Friday, June 30, 2023

This Day in Bovina for June 2023

Ninety-four years ago today, on June 1, 1929, the "old horse of T.C. Strangeway fell down on Saturday in the plowed land when at work and could not be gotten up." The Delaware Republican, in reporting the incident, did not elaborate further, but it likely was the poor horse's end.

Seventy years ago today, June 2, 1953, Christopher S. Gladstone, a lifelong native of Bovina, passed away at the age 79. Here is his obituary.

125 years ago today, the June 3, 1898 issue of the Andes Recorder reported that in Bovina, "While the usual Memorial Day exercises were not observed here this year, the graves of the fallen heroes were marked with the flag they loved so well and strewed with the sweet flowers of nature."

100 years ago today, on June 4, 1923, Alice Jane Boggs died. The daughter of John Russell (1822-1902) and Jane Chisholm (1815-1886), she married William F. Boggs in February 1871 and had two sons, Harry and J. Russell. She was the grandmother of Don, Bob and Norrie Boggs. Her death was sudden. According to the Andes Recorder, she woke her husband complaining of a terrible pain at 1:30 in the morning. By the time Will had gotten up and lit a lamp to check out the situation, she was dead. 

116 years ago today, on June 5, 1907, a Bovina farm went on the auction block. Here's the notice from the Delaware Gazette: "The executrix named below will sell at public auction in front of the Pocantico Inn, Margaretville, on Wednesday, June 5, 1907, the farm in Bovina known as the Jonathan Adee farm and now occupied by John Ruff. It has the reputation of being one of the best farms in the county. Easy terms.  Cornelia H. Hewitt, Executrix." The farm was bought by John Ruff. This farm was at the top of Cape Horn Road in upper Bovina.

123 years ago today, on June 6, 1900, the Andes Recorder Bovina correspondent reported that "…Bert McNair completed a successful year of school in the Butt End district." The paper went on to report McNair and the district had "one of the most successful schools in town the past year…" The paper noted that "The attendance was thirteen and of this number Elmer Russell and Orlena Russell passed spelling, geography, grammar, arithmetic, reading and writing and physiology at the Regents examinations at Andes High School in January, earning their preliminary certificate and physiology besides in the one examination.  In the January and March examinations Libbie Hastings and Charles Hastings also earned their preliminary certificate and physiology in addition.  Maggie Liddle passed spelling and geography, and Willie Hastings and Herman Russell passed spelling and physiology.  Where is the school that can beat it."

Seventy-seven years ago today, the June 7, 1946 New York Times carried the obituary of Lauren Archibald, a Bovina native. Lauren was a second cousin once removed of Marvin, Leonard, Herman and Mary Archibald and Betty Henderson. He was the son of Thomas and Anna Archibald. 

Ninety-five ago today, the June 8, 1908 issue of the Andes Recorder reported in its Bovina column that "Miss Eleanor Campbell has completed a business course and taken a position in the Sheffield Farms office at Hobart." Eleanor was the daughter of John Campbell and Nancy Smith. She married Leroy Worden in 1930 and they settled in Bovina. They were my next-door neighbors when I was a kid. Eleanor died in 1979, Leroy in 1982.

122 years ago today, on June 9, 1901, Robert Gerry "had a narrow escape from injury." Gerry was driving his dog cart out of his Lake Delaware property onto the highway when the hub of the cart "was struck by an automobile running at high rate of speed…" The cart overturned and threw Mr. Gerry out. He injured his shoulder and the footman with him had a badly bruised leg.

131 years ago today, in its June 10, 1892 issue, the Andes Recorder published the following from the Bovina Center correspondent to the Walton Standard: "It is our object to report what has happened, but we do wish that we could report that our mail route had been changed so that Robert Forman would go to Bloomville instead of Lake Delaware. We would get our New York mail one day earlier, and our letters going west would go somewhere the same day. If our three ministers would move in the matter they could have it changed, and would not have to send or go to 'The Valley' after their mail every night. It would be better other ways. Mr. Forman would get more passengers, and during the summer would have a large amount of fruit and other express matter to carry.  Let us move in the matter, for we are afraid it will be some time before we have that 'electric railroad.'"

103 years ago today, the June 11, 1920 Bovina column in the Andes Recorder reported that "A Buick touring car from South Kortright collided with the iron bridge at Lake Delaware, and was saved from falling into the stream by one wheel being caught in the bridge."

135 years ago, the June 12, 1888 Stamford Mirror included this item: "William F. Boggs, of Bovina, was thrown from a wagon on a recent Saturday, and had a number of his ribs broken." Boggs survived this accident by 45 years, dying in 1933.

127 years ago today, on the afternoon of Saturday, June 13, 1896, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "John Irvine’s eldest boy was drawing the lawn mower around wrong side up and the youngest boy, who is about three years old, stuck his hand into it and it took off the two middle fingers at the first joint.  The pieces were found among the grass, and Dr. Phinney stuck them on, but they had been off to long for there to be much chance of their ever growing on."  The eldest Irvine son was William (1887-1929), the youngest was Lloyd Irvine (1897-1980), who was Isabelle Russell's twin brother.

Seventy-five years ago today, the Oneonta Daily Star for June 14, 1948 carried this photo from a Delhi Grange fashion show, which took place on June 8. Several people with Bovina connections participated, including Mrs. Norton Forrest, Mrs. Benson (Anna Bell) LaFever, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Hall, and Mrs. Raymond (Shirley) Rabeler. Here is the clipping and a scan of the original photo, taken by Bob Wyer, courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association. 

166 years ago today, on June 15, 1857, a liquor license was issued for Dorcas Hamilton's tavern in Bovina Center. This is where Jardines house now stands. To see the 1857 license, go to this link on the Bovina NY History Flickr page. Http://

Eighty-five years ago today, June 16, 1938, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "Herbert Parsons, little son of Mrs. and Mrs. William Parsons broke his arm….by falling from an old truck."

102 years ago, the June 17, 1921 Andes Recorder reported that "Nelson Reynolds is making alterations in the interior of the United Presbyterian church." The paper went on to note that "the first row of seats has been removed and the pulpit extended forward in order to give more room for the choir behind the pulpit."

Eighty-five years ago, the June 18, 1937 Bovina column in the Andes Recorder reported that "The state road from its junction with the Andes-Delhi state road through Bovina Center, has been resurfaced this week."

129 years ago, on June 19, 1894, the Oregon Medicine company closed their show in Bovina. The company had been in Bovina for ten days.  The Andes Recorder reported that "[t]hey gave good entertainments and had good success in selling their medicines.  We understand that they went to Davenport."  This company likely was the Oregon Indian Medicine Company.  It was founded by Thomas Augustus Edwards, who was born in Saugerties in 1832.  Edwards used a number of approaches to sell his remedies, including Indians to hawk his wares on the streets and medicine shows to promote his products. Founded in 1876, Edwards was actively involved until his retirement in 1901.

135 years ago, the Delaware Gazette for June 20, 1888 reported "District No. 11, Bovina Center, has decided to purchase six square rods of land for the purpose of enlarging their school building. The land will be bought of R. F. Scott. Consideration, $15." This school is located on Coulter Brook Road.

124 years ago today, the June 21, 1899 Andes Recorder reported in the Bovina column that "Alex. Burns returned home last Wednesday from Potsdam St. Lawrence county, where he purchased a thorough bred Jersey bull calf, from the herd of George W. Cisson, Jr."

101 years ago today, on June 22, 1922, it was reported that "Lloyd Irvine and Millard Blair, who have been visiting their parents here, left….for their return to Seattle, Washington." Lloyd was the brother of Isabell Russell; Millard the brother of Helen Thompson.

Fifty(!) years ago today, June 23, 1973, Bovina residents John Behrer, Loretta Dorsett Fink, Roger Hadley, Jim Haran, John Hewitt, Diane LaFever, Ray LaFever, Marie Stromann (aka Agnes Menke), Ethel Mellott Hammond, Bob Monroe, Donna Parsons Weber, Steve Pelletier, and Connie Stewart Finkle graduated from Delaware Academy.

125 years ago,  the June 24, 1898 Andes Recorder Bovina column had the following item: " Who of your readers has ever tasted oranges grown in Delaware county?  From her orange tree Mrs. G.D. Miller has plucked ripe fruit.  Your correspondent tasted one and they are of good flavor." Mrs. G.D. Miller was the wife of Gilbert D. Miller. She was Mary Jane Banker and married 'Gib' in 1869. Mary died in 1924.

Ninety years ago today, on June 25, 1933, Margaret Russell, the mother of long time Bovina merchant Cecil Russell, passed away. Born in 1862, she was the daughter of Patrick Doig and Sarah Hodge. She married Robert Hamilton Russell in 1884, who had been widowed in 1881. Margaret was widowed in 1921.  Russell Margaret 001

129 years ago today, on June 26, 1894, as later reported in the Andes Recorder, "a private hop was held in James Hastings new barn…" This barn stood for over 100 years before it was demolished a few years ago. This was later the Damgaard farm and is now owned by Mark Foster and Carver Farrell. Image is from 1963.

129 years ago today on June 27, 1894, as later reported by the Andes Recorder, "[t]he cyclorama of the battle of Gettysburg was given here on Wednesday night [June 27]."  Cycloramas were popular in the late 19th century.  There were four very large versions of the Battle of Gettysburg painted by French artist Paul Philippoteaux (one is at the Gettysburg National Military Park).  Given the size of the cyclorama, 22 feet high by 279 feet in circumference, it doesn't seem likely that the one shown in Bovina was this one, especially for just one night. Some of these cycloramas are believed to have traveled, however, so who knows?

101 years ago today, on June 28, 1922, Bovina was hit with a "severe electrical storm." As later reported in the Andes Recorder, "lightning struck the residence of Mrs. Ida Burgin on the Andes-Delhi [road] and did some damage but did not fire the building." The neighboring farm of Charles A. McPherson was not so lucky. Six cows were killed in the storm.

123 years ago, the Andes Recorder of June 29, 1900 reported that "The census enumerator has nearly completed his work and it is thought the number of people will fall short of the number of census ten years previous." This, in fact, turned out not to be the case, though it did not go up much either. The 1890 census had 926 people. Ten years later, it was 932.

112 years ago today, on June 30, 1911, Margaret Laidlaw was born in Bovina, the daughter of Adam Laidlaw and Emma Campbell. She married James Hoy in 1935 and had three children, James, Janet and Thomas. Widowed in 1956, Margaret was the Bovina Town Clerk for many years. She passed away in 1981. Here's a picture of Margaret as a child, courtesy of her sons Jim and Tom Hoy.


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Bovina Bicentennial Art Project, part 4


As part of the Town of Bovina’s Bicentennial Celebration, Brooke Alderson enlisted a group of ten local artists to create paintings of Bovina Landmarks. The artists were invited to paint their own interpretations of photographs of different Bovina buildings that are no longer in existence or have been altered. The resulting ten paintings were mounted on easels by Brooke and Scott Hill and were displayed throughout the hamlet during the Celebration at the site where the original structure stood (or still stands).

Over the next few months, I will be doing a series of entries highlighting the buildings and the paintings. The paintings are on display at the Bovina Public Library, where you can order prints of any that catch your fancy for $80, all proceeds going to the library. And stay tuned for an auction of the original works being planned for this fall. 

Boyd Place, painted by Lizbeth Firmin

It is not clear when this house was built, but likely in the 1840s or 1850s. It was owned by James Gill and later by William Gladstone. For many years, it was owned by the Boyd family, starting with Andrew and Ellen Boyd. Ellen lived in the house after the death of her husband in 1879. After Ellen’s death in 1893, the house was rented out. In the 1890s at one point, a gentleman named Samuel Ingles ran a barber shop there. The house was sold in 1913 by Ellen’s grandson, Andrew J. Boyd, to newlyweds John and Helena Hilson. They started the process to build a new home behind the Boyd house, intending to demolish it. They had barely moved out of the house into rooms nearby and arranged for the house’s demolition, when on June 6, 1916, the house burned down. The local hook and ladder company were meeting not far away and got to the fire quickly but focused mainly on ensuring adjoining properties did not suffer the same fate. By January 1917, John and Helena were living in their new home. 

Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist known for her urban landscapes. For over five decades her work has been in hundreds of solo and group show across the country and internationally. Honors and awards include inclusion in” “New Prints 2018/Winter, IPCNY, “2017 North American Print Biennial”, 2017  solo exhibition at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a 2017 Printmaking Residency @ Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy, Printmaking Residency  @ Tides Institute in Eastport ME (2016), a NYFA Fellowship (2007), Pollock-Krasner Grant (1999), full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Residency, the Vermont Studio Center and Saltonstall Arts Colony. Her paintings and prints are in several public collections including the New York Historical Society, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Munson Williams Procter Arts Institute, Arnot Museum, Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, University of Texas, Cape Cod Museum, and Hofstra University. Firmin moved from downtown NYC in 2000 to a small village in upstate NY, where she paints every day.

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Passing of Tom Hoy

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Bovina native Tom Hoy this past week. Here's a link to Tom's obituary:

Tom didn't limit his generosity to where he lived. He and his brother Jim were very generous to Bovina and to the Bovina Historical Society. They made a major donation for the project to stabilize the Bovina Musuem. They also generously shared images of interest to Bovina's history. Tom made a special trip to Bovina from his home in Glens Falls in 2017 specifically to allow me to scan a large collection of his family's photos. He left some of them off and made another trip a year later to pick them up and share other images.

I'm glad that Tom was able to come to Bovina's Bicentennial celebration last summer. I was looking forward to having him back for the ribbon cutting for the museum. I do know that he'll be there in spirit.

Rest in peace, Tom. You will be missed. 

Saturday, June 10, 2023

June 1923 - 100 Years Ago in "That Thriving Town"


A lot was happening in Bovina 100 years ago this month. Here's how it was all reported in the pages of the Andes Recorder. 

June 1, 1923


·         Fred Bramley and family were at Andes on Wednesday.

·         John Northrup has been confined to his home the past week.

·         Charles Hafele was at Andes last Thursday on business errands.

·         William Crosier attended Memorial day exercises at Andes on Wednesday.

·         Andrew T. .Doig, who has been ill for several week[s], is able to go out riding.

·         Don Burns has purchased a Ford touring car from Howard Coulter, of Andes.

·         John Aitken Jr. took his sister, Mrs. Flynn, to her home at Pepacton on Monday.

·         Misses Kate and Freda Muller spent over Sabbath at the home of George Cable at Delhi.

·         Mrs. Alex Hilson, Mrs. Jon Hilson and James Hilson were County Seat visitors Tuesday.

·         Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McFarland, and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Thomson were Delhi visitors Tuesday.

·         Mrs. William Ruff, of Delhi, is visiting at W.F. Boggs’ and her daughter, Mrs. Chauncey McFarland.

·         Mrs. Gideon Miller and son, Reginald, Lulu Miller and Miss Rose, of Hamden were visitors here Wednesday.

·         Miss Maggie Storie, who has spent the winter with her nephew, Eugene Storie at Delhi, returned home last week.

·         From the entertainment last Friday evening, consisting of Tom Thumb wedding, etc., the Juniors realized about $40.

·         Mrs. Lucy Coulter returned home Friday from New Kingston, where she had been for several weeks helping care for her sister, Mrs. Archibald.

·         Nelson Tompkins, who is 92, and his daughter, Mrs. George Decker, and Mrs. Arthur Decker, motored to Arena on Tuesday and spent the day with his sister.


June 8, 1923


·         Mrs. Ida Burgin has a new Buick car.

·         Mrs. Anthony Banuat is confined to her bed with rheumatism.

·         Alex Myers is at Delhi painting the residence of George Middlemist.

·         G.D. Miller and wife attended the Decoration day exercises at Delhi.

·         Mrs. Jacob Bailey, of Bloomville, is visiting old acquaintances in town.

·         Mrs. Maye E. Johnston went to New York on Tuesday for an extended stay.

·         Colm McNaught and Chauncey McFarland have each purchased new Ford ton trucks.

·         Robert Russell, of Binghamton, has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Russell.

·         Charles Lee and wife, of Hardenburg, were recent guests of his father, John Lee, in Tuttle Hollow.

·         Mrs. Anna Eraczek, of Bovina, and Augustus Van DeBogart, of New Kingston, were married at the latter place May 28.

·         Marshall Thomson and wife, of Glen Spey, N.Y. spent several days the past week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Blair.

·         Fred Bramley and Mrs. John Ackerly of Arena, who has been his house keeper for several years, were married May 29, at Arena.

·         Harvey Seath, who went to California three or four years ago, arrived in town last week, having driven a Ford thru from San Francisco.

·         Floyd Rockefellow has moved onto Alex Bryden farm which he recently purchased. Last week a fire which he started in cleaning up got beyond his control and burned a considerable area before it could be put out.

·         Irving Phinney and family and his mother and sister, who are here from the west, are occupying Mrs. Hamilton Russell’s house for a few weeks. When Mr. Phinney returns to the west he will locate in Idaho and not return to Colorado.

·         Mrs. Annabelle (sic) Barnhart Calhoun and Benson LaFever were married at her home in Bovina Center, May 31, in the presence of the immediate family. The newlyweds are on an auto and camping trip to Finger Lake and will also visit Niagara Falls.


June 15, 1923


·         Fred Bramley and wife were County Seat visitors Tuesday.

·         Andrew T. Doig and wife motored to Walton last Saturday.

·         Archibald Thomson and wife, of Walton, were visitors here last week.

·         Lauren Dickson, who is attending Yale law school, is home for the summer vacation.

·         Leslie Moore and wife, of Hamden, spent Sabbath with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robson.

·         Rev. Charles Lay and family and Elizabeth Miller, of Mundale, were guests at George Miller’s last week.

·         Robert G. Forman and wife and Mrs. John Miller, of Walton, were last week to attend the funeral of Mrs. William Boggs.

·         George Miller and wife and Frank Brown and wife attended the funeral of Douglas Cameron at Bloomville on Saturday.

·         A joint all day meeting of the Women’s and Young Women’s Missionary Societies was held with Mrs. Frank Brown on Thursday.

·         Announcements have been received of the marriage of Ruth Hyatt, daughter of F.W. Hayatt, of this place, and Gottfrid Olson, in New York City on June 2.

·         Charles Hafele sustained an injury to his leg Friday, caused by his team starting while he was unloading milk cans and throwing him from the wagon.

·         Lester T. Hoy and family, of Frasers, have spent the past week with his parents. Mr. Hoy, who recently had an operation for appendicitis, has been suffering from abscesses in his ears.


Jumped to Prevent Electrocution

From Our Bovina Correspondent


Wendall Ormiston, of Goshen, who is a telephone lineman, sustained a broken wrist and several broken ribs last week. While working on the line he encountered live electric wires crossed with the telephone wires, and in order to escape being electrocuted he jumped with the above result. He is a son of Mrs. Thomas Ormiston, of Bovina.


Bovina Boy Honored


David F. Hoy, a former Bovina boy, has been honored by Athletic council of Cornell university, which has named its new baseball field Hoy Field. Mr. Hoy, who has been for many years registrar at the university, has been baseball advisor on the Athletic council and has taken a great interest in the college baseball and athletics.


June 22, 1923


·         Mrs. John Blair was a Delhi visitor Thursday.

·         Miss Easch, of Delhi, is a guest of her friend, Miss Grace Hyatt.

·         Communion services will be held at the U.P. church next Sabbath.

·         Rev. and Mrs. F.N. Crawford and Mrs. Frank Brown were Oneonta visitors Monday.

·         Donald Boggs and Lester Henderson were at Delhi on Wednesday trying examinations.

·         William Oliver and family, of Harpersfield, were callers at G.D. Miller’s Tuesday afternoon.

·         Mr. and Mrs. James Ormiston and son, Ralph, and daughter, Mary, of Oneonta, spent Sabbath with his sister, Mrs. Alex Myers.

·         Robert Terry, William Mabon and Mildred Scott, of Lake Delaware, have been here this week trying examinations at the Center school.

·         Colin McNaught and son, Marshall, attended funeral of his brother, Malcolm McNaught, at Delancey last Saturday.

·         Henry Monroe was taken suddenly ill Friday while at work in the cemetery with hemorrhage of the stomach. While improving he is still confined to a diet of cream and ice cream.

·         Mrs. James C. Mabon, of Delhi, spent Tuesday with her sister, Mrs. William B. Scott. Robert Mabon and wife, of Delancey, spent the day with her mother, Mrs. H.G. Bramley.


Operation for Appendicitis

From Our Bovina Correspondent


Miss Marion Ormiston, one of the twin daughters of Mrs. Thomas Ormiston, was taken with an attack of appendicitis last Thursday and was operated upon Friday. She is now getting along nicely.


Died Suddenly at Delancey


Malcolm C. McNaught died suddenly at his home in Delancey, at about 1:30 Thursday morning, June 14. He had retired in his usual health but at 1 o’clock his wife was awakened by his short breathing and he soon passed away. He was born in Bovina 73 years ago and about 43 years ago moved to a farm above Delancey, a few years ago moved to the village. He is survived by his wife, who was Mary Doig, daughter of the late Walter A. Doig, at Tunis Lake, a son, Dr. McNaught at Hamden, and two daughters, Mrs. John Bostwick, of Delancey and Mrs. Harold Kelley, of Walton.


Auto Bottom Up


Last week while Mrs. James Monroe and daughter, of Bovina, were going up the new road from New Kingston in their auto they turned out to meet a car, and hit a rut turning their car bottom up and imprisoning the occupants. Help arrived and they were gotten out practically uninjured. The car was badly damaged.




Having sold my farm situated in Southern Bovina near Lake Delaware Boys camp, 3 miles from Andes, 9 miles from Delhi, I offer for sale to the highest bidder the following property on Tuesday, June 26, 1923, commencing at 10 o’clock, 60 yearling hens, Rhode Island reds and white leghorns, Milwaukee mower, 2 horse rakes, hay tedder, 1 farm truck and 1 milk wagon, 2 seated buckboard, top buggy, 1 iron shod sled, lumber sleigh, pair bobs, cutter, sulky plow, walking plow, barrow, Pine Tree milker 2 double units, international engine 1 ½ horse power, 6 horse power Z engine, buzz saw, drag saw, grain drill, land rooler, Ohio 9 inch, ensilage cutter and blower, set double harness, set single harness, I.X.L., evaporator 4 x 14 ft, 500 sap buckets, spiles and covers, storage tank and gathering tank, milk cans, quantity of lumber hemlock and hardwood, scales, churns, bee hives, carpenters tool chest and all tools and many other things not mentioned here. Terms of sale under $10 cash, over 30 60 or 90 days credit on approved notes payable at Andes bank. Lunch at Noon. T.A. Raitt. J.B. Gilbert, auctioneer


June 29, 1923


·         David Draffin has had water buckets put in his barn up-town.

·         Judge Bruce and family, of Andes were in town on Monday.

·         Mrs. G.D. Miller and Mrs. Milton Stratton were Delhi visitors Tuesday.

·         Russell Boggs and John Hilson were caller[s] at the County Seat the first of the week.

·         Mr. Redmond, who had been on the Maynard farm, has moved into the Dennis house.

·         Misses Marjorie and Anna Dickson are home from their studies at Cornell University.

·         Mr. Lewis, who has been living in the Johnson house up-town, has moved into the small Dickson house.

·         Communion services were held last Sabbath at the United Presbyterian church. There was one accession to the membership.

·         A home talent entertainment, the last number of the lecture course will be held at the Town Hall, Tuesday evening, July 3.

·         Ruth Coulter, daughter of Walter G. Coulter, was awarded the prize of $5 for the best paper in History at Delaware Academy.

·         Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flynn, and Miss Ida Hafele, of Pepacton, spent Sabbath with Mrs. Flynn’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Aitkens.

·         Charles A. Lee, of Gt. Barrington, Massachusetts, arrived last week and has commenced the carpenter work on Frank Graham’s new house back of Lake Delaware.

·         Mrs. Kate Barnhart was operated upon Thursday at the Delhi hospital for the removal of a growth from the breast. The operation was performed by Dr. Latcher, with Dr. Schumann and Dr. Goodrich assisting.

·         Rev. and Mrs. Crawford, Walter G. Coulter, Miss Elizabeth Strangeway, Mrs. Thomas Gordon, Charles McPherson were among Bovina people at Delhi on Sabbath evening to hear the baccalaureate sermon preached by Rev Grant Robinson.