Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Newly Discovered Postcard of Bovina

People often will pass along to me a Bovina photo of some sort and more often than not, it turns out to be one that I've seen. But I always encourage people to continue to do this because you never know. Sure enough, Steve Pelletier alerted me to a postcard on eBay that turned out to be a historic Bovina image I've never seen before. I bought the card and share it with you. 

The card shows the stone arch bridge by what was then A.T. Strangeway's store around 1910 (Strangeway's now is Tom Hetterich's). The stone arch bridge was replaced with a concrete one in the summer of 1922. A news item from the Andes Recorder in February 1922 reporting on plans for the new bridge noted that the old stone bridge had been built around 1858 for about $100. At the time, the highway commissioner was criticized for his extravagance. Other buildings you can see in this image include the Reformed Presbyterian Church (where the fire hall is now), Harlo and Donna Bray's and a little bit of Russell's store.
Postcard image, c 1910
June 15, 2016 view

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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

From the Andes Recorder
June 1916 in Bovina saw activities on several houses in Bovina – and one old house burned down just after the owner had determined to replace it with a new one. 

June 2, 1916
•           Peter and Archie Calhoun, in southern Bovina, have a new Ford car.
•           John W. Blair is having the chimneys on his house in the village remodeled.
•           Al Boggs will do the carpenter work on John Hilson’s new house, which he will build this summer.
•           Only five old veterans remain in the town.  Tuesday two of these put up the flags and decorated the graves of their fallen comrades.  Two of the others were unable to get out. [This is a reference to Civil War veterans.]
•           A horse driven by Elliott Thomson ran away last Wednesday.  In coming down the hill from T.C. Strangeway’s the thill clip broke and let the crossbar strike the horse, causing it to run.  The wagon ran against the bank and upset.  The top was up and Thomson was unable to get out and was dragged some distance.  He escaped with a bruised hand and bruises on his leg.  The seat was torn off the wagon.

Bovina Woman Dead
Mrs. Frank Gowanlock Passed away with Anemia May 29
            Mrs. Frank Gowanlock died at her home just on the outskirts of Bovina Center, on Monday morning, May 29, from anemia, aged 67 years, 11 months and 21 days.  She was a dauter of the late Alex Liddle and Bina McDonald and was born in Andes, but most of her life was spent in Bovina.  She is the second of the family of eight children to die.  She is survived by her husband, to whom she was married in December, 1874.  The surviving brothers and sister are, Thomas and Henry Liddle in the west, Wm A. Liddle and Mrs. Andrew Anderson in Andes, and David and James Liddle in Bovina.  The funeral was held Thursday with interment in the Center cemetery.

Auto and Wagon in Collision
            Tuesday afternoon a car driven by William Roney, of Andes, collided with a wagon at the turn of the road to Bloomville.  The driver Mr. Summerville, was slightly injured and two wheels of the wagon were demolished.  The horse escaped injury.  The rig belonged to our liveryman.  The accident was caused by the driver of the horse being on the wrong side of the road on the sharp curve.

June 9, 1916
•           John Hilson moved Friday into the house adjoining Elliott Thomsons’s shop.  He will occupy these rooms while he is building a new house on his lot.

Bovina Landmark Burned
Someone Evidently Wanted to Give Firemen Practice and Set Fire to House of John Hilson
            The house in Bovina Center which John Hilson vacated last Friday and which was to have been replaced by a new one, was destroyed by a fire that was discovered about 9 o’clock Monday evening, June 5.
            The Hook & Ladder company was holding their monthly meeting when the cry of “fire” was heard and were halfway to the fire when the bell sounded.  The Hose company were at the scene in a remarkably short time.
            The fire which had originated in the kitchen, had a good headway when the firemen arrived and their efforts were turned to keeping the fire from adjoining property and keeping water enough on the fire to prevent the flames from going to high.
            The house was no doubt set on fire by someone who thought that the fire men needed practice and that it was a quick way to get the house down.  The house was in good repair and had been sold to Dixon Thomson for $10 and he was to have it torn it down and remove the lumber. Mr. Hilson’s fur coat, which was hanging in one of the rooms, was forgotten until too late to save it.
            The house which was on the lot adjoining the Methodist church, was one of the landmarks of the village and the time of its erection dates back farther than runneth the memory of any now living.  Half a century ago it was known as the Gladstone place.

June 16, 1916
•           Two young deer were seen a few days ago at the spring below the Scott arch bridge.
•           Dr. Scott was at Saratoga last week attending a meeting of the sanitary officers of the State.
•           Gideon Miller is preparing to build an addition to his residence in the upper part of the village.
•           The W.C.T.U. had a straw ride to the home of John H. Johnson, uptown, and held an all day meeting on Thursday.
•           Fletcher Davison is home from Washington, D.C., where he has been attending an electrical school. Hazel Hoy is home from Elmira college.
•           John Hilson is having the cellar dug for his new house, which [will] be located about 75 feet from the sidewalk and nearer the Methodist church than the old house. [This house has been in the Hilson family since its construction and currently is owned by Tom and Betty Hilson.]
•           William T. Miller now runs a Chandler five passenger automobile which he purchased of A.T. Doig.
•           Rev. Thomas Graham and his singing class have presented $20 to the Village Improvement Society, which will be used toward buying more street lamps.  The Society will hold a parcel post and bake sale June 24.

June 23, 1916
•           Alex Myers is painting Sloan Archibald’s remodeled house.
•           Clifford Lee, son of John B. Lee, had the misfortune to cut his foot with an axe Friday.
•           G. Lifgren, on the Lyle Thomson farm up Pink street, has sold his entire dairy of cows to Howard Hall.

June 30, 1916
•           The addition is up for A.T. Doig’s residence.
•           Dr. G.T. Scott has the foundation in for an addition to his residence.
•           Mrs. James D. Boyd was operated upon Wednesday at the Neal hospital in Delhi.
•           D.C. Worden had a horse die this week. He recently purchased it at Oneonta.
•           One of the large maple trees in Will Archibald’s yard was blown down during the high wind Thursday.
•           George H. Miller, who is employed at the Gerry estate, was overcome by the heat Wednesday.  He was better Thursday.

Lake Delaware Farm Sold
            Alonzo Tuttle has sold his farm at Lake Delaware to Earl Fisk, who for ten years has been butter maker on the Gerry estate.  Mr. Tuttle takes as part payment Mr. Fisk’s house at Lake Delaware, which stands on the site of the old Flowers’ hotel.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Photos from Yesterday's Historic Markers Dedications

Yesterday, June 4, 2016, I had the pleasure of unveiling two new historic markers for the Town of Bovina. At 11 am, we dedicated a marker at the Maynard School house. 

Picture courtesy of Amy Bathen. All in this photo either attended the Maynard school or are descended from those that did. L to R, Laurie Bathen Goebler (her grandfather James Boggs, as well as her brothers Jim and Artie attended), James Archibald and Linda Archibald DeAndrea (their mother was Esther Patterson Archibald, who taught at the school in the 1940s), Ray LaFever (my grandfather Benson LaFever, great grandmother Ella Burns and her father and grandfather all attended), Jason Bathen with his daughters Emma and Elizabeth (his dad Artie attended), Richard Parsons and Jean Parsons Merenberg (both attended the school), Rosemary Goedel Stewart, who attended, with her daughter Dede Stewart behind her, John Weber, who also attended and his nieces Shannon and Shirley Shoemaker (their mother Mary Weber attended).

Folks visiting the Maynard School. Included are former students Rosemary Goedel Stewart in the sun glasses and blue plaid top (talking to her daughter Dede in the blue tee-shirt) and Jean Parsons Merenberg, in about the center. The young man in glasses Jean is talking to is Jason Bathen, whose dad Art Bathen attended the last class in the school in 1959. Next to him is his aunt Laurie Bathen Goebler and next to her is Jason's wife Amy Bathen.

Four former students of the Maynard School, Richard Parsons, Jean Parsons Merenberg, Rosemary Goedel Stewart and John Weber after the unveiling.

At 2 pm, we unveiled the second marker of the day at St. James' Church at Lake Delaware, with a wine and cheese reception after.



Funding for the two markers came from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, founded in 2006 by Bill Pomeroy.  The Foundation's two main initiatives are to help diversify the Be the Match Registry by supporting bone marrow drives in diverse communities, and helps to preserve history by providing grants for historic signage in New York State.

Bill Pomeroy survived a very aggressive form of Leukemia in 2005 because of a perfect bone marrow match. The foundation he established after this experience conducts bone marrow drives and has registered over 22,000 people to the bone marrow registry, of which 33 have gone on to donate their bone marrow and give another patient a second chance at life.

The Foundation also addresses Bill’s love of history with its historic signage grant programs to help preserve history, including the Historic Roadside Marker Grant Program. The signage program is open to all municipalities and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State.

The markers were manufactured by Catskills Castings in Bloomville.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Scholars in a Century Old Schoolhouse - the Maynard School in the 1950s

Today we'll be dedicating a historic marker at the Maynard School on Bovina Road. So it seems to be a good time to share this news article from the May 2, 1958 Oneonta Star. Thanks to Amy Bathen, daughter-in-law of the late Artie Bathen, for sharing this clip. The upper photo shows the building and if you look closely, teacher Ed Schneider is in the doorway. The lower picture shows the students in the classroom with their teacher. In case you have problems reading the caption, I've transcribed it here:

"Scholars in the more than century old one-room schoolhouse in District One, Town of Bovina, better known as the Maynard District, located five miles north of the Village of Bovina. It is reported to be one of the very limited number of one-room schoolhouses in the State. Front row: (L-R) George Easley, Linnell Trimbell, Byron Trimbell (he was listed in the article as Myron!), Karl Waterman, Clare Easley; second row; (L-R) Edward Schneider, teacher; Dawn Hobbie, James Bathen, Artie (Spike) Bathen, John Tinyes. Not present is Dorothy Bolduc. (Star Staff Photos by Harper).


The school closed a bit over a year after this picture was taken in June 1959. Amazingly, Ed Schneider still is with us at the age of 102, living in a nursing home in Oneonta.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This day in Bovina for May 2016

115 years ago today, on May 1, 1901, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder, "Dr. J.D. Frisbee, of Andes, was in this place doing dental work.  He expects to visit this place every two weeks."

105 years ago today, on May 2, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder Bovina column, a son was "born to Mr. and Mrs. A. Thomas Archibald, Mountain Brook…" This son was Marvin Archibald. Marv married Eleanor Burns in 1942 and would pass away in 1987.

140 years ago today, the May 3, 1876 Delaware Gazette reported that the "active measures adopted by the Stamford Telegraph Co., had the effect of entirely destroying the hope of raising sufficient funds to complete the proposed line from Delhi to Margaretville….Margaretville reported on $60.00 subscribed; Delhi nothing; Andes $1,200. Under the circumstances it has been considered best to abandon the project of building a through line, and to set about providing ourselves with the excellent communication which a line to Delhi will afford. We are pleased to announce that Delhi is subscribing liberally to the project, and also Bovina promises aid. Andes will raise the required balance, and we think the 1st of June will place us in telegraphic communication with all our sister towns and the world in general. If the people of Bovina will subscribe a sufficient amount to warrant it, a loop will be made, and an office located at Brushland."

Eighty years ago today, on May 4, 1926, two Bovina farms hosted woodchuck killing demonstrations held by the Farm Bureau. One at 10 am at the farm of James Boggs, the other at the W.J. Storie farm. The Catskill Mountain News, in reporting these under the headline "Woodchucks are Facing Death" noted that the demonstrations showed "how woodchuck dens are treated with calcium cyanide…" Farmers were being encouraged to use these "effective methods of ridding farms of the destructive animals."

254 years ago today, on May 5, 1762, Nathan H. Hilton was born in Connecticut. He was married around 1780 to Mary Pierce. Around 1795, they settled in Bovina. Nathan and Mary had eight children. She died in 1836 and Nathan the following year in 1837.

144 years ago today, on May 6, 1872, the Bovina Board of Excise met to review applications for licenses to sell liquor. No applications were presented. It likely is at this point that Bovina became a 'dry town' and would stay so until after the end of Prohibition.

127 years ago today, the Stamford Mirror for May 7, 1889 reported that "Word has been received that Wilson and Maggie Atkins, of Bovina, reached their journeys' end in due time. The latter is at J.L. Ormiston's, Raymore, Mo., and Wilson is at his sister's, in Jetmore, Kansas." Wilson and Maggie were the children of Isaac Atkin and Nancy Blair. Wilson was born in 1851, his sister in 1849.

133 years ago today, the Stamford Mirror for May 8, 1883 reported that "Gilbert D. Miller has purchase the Halstead place at Bovina Valley, for $1,650, and will go to work thereon at once."

Seventy-six years ago today, the Bovina column of the May 9, 1940 Delaware Republican reported that "Mrs. Addie Cowan was taken seriously ill last week Tuesday but is much improved at present writing." Addie Cowan was born Adalaid Coulter in 1870. She was married to Frank Russell. After his death in 1910 she was married to Thomas Cowan. She survived this illness and died in 1951.

Sixty-seven years ago today, in a notice dated May 10, 1949 in the Catskill Mountain News, it was reported that "Those who are driving new cars the past week are James Hilson with a Cadillac convertible, Martin Rabeler a Mercury sedan, Frances Schabloski a Ford sedan."

136 years ago today, the May 11, 1880 Stamford Mirror reported that "R.R. Gladstone caught two dogs chasing his sheep a few days ago, but was unable to stop them until three lambs had been killed."

Sixty two years ago today, on May 12, 1954, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "Mrs. Fred Thomson held a brush party at her home…"

Sixty-seven years ago today, the Bovina column of the Catskill Mountain News for May 13, 1949 reported that "Miss Jennie Hastings is spending some time at the home of her brother, Milton Hastings, and assisting Lillie Happy with her work while she is recovering from her recent illness."

118 years ago today, on May 14, 1898, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, " Woodburn & Smyth set up a monument... in the cemetery for Mrs. Muller, in memory of her late husband." Here's a photograph of the monument. 


134 years ago, on May 15, 1882, as later reported in the Delaware Gazette, "Snow was reported to be over an inch deep on Bramley hill, Bovina…"

Fifty-three years ago today, the May 16, 1963 Delaware Republican-Express reported in its Bovina column that "Volunteers and carpenters will begin this week in remodeling the church basement."

Sixty-seven years ago today, it was reported in the Catskill Mountain News in an item dated May 17, 1949 that "We had several hard frosts in town last week. They did considerable damage to tender growths. It is hope this is the last for the season."

Seventy-seven years ago today, the May 18, 1939 Delaware Republican reported in its Bovina column that "Edward Snyder is to teach in the Herbert Huggin's district next year." Snyder actually was Edward Schneider. He later was the last teacher at the Maynard district on Bovina road and as of this writing, is still with us at 102. The Huggins district was Bovina District 5, located at Lee Hollow and Miller Avenue.

105 years ago, the May 19, 1911 Andes Recorder Bovina column reported that "William T. Miller has sold 12 milch cows to Alex Liddle, the Andes speculator."

Fifty-one years ago today, the Bovina column of the May 20, 1965 Delaware Republican-Express had the following notice: "The auxiliary of the Bovina Fire Department request that ladies having old sheets or pillow cases no longer usable please donate the same to use as cancer dressings. Please leave at the home of Mrs. Florence Thomas or at the Firemen's Hall soon."

Ninety-four years ago today, on May 21, 1922, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Triplets were born to Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Davidson ....  All were girls and two of them have since died." The surviving girl was Jane Davidson. She survived to adulthood but died in December 1955.

Eighty-seven years ago today, the Bovina column of the May 22, 1929 Delaware Republican reported that "the post office inspector has recommended a change of mail route for Bovina. I am sure everyone will be glad."

Seventy-six years ago today, the May 23, 1940 issue of the Delaware Republican had in its Bovina column this item: "Mrs. Ralph Barnhart remains in a serious condition at present writing." Mrs. Barnhart was born Anna Irene Ruland and married Ralph Barnhart in 1921. They had one son, Donald. Anna was suffering from breast cancer and would pass away the following March in her home in Bovina. She was 40 years old.

134 years ago today, the May 24, 1882 Delaware Gazette issue included the following: "We regret to learn that David Black, Supervisor of Bovina, is not so well, in fact that his friends are very anxious and consider his condition critical." He would survive for a little less than a year, dying in April 1883.

143 years ago today, on May 25, 1873, Sarah Eliza Seacord died. Born in 1842, she was the daughter of Alexander Dean and Phoebe Ann Bramley. Married in 1862 to William Seacord, she had two children before her death at the age of 30. She's buried in the Bovina cemetery.

Sixty-three years ago today, on May 26, 1953, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, the young son of Howard and Theresa Conklin, Marty, "was burned on both arms and hands when he fell into a pail of water at his home last week Tuesday. He was rushed to Margaretville hospital where he remained overnight for treatment."

Fifty-two years ago today, the Bovina column in the May 27, 1965 Delaware Republican-Express reported that "James Hoy of Bainbridge has been transferred from the Bainbridge branch of the National Bank and Trust Company of Norwich to the Grand Gorge branch as branch manager. He will move there this week." Jim was the son of James and Margaret Hoy and grew up in Bovina.

Sixty-four years ago today, on May 28, 1952, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "Around 15 of the Bovina firemen attended the Elk's celebration at Oneonta Wednesday evening and took part in the parade with 16 other companies."

111 years ago today, on May 29, 1905, Mina Cook submitted this bill for $100 for her services as a teacher at Bovina District number 1 (the Maynard school). 


123 years ago today, on May 30, 1893, Bina Liddle died. Born in 1819, she was the daughter of Henry McDonald and Margaret Donald. She married Alexander Liddle and would have eight children. Bina was widowed in 1884.

140 years ago today, the May 31, 1876 Delaware Gazette reported that "Mr. Alexander Kinmouth, of Bovina, thinks a great deal of his Ayershire cow, which gives 48 lbs of milk a day. He makes 18 lbs of butter a week after using all the milk he wants for the family."

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.