Wednesday, April 15, 2015


L. J. Fitzgerald
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 6, 1889.

A Generous Act.
   We clip the following from the Skaneateles Free Press, of Nov. 30th:
   "State Treasurer Fitzgerald, when in town last week, made arrangements for the future care of his aged aunt, Mrs. McCarthy, who had become so reduced in circumstances as to have called upon the town for assistance. Mr. Fitzgerald reimbursed the town for what had been expended for Mrs. McCarthy, took up the mortgage on her place, and arranged for her future support, all at his expense. He was unaware of his aunt's circumstances, else he would have come to her assistance sooner. This act is greatly to the credit of Mr. Fitzgerald."

   L. J. Fitzgerald and the Cortland Wagon Company (Grip's, pages 115-119):

   Fire department election takes place on the evening of Dec. 27th.
   Grover Post will have a camp fire in Wells' Hall, December 18th.
   The Brockway Wagon Works in Homer have shut down until Jan. 2nd.
   Mr. W. W. Kelsey, of this place, has taken out letters patent on a hot air furnace.
   Chas. Vincent will give a Christmas party at his hotel in Cuyler, Wednesday evening, Dec.25th.
   Mr. D. F. Wallace has rented Taylor Hall until May 1st. It will be used for storing wall paper.
   Health officer Moore reports that there were 16 deaths, 18 births and 8 marriages in this village during November.
   The Cortland Wagon Company will shut down next week for the purpose of making necessary repairs, and to get their new building ready to use, when they will start up again.
   The Board of Trustees have caused the measures of our city police to be taken, and they will each be presented with a new overcoat. Kent & Miller, of Syracuse, are to make them.
   Henry St. Peter will soon move his tonsorial parlors from his present location to the store recently occupied by Melvin & Chidsey, in the Squires building, which is being handsomely fitted up for his use.
   Last Wednesday, Will Pritchard, of Polkville. while driving a pair of horses to the barn, after taking them from the wagon, stumbled and fell against one of the horses' heels and received a kick in the face that fractured his upper jaw.
   Parties in want of any particular publication which they cannot find in the book stores (such as S. S. Cox's latest work, or any historical, religious or biographical volumes), will do well to leave their orders with M S. Benedict, at this office, who has the agency for all kinds of standard subscription books.
   The Willard Y W. C. T. U. will give an operetta entitled "The Land of Nod," in Cortland Opera House, on Saturday evening, Dec 14th. A large number of children will take part, who are now under the instruction of Miss Cora Knight. The entertainment promises to be very fine. Admission: Adults, 25 cents; children, 15 cents.
   The following paragraph expresses a volume of truth: One-third of the fools in the country think they can beat the lawyers in expounding law. One-half think they can beat the doctor healing the sick. Two-thirds of them think they can beat the minister preaching the gospel, and all of them know they can beat the editor in running a newspaper.
   At about 1 o'clock, last Thursday morning, policeman Crofoot found Charles Giles lying in the hatchway of Carley's bakery in Homer in an unconscious condition. He was taken to the Hotel Windsor, and later to the home of his son-in law, Frank Rogers, where he died the same night without having recovered consciousness. His skull was fractured, and it is supposed that the fall was accidental.
   William Riley, the Cortland runner, is matched for a race with Harry Brown, of Fishkill. The match will be run at the Binghamton Driving Park, Saturday, December 9th.
   Miss Francis Crippin caused the arrest on Monday of Geo. Danley and John Hamilton on the charge of throwing stones at her house. They were examined before Justice Squires and were fined five dollars each.
   Messrs. Henry Seymour and A. B. Nelson have purchased the business of the Talmadge Cart and Buggy Company, and have taken possession. Both gentlemen have had experience in the business, and are successful business men.
   William Blair, of Chicago, has written Mr. C. P. Walrad, authorizing him to order from Meenely & Co., of Troy, a $1,000 bell, to be placed in the tower of the new Presbyterian church. The gift is intended as a memorial for his mother, Mrs. Hannah F. Blair, who was in her lifetime a member of the church.
   Notwithstanding the fact that the weather was decidedly inclement, fifty couples attended the first of the series of dances to be given by the 45th Separate company in the Armory last week, Wednesday evening. Fischer's orchestra furnished excellent music and dancing was indulged in until a late hour. It was a very enjoyable party and those [dances] to come later will undoubtedly be largely attended.
   Mr. H. W. Bradley, of Harford, is preparing to build a very fine residence in the spring on the lot adjoining A. Mahan on the west. A. W. Roberts will excavate and lay the wall. The work will be commenced to-day. Other material will be put upon the ground, and as soon as the summer season opens work will be resumed. The expense of the dwelling will be about $7,000. Mr. Hoag, of Homer, has the contract to do the carpenter work.

   The Muldoon Comedy Co. are at Hulbert Opera House Monday and Tuesday evenings of this week.
   The Climax Road Machine Co. have commenced sawing out lumber for erecting machines.
   The country roads are in a horrible condition on account of our late rains and the sudden freeze up.
   The Marathon milk depot is shipping double the amount of milk during the last month than at any previous mouth in the year, notwithstanding the leading farmers here have been fighting the association, and now some of them deliver their milk there.
    *    * [pen name symbol of correspondent]

   The dance on Thanksgiving eve. at Mr. Frank Freer's hotel, was a success if the weather was bad. There were 71 numbers sold.
   Union services were held Thanksgiving at the Baptist Church, Rev. O. J. Purington pastor of the M. E. Church, preaching.
   Mrs. Frank Barnes is very sick. Dr. Givens is attending her.
   Mr. Ambrose Johnson was the first to appear on our streets with sleigh bells.
   Mr. Monroe Miller has sold his farm of fifty seven acres to David Mosher Consideration $2,200.
   TOPSY. [pen name]

   John Gates lost one of his horses last week. Professor R. Klock was called but it was too late.
   E. H. Perkins succeeded during the light tracking snow of last week in capturing two foxes.
   W. W. Salisbury is recovering from the fever quite slowly. He gets out around on pleasant days.
   Alfred Davis has a leghorn pullet hatched last July which, on Thanksgiving day laid an egg. Who can beat it?
   Martin VanHoesen made the most of the snow last week in getting the timber ready for his large ice house. They ship to-day the first of their last year’s crop. Sunday morning the lake was covered with ice.
   The jury last Saturday in the case of Vandenburg vs. Knowlton failed to agree. The case will be tried again, which lawyer Miner claims will be the third trial. Preble is in its glory, and Frank Pierce is high cock-a-rorum.
   Superintendent of the Poor Cutler has done himself honor and his constituents justice in the prosecution of the case of bastardy against Harry Hull. Although beaten last week before Judge Knox, outside of a certain organization, the people will sustain him.
   James Mason, an eccentric resident of this place for a number of years, and who was sort of camping in Fred Wilcox's old house, was taken with typhoid fever last week. On Sunday, at the suggestion of Dr. Webb who had been called, he was removed to the County House.
   ULI SLICK. [pen name]

   The action brought by Vandenburg agst. Knowlton for poisoning sheep, was tried on Saturday before a jury of six men. After hearing the evidence they returned to view them, but after three hours they returned to the court room when it was announced that they could not agree upon a verdict, whereupon they were discharged and the court adjourned the action until Tuesday, Dec. 10th, at 10 A. M., when a new jury will he called. The jurors in the action were Mr. Corwin Cummings, Adrian Cummings, Messrs. Fults, Butler, Deudy, Daley. Upon the disagreement the jury stood three and three. The case was ably tried by both the attorneys, Pierce of Homer, for Vandenburg, and Mr. Miner of DeRuyter, for Knowlton.
   Mr. O. Rice, whose house was burned some time since [ago], has his frame up, sheeted and is now having a steel roof put on it by Mr. Sanders of Cortland.
   The patrons of our village school are well pleased with the selection our trustee made last fall of Mr. Frank Jones and his assistant Miss Sadie Lyman. Mr. J. H. Gay always does the right thing at the right time.
   PETE. [pen name]

   TOMPKINS.—A series of entertainments are soon to be given by the Groton Brass Band.
   After December 1st all Tompkins county prisoners sentenced for more than sixty days will be taken to the Monroe county penitentiary.
   A handsome Swiss musical box has been secured by the Groton Brass Band. It is to be drawn for; tickets are selling for fifty cents each.
   The Groton Bridge and Manufacturing Co. have secured the contract for a large bridge at Williamsport, Pa. Business is booming at the shops and new contracts are coming in all of the time.
   A German lady at Ithaca, has a collection of remarkably fine geraniums, and gives as the secret of her success in raising plants, that she regularly waters them with beef [or beet] tea, made for that special purpose.
   The Ithaca Gun Company are having the foundations laid for an addition to their factory. The building, which will be of brick, two stories high, will be 125 by thirty-six feet, with two ells fronting the street.
   A grand gift concert and dramatic entertainment will be given at Lyceum Hall, Freeville, Dec. 12th and 13th, for the benefit of Freeville Brass Band. A fine cast has been selected for the presentation of "The Emigrant's Daughter," and there will be a drawing of $300 in prizes, donated by residents of Freeville, and business men of Ithaca, Dryden, Etna and McLean.
   MADISON.—A new hotel is to be built near the depot at Hamilton.
   The bamboo furniture factory recently established at Canastota employs 34 hands and is running night and day to keep up with orders.
   A Salvation Army female at Oneida clubbed a boy at one of the meetings and is now under $200 bonds to appear before the grand jury for trial.
   A resolution has been passed by the Board of Supervisors prohibiting people in Brookfield from killing partridges or woodcock or having eggs in possession.
   Caleb Bentley, some five miles north of DeRuyter, has surmised for many years that iron ore was to be found on his farm. Last week he secured a Cazenovia well-driller and commenced prospecting in a ravine.

Bennington Battle Monument.
   Binghamton has fifty cigar firms, employs 6,000 hands, and manufactures 150,000,000 cigars annually.
   Small pox has broken out in Chicago. On Saturday a man, who has been employed in that city as a bartender, who was suffering from the disease, walked into the rooms of the Health Commissioners. He was sent to the pest house at once, but it is thought that many were exposed through him to the disease.
   The mason work on the battle monument near Bennington, Vt., is nearly completed. The altitude of the structure is 288 feet. If the weather is favorable, it is expected that the capstone will be lifted to its place nest Monday. The total height of the monument will be 308 feet. The capstone is pyramidal in shape, and weighs about two tons. Its setting will be attended with ceremony if the weather permits.

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