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Riverside Hotel Sold - Trout Took Hold Well - An Elusive Smith Arrested

A consignment of brook trout fry from the government hatchery at Cape Vincent, N. Y., will be received today, Friday, by local sportsmen for distribution in vicinity streams.

The run of sap this season was one of the best in recent years and those who tapped their maple trees early have had a big year. Two dollars has been the prevailing price for maple syrup in cans.

Keene Lake while cutting wood near Toll City Wednesday nearly severed four toes of his left foot when his axe slipped and struck his foot. Dr. W. R. Gladstone is the attending physician.

There is still a great demand for good books for soldiers returning from France and also for current numbers of magazines, which will be forwarded by the post office when properly stamped.

A number of Walton soldiers and sailors, who were discharged before the enactment of the revenue act providing a bonus of $60 for each man in the service on his discharge, have received the bonus.

Dr. Fred Douglass of Utica was recently in Walton and assisted by Dr. W. R. Gladstone performed an operation upon Howard, the 23-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Baker, for the relief of appendicitis.

Town Clerk John S. Eells states that there are a large number of dogs in the town which have not been licensed. The owners should see to the matter at once as unlicensed dogs may be killed and the owners are also liable to a penalty.

Ernest White has sold his house on the corner of Benton avenue and Griswold street to Mrs. James Vail of East Trout Brook, who will take possession May 1. Mr. White is working for the Nestle company and expects to be employed out of town for a while.

The Walton People’s Telephone company has rented the vacant store room in the Jenks-Patterson block, formerly occupied by B. E. Connor’s store, and will open their commercial office there about May first. The operating office will remain in the present location for the ensuing year.

Albert S. Smith has commenced work on the erection of a house on the lot adjoining his residence on Delaware street, opposite More Bros’. Robert Jones has charge of the work, and Mr. Smith expects to have the house ready for occupancy by July first. He will occupy the new house and rent his present residence.

James M. Knapp has sold the Riverside Hotel to William Shackelton of Delhi, who takes possession Saturday. Mr. Knapp has greatly improved the appearance of the property during his ownership, and has conducted an up-to-date hosterly. In the exchange Mr. Knapp takes Mr. Shackelton’s pool room and ice cream parlor in Andes which will be conducted by Elton Knapp.

Orian Smith of Merrickville, for whom a warrant was issued in July, 1918, on a charge of endangering the morals of a fifteen year old Walton girl, was arrested in Norwich last Thursday by Humane Officer C. H. Phelps of Sidney and released on $200 bail to appear at a hearing which will be held before Justice S. H. Pond in Walton today, Friday. Smith eluded the officers when they went to arrest him last summer and was in Pennsylvania for some time.

Fewer fishermen than usual tried their luck on Saturday, the opening day of the trout season. There was good fishing in the morning, but in the afternoon many of the brooks were discolored by snow water. Albert Jones got 28 nice ones up East Brook, Lorin Wakeman caught 20, Howard Wakeman of Middletown, 12 and George Wakeman of Third Brook, 15 up the same stream. Mrs. Walter Roe, who was visiting her father, Warner Wormsley, East Trout Brook, caught about fifty. There were a number of smaller catches. Fred Dickermon and William Mastro secured good messes up Bagley Brook, DeLancey, Monday.

Several changes will be made in the faculty of the Walton schools the ensuing year. Miss Alice Newland, principal of the Miller avenue school, will leave and Miss Julia Brandt will teach her grade, the first, while Miss Edna Sanford will act as principal. Miss Olive Hasbrouck of Walton will teach the fourth grade in the Miller avenue school; Miss Irene Bootier, the present teacher, will go to Schenectady. Miss Elizabeth Homet of Wyalusing, Pa., will take the place of Miss Genevieve Walters, teacher of science in the high school. Miss Margaret Murray of Tarrytown has been engaged as commercial teacher succeed Miss Dorothy Hawthorne, while Miss Edna M. Smith of Warrensburg, N. Y., a graduate of Skidmore School of Arts, Saratoga, succeeds Miss Irene Johnston as instructor of physical training. Miss Johnston goes to Sidney.


Franklin Man Has Accident Caused By New Horse.

A horse owned by Ray Colburn of Franklin had to be killed as a result of injuries sustained in a runaway accident in Oneonta Friday afternoon.

Mr. Colburn had attended the horse sale at H. W. Sheldon’s stables and bought an animal which he hitched with one he had owned for some time. Before Colburn had gotten out of the yard the new horse got beyond control and just as the team turned into Main street a rein gave way and the team continued in a wild run up the street.

Near the corner of Main and Draper streets the horses attempted to pass on either side of a telephone pole with the result that the horse originally owned by Mr. Colburn was thrown to the pavement and his back broken so that the animal had to be killed. The other horse broke loose from the harness and ran some distance further up the street. Mr. Colburn was not injured.


Whippet Tank will be on Exhibition in Walton May 3.

The Victory Loan campaign opens Tuesday, April 21. The quota of the Walton bank has not yet been announced. E. B. Guild, cashier of the bank, and A. J. Courtney, chairman of the campaign here, will attend a meeting in New York Tuesday, which will be addressed by Carter Glass, secretary of the treasury. The quotas will be announced Friday of next week. One of the Whippet tanks of the same king that led the Allied soldiers in attack will be in Walton on exhibition May 3rd, accompanied by two drivers.


Supervisors’ Committee and Hancock Town Board Meet in Walton.

A meeting was held in Walton Thursday of the parties at interest in the Hancock equalization cases in an effort to effect a settlement of the matters at issue.

The town of Hancock won the first equalization case tried, but a stipulation made in this action relative to the value of railroad property in the town of Hancock was regarded as fatal to the county’s case.

The state tax commission decided in favor of the county in the 1916 case and this the Appellate Division has upheld. The 1917 and 1918 equalization cases are still pending. The cases are important as the proportion of the state and county taxes, which each town must bear is based on the equalized value of the assessments as fixed by the county commissioners of equalization and approved by the board of supervisors.

At the meeting in Walton Thursday there were present the members of the town board of Hancock and the town’s attorneys, V. N. Elwood of Hancock and A. G. Patterson of Walton; the members of the supervisors’ committee in charge of the equalization cases and their counsel, C. R. O’Connor, of Hobart. The committee members are H. L. Eckert, Bloomville; Ferris Mackey, Meridale; Edward Enderlin, Roxbury; A. B. Shaw, Hamden.

Under the proposed agreement of settlement offered by the supervisors committee the rate per cent of assessment to actual valuation in the town of Hancock will be increased from 31 per cent to 37 1/2 per cent, thereby lowering the amount of state and county taxes to be paid by the town.

By the terms of the supervisors’ offer, the decisions in the 1915 and 1916 cases will be abided by, and the town of Hancock will receive about $4,500 on the 1915 case, but there was a dispute about the 1917 and 1918 cases. The supervisors’ committee offered a rebate in these cases on the 37 1/2 per cent assessment basis, which will mean the return of about $4,500 overpaid taxes to Hancock. But the Hancock representatives were unwilling for that town to bear its share of the expenses incurred by the county in defending the equalization case, the amount involved being about $2,200.

When the Reporter went to press Thursday evening no agreement had been reached, but a settlement seemed probable that evening. The total amount Hancock will receive if an agreement is reached would total between $9,000 and $10,000.


Hancock Taxpayers Vote on $13,000 Proposition April 22.

(From our Hancock cor.)

The Hancock village board met on Monday evening at a special session to take action on a petition signed by sixty-two taxpayers requesting that a special election be called to vote on an appropriation of $13,000 to motorize the Hancock fire department.

The board set the date for such special election as Tuesday, April 22, from 1 p. m. to 5 p. m. If the proposition carries, bonds will be issued, $1,000 maturing annually. Hancock has one of the best volunteer fire departments in this section, and the proposition seems worthy of support.


Loss on Milling Company Office Placed at $2,000


Fire was Discovered Shortly After Midnight and May Have Been of Incendiary Origin.

The office building of the Deposit Milling Company on Front street, Deposit, was damaged to the extent of $2,000 by fire Tuesday night. The interior of the building was practically ruined.

The fire was discovered shortly after midnight by Joseph Gallagher, who with the help of J. H. Moran and Officer Wright, got out the hose and had it connected to the hydrant when the firemen arrived.

Before the flames were extinguished the interior of the office was practically ruined. The fire may have been of incendiary origin. The loss, as stated, is estimated at $2,000.


Lucy Lewis Implicated in Killing of Afton Man.

Lucy Lewis, the woman indicted for murder with James Conklin for the killing of Horace N. Woodward near Afton in August, 1918, entered a plea of guilty of manslaughter in Chenango county supreme court in Norwich Monday and was sentenced by Justice Kiley to fifteen years in Auburn prison. Conklin is serving a life sentence for the murder.

The grand jury found five indictments. Lester Woodruff of White’s store was indicted for grand larceny; Genevieve and Harry Miller for burglary in connection with thefts at Guilford; Joseph Sauter and Howard Briggs, Norwich, for excise violation.


Supt. Whitney Unable to Stop Car on Muddy Road.

(From our Arkville cor.)

Superintendent of Schools Whitney of Roxbury had a narrow escape at Arkville Wednesday afternoon from a possible serious accident.

Homeward bound and coming to Whipple’s crossing, the milk train came in view and Mr. Whitney tried to stop but the machine hit a muddy spot, his wheels locked and the machine slid into the step of the tank of the milk train engine, knocking off the rim and tire of one wheel, which was the extent of the damage done, except to add a few more beats to his heart.

Child Dies From Typhoid.

(From our Hazel cor.)

Gertrude, the eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hendrickson of Hazel, died Monday, Apr. 7, after an illness of four weeks with typhoid fever. She leaves her parents, two sisters and two brothers. The funeral service was held Wednesday at 2 o’clock in the Methodist church at Livingston Manor.


Great Welcome Given Soldiers on Their Return Friday


Thirty-two Came Home Together While Seventy Former Company Men Were Here in Evening.

It was a great welcome that awaited the thirty-two former members of Company F, First Regiment, when O. & W. train No. 1 pulled into the Walton yards Friday afternoon. Most of the men served in France with the 107th Infantry, and were discharged last Wednesday but remained in New York city until Friday morning in order that as many as possible of the members of the old Company F, who left Walton in August, 1917, might return together.

As the train pulled into the depot cheer upon cheer rent the air, and at the same time the whistle of the electric light plant began to blow as a signal to all that the boys had returned.

An immense crowd had formed at the depot, and among them were some twelve or fifteen former Company F boys, who had returned home earlier. Lieutenant LeCompte of Company F, 107th Infantry, under whom most of the men served overseas, accompanied the soldiers here and remained in town a few days. At Middletown the party was joined by Captain J. S. Ballman, commanding officer of Company F, First Regiment, when it left Walton in August, 1917, and later in command of Company F, First Pioneer Infantry, at the time most of the Walton guardsmen were transferred to the 107th Infantry.

An automobile truck was in waiting at the station, as the boys left the train their baggage was placed here, and the men formed in ranks for the march overtown, the former members of Company F and soldiers who served in other units falling into line.

The parade was headed by three automobiles carrying members of Ben Marvin Post, G. A. R. Then came two state troopers on horseback, and the two marshals of the parade, Lieut. J. Tyler Sherwood and George M. Carpenter. Between them marched little Johnnie Harris, carrying a flag. Following them came the Walton cornet band and the Boy Scouts; then in an automobile two Red Cross nurses, Miss Grace Doig and Miss Ingelborg Praetorius, both of whom saw service in France. The parade was brought up by the Walton Fire Department and the men in uniform.

Delaware street presented a gala appearance with its flags and bunting and three triumphal arches. Beneath the arch in front of the Retz-Lincoln store was placed a beautiful memorial floral piece, the work of the Neal Floral company, the fifteen golden stars of which indicated the number of members of Company F who have given their lives while in service. Twelve of these were killed in action.

The line of parade was down Howell street; thence to North street, up North to Mead street, across to Townsend street; thence back to Delaware street and to the Walton armory. Here the members of the G. A. R. and firemen formed open ranks through which the soldiers marched into the armory. Immediately the huge throng which had followed the procession over, pressed in to greet the loved ones who had returned. In the armory, after a few words of prayer by Chaplain C. S. Wyckoff and a short address of welcome by Village President Courtney, the men were dismissed until 6:30 o’clock when they assembled for the banquet.

The day had been dark and cloudy, but as if by magic the sun came out from the clouds as the train bearing the boys reached Walton, and remained shining until after they reached the armory, when it again became obscured.

The banquet in the evening was served by the mothers and sisters of the returning soldiers. In addition to the former members of Company F, all soldiers, sailors and marines who were in town were invited to be guests at the supper. Over one hundred soldiers and sailors were present, of which some seventy were members of the old Company F. Walter J. More, chairman of the committee in charge, acted as toastmaster, and village president, A. J. Courtney, was seated beside him. Grace was said by Rev. S. R. MacEwan, rector of Christ church.

The menu included grapefruit, chicken, salads, strawberry shortcake and other goodies.

After the banquet cigars were passed to the men, and each guest was presented with a carnation. Mr. More gave a short address of welcome to the boys, and read a telegram from Captain George P. Nichols, commanding officer of Company F, 107th Infantry, congratulating the soldiers on returning home and commending them for their many brave deeds. Captain and Mrs. Nichols arrived in Walton Monday evening, and have been spending a few days calling on the families of company F men. A cordial welcome has been extended to them, and it is hoped that they may be frequent visitors here.

County Judge Andrew J. Mc- Naught of Stamford was the principal speaker of the evening. Among other things he started by saying that he had come to say welcome to the soldier boys and was proud of the honor, but the real welcome is in the tear dimmed eyes, the hearty handclasp and the quivering lip, “We are proud of Company F men. We knew that you would make a record, and our faith was not misplaced. You did your duty with the might of true American boys. We can truthfully say that Company F has made an immortal name.” Judge McNaught spoke feelingly of the death of those who sleep in foreign lands and will not come back to us.

Lieutenant William LeCompte gave a short talk, saying he had been in the big parade in New York and at the renunions there, but the parade in Walton was more impressive to him, as everyone along the streets had friends, acquaintances of relatives in the parade. He knew all these boys. “They are my boys, and I always want to be plain Bill LeCompte to them now. They have up to now been under military dicipline, but now they can let loose. Today through the streets they kept eyes front, because Captain Ballman gave them orders, and this spirit of obedience to authority has been shown all through their work in this war.”

Captain J. S. Ballman, under whose command Company F left Walton, said his physical condition was not good, and he left Middletown against the advice of his family and physician, but he could not refuse the invitation of his boys of the old Company F to accompany them home. He was overcome by the greeting of his boys on the train coming to Walton, and he never will forget the depressed feeling that possessed him when the men were transferred. He feared it would be disastrous, but they went to France and came back with credit that will never die. He regretted that all could not come back, and spoke of the heroic dead. He hoped that the grief would be changed by the thought that the sacrifice was not made in vain. He felt it a great honor to march with them down the streets to the armory, and he took command at the urgent request of Lieutenant LeCompte. He thanked the committee and the company for the great pleasure that had been given him in fulfilling his promise made to the people of Walton when they left for Camp Wadsworth, that he would bring them back home again.

Chaplain Wyckoff made a few humorous remarks and told a couple of funny stories. W. J. More thanked the committee and all concerned for the smoothness with which all the arrangements were carried out.

Following the banquet and address, the company adjourned upstairs, where dancing was indulged in until an early hour in the morning. A crowd estimated at well over a thousand was present. Music was furnished by a colored orchestra from New York.

The drill hall was decorated with flags, among which was suspended Walton’s service flag with 243 starts.

Of the 150 men who left Walton in company F, 108 were transferred at Camp Wadsworth, S. C., to Company F Headquarters Company, Supply Company and Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry, and the remainder to other units. The transfers and service record of the men are given below:



The following ten men were 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, Leo, Hamden.

Tobey, Truman C., Walton.

White, Francis M., Bloomville.

The men whose names are given below were either wounded or gassed so severely that they were sent to the hospital.

Cole, Harvey, Walton.

Cole, Monroe, Sidney.

Dickinson, Wilbur R., Sidney.

Felter, Jacob, Rock Rift.

Felter, Frank, Rock Rift.

Flynn, Leo F., Walton.

Gerowe, Clifford, Delhi.

Gardape, Truman, Trout Creek.

Gramento, Frank J., Walton.

Girdusky, George, Shinhopple.

King, Hugh, Hobart.

Launt, Alex, Walton.

Mead, George, Norwich.

Misner, Olan, Walton.

McCook, Lee, Walton.

Neer, Irving, Walton.

Neer, Thomas, Walton.

O’Connor, Leo, Hamden.

Pindar, Arthur, Sidney.

Robb, Lyle S., Norwich.

Roda, Frank, Walton.

Segar, Lloyd, Walton.

Snyder, Arthur F., Delhi.

Sutliff, Leo, Walton.

Stevens, George H., Hamden.

Sutton, William, Sidney.

Tiffany, Norman, Norwich.

Voorhees, John, Norwich.

Woodard, Ivan D., Norwich.

Waters, Harold, Norwich.

Winfield, Ernest, Beerston.

Wood, Clarence G., Franklin Depot.

The following men came through the severe fighting of the 107th practically uninjured:

Baker, Russell W., Walton.

Bull, Norris, Downsville.

Coats, Truman, Walton.

Davey, Claude M., Walton.

Davis, Erwin, Walton.

Diihr, Roger, Bloomville.

Dow, Joseph, Walton.

Flowers, Frank H., Delhi.

Holmes, Robert B., Walton.

Hoag, William W., Cannonsville.

Hall, Harry, Walton.

Jaycox, Paul A., Sidney.

Kittle, Frances W., Cannonsville.

Laidlaw, Howard G., Walton.

Mallory, Wm., Hamden.

Morris, Fred, DeLancey.

MacLean, Floyd S., Walton.

Northrup, Legrand, Walton.

Pangaro, John, Walton.

Pratt, Benny O., Hamden.

Schoonmaker, Howard, Walton.

Sprague, Gleyn H., Norwich.

Simpson, Julian, Walton.

Stanton, Virgil, Horton.

Stevens, Stanley, Hamden.

Shackelton, Frank, Walton.

Van Dusen, Leon, Bovina Center.

Watson, Ira, Norwich.

White, George C., Norwich.

Wood, Clayton, Walton.

Wilbur, Robert, Walton.

The following men were transferred to Company F, 107th Infantry at Camp Wadsworth, but were given discharges before the company sailed.

Armondi, Augustus, Sidney.

Cleaver, Walter, Walton.

Dennis, Clifford, Walton.

DuMond, Fred, Walton.

Houck, Lawrence E., Walton.

LaFrano, Thomas, Walton.

Livermore, Floyd, Oxford.

Meade, William H., Walton.

Salton, George E., Walton.

Shaver, Frank, Downsville.

Smith, Charles T., Walton.

Stern, Hilton S., Walton.

Shaw, Marvin, Hamden.

St. John, Howard R., Walton.

Sutton, Louis, Sidney.

Watson, Henry, Norwich.

Wilbur, Lieut. Harry A., Walton.

Co. G, 107th Infantry.

Aikens, Burton L., Downsville (wounded).

Berray, Donald S., Walton (gassed).

Davenport, Nelson, Treadwell (wounded).

Hackett, Joseph, Norwich.

Supply Co., 107th Infantry.

Anderson, James, C., Delhi.

Furhi, John, Rock Rift.

Jones, Paul, Beerston.

Watson, James, Delhi.

Machine Gun Company,

107th Infantry.

Clark, Harry, Walton (gassed).

Hinckley, Maurice, Walton (gassed).

Spickerman, Ray H., Bloomville (killed in action).

Headquarters Co.,

107th Infantry.

Chambers, Henry J., Hamden.

Gray, Howell J., Walton.

Hoye, Bernard, Walton (gassed).

Loushay, David, Walton.

McDonald, Burton, Hamden.

Wright, Malcolm, Walton.

White, Harold, Walton.

106th Field Artillery.

Armstrong, John H., Walton (died of pneumonia at Camp Wadsworth).

Barnes, Frank B., Walton.

Beers, Olin, Beerston.

Carr, Ed., Trout Creek.

Conklin, Frank, Walton.

Crawford, Lew W., Trout Creek.

Dow, Monroe E., Walton.

Davenport, Winfield, Treadwell.

Garner, Charles, Norwich.

Harris, Shanley, Sidney.

Johnson, Leroy, S., Walton.

Wells, Hector S., Norwich.

102nd Engineers.

Beagle, Axford L., Walton.

Boyd, Leland, Cannonsville.

Caden, Martin E., Walton.

Davis, Adelbert, Rock Rift.

Gucker, Howard, Norwich.

Pine, Daniel D., Walton (wounded).

102nd Field Signal Battalion.

Armondi, Charles W.,d Sidney (gassed).

Laidlaw, Ivan T., DeLancey.

Shaw, Howard, Hamden.

North, Edward, Franklin Depot.

108th Infantry.

Brush, Merton, Downsville (wounded).

Snyder, Leland, Walton (wounded).

First Pioneer Infantry.

Ballman, Captain J. S., Middletown.

Connelly, James J., Walton.

Oothoudt, Arthur E., Walton.

Kniffin, Harold D., (died of pneumonia Feb. 18, 1919).

Ostrom, Howard B., Walton.

Palmer, John Ward, Walton.

Tompkins, Francis, Walton.

Wright, Walton N. Walton.

Welton, Allen, Hancock.

101st Field Bakery.

Clark, Stanley, Delhi.

Goodenough, Raymond, Delhi.

4th Regiment Motor


Guild, Ray M., Walton.

McClure, Charles, DeLancey.

106th Infantry.

O’Neill, 1st Lieut., Charles T., Walton (gassed).

104th Ammunition Train.

Houck, Cecil, Walton.

Carl Jones of Walton was killed by an automobile on September 19, 1917, while Company F was at VanCortlandt Park, New York. Fred R. Piersonu was sent to an officers’ training school, and received a commission. Clinton Wood of Walton and Harry Knapp of Fishs Eddy remained at Camp Wadsworth.

Captain George P. Nichols, commanding officer of Co. F, 107th Infantry, under whom the majority of the men in the old Co. F served while in France, arrived in Walton Monday evening accompanied by Mrs. Nichols and remained until Thursday morning as guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Holmes.

Captain Nichols speaks in very high praise of the Delaware county men who served under him. During his brief stay he was unable to see all the families of Co. F men who made the supreme sacrifice and expects to return later for another visit when he can reach the outlying districts more easily.

Captain Nichols was wounded in the neck by a machine gun bullet early in the morning of September 28th, and was not able to resume command of the company until the middle of January.

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