Sunday, September 15, 2013

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

From the Andes Recorder's Bovina correspondent 100 years ago this month:

September 5, 1913
•    Thomas Gordon and family have returned from their trip to Florida.
•    Mrs. Lucy Coulter has rented the Methodist parsonage [1891 County Highway 6; latitude 42.262252, longitude -74.784731], and will move from the Boyd house.
•    Mrs. Alex Hilson and Miss Jane Hilson and James Hilson motored to Springfield Center, Otsego county, last week to visit at Jas. A. Gow’s.
•    John Hilson is cleaning up around the Boyd property, recently purchased. He expects to erect a new house next year, setting it back of the present house.  [This is at the site of the Tom and Betty Hilson home, 1851 County Highway 6; latitude 42.262242, longitude -74.785514].
•    Because the law forbids the sending of school children thru the fields where there is no public highway, Christopher Gladstone has been set off from the Miller district into the village district.  The distance from school remains about the same – two miles.  [The Miller district school was at the corner of Miller Avenue and Lee Hollow/Bramley Mountain.]

Bovina Man’s Pocketbook Stolen
Chas Johnson, Colored, Takes $90 in Cash from Robt Ploutz – Is Captured

Bovina had a little excitement early Wednesday morning when it was reported that Charles Johnson (colored) who worked for William S. Thomson, had disappeared and that the pocketbook of Robert Ploutz, also employed by Thomson, was missing.

Ploutz arose that morning and went for the cows.  When Mr. Thomson went to arouse Johnson he was not in the room but apparently nothing was missing.  When Ploutz came with the cows he went to ascertain if his pocketbook was safe and it was gone, together with $90 in money and a check for $25, which it contained.  The telephone was put into use and officers notified to watch railroad stations.  Shortly before train time a negro was seen going up toward the station at Bloomville and the authorities were notified.  The man was arrested and the pocketbook found on him.  All expect $2 of the money was recovered and the colored gentleman had spent this for a new hat.  After money was taken from him he was set free. 

September 12, 1913
•    John Quinn has secured the job of look[ing] after the two miles of State road in Bovina.
•    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Miller will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their marriage Saturday [Michael and Sally McCune Miller were my great great grandparents and at this point in their lives were living in Amy Burns' house, 2108 County Highway 6; latitude 42.261609, longitude -74.780697].
•    Over $30 was realized from the bake sale held Saturday by the V.I.S.  From a play last week they realized over $43
•    A.T. Doig is putting in a cobble pavement in front of his store [2099 County Highway 6; latitude 42.261924, longitude -74.780609].  Alex Hilson is also preparing to put in a cobble pavement in front of his store [1815 County Highway 6; latitude 42.262077, longitude -74.786147].
•    Arthur Taggart, little son of Professor and Mrs. Leon Taggart, died September 7, age 8 years, 8 months and 24 days.  Death was the result of an attack of whooping cough.  The funeral was held Wednesday with burial in the Center cemetery. 

Sudden Death in Bovina

W.C. O’Brien, Employed by Gideon Miller, Stricken Wednesday

William C. O’Brien, of Colchester, who for the past few weeks has been employed as wood worker and horseshoer in Gideon Miller’s blacksmith shop, was stricken with a shock between 10 and 11 o’clock Wednesday morning while taking a shoe off a horse and fell under the animal.  He died about noon.  He was about 55 years old.  The body was taken to Downsville, Thursday.

Mr. O’Brien before moving to Colchester lived on the old turnpike between Dunraven and Margaretville and peddled meat in adjoining places.

September 19, 1913
•    The Improvement Society will hold a Bake Sale, Saturday.
•    Arthur Bergman will install a furnace in his farm residence.
•    Miss Helen Dennis, one of our oldest residents, is critically ill.
•    Tuesday at the Primary election 20 votes were cast and all were Republican.
•    J.T. Barnhart up Pink street, is preparing to build a large wagon [1945 County Highway 5; latitude 42.288719, longitude -74.777307].
•    Gay Hogaboom moved this week from the Dickson house, adjoining the hotel, to Fleischmanns.  Mr. Olmstead has moved from the John Hoy house to the rooms vacated by Hogaboom.
•    Bovina Center is now waiting for the return of the papers incorporating a water company.  Among the incorporators are J.W. Coulter, Alex Hilson, Thomas Gordon, A.T. Doig and W.G. Coulter.  It is proposed to dam Coulter Brook above Frank Coulters.

September 26, 1913
•    The papers incorporating the Bovina Center Water Co, have been received back from Albany.
•    For the month of August the patrons of the Bovina Center Co-Operative Creamery company received 37 cents a pound for butter fat.
•    Town Superintendent of Highways McPherson and assistants put the new iron bridge in place across the Little Delaware at Douglas Davidson’s on the Gladstone road, the past week [this is the bridge on what is now called Bob Hall road, latitude 42.251818, longitude -74.804086]. 
•    Miss Helen Dennis died at her home in Bovina Center on Thursday, September 17, at the age of 78 years.  Death was due to chronic myocarditis complicated with bronchitis.  She was a dauter of the late Thomas Dennis and was born in Bovina and always lived at the place where she died.  She leaves a brother, John P. Dennis, in Virginia, and one sister, Miss Louise Dennis, in the old home.  The funeral was held Saturday with interment in Center cemetery. [Helen was likely living at what is now the Hugh Lee house, 1607 County Highway 6; latitude 42.261061, -74.789881.]

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