Warren News from Old Newspapers
|Dora Geywits||Leslie Smith|
|Marion Mulligan||Stewart Geywits|
|Helen Ostrander||Walter Patterson|
|Dorothy Richardson||Ellis Springer|
|Helen Van Valkenburg|
|Class Flower - Rose|
|Degree Motto - Improvement|
|Juvenile Color - Red|
March - "Regimental Band" - Juvenile Toy Symphony Orchestra
Song - "We're the Grange of the Future"
Piano Solo - Elwyn Sheldon
Piano Solo - "Twilight Echoes" - Marion Sheldon
Invocation - Rev. George McCleane
Class Song - Class
Salutatory - Helen Ostrander
Class History - Helen VanValkenburg
Song - "Springtime in the Rockies" - Class
Class Poem - Ellis Springer
Piano Solo - Helen Ostrander
Song - "Smiling Thru" - Four Juveniles
Parting Advice - Walter Patterson
Juvenile Response - Dorothy Van Valkenburg
Class Prophecy - Marion Mulligan
Parting Gifts - Leslie Smith
Address - Lester Young
Class Will - Dora Geywits
Valedictory - Stewart Geywits
Presentation of Diplomas - Howard Dunckel
Song - "God Bless Our Grange" Juvenile Class
Selection - "My Spanish Guitar" - Orchestra
ADS APPEARING IN THE GRANGER FEB. 24, 1897
What You Want in Goods and Prices
See Our Fine Stock of
GROCERIES AND DRY GOODS,
LEATHER GOODS AND HARDWARE
We shall make a specialty of Grass and Clover Seeds.
S. H. CONKLIN &nsp; &nsp; - &nsp; &nsp; LITTLE LAKES
I wish to announce to the public that I have opened
a Market, where you will always find fresh,
Beef, Pork, Veal, etc.
I also pay the highest cash prices for
Hides, Tallow, Calves, Turkeys, Chicks and Fowls.
CLARENCE J. ARMSTRONG
Warren, &nsp; &nsp; &nsp; &nsp; New York
From an August 1899 copy of The Mercury
From Our Special Correspondent
This vicinity was visited by quite a severe hail storm last Wednesday but no particular damage was done.
Mrs. Sanford Tunnicliffe entertained Mr. Vrooman and the Misses Vrooman of Schoharie last week.
The Misses Kittie and Bessie Young, of Van Hornesville, are visiting at Mr. and Mrs. Lester Youngs'.
Mrs. Ina Vandewalker returned from Cherry Valley on Sunday.
Mrs. Martin Goes and Miss Eliza Ferguson enjoyed a picnic at Mr. Ibbotson's cottage by the lake, Tuesday in the company with a number of ladies from Richfield Springs.
The picnic party at Van Hornesville last Wednesday was overtaken by the storm and was obliged to hire a team to bring them home.
Miss Gertie Rathbun is entertaining two friends from Oneonta.
From the Richfield Mercury, January 8, 1948
Clayton Fox, Correspondent
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Shaul who for many years were residents of the Town of Warren and who have lived in Mohawk since 1923 celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary Christmas Day. Mr. and Mrs. Shaul have two daughters, Marjorie, who teaches in East Frankfort, and Mrs. Lulu Henry who has a position at the City Bank of Syracuse. The many Jordanville friends extent congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Shaul.
Mrs. Laura Bronner has returned from the Little Falls Hospital where she was a patient for two weeks. Mrs. Bronner wishes to thank all those who sent her cards or gifts while she was in the hospital. She is now resting comfortably at her home here and will be glad to have her friends call on her.
Miss Madalen Breish of Albany and Corp. Harold Breish of Fort Slocum, New York spent New Year's with their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hoke.
Miss Marilyn Smith of Richfield Springs spent the past week with her grandmother, Mrs. Jeanette Wallis.
Mr. and Mrs. George Belshaw spent Saturday afternoon at Mr. and Mrs. Bloodough at Mohawk.
Clayton D. Fox was a dinner guest of William Van Vetchen, Herkimer on New Year's Eve. Both Mr. Fox and Mr. Van Vetchen were guests of Douglas Young in Utica that evening at a New Year's Eve party.
Among the students and teachers returning to their respective schools after the Christmas vacation are: Elizabeth Bell of Ithaca College, Mrs. Janet Pooler to St. Johnsville, Mrs. Ruth Paine to Johnstown, Mrs. Harold Paine to Johnstown, Clayton D. Fox to Hudson.
Doctor and Mrs. Donald E. Swift and three daughters, Carolyn, Lura and Sandra returned Sunday to their home in Brooklyn after spending two weeks at the Swift home here.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Casperas have moved from their farm home in Smith's Corners to Jordanville for the winter months.
Mrs. Ida Fox and Clayton Fox were luncheon guests Tuesday of Mr. and Mrs. George Belshaw.
The sympathy of this community is extended to Mrs. Richard Getman in the death of her father, Mr. Roselle Harper, who passed away at his home in Mohawk December 30. Mr. and Mrs. Harper and family were former residents of this place.
4/26/08 Thank you to H. Geywits for contributing this group of early social invitations!
Friday Evening, Jan. 29, 1886
Yourself and Ladies are Cordially invited.
Music by Wood's Orchestra.
Bill $1.50 L. Pierce, Proprieter
The company of Mr. __________
and lady, is respectfully solicited to attend a Ball at
the Assembly Room of Wm. Tunnicliff in Warren
on the 9th of March at 1 o'clock P.M.
|David H. Genter||Wm. Tunnicliff|
|Elias Adams||Wm. Averell|
|Benjamin Sitts||G. T. White|
WARREN, March 1, 1841
The company of Mr._____________ and lady
is respectfully solicited at the Hall of Leonard Lewis, in
Warren, on the 6th of July, at one o'clock P.M.
|William Tunnicliff||Wm. Avril|
|Elias G. Adams||Lathrop E. Tanner|
|Martin Young||Franklin Wheeler|
|Orrin Tunnicliff||Benjamin Sitts|
|James Losee||Grenville T. White|
Warren, June 15, 1841
"All is peace and harmony
When youth and beauty join."
The company of Miss __________
is respectfuly solicited at the Hall of Leonard Lewis,
in Warren, on the 6th day of July, at one o'clock P. M.
|William Tunnicliff||Wm. Avril|
|Elias G. Adams||Lathrop E. Tanner|
|Martin Young||Franklin Wheeler|
|Orrin Tunnicliff||Benjamin Sitts|
|James Losee||Grenville T. White|
Warren, June 15, 1841
NEW YEARS BALL
The company of Mr. Charles Druse
and partner are solicited to meet at A. Tunnicliff's
Assembly Room, in Warren, on Friday the 1st of
January next, at 8 o'clock A. M. to participate in
a social Ride and Ball. Warren, Dec. 15, 1835
L. Druse P. Youngs
A. D. Millington L. Edwards
T. Eckler D. Lathrop
The Ladies' Aid Society of Miller's Mills, N. Y.
Will be pleased to see you at Grange Hall,
FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 25th, 1900
BIRTHDAY BAG PARTY
For the benefit of the New Free Baptist Church
This birthday party is given to you
'Tis something novel, 'tis something new;
We send to each this little sack,
Please either send or bring it back,
With as many cents as years you are old,
We promise the number shall never be told;
Kind friends will give us some good things to eat,
And the Ladies will furnish a literary treat.
Some earnest workers, with greetings most hearty,
Feel sure you will come to your own birthday party.
Mrs. I. I. Young Mrs. Olden Miller Mrs. Frank Buchannan
You are respectfully invited to attend a Social
Party at the house of J. RATHBUN,
Little Lakes, Aug. 6th, 1856 at 4 o'clock P. M.
S. R. Silwart, E. L. Starkweather, M. Hulbert, Wm. Kinne, C. Fay
P. Colman, D. Gilcrest, R. Shipman, C. Bates
MUSIC BY SPRINGFIELD CENTRE BAND
Little Lakes, July 25, 1856
4/26/08 Several transcriptions of historical school ephemera contributed by H. Geywits! First a transcription of names from a 1923 school souvenir, next a large group of graduation invitation cards.
District No. 8
Warren, Herkimer co., New York
December 25, 1923
Mrs. Lulu Williams,
S. C. Kimm Dist. Supt.
Herbert Van Valkenburg Trustee
Ivan Ostrander Collector
Lester Young Clerk
The Class of Nineteen hundred and Ten of Richfield Springs High School desire the honor of your presence at the Commencement Exercises Tuesday, June twenty-first at two thirty o'clock P. M. Assembly Hall, Richfield Springs, N. Y.
I. Mae Wiles
The Senior Class of Frankfort High School Commencement Exercises Tuesday Evening, June Twentieth Nineteen hundred and Five at eight o'clock. Opera House.
Harrie Danforth Eckler
The Training Class of the Richfield Springs High School requests your presence at their Commencement Exercises Wednesday evening June twenty-fifth nineteen hundred and thirteen. Assembly Hall at eight o'clock.
Kathleen L. Chubb
Class of Nineteen Twenty-nine Richfield Springs High School Commencement Exercises Wednesday evening, June twenty-sixth at eight o'clock High School Auditorium.
Ward P. Armstrong Edna M. Armstrong
Richfield Springs Training Class Nineteen Hundred and Twelve Commencement Exercises on Monday afternoon, June twenty-fourth at two thirty o'clock Assembly Hall.
Lula E. Gyer
The Class of Nineteen Thirty-eight VanHornesville Central School announces its Commencement Exercises Monday afternoon, June twenty-seventh three o'clock Van Hornesville School.
Velma M. Ostrander
Class of Nineteen Hundred Twenty-Two Richfield Springs High School requests the honor of your presence at the Commencement Exercises Tuesday, June twenty-seventh eight o'clock School Auditorium.
Bernice A. Van Valkenburg
The Senior Class of Richfield Springs Central School announces its Commencement Exercises Monday afternoon, June twenty-first two o'clock Capitol Theater.
Stuart G. Congdon
The Trustees of The Homeopathic Hospital of Albany, N. Y. request the pleasure of your presence at the Graduation Exercises of the Class of 1911 of the Training School for Nurses on June second at half after eight o'clock. Assembly Hall of the Albany Institute v. Historical v. Art Society.
Miss Nellie M. Druse
Class of Nineteen Hundred and Five Fort Plain High School Commencement Exercises on Wednesday afternoon, June the twenty-first at two o'clock Reformed Church.
Miss Muriel M. Shaul
The Senior Class Richfield Springs High School announce their Class Day Exercises, June nineteenth. Commencement Exercises June twentieth nineteen hundred six at two o'clock Assembly Hall.
Edith S. Wiles
The Class of 1907 of the Springfield Center Union School request the honor of your presence at their Commencement Exercises Thursday evening June twenty-seventh nineteen hundred and seven at Guild Hall.
Grace Katherine Wiles
The Class of Nineteen Hundred and Five Richfield Springs High School requests the honor of your presence at the Class Day exercises Wednesday afternoon June twenty-first. Commencement Exercises Thursday afternoon, June Twenty-second at two-thirty o'clock. Assembly Hall.
Miss Bessie L. Wiles
Class Day and Commencement Exercises of the Richfield Springs High School June twenty-third and twenty-fourth at one-thirty o'clock P. M. Assembly Hall.
Mr. Benjamin L. Wiles
4/26/08 This article about the old Warren post office was contributed by H. Geywits!
Warren Post office Is Closed - Served Community over 140 years
For the first time in at least 140 years, the community of Warren, three miles east of Richfield Springs faces Christmas without a post office. Up until December 1st, the 20 remaining box holders could call for their mail as early as 7 a.m. Mails, both east and west, arrived four times a day. The post office is now closed for good and new mailboxes line the highway. The sentiment of the passing of the rural post office is aptly expressed by Floyd Ostrander, postmaster at Warren for the past 28 years: "In the Nation's steps to progress, the small towns are being deprived of some important factors that have contributed to their survival - but we must go along with a changing world."
The fourth class post office at Warren survived a similar fate nearly 50 years ago. A notice from the Post Office Department at Washington had advised of the intended closing of the Warren office. A group of five spirited citizens, headed by the late Abraham Tilyou, a strong politician of Van Hornesville, and including Lester Young, went to Utica to see Vice President James Schoolcraft Sherman. According to Mr. Young's version of that mission, they came right to the point and told the Vice President "We don't want to lose our post office." After an hour or more of discussion, Sherman terminated the interview with the words, "You won't lose it." The rest is history and fifty years later many of the families have signed a petition to once more stay its closing with the result that the Postal Instructions Manager of the U. S. Post Office did postpone the original September closing for two months this fall.
On the last day, Howard P. Helmer, rural mail carrier of Herkimer whose hobby is getting history on all the early rural post offices, was on hand to get a last day cancellation to add to his collection of those from discontinued post offices. Helmer already had one 1890 cancellation from the Warren office. In the early days, the Herkimer rural carrier recalls that the postmaster's pay was based on the number of stamps sold. In rural areas the pay was very nominal and the postmaster's job really was not much more than an accommodation to the public. Early records in Helmer's possession showed that the annual combines pay was $300 for carrying the mail four times a week from Whitestown beyond Utica to Canajoharie. The trip took four days. "Waiontha" was the name the Indians gave the area around Warren. Later because of Young's Lake and Weaver Lake on either side of the hamlet, "Little Lakes" became the accepted name and not until about 50 years ago, according to Mr. Young, was the name changed by the postal authorities to Warren to avoid the confusion of the name Little Lake with that of nearby Little Falls. Helmer's earliest records carry the name of Moses Shaul as the first postmaster, appointed in 1831. However Beer's History of Herkimer County lists Franklin Gates as appointed on Jan. 1, 1818. An Amos Shaul who followed May 10, 1824, was possibly the same Moses Shaul referred to in the Helmer records. Many of the names of the early postmasters are still familiar in Warren: John W. Tunnicliff who took office Mar. 30, 1835; William Kinne, June 11, 1853 and Chester Crim, Aug. 29, 1863 who as late as the Beer's edition in 1879 was still postmaster. From 1894 on, Mr. Young supplies the names of Silas Conklin and near the turn of the century, Ralph Eckler who was succeeded by his father, Lester Eckler. George Clyde was postmaster for a short time about 1902. The late Clarence Armstrong then succeeded Clyde for over 25 years and Floyd Ostrander represented on of the longest terms on record from 1930 on.
Mrs. Ostrander, known to all as "Lillie" and an assistant to her husband, tells the Christmas story of the man who hustled in after dark to purchase stamps fro over 100 cards and dumped the cards on the counter for her to stamp as he "didn't have the time." On several occasions, the Star Route carrier on the east end of the route stayed overnight with Floyd and Lillie as Route 20 had its problems of snow removal in those days. There has been no salary connected with her work, but it has afforded her an experience she would not have missed. Studying the new postal regulations, and the ever-changing method of accounting together with the job of ordering regulation supplies has kept her "plenty busy." Unlike the usual storekeeper-postmaster combination in the small places, Ostrander raises young stock and white leghorns.
The Warren post office has been located in three different stores. It first stood about 200 feet east from its present location; about 58 years ago it was moved directly across the highway. Ten years later it came back across the Cherry Valley Turnpike, now Route 20, to its final location. And so, Mr. and Mrs. Ostrander will settle down to their Christmas dinner this year without waiting for the last mail to come in.
Fire department officials blamed spontaneous combustion in hay for a fire which Wednesday night of last week destroyed the barn of Andrew Bobak, at Cullen, with loss estimated by the owner at more than $15,000, partly insured.
A calf was removed from the burning 56 by 75 foot structure, which contained 1,500 bales of hay., 75 tons of grass ensilage, a new wagon and a blower set to fill the silo.
Miss Justine Bobak, a Richfield Springs Central School student discovered the fire when awakened by reflection of the flames on her bedroom wall.
Richfield Springs firemen under Chief Reginald G. Joslyn pumped water 1,100 feet from a creek near the Cullen Chapel. They succeeded in saving a feed barn and chicken house near the barn. Bobak's house was not endangered. (page 1)
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Smith of West Winfield called Saturday evening on Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gros.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hyde and family of Herkimer, Mrs. George Ough and granddaughter and Lester Young of Warren called on Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Smith last Sunday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Ward Goodale and son of Westfield, Mass. were weekend guests of her mother, Mrs. Dorothy Eckler and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwyn Sheldon and family were dinner guests at the home of his mother, Mrs. Marian Sheldon Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart J. Wheeler of Springfield Center were luncheon guests at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family Sunday.
Mrs. Mildred Fahey and daughter, Jean of Van Hornesville spent Thursday afternoon wit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Dewerker and family and Mrs. Jesse Steenburg of Palatine Bridge visited Mr. and Mrs. Bert Osterhout Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shaffer of Hoffmans spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Edith Allen.
Miss Barbara Decker is a guest at the home of Miss Dianne Oldick this week.
Mrs. Ollie Van Valkenburg spent the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Bernice Dunckel.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Osterhout and son of Cherry Valley, Mrs. Otto Decker and two children of Ilion and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Dewerker and family of Palatine Bridge were guests at the Osterhout home Sunday.
Mrs. George Oliver Jr., daughter, Mary Lou, son George III, Mrs. Leslie Smith, son Leslie Stewart and daughter, Cheryl spent Thursday at the "Enchanted Forrest" near Old Forge. The day was spent to celebrate Mary Lou's birthday.
Harold Smith of Van Hornesville and Harland Smith of Springfield Center were callers at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ostrander and mother, Mrs. Eula Ostrander were dinner guests of Mrs. Beatrice Emerich Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander spent Saturday night and Sunday with relatives in Fort Plain.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Talbot of Cooperstown called on her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eckler Sunday.
Real Estate Transfers
Earl and Kathleen C. McRorie to Harry Darling, Sr. and Helen P. Darling of Ilion, 20.3 acres of lot Schuyler Patent in Town of Richfield, Date of deed June 1956.
Mrs. Etta Faferstrom and Mrs. Cora Eckler spent last Wednesday through Sunday visiting relatives in Binghamton, Cortland, Elmira and Corning.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Zelinsky, Frances Zelinsky, vincent Zelinsky and Mary Ann Tirato, all of Bridgeport, Conn., are spending a week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albin Zaleski and family.
Gail Briggs is spending a week with Jo Anne Briesh in Herkimer.
The Ladies Library Association of the Jordanville Public Library held their regular monthly meeting July 11th. Plans were made for the annual meeting which will be held August 16. The chairman appointed the following nominating committee: Mrs. Iva Parr, chairman; Mrs. Dorothy Leonard and Mrs. Maebelle Belshaw. Mrs. Lewis Royce and Mrs. Donald Swift will be in charge of serving refreshments. The association voted to close the Library Saturday afternoons through Labor Day, this subject to the approval of the trustees. As the trustees are in agreement, the regular library hours though July and August will be 2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Nutt and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Owens and family of Ava, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rumble and daughters of Rome were weekend guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Williams Owens and family.
Marcia Getman, Linda Calman, Sandra Blanchard and Roberta Dart returned home Saturday afater spending a week at Camp Aldersgate in Brantingham.
Mrs. Bruce Harter left Sunday to spend two weeks a Limekiln Lake.
Mrs. Jessie Humphrey of Utica is spending the week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Yule.
Callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hardy Sunday included Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Hardy and family of Ilion, Mrs. Florence All and Mr. and Mrs. Burt Benson and family of Worcester.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Yule and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Briggs and family at the camp on Goodyear Lake.
Mrs. Harold Harter returned home Sunday after spending the past two weeks at Limekiln Lake.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hardy attended the annual Johnson-White clambake which was held at Warsaw Park, Utica, July 14. Mr. Hardy is employed by Johnson-White.
Mmr. and Mrs. Lee Cole of Jordanville and granddaughter, Deborah Sweeney of Frankfort and Mrs. Charles Calman and children of Mohawk, RD, spent last Thursday at Lake George.
Master Donald Korner as returned to his home in Rochester spending a week with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller.
Virginia and Shirlely Smith, Joyce Cotton, Jean Fahey, Janet and James Vickerson, and Butch Woodruff left Sunday for Cammp Aldersgate, Brantingham, N.Y. where they will spend a week.
Van Hornesville Firemen will hold a meeting Thursday evening at 8 o'clock at Van Hornesville Central School, final plans for a clam bake will be made.
Mrs. and Mrs. C. J. Young spent the weekend at the Holiday House.
Mrs. Glen Salburgh's parents visited her over the weekend.
Mrs. Charles Calman, Betty Ann Calman, James Calman and Kenneth Calman enjoyed a trip to Storytown last Thursday. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Cole of Jordanville and Deborah Sweeney of Frankfort.
Mrs. Harold Paine attended a lecture at Hotel Otesaga in Cooperstown last Wednesday evening by Louis Kronenberger.
Marcia Tiers accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Keator of Richfield Springs to Vernon Downs Monday.
Mrs. Edgar Calman, Nancy Calman, Ray Calman, Betty Ann Calman, James Calman, Kenneth Calman and Marcia Tiers attended the annual outdoor service and Jordanville Sunday School picnic on the Van Hornesville Central school grounds Sunday.
Mrs. Harold Paine was in Johnstown Monday.
Lorraine King of Jordanville spent Tuesday night with Marcia Tiers.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shoemaker and infant daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lewis of Massena called on Mr. Shoemaker's father, Merton Shoemaker Sunday evening.
Mrs. Madalyn Tiers and daughter Marcia were in Utica Monday.
Mrs. Floyd Kenyon and son, Marshall of Pittsburg were guests of Miss Florence Kenyon Thursday and Friday.
Sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bobak in the loss of their barn last week. Friends and neighbors have been helping in fixing a temporary milking barn.
Bill and Jerry Huxtable are attending 4-H camp on Otsego Lake with Mrs. Carter.
Beverly Yerdon spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Yerdon.
Forty Years Ago
July 20, 1916
Jordanville- Miss Irene Purchase entertained about 40 schoolmates and friends at a party at the library Thursday evening, July 13, the occasion being her birthday.
Thirty Years Ago
July 22, 1926
Warren- The friends of G. H. Bronner will be sorry to learn that he is quite ill at his home in Texas. He was a photographer in Richfield Springs for many years.
Twenty Years Ago
July 23, 1936
Jordanville- Our local school is being repaired and painted. Howard King, Everett Harter and Jay Wood are doing the work.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bennett of Van Hornesville, who spent the winter in Lakeland, Florida, were callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith Friday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoke of Cooperstown and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kapp and family of Fort Plain spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander.
Mrs. Marian Sheldon was at Mohawk Sunday afternoon and took Glen Forrest and Miss Anita Ellis for a ride to Cooperstown.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Smith and son Ronnie and daughter, Barbara and Harold Smith of East Winfield were visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Seeley and son, John C., returned home from Toronto, Canada Sunday night. Mrs. Seeley spent two weeks there. Mr. Seeley and John C. spent the weekend and Mrs. Seeley returned home with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Castle and Mrs. Edna Decker and son of Ilion, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Dewerker and two children of Palatine Bridge and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Osterhout and son of Cherry Valley visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Osterhout during the weekend.
Mrs. Beatrice Emerich of Herkimer was the guest of her mother, Mrs. Eula Ostrander Saturday.
Lester Young and Mr. and Mrs. George Ough were at Schuyler Lake and Fly Creek Valley Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. George Van Valkenburg and son of Gloversville were Sunday guests at the home of his mother, Mrs. Olive Van Valkenburg.
Mrs. Mildred Fahey and son Robert called on her parents Tuesday.
Russell Ostrander and two sons were dinner guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander Sunday.
Daniel Smith observed his 83rd birthday Tuesday, April 1st. He wishes to thank his friends for the many cards he received to help brighten the day.
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Flint and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McFee of Fort Plain called on their brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander Sunday afternoon.
Richard and Ronald Smith left Monday morning, March 24 with a bus of Herkimer County 4-H members to attend Farm and Home Week at Ithaca on Wednesday, March 26th. Robert Smith and Jim Collins attended Farm and Home week with Mr. Rueckhiem their agriculture teacher.
Miss Marcia Allen of St. Lawrence University at Canton is spending her Easter vacation at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Allen.
Several from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mrs. Ada Bronner at Herkimer Thursday of last week.
Mrs. Charles Calman and son, James attended the baptism of ___ (name omitted for privacy) Edick at the Methodist Church in Mohawk Sunday. The infant is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Calman.
Merton Shoemaker attended the funeral of Mrs. Burton Bronner Thursday afternoon at the Deck Funeral Home in Herkimer.
Mrs. Harold Paine a Johnstown teacher, is spending Easter vacation at her home here.
Several attended a maple sugar festival Saturday evening at the Jordanville library.
Mrs. Maralyn Tiers and daughter, Marcia were dinner guests Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hart in Richfield Springs.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Calman and family, also Ray Calman, were Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Calman's son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Edick of Mohawk.
Ralph Ackler of Richfield Springs spent Friday and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Paine.
Mrs. Ruth Paine, in company with other Johnstown teachers is touring the southern states during the Easter holidays.
Miss Nancy Calman, James Calman and Kenneth Calman attended a Youth Fellowship communion breakfast at the Methodist Church in Jordanville Sunday morning.
Betty Ann Calman has the measles.
Mr. and Mrs. John Gzanowicz and family of Little Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Jospeh Dziadik and family of Monticello were Sunday callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Dziadik.
Mrs. William Doxtader and two sons returned to their home in Hagansburg Saturday. They spent the past week at the home of her father, Willis Edick.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dziadik and infant daughter called on Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Aney of Wards View Saturday evening.
Grant Edick of Canajoharie was a Sunday visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Edick.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Calman, also Mrs. Byron Monk of Mohawk were in Utica Friday afternoon. They called on Mrs. Owen Bowman of Ilion who is a patient at Faxton hospital.
Mrs. Arthur Huxtable and daughter, Mary Jo, journeyed to Worcester, Mass. Thursday after Hope Huxtable and Mary Pronko to spend the Easter vacation with their parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Swartz of Mohawk were Sunday evening callers of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swartz.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry French entertained her brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Couchman of Ilion and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Couchman of LaJolla, California Tuesday in honor of the 50th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Couchman.
Delmer Yerdon was a guest of honor Sunday at a family birthday dinner at his home. Those present were Mr. and Mr. Henry Swartz, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Yerdon and children, Mark and Cynthia and Beverly Yerdon of Syracuse.
Jack Huxtable who is attending Cornell University is spending his vacation at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Huxtable.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hare of Herkimer called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Jennings.
The next regular meeting of the Jordanville Home Demonstration Unit will meet at the home of Mrs. Lewis Royce, April 9th at 8:00 p.m. Mrs. Agnes Burke will teach a lesson on "Family Spending." Refreshments will be served.
Mrs. Lee Cole has been on the sick list. Everyone hopes she is on the gain now.
Fifty Years Ago
Mar. 26, 1908
[Note: the following three entries are assumed to have taken place in Richfield Springs, but may be of interest to Herkimer County residents.]
Miss Bernice Bronner entertained a number of her young friends on Saturday, March 21, in honor of her birthday. Prizes were won by Miss Ellen Bringloe, Miss Alice Cary, Miss Ruth Rankin and Miss Minnie Goodale.
The Rev. Frank A. Hokerk of Syracuse has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Universalist Church, effective May 1.
Apr. 2, 1908
Mrs. Anson Sitts, 90, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. P. Borland, March 30.
Forty Years Ago
Apr. 4, 1918
[Note: locations not given, possibly Richfield Springs. Unknown if the original issues had long obits or whereabouts of surviving copies of the 4/4/1918 issue.]
Obituaries: George H. Eastwood, 78; Daisey Brunkhurst Laird.
Ten Years Ago
Apr. 1, 1948
[Note: presumed to be former Richfield Springs residents. Unknown if the original issues had long obits or whereabouts of surviving copies of the 4/4/1918 issue.]
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Alice Johnson Landers in Sacramento, Cal., a former resident.
Louis Baltzell, a former resident, died March 22 in Syracuse.
Mrs. Horace M. Todd died March 26th at her home in Monticello St.
Mr. and Mrs. John Seeley were called to Toronto, Canada by the serious illness of Mr. Seeley's mother Friday. They returned home Sunday night, leaving her a little better.
Mrs. Euphemia Galusha of Canajoharie came Friday to spend a few days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith, son, Leslie Stewart and daughter Cherry (?; paper worn) returned home Sunday night from a three day vacation. They spent Saturday and Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Winton and family of Geneva.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Getchell and Mrs. Marian Sheldon left Friday morning on a vacation trip up the St. Laurence to Gaspe's peninsula and other points of interest, for ten days.
Harold Smith was at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith Sunday evening.
Mrs. Edith Allen stayed at the Seeley restaurant during the absence of Mr. and Mrs. Seeley in Canada.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert King of Valley Brook visited their brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Glen W. Ostrander and family Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart J. Wheeler of Springfield Center, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family of Warren were dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart A. Wheeler and family at Springfield in honor of the birthday anniversary of their mother, Mrs. Stewart J. Wheeler of Springfield Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Holloway of Rome spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glen W. Ostrander while Mr. Holloway was a fisherman on the lake.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander attended a party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Flint of Nelliston Monday evening in honor of their son who is going to Florida where he has employment.
MMiss Nancy Ostrander accompanied her cousin, Miss Judy Ashe to Utica Sunday for a visit. Judy was her guest for two weeks.
Charles Eckert and son, Charles, Jr., will move to Norwick to the McChesney house now the property of Lynn Geywitts. [Note: should be Norwich?]
Mr. and Mrs. George Van Valkenburg and son of Gloversville spent the weekend at the home of his mother, Mrs. Olive Van Valkenburg.
Mrs. Eula Ostrander entertained her daughter, Mrs. Helen Altschaeffl and two daughters of Utica Sunday and she returned home with her to spend a few days.
Mrs. Carrie Stickles of Springfield Center spent Tuesday and Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander.
Mr. and Mrs. Ward Goodale and son of Westfield, Mass. and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pratt and family of Richfield Springs were callers at the home of Mrs. Olive Van Valkenburg and Mrs. Dorothy Eckler and family Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dutcher and family were overnight guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander Sunday and their son, Billy Dutcher stayed to spend a few days.
Howard Morton of Fly Creek spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Bert Osterhout.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Osterhout and son of Cherry Valley, Mrs. Otto Decker and two children of Ilion and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Dewerker and family of Palatine Bridge visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Osterhout.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ough in company with Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair of Cherry Valley, who have been on an auto trip to Kentucky to visit their daughter and son, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Sinclair, returned home Tuesday night.
Henry Swartz won 3rd prize with his 2 year old heifer at the Black and White Show Saturday.
Kelly French and Jessica Alden were visitors at the home of their cousin, Harry French Sunday.
Mrs. Rena Dye was a dinner guest Thursday of her sister, Mrs. Henry Swartz.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ciganenko were guests Sunday evening of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Yerdon.
Mrs. Arthur Huxtable and family spent Sunday at Verona beach.
Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Yerdon attended a party at the I. O. O. F. Hall at Cherry Valley Friday night for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swift who have gone to the Odd Fellow home at Ithaca.
Fourth Annual Robinson
Family Reunion July 29
The fourth annual reunion of the descendants of Joseph and Maria Brown Robinson was held Sunday, July 29, at Baker's Beach on the west side of Canadarago Lake. Thirty-two members gathered for the picnic dinner served at noon and to hear the reports on family activities for the past year. Miss Betsy Robinson, family historian also displayed a large family tree dating back several generations and showing many branches of the family. She also read biological sketches of several members of the familiy and brought the history up to date.
In the absence of the president, Mrs. Ronald Unsinn, Mrs. Neil Van Dewerker of Johnstown presided at the business meeting. Officers elected for 1957 are: President, Mrs. Beatrice Robinson Oppel; first vice president, Mrs. Ronald Unsinn (Martha Stewart); second vice president, John Robinson; secretary and treasurer, Clyde Robinson.
The oldest member present and the one traveling the farthest to attend the reunion was Miss Christobell Robinson of Cortland; the youngest member was the infant daughter, ____ (name omitted for privacy), of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Robinson, born (date omitted for privacy).
The secretary, Clyde Robinson, reported two deaths, Vera May Robinson and Gregory Knapp; two marriages (couples' names omitted for privacy), and five births (names of children and parents omitted for privacy).
Joseph Robinson was born in England in 1811 and came to America in 1832. He married Maria Brown who was born in 1809 and died in 1910, her life spanning 101 years.
The committee appointed for 1957 includes Mrs. John Robinson, Mrs. Clyde Robinson and Mrs. Clinton Robinson. Cards were sent to ill members.
Members of the family came from Cortland, Schenectady, Albany, Johnstown, Mohawk, Frankfort, Monticello and Richfield Springs.
[Note: this was printed in an Otsego County newspaper but will relate to several unknown Herkimer County families. Please refer to the original issue of the paper to find out names and dates omitted from this transcription. The transcriber does not know which libraries or institutions would have this issue.]
To Merge With
Merger of the West Winfield National Bank and the Oneida National Bank & Trust Co., Utica, is now being negotiated, it has been announced by Charles P. Cumberson and Charles W. Hall, presidents of the respective institutions.
A special meeting of the stock-holders of The Oneida National Bank & Trust co. will be held Aug. 27 to recommend the merger of the banks to do business under the name of The Oneida National Bank & Trust Co. of Utica with a branch to be located in West Winfield. Directors of the two banks have agreed to the merger.
The completion of the proposed merger would enable The Oneida National Bank to extend its banking services into the rich agricultural area centered around West Winfield.
The Oneida National Bank & Trust Co. presently operates branches in Mohawk, Whitesboro, New Hartford, Holland Patent, Old Forge and at Oneida Square in Utica. (p. 6)
Dr. and Mrs. Donald Koerner and family of Rochester are spending their vacation with Mrs. Koerner's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller.
Miss Rowena Smith spent the weekend at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. John Hubiak have been vacationing in the northern part of the state.
Mrs. Edith Bierman and Mrs. Mable Patterson called on Nina Shaul Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Ecker of Mohawk spent last Thursday afternoon and evening with Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Smith and family.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hubiak, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilson spent the weekend up at Lake George.
Judy Strong is attending 4-H camp this week at Speculator, N. Y. while Allen Woodruff is attending Boy Scouts Camp at Camp Russell.
Arthur Schnell, music instructor of the Van Hornesville Central School along with eleven members of his senior band played at the Stone Arabia Church picnic held last Saturday at Stone Arabia.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Smith and Mr. and Mrs. John G. Smith attended the annual D. H. I. A. banquet and meeting held at Middleville Thursday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Young spent the weekend at the Holiday house.
Isabel Shaul and Mildred Smith attended the annual past nobles grand association picnic held at Indian Castle Wednesday evening, July 25. Van Hornesville Rebekah Lodge was hostess for the District.
The children of the late Dwight Walrath and Mrs. Walrath held their annual reunion Sunday, July 22nd. It was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Collins and family. A delicious buffet supper was served and enjoyed by all.
Present were Mr. and Mrs. C. Van Natten and family, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Battaglea and famly, Mr. and Mrs. James Walrath and family of Schenectady, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Walrath and family of Jordanville.
There were seventeen grandchildren present this year. The oldest being Leona Van Natten and the youngest was (name of 2-month-old daughter of Walrath-surnamed couple omitted for privacy).
Guests at the reunion included: Harry Walrath and Sandra Blanchard of Jordanville; Peggy Madegan of Schenectady, and Mrs. Mary King and family of Van Hornesville.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jennings left Sunday for a week's vacation at Cape Cod, Mass.
There will be no church school or worship service in Jordanville while the Rev. S. Bowen Hawkins is on vacation.
Mrs. Edgar Calman was in Utica Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shoemaker of Jacksonburg called on his father Merton Shoemaker, Sunday.
Miss Inez Paine called on Miss Maud Lathrop in Richfield Springs Saturday.
Fifty Years Ago
Aug. 2, 1906
Jordanville- Polly Crim Belshaw died July 26, 1906. She was born January 18, 1818.
Forty Years Ago
Aug. 3, 1916
Jordanville- A factory meeting was held at the library Friday evening to discuss the present low prices of mile.
Thirty Years Ago
Aug. 6, 1926
It is rumored that the steam trains on the DL&W will be replaced by gasoline-electric cars. A test run was made last week.
Twenty Years Ago
Aug. 6, 1936
John Patrikus of Cooperstown, age 45, was drowned in Canadarago Lake August 4 while fishing. He lost his balance when he stood up in his boat.
Warren- Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith and son, Leslie, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith and family, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Fahey and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harland Smith and daughter, Barbara, Miss Marjorie Wheeler and Miss Elizabeth Seeber held a picnic at Hyde Park Sunday.
Ten Years Ago
Aug. 1, 1946
Jordanville- Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Belshaw accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Earle Parmalee of Richfield Springs, spent the past week in camp at Thousand Islands.
Mrs. Marian Sheldon will enjoy a two weeks vacation from her duties at the Beechnut, Canajoharie and in company with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Getchell will leave Friday morning for a trip through Canada up the St. Lawrence to Gaste Peninsula.
Mrs. Verne Titus of Rochester called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family Saturday afternoon.
Frank Hertwig and friend of Jamaica, Long Island spent the weekend with his father, Frank Hertwig Sr., and his aunt, Miss Jennie Hertwig.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith and son, Leslie Smith were callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Fahey and family near Van Hornesville Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Mae Fahey and son, Joseph Fahey of Binghamton were Sunday guests there.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hyde and family of East Herkimer, Mrs. Geo. Ough and grand daughter, Frederika Fox and Lester Young of Warren were recent callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Smith of Springfield Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family were dinner guests at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Wheeler at Springfield Center Sunday and called on her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Wheeler and family at Springfield Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Marian Sheldon was a dinner guest at the Mixter home Sunday.
Russell Ostrander of Mohawk and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dutcher and family were at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander Sunday.
Mrs. Olive Van Valkenburg, Mrs. Dorothy Eckler and son, Orville spent Saturday and Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Goodale at Westfield, Mass.
Leslie Smith is enjoying a two weeks vacation from his employment at Harry Smith's at Richfield Springs.
Mrs. Otto Decker and two children of Ilion, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Dewerker and two children of Palantine (sic) Bridge and Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Castle and family of Ilion visited their parents during the weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ough in company with Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair of Cherry Valley will leave by auto for Kentucky Wednesday where they will visit their daughter and son, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Sinclair.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hyde and son and daughter of East Herkimer spent Thursday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Ough.
Glen C. Ostrander is enjoying a two weeks vacation from his employment at the Pneumatic Tool Co. in utica.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family and Mrs. Stewart Wheeler of Springfield Center were in Utica Tuesday.
Ivan Ostrander, sons, Glen W. and Russell Ostrander attended the ballgame at Cooperstown Sunday afternoon.
Miss Judy Ashe of Utica returned home to Utica Sunday after spending two weeks with her cousin, Nancy Ostrander.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ackerman spent Sunday at the home of Mrs. Cora Hoke in Mohawk.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Caspares returned home Saturday after a three week trip visiting various points of interest in the western states. They also spent sometime in California.
Mr. and Mrs. David Springer, Mrs. Ellis Springer and Mrs. Franklyn Springer attended the funeral of Mrs. Raymond Mumford 59, in Ilion Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in the Herkimer Cemetery. Mrs. Mumford was a sister-in-law of Mrs. David Springer. (p. 5)
Services held for Mrs. Raymond Mumford
The funeral of Mrs. Raymond Mumford, 59, of Mohawk, was held Wednesday afternoon from the Applegate Funeral Home in Ilion with burial in the Herkimer cemetery.
Mable Casler Mumford was born in Jordanville and spent her youth in that vicinity. After her marriage to Raymond Mumford they moved to Mohawk where they have since lived.
[Note: the article states that she was survived by her husband, mother of Van Hornesville, a named daughter, two named sons, 6 grandchildren and two brothers. Please refer to original article on p. 5 for more detail.]
James and Kenneth Calman together with other members of Jordanville Boy Scouts are spending the week at Camp Russell.
John Dziadik and Ted Dziadik enjoyed a barbeque dinner Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Miller in Hartwick Seminary. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jospeh Dziadik and family of Cherry Valley.
Mrs. Charles Calman, Mrs. Madalyn Tiers and Marcia, Miss Inez Paine, Mrs. Edgar Calman and Nancy attended a bridal shower Tuesday evening at the Jordanville library in honor of Mrs. Willard Edick.
Mrs. I. A. Wager and Miss Marie Wager of Little Falls spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Calman.
Mrs. Harold Paine, Miss Inez Paine and Mrs. Edgar Calman attended a meeting of Henderson Chapter D. A. R. Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Theodore Douglas Robinson.
Mrs. Ruth Paine is visiting her sister, Mrs. Sanford Jennison of Sherrill.
Mrs. Edgar Calman attended a bridal shower last Thursday at the Jordanville library in honor of Miss Joan Pollock.
Mr. and Mrs. William McReynold and family have moved to Utica.
Mrs. Harvey Shaul, Mrs. Louise Pierce and Mrs. John G. Smith attended the D. A. R. meeting of Henderson Chapter held at Mrs. Theodore Douglas Robinson's, Henderson House, Jordanville Monday afternoon. Sixteen m embers and one guest were present. The Rev. Bowen Hawkins of Jordanville was speaker. Topic "Freedom is Not Free." Delicious refreshments were served and a fine time enjoyed by all.
Harvey Shaul, Martin Mayton, William Allen and John G. Smith attended the Magistrate banquet and meeting held in the Town of Ohio Thursday evening.
Many from this vicinity attend the Junior Black and White show at the farm of Richard Klock, Little Falls, N. Y., Saturday, July 21st.
Judy Strong, Richard and Ronald Smith left Tuesday morning for Cobleskill where they will join other members of Herkimer County Poultry judging team. They will spend two days of judging.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woodruff and family are camping for a week up north.
Sunday callers of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swartz were Rodney and Don Engle of Scotia, N. Y., Frank Gleski of Delanson and Mrs. John Fogarty and mother, Mrs. Brocheth of Little Falls.
Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Yerdon and children, Dick and Judy were guests Sunday evening of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McClements of Newport, Mass. Donna McClements returned with them for a week's visit.
Dean French was a dinner guests Sunday of his father, Mr. and Mrs. Harry French.
Mrs. Delmer Yerdon and son, Dick were business callers in Syracuse Friday and remained overnight and Saturday with her daughter, Miss Beverly Yerdon.
Raymond Yerdon was a Sunday dinner guest of his brother, Delmer Yerdon and family.
Jordanville Grange Met last Wednesday
Mrs. Anna Gifford, worthy master, presided at a regular meeting of Jordanville Grange last Wednesday evening. Following the opening ceremonies Mrs. Doris Getman reported on an investigation to have the local Grange roof repaired. A letter was read from the state secretary of N. Y. State Grange in regard to sending a delegate from Jordanville Grange to the annual state session at Buffalo this fall. The worthy master asked that a shower of get-well cards be sent to Mrs. Lillian Calman who is a patient at Broadacres Sanitarium in Utica. Mrs. Ethel Calman thanked the Grange for the dish garden which was sent to her following her return from the hospital recently. LI t was voted not to hold an annual Grange picnic this year. Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Cole were nominated as delegates to N. Y. State Grange in October. Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Belshaw were chosen as alternates. Mrs. Ann Gifford reported that she and Miss Kay Bleaking attended a Grange School of Instruction at Harmony Tuesday evening, July 17. A similar meeting will be held at the Grange hall in Jordanville October 16. Mrs. Mabel Waghorn of Russia Grange, member of Herkimer Co. Pomona Service and Hospitality committee, was present. She was accompanied by Mrs. Violet Thayer, lecturer of Russia Grange. When called upon, Mrs. Wagner explained the projects and discussed the work of the committee for the year. She stated that a baking contest would be held at the August meeting of Herkimer Co. Pomona Grange, entries to be submitted by local Granges at that time. The worthy master thanked Mrs. Waghorn for explaining the work of the Service and Hospitality committee.
The lecturer, Richard Getman presented the following short program: Opening son "HOme Sweet Home; Mr. Getman read a proclamation by President Eisenhower regarding Farm Safety Week; Flannelgraph by Mrs. Doris Getman on "The Three Little Pigs;" closing song, "My Old Kentucky Home." It was announced that the sixth degree will be conferred Sept. 28th at Cobleskill. The next meeting will be held Aug. 1.
Fifty Years Ago
July 26, 1906
Miss Marguerite Rankin left Saturday for Chicago and will spend the summer there and in St. Louis. [probably for Richfield Springs, being posted for our Rankin/Rankins researchers' interest.]
Forty Years Ago
July 27, 1916
The Remington Typewriter band will play at Canadarago Park Saturday evening for skating and dancing.
Ten Years Ago
July 25, 1946
Drainage from the pea vinery on Cullen road has caused the suffocation of a number of fish in Ocquionis Creek.
[Note: this newspaper was discontinued by the long-time publisher a few short years after this issue.]
Supervisor Madalyn Juna attended a Christmas party Saturday evening at the Country Club for Herkimer County Supervisors.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Calman were luncheon guests recently of Miss Bertha Wagoner in Little Falls.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard O. Smith and daughter, Patty, spent Sunday with Mr. Smith's grandfather, Leroy Smith, and Bessie Botsford at Indian Castle.
Howard Seamon, Jr., of Rider Valley spent the weekend with his grandmother, Mrs. Martha Seamon.
Charles Ackerman returned home Sunday morning, after being confined in the Herkimer Memorial Hospital.
William Morgan called at the home of Mrs. Carrie Plever and Walter, Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Parr and son of East Herkimer spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Parr.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Mitchell and son, Jerry and Mr. and Mrs. George Failing and son, Floyd spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Mitchell and family, in Little Falls.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart A. Wheeler and daughter, Bonnie of Springfield and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family of Warren were dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steward J. Wheeler of Springfield Center Sunday. The occasion was to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Mrs. Stewart A. Wheeler which was January 29th.
Miss Dorothy Miller of Richfield Springs spent Sunday with her grandmother, Mrs. Eula Ostrander.
Harland Smith of Springfield Center was at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith Monday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Castle and family and Mrs. Otto Decker and two children of Ilion and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Osterhout and son of Cherry Valley visited their parents Mr. and Mrs. Bert Osterhout Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Oliver of Albany came Friday night to spend the weekend at their home here.
The Warren Grange will hold a card party at their hall Friday evening, February 3. Refreshments will be included and the proceeds will be for the benefit of the March of Dimes. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Harold Smith spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith.
Mrs. Eula Ostrander has heard from her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Miller of Van Hornesville who have an apartment at Pompano Beach, Florida with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miller of Springfield Center. The temperature there is around 70 degrees, and they are enjoying the warm weather.
Mrs. Theresa Young spent the weekend with friends in Fulton, N.Y.
Russell Ostrander of Mohawk was at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander Sunday.
Mrs. Josephine King of Schenectady was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pestar Sunday.
Cynthia and Kit Couchman of Richfield Springs were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry French Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Cass and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Swartz were callers Saturday night of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swartz.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Edmonds have left with their daughter to spend the winter months at Stamford, Conn.
The many friends of Mrs. May Harrad are glad to hear she is improving so nicely.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Smith spent Sunday with their son John G. Smith and family.
Forty Years Ago
Feb. 3, 1916
Jordanville- Master Donald Swift celebrated his eighth birthday, January 29.
School to Open on 4th
The Van Hornesville Central School will re-open for the 1956-57 school year at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4th. A half day morning session will be held the first day with disMissal at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon will be devoted to faculty meetings.
Principal Robert B. Woodruff announces that the teaching staff has been completed with the hiring of Alphonso Whitfield, Jr. of Utica as science and mathematics teacher and Mrs. Marian Smith of Fort Plain as 4th grade teacher. Other new members of the staff include Miss Olina Fusco of Herkimer, commercial subjects, and Mrs. Muriel Richardson of Rome, home-making.
New members of the staff from the Herkimer and Otsego County Boards of Cooperative Services are: Miss Audrey Nevins of Fort Plain, dental hygienist; Albert Kallett of Richfield Springs, Elementery Supervisor; and Miss Barbara Sisson of South New Berlin, elementary music.
Other members of the staff are as follows: MIldred Hubiak, kindergarten; Agnes Price, 1st grade; Shirley Elwood, 2nd grade; Marion Wood, 3rd grade; Frances Leonard, 5th grade; Altana Doig, 6th grade; Marion Allen, 7th grade; George Endres, 8th grade; Walter O'Connor, English; Grant Campbell, Citizenship Education; Edward Franco, Spanish-library; Waldemar Romeling, Art; Arthur Schnell, Music; Charles Schalk, Physical Education; Harold Bellinger, Agriculture; Marian Caspares, Jordanville Elementary; Bertha Wood, Jordanville Intermediate; Lois Katovich, nurse; William Busacker, Guidance; John Burrington, Adult Education.
Custodians and bus drivers include Harold Moore, Harvey Shaul, Martin Mayton, Edward Chaffers, Howard Jordan, Harold Collins, Emory Tennant, Glen Hoke and Mrs. Sophia Moore.
Cafeteria employees will include Mrs. Gertrude Sandvold, Mrs. Rowena Filkins, and Mrs. Marian Miller.
Several from this vicinity attended the reception held for Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Van Horne at Hickory Grove on Otsego Lake last Saturday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hubiak, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilson attended the Sacandaga Summer Theater last Saturday evening and saw the play, "South Pacific" starring Martha Wright.
The Otsquagan 4-H Club of Van Hornesville had several entrys at Frankfort Fair.
Judy Strong was awarded a blue ribbon on her 4-H file box and also on head lettuce. Those awarded ribbons were Judy Strong on vegetables; Janet Vickerman on muffins; Shirley Smith on baking powder biscuit, Carold Hoag and Violet Loomian on cookies.
Ronald Smith on electric lamps. Those awarded white ribbons were Rosemary and Virginia Smith, and Madeline Landers on cookies; Judy Strong on green tomatoes and Jimmy Loomis on hanging rack.
Marcia Lou Allen, Chester Collins Jr., Robert and Ronald Smith from the Otsquagan Holstein Dairy club had several head of cattle at the Fair. Miss Allen had the grand champion animal. They had first place with club herd. Ronald Smith won herdsmanship award of Herkimer county.
Congratulations to both Clubs for their splendid work for the past year.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Stiles have gone to Georgia to visit Mr. and Mrs. Jay Walrath.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Knapp and son of Poultneyville, N. Y. are visiting Mrs. Knapp's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Armstrong who observed their 50th wedding anniversary August 22, 1956. They received flowers as well as many cards.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Shaul took a two day trip up north.
Miss Rowena Smith spent the weekend home from Albany school, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Smith.
John G. Smith attended the Dairymen's League meeting held at Jordanville Saturday evening, August 25th.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Shaul and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Smith at tended the reception Saturday held at Hickory Grove for Mr. and Mrs. Tenyke Van Horne of Ilion who were married inn June.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Shaul, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mayton, Mr. and Mrs. William Allen and Mr. and Mrs. John G. Smith attended the Magistrates meeting held at the Remington Inn Wednesday evening August 22.
Mrs. Mabel Hamner and Miss Leah Peck of Gloversville spent Thursday through Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Belshaw.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Aney and family called on Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ackerman in Ilion, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Conte and son, Raymond, and Mrs. Harry Irish of Mohawk called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Plever, Monday.
Henry Swartz attended the horse pull with his team at Brookfield Fair and returned with 1st place. He was accompanied by Mrs. Swartz, Judy Yerdon and Justine Bobak.
Mrs. Harry French spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. William Smagalski at South Columbia.
Miss Betty Zuller of New Berlin is visiting Miss Hope Huxtable.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanton Lovett and children of Albany spent the weekend with Grace E. Smith.
John Wencil of Astoria, Long Island is spending his vacation with Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bobak and family.
Mrs. Harry French called at the home of Mrs. Charles Diehl Sunday.
Miss Terry Lincourt is visiting Mary Jo Huxtable.
Miss Judy Yerdon is spending the week at Lake Brantingham.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Yerdon, Mrs. Henry Swartz and Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Furner and sons attended Morris Fair Monday night.
Mrs. Delmer Yerdon and son, Richard visited Frontier Town Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Yerdon attended a picnic at Boonville Sunday with members of his division that were at Camp Drum/.
Mr. and Mrs. Horace Getchell and two children of Whitesboro spent Sunday evening at the home of Mrs. Marian Sheldon.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Engell and daughters, of Springfield Center, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family Sunday evening.
Mrs. Mildred Fahey, daughter, Jean of Van Hornesville and Mrs. Furmin Decker of Mt. Vision were callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith Saturday.
Miss Irene Hurlburt and niece of Antioch, California were callers at the home of Mrs. Marian Sheldon Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Perry Hinckley of Hackensack, New Jersey and Mrs. Eula Ostrander of East Springfield spent Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart J. Wheeler of Springfield Center were dinner guests of their son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith and family Sunday.
Mrs. Perry Hinckley, Mrs. Earl Ostrander and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander visited Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dykeman at Marcy Tuesday.
Harold Smith of Van Hornesville and Harland Smith of Springfield Center spent Sunday evening at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith.
Mrs. Myrtle Griffith who is employed at Goodyears, Otsego Lake was at the Sheldon home for a weeks vacation, while her grandchildren from Jacksonville, N. C. were guests there.
Mrs. Alice Armstrong of Springfield Center was a caller at the home of Mrs. Eula Ostrander Sunday evening.
Linda and Brenda Kapp of Fort Plain have been visiting their grandparents,, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ostrander.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Osterhout visited their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Castle and family and their daughter, Mrs. Edna Decker and family of Ilion Thursday and Friday of last week.
Lester Young and granddaughter, Mrs. Jean Fox and the Misses Bessie and Edith Walker of Richfield Springs, attended the Morris Fair, Monday night.
Mrs. Mildred Fahey and daughter Jean of Van Hornesville were supper guests at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith on Mrs. Faheys Birthday, which was August 28th.
Warren Host to Pomona Grange Meet
Warren Grange was host Saturday to the Herkimer County Pomona Grange at a meeting conducted by Kenneth Farber, Norway.
Dayton Gage, state deputy, reported on the community service project, requesting that all reports be in by Sept. 1. Miss Mildred Mehring, juvenile deputy, gave a report of the excellent work which had been accomplished by the juvenile Grange.
Mrs. Helen Van Nort, lecturer, reported on the drill festival in Oneida and requested all lecturers' notebooks be turned in by Sept. 29.
A special meeting of Pomona Grange is planned in Norway on Sept. 13 at 8:30 to confer the fifth degree which will be exemplified by the Paines Hollow degree team.
Mrs. Audry Victor, chairman of the service and hospitality committee announced the following winners in the contest conducted by her committee.
Score Sheet: first, Mrs. Elizabeth Rockwell, Snell's Bush; second, Mrs. Josephine Petrie, Nowadaga Grange, and third, Mrs. Eleanor Harter, Millers Mills.
Chocolate cake: first, Mrs. Ruth Carman, Norway; second, Henry Petrie, Jr., Nowadaga, and third, Ann Kubecka, Paines Hollow.
Adult serving: Mrs. Martha Stoezner, Millers Mills; Mrs. Lula Dupont, West Canada Creek.
Hooked rugs: Bertha Case, Litchfield; and Carolyn Taylor, Litchfield; youth under 21 sewing contest: Miss Lois Boeppele, Nowadaga.
Judges for the event were Mrs. Palmer Watkins, Mrs. Louise Armstrong and Mrs. Lydia Christman. Mrs. Eileen Moody, Nowadaga, will represent Herkimer Pomona grange at the state Grange speaking contest.
Miss Davida Crain
Passed Away Aug. 26
Miss Davida Crain, 84, died at her home in Newburg on Sunday, August 26, 1956, following a week's illness. Miss Crain, last of the family of Dunham Jones Crain and Hannah M. Crocker Crain, was born in New York city. Her early life was spent in that city and for several years the family lived in Italy. Colonel Crain, father of Dunham Jones Crain, came to this locality in 1860 and acquired the property in Cullen which from then on was known as Cullenwood, estate of the Crain family. In 1884 the family of Dunham Crain made Cullenwood their summer home, coming early in the Spring and remaining until late in the fall.
Miss Crain leaves no direct heirs. The property in Cullen has been in the family for three generations. In 1892 they built the Episcopal chapel there and for many years regular services were held. Of late years services have been conducted by the rector of the Episcopal Church in this village for one month each summer. The beautiful stained glass windows in the chapel, dedicated to various members of the Crain family, have attracted many visitors.
DeVida Crain was a sister of the late Judge T. C. Crain, judge of New York City Special Sessions Court and for a number of years District Attorney in that city.
A funeral service was held in her home church in Newburg on Wednesday and a service from the Church of the Good Shepherd, the chapel in Cullen on Thursday afternoon. Burial was in the Crain family Cemetery in Cullen. The Rev. Daniel T. Hill, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Richfield Springs officiated at the local services.
The following enjoyed a picnic at Baker's Beach last Thursday evening: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Calman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Calman, Miss Nancy Calman, Miss Louise Lewis and Marcia Tiers, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Calman and family, also Mr. and Mrs. Richard Getman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Gifford, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hoke, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Cole, Miss Florence Geesler, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Edick.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shoemaker of Jacksonburg called at the home of Merton Shoemaker Sunday.
Mrs. Madalyn Tiers, Mrs. Harold Paine, Miss Inez Paine and Mrs. Edgar Calman attended a Chapter Day luncheon and meeting of Henderson Chapter, DAR at Mahaqua Farms Tuesday.
Mr and Mrs. Edgar Calman, Miss Nancy Calman, Mrs. Byron Monk of Mohawk, and Mrs. I. A. Wager and Miss Marie Wager of Little Falls enjoyed a picnic outing at Pine Lake Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Edick of Fulmer Creek road have taken up their residence at 5 Orchard St., Mohawk. Mrs. Edick was formerly Miss Jeanette Calman of this place.
Several attended the Herkimer County fair at Frankfort last week.
Grant Edick of Canajoharie and Earl Oatman of Watertown called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Edick Monday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Calman of Sherburne were Sunday visitors at the home of Angus Calman.
James Calman spent last weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Edick of Fulmer Creek road.
Mrs. Madalyn Tiers and Merton Shoemaker spent Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Roof of Starkville.
Fifty Years Ago
August 30, 1906
Jordanville- Mrs. Douglas Robinson, 83, passed away at Henderson Home on August 22.
Forty Years Ago
Aug. 31, 1916
Because of the infantile paralysis epidemic, opening of school has been deferred until October 4. [Note: in Richfield Springs, and probably elsewhere.]
Jordanville- The opening of the state road between Jordanville and Richfield Springs is welcome news to the traveling public.
Warren- Clarence Armstrong has installed acetylene lights in his store. Frank White and Frank Acres also have acetylene lights on their farms.
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