Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 1916 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"

From the Andes Recorder
A major wind storm did significant damage in Southern Bovina, while a former Bovina pastor returned for a visit and Charles Russell took over the family farm. At the end of the month, Mrs. John Elliott barely made it back to Bovina after unsuccessful cancer treatment in New York City. 

September 1, 1916
·       Most of the schools in town will open next Tuesday.
·       The chief attraction for our people this week has been the fair at Delhi.
·       Mrs. Earl Shaw, of Albany, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Thomson.
·       Thursday the Bovina and Roxbury nines played ball at the latter place and Roxbury won by a score of 13 to 6.

Cyclone Hits Southern Bovina
Eighty-Eight Trees Blown Down at Thos A. Raitt’s- other damage
            A cyclone struck southern Bovina Sabbath afternoon and did considerable damage.  Starting at the Boy’s Camp conducted by Robert l. Gerry on what is known as the Wight place, it blew down the doctor’s tent and uprooted some twenty apple trees.
            The greatest damage was done on the farm of Thos A. Raitt where 88 trees were either up-rooted or twisted off.  Trees eighteen inches to two feet in diameter went down before the fury of the storm.  Among the trees were twenty apple trees and five or six pear trees and the others were in the woods.  Nearly all the apples were whipped off the remainder of the orchard.  The other trees taken were in the woods but fortunately the sap bush escaped.  A rocking chair which was in the front yard was picked up and carried about eight rods.
            From Raitt’s the cyclone skipped over the hill and again swooped down at E.R. Worden’s at the top of the hill on the Turnpike.  There an apple tree, a maple tree and an elm were its victims. The next swoop of the instrument of destruction was made into the head of Gladstone Hollow.  At James L. Doig’s two chimneys were torn off his residence, an oak tree fell onto the milk house and smashed it, and some fruit trees and smashed it, and some fruit trees were torn up by roots.  What damage was done further on we have not learned.

September 8, 1916
·       The frame is up for John Hilson’s new house.
·       Miss Maggie Storie is having her residence re-painted.
·       Robert G. Thomson has purchased new automobile – a Saxon six.
·       Charles Mullnix will soon move to Illion, N.Y., where he has employment in a gun factory.
·       Mason W. Pressley preached in the U.P. church Sabbath morning to a large audience. Many former Bovina people were in town to hear him. 
·       A new bridge with steel stringers and concrete floor will soon be put in on Miller avenue.  This has always been a dangerous place with its high banks and no fenders and a continual mud hole.  The bridge will be raised. 

September 15, 1916
·       Mrs. John T. Miller, who has been spending some time with her dauter, Mrs. Fred More, at Hobart, has returned to Bovina.
·       Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell will move here from Binghamton and take possession of the farm of this father, Hamilton Russell, in upper Bovina. [Charles was the brother of Cecil Russell.]
·       On Friday, September 22, the J.W. Coulter Hose Co will have a ball game, a Chicken Pie supper and an entertainment in the evening. Come and help the fire laddies.
·       Mr. and Mrs. John A. Irvine have issued invitations for the marriage of their daughter, Isabel, to Cecil Russell son of Hamilton Russell, at their home on Coulter Brook, September 20.

September 22, 1916
·       Farmers are busy filling silos.
·       The Chapel at Lake Delaware is receiving a new dress of paint.

September 29, 1916
·       Miss Shirley Miller is visiting her brother at St. Paul, Minnesota. [Shirley lived on the John Miller farm on Pink Street. She was the daughter of John M. and Bertha Miller. This farm later became Suits-Us farm.]
·       Charles Russell will take possession of his father’s farm next Monday.
·       Mr. Henry has taken possession of William Boggs’ farm which he recently purchased.
·       From their entertainment last Friday night the J.W. Coulter Hose Company netted $40.  A ball game in the afternoon between Bovina and Delhi resulted in favor of the home team by a score of 7 to 6.
·       Mrs. John Elliott died at her home in Bovina Center at 1:30 Sabbath morning, September 24, aged 55 years.  About a month ago she underwent an operation for cancer in a New York hospital but with no beneficial results.  She was brought home Saturday evening in charge of Dr. Whitcomb and a nurse and died about five hours later.  Her maiden name was Ella Squires and she was born in New Kingston, and married Mr. Elliott 33 years ago.  Besides her husband she leaves one daughter, Mrs. William C. Burns.  The funeral was held Tuesday with interment in the Center cemetery.

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