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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1918


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Bullet Nearly Stuck Her - Boy Suffers Bad Fall - Lime in His Eye - Adjust Insurance.

A list of the new books recently added to the Ogden Free Library will be found on page three of the Reporter.

James DePalme, while putting lime in his hen house one day this week, got some of the lime into his eyes. It is believed that his sight will be saved, although the injury to the eyes is a serious one.

The insurance on the DuBois building, Delaware street, has been adjusted at the face value of the policies, $4,000. Of this amount, $3,000 was carried in the co-operative companies with S. H. Pond, and $1,000 with H. S. Ogden.

Edwin J. Foote, fireman at the Breakstone creamery, was painfully scalded Tuesday. He was tightening up a valve when the cap of the steam pipe blew off and before he could escape he was scalded about the body and arms. Dr. C. S. Gould attended him.

Norris, the four year old son of Mrs. Mae Pomeroy, who is employed at George S. Pierce’s farm, fell a distance of about fifteen feet while in the barn Saturday. No bones were broken, but a bad gash was cut on the lad’s forehead and he was badly bruised.

Friday evening 16 members of general Lawton Encampment, I. O. O. F., of Sidney, came to Walton and conferred the Golden Rule degree upon a class of 14 candidates at a meeting of Delaware Encampment of this village. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the ceremonies and a pleasant social hour enjoyed.

George Brayman of Walton won the Cornell scholarship for Delaware county as a result of the examinations held in June. There were two other contestants. During the past five years the Cornell scholarship has been won four times by a Walton High School graduate. The value of the scholarship is $150 annually for four years.

An interesting canning demonstration was given by Miss Waterbury at the high school building Monday afternoon, which was enjoyed by about thirty ladies. The steam pressure cooker was used and the articles canned were beets, chicken, lettuce and chard. Miss Waterbury gave a very interesting lecture during the afternoon, which was thoroughly enjoyed by those present.

Mrs. Edmund More, Jr., was sitting on the side porch of her home on Delaware street last Thursday afternoon when a .22 calibre bullet grazed her shoulder and lodged in the wall behind her. Mrs. More had just stooped to pick up some work on the floor or the bullet would have struck her. As it was the bullet passed through the clothes on her shoulder, but did not wound her. The shot was fired by some boys shooting at a mark near More Brothers’ store.

George Salton of Walton, who was drafted in Philadelphia, Pa., recently is now in the military hospital at Columbus Barracks, Columbus, Ohio. While on his way to camp a cinder flew in his eye, causing an ulcer on the eyeball. It is believed that his sight will be saved. The company to which he was originally assigned has since sailed for overseas. Mr. Salton enlisted in Co. F of Walton and was in training for some time at Camp Wadsworth, S. C., where he was discharged for physical disability. Later he went to Hog Island, near Philadelphia, to work in the shipyards, and was drafted from that city into the army.

At the stated communication of Walton Lodge No. 559, F. & A. M., last Thursday evening, the degree of Master Mason was conferred on a class of three candidates. Twenty-four members of the lodge are now in the federal service, six of whom hold commissions. Four others have received honorable discharges from service and the same number in the service have been elected but have received no degrees in the lodge. Eight sons of Masons are also in service. Hon. Arthur W. North, a thirty-second degree Mason, gave an interesting address and after the work of the lodge, refreshments were served to the large number of Masons present. An attractive program containing the lodge honor roll had been prepared and mailed to each member of the lodge.

A report on the inspection of the village lockup in Walton by Chief Inspector George McLaughlin on June 14, was made public this week. The report states, in part: “This is a comparatively new lockup, built on plans approved by the State Commission of Prisons, and contains two departments, one for men and one for women and juveniles. This town has been ‘dry’ for many years, and the lockup is not much used, only about six or eight times a year, I was informed by the officer. No women were arrested during the past year; the arrest of a woman is a very rare occurrence. The lockup was clean throughout, showing excellent care. It is kept warm only when in use, with a result that the stove and metal ceiling has become somewhat rusty and should be painted.”


Will Go to Camp Dix for Military Duty


Registrants Called to Walton and Delhi for Physical Tests - 1917 Class Exhausted.

The Delhi local board has orders to send sixty men to Camp Dix, N. J., Monday, July 22, for army training. The call will nearly exhaust the available men in Class I of the 1917 class. The men of the 1918 class, who registered June 5 and were placed in class I by the board have been called to Delhi today, Friday, for physical examination. In the Walton district the 1918 class men were examined Thursday and today, Friday. No men from the Walton district are called at this time.

The list of men who leave Delhi Monday, together with the alternates summoned, is as follows:

Order No.

51 Chauncey E. Spencer, Pepacton.

118 Sigmund H. Halpern, Margaretville.

166 Leroy Michael, Connellsville, Pa.

225 Merwin Bellows, Dover, Del.

334 Otto B. North, Gilboa.

361 George H. Banks, Ilion, N. Y.

382 Frederick F. Cash, Hancock.

506 Harris D. DeSilva, Arena.

514 Harvey Halcott, Arkville.

522 Elwood Borthwick, Delhi.

681 Frank Kittle, Arena.

697 Floyd Lewis, Roscoe, R. D. 1.

704 Wilbur T. Archibald, Bovina.

773 John George Storrer, Delhi.

774 Harrison G. Osterhoudt, New Kingston.

784 Percy Philip Buckley, Delhi.

788 Lloyd C. Houck, Fish’s Eddy.

804 Bert Lee Scheable, Walton.

823 Allen Knickerbocker, Taber, Can.

901 Howard Sanford, Halcottsville.

928 Adam Henderson, Grand Gorge.

977 Henry Haner, Fleischmanns.

574 Ernest Jackson, Taber, Albeta.

978 Frank Bee, Andes.

896 William S. Robson, Andes.

1100 Jake Kaplan, Fleischmanns.

131 Howard Gladstone, Andes.

1134 Ernest C. Starley, Bovina.

1201 Victor Andrews, Oneonta.

1232 Jules L. Proskine, Henderson, Ky.

1253 Joseph I. Dibble, So. Kortright.

1262 Edward R. Mondore, Grand Gorge.

1298 Arthur L. Kelly, Fleischmanns.

1309 Frank A. Schabloski, Bovina.

1369 John W. Shackelton, Hobart.

1398 Augustus James Bogart, Downsville.

1437 John Reside, Jr., Margaretville.

1443 Floyd Fitch, Shinhopple.

1459 Archie J. Titch, Shavertown.

1463 George H. Mandsley, Hancock.

1466 James Leroy Crossman, Delhi.

1472 Samuel Rudin, Brooklyn.

1473 Orville H. VanSteenburg, Union Grove.

1484 Arthur Rickard, Arena.

1486 Daved Lemuel Butler, Dunraven.

1489 John Thomas Clement, Andes.

1498 Rocco Posfenato, Cadosia.

1513 Ward B. Dayton, Binghamton.

1520 Harold L. Hodes, Brooklyn.

1530 George Harrison Underwood, Roxbury.

1540 Arthur Moshier, Horton.

1542 Abram L. Stewart, Delhi.

1550 Ralph Chrissy, East Branch.

1560 Marvin H. Reynolds, Delhi.

1563 Arnold Emil Ruff, DeLancey.

1575 Alfred Pultz, New Haven.

1585 Frank Thomas, Roxbury.

1589 John F. Deck, Long Eddy.

1590 Ralph Delameter, Margaretville.

1597 Harvey O’Kelly, Brady, Mont.


1601 George R. Peters, Pepacton.

1604 Jacob W. Cooger, Schenectady.

1619 Frank Gouger, Arena.

1645 Floyd H. Rhineback, Fish’s Eddy.

1650 Raymond Wheeler, Fish’s Eddy.

1671 Willis Brown, Andes.

1706 Roy Hodencamp, Honesdale, Pa.

1724 William Robert Steele, Horton.

1730 Elmer Alvin Waterman, Walton.

1648 John Patterson, Delhi.


One Hundred From Town of Walton Alone


Most of Men Have Arrived in France During Past Two Months - Already in Front Lines.

Four hundred and fifty Delaware county soldiers are now overseas. From the town of Walton alone one hundred are now “over there.” Hancock comes second with a record of fifty-six men overseas. The list given below contains the names of 447 Delaware county soldiers now overseas. Doubtless the names of some men in France do not appear in the list, in which case it is requested that such names be sent in.

It has been officially announced that three army corps comprising from 225,000 to 250,000 men each have been formed from the American troops in France.

In the third army corps are the 78th National Army Division trained at Camp Dix, N. J., in which are many Delaware county boys: the 27th National Guard Division, made up of New York National Guardsmen, including nearly all the original members of Co. F of Walton; and the Third Regular Army Division, which includes a number of the selected men from Delaware county sent to Camp Dix, and later transferred to the 7th Infantry, Regular Army. The 77th National Army Division, trained at Camp Upton, in which are about 80 Delaware county men who went to that camp in February, is in the Second Army Corps. This division is already brigaded with the British and is the first National Army Division to see active service. It is expected that the 27th Division, on account of its excellent training, will see active service soon.

The list of Delaware county men now overseas given below includes some units, such as the First Pioneers and the 101st Field Bakery, which have sailed for overseas duty, but word of whose arrival has not yet been received by relatives.

Oatmeal Bread Recipe.

(From North Kortright cor.)

Mrs. Wm. R. Turnbull offers this simple rule for oatmeal bread, improvised by herself as a substitute for the graham load: Two heaping cups oatflake, ground through a food chopper, one cup wheat flour, teaspoon salt, mix and add one-half cup maple syrup, one large cup buttermilk and one teaspoon soda, dissolved in part of the buttermilk. Bake in a moderate oven from 35 to 45 minutes. Try it; it is good.


Program This Year an Exceptionally Fine One - Secure Tickets Now.

The Redpath Chautauqua in Walton opens Saturday afternoon in the big tent on the Launt lot, Griswold street. The program this year is an exceptionally strong one and in view of President Wilson’s endorsement of the Chautauqua as an aid to the government in its war work the Chautauqua should have the support of everyone. There still remains a limited number of the 750 tickets guaranteed by the local committee which will be sold for two dollars each. After the Chautauqua opens or when this number of tickets is sold, the price will be $2.50 for season tickets. The single admissions aggregate over $6. The program is a varied one, including musical numbers of the highest type, such as the comic opera “The Mikado,” on Wednesday evening, and entertainers and speakers of national prominence. The programs may be secured at Lyon’s furniture store or at any business place.


Hotels Can’t Use it for Cake Iceing - About Canning Certificates.

Hotels, restaurants and bakers are prohibited from using sugar for icing or sprinkling on the top of cakes, crullers, etc. The reason for this action is the necessity for conserving sugar for essential uses.

Before you will be able to obtain the second lot of sugar for canning you must first get the approval of your nearest food administrator, given below: A. J. Courtney, Walton; H. G. Howland, Hamden; E. S. Bisbee, Meredith; Charles Harley, Grand Gorge; George I. Treyz, Cooks Falls; Alexander Hilson, Bovina Center; W. L. Mc- Granaghan, Hancock; John W. Gibson, Delhi; Edgar A. Gibson, Sidney; Clarke A. Sanford, Margaretville; H. S. Wickham, Davenport; Arthur G. Hume, Stamford; J. B. Warner, Franklin; R. T. Culver, Masonville; Henry L. Eckert, Bloomville; D. K. George, Andes; W. C. Platner, Stamford; John Thompson, Downsville; Albert Adams, Cannonsville; W. E. Sloan, Sidney Center; O. H. Jenkins, Trout Creek.

Authority is given the food administrator to forbid the sale of sugar to any person who has violated the food violations by purchasing more than the three pounds per month per person allowed, or has used sugar purchased on canning certificates for table use.


Rufus Lee of Davenport Dies in Hospital from Injuries.

Rufus Lee of Dutch Hill, near Davenport Center, was fatally injured Monday, while working for Orson Loucks of Davenport Center.

While Mr. Lee was using the hay tedder, the team became frightened at the hay it was throwing and ran away. When they reached a point near the W. H. Roberts store building in the Center, the tongue of the tedder broke, and Mr. Lee was thrown to the ground.

It was found that one leg had been broken in two places, and that he had sustained a compound fracture of one wrist. Dr. T. L. Craig of Davenport, who was called, advised that he be brought to the hospital in Oneonta, which was done.

The shock of the accident proved too severe, and Mr. Lee died at the hospital early Tuesday morning.


Dairymen’s League Makes Advances Over 1917 Figures


League in Statement States Belief that Plants Will Be Kept Open - Prices to Consumer.

The Dairymen’s League has fixed the price for milk for the months of August and September. The statement issued by the League is as follows:

“After another series of conferences with dealers which threatened several times to end in a general milk strike, the Dairymen’s League finally succeeded in getting most of the dealers to accept the prices set by the League for both August and September milk.

“The League prices are $2.70 for August and $2.90 for September per hundred pounds for 3 per cent milk at 150 miles from New York, subject, of course, to the usual freight and butterfat differentials. The prices are decided advances over the corresponding periods last year, as the 1917 August price was $2.45 and the 1917 September price was also $2.45 in what was known as the second district. Thus the 1918 August price is twenty-five cents a hundred more than that of last year, and there is a difference of fortyfive cents a hundred between the two September prices.

“Directly after the July prices were established by the Federal Milk Commission the League served 30 days’ notice on the Commission that it would no longer be bound by the prices fixed by the Commission. This left the League free to set its own prices for August and September with the results mentioned above. The contracts with the dealers were drawn for three months, July, August and September, and provided that if the August and September prices were for any reason not set by the Federal Milk Commission, that they should have the approval of this Commission or of the Federal Food Administration. The conferences on the August and September prices between the dealers and the League were attended by Judge Lamb, representing the U. S. Food Administration, and the prices set by the League were approved by Judge Lamb, and later by the Federal Milk commission. Thus the food administration stands back of the League on prices set.

“Prices to the consumer will be set by the Federal Milk Commission, and have not yet been announced.

“The prices for the next two months represent another accomplishment of the Dairymen’s League. The League officers were determined that the time had come when producers should have at least cost of production. Their determined stand for living prices was finally justified by the acceptance of the August and September contract by most of the dealers. The fact that prices were set for two months instead of one will please the dairymen also, for it is unpleasant to say the least to face trouble with the dealers every thirty days.

The milk condensing companies made the most trouble this time, as they have at every contract time since early spring. They claim that the market for condensed and evaporated milk is still in very bad condition, and also that a lower price to producers in the west makes it impossible to pay a higher price here. At this writing not all of the manufacturers and condensers have agreed to the August and September prices. Some claim they will close some plants, no matter what the price is, as they have no market. The League believes, however, that agreement will be reached before August 1st, and that practically all the plants can be kept open.”


War Savings Stamps Sale Three Times Apportionment.

The Apex post office with a population of sixty leads New York state in the per capita sale of war savings stamps. The following letter has been received by L. S. Hoffman of Apex, W. S. S. chairman at that place:

Syracuse N. Y., July 9, 1918. Mr. L. S. Hoffman,

Apex, N. Y. Dear Sir:

I have just learned, with a great deal of pleasure that your town has doubled its apportionment in cash sales of war savings stamps. This is a record for the state and I congratulate you very heartily on the result of your efforts.

Very truly yours,


State Director.

Apex’s apportionment of $20 per capital amounted to $1,200. On July 15 the actual cash sales totaled $3,750, or three times the apportionment, and Mr. Hoffman expects to soon pass the $5,000 mark.


Judge Raymond Renders Decision in Andes. Case.

(From our Delhi Cor.)

In Surrogate’s Court last Monday, there was no excitement, and the absence of the stenographer, Miss North, was noted. It was surmised and later confirmed that Mary F. G. North, the competent assistant of Judge Raymond as stenographer and typewriter, was now Mrs. Ray M. Guild, a soldier’s wife. She was on duty Tuesday, evidently happy over the change. A half dozen wills were probated, and a few other matters attended to, but it was a quiet day.

Last week Judge Raymond decided one feature of an appeal to County Court which has been noted before, that of Michael Ferguson, of Andes, now in jail on a bastardy charge. His attorney, Edward O’Connor, moved that the defendant be discharged from jail on account of the lack of jurisdiction on the part of the committing court of justices. This the Court denied, concluding that the jurisdiction was ample, and the defendant was legally incarcerated. On the other side, attorneys B. & C. B. Johnson, moved on behalf of the overseer of the poor of Andes, that the appeal be entirely dismissed, but this has not been decided.


Company May Have Factory There and in Norwich Also.

It is stated that the Sidney Novelty Works, which moved temporarily into the plant of the W. A. Lewis Lumber Company at Norwich after its factory was destroyed by fire, will remain in that city. Mr. Lewis has offered the building for sale at $35,000, and M. P. Berglas of Brooklyn, owner of the Novelty Works, considered the building worth only $20,000. Norwich business men are preparing to raise the difference to secure the location of the plant.

Mr. Berglas was a visitor in Sidney over the week end. If the people of Sidney want the factory restored, it is up to them, states Mr. Berglas, and puts the matter before them in this manner: To build him a factory according to his plans the work to be in charge of Sidney people, who are to erect the factory and place it in condition for occupancy, and then to send him the full bill for the job, and he will send a check for the full amount forthwith. He is very busy, and has not time to attend to the details of construction, but as he owns what he considers one of the best manufacturing sites in the state on account of excellent shipping facilities, would again open a factory here. He has the machinery to equip it, and will move it in as soon as the factory is ready.


Frank D. Youngs Collects Funds Illegally to Get Back to Camp.

Frank D. Youngs, absent without leave from the National Army cantonment at Camp Devens, Mass., was arrested in Unadilla Monday by Officer Webb, where he had been illegally collecting money for an “officer’s fund.”

Youngs was drafted from Montrose, Pa., where he had been employed, and was assigned to the 304th U. S. Engineers, stationed at Camp Mead, Md. Knowing that his outfit was soon to leave camp for overseas, Youngs secured a 36-hour pass to visit his wife in Sidney. Youngs found his liberty too short, so took a few days off on the government’s time. When he concluded to return to camp he found his bank roll depleted, so he concluded to do a little soliciting for the Red Cross.

After he had collected $4.20 for an “officer’s fund,” the citizens got wise. He was followed and caught in hiding a short distance from the town. The improvised posse turned him over to Constable Webb, who brought him before the Exemption Board at Oneonta. Youngs protested vigorously that he was not a deserter and that he had solicited “no funds nohow for nothing.” His story did not sound good, however, and the Board concluded to lock him up as a deserter. Once behind the bars, Youngs broke down and confessed his desertion. He still maintained that the soliciting charge was false.

Tuesday afternoon Youngs was put through the third degree by a member of the police force and a Board official and finally admitted, when a mixture of bluff and facts was put up to him, that he had solicited funds illegally. He further admitted his criminal record, which includes an escape from Great Meadows and subsequent capture.

Youngs returned the money which he had taken upon being told that in case he did so, that part of his escapade would be forgotten.

Chautauqua Returns To Delhi.

(From our Delhi Cor.)

Between five and six hundred tickets for a Chautauqua in Delhi next year were pledged at the conclusion of the program last Thursday evening. The sentiment in favor of continuing this form of instruction and entertainment increased during the five days of Chautauqua, and it was looked upon by many as quite an essential in war times and not as a luxury. On Friday the contract was signed, but some changes were demanded by the local committee and secured. The receipts this year were such as leave a small balance in the hands of the committee, while last year there was a small deficit. This would seem to show the trend of feeling toward the value of a Community Chautauqua.

Farmers May Buy Lime.

Dr. Eugene H. Porter, Commissioner of Foods and Markets, recognizing the need for help in the sale of their products and the purchase of necessary supplies has established at “Bureau of Cooperative Association.” This New Bureau of Co-operative Association is now ready for business and we expect to have H. O. Palen, organizer for the bureau to be in Delaware county in the near future, to explain the new law and its workings at farmers’ meetings to be called in localities in the county that may be interested in forming such co-operative associations in the purchase of lime, feed, fertilizers, etc., for members, or in the sale of farm products. They will work in conjunction with the local Dairymen’s League Branch and the Farm Bureau. There will be no expense attached in joining such an association as proper papers will be filled out free of charge at Albany. Any community feeling the need of such an association should notify the Farm Bureau, Walton, N. Y.

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