Saturday, February 15, 2014

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

February appears to have been a rather cold month 100 years ago, with temperatures plunging to 30 below zero. Makes us appreciate having temps of only around 15 below.....

February 6, 1914
Charles Russell has gone to Deerfield, Illinois. [Charles was the brother of Cecil Russell and would come back to the area.  Born in 1890, he died in 1980, just shy of his 90th birthday.]
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schneider on February 2, a son. [This is Edward Schneider, brother of Lil Hilson.  And he still is with us at 100!]
Mrs. George Aldrich was severely burned last week from the explosion of a bottle of gasoline.
Dick and Chauncey McFarland were at Delhi on Monday before the surrogate in the final settlement of the estate of Louise McFarland.
The town board held a meeting on Tuesday and appointed Alex Burns and Lancelot Thomson assessors for a term of four years, to fill the vacancies caused by the failure of John M. Campbell and Robert Doig to qualify.
Mrs. James Gill has sold her farm located near Tunis Lake in the town of Bovina, to James Cole, of Harvard. Mrs. Gill and her brother, William McMurray may move to Bovina center.

Mr. Ayers One of the Speakers
H.A. Ayers, butter maker at the Bovina Center Co-Operative Creamery, is announced as one of the speakers at the annual meeting of the Cornell Dairy Students’ association to be held at Ithaca, February 11, in connection with the Farmers’ week at Cornell. His subject is “Some Experience in Handling Gathered Cream.”

February 13, 1914
Thermometers here Thursday morning ranged from 22 to 30 degrees below zero.
George H. Miller moved Wednesday to the Sandy Kinmuth house which he recently purchased.
Dr. Hubbell, of Hobart, was here this week to see David Liddle, being called in consultation with Dr. Whitcomb the family physician.
H.A. Ayers, butter maker at the Center creamery, is taking a vacation of one week, and is spending it with his sister in Schoharie county and at Ithaca.

Lake Delaware Changes
Dick Avery, who has occupied the John Oliver house on the Gerry estate, has purchased a farm near Mapledale, Ulster county. A.B. Jardine is moving into the house vacated by Avery.

Would Exempt Creamery Employees
Assemblyman Green, of Lewis, has introduced a bill exempting employees in butter or cheese factories and in milk condensaries from the section of the labor law, which requires that employees in factories shall have 24 hours consecutive rest in every seven days.

February 20, 1914
The condition of the venerable clergyman, Rev. James B. Lee, D.D. remains about the same. [Lee would survive until July 1914.]
Two more car loads of pipe for the water works arrived at Delhi this week and is being hauled here.
The past week has been one of deep snow and extreme cold, some thermometers going as low as 28 below zero.
Mrs. James Gill and brother, William McMurray have been here looking for rooms, but did not find any.  They prefer rooms so located that they can take their meals with someone in the same house.

February 27, 1914
Howard McPherson, town superintendent of highways, attended the good roads meeting at Delhi on Thursday.

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