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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, JULY 13, 1918


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Freights in Rear End Collision - Post Office Employees Raised - Two New Election Districts.

The annual inspection and meeting of the Walton Fire Department will be held next Wednesday evening, July 17, at 7:30 o’clock.

Rev. N. B. McClung, pastor of Mundale church has received a call to the United Presbyterian church at York, Livingston county. Mr. McClung is a native of Ohio and has served in Delaware county for seven years, and in case he accepts this call, will depart with the good wishes of numerous friends and acquaintance.

J. J. Viega, who came from Havana, Cuba, some months ago, and with W. Winn of Lewbeach, bought the Hanford farm on the Mountain, has given up his contract and left on Tuesday for Boston to visit his father before returning to Havana. Mr. Viega is a newspaper man. Mr. Winn returns to Lewbeach for the present.

Post office employees have been granted an increase in salary of $200 a year, effective after July 1, 1918. The increase makes the salary of the clerks and carriers in the Walton office $1,300. The rural carriers receive an increase of 20 per cent, making a minimum of $1,440, with extra compensation on routes over twenty-four miles in length.

The town board met Friday and increased the number of election districts in the town from four to six. The change was made necessary by the addition of the women’s vote. Voting in the primaries, September 3, will be in the present district divisions, but at the general election in November the redistricting will be effective. The district boundaries will be found on page two.

Banks at present have the double burden of carrying loans for their customers and handling their allotment of government bonds and treasury certificates. The natural result of the bond sales would be to reduce the deposits, and yet the report of the First National Bank of Walton, printed on the third page, shows deposits of $1,115,667.66, or well over the million mark. The bank declared the usual dividend of ten per cent on July 1st, and after its payment had $55,341.66 remaining as undivided profits.

The Ford automobile driven by Daniel Martin, sawyer in the mill at Plymouth church went over the steep bank in front of C. G. Thomson’s house, West Brook road, one day recently, and landed in the barnyard fifty feet below. The accident happened when Mr. Martin got into the ditch on the upper side and in swinging the car back lost control. The machine went straight down the bank and did not upset, but plunged through a wire fence and was stopped in the barnyard. The front of the machine was badly smashed up.

The Julius Kayser Silk company, which recently located a branch factory in the Munn building, Walton, had intended when it opened the factory here to employ only female help. Since the closing of the Borden factory and the consequent release of male employees, the company has decided to install weaving machines on the first floor which will furnish employment to some sixty men at very good wages. To do this it is necessary to lower the floor two feet and put in a concrete floor. The estimated cost of the change is $2,000. At a special meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Monday evening it was unanimously voted to raise the sum of $500 among the business men and houseowners in Walton to help defray the cost of the improvements as an evidence that the village residents wish to co-operate with the Kayser company in every way possible. The Kayser branch here is now employing nearly one hundred girls and women.

The caboose and a gondola on extra freight No. 220, southbound, were derailed when freight train 32 ran into the rea of the extra about one o’clock Saturday morning near the McClennon place south of Northfield. The extra was running about ten minutes ahead of No. 32 out of Northfield, but the crew of the latter had received no orders relative to train 220 and did not know it was ahead of them. About a mile south of the Northfield station train 220 had engine trouble and stopped. A flagman was sent back to signal No. 32, but not in time. Engineer Rider of train 32 saw the danger on rounding the curve, and after applying the brakes he and the head brakeman jumped. Fireman Fisher stayed in the cab and was uninjured. The collision occurred on a cattle trestle and the right side of the engine on train 32 was tilted up two feet, and only the fact that the pilot was held in the wreckage kept it from overturning. The caboose of the extra freight was badly wrecked. It was piled up on top of the gondola ahead, which was thrown off the tracks and over the bank. It was not until nearly noon that the wreckage was cleared by the Mayfield crew and the Utica flyer and Mountain Express were each delayed over four hours. The collision seems to have been one for which no one was responsible. Had anyone been in the caboose of the extra freight he would probably have been killed.


Redpath System Has Arranged Fine Program for this Season


Tickets Should be Purchased at Once From Local Committee - What Each Day Will Bring.

The Redpath Chautauqua in Walton opens Saturday of next week, July 20th. The big tent will be located on the Launt lot, Griswold street.

The Chautauqua program this season is exceptionally good and probably is the strongest all-around program the Redpath Chautauqua has brought to Walton.

Robert K. Toaz, superintendent of schools of Huntington, Long Island, is superintendent of the Chautauqua this year. The morning speaker is Dr. Thomas C. Blaisdell, former president of Alma college, Michigan, and Dean of the State College of Pennsylvania. Miss Aline Murphy is the children’s supervisor. The Junior Chautauqua will be organized Saturday morning at 9 o’clock. All children must have season tickets costing one dollar, good for all stories, games, special features and also all regular sessions of Chautauqua.

The Williams-MacNeil Company, Scotch singers in costume, are the musical feature the opening day, both afternoon and evening. The afternoon address Saturday will be by Dr. William A. Coolidge, explores, author and orator, whose subject will be, “The Road to Victory,” Roscoe Gilmore Scott, the Indiana poet, will lecture in the evening.

Monday afternoon George L. McNutt will lecture on “The How of Food Conservation.” The Melting Pot,” Israel Zangwill’s great American play, will be presented. Miss Grace Halsey Mills, so well and favorably known as leading lady of the “Ben Greet Players” will feature the part of “Vera Revendal.”

The third day of the Chautauqua will bring the Boston Opera Singers in the afternoon. The Boston Opera Singers stand out as a splendid group of well-known operatic singers which comprises first rank soloists and beautifully blended ensemble. Ernest H. Baynes, authority on birds and their habits, will give an illustrated lecture in the evening on "Our Feathered Friends."

Dr. Ng Poon Chew, the "Chinese Mark Twain," will lecture Wednesday evening on the subject, “China Safe for Democracy.” Wednesday evening, one of the big features of the Chautauqua, the comic opera, “The Mikado,” with J. K. Murray and more than thirty others.

Some real atmosphere will surround Patriotic Day, Thursday, when the Bugle and Drum Corps, composed of invalided Canadian soldiers, will appear. The program will consist of bugle and drum selections, songs as sung in the trenches. This will be one of the very interesting features of the week. Sergeant Norman Knight, secretary of the Great War Veteran’s Association of Canada, will give an address in the afternoon and in the evening United States Senator William S. Kenyon of Iowa will give a patriotic address.

For the children this year there will be a distinctly new feature. Especially for them will be the entertainment Friday afternoon by the magician and entertainer, Frank Ducrot.

On the last evening, Friday, Katherine Ridgeway comes back for another of those great evenings of interpretation and first-class entertainment.

The price of the season tickets remain the same as in former years. The local committee will sell only 750 season tickets for $2. After that $2.50. The Redpath Chautauqua System will sell no tickets for the less than $2.50. Single admissions for the week aggregate $6. A season ticket is good economy. Children’s tickets cost $1 and are good for children from 6 to 14 years of age. On the opening day of the Chautauqua the government war tax of ten per cent, 20 cents on adult tickets and 10 cents on children’s tickets, will be collected at the box office and the tickets stamped.


Forty-eight Registrants in Walton District in First Class


Number Held for Service May be Increased by District Board Decisions - Physical Examinations.

Tuesday, July 9, was the last day for the return to the local boards of the questionnaires mailed to the men of the 1918 draft class, who registered on June 5th.

The official order sheet from Washington was received the first of the week, and the men in the 1918 class have been assigned their order numbers. The new registrants are placed at the foot of each class to which they are assigned, but as Class I of 1917 registrants in the Walton district is practically exhausted, men who registered in June, who were placed in Class I will be called soon, and the class will doubtless be exhausted again before the first of the year.

The Walton board has placed the following 48 registrants in Class I and they will be called for a physical examination next Thursday and Friday.

Class I.


No. Name

1 Ford, Robert M. Jr., Sidney.

7 Sutton, Thomas J. Sidney.

8 Cole, Floyd, Walton.

9 Daniels, Elmer B., Sidney.

10 Howard, Eugene E., Beerston.

11 Brinkman, Elmer Otis,


12 Begeal, Harold G., Deposit.

16 Norton, Merritt E., Sidney.

17 Bartow, Howard, Walton.

18 Wayman, Charles W., Sidney.

19 Cable, Theodore W., Deposit.

21 Elmore, Harry G., Sidney.

25 Baxter, Ralph B., Walton.

27 Wood, Henry L. Woodford.

33 Monsanto, Carlos M., Franklin.

39 Gladstone, Kenneth V., Walton.

40 Seaman, Horace P., Sidney.

45 VanDusen, Floyd, Harpersfield.

46 Garlow, Floyd A., Sidney.

70 Beebe, Cyrus S., Deposit.

50 Gransbury, Floyd, Walton.

51 Gerowe, Ray L., S. Kortright.

72 Tooley, Roderick W., Stamford.

77 Roney, Charles Stanley,

North Franklin.

79 Guild, Marshall T., Walton.

78 Chamberlain, Floyd B.


84 Rice, Harold A., Sidney.

87 Combs, Frank A., Walton.

90 Chisholm, William C., Delhi.

92 Torre, Raphael de la, Walton.

97 Begeal, William M., Deposit.

98 Haynes, Earl W., Stamford 101 Lyon, Charles J., Stamford 104 Taylor, Clifford H., Apex. 109 Stewart, Thos. H., Davenport. 111 Jenkins, Burnett N., Trout

Creek. 113 Cutting, Harry E., Barbourville. 113 Dolan, John F., Jr., Stamford 118 Allen, Charles A., Franklin. 120 Cook, Stephen R., Hambletville. 121 Patrick, Lu Dean, Sidney. 124 Covey, Albert Leon, Sidney. 126 Drumm, Alfred, Walton. 121 Shaw, Marvin G., Meridale. 134 Cuyle, Clyde M. Deposit 137 Fancher, George H., Stamford. 133 Wadin, Edware G., Sidney. 139 Ballard, Arthur M., Hobart.

Class IV-A These men have been placed in Class IV, subdivision A., on dependency grounds.

2 Ford, Elmer V., Trout Creek.

22 Abrams, Louis A, Cannonsville.

30 Robinson, Clinton J., Franklin. 114 Ruff, George H., Readburn. 117 McClellan, Robert P., Sidney.

Class II-B. The two registrants following have been classified in Class II on dependency grounds.

95 Schloss, Wallace E., Walton. 130 Chandler, Crvil L., Jefferson.

Class V-D. Three men in the district are already in the naval service, and go into Class V-D. They are:

23 Zieman, Leroy G., Sidney.

26 Clark, James L., Sidney.

100 White, George F., Walton.

Most of the remaining registrants have filed agricultural or industrial claims, and their questionnaires will be forwarded to the district board in Albany for action.

The men, who registered June 5, 1917, now remaining in Class I, general service, are as follows, the names followed by an asterisk (*) being men reclassified by the local board, and called for physical examination today, Friday:


No. Name

8 Shaver, Edward J., Kingston.*

39 Wood, Samuel, Franklin.

444 Hall, Cyril A., Norwich.*

932 Bouton, Claude, Meridale.

1176 Gifford, Leon E., Deposit.*

1188 Cook, Howard E., Franklin. 1214 Seeley, June, Sidney.* 1222 Fitch, Everett, Walton.* 1288 Silvernail, Henry, Illion. 1318 Runk, Raymond, Deposit. 1352 Belcher, Clinton, Hamden. 1354 Hulbert, Harrison T., Hamden.* 1385 Bailey, Floyd L., Deposit.*


Specialists of United States Food Administration Make 100 Per Cent Substitute Bread.

The wheatless loaf has been found. While the whole country has been seeking the 100 per cent wheat substitute yeast bread, a recipe has been developed in the experimental kitchen of the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food Administration that may mean the saving of millions of pounds of wheat flour before flour from the next harvest is available.

The recipe is soon to be published by the Office of Home Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, on a new food card which carries directions for making three new wheat substitute breads; the half wheat load, the one-fourth wheat loaf and the wheatless loaf.

The directions for making wheatless bread are as follows:

All of these: 1 ¾ cups liquid, 1 tablespoon corn syrup, ¼ cake yeast, 2 tablespoons salt, 1 whole egg.

With one of these: 3 3/8 cups barley, 2 ¾ cups ground rolled oats.

One of these: 2 ½ cups corn flour, 2 1/8 cups rice flour, 2 3/8 cups sweet potato flour, 2 1/8 cups (scant) tapioca flour.

Make a sponge of the materials under 1 (except egg) and ½ of ingredients used from 2 and 3. Sponge should stand in warm place until very light, at least two hours. Work in balance of substitute mixture when sponge is light. Work in egg beaten slightly. Shape into loaf. Place in pan. Brush top of loaf with melted fat. Let raise to double bulk and bake in loaf pan in hot oven for one hour.


Items of Interest About Men in the Army and Navy.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shea of Long Eddy have received word of the safe arrival in France of their son, Guy.

Second Lieutenant Charles N. Peake was at his home in Walton the first of the week, on a short furlough from Camp Lee, Virginia.

Drexel Clapper of Stamford enlisted in the quartermaster’s corps of the regular army at the Oneonta recruitment station this week.

Dr. Edward F. Briggs of Bedford Hills, N. Y., son of Mrs. Elizabeth Briggs of Franklin, has enlisted in the service as an army surgeon.

R. Place of Margaretville has received word from his son, John Place, that he is about to sail for France. Young Place is at Governor’s Island.

Sergeant Lloyd Clark of Company C, 64th Infantry, stationed at Waco, Texas, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Clark, in Sidney this week.

Curzon Scott, boatswain’s mate in the United States navy, spent a brief furlough last week in Deposit with his parents, Attorney and Mrs. C. E. Scott.

B. A. Ellsworth, a former resident of Worchester, Otsego county, who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, was recently killed in action in France.

Joseph Goulden, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Goulden of Long Eddy, is at Fortress Monroe, Va., where he is in training in the coast artillery – Long Eddy cor.

Howard Smith, son of George Smith of Franklin, a passenger engine fireman on the D. & H., has recently entered the army service, and is now at Camp Upton, L. I.

Carl A. Lynch of Stamford, who recently enlisted as a musician in the army, and Earl Brower in the cavalry, are now stationed at Fort Slocum awaiting further orders.

Harvey Holbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holbert of Syracuse, formerly of Hancock, left last week for Buffalo to enter a technical school as a machinist in the army.

William P. Bruce of Walton, who went to Camp Wadsworth, S. C., with a recent contingent of selected men, has been promoted to corporal in Co. M., 52nd Pioneer Infantry.

Wyatt Frisbee, in the United States service, spent a brief furlough last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Frisbee, in Delhi. He is now located at St. Paul, Minn.

Rev. Walter D. Cavert, pastor of the Presbyterian church in Stamford, went to New York Monday to take examinations at Fort Jay, Governor’s Island for a chaplaincy in the United States army.

Lieutenant Arthur E. Welch, youngest son of C. F. Welch of Hobart, was married on June 17th at Portland, Oregon, to Miss Amy Olmstead. Lieutenant Welch is stationed at Vancouver, Wash. at present.

Charles Hoffman, a brother of George Hoffman of Long Eddy, has enlisted in the navy. This makes the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hoffman of Hancock to enlist in the navy. The three sons are their all. – Long Eddy cor.

The following men in the Delhi district have been inducted into services and sent to the Buffalo Technical school: Howard Graham and Harry Delamater, Delhi; Ralph George, Arkville; Clarence E. Rickard, Grand Gorge.

Private Monroe E. Dow is not in France as stated in the Reporter last week. He was disabled by an attack of diphtheria at the time the 106th Field Artillery sailed, and is now in the 104th Artillery at Camp Stewart, Newport News, Va.

Clyde Schermerhorn of Davenport has arrived safely overseas. He has been in the service since last September. He is now with Co. E., 4th U. S. Engineers, as a private. He first went to Camp Dix, N. J., then to Camp Gordon, Ga., and was later transferred to Camp Green, where he was placed with the engineers.

Stanley Clayton, the nineteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clayton of Walton, went to Fort Slocum Monday, where he enlisted in the infantry division of the regular army. He has had eight months training in the state guard at Elmsford and held the rank of corporal. Roy Schley of Gregorytown accompanied him and has also enlisted.

News was recently received of the promotion of First Lieutenant Robert F. Humphrey, O. O. R. C., to the rank of captain in the national army. He is stationed at Pittsburgh where he has charge of munitions inspection at the two plants of the Westinghouse Electrical company. Captain Humphrey is a Roxbury boy, graduating from the high school there and completing his education at Cornell University.

Henry Coulter and son, Lieutenant Waldron Coulter, spent a part of the past week in Margaretville. Waldron has the rank of first lieutenant. He recently took the degree of master gunner from a U. S. artillery school. He has orders to report at San Francisco on July 15 and will go from there to Honolulu. Another son, John, is a first lieutenant in the dental corps and is now in France. Mr. Coulter and sons are former Margaretville residents.

Lloyd H. Silvernail of Bainbridge, Chenango county, a seaman on the U. S. transport “Covington” was one of the six men reported missing when the “Covington” was torpedoed in the war zone last Monday night. The “Covington” was homeward bound with a fleet of troop ships convoyed by American destroyers. The ship kept afloat until the next day when it sank while an effort was being made to tow her to port. No particulars of how Silvernail lost his life have been received, but it is presumed that he was killed by the explosion of the torpedo. The “Covington” was the first American transport to be sunk while in convoy.


Treadwell Boy Doesn’t Know Brother Is Also in France.

Copy of letter received Saturday by Mrs. Julia A. Murphy from her son, Private Merton L. Murphy, Co. G, 107th U. S. Infantry, now in France:

June 16, 1918. Dear Mother and all:

I guess by the time that you get this that you’ve given up all hopes of ever hearing from me.

We had a very pleasant trip coming across and didn’t even see a sub. We left the U. S. on my birthday and if we are back next year at that time I’ll think that we’ve had our share.

I like this country first rate all but the air raids, and we have one of them nearly every night.

We landed on Brest but we are a long way from there now and don’t expect to stay here long, and as we have to carry everything on our back when we move, I can’t carry any writing material along, so if you don’t hear from me very often, you don’t want to worry, for you must remember that no news is good news.

You can write to Lee and tell him that he doesn’t want to be in too big of a hurry to get over here, for if Sherman thought that the war was “hell” in the south, he couldn’t find words strong enough to express himself over here.

I’d like to be on that side long enough to buy some American tobacco. All that we get is some English preparation and it tastes like chaff to me, but I may learn to love it after some time.

There’s a lot I would like to write, but am not allowed to. I’ll try and write again before I leave here. I haven’t had any mail in this country yet.

Love to all,


The writer of this letter enlisted in April, 1917, and his brother, Lee, referred to in the letter, in June, 1917, both being sent south to different camps, and consequently have not seen each other since enlisting. Both sailed from different ports May 11, 1918, and each is unaware of the other’s arrival overseas, unless by this time they have received mail.


Annual Gathering of Former Residents Now Living in California.

On Thursday June 27, the same date as the annual meeting of the High School Alumni Association in Walton, was held the 8th annual picnic of the Walton people now living in or near Los Angeles. This picnic was held in Sycamore Grove, where most of the state picnics are held. About 30 were present. The day was spent in recalling many pleasant memories of life in Walton in olden times.

About noon the company sat down to a bounteous repast brought by the different families present. Excellent coffee was made and furnished to all. After lunch Ralph Twaddell, the vice president, called the assembly to order and asked for the reading of the minutes of the meeting one year ago. Election of officers for the company year followed. Mrs. Catherine Pierce Wheat was elected president; Mary Fitch Pierce, vice president; Katherine Patterson, sec. and treas.

The following persons were called upon for after dinner speeches, and many interesting reminiscences and accounts of days gone by were given by the president, Mrs. Wheat. Herbert Pierce, who has lately visited Walton, spoke of the beautiful scenery about the old town, and mentioned many names of people prominent in days gone by, but how have nearly all passed away. The names are more familiar, I imagine, to some of the people now living out there than to many now living in Walton.

Other speakers were, R. B. McClenon, Elizabeth McFadden Hoy, Rev. C. C. Pierce, Mrs. C. C. Pierce, Erastus Seeley, Fannie Twaddell Berray, Addie White McClenon, Frank T. Wheat and E. P. Kellogg. Resolutions of sympathy were passed to be sent to the president, as well as several others not able to be present on account of sickness.

Touching tributes to the memory of Hattie Bostwick Kellogg, who has been present at most of the picnics in the past, were given by several of the speakers.

Like the preceding reunions of Waltonians, this was a very enjoyable day and most of those present lingered in the beautiful grove until the afternoon was nearly gone. All former residents of Walton, who may be in this vicinity the last Thursday in June next year, are urged to attend the annual picnic in the same place.

At the suggestion of several I give the names of those present in addition to those already mentioned. . Many of these people are working for the Red Cross out here as those still living in Walton are doing, as I see by a list of contributors and workers published in the Reporter: S. P. Olcott, Alfred Bagley, Anna M. Bagley, Nellie Pierce Beckley, Mrs. Geo. Bourdon, Isidore Silver, Mary E. Seeley, A. F. McFadden, Mrs. Emma Patterson, Bert Thompson, Mrs. Ralph Twaddell, Mrs. Mayette Jenks, M. A. Pierce, William M. Patterson, Everett Twaddell.



Fred Turner of Cannonsville Has Leg Fractured.

(From our Cannonsville cor.)

While repairing the roof of his barn last Monday Fred Turner of Cannonsville had the misfortune to fall from same, breaking one leg twice just below the knee, and also sustaining numerous other bruises.


Friction Over Contract Leads to Wildi Company Action.

The John Wildi Evaporated Milk company has notified its Bainbridge patrons that the plant in that village will close on August 1. There has been friction between dairymen and the company since July 1 regarding prices and contracts. The Wildi management made a contract with the league management about ten days ago for the July price of milk, but the farmers had not been notified. Most of the farmers struck on July 1. These farmers who did not strike had their milk taken care of by the company, but the milk furnished later by the others was refused. No settlement was reached, and finally the company notified all farmers to deliver milk for the month, but that on August 1 the plant would close. This puts about 100 men out of employment.


Robert Lovell of Manorkill, Schoharie county, was killed by lightning last Wednesday, July 3.

He had left the house for the barn with a couple of pails of water to give to his horses. When he failed to return his wife went to the barn and found him prostrate on the floor with portions of his clothing afire. Mr. Lovell died a short time after being removed to the house. His wife and one child survive.

Bone Lodged in Throat.

(From our Cannonsville cor.)

Mrs. Mary T. Durfee, who is with her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Eells, at Hartford, Conn., while dining at a restaurant with Mr. and Mrs. Eells a few evenings ago, had the misfortune to swallow a piece of turkey bone about an inch long and needle sharp. She was rushed to a hospital, and from there to a throat specialist, who extracted the bone, which had lodged in the tubes leading to the lungs. He used a tube with an electric light at the end of the forceps.


Jury Find $100 Verdict Against Kortright Matron.

(From our North Kortright cor.)

The lawsuit of J. A. Rowland vs. Mrs. Wm. Smith, to recover damages for cows injured by the latter’s automobile, was tried Saturday, before Justice T. E. Mc- Culley and a jury, and resulted in a verdict for plaintiff for $100. Chas. O’Connor was the attorney for Mr. Rowland and Walter Scott appeared for Mrs. Smith. The jurymen were composed of E. C. Sturges, Foreman, A. M. Henderson, J. I. MacLaury, Wm Lee, John Rice and Geo. Bright. The house was full of spectators.

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