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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1918


Special Train Secured for Thursday - Races Will Be Held Daily.

The office of H. M. Robinson, secretary of Walton fair association, will be open from Monday, August 19, until Friday evening, August 30, to receive entries.

The premiums in many lines have been increased, particularly in the cattle and vegetable departments. The herd prizes alone in the cattle department amount to $300, and the total premiums offered on cattle and horses are over $1,600.

President A. J. Courtney has received word from the federal railroad administration that the fair may have a special train from Liberty on Thursday, September 5, and that reduced rates will be given, as the fair is designed to encourage agriculture.

Each day of the fair will be a big day. The Downsville band has been engaged, and in addition to playing the grounds will give a concert on Wednesday and Thursday evenings overtown.

There will be horse races Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for purses of $1,250. The grand floral parade on Thursday will be held earlier than usual to give usually at 12:30 o’clock to give time for the races.

A new barn for the horses is being erected near the grandstand, and other improvements made to the grounds. The track is also being put into shape, and it is expected that a new record for the track will be set.


New Blood in Management Promises Something Doing Every Day.

(From our Loomis cor.)

Never in the history of Delaware county has the farmer had a better opportunity of showing his patriotic spirit and his willingness to do his bit than is given him this year at the big Walton fair, and to show the enemy that he is more than willing to aid in exterminating autocracy from the face of the earth. Food will win the war and where is there a better chance off showing that sinews of war are coming from Delaware county farmers than at the Walton fair. The premiums on nearly all vegetables have been increased so as to make it worth while showing what you have raised, and this department should be overflowing with the best of the farm’s produce. This branch will be superintended by one of the best known men in Delaware county, our own Jerome; and if you want to see a smile on Farrell’s face bring the best you have from the garden, farm and dairy, and I assure you he will make the display so interesting that you will be surprised as to the number of premiums you will get. Do not be afraid he will have too much to do; you can’t wear him out.

The ladies’ department should be the best ever. Walton can well feel proud of its Red Cross society and some of its work will undoubtedly be on exhibition. The different auxiliaries should also compete, and special premiums should be given them for the best work.

The cattle department, with its large increase in premiums, ought to be an inducement to draw the best herds in the county. The special herd prize of $50 is well worth competing for.

The entry department will be in charge of Secretary H. M. Robinson, who will have a full force of assistants. Don’t stay away until the last moment; begin sending in entries on the 19th and keep them busy for the two weeks following. Murray never tires and he doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit – anyone that ever saw him pitch a game of ball know this. He will aid and help you all he can.

The Midway and platform attractions will be a second Broadway, as the best money can procure has been secured for this year, and will be well worth coming miles to see. The best band in Delaware county has been procured, and the music they will render can only be equaled by the famous Sousa himself.

100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1918


The New Management Promises Something Doing Every Minute


Premiums in Nearly All Departments Have Been Increased - Improvement to the Fair Grounds.

The Walton fair promises to be a hummer this year, with something doing every minute from the time the gates are thrown open. Between the races, speakers, platform attractions, the midway and other forms of entertainment, the visitor will have something to instruct, amuse or entertain him every minute that he is on the grounds.

Hon. Alfred E. Smith, the Democratic candidate for governor, will speak at the fair on Thursday, September 5.

There will be horse races daily for purses of $1,250. Thursday, as unusual, will be the big day with a special excursion train from Liberty, which will return in the evening. Special excursion rates have been offered by the federal railroad administration.

The grand floral parade Thursday, premiums for which amount of over $700, will be held at 12:30 o’clock. This will be followed by the address by Mr. Smith.

The management has secured three remarkable special acts as platform attractions and expect to have others. Helliott’s bears, six full-grown grizzlies, will perform unheard of stunts; roller skating, boxing and wrestling. The Onetti sisters appear in daring and sensational aerial acts. Ally Johnson, “the monkey man,” will give some startling gymnastic stunts.

The agricultural side of the fair has never been neglected. This year in nearly every department the amount of prizes has been increased. The prizes offered on cattle alone amount to $1,500 and on horses to $1,000. The premiums on vegetables and in other departments have also been increased.

The race track has been put in good shape and a new horse barn is being erected. Other improvements to the grounds have been made.

Captain John H. Findlay of the Canadian army, invalided home for wounds, is expected to give a short address on Thursday. He was at the front three years and took part in the battles of Ypres and the Somme.

The special train from Liberty on Thursday will run on the following schedule, and the round-trip excursion rate will be as indicated: Leave Liberty 7:02 a.m., $2.75; Parksville, 7:33 a.m., $2.55; Livingston Manor, 7:47 a.m., $2.25; Hazel, 7:52 a.m., $2.15; Roscoe, 8:00 a.m., $2; Cooks Falls, 8:14 a.m. $1.80; Horton, 8:18 a.m., $1.65; Elk Brook, 8:23 a.m., $1.50; Trout Brook, 8:32 a.m., $1.40; East Branch, 8:37 a.m., $1.35; Fishs Eddy, 8:47 a.m., $1.15; Tylers, 8:51 a.m., $1.05; Cadosia, 9:05 a.m., $.90; Keerys, 9:13 a.m., $.70; Apex, 9:27 a.m., $.55; Rock Rift, 9:13 a.m., $.40; Beerston, 9:45 a.m., $.25. Arrive at Walton at 9:55 a.m., and special will leave Walton on return at 7 p.m.

The office of H. M. Robinson, secretary of the fair, at 146 Delaware street will be open until 11 p.m., Friday evening, August 30, when all entries must be in except in horse races.

The dates of the fair are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 3, 4, 5 and 6.


Everyone Should Plan to come and Bring the Family.

(From our Loomis cor.)

History is about to be written that will make Walton loom up as the greatest village of its size in New York state and it is well worthy of that honor today, with its large and magnificent stores, each one brimming full with the best the markets produce and the proprietors as genial as one might meet in years of traveling. The shelves are stocked with goods that not even a Chicago mail order house could hold a candle to. And as fine a lot of clerks, that it will seem like a month’s vacation to come here and have them serve you, and see their willingness to make you contented and happy while trading with them. So in another ten days or more the big Walton Fair will be in full swing. Walton, with its three modern hotels, their cuisine unsurpassed, their hospitality unequalled leaves no reason why you should not come and make the village your home for one full week.

Those in charge of the fair this year are going to prove that the infusion of new blood in the management will make the Walton Fair an historical event, and going to make Walton itself the grandest old home week it has ever known. The races, which will be an event of every day, will only be outclassed by the grand floral parade which will take place Thursday and will be the largest ever the eye has ever witnessed.

The officers are now planning for your entertainment so as to imprint upon your minds for all time that Walton and its big fair, its people, its accommodations will go down as the greatest event of your career. Come to Walton the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th of September.

100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1918


Night Fair Arranged for Wednesday and Thursday


“Al” Smith Will Speak Thursday Before Grand Floral Parade - A Busy Midway.

Granted good weather, the big Walton fair next week will have the largest crowds in history. During the past week several new features have been arranged for, including a night fair two evenings.

The night fair will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, at which time the Downsville band will give a concert and free attractions will be given on the platform. The grounds have been wired for an electrical display, and altogether the innovation will prove a great attraction. The admission to the night fair will be twentyfive cents.

Prof. Hamfeldt, balloonist, will make ascention both Wednesday and Thursday. He gives an exhibition in Ellenville Tuesday afternoon and will be in Walton Wednesday if he can possibly make train connections.

W. H. Austin, the race secretary, has secured a large number of entries, and a large percentage of the horses in the Cortland fair races will come to Walton. There will be races Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The program Wednesday includes the 2:20 trot and pace, 2:26 trot and pace, running race and a farm trot. For the latter no entry fee will be charged but the owner must drive his own horse. The purses for the farm trot are $10 and $5. For the other races the purses are $200 for the trots and $25 for the running races. On Thursday the 2:23 trot and pace and the 2:15 trot and pace will be held, and on Friday the 2:18 trot and place, the free for all and a running race. Races will be run under the National Trotting Association rules. About forty horses have already been entered. The platform attractions are of the best, while the midway promises to have more sideshows than ever before. The merry go round and Ferris wheel will be running daily, and Tripp will have his refreshment stands on the ground. A midway attraction will be “Baby Tuxie,” nineteen years old and the biggest woman in the word. She weighs 710 pounds.

Thursday, as usual, will be the day with the special excursion train from Liberty, for which reduced round trip rates are offered. The train will return in the evening. The floral parade will be held at 12:30 o’clock sharp, a half hour earlier than usual. Hon. Alfred E. Smith of New York city, president of the board of aldermen, and a candidate for governor on the Democratic ticket, will give an address Thursday morning at 11:30 o’clock. Capt. John Findlay of the Canadian army will give a short address in the afternoon.

Music will be furnished daily by the Downsville band. Tuesday, the opening day, will be devoted to arranging the exhibits. There will be no races or platform attractions this day, but on each of the three succeeding days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 4, 5 and 6, there will be some thing on the program every minute.

Special arrangements have been made to park automobiles in the lot in the rear of the grandstand. Space is provided for 1,000 cars.

100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1918


“Al” Smith Speaks on Grounds Thursday afternoon.


Races Daily have Been Big Attraction – Many Shows on Monday-Winners of Cattle Prizes.

The new life and enthusiasm put into the Walton fair this year by the change in management is everywhere noticeable. There has been something for the amusement and entertainment of the visitors every minute after one enters the gates. The crowd Thursday was a record one.

Thursday, as always, was the big day, but Wednesday was well above the average in attendance and with a good day today, Friday, new records for attendance are expected.

Immediately after the floral parade Thursday Hon. Alfred E. Smith of New York, Democratic candidate for governor, gave a short and stirring address from the platform. Mr. Smith spoke of the pleasure it gave him to renew old friendships with men he had met in Albany. Hon. Clayton L. Wheeler of Hancock in the state assembly, and Hon. Samuel H. Fancher of Walton in the Constitutional Convention. The audience listened intently to the masterly address of Mr. Smith, which was along war lines, with special reference to the agricultural problems confronting the state. Mr. Smith and party left on the afternoon train for Orangeburg, where he will speak at the fair today, Friday.

The exhibition of cattle at the fair is the largest that has been on the grounds in years. There are 177 head of cattle on exhibition. The herd prizes for Jerseys, Holsteins, Guernseys and Ayrshires were increased this year to $50 for first premium and $25 for second premium. A. B. Tweedie of Walton won first herd prize of Jerseys: E. E. Risley of Walton won first herd money on Holsteins and Peter Chambers of Walton second. On Guernseys J. Russell Dankes of DeLancey took first ribbon on his herd. C. G. Ward won the Ayrshire prize with L. E. Rifenbark on East Masonville second.

The entries in other departments were in many cases about the average and the ladies’ department was crowded.

Tasty booths beneath the grandstand were fitted up by F. C. Darling, the Farm Bureau, the Home Economic Department of the Farm Bureau, Walton High School, A. F. Germond of Oneonta and Fitch’s Edison phonograph agency.

The midway attractions were more numerous than usual and drew large crowds. The platform attractions are of the best.

In the 2:20 trot and pace Wednesday first money was won by A. J. B. George Tingley of Afton; second money by Newton B., Irving Price of Cobleskill; third money by Castle Dome, W. J. Rumsey of Monticello; fourth money by W. A. Snyder, W. H. Austin of Walton.

In the 2:26 class Dick Kelley, Dickson Brothers of Bouckville, took first money; Gold Standard, W. H. Austin of Walton, second money; Agnes Wilton, A. Maney of Utica, third money; Giesboro, Ed Schoonmaker of Hurleyville, fourth money.

The entries in the floral parade Thursday were not as large as usual, but the standard was of the highest. The prizes were awarded as follows:

Society floats: Epworth League, first, $30; Baptist Sunday school second, $20.

Firemen’s float, Alert Hose Co., No. 2, first, $30.

School float, Robert Utter, first $30.

Business floats, Meadow Brook Dairy Co., first $30; Herman Barnhart second, $20.

Farmers’ floats, Mrs. Robert

Utter, first, $30; John Carpenter, second, $20.

Truck garden floats, William Cable, first, $30; Mrs. C. Van Wagner, second, $20.

Automobile decorated with flowers, Earl Robinson, first, $30.

Double carriage decorated with flowers, Mrs. C. Van Wagner, first, $6.

Girls’ bicycles decorated with flowers, Gladys Gregory, first, $6; Mrs. C. Van Wagner, second, $4.

Boys’ bicycles, Wm. Van Wagner, first, $6. Baby and baby carriage decorated with flowers, Mrs. Wm. DePuy first, $8; Mrs. Wallace Schloss second, $5; Mrs. Robert Utter, special prize.

Doll and baby carriage, Evelyn Fitch, first, $5; Mrs. Wm. DePuy, second, $3; Mrs. C. Van Wagner, special prize.

Cart drawn by dog, Mrs. C. Van Wagner, first, $5.

Much credit is due to President Courtney and his associates for their untiring work, which has made the fair the most successful in years.

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