Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 1915 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"

From the Andes Recorder
July was a busy news month in Bovina, with several deaths, a broken hip, a lost leg, and the Fourth of July celebration.

July 2, 1915
•Concrete abutments are being put in for a new bridge at E.L. Coulter’s.
•Robert Gray and son, of Delhi, are putting in the foundation for the new Fireman’s building.
•Mrs. H.A. Ayers, son and dauter, have gone to visit at their former home at Detroit, Michigan.
•James W. Thomson and Geo Cable have laid new sidewalks along the front of their residences.
•Miss Kate Muller continues ill with rheumatism.  Her sister, Mrs. Otis McCumber, of Andes, is here helping care for her.
•Frank Gowanlock and wife, Thomas Gordon, G.D. Miller and wife and Jas G. Seath attended the 144th Regiment reunion at Delhi last Friday.
•Will Roney, of Andes, was here on Tuesday.  The last seen of him he disappeared down the “pike”, with one of our young ladies, in a cloud of dust.

Aged Bovina Woman Breaks Hip
     Saturday morning Mrs. William McDivitt, who resides with her son, Walter McDivitt up Coulter Brook, fell while in the pantry and broke her hip. She does not have a clear idea as to just how the accident happened, but in falling it is supposed that she had caught hold of the table as this was found over-turned.  The doctors did not deem it wise to set the hip and hope that it may unite.  Mrs. McDivitt is over 80 years of age. [Mrs. McDivitt was born Elizabeth Kipp. She lived over a year after this fall, dying in February 1917.]

Talking New Road
     A movement is on foot for three miles of new road in Bovina from the Butt End road past Bergman’s Nichols’ McNaught’s and Campbell’s and onto Pink street above Dixon Thomson’s.  The proposed road would run on the opposite side of the brook from the present road which would still be continued.  Estimated cost is $1,000 per mile and probably another $1,000 for right-of-way.  This would mean a tax of $8 on a thousand.  Better postpone the matter for the present.

July 9, 1915
•High water.
•Bovina had a safe and sane Fourth.
•During the month of June there was not a birth or death in the town of Bovina, and only one marriage.
•Mrs. Agnes Northrup accompanied her son, Dr. Elmer Northrup, of Lincoln, Nebraska, as far as New York, where she will spend some time with her dauter, Mrs. Leonard Sloan.

The Fourth in Bovina
Large Turnout Saturday-Andes Won Shoot and Bovina Ball Game
Bovina’s celebration held Saturday was a success.  The weather was fine and there was a large concourse of people present from Andes and Delhi. The Andes Band furnished excellent music for the occasion. The clay pigeon shot between Andes and Lake Delaware shooters was won by Andes.There was a first-class ball game between Bovina and Delhi, which resulted in favor of Bovina by a score of 6 to 4.
  In the evening a play entitled Billy’s Bungalow, was given to a big audience in the town hall by an Andes home talent cast.  The receipts were about $40.

Her Second Operation
     Miss Vesta Thomson, daughter of the late D. Lyle Thomson, of Bovina, was operated on at midnight Tuesday night for a stoppage of the bowels and Thursday her condition was critical.
  A few weeks ago she underwent an operation for appendicitis and gall stones.   Last week she attended the Christian Endeavor convention at Margaretville and on Monday had a relapse.

Landlords Yet in Bovina
     The town of Bovina still has a reminder of the Anti-Rent days.  In the town 36 farmers pay rent on a portion of their farm.  Of these one landlord has 29 and the other seven.  Thirty-two pay money rent and four pay wheat rent, which at the price of wheat makes a heavy rent - one man's will amount to $57 this year.

July 16, 1915
•Robert G. Thomson has purchased an Overland auto.
•Lauren Dickson and sisters, Anna and Marjorie, attended “Chautauqua” at Oneonta this week.
•The town board held a meeting on road matters Tuesday evening and adjourned until Friday evening.
•There is a report that James A. Gow who is at Halcott Center, will move his family back to his house here.
•Mrs. William Rogers and Mrs. John L. Gordon and two sons, of New York, are at the Rogers cottage at Lake Delaware.
•Rev. J. Kennedy McDivitt and family from Pennsylvania, are visiting his mother at the home of his brother, Walter McDivitt.
•A heavy downpour of rain Tuesday afternoon caused high water and roads were badly washed.  The road between the old Soper place and the Arbuckle place was made impossible.

Bit Broke – Horse Ran Away
Last Thursday morning as Oscar Felton was on his way home from the creamery his horse ran away.  Near Douglas Davidson’s the horse jumped and as Mr. Felton pulled up sharply on the reins the bit broke.  Mr. Felton immediately jumped. The horse ran down the state road and striking the Felton watering trought turned it half around and smashed the wagon.  It then continued on home.

Vesta Thomson Dead
Miss Vesta Thomson died at Delhi early Wednesday morning, July 14, following an operation performed a week previous.  Some weeks ago she was operated upon at Rochester for gall stones and appendicitis and had apparently recovered. July 2, she was taken worse and a second operation was performed and adhesions were found.  The surgeons gave no hope.
She was a dauter of the late D. Lyle Thomson, of Bovina, where she was born about 29 years ago. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Marvin Thomson, of Rochester, and two brothers, William, of Kinderhook, and Loren, of Pittsburg.

July 23, 1915
•Michael Miller is very poorly.
•Mrs. Eliza Barnhart has sold her house at Afton and will move here and live in part of the house with John Quinn.
•The contract for erecting the Fireman’s hall in Bovina Center has been let to Nelson Reynolds and James W. Archibald.
•Mrs. John Oliver, who has been housekeeper for Sloan Archibald, will complete her work there this week and will go to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Martin.

Death of Bovina Citizen
From our Bovina correspondent
       Silas T. Rockafeller, died at his home on what is known as the Ed. Dean farm in Bovina, about 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon July 20, from cancer of the stomach. He was born on the Little Delaware on the farm now owned by Will McFarland 60 years ago. Beside his wife, who was a daughter of the late “Cage” Corbin, of Bloomville, he leaves four sons. The funeral was held Thursday with interment in the Bovina Center cemetery.

A Bovina Wedding
Wednesdsay evening, July 21, Sloan Archibald and Miss Jennet Ellen hoy both of Bovina Center, were united in marriage by Rev. Thomas Graham, the pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian church.  The couple virtually stole a march on their friends, as until a few days previous there was not even an inkling that the couple had been casting goo-goo eyes at each other.  They were given one of the biggest skimmeltons held in Bovina in many moons.

Bovina Road Scrap
Town Board Refuses Application – the Petitioners Want Damages
By a vote of 4 to 2 the Bovina Town Board has denied the application of John M. Campbell, John Nichols, and Arthur Bergmann for a new road from the Butt End road up the valley on the opposite side of the stream from the present road and over the hill onto the Pink Street road.  The distance is 3 miles and it is estimated by the engineer, W.J. howland, that it would cost $1,000 per mile.  The property owners want over $2,000 damages.  There is no certainty that the road would be free from snow in winter, which is the reason given for wanting a new road.
Tuesday the Supervisor, Town Clerk and Town Superintendent were served with papers for the appointment of a commission.
A peculiar feature of the matter is that the petitioners not only want the road but want the town (whom it does not benefit) to pay them damages as well.

Bovina Man Has Leg Taken Off
Herbert Olmstead Caught in Knives of Mowing Machine Thursday 
Thursday afternoon while Herbert Olmstead was engaged in mowing with a machine at Frank Gownalock’s in Bovina he had his left leg nearly severed and a deep gash cut in the right.
In making the turn at a corner one horse got its tail over the line and without throwing the machine out of gear Olmstead stepped in front of the cut bar to loosen the line and as he did so the team started and the sharp knives cut him near the ankles, leaving the left foot hanging by only a small portion of skin.
Dr. Norris B. Whitcomb stopped the flow of blood as best he could and the injured man was hurried to the hospital at Delhi, when with the assistance of Dr. Ormiston the nearly severed foot was sewed on in the hope that it might be saved.
The foot had begun to turn black and on Sabbath the leg was amputated mid-way between the ankle and knee. [Herbert survived this accident and ended up moving to California, dying there in 1971.]

July 30, 1915
•Ward Baker, the violinist, has purchased a Ford Motor Car.
•The Logon, house, occupied by David Currie, is being shingled.
•The little child of James Boggs in upper Bovina, is ill with what is called wavey stomach. [This was Lauren James Boggs – he died in early August just shy of two months old.]
•Herbert Olmstead, who two weeks ago had his leg cut off in a mowing machine, was brought home from the hospital on Saturday.
•Harry Martin and William Oliver have purchased a motion picture machine and we understand expect to give an entertainment on one night of each week.
•The State Conservation Commission has notified the Bovina Center Water Company that before final approval is given of the system, their reservoir on Coulter Brook must be strengthened.
•The two year old son of Chas Heller, had the end of the middle finger on its right hand cut off in a lawn mower, while at W.J. Archibald’s.  A companion pushed the mower across the veranda and the child stuck its finger in the knives.  The physician amputated the finger near the first joint.

Bovina Man’s Pocket Book Stolen
Fred Henderson Takes Law in Own Hands and Secures his Money
A short time ago Fred Henderson, a Bovina farmer, hired a stranger to help in haying. Friday night the man tried to make out that some one was trying the steal the horses of his employer. Saturday Henderson’s pocket book was missing and the man apparently showed guilt.  Monday the man mailed a letter and Henderson finding this out insisted that he be shown its contents.  The man accompanied Henderson to the post-office and procuring the letter opened it.  He managed to slip the money into his hand then pulled out two postal cards claiming that this was all it contained.
Henderson resolved to take the law in his own hands and followed the hired man to the street where he seized him and throwing him chocked him until he revealed the money which amounted to $12.  Some change that was in the pocketbook was not recovered.

Bovina Has Three Deaths in 76 Hours
Michael Miller, 87, Mrs. Robert Forrest, 84 and Mrs. Jas Monroe Pass Away This week

Michael Miller
Michael Miller one of the oldest citizens of Bovina, passed away about 6 o’clock Wednesday evening, July 28 bring to a close a useful life at the advanced age of 87 years and two months.
He was born in Scotland on May 26, 1828, and when three years old came to America, with his parents William Miller and Isabelle Dickson, the family settling in Bovina where 84 years of his life had been spent. September 14, 1853, he was united in marriage with Sally McCune and for nearly 62 years they journeyed life’s pathway, the wife and mother being called to the other shore on March 24, of the present year – the first death in the family of four children and eight grandchildren.
He was a man of sterling character and beloved by all. He had held numerous places of trust, both in church and state affairs, among them being the office of county superintendent of the poor when the affairs of that office were administered by three men. He leaves two sons, John and William, and two daughters, Mrs. J.T. Barnhart and Bell Miller, all residents of Bovina, and eight grandchildren; also one brother, Gilbert D. Miller.
The funeral will be held at the U.P. church at 11 o’clock on Saturday.

Mrs. Robert Forrest
Mrs. Robert Forrest died at her home on Coulter Brook, after a brief illness, on Sabbath afternoon, July 25, at the ripe old age of 64 years.
Her maiden name was Mary McEachron, being a daughter of the late Alex McEachron, of Bovina, and she had spent practically all her life here. Her husband died many years ago and she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Walter Lunn of Auburn, Washington, and several grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday with interment in the Center cemetery.

Mrs. James Monroe
       Mrs. James Monroe died at her home in upper Bovina early on Wednesday morning, July 28, after a long illness, aged about 50 years. Some two years ago she suffered a shock and a year ago had a second shock which left her an invalid. She was a daughter of the late Francis Coulter of Coulter Brook, and her entire life had been spent in the town. Besides her husband she leaves two sons and two daughters. The funeral will be held Friday.

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