Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This Day in Bovina for September

129 years ago today, on September 1, 1885, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "...a large crowd assembled on the farm of Robert Thompson to witness the trial of Andrew Johnson's new engine and thresher.  It worked to perfection and bid defiance to the wet sheaves of oats and rushed wildly on."

Deliah Sprague Bailey, wife of Jacob Bailey, died 134 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.

Ninety-five years ago today, on September 3, 1919, the former pastor of the Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rev. Thomas Graham, along with his wife, left Bovina for teir new home near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Andes Recorder reported that "their departure is much regretted."

Darius Adee, the son of Samuel Adee and Sarah Bloomer, died 169 years ago today, September 4, 1845. Born in Connecticut in 1793, he was married to Harriett Jewell. They would have 11 children. His youngest child, Mary, was just shy of the age of one at his death, the eldest, Samuel, was 25. His widow survived him for 36 years, dying in 1881 at the age of 84.

Katherine Mabel King was born 133 years ago today, September 5, 1881, in Andes, the daughter of John Gibson King and Catherine Cowan. In September 1916, she was married to her brother-in-law, Robert William Doig in Andes. He had first been married to her sister Isabelle Gibson King in 1896. They had four children before her death in 1914. Katherine and Robert would have one child, Robert, born in 1919 in Bovina. Katherine died in 1944, two years before her husband. She is buried with her husband and her sister in the Bovina Cemetery. Her name is on the back of the same monument to her husband and sister. [two images]
134 years ago today, on September 6, 1880, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, J.B. Hastings, T.H. Lee, James Black and W.P. Miller left home to attend Hamilton College…." James Blair Hastings (1860-1920) was the son of Thomas E. Hastings and Jane S. Blair. He eventually settled in Cape May, NJ, where he was the mayor. T.H. Lee likely was the son of Rev. James B. Lee and James Black probably was the son of Rev. John Black. I have yet to determine who W.P. Miller is.

168 years ago today, September 7, 1846, the will of Francis Coulter (1771-1846) was probated at Surrogates Court in Delhi. Coulter emigrated from Scotland in the late 18th century and settled on Coulter Brook Road.

129 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."

112 years ago, on September 9, 1912, the trustees of the "D.J. Miller district" elected a new trustee, James Mabon. The report in the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder noted that "the only scholar in the district is being sent to the Center school. From 60 to 70 scholars went to school in the same district half a century ago, and even 30 years ago 25 attended." This is the school that was located at the intersection of Lee Hollow and Miller Avenue. The school managed to keep operating until 1944.

Ninety-seven years ago today, on September 10, 1917, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "the South Kortright Band gave a concert with a dance afterwards at the town hall…" This would be Strangeway's Hall.

130 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."

Ninety-five 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.

113 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.

Eighty six 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."

Robert Biggar died 113 years ago today, on September 15, 1901. Born in Bovina in 1833, he was the son of Walter Biggar and Janet Cowan. He married Isabella J. Miller in 1865. They had no children. Isabella survived her husband by less than two years, dying in May 1903. His death was reported in the local papers: "Robert Biggar, an old resident of Coulter Brook, in the town of Bovina, died suddenly of heart disease Monday morning, aged about 70. He was apparently as well as usual on Sunday, and on Saturday was in Delhi. He was a man very highly respected. He leaves a wife."

The Bovina ball team hosted a game 103 years ago today, September 16, 1911, playing against Andes.  The Bovina team won 13 to 4.

101 years ago today, on September 17, 1913, Helen Dennis died at her home in Bovina Center. The Andes Recorder reported that "death was due to chronic myocarditis…" She had lived in Bovina all her life, the daughter of Thomas Dennis.

Eighty-eight 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."

118 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 (born 1923), 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.

103 years ago today, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Miss Belle Strangeway, daughter of Thos C. Strangeway of this town, and Frank J. Dickson, of Delhi, were married Wednesday evening, September 20, [1911] by Rev. A.M. Forrester at the First Presbyterian parsonage in Delhi." Margaret Bell Strangeway was born in Bovina in 1880. She and Frank would have four children, including Howard Dickson. Frank died in 1953. Belle would live past 90, dying in 1972.

Ninety-seven years ago, the September 21, 1917 issue of the Andes Recorder reported in its Bovina column the following: "Ed Seacord left a five gallon can of gasoline on the sidewalk in front of the hotel and when he returned a little later the can had disappeared.  When he came around to go home he found his can but the gasoline had been taken out and the can re-filled with water." The hotel mentioned was located across the street from the present day playground in the Bovina Center hamlet.

Ninety-eight years ago today, on September 22, 1916, the J.W. Coulter Hose company held a ball game, a chicken pie supper and an entertainment. The Andes Recorder encouraged people to "come and help the fire laddies." The paper later reported that the company netted $40 and that Bovina defeated Delhi 7 to 6 in the ball game.

151 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.

Ninety-eight 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).

103 years ago day, on September 25, 1911, Miss Henrietta McPherson died at the home of Elmer Harrington near Dunraven. A native of Bovina, the Andes Recorder noted that "last spring she was injured by a fall and never fully recovered." The daughter of Alexander and Eliza McPherson, she was 87 (though the Recorder reported her age as 90). Her funeral was held in the Bovina Methodist Church, with burial in the Bovina Cemetery.

131 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…."

Ninety-six years ago today, the September 27, 1918 Bovina column of the Andes Recorder reported that "Cameron McNee of Iowa is visiting his nephew, John Aitkens. Mr. McNee was former resident of Bovina, but had lived in Iowa for 42 years. He was a cooper when in this town." Cameron appears to be John Cameron McNee. He settled in Hamilton County, Iowa and died sometime in the 1940s.

113 years ago today, on September 28, 1901, a ball game Saturday between the married men and single men took place in Bovina. As later reported in the Andes Recorder, "the married men were again victorious by a score of 6 to 2."

103 years ago today, on September 29, 1911, the Bovina UP Church received a letter from the Rev. W.J.B. Edgar, of Philadelphia. The congregation had "extended an informal call." The letter "informed the session that it would be useless to proceed further, as he would not accept a call."

Civil War Veteran John R. Hoy died 113 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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Families of Bovina - Four Generations follow-up

After I posted the photo in my September 22 blog entry showing Margaret Boggs Ormiston with her daughter Ruth Monroe, granddaughter Francis Burns and great-grand son Alan Burns, one of her descendants sent along three other four generation photographs, two of which involve Margaret. This photo, provided by Ed Davidson, shows Margaret's daughter Lois Davidson, her grandson Ed Davidson and her great grandson Jon Davidson.

As noted in the September 22 blog entry, the Ormistons are noted for living long. Margaret was just shy of 100 at her death in 1966. Lois was just shy of 80 at her death 10 years later and Ed is still going strong at 91, just like his cousin Frances, who is about 11 days older than Ed. Ed lives in the San Diego area and his son Jon lives in Yakima, Washington.

Here is one from 1922 sent by Dick Davidson that shows Margaret Ormiston with her mother, Jane Archibald Boggs, daughter Lois Ormiston Davidson and granddaughter, Jane Davidson.
Lois Ormiston Davidson (1896-1976), Margaret Boggs Ormiston (1866-1966), Jane Archibald Boggs (1845-1930) and Jane Davidson (1922-1955).

I also asked Ed for a more recent one involving him with his descendants. Here's Ed with his wife Maria, son Tom, granddaughter Anna Davidson Jones and her husband Zach Jones and their two children (and Ed and Maria's great grandchildren) Eloise and Otto Jones. Anna, Zach and their two children live in Portland, Oregon.

Many thanks to Ed and Dick for sharing these. I hope it will give you all ideas to share family pictures too!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Families of Bovina - Four Generations

Seventy years ago today, September 22, 1944, several members of the Ormiston family came to the Bob Wyer studios in Delhi to pose for this series of pictures:

This four generation picture shows Margaret Boggs Ormiston holding her great grandson Alan Burns. Behind her are standing the baby's grandmother, Ruth Ormiston Monroe and the baby's mother, Frances Monroe Burns. Baby Alan was about seven months old. Sadly, Alan would pass away all too soon in 1996 when he was only 52.

The women in the photo all have the distinction of having made it into their 90s. Maggie Ormiston was just shy of 100 at her death in 1966 and Ruth was two months shy of 91 when she died in 1985. And Frances still is going strong at 91!

Margaret Boggs, born in 1866, was the daughter of Thomas R. Boggs and Jane Archibald. She married Thomas James Ormiston, who predeceased her in 1919. Her daughter Ruth was born in 1894 and married Henry Monroe. Henry survived Ruth by seven years, dying in 1992 when he was 96.

Monday, September 15, 2014

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

From the Andes Recorder

A Bovina church celebrated its centennial and the victim of an accident involving a frightened horse back in July unexpectedly succumbs to her injuries.

September 4, 1914
Patrolman Bouton is sweeping and oiling the Bovina State road.
The schoolhouse at the “hook” is being painted by Keeley and Bailey.
A heavy rain accompanied by a high wind did some damage Wednesday evening.
Frank Dickson on the Little Delaware, is building an addition to his residence and is putting in a bath.
The Center school opened Tuesday with Vera Davidson principal and Kathryn Reynolds primary teacher.  The other schools of the town opened the same day.
Robert H. Lewis, of Andes, who during the past summer has conducted an ice cream parlor and bakery in the McCune building, has sold his business to Leon VanDusen. [This building was later a barbershop and was owned for many years by Clayt and Florence Thomas. It is now owned by Tom Hetterich. 42.2622°N 74.7818°W]

Bovina Church Celebrates.
Reformed Presbyterian Congregation Established Sept 2, 1814
The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bovina, was established September 2, 1814, and on Wednesday of this week the congregation celebrated the on hundredth anniversary.  In conjunction with the anniversary Rev. Thomas E. Graham, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, was ordained and installed as pastor of the church.  At noon a picnic dinner was served and there were interesting addresses and a general good time.
The original church was at the Butt End, and the present church in Bovina Center was completed in 1861.  The first preacher was a co-pastor with Kortright. Other pastors were James Douglas, Revs Pollock, Kennedy, Milligan, Robb.

Bovina Woman Expires Suddenly
Mrs. Robert Doig Passed Away at her Home at Tunis Lake, Sept 2
Mrs Robert Doig died suddenly at her home at Tunis Lake in the town of Bovina about 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, September 2, from heart failure.
On July 16, Mrs. Doig had both legs broken by jumping from the wagon when she became frightened by the horse starting suddenly when the umbrella hit against the spokes of the wheel.  She was recovering and for three days had been up in a wheel chair, and was apparently doing nicely.  That afternoon, she was feeling good but suddenly complained of a peculiar feeling in the chest and in ten minutes was dead.  It is thought that a blood clot might have been the cause….  The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 o’clock at the house and 12 at the U.P. church in Bovina Center.

September 11, 1914
It is expected that the water works will be completed in about a month.
Mrs. Stewart, of Great Bend, Long Island, visited her father, A.B. Phyfe, a few days the past week.
Mrs. William Rogers and Mrs. John L. Gordon and two sons, who spent July and August at the Rogers cottage at Lake Delaware, returned to New York on Tuesday.
Miss Hazel Hoy, dauter of William A. Hoy of this place, stands third in the list of those entitled to a scholarship under the law of 1913.  As Delaware county is entitled to five scholarships Miss Hoy will be one of the lucky ones.
Tuesday, a horse driven by Mrs. Robert Kemp and Mrs. Thomson, of West Delhi, who were on their way to attend presbytery, took fright on the Hook bridge, when the auto of A.T. Doig came around the sharp curve.  The horse turned on the bridge and both ladies were thrown out.  Mrs. Kemp had her collar bone broken and was injured about the head.  She was taken to the home of James Lunn and Dr. Whitcomb made her as comfortable as possible.  She was taken home Wednesday. Mrs. Thomson escaped with bruises.  The curve at that point is a very dangerous one and more accidents are likely to happen there.

Was Landscape Painter
Jack Elliott, a painter, died at Bloomville, September 6, from heart failure.  He was a native of Scotland; a man of middle age.  On coming to this country he spent some time in Bovina and painted numerous landscape pictures and portraits, and was a good artist. [The Bovina Historical Society has two of his Bovina paintings on display at the Bovina Museum. See this blog for August 31, 2012 for views of these paintings: http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2012/08/stories-from-bovina-cemeteries-bovina.html]

September 18, 1914
At Delhi fair last week Charles Hafele was awarded the blue ribbon on his fine matched span of chestnut colts.
The part of appraisers who are looking up the assessments the towns of the county for use in the appeal of three towns from their equalized value, were in town again this week.
William Strangeway has sold his farm on Federal Hill to an Italian, and with his mother will come to Bovina and make their home with Mrs. Strangeway’s daughter, Mrs. Charles A. McPherson.  Mr. Strangeway will work at his trade – carpenter and builder. [The McPherson home is where Frank and Stella McPherson lived. Charles McPherson was Frank's father. 42.2619°N 74.7875°W]

September 25, 1914
Six houses in Bovina Center are for sale at present.
Alex Myers has had his residence re-shingled, using the galvanized shingle. [42.2619°N 74.7875°W]
James E. Hastings has sold his entire dairy of Jersey cows to Len Smith of Bloomville, and they were taken away Friday.
George Russell has purchased the Chisholm house in Bovina Center, the price paid being $1,700.  The house if built today would cost several hundred dollars more than the selling price. [This is the Robson home, just to the right of the Brushland Eating House - 42.2623°N 74.7838°W]
Thomas H. Elliott moved Tuesday from the John R. Hoy house to rooms in part of the Chisholm house.  Rev. Thomas Graham, pastor of the R.P. church, will also have rooms in the other half of the house.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church

It has been 200 years since the second church was created in Bovina, the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Created in September 1814, the church's first location was near Mountain Brook, where Bovina Road and County Highway 6 meet - the church's cemetery still exists). In 1861, the congregation built a new church in the Bovina Center hamlet, where the Bovina Fire Department building stands today. In April 1914, the church observed its centennial with a day long celebration that included the installation of a new pastor, Thomas Graham. This celebration, in many ways, was also the congregation's swan song. Within a few years, the congregation was inactive and by 1942, the church building and parsonage were sold. The church was demolished in 1944.  [More of the church's history can be seen on this blog in the entry for October 7, 2010: http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2010/10/brief-history-of-bovina-churches.html]

Below is a photo I scanned several years ago of a picnic gathering of the Bovina RP Church. A date was not provided, but it appears to be from around 1900, based on the ages of some of the children in the front. The names are id'ed on the back, with numbers written faintly on the people. Not all the numbers are legible, but I created a copy with numbers more clearly marked for the ones I could id.

Here are the names and numbers from the back of the photograph:

1. Arch. Thomson
2. Mozelle Hafele
3. David Russell
4. Hazel Russell
5. Everett Russell
6. Ralph Thomson
7. Anna Scott
8. Rev. A.I. Robb
9. Rev. J.K. Robb
10. Calvin Russell
11. Mrs. A.I. Robb
12. Mrs. Hamilton Russell
13. Addie Thomson
14. Rev. T.M. Slater
15. Clarence Russell
16. James A. Russell
17. Mrs. Will S. Thomson
18. Mrs. Andrew Gilchrist
19. Mr. Andrew Gilchrist
20. Libby Taylor
21. Mae Tweedie
22. Rosenna Faulkner
23. Orlena Robb
24 Thom. Russell
25. Geo. Russell
26. Rose Rusell
27. Herman Russell
28. Mrs. Stephen Russell
29. Stephen Russell
30. Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Thomson
31. Mrs. James B. Thomson
32. Mrs. Fred Johnson
33. Will S. Thomson
34. Mrs. John A. Russell
35. Mr. John A. Russell
36. Dixon Thomson
37. Andrew Gilchrist
38. Mrs. Andrew Gilchrist
39. Charles Thomson
40. James Russell
41. Margaret McKee
42. Ella Gilchrist
43. Emma Laidlaw
44. Fannie Bell McDivitt
45. Nancy Campbell
46. Mary Campbell
47. Will. T. Russell
48. Fred Johnson
49. Elmer Russell
50. Will Adee
51. James B. Thomson
52. Hamilton Russell
53. Martha THomson
54. Irene Russell
55. Mrs. James Russell