Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Day in Bovina for August

112 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."

Eighty five years ago, on August 2, 1929, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, "The young people of the U.P. Church enjoyed a roast at W.J. Storie's…"

118 years ago today, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Delos Mackey was in town Monday [August 3, 1896] looking after his chances for Assemblyman.  He is also the farmer's candidate."

125 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."

112 years ago today, on August 5, 1902, ninety two year old Mary Ann Storie, the daughter of the late William Storie and Mary Ann McCune, died.

119 years ago today, on August 6, 1895, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Ed Russell was struck by lightning Tuesday.  He was at work on the W. C. Russell barn and it struck him on this shoulder and run down one side to his foot, burning the hair of his leg."  There was a follow-up to this story in the paper the next week:  "Ed. Russell, who was injured by lightning last week, was able to be taken home Saturday.  His foot is still quite sore, but he is able to move it.  It was badly bruised, and he had a very narrow escape."

151 years ago today, on August 7, 1863, William Gillie died of typhoid fever in Virginia while serving in company E of the NY 144th Volunteers. Born in 1844, he was the son of Alexander Gillie and Martha Lewis.

103 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 Alberta, 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."

134 years ago today, on August 9, 1880, Michael Dickson obtained a judgement against Mrs. Agnew. As later reported in the Stamford Mirror, the judgment "ordered her to vacate the premises within three days." She did not vacate in the three days and it was reported that "she has a club laid up to break Mike's head with if he troubles her again."

Ninety-eight 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."

175 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.

Eighty five years ago today, August 12, 1929, as later reported in the Delaware Republican, "Kenneth Kaufman took a load of boarders of Mrs. Martha Russell's to Howe Caverns on Wednesday." Martha Russell had a farm on Russell Hill Road where she took in boarders. Kenneth was her son-in-law.

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

One hundred and six years ago today, August 14, 1908, Bovina resident  John Hobbie died in Fulton, NY at the home of his son Charles Hobbie.  He had come to visit his son and took ill soon after arriving and died a few weeks later.  His body was taken to Bovina on Saturday for interment.

Eight-five years ago today, on August 15, 1929, Nettie Hilson passed away. Jeanette Orr Stott was the daughter of George and Ellen Stott, born in Bovina in 1842. She married a widower, Thomas A. Hilson in 1868 and had six children, of whom three made it to adulthood. Her daughter Nellie married Fred Henderson. Nettie's husband died in 1907. Her funeral took place at the home of her daughter on August 19.

120 years ago today, on August 16, 1894, a dance was held at Hoy's Hall. This came only about a week after a social hop at W.S. Thompson's.

111 years ago today, on August 17, 1903, George L. Currie died in Bovina at the age of 75. Born in 1828 in Ettrick, Scotland, he was the son of George Currie and Margaret Anderson. He married Margaret Laidlaw in 1859. They would have six children, but would lose the first four of them in 1870 - three of them dying in December of that year. He was survived by his wife and his two surviving children, Janet and David.

103 years ago, the August 18, 1911 Bovina column of the Andes Recorder reported on two completed structures in town. "David Draffin's new modern barn is now fully completed." Draffin's farm was at the end of what is now Crescent Valley Road. The other structure reported was Fred Bramley's garage, "completed for his new auto."

120 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.

One hundred and thirteen years ago today, on August 20, 1901, as later reported by the Andes Recorder, "Mrs. Margaret Forrest, widow of the late Thomas Forrest, died at the Middletown State Hospital…in the 72d year of her age.  She was sent to the asylum in 1879."  Further research puts some of this information into question.  She was still in Bovina according to the 1880 census, but is listed as insane.  In 1900, she was in the Binghamton State Hospital.  Other information indicates she died in Binghamton, not Middletown.  The newspaper went on to report that her funeral was in Bovina, but there is no record of her burial in Bovina.

131 years ago today, on August 21, 1883, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "Jakey Snow, a boy from New York who is spending the summer at Wm. D. Thompson's, was severly bitten on the arm by Mr. Thompson's dog." The following day there was another dog incident when "G.L. Butt's little girl was badly bitten on the face by John Clark's dog."

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

102 years ago today, the Andes Recorder of August 23, 1912 reported that "Miss Vera Davidson, dauter of Douglas Davidson, who in June completed her course at Cornell University, will go to California this fall to take a year’s work at the Leland Sanford University." Vera, sister of Fletcher Davidson, later married Bill Storie.

Ninety six 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."

129 years ago, the August 25, 1885 Bovina column in the Stamford Mirror reported that "E.C. Dean and Thomas Ormiston are spending a few days at Chautauqua." The report went on to note that Ormiston "intends to extend his trip as far west as Missouri and will not return for some months.

102 years ago today, on August 26, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Alex Hilson and sons John and James, and Howard McPherson were at Kellys Corners in his auto…"

102 years ago today, August 27, 1912, as reported in the Andes Recorder: "...a 9 year old son of Mr. Simmons, of Newark, N.J. fell from a horse at C.S. Gladstone’s and dislocated one arm at the elbow and broke it below the elbow. Dr. McNaught was called and later Dr. Gates, but the arm was so swollen it could not be set. It was packed in ice and will be set later. The mother and three children had been boarding at Chas Mulnix’s and the father is expected to arrive Thursday night." A few days later, he was taken to New York City for treatment.

131 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 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. Wish them a happy anniversary!.

Eighty-six years ago today, on August 30, 1928, Bovina's annual town picnic took place. The August 24 issue of the Andes Recorder announced the picnic in the following item: "Everyone is cordially invited to come and spend the day.  There will be a big parade led by the Andes band, followed by a girls ball game and sports for the children before dinner.  At 1 o’clock will be a speech by Linn O’Conner of Hobart after which there will be a big ball game.  Prizes will be given for the best decorated home in the village, the tallest man, the youngest baby, the funniest couple, the best costume, the best decorated bicycle in the parade, the largest family, the couple present longest married.  Come early and don’t miss seeing the courtship of five generations.  An entertainment will be given in the evening at Kaufman’s Hall."

169 years ago, the Albany Evening Journal published a letter from Delhi, dated August 31, 1845, in which was reported that the barn of Mr. Robert McFarland of Bovina, containing about 20 tons of hay, together with a large quantity of grain, etc, has been burned down, as is supposed, by some Anti-Renters. The McFarland farm likely was the one on Bovina Road in the vicinity of Cape Horn Road.

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