Tuesday, October 31, 2017

This Day in Bovina for October

James Archibald Boggs was born 133 years ago today, October 1, 1884, in Bovina, the son of Thomas Boggs and Jane Archibald Boggs.  He would spend his whole life in Bovina and run the family farm.  James was married three times.  He married first Elizabeth Felton in 1913.  They had one son who died at the age of two months.  Elizabeth died in 1918.  The following year, James married Edith Barnhart (my great aunt).  They would have five children, daughters Anna, Mary, Grace and Helen and son Clifford.  Grace died at the end of 1929.  In early 1930, Edith died after giving birth to Clifford (he died in 1933).  James married for the third time in 1947 to Catherine Cameron Kelsey.  He died in 1972 at the age of 87. Here’s a picture of James with his third wife, Catherine, taken by Bob Wyer in December 1951. 

101 ago today, on October 2, 1916, a milk strike led to the Bovina Center Co-Operative Creamery receiving milk from 37 farms, in addition to their regular patrons. These farms were located in South Kortright and Bloomville, as well as above Delhi, on the Little Delaware and at Glenburnie.  The Andes Recorder reported that these farms would continue to send their milk to Bovina “until the question of milk prices is settled.”

Aggie Jeanette Armstrong died 138 years ago today on October 3, 1875.  She was only two months old.  She was the daughter of Frank Armstrong and Jeanette Burns.  She was the second daughter named Agnes that they had lost.  In August 1872, three day old daughter, Aggie Bell Armstrong, died.

The Andes Recorder from 116 years ago today, October 4, 1901, reported that “The [Bovina] uptown creamery is now running full blast and is making 5 ¾ pounds of butter from each can of milk.”

123 years ago today, October 5, 1894, a baseball game was played at Indian Rocks.  Given that it was the Sabbath, it caused some controversy.  The Andes Recorder, when reporting this game in its Bovina column, stated that “how the game succeeded we do not know, but such actions as this should be stopped immediately.”

James, son of Alex Bryden near Lake Delaware, died in Fall Clove 118 years ago today, October 6, 1899, of spinal meningitis.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder: “He had ridden his bicycle over there and was quite warm and this may have had something to do with his illness.  The funeral was held from his home Monday at 11 o’clock, Rev. W.L.C. Samson, officiating, and the interment made here [Bovina cemetery].” He was 21 years old.  

Ninety seven years ago, on October 7, 1920, the Bovina Town Supervisor and Highway Superintendent requested that a proposition be placed on the November ballot to appropriate money for a “Steam Road Roller.”  The proposition was placed on the ballot, but the Andes Recorder later reported that on election day "Bovina taxpayers voted down a proposition to appropriate the sum of $4,680 for the purchase of a steam roller for use on the road.  The vote was a tie – 64 to 64." The appropriation was approved the following March at a special town meeting.  

121 years ago this morning, October 8, 1896, as later reported in the Andes Recorder's Bovina column, "Mt. Pisgah was white with snow, the first of the season. This was followed by a heavy frost that evening."

114 years ago today, October 9, 1903, the Catskill Mountain News reported in its Bovina column that “Hamilton Russell of Bovina is building a fine two-story house, 22 x 44 feet, with piazza in front, and equipped with all the modern improvements. John Tweedie is the mason and James Scott of New Kingston is the carpenter.” This house was on Mountain Brook Road and was later the Charles Rabeler farm.

110 years ago today on October 10, 1907, the first load of freight shipped to Bovina via the new station on the Delaware and Eastern at Andes was brought to town by Milton Hastings.  Previously, items shipped by railroad had to be picked up in Delhi.

122 years ago today, the October 11, 1895 Andes Recorder in the Bovina column had the following item: “A letter recently came to this post office addressed to, Miss Maggie, Bovina Centre, N.Y.  This shows one of the many thousands of examples of carelessness that floods the Dead Letter Office every year.”

Miss Nellie Myers died 117 years ago today, October 12, 1900.  She was only 20.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, “[s]he had been ill for several months, suffering with gatherings in the head.”  Gatherings in the head appear to be a term for sinus issues.  Nellie was the daughter of Alex Myers, house painter and his wife Isabella, who later was known as the town’s telephone operator.  Earlier in the year, Nellie had been hired to work at Jeremy Barnhart’s on Pink Street in March of 1900 and still was living at Barnhart’s when the 1900 census was taken in June.

124 years ago today, on October 13, 1893, James Coulter headed out for the Chicago World’s Fair.  In reporting this its Bovina column, the Andes Recorder noted that “others talk of going.  We say go, you will never regret it.”

106 years ago today, October 14, 1911, “The lady friends of Miss Jennie Miller made her a welcome home party .... All rejoiced that she is now able to see. Miss Miller was also presented with sum of money.” Jennie had traveled to New York the previous month for cataract surgery. This Jennie Miller was the daughter of David Miller and his second wife, Isabella Turnbull. She was the great aunt of Fletcher Davidson. Born in 1841, she died in 1925. This photo was in the collection of Celia Coulter. 

Rev. Joshua Kennedy died 126 years ago today on October 15, 1891.  He had been pastor of the Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bovina from 1865 to 1885.  Kennedy passed away in Green Castle, Pennsylvania, the town to where he had retired after leaving Bovina.  See the Bovina NY History blog entry for March 18 (http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/03/kennedy-vs-lee-part-i-libel-of-slander.html) and for March 24 (http://bovinanyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/03/kennedy-vs-lee-part-ii-bed-was-badly.html) for more information about Rev. Kennedy and his ‘dust-up’ with Rev. James B. Lee.

121 years ago, on October 16, 1896, as later reported in the Andes Recorder: “A rousing Republican meeting was held ….  Rev. W. L.C. Samson was chosen president, and a number of vice presidents also had places on the stage.  After an eloquent address the president introduced Professor T.H. Roberts of Brooklyn, who gave one of the best addresses ever delivered in Bovina, and in such a manner that every one who had any brains could see what the effect of free and unlimited coinage of silver would be to this country.  He showed that if all the silver bullion was coined no one would be able to get any more money except he had something to give in exchange for it.  Mr. Roberts is a clear and forcible speaker and fully explains the question in dispute.”

153 years ago today, on October 17, 1864, Gilbert D. Miller from Company E, 144th NY Volunteers, signed this document authorizing his father, William Miller, to cast a vote in his stead in the upcoming Presidential election.

156 years ago today, October 18, 1861, Christina Smith was paid 29.72 for teaching in the Coulter Brook School district between May 1 and September 30, 1861. Here’s the receipt for her payment.  

John W. Bramley died 118 years ago today, October 19, 1899, of diabetes, age 81 years. Fifteen months earlier, in July 1898, he was found passed out on the side of what is now Route 28, with his wagon and team about a mile or so ahead. Likely it was the diabetes that caused him to pass out. After his death, the Andes Recorder reported that, “He was born and always lived in this town and was one of our most extensive and best farmers.  He leaves a widow and four children – three sons John G, William and Fred and one daughter, Mrs. E.C. Dean.  The funeral will take place on Saturday at 11 o’clock from his late residence.”  He was living in the Bovina Center hamlet at his death, but spent much of his life on his farm on Bramley Mountain, which likely was located in the area of Reagan Road.

Ninety-nine years ago today on October 20, 1918, the first death in Bovina from the “prevailing influenza epidemic” occurred when Mrs. Loron Maxim, passed away at her home on the Hewitt farm up-town.  As later reported in the Andes Recorder, “The remains were taken to Hardenburgh, Ulster county, their former home, for interment.”  The Hewitt farm is now the home of Tom Groves on Mountain Brook Road.

A brief item from the Andes Recorder in its Bovina column reported that 122 years ago today, October 21, 1895, “Snow Monday morning.”

October 22, 1961, fifty-six years ago today, as later reported in the Delaware Republican Express, “Walter Reinertsen and his cousin Sverre Reinertsen of New York, were week-end guests at Walter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Reinertsen.”

140 years ago today on October 23, 1877, “the Hogaboom Bros., of Bovina, started a drove of cattle, sheep and calves … through to Rondout.”

104 years ago today, on October 24, 1910, this bill was issued to the Town of Bovina for bridge decking.  This appears to be the decking for a new bridge to the Bovina Center creamery.  The bridge was completed in November 1910. 

110 years ago tonight on October 25, 1907, as very briefly reported later in the Andes Recorder, “A party was held … at Frank Coulter’s.” Frank's place was the original Coulter family farm on Coulter Brook road, just over the bridge that goes over Coulter Brook.

140 years ago today, on October 26, 1877, Andrew T. Archibald was born in Bovina.  He would marry Mabel E. Johnston in 1901 and would have seven children, including an infant who died in 1913.  His surviving children included Mary (1903-1999), George (1905-1978), Elizabeth (1906-1986), Leonard (1909-1990), Marvin (1911-1987), and Herman (1913-1983).  Andrew died in 1963 and is buried in Bovina.

Ninety-one years ago today, on October 27, 1926, this bill was issued from the Standard Oil Company of New York to the Town of Bovina Highway Superintendent W.G. Coulter for "Furnishing and Applying Standard (6100 gallons of) Liquid Asphalt," for a total of $640.50.

108 years ago today, at 1 pm on October 28, 1909, W.J. Doig, of Bovina Center, had for sale at an auction the following items, as advertised in the Andes Recorder:  “5 cows, 2 horses, surry, rubber tired buggy, 2 buggies, 2-seated buckboard, lumber wagon, truck wagon, mowing machine, 3 set single and 1 of double light harness, heavy work harness, bobs, 2-seat pleasure sleigh, 2 cutters, buffalo and lap robes, blankets, whips, harrow, cultivator, grind stone, chains, crow-bars, sledge hammers, whiffletrees, hay rigging, straw from 95 dozen oats, 10 barrels apples, 3 piece parlor suit, stoves, bedsteads, springs writing desk, 2 bracket lamp, hall rack, hall map, etc.”  The Recorder later reported that the sale could not be completed on the 28th and was continued on election day. Doig was selling these items before heading out west to Crested Butte, Colorado, which he did by mid-November.  He settled in Gunnison, Colorado, where he was a coal miner, a rancher and then a hardware merchant.  He died in California in 1939 and was buried in Colorado.

Seventy-four years ago today, October 29, 1943, was the start of two days of distribution of "War Ration Book No. 4." These were issued at the Bovina Center school (now the Bovina Library). People coming for their new book were asked in the Delaware Republican Express to "bring War Ration Book 3 properly filled out." The paper went on to note that "Applications for War Ration Book 4 may be secured at the stores or at the Post Office or the schools. Fill out only one application for each family group."

108 years ago in the early morning, on October 30, 1909, Chas McPherson and his wife were instrumental in saving A.T. Doig’s store, later Russell’s, from going up in flames.  As reported in the Andes Recorder, the couple discovered the fire while coming home from a party.  “The fire was on the stoop at the lower side of store and fortunately was discovered before it had gained much headway and was put out before only slight damage was done.  It is supposed that the fire started from a spittoon that had been set out on the stoop the night before and there had probably been fire in it.”

Eighty-nine years ago on October 31, 1928, Mrs. Leon VanDusen held a Hallowe’en party Wednesday for the pupils of the primary room of the village school.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Remembering Two World War II Vets from Bovina

Five years ago this coming November, we unveiled the restored Bovina Roll of Honor – a roll of Bovina’s World War II vets. Two of the veterans on the roll, Stanley ‘Stub’ Hewitt and Gordon Rabeler, did the honors. Sadly, both of these gentlemen have passed away- within about 3 months of each other.
Gordon (left) and Stub (right) unveiling the Honor Roll on November 3, 2012.

Stub died on April 3, 2017, 20 days shy of his 93rd birthday. He was born on April 23, 1924, in Margaretville, the son of John W. and Laura (Alton) Hewitt. Stub grew up in Bovina and was a graduate of Andes Central School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WW II and was in Italy during the occupation of Europe. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home.
On December 13, 1947, he married Norah Travell Hewitt in Hobart, a union that lasted 63 years, until her passing in 2010. Stub was employed as a truck driver with Deltown Foods of Delhi, retiring after over 42 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Donald W. Gleason Post 190, Delhi, and the Oneonta Eagles. He was survived by his four children, ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Gordon E. Rabeler died on July 16, 2017 at the age of 94. He was born on February 10, 1923 to Henry and Eunice Rabeler in Leigh, Nebraska. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY as a chemical engineer. Gordon also served in World War II and was involved in the European campaign. He worked for over 40 years at International Paper Company in research where he received many awards for his contributions in the paper making industry. Gordon was an avid skier, skiing into his early 90s.
He was survived his three children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Kathryn, of 67 years. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 1917 - 100 Years Ago "In That Thriving Town"

Further reports appeared in the Andes Recorder in October on the deteriorating condition of Nelle Thomson. She had been taken to New York City for further treatment.

October 5, 1917
·       The masons are finishing the vault in the Bovina Center cemetery.
·       John W. McCune has completed the grading of the lawn about John Hilson’s new residence [This is now the home of Tom and Betty Hilson].
·       It is stated that the Greeks who have secured several dairies up-tow, will manufacture a brand of cheese which sells at $1 a pound.
·       Andrew T. Doig is having a concrete walk and stone steps put in front of his residence. John Tweedie, of Walton, is doing the work.
·       Mrs. M.M. Boggs left Tuesday morning for South Kortright, where she will be housekeeper at the James McLean mansion thru the winter.

October 12, 1917
·       A party was held at Joshua Hafele’s last Friday evening.
·       W.S. Whitcomb, of Walton, is visiting his son, Dr. Whitcomb.
·       Robert G. Thomson was home from New York over Sabbath, returning on Monday, to change Mrs. Thomson to the Memorial hospital.
·       While Charles Maner, on the Maynard farm, was backing out of the barn he backed off the bridgeway but escaped without injury to himself or to the horses.
·       Charles Maner, who has occupied Wm. H. Maynard’s farm in upper Bovina, has purchased the farm of Mrs. Philip Lasher at East Delhi.  The price including the personal property is $17,000.

October 19, 1917
·       John Blair has re-laid the stone walk in front of his residence.
·       The V.I.S. will give a Hallowe’en social in the town hall on the evening of October 26.
·       Mrs. Estella Oliver, who is housekeeper for Frank Gowanlock, fell on the stones at the rear of the house and bruised her knee quite severely.
·       Mrs Robert G. Thomson underwent an operation in New York on Monday for obstruction of the kidney.  She also had an operation last spring.  Her condition is serious.

October 26, 1917
·       Mrs. N.B. Whitcomb went to Walton on Tuesday to spend a week.
·       The Town Board of Education is building an addition to the school house in the Ed Coulter district. [This is the school district on Russell Hill Road.]
·       Two auto loads of Liberty Loan promoters were thru Bovina on Tuesday and it is supposed that they were very successful.
·       The pupils of the E.L. Coulter district, Bovina will hold a social at the home of William T. Russell on Friday evening, November 2. Everybody invited.