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Firemen's Hall--located on west side of Main Street next to the First National Bank.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 27, 1889.

Cortland Fire Department Elections.
   At the annual meeting of the Cortland Fire Department held at Firemen's Hall, Wednesday evening, Dec. 25, 1889, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
   Chief Engineer—John H. Phelps.
   1st Assistant—Floyd Hitchcock.
   2nd " —Jas. A. Dowd.
   Secretary—Jas. E. Thompson.
   Treasurer—Aaron Sager.
   The fire record for the year shows: 10 fire alarms, 2 false alarms and 2 trial alarms.
   The fire alarms are as follows:
   Feb. 1. Alarm from Box 124 at 3:40 A.M., house of Jas. Lawn, corner Owego and Railway Ave., nearly destroyed, loss covered by insurance.
   Feb. 18. Alarm from Box 413 at 4:20 A. M., factory of the Cortland Door and Window Screen Co., consumed with contents. Loss covered by an insurance of $12,500.
   March 19. Alarm from Box 124 at 1:40 A. M. Fire in the building of the Cortland Desk Co., which was finally extinguished with a loss of about $6,000 on building and stock. Insured for $4,000. Net loss about $2,000.
   March 29. Alarm from Box 223 at 7:15 P. M. Barn on Fitz avenue belonging to Messrs. Benedict and Richardson burned, with a loss of about $300. Alarm was not given until fire was nearly burned out.
   April 5. Alarm from Box 124, at 9:15 A. M. Fire in house on Owego street, owned by Mrs. John McKee and occupied by Loren Stone. Originated by fumigating for carpet bugs. Loss about $50.
   April 18. Alarm from Box 333 at 7:30 P. M. Fire in house corner Groton avenue and Monroe Heights, caused by lamp breaking and taking fire. Extinguished without the aid of department,
   April 19. Alarm from Box 124 at 9:30 P. M. Small blaze in a freight car caused by a spark from a passing engine. Extinguished by railroad companies.
   May 15. Alarm from Box 312, at 8:08 P. M. Fire in the laundry and residence of H. C. Beebe which was badly damaged before flames were extinguished. Loss covered by an insurance of $6,700 on building and contents.
   June 18. Alarm from Box 334 at 11:30 P. M. Blaze among some coats etc., hanging in Arnold House building. Directly extinguished.
   July 9. Alarm from Box 431 at 10:40 P. M. Fire in house on Clayton avenue, owned by Mrs. L. W. Robinson, caused by lamp taking fire. House flooded and fire soon put out. Loss covered by insurance.
   The first false alarm was given on Jan'y 10 from Box 232 at 1:10 A. M. The second June 19 from Box 414 at 10:45 P. M.
   The first trial alarm was given by the chief from Box 412 at 7:30 P M., May 14, at which good time was made and the several companies spent a half hour in practice with the apparatus.
   Oct. 16, was given the second trial alarm from Box 234 at 7:40 at which the following time was made: Co. 6,1:30, Co. 4, 2:15, Co. 1, 2:30, Co. 2, 2:40, Co. 3, 3.00, Co. 5, 3:00. No further practice was given. This was the last alarm sent in and the only one after July 9. Respectfully,
   C. E. THOMPSON, Sec'y, C. F. D.

   Good bye, old year.
   A post office will be established at East Willett, N. Y.
   A Happy New Year to every reader of the DEMOCRAT.
   The Francesca Redding Company all next week at the Opera House.
   A flagman will hereafter be stationed at the Clinton and Warren street railroad crossing in Homer.
   On Dec. 23d, the membership of the Y. M. C. A. footed up 390, and there are 33 members in the boys' branch.
   Mr. Limberger, one of the proprietors of the Cincinnatus hotel, has purchased the interest of his partner, and will hereafter run the house alone.
   G. N. Copeland, of Homer, has sold his interest in the Keep property in that village to W. A. Kellogg, of Homer, and E. A, Fish and C. P. Walrad, of Cortland.
   Silk thread is soaked in acetate of lead to increase its weight, and persons who pass it through the mouth in threading needles, and then bite it off with the teeth, have suffered from lead poisoning.
   The sheep poisoning case, mentioned in our Preble correspondence, resulted in the conviction of the defendant, LaFayette Knowlton, and he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment in the county jail.
   C. F. Thompson has had on exhibition this week at his store in the Grand Central block, a monster stick of candy, which measures 5 feet 10 inches long, and 5 inches in diameter. It was made by Cobb & Perkins, and weighs nearly 75 pounds.
   S. Ham. Strowbridge, of this place, has secured letters patent on a positive shuttle motion for looms, and Abraham Page, also of this place, has taken out letters patent on a nut lock. Augustus A. Lines, of Homer, has secured letters patent on a carriage top prop.
   Mr. S. M. Ballard, the new post-master, will take possession of the office on the 1st of January, his nomination having been confirmed by the Senate last Saturday. It is understood that Mr. E. M. Seacord, who was a prominent candidate for postmaster, will be the new deputy. Mr. J. F. Maybury, the retiring postmaster, who has made one of the most accommodating and capable officials that ever held the office, expects to spend the rest of the winter in California for the benefit of his health.
   Personal Managers of the Long Distance Telephone Company were in town last week consulting with business men as to the advisability of constructing a long distance line from Scranton to Syracuse, via Binghamton, Owego, Ithaca and Cortland. If their report is favorable, the line will be built, otherwise a metallic circuit from Syracuse to Cortland will be put in, which will connect this village with the long distance line at Syracuse. This will put Cortland in direct communication with New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

   The finest line ever shown in Cortland. Many different makes and styles of uprights in rosewood, mahogany, antique oak and other woods, at very reasonable prices, at Mahan's music store, No. 11 Court street.

   On Thursday Dec. 13, at the home of the bride's father, Mr. A. Banks, a wedding took place of his youngest daughter, Cordelia Banks and Eugene Macumber. Rev. Mr. Fox of Scott tied the knot.
   George Warn was married on Wednesday of last week to Miss Flora Wilcox of Little York.
   Mr. and Mrs. Theron Gutches visited at I. Wilber's last week.
   The criminal case of sheep poisoning is now on trial. No new evidence as yet except what has been given on former trials. Six witnesses will be called to impeach the defendant. The case will probably be given to the jury to-day. Mr. Miner is assisted by A. P. Smith for defendant and F. Pierce for the People.
   PETE. [pen name]

   Last Thursday and Friday were warm enough for honey bees to come out and fly. We noticed some of ours return loaded with pollen and honey. To-day (Dec. 23) sap flowed freely from freshly cut maples.
   There are many wry faces at the milk depot now that those who only got 1 1/2 cts. per quart in July are now getting 3 1/2 cents while the contractors only get 3 cts. For their benefit we hope it may go up to 5 cts.
   Last Friday evening, at the hour the I. O. of G. T. [Grand Templars—CC editor] were gathering for their festival, there was a strong controversy between them and the clerk of the weather, which for a time changed the face of parties. The G. T. were the "wet" and the C. W. (stay-at-home and-oppose-everything) were the "dry" party. But the G. T. with their usual pluck rallied in full force and had a good time with quite an addition to their funds. We acknowledge the storm kept us at home and are unable to give an extended notice of the program. They are a fine class here and deserve to succeed.
   A. B. Raymond is busily engaged in changing his rooms and moving out buildings for greater convenience to his next summer boarders. He is paying particular attention to improving the sewerage around his house.
   Every one that has got it is getting up a pile of second growth or pole wood. They find Austin Wright's engine a convenient power to drive the buzz saw, and the wood when seasoned is first class.
   The old Willowdale has been rejuvenated and made a comfortable adjunct to the lake house. The opening dance will be held Christmas night, but as we have not been presented with a ticket we shall not be there to report.
   ULI SLICK. [pen name of correspondent]

   Madam Rumor says that Dr. Givens is about to take a partner. We wonder if it is on account of business or company.
   District Attorney Horace L. Bronson and wife, of Cortland, were guests at Mr. Frank E. Price's December 16.
   Married at the home of Mr. Burdette Hilsinger on Snider Hill, December 18, Mr. Lyman Eisaman, of Cortland, and Miss Emma Miller, of Virgil.
   Mr. Frank D. Freer will give one of his popular social parties at his hotel on New Years' night. Music will be furnished by Guiers' full orchestra.
   Quite a number from this place attended the dance at Freer's Hall at Higginsville, December 20. They report a very pleasant time.
   TOPSY. [pen name]

   CHENANGO.—Coddington Frink, for four years supervisor of Plymouth, died the 8th, aged 80 years.
   The first board of supervisors for Chenango county met at Oxford in May, 1789. There were then ten towns in the county, which paid a tax of $1,720.77.
   Sergeant E. H. Hawley of Sherburne, has shaved for the first time in 26 years. He and his companions in Libby Prison at that time made an agreement that none of them would shave until the death of Jeff Davis.
   On Saturday last the funeral services of probably the shortest person in Chenango or any adjoining county took place at the residence of H. S. Wightman, in New Berlin, it being the burial of Emeline Medbury, 75 years of age, and but 44 inches in height. She descended from a tall and robust family, and her ancestors were among the earliest settlers in that section.
   MADISON.—Oneida is infested with kleptomaniacs.
   There are about 20 prisoners in the county jail at present.
   The Earlville Standard entered upon the third volume.
   The hop market continues to be active, with a slightly upward tendency in prices.
   DeRuyter merchants now close their places of business at 8 o'clock in the evening.
   Canastota is infected with gambling dens, which threaten ruin to the youth of that village.
   D. B. Stillman is to have charge of the government observatory [weather station—CC editor] now being established at Brookfield.
   Joseph Leard, a well-known resident of Oneida, has been taken to the Utica insane asylum, having become afflicted with a mental malady which, it is stated, cannot be permanently cured. A temporary relief may, however, be afforded.
   DeWitt & Patten, Canastotians interested in developing the Justine dynamite cartridge, have secured a range near the Perryville Falls and will soon shake up that country with 25 pound dynamite shells fired from a 12-ton gun, now coming from Boston.
   TOMPKINS.—The loss of sheep killed by dogs in the town of Dryden, during the past year will foot up nearly $400.
   The board of supervisors have enacted a law making it a misdemeanor to kill a quail in Tompkins county for five years from Dec. 4th, or to have a quail in possession taken therein for the same period.
   Prof. Fox Holden, of Lansing, who was principle of the High School from 1875 to 1880, has just been chosen president of the new Normal school at Plattsburg. Mr. Holden is a Cornell graduate, class of '72.
   M. Norton, of Enfield, who was dangerously wounded by the accidental discharge of a gun last week while out hunting near West Dryden has, although only 35 years of age, had two toes cut off owing to carelessness in the use of an ax, both arms have been broken below the elbow, one finger has been taken off by a mowing machine and besides this he has been kicked in the head by a horse.

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