Tuesday, July 31, 2018

This Day in Bovina for July

136 years ago today, on July 1, 1882, the Delaware Republican reported that "Andrew Brown, of Bovina, has been making a six weeks trip through the west, visiting his sons in Iowa and relatives in Michigan. He returned last Saturday." Andrew was born in Bovina in 1816. He was married twice and was the father of about 15 children, many of whom died in childhood. The sons he was visiting in Iowa likely were James and Andrew, sons from his first marriage. Andrew died a little over a year after his trip west in November 1883 from blood poisoning caused by a hog bite.

100 years ago today, on July 2, 1918, the Bovina Town Board resolved "to lease a Ford one ton truck of the value of $775 from the dealer … and pay for it at the rate not to exceed $10 a day for every day that it is used…"

130 years ago today, the Bovina column of the July 3, 1888 Stamford Mirror reported that "Henry Brush, of Wisconsin, son of Alex. Brush a former resident of this town, is visiting relatives here."

Sixty-three years ago today, on July 4, 1955, Cecil and Isabell Russell celebrated Independence Day with Cecil's brother and sister-in-law Charles and Hildreth Russell. As Isabell later reported in her diary, "we ate on the side lawn had our new picnic table. Had hot dogs & hamburgers, scalloped potatoes. I made white cake & had Ice cream." She reported that they later took a drive to the dam, likely meaning the newly constructed Downsville Dam, which created the Pepacton Reservoir. Marjorie likely took this picture, taken during the picnic on the side lawn of their home.

107 years ago today, on July 5, 1911, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Daniel Calhoun, in southern Bovina, had three cows killed by lightning…."

Seventy-eight years ago, on July 6, 1940, as announced in the Delaware Republican, "the appraisal of the estate of the late William T. Miller.." was held. The appraisers were John Thompson and Maurice Hall. Miller died the previous month in Bovina at the age of 70. He was a widower, his wife having died in 1926. He was the last surviving child of Michael Miller and Sally (McCune) Miller. And he was my great great uncle.

135 years ago today on July 7, 1883, as later reported in the Stamford Mirror, George Cable won the Bovina glass ball shooting match. "This badge is a gold one of beautiful design, and is contended for at each meeting by members of the club." Glass ball shooting orginated in the mid 1860s.

These two chauffeur license pictures of Ernie Russell were taken by Bob Wyer in May 1949 and May 1952. Ernest Coulter Russell was born in 1905, the son of Francis and Adalaid (Coulter) Russell. He was a second cousin of Cecil Russell. Ernie married Dorothy Drew in 1933. They had two sons, Ronald (1839-1985) and Dave. Ernie passed away in 1969. Wyer images courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association. 

Ninety one years ago today, on July 9, 1927, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "The Ford car of Ralph Hafele and the Overland of Wilford Barnhart collided … at the Dennis corner in Bovina Center." This corner is where Bramley Mountain Road comes out onto County Route 6. The newspaper went on to report that "the corner is a dangerous one." Hafele, traveling with his wife and child, were driving down the main street while Barnhart and his family were coming down the steep pitch at the end of Bramley Mountain Road. The paper noted that while both cars were badly damaged, with "the Ford getting the worst of it." There were no injuries other than "slight bruises."

Sixty-six years ago today, the July 10, 1952 Delaware Republican Express reported in its Bovina column that "Mr. and Mrs. Edward Coleman of New York City were Saturday night guests of her sisters, Janet and Elizabeth McKenzie. They closed their house and left on Sunday for Newark, N.J., where on Friday they leave by Transatlantic Airway for Scotland."

160 years ago today, on July 11, 1858, Isabella Aitkin Archibald was born, the daughter of George and Jane (Anderson) Archibald. She married Alexander A. Hilson on February 9, 1887 and was the mother of six children, including John Hamilton Hilson, the grandfather of a number of Hilson family members still in Bovina. Isabella was widowed in 1923 and died in 1934.

137 years ago, on July 12, 1881, the Delaware County Clerk sent a letter to Bovina's Town Supervisor, David Black, concerning a mistake made in establishing a trial jury list for the town. 

Ninety seven years ago today, on the morning of July 13, 1921, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Charles A. McPherson was coming to the creamery" when "the hold back strap broke on the Myers pitch and let the wagon onto the horse." He was able to stop the horse near Hilson's store. The paper noted that he did this "without colliding with any of the numerous teams and no damage was done."

These two photos of Herbert Huggans were taken by Bob Wyer almost a decade apart. The first in May 1943, the second in May 1952. Herbert was born in 1902, the son of Byron and Dorra Huggans. His sister was Josephine Huggans Noonan. Herbert operated a farm on Bramley Mountain for many years. He died suddenly in 1964, leaving his wife Julia and son Richard, as well as his sister Josephine. Wyer images courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association. 

Seventy-five years ago today, July 15, 1943, the Bovina column of the Delaware Republican Express reported that "Several children from here are availing themselves of the opportunity for swimming instruction offered to them by the Red Cross at Silver Lake."

Catherine McNaught McCune died 144 years ago today on July 16, 1874. Born in Scotland in 1796, she married John McCune, who died in 1850. She had ten children, including Sarah Ann (Sally) McCune, who was my great great grandmother. Catherine is buried in the Bovina cemetery (her husband's grave is in South Kortright).

103 years ago, on July 17, 1915, Herbert Olmstead, a Bovina farmer, was injured when he was cut by a mower machine. The accident was later reported by the Otsego Farmer (Cooperstown) newspapers: "Herbert Olmstead, a Bovina farmer, was taken to the hospital at Delhi Saturday night by Drs. Scott and Whitcomb of Bovina Center suffering from severe cuts on both lower legs. While mowing with a machine late in the afternoon Mr. Olmstead backed his team to turn a corner, when one of the horses caught a reign under its tail and without thinking of the danger Mr. Olmstead stepped in front of the cutbar to loosen the rein. At that instant the horses started and the sharp knives caught him near the ankles, cutting into the bones of the left foot and making a bad gash in the right foot." Olmstead was born in 1888. He appears to have recovered from this accident, though the injury kept him from service in World War One. Olmstead moved around in New York. By 1920, he was living in the Syracuse area. By the time of his death in 1971, he was living in California. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood. (A number of noted movie and television personalities are buried here.)

Sixty-six years ago today, the July 18, 1952 Catskill Mountain News reported in its Bovina column the following: "Four fresh air children have arrived in Bovina. They are Kenneth and Tommy Lee of New York city, for a two-week vacation with David Roberts; James Benites of the Bronx, guest of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Archibald; Joseph Maraldo of Queens,k guest of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Schabloski."

Sixty-seven years ago today, on July 19, 1951, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, Bovina firemen were hosts to the Tri-County firemans association annual meeting…." The meeting took place at the Fish and Game club on Coulter Brook Road.

110 years ago today, on July 20, 1908, this statement was issued by the Bovina Cooperative Creamery Company for the estate of the late William L. White, who died in 1907. White's farm was on Coulter Brook Road and must still have been in operation. The Bovina Cooperative Creamery was located on New Road on what was then the McFarland Farm. The creamery closed sometime in the 1920s. 

Fifty one years ago today, July 21, 1967, a cloud burst caused considerable damage to the roads on Bramley Mountain. As later reported in the Walton Reporter, "Clark Lay, Bovina highway superintendent and his men, had a big job of replacing water courses along the road and restoring driveways, but early this week he was pretty much on top of the job with a big assist from county highway workers who turned out to help him Monday."

138 years ago today, on July 22, 1880, the Stamford Mirror reported the following in its Bovina column: "A young man, known among his intimate friends by the name of 'Beecher,' proposed to go to 'Bragg Hollow' a few evenings ago, but was seriously annoyed by some wicked fellows who hid his sulky, and also threw a pail of water upon him, wetting his good clothes." Bragg Hollow is now known as Crescent Valley Road.

Last month we featured George Trimbell. This month is his wife's turn. These photographs of Anna Trimbell were taken by Bob Wyer in May 1971. With her husband she ran Crescent Valley Farms for many years. Anna Schoenwolf first married Otto Kriesel, by whom she had her son Robert. Otto died in an accident in 1945. She married George Trimbell in 1947. They had three sons, Linnell, Byron and Derwood. She died in 1989 at the age of 71. Wyer images courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association.

104 years ago today, on July 24, 1914, Jane Maynard died. Born in 1849, she was the daughter of Hector and Esther Cowan. She married Archibald Maynard in 1875. She would have four children, but only one, her son William H. Maynard, would survive to adulthood. Jane was widowed in 1900.

Ninety-six years ago today, on Friday, July 25, 1924, St. James Chapel at Lake Delaware was consecrated, two years to the day after the cornerstone had been laid. The chapel was built by Angelica L. Gerry as a memorial to her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Livingston. The Catskill Mountain News reported that this ceremony was to take place, noting that "Miss Gerry's outlay in time and money to provide this unique set of buildings is generally estimated to run into several hundred thousands of dollars."

Seventy-eight years ago today, the Bovina column in the July 26, 1940 Walton Reporter had these items: 1) About 50 people enjoyed a chicken roast at H.F. Davidson's Friday evening. 2) Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Reinertsen of Brookly are visiting his cousin, Mr. Andrew Reinertsen and family. 3) Misses June and Jean Schloss, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Schloss, and Misses Reta and Reva Smith, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, all of Walton, have been visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Smith. (The Smiths lived in the Mountain Brook area of Bovina.)

124 years ago today, the July 27, 1894 Andes Recorder noted in its Bovina column that "If the pathmaster of the road from the village to the turnpike would cause the stones to be thrown out, he would receive the thanks of the public."

107 years ago today, July 28, 1911, the Bovina correspondent of the Andes Recorder, reported that "G.D. Miller is exhibiting a ripe tomato, picked in his garden, that weights 1 1/2 pounds."

Bob Wyer took this license photo of Delbert Dickson in May 1956. Born in 1906, Del was married and widowed twice. His first wife, Grace, died of measles and other complications in 1929. He married Carrie Dumond in 1930. She passed away in 1972. Delbert worked for a number of years for the county highway department, retiring in 1967. He died in the Delhi Infirmary in December 1986. Wyer image courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association. Image - Passport A3595 Dickson Del

Sixty-four years ago, on July 30, 1954, as later reported in the Catskill Mountain News, "The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bovina Fire department, who marched for the first time wearing their new uniforms at the Old Home day in Unadilla July 30, were honored by receiving first prize in appearance." Here’s Peg Robson modeling the uniform before the 1956 Bovina Old Home Day. 

Eighty-nine years ago today, the Bovina column in the July 31, 1929 Delaware Republican reported that "Charles A. McPherson had a narrow escape when he was thrown from a hay load, caused by the double whiffletree breaking when going in the barn. The wagon ran back down the bridgeway and he was thrown off." A whiffletree (sometimes called a whippletree or leader bar) is a device used for a horse drawn vehicle. It balances the pull from each side of the animal.

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