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Cortland County Sentinel, Thursday, February 25, 1897.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Calvert Celebrate Their Fiftieth Anniversary.
   Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Calvert on Wednesday, Feb. 17, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at their home in South Cortland. Statisticians say that this is a privilege given to but one couple in eleven thousand and if this is so there is all the more reason why the occasion should be observed by all who are privileged to reach the golden milestone.
   Over a hundred of Mr. and Mrs. Calvert’s friends called upon them in the course of the afternoon and evening to offer their congratulations and good wishes.  Mr. H. F. Benton took down from Cortland one large sleighload of their friends in the Presbyterian church. In the load were Mr. and Mrs. Benton, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Tanner, Mrs. T. D. P. Stone, Mrs. Lucy M. Collins, Mrs. Harriet F. Parker, Mrs. Elvira Hyde, Mrs. Theresa C. Bishop, Mrs. Almira Wickwire, Mrs. Jane M. Foster, Miss Martha Roe, Miss Editha Stevens and Rev. John T. Stone.
   Some appropriate remarks were made by Mr. Stone and congratulatory letters were read from Rev. J. L. Robertson, former pastor of the Presbyterian church, and from Mr. Calvert's nephew, Rev. John B. Calvert of New York City. The following poem adapted for this occasion by Miss Stephens was read by Mr. Stone:

   Supposing that when we were married
     Just fifty years to-day;
   Supposing our footsteps had tarried
     Till we had been shown all the way.

   Suppose that the joy and gladness
     Had all been revealed in that hour,
   Suppose that the grief and the sadness,
     Had showed us their terrible power.

   So weighty a burden to carry
     Had surely seemed heavy to bear;
   But Christ bid them gently to tarry
     And each day to come with its share.

   Thus the years that so quickly have vanished,
     Have passed us one day at a time,
   From some of them songs were all banished
     And some gay with musical chime.

   They all have been held in His keeping
     Who promised strength with each day,
   And swiftly as all have been slipping
     His word has been faithful alway.

   In the evening the members of the grange to which Mr. and Mrs. Calvert belong, to the number of about fifty, called in a body and spent a very pleasant social season. In words both happy and humorous, Mr. W. P. Robinson presented Mrs. Calvert with a gold ring and Mr. Calvert with a pair of gold-bowed glasses. Many other tokens of regard were left by others who called singly, in pairs and in small companies during afternoon and evening. Among these were $10 in gold from nephews and nieces.
   The arrangements for the anniversary were all made by Mrs. George H. Hyde, their daughter, and she was assisted in receiving by Mrs. Emily Calvert of Preble, and their nieces, Mrs. George Fitts of McLean and Mrs. M. R. Wood and Mrs. Frank Haskins of South Cortland. The bountiful and elegant refreshments were served in the dining-room which was in charge of grandnieces, Mrs. N. F. Webb, Miss Jennie Fitts, Mrs. Jerome Fitts and Miss Belle Calvert.
   Mr. Calvert was a son of John and Isabella Calvert, pioneer settlers of Cortland county, and was one of a family of thirteen children, and is the only surviving one. He was born Aug. 13, 1820.
   Mrs. Calvert was formerly Miss Betsey Wilcox, daughter of Asher and Bozille Wilcox, who were originally from Connecticut. She was one of a family of seven children and was born Feb. 19, 1820.
   Mr. and Mrs. Calvert have occupied their present home for over forty years with the exception of eight years when they lived in Cortland village. Six children were born to them, but the only one living their daughter, Mrs. George H. Hyde, who has occupied the homestead with them continuously since her marriage. Both Mr. and Mrs. Calvert are enjoying excellent health and it is to be hoped that they may yet enjoy many years together.

Operation at the Hospital.
   Augustus Tyrrel, a middle-aged man who was employed in the trim shop of the Cortland Wagon Co., was operated upon at the hospital Friday by Dr. Dana assisted by Drs. Higgins, Sornberger and Reese. He had a bad abscess in the lower part of the liver and was in a very dangerous condition. The operation is successful and the patient is doing well.

Plaintiff Claimed Damages for Being Struck by an S. & B. R. R. Coal Train.
   The case of Margaret Caine vs., The Syracuse, Binghamton & N. Y. R. R. was completed Friday afternoon and was given to the jury at 5 o'clock. This was an action in which the plaintiff claimed $10,000 for injuries received May 14, 1894, by being struck by an S. & B. coal train at the second crossing of the railroad below the farm of O. U. Kellogg on the Blodgett Mills road. The engineer, fireman and head brakeman were sworn for the defence and swore that the bell was rung and the warning given for the crossing. Mrs. Caine and daughter were sworn and Mrs. J . H. Reas and Mr. Cortland Corwin were sworn and all testified that no warning was given. At the close of the evidence a motion was made for a nonsuit on the ground that though the accident occurred on the S. & B. road, it was a D. L. & W. coal train which caused it, and that if there was any blame and if any one was liable it was the D. L. & W. R. R. and not the S. & B. R. R.  Motion was denied. At 8 o'clock the jury brought in a verdict of $2,000 damages. Dougherty & Miller, O. U. Kellogg and T. E. Courtney appeared for the plaintiff, and Jenney, Jenney & Stoltz of Syracuse for the defendant.
   The case of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. vs. Theodore Stevenson was tried. This was an action in which the plaintiff claimed $135 of premiums which it was claimed belonged to them and had been withheld by the defendant. The defence was that through their influence and instruction the defendant had been to expense and trouble to procure other risks which they had then put into other hands and that he was damaged to the amount of the premiums and to more than that amount. Tried. The court granted enough of the defendant's claims to reduce the claim to $90.25 and directed the jury to return a judgment for that amount. B. T. Wright for plaintiff. W. C. Crombie and John Courtney for defendant.
   The case of Rose A. Pulford vs. The Village of Marathon is now on trial. This is an action to recover $20,000 damages for injuries alleged to have been produced by a defective highway. The accident in question was in March, 1895. The case promises to be a long one as about sixty witnesses from Marathon are present to be sworn. Rockwell & McCann and John Courtney for plaintiff. W. J. Mantanye and O. U. Kellogg for defendant.

   Rheumatism is caused by lactic acid in the blood. Hood's Sarsaparilla neutralizes the acid and cures rheumatism.

Election Expenses.
   The following candidates for office at the recent [Cortlandville] town meeting have filed sworn statements with Town Clerk Alger that they expended nothing in the interest of their election:
   C. J. Wavle, E. M. Yager, T. P. Benjamin, R. J. Lucas, Fred Bowker, George J. Miller, M. E. Corwin, A. E. Seymour, Albert Goldsmith, J. D. Hull, Lawrence Ryder, E. R. Baldwin, E. L. Tanner, Miner Merrick, C. W. Youker, D. E. Utley, Allen Potter, John Hubbard, Dell June, W. W. Jennison, A. A. Borthwick, J . L. Maritt, E. P. Leach and Watts Freer, B. S. Conger. Republican candidate for assessor, paid $20 to the town committee, and W. R. Biggar, Republican candidate for justice of the peace, expended $5.

Pomona Grange on March 2.
   The first quarterly meeting of Cortland county Pomona grange will be held in Good Templars' hall in Cortland village, on Tuesday, March 2, 1897, a t 10:30 A. M. sharp. The installation of the officers, the report of the delegates to the state grange, and an address by Lloyd F. Rice on finance with reference to bimetallism will be a part of the program. All patrons are cordially invited to be present.
   N. F. WEBB, W. M.
   J. D. F. WOOLSTON, Sec.
A School of Methods.
   The quarterly meeting of the Woman's Christian Temperance union of Cortland county will be a school of methods and will be held at the headquarters of the Cortland union on Wednesday, March 3. The departments of heredity and soldiers and sailors will be discussed. Other interesting matters will come before the meeting. Those interested will be welcome.
   LIBBIE ROBERTSON, Recording Secretary.


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