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100 Years Ago,

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1919


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Majestic Theatre Sold - Resuming Freight Shipments - New Houses Being Built.

The examinations in Delaware county for the Cornell scholarship will be held in the court room in Delhi Saturday, June 7.

Rev. Frederick Williams, who has recently been ordained to the ministry, leaves about June first for Redmond, Oregon, where he will serve as pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Martin Nichols has sold his house on upper Prospect Avenue to Mrs. Fred Walker. The sale was made through the agency of H. M. Robinson, and includes six acres of land.

D. M. Chamberlain of Walton, formerly of Trout Creek, has bought the 82 acre farm of J. A. Merrill near Bainbridge. The purchase price is $7,500. Sale was made through the agency of H. S. Ogden.

Among the bills recently signed by Governor Smith was that of Assemblyman Witter amending the education law to increase from $20 to $50 the state tuition for instructing non-resident academic pupils.

Eva Beardsley will be valedictorian of the graduating class of the Walton high school, and Anna Wood won the second honors in scholarship and will be the salutatorian. It is expected that the class will number about twenty-seven members.

Glendy Griffin of the 303rd Engineers arrived home last week. He has lost the sight of his right eye as a result of having the eyeball punctured by a piece of barbed wire while on active service in France. He was in a hospital for several months.

Joseph Harby has temporarily closed his meat market on Gardiner Place, but expects to reopen for buisness in about a month. Mr. Harby has been in ill health, and his son Platt Harby, is just recovering from a sever attack of pneumonia. Inability to secure help in the market led to the closing.

James Munn is excavating the cellar for a new house, which he will construct at the corner of Stockton Avenue and Sewell Place. Owing to the scarcity of houses in the village, it is expected that a number of new homes will be erected this summer.

Effective Monday, May 19, the Ontario & Western will ship freight in less than carload lots on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of each week from stations between Livingston Manor and South Unadilla. Less than carload freight will be received only on the days named and will not be accepted after 4 p. m. For the past few months Monday and Thursday have been shipping days for northbound freight and Tuesday and Friday for southbound freight.

A strike of the express drivers in New York city has tied up all express both to and from the city, and has resulted in a greater use of the parcel post system. Over twenty-five crates of eggs have been shipped to the city from the Walton post office alone during the week. The great excess of parcel post matter over the amount usually handled has resulted in a serious congestion in the New York post office. The employees have returned to work and regular shipments have been resumed.

An important business change was consummated Friday, when Howard J. Northrup sold the real estate and business of the Majestic theatre to Walter Knight and Frank S. Medrick, possession to be given within sixty days. Mr. Northrup came to Walton in 1911, and two years later constructed the fine moving picture theatre building on Delaware street, one of the best in this section of the state. He has not decided on his future plans, but expects to remain in Walton and engage in some other line of business. The sale was made through the agency of H. M. Robinson.

Governor Smith has disapproved the bill which would confer jurisdiction on the Court of Claims to hear, audit and determine the alleged claim of Joseph Schaufler against the state, while engaged in the work of the state in endeavoring to capture Robert Silliman, a lunatic, who had escaped from the Binghamton State Hospital. In his memorandum the governor says: “This bill seeks to make the state liable for an injury to the chief of police of the village of Walton, in Delaware county. The injury was inflicted by a lunatic, who had escaped from the Binghamton State Hospital, and in whose apprehension the chief of police was engaged. I cannot conceive that any public or private person who requests a policeman to do his plain duty can be held liable in damages for injuries accruing to that policeman in the course of its discharge, and I do not believe there is any liability on the part of the state for damages done to the chief of police of this village in the discharge of his duty. He alleges that officers of the Binghamton State Hospital asked him to assist them in securing the escaped man. Had the request come from any other citizen, no liability could be attached to that citizen. He was merely discharging his duty as chief of police. The bill is therefore disapproved.”


Struck by Yard Engine While Crossing Tracks at Maybrook.

Cyrus V. Dougherty of Middletown, a native of Livingston Manor, was fatally injured in an accident on the Central New England railroad on Saturday morning, and died while being taken from Maybrook to the Poughkeepsie hospital.

Mr. Dougherty was employed as an engineer on the Central New England, and had just come into the Maybrook yards from his run. He had put his locomotive in the roundhouse, and was on his way through the yards to take a train to his home in Middletown when struck by one of the yard engines.

Cyrus Dougherty was 40 years of age, and was formerly employed on the Ontario & Western railroad.


Nearly 5,000 Subscribers to the Victory Notes


Hugh Sum Represents in Large Part Savings of the People - Figures for Victory Loan.

Every banking district in Delaware county filled its quota for the Victory Loan, and in several instances substantial oversubscriptions are reported.

It had been thought by many that the banks would be forced to make heavy subscriptions to the loan to meet their quotas, but this did not prove to be the case, although several institutions made substantial subscriptions for their own investment account after their quotas had been filled.

One fact of interest is that in the five Liberty Loan campaigns and with the sale of War Savings Stamps the people of Delaware county have invested some seven million dollars in government securities. It is believed that at least one in every four of the population is a holder of a Liberty Bond. Much of the purchasing of bonds has been made out of savings which would not have been made without the patriotic incentive offered.

Subscriptions received through the First National Bank of Walton to the five loans have been as follows, the number of subscribers also being given: First loan, $57,350 and 184 subscribers; 2nd loan, $152,500 and 943 subscribers; 3rd loan, $146,900 and 1051 subscribers; 4th loan, $299,150 and 1548 subscribers; fifth loan, $251,750 and 955 subscribers. Total raised, $907,650.

The figures of the Victory loan are given below, but may be changed somewhat by the official reports. In the first column is given the quota assigned each banking district, in the second column the amount raised and in the third column the number of individual subscribers where known:

Bank Quota Raised ber
Andes $30,500 $45,600 137
Delhi 226,800 273,750 658
Downsville 63,100 63,250 172
Franklin 97,700 107,00 255
Grand Gorge 64,000 91,000 230
Hancock 115,300 120,500 523
Hobart 87,600 121,100 227
Fleischmanns 50,200 No Report
Margaretville 98,000 105,575 439
Roxbury 64,000 93,150 210
Sidney 275,000 300,000
Stamford 137,500 176,000
Walton 226,800 251,750 955


Walton Will Have Basket Factory and Concrete Works.

Walton will have a new industry in a veneer and basket factory which Claude R. Savage of Buffalo will soon open in one of the buildings of the former United States Brake Shoe company’s plant at West End. John H. Tweedie, who bought the property, has sold two of the buildings and about an acre of land to Mr. Savage, who is fitting one of the buildings up for the factory. Two large concrete vats are being installed, and Mr. Savage expects to receive his machinery and be ready for operations within a few weeks. He was formerly engaged in the same business at Orchard Park, near Buffalo. Mr. Tweedie himself expects to go into the manufacture of concrete blocks on a large scale, and is fitting up the main building of the old Brake Shoe plant for this purpose. A concrete floor is being put in this building, which is 32 by 90 feet in dimensions. Later a sixty-foot addition will be built in the rear, which will be used for making the blocks, while the main building will be used for storage. These two industries will afford employment to a number of men.


Claimed Fall Was Due to Defective Lights


Verdict for Strout Agency on Third Trial of Shavertown Case - Court Goes Into Third Week.

The May term of Supreme Court in Delhi promises to be one of the longest terms in recent years. There are cases enough ready for trial, it is stated, to occupy the attention of the court for the third week and perhaps go into the fourth week.

In the case of Ella C. Alton against the village of Fleischmanns, which was on trial last week, the jury returned a verdict of $900. The plaintiff sued to recover for injuries alleged to have been sustained when she fell last summer. The claim was that the accident was due to defective street lighting. O’Connor & O’Connor of Hobart are attorneys for plaintiff while George A. Speenburg represented the village.

The trial of the suit brought by the E. A. Strout Farm Agency against Archie Gladstone of Shavertown, to recover commissions alleged to be due on the sale of a farm, resulted in a verdict of $215 for the Strout Agency. The trial started Friday and was resumed Monday, going to the jury on Tuesday. The facts in the case were somewhat as follows, although there was a sharp conflict as to some of the facts: In 1910 Guy S. Fitch of Delhi, then agent for the Strout agency, went to Gladstone and asked the privilege of listing for sale Mr. Gladstone’s farm at Shavertown. Gladstone testified that he told Fitch that he would not list the place and did not care to sell, but that if he decided to sell he would notify Fitch. In 1911 Gladstone wrote Fitch that he was ready to sell and if he wanted to buy to come and look over the place. Fitch did so and got a list of the personal property and price. It was agreed that the agency should receive anything over a purchase price of $10,000. Later Fitch sent a purchaser, S. A. Aldrich, who finally bought the farm for $10,000. The question at issue was whether there was any personal property which Mr. Gladstone had agreed to include in the $10,000 price and which he later reserved when the sale was made. The case has been tried twice before. The first time there was a verdict of no cause of action which was set aside by Justice Davis. On the second trial the Strout agency recovered a $590 judgment but this was set aside by Justice Sewell and the Appellate Division later upheld this decision.

The jury in the present trial was given the case on Tuesday and returned a verdict of $215 in favor of the plaintiff. O’Connor & O’Connor are attorneys for the Strout agency and F. W. Hartman, attorney for Mr. Gladstone, was assisted at the trial by F. W. Youmans and A. G. Patterson.

In the trespass action of Alva More against Agnes Cole, a juror was withdrawn in order that the plaintiff may amend his complaint in the action.

The trial of the action of the E. A. Strout Farm Agency against Eugene DeForest of the town of Sidney, to recover commissions, was commence Wednesday. F. W. Youmans is attorney for the agency and Sewell & France represent the defendant with Alexander Neish of Walton as counsel.

With the consent of both sides the case was taken from the jury by Justice Kellogg who will render his decision in twenty days.

In the case of Guy Fitch against Ralph Crawford to recover money loaned judgment was taken by default for $130.


Grand Jury Found Seven Indictments - Several Excise Cases.

The grand jury in session in connection with the May term of Supreme Court in Delhi, returned seven indictments. The prisoners were arraigned Monday before Justice Kellogg and their cases disposed of as follows:

John Houck of Walton, indicted for petit larceny, second offense, was sentenced to Elmira Reformatory for an indefinite term.

Harry Schoonmaker, Vincent Russell and Wellman Brown, indicted for burglary, third degree, for breaking into Budine's market in Walton, plead guilty. The Court is inclined to parole these boys and sentence was withheld for the present. They may be placed on parole on farms. Houck was the leader of the gang, but was not present at the time of the Budine burglary.

Joseph Lombardi and John Monaco, Cadosia Italians, indicted for violation of the excise law in bringing liquor into dry territory, plead guilty, and were fined $100 each. The fines were paid.

James Brown of Walton and Bernice Brown, his wife, parents of Wellman Brown, were indicted on a charge of receiving stolen property, consisting of dishes taken by their son from the summer camp at Island Park. On account of defendants being drug addicts, the Court suspended all proceedings until the October term of court, at which time they are to report, and in the meantime are to endeavor to cure themselves of the habit, and also subject to the visits of the parole officer.

Edward M. Willi, Peakville, indicted for violation of the excise law, interposed a demurrer to the indictment which the Court has overruled.

Fred Brown, East Branch, indicted for rape in the second degree, has not been arraigned, for he is now in jail serving a sentence.

Phebe Soden, the girl taken into custody at the same time, has been committed to a home for wayward girls at Troy, N. Y., as has been her sister, Rena. Humane officer, C. H. Phelps, of Sidney accompanied them to the home.


Hamden Will Use Automobile Money at Delancey.

(From our Hamden cor.)

The town has bought of the International Harvester company on the lease plan, a 15-horsepower, 4-cylinder kerosene tractor for use on the highways of the town. The cost of the tractor is $2,500, to be paid for at the rate of $8 per day, which is the amount allowed by law when in actual use and which applies on the purchase price of the tractor. William Mallory of Hawleys is operating the machine, which is giving satisfactory service.

At a meeting of the town board May 9 Supervisor Shaw and Justice R. J. Andrews were appointed a committee to purchase a truck for general use on the town highways. The town superintendent finds it difficult to procure horses to deliver his men at different points and figures from a financial standpoint the truck would be a paying investment.

The automobile rebate consisting of $1,111.08 apportioned to the town of Hamden from the county auto fund together with $500 town fund added, will be expended in permanent improvement on the highway, beginning at the state road and running through the village of Delancey, until the fund is exhausted. The work will be done during the fall of the present year. It is confidently expected that considerable assistance will be rendered gratis by residents of that locality in appreciation of the improvement.


Development Company a Subsidiary of Ansco Camera Co.


Secrecy Necessary to Protect New Process of Manufacture - Over $2,000,000 Spent in Construction.

The Ansco company of Binghamton, manufactures of cameras and films, is the concern back of the Afton Development company, which for the past two years has been engaged in construction work at Afton Lake, upon which the sum of two million dollars is said to have been expended. Thus is solved at last the mystery which has for so long puzzled the residents of that section, who were left in doubt as to the purpose of the investment of so much money at that place.

The Sidney Enterprise thus describes the company, its accomplishments and future plans:

“Nearly $2,000,000 have been spent in construction work and fittings for the 12 large buildings, eight of which are of brick and concrete and the other four of wood. In these buildings from 8 to 24 steamfitters have been at work over a year. The electrical equipment has kept a baker’s dozen of expert electricians busy for the same length of time. All the way from 65 up to 150 mechanics and laborers have been on the job continually. If they knew what they were building for they kept the secret well, but there is a possibility that they did not know. Dr. Axtell of New York, at the head of the Development company work, knew what he was about. He spent money lavishly, and the buildings and equipment are the best that can be secured. He was continually on the job. If a workman got too curious, he was dismissed. But now plans are completed and the plant is manufacturing. Mr. Stevens of New York, president of the Development company, is also president of the Ansco company. Mr. Topliff of Binghamton is also vice president of both companies. He had charge of purchasing the property about the lake, upon which the buildings were erected. The Ansco company is a well known photographic supply company, with headquarters in Binghamton. They manufacture film for cameras among other products. As you read our story you can draw your own conclusions as to what the Afton mystery is.

First, why did such a large concern locate at Afton? Simply because the water of the Afton Lake was the purest that they could find. It was absolutly free from mineral matter, and the article manufactured by the Development company must not come in contact with iron in any form. Next, the great secrecy about the matter was due to the fact that Dr. Axtell had a secret process of his own invention that he wished to get under way before there was any chance of infiringment. But something about the plant; As stated, there are 12 buildings of different dimensions and of the best construction. These buildings are now filled with machinery. This consists mostly of mixing tanks, grinders, presses and breakers. One hundred electric motors furnish the power for these various machines. There is a well equipped carpenter shop, also a machine shop. There are many leadlined tanks, and also wooden tanks.

The base of the product manufactured is paper. This comes in large rolls. It is run through a machine and shredded into fine pieces. These are blown into a large lead-lined tank and washed for several hours to remove as much of the acid as possible. It is then forced into wooden tanks and rewashed. It is then passed through the driers, grinders, presses and breakers. These machines are located in the various buildings, and the product is wheeled from building to building in cars. When completed it is a gluey looking compound. At certain stages the compound is highly explosive. Another feature of the process is the great cleanliness shown. Everything is spick and span, a real dustless shop. A vacuum cleaner is constantly at work cleaning about the premises.

Another feature is that the men now employed have all been broken into the work at the premises. For several weeks since the equipment was installed they have been practicing the various processes with water, and it was thought that they had the idea down to perfection. The first batch of the real acid which was started through was spilled upon the floor at the very start. It made the employees engaged in that branch hustle for their gas masks. Charles Peterson of New York, who has been superintendent of construction during the erection of the plant and its equipment, has been retained as general superintendent of the plant, and now the Afton development company, a branch of the Ansco Film company, is under headway, and Afton has a manufacture which will place it on the map.


Proposition to Raise $16,000 for Fire Protection - Insurance Rates Raised.

The village board at a special meeting Wednesday evening voted to call a special election on Tuesday, June 3, to vote on the propositions to raise $12,000 for the purchase of an automobile pump engine and equipment at a cost of $12,000 and the installation of an automatic fire alarm system at a cost of $4,000.

The board also passed a resolution prohibiting the building of garages in Walton village unless of fireproof construction. A committee was appointed to draft a building code for the village which will be acted upon at a later meeting.

The Underwriters Association of New York state has announced an increase of 20 per cent in the fire insurance rates in the village of Walton. The circular announcing the increase is as follows: “On account of the inadequate fire protection furnished by the present water supply system of the community all existing specific and minimum rates are hereby increased 20 per cent. This action is effective as of May 18, 1919, at noon, and is made necessary by the failure of the community to carry out the recommendations for improvement made by the association and after due notice to the municipality that such failure would entail the above advance.”


Creamery Receiving 23,000 Pounds of Milk Daily There.

(From our Hamden cor.)

Nearly 23,000 pounds of milk is being received daily at the Borden plant at Hamden, since opening here May 1st, with a possibility of several more dairies being added soon. Six men are employed and more will be added to the force as rapidly as the supply of milk increases. The two large boilers in their plant here, after 18 years’ service have been condemned, and substituted by a 15-horsepower boiler removed from the Borden plant at Delhi, which was recently installed by Clark Gray of Delhi and assistants. Since closing the creamery January 31, 1918, a large amount of the creamery equipment has been removed to other plants of the company, but will be replaced by more modern machinery. James A. Brundage, who has been in the Borden company’s employ for several years, lately stationed at Chaumont, Jefferson county, has charge of the creamery here, and occupies the flat over J. Chamber’s store.


Meeting of Unusual Interest Held in Walton Monday and Tuesday.

The missionary institute held for Delaware Presbytery in the United Presbyterian church, Walton, May 12 to `13, was one of unusual interest. The institute team, composed of ten missionaries from India and Egypt, is home on furlough, but in order to stimulate efforts toward the securing and sending out of the 407 missionaries to the foreign fields, they are spending their vacation conducting institutes in the United Presbyterian Presbyteries.

The opening session on Monday evening was well attended, in spite of the rain and muddy roads, which hindered many from coming from other towns.

“The missionary challenge of today” by Miss Kate Hill and Dr. L. M. Henry was impressively set forth. Miss Hill’s pleasing personality combined with rich experiences makes her a speaker whose message grips the hearts of her audience. Dr. Henry, from his wide and varied experiences as physician and surgeon, made clear how the sin-sick souls were brought in touch with the Savious through the healing of bodily ills. Tuesday morning after the devotional period, “Needs and Opportunities” was the theme on which Rev. R. E. Hyers, Miss Nellie Smith, Miss Mary Lawrence and Dr. L. M. Henry, each spoke thirty minutes. The afternoon session commenced at 1:30. Address, “Intercession,” by W. T. Henderson, D. D. Miss Hill and Rev. Mills J. Taylor were the other speakers of the afternoon. At 3 o’clock a conference, conducted by the different missionaries was largely attended. This was followed by stereopticon views, shown under the direction of Miss Ella B. Downie and Miss Dora B. Whitely. This closed the afternoon session.

The ladies of the G. A. R. rendered an appreciative service to all, particularly to the ladies of the U. P. church in that they served meals in the church dining room to all guests, thus relieving the ladies of the church in order that they might attend every session of the institute. About 300 were served with dinner and supper.

On Tuesday evening nearly 1,200 people assembled to see the pageant put on by the missionary team. Scenes from mission fields presented in native costume by the missionaries were most interesting and could not fail to bring all into closer sympathy with mission workers in foreign lands.

The board asked for an offering of $50 to defray expenses, and an offering of over $150 was received. But perhaps the greatest satisfaction to the team as well as the several congregations of Delaware Presbytery, was the report of the chairman on resolutions. This report showed that Delaware Presbytery had heard the challenge to carry on, and had pledged to finance the support of six more missionaries, their share of the “407.”


A. R. Worden of Andes Succumbs to Infection From Thorn.

(From our Andes cor.)

A. R. Worden died at his home on Palmer Hill, Andes, about noon on Monday from blood poisoning. A little over a week ago Mr. Worden removed a thorn from the little finger on his left hand and blood poisoning developed. The funeral was held on Thursday from his late home at one o’clock and at two o’clock from the M. E. church, the Rev. Fred Hults officiating. Burial was in the Andes cemetery. Mr. Worden leaves a family of eleven children. Mrs. Worden died some two years ago.


Further Use of High School Auditorium Found Impractical.

The faculty of the Walton high school recently presented a petition to the board of education to consider the need of a new gymnasium. In the petition it was set forth that the high school building in the opinion of the petitioners, is being permanently injured by the vibrations caused by gymnastic exercises in the auditorium; that after three years’ trial it has proved impossible, with the present equipement, to comply with the law and to give physical training work which is worth while; and further that the work of the classes in the rooms below and in the study hall was being seriously impaired by the noise.

A temporary solution to the problem has been made by the signing of a bill by Governor Smith which permits the giving of physical training, when practicable, in any armory of the state, when such armory is within convenient distance from the school.

A committee of the board of education consisting of F. G. Lyon, Mrs. H. W. Retz and R. E Lockwood has been appointed to look into the matter of constructing a gymnasium and to report at the annual school meeting in the summer.

Annual Memorial Service.

The annual union memorial service will be held on Sunday evening, May 25, at 7:30, in Walton Hall. All the patriotic organizations of Walton are most cordially invited to attend in a body as in former years, and also all the returned soldiers and sailors who may not be members of any of these organizations, and occupy seats which will be reserved for them. Rev. Boyd White, pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian church will deliver the sermon.

Hobart Votes On New School

An adjourned meeting of the Hobart school district will be held Saturday evening, May 24, at 7:30 o’clock to vote on a proposition to raise $50,000 for the construction of a new school building.


Middletown Voters Carry Proposition by Big Majority.

(From our Margaretville cor.)

At the special election for the town of Middletown held at Margaretville Friday, May 9, the proposition was carried to appropriate the sum of $2,550 for the purchase of a stone crusher and equipment.

Of the votes cast 149 were in favor and only 10 against the proposition. The town of Middletown will receive about $2,600 of the automobile license money and as this has to be used for the construction of permanent highways, the purchase of the stone crusher was deemed necessary.


Fire Destroys Home of Erwin Bennett on Tuesday.

(From our Unadilla cor.)

The home of Erwin Bennett and family near Unadilla was completely destroyed by fire last Tuesday night. Mr. Bennett and family have gone into the house adjoining, occupied by Mr. Bennet’s father. Citizens of the town presented the stricken family with useful articles and a substantial sum of money.

Memorial Day Plans.

The final arrangements for the Memorial Day program on Friday, May 30, have not been completed but will be announced next week. Ben Marvin Post, G. A. R., which has charge of the exercises at the cemetery in the morning, has secured Assemblyman Lincoln R. Long of New Kingston to give the address. Dr. George J. Dann of Oneonta will be the speaker at the meeting in Walton hall at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

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