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Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, PA) – September 5, 1853

A Five Years’ Sleep

     It was with some incredulity that we read the notice of the protracted sleep of Cornelius Vroman, of Western New York, but all doubts of the reality of the slumber have been dispelled by a sight of Mr. Vroman, who is now in this village.
     Vroman was born in Schoharie county, New York, in 1816. He was a farm laborer, remarkable for strength, steadiness and endurance. There was nothing particular about his general habits, other than his preference for light food in small quantities to the hearty fare of the farmer. In 1848, in Genesee county, a deep sleep fell upon him without premonition, and he has slumbered ever since, with very brief and rare waking moments, not amounting in all to three days. The longest waking period he has had was sixteen hours, and this was brought about by medical treatment; but stimulants, and forced exercise in the open air, and all other resorts failed in this, as at other awakenings, in preventing the speedy return to stupor.
     Vroman is a mere skeleton, though his face is not much emaciated. He breathes deeply and freely, perspires copiously, and seems in a natural ordinary slumber. He lies invariably non his left side, his limbs bent. His muscles are rigid; so much so that he maintains any attitude in which he is put, and he stood seventy-two hours in one fixed position. His jaws are set, and his teeth are pried open daily to feed him on milk, a quart of which a day, with a little bread crumbled in it, is his principal food. He has not eaten meat or vegetables since his seizure, unless it be in his few waking hours, when his first call always is for “something to eat”. His natural evacuations are at intervals of about 20 days, the skin apparently doing more than its healthful office.
     Most of the medical skill in western New York has been called into action in this case, but with hardly perceptible effect. It is pronounced a partial pressure on the brain, with a general rigidity of muscle – the teeth being fixed as in lock-jaw.
     The person having him in charge proposes exhibiting the sleeper in New York, and there trying once more if medical science can break the spell.
One peculiarity of the somnambulist’s former character we had almost forgot to mention. He was always taciturn but not surly, and he was supremely indifferent to female charms, avoiding women’s society. Now, if Mr. V. should fairly awaken, and successfully woo and wed an experienced widow of the Fanny Fern stamp, there would be little danger of his relapse into undue slumber again. – Ulster (N. Y.) Republican, Aug. 17.

Lutheran Observer (Baltimore, MD) - May 26, 1854

     Married, on the 16th ult., at the house of Wm. Schell, Wright, Schoharie co., N. Y. by the Rev. L. Schell, the Rev. Nicholas Wert, of Saddle River, Bergen co., N.Y. to Miss Mary P., ward of P. Campbell, Esq. Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Pittsfield Sun (Pittsfield, MA) – July 13, 1854

     The Schoharie (N. Y.) Republican relates the following incident of the late fire which destroyed the Richmondville Seminary: "There are many interesting incidents which occurred during the fire, among which we recollect hearing the following. A young girl, aged 15 years, daughter of Mr. Henry Warner, living near the Seminary, was at the school when the alarm of fire was given. Knowing her parents to be absent, she immediately ran home, and, from the excessive excitement, fainted when she reached the house. She soon rallied, however, and slipping off her shoes and stockings, gained access to the roof of the house, when she directed her little brother to pass up water. here, amid the smoke and cinders which were constantly falling on the roof, she continued to fight the fire, passing from one part of the roof to another, where stout-hearted men would shrink to venture, until the danger was over, and her father's buildings saved from the flames. Such a girl is worthy of a good husband, if she lives to get married, and her good sense will undoubtedly lead her to make a proper selection. Mr. W. may well be proud of such a daughter."

Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, PA) – July 17, 1854

A Professor Killed

     Prof. McFail, of Carlisle Seminary, in Schoharie county, New York, with a number of students, proceed to explore a cave near the Seminary on the 1st inst. They had been in a pit of some hundred feet deep, and all hands, except the Professor, safely ascended by means of pulley ropes. He was ascending, and had nearly reached the platform, when by some means, he slipped from the rope seat and fell to the bottom of the cave, which caused his death in a few minutes.

The Daily Alton Telegraph (Alton, IL) – August 31, 1854

Another Marriage in Howe’s Cave

     Howe’s Cave, in Schoharie county, was recently the scene of a marriage ceremony. On the 9th inst., at 10 o’clock at night, Henry M. Northrup, of New York, and Huldah A. Howe, (daughter of the proprietor of the cave,) were joined in wedlock by the Rev. Dr. Wells, of Schoharie. The cave was brilliantly illuminated. After the ceremony, there was a display of fireworks in the cave, which was at once pleasing and grand.
     This, we believe, is the second marriage ceremony performed by Mr. Wells in Howe’s cave. The first one was determined upon at the moment; the second had been previously arranged – and hence the illumination, fireworks, and other “fixings.” – Albany Atlas

The Janesville Gazette (Janesville, WI) – October 28, 1854

     A Singular Affair – The Albany Journal gives the particulars of a singular affair which occurred in Schoharie county. A few months since, a family in that county hired, at an intelligence office in Albany, a female “help,” who proved so smart and capable as to give the most entire satisfaction. She was at work early and late, descended the cellar stairs at a single bound, jumped over the tables with dishes on, and gave other evidences of uncommon sprightliness and agility. She also contracted a marriage with one Patrick. Meantime, one or two of the servant girls who had roomed with the help from Albany, left their situations, without assigning any reasons. Finally a girl upon leaving, informed the family the Albany “help” was stealing every thing she could lay her hands to. Upon searching her trunks, this was found to be the case, and she was arrested, tried before the Schoharie courts, and sentenced to three months in the Albany Penitentiary. Arrived at the jail, there was a most curious denouement – the stout and hearty female “help” turned out to be a full grown and athletic young man! During the whole time he had been doing housework in Schoharie county he had kept up the illusion in regard to his sex, and he had deceived the family, by a semi-daily application of the razor to his face.

New York Times (New York, NY) – November 11, 1854

Distressing Accident
Correspondence of the New York Daily Times

     Root, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1854
     On Sunday morning, the 5th instant, a melancholy accident occurred in Root, Montgomery County, which resulted in the death of Mr. John Simmons, of Argusville, Schoharie County. Mr. Horace Scott, after a lingering illness, died about 7 o'clock Sunday morning. His son-in-law, Mr. J. Simmons, and wife, residing in Argusville, about 3 miles distant, on hearing of the death of their father, started for the residence of Mr. Scott. When about one hundred yards from the house their horse took fright at a hog lying on the roadside. Mr. Simmons was thrown from the wagon and dragged some distance, and mangled in a most shocking manner. He died of his injuries in less than an hour. Mr. Simmons leaves a distracted widow and five children to mourn his loss. The double funeral of Mr. Scott and his son-in-law, Mr. Simmons, took place on Tuesday morning, in the church at Charleston Four Corners.

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, PA) – December 18, 1854

Political Preaching

     The Albany Atlas bitterly attacks the Rev. Washington Van Zandt, “who preached Clark and Raymond instead of Christ crucified, in the pulpit, the day before the election.”
     But, adds the editor, he is not so bad “as the preacher who traversed Schoharie county, proclaiming that Gov. Seymour was a papist, and had one of his daughters in a nunnery.” The story told from the pulpits of Madison county that Gov. S. kept a grocery up stairs in his mansion, required the capacious maws of three of the cloth to give utterance to.
     Whereupon says the editor:
     “Our advice is, that when such men rise in the pulpit, and so far destroy its sacredness as to denounce by name such men as Gov. Seymour and other leading democrats in the congregation should rise in their seats, and, with all the respect due to the place, contradict the falsehood.
     “There is no other way than this: If the church is to be turned into a political meeting room, either let the congregation have notice, so as to stay away, or let them have their full right of debate and discussion, as well as the stipendiaries of party, who throw out these political challenges from the pulpit.”

The Pittsfield Sun (Pittsfield, MA) – December 28, 1854

Various Items

     Wm. H. Sidney, of Schoharie, killed a pig the other day, which weighed, after being dressed, 974 pounds. The animal was a little over one year and eight months old.

Lutheran Observer (Baltimore, MD) - May 4, 1855

     Died in Breakabeen, Schoharie co., N. Y., March 27th, Mrs. Betsy Ann, wife of Stephen Nelson and eldest daughter of A. and C. Jones, late of Middleburg. Aged of 34 years 2 months and 27 days.

Lutheran Observer (Baltimore, MD) - May 4, 1855

     Died in Fulton, Schoharie co., on the morning of the 12th inst., Storm A. Burgort, aged 52 years, 10 months and 12 days.

Lutheran Observer (Baltimore, MD) - May 4, 1855

     Died in Fulton on the 13th inst., Jacob Hones, at the advanced age of 75 years 9 months and 17 days. Middleburg, April 18, 1855

The Pittsfield Sun (Pittsfield, MA) – February 14, 1856

A Great Bargain

An Extensive Cabinet-Ware Manufactory, House, Lot, &c.,

     Located at Schoharie Court-House, N. Y., 30 miles from Albany, on a good Plank Road. The Factory is 45 feet by 37, 2½ stories, with a good basement. It is a very substantial building, with an oak front. There is a Shed in the rear, two stories high, and 79 feet long, for Wood and Lumber.
     In the Factory is a 3 horse power Steam Engine, one of Daniels' Planing Mills, a Turning Lathe, Buz Saws, Upright Saw, and a machine for boring Hubs.
     The Dwelling is two stories, with a Woodhouse , Barn, and other out houses. A good Garden, Well, &c.
     The location is one of the best in the State, the buildings and machinery all new and substantial, and in good order, situated in a pleasant, healthy and desirable place to reside in. The subscriber wishes to sell on account of ill health, and offers the whole of the above described property for the very low sum of $3,000. Any one wishing to engage in that business cannot find a better location or a cheaper establishment, with a first-rate run of business to commence with. For further particulars, enquire of the subscriber on the premises.

Alex. Richart,

Schoharie C. H., N. Y., Jan 10, 1856.

Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) - August 1, 1857

Pronounced Incurable By His Physicians – Yet Cured By Hoofland’s German Bitters

Central Bridge, Schoharie co., N. Y., Feb. 19, 1856.

     Dr. C. M. Jackson – Dear Sir – A gentleman of the name of Larkin, living in this place, who has been under the doctor’s charge, and confined to the house for two years past the Liver Complaint, which last fall turned into Dropsy, and was pronounced beyond cure by the principal Physicians of the place, and his friends expected him to die daily, is now, after taking five bottles of the German Bitters, out doing errands and attending to his daily business. The Bitters are, consequently, in great demand. Respectfully, John G. Carryl

The Pittsfield Sun (Pittsfield, MA) – July 22, 1858


     At Schoharie, July 10, by Rev. C. E. Crispell, Mr. Charles A. Goodyear of S., to Miss Erene W., daughter of Rev. Jonas King, D. D., of Athens, Greece.

The Pittsfield Sun (Pittsfield, MA) - August 4, 1859

Important to Carriage Makers and
Hub Manufacturers.

Patent Hub Machine.

     This new and important machine is so constructed that it is easily adapted to turn any desirable size or pattern of Hub that may be required. It is so perfect and simple in its construction that but little skill is necessary on the part of the operative to work is successfully. It requires no “blocking out” of the hub block or any other preparation before turning. One man will turn 60 buggy hubs per hour; and on the larger machines 40 of the largest size hubs. It leaves the work smooth and perfect, every hub of the same length and of necessity alike in all respects. No other machinery now employed can possibly compete with it in any respect. Hub manufacturers and Wheelwrights will find it greatly to their interests to have one of these machines, as it will do the work of ten men in the same time, and do the work more perfect. One of these machines is now on exhibition at Thos. G. Atwood’s Machine Shop, Pittsfield, where it may be seen in operation.
     For sale of Machines, and Shop, Town and County Rights for the States of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, apply to J. M. Scribner, Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York.

Weekly Gazette and Free Press (Janesville, WI) - February 14, 1862

     The editor of the Schoharie (N. Y.) Patriot thinks the federal government represents the locomotive, and the seceding states the cow, in the following story:
     When George Stephenson, the celebrated Scotch engineer, had completed his model of a locomotive, he presented himself before the British parliament, and asked the attention and support of that body. The grave M. P.'s looking sneeringly at his invention, asked:
     "So you have made a carriage to run only by steam have you?"
     "Yes, my lords."
     "And you expect your carriage to run on parallel rails, so that it can't go off, do you?"
     "Yes, my lords."
     "Well, now, Mr. Stephenson, let us show you how absurd your claim is. Suppose when your carriage is running upon these rails at the rate of twenty or thirty miles per hour, if you're extravagant enough to even suppose such a thing possible, a cow should get it its way. You can't turn out for her - what then?"
     "Then 'twill be bad for the cow, my lords."

Daily Index (Petersburg, VA) - August 1, 1865

     In the State of New York, "Enumerators" are appointed by the Secretary of State, to take the census of their districts. - The returns of some of these "Enumerators" have been recently published. They show that the schoolmaster, as well as something else, is much needed among the Republican officials of the Empire State. Of the character of some of these reports, the following, from the Schoharie Republican, will be sufficient:
     To the question - "What other changes in the social condition of the people have you observed since 1860?" the Enumerator of the town of Conesville returns the following answer:
     "A majority of the people have not been as sociable or as companionable as previous to the commencement of the war. They charge republicans and abilishinists of being the cause of the war, and prophesied their success and a divided country. But a change has come over the spirits of their dreams they now appear sullen and disappointed and say little or nothing about the war."
     Mr. Wm. E. Ritchmyre, the Enumerator for the above town, tells us that since he commenced to "tak" the census, the number of deaths " have not varie much," although there have been twelve or fifteen cases of small pox. He is of the opinion that the effect the effect the war has had upon crime has been to lessen it. Pauperism has increased but little, while credit has been lessened; differing somewhat from W. H. Albro, the Enumerator for the Second District of Middleburg, who says:
     Ques. What other changes in the social condition of the people have you observed since 1860? Ans. The past four years though Pregnant with history in all parts of the country have witnessed fewer changes in Rural Districts than in the large Villages and cities. In this district there have been no very great changes in the social condition of the Inhabitants. There were times in certain localities, where perhaps the war-widow was a little too Sociable to be at all times within the bounds of Charity, and while the brave husband was sleeping upon the bosom of Mother Earth, the sky for a covering, and his knapsack for a pillow, the Fair one at home might be entertaining guests, and playing the part of Potepher's wife. But now that the Brave Boys are coming home, it is to be presumed that virtue will be presented with fewer temptations, and Eve's daughters will covet less that which they are forbidden to taste.

Grand Traverse Herald (Traverse City, MI) – February 22, 1867

     Mr. Jones, aged seventy years, recently married a young girl in Schoharie county, went to Albany on his wedding tour, fell down stairs at his hotel, made his will, and left her to go forth a rich widow who came in as a wedded attendant of an infirm old man.

Grand Traverse Herald (Traverse City, MI) – June 7, 1867

Another Murder in Fun

     The Albany Argus records another shooting of a young lady in fun. Charles Loomis, proprietor of an eating-house, at Schoharie, having in his hands a shot-gun, espied a young lady, named Mary Mann, aged sixteen, some distance down the street. Loomis, being a natural humorist, even a more funny man than the shot-gun wit of Saginaw, called out to the girl, “Mary, I’m going to shoot you.” The girl replied, “You dare not.” Loomis jokingly raised the weapon, aimed and fired, lodging twelve shot in the girl’s face, neck, chest and arm. She was not killed outright, but only scarred for life, and seriously wounded, but will recover probably. Loomis was arrested; and, being asked why he fired, excused himself by saying “he had not the slightest idea the gun would carry so far!” Of course he was horrified at the result of his joke – the shot gun joker always is – that being one of the great futures of the joke.

The Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) – February 22, 1868

Colonel Harper’s Heroism

     One of the most courageous of the defenders, in Revolutionary times, of the settlements of New York was Colonel Harper. He had command of one of the forts in Schoharie county, and in fact of all the frontier stations in that region. He left the fort in Schoharie, and came out through the wood to Harpersfield at the time of sugar making, and thence laid his course for Cherry Valley, to investigate the state of things there, and as he was pursuing an indistinct Indian trail, and ascending a hill, cast his eye forward and saw a number of persons coming directly toward him. He knew that if he attempted to flee from them, they would shoot him down. He resolved, therefore, to advance straight up to them and make the best shift for himself he could. As soon as he came near enough to see the whites of their eyes he recognized the head man and several others.
     The head man’s name was Peter, an Indian, with whom Colonel Harper had often traded at Oquago before the Revolution began. The Colonel had his overcoat on, so that his regimentals were concealed, and he was not recognized. His first words were:
     “How do you do, brothers?”
     “Well, how do you do, brother?” was the reply.
     “On a secret expedition; and which way are you bound, brother?”
     “Down the Susquehanna to cut off the Johnstown settlement.”
     “Where do you lodge tonight?” inquired the Colonel.
     “At the mouth of Schenevus creek,” was the reply. Then shaking hands with them, he bid them God speed and proceeded on his journey.
He had gone but a little way from them before he took a circuit through the woods , a distance of eight or ten miles, to the head of Charlotte river, where were a number of men making sugar. He ordered them to take their arms, two days provisions, and a rope, and to meet him down the Charlotte, at a small clearing called Evans’ Place, at a certain hour that afternoon. He then rode with all speed through the woods to Harpersfield, collected all the men he found there making sugar. Being armed and provided, as usual, with a rope, struck his course for Charlotte. When he arrived at Evans’ Place, he found the Charlotte men in good spirits, and when he mustered his forces, there were fifteen, including himself, exactly the same number as there were of the enemy. Then the Colonel made his men acquainted with the nature of the enterprise on hand. They marched down the river a little distance, and then bent their course to the mouth of Schenevus creek.
     When they arrived at the brow of a hill, where they could overlook the valley where the Schenevus flows, they cast their eyes down upon the flats, and discovered the fire around which the enemy lay encamped.
     “There they are,” whispered Col. Harper. They descended with great stillness, forded the creek, which was breast high to a man; after advancing a few hundred yards, they took some refreshment, and then prepared for the contest. Daylight was just beginning to appear in the East. When they came to the enemy they found they lay in a circle, with their feet toward the fire, in a deep sleep; their arms with all their implements of death were all stacked up according to the Indian custom, when they lay themselves down for the night; these the Colonel secured by carrying them off a distance and laying them down. Then each man taking his rope in his hand, placed himself by his fellow; the Colonel rapped his man softly, and said, “Come, it is time for men of business to be on their way;” and then each one sprang upon his man, and after a most severe struggle they secured the whole of the enemy.
      After they were safely bound, and the morning had so far advanced that they could discover objects distinctly, says the Indian Peter, “Ha! Colonel Harper! Now I know thee – why did I not know thee yesterday!”
     “Some policy in war, Peter!”
     “Ah, me find ‘em so now.”
     The Colonel marched the men to Albany, and delivered them to the commanding officer, and by his well executed feat of valor, he saved the Johnstown settlement from a wanton destruction.
     The facts of the foregoing are given on the authority of Campbells annals of Tyron county. Some account of another adventure will serve to further the interest of the reader in Col. Harper.
     In 1778 a notorious Tory leader named McDonald, at the head of three hundred Indians and Tories. Was committing great ravages on the frontiers, and in the vicinity of the forts on the Schoharie particularly, which were all so weakly garrisoned that they could offer no resistance.
Colonel Harper was stationed at one of the forts. Perceiving the wanton barbarities of the enemy he resolved to undertake a journey to Albany, in order to procure sufficient aid to arrest them in their career. It was an expedition full of peril, but he sailed undauntedly forth. Although the enemy lined his entire route, he resolved to secure help for the perishing inhabitants, or sacrifice his own life in the attempt. His first day’s journey was uninterrupted, and in the evening he rode up to a Tory tavern, coolly demanded a room, and, without apparent fear or apprehension, retired for the night. But he was not unprepared. Presently there was a load rapping at the door. He demanded what was wanted.
     “We want to see Colonel Harper,” was the reply.
     He then deliberately arose, unlocked the door, and taking his sword and pistols, seated himself on the bed to receive visitors. They were four, and entered blusteringly, and with threatening visages. The Colonel raised his pistols, and said, “Step one inch over that line and you are dead men!”
     There was something in his determined and resolute countenance that arrested their advance. Their courage wilted before the fire of his flashing eye. They glanced at one another as though at a loss what to do. In vain did they look for a sign of weakness in Colonel Harper’s manner; and the least show of it would have proved his destruction. Overawed and abashed, they retreated from his presence with what grace they could, and left him master of the field. Still, however, feeling himself insecure, he did not sleep again that night, but kept a wary watch.
In the morning he boldly mounted his horse, and although the enemy were concealed in the vicinity of the house, for some reason he was allowed to pass unmolested. An Indian followed him, however, the entire rest of the way. Whenever the Colonel would turn and present a pistol, he would run with all his might, but again steal cautiously in his rear. But uninjured, the Colonel reached Albany, procured aid, hastened back to Schoharie, and wreaked a sudden retribution on the marauders – thus establishing, beyond question, his well earned reputation as a dauntless man.

The Petersburg Index (Petersburg, VA) - June 24, 1868

Scan. Mag. In High Life

     Colonel Edward Gebbard, formerly Assistant Commissary General to Governor Fenton of New York, has eloped with Mrs. Nichols, wife of A. R. T. Nichols, who resides at Greenfield, Connecticut, but who has an office where he pursues the calling of a broker in the city of New York. Gebbard, it is said, is an adventurer, unworthy to black the boots of the man whom he has wronged. he formerly resided in Schoharie county, N. Y., and is the son of John G. Gebbard, formerly superintendent of the State Geological Hall, in Albany. The parties have taken a steamer for Europe. Mrs. Nichols is possessed of a fortune of nearly $200,000, a large portion of which the parties have taken with them.

Titusville Morning Herald (Titusville, PA) – August 8, 1871

General News

     The first bale of new hops, from Elder Ferguson, Schoharie, arrived in this city to-day, and was sold for fifty cents per pound.

Titusville Morning Herald (Titusville, PA) – January 4, 1872

New Hudson River Bridge
From the Albany Journal, Dec. 29th

     The long anticipated completion of the new bridge over the Hudson river, from the old depot yard on Maiden Lane, has at last been accomplished, and yesterday afternoon, at about five o’clock, witnessed the crossing of the first train. This consisted of engine and tender No. 83, Thos. Garrison, engineer, attached to which was one passenger car, No. 125, literally crowded with some of our most prominent citizens, Chief Engineer Charles Holton, Adolphus Bonzano, one of the firm who manufactured the superstructure, Alfred F. Snyder, superintendent of the bridge, members of the press, and others. Besides those there were on the caboose of the engine and on the tender about thirty persons, all desirous of experiencing the novelty of the ride. On the usual signal being given, the train started, passing rapidly across to the other side, scarcely jarring the firm and substantial structure. It then returned to this side, and on its arrival was greeted by hearty cheers from the assembled crowd. The occasion, though experimental, was fully satisfactory to all who participated.
Some few facts in relation to the structure may prove of interest in this connection. The bill authorizing its construction passed the Legislature in 1869, being introduced by John M. Kimball, and the first stone of the substructure was laid June 25, 1870. The work has since steadily progressed to completion. The main bridge is 1,525 feet long, from Quay street to Van Rensselear Island, and the whole length, including approaches, 2,250 feet. It is thirty feet in the clear above low water mark, and eight feet above the high water mark of 1857. There are two bridges over Van Rensselear creek, one connecting with the New York and Boston railroads, and the other for Troy local trains, the first comprising three spans, sixty-two feet six inches in length, and the other four spans seventy feet each. That portion of the bridge across the basin, descends three feet from the pier to Quay street. The trusses in the superstructure are twenty-six feet apart. All the tension bars of the bridge are of double refined iron, and it is calculated that the bridge will stand a load of 6,000 pounds per lineal foot, exclusive of the weight of the structure, the train of which will not exceed one-sixth of the breaking weight. Of the material used the following is given: Piles used in pier and abutments, 110,000 lineal feet; timber, broad measure, 1,100,000 feet; stone in piers and abutments, 16,000 lineal feet; iron in superstructure, mostly wrought, 2,000 tons. The draw weighs 700,000 pounds, and is to be worked by a ten horse power engine located beneath the roadway.
     Clark, Reeves & Co., of the Phoenixville Bridge Works, Phoenixville Pa., were the contractors for the superstructure, it being erected under the direction of Messrs. James E. Bagley and O. F. Hilt. Chas. Newman, of Hudson, contracted for the sub-structure, the stone being furnished by James Shanahan, of Tribe Hill. S. A. Barrett, of Schoharie, furnished the stone for the abutments on Maiden Lane and Quay street, as also for the abutment at the east end of the main bridge. The railing for the foot pathway was furnished by Henry C. Haskell, of this city, and the tracks on the bridge were laid under the supervision of Bridge Superintendent Snyder. The total cost is about $ 1,000,000. To Mr. Hilton, the engineer, and Hon. Horace F. Clark, the one for the ingenuity and skill displayed in its construction, and the other for his influence in advancing the enterprise, the public are indebted for this grand addition to our city attractions and improvements as well as the benefit to be derived from its convenience. The following is a list of officers of the Bridge Company: President. Hon. Horace F. Clark, of New York; Vice President, Chester N. Chapin, Springfield, Mass; Treasurer, S. T. Fairchild, Cazenovia; Chief Engineer, Charles Hilton, Albany; Assistant Engineers, Wm. N. Roberts, Cobleskill; A. B. Cox, Jr. Cherry Valley; Superintendent of the Bridge, Alfred T. Snyder, Albany.

Waukesha Freeman (Waukesha, WI) - January 9, 1873

Plums Without Black Knot

     We have seen very fine specimens, of the plum alluded to in the following communication from Mr. W. Garlock, of Utica. If the variety should prove as free from black knot and curculio as it appears to have done in Montgomery and Schoharie counties, it will be a valuable variety for cultivation:
     In 1865, while in Montgomery county New York, my attention was called to a plum tree of a variety said to be entirely free from black knot. The tree shown was young, threfty and clean. With the remark, "Time will tell," I dismissed it from mine, for the reason that the Miner plum was extensively advertised and sold at that time, represented to be free from black knot and curculio proof was no other than the cherry plum, subject to all the ills common to other varieties. All very true, the green varieties of plums are not so subject to the knot as the purple. I felt quite sure up to this time that there was no plum tree free from black knot or no plum curculio proof. The curculio of plum wevil is very useful in thinning fruit, and easily checked when they thin to excess. Not so with black knot. The remedy (with the exception of the knife) remains as much of a mystery as the cause. The finding of insects in old knots on plum trees no more proves that the insect produced the knot, than finding a mouse in the corn-crib proves that the mouse produced the corn. Notwithstanding these two serious drawbacks to plum culture, they can be as profitably and successfully grown as any fruit in this location. Well grown and properly ripened plums have ready sale at $3 per bushel this season. A plum to be good, should no more be ripened off the tree than a pear should be on the tree. The ripening is where nine-tenths of the plum growers fail.
     Some two years later, in 1807, while in Montgomery and Schoharie counties, New York, I had the pleasure of seeing in these two counties large plum trees some of them forty to fifty years in bearing, free from black knot. Seeing was believing, and in some instances quite near other varieties affected with the knot so that if the knot is contagious, as Downing supposed it to be, whether caused by insect or disease, the plum tree stood the test, and this point I investigated closely before investing. Strange as it may seem, it is as yet without a name. It originated on about the highest point of land in Schoharie county.
     The fruit resembles, in sic and general appearance, the Imperial Gage, and I supposed it to be that until it was fully ripe, when some specimens would have a reddish blush and darker red marbling and spots around the stem. The seed also Varies from the Imperial by being pointed at the stem end. Flesh sweet and melting; skin somewhat acid, covered with white bloom. I design propagating this variety from seed, in hopes of obtaining superior grafting stock for other choice varieties. The practice of planting sprouts from trees covered with black knots is theoretically bad; better buy trees properly grown even if subject to black knot. Six years since I started a fruit farm, intending to grow apples, pears, plums, cherries and quince. The last I was obliged, after a fair trial, to discharge.

W. Garlock

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL) – April 5, 1876

A New Incendiary Machine Discovered

     Crowds daily visit an empty store in Broadway, where there is exhibited a curious contrivance, which is described as the “Thomas Hell Machine,” similar to that which exploded at Bremerhaven. This is a slight affair in its ingenuity to a new incendiary-machine discovered by one of the adjusters of the Phoenix Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn. It was found in a barn in Schoharie County, in this State, and consists of an arrangement by which a quantity of matches would be rubbed against a sand-paper facing, and set fire to some combustibles. It was arranged so that the rubbing would be caused by a leverage on one of the boards, and this leverage was applied by lessening the weight upon it by allowing dry sand to run down a tube. When the sand was exhausted the weight of the long end of the board fell down, and, in falling, the matches were sure to be ignited. It was set and in good working order, when a passing citizen saw the fire produced by the contrivance, and extinguished it before any serious damage was done. The insurance company is advised to send it to the Centennial. N. Y. Cor. Chicago Tribune.

Elyria Independent Democrat (Elyria, OH) - July 26, 1876

1,000,000 Bottles
of the
Centaur Liniments

     have been sold the last year, and not one complaint has reached us, that they have not done all that is claimed for them. Indeed, scientific skill cannot go beyond the result reached in these wonderful preparations. Added to Carbolic, Arnica, Blentha, Seneca Oil and Witch Hazel, are other ingredients, which makes a family Liniment that defies rivalry. Rheumatic and bed-riden cripples have by it been enabled to throw away their crutches, and many who for years have been afflicted with Neuralgia, Sciatica, Caked Breasts, Weak Back &c., have found permanent relief
     Mr. Josiah Westcake, of Marysville, O writes “For years my Rheumatism has been so bad that I have been unable to stir from the house. I have tried every remedy I have heard of. Finally I learned of the Centaur Liniment. The first three bottles enabled me to walk without my crutches. I am mending rapidly, and think your Liniment simply a marvel.”
     This liniment cures Burns and Scalds without a scar. Extracts the Poison from bites and stings. Cures Chilblains and Frosted feet, and is very efficacious for Earache, toothache, Itch, and Cutaneous Eruptions.
     The Centaur Liniment, Yellow Wrapper, is intended for the tough fibers, cords and muscles of horses, mules and animals.
     Rev. Geo. W. Ferris, Manorkill, Schoharie County, New York says:
     “My horse was lame for a year with a fetlock wrench. All remedies utterly failed to cure and I considered him worthless until I Commenced to use Centaur Liniment, which rapidly cured him. I heartily recommend it.”
     It makes very little difference whether the case be wrench or sprain, spavin, or lameness of any kind, the effects are the same. The great power of the liniment is, however, shown in poll-ovil, big-head, sweeny, spavin, ring-bone, galls and scratches. This liniment is worth millions of dollars yearly to the stock growers. Livery-men, farmers, and those having valuable animals to care for. We warrant its effects and refer to any farrier who has ever used it.
Laboratory of J. B. Rose & Co.,
46 Dey Street, New York.

The Fresno Republican (Fresno, CA) - January 5, 1878


     ELEGANT CARDS with name, no two alike, 10 cts., post-paid, 6 packs 50 cts; 12 packs, $1. Address C. B. Havens, Summit, Schoharie Co., N.Y.

Beers History of Herkimer County, N. Y.  - 1879

Lorenzo Carryl

     Lorenzo Carryl was born in Schoharie county in 1816. In 1835 he went to Deveraux and entered the dry goods store of Henry Deveraux as clerk. In 1839 he embarked in the mercantile business, and at one time was proprietor of three stores in different places. He subsequently abandoned this branch of business and is now a resident of Little Falls, where he is extensively engaged in buying and shipping cheese, a business he has followed to a greater or less extent for the last thirty years. He was married as Lucy Burrell in 1842, and has three children. He was elected sheriff of Herkimer county, on the Democratic ticket, in the fall of 1852, and has held other offices of importance.

The Herald and Torch Light (Hagerstown, MD)  - January 22, 1879

     It was a very honest old Dutch Judge in Schoharie county who listened for several hours to the arguments of counsel then said: "Dis case has peen ferry ably argued on both sides, and dere have been some ferry nice points of law brought up. I shall dake dree days to gonsider these points, but I shall ewentually decide for de blaintiff."

The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) - October 25, 1879


     J. H. Mattice, the station agent at Plainfield, dropped in to see us Thursday. Mr. M. was just returning from a five week's visit to his old home in Schoharie county, New York.

Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – October 16, 1880

     The death is announced of Hon. Lawrence Marcellus, one of the oldest and most prominent residents of Montgomery county, at Palatine, N. Y., also of David Becker, one of the wealthiest and most prominent men in Middleburgh, Schoharie county, N. Y., who was found dead in his bed, after having retired as usual the night before.

Burlington Hawk Eye (Burlington, IA) – February 2, 1882

Roaming Robert
A Day at Cobleskill – A Land of Caves

      Cobleskill, N. Y. – Jan. – It is airy and lovely up in Cobleskill, with the accent heavy on the “kill,” for it nestles in the hills nine hundred feet above the level of the sea and there is no malaria within a hundred miles of the hotel Augustan. Cobleskill was begun long before Burlington was thought of, and it isn’t finished yet. Away back in the revolutionary days, Fort DeBoise was built on this spot, and in 1778 the Mohawk Indians under the famous Brandt, came here and pounded the ground with a company of Americans. There are no --- artists in hair work about Cobleskill now, and the white man is a great deal safer than his grandfather was. There is a breezy suggestion of the sea about Cobleskill, for mine host of the “Augustan” is a Nantucketer. Mr. Eugene Coffin, and to Mr. and Mrs. Coffin the pilgrim was indebted for one of the most charming organ concerts that ever preceded a lecture, and he will think of them every time he hears the overture to “Zampa.”
     Cobleskill is becoming more and more a favorite summer resort. Only five miles away is the wonderful “Howe’s” cave. It is called “Otsgaragee Cavern” also, by people who are not afraid to try a collar and elbow wrestle with that smoothly flowing name, but aboutr a two-thirds majority of the American people will go down to their graves calling it Howe’s cave, so that the stranger, spelling it by ear, will not know whether to put it down House cave or How Scave. Lester Howe found it in 1842, if a man can be said to find that which was never lost. He went into the wonderful hole in the ground, he said, 11 miles but now the visitors are taken in only 3 ½ miles. This indicates that the hole is healing up, by graduation. It has a bridal chamber, a chapel, music hall, devil’s gateway, giants’ study and all the other appurtances appertaining to a regularly ordained cave. This country appears to be quite generally scooped out. Ball’s cave and Nothaway’s cave are not far away and there are several other minor holes in the rock ribbed earth near Schoharie, and if you want to see them properly you must come to Cobleskill to get a good start. Cobleskill was named for somebody or something “Kill” appear to be old fashioned palatinate Dutch for creek, Cobles is original Coble for something else.

Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – February 18, 1882

     A curious mode of expressing public sentiment is reported from Schoharie, N. Y., where U. L. Smith was recently acquitted on the charge of murdering a boy. His neighbors cut and drew to his house two thousand hop-poles, and at a donation at his residence $500 was contributed.

Bucks County Gazette (Bristol, PA) – May 18, 1882

     A physician was called to the bedside of a young man in Schoharie county, New York, and while he was bending over the bed the unconscious patient suddenly drew up his legs, and placing them against the doctor’s stomach, kicked out and sent the doctor flying over chairs and other furniture to the opposite side of the room. The doctor was picked up unconscious, with three ribs broken, and when he recovered consciousness the young man was dead.

The Freeborn County Standard (Albert Lea, MN) – June 29, 1882

Personal Gossip

Charles E. Cornell, eldest son of Gov. Cornell of New York will be married June 28, to Miss Bouck, of Schoharie county. The honeymoon will be spent in Europe.

The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – August 4, 1883

A Fatal Crash

An Excursion Train Collides With an Empty Car Near Carlton, N. Y.
Twenty-five Persons Killed and Over Thirty Others Severely Injured

     Rochester, N. Y., July 30
    News was received here early Saturday morning of a terrible disaster on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad, near Carlton, Friday night. As the Thousand Island train, which was running at high speed on the main line, neared Carlton, the engineer noticed a single car standing on the track ahead of him. He at once put on the air-brakes and reversed the lever of his engine, but before the speed of the train could be slackened the engine dashed into the obstruction, and in an instant all was a scene of wreck and confusion, and the air was filled with the groans of the dying and injured. The engineer, who heroically remained at his post, was fatally injured when the crash came. The fireman, who stood by him till the last, was instantly killed.
     The car which caused the disaster was blown on the main line by the high wind which prevailed at the time of the accident. The leading engine was thrown in the ditch, and was not much damaged, but the second engine was thoroughly broken up.
     The party of tourists on board the ill-fated train was a large and merry one, and just before the accident were laughing and talking over the enjoyment they expected to have in visiting the Thousand Islands, Quebec, Montreal and other Northern points. The engine struck the freight car with a terrible crash, and in a moment cars and passengers were plunged into an indiscriminate heap, enveloped in darkness, and drenched with rain. Moans and piteous cries for help came from the wreck. Appeals for assistance were sent to Lewiston and Oswego, and a relief train was instantly forwarded. Then began the dreadful work of extricating from the ruins the mangled bodies of the dead and wounded. The work was necessarily slow. While carrying off the dead the workmen's ears were pierced with the agonizing cries of those in whom life had not been entirely crushed out, and their hearts sickened as they met the supplicating gaze of those too faint to utter their appeals.
     The following are the names of the dead and wounded, so far as known:
     Thomas Hoyne, of Chicago; Jane Carl, of Lansing; Prof. C. W. Stone, of Battle Creek, Mich.; Luther J. France, of Oswego; Willis Lefevre, of Bay City, Mich.; Ashley Tyler, of Camden, N. Y.; O. B. Troop and his granddaughter, Miss Mary M. Troop, of Schoharie; J. C. Schenck and Thomas Dixon, of Cleveland; Louis J. Boos, of 1,108 Pine St., Philadelphia; Mrs. Boos, the wife of the above; Mrs. J. C. Wortley, of Saline, Mich.; Henry McCormick, of Benton, Mich.; a body thought to be that of a Mr. Booth, of Bay City, Mich.; Burnham Bostwick, of Toledo; Thomas Stalls, colored, Watertown, a porter on one of the sleepers; a young lady of Leslie, Mich.; -- Crombe, residence unknown; -- Adams, of Chicago; Mrs. Dower, of Lansing.
     Jane Care, Lansing, Mich; Mrs. Jennison, of Philadelphia, hip broken; two ladies named Hall Fatally hurt; Train-master Chuncey, of Oswego, fatally hurt; William Rockafeller, of Oswego, leg broken; Mme. Josephine Lefevre, Bay City, Mich., leg broken twice and ribs and chest crushed, can not recover; Mrs. R. V. Mands, Bay City, Mich, daughter of Mme. Lefevre, serious injuries; Mrs. W. T. Hall, Leslie, Mich., left arm crushed; Miss Briggs, Battle Creek, Mich., badly bruised; Miss Hall, daughter of Mrs. W. T. Hall, spine severely injured; Miss Alice Jennison, Philadelphia, dislocation of hip and ankle; Mrs. Prof. C. W. Stone, Battle Creek, Mich., fracture of forehead, seriously bruised; Alexander Towers, Meridian, Mich., injured about the head; Mrs. Anna McMaster and daughter, of Ireland, each an arm broken; Mrs. Dudley Salisbury, battle Creek, Mich., hip dislocated, throat bruised, lungs crushed, badly cut in head; Rev. E. S. Gould, Carthage, Mo., badly cut in the head, bruised generally.
     In several cases of the wounded no hope of recovery is entertained. The bodies of many killed are crushed beyond recognition, and the work of identification is necessarily slow. The Coroner's Jury did not finish investigating and adjourned till next week. A man who had lived but a few rods from the scene of the disaster had driven his son to Lyndonville, three miles away , to take the train. The father got home just in time to find him a corpse. The station agent at Carlton asserts that he set the brakes on the freight car in the evening. It is not certainly known whether the car was blown along the side track upon which it stood to the junction with the main tracks, where it was when the train came and struck it, or whether it was run to that point by some malicious persons.

Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – December 12, 1884

     Springfield, Mass., Dec 11. – A reporter of the Republican visited Egremont and gleaned new particulars of the grave robbing mystery. The case is further than ever from solution, and the story grows more sensational and more improbable. Judge Rowley, selectman of Egremont, and executor of Miss Estelle Newman’s estate of $7000, said he first heard the story purporting to be the dying confession of H. Worth Wright a few days ago. Wright was home on a vacation when Miss Newman died, and with two or three other students he took the body of Miss Newman to West Stockbridge in a sack, and conveyed it to Albany on a night train. The students prepared to dissect the body, when there were signs of life, and they succeeded in restoring her. She was insane. After a consultation, Miss Newman was taken to Bellevue hospital, New York, where she remained awhile, and subsequently was taken to the residence of an uncle of one of the students in Schoharie county, New York, where she regained her reason about two years ago. When H. Worth Wright died in Connecticut she read about it, and said she knew Wright, and from that time on her memory came back, and she was fully restored to health, and subsequently married a young physician nephew of the man in whose care she had been since leaving the hospital. It is further added that the couple are now living in New York state, and proposed to visit Miss Newman’s friends in Berkshire county.

History of McHenry County, Illinois: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1885., pp 478-479

     JOHN HAWVER, section 2, Chemung Township, was born in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., N. Y., April 7, 1820, a son of John I. and Catherine (DOBBS) Hawver, natives of New York. When twenty years of age he came with his brother Peter to Illinois and settled in Chemung Township, McHenry County. During harvest he worked for $12 a month, and money being scarce took his pay in cattle and hay. He finally got himself a farm, was married and commenced life. In 1853 he went to Green County, Wis., and remained until the fall of 1869, when he returned to Big Foot Prairie and bought the old Nathaniel Smith farm where he has since resided. He owns 170 acres of choice land, fifty acres lying in Alden Township. He is one of the most enterprising farmers of the township, and an influential and highly esteemed gentleman. Mr. Hawver was married July 9, 1848, to Jane E. Hicks, a native of Schoharie County, N.Y., daughter of John and Henrietta (BALDWIN) HICKS. They have a family of five children - Leonora, born April 15, 1850, is the wife of James Barnes, of Chemung Township; J. S., born May 18, 1852, married to Fidelia Hildreth; Monroe D., born April 14, 1854, married Esther Bell; Ulysses S., born May 26, 1864, and Chester C., born May 28, 1874, are at home. Mr. Hawver has experienced all the phases of pioneer life and has lived to see the county brought to its advanced state of cultivation. In 1884 he made a trip to California, and while there witnessed the capture of a whale from the deck of the vessel which captured it.

The Elyria Republican (Elyria, OH) - March 19, 1885

History of LaGrange

     The following history of LaGrange was published a quarter of a century ago, and was copied by the Carthage (N. Y.) Republican from which we republish it as a matter of interest to the present generation:
     This is town 4, range 17, and in the drafts of the Connecticut Land Company was drawn by Henry Champion, of Colchester, and Lemuel Storrs, of Middletown, Connecticut. They afterwards divided, each taking a portion of the land corresponding with the amount of money by him invested – Champion two-thirds and Storrs one-third.
     Henry R. Storrs, son of Lemuel, afterwards sold one-third to Elijah Hubbard, of Middletown.
In May, 1825, Champion quit-claimed his two-thirds to Elizur Goodrich, jun., then of Colchester, afterwards of Hartford, Connecticut. At this time there was not a settler in the township.
     In the fall and summer of 1825, Goodrich exchanged lands in this township with Nathan Clark, James Pelton, Noah Holcomb, and Roger Phelps, of Champion, Jefferson county, New York, which was the first movement toward settling the township. Holcomb, Pelton, and Phelps came out the same fall, explored the township, and returned to New York with a favorable report of the “goodly land.” This induced Joseph Robbins, Fairchild Hubbard, Sylvester Meriam, David Rockwood, Asa Rockwood, Levi Johnson and others in Champion to exchange their lands there, with Goodrich, for lands in LaGrange. These exchanges were in the fall of 1825.
     The first settlement was made on the 14th of November, 1825, by Nathan Clark, who arrived from Champion on that day, and became the first permanent settler. He settled on lot 25, now owned, by R. H. Dixon. There was a man by the name of Keeler in the township at the time, chopping out roads, but he was not a settler.
     Fairchild Hubbard, one of the first persons who exchanged lands with Goodrich, moved his family to Brighton, in the winter of 1826, arriving there in February of that year. In December following he moved into LaGrange, In the spring and summer of 1826. Holcomb, Pelton, Meriam, Levi Johnson and others who had made exchanges with Goodrich, moved in with their families, making in the fall of 1826, seventy persons of all ages and sexes. Johnson was dissatisfied with the country, and, longing for the leeks of Egypt, returned to Champion, New York.
     In the fall and winter of 1826-7, Goodrich, aided by Holcomb, made a number of sales of land to men living in Schoharie and Otsego counties, N. Y. Several of these purchasers, among whom was David Gott, afterward moved into the township, and settled on their land. Goodrich, at this time agreed to give fifty acres to Elder Julius Beeman, of Schoharie, on condition that he would remove to LaGrange and officiate as a preacher for a period of ten years. Beeman complied and at the end of the term received a deed of his land. He was the first preacher in the township.
     Mr. Goodrich was a native of New Haven, Connecticut, and for about ten years followed the profession of law. He was a son of Hon. Elizur Goodrich, of New haven, who was one of the most prominent men of that State, having been, at different periods, member of Congress, of the Governor’s Council, and Judge. He was a nephew of Chauncy Goodrich, formerly Governor of Connecticut, and Senator in Congress.
     He married a daughter of Henry Champion, who conveyed the land in LaGrange to him as a dowry, with his daughter. Goodrich conveyed to the settlers from Jefferson county, between three and four thousand acres. He afterwards made exchanges with other persons in Jefferson county and Black River county, who moved into LaGrange from 1827 up to 1833, inclusively. Among the last settlers was Nathan P. Johnson, who represented Lorrain county in the lower House of the Legislature of Ohio, in the sessions of 1844-5 and 1845-6, and represented the district composed of Lorrain and Medina, in the Senate of Ohio, in 1846-7, and 1847-8. Johnson arrived in LaGrange, December 13th, 1833.
     During the first six or seven years the settlers were principally from Jefferson and Schoharie counties, but during that time a few moved in from Massachusetts, who had exchanged there with Goodrich for land in LaGrange. Among them was Horace Knowles.
     The township was organized in March, 1827, and the first township election was held April 2d, at the house of Fairchild Hubbard. Joseph A. Graves, Noah Holcomb and Fairchild Hubbard were judges of the election; Eber W. Hubbard and Henry Hubbard, clerk. At this election Eber W. Hubbard was elected town clerk; Noah Kellogg, Noah Holcomb and Fairchild Hubbard, trustees; Joseph A. Graves and Nathan Clark overseers of the poor; James Disbrow and Henry Townshend, fence viewers; James Disbrow, treasurer; Henry Hubbard, constable; Henry Townshend, supervisor of west part, and Nathan Clark of the east part of the township. Eber W. Hubbard was elected Justice of the Peace. He is now living on Staten Island. Noah Kellogg and Fairchild Hubbard are still living in LaGrange, Mr. Hubbard at the good old age of eighty-five.
     Noah Holcomb died in LaGrange in 1833. Joseph A. Graves moved from the township in 1833, to the eastern part of the Reserve, and is now dead. Nathan Clark sold out in the fall of 1855, and taking the “star of empire” for his guide went West. James Disbrow is living on lot 88, on which he first settled. Henry Townshend died in August, 1830. Henry Hubbard is still living at the centre of the township.
     The number of votes cast at this election was 18. The number at the April election, 1827, was 28. The number of householders, September 2d, 1828, was 38, and in June, 1829, they had increased to 42. In 1831 there were 57; in 1835 there were 107; in 1840, 134.
     LaGrange may be cited as an example of economy in public expenditures. In the year ending March 2, 1820, they were $10.34.
     Eber W. Hubbard was re-elected Justice of the Peace, July 31st, 1830, but resigned March 31st, 1831, and Julius Beeman, jun., was elected to fill the vacancy. On the 20th of December, 1831, Sylvester Meriam was elected Justice, the township having obtained a right to two expounders of the law.
     The first couple married in the town, were Calvin Wilcox, of Wellington, to Miss Harriet B. Hubbard, of LaGrange, on the 8th day of March, 1827, by Rev. Alfred Betts, of Brownhelm, who had to travel about twenty miles through woods to get to LaGrange. The bridegroom and his friends came about seven miles, on horseback, and as not a handful of fodder could be had in the town, the horses had anything but a wedding supper, as they stood tied up to the trees, all night, without a mouthful to eat. It is said the bridegroom's horse, a knowing animal, actually neighed, in audible English, "It may be sport to you, but it is death to us."
The next day the party, with the addition of the bride and her sister, returned to Wellington. On the way the bride was thrown from her horse, but with no injury except the loss of an exclamation of "ouch."
     Wicox was born November 7th, 1796, in Charleston, Montgomery county, N. Y., and came to Wellington in the fall of 1825. In December, 1827, he removed to LaGrange and settled at the Centre, where he still resides - so that LaGrange, instead of losing a girl, gained a man. He has held the office of Justice, and various other township offices, with credit to himself and satisfactorily to the public.
      His wife, who is still living, is the daughter of Fairchild Hubbard. She was born in Champion, Jefferson county, N. Y., and with her father moved to LaGrange, in December, 1826. She is the mother of nine children - five sons and four daughters, who are still living. Well may she be called " a mother in Israel."
     The first church was organized by Elder Julius Beeman, on May 13th, 1828, and was the first church organized in the township. It consisted of seventeen persons - Charlotte Beeman, wife of the Elder, Charles Rounder, Lydia Rounds, Hannah Pearce, Noah Holcomb, Unice Holcomb, Polly Hastings, Noah Holcomb, sen., and Alice Holcomb who are now dead; William Case, Alfred Stillwell, Phebe Stillwell, Laura Herrick, Soseph Robins, Joseph A. Graves, Jerusha Graves, and Asentha Morgan. Alfred and Phebe Stilwell, and Joseph and Jerusha Graves have removed from the township. Joseph Robbins is yet living in LaGrange.
     Elder Beeman was born in 1773, in Warren, Litchfield county, Conn. In 1801 he commenced preaching in Rensalaer county, N. Y. and removed to Worcester, Otsego county, N. Y., in 1817, and from there to LaGrange, in March, 1828, where he remained, with the exception of a short time that he preached in Avon, until the 18th of February, 1853, when he closed a long and useful life at the age of eighty years.
     The first child born in the township was Eliza Townshend, who was born in November, 1826. She left LaGrange in 1853, with Deacon Gravesd, and is now living in Windsor, Geauga county.
     As settlers were much needed, the next birth was a couple of twin boys, sons of Curtis and Patty Hastings. They were named Goodrich and Hubbard after the proprietors of the township. Goodrich is living in LaGrange, Hubbard is in California. On the occasion of the birth of the twins, Nathan Clark was sent for a physician, but got lost in the woods, and did not return with him until next morning, when his services were not needed.
     On the 7th of November , 1827, Mrs. David Rockwood died, of billious fever, and was the first person buried in the township. There was no preacher to be had, so Deacon Graves officiated. Mrs. Rockwood was the daughter of Charles and Lydia Rounds, and came from Champion, N. Y.
The first schools taught were in 1828, by Henry Hubbard and Polly Graves. One house stood on lot 52 and the other on 93. Polly afterwards married David Rockwood, and is now dead. Mr. Hubbard is still living at the centre of the township, on lot 45.
     In January, 1828, Eber C. Loomis, a nephew of Mr. Clark, left LaGrange, for the residence of his father, in Dover, and in attempting to cross Black river, at Rawson's, in a canoe, was carried over the dam and drowned. His body was not found until the next March.
     On the 8th of December, 1827, Sylvester Meriam, who had been at work at the Center, set out, just at night, for his residence, on the east road, about two miles and a half distant, but got lost in the woods. The night was cold, dark, and rainy, and it was almost impossible for him to keep from freezing. The prospect of the night was very dark and he excercised by walking between two trees. About midnight the moon rose, which made it so light he could use his broad-ax, which he had with him. He went to hewing the trees, one of which he hewed down. This exercise kept him from freezing till morning, when he found himself on his own farm, and west a hundred rods from his own house, but so bewildered he did not know it. His wife, fearing he might be in the woods, blew the horn, and halloed all night, but, benumbed with cold, and making all the noise he could, for exercise, he did not hear her.
     Nathan Clark, the first settler, was born in Harlam, Connecticut. His father was lost at sea, when he was about two years old. At the age of ten years, he went with his mother to Hartford, Washington county, N. Y.; at the age of fifteen he went to Canada, and at twenty to Champion, Jefferson county. In 1810 he married Ann Loomis, daughter of Jonathan Loomis, of Champion, and in 1825 removed to LaGrange. He was three weeks on the road. He came up the lakes by water, landed at Cleveland, where he hired a man and team to take him to Dover, where his wife's brother, Eber Loomis, was living. Here he stayed about a week, when Loomis, with his team, took him to LaGrange. In going from Dover to LaGrange they stayed one night in Elyria, and the next night in the woods of Carlisle, near where Vanderburgh afterward settled. On arriving at LaGrange they found men cutting out the road, who had a shanty on lot 50, on the west bank of the east branch of Black river, and also on the north side of the road leading from the Centre of LaGrange to the Centre of Grafton, on the spot where E. B. Baldwin now lives. Here they put up and stayed until they could build what the law calls a castle – a house – in this instance rather a primitive castle, composed of round logs.
Two young men by the name of Parmeley and Starr, came from Champion to LaGrange with Mr. Clark. He paid their expenses, for which they labored for him, on their arrival. After honorably paying him they left him and settled on lot 51.
     Soon after his arrival in LaGrange, an incident, startling in its character, but not uncommon in these days, happened to his little son. Loomis Clark, then a child of eight years. While Mr. Clark was clearing to build his house, he sent his little boy to the shanty for fire. The distance was not great, and the boy started in the forenoon. Not returning as soon as he was expected, his father started after him but on arriving at the shanty he found that he had not been there. The agonizing truth then rushed on their minds – their darling boy was lost in the woods, vocal with the howling of wolves, and inhabited by savage Indians. The search was immediately commenced, and just before dark he was found with a party of Sandusky Indians on Black river. He is now living in Pittsfield, adjoining LaGrange. Clark had to go three miles to get a team to draw the logs together for his house, and it took all the people in Grafton to raise it.
     The winter following his arrival in LaGrange proved mild, so that he got four or five acres cleared ready for corn and potatoes the following spring.
     His wife died July 10th, 1833, and in May 1834, he married Miss Lucy Barnes by whom he had two children.
     He sold the farm on which he first settled to William Dixon, from East Mendon, New York, and bought and settled on lot 51, on the east branch of Black river, where he continued to reside until the fall of 1855, when as already stated he left for the West.
     Doctor Eber W. Hubbard, whose name stands prominent, not only among the settlers of LaGrange, but in the State of Ohio – was born in Steuben, Oneida county, N. Y., October 8th, 1797. His parents were from Middletown, Connecticut. He graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Fairfield, Herkimer county, N. Y., March 13th, 1822 – settled in LaGrange in 1826, and gave name to the township. At the first township election he was elected township clerk, and was three times elected Justice of the Peace – in 1827, 1830, and 1831, he was elected by the Legislature Associate Judge – was elecetd by the people a Representative in the legislature three successive terms – in 1835, 1836, and 1837; was appointed by the Legislature, bank commissioner of Ohio, March 11th, 1837, and re-appointed to the same office on the 31st of December, 1841; and on the 10th of March, 1843, he was elected by the Legislature acting commissioner of the Ohio Canal Fund. He is a scientific man, of strong mind, strong prejudices, fine education, and a warm, political partisan.
     Nathan P. Johnson was born in Hartford, Washington county, N. Y., January 30th, 1801. His parents were born in Old Haddam, Conn., from where they removed to Washington county, and in April, 1801, removed to Champion, Jefferson county. Nathan was married to Laura Waite, daughter of Dorastus Waite, Esq., of Champion, October 20th, 1822. He was three times elected overseer of the poor, in Champion, and in 1827 was elected Justice of the Peace, and was re-elected in 1828 for four years; in 1823 was commissioned a lieutenant in the 7th Regiment of New York Militia, and in 1824, a captain. In 1833 he exchanged lands with Goodrich and moved to LaGrange, and in the fall of 1844 was elected to the Legislature of Ohio from Lorain county, and was re-elected in 1845. In 1846 he was elected senator, from the district composed of Medina and Lorrain. At this election many prominent politicians took open and decided ground in favor of repudiating the State debt. Johnson took a stand against such a course, and in favor of sustaining the faith and credit of the State, and was triumphantly sustained by the people. His wife died, very suddenly, on the 19th of January, 1846, while he was at Columbus. On the 13th of August, 1846, he married Mary R. Hunt, daughter of J. Hunt, Esq., formerly of Norwich, Conn. He is still living in LaGrange.
     LaGrange is a flourishing town of some 2,000 inhabitants; is 29 miles from Cleveland, on the C. C. & C. railroad, and eight miles from Elyria, the county seat; has three stores, two taverns, one drug store, three physicians, and 500 children between the ages of five and twenty-one. The total valuation of taxable property in 1855, was $537,000.
     LaGrange owes much of its prosperity to the indomitable energy and perseverance of Goodrich, in getting settlers to the township and for lenity toward those who were indebted to him for land. Many of its contracts run for twenty years, and instead of receiving anything on them, he frequently paid the taxes for the purchasers. He always manifested a warm interest for the prosperity of the settlers, and has visited the township almost every year since the commencement of the settlement.
     The C. C. & C. R. Road has a station at the Centre of LaGrange, and the Plank Road from the mouth of Black River, by way of Elyria, to Homer, in Medina county, passes through it. There are now no unsold lands, belonging to the proprietors, in the township.
     Besides the Baptist church and Congregational church, the last of which was organized in December, 1834, and which have houses of worship, there is a Disciples church, a Free will Baptist church, and a Universalist church. An iron foundry, two blacksmith shops, and a tin shop, give evidence of the prosperity of the town, as the number of churches do of the morality and religious character of the inhabitants.

The Daily Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) - March 23, 1885

The Schoharie Bank
Great Excitement Over the Failure of the Bank - The President's Statement

     Albany, March 21. - Excitement in Schoharie village over the failure of the Schoharie National bank is unabated. The streets were scenes of animated discussions. The failure was immediately occasioned by a quiet run on Thursday, which was probably the result of a rumor that the Middleburg Paper Mill company, of Middleburg, composed of Franklin Krum and J. O. Williams, had made as assignment to the bank, when there was no excitement, and the fact that the run was being made would have been unobserved by outsiders under other circumstances. By night, $32,000 had been withdrawn and indications of the continuance of the run the following day, Cashier Williams wrote to the comptroller at 5 p. m. and telegraphed again yesterday for an examiner. The principal depositors are farmers in the vicinity who are unable to reach the village, the roadways in every direction being obstructed by immense snow drifts. Every business man in the village had money in the bank. President Krum states that the cause of the suspension was the depression in real estate and the inability to realize on notes of farmers and others. he denied the reports about his son's business. he believed the depositors would be paid every cent if they were lenient and would wait for a collection of the investments. One who knows the president of the bank says President Krum has been losing money some time, unknown to to friends, on perfectly legitimate banking business on notes and endorsements made by him with George Kennedy, Emmet O. Leonard and others.

The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) - March 28, 1885

     The National Bank of Schoharie, N. Y., failed on the 20th, with liabilities of $120,000.

Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, WI) - May 13, 1885


     The President appointed the following postmasters to-day: Harvey T. Snively at Rawlins, Wyoming; Albert C. Snyder at Cheyenne City, Wyoming; Geo. C. Evans at Ocean Grove, N. J.; Daniel Liddell at Gadsen, Ala.; Henry Kingsley at Schoharie, N. Y.; Jacob J. Van Eyper at Rutherford, N. J.; Chas. Rittenhouse at Hackettstown, N. J.

The Freeborn County Standard (Albert Lea, MN) – July 16, 1885

     Orson Root of Schoharie, New York attended the democratic love feast at Chicago, and was one of the ten thousand who helped warble old hundred at that great pow-wow. He is an old pioneer stage man, and with two eastern men ran three four-horse stages in Iowa at the beginning of the war. He is visiting his son A. M. Root in this city, and likes Albert Lea very much.

The Herald and Torch Light (Hagerstown, MD) – August 6, 1885

     Rev. Edwin H. Delk, of Schoharie, New York, the newly elected pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, this city, has notified the congregation that he will take charge of his work by September 1.

The Stevens Point Gazette (Stevens Point, WI) – October 3, 1885

     The latest claimants for the honor of being the “oldest pair of twins” are Mrs. Catharine Rider and Mrs. Betsy Brazie, of Schoharie County, N. Y., who recently celebrated their ninety-fourth birthday.

The Freeborn County Standard (Albert Lea, MN) – December 3, 1885

A Strange Story
Father and Daughter Living Innocently Together as Man and Wife

     A remarkable story comes from Schoharie county, New York. The writer says that a few miles from Schenectady resided a couple whose names are not given. The wife being much the junior of her husband. They had lived together happily until a few days ago, when the awful discovery was made by the husband that he was the father of his wife, having married her in total ignorance of the existence of any relationship between them, while the girl was equally ignorant on the subject. The explanation of this peculiar marriage is that eighteen years ago the son of a wealthy farmer eloped with a 15-year-old girl and settled in Esperance, Ia. They lived there several years. In the first year of marriage a daughter was born to them. The young wife soon wearied of her husband and taking her child with her eloped with a drummer. She lived with him at Chicago and her husband could find no trace of her.
     The daughter was unkindly used by the man, and being high-spirited she fled from home at the age of 14. On the train she met a gentleman who discovered her situation and placed her in the home of a respectable family. The gentleman was much older than the girl, but their friendship soon ripened into love. When the girl became 17 years of age the two were married and moved to Schoharie county, the former home of the bridegroom. They soon became the happy parents of a little girl and were living blissfully together.
     Now the young wife’s mother’s lover had died leaving his victim unprovided for. She learned that her daughter had married and settled in Schoharie county, and she resolved to seek her out and make her home with her. When she arrived on the scene what was her horror to find her former husband and daughter living innocently together as man and wife. Realizing the wrong she had done she immediately returned to Schenectady and took the first train for the west. The husband and wife, or father and daughter are almost frantic. They realize that their present relations must be broken and that their child is a living monument to their innocent crime. The names of the parties are concealed for obvious reasons.

The Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ) – December 7, 1885

Condensed News

     William H. Mitchell, a farmer, living in the town of Fulton, Schoharie county, New York, has left for parts unknown, leaving debts to the amount of $3,000.

The Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ) – December 30, 1885

He Betrayed His Trust

     Schoharie, Dec. 30. - John N. De Graff, ex-superintendent of the poor of Schoharie county, N. Y., charged with appropriating money of the county, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment or to pay a fine of $1,200.

The Herald and Torch Light (Hagerstown, MD) – January 7, 1886

Modern Methuselahs

     In the town of Summit, Schoharie county, N. Y., are two remarkably old ladies, twins of 94 years of age.

The Stevens Point Gazette (Stevens Point, WI) – January 30, 1886

The Oldest Twins in the World
[Richmondville (N. Y.) Phoenix]

     Frederick Richards is ninety-two years old, and for sixty years, and until recently, carried the mail from Gould's to Long Eddy, Sullivan County, fifteen miles, three times a week. In all that time he has driven only three horses on the route, his present horse being over thirty years old. Richards has twin sisters, Mrs. Betsy Brezee and Mrs. Catharine Ryder, both living at Richmondville, Schoharie County, at the age of ninety years. They think they are the oldest twins in the world.

Chester Times (Chester, PA) – May 24, 1886

Buried in His Wedding Suit

     Oneonta, N. Y., May 24 – Elder Noah Thomas, an Itinerant oxherder, well known through the Schoharie valley, died on Thursday, aged 84 years. Lately his mind became deranged, leading him to believe that he was to be married in 1890 or 1895, and would have a son who would convert the whole world. He had a handsome wedding suit made, consisting of a swallow-tail coat, knee breeches and silk stockings. He never wore the suit, and was buried in it. He was never married.

The Stevens Point Gazette (Stevens Point, WI) – January 22, 1887

     John Luce, of Schoharie, N. Y., died leaving bequests amounting to $280,000, but his sole wealth only footed up twenty-three dollars.

Atchison Daily Globe (Atchison, KS) – September 9, 1887


     Canajoharie, N. Y., Sept. 9. - During the tornado in the Schoharie valley Wednesday several persons were injured, hop yards devastated, crops ruined, and some stock killed. Fifty barns were unroofed, and Alfred W. Grifford's house at Southbarne was demolished.

Bismarck Daily Tribune ( Bismarck , ND ) - December 16, 1887  

Scattering Shots

     Joseph Pulitzer, of the New York World, has been burned in effigy at Schoharie, N. Y. It is about time for James Gordon Bennett to be horsewhipped or fall down an elevator shaft if he expects to keep the Herald abreast with its enterprising rival.


Newark Daily Advocate (Newark, OH) – March 25, 1889

Some More Lucky Men

President Harrison Fills Several Important Offices

Commission of Pensions

Brooklyn, New York, Called on to Fill That Prominent Office in the Person of James Tanner – Other Appointments and Confirmations.

     Washington, March 25. – The president has sent the following nominations to the senate: James Tanner, of Brooklyn, N. Y., to be commissioner of pensions; James M. Shackelford, of Indiana, to be judge of the United States court for the Indian territory; Zacariah L. Walrend, of Kansas, to be attorney of the United States court for the Indian territory; Thomas B. Needles, of Illinois, to be marshal of the United States court for the Indian territory; Walter Corbett, of Georgia, to be marshal of the United States for the Southern district of Georgia, and Edwin Willits, of Michigan, to be assistant secretary of agriculture.
     There was also a number of postmasters and collectors of customs sent to the senate.
James Tanner is a native of Schoharie county, N. Y. In Sept. 1861, he enlisted in the Eighty-seventh regiment, New York State Volunteers, at the age of 17 years. He was all through the Peninsular campaign, taking part in the battle of Williamsburg, Fair oaks, Yorktown and the seven days’ fight before Richmond. After leaving the peninsula the Eighty-seventh fought at Warrington, Bristow Station and Manassas Junction.
     In August, 1862, while under command of Gen. J. C. Robinson, he was so badly wounded as to render necessary the amputation of both legs just below the knee.
     In 1864 he was appointed assistant postmaster in the legislature at Albany, and in 1865 received a clerkship in the war department at Washington.
     He remained there one year, when he returned to Schoharie county and entered the law office of William C. Lamont, where he staid till admitted to the bar in the spring of 1869. Soon after he received an appointment as clerk in the New York custom house.
     Here he rose from one post to another by competitive examination till he was made a deputy collector under Chester A. Arthur, having served in that capacity three years. He resigned it to take the more responsible one of receiver of taxes for the city of Brooklyn. In Grand Army circles Mr. Tanner is a willing worker.

The Herald and Torch Light (Hagerstown, MD) – May 23, 1889

Hagerstown Female Seminary Commencement

     The commencement exercises of the Hagerstown Female Seminary will occur in the Academy of Music on Wednesday, June 5. Twenty-six young ladies will graduate: ... Minnie Farquher, Schoharie, N. Y.; ...

The Herald and Torch Light (Hagerstown, MD) – August 15, 1889

When They Were Boys
The Infancy and Youth of the Present Administration

     Commissioner James Tanner was born and grew to manhood in Schoharie county, just southwest of Albany, N. Y. His father and mother had a severe struggle with penury and hardship, as the former was disqualified by blindness for effective work, and his wife was compelled to toil early and late to support the family. her son speaks very tenderly of these pathetic scenes in his early life.
     "The first dollar I ever earned," he says, on those rare occasions when he alludes to the subject, "was earned picking up and piling stones on a neighbor's farm. I picked stones six days at twenty-five cents a day and earned $1.50, with which I got my mother a new calico dress.
     Before he was 17 he had enlisted in the army and hurried to the front. Before he was 19 he had both legs shot off at the second Bull Run. Before he was 19 he got a pair of wooden legs, and had learned phonography, and returned to Washington to do such reporting as he could find.
     In April, 1865, he was boarding in a little brick house on Tenth street, opposite Ford's Theatre, and one evening just as he was going to bed he heard a tumult outside and the cry: "Lincoln is shot!"
     The wounded President was carried in next door, and in half an hour Stanton had organized there, in a back room, a court of inquiry. he called for a reporter to take testimony. Young Tanner was summoned from next door, and took down in shorthand the testimony of that fateful night.

Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ) – January 16, 1890

For the New State Prison

     Albany, Jan. 16. – The committee appointed to select a site for the new state prison handed in its report to the legislature this morning. The committee will recommend that the village of Schoharie be selected as the place for the new state prison. Other sites favorably considered are Jonesburg, Columbia county; Woodstock, Ulster county, and Monticello, Sullivan county.

Fresno Weekly Republican (Fresno, CA) - April 4, 1890

     Eli Deitz of Schoharie county, N. Y., is a guest of N. L. F. Bachman this week. Mr. Deitz was formerly a pupil of Mr. Bachman's when the latter was principal of the Union Free school in that county.

Marion Daily Star (Marion, OH) – March 9, 1891

His Voice His Fortune

     At a recent “high jinks” of the Tenderloin club a number of professionals in the theatrical and musical line were present and helped to enliven the occasion by their songs, recitations and funny stories.
     Among these were comedian Ed Stevens, of the Casino company, and Signor Tagliapietra, of operatic fame. Mr. Stevens regaled the assemblage with a series of amusing anecdotes, and the signor, in response to repeated calls, sang “The Palms” and other musical selections in his own inimitable style.
     Among the guests was an elderly gentleman from Schoharie county, this state, whose knowledge of the stage and its representatives, however, is somewhat limited. At the conclusion of the signor’s last song he turned to his friend and innocently remarked:
     “That fellow there sings pretty well, doesn’t he? Why, I should think he could make his living by singing songs. That’s what I’d do, at any rate, if I had his voice. As for that other chap there,” he went on, referring to Mr. Stevens, “he’d ought to study for the stage. There’s the making of a fine comedian in him.”
     The countryman was very much disconcerted at the laugh which followed. He was reassured, however, when Signor Tagliapietra came up to him and said, “I am indeed obliged, sir; that was the finest compliment I have ever received in my life.” – New York Herald.

The Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ) – July 1, 1892

Named by the President

     Washington, July 1. The president sent to the senate the following nominations of postmasters: Edwin Adams, South Norwalk, Conn.; Nehemiah Jennings, Southport, Conn.; Florence A. Smith, Schoharie, N. Y.; Louis McCloud, East Orange, N. J.; Joseph P. carver, Newton, Pa.; John C. McLean, Union City, Pa.

The Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ) – August 17, 1892

A Wise Selection

     Hon. Lorenzo Crounse, Who Will Be Nebraska’s next Governor
     The Republican party of the state of Nebraska made an exceptionally wise selection when it chose Hon. Lorenzo Crounse as its gubernatorial candidate.
     Mr. Crounse was born in Schoharie county, N. Y., Jan. 27, 1834. He received an academic education, studied law, and removed to Montgomery county, N. Y., in 1855, and commenced the practice of his profession. At the outbreak of the war, in 1861, he raised a battery of artillery and entered the army as a captain. He was wounded and after a year’s service resigned his commission. In 1865 he removed to Nebraska territory, and a year later became a member of the Nebraska territorial legislature and assisted in forming the present state constitution. He was elected associate justice of the supreme court and entered upon his duties in 1867, when the territory was admitted into the sisterhood of the Union as a state. At the end of his term he was elected a representative of the Forty-third congress. When Mr. Batcheller resigned his post as assistant secretary of the United States treasury to go to Portugal as minister from this country, President Harrison appointed Mr. Crounse to succeed him.

Daily Citizen (Iowa City, IA) – October 26, 1892

Lorenzo Crounse
The Republican Candidate for Governor of Nebraska

     Hon. Lorenzo Crounse, the first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, who was recently nominated for Governor by the Republicans of the State of Nebraska, is a New-Yorker by birth, having been born in Schoharie county, in January 1834. After receiving his education he studied law and entered upon the practice of his profession, which was interrupted by the war. When hostilities ceased he ranked as light artillery captain. he at once removed to the Territory of Nebraska, and in the fall of 1885, before he had been a resident twelve months he was elected to the territorial Legislature, in which body he took a prominent part. He was a member of the committee having in charge the first revision of the statutes, as well as being upon the committee that drafted the constitution for the new State, which was adopted in 1866. In the election of that year, he was chosen one of the three judges of the Supreme court. He served six years in this capacity, and in 1872 was elected a member of the Forty-third Congress, being re-elected to the Forty-fourth. he was a prominent candidate in 1877 for the United States Senate, at the time Mr. Saunders was chosen. In 1879 he was appointed collector of internal revenue for the district of Nebraska, and served four years. He then retired for a time to private life. The assistant secretary ship of the treasury was tendered to him in April, 1891, and he has since resided in Washington.

Woodland Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA) – February 16, 1893

An Interesting Boycott

     Some Schoharie girls have had as embarrassing experience in an attempt to inflict a boycott on some Schoharie young men. The girls held a meeting and decided to severely cut all young men who drink spirits, beer or cider or who use tobacco in any form. They were going to start the boycott mildly and by degrees, and were also going to keep their determination a secret. But of course the latter part of the scheme failed, and the young men then got together and adopted a novel plan of counterfoil. They would be just as polite as ever to the young ladies in the boycott ring except that they would not look at them – that is, meet their gaze.
     The girls were astonished at the way the two schemes worked in conjunction. One of the fair boycotters would meet a man she had sworn to cut. He would greet her cheerily, effusively, but the while looking straight over or through her head. In church he would be all attention, pick up her umbrella, her books, hold open the doors, but all with a stony stare into vacancy. The young men meet her in the street and they bow most politely with the customary greetings, but still the blank stare. The status of the boycott is undeterminable just at present. New York Sun.

The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – September 9, 1893

In The Hop Fields

Features of Life Among the Hop Pickers of New York

     Perhaps in no section of the United States is there a more prolific hop territory than may be found in the counties of Schoharie and Otsego, where nearly every available foot of ground is studded with the poles under which thousands of young and old people annually earn and enjoy their vacations. Albany county, too, has a number of hop fields. The agents point out this feature of the hop-picking pursuit as the main argument in enlisting recruits.
     Each yard is invariably equipped with a dancing pavilion, or a barn metamorphosed into one, and in the evenings fun reigns unchecked. The fun, by the way, forms a large section of the recompense for the day's labor, the money consideration being of such slight proportions as to form no considerable matter for worry.
     Albany generally furnished the bulk of assistance to the farm owners in the persons of girls, women, young and old, men whose regular avocations do not demand their services at this season of the year, and who find this the only available means of taking a vacation.
     One of the agents told an Argus man recently that the main troubles to be contended with in the business were the hop lice and the bug juice, the former on the vines and the latter in the pickers. There is no known remedy to suppress the hop lice evil, but the bug juice tendency has been successfully contended with by the application of the summary dismissal principle.
     In the vicinity of Cooperstown and all around the shores of Lake Otsego in the early September evenings the jolly parties in the various hop fields, notably Clarke's, may be heard indulging in all kinds of gay and pleasurable proceedings, marked mainly by the sound of song and the squeak of the country violin as the various groups send vocal incense to Apollo, or beat in merry cadence their pedal tribute to Terpsichore
     Some of the crops in the Schoharie and Otsego fields are already owned by Albany dealers, who have paid a guaranteed bulk payment, the owners of the fields to stand the expense of picking.
     The probabilities of a large crop are excellent and if good weather continues it is expected that 1893 will prove a red-letter year, as the prices are fairly high considering the immense output it is likely will be made. The countenances of several German hop-yard houses who annually gather a host of pickers and take them to the yards have been beaming since the news came that the hop crop was good.
     Some of the pickers made lots of dollars at the hop yards. The ways taken by this money are various. Some who believe that industry, frugality and economy had the way to wealth put by the proceeds of their hop picking. Other pickers only go for the jolly times. The Albany police have a tradition that when the hop pickers come back arrests are plenty. - Albany Argus 

The Lowell Daily Sun (Lowell, MA) - January 15, 1894

It Might Be All Right, but He Was Doubtful of Sarah

     It was on a New York ferryboat. A middle aged man sat reading his newspaper when an old man who had been walking up and down with a bulging big satchel knocking against his leg at every step stopped before him and asked:
     "Is that today's paper you are readin?"
     "I don't read papers two or three days old as a rule" was the rather uncivil reply.
     "Don't, eh? I've knowed folks to read the Bible, which is considerably more'n two or three days old! However, I wanted to ask if there was any news from around Schoharie? My home's up thar, and I've been down to Tuckerton to visit my sister."
     "I haven't seen any" was the reply.
     "If anything had happened, it would be in the papers, wouldn't it?"
     "Possibly. Why don't you get one and see?"
     "Cause I hev to wear glasses, and yesterday I lost the right eye outer my spectacles, An all fired good pair they was too. I wouldn't hev taken 6 shillin's fur 'em. The children was a-playin with 'em while I was takin a nap, and I guess they punched the eye out and lost it in the dooryard. Nuthin from Schoharie, eh?"
     "I don't see anything. Did you expect anything to happen?"
     "Waal, you can't allus tell what'll happen when you're gone, you know. One of the cows was actin sorter queer when I left, and I shouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a case of holler horn. Bill was goin to begin breakin a colt next day after I left, and thar's no knowin but what he might hev got kicked. Mebbe that's a pictur' of Bill as he looked afore he was kicked?"
     "No, that's a picture of Uncle Sam."
     "Oh, I see. Looks a good deal like Bill, as nigh as I kin make out. Hain't bin no cyclones up my way?"
     "Lightnin hain't struck anybody or anything?"
     "Say anything about tramps comin along and burnin any barns?"
     "Not a word."
     "Jest afore I come away a naybor o' mine named Taylor bought an old biler and engine to saw wood with. Don't see anything about a biler explodin and killin a lot o' folks, do you?"
     "Nothing. I think you'll find everything all right at home."
     "Waal, I hope so, but I dinno. I've bin gone a hull week, you know. When I left home, the old woman was mad, Sarah was threatenin to run away, and Sam and Bill was havin a fight in the barnyard. Mebbe things is all right, but I shan't git over sweatin out my collars and feelin weak in the knees till I walk in on 'em. Much obliged to you, stranger. Mebbe my prayers hev bin answered and everything is all right, though Sarah's redheaded and I'm a little shaky on her." - Detroit Free Press.

The Arizona Republican (Phoenix, AZ) - November 22, 1894

The Land Of Sleep
Somnolent Effects of Northern New York Hop Fields
Wayfarers and Natives Succumb to the Drowsy Influence - Tall Stories Told About This Peculiar Region

     In the mellow, misty days of autumn wayfaring strangers in either Otsego or Schoharie county are certain to be overcome by a surprising drowsiness which commonly makes them think that they have been drugged in some unaccountable fashion. But when these dozing travelers observe that this apparently uncontrollable desire to slumber weights the lids of natives as well as their own, the ramblers attribute their somnolence to some unknown soporitic quality in the prevailing haze. That, says a writer in a New York exchange, is about as far as they ever penetrate the phenomena. If journeying on horseback or in wagons they are soon snoring, while if they are traveling on Shanks' ---- they drop along the roadside and fall fast asleep. No matter how wide awake they may be, they are powerless to resist the drowsiness when they enter either of these counties.
     The same thing prevails in that part of the D. & H. railroad which cuts through Schoharie and Otsego counties. Conductor Jim Thomas, and all the train hands for that matter, have to use drugs to keep from falling asleep while they are in this torpescent region. All the passengers sleep like dormice. There they sit, pipe in mouth, at card tables and paper in hand, as if suddenly struck dead. But their snores proclaim that they are only benumbed by sleep.
     One might think that these slumbering passengers would be "soft marks" for a train robber, but ex-Assemblyman O. F. Lane, of Otsego, tells a story which proves exactly the reverse. A thief did clean out the pockets of some twenty passengers. but when, after passing outside the counties, the passengers came to, they found the luckless thief, loaded with booty, stretched snoring in a corner. he had got within a step of the door when the sleep fever hit him and he fell snoring in his tracks.
     With all the trouble Conductor Thomas has prodding slumbering way passengers into partial wakefulness, his friends wonder that every hair in his head hasn't turned white. Still, at this season these counties are an Acadia to which flock many persons suffering with insomnia.
     ----, but the cure is even worse than the disease. At least that is what W. H. Bunn, appraiser of the port of Oswego, thinks. hard work aggravated by too many warm bottles and cold birds, left Mr. Bunn a Martyr to insomnia. Urged by friends, he sought relief in Cobleskill, Schoharie county. Even before he got settled there he became dead to all surroundings. No one, not even himself, knows how long he slept. Some say forty-nine hours right off the reel. Anyway, after a week of it he went home cured. But he became such a sleepyhead that he is said to be seeking something that will bring on a mild form of insomnia.
     Ex-Congressman Pendar tells a story of a stump speaker in Schenevus, Otsego county, who fell dead asleep right in the middle of his oration. He was struck with one hand aloft like a pump handle. In that preposterous attitude and still snoozing he was carried to the nearest tavern. The political campaign was over before he became wide awake.
     Every one, scientific or otherwise, who has investigated the matter agrees that the drowsiness which becomes epidemic in this region every fall is caused by the intoxicating aroma from the hop fields, which, with the almost impalpable yellow dust blown from the hops, gluts the atmosphere. Hop pillows have long been recognized as a sovereign cure for sleeplessness. Yet if the staffing of a million hop bolsters were scattered to the winds they could not as richly impregnate the air as do the living vines themselves. Even in a gentle breeze the drowsy pungency of the hops can be scented fifty miles from the nearest hop field. So there is no call to wonder why strangers lose themselves in sleep as soon as they enter the hop producing counties of this state.

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, PA) – April 30, 1895

College Matters

     The following speakers have been announced for the coming Commencement of {Pennsylvania College: R. C. Wright, Meadow Dale, Pa., valedictory; H. F. Richards, Zanesville, Ohio, Latin salutatory; N. C. Barbehenn, Gettysburg; C. K. Bell, Smithburg, Md.; J. Ed. Byers, Williamsport, Md.; George H. Eckels, Shippensburg, Pa.; W. D. Maynard, Schoharie, N. Y.; L. F. Miller, Leitersburg, Md.; M. G. L. Rietz, Amsterdam, N. Y., and E. H. Wert, Harrisburg.

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, PA) – June 25, 1895

Commencement Exercises

     On Thursday morning Brua Chapel was crowded with spectators to the graduating exercises. The program was as follows:
     Latin Salutatory, Herbert F. Richards, Zanesville, O.; “Intuitionalism in Ethics,” Moritz G. L. Rietz, Amsterdam, N. Y.; “The Earth a Unit,” Luther F. Miller, Leitersburg, Md.; “Our Indebtedness to Ancient Rome,” John E. Byers, Williamsport, Md.; “The Belief in Immortality among the Greeks,” Nath. C. Barbehenn, Gettysburg; “Japan’s Position before the World,” Waldo D. Maynard, Schoharie, N. Y.; “The proper Limits of State Control in Industry,” Charles K. Bell, Smithsburg, Md.; “Oliver Wendell Holmes,” George H. Eckels, Shippensburg; “Territorial Expansion for the United States,” Edward H. Wert, Harrisburg; “The Responsibility of American Citizenship,” with Valedictory, Boscoe C. Wright, Meadowdale, N. Y.

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, PA) – August 20, 1895

Town and County

     Miss Mary Throop, of Schoharie, N. Y., is the guest of the Misses Neely.

The Marion Daily Star (Marion, OH) - September 23, 1895

New York Democracy
List of Candidates Who Will Probably Be Successful

     Syracuse, Sept 23. - If there is a slate of candidates in existence it is in some one’s pocket and it is likely to be smashed. The matter of candidates will have some effect upon the contests, for if the leaders of the state Democracy find that any slate is distinctly against their faction they will insist upon a large representation, while if they feel that they are properly treated in this matter they will agree to concessions. From the list of candidates the following may be picked out as the most likely to compose the ticket: For secretary of state, General Horatio C. King of Kings county; attorney general, Daniel C. Griffin of Jefferson; comptroller, Augustus Sche of Erie; state treasurer, D. L. Dow of Schoharie; state engineer, George Clinton Ward of Oneida, judge of the court of appeals, Edward S. Rapallo of New York

Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – May 23, 1896

Noted Bank Burglar Sentenced

     Albany, N. Y., May 23. – “Count” Man Shinburn, one of the most daring bank burglars, and who, during his career, has stolen upwards of $5,000,000 from the banks of this country and Europe, was on Friday convicted on the charge of burglary, second degree, in breaking into the Middleburg national bank, Schoharie county, and sentenced to four years and eight months in Dannemora prison.

Woodland Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA) - November 5, 1896

The Majority Decreasing
Bryan Has a Very Remote Chance of Carrying California
McKinley not Likely to Have Less Than Two Hundred and Fifty-nine Votes in the Electoral College

     The Republican majority has been considerably reduced from Wednesday's estimates by later returns, but there seems to be no doubt that McKinley is elected.
     Chairman Jones still claims that there is a chance for Mr. Bryan, but the figures do not support his claims. The indications now are that Mr. McKinley will not have less than 259 electoral votes.   . . . . . . . . . . 

New York.

     New York, November 5. - Corrected returns from all counties in New York State give McKinley a plurality of 266,678. Only one county, Schoharie, was carried by Bryan.

The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – May 15, 1897

Plain Tariff Truths

What the Wilson-Gorman Bill Has Done for the Farmer

     A great hue and cry was raised by the democrats in 1892 and 1894 that the farmer was the one to be specially benefited by a revenue or free trade tariff; that with free wool and free manufactured goods he could buy so much cheaper all the clothing for himself and family. Now, let us see how the Wilson-Gorman tariff bill helped him. I ask a farmer who raises wool:
     "What did you pay for a suit of clothes you bought in 1892?"
     Answer - I paid in wool at 30 cents a pound?
     "How many pounds did you give?"
     Answer - Fifty pounds, but in 1895 I could buy just as good a suit at $10.
     "Yes. When you bought a suit for $10, how many pounds of wool did you give?"
     Answer - Well, let's see. I sold my wool for a little over 14 cents. I gave seven pounds for a dollar, and ten times seven pounds are 70 pounds.
     "Then you paid just ten pounds more wool for your $10 suit than you did for the $15 suit. Your extra ten pounds at 1896 prices were worth $1.40, and at 1892 prices were worth $3. Where does the benefit come in?"
     Again, Schoharie county was the only county in the state to give in 1896 a democratic majority. This is one of the great hop counties. I ask the hop grower:
     How many pounds of hops did you give for a $15 suit of clothes in 1892?"
     Answer - I sold my hops for 25 cents a pound - four pounds for a dollar. I gave four times 15, which are 60. Yes, I paid 60 pounds.
     "Last fall your $15 suit, after three or four years' wear, began to be threadbare, and you bought just as good a suit for $10?"
     Answer - Yes.
     "How many pounds of hops were exchanged for that suit?"
     Answer - Well, I sold my hops for 11 cents (that is more than some folks got) and it took 90 pounds.
     "So that you had to give the labor to raise 90 pounds that you gave for 60 pounds in 1892?"
     Answer - No, not exactly; I did not pay my hired man so much a month as I did in 1892.
     "Then a part of your revenue tariff was paid by your hired man?"
     Answer - Well, it looks that way.
     Now we will ask the hired man:
     "Mr. Jones, what is your occupation?"
     Answer - In 1877 I went to work in a factory, and in 1882 I was getting $2 a day. After ten years - that is, in the fall of 1892, the factory shut down and I was out of a job. After waiting and tramping for six months I hired out to the hop farmer for $14 a month, and glad to get it, for thousands of factory hands were out of employment and could find nothing to do.
     "When you bought a suit of clothes in the summer of 1892 for $15, how many days did you have to work to pay for them?"
     Answer - Seven and a half.
     "After three years of wear, and you bought just as good a suit for $10, how many days did you have to work for them?"
     Answer - Three weeks, or, to be exact about it, 21 ¾ days! This extra two weeks' labor that I had to pay in 1896 represented $24 in 1892, which is more than a mechanic would have to pay in percentage on all the tools he would buy in a lifetime. - Letter in N. Y. Press.

Star and Sentinel (Gettysburg, PA) – June 22, 1897

Personal Matters

     Dr. and Mrs. A. Martin left yesterday for Middleburg, Schoharie county, N. Y., where they expect to remain during the summer.

Naugatuck Daily News (Naugatuck, CT) - July 19, 1897

No Man's Lands
Strips of Country That Have No Official Government

     Jones county, Miss., a community that is now being terrorized by a lawless band, has a history. Until within the past ten years it was remote from railroads and sparsely settled. the natives were of an ignorant character. They were likewise very poor. They did not own slaves previous to the war, and the farming interests were of but little consequence. the county is situated in the heart of the long leaf pine belt, and lies midway between Meridian, Miss., and New Orleans. During the war its population did not exceed 3,000. When Mr. Davis made his call for troops there wasn't a single man in that county that responded. Officers of the confederate army were sent there to drive the recalcitrants into the ranks, but they were impeded in such work by the immense and almost impenetrable swamps and forests that abounded in that country. The natives took to the woods whenever they saw a gray coat. They his in the bushes and among the cane brakes. Finally they became tired of dodging the conscript law. About 300 of the most prominent of her citizens met at Ellisville one day and adopted a resolution offered by a man named Jones declaring the county's independence of the confederacy. A separate and distinct government was formed. A constitution was framed and submitted to a viva voce vote, which was agreed upon.
     The county was to be called the republic of Jones and was to be free and independent. The article declaring independence was framed much after that famous document inspired by Thomas Jefferson. An election was ordered, but before it took place Gen. Robert Lowry, since that time twice governor of Mississippi, took 2,000 confederate troops down there, broke up the new republic and drove all of the able-bodied men that bloodhounds could locate among the trees in the forests and forced them to the front. Many of the men were shot out of trees, where they were hiding as a wildcat would do. They were quite rebellious all during their service, and many of them were court-martialed and shot. Whenever the opportunity was afforded they deserted. Dozens of these were captured at their homes and executed. But it is said that while they were in battle they fought with the ferocity of a wounded and enraged beast.
     The county is now one of the most prosperous and civilized in the south. Its chief commercial interest is in the lumber trade, and the finest of pine timber is shipped to all parts of the world from its hundreds of sawmills. Ellisville is the county site, is a town of 10,000 people and is a thriving place.
     Schoharie county, N. Y., is another county that gave much trouble to the country during the war. It lies adjacent to Albany and was thickly settled then, as it is now. Its inhabitants are, however, mostly composed of Hollanders. But few of the farmers of the county are property holders, renting from "patroons" now just as they did 200 years ago. In 1850 they became tired of the landowners and rebelled so seriously as to precipitate civil war among themselves. Father was arrayed against son and so on until finally both factions armed themselves and went out shooting. It required a half dozen regiments of militia to subdue them. And ever since that time the county has gone democratic. It is the only one in the state that has not at some time or other gone republican. No amount of republican campaigning seems to do any good. They still rent land and fight among themselves. Another curious feature about Schoharie is that nearly one-tenth of its population are hunchbacks. This deformity is supposed to be caused by the fact that the "Dutch" have quite a penchant for marrying among themselves - of their own flesh and blood. The same character of men may be seen around Grand Haven, Mich., where the "Dutch" are to be found by the hundreds. They are of the low order of mankind, and it is not an uncommon thing for a man there to marry his niece or a nephew to wed his aunt.
     The Texas legislature has had under consideration the admission into the sisterhood of counties several of the unorganized ones now lying to the extreme northwestern part of that immense state. Take the counties of Hale, Cochran, Terry and several others lying adjacent to them, near the New Mexico border, the citizens do not have to contribute anything toward the support of the government. Of course there are but few of them, however. In one of these - Terry, I think - there is a ranchman herding something like 5,000 head of cattle on the wild lands. There are no assessors or sheriffs to assess or collect taxes, nor officers to make arrests when some of the boys fall out and shoot each other. It was not many years ago when Tom Green, the largest county of any in the United States, had no representative at Austin when the legislature met. Pecos, a county almost as large, remained unorganized until a few months ago. At one time less than a dozen years ago there were more than 50 counties in Texas in name only. It requires a population of 200 before a county may be recognized. In several instances the census has been swollen because some ambitious fellow wanted to go to the state's capitol as a "representer." - J. S. Evans, in Chicago Times-Herald.

Naugatuck Daily News (Naugatuck, CT) - July 27, 1897

Capsized and Drowned

     Middleburg, N. Y., July 27. - Ralph Hyde, aged 70 years, and Miss Libbie Young, aged 25 years, were capsized in the Schoharie creek while crossing to the dairy of Mr. Hyde to obtain the morning milk. Fred Hyde, a grandson of Mr. Hyde, heard the cries for help and succeeded in rescuing his grandfather, but Miss Young was drowned. The water is so high and the current so strong that the body has not been recovered, Miss Young was an employee of the Hyde family.

Fresno Weekly Republican (Fresno, CA) - August 27, 1897

Pancho Espinosa
He Demanded a Trial by Jury
And Got a Sentence of Six Months for Jail Breaking

     Pancho Espinosa is one of the present class of "city geologists" who had been sentenced to a long term in the county jail, and when his tem had nearly expired Deputy Sheriff "Cash" Thomas made a trusty, or, as Pancho puts it, "a trustee" of him and detailed him to carry water for the other prisoners.
     Pancho, like another patriot, loved liberty and hated a tyrant, so he made a bolt for the sandhills north of town and it took an expert corps from the sheriff's office several hours to locate him, run him down and bring him back to jail again.
     Pancho naturally was disappointed at the failure of his efforts for liberty, and when he returned one of the most successful attorneys in the "kangaroo court" up in jail advised him to demand "a trial by a jury of his peers" as guaranteed by the constitution. Pancho did this and on that occasion the Republican suggested that he had lost a chance to get off with about thirty days days additional hammering on irregular chunks of granite.
     Yesterday Pancho appeared before Justice Austin all alone, his attorney being previously engaged on the stone pile, and was tried. he took the stand only to admit all the charges against him, but alleged that "Cash" Thomas "had no business to trust him." The case was submitted without argument and the jury without any difficulty found him guilty as charged, and without recommendations for mercy of court.
     Justice Austin, who was educated in the vicinity of Hellebergs in Schoharie county, New York, and knew a trilobite from an encrinal pod in his course of his geologic course of study, took one sad look at the unsuccessful student before him and said "six months!"

Newark Daily Advocate (Newark, OH) – November 29, 1897

State of Manhattan

Plans to Create It Out of the Lower Sixteen Counties of New York

     One of the first bills introduced in the legislature will be one providing for the creation of a new state by permitting a constitutional amendment to be passed and approved by the United States government divorcing 16 counties of New York state and including them in what shall be known as the state of Manhattan.
     The plan proposed is for the counties of New York, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster, Greene, Rockland, Albany, Rensselaer and part of Schoharie to be formed into one state, with a population of 3,902,220, as compared with 2,631,123 for the 44 remaining counties. This would make the new state of Manhattan the second largest state in the Union in regard to population, Pennsylvania alone exceeding it.
     The remaining counties left to comprise the state of New York would make a state the sixth largest in the Union, exceeded only in population by Pennsylvania, Manhattan, Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. This state would contain a territory in its 16 counties of 8,960 square miles, as compared with a territory containing 44 counties and 40, 493 square miles. – Chicago Times-Herald.

Naugatuck Daily News (Naugatuck, CT) - January 11, 1898

Did He Kiss His Pupils?

    Albany, Jan. 11. - State School Commissioner S. E. Tennant of Cobleskill is directed by State Superintendent of Instruction Charles R. Skinner to take evidence in the matter of the charges preferred against Marcus Zeh, a teacher in a public school in Schoharie county. he is charged with having kissed and hugged female pupils in his school.

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, PA) – June 21, 1898

College Commencement

    The weather attending the Sixty-sixth Commencement of Pennsylvania College was all that could be desired, the attendance was large, and everything tended to make this commencement one of the most pleasant ever held.
     President McKnight also announced that the following degrees had been conferred by the Board of Trustees:
     Master of Arts – Rev. U. E. Apple, Conshoholcken; Rev. C. K. Bell, Salem, Va.; Rev. C. H. Brosine, Sunbury; Rev. H. E. Clare, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Prof. Geo. H. Eckels, Shippensburg; Rev. Wm. A. Kump, Bridgeton, N. J.; Prof. W. D. Maynard, Schoharie, N. Y.; Rev. H. D. Newcomer, Allentown; Rev. Herbert F. Richards, Zanesville, O.; Rev. G. I. Uhler, Middaugh; Rev. W. B. Duttera, Collegeville; Rev. J. S. English, Saxton; Dr. H. N. Nipple, Zselinsgrove; Dr. F. H. Hedges, Jefferson, Md.; Dr. M. S. Boyer, Philadelphia; Prof. W. R. Snyder, Muncie, Ind.

Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) – September 29, 1898

Has Made No Slate

New York State Democracy Gathers in State Convention

Little Done at First Day's Session

Factions Are Unable to Agree on a Candidate to Head the State Ticket
- New Jersey Democrats name E. W. Crane

    Syracuse, N. Y., Sept 29. - The democratic state convention met here at noon Wednesday absolutely without a slate or programme other than the temporary organization agreed upon in the state committee. It is the most remarkable political convention ever held. Never before have all the prominent leaders of the democratic party appeared in convention: and consulted as to programme without result.
     At 12:32 Chairman Elliott Danforth appeared upon the platform and was greeted with a great outburst of applause. He announced that the state committee had directed him to present, as the temporary officers of the convention, Hon. George M. Palmer, of Schoharie, as chairman, and as secretaries Calvin J. Buson, Thomas E. Benedict, Frank P. Hulette and Clark Day.
     Delegate Pierce, of Monroe, tried to get in a resolution indorsing the Chicago platform relative to silver, but it was not allowed to be read. he attempted to speak, but was ruled out and the resolution referred. At 1:33 a recess was taken until 11 o'clock Thursday

Daily Review (Decatur, IL) - August 4, 1899

New York Maple Sugar
A Belt in the Empire State Which Surpasses Vermont's Famous Product

     "I have sopped pancakes in the maple sirup, and got toothache from the maple sugar, and stomach ache from the wax pullings of the maple bilin's of five states and 16 counties, all the way from old Vermont to Michigan, including Schoharie county, N. Y.," said a man from that part of the state, "and I have been ready to stand up and say, and to bet heavy on what I said, that the sun never shone on any land nor quickened it to the production of anything that could even begin to think of being one-half as good as the maple sugar that Schoharie county boiled down out of its sap, or the maple sirup that Schoharie county got out of its sugar, or the maple wax that we pulled out of both of 'em. But that was before I got over into Otsego county. When I struck a sugaring-off of Otsego county's first run of sap I had to admit that I had never known before what sap could really be made to give up. But by and by I was domiciled in Delaware county. Then I stood up and declared that I had found out at last what maple sugar really was. I began to think that whatever of excellence there was in the maple sugar of Schoharie and Otsego counties was due to the circumstances of their contiguity to Delaware county, and I reflected on how fortunate Schoharie and Otsego were to be there.
     "As a matter of fact, now that I am reminded of it by the census we have just taken of this season’s yield of maple sugar in those three counties, and found that it isn’t far from 1,000,000 pounds. I don’t suppose there is any difference at all in the quality of the sugar made in all that particular maple belt extending from the Delaware county Catskills on the south through Schoharie and Otsego and into Cortland county, this state, and embracing Wayne and Susquehanna counties, in Pennsylvania. If the sugar makers of that belt would only give the attention to this business and apply to it the systematic methods that have made the products of the Vermont maples world famous, they would soon be as famous as their brethren in Vermont. As it is, their product ranks second in the market to that of the Green Mountain state. Anyhow, a million pounds of maple sugar from a spring’s running of sap in three counties isn’t so bad. It sort o’ fills in the chinks in the bank account, and makes us feel good for putting in the corn and taters. We’re a great nation up Schoharie way.” N. Y. Sun

Daily Herald (Delphos, OH) - September 12, 1900

Matters Political
New York Democrats Nominating Their State Ticket
Stanchfield Named For Governor

    Saratoga, Sept. 12. - John B. Stanchfield of Chemung was nominated for governor by the Democratic state convention. His name was presented to the convention by Judge S. S. Taylor of Chemung. The remainder of the ticket will be nominated on Thursday. The ticket will probably be completed as follows: Lieutenant governor, William F. Mackey of Erie; secretary of state, John T. Norton of Renssaeler; comptroller, Edwin A. Atwater of Dutchess; attorney general, George M. Palmer of Schoharie; treasurer, Guy H. Clarke of Madison; engineer and surveyor, Russell A. Stewart of Onondaga.

Naugatuck Daily News (Naugatuck, CT) - October 12, 1900

Did He Kiss His Pupils?
The Man Who Says He Identified Bank Burglar Shinburn

    Concord, N. H., Oct 12. - A claim was entered here to-day by Andrew W. Loveland of West Fulton, N. Y., ex-sheriff of Schoharie county, N. Y., for the $1,000 reward offered when Max Shinburn, the famous bank burglar, escaped here 34 years ago. Some months ago, Timothy Golden of New York entered a claim for the reward on the ground that he assisted in the arrest of Shinburn for another crime in that state. Mr. Loveland, claims that it was through information furnished by him that Shinburn was arrested in 1895 and sent to the Dannemora prison, at which he was re-arrested for New Hampshire officers a day or two ago, when he completed a sentence for burglary.

News (Frederick, MD) - November 28, 1900

State Senator's Damage Suit

    Amsterdam, N. Y., Nov. 28. - Senator Hobart Krum, of Schoharie, has brought an action in the supreme court for libel for $5,000 damages against E. Watson Gardiner, of Amsterdam. Gardiner was the independent candidate for senator in the Twenty-seventh district at the recent election. It is alleged that he had printed and caused to be circulated through the district a handbill on which it was stated that on Oct. 29, at Cobleskill. Senator Krum, pointing his finger at an audience gathered to hear Senator Depew, said: "Show me a horse thief and I will show you a Democrat." Senator Krum denies that he made any such statement.

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