brought be John J. Stevens of Liberty, Sullivan county, against Mrs. Marie Halstead, has been transferred from Sullivan to Orange county.

The suit is brought by Stevens, a furniture dealer at Liberty, to have set aside the formal adoption of the defendant by his uncle, Charles E. Stevens, who died in Middletown last November. He also asks to have set aside letters of administration granted to her by the late Mr. Stevens on his estate.

John J. Stevens claims that both adoption and letters of administration were obtained by fraud. Charles Stevens formally adopted the woman, who is 47 years of age and married, about two months before his death. She has several children, but is separated from her husband.


Final Argument Before Court of Appeals in $100,000 Case.

The last appeal and argument in the action brought by William Gregory as trustee in bankruptcy of Knapp Bros., Deposit bankers, to recover notes amounting in face value to more than $400,000 from the Binghamton Trust Company and George C. Van Tuyl, State Commissioner of Banks, was argued before the Court of Appeals in Albany Monday.

The market value of the notes is to be said to be about $250,000, including the interest which has accumulated since the trial of the suit before Justice Sewell and a jury in Binghamton in the winter of 1914. The jury rendered a verdict for the plaintiff, appeal to the Appellate Division being taken by the Binghamton Trust Company. Here affirmance of the verdict was obtained. The appeal argued Monday took the case to the highest court in the state.

Order Sidney Crossing Closed.

The Public Service Commission has issued an order directing that the Miller crossing on the state road west of Sidney be closed and discontinued and that the highway travel be diverted therefrom by the construction of new pieces of highway on the east and west sides of the O. & W. railroad and that an overhead crossing to be located about 1,500 feet north of the present grade crossing be built.


But Rumors of Purchase Are Probably Without Foundation.

The recent purchase by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., of the Billings estate on Washington Heights in upper New York, has resulted in reports that the purchase was made with the purpose of affording entrance into New York city for the Ontario & Western railroad by the construction of an interstate bridge from New Jersey to the Billings tract.

Little credence is placed in the report, which is probably on a par with reported changes in control of the Ontario & Western in the past.

Sidney Man Home From Border.

Corporal Robert Reeser of E Company, Fourth Pennsylvania infantry, and who has been stationed with his regiment at El Paso, Texas, the past seven months, has arrived at his home in Sidney. The regiment left the border January 8. He was accompanied to Sidney by Sergeant A. P. Borrell, of the same company, the home station of which is at Hamburg, Pa.


Provide Ventilation When You Run the Engine Inside.

The increasing number of automobile exhaust asphyxiations has prompted the Federal Bureau of Mines to issue a warning against operating automobile engines in small garages with doors and windows closed.

“In the tests conducted,” said the warning, “the air in the garage was rendered decidedly dangerous after the automobile engine had been running fifteen minutes. The gas is carbon monoxide, colorless, odorless and tasteless and is extremely poisonous. The dangerous symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning come almost without warning and collapse in a garage generally proves fatal unless outside aid arrives very soon.

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