Watertown, NY

January – March, 1872

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January 4, 1872, p. 3:

The beautiful mansion property, former residence of the late Major Kirby, at Brownville, Jefferson Co., consisting of 8 aces in one solid block, in the centre of the corporation of Brownville, with streets on all four sides...for A. W. Walrath at Brownville or to the owner Mrs. A. A. Clark of Wellington, Ontario Canada

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The noble St. Lawrence has ceased its wild surging for a while, on Wednesday night the 20th, the thermometer standing at 22 degrees below zero—the river was closed from shore to shore—an occurrence rarely known.

January 9, 1872, p. 1:

The number of alien emigrants landed at the port of New York during the year 1871 was 229,639, and the number landed during the year 1872, 293,603, making an excess during the latter year of 63,964. NOTE: The publisher must have confused the years, as 1872 had just begun and therefore a comparison with 1871 emigration could not have been made.

January 11, 1872, p. 6:

From Rodman:
Sad intelligence came to this town (Rodman) by telegram last week Wednesday announcing the death of Manford S. Burton, son of John D. Burton of this town, who died in Chicago of small post in the 27th year of his age..the funeral services of Mr. Burton were held at the Congregational Church last Sabbath. Many of the Masonic fraternity were present at the funeral.

W. H. Moffett and wife have returned to their home in this place (Rodman) having been absent some three months on a visit to their son in Chicago. They were there at the great conflagration and witnessed its devastating effects which no tongue or pen can adequately portray.

NOTE: This reference may be a reference to the Chicago Fire which destroyed much of the city.

Same page, same issue, from Pamelia:
Last sabbath there were four persons buried within three miles of each other—Mrs. George Kimball, who has been sick nearly a year; Mr. A. Pitcher, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Miller, who all died very suddenly.

E. Brown, Esq., of this town has invented and patented a new style of fence which for simplicity, cheapness and durability, is far ahead of all competition. It is particularly adapted to building along the highways, for it can be taken down and put up again with little trouble and no injury to the will be a great benefit to the traveling public in this snowy region.

David and John Countryman, two young men who live in the north part of the town, had their feet severely frozen on Thursday the 21st of December. It was thought they would lose their limbs, but under the skillful treatment of Drs. Grafton and Willard, they are improving well, and we learn are not likely to lose only part of their feet.

Same page, same issue, from Plessis:
The funeral services of Mr. Bartlett, an old gentleman near Plessis, were held at the ME Church December 26th. The sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Ayers. Mr. Bartlett had been blind or nearly so for some years but he had borne with patience the terrible affliction of blindness with the infirmities of old age.

Mr. Wilbert Wilcox is to visit New York this week for the purpose of purchasing goods with which he intends to refill the store formerly occupied by Mr. Fairman. Mr. Wesley Crandall is to be the new Postmaster.

We are going to have another physician in this place soon. Rev. Mr. Hurlburt, M.D. Doctor Hulburt has practiced in this town about six months and has meet with good success treating stubborn diseases with much skill.

Same issue, p. 8:
In the Supreme Court-Mary J. Everett against Rhodes Babcock, James Babcock, Elisha Cole and Margaret Cole, his wife, Richard E. Everett, Edward A. Everett, William E. Everett and Austin Everett—notice is hereby given that pursuant to a judgment and order of sale granted in the above entitled action, at a special term of the Supreme Court, held at the Court House, in the city of Watertown, on the 24th day of November 1871, and entered in the Jefferson Co. Clerk's Office, November 28th, 1871, I, the Referee, named in said order, shall sell at public auction, at the law office of Brown & Beach in the City of Watertown, Co. of Jefferson and State of NY, at 12 o'clock noon, on the 30th day of January 1872, the lands and the town of Alexandria, Jeff. Co....Laban H. Ainsworth, Referee, dated 6 December 1871.

January 18, 1872, p. 5:

From Adams:
Dr. Barber is quite sick. Peter Baker, who broke his leg, last fall, has made his appearance in the streets again. A. f. Fisher had disposed of his horse which run away a few days ago.

A serious accident occurred on Tuesday, which came near proving fatal to one Martin Fish who while chopping wood, by some cause drove the ax with great force into one of his feet. The next day he escaped narrowly an attack of lockjaw. He is improving, and with great care will recover.

Same issue same page:
From Alexandria:
Mr. Peter July, Jr. has disposed of his house and lot and intends moving away.

A very sad accident occurred Sunday night, Dec. 31st. Charles Clyde, Cornelius McClellan and Edward Boyd, while attempting to cross the river from Grenadier Island to what is called the “Lyons Job”, broke through the ice and were drowned. Their bodies have since been found and properly cared for.

Mr. Jesse Davis, while engaged in working at the bar on Monday last, slipped, fell and broke his arm just above his wrist.

Same issue, same page:
From Philadelphia (NY):
A very pleasant affair came off on Christmas Day, at the house of Lyman Wilson, in the town of Philadelphia, which consisted in the gathering together of father, mother, sisters and brothers, with their families, to enjoy once more a good social chat under the old roof tree...

Same issue, same page:
From Antwerp:
The New Years ball at the Foster House was a success. The clerk of the house—Mr. Burtis, with the committee of arrangement left nothing undone to conduce to the pleasure of the festive assembly...

Same issue, same page:
From Carthage:
A five year old beef belonging to O. S. Levis, butchered last week, weighed when dressed 1,200 lbs, together with 117 lbs. of tallow.

On Saturday night, at about half past eleven o'clock, a fire was discovered in the grocery of P. Walsh & Son, which soon communicated with the adjoining building, burning all those situated between the Post Office and Gallagher's block. The persons who lost by the fire are P. Walsh & Son, grocers, whose stock was insured for 1,500; John Montgomery, grocer; Robert Marcott, cigar manufacturer; Luke Guyot, harness-maker; Rice & Steel, booth and shoe makers; Miss Brownell, millinery, and C. Ingraham, household goods. They were all partially insured, it is said, excepting Mr. Ingraham, and some of them saved a part of their property. Carthage will probably come to the conclusion presently, that it needs a better fire engine. The buildings destroyed are all wooden ones and not of so much consequence. But if the fire occurred on a windy night, the damage might have been great.

Same issue, page 6:
Court Matters--
The Grand Jury on Thursday afternoon brought in indictments against the following parties for the offenses named:

Wm. C. Hanchett and H. Bedford Cline, selling liquor on Sunday. Bail given

Edward W. Peterson, selling liquor on Sunday. Bail given

Nathaniel Peterson, selling liquor without license. Bail Given.

James Welch, Charles Reed, Henry Reed, Lucius Reese, rape committed on the girl Osgood at Evans Mills in November last. Reese is at large on bail—the other three are in jail. A plea of not guilty was entered. W. F. Porter, attorney for the prisoners. A separate indictment was found against each of the above named parties for the same offense, to which the same plea was given.

George A. Houghton, assault on Lewis Burns with intent to kill. This is the stabbing affair which took place at Briggs' saloon on Court Street, several weeks ago. Plead not guilty. Now in jail.

John Thomas (colored) – petit larceny, 2d offense. Plead not guilty, and demanded trial. Being without means to employ counsel, J. Mullin Jr. was appointed by the Court.

Margaret Daily—bigamy--charged with marrying one Edward Greenie on Nov. 2d last, while her former husband was still living. Plead guilty and was sentenced by Judge Sawyer to 18 months imprisonment in the Onondaga Penitentiary.

Edward Greenie—marrying another wife—the individual mentioned in connection with Margaret Dailey—plead not guilty—now in jail.

Sarah A. Robinson—bigamy--plead not guilty—is now in jail.

Octavius Boudiette—robbery and larceny—plead not guilty—is now in jail.[

A sealed indictment...the prisoners having been taken into custody. It is against Charles Williams and Summer Herrick for robbery and larceny, being the same offense charged against Octavius Boudiette, arraigned Thursday. Plead—not guilty. Prisoners all in jail.

Indictment against Erastus B. Freeman, a hotel keeper, at Great Bend, for selling liquor, by measure, was tried yesterday. Herman Lacy, Peter Lamark and Wm. Clickney were sworn for the people and all denied any knowledge of the sale of any liquor or beer by Freeman by measure. A verdict of not guilty was thereupon ordered by the court. District Attorney Williams rose and read to the court the evidence before the grand jury of the witnesses Lacy and Lamark, where they testified they did buy of Freeman beer by the measure at various times, and saw others buy it, asked the Court to hold them to await the action of the grand jury for the crime of perjury. The Court ordered the Sheriff to take charge of them and they were sent to jail accordingly.

January 25, 1871, p. 1:

From Clayton:
Three young men, James Bain, Albert Holenbeck and Willie Hawes while riding on an ice boat recently, at the rate of 50 miles an hour, ran into an air hole, instantly capsizing the boat and throwing young Hawes into the water directly under the canvass, to which, he clung until his comrades removed the boat, and extricated him from his perilous position.

Antonio Charlebois lost a valuable horse this week, having broken through the ice while crossing the river, valued at $250.

Same issue, p. 4:
The case of the People vs Elizabeth C. Miller, indicted for keeping a house of ill-fame, which was taken up Wednesday morning, occupied the entire day yesterday, and was not submitted to the jury until nearly six o'clock. The jury, after being out about ten minutes, returned with a verdict of guilty.

Same issue, p. 8:
Notice to creditors, WESLEY GEORGE Estate...Notice is hereby given...all persons having claims against Wesley George, late of the town of Theresa,...deceased, intestate...required to present the same with the store of A. A. Holmes & Co, in the said town of Alexandria on or before the 15th day of April next. Jason J. George and Alfred A. Holmes, Administrators-Dated 31 September 1871

Notice to creditors, WILLIAM CARPENTER'S Estate...Notice is hereby given..all persons having claims against William Carpenter, late of the town of Antwerp, deceased...required to present the same with the the sole Executor of the last will and testament of the deceased, at his residence in the town of Antwerp, on or before the 1st day of April 1871. Dated Sept. 8, 1871. Wm. B. Johnson, Executor.

Notice to the creditors, AARON BROWN, late of the town of Lorraine..farmer, deceased, that they are required to exhibit same with vouchers to the executors of the last will and testament of the deceased, at the residence of Henry M. Brown, in the town of Lorraine, on or before the first day of December next. Levi H. Brown and Henry M. Brown, Executors Dated 17 May 1871.

February 1, 1872, p. 2:

From Antwerp:
Mr. Jas. Johnson met with a serious if not fatal accident last week Wednesday while sawing off a log in the woods. The log was on the side hill and when nearly sawed off it split and commenced to roll down the bank and Johnson in trying to save himself from being run over by the log, fell backwards and hit the back of his head on the end of another log. He was taken up senseless and has remained in this critical situation up to this time of writing.

From Belleville:
Mr. John Brodie, who was injured by a buzz saw on Stony Island a few days since, died from the effects of the wound. The burial took place at Smithville on Wednesday and the funeral services at Woodville, on Sunday last.

From Plessis:
The glass factory at Redwood, owned by the firm of Butterfield & Rand, was consumed by fire on the night of the 20th ult., causing great loss to the owners...It has thrown hundreds of poor people out of employment without means with which to support their families during the hard winter months...

It is said that Captain J. S. Vanderburgh is to leave Plessis to move on his farm in Theresa for his health.

The funeral services of Mrs. Andrew Bearup were held at the house Wednesday afternoon. The remains were taken to Theresa for interment. Mrs. Bearup was a very old lady, who had suffered much, having been sick for several years. Her life has been a christian, one worth of example.

Same issue, p. 4:
We are glad to learn that Mr. C. W. Acker, of this city (Watertown), has taken the contract from the Davis Sewing Machine Co. constructing 50 of those elegant wagons for agents, such as this enterprising corporation have had on the road for some time...Mr. Acker has been awarded the contract over bidders in Ohio, the Southern part of this state and elsewhere.

Mr. P. Mundy received a telegram from his son, Norris, yesterday who is on his way home from Salt Lake City. He has been snowbound for the past ten days at Laramie, Wyoming Territory.

Mr. Orrin Barnes of Pamelia, the great apple culturist, has our thanks for a lot of most luscious winter apples.

February 8, 1872, p. 6:

Notice to creditors—WILLIAM T. WATERMAN'S ESTATE – pursuant to an order...all persons having claims against William T. Waterman, late of the town of Ellisburgh, deceased intestate...present the same with vouchers to the subscribers, the the residence of Alfred L. Rounds, in the village of Mannsville..on or before the 1st day of August next. Dated January 17, 1872. Rachel H. Waterman and Alfred L. Rounds, Administrators.

Same issue, p. 8:
Enoch R. Eddy of Pamelia, residing on the crossroad within a short distance of Green's School House, and about five miles from Watertown, had hanged himself in his barn on the afternoon of the day previous (Sunday). Mr. Eddy was a respectable farmer and a man who was held in high esteem by his neighbors. He was 50 years old on the 29th of last September, and up to the day of his death had been a person of an unusually cheerful and genial disposition. The direct cause of his taking his life into his own hands was financial embarrassment. His stepson found his stepfather hanging from a beam and rushed down from the loft of the barn and told Mr. Judson Cole, a visitor at the house, what he had seen. Mr. Cole cut the body down and with the aid of others, it was removed to the house, amid the wailings of a stricken wife and a desolate household. Mr. Eddy was twice married and by his first wife he had two sons and a daughter, who are grown and married. His second wife bore him no children but she had two by her former husband, both living with them on the farm—the little boy and a grown up daughter. No inquest was held as Coroner Lewis was in New York. Milton Ballard, J.P., of Watertown, went out to the farm on Monday and summoned a jury and had the body examined by Dr. Rudd and the jury. Mrs. Eddy holds a life insurance policy on the life of her husband of $2,000.

The Barnes Corners Suicide—the particulars of this melancholy affair, which took place on Friday morning,February 2d, the suicide, Henry Green, shot himself through the forehead with a pistol. He was in the habit of using opium to excess and either the want of it or too large a dose is supposed to have been the cause of derangement resulting in suicide. He was a carpenter and joiner by trade, 47 years of age and leaves a wife and one son.

From Belleville:
On Sunday night last a tenant house on the farm of Mr. George Clark, in this village, and occupied by Mr. James Denning, was burned to the ground, and with it, Mr. Denning's little daughter, a girl of eleven years. The fire caught from an ash barrel in the woodshed. Mr. Bud Fox very kindly gave him the use of some rooms till Mr. Clark can build another house. The funeral services for the child burned were held at the Baptist church last Sabbath.

From Depauville:
Mr. Alfred Fox has disposed of his large dairy farm to Benjamin Brown & Son of Clayton.

On account of ill health, Mr. Ormsby of the firm of Ormsby and Terry, has sold his interest in the mercantile business at this place to Byron Fox.

February 29, 1872, p. 4:

During the year 1871 two hundred and seventy-two lives were lost and one hundred and twenty-two person were injured in the mines of six counties of the Pennsylvania coal region. A large part of this misery was caused by (operational) neglect of the mine owners. About one-third of the number killed met their death on account of that neglect to make second openings to their mines, another third fell victims to explosions of gas, which would have been avoided if the law providing for thorough examinations of the mines had been complied with. In Schuylkill County, one man was killed for every 50,000 tons of coal produced.

Same issue, p. 8:
From Redwood:
Hon. W. W. Butterfield is confined to his room in consequence of a cut on his foot with an ax. It might interest some to know that he has already commenced rebuilding the glass factory and intends to have it in operation by the first of July.

The funeral services of Mrs. Westerdick was held in the Baptist church on the 18th inst., Rev. Mr. Sears preaching an able sermon. Also the funeral of old Mrs. Cavanaugh took place at the Catholic Church on the 23d. Also, the funeral of Mrs. John Cable on the 26th who has been confined to her bed from paralysis a great many years.

Same issue, same page:
From St. Lawrence:
One Labore cut his foot severely while chopping cordwood for A. E. Rice, also young Coriar cut his foot in a ghastly manner while cutting wood on the Ashland farm.

Captain H. W. Bogert and Miss Jane Wallace were married last Monday evening, Rev. C. Munson officiating.

March 7, 1872, p. 2:

INCOME TAX – Instructions have been issued to United States assessors from the United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue as to the mode and manner in which income returns should be made. The income blank is similar in form to the one of previous years, but the commissioner says that when taxpayers prefer to make returns of their income without giving details, they will be allowed to use the following form: “Taxable income, $___; amount of tax at 2 ½ per cent___.” The questions on the blank, such as “Did your wife have an income,” etc, etc., are not required to be answered in the first instance, but if the assistant assessor has reason to suspect that the return is false or fraudulent, and proceeds to make examination of the person, then he should require all of those questions to be answer. An income of less than $2,000 is not taxable.

FOR SALE, the farm of a hundred acres situated in the town of Brownville, on Pillar Point, at present and for many years past occupied by Riley Rogers, is offered for sale on reasonable terms. There are on the premises two excellent wells of water, and a wood lot of ten acres in fine condition. For further particulars enquire of the occupant. March 4th, 1872.

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The panorama of the burning of Chicago and the Franco Prussian War will not exhibit in this city (Watertown) until the 14th of March.

We are informed by a gentleman residing in the north part of this city, that the thermometer marked 28 below zero at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning. He was not able to recall any weather quite as cold in the month of March.

On Thursday afternoon, last as a Mr. Frederick Salter was crossing Furnace Street in the village of Carthage, on a load of logs, the express train from Utica came in collision with his loaded team with such force as to throw Mr. S. directly under the wheels of the train, killing him instantly and mangling the body in a most shocking manner. The deceased was 33 years of age, a thriving young farmer, married and greatly respected by all who knew him.

Page 4 from Plessis:
A sad accident occurred near here a few days ago. Mr. Reuben Hinman while chopping in the woods was very much injured by the falling of a tree which his son had cut, and hearing the warning rant the wrong way and the tree fell on him, breaking his kneepan and injuring him severely, he now lies in a very critical state.

Same page, from Adams:
One Gustave Myres has opened a cigar store, and manufactory in “Virginias,” old barber shop. Paying $7.50 for six dollar cigars is played out now.

Arthur Castile, a negro, entered the house of Peter Boker at half past three o'clock Sunday morning the 3d inst, and attacked the person o f his wife, Annie Castile, with an open razor with the intent to kill. But the noise which he made in knocking in the door, awakened her and when he attempted his murderous act she was prepared for the encounter. He pulled her from the bed. She struggled hard and successful in getting the instrument of death from his hands. Finding himself defeated, and having only the satisfaction of frightening his victim and of alarming the house, made some threatening remarks to her and then sprang out the door. He was caught, however, very soon by an officer and lodged in the Black hole. The victim's story is that they have been married about three years, and was the mother of two children, and had previously resided in Watertown, but had come to this place some three weeks ago. On Wednesday last, her husband made an attempt to take her life, not succeeding he told her that he would finish the job which he had begun at the earliest opportunity. She being afraid for her life has since stayed with her sister. Monday morning he was taken before Judge Chittenden, for examination. His wife, her sister and Peter Rober testified to the above-stated facts. The prisoner was asked some questions. He denied ever being married to Annie, said he had lived with her, that she had often urged him to marry her, and the court might do whatever it chose with him, but the secret and the cause of this act would go with him to the grave.

March 14, 1872, p. 6:

The farm advertised by Mrs. Chargo in the Re-Union for the last two months has been sold to Mr. John D. Wait of Pamelia for the sum of ten thousand dollars.

We understand Mr. Charles Partello has disposed of his lot, south side of Public Square, to Mr. Norris Winslow for $5,000. It is Mr. Winslow's intention, we believe, to erect a fine block on the corner of Franklin Street and Public Square.

A disgraceful fight occurred in a “dive hole” on Washington Street, under Messrs. Hagar & Beebee's store, kept by Mrs. Foley, on Tuesday evening last, at about six o'clock, which spread from the hole beneath out upon the sidewalk. The combatants' faces were literally pounded into jelly and the row lasted some time, drawing an immense crowd. Not a policeman was on hand. One of the fighters is named Jim Mather; who the others were we did not learn.

Mr. Duane Patterson left Watertown yesterday morning for the South, whither he goes in quest of health.

Tribute of Respect—Whereas...the great Supreme Architect of the Universe, removed from our lodge by death, our most worthy and esteemed Brother James Austin...a Masonic tribute followed. Chaumont No. 172. Wm. H. Maine, Rev. A. Cheesman, A. J. Dewy, O. S. Wilcox, Committee

Same page, from Stone Mills:
Mr. John Countryman is carrying on a very lively trade in the carriage business. Mr. H. Lingenfelter has closed his hotel, and is now in the dry goods trade and has a very well stocked store.

Same issue, page 8:
Miss Mattie Frame has opened rooms in the Hubbard block in this city, where all kinds of hair work and hair jewelry entrusted to her care will be attended to with promptness and satisfaction. Ladies residing in the city (Watertown) and vicinity will do well to call upon Miss Fram.

March 21, 1872, page 2:

From Sacket's Harbor:
At a regular meeting of Sackets Harbor Lodge No. 135 of F. & A. M., held at Masonic Hall, March 11, 1872,...that in the death of Brother Thomas S. Hall, our community has lost a worthy member...Geo. E. Butterfield, D. O. DeWolf, H. J. Lake, Committee

Same issue and page from Lorraine:
At a meeting of Lorraine Lodge No. 71 I. O. of G. T., held March 8, 1872, the following resolutions were passed...member Sister Isabell Wagoner has passed...Philo M. Brown, W. C. T. W. M. Fox, Sec.

March 28, 1872, p. 1:

From Rodman:
The house of David Cole was burned last week Thursday. The fire was first discovered about two o'clock a.m. The wind blowing a gale, it was soon enveloped in flames. Only a part of the goods were saved. We understand that there was no insurance on the house or contents.

Before the week expires we expect the farmers in this vicinity will be making sugar.

We had occasion to be in Lorraine and Worth a few days last week and witnessed a severe snowstorm which lasted three days. The snow in that vicinity is five feet deep on the level. This is asserted by the oldest inhabitants to be the hardest winter ever known in our section of the country. Some of the farmers in Worth, while this long winter has been passing, have turned their attention to manufacturing leather, boots and shoes, woolen and linen yarn, etc., which is much better than idleness.

From St. Lawrence:
John M. Reed sold to Abner Reeed one day this week a fine dairy of 38 cows for $1,250. Geo. Harris has removed to Abner Reed's farm which he will carry on the coming season. James Irwin has purchased the farm known as the “Seely place” on the river, at about $51 per acre.

From Redwood:
Sad accidents in the woods still are in order. George Malotte came within an ace of being killed by the falling of a tree which struck his arm and injured it severely, and George Flora felled a small tree which sprung back at the base and broke both bones of his right leg.

The friends of Michael Ryan will be pleased to know that he is recovering from the severe illness he contracted from cold taken during the races.

From Plessis:
The ice has been twenty-seven inches thick in Clear Lake this winter, which is an uncommon thickness.

Rev. Mr. Nicholas, father of Rev. B. Nicholas, preached in the Presbyterian church last Sabbath in the absence of Rev. Mr. Smith, who occupies that pulpit with true christian grace and talent.

Our schools are to commence the summer term the first of April, taught by Miss Amanda Jones and Mrs. Philanda Comstock, who have proved their efficiency in this place several terms.

Miss Marie Peck has sold her house and lot to Mr. Barrows who intends making it his residence.

Same issue, page 5:
Watertown and vicinity:
The ice on Black River is four feet thick.
Bierstadt, the artist, has received the cross of the order of St. Stanislaus from the Czar of Russia.

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