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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1919


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Illness in Mr. Retz’s Home - Houses and Lots Sold - Preacher to Farm, Soldier to Preach.

Thomas Galley, who sold his farm on the state road to David More, has bought Samuel T. Terry’s house on Liberty street.

Mrs. E. B. Guild has sold her house on St. John street to Grant Charles of East Branch through the agency of H. M. Robinson.

The hearing before Justice S. H. Pond in the case of Orion Smith was postponed for two weeks when the matter came up Friday.

The board of trustees of the United Presbyterian church organized Monday evening by electing the following officers: President, Samuel McDonald; secretary, Miss Ada King; treasurer, Charles E. Dann.

Half a million books are needed by the American Library Association to ship overseas for the use of men in the American Expeditionary Forces. Fiction is especially asked for. Books may be left at the Ogden Free Library for shipment.

Rev. M. B. Myer, pastor of the Free Methodist church, has bought a farm of 170 acres at Milford, Pa., and Mrs. Myer and their nephew, Marshall Myer, will conduct the same. Rev. M. B. Myer will serve the Walton church until the conference in September.

M. E. Chilson has bought of David T. Williams of Union Grove the old woolen mill property at Hamden, consisting of the factory, a house and two barns. Mr. Chilson will take possession as once, and will conduct a berry farm. He expects to tear down of the old mill building.

Sergeant Norman Knight, whose lecture on his experiences with the Canadian forces in France at the Chautauqua last summer will be remembered by many, has been accepted as a minister in the Methodist church at the Wyoming conference in Binghamton, and assigned to the churches at Coventry and Union Valley.

Miss Emily O. Guild returned Monday from a four weeks entertainment trip through several of the southern army camps. Mrs. Frank Farrington of Delhi, vocalist, Miss Guild as violinist and Mrs. Margaret Steele of Helena, Montana, pianist, spent about two weeks at Camp Lee, Virginia, where Mr. Farrington is stationed as a Y. M. C. A. secretary.

Before Judge George F. Andrews of Owego as referee a hearing was held in Walton Thursday in the lawsuit of Henry Stewart against Clayton Kelley over a right of way which Kelley claims through Stewart’s land along the eastern side of Bob’s Brook. A. E. Conner is attorney for Kelley with Alexander Neish of counsel, while S. H. Fancher and A. G. Patterson represent the plaintiff.

The Delaware County Farm Bureau Association has chosen David M. Jenkins of New Paltz for assistant manager, and he has already begun work in the county. Mr. Jenkins, who is a graduate of New Paltz high school and New York Agricultural College, Cornell, 1917, is well qualified for this position. Besides having always lived on a farm, for the past two years he has been manager of Brook Farm, Ulster county for Daniel Smiley, Mohonk.

A recent cable dispatch from Russia stating that a young man named Schalteroff, who had visited in New York, had been chosen chief of police of Petrograd by the Bolsheviki, recalls the fact that two years ago a highly educated young Russian by that name was employed for a time by A. W. North of Walton, being recalled later by the Russian embassy. It is not known whether it is the same person, but the similarity of names may lead to that conclusion.

Miss Grace Retz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Retz, was taken ill with an acute attack of appendicitis Sunday, and Monday morning, immediately after the arrival of Dr. Fred Douglas, a Utica specialist, underwent an operation, which was successfully performed. Dr. W. R. Gladstone is the attending physician. Virginia, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel More of Downsville, has been seriously ill with pneumonia at the Retz home. Mr. More, who formerly managed the Granton creamery for Mr. Retz, is now in charge of a creamery at Pepacton.

The next number of the lecture course will be held Thursday evening, April 24. The popular lecturer-recitalist, Dr. Paul Martin Pearson, professor of public speaking at Swarthmore college, has just returned from overseas, and comes before his Walton audience with a program enriched by his views of things abroad. His combination of a lecture and an interpretation of modern literature will be entertaining, instructive and cultural. Next best to being in a college community and having the many opportunities of listening to lectures and recitals is to live in a community which brings to its people the best talent which the colleges can offer. Walton people cannot afford to miss hearing one whose annual itinerary includes more than thirty colleges of the country.


Features of Mr. Long’s Bill in New Measure.

Albany, April 14, 1919. Editor Reporter:

The school apportionment bill has passed the assembly, and is on the third reading calendar in the senate. We hope it will become a law. Here are some of the facts concerning it, which may be of interest to your locality. The bill was finally framed from mine and Assemblyman Fearon’s.

Delaware county would receive under the bill about sixtyfive thousand dollars more school money than at present.

The different academic schools (including elementary departments) in the county would receive increased apportionments as follows: Andes, $1,300; Davenport, $850; Delhi, $3,300; Downsville, $1,500; Fleischmanns, $1,200; Franklin, $1,700; Hancock, $2,000; Hobart, $1,300; Margaretville, $1,500; Roxbury, $1,900; Sidney, $1,900; Stamford, $2,200; Walton, $4,300. These amounts include estimated nonresident high school tuition estimated on the basis of the year previous.

Each rural school up to $50,000 assessment would receive $450 less five dollars for each entire thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Thus, a $5,000 district would get $425, while a $20,000 district would get $350. The present amount is $200 for each. This method continues up to $50,000. Above that each district would receive $200.

The quota for teachers being raised from $100 to $150 with the increase in the district quota will give an ordinary two teacher school about $125 increase, while a three teacher school would get about $175 more than now.

Very truly yours,


Escaped From Hospital; Found Dead.

(From our Fishs Eddy cor.)

David Faul, who has been in the Binghamton asylum for a few years, escaped from there last Friday. On Tuesday, April 15, his wife and family, who live at Fishs Eddy, received as telegram that he had been found dead.


Those in Fourth District Adopt Resolution to That Effect.

(From our Stratton Falls cor.)

The teachers of eastern Delaware county, particularly in the fourth supervisory district, embracing the towns of Andes, Middletown and Roxbury, at a convention held at Margaretville Monday adopted a resolution making $15 per week the lowest salary that a rural teacher shall accept for the coming school year. This action was not taken because the districts of New York state are short many thousand teachers, but because there has been very little advance in the salaries paid rural teachers for the past few years during which time the cost of living has actually doubled. Then, too, increasing demands made upon teachers in the matter of physical training work and other educational requirements present this proposition to the teacher: She must either receive a larger salary or follow some more remunerative business. Already many teachers have abandoned professional pursuits for other lines of business.

The agreement for a minimum salary of $15 per week was signed by almost all of the teachers present, not more than three or four dissenting. It is believed that this action will relieve trustees of much embarrassment, and no particular hardship will be worked.


Corbett & Stuart Shut Down More of Their Factories.

(From our Harvard cor.)

The Glendon acid factory, owned by Corbett and Stuart, and closed down Monday for an indefinite length of time. The employees are moving to different localities, where they can secure employment. The firm are taking their teams employed there to Corbett, and in most cases the drivers go with them. The Baxter Brook factory, owned by the same firm, is also closed for the annual cleanup, but we understand will reopen again later in the season.

The company has also shut down the Glendon and Peakville factories, the former permanently. The output of the big plant at Corbett has been reduced.

There are about twenty acid factories in Delaware county and those that are not closed are running on half capacity.


Agreement Not Reached in Hancock Equalization Matter.

No agreement was reached for the settlement of the Hancock equalization cases at the meeting held in Walton last Thursday, at which were present the members of the Hancock town board and their attorneys, and the supervisors’ committee and counsel. Hancock won the 1915 case and the county the 1916 case. The 1917 and 1918 cases are pending and will now go before the tax commission for a hearing. After an all day session Thursday the parties to the suit seemed as far apart as ever and were unable to agree upon any terms of settlement.

Receives $850 for Injuries

(From our Corbett cor.)

William Donaldson of Corbett last week received from the state compensation department $850 and all medical expenses for the two years from the time he was injured up to this spring. Mr. Donaldson is an aged man, and will not be able to work again as a result of his injuries.


Glenburnie Man Ended Life by Hanging Sunday


Body of Charles A. Graham Found in Hayloft by His Brother Frank.

The dead body of Charles A. Graham was found Sunday morning by his brother, Frank, hanging in the hayloft of the latter’s barn in Glenburnie, about six miles from Delhi. Despondency over domestic troubles is believed to have led to the man’s act.

Charles Graham, who was about 39 years of age, was deserted by his wife while he was employed on the Sheffield experiment farms at Hobart a few months ago, and he has shown signs of being mentally unbalanced for some time. He had two children, William, aged 17 years, and Walter, 12 years old. The younger son was taken away by the mother.

Graham has recently been living with his brother, Frank, and mother, Mrs. Walter Graham, on the old homestead near Glenburnie. His troubles seemed to prey on the man’s mind, but serious results were not anticipated. Sunday morning about 9 o’clock Frank Graham missed a rope from the barn, and going to the hayloft found the dead body of his brother hanging from a beam.

Charles Graham at one time worked on the Rothensies farm below Delhi, was manager of the J. D. Lawrence farm at Bloomville several years ago, and more recently had worked the Parsons farm between Roxbury and Grand Gorge. Beside his wife and the two children, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Walter Graham; three brothers Frank of Glenburnie, James of Andes and Robert of Sterlington, N. Y.; and by two sisters, Mrs. Gordon Dibble of Shavertown and Mrs. Frank Finkle of Glenburnie.

The funeral service was held Wednesday at 11 o’clock at the home of Frank Graham, conducted by Rev. A. M. Forrester of Delhi. Burial was in Woodland cemetery, Delhi.


Village of Sidney Owes that Sum to Water Co. Attorneys.

Village attorneys Sewell & France have received notice that the attorneys representing the Sidney Water company in the litigation that has ensued over the proceedings by the village to purchase the property of the company have been allowed by Judge McCann the sum of $11,000 for their services, and which is to be paid them by the village. This is in addition to the taxable costs to which the attorneys are entitled. Remember that this is for the Water company attorneys alone, the attorneys for the village not having presented their bill yet. The law says that the judge can allow an amount within his discretion, but which shall not exceed five percent of the amount set by the commission in the condemnation proceedings. It seems that in this case Judge McCann has gone the limit. The attorneys for the Water company are Andrus and Mc- Naught of Stamford and Jerome Seacord of Unadilla. –Sidney Enterprise.

A Manor “Bear Story.”

(From our Livingston Manor cor.)

A bear story to the effect that a Polish woman in the wood chopper’s camp near Willowemoc had been killed and eaten by a female bear was in full swing in Livingston Manor on Saturday afternoon. By Tuesday the “bear” had shrunk to a porcupine, woodchuck, rabbit or mouse–take your choice– which had frightened one of the children in the camp.


Few Changes in Assignments in Kingston District


Appointments to Pastorates Made at New York and Wyoming Conferences This Week.

Rev. D. H. Piper, who has been pastor of the Methodist church in Delhi, was assigned to the Walton church at the New York conference which closed its sessions in the Metropolitan Temple, New York, on Tuesday. Rev. Harry H. Young comes to the Delhi church from the West Side church, New York. Rev. J. C. Coddington, who has been pastor of the Walton church, goes to the Stamford charge. Few other changes of importance were made in the Kingston district.

Rev. George Grinton of Middletown succeeds Dr. Richard E. Bell as superintendent of the Kingston district and Dr. Bell becomes pastor of Trinity church, Poughkeepsie. Rev. Robert Knapp remains at Marlboro, Rev. E. N. Hubbard at Margaretville, Rev. H. D. Chace at Downsville and Rev. Edward Williams at Arena. Other appointments in the district include Hobart, A. M. Wilins; Bloomville, W. B. Chandler; Jefferson, E. C. Tamblyn; Andes, F. Hults; Fleischmanns, J. T. Van Burkalow; Harpersfield, Rev. Entivistle; Hunter, G. E. Kerr; Roxbury, H. Hodson; Gilboa, Harry Thompson; Round Top, L. C. Booth.

Among the appointments in the Newburgh district are the following:

Bloomingburgh, W. W. Voight; Bridgeville, G. W. Weber; Bullville, L. Champlin; Cannonsville, M. B. Cannen; Cooks Falls, F. G. Baker; East Branch, A. E. Case; Fishs Eddy, F. O. Wolven; Grahamsville, L. Terwilliger; Liberty, R. H. Kelly; Milton, D. N. F. Blakeney; Modena, Forrest Edwards; Rockland and Lew Beach, J. J. Leon; Trout Creek, C. K. Shoup.

The following appointments in the Oneonta district were made at the Wyoming conference in Binghamton:

James A. Hensey, superintendent; Afton, I. L. Bronson; Bainbridge, R. F. Lesh; Chenango Forks, H. L. Snyder; Cooperstown, B. W. Dix; Coventry and Union Valey, Norman R. Knight; Davenport, R. L. Connell; Davenport Center, George Summerson; Edmeston, R. E. Austin; Flycreek, T. F. Hall Guilford, D. L. Meeker, Hale Eddy, I. W. Slater; Harpursville, J. L. Wilson; Masonville, W. L. Wood; McClure, S. S. Robbins; McDonough, W. T. Webb; Middlefield, Elvin Van Horne; Milford, N. B. Ripley; Morris, C. G. Summerson; Mt. Upton, W. D. Lathrop; New Berlin, E. Bohne- Echolt; Sanford, A. Larzelere; Norwich, F. W. Young; Oneonta, Elm Park, J. C. Johnson, first Church, B. M. Johns; Otego, C. C. Volz; Ouaquaga, E. A. Silvernail; Oxford, E. R. D. Briggs; Plymouth, S. A. Wood; Portlandville, S. E. Hunt; Schenevus, F. W. Cornell; Schuyler Lake, Scott Clark; Sherburne, E. L. Jeffrey; Sidney, A. D. Finch; Sidney Center, A. H. Landmesser; Unadilla, W. C. Dodge, Wellsbridge, J. G. Rice; Westford, W. J. Rozelle; Windsor, Harry E. Brooks; Worcester, C. B. Henry.

Entertaining Folk Dances

The entertainment given by the children of the Stockton and Miller avenue schools in the armory Saturday evening was largely attended and the net receipts amounted to about $130. The program consisted of folk dances and drills with musical selections interspersed by the high school orchestra. The entertainment was given under the direction of Miss Irene Johnston, instructor of physical training, to whom much credit is due for the careful training shown by the young people in the various numbers. The costumes were designed by Miss Janie Launt.


Notes Bear 4 3.4 Per Cent Interest and Mature in 1923


Women’s Committee Organized and Will Have Speaker Here - Terms of Payment.

The terms of the Victory Liberty loan were announced Sunday by Secretary of the Treasury Carter Glass.

The notes will mature in four years and the treasury reserves the right to redeem them in three years. The interest rate will be 4 3/4 per cent for partially tax exempt notes convertible into 3 3/4 per cent notes wholly tax exempt. The amount of the loan will be $4,500,000,000, oversubscriptions to be rejected.

The 4 3/4 per cent notes are to be exempt from state and local taxation, except estate and inheritance taxes, and from normal rates of federal income taxes. It has been expected that the loan would be for six billions. This will be the last Liberty Loan.

The official opening date of the Victory loan campaign is Monday, April 21, and the drive will continue three weeks until May 10. The notes will bear interest from May 20th. Interest will be payable on December 15, 1919, and thereafter semi-annually on June 15 and December 15.

Date and amounts of payments on the notes have been fixed as follows: 10 per cent with application, on or before May 10; 10 per cent July 15; and four payments of 20 percent August 12, September 9, October 7 and November 11. Payment in full may be made on any of these dates.

A. J. Courtney, E. B. Guild and C. E. Hulbert were in New York Tuesday to attend a meeting of district and subdistrict chairmen that evening in the Metropolitan Opera House. Among the speakers were Admiral William S. Sims, Secretary of the Treasury Carter Glass and Benjamin Strong, Governor of the Second Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

A luncheon will be served at the Oneonta Hotel, Oneonta, at noon today, Friday, April 18, to all members of the Liberty Loan committee in Delaware and Otsego counties. This meeting is called for the purpose of devising ways and means to conduct the coming campaign.

Terms of the Victory issue may be compared with the following terms of past issues:

First Loan–$2,000,000,000, 3 1/2 per cent, tax exempt; maturity, 30 years.

Second Loan–$3,000,000,000 offered, $4,617,000,000 subscribed; $3,808,000,000 accepted; 4 per cent; partially tax exempt: maturity, 25 years.

Third Loan–$3,000,000,000 offered; $4,176,000,000 subscribed and accepted; 4 1/4 per cent; partially tax exempt; maturity, ten years.

Fourth Loan–$6,000,000,000 offered; $6,993,000,000 subscribed ans accepted; 4 1/4 per cent; partially tax exempt, with special conditional exemptions for past issues, maturity, 20 years.

War Savings Stamps bear the equivalent of four per cent interest and mature in five years.

Mrs. Frank H. McKinnon of Sidney, county chairman of the Women’s Victory loan committee, has appointed the following town chairmen: Arena, Mrs. E. H. Dickson; Beerston, Mrs. P. B. Williams; Berry Brook, Miss Elizabeth Shaver; Bloomville, Mrs. E. W. Simmons; Bovina Center, Mrs. Carrie E. Doig; Cadosia, Mrs. Philip J. Franck; Campbell Mountain, Miss Charity Campbell; Cannonsville, Mrs. Eudora Constable; Chiloway and Elk Brook, Miss Mary Weyrauch; Cooks Falls, Mrs. George I. Treyz; Corbett, Miss Charlotte E. Stuart; Delhi, Mrs. W. R. Mable; Downsville; Mrs. Alfred H. Griffith; Dunraven, Miss Eva Morse; East Branch and Glendon, Mrs. Clarence Cowan; Elk Brook, Miss Elizabeth MacDonald; Fergusonville, Mrs. J. R. Nesbitt; Fishs Eddy, Mrs. Joseph Kerry; Fleischmanns, Mrs. G. A. Speenburgh; Grand Gorge, Miss Hilda F. Deyoe, Gregory Hollow, Miss Edna L. Hulbert; Halcottsville, Mrs. E. C. Beardslee; Hambletville, Mrs. O. Joseph Axtell; Hamden, Miss Lillian B. Chambers; Hancock, Mrs. L. H. Wheeler, Hobart, Mrs. J. B. Rich; Kelly Corners, Mrs. W. Grant Kelly; Lake Delaware, Mrs. J. B. Lee; Lordville, Mrs. I. Lambert; Margaretville, Mrs. A. R. Gorsh; Meridale, Mrs. Charles R. Russell; New Kingston, Miss Leila Robertson; Pepacton, Mrs. W. A. Terry; Rockroyal, Mrs. William Storrie; Roxbury, Miss Carrie S. More; Sidney, Mrs E. O. Allen; Stamford, Mrs. L. H. DeSilva; Tacoma, Miss Marjorie Brown; Walton, Mrs. Paul Nichols.

Mrs. George W. Patterson, who won the croix de guerre for distinguished service at the front, will be a speaker at a number of meetings specially arranged under the auspices of the Victory loan for the women of Delaware and Sullivan counties, beginning Monday, April 21. Mrs. Patterson will speak at Walton on Wednesday, April 23, having an evening as well as an afternoon meeting, which it is hoped will give an opportunity to all the women of the nearby towns to hear her interesting message. The following day Mrs. Patterson will be in Delhi and on Friday will speak in Norwich.

Mrs. Patterson’s address will be of special interest to Walton and the neighboring towns as she is a resident of Otsego county, and well known through this part of the state. She was formerly Miss Suzette Ryerson and has lived most of her life in Cooperstown. She has devoted the past two years to service abroad, having gone over to France before the United States entered the war, as a bacteriologist, a post for which she was prepared by an extended course in the University of Chicago.

Nurses were needed so desperately at the front during the big drive last spring that Mrs. Patterson was sent from the base hospital where she was serving in the laboratory, to the front. There she worked for many months, often under fire, and did not quit her post until after the signing of the armistice.


Walton Assigned $201,450 or 75 Per Cent of Fourth Loan Quota.

Delaware County’s quota for the Victory loan is $1,535,750, or just 75 per cent of the quota in the fourth loan, which was $2,047,700.

The quota of the First National Bank of Walton is $201,450. Quotas assigned to the other banking districts in the county are as follows: Andes, $30,600; Delhi, $250,750; Downsville, $63,150; Fleischmanns,, $50,250; Grand Gorge, $64,450; Hancock, $115,300; Hobart, $117,600; Margaretville, $98,000; Roxbury, $64,000; Sidney, $275,750; Stamford, $137,400.

Purchasers are urged by the government to buy the notes on the government plan whereby the payment is extended over a period of six months.

Sidney Prize Speaking.

At the prize speaking contest of the Sidney high school last Thursday evening the following won the prices; First for boys, Dewey Amner; second, Harold Pryn; first for girls, Jeanette LaWall; second, Louise Manwaring.


Louis Eggleston Injured in Kelly Corners Creamery.

(From our Arkville cor.)

A bad accident happened at the Elgin creamery at Kelly Corners last Sunday afternoon, when Louis Eggleston of Kingston, trainman on the down milk, had the milk skid slip out from under him while carrying a heavy box of cheese into the car.

He was thrown so that his head struck the iron sill of the door, cutting him about the face and neck considerable, and then falling between the car and platform struck so as to break his leg just above the ankle. Being a heavy man, he was considerably bruised and stunned. Dr. Faulkner of Margaretville was telephoned, and he met the train at Arkville, where he made the injured man as comfortable as possible until the train reached Kingston, where he was taken to the Kingston City Hospital.

War Savings Conference.

A conference of War Savings workers in Delaware county was held in Delhi Wednesday. The meeting was presided over by S. F. Adee of Delhi, vice chairman for the county. Addresses were made by Frank M. Boykin of the Federal Reserve Bank, New York city, who gave details of the work and spoke of the necessity of practicing and inculcating thrift; and by Corporal W. Anson Hallahan of Co. M, 107th Infantry, author of the 27th Division show, “You Know Me, Al,” who gave a graphic account of scenes on the battlefield. Lieut. G. A. Silliman of Delhi gave an account of some of his experiences while serving in France with Base Hospital 43, and Arthur White of Northfield read original verses on “The Battle of Thrift.” About sixty were in attendance at the gathering.

Lost Husband and Son.

Mrs. John Harvey of Carbondale, Pa., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Baker of Sidney, has been bereaved of both her husband and a son within the past week. Thursday, April 10, her four year old son, Edward Russell Harvey, died from scarlet fever, and was buried the following day. The death of Mr. Harvey occurred Sunday, April 13, from tonsilitis and quinsy. Mr. Harvey was 31 years of age, and had been employed as a trainman on the Ontario & Western. Mrs. Harvey and daughter, Louise Gertrude, will come to Sidney to live with her parents.

Last Basket Ball Game.

“The Hindenburg Line Smashers,” composed of members of the old Co. F, failed Wednesday evening in their attempt to smash Co. I’s reputation in the basketball line and finished the game with a score of 50 to 26 against them and only three of the original players left in the game. This will probably end the basketball season as Co. I finished its outside engagements Saturday with a game with Downsville in the armory Saturday evening which the guardsmen won by a score of 28 to 5. Co. I players Wednesday evening were Moore, Courtney, Reville, Flynn and Stern. Reville starred with fourteen baskets to his credit. The Co. F men were Laidlaw, Wright, Loushay, Hoye, White, Berray and McCook.

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