Saturday, December 12, 2015


Cortland's first hospital was a building (house) on Clayton Avenue.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 15, 1891.

Hospital Donations.
   The following is a list of articles donated to the hospital for April: Normal School Board, 6 iron bedsteads and wash stands; Mrs. W. H. Clark, a carpet, 12 window shades and fixtures; Mr. George Sweetland, hair pillow; Mrs. F . J. Miller, 1 comfortable, 1 pillow, 3 pillow cases; Mrs. C. F. Thompson, 1 tray, 1 napkin, 5 teaspoons; Mrs. Sarah Darby, chamber set of crockery; Mrs. Dorr C. Smith, 1 table cloth, 2 window shades; Mrs. I. Whiteson, 1 pair blankets; Mrs. G. W. Bradford, 2 goblets, 6 cups and saucers, wash stand, soap dish and soap, 1 pair sheets; Mrs. A. T. Peck, couch; Mrs. W. J. Perkins, 1 pair sheets, 3 pair pillowcases; Mrs. M. E. Doud, 1 bell, 1 book, 6 napkins, 4 sheets; Mrs. Hannah K. Brown, 1 pair sheets, 1 comfortable; Mrs. S. K. Shankland, 1 comfortable half worn; Mrs. L. D. C. Hopkins, flowers; Sewing School Presbyterian Church, 1 quilt; Mrs. L. J. Fitzgerald, wash bowel and pitcher; Mr. E. W. Reynolds, water bag; Mr. G. Bligh, some chamber crockery; Miss O. Beale, 5 pillows, 6 pillow cases, 1 comfortable, 2 sheets, 2 quilts half worn, 5 chairs; Mrs. Julia F. Twiss, two counterpanes, 1 comfortable half worn, 1 chair, 1 stand, 3 night shirts, roll of old flannel; Mrs. A. Bosworth, 2 sheets; Mr. D. Spalding, 2 towels, 1 napkin; Mrs. E. Benedict, 1 blanket; Miss Mary Hubbard, 1 comfortable half worn; Mrs. A. E. Buck, bath tub, pair slippers, 2 napkins, roll of old cloth; Mrs. S. J. White, hemmed three counterpanes; Mrs. R. A. Smith, 1 towel; Miss Louise Hunter, 2 pillows, 2 pillow cases; Mrs. F. H. Cobb, invalids chair; Mrs. Bennett, 2 pillow cases; Mrs. Bennett, 2 pillow cases, 2 pillows; Mrs. A. Edgcomb, 1 commode; Mr. F. M. McDowell, 1 food cup, medicines; Mr. L. L. Gillett, 1 easy rocker; Mrs. R. F. Randall, bed pan, 2 towel racks; Mrs. J. A. Robinson, 3 towels, 1 bed quilt; Mrs. E. Brewer, 1 couch, 1 spring bed; Mrs. F. O. Hyatt, 2 towels, 1 napkins, 1 carpet; Mrs. Dr. Reese, flannel shoulder cape, 1 comfortable; Mrs. George L. Warren, bedstead and springs, mattress, 2 pillows, 4 comfortables, stand and chair; Mr. Moran, 1 chair; Mr. Dorr C. Smith, writing lease and contract; Richard Morris, carting; Mr. Grannis 2 days painting; Brown & Maybury, box of soap, rebate on bill 25 cents; Mr. F. D. Smith, 3 thermometers; Mr. C. W. Collins, wash bowl and pitcher; Mr. Henry Hubbard, crockery; Mr. A. J. Goddard, bottle of whiskey; Mr. C. W. Smith, Daily Journal; Mr. E. D. Rindge, $1 worth of milk tickets; Mr. John Severance, $1 worth of milk tickets; Mr. E. F. Squires, $5 in groceries; Mr. S. N. Holden, $5 in coal; Mr. C. F. Thompson, $5 in groceries; Brown & Morse, $2 in groceries; W. H. Angel, $2 in meat; F. W. Clark, $1 in groceries; Kellogg & Curtis, $5 in dry goods; A. Sager, $5 in paints.

   Frank Salisbury returned Sunday from Venice, having put in fifteen acres of barley in two weeks.
   Pat Lane leads the record for lambs this season with thirteen from seven ewes—six pairs of twins and a single.
   Mr. Pickens, our genial blacksmith, has taken to boarding at Gay's Hotel and is not walking from Homer each morning.
   John Cottrell having completed his hay depot, is filling it from his large stock. His teams make two trips a day with ease.
   Planting corn was begun on Monday by some but with overcoats and mittens it was rather slow work. The season is rather backward and very dry.
   Mrs. Simmons, of Rockford, Ill., with her two children reached this place Saturday, on an extended visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Selover.
   The union milkmen, having filled their contract with Mr. Jackson, are now making about ten cheese a day. Arthur Foster is helping O. Andrews in their making.
   A. B. Raymond took a spin Sunday with a party around the Tully park. Two bicyclists were all the residents seen. It is not as easy of excess as Little York would be for an investment of that nature.
   We regret to lose our East Scott postmaster. We fear that in going to Preble he will be like that historical traveler, who went down to Jericho. That water gate is much easier hoisted than building a fire under a steam boiler.
   ULI SLICK. [pen name of local correspondent.]

   Planting corn is the order of the day. Rather late in the season for planting potatoes.
   Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Cushing spent Sunday at Blodgett's Mills.
   Appropriate exercises were held at the school here on Arbor day.
   Mrs. Robert Jackson, of Newark Valley, is visiting relatives here the present week.
   Miss Kittie Mynard, who has been home for a few weeks past, has returned to Auburn.

   Mr. Prank A. Wiles, of Uncle Sam's standing army, returned to New York today.
   E. T. Salisbury and wife, of Marathon, were guests among friends in town over Sunday.
   Willis Meacham, who has a position with the Hitchcock M'f'g Co., of Cortland, was at his father's over Sunday.
   Our citizens who are buying potatoes for family use, are realizing who pays the tariff—the producer or the consumer.
   Carton Goetches and Allie Button were married this afternoon at the M. E. parsonage, Rev. D. W. Sweatland officiating.
   The funeral of Elias Clinton took place at the Baptist Church Sunday, Rev. O. Cooper and Rev. D. W. Sweatland officiating.
   Some of our farmers are very much pleased over the extreme high price of butter, and a few believe it is owing entirely to the McKinley bill, but if they would realize that we are exporters of that goods and that it is much higher in free trade England than here, it would seem much better.
   The many friends of Mrs. Eliza Mooney, widow of the late Lewis Mooney, were pained to learn of her death, which occurred Sunday morning last. Mrs. Mooney, as she was familiarly known, was in the eighty-second year of her age, having been born in Dutchess [county] in 1809. She was a lady of a sympathetic nature, but followed the dictates of her own conscience. In her death the community loses one of its best residents, the church an influential member and the family a kind and loving mother. She leaves three sons and a daughter to mourn her loss, Frederick, Stephen, Austin and Susan, and a brother—Stephen J. Adams, who has made his home with her for some time. Funeral services were held from the M. E. Church this afternoon, Rev. D. W. Sweatland officiated, and in the course of his remarks paid much respect to the departed sister.

   C. F. Cobb has a fat cow to sell.
   Mr. James Fenton has been awarded a [civil war service] pension.
   Miss Nell Barber has gone upon a visit to Ithaca.
   Harlem Potter has taken another load of hay to the cars.
   Mr. Arthur Phillips, of Ithaca, has been a guest at W. E. Barber's.
   Mr. Ed Rowell, of Mich., has been a guest at Mrs. Lois Clark's.
   Mr. F. M. Hazard and wife attended the funeral of George Streeter, of Borodino, last Tuesday.
   The grippe is subsiding, and a new trouble has broken out. Several of our citizens have been attacked with Supreme writs.

   Mrs. J. Moon, of Marathon, visited her son Sunday.
   Mr. O. Lamphere lost a valuable horse the past week.
   Mr. John Davis was in Marathon on business, Thursday.
   Mr. John Woods, of Galatia, visited at Arthur Dickinson's Saturday.
   Drs. E. Allen and C. West, of Dryden, visited at Dr. D. K. Allen's the past week.
   Mrs. Vosberg and the Mrs. Dickinsons called on friends in Marathon, Monday.
   Quite a number of teachers from town attended the institute at Marathon, last week.
   Mrs. Valentine has been visiting her old home and calling on old friends here recently.
   Mr. Clay Carley and wife, of Homer, were guests at Clarence Tripp's the first of the week.
   Mr. Eugene Watrous and wife, of Marathon, were guests at H. Stone's the first of the week.
   An invited party on Thursday evening at Almeran Metzgar's. Music by the Davis band.
   Mr. George Borthwick is soon to leave us, as he has a position in the McGrawville factory.
   There has been a great fire in the woods west of us, destroying much property in the timber line.
   The opening of the cheese factory, last week, was postponed, and now it is running full blast.
   Mr. Theron Guernsey, from Killawog, acting as colporteur, called on Rev. Fred Knight last week.
   Mr. Howard Watrous, of Cortland, was in town with his bicycle, Sunday, and called at his grandfather's.
   Some miscreant has ruined many valuable fruit trees on the farm belonging to Mrs. Hulbert, of Marathon, by girdling them.
   Rev. Leroy Grant, of the Northern New York Conference, preached a missionary sermon Sunday from words found in John, 10th Chap., and 16th verse. "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold."

   Miss Cora Frank, of Athens, Pa., is visiting at Mr. Fred Hutchings.
   Miss Carrie May, of Harford Mills, was a guest of Miss Orrial Gardiner, last Thursday.
   Mr. Fred Leet and wife, of Killawog, were guests at Mr. Jasper D. Rounds, Sunday.
   Dr. Harvey Baker, of Bradford, Pa., is visiting his sister, Mrs. Samuel Hutchings, this week.
   Miss Lulu Wright and Mr. Will Muncy and wife of Cortland, were guests of Mr. Dorr Elster and wife Sunday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Burt, of Higginsville, was visiting at Mr. W. H. Hall's and Mr. Frank Freer's, Saturday and Sunday.
   Mrs. Newton Leet, of Center Lisle, is stopping with her daughter, Mrs. D. V. Price, and helping care for her children, who are very sick.
   Dr. Jewett, of Cortland, was in town Saturday to see a little son of Mr. E. V. Price, who is very sick with scarlet fever, but is better at present.
   Mr. W. H. Hall, proprietor of the Virgil hotel, will give a Decoration Party at his house on Friday evening, May 29. Music by Talbot & Palmer's full orchestra, full bill $1.25. A cordial invitation is extended to all.

   Mrs. Hoyt is visiting at Mr. Elwyn Clark's.
   Mrs. Electa Hatfield of South Cortland visited friends in this place last week.
   Mr. Henry Bliss has gone to Sheldrake, and expects to work on a large summer hotel there.
   Miss Mina Gillen spent last Saturday and Sunday with Miss Lillian Mosher, at her home in Summer Hill.
   Mrs. Henry Walker and daughter Isabella, of Summer Hill, visited at Mr. Othello Dickinson's last week.
   Mrs. Ed. Pettis of South Cortland, and Mrs. Crain and son, visited at Mr. Charles Steadman's last week Thursday.
   Mr. Frank Bliss is visiting his friends here after an absence of five years. He has spent the most of the time he has been gone in South Dakota.
   Arbor day was observed by our school with appropriate exercises. Songs, recitations and class exercises occupied about an hour and a half in the school room which was tastefully trimmed with evergreens and flowers. Then all adjourned to the school yard to plant the trees which were two very nice looking water elms. Several visitors were present.

   Mr. Hines has a new roof on one side of his house and is happy.
   L. E. Hay has just returned from the west, where he has been dealing in produce.
   The farmers are very busy planting potatoes. There is great inquiry for seed potatoes at present.
   Harris, DeGroat & Co. finished shipping hay and straw from this place on Tuesday of this week.
   It seems good to see Mr. Martin Perry on our streets again. He has been confined to the house by sickness for a long time.
   There has been a fire in the forest on Michigan hill for the past four days, destroying timber and considerable stove wood and other property.
   The cards are out for a Decoration dance at the Owego Valley House on Friday evening May 29. Music, Happy Bill Daniels' full orchestra. Bill $1.50.
   Queer what presence of mind some people have. The other day when the neighbors were fighting fire one person remarked to another who went to pump water from their well, "you must not pump water from our well, for we hain't got any water to spare; it is roily already."
   It is nothing remarkable to see gypsies in our village. On Saturday last we saw a gypsy wagon loaded going east, and on Sunday, as it does every Sunday, moved west with different occupants except the driver. He had a pair of mules and a pair of horses driving and leading the rest of the gang.
   Some strange things happen in this far off village of ours. A few days ago two men had occasion to draw a contract so they went before a Justice and had him draw the contract. After the contract was drawn and signed the party of the first part allowed that it should be copied on his book and fully in his possession, but the party of the second part said no, leave it with the officer who drew it, and so ended the transaction.
   Last Saturday about noon, our citizens were aroused by the alarm of fire, it being the house of Mrs. Moffat, which Mr. James Hinds occupies. The fire was first noticed by his daughter while getting dinner, the roof of the building being on fire. Had it not been for the timely aid of the neighbors who turned out en masse, the whole corner would have been laid in ruins. Everyone worked with a will and put forth every effort and succeeded in extinguishing the fire. Aside from burning off one side of the roof no other damage was done. Mr. Hines wishes to thank his neighbors and friends for their assistance in his time of peril.
   Our school children are happy as school has opened again. Quite an improvement over the old way for district schools. They used to have to attend school right along and keep up the interest in their studies, but now just as the children begin to have an interest and learn, the teachers, poor careworn creatures, have to close school for a week and attend the Institute, and spend the first day of school or nearly all if not quite, in telling and showing where the lessons are, just to please some high bred notion of somebody, and to keep the school tax rolling up, the law being that a child of school age shall attend school fourteen weeks in the school year. How can they, with only fourteen weeks of school and one of that, school closed. Oh, how reasonable!

   We are in need of rain.
   Charilla Kenney is visiting in Cortland.
   Duane Perry, of Syracuse, visited friends in town several days last week.
   Carl Wiegand was home from Cornell University last Saturday and Sunday.
   Michael Muldoon lost a fine cow lately, by milk fever. Mike is too kind and feeds too generously.
   Patrick Dwyre, and wife of Cortland, and Tim Fanning and wife, of the same place, were here last Sunday.
   E. B. Lincoln and Henry Bliss were in Cortland Tuesday, and Dr. Nelson in Taylor on professional business during the same day.
   That genial commercial traveler, McCormick of Pa., was in town Tuesday of this week, and, in company with Chas. Whaite, tossed the delusive fly.
   William Baldwin has sold his hotel barn to Frank Hilton, the latter paying $900 for his purchase. Hilton intends to go into the produce business and will convert the barn into a store.
   Albert W. Pierce, who was obliged to relinquish his position as mail agent on the D. L. & W. road on account of failing health, has lately received a pension of $24 per month. Good for "Bitt."
   If that cur that makes night no pleasant time for sleeping and a quiet morning an impossibility, continues her lamentations in the center of our "beautiful village" very much longer, some one may venture to protest.

   Peleg Stone has gone to Cheningo to spend a short time with friends.
   C. S. DeLong and family, of Pitcher, spent Sunday with his brother in this place.
   Leon Holmes and his sister Annie, of McGrawville, were calling upon old friends in town Sunday.
   R. O. Hare will not operate his factory this season, he having hired to make up the milk in the Crittenden factory, Cincinnatus.
   Timothy Lansdown, of Truxton, has once more taken up his residence in Taylor, having rented Henry Leiber's farm. Mr. Leiber has hired the Ed Potter house, and will move into the same soon.
   Another old resident has gone to join those that have gone before. Thaddeus Whitney died Saturday, aged 80 years. For many years he has lived in this place, and was well and favorably known by nearly every person for miles around. For the last two or three years he has been deprived of the opportunity of looking upon the beautiful world or the countenances of those he loved so dearly. He leaves an aged companion, four sons and an only daughter to mourn his loss. They have the sympathy of all in their affliction. The funeral was held Monday afternoon.

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