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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1918


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Chautauqua Course July 20 - Women Voters Enrolling - Death of a Child - Other Notes.

J. J. Farrell has been elected a director of the Walton fair association in place of H. W. Knight, who resigned.

Arthur D. Hale recently received the permanent appointment as carrier on rural route No. 1 from the Walton post office.

William Holley had the index finger of his right hand nearly severed Saturday while he was operating a buzz saw. Dr. W. R. Gladstone dressed the injury.

James Chambers of West Brook had two cows and heifer killed by lightning Wednesday on his farm, the Benedict place, at Northfield. The stock was valued at $250. The loss is partially covered by insurance.

The Launt lot on Griswold street, adjoining the property of Myron DuBois, has been selected as the site for the Redpath Chautaugua which opens here Saturday, July 20th. The program this year is a most attractive one.

The National Y. M. C. A. War Work council will conduct a campaign in the fall to raise $100,000,000 to carry on its work in France and in the army cantonments in this country. Delaware county’s allotment of this sum will probably be $20,000 or more.

Members of the Philathea class of the Baptist church, who were entertained Friday afternoon at the home of Miss Hazel Baxter, St. John street, were made ill with ptomaine poisoning from eating dried beef sandwiches. Several were critically ill for a time.

The food administrator has issued an order that hereafter no person in a city or village may buy over two pounds of sugar at a time and in rural communities not over five pounds at a time. This order does not affect the amount allowed householders for canning, for which a maximum of 25 pounds may be obtained on certificate from the food administrator.

The eclipse of the sun Saturday evening attracted much attention and smoked glass with which to observe the eclipse was in much demand. In New York state the sun was eclipsed 68 per cent at 7:32 p.m. by the moon coming between the earth and the sun. Another eclipse occurs next year and then there will be none for sixty-one years, according to astronomers.

All women who wish to identify themselves with a political party and thus be able to vote in the primaries in September, should see that they are enrolled. Enrollment blanks must be filed with the board of elections in Delhi not later than Saturday of this week, June 15. Enrollment blanks will be witnessed at the Reporter office, irrespective of party affiliations, and forwarded to Delhi. It is estimated that about 300 women have already enrolled in the town of Walton.

James Leighton, the three months old son of Mrs. and Mrs. Jacob M. Radeker, died Monday morning, June 10, at the family home on Ogden street, after an illness of about ten days. The funeral service was held Wednesday at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. B. L. Bixby, pastor of the Baptist church. Burial was in the Walton cemetery. There are six other children in the family. Mr. Radeker moved here from Colchester two years ago and is employed in the Breakstone creamery.

A well attended meeting of the Walton Chamber of Commerce was held in Walton Hall Tuesday evening. At this meeting plans were formulated to increase the membership and canvassing teams to secure new members were appointed. It is particularly desired to secure members in the rural sections in order that the interests of the village and town may be made one. The matter of a half holiday closing of Walton stores during July and August was brought up, but no action taken, the consensus of opinion being that this is a matter for the business men to settle between themselves. Action on having a Fourth of July celebration or picnic was also postponed until a meeting to be held Friday evening June 21st.

The new passenger rate of three cents a mile went into effect on all railroads in the United States last Monday, June 10. The fare from Walton to New York city, with the tax included, it is now $5.83. The old rate was $4.59 with the tax included. When the O & W raised its rates a few years ago from 2 to 2 ½ cents a mile the fare from Cornwall to Weekhawken was left at 2 cents a mile, the rate fixed by the West Shore charter. The government order abrogates the charter provisions and a flat charge of three cents is now made. The old rate to New York city was $3.60. A few instances of the increase under the new fare, including the government tax are as follows. Walton to Sidney, from 59 to 68 cents; Walton to Cadosia, from 54 to 65 cents; Walton to Liberty, from $1.67 to $1.98; Walton to Binghamton, from $1.89 to $2.01; Middletown from $2.75 to $3.30. A charge of 10 cents is made between the two stations in Walton village.


George Eltz of Middletown, formerly of Monticello, has a fractured skull and Philip Neuberger of Middletown, his employer, has a fractured hip, as a result of Neuberger’s moving van motor truck, which they were driving, turning over on the state road between Monticello and Liberty, about noon Thursday.


Eight-eight Walton Boys Overseas or on the Way


Town Has Sent More Soldiers Than Any Others - Total of 160 in Service.

Eighty-eight men from the town of Walton have arrived overseas, or have sailed. A large percentage of this number is with the 27th Division, comprising the New York National Guard. Regular army units and units of the 77th Division, trained at Camp Upton, L. I., and the 78th Division, trained at Camp Dix, N. J., are also represented. Word of the arrival of all men in the 78th Division has not yet been received, but the various units have gone from camp from one to two weeks or more. The 106th Field Artillery, the 102nd Supply Train, and one or two units were last heard from at Camp Stuart, Virginia, and are believed to have sailed by this time. The town of Walton has about 160 men in service, and the number overseas is as large, with one or two exceptions such as the town of Sidney, as the total in service from any other Delaware county town.

The names and addresses of the Walton men in overseas services are given below. In writing to them the address should read in this style, “Private John Jones, Co. F., 107th Inf. American E. F., care of Postmaster, New York” Three cents postage is required on soldiers’ letters. Unless otherwise indicated, the men rank as privates, though there are doubtless some not indicated, who hold noncommissioned offices.

Walton Boys Overseas. Baker, Russell, W., Co. F., 107th Inf. Berray, Donald S., Bugler, Co. G., 107th Inf.. Baker, William L., Co. K., 61st Inf. Barnes, Frank, Supply Co. 106th F. A. Beagle, Axford, L. Co. F., 102nd Eng. Budine, Leon Charles, Co. D., 308th M. G. Batt. Bogart, Frank, 47th Inf. Brown, Howard, Hdqtr. Co. 307th F. A. Brainerd, James E. Hdqts. Co. 105th F.A. Beers, Olin, Battery A, 106th F. A. Caden, Martin. Co. F., 102nd Clark, Harry, M. G. Co., 107th Inf. Cooper, Robert T., Cook, Co. F. 107th Inf. Clark, George, C. Battery C. 207th F. A. Conklin, Frank S. Battery A. 106th F. A. Coats, Truman, Co. F, 107th. Closs, John T., Co. F. 107th. Cole, Harvey Co., F. 107th Inf. Craw, Wm. A., Co C., 102nd Supply Train. Cranston, Wm. J., Major M. C. N. G. Advance School Detachment, 27th Div. (permanent address 102nd Sanitary Train.) Doig, Earl M. (S) Co. B., 329th Inf. Darling, Charles Co., M. 30th Inf. Davis, Erwin, (C) Co. F. 107th Inf. Davey, Claude M. Co. F., 107th Inf. Dann, Willard W., Co. D. 305th M. G. Batt. Dow, Monroe, Sup. Co., 106th F. A. Drake, George A. Co., D. 305th M. G. Batt. Dow, Joseph, Co. F., 107th Inf. Eells, Frank M., (S) Co. F., 107th Inf. Eger, Bernard Co., C. 10th Eng. (Forestry) A. P. O. 717 Flynn, Leo F. (S) Co. F., 107th Inf. Gladstone, Homer, (M) Co. F. 7th Inf. Gray, Howell J. Hdqtrs. Co., 107th Inf. Griffin, Glendy, Co. A. 303rd Eng. Gillette, James, (C) Hdqrt. Co., 17th F. A. Gramento, Frank J., Co. F., 107th Inf. Houck, Leon, 303rd Eng. Hinckley, Maurice, M. G. Co., 107th Inf. Holmes, Robert B., (C) Co. F. 107th Inf.

Hoye, Bernard, Hdqrt. Co., 107th
Holley, Miles, Naval Aviation,
Frances, care Postmaster, New York.
Hall, Harry, Co. F., 107th Inf.
Houck, Herbert, Co. I, 106th Inf.
Hoyt, June, Co. B. 18th Inf.
Jones, Paul, Co. F, 107th Inf.
Johnson, Leroy S. (C) Battery A.
106th F. A.
LaFrano, Nicholas, 309th Field
Leighton, MacDonald, 10th Eng.
Laidlaw, Howard G. (C) Co. F.,
107th Inf.
Loushay, David, Hdqrt. Co., 107th
Launt, Alex, Co. F., 107th Inf.
McLean, Floyd S. (S) Co. F., 107th
MacGibbon, Doanld, Co. D., 305th
M. G. Batt.
Misner, Olan, (C) Co. F., 107th Inf.
Misner, Judson, (C) Co. F., 107th
McCook, Lee, Bugler, Co. F., 107th
McCook, Frank, (C) Co. C. 108th
Moore, Donald S., Wagon Co., No.
5, 23rd Eng.
Neer, Thomas, Co. F., 107th Inf.
Northrup, Legrand, (C) Co. F.,
107th Inf.
Neer, Irving, C. F., 107th Inf.
Osborne, Melvin Co. K. 311th Inf.
Ostrom, Arthur E., Co. D., 305th
M. B. Batt.


Politicians Fear Influence of Federation of Agriculture


Failure to Send Back Assemblyman Would Put Kibosh on Non - Partisan Movement.

There is a determined effort to discourage and break up the movement of farmers for a larger share in state affairs. In fact, from the time the dairymen won the milk strike and demonstrated what united action could do a certain clique of politicians have been doing everything possible to queer the farmers. Prior to the strike there was no talk of Farms and Markets Councils, State Food Commissions. Wicks’ bills, and so on, and all these measures were designed to make it harder sledding for the farmers in any attempt to organize, and carry out their plans. The politicians had always ignored the farmers, and they figured they could safely continued to do so. The farmers opposed these bills, but when they were passed, asked to have the commissions made up largely of real farmers. In reply Governor Whitman tried to put over George W. Perkins as head of the State Food Commission, and ignored the farmers by appointing politicians to the places on these commissions instead of farmers. The attitude of the governor aroused the farmers of the state, and as an outcome, it was proposed to form a State Federation of Agriculture embracing all of the various agricultural associations in the state. In fact such an organization was formed in Albany last Friday.

Just before this meeting two of the temporary officers of the proposed federation resigned, one of them having been promised a state job, it is claimed. R. D. Cooper of the Dairymen’s League, S. J. Lowell, Master of the State Grange, A. L. Brockway, president of the State Dairymen’s Association came out with a statement against the formation of the State against the formation of the State Federation of Agriculture, taking the peculiar ground that concerted action that was not needed. It is charged that the statement signed by these officials was the work of George A. Glynn, chairman of the Republican state committee, who is managing Whitman’s canvass. John J. Dillon refers to these officers, who seek to squash the movement as “being under the thumb of the state administration.” The old scheme of seducing the heads of farmers organizations seems to have again worked. If these officials did not believe in the organization they should have attended the meeting last Friday and there expressed their views. Instead they tried to kill the meeting by issuing a circular giving their opinions, but in no way representing the farmers. It is in this roundabout and underhand way that the attempt to is being made to undermine the farmers’ movement.

The plan to break up the farmers movement before it goes further is not confined to state politicians. The same plan is being developed in the counties. J. Clark Nesbitt was elected to the assembly from this county last fall as representing the nonpartisan farmers’ movement. The proposition was made that both parties endorse him, but the Republican machine refused to do so, and ran J. S. Allen, who was defeated by Nesbitt. The organization didn’t want a farmer, although they had previously promised the nomination to J. J. Thomas, a farmer.

Some months back Prof. L. R. Long of New Kingston announced his candidacy for the assembly in the Republican primary. Prof. Long is a first-class man; there are no better, but the Republican organization has not taken him up for his good qualities, but simply as a means to beat Nesbitt in the Republican primary.

Prof. Long has been an available candidate for years, but the organization did not discover this until they began to look around for the means to beat Nesbitt, and put the kibosh on the whole farmers’ movement in Delaware county. If Long can be elected, he will last just as long as it takes to bury the non-partisan farmers’ movement, and then the organization will go back and take their usual type of candidate. Delaware county was the first in the state to elect a farmer to the legislature on the nonpartisan basis. Other counties are planning to follow her example. If Delaware county flunks now, it will be a state wide advertisement of the failure of the farmers to pull together. The politicians are determined to disrupt and disarm the farmers, but they cannot do so unless the farmers fall for the clever schemes they are trying to put over. If they do they, themselves, will be the only sufferers.


Over Three Hundred Workers From all Sections Attended Sessions.

(From our Delhi cor.)

The County Red Cross convention held in Delhi on Tuesday was pronounced one of real help and inspiration in going forward with the noble mission entrusted to this organization. Each of the twelve speakers brought a message of practical helpfulness. Frank Farrington, the chairman of the Delhi chapter, largely initiated and promoted the convention, but he has numerous able and willing assistants.

The inspirational address given in the forenoon by Mrs. Frederick De- Peyster Townsend of Cooperstown was a fine start. The New York speakers, Mrs. Ralph X. Jones, Miss Hildebrand, and Miss Wilcox, each came with a special message of help and cheer, and right well did they deliver them.

At the mass meeting in the evening the opera house was packed. Capt. Burke Hamilton told a harrowing but interesting story of tribulation and danger while with the American Red Cross Commission to Rumania, from which he has recently returned. The Huns made life miserable by their usual style of warfare. Editor Roy F. Soule of “The Hardware Age,” New York, gave an address of unusual force and convincing power.

Patriot address and the applause was most pronounced. He made friends with his audience and evidently felt the power of the support to his flights of eloquence.


Additional Names Added to List of Men Overseas.

The Reporter published in its issues of April 27 and May 25 the names of 282 Delaware county boys, including the members of the 107th Infantry, who have arrived overseas.

The following list comprising over fifty names are the men not mentioned in the previous lists, who have arrived safely overseas, most of them in the past two or three weeks.

Correspondents of the Reporter and relatives of men in the service are requested to send in at once for publication the names of any soldiers, who have arrived safely “over there,” giving the regimental and company designation when known. There are now over 330 Delaware county boys in France and England.

Azzolli, Frank S., Bloomville.

Budine, Leon C., Walton.

Bogart, Frank, Walton.

Bussey, Stanley, Margaretville.

Cowan, Hector, Hobart.

Coons, William A. Arena.

Crook, Atwood, Arena.

Day, Roland M., Hancock.

Esolen, Charles, Hancock.

Ellis, J. Alton, Sidney Center.

Fuller, Ralph J. Gregorytown.

Goodrich, George, Franklin Depot.

Harris, Theodore, Roxbury.

Hinckley, Norman, Fish Eddy.

Hymers, Kerr, Masonville.

Haynes, Claude, Cannonsville.

Harris, Clyde, Sidney Center.

Horton, Leland, Delhi.

Houck, Herbert, Walton.

Kittle, Hiley, Arena

Infusine, Horace, Delhi.

Mahon, Claude, Hancock.

Mead, Charles, Arkville.

Moran, Thomas, Hancock.

Marks, Raymond, Margaretville.

Miller, Joseph D., Downsville.

McCook, Frank, Walton.

Murphy, Lee S., Treadwell.

Nemire, Burton L., Deposit.

Norton, Guy D., Meredith.

Ostrom, Arthur E., Walton.

O’Neill, Leo, Hancock.

Osborne, Melvin, Walton.

Peck, Harry, Hobart.

Peaslee, Irvin B., Kelsey.

Rosa, Ralph, Cooks Falls.

Rhinenhart, Louis, Walton.

Rice, Earl, Hobart.

Rich, Arthur, South Kortright.

Sprague, Ichabod, Walton.

Shea, Thomas, Long Eddy.

Shepard, Howard, Walton.

Spickerman, Mark, Delhi.

Silvernail, Clayton, Franklin R. D.

Simpson, Clyde S., Deposit.

Smith, Ivan L. Lieut., Harpersfield.

Snyder, Irving, Rock Valley.

Snyder, Fred, Long Eddy.

Staples, Floyd, Rock Valley.

Sanford, Morris, Deposit.

Smith, Iva L., Lieut., Harpersfield.

Snyder, Leland, Walton.

VanKuren, Victor, Fleischmanns.

Vigus, Edwin, Deposit.

White, William N., Walton.

Young, Robert, Barbourville.


Three Wills Admitted to Probate by Judge Raymond.

Estate of Thomas Reville, late of Walton. Will admitted to probate and letters issued to Sarah Reville. Estimate $540 personal; bequeathed to Sarah Reville.

Estate of Andrew A. Chisholm, late of Franklin. Will admitted to probate and letters issued to Frank W. Chisholm. Estimate, $5,000 personal, $500 real. The use of the estate is given to the wife with so much of the principal as may be necessary for her maintenance; at her death, $100 to Bernard A. Chisholm and the residue to Frank W. Chisholm

Estate of Catherine Henderson Mabon, late of Hamden. Will admitted to probate and letters issued to John H. Scott and Elizabeth F. Tweedie. Estimate, $5,000 personal. To Mary Bell Scott, Mildred Emily Scott, Ivan Scott Tweedie and Wilda Elizabeth Tweedie each the sum of $1,000 at the age of twenty-one. Residue to John H. Scott and Elizabeth F. Tweedie equally.

Estate of Esther M. Raymond, late of Walton. Decree and distribution ordered.


Deposit Horse Case Only Action That Was Tried


Fleischmann’s Water Case Again Up in Surrogate’s Court - Will Try Matter in July.

(From our Delhi cor.)

Monday afternoon, at two o’clock, Judge Raymond opened the June term of the Delaware County Court, and of the meagre four cases noted in the calendar, but one was ready for trial. That cause occupied the time of the Court for a day and a half, while the other three were sent over the term.

This case was an action brought by Charles A. Cook of the town of Deposit to recover the value of a horse which had been taken from his premises under an alleged chattle mortgage. The cause of action and the intricacies of the deals involved made the action quite difficult to understand. The attorney for plaintiff was H. C. Kibbe and C. R. O’Connor conducted the trial for him. A. E. Connor was attorney for defendant.

While the defendant named in the case was Merton Finch, a constable, who made the levy, the actual defendant was Alexander Austin, who was the owner of the mortgage under which the levy was made.

From the evidence it was shown that in 1911 Alex. Austin sold a farm in the town of Deposit, including personal property to Claude C. Dewey, on contract, for $4,500, he to pay at least $100 of principal each year. It appeared that Dewey had quite a free hand in handling the property, selling and buying much as he wished, and when he needed feed for the cattle, at one time, he went to the store of Henderson & Seeley in Masonville and asked for credit. In order to get such credit he made a signed statement stating that he was worth at least $500 free from incumbrance and wished a credit of $300. After the feed bill had become much overdue the dealers brought an action to recover the debt which was $191, at the time, July, 1917. Austin appeared and the trial and counseled Dewey, finally suggesting that a jury be demanded. This delayed the trial for a few days and plaintiff alleged that during this interval Dewey executed a chattle mortgage to said Austin on all his personal property, which was alleged to be fraudulent. The jury awarded Henderson & Seeley the amount of their claim and they secured an execution and sold the certain property which Dewey had claimed to own. Among this property was the horse for which this plaintiff seeks recovery, bought at the sale by Mr. Foot. Mr. Austin was at the sale and forbid that it take place as he held a mortgage on the property. The plaintiff, however, testified that Mr. Austin told him to bid on the horse buy it if he wished because Henderson & Seeley were responsible for the amount. He bought the horse and took it home, and the constable took it away.

The allegations and evidence of the plaintiff was based on the claim that the mortgage was fraudulently obtained and void, giving Austin no claim to the horse. The defendant introduced many papers, such as notes, mortgages and evidences of debt to establish his title to the property and Mr. Austin was examined at length as witness for himself.

The plaintiff testified that the horse was worth $150 and the witness for the defense but the price at $125 to $130. Another point made by the plaintiff was that the chattle note did not specify the horse in question so that it could be identified. The jury was given the case for decision at six o’clock, Connor and O’Connor having presented the evidence to the jury and the Court given a comprehensive review of the evidence and the law in the case. A judgement of the amount claimed, $150 was awarded by jury after a rather short session in their room.

The case of Allen Hunt against Bert McIntosh went over the term because of the absence of the defendant’s attorney, Leo N. Simmons, on the payment of $10 and the costs. Court adjourned until next Monday when some criminal matters will be brought up.

The case of the Charles Crosby estate, of Fleischmanns, and the bank and water company was heard briefly for the eighth time in Surrogate’s Court Monday. The estate is owning the bank and the bank wants its money, the undertaker wants his money, and while the estate is perfectly solvent there is no cash available to pay further claims. The administrators allege that they cannot make an accounting and dispose of the real estate until the claims of the estate against the Griffin Corners Water Company are adjusted and the value of the stock of the company owned by the estate is determined. They cannot even make an inventory. They allege that there is $3,500 due from the Water Co. for payment on a note and also the one-half of the profits of the company for three years. A tentative agreement was reached by the attorneys that the case in the Supreme Court be heard some time in July before Justice Kellogg, and the hearing in County Court was then adjourned until September 3, at which time Judge Raymond insisted that all parties should be ready to proceed with a settlement of the estate.


William E. Hinckley, son of Mrs. John Warner of Hancock, has enlisted in the army.

Mrs. Amos Mead of Arkville has received word that her husband has arrived safely overseas.

Mr. and Mrs. Briggs of Cooks Falls have word of the safe arrival of their son, Stamford, overseas.

Mrs. Rosa of Cooks Falls has received a letter from her son, Ralph Rosa, announcing his safe arrival in France.

Frederick Canfield of Hobart has enlisted in the quartermaster’s corps of the regular army and John J. Stokes, also of Hobart, in the cavalry.

Mrs. B. J. Rothwell of Walton received word of the safe arrival overseas of her husband, Private B. J. Rothwell. Private Rothwell was with the 71st Regiment, which was doing guard duty along the O. & W. last summer.

Word has been received by Mrs. and Mrs. John Crook of Arena of the safe arrival overseas of their son, Atwood. His address is Private Atwood Crook, Co. C. 308th Machine Gun Batallion, American Expeditionary Fraces.


Edwin Palmer Saves Little Nephew From D. & N. Train

(From our Corbett cor.)

Clarence, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burdick of Corbett, narrowly escaped death at last Saturday. The little fellow had been playing on the opposite side of the D. & N. track from his house and he started to cross the track just as the mail train came around the curve not twenty rods away. The lad came to the crossing and seeing his uncle, Edwin Palmer, working in the garden a little distance below, he started to go down the track. Edwin Palmer heard the whistle for the crossing and on looking up saw the boy on the track. He shouted to the child to get off and at the same time ran to his assistance. The boy was drawing a toy express wagon and had fallen between the rails, and when Edwin Palmer snatched him from the track the engine was not ten feet away. Mr. Phillips, the engineer, threw on the air brakes as soon as he came in sight of the boy, but the distance was so short that the engine and one car passed the spot where the child was before the train was stopped.


Ladies Are Now Eligible to Try Examinations.

The United States Civil Service Commission has announced an examination for the County of Delaware, N.Y. to be held on July 13, 1918, at Stamford, Delhi, Walton, Sidney and Deposit, to fill the position of rural carrier at DeLancey and Roxbury and vacancies that may later occur on rural routes from other post offices in the above-mentioned county. The examination will be open only to citizens who are actually domiciled in the territory of a post office in the county. Application blanks may be obtained from the offices mentioned above or from the United States Civil Service commission at Washington, D. C. Women are eligible to rural carrier examinations during the continuance of the war.

WATER CO. WORTH $390,000

Testimony of Engineers for Sidney Water Co., Taken Last Week.

The hearings conducted in Sidney last week by the commission in the condemnation proceedings of the Village of Sidney against the Sidney Water Works Company, where adjourned Friday to July 16, after a three day session.

The evidence of the engineers in behalf of the Water Company has so far been presented. The three engineers who were examined last week placed the value of the property at about $390,000. The village of Sidney appropriated

$150,000 to purchase the property.


Taxpayers to Vote on Appropriation of $12,000.

The village of Sidney will vote at a special election on Tuesday, July 2, on a proposition to appropriate $12,000 for the purchased of a fire engine and 3,000 feet of hose.

A modern fire engine will cost $9,225, it is expected, and if the appropriation is carried the balance will be used for the purchase of the hose.

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