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Looking Back

100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1917


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Ninety-Year-Old Lady Falls Downstairs - Boys Hurt by Tumbles - Thrown Over Cow’s Head.

Miss Dorothy Doig of Union street fell down the cellar stairs of her home Sunday. Her hand caught on a nail and was painfully lacerated.

Frank Thomas of Beerston, while working in the acid factory there Monday, had the end of his right thumb badly jammed by a four-foot stick of wood.

The Farm Bureau is “doing its bit” in the Liberty Loan campaign. Five thousand circulars in the interest of the loan are being sent to the farmers of the county from the Farm Bureau office.

Gordon Muinix, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. John Muinix of Dryden, fell from his father’s wagon on Delaware street Saturday, sustaining a concussion of the brain. Dr. Gould was called to attend him.

The young son of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Edwards, St. John street, fell while at play last Thursday and struck his eye against a nail protruding from a board. The nail pierced the left eyelid and entered the corner of the eye. Dr. W. R. Gladstone, the attending physician, hopes to save the sight.

While Frank Merwin was helping George Ward to drive some cattle from Franklin to Walton Monday, one of the cows stared to leave the road. Merwin ran in front of the animal to turn it back, but the cow didn’t turn, and the next moment Merwin was thrown over the cow’s head. His wrist was sprained and his side badly bruised, but no bones were broken.

The young daughter of C. A. Robinson, Burton street, fell through one of the basement windows of the new school building, Miller avenue, one day this week. The pupils were playing on the grounds and the girl was thrown against the window. Although her head went through the glass she escaped with cuts about her hands. This is the second similar accident to happen at the school.

The Walton post office has been designated a central accounting office for Delaware county by the Postoffice Department. The accounts of all post offices in Delaware county except the second-class offices of Delhi, Stamford and Sidney, will be audited by the Walton office and supplies will be furnished to them from here. The designation will involve much detail work. Seventy-eight post-offices are affected.

The Walton high school football eleven won the first victory of the 1917 season Saturday by defeating the Sidney high school team. The score was 12 to 0 for the home boys. Ralph Alexander made both touchdowns, one in the second quarter and the other in the last period. Sidney got close to Walton’s goal only twice, and were kept on the defensive. The work of Charles Holmes at end was especially good.

Rev. Cameron Brooks Reed, who was recently called to the pastorate of the Westminster Reformed Presbyterian church in Newburgh, is the youngest minister in that denomination. He is a son of Rev. R. C. Reed of Pittsburgh, Pa., former pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian church in Walton. Rev. Cameron Brooks Reed will finish his studies in the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary next April and will then take up the active duties of his first pastorate.

Martin Smith, who conducts the restaurant in the O. & W. depot, was overcome by heart trouble Saturday on the special train carrying the selected men to Wrightstown. Mr. Smith had the contract to feed the soldiers and had been busy from 3 o’clock in the morning putting up lunches. He was taken ill at Cadosia and at Hancock was removed from the train and attended by Dr. Woolsey. Mr. Smith was brought home in the evening and is now much improved though still unable to work.

The directors of the Walton Farmers Dairy company, owners of the cooperative creamery, have leased the building to Breakstone Brothers, the present occupants, for a term of years. Under the agreement the property will revert to the dairy company at any time in case of a milk strike, so that the dairymen will have use of the building, if needed. The rental will pay the fixed charges and gradually pay off the bonds against the property. The cow tax levied against the stockholders which is due October first, will, it is believed, be the last cow tax necessary.

The season reserved tickets for the Walton high school and community lecture course will be placed on sale in E. D. Baker’s candy store Tuesday, October 9th, at 10 o’clock. Previous to Tuesday the village will be canvassed for the sale of the season tickets, which cost one dollar, and may be exchanged for the season reserved seat tickets by the payment of an additional fifty cents. Students’ season reserved seat tickets are one dollar and the students’ season tickets fifty cents. There are eight numbers in the course this year and possibly a ninth number may be added. The course opens October 16th with the Samaloff Concert Co. Single admissions will be 25 and 35 cents.


Ayer & McKinney Will Have Spermfield Owl’s Eva at National Show.

The American Jersey Cattle Club has arranged to place exhibition at the National Dairy Show at Columbus, Ohio, the cow, Spermfield Owl’s Eva, 193934, whose performance during the past ten years has been one of the stirring chapters of Jersey history.

It is be the first time that Spermfield Owl’s Eva has ever been on exhibition away from her home at Meridale Fams, Meredith, New York. Her owners, Messers. Ayer & McKinney, consented to send her to Columbus for this occasion only at the special request of the managers of the American Jersey Cattle Club. Spermfield Owl’s Eva has produced as high as 16457 lbs. milk, 1168 lbs. of 85% butter on a yearly authenticated test.


Dairymen’s League Director Playing Two Roles


Deal to Support Allen This Year in Return for Machine Nomination Next Fall.

J. J. Thomas of Bloomville is trying to cover two jobs. That of director of Dairymen’s League and a seeker of office from the hands of the Republican machine. His desire for office is much greater than his desire to promote the interests of the dairymen. In various ways he has tried to make it appear that Allen was backed by the league when as everyone knows Nesbitt is its candidate. He has not hesitated to assume that he is the entire league in this county and to do perfectly unauthorized things, signing as director of the league.

The latest and most flagrant instance was his action in the recent conference between the league officials and the milk distributors over the price of milk for October and November.

Thursday, September 27th, at the most critical day in the negotiations, Thomas, as director of the league in this county, sent the following telegram to R. D. Cooper, president of the State Dairymen’s League:

“Compromise price. Delaware County farmers protest against strike.”

But Cooper didn’t compromise as Thomas advised and the distributors paid the price asked by the league. The telegram was sent by Thomas without the knowledge of the president of the county league, Van E. Wilson, of Delhi, or of any official so far as can be learned. Why Thomas should send such a telegram is unexplainable. if there was any “protest” against standing pat for the price it must have been confined to the Bloomville farm of Thomas.

At a meeting of the Bloomville League every opinion expressed, without a single expression, was to stand firm and concede nothing. Where, then, did Thomas get his authority to wire “Compromise price”? Perhaps from Wyer or Allen. Certainly not from any league authority.

Thomas is soured on the league because it endorsed Nesbitt when he had plans to be assemblyman himself. He was promised the nomination by the organization but agreed to postpone his ambition until next year and help Allen this time. If he can make the influence of the league go for nothing this year it will not be a force to be counted next year when he will be the candidate of the organization. It looks as if Thomas was perfectly willing to wreck the league if out of the remains he could climb into office. If the Dairymen’s League had failed to get its price; had taken Thomas’ advice to compromise it would have shown that the dairymen couldn’t stand together and that it didn’t matter if Nesbitt was their candidate.

It isn’t the first time that Thomas has misrepresented the league. Last year he made haste to notify Allen that the revised Wicks’ bill was satisfactory to the farmers of the county, when, in fact, it wasn’t. In that case, as in this proposed compromise of the milk price Thomas held himself out as representing the producers, when, in fact, he only spoke for himself. As director of the league he has been playing Republican machine politics right from the start. The passage of the Wicks’ bill was merely an encouragement to put over the Food Control Bill this year which contains all the provisions of the Wicks bill to which the farmers rejected.

Thomas and Wyer of the Delaware Express are trying to hook Allen up to the dairymen and to make it appear that Nesbitt is not their candidate. To accomplish this the two are perfectly willing to bust up the league.


Charles Tubbs Shot Partner, A Former Sidney Man.

Charles Tubbs of Maryland, Otsego county, who shot and wounded his partner, Ralph Safford, following some business differences, plead guilty to assault in the second degree before Judge A. L. Kellogg in Cooperstown Monday, and paid a fine of $200. Safford is a former Sidney resident.


Special Train Bears Boys Away Amid Cheers of Hundreds - Meeting in Hall.

Walton paid a fitting tribute of honor Saturday to the thirty-three selected men in this district who left here that noon for the National Army training camp at Wrightstown, N. J.

The men selected to go in this increment of the district quota reported at the headquarters of the local board in the Jenks-Patterson block at 9 o’clock. Owing to changes in the personnel of the quota, several of the men called as alternates were sent to camp. At 10:30 o’clock the business places closed and soon after the honor men marched to Walton Hall where a mass meeting was held. The selected men were given seats in the front of the large auditorium which was well filled by those who came to pay the boys a last tribute. Rev. S. R. MacEwan presided at the meeting, at which Judge L. F. Raymond of Franklin and Judge James P. Hill of Norwich gave stirring patriotic addresses.

Later a parade was formed on Gardiner Place with the Walton band leading. In the line were eighteen members of Ben Marvin Post, G. A. R., the village officials and Walton business men, the selected men and citizens on foot and in automobiles. At the depot the Walton quota were joined by the contingent of 32 men from Delhi under command of Hector E. Cowan of Hobart. Charles N. Peake of Walton had command of the men from the Walton district.

In Delhi a demonstration was accorded the men leaving there, and a patriotic address was given to the soldiers on the public square by Rev. James H. Robinson, D. D.

The men leaving from the second district of Delaware county were as follows: Charles N. Peake, Walton; Homer G. Osborne, Meridale; Monte Francisco, Hamden; Phillip Gabriel, Trout Creek; Clinton Millspaugh, Franklin; Charles C. Preston, Sidney; Frank S. Azzoli, Bloomville; Clyde H. Schermerhorn, Davenport; John Poulos, Sidney; George H. Green, Sidney; Arthur W. Cunningham, Sidney; William Corgan, Walton; James Burnside, Rockroyal; Irving Taylor, Eminence; Floyd TenBroeck, Davenport; Merton M. Mills, Barbourville; Martin L. Frank, Bloomville; Otho A. Stern, Walton; Ivan Wardell, Franklin; Albert Caswell, Sidney; Leonard Elderkin, Walton; Reed Webster, Franklin; Archie Begeal, Deposit; Orson Aldrich, Franklin; Charles T. Alverson, Beerston; Harry J. McLean, Beerston; George A. Allen, Meridale; Kenneth E. Stewart, Walton; Frank H. Day, Sidney.


Fire Destroys Buildings at Popular Davenport Resort.

(From Davenport Center cor.)

Tuesday, about noon, the large summer hotel owned by Dan Sherman, at Sherman Lake, near Davenport Center, was destroyed by fire.

The family were eating dinner in the basement of the building and hearing a crackling noise investigated and found the whole upper portion of the hotel in flames. The access to the telephone was shut off by the flames. The only way to obtain aid was by Mr. Sherman coming to the village by auto. A goodly number responded to the call. As hopes of saving the hotel had passed all used every means to save an older house nearby, which they succeeded in doing. The only things saved from the building were a trunk containing their theatrical costumes and a traveling bag, all clothing being consumed by the flames. Among the things lost were $500 belonging to Mrs. Sherman, a Masonic locket set with diamond, valued at $250, of Mr. Sherman’s, a valuable necklace and diamond rings belonging to Mrs. Sherman and daughter. They carried a small insurance. Mr. Sherman estimates his loss at $10,000. Dan Sherman bought the lake property of Clarence Talmadge about five years ago. The property was known then as Strader’s Lake. Mr. Sherman has since erected the hotel that was burned Tuesday, also the theatre building, a number of cottages and has improved the property generally. The family expects to leave in a few days for Detroit, Mich., their first stop on their winter theatrical trip. This loss comes as a hard blow to them and the community unite in sympathy for them.


Cook’s Falls Man Sent to Jail for Six Months.

(From Cook’s Falls cor.)

Last Saturday morning afforded some excitement to Cook’s Falls residents. Simpson, a notorious character of the district, was caught at the Treyz factory, in an attempt to get away with some copper. Louis Huff, superintendent of the factory held Simpson and a companion till the arrival of Deputy Sheriff William Steenrod who relieved him of his burdens. George Hulbert, the Downsville justice of peace, sentenced Simpson to six months imprisonment, and released his companion, whose innocences was satisfactorily established.


No Evidence to Hold Her For Gilman’s Death.

Mrs. Bessie Lindsley, formerly of Colchester, mother of Floyd Lindsley, who is now serving a life sentence for the murder of John Shaw, the chauffeur, on the night of March 31, was released from the custody of the Binghamton police Thursday.

She was being held in connection with the death of Herbert Gilman on September 15th, whose neck was broken by a fall downstairs in Mrs. Lindsley’s house.


Meet League Prices for Creameries That Will Operate


New Prices for October and November Based on Ten- Mile Zone System - Four Cents a Point.

The threatened milk strike was settled Friday when the dealers agreed to sign contracts at the prices fixed by the Dairymen’s League. In the zone in which Walton is located the price is $3.09 per hundredweight for October and $3.33 per hundredweight for November, with a premium of four cents a point for butterfat above three per cent. The price figures out better than 7 cents a quart for milk testing four per cent butter fat and about 8 cents a quart for 4.5 test.

Many smaller creamery companies may close as the owners declare it will be ruinous for them if a surplus should exist and they are obliged to make the milk into butter at the new prices. The tendency will be to concentrate the distributing business in the hands of the larger companies as they can keep down their overhead expenses and take care of any surplus they may receive easier than the small concerns.

The Bordens will close many of the 220 factories, it is stated, and W. H. Sheffield, of Hobart, has stated that the Sheffield company will close eighteen plants. Among them will be the creameries at Davenport, Roxbury and Bainbridge.

The Borden company has announced that beginning October 8 the company will assume no hauling responsibility and the dairymen must see to having the milk brought to their Walton plant. Beginning October first the price of skim milk is to be 75 cents per 40 quart can. Another of the new rulings is that the Borden factories are to make a charge of 20 cents per can per month for all cans loaned to the dairymen. The Delhi and Hamden plants will act as feeders to the Walton factory which will cause an increase in the number of employees here. The league prices of $3.09 for October and $3.33 for November apply at the Walton factory and its feeders, with the exception of Rockroyal, which is 4 cents per 100 pounds less. The Bordens have bought the creamery of H. W. Retz at Mundale and will use it as a feeder for Walton.

Formerly the milk prices were based on a two-zone freight system. The first zone was within 100 miles of New York city, and the second zone over 100 miles from the city. Prices in the second zone were 10 cents a 100 pounds less than in the first. The Dairymen’s League has inaugurated a new system based on a ten-mile zone freight rate. The prices for 3 per cent milk for October and November for each zone from 100 to 200 miles is given below, Walton being in the 160-170 mile zone:

Miles Freight Oc- Notober vember
100-110 $.288 $3.14 $3.33
111-120 .291 3.13 3.27
121-130 .299 3.12 3.26
131-140 .303 3.11 3.35
141-150 .315 3.11 3.25
151-160 .322 3.10 3.24
161-170 .329 3.09 3.33
171-180 .336 3.09 3.33
181-190 .343 3.08 3.22
191-200 .350 3.07 3.31

The Farm Bureau offices has received telegrams from R. D. Cooper, president of the Dairymen’s Legaue, indicating the plants that will be closed and the creameries where milk will be received at league prices:

Borden’s Milk Company has signed for all plants except where notice is posted that plant will be closed. In Delaware county the plants at Sidney Center, Youngs, Pepacton, Downsville and Bloomville will be closed.

The Sheffield Farms Slawson- Decker Co. has signed for South Kortright, Bloomville, Grand Gorge, Hobart, West Harpersfield, Davenport Center. Plants at Roxbury and Davenport will be closed.

Empire Dairy Co. has signed for East Meredith; the Wm. H. Evans Dairy Co. for Beerston and South Gilboa; the Cohen Dairy Co. for Stamford.

Breakstone Bros. have signed for Walton. The Downsville plant will probably be closed.

Mutual-McDermott plant at Delancey will be closed. Polly Bros. have signed for Delancey plant. They make fancy cheese.

Luke Blake Creamery at Kortright Station has signed. Masonville Creamery Company has signed for plant at Masonville.

Beakes Dairy Co. has signed for Merricksville, Franklin Depot and Bartlett Hollow.

Max Blum’s creameries at Arkville and Vega will be closed. Hudson Valley Company’s creamery at Mergaretville will be closed.

Charles Helmers, Hancock, has signed for Kelsey creamery.

T. O. Smith’s Sons have signed for West Kortright and South Kortright.

Phenix Cheese Co. has signed for their Sidney plant.


Dairymen There Going to Unadilla, Franklin Depot and Walton.

(From Sidney Center cor.)

The farmers of this locality were notified last Saturday that the Borden plant at Sidney Center would be closed for one month. As a result of this a number of farmers, especially those having large dairies, have taken their milk to the John Wildi Co. at Unadilla. Others are taking their milk to Franklin Station and Walton. There were 39 dairies coming to this creamery and over seventy cans shipped each day.


North Harpersfield Plant Starts With 62 Patrons.

(North Harpersfield correspondent.)

The New York Board of Health inspector was at North Harpersfield a few days ago and looked over the new creamery and outfit and pronounced it fine. It opened for business Oct. 1 with 62 patrons and about 7,000 lbs. of milk. Others will come in soon without a doubt. We hope it will be a great success, but of course that will depend largely on how the farmers fit their barns and stay by it.

Milk Strike at Hancock.

(From our Hancock Cor.)

Monday and Tuesday a milk strike took place at Hancock creamery. Practically all the farmers held their milk back, as per order from the Dairymen’s League, but late Tuesday afternoon an agreement was reached between the creamerymen and the league and Wednesday morning milk again began to come to the creamery and things are running smooth again.


Rural New Yorker Declares Delaware County Sets Example for State.

The Assembly contest in Delaware county is attracting an interest state wide on account of the issue involved. The defeat of J. Clark Nesbitt at the polls in November would prove again the old saying that the farmers will not stick together.

Probably no man stands higher today in the estimation of the dairymen of Delaware county that John J. Dillon, the state commissioner of Foods and Markets. In spite of the slurs of the Delhi newspaper at Mr. Nesbitt’s meeting with Mr. Dillon at the Delhi fair and Wyer’s attempt to hook Allen onto the tail of Dillon’s kite, the Rural New Yorker, the well known agricultural paper owned by Mr. Dillon has this to say in its issue of Sept. 29 about the situation in Delaware county under the heading, “An Example for New York Farmers”:

“The dairymen of Delaware county are going at it right. Heretofore they have stood by the party organizations and voted the party ticket. They have become dissatisfied with the results, and they have introduced a reform. Last June in a Grange meeting they had a non-partisan committee appointed to designate a nonpartisan candidate for member of the assembly to be elected to represent them at Albany next year. They wanted a dairyman to represent dairymen. In August the committee met and designated one of the most successful young dairymen of the county, J. Clark Nesbitt. The committee proposed to the various organizations of the county regardless of party lines, to make it possible by designation or otherwise for members to vote for or against Mr. Nesbitt in the primaries. The Republican county committee did not hold a meeting to designate candidates and a petition was circulated to put Mr. Nesbitt on the primary ballot. The Democratic committee accepted the proposal and put his name on the ballot. The Prohibition candidate had already been named, but he withdrew in favor of Mr. Nesbitt. It does not seem that there is much more to it. The dairymen of Delaware County will be represented at Albany for the first time by a dairymen selected without regard to partisan politics by themselves. To put it in their own language, they want to send a man whom they can trust without watching. That is the answer of Delaware County dairymen to the politicians in Albany who forced legislation on them during the last year that they did not want and protested against. It is their answer to the man who said farmers would forget all about it in a year, and if they did not he would put enough money in the doubtful counties to maintain the party vote. It would be some picnic to follow the gentleman or his agents with the ‘dough bag’ through Delaware county. Of course, they will elect J. Clark Nesbitt, and in doing so they will not only be properly represented at Albany, but they will set a good example for the rest of the state.”


Indications Point to Several Changes Among Supervisors


Contests Over Superintendent and Collector.

Most of the Republican caucuses for the nomination of town officers where held Saturday, September 29. In some of the towns the Democrats have held their caucus, but most of them will be held Friday and Saturday of this week. The chairman and secretary of each caucus should see that the necessary certificates are filed at once after their caucus, one copy with the town clerk and the other with the Board of Elections in Delhi. The certificate must be sworn to by the secretary and chairman before a notary public or justice of the peace.

In some of the towns there was a big fight on over supervisor. In Franklin and Meredith highway matters figured largely as both Supervisors Leroy Evans of Franklin and Ferris D. Mackey of Meredith favored the change of the Meredith-Franklin state road from Treadwell to North Franklin. Both were renominated, Evans by 37 majority over E. D. Ogden and Mackey by 111 over Frank Henderson of East Meredith.

In each town the Democrats have put up a strong candidate for supervisor. In Franklin J. Benjamin Warner will oppose Mr. Evans and Walter Beardsley is the party candidate in Meredith.

Hector S. Marvin defeated Harrie Frazier in the Republican caucus in Delhi by a large majority and has been endorsed by the Democrats. John Chambers, chairman of the Board, declined to again be a candidate in Hamden and the Republicans have nominated A. B. Shaw. The Democrats have nominated strong candidates in Andes, Masonville, Stamford and Tompkins, where the party caucus has already been held.


Dewey Van Valkenburg Came to Death From Gunshot Wound.

The lifeless body of Dewey Van Valkenburg, aged 19 years, was found in the road, near his home, two and a half miles from Granton, about 8 o’clock Wednesday morning. This discovery was made by Ed. Dumond near whose home the body was found. Coroner C. R. Woods of Delhi was called and after conducting an inquest issued a burial permit.

Dewey Van Valkenburg lived with his mother, Mrs. Hattie VanValkeburg, in Chamberlain Hollow. A new house was being erected on the farm and the boy’s uncle, Milo VanValkenburg of Walton, has been there doing carpenter work. About 7 o’clock Tuesday evening Dewey Van- Valkenburg left his home, remarking to his uncle that he intended to attend the prayer meeting service at Granton.

The young man had been keeping company with a Granton young lady, but they had recently had a disagreement. He walked to the home of the girl and asked her if he could continue to come and see her, but she told him that she wished to have nothing more to do with him. He left for his own home and this was the last seen of him alive.

VanValkenburg apparently returned to his mother’s farm and secured a double-barreled shotgun from the barn. About nine o’clock Gilbert Davie, a neighbor, states that he heard a shot fired.

When found by Mr. Dumond the young man’s body lay face downward in the ditch, while the gun lay in the highway.

Dr. Palmerton of Cannosville was called and at once summoned Dr. C. R. Woods of Delhi, the coroner, who proceed to the place of the tragedy.

Dewey VanValkenburg is survived by his mother, Mrs. Frank VanValkenburg; one sister, Mrs. Elmer Niles, living near Unadilla; and three brothers, Stratford of Masonville and Leon and Stanley at home. The funeral will be held Saturday at one o’clock at the house.


Dairymen’s League Officers Believe This Is Solution to Problem.

The closing of many creameries throughout the county has left certain sections without a receiving station where milk may be taken without a long haul. The East Branch valley will be particularly hard hit.

At Downsville both the Borden and Breakstone plants will be closed, but at present the Breakstones are making the milk of their former patrons into butter for them. The matter of closing the Retz creamery at Arena is still undecided. The Hudson Valley creamery at Margaretville and the Blum creamery at Arkville are closed.

The Dairymen’s League advises the establishment of cooperative creameries in places where plants are closed and has sent a circular letter to that effect to the local leagues affected. If buildings cannot be purchased the erection of a plant is urged.

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