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Looking Back

100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 1917


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Farm Bureau Office Moves Upstairs - Axes and Saws Mangle Limbs - School Matters.

While returning from Walton Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Peck of Granton saw two large deer on Walton Mountain.

At a largely attended meeting of Willowemoc Chapter, O. E. S., Tuesday evening, it was unanimously voted that the chapter purchase a Liberty bond.

H. A. Wilbur, first lieutenant of Company F, has been named as military instructor in the city of Norwich. He went to Norwich Friday and put the school cadets through their first drill.

Lindley Beers of Granton had the misfortune to cut his hand badly in a sawmill Friday. He was taken to Walton where his hand was dressed by Dr. Morrow. One finger had to be amputated at the first joint. Two other fingers were badly cut.

The Farm Bureau office has been moved from the first floor of the Lyon block, corner of Delaware and North streets, to the second floor, in rooms formerly occupied by John P. Bastian, the tailor. Mr. Bastian has moved to the Vail concrete building, Delaware street.

Mary Weed Marvin Chapter, D. A. R., held its election of officers at the meeting Friday evening at the home of Miss Florence St. John, Platt street. The following officers were chosen: Regent, Mrs. George H. Nelils; vice regent, Mrs. William Henderson; corresponding secretary, Miss Edith Olmsted; treasurer, Miss Elsie Beers.

Leland Jones of Pines Brook cut his foot badly with an axe last Thursday. Dr. Morrow was called to dress the injury. Mahlon Sheeley of Fair street, who is employed by the Beerston Acetate Company, sustained a similar accident Friday and James Eaton of West Brook cut his foot with an axe Saturday. Dr. Smith attended Sheeley and Eaton.

Thomas Phoenix, engineer for the Borden Co., at their Rockroyal plant, was painfully burned about the face Friday morning. Phoenix was cleaning the flues of the boiler at the plant when an accumulation of gas, which had gathered in the flues blew out and burned him on the right side of his face and ear. He was brought to Walton where Dr. Gladstone dressed his injury.

Henry Flynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Flynn of St. John street, was injured in a peculiar manner Friday. With some other boys, the lad was playing on the flat in front of the Stockton avenue school and the boys were amusing themselves by throwing stones in a pool of water in order to splash one another. One of the stones skipped and struck young Flynn on the head back of the ear. He was unconscious for about twenty minutes.

William Ruff, a Read’s Creek boy, came near losing the sight of his left eye as a result of an accident last Thursday evening. Ruff and some companions were playing in the barn and in the darkness the boy ran against a sharp hook on some steelyards hung up for use in weighing hay. The eyeball was ruptured badly, and the iris dislocated. The boy was brought to Walton, where Dr. Holley attended him. At first it was thought he would lose the sight of the eye, but the member is now clearing and it is thought the sight will be saved.

During the past week two changes have been made in the personnel of Company F. Sergeant William H. White, who is attending the officers’ training camp at Madison Barracks, was granted a discharge from the National Guard and Private William Maxwell of Meredith was transferred to the First Regiment supply company at Peekskill. Olan Misner and Harvey Cole were enlisted as privates from the waiting list and the application of Walter A. Wright of Walton, who has been working in Ithaca, was placed on the waiting list. Discharges for several men have been asked for, but have not been received yet. There are nearly enough applicants on the waiting list to fill all vacancies.

The Board of Education of the Walton High School has elected Miss Irene A. Bootier of Saratoga Springs as a teacher in the first grade in place of Miss Emma B. Smith of Livingston Manor, resigned. William H. Dunn of Ypsilanti, Michigan, candidate for the position of physical training instructor, has been asked to meet the board the latter part of June. Two previous candidates for the position failed to accept after their election. The Board of Education has also divided the district for the two grade schools, Stockton avenue and Miller avenue. The dividing line shall be as follows: Delaware street from Townsend’s bridge to Liberty street, Liberty street to Mead street, Mead street to Townsend street, Townsend street to Mount Pleasant. All pupils living on the streets or parts of streets mentioned and pupils to the east of this line shall attend the Stockton avenue school. Nonresident pupils entering the grades will be located in one building or the other at the discretion of the superintendent.


Sent by State to Assist Manager Eastman - State Plans.

On account of the food emergency the state will send a trained woman county agent to Delaware county on July 1st, and pay her salary. She will have an office with the Farm Bureau and be under the general supervision of the county agent.

Her expenses aside from office and clerical work, which will be paid by the Farm Bureau, must be raised in some way by the people of the county. The amount is estimated at $350. Requests for demonstrations in fruit work, canning, drying and food conservation should be made to the Farm Bureau office at once.

A demonstration of the splendid organization the Farm Bureau has perfected was given Thursday afternoon when committeemen from every town in the county attended a conference in Walton. H. E. Babcock, assistant state director of farm bureau work, presented the state plans for production and care of crops and a statement of what the food commission has already done and expects to do with special emphasis on the way to meet marketing problems this fall. The views of those present were asked for in order that the plans might be modified to meet the conditions presented by the farmers. Later E. A. Van Alstyne, state director of farmers’ institutions, arranged for the institutions to be held this year.


Little Jean Berray Victim of Fatal Accident Saturday


Boy Picked up Weapon Left Loaded in Bedroom and Fired It Out of Window.

Jean, the four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Berray of Liberty street, died at 2 o’clock Sunday morning from a wound in her head inflicted by a charge of bird shot fired from a gun in the hands of her brother, Robert, aged seven years. The accident happened about three o’clock Saturday afternoon and the little girl never rallied after the shooting. It is believed some of the shot penetrated the skull.

Robert Berray has had a number of chickens killed recently by a cat and Friday night loaded the shotgun and left it in his bedroom on the second floor, facing on the back yard, so as to have it ready to shoot if the cat came back again.

Saturday afternoon Robert, Jr., and a companion attended the moving pictures, and on coming home little Bobby went upstairs to the bathroom and then entered his parents’ bedroom. He noticed the shotgun and childlike picked it up. Not knowing it was loaded he brought the weapon to his shoulder, pointed it out the window and pulled the trigger. The kick of the gun knocked the boy over. The boy’s little sister, Jean, was in the back yard sitting on a cart and near her was Esther Woodburn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woodburn, neighbors. The charge of shot struck Jean on the side and back of the head and on the shoulders, inflicting a terrible wound. She fell to the ground unconscious. Esther Woodburn had been tying her shoestring and was just straightening up when the gun was discharged. Though standing near the Berray girl she was untouched by the shot.

Dr. W. R. Gladstone was called in the absence of Dr. Morrow, the family physician, who arrived a little later. There was little or nothing that medical skill could do to help and death came at 2 o’clock Sunday morning without little Jean ever having regained consciousness.

Jean Berray was born October 12, 1912, and was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Berray. She was a bright, active girl and a general favorite with her playmates. Besides the parents there survive her five brothers and one sister, Kenneth of Cleveland, Ohio; Fred in the U. S. navy at the Great Lakes training station; Donald, who is working at Painted Post, N. Y., and Jennie, Burr and Robert at home.

The funeral service was held Wednesday at 4 o’clock at the house, conducted by Rev. C. S. Wyckoff. Burial was in the Walton cemetery.


Two Engines in Building Badly Damaged by the Heat.

The Ontario & Western roundhouse located in the southern part of the Sidney yards was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning about 6 o’clock. It was impossible to get the engines out of the building and the locomotives were practically ruined.

When discovered the flames had gathered such headway that it was impossible to get the two engines out. One was used on the New Berlin branch way freight and the other an trains 11 and 12. Charles Shofkoo, the night watchman, was tending to the water plug when the fire broke out. The roundhouse was located about a quarter mile below the station.


Stock of E. S. Rhodes Burned with Ellis Knapp Building


Post Office Equipment About the Only Thing Saved - Small Tenant House Went up in Smoke.

E. S. Rhodes, who formerly was in business in Walton, suffered a heavy loss late Sunday night when his store at North Franklin was destroyed by fire.

Mr. Rhodes’ store was located in the building owned by Ellis Knapp and the Rhodes family occupied the living apartments overhead. The fire appeared to originate in the store part of the building and was first discovered by a neighbor.

The position of postmaster at North Franklin is held by Mr. Rhodes and most of the post office equipment was saved from the burning building. Mr. Rhodes lost nearly his entire stock of goods and his household goods were also burned. The origin of the fire is unknown.

The flames spread to a small unoccupied tenant house owned by Burton Sanford, located nearby, and this structure was also destroyed. The North Franklin Grange had the hall above the store and all the furnishings there were lost.

Mr. Rhodes’ loss is placed at over $3,000 with an insurance of $2,000 on the store stock but none upon his household goods. The building was insured for $1,100 by the owner, Ellis Knapp. The barn connected with the store was saved. It is probable the building will be replaced.


Indications are that Credit for Co. F. in Draft Will go to County.

The complete roster of Company F, First Regiment, N. G. N. Y., is printed in another column. The roster shows that of the 150 enlisted men and three commissioned officers of the company, 84 or more than half are from the town of Walton or are former residents who have returned to enlist. The other towns in the county are represented as follows: Andes, 1; Colchester, 4; Delhi, 6; Franklin, 1; Hamden, 8; Hancock, 1; Kortright, 3; Masonville, 1; Meredith, 2; Sidney, 10; Tompkins, 10. The city of Norwich is represented by 20 members.

The selective draft act provides that each state or subdivision thereof shall be credited with the number of men enlisted in the various branches of service. The question arises as to what the word “subdivision” refers. Justice would be best served if each town was given credit for the men enlisted but indications are that it will be the county to which credit is given.


Two Persons Drowned at Oriskany Falls - Bridges Carried Away.

The northern division of the Ontario & Western was visited by one of the worst storms in years Monday. Bridges were washed away and on the Utica branch all traffic north of Solsville, about forty miles south of Utica, was stopped. The Utica Flyer has been running only as far as Solsville.

At Oriskany Falls on the Utica branch the bursting of several dams resulted in the loss of two lives and destruction of property which will amount to thousands of dollars. The branch of the Central from Earlville to Syracuse, over which trains 5 and 6 run, was also badly washed and a number of bridges were carried out. The same conditions prevailed on the main line of the O. & W. north of Oneida and in the Oswego yards there was half a foot of water.

At Roscoe the reservoir which supplies the village was carried out.


Meeting for Organization to Be Held in Walton, June 29.

On Friday, June 29, at 1 p. m., in the Farm Bureau office at Walton, there will be a meeting of all farmers in the county who are interested in Federal farm loans. The system by which the government loans money to farmers on mortgage will be thoroughly explained and if interest justifies it, a loan association will be organized for the county.

Mr. E. H. Forristall, secretary of the Springfield Farm Loan Bank, will be present and give a talk on the operation of the loan association. It is the interest of every man carrying a mortgage for improvements to attend this meeting. Women, who are property owners, should attend this meeting also. This is not a plan by which farmers can get something for nothing, but for men who wish a long-time mortgage with small payments and a fair rate of interest, the plan offers opportunities. For an outline of the way farm loan associations are organized and operated, notice the Farm Bureau News for June.


Former Colchester Boy Charged with First Degree Murder.

Floyd Lindsley, the former Colchester boy, who was indicted by the Broome county grand jury last week on a charge of murder in the first degree, will be placed on trial on July 9. Lindsley is charged with shooting and killing George F. Shaw, a taxicab driver, and a former resident of Downsville and Margaretville.

When Lindsley was arraigned before Justice Davis Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder in the first degree. In reply to a question by the court, he said that he had no money with which to employ attorneys, and asked that Mr. Mangan and Mr. Ronan be assigned. Justice Davis granted his request.

Charles Faatz, Theodore Gates and Leon Perkins, who were arrested with Lindsley and charged with murder, but indicted by the Grand Jury on charge of robbery, pleaded not guilty. Bail was fixed at $1,500 in the case of each. No bail could be fixed for Lindsley.

An extra panel of 200 jurors has been drawn for Lindsley’s trial.


Long Eddy Signal Manager Has Bad Fall.

(From Long Eddy correspondent.)

Jake Werner, the Erie signal maintainer, fell 24 feet from a pole where he was working about one-half mile below Long Eddy, when some of the tackle gave way.

He had the presence of mind to throw out his hands and catch the telegraph wires, thus breaking the fall. He was badly bruised about the face and the ligaments were torn from the bone at the left hip. The men who were with him carried him to the car and brought him home at once, where Dr. Frisbee attended him. He will be in bed for some time.

Delhi Has Town Clock.

(From our Delhi correspondent.)

The new town clock and chimes for the town of the Delhi Second Presbyterian church have arrived and will be placed in position within a short time. People are generally pleased with this innovation, and grateful to the friend of the town who has made it possible.


Complete Roster of Three Officers and One Hundred Fifty Men in Walton Guard.

The following is a complete list of the commissioned officers and enlisted men in Company F, First Regiment, of Walton.


Ballman, J. S., Middletown.

First Lieutenant.

Wilbur, H. A., Walton.

Second Lieutenant.

Hones, W. L., Jr., Roscoe.

First Sergeant.

O’Neill, Chas. T., Walton.

Mess Sergeant.

Person, Fred R., Walton.

Supply Sergeant.

Oothoudt, A. E., Walton.


Connelly, J. J., Walton.

Smith, Charles F., Walton

White, Wm. H., Walton

Eells, Frank M., Walton.

Kniffin, Harold D., Walton.

Palmer, John W., Walton.


Caden, Martin E., Walton.

Guild, Marshall T., Walton.

Seacord, Roscoe, Walton.

Laidlaw, Howard G., Walton.

Flynn, Leo F., Walton.

Cleaver, Walter J., Walton.

Holmes, Robt. B., Walton.

Hammond, Charles, Walton.


McCook, Lee M., Walton.

Berray, Donald S., Walton.


Wilbur, Robert L., Walton.


Pine, Daniel D., Walton.

Dennis, Clifford, Walton.

Shackleton, Frank H., Walton.


Armodi, Charles, Sidney.

Allen, George J., Lookout, Pa.

Atwood, Warren E., Norwich.

Barns, Frank B., Walton.

Beagle, Axford L., Walton.

Beers, Olin, Beerston.

Brush, Merton, Downsville.

Bull, Norris, Downsville.

Boyd, Leland B., Cannonsville.

Bundy, Albert, Walton.

Carr, Ed., Walton.

Cicale, Patrick J., Walton.

Clark, Harry, Walton.

Closs, John E., Walton.

Cole, James E., Walton.

Coats, Clayton W., Walton.

Coats, Truman R., Walton.

Crawford, Lee W., Trout Creek.

Crosby, Lee, Norwich.

Cole, Harvey, Walton.

Davenport, Nelson, Treadwell.

Davis, Adelbert, Rock Rift.

Dickinson, Wilbur R., Sidney.

Diihr, Roger, Bloomville.

Dow, Monroe, E., Walton.

DuMond, Fred M., Walton.

Elderkin, Vincent, Rock Rift.

Felter, Frank, Walton.

Felter, Jacob W., Walton.

Flowers, Frank H., Delhi.

Fuhri, John J., Rock Rift.

Fuhri, James R., Portlandville.

Garner, Chas. T., Norwich.

Gerowe, Clifford, Delhi.

Graham, Howard, Delhi.

Gray, Arthur E., Walton.

Gray, Howell J., Walton.

Griffin, Glendy W., Walton.

Gucker, Howard A., Norwich.

Goodenough, Raymond C., Delhi.

Hackett, Joseph J., Norwich.

Hall, Harry, Walton.

Hinkley, Maurice E., Walton.

Hoye, Bernard, Walton.

Houck, Fred, Walton.

Houck, Cecil, Walton.

Houck, John, Walton.

Houck, Lawrence, Walton.

Hume, John B., Hamden.

Hoyt, Earl A., Norwich.

Husted, Ned, Norwich.

Jaycox, Paul A., East Branch.

Jenkins, Wm. D., East Masonville.

Johnson, Leroy S., Walton.

Jones, Paul, Beerston.

Jones, Carl W., Norwich.

Jones, Earl F., Horton.

Laskey, Edward, Mule Shoe, Texas.

Lake, John P., Delhi.

Launt, Alex., Walton.

LaFranco, Chas., Walton.

Livermore, Floyd A., Norwich.

LaFrano, Thomas, Walton.

Lewis, Henry E., Hamden.

Loushay, David E., Walton.

Mallory, Wm. W., Hamden.

Mason, Chas., Cadosia.

Misner, Olan, Walton.

Meade, Wm. H., Walton.

Meade, Wm. W., Bloomville.

Meade, George, Norwich.

McDonald, Berton J., Hamden.

Morris, Fred T., Delancey.

North, Edward L., Walton.

Northrup, Legrand, Walton.

O’Connor, Leo V., Hamden.

Ostrom, Arthur E., Walton.

Pangaro, John, Walton.

Pratt, Benny O., Hamden.

Paulson, Frank, Trenton, N. J.

Pratt, Leo, Hamden.

Peake, Wesley, Rock Rift.

Peake, Herman C., Rock Rift.

Pindar, Silas, Sidney.

Rourk, Frank D., Walton.

Roda, Frank C., Walton.

Robb, Lyle S., Norwich.

Salton, George E., Walton.

Schoonmaker, Howard, Walton.

Scott, Oscar, Walton.

Segar, Lloyd, Walton.

Shaver, Frank, Downsville.

Shaw, Howard R., Delancey.

Shaw, Alex, Delancey.

Simpson, Julian C., Norwich.

Snyder, Leland E., Walton.

Snyder, Arthur F., Delhi.

Spickerman, Ray H., Bloomville.

Stern, Hilton, Walton.

Sutliff, Leo. A., Walton.

Seymour, Ernest C., Norwich.

Sutton, William A., Sidney.

Sutton, Lewis, Sidney.

Sprague, Gleyn H., Norwich.

Tiffany, Norman G., Norwich.

Tobey, Truman C., Cortland.

Tompkins, Francis, Walton.

Teelon, Carl A., Norwich.

Voorhis, John O., Norwich.

Watson, James, Delhi.

Watson, Ira, Norwich.

Watson, Henry, Norwich.

Weeks, Julian, Norwich.

Wells, Hector, Earlville.

Welcher, Durwood, East Masonville.

Welten, Allen, Burnwood.

White, George, Norwich.

White, Harold, Walton.

Whitaker, Orville, Trout Creek.

Winfield, Ernest, Beerston.

Wright, George A., Youngs.

Wright, Malcolm, Walton.

Wood, Clinton E., Walton.

Wood, Clayton, Walton.

Wood, Clarence G., Franklin Depot.

Woodward, Ivan D., Norwich.

Ziegler, Fred, East Branch.


William Corgan of Loomis Thrown From Steed as He Vaulted Fence.

(From our Loomis correspondent.)

William Corgan, a young man employed at Hill Top Drive farm, by Horace Allen, met with a very painful accident Sunday. Corgan, with Willard Allen, started on a pleasure trip Sunday horseback, riding Allen’s famous mustangs. They went as far as Henry Puffer’s, and here they decided to give an exhibition of the horses as racers.

The horse ridden by Corgan took a sudden notion to leave the road, and jumping a fence sent Corgan into the air. The young man struck against a tree, injuring him about the face, shoulders and back, and he suffered a concussion of the brain. He was picked up unconscious and taken to the Puffer place, and Dr. Smith called. The doctor found no bones broken.

The horse tore his breast badly, having struck a post as he vaulted the fence.


Louis Austin Found Beside Tracks at Livingston Manor.

(From our Livingston Manor cor.)

Louis Austin, a foreigner, who lives just beyond Parksville, was picked up just at daylight Wednesday morning by Engineer Launt, on the pusher engine. Austin was lying beside the southbound track (near Morsston), one foot completely severed.

He was brought back to the Manor by Mr. Launt and removed to the residence of Fred DeVoe, where Dr. Bourke operated on his leg and he will be cared for. It is thought that the man must have lain where he was found all night. No. 14, which was three hours late Tuesday night, is thought to have struck him.


Ground Staked Out for Building on Elm Street.

(From our Delhi correspondent.)

Workmen have been staking out the grounds for the new Memorial library on Elm street.

The building will be 35x70 and the plans call for a beautiful structure, magnificently finished throughout the interior, and for this Delhi will be indebted to Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Cannon.

Picturesque Meredith Inn.

The Meredith Inn, on Meredith square, which has been under construction since January last, is completed and was opened to the public June 1. The inn is a very large building fitted with all modern conveniences. It is situated in a picturesque place where one can overlook the Ouleout valley for many miles.


Trustees Met Tuesday in the Various Towns and Selected Members.

The trustees of the school districts in each town met Tuesday under the provisions of the new township school law to elect town boards of education.

In Walton the meeting was held at 2:45 p. m. in the High School building, and nineteen of the twenty-two trustees of the town were present. E. S. Dann was elected chairman of the meeting and Robert George clerk. The law was explained by E. O. Harkness of Delhi, district superintendent of schools, and then the ballots for members of the board of education were taken. William McDonald and John D. Smith were chosen for terms of one year each; W. R. Russell and Seeley Wood for two years and Robert George for three years.

In Delhi the members of the new town board are as follows: one year, Robert McCandlish and George McMullen; two years, Bruce Kilpatrick and A. A. Dodds; three years, Robert Tweedie.

The Sidney trustees met at Sidney Center. The new school board of that town is composed of these men: trustees for one year, Rancey R. Butler and Fred H. Stilson; two years, J. W. Young and Eugene DeForest; three years, W. H. Benedict.

Trustees of the town of Tompkins chose these men: one year, S. W. Seymour and A. S. Pierson; two years, Samuel Moore and Oscar Whitaker; three years, F. S. Patterson.

The Hancock trustees met at Fish’s Eddy and elected the following board: one year, E. J. Cotter of Hancock and Ernest Emetic of Long Eddy; two years, Charles Miller of East Branch and Ray Houck of Fish’s Eddy; three years, I. W. Seymour of Hancock.

The Stamford board of education is composed of these men: one year, J. B. Mattice and W. T. Ryer; two years, J. A. Harkness and W. E. King; three years, W. H. Sheffield.

The principal features of the new township school law were recently published in full in the Reporter. The new boards will meet the first Tuesday in August for organization. The trustees elected at the annual school meeting in May are automatically retired. The law provides that the town boards shall have the power to engage teachers, but undoubtedly they will recognize the contracts made by the trustees elected in May unless some good reason to do otherwise exists. The town board of education have control of all the schools in town and hereafter the members will be elected at a town school meeting to be held in May.

Union school districts having a population of 1,500 or more or employing fifteen teachers do not come under the provisions of the law unless they vote to enter the township system. The High Schools in Walton, Delhi and Sidney are understood to be the only ones in Delaware county not affected.


Team of Marvin Miller Frightened When Strap Broke.

(From our Treadwell correspondent.)

Marvin Miller’s team took a lively run Thursday afternoon. As Mr. Miller was driving down the Harder road a strap broke, letting the tongue drop. This frightened the team, which broke loose from the wagon, dragging Mr. Miller over the dash board. He was unable to hold them and they ran, gaining speed as they struck the main road.

They turned down the back street, crossed Monroe Jackson’s lawn and were stopped near his barn. Fortunately no one was hurt and no serious damage done.

East Branch Church Struck.

(From our East Branch correspondent.)

During the heavy thunder storm on Thursday night lightning struck the corner of the bell tower on the Methodist church at East Branch. The shingles were quite badly torn off but otherwise no damage was done. Luckily it did not set fire.


State Superintendent of Forests to Form Regiment for France.

Clifford R. Pettis, superintendent of state forests, has been named to organize a regiment of woodsmen and mill workers to be sent to France as a part of the Engineers’ Reserve corps. The organization is to be sent over at the request of the allied governments. Mr. Pettis is a native of Delancey and a son of Homer Pettis of Walton.

The duty of this regiment will be to get out timber needed by the armies, such as railroad ties, trench timbers, mine props, bridge timbers, lumber and cord wood. The work will be done behind the battle lines of France.

Service in the regiment will give men of proper woods training a chance to take that part in the war for which their experience has particularly fitted them. They will include axemen, sawyers, hewers, skidders, teamsters and blacksmiths. Those having experience with portable saw mills are particularly desired.

Recruits must be between the ages of eighteen and forty years and must be citizens of the United States or have declared their intention to become citizens.


Program of Suffrage Convention There June 29.

On June 29th the Fourth Annual Suffrage Convention of Delaware County will be held at Roxbury, with morning and afternoon sessions, at the Y. M. C. A. building. Miss Harriet May Mills is to conduct an open discussion, by local men and women, on Government Service, and its relation to the suffrage campaign. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, who has recently been appointed chairman of the Woman’s Committee, of the Council of National Defense, will speak at the patriotic rally. This committee is working on a plan, to bring together in friendly and efficient co-operation, all of the women’s organizations in the country, now doing or desiring to do patriotic work.

A feature of the evening meeting will be community singing, led by Prof. Kilkenny, while at the afternoon session, a patriotic song “Your Flag and Mine,” which has recently been set to music, by Miss Collins Buchanan, will be sung by Robert B. Craft.

May Sell Flag Pins.

The Marsh flag bill was signed by Governor Whitman Friday. The measure amends the law relating to the use of the American flag on articles of merchandise by permitting jewelers to manufacture and sell flag pins and by allowing stationers to emboss a national emblem on note paper and envelopes for private use.

Don Gleason Joins Aviation Corps.

Donald W. Gleason, son of Wallace B. Gleason of Delhi, has joined the Aviation corps, passed the physical examination and will be a member of the aviation school at Mineola, L. I. Mr. Gleason has held a position in the state senate.


For Death of Engineer Lyman in Wreck at Otego.

A verdict of $5,000 in favor of the plaintiff, Margaret L. Lyman, against the defendant, the Delaware & Hudson Railroad Co., was handed up by a jury in Supreme Court Monday afternoon. The action was brought to recover for the death of Mrs. Lyman’s husband, who, it was alleged, was killed at Otego through the negligence of the railroad company.

The disposition of the case Monday marked the third time it has been taken to court.

Bear Killed at Halcottsville.

(From our Halcottsville cor.)

Seeing what was thought to be a dog up in the field back of the home of S. G. Scudder of Halcottville, Mr. Scudder investigated and soon found out that it was a big black bear. He procured some help and started out in quest of his skin. They chased him for some distance and fired several shots from a shot gun into the bear, but without any noticeable effect. Robert Signor later arrived on the scene with a 32-40 calibre rifle and he fired one well aimed shot from this and struck Sir Bruin behind the front leg and killed him. Upon taking him home he was found to weigh 120 pounds. This is certainly very singular for there was not thought to have been any bears in this section of the Catskills.

No Sidney School Commencement.

There will be no regular commencement exercises at the Sidney High School this year as only four of the seventeen members are now in school. The diplomas will be presented at the anniversary sermon on Sunday evening, June 24, when Rev. William Barnfather will preach.

Was Gunner on “Silver Shell.”

The name of Donald Frasier K. Chisholm appears in the list of the gun crew of the Silver Shell, whose excellent work in sinking a German submarine in the Mediterranean sea recently won for them such hearty praise from Secretary Daniels and others, with a hint of deserved promotions. Mr. Chisholm is a son of Mrs. John Blish of Hobart.

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