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McGraw Corset Factory.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 31, 1890.

   The question of the day is, "How much did you have in?"
   Our quiet village was thrown into a high state of excitement on Friday afternoon by the announcement that the Corset Factory of P. H. McGraw & Son, together with all of the real estate of the firm had been sold and transferred to Warner Bros. of New York city. Notices were immediately posted announcing the transfer and that the factory would be closed until Monday for the purpose of taking an inventory, and would be re-opened and resume business on Monday. The change was due to the embarrassment of the firm of P. H. McGraw & Son caused by endorsing heavily with the firm of P. H. & D. McGraw. The factory re-opened Monday under the management of Warner Bros. The Warner Bros. assumed all obligations of P. H. McGraw & Son.
   On Saturday morning our community was thrown into a still higher state of excitement by the announcement that the firm of P. H. & D. McGraw had made a general assignment to O. A. Kinney. The liabilities of the firm are variously estimated at from fifty to seventy-five thousand dollars with comparatively no assets to meet the liabilities. The cause can be easily accounted for, the firm were doing business entirely on borrowed capital, many farmers, having the entire proceeds of their farms for many years deposited with them. It has been the custom of poor working people to deposit their hard earnings with the firm. The loss falls heavily on many and the entire community will be deeply affected by the failure. "Not much protection for the poor laborers who deposited their hard earnings with this republican firm."
   NEPOS. [pen name of correspondent]

   John Taylor is very ill at his home on Cortland street.
   De Forest Baker has been on the sick list for several days past.
   Miss Mertie Jones, who has been seriously ill is now convalescent.
   Jesse Shoales has been very ill at his home on Cortland street, with the grippe.
   For once during the winter we have had one day of passable sleighing.
   Hilsinger & Salisbury purchased the market building occupied by them, last week, of Clark Pierce.
   The Empire Quartette of Cortland are billed to give one of their entertainments at Marathon Opera House on Wednesday evening next.
   Jay Miller died at his father's residence about one mile west of this village, on Sunday last. He was buried on Tuesday. Rev. Mr. Weeks officiated.
   The failure of the McGraw brothers hurts in this vicinity badly. They had purchased the creamery butter manufactured at the Wightman factory, and nearly all of the season's production is still here. Money is scarce and times have not been so hard in years.
    *    * [pen name symbol]

   Mrs. Parker Gilbert is very sick with la grippe [influenza].
   Miss Nettie Olmstead is visiting relatives in Syracuse this week
   A large amount of butter is yet unsold in this part of the county.
   George and Robert Morehead have sold their farm to Thomas Kelley.
   A large number of our people are confined to the house on account of la grippe.
   George Oaks has taken a farm of sixty acres, belonging to Mrs. Morris Watrous, to work on shares.
   Henry Cummings has taken Reuben Roods farm to work on shares. He will take possession in two weeks.
   Norman Harmon of East Homer and formerly of this place, has been appointed court crier by Judge Eggleston.
   The snow that fell was quite a welcome visitor. The farmers used it to good advantage last Friday and Saturday.
   The Grangers will give a literary entertainment and neck-tie sociable at their hall on Wednesday evening February 5. All are invited.
   Mr. and Mrs. Benedict who live on a farm near Homer village, joined the Grange in this place last Saturday evening, and on Monday Mr. George Moore, the Director insured their property in the Patrons' Fire Relief Association. Thus one by one the farmers of this county are getting insured in the best, safest and most reliable insurance company.
   We hear a great many now express a dislike to the farm, because "no money can be made and it is very hard work to earn a living." Others have pleasant and happy homes and are contented and enjoy life on the farm. They have won success by hard work and have taken pleasure in planning and putting into practice what is profitable. While gaining a competence, they are building up the farm at the same time. Farmers of to-day must think and carry out their own plans. In every trade and profession, to keep abreast of the times is the struggle. It takes persistent work to do it. Let young farmers do the same and cultivate an increasing interest in the work and there will be fewer dissatisfied occupants of the homestead.
   GRANGER. [pen name]

   There are 12 new cases of grip reported for the week past.
   Mrs. Geo. Peck and three children are suffering from an attack of la grippe.
   Mrs. Minerva Giffith is in very poor health. Dr. Higgins of Cortland attends her.
   Mr. Abram Griffith has been quite sick from a relapse of grippe. Dr. Nelson of Truxton attended him.
   Mr. Dix Hobart is confined to the house from a relapse of grip. Dr. Hendricks of McGrawville attends him.
   It is currently reported that Mr. Wm. W. Brings will occupy the Hibbard farm soon to be vacated by T. A. Cushing.
   Mr. Fred. A. Cushing has purchased the widow Bennett property consisting of house, barn and 2 1/2 acres of land. Consideration $1300.
   Mel Haight met with a severe accident Monday of this week. While shaving the end of a sleigh runner, the drawing knife slipped, cutting an ugly gash in his leg just below the knee.
   UNCLE SI. [pen name]

   Many people here are very sick at the present writing.
   Miss Carrie Baum is staying at A. Borthwick's as his wife is sick.
   Mrs. O. Lamphere is dress making at Mrs. C. Tuttles this week.
   Mr. John Eades killed nine hogs Monday and sold them at Marathon at $5 per hundred [weight].
   When any one smokes hams in the woodshed look out for fire, as Mr. B. Grant came near losing his house one day last week.
   The marriage of Miss Elida Lamphere to Mr. Benjamin Homer, of Virgil, took place Thursday, Jan. 23, at the home of her mother, Mrs. L. Lamphere. Rev. Mr. Torry officiating.
   After a successful term of school Professor Lathrop is to leave us. We shall miss him in school, in church and in the Lodge to which he belongs, as he has filled all these places creditably.
   There was a small attendance at church on account of sickness, yet Rev. Mr. Topping spoke on these words "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the way of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scorner."
   KATE. [pen name]

   Mrs. M. C. Butterfield is quite sick. Dr. Bolles of Cortland attends her.
   Mr. M. C. Butterfield has lately received a very fine portrait of himself done in India ink.
   Rev. J. H. Zartman will preach here next Sunday evening.

   The Ladies' Aid Society met at the house of Orrin Pratt, on Tuesday last.
   Dr. D. Burdick and wife, of Homer, visited at J. B. Briggs' on Saturday.
   Willie Gutchess & wife, of East River, called on friends in town on Saturday and Sunday.
   Ryan Green underwent the painful operation of having his limb reset on Sunday by Dr. H. D. Hunt.
   Dr. Johnson was called to Walter D. Briggs' on Monday, on account of the sickness of Franklin.
   Mr. and Mrs. Frisbie, of the County House, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Briggs, on Sunday. [Mr. Frisbie was the Superintendent of the County House—CC editor.]
   Among those on the sick list are Mr. Elijah Stanton, Charles Wilcox, Mr. Anderson Francisco, Cal. Shepard, Marshal Briggs and Mrs. Eugene Van Hoesen.
   The community were greatly startled by the announcement that Geo. Maycumber, in company with Mrs. Emily Van Patten and son, had gone to Illinois, there to be united in matrimony on Tuesday of last week.
   Among the arrivals in town we notice F. T. Van Hoesen and sister, of New
York; also Mrs. Morrison and daughter, Martha, who have been visiting in Ohio for some time. They were called home by the sickness of their father, Matthias Van Hoesen, who has been dangerously ill, but is slightly improving at present writing.
   PETE. [pen name]

   Farmers are patiently waiting for sleighing.
   Mrs. Miles Bennett still continues in poor health.
   Ira Fox had a wood bee last Thursday. About ten cords were cut.
   Mrs. George Jaquins is confined to her bed. Dr. Kenyon attends her.
   The patrons of DeLong's factory lose from six to eight hundred dollars by the McGraw failure. There are also individual losses by residents of this place. One man loses $1,600 and another $3,000.
   Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Brooks' little child Kittie, had convulsions Sunday, caused by worms. Dr. Halbert was hastily summoned, who administered the proper remedies. The child was considered better at this writing.
   CALUMET [pen name]

   Will Dolon, who has been very sick with pneumonia is improving slightly.
   Miss Jennie Dolon of Cortland, who has been caring for her brother returned home on Tuesday last.
   Miss Mamie Kerrigan, who has been sick for some time, was able to commence school again Monday.
   Assignments seem to be the order of the day. Many people here realize the fact that it is hardly paying business.


   J. B. Polk, the eminent comedian, will present his new play entitled "The Silent Partner" in the Opera House, Wednesday evening, Feb. 5th. Seats on sale at Wallace's.
   On Tuesday Mr. Ed. Lucas, an employee in the Cortland Chair and Cabinet works, had his face severely cut by a stick that was hurled from one of the machines in the shop.
   The Cortland Democratic Club moved into their new quarters in the new Miller building last Tuesday evening. Their rooms are on the second floor and are very pleasant and convenient.
   Sheriff Borthwick arrested one William Kelley at Wellsburg, N. Y., on Wednesday, who is charged with forgery and larceny in obtaining $180 from Matthias Van Hoesen, of Preble. He was indicted by the last Grand Jury.
   Weather Prophet Devoe says: "It will be cold from the 22d of January to the close, and the ice dealers will be able to cut ice the 1st of February, and the third wave will reach us on February 17th. March will enter with a snow storm, but it will clear up warm and there will be an early spring.
   The Cortland Standard heads an item "New Ice Firm." This must be owing to the chilling effects of Brother Clark's "protection" theories, and an unexpected depression in the price of "bulbous roots." In Moravia we haven’t seen new ice yet, firm enough to even encourage the small boys on skates. Old ice is the firmer of the two. Moravia Register. 
   The regular monthly mothers' meeting will be held at the residence of Mrs. James S. Squires, No. 44 Tompkins street, on Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 1890, at 2:30 P. M. Subject for consideration, "Kindergarten in the Home." Papers of great interest by leading Kindergarteurs will be presented. All mothers and others interested in the care and training of children are cordially invited to be present.
   A friend of the Chenango Telegraph, reminded of the adage that, as the days begin to lengthen the cold begins to strengthen, has figured out how the days lengthen. December 20th is the shortest day. From that date to December 31st the days increase in length 4 minutes; in the month of January, 55 minutes; in February, 1 hour and 9 minutes; in March, 1 hour and 21 minutes; in April, 1 hour and 13 minutes; in May, 1 hour and 1 minute, and in June 11 minutes. Then they begin to shorten.



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