Old News from Local Papers
Montgomery County, NY

Contributed by Rosemary Nadal

The Radii,
Canajoharie, Thursday, October 15, 1874


      The heavy wind of Saturday night last blew down several trees in that village and vicinity.

      MATTHEW O. DAVIS, an old and respected citizen, died on Sunday. He represented this county in the State Assembly in 1857.

      The church aid society will hold its first meeting at the house of ALONZO W. EHLE, on Wednesday Eve., Oct. 21. A cordial invitation is extended to all.

      The tavern stand belonging to the estate of the late WILLIAM SUTHERLAND, was sold last week upon foreclosure, by W.N. JOHNSTON, Referee. It was purchased by PETER KOUCHER.

      REV. H.C. SEXTON, of Gloversville, will lecture in the course this evening. Subject: George Washington.
      The final trotting for the season at the Driving Park, will come off tomorrow and Saturday.

      MRS. HENRY NASH fell dead in her door yard, on Monday.
      An unsuccessful attempt was made to fire JOHN A. BLOOD'S new dwelling, on High street, last Sunday.
      A young son of JOHN CARMODY was injured by a powder explosion in Hewitt's quarry, last week, and has since died.
      MR. NEWTON BARLETT has raised a squash seven feet in circumference, and weighing one hundred and forty-five pounds.
      AUGUSTUS McELWAIN died suddenly on Saturday, from heart disease, having fallen from his chair in apparent health.

      JACOB DYSLIN, an octogenarian and old Mason, died last week and was buried by the craft.
      It is reported that the property stolen from the premises of JACOB FAILING last week has been found under the village cheese factory.
      ROBERT, CHARLES, HERMAN and LENA WALRATH were indicted last week at the Oyer and Terminer, for the burglary at Smith's Woolen Mill, and their cases sent to the November Session for trial.
      Last Thursday a four-horse team owned at St. Johnsville became frightened at a steam packet in the Erie canal at Utica and ran away with a load of nearly twenty passengers, upsetting and breaking the wagon and quite seriously injuring H.C. SANDERS, of St. Johnsville, and DAVID DUESLER, of Oppenheim. The driver suffered the dislocation of one of his shoulders.

      "DAVE" VAN WIE, an unfortunate inebriate, was found early on Thursday morning last, in the street near GEO. MAXON'S house. He was covered with blood and presented a pitiable appearance. Being removed to the latter's house and DR. SNOW called, he found to be without an apparent wound. He is known to have been intoxicated the previous evening, and probably fell from a haymow where he was in the habit of sleeping. Striking upon his head he must have bled profusely from the nose. He was finally taken in charge by relatives at Stone Arabia.
      On Friday last a couple of gentlemen while gunning in the NELLIS woods discovered traces of buried property. OFFICER LOHMAN was notified and having uncovered the articles, found them to be wearing apparel and undergarments cut from new cloth, but not yet made up. They are doubtless part of the plunder of some one of the numerous recent robberies in the valley.

      A clam bake, for the benefit of Excelsior Lodge, I.O. of G.T., was given on Wednesday evening, Oct. 7th. Tableaux vivants, pantomimes and plays were given till supper time, when clams, cooked in every imaginable way, chowder not excepted, was served. Quite a goodly number were in attendance, considering the state of the weather. The Lodge members in full regalia, sang a temperance hymn, after which one of MRS. CAUDLE'S lectures, by MISS HODGE, of Gloversville--well read and much applauded. Chronicles, written in the old English style, by MISS OLIVIA VAN VALKENBURG, created a great deal of mirth. Select readings, by MISSES GILDERSLEEVE and FINEHOUT, of Canajoharie. They do their teacher, MISS HODGE, great credit. A tableau-Faith, Hope and Love. Love, MISS CHESBROUGH, stands in the centre with extended wings; Hope, OLIVIA VAN VALKENBURG on one side, with her anchor; Faith, LIBBIE LOUNSBERY, holding the Bible, stands on the other. A Green-wood- MASTERS LOUIS, GEORGE and little DAISY LOUNSBERRY. MASTERS LIB. and LOYD YATES and MARY VAN VALKENBURG, all dressed in fancy costumes, made as pretty a group of little gypsies, as can be imagined. A wedding, not a real one however, the bride and groom, MISS EMMA HODGE and MR. PETER SCHUYLER, the guests standing all around them, they are about to take wine, a goblet is raised to each lip, the bride shrieks! They all look at her, she is pale with emotion; she makes a thrilling appeal; they all resolve, then and there never to taste it again; each goblet is dashed to the ground. Scene on a southern plantation, with a group of little darkies, an altercation between two of them, the rest laughing. In rushes the colored papa, WILL COLLINS, in a damaged stove pipe hat, raises his whip threateningly, and asks "Who struck the fustest?" For an amateur performance, take it all together, it was excellent; and its excellence was mainly due to MRS. HELEN and MISS ELLEN YATES.
      MR. P.J. GARDINER of Schoharie Court House, father-in-law of CHARLES E. LELAND, died in New York on Sunday.

The Radii,
Canajoharie, April 22, 1880


      The manufacture of brooms has been commenced by Harder Brothers.

      Miss LOTTIE MALLETTE will have charge of the district school during the summer term.

      H.D. RIGGS is building a new barn, in place of the one which burned some time since.

      A few days since CHARLES BECK, of this village, while beheading a chicken, chopped off two of his fingers of his left hand.

      The school-house is undergoing repairs.
      W.H. MANNING is building a piazza on his house.

      The dwelling on the Johnstown road, occupied by THOMAS SMITH, was destroyed by fire with most of its contents, one night last week.

      JAY E. PICKARD, who has been engaged in teaching for the past year at Creston, Ill., is expected to return to this place in a short time.

      The small parcel of land formerly belonging to GEORGE SART, and sold a few days since in foreclosure, has been purchased by DANIEL McEWEN for $425.

      JOHN LEONARD, a former resident of this place was recently here on a short visit, after an absence of twenty-five years. He is now a resident of Colorado.

      The WM. H. PETTENGILL farm was sold in foreclosure last week, to HENRY LOHMEYER, of Minaville, for $7,055.
      The YOUNG estate, sold in foreclosure, April 5th, was purchased by ANGELINE and ANN ELIZA YOUNG, for $8,200.

      CHARLES LYKER, of Lyker's Corners, has returned to his home with his health fully restored.
      The school in the Wessell district, No. 12, will be taught during the summer term by MISS NELLIE MOULTON.
      The residence of MISS MARIA KELLER, at Currytown, took fire one day last week, but the flames were extinguished before much damage was done.

      A branch office of the A. U. Telegraph Co. is to be opened in the place of business of Messrs. PLACE & EVEREST.
      In the action brought by DAVID HAYS, of Johnstown, against the St. Johnsville and East Canada Lake Lumber Company, Referee A.D.L. BAKER decides in favor of the plaintiff to the full amount of his claim, $8,501.19, with interests and costs.

      The district school opened on Monday.
      MINNIE SNYDER, of this place, teaches the school in district No. 10.
      ANDREW WESSELL, while unloading a hay press, had his thumb badly injured.
      S.D. BORDEN, of this place, has rented the farm of F. DAY, situated in the town of Sharon.
      H. McEVOY has been re-roofing his barn.

      ISRAEL UNDERWOOD is building a new dwelling house.
      CALVIN SPOHR is about to build a new blacksmith shop on his lot in this village.
      GEORGE NELLIS is about to return from Otsego county to this place, and will build a residence here.
      PETER DOCKSTADER, RICHARD DORN and P.A. BECK, have been elected trustees of the Ephratah Rural Cemetery Association. DANIEL YAUNEY is president of the board, and H.V. BERRY, secretary and treasurer. The report of the treasurer shows a balance on hand of $400.

      The corporation election will occur May 11th.
      HON. JOHN H. STARIN has recently purchased nine buffaloes and several Indian ponies, which will be placed on his stock farm at this place.
      POST VAN DERVEER, G.A.R. assisted by CHARLES COLLINS, the well known comedian, will give a series of exhibitions of the popular drama, "Reward, or the German Volunteer," at Donaldson Hall, on the evenings of April 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th.
      The Republican says that Mr. SAMUEL GROAT, of this village, picked up a few days since, under an apple tree in his garden, two apples which had lain there all winter, and which were in an excellent state of preservation, presenting no indications of having been frozen.

      CROCKER OSGOOD has returned and taken charge of the premises of WM. H. DAVIS.
      LIZZIE FULLER has been engaged to teach school in the German church school district.
      A cow belonging to HANNIBAL SALTSMAN, of Wagner's Hollow, recently gave birth to twin calves weighing respectively 99 and 99 1/2 pounds.
      The burning of some stacks of spoiled hay or straw on the premises of MARTIN L. NELLIS, about two miles north of Fort Plain, on Friday evening last, gave rise to the impression that farm buildings in that vicinity were burning.
      The trustees of the Palatine Bridge Union Free School have engaged MISS A.B. SHEPLEY, of Boston, as teacher of French, drawing, and painting, in that institution. MISS SHEPLEY will be remembered as a very successful teacher of these branches in the same school, three years ago. MISS CORY, the present teacher, was invited to renew her engagement, but was unable to do so.

      JOHN SUTHERLAND, of this place was severely injured a few days since, on a western railroad.
      The reported finding, in this vicinity, of the remains of a young girl, apparently buried under mysterious and suspicious circumstances is pronounced an idle and unfounded rumor.

      REV. S.M. ADSIT is to be succeeded in his charge by REV. MR. HEMPSTREET.
      It is stated that the warehouse property has been purchased of D.G. FOX by JOHN EMPIE.
      REV. J.M. JOSLYN, Leesville, has accepted a call to the First Baptist Church at Preston Hollow, Albany Co.
      Counsel for MISS WOOD, in the BROCKETT bigamy case, writes to the Gazette, contradicting the impression that MRS. BROCKETT has attempted to effect a pecuniary settlement with MISS WOOD.

      The old toll house, on the Cherry Valley road, has been purchased by DAVID WALTZ.
      The Reform Club has leased rooms in the Pettit & Reid building, for a term of five years.
      The session of the Teachers' Institute, convening in October next, will be held in this village.
      KLOCK POST, G.A.R., attended the funeral services of the late JOHN NESTLE, at the Church of the Messiah last week.
      ADAM HESS is about to open a street through his lot, and will build tenant houses for the accommodation of a number of families.
      Several farmers in this vicinity commenced action against C. CHARLTON, to recover the value of milk shipped to him at New York some months since.
      BARNEY WALRATH, of this town, will soon return to North Petersburgh, Rensselaer Co., where he has been engaged for the fourth season as manager of a cheese factory.
      All the fire companies have resolved to serve another year, and an effort will be made on the part of the authorities to provide for the necessary expenses of the department.
      A number of elderly ladies assembled at the residence of MRS. GUILFORD HAWN, one day last week, on the occasion of the 83rd anniversary of the birthday of MRS. HAWN'S mother, MRS. CATHERINE CHRISTMAN.
      ANDREW J. SOULE, who died at Clay, Onondaga county, on the 4th inst., was born about one mile from this village, and was a son of HON. NATHAN SOULE. He filled the offices of supervisor, deputy sheriff, justice of the peace, canal superintendent of this section, county judge, and in 1830 was elected to congress. At the expiration of his term he moved to Onondaga county, where he was chosen to several positions of honor and trust. He was 62 years of age at the time of his death.

      The evidence in the ARNOLD divorce case is closed.
      MR. WM. C. HALLECK and family will remove to Utica.
      The salary of the village clerk was fixed at $200 per annum.
      Nearly $300 was realized at the fair held in Union Hall last week, for the purpose of raising funds to erect a band pavilion.
      The Manufacturers' National Bank will appeal from the judgment recently recovered against it by the assignee of ADAM W. KLINE.
      MR. E.H. FINLAYSON, editor of the Sentinel, has been chosen by POST YOUNG, G.A.R., to deliver the Decoration Day oration.
      Nine former residents of this village are employed in SAMUEL CUPPLES & Co.'s broom factory, in St. Louis, under E.D. BRONSON, superintendent.
      DR. RULISON, of Bath-on-the-Hudson, succeeds to the business of DR. SCOON, who sails for Europe May 20th. DR. RULISON is reported a very skillful surgeon.
      MESSRS. THATCHER & HAND have dissolved partnership, MR. THATCHER retiring, and MR. HAND continuing the business. The store is undergoing enlargement.
      MR. A. MARKS of this village, and MR.D. COHN, of Little Falls, have purchased a two-thirds interest in a new motor invented by a German, and a patent has been applied for.
      THOMAS SELDON was appointed fire warden and pound master at a salary of $25 per annum. The following were appointed health commissioners: W.R. McCOWATT, DR. EZRA GRAVES, DR. WM. H. ROBB, JACOB VAN NEST, and DR. FAIRBANKS. DR. S.H. FRENCH was then appointed health officer.
      At a meeting of the village trustees last week there was ordered raised by tax the sum of $16,300, as follows: For highway purposes, $3,500; for contingent expenses, $6,500; for bonds maturing and interest on bonded debt, $3,800; for the Livingston street bridge, and the new boiler for E.D. Bronson steamer No. 2, $2,500. A resolution was also passed directing that $400 be raised by tax to meet the expenditures of the Board of Health.

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