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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
William Stott conducted the 1870 Federal Census for the Town of Bovina from June 17 to July 4, 1870. Stott was born in Bovina in 1829, the son of George and Ellen Stott. He was married to Jennie McNee for, tragically, only six months. Married in March, she died in September 1866. I have yet to work out when he passed away, but he was on the 1880 census for Bovina.
Here are some of the numbers that came out of that census from 150 years ago.
· The population was 1022, a drop of 220 people from 1860. In 1880, the population would be about the same.
· Oldest person in Bovina was Nancy Russell Thomson, who was eighty-nine. She was born in Scotland, the daughter of James and Sarah Russell. She married James Thompson in 1805. He died in 1867. She would live until 1873.
· The town had nine people who were eighty or older, and twenty-two people under the age of one. 343 were age sixteen or under.
· 884 Bovina citizens were born in New York. Over half of that number had at least one parent of foreign birth, while 322 had both parents of foreign birth. Another ten were born in other states in the United States. 104 were Scottish born, another twelve were born in Ireland, eight in England and one from Switzerland.
· Bovina’s population included 191 farmers (with 27 others listed as farm laborers), 35 domestic servants and 28 laborers. Bovina had eight teachers, eight carpenters, five stone masons and four each of coopers and shoemakers. Bovina had three each of dry goods merchants and millers and two each of such occupations as wagon maker, dress maker, tailoress, clergyman, blacksmiths and teamsters. Bovina also had one physician (Charles Frisbee), a Cattle Broker (John Hastings), a saloon keeper (Alex Kinmouth), and a tea peddler (Edward Boggs).
· The town had 275 school children. Bovina’s residents were well educated, with only four people of school age or older who could not read or write.
· Two town residents were labeled as ‘idiotic.’ One was blind and one was listed as ‘deaf and dumb.’
· There were more cows than people in Bovina, with 2201 dairy cows. And there were slightly more sheep than people, with 1113 (five years later, the population of sheep would drop by half).
· 276 Bovina residents were male citizens of the United States (women could not vote at this time).
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Here's what was happening in Bovina 100 years ago this month, reported in the Andes Recorder:
June 4, 1920
• Miss Knox, of Walton, has been hired as principal of the Center school for next year.
• Elmer Hastings, of Saranac, has been spending the past week with his brothers here.
• Russell Boggs was taken ill Friday night, threatened with appendicitis, but is now better.
• C.S. Terry has moved his garage from the Elliott Thomson shop to the Gideon Miller blacksmith shop.
• The town board met last Friday to arrange for the completion of the Bergman road. They were unable to get any bids and the town superintendent and his men will complete it.
June 11, 1920
• The Bovina Co-Operative Creamery located up-town has been rented by Daniel Franklin, who will ship cream and make cheese.
• Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Hoy commenced housekeeping this week in what is known as the John Hastings house, owned by his father.
• A Buick touring car from South Kortright collided with the iron bridge at Lake Delaware, and was saved from falling into the stream by one wheel being caught in the bridge.
June 18, 1920
• Mrs. John M. Miller went to her new home at Walton on Monday.
• Henrietta and Catherine Howden and Ruth Coulter tried second year subjects in Regents at Delhi this week.
• Mr. and Mrs. J. Bryce Russell, of Colfax, Washington, are visiting his brother, William C. Russell, here and his brother and sisters on the Russell homestead farm in southern Bovina. He went west 43 years ago and this is his first visit here since.
Had Tonsils Removed
Mrs. Christopher S. Gladstone and Mrs. Fred Thomson were operated upon Tuesday at the home of the last named for the removal of their tonsils. Dr. Goodrich and Ormiston were the surgeons. [See the Bovina NY History blog for November 18, 2015 for more about Mrs. Gladstone and Mrs. Thomson: https://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/11/stories-from-bovinas-cemeteries.html]
June 25, 1920
• Chauncey Robinson, of Hobart, is assisting C.S. Terry in his garage in this place.
• A Silver reunion was held Wednesday at the home of Robert Robson up Coulter Brook.
• Will Aitkens, who is employed in New York, accompanied by three friends, is spending his vacation with his parents here.
• Mrs. Hamilton Russell, who recently dislocated her thumb while nursing at Frank Rupert’s, has returned to the case and Mrs. Lucy Coulter, who took her place, has returned to her home.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
Most of you will have heard that the Bicentennial Celebration has been postponed. Here's the official announcement:
It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone the Bovina Bicentennial celebration until next year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation too unsettled to move ahead this summer. Travel restrictions likely will continue for some time to come – several people already have indicated that they are changing their plans to travel to Bovina in 2020. And while a celebration would be a great tonic this summer, it would be hard to carry it out while worrying about people’s health and safety. By waiting a year, we are hoping that Bovina’s big birthday party can take place in a more joyful atmosphere. We are planning on July 31/August 1, 2021 for the rescheduled celebration, using the same venue and scheduling the same or similar events, including a parade.
In the meantime, stay safe and stay tuned as we explore options for having some form of a virtual celebration during 2020.