A Worthy Organization.
In May, 1888, the Hitchcock Hose Co. was organized as an independent company. The prime object of the organization was the protection of the buildings of the Hitchcock Manufacturing Co. On the 15th of June, 1888, during the administration of C. F. Thompson as chief engineer, they were admitted to the department. For the first year after their organization their hose was drawn to the fires by hand on the ordinary two-wheeled cart, and although being very poorly equipped they were on hand at all the fires, and doing their best for the protection of the village. In the summer of 1889 they commenced the erection of a building of their own, which is to-day one of the best equipped buildings owned by any volunteer fire company in central New York. It has all the modern improvements, including a drop harness, electric gong, slide pole for the bunkers, spring doors, etc., and they are the only company in our department using a horse for fire purposes. The building with all its equipments is owned by the company and has been built and perfected through the individual efforts of the members.
During their existence of nearly five years this company has never asked for any help from the citizens of Cortland. It has been their aim to try to gain the confidence and esteem of the people by rendering them an efficient service.
The fair which they, in conjunction with the 45th Separate company, are arranging for, is to be held in the Armory the last week in October and will be the largest one ever held in Cortland. It will be opened by a prominent speaker from abroad and there will be an entire change of program each evening. Many novel features will be introduced, which will make the programs both interesting and instructive.
A soliciting committee consisting of Messrs. S. S. Horton and M. O'Brien has been appointed by the company to call upon the people and receive their contributions for the fair and every one is invited to join with the companies and make this the great event of the season.
[“In the spring of 1889, the building now occupied by the company was erected by the organization, to whom it still belongs. The building is two stories in height, and stands on the north side of Elm street. The first floor is occupied by the apparatus, and at the rear is a stable for the use of the horse. The parlor and bunk rooms are on the second floor, the Hitchcock Co. also having the honor of inaugurating the bunker system.”—Grip’s Historical Souvenir of Cortland.]
A Successful Surprise.
Mr. Ridgeway Rowley of South Cortland was treated to a surprise on Saturday last by his relatives in this vicinity. It had been so carefully planned that twenty-seven of the relatives had assembled at the old Rowley homestead, where Mr. Rowley lives, before he discovered that anything unusual was happening. Mr. Dan Rowley held him in conversation at the barn until all were assembled, when they announced their presence by ringing bells and blowing horns, and Mr. Rowley came in to see what was wrong. He received the surprise gracefully and at once proceeded to perform the full duty of a host. The ladies who had engineered the surprise had provided bountifully and a dinner followed.
It was a very enjoyable reunion. So many of the Rowley family have not been together in many years. The relatives present were: Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Rowley, Miss Louise Rowley and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sanders and sons of South Cortland, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rowley of McLean, Mrs. Chester Wickwire and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Rouse, Mrs. Anna Rowley, Mr. Clayton Rowley, Mrs. Andrew Van Bergen, Miss Florence Van Bergen, Mrs. Charles E. Sanders, Miss Carrie Sanders, Mrs. Dayton Beach, Mrs. Prudence Rowley of Cortland; Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Waters and daughter of Syracuse. Mr. E. J. Page of Syracuse, who was a guest of Mr. A. P. Rowley, was also present.
Mr. Charlie Wickwire photographed the group amid much merriment and great things are expected from the development of the plate.
Every one that you meet at school these days with a especially happy countenance may be guaranteed to be a teacher in the primary or intermediate department.
Classes in the Normal department are getting used to their various destinations while in school, and the passing of the students has become much more orderly, less confusion resulting.
A valuable addition to the reference library has recently been made. A Rand, McNally Co.’s Indexed Atlas of the World, containing large scale maps of every country and civil division upon the face of the globe, together with historical, descriptive and statistical matter relative to each. This is a recently revised edition and all the facts have been brought down to date. While the volume is a large one it is easily consulted and the facts desired readily found.
Disturbance at the Opera House.
Oct. 1.—Officer Hodges of the Opera House arrested young Tucker last night for creating a disturbance at Vreeland’s minstrels. This morning in police court he pleaded guilty and was fined. Judge Bull read him a lecture saying that if he or any other boy could not behave himself and was arrested for disturbing meetings of any kind hereafter, he would not simply fine the offender but would commit him to the House of Refuge.
She Came for a Loud Time and Had It.
Mary Mills of Homer came to Cortland Saturday night for a good, old-fashioned “blow out.” After getting well filled up with the ardent she went to the stairway leading to the C. M. B. A. rooms and began entertaining a crowd of men and boys by singing indecent songs, dancing, etc. People ran several blocks to hear her.
She entertained her appreciative audience for over an hour, blocking the sidewalk and making it difficult for people to pass. Where the police force was at that time is a mystery. After imbibing a little more she organized herself into a squad and made a zig-zag journey to the jail where she delivered herself over to Sheriff Miller. In police court this morning she plead guilty to the charge of public intoxication and was discharged with a reprimand.
—In police court this morning John Dow was discharged with a reprimand for public intoxication.
—The party foundation wall of the addition to Fireman’s Hall and the rear of the Calvert block is almost finished without any damage to the Calvert block.
—The first concert and serenade of Prof. Kim ball’s campaign band was given last night to Mr. Gideon Wright on Lincoln-ave. Mr. Wright and those who heard the music were highly entertained.
—The boys who have been busying themselves in pasting stickers on and otherwise disfiguring the newly painted letter boxes will be interested in learning that the penalty for the same is a fine of from $100 to $1,000 or imprisonment from one to three years.
—The STANDARD and Democrat seem to have had hard luck at Marathon yesterday. See Marathon letter.
Editor Adams [Marathon Independent] is making some improvements in front of his building on East Main-st., putting in a new platform and walk. Mason Lewis and Martin Hyde are doing the carpenter work.
Hundreds of bushels of apples are being shipped from this station to Cortland at 25 and 45 cents per hundred pounds.
At the conundrum mite [sic] to be held at the M. E. church Saturday night the following menu will be served: New England brains, woman of grit, changeable politician, impertinence, what most people need, Boston’s overthrow, a young man’s sweetheart, spring’s offering, fruit of the vine, ivory manipulators, unruly members. Any six dishes 10 cents, any additional dish 5 cents.
The Cortland STANDARD and the Cortland Democrat were never distributed as quickly as they were at this place yesterday. As the sack which contained them was thrown from the train, which goes through here about a mile a minute, it bounded back under the wheels and in less time than it takes to tell it, the air was filled with papers and they were distributed for nearly a quarter of a mile, many of them cut to pieces. Station Agent Burgess with about a dozen assistants gathered up the remains and carefully carted them to the postoffice and Postmaster Brooks took the rest of the forenoon in sorting out and putting what remained of them in the boxes. This we trust will explain to the readers of The STANDARD and Democrat in this vicinity why their paper, if they are fortunate enough to get one, looks as though it had been run through a sausage machine.
Mr. Richard S. Wood entered into rest on Sunday morning, Sept. 11, at his home on West Main-st., Marathon, N. Y., in the 65th year of his age. He was born in Otsego Co., where he passed his youth and early married life, but for twenty years past his home has been in Marathon.
Converted in early life he has been for nearly fifty years a faithful member of the M. E. church. For two years he had been in poor health and for over four months through a complication of diseases he has been a constant but patient sufferer. Through all he retained his love for the songs of Zion, his faith in God and a bright hope of happy immortality. His wife and only son have long since preceded him to the better land and we trust they are a united family safe forever in the harbor of rest.
The funeral services were held at the M.E. church on the 13th inst. and he was buried near his wife in the Marathon cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Briggs officiated. By his death the Marathon church has lost one of its best members.