Friday, August 26, 2016


Three jug telephone used in the 1890's.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 6, 1893.

The Telephone Outlook.
   The question is everywhere heard, "what is going to be done about our telephones?'' An interview with [Village] President Price, attorney Mellon and a large number of the old users of telephones throws but little light on what the outcome will be.
   Everywhere there is a determination to do without the phones by those who have signed the agreement. Not a person was spoken with who thought of the possibility of a back down. All but about half a dozen of the old telephone subscribers stopped using their telephones last Saturday evening, and the company have disconnected most of the phones.
   A new central office is being fitted up in the Beaudry building, which looks as though the company [Empire State Telephone] expected to stay town.
   There is little possibility of another telephone company locating in Cortland at present, so unless this one concludes to rent their phones at the old rate Cortland is practically without a telephone service.

Charles Augustus Briggs.
Acquitted by Presbytery—The Vote in His Favor Unexpectedly Large.
   NEW YORK, Dec. 31.—The result of the vote on the Briggs heresy charges was a surprise to almost everybody. On the first charge, accusing Professor Briggs with teaching that the reason is a source of divine authority, the vote was as follows: To sustain the charge 60, against sustaining the charge 68.
   On the second charge, which accuses Professor Briggs with teaching that the church is a source of divine authority, there were fifty-five votes cast in favor of sustaining the charge and seventy-one against.
   The closest vote was on the third charge, that Professor Briggs taught that the scriptures contained errors of history and fact. On this charge the vote was as follows: To sustain the charge 61, against 68.
   After this vote had been taken two or three anti-Briggs men left the court and others refrained from voting on the last three charges.
   On the fourth charge, accusing Professor Briggs with teaching that Moses was not the author of the Pentateuch, the result was: To sustain the charge 53, against 72.
   The vote on the fifth charge, accusing Professor Briggs with teaching that Isaiah did not write many of the chapters in the book bearing his name, was: In favor of sustaining the charge 49, against 90.
   The vote on the sixth charge, accusing Professor Briggs of teaching that sanctification is progressive after death, was as follows: To sustain the charge 57, against 69.
   The case will be appealed to the General Assembly, which will meet in Washington early in the spring. The Assembly will appoint a commission consisting of fourteen members to act on the appeal.
   The friends of Dr. Briggs were greatly pleased with the result. They had calculated on a majority ranging from four to six.

The Iron Hall Matter.
   Philadelphia, Dec. 30.—Joseph Gladding, C. H. Baker and J. P. Eckersley, the Iron Hall officials who are indicted in Indianapolis for taking $200,000 of the order's funds, were arrested here this evening, on a warrant sworn out by State Bank examiner Krumbhaar, charging them with conspiracy in this State to divert that money to their own use.
   District Attorney Graham, who is also receiver for the local branch of the Iron Hall, to prevent Baker, Eckersley and Gladding from being taken to Indianapolis on the warrants issued for them there [sic]. Baker and Eckersley have bail in the sum of $5,000 for a hearing, but up to a late hour Gladding had been unable to procure bond.
   [This proceeding would affect Cortland’s local chapter of Iron Hall insurance. See —CC editor.]

Stock Holders Meeting.
[Paid Advertisement]
   Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the stock holders of the Hitchcock Manufacturing company and also the Cortland and Homer Electric Co. will be held January 10, 1893, at 1:30 P. M., at the office of the Hitchcock Manufacturing company at Elm-st., Cortland, N. Y. All are requested to be present.
   H. L. GLEASON, Sec’y.
   Cortland, N. Y. (41w2)

A Lecture on the Yosemite Valley.
   The ladles having in charge the East Side Reading-room announce that they are to give an entertainment for the benefit of the reading-room on Tuesday evening next, in the vacant store, corner of Elm and Pomeroy-sts. This reading room has been open for a year or more, and the benefits that have been derived from it are many. A few ladies and gentleman have taken the work of maintaining the rooms upon themselves heretofore, and but few citizens have been asked to contribute towards its support.
   The undertaking has been a success, and a large number, both young and old, have been greatly benefitted, and the patrons ask that it be continued. The committee in charge of the proposed entertainment have spared no pains to make the occasion one of rare merit and of interest to all. Besides several selections by some of our best musicians, and a lecture on the Yosemite Valley, illustrated with the stereopticon, will be given, which promises to be a rare treat for all who attend. After the entertainment refreshments will be served, and the entertainment and refreshments will be furnished for the small sum of 25 cents. The entertainment should be liberally patronized as the cause is a worthy one.


   CHENANGO.—Sherburne which was settled in 1792 will celebrate her centennial next year, says the News.
   Three Italian laborers were struck by a train near Bainbridge Saturday morning, and instantly killed.
   The fishing club of Smithville Flats had about 3,000 bait-fish stolen on Tuesday evening of last week.
   Dr. Levi D. Greenleaf, of North Pharsalia, has been granted a divorce from his wife, Elizabeth, with permission to marry again.
   Granville G. Beers, for twenty-one years a popular hotel keeper in New Berlin, has sold his hotel to Messrs. Shaw & Babcock of that village.
   John Wilcox, one of Smyrna's most enterprising business men, is 81 years old, and the other day he donned a pair of skates for the first time in 65 years, and for two hours astonished the youngsters with all sorts of fancy skating, without a slip or fall.
   MADISON.—Prof. John Green, of Cazenovia, has been elected professor of Latin in Colgate University.
   The town board of Madison voted unanimously, Friday, to buy one of the Meyers voting machines.
   "Hite" Peckham, Oneida's famous pugilist, was knocked out by Billy Vernon in New York, Saturday night.
   Dr. Levi P. Greenwood, Erieville’s venerable physician, died Saturday of pneumonia, aged 76 years. He was a self made man, enterprising, public spirited and successful.
   TOMPKINS.—The Groton band netted $580 by a recent fair.
   An Ithaca boy, nine years old, has been sent to the county jail for stealing. It is his third offence.
   The fourth quarterly dividend of 1 1/2 per cent of the Groton Bridge & Manufacturing Co. (making 6 for the year), will be payable at the office of the company on and after Jan. 2d, 1893.
   An actress who played at Wilgus Opera House, Ithaca, recently, refused to go on the stage again until a policeman was summoned to put down the foot of an intellectual student of Cornell, who had written the word "love" on his boot sole, and was displaying it to her whenever she had part in the play.
   Mr. George B. Davis, who was Richard Barber's indefatigable attorney through the long and memorable murder trial, received a chair as a Christmas reminder from his grateful client, who is serving a life sentence at Auburn. Barber, who has become a skillful woodcarver since his imprisonment, made this chair for his friend during overtime. The frame is of mahogany, beautifully polished and carved, and the upholstering is of leather. It is in every respect a fine piece of work.

Death of Mrs. Adolph Frost.
   On Dec. 28th, 1892, occurred the death of Mrs. Fanny B. Frost, wife of Adolph Frost, at her home, No. 109 Tompkins-st., in this place. Mrs. Frost had been in ill health for several years past, but had managed to keep about and was of great assistance to her husband in caring for the large business that was carried on at the green houses in Tompkins St., near the cemetery.
   About two years ago Mr. Frost leased a portion of his business to his son, Adolph, Jr., who has conducted it since that time. Mr. and Mrs. Frost had been able to accumulate an amount sufficient to care for them in declining years, and it was at this time that they both decided to retire to an easier life and enjoy the accumulations that both had labored so hard to obtain. It was thought that quiet and rest would restore Mrs. Frost's health to her, but the many years of hard work had prayed heavily upon her constitution, and gradually her health declined until she was stricken with cancer, which finally resulted in death as above.
   Mrs. Frost was a lady much respected in this community, for her many christian virtues; she was kind hearted toward all, and many a heavy heart has been made light by a gift of beautiful flowers from this lady. Although retired in her manners, seldom leaving the home that was so dear to her to associate with those of the outer world, she always manifested a deep interest in the welfare of her acquaintances of which she had a large list. She was a faithful helpmate to her husband during their residence of twenty-five years in this place, and it was largely through her knowledge that the Brainbridge Conservatory owed its present successful business.
   Besides a husband, Mrs. Frost leaves a son, Adolph Frost, Jr., to mourn her death.
   Mrs. Frost was an attendant at the Presbyterian church in this place. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Robertson, from her late home on Saturday last, and were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends.
   Deceased was 64 years of age.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Cortland Standard and Weekly Journal, Friday, December 30, 1892.

Long Island City is Shaken to its Foundations.
   Long Island City, Dec. 28.—At 8 o’clock this morning an explosion of dynamite occurred in Fourth-st., this city, where the Long Island and New York Tunnel company is driving a heading. The explosion caused large loss of life and injured forty or fifty persons. Great damage was done to property in the vicinity. Davern’s flats, a block of four story brick tenements, is now on fire from the upsetting of stoves. The postoffice was almost entirely demolished. The windows of every building within half a mile of the heading were blown out. The greatest excitement prevails.
   The New York and Long Island Tunnel Co. is building a tunnel between this city and the New York Central depot. A great deal of dynamite is used in blasting. Last night the dynamite froze. The men needed some this morning and placed three barrels of cartridges just back of the tenements to be thawed out. Then they built a bonfire beside the cartridges. The fire burned nearer to the dynamite than was intended, and the result was the terrific and disastrous explosion.
   Those in the vicinity say that the shock which followed was like an earthquake. The tenements 21 to 29 Jackson-ave. were shattered, with the stores and offices below. The mails in the postoffice are buried beneath tons of ruins and are certain to be ruined by water if not consumed by the flames. When the explosion occurred the clerks were hurled headlong in the debris. A wave of flame seemed to sweep through the lower part of the demolished tenements immediately after the crash. Some of the stunned and bleeding tenants crawled to the lower windows and made their escape.
   All of the killed received fractured skulls and were horribly cut by glass. It is said that the postmaster saved all the valuable letters that were in the postoffice when the explosion occurred. Directly opposite the scene of the explosion were a row of tenements occupied by fifteen families. Every apartment was wrecked and the debris caught fire from the overturned stoves. The scene following the explosion was terrible. Men, women and children only partly clad rushed wildly from every possible exit in the greatest excitement, screaming loudly. The district where the explosion occurred is the most thickly inhabited section of the city.
   Later—At 2:30 o’clock this afternoon, six victims had died in the hospital.

   VIRGIL, Dec 27. On Thursday, Dec. 22 , Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Trapp celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. About sixty-five relatives and old neighbors were present in the day time. Mr. John Lamont of Gee Hill, a former neighbor, in well chosen words reviewed their history, congratulating them on reaching in comparatively good health a period in their history to which so few attain, with an unbroken family circle. All of their four children, G. M. Trapp, Clinton Trapp of Virgil, Mrs. C. D. Williams of Dryden, and Mrs. S. K. Jones of Cortland were present, all of them having obtained substantial positions in life. Following Mr. Lamont, Mrs. A. C. Smith, wife of their pastor, made the following remarks:
   Dear brother and sister Trapp, We who are favored with a seat at your family board this festal day, tender to you our most heartfelt congratulations. How many blessings of God are implied in the preservation of two lives, through all the vicissitudes of domestic life, from 1842 to 1893? And when to these are added kind loving children and grandchildren, and the sweet peace which ever abides with truly wedded hearts, we have a scene beautiful to look upon. Brother and sister Trapp, you have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, and we are told that during the long period of your housekeeping your doors have opened to welcome all, and your hands and hearts have been in sympathy with every good cause. With fifty years between you and your well-kept vow, this golden age upon which you have entered is not a fable but a living reality, and as sweet as has been life to you in all the past, you may say as at the marriage feast at Cana, “The best wine is last.”  It is the wish and ardent prayer of this circle of loving friends that many more quiet years may be added to the sum of your lives, and at last the beckoning [an] angel may come to you in tenderest love. You have many dear friends in either world. Dear hearts here to love and cherish you and dear hearts there to welcome you when you reach the golden shore.
   After Mrs. Smith, Miss Merta Jones, daughter of S. K. Jones, read the following poem, composed by Mrs. George M. Trapp of Virgil, styled the
There are few that tread life's pathway
  Hand in hand for fifty years,
Helping bear each other's burdens,
  Sharing all life’s hopes and fears.

Many climb life’s hill together,
  But fall often on the way,
One fond hand will loose its clasping,
  One will go and one must stay.

One must stay and sadly travel
  What will be a lonely way,
Missing every day and hour
  One that was their help and stay.

But a few, more blest than others,
  Travel up and down life’s hill
With their fifty years behind them;
  Hand in hand they travel still.

This has been your lot, dear parents,
  In the fifty years that’s flown.
Joy and gladness, pain and sorrow,
  Many times your hearts have known.

But you’ve shared it all together.
  Your fond hearts have never known
How heavy all life’s burthens are
  When they are borne alone.

And we wish you joy and gladness
  On your golden wedding day,
May your lives grow bright and brighter
  As you travel down life’s way.

And when you have crossed the river,
  May you stand hand clasped again,
In a land that knows no sorrow,
  In a land that’s free from pain.

   After the reading of the poem, Mr. George Williams, son of Mr. C. D. Williams of Dryden, gave three pieces which, were very finely rendered; first, “ Railroad Matinee;” second, “The Yankee in the Catacombs of Rome;” third, “The Convict’s Christmas eve.” At the close of the literary exercises Mr. Trapp responded in a very feeling and touching way, showing his appreciation of the kindness of his friends.
   Two very important features of the gathering in the day time were an elaborate dinner consisting of twelve courses and a presentation by Mrs. Smith, on the part of friends, of a purse containing forty dollars in gold. In the evening about thirty Virgil people were present and had a very pleasant time. An excellent supper was served and all departed, leaving with Mr. and Mrs. Trapp their best wishes and some substantial tokens of their good will.

   LITTLE YORK, Dec. 26. —School commences this week without the new seats, which for some reason unknown, failed to put in an appearance.
   Mrs. Woodmancy, who was thought to be recovering from her illness, was taken worse a few days ago but was again improving at last accounts.
   “Mart” Van Hoesen and his men are engaged in cutting ice, which has formed quite rapidly during the late cold wave.
   Mr. and Mrs. Will Isbell have gone to Lincklaen to visit among Mrs. Isbell’s friends.
   Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Burgess are expected home from Pitcher to-day.
   Christmas was not celebrated to any great extent except in the way of a few private Christmas trees for the children Mr. A. B. Raymond acted the part of Santa Claus quite acceptably to some families less fortunate than himself in Christmas cheer.

   TRUXTON, Dec. 26.—Christmas exercises were held in the primary department of the village school Friday afternoon. The following is the program:
   Song—Out in the Beautiful Garden, School.
   A Grandma That’s Just Splendid, Florence Bliss.
   The Two Pennies, Frank Darling.
   The Secret, Julia Hartnett.
   The Little Yellow Bird, Jack Lee.
   Which Are You? Mary Hartnett.
   The Swallows, Fred Garner.
   Edith’s Soliloquy-Christmas Morning, Grace Hildreth.
   Song Exercise—Thumbkins, Fourteen Little Ones.
   The Robin Birds, Willie Jones.
   Out for a Walk, Edie Root.
   Birdies, Claude Garner.
   The Swallows, Nina Darling.
   The Telephone Message, Floyd Hildreth.
   Lizzie’s Pocketbook, Florence Seibert.
   The Secret With Santa Claus, Nettie Bliss.
   Anna and Willie’s Prayer, Elsie Clark.
   The Night Before Christmas, Henry Van Hoesen.
   Song—Old St. Nick, School.
   Mr. and Mrs. Jay Dutton of Cortland spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. William Baldwin.
   CRAZY PAT. [pen name of local correspondent.]

   FREETOWN, Dec. 26.—The furious storm on Saturday prevented many from attending the Christmas exercises in the evening. Old Santa Claus did his part, however, making himself impervious to the cold and storm by becoming for the time being a talkative buffalo. But few children were present and the exercises in the main were carried out by the older ones.
   Mr. Adley Caldwell's house was burned to the ground last Thursday morning. When the family were awakened the roof was ready to fall in. A little furniture and a few clothes was all that w as saved. Although the house was insured the loss of a house this time of the year comes very hard on the family especially so as Mr. Caldwell has been sick for a year past, much of the time not able to go out of doors. The family were taken to his brother’s, Wm. Caldwell. Subscription lists are being circulated for their benefit.
   The Farmers’ institute at Marathon was largely attended from this place.
   Quite a number attended the party at Higginsville last Thursday evening.
   Some will attend Christmas exercises at Marathon, this Monday evening.
   We have just learned that Wm. Caldwell’s house took fire last night burning a large hole through the roof, but fortunately was discovered in time to prevent further damage.
   Mrs. Frank Eaton has been quite sick for the past week.
   A family Christmas gathering took place at W. R. Moon’s. Mr. and Mrs. H. Lownsberry of Ithaca were among the number.
   Mrs. Dewey Stone and daughter of Homer were guests of H. D Stone’s family Christmas.
   The measles are using no partiality. Quite a number have had them the past week while others are in readiness.
   Mrs. West has finished her work for Mrs. Tuttle. Mrs. Tuttle’s health is improving.
   Septimus Tripp is visiting a brother in Auburn.
   A brother from Pennsylvania is the guest from Mrs. Sarah Dickinson.
   H. G. Borthwick was in town Wednesday.
   Several of this place attended a Christmas gathering at Joseph Humphrie’s.
   Mr. and Mrs. Johnson of Cortland spent Christmas with their daughter, Mrs. R. D. Stone.