Old Bovina
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Roman Palmer and the Civil War

Bovina’s final Civil War fatality was Roman Palmer. Palmer was born in 1839, the son of Saunders and Cornelia Palmer. He spent his childhood in Colchester and later Hamden. His connection to … more

Another Cathels Family Tragedy

In October 2015, I reported on the tragedy that descended on the family of James Cathels, Jr. in the fall of 1865. James, four of his children and his mother in law died within about 10 days of each … more

Bovina Farmers in the summer of 1896

One hundred and twenty-six years ago, the summer of 1896 proved to be a rough one for Bovina farmers, at least according to the pages of the Andes Recorder .   In July of that year, the … more

Bovina at the World Columbian Exposition

One of the high points in Bovina’s butter making history took place in 1893, when over 20% of all New York farmers exhibiting butter at the World’s Chicago Exposition Agricultural … more

Old Bovina

Here’s the clipping from that newsletter about Bea. Here she is on the last day at the creamery in a photo taken by Betty Elliott of New Kingston. ‘Meet the Lady Cowculators’ … more

Pearl Harbor and Bovina

Eighty years ago this month, on Dec. 7, 1941, “A date which will live in infamy...” the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and plunged the United States into World War II. I wanted to find any … more

What Was Bovina Doing When the Civil War Started?

The American Civil War officially started 160 years this month - specifically, April 12, 1861 -  when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. Though there was telegraph, it … more

Old Bovina

Between March 31 and April 11, 1889, three sisters, all born in Bovina, passed away. These were not little children living together but adults with their own homes. The Scott sisters were the … more

Michael Miller’s Farm Diary

On July 28, 1915, my great-great-grandfather Michael Miller died at the age of 87. Born in Scotland, he came to America as a small boy with his father and mother, William and Isabella (Dickson) … 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
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