Sunday, May 22, 2016

The 1884 Diary of David Fletcher Hoy - May/June

Here are the May and June entries in the 1884 diary of David Fletcher Hoy. Hoy was living in Bovina in 1884. The diary was transcribed by his great grandson, John W. Hoy. Thank you to John and to his dad, David F. Hoy III for allowing me to share this diary.

May 1884

Thursday 1.
I am at P. S. Doig to day
We worked on sleepers & Girts
Played dominoes

Friday 2.               
I am at P.S. Doig to day
Father went down to Walton and intends to go up on the train to morrow
Mr & Mrs. Hodge was here

Saturday 3.
I am at P. S. Doig to day working on timber and rafters

Sunday 4.              
I went to church to day
I got my dinner at H C Munn [Hugh C. Munn, b. 1842]

Monday 5.
I worked to day at the braces and girts.

Tuesday 6.            
We finished cutting the braces and went a fishing.

Wednesday 7.
We worked in the after noon to day
Henry M. Coulter went away to day

Thursday 8.         .
Dave & I came home to day
Tom Clark went as far as John Brices [relates to fencing?]
I was up to the store at night

May 9.
I helped father to make the fence to day
I was up and got a pair of slippers at night

Saturday 10.       
I worked in the barn to day.
It rained most all day
I went down to Dougs. & to Geo Davidson at night
Jennie is home

Sunday 11.
I went to church to day and to prayer meeting at night.

Monday 12.         
Father & I came down to Delhi with E. E. Hastings and then walked to rest of the way to Pat Doigs.

Tuesday 13.
I worked at P Doig to day
Tom and I went over to a social at H Munns and had a good time

Wednesday 14.   1884.
I worked at P Doigs to day
Tom got back from the social at 12oc to day

Thursday 15.
I am at P S Doigs to day

Friday 16.
I am at Doig's to day

Saturday 17.
I am at Doigs We raised to day there was 50 men here

Sunday 18. 1884.
Father & Dave went home
Tom & I went to Walton to church and got home at 4 oc

Monday 19.
We finished raising today Dave came back in the morning

Tuesday 20.         
We put on some enclosing boards and trimed [sic] up the frame to day

Wednesday 21.
We put on some enclosing boards to day
Tom & I went over to Andrew Arbuckles at night

Thursday 22.      
I am at P. S. Doig's today

Friday 23.
I am at P. S. Doigs to day
We all went over to a raising at Ed Kill-patricks [?] this after-noon
Tom & I went down to Scotts at night

Saturday 24.       1884.
I am at Doigs to day
I went over to Jim Davidson's to night

Sunday 25.
I am at J. Davidsons to day Went down to church at [N Andes?]
Came over to Doigs at night

Monday 26.          
I am at Doigs to day
John & Will & Miss Libbie & Susie Hodge [?] P. Sanderson, & Sicely & Arbuckle was here to night

Tuesday, 27.
I am at Doig's
Pa come down to day

Wednesday 28.   
I am at Doigs

Thursday 29.
I am at Doigs
It is very cold

Friday 30.             
I am at Doigs to day
It snowed to day and is very cold

Saturday 31.
I am at Doigs
Came down to Walton and stayed all night at William Wakefields

June 1884

Sunday 1.              
Went to church at Walton to day and went up to Doigs at night

Monday 2.
I am at Doigs
Will Simms was over at night

Tuesday 3.            
I am at Doigs

Wednesday 4.
I am at Doigs

June, Thursday 5.         
I am at Doigs.

Friday 6.
I am at Doigs
Was over to Hodges at night.

Saturday 7.         
Dave Tom & I came up to Bovina to day
I was down to Doug at night
Mrs Elliott is here

Sunday 8.
I am at home
This is communion sabbath to day

Monday 9.             
I started at 1 o clock and got there at 6 1/2 " [o'clock]
Tom & Dave came down in the forenoon

Tuesday 10
I am at Doig to day

Wednesday 11.   .
I am at Jim Davidson's raising to day
We got up the frame

Thursday 12.
Jim Davidson brought me to Doigs this morning

Friday 13.             
I am at Doigs
We finished work to day
G. Scott & Jim & G. Sanderson was up at night

Saturday 14.
I am at Doigs this morning and Pat brought us up home
I went to Chas/ See's [?] raising to day

Sunday 15.           
I did not go to church to day but I went at night

Monday 16.
We are over to R J Forrest taken down ther [sic] barn

Tuesday 17.         
We got the bents all down today
Will Wight & John Raitt and D George helped us

Wednesday 18.
I am at Forrest to day working on the basement.

Thursday 19.      
I am at Forrest to day
I went over home at night.

Friday 20.
I went from home to Forrest to day

Saturday 21.       
I am at Forrest to day
I came home at night

Sunday 22.      
I went to the M. E. and R. P. churches to day
I came down with Doug at night

Monday 23.      
We raised the barn at Forrests to day
We went over to the Lake at night

Tuesday 24.
We worked to day

Wednesday 25.   
Tom & I enclosed the barn to day
Dave was over to James Gills

Thursday 26.
We was working on the barn to day
We went down to John Biggars at night

Friday 27.             
We worked on the bridge to day
I was over to the Lake at night

Saturday 28.
We are at Forrest today
Pa is here

Sunday 29.           
I went to church to day
Mr Hawk preached to day

Monday 30.
I am at Forrest

We played dominoes at night

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 1916 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"


Here's what was happening in Bovina 100 years ago this month. Mrs. Leonard Sloan, who had lost her mother only last month, would lose her husband in May. The month of May also saw four automobiles purchased by Bovina residents.

May 5, 1916
Chauncey McFarland has purchased a Reo touring car.
John W. Blair was in New York the past week with stock.
Mrs. John Irvine, who has been seriously ill from blood poisoning, is now improving.
Rev. Geo O. Wilsey, the joint pastor of the Andes and Bovina M.E. congregations, was here Wednesday calling on his parishioners.
The engine and crusher of Wm H. Maynard were moved to C.A. McPherson’s this week and the work of crushing stone for the concrete foundation of his new barn is in progress.
The singing class gave a pleasing entertainment a the hall Friday evening.  The proceeds were presented to Rev. Thomas Graham, who has been the instructor during the winter.

Cleaned Up $800
Howard hall who recently bought Frank Graham’s dairy at $50 per head sold them at auction Tuesday and cleaned up $800 on the deal.

Bovina Farm Rented
Robert Liddle, of Andes, Rents Mabon Farm-Sub-Lets to Geo McNair
Robert Liddle has leased what is known as the Thomas Mabon farm in the town of Bovina for three years.  He has rented the farm to Geo McNair who moved to it this week from Andes. The farm was purchased a few years ago by Margaretville parties who built a lake on the property, which they called Lake Makiken, and stocked it with trout.

May 12, 1916
Alex Myers is painting Hilson Bros feed store.
Robert Tweedie has sold his farm in upper Bovina ot W.H. Taft, of Vermont.  The farm is known as the Jas B. Thomson place.
W.J. Howland of Andes was here Tuesday and Wednesday surveying for Walter McDivitt, who has sold a timber lot on Coulter Brook, to Thos H. Johnson.
Thomas Gordon is having improvements made to his residence – raising it up and making it two story, etc.  Nelson Reynolds and J.W. Archibald are doing the work.
George Wiltsie, who for several years has been fireman at the Dry Milk plant, will move to South Edmeston, where he has secured a position as night watchman in a creamery.  They will move into the house of his brother-in-law, whose wife has just died.
The remains of Mrs. Jennie Campbell Lee, the first wife of Rev. James B. Lee, were brought here Wednesday from Franklinville, where she died a number of years ago, and interred in the Center cemetery.  The youngest son, Rev. John H. Lee, accompanied the remains.
Work was received here last Wednesday of the death of Mrs. Wilson Scott in California, where she went two years ago.  She was born in Bovina about 54 years ago and was a dauter of John G. Russell. She leaves a son, Herman Scott, in Alberta, and two dauters in California.  Burial was in California.

Native of Bovina Pneumonia Victim
Leonard Sloan passed Away May 10, After Brief Illness
Leonard Sloan died at his home in New York City on Tuesday, May 10, following a brief illness from pneumonia and pleurisy.  Mr. Sloan was a son of David Sloan and was born in Bovina 42 years ago. Twenty years ago he married Bessie Northrup, who with two dauters survive him.  He had been in the employ of the Sheffield Farms, Slawson-Decker Company for about 17 years, first as manager of the Bloomville plant and later of the plant at Grand Gorge.  When the large plant in the Bronx, New York City, was completed two years ago, so high did he stand in the estimation of the company, that he was sent there as superintendent and held the position at the time of his death.  The remains will be brought to Bovina on Thursday and the funeral held Friday.

May 19, 1916
John Burns in upper Bovina, has purchased a Reo automobile.
Robert l. Gerry and family arrived Thursday at their summer home in southern Bovina.
D.C. Worden has purchased a Willys-Knight automobile thru the agency of W.T. Hyzer.
Miss Jane Hilson and Miss Kathryn Reynolds have been re-engaged as teachers in the Center school.
The John R. Hoy house, which was damaged sometime ago by a tree being blown onto it, has been repaired.
Harry Robson has taken the place of Geo Wiltsie as fireman at the Dry Milk plant.  Robert Hunt has taken Robson’s place.
Robert Tweedie, who recently sold his farm up-town, is storing his house hold goods in the Strangeway store until he finds another place.
The funeral of Leonard Sloan, who died in New York, May 9, was held on Friday at the home of his brother-in-law, Gideon Miller, and was largely attended.  Rev. J.A. Mahaffey officiated and interment was made in the Center cemetery.

May 26, 1916
Alva Shultis, who moved to Margaretville last fall, has returned to Bovina.
Thirty evergreen trees have been set out about the reservoir of the Bovina Center Water Company on Coulter Brook.
The team of Geo R. McNair, on the Thos Mabon farm, ran away a few days ago and piled up at the Hook bridge, but fortunately were not injured.
A.T. Doig has sold eight cylinder, seven passenger Cadillac automobiles to James E. Hastings of this place, and David Ballantine, of Andes.
Among Bovina people at Delhi on Wednesday were, A.T. Doig, John W. Blair, William Crosier and wife, Miss Bell Miller, J.T. Barnhart, wife and two dauters [one of those daughters would be my grandmother, Anna Bell].
John B. Lee, on the John F. Graham farm, has purchased an Overland car from W.T. hyzer, of Andes.  Friday Mr. and Mrs. Lee and his brother, Chas A. Lee and wife, expect to leave for an auto trip to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where the only dauter of the last named resides.
At a meeting on Friday evening the Fire Department voted to accept the invitation to attend the celebration at Andes on July 4th.  Rev. Graham and Thos Gordon were named as a committee to go to Walton and examine second hand uniforms there and report at a meeting Wednesday evening.  At that meeting the Department voted to have the uniforms sent up and see if they would fit.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Coulter and Gladstone, Builders

James Leiper Coulter was born April 11, 1862, the son of Andrew T. Coulter and Eliza McDonald. He had two sisters (Elizabeth and Lillian) and a brother Henry. His father died of TB on New Year’s day, 1867. His mother remarried 11 years later to William Richardson. James married Hattie A. Gladstone in 1886 in Shavertown, NY. They had two sons, Harry (born 1888) and Andrew (born 1890), both born in Bovina.

James followed in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather, Henry McDonald and became a carpenter. He was noted for building several Victorian houses in Bovina. One of the first houses documented to have been built by him was one he built for William Thompson in 1888, now owned by Brian and Marcia Olenych. Around 1890, he went into partnership with George Gladstone. George was born December 2, 1862 in Andes, the son of John E. Gladstone and Augusta Drummond. He married Sarah Sloan in Bovina in 1889. They had three sons, all born in Bovina, John and David, and an infant son who died about six weeks old. George was known as E. George Gladstone while he was in Bovina. George's sister was Hattie Gladstone Coulter, so James was his brother-in-law.

One of the first houses they built together was one built for the Presbyterian minister, Mason Pressley, in 1890. It is now owned by John and Margaret Hilson. As partners, James and George had their biggest impact on Bovina Center’s newest street, Maple Avenue (then known as New Street). They built most, if not all of the Victorian style houses on that street.

This picture of what is now Maple Avenue likely dates from around 1900.

They started with what is now the Bovina U.P. Church manse, building it for James himself in the summer and fall of 1893. This house sold to the church for use as a manse in 1914 and serves as such today. Almost simultaneously, the house next door was built for Peter and Elizabeth McNair and ready in the Spring of 1894. It is not clear whether Coulter and Gladstone built this house. All the newspaper accounts about the building of the McNair house make no mention of Coulter and Gladstone, and the papers usually did mention the builder. This is now the Steve and Maureen Roberts home. Around the time the McNairs were moving into their new house, George Gladstone decided to build a house on the new street too. The house was built in about two to three months and occupied by June 1894. This house was later the home of Marvin and Eleanor Archibald. In the summer of 1894, yet another house went up on the street, across from the others. Built for Elmer Hastings, construction was completed in the late fall of 1894. This is now the home of Colleen and Ken Heavey. In 1899, yet another Victorian house went up on the New Street, built for John McCune. As with the Peter McNair house, it is not clear whether or not Coulter and Gladstone built it, though it seems quite possible. This is now the home of Stephen and Glenna MacGrotty. 

It seems that the last project the brothers-in-law did together was the addition to A.T. Doig’s store, now Russell’s Store. By 1903, George was running a hotel in Bovina while James still was building. That year James had built the last Victorian house on Maple Avenue, now owned by Norma and Tony Gabriel. Coulter also did work on several buildings on the Gerry Estate. In 1906, he moved his family to Margaretville, partly so his sons could go to the high school there and partly because he had a contract to build a new Margaretville school. Coulter’s move from Bovina left the Bovina U.P. Church in a quandary. For several years, Coulter had been the choir director and an organ was not necessary – it was left to Coulter to “start the tunes.” His departure led the church to take steps to get an organ.

In 1907, Gladstone gave up the hotel business and worked in A.T. Doig’s store as a clerk. In November 1909, he and brother-in-law, William J. Doig and their families made a decision to move to Colorado. They both settled in Crested Butte and were there the rest of their lives.

Meanwhile, Coulter continued building and remodeling houses and also got the contract to build the lake on the Mabon Farm – this is now Silver or Coles Lake. He got a big contract in the spring of 1910 to build the new Presbyterian Church in Walton, but it is not clear whether or not he ultimately carried it out. Work was to start in 1911, but in the fall of 1910, James and his family moved to New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. This is where he settled the rest of his life, though they did make frequent visits to Bovina, where they visited, among other people, the Cecil Russell family. Though not related by blood, they were related by marriage. James mother, Eliza, after the death of her first husband, married William Richardson, Isabell Russell’s grandfather. Cards that James and Hattie sent to Marjorie were always signed Aunt Hattie and Uncle Jim.

E. George Gladstone worked in coal mining in Colorado, though probably did more carpentry work than actually digging of coal. He is believed to have built many of the houses in the town of Farr, probably built for workers by the mining company. Known in Bovina as E. George Gladstone (and sometimes as Elliott) by 1920, he was going by Elmer G. Gladstone. He died in Colorado on January 2, 1928. His death was reported in the Catskill Mountain News, noting that “he was by trade a carpenter.” He was survived by his wife, two sons, two brothers and two sisters, including Mrs. James Coulter.

James worked as a bank teller and assistant cashier for many years. In the 1940 census, when he was 78, he was still working as a teller. James died in August 1949 and is buried in New Wilmington. Hattie died two years later in 1951.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

This Day in Bovina for April 2016

109 years ago, on April 1, 1907, Howard McPherson moved to Utica.  The Andes Recorder announced this move in its March 29th issue "Howard McPherson, who has been employed in Elliott Thomson’s blacksmith shop, has secured a position in a carriage factory at Utica and will go there April 1."

Fifty one years ago today, on April 2, 1965, as later reported in the Delaware Republican Express Bovina column, "Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Thomas returned….from their vacation in Kissimmee, Florida, where they visited her father and other relatives."

102 years ago today, April 3, 1914, Floyd 'Steve' Aitken was born. He and his wife Therese, better known as 'Que,' lived in Bovina. He was the fire chief for many years. He passed away in 1982. Here's a photo of Steve taken by Bob Wyer in May 1947 (photo courtesy of Delaware County Historical Association).  


Seventy six years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 4, 1940 Delaware Republican reported that "Mrs. Elizabeth Irvine is able to be out on the porch a little of late. She is recovering nicely from her long illness." Mrs. Irvine, who was the mother of Isabell Russell, would die three months later in July 1940.

116 years ago today, on April 5, 1910, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder, "Mr. and Mrs. George McMullen, of the Little Delaware, were here Tuesday in an automobile."

144 years ago today, on April 6, 1872, Hannah White Rutherford tragically died in what appeared to be an accidental drowning. Hannah was born about 1827 and married Robert Rutherford in 1847. They would have 10 children. Here's the text of the news article reporting her death. "On Sunday last the body of an unknown woman was found partly under a bridge near the Elk Creek road. On the same evening Coroner Jacobs held an inquest. The deceased was identified as the wife of Robert Rutherford, of Bovina, and had left her home on Saturday last, to visit some friends near where she was found. It is supposed that she reached the place of her decease after dark and walked or fell off the bridge and was drowned or chilled in the water, as she appears to have been carried partially under the ice."

136 years ago today, on April 7, 1880, as later reported in the Brushland column of the Stamford Mirror "Mrs. Hoy, a very old lady, died…at the residence of her son, Alexander Hoy, after a long illness."

188 years ago today, on April 8, 1828, John Thomson of Bovina posted the following notice for the Delaware Gazette: "ELOPEMENT. Whereas my wife Catharine, has left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation. This is to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date."

127 years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 9, 1889 Stamford Mirror reported that "there are a number of mild cases of scarlet fever in the upper part of the town."

133 years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 10, 1883 Stamford Mirror reported "A horse belonging to G.L. Butts was taken sick, one day this week, and a few hours afterwards died." The paper went on to report that "some of Mr. Butts' friends started out with subscription papers and today presented him with a $90 horse."

Ninety-nine years ago today, on April 11, 1917, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican, a sale had been advertised by S.D. Joscelyn, but he called it off.  As later reported in the Delaware Republican, "Mr. Joscelyn has decided to stay on the farm where he now is." It is not clear where this might have been, though there was a Lewis Joscelyn on Coulter Brook Road. 

Seventy-six years ago today, on April 12, 1940, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, "James Hilson was at Kingston to meet his sister … and coming home he found the roads very hard to travel on with the snow so soft."

136 years ago today, the Brushland column of the April 13, 1880 Stamford Mirror reported that "Mr. Samuel Campbell has returned home from the West, bringing the measles with him. Quite a number have been exposed."

105 years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 14, 1911 Andes Recorder reported that "A.J. Nicoll, of Delhi, held a meeting her last week and a Cow Testing Association was formed and over 300 cows have already been secured."

Ninety three years ago today, on April 15, 1923, Margaret Coulter Boggs recorded the following in her diary: "Been a nice day. All went to church. First time Grandma has been to church this year. We saw a flying machine go over today. First one this way."

120 years ago today, on April 16, 1896, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder, "John Burns, who lived with his son, Alexander, in the upper part of the town, died last week at the advanced age of eighty-eight years.  He had been in feeble health for some time, and the end was not unexpected.  He was the oldest man in town.  The funeral was held on Saturday.  James Coulter is now the oldest surviving citizen in town, the old settlers have all departed."

133 years ago, the Bovina column of the April 17, 1883 Stamford Mirror reported that "There have been three funerals in town this week: on Monday, David Black's; on Tuesday, Mrs. Robert J. Forrest's, who died with measles; and on Wednesday, William Archibald."

Fifty one years ago today, on April 18, 1965, as later reported in the Delaware Republican Express Bovina column, "The following out of town families of Mrs. Sophia Reinertsen attended church services…and were Easter guest of their mother: Mr. and Mrs. Linden Kelly and family of Norwich, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reinertsen of New York, [and] Mr. and Mrs. Edwin LaFever and daughter Christine, of Unadilla."

145 years ago today, the April 19, 1871 issue of the Delaware Gazette contained the following notice: "All persons are hereby forbidden to fish in the Lake called Landon's Lake, or Livingston's Lake, in the town of Bovina (by the subscriber, the owner thereof and of the grounds surrounding it) under penalty of the law. Robert J. Livingston." This notice appeared for several weeks.

135 years ago today, on April 20, 1881, John Russell, son of Stephen and Mary Russell, married Agnes Orr, the daughter of Robert and Barbara Orr. The Bovina column of the Stamford Mirror for April 26 reported that "Our friend, John Russell, went to Kortright yesterday, and returned in the evening, bringing a young bride with him." They would have three children, Henry, Clarence and Everett before John's death at the age of 56 in 1910. Agnes survived her husband by 23 years, dying in 1933.

135 years ago today, the Bovina column of the Stamford Mirror dated April 21, 1881, reported that "Miss Louisa Dennis is about commencing the millinery business in Brushland."

Fifty one years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 22, 1965 Delaware Republican reported that "Mr. and Mrs. James Haran and family of New York spent Easter at their home in Bovina Center."

Fifty five years ago today, on April 23, 1961, Bovina native Fannie Thompson Snyder passed away at the age of 101 years. She died at the home of her daughter in Masonville. Born in Bovina in 1860, she was the daughter of John and Betsy Thompson and was married twice, first to Ambrose Young and later to Eugene Snyder. She had lived in Masonville since 1942. She was survived by two daughters, three sons, 20 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

115 years ago today, on April 24, 1901, Wilford White Barnhart was born, the youngest child of Jeremy Barnhart and Kate Miller. He would take over the family farm on Pink Street. In 1921, he married Viola Russell. Wilford and Viola would have six children. Wilford died in March 1979.

158 years ago today, on April 25, 1858, Elizabeth C. Doig was born, the daughter of Walter Doig and Margaret Armstrong. She married Edwin Burgin on New Year's Day 1884. Her only child, son Harvey, was born on October 27, 1884. Libbie would die a few days after her son’s birth on November 2, 1884.

126 years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 26, 1890 Delaware Republican reported that "J.D. Mitchell started for New York…to attend a sale of thoroughbred Alderneys."

180 years ago today, the Delaware Gazette for April 27, 1836 posted the following notice: "A new Post Office has been established at Bovina Centre in this county - Hiram Dennis, Esq., Post Master."

Thirty eight years ago today, on April 28, 1978, Gladys Doig died. Born in 1909, the daughter of Adam Biggar and Sarah Johnson, She was married to Ed Doig, who survived her. She was buried in Bovina. This photo by Bob Wyer, courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association, shows Gladys in January 1943 with her husband and two of her children, Marilyn and Raymond. 

134 years ago today, the April 29, 1882 Bovina column in the Delaware Republican reported that "The telegraph line from the Valley to Brushland has been staked out and part of the poles delivered. The office will be in Rev. J.B. Lee's house and Duncan C. Lee operator."

127 years ago today, the April 30, 1889 Stamford Mirror had the following report: "Robert J. Livingston, of New York, owner of Lake Delaware, recently employed Wm. Youmans to protect the same. On a recent Saturday evening, Youmans and Sheriff MacArthur, of Delhi, with a posse visited the lake, where they found a large number of persons in masks engaged in fishing. An alarm was sounded and all escaped to the woods except five, who were arrested. There will be considerable of a stir over the matter."


Saturday, April 23, 2016

The 1884 Diary of David Fletcher Hoy - March/April

Here are the March and April entries in the 1884 diary of David Fletcher Hoy. Hoy was living in Bovina in 1884. The diary was transcribed by his great grandson, John W. Hoy. Thank you to John and to his dad, David F. Hoy III for allowing me to share this diary.

March, Saturday 1.    1884.
I did not do anything to day to amount to much.
The Turk's [?] was up with their beans [?] today
I helped D. J. Miller to chop wood in the afternoon, over at Dennis [?]

Sunday 2.
I went to church to day and to prayer meeting at night
Father and mother went down to see Ed Burgin

March, Monday 3.     1884.
Father and I went up to John Archibald this morning

Tuesday 4.
I am at Archibald
Jim Will  "  [ditto marks indicate "Archibald"] went to see Anna Thomson and got his horse stole

March, Wednesday 5.    1884.
I am at Archibald

Thursday 6.
I am at Archibald
Jim Will took Anna Thomson over to a party at New Kingston

March, Friday 7.  1884.
I am at John Archibald to day

Saturday 8.
I am at John Archibald
Came down home at night
Nancy Fletcher sale is to day Ma was over
[1839-1909; only surviving child of Christiana Miller and James Fletcher? Lived at Andes]

March, Sunday 9.   1884.
I went to church to day  There is no prayer meeting to night
It stormed very hard at night.

Monday 10.
It is stormy so we did not go up to Archibald to day I was down to Doug s
Father & Mother went to James Jacks a visiting
Jennie & I went down to Strangeway's
Ed & Sibbie [?] was there

March, Tuesday 11.  1884.
I went down and done Doug's chores for him and Maggie Jennie & Dougs went to W [?] Delhi.
They came back to night
Pa & Ma are down to Mrs James Collins' sale to day
Biddy sold for $65

Wednesday 12.
Rained most all day to day
I went up to the upper end of the town this afternoon and stayed all night at Archie Forman [Foreman]

March, Thursday 13.  1884.
I went from Forman to John Archibald in the morning and commenced work
Father came up with Archie at noon

Friday 14.
I am at John W. Archibald working to day
I lathed to day
Pa was down at Cookes at night.

March, Saturday 15.  1884.
I am working at John Archibald to day
Came down home at night and went to a school exhibition at the Hall had a good time.

Sunday 16.
I went to Church to day
There is no services to night

March, Monday 17.   1884.
I went up to John Archibalds to day to work

Tuesday 18.
I am at Archibald
Came down to Brushland at night
I got home at 11 oc
Will Johnson got his horse stole from Wm Elliott to night

March, Wednesday 19.   1884.
I am at Archibald to day

Thursday 20.
I am at Archibald
We finished raising the roof to day
We went down to Wm Cooke's at night

March, Friday 21.  1884.
I am at Archibald
We put on siding to day

Saturday 22.
I am at Archibald
We put on siding to day
Came down home at night
John has gone to Delhi after lumber to day

March, Sunday 23.   1884.
I went to church to day There is no prayer meeting to night at the U. P.

Monday 24.
I helped David Hoy to build a scaffold in the R. P. Church to day [also known as the Covenanter Church; probably this mention refers to David Miller Hoy]
I was up street at night

March, Tuesday 25.  1884.
Dave & I went up to John Archibald to day
Dave came down home at night

Wednesday 26.
I am at Archibald
Dave came up again this morning
Father went down to Mr. Foreman's at night

March, Thursday 27.    1884.
I am at Archibald
Father did not come up until noon
Dave went down home to night
I was down at Cookes at night

Friday 28.
I am at John Archibald to day
I was down to Cookes at night
I was not down [i.e., "not down to home"?]

March, Saturday 29. 1884.
I am at J. Archibald to day
Came down home at night walked all the way.
Uncle John was in to night.

Sunday 30.
I went to church to day There is no meeting to night
There was not over 80 at church to day

March, Monday 31.     1884.
I came up to John Archibald

 April, Tuesday 1.     1884.
I am at Archibalds

 April, Wednesday 2.   1884.
I am at John Archibalds

Thursday 3.
We finished working at John Archibald to day at noon
I went over to Richardson at night Miss Hastings Miss Thomson E.J. Miller  D, W.M, G. Raitt was there
Came home at 12 oc

April, Friday 4.     1884.
I did not do much of any Thing to day except to tap my boot [might be "foot"—a fine way to express boredom, now that the Archibald house is finished?]
I was down to Doug and Geo Gladstone to night

Saturday 5.
I did not do much of anything to day
I made two malets [sic] to day and was up to the store.
Uncle John was in at night.

April,   Sunday 6.   1884.
I was up at Church to day
there is no meeting
              
Monday 7.
We did not commence at John Hastings to day as Father went to Delhi and Dave to Kortright.

April, Tuesday 8.          1884.
We begun work for John Hastings to day
I was up in the Huddle at night.

Wednesday 9.
I am at John Hastings to day Knapp and Clark lathed to day
I was up to the store at night

April, Thursday 10.    1884.
I am at John Hastings to day working at the house

Friday 11.
I am working at John Hastings to day
Doug, Maggie, Alex. [?], D. Hoy. Josephine was here at night

April, Saturday 12.    1884.
I am working at John Hastings to day
I went down to Geo. Davidsons at night and to Dougs and stayed all night.

Sunday 13.
I went to Sunday school to day and T. Gordon [? Perhaps Thomas, a Civil War veteran, 1845-1921] taught the class
I went to the R. P. church in the afternoon.

April, Monday 14.       1884.
I went to Delhi today and got a pair of shoes & Rubbers [overshoes].
Geo Davidson, Minnie and Henry Coulter was here to night.

Tuesday 15.
I finished at John Hastings to day at noon and picked up our tools in the afternoon
Went down to Dougs

April, Wednesday 16.    1884.
I did not go to Pat. Doig's to day
I worked around the house yard today, grading for a sidewalk.

Thursday 17.
I work with father grading around the house yard
I went up to the store at night
I send a postal to Patrick Doig to day [perhaps a formal proposal, considering the work done in upcoming weeks. Probably Patrick Mitchell Doig, b. 1830]

April, Friday 18.  1884.
I helped to grade around the house to day
Mrs Collins came here to day
Doug was up drawing earth & stones. Maggie came up with him

Saturday 19.
I helped to grade to day
I went down to Doug's at night
Mother & Mrs Collins went up to Walt Biggar to day

April, Sunday 20.   1884.
I went to church to day
Came down to Dougs at night

Monday 21.
Came down to Delhi with Doug and went down on the train to Walton and then went up to P. S. Doigs.

April, Tuesday 22.   1884.
I scored all day to day [presumably, scoring for carpentry, marking for cuts?]

Wednesday 23.
I scored all day to day
We played dominoes at night

April, Thursday 24.    1884.
I worked on the frame today
Tom & I went down to John Millers at night

Friday 25.
I worked on the frame to day
Miss Doig, Dave, Tom & I played dominoes at night

April, Saturday 26.    1884.
I am at P. S. Doigs to day
I went over to H Scotts at night
Tom Clark went to Wm Tweedies.

Sunday 27.
I went to church at West Delhi to day with Geo Scott
George gave me a ride as far as R Bindsal [?] and then I walked to Wm Tweedies

April, Monday 28. `1884.
I am at P. S. Doig to day
We played dominoes at night
              
Tuesday 29.
I am at P. S. Doig's to day We worked on the beams ties to day Tom & I went out to a social at Royal Eld[enknuss? illegible]
They got $14.30.

April, Wednesday 30.     1884.
I am at P.S. Doig to day.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bovina Butter - Follow-up to April 16, 2016 History Program

I thought as a follow-up to the History Program I presented at the Bovina Community Hall on April 16, I would remind readers of this blog of several past entries related to Bovina Dairying and Bovina Butter.

One of my first entries about Bovina butter was back in August 2009 about the legend about Bovina butter being served at the White House: http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2009/08/was-bovina-butter-served-at-white-house.html

In December 2010, I reported on a speech by the head of the Farmer's Institute in 1910 about his experience visiting Bovina while taking a 'cow census:' http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2010/12/prosperous-bovina-farmers.html

Here's an entry from July 2015 about Bovina at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893: http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/07/bovina-at-world-columbian-exposition.html

And I have a bunch of thank yous for all the help with Saturday night's program:

*Shannon Mason from Cowbella for supplying butter for the program Saturday night. In partnership with Bovina Valley Farms, Cowbella will be making butter at the Bovina creamery when everything is ready. She noted that her great great grandmother entered her butter at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Cowbella has used Jersey cows since around 1919 - we speculated as to whether any of them were descended from Bovina's Jerseys from the 19th and early 20th century. We may need to do some cow genealogy work here!


*Anne Gorell from Bread Fellows for supply bread to serve with the butter.
*Set-up and clean-up—Kim Riera, Briana Riera, Shannon Shoemaker, Mel Greenburg
*Refreshments—Jan Bray, Marni Greenburg, Kim Riera, Shannon Shoemaker
*Butter boxes—Bob Cairns, Carrie Choquette, Cindy Coffell, Angela Gaffney, Barbara Hanselman, Cathie Hewitt, Samantha Misa, Annette Robbins, Donna Weber, Noreen Yost

I needed the boxes as a way to represent the 112 pounds of butter it takes to fill one firkin.
And thank you to the Delaware County Historical Association for lending a firkin from its collections.

"To butter or not to butter, that is the question."
Photo by Roz Foster, lighting by Chris Ingvordsen.