Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Day in Bovina for September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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