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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 16, 1892.



   The comet or its tail didn't hit Virgil-South Hill, but something struck the Republican Party Nov. 8th and knocked it out.


   And now the sorrowing Republican improves each shining hour, 
   Regretting his mistakes made in the last Presidential campaign;
   And swears by the Eternal Power,
   That he will never tell a lie again.

   Mr. Jay Ballou was through this section buying cows last Saturday.
   Mr. John Shevalier is drawing his hay from his farm to Messengerville.
   The frame of the Tarbox cheese factory is raised and about half covered.
   The remainder of the cheese of the Carson factory is sold for 10 1/2 and 11 cents a pound.
   Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Murdock have moved from our midst, and gone to live near Hlgginsville.
   Mrs. A. P. Olmstead of Cortland visited her mother recently.
   Miss Augusta Thomas spent a few days in Killawog quite recently.
   Mr. Jerome Rounds has moved his family into the Dorr Ulster house.

Grip's Historical Souvenir of Cortland photo of the Gillette Skirt factory circa 1899. It was bought from the owners of the defunct Cortland Corset Company. The wood frame building was located on Miller Street, Cortland.
   Will Jaquit thinks of moving to Homer.
   We are still in darkness! Give us the electric light.
   Mr. and Mrs. McEvoy entertained a party of friends Sunday.
   Miss Blue of Dryden is visiting her sister, Mrs. Leroy Smith.
   Mr. Leroy Smith makes business quite lively in his new blacksmith shop.
   Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. Murphy, called upon Mrs. Buchanan in Homer Sunday afternoon.
   Mr. Dewitt Rose and his mother attended the funeral of Mr. Ira Samson at Homer, Friday.
   Mr. Kernan of the North Cortland House is putting up a covered passage way from the house to the dancing hall, which will be a great improvement. A number of the persons employed in the corset factory planned a surprise for Mrs. Horton, one of their number last Wednesday evening. They presented her a beautiful lamp, and spent a delightful evening.  
   Monopolies of all kinds are to be despised, but when there is even a monopoly in coke we hardly know how to express ourselves; the idea that only a few can have that article seems ridiculous. We hope democracy will come to our aid.

   The sick among us are about the same.
   The sleighing has left us and the wood choppers are on a strike.
   Ernest Childs has a gang of hands cutting hop poles nowadays.
   Mrs. Wilber Maxson has returned from New York city, much improved in health.
   Mr. Allen D. Barber, of Cortland, was the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Barber, over Sunday.
   Two persons were baptized one week ago last seventh day and joined the seventh day church. They were formally Sunday keepers.
   Mr. Theodore Crandall and family, and Mr. Charles Rawson and family, have moved upon the farm of Lawyer Jones, recently occupied by Mr. Jones son.
   E. D. Crosley has struck a streak of luck. We learn that he had four fish cases before the court at Syracuse recently, and he actually succeeded in one of them, but there was no defense offered. Two of the others were tried and he was beaten, and the remaining one he withdrew, in disgust we presume.

   Mr. Maurice Miller, who has been pressing hay for Bush brothers, was home over Sunday.
   Mr. Will Bentley and family have moved from the Dwight Boies farm to Cortland.
   Miss Anna Eaton was the recipient of a icebox of oranges from Florida, one day last week.
   Mr. James L. Spencer and wife attended the funeral of their little granddaughter, infant child of Will and Flora Spencer, at Groton last Thursday.
   The Ladies' Aid Society of the church will meet with Mrs. Irving Price on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 14th. A cordial invitation is extended to all.
   The Sunday school of this church will have a Xmas tree on Xmas eve, Saturday evening, and all, whether members of the school or not, are cordially invited to join with them in loading and unloading the tree. There will be some preliminary exercises by the school, after which will be the distributing of the presents.
   The young people of the church gave an exhibition and entertainment at the church on Friday evening, Dec. 2d, for the benefit of the organ fund of this church, which was excellently rendered and quite well attended. The young people are of the progressive kind, as the expression of the public generally is to the effect that every effort in that direction is better than the preceding one. 


   Mrs. Carrie Barry is on the sick list.
   Our sleighing has left us in the cold.
   Mr. Jerry Clow is visiting friends at Buffalo.
   Mr. Frank Stillman is improving his house with blinds.
   The Grangers are to dine with landlord Hall, Friday evening of this week.
   Mr. and Mrs. Will Muncey visited friends at Tully, the last of the week.
   Little Frankie Christman, who has been sick for the past week, is very much better.
   Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Sherman of North Hector, are visiting their many friends in town.
   Mr. Fred Seamans has come to the front with a new two-seated cutter. It's a dandy.
   Mr. Willard Hufman and children went to Oriskany, Saturday, to join her husband, who is teaching there.
   Mr. George E. Peer has rented Mr. Harmon Sheerar's farm for the next year. Mr. Sheerar moves in the house with his mother-in-law, Mrs. Seager.
   Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Terpening desire to return thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly rendered valuable assistance during the sickness and burial of their mother.
   The ladies of the Baptist church will give an entertainment and tree at their church, Saturday evening, Dec. 24th. Clark sisters, of Harford, will be present, and take part in the entertainment. The public is invited to be present, and also to put presents on the tree. A small admission fee of ten cents will be charged to pay expenses. Children under ten years admitted free.
   TOPSY. [pen name of local correspondent.]

   Miss Libbie Mark of Cuyler visited her sister, Mrs. F. E. Jordan, last week.
   Mrs. Gertie Calkins of Truxton spent last week with her sister, Mrs. A. K. Bennett.
   Mr. and Mrs. Henderson, of Madison Co. are visiting her sister, Mrs. DeLong.
   Mrs. Susan Fuller has moved to Cortland to live. Her son Lucius came over after her, Tuesday.
   Sullivan Fuller, who has been seriously ill for some time is, apparently, a little better at this writing.
   Mr. and Mrs. Peter Balja of Solon were schoolmates of the late Jay Gould, in Roxbury, Delaware county, N. Y.
   Hawley's factory have sold their fall butter to Cole & Holmes, the September make for 23c., the remainder for 24 cents per pound.
   DeLong's factory have sold their firkin butter to D. H. Crane for 22c., and their fall tubs to Cole & Holmes for 24 cents per pound.
   Wednesday evening, Dec. 7th, after a short illness, Melville Cass died of typhoid fever, aged 17 years. He was the youngest son of the late Seth Cass, and was a model young man, honest, upright and industrious, and the mainstay of his widowed mother. The funeral was held Saturday.
   The Taylor town bond case was before the Court of Appeals, Thursday. Commissioner Neal received a very encouraging letter from lawyer Benedict, whose hopes, the realization of which is not confidentially expected by the majority of the tax payers, as they are looking for the decision of the court to be against us.
   Last Monday, as Charles Weaver was engaged in trimming a tree, his axe caught on a limb back of him, diverting it from its intended course, causing it to strike his foot, badly cutting his great toe. The next two were nearly severed, except by a piece of skin, and the next one was entirely severed, while the little toe was untouched. Dr. Kenyon was called and dressed the foot. He says that all the toes will be saved except the one entirely cut off. He is doing as well as can be expected, under the circumstances.

   Mr. and Mrs. Al Tuckerman are visiting in Syracuse.
   Dr. H. P. Johnson of Cortland was in town Tuesday.
   Mr. J. D. F. Woolston of Cortland was in town Saturday.
   Mrs. Leggett and her daughter, May, are both quite sick.
   Mr. Frank B. Maycumber of Syracuse was in town Saturday.
   Mrs. Homer Cummings returned home from New York, Wednesday.
   Miss Ruth Hall of Amber is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Richard Squires.
   Mr. and Mrs. Orlander Cummings are visiting relatives in New York.
   Miss Ella Ready of Otisco Valley was the guest of Miss Daisy Wilber, Saturday.
   Mr. G. S. Van Hoesen of Cortland was calling on relatives and friends Tuesday.
   Mrs. Albert Van Hoesen, who has been ill for a long time, has so far recovered as to be able to be around the house.
   Mrs. Mary Ferguson of Syracuse was the guest of her sister, Mrs. John Briggs, during the convention of the W. C. T. U.
   Frank Dix of Milwaukee, who is just recovering from a broken limb, has been spending a few days with his mother, Mrs. Dix.
   On Sunday the annual election of officers took place in the M. E. Sabbath school. Rev. M. S. Leete was elected superintendent.
   Arrangements are being made for a Christmas tree and entertainment in the M. E. Church, but the night has not been decided on as yet.
   Mrs. J. Hammant an elocutionist from Syracuse was here at the W. C. T. U. convention and recited several times during the same. On Thursday afternoon she consented to remain and give an entertainment in the Presbyterian Church that evening. For so short a notice she had a very good house, and every body was more than pleased.

   Rev. J. H. Zartman of Jamesville called on some of his friends here last Tuesday.
   Mrs. Amanda Brown is enjoying a much needed rest with her mother, Mrs. Otis Pierce.
   Walter Stafford commenced his work Wednesday morning to learn telegraphy at this station.
   Mr. Ed Hillsinger has rented the new tenant house of Mr. Job Stafford, and has moved his family there.
   The chair factory is doing a rushing business under the management of the new contractors, Brown & Stowell.
   Mr. Otis Pierce, who has been visiting his children in Michigan for the past few months, has returned to his home here.
   Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Chidester returned Monday night from a several weeks visit with their daughters in Brldgeport , Conn.
   The boys who are engaged in trapping find a ready market and fair prices for all furs caught, as there are three fur dealers in town.
   Glad to hear of the convalescence of Mrs. E. L. Tanner who has been seriously ill the past two weeks from the effects of a broken root of a tooth.
   Thirty-three dollars were the proceeds of the Baptist society donation, which was held last Tuesday evening in the basement of the M. E. Church.
   The fall term of school closes Friday. The children in the primary department are anticipating a drive provided by their teacher, Mrs. Kirke, and the higher department are to celebrate the closing with a social.
   Several grades of flour from the East River Milling Co. Mills, together with three grades from the Wickwire Bros. roller mills are for sale at the Union Milk Co. depot, cheaper than can be bought elsewhere.
   Frank Nash has one of the best, finest, and fleetest horses that ever stood on four feet. He is a thorough bred, gentle as a kitten or fractious as a colt. Oh, one of the very best animals that ever walked, that he offers to trade for any ordinary kind of true horse flesh.
   Christmas exercises and a tree at the Baptist Church, Friday evening, Dec. 23rd. Exercises and a tree at the M. E. Church, Saturday evening, Dec 24. A cordial welcome is extended from both churches to all who wish to bring their presents and hang them on the trees.
   This time Will Summerville is Frank Nash's victim in horse trading.
   S. B. Pierce of Marathon is painting and papering the hall at Higginsville. Mr. Freer is preparing for his Christmas party Thursday evening, Dec. 22nd.
   Last week Wayland Spencer captured a fine silver gray fox in his barn. Anyone in search of a live fox will do well to call on Mr. Spencer.
   At the last regular meeting of Harmony Grange, No. [872], the following officers were elected for the next year:
W. M.—Mrs. Frank Burt.
W. O.—W. E. Russell.
W. L.—Mrs. W. E. Russell.
W. S.—James Stafford.
A. S.—W. S. Freer.
Chap.—Mrs. A. B. Sperry.
Treas.—P. F. Moses.
Sec.—Allen Potter.
G. K.—J. C. Jacobs.
W. P.—Mrs. Maggie Kelz.
W. F.—Mrs. Mary Reynolds.
W. C.—Mrs. Salome Parker.
L. A. S.—Mrs. Mary Freer.
   Several from this Grange will attend the Grange feast at Virgil next Friday evening.

   Edwin Poster is cutting the balance of his ensilage corn this week.
   J. S. Lord is slightly improved under the care of Dr. White of Homer.
   Misses Lydia Isbell and Edith Gay are attending school at Homer this term.
   Mrs. Henry Woodmancy is slowly improving under the care of Dr. Johnson of Cortland.
   John Cottrell is loading baled hay from his storehouse. Hay is selling at $11 per ton in the local market.
   There will be a private leap year party from Cortland at the Raymond House Wednesday night. Fred Corl of this place will furnish the music.
   Wm. Isbell has been in Chenango Co. trapping and hunting for the past week. He returned last Saturday with Miss Sophrona Eaton as his bride. We wish them much joy.
   The Raymond House is fast growing in popularity as a winter resort for select parties. Good accommodations and a desire on the part of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond to make it pleasant is the reason.
   The last of the cabbage crop in this section is being loaded this week at $21.50 per ton, equal to 10 cents each. There has been over one hundred cars loaded at this station. The lowest price paid being 2 cents, the bulk going at 3 cents.
   No one has yet ventured to fish through the ice. The fine of $50 for each fish and fear of Mr. E. D. Crosley are safe protection for the fish. Local parties are also watching the lake and will report all fishermen and see that they are prosecuted.
   The Little York Ice Co. have engaged Darwin Smith, of Cold Brook, to furnish power for their elevator the coming season. This ice house is nearly one-third full, although they have been shipping to Cortland, Binghamton, Oneonta and Ithaca for the last four months.


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