Friday, June 14, 2024

Death of Isaac Maynard, Esq

The June 20, 1876 Stamford Mirror carried almost a column and a half about the death of Bovina native Isaac Maynard, son of early Bovina settler Elisha Maynard. Isaac spent his whole life on the family farm in Upper Bovina. This is the article reporting on how Maynard died:

Fatal Accident-Death of Isaac Maynard Esq.

A sad accident occurred on Monday, June 12th, by which Isaac Maynard, of Bovina, was almost instantly killed. Mr. Maynard started, in company with Mr. William Cowan to visit his son at Stamford, in a buggy wagon, drawn by a spirited young horse. While descending the mountain near the Thomas Mill at South Kortright, they came to where a party of men were working on the road and as they were passing a yoke of oxen, the horse suddenly sprang to one side, upsetting the wagon and throwing out first Mr. Cowan, and soon after Mr. Maynard. Cowan escaped with slight injury. On raising up Mr. Maynard, be said he did not think he was much injured, but felt as though his back was hurt; Mr. McLean placed a Buffalo-robe to his back, and put him in as easy position as possible. In a few moments he said, "Oh! my back," leaned back, and breathed his last. It is supposed that he sustained some internal injury. The horse ran a short distance and stopped, slightly injured, but the buggy was badly broken. Mr. Maynard's body was conveyed to his home in Bovina, and buried on Wednesday. His funeral was largely attended by those who sympathize with the friends of the deceased, and mourn the loss of one of the oldest, most useful, and valued citizens of that town.

The other article in the Mirror, a tribute to Maynard, also appeared in the June 21, 1876 Delaware Gazette:

Death of Isaac Maynard, Esq , of Bovina.

The death of Isaac Maynard, Esq, of Bovina, on the 12th inst, at the ripe age of 81 years, was unexpected only in view of the violent and painful manner in which it occurred. On the morning of that day, with elated spirits and with no greater infirmities than those which had for years afflicted him, he left his home in company with a relative to visit a son and an elder brother residing at this place [Stamford]; and the first intelligence which his family received of the sad calamity that had overtaken him was the return of his lifeless body within four hours afterwards. It was a tragic close of a long, useful and honored life.

He was born upon the farm upon which he lived at the time of his death and was then the oldest native inhabitant of the town. Delaware county, when he first knew it, was little better than a primeval wilderness, and no man rejoiced more sincerely than he over its rapid and almost incredible growth in every element of material prosperity. It is to the sturdy manhood and sterling worth of men like him, that the county is largely indebted for its present advanced position in enterprise, intelligence and wealth. With his own hands he had subdued a fair portion of its territory and built up for himself a home, which to him was dearer, and more sacred than any other earthly spot. He loved the quiet and seclusion of his own fireside, where he had long calmly awaited the summons of his Master. It was his most ardent desire to be there permitted to close his eyes upon the scenes of this world, but Infinite Wisdom had determined otherwise. By the roadside, with a stone for his pillow, the messenger of death, clothed in a most terrible form came to him, but not to find him unprepared. In the supreme agony his last words were a prayer to the God, in whom he had so long trusted, for his saving mercy. 

His early opportunities for education and mental discipline were necessarily meagre, from the primitive nature of the times in which his youth was passed, yet he had a mind rich in native resources and a fund of practical common sense, which seldom failed him. He was the trusted counsellor of all the neighborhood, and his honest, homely, sensible advice was often followed, when that of men learned in the professions was discarded. He was a man of few words and of great simplicity, and transparency of character. Fearless and independent in defense of the right, his uncompromising, and untarnished integrity was a tower of influence wherever his name was known. Even the malice of an enemy never presumed to attack the stainless purity of his private life. Although politically in a feeble minority, for nearly a quarter of a century he was honored by his townsmen with an important public trust, the duties of which he discharged with fidelity and distinguished ability. His decisions were rarely questioned and never reversed. He died in the communion of the United Presbyterian Church, to whose ordinances and ministrations he had long been devotedly attached. 

The funeral services took place from his late residence on the 14th inst. A vast concourse of friends and neighbors assembled out of respect to his memory and their saddened countenances, as they looked for the last time upon his mortal form, testified how keenly and sincerely they mourned his departure. His pastor, Rev. J.B. Lee, who felt deeply the loss of a faithful friend and adviser, paid an eloquent and touching tribute to his life and character and personal worth, taking as the foundation of his discourse the inspired account of the death of the son Abraham; (Gen. 35:29). He was laid to rest in the beautiful valley where his life had been spent, and where will long survive the influence of his good works, and the fragrant and blessed remembrance of his many virtues. 

Friday, June 7, 2024

June 1924 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"


Here's what life was like in Bovina 100 years ago this month – June 1924 - as reported in the weekly Bovina column in the Andes Recorder.

June 6, 1924

Hilson Bros are having their garage painted.

Frank Myers and wife, of Endicott, were recent guests of his parents.

George Gladstone is visiting his son at Delhi and his sisters at Walton.

Alice Frayer, of Delhi, spent over the week end with her friend Margaret Gordon.

Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Gladstone and Mrs. Frank Brown spent Saturday with their sister, Mrs. Tripp, at Oneonta.

L.W. Thompson, from Massachusetts, is at Fred Thomson’s. His wife will be remembered as Jennie Lee.

A surprise party was held Thursday evening at Henry Monroe’s for Misses Mary and Marjorie Ormiston, and 41 were present.

Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Ferris, of Albany, were visitors here over the week end. They have rented the furnished house of her uncle, William F. Boggs, for the summer. [Mrs. Ferris was Margaret Elizabeth Boggs, 1887-1937. She was the daughter of William Boggs’ brother, Charles Boggs, 1848-1891. S.K. Ferris was Starr King Ferris. He died in 1966.]

Homer Burgin, who was moving into part of G.D. Miller’s house, has moved to the Richard James house at Lake Delaware, in order that he might be near his work at Gerry’s.

Rev. and Mrs. F.R. Crawford were at Oneonta on Tuesday. Mrs. Mary A. Russell, who recently had an operation for the removal of a cataract from her eye, returned home with them.

Was Born in Andes

From our Bovina correspondent

Mrs. James Ormiston died at her home in Oneonta at 6:30, Wednesday afternoon, June 4, after an illness of several months. She suffered a shock Tuesday. Her maiden name was Margaret Laing and she was born in Andes on July 3, 1865. She leaves her husband and three children, viz: Mary a teacher at Hastings-on-the-Hudson; Mrs. Ralph Davidson, of Oneonta; Ralph attending Troy Polytechnical school; also a sister, Mrs. Alex Myers, in Bovina, and two brothers, James, at Meridale, and, John, in Endicott.

June 13, 1924

The former Strangeway store now occupied by the Hillis garage, is being painted. [This later became Clayton Thomas’ garage and is now occupied by Tom Hetterick.]

Master Alex Hilson returned home last Friday from visiting his aunt at East Orange, N.J. [Alex in later life took over the family business with his brother Jack. Alex, born in 1915, died in 1990.]

James A. Gow is having his residence treated to a new dress of paint. Alex Myers is doing the job.

The Good Cheer Sabbath School class held a picnic with Mrs. James Monroe in upper Bovina, last Friday.

Hosa Sliter, of Andes, has moved his family into the house adjoining Elliott Thomson’s blacksmith shop.

Rev. A.M. Thomson and Rev. W. A. Robb attended the Reformed Presbyterian synod at Winona Lake.

D.W. Hitchcock, who is employed at the dry milk plant, has moved his family from uptown to Will Hoy’s tenant house. [I believe this was the house that was destroyed in the 1953 flood in the Bovina Center hamlet.]

Mrs. Peter McNair and Raymond McNair and family, of Binghamton, were recent guests of her daughter, Mrs. John McCune. [Mrs. McNair was the former Elizabeth Fowler, who died in 1940. Mrs. McCune was the former Ida McNair. She was widowed in 1942 and died in 1953. She was once the Bovina librarian.]

Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Maynard, of Canestota, and his grandfather, Edwin Scott, formerly of Bovina, were recent visitors here. 

The body of Low Thomson, who died a Syracuse a few weeks ago, was brought here Tuesday for burial. He had numerous relatives here. [This was David Low Thomson, who was born in 1847 in Bovina. He died on February 12, 1924.]

Bovina relatives who attended the funeral of Mrs. James L. Ormiston at Oneonta last Friday were, Alex Myers and wife, Chas F. McPherson and wife Frank Miller and wife, Mrs. Thomas Ormiston, Lloyd Ormiston, Henry Monroe and wife, Mrs. Fletcher Davidson and Ledger Myers.

Funeral of Renwick Russell

The funeral of Renwick Russell, who was drowned at Beaver Falls, Penn., on June 3, and the body found four days later, was held at the Russell home in Glenburnie on Tuesday. S. Foster

Beatty, a room-mate, and C. Brainard Mathesey, a member of the faculty of Geneva college, were present. Burial was in the Bovina Center cemetery. His age was 20 years. [Renwick was the son of Thomas D. Russell (1866-1937) and Jennie Gilchrist (1867-1935).]

June 20, 1924

Howard McPherson has a new Ford sedan.

William F. Boggs was Walton visitor last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Robinson spent Sabbath at Bainbridge.

Mrs. David Currie was a caller at the County Seat on Monday.

Children’s day exercises will be held at the U.P. church on Sabbath.

Bovina real estate transfers recorded are Charles A. Tuttle and wife to Harold Cole, $1.

Charles A. Tuttle of Delhi, formerly of Bovina, underwent an operation for appendicitis last week. [This likely is Charles Archibald Tuttle, who was born in Bovina in 1864. He married Jennette Winter and they had two children. Their daughter Hildreth married Charles Russell, Cecil Russell’s brother. Charles died in September 1932.]

Mrs. E.A. Taber and son, Ralph Taber, and Mrs. (Dr.) Scott, of Davenport, were recent visitors in town.

A home talent play to complete the lecture course, will be given at the hall Friday night of this week.

Mrs. and Mrs. John Armstrong and his mother, Mrs. William Armstrong, were at Oneonta on Saturday. [Mrs. John Armstrong was the former Blanche Robinson (1900-1976). Mrs. William Armstrong was the former Mary Kaufman (1871-1929). John Armstrong, born in 1902, died in 1968.]

Mrs. William J. Storie is spending the week with her uncle, David F. Hoy registrar of Cornell University. [Mrs. Storie was the former Vera Davidson.]

Miss Calla Boggs has purchased a Chevrolet coupe of Howard Coulter, and John Burns a Chevrolet truck.

William Mabon Sr. well known here is ill with kidney trouble at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Bingholm, in Delhi. [William, born in 1848, died in 1928. He had been widowed in 1920. His daughter actually was Mrs. Walter Ringholm. She was born Jennie Bell Mabon in 1888 and married John Walter Ringholm in 1912.]

Captain Billings, superintendent of the Gerry Farms, was at Washington, D.C. on a business trip from Thursday until Monday.

Mrs. and Mrs. William Hoy, of California, are visiting Bovina relatives. Mr. Hoy is a son of the late John R. Hoy and is a civil engineer.

An all day meeting of the Women’s and Young Women’s Missionary societies, Whitcomb Circle and Juniors was held Thursday with Mrs. F.W. Crawford.

Mrs. George Decker and Mrs. Arthur Decker were Walton callers Saturday, and while there the latter had the misfortune to sustain a severe sprain of her ankle. [Mrs. George Decker was the former Ada H. Tompkins (1867-1944). Mrs. Arthur Decker was her daughter-in-law, the former Beulah Armstrong (1894-1966).]

Saturday at the foreclosure sale of Charles A. McPherson against Jean Muller and others, the property, which consists of the former S.G. Bramley and Albert McPherson farms and personal property, was bid off by McPhersons for $3,000 above the mortgage.

June 27, 1924

Mrs. Everett DeSilva is ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. William Huber, of Delhi, is visiting her brother, Alex Myers.

Charles F. McPherson was at Fall Clove on Wednesday after a load of lumber.

Mr. and Mrs. Thos C. Strangeway and wife visited relatives at Hamden Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Coulter, from Pennsylvania, are visiting at Mrs. Elizabeth Irvine’s. [Andrew was the son of James Leiper Coulter. His wife was the former Hattie Agusta Gladstone.]

Miss Gladys Wilber, of Andes, was a guest at Hosa Sliter’s from Thursday until Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hyatt and children, of New York City, are visiting their parents here.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Myers, of Endicott, spent over the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Myers. [Mrs. Frank Myers was the former Ethel Bingham.]

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Low, of Brooklyn, spent the first of the week with his cousin, Mrs. Lancelot Thomson.

Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Miller went to Andes on Tuesday to spend a week at the home of her brother, A.S. Banker.

Miss Anna Dickson is home from Cornell University for the summer vacation. Miss Carolyn Dickson is also home.

Mrs. Arthur Decker and children, Mrs. George Decker, Mrs. James Ackerley and Miss Carrie Dumond were at Delhi on Tuesday. 

Bovina friends of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lunn, of Auburn, Washington, have received announcement of the marriage of their daughter Marguerite, to Lieutenant Owen Marriott, June 11. They will live at Camp Lewis, Washington, where the groom is stationed. [Mr. Lunn was a State Senator in Washington State. Owen was in the military until 1951, a year after the death of his wife Marguerite. She is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery. Owen died in 1977 in Arizona.]

Bovina Lad has Operation

From our Bovina Correspondent

Ralph Mabon, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. James Mabon, underwent an operation at the Delhi hospital on Wednesday. He had an operation for appendicitis some two years ago, and a bunch had formed in his side. [Ralph would survive this surgery. He died in 1972 in Lancaster, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Delhi, NY.]

Games Keeper Gets Better Position

William Marshall, who for the past twelve years had been game-keeper on the Gerry estate at Lake Delaware, has taken a position as head game keeper on a large estate on Long Island, at a decided increase of salary. He has had a life-long experience in game-keeping having worked in Europe before coming to this country from his native heath – Scotland. 

Friday, May 31, 2024

This Day in Bovina for May 2024

Here's the monthly compilation of the daily entries on the Town of Bovina Historian Facebook page for May:

150 years ago today, this ad appeared in several issues of the Stamford Mirror, dated May 1, 1874, promoting the "American Submerged Pump." James P. Dean, Jon Scott and William Gladstone of Bovina were among the buyers. 

113 years ago today, on May 2, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder Bovina column, a son was "born to Mr. and Mrs. A. Thomas Archibald, Mountain Brook…" This son was Marvin Archibald. Marv married Eleanor Burns in 1942 and would pass away in 1987.

204 years ago today, May 3, 1820, Bovina's first ever Liquor license was issued to John Hastings at a meeting of commissioners of excise. 

Ninety-eight years ago today, on May 4, 1926, two Bovina farms hosted woodchuck killing demonstrations held by the Farm Bureau. One at 10 am at the farm of James Boggs, the other at the W.J. Storie farm. The Catskill Mountain News, in reporting these under the headline "Woodchucks are Facing Death" noted that the demonstrations showed "how woodchuck dens are treated with calcium cyanide…" Farmers were being encouraged to use these "effective methods of ridding farms of the destructive animals."

262 years ago today, on May 5, 1762, Nathan H. Hilton was born in Connecticut. He was married around 1780 to Mary Pierce. Around 1795, they settled in Bovina. Nathan and Mary had eight children. She died in 1836 and Nathan the following year in 1837. They are believed to be buried in the Nichols Cemetery on Cape Horn.

Fifty-nine years ago today, the Bovina column of the May 6, 1965 Delaware Republican-Express reported that "Mr. and Mrs. Dan Waltzwer of New York spent the week-end in their summer home here in up town Bovina." This is not a name I recall. I'm wondering if anyone remembers this family (and keep in mind that the paper may have misspelled the name considerably).

131 years ago today, the Stamford Mirror for May 7, 1889 reported that "Word has been received that Wilson and Maggie Atkins, of Bovina, reached their journeys' end in due time. The latter is at J.L. Ormiston's, Raymore, Mo., and Wilson is at his sister's, in Jetmore, Kansas." Wilson and Maggie were the children of Isaac Atkin and Nancy Blair. Wilson was born in 1851, his sister in 1849. Maggie came back to Bovina was living with J.L. Ormiston's family in 1910 in Bovina, listed as a servant. By 1920, the Ormiston family was living in Oneonta and Maggie was living with them as a lodger. She died in 1925 and is buried in Bovina. Wilson ended up settling in Washington State, dying there in 1918. [Note: Atkin usually is not spelled with an 's,']

141 years ago today, the Stamford Mirror for May 8, 1883 reported that "Gilbert D. Miller has purchased the Halstead place at Bovina Valley, for $1,650, and will go to work thereon at once." I think this is now the Clarence and Frances Burns farm.

138 years ago today, the May 9, 1896 Delaware Express carried this Bovina Centre column: 

Seventy-five years ago today, in a notice dated May 10, 1949 in the Catskill Mountain News, it was reported that "Those who are driving new cars the past week are James Hilson with a Cadillac convertible, Martin Rabeler a Mercury sedan, Frances Schabloski a Ford sedan."

163 years ago today, May 11, 1861, the Delaware Republican had the following item: "We understand that several gentlemen of the name of Stott, formerly of Bovina, passed through here a few days ago, having been driven from their late residence in Chantilly, Fair­fax Co., Virginia, for being Union men. They left most they had behind them, and were even pursued and a horse taken away from them." I can't be sure but this likely was the family of John Elliot Stott. Born in Scotland in 1804, he came to Bovina and started his family. It seems the family moved south in the 1850s. Stott's wife Jane Hendry Ormiston died there in 1856. They lost two children there also. And I don't think John was one of the family who ran back north. He is reported as dying in Falls Church, Virginia in 1863. The gentlemen may have been his sons George, James and William.

Seventy years ago today, on May 12, 1954, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "Mrs. Fred Thomson held a brush party at her home…"

Seventy-five years ago today, the Bovina column of the Catskill Mountain News for May 13, 1949 reported that "Miss Jennie Hastings is spending some time at the home of her brother, Milton Hastings, and assisting Lillie Happy with her work while she is recovering from her recent illness."

126 years ago today, on May 14, 1898, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Woodburn & Smyth set up a monument… in the cemetery for Mrs. Muller, in memory of her late husband." Here's a photograph of the monument. 

142 years ago, on May 15, 1882, as later reported in the Delaware Gazette, "Snow was reported to be over an inch deep on Bramley hill, Bovina…"

Sixty-one years ago today, the May 16, 1963 Delaware Republican-Express reported in its Bovina column that "Volunteers and carpenters will begin this week in remodeling the church basement."

Seventy-five years ago today, it was reported in the Catskill Mountain News in an item dated May 17, 1949 that "We had several hard frosts in town last week. They did considerable damage to tender growths. It is hope this is the last for the season."

Eighty-five years ago today, the May 18, 1939 Delaware Republican reported in its Bovina column that "Edward Snyder is to teach in the Herbert Huggin's district next year." Snyder actually was Edward Schneider. He later was the last teacher at the Maynard district on Bovina road. Ed died in 2016 at the age of 102. The Huggins district was Bovina District 5, located at Lee Hollow and Miller Avenue.

Two hundred and four years ago today, May 19, 1820, Grace Elliott is born in Bovina, daughter of John Elliott and Christiana Mabon. She married Lewis Knapp in 1851 in Bovina and had three children. Grace died 1882 in Hamden.

Forty-three years ago today, the May 20, 1981 Oneonta Daily Star carried an article about the Bovina Quilt. The quilt, now housed in the Bovina Museum, was started in the late 70s as a fundraising project. Different families submitted square for the quilt. The photo in the newspaper shows Frances Burns, Mary Jo Doig, Mary Jardine and Marilyn Gallant sewing the edges of the quilt.

Seventy-seven years ago today, May 21, 1947, the Center-Inn Restaurant opened in Bovina Center. Run by Ethel and Burton Cornell, the restaurant closed about a year later when Bovina in November 1947 voted to go dry, ending the sale of alcohol in the restaurant. Here's the ad announcing the opening from the May 16, 1947 Walton Reporter: 

Ninety-four years ago today, the Bovina column of the May 22, 1929 Delaware Republican reported that "the post office inspector has recommended a change of mail route for Bovina. I am sure everyone will be glad."

Eighty-four years ago today, the May 23, 1940 issue of the Delaware Republican had in its Bovina column this item: "Mrs. Ralph Barnhart remains in a serious condition at present writing." Mrs. Barnhart was born Anna Irene Ruland and married Ralph Barnhart in 1921. They had one son, Donald. Anna was suffering from breast cancer and would pass away the following March in her home in Bovina. She was 40 years old.

142 years ago today, the May 24, 1882 Delaware Gazette issue included the following: "We regret to learn that David Black, Supervisor of Bovina, is not so well, in fact that his friends are very anxious and consider his condition critical." He would survive for a little less than a year, dying in April 1883.

151 years ago today, on May 25, 1873, Sarah Eliza Seacord died. Born in 1842, she was the daughter of Alexander Dean and Phoebe Ann Bramley. Married in 1862 to William Seacord, she had two children before her death at the age of 30. She's buried in the Bovina cemetery.

Seventy-one years ago today, on May 26, 1953, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, the young son of Howard and Theresa Conklin, Marty, "was burned on both arms and hands when he fell into a pail of water at his home last week Tuesday. He was rushed to Margaretville hospital where he remained overnight for treatment."

Fifty-nine years ago today, the Bovina column in the May 27, 1965 Delaware Republican-Express reported that "James Hoy of Bainbridge has been transferred from the Bainbridge branch of the National Bank and Trust Company of Norwich to the Grand Gorge branch as branch manager. He will move there this week." Jim was the son of James and Margaret Hoy and grew up in Bovina.

Seventy-two years ago today, on May 28, 1952, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "Around 15 of the Bovina firemen attended the Elk's celebration at Oneonta Wednesday evening and took part in the parade with 16 other companies."

119 years ago today, on May 29, 1905, Mina Cook submitted this bill for $100 for her services as a teacher at Bovina District number 1 (the Maynard school). 

127 years ago today, on May 30, 1893, Bina Liddle died. She was born Jacobina McDonald in Scotland in 1819, the daughter of Henry McDonald and Margaret Donald. She married Alexander Liddle probably around 1840 and would have eight children. Bina was widowed in 1884.

148 years ago today, the May 31, 1876 Delaware Gazette reported that "Mr. Alexander Kinmouth, of Bovina, thinks a great deal of his Ayershire cow, which gives 48 lbs of milk a day. He makes 18 lbs of butter a week after using all the milk he wants for the family."

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A Week with Bovina People - May 1899 - 125 Years ago from the Andes Recorder


Here’s what was happening in Bovina 125 years ago, May 1899, from the pages of the Andes Recorder.

May 5, 1899

Thomas Luddington has been quite ill.

Richard Smith went to Walton Saturday.

Thomas Taylor is in very poor health at present.

John R. Hoy was down at Delhi on Thursday.

Farmers are busy with their sowing at present.

Mrs. Lauren’s hotel is receiving a new dress of paint.

Rev. and Mrs. W.L.C. Samson were at Delhi last week.

David Oliver and John Robertson were at Delancey Tuesday.

Rev. Rusk has been preaching in the Reformed Presbyterian church.

Mrs. William W. Hoy, of Oil City, Pa, is guest at John R. Hoy’s.

Elliott Thomson and son, William, visited at Downsville over Sabbath.

Misses Mary Ann and Maggie Storie are having a barn built on their lot.

Remember the date of the W.C.T.U. convention here is May 9 and 10.

William H. Maynard now drives out with a fine $250 pneumatic tire buggy.

Mrs. John G. Russell has returned from Walton, where she has been visiting.

David Taylor was in this place on Sabbath from Canada Hollow, to visit his father.

John G. Thomson recently visited his son, Elmer, at Bridgehampton, Long Island.

Miss Emma Campbell was home over Sabbath from Roses Brook, where she is teaching.

Gray Brothers are doing the stone work on Albert McPherson’s cellar for his new house.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Miller, of Oneonta, were guests at G.D. Miller’s the first of the week.

F.R. Coulter, William Coulter and Andrew Strangeway were all over at Andes on Tuesday.

Rev. Philip Germond, D.D., presiding elder of the Kingston district, held the first quarterly conference on Tuesday last at the Methodist Episcopal church at 10 a.m.

May 12, 1899

F.R. Coulter was at Bloomville on Monday.

Several frosts have been experienced the past week.

John G. Laing is in town from Delhi for a few weeks.

Miss Jennie Gladstone came up from Delhi on Saturday.

David Sloan and son, Leonard, were at Bloomville Saturday.

William Bramley and family visited at his father’s on Friday.

A Mr. Sprague is working for Charles Palmer in his cooper shop.

Mr.s Charles Barker and children were in this place Saturday.

George Hinman was up from Delhi last Thursday on a fishing trip.

On Saturday Alex B. Jardine and wife were here from Glenburnie.

Richard Smith it is said expects soon to go to California and make his future home there.

Mrs. Alex r. Myers and daughter, Miss Nellie, made a trip down to Delhi on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Coulter and Mrs. Wilson Scott were at the County Seat, Saturday.

John R. Hoy is on the sick list at this writing.  Thomas Luddington is also quite poorly.

Mrs. Alex. Hilson and son, John, and Miss Maggie Archibald visited at Delhi on Saturday.

Amont those at Delhi on Tuesday were, John Blair, wife and son, Charles McPherson and Alex. Hilson.

Miss Anna Phyfe has secured a position as teacher of languages and science at Little Falls, N.Y., for next year.

Leonard Thomson has returned home from Medical School at Philadelphia, having, with the work formerly done at Princeton, completed two years of his course in one year.

Rev. Pritchard, a son of the editor of the leading Covenanter journal, preached in the Reformed Presbyterian church on Sabbath, and will continue to be the supply the remainder of this month.

May 19, 1899

Dr. Huyck was in this vicinity Saturday.

Charels Johnson was in town Thursday last.

Joseph L. Hughes was in town on Monday.

Ed. Miller, of Shokan, was here on Thursday.

Professor R. Eston Phyfe was here on Sabbath.

Alexander Crosier was over at Andes Thursday.

James Gladstone was seen in town from Andes on Sabbath.

William H. Liddle and wife visited relatives here Wednesday.

Thomas Gordon and David J. Miller were at Delhi Thursday last.

Mrs. Dr. McMcNaught of Hobart has been visiting relatives in town.

G.D. Miller and wife visited G.A. Frisbee, in Gladstone Hollow Thursday.

John W. Blair is in New York city this week with a carload of hogs and calves.

A.D. Liddle and wife and Mrs. Ira Hyzer, of Andes, were visitors here on Friday.

Ansel White was up from Delhi on Saturday. William Sloan was up on Sabbath.

Mrs. John Doig, of Walton, has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Duncan Campbell.

Miss Jennie Hastings stands at the head of her class at the Delaware Literary Institute this year.

B.S. Miller, delegate from England Post G.A. R., is attending the State Encampment at Syracuse which met there Wednesday and Thursday.

A young child of Robert Robinson, aged about eighteen months, fell over backward into a pail of boiling water Saturday and was so badly burned that it died.  The child was buried on Tuesday.  [Note, this actually is Angie Robson, daughter of Robert Robson.  Buried in Bovina cemetery.]

Among those at Delhi Friday were James Ormiston and family and Mrs. James Ormiston, Sr., Mrs. Frank Gowanlock, Miss Fannie Bell Thomson, Maggie Aitkin, David and Leonard Sloan.

Rev. W.L.C. Samson will be absent two Sabbaths attending the meeting of the General Assembly at Philadelphia. Rev. Martin, of Almeda, will supply his pulpit next Sabbath and Rev. King the following Sabbath.

A missionary Concert, consisting of speaking and singing will be given at Strangeway’s Hall on Friday evening, May 26, by J.K. McDivitt. He will be assisted by the ladies Quartette of Bovina and the Arion Quartette of Andes. A collection will be taken at close.

May 26, 1899

Alexander Hoy visited Andes Wednesday.

Thomas Dennis made a trip to Delhi Saturday.

Frank Armstrong was over at Andes Tuesday.

William L. Clark, of Andes, was in town Friday.

Robert F. Thmson was down at Delhi Friday.

Rev. E.M. Milligan was a visitor here last week.

Douglas Davidson was at the County Seat Monday.

Thomas Luddington continues in very poor health.

Alexander Hilson has been having his lawn regraded.

Mr. and Mrs. Hull, of Margaretville, passed through town Saturday.

Rev. Martin preached in the United Presbyterian church on Sabbath.

Berry S. Miller started the fore part of the week for a trip to New York city.

Frank R. Coulter and Jennie Miller will have their residences painted this summer.

Cooke and Currie are digging the cellar for Archie Maynard’s new carriage house.

David Finkle has returned from a New York hospital where he had been for treatment.

Monday morning David Sloan took the early train from Delhi to return to his home in Crested Butte, Colorado.

The weather for the past week has been of several varieties but now has every appearance of being more settled and warmer.

Invitations are out for the marriage of Professor Duncan C. Lee to Elizabeth Williams, at Sage Chapel, Ithaca, Tuesday noon, June 8. 

A Missionary Concert consisting of [sentence missing] Strangeway’s Hall on Friday evening, May 26, by J.K. McDivitt.

NOTICE – the above concert has been postponed-ED.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Bovina Memories Program

I'm sharing with everyone the images that we used at the May 11, 2024 program held at the community hall. Several long-time residents of Bovina shared their memories of growing up in Bovina, spurred on by these images. Participants were Marian Jardine, Patricia Thomas Parsons Miele, Marie Reinertsen Burns, Jack Burns, Jim Hilson, Chuck McIntosh and Lauren Monroe.

For the zoom presentation, the images should have been included but for some reason they do not appear. So I've created this blog entry so people who watched via zoom or want to watch the recording posted on You Tube [] can see the images being discussed. 

The images are here in order by their presentation in the program. We started with images of each of the participants from their childhood. 

Jack Burns, photo by Bob Wyer

Jim Hilson, photo by Bob Wyer

Marian Jardine, with her brother Richard and sister Martha, photo by Bob Wyer

Chuck McIntosh, with his sister Carol, photo by Bob Wyer

Pat Thomas Parsons Miele (right) with her sister Marge Thomas Rockefeller, photo by Bob Wyer

Lauren Monroe (on the right) with his sisters and parents, photo by Bob Wyer

Marie Reinertsen Burns (left) with her father, mother and sister June Burns, photo by Bob Wyer.

The group recalled their memories of the August 1953 flood in Bovina Center, triggered by these images, all taken by Bob Wyer.
That's Chuck McIntosh inside this tipped over playhouse, talking to Bill Aitkens.

These two images show the damage to Clayton Thomas's garage after the flood. 

And this image shows the Scott Bridge at the lower end of the Bovina Center hamlet. 

The program participants noted that they never referred to it as the Scott Bridge but as the Crooked Bridge. More about this bridge is at Bovina (NY) History: Bridging Bovina (

Image of the bridge from the 1940s taken by Bob Wyer.

These next two images both feature Pat Miele. 
This was some performance done by the Bovina Happy Hearts 4H Club. That's Pat in the front left. Going clockwise, the next girl has not been id'ed. The girl with the pigtails is Lois Miller, daughter of the Bovina minister. Then we see Norma Burns, Edna Reinertsen and the blond girl in the front right is Patty Boggs.

This image was taken by Jim Hilson, showing Pat, Tommy Schall, Bobby Boggs and Marge Thomas (Pat's sister). In the background standing next to the house on the left is Bobby's sister Barbara. 

This next image is also from the 4H. The club did a play recreating an incident in the early days of the Bovina church. The story was that when the church was one day holding services in a barn, a chicken wouldn't stop clucking until a gentleman sat on it, solving the problem. They recreated it for a 4-H festival in Walton in May 1949.

Front row: George Hall, Marie Reinertsen Burns, Marian Jardine, Sandra McPherson Cole, Jack Burns, Bobbie Boggs, Bill Aitkens, XXX Lyons, Marg Hilson Olsner, Marcelle Vogel. Back row: Ron Russell, Wayne Spear, George LaFever, Bob Burns, Wendell Spear, Dick Roberts. The chicken is Jim Hoy. Photo by Bob Wyer.

These two images come from the same event held in May 1957.
Easter Parade: Marie Renner, Carolyn Keefer, Helen Thomson, Emily Archibald, Jen Thomson, Ina Thomson, Ruth Monroe, Eva McIntosh, xxx Olsener, Betty Hall

Tom Thumb Wedding: left to right - Linda Graham, Mary Ann LaFever, Ruth Ann McPherson, Jack Robson, John LaFever, June Burns, Richard Damgaard, Richard McIntosh, Jamie McKeefer, John Hilson, Tom Hilson, Marg Hilson, Roger McIntosh, Christine Hilson, Marianne Hilson, Joan Damgaard, Nancy Hilson, Tanya Lay, Judy Hammond, Janice Vandenbord, Shirley Hammond, Marie Burns, Tom Hoy, Norma Reinertsen.

This image was a party given for Vera Storie by her Beacon Lights Sunday school class in honor of her 25 years of teaching the class. [I would love to find a better version of this image!] 

I then shared a few images of people known by and/or related to our program participants.

Charles N. McIntosh, 1943, photo by Bob Wyer.

Raymond Jardine, 1943, photo by Bob Wyer.

Andrew and Sophie Reinertsen, 1946, photo by Bob Wyer.

Floyd "Steve" Aitken, 1947, photo by Bob Wyer.

Therese "Que" Aitken, 1947, photo by Bob Wyer.

This image is from the 1956 Bovina Old Home Day. I've been told that this is Bobby Boggs. 

This final image is a Bovina Center baseball player. We have not been able to identify him. We're hoping someone recognizes him. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

May 1924 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"

May 2, 1924

C.S. Gladstone is driving a new Buick car.

James Ackerley is moving into his new house this week.

Albert Seaber left for Hackensack, N.J., the first of the week.

Lester Henderson, son of Fred Henderson, is ill with the measles. [Lester would survive his attack, dying in 1970. He was the father of Laverne Henderson, long time biology teacher at Delaware Academy.]

The Delhi students started again Tuesday morning for their school duties.

The sale of J.K. Russell at Lake Delaware on Tuesday was largely attended.

A son was born April 23, to Mr. and Mrs. John Hewitt, of Margaretville, formerly of Bovina. [This was Stanley 'Stub' Hewitt, who died in 2017.]

Mrs. George Decker and Mrs. Arthur Decker and daughter, Virginia, were at Delhi on Monday. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy Warren, of Delhi, were visitors at Lancelot Thomson’s on Sabbath.

Harold Aitkens entertained 32 of his young friends last Friday evening on his sixteenth birthday.

Miss Mary Flansburg, of East Orange, N.J., who had been at Mrs. Alex Hilson’s, returned home Friday.

Mrs. Everett Joslin, who has been in New York with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Hyatt, is expected home this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Galie Hafele were called to Walton the first of the week by the illness of her brother, Archibald Thomson.

Edith, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Erkson, who has been very ill with pneumonia, is reported to be improving.

Miss Angelica L. Gerry has returned to her home in New York City. Miss Mabel Gerry is expected at the Gerry summer home this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Otis McCumber and two grandchildren, of Andes, called on her sisters, the Misses Kate and Freda Muller, on Monday evening. 

May 9, 1924

It is reported that Pat Fay has gone to Wisconsin.

Linn Bruce jr., of Andes, was in town Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Myers were with his parents here several days last week.

Miss Marjorie Forman, of Delhi, spent over the week end with relatives in town.

Edith Erkson, daughter of Claude Erkson, is still very ill and two nurses are in attendance. [Edith would recover from this illness. She was married in 1928 and passed away in 1974, survived by a son and five grandchildren, and is buried in Vestal in Broome County.]

Mrs. Thomas Ormiston has spent the past week with her son, Wendel Ormiston at Goshen.

Mrs. John M. Miller and two daughters, of Walton, renewed acquaintances in town the past week. [Mrs. Miller was the former Bertha Anderson. She and her late husband John owned what later became Suits-Us Farm. The two daughters were Shirley and Leila Miller.]

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Decker were at Walton on Sabbath afternoon to see Mrs. Frank C. Armstrong, who is ill. [Mrs. Frank Armstrong was the former Mary E. Neisch. She was Frank’s third and last wife. She would pass away in July. Frank also was Mrs. Decker’s, the former Beulah Armstrong, grandfather.]

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Thomson have gone to Manhasset, Long Island, where he was a superintendency of a farm. 

At school meeting Tuesday evening, Howard McPherson was elected trustee in the village district to succeed John Hilson.

Mrs. Hull, housekeeper for F.W. Hyatt, returned Saturday from spending a few weeks with relatives in New York City.

Mr. and Mrs. Lancelot Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Thomson were at Bloomville on Saturday to attend the funeral of their niece, Mrs. Arthur Dibble. [Mrs. Dibble was Barbara Jane Thomson, daughter of Thomas Thompson and Elizabeth Grant.] 

Mr. and Mrs. Chas F. McPherson, Mrs. Thos Ormiston and Mrs. Alex Myers were at Oneonta on Monday to see Mrs. James Ormiston, who is very ill. She is a sister of the last named. [Mrs. Myers was formerly Isabelle Laing, Mrs. Ormiston was Margaret Laing. They were the daughters of John B. Laing and Margaret Gladstone. Mrs. Ormiston would pass away in June.]

Enlisted in Signal Corps

Joseph Arnold jr. has enlisted in the Signal corps of the United States army. He will be stationed in Panama and will sail on May 15, on the army transport Argonne. Stops enroute will be made at southern ports and at Porto Rico. The Arnolds have lived for the past three or four years on the S.G. Bramley farm in Bovina. 

Mrs. James Liddle Passed way in Upper Bovina on May 3

Mrs. James A. Liddle died at her home at Bovina at 2 o’clock Saturday morning, May 3, after a long illness from heart trouble. She was born in New Kingston 68 years age, her maiden name being Thomson. The greater part of her life had been spent in the town of Bovina. The funeral was held Tuesday. 

Deceased is survived by her husband and two sons and two daughters, viz: Frank Liddle in Bovina; Harry Liddle in Pennsylvania; Mrs. Olmstead of Illion, and Mrs. Titsworth at Lake Delaware. Also two sisters, viz: Miss Mary Thomson at Hobart, and Mrs. Ann Whitlock in Davenport, and two brothers, Elliott Thomson, of Bovina Center, and John Thomson, of Downsville. [Mrs. Liddle was Margaret E. Thomson, the daughter of Walter E. Thomson and Jane Murray.]

May 16, 1924

Robert Boggs is ill with the measles.

The Home Bureau met Tuesday with Mrs. George H. Miller.

Mrs. Alex Hilson is having her new house wired for electric lights. [This is the home of Mike and Christine Batey.]

Rev. F.N. Crawford has been absent the past week at Pittsburg.

George Stanton spent a few days the past week with his son, Robert Stanton at Bloomville.

Arnold H. Bellows, who is teaching at Lake Delaware, will teach next year at the Butt End.

Mr. Thomson, the buttermaker on the Gerry estate at Lake Delaware, has completed his work.

Mr. and Mrs. William Irvine, of Seattle, Washington, arrived this week to visit his mother, Mrs. John Irvine.

W.C. Russell has the cellar completed for his new house and James T. Aitken and son, of Andes, commenced the carpenter work this week.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Burgin on Wednesday, May 14, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Ida Burgin, a son. 

Frank McPherson, the youngest son of Charles McPherson, fell Monday while on his way to school and broke his arm.

Albert Seaber returned on Sabbath from Hackensack, N.J., and is working on the State road for Patrolman Howard McPherson.

At the annual school meeting at Lake Delaware, William Mabon was elected trustee; Mrs. Earl Fisk, clerk, and Alex B. Jardine, collector. 

Rev. W.R. Sawhill, of Seattle, Washington, who is Moderator of the United Presbyterian General Assembly preached in the U.P. church last Sabbath.  

Caught Under Auto

While Mr. and Mrs. Rema Hobbie, of upper Bovina, were returning home from Delhi one day last week the radius rod of his Ford broke, when they were near the Delhi village limits and the car landed bottom up in the ditch. Mr. Hobbie sustained two cracked ribs and his wife had a sprained ankle. Two others in the car were severely bruised. 

May 23, 1924

Frank Miller is driving a new Ford coupe.

Donald and Norris Boggs, sons of Russell Boggs, are ill with the measles.

Mrs. Eli Felton, whose husband died a few weeks ago, moved her household goods to Walton this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Ackerley, of South Gilboa, called on Nelson Tompkins at George Decker’s on Sabbath.

Captain Billings, who for several years has been superintendent of the Gerry farms at Lake Delaware, has resigned and will return to the state of Maine.

Mr. and Mrs. William Armstrong, and Mr. and Mrs. John Armstrong and family spent Sabbath with F.C. Armstrong, father of the first named, at Walton. 

The teachers in the town of Bovina for the next school year are: Arnold Bellows, Butt End; Lillian McNair, Maynard district; Beatrice Hoy, Coulter Brook; Ruth Coulter, Coulter district; Helen Davis, Pink Street; Mariona McPherson, Armstrong district; Elizabeth Strangeway, Miller avenue; Christina Dean, Lake Delaware; Gladys Worden, principal and Edith Liddle, primary, Bovina Center School

Married at Lake Delaware

Miss Marjorie Lee, daughter of John B. Lee, of Lake Delaware, was married Saturday, May 17, at the St. James Episcopal church at Lake Delaware, to Merrill Meighan, an electrical engineer of Chicago, in which city they will reside. The ceremony was performed by the rector Rev. O. Edgelow.

May 30, 1924

Beatrice Hoy is driving a new Chevrolet car.

Mrs. John Close visited her parents at Arena recently.

Frank Miller, of Union Grove, was a caller in town Monday.

Chas. E. Hulbert, of Downsville, was in town on Tuesday.

Elmer Doig in grading about the residence of Fred Thomson.

Carpenters have commenced work on remodelling the barn of J.D. Burns.

Robert Low, of Brooklyn, was a recent guest of his cousin, Mrs. Lancelot Thomson.

Mrs. and Mrs. James Ackerley, and Mrs. G.J. Dickson attended services at Delhi on Sabbath.

Mrs. and Mrs. Homer Burgin will commence housekeeping in part of G.D. Miller’s house. 

E.J. Thomson, of Walton, has been spending a few days with his sister, Mrs. A.T. Doig.

Mrs. Mary A. Russell underwent an operation last week at the hospital in Oneonta for the removal of a cataract from her eye.

Mrs. George Shaver, who has been at the home of her son, Freeman Shaver in Terry Clove, for sometime helping care for measle cases, returned on Sabbath. 


Team of John Storie Furnish Excitement Monday  

The team of John Storie, attached to a lumber wagon, ran away Monday from the creamery. As they came out onto the street they swung down and caught the rear of the milk wagon of F.W. Hyatt, standing in front of Hilson Bros. Store, and turned it bottom up. The tongue of the Storie wagon was broken but they continued to run and just below the big Dickson house they got free from it by the double whiffletree breaking and the wagon swung and went head-on down the steep bank into the river below. The team stopped at W.J. Archibald’s at the stone bridge and went to eating grass. One horse had its leg injured by a sharp point of the wagon tongue running into it.