Wednesday, January 28, 2015


White Caps depicted in film (1905).
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 22, 1889.

   Elder Gates, the Baptist minister, has moved back to Ketchumville, and the society is again without a preacher.
   Mrs. Converse, of Connecticut, visited at Mr. Beebe Ball's last week.
   It is quite busy times with our townspeople. Some are moving, and others are making sugar, while one man thought that it was his duty to look after aunt Patty Wood's interest, and so he went over to Cortland town and told her that her brother had written him to see to her business for her; but alas, she had chosen Sylvester Oaks prior to the application and said applicant got left.
   We know by hearsay of a man who wanted to move to our village so bad that he loaded his goods some of them and started for Virgil, not knowing what place he was to locate at, but after traveling Main street in Cortland to find the man that he worked a farm for last year, in hopes of bringing him to terms so he could stay another year, he failed in the effort and drove to our town. Coming to the conclusion that if the minister would raise his voice so that his wife could hear the sermon when she was not able to attend church, he would purchase Mr. Jerry Trapp's place, and so he unloaded on the snow bank and after drawing the contract for the place, he returned to finish moving on April 1st.
   Mr. Trapp and wife are to move into part of Mrs. Wilcox's house. Wm. Seamans has moved into the Polly Ehle house. Patrick McDonald has moved into the house recently occupied by Mr. Way Brown.
   Wm. Hall has bought the stage route until July 1st, 1889, and took possession March 20th. Mr. Hall is a thorough energetic man, and we wish him success in his new work, hoping that the awful good and accommodating people of Virgil will consider that by accommodating their neighbors by doing errands for nothing will not buy oats for the stage team. Give him your work and try to help one another.
   J. H. May has an auction on Monday March 25th, when he will sell his team, farming tools, cow, hay, ten sheep, and other articles too numerous to mention.
   The Grangers held a sugar festival at their hall on Wednesday evening March 20th.
   The marriage of Mr. Byron Sherman and Miss Adda Griswold was celebrated at the Methodist Church on Wednesday last at two o'clock. Elder Purrrington officiating.
   Virgil has White Caps. There was a notice served on one of our citizens last Monday evening, telling him to leave town or suffer the consequence of a coat of tar and feathers, by order of the third division of York State White Caps.
   Samuel Hutchings has four pullets that were hatched after there was snow last fall that are and have been laying each day for nearly two weeks.
   Miss Minnie Colwell has returned from her visit at Genoa.
   CUMMIN. [pen name]

   Mr. John Taft, of South Spafford, was in town Saturday and made arrangements to have his horse, which was frightened to death by passing trains a short time ago, decently buried. Herbert Tucker takes the job.
   H. W. Blashfield, is re-building his dam, which was washed out during the rains in January.
   The Howe Co. have three immense piles of sand banked near Blashfield's mill yard ready for delivery when it becomes wheeling. The Murphy sand bank seems to be inexhaustable. [sic]
   George Selover has moved into the house with his father, and is to work for John Scott, the coming season.
   Mrs. M. L. Salisbury is about selling her island property near Sodus Bay, to parties who propose to erect a large hotel for summer resort, thereon.
   W. W. Salisbury has about completed the settlement of his father's and brother's estate, and will apply for his discharge as administrator. He is to be congratulated on his executive ability.
   Mrs. Alice, and the Misses Reva and Flora Perkins, were visiting relatives in Syracuse the past week. Mrs. Jennie J. Corl at the same time visited her parents here, and presided at the post office.
   The six months baby of E. D. Morse died after only a three days illness. Dr. Burdick pronounced it a case of indigestion, although it was a nursing child. It was buried at Truxton on Saturday.
   John A. Wagoner, was the successful bidder for mail messenger between this office and the R. R. depot at $35 per year.
   Ryan Green was in town Monday calling on old friends and neighbors. As usual he drives good horses, whose pedigree is first class and they are high bred. Ryan says Borthwick offered to make him deputy sheriff, but as his number would be an even one hundred he declined. Had it been ninety-nine he would have sworn in. There is good luck in odd numbers.
   News by telephone reached the relatives of Mrs. Mary Murdock, of Murdoch's Corners, that she was dead, on Monday last. She was the oldest daughter of Gustavus Lyman, who for years was a prominent citizen of this place. She is also a niece of H. W. and Zenas Blashfield. Her funeral was held on Wednesday at her home. She leaves three children to mourn her loss. Her age was 39 years.
   ULI SLICK. [pen name]

W. C. T. U. Convention at Blodgett Mills.
   The morning of March 13th came bright and beautiful, and about 75 women from different parts of the county found their way to Blodgett Mills to attend the Cortland County W. C. T. U. convention. It seemed as though the motto "Be filled with the Spirit," which hung over the head of the president, was thoroughly fulfilled in them, for never have we had more earnest speeches or more interested listeners or a deeper degree of enthusiasm in the work, than was manifested there.
   The reports showed that nearly all of the unions were in a lively, working condition, having enrolled over 100 new members, and some of them had done grand work within the past six months. The department of the Flower & Card mission being left without a superintendent, Mrs. Wm. Hill, Cortland, was given the appointments. It was found that the unions were most of them more or less interested in working for the Temperance Hospital in Chicago, and a department to present that work was created with Mrs. Adeline Heath of Truxton, as superintendent.
   The consecration service in the afternoon was very interesting, the sisters taking part with heartiness, showing that consecration was nothing new to them. The papers on "Y" work, "Cider" and "Heredity'' were very instructive and contained thoughts which all who heard should remember and heed. The discussion of "How to conduct the meeting of Local Unions," brought forth a great many ideas, but all seemed to agree that the program as far as possible, fully arranged before hand, that prayer and praise should be the foundation stone of all meetings, and that in order to be interested and able to work intelligently in this work as well as in anything else, we must have a knowledge of the work, and workers, which could not be better or easier obtained than by subscribing for the "Union Signal" and "Our Temperance Work."
   The recitations from Miss Louise Burt, Miss Wheeler and Miss Carrie Smith, and the solos by Mrs. Barber, added much to the enjoyment of the occasion A prize was announced as being offered by Mr. G. N. Copeland of Homer, for essays on "Tobacco and its Effects on the Human System." The rules of the contest were these:
   1st. All persons under 18 years of age were allowed to compete.
   2d. All essays must be sent to Miss Sarah E. Collins, Cortland, before the 1st of August, positively none received after that date.
   3d. The essay must contain not less than 800 and not over 1000 words.
   Three judges will be appointed and the best production will be read at the next convention. Prize to the best $5, 2d best $3, 3d, $2.
   Now boys and girls, here is a chance for you all. It was thought best to take up a series of departmental institutes in place of the convention which has been dropped, and the first one is to be held in June.
   Every part of the exercises was inspiring from the reports and discussions to the papers and address of the evening, which was delivered by Mrs. A. K. Damon, and was a very tine production, full of interest.
   It seemed only fitting that the convention should close with an experience meeting in which all of the sisters reported that God had given them an increase of moral, intellectual, spiritual and physical strength in the pursuance of His work. The usual resolution of thanks was passed; also the following:
   Resolved, That we, the members of the W. C. T. U. of Cortland county, extend to our president, our appreciation of the able manner in which she has conducted this convention, and pray God that her health and strength may be preserved to further the work.
   And thus closed the eighth semi-annual convention of the W. C. T. U. of Cortland county, New York, to be called again to meet in September at Freetown, N. Y.
   County Corresponding Secretary.

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