Saturday, November 15, 2014

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

From the Andes Recorder

November 1914 saw the formation of a fire district in Bovina Center, made possible by the creation of the water district. And William Strangeway learned that you shouldn't hit a horse in the leg.

November 6, 1914
The Center school is closed on account of the epidemic of measles.
Frank Kinch, on the Soper farm, had a sheep killed by dogs Thursday night.
Two drinking fountains have been installed in the Center school house, one for each room.
There was a “bee” last Thursday to lay a sidewalk along the front of the Methodist church lot. [This is the lot across from the Community Hall]
A fire district will be formed at Bovina Centre. The water pressure is strong and will throw a stream onto any building.
Election – 180 votes cast.  Governor – Whitman, rep, 101; Glynn, dem, 20; Sulzer, prohibition and American, 50; Davenport, prog, 2.

November 13, 1914
Alex Hilson is in New York City this week.
Thermometers went as low as three above zero here Tuesday morning.
James W. Thomson has moved from Tunis Lake to the Charles R. Lee house which he recently purchased.
Ralph Burns died in Meredith last week from tuberculosis.  He was son of James Burns, formerly of Bovina.
Dogs have killed six sheep for Frank Kinch, on the Soper farm.  One of the dogs has been shot but the other is yet at large.
Bovina town audits, as allowed by town board, for year 1914, amounted to $1,391.78.  The amount paid for sheep killed was $60.

November 20, 1914
Sloan Archibald has taken out a license and started a milk route.
A representative of the State Tax Commissioners was here Thursday.
H.A. Ayers, butter-maker at the Center creamery, has moved from Jas A. Gow’s house to the Phinney house, now owned by Dixon Thomson. [This is the Virga house to the left of Brushland Eating House. 42.2623°N 74.7842°W]
The Ladies Aid of the M.E. church will hold a Bazaar in the town hall on Tuesday afternoon and evening, November 24.  An oyster supper will be served.
About 40 of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kinch made them a visit Wednesday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their marriage.  The company left a substantial purse as a reminder of the occasion.

November 27, 1914
Bovina schools are closed this week, owing to a teacher’s conference and Thanksgiving.
From a bazaar and supper held on Tuesday the Methodist congregation realized $63.80.
Earl Harold Miller, son of John M. Miller of Bovina, and Miss Rachel Mary Sullivan, of St. Paul, Minnesota, were married November 25.
Sloan Archibald bought an old horse formerly owned by Jas W. Thomson, and was unable to get it home and had to shoot it while enroute.
William Strangeway, who lives with his brother-in-law, Charles A. McPherson, on the S.G. Bramley farm, had the misfortune to have his leg broken below the knee.  Both bones were broken. Mr. Strangeway hit a horse on the leg and it retaliated by kicking him. [William was the son of Rev. William Strangeway and his wife Margaret Dunn. His sister Rosa was married to Charles McPherson.]

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