Friday, September 30, 2022

This Day in Bovina for September 2022

Here's the monthly compilation of entries from the Town of Bovina Facebook page:

One hundred and four years ago today, on September 1, 1918, as later reported in the Delaware Republican Bovina column, "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."

Deliah Sprague Bailey, wife of Jacob Bailey, died 142 years ago today on September 2, 1870 at the age of 60. She was the mother of six children. Her husband survived her by less than two months, dying October 28, 1870.

Eighty years ago today, September 3, 1942, the Delaware Republican Express carried the following in its Bovina column: "It has been decided to maintain only one teacher in the village school this year. Grades 5-8 will attend at Andes or Delhi. Mrs. William Vogel will teach grades 1-4." This image of the Bovina Center school dates from the late 19th century, not long after it was built. 

Sixty-nine years ago today, the Bovina column of the September 4, 1953 of the Catskill Mountain News reported that "Floyd Aitken, creamery employee, is enjoying a week's vacation from his duties, and with his family left on Saturday for a visit with relatives at Long Island." Image by Bob Wyer, taken in 1947. 

Fifty-eight years ago today, on September 5, 1964, Jack Hilson drove the Bovina Fire Department's jeep in the old home day parade. The same jeep appeared in a Bovina parade fifty-eight years later in the town's Bicentennial parade, driven by Tim Schneider and included Bovina Fire Department Queen Kadence LaFever. Image by Chris Ingvordsen. 

Ninety-four years ago today, the September 6, 1928 Stamford Mirror carried this item: "Rain Interfered with Picnic. The town picnic was well attended. The parade was fine, but the thunder
shower in the middle of the afternoon brought everything to a sudden halt. The girls' ball game was only partly finished, and the men never played at all on account of the rain." The picnic took place on August 30.

Eighty-three years ago today, on September 7, 1939, the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican reported that "Mrs. W.J. Storie and daughter, Rae, Mr. Craig Banuat and Miss Mary Banuat, returned last Wednesday from their trip to California. They were away nearly six weeks."

137 years ago, on September 8, 1885, the Stamford Mirror reported that "James Coulter has a squad of men at work rebuilding the mill dam that was carried away by the high water last spring. Pretty late for the young boys to try their bathing suits." The dam likely was behind what is now the highway garage (or somewhere in that area). 

178 years ago today, September 9, 1844, this notice was issued by Robert C. Scott of Bovina Centre and published in the Delaware Gazette: ONE CENT REWARD:  Ran away from the subscriber on the 5th Sept. instant, Sylvester Lake, an indented apprentice to the Farming business. All persons are forbid harboring or trusting him on my account, as I shall pay no debts of his contracting."

Eighty years ago today, the September 10, 1942 Delaware Republican-Express reported that "Mrs. Ida McCune left Monday for Philadelphia where she will spend the winter in the employ of James Crosier." The same column reported a related item: "Mrs. Mary Crosier, son James and daughter Mrs. Jackson, of Philadelphia have been spending some time at her home at Bovina."

138 years ago today, on September 11, 1884, the Stamford Mirror reported that "Quite a number of our citizens went to the Delhi fair today…" The paper also noted that "those who remained at home were favored with a fine view of the balloon as it passed over the town, north of Brushland about 4 p.m."

103 years ago today, the September 12, 1919 Bovina column of the Andes Recorder reported that "the weeds and brush is being cut in the old cemetery above the Center." This probably is referring to the old Associate Presbyterian Church at Reinertsen Hill Road.

121 years ago today, the September 13, 1901 Andes Recorder reported on the attempt to make the new 'uptown' creamery in Bovina one that would operate only six days a week: "'Six days shalt thou labor and do all they work' to be exemplified by the new co-operative creamery company of Bovina (the upper one) a majority of the stockholders having signed an agreement to make the plant a six day creamery.  Bovina is noted for its strong Sabbath observance sentiment and practice, but such a rule as has been adopted at the 'Butt-end' creamery is the first on record so far as our knowledge goes and is to be commended.  Of course, some will sneer and wag their heads but these people believe that they can care for the Saturday night’s and Sunday morning’s milk to their own advantage at their homes on Monday, and they are going to risk it anyway may success attend them." Ultimately, they were unable to do this and operated seven days a week. The uptown creamery was located on Bovina Road about a half mile south of what is now the Schumann farm. 

Ninety-four years ago today, on September 14, 1928, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "The gross receipts of the hot dog roast … under auspices of the V.I.S. were $35."

Sixty-eight years ago today, on September 15, 1954, Bob Wyer took this picture of the new bridge being constructed at the entrance to Bovina Center. It was built to replace the Scott Bridge, which can be seen in the background. The stone bridge was demolished in July of 1955. Go to the Bovina NY History Blog at for more about this bridge. 

114 years ago today, September 16, 1908, Elizabeth J. Bramley was married to Mr. William J. Reynolds at the home of her parents in Bovina. She would have two sons before her early death in May 1918.

Thirty-one years ago today, the Bovina column in the September 17, 1991 Delaware County Times carried this item: "Happy 80th birthday greetings to Mrs. Florence Thomas who celebrated on September 9th. Her family celebrated with her on Sunday and all attended the Hunter Mt. antique car show. Those attending were Marge, Bill and Billy Rockefeller of Elk Creek, Al Brown of Delhi, Donna, Ed, Cody and Tommy Weber, Pat Parsons and Lou Miele and Joyce and Martin Kelish of New Providence, N.J.

Ninety-six years ago today, September 18, 1926, as later reported in the Arena column of the Stamford Mirror, "The young ladies of Arena crossed bats with the young ladies of Bovina….. Unfortunately, Arena was defeated."

126 years ago today, on September 19, 1896, Lois Jane and Lloyd Boggs Ormiston were born, twins of Thomas J. Ormiston and Margaret E. Boggs. Lois married Fletcher Davidson in 1921 and would have seven children, of whom four made it to adulthood - Jane (1922-1955), Ed (1923-2019), Alan (1925-2004), and Richard (born 1930). Lois died in 1976 at the age of 79. Lloyd never married and predeceased his sister, dying in Walton in 1971. Lois and Lloyd are both buried in Bovina.

111 years ago today, the Delaware Gazette for September 20, 1911 reported that "A young son of Alex. Jardine of Lake Delaware, who had a leg badly injured in a mowing machine last July, has been taken to a New York hospital at the expense of Mr. Gerry, a friend of the boy." This boy was Raymond Jardine, who settled in Bovina and farmed in the hamlet. He was married to Mary Hyzer and was the father of Marion, Martha and Richard.

104 years ago today, the September 21, 1918 issue of the New Berlin Gazette reported that "The Bovina Dry Milk Company is loading several cars of milk to be consigned to the British government. This company has leased the Bovina Center Co-operative creamery for a year."

Fifty-six years ago today, the Bovina column of the September 22, 1966 Delaware Republican-Express reported that "Many of our young people have left or will be leaving in a few days for college. Lee Archibald is at Rocky Mountain College; Miss Jean Damgaard at Susquehanna University; Miss Joan Damgaard, Keuka College; Miss Louise Wilkens, Russell Sage College; Walter Wilkens, old Dominion College; Miss Judy Chase, State University College at Potsdam; Byron Trimbell, G.E. Technical Training School; Lynell (sic) Trimbell, Alfred Technical Institute; Howard B. LaFever, Clarkson College; John LaFever, New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton; Thomas Hoy, Cornell University; Jack Robson, Auburn Community College; Miss Clair Easley, Ulster County Community College; Miss Dorothy Bolduc, Central City Business Institute; Miss Christine Hilson, Culver-Stockton College; Miss Norma Reinertsen, State University College at Oneonta; Robert McIntosh, Albany Business College; Edward Hall, Orange County Community College."

159 years ago today, on September 23, 1863, Esther Lull was paid as a teacher in Bovina District Number 11 (Coulter Brook).  Here's the receipt for the payment. Esther was born in 1847, the daughter of William Lull and Martha M. Bell. She never married but was a teacher for some time, living with various siblings. In 1880 she was living in New Jersey with her brother Andrew. In the 1905 census she back in Bovina, living with her sister Mary Bramley but by 1910 was back in New Jersey, residing with her nephew Herbert Hoffman. In 1920 she was living with her sister Martha Hoffman in Camden, NJ. She died there in June 1924. 

106 years ago today, on September 24, 1916, Mrs. John Elliott died. As later reported in the Andes Recorder, she had been in New York city the previous month for a cancer operation "but with no beneficial results." She was brought back to Bovina the evening before she died. She was born Ella Squires in New Kingston and was 55 years old. She was survived by four children - William (1883-1956), James (1888-1969), Hale (1890-1980), and Emily (1887-1966).

120 years ago day, the September 25, 1902 Catskill Mountain News carried this item: "On Thursday of last week Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith of Bovina Center were permitted to reach the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day. Their children and relatives came up from Walton and with others made the occasion a very pleasant one for the two who have traveled together until the golden day of marriage." Richard Smith was married to Maria Saunders in England in 1852 and came to Delaware County shortly after. They had five children: George, Lucille, John, Mary and William. About three years after celebrating their Golden anniversary, they left Bovina, first going to Walton and then to California. Mrs. Smith died there in 1908. Her husband died almost exactly three years later in July 1911.

139 years ago today, on September 26, 1883, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "A valuable horse, belonging to John Hilson, was found dead in the stable…."

G.D. Miller was showing off a good sized cluster of black raspberries of unusual size 103 years ago today, on September 27, 1919.

The girls got the upper hand over the boys in a ball game played in Bovina 127 years ago today on September 28, 1895.  The girls won by a score of 32 to 27.

Fifty-six years ago today, the Bovina column of the September 29, 1966 Delaware Republican-Express reported that "Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Doig and son, Donald, visited her brother Donald Biggar and family at Cherry Valley on Wednesday."

Civil War Veteran John R. Hoy died 121 years ago today, on September 30, 1901. The son of James Hoy and Elizabeth Robertson Hoy, he married Isabella Wilson Miller in 1854. They had eight children, including David Fletcher Hoy (1863-1930), who was the registrar at Cornell University and created the Bovina Families genealogy files that I still use today in researching families in Bovina. Two of John's daughters, Mary Isabella and, after her death, Margaret Jane would marry Douglass Davidson. Margaret was the mother of Fletcher Davidson.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

September 1922 - 100 Years Ago in that Thriving Town

Several references to the resurfacing of the state road (now County Route 6) appeared in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder 100 years ago this month. 

September 1, 1922

The resurfacing of the state road has been completed and the ditches are being graded.

Clarence LaFever has gone to Long Island, where he will drive truck for a state road contractor.

Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Erkson was operated upon Thursday at Oneonta for removal of adenoids.

James L. Coulter, a former Bovina resident, now assistant cashier of a bank at New Wilmington, Penn. has been spending the past week in town.

Monday evening the Ford racer of George Jardine was damaged by colliding with the culvert at Oscar Felton’s.  He met a large car and was blinded by the glare of the head lights and side lights and failed to see the culvert.

Archibald Reunion

The annual reunion of the descendants of James Archibald, of Bovina, was held last Wednesday at the home of County Superintendent of the Poor, Mr. and Mrs. James F. Foreman, at Delhi, and 126 descendants were present.  The Archibald homestead farm, located in upper Bovina, is still in the Archibald family and is occupied by A. Thomas Archibald.

September 8, 1922

Beatrice Hoy has entered the training class at Delhi.

Hogaboom & Campfield completed the Bovina state road Wednesday and have done a fine job.

Those attending Delaware Academy at Delhi are Ruth Filkins, Jenet Laidlaw, Ruth Coulter, Margaret Gordon, Marion MacPherson, Wilimina Archibald, Helen Gladstone, Mary Brown, William Gordon and Courtney Currie.

The team of C.S. Gladstone became frightened at the state road roller at Fred Thomson’s and in the mix-up, a trace became unhitched allowing the tongue to drop down.  The tongue was broken but the horses did not get away and no one was hurt.

The rain last Thursday afternoon spoiled the Town Picnic.  The crowd gathered in the Hall and listened to an address by Rev. Thompson.  In the evening an entertainment was held at the Hall and it was crowded to doors. Addresses were made by Rev. Graham and Attorney Bergman. [The hall likely was what was known as Strangeway's Hall, in the building now owned by Tom Hetterich.]

The schools of the town opened on Tuesday with the following teachers: Mrs. McMullin and Miss Saxouer, the Center school; Edith Liddle, Butt End; Gladys Worden, Coulter Brook; Miss Knox, Pink street; Grace Bramley, Armstrong district; Elizabeth Strangeway, Miller avenue; Mrs. Goodman, Lake Delaware; Mrs. Hazel Munson, Coulter district; Miss Stanley, Biggar Hollow.

September 15, 1922

Mrs. George H Miller has purchased a Munn piano with player attachment.

Howard McPherson is having his residence painted. Alex Myers is doing the job.

Edwin Ormiston, who has been visiting his mother here, returned to Goshen this week.

Bovina real estate transfers recorded are Alexander Burns and wife to John Burns and wife, $1.

The basement of the Center school house is being enlarged and the heating system will be re-arranged. [This is now the library.]

September 22, 1922

Dan Franklin was in town Wednesday.

William Armstrong is the state inspector assigned to the Bloomville-Hobart state road.

Herman Themes, who run the roller on the state road, was at Oneonta on Tuesday for adjustment of compensation insurance.

Floyd Filkins, who has been cheese maker at the Center creamery, has secured a job on at trolley car at Syracuse and will move to that city.

Bovina Man Injured in Woods

Thomas H. Johnson Has Leg Crushed While on Lumber Job

Ex-Supervisor Thomson H. Johnson of Bovina, who for several years has been engaged in the lumber business, had his leg crushed late Tuesday afternoon while working in the woods on the Dickson Mountain. He and an employee were engaged in cutting trees and in some manner his leg was caught between a tree and a stump and crushed below the knee.  Help had to be procured before he could be released.  Physician did what he could for him and he was taken to the Kingston hospital Wednesday. It is feared that the leg may have to be amputated but his many friends hope that the outcome may not be so serious. [Johnson, also known as Johnston, ended up in New York City for treatment. He survived this accident but died in December 1926.]

Muller’s Arrest Ordered

Adjudged Guilty of Contempt for Disposing of Certain Property

Jean Hermann Muller, of Bovina, was on Saturday adjudged guilty of contempt of court by Justice Kellogg and was fined by the court the amount of the judgment obtained against him by Chas R. O’Connor esq, ie, $767.27, with interest thereon from January 20, 1921, and in addition to the sum of $30 costs and disbursements on the proceedings supplementary to execution and $10 costs of motion.

The judgment directs the sheriff of the county where Muller may be found to commit him to jail in that county until he pays the sum mentioned or be discharged according to law.  Muller was convicted of having failed to obey the order of County Judge A.J. McNaught of Delaware county.

September 29, 1922

Alexander Hilson is on the sick list.

A school fair of all the schools of the town was held at the Bovina Center school building Thursday.

Workmen of C.W. Hulbert & Son of Andes, were here this week doing some plumbing for William A. Hoy.

What is known as the Walter L. Doig farm on the old Turnpike has been sold by Mr. Stein to C.E. Hulbert and it is reported that Mr. Hulbert has sold to the Jews who purchased the Tunis lake farm, enough land off of it for a ball field. [The 'Jews' referenced here were Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Mirski, who established and ran the Tunis Lake Boys Camp for over 20 years. More information about them and the camp is on this blog at ]

Gerry Home Burglarized

The summer home of United States Senator Peter G. Gerry of Newport, Rhode Island, at Lake Delaware, was burglarized Friday night. The family has not disclosed the amount of the loss, which consisted of money and jewelry.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

This Day in Bovina for August 2022

120 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."

Ninety-three years ago today, the Delaware Express for August 2, 1929 reported on the "Perils of Hay Harvesting." The article went on to report that "Three Residents of Bovina Victims of Seasonal Accidents." Mrs. Ray Thomson broke her hand when a horse stepped on it. Fred Bramley fell from a load of hay, breaking his shoulder. And C.A. McPherson was injured when a piece of a wagon he was driving broke. Here's the full article. 

127 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."

133 years ago today, on August 4, 1889, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "The house of Robert C. Scott, Bovina was entered by a burglar last Tuesday evening, while the family were out milking, a trunk opened and $250 and a revolver abstracted, the robber escaping."

Mary Rotermund was born 177 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.

Ninety-seven 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.

Eighty-one years ago today, the August 7, 1941 Delaware Republican had this article about the Bovina Flower Show. It was either August 12 or 14 (note that there's a conflict with the dates). I do not know who the woman referenced in item 8, Beatrice Darling, is. If anyone does know, please share! [UPDATE: Tom Hoy identified Beatrice Darling as his aunt, born Charlotte Beatrice Hoy. She married Foster Darling and died in 1937 at the age of 32.]

111 years ago today, August 8, 1911, as reported in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder, "J.H. Johnson, Herman Scott, Chas Hastings and Adam Cunningham left….for Albert, Canada. The last named goes to see the country, while the others, who have holdings of land, go to harvest their wheat crop. Crops are reported large, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hastings each have 160 acres of wheat and Mr. Scott 320 acres."


Ninety-four 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.


106 years ago today, on August 10, 1916, William Smith of Bovina was hit by a train. Here's how it was reported in the Andes Recorder a few days later: "William B. Smith, of Bovina, who lives on the hill toward Hobart, sustained two broken ribs and minor injuries about 10 o’clock Thursday morning, when the milk wagon he was driving was struck by the eastbound passenger train on the U.& D. at the Smith creamery crossing.  Mr. Smith did not hear the approach of the train and his wagon was squarely on the track when the locomotive hit it, and he was thrown from the wagon, but held to the lines and prevented the horses from running away. He was taken to the office of Dr. Hubbell at Hobart and his wounds dressed.  The wagon was wrecked."


183 years ago today, on August 11, 1839, Margaret Armstrong Gladstone, wife of Walter Gladstone, gave birth to her last child, a daughter Margaret. The daughter would only live two and a half years, dying in February 1842, three days after the death of her brother, Walter. Out of the eight children that Margaret gave birth to, only three made it to adulthood.


121 years ago today, on August 12, 1901, work was commenced on construction of the Bovina Centre creamery. 


103 years ago today, on August 13, 1919, the Archibald reunion was held at the home of William J. Archibald.


Eighty-five 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.


Seventy years ago today, the Bovina Center column from the August 15, 1952 Walton Reporter carried this item: "Mr. and Mrs. Charles LaFever are on a trip through the northern part of the state. They also expect to visit at the home of Donald Boggs at Corinth, N.Y. They were interviewed on Tune Test over WGY Monday. Did anyone in Bovina hear them?"


A special school meeting was held in the Coulter Brook district 121 years ago today, August 16, 1901.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, "both those for and against a new schoolhouse 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."


103 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.


107 years ago today, the August 18, 1915 Delaware Gazette carried this Bovina column. 

128 years ago today, August 19, 1894, Hildreth Tuttle, the daughter of Charles and Jennette Tuttle, was born. She married Charles J. Russell in Bovina 1915. Charles was Cecil Russell's brother. They would have one son, Dr. Allyn Russell. Hildreth died in 1976.


Eighty years ago, the Bovina column in the Delaware Republican for August 20, 1942 reported that "Mrs. Emil Schneider and daughter, Mrs. Alex Hilson, spent last week in New York City with Pvt. Arnold Schneider." The same column also reported that "Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dickson, Mr. and Mrs. James Dickson, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dickson and children of Delhi and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taggart and children of Amsterdam were at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hilson on Sunday."


Elizabeth Russell Archibald, the wife of Sloan Archibald, died 121years ago today, August 21, 1911.  Born in New Kingston in 1848, she married Sloan in 1869 and had two children.  


Ninety-seven years ago today, on August 22, 1925, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "This section was visited by a heavy white frost…"


152 years ago today, the August 23, 1870 Bloomville Mirror carried this item: "We wish the Postmaster-General would turn his attention to the Brushland post-office? Our subscribers at that office continue to complain to us that they can't get their papers with any regularity. One informed us he was at the office weekly, but couldn't get a Mirror for about six weeks, when he got them all at once. Won't the post-master be more careful in future?"


104 years ago today, on August 24, 1918, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Dr. N.B. Whitcomb and Adam Laidlaw each had a horse killed by lightning ….  Both horses were running in the same pasture."


Forty-five years ago today, the August 25, 1977 Stamford Mirror Recorder carried this item in its Bovina column, written by Ann Cairns: "Reserve Friday, August 26 for a round and square dance at the Bovina fire house hall, a benefit dance for the Bovina rescue squad. Dancing from 9 to 1 to the music of ‘Hi Country.’


Seventy-nine years ago, the August 26, 1943 Delaware Republican-Express reported in its Bovina column that "Miss Evelyn G. Lay was the guest of her friends, the Misses Ruth Thomas, Mary Hart and Frances Harner of near Afton last week Thursday. All visited the Afton fair in the afternoon. She was also a week-end guest of her friend, Miss Vesta Norwood at Norwich. All are employed on the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift in the Scintilla plant at Sidney. Miss Norwood is floor-lady in Dept. 27." Evelyn was the sister of Clark Lay.


Ninety-one 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."


139 years ago, the Stamford Mirror Bovina column of August 28, 1883 reported that "Robert J. Livingston is spending a few weeks at his summer residence at the lake. Messrs. Perry Belmont, Alexander Hamilton and Peter Schyler are his guests."


Sixty-eight years ago today, August 29, 1954, Leonard Cairns was married to Ann Sebedra at St. James' Church at Lake Delaware. Photo is from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration on August 29, 2004.


Fifty-seven years ago today, on August 30, 1965, as later reported in the Delaware Republican Express, "Many of the Bovina people awakened [in the morning] to find their gardens frozen. Some gardens were badly hurt, while others were not damaged nearly so bad. Several have had killing frost every month since they were planted."


182 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.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

August 1922 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"


August 4, 1922

Louie Terry will move from Dennis house to the “Cottage” on the Gerry estate at Lake Delaware.

Mr. and Mrs. John Henry are spending the week in New York and Herman Johnson is taking care of things during their absence.

Harold Robinson, formerly of Bovina, who has been in a creamery at Trout Creek for a few years, has moved to Delhi.  He is employed at the creamery at Frasers.

Friday while William A. Hoy was operating a hay tedder the tongue broke and the team ran away.  They fortunately got free from the tedder going onto the street ran as far as the Hilson store swung around the store and were caught. Mr. Hoy escaped injury.

August 11, 1922

Laurie Terry moved this week to the Lake.

The work of putting on the concrete floor for the bridge at the Strangeway store is in progress this week.

Mrs. Hogaboom, of Kingston, has joined her husband, the contractor on the state road job, to spend a few days.

Mr. Berschevsky, of Brooklyn, the head of the cheese making at the Center creamery was here the first of the week.

Edward J. Quigley, the State engineer who has been in charge of the resurfacing of the state road here, went to Hobart this week to make the final arrangements for the beginning of the work on the Hobart-Bloomville road.  William Armstrong is in charge of the road here. [The state road is now County Route 6.]

August 18, 1922

The annual town picnic is scheduled to be held August 31.

The annual community picnic will be held at Lake Delaware on Saturday of this week.

Work of resurfacing the State road is being pushed and it is expected will be completed next week.

Howard McPherson is making improvements to his residence, re-siding a part of it and putting in new windows.

Many Bovina residents attended the Coulter re-union at the home of Grant Maxwell on the Little Delaware on Wednesday.

Mrs. Annie Ruff has returned home after an absence of a year and a half spent with a sister in California and a daughter in North Dakota.

August 25, 1922

Miss Mary Brown entertained a number of her friends at her home on Thursday evening.

Nelson Reynolds has gone to do carpenter work on the new Episcopal church being built at Lake Delaware by Miss Angelica Gerry.

Clarence LaFever had his face skinned and arm injured Monday when he jumped off his motorcycle to avoid a collision when at the McCune place below the hook.  He came up behind Leland Tuttle’s truck and a car was coming in the opposite direction.  This passed and he swung to pass the truck when a second car loomed up right ahead and it was a case of a head-on collision or swing his machine into the bank and he chose the later, shut off the power and jumped.  The front wheel of his machine was smashed and he was fortunate to escape without a broken neck.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

This Day in Bovina for July

This month's compilation of the July 2022 entries on the Town of Bovina Historian Facebook page has a different approach. To celebrate Bovina's Bicentennial, I'm sharing images from past celebrations starting in the 1920s (but ending with a celebration almost 200 years ago). 
A feature of the annual Old Home Days held in Bovina in the 1920s included some form of a softball game. This is the Bovina Center ladies softball team. The women are Blanche Armstrong, Beulah Decker, Helen Gladstone, Ruth Coulter, Mary Robinson, Wilhelmina Archibald, Isabel Russell, Beatrice Hoy and Frances Bell. One feature of Bovina's Bicentennial celebration on July 30, 2022, will include a vintage baseball game with the Bovina Dairymen.

The August 1926 Old Home Day parade featured Alex and Louise Hilson on this flower decked cart and pony. 

Another feature of Bovina town picnics in the 1920s was some form of a band. This picture is from the Cecil Russell family. The picnic was on the flat at the end of Maple Street. 

Old Home Day in the 1920s usually included a parade. The image is blurry but you can see the parade is on the main street in Bovina. 

As well as parades and music, town picnics in the 1920s often included a speaker. I'm not sure about the date of this image, though it comes from the 1920s.
Attorney Ernest Bergeman, a New York City lawyer who summered in Bovina, talked about the very recently passed woman suffrage amendment at the 1920 picnic.  Woman in NY already had the vote, but he noted that even though they had this privilege, many failed to vote in the elections of the previous fall.  He said that it is up to every woman to vote at election time as it is up to the men.  

On August 26, 1926, as later reported in the Delaware Republican under the headline "Bovina a Big Town," Bovina's annual Old Home Day took place. The article noted that “At least once each year everyone in this vicinity preens himself or herself, and claims some sort of connection with Bovina. That is the date of the annual town picnic. If everyone who at that time claims the town as a birthplace is right, either there has been a most awful migration from the home nest, or else someone is stretching the truth." Bovina's Old Home Day started with a parade, led by "little Jack Hilson riding his flower-decked Shetland…".  

After a 28-year hiatus, Bovina revived the tradition of a town picnic on August 18, 1956. The paraded included this float from the Bovina United Presbyterian Church. The replica of the church was built by Frank McPherson, with the ladies of the church painting the windows. It stood in her garden for years and was featured in several town parades. It is being prepared to appear in the Bovina Bicentennial parade this coming July 30. The kids on the float are Dianne Rabeler Abele, Marcia McPherson Lichtman, "Mac" McPherson & Judy Rabeler Chambers .

Bovina's Old Home Day parade in August 1956 included the Bovina Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary. 

This interesting character in the August 1956 Bovina Old Home Day parade was my cousin Bobby Boggs. 

The 1956 Bovina Town Picnic was advertised in the local newspapers. For the Bovina Bicentennial Celebration, we'll be using the same flat, thanks to the McIntosh family.

On September 5, 1964, Bovina held the very last event known as Old Home Day. This slide, taken by my Uncle George LaFever, shows the Bovina Fire Department in formation.

In the 1964 Old Home Day, the Bovina Happy Hearts 4-H float, which had won a prize at the Walton Fair the previous month, featured the Fisher Quints - the first ever U.S. born quintuplets. My sisters were both on the float - Susan as one of the nurses and Diane as one of the babies.

Following in his father's footsteps (see the July 6 entry), John Hilson rode his horse in the parade at the 1964 Bovina Old Home Day. 

Another view of the Old Home Day parade from September 1964, taken by George LaFever. 


In 1970, for the first time in its history, Bovina celebrated a milestone birthday with its Sesquicentennial celebration on August 29, 1970. Here's the ad from the Delaware Republican Express for the celebration. 

One of the best remembered floats at the 1970 Sesquicentennial celebration was the Burns family float, with Jack and June Burns recreating the Grant Wood painting "American Gothic." The float won first prize. 

The 1970 Bovina Sesquicentennial celebration included several activities on McIntosh's flat. Here's Marjorie Russell talking with her mother Isabell. In the background are sisters Elizabeth and Janet McKenzie. Photograph from the Monroe family. 

Another memorable float from the 1970 Sesquicentennial featured Mary Pelletier and her mother Jan. This photograph was taken by Charles Winter. 

Antique machinery was a feature of Bovina's 1970 Sesquicentennial celebration. Clark Lay's Indian motorcycle, made in 1914, had belonged to his uncle, Clark Miller, who was killed in the First World War. And John Mueller displayed one of his gas engines. Both images by George LaFever. Clark Lay’s Indian Motorcycle will be making an appearance in the upcoming Bovina Bicentennial Celebration on July 30.


Laura LaFever took this photograph of Florence Thomas with Congressmen Hamilton Fish at the 1970 Sesquicentennial celebration. Florence drove the congressman in one of Clayt Thomas's antique cars. 

Charlotte Vanderhurst shared this image from the 1970 Bovina Sesquicentennial Celebration showing McIntosh's flat. This is where the upcoming Bicentennial celebration will take place. 

Like many communities in the United States, Bovina held its own celebration of the nation's Bicentennial in 1976. These two images by Hugh Lee show Cecil and Isabell Russell on John Mueller's antique truck and some of the McIntosh/Brannen family all dressed up for the celebration.  

This model of the Bovina UP Church, which stood near Stella McPherson's garden, showed up in another parade in Bovina during the celebration of the nation's Bicentennial in 1976. Photo by the late Dot Ryder. 

The second time Bovina celebrated a milestone birthday came in 1995 with the Town's 175th. Here's the poster advertising the celebration. 

The Bovina Fire Department participated in the 1995 celebration of Bovina's 175th birthday, as they will for the Bicentennial. 

The Monroe family had a float in the 175th Bovina Birthday celebration in 1995 (and hope to do so again this year). 

My dear ole Pa drove his red Chevrolet convertible in the parade, taking along Howard LaFever and Alan Davidson. (Sorry, I don't recognize the woman with them - if anyone knows, please share) 

The Bovina UP Church school had this float for the 175th Birthday celebration in 1995. 

The last parade held in Bovina (until tomorrow!) was a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Bovina Fire Department in 2009. Making at least its third appearance in a Bovina parade was this model of the Bovina UP Church. And it will appear again in tomorrow's Bicentennial parade. 

Today's the day. After a two-year delay, we are finally celebrating the Town of Bovina's 200th Birthday. The logo was created by Samantha Misa.

We conclude this month of reviews of celebrations in Bovina by going back almost 200 years to 1826, when the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Go to the Bovina NY History blog at to read an article from the Delaware Gazette describing that celebration.