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SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1919

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We Are Talking About at the County Hub

STORE TRADE UNUSUALLY GOOD

We Eat 100 Pies a Day - Young Ladies Organize Quartet - Recruiting for Co. I - Notes.

During the cold weather the North street entrance to the Ogden Free Library will be kept closed.

The old Wicks North property on Stockton avenue has been sold to Irving D. Smith, through the agency of H. M. Robinson. It is occupied as a dwelling by Charles Kilmer.

At the annual meeting of Morrow Hose company, Tuesday evening, the following officers were elected for the coming year: Foreman, A. E. Woollett; assistant forman, A. D. Hale; secretary, H. J. Rogers; treasurer, Harry McCabe; steward, Fred Biedekapp.

The O. & W. company has notified the committee of the Walton Chamber of Commerce that a new time table will be issued about the first of February, at which time trains Nos. 3 and 4 will run through, to and from New York city. It is stated that the order to change the passengers to the West Shore at Cornwall was issued by the fuel administration to save coal during the war.

Notwithstanding that it is usually expected that business in the local stores will relax somewhat immediately following the holiday trade, there is not much indication of that state of affairs so far in Walton. One day this week it was necessary for a lady shopper in one of the Delaware street stores to wait almost the entire morning to get the attention of a clerk as there were so many customers ahead of her.

The Victory String Quartet has just been organized in Walton, with the following young lady members: Miss Emily Guild, first violin; Miss Sarah E. Pond, second violin; Miss Ruth McCook, cello; Miss Katherine Guild, piano. This quartet will give a free concert of popular music in Miss Sarah E. Pond’s music store on Saturday evening, Jan. 18. They furnished the music at the Odd Fellows installation last Friday evening.

About 100 pies are eaten each day by the customers in the Walton restaurants, including the railroad eating house at the O. & W. station. The pies are cut in four pieces and sell for 10 cents per cut. This makes $40 spent every day in this village for pastry, or $1,200 each month. A pie is usually considered a dessert and something of a luxury, but the patrons of the local restaurants evidently eat it as part of their lunch habitually.

The Townsend homestead on Delaware street is probably the oldest residence in this village. It was built in 1795 by Dr. Platt Townsend, great grandfather of the present owner, John H. Townsend. The original framework and all of the clapboards used in the construction of the building nearly 125 years ago are still there and aside from alterations and some remodeling, the main part of the dwelling contains the same lumber that was first put into it.

Verification of the reports from France that the 27th Division would soon be home is taken from the statement issued by General March Saturday in which he said the combat divisions were now being discharged. The 27th is not mentioned in the release of Saturday, but the 30th Division is spoken of. This is the division which fought with the 27th between St. Quentin and Cambrai. It is anticipated that the 27th will be included in the next announcement.

A fresh spurt has been taken in the recruiting of Co. I, 10th Infantry, at the Walton armory during the past few days and there are now 49 fully approved members in the company, with more under consideration. Drill work is now carried on every Monday evening under the direction of Hector Marvin of Delhi, 1st Lieutenant commanding. Most of the enlistments in the company are from the town and village of Walton. Young men between the ages of 16 and 18 years who join the company are excused from the compulsory military training under the state law, provided they do 100 percent duty or are excused owing to illness or some similar good reason.

The local weather report for December, 1918, as given out by J. Q. Barlow, official observer for this town, shows that the thermometer did not get much below the freezing point during the greater part of the month. December 30 was the coldest day with 7 degrees above zero registered. This is a great contrast to December, 1917, when people shivered on December 30 of that year at 28 below zero and during the last two days of 1917 the mecury did not once get above the zero mark, During the December just past plowing was reported from different parts of the town during almost the entire month. In December, 1917, the country was buried in snow and ice, the total snow fall for the month being nearly 18 inches, and a terrific blizzard swept this section on December 8. Below zero records were registered on eight different days during December, 1917, and on those corresponding days in the month just gone the thermometer hardly reached the freezing point.

GAME LAW VIOLATORS

Several Delaware Skunk Hunters Paid Fines During November.

There were fourteen prosecutions during the month of November for violations of the game laws in Delawre county, and they were disposed of as follows:

Fines imposed for taking skunks in closed season: Chester Fitch, Shinhopple, $16.50; William Krum, Shinhopple, $11.50; Riley Luscomb, Shinhopple, $16.50; Carl Niles, Shinhopple, $11.50; Goerge O’Kelly, Mapledale, $25; Gaylord Tompkins, Shinhopple, $26.50; Ira Tompkins, Shinhopple, $26.50.

Fined for taking muskrats in closed season: Bernard Erdman, Delhi, $11.50.

For transporting more than bag limit of partridges and gray squirrels, Jacob Goedtel of Kingston paid fines amounting to $700.

Leonard Laux, in Delhi, was fined $11.50 as a nonresident hunting with a residence license.

Charles and William Stewart of Delhi were each fined $11.50 for hunting without a license.

For trapping in closed season, Leland Liddle of Delhi was fined $11.50.

Harold Slover of Fleischmanns forfeited his license because he hunted without having it on his person.

Newly Elected Masonic Officers.

(From Our Livingston Manor cor.)

The following officers of Livingston Manor Lodge, F. & A. M., were elected for the coming year at the annual meeting: W. M., Alex. Voorhess; S. W., Wilbur Wagner; J. W., Fred Dieckman; treas., John R. Baldwin; sec., Geo. F. Neuman; trustee, Wm. B. Voorhess. The elected and appointed officers will be installed at the next regular meeting, January 12.

SUICIDE OF FARMER IN GREGORY HOLLOW

Dead Body of Derwin Hall Found Hanging in Barn

WIFE MAKES THE DISCOVERY

No Definite Reason Assigned for the Act - May Have Been Caused by Nervous Trouble.

The dead body of Derwin Hall, who occupied the Beardsley Conkling farm in Gregory Hollow, a few miles from Downsville, was found hanging by a rope in the upper part of the barn on the farm, shortly before noon last Friday. The discovery was made by Mrs. Hall, who had gone in search of her husband when he failed to return to the house after doing the morning chores. He had evidently been dead two or three hours, and he had probably made an effort to take chloroform before hanging himself, as an empty bottle that had contained chloroform was found in the hay and some of the same liquid was found on the man’s shirt front.

Mr. Hall was about 50 years of age and he rented the Conkling farm four or five years ago, going there from Shinhopple. No reason can be assigned for his rash act beyond a possible nervous trouble with which he had recently been afflicted. He had complained at different ties to his wife and neighbors of an intense pain in the back of his neck, but nothing serious was anticipated. He was not in financial difficulties so far as is known and had funds on hand for current uses.

Mr. Hall had gone to the barn the second time last Friday morning, presumabley to finish up the work there. Sometime afterward a neighbor, Mrs. Stone, called upon Mr. Hall, and the two women went to the barn to look for Mr. Hall, as his continued absence was beginning to cause concern. Not finding him on the second floor, Mrs. Hall then went to the top of the barn and was horrified to see his body hanging from a rafter.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hall is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Calvin Terry, residing a short distance from her parents’ home. He also leaves three brothers and two sisters: Ora Hall at Hawley’s station; Frank and Merwin Hall in Arena; Mrs. William Smith and Mrs. John Cronk in Arena.

MAY FEDERALIZE GUARDSMEN

Report That U. S. Bureau Will Recognize All N. Y. Officers and Men.

The New York state guard and the home guard units in New York state, totalling 27,000 men and officers, may be included in the national guard of the United States, according to information recently given out at Washington by officers of the militia bureau, who said that if officials of the guard apply to the bureau for federal recognition the request will be given consideration.

“The militia bureau can be counted on to facilitate the recognition of the New York state guardsmen,” said a high official of the war department today. “The organizations have been carefully formed and care has been taken to select a high grade of personnel, and the inclusion of the entire body of 27,000 officers and men would be welcomed by the militia bureau if the organizations desire to change from their present state status to federalized militia.”

Military bureau officers have been told by members of the New York state guard that Brigadier General George R. Dyer, head of the Empire state militia, is anxious to have his organization given federal recognition before new legislation affecting the future of the state guardsmen is enacted. A formal request for recognition is expected to be made soon by General Dyer.

CASUALTY LIST OF CO. F

Record of Delaware County Soldiers as Reported to Present Date.

When the old 1st New York Regiment was split up at Camp Wadsworth, S. C., in the winter of 1917 seventy-one of the Delaware county men in Co. F of Walton were assigned to Co. F, 107th Inf., two to Co. G of that regiment and three to the Machine Gun Co. of the 107th. Thirty-one other Delaware county boys in the Co. F were assigned to various other units in the 27th Division, including the Headquarters and Supply Cos., 107th Inf., and 102nd Eng., 102nd Field Signal Battalion and 106th Field Artillery. Of these thirty-one men only five have been reported as having been wounded or gassed in action, while of the sixty-nine in Cos. F and G, 107th Inf., and the Machine Gun Co., eleven were killed and twenty-seven either wounded or gassed. The casualty list of the men in these units is given below and is practically complete, though a few of the men have not been heard from:

Killed in Action.

Closs, John E., Walton.

Cooper, Robert T., Walton.

Eells, Frank Mead, Walton.

Fuhri, James R., Rock Rift.

Jacobi, Charles, Sidney.

Jenkins, Wm., D., East Masonville.

Mason, Charles, Cadosia.

Meade, Wm. W., Bloomville.

Pratt, Lee, Hamden.

Spickerman, Ray H., Bloomville.

Tobey, Truman C., Walton.

Wounded or Gassed.

Aikens, Burton L, Downsville.

Berray, Donald S., Walton.

Clark, Harry, Walton.

Cole, Harvey, Walton.

Cole, Monroe, Sidney.

Davenport, Nelson, Treadwell.

Dickinson, Wilbur R., Sidney.

Felter, Jacob, Rock Rift.

Flynn, Leo F., Walton.

Gerowe, Clifford, Delhi.

Gardape, Truman, Trout Creek.

Gramento, Frank J., Walton.

Girdsky, Goerge, Shinhopple.

Hinckley, Maurice, Walton.

King, Hugh, Hobart.

Launt, Alex, Walton.

Misner, Olan, Walton.

McCook, Lee, Walton.

Neer, Irving, Walton.

Neer, Thomas, Walton.

O’Connor, Leo, Hamden.

Pindar, Arthur F., Delhi.

Roda, Frank, Walton.

Snyder, Arthur F., Delhi.

Sutliff, Leo, Walton.

Stevens, George H., Hamden.

Sutton, William, Sidney.

Winfield, Ernest, Beerston.

Wood, Clarence G., Franklin Depot.

The five following Co. F men in other units of the 27ths Division were wounded or gassed:

Armondi, Charles, Sidney.

Brush, Merton, Downsville.

Hoye, Bernard, Walton.

O’Neill, Lieut. Charles T., Walton.

Pine, Daniel D., Walton.

Men Uninjured.

The men listed below are reported as having come through the severe fighting of the 107th Infantry uninjured:

Baker, Russell W., Walton.

Bull, Norris, Downsville.

Coats, Truman, Walton.

Davey, Claude M., Walton.

Davis, Erwin, Walton.

Diihr, Roger, Bloomville.

Dow, Joseph, Walton.

Felter, Frank, Rock Rift.

Flowers, Frank H., Delhi.

Holmes, Robert B., Walton.

Hoag, William W., Cannonsville.

Hall, Harry, Walton.

Jaycox, Paul A., Sidney.

Kittle, Frances W., Cannonsville.

Knapp, Harry, Fishs Eddy.

Laidlaw, Howard G., Walton.

Mallory, Wm., Hamden.

MacLean, Floyd S., Walton.

Northrup, Legrand, Walton.

Pangaro, John, Walton.

Pratt, Benny O., Hamden.

Schoonmaker, Howard, Walton.

Segar, Lloyd, Walton.

Simpson, Julian, Walton.

Stanton, Virgil, Horton. Stevens, Stanley, Hamden. Shackelton, Frank, Walton. Van Dusen, Leon, Bovina Center. White, Francis M., Bloomville. Wood, Clayton, Walton. Wilbur, Robert, Walton.

BIG UTICA MEETING

One Thousand Farmers Out to Fight to the Finish

(Special to the Reporter.)

Utica, N. Y., Jan. 9- The meeting of the State Dairymen’s League which opened today in Utica to discuss the milk strike is the largest and most enthusiastic meeting of dairymen ever held in this state. The dairymen are all standing together, and when President Cooper of the Dairymen’s League entered the hall he was cheered for three minutes. There are at least one thousand farmers present.

When John Arsman of Orange county finished his speech Thursday afternoon the whole meeting rose up and unanimously pledged themselves to fight to the finish. The Orange county league checked up the cost of producing milk in a New York city institution in that county, which is under the direction of the mayor of New York, and they found that it costs them to produce 12.9 cents, without figuring the cost of feeding the bull and seventeen dry cows in the barn.

The meeting really is just getting down to the real business, and none of the resolutions have as yet been passed, but there is no doubt that the action of the board up to date will be endorsed, and that the officers will be instructed to stand firmly for the 4.01 price.

There is a large delegation from Delaware county at the meeting. John D. Smith, Robert Chambers, Dan Wilson, Bruce Kilpatrick, Frank Kitt, J. C. Nesbitt, Mr. Cowan, Chas. Sanford, Will Reynolds, J. B. Wyckoff, D. R. Hodges and Dr. W. Cokely are among those attending. The offer of the New York distributers to pay 3.60, 3.54 and 3.25 for the next three months was hailed with derision by the meeting.

DIED IN NEW YORK HOSPITAL

Roscoe Gibson of Fishs Eddy Gives Life for His Country.

(From our Fishs Eddy Cor.)

Mrs. James Gibson received a letter the latter part of last week, stating that her son, Roscoe, who was in the hospital in New York city, was gaining slowly. On Sunday she received three telegrams, and accompanied by her brother, F. O. Bowen of Hancock, started for the city on the first train.

Roscoe Gibson died before his mother and uncle reached him. The entire community extends their sympathy to the bereaved family. Roscoe was a friendly, good-hearted young man, and was well liked by all who knew him. This is the first gold star to be placed in the Fishs Eddy service in honor of the young man who gave his life for his country.

The funeral services were held in the Baptist church Wednesday. Burial was in the Hancock cemetery near his father, who died just a year ago.

Walton Woman Winner In Contest.

The Avon Sole Company of Avon, Mass., have announced their awards in a recent contest conducted by them, the effort of which was to obtain slogans to be used by the firm in advertising “Du Flex” products. The evidence of the popularity of the contest was shown in the fact that 15,000 people entered it. The unique feature of the contest was that each prize winner’s shoe dealer shared alike with the winner. Mrs. J. Beckwith of Walton was awarded second, a prize of $100, for the slogan she sent in, and, as she gave the name of Henderson Brothers as her shoe dealer, they also received $100.

AMENDMENTS ARE PASSED

Voters Approve Adirondack Road Plans and Highway Bonds.

The three amendments and the one proposition submitted to the voters of this state at the last general election were all carried with thousands of votes to spare, according to the official tabulation of election returns in Secretary of State Hugo’s office.

Amendment No. 2, permitting the construction of a state highway from Saranac Lake to Long Lake and thence to Old Forge by way of Blue Mountain and Raquette Lakes, and of particular interest to the motoring public, was carried by a vote of 609,103 to 299,899. The road is about thirty miles in length and when constructed will open up one of the most beautiful sections in the Adirondacks.

Amendment No. 1, relating to the contracting of state debts and restricting the debt period to the probable life of the work and authorizing the issuance of bonds to be paid in annual instalments by direct tax or legislative appropriation, was carried by a vote of 628,199 to 253,040.

Amendment No. 3, of particular interest to residents of Utica in that it pertains to a section of the Erie canal in that city, was carried by a vote of 586,863 to 269,919.

The proposition submitted and which pertains to the sale of bonds for the construction and improvement of state and county highways, etc., was carried by a vote of 766,823 to 266,822.

FARMERS’ WEEK AIDS WOMEN

Exhibits, Demonstrations and Lectures for Home Makers.

The eleventh annual homemakers’ conference will be the principal feature of the work for women of the state during farmers’ week at the New York State College of Agriculture. The first session of the conference begins Tuesday, February 11th, and will take up problems having to do with shelter, food and clothing. Because this is children’s year, a large part of the conference will be devoted to child welfare, and this subject will be treated by persons of national reputation in the field. Some of the principal topics for discussion are community betterment, the nation’s interest in child welfare, questions of rural health, country life recreation and the social organization of rural communities.

Among those who have been invited to address the conference are the following: Jessica B. Peixotto, child welfare; Dr. Alonzo E. Taylor, food administration, and Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, civics for women. Among those exhibits of special interest to the housewives are those which have to do with economical household furnishings and clothing, the necessary materials and equipment for the removal of stains, the economical kitchen, with various types of labor saving devices, examples of food and fuel wastes and how to avoid them, dishes made of foods preserved in various ways, and a special exhibit on the care and health of children.

Guests of Kayser Silk Company.

The Kayser Silk Company has invited the members of the Walton Chamber of Commerce and their wives to make a tour of inspection of the factory in Walton next Thursday afternoon, January 16, from three to five o’clock in the afternoon, and at that time the company will keep open house for their guests. Lewis Levine, the manager of the plant, has offered a prize to the person giving the best suggestions for the improvement of the conditions in the factory and for the comfort and benefit of the employees. The Kayser company in this village now employs 150 person and the plant is rapidly becoming one of the leading industrial concerns in this vicinity.

DELAWARE DAIRYMEN FIRM IN MILK STRIKE

Determined to Get Their Price for January Product

GOVERNOR ASKS SETTLEMENT

Names Commission to End Controversy - Dealers Charged With Planning “Milk War.”

The milk producers throughout Delaware county have been loyal to the Dairymen’s League and there have been very few defections reported. Little or no milk has been furnished the creameries; excepting at plants where there is an agreement to make the milk into butter or cheese. In Walton, the dairymen tributary to this territory have been bringing their milk to the Breakstones, in accordance with an agreement with that plant to take and manufacture all surplus milk that is not shipped. Our correspondents report from many sections that separators, churns and butter bowls have been brought back into use and housewives are loyally behind the farmers in the determination to hold out.

The milk that was being shipped out of Delhi has been stopped and there is no doubt but that the milk going from Delancey and Hamden will be stopped today unless they sign up with the league.

At the Farm Bureau office in Walton it was stated that they few small “leaks” in the strike that developed last week had been closed up and no milk was being delivered in the county unless the League price was paid for it. Some small dealers were taking milk at the League’s January quotation but they had not signed any agreement to that effect.

In New York city a sharp controversy has developed between the distributers and the League, and Governor Smith has taken a hand in the matter in an endeavor to settle the strike. The governor went to New York Tuesday night and held a conference with the representatives of the organizations involved in the milk strike. He was accompanied to the conference by his counsel, Judge Joseph H. Kellogg. Assistant District Attorney Dooling represented the prosecutor. Charles Weind, president of the Borden Farm Products Company and Isaac van Bommel of the Sheffield Farms Company appeared for the distributors, while R. D. Cooper, as president, Albert Manning, secretary and vice president and counsel John D. Miller appeared for the producers.

Previous to this, representatives of the League had conferred with Governor Smith in Albany. They set forth their side of the controversy, denying they had conspired to increase the price of milk or were responsible for New York city’s shortage in supply. The meeting lasted two hours and at its end Mr. Smith said that if there was not an immediate solution of the situation he would name a commission to go into the whole problem. The dairymen replied they would welcome the appointment of an impartial commission.

After the Albany meeting Mr. Miller issued a statement charging that for several months the milk dealers have planned what he termed “a milk war.” Price fixing being a thing of the past, Mr. Miller asserted, the dealers had taken advantage of “an opportune” time to issue their ultimatum to the Dairymen’s League. The statement continued: “The milk dealers because of their compact organizations, their community of interests and their farflung financial connection, exercise an influence greater than is warranted by their number of the value of the services they perform. The individual farmer is unable to cope with these powerful agencies. The farmers must bargain collectively or accept a price dictated by the organized dealers.

“To prevent the farmers from making such collective sales an effort will now be made to repeal the laws of 1918, which made it clearly lawful for the farmers to do so.

“If these laws are repealed the organized middlemen will have both producers and consumers at their mercy. The farmers recognize that in fighting their own battles they are also fighting for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. If permitted liberty of action the farmers will in due time create agencies through which milk will be delivered to the cities independent of the milk dealer and at a less price than the dealers charge. The dealers recognize this and are using all their power to crush farm organizations. The organized farmers of the state are aroused, are united and determined. they will continue to fight for their industrial freedom.”

Secretary Manning of the League said that if more than $4.01 per 100 pounds is paid for milk brought to the city outside of its producing zone the farmers would still further curtail the local supply. He declared they would rebel.

For the first time since the calling of the milk strike by the Dairymen’s League the city’s supply of milk showed a decrease Tuesday, according to department of health figures.

The contest between the Dairymen’s League on one side and the distributers and city officials on the other is rapidly becoming a battle of propaganda. Several columns of statements have come from each side. Against the dairymen there have been issued:

1. A statement from Mr. Dooling rejecting the three offers made by the league, including that of free milk to hospitals and the poor.

2. A promise from Mr. Nathans of 5 per cent more milk today.

3. The charge, relayed by Health Commissioner Copeland, that kerosene had been put in the milk of a farmer not a member of the league.

4. The charge from the New York Milk conference Board that a member of the league had telephoned farmers not to ship milk to a certain milk station.

From the league there has come:

1. Two bulletins claiming that 21 members of the conference board have signed league contracts and that another member has raised his price from $3.60 to $3.75 per 100 pounds.

2. Plans for a general state meeting in Utica on Thursday.

3. A letter to Mayor Hylan, signed by Dr. Charles A. Eaton, pastor of the Madison avenue Baptist church, announcing that the writer has “almost reached the position where I would advocate the city’s taking over the entire distribution of milk to the people.”

4. A telegram of protest of Gov. Smith against the “misstatements” of Mr. Dooling.

5. A statement from R. D. Cooper, president of the league, announcing a conference with a Retail Grocers’ Association to arrange for farm-to-store sale of milk, thus eliminating the middleman.

Governor Smith of Wednesday evening named the following commission whose duty it shall be not only to fix January prices for milk, but to settle the strike of the Dairymen’s League in such a way that New York city will not again be menaced by a milk famine: Robert E. Dowling, president of the City Investigating Committee, chairman; Dr. Copeland, Isaac A. Vanbumel and Charles A. Weiant, representing the distributors; Roswell Cooper and John D. Miller, representing the producers. The commission will hold its first meeting today (Friday). Governor Smith expressed confidence that the commission would be able to devise means of shipping milk into the city from league members, without waiting for final settlement of the price question.

KILLED ON THE D. & H.

Harold Clark, Formerly of Downsville, Falls from Box Car.

Harold M. Clark, formerly of Downsville, from which place he went a few months ago to Oneonta to take a position as trainman on the Delaware & Hudson railroad, was so badly injured by falling from a box car early Saturday morning, while on a freight train en route from Oneonta to Colliers, that he died in the Fox Memorial Hospital at Oneonta Saturday afternoon. His skull was fractured. He was found by a farmer lying alongside the tracks, and was taken to the hospital in an unconscious condition.

Mr. Clark was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmerson Clark of South Worcester, both deceased. His nearest relative is a brother, Charles E. Clark of Oneonta. He was about 23 yeard of age and unmarried. The funeral was held in Oneonta Tuesday afternoon, and interment was in the Plains cemetery.

ATTACKED BY BULL

Grand Gorge Man Narrowly Escapes Death - Saved by His Son.

(From our Grand Gorge cor.)

Had it not been for the timely aid of his son, Raymond, John Cower, one of the much respected farmers of Grand Gorge, would undoubtedly have lost his life one day last week from the attack of a bull.

Mr. Cower had taken the bull from the stable and was leading him to water when the animal suddenly turned and attacked him. Mr. Cower called loudly for help and fortunately his son, Raymond, was in the barn caring for the horses. On hearing his father’s cries he at once rushed out and succeeded in driving off the bull, but not until Mr. Cower had been so badly bruised that he was obliged to remain in bed for several days. He is now improving nicely.

BIG BAND RECEPTION

Hancock Boys Entertain the Deposit Musicians Royally.

(From our Hancock cor.)

The Hancock concert band entertained the Deposit military band Monday evening, at the I. O. O. F. hall. A reception was given from 8:15 to 9 p. m. The Deposit band played several selections under the direction of Prof. Herrick, and then the Hancock band played several selections of their own music with Harvey A. Williams as director. Then both bands got together, Mr. Williams at the helm. A fine time was enjoyed playing together from 10:30 to 11 p. m. Refreshments were served to 120 people. After lunch the floor was cleared and dancing enjoyed until about 1 a. m., when the party broke up and all the members of Deposit band expressed their appreciation of the excellent manner in which the Hancock people treated them.

Hon. C. L. Wheeler gave the address of welcome, making fine remarks which made the visitors feel that they were welcome and the town was theirs. Attorney C. E. Scott of Deposit responded in a very pleasing manner, making it very plain that they were well pleased.

Influenza at Pepacton.

(From our Pepacton cor.)

John Young and his son and daughter have been under the doctor’s care for the past week with the influenza. His mother-in-law, Mrs. James Swarthout of Readburn is helping care for them. There have been five cases of the influenza in Mr. Young’s family, also Mrs. Leon Thomas and son, Lester, have been very ill with this disease, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Young of Pepacton.

COURTNEY BUYS ELWOOD STORE

Will Remodel Building and Occupy it as a Branch Store.

A. J. Courtney, the Walton merchant, has purchased the Elwood building on Delaware street, at present used by J. J. Elwood for his grocery business. The building was purchased of the owners, Mr. Elwood and Mrs. Ira Robinson, thorough the agency of H. M. Robinson, and the papers were signed Tuesday.

Mr. Courtney will take possession April 1, and he will remodel the store and make it up to date in every respect. He will conduct a combined grocery and meat market in the building. He intends to make it a branch of the store at present conducted by him on the corner of Mead and St. John streets. Eventually he may sell the West End store. Mr. Courtney started in business at the West End about 15 years ago, and his continually increasing trade has induced him to secure a location nearer to the center of the village.

Mr. Elwood’s plans for the future are undecided, but there is a possibility that he may conduct a store here in a new location.

INFLUENZA PREVALENT

Many Cases Reported in this Country But of a Very Mild Form.

Influenza is reported by our correspondents from different parts of the county, but the cases are not of such a serious nature as during the epidemic in the fall and it is very probable that many cases of illness are due to colds and are not of the distinct influenza type. Precautions are being taken in many places, however, to prevent the spread of the disease.

Owing to a slight increase in the number of persons taken ill during the past few days, the Hobart board of health has closed the high school in the village during this week, and further action will depend upon the local health conditions in the near future.

Odd Fellows Installation.

Nearly three hundred members and their families connected with the local Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges, attended the installation last Friday evening in the Odd Fellows hall of the officers of Walton Lodge, No. 824, I. O. O. F. The following recently elected and appointed officers were inducted into office by D. D. G. M. Seymour N. Murphy of Grand Gorge, with George T. Johnston of Walton Lodge as Marshal: N. G., Edward V. Ransom; V. G., Arthur D. Hale; P. G., Frank Higbie; R. S., Howard J. Northrop; F. S., Charles R. Dumond; treasurer, John Mc- Gibbon; chaplain, Austin Owens; guide, George Loker; 1st W., George Berryann; 2nd W., George Rutherford; 3rd W., Floyd Beers; 4th W., George White; 1st G. O. T., H. Pettis; 2nd. G. O. T., Ed Grotevant; janitor, George White. Following the ceremonies dancing was the order of the evening and refreshments were served.

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