Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 1917 - 100 Years Ago "In That Thriving Town"

September 1917 in Bovina saw a heavy frost that did several thousand dollars in damage to vegetation.

September 7, 1917
·       The most of the schools of the town opened Tuesday.
·       Mrs. Stella Oliver is now housekeeper for Frank Gowanlock.
·        Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Thomson went to New York on Tuesday by auto accompanied by Mrs. J.L. Govern and Dr. Whitcomb.
·       Two little daughters of Chas Heller, who have been at home during the summer vacation, returned to school at Cooperstown Wednesday.

September 14, 1917
·       William J. Archibald is building a silo a few feet from his barn.
·       Mrs. David F. Hoy and lady friend, of Ithaca, have been visiting at Douglas Davidson’s.
·       The South Kortright Band gave a concert with a dance afterwards at the town hall Monday evening.
·       The village school had a vacation on Thursday in order that teachers and pupils might attend the County Fair.
·       Robert G. Thomson and Mrs. J.L. Govern returned from New York City on Sabbath, leaving Mrs. Thomson for treatment.
·       Heavy frosts Monday and Tuesday evenings destroyed all vegetation and by some the damage in the town is placed at from $20,000 to $25,000.
·       Alva Shultis moved this week to the top of Dickson mountain, where he has erected a shanty for his family, and a stable for his horses.  He has the job to cut and haul the logs to the skid way of the saw mill located there.

September 21, 1917
·       Everett Russell is here on a vacation.
·       The Fire department was out for practice Saturday evening.
·       Walter G. Coulter has purchased a new twelve horse power engine.
·       Mrs. Margaret Palmer, of Andes, is visiting her brother, George Gladstone. [Mrs. Palmer was the widow of Roman Palmer, who was killed in the Civil War in 1864.]
·       Dr. Scott has commenced the work of putting in stone steps and walk at his residence.
·       Herbert B. Olmstead has moved to Mexico, N.Y. where he has employment in a dry milk plant.
·       Oscar Felton and Thos C. Strangeway cut a bee tree on the farm of the former last Friday night and secured 75 pounds of honey.
·       Ed Seacord left a five gallon can of gasoline on the sidewalk in front of the hotel and when he returned a little later the can had disappeared.  When he came around to go home he found his can but the gasoline had been taken out and the can re-filled with water.

September 28, 1917
·       There was a dance at the William Ward place last Tuesday evening.
·       Samuel Storie of Bainbridge spent the past week with his son, Eugene Storie.
·       The Republican caucus promises to be a hot one.  There are at least four willing to be collector.
·       Andrew T. Doig and wife went to Utica last Wednesday and returned with a new Cadillac automobile.
·       Alex Myers went to Endicott on Monday where he has employment during the winter at his trade-a painter.
·       Miss Angelica L. Gerry, who has spent the summer on the Gerry estate at Lake Delaware, has gone to Newport, Rhode Island.
·       H.S. Graham and Sons, of Delhi, have been repairing the furnace at the Center school and putting it in readiness for winter.
·       A party of Greeks are trying to start a creamery in the upper part of the town and it is stated have   seven or eight dairies pledged. It is usually best to let well enough alone.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

This Day in Bovina for August

Here are the daily postings on the Bovina NY History Facebook page for August.

Agnes Bell (Aggie) Armstrong was born 145 years ago on August 1, 1872, the daughter of Frank C. Armstrong and Jennette Burns.  Sadly, she would die only three days later.  She is buried in the Bovina Cemetery.  Three years less one day after her death, the Armstrongs had another daughter that they named Agnes Jeanette.  Sadly, she too would die young, dying when only two months old.

Eighty-seven years ago today, August 2, 1930, this article appeared in the Binghamton Press.  Gilbert D. Miller was Bovina's last surviving Civil War veteran.  He would die a few months later on March 13, 1931.

Fifty years ago today, on August 3, 1967, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican, "Mrs. W.J. Storie, Mrs. Eugene Vandenbord [Mrs. Storie's daughter], Miss Janice Vandenbord and Miss Marian McPherson visited Mrs. H.K. Galloway at Cambridge…" They returned the next day. Five days later, Mrs. Storie would pass away unexpectedly at the age of 76.

Esther Maynard was born 184 years ago today, August 4, 1833, the daughter of Isaac Maynard and Jane Falconer.  She would marry Edward Combs and died on her 63rd birthday in Delancey in 1896.  She is buried in Bovina, where a memorial stone was erected in April 1897 by Woodburn and Smyth of Delhi.

Fifty years ago today, on August 5, 1967, Fred Ganger died unexpectedly at his home in Delhi. A native of Germany, he had a farm for a number of years on Cape Horn Road before retiring to Delhi.

Fifty-three years ago today, August 6, 1964, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican Express, “Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rabeler and her mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rabeler, and two daughters, Richard Jardine and sister Martha, and Tanya Lay took the bus from Delhi to the Worlds Fair at New York….."

133 years ago today, the August 7, 1884 Gilboa Monitor reported that "Thirty fresh air children have been domiciled in Bovina."

122 years ago today, August 8, 1895, there was a 'theft' at the home of Rev. Hayes. It was briefly reported in the Andes Recorder: "At the reception at Rev. Hayes' last Thursday evening some one borrowed two cakes."

125 years ago today, on August 9, 1892, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, "T.A. Archibald had one of his nice gray horses killed by lightning…"

One hundred ninety years today, on August 10, 1827, George Laidlaw was born in Scotland, the son of David Laidlaw and Helen Knox Hart.  He came to America as a child and married Janet Hume in Delhi.  They would have five children.  George died at the age of 49 in 1877 and is buried in Bovina.

115 Years Ago today, on August 11, 1898, the Board of Railroad Commissioners of the State of New York held a public hearing on the application of the Delaware Railroad Company to lay a railroad from Delhi to Andes, with a spur to Bovina.  Here's the Public Notice as published in the August 6 Delaware Republican.

Seventy-four years ago today, the Bovina column in the August 12, 1943 Delaware Republican reported that "Miss Kate Birdsall, who is in nurses' training at Vassar Hospital, Poughkeepsie, is home on vacation." She likely also was home for the wedding of her cousin, Catherine Banuat. The same column reported that Marjorie Russell gave a shower in honor of Catherine.

123 years ago today, August 13, 1894, James Hastings, Sr., one of Bovina's oldest citizens, died at the residence of his son James.  He was 97 years old.  That same day, the contract for building the bridges at the Butt End and at John Thompson's was let to a gentleman from Bloomville, for about $900.  This was related to repairing flood damage earlier in the summer.

Sixty-four years ago today, on August 14, 1953, this photograph was taken of the "Beacon Lights" Sunday School class. The class met to hold a surprise party for Mrs. William J. Storie in honor of 25 years teaching the class. The class held a program on the theme 1928, including a history in photographs, popular songs and a fashion parade. Unfortunately, this is the best quality copy I have of the photo. If anyone has one that is better, I'd love to know. Front:  Elizabeth Mabon, Marion McPherson, Marian Spear, Vera Storie, Mary Burgin, Helen Hall; Second: Stella McPherson, Marjorie Walley, Ruth McGowan, Eleanor Archibald, Bea Thompson, Helen Burns, Dorothy Russell, Margaret McPherson, Marjorie Russell, Celia Coulter, Grace Roberts, Helen McDivitt; Third:  Helen Forrest, Mrs. Stanley McMaster, her guest from Canada, Leona LaFever, Gladys Lay, Laura LaFever, Helen Tyrrell, Gladys Doig, Doris Rabeler, Margaret Gordon, Rae Vandenbord 

Seventy-five years ago today, on August 15, 1942, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "State highway employees have made a recent check of the number of vehicles passing at various points in this section." The report noted that passenger car travel was down significantly from the year before. For the "Bovina Center road at intersection with Delhi-Andes Road (County Route 6 and State Route 28)" there were 139 cars that day.

Sixty-five years ago today, on August 16, 1952, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "An amateur show for the benefit of the Bovina library was held … at the Community hall. It was directed by George Duphily. Twelve others took part. There were selections of music, songs and two movies. About 75 were in attendance for which a nice sum was realized. Much credit is due Mr. Duphily and others who helped to make it a success."

137 years ago today, the August 17, 1880 Bovina column of the Stamford Mirror reported that "an ice-cream sociable, in the interest of the M.E. Church, was held at the house of Mrs. Loughran … proceeds amounting to $10.65."

124 years ago today, the following item appeared in the August 18, 1893 Andes Recorder - "Bovina is noted for its great butter - pure Jersey butter that is a strong competitor of Elgin [Illinois], and is growing in favor with the butter men every year.  A correspondent says: 'When we were young 100 pounds of butter per cow was a fair average; now from 300 to 400 pounds per cow does not satisfy the Bovina dairyman.  We expect, if they keep on grading their stock, by the time of the next centennial the Bovina cow will be giving butter instead of milk.'"

The Seventh Annual Coulter Family Reunion was held ninety-two years ago today on August 19, 1925 at three residences in Bovina Center, George Russell's (the Robson House), James Thomson's (the Pelletier house) and Harvey C. Burgin's (the Jason and Lisa Stanton house).

Ninety-eight years ago yesterday, on August 20, 1919, one hundred and fifty relatives attended the Archibald reunion held on Wednesday at home of William J. Archibald.

134 years ago today, the August 21, 1883 Stamford Mirror reported in its Bovina column that "Coulter Bros. have taken their portable sawmill to Shavertown to do a large job of sawing at that place."

122 years ago today, on August 22, 1895, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder, "Five tramps passed through this village Wednesday morning."

105 years ago today, on August 23, 1912, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Considerable damage was done last Friday in Bovina by a high wind of a cyclone nature which accompanied a heavy rain. At the R.C. Scott place the roof was torn off a barn used as a store house, only a little on one end remaining. Four trees along the road side had large limbs torn off and were twisted and shattered. On the Stephen Russell road tops were twisted out of two large trees and landed across the road." The Scott place is the McPherson farm at the lower end of the Bovina Center hamlet.

Ninety-one years ago today on August 24, 1926, William Gavett of Delhi, was severely scalded by steam Tuesday while employed at the Bovina Center Co-operative Creamery.

106 years ago today, the Andes Recorder for August 25, 1911 reported in its Bovina column that "William Burns arrived home….from a trip to Alberta, Canada." The same column also reported that "Miss Hannah Coulter is having lightning rods put on her barn in Coulter Brook."

The descendants of David, William and Berry Miller held their annual reunion ninety-three years ago today (August 26, 1924). The reunion was held at Belle Miller's (now Amy Burns' and Tom Lamport's house across from Russell's Store). Later newspaper reports said that about 75 people were present but that "several families were not represented."

Seventy-five years ago today, the Bovina column of the August 27, 1942 Delaware Republican reported that "Mrs. Margaret K. Gladstone of Suffern, N.Y., is visiting relatives in town."

Eighty-nine years ago today, on August 28, 1928, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, Bovina resident "Miss Caroline Dickson arrived home…from her European trip. Her sister, Mrs. Curran accompanied her here." Caroline had left for Europe on July 6. She had arrived back in New York harbor two days before on the "Carona," which had left from LeHavre on August 18. This is the passenger list from the Carona, downloaded from, showing her listing. 

Eliza T. McDonald was born 179 years ago today on August 29, 1838, the daughter of Henry McDonald and Margaret Donald.  She was married to Andrew T. Coulter in 1861, by whom she had four children before being widowed in 1867 when her husband died of consumption (in my house, as it so happens).  She remarried in 1878 to William Richardson, himself a widower and the grandfather of Isabell Irvine Russell.  Eliza died in 1911.

106 years ago today, the August 30, 1911 Andes Recorder reported that "the milk from E.T. Gerry's farm at Lake Delaware will soon be shipped to New York every day for use in the Gerry household."

156 years ago today, on August 31, 1861, Alphonzo Lee died at the age of 54. As later reported in the Delaware Gazette, Lee was "respected and esteemed among those with whom he had business or social relations. Kind and indulgent as a husband and father, accommodating as a neighbor, and benevolent as a man and christian, his memory will long be held dear by those who have enjoyed his acquaintance and friendship."

Monday, August 21, 2017

Faces of Bovina - Craig and Thelma Banuat

On August 20, 1952, Thelma Galusha married David Craig Banuat in Oneonta. Delhi photographer Bob Wyer took photographs of the wedding, including the one used in the Oneonta Daily Star, August 22, 1952 issue:

And here's one that wasn't in the paper!
David Craig Banuat, more commonly known as Craig, was born in 1915 in Bovina, the son of Anthony and Margaret (Craig) Banuat. He grew up on the Banuat Family farm on East Bramley Mountain. At the time he married Thelma, he was working at the Fulton County Silk Mill in Gloversville. He likely met Thelma in Gloversville, where she was a teacher.

Thelma was born in Schenectady in 1919, the daughter of Leroy and Irene (Martin) Galusha. Thelma’s father died when she was eight. For a time after their father’s death, Thelma and her older brother Merl lived in the Upstate Baptist Children’s home near Oneonta while their mother worked as a maid. Thelma attended the teacher’s college in Oneonta and received her Master’s degree in 1952. She taught for several years in Union Grove, Coe Hill, Andes and in the Gloversville School system. She retired from teaching in 1953 when they moved to the Banuat family farm.

These three images below at the Banuat farm were taken by Paul Klein. Paul worked for Banuats in the 60s/70s.

Thelma’s brother Merl tragically died in March 1972 in the crash of a Mohawk Airlines passenger plane in Albany. He was one of 17 who died in the accident. Thelma died of cancer in 1980 at the age of 60. Craig died in the summer of 1987. They both are buried in Andes near Craig’s parents and other Craig relatives. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 1917 - 100 Years Ago "In That Thriving Town"

100 years ago in August 1917, Bovina saw the death of long time merchant Thomas E. Hastings, who once owned what is now Russell’s Store.

August 3, 1917
·         John A. Irvine had a fine heifer killed by lightning Sabbath afternoon.
·         Thomas, son of Herbert Olmstead, is on the sick list.  It is reported that he has the measles.
·         W.H. Taff has purchased a five passenger Maxwell touring car from W.J. Roney, of Andes.
·         Abram Brandow, a civil war veteran, was taken ill Tuesday at his home at the head of Hobbie Mountain.
·         Dr. and Mrs. Norris B. Whitcomb were at Walton to witness the departure of Co. F., for southern camp.
·         Clarence, the seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whitehead, was operated upon Friday at the Neal hospital in Delhi, for the removal of adenoids.
·         Miss Freda Muller, who a few weeks ago underwent an operation in New York for goiter, is with her sister, Mrs. Otis McCumber in Andes, and is very much improved in health.
·         Miss Marjorie Allen, who is employed at Ellsworth Tuttle’s, was taken suddenly ill Sabbath morning and was taken to Delhi and operated upon at the Neal hospital Sabbath afternoon for appendicitis.  The operation was performed by Dr. Latcher, assisted by Dr. Ormiston and Dr. Whitcomb and she is doing well.

Bovina House Struck by Lightning
            During the severe electrical storm which passed over Bovina late Sabbath afternoon, the lightning entered the farmhouse of John Storie, up Pink street, on the telephone wire and filled the room with fire.  Fortunately it did not fire the house and the only damage done was the putting of the telephone out of commission.

August 10, 1917
·         Alva Shultis is the proud possessor of a new Ford car.
·         Fletcher Davidson is home for a few days from the Camp at Spartenberg, South Carolina.
·         J. Millard Blair of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, is spending his vacation with his parents.
·         Dr. and Mrs. Whitcomb and Rev. Thos E. Graham and wife are camping for a week near Walton.
·         Andrew T. Doig and Walter G. Coulter went to Utica on Tuesday and returned with a new 1918 Cadillac car.
·         The Town Board of Education will meet Thursday to visit the various school houses and decide on what repairs are needed.

Bovina at the Head
            The dogs in Bovina were all licensed or properly accounted for on August 1.  The report of that fact was the first received by the State department.

Native of Bovina Dead
            G.D. Miller received word that Thomas Downie, a native of Bovina, died August 6, at his home in Cleveland, Ohio, of stomach trouble.  He went to Cleveland many years ago and for a number of years conducted a shoe store, retiring a few years ago.  He had returned to his native town several times, his last visit being two years ago.  He has a brother, Jas Downie, living in Oneonta.  His wife died 8 years ago and he is survived by 9 children.  Burial was at Cleveland on Wednesday.

August 17, 1917
·         A reunion of the Thomson family was held at Dixon Thomson’s Wednesday.
·         W.D. Oliver and wife accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Miller motored to Delhi Saturday afternoon.
·         The W.T.C.U. was disappointed in not having the temperance lecture which was announced for Thursday night. Miss Tangeu was unable to come. They are promised another speaker for Friday night.

Reaches Ripe Old Age
Thomas E. Hastings, Retired Bovina Center Merchant Dead
            Thomas E. Hastings passed away at his home in Bovina Center August 8, at the age of 88 years, having been in failing health for the past four years.
            He was born in Bovina on April 1, 1829, and had always resided in the town.  He began his business career in 1852, by forming a partnership with James Elliott in a store near the bridge and two years later W.D. Telford bought out Elliott. This firm moved to the Judge Cowan store which with the lot now occupied by his home had been bought by Mr. Hastings.  In 1860 he became sole owner and from 1866 and for two years was associated with J.K. Hood.  From 1868 to 1870 he was out of business, and during that time got out lumber for a new store. In 1893 he sold the store and business to the present owner, Andrew T. Doig.  He then engaged in the feed business until four years ago, and has since that time, though afflicted with no disease, been on gradual decline.
            In 1859 he married Miss Jane Blair, who died in 1887.  Four sons and one dauter, all of whom are living, were born to them.  They are James B. of Cape May, N.J., Elmer E. of Saranac Lake, William E. of Oneonta, Milton T. of Bovina Center, and Miss Jane Hastings of Fleischmanns.  One brother James E. Hastings of Bovina, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller of Colliers, also survive.

August 24, 1917
·         John and James Hilson were at Cortland last week to have a new frame fitted to their auto truck.
·         Miss Jane Hilson returned Saturday from Columbia University, where she had been attending summer school.
·         The officers of the Bovina Town Board of Education are Walter Coulter chairman; Thomas Gordon, clerk; Jas. W. Thomson, treasurer.
·         A fire caused slight damage at John W. McCune’s on Monday afternoon.  Mrs. McCune was canning and using the oil stove.  A shelf over the stove had become loose and tipped three lamps with their contents onto the oil stove.  Of course there was a big blaze but it was soon extinguished by Mrs. McCune with the aid of some of the neighbors. [This is now the home of Stephen & Glenna MacGrotty on Maple Avenue.]

August 31, 1917
·         A re-union of the Doig family was held Thursday at the home of Douglas Burns.  The Thomson re-union will be held Friday at John Campbell’s.
·         Rev. J.A. Mahaffey, John A. Irvine and Miss Lela Miller started Monday morning for a western trip.  The later will visit her brother in Minneapolis.
·         Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shaw, of Albany, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Thomson.  Mrs. Thomson had the misfortune to fall recently and break her leg.

·         Alex Myers has been laid up this week with a sore foot.  Tuesday he drove the team of Ted Fuller to the creamery with the milk and while he was loading the empty cans the team started to turn sharp around.  In order to save his little grandson he jumped and landed behind one horse.  He succeeded in getting hold of one line and swung the team around and stopped them. What he hit when he jumped he does not know but his right heel was injured so that he could not step on it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This Day in Bovina for July

Ninety-eight years ago today, on July 1, 1919, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Lloyd Oliver had a narrow escape …from going off the high wall at Alex Myers' in his car.  Something was wrong with the car and Terry, the garage man, towed it backwards to the top of the pitch and he started to coast down.  In front of the Myers house a rod dropped down careering the car into the air so that only one wheel was on the ground and when it righted itself it was on the wall and less than a foot from the edge.  Mr. Oliver who had no brakes, succeeded in guiding the car along the wall and it was stopped in front of Elliott Thomson's."

Seventy-five years ago today, the Bovina column of the July 2, 1942 Delaware Republican reported that "Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ormiston and two sons of Liberty spent the week-end with his mother, Mrs. Margaret Ormiston." Edwin was the brother of Lois Ormiston Davidson.

109 years ago today, on July 3, 1908, Norman Hawley was married to Edith Michelbach in Bovina, with the Rev. Norman Speer officiating and Mrs. E.E. Hastings and John T. Coulter as witnesses.  About six weeks later, on August 18, Norman was arrested at the farm of John A. Irvine on Coulter Brook, where he was a hired hand, for having deserted from the regular army about a year previous while stationed in Vermont.  His wife was living in Binghamton at the time, probably with his parents.  The letters that passed between them led to his discovery.  What happened to him after his arrest is not clear, but by 1910, he was living in Binghamton with his wife and parents.  They later settled in Syracuse, where Hawley worked for the railroad.  His arrest for desertion does not appear to have had a major impact on his life.

Sixty-five years ago today, on July 4, 1952, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Catskill Mountain News, "Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Russell and daughter, Marjorie, were Fourth of July guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell of Oneonta." Charles was Cecil's brother.

110 years ago today, the July 5, 1907 Andes Recorder Bovina column reported that: "The telephone service in Bovina is on the 'bum' and with no signs of anything better. It is stated that the central for the Rose lines will be at Hobart and in order to talk with Andes for example it would be necessary to call Hobart and then talk via Delhi. Certainly very convenient."

159 years ago today, on July 6, 1858, the Bovina UP Church session met.  One of the 'cases' discussed was the case of intoxication by William Mabon.   "Mr. Mabon admitted the facts charged, proffered his sorrow for the same and promised to comply hereafter with the rules of the church on the subject of temperance."  He was admonished by the moderator "to continue in the course that he had promised… in the total prohibition of spirituous liquors."  William Mabon was born in 1818 and lived on Route 28, not far from Tunis Lake. He died in 1893 and was buried in the Bovina Cemetery.

118 years ago today, the July 7, 1899 Andes Recorder in its Bovina column reported that "Quite a number of new mowing machines have bought this year.  Besides those mentioned last week they are Walter Biggar, a McCormick; E. Burgin, an Osborn; James Coulter a Walter A. Wood and F.C. Armstrong, a Buckeye."

113 years ago today, the July 8, 1904 Andes Recorder Bovina column reported that "Alexander Burns has been building an addition to his barn.  Last week in a little less than 2 ½ days James G. and Harvey Seath, James Aitken and Jas. Boyd put on 31,000 shingles."

Seventy-five years ago today, the Bovina column in the July 9, 1942 Delaware Republican reported that "Charles Lichtenberg of Springfield, Mass, spent the week-end with his wife at the home of her mother, Mrs. Sarah Archibald. Mrs. Lichtenberg has been with her mother for some time due to her poor health. Mrs. Archibald is much improved." Mrs. Archibald was the widow of William Archibald, who died in January 1941. Mrs. Archibald passed away three years later in June 1945. Mrs. Lichtenberg died in 1986, Mr. Lichtenberg in 1999. In 2000, the estate of Charles Lichtenberg made a major bequest to the Bovina Public Library. This is a picture from 1941 of Charles and Jane Lichtenberg in front of her mother's home in Bovina, across from the community hall. 

116 years ago, on July 10, 1901, a meeting took place at which the decision was made to build a cooperative creamery in Bovina Centre.  The goal was to have it up and running by September 1st.  Douglas Davidson, W.A. Hoy and Robert Thompson were elected trustees for the first year.

Ninety-eight years ago today, the July 11, 1919 issue of the Catskill Mountain News reported "William T. Miller of Pink Street, Bovina, who had ten head of cattle killed by lightning recently, had no insurance, and $114 received for the hides is the only recompense he will have for the stock."

112 years ago, on July 12, 1905, Bovina resident Claude Erkson and his aunt had an accident with their horse and buggy while returning from Hobart.  They had just passed a railroad crossing when a passenger train rounded the curve.  At this, the horse took fright ran into the steep bank, upsetting the buggy.  Both occupants were thrown out and badly shaken up, but not seriously injured. Erkson held to the reins and stopped the horse.  Erkson, born in 1880, would live until 1951 and is buried in the Bovina Cemetery.  His aunt, Elizabeth Erkson (1842-1928) is also buried in Bovina and could be the aunt who was traveling with Claude when this accident happened.

148 years today, on July 13, 1869, James Campbell filed with the town clerk a notice concerning a stray colt that showed up at his farm.  "Notice is hereby given that an iron grey horses colt came to my premises this morning, the owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take the same away.  Dated July 13, 1869, James M. Campbell" James Campbell's farm was on Scutt Mountain Road.  

106 years ago today, on July 14, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder "… a terrific hail storm swept over the greater part of the town of Bovina and did much damage. Corn was stripped of leaves, oats and buckwheat were irreparably damaged. Gardens were in some instances nearly ruined. The storm lasted nearly half an hour and the hail was like peas. Heaps of them remained unmelted the next morning. Lightning struck a maple tree at J.W. Coulter's."

Ninety-one years ago today, on July 15, 1926, as reported in the Stamford Mirror, "Mrs. Belle Hilson, Miss Jane Hilson, Miss Elizabeth Strangeway and Miss Ruth Coulter left Thursday for the Pacific coast.  Mrs. Hilson and her daughter expect to visit points in California, while Miss Strangeway and Miss Coulter will attend the Young People's Convention in Seattle."  Belle Hilson was the widow of Alex Hilson and lived in the house now occupied by Chris and Mike Batey.  Elizabeth Strangeway was the aunt of Ruth Coulter.  Ruth would later marry Bill Parsons.

Margaret Doig was born 178 years ago today on July 16, 1839, the daughter of William Doig and Jane Forrest.  She died a month after her fourth birthday on August 16, 1843.

114 years ago, on July 17, 1903, as reported by the Ithaca Daily News, "Mr. and Mrs. David Hoy left for their vacation in Bovina." Hoy, the uncle of Fletcher Davidson and Vera Storie, among others, grew up in Bovina and became the Registrar of Cornell University for many years. He also is responsible for starting the extensive genealogy files referred to as 'Early Bovina Families.' I, for one, will always be grateful for his pioneering efforts in documenting Bovina's history.

170 years ago today, on July 18, 1847, two families with Bovina connections were bereft of children. Both children were about 3 years old.  Robert Forrest, the son of Thomas E. Forrest and Ellen Raitt, is buried in the Old Associate Presbyterian Church cemetery (more commonly known as the Reinertsen Hill Road cemetery). In that same cemetery, there is a memorial stone to Robert Scott, the son of Robert and Ellen Scott. Robert died at sea.

Ninety-nine years ago today, on July 19, 1918, Bovina was hit with a heavy storm that caused considerable crop damage and killed three cows.  Gardens and field crops, including William Archibald's buckwheat were destroyed by hail, some of the early stones being as large as plums (the Archibald farm was at the lower end of Bovina Center, what is now the McPherson farm).  The maple tree at the home of the Muller sisters (across from about where Hugh Lee's is located) was struck by lightning.  Lightning traveled into the house of Adam Laidlaw through the telephone lines, but did no damage (Laidlaw is where Marie Burns lives now).  A.B. Phyfe, who had the farm now owned by Tim and Kristin Schneider, saw his entire dairy of three cows killed by lightning.

115 years ago today, on July 20, 1902, Bovina was hit with a heavy storm. John Blair, on the farm now owned by Jack Burns, sustained the greatest damage.  Evergreen and other trees were torn up.  G.D. Miller's butcher shop was literally torn to pieces.  The Andes Recorder reported that "In the village trees were blown down and some of the school house roof and chimney were smashed. In other parts of the town there was also a lot of damage."

Ninety-five years ago today, the Bovina column in the July 21, 1922 Andes Recorder reported that "The ten year old son of Harrison Hall, on the Soper farm, fell from a load of hay and twisted his arm in such a manner that in order to get it straightened the physician had to break the arm."

134 years ago today, on July 22, 1883, Mary Isabella Hoy Davidson, wife of Douglass Davidson, died giving birth to an infant son, who also died the same day.  Five years later, Douglass was remarried to his late wife's sister, Margaret Jane Hoy.  They would have four children, two of whom, Vera and Fletcher, would survive to adulthood.

116 years ago today, on July 23, 1901, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "the first load of lumber was drawn for the creamery at the Centre…"

193 years ago today, on July 24, 1824, James Coulter posted the following notice to be published in the Delaware Gazette: "Six Cents Reward. Ranaway from the subscriber an indented apprentice named Thomas Freeman. All persons are hereby forbid harboring or trusting him on my account, as I will pay no deb of his contracting. The above reward will be paid by the subscriber to any person who may apprehend and deliver said boy to him but no charges will be allowed."

Eighty-three years ago today, on July 25, 1934, J. Douglas Burns died in Bovina at the age of 75. He was a lifelong resident of Bovina, the son of John Burns and Nancy Ormiston. He married Maggie Doig in 1879. They had five children, four of whom survived to adulthood - Arthur, Eva, Elizabeth and Willam C.

136 years ago today, the Bovina column for the July 26, 1881 Stamford Mirror reported that "The new boat on the pond at the coopershop is a source of attraction for the small boys, and some large ones."

114 years ago today, on July 27, 1903, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "David F. Hoy and family started ... for their home in Ithaca.  Mr. Hoy’s duties as registrar will soon engage his time, preparing for the opening of Cornell University."

Seventy-seven years ago today, on July 28, 1940, Elizabeth Richardson Irvine passed away.  Mrs. Richardson lived in what is now Tony and Norma Gabriele's house.  She had been ill only a few days before her death.  Born in 1866, she married John Irvine and had five children.  Her husband John died in 1918 and she had lost a son, William, in 1929.  Elizabeth was survived by sons Lester, Clifton and Lloyd and daughter Isabell Russell.  Clifton and Lloyd were living in Washington State at the time of their mother's death, so they sent this telegram on hearing the news to their sister.

Seventy-four years ago today, the July 29, 1943 Delaware Republican Express reported that "Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Davidson took their son, Lt. Edwin Douglas Davidson, to Albany on his way back to duty after a ten-day furlough here."

Eighty-three years ago today, on July 30, 1934, David Currie resigned as Bovina Town Clerk. James Hoy was appointed to fill the position. Hoy would hold the position for about a year when David Currie would resume it and hold it until 1945. James' wife, Margaret, succeeded David in the position, becoming the first woman to be the Town Clerk for Bovina.

Ninety-four years ago today, on July 31, 1923, Alexander Hilson died at the age of 64.  He is the grandfather of Alex and Jack Hilson and lived where Mike and Christine Batey now live.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 1917 - 100 Years Ago "In That Thriving Town"

Over the next few months, the Bovina column regularly reported on the health of Mrs. Robert G. Thomson. Mrs. Thomson, born Nelle Moore in Andes in 1884, was suffering from uterine cancer. As you will see through the rest of 1917, her health would not improve and she died in December.

July 6, 1917
·         The celebration of the Fourth commenced here Tuesday evening.
·         The R.P. church will hold a social at the Town Hall Friday evening.
·         Charles A. McPherson, on Bramley mountain, has purchased a Saxon six automobile.
·         Hale Elliott has purchased the Robert Hoy house and lot in the upper part of the village. [This is  now the home of Leonard and Ann Cairns.]
·         Robert Hunt and wife and Frank Miller and wife attended a picnic Tuesday at Eugene Storie’s.
·         Frank Kinch and family attended the Kinch family reunion held Wednesday at Oneonta, making  the trip in his new Ford car.

July 13, 1917
·         Thos Hoag had a good horse die Monday morning.
·         Ellsworth Tuttle has a new Ford car and will use it to haul his milk.
·         William S. Gordon has gone to James Mabon’s for the haying season.
·         Mrs. R.G. Thompson has been quite ill the past week but is improving.
·         Miss Bessie Kinch was in the village Tuesday with her new car. It is a Ford.
·         Mrs. Hale Elliott left today to spend a few days with her parents, Supt. And Mrs. L.R. Long, in  New Kingston.
·         John Benjamin spent the Fourth at Kingston and brought back several men to work for the  farmers in haying.
·         Dr. Whitcomb took Miss Freda Muller to New York Monday for medical treatment and perhaps  an operation on the throat for goiter.
·         Fred Govern, the little son of Mr. J.L. and Mrs. Govern, of New York, who are visiting here, fell  out of bed Saturday and cracked his collar bone.

Bovina Library Trustees
            At a meeting held at Firemans hall this week, Thomas Gordon, Andrew T. Doig and Walter G. Coulter, were appointed trustees of the Bovina Library Association.

July 20, 1917
·         H.A. Ayres has a new Ford auto.
·         Rev. Thomas E. Graham drives a new Ford car.
·         Mrs. Dickson, who has been quite ill, is improving.
·         Mrs. William Storie who has been quite ill, is gaining slowly [This is Vera Davidson Storie, who  lived until 1967].
·         J.J.K. Russell is hauling some big stone from Delhi for the cemetery vault.  They were shipped  from Walton.
·        Word has been received that Miss Freda Muller, who went to New York last week, had undergone  a successful operation for goiter. [Freda would live until 1951, dying at the age of 75.]
·         Dr. Latcher, of Oneonta, was here Saturday night to see Mrs. Jane Doig, who is ill at the home of  her son, Milton, up Coulter Brook.  An operation is contemplated on her neck. [Jane would only  survive about another six months, dying in January 1918 at the age of 78.]

July 27, 1917
·         Miss Nellie Miller has been ill from an ulcerated tooth.
·         Frank Dickson, on the Little Delaware, now drives a Ford.
·         Dog owners should hurry up getting their licenses - $10 fine after July 31st.
·         Mrs. Robert G. Thomson is still confined to her bed and shows little improvement.
·         William J. Crosier was taken quite ill Sabbath night but is a little more comfortable at this writing. (Crosier recovered, dying in 1931.)