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CATLIN CHEMUNG COUNTY NY.
Dist Register of School Collectors Bonds 1887.
Board of Dist. No. 3.
Washington Crout, Trustee
Adam Bowman, Collector
Lafayett Brown, his sureties in the sum of $200. two hundred dollars.
Recorded this 25 day of Nov. 1887
John Spencer, clerk
Board of Dist No 6
Lyman Smith trustee
Steward E. Vanorder collector
Nicolis Smith and Henry VanOrder or his sureties in the sum of two hundred and fifty four dollars.
Board of Dist. No. 7
Isaac l. Kniffin Trustee
Marlin Bailey Collector
Johnson C. Bucher his sureties in the sum of two hundred dollars.
A notable Family Gathering
In the closing days of Aug. there was a family gathering at the old Cole farnily near Lyons, N.Y. which because of the historical associations of the place may be of interest to Methodist readers. During the last quarter of the eighteenth century John Cole and James Ninde, with their families came from England. They had been closely associated in the mother country, where they were ardent Westeyans, were both lay preachers sustained intimate relations to the founders of Methodism, John Wesley was their occasional guest and both families are mentioned in his journals. Among the treasures in the Lyons home is an oil portrait of Wesley, pained especially for John Cole and given him as he was leaving for America. The family also has in its possession Mr. Cole's preacher's license, written on parchment now creased and yellow, and bearing the bold yet graceful signature of Francis Asbury. About 1797 John Cole with two other Baltimore gentlemen, attracted by reports form the Genesee country, made the journal there on horseback to spy out the land; so favourable impressed were they that soon disposing of their Maryland holdings, they removed to western NY. Mr. Cole purchased the present farm, one mile east of the village of Lyons, and built for himself and family a substantial log house. In those days the pioneer minister while preaching on Sunday and often through the week, followed the Palling custom of working with his hands for his daily bread; thus John COle in addition to this is abundant labors as a preacher and the word, cleared and tiled the land to the end of his days. In the year 1812 the original log house was superseded by fram building and this was occupied in turn by John Cole's youngest son, Joseph, and his grandson, Samuel for more than fifty years. At the close of the Civil War a modern brick dwelling was erected and is now the home of John Lee Cole and his sister Mrs. Ellen Gillette, great grandchildren of Rev. John Cole; these with Mrs. David E. Boyce, of New York Mrs, Gillette's daughter were the promoters and generous hosts of the reunion. After coming to America the children of the Cole and Ninde families intermarried so that there are now several generations of doubly related cousins. THey present on this occasion represented six generations ranged in age for seven to seventy five years, and were descended from three of the eight children of John and Ann Brewer Cole, namely the oldest son, Samuel Cole and Elizabeth Ninde of Baltimore; the youngest son Josepth Cole and Elearnor Orme of Lyons; the youngest daughter Mary Cole, and William Nince, of Baltimore. The guests gathered by ones and twos and threes, and tarried for a longer or shorter time, but Wed. Aug. 28, was the great day of the feast, when we made the green rounds of the places of interest and sat down to the more formal banquet followed by its happy after- talks under the precedence of Edward S. Ninde, of Providence. None of those present will forget the hour of pleasing reminiscence ending so fittingly with the earnest prayer or the thrill of kinship as with joined hands we sang our aufwiedersehen. "Blest be the tie that binds." Later in the moon less evening we gathered at a gypsy fire in the great orchard; the coming and going laterns flashed like fireflies in the darkness, the leaping flames light up the apple trees. some of them nearly a century old, and we were all children again as we tended the "roasting ears" in the embers and recalled the early days. Some of us had been boys and girls together on the old arm 60 yr.. ago; some had not bet since then; some had never met before; yet at once it was "John" and "Will" and "Lou" and "Belle" as if we were only just home again from a term at school. The old frame house is still standing and as we wandered through its quaint rooms how small they were to what they once seemed, the taller fellows could place their open palms against the low ceilings. And how the thoughts of some of us went back to the old days t the open fires, to the kindly faces that are gone. In the cellar we saw joists that had been taken from the first log house. They were of white oak, massive and axhewn, and so sound after more than a hundred years that it was with difficulty a small souvenir could be chipped from one with a hammer and chisel. Crowning a steep ascent back of the orchard is the family burial place. It is slightly spot and the view in nearly every directions one of great beauty. Here lies the ashes of John Cole and Ann Brewer his wife; his youngest son, Joseph, and grandson, Samuel and their wives; his youngest daughter, mary mother of William Ward Ninde and grandmother of Bishop Ninde; and Mary Cole's youngest son, the beloved and brilliant George W. Ninde. It was said to be John Cole's habit to pray daily that his posterity down to the latest generation might be God fearing men and women. Standing among these followed graves and remembering what so many of his descendants had been, we felt ----far that prayer had been largely answered. A few month and the years have rounded out and a full centre since the saint--- John cole was laid to rest in this parcel of ground of his own choosing, and how changed from the quiet of Th. forest primeval of that day! Now the confines of the old farm are traversed by canal and railroad and trolley line; down by the river marking its southern boundary the stack of a trolley power house rises two hundred and fifty feet in air, and on the northern border stand the buildings, of a large sugar factory, yet neither the horse scream of the locomotive nor the roar of busy wheels may disturb the the sleepers on the hill. Twenty years ago the writer last visited this spot, so full of sacred memories and it was with chastened spirit that he now turned away. In the log house that stood by the spring at the foot of the hill his honoured father first saw the light, one hundred years ago, less three, and many of those lying under the sod at his feet were loved and familiar forms in the days of his own boyhood. H.S.N.
Townsend. the 7th annual reunion of the Cole family was held at the home of Lyman Smith on Martin's hill, Jan. 1st 1896. Only 40 members were present. Those from a distance were H. C,. Loomis, wife and daughters, of Dryden; Mrs. Walter Colegrove, Burdett; Mrs. John Bryan and three children of Geneva. The officers elected for the coming year are as follows: H. T. Cole, president, Mrs. Edward Cole, secretary. The next reunion will be held at C. L. Cole's, Watkins, Sept 16, 1896.
Cole 19th Reunion
Aug. 22, (?ca 1906) at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Cole, of Townsend. Nearly 100 persons were present, including members of the family relatives and friends. The president V. T. Cole called the meeting to order in the afternoon. The officers of the ensuing year are: Pres. Don. J. Cole of Watkins; Vice presidency Mrs. S. P. LaFever of Beaver Dams; Secretary Mrs. Austin LaFever; Treasurer H. T. Cole Sr. The next meeting will be Aug. 1908. at the home of J. B, Cole of North Reading. A printed copy of the genealogical of the Cole family will be presented to the relatives.( additional information from another clipping on a annual reunion)
Isaac Cole came fro Kent county England and landed at Plymouth, Mass. Mar.14, 1634.
[notes from on 23rd reunion] Distance traveller's, Mrs. Duell of Buffalo; Mrs. Horace Schutt, Halsey Valley; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Loomis, Mr and Mrs. Carl Mott, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dederick of Dryden, NY. Letters of regret were from Dr. George Patchin and Mrs. Amos Berman of New York City; Chester Cole of Savona, and Mrs. E. S. Waterbury of Clarkston, Mich.
Since that last reunion there had been two births, three marriages and five deaths in the family.
1906 S. B. Cole of Townsend has been seriously ill with neuralgia several days. His store is being looked after by his son, Don Cole of this place.
Will. J. Cole of Townsend has been offered a good position at the Glen Springs in Watkins, which he will soon accept.
D. J. Cole for the last six years since its establishment in this city assistant manager of the Roe Dry Goods company, will sever his connections with that institution Feb.1. and will devote his time to the propagation of chickens and weather, as he is the United States weather observer at this point. Mr. Cole has made no definite plans for the future.
Mr. M. Cole has been in Watkins and Moreland, leaves tomorrow morning for Detroit, Mich. daughter Mrs. George W. Hurd. She will be accompanied as far as Buffalo by Miss Helen J. Ellis and Helen E. Piper. At Buffale she will be met by Mr. Hurd. Dec. 1916
Trouble in Prospect (Ca.1884)
[The Advertiser] Waverly Sept. 21. There is a prospect of considerable trouble, possibly a litigation and certainly a long delay in the construction of the new bridge over the Erie railway on Pennsylvania ave. The board of trustees has served an injunction on the company to the prohibit the building of Th. bridge according to the proposed plan, a roadway nineteen feet wide with a foot bridge on each side four feel wide. The trustees of Waverly demand a bridge with a roadway thirty seven feet in width and foot bridges six feet wide. It is to be hoped that the matter may be speedily and satisfactorily arranged, and that Waverly will not have a long contest about bridge or no bridge with the Erie, as South Waverly has had for years with the Delaware, Lackawannnad and Western company, and yet have no bridge. A little discretion on the part of our city fathers will achieve more for the people of Waverly than obstinacy and bulldog tenacity.
Elopement in Orange
The town of Orange furnishes the latest sensation in the shape of an elopement or at least the disappearance of a single man and a married woman of that town, whose intimacy for some time has caused considerable gossip, and who are said to have taken a train together at Beaver Dams last Thurs. The principals in this domestic drama are Samuel steward and Mrs. William J. Button, both well known persons in the town where they have always lived. Stewart is a bachelor about 35 yr.. of age and the present tax collector of that town. He is a young man who has always been popular and esteemed and was elected to the office by a large majority. Mrs. Button who prior to her marriage was a Miss Cooper, was 31 yr.. of age last December. Despite her youth she is the mother of 10 children seven of whom are still living. She took her youngest with her and abandoned the other six, one of whom is 15 yr. of age, when she left her home and husband.
We are informed that the station agent at Beaver Dams recognized the pair when they went there and purchased tickets for Dundee. It is supposed that on reaching Dundee they secured tickets for some other point. It has not yet been ascertained whether there is a shortage in Stewart's accounts as tax collector, nor is it known just what course the deserted husband will take but he has consulted an attorney.
Emeline Hilton in Beaver Dams, Apr. 24th 1902 celebrated her 82nd year.
After dinner a whop ws produced but grandma's quick wit made its use unnecessary. she is a jolly old lady, ever ready to crack a joke or to take one. Mrs. Hilton is the mother of the ex-Mayor George W. Lane, of Corning; Henry F. Lane and Mrs. Eliza Weddell, of Beaver Damns. She also has an adopted son John Lane, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
In the divorce actions of Harriet M. Lewis vs. Jesse Lewis and Andrew C. Wasson vs. LeEtta Wasson no defences were interposed and interlocutory judgements were granted.
The charges of incompetency and inefficiency against Warden Benham were not justified" says the annual report of the State Prison Commission. Very few people ever believed that Warden Benham was either incompetent or inefficient, but he is a Republican and is position was wanted for Charles D Rattigan who is a democrat. That is the history of the Benham Rattigan incident in a nutshell.
He Took Them(Geneva Advertiser)
There were quite a number of fakirs of one kind and another here last Thursday, and among them was the shooting gallery. The victim paid five cents for three shots and if he hit the bull's eye either time was given a cigar. An old man names Patrick Touhey of Monterey, Schuyler co. aged eighty one years, ad member of the old 179th regiment, looked on at the sport for a few minutes, when he was invited to try his sight on the bull's eye. He "hefted" the gun, looked at the target, and the man told him if he hit the bull's eye the first time he would give him a cigar a shot. He accepted. Hook a quick but accurate glance along the sights, pulled the trigger, and the bullet took the very center of the mar, drove the nail. The jovial old man was proud of that shot, but he valued life too much to undertake to smoke that cigar. He brought it to our office, told his story and left the cigar on our table. We soused it in water so that is would not "go off" and harm anyone. Monterey against the world-
Dec. 16, 1869
Oil at Whitesville, Alleganey Co.
A letter received from our wellsville correspondent dated the 14th, contains very important information. Our correspondent said: The citizens of Wellsville's were startled this morning by the news that oil had been found at Whitesville, a small place twelve miles from here, on a branch of the Genesee river. Within the last two months a well hs been put down n the depth of 500 feet, when indications of oil were found. ON Saturday last pumping was commenced, and within two hours oil was flowing under the action of the pumps at the rate of 40 barrels per day. Large quanties of the oil have been brought from the well to this town today and great excitement prevails. Some three years ago a well was put down at this same place, to the depth of 1000 feet and good evidence of the presence of oil was found. The new well is down but a little over 500 feet. The oil produced has been tested and showed a gravity of thirty.
OCT. 1, 1854
List of letters advertised at the Watkins post office Jan 28, 1901. If these letters are not called for in two weeks.They will be sent to the dead letter office Miss. J. Gullen, Mrs D. O. Delrich, Mrs. H.T. Frost, E.H. Hines, Wm. Harrison, Mrs. G.H. Lee, Andrew Seacory, George Mandeville, Lizzie Price, Mrs. Chas. Taylor,Mrs. Charles Traylor, Mrs. Jasmes Tompkins, Mrs. Travis, Laura White, Miss E. J. WWoodhull.
Save Village of Burdett
We are informed that the village of Burdett has been made defendant in two actions brought against it by residents of the village. Carl Bowers has commenced suit, demanding $2,500. damages alleged to have been sustained by him when the new state road was constructed. The road passes Bowers store, mall and residence owned by the plaintiff and in making the grade as laid out by the engineers the contractors cut away somewhat in front of ht Bowers property. The plaintiff alleges that he is deprived of ingress? and egress to his property by said action, and demands damages therefore. Mrs. Secor's, property adjoins Bowers property on the --?
A MIDNIGHT TRAGEDY
An Insane Wife's Terrible Deed.
Monday morning news was received in this village of terrible tragedy which occurred at the home of William Kendall, a farmer residing about two miles Northwest of here on the Corning road. Mr. Kendall is the son of William Kendall of this village, and a brother of Mrs. Frank A. Messig. Mrs. Kendall is a daughter of Mowbry Strader, and her mother has been insane for many years. The tragedy occurred between 11 and 12 o'clock Sunday night, about two hours after Mr. and Mrs. Kendall had retired for the night . The wife, who evidently was attacked with in sanity arose from the bed and procuring a razor proceed cut her husbands throat. The first slash with the weapon awakened Kendall, who instantly comprehended the situation and seized the razor handle, breaking it off. With the blade the woman renewed the attack, cutting two more big gashes in her husband's left cheek and one across the forehead. With the last stroke the keep edge of ht e razor broke off as it struck the man's skull. deprived of this weapon Mrs. Kendall drew and axe from under and tried to use it on her husband, who succeeded in wrestling it from her. Kendall then ran from the house attired only in his night shirt, and aroused the family of his father in law Mowbry Straker who resided a few rods away. After giving the alarm Kendall sand exhausted in the door yard and fainted from loss of blood. Dr. D. W. Scutt of Watkins was hastily summoned and he attended to Kendall's injuries. All four cuts had to be sewed up.The largest one was more than four inches long and came close to the jugular vein. Mrs. Kendall was found in the house, lying on the blood-soaked bed, unconscious from the effects of a large dose of carbolic acid and she had swallowed probably as soon as her husband left the house. She at 6 o'clock in the morning without regaining consciousness. Monday afternoon Mr. Kenall was a critical condition an d extremely weak, but the physician thought he had a chance to recover. He was able to talk some and described the fierce struggle. Kendall is about 40 of age and his wife a few years younger. They had been married eight or nine years. There is no doubt that the woman was insane. Just before retiring Sunday night she was unusually affectionate, assuring her husband of her love for him and declaring that if he should die first she did not know what she would do. Two or three members of her family have been shown marked symptoms of insanity. Kendall told Dr. Scutt that after he had taken the razor and axe from, his wife she implored him to kill her, as she did not care to live any longer. The Kendalls' have no children.
Bridge Gone....On Thursday last, the ice went out of the Chemung river at corning, taking with it the bridge between that place and Knoxville. The Corning Journal said.."the bridge was built in the spring of 1847. It was first built about the year. 1833, and was carried off in the spring of 1840. The bridge stood until the fall of 1846. The loss of this bridge is a serious calamity as a new one will be quite an expense in these tax times. We presume there will soon be a pontoon bridge laid for travel, or a ferry established."
Two girls named Anna and Lydia Randall, were brought to Elmira from Big Flats on Thursday of last week charged with threatening to kill their mother with a butcher knife. They were sentenced to jail for 24 days and taken to Rochester..
Another serious fire occurred in Wellsville, last Saturday morning destroying all the buildings between the clothing store of Mast and Overbach and Plumb's Bakery. The loss is about $20,000. the stocks were mostly rescued as the loss is chiefly in buildings.
Not long since we published a statement of the suing of John McNaughton of Calodonia, by his daughter, on a charge of seduction. The case was referred to J. C. Cochran, Esq. to try and he has just rendered a verdict fixing the damages at $10,000. Advocate, Bath.
A fire broke out in Binghamton, March 4th, and before it could be subdued destroyed four large grocery stores with their contents, the extensive barn and livery stable connected with the Exchange Hotel, in which were 17 valuable horses, 30 hogs, and a large stock o wagons, cutters, harness &. Total loss $80,000 insured for $48,200. The fire is supposed to be the work of an incendiary.
Up Bennett's Creek says the Hornellville Times lives a well known character named Moses Mattison. The following is a bill of fare of provisions actually eaton by him at one meal on a bet. One large Pie tine heaping
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