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From Hancock Herald , October 28, 1937: "Fifty Years Ago, October 17, 1887"

Miss Jennie Christian of Sands Creek will teach the Finch Valley School this winter.

Miss Fannie M. Stoddard of Hancock has been engaged to teach the East Branch School this winter.

Horace C. Knight and family of Equinunk, left Wednesday to make their home in Pueblo, Col.

A milk station has been opened at Hale Eddy. A temporary building will be put up for the winter.

Theron D. Abers of Port Jervis, a brakeman on the Erie Railroad, was killed at Lackawaxen Tuesday when he stepped in front of a locomotive. He leaves a wife and three children.

At Scott, Pa., on Oct. 18th, Rev. W. M. Hiller united in marriage Rev. J. C. Hogan of Mountain Top, Pa. and Miss Abbie S. Faulkner of Scott.

Gertrude Thomas is teaching the school at Goulds. Minnie Tyler has taken a school near Callicoon. Our school began today with Miss Axtell as teacher. - Rock Valley Cor.

A new street is being built at East Branch fifty feet wide and half a mile long.

Phillip Neer died at his home in Rock Valley on Thursday last, aged 87 years.

Last week a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Knapp of Fish's Eddy.

A. B. Moore of Sands Creek, trustee of School District 18, has hired Miss Emma Booth as teacher for the school year.

Mrs. Amelia Smith of Hawley, Pa., whose husband, Frederick Smith, a fireman on the Erie & Wyoming Valley Railroad, between Hawley and Scranton, was killed March 19, 1886, when the engine of the passenger train left the rails on a curve, has been given a verdict against the company for $6,240.

Saturday evening, at Long Eddy, in a drunken brawl, Thomas Ryan, stone cutter, aged 29, was stabbed to death by Michael Rooney, a laborer in an Erie Railroad section gang. Rooney was arrested, and at the inquest held by Coroner Stark, the jury found that "Ryan came to his death by the hands of Michael Rooney".


From Hancock Herald , February 16, 1939: "Fifty Years Ago, Feb. 14, 1889"

The O. & W. and the Erie advertise excursions to Washington for the inauguration of President Benjamin Harrison on March 4. From Weehawken O. & W. passengers will go over the Pennsylvania.

Johnnie Powers of Middletown living with his widowed mother, smoked cigarettes to excess. His mother on Friday returning to the house after a short absence found him a raving maniac, smashing furniture and crockery. Police were called to take him in charge.

The annual town meeting resulted in the election of the following: Thomas Keery, Supervisor; Leon E. Vatet, Town Clerk; Leroy S. Mallory, justice of the peace; Porter Lakin, assessor, long term; Joseph I. Hall, assessor, short term; Edget Lewis, Commissioner of Highways; Austin Lewis, collector; overseers of poor, Nathan W. Miller and Richard Styles; constables, Valentine LaValley, Homer Marks, Rufus Chamberlain, Paul Griffin, John Houghtaling. Leroy Mallory of East Branch was the only Republican elected. He defeated Williams Martin 394 to 335. The Fish's Eddy bridge proposition was defeated, 382 against to 312 for.

Mr. E. B. Underwood of Lake Como, a bride of four months, died at Lake Como on Saturday.

Jeptha Kellam was buried at Long Eddy Feb. 7, aged 68. His father Jacob Kellam cleared up a farm at Equinunk in 1816.

The Long Eddy Methodist church was dedicated on Feb. 6. On the program were Presiding Elder Belcher, Drs. E. S. Osborne of New York and G. H. Gregory of Newburg; also Rev. F. M. Turrentine and Wm. M. Nelson of Equinunk. Rev. L. F. Piper is the preacher in charge.

The wife of the Rev. F. A. Doney of Damascus has been taken to a New York insane asylum.

Died, in Hancock, Feb. 5, Ann McMurray, aged about 75 years.

Fire on Sunday destroyed the dwelling of Edward Cargin near Little Equinunk.

William Carpenter of Upper Sands Creek while cutting ice on the Hathaway Pond last week fell through a hole and went in to the water up to his ears. George Oliver and Daniel Booth helped him out.

Roscoe will spend $2,000 next spring in building a new school house.


From Hancock Herald , February 23, 1939: "Fifty Years Ago, Feb. 21, 1889"

Peter Bleck this week bought the well known Marvin Wheeler store property at Front and Wheeler streets, and will soon begin remodeling it for hotel purposes.

Judge Brown of the Supreme Court last week confirmed the report of Referee Surrogate Coleman granting Margaret Tyler Coburn an absolute divorce from Warren Coburn, an O. & W. conductor. Nellie Wilson, a Norwich hotel waitress, was named as correspondent. Mrs. Coburn is a daughter of the late Smith Tyler, at one time a prominent lumberman of Hancock.

The Erie settled the damage claim of Miss Mary Taylor of Brooklyn, seriously injured in the recent Shohola accident by paying her $5,000.

Honesdale is still excited about a possible branch of the Erie by way of Honesdale and Ararat through to Susquehanna. Railroad men generally think the line will not be built.

James Gibbons and John Gethers were ducked in the Lackawanna River at Carbondale last week by White Caps, who were offended by their alleged violations of some of the Ten Commandments.

An Erie freight train was wrecked Thursday morning a mile east of Gulf Summit. Five cars of hogs, a car of cows and three cars of freight wee broken up.

Chehocton's (early name of Hancock) first store was started in 1800 by Thaddeus Newton on the old Newton homestead across the West Branch in Buckingham. Then John Dusenberry started a store on the Sands place in the West End. The old dwelling on the brow of Catholic Church hill was built by D. M. Broadstreet and part of it occupied as a store by James Munsell, who afterward built on the south side of the Erie tracks in the West End. Later this building was used by Marvin Wheeler, Leonard Allison and his partner, Reeve. James Faulkner built the rear of what is now the Bleck property for a store. At first it stood on the south side of the Erie tracks. E. R. Titus had part of the American Hotel for a time as a store. The Wheelers built a large store north of the Erie tracks. The Smith (now Cassidy) store was built by a Mr. Frisbie. A. B. Stimson built the first McGibbon & Tarbox store, Elisha Richards build the old Shanly Hotel and used it as a store. The Nichols store, the first brick structure, was built in the fifties by Moses Nichols.

"Dick" Powers, the Civil War telegrapher, a resident of Hancock, has begun a suit for $20,000 damages against Deposit business man for the alienation of the affections of his wife, Celia.

Died, at Lake Como, Charles Burns, quarryman, and Mrs. Christina Mallory.

The new capitol at Albany is still incomplete. To date it has cost more than $18,000,000.

Honesdale has a fire last week with a loss of $30,000. The places burned were S. W. Powell, Deltezer & Ryan, and Wefferling & Son.

LaPorte Thomas of Hancock advertises that he will buy 30,000 railroad ties.

On Saturday Marvin Knight and Chester Clark hauled from the Randall & Underwood Himlock quarry down Shehawken Creek a flagstone 10-1/2x10 and one 10x6 feet. They weighed five tons apiece.

The steam sawmill owned by William Perry in Manchester township near Equinunk burned Jan. 12.

Deacon Ezra May taught public school in Chehocton (now Hancock) in 1800-1801. Deacon Ezra May lived at Cadosia and owned the area later sold to John Hawk.

David Spencer of Winterdale operated a birch acid factory. He steams green birch to extract the sap.

State creamery tub butter in the New York market brings from 21 to 23 cents a pound.


Hand dated April 14, 1977; newspaper unknown:
Get to Know "Doc" Bush
DELANCEY - My Know Your Neighbor this time is Elmer Ogden Bush, better known by all as "Doc". Born Sept., 14, 1898 on the family farm at DeLancey to Clarence A. and Anna Bostwick Bush, he had a brother, Ammon and a sister Salenda Bush, who lives in DeLancey. His father died in 1909 when Doc was still a young lad, so the family went to live with their grandparents, the Ammon Bostwicks.

Doc attended school in Delhi and graduated from the old Delaware Academy in 1916 and from the University of Buffalo with a degree in dentistry in 1919. He opened an office in Walton in 1921 and did his dentistry work there until he retired in 1966. In May of 1925, Doc married Ella Vitt at Kew Gardens. They lived in Walton until 1934, when they moved to the farm now owned by William Schriver.

The farm was first settled by Doc's great great grandfather, George Yendes, in 1786. When he sold the farm in the mid 50's he retained the tenant house, where he and his wife still live.

The Bush's had four children, Barbara (Mrs. Robert Lewis) of Delhi; Particia Storrer, Claremont, Calif.; Elmer Ogden Jr. (Pete) of Hamden and J. Salenda (Sally) Bush of Anderson, Calif. They have sixteen grandchildren. Doc served in the New York State Legislature. He was assemblyman from 1933 to 1937 and in the State Senate from 1956 to 1965, and then was appointed to the New York State Racing Commission. He was president of the Council of Delhi Tech for several years. Doc had had many hobbies and interests during the years; such as, antiques, Holstein cattle, politics, race horses and was one of the leaders in getting our local radio station, WDLA Walton, started. We're glad to know you, Doc, and glad to have you for a neighbor.


Excerpts from Hancock Herald - October, 1937
Local and Personal

Mr. And Mrs. Roy LaBue of Flushing were week-end guests of their cousins, Mr. And Mrs. George C. Rees.

Visitors to the top of Point Mountain now find a convenient rustic stairway on the southern ledge leading down to the locally-famous cave. Even fat old folks, if not too bulky, can squeeze through the rock-crevice. Dr Lester E. Woolsey, principal owner of the mountain, recently installed the stairway.

Mrs. George C. Rees, and mother, Mrs. Delos Eichenberg and Mrs. Rees' daughters, Adrian and Muriel, were driven last week by Ned Crosby to Waterville, Me. To see Mrs. Dudley Smith, nee Doris Rees. The visitors returned from Maine by way of the White Mountains.

Jesse Dunlap of Childs, Pa., veteran O. & W. conductor, who retired this year, called on Hancock relatives on Sunday, accompanied by his wife and sister-in-law, Mrs. Brundege of Thompson, and his son. The ladies are daughters of Mrs. W. H. Hall. Mr. Dunlap is a member of the Hancock Masonic Lodge.

Mr. And Mrs. Ray V. Mack and Mr. And Mrs. R. A. Forester were week-end guests of Prof. And Mrs. Willard Jones in Ballston Spa.

Donald Guild was brought home from the Good Shephard hospital in Syracuse last Thursday, following a major operation on Oct. 13th.

Allan Hewitt, son of Mr. And Mrs. O. D. Hewitt, who has been employed by the I. B. M. in Endicott, has been transferred to New York City.

Mr. And Mrs. A. V. King entertained over the week-end her parents, Mr. And Mrs. J. A. Surbeck and Mrs. Geo. Bowen of Brooklyn, her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Heldman and daughters, Laura and Katherine of Syracuse

Mrs. Carrie Hornbeck is visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Philip A. Hyatt, Rutherford, N. J.

Mrs. J. Jaycox spent the week-end with friends in Paterson, N. J.

O. D. Hewitt left Monday with a party of friends on a three-day deer hunting trip in the Adirondacks.

Bert G. Fuller has leased at his service station, West End, his 25,000 gallon storage gas tank to L. T. Robinson, Tydol distributor.

A daughter, Carolyn L., was born to Prof. And Mrs. Eric Faigle of 203 Standish Drive, Syracuse, on Oct. 26th. Mr. Faigle is a son of Charles Faigle of Hancock.

Frank Morley of Binghamton visited Sunday in the home of his father, Walter B. Morley.

The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the M. E. Church will meet Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7:45 p.m., at the home of Mrs. E. J. Kellam. Mrs. Cecil Rood, program leader.

Wilson J. Lakin, manager of the meat department of the Hancock Grand Union Store, this week received from headquarters a letter of commendation and congratulations for holding top position for volume sales among the twelve stores in this district for three consecutive three-months' periods.

Clement J. Myer, Town Highway Superintendent, said yesterday that as soon as relief labor is available he will resume work with the town stone crusher at the old Klondike quarry in the French Woods. The winter work program includes 1-1/2 miles of stone base road from Goulds past the Fred Beecher place to the Sullivan county line and widening the Hancock-Peas Eddy road from the Charles Howard cottage toward the village.

Mr. And Mrs. Robert Lewis motored Sunday to the home of their daughter, Mrs. W. Ray Elmore, South Fallsburg, returning Monday.

Fred Emrich, employed at Iversen's, has just returned from a two weeks' training course in the complete repair of automobile bodies. Kenneth Sickles left last Monday for the same school in Albany, where he will also take the two weeks' training course.

Joe Bailey, "Chick" Titus, Geo. Rees and son Billy, Bob Taylor and Roy LaBue, were on a week-end fishing trip to Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence and Sandy Pond off Lake Ontario. The party failed to produce the "catch" on returning home.

Mrs. Joe Davis spent the weekend with her sister, Mrs. Paul Quackenbush, in Oneonta.

Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Kellam were Mr. And Mrs. V. S. Whitaker, Mrs. Lulu Keays and Miss Vivian Kellam, Elmira College senior. The occasion was Mr. K's birthday. Mrs. Margaret Newman had as dinner guests Sunday evening relatives and friends numbering sixteen in honor of her birthday. Station WOR, Newark, extended congratulations and greetings during their broadcast Sunday evening to both Mrs. Newman and Mr. Kellam.

Cyrus Baxter Very Seriously Injured
Vertebrae Dislocated in Auto Crash at Cooperstown

Cyrus Baxter of Harvard is in the Bassett Mamorial Hosptial in Cooperstown suffering from two dislocated vertebrae in his neck sustained when an auto in which he was returning from the North Woods early last Friday morning overturned. He is reported to be resting comfortably.

The injured man was in company with Gideon Gregory and Freeman Shaver. When near Cooperstown a tire blew out as they were taking a sharp curve, causing the car to overturn and roll down a steep bank. Mr. Shaver and Mr. Gregory escaped with severe bruises and nerve shock, but Mr. Baxter was less fortunate.

Besides the dislocated vertebrae in the neck, muscles were torn loose. He was taken to Cooperstown to the Bassett Memorial Hospital.

Cyrus was the only one of the party who succeeded in bringing down a deer. The car, owned by Mr. Shaver, was badly damaged.

Fish's Eddy Bear Trapped and Shot on Monday Night
Matched Wits Against Rev. F. O. Wolven and Lost

The Fish's Eddy honey-stealing bear, on his seventh rain on Jay Baxter's beehive colony 1,000 feet from the Fish's Eddy schoolhouse, was trapped on Monday night by Rev. F. O. Wolven, a former Methodist pastor at Fish's Eddy and French Woods, who lives in Fish's Eddy. At his request Henry C. Rolin shot and killed the bear.

The bear awakened nearby residents by his struggles to get his right paw free from the 40-pound bear-trap anchored to a cut six-inch green beech sapling "drag". To shake off the trap he climbed and broke down a large sapling, and then climbed two others nearby, all without avail.

Mr. Wolven had a "hunch" that the bear would visit the bee colony shortly after dark, as he had done before six times. Game Protector Van Tyle of Downsville, guarding a trap, laid in ambush for him several nights, but the bear kept away.

Mr. Wolven, who is something of a naturalist and student, matched his wits against Mr. Bear. He anchored Mr. Baxter's trap to the beech drag and on the north side of it he placed a bag liberally smeared with honey left over from a wrecked hive. He did more. He poured anise oil on the pan of the trap and covered it with leaves. It must have smelt good, for br'er bear "fell" for it.

Hurrying to the trap at 9:30 Monday night to see what caused the crashing of trees, Mr. Wolven found the bear. He summoned Henry C. Rolin. The bear was at bay with eyes like little balls of fire as they came up. Rolin took careful aim and killed him with a single rifle bullet in the mouth. Then they sawed off the drag and pried open the trap so they could get the animal to the Wolven barn.

Tuesday forenoon after the bear was weighed at the O. & W. station there was a succession of visitors to see the handsome jet black animal as he swung from the limb of a Ben Davis apple tree.

The bear in his successive visits demolished sixteen swarms of bees and hives. He would topple over a hive and "bash" the frame in, and then gorge himself with honey. He apparently didn't mind being stung.

"I saw the bear once or twice", said Mr. Wolven, "but he was wary and he would get away in a hurry. He usually disappeared in the direction of the mountain ridges. I was sorry to trap him and see him dead, but he was such a gluttonous robber that there was no other way. We warned him good and plenty."

Mr. Wolven told of trailing the bear to higher ground to where the bear apparently sat down to eat a hive of honey. The bear had absorbed the honey proper, but had spat out the comb. Also he had chewed the wooden sides of the hive.

Voters Have the Say on Tuesday, November 2 on County & Town Tickets
Brisk Battle in County Between Speenburgh and Eaton for District Attorney -

In Hancock Clement J. Meyer and Guy Wormuth for Highway Supt.---6 Constitutional Amendments

A rather full vote is expected in Delaware County and the Town of Hancock on Tuesday next. In the county the Democrats, who are greatly outnumbered, are making a drive to elect Paul F. Eaton of Walton as District Attorney. His Republican opponent is Gleason B. Speenburgh of Fleischmanns.

Hancock has two candidates on the county ticket, County Clerk Harrison M. DeKay, seeking reelection, and Dr. Lester E. Woolsey, Republican candidate for Coroner. Ex-Senator Clayton L. Wheeler is candidate for District Constitutional Convention Delegate.

The official tickets contain the following nominees:

For Member of Assembly
        William T. A. Webb, Rep.;       Wilbur L. Cleveland, Dem.

For District Attorney
        Gleason B. Speenburgh, Rep.     Paul F. Eaton, Dem.

For County Clerk
        Harrison M. DeKay, Rep.         Ralph B. Teed, Dem.

For Coroners
        Julian A. Gaul, Rep.            Philip S. Young, Dem., Town of Hancock              
        Lloyd C. Warren, Rep.
        Lester E. Woolsey, Rep.
  
For Supervisor
        Ralph L. Wheelock, Rep.         Val J. Iverson, Dem.

For Town Clerk
        Frank J. Smith, Rep.            Frank A. Yager, Dem.

For Collector
                                        Catherine Dirig, Rep.-Dem.

For Justice of the Peace
       Dwight B. Wright, Rep.           James Kenney, Dem.
       Clarence Cowan, Rep.             Roy D. Owens, Dem.
                   Fred J. McMorris, Citizens

For Assessor
      (4 yrs) G. Bassett Ives, Rep.     (4 yrs.) John Rutz, Dem.
      (2 yrs.) Clarence C. Zurn, Rep.   (2 yrs) Walter Hubbell, Dem.

For Supt. Of Highways
      Guy Wormuth, Rep.                 Clement J. Meyer, Dem.

For School Director
      Frank E. Butterfield, Rep.        Harvey D. English, Dem.

Associate Judge Court of Appeals
      Irving Lehman, Rep.-Dem.

Justice of Supreme Court
      James P. Hill, Rep.-Dem.
      Leon C. Rhodes, Rep.-Dem

For District Constitutional Con. Delegates
      Philip Elting, Rep.               Willis G. Nash, Dem.
      Seth T. Cole, Rep.                Percy W. Decker, Dem.
      Arthur F. Bouton, Rep.            Clayton L. Wheeler, Dem.

Each party has nominated fifteen candidates for Constitutional delegate-at-large. Justice Frederick E. Crane heads the list of 15 Republicans and Senator Robert F. Wagner the 15 Democrats.
Voters Literacy Tests The following schedule has been arranged for conducting the New York State Regents Literacy Test for new voters in the Second Supervisory District of Delaware County at the following school buildings and the principals in charge: Hancock, Principal Walter L. Strait; Downsville, Principal George A. Tingue; East Branch, Principal Henry S. Schaefer; Cook's Falls, Principal Elizabeth H. Rosa. Days and Hours - Thursday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 2, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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