ERRATA FROM THE
WATERTOWN RE-UNION NEWSPAPERS
Watertown, NY

January - June, 1873


January-June, July-December



January 2, 1873, p. 2:

From Alexandria Bay-we are again called upon to record the death of one of our oldest inhabitants, MR. ISAAC LEONARD, age 61. On Thursday morning, after Christmas, the icy hand of death was laid upon him and his spirit wafted to that shore from whose bourne no traveler returns. Mr. Leonard leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his untimely death.

January 9, 1873, p. 4:

Sheriff Babbitt has made the following appointments of Deputy Sheriffs: B. C. Budd, Carthage; L. S. Pitkan, Lorraine, H. Morgan, Adams.

same issue, p. 5:
The barn on the premises of David Augsbury, near Perch Lake, blew down on Friday night of last week during the severe gale. The wreck is so complete that Mr. Augsbury will be obliged to build a new barn.

same issue, p. 3:
From Clayton--A small party consisting of S. D. Johnston, J. T. Hubbard, S. P. Crumb and R. M. Esselstyne and their wives went to Kingston on the ice on Thursday last, for a pleasure excursion. On returning home on Friday, one of Johnston's horses went through the ice, but by attaching a rope to the animal, they succeeded in extricating him from the water, and nobody was killed or hurt.

January 16, 1873, p. 4:

From Redwood-Out of the 140 families in Redwood, there are only four white ones.

From Plessis-MRS. MARY KRING, wife of ALONZO KRING of Carthage, was buried at Theresa on the 8th. Mrs. Kring suffered long and severely. She died in the midst of her family and friends.

same issue, p. 5:
From Great Bend-The victim, Charles Wenham, by name had been enticed from Carthage on Monday last, by two villains, whose object was robbery and that after dealing him his death blow and robbing him of all the money the could find on his person, they thrust his body through the ice in the hope that the falling snow would cover up the tell tale blood marks and the running stream would carry the remains down stream out of sight.

From Carthage, Jan. 11 from P. C. Williams, District Attorney. The murdered man is Charles Wenham, an Englishman of Copenhagen. The murdered is Charles Sutherland of Copenhagen. I dispatched Chief of Police Guest and constables after Sutherland, about ten miles away. They found and secured the prisoner at half past one this morning and started for Carthage. Soon after starting, the prisoner went into fits and spasms and soon died. Evidently he had taken poison before the officers got him, but he denied it. On arriving here at half past three, Dr. Peden was called in and at once pronounced it a case of poisoning by strychnine. An examination discovered a bottle in his pocket with strychnine in it.

January 23, 1873, p. 7:

From Clayton-The Dominion Telegraph Co. are to open an office at Three Mile Bay

From Alexandria Bay-From five to twenty-five teams arrive daily from Cape Vincent with lumber for the new hotel of Staples & Nott...one story already up. Mr. Reamer with a gang of 40 men is doing well...this building is to be ready for business by the 1st of June, certain.

From Plessis--We give the happy couple, Mr. Spencer McAllister and wife our sincere congratulations. Mrs. Mcallister was formerly Miss Marie Peck of Plessis, late of Binghamton, in this state. They are we hear, to make their home in California, where Mr. McAllister has resided for a number of years.

Little Dessie, youngest child of Mr. F. Ahles, died on the morning of the 18th, her second birthday, of scarlet fever, after an illness of only two days. Mr. Ahles' little boy now lies dangerously ill, but hopes are entertained of his recovery. Scarlet fever is spreading fearfully, leaving evidence of its power.

same issue p. 5:
From Carthage--While at West Carthage, we visited Mrs. Hubbard, who is one hundred years old and maintains her memory remarkably well. She lives with her son, Heman Hubbard. This old lady takes care of her room, makes her own bed and is free to converse about things that transpired nearly a century ago. She recollects distinctly scenes that transpired during the Revolutionary War; remembers of seeing General George Washington, who came to her aunt's on horseback, dressed in uniform and had a feather in his cap. He stopped to light his pipe. She says he had large blue eyes and was a noble looking man. The General told Mrs. Hubbard she was a nice little maid and hoped she would get a good husband. He wished he had a boy for her, but he had none. He presumed someone else had. She has kept a great many Indians overnight at her house and never received any injury from them. Can recollect when Danbury (CT) was burned; saw Revolutionary soldiers when they were marching through the country; heard the cannon roar when the British attacked New Haven and were repulsed. We know of three persons in the county who are over one hundred years old: Mr. Daniel Fox of Adams, one hundred and two; Mr. Sixbury of Leray, who is one hundred and ten years old and Mrs. Hubbard of West Carthage about one hundred and one. These old people are all staunch Democrats true to their country and down on Radicalism in every form.

same issue, p. 8:
IN BANKRUPTCY--For the Northern District of New York, in the matter of Jackson Tamblin, a Bankrupt, No. 3567, The undersigned hereby gives notice of his appointment as Assignee of the estate and effects of Jackson Tamblin of the village of Black River, in the County of Jefferson and State of New York, who has been adjudged Bankrupt upon the petition of his creditors, by the District Court of said district. Dated Dec. 30, 1872. Matthew Poor, Assignee

January 30, 1873, p. 7:

SUDDEN DEATH-MR. ROURKE, living about half a mile from Evans Mills, started to walk down to the village Jan. 7th. A man overtaking him, he got into the sleigh and rode down to Helmer's Hotel. Entering he took up a daily paper, read a few moments and almost instantly expired. he was a native of Ireland, came to this country when quite young and purchased a farm near this village; has lived in the vicinity ever since. Mr. Rourke was a man of strict integrity His age was 72 years.

same issue p. 1:
From Clayton--The funeral services of Mrs. Marcus Forester's daughter, of Stephen Hall, of this village, were held at Mr. Hall's residence yesterday at 2 p.m. SUDIE FORESTER, as she was always called was so great a favorite among us, that her loss is deeply felt by all who knew her.

DEATH OF LEONARD HARRIS - The news of the death of LEONARD HARRIS, Esq., of Champion, which took place at the American Hotel in this city on Friday morning of last week, though not wholly unexpected, in view of his ill health and advanced age, will nevertheless startle the feelings of many in the long line of his relatives and friends. For several months, Mr. Harris had been under treatment of Dr. Kingsley of Rome, for cancer on the cheek....Mr. Harris was born in German Flats, Herkimer County, August, 1793. When eight years of age, his father, Colonel Asas Harris, moved with his family into the town of Champion, and located on what is known as the "Old Stage Road" about a mile and three-fourths west of Champion Village. The "Yellow Tavern", the biggest and most commodious inn in Jefferson County--was erected and for many years kept by the colonel, his wife and his five sons and five daughters...Mr. Harris...married the fair and lovely daughter of Deacon Thompson. In the course of years, four sons and three daughters, with a farm well cultivated...rewarded him for his honesty, good judgment and enterprise. In a few years thereafter, on the death of his wife..he married again...an estimable lady who survives him and by her a daughter is added to the family circle making complete four couples, four sons and four daughters, all of whom are now living save the oldest son, Alfred, who died several years ago...his funeral will be attended at the residence of his son, Guilford Harris, Esq., in Champion, on Sunday next, at 2 o'clock p.m. NOTE: this account is longer than presented here; descendants should review the entire column.

February 6, 1873, p. 7:

From Redwood--Our citizens are sadly surprised to learn of the sudden death of MRS. I. T. SALISBURY of Woodstock, ILL (formerly of Redwood) on the morning of the 22nd inst. Her devoted husband will receive the heartfelt condolence of all his friends.

Mr. HAZELL WHITE, who died so suddenly at Pillar Point a few days since, was a brother of H. S. White, of this village.

From Antwerp--trade is very dull; money is very scarce; butter is very high; snow very deep.

same issue, p. 3:
DANIEL FOX, the farmer centenarian-His faculties appear scarcely impaired except that his eyesight is somewhat deficient. He seems to feel undiminished interest in the proper culture and management of his farm, and looks after his stock and attends to his chores about as well as he ever did. Daniel Fox was born at Groton, Conn., on the first day of March, 1771, more than five years before Independence was declared by the first Continental Congress. In his childhood his residence was changed to Guilford, VT where he lived until he was 21 years of age, when he went to Galway, Saratoga Co., NY. He then decided to go farther west...and located in the neighborhood of Fort Stanwix. There he entered into negotiations with Mr. Henry Huntington for the purchase of a township in Chenango County. Not satisfied with the lay of the land, he broke off negotiations. Shortly afterward, he turned his attention to the country in the neighborhood of Lake Ontario and selected a site in the valley of Big Sandy Creek, about two miles above what is now called Adams Village. Here with a partner, Mr. Zaccheus Wallsworth, who has been dead nearly fifty years, he took up a tract of 500 acres. After a few years, Mr. Wallsworth sold out his interest in the farm and Mr. Fox reduced his portion to 125 acres, which he retained and cultivated...NOTE: This is not the complete column; descendants should review the article . At the time of this article, Mr. Fox was 102 years of age.

same issue, p. 8:
We learn with regret of the death which occurred yesterday, of Mr. PAUL ANTHONY age over 90 years. He was the father of Mr. Thomas Anthony of Pamelia, with whom he resided. The deceased was one of the earliest settlers in these parts.

February 13, 1873, p. 1:

DEATH OF WILLIAM M. COBURN-We are called upon to announce the sudden death of WM. M. COBURN, one of the most valued and prominent businessmen of our county. He died on Monday evening at 11:30 o'clock at his residence in West Carthage. Congestion of the liver was the immediate cause of his death. Mr. Coburn was born at Felts Mills on January 26th, 1825, and was brought up under the strict rule of his worthy father...As soon as he had got through his schools he was admitted a partner with his father in the lumber business on the Black River, with one mill at Felts Mills and another (the Colwell and McGiven Mill) on the opposite side of the river from Huntington Mills, a mile or so above this city. He had a farm connected with this mill which he carried on for several years successfully. Timber becoming scarce near these mills, about 1860 he removed to Carthage, where the manufacture of lumber was prosecuted with great energy, the firm having previously purchased large tracts of timberland on the banks of the Black and Beaver rivers, thereby enabling them to float the logs with safety at all times to their mills. He also erected a very fine flouring mill...He took an active part in bringing the Carthage and Watertown railroad to completion by being an active Director in its affairs from the beginning. He was also one of the founders of the Empire State Life Insurance company and a Director; also of the Black River Fire Insurance Company. He served as a director in the Jefferson Co. National Bank, and also in the National Union Bank...His aged mother, wife, children, sisters and friends will feel keenly and sorrowfully his loss.

same issue, page 6:
From Philadelphia--a furrier buying pelts here last week, among other kinds, got ten fox skins which speaks well for the successful enterprise of snow shoes.

same issue, p. 7:
From Redwood--"Old uncle Jerry" Cheeseman, in this town is eighty-two years old, been a Democrat all his life, and just one half of that time he has been a consistent member of the Methodist church and Masonic fraternity, still holds to his faith and is one of the men who will live (by example) after he is dead.

MRS. WHITAKER, the highly respected widow of the late AUSTIN WHITAKER, died in this village of lung disease on the morning of the 6th inst. She leaves an only daughter.

The sudden death of JOHN D. MOAK of Theresa, made a sad sensation in that village on the evening of the 4th inst. Mr. Moak was born in Albany County in 1799 and was 74 years old. he had lived in Theresa 32 years; he was always esteemed as a true friend to our common humanity and a man whose moral worth and character was always above reproach. His funeral on the 7th inst., was attended by the Masonic fraternity. He leaves three sons.

From Belleville-Mr. J. d. Brigham of Taylor Settlement, has sold his farm of about 52 acres, to Mr. Charles Garlock of Belleville for $3,100. Mr. Brigham intends to settle in Virginia. He goes in March, accompanied by his father-in-law, Mr. Reuben Taft, who has been a resident there the past two years.

The wife of MR. SAMUEL BOOMER died last Wednesday night of dropsy, after a long and painful illness, having been an invalid for years. Her funeral was largely attended on Friday afternoon, from the Baptist Church. Sermon by the Rev. G. a. Aames.

Barn of 46 cows burned--On Saturday morning at 4 o'clock the large cow and hay barn, belonging to the late David Moffatt, on Pillar Point, was discovered by the younger son to be on fire. The light from the burning building shone into his room, awaking him. He gave the alarm to the rest of the family who went to the barn and attempted to remove 46 heads of cattle, mostly cows, but he blinding smoke prevented. The cattle were all burned, together with several tons of hay, grass seed, and a number of farm implements. The loss is estimated from $3,000 to $4,000. Insured in the Agricultural of Watertown for $2,000. From all circumstances, the fire was the work of an incendiary.

The Case of Elizabeth S. Salter-administratix, against the Utica and Black River Railroad company; the trial occupied the whole of Saturday and will probably continue a day or two longer. The case arises from the fact that on the 29th day of February 1872, Frederick E. Salter, husband of the plaintiff, was killed in the village of Carthage by a locomotive of the defendant, and this action is brought by his wife, as administratrix, to recover damages for the killing.

February 20, 1873, p. 6:

From Pillar Point-The funeral obsequies of CAPTAIN W. CARPENTER of the schooner "Whitney" which was lost with her whole crew on September 27, was largely attended on the 9th inst., by his friends, neighbors and the Masonic fraternity. The Rev. Mr Cheesman preached the funeral sermon to the stricken wife and relatives of the deceased. The funeral of LAFAYETTE CARPENTER who was mate of the above-mentioned schooner, and lost at the same time, will be held at the church, February 16th.

From Redwood--the first visitors of note at the Thousand Islands were: Silas Wright, Preston King, Martin VanBuren, Francis P. Blair, Geo. B. Warren, John Van Buren, Dr. Berthune, Wm. Cassidy and Wm. H. Seward and the last, President Grant. All now dead but the latter.

On the 9th inst, Leon Senecal and wife in crossing the St. Lawrence from Grenadier Island, in a double sleigh, went through the ice, both horses entirely submerged, but providentially all were saved. Mrs. S., is lying very sick in consequence.

same issue, p. 2:
Died--on the 24th ult, at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, NY City, THERESE S. DEWEY, wife of Chauncey T. Bowen of Chicago. She as born in Antwerp, Jefferson Co., NY. By the death of her father, a highly successful physician, she with an only sister younger, was left to the care of her mother. She married Mr. Bowen in 1861 and they had one child, Freddy, who did not survive. The Chicago Fire destroyed the Bowen residence on Michigan Avenue, which included their immense collection of selected literature and works of art, some of which had arrived from Europe and had not yet been uncrated. Her fatal disease was consumption and she passed away on the evening of 15 January. Her remains reached Chicago on Sunday evening and were interred at Graceland on Monday, Jan. 20, the services at the residence of James H. Bowen at 670 Michigan Avenue.

same issue, p. 7:
Local news--a pleasant gathering was that at the house of Hiram Hubbard, in Champion, on the evening of February 13th. The occasion was the golden wedding of that gentleman and his wife. Mr. Hubbard was presented with a beautiful gold-headed cane by his worthy sons and sons-in-law and Mrs. Hubbard received an appropriate gift from her daughters.

February 27, 1873, p. 3:

From Alexandria Bay--About fifty carpenters are in town.

Messrs. Trotter & Dickenson, bankers of New York, recently purchased an island of Messrs. Sisson & Fox, who are to build a two story house and have it in readiness by the first of June. Messrs. Sisson & Fox, have four islands and nine very prominent points which they offer for sale.

The elegant new hotel of the Messrs. Crossmon approaches completion.

same issue, p. 5:
From Clayton--Feb. 20th, 1873, married at Clayton, NY Thursday, Feb. 20th, by Rev. J. O. Drumm, rector of Christ Church, Mr. Thomas Esselstyn to Miss Ida Johnston, daughter of S. d. Johnston. The ceremony was performed in the church in which a large collection of friends was assembled. The reception and dinner were at the Walton House and both were for first order. Parties leave for New York tonight.

same issue, p. 8:
Get your picture taken at the Bon Ton and Photograph Gallery, Hubbard Block (opposite the Woodruff House), Watertown, NY. The best and cheapest place in the city for all kinds of pictures. Six Bon Tons, on $1; eight card ferrotypes, only $1; large photographs with frame, only $1.50. All other styles equally as low. Satisfaction guaranteed on all work, or money refunded. Come one, come all. A. M. Gendron, Agent

March 6, 1873, p. 6:

From Alexandria Bay-March 1, Officer Merrill of Watertown was here after a young man named Albert Williams, who stole some money from Wilder Bros, of the Crowner House, in Watertown over a year ago and of whom they had just got trace. Williams, seeing he was pursued, started on a lively run for Canada. Merrill, putting whip to his horse, overtook him about ten rods from the Canada shore, and brought him back to Alexandria Bay. Merrill, with Williams in custody, proceeded to Watertown today.

From Redwood-twelve widows at Alexandria Bay. Scarlatina and mumps bountiful just now. Everybody here is money poor.

At the recent Town Meeting, Don A. Watson was elected Justice of the Peace, George A. Peck, Commissioner of Highways and Sidney Avery, Assessor.

CHARLES W. CLARK's son, HERBERT CLARK, died last week. Scarlatina was the fatal medium. PETER BICKELHAUPT's little daughter, CLARA, removed from her earthly home, on the morning of her 4th birthday.

From Carthage, Sunday, March 2- In a fight on the evening of March 1, a fight broke out near the Levis House. Peter McQuillan was knocked down by Richard Cummings. They were in a clinch on the ground and McQuillan said that Cummings had stabbed him. Cummings called him a liar and tried to strike him. Peter Lyman knocked Cummings down and held him until Officer Budd came and took him. McQuillan was terribly cut up. He received seven knife wounds, one of which was over eleven inches in length. His recovery is doubtful.

March 20, 1873, p. 1:

From Cape Vincent-As Thomas Grimshaw and wife were returning from this place to their home on Wolf Island, when in the middle of the channel the ice broke and let the team through, and no help being at hand went under the ice taking with them sleigh and all, excepting himself and wife who jumped out on the ice as the team fell through. The team and sleigh were worth about five hundred dollars. The crossing now is in very poor condition, and a channel will soon be opened.

From Rodman--Eggs 20 cents a dozen; butter from 30 cents to 36 cents per pound.

same issue, p. 2:
From Clayton - Wells Bamford lost a horse through the ice near this place yesterday.

April 3, 1873, p. 1:

In the case of S. D. Augsbury against Victor Cooper, a decision was rendered by Judge Mullin, as referee in the first trial and Judge Hubbard on the second, for costs and amount of original claim, to the amount of $1,046.16 in favor of Augsbury.

same issue, p. 6:
From Alexandria Bay--Capt. James Brotherton arrived last week to commence fitting out his sloop "Jennie Lind". Capt. Peter July started Monday for Ogdensburg to fit out the "Glasgow".

From Evans Mills-Mr. Wm. Beebe is building a barn which will be an ornament to the town.

same issue, p. 8:
Colored hose have been much worn by the ladies during the winter, scarlet being the fashionable hue.

They who should now declare that Tweed's (Boss Tweed of New York City) net worth is more than one-third of what he was. He is set down now as worth little more than $2,000,000.

April 10, 1873, p. 7:

From Three Mile Bay--George Crouse has bought part of Alonzo Sponable's farm for $60 per acre. E. A. Bortals has rented part of his farm and will carry on the cooper trade. He is prepared to furnish all the tubs his customers may want.

From Rodman--Sugar 14 cents a pound, butter 40 cents a pound, eggs 20 cents a dozen.

Wm. Gilbert has shipped 203 tubs of new butter this spring and J. P. Billings 120 tubs last week.

Aunt Hannah Priest, as she is called resides on Dry Hill, about two and a half miles from this place, is 82 years old. She spun 35 pounds of wool last summer besides doing her house work and walking several times to Rodman and back. This old lady, during the past summer, raised 28 ducks, 22 turkeys and about 100 chickens. One night last fall some contemptible scamp stole fourteen of her finest ducks.

same issue, p. 1:
From Plessis--The funeral services of MRS. RICHARD VANDREGER were held in the Presbyterian Church, Sunday afternoon. The deceased died of consumption and had been sick a great while.

From Redwood--Scarlatina still prevails. On Sunday the 23rd inst., it made a victim of HENRY HAFFORD's little daughter three years old. Rev. Mr. Stewart of your city (Watertown) attended her funeral.
Some two or three years ago, Daniel Roof, P. M. Brown, Daniel Comstock and Jno. Evans removed from this town to Big Rapids, Michigan, which is a town prospectively of much importance. It has now a population of 3,500 with a good prospect of doubling in two years. Two weekly papers, two banks, five churches, four hotels and five graded schools; is intersected by two railroads and situated on the Muskegon River, and is the head center of Northern Michigan pine and lumber regions. The gentlemen above referred to are prosperous and happy in their western home, and say they couldn't succeed without the weekly receipt of Jefferson County papers.

Glass blowing will begin about the 1st of June.

From Chaumont--Fishermen are about to commence getting nets for pike fishing.

The district school is to begin next Monday, under the direction of Miss Ella Mullen, of Three Mile Bay, and Miss Kate Dorchester of Limerick

We regret to learn that GAYLORD ENOS, ESQ., of Depauville, and father of Hon. W. W. Enos, departed this life today (the 31st). Funeral Wednesday.

April 17, 1873, p. 8:

From Redwood--Meningitis and scarlatina still prevail.

From St. Lawrence--Mrs. Polly Johnson is failing. Her cancer is deeper than anticipated by her physician.

The infant child of Jotham Johnson died lately of brain fever.

Geo. W. Rickett received quite a severe injury from the kick of a colt, one day last week.

From Plessis--Mr. Solomon House has sold his house and lot and share in the cheese factory at Brown's Corners, to Mr. Calvin Ripley--Mr. Howard's factory is to begin running in a few days. The sawmills are both running most of the time.

same issue, p. 3:
From Sterlingville--The friends of P. B. Miles will be grieved to hear of his dangerous illness.

Jefferson Iron Company turns out six tons of No. One iron daily.

Seldom has there been so much sickness or so many deaths in the vicinity as this spring. At the Union Church on Sunday last, Rev. Mr. Wilter, pastor of the M. E. church of Philadelphia, preached the funeral sermon of MRS. JOHN N. SMITH.

Last week you noticed the death at his place of HENRY SHARON. Mr. Sharon was a man of 45 years of age and had lived in this place since his boyhood. He was a lifelong Democrat and ever ready to labor for the success of the principles and candidates of that party. On the whole he was a man of high christian character.

April 24, 1873, p. 1:

From Lorraine--Our roads are almost impassible; snow drifts large and deep.

Mary Bishop is to teach the village school the coming summer.

From Redwood--Millot & Lavansha quarried from the sandstone mine here, for the new furnace, one stone 17 feet long, 4 1/2 feet wide and 8 inches thick. Furnace stone from here has been sent to many other factories.

From Antwerp--The Jefferson Iron Co., raise one hundred tons of ore daily.

From Pamelia--Farmers have commenced plowing and sowing. We sowed peas and planted potatoes last week.

Duck shooting brisk at Perch Lake now.

From Three Mile Bay--no sunshine, no warm weather, plenty of April Showers, also an April snow storm.

Sailors have nearly all left for their vessels. Our grist and saw mills are doing a good business this spring.

same issue, p. 3:
From Watertown--L. Quencer, baker and confectioner, has suspended business for a few days until his new quarters in Nill & Jess' former location are prepared for his use. He expects to be in full operation again on the 1st of May.

Mr. and Mrs. Crossmon of Alexandria Bay, have gone to New York to complete the purchase of furniture, carpets, mirrors, etc. for their fine new hotel. It will be finished and ready for guests by the time pleasure travel begins. It will be one of the largest and best kept summer houses in the country.

same issue, p. 7:
SUPREME COURT - Jefferson County. Andrew Nicholas against Philo R. Clark and Mariza Clark...judgment of foreclosure entered on 11 February 1873. Property in the village of Clayton, to be sold on 29 March 1873 at one o'clock p.m. ... Dated 11 Feb. 1873. Geo. Babbitt, Sheriff of Jeff. Co. H. E. Morse, Plaintiff's Attorney

NOTICE TO CREDITORS--Winfield S. Whitaker's Estate, pursuant to an order...notice is hereby given ... all persons having claims against WINFIELD S. WHITAKER, late of the town of Watertown, deceased...present the same with the vouchers..to the executrix of said deceased..in the town of Watertown..on or before the 25th day of August next. Dated February 5, 1873. Mary E. Whitaker, Executrix.

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK--In Bankruptcy, No. 3794. In the matter of F. SONTAG, Bankrupt. The undersigned hereby gives notice of his appointment as assignee of the estate of F. Sontag, Watertown, Jeff. Co., NY, who has been adjudged a bankrupt upon creditors petition by the District Court of said Disrict. Dated, Watertown, NY, 5 April 1873. April 10, 1873, N. W. Streeter, Assignee

May 1, 1873, p. 5:

From Redwood--We were sadly pained to learn of the death of DR. TUTTLE of Rodman. He was at the time Vice-President of the Jefferson Co., Medical Society.

From Rodman--No trout fishing just now. Farmers are having a fine time making sugar.

The Rev. Mr. Samuel Johnson preached in the Congregational Church last Sabbath.

From Bishop Street--Onion crop, most of it, in the ground. Some snow banks yet visible.

From Plessis--The funeral services of MRS. DAVID HARTMAN were held in the M. E. Church the 27th. Deceased leaves a large family to mourn her loss; the large attendance of her neighbors attest the love and respect felt toward her.

From Antwerp--B. F. Lynde has bought the small farm belonging to the Gate's estate at $100 per acre.

same issue, p. 3:
From Clayton--Two funerals occur in our village today; MRS. HUNTER AND MRS. FRONKEY. Dr. Grafton was here yesterday to visit G. G. Vincent, who is yet quite low, his disease being somewhat critical.

Steamboat "Utica" goes to Gananoque this p.m. well loaded. The schooner "Brooklyn" is to be launched this afternoon. Our Bay is now clear of vessels and sailors have bid us good bye.

Society Notes on Fashion--Our fashionable ladies are covering their foreheads with a mass of little curls and jumbled up hair, not at all becoming and suggestive only of negligence. The price of the genuine human hair is regulated by its length. Tresses of 23 inches bring three dollars per ounce, while those of 40 inches are worth more than double that price.

May 7, 1873, p. 1:

From Belleville--making gardens, plenty of ice on the shore; cheese factories are starting; butter has gone to 30 cents.

Mrs. Briggs has gone to California. Mr. Chester Wright has gone West. Rev. Mr. Guile has moved to Ogdensburg. Rev. Mr. Cheesman is coming here. Rev. M. Spafford (Baptist) has located here. Rev. G. A. Ames has moved to Pulaski.

Mr. J. H. Crawford has moved to Herman, St. Lawrence Co. Mr. J. H. Simpson has moved into the village. Mrs. John Kibling has moved into the village.

Mr. George Dutcher has sold 35 acres of land to Mr. Orris Hicks for $3,500.

Miss Marietta Holly, of Pierrepont Manor, has in press a book enttitled "My opinions and Betsy Babbits, by Josiah Allen's wife,". Miss Holly is a well-known humorous writer of high order, being one of the chief contributors to Pettersons Magazine; she also writes for some other literary papers and magazines, and occasionally contributes a poem to some of our county papers. ...The publishers I am told are confident of its success, and will print an edition of 100,000 copies...The price, beautifully bound in cloth, is $2.50...

From Clayton--on Friday the ice from the lake passed down the river in large quantities.

Number of vessels, of all classes, which passed by or came in the vicinity of the Rock Island Light House, six miles below Clayton, in the season of 1872, commencing April 21st and ending December 19, 1872: 2,775 vessels. Copied from the Light House Journal of passing vessels. W. L. Cook, Light Keeper Note: This figure does not include vessels that are engaged in the timber and stave trade at Clayton, NY.

same issue, p. 2:
It will be a surprise to many to know that Washington Irving was a confessed orchard thief. Once when picking up an apple under a tree in his own orchard, he was accosted by an urchin of the neighborhood, who not recognizing him as the proprietor, offered to show him a tree where he could "get better apples than these". "But," said the boy, "we must take care the old man doesn't see us." "I went with him," said Irving, "and we stole a dozen of my own apples."

Miss May Alcott, the artist sister of the authoress, sailed last Saturday for England where she will spend six months working in the London galleries.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS, David S. Hinsdale's Estate--pursuant to an order made in this matter...notice is hereby given according to law, to all persons having claims against DAVID S. HINSDALE, late of Antwerp, in said County, deceased...are hereby required to present the same with the vouchers...to the sole Executor of the last will and testament of the deceased...at his residence in the Village of Ox Bow, in the Town of Antwerp...on or before the 20th day of October next. Martin V. Brainard, Executor. Dated at Antwerp April 12, 1873.

May 8, 1873, p. 2:

From Redwood--THOMAS COONAN's adopted son, Willie, twelve years old, died here on the evening of the 26th inst., after six weeks illness of meningitis. ...He was buried in the rites of the Catholic Church on the 28th, attended by a large audience, Rev. Father Welch holding the services.

James and Will Babcock, in Barnes Settlement, are transplanting 13,000 strawberry plants of the Wilson variety, covering more than an acre of land.

The grand opening of the Dollinger House last Friday evening under the auspices of a fashionable hop given by the gentlemanly proprietors, was a most exquisitely fine affair...The supper was ample and stylish and did credit to the proprietors of the Dollinger.

From Pamelia--Mr. James Osborn is building a large barn this season. Messrs. Samuel Zollar and Abram Bowman are building new houses. C. E. Brown will build a new horse barn during the summer and S. C. Terry has built a number of chicken coops.

From Alexandria Bay--The celebrated stallion North Star is the best sample of Jackson horses we have seen for some time. He is owned by Holsey McCumber of this town.

Mr. Chas. Campbell and S. McIntosh are erecting a bakery to supply the Island homes as well as the citizens. They are prepared to furnish bread, pies, puddings, etc.

Fred Clarke of Ogdensburg, and J. C. Woolbridge of New York, on Wednesday shot 134 and on Thursday, 125 ducks.

From Cape Vincent--marble playing is yet in vogue here on the sidewalks and passersby invited to step high, mister.

From Clayton--MRS. CRAIG was buried here today.

Sidwalks are being built on Main Street of two inch plank on both sides of the road through the distance of 160 rods.

Our millinery shops are doing a rushing business. All the girls in town are now wearing new hats.

MRS. WAIT, mother of JASON WAIT of this village, age over 80 years, was buried today. Funeral at the house.

May 15, 1873, p. 7:

From Redwood--Meningitis still prevailing.

All the men on Morgan Hill struck for higher wages last week.

MRS. THRASHER, a lady 72 years old, died on the morning of the 7th inst., of pneumonia, after an illness of five weeks.

The trembling measured step of the venerable R. W. Marshal is again observed upon the sidewalk. He is 85 years old and has been confined to his room during the long winter, with paralysis.

Springer is manufacturing a new variety, and we think a superior quality of cheese, called the American Cheddar. There is none like it in the country. All our factories are doing well, including the Limburg, at Peter Bickelhaupt's.

From Bishop Street--Farmers almost through sowing grain. Many farmers have turned their cows out to pasture. Cold Spring Cheese Factory has commenced making cheese, Mather brothers proprietors.

We were surprised to hear of the death of SETH RICE of this town, who died very suddenly of heart disease. He was a very prominent man and has held the office of assessor for a number of terms, and was in office at the time of his decease.

Another of Henderson's oldest inhabitants has gone to his peaceful rest. ROBERT MUZZY died on Saturday last. He was very much respected by all who knew him as an honest and upright man.

From Plessis--The funeral services of Belle, youngest child, and only daughter of Mr. GEORGE BEEBE, were held at the house on May 8th. Little Belle fell at the age of two and a half years, another vicitim of that dread disease, scarlet fever, after an illness of only six days.

MRS. VAN NESS, a sister of Mrs. M. J. Howard, died at the residence of M. J. Howard, May 7th. Mrs. Van Ness had been here but a short time previous to her death.

same issue, p. 2:
From Watertown--The streets are full of young Italian harpists and violinists.

Physicians report considerable sickness in the city from colds, fevers, rheumatism, erysipelas, etc.

Mr. C. W. Crossmon, Jr., of Alexandria Bay, was in town yesterday. He reports satisfactory progress in their elegant new hotel. All will be in order by the 10th of June.

same issue, p. 3:
From Cape Vincent--The body of JOHN MCDERMOTT, or "Johnny Posthole," as he was familiarly known here, was found on Thursday afternoon by a couple of boys on the farm of R. T. Lee, Esq., a short distance out of the village, lying beside a fence in a position which plainly indicated that he had fallen while climbing over the same and perished in the snow...It will be remembered that McDermott was last seen alive on New Years Eve or New Years night when he was thoroughly intoxicated and turned out of a saloon in the lower part of the village. The night was an intensely cold and stormy one and he in his attempt to reach home partially blinded by the storm and completely by the whiskey, wandered off in the fields and met his death in the snow drifts...owing to the plain circumstances of the case, it was decided not to hold an inquest.

From Clayton--The tug "Sumner" with five barges in tow from River Trent to Ogdensburg had on board two million five hundred thousand feet of lumber. Enough to build a small village.

From Alexandria Bay, May 7th--The man, ROBINSON, who was hurt on Monday last in Sisson & Fox's steam sawmill died today from the effects of the injury. He leaves a wife and large family to mourn his loss.

May 22, 1873, p. 3:

From Three Mile Bay--MRS. SHAVER, who has long been suffering with cancer, departed this life the 5th. Her exact age is not known, supposed to be about ninety.

The remains of MRS. E. DONAHOE (formerly Vosler) were brought here, by her husband, on the 2nd inst. A large number of friends congregated at the M. E. church at 10 o'clock a.m., Saturday, to hear the sermon. All present were convinced that the new minister, Rev. Mr. Aylesworth, could preach. The deceased leaves a babe, a few days old, and a child of two years. The husband takes with him to his home, the respect and sympathy of many friends.

From Clayton--very sickly here among the children. Several cases of scarlet fever. Some have already proved fatal.

JAMES T. HUBBARD's little daughter, Maggie, is very sick and her recovery is doubtful. Dr. Grafton of Watertown, was called here yesterday, to visit her.

same issue, p. 6:
Near Cape Vincent--An old Frenchman named NICHOLAS MALLARD at Millen's Bay about six miles from Cape Vincent on Friday morning last committed suicide. He was somewhere between 80 and 90 years. He had once owned a farm in the neighborhood of Millen's Bay but disposed of it some years ago, reserving a life interest in 14 acres. He came to this country from France where he had been a soldier under the first Napoleon. He had no children and the only relatives he leaves behind him in this country are his aged wife and a nephew, the latter residing near Cape Vincent.

From Belleville--Prof. H. H. Harris is fitting up his carding mill. Mr. Harry Gill has sold his place in the village to Mr. William Peters for $525. Mr. Fred Edwards has sold his place to the Baptist Church Society for $1,200.

From Carthage--the blast furnace is obliged to suspend operations for a few weeks for lack of coal. The license for the sale of liquors in Carthage is now allowed to hotel and drug stores only.

From Redwood--Great circus and menagerie at Theresa on the 22nd.

Col. Newman last year raised 15 bushels of popcorn.

Rodney Symons as agent has sold an unusual large amount of fruit trees this spring in this town.

May 29, 1873, p. 6:

From Antwerp--Circus today; town full of people. Immense excitement as the band wagon put in an appearance drawn by six white horses. The music by the band was excellent.

From Ox Bow--we were shown at the hotel of C. S. Green part of a petrified Indian which was found on the farm of Mr. Michael Halprin near the village of Rossie. The head and neck and a portion of the body is in perfect shape, but is composed of solid stone and has probably remained in that form for many centuries. Not far from where this relic was found was once an Indian burying ground.

From Bishop Street--James Crittenton has been appointed Assessor in the place of Seth Rice, deceased.

From Clayton--MRS. MALLERY, an old lady residing here died very suddenly this morning. Supposed to be heart disease. She was 76 years old.

June 5, 1873, p. 1:

From Watertown--A boy named LOUIS O. PORTER of Carthage died in Utica yesterday of cerebro spinal meningitis. He worked on a canal boat, of which his father was captain.

In our obituary column will be found an announcement of the death of a lady in Pamelia over 100 years old. MRS. BETSY WHITE preserved her mental faculties to the last. A few months ago she was in Watertown and had her photograph taken on a card on which five generations were represented.

From Pamelia--The milk from about 800 cows is manufactured at C. E. brown's factory this season.

Henry Hart has opened a lager beer saloon at Pamelia Four Corners.

From Alexandria Bay--Hon. E. K. Hart and Boss Elliot have arrived to complete their island cottage.

One half of the Thousand Island House is plastered. the carpenter work is nearly finished. Its proprietors are receiving letters almost daily engaging rooms. The two men that fell from the staging while painting on the Thousand Island House are slowly recovering.

The St. Lawrence Hotel has been enlarged by the addition of another story, making it four in all. Mr. Nichols has greatly improved the looks of the house, making it an ornament to the village.

Fish are biting splendidly; quite a number of fishing parties are here already.

From Clayton--Frost Friday night in this locality nipping corn and beans in low lands. Our fruit trees are full of blossoms.

The Walton House and Hubbard House, here, were lit up with gas for the first time on Saturday evening. The gas gives a fine brilliant light. Everything works perfectly. Quite a number of visitors called at both hotels to witness the opening ceremonies.

From Carthage--There was quite a severe frost in this section on Friday and Saturday nights of last week.

RICHARD SMITH, an old resident of Wilna, died at the home of his son in Champion, on Thursday last. The funeral services were held at the Catholic Church on Saturday.

From Three Mile Bay--A rousing revival at the M. E. Church. H. Dick, blacksmith has his new dwelling nearly completed.

From St. Lawrence--Frederick McCombs, who died recently leaving a wife and three children, had taken an insurance policy on his life sometime previously, but had let it lapse only a few days before his death. The widow McCombs has removed home.

In attempting to smoke some bees, A. K. Tuttle accidentally set fire to the straw spread among the hives of his large apiary of Italian bees. The wind was blowing heavily at the time and the straw and hives were as dry as tinder. The flames spread rapidly, completely enveloping the hives, nearly all of which are ruined. Mr. Tuttle was burned considerably. His loss is heavy and will range somewhere between $500 and $1,000 we presume.

June 12, 1873, p. 2:

From Chaumont--The young men of this place have lately organized a baseball association, with Eugene Bastion as President, Dr. A. A. German, Vice-President; F. C. Dewey, Secretary; Dr. E. B. Pratt, Treasurer; and A. D. Shall, Eugene Bastion and Dr. Gertman, Directors. As we have some first-class players here, the prominent baseball clubs of Jefferson Co., will do well to look to their laurels.

From Cape Vincent--Money easy; more railroad ties arriving.

same issue, p. 6:
From Clayton--You may talk about nice fishing boats and if you don't believe what I say, just drop down to Clayton and see Henry Weber's boat and also Wm. Comstock's and Henry Sweetman's and Zip Pelow's and Robert Bullock's and as many more as you like. They are perfect beauties and can't be surpassed on the St. Lawrence River.

The whole number of vessels and steamers that passed Rock Island Lighthouse near Clayton is 491, and 11 rafts since the opening of navigation up to June 5, 1873.

From Carthage--Scores of people are going down from this section on the 20th to see Barnum's great show.

On Friday last, as Charles Loomis and wife, of Champion, were driving into town when descending the "bridge hill" their team became frightened at the noise of the steam sawmill, and ran at a furious rate across the bridge and up State Street--When nearly opposite the Levis House, they ran against a hitching post, throwing Mr. and Mrs. Loomis out and smashing the buggy before being captured. Both Mr. and Mrs. Loomis received some serious but not dangerous bruises.

June 19, 1873, p. 3:

From Antwerp--Misses Harris & McGee, former residents of Watertown, who have opened shop in our village, in the dressmaking business, are doing a fine trade, and give the best of satisfaction to all who patronize them.

The milk from one thousand cows is now received at the factory of Bent & Harris, who make about one ton of cheese every day. There are herds of cows in town that cannot be excelled in Jefferson County, for milking qualities, one of which is owned by Mr. Hamilton McAllister.

Russell Robertson who lives about one mile north of John Scovill's on the state road, has over 3,000 cabbage plants for sale. They are the nicest plants we ever saw, and he sells them cheap. (Russell is only 10 years old)

We omitted to mention last week the funeral of MRS. BETSY WHITE, whose death has been announced in your paper. The funeral was attended at the school house, Pamelia Centre, Monday, June 2d. Rev. Fred. Widmer preached the funeral sermon.

From Clayton--L. Coleman and C. A. Drew, guests of the Walton House, were out a while in the afternoon and took forty-six pounds of fish. Wm. Comstock oarsman. Five gents took yesterday 33 bass and 2 pike. Joseph Layer oarsman.

June 26, 1873, p. 7:


From Clayton--The rafting business at Clayton and Port Metcalf the past spring will amount to a great many thousand dollars in that one item alone.

From Plessis--Words are inadquate to express the feelings of the people here on hearing of the death of MRS. DANIEL ROOF of Big Rapids, formerly of Plessis. Mrs. Roof was known and loved by the people here, and she will be long remembered with feelings of deep regret.

From Chaumont--Hiram Copley, Esq., has donated two acres of ground for a cemetery, on the banks of the upper bay and foot of Bay Street.

We were lately in Dewy & Sons wholesale fish house and saw a muscalonge that weight 65 3/4 lbs. It was taken with the hook in this bay by one of the proprietors, Mr. F. C. Dewey. Mr. Dewey informs us that there were taken yesterday the 16th, 5, 500 lbs. of pike and whitefish, at one haul, from his net on the Peninsula and that they have at the present time over nine tons of fresh fish on hand.

From Carthage--Everyone went to see Barnum and every one came back tired and dusty. We noticed that one or two chaps carried off too much Watertown stimulant. One in particular thought he was cutting a great dash strutting about with a dilapidated suspender hanging at his heels, and so he was.

BARNUM SHOW! - The colossal show in Watertown--crowds and crushing--thirty thousand people in the city--a world of wonders--perfect order and decorum--pickpockets numerous and a few fall victims to their arts--a gala day.


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