Thursday, October 31, 2013

This Day in Bovina for October

James Archibald Boggs was born 129 years ago today, October 1, 1884, in Bovina, the son of Thomas Boggs and Jane Archibald Boggs.  He would spend his whole life in Bovina and run the family farm.  James was married three times.  He married first Elizabeth Felton in 1913.  They had one son who died at the age of two months.  Elizabeth died in 1918.  The following year, James married Edith Barnhart (my great aunt).  They would have five children, daughters Anna, Mary, Grace and Helen and son Clifford.  Grace died at the end of 1929.  In early 1930, Edith died after giving birth to Clifford (he died in 1933).  James married for the third time in 1947 to Catherine Cameron Kelsey.  He died in 1972 at the age of 87.

Ninety-seven years ago today, on October 2, 1916, a milk strike led to the Bovina Center Co-Operative Creamery receiving milk from 37 farms, in addition to their regular patrons. These farms were located in South Kortright and Bloomville, as well as above Delhi, on the Little Delaware and at Glenburnie.  The Andes Recorder reported that these farms would continue to send their milk to Bovina “until the question of milk prices is settled.”

Aggie Jeanette Armstrong died 138 years ago today on October 3, 1875.  She was only two months old.  She was the daughter of Frank Armstrong and Jeanette Burns.  She was the second daughter named Agnes that they had lost.  In August 1872, three day old daughter, Aggie Bell Armstrong, died. 

The Andes Recorder from 112 years ago today, October 4, 1901, reported that “The uptown creamery is now running full blast and is making 5 ¾ pounds of butter from each can of milk.”

119 years ago today, October 5, 1894, a base ball game was played at Indian Rocks.  Given that it was the Sabbath, it caused some controversy.  The Andes Recorder, when reporting this game, stated that “how the game succeeded we do not know, but such actions as this should be stopped immediately.”

James, son of Alex. Bryden near Lake Delaware, died in Fall Clove 114 years ago today, October 6, 1899, of spinal meningitis.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder: “He had ridden his bicycle over there and was quite warm and this may have had something to do with his illness.  The funeral was held from his home Monday at 11 o’clock, Rev. W.L.C. Samson, officiating, and the interment made here [Bovina cemetery].” He was 21 years old. 

Ninety three years ago, on October 7, 1920, the Bovina Town Supervisor and Highway Superintendent requested that a proposition be placed on the November ballot to appropriate money for a “Steam Road Roller.”  The proposition was placed on the ballot, but the Andes Recorder later reported that on election day "Bovina taxpayers voted down a proposition to appropriate the sum of $4,680 for the purchase of a steam roller for use on the road.  The vote was a tie – 64 to 64." The appropriation was approved the following March at a special town meeting. 

117 years ago this morning, October 8, 1896, Mt. Pisga was white with snow, the first of the season. This was followed by a heavy frost that evening.

110 years ago today, October 9, 1903, the Catskill Mountain News reported in its Bovina column that “Hamilton Russell of Bovina is building a fine two-story house, 22 x 44 feet, with piazza in front, and equipped with all the modern improvements.  John Tweedie is the mason and James Scott of New Kingston is the carpenter.”  This house was on Mountain Brook Road.

106 years ago today on October 10, 1907, the first load of freight shipped to Bovina via the new station on the Delaware and Eastern at Andes was brought to town by Milton Hastings.  Previously, items shipped by railroad had to be picked up in Delhi.

118 years ago today, the October 11, 1895 Andes Recorder in the Bovina column had the following item:  “A letter recently came to this point office addressed to, Miss Maggie, Bovina Centre, N.Y.  This shows one of the many thousands of examples of carelessness that floods the Dead Letter Office every year.”

Miss Nellie Myers died 113 years ago today, October 12, 1900.  She was only 20.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, “[s]he had been ill for several months, suffering with gatherings in the head.”  Gatherings in the head appear to be a term for sinus issues.  Nellie was the daughter of Alex Myers, house painter and his wife Isabella, who later was known as the town’s telephone operator.  Earlier in the year, Nellie had been hired to work at Jeremy Barnhart’s on Pink Street in March of 1900 and still was living at Barnhart’s when the 1900 census was taken in June. 

120 years ago today, on October 13, 1893, James Coulter headed out for the Chicago World’s Fair.  In reporting this, the Andes Recorder noted that “others talk of going.  We say go, you will never regret it.”

102 years ago today, October 14, 1911, “The lady friends of Miss Jennie Miller made her a welcome home party .... All rejoiced that she is now able to see. Miss Miller was also presented with sum of money.” Jennie had cataract surgery on September 29 in New York City.  This Jennie Miller likely was the daughter of David Miller and his second wife, Isabella Turnbull. She was the great aunt of Fletcher Davidson. Born in 1841, she died in 1925. This photo, courtesy of David F. Hoy, is believed to be Jennie.

Rev. Joshua Kennedy died 122 years ago today on October 15, 1891.  He had been pastor of the Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bovina from 1865 to 1885.  Kennedy passed away in Green Castle, Pennsylvania, the town to where he had retired after leaving Bovina.  See the Bovina NY History blog entry for March 18 ( and for March 24 ( for more information about Rev. Kennedy and his ‘dust-up’ with Rev. James B. Lee. 

117 years ago, on October 16, 1896, as later reported in the Andes Recorder: “A rousing Republican meeting was held ….  Rev. W. L.C. Samson was chosen president, and a number of vice presidents also had places on the stage.  After an eloquent address the president introduced Professor T.H. Roberts of Brooklyn, who gave one of the best addresses ever delivered in Bovina, and in such a manner that every one who had any brains could see what the effect of free and unlimited coinage of silver would be to this country.  He showed that if all the silver bullion was coined no one would be able to get any more money except he had something to give in exchange for it.  Mr. Roberts is a clear and forcible speaker and fully explains the question in dispute.”

Sixty years ago today, on October 17, 1953, Lauren Monroe married Lois Hogg from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Here's the entry from the Bovina Column in the October 30, 1953 Catskill Mountain News reporting on the wedding. Happy Anniversary Lauren and Lois!

152 years ago today, October 18, 1861, Christina Smith was paid 29.72 for teaching in the Coulter Brook School district between May 1 and September 30, 1861. Here’s the receipt for her payment.

John W. Bramley died 114 years ago today, October 19, 1899, of diabetes, age 81 years.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, “He was born and always lived in this town and was one of our most extensive and best farmers.  He leaves a widow and four children – three sons John G, William and Fred and one daughter, Mrs. E.C. Dean.  The funeral will take place on Saturday at 11 o’clock from his late residence.”  He was living in the Bovina Center hamlet at his death, but spent much of his life on his farm on Bramley Mountain, which likely was located in the area of Reagan Road.

Ninety five years ago today on October 20, 1918, the first death in Bovina from the “prevailing influenza epidemic” occurred when Mrs. Loron Maxim, passed away at her home on the Hewitt farm up-town.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, “The remains were taken to Hardenburgh, Ulster county, their former home, for interment.”  The Hewitt farm is now the home of Tom Groves on Mountain Brook Road.

A brief item from the Andes Recorder reported that 118 years ago today, October 21, 1895, “Snow Monday morning.”

October 22, 1961, fifty two years ago today, as later reported in the Delaware Republican Express, “Walter Reinertsen and his cousin Sverre Reinertsen of New York, were week-end guests at Walter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Reinertsen.”

136 years ago today on October 23, 1877, “the Hogaboom Bros., of Bovina, started a drove of cattle, sheep and calves … through to Rondout.”

103 years ago today, on October 24, 1910, this bill was issued to the Town of Bovina for bridge decking.  This appears to be the decking for a new bridge to the Bovina Center creamery.  The bridge was completed in November 1910. 

106 years ago tonight on October 25, 1907, as very briefly reported later in the Andes Recorder, “A party was held … at Frank Coulter’s.” Frank's place was the original Coulter family farm on Coulter Brook road, just over the bridge that goes over Coulter Brook.

136 years ago today, on October 26, 1877, Andrew T. Archibald was born in Bovina.  He would marry Mabel E. Johnston in 1901 and would have seven children, including an infant who died in 1913.  His surviving children included Mary (1903-1999), George (1905-1978), Elizabeth (1906-1986), Leonard (1909-1990), Marvin (1911-1987), and Herman (1913-1983).  Andrew died in 1963 and is buried in Bovina.

70 years ago today, October 27, 1943, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, “William M. Armstrong, 73, of Bovina Center, died … at Delhi hospital where he had been a patient for one week.  Death was caused by arteriosclerosis and acute arthritis.”

104 years ago today, at 1 pm on October 28, 1909, W.J. Doig, of Bovina Center, had for sale at an auction the following items, as advertised in the Andes Recorder:  “5 cows, 2 horses, surry, rubber tired buggy, 2 buggies, 2-seated buckboard, lumber wagon, truck wagon, mowing machine, 3 set single and 1 of double light harness, heavy work harness, bobs, 2-seat pleasure sleigh, 2 cutters, buffalo and lap robes, blankets, whips, harrow, cultivator, grind stone, chains, crow-bars, sledge hammers, whiffletrees, hay rigging, straw from 95 dozen oats, 10 barrels apples, 3 piece parlor suit, stoves, bedsteads, springs writing desk, 2 bracket lamp, hall rack, hall map, etc.”  The Recorder later reported that the sale could not be completed on the 28th and was continued on election day.

Ninety six years ago today, on October 29, 1917, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, “The rain on Monday night caused the Pink Street brook to rise so much that the foot bridge on Main street was swept down against the arch bridge and about totally wrecked.  Harry Robinson’s family were taken out of their house at 4 o’clock in the morning in a lumber wagon.  Wood was carried away and several hens were washed out of Gideon Miller’s hen house.”

104 years ago in the early morning, on October 30, 1909, Chas McPherson and his wife were instrumental in saving A.T. Doig’s store, later Russell’s, from going up in flames.  As reported in the Andes Recorder, the couple discovered the fire while coming home from a party.  “The fire was on the stoop at the lower side of store and fortunately was discovered before it had gained much headway and was put out before only slight damage was done.  It is supposed that the fire started from a spittoon that had been set out on the stoop the night before and there had probably been fire in it.”

Eighty five years ago on October 31, 1928, Mrs. Leon VanDusen held a Hallowe’en party Wednesday for the pupils of the primary room of the village school.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Day in Bovina for September

I'm bringing you up to date on the daily entries on Bovina History I have been doing on the Facebook Bovina History group since June. I've been asked to share these on this blog.  I will start doing these monthly in November.    

Ninety five years ago today, on September 1, 1918, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, "a number of patriotic citizens of this place observed the first gasless Sunday by driving their horses to church instead of their automobiles." The paper also noted that "few pleasure cars passed through" town and that "most car owners tried to be patriotic and avoided the unnecessary pleasure trip on that day." The first World War still was raging and though there was no official gas rationing, efforts like this were ways people could "do their part."

Eighty six years ago today, the Andes Recorder for September 2, 1927 reported that Agnes Burns, the daughter of John Burns, recently had her tonsils removed.

Eighty six years ago today, on September 3, 1927, Bovina had a successful clam bake "despite the downpour of rain." About 1000 people attended the event. As later reported in the Andes Recorder, "...tables had been set in the Miller orchard below the church and wires strung for electric lights but there was no let up in the rain and the tables had to be moved to the basement of the church and the crowd fed there, except for a few who were fed under a tent." The Miller orchard is the yard behind what is now Amy Burns and Tom Lamport's home across from Russell's Store and next to the UP Church.

113 years ago today, on September 4, 1900, Fred Bramley, of Bovina, and Lucy Jackson, of Andes, were married at Delhi. The Andes Recorder noted that the "marriage occurred just ten months to the day after the death of his first wife." His first wife, Margaret, died in November 1899. They had been married for seven years and had two children, both who died young. His marriage to Lucy lasted 14 years until her death in 1914. They would have five children. Fred would marry a third time, but waited nine years before marrying Christina Close in 1923. He would be widowed a third time when she died in 1943. He died the following year.

170 years ago today, September 5, 1842, Bovina resident Henry Luddington was drowned in the Delaware River near Delhi at the age of 59.  He is buried in the Brush Cemetery in the Bovina Center hamlet.

On September 6, 1854, 159 years ago today, William Augustus Bramley, the five year old son of William and Angeline (Burdick) Bramley died.  He was buried in the Bovina Cemetery.

111 years ago today, on September 7, 1902, Alex Burns, a native of Bovina, died at Hill City, Kansas, after an illness of three days.  He was 78.  His body was brought back to South Kortright for burial.  This is not the Alex Burns who lived on what is now the Goggins place on Crescent Valley Road.  How he is related to the rest of the Burns family is not clear.

Eighty nine years ago today, September 8, 1924, Hillis’s garage in Bovina submitted this bill for $10.45 to the Town of Bovina for a tire and tube.  This garage later became Thomas’s garage and is now owned by Tom Hetterich.

102 years ago today, on September 9, 1901, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, “Berry S. Miller, of Bovina Center, and son T[homas] W., editor of the Andes Recorder, with G[ilbert]D. Miller and wife of Bovina, left this station Monday evening to attend the National G.A.R. Encampment which has been in session in Cleveland this week.”  The G.A.R. was the Grand Army of the Republic, the Civil War veterans association.

124 years ago today on September 10, 1889, Jennie Cairns, daughter of James and Annie (Pierce) Cairns, was born.  She would later marry William Elliott.  Jennie passed away in April 1967 and is buried in the Bovina Cemetery.

Roxanna A. Hobbie, the three year old daughter of Joshua Knapp Hobbie and his wife Sarah, died 178 years today on September 11, 1835.  She is buried in the Bovina Cemetery.

Eighty-eight years ago today, on September 12, 1925, a heavy rain storm, accompanied by a high wind, passed over Bovina in the evening.  A number of trees were blown down.

Eighty five years ago today, the September 13, 1928 Stamford Mirror reported that “a brother and sister of Misses Kate and Freda Muller, who have been west for a number of years are visiting at the Muller House.”  The Andes Recorder provided a bit more information; “Werner Muller of DesMoines, Iowa, and his sister, Mrs. Emma Roper, of Hayes, Kansas, are in visiting their sisters, Misses Kate and Freda Muller.See this Bovina NY History blog entry for more information on the Muellers:

Ninety two years ago today, September 14, 1921, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, “The body of James D. Calhoun, who was killed in France during the world war, arrived here this week and burial was made Wednesday in Bovina Center cemetery.  Members of Calhoun post of Andes, acted as bearers.”  Calhoun died in October 1918.  He left a widow, Anna Bell Barnhart Calhoun.  In 1923, Anna Bell would marry my grandfather, Benson LaFever.

On September 15, 1858, 155 years ago today, Rhoda Davis died in Andes.  As reported in the Bloomville Mirror on September 21, Mrs. Davis was the widow of Samuel.  She was 88 years old at the time of her death.  The paper went on to report that “She was one among first settlers in Bovina.  Her exemplary life endeared her to all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.”

Ninety four years ago today, on September 16, 1919, the new can washer installed at the Dry Milk plant had a malfunction when "seven cans got stuck in the washer and some difficulty was experienced in getting them out."

John T. Clement died 100 years ago today, September 17, 1913.  Born in 1836, he was the son of William Clement and his wife Margaret Thomson.   He was married to Margaret E. Liddle.

108 years ago today, on September 18, 1905, Eugene Porter, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health wrote to Thomas Gordon, Secretary of the Bovina Board of Health, concerning a change in Bovina’s health officer.  This is the letter. 1905-09-18 Letter re resignation of health officer.

112 years ago today, on September 19, 1901, a memorial services was held at the Bovina United Presbyterian church for recently assassinated U.S. President William McKinley.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, the service was presided over by the church’s pastor, Rev. Samson.  “Charles Arbuckle read the scripture lesson; Margaret Swart read the President’s proclamation, and addresses were made by Rev. Slater, R.E. Bergman and Rev. Samson.”

Paul Furhmann arrived in Bovina ninety two years ago today, September 20, 1921.  He had recently purchased the farm of W.G. McDivitt  on Coulter Brook Road.  The house was on a side road off Coulter Brook not far from Seedorf Road.  The house was destroyed in a fire in the 1960s. 

Fifty nine years ago today, on September 21, 1954, Celia Coulter left Bovina for Albany to start attending the State college.  (And my sister Diane celebrated her first birthday that same day).

Ninety seven years ago today, September 22, 1916, the J.W. Coulter Hose Company had a ball game, a Chicken Pie supper and an entertainment in the evening to raise funds.

102 years ago today, on September 23, 1911, Mrs. Alex Hilson stepped on a nail and received a wound behind her big toe.

147 years ago today, on September 24, 1866, Elizabeth Richardson was born, the daughter of William and Isabella (Sloan) Richardson.  Elizabeth would later marry John Irvine and was the mother of Isabell Russell and her four brothers, Lloyd, William, Lester and Clifton.  Elizabeth died in July 1940.

Mark Gerowe, the Bloomville beekeeper, was in Bovina 113 years ago today, September 25, 1900

Eliza Atikin, the 31 year old wife of David Atkin, died 169 years ago today on September 26, 1844.  She is buried in the Old Reformed Presbyterian Church cemetery. 

G.D. Miller was showing off a good sized cluster of black raspberries of unusual size ninety-four years ago today, on September 27, 1919.

The girls got the upper hand over the boys in a ball game played in Bovina 118 years ago today on September 28, 1895.  The girls won by a score of 32 to 27.

102 years ago today, September 29, 1911, the Andes Recorder reported successful eye surgery for Miss Jennie E. Miller of Bovina Center, “who has for some time been blind from cataracts growing on both eyes…”  The paper reported that she had the operation in New York city for the removal of the cataract on one eye.  “The operation was successful and she can now see.”

This morning was foggy, but 118 years ago today, on September 30, 1895, people around Bovina woke up to snow covering Bramley mountain and Mount Pisgah.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This Day in Bovina for August

I'm bringing you up to date on the daily entries on Bovina History I have been doing on the Facebook Bovina History group since June. I've been asked to share these on this blog.  I will start doing these monthly in November.   

111 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." Seems appropriate today.

Eighty-three 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.

118 Years ago today, on August 3, 1895, the Bovina ball team went to Delhi to play their team. They not only lost, but were heavily plagued by injuries. The Andes Recorder reported the injuries: “Chan [probably Chauncey] Squires and Leonard Thomson collided while running to catch a fly and were badly cut about the face. Thomson’s cheek was cut so that the services of a physician was required to sew it up and while the doctor was at work dressing the wound John L. Gordon [1871-1908, son of Thomas Gordon and half brother of Margaret Gordon] and Andrew Seacord [1872-1913] fainted. Al Thomson fell on his arm and injured it so that he was disabled.” The paper concluded its report by noting in an understatement that “Taken altogether it was an exciting game.”

Esther Maynard was born 180 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.

Mary Rotermund was born 168 years ago today, August 5, 1845, in Andes. She was the daughter of Herman and Adelaide Rotermund, both natives of Hannover, Germany. Mary married James A. Coulter in 1868. Widowed in 1882, she died in Bovina in 1931. She was the grandmother of Ruth Coulter Parsons and her sister, Celia Coulter; Don, Bob and Norrie Boggs, and Millard, Art and Ernie Russell.

Seventy-eight years ago, on August 6, 1925, as reported later by the Andes Recorder, “Elmer Gladstone was attacked by a bull and knocked down. Fortunately the bull then walked away a short distance and before it could renew hostilities Mr. Gladstone made his escape.  All the other members of the family were absent from home.”  Elmer probably was Robert Elmer Gladstone, the son of George and Helen Gladstone.  This likely happened on the Gladstone farm, located on what is now known as Bob Hall Road.  Elmer was 49 when this accident happened and would live to be almost 81, dying in 1956.

117 years ago today, on August 7, 1896, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "The union Sabbath School picnic in Michael Dickson’s fine grove last Friday passed off very nicely, and all appeared to enjoy themselves. The sports were numerous. There were races by the little folks, then a tug of war between the married and single men, but the young men were sharp, laid down and neither side won. After dinner D.L. Thompson, master of ceremonies called the assemblage to order and invited the ministers, superintendents and their wives to the platform and Mrs. Myres recited “Deacon Jones’ Prayer,” and Revs. Lee, Buck, Myres and Samson made short addresses. Sports were again indulged in, and the short and also the four mile bicycle races were won by Elmer McNair, the foot race between John Gordon and Milton Hastings was won by the latter. It was estimated that there were five hundred people present."

118 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."

Eighty-five years ago today, on August 9, 1928, three year old John Storie, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Storie, fell and broke his collar bone.  The accident happened at the home of his uncle, Fletcher Davidson, while he was at play with his little cousins.  This is where the Denisons live now.  Tragically, John would die in another childhood accident while, again, playing with his Davidson cousins.  In January 1938, when he was 12, he was sledding with Alan Davidson when he was thrown from his sled, rupturing his spleen.  His spleen was removed but he died about three days later. 

One hundred eighty six 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.

One hundred and twelve years ago today, on August 12, 1901, work was commenced on construction of the Bovina Centre creamery.

119 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.

Seventy six years ago today, August 14, 1937 a traffic count was taken at “the Bovina corner.”  The result showed that 2 motorcycles, 430 New York cars, 115 other cars, 88 light trucks, 59 other trucks, and 2 horse drawn vehicles passed the counter for a total of 644.

Margaret McDonald was born one hundred and ninety years ago on August 15, 1823 in Dundee, Scotland.  She was the daughter of Henry McDonald and Margaret Donald.  The family emigrated to Bovina where Margaret would marry William Archibald in 1845.  They would take over the McDonald family farm at the Butt End about ten years later.  Widowed in 1883, Margaret died in 1907 at the age of 84 and is buried in Bovina. 

A special school meeting was held in the Coulter Brook district one hundred and twelve years ago today, August 16, 1901.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, “both those for and against a new school house had their forces marshaled and the result was a tie vote.  The result will probably be that the Commissioner will condemn the old shell of a building now in use.”

Ninety four years ago today, on August 17, 1919, the pastor of the Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rev. Thomas E. Graham, surprised his congregation by announcing his resignation to become the pastor of a United Presbyterian church near Pittsburgh.  His resignation came as a complete surprise to the congregation and to the community. 

120 Years Ago, 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, 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 eighty-eight 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 Millie Reinertsen house).

Ninety four 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.

Elizabeth Russell Archibald, the wife of Sloan Archibald, died 102 years ago today, August 21, 1911.  Born in New Kingston in 1848, she married Sloan in 1869 and had two children.  Use clipping from August 28, 1911 Andes Recorder.

118 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.”

102 years ago today, August 23, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder "The school controversy in the D.J. Miller district was settled at a special meeting Wednesday evening by the district voting to have school this coming year. For several years the pupils of this district have been sent to the Center school."

Eighty seven 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.

Ninety four years ago today, on August 25, 1919, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "George H. Russell and wife arrived home the first of the week from Racene, Wisconsin, where he had been with a party after autos.  He drove a Mitchell thru to Delhi, having a fine trip across the lakes."

Two items, both family reunions for August 26: The descendants of David, William and Berry Miller (from the Scottish borders) held their annual reunion eighty nine years ago today (August 26, 1924). The reunion was held at Belle Miller's (now Amy and Tom's house across from Russell's Store). Later newspaper reports said that about 75 people were present but that "several families were not represented." Exactly a year later, on August 26, 1925, the Archibald family reunion was held at the home of Mrs. Alexander Hilson (Mike and Christine Batey's). The newspaper noted that "There was large attendance, about 100 of the clan being present."

Eighty two years ago today, August 27, 1931, as later reported in the Andes Recorder Bovina column: "Born to Mr. and Mrs. Benson LaFever on August 27, a son – Charles Raymond."

Eighty five 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 175 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.

173 years ago today, on August 31, 1840, Revolutionary War vet James Vanderburgh died, aged 83 years. He is one of three Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in the town. See the Bovina NY History blog at for more about Bovina's Revolutionary War soldiers.

Monday, October 21, 2013

This Day in Bovina for July

I'm bringing you up to date on the daily entries on Bovina History I have been doing on the Facebook Bovina History group since June. I've been asked to share these on this blog.  I will start doing these monthly in November.  

Ninety-four years ago today, on July 1, 1919 (as later reported by the Andes Recorder), " The team of Mr. Ganger, on the Bouton farm up-town [on the upper end of Cape Horn Road], ran away Tuesday afternoon at Rema Hobbie’s [on Cape Horn not far from Crescent Valley]. Miss Ganger, who was driving, was thrown out and when found was lying by the roadside and unable to rise. A physician was summoned and found that her injuries were not serious and she was around the next day."

Ninety four years ago, on July 2, 1919, as reported in the Andes Recorder, "The town assessors met Wednesday to complete their roll. They succeeded in adding considerable personal property to the roll – 51 being caught. It is stated that the town of Hancock lets the personal slip and only has 3 assessed personal in the entire town."

105 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 actually 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.

112 years ago on July 4, 1901, Bovina's 4th of July celebrations, as reported by the Andes Recorder, "passed off without mishap last Thursday [July 4] as advertised only the pig would not run." The paper also reported that "R.E. Bergman gave an excellent address and held the close attention of the audience. Some of the contests were close and exciting. A number from out of town were here to witness the events."  A somewhat noisier 4th happened in Bovina in 1919 - take a look at this old blog entry from 2009 about the "Wild West 4th of July" and find out what happened:

151 Years ago today, on July 5, 1862, James Cathels Jr claimed exemption from service in the Civil War because he had his ‘left arm fractured about two years since.”  He noted that it “renders me incomptent to perform many kinds of manual labor.”  See the Bovina NY History blog entry for November 30, 2011 for further information on the Cathels family:
1862-07-05 Military Exemption Cathels

The Bovina UP Church session met 155 years ago today on July 6, 1858.  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.

Ninety four years ago tonight, on July 7, 1919, as reported by the Andes Recorder, “Will Johnson, who lives up-town, left his auto standing into front of Hilson’s store Monday night and it was run into by the car of an out of town party, who did not stop to see what damage had been done.  The Johnson car sustained a smashed fender and the steering gear was bent.  The stranger was minus a hub cap.”

Seventy six years ago tonight, on July 8, 1937, as later reported by the Andes Recorder, “Ford Rush and Silent Slim, radio stars, appeared at Community Hall, Thursday evening.”

108 years ago today, on July 9, 1905, lightning struck Alexander Burns’ wagon house in upper Bovina but it did not catch fire.  One corner was slightly damaged and the horses were stunned.  The Alexander Burns farm is at the end of Crescent Valley Road and is now owned by the Goggins (and Alexander Burns is my great great grandfather).  That same day lightning struck a horse belonging to Will Maynard, while it was grazing in a pasture, but the horse survived. 

112 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. 

Walter Coulter was born 209 years ago on today July 11, 1804, on the family farm on Coulter Brook. He was the son of Francis Coulter and Nancy Glendenning and would spend his whole life in Bovina.  He married Margaret Storie in 1823.  They would have 12 children, of whom four would die before reaching adulthood.  His wife died in 1864.  Walter died in December 1876 after having been declared insane a few months before.   

108 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. 

144 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.

This poem appeared in the August 3, 1852 Bloomville Mirror dated July 14, 1852 that apparently has some kind of Bovina connection. 


Speak kindness to the sorrow-stricken heart,
Bowed down with grief, and ready to depart;
Let not an angry word increase the wound,
Already bleeding from its depths profound.

As man by nature’s law destined to weep,
While troubled visions o’er his bosom sweep;
And through this vale of tears still mourning goes,
Surrounded always by his bitter foes:

It ill becomes his fellow worm to smite,
Though he may seem to have the power and right,
Or rule him with despotic away, while he
With sorrow bends before him on his knee.

A word of kindness is a healing balm,
That sheds on all around a heavenly calm,
Dries up the tear ad heals the bleeding wound,
And lifts the sufferer from the lowly ground.

Kind words are angels sent from heaven to clear,
The weary pilgrim on his journey here.
And fit him for the life and heaven above
Which Christ has purchase by redeeming love.

Deal gently, then, with each desponding mind,
And cheer them on with worlds both true and kind.
For God delights in kindness, and will save
Those who are good, in life beyond the grave.

Bovina, July 14, 1852.  Vates.

87 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 174 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.

110 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. A transcript of this is available at

One hundred and sixty six years ago today, two families with Bovina connections were bereft of children. Both children were about 3 years old and both died on the same day, July 18, 1847.  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 on July 18, 1847.

Ninety five 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's I think was where Marie Burns lives now).  A.B. Phyfe, who had the farm now owned by Harans, saw his entire dairy of three cows killed by lightning. 

111 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.”

111 years ago today, on Monday July 21, 1902, the well borers at the site of the Bovina Center creamery finally struck water at about 85 feet. That done, the well-boring machinery was moved to Mr. Sharpe’s on the Elisha Maynard Farm (probably near what is now Christian Ingvordsen's place near Cape Horn).

130 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. 

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

179 years ago today, on July 25, 1834, William Seacord died, age 11 years, 3 months and 13 days.  William is buried in the Brush cemetery, next to the library.  That same day, Hiram Knapp was born.  Knapp actually spent most of his life in Andes, but he and both of his wives are buried in the Bovina Cemetery.  Hiram died in 1907. 

Seventy six years ago today, on July 26, 1937, Courtney Currie (1906-1977), who worked at the Bovina Center Co-operative creamery, had his arm broken twice at the wrist.   He worked in the dry milk plant and caught his sleeve in a piece of machinery at the plant.  Courtney was in the hospital until August 14. 

145 Years ago today, July 27, 1868, Thomas Brown of Bovina, left at the office of the Andes Recorder, “sixteen stalks or rye, each measuring seven feet and four inches in length.  The heads are six inches long, and the stalks at the lower end three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter.  The rye was not uprooted but cut off close to the ground.”  When this was reported a few days later in The Andes Recorder, the paper went on to “challenge Delaware County to beat it.  Come on gentlemen we are waiting for your ar-rye-val.  In the meantime our friends are invited to call at our office and examine this tall specimen.”

Seventy three 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.

Ninety four years ago today, on July 29, 1919, two events happened that were later reported (briefly) in the Andes Recorder.  One was that Superintendent of Schools Arthur Hamilton was in Bovina, collecting trustees reports from the different schools.  Hamilton was Superintendent of the Sixth Supervisory District and worked for the State Education department.  That night, David Champion “Champ” Worden had a sheep killed by dogs.  He had lost two other sheep, also killed by dogs, a few weeks earlier.  His farm was where Jason and Lisa Stanton now live.

Seventy nine 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.

233 years ago, on July 31, 1780, Nancy (Agnes) Russell Thompson was born in Scotland, the daughter of James and Sarah Russell.  She married James Thompson in 1805 in Bovina and died at the age of 92 in 1873.  She is buried in the Bovina Cemetery.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Stories from Bovina's Cemeteries - The Chisholm Family

One hundred and fifty years ago today, on October 19, 1863, Andrew Chisholm, the son of Andrew and Annie Chisholm, died at Folly Island, South Carolina, of typhoid, one of the eleven Bovina boys to die in the Civil War.  He had enlisted in August 1862 in the 144th NY Infantry.

Andrew and Annie Chisholm had already lost one child, another son also named Andrew, when he was two years old in 1834.  Andrew would lose his wife in 1843, leaving him with four children, Jane, Margaret, and twins Andrew and Annie.  Annie was married to Edgar Seacord, a veteran of the Civil War, sometime after her brother's death. She died four years after her twin brother in 1867.  Her sisters Jane and Margaret survived her by 45 years, dying about a year and a half apart.  Jane died in May 1912 and Margaret in December 1913.  Margaret's death was reported by the Andes Recorder in its December 23, 1913 issue under the title "Last of Her Race in America."

Miss Margaret Chisholm of Bovina Center, died December 19, in the Post Graduate hospital, New York, where she underwent an operation December 15.  The remains were brought to Bovina and the funeral was held Wednesday morning, with interment in the Center cemetery.  Her age was 75 years and 11 months.  She was born, we believe, on the David Oliver farm, being the dauter of Andrew Chisholm who for many years lived back of the Livingstone lake.  She is the last of her race in this country, but cousins reside in Scotland.

The family, except for Anna Seacord, all share one monument in the Bovina Cemetery.
Andrew Chisholm (1801-1881) and Annie Crosier Chisholm (1799-1843)

Jane Chisholm (1836-1912) and Margaret Chisholm (1838-1913)

Andrew G. Chisholm - 1839-63 - This is a memorial - he was buried at Folly Island.

"Little" Andrew Chisholm (1832-34)

 Anna Chisholm Seacord also is buried in Bovina next to her husband.  Unfortunately, her stone has fallen, but until it can be righted, it is safer to leave it face down. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This Day in Bovina for June

I have been doing daily entries on the Facebook Bovina History group since June 4 with little snippets I find in researching old newspapers, records, etc.  I've had a request to include these on this blog.  Logistics make it difficult to post these each day, so I will combine them into one monthly entry and post at the end of each month.  And I will be posting the ones I've already put on FB over the rest of October.

Note:  I managed to find something for most days but occasionally, a day was missed.

June 4, 1859 – Starting what I hope will be daily entries on the Bovina NY History Facebook page - This Day in Bovina - using various newspapers and other sources. 154 years ago today, in 1859, Alexander Sylvanius Bramley, son of John W. Bramley and Margaret McCune was born. He would die only 21 days later on June 25. John and Margaret had a total of eight children, five of whom made it to adulthood. Alexander was their fifth child. This is his headstone, courtesy of Ed and Dick Davidson.

June 5, 1930 – The Village Improvement Society held its monthly meeting at the old Firehouse.  Fourteen members answered the roll call.  “Motion made and carried that V.I.S. take charge of the opening of the new Community Hall. It was moved that the Executive appoint a head com. To have charge.  A motion was also made and carried that all the money that V.I.S. has on hand, and what is made this year aside from necessary expenses to be used for equipment for Community House. Motion was also made and carried that Executive Committee appoint three committees to look after furnishings lights, curtains, and seating.”

June 6, 1904 –109 Years Ago Today - The June 10, 1904 issue of the Catskill Mountain News reported on this error filled ball game on June 6 between Margaretville and Bovina...

June 7, 1911  - Andes Recorder reported that Andrew T. Doig had ‘purchased a “Cadillac” automobile” and on June 7, 1911, broke ground “for the building in which to house it.”

June 9, 1895 - Today's Bovina History on this Day entry is brief.  118 years ago, the Andes Recorder reported in the Bovina column that on Sunday, June 9, 1895 "A number of the boys were up [to Bovina] from Delhi ... on their wheels."  In this instance, 'wheels' means 'bicycles.'  The 1890s were the heyday of bicycling in the United States.  It was bicyclists who started the push toward better maintained roadways.

June 10, 1900 – Del Rep – Wm. T. Miller died of heart trouble at his residence in Bovina, Sunday evening, aged about 60.  He leaves a wife who was a sister of John and Thomas Hastings, and one daughter, Mrs. Geo. T. Russell.  Mr. Miller was one of the substantial men of Bovina, and a very worthy citizen. His funeral was held on Tuesday, the pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church officiating.

June 11, 1872 - 141 years ago today, on June 11, 1872, Michael Miller and F.C. Armstrong, Assessors and Fence Viewers for the Town of Bovina settled James Ormiston's claim concerning a lamb that was killed by dogs. Fence viewers, who adjudicated disputes about boundaries and maintenance of stone walls, also had the job of determining how sheep or lambs were killed. They looked at the lamb in question and interviewed witnesses to determine that the killing was done "by dogs and in no other manner." The viewers certified "that the amount of damages sustained by the said James G. Ormiston in consequences of the killing of said lamb as afoursaid is $6.00." There was a town fund to reimburse farmers for such killings when it could not be determined whose dog did it.

June 13, 1864 – 149 years ago, on June 13, 1864, a liquor license was issued in Delhi for P.D. Aitkin. Her tavern was located in Bovina where Jardine’s house is today. Mrs. Aitkin's full name was Pamelia Dorcas Hilton Hamilton Aitken (1823-1883). At the time of this license, she was married to her second husband, John G. Aitken. The tavern she ran had been her first husband's, Walter Hamilton. She left Bovina in the late 1860s and spent the rest of her life in Delhi. This license comes from the Town of Bovina Town Clerk files.

June 14, 1919 – Ninety four years ago today, on June 14, 1919, as reported by the Andes Recorder, “Sergeant Donald Lee, a member of the Lightning division, who served over a year in France, arrived home ….having received his discharge.”  Lee was born in Bovina in 1896, the son of John Bruce Lee and Lucy A. Hall.  The Lee family lived on Lee Hollow.  Donald was a US Army Sargent during World War I, receiving the Purple Heart.  Lee’s mother had died about two months before his discharge.  Donald’s half-brother Clarence also served in World War I and was wounded in a gas attack.  Clarence came home about a month before his brother and never recovered from the attack.  He died in 1922 age only 29.  Donald was luckier than his brother, living to see his 99th birthday.  He died in Florida in May 1995 and is buried in Bovina.

June 15, 1857 – 156 Years ago today, on June 15, 1857, a liquor license was issued for Dorcas Hamilton’s tavern in Bovina Center. This is where Jardines house now stands. The June 13 FB entry on this page shows a later license when she was P.D. Aitkins. To see the 1857 license, go to this link on the Bovina NY History Flickr page.

June 16, 1895 - 118 years ago today, Sunday, June 16, 1895, Bovina saw the end of a weekend of burglaries. It started the evening before when Homer Burgin's home on present day Route 28 was entered.  The following morning, while the William Forrest family was at church, two burglars entered his house and took his gun and a number of other things.  That evening, burglars entered Francis Coulter’s house on Coulter Brook. While rummaging through the house, they awoke Mr. Coulter and fled.  Coulter found his pants dropped on the veranda.  It is likely, though not definite, that all these burglaries were done by the same people.  I never found any evidence that the perpetrators were caught.

June 17, 1843 - 170 Years ago today, on June 17, 1843, the commissioners of highway of the Town of Bovina received an application to alter a highway from Alexander Storie:  "The undersigned resident of the said town and liable to the assessed for highway labour therein hereby makes application to you the said commissioners to alter the highway in said Town Commencing at the old road on the line between Priscilla Carman and William Jobson and running a northeasterly course through said Jobsons land to the Stamford town line (which said highway will pass through the improved lands of said William Jobson who does not consent to the laying out of the same)."  Where this is located I'm not exactly sure, but I think it's the upper Pink Street area.  Alexander Storie had a farm where Tom and Joan Burns now live.  The Carman property may be where the John Thompson farm is located.  A few days later, twelve men were brought in to hear the case for and against laying out this highway and agreed that it was necessary to do so.  William Jobson's objections (whatever they were) essentially were overruled.

118 years ago, on June 19, 1894 – The Oregon Medicine company closed their show in Bovina. The company had been in Bovina for ten days.  The Andes Recorder reported that "[t]hey gave good entertainments and had good success in selling their medicines.  We understand that they went to Davenport.”  This company likely was the Oregon Indian Medicine Company.  It was founded by Thomas Augustus Edwards, who was born in Saugerties in 1832.  Edwards used a number of approaches to sell his remedies, including Indians to hawk his wares on the streets and medicine shows to promote his products. Founded in 1876, Edwards was actively involved until his retirement in 1901.

112 years ago, on June 20, 1901, the Bovina 'uptown' cooperative creamery was organized.  As reported in the Andes Recorder, the "creamery will be built on the Andrew T. McFarlane [McFarland] farm," now the Schumann property.  Thirty farmers were to participate.  The trustees elected were Andrew McFarland, George T. Russell and Alexander Burns. The Recorder went on to report that "[t]he contract for the building and apparatus has been let to F.B. Floyd for $4,350 and it is to be ready for business by September 1."  This creamery was organized a couple of months before the Bovina Center Cooperative Creamery was organized.  The uptown creamery building is no more, though the foundation is still identifiable. 

June 21, 1919 - Ninety four years ago today, June 21, 1919, Clifton Irvine arrived home from service in the army in the Great War. The Andes Recorder reported that "He is going back to Seattle, where he was before the war, and Lloyd Irvine and Millard Blair expect to go with him." Clifton and Lloyd were brothers and the brothers of Isabell Irvine Russell (Lloyd was her twin). Millard Blair was the brother of Helen Thompson. Clifton, Lloyd and Millard all settled in Washington State.

June 22, 1864- 149 years ago today, on June 22, 1864, a vote was held in Bovina to pay a bounty of $500 to any man enlisting in the Civil War, to be credited to Bovina.  There were several such votes during the war, each time for a larger amount.  By the end of the war, it was up to $800.  This vote was the closest of the war, passing by only one vote, with 68 for and 67 against.  The two documents here show the tally sheet and the certification by the election inspectors of the result.  Note that there was an initial miscalcuation in the tally sheet on the count for those against the bounty, with 77 crossed out and 67 written down instead.  Also note that the tally sheet is not complete - the inspectors apparently were going to put their certification on the tally sheet, then instead put it on a separate sheet. 

June 23, 1973 -Forty years ago today, June 23, 1973, Bovina residents John Behrer, Loretta Dorsett Fink, Roger Hadley, Jim Haran, John Hewitt, Diane LaFever, Ray LaFever, Marie Stromann (aka Agnes Menke), Ethel Mellott Hammond, Bob Monroe, Donna Parsons Weber, Steve Pelletier, and Connie Stewart Finkle graduated from Delaware Academy.

June 24, 1895 - Two unrelated events that both happened 118 years ago today, June 24, 1895, as reported by the Andes Recorder:  "Thomas Gordon closed his school at the Butt End on Monday. He will retire from teaching we understand." (Gordon later became Bovina Town Clerk and was the father of Margaret Gordon, who taught Social Studies at DA for many years.  The second event: "William Palmer and Charles Thompson made a trip on their wheels (bicycles) to Delhi and Bloomville the first of the week." William Palmer likely was the son of Charles Palmer, born in 1875. I have not identified who Charles Thompson was, since there are several Charles Thompsons and Thomsons (the newspapers tended to use the spellings interchangeably) from which to choose.

June 25, 1895 - 118 years ago, on June 25, 1895, Alexander Hilson found that sixty of his eighty chickens, all four or five weeks old, had disappeared. The chicken thieves turned out to be rats. Alexander Hilson (1859-1923) had the farm by the creamery that still is in the Hilson family today.

June 26, 1942 – Seventy years ago on June 26, 1942, the Bovina town board passed a resolution choosing the Bovina Community Hall as "an Airplane Observatory for the duration [of the Second World War]." The town agreed to furnish a "telephone and all needed appliances" unless the County agrees cover these expenses.

June 27, 1850 – 163 Years ago today, David P. Stewart acknowledged a debt to William Doig of $53.93, dating from 1848, in this document, known as a chattel mortgage.  To cover the debt, he mortgaged several items from his blacksmith shop and components for a wagon being built for him by Herman Roterman, including “one running gear box and three seats of a Two Hande Plesure Wagon..”    Stewart was obligated to pay the $53.93 with interest by the 1st of August.  If payment wasn’t made, the items mortgaged would become Doig’s.  Note that Doig also had the option to redeem the note before the due date of August 1st if he “shall at any time deem himself insecure…”  In the days before credit cards, chattel mortgages were way to get a secured loan.

There are two possibilities as to who William Doig was.  William Doig (1809-1872), son of Walter Doig and Elizabeth Murdock, is one candidate.  The other is William S. Doig (1829-1896), son of Andrew Doig and Margaret Sanderson.  There is only one Daniel Stewart that I've found, born in 1825 and died in 1877, but there is little other information about him.  Herman Rotermund was a German born wagon maker who was living in Andes in the 1850s and 1860s.  He appears later to have gone to California.  His daughter Mary married James Coulter and is the ancestor of the Parsons family, among others. 

June 28, 1851 - 162 Years Ago today on June 28, 1851 four Bovina men made statements related to their unfitness for military service. Joshua Carman, age 40, had hearing issues and a problem hip joint. Walter Hamilton, age 42, ran the hotel located where Jardines house is now. He reported a knee injury from a few years previous that continued to plague him. Homer Burgin, age 33, was a farmer on present Route 28. He was not specific about his health problems, just stating that he was ‘unfit for military duty on account of ill health…’ Thomas Seacord, age 39, had a “weak and lame leg.” All four statements were sworn before assessor Walter Stott, Jr. Two of these gentlemen, Hamilton and Seacord, would both die six years later in 1857. The other two lasted considerably longer. Carmen was 70 at his death in 1891, while Burgin was 78 when he died in 1897.

June 29, 1895 - 118 years ago today, on June 29, 1895 (as reported by the Andes Recorder) "Dr. Barnard was in town Saturday extracting teeth without pain." Whether Dr. Barnard was a local dentist or not I have not been able to determine. He certainly wasn't based in Bovina. If anyone has information on who this Dr. Barnard was, please pass them along.

June 30, 1938 – Seventy-five years ago, on June 30, 1938 (as reported in the Andes Recorder), "Rev. and Mrs. Peter McKenzie traveled to Newark to see their two daughters sail on a six week trip to Finland." The McKenzies had three daughters, Janet, Elizabeth and Margaret. Which two daughters was not stated in the newspaper, though it probably was Janet and Elizabeth.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 1913 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"

Political news starts to appear, with nominations for local offices. The creation of a water system for the Bovina Center hamlet progressed.  And there were a couple of reports about Italian laborers. 

October 3, 1913
•    Ellsworth Tuttle is the champion oat raiser in this locality, having harvested 900 bushels this season. [Tuttle's farm was somewhere in the area of Lee Hollow.]
•    Dr. Scott, the town health officer, is visiting the schools of the town and examining the teachers and pupils in compliance with the new law. 
•    The directors of the Bovina Center Water Company held a meeting Monday evening and organized by electing the following officers:  J.W. Coulter, president; Alex Hilson, vice president; Thomas Gordon, secretary; Andrew T. Doig, treasurer; Walter G. Coulter, manager.  The company will at once being the sale of stock, and take steps for putting in of the reservoir on Coulter Brook.  The $15,000 capital stock of the company is already nearly all subscribed. 

October 10, 1913
•    Bovina Progressives have filled the nomination of Walter G. Coulter for Superintendent of Highways.
•    Josh Hafele, near Tunis Lake, was quite severely injured last week, while trying to put the belt on the threshing machine.  Both hands were caught be[tween] the belt and pulley and the thumb on hand was broken and the wrist of the other arm was severely bruised.
•    The State road people started in last Sabbath to work near the Hook and on complaint the Sheriff succeeded in arresting twenty Italians.  Bail was furnished and Monday when arraigned before Juistice Strangeway all plead guilty and each one fined $5.

October 17, 1913
•    Charles Hafele is one of the few in town this year to have apples.  Last week he exhibited nine varieties at the Delhi fair and received five first and four second premiums, in competition with an orchardist from Newburg. 

October 24, 1913
•    The total [voter] registration this year is 249.
•    Superintendent of Schools Hamilton was here Tuesday.
•    Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Burns in upper Bovina, October 18, a son.  [Actually, this was the birth of daughter Mary.]
•    Commodore Elbridge T. Gerry and family, who have been at their country home at Lake Delaware, returned to New York last Friday. 
•    Miss Evelyn Dickson, of Arena, commenced teaching in the Ed Coulter district Monday.  The former teacher was related to the trustee.
•    An Italian contractor is here putting up a building for the Italians who will dig the ditch for the Bovina Center Water Works.  The company will not let the contract but will hire by the day.  As much preliminary work as possible will be done this fall, but it is doubtful if any digging will be done until spring.

October 31, 1913
•    Every voter in Bovina, irrespective of party, should vote for Hamilton J. Hewitt for District Attorney.
•    J.D. Burns, who has been living in the sap house since his house burned, has moved into the Margaret Hoy house until his new house is completed. [This later was the home of Charles and Leona LaFever, 2299 County Highway 6, latitude 42.260583, longitude -74.777173.]
•    Rev. and Mrs. A.I. Robb and little child, who have been in mission work in China, are visiting relatives here.  Rev. Robb is to conduct communion services on Sabbath in the Reformed Presbyterian church.  Mrs. Robb was formerly Miss Jennet Campbell of this place.
•    Attorney Palmer, of Delhi, was here Wednesday securing the deeds for the right of way for the water main of the Bovina Center Water Company from the reservoir up Coulter Borok to the highway at the U.P. Church.  Robert E. Thomson receives $300 for the site of the reservoir and land flooded by it.  Frank Coulter, who sustains damages by reason of the taking of the water above him, receives $300.  Some of the others receive small amounts. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

119 Years Ago - Big Fire at Bovina

The Andes Recorder of October 12, 1894 reported on a fire on the William T. Black farm on Coulter Brook*.  At the time of the fire, Black was the Bovina Town Supervisor.  Here's the article from the paper:

Big Fire At Bovina
Barn and Wagon-house Burned – Origin Incendiary – Loss Nearly $5,000 – Insurance $2,800

Last Saturday night [October 6] one of the biggest fires that Bovina has had in a number of years occurred.

The barn and wagon-house of W.T. Black, which stood but a few feet apart, were burned to the ground together with their contents. The cause of the fire is unknown but it is thought that it was of incendiary origin. 

The fire was first discovered by Mr. Black, about eight o’clock, who thought he could smell smoke and on investigation fire was discovered in the upper floor of the barn, and in less than an hour both buildings lay in ruins.  No one had been in there, so far as known, for several weeks until that day and then only for a bag of feed, and no one had been in either building with a light that night. Mr. Black, who had returned from Delhi a short time before fed his horses without a lantern, and it was on coming out of the wagon-house that he discovered the fire.

Nearly everything in the buildings was burned.  The horses and one or two wagons were saved but all the farming implements, hay and about 400 bushels of grain were consumed.  Two or three stacks near the barn, were saved.

The loss is a heavy one. The buildings and contents were insured in the town company for $2,800, which will just about replace the buildings. Mr. Black will begin building a new barn immediately.

As reported in subsequent issues of the Andes Recorder, Mr. Black indeed did rebuild immediately.  The paper reported only a week later that Black was going to build a barn "sixty feet square."  In the paper's November 30 issue, it was reported that "Carpenters are busy on W.T. Black’s barn."  In the April 5, 1895 issue, the barn's completion was reported: "William T. Black’s new barn is completed and is one of the best in town.  It is a barn and wagon-house combined and has the latest improvements.  James G. Seath was the architect and builder."  Black would sell his farm in 1899 to John Irvine and move to Delhi, where he successfully ran for Delaware County Clerk.  The farm is where Isabell Irvine Russell spent much of her childhood and where she was married in 1916 to Cecil Russell.  The farm was later known as the Elms Farm, run by Gert and Cliff Hall.

(See the December 20, 2010 entry in this blog for more about William T. Black.)

*1013 Coulter Brook Road; latitude 42.252705, longitude -74.759706 (42 degrees, 15 minutes, 9.7374 seconds; -74 degrees, 45 minutes, 34.941 seconds)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Stories from Bovina's Cemeteries - the Frank R. Coulter Monument

On September 15, 1902, Frank Coulter passed away at the age of 62.   The Andes Recorder reported his passing in their September 19 issue:

F.R. Coulter Dies Suddenly.
     Frank R. Coulter, of Bovina, died suddenly at his home in Bovina Centre on Monday morning, September 15, at about 2 o’clock.
     For several years he had been troubled with his heart, but had been feeling about as usual, and on Sabbath attended church.  Sabbath evening he complained of no[t] feeling quite as well and did not attend services.  He went to bed as usual but about 1 o’clock on Monday morning he awakened his wife and told her he felt very bad and had great difficulty in getting his breath.  Mrs. Coulter opened the windows but this gave no relief.  She then called the Rev. Samson, who lives next door, and when he came he saw that Mr. Coulter was dangerously ill, hurriedly aroused Dr. Raebuck and William Coulter but Mr. Coulter lived only a few minutes after the doctor arrived. 
     Mr. Coulter was born in the town of Bovina on the farm now occupied by E.L. Coulter, about 62 years ago and has always been a resident of the town.  Some 32 years ago he married Miss Jane Ann Scott, daughter of Robert C. Scott, who survives him.
     After his marriage he lived for two or three years on the old homestead, and then in the early seventies moved onto the farm at the foot of Bramley mountain where he lived until a few years ago when he moved to this village and has since resided here.

In December 1902, the Andes Recorder reported that "Mrs. Frank R. Coulter has received a check for $5,000, the amount of the insurance policy in the Phoenix company carried by her late husband."  By the end of that month, Mrs. Coulter had used $1,000 of that settlement to order a monument for her husband from Woodburn and Smyth, the monument dealers in Delhi.  The monument's base had been delivered to the cemetery by the end of April.  It alone weighed 5,850 pounds.  A few days later, the Andes Recorder reported that the rest of the "elegant monument" had been installed, noting that it weighed eight tons and that it is made "of Barre granite, consisting of four pieces beautifully carved, polished and lettered."
Photo courtesy of Ed and Dick Davidson
Jane Scott Coulter survived her husband three months shy of six years when she died in 1908.  She is buried along side her husband.