Tuesday, May 31, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 20, 1892.


Crowded Houses Every Night—Excellent Entertainments Provided—A
Magnificent Success.
   The fair of Water Witch Steamer and Hose Company and the 45th Separate Company opened Monday to a splendid audience. The two companies, headed by the Hitchcock Mfg. Co.'s band gave a street parade in the early part of the evening and on their march to the Armory were followed by a large crowd of citizens and the immense hall was soon filled with people. The booths were handsomely trimmed and decorated. A large stage had been erected in the east end of the building which was provided with a drop curtain and handsome scenery.
   The entertainment opened with a medley by the band which was followed by "We Meet Again To-Night" by the Ithaca Quartette and in response to an encore they sang "The Winds are all Hushed." The quartette is composed of C. B. Mandeville, first tenor, E. C. Tichenor, second tenor, F. B. Delano, first bass and W. H. Storms, second bass. It is a splendid organization and can hardly be excelled anywhere.
   Lieut. Henry A. Dickinson then introduced Judge J. E Eggleston, who spoke in his usual happy manner for a few minutes and introduced Henry E. Wilson, Esq., of Marathon, who made a very happy speech which was well received. The quartette then sang "Hark the Merry Drum" and for an encore gave the always pleasing ballad "Annie Laurie."
   Judge Eggleston then introduced Hon. B. P. Bush of Horseheads, [N. Y.,] late speaker of the Assembly, who delivered a very appropriate and timely address. The Quartette then gave the "Matin Bell" followed by "The Soldiers Farewell." Messrs. Sullivan and Barry followed with their original act, entitled "Darkies on the Levee." Songs, dancing, tumbling and high kicking are the principal features of the act, and they were excellent.
   The Opera House orchestra furnished music for dancing, which followed and lasted until nearly morning.
   Messrs. John and Henry [Delon] have charge of the stage entertainments and to their experience and versatility as managers and performers much of the excellence of this part of the programme is due. The Armory has been well filled each evening and the fair is proving a grand success.
   Mrs. O. D. Raymond has charge of the booths and is very ably assisted by the following:
   Cigars, Lemonade &c.—E. G. Tibbits and C. F. Baker.
   Fancy work—Mrs. G. J. Mager and Minnie Mager.
   Fancy articles—Mrs. H. Oakes and [Lois] Tibbits.
   Potted flowers—Mrs. H. M. Phillips and daughter Nellie.
   Doll booth—Miss Clara Kelsey and Belle Atkinson.
   Fancy work—Miss Margaret Fowler, Mrs. Clarence Tyler and Miss Mabel Darby.
   Candy booth—Mrs. E. E. Eastman, assisted by Misses Mabel Graves, Fannie Miller and Myrtie Myers.
   Cut flowers—Misses Leah Danforth, Nellie Wells, L. Thayer and Anna Cleary.
   Ice cream—Mrs. G. W. Cleveland, assisted by Mrs. Frank Nichols and Misses E. Darby, Stella Rindge and Lottie Head.
   The following is the programme for this (Friday) evening:
   Cornet solo, P. Conway with Band Accompaniment.
   Tenor and Soprano Duet, Frank and Miss Maggie Lanigan.
   Specialty, Lawrence Dibon.
   Double Song and Dance, Sullivan and Barry.
   The Laughable Farce, "My Neighbor's Wife."
   "Pie Eat," open to all people with good appetite.
   On Saturday evening such of the $1200 worth of presents as have not already been disposed of, will be sold at public auction, and if time permits, some of the specialty acts will be repeated.


Charles Antisdel of Homer Thrown From a Buggy and Seriously if not Fatally Injured.
   At 7 o'clock Wednesday evening, Charles Antisdel and Geo. H. Paddock of Homer started for Cortland in a light top buggy drawn by a fine grey mare owned by Antisdel. Two iron bridges span the same number of branches of Otter Creek on Homer avenue near the corner of Suggett avenue in this village. The distance between the two bridges is not more than 30 or 40 feet. As the mare was crossing the north bridge, a dog ran up in front of her and barked fiercely, which caused her to jump quickly to the right. Antisdel, who was driving, pulled sharply on the left rein to keep the wagon from striking the iron railing on the west side of the bridge, and the mare jumped quickly to the left, tipping the buggy partly over and throwing Mr. Paddock out. He was partly stunned by the fall and did not recover for a moment or so. When he did attempt to arise he saw Antisdel lying motionless near the middle of the south bridge some 50 or 60 feet away. By the time be got to him several citizens arrived and he was picked up and carried into the residence of Mr. E. J. Parker, corner of Homer and Suggett avenues.
   Dr. Hughes was summoned and his family was notified by telephone and were soon with him. Dr. H. O. Jewett, the family physician, was sent for by Mrs. Antisdel and the injured man was placed on a bed and taken to his home. The only apparent injury is a bad bruise over the left eye extending around the side of the head over the temple. Some time after the injury he bled at the nose and also vomited blood. It is impossible to say whether the vomiting of blood was caused by internal injuries, or from blood that had run from the nose to the throat and stomach. During the night he suffered severely from convulsions and at no time since the injury has he been conscious.
   Mr. Paddock is the well known hardware dealer, doing business in the Keator block in Homer. He was at the store yesterday when the writer called to obtain his statement of the unfortunate accident, although his physician had directed him not to leave the house. He received a bad bruise in the left side and had a swelling there nearly as large as a goose egg yesterday. The horse turned west on Suggett avenue leaving the carriage badly wrecked near the corner, and was found in a vacant lot near by, not much the worse for the experience.
   The mare had but recently come into Mr. Antisdel's possession and he was taking Mr. Paddock, who contemplated purchasing her, out for a ride.
   Dr. Jewett has little hopes of his patient's recovery, from the fact that he has remained in an unconscious condition so long. Persons have been known to recover from concussion of the brain, but not often where consciousness does not return within a few hours. Mr. Antisdel is proprietor of the Mansion House in Homer and is a very popular and enterprising citizen. At six o'clock last evening he was steadily failing.
Death of Edmon Per Lee.
   About four weeks ago Mr. Edmon Per Lee, a well known and highly respected farmer of McLean, suffered from a slight shock of paralysis. It was thought by his friends that he would recover as he seemed to rally and grow stronger for some days, but the malady had too strong a hold of his system and he died on Sunday last, aged 72 years.
   Mr. Per Lee was a successful and enterprising farmer, a man of excellent judgment, an obliging neighbor, a warm-hearted, faithful friend, and an honest, genial, whole-souled gentleman. What more can be said or required of any man? He was deservedly respected by all who knew him for these most excellent qualities and all his acquaintances were his firm friends. In politics Mr. Per Lee was a Democrat of the old school, faithful, tried and true. He leaves a widow and seven children to mourn his death. Two of the daughters, Mrs. O. C. Smith and Mrs. E. Woodbury, reside in Cortland. Mrs. E Griswold resides in Colorado and Miss Julia lives with her parents. The sons are Fred J., Edmon, Jr. and Cyrenus H., all of whom live on the home farm.
   The funeral services were held from his late home in McLean, Tuesday afternoon.

The New Central School.
   The drawings and plans for the new Union Free school building have been received by the school board and are now in the possession of Col. Frank Place. The drawings and specifications show that it will be a handsome building of two stories with a roomy attic and a large well lighted and serviceable basement. It will be built of brick with trimmings of dressed gray limestone or Berea sandstone. The building will be almost square, measuring 84 x 88 feet, but the consequent plainness is relieved by a tower in front which will be surmounted by a cupola. The roof, which is high peaked, runs to a gable on three sides.
   In its interior arrangement the building is admirably planned. Beginning with the basement, it is well lighted and will be fitted with the Smead sanitary system of dry closets and ventilation, which is considered one of the best systems in the market. On the first floor there are four large class rooms, two on either side of a commodious central hall. The arrangement on the second floor will be precisely similar, with the exception that the lower will be partitioned off into a small room in which will be the office of the superintendent of public schools. Both the upper and lower hall will be filled with wardrobes and two or three stationary wash bowls. The woodwork on the interior is to be of yellow pine.
   There will be three entrances, the main one fronting on Railroad-st., and an entrance on either side.
   The large attic will be used at present for a general storage room, but is so planned that it can be turned into a large assembly room or chapel if desired. The height of the roof in the attic above the floor at the side walls will be six feet, which runs up rapidly towards the center of the room, as the slope of the roof is quite steep. The building will cost about $90,000.—Cortland Standard.

Politics and Politics.
   It has been intimated that the Republican trustees of the Republican village schools were about ready to authorize their Republican superintendent to advertise for proposals from Republican contractors to build the Republican central school building on Railroad street. As Democratic contractors are not expected to bid, and as it would very likely do them no good if they did, it will probably be considered unnecessary and improper to advertise for proposals in Democratic newspapers. If our Republican friends would exercise the same discrimination when they come to levy taxes to pay the enormous bills that will have to be paid to build and maintain this Republican Institution, Democrats would be pleased.

   CHENANGO.—In the show window at the book store at Oxford, an ancient book is displayed. The date is 1689, and it is valued at $10.
   A McDonough boy recently killed a blue heron, which measures six feet from tip to tip of wings, and is four feet and four inches high. It has been mounted.
   A few weeks ago complaint was entered against Ray Moore, of Oxford, for shooting a muskrat out of season. The case was tried Saturday, the jury bringing in a verdict of no cause of action, and the defendant was discharged. The law gives parties the right to kill the animals on their own premises, and in this case the rat was shot on the farm of the young man's father.
   MADISON.—Morrisville has an epidemic of mumps.
   A monstrous horse, 22 hands high and weighing 2,200 pounds, owned by T. F. Ridgeway of Oneida, died Monday. It was claimed to be the largest horse in the world.
   TOMPKINS.—An enlargement of the post office at Ithaca is contemplated.
   The number of visitors to the mineral well at Ithaca increases.
   A new type-writer has just been patented by Ithaca parties.
   Under the new game codification law, quail in this county is protected for five years.
   The act separating the city of Ithaca from the town does not take effect until Jan. 1st, 1892.
   A very fine summer house is being built at Taughannock Falls by Landlord Freer. It will afford a very fine view of the lake.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Homer, N. Y. Train Depot.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 20, 1892.

Killed on the Track.
   Last Thursday afternoon, Michael Lonrigan, an employe [sic] in the Howe Stove works in this place, was run over and killed by the D., L. & W. express train that passes this station at 6:32 P. M, just north of Homer village. He was walking on the east track and stepped over on the west track to avoid an approaching freight train and was struck by the express and thrown into a ditch by the side of the road. His neck was broken and the right leg was smashed above the ankle. He was carried to the Central House in Homer where he died at 10 o'clock.
   Lonrigan came to Cortland about a week previous to the accident from his home in Cleveland, O. For three or four days he had acted and had complained of pains in the head. Drs. Moore and Angel had prescribed for him and when he left his boarding place that afternoon he said he was going to see his physician. He formerly worked in a shop in San Francisco, where he with others had taken the place of hands who were out on a strike, and who threatened to injure those who had taken their places. It is supposed that the constant fear of assault had unbalanced his mind. His fellow employes in the stove works raised about $40 by subscription to send the remains to his friends.

[Cortland Wheel Club Tournament.]
    The following list of prizes will be competed for at the coming tournament of the Wheel club, June 18th.
   Sixteen mile road race to Little York and return, with four laps on the track at the finish—first [prize], Secure pneumatic bicycle, Woodruff Little Cycle Co., Towanda, Pa.; second, road cart, Hitchcock Mfg. Co.; third, Bucher cyclometer, Benjamin & Andrews, Syracuse; fourth, revolver, F. N. Harrington; fifth, one dozen cabinet photos, Hyatt & Tooke; sixth, silk umbrella, Watkins Bros.; seventh, bicycle shoes, Seaman & Baker; eighth, box cigars, F. E. Brogden; ninth, collar and cuff box, Boynton & Co.; tenth, pair of Aztec pottery vases.
   One mile novice, safety—first, gold medal, club; second, one dozen cabinet photos, M. DeVer Westcott; third, collar and cuff box, Sager & Jennings.
   One mile safety, open—first, Liberty pneumatic bicycle, Wilson, Myers & Co., New York; second, cathedral clock, Pope Mfg. Co., Boston; third, oxidized silver toilet set, Havens & Mead; fourth, silk umbrella, G. J. Mager & Co.
   Two mile lap race, safety—first, solid gold watch, H. P. Grey; second, Bidwell cyclometer, Bibwell Cycle Co., New York; third, child's seat, "Beauty," Gormully & Jeffety, Chicago; fourth, sweater, Collins & Daehler; fifth, bronze shaving mirror, Brown & Maybury.
   One mile safety, 3:10 class—first, indicator pneumatic inflator, F. I. Graham; second, pneumatic seat, Pneumatic Seat Co., Toledo; third, one year's subscription to "The Bearings," Chicago.
   Green race—first, Solid Comfort bicycle saddle, Bretz & Curtis, Philadelphia; second, hand grip, I. Whiteson; third, one year's subscription to the American Cyclist, Hartford; fourth, silk stocking supporters, Cortland Corset Co.
   Two mile handicap safety—first, Kodak camera, Eastman Co., Rochester; second, road cart, Cortland Wagon Co.; third, cyclometer, Spaulding & Co., New York; fourth, outing shirt, Maher Bros.
   One mile ordinary, open—first, Argentic portrait (16x20) of the winner, G. I. Pruden; second, trout pole, W. G. Meade & Co.; third, center stand, Beard & Peck.
   Team race—first, silver mounted banjo, A. Mahan; second, etching, Wallace & Co.; third, set kid boxing gloves, Spaulding & Co., Syracuse; fourth, carpet sweeper, Buck & Lane.
   Half-mile safety, open—first, road cart, Cortland Cart & Carriage Co.; second, telescoping steel trout rod, G. F. Beaudry; third, silk umbrella, Burgess & Bingham.
   Cortland Wheel Club, handicap, (one minute limit)—first, gold medal, club; second, one year's subscription to the Cortland Evening Standard ; third, one year's subscription to the Cortland DEMOCRAT.
   One mile ordinary STATE CHAMPIONSHIP—first, gold medal; second, silver medal, New York State Division League of American Wheelmen.
   One mile, man vs. horse— $50 to the horse, if it wins; and a full dress suit to the rider if the man wins, Waters & Kellogg, Homer.
   A Royal Scorcher pneumatic safety, Reuben Wood's Sons, Syracuse, will be given as a prize for the best mile under 2:23 in any event during the day.
   The Cortland Daily Journal will be sent one year to the Cortland county man who makes the fastest mile during the day.

Inventor Elmer Sperry.


   Chas. B. Rumsey, of Homer, has been granted a patent for galvanizing or tinning wire cloth.
   The Normals beat the Cornells on the fair ground last Saturday afternoon. Score, 10 to 9. The attendance was not large.
   Mr. Charles Lounsberry has purchased the bakery and retail business heretofore conducted by Messrs. Cobb & Perkins on Court street.
   The stationery store of Mrs. Florence Brush, in Homer, was closed by the Sheriff last Thursday, on executions amounting to about $500.
   The new law provides that the supervisor and two Justices of the peace in any town may appoint five special marshals to preserve the peace.
   The Baptist society in Homer are endeavoring to raise sufficient money to build a fine new church. Over $20,000 have already been pledged.
   Parties who desire to apply for the new bounty on maple sugar in 1893 are reminded that they must take out their licenses before June 30th, 1892.
   Mr. J. G. Limberger will give a Decoration Day party at his hotel in Scott, Monday evening, May 30th. Music by Theo. Reynold's orchestra. Bill, $1.50.
   Mr. Frank Spence, the tailor, fell down stairs at his rooms on Clayton Ave., last Thursday, and broke his left arm between the elbow and shoulder. Dr. Bennett reduced the fracture.
   Mr. E. A. Sperry, of Chicago, gave an interesting talk on "Electrical Machinery," in the Normal chapel last Friday evening. The affair was under the auspices of the Gamma Sigma fraternity.
   The cooking school opened Monday, with a large attendance. For some unexplained reason the heads of many families in town are lending hearty and substantial encouragement to the enterprise.
   A temperance lecture by B. Winget, at the store, corner of Elm and Pomeroy streets, Friday, May 20th, at 7:45 P. M. Subject, "The effects of intoxicating drinks on the stomach." Come and hear.
   The regular semi-monthly mothers' meeting (west) will be held at the residence of Mrs. H. L. Potter, 25 Richard St., Thursday, May 26th, at 3 P. M. Subject, "Imagination." All ladies are cordially invited.
   Mr. Walter J. Hodgson has leased his father's blacksmith shop on Port Watson street, and will conduct a general blacksmithing business. He has secured first class assistants and took possession last Monday.
   Mrs. Widger, who went to Pennsylvania last week in search of her daughter Carrie, and the recreant Davis, returned last Thursday evening with the girl. She declines to give any information as to the whereabouts of Davis.
   Some weeks ago proceedings were commenced against Patrick Dowd, Charles Antisdel, Daniel Donohue, Geo. I. Crane and Michael Murphy, of Homer, for selling liquor without license. The defendants appeared before Justice Kingsbury last Thursday, plead guilty, and were fined $40 each.
   D. J. Chadwlck's pet squirrel got out of its cage, Monday morning, and took a spin on its own hook. The chase—the capture—the return,—secure again, furnished lots of sport for several small boys and a quarter column local, descriptive of the all important event in each of the dailies. Verily, the average daily is one of the great institutions of the land.
   Last Saturday the following officers of the East Side reading rooms were elected: Prof. W. Welland Hendrick, president; Mrs. M. A. Rice, vice- president; Miss Nettie E. Snyder, secretary and treasurer. Parties having chairs, tables, lamps, etc., to donate, can have them removed to the rooms on 2d floor of the Stevenson block, where the reading room is located, by notifying Mrs. Rice.
   The fire department was called out by an irregular alarm soon after 12 o'clock on Saturday. Some one undertook to pull box 223 and made a mess of it, and it was some time before the location of the fire could be determined. One of the chimneys in the double house formerly owned by F. A. Bronson, just south of the corset factory [later the Gillette Skirt factory location—CC editor], burned out and frightened the inmates. No damage.
   The fast freight which passes this station going south at about one o'clock A. M. ran against a horse just north of the bridge that spans Otter creek, last Friday morning. The horse was carried across the bridge on the cow catcher, and was then thrown to one side. Dr. Kingman [veterinarian] was notified, and as one leg was broken, it was thought best to dispatch the animal. The horse belonged to Dan Donohue of Homer.
   The many friends of Mr. George F. Richards, of the E., C. & N. car shops, gave him a genuine surprise last Friday evening. His wife presented him with an elegant new upright piano and the friends present gave him a handsome willow rocking chair. His associates in the shops, Messrs. J. H. McCarthy, Thos. Sweeney, James Walsh and Chas. A. Wheeler presented a fine new meerschaum pipe. The time passed with music, cards, etc., until a late hour.
   Architect A. L. Merrick of Syracuse was in town last week, conferring with the Court House committee, and will submit plans and estimates in a few days for the necessary repairs.
   The annual meeting of the Cortland County Homeopathic County Medical Society was held at the office of Dr. Santee, last Wednesday afternoon. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Dr. Potter of Homer; Vice-President, Dr. Hinman of Cortland; Sec. and Treas., Dr. E. M. Santee of Cortland. The next meeting will be held June 22d, at the office of the President.
   A special election is to be held on Tuesday next, to vote on an appropriation of $1,200 for extending mains from the reservoir to the corner of Academy and Center streets. A six-inch main is to be laid, giving ample water supply. The appropriation is to be raised in two annual installments of $600 each. The petition calling for this election was numerously signed, and the tax will no doubt be voted as it should be.—Marathon Independent.
   Mahan's 18th Music Festival, June 6th to 10th, will be one of the great musical events of the year. To bring together such artists as Mme. Clementine de Vere Sapio, Lillian Carllsmith, Campanini, and the many other excellent people as soloists, and combined with the great festival chorus and festival orchestra, must give the people who patronize such enterprise the very highest order of concerts. The leading artists this year are among the greatest singers in the world. See advertisement of Festival in another column.

Normal School Notes.
   Prof. D. L. Bardwell left Wednesday afternoon for Central Square where he lectures on "Wonders of a Piece of Coal," and conducts three exercises the following day before the institute on elementary science.
   The class colors for the "A" class are: lavender and white; its motto, "Row, Not Drift."
   Class in music methods was discontinued Tuesday. A class in school law and economy taking its place under the charge of Miss Emma Squires.
   The last quarter commenced to-day.
   Mr. M. H. Ford was in Binghamton Tuesday.
   A lawn tennis association composed of sixteen members was formed last Friday. Work will be commenced at once on the court north of the new building.
   Some improvements will be made to next issue of the Normal News.
   Mr. R. H. Haight, president of the Y. M. C. A. of Syracuse University, addressed the prayer meeting Tuesday evening. Mr. Haight gave the students an earnest talk, explaining to them the value of uniting with some religious association when they attend college and, furthermore, the necessity of greater individual efforts in religious work.
   The ball game last Saturday between the Normals and Cornells while not without errors, was interesting throughout. If the work done by the visitors is a sample of the work in all lines at the university, we don't wonder that so many of our graduates who attend there carry off high honors in every department. Even with their highly bombastic manner, college veils and flowing locks, Pitcher Kales struck out fifteen of their men. Gibson at first base demonstrated his ability as a ball player in the same faultless manner that characterizes him as a speaker, singer or student. Reynolds played second base without an error. Fralick, as short stop, displayed his usual agility in allowing no balls to pass that came his way. Ketcham, the second all-round athlete, well—everybody knows he does good work everywhere. The score, 10 to 9, of course, was in favor of our boys. Next Saturday, the Normals play with the Oneontas at that place. 
   Did the inglorious combat that the local editor of a town paper had that day upon the grounds with a cow, and which drew some applause from the ladies' gallery, or did the fact that some other office got the advertizing matter for the game, prevent him from giving the boys more than a four-line notice of the game? [sic]