Friday, July 10, 2020

July 1920 - 100 Years Ago "in that Thriving Town"

Here's what was happening in Bovina 100 years ago this month, including a couple of changes of position, changing houses and installation of electric lights. 

July 2, 1920
William Rogers, of New York, has arrived at his summer home at Lake Delaware.
From the income tax funds distributed in Delaware county, Bovina will receive $655.20.
Miss Susie Crosier has completed her school at South Gilboa, and returned to her home at the Butt End.
Harold Smith, who has been employed at Skyland’s Farm, Sterlington, N.Y., has given up his position and is visiting his parents.
It is reported that Harry Martin, who is employed of the Dry Milk plant, will leave Bovina in the near future and take a position near Syracuse.

July 9, 1920
Lauren Dickson and William Gordon left Thursday for a visit to New York.
Miss Margaret Gordon has gone to Fall Clove to spend some time at the Scott homestead.
Andrew T. Doig delivered a Cadillac limousine to Judge M. Linn Bruce at Andes, this week.
Benj. Mead collided with another auto at Meredith Square on Monday and his car was badly wrecked.
Harry Robinson has purchased of Harry Martin the John R. Hoy house, the purchase price being $1,800.  Mr. Martin is at Charlotteville and will probably move there.
The remains of Mrs. John T. Miller, who died June 30, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Moore, at Hobart, were brought here on Friday and burial made in the Bovina Center cemetery.  She was a native of the town, her maiden name being Ellen Thomson.  Her age was over 80 years.

Resigned as Superintendent
Robert G. Thomson, who for several years has been superintendent of the Dry Milk plant at Bovina Center, has resigned.

Honeymooning in Europe
Bovina Girl on Way to Visit Scenes in War Zone
Mrs. J.L. Dickson has announced the marriage of her daughter, Mary, to George Ensign Baldwin, of Albany, N.Y., in Pittsfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 23, 1920.  Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin sailed from New York City on the Olympic, July 8, for Europe, where they will spend the summer.  They will tour England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Italy and the principal points of interest in the war zone.

July 16, 1920
The plumbers are at John McCune’s installing improvements.
Miss Jennie Miller has sold her house in Bovina Center to James A. Gow.
Miss Leila Miller, of Walton, is with her uncle, William T. Miller, during the haying season.
Miss Louise Dennis is spending a few days at the home of Herman Sanford, in New Kingston.
Ice cream will be served at Harry Robinson’s on Saturday evening, for the benefit of the two missionary societies.
The United Presbyterian manse is being put in shape for the new pastor, Rev. Crawford, who is expected to arrive on Friday with his family.  The interior is being painted and papered.

Team Ran Away
The team of colts of D.C. Worden in Bovina ran away Tuesday morning and after a general mix-up in which one horse fell down and they changed sides they ran home.  A young lad in the wagon was thrown out but escaped serious injury.

July 23, 1920
Eli Felton had a cow killed by lightning recently.
Claude Erkson and wife attended the minstrels at Delhi on Monday evening.
There was a heavy downpour of rain Wednesday night [Jul 21], washing roads in some places.
Miss Caroline Dickson, who has a government position in Washington, arrived home Friday for a vacation.  Next year she will take up teaching and has a position on Long Island.

Death Claims Bovina Resident
S.R. Seacord of Southern Bovina, passed away July 18
Stephen R. Seacord died at his home in southern Bovina on Sabbath, July 18.  He had been in poor health for several years and death was due to hardening of the arteries, kidney trouble and other complications.  For the past year or two his mind has been a blank and he has been a constant charge.
Mr. Seacord was born on the farm where he died 63 years ago.  He is survived by his wife, who was Annie McDivitt, one son Ed Seacord at home and three daughters, Mrs. Gordon Coulter in Delhi, Mrs. John Sweet at Syracuse, and Mable, at Walden, N.Y. also two sisters, Mrs. H.G. Bramley and Mrs. Thomas Fuller, both living in Bovina.
Funeral was held on Wednesday from his late home and interment made in the Andes Cemetery.

July 30, 1920
Attorney Ernest Bergman, of New York , is with Bovina relatives.
Electricians are wiring the buildings of Alex Hilson and Hilson Bros for electric lights.
Mr. and Mrs. James Elliott and son, of New Kingston, were here on Sabbath to attend church.
Postmaster and Mrs. Fred Youmans, of Delhi, and a United States postoffice inspector were in town Monday.  

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