March 18, 1911

Part 1

Recently I had the good fortune to purchase an original old newspaper, the March 18, 1911 number of the "Utica Saturday Globe." Most of the news is national or pertaining to Herkimer or Montgomery County, with a bit of news from other Mohawk Valley counties. The paper is dry, pieces missing, and literally falling apart as I handle it, but most contents are still here in one fabulous 10-page newspaper. As there are many photos, I'm converting them to grayscale for faster viewer downloading. All spellings and punctuation are exactly as given and won't be changed. It's a lot of fun putting this together but... news will be intermittently updated throughout the fall and winter as I find the time.

Carpenter's Union


Herkimer Union of Carpenters and Joiners - Fine Group of Officers.

Herkimer, March 17.- In all of Herkimer county's fine appearing body of organized labor there is none in a more flourishing condition than the Herkimer Union, No. 380, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. This union was instituted March 26, 1901, with 10 charter members and it has grown steadily until now it has nearly 100 members. They are all skilled workmen and are the county's best citizens. The union is ruled by Intelligent men, who are securing the rights for their fellow members by peaceful methods. They believe loyalty one of the strong perquisites for a successful administration and as they set a good example in their community so are loyalty and obedience given to them. The Herkimer local is bound to be a source for good in Herkimer and it will continue to flourish.

In the picture of the officers presented herewith, reading from left to right, are the following: Back row - Edward Collis, Warden; Frank Roxby, Trustee; Lorenzo Weakly, Conductor; William Sladler, Trustee. Front row - Ralph H. Harter, Recording Secretary; Fay L. Bauder, President; Irving P. Eysaman, Vice President; Seward D. Green, Financial Secretary.


Who Was Re-elected Village Treasurer of Ilion Recently.

Ilion, March 17.- E.B. Maurice, Democratic candidate for village treasurer, was one of the men who were elected at the recent municipal election in this village. This will be Mr. Maurice's second term in the office. He was elected first a year ago on the Democratic ticket. He fulfilled his duties so well that, this spring, he was again nominated by the Democrats and endorsed by the Republicans, who realized that he was a man in the right place and ought to stay there. Mr. Maurice has been a resident of Ilion for the past 22 years, being well known to most of the residents of the village, all of whom agree that he is making a splendid village treasurer.

E.B. Maurice

A.E. Dengler


Appointed Collector of Taxes by the Ilion Municipal Board.

Ilion, March 17.- A.E. Dengler was appointed collector of taxes for this village at the meeting of the Municipal Board held Monday night. This position is one that is passed around each year. There is no doubt of Mr. Dengler's ability to make a good official. He has served several terms on the Village Board as a trustee and is familiar with al the phases of Municipal work. Mr. Dengler is a Democrat, but his appointment is just as satisfactory to the Republican taxpayers of the village as it is to the members of his own party.

If there are any residents of Herkimer county who can trace their ancestry back to the days of bold Capt. Kidd and his black-whiskered, swarthy-faced sea rovers and plank-walking experts and are willing to own up to the connection, such persons are likely to become rich beyond any of their present fondest dreams. And when they stride through the gilded halls of society they can say with truth that the original of their family won his money just as honestly, though a bit more primitively, as lots of the gold barons of the present day. A.J. Nellis, a Johnstown attorney, is looking for the heir of Daniel Wert, who had three sons - Daniel, Joseph, and John - all of whom settled in the Mohawk valley. Old Dan'l himself was a contemporary of Cap. Kidd and the money that he left behind him, which runs up into the millions, is now held by the Dutch government, awaiting a claimant. So get down your family Bible and if you can find therein any reference to a freebooting ancestor who worked under the belief that divine help is extended to those on the high seas who help themselves, the money may be yours for the asking. [Transcriber's Note: keep in mind that this was published 91 years ago!]


John Harris of Little Falls, is an authority on All Kinds of Sports.

Little Falls, March 17. - Herewith is presented a picture of John Harris, a popular resident of this city and a well-known dog trainer. Mr. Harris is here shown with Sylvester Reardon's dog "Bounce." The animal is one of the finest specimens in the city and Mr. Harris says he can "whip its weight in wild cats." Mr. Harris has been born and brought up in Little Falls and is regarded as one of the most accurate men on all kinds of sports, especially base-ball, for he is the leading "fan" in the city.

John Harris

Herkimer has received State aid in dynamiting the channel of the East Canada creek. By request, the State was notified this week that following the thaws of Monday and Tuesday the stream was likely to break up an time, in which case there might be trouble. Help was sent to relieve that situation and the work of dynamiting the channel is now under way.

Mary Nolan


Death of Little Falls Lady of Strong Christian Fortitude.

Little Falls, March 17.- The grim reaper has been rather busy in the family of Mrs. Mary Nolan, of 14 King street, during the past few years, taking away some of her children. Yesterday morning she was the one to be called to meet her Maker and she answered the summons with that same Christian fortitude that characterized her entire life during trouble. Mrs. Nolan had ben ailing for some time with heart trouble, but her condition was not regarded as critical until a few days ago.

Mrs. Nolan was born in Ireland about 61 years ago and her maiden name was Mary Butler. She was united in marriage in that country to James Nolan, who died about 10 years ago. After their marriage the couple came to America. They settled in Ilion and resided there until about 25 years ago, when they moved to this city. She was an estimable woman and a fine neighbor and a devoted member of St. Mary's Church. She is survived by three sons, David, John and Charles, and by two sisters, Mrs. Johanna Place and Mrs. Bridget Carey; also by one brother, John Butler of Herkimer. The funeral will be held Saturday morning from St. Mary's Church.

Herkimer county has many clubs who have attractive camps in the Adirondacks. The Outlet Club, of Little Falls, is one of them and their camp is on Jocks lake. The organization is an exclusive one, its membership being limited to 20. This week it held its banquet at the Richmond in Little Falls and it was an enjoyable affair. Ald. S.J. Waters was one of the conspicuous figures and he stoutly denied the charge that he was in the woods every year for the purpose of playing golf. He claimed that he had a record of catching more trout than any one of the other anglers and he said that he had a brand new system. When on a trout stream he usually sang religious songs and he found that it acted something like the Piped Piper story and that the trout simply jumped out of the water and into his basket. Dan Mahoney and Fire and Police Commissioner Leary told the banqueters how the "punkies" ate them alive. Truman Haskell, the old Adirondack guide, was a guest and the two new members of the oranization, John Begley and John M. Flynn, sang a duet for the guests. Around the festive board the members told stories and had an enjoyable time.


Death of Stratford Resident Who Came of Revolutionary Stock.

Stratford, March 17.- Mrs. Marcia C. Goodwin died a few days ago at her home in this village. Mrs. Goodwin was a woman of high Christian impulses and her loss falls as a heavy blow upon the community in which she had spent most of her life. She was born in Vermont 76 years ago, her ancestors having played prominent parts in the revolutionary war. She was the daughter of Selah and Charlotte Ambler.

Marcia Goodwin

From Vermont she came to Stratford early in life. She taught school for some years and was united in marriage to Mr. Goodwin 55 years ago. Mr. Goodwin died about a year ago. Mrs. Goodwin was an earnest worker of the W.C.T.U. and labored incessantly for the principles represented by that organization. She was a member of the Stratford M.E. Church. Her kindly influences were known and appreciated by many residents of the community. The relatives who survive are two sons, Charles, of Stratford, and Walter, of Battle Creek, Mich., and two daughters, Mrs. D.L. Hubbs, of Cherry Valley, and Mrs. Avis Sanders, of Poland.

The latter part of this month will see Little Falls attain to the 100th anniversary of its incorporation, which was, at first, as a village. The Business Men's Association in that city has taken up the matter of commemorating the event with a big celebration to be held some time during the coming summer. The actual anniversary date would be out of the question - first, because the weather at that time is not to be depended upon for outdoor doings of any nature; second, because the time would be too short to permit of a proper arrangement of matters. As a substitute, Labor day has been suggested. That date would answer all requirements. A committee to push the affair along has been appointed to consist of Mayor Desey, Rush F. Lewis, Frank Wilcox, J.B. Koetteritz and J.G. Burney. It might not be a bad idea to combine the centennial celebration with an old home week.

Eliza Shaw Law


Newport, March 17.- Mrs. Eliza Shaw Law closed a life of usefulness recently at the home of her sons, William and Percy Law, in this village. The cause of Mrs. Law's death was pneumonia. She was 66 years old, having been born in Philadelphia. She was married in 1869 to Mr. Law, who has been dead for some time. While a resident of this village she was an active worker in the M.E. Church, of which she was practically a life-long member. Mrs. Law was a woman of many fine traits of character and she was highly regarded. She was a devoted wife and mother and a sympathetic neighbor of kindly influence. Her place in the home and in the community will be hard to fill.


   - Mrs. Charles Coons, of St. Johnsville, is visiting Mrs. J.I. Spraker this week.
   - Mrs. John Barker, of Fort Plain, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Richard Van Antwerp.
   - Mr. and Mrs. Duane Everson were recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner Blood, of Glen.
   - Aaron Sweet and family are entertaining Mrs. Sweet's brother, Capt. Lucien Sweet, and wife, of the Philippines Islands.
   - The Young Ladies' Bridge Club met with the Misses Cora and Florence George at the home of John A. George Tuesday evening. The prizes were won by Mrs. Homer Young, a handsome picture, and Miss Gertrude George, a coral pin.
   - The Fortnightly Club met at the home of Mrs. James I. Spraker Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. John S. Heustis conducted a very pleasing parliamentary drill. Two excellent papers were read: The Evolution and Development of Modern Illustratoin, Miss Lillian Van Antwerp; Edwin A. Abbey - Distinguished Painer and Illustrator, Mrs. Edward Edwards. Roll call, current events. The next meeting of the club will be held with Mrs. S.W. Putman as hostess.

William A. CaslerWILLIAM A. CASLER

Well-known Civil War Veteran who Died in Herkimer, Aged 83.

Herkimer, March 17.- Another civil war veteran answered the last roll call, the county lost a native son and this village a resident esteemed by all who knew him in the death of William A. Casler, who was summoned Sunday night. Death occurred at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. G.A. Vielhauer, on Lansing street, and was due to complications incident to advanced age, following a two weeks' illness. Deceased was born in Little Falls Janaury 15, 1828, and lived in that city until the breaking out of the civil war. He enlisted in the celebrated Thirty-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteers. His regiment was assigned to the First Brigade, Second Division of the Second Corps, when, under the gallant Col. J.A. Suiter, late of Herkimer, it participated in some of the bloodiest engagements of the rebellion. With the old Thirty-fourth Mr. Casler participated in the following engagements: Siege of Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Seven Days' Battle, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. When discharged by expiration of his term of service he was in a field hospital ill from diseases due to exposure in the service. His army career was a brilliant and meritorious one.

When the piping times of peace came Mr. Casler took up the occupation of farming, settling in the town of Salisbury, where he resided for a score of years, until the death of his wife, when he came to Herkimer. Mr. Casler remembered well the building of the Erie canal, the first train over the Central Railroad and many other events of historical interest.

There survives one daughter, Mrs. A.E. Bleekman, and a brother, Adam Casler, of Little Falls. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Vielhauer home, Rev. Scott Farley, of the Baptist Church, officiating. The remains were laid at rest in Oak Hill Cemetery.

To Be Continued.

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