Friday, April 30, 2021

This Day in Bovina for April 2021

Here's the compilation of the daily entries on the Town of Bovina Facebook page for April:

135 years ago today, the April 1, 1886 Hobart Independent reported that "Thos. H. Lee, son of Rev. Dr. Lee of Bovina, is now a clerk in the New York Custom House, Auditor's office, with a salary of $1,400 per annum."

Forty-six years ago today, the April 2, 1975 Walton Reporter published this photo of Bovina and Delhi Fire Department members who received certificates of completion of the essentials of firemanship course. 

183 years ago today, the April 3, 1838 St. Johnsbury Caledonian (Vermont) newspaper under a column labeled Agricultural carried a Bovina farmer's remedy for preventing rust in wheat. This likely is Scottish born Walter Scott (1776-1840), son of Adam Scott. 

Eighty-one years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 4, 1940 Delaware Republican reported that "The school bus is on the road again this week." The same column also reported that "Mr. and Mrs. James Hoy and son James were at Delhi the first of the week.." as were "Mr and Mrs. Lester Hoy and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Russell and son Ronnie …"

Twenty-three years ago today, on April 5, 1998, this photograph was taken of the Bovina U.P. Church choir. The members are (left to right) Pat Parsons (Miele), Marie Burns, Marge Burgin, Leona LaFever, Lois Monroe, Anna Lounsbury, Frances Burns, Lauren Monroe, Thelma Barlow, Joe Dibble and Enid Carter.

Eighty-seven years ago today, the April 6, 1934 Delaware Express reported that the "Bovina girls ended their season of basketball Friday night, playing South Kortright. Bovina girls won."

Ninety-nine years ago today, the April 7, 1922 issue of the Andes Recorder reported in the Bovina column "Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Boggs, in upper Bovina, March 29, a daughter - Anna Elizabeth." Anna would marry first Glenn Hobbie then after his death, Harold Lounsbury. Anna died in 2009.

124 years ago today, the April 8, 1897 Clarion Democrat (Pennsylvania), in a column entitled Farm Notes, had this item: "Bovina (N.Y.) farmers think that the grasshoppers working on the hay and straw the past season is the cause of so much sickness among cows and horses there this winter."

172 years ago today, the April 9, 1849 Delaware Gazette carried this ad for Herrick's Sugar Coated Pills and Kid Strengthening Plasters. One of the agents selling these products was B.F. Griswold, Bovina. Griswold actually was probably from Walton. 

138 years ago today, the April 10, 1883 Stamford Mirror had this item in its Bovina column: "A young man from Bulgaria, at present a member of the junior class of the Hamilton College, delivered a lecture in the U.P. Church, on Wednesday eve. A collection amounting to about $19 was taken up to assist the lecturer in obtaining his education."

Thirty years ago today, the April 11, 1991 Mirror Recorder carried this Bovina column by Ann Cairns:  

102 years ago today, the Bovina column of the April 12, 1919 Delaware Republican reported that "Hale Elliott, who has been laid up several weeks with injuries received by a fall in the dry milk plant, has returned to his work there." He was born in 1890 and died in 1980.

Seventy-seven years ago today, the April 13, 1944 issue of the Delaware Republican Express reported the following: "At the Easter service at the Bovina United Presbyterian Church the following babies were baptized: Marianne Hilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Hilson; Mary Coulter Parsons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Parsons; Donald Alan Burns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Burns; Robert Laidlaw Wilson, son of Mrs. Robert Wilson; Lee Gary Archibald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Archibald; Martha Rae Jardine and Richard Alan Jardine, children of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jardine."

198 years ago, on April 14, 1823, days of highway work were assessed for property owners in Bovina highway district 14. Before the imposition of road taxes in the early 20th century, roads were maintained by assessing days of work on the property owners around the roads. They either had to carry out the work or hire someone to do it. Where this district was located cannot be precisely determined, but it may have been in the area of Pink Street.

Ten years ago today, this article and photo appeared in the April 15, 2011 Delaware County Times celebrating the Bovina Public Library's Readers of the Year.

Seventy-nine years ago today, the Bovina column in the April 16, 1942 Delaware Republican reported that "Jean Ditty of New York City spent the past week in town with Mr. and Mrs. A. Gardner." I don’t know who either of these people are. If anyone can enlighten me, I’m happy to hear from you. 

111 years ago today, on April 17, 1910, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Wilson McFarland died in upper Bovina …. at 7 a.m. He was taken with lagrippe on Friday and this was complicated by heart trouble. He was born in town of Roxbury in the Plattekill valley 71 years ago April 2. When only about a year old his mother died and he was taken by his grandfather, James Thomson at the 'stone house' and had always remained there. He is survived by an aunt, Miss Lydia Thomson, one sister, Mrs. Nancy Jane Ackerly, of Margaretville, and a half-brother, Milton McFarland, of Delhi." The funeral took place on the 19th and he was buried in the Bovina cemetery.

Forty-three years ago today, on the evening of April 18, 1978, the Bovina Historical Society offered one-night courses in genealogy, with Fletcher Davidson; cake decorating, with Gladys Lay and Ann Cairns; and Chinese cookery, with Nancy Hilson and Eleanor Damgaard. The fee was $1. These photos are ones I took during the evening. Also included, though ironically, not photographed, was Hugh Lee teaching about photography. 

168 years ago today, on April 19, 1853, an auction was held at the farm of William Mitchell. This is the advertisement from the April 12, 1853 Bloomville Mirror. 

140 years ago today, on April 20, 1881, as later reported in the Bovina column of the Stamford Mirror, "The household goods of the late Mrs. Kendall were sold at public auction…. Dan Franklin auctioneer." This likely is Jane Tuttle Kendall, who died in February 1881 at the age of 61. She was the daughter of William Tuttle and Sarah Carman and was married to Charles Kendall. I cannot determine when she married him. Her will file uses her maiden name with a reference to being also known as Jane Kendall.

116 years ago today, the Bovina column of the Andes Recorder for April 21, 1905 reported these items: "William McPherson was in town on Saturday.  His father, Ferris McPherson suffering severely with cancer of the face." Ferris would die about 10 months later in February 1906.

Fifty-six years ago, the April 22, 1965 Delaware Republican Express reported that "Bovina maple producers have had a poor year up to now, but the last few days they have had a splendid run of good quality syrup, which will help out a lot to bring the run up to near average."

153 years ago today, on April 23, 1868, Jane Black Murray died. She was born in Scotland in 1789, though we don't know who her parents were. She married William Murray in Scotland and would have nine children, most of whom were born in Bovina. Her husband survived her by 4 years, dying in 1872. They are both buried in the Associate Presbyterian Church cemetery on Reinertsen Hill Road.

Eighty-two years ago today, on April 24, 1939, Ronald James Russell was born, the elder son of Ernest and Dorothy Russell. He was joined by a brother David in 1941. Ron died in 1985 at the age of 45, after battling diabetes and kidney disease. This photo of Ron and Dave was taken in April 1944 by Bob Wyer (image courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association). 

This picture of Mary Jardine and Marjorie Russell was taken thirty-four years ago today, April 25, 1987. 

131 years ago today, the April 26, 1890 Bovina column of the Delaware Republican reported that "D. Dickson is in New York this week buying goods." I'm not 100% sure who this is, but it might be a reference to Dr. Gilbert Dickson, who ran a store in the building that is now the Brushland Eating House.

142 years ago today, on April 27, 1879, Hanna Halstead died. She was born in 1801, the daughter of William Halstead. Unfortunately, we don't know a lot about her except that she was living for a number of years with her brother John. In the 1860 census, she's listed as the head of household. She is buried in the Bovina Center cemetery.

Eighty-eight years ago today, the April 28, 1933 Delaware Express had this list of students in the Bovina Center school who made the Honor Roll. [Note - Ray Storie should be Rae Storie, who later married Gene Vandenbord.]

164 years ago today, the April 29, 1857 Delaware Gazette reported on a late snowstorm that hit "the Western and Southern States." New England was spared but apparently not New York. The Delaware County area was reported as having a "full seven feet, and some think nearer eight feet of snow ... during the two storms." There was mild weather between the two storms, allowing some of the snow to melt and settle. "Some ten or twelve barns and sheds in this village [Delhi] and vicinity were crushed in…A Mrs. Snooks, of Bovina, lost three cows and had another badly injured, by the falling of a barn." Mrs. Snooks' farm was on the lower end of Lee Hollow just above the Hook.

144 years ago today, on April 30, 1877, Jane Patterson Dysart died. Born in 1804, she married Peter Dysart and would have two children, both of whom would predecease her. Her son Robert died in October 1863 of typhoid on Folly Island in North Carolina while with the NY 144th Infantry. She lost an infant daughter in 1850. She was survived by an illegitimate grandson. More about her son Robert may be found at

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The People of the County Who Knew Him Will Long Remember Tom Gordon

Thomas Gordon died unexpectedly 100 years ago on April 22, 1921. The Town of Bovina mourned his loss. He was Bovina’s Town Clerk at the time of his death and was a teacher in Bovina and the area for many years, particularly remembered for his excellent penmanship.
Gordon had his roots in Scotland and came to America under somewhat unusual circumstances. Thomas was born in Crossmichael, a town in Southwestern Scotland, on 20 September 1845. He attended school in nearby Castle Douglas and appears to have briefly taught in the area.
Thomas and his friend Adam Murray decided they wanted to come to America (they already had family there). While they told their parents they wanted to go there for work, their real reason was to enlist in the Union Army fighting in the U.S. Civil War. On July 20, 1864, they arrived in New York City having sailed on the Westminster from Liverpool. They traveled to Delhi to stay with family, including Thomas’s uncle Samuel Gordon. On September 7, 1864, they enlisted, both serving as substitutes.
Thomas was a substitute for Henry Dowie from Andes, likely without Henry’s knowledge. Henry’s mother had told Thomas that she “beseeched [his father] to procure a substitute without Harries knowledge...” She knew that her son would not agree to doing this, thus the need for secrecy. Whether Henry ever found out is not known but considering that he lived until 1920 and stayed in the area, it seems he would have found out at some point.
Thomas and Adam had hoped to serve together but were quickly separated. Thomas, because of his excellent penmanship, was assigned to the Adjunct General’s office in Washington, DC and never saw combat. He was disappointed because he wanted to be in the 144th, though Mrs. Dowie was much relieved that he was not on the front lines. Thomas made repeated requests to go to the 144th but to no avail. His cousin, John Gordon of Delhi, thought that climate- wise, his situation in Baltimore would be preferable to the more humid climate of Hilton Head, South Carolina, where the 144th was located at the time.
Murray joined the 46th NY Volunteers and was in regular communication with Thomas. They were close enough to meet in person a couple of times. Less than a month before the end of the war Adam was killed outside Petersburg, Virginia, leaving behind his grieving family in Scotland and many friends, including Thomas. On April 3, Thomas and his unit marched through Petersburg. In a letter to a friend, he noted “I would have enjoyed two or three hours in the city fine if Poor Adam had been alive but as it was I had no heart for anything.”
Adam Murray, Delaware County Historical Association
It was left to Thomas to notify Adam’s family and send back to them his personal effects. This was challenging for him because they had not told the Murray family that Adam had enlisted. Adam would send letters home first to Delhi and have them posted from there. Thomas wrote to Adam’s father Robert Murray at the end of March and on April 20, Murray wrote back. He noted that “Adam’s death at any time would have been a heavy blow to his mother and me; but I need scarcely say that owing to the way in which he left us, and also to the fact that he never acknowledged to us that he was in the army, we feel his sudden and bloody death more than we would otherwise have done.” Adam’s father had not been in total ignorance of the situation, as he wrote in his letter. Thomas’ brother in Scotland had told Robert “a considerable time ago that my fears were verified; for I feared from the beginning that he would fall into the army.”
Thomas wrote to Robert again in May with details about Adam’s burial. He wrote “Adam was buried in a grave by himself and as he was a noncommissioned officer the spot is marked with a headboard.” He asked Robert what inscription he would like on the stone and what kind of stone (marble, granite or sandstone).  The marble stone that Thomas arranged to replace the wooden one says “Green be the turf above, thee Friend of my early day. None knew thee but to love thee, Time named thee but to praise.”
Gravestone of Adam Murray. From Find A Grave. Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Dinwiddie County, Virginia
Thomas came back to Delhi after his discharge in May 1865 and lived with his Hammond cousins. He started his long career as a teacher, teaching in the Bovina and Delhi area for over thirty years. By 1868 he had already taught 10 terms. Most of his time was spent in Bovina, having taught in almost every district in the town. He was principal of the school in the Bovina Center hamlet for several years. Students who took his penmanship lessons to heart were noted for their excellent handwriting.
In that era, it was usual for teachers to be boarded around the district. Gordon recollected years later that he often seemed to be put in a cold bedroom. In one instance at least, the farmer’s wife would heat up a stick of stove wood, wrap it in cloths, and give it to him to take to bed and place on his feet.
In 1871, he was married to Mary Jane Oliver, with whom he had two children, John, born in 1871 and Maggie, born in 1878. The family lived in Bovina until around 1887. During this time in Bovina, as well as teaching, Thomas served as Bovina’s Town Supervisor from 1885-1887. Shortly after his term ended, he moved to the farm of his wife’s family on Glenburnie Road in Delhi and was there for about a decade.
Thomas Gordon's "first family," - wife Mary Oliver Gordon, Ann Oliver (Mary's sister), daugher Maggie Ann Gordon , son John Gordon and Thomas Gordon, c. 1890. The photograph they are sitting around is that of his friend Adam Murray, who died in the Civil War. (Courtesy Delaware County Historical Association)

What may have triggered him to leave this farm was a double tragedy at the end of 1896 and early 1897. His eighteen-year-old daughter Maggie died in November 1896. Six weeks later, Thomas lost his wife, Mary Jane. This led to Mary’s sister Ann Oliver ‘losing her reason.’ From later letters, it appears she never really recovered.
Thomas sold his cows on the farm a month after the death of his wife. By the end of February 1897 he was working as a clerk in the store of Alexander Hilson in Bovina and settled back in the town around that time. [Ironically, he ended up buying the Oliver family farm in 1902 as part of an estate settlement after the death of his wife. He sold it that same year to Belle Hoag.]
In February 1898, he was elected as Bovina’s Town Clerk, a position he held for over 20 years until his death. His beautiful handwriting makes Bovina town records from this period a joy to read. When Gordon was over 70, a state official noted to the county board of supervisors, holding up one of Gordon’s assessment rolls, “Gentlemen, I am familiar with this sort of work in all the counties of this State and I want to say to you this is the best piece of work, the best made out tax roll I have ever seen.”

Page from the Town of Bovina tax roll, 1916, created by Thomas Gordon. Bovina Town Records.

A little over a year after becoming the town clerk, in June 1899, Thomas married a woman 27 years his junior, Mary Richardson Scott of Delhi, and started a new family. His son William Scott was born in 1903 and daughter Margaret Janet was born in June 1907, when Thomas was 51 years old.
Another tragedy hit Thomas and his family a little over a year after the birth of his last child. His son John from his first marriage was a New York City policeman and had been since 1896. He had several stresses on the job and in 1905 attempted suicide after being overwhelmed by heat. On September 9, 1908, he succeeded in committing suicide with illuminating gas. More about John can be found in this blog from May 23, 2014: Bovina (NY) History: Stories from Bovina's Cemeteries - Policeman John Gordon.  John’s widow continued bringing their two sons to stay at Lake Delaware with her father and for visits with their grandfather Thomas. 
Thomas was active in veterans’ organizations from the Civil War, starting as treasurer of the Delhi Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Union in 1866. He was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and attended many of their ‘encampments’ over the years. He attended the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg observance in 1913. Late in life his daughter Margaret recalled going with her father to this commemoration.

Reunion of Delaware County Civil War Soldiers, probably in Andes in 1910. Thomas Gordon is seventh from the left. Delaware County Historical Association

Something he received for his service in the war was a tract of land in St. Andrew’s Bay Colony, Florida. In August 1913, he took his family down there to explore whether or not to move there. He decided not to do so. According to his daughter, he did not like the school system there, preferring to have his children receive their education in New York. The Florida land passed down to Margaret, who sold it a few years before her death in 2001.
Thomas had a brother and two sisters back home in Scotland. They wrote to him regularly – some of these letters survive and are at DCHA. Thomas never went back to Scotland (at least as far as I can tell) but his sister Mary did pay him a visit in 1894. When Thomas’s daughter and first wife died, Mary dropped hints that she would be willing to come to the U.S. to keep house for him. She never did and when reporting the death of their brother John in 1913, she noted that “I am too old to emigrate.” She was his only surviving sibling at his death.
Thomas turned 70 in 1915. He had some issues with rheumatism, but it didn’t seem to slow him down very much. He continued going to Civil War veteran reunions, was census enumerator for the NY State Census in 1915 and that same year was elected secretary of the newly formed Hook and Ladder company in Bovina. He also was secretary for the Bovina Water system.
Around this time, he also took on a project for David F. Hoy. Hoy was actively researching the old families in Bovina. Thomas went around to all the cemeteries in Bovina, recording the burials. His work formed the basis for the very detailed records that we have today of all the burials in Bovina.
Thomas was active right to the end of his life, traveling to Antietam in September 1920 to attend the dedication of the NY monument there. Family tragedy continued to dog him, however. That same month, his son’s widow, Elizabeth, died, leaving her two sons, William and John, orphans. They ended up living with her parents but continued making visits to their Gordon relatives.
Thomas continued his regular duties into 1921, recording his last town board minutes in March 19 and the last death in the vital records book on April 2, that of Hamilton Russell, father of Cecil Russell. He continued making trips to Delhi to help the county with clerical work and to carry out his work as court crier (the officer making public announcements in court).
On April 21, he had a heart attack and after lingering a few hours, died at 2:45 in the morning of April 22, his son William’s 18th birthday. On April 25th, deputy Town Clerk Alex Hilson recorded Thomas’s death certificate, below the last one Thomas had recorded three weeks before.
That same day, Thomas’s funeral took place at the Bovina U.P. Church, with a large crowd attending. The American Legion and the England Post of the GAR attended and conducted a service at the Bovina cemetery where Gordon was buried next to his first wife.
This is the bill from the funeral home for Thomas Gordon. Delaware County Historical Association.
The Andes Recorder, in its April 30, 1921, issue, wrote an appreciation of Gordon: “All in all – we shall not soon look upon his like again. With his genial temperament, his accurate knowledge of affairs, his splendid English diction graced by a Scotch brogue that Harry Lauder might envy, the people of the county who knew him will long remember Tom Gordon.”

Margaret Gordon, 1969 (one of her last years teaching), photograph by Bob Wyer, Delaware County Historical Association.

Thomas’s last surviving descendant was Margaret Gordon, who taught history for many years at Delaware Academy. She was the last surviving child of a Civil War soldier with roots in Bovina. Late in life, she talked with my dad, Charlie LaFever, a bit about her father. After his death, when she was 13 years old, she had to help the town officials find all the records kept by her father as town clerk so they could go to his successor. Margaret died not long into the new millennium on January 31, 2001 at the age of 93. She is buried near her father in Bovina.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

April 1921 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"


Bovina saw the death of R.H. Russell, father of Cecil Russell, from blood poisoning and the sudden death of Bovina Town Clerk Thomas Gordon.
April 1, 1921
·         W.S. Gordon is recovering from an attack of measles.
·         Homer Burgin had his wrist severely injured Wednesday morning while cranking his car.
·         Hale G. Elliott has moved to Charlotte, Mich. To work in the Dry Milk Plant there.
·         George Decker, near Lake Delaware, is having his new residence painted.  Alex Myers is doing the job.
·         The newly elected officers of the local dairymens league are: Frank Miller, president; Andrew Reinertsen, secretary and treasurer. 
·         Hamilton Russell has a bad case of blood poison in his hand and arm.  The trouble started from getting a piece of straw in his hand.  Dr. Schumann is attending him.
·         Robert E. Hunt, Robert Fiero and Harry Robson started for Bainbridge Wednesday, where they will work for the Dry Milk Co.  Robert G. Thomson, has been transferred from a dry milk plant in Michigan to Bainbridge.
Was Native of Bovina
            Word has been received in Bovina of the death of Henry M. Liddle at Colfax, state of Washington, March 18 at the age of 76 years.  He was born in Bovina in 1844 and for 44 years had lived in Whitman county, Washington.  He is survived by his wife and four brothers, viz; William, in Andes and David and James in Bovina, and Thomas in Washington.
April 8, 1921
·         William A. Hoy is ill with the jaundice.
·         Thomas Gordon was a County Seat visitor Monday.
·         Mrs. Gill will be at T.C. Strangeway’s with millinery April 14.
·         Mary Brown, Margaret Gordon and Ruth Coulter are the latest victims of the measles.
·         Alex Hilson and Mrs. Kate Barnhart are having DeLaval milking machines installed.
·         Fred Whitehead moved this week from the Miller homestead farm to the small Dickson house in Bovina Center.  He is succeeded on the farm by Milton Stratton.
Victim of Blood Poisoning
R.H. Russell of Bovina, Passed Away March 30
            Robert Hamilton Russell died at his home in Bovina Center on March 30, from blood poisoning which started in his finger.  He was born in upper Bovina 71 years ago and had always lived there until some two years ago when he came to the Center.  Mr. Russell was twice married, his first wife being Josephine Baker.  His second wife, who survives, was Margaret Doig.  He leaves four sons, viz Rev. Elmer Russell, of Superior, Nebraska, by his first marriage, and Herman Russell, of Keldron, South Dakota, Cecil Russell and Charles Russell, in Bovina, by his second marriage.  The funeral was held Monday from the R.P. church, Rev. F.N. Crawford officiating, assisted by Rev. Montgomery.
April 15, 1921
·         Claude Erkson has been ill with erysipelas.
·         Those who have recently purchased DeLaval Milkers are John Storie and Anthony Banuat.
·         Frank Myers and friend, Glen Brundage, of Endicott, were here the past week on a fishing trip.
·         Robert Fiero, who went to Bainbridge a few weeks ago, returned this week to Bovina and is preparing to move his household goods to Bainbridge.
·         The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Burgin is quite ill with measles at the home of their grandparent, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Forrest, back from Lake Delaware.
·         Bovina real estate transfers recorded are Bovina Cemetery Association to Mary Jane McFarland, $25; Stephen Schabloski and wife to Mary Webber, $1.  This is the Ruff farm in upper Bovina.
·         Mrs. William L. Ruff left Wednesday for North Dakota.  She was called there by the illness of her daughter, Mrs. Taylor (remembered here as Minnie Ruff) who had ten tumors removed in a recent operation.
Was Native of Bovina
            Mrs. George Forsythe died Aril 9, at the family home below Franklin village.  Her maiden name was Jeanette Rutherford and she was born in Bovina 73 years.  She was a Daughter of the American Revolution.
April 22, 1921
·         Edith Liddle is recovering from an attack of the grip.
·         Fred Thomson reports seeing a strawberry blossom April 16.
·         Charles A. Lee has sold his residence at Lake Delaware to Roscoe Brown.
·         John Quinn has taken the job of gardener on the Gerry estate at Lake Delaware.
·         William M. Johnston has sold his farm in the upper part of the town to Foreigners.
·         Julius Ringholm has moved from Lake Delaware to Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.
·         Gladys Worden has taken the place of Mrs. Robert Hunt as librarian of the Bovina Public Library.
·         A large condenser weighing 19 tons is being installed at the Bovina Center Co-Op Creamery.  The skim milk will be condensed and then taken to Mr. Franklin’s plant at Roxbury.
·         Gustave Leftgren has begun the erection of a farm house to replace the one burned last winter.  The carpenters are Nelson Reynolds, James Ackerley and Jas W. Thomson.
·         Douglas Davidson has purchased of William Archibald the few acres of land which lays back of his house and lot at foot of the Russell road below the village.  This land contains a spring and at one time had been a part of what is now the Davidson property.
April 29, 1921
·         Robert R. Gladstone is having his house treated to a new dress of paint.  Alex Myers is doing the job.
·         James A. Gow is improving his residence which stands on the site of the old school building, by the addition of a veranda.
·         G.D. Miller is the oldest dealer in hides in Delaware county, and probably in the state.  He has been buying hides for 60 years and for many years has also bought wool and tallow.
·         David F. Hoy, registrar of Cornell University, was here the first of the week to attend the funeral of Thomas Gordon, who was his first teacher and started him on the road to success.
·         Monday the little son of C.S. Terry had its leg injured while in the cemetery by one of the tombstones falling over and hitting him.  The cement which held the stone in the base had loosened and a slight pull brought the stone out of the mortice.  No bones were broken.
[Note: the next entry in this blog on April 20 will be about Thomas Gordon.]