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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1918


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Nearly $4,000 to Fair Society

- Walton Leads County in Enlistments - Women Must

Enroll to Vote.

Walter V. Joyce of Brooklyn died in that city Friday, May 17. Mr. Joyce was a Pinkerton detective and was well known in Walton, where he has spent a vacation each summer for some years past.

At a meeting of the Church of the Covenanters Wednesday a call to the pastorate was extended to Rev. Boyd A. White, who recently completed his studies in the Pittsburgh Seminary. Mr. Boyd will preach in the church next Sunday.

A baseball game between the Walton town team and Delhi will be played on the fair grounds on the afternoon of Memorial Day, May 30, at 3:30 o’clock. The proceeds will be donated to the Walton chapter of the Red Cross.

The federal railroad administration has instructed the various railroads to enforce to the letter the anti-trespassing law. The O. & W. detectives have been instructed to arrest anyone that is found walking along the tracks. Trespassing on railroad property is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.

The annual meeting for the election of officers of the Walton Chamber of Commerce will be held in Walton Hall next Tuesday evening, May 28. George S. Dalgety, general superintendent of the Redpath Chautauqua system will be present and speak on community building. Every member should attend.

The Delaware Valley Agricultural society, the Walton Fair association, will soon receive $3,875.20 in state money, being 80 per cent of the sum paid out in premiums at the 1917 fair. The Delhi Fair society will receive $2,282.56; Oneonta, $4,000; Norwich, $3,620.80; Monticello, $2,488.35. The checks will be mailed to the treasurers of the fair societies within a few days.

Twenty-three of the fifty men from this district who leave on May 29 for Camp Wadsworth, S. C., are Walton boys. When they enter service Walton will have nearly 160 men in the service and leads all the other towns in the county by a wide margin in number of men now with the colors. The call of one hundred men on May 29 will make between 950 and 1,000 men from Delaware county now in the service. Nearly one-third of this number is now overseas.

The enrollment blanks for women have been distributed among the town clerks in the county and may be obtained from them. In order to participate in the primary in September it is necessary that the women shall enroll in the political party of their preference. Blanks should be filled out according to directions on the blanks and mailed to the board of elections in Delhi. The enrollment certificate must be signed by a witness but does not have to be sworn to.

Two Walton cases were submitted to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in Albany on Wednesday. The first was the action of Charles Preyer, appellant, against Lewis Miller, respondent. This is an appeal from a judgment of justice’s court for $55.40 damages and costs in an action to recover on breach of warranty for the sale of a horse. The other matter was the appeal of William A. Soper, former chief of police of Walton village, from a judgment of $435.21, secured against him by Matthew Beardsley in Supreme Court for damages for an alleged assault.

The second annual song festival by the students of the Walton public schools was held Tuesday evening in Walton hall. A large and enthusiastic audience evinced their interest in this important department of public school instruction. The program rendered was a splendid tribute to Prof. H. Francis Miles, whose effective leadership was shown at every point. Especially notable features of the ensemble singing were the definite attack, the sustained endings, the clear enunciation and the careful shadings in the interpretation. The soloist parts were well taken. Especially worthy of mention was George Huntington, whose voice, of a pleasing tenor quality, shows much promise. The fine enthusiasm and esprit de corps evinced by the students taking part are indicative of the interest justly taken in music in the public schools.

Many persons do not realize the large amount of money needed by the Walton Red Cross Chapter. Each Red Cross chapter is issued allotment of knitted goods, surgical dressings and other articles which it is expected to fill in full. In the months of March and April, the cost of materials purchased by the Walton chapter was between

$300 and $400, and in addition the chapter has been called upon to furnish 200 comfort kits to the branches and auxiliaries to fill, but the cost of furnishing the remaining kits will be from $225 to $250. The chapter is receiving about $150 monthly from the pledge system and it can readily be seen that at least twice as much is needed. Unless each one does his part and bears his just share of the burden the chapter will be unable to meet the calls upon it.


Delaware County Selected Men Go to Camp Wadsworth.


Call Will Take Twenty-three Men From Town of Walton Alone - Two Days on the Way.

The Walton local board on Monday received orders for the entrainment of fifty-one men from this district for Camp Wadsworth, S. C., on Wednesday of next week, May 29. The men will leave Walton at 12:45 on a special train carrying 105 men from Chenango county and 49 from the Delhi district. The train goes by way of Scranton and is scheduled to reach Camp Wadsworth at 6 p.m. on May 30th.

Camp Wadsworth is located near Spartanburg, S. C., and is the camp where the New York division has been in training. This is the first time when selected men from this district have been sent further than Camp Dix, N. J., or Camp Upton, L. I.

First District, Delhi.

The forty-nine men who have been selected to go from the Delhi district are listed below. Men in Class I engaged in agriculture have been passed temporarily, so that registrants with order numbers up to 1365 are listed in the call.

The address of each man is the place where he registered from, and in many cases not the present address. The old addresses are given in preference as they indicate the towns from which the men are taken.

Archibald, Wilbur T., Bovina.

Andrews, Harvey, Arkville.

Bregha, Nick, Cooks Falls.

Bartholomew, Harold G., Delhi.

Banks, Arthur, Fleischmanns.

Blakeslee, Burroughs, R., Arkville.

Barrett, George L., Fleischmanns.

Bishop, Ray S., Hancock.

Brustman, Fred J., Downsville.

Bush, Frank C., Cadosia.

Crumb, Charles, Fishs Eddy.

Dofer, Frank, Cooks Falls.

Dixson, Frank N. W., Delhi.

Ellis, James R., Hobart.

Elwood, Alexander C. Pepacton.

Ferguson, Purl, Pepacton.

Fuller, Walter E., Gregorytown.

Fuller, Manesseh E., Gregorytown.

Faulkner, Edward, Fleischmanns.

Foote, Fred B., Hobart.

Fallerman, John H., Fleischmanns.

Gregory, Rank, Downsville.

Holbert, William J., Fish’s Eddy.

Henderson, Clifton, Margaretville.

Hall, Delmar, Delhi.

Hoagland, Christopher, Hancock.

Jacobwitz, Abram, Fleischmanns.

Jones, Frank, Grand Gorge.

Kittle, Ray, Arena.

Larned, Earl L., Delhi.

Mogridge, Earl, Hancock.

Mahon, Morton, Hancock.

Moseman, Edward, Fleischmanns.

Posmatti, Patsy, Cadosia.

Pultz, Paul A., Fleischmanns.

Robinson, Harold, Bovina Center.

Ruff, Fred W., Andes.

Robson, William M., Andes.

Roberts, Archie, Hobart.

Robertson, Richard B., New


Staples, James Arthur, Long Eddy.

Simpson, Joseph, South Kortright.

Spickerman, Emory O., Arena.

Sheable, Guy W. Harvard.

Slade, Homer, Union Grove

Vrooman, Hiram, Stamford.

Vetrone, Domenico, Cadosia.

Yesburger, Thomas F., Lordville.

White, Percy P., Arkville.


Cerquz, Peter, East Branch.

Geiger, Wm. J., Lordville.

Seleschia, Joseph, East Branch.

Andrews, Henry E., Arkvlle.

Chase, James, Roxbury.

Coughlin, Wm., Fleischmanns.

Voccare, Guiseppi, Hobart.

Delamater, Harry, Delhi.

Second District, Walton.

The men from the Walton district are given below. The call takes all men in Class I except some twenty-five employed on farms.

Arrandale, John J., Sidney.

Allen, Floyd T., Walton.

Bosket, Melvin C., Deposit.

Bruce, William P., Walton.

Cooper, Earl, Sidney.

Cicale, Patsy J., Walton.

Campenello, Joseph, Long Island


Cole, Clair R., Sidney.

Cetta, Joseph, Walton.

Clark, Jenkins A., Franklin.

Daniels, Kenneth, Deposit.

Eggleston, Simon, Cannonsville.

Every, Allen M. Bloomville.

Genung, Fred, Walton.

Gray, William, Walton.

Geswaldo, Giovanni, Walton.

Harder, Burton, Meridale.

Howe, Burr I., Franklin.

Hodges, Carroll, Franklin.

Ingraham, D. A., Susquehanna,


Jones, Alfred H., Masonville.

Johnson, Olin H., Franklin.

Knowles, Charles A., Walton.

Liberatore, John, Jersey City.

Lord, Harold, Equinunk, Pa.

MacGregor, Ernest, DeLancey.

McLean, Arthur, Walton.

McLachlan, Alfred, Walton.

Maritato, Eugene, Walton.

Miller, Bruce D., Walton

Maybe, Alvin, Morgantown, W.


Nagel, George, Hamden.

Newkirk, Harold, Hamden.

Oles, John R., Walton.

Palmatier Jesse J., Hale Eddy.

Pellett, Peter H., Richmondville.

Pendlebury, Levant D., Sidney,

Rose, Durward F., Walton.

Romane, Blaso, Apex.

Ross, Archie, West Davenport.

Roche, William, Walton.

Smith, Harold R., Walton.

Smith, Harry J. Davnport.

Storrer, William G., Walton.


Exercise at the Cemetery in Morning and Mass Meeting in Afternoon at Hall.

Arrangements have been practically completed for the observance of Memorial Day in Walton next Thursday, May 30.

The usual union memorial service will be held in Walton hall Sunday evening at which time Rev. J. C. Coddington, pastor of the M. E. church, will preach.

Thursday morning the parade will form on Gardiner Place at 9:30 to march to the cemetery. It will be headed by the Walton Cornet band and the various organizations of the village and the citizens in general are asked to join. A. J. Courtney is president of the day and Harry A. Wilbur the grand marshal.

At the cemetery Ben Marvin Post, G. A. R., will carry out the G. A. R. exercises and Hon. A. W. North will give a short address. The afternoon exercises will be held in Walton Hall at 2 p.m. Rev. S. R. MacEwan, Rev. T. P. burns and Rev. S. E. Carr will speak on “The Present and the Future.” There will be selections by an orchestra and a male quartette.

Loves Thrown From Carriage.

(From our Cannonsville cor.)

Sunday as Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Love of Cannonsville were enroute for church the horse which they were driving sprang out of the road at meeting an automobile, the carriage being partially overturned and the occupants thrown out. Mr. Love succeeded in stopping the horse and no serious damage was done.


Prominent Broome Farmer Would Accept Republican Nomination.

Julius E. Rogers of the Town of Conklin, Broome county, replying to a request made last week by representative farmers of Broome county, has announced that he will be a candidate at the primaries for the Republican nomination for representative in congress. In his letter, Mr. Rogers pays a high tribute to Hon. George W. Fairchild, whose retirement he considers extremely unfortunate at a time when such wisdom and experience as Mr. Fairchild has gained during his long term of service are needed as never before in the halls of congress.

Mr. Rogers is a leading farmer of Central New York. He has been a farmer since 1880, and he built the first silo ever constructed in the state. He has been for three years president of the Broome county farm bureau, is a member of the Dairymen’s League and has for thirty years been a member of the State Agricultural Society. In his announcement Mr. Rogers says:

“In view of these grave responsibilities devolving upon those representing us in Congress, all personal ambition, all political intrigue should be buried beneath the supreme purpose of each to do his full duty wherever called.

“The agricultural industry which we, as farmers, represent, is second to none. This industry has not always been represented by men who understood its needs or had a knowledge of its problems. Much of the so-called agricultural legislation has not been helpful and did not produce results, because those framing such legislation had no practical knowledge of the actual conditions on the farm.

“I believe agriculture should be represented in our legislative bodies by men with a thorough, practical experience, who will give to this industry equal consideration with commercial and manufacturing interests.

“The man who feeds the world is entitled to equal consideration with the man who makes arms and munitions.”

Mr. Rogers’ announcement promises a hot primary contest between himself and Senator W. H. Hill for the congressional nomination.


Federal Administration Orders Conservation of Oil Materials.

An order from the Federal Fuel administration to curtail the use of oils, tar and asphaltic products for road building and repairing was made public Friday by State Highway Commissioner Duffy. The action was taken, it was explained, because of the necessity of filling the fuel requirements of the army and navy and those of the allies. The supply of the materials named is so limited that the Federal Fuel Administration requested that all new road construction involving them be deferred this year except in cases where such work is necessary toward winning the war. Practically every locality in the State will be affected by the new regulations, it was stated at the Highway Commission offices. To secure any of the materials named the approval of the state highway department must be secured and will then be sent to Washington where they must be approved again.

The order which is addressed to the highway departments of all of the states practically eliminates the use of such materials for the present year, at least, for new construction of highways and streets and materially curtails their use for maintenance and repair.


Masonville Lad Unconscious for Several Hours


Played Havoc in Home of Merton Finch Near Sidney Centre - Saved Barn From Flames.

A severe thunder storm passed over Delaware county Sunday afternoon. In Walton only a little rain fell while a few miles away it came down in torrents.

During the heavy thunder shower Sunday afternoon lightning struck Gould Dean’s house at Masonville. His youngest son, Merton, was badly shocked as he went to close a window. The boy was unconscious for several hours. Dr. Mead was hurriedly called and Monday morning he was much better. Lightning also struck L. L. Somberger’s barn on the Baumes place and set fire to the building, but the flames were put out. The bolt also killed a horse standing outside the barn, the property of Mr. Jones, who is on the place.

Maynard Finch’s house near Sidney Center, was struck by lightning in the same storm Sunday afternoon. The bolt entered the pantry near the chimney, tore off the plaster on the wall, broke a lamp chimney and two windows. It seemed to scatter in many directions and tore the wall and floor in the kitchen and went to the corner of the house and into the cellar. Fortunately the house was not set on fire. The two children who were playing in the sitting room were a little stunned and badly frightened. The house is insured with H. W. Dewey.

John Houston of Gregory Hollow, Hamden, had eight cows struck by lightning during the storm. A bolt entered the barn of Jas. Fyffe, Jr., of Terry Clove, near Delancey, and killed a choice cow that was standing by the door. The barn of Wm. Ogden at Hawley’s Station, was also struck, but little damage was done.

The farm house of Horace Hubbard father of Rev. E. N. Hubbard of Margaretville, located near Jefferson, was struck by lightning Sunday evening May 12, the bolt following the chimney in the center of the house, tearing things in general.


Sneak Thieves Enter Three Places on Front Street.

Three stores on Front street, Deposit, were broken into last Thursday night, but only a small amount of goods were found to be missing by the proprietors when they opened their places the next morning.

The stores of C. E. Madigan and Albert Ferrera were both entered by breaking out a rear window. A rear window was also broken out of J. E. Russell’s cigar store, but he does not think they entered the store. In Ferrera’s store the thief took fifty or sixty pennies that were left in the cash register and some tobacco.

In Madigan’s store there was no money left in the cash register and how much of his grocery stock was molested he is unable to determine.

Can’t Get Road Material.

The prospects of having the village streets oiled this summer do not grow brighter as time passes, and especially since the order has been issued by the federal authorities limiting the use of oil materials for road construction and repair work. Street commissioner A. L. Wade has been planning to repair Delaware street and some of the other macadam roads in the village, but has been unable to get binder material. Mr. Wade states that he believes he will be able to secure the binder material but the outlook is poor for having the streets oiled this season.


Additional List Brings Total of Delaware Boys to 131.

A list of ninety-eight Delaware County boys then known to be in France was printed in the Reporter on April 27. The sixty-two names given below are those of additional Delaware county men in France. Word of the safe arrival of most of these has been received in the past three weeks, while a few have been in France for some time. The Reporter requests that word of the safe arrival overseas of soldiers be sent to it for publication:

Ames, Elmer, Stamford.

Baker, Lynn, Sidney.

Baker, William L., Walton.

Birdsall, Earl, Youngs.

Bailey, Lester, East Branch.

Constable, Max, Deposit.

Chrisman, Carroll, Sidney.

Charles, Harry, Readburn.

Cook, Raymond, Hancock.

Cranston, Major Wm. J., Walton.

Darling, Charles, Walton.

Etts, Sherman, Fleischmanns.

Finch, Enos, Shaverton.

Frisbee, Simon B., Stamford.

Fuller, Clyde, Cooks Falls.

Fuller, Sherman, Shinhopple.

Gifford, John H., Masonville.

Greene, Clifford, Fleischmanns.

Halcott, Harry, Arkville.

Hartig, Harold, Cooks Falls.

Hathaway, Clarence, Cannonsville.

Hawley, Lewis, Downsville.

Hoag, Walter, Delhi.

Howe, Melvin, Harvard.

Hoyt, June, Walton.

Hunt, Lauren, Arkville.

Joslyn, Arleigh, Grand Gorge.

King, Harold, Sidney.

Kipp, Lynwood D., Deposit.

Korn, Marcus, Arkville.

Kittle, Harley, Arena.

Keeler, Guy, Cannonsville.

Krom, Byron, Fleischmanns.

Leonard, Charles, French Woods.

MacDonald, Harold, Sidney.

McGranaghan, Edward, Hancock.

McLean, Floyd, Harpersfield.

Meyer, Aloysius, Long Eddy.

Mitchell, Floyd H., Meredith.

Mable, Will, Delhi.

Mattison, Harry, North Franklin.

Murdock, Roy, Sidney.

Nelson, Milton G., Franklin.

O’Neill, Lieut. Charles T., Walton.

Peck, Warren, Corbett.

Preston, Charles C., Sidney.

Quinn, Leonard, Apex.

Reed, Ralph, Fleischmanns.

Resser, Robert, Sidney.

Rickard, Joseph, Fishs Eddy.

Rickard, Charles, Fishs Eddy.

Rhinebeck, Charles P., Fishs Eddy.

Salisbury, Albert, Deposit.

Smith, Samuel, Margaretville.

Salton, Robert C., DeLancey.

Secrest, Mark, Sidney.

Shaver, John D. Pepacton.

Sherwood, Robert, Sidney.

Thomas, Leland S., Hale Eddy.

Thorpe, Isaac, Shavertown.

Topping, Wm. Leroy, Stamford.

Vredenberg, Ellis, Roxbury.


Pledges Received Fall Short of Amount Needed


Branches and Auxiliaries are Outstripping Parent Chapter in Meeting Allotments.

Hon. Louis Kutner, former secretary of the Inter-American movement to promote closer commercial relations and friendships between the Latin-American Republics and the United States, will be the speaker at a rally, Friday, evening in Walton Hall, in the interest of the Second Red Cross War Fund. He is a lecturer of wide reputation and has spoken with Taft, Hughes and Vice President Marshall. He is the only man who spoke twice at the Sub-Treasury in New York in the interest of the Liberty Loan. He is called the Bryan of New York.

The branches and auxiliaries of the Walton Chapter of the American Red Cross are outstripping the parent Chapter in meeting their quotas for the Second Red Cross War Fund drive.

The Walton Chapter was given an allotment of $8,000. This was subdivided and the Downsville branch given a quota of $1,000, Hancock a quote of $2,500, Cannonsville $500, Walton village $2,500, and the town of Walton outside the village $1,500.

Word was sent to E. B. Guild, the campaign manager, on Tuesday that Downsville had already passed its quota and hoped to reach the $1,500 mark. Hancock expects to meet its allotment in full, as does the Cannonsville branch.

The Trout Creek auxiliary had over $100 raised before the campaign opened.

The campaign in Walton opened Monday and on that day and Tuesday canvassers visited the business men and others. The result as a whole was disappointing. While this class of subscribers had been expected to give pledges of $10, $25 or better, and over 150 were approached, the total received including one or two large gifts was less than $1,000. The experience has been that some who can least afford it, give the most while others well able to make a liberal contribution without material sacrifice have not responded to the call of duty.

Walton cannot fail in this effort while her sister chapters in Delhi and Sidney are meeting their quotas in full. The ladies made a house to house canvass of the village Thursday afternoon and the results were somewhat more satisfactory, but it will be necessary to have more pledges for larger sums and all who can do so are asked to visit the headquarters and increase their pledges. With payments spread over four months from July 1 to October 1, a more liberal response should follow and there should be in the village at least forty who will pledge $25 or more and one hundred who will give $10 to $25. A list of subscribers and the amounts pledged will be given next week if space permits.


Drawn to Serve at June Term of County Court.

The following is a list of the trial jurors drawn at the county clerk’s office in Delhi, on the 20th day of May, 1918, to serve at a trial term of county court, to be held at the court house in Delhi in and for the county of Delaware, on the 2nd Monday of June, 1918:

Name Address

Abram Hughes, Delhi.

William R. Franks, Arena.

Seth Axtell, Deposit.

Lewis Realy, Hancock.

Carl Niles, Shinhopple.

Amos R. Sanford, Halcottville.

S. B. McArthur, Jefferson.

Howard Conrow, Grand Gorge.

Levi Russell, Downsville.

Norman L. Kelly, Halcottville.

Benjamin Johnson, Fergusonville.

John W. Storie, Bovina Center.

Alexander M. Nicholl, Walton.

D. A. Cameron, Delhi.

Hesekiah Hickok, Stamford.

Frank W. Winter, Margaretville.

Robert J. Reynolds, Shavertown.

Anthony Banuat, Bloomville.

Isaac Felter, Readburn.

John H. Sanford, New Kingston.

Andrew Schuman, Roxbury.

C. B. Hoolihan, Andes.

Robert N. Holloway, Delhi.

Levi Smith, Treadwell.

R. H. Leal, Delhi.

Clarence Wilson, Fleischmanns.

Matthew Frarry, Davenport Center.

John W. Blair, Bovina Center.

Fred Dickson, Roxbury.

David A. Oliver, Hamden.

J. J. Olmsted, Youngs.

J. C. Cable, Downsville.

J. A. Smith, Delhi.

Charles Roof, Cannonsville.

R. W. Redmond, Fleischmanns.

James Hodges, Sidney Center.


Samuel McDonald of East Brook Attacked and Painfully Injured.

Samuel McDonald, a wellknown farmer living about two miles from Walton on the East Brook road, was attacked by a young bull in a pasture on his farm Thursday morning.

Mr. McDonald was knocked down by the animal several times and rolled over on the ground before he managed to get behind a couple of young trees. He dodged behind these and finally succeeded in climbing into one beyond the bull’s reach. After a time the animal went away and Mr. Mc- Donald managed to get out of the pasture and reach his home.

Dr. Gould, who was called, found his body a mass of bruises and one or more ribs on the right side were broken besides other injuries. Hand he not been near the trees the bull would probably have killed Mr. McDonald. As it is his injuries will confine him to his bed for several days.


The idea that all the American troops, who arrive “over there,” are in France is mistaken. It is understood that there are many empty training camps in England, and that the United States government will utilize these for the intensive training of our troops before they enter the trenches, thus emptying the cantonments in the United States, and making room for the training of more men this summer.

Silk Mill for Hancock.

The silk mill for Hancock is a sure thing now. The stock has fully been subscribed and a company incorporated. Plans are being drawn for the building by Harry Kraft of Callicoon, N. Y. The site selected is on Mrs. Martha Kerry’s lot south of the Erie tracks, back of the Erie station.

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