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The Brief Career of Assemblyman David Low Thompson

The Sept. 5, 1887 New York Times published an article entitled “They Obeyed Boss Platt, Delaware County’s Faithless Legislators.” The ‘they’ in the title were State … more

Stories from Old Bovina

A lot of the information I have found over the years about Bovina farming has come from nineteenth century census records. I thought I’d share some of the more interesting and telling numbers. … more

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Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound What’s does this have to do with Bovina? In the course of doing full text researching online through old newspapers, I’ve came across this … more

Influenza Comes to Bovina

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought up references to the 1918 influenza pandemic. Local newspapers started reporting on cases of influenza in Bovina in October 1918, when “several mild … more

“She Always Was A Firebrand” – The Story of Frank Miller’s Horse

The Binghamton Press for Thursday evening, March 30, 1941, carried a report concerning a 29-year-old draft horse from Bovina named Maude. Maude was had been owned for almost her entire life by Frank … more

Stories from Old Bovina

2020 is the Town of Bovina’s Bicentennial year. We are launching the celebration on Feb. 25 with a birthday party, celebrating the actual day in 1820 when the town was created by an act of the … more

Stories from Bovina Cemeteries - Where is William Thomson

Thanks to the efforts of Dick and the late Ed Davidson, I have a database of all graves in the town of Bovina. In reviewing this database, I identified 375 different surnames. The most common one is … more

Stories from Old Bovina

With all the traditions we have for Christmas – gifts, stockings, the tree, and big family dinners – it seems that in Bovina in the 19th century did not follow many of these. Celebrations of … more

Stories from Old Bovina

Ten years ago the Bovina United Presbyterian Church celebrated its bicentennial. My part in that celebration included writing a brief history of the church. I also posted information about the … more

Stories from Old Bovina

When the Bovina Center hamlet experienced a damaging flood in August 1953, Walter ‘Watt’ Coulter recalled that it was the worst flooding since that of 1894. So what was the 1894 flood … more

Stories from Old Bovina

Last month, I related a possible case of a murder in Bovina in the early 19th century. The result of a coroner’s jury, convened in late April 1821, was the arrest and jailing of Cornelius McDonald … more

Stories from Old Bovina

In the small hours of Jan. 21, 1818, Mrs. Henrietta McNaught was awakened by someone pounding on the door of her home in the Cabin Hill area on what later was the Bovina town line. There she … more

Stories from Old Bovina

In the spring of 1839, two members of the same family met their ends by drowning, one by accident and the other apparently intentionally. On April 13, as later reported in the Delaware Gazette, … more

Stories from Old Bovina

Almost 130 years ago, between March 31 and April 11, 1889, three sisters, all born in Bovina, passed away from pneumonia. These were not little children living together but adults with their own … more

Stories from Old Bovina

In a year, the Town of Bovina will be celebrating its 200th Birthday. Created in February 1820, the effort to create the town dates back at least two years, and likely a little longer than … more
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