Herkimer News from Old Newspapers
Town of Herkimer
Herkimer County, NY

new6/1/07 From The Syracuse Herald, Jan. 19, 1905.

Herkimer Happenings.

Irving Lynch, the 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Lynch of East German street, who was recently operated upon at the Emergency hospital for appendicitis, continues to improve.

O. E. Tyler has opened a meat market at No. 348 Mohawk street. It will be known as the West End market.

Mrs. F. E. Pelton is entertaining her sister, Mrs. W. A. Durgin of Chicago.

J. W. Schindler, a conductor on the U. & M. V. electric railway, who has been confined to his home for the past two weeks with rheumatism, has returned to work.

Frank Comstock of North Washington street is seriously ill. It is feared that he has typhoid fever.

A very enjoyable piano recital was given at Folts Institute last evening by the pupils of Mrs. Nellie P. Drake.

Miss Mary Wirt has accepted a situation as a stenographer in the office of the Horrocks Desk company.

new5/19/07 From The Syracuse Herald, February 14, 1905, page 13 (a Syracuse NY newspaper).


Proceeds for the Pedestal of the
General Herkimer Monument.


To-night is Soldiers' NIght - Members of
Various Military Organizations Will Be
in Attendance - Fair to Be Open Each
Afternoon and Evening During the Week.

Herkimer, Feb. 14.- Everything is in readiness for the opening of the Herkimer monument fair in the Grange temple this evening. The decorations have all been finished and the hall presents a very handsome appearance. This fair will be unlike any previous fairs held in Herkimer, in that there will be no tickets sold on articles or contests of any kind. All articles will be sold at reasonable prices and a fine entertainment will be provided for each evening. A supper will also be served each evening.

The fair will be opened to-night with an address by former United States Senator Warner Miller, who came up from New York for that purpose. To-night will be "Soldiers' Night" and the THirty-first Separate company, the G. A. R. and the County Veterans' association will attend. The members of the Thirty-first Separate company will also assist in the programme, which will be a fine one. The fair will be open each afternoon after 3 o'clock.

All is well known, the fair is held for the purpose of raising funds for the pedestal of the Gen. Nicholas Herkimer monument which is to be given to the village by ex-Senator Miller. The monument is to be erected in Myers park. The object of the fair is a most worthy one and the attendance should be large.


Decided Mechanical Novelty Soon to Make its Appearance.

Herkimer, Feb. 14.- It is expected that within the next few days a motor sleigh will make its appearance on the streets of Herkimer. The machine is the invention of Francis Hartom of Canajoharie and is being constructed in the machine shop of James A. Clark of this village. The machine is of the runabout size and the power is furnished by two three and one-half horse power four cycle air cooled gasoline engines. The transmission is planatary, with two speeds ahead and reverse.

The interesting part of the machine is the propeller, which is located ahead of the sleigh and consists of two 36-inch spur wheels. The spur wheels have much the appearance of the paddlewheels of a steam-boat, except that at the end of each paddle are two spurs which are designed to keep the wheels from slipping. The propeller is hung on a universal joint, and the machine is steered by the propellers, the steering gear being similar to the ordinary automobile. The universal joint permits the propellers to be moved to the right or left and also follow the inequalities of the ground. Aside from the propellers the machinery is very similar to that of other motor vehicles. The machinery has been operated in the shop and is said to work successfully. The inventor is a retired farmer.

Contest is Withdrawn.

Herkimer, Feb. 14.- Announcement was made in the Surrogate's court yesterday that the contest over the probate of the will of the late Braithwaite Patrick of this village had been withdrawn. The announcement was made by Attorney George H. Bunce, who represents S. S. Patrick, who was the contestant. The will was admitted to probate yesterday afternoon.

It will be remembered that the will was contested on the ground of undue influence alleged to have been exercised by the contestant's brother, William H. Patrick of Utica, and also on the ground that the testator was not competent to make a will.

An instrument executed by Mrs. Jennie Patrick Davis, formerly Miss Jennie Patrick of this village, by which she assigned to her brother, Sherman S. Patrick, her share of the personal property of the estate, was also filed yesterday.

"Kinneites" in the Lead.

Herkimer, Feb. 14.- Two games were played in the Masonic pool tournament last evening. F. A. Stolpe of the "Kinneites" defeated A. B. Klock of the "Gasblowers" by a score of 25 to 16. Edward Lanning of the "Gasblowers" defeated William H. Whitmore of the "Kinneites" by a score of 25 to 15. The "Kinneites" are still in the lead. The games this evening will be between County Judge I. R. Devendorf and Aaron E. Miller and F. A. Ray and C. S. Munger.

new5/15/07 From The Syracuse Herald, January 5, 1905, page 3 (a Syracuse NY newspaper).

Herkimer Happenings.

Herkimer, Jan. 5.- Miss Frances Munger left yesterday for Chicago, where she will enter Mrs. Loring's school for the study of music. She will remain in the windy city during the remainder of the winter.

Luke T. DuBois will leave for a trip to Porto Rico in the course of two weeks. Attorney William Witherstone expects to accompany him and they will visit C. P. Avery of this village, who is managing an orange plantation on that far-away island.

From the Richfield Springs Mercury, Thursday, April 3, 1958, page 3. This Otsego County paper stopped publication in the early 1970s.

Exeter Center

Mrs. John Meade of Ilion, Mrs. George Nosypany and son, Mrs. Charles Gabberty and son of East Herkimer spent Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. Walter Schultz.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schults spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. William Starr, Middleville Road, Herkimer.

From the Richfield Springs Mercury, Thursday, December 21, 1967.

General Herkimer Council has new Headquarters

General Herkimer Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving 800 leaders and 2,000 boys in Herkimer County and the northern tip of Otsego County, is moving its headquarters this month from 152 North Main Street to 427 North Main Street, in Herkimer, it was announced by Ted Russell, Scout Executive.

The new Boy Scout Service Center was left in the will of the late Mae C. Harter. It is a Georgian style two-story eight-room home, and was left to the youth agency as a memorial to her father, George Harter, and two brothers, Floyd and Gorham Harter.

The Scouts have rented space at 152 North Main Street since their inception as a Council in 1927, when David Snyder, a Herkimer attorney, was the first president.

According to Council President William DeLaney of Van Hornesville, the house will provide Scouting with an identity in the community. Scouting will have its own home with good parking and excellent meeting rooms. The cost will be similar to the other office, but the new Service Center, as it is called, will graphically show the public that Scouting exists in the community to build character and develop citizens.

There will be room in the rear of the building for outdoor training for leaders and boys. A two-story barn comes with the property.

Mr. DeLaney named the following committee to develop the Service Center: Myron Jordan, Richfield Springs; Robert McLaughlin and Arnold Blumberg, Little Falls; Robert Wheeler, West Winfield, Russell Helterline, Dolgeville, and Richard Rifenburgh, Herkimer.

Joseph Banks of the National Engineering Divisoin, of the Boy Scouts of America, at New Brunswick, N.J., submitted an architectural drawing with suggestions for remodeling the home into an excellent Scout Service Center. Scout leaders, led by the Execultive Board, are planning to ask for donations of material and labor throughout the winter months to get the Service Center ready for dedication on June 20, 1968.

Meanwhile, there will be an Open House on Thursday, December 28 for leaders and their families to see the new Center. ( p. 10)

Found in Richfield Springs Mercury, Thursday, August 30, 1956.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Parker of Herkimer were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. David Harrington. (p. 3)

This list of 1902 Herkimer High School grads was contributed by Asst. Coordinator Lisa Slaski!

Herkimer Democrat, 7 May 1902:

School Notes.

The graduating class of the high school is composed of the following members.

Girls: The Misses Grace Moore, Mary Wirt, Helen Snyder, Ada Millington, Genevieve Silliman, Laura Eaton, Martha Miller, Bessie Byrom, Mary Smith, Anna Daly, Emily Mitchell, Florence Dingman, Pearle Shaul, Beata Duddleston.

Boys: Paul Baum, William Manion, Albertus Fagan, Glenn Richardson, Herman Riesel, Raymond Walrad, Raymond Rasbach, Stillman Palmer, Ward Wood.

This group of newspaper social notices was contributed by Rick White. Rick's not related to anyone mentioned, but thought that posting them might help someone.

The following items are from The Evening Telegram, February 4, 1928.


- H. G. Munger has returned to Herkimer from a business trip to New York.

- Cal Williams is confined in the local hospital where he is seriously ill.

- Douglas Burgor is home from college.

- Miss Grayce Pelton is visiting her sister, Mrs. Floyd Devenpeck, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., during the absence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Pelton, who sailed today for a cruise of the Mediterranean.

- Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Erdmann have returned after spending a week in New York.

- Mr. and Mrs. Guy Westcott, 31 North Ann Street, Little Falls, are the proud parents of a son, named Robert Read, born January 30th at the Little Falls hospital. Both, mother and son, are doing nicely. Mrs. Westcott was formerly Dorcas Read of Herkimer.

- James H. Gegler, who has been visiting his mother and step father, has returned to his post at Fort Ontario.

- Druggist and Mrs. G. R. Gallinger are enroute to California for a visit.

- A solid train of 80 cars of autos packed for export, passed through Herkimer yesterday afternoon.

- Gordon Hough from Albany Law School is spending the weekend with his mother, Mrs. William Lyons.

- Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Root, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pelton and son Frank jr., and Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Wood, sailed from New York today on the "Empress of Scotland" for a Mediterranean cruise.

- Mrs. Charles O. Shepard of Englewood, N. J., is visiting her sister, Mrs. F. A. Tinker of Caroline Street.

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