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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1918


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Bolt Closes Drug Store - Will Engage in War Work - Teachers Will Leave - Has Four Patents.

Frank Armstrong has bought the Hoyt place at West Brook and will take possession at once.

The New York conference of the M. E. church will be held in Newburgh next week. Rev. B. M. Denniston will attend.

Mrs. Henry Olmstead of Pines was injured Saturday when a storm door blew shut and struck her in the forehead, cutting a bad gash.

The annual meeting of the Walton Fire Department will be held in the firemen’s rooms in Walton Hall next Wednesday evening, April 3rd, at 8 o’clock.

Friends of Miss Cora Sisum gave her a bridal shower Monday evening at the home of Mrs. W. R. Hall, Benton Avenue. Many useful gifts were received.

The Walton high school basketball team was defeated by the Delhi five at the county seat Friday evening. A large party of “rooters” accompanied the Walton boys in autos.

All persons having an income of $1,000 or over must file their income tax returns by April first. Neil Brewster of Syracuse is the collector of internal revenue for this district. Dr. C. S. Gould has purchased the house and lots of Mrs. Jane Launt, lower Townsend street. Dr. Gould expects to remodel and enlarge the house before occupying the place.

I. J. DeMott of Cannonsville has rented the Riverside blacksmith shop, and will take possession April first. E. T. Wakeman, who has been there, will manage his West Brook farm this season.

John N. Bolt has closed out his drug store business. The stock in the store was purchased by Howard E. Lane, and the fixtures have also been disposed of. Mr. Bolt has not decided on his future plans.

Ralph Crawford, who came east last year from Star county, North Dakota, and bought the Hamilton farm, McGibbon Hollow, was recently in Washington, D. C., where he applied for four patents on farm machinery.

The Congregational church of Walton, by a unanimous vote Sunday, granted leave of absence to the pastor Rev. C. S. Wyckoff, in order that he may engage in war camp work at one of the army training camps.

E. B. Guild, cashier of the First National Bank, has been appointed manager for the Red Cross War Fund, which opens May 20. The one hundred million dollars raised for the Red Cross fund the year ending in June has practically all been appropriated for relief purposes, largely in France.

Rural letter carriers receiving $1,200 a year or less are granted an increase of 20 percent by an amendment tentatively added to the postal increase bill Friday by the House. Rural carriers, whose routes are more than 20 miles in length would also receive additional compensation of $24 a year for each mile more than 20 that they are required to travel each day.

The team of Fred Loker, Fish Hollow, backed off the road Sunday afternoon near the watering trough at the junction of the East Brook and Mountain roads. The check rein on one horse caught under the end of the tongue and the horse began to back up. The wagon was backed off the highway and down the bank a few feet against a wire fence. Mrs. Loker and child were thrown out but were not seriously injured.

William K. Dunn, instructor in physical training in the Walton high school, has accepted a similar position at Huntington, L. I. for the ensuing year, at a salary of $1,400 with the first privilege of having charge of the playgrounds during the summer at an additional compensation of $200. Miss Elizabeth Sayer, teacher of English in the Walton high school, has received notice of her appointment under civil service rules, in the war department in Washington, at a salary of $1,100 a year, has been asked to report at once.

The village board met Monday evening to organize for the ensuing year. The principal business was the appointment of a street commissioner and other officers. There were four candidates for commissioner, A. L. Wade, John McGibbon, A. R. Babcock and A. R. Charles. Mr. Wade was appointed and his salary fixed at $75 per month. W. A. Soper was named as chief of police and C. R. Wakemen, John Paine, V. A. Wolf and Joseph Schauffler as police officers. Alexander Neish was designated as village attorney at a retainer fee of $50 per annum and Joseph McClelland was reappointed village clerk. Mrs. Paul Nichols was named as park commissioner. The following standing committees were named by president W. J. More; highways, Retz, and McCabe; sidewalks, St. John and Retz; fire department, Mc- Cabe and Osterhout; electric light, Osterhout and St. John. The regular meeting of the village board will be held the first Tuesday evening of each month.


Senate Education Bill Provides More State Aid.

The bill introduced in the state senate to repeal the Township School Law and embody its best features in the new measure provides for greatly increased state aid for the school districts.

Union free school districts may receive nonresident pupils and charge a tuition equal to the actual cost of instruction; the state paying $20, the district from which the pupil comes paying the difference. Should this feature of the new bill be passed there would be an income to District No. 1 Walton, from the districts contributing nonresidents of between $2,000 and $3,000 and other high schools would be similarly benefited.

State aid provided by this bill is greatly increased. Every school district in every town school district will receive a district quota of $250. Every union free school district will receive a district quota of $250. To every city, union free school district and town school district maintaining an academic department an academic quota of $600 will be added. In other words every high school district will receive $850 in lieu of the $125 district quota and $100 academic quota now received or a net gain of $625. If the bill should become law the total of state aid received by Delaware county schools would be increased $26,775 in the districts quotas and $6,500 in the academic quotas, a total of $33,275. Sullivan county would receive $17,950 more, Otsego $35,300 more, Chenango an increase of $28,200, Schoharie of $18,450.


Justice Kellogg Finds For Defendant in Latera - Davis Case.

A final hearing was had in Supreme Court at Oneonta before Justice Kellogg on the 23rd of March, 1918, in the case of Angelo Latera v. Freeman W. Davis. The parties are from Hobart.

The plaintiff brought an action to have three chattel mortgages which he had given to Mr. Davis – one for the purchase price of cows in the sum of $950, and two additional chattel mortgages which he had given for $300 and $125 respectively, declared paid and cancelled of record.

Judge Kellogg heard the testimony of the parties and their witnesses, and when the case was closed, on motion of Mr. O’Connor, attorney for the defendant Davis, dismissed the complaint, and ordered judgment in favor of Mr. Davis and against Latera. John G. Johnson appeared for the plaintiff.


Bonds Will Bear 4 1.4 Per Cent Interest


Committees Organized Throughout County to Make Issues a Success in This Section - Baby Bonds.

The third Liberty Loan to open April 6, will be for $3,000,000,000 and all over subscriptions at 4 ¼ per cent interest. Bonds of the first loan, bearing 3 ½ per cent interest, and of the second loan at 4 per cent may be converted into the new bonds, but those of the third loan will not be convertible into any future issue. This announcement was made by Secretary McAdoo Monday. In connection with the loan, the secretary plans to establish a sinking fund with which to purchase back any bonds of the third loan thrown on the market, in order to aid in keeping the price up to par. The maturity of the bonds is yet to be determined, but it was officially stated that they would be long term, probably between 20 and 30 years.

Owing to engagements of E. N. Potter, chairman of the Liberty Loan committee for district No. 4, which includes Delaware and Sullivan counties, it has been found necessary to change slightly the date on which it is planned to hold meetings in these two counties.

The meetings will now be held as follows: The Liberty House, Liberty, N. Y., at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4th; First Nat’l Bank, Walton, N. Y., at 4 p.m. on April 5th; Nat’l Bank of Roxbury, Roxbury, N. Y., at 11 a.m. on April 6th. This subdivides the territory so as to make it as easy as possible for committeemen to attend whichever meeting is most convenient.

It is hoped that the chairmen will bring with them as many members of their respective committees as can possibly come, as Mr. Potter feels that it is extremely important to have a large attendance so as to thoroughly canvass the situation and map out a definite policy which each community can follow.

All expenses for all persons making this trip will be gladly met by the Liberty Loan Committee of New York, and it is suggested that those planning to attend could combine and come by automobiles.

Must not Change Occupation.

Complaints have been received, says a bulletin issued by the adjutant general, of cases in which men receiving deferred classification on occupation grounds have taken advantage of the fact and have changed their occupation to something which they consider more remunerative which does not entitle them to deferment. Attention of boards is invited to section 118 of the Selective Service regulations which directs that they keep themselves informed as to the status of registrants in deferred classes, and on change of status to reclassify them and hold them for military service.

Finish Examinations.

Dr. J. A. Holley examined Wednesday the remaining men in Class I of the draft, who had not previously been examined. John R. Oles and Joseph Cetta of Walton and Ward J. Goss of Harpersfield were found qualified for active service; Matthew Crandall, Henry Miles and Howard T. Lawrence of Sidney; Floyd W. Jester of Franklin, Merritt C. Loudon of Walton and Alfred Jones of Masonville were held for limited service.


Florence Groat Committed Felony to Obtain Morphine.

Florence Groat of Delhi was arrested by Sheriff Alford L. Austin in Merrill & Humphries drug store in Delhi Monday morning when she presented a prescription for morphine to which she had forged the name of Dr. C. R. Woods.

Dr. Woods has been treating the woman for the morphine habit and during the past three months has gradually reduced the amount allowed the woman as a drug addict from 20 to 14 grains every third day. It now appears that some time in January, during the physician’s absence, the woman entered the doctor’s office and stole a pad of his prescription blanks. She made out some twenty of these for morphine prescriptions and forged Dr. Woods’ name to them before detected. Evidently the supply of the blanks stolen gave out for Saturday she presented a prescription written on a plain slip of paper. Merrill & Humphries became suspicious, and showed the slip to Dr. Woods, who pronounced it a forgery. Monday morning the woman was seen by the district attorney as she entered the drug store, and Sheriff Austin was sent for. He confronted the woman after she had presented another forged prescription and placed her under arrest. At first she denied signing the doctor’s name, but later admitted doing so, and was held by Justice D. T. Shaw to wait the action of the grand jury. Action may be taken, however, to commit her to Mattewan state hospital.

Some of the signatures were very clever imitations of Dr. Woods’ handwriting, while in others little effort had apparently been made to conceal the forgery.

The girl’s father, Henry Groat, was taken to the county house this week.


Copies of Civil Relief Bill Forwarded to Local Boards.

The local exemption boards have received copies of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, recently passed by Congress for the protection of sailors from undue hardships due to their inability to bring or defend lawsuits and to attend to their business obligations or property rights during their absence in military service.

This act provides for special protection by the courts of soldiers who have bought or leased land or tools or furniture upon which an installment is yet due; for the solider who may have mortgaged his home so as to be liable to foreclosure; who may have started a homestead or mining claim, or may have a money claim which the expiration of time during his absence may serve as a legal bar to the collection. The soldier or sailor who may owe money on a note or may be sued on some claim during his absence and therefore be unable to defend himself.

The act places upon those knowing of such circumstances the moral responsibility of informing the court before which the legal action is brought, so that the soldiers’ or sailors’ rights may be protected. In case the absentee is sued, the action may be restrained.

Travis Sailed for France.

Word has been received by Mrs. F. C. Biedekapp of Walton that her nephew, Ralph Travis of Hale Eddy, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Travis, has sailed for France. Mr. Travis was a senior in Union college, and left Walton three weeks ago with the selected men. He was assigned to Co. C of the 305th Machine Gun Battalion in Camp Upton.


First Increment of Second Draft Quotas Called.


List of Those Called From Both Delaware Districts - Will Train at Camp Dix.

Forty-five men will leave Delaware county on Friday, April 6, for the army training camp at Camp Dix, Wrightstown, New Jersey. Twenty-three go from the Delhi district and twenty-five from the Walton district, but three of these will be inducted into service through New York city boards, although credited on the Walton district’s quota. Two from the Walton district are to fill vacancies caused by the rejection of men in previous quotas.

The special train, which will carry the men is due in Walton at 1:20, and will have on board 98 men from the Utica district, 42 from Rome, 43 from Clinton and 48 from Norwich.

The route is by way of Scranton, Pa., and the men are due to arrive at Camp Dix at 11 p.m.

Each of the two districts will be credited on the second draft with the men inducted into service April 5, but the quota of the districts for the second draft has not been fixed.

First District.

The following young men have been called by the exemption board of district No. 1 to appear at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4th, and to be in readiness to entrain on the 11:30 O. & W. train here on Friday, April 5, to go to Camp Dix, Wrightstown, N. J. to begin their military training there:

Harry Vrooman, Stamford.

Ivan D. Jagger, Cooks Falls.

Guy Fenton Stea, Long Eddy.

Samuel Gerschel, New York.

Chas. A. Warren, Downsville.

Roscoe L. German, Roxbury.

Arthur W. Vaubel, Union Hill.

Frederick Hoesler, Kelly Corners.

Samuel M. Gray, Union Grove.

Ralph Rosa, Cooks Falls.

William F. Clark, Hobart.

Harold A. Lewis, Stamford.

Fred J. Pierce, Canisteo.

Lewis A. Skinner, Glendon.

Daniel Kaplan, Fleischmanns.

Fred Parks, Lew Beach.

Salvadore DeGeorge, Jersey City.

Harold DeSilva, Arena.

Chas. H. Miller, Downsville.

Elwood Brothwick, Delhi.

Irving Davidson, New York.

Robert E. Gemmel, Delhi.

Edward Leghorn, New Kingston.


Ernest D. Davis, New Kingston.

Carl. S. Bartholemew, DeLancy.

Howard Crosby, Stamford.

Wilbur T. Archibald, Bovina.

Horace O. Infusine, Delhi.

District Two.

Registrants ordered to report Walton, N. Y., April 5th, for induction into service, Camp Dix, Wrightstown, N. J.

Giovanno Pannero, Norwich.

Howard J. Brown, Walton.

Jesse Couse, Colliersville.

Orra Roe, Jefferson.

Wesley Peake, Rock Rift.

Edward Bramwell, Schenectady.

Horace Beale, Sidney.

Albert Meagley, Cadosia.

George C. Clark, Walton.

Fred J. Stafford, Bainbridge.

Joseph Lastinia, Long Island City.

Glendy Griffin, West Pittston.

Joseph Menore, Long Island City.

Henry Giannandrea, New York.

Arthur Ferguson, Sidney.

Nicholas Lafrano, Walton.

Ira F. Smith, Franklin.

Walter J. Hall, Davenport.

George Rose, Sidney.

Samuel Colvin, Beerston.

James Launt, Sidney.

Atwood Crook, Hamden.

Leon E. Houck, Walton.

Clifford E. Ferris, New York.


Frankie Roberts, Oneonta.

P. Pulsa, Sidney.

Annel M. Every, Bloomville.

George Curley, Norwich.

Walter J. Pulver, Franklin.

Clifton D. Munn, Walton.

Henry A. Hornbeck, Harpersfield.

Ward A. Nichols, Maryland.

Joseph Lastinia, Joseph Menore and Clifford E. Ferris will be inducted into service through New York City local boards, instead of coming to Walton to go to camp. They will be credited on the quota from the Walton district.


Bad Accident Sunday on State Road Near Delhi


Mrs. David Condon Also Hurt Internally and Daughter Has Broken Leg.

Mrs. David Condon and her daughter, Olive of Glenburnie, near Delhi, were seriously injured Sunday afternoon, when a Ford car, in which they were riding turned turtle on the Andes state road.

Mrs. Condon had her kneecap broken, her wrist sprained and suffered internal injuries. Her daughter, Olive, aged 16 years, who is a dining room girl at the Edgerton House, had both bones of her left leg broken below the knee. David Condon, Jr., a son, aged 15 years, escaped with painful bruises.

The accident happened about 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon, when the Condon family were begin taken home from Delhi by Howard Lambert, nephew of George Lambert, driver of the Delhi-Bloomville stage. Young Lambert claims that the steering gear of the car went wrong, and caused the machine to turn turtle. The accident occurred near the watering trough on the state road, and after the accident, the machine was facing in the opposite direction from that in which it was headed. The car turned completely over and rolled over Mrs. Condon. Her gold spectacles were imbedded in her nose and face. Dr. C. R. Woods was called and had the injured women removed to the Neal hospital, where they are being cared for. The automobile was badly wrecked.


Maurice Fitch Struck by Lehigh Valley Train.

Maurice Fitch, a former resident of Shinhopple, was killed at Catasauqua, Pa., Tuesday of last week. Mr. Fitch, who was 25 years of age, made his home with a sister, Mrs. James Finch, at Easton, Pa. He was a brakeman on the Lehigh Valley railroad. At the time of the accident his train had stopped on a curve on account of a hot box and Fitch was sent back with a flag to guard the rear of the train. While the train was waiting two freights and a fast passenger train passed in the opposite direction. The unfortunate man apparently had been struck by the pilot beam of one of these trains and was instantly killed. His skull was fractured and both hips broken. No one saw the accident. Catasauqua, where the accident occurred is twenty miles from Easton.

The body was brought to East Branch where the funeral service was held Friday at o’clock, with burial at Long Flats. Mr. Fitch had been railroading for five years and for the past two years had worked on the Lehigh Valley at Easton. He is survived by his father, George W. Fitch, of Shinhopple; by eight brothers, Norman, Mark and Hilton, of Shinhopple, Roma of East Branch, Jason and Aubrey of Easton, Guy S. of Delhi and Clement in the army; and two sisters, Mrs. James Finch and Mrs. Floyd Hawkins of Easton, Pa.


Walton Men Report State Roads Damaged by Heavy Army Trucks.

Floyd W. Parker, Fred Ganoung and Clinton D. Ostrom went to Buffalo Friday and arrived home Monday evenings with two Ford trucks and one touring car which they drove through from Buffalo.

The Ford company has a big assembling plant in Buffalo. The manufactured parts are shipped by boat from Detroit to Buffalo and there assembled and the completed cars turned out at the rate of three a minute. The Walton men found agents from all sections of the country who has come to Buffalo to drive home cars to avoid the freight congestion.

The men left Buffalo Saturday afternoon about 5 o’clock and reached Batavia that night. Sunday they drove to Elmira and arrived home on Monday evening.

The worst piece of road was encountered between Unadilla and Walton and it took three hours to cover that distance. The men state that many army trucks are taking the route from Buffalo to New York and where they have passed the state roads have been badly torn up by their enormous weight. Near Batavia they passed an automobile hearse on the state highway that was mired to the hubs in a sink hole. In the Genesee valley extensive damage done by the recent floods was still visible.

A part of eight from Delhi went to Buffalo Monday after Ford cars. The party consisted of Russell Archibald, Howard Graham, Dr. Lester Irvine, Harry Lambert, Vincent Barnes, Frank Thomson, Robert Oliver and Harrison Gray.


Will Tell of Experience in Trenches in France.

The Abbe P. Flynn is typical of the French patriot, who serves his God and country in this fearful struggle for democracy.

Born in Paris of Irish parent, he has the sincerity of his forbears, and the earnestness that is characteristic of the French patriot. At the outbreak of the war, he was among the first to offer his service to his country. He has had 22 months of service in the trenches, witnessing the terrible battles of Arras, Ypres and Verdun. He delivers his lecture in a way not depressing, and brings to us a message full of interest.

When we consider that the French government has sent him to acquaint the American people of the real conditions in war-ridden Europe, no other credential should be necessary.

Governor Whitman said: “It is one of the most happy events of my life to have heard him.” In the first week of May the Abbe P. Flynn is to lecture to the National Bankers Association of America at Washington. Show your interest in their boys, and our boys, who are united in the common cause of democracy, by your presence at this lecture, April 12th, in Walton hall at 7:45 in the evening. No admission. Voluntary collection will go to the Red Cross.


Women Asked Not to Let Other Tasks Interfere With This duty.

Now, that spring has come, there seems to be a lack of Red Cross workers, both at the parish house and at the surgical dressings room. The demand for workers is greater now than any time since the war began. Walton chapter has been assigned a certain portion of this great work, and it is for the women of Walton to see it is done. Although this is a busy time for the housekeeper, if she is patriotic, with the best in-wishes to help the government in interests of our boys at heart, and this great struggle, she will not use house cleaning, spring sewing, etc. as a justified excuse for not giving a part of her time to this relief work, but will arrange for it as part of her regular work. Workers are greatly needed in the making of surgical dressings. We have been asked to increase this part of our work as the demand is greater than before. The surgical dressings room, in the bank building, is open every day to all workers. An instructor is always present to direct the work and instruct those who have not taken the regular course. All are welcome. Women, be loyal and plan to do some portion of this work every week.


Brown Law Brings Guests to Sheriff Austin.

The Brown excise law prohibiting the bringing of liquor into dry towns is helping Sheriff Austin fill the jail in Delhi.

John Ulnick of Fish’s Eddy was taken to the county jail Friday by Officer LaFave, who arrested the man with some two gallons of liquor on his person.

John Brockway of Kortright and Marcus O’Brien of Arkville are other men held in jail to await the action of the grand jury. Oneonta red-eye was their undoing.


West Davenport Barn Saved From Flames.

(From our West Davenport cor.)

What might have been a serious fire occurred at noon on Tuesday, when the farm barn of R.W. Barnes of Hotaling Hollow, near West Davenport, caught fire from a lighted cigarette, and only for the use of the telephone and kind help of neighbors the flames were extinguished, which were rapidly spreading.


Winners at Annual Contest Held Friday Evening.

(From our Unadilla cor.)

The fourteenth annual prize speaking contest of the Unadilla high school and academy was held Friday evening, March 22nd.

The winners and donors of the prizes were: Wayne L. Tyson, 1st prize for declamation, $5 in gold, Clark E. DeForest; James D. Raitt, second prize, $2.50 in gold, Dr. S. J. White; 1st prize for recitation, Chrissey Bass, $5 in gold, C.C. More; 2nd prize for recitation, Katherine S. Cone, $2.50 in gold, Rev. Yale Lyon.

The judges were: Prin. Edward Van Dusen, Otego high school; Prin. Leon H. Coon, Afton high school; Prin. J. Harold Carl, Bainbridge high school.


Harrison E. Williams of Hornell Engaged for Place.

(From our Hancock cor.)

Harrison E. Williams of Hornell, N. Y., has been engaged as principal of the Hancock high school in place of H.G. Shailer, who was compelled to resign on account of ill health. Mr. Williams was released from his school for the reason that Hancock was a much better school and he could land the job now, and if he waited until his school was out this position would probably have been taken, as Hancock had to have a principal at once. He will move his family to Hancock at once so as to be ready to commence his duties after Easter vacation, April 8th.

Daylight Saving Sunday.

Daylight saving will commence with Easter Sunday, March 31, when the time of this nation will be set ahead one hour. Clocks should be set ahead Saturday night.

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