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These items come from my Mother-in-law, Lena Belle (Beers) Alverson, she and Walter Alverson, were both born in Beerston, and graduated from Walton High School. After they married they lived in Indiana, Michigan and Florida. She kept a subscription to the Walton Newspaper and cut out these clippings of her relatives and friends. I am sorry to say there are no dates on the clippings to tell when they were printed in the newspaper, but most of them have dates within the clippings. I hope you will enjoy these. I remain, an avid researcher, --Diana Alverson

From the Scrap Book of Lena Belle (Beers) Alverson - Walton Reporter clipping - Feb. 8, 1938


One man perished, another was critically burned, two were slightly burned and a third was cut by broken glass early Tuesday when a house of JESSE BEERS burned to the ground on Route 10 at Beerston. It was the second Delaware County fire within 72 hours, a man COLONEL VIVIAN BENNETT, trainer at the Gerry stables at Lake Delaware, near Delhi, having burned to death early Saturday.

THE DEAD - JOHN BUCHANAN, 23, formerly of Hancock, a farmhand on the JESSE BEERS' farm in Beerston. His charred remains were found late today in the smoldering ruins.

THE INJURED - JESS BEERS, 37, owner of the farm, critically burned on the face, neck, arms, chest, back and legs, now a patient at Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta. Condition described there tonight as "unchanged".

MRS. MABLE NICHOLS BEERS, 36 wife of JESSE BEERS, first degree burns on face, arms and right foot. Now a patient in Smith Hospital in Walton.
MRS. MELVINA BEERS, 59, mother of JESSE BEERS, cut on right hand from broken glass when she broke out a window to escape with her daughter-in-law and fractured ribs in the fall.

JACK PECK, 38, of Poughkeepsie, a visitor at the Beers farm, minor burns on hands and back of neck and sprained ankles suffered when he jumped to safety from a second story window.

JESSE BEERS is believed to have discovered the fire, with his cries awakening the rest. PECK told authorities today he was awakened by Beers' cries and that he threw his shoes out a front window on the second floor, where he had been sleeping, and jumped to safety. Aroused by BEERS, his wife and mother made good their escape through a window from a ground floor bedroom, the elder MRS. BEERS sleeping in a room adjoining the bedroom of MR. and MRS. BEERS. By the time PECK and the two women reached safety outdoors, the house was a roaring inferno. Seeing that JESSE BEERS was missing, PECK, a long-time friend, went back into the blazing building through the front door to pull the badly burned BEERS out. After arousing PECK, his wife and mother, BEERS is believed to have made an attempt to get the hired man, BUCHANAN, to safety and also rescue his dog. The younger MRS. BEERS went about 1,000 yards down the road to call for help at the home of JOHN CAMPBELL on the opposite side of the street. MRS. CAMPBELL, awakened by the reflection of the blazing building through her bedroom window, was just getting up to investigate when MRS. BEERS arrived. Seeing that she was badly burned, the CAMPBELLs gave her emergency first aid and summoned help.

Meanwhile, the elder MRS. BEERS had gone across the street in the opposite direction to the home of FRANK B. McDOUGAL, who operates a gas station about 1000 yards away. He rushed over in time to help PECK in his successful effort to get BEERS out of the blazing house. BEERS was removed to the Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta in the Lyon Brothers ambulance, with the two women removed to Smith Hospital, where they received medical attention from DR. WALTER E. EELLS. Their condition was described by him tonight as "fair" with the younger MRS. BEERS' chances of recovery "good".

Troopers FOREST L. KNAPP and W. B. MARTIN located the remains of BUCHANAN's body this afternoon and DR. C. SUMNER GOULD, coroner, identified the bones as being those of a man. DR. GOULD said that with COOPER KNAPP he also discovered what he believed was the ruins of a still made out of a 40-quart milk can. He said he could not state if it had been used lately. He said tonight that he had not questioned members of the family about the device. BUCHANAN is survived by a wife, MADGE GILBERT BUCHANAN, now living in Rome; by one child: his parents, MRS. and MRS. JOSEPH BUCHANAN of Hancock; a sister, MAGGIE, employed on the Eaton farm at Beers Brook, and a brother, FRANK of Hancock.

From the Scrap Book of Lena Belle (Beers) Alverson, Walton Reporter newspaper clipping - 1924.

Announcement is made of the marriage of MISS JULIA EMILY, daughter of THOMAS ALVERSON of Beerston, to REID J. HOLMES of Schenectady, by REV. WILLIAM H. HOPKINS, D. D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Albany, in that city on Saturday evening, June 28, at 8 o'clock. The bride and groom enjoyed a week's honeymoon in New York City. MRS. HOLMES is bookkeeper and stenographer for the Borst & Burhans company of Cobleskill, and will retain her position for the present. MR. HOLMES is a machinist in the employ of the General Electric company in Schenectady. The many friends of MR. and MRS. HOLMES at home and vicinity join in wishing them a long and happy life.

From the Scrap Book of Lena Belle (Beers) Alverson - Walton Reporter article - no date.

A Dairy to be Proud Of.
CHARLES T. ALVERSON of New York City, formerly of Beerston, has sold his dairy of grade and thoroughbred Holsteins to WALTER P. READER & SONS of Ferris Hill, Grand Gorge, who are building up a dairy of thoroughbred Holsteins. The dairy had been well cared for by JOHN CAMPBELL of Drydon since the loss of the Alverson barn by fire last fall. The dairy was one of the best money makers in this section of the state for its size and MR. ALVERSON took just pride in its record and accomplishments. His success was due to the patient and careful selection of home grown stock over a long period of time by THOMAS ALVERSON and his sons. The dairy had as foundation stock cows that gave as high as 14,000 pounds of milk a year and clearly demonstrated the value of heading a dairy with good sires, selecting good foundation cows and raising your own cows.

From Lena Beers Alverson Scrap Book - Walton Reporter newspaper clippings - hand written date 1925

MISS BERNICE LOUISE BRANDT, daughter of MRS. and MRS. JOHN N. BRANDT of Delhi, and IVAN WILLIAM BRAZEE of Delhi, were married Wednesday, February 18, at four o'clock at the bride's home, 54 Elm street. The wedding was informal, REV. E. O. TAMBLYN performing the ceremony. The bride was dressed in a gown of powder blue crepe made with overskirt effect, trimmed in contrasting braid and sand colored lace, and work a corsage bouquet of pine and white sweet peas. The out of town guests were MR. and MRS. DAVID GLADSTONE and LELAND BRAZEE of Franklin, parents and brother of the groom; also grandmother, MRS. ELIZABETH SOUTHWORTH, of Walton. The rooms were trimmed in pink and green, the color scheme being carried out by the use of candles and place cards. The wedding cake was used as center piece, decorated with twenty-two pink candles, the occasion also bing the twenty-second anniversary of MR. and MRS. JOHN N. BRANDT. MR. and MRS. BRAZEE will be at home with her parents, MR. and MRS. JOHN N. BRANDT, for the present.

From Lena Beers Alverson Scrap Book - Walton Reporter newspaper clippings - hand written date 1930

(From Franklin correspondent.)
MRS. ELIZABETH ST. JOHN SOUTHWORTH died at the home of her daughter, MRS DAVID R. GLADSTONE, in Franklin, ON Sunday evening, April 5, after a long period of ill health. She was born in the town of Walton on August 9, 1855, the daughter of PETER AND CYNTHIA BENEDICT ST. JOHN. She was married to WILLIAM SOUTHWORTH in the village of Franklin in the year 1874. She is survived by two daughters, MRS. LORIN H. WAKEMAN of Walton and MRS. DAVID GLADSTONE of Franklin; one brother, E. B. ST. JOHN, and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One son, ARTHUR SOUTHWORTH, passed away several years ago. Services were held on Wednesday, with prayer service at the home at 12:45 and further services in the Walton Methodist church at 2 p.m.. Burial was made in Walton cemetery. At the home of REV. S. E. SARGEANT was in charge with REV. GRANT E. ROBINSON of Walton assisting. REV. ROBINSON officiated at the services in Walton, assisted by MR. SARGEANT. MRS. SOUTHWORTH was a member of the Walton Baptist church.

Another death notice: SOUTHWORTH - at Franklin, Apr. 5, MRS. ELIZABETH SOUTHWORTH, aged 75 years.

From the Scrap Book of Lena Belle Beers Alverson - Walton Reporter clipping - no year given.

GANNON - SHAW - At hawleys, Dec. 1, by REV. C. S. SYCKOFF, LIEUT. WI

From the Scrap Book of Lena Belle (Beers) Alverson, Walton Reporter newspaper clipping - 1930
(From Harvard correspondent.)
MRS. R. F. WILSON died at her home at Glendon, near Harvard, Tuesday, December 3. MRS. WILSON was born on Baxter Brook, town of Walton, 65 years ago, the daughter of MRS. and MRS. GEORGE ALVERSON. Forty-five years ago she was married at Fishs Eddy to R. F. WILSON. MRS. WILSON is survived by her husband, two daughters, MRS ELMA DICKS and MRS. DEA DICKS of Walton, and by one son, NORMAN WILSON of Crosby, PA; two step-daughters, MRS. OLIVE AREC of Johnson City and MRS. V. BURNETT of West Pittston, PA; two brothers, THOMAS ALVERSON of Detroit, Mich and SEYMOUR ALVERSON of Walton, and one sister, MRS. EMILY VANAKIN, of Harvard. The funeral was held from her late home, REV. FRANCIS MCGUIRE officiating.

From the Walton Reporter Newspaper Clipping - no date given.


An explosion of soft coal in the kitchen stove at GEORGE B. CABLE's home, Beerston, is believed responsible for the destruction of the house by fire early Monday morning. The house has been occupied by MR. CABLE, who operates a taxi service in Walton, and his nine year old son, GEORGE. During the past winter MR. CABLE has used soft coal to a considerable extent in, his kitchen stove. The father and son occupied rooms at the front of the house, separated from the kitchen by another room. MR. CABLE states that about 4 o'clock Monday morning he was awakened by a noise like a thud. At first he thought his boy had fallen out of bed and looked into the youngster's room but finding him all right went to the kitchen, which he found all in flames above the stove. His efforts to check the fire with water were fruitless. A piano, chairs and most of the other furniture on the first floor, outside the kitchen, were saved but all of the household goods on the second floor and a large quantity of the canned goods in the cellar were destroyed. A man was sent for the Walton fire department and a pump engine was dispatched to the scene but the building was too far gone to sve when the firemen arrived. After exhausting the booster tank only a small amount of water was available which proved inefficient against the burning building. MR. CABLE carried $1,200 insurance on the house and $1,000 on the furniture with H. S. OGDEN of Walton. He is a skilled fisherman and among the articles destroyed was a large quantity of fishing tackle. MR. CABLE has rented rooms over the Mastr.... billiard parlor.

From Walton Reporter Newspaper Clipping - date given 1928


DR. E. RAY GLADSTONE died early Monday morning, April 1st, at his home at 24 Townsend street in the village of Walton. Death was caused by an attack of influenza, which the physician was unable to withstand in his physical condition weakened by overwork. About a month ago DR. GLADSTONE suffered an attack of grip and from that time until his last illness he ran a temperature daily, but kept about and answered the many calls which came to him without seeking to spare himself. On Sunday night, Mar. 24, his illness at last forced him to take to his bed. It was two days later before the seriousness of his condition was realized and not until Friday that the community generally learned how critically ill he was. The attack of influenza was made severe by an acute toxemia or poisoning due to a blood germ infection. There have been few deaths in recent years which have more profoundly affected the people of Walton and vicinity than that of DR. GLADSTONE. Coming to Walton in 1914 he had built up a very fine practice. The constant calls for his services come both day and night kept him ever in demand. He was a skilled surgeon as well as physician, as many patients will attest. It is not only as the beloved physician that DR. RAY GLADSTONE will be remembered in the hearts of Walton people, but as the good citizen and loyal friend. He actively entered into the life of the community, so far as the demands upon his time would permit. He was a member of Chamber of Commerce, of the Kiwanis club, the Truman C. Tobey post, American Legion, and of Walton lodge No. 559, F. & A. M. E. RAY GLADSTONE was born at Shavertown on April 15, 1889, the son of MR. and MRS. ARCHIE GLADSTONE, and would thus have been forty years of age had he lived until the 15th of this month. He attended the Hilton Memorial high school in Andes and after his graduation there entered the Albany Medical college from which he graduated in 1913. After a year's service as interne in Faxton hospital, Utica, DR. GLADSTONE located in Walton in the summer of 1914. On Feb. 3 1915, he was married to MISS HARRIET CONKLIN of Newark, N.J., and brought here to Walton as a bride. Some five years ago DR. and MRS. GLADSTONE and their daughter, HARRIET, moved from lower Townsend street to the new home which they had built on the site of the residence of the late DR ARTHUR ST. JOHN. DR. GLADSTONE's activities were many. He loved his work and took a personal interest in his patients, and this no doubt was one secret of his popularity. In addition to his regular medical work he has been health officer of the village for a number of years, one of the county coroners, medical inspector of the Walton union school district and for several years has been chairman of the board of managers of the county sanitarium at Delhi. During the World war he served as a first lieutenant in the medical corps, being stationed at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, most of the eleven months he was in service. He was about to go overseas when the armistice was signed, but was called upon to remain in the army for a time owing to the epidemic of influenza then prevailing.

The funeral service was held at the home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. His pastor, REV. FRANK C. DAVIDSON, of the United Presbyterian church, officiated. Burial was in the Walton cemetery. The profusion of floral tributes and the large gathering of people of all walks of life from the whole countryside was an evidence of the regard in which DR. GLADSTONE was held. DR. GLADSTONE is survived by his wife and daughter, HARRIET, and by his parents, MR. and MRS. ARCHIE GLADSTONE, of Shavertown.

From Walton Reporter Newspaper Obituary clipping - handwritten date 1928
NEWELL B. CABLE died Friday, November 16, at the home of his niece, MRS. P. B. WILLIAMS, at Beerston, aged 80 years. Death was due to the infirmities of old age after an illness of four months' duration. MR. CABLE had been in failing health the past two years. He was the son of the late ZALMON and PRISCILLA CABLE and was the last surviving member of the family of seven children. MR. CABLE never married and nieces and nephews are the nearest relatives. Besides MRS. WILLIAMS, the surviving nephews and nieces are CHANDLER CABLE of Downsville, BERT and WARNER CABLE of Roscoe, GEORGE and CLAUDE CABLE of Beerston, MRS. WARD SUTTLE of Downsville, MRS. GRANT HOUCK of Harvard, MRS. HERBERT HOOD and EDWIN CABLE of Binghamton, VERNON CABLE of Treadwell and MRS. FLORA ROBINSON of Walton. MR. CABLE was bon on the old Cable homestead at Beerston, where he lived until twelve years ago when he sold the farm to P. B. WILLIAMS. For ten years he made his home with MRS. MARY CABLE of Walton. Two years ago last summer he returned to his old home and lived with his niece, MRS. WILLIAMS, until his death. He was a member of the United Presbyterian church of Walton and the pastor, REV. FRANK C. DAVIDSON and DR. GEORGE E. GUILD, pastors of the Presbyterian church at Beerston, officiated at the funeral service held Monday at 11 o'clock at the WILLIAMS home. Burial was in the Walton Cemetery.

Another article on the same page in the Scrap Book from the Walton Reporter
WILLED MUCH TO CHURCHES - The late NEWELL B. CABLE, who died at Beerston Friday, left an estate valued at from $30,000 to $35,000. The original will was made some ten years ago and numerous codicils have been executed since. Under the provisions of the will and codicils existing at the time of MR. CABLE's death each of some twelve nephews and nieces or their heirs, if deceased, are given $1,000. After a few other minor bequests the residuary estate is to be divided amount six Walton churches, the United Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational, Episcopalian, Reformed Presbyterian and Free Methodist. If the will stands this will give each church about $3,000. Under the will of his brother, the late E. B. CABLE, NEWELL CABLE received during his life one-half of the income from E. B. CABLE's estate. On NEWELL CABLE's death the entire income from the E. B. CABLE estate goes to MRS. MARY CABLE, widow of E. B. CABLE.

From a Walton Reporter newspaper clipping - no date
KILLED UNDER TRUCK - (From Cannonsville correspondent)
GEORGE TYMESON of Cannonsville was killed Friday morning when the truck he was driving overturned on the Mormon Hollow road near Rock royal. MR. TYMESON's head was pinned between the door of the truck and the ground and his neck was broken. MR. TYMESON was employed on the highways of the town of Tompkins. He used his own truck in his work, Friday morning was rainy and the highway force did not work but part of MR. TYMESON's job was to keep the steam shovel supplied with water. He went up Mormon hollow and dropped water to the shovel and after completing this work it is thought he started to return home. CHARLES WEBB, who lives on the Mormon hollow road, saw TYMESON drive past his place towards Cannonsville. A short distance below the Webb place Tymeson's car left the road and over turned. Some time later a passenger saw the overturned truck and getting out to investigate, saw MR. TYMESON pinned under the machine with the door across his neck. The car was raised and DR. P. PALMERTON of Deposit called and announced that death was due to a broken neck. The body was taken to his home at Cannonsville, where the funeral was held Monday afternoon. REV. ELI QUICK, assisted by REV. HODGSON, conducted the services. Burial was made in the Cannonsville cemetery. MR. TYMESON was a hard working man and well liked by his fellow employees and by the residents of Cannonsville. He is survived by his wife and two children of Cannonsville a brother, CHARLES of Oneonta, and three sisters, MRS. WACO KITTLE of Binghamton, MRS. SMITH of Centerville and MRS. ALEX ORALLS of Guilford.

From the Walton Reporter Newspaper clipping - handwritten date 1923
As the shades of twilight were falling on New Year's Eve, Monday, the home of MR. and MRS. GEORGE M. CARPENTER, Griswold street, was the scene of a charming wedding which united in marriage MRS. RUTH EELLS STERN and ARTHUR KEVEDA HOLMES. The ceremony took place by candlelight at four o'clock in the afternoon. The Christmas colors of red and green were used in the decorations and the rooms were illuminated by red candles so placed in candelabra as to give a charming effect. Carnations, roses and poinsettias were used in the decorations. REV. STANLEY U. NORTH, pastor of the Congregational church, performed the ceremony before a bank of laurel and poinsettias in the front parlor. The bride was attended by MISS AMY CURTIS of White Plains, while ROBERT HOLMES of Walton was the best man. MISS ELVA CABLE played the wedding march. The ushers were REX HOLMES and ERWIN DAVIS of Roscoe. The bride's gown was a lovely creation of brown chenille and she carried a shower bouquet of white roses. MISS CURTIS wore a gown of handsomely beaded velvet and carried pink carnations. Some fifty guests were present. Following the ceremony a five-course wedding supper was served under the direction of MRS. NELLIE GREGORY, cateress. Later in the evening MR. and MRS. HOLMES left on the Mountain Express on a trip which will include Syracuse and Albany. They will make their home in Margaretville where MR. HOLMES has charge of the Holmes Furniture Store. Among the guests were MR. and MRS. R. L. CRAWFORD of Wallkill, MR. and MRS. EDWIN DAVIS, Roscoe; MR. and MRS. CHARLES ROGERS and daughter, KATHRYN, of Hancock; DR. GEORGE B. SCHLAFER of Delhi.

From Walton Reporter newspaper clipping - handwritten date 1930
MRS. MARY C. HOUCK, who lived with her son, HENRY B. HOUCK, on South street, Walton, died on Tuesday, Dec. 30, after an illness of some months. MRS. HOUCK was 74 years of age. She was the daughter of MR. and MRS JOHN FRINK and was born on a farm at Houck Mountain. She married JOHN H. HOUCK, who died none years ago on Dec. 31, 1922. The family lived at Houck mountain for many years, removing to Beerston about twenty-two years ago. MRS. HOUCK and her son, BERT, removed to Walton a little more than a year ago after selling their place at Beerston. Besides the son mention, HENRY B. HOUCK, one daughter survives, MRS. ANDREW D. SCOBIE of Pines, and a grandson ANDREW SCOBIE, JR. The funeral service will be held at the home this, Friday, afternoon at 2 o'clock, REV. GRAND ROBINSON, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. MRS. HOUCK was a member of the M. E. Church at Harvard. Burial will be made in the Walton Cemetery.

From the Walton Reporter - 1923
STRICKEN ON WAY TO FUNERAL - REV. GEORGE E. GUILD, D. D., dropped dead Saturday afternoon, December 1st, near the West End hose house, Mead street, while on his way from his home on Howell street to attend the funeral of Attorney ALEXANDER NEISH. DR GUILD, who had been enjoying good health, was 72 years of age. Apoplexy was given as the cause of death. DR. GUILD was pastor of the Presbyterian Churches at Beerston and Rock Rift, having his home in Walton. He accepted the charge about eight years ago, soon after the construction of the Beerston church, that he might make his home in Walton, his old home town. He was born in Walton, November 9, 1851, and upon his graduation from the Walton academy in 1872, entered Amherst college. He received the degree of bachelor of arts from Amherst in 1876 and pursued his theological studies in Yale seminary and Union theological seminary, from which he received his degree of master of arts in 1879. In latter years he was honored with the degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred by Williams and Mary college. Upon graduating from the Union seminary in 1879 DR. GUILD became pastor of the Providence Presbyterian church in Scranton, PA. Here for thirty-two years he labored as pastor and teacher. In all civic movements DR. GUILD was a leader. He was especially interested in work among the foreign population in the mining districts near Scranton and was instrumental in establishing a mission church for work among them. Some ten years after DR. GUILD went to Scranton the Providence church erected a fine new stone church and parsonage. The growth of the church under DR. GUILD's ministry is shown by an increase in membership from 79 in 1879 to about 500 in 1911. After leaving Scranton, DR. GUILD supplied churches in Newark, N.J. and Port Jervis before he accepted the pastorate of the Rock Rift and Beerston churchesand came to Walton to make his home. He had served several times as moderator of the Lackawanna Presbytery and had been honored by choice as delegate to the general assembly of the church. He was one of the organizers of the New England society of northeastern Pennsylvania and had been chaplain of the society for thirty-seven consecutive years.

He was married on April 17, 1879 to MISS MARY L. CLARK of Florence, near Northampton, MA. Besides his wife he leaves two sons, E. BURNHAM GUILD of Walton and CLARK GUILD of Summit, N.J.; a daughter, MRS. GERTRUDE DOUGLAS, died a few years ago. There are three grandchildren, MALCOLM DOUGLAS, PHELPS GUILD and VIRGINIA GUILD. DR. GUILD leaves also one brother EDWIN L. GUILD, of Walton, and two sisters, MRS. J. J. BERRAY of Bard, CA, and MRS. HENRI C. TOBEY of Pasadena, CA. The funeral service was held Tuesday at 1:30 o'clock at the home on Howell street, REV. ROBERT B. CLARK of New York, and REV. STANLEY U. NORTH of Walton, officiating. Burial was made in the Walton Cemetery.

From the Walton Reporter - date 1928
The following pupils in the Stockton avenue and Miller avenue grade schools have won places on the honor list.





From the Walton Reporter - no year given


DR. WILLIAM G. SMITH, for thirty-seven years a practicing physician in Walton, was drowned Wednesday evening in the Delaware river at Colchester Station, just below the outlet of Chase hollow brook. Apparently DR SMITH suffered a heart attack as he was swimming back from the north to the south shore of the river after having crossed the stream. The fatality occurred about 7 o'clock. DR. SMITH has in the past at various times enjoyed the swimming in the river at this place. Wednesday evening, accompanied by HOWARD HOUCK, the painter, he drove to the ADAM CAMMER farm above Colchester and then out across the flats to the river. After the men had put on their bathing suits DR. SMITH waded out in to the river and plunging in swam across the stream, which at this place is about up to a man's neck in the deepest place. After reaching the further shore he turned and started to swim back. HOUCK, who is unable to swim, states that DR. SMITH was swimming on his side or back when his arms stopped moving and his head went under the water and he did not come up again. HOUCK says he at once waded to the spot where the doctor went down which was about one hundred feet away. He states that the body was not at the bottom, which would confirm the theory that the physician had over-exerted himself in his swim and that his heart action went wrong. Had death come from having water in the lungs the body would have been on the bottom of the river. The heat that day was over 90 degrees in the shade. HOUCK says he waded out to DR. SMITH's body and seizing him around the chest dragged him across the river and on the bank. He rolled the body over and thought the physician breathed once. HOUCK ran to the farm home of ROBERT McDONALD, which is about a quarter of a mile away, and told the McDONALD family of what had happened and DR. W. B. MORROW and DR. EELLS were telephoned for. The two physicians started at once for the place, DR. MORROW arriving just ahead of DR. EELLS, who is a stop-son of DR. SMITH. They worked over the bod in a vain effort to revive life, but both physicians and DR. M. C. MacNAUGHT, the coroner, are of the opinion that failure of the heart action due to over-exertion in the hear caused DR. SMITH's death.

DR SMITH was born on the farm of his parents, MR. and MRS. JOHN W. SMITH, up East brook, near Walton, on October 11, 1866. His father died in 1881 and it fell to WILLIAM G. SMITH and his older brother, JOHN D. SMITH, to carry on the farm work. When he was 19 years of age WILLIAM G. SMITH, who had been attending Walton academy, spent a year at the Albany business college. Returning home he spent two years more on the farm and then, having decided to take up medicine as a career, returned to the Walton academy and in 1891 received a state regents' medical student's diploma. He studied in the Bellevue hospital medical college in New York City, from which he graduated in 1894, and refusing offers to take up hospital work, returned to his native town to practice. About two years later he married MISS KATE WIGHT, a daughter of DR. THOMAS WIGHT of Andes. She died in young womanhood leaving two small children, THOMAS, who is now connected with the Walton garage, and JEAN, the wife of ALFRED DAVIS of Roscoe. DR. SMITH's second wife was MISS MARY FITCH, daughter of the late MR. and MRS. AUGUSTUS S. FITCH. Of the union there are four children: ------us, who recently graduated from Albany business college and is ------in that city; CHRISTINA, who ---------in June from Russell Sage---------; ROBERT, who has been -----------MRS. FRED FITCH in ------------; DONALD at home who is attending class at the Walton high school. MARY FITCH SMITH died in March, 1923 and DR SMITH later married MRS. CARRIE EELLS, who survives him. MRS. HENRY S. OGDEN of Walton is a sister. DR SMITH took great pride in his family and sought to give to each one of his children the chance to develop along lines of their own choosing, whether by a college education or in a business. As a physician, he will be gratefully remembered by many whom he had restored from sickness to health. He had a genial personality and a sense of humor which made him a good companion at any gathering. He was a member of the Kiwanis club of Walton and a regular attendant at the weekly luncheons. The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home. REV. F. C. DAVIDSON, pastor of the United Presbyterian church will officiate, with burial in the Walton Cemetery.

From Walton Reporter - 1923


MISS HELEN M. EELLS died Monday morning, March 26, at the home of MISS CARRIE OLMSTEAD, 12 Townsend street, Walton, where with her mother, MRS. ALIDA BATES, she had been spending the winter. Death followed a short illness with pneumonia. MISS EELLS was 50 years of age. MISS EELLS was born in Walton, March 5, 1873, the daughter of BURR GOULD EELLS and ALIDA SILLIMAN EELLS. Her father was a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Walton and there were few, if any, in the village who were more familiar than she with the early history of Walton and the genealogical record of its settlers. MISS EELLS graduated from the Walton high school in 1890. Of her classmates four are now living in Walton, MRS. MARY OOTHOUDT DANN, MRS. MARY HOWLAND BECKWITH, MRS. ALICE DANN DuMOND and MISS LEILA BRISACK. The close friendship formed among the group in school days continued until death broke the circle. After leaving the Walton academy, MISS EELS entered the Oneonta normal and completed the course there. At the age of sixteen, before graduating from the Walton school, she had begun teaching in the district schools and at the time of her death had completed thirty years of service as a teacher. MISS EELLS became a member of the faculty of the Walton union schools after finishing the normal course and was soon promoted to the high school where for several years she has been the senior teacher of the English Department. MISS EELLS was a great lover of good literature. Through her influence and inspiration many of the boys and girls who passed through her classes came into a more intimate contact with the best books and through them gained a broader appreciation of the true values of service. MISS EELLS' life was one that counted for much and in the hearts of hundreds of former pupils her memory will abide. MISS EELLS was a charter member of the Mary Weed Marvin chapter, D.A.R., and was always active in its affairs. Her church home was the First Congregational church and the funeral service was held in the church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, REV. STANLEY U. NORTH, with burial in the family plot in the Walton cemetery. Besides her mother, MRS. ALIDA BATES, MISS EELLS, leaves one brother, BURR GOULD EELLS of Babylon, Long Island, who is a teacher in the Commercial high school in Brooklyn.


Funerals arranged by Lyon Bros, Walton, NY

   Charles L. Beardslee 
                         Date of Birth: Sept. 2, 1880, Trout Creek, NY
                         Date of Death: Oct 4, 1962, Walton, NY
                         Place and Time of Service: First Baptist Church, Walton, NY
                         Oct 6, 1962, 2:00 p.m.
                         Clergyman: Rev. Eugene Bilotti
                         Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Carl W. Beardslee    Date of Birth: Feb 13, 1893, Beerston, NY
                        Date of Death: Mar 3, 1972, Walton, NY
                        Funeral Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton, NY
                        Mar 5, 1972, 2:00 p.m.
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Fred G. Beers        Born: Jul 27, 1886, Beerston, NY
                        Died: Aug 23, 1945, Rock Rift, NY
                        Services Held at: Lyon Brothers' Chapel
                        Clergyman: Rev. Henry G. Lincoln
                        Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY  

   Henry N. Tripp       Born: Dec. 16, 1868, Conklin Forks, NY
                        Died: Jan 4, 1939, Binghamton, NY
                        Services Held at: Beerston Church
                        Clergymen: Rev. Frank Lathom and Rev. M. M. Rector
                        Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Cora L. Tripp        Date of Birth: Apr 2, 1877, Bloomville, NY  
                        Date of Death: Feb 12, 1967, Delhi, NY  
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton, 
                            Feb 15, 1967 1:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Rev. Wayne E. Muckel
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Ardys Whitaker       Date of Birth: Oct 24, 1895, Walton, NY
                        Date of Death: Jan 9, 1971, Walton, NY
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton
                            Jan 13, 1971, 2:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Rev. John B. Hawes, Jr.
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Martha B. Johnson    Date of Birth: Oct 20, 1883, Beerston, NY   
                        Date of Death: May 1, 1969, Walton, NY  
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton,
                            May 4, 1969 2:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Rev. John B. Hawes, Jr.
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

    Hobart C. Wilson    Date of Birth: Aug 23, 1903, Walton, NY 
                        Date of Death: April 16, 1968, Delhi, NY    
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton
                            April 20, 1968 2:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Rev. Billy C. Sparkman
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

    Kenneth C. Goodrich 
                        Date of Birth: Jun 13, 1903, Beerston, NY   
                        Date of Death: Aug 29, 1967, Walton, NY 
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton
                            Aug 31, 1967 2:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Rev. Paul W. Brown
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

    Inez Louise (Bartow) Wilbur
                        Date of Birth: Aug 8, 1890, Walton, NY  
                        Date of Death: Aug 16, 1959, Walton, NY 
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton
                            Aug 18, 1959 2:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Dr. Cameron B. Reed
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY     

    Lillian F. Gifford  Date of Birth: Jan 10, 1878, Walton, NY 
                        Date of Death: Feb 15, 1962, Binghamton, NY 
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton
                            Feb 18, 1962 2:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Rev. Eugene Bilotti
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY         

    Thomas A. Alverson
                        Date of Birth: Apr 12, 1861, Walton, NY 
                        Date of Death: Nov 25, 1940, Bainbridge, NY 
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton
                        Clergyman: Rev. Frank Latham
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

    Ethel Beers         Date of Birth: Jan 23, 1889, Ellenville, NY 
                        Date of Death: Jan 25, 1960, Walton, NY 
                        Place and Time of Service: Lyon Brothers' Chapel, Walton
                            Jan 28, 1960 2:00 p.m.
                        Clergyman: Rev. Henry G. Lincoln
                        Place of Interment: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

Funerals arranged by Clark Funeral Home, Walton, NY

   Harry A. Wilbur 
                         Born: May 6, 1883, Walton, NY
                         Passed Away: Mar 18, 1960, Walton, NY
                         Masonic Service: Clark Funeral Home, Walton, NY
                            Mar 21, 1960, 8:00 p.m.
                         Funeral Service: Clark Funeral Home, Walton, NY
                            Mar 22, 1960, 2:00 p.m.
                         Officiating Clergyman: Rev. Henry G. Lincoln
                         Final Resting Place: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Catherine Goodrich Beers 
                         Born: Oct 27, 1884, Town of Colchester, NY
                         Passed Away: Jan 19, 1961, Walton, NY
                         Funeral Service: Clark Funeral Home, Walton, NY
                            Jan 22, 1961, 3:00 p.m.
                         Officiating Clergyman: Rev. Reginald D. Avery, assisted by
                            Rev. Henry G. Lincoln
                         Final Resting Place: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Hallock D. Lambert    Born: Aug 6, 1893, Forestburg, NY
                         Passed Away: Jan 29, 1961, Deposit, NY
                         Funeral Service: Clark Funeral Home, Walton, NY
                            Feb 2, 1961, 2:00 p.m.
                         Officiating Clergyman: Rev. John C. Cook
                         Final Resting Place: Oakwood Cemetery, Stilesville, NY

   William A. Beers      Born: May 2, 1874, Walton, NY
                         Passed Away: May 9, 1961, Walton, NY
                         Funeral Service: Clark Funeral Home, Walton, NY
                            May 13, 1961, 1:00 p.m.
                         Officiating Clergyman: Rev. Reginald D. Avery
                         Final Resting Place: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Florence Beers Houck
                         Born: Apr 27, 1899, Walton, NY
                         Passed Away: Apr 15, 1956, Walton, NY
                         Service at: United Presbyterian Church, Walton, NY
                            Apr 18, 1956, 2:00 p.m.
                         Officiating Clergyman: Rev. J. M. Findley Brown
                         Final Resting Place: Walton Cemetery, Walton, NY

   Harvey Alexander      Departed this life: Feb 11, 1963
                         Services At: Presbyterian Church, Saturday  2:30 p.m.
                         Clergyman: Rev. Fremont L. Chapman  
                         Interment: Walton Cemetery

   Milford B. Fitch      Passed Away: Oct 17, 1959
                         Services At: James C. Nugent Funeral Home
                             Tues., Oct 20, 1959 - 8:15 p.m.
                         Officiating: Rev. G. Linnferguson   
                         Final Resting Place: Riverside Cemetery, Long Eddy, NY

   Ralph L. Beers        Born: Aug 18, 1901, Town of Walton, NY
                         Date of Death: Aug 4, 1971
                         Services from: Barber Funeral Home, 10:00 a.m.
                             Monday, Aug 9, 1971
                         Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Elvin S. Murphy
                         Final Resting Place: Vestal Hills Memorial Park
                         Wife: Helen 
                         Two Sisters: Mrs. Lena Alverson, Mrs. Ethel Teed
                         Aunt: Mrs. Grace Cole
                         Several Nieces & Nephews    
                         Member of: Binghamton Lodge F.&A.M. no. 177
                                    Otseningo Bodies 
                                    Kalurah Temple A.A.O.N.M.S.
                                    Grotto Temple A.A.H.M.E.S.


PAUL D. BEERS - hand written date, 26 Apr 1964
Funeral services for Paul D. Beers, formerly of Beerston, who died recently in Knoxville, Tenn., will be held Saturday at 3 in the Ernest A. Parsons Funeral home, Binghamton. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, 7-9. Rev. Ralph E. Johnson, curate of Trinity Memorial Church of Binghamton will officiate. Graveside services will be at 10:30 Monday in Walton Cemetery. Mr. Beers was born in Beerston, July 6, 1905, the son of William J. and Harriett M. DeKay Beers. He never married. He was a retired forester, and a captain in the second World War, his last assignment being in the Panama Canal zone. He was a member of the Episcopal church and member of Walton Lodge F & AM 559. Survivors are one brother, George R. Beers, Binghamton, and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest MacDonald, Delhi, and Mrs. H. C Bertan of Schenectady.

Mrs. Lulu Mae Hawley, River Street, Downsville, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1964 in Loomis Village, Liberty. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Downsville, Rev. R. L. Donahue, rector of the church officiating. Burial will be in Paige Cemetery, Downsville. Arrangements are by Ramsay's Funeral home, Liberty, where friends may call until Thursday morning at 9. Mrs. Hawley was born in the Town of Colchester Sept. 7, 1886, the daughter of Franklin and Anna (Rad) Miller. She was married to Harvey J. Hawley in Arena, Jan. 20, 1904. He died in Downsville Mar. 22, 1959. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal church, Downsville, and had maintained her residence in Downsville although she had spent the past three years with her daughter in Loomis Village. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frances Weisberg of Liberty and Miss Pauline Hawley, Loomis.

FLOYD J. BEERS - hand written date 1974 - a picture is with this clipping
Beers Was 66 Years Fireman. Floyd J. Beers was a member of Walton Fire Department Alert Hose Company No. 2 for 66 years. He died Monday, Sept. 9, at the age of 87 in Carrie Eells Smith Nursing Home in Walton after a long illness. His long service to the department was recognized in April of 1970 when the department made him fireman of the year. At the time of the award, he said that he had never missed a fire call. The funeral will be this Thursday at 2 from Lyon Bros., Walton, Inc., chapel with Rev. Edwin N. P. Hempel of the First United Methodist church of Walton officiating. Interment will be in Walton cemetery. His certificate of membership in the department dated to 1909, but his original certificate which was issued in 1905 was burned in a fire. While working as a milkman for Meadow Brook Dairy which in those days was operated by Herschel Garrison and Will DePuy, he was asked to become a maintenance foreman for the New York State Department of Public Works. He served in that post for 32 years, retiring Dec. 31, 1956. At that time he observed that perhaps he should have retired earlier inasmuch as he had over 100 days of sick leave built up since he had never been ill. He recalled that as highway superintendent, he had carried water for Walton village in 1935 when the community was left waterless by the flood which took out the East Brook reservoir. He and his crew of four had maintained more that 30 miles of highway. As a fireman he recalled first drawing hand-pulled engines to fires and was present for some of Walton's biggest blazes, including the old Novelty Works at High and Delaware streets, the village hall, the two Crawford blazes and the Camp Milling fire. Mr. Beers was born at Beerston, Dec. 16, 1886, the son of Charles W. and H. Idella Beers. Most of his lifetime was spent at 10 Brook Street, Walton, where he cared for a neat garden.

MRS. JULIA ALVERSON HOLMES - newspaper clipping - hand written date 1968
Mrs. Julia Holmes of Schenectady died Sunday Nov. 10, at St Clair's Hospital, Schenectady after a short illness at the age of 72. Funeral services were held Wed. Nov 13 at the Ellis Funeral Home in Schenectady by Rev. Reynolds with internment in the family plot at East Worchester. Mrs. Holmes was born in Baxter Brook, Town of Walton, April 2, 1896, a daughter of Thomas A. and Dida (Wilbur) Alverson and resided at Beerston before taking up residence in Schenectady. She married Reid J. Holmes on June 28, 1924. He died in July 1955. She is survived by one son, Herman R. Holmes and granson Mark Holmes of Scotia, also three brothers, Charles T. Alverson of Englewood, Fla, Howard G. Alverson of Detroit, Mich. and James H. Alverson of Albany.

Mrs. Beulah I. Hawes, 87, of Mahwah, N.J. died Sunday, Nov 20 at Albany, NY. She was a former longtime Walton resident. Funeral services were Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Lyon Bros. Chapel, Walton, Rev. F. William Schueler, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Walton, officiating. Burial was in Walton Cemetery. Mrs. Hawes was born at Beerston, Dec 16, 1882, a daughter of John L. and Clarissa (Beers) Beardslee. She was married to Frank T. Hawes, July 29 1902 at Beerston. She was a housewife, a resident of Walton for 36 years and a member of the United Methodist Church of Walton. She had resided in Mahwah, N.J. for the past seven years. Surviving are her son, Francis J. Hawes, Cornwall-on-Hudson; two daughters, Mrs. Vera C. Brady, Mahwah, N.J. and Mrs. Dorothy Armstrong, Altamont.

Funeral services for Kenneth C. Goodrich, 64, Walton Star Route, will be this Thursday afternoon at 2 from Lyon Brothers chapel, Walton, Rev. Paul W. Brown, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Internment will be in Walton Cemetery. Mr. Goodrich died Aug 29, 1967, at Delaware Valley hospital, Walton, after several years illness. He was born at Beerston June 13, 1903, son of William and Nellie Beardslee Goodrich. His marriage to Frances Scott took place Aug. 2, 1927, in Walton. For the past 22 years Mr. Goodrich had lived on Third Brook, Walton Star Route, previously having resided at Beerston and in Walton. He had been an inspector at Scintilla, Sidney. Deceased was a member of the First Methodist church of Walton and had taught Sunday school there. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs Wilbur R. Dunn of Homer; two sons, Lorin L. of Springfield, Pa., and Jason P. with the army at Fort Lewis, Wash.; two brothers, Victor B. Goodrich of Walton and Louis S. Goodrich of Franklin; two sisters, Mrs. Floyd Martin of South Fulton, Tenn., and Mrs Fred Nigro of Bakersfield, Calif. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Delaware Valley hospital.

JOHN R. HAWKINS - (hand written date - Aug 20, 1967):

John R. Hawkins, 76 of RD 3, Windsor, died Sunday at his home. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie Hawkins of RD 3, Windsor; two daughters, Mrs. George (Jean) Adams of Port Crane and Mrs. Oscar (Isabelle) Decker of Windsor; two sisters Mrs Esther Wandell and Mrs Grace Cole, both of Binghamton; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Polumbo Funeral Home, Deposit, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Richard H. Cole, 55, of McDonough, NY., died early Sunday morning in Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, following a long illness. He was born December 21, 1918 in Binghamton, the son of Abraham and Grace Hawkins Cole. He resided in the Binghamton area most of his life, having recently moved to McDonough, 34 years ago in Binghamton he married the former Maude Dalphenie Cardiner, who survives him. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Grace Cole, Binghamton; one daughter Maria Menhennett, Binghamton; two brothers Douglas Cole, Windsor, Calvin Cole, Bovdon Beach, Fla.; one half brother, Raymond Wright, Neward Valley; two sister, Mrs Madeline Marshall, Binghamton, Mrs. Joyce Loftus, Binghamton, and one half sister, Mrs. Emma Smith, Binghamton; three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Black Funeral Home, Cincinnatus. The Rev. William Quick, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church, will be officiating. Burial will be in the Family plot in German Cemetery, German, NY. Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pearl E. Hawkins, 84, died Monday, Dec 11, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Walker, at Sarasota, Fla. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Lyon Brothers Funeral Chapel, Walton, with Rev. Edwin N. P. Hempel, pastor of the United Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in the Walton Cemetery. She was born at Liberty, NY., on Oct 28, 1888. She was Married to William D. Hawkins. A housewife, she spent many years living in Walton, and for the past 15 years was a resident of Florida. She was a former member of the Walton United Methodist church. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs Evelyn Walker of Sarasota, Fla.; and two sons, Thomas Hawkins, Walton, and Donald Hawkins of Federalsburg, MD. Arrangements were under directions of Lyon Brothers, Inc., Walton.

Funeral services were Friday at 11 a.m. in Henderson Funeral chapel, Hancock, Rev. Harold Justesen, pastor of the Hancock Presbyterian church officiating. Burial was in Riverview cemetery, Hancock. Mr. Hood was born in the town of Colchester, 25 Sept, 1895, a son of Charles and Stella (Northrup) Hood. He married Bertha Fuller Apr. 25, 1925 in Downsville. He was a retired stock clerk for a garment factory in Boonton, NJ, retiring in 1961. He formerly had resided at Fishs Eddy. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs Robert Mentus, Garfield, NJ; three sons, Andrew, Fishs Eddy, Francis, Clearwater, Fla, and George Wood, Paterson, NJ; two brothers, Harold and Philip Hood, RD Deposit; three sisters, Mrs. Archie Bennett, Downsville, Mrs Merton Knapp, Walton and Mrs. Howard Jennings, Sidney Center.
Notes for ELBERT HOOD: 1964, lived in Long Eddy, NY, according to his Mother's Obituary

Mrs. Eva Lena (Van Valkenburgh) Allen Hatchner, died Monday Sep 25, 1967, at Stirling, NJ. Funeral services were Sept. 28 at Ouaquaga at the Methodist Church with burial in Ouaquaga Cemetery. She was born Sept, 8, 1881, at Finch Hollow, Granton, the eldest daughter of Abram and Julia (Dann) VanValkenburgh. She was married to Rutherford Allen, Sept. 16, 1900. They lived many years at finch Hollow and Dryden and five of their six children were born there. Later they resided at Oxford where both worked at the basket factory now closed. For more than six years, they managed a restaurant in Binghamton, later moved to a farm on the River Road between Bainbridge and Afton, then to Ouquaga where they owned and operated the general store, gas station and post office. When there health began to fail, they moved to a farm about one mile from Ouaquaga where they built a new home. Mr Allen died there in 1942. Mrs. Allen sold the farm and went to make her home with her children until she found employment. She met and married John Hatchner of Pennsylvania who later died. She lived for years in Florida until poor health forced her to see her trailer home and live with her children. Surviving are one son, Glenn Allen, Binghamton and Daytona Beach, Fla.; five daughters, Julia Allen, New York City; Mrs. Richard (Una) Christman, Afton; Mrs. Hobart (Mildred) Pratt, Lake Worth, Fla.; Mrs. Arthur Hall, Stirling, NJ.; one brother Ernest VanValkenburgh; sisters, Laura Eaton and Viola Delmater, all of Sidney Center, and a sister, Carrie Sutton, Gilbertsville.

John D. Houck, lifetime resident of the Town of Walton, and well known religious worker, died unexpectedly in his sleep Sunday morning, Apr. 3, 1966, at his home on Houck mountain. He was 82. Mr. Houck was born Oct 5, 1883, in his late home on Houck mountain, which had been named for his grandfather, Ekana Houck and where his entire lifetime was spent. He was the son of Henry and Frances (Weaver) Houck. He attended schools in Walton and was granted a teaching certificate. He taught in district schools in the area for over 30 years, also owned and operated his own dairy farm. He had been very active in all religious endeavors, was granted a preacher's license by the Free Methodist church of which he was a member for many years. He had held several revival services throughout the area. He married Nancy E. Wormuth in Walton on July 9, 1912. She survives; also one daughter Mrs. Burton Ecker of East Branch; three sons, Devillo of Berthoud, Colo., Stanley of Downsville and John W., East Branch; one sister, Mrs Bertha Gransbury of Walton. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1 in the Clark funeral home, Walton, Rev. Floyd Doan, pastor of the Hancock Free Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Harvard.

Wilmott Houck, 79, of Franklin, died Sunday Oct. 25, 1964, at his home follow a short illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 in the Howard Funeral home, Franklin, Rev. Gene Black, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Walton cemetery. Mr. Houck was born in the town of Walton, Apr. 22 1885, the son of Henry and Frances (Weaver) Houck. He married Anna Armstrong on Apr. 12, 1911 at North Harpersfield. He was a dairy farmer and a lifetime resident of the Walton-Franklin area. He was one of the few remaining who had rafted logs on the Delaware river. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Charles of Walton, William of Chittenango and Wilmott, Jr. of Franklin; three daughters, Mrs. Eva Bailey, Chittenango, Mrs. Thelma Palmer, Bainbridge and Mrs Harriett Wisse of Franklin; one brother, John D. Houck, Harvard and one sister Mrs Bertha Gransbury of Walton.

HAROLD A. TRIPP - (hand written date - 1971)

Harold A. Tripp, 60, a former resident of Bainbridge and owner of Tripp Collection Agency there died Monday, July 19 at Ft. Meyers, Fla. Follow a brief illness. Funeral services were Thursday at 2 in Lyon Bros. Chapel, Walton, Rev Gerald W. Jones, pastor of the First Baptist church of Walton officiating. Burial was in Walton cemetery. Mr. Tripp was born at Beerston, Nov. 19, 1910, son of Henry and Cora (Bowker) Tripp. Surviving are his wife, Helen Tripp of Bainbridge; one daughter, Mary Tripp, New York City; two sons, Thomas and Richard Tripp, Bainbridge; one brother, Morris Tripp, Walton; two sisters, Mrs Leila Jacobs, Unadilla and Mrs. Eva Crevling, Conklin.

MABEL LILLIAN (McLEAN) BEERS - (hand-written date Feb. 1964)
Mrs Mabel Lillian Beers, 73, RD 1, Great Bend, PA., died at her home Monday at 2:50 p.m. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Chauncey, RD 1, Great Bend; four sons, Charles Beers, Binghamton; Clyde and Ronald Beers, both of Endwell and Theodore Beers, Westmont, Ill.; four brothers Clarence McLean, Binghamton, Arthur McLean, Corbettsville, Theodore McLean, Hamden and Charles McLean, Binghamton; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Cleveland, Binghamton, Mrs. Pearl Caller, Delhi, and Mrs. Areatha DuMond, Binghamton; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the DOA of American Endicott Chapter. The body was removed to the J. F. Riche Funeral Home, 150 Main St., Johnson City, where funeral and committal services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Russell Mathews, pastor of the Great Bend Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9

Mrs. Lillian G. Gifford, 84 of Walton died in Binghamton Thursday, Feb 15, 1962, of bronchopneumonia after a long illness. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 in Lyon Brothers chapel, Walton, Rev Eugene Bilotti, pastor of Walton Baptist church, officiating. Burial was in Walton Cemetery. Mrs. Gifford was born in Walton, Jan 10, 1878, the daughter of Clark and Harriett Hayden Mills. She was married to Henry Gifford in Hancock, June 28, 1906. She was a housewife and member of Walton Baptist church. She was a lifetime resident of Walton. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Howard D. Beers, of Rome and Lorin C. Gifford, also of Rome; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Pidgeon, Binghamton, Mrs. Katherine Jacobs, Conklin and Mrs. Ralph Ostrander, Amsterdam; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Two brothers survive, Walter Cleaver, Rock Rift and Robert Cleaver of Downsville; several nieces and nephews.

Harlan B. Beers, 51, of Walton died Thursday, July 18, 1963, in Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 in Lyon Bros. chapel, Walton, Rev. R. L. Donohue, rector of Downsville Episcopal church officiating. Burial was in Walton cemetery. Mr. Beers was born in Beerston, Oct. 19, 1911, the son of Adelbert and Melvina Howe Beers. He married Ruth Nichols in Beerston, June 30, 1934. He was a retired farmer and a member of Christ Church, Episcopal in Walton. Surviving are a son, James Beers of Margaretville; a sister, Bernice Beers, Sidney; a brother, Raymond Beers of Walton; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the chapel from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The following two were sent to me by Darly Holmes, she is also a member of the Delaware List.

WALTON - Walter J. Cleaver, 98, of Wakeman, Brook, Walton, died Friday, June 5, in Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton, after a long illness. Mr. Cleaver was born April 25, 1883, in Pine Brook, Walton, the son of Jeremiah and Harriett (Hayton) Cleaver. He married Mary L. Beers. He was a retired farmer, a veteran of World War One. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 559, Walton, the Walton Post 32 of the American Legion, World War Barracks of USA, and Walton United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Cleaver is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 8 at Lyon Brothers Chapel, Walton, with the Rev. Willem Bodisco Massink, pastor of the Walton United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetary. Friends may call at their convenience. The family will be in attendance Sunday evening 7 to 9.

Mrs. Mary L. Cleaver, 76, of Rock Rift, died at Smith hospital, Walton, Tuesday, Jan 3, 1956, after an illness of four weeks. Mrs. Cleaver had been a member of the Rock Rift Presbyterian church for 57 years. The daughter of Whitman and Agnes Kinsey Beers, she was born at Rock Rift Sept 9, 1879. She married Walter J. Cleaver. Most of her life was spent in and around Rock Rift, town of Walton, and she had her home at Rock Rift for the past 32 years. Mrs. Cleaver was a humble Christian who served her Lord by serving others. Her life, in time of affliction, was a noble example of uncomplaining and patient waiting upon God. Surviving are her husband of Rock Rift and two sisters, Mrs. James Goodrich and Harriett Stevens, both of Walton. Rev. Joseph A. Hill of Walton officiated at funeral services held Thursday afternoon at 2 from Lyon Brothers' chapel. Burial will be made in Walton Cemetary.

MRS. ORVILLE WHITAKER - (hand written date 1971)
Mrs. Ardys Whitaker, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, Walton, died Saturday, January 9 at Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton. Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 in Lyon Bros. Chapel, Walton, Rev. John B Hawes, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church, Walton officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery. Mrs. Whitaker was born in Walton, Oct. 24, 1895, a daughter of Herschel and Georgianna (Beers) Garrison. She was married to Orville Whitaker, June. 29, 1918 at Walton. She was a member of the Walton Training Class and was graduated from Oneonta Normal School. She was a retired school teacher. She and her husband resided at Beerston until their property was taken for the New York City Cannonsville Reservoir. She had resided with her husband in Walton for the past ten years, was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Walton. Surviving besides her husband is one daughter, Mrs Robert Galley, Walton.

Howard D. Beers of Little Ireland Road, Livingston Manor, a former heating contractor, died Saturday, Dec 4, at Liberty-Loomis hospital in Liberty. He was 83 years old. Mr. Beers was born in Walton, Sept. 6, 1893 to Ira and Lillian Mills Beers. He was a member of Livingston Manor lodge of Masons. Surviving besides his widow, the former Lucinda Woods, are four sons, Ira of Otego, Fred Henry of Clearfield, UT, and Albert and George of Rome; a daughter, Mrs. Ester L. Boddy of Livingston Manor; a sister, Mrs. Shirley Pigeon of Ohio; two half-sisters, Mrs. Catherine Jacobs of Conklin and Mrs. Ruth Oestrander of Amsterdam; a half-brother, Loren Gifford of Rome. Services were Tuesday from Berry Funeral home in Livingston Manor with Rev. J. Richard Heaphy in charge. Burial will be in Walton cemetery. Memorials to Mr. Beers may be made to Livingston Manor volunteer Ambulance corps.
Family Records show that he died in 1976)

VERE A. BEERS, Retired Colonel
Death claimed Vere A. Beers, a native of Delaware county, Mar. 24, 1962, in Lafayette, Calif. He was a retired colonel of the Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army, and the son of Harriet (DeKay) and Will J. Beers, born in Beerston July 13, 1896. A graduate of Walton High school in 1914, he entered West Point Military Academy in 1915 but due to the need of trained men, that class was graduated just prior to the Armistice in 1918. He was one of several engineers that toured the battlefields of Europe before being assigned a post in this country. He is survived by his wife of Lafayette who was the former Elon Gullatt, of Shreveport, LA and three daughters. They are; Mrs. Patricia Adams of Honolulu; Mrs Betty Vail, Los Angeles and Mrs Harriet Stark of Rochester. There are 11 grandchildren. He also had two brothers, George R. Beers, former city clerk of Binghamton and Paul D. Beers, Capt. U.S. Army retired of Memphis, Tenn. There are two sisters surviving, Mrs. Avah Bertan, Schenectady and Mrs. Daisy MacDonald of Delhi.
Burial in California
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 28, in " The Little Chapel in the Valley " and burial was in Golden Gate Cemetery, San Bruno, CA Colonel Vere Beers served as an officer for Uncle Sam for 38 years which period embraced two World Wars and the Korean Conflict. Various assignments took him and his family to all sections of the country and outside territories. He had a tour in the Philippines and had just returned from Hawaii after helping enlarge Hickam Field when the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor. He spent 17 months in the South Pacific where he commanded a regiment of men in New Hebrides during World War II. In 1947 Col. Beers was sent to re-organize the huge engineer depot in Yokohama, Japan. When he had completed his job there, he was assigned to serve as Inspector General in the North Central states with headquarters in Chicago. He was serving in this capacity when he decided to return. He moved his residence to Calif., and bought a home in Lafayette. He was a tax appraiser for Contra Costa county when he died

MRS. STELLA HOOD - (family manuscript has her name as Estella)
Stella Hood, 91, lifetime resident of Walton, died Tuesday, Dec 29, 1964, in Delhi. She had been in poor health for several years. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 in Lyon Bros. chapel, Walton, Rev. Lyman P. Taylor, pastor of the Downsville Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Gregorytown Cemetery, Town of Colchester. Mrs. Hood, was born in Walton, April 4, 1873, the daughter of John and Augusta (Louden) Northrup. She was married to Charles Hood on May 29, 1894. Surviving are three sons, Elbert of Long Eddy, Harold of Afton and Philip of Deposit; three daughters, Mrs. Merton Knapp, Walton, Mrs. Archie Bennett, Downsville and Mrs. Howard Jennings, Sidney Center; one brother, Edward Northrup of Unadilla.

Beerston Native was City Clerk - (hand written date - 1973)
George R. Beers of Binghamton, a native of Beerston, died Wednesday, June 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. He was 81 years old. Mr. Beers was born in Beerston Sept. 30, 1892, son of William W. and Harriet DeKay Beers. He was the eldest of six children. He was clerk of the City of Binghamton for 23 years and active in Broome County Republican politics serving as election commissioner. He served in the navy in World War I and was active in the Red Cross. He was given credit for organizing the first Sea Scout Patrol. Among those attending the funeral at the Ernest H. Parson's Funeral Home in Binghamton were Mrs. Dean Fravel of Walton and Mrs. Bertrice Dailey of Andes. Mr Beers is survived by his widow, Mrs. Blanche M. Beers of Binghamton; a daughter, Mrs. Edward Bauman of Binghamton and a sister Mrs. H. C. Bertan of Schenectady. Services were held Saturday.

RICHARD N. BEERS - (hand written date - 1971)
Richard N. Beers, 48, a former Walton resident died Friday, Nov. 19 at his home, Rock Island, Ill. following a heart attack. Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at the U.S. Army Arsenal Chapel, Rock Island with burial in the Arsenal Cemetery. Mr. Beers was born at Beerston Sept. 13, 1923, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Rex W. Beers. He was graduated from Walton high school and from Syracuse University where he majored in administrative engineering and received his B.S. degree in 1950. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942, served during World War Two. He was employed as an engineer G.S. 12 at the Army arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Miller; three daughters, Lisa and Laura at home and Mrs. Diana Smith of Florida; his mother, Mrs. Reuben Johnson, Delancey and one sister, Mrs. Barbara Mills, Laurens; two brothers, Rex W. Beers, Syracuse and George Beers of Binghamton.

Mrs Fred W. Wilcox died at her home on Shepard Street, Walton early Friday morning, July 10. Mrs Wilcox was born at Pinesville, 76 years old., the daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Buckbee. Practically all her life has been spent in the Town of Walton, she having lived at Beerston for 30 years before coming to Walton Village, 20 years ago. Mrs Wilcox is survived by her husband and one son, Charles B. Wilcox, a marine engineer employed in Brooklyn. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Lyon Brothers Funeral Chapel, Rev. J. H. Osterhout officiating. Burial was made in the Walton Cemetery.
(Family record says she died in 1934.)

MRS HELEN WILSON - (1928) Obituary (East Branch correspondent.)
MRS. HELEN WILSON passed away on Monday morning, Nov. 19, after a short illness at the home of her son, OSCAR WILSON, at East Branch, with who she had been living since the death of her daughter several months ago. Funeral services were held at the WILSON home on Wednesday, conducted by REV. GORDON HAWLEY, with interment in the Walton Cemetery.

MISS DIDA WILBUR - (1928) Obituary MISS DIDA SHIRLEY WILBUR died on Sunday, June 24, at the home of her brother, HARRY WILBUR, at 15 Holley Street, in Walton. Death was caused by a cancerous trouble from which she had suffered for two years. MISS WILBUR was 38 years of age. She was the daughter of MR. & MRS. FRANK WILBUR, both now deceased, and most of her life had been spent in Walton. A few years ago she studied in the Binghamton Bible school and then for four years until ill health forced her to cease she was engaged in mission work withthe European Christian Mission in Brooklyn, which conducts work especially amoung the Russians and Slavs in the city. She had a deep religious nature and although never strong physically entered whole heartedly upon the work she had chosen. Her long illness she bore with cheerfulness and fortitude. She is survived by two brothers, HARRY WILBUR and ROBERT WILBUR of Walton and one sister, MRS. JOHN N. BRANDT of Delhi. The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of HARRY WILBUR. REV GRANT ROBINSON, pastor of the Methodist church, of which MISS WILBUR was a member, officiated at the service. Burial was made in the Walton Cemetery.


John D. Houck of Walton and Nancy E. Wormuth of Peakville were married at Walton Free Methodist church July 9, 1912 by Rev. John Wintch. Most of the time since then they have resided on a farm on Houck Mountain (named for Mr. Houck's grandfather, Elkana Houck) at Readburn. Last Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Houck, Warren Drive, Brooklyn side of Downsville, they were greeted by 170 friends and relatives. Asked for the recipe to make a marriage enduring, Mr. Houck said he well remembered the minister's final admonition after he had performed the marriage ceremony. Mr. Wintch said, "Just remember the two bears - bear and forebear." In an active life, Mr. Houck has carried on a number of vocations and avocations. After attending school in Walton, he was granted a teacher's certificate and for 30 years taught district school. Most of this time he also an itinerant evangelist, holding religious meetings in various neighborhoods of Delaware county. To put bread on the table for their seven children, five of whom are living, Mr. Houck operated his dairy farm and did some lumbering. Mr and Mrs. Houck have 27 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and no great-great-grandchildren "yet". It was during some revival meetings at Peakville that Mr. and Mrs. Houck met. "She was converted at those meetings," Mr. Houck added. And the romance resulted.
NOTE: There is a picture with this clipping, if you would like to have it, send me your snail mail address, and I will have it copied and send it to you.

Article in Scrap Book from Walton Reporter some where from 1922 to 1930
Cronauer Claims His Store Was Robbed But He Gets Notice to Appear. Beerston has a problem of deciding whether robbers or prohibition agents forced entry into the store of Ellis Cronauer at Beerston last Thursday and made a thorough search of the premises. Mr Cronauer claims it was thieves and that a quantity of merchandise was taken from the store and the safe was looted of $250 in cash. On the other hand it is rumored that two automobile loads of federal agents raided the place and found a keg containing ten gallons of alleged whiskey. Ellis Cronauer writes to the Reporter as follows: "Last week Thursday the store and dwelling of Ellis Cronauer at Beerston was broken into while the family were at the fair. A quantity of jack knives, cigars, cigarettes, matches, flashlights and between $245 and $250 was taken out of the safe besides flour and clothing and other articles. It is said by some neighbors that there was two cars, one open car and one sedan which were standing in the back yard. When the thieves departed every door was left open throughout the building. The Cronauers did not return until 11 o'clock that evening. One license number was taken by a boy passing by the place at that time. This was reported to the troopers but nothing has been heard as yet." Several raids were made by prohibition agents near Walton Thursday of last week. The return of a search warrant against the Cronauer premises at Beerston shows that a search was made sometime Thursday and a ten-gallon keg of alleged whiskey was found on the premises and confiscated. The agents also visited the residences of FRANK MERWIN on the river road below Walton and CLAYTON NORTHRUP on the Third brook road and reported that they found no intoxicants at either place.

Sorry no year on this one. If anyone would like a picture I would be glad to snail mail it to you. Diana Alverson
Sergeant HENRY C. HAWKINS (Picture)
Reported Missing in Action
MRS CLARK BEERS of Beerston has received word that her brother, Sergeant HENRY C. HAWKINS, of Co. L., 109th Infantry, has been reported missing in action since July 15. Sergeant Hawkins is a former well known O. & W. conductor on the Scranton Branch and was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, which was trained at Camp Hancock, Georgia. He is 38 years of age and a native of Walton. The family lately lived at Downsville and in recent years his home has been in Scranton. A brother, ROBERT HAWKINS, is a private in the same company and another brother, NORMAN HAWKINS is in France with the 105th Infantry of the New York Division. It is hoped that Sargeant Hawkins has only been injured and may be located in the hospital. There is also a possibility he is a prisoner.

Sergeant HENRY C. HAWKINS, formerly a well known conductor on the Scranton branch of the Ontario and Western, was killed in action last July. His brother ALEXANDER HAWKINS, of Middletown has just received a letter from the American Red Cross stating that the death of Sergeant HAWKINS, who was reported missing in action, had been confirmed through a member of his company, Private JOHN HENDERSON, who saw Sergeant HAWKINS when he was killed. Sergeant HENRY C. HAWKINS and his brother, ROBERT HAWKINS, enlisted in Co. L, 109th Infantry, Pennsylvania National Guard. ROBERT HAWKINS, who was wounded about the same time his brother was killed, was taken prisoner, and only recently was released and returned to France. Another brother, NORMAN HAWKINS, of Colchester enlisted in the old 71st Regiment, and has been in France with the 105th Infantry. He was wounded in the lung, and has been in a hospital in England. MRS CLARK BEERS of Beerston is a sister, and WILLIAM HAWKINS of Delhi a brother of the men. Sergeant HENRY HAWKINS, whose death has been confirmed, was a member of the Hancock Masonic Lodge.

Walton Reporter articles about Walton Area Men in World War I


Letter from Private OLIN R. BEERS of Beerston, to his brother ORRA BEERS of Johnson City.
France, July 1, 1918
Dear Brother,
Well, Orra, at last I am in the place that I have been wishing to be for some time, which is called France. There is just one thing more I am in a hurry for and that is the firing line, and I think I'll be there before long. Have you heard that I was in France before you received this letter? This is a very pretty country and I like it fine. We are stationed near the second largest city in France and it is called Bordeaux. I was down to the city yesterday (Sunday) and had a fine time. We had a nice long trip on the water on our way over here. I enjoyed the trip very much, although land did look good to me when we reached this side. I saw quite a few whales, a few sharks and some other fish that I don't know the names of. The second night we were on the water I commenced to get seasick. It only lasted for about three hours but that was a great plenty for me. There was a sailor on the boat that I came over on from Walton. His name is HILTON TWEEDLE and he used to work in the café in Walton. I was some surprised to see him as I didn't even know he was in the service. Will you keep sending the Reporter to me? How is business moving in Johnson City? I suppose it will be some time before I will see Johnson City again. Well, Orra, guess I have gone to the length of my box of knowledge so I will close for this time. Let me hear from you soon and often.
Your brother,
Battery A, 106th F. A.
American E. F.

MRS CLARK BEERS of Beerston has received a letter from her son, Private OLIN R. BEERS, Battery A, 106th F. A., stating that he has been wounded slightly by a shell exploding near him. The shell exploded about four feet from him, instantly killing a friend, a member of the same company, who has always worked with him. It was only necessary for OLIN to go to the first aid tent, where his wound was attended to, and he returned to his company.

This is between 1922 and 1930, from the Walton Reporter.
ARCHIBALD W. PINE (Picture, if anyone would like a copy of this article or his picture, send me your snail mail address)
ARCHIBALD W. PINE, the Democratic candidate for county clerk, has been a resident of Walton the past ten years and is engaged in the wholesale and retail feed business. Mr. Pine is the son of the late GEORGE W. PINE and MRS. POLLY PINE and his early life was spent at East Branch where he was born. Mr. Pine is a member of Walton Lodge No. 559, F. & A. M. of Delaware Chapter, R. A. M., Norwich Commandery and Kalurah Temple, Mystic Shrine of Binghamton. He is a member of Walton Lodge No. 824, I. O. O. F. And was secretary of the lodge for tow years. He also belongs to Oneonta Lodge No. 1312, B. P. O. E. He was for two years secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of Walton. Mr. Pine is a member of the official board of Methodist church of Walton. Mr Pine married MISS EMMA SMITH of Livingston Manor. They have one son, ROBERT. Mr. Pine is a young man 29 years of age and if elected will bring to the office of county clerk energy and business ability.

Marriage Notice 1920 - JOHNSON - BEERS

Marriage Notice 1927 - HILLER - BEERS
In Walton, April 11, by REV J. H. OSTERHOUT, HAROLD C. HILLER and MISS BERNICE B. BEERS, both of Walton.

Birth Notice 1924 - At Rock Rift, Feb 4, to MR. and MRS. FRED BEERS, a son.

Obituary 1924 - The infant son of MR. and MRS. FRED BEERS, died Saturday, aged nearly three weeks. His name was LIONEL RAY. The loss has brought a cloud of great sadness over the parents' home. The funeral was held at one o'clock, Monday afternoon, REV TAFT of Walton officiating. MRS EDWARD RODE and two sons of Roscoe came Monday, remaining the MRS. BEERS until Tuesday. Her sister, MISS CHARLOTTE RODE, was with her during the funeral.

Another Obituary like above - LIONEL RAY, infant son of MR. and MRS. FRED BEERS of Rock Rift, died Saturday, Feb. 23, aged 19 days. There is one other child, BYRON, in the family. The funeral was held Monday at one o'clock, conducted by REV. F. N. TAFT.

Obituary of CHARLES W. BEERS (1924 - hand written date)
CHARLES W. BEERS, died Thursday, April 17, at his home on Brook Street, Walton, from a stroke of apoplexy which he suffered the previous Tuesday. He has not been in good health for some months. MR. BEERS, who was 73 yeas of age, was born at Beerston. On Mar, 2, 1880, he was united in marriage to MISS IDELLA BEERS, who survives with one son, FLOYD, at home, and a daughter, MRS W. H. DePUY, of Candor, N.Y. The family lived on a farm at Beerston until 1898, when they removed to Walton, which has since been their home. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, April 20, at 3 o'clock, at the home, 10 Brook Street, REV. FRANK N. TAFT officiating, assisted by REV. BOYD WHITE. Besides the wife and children mentioned there survive five grandchildren, three sisters, MRS. IMELDA OGDEN, MRS. EDSON DANN, and MISS RHODA BEERS; two nieces, MISS FLORENCE WAKEMAN and MISS LOUISE OGDEN, all of Walton; and two aunts, MRS. EMMA BEERS and MRS. ELLEN THAYER, both of Beerston.

Obituary - MRS. CLARISSA BEARDSLEE - Walton Reporter, (1928 hand-written)
MRS. CLARISSA LUCINDA BEARDSLEE died at the home of her daughter, MRS. CLYDE SMITH, near Loomis Tuesday April 24, aged 74 years and eight months. MRS. BEARDSLEE had not been in good health for several years but was confined to her bed for only one week. The immediate cause of her death was bronchitis and heart failure. She was born at Beerston July 30, 1853, daughter of BURTON and CAROLINE MOREHOUSE BEERS. In 1875 she married JOHN LEWIS BEARDSLEE, who died about fifteen years ago. Her whole life was spent at Beerston except for a few years in Walton while her daughter, EVA, was attending high school and the last six years, spent with the same daughter, now MRS. CLYDE SMITH, near Loomis. She leaves seven children, MRS. WILLIAM GOODRICH of Beerston, CHARLES L. GOODRICH of Pines, MRS. F. T. HAWES of Walton, MRS. E. J. LOVE and MRS. E. L. GIFFORD of Pines, CARL W. BEARDSLEE of Walton and MRS. C. E. SMITH of Loomis, also twenty-nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The eldest son, BURTON M., died at Honolulu, H. I., Nov. 26, 1898 while serving with Co. F of Walton in the Spanish-American war. MRS. BEARDSLEE was a member of the Presbyterian church at Beerston. An earnest Christian, a loyal friend and a most devoted mother, her influence will long be felt and her memory cherished by those who knew her best. The funeral service will be held in the Walton Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial in the Walton cemetery.

SMITH-BEARDSLEE - Walton Reporter, (1922 hand-written)
At the home of MRS. CLARISSA BEARDSLEE, 12 Bruce Street, Walton was the scene of a pretty wedding at high noon, Monday July 31st, when her youngest daughter, MISS EVA MAY, became the bride of CLYDE E. SMITH of Northfield. The rooms were beautifully decorated with ferns, white hydrangeas, roses and sweet peas. The ceremony was performed by the bride's uncle, REV. S. F. BEARDSLEE, of Jordan, N.Y., assisted by her pastor, REV. B. L. BIXBY, of the First Baptist church. Twenty-five relatives and friends were present to witness the ceremony. The bride was attired in a gown of whte Canton crepe with lace and pearl trimming and carried a shower bouquet of sweet peas and ferns. Her only ornament was a necklace of pearls, a gift of the groom. The bridesmaids were the MISS ANITA BEARDSLEE, niece of the bride, and MISS MILDRED SMITH, sister of MR. SMITH. The former wore white organdie and the latter pink crepe de chine. They carried arm bouquets of pink gladiolas. The best man was VICTOR GOODRICH, nephew of the bride. Promptly at noon to the strains of the wedding march the bridal party entered the parlor and took their places under a pink and white arch from the center of which was suspended a large white wedding bell. Immediately following the ceremony a delicious wedding breakfast was served, the MISSES DAISY GOODRICH AND BEATRICE SMITH acting as waitresses. After properly starting the happy couple on their way to Norwich to spend their honeymoon the guests departed to their homes

TRIPP-UTTER - Walton Reporter and is on a page with others from 1922 to 1927.
MISS HELEN UTTER, daughter of MR. and MRS ROBERT UTTER of Walton, and MORRIS TRIPP, son of MR. and MRS. HENRY TRIPP, of Beerston, were untied in marriage by REV. E. W. CHAPMAN, August 31st. They were attended by MRS. M. E. SMITH of Walton, sister of the bride, and MRS. J. E. CREVELING of Binghamton, sister of the bridegroom.

CHRISTIE KNOWLES, 55, former resident of Harvard, died at Fox Hospital, Oneonta, Sept 9 1955, after an illness of three years, caused by ulcers. The funeral was held at 2 the afternoon of Sept 12, from Potter's Funeral home, Schenevus. burial was in Sindney Center, REV. BROWN of the schenevus Methodist church officiating. The son of CHARLES AND SARAH VAN VALKENBURG KNOWLES, both deceased, he was born at Harard, Nov 23, 1899. He married BESSIE DURFEE at Sidney Center May 23, 1923. For the past six years he made his home at Schenevus, having spent most of his life in Delaware County, prior to moving to Schenevus, having made his home at Downsville. Surviving are his wife, and nine children, HOWARD of Schenevus, FORREST of Johnson City, BEATRICE of Charlotteville, ROBERTA of Deposit, EVERETT, JUANITA, HARRY, ROBERT AND LLOYD, all of the home; eight sisters, MRS. MABLE HAWKINS of Binghamton, MRS WILLIAM FRABLE, MRS RALPH SANDERS both of Walton, MRS ORRIN HOWARD of Deposit, MRS WALTER FRABLE, Stitesville and MRS. ALLISON CONDON of Fraser, and two brothers, BRUCE KNOWLES of Factoryville, PA., and EARL KNOWLES of Stroudsburg, PA.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written date 1925
BEARDSLEE - In Walton, July 15, to MR. and MRS. CARL W. BEARDSLEE, a daughter DORIS BETTY.

MRS CARL W. BEARDSLEE - OBITUARY - Hand written date 1929
MRS. CARL W. BEARDSLEE died Friday April 12, at the family home on Ogden street in the village of Walton after a week's illness with pneumonia. MRS. BEARDSLEE's death is an unusually sad one as she was only 33 years of age and leaves six children, the oldest 13 years of age. MRS. BEARDSLEE's maiden name was INDA YEOMANS. She was married to MR. BEARDSLEE at Eaton, NY., on September 2, 1914. For several years they conducted a farm at Beerston and then lived for a time in Oswego, but for the past nine years have resided in Walton where MR. BEARDSLEE is employed as lineman by the Associated Gas and Electric system. Only recently he fell from an electric light pole and broke his arm. She is survived by her husband and six children; WINFRED, aged 13; IONA, 12 years old; CLARISSA, 9; MABEL, 8; RALPH, 5, and DORIS, 3; also by her father, NEWELL YEOMANS of Margaretville; a brother, EDWIN YEOMANS, of Pepacton, and two sisters, MRS. WALTER BARNHART of Cannonsville and MRS. SARAH BARBER of Margaretville. MRS. BEARDSLEE was a devoted wife and mother, whose life was bound up in the care and well being of her family. The funeral service was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the First Baptist church, REV. W. B. ADAMS officiating, and burial was made in the Walton Cemetery.

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written date 1930
BEARDSLEE-GRAY - At Jordan, N.Y., March 29, by REV. S. F. BEARDSLEE, CARL W. BEARDSLEE and MARY E. GRAY, both of Walton. (In my records, her name is listed as MARY GRAY EDWARDS, Can anyone correct this difference in Names.???)

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written year - 1928
GOODRICH - In Walton, Nov. 23, to MR. and MRS. VICTOR GOODRICH, a son, VICTOR BURTON, JR.

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written year - 1926
TYLER - GOODRICH (From Stamford correspondent)
Married, Saturday evening, June 12th, at the M. E. parsonage in Hobart, by REV. L. K. HANNUM, MISS LELIA GOODRICH, daughter of MR. and MRS. JOSEPH GOODRICH, of Beerston, to PAUL TYLER, of Allaben. They were attended by the bride's sister, MISS MILDRED GOODRICH, of Stamford and MAHLON JOSLIN of Jefferson. After a trip to Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and Lake George they will reside at Stamford. MR. TYLER is employed in Odell Bros. Garage, Hobart. The bride has been employed for the past two years by the National bank of Stamford. Their many friends wish them much happiness.

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written year - 1927
GOODRICH - SCOTT (From Beerston correspondent)
A very quiet wedding took place on Tuesday afternoon, August 2nd, at 2 o'clock when MISS FRANCES SCOTT, daughter of MRS. ROSE SCOTT, was united in marriage to KENNETH GOODRICH, son of MR. and MRS. WILLIAM GOODRICH, by the REV. J. H. OSTERHOUT. The bride was charmingly gowned in white silk chiffon trimmed with lace. They were attended by MR. and MRS. IVAN SCOTT of Bobs Brook. After the ceremony the happy couple left for a trip to Watkins Glen and other places of interest, going by way of Deposit and Binghamton. Both are popular young people of Beerston. The groom recently graduated from the Coyne Electrical School of Chicago.

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written month and year - Jan, 1922 23

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written year - 1930
SULGER - In Walton, Oct. 14, to MR. and MRS. WILLIAM A. SULGER, a son, JOHN HENRY.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - no year given
GOODRICH - In Walton, June 14, to MR. and MRS. ARTHUR GOODRICH, a daughter, REVA FAY..

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - no year given GOODRICH - At Beers Brook, Walton, July 23, to MR. and MRS. BRUCE GOODRICH, a daughter, CELIA IONA.

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written year - 1927
GOODRICH-DURFEE (From Beerston correspondent)
A beautiful and impressive marriage ceremony was performed on Saturday evening, August 20th, at seven o'clock at the home of WILLIAM GOODRICH at Beerston when EDYTHE BELLE, daughter of MR. and MRS EDGAR DURFEE, was united in the bonds of holy wedlock to VICTOR GOODRICH, son of WILLIAM GOODRICH. One corner of the room was made into a bower of goldenrod and asparagus ferns and the bridal party stood under a suspended wedding bell while the ceremony was performed by the REV. S. F. BEARDSLEE of Jordan, the uncle of the groom. The bride was becomingly gowned in pink silk, while MISS HELEN GOODRICH, sister of the bridegroom, who was the bridesmaid was dressed in gray taffeta. ROLAND TWEEDLE of Walton acted as best man. MR. GOODRICH is employed by Tweedle Brothers of Walton while MRS. GOODRICH graduated from the Walton teachers' training class last June. After a motor trip to Niagara Falls and other points of interest they will make their home on Liberty Street, Walton.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Hand written year - 1938
MR. and MRS. JOSEPH GOODRICH celebrated their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary Saturday evening March 12, at their home on the state road at Pines, near Walton. Friends and relatives gathered Saturday evening and gave them a surprise party. There were about fifty friends and relatives present. The evening was spent playing cards and games Following refreshments, the large wedding cake which was very beautifully decorated, was cut by the bride of thirty-five years. A sum of money and other gifts were presented to the bridal couple. The out of town guests were MR. and MRS. ALBERT CONKLIN and family and MR. and MRS PAUL TYLER and son from Stamford; MR. and MRS. GEORGE DARLING of Middletown and MRS. CLAIR SMITH, R.N., of Millerston, PA.

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT - Hand written year - 1923
MORE - DAYTON (North Harpersfield correspondent)
Last Saturday evening the home of MRS. And MRS. W. H. DAYTON at North Harpersfield was the scene of a wedding when their daughter, ALICE was united in marriage to MYRON H. MORE of Walton. The ceremony was preformed under the arch of the evergreen boughs by the REV R. P. VENERABLE at 8 PM. The house was decorated with evergreen and Poinsettias. The bride was charmingly attired in Green Crepe. After the wedding ceremony a bounteous wedding dinner was served. The bride until recently was one of the most capable employees of Stamford National Bank. MR. and MRS. MORE will make their future home in Odell Lake near Hobart.

MORE-DAYTON at North Hapersville, Dec 29, MYRON H. MORE of Walton and MISS ALICE DAYTON of North Harpersville were married.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - no year given, but Family Records say it was 1930
MORE - In Walton, Oct. 23, to MR. and MRS LAWRENCE MORE, a daughter, FLORENCE ROSAMOND.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - no year given, but Family Records say it was 1925 MORE - At Delancey, April 16, MARJORIE LOUISE, infant daughter of MR. and MRS. MYRON MORE.

OBITUARY - From the Scrap Book of Lena Belle (Beers) Alverson - Walton Reporter clipping (Hand written year - 1925)
MRS. HARRIET BEERS SKINNER died Sunday, April 19, at her home at 12 St. John Street, Walton, from apoplexy, which followed a recent fall in which she fractured her shoulder. She would have been 56 years of age in May. She is survived by four sons and two daughters: GEORGE R. BEERS of Binghamton, LIEUT. VERE A. BEERS of Auburn, Alabama, REX W. BEERS, PAUL BEERS of Dannemore, New York, and MISS ALVA BEERS and MRS E. J. MACDONALD, both of Walton. She leaves also three brothers, MARSHALL AND HENRY DeKAY of Hancock and SAMUEL DeKAY of Walton. The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist church, of which she was a member, the pastor, REV. F. N. TAFT, officiating. Burial was made in the family plot in the Walton Cemetery. The four sons acted as pallbearers. MRS. SKINNER was a faithful and patient mother, who since her girlhood had striven to uphold all good. She was a loving friend and during her early widowhood proved a gentle adviser and a true guide to the children looking forward to her standard which was always held on the highest of morals.

Woman Hurt When Autos Crash Friday Night
(From Cannonsville correspondent)
A car driven by AARON EDWARDS, who was accompanied by his father and mother, of Livingston Manor, and HOGAN TEED's car had a dispute over the right of way on the state road just above Cannonsville Friday night and a collision resulted. MRS. EDWARDS had one arm injured but fortunately not broken. The others escaped injury. Both machines were somewhat injured by the impact. MR. TEED's wife and mother were with him.

Jury Finds Manor Man in the Wrong in Collision.
(From Cannonsville correspondent)
The case in which HOGAN TEED was complainant against AARON EDWARDS of Livingston Manor, having its origin in an automobile collision mentioned in last week's issue of the Reporter, was tried before JUSTICE W. G. POMEROY and a jury at Cannonsville. EDWARDS was found guilty of reckless driving and was fined $25 by the court. Sentence was suspended during good behavior and careful driving on the highway. TEED was represented by ATTORNEY V. N. ELWOOD of Hancock and ATTORNEY H. W. SMITH of Deposit appeared for the defendant.

Man Who Marries Middleton Girl Already Has a Wife
The disappearance of MARY ARVILLA HAWKINS, 17 year old daughter of MR. and MRS. ALEXANDER HAWKINS of Middletown, was explained with the arrest of KENNETH COUNTRYMAN; charged with bigamy in marrying the girl when he already has a wife. COUNTRYMAN is 27 years old and a resident of Summitville. He was arrested while he and his bride were visiting at the home of his foster-mother in Middletown on Thanksgiving day. The alleged bigamist has been remanded to the Goshen jail to await the action of the grand jury. COUNTRYMAN told the Middletown police, it is alleged, that his first marriage to ELIZABETH BERGER in Ellenville on June 16, 1923, was illegal because he had given an assumed name, "CLINTON DENMAN." He obtained the license to marry MISS HAWKINS in Slate Hill and the ceremony was performed in Ridgebury on Nov. 8. MISS HAWKINS' parents reported her disappearance to the Middletown police a few days before COUNTRYMAN's arrest.

From Long Eddy correspondent
WILLIAM FITCH and family brought the body of their wife and mother here for burial Monday. Services were held at the M. E. church, of which she was a member when they resided here. She died very suddenly October 3, going to bed at night feeling as well as usual, though she had been in impaired health for some years. She died before morning. She leaves besides her husband eight children, the youngest four years old. The oldest two are married and the youmarried daughter will take the two youngest children to care for in her home in the city. The family were residing in Arkville and were preparing to move to Missouri, were MR. FITCH had employment. MRS. FITCH was a splendid Christian woman and loved by all.

BIVENS - LUSCOMB - From Shinhopple correspondent(No year given)
Thursday evening, October 18, MISS FRANCES LUSCOMB, daughter of MR. and MRS RILEY LUSCOMB, and WALTER BIVENS, both of Shinhopple, were untied in marriage at the home of REV. SEYMOUR HAWK in Corbett by REV. HAWK. They were attended by MR. and MRS. FLOYD FITCH of Shinhopple. Both are highly respected young people and their many friends unite in wishing them a long

Walton Church Loses Part of $7,500 Legacy
Statute Forbids Persons to Will More Than Half of Estate to Church While Children are Living.
The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Walton will receive only half of the estate of the late GIBSON R. SANDERSON of Walton, instead of the entire estate, except for the $200 bequest, under the terms of a decree made by JUDGE A. J. MCNAUGHT Monday. The will of MR. SANDERSON came before JUDGE MCNAUGHT in surrogate's court in Delhi Monday on the petition of MRS. ETHEL BEERS, an adopted daughter, for the construction of the document. The will was admitted to probate in April. The adopted daughter claimed that under the decedent estate law that no more than one-half of the property could be willed to a religious corporation where there was a wife, child or grandchildren surviving. She further alleged that as to one-half of his estate MRS SANDERSON died intestate, in other words in the same condition as if he had made no will, and that the adopted daughter being the only heir at law was entitled to one-half of his net estate, it being the law of New York state that an adopted child inherits the same as a natural child. The matter came before JUDGE MCNAUGHT Monday with ATTORNEY A. E. CONNER appearing for the petitioner, MRS. BEERS, and JOHN G. MORE the executor. REV. BOYD A WHITE, pastor of the church, WILLIAM T. DAG and CHARLES WATROUS, deacons, appeared for the church. It appeared from the evidence presented that MRS. ETHEL BEERS was legally adopted by GIBSON R. SANDERSON and his wife on Sept. 18, 1894; that prior to her adoption MRS. BEERS was ETHEL GROSS. The law in the case being clear and the facts undisputed as the question of adoption was a matter of record, JUDGE MCNAUGHT made a decree hold that as to one-half of the net estate GIBSON R. SANDERSON died intestate and directed that one-half of the estate be paid to MRS. BEERS and one-half to the Reformed Presbyterian church of Walton. After payment of debts, administration expenses and costs the church and MRS BEERS will each receive about $3,300, it is expected.

SCHONBORN - (Year 1919)
JOSEPH SCHONBORN was born in Frankfort, Germany, Aug. 3, 1869. He came to this country when twenty-three years of age, remaining in New York for a time. He afterward resided in Indiana when he attended school at Valparaiso and in later years he came to Iowa. In 1899 he was married to SUSIE M. BEERS, who passed to her Eternal Home April 5, 1916. Five children remain to mourn his loss - HULDAH, HERMAN, ELIZABETH, JOE and JOHN. For twelve years MR. SCHONBORN was a telegrapher. Since 1916, he has been in the coal and grain business in West Branch. He was an industrious man, strictly honest in all business transactions and always a kind father to his children. Near three o'clock on the morning of Feb 21, he quietly passed away, to the Beyond, at his home in West Branch. The funeral service was held in the Friends church. The sermon was preached by the pastor, and the text used was, "A Father to the Fatherless is God in His Holy Habitation." The service was very largely attended, the house being filled. The burial was in West Branch Cemetery.

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Hand written year - 1919
In the matter of the estate of JOSEPH SCHONBORN, Deceased.
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned have this day been appointed by the District Court of Cedar County, Iowa, Administrators of the Estate of JOSEPH SCHONBORN, Deceased; and all persons having claims against said Estate are hereby notified to file them with the Clerk of said Court, clearly stated and duly sworn to, and persons owing said Estate ate notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Dated at Tipton, Iowa, this 22 day of February A. D. 1919

THURSTON CHARLES Hit in Front of Stockton Avenue School RUNNING ACROSS ROAD
Boy Was Going on Picnic With Family and Darted Into Highway to Reach Their Car.
THURSTON CHARLES, the twelve year old son of MR. and MRS. WALTER CHARLES of High Street, Walton, was fatally injured Friday afternoon about 3:20 o'clock when struck by the Hupmobile car driven by AUBREY MORE, son of MR. and MRS. LEWIS C. MORE of Colchester Station. The injured boy died Saturday night. The accident occurred just in front of the Stockton Avenue school. THURSTON and his two younger sisters, MARGARET and HILDA, attended the Stockton Avenue school. Their parents told the children at dinner time Friday that they would take them on a picnic to Read's Creek after school that day and would wait in the front of the school for them. MR. and MRS. CHARLES drove over to Stockton avenue shortly before three o'clock and after turning the car about waited for the children in the machine which was parked on the northerly side of the road just across the street from the entrance to the school. MARGARET and HILDA soon came out and got into the car. It was about 3:20 o'clock when THURSTON and a group of five or six other children from the seventh grade, who had remained for a few minutes help with their arithmetic, came out of the building. THURSTON was carrying two books under his arm and as he left the school he saw his parents' car parked across the street and dashed toward it. He ran down the embankment leading from the sidewalk to the road and directly in the path of the Hupmobile driven by AUBREY MORE, who was coming easterly along Stockton avenue. The lad was hit by the right headlight of the car and was knocked down. The machine passed over his body but it is thought that after he was struck only one wheel possibly passed over his ankle. Measurements taken by Chief of Police MCCOOK after the accident show that the car traveled 43 feet with the rear wheels locked by the brakes. The father jumped from his car and gathering up THURSTON's unconscious form carried him into D. L. MUIR's store. Later he was taken to the rest room in the school. DR. GOULD was making a call on William street and he and DR. W. B. MORROW were located and gave medical attention. The lad was then taken to his home in the Holmes ambulance and the family physician, DR. E. RAY GLADSTONE, called in. He never regained consciousness and died about 10:30 Saturday night. Death is believed due to a fracture at the base of the skull. The boy's body was a mass of cuts and bruises but no other bones were broken. The funeral service was held Tuesday at three o'clock at the home, REV. A. A. WALKER of Lee, Mass., officiating, assisted by REV. C. E. RIGNALL, pastor of the Methodist church of which the boy was a member, with burial made in the Walton cemetery. Besides the parents the two sisters mentioned survive. THURSTON was a student in the seventh grade of the Stockton avenue school. He was twelve years of age on August 28th, and was a fine, wholesome youth, much liked by his schoolmates and all who knew him. His tragic death was deeply felt by all. In view of the circumstances of the accident DR. E. RAY GLADSTONE, coroner, held an inquest in S. H. FANCHER's office Wednesday morning. AUBREY MORE, who was driving the car, was about to leave Walton to enter Westminster college when the accident occurred and as he had made a report of the accident, it was not thought necessary for him to be present. He stated that the boy darted out in front of the car so quickly that he had no chance to avoid him. He declared he sounded his horn near the sidewalk crossing in front of the armory. At the inquest, MRS. DAVID ZINNO, stated that she was in front of Muir's store when she saw the MORE car coming at a rate of speed she estimated at 25 miles an hour. She saw the boy come running out of the school and dart out in front of the machine. WALTER CHARLES testified that he saw the MORE car just as THURSTON left the bank to cross the street. He screamed a warning but at almost the same instant the lad was hit. WILLIAM COBB was near the crosswalk in front of the armory when the MORE car passed him. He did not see the accident but thought the car was going 25 to 35 miles an hour. THOMAS COULTER, a pupil in the Stockton avenue school, was on the sidewalk when the accident occurred and was an eye-witness. He thought THURSTON was rolled over and over under the car which stopped in front of the Muir's store. There were eight or nine children in front of the school at the time. CHIEF FRANK MCCOOK gave the measurement of the wheel marks made by the MORE car after the brakes were jammed on as forty three feet. He said the right front headlight bracket was bent and the lamp twisted around. D. L. MUIR say the accident from his store window. In his judgement the car was going at lest 25 miles an hour. He heard some on cry out just before the boy was hit. LEWIS STIDD, the last witness, did not see the accident, but saw the car pass the armory and thought it was going altogether too fast, perhaps 35 to 40 miles an hour. In his opinion scores of cars passed the school zone daily at too rapid a speed for a school zone. None of the witnesses remembered hearing a horn sound by MORE. DR. GLADSTONE will not announce his findings until he has received a transcript of the minutes and consulted District Attorney A. L. O'CONNOR. In somewhat similar cases the question of negligence, if any, as been held by the district attorney to be a matter for civil procedure for damages rather than a criminal action. Liability insurance was carried on the MORE car.

FUNERAL of RAY SCHLOSS - (May 29, ) Possibly 1929
The funeral of RAY SCHLOSS, who was killed last week, Wednesday evening when struck by an automobile at Beerston, was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the First Baptist church of Walton, the pastor, REV. W. B. ADAMS, officiating. Burial was made in the Walton cemetery. MR. SCHLOSS has lived in this section practically all his life. He was born 28 years ago near the head of Carcass Brook, the son of MR. and MRS. HORACE B. SCHLOSS, and lived there all his life until he moved to Beerston, nine months ago. On Feb 16, 1921, he was untied in marriage to CRYSTAL M. GOODRICH, who survives him with three children, a son, MARVIN, and two daughters, BARBARA and CAROL. He also leaves his parents, MR. and MRS. HORACE SCHLOSS of Carcass Brook, a brother, HORACE SCHLOSS of Walton, and three sisters, BEATRICE, at home, MRS. ARTHUR GOODRICH, of Walton, and MRS. MONTE FRANCISCO of Hamden Hill, town of Walton. MR. SCHLOSS was a loving husband, father and brother. He had a jolly nature and was always laughing and joking with his many friends,and the large number of floral tributes at the funeral was only a small indication of his great popularity.

SCHLOSS - In Walton, Dec. 27, to MRS. RAY SCHLOSS, a daughter, RUTH ELAINE. MR. SCHLOSS was killed by an automobile on May 29.

MRS AGUSUTUS GRABY died Friday, February 8, at the family home at Beerston. MRS GRABY, who was 46 years of age, had not been well for several years. Her last illness was of two weeks duration. The funeral service was held at the home Sunday afternoon at one o'clock, REV. J. H. OSTERHOUT, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Beerston, officiated. MRS. GRABY is survived by her husband and three children, KENNETH, BERT, and CHARLOTTE; by four brothers, FRED WAGNER of Callicoon, GEORGE F. WAGNER and ALBERT WAGNER of New York, and PETER WAGNER of North Branch; and four sisters, MRS. LOTTIE LUDWICK of White Sulphur Springs; MRS. CARRIE KNACK of North Branch, MRS. SUSIE HANN of Callicoon Center, and MRS. KATE MAULICK of New York. MR. and MRS. GRABY were married twenty-five years ago next April. They have lived at Beerston the past twelve years and previously resided at Andes. MRS. GRABY was a woman highly thought of in the communities where she had lived.

GRABY - SCHLOSS - At Callicoon Center, June 28, by REV. JOHN E. STRAUB, AUGUSTUS GRABY and MRS. CRYSTAL SCHLOSS, both of Beerston.

OBITUARY - MRS. AUGUSTA W. KELLEY - Hand written 1928
MRS. AUGUSTA KELLEY, aged 54, died at her home on St. John Street, Walton, Tuesday, May 29. MRS. KELLEY was born in Rockland, the daughter of HELEN and JOHN C. WILSON. When still a young man, she married EDWARD R. KELLEY, who died a few years ago and lived in Rock Rift, where he was employed for several years. About 24 years ago the family moved to Walton, where she has since made her home, and where she has had many friends. She was a member of the United Presbyterian church and the Gardiner Lodge of Rebekah. She is survived by three sons, EDWARD and PAUL at home and IVAN of Norwich; three daughters, MRS. GLADYS THORNBERG of Fulton, and LELA KELLEY of Rockville Center, and MARJORIE at home; her mother, MRS. HELEN A. WILSON of Walton; a sister, MRS. ODELL GREENE of Owosso, Mich, and two brothers, OSCAR WILSON of East Branch, and ORRA WILSON of Seattle, Wash. Funeral services will be held at her late home Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, REV. F. C. DAVIDSON officiating. Burial will be made in the Walton Cemetery.

MISS GLADYS KELLEY, daughter of MR. and MRS. E. R. KELLEY of St John street, Walton, and FREDERICK D. THORNBERG of Fulton, N.Y., were married Friday afternoon, Dec 28, at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City. After a visit with his relatives in Willimantic, Conn., MR. and MRS. THORNBERG will make their home in Fulton where both have been employed.

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT (Hand written year - 1928)

NOTICE OF DEATH - MRS. WILLIAM DePUY - (Hand written year - 1937)
FLOYD BEERS received work Thursday morning, January 14, that his sister, MRS. WILLIAM DePUY, had died that morning at her home in Candor. MRS. DePUY, who was 55 years old, is well known in Walton were she spent her childhood.

OBITUARY (Hand written year - 1929)
ADELBERT BEERS died at his home at Beerston Saturday, June 21, after a month's illness. He was 61 years of age. MR. BEERS was born October 30, 1868, and was a lifelong resident of Beerston. He is survived by his wife, who was MISS MELVINA HOWE; his mother, MRS. H. J. BEERS of Beerston; three brothers, CHARLES C. BEERS of Johnson City, FRED G. BEERS of Rock Rift, CLARK J. BEERS of Beerston; three sisters, MRS. IDELLA BEERS, MRS. H. D. GARRISON, and MRS. LEON JOHNSON of Walton; and five children, JESSE BEERS of Poughkeepsie; LEONA BEERS of Franklin; BERNICE of West MONROE, and HARLAND and RAYMOND at home. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, REV. J. H. OSTERHOUT officiating, with burial in the Walton Cemetery.

FOR SALE - (Hand written date - April 18, 1930)
Farm of the late ADELBERT BEERS, located at Beerston, consisting of approximately 400 acres, 38 hear of cattle, pair houses, farm machinery and all equipment, modern improvements in house. Will sell at big sacrifice to settle estate. Inquire of MRS. ADELBERT BEERS, Beerston.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT (Hand written year - 1924)
BEERS - In Walton, Nov. 12, to MR. and MRS. HOWARD BEERS, a son, ALBERT HOWARD.

From the Scrap Book of Lena Belle (Beers) Alverson - Walton Reporter clipping. (No Date) - (possibly 1935)

Streams Flood Residential Section of Village at Night and River Inundates Business Section in Morning. Flood Loss in Walton of $100,000.
The worst flood in the memory of the oldest inhabitants visited Walton Sunday night and Monday morning. The flood was worse than that of October 9, 1903, the last great freshet, due to the fact that both East and West brooks went on a rampage and after they were subsiding the river rose and again overflowed Delaware street and adjacent land. The damage to hay fields and crops along the river flats and brook valleys is almost untold and extremely difficult to calculate in terms of dollars and cents. Some farmers suffered damage amounting to $1,000 to $2,000 and in the aggregate the loss to crops is the largest item of damage. The old ice house and grist mill at East brook dam site were carried out in the high water about two o'clock Monday morning, and in the flood waters following in the read end of Walton Garage, owned by JOHN R. BRYCE, caved in. The garage stands on the site of the old Walton House barn and MR. BRYCE's individual loss is probably the largest in Walton. The cost of repairing the garage is estimated at about $5,000. When the current struck the front doors of the garage they flew open, though bolted, and then the torrent hit the southeast corner of the building, carrying out about seventy feet of the wall. A steel girder fell on top of a truck of the Keystone Gas Co., pinning the machine tight. An electric car washer disappeared down the river and the BRYCE loss on machinery is about $2,000. The carrying out of the part of the East brook dam property let the waters down in a rush and in the village the flood waters pouring down Griswold street from East brook rose seven inches in five minutes. The dam spillway and the bridge spanning it still remain, but the bridge projects into space on the easterly side. Several families live across the bridge - SCHWARZ and HARRY JENKINS, and they are cut off from the East brook highway and either have to ford the brook or follow down along the hillsides to Park street. While the heavy rainfalls early Sunday evening brought East and West brooks to flood height, it was between 11 and 12 o'clock Sunday night that the water rose with great rapidity and in the remarkably short time the village streets running north and south, located between the two brooks, were for the greater part under water. The flood waters tore and gouged, leaving behind them when they had subsided Monday afternoon a trail of wreck and ruin. Liberty street was inundated its entire length. In places walks were torn out and in front of ALBERT PIERCE's house on lower Liberty street the walk was gouged out and at the former SARAH WARNER place, corner of Liberty and Mead streets, nearly all the flagstones were forced out of position. Townsend street, too, was under water from the foot of Mr. Pleasant hill to Delaware street, something almost unknown. The river rose rapidly, reaching its peak, between 8 and 9 o'clock in the morning, when a torrent well above a man's knees and traveling with a strong current, was pouring down Delaware street from east to west. At LYON BROTHERS' furniture store the water came up to a height of 14 inches at this time against 8 inches during the brook flood. Every place along Delaware street except those raised up from the street level with steps or ramps as entrances suffered from flood water.

In the Victory store, on the corner of Delaware and Townsend, where the entrance is at street level, the water was up about two feet on the floor. In MORE BROTHERS, near West brook, which has a two-step entrance, the high water mark came 14 inches above the floor. As the waters receded after each of the two freshets an abundant supply of mud and slime was left behind. Then the East brook reservoir waters were released, timbers and debris lodged against the bridges. The bridge on Griswold street spanning East brook was carried several rods down stream. At the Benton avenue bridge the foot bridges on each side of the main structure were dislodged from their abutments and the main bridge was dropped a couple of feet or so by carrying out of stones above the concrete abutments. It is thought this bridge can be repaired. The maintenance of the foot bridges is a village expense.

The village board met in special session Monday night and estimates drafted at that time place the cost of replacing sidewalks and streets in their former condition at $18,000. In a town outside the village a bridge was carried out at the foot of Fish brook, a tributary of East brook, and one on the Palmer hill road, West Brook. Abutments of other bridges were badly damaged. The Fish brook road, the road leading to the WILLIAM HENDERSON farm and up the hill back of the HENDERSON place, were badly washed, as were other roads. The cost of repairing bridges and replacing the two swept away is placed as at least $3,000, and the repair of highways at as large a sum. Above Mundale, the Crystal creek and Herbert Griffin roads were washed out, the brooks running down the roadbeds. A bridge on the main road near the McKENNA farm was carried away.

MORE BROTHERS had five horses in pasture back of their barn. The water from West brook rose so rapidly about 11:30 o'clock Sunday night that it was impossible to rescue the horses that night. The next morning they were seen standing on a high and narrow strip of land near the brook. Twelve cows were kept by MORE BROTHERS on the EDMUND MORE farm, Beerston road. When the river rose they were trapped at the lower end of Island Park. Four were found Monday morning on GEORGE S. PIERCE's flat, one was carried down the river and managed to scramble out near the JAMES ARMSTRONG farm, three swam the river and reached safety on the eastern bank, three were marooned until Tuesday on a bit of high land and one is still missing. Cattle kept by W. H. AUSTIN on the HARBY flats near the HOLLEY swimming pool, just below cave bank, were rescued while the water was rising Sunday night. The pavilion and bathing houses and the swimming pool were overturned but carried away. One of the bath houses at the American Legion pool in West brook, above the former MEAD's dam site, disappeared in the flood. The Brook and Griswold streets section of Walton village suffered a great deal of damage. Three chicken coops belong to MR. and MRS. ALEX STEWART, Brook street, were undermined and floated down back of the residences of MISS LAURA EGGLESTON and GEORGE B. LYON on Griswold street. The 22 chickens occupying the coops all survived excepting one. They had climbed to the roofs, however. The tool house and garage belonging to MISS EGGLESTON was damaged to the extent of about one hundred dollars, one side being smashed and the whole structure being moved from its foundations. Her car was undamaged. A large pile of lumber, property of the state, standing behind the FLOYD BEERS place, was lodged behind the EGGLETON residence. Driftwood was piled behind the MUGGLIN property, but no other serious damage was done there. A garage housing the automobiles of CLIFFORD ARMSTRONG and STEWART BENEDICT, the property of the former, was nearly a total wreck. The car belonging to ARMSTRONG had a damaged fender.

Nine Walton cars were marooned in Franklin Sunday night and Monday, bridges on every road out of that village being carried out. GEORGE GARRISON, driver of one of the machines, states that his party was returning from Oneonta, leaving there about 10 o'clock at night. They passed through Franklin, but before reaching the Bennett hollow brook near the ELMER SMITH farm, they met THOMAS O'NEILL, Walton school athletic coach, who stated that this bridge was out. The two cars started back for Franklin. At the bridge over West Handsome brook, where there is a sharp turn in the highway, water was already over the bridge and shortly after the Walton cars crossed over on their backtrack this bridge also went out. They decided to stay in Franklin.

Here is a resume of statistics relative to the amounts of water which was on the floor of the business places: LYON BROTHERS had 8 inches of water from the brook that night, and 15 inches the next morning when the river overflowed. Damage at ROSENFELD's 8 inches of water. The KINGSBURY's was 7 inches of water. YOUMAN's A & P, with 18 inches of water. MAE TEED was flooded to 15 inches. SUSAN SHOP suffered no loss but had 10 inches on the floor. At WALTON AUTO SALES there was 3 inches in the showroom and 10 inches in the shop. Water did not enter the WALTON HOUSE. The VICTORY STORE had 2 feet of water. KANDYLAND with 12 inches of water. EVANS' RESTAURANT suffered no loss with about 5 inches of water. GUILD'S DRUG STORE sustained 12 inches. The A & P STORE, managed by CHARLES STEVENS had 2 ½ feet of water. ALSWORTH'S FIVE AND DIME STORE 1 ½ feet of water. WOODBURN'S PHARMACY had 2 feet of water. HOOS'S BAKERY 12 inches of water. DANN'S GARAGE suffered16 inches of water. OWENS DRUG STORE had 2 feet of water. The GRAND UNION STORE had 14 inches of water. BAXTER'S MARKET had 12 inches. NORTHRUP ELECTRIC had 12 inches also. DICK GOULD'S SERVICE STATION had 10 inches in the front and 3 ½ feet in the back. The amount of water in the garage of CHARLES LaFRANO is unknown. MORE BROTHERS' STORE, which is about 2 feet above the street level, had 14 inches of flood water. The J. J. NEWBERRY STORE had a heavy loss. BRONSON-SMITH MOTORS had 16 inches. PAUL WILLIAMS' SERVICE STATION had been flooded with about 36 inches of water. WILSON'S RESTAURANT had 18 inches. COULTER'S GARAGE estimated 2 feet of water. THE REPORTER COMPANY had damage to paper in a storage building. This makes a total of damage to business places of about $25,000 in the village.

The GAS COMPANY pipe lines crosses the river bridge under the foot bridge on Bridge street. Under the direction of Town Superintendent JOHN S. TUTTLE some of the foot bridge boards were taken out and men with tools kept driftwood from lodging. After the waters had done down a good rowboat was left suspended from the bridge. W. T. NEAL of the NEAL FLORAL CO. had nearly 200 loads of manure swept away, west of the HAULENBEEK place. When the rising river submerged their car FRED MILLER and son, DONALD, of Ogden street were trapped in the SHEFFIELD PUMP HOUSE. EARL THOMAS hurried to the pump house with his out-board motorboat, on his first attempt he could only get within 10 feet of the pump house due to the current. On his second try, the propeller of the craft caught on the top of the submerged MILLER car and sheared the pin that keeps the propeller rigid. After repairing the pin, MR. THOMAS accompanied by EARL RUTHERFORD succeeded in gaining the door of the house. MR. MILLER and son were clinging to a track in the top of the structure, the water bing ten feet from the ground. They were taken into the boat and returned to terra firma. MR. MILLER is an employee of SHEFFIELD FARMS.

Crippled mail, highway and telephonic communications by reason of the flood and fire placed a full load upon the local Western Union telegraph office. For Tuesday, Jul 9, W. K. FOSTER, manager of the office reports 222 message for that day. On Wednesday there were 153 messages. FRANK RUNNELLS rescues a pure white Arabian cold by its mother from the Delaware river on Monday morning. The pair came out of the water on the meadow of the JAMES BRACE place about one-quarter mile down the river. The cold is an offspring of an Arabian horse belonging to J. D. MORROW and is but three weeks old.

The Island Park camp boys, twenty in number, vacated the camp grounds and were temporarily housed at the homes of RAYMOND P. SHINN and A. M. THOMSON, Howell street. MAURICE LOKER, son of MR. and MRS FRED LOKER of Fish brook, had a real flood experience. He had been in Walton Sunday night, and on returning was accompanied by MISS FLORENCE HENDERSON, who lives about 5 miles from Walton. After leaving MISS HENDERSON at her home MAURICE went on. He crossed the bridge near the school house at the foot of Fish hollow and started up Fish brook road. He had gone but a few rods before his car stalled. He did not wish to ruin his Sunday suit and waited in the car until he was trapped in the rapidly rising waters. A short time later a member of the HENDERSON family looked out the window and seeing the lights of young LOKER's car called the LOKER home to see whether MAURICE had arrived. Rescue parties were at once formed. Finally DECATUR FULLER, who lives on the west side of the East Brook and ROBERT OLCOTT, the barber, who was visiting him, managed to reach LOKER with a rope. The car was left there. FRED LOKER, the father, suffered heavy damage from gravel and flood refuse from the bridge being carried out. About 10 rods of the Fish brook road, near the ALBERT KELLOGG farm, was torn out.

Friends solicitous for the welfare of MRS. and MRS. PAUL TAYLOR, who were camping at their cottage near the railroad bridge at Pinesville, called up several times and got no answer. EARL THOMAS and his motorboat were finally detailed to visit the camp. MR.THOMAS had experienced a great deal of difficulty in getting there from hay snagging in his propellor. Either the TAYLORS questioned the seaworthiness of the THOMAS craft or they decided abandonment of the camp was unnecessary, and his aid was refused, and in the afternoon they were rowed to the easterly shore by MILO VAN VALKENBURG. They left their car on higher ground. At the rear of the AUSTIN OWENS, residence on Delaware street a wide hole about three feet deep had been gouged out by the water. The foundation at the back of the house has been completely undermined and dirt was washing away.

The Walton fire department was called out about 11:30 on Sunday night to give help. The first call was to recuse MAURICE LOKER, then they were notified that he had been rescued. About 1:30 it seemed probable that help would be needed to rescue MR. and MRS GUSTAVE MUGGLIN who occupy the FRANK HERRICK house, on Elm street. The water began to recede about this time and efforts to reach the house were abandoned. The fire truck had some difficulty in getting out of the flood water.


Fire coming Tuesday morning after Monday's flood destroyed three buildings on Delaware street, in the village of Walton, with damage of about $75,000. The fire was preceded by a terrific explosion in Cetta Brothers' shoe store in which JOSEPH CETTA and CLIFFORD DUTCHER were injured. FRANK CETTA, who was also in the building was not injured. The buildings destroyed are the Cetta Brothers' building, on the lower floor of which were the stores of MYRON DuBOIS, jeweler and optometrist and Cetta Brothers' shoe store, and the upper floor by HENRY EELLS, JR., insurance, and MR. and MRS. JOHN GUERRA, who had living quarters there; the Kinch black, the lower floor of which was occupied by S. H. OSTERHOUT's paint, wallpaper and stationery store, the second floor by the Kinch Brothers' photograph studio, and the top floor by MR. and MRS. S. H. OSTERHOUT, as living quarters, and the block formerly know as the Boice block, now owned by NATHAN MELNICK, and occupied by the NEW York store, conducted by MRS. MELNICK, who has living quarters on the second floor. The third floor was unoccupied. At seven o'clock Tuesday morning Delaware street was shaken by a blast which could be heard all over the village. The front windows were blown out of the Cetta store and a shower of glass was thrown to the other side of the street. The Cetta building was almost immediately enveloped in flames.

FRANK and JOSEPH CETTA, with their employee, CLIFFORD DUTCHER, were in the store getting ready to open it for the day's business. JOSEPH CETTA was in about the middle of the store, and DUTCHER was standing in one of the plate glass show windows and FRANK CETTA was in the toilet when JOSEPH CETTA had opened the cellar door and snapped on the electric light to see how much water there was in the cellar below the store and as he did so a terrific explosion followed. DUTCHER was hurled through the window and landed across the sidewalk on Delaware street. JOSEPH CETTA was knocked to the floor and partially buried under a pile of debris, but managed to crawl out of the store on his hands and knees. His face, hands and arms were badly burned. He was taken to MRS. SMITH's hospital and is making a good recovery from his injuries. DUTCHER was cut on his hands by flying glass, but was not burned. FRANK CETTA was uninjured and escaped through the back end of the store. He says that timbers and boards were falling all about him as he fled. The force of the blast blew out plate glass windows in the First National Bank, Reynolds and Stebbins' store, and cracked the windows in the Henderson store, on the opposite side of the street.

The telephone office is in the Newberry building, known in former years as the EDWIN L GUILD block, across an alley from the Cetta store, and the telephone operator sent in the fire alarm almost instantly. The Cetta store was a mass of flames following the explosion. It was only a few minutes before the Walton fire department had two streams of water on the front of the building. The flood on the previous day had broken three water mains, which supply the business district of the village with water. The only water in the mains was a three-inch line from the Third Brook road, which had been by-passed around the break in the main line and was feeding into the six-inch main on Delaware street, and the line from the East brook reservoir, which is of small capacity. A hose hooked onto the hydrant gave a mere trickle of water. No time was wasted by the Walton fire department in trying to use water from the hydrants, but both pumps took their station near the river, and started pumping as soon as hose was strung. Water was also obtained by running a booster pipe line into the Newberry store basement, which was filled with flood water.

The force of the explosion has wrecked the Cetta building. It was a frame building with a four-inch brick veneer, many of which fell to the sidewalk and into the alley between the Cetta building and the Newberry store. It was threatening to cave in even before the fire had enveloped it. With its tinder-dry interior, the fire raced through it. In five minutes it was a mass of flames inside, and the fire had broken out through the wooden portion at the rear of the building. It was at first thought that MR. and MRS JOHN GUERRA, who had an apartment upstairs in the building, were trapped in the flames. It was impossible to force an entry to the upstairs apartments, and those who tried were driven back by fire and smoke. It was later learned that MR. and MRS GUERRA had spent the night the MR. GUERRA's mother, MRS. CONCETTA GUERRA, St John street.

Two streams, which had been put in play on the front of the building, were soon augmented by two more lines of hose in the rear. As soon as additional hose could be laid three more lines were put in play. The flames shooting out of the side and rear of the Cetta store, it at first seemed as if the Newberry building across a narrow alley to the east would also catch fire. There are no windows on the first floor of the Newberry building, however, and this fact probably saved that building. It was only a few minutes after the fire started before the Cetta building, weakened by the explosion, toppled over with a crash against the Newberry building. The burning mass was soon water soaked and the danger of fire spreading to the adjoining Newberry building and from there to the Reporter building was past. When the Cetta building fell it gave the Newberry building a terrific jar. The force was so great that it cracked plaster walls in the Reporter office adjoining the Newberry building. The southeast corner of the Newberry building took the full force of the shock and bulged slightly. The telephone cables are strung along the side of the Newberry building to the central office on the second floor of that building. The cables were torn loose and telephone service in Walton was put out of commission. One long distance circuit remained intact. The flames by this time had eaten through the tin brick veneer wall which separated the Cetta building from the Kinch building on the west. Dense black smoke poured out from Osterhout's store as the fire ate into the stock of paint and varnish. Tons of water were poured on the fire, but nothing could stop its course. From the Kinch building it spread to the Boice block, and was finally stopped by the double brick wall of the Sewell-Patterson block. The high brick walls of the Kinch building and Boice block fell in, and by nine-thirty o'clock the tree buildings were a mass of smoldering ruins.

When the Cetta building caved in, it disconnected the main telephone circuits and for a time Walton was cut off from the outside world as the telegraph office does not open until 8 o'clock. At 8 o'clock telegrams were sent to Delhi and Sidney for help. The road between Delhi and Walton, at Fraser, was badly washed by the flood but Delhi sent its pump engine down in creditable time. The Sidney department made a record run here, and about the same time these two pieces of equipment arrived here the Downsville fire engine also came in to assist. The building had been reduced to ruins by that time, however, and the services of the outside fire companies were not needed. The pump engines were kept busy during the morning pumping water to pour on the wreckage of the three buildings. Shortly after noon the hose was picked up and water was only used from one pump thereafter to keep the smouldering ruins wet. Watchers were kept at the fire with hose Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is a matter of conjecture as to what caused the explosion. There was a smell of gas in the building Monday night, and Fire Chief JAMES C. BURRHUS had warned the Cettas to be careful about using any flame in the building until it had been properly ventilated. FRANK CETTA arrived at the store at six o'clock in the morning and opened both back and front doors so that there would be a current of air through the building. He was careful not to smoke. When the explosion occurred JOSEPH CETTA was near the cellar door, and was going to see how much water there was in the cellar. It is thought that he probably turned on the cellar light. The cellar had been full of water and the damp electric light fixture caused a spark which set off gas of some kind which had collected on top of the water in the cellar, thus causing the blast. FRANK CETTA had been working on the books of account, and they were not in the safe at the time of the fire and were lost. The more expensive items of jewelry in the DuBois store, as well as MR. DuBOIS's more important records were in his safe, and it is thought that they will be undamaged. FRANK CETTA, of Cetta Brothers, stated that Cetta Brothers will resume business in Walton as soon as possible. Cetta Brothers will probably rebuild. Kinch Brothers and NATHAN MELNICK have not made plans. It is interesting to note that the fire was stopped, on both east and west sides, by a solid brick wall with only a few windows. Under the village building code no building may be erected on the site of a burned buildings, unless they are of approved construction. Cetta Brothers valued their building at $18,000 and carried insurance of $11,000 on the building. The stock was valued at over $10,000 and $8,000 of insurance was carried on it. MYRON DuBOIS states that his stock, optical equipment and fixtures were worth in the neighborhood of $12,000. He carried an insurance of $5,000. He states that there was probably $3,000 worth of jewelry in his safe, which has not as yet been recovered from the ruins. MR. DuBOIS has ordered new optical equipment and plans to obtain new quarters and be open for business in the near future. HENRY E. EELLS, JR., lost the furniture in his office and all his records. He carried an insurance of $200 on the furniture and will reopen an office very soon. MR. and MRS. JOHN GUERRA lost all of their personal belongings and furniture. They carried no insurance. Kinch Brothers valued their building at $15,000 and their stock at $2,000. The lost is partially covered by insurance. The stock in the Osterhout store and the furniture and personal effects of MR. and MRS. OSTERHOUT on the top floor of the Kinch building were worth $10,000. Only $3,500 of insurance was carried. The Melnick store was valued at $18,000 and the stock in the store at about $7,000. The Melnicks had total insurance of $12,000 on building and stock.

A great deal of credit is due the Walton Fire Department and Chief J. C. BURRHUS for the manner in which the fire was handled. With no water available from hydrants hose was laid from the river in a remarkably short time. Because of the distance hose had to be laid there was a shortage of hose and extra lengths were obtained from the Kayser mill. In the real stages of the blaze it seemed that the fire would raze the entire block and also consume the large wooed Holmes furniture store in the rear of Cettas'. The Holmes store was blistered by heat and the windows cracked but the building did not catch fire. The windows in the second and third floors of the Newberry building were broken by heat and use of lines from a booster pump prevented the fire from getting hold inside the building. Because of the rapid spread of the fire through the three buildings which were burned the firemen were faced with the danger of falling walls and it would have been suicidal to have placed a ladder against the thin brick walls. The fire had to be fought from the street and from the alley in the rear of the buildings and from the roofs of the Jenks-Patterson building on the west and the Newberry building on the east. Hampered by insufficiency of water the fire department did a fine piece of work in confining the blaze to the three buildings.

When the fire was under control, FRED HAVERLY, manager of the Delaware Telephone Company took stock of the condition of his lines. In short time a repair crew was here and work was started on repairing telephone circuits. Some toll circuits were cut in Tuesday and the work was carried on throughout Tuesday night and by Wednesday long distance service had been restored and some local services. Work was carried on until eleven Wednesday night when the workmen were so exhausted by lack of sleep that there was danger of their falling from the scaffold. Work was resumed early Thursday morning and all lines were in working order early Thursday evening. The repairs necessitated splicing every wire in the cables entering the telephone office. MR. HAVERLY estimates that the fire did $1,000 damage to the property of the telephone company.

It is impossible at the present time to estimate the damage done to the Newberry building. The west wall has buckled to some extent and there is a possibility that it may have to be rebuilt. The chimney on the DuBois side of the Cetta building fell through a window of the telephone exchange and landed where the telephone operator had been sitting only a few minutes previous. The explosion in the Cetta store had a terrific force. Shoes and pieces of plate glass window were hurled against Henderson's store directly across Delaware street. FRED HAVERLY, who was standing in front of Reynolds & Stebbins', was blown back against the window of that store by the force of the explosion. There was a plate glass window in the shoe repair shop at the rear of the store also. The was shattered and two pieces of glass were imbedded in the Osterhout storehouse fifteen feet in the rear, piercing an inch into the basswood siding. The electric service was shut off throughout the village during the fire to guard against the danger of firemen being electrocuted by live wires. Fire department officials issued the following warning to those whose cellars have been filled with water: "Ventilate all cellars thoroughly and avoid using flame and striking matches in the cellar until the danger has past. Inspect all cellar electric circuits before tuning on lights."

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