Wednesday, June 22, 2016


The 1890 Chester Wickwire house.

Chester and Ardell Wickwire in carriage at their house.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 22, 1892.

The Social Event of the Season.
   On Wednesday evening a very large party of invited guests assembled at the handsome home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester F. Wickwire, to partake of their generous hospitality and to enjoy a social evening. The elegant rooms profusely decorated with the choicest plants and bowers obtainable, were filled with fair women and brave men soon after 9 o'clock and were cordially received by the host and hostess. Soon after their arrival, the guests were ushered into the spacious dining room, where tables were spread with the choicest delicacies of the season, furnished by the well known caterer Mr. Teal of Rochester. After refreshments dancing was indulged in to the music of the Dickinson-Beman orchestra of Binghamton until a late hour. The refreshments were simply superb and for delicacy, excellence and abundance have never been approached in Cortland, and the style in which they were served was elegance itself. The manner in which the guests were received was most cordial and each and every one felt at home as soon as the initial formality had been passed. The host and hostess were assisted in receiving by Mrs. C. W. Sanders and daughter, Miss Grace of New York, Mrs. H. R. Rouse of Cortland, Dr. and Mrs. A. S. Edwards and Dr. Geo. A. Edwards of Syracuse.
   Among the guests from out of town were: Mrs. J. W. Mosher of Norwich, Mrs. A. B.  Rowley of Syracuse and her daughter, Mrs. T. L. [Tarr] of Gloucester, Mass., Mrs. S. W. Broaddus of Bowling Green, Va., Mrs. Walter Webb and Miss Fannie Durphy of Ithaca, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Rowley of McLean, Miss Hattie Hilton of Albany, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Garrison of Troy, Mr. and Mrs. [J.] S. Applegate and daughter Catherine of Red Bank, N. J., Miss Celia Hinman of Syracuse, Dr. and Mrs. Amos S. Edwards and Dr. Geo. A. Edwards of Syracuse and Messrs. T. K. and E. K. Norris of New York, Mr. William Fitzgerald, Jr. of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Leighton of Syracuse, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Crane, and Mr. Fred Bennett and Miss Addie Bennett of Homer.
   The party was a very large one and included nearly all the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Wickwire. A more enjoyable evening could not have been provided for the guests present and the hospitality extended was heartily appreciated by all.

A Serious Crime.
   Last Saturday afternoon Joseph W. Murphey, a tinsmith by trade, persuaded Lula G. Esterbrook, a little seven-year-old girl, to go into the water closet of the Owego-st. school house. Soon after the cries of the child brought a crowd of neighboring women, who hurled stones at the door and burst it open. The brute was intoxicated and the evidence against him will be sufficient to put him in durance for some time. The enraged women would undoubtedly have handled him roughly had he not been protected by several men who arrived on the scene.
   Frank Moon marched him off towards the jail, but was relieved of his charge at the corner of Main and Tompkins streets by Deputy Angel who had been summoned by telephone.
   Murphy is full of liquor most of the time and is of no use to his family or anyone else. The examination will take place before Justice Bull next Monday.

Death of S. D. Perkins.
   The many friends and acquaintances of Stephen D. Perkins will be pained to learn of his death, which occurred at his home in Little York, on Tuesday last. He had only been confined to his room for a few days, and his death was somewhat sudden. Mr. Perkins was a man that was quite widely known, not only in his own vicinity but throughout the county. Early in the "forties" he was a resident of California, where he spent some time at work in mines of that state, and his experience there, together with the hardships that he endured, were interesting to hear him relate. It is probable that the hard work he did in the mines at this time preyed heavily upon his constitution in later years.
   Last spring he met with an accident, whereby one of his limbs was injured to the extent that a running sore was created which developed into blood poisoning and finally resulted in death as above. Mr. Perkins was a man that was admired for his sterling character, both at his home and throughout his entire acquaintance. In politics he was a staunch democrat and he was always anxious to advance the interests of his party. He has held several offices of trust in this county, among which he was Loan Commissioner for several years, and during the Cleveland administration was appointed post master of Little York. For a number of years Mr. Perkins had been a valuable member of the DEMOCRAT reportorial staff, and his weekly letters from Little York, over the nom de plume "Handy," will be greatly missed. Although his location did not furnish an abundant field for news yet he always found something to write upon that was interesting.
   Mr. Perkins leaves, besides a wife, five children, one child, a young lady having died about one year ago. The funeral services were held from his late home on Thursday, at 2 P. M. and a large attendance of the friends attested in no small measure the high esteem in which he was held. The remains were interred at Glenwood cemetery in Homer. Deceased was 66 years of age.

Fire in Preble.
   The dwelling house of Serl Pierce, who resides near Baltimore, was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock with nearly all its contents. Miss Pierce, who was alone at home, built a fire for the purpose of getting tea with some light wood and went into an adjoining room. The chimney took fire and set the roof on fire and it had got well started before she discovered it. Quite a number of the neighbors came but could not save but little but saved the barn [sic.]
   Mr. Pierce was not at home and it was not known whether any insurance was on the building and contents or not. Mr. Pierce lived alone with his daughter.

A Sad Accident.
   Yesterday afternoon Mrs. G. S. VanHoesen and Miss Smith were driving near Cold Brook, and Miss Smith had alighted from the wagon to pluck some flowers that were growing by the roadside, when the horse suddenly became frightened and shied to one side of the road. Mrs. VanHoesen endeavored to rein the animal back into the road when it started for the deep gutter on the other side, where the carriage was overturned and its occupant thrown out. Mrs. VanHoesen in being thrown from the wagon became entangled in the gear of the wagon and was dragged several rods, face downward, over a rough and stony road, where she was picked up unconscious. Miss Smith obtained assistance from a house near by, where Mrs. VanHoesen was taken and medical aid and her husband summoned.
   It was found upon examination that her injuries were fatal, and that she could live but a short time. Dr. E. B. Nash and Mr. VanHosen arrived at the injured woman’s side at 6 P. M., about three quarters of an hour after the accident, but could render no aid. Mrs. VanHoesen did not regain consciousness, and although everything was done to resuscitate her, she died in a few moments after the arrival of her husband and the doctor. This is indeed a sad calamity, and the husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community.

A Serious Accident.
   Last Monday evening at about half past eight, Mr. Ethel C. Benedict met with quite a serious accident. Mr. Benedict was in the employ of L. D. Garrison, at his cash store, and at the time of the accident was fastening the back doors for the night. It is supposed that he started to ascertain if the door opening from the outside of the building into the elevator shaft was fast, and in doing so was obliged to step on to the elevator platform which he supposed rested even with the floor on which he was walking. Instead of stepping on to the elevator platform he walked off into the open shaft, the elevator having been left at one of the upper floors by some workmen who were employed there. Mr. Benedict fell a distance of ten feet, striking on the right side, breaking the right leg and arm. The injured man was taken to his home in East Main-st., where Dr. J. W. Hughes was called, and the broken arm and limb were set.
   Mr. Garrison has always been very thoughtful in cautioning those about the store to be careful in using the elevator and we believe that this is the first accident that has occurred. Mr. Benedict is doing well at this writing, although it will be some time before he can leave his bed.

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