The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 3, 1890.
Death of Almon T. Ney.
Few men were better known in this county than Almon T. Ney, who died at his home in Homer village last Monday after an illness of several months duration. For the past twenty years he had been actively engaged in buying butter and cheese from the farmers in this and adjoining counties. He had made many warm friends by his honesty in all business transactions and his genial disposition. Socially, he was a very interesting companion. Although he was an active and a stirring Democrat he had never held office until something over a year ago when he was appointed Deputy State Dairy Commissioner, a position which he filled to the entire satisfaction of his superior in office as well as the general public.
He was fifty-two years of age and leaves a widow and four children. The funeral services were held from his late home on Thursday afternoon.
On Tuesday last ex-Judge S. S. Knox vacated the Surrogate's office in this place, and County Judge Joseph E. Eggleston took possession of the same the following day. Judge Knox retires from the office of County Judge and Surrogate, conscious of having done his duty faithfully, and for the best interests of the people. It is not too much to say, that he has made the best surrogate the county ever had. He has been prompt in the discharge of his duties, and that those duties have been performed to the satisfaction of all suitors, goes without saying. The very large Republican vote he received at the last election .shows pretty conclusively that he had discharged every obligation in a highly satisfactory manner. The Judge has taken possession of his old office over the National Bank of Cortland, and will undoubtedly resume the practice of law.
Judge Eggleston will undoubtedly do his best to serve the people well, and we doubt not he will make a good official. We sincerely hope he will make as good a record as his predecessor has made, and if he does this, he certainly ought to be satisfied. The people of this county will not require more of him.
State Treasurer Fitzgerald retires from office to-day to make way for his successor, the Hon. Elliott Danforth, and last evening, at the Windsor, gave a dinner to the State officers and a few of his friends. The dinner was entirely informal. An elaborate menu was served and the table was attractively decorated with rare flowers. Mr. Fitzgerald sat at the head of his table and Gov. Hill occupied the place of honor. The other guests present were Lieut. Gov. Edward F. Jones; Secretary of State, Frederick Cook; Comptroller, Edward Wemple; Attorney-General Tabor; State Engineer John Bogart; O. U. Kellogg, Hugh Duffy, the Hon. Frank Rice, Secretary of State-elect; Mayor Edward A. Maker, State Treasurer-elect Elliott Danforth; Dr. J . M. Milne, Maj. Gen. J. O. Woodward, F. C. Straat. A number of impromptu speeches were made.—Albany Argus, Dec. 31.
Post Grover No. 98, G. A. R.
At the annual meeting of Post Grover No. 98, G. A. R., held in their rooms on Wednesday evening, January 1, 1890, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
Commander—N. G. Harmon.
Senior Vice-Commander—C. W. Wiles.
Junior Vice-Commander—G. S. Hunt.
Surgeon—Dr. A. J. White.
Chaplain—E. M. Seacord.
Quartermaster—M. E. Corwin.
Officer of the Day—B. R. Carpenter.
Officer of the Guard—D. Kratzer.
Sergeant Major—H. M. Kellogg.
Quartermaster Sergeant—S. Knickerbocker.
A Heavy Blow.
SYRACUSE, N. Y., Dec. 26, 1889. —A cyclone from the southwest swept across Onondaga lake about 10 o'clock this forenoon, prostrating many structures. It caught up a great volume of water, carrying it wildly before it. In the course of its cyclonic force it struck the horse barn of the People's Street railway company, carrying away the cornice and roof of the building and overthrowing the front walls. The mass of brick and timber was hurled into the building , doing much damage.
Charles A. Nichols, assistant superintendent, age about 40, was sitting near the door reading a newspaper. The mass of debris fell upon him, killing him instantly. Giles Wood, an employee who was talking with Nichols, had his collarbone broken and he was otherwise hurt. His condition is not dangerous. Joseph Forkheimer was cleaning a horse which was killed and Forkheimer was dangerously injured. He was hurt internally and his head bruised. Several other employees were slightly injured. Damage to building several thousand dollars.
Last week on Christmas eve, a stranger within the gates of Cortland observed that the children of expectation stood on tiptoe looking not alone for Santa Claus, but listening with bated breath for marriage bells. On the evening of the 26th of December expectations [of] children reinforced by the fraternity of laudable curiosity, assembled in gala attire, within the hemlock-wreathed and holly decked walls of Grace church, to witness the marriage of Mr. Arthur L. Chaplin of Pittsburg, Kansas, and Miss Mary Bauder of this town. The beauty of the chancel was greatly enhanced by the rood screen composed of evergreens and holly berries surmounted by crosses and illuminated by tapers whose light brought out in full relief the ecclesiastical symbols above the reredos.
During the brief interval of waiting, Mr. F. W. Miller, the accomplished organist, played appropriate music. Precisely at seven o'clock the "Acme Glee Club" began to sing the "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's "Lohengrin,'' arranged especially by Mr. Miller, and "Hail Happy Day" and to the musical accompaniment the bridal party marched to their respective places, led by the ushers Messrs. F. O. Howard, Arthur L. Stillson, Frank E. Brogden, and Maurice Saunders of Cortland, James H. Starin of Homer and Mr. Frederick W. Kohler of Utica, N. Y. Following the ushers came the bridesmaids, Misses Gertrude Ingham, Emma Mumford, Lena Fitzgerald and Minnie Mager, then the maid of honor Miss Anabel Bauder, (sister of the bride), lastly the bride on the arm of her father, Mr. Delos Bauder [proprietor of the Cortland House—CC editor].
At the altar rail awaiting them stood Rev. John Arthur, the bridegroom Mr. Chaplin and Mr. Edward Keator who acted as best man. The ushers passed into the chancel; the brides maids separated and stood below the steps, allowing the bride to pass. Then the maids ascended the chancel steps and the marriage ceremony began, in accordance with the impressive ritual of the Episcopal church.
The bride's gown was of white silk faille, en trame, cut low at the neck, with elbow sleeves and elaborately trimmed with lace and orange blossoms. The veil was as of tulle and she carried an ivory bound prayer book. The maid of honor, Miss Bauder, was radiant, a vision of loveliness in her dress of pearl silk and white and gilt brocade. The brides maids were equally charming in costumes of white silk tulle cut V shaped at the neck. They wore short white tulle veils. Each lady carried a circular fan composed of smilax and white carnations tied with white satin ribbons. The bridegroom and ushers were attired in the conventional evening dress for gentlemen. Each man wore a half opened rose on his coat lapel.
Immediately after the wedding ceremony the bridal party left the church, followed by the exultant strains of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" and at once repaired to the Cortland House where the guests were received by the newly wedded pair, Mr. and Mrs. Chaplin, Mr. and Mrs. Bauder, Miss Bauder, (maid of honor) and the lovely brides maids. The reception room had been festooned with garlands of hemlock and beneath this canopy hallowed by the spirit of Christmas and sacred associations the bright faced bride rich in the love of friends received congratulations which were heartfelt. Refreshments were served in the handsomely decorated dining room. There, too, the mark of loving hands was seen, garlanded pillars and smilax trimmed chandeliers.
After supper Fischer's orchestra played the Bridal Quadrille which was danced by the bridal party. During the evening the bride tossed her bouquet of lilies of the valley which was caught by her cousin, Miss Gertrude Ingham. The Cortland House presented a brilliant scene, so elegant were the toilets of the guests, and so evident the enjoyment of all who came to greet the fair young bride.
Mrs. Chaplin is deservedly popular in Cortland, where she is loved by all, old and young. Her winning cordiality of manner, and bright personality leave a pleasant impression wherever she goes, and to her western home she not only carries good wishes but very valuable and beautiful tokens of esteem and affection. Few brides have the good fortune to receive such elegant and costly wedding gifts. But the general verdict is that she deserves them.
Mr. Chaplin is the popular cashier of the M'fg's Bank of Pittsburg, Kan. He has always been regarded as a bright business man and his career in the West is likely to sustain that reputation. His charming home recently completed is now ready for occupancy. Mr. and Mrs. Chaplin left for New York on the 11 o'clock train. They expect to reach Pittsburg, Kan., about the 2nd day of January.
Among the guests from out of town were Mr. Dan. J. Sperry, Mrs. W. F. Burdick, Miss May Burdick and James Burdick, Mrs. C. F. Porter and Mr. C. F. Lighton, of Syracuse; Mr. Norman Bauder of Gloversville; Mr. J. H. McConathy of Baltimore, Md., Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Chaplin, of Messengerville; Mr. and Mrs. C. Burgess, Mrs. C. C. Johnson of Marathon; Mr. H. S. Bliss, daughter and mother, of Truxton; Miss Mary V. Keene, of Buffalo and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. L. Brooks of Marathon.
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