Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 16, 1887.
The New Telephone Line.
   The through line to Syracuse as well as the local line was opened to the public on Monday last. The through line is not to be used except for Cortland and Syracuse business. The local line will connect with Homer, Little York, Preble, Tully, Onativia and Jamesville. From the Cortland office to Syracuse, conversation can be carried on in a whisper.
   The general manager at Ithaca talked with the manager in this place and pronounced the line very satisfactory as there was not a break in it. More applications for telephone service at this office have been made than could be accommodated. A new switch board will be shipped from Cincinnati this week and the company expect to be ready for new subscribers about January 10 next.
   The line from Cortland to Virgil is ready for the instruments and they will be put in as soon as the central office can get ready for them.

The Incandescent Lights.
   The new incandescent lights that have recently been placed in the stores, business places and hotels in town were tried Tuesday night, although some of the connections have not yet been made. The light is very clear and steady and when the work of putting them in is completed and more force is applied, they will undoubtedly prove strong enough for every purpose. We believe the new light is destined to be a great improvement. No charge will be made for their use until they are in full running order.

Monument Association.
   At a meeting of the Frederick Hyde Monument Association, held at the office of Hon. R. H. Duell, Dec. 12th, 1887, Dr. J. H. Hoose was elected President of said Association; C. P. Walrad, Treasurer; Dr. C. E. Bennett, Secretary.
   The object of said association is to procure funds to erect a suitable monument, in the Cortland Rural Cemetery, to the memory of the late lamented and beloved Dr. Frederick Hyde.
   A. Leroy Cole was called to the chair, and after the election of officers, as above given, on motion, it was
   Resolved, That we organize at this meeting an association to be called the Frederick Hyde Monument Association, the object being, as aforesaid, to erect a monument, in the Cortland Rural Cemetery, to the memory of Dr. Hyde.
   On motion,
   Resolved, That the officers of the association be a president, secretary and treasurer.
   On motion, the officers aforesaid were duly elected.
   On motion,
   Resolved, That the physicians practicing in the neighboring towns be appointed a committee to solicit subscriptions in their localities.
   HON. R. H. DUELL,
   C. P. WALRAD, ESQ.,
   HON. A. P. SMITH,
   L. S. HAYES,
   A. L. COLE, Esq., Committee.

A Hard Customer.
   Jay Wood, the prisoner, who was convicted of robbing the boy Brinsmaid, in the Court of Sessions last week, was evidently a tough customer. During the fore part of November, Sheriff Van Hoesen received a letter dated Nov. 7, from a man who had been discharged from jail, a few days previous, stating that Wood was endeavoring to put up a job with other prisoners to kill him. It seems that Wood endeavored get Morris Condon, another prisoner, to assist him in doing up the Sheriff.
   The plan proposed by Wood was to have Condon keep watch when the sheriff came to lock them up at night. Wood was to close his cell door and then step into the adjoining cell, and when the sheriff stopped to lock the door of Wood's cell, the latter was to jump upon Van Hoesen and hit him over the head with the iron stove shaker and then escape. Condon’s refused to join him.
   The following Sunday, Wood gave Condon an unmerciful beating, but the latter dared not tell how he came by his injuries, until he was brought into court last week.
   Wood made night hideous with his howling the night before he was taken to Auburn. It is some satisfaction to know that he will be out of harm's way for the next four or five years.

   Telegrams were received here on Wednesday evening from Hon. L J. Fitzgerald, who is in Albany, stating that Hon. W. H. Clark and Hugh Duffy, Esq., had been appointed members of the Local Board of Trustees of the Normal School, in this place, by Superintendent Draper.

The County Ticket.
   "Considering the desperate efforts made by the Democracy to defeat several of the Republican county nominees, the election of the entire ticket is especially gratifying. There has rarely been a year when such a violent attack was made upon three Republican nominees, as was made upon Messrs. Brown, Tisdale and Stillman, and that they were victorious notwithstanding, is evidence of the strength of the ticket, it was sought to unite the entire Democratic and Prohibition vote against Mr. Tisdale; and Major Davis' daily Cortland newspaper took advantage of its issues after the Republican weeklies had gone to press, not only to attack Mr. Belden, but to circulate charges and make assaults upon the local Republican candidates which were not deemed wise beforehand, and which would probably not have been ventured on had there been an opportunity to answer them and give the answers general circulation." — Cortland Standard, Nov. 10.
   The election of the entire Republican county ticket must have been very gratifying to the editor of the Standard under the circumstances. The ticket was elected in spite of the cold shoulder given it by the Standard and the editor of that paper has no right to claim any credit whatsoever for the result. Scarcely one word did he say in favor of any of the nominees until after they were elected. It was undoubtedly fortunate for them that he was as dumb as an oyster or the result might have been different. As a rule, the candidates our neighbor supports are defeated.
   In the last campaign he failed to support any of the candidates and they were all elected by comfortable majorities. We sincerely hope that the party will not make a precedent of the last campaign and decline his support for its candidates in the future.
   The Standard complains that the Daily DEMOCRAT "took advantage of its issues after the Republican weeklies had gone to press, not only to attack Mr. Belden, but to circulate charges and make assaults upon other local Republican candidates which were not deemed wise beforehand, and which would probably not have been ventured on had there been an opportunity to answer them and give the answers general circulation."
   What nonsense! The weekly edition of the DEMOCRAT made substantially the same charges that were made in the daily and our neighbor had ample opportunity to answer them if he could or desired to do so. There were five issues of the Standard published after the county ticket was nominated, but no matter what the DEMOCRAT said about any of the candidates, the Standard made an answer, in fact, the entire paper was given up to Belden’s canvass. Belden was able to pay for what he had, and the candidates on the county ticket did not think that they ought to be called upon to see the editor of their local paper. The opportunity to say something good of the candidates was ample. The neglect to embrace the opportunity cannot be excused or explained except upon the ground that the desire was wanting.

Monday, September 15, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 9, 1887.
[Editorials/Page Two]
   It was a little singular that the State Committee of the Anti-Saloon party should send its call for a State Convention to the Monitor, the Prohibition organ in this village, for publication, instead of the Standard, whose editor only a year or so ago was the chief fugleman of the Anti-Saloonists in this county. Another singular part of the proceeding was the fact that the call was accompanied by a letter inquiring the name of the chairman of the Republican County Committee.
   This shows pretty plainly, what no one has ever seriously doubted, that the Anti-Saloon party is an organization gotten up by the Republicans solely for the purpose of breaking up the Prohibitionists, who for the past three or four years have refused to be fooled by the Republicans. For want of proper leaders and any principles whatever, the Anti-Saloon party has failed to materialize. You can't very well send a man to join a new party without going with him yourself, and if no one joins, the new party is liable to come to grief for want of membership.
   It is impossible to be a rabid Republican and an Anti-Saloonist at the same time. What the new party needs is votes, and that is something that no Republican proposes to furnish. The Republicans propose to have the Prohibitionists furnish the votes, but the proposition is respectfully declined with thanks. The disguise adopted by our Republican friends is entirely too thin, and the Anti-Saloon party will hardly make a ripple in the political history of the State.

   The Syracuse Standard has been lecturing the party ever since election on the necessity of throwing Tom Platt overboard. It maintains that the fact that Platt managed the last campaign cost the Republican party many votes and caused its defeat. It is undoubtedly true that many Republicans refused to vote because Platt was known to control the party, but there was another cause for apathy among the better class of Republicans which the Standard does not mention, and that was the nomination of Jas. J. Belden for Congress.
   While he managed to secure a very large majority in the district, his nomination hurt the party in every other county in the State. Hundreds of honest men refused to identify themselves with a party that would nominate a man with such a reputation. It is not at all fair for the Standard to lay the entire blame of defeat upon the shoulders of Tom Platt, whose reputation is certainly no worse than Belden’s.
   When the party throws Tom Platt overboard it will have done no more than half what it ought to do. Let the chief of the Canal Ring follow "Me Too," and the party will be in a fair way to begin business again.

   The body of Mr. Zachariah Price, an old resident of this town, was brought here for burial last week, of whom a further notice will be given.
   The M. E. Sunday School are contemplating observing Christmas with appropriate exercises with local talent, and some foreign novelties is expected, of which due notice will be given.
   Mr. Dell Darn, of this place, commenced his school in the G. F. Weiler district, Harford, last week and reports a very pleasant opening. The school house has been newly repaired and everything in good shape. Mr. Darn has had good success as a teacher here and will doubtless sustain the judgment of the trustee, Mr. Henry Walker, in giving him the position.
   The Good Templar entertainment on Friday evening was a success. The Virgil Brass Band were present and furnished some excellent music.
   The band have passed through some internal discord, at one time disbanding, but is now reorganized and are doing well with the following list of membership and pieces: C. L. Chrisman solo bd cornet, George Harrison 1st bd cornet, Lynn Gee 2nd bd cornet, Merton Lang solo ld alto, J. F. Chrisman bd baritone, J. H. Wooden 1st bd tenor, Karl Gee 2nd bd tenor, Fred Wilcox ld bass, George Miller snare drum, J. C. Vereau bass drum. The band will give a concert and dramatic entertainment at the Presbyterian church in Virgil Tuesday evening, Dec. 20,1887. The band have made a choice selection in polka's, quicksteps, marches, and waltzes. The vocal music will consist of choruses, quartettes, duetts, and solos. They have secured the services of Mrs. Almeda Mynard as soprano, Miss Eva Elster alto, and Miss Eva Doud as organist. Singers from abroad will assist. The dramatic will consist of plays, farces, etc., the proceeds to be used for the paying for a drum lately purchased by the band. We hope to see the boys greeted with a full house.
   The Ladies Home Mission of the M. E. Church will hold a pink tea festival at the church Friday evening Dec. 10, 1887. Refreshments will be served at forty cents a couple, each gentleman and lady will receive a pink cup and saucer.
   At the annual meeting of the Ladies Social Union the following officers were elected: President, Mrs. N. A. Gardiner; Vice-President, Mrs. R. Price; Secretary, Mrs. N. Watrous; Treasurer, Mrs. M. B. Williams.
   Mr. William Tyler and wife, who have been visiting friends in the west, returned home last week.
   A reception was held at Mr. Frank Oaks' on Tuesday evening, a good time is reported.
   At the annual meeting of the South Cortland Grange the following list of officers were elected, half of whom are Virgil people:
M.—Riley Hammond.
O.— Charles Gallagher.
L.— George More.
S.—Frank Sears.
Asst. S.—Thomas McMahou
Chap.—Mrs. F. Haskins.
Treas. — Reuben Rood.
Sec.—Fred Calkins.
Gate Keeper—Frank Blanchard.
Pomona—Mrs. German Nye.
Flora—Mrs. H. F. Bristol.
Ceres—Mrs. Henry Parker.
Lady Asst. Steward—Addie Bristol.
Purchasing Agent—B. B. Morehouse.
Organist—Clara Rood.
Chorister—Nathan Hunt.
Member of Ex-Com.—B. F. Bristol.
   On Wednesday last Mr. Kemmich, living on Owego Hill, while engaged in drawing chestnut poles out of the woods about 30 rods from the house, in making the turn from the wood road to the main road, the pole became fastened at the back end, the horses a young and active team, sprang forward and split the double whiffletree, getting loose from the pole which returned to a straight line striking him, breaking one leg, one rib and injuring the spine. Mrs. Kemmich went for assistance, but when she returned he had crawled to the house unaided. Dr. Wm. A. Muncy was called and reduced the fracture. On Thursday Dr. Muncy returned to his patient and found him in a comatose state, other physicians were called but he continued in the same condition until Sunday morning when he died. Funeral at the house on Tuesday, Rev. Mr. Purrington officiating. Mr. Kemmich, though a stranger to us, is said to be a man of blameless record and his untimely death casts a gloom over the community. R.

Dexter House was located between Sager & Jennings and the Beard building on Main Street.
   "Dixie," in the Cortland Opera House, Friday and Saturday nights, December 16th and 17th.
   Last week Justice Bouton sentenced Patrick Dillon to the Cortland County Alms House for three months.
   H. B. Johnson has opened an oyster market and fish depot on South Main street. Fruits of all kinds will be kept on hand.
   Mr. F. L. Batchellor, of Weedsport, has opened a confectionery store in the Squires building. Every variety of pure candy will be kept on hand, or will be made to order.
   Geo. Bowen, an employee of the Cortland Desk factory, lost three fingers in a buzz planer, Wednesday forenoon. This is the second time Mr. Bowen has been injured in the same shop within a few weeks.
   Geo. Murray, Jr., formerly of Homer, has been appointed chief clerk in the Internal Revenue office in Syracuse. Salary, $1,900 per year. Mr. Murray was formerly cashier with a salary of $1,500 per year.
   Eugene Higgins, who fell down the stairway in the Peck block, in Marathon, on the 24th ult., died from the injuries received on Monday night. He was well known in this place, where he formerly resided.
   Persons indebted to Dr. Edson for medical services during the present year, or previously, are requested to settle the same during the present month, and please don't forget it.
   For the month of November the carriers in this place delivered 39,996 letters, 9510 cards, 32,983 papers, and 128 registered letters. They collected 19,743 letters, 857 drop letters, 3799 cards, 648 drop cards, and 1130 papers.
   Mrs. Nettie Webster, widow of Henry A. Webster, who was killed at the time of the boiler explosion at the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company's works last May, has brought an action against the company to recover $5,000 damages for the loss of her husband.
   At the annual election of officers of the Homer Wagon Company, held a few days since, the following officers were elected: President, H. M. Whitney; Vice President, M. L. Reed, of Albany; Randolph Hibbard, Secretary and Treasurer; Directors, H. M. Whitney, M. L Reed, Randolph Hibbard, Amos Hobart and Coleman Hitchcock.
   Last Saturday Eggleston & Smith were notified of a decision made by Judge Milton H. Merwin in the suit of Margaret Dexter against Randolph Beard in favor of the plaintiff. Mrs. Dexter is the owner of the Dexter House in this place. In 1884, Mr. Beard commenced the erection of his new brick block on the lot immediately south of the Dexter House. Between these two lots there is a driveway. Mrs. Dexter claimed that Mr. Beard encroached upon this driveway four and six-tenths feet, and brought this action to compel him to move the building. Judge Merwin holds that Mr. Beard has encroached upon the driveway for the distance claimed, and directs that the walls must be removed.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Franklin Hatch Library was located on the north side of Court Street across the street from the Cortland firehouse.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 9, 1887.
The Library and Reading Room.
   Some fifteen years ago, or more, a long time resident of Cortland conceived the idea of establishing a Library and Reading room in this village for the improvement and intellectual enjoyment of its people. He made known this laudable idea to a then prominent citizen, hoping to receive such encouragement as would further the enterprise, but failing in this, the matter was dropped, and no further active measures were taken until about two years ago, when the rapid growth of the village, through the agency of its numerous and large manufacturing interests, and the consequent increase of population, brought vividly before his mind earlier and well cherished hopes. Feeling now the time was ripe for the carrying out of his favorite scheme, the subject was then broached to a distinguished citizen of our village, who at once joined heartily in the undertaking.
   Dr. Frederick Hyde, a man than whom no better could have been chosen to aid in so commendable an enterprise, gave his time, his energy and his influence toward its consummation. Choosing three others required to perfect a large organization, a meeting was called and the scheme of a Public Library and Reading room was laid before the few who were to co-operate in the undertaking.
   A munificent offering of means necessary for the purchase of a site and for the erection of a Library Building was made. It now remained to fix a title by which the organization should be known. He who had so literally opened his purse for this beneficent enterprise, proposed that it be The Town of Cortland Library, but a response was quickly made by all others comprising the Board, that it be "The Franklin Hatch Library Association."
   The reply of Mr. Hatch will not be forgotten: "Gentlemen, I have no ambition in that direction. My only ambition is to see founded upon a strong basis an institution in the town where I have so long lived, that will afford to those who will come after me, greater and better facilities than I have enjoyed for intellectual culture. If the library and reading room which we have in view can be made to compass that end, my ambition will be satisfied without my name appearing in its collection.''
   It is useless to add that a determined majority prevailed and ordered the name of Franklin Hatch to be chiseled in enduring granite, and placed conspicuously in the building he had so generously tendered to the people of Cortland. Mr. Hatch's benefactions were not limited to a building where a library and reading room should alone find place, but still larger resources were placed at the disposal of the Board of Directors with which to aid in their permanent maintenance.
   In the Providence of God, he who had hoped to witness the fruit of his enterprise—the establishment of a Public Library and Reading room, was suddenly stricken down. The admirers of his unselfish devotion to the public good will also pass away, but the good which he did while living will find an echo in the hearts of those coming after.
   It remains to those with whom his name was associated to carry out his laudable undertaking. Believing that the good citizens of Cortland do and will continue to have a lively interest in all that pertains to its name and welfare—the Directors of the Association appeal to all within its limits to do what they can to promote the success of the Library and the Reading room.
   Books will be needed to meet the demands upon its Librarian. For this purpose it is hoped that a liberal subscription will be made by our enterprising Merchants, Manufacturers and Bankers, who cannot but realize that the forces through which their success is made possible will be placed upon a higher level, and more out of the reach of temptation when a free reading room with its volumes of contributions to Art and Science, Commerce and Manufactures, History and Biography, Engineering and Banking, — in fine when a complete encyclopedia of useful, practical knowledge is thrown open to them.
   Nor is this all. The capacity of the building is not only ample for the bestowment of a generous library, but it is hoped that the spacious gallery besides affording room for reading tables, will soon become a receptacle for many donations of rare curiosities, of which our citizens are known to be possessed, some of which are already in the hands of the Association, and many more are promised. These it is proposed to place in cases and mark with the donor's name, thus offering up to many whose opportunities are limited, a Museum where some leisure time may be spent in gratifying the taste of many of our people.
   EDWARD D. WEBB, Secretary.

   At a meeting of the Trustees of the Franklin Hatch Library Association held on the 18th day of December, 1887, the following preamble and resolution was adopted:
   Franklin Hatch died at the town of Cortlandville on the 10th day of November,1887. He was the founder and the first President of this association. In view of the public loss sustained by this sad event, and of our sorrow, we his associates deem it proper to place upon record, some estimate of his character, and our regret at his death.
   Mr. Hatch was noted for his force of character, his boldness in the assertion of his principles, and his firm adherence to what he deemed the right. The rough struggles of early life, not smiled upon by fortune, had calloused somewhat his natural finer feelings, and he did not always touch with tender finger the failings of others. There was, however, a well spring of sympathy and kindness of which those [who] know best among his rural neighbors, who have ever found him a ready adviser, a discreetly generous helper, a most lenient creditor. Some years ago he conceived the plan of endowing from his ample means a public library in the town of Cortlandville, where he had spent more than 60 years of his life. He carried his plan into execution, and generously furnished the pecuniary means to found the Franklin Hatch Library Association. His name will ever be associated with this most worthy enterprise, and he will have an honorable mention among those who have sought to elevate the condition of their race.
   Resolved, That the secretary be directed to enter the foregoing testimonial upon the minutes of this Board, and furnish a copy for publication in the newspapers of this village.
    E. D. WEBB, Secretary.—The Cortland Democrat, Dec. 23, 1887.

Therapeutical Society.
   Thirty-second regular monthly meeting of the Therapeutical Society, of Cortland County, convened at the Dexter House, on Tuesday afternoon. Officers for the ensuing term were elected as follows: — Dr. A. J. White, Pres., Dr. Frank W. Higgins, Vice Pres., and Dr. H. Shelden Edson, Sec. and Treas. Dr. Stone, of McGrawville, read a paper on phthisis in which the etiology, pathology, differential diagnosis, clinical history, biogenesis and treatment of so-called consumption received consideration. A lengthy discussion followed, prominence being given to the early diagnosis of cases by means of microscopical examination of sputa. The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 1888.