Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This Day in Bovina for June

158 years ago today, June 1, 1857, Walter Hamilton died in Bovina. Born in 1809, he was the son of Robert Hamilton and Jean Ray. He married Dorcas Pamelia Hilton, who bore him six children. She ran the tavern that was located in what is now the Jardine house for a number of years.

116 years ago on June 2, 1899, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "B.S. Miller returned Friday from a trip to Washington, the Capital city, and New York city, and reports an enjoyable trip and much sight seeing.  He spent Decoration Day on the battlefield at Gettysburg." Berry Shaw Miller was one of Bovina's Civil War Veterans.

135 years ago today, on June 3, 1880, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "The youngest child of Richard James, a little girl, died ... of brain fever." This appears to be Clarice James, born in 1876. The year on her tombstone says she died in 1879. The James family came from England.

117 years ago today, June 4, 1898, Miss M. Ella Graham, of Andes, was coming Bovina in a horse and buggy. As later reported in the Andes Recorder, "When she was just above Douglas Davidson’s the rear spring broke, and this frightened the horse causing it to spring.  When the horse sprang the buggy top came down and one of the braces caught in the wheel and tore out one spoke and did some other damage.  The horse tried to get away but Miss Graham pluckily held to it and finally got it stopped."

Ninety four years ago today, on June 5, 1921, William Johnson and his wife arrived at the home of his sister, Mrs. Alex Crosier at the Butt End. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson had traveled from their home in Kansas, leaving on May 23. The Andes Recorder in reporting their arrival noted that they "covered over 1700 miles in their Maxwell car." William (b 1865) and his sister Mary (1869-1949) were two of the children of John Johnson and Susan Brownell.

119 years ago today, June 6, 1896, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, " The funeral of Mrs. John Phyfe on Saturday was largely attended.  Rev. Samson officiated.  She was a loving wife and kind neighbor, and will be missed in her home, in the community, and in the church." Mrs. Phyfe was the former Mary Ann Pulling, the third wife of John Phyfe. She was born in Stamford in 1825. John Phyfe survived his third wife for 4 years, dying in 1901 at the age of 83.

135 years ago today, on June 7, 1880, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Stamford Mirror, "Two of our 'worthies' had a tussel with hard cider last Monday, and got rather the worst of it."

115 years ago, the June 8, 1900 Andes Recorder reported that "Several years ago a number of persons subscribed money and a telephone line was built from Bovina Centre to Margaretville via. The Butt End and New Kingston, but the line was never incorporated and was always out of repair and for some time has not been working at all.  A new stock company we understand has been formed to reconstruct the line and expect to have it completed in about a month."

130 years ago, the Bovina column of the June 9, 1885 issue of the Stamford Mirror reported on a couple of Bovina residents traveling in the west. "T.R. McFarland is enjoying an extended trip through the far West," while "Miss Jennie Russell has gone to Dakota to spend the summer with her brother John K. Russell." McFarland likely was Thomas Russell McFarland (1845-1915). Jennie and John K. Russell likely are the children of Stephen and Jean (Bryce) Russell.

176 years ago today, on June 10, 1839, Allen Ballentyne "was found drowned in a well on a place adjoining the farm on which his family lived" in Bovina. As later reported in the June 19 Delaware (Delhi) Gazette, it was thought to be a suicide. "As the well was not used, and had been covered for some time, it is supposed he had removed the covering for the purpose of drowning himself. When found his feet and legs were up out of the water, and his head down." Allen was the son of David Ballentyne, who had "drowned a few weeks since in the Delaware river….and we understand had been deranged for several years." Allen was 30 years old and is buried in the old Reformed Presbyterian Church cemetery.

114 years ago today, June 11, 1901, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, John L. Gordon and his wife arrived in Bovina for their vacation. The paper noted that he "is a policeman at Old Slip precinct station."

119 years ago today, on June 12, 1896, the school in Bovina Center was closed for the school year. The Andes Recorder reported that "The year just closed has been a very successful one and this has been largely due to the efficient teachers, and it is to be hoped that they may be retained for another year."

Seventy five years ago today, June 13, 1940, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican, "Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jardine attended the circus at Binghamton…"

132 years ago today, on June 14, 1883, the Armstrong family reunion was held at the house of F.C. Armstrong. The Stamford Mirror reported the reunion and had noted that "John Armstrong, wife, and daughter, of Salinas, Cal., are visiting friends in town.." and attended the reunion. John Graham Armstrong was the son of John C. Armstrong (1797-1864), an early settler of Bovina. John G. Armstrong died in Salinas in 1904. F.C. Armstrong was John's younger brother, Francis Coulter Armstrong. He died in Bovina in 1925.

179 years ago today, on June 15, 1836, the session of the Bovina Associate Presbyterian Church met and went through several items related the conduct of members of the church. "Christina Elliott appeared before session to answer to the sin of fornication and also her imprudent conduct in other reports for which she declared her sorrow…" She was willing to submit to a public rebuke and to be suspended for a time. Elders reported on several other issues, including discussions with Temperance Wooden and Elizabeth Coulter about dancing, with John Miller concerning his attendance at a Methodist service and Hellen Elliott for not coming to church.

116 years ago, the June 16, 1899 Andes Recorder reported in its Bovina column that "Jacob Pintoff has been in town delivering pictures which he has been enlarging."

134 years ago today, on June 17, 1881, the Bovina correspondent for the Stamford Mirror reported that "Thomas E. Forrest has received news of the death of his son Wilson, which occurred some two weeks ago near Truckee, California." William Wilson Forrest, born in 1847, died on May 19 and is buried in Nevada County, California.

Two hundred years ago today, on June 18, 1815, Adam Scott died. A native of Scotland, he was married to Janet Ingles and had three children. He is buried in the Associate Presbyterian Church cemetery. Here is his stone:

104 years ago today June 19, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Miss Helen Blair graduated Monday from the high school at Oneonta.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Blair, Millard Blair and Miss Mary Thomson attended the exercises.  Miss Blair will enter the Oneonta Normal next fall." Helen Blair later married Marshall Thomson and passed away in 1997 at the age of 107.

Seventy seven years ago today, on June 20, 1938, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Margaret C. Coulter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Coulter, graduated Monday from Cornell University at Ithaca.  Walter Coulter, and daughter Mrs. William Parsons, and Elizabeth Strangeway, the latter an aunt, attended the exercises." Margaret was better known as Celia. She passed away this past April at the age of 99.

128 years ago today, the June 21, 1887 Stamford Mirror reported that "David Hoy, of Bovina a graduate of Del. Lit. Inst. at Franklin, has been awared the Cornell University Scholarship for Delaware County." Hoy would later become a noted registrar of Cornell. For more information, visit the Bovina NY History Blog at http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/10/david-fletcher-hoy-give-my-regards-to.html

Ninety three years ago today, on June 22, 1922, "Lloyd Irvine and Millard Blair, who have been visiting their parents here, left....for their return to Seattle, Washington."

116 years ago today, the Bovina column of the June 23, 1899 Andes Recorder reported that  "Miss Anna Phyfe received her graduation diploma from the Oneonta Normal School this week" while "Miss Jennie Hastings graduated from Delaware Literary Institute this week as salutatorian of her class."

Seventy five years ago today, June 24, 1940, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican, "Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schall, Mrs. William Sanderson and Mrs. Arthur Thomson of Delhi, N.Y. were at Ernest Russell on Monday evening and Mr. Schall gave a movie display of pictures."

152 years ago today, June 25, 1863, Robert Thomson was born. He was the illegitimate son of Robert Dysart and Elinor Thomson. For more about Robert Thomson, visit the Bovina NY History blog at http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/12/illegitimate-child-of-robert-dysart.html

127 years ago today, June 26, 1888, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, "J.L. Ormiston and J.L. Coulter were at Syracuse….attending the Prohibition State Convention."

119 years ago today, on June 27, 1896, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "G.D. Miller had tomatoes on the vines in his garden.  One measured seven and a half inches in circumference.  Next."

108 years ago today, the June 28, 1907 issue of the Catskill Mountain News reported the following concerning a lawsuit brought before a Bovina Town Justice by Ella Brown Campbell, who lived in Bovina, against her brother: "A lawsuit brought by Mrs. Henry S. Campbell against her brother, George Brown, of Arena, as administrator of her mother's estate, came up before Justice T.C. Strangeway Friday.  The suit was withdrawn and another action immediate brought.  The action is brought to secure pay for caring for the mother."

128 years ago today, June 29, 1887, during the installation of Rev. Milligan as pastor of the Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church, "the floor of the audience room broke down at each end." Later reported in the Stamford Mirror, the report noted that "the distance to the ground was small and no one was hurt, and the exercises were continued as though nothing unusual has happened."

Seventy five years ago today, June 30, 1940, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican, "Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Doig and children of Downsville were guests of his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Doig…." That same day, Miss Virginia Decker, who has been spending a couple of weeks with her aunt, Mrs. Charles Scobie at Glenn Cove, L.I., returned home…."

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