Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Day in Bovina for August

112 years ago today, August 1, 1902, it was reported in the Andes Recorder's Bovina column that "Rains still continue and haying does not progress very rapidly."

Eighty five years ago, on August 2, 1929, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, "The young people of the U.P. Church enjoyed a roast at W.J. Storie's…"

118 years ago today, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Delos Mackey was in town Monday [August 3, 1896] looking after his chances for Assemblyman.  He is also the farmer's candidate."

125 years ago today, on August 4, 1889, as later reported in the  Stamford Mirror, "The house of Robert C. Scott, Bovina was entered by a burglar last Tuesday evening, while the family were out milking, a trunk opened and $250 and a revolver abstracted, the robber escaping."

112 years ago today, on August 5, 1902, ninety two year old Mary Ann Storie, the daughter of the late William Storie and Mary Ann McCune, died.

119 years ago today, on August 6, 1895, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Ed Russell was struck by lightning Tuesday.  He was at work on the W. C. Russell barn and it struck him on this shoulder and run down one side to his foot, burning the hair of his leg."  There was a follow-up to this story in the paper the next week:  "Ed. Russell, who was injured by lightning last week, was able to be taken home Saturday.  His foot is still quite sore, but he is able to move it.  It was badly bruised, and he had a very narrow escape."

151 years ago today, on August 7, 1863, William Gillie died of typhoid fever in Virginia while serving in company E of the NY 144th Volunteers. Born in 1844, he was the son of Alexander Gillie and Martha Lewis.

103 years ago today, August 8, 1911, as reported in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder, "J.H. Johnson, Herman Scott, Chas Hastings and Adam Cunningham left….for Alberta, Canada. The last named goes to see the country, while the others, who have holdings of land, go to harvest their wheat crop. Crops are reported large, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hastings each have 160 acres of wheat and Mr. Scott 320 acres."

134 years ago today, on August 9, 1880, Michael Dickson obtained a judgement against Mrs. Agnew. As later reported in the Stamford Mirror, the judgment "ordered her to vacate the premises within three days." She did not vacate in the three days and it was reported that "she has a club laid up to break Mike's head with if he troubles her again."

Ninety-eight years ago today, on August 10, 1916, William Smith of Bovina was hit by a train. Here's how it was reported in the Andes Recorder a few days later: "William B. Smith, of Bovina, who lives on the hill toward Hobart, sustained two broken ribs and minor injuries about 10 o’clock Thursday morning, when the milk wagon he was driving was struck by the eastbound passenger train on the U.& D. at the Smith creamery crossing.  Mr. Smith did not hear the approach of the train and his wagon was squarely on the track when the locomotive hit it, and he was thrown from the wagon, but held to the lines and prevented the horses from running away. He was taken to the office of Dr. Hubbell at Hobart and his wounds dressed.  The wagon was wrecked."

175 years ago today, on August 11, 1839, Margaret Armstrong Gladstone, wife of Walter Gladstone, gave birth to her last child, a daughter Margaret. The daughter would only live two and a half years, dying in February 1842, three days after the death of her brother.

Eighty five years ago today, August 12, 1929, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, "Kenneth Kaufman took a load of boarders of Mrs. Martha Russell's to Howe Caverns on Wednesday." Martha Russell had a farm on Russell Hill Road where she took in boarders. Kenneth was her son-in-law.

Ninety five years ago today, on August 13, 1919, the Archibald reunion was held at the home of William J. Archibald.

One hundred and six years ago today, August 14, 1908, Bovina resident  John Hobbie died in Fulton, NY at the home of his son Charles Hobbie.  He had come to visit his son and took ill soon after arriving and died a few weeks later.  His body was taken to Bovina on Saturday for internment.

Eight-five years ago today, on August 15, 1929, Nettie Hilson passed away. Jeanette Orr Stott was the daughter of George and Ellen Stott, born in Bovina in 1842. She married a widower, Thomas A. Hilson in 1868 and had six children, of whom three made it to adulthood. Her daughter Nellie married Fred Henderson. Nettie's husband died in 1907. Her funeral took place at the home of her daughter on August 19.

120 years ago today, on August 16, 1894, a dance was held at Hoy's Hall. This came only about a week after a social hop at W.S. Thompson's.

111 years ago today, on August 17, 1903, George L. Currie died in Bovina at the age of 75. Born in 1828 in Ettrick, Scotland, he was the son of George Currie and Margaret Anderson. He married Margaret Laidlaw in 1859. They would have six children, but would loose the first four of them in 1870 - three of them dying in December of that year. He was survived by his wife and his two surviving children, Janet and David.

103 years ago, the August 18, 1911 Bovina column of the Andes Recorder reported on two completed structures in town. "David Draffin's new modern barn is now fully completed." Draffin's farm was at the end of what is now Crescent Valley Road. The other structure reported was Fred Bramley's garage, "completed for his new auto."

120 years ago today, August 19, 1894, Hildreth Tuttle, the daughter of Charles And Jennette Tuttle, was born. She married Charles J. Russell in Bovina 1915. Charles was Cecil Russell's brother. They would have one son, Dr. Allyn Russell. Hildreth died in 1976.

One hundred and thirteen years ago today, on August 20, 1901, as later reported by the Andes Recorder, "Mrs. Margaret Forrest, widow of the late Thomas Forrest, died at the Middletown State Hospital…in the 72d year of her age.  She was sent to the asylum in 1879."  Further research puts some of this information into question.  She was still in Bovina according to the 1880 census, but is listed as insane.  In 1900, she was in the Binghamton State Hospital.  Other information indicates she died in Binghamton, not Middletown.  The newspaper went on to report that her funeral was in Bovina, but there is no record of her burial in Bovina.

131 years ago today, on August 21, 1883, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "Jakey Snow, a boy from New York who is spending the summer at Wm. D. Thompson's, was severly bitten on the arm by Mr. Thompson's dog." The following day there was another dog incident when "G.L. Butt's little girl was badly bitten on the face by John Clark's dog."

Eighty nine years ago today, on August 22, 1925, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "This section was visited by a heavy white frost…"

102 years ago today, the Andes Recorder of August 23, 1912 reported that "Miss Vera Davidson, dauter of Douglas Davidson, who in June completed her course at Cornell University, will go to California this fall to take a year’s work at the Leland Sanford University." Vera, sister of Fletcher Davidson, later married Bill Storie.

Ninety six years ago today, on August 24, 1918, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Dr. N.B. Whitcomb and Adam Laidlaw each had a horse killed by lightning ….  Both horses were running in the same pasture."

129 years ago, the August 25, 1885 Bovina column in the Stamford Mirror reported that "E.C. Dean and Thomas Ormiston are spending a few days at Chautauqua." The report went on to note that Ormiston "intends to extend his trip as far west as Missouri and will not return for some months.

102 years ago today, on August 26, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Alex Hilson and sons John and James, and Howard McPherson were at Kellys Corners in his auto…"

102 years ago today, August 27, 1912, as reported in the Andes Recorder: "...a 9 year old son of Mr. Simmons, of Newark, N.J. fell from a horse at C.S. Gladstone’s and dislocated one arm at the elbow and broke it below the elbow. Dr. McNaught was called and later Dr. Gates, but the arm was so swollen it could not be set. It was packed in ice and will be set later. The mother and three children had been boarding at Chas Mulnix’s and the father is expected to arrive Thursday night." A few days later, he was taken to New York City for treatment.

131 years ago, the Stamford Mirror Bovina column of August 28, 1883 reported that "Robert J. Livingston is spending a few weeks at his summer residence at the lake. Messrs. Perry Belmont, Alexander Hamilton and Peter Schyler are his guests."

Sixty years ago today, August 29, 1954, Leonard Cairns was married to Ann Sebedra at St. James' Church at Lake Delaware. Photo is from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration on August 29, 2004. Wish them a happy anniversary!.

Eighty-six years ago today, on August 30, 1928, Bovina's annual town picnic took place. The August 24 issue of the Andes Recorder announced the picnic in the following item: "Everyone is cordially invited to come and spend the day.  There will be a big parade led by the Andes band, followed by a girls ball game and sports for the children before dinner.  At 1 o’clock will be a speech by Linn O’Conner of Hobart after which there will be a big ball game.  Prizes will be given for the best decorated home in the village, the tallest man, the youngest baby, the funniest couple, the best costume, the best decorated bicycle in the parade, the largest family, the couple present longest married.  Come early and don’t miss seeing the courtship of five generations.  An entertainment will be given in the evening at Kaufman’s Hall."

169 years ago, the Albany Evening Journal published a letter from Delhi, dated August 31, 1845, in which was reported that the barn of Mr. Robert McFarland of Bovina, containing about 20 tons of hay, together with a large quantity of grain, etc, has been burned down, as is supposed, by some Anti-Renters. The McFarland farm likely was the one on Bovina Road in the vicinity of Cape Horn Road.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"My five-year-old boy is lost on the mountain"

One hundred and seven years ago this past June, the June 1, 1907 Delaware Republican had the following news article:

Boy Lost and Found in Bovina.
“My five-year-old boy is lost on the mountain” was the startling message sent by the telephone to the farmers and citizens of the town of Bovina and surrounding country Friday evening last by William H. Maynard, one of the prominent young farmers of that town.

As may be imagined, it met with a quick response, fully a hundred and fifty young men and boys with lanterns were soon scouring the hillside and woods adjacent to the Maynard home. The night search was fruitless, but with the break of day a party of searchers came upon the little fellow asleep, lying against the roots of a tree, about two miles away from the small clearing where his father had left him late the previous afternoon, while he went searching about the woods for a cow that had wandered from the remainder of the herd.

Archie, the lad, is a bright little fellow, is said to be without fear and it appeared that he wandered about from the time he left the spot where his father had requested him to remain until darkness arrived, and then, being weary from the tramp, and his usual bed time having arrived, he sat down against the tree and was soon asleep. There was no indication about the place where he was found that he had rolled about and he makes no complaint that he cried or felt hungry. His hands and body were warm when he was found and he shows no indication of having suffered from the cold and exposure, although it was a frosty night.

Mr. Maynard and the boy went to the hillside after the cows Friday afternoon and, after all but one had been rounded up, Mr. Maynard left the boy in a small clearing, telling him to remain there and watch the other cows while he searched for the missing one. According to his best judgment he was gone not to exceed 20 minutes, but on his return a careful search about the place and loud hallooing failed to bring any trace of or response from the lad. He continued the search for a considerable time and then went to the house and gave the alarm which brought him assistance.

William H. Maynard (1876-1937) was a great grandson of one of Bovina's earliest settlers, Elisha B. Maynard and was farming on the ancestral farm on Bovina Road and Cape Horn Road. Born in 1876, he was the son of Archibald Maynard and Jane Cowan. William was married in 1899 to Eva Belle Scott (1879-1961). Their son Archibald Scott Maynard was born in May 1902. Archie was joined by a brother in 1904. Archie married Mary Tuttle in 1923 in Madison County, NY and settled in Onondaga County where he died in 1965. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

August 1914 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"

From the Andes Recorder

100 years ago this August, the reservoir was completed and there were at least two reunions of Bovina families

August 7, 1914
Parties from Jersey City are visiting at Charles Mulnix’s.
The reservoir is now complete up to the spillway and the wing walls are now being put in.
Mrs. J.B. Lee and Mrs. Jennie Lee Thompson left Saturday for the home of the latter in Yonkers.
W.H. Maynard is having two silos erected on his farm in upper Bovina.  The lower half of each will be made of concrete and the upper part of wood.  For the upper half Mr. Maynard will use his old silo, cutting it through the middle and using one half on the top of the concrete and on each silo.

August 14, 1914
Mrs. Raynor, of Scranton, is stopping at Maggie Stories.
Thursday at the unofficial Republican primary only seven votes were cast.
Fred Johnson, a Swede living in Bovina, was arrested Tuesday, charged with violation of liquor tax law in the giving away of liquor.
A reunion of the Bramley family was held at Davenport Center on last Thursday. Fred Bramley, Mrs. H. G. Bramley, Mrs. Miles Bramley and other members of family attended from Bovina.  The gathering also celebrated the 88th birthday of the hostess Mrs. Susan Coulter.  From a family of twelve only three are living – Rev. Alex Bramley, S.G. Bramley and Mrs. Coulter.

Bovina Reservoir Complete
Robert Gray has completed the work of building the reservoir on Coulter Brook for the Bovina Center Water Company. The ditch for the water main remains to be dug through the village, from the Muller place to the Thos Hastings flat.

August 21, 1914
Miss Bessie Boggs, of New York, arrived in Bovina on Wednesday evening to spend her vacation.
William Richardson, Thos Gordon and G.D. Miller attended the reunion of the 144th Regiment Wednesday at Margaretville.
Robert R. Gladstone and wife and Ed Gladstone and wife, of Andes, spent last Friday with Miss Lydia Thomson, one of our oldest residents.
Bovina played ball with Stamford at the latter place Friday and Saturday and lost in both games – Friday by a score of 7 to 4, and Saturday 12 to 11 in a ten inning game.
Last Thursday at the Graham reunion held at the home of William A. Hoy in Bovina Center, about 80 connections of the family were present, coming from Andes, Bovina, Delhi, Franklin and other points. The occasion was enjoyed by all.

Will build Road
Robert Gerry will have a stone road built from where his private road connects with the highway in southern Bovina to the top of the pitch above T.C. Strangeway’s.  The town of Bovina will probably put on a team or two.  Work is expected to commence about the first of September.

August 28, 1914
The reunion of the Davidson family was held Tuesday at the home of Douglas Davidson.
A gang of men under Robert Neal are scraping out the ditches on the State road and hauling the dirt away.
William Archibald is having grading done about his residence at Scott’s bridge. S.D. Oliver, of Andes, is painting his residence.
Colon Campbell, eldest son of the late Duncan Campbell of Bovina, died at his home in Walton, August 22, of cancer, aged 52 years.  He is survived by a wife and 2 children.
Patrolman Armstrong was stationed Saturday on the Little Delaware to keep count of the traffic on the State road.  His count showed 116 wagons, 60 of them being heavy wagons, and 96 automobiles.
Concrete abutments are being put in on the bridge near Frank Brown’s, on the Bloomville road.  A new bridge will also be put in above John Blair’s. At the later bridge there is a good chance to improve the grade.

Assaulted His Father
Tuesday Albert Neuport, on the Bryden farm in the town of Bovina, was abusing a dog more than the father thought good and so he took the son to task. The angry boy, whose age is 18 or 19, at once assaulted his father. The boy was taken before Justice Strangeway who sentenced him to four months in jail.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Turnwood Girl – Remembering my Mom

Today's blog entry is something a bit more personal - remembering my mom, who would have turned 85 today - Leona Edwards LaFever.

Leona Edwards was born on August 8, 1929 on the family farm near the hamlet of Turnwood in the Town of Hardenberg in Ulster County. The farm actually overlapped the border with Delaware County. She was the last child of a family of seven children. At the time of her birth, her parents were considered old – her mom, Dulcy Banks Edwards, was 42 and her father, John Edwards, was 49. And she was a bit of a surprise – the youngest child in the family before her birth was 11, the eldest 21. Leona was underweight at birth and, at first, it was not thought she would survive. What saved her was catnip – her six siblings scoured the fields around the farm to find it.
Ma, around age 2

She grew up on the family farm and found herself heavily indulged by her six older siblings. Given their ages, several soon left the farm for marriage. Her eldest sister, Geraldine, better known as Gerry, married Bovina native Bob Boggs in the early 1930s. They lived in what later was known as the Jack and Barbara Hilson home before settling on the farm now owned by Dominic and Laurie Gullow. Leona likely visited her sister on the farm when she was a child.

In June 1941, when she was 11, Leona witnessed the death by heart attack of her father in the family home. She and her mom continued to live on the farm with brothers Stan, Cass and Francis. The next year, brothers Cass and Stan went into the army – Cass, due to a hunting injury years before, served in the U.S. as a guard in a POW camp in California. Stan did go overseas to Europe as part of the communications core.

Ma in a prom dress
Senior portrait
Leona was the first in her family to graduate high school, graduating from Livingston Manor Central School in 1948. By then, they had left the family farm – she and her mom had an apartment in Livingston Manor. After a few challenging months on her own after graduation, Bob and Gerry Boggs came to her rescue and brought her to Bovina where she started a series of jobs working as a ‘hired girl.’ One of her first jobs was helping Eleanor Archibald after the birth of Eleanor’s first daughter, Joan.

It was around this time that Leona met Charlie LaFever. During her childhood visits to Bob and Gerry Boggs, she was somewhat familiar with the LaFever family – they were next door neighbors to the Bogg’s, even if they were quarter of a mile away. But she had never met Charlie until they met at church. Charlie was just finishing high school, graduating about a month or so after they met. They dated for the next year and wanted to marry. Charlie’s parents insisted that he had to be 19 before he could get married, so two days after his 19th birthday, on August 29, 1950, Charlie was married to 21 year old Leona.

Wedding day
Within five years, they would have three children, daughters Susan and Diane and son Ray. Except for the first couple months of marriage, they lived their entire married lives in the same home. Leona mainly was a housewife in her early years in Bovina, though she was active in the Bovina Fire Department Ladies Auxillary and was a member until the organization disbanded.  She was also active in the Bovina U.P. Church, which she joined shortly after her marriage, eventually becoming an elder.

Probably early 60s

Bovina Ladies Firemen's Auxillary - Leona third from right.
The first few years after her children grew up and left home were a difficult time for her. After some stumbles, she took a part-time job and joined a new volunteer organization. She worked for a few years in the 80s and 90s as the back-up postal worker at the Bovina Post Office. It was her first paid job since before her marriage. She also joined the Bovina Rescue Squad, which involved considerable training and being ready for emergency calls.

One of Leona’s biggest crises came toward the end of her life when she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder called Wegener’s Granulomatosis - an illness that attacks blood vessels in the lungs and kidneys. Overall, she had been careful about her health, taking up jogging, bicycling and cross country skiing when she was in her 50s. What causes this disorder still is not known, but it is treatable. She kept a sense of humor about the whole situation as she had a couple of set-backs. Not long after she stabilized, she had to deal with her husband's diagnosis with colon cancer.

In January 2004, Charlie died, leaving Leona a widow. Her last two years were hard as she coped with being alone and with her health issues - but overall she coped well. By the winter and early spring of 2006, she was getting active again, rejoining the Bovina U.P. Church session as an active elder.

Then a week after Mother's Day, 2006, she woke up feeling tired and suffering what she thought was a rash. It turned out that due to her weakened immune system, a consequence of the treatment for her condition, she had developed chicken pox. Within a few days she was in the hospital and, as her situation worsened, she made the decision to stop treatment and let nature take its course. She passed away on May 28, 2006.

Leona spent over three quarters of her life in Bovina and grew to love the town, but she also was always partial to where she grew up in the Beaverkill. Interestingly, about a month or so before her death, on at least two different occasions during doctor visits, when asked where she was from she said Turnwood. I heard her say that on May 1. She was surprised by the response herself.  Given that she died later that month, an interesting response.

My sisters and I always will miss our dear ole Ma, but remember that she told us not to sit around moping because she was gone. And we don’t – our memories of Mom usually are accompanied by laughter.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Succession of Physicians - Bovina Doctors – Part III

The death of Dr. Phinney in 1901 led to the appointment of German native Dr. Samuel Henry Rabuck as the town’s health officer. He had emigrated with his parents to South Dakota and went to Rush Medical College in Chicago for his medical degree. Rabuck had a practice in Bloomville, but opened a small office in Bovina Center. He sold the practice to Dr. Ward Young in 1904 and went to Virginia but ended up back in New York State. Like several of his successors in Bovina, Dr. Rabuck died young, dying at the age of 45 in 1915.

Dr. Young’s time in Bovina was also short, though not because of his death. Born in Canada in 1872, he came to Bovina in 1905, buying Dr. Phinney’s practice. He lived in the house now occupied by John and Margaret Hilson but by 1910, he moved to Gouverneur in Northern New York. Young became an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist in the area and died in 1949 at the age of 77.

The doctor who stepped in when Dr. Young left was a Bovina native who slated to have a brief career in Bovina, too. Dr. Gilbert Scott was born on Coulter Brook in Bovina in 1854. He practiced in Davenport for about 25 years before coming to Bovina in 1910. In May 1912, he suffered a stroke. While he had a partial recovery he never regained the use of his right arm. Dr. Scott bought the house at what is now 1771 County Highway 6 a few months after his stoke. He made the office a basement, removing the wooden front and installing the concrete blocks that still are there. Scott was able to serve as the town health officer and continued his practice, but he was limited enough that another doctor came into Bovina to carry on a practice. Scott caught a chill and died of pneumonia at his home in December 1917 at the age of 63. His son, Clifton Scott, followed in his father’s footsteps, graduating from Yale School of Medicine, later becoming a noted x-ray and heart specialist.

With Dr. Scott’s illness, there was a need for another doctor. The October 11, 1912 Andes Recorder reported that “Dr. Norris Whitcomb, of Walton, has located here and will reside in part of George Gladstone’s house [now Steve and Maureen Roberts’ house at 93 Maple Avenue].” Born in Walton in 1887, he remained in Bovina until 1919. During his time in Bovina, he married and had two children. About a year after the U.S. entered World War I, he was called into war service. He took ill shortly after however and by the time he recovered, the war was over. About a year later, he became a medical missionary in Egypt and left Bovina. Occasional reports about Dr. Whitcomb and his family in Egypt showed up in the local press. Whitcomb came back from Egypt for a furlough in 1927 and again in 1933. He died in Egypt from septicemia in May 1935 and was buried there.

Bovina went almost a decade without a resident physician. Doctors H.J. Goodrich, G.A. Silliman and William Ormiston of Delhi came to Bovina to provide services, with Dr. Goodrich doing the bulk of them. Bovina again had a resident physician with the arrival of Dr. Willis Sarle in October 1927. Sarle, a Chenango County native, was in Bovina for over a decade. The town was so happy to have a resident physician again that a reception welcoming Dr. Sarle and his family was held at the Bovina UP Church parlors in December 1927. Dr. Sarle lived in the house now owned by Gary Mayer and Lynne Resch (1645 County Highway 6). Mrs. Sarle was only in Bovina about two years when she passed away. Dr. Sarle died in a hospital in Saugerties in 1946. He has the distinction of being the last doctor to have a practice based in Bovina.

This sign is now in the Bovina Museum.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This Day in Bovina for July

115 years ago today, on July 1, 1899, Ettie Haynes Archibald, the wife of James W. Archibald, died at the age of 28 years, 2 months and 25 days.

Ninety six years ago today, on July 2, 1918, the Bovina Town Board resolved "to lease a Ford one ton truck of the value of $775 from the dealer … and pay for it at the rate not to exceed $10 a day for every day that it is used…"

Eighty five years ago today, the July 3, 1929 issue of the Delaware Republican in its Bovina column reported that "work at the saw mill will close down for haying." The haying was challenging, however. The same column reported that "A few of the farmers have begun haying but, on account of rain, do not gain much."

141 years ago today, on July 4, 1873, Bovina Celebrated the Fourth with an oration, "an excellent dinner", and an ice-cream and strawberry festival to benefit the Methodist Church. Here's the news clipping from the July 1, 1873 Stamford Mirror announcing the celebration. Thanks to Samantha Misa for discovering this and sending it on to me.

103 years ago today, on July 5, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Daniel Calhoun, in southern Bovina, had three cows killed by lightning…."

100 years ago, July 6, 1914, as recorded in the town board minutes:  "The Supt of Highways was authorized to build and maintain a watering-trough at the spring on Mrs. Jane E. Miller’s lot and pay her two dollars a year for the use of the water. She having agreed to this arrangement." Jane Elliott Miller was the widow of Thomas Miller (1826-1911). She died in 1918. Her house likely is now the home of Wayne Morris and Victoria Scott (42.26°N 74.7762°W)

131 years ago today on July 7, 1883, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, George Cable won the Bovina glass ball shooting match. "This badge is a gold one of beautiful design, and is contended for at each meeting by members of the club." Glass ball shooting originated in the mid 1860s.

135 years ago today, on July 8, 1879, Jesse Palmer, the son of Charles Palmer and Mary Ann Gladstone, was born. He would be fated to have a short life, dying of diphtheria on August 2, 1884 when he was five years old.

Eighty-seven years ago today, on July 9, 1927, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "The Ford car of Ralph Hafele and the Overland of Wilford Barnhart collided … at the Dennis corner in Bovina Center." This corner is where Bramley Mountain Road comes out onto County Route 6. The newspaper went on toe reported that "the corner is a dangerous one." Hafele, traveling with his wife and child, were driving down the main street while Barnhart and his family were coming down the steep pitch at the end of Bramley Mountain Road. The paper noted that while both cars were badly damaged, with "the Ford getting the worst of it." There were no injuries other than "slight bruises."

Eighty-nine years ago today, July 10, 1925, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "The Whitcomb Circle gave an entertainment entitled "Breezy Point" in the Hillis Hall on Friday night. $44 was taken in." Hillis Hall was known for years as Strangeway's Hall and later was known as Thomas's Garage.

One hundred and fifty six years ago today, on July 11, 1858, Isabella Aitkin Archibald was born, the daughter of George and Jane (Anderson) Archibald. She married Alexander A. Hilson on February 9, 1887 and was the mother of six children, including John Hamilton Hilson, the ancestor of the Hilson family in Bovina. Isabella was widowed in 1923 and died in 1934.

133 years ago, on July 12, 1881, the Delaware County Clerk sent a letter to Bovina's Town Supervisor, David Black, concerning a mistake made in establishing a trial jury list for the town. 1881-07-12 from co clerk

Ninety three years ago today, on the morning of July 13, 1921, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Charles A. McPherson was coming to the creamery" when "the hold back strap broke on the Myers pitch and let the wagon onto the horse." He was able to stop the horse near Hilson's store. The paper noted that he did this "without colliding with any of the numerous teams and no damage was done."

The Andes Recorder Bovina correspondent reported 103 years ago today, July 14, 1911, that "the general complaint is that the hay crop is less than last year."

Ninety-six years ago today, July 15, 1918, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Herbert White, of Delhi, was here … making repairs to a machine at the Dry Milk plant."

Catherine McNaught McCune died 140 years ago today on July 16, 1874. Born in Scotland in 1796, she married John McCune, who died in 1850. She had ten children, including Sarah Ann (Sally) McCune, who was my great great grandmother. Catherine is buried in the Bovina cemetery (her husband's grave is in South Kortright).

Ninety-nine years ago, on July 17, 1915, Herbert Olmstead, a Bovina farmer, was injured when he was cut by a mower machine. The accident was later reported by the Otsego Farmer (Cooperstown) newspapers: "Herbert Olmstead, a Bovina farmer, was taken to the hospital at Delhi Saturday night by Drs. Scott and Whitcomb of Bovina Center suffering from severe cuts on both lower legs. While mowing with a machine late in the afternoon Mr. Olmstead backed his team to turn a corner, when one of the horses caught a reign under its tail and without thinking of the danger Mr. Olmstead stepped in front of the cutbar to loosen the rein. At that instant the horses started and the sharp knives caught him near the ankles, cutting into the bones of the left foot and making a bad gash in the right foot."

167 years ago today, on July 18, 1847, Robert Scott died at the age of 3. There is a memorial stone to him in the Old Associate Presbyterian Church cemetery that states that he 'Died at Sea.' Little else is known about him. His parents were Robert and J. Ellen Scott, but determining which Robert was his father is proving almost impossible. His death at sea indicates that the family was likely emigrating in 1847.

Sixty three years ago today, on July 19, 1951, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, Bovina firemen were hosts to the Tri-County firemans association annual meeting…." The meeting took place at the Fish and Game club on Coulter Brook Road.

The Andes Recorder reported on "Suicide in Brushland" that took place 136 years ago today, July 20, 1878: "A sad case of suicide occurred at Brushland at an early hour on Saturday morning last, the facts as near as we can learn them are as follows:  Mrs. Alex. Kinmouth, a lady aged about seventy years, had been in feeble health for some time, having for a year or so past been a cripple, as the result of a fall by which her hip was broken, also a subsequent fall by which her wrists was broken.  During this period she has been subject to fits of depression of mind, and had given expression to thoughts of a morbid nature.  On the morning mentioned she arose very early, and after ministering to her husband who was also unwell, she left the house.  Being missed soon after search was made and her body was found in the stream near by in water about ten inches deep.  Life was extinct. An inquest was held the same day, and the funeral took place on the Sabbath." Mrs. Kinmouth was Janet Reed, who was born in 1803. Her tombstone gives a death date of July 3, conflicting with the newspaper report. Her husband survived her by 4 years, dying in 1882.

Forty seven years ago today, July 21, 1967, a cloud burst caused considerable damage to the roads on Bramley Mountain. As later reported in the Walton Reporter, "Clark Lay, Bovina highway superintendent and his men, had a big job of replacing water courses along the road and restoring driveways, but early this week he was pretty much on top of the job with a big assist from county highway workers who turned out to help him Monday."

134 years ago today, on July 22, 1880, the Stamford Mirror reported the following in its Bovina column: "A young man, known among his intimate friends by the name of 'Beecher,' proposed to go to 'Bragg Hollow' a few evenings ago, but was seriously annoyed by some wicked fellows who hid his sulky, and also threw a pail of water upon him, wetting his good clothes." Bragg Hollow is now known as Crescent Valley Road. A sulky two wheeled cart.

Seventy five years ago today, on July 23, 1939, as later reported bya the Delaware Republican, "Craig Banuat and sister, Miss Mary and Mrs. W.J. Storie and daughter, Rae, left….on a motor trip to California. They expected to spend Monday night with Mr. and Mrs. Milton Hoy in Oil City, PA.

100 years ago today, on July 24, 1914, Jane Maynard died. Born in 1849, she was the daughter of Hector and Esther Cowan. She married Archibald Maynard in 1875. She would have four children, but only one, her son William H. Maynard, would survive to adulthood. Jane was widowed in 1900.

Seventy three years ago today, July 25, 1941, Mrs. Martha Russell died. Here is her obituary, as published in the August 5, 1941 issue of the Delaware Republican.  1943-08-05 Del Rep Martha Russell obit

Eighty five years ago today, the Delaware Express for July 26, 1929 reported that "Andrew Franklin of Delhi has been in charge of the Bovina Center creamery while Frank Miller has been doing his haying."

120 years ago today, the July 27, 1894 Andes Recorder noted in its Bovina column that "If the pathmaster of the road from the village to the turnpike would cause the stones to be thrown out, he would receive the thanks of the public."

103 years ago today, July 28, 1911, the Bovina correspondent of the Andes Recorder, reported that "G.D. Miller is exhibiting a ripe tomato, picked in his garden, that weights 1 1/2 pounds."

127 years ago today, on July 29, 1887, Charles Loughran Dickson, better known as Loughran Dickson, was born, the son of Dr. Gilbert Dickson and Jane Loughran Dickson. He was 25 when his father died in 1912. Loughran was appointed the postmaster for Bovina Center in 1915. He continued to be the postmaster even after he left Bovina to go to Yale Law School. He was living in Binghamton working as an attorney when he died suddenly in October 1927. His mother was appointed as acting postmaster the day after his death. Loughran is buried in the Bovina Cemetery.

Sixty years ago, on July 30, 1954, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bovina Fire department, who marched for the first time wearing their new uniforms at the Old Home day in Unadilla July 30, were honored by receiving first prize in appearance."

Wilson B. Russell was born 158 years ago today, July 31, 1857, the son of James Gilmore Russell and Eleanor Hamilton.  He would only live about two and a half years, dying in April 1859.  He is buried in the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery in the Mountain Brook area.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Centennial of the St. James' Episcopal Church

On July 26, 2014, St. James' Church at Lake Delaware will be observing its 100th anniversary. The establishment of the church was spearheaded by the Gerry Family at Lake Delaware. A story is told that the reason the church was established was due to the tardiness of the Gerry children in getting ready to go to church in Delhi. Commodore Gerry, frustrated by the challenge of getting his children out the door, is supposed to have said once at the foot of Lake Road "I wish there was a Church here, then perhaps you children could get to Sunday School on time."

Years later, during the summer of 1913, Miss Mabel Gerry began a series of missionary meetings in "The Hook." They were held in the homes of Earl and Amy Fisk and of Roscoe Brown. In the spring of 1914, a small house in "The Hook" was leased and converted for use as a house of worship. The first service was held in the chapel on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1914 by the Rev. William A. Long.

In the early 1920s, Miss Angelica Gerry secured the services of the Boston church architect, Ralph Adams Cram, to design a new church and rectory for the congregation. Work was begun in the Spring of 1922, with the cornerstone laid on Saint James' Day, July 25th, 1922. St. James’ Church is constructed of brown shale taken from the area’s stone walls, along with Indiana limestone and slate for the roof.  The spire was added at the request of Miss Gerry.

A year and a half after the laying of the cornerstone, on Christmas Day, 1923, the first service was held in the new Church building by the Rev. Octavius Edgelow. Two years after the laying of the cornerstone, the church was consecrated on Saint James' Day, 1924. Miss Angelica Gerry took an active part in the life of the congregation until her death in 1960.

Here are a series of pictures of from the cornerstone ceremony, courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association.

Note the original chapel established 100 years ago. The building no longer exists.
Procession to the old church on Route 28.

Another view of the procession to the site of the old church.
Cornerstone ceremony.
NOTE: The procession photos are showing them processing to the old church, not the new one. So it is likely that these are in the wrong order, but I will check to be sure. I'm sorry for this error. I assumed they went from the old chapel to the corner stone ceremony, but it appears they went to the new church site first and then to the old chapel. Thanks to Ed Davidson for catching this mistake.