Windham Journal Genealogical Gleanings 1857

Genealogical Gleanings from the
Windham Journal

Transcribed by Mignon Matthews from microfilms of the original records, obtained by Sylvia Hasenkopf

Saturday, March 21, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 1


On Tuesday evening, March 3rd, at about 12 o’clock, the barn belonging to Joseph Huggins, in the town of Lexington, was discovered to be on fire.  At the time the alarm was given, sixteen cows were found burnt to death, besides fourteen tons of hay and a considerable quantity of grain.  The barn was so far consumed that efforts were only made to save the adjoining buildings.  Loss $1,500.   No insurance.  As two suspicious looking persons were seen lurking about the premises during the day, It is supposed to be the work of incendiaries.  We shall no doubt hear more of this matter soon.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT – On Saturday, the 7th inst., while Mr. Vining, with two ladies, Misses McKean and Van Dusen, were riding from Ashland to Prattsville, the horse became frightened while passing through a drove of cattle and ran away.  Miss Van Dusen was injured in the spine by being thrown from the wagon, and Mr. Vining was seriously bruised, besides having his hipbone broken.  Miss McKean was uninjured, and the others, we are happy to learn, are doing well.

First Time on the Windham Track

A spirited contest took place on Thursday, the 5th inst., between Joshua DeNoyelles and Joseph Nichols, Esqs., of Prattsville, in trying the mettle of their respective nags.  The purse of $20 was placed in the hands of a friend of the parties ($10 being deposited by each,) and all preliminaries being settled, the race was to come off at half past three o’clock.  Mr. DeNoyelles entered trotting horse “Dan Marble”, giving Mr. Nichols the privilege of entering his bay on any gait he pleased.  When the hour arrived for starting, quite a crowd had collected, and the word being given, the race commenced, DeNoyelles leading off with a light wagon and Nichols, close beside with a sulky.  After a close race of about nine miles and while ascending the hill near the toll-gate, Nichols passed DeNoyelles and drove into Windham ahead.  Nichols thinks he was two minutes ahead when he arrived at N. G. Osborn’s, but DeNoyelles states that it was only one.  We think they should “split the difference,” and call it a minute and a half.  The time occupied in coming the whole distance (eleven miles,) it is stated, was only thirty-eight minutes. 


 Franklin B. Lament
Sheriff of Greene County
Office at the Jail

George L. France
Under Sheriff of Green County
Office at the Jail

Charles H. Porter
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Ashland, Greene County, N.Y.

F. James Fitch
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Catskill, N.Y.  Office one door west
Catskill Bank

John Olney
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Windham, Greene County, N.Y. 

A. R. Macomber
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Windham Centre, N.Y. Office with J. Olney

James S. Edmonds
Deputy Sheriff of Greene County
Office at Windham Centre

E. P. More
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Prattsville, Greene County, N.Y. Collecting
done with promptness

James B. Olney
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Prattsville, Greene County, N.Y. Office
opposite the Prattsville House

Olney & Osborn
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Catskill, Greene County, N.Y.  Office
basement rooms of Tanner’s Bank. 

E. Lineburgh
DENTAL SURGEON, Main St., Catskill, N.Y.
All work warranted to give entire satisfaction.

W. F. Spencer
Windham, Greene County, N.Y. 

E. Colburn
Windham Greene County, N.Y.  All work

S. A. & C. C. Givens
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Opposite the Post Office, Main Street,
Catskill, N.Y. 

Person’s Hotel
Cairo, Greene County, N.Y.

Dry Dock Emporium

R. P. GOSLINE would announce to the inhabitants of Windham and adjoining towns, that he has now in store a full and complete stock of

Crockery, Glassware, Hardware
Ready-made Clothing, Paints, Oils, Dyestuffs
Woodenware, etc.  Flour and provisions are always on hand.
N. B.  My motto is “Quick sales and small profits.”
Windham, March 20, 1857 

 Chair Manufactory

LEWIS MANSFIELD takes this method of informing his friends and the public generally that he still continues the manufactory of Chairs at the Cabinet shop of Potter A. Newell, where he will be happy to see his old friends, and as many new ones as may be pleased to favor him with a call.  He will keep constantly on hand a very large assortment of Chairs, among which will be found Baltimore and Curled Maple, Fancy and Cane seat Chairs.  Also, Flag seat and Windsor done together with all kinds of common Chairs and Boston rocking chairs made of good material, in the best style, and warranted to be as good, and as cheap, as any that can be purchased in the State of New York.

House, Wagon and Sign Painting

Gilding and glazing executed to order.  Country produce received in payment at fair market prices. 

Windham, March 20, 1857

 Windham Variety Store

POTTER & OLNEY, Windham Centre, N.Y., have purchased in Philadelphia and New York, a new and extensive stock of goods consisting of Staple and Fancy Dry Goods, of the finest and newest styles.  Also, a large assortment of Ready-made Clothing, Family Groceries, Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils, Glass and Putty, Dyestuffs, Hardware, Nails, Queensware, Woodenware, Books, Leather and Findings, Saddiery, Harness, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Umbrellas, Parasols, and in fact all articles usually sold in country stores.  All of which have been carefully and skillfully selected and will be sold on the

Most Reasonable Terms.

Call and examine our stock before purchasing elsewhere. 
Windham, March 20, 1857

Thursday, April 2, 1857, Vol. 1, #2

A Row at Red Falls

Something of a “bobbery” was lately kicked up in the usually quiet and peaceable village of Red Falls.  The circumstances, as we learn them, good authority, are as follows:
A Mrs. Graham, living at Red Falls, gave a party a short time since, when three or four rowdies took offence at not being among the invited number, and swore they would have some fun and break things generally.  With this noble purpose in view, they procured a sufficient quantity of eighty-rod red-eye, in Ashland, to steady their nerves, and called at the residence of Mrs. Graham. Admittance being denied them, they proceeded to demolish the doors and windows, in which they had so far succeeded as to drive most of the inmates from the building.  Being only partially satisfied with this little frolic, they next visited the Grist Mill, broke open the doors, hoisted the gates and, after setting the Mill in full blast, built a fire on the floor, destroyed a lot of the milling apparatus, broke out the windows, set fire to the Mill, (which they afterwards thought proper to extinguish) and then left.  Thos. Job, Becker Laraway and Newton Lewis were subsequently arrested, tried for riot and bound over to appear at the County Court.  They were then arrested on the charge of burglary, but as Thomas Monroe, the principal witness, had decamped for parts unknown, the charge was not sustained and they are now at liberty.

It will be remembered by many of our readers that a negro named Jack _________ was arrested some time since, on complaint of Mr. Peter Roggins of Oakhill, for setting fire to his barn.  He was tried at the Court of Oyer and Terminer, in February, when the jury disagreed, and he was remanded to jail to await a second trial.  The matter came up again last week, when he was acquitted. 


SUPERVISORS                                  TOWNS
Wm. H. Myers                                Ashland
Prentiss W. Hallenbeck                Athens
Alexander Wiltae                           Catskill
H. L. Day                                         Cairo
Edwin Hubbell                               Coxsackie
Elias B. Austin                                Durham
J. C. Palmer                                      Greenville
James Douglas                                Hunter
Silas Lake                                         Halcott
George Beach                                  Jewett
Jacob Hogeboom                            Lexington
Henry T. Whitbeck                         New Baltimore
Ezekiel P. More                              Prattsville
Thomas E. Holcomb                      Windham


 James S. Edmonds
office at Windham Centre

 E. P. More
Prattsville, Greene County, N.Y.  Collecting
done with promptness

JUST ARRIVED a new stock of Dry Goods
at R. P. Gorsline’s

30 BUSHELS Seneca county Clover Seeds
in store and for sale by
R. P. Gorsline

25 Bushels Timothy Seed,
now in store and for sale by
R. P. Gorsline

100 Bushels Good Seed Oats, now in
store and for sale by
R. P. Gorsline

Pork – 25 Barrels of Pork of my own
packing, for sale at the market price by
R. P. Gorsline

100 Sugar Cured Hams now in store
and for sale by
R. P. Gorsline

Plows!  Plows!!

The Subscribers have on hand and for sale PLOWS of the most approved Pattern.  Among them will be found the Peekskill pattern, and Trojan, the most perfect plow extant, manufactured
by Starbuck & Brothers.  Also, Plows manufactured by Fowks and Fowks Premium Plows; Renssalaerville Plow, extra, and Dutcher’s patent Plows, with castings to fit; A general assortment of FARMING UTENSILS, Hay Forks, Manure Forks, Spades, Shovels, Hoes, Iron Bars, Rakes and Scrapers, which will be sold Cheap for Cash. 

The Subscribers offer for sale at their store, Clover and Timothy seed, seed Corn, Potatoes, Peas and Beans, and a large assortment of Garden Seeds, at the Variety Store of POTTER & OLNEY Windham, April 1857

New Tailoring Establishment

The subscriber would respectfully inform his friends and the citizens of Windham that he has removed from the shop adjoining R. P. Gorsline’s Store, to the rooms over W. F. Spencer’s Jewelry Store, where he will be pleased to see all who will favor him with a call.  He will warrant garments made by him to be a perfect fit.  Cutting done at short notice. 
Windham, April 1st, 1857

A. Martin, Jr.,

DEALER IN STOVES, NAILS, HARDWARE, CUTLERY, Agricultural and Mechanical Implements and Tools, Iron, Steel, etc., etc.  Merchants supplied at New York prices.  Main Street, Catskill, N.Y. 

Thursday, April 9, 1857, Vol. 1, #3

Death of Hon. Malbone Watson

The announcement of the decease of the Hon. Malbone Watson, who died at the City Hotel in New Orleans, on the 1st inst., has caused deep grief to settle upon the hearts of his many friends.  He had been ill for some months, and went South about the first of January last, hoping to regain his health.  After a short stay at Havana, he proceeded to New Orleans, but received no benefit from the change and soon died.  He was but little past the prime of life, being only forty-eight years of age.  Col. Sanford sailed for New Orleans in the Steamer Black Warrior, on the 28th ult., and is expected to return in about a week, bringing with him, to Catskill the remains of the lamented Judge Watson for interment.  

Also, in the account which we gave last week of the row at Red Falls, we stated that the parties engaged in the melee “procured a sufficient quantity of eighty-rod red-eye, in Ashland, to steady their nerves.”  We stated the matter as we received it, but never supposed that the liquor was obtained “in the village” of Ashland, and do not think our informant wished to be so understood.  The party did not favor that place with their presence.  We hope no erroneous impression has been created as we wished only to state facts, and to offend none.  

Destructive Fire in Ashland

On Thursday morning, 2d inst., at about 4 o’clock, a fire was discovered in the building owned and occupied by Messrs. Strong & Ruggles, as a hat manufactory in the village of Ashland, and notwithstanding the active exertions of the citizens, three or four buildings were laid in ruins in less than two hours after the alarm was given.  Mssrs. Strong & Ruggles only succeeded in saving some thirty-five or forty dozen hats.  They had a large quantity of Wool in store, which was destroyed, together with a quantity of silk and hat trimmings, machinery, etc.  Their loss, it is estimated, will be from $8,000 to $10,000.  Insured in Home Insurance Company, of New York, for $5,000. The building adjoining, owned by Mr. Lewis Tompkins, and occupied as a shoe shop by Mr. Halsted, was entirely destroyed.  Mr. Tompkins had owned the building but a few days.  His loss will be about $800.  No insurance.

The building owned and occupied by Mr. Dumah Tuttle, as a harness shop, was also consumed.  Loss about $250. No insurance.

A building in the rear of the hat shop, occupied as a packing-box factory, was also destroyed. The origin of the fire yet remains a mystery.  It is much to be regretted, as by it a large number of workmen are thrown out of employment. 


 E. Colburn
Windham, Greene County, N.Y.  All work

Thursday, April 16, 1857, Vol. 1, #4


THE COPARTNERSHIP heretofore existing under the firm of Potter & Olney is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  All persons having accounts with said firm are requested to call and settle the same. 
Windham Centre, April 15, 1857

The undersigned, feeling grateful for the liberal patronage hitherto bestowed upon the late firm, will continue the business at the Windham Variety Store, where he will be happy to see his former customers. 
Windham Centre, April 15, 1857

Cast Iron Fence Posts

A Superior article may be found, at the Mountain Works. 

H. F. Olmsted  
Hats and Caps of all qualities of the latest style, for sale by H. F. Olmsted, at the New York Hat and Cap Store, Catskill. 
April 9, 1857

HARNESS AND Carriage Trimming Shop  
It is well known to all who use Carriages and Harness in this vicinity, that C. Stedman makes the best and most durable work of any shop west of New York city.  He still continues to manufacture to order all kinds of Harness – both coarse and fine; double and single and of a superior quality to those made in any other shop.  If work does not give entire satisfaction to the person ordering it, he is under no obligation to take it. All work done in the latest and most fashionable style.   Carriage Trimming done at short notice, and in every style that is done in New York city with either cloth or leather, and in a workmanlike manner.  A fine
assortment of Trunks, Valises and Whips Constantly on hand.  Repairing done at all times.  Orders thankfully received and promptly attended to.
Windham Centre, April 5, 1857

James McArdle  
Dealer in Ready Made Clothing  

CLOTHS, Cassimeres and Vestings constantly on hand.  Cutting done on short notice, and all work warranted.  Terms moderate 
Windham Centre, April 7, 1857


THE subscriber offers for sale the House and Lot situated in the village of Prattsville, Greene county, N.Y., formerly owned and occupied by D. H. Pitcher.  Connected with the premises, there is a fine garden of three-quarters of an acre under a high state of cultivation, and containing a number of choice fruit trees, and a hot-house.  There is also, on the premises, a Store and wagon house. This is a desirable location and will be sold low.  Apply to HARMON CAMP
Windham Centre, April 7, 1857 

HAVE Firkins by the load or less quantity.  Also best Oak Tubs in any quantity.  Cash paid for butter. DEACON SKINS wanted.  Also Veal Skins, for which the highest cash price will be paid by Morss & Millegan

SCHOHARIE and Otsego Clover Seed, and Home and Western Timothy Seed in quantity, for sale low by Morss & Millegan

20 Barrels Greene county heavy Mess Pork.  Also, 1000 Hams and Shoulders For sale by
Morss & Millegan 

List of Letters REMAINING in the Post Office at Prattsville for the quarter ending March 31st,1857.

Dewey, Anson        Monfort, William        Dodge, Samuel        Orr, Mrs.        
Frazier, Mrs. W.        Purdy, John H.        Frazier Miss Emily        Pangman, Munson
Guall, Iaessk        Robinson, E.        Gleason, Lafayette        Sherman, Miss Cath’ne
Humphrey, Alvord T.        Searle, Wm. S. M. D.        Hoagland, Benona
Speenburg, H. I.        Hoag, C.        Titus, Miss Nancy        Keen, E. M., 5
Vanduzen, Charles M.    Mondore, Alonzo         Van Loan, Elizabeth        Yeany, Hugh

Persons calling for any of the above letters, will please say “advertised”.
E. P. MORE, P.M.

Thursday, April 23, 1857, Vol. 1, #5

Another April Snowstorm

The 21st of April will long be remembered in this region as one of the most disagreeable and gloomy days ever witnessed.  The snow commenced falling on Sunday evening, shortly after dark, and continued, incessantly, until about 12 PM on Tuesday, at which time its depth was found to be three feet.  This added to that which we wee visited on the 12th inst., leaves a depth of snow on the mountains of over five feet. Should this immense mass be carried into the creeks by warm rains and south winds of which fears are entertained by some, it is impossible to estimate the damages from the terrible flood that will follow.

Great damage has already been done by the storm of the 12th; as well as the last one by the falling in of buildings in this and adjoining towns, occasioned by the great weight of snow resting on the roof.  We also hear of many dwellings “caving in” throughout Delaware county, causing extensive damage to property and any amount of fright to the inmates.

Among the numerous accidents that have already occurred in this vicinity, we hear of the following: 
The roof of the large building owned by Mr. A. Newbury, and occupied by A. Newbury & Co., as a machine shop and foundry, fell in with a tremendous crash early on Tuesday morning.  With commendable enterprise, Mr. N. was soon at work clearing away the broken
timber, etc., and we are informed that their business will go on immediately.
The loss to Mr. A. Newbury will be between $200 and $300. The roof of a new building owned by Mr. Abijah Osborn, in this village, fell in on Tuesday.  Damage about $100.
A part of the tier of sheds belonging to the Presbyterian church fell in.  Damage about $75. A lumber shed belonging to Mr. T. D. Traphagen.  Damage about $50. A saw mill belonging to B. O. Stone, Esq.  Damage about $100. A stable belonging to Mr. P. Steele, one mile west of here.  One cow killed. A shed and wagon-house in Ashland, owned by Mr. Lawrence Winne.  Loss about $100. The large wagon-house connected with The hotel, formerly kept by Mr. John Tuttle, now owned by Mr. Frederick Jump, in the village of Ashland, is a total wreck.  Loss estimated at $300. A wagon-house lately purchased by Rev. H. J. Fox in Ashland. A wagon-house belonging to Ira Sherman, at the top of the mountain, is a total wreck.  A light wagon was crushed to pieces by the falling timbers.  Loss about $150. A saw mill belonging to Samuel Persons, three miles east of this village, is a total wreck.  Loss $300. A shed at the hotel of Mr. Thomas Day in Union Society.  Loss $100. A barn four miles east of this village, belonging to Thomas B. Holocomb, Esq. Loss $150. A barn in Acra, belonging to B. G. Morss, Esq., is leveled with the ground. A carriage entirely destroyed.  Loss between $300 and $400. Owing to the impossibility of traveling in any direction, we have not heard of any losses by the farmers in this vicinity, but have no doubt that thousands of dollars have been lost by the “caving in” of houses, barns and wagon-houses. We delay one issue of the Journal one day this week, in hopes of receiving a mail from the east, but from two or three travelers who “footed it” over the mountain on Wednesday, we learn that there is no possibility of a team crossing in two or three days. This snow, It is stated, is only six inches deep in Cairo, and there is none to be seen in Catskill, except upon the surrounding hills.

Saw Mill Burned  
A fire was discovered on Friday night last, about 7 o’clock, in the saw mill owned by Thomas Holcomb, Esq., and leased by Messrs. Drace & Miller.  The mill was situated about 4 miles east of this village.  Efforts were made to extinguish the flames, but without success.
The building was entirely destroyed, together with a small quantity of lumber. The loss (about $600), will fall upon Messrs. D. & M., as we learn that when the lease was made, they entered into an agreement to leave the building in as good order as when taken, wear and tear consequent upon use excepted.

Thursday, April 30, 1857, Vol. 1, #6

The Storm in Durham
DURHAM, April 25th, 1857
FRIEND STEELE – The inhabitants of our Peaceful little village were much surprised on Monday last, at the appearance of an old fashioned snow storm – one that would have done more credit to old December that to April.  The snow in our village was two and a half feet deep on the level; in West Durham, four feet.  The roads were wholly impassable. Great damage has been done to buildings, owing to the amount of snow on the roofs, and many fruit trees are entirely destroyed. The east wing of the building formerly used as a glue factory is a total wreck.  One part of the building was occupied by a Mr. Oliver whose family were compelled to fly from the falling mass at midnight.  They all escaped, however, probably more alarmed than wounded.  Mr. O. T. Humphrey lost all his fruit trees, and nearly all his grape arbours.  Orchards suffered severely.  The barn of Mr. Lyman Hall was entirely destroyed, killing one yearling heifer and a number of sheep. The cider mill of Henry Hendrickson was crushed to the ground.  The large shed of Elias B. Austin, Esq., fell in with a tremendous crash, killing one cow and a calf.  A barn belonging to Mr. T. Graham, was also demolished.  The sheds of Mr. Gilbert were destroyed.  In the west part of town, the damage to fruit trees is very serious.  There is scarcely a farmer in this vicinity that has not suffered more or less.
Yours Truly,
P.S. – Since writing the above, I learn that the barn of Mr. Abijah Ransom, in the southern part of this town, was entirely destroyed, killing fifteen sheep.  Fruit trees in this section were injured to a great extant. 

The Storm in Prattsville  
PRATTSVILLE, April 25, 1857
Mr. Editor – A few lines from a subscriber, concerning the late snow storm, may not prove uninteresting to the readers of the JOURNAL.  It commenced snowing here on Sunday evening, and continued until Tuesday evening, when the weather cleared up, leaving the snow three feet deep.  The people of our village made every effort to save their buildings from breaking in under the heavy weight of snow on their roofs.  Scarcely a building could be seen on which some person was not shoveling and clearing away the snow.  Notwithstanding this, considerable damage was done – there being no less than the following eleven buildings crushed:  The wagon-house belonging to Judge Fenn, crushing his carriage.  Barn of Jasper Carle, killing one cow.  An unoccupied building of Messrs. Platner & Rudolph.  Barn of Ebenezer Beers.  Wagon-house of Peter Jacobs. hop-house of John G. Smedburg.  Barn of Mrs. Smedburg, killing a horse.  Lumber-shed of R. S. Bliah, breaking two wagons.  Two buildings of Mr. Lord.  Benjamin’s slaughterhouse. Yours Truly


MISS C. L. CHASE will open a class and Commence giving lessons upon the Piano, in this village, about the first of May. Terms Eight Dollars per quarter.  Application should be made early.  Please apply to C. L. Chase, Jewett Center, or to O. Porter of this village.

THE LATE JUDGE WATSON – The remains of The Hon. Malbone Watson, were brought on from New Orleans, in charge of his brother-in-law, Major Sanford, and arrived here on Tuesday last.  Notice of their expected arrival had been forwarded, and the funeral ceremonies were appointed for Wednesday at two o’clock, P.M. A large collection of people assembled to pay their last respects to the deceased, among whom we noticed quite a number of lawyers and other gentlemen, from the neighboring cities and villages. The funeral ceremony took place at the Presbyterian Church, and an eloquent and impressive address upon the occasion, was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Howard. The disease of which Judge Watson died was inflammation of the lungs.  He had a severe attack something over a year ago from which he never entirely recovered.  Whig.


Removal of Rev. D. G. Wright  
PRATTSVILLE, April 28, 1857
Mr. Editor – There is to be considerable moving in this vicinity during the next month and many changes are taking place.  We are receiving some new inhabitants and losing some valued old ones.  Among the latter, the departure of none will be more regretted than that of the Rev. D. G. WRIGHT, who, with his family is soon to remove to Litchfield, Conn., where he is to take charge of a similar institution to the one lately conducted by him in this village.

Mr. WRIGHT has been a resident of this place for the last five or six years, and was an active and much esteemed member of society.  By his gentlemanly and affable deportment, his kindness, benevolence and consistent Christian character, he has won the hearts of many.  As a citizen, none contributed more liberally or exhibited more readiness to assist in any improvement to our village. But, misfortune generally falls heaviest on the least able to bear it, and Mr. WRIGHT has indeed received his full portion.  Owing to several losses, he became embarrassed in circumstances, and in order to deal impartially with his creditors, an assignment was made, and his school dismissed.  All that was honorable and just was done, and he goes to his new home with the well wishes of all. As a school, perhaps his was unsure passed for thorough scholarship, and for the homelike discipline, care and attention each member received.  Our best wishes attend him wherever he goes, and may his efforts in his new field of labor be abundantly successful.

May 7, 1857, Vol. 1, #7

New Mail Contract 

The new contract for carrying the mail fro Catskill to Delhi, 69 miles, has been given to Mr. Joshua DeNoyelles, of Prattsville, at $1,942.  We learn that Mr. N. G. Osborn, of this village, will have the eastern portion of the road, from Catskill to Windham Centre, and Mr. DeNoyelles from Windham Centre to Delhi.  The new contract commences July 1st, 1857, and terminates June 30th, 1861.  Success to the contractors.


Loud & Smith

Will be happy to see their friends at their house, est end of Main street, Catskill, N.Y.

Mortgage Sale

WHEREAS Daniel G. Wright and Aletta Wright, his wife, of the town of Prattsville, Greene county, N.Y., did by an indenture of mortgage bearing date the sixth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, mortgage unto Thomas S. Wright, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to secure the said Thomas S. Wright the sum of five hundred dollars, and interest thereon, from the twentieth day of February 1855, the lands and premises described in said mortgage, as follows: all those certain pieces or parcels of land, situate, lying and being in the town of Prattsville, aforesaid, heretofore conveyed by Henry D. H. Snyder, and Hannah his wife, to Daniel G. Wright, by deeds – being the lot or lots of land now occupied by said parties of the first part, which said lots contain, in the aggregate, about three and one half acres of land, and are bounded as follows: on the north by lands now or lately owned by H. Dickerman and the heirs of Henry S. Decker deceased; easterly by the Huntersfield road (so called) and a street leading to said Daniel G. Wright’s house, known as Liberty street, and by a lot owned by Mrs. Beckwith; on the south by said lot of Mrs. Beckwith, a lot now or lately occupied by Hiram White, and a lot occupied by Dr. W. Marsh; and westerly by lands now or lately owned by said Hezekiah Dickerman.  Said mortgage was recorded in the Greene county Clerk’s office, on the 11th day of April, 1855, at 8:00 o’clock, A.M., in Book No. 29 of mortgages, on page 84, &c.,  Default has been made in the payment of the said sum of five hundred dollars, and the interest thereon, since the 20th day of February, 1856; and there is now claimed to be due, at the first publication of this notice, the sum of five hundred and forty-two dollars and forty-six cents; no suit or other proceedings at law, or in equity, has been instituted to recover the said debt, or any part thereof, so secured by the said mortgage, as aforesaid.  Therefore, notice is hereby given that in pursuance of a power of sale contained in said mortgage, and the statute in such case made and provided, the above described lands and premises will be sold at public auction or vendue to the highest bidder, by the said Thomas S. Wright, or his attorney or agent, at the hotel in the town of Prattsville, in said county, kept by Joshua DeNoyelles, on the 7th day of August next, at one o’clock in the afternoon.  Dated Catskill, May 7th, 1857.

THOMAS S. WRIGHT, Mortgagee.
F. JAMES FITCH, Attorney.

Ambrotype Rooms

THE subscriber gives notice to his friends, and the citizens of Windham and vicinity generally, that he has fitted up a room adjoining R. P. Gorsline’s store, where he is prepared to take AMBROTYPES in a style unsurpassed elsewhere in this county.  Having an excellent Sky-Light, he is enabled to take pictures equally well in either clear or cloudy weather.

The Ambrotype is a new and beautiful style of picture, and far exceeds anything of the kind ever made in light and shade.  They are taken in less time than the Daguerreotype – on pure crystal glass, and are more durable than any other miniature.  For sick or deceased persons, House or Landscape, where it is necessary to remove the apparatus, $5 will be charged.

Full instructions in the Art will be given to those wishing to engage in this business.

Windham, April 1, 1857


New York and Catskill Line

THROUGH without landing and connecting with the mail stages west.  The Catskill Steam Transportation Company will run the favorite steamer, Catskill, Captain Jonathan Rowe, the season of 1857, for Freight and passengers, as follows:   Leaving Catskill for New York on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 6 o’clock P.>, and leaving New York for Catskill, from foot of Franklin street, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 o’clock P.M., and Saturdays at 9 o’clock A.M.

The steamer Catskill possesses accommodations for passengers unsurpassed for elegance and comfort.  Her saloon and State rooms are not excelled by any boat on the river.  Having been recently rebuilt and enlarged, and also furnished with new boilers, she is all that can be desired for speed or safety.

The mail arrangements having been so changed, that the stages going west from Catskill do not leave until after the arrival of the boat, and as she runs through without landing, passengers secure a good night’s rest, and avoid the unpleasantness of riding by stage at night.

The steamer Catskill will only tow the barges of Penfield, Day & Co., and C. L. Beach & Co., and passengers can rely upon arriving in New York at an early hour and at Catskill in time to take the stages west.

Fare $1.  Berths Free.

Breakfast will be furnished on the boat to passengers going west, if required.

Catskill, January 7, 1857

May 14, 1857, Vol. 1, #8

At a meeting of Engine Co., No. 1, on Saturday evening lst, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:

Foreman – B.O. Stone
Assistant Foreman – W. F. Spencer
Engineer – W. A. Mansfield
Ass’t. Engineer – T. D. Traphagen
Clerk – J. A. Newell
Treasurer – A. R. Macomber 

An Egg Within an Egg

A hen belonging to George DeLamater of Jewett, laid an egg last week, of large size, which, upon being broken, was found to contain another egg.   The shell of each was hard, and the contents perfect.

SUDDEN DEATH – Mr. James Murray, residing in Little Westkill, in the town of Prattsville, died suddenly on the 4th inst., of apoplexy, while crossing a field on his way to visit a neighbor.  He was 92 years of age.

We learn that Messrs. Strong and Ruggles are soon to commence the erection of a suitable building for a hat factory in the village of Ashland, on the ground occupied by their former shop, which was lately destroyed by fire.

There were about one hundred students at the Ashland Collegiate Institute on the 6th inst.

Harness and Carriage Trimming Shop

It is well known to all who use Carriages and Harness in this vicinity, that C. Stedman makes the best and most durable work of any other shop west of New York city.  He still continues to manufacture to order all kinds of Harness – coarse and fine, double and single – and of a superior quality to those made in any other shop.    If work does not give entire satisfaction to the person ordering it, he is under no obligation to take it.  All work done in the latest and most fashionable style.  Carriage ‘Trimming’ done at short notice, and in every style that is done in New York city, with either cloth or leather, and in a workmanlike manner.  A fine assortment of

Trunks Valises and Whips

Constantly on hand.  Repairing done at all times.  Orders thankfully received and promptly attended to.

Windham Centre, April 5, 1857

Millinery Goods

MRS. E. SPENCER, would respectfully announce to the inhabitants of Windham Centre and vicinity that she has just returned from New York with a splendid assortment of Millinery Goods, which she will offer for sale at the Lowest Prices at her old place.   Feeling thankful for past favors, she solicits a continuance of patronage.

Windham Centre, May 13, 1857

Dry Goods and Groceries

THE subscriber would inform his friends and customers that he has just returned from New York with a general assortment of Groceries, Dry Goods, Hardware, Crockery, Glassware, &c.

A large stock of Boots and Shoes, Ready-Made Clothing, Shirts and Collars, &c.

A large assortment of plain and fancy Paper Hangings.  All of which he proposes to sell as cheap as can be purchased elsewhere this side of the mountain.

Windham Centre, May 13, 1857


IS prepared to execute, in the most approved and satisfactory manner, such work as herein specified, viz: Cleaning, Extracting, Filling (with Gold, Tin, Silver or Cement) and Pivoting teeth.  Having for the past ten years been extensively engaged in such work, partly in the cities of Williamsburg and Brooklyn, N.Y.., but of late, for the last four years – as well as prior to my residence in those cities – at Cairo, Greene county, and having uniformly received from those by whom I have been employed, expressions of satisfaction – particularly such expressions, in numerous instances, for Fillings after the previous and repeated failures of other dentists.  He offers his services to those who may entrust themselves to him at such prices as will compare favorable with any who do their work equally well, and guarantees the durability of his work.  Office second door east of the Drug store.

Cairo, April 27, 1857

Mallory & Vedder


Fancy Goods, Silver and Silver Plated ware &c, &c. in great variety, good and cheap.  Clocks and Watches repaired and warranted, at the old stand, Main street, opposite the Tanner’s Bank, Catskill, N.Y.

Ashland Collegiate Institute

Catskill Mountains, Greene Co., N.Y.

Associate Principals

Rev. Henry J. Fox                 
C. Rutherford, A.M.               

Assisted by a large and efficient corps of Professors, Tutors, &c.

THIS Institution, situated at Ashland, 30 miles west of Catskill, is of easy access to students from the river counties or from any part of the State.

SESSIONS – Two of twenty-two weeks each, commencing the first Wednesday in May and the first Wednesday in November.

TERMS – Board, Washing, Mending and tuition in all the English branches, $130 a year payable quarterly in advance.

The Principals have fixed this charge so as to avoid the annoyance to which parents and guardians are often subjected, of extra charges not specified in the circular and selected by themselves.


Latin and Greek                                                   $2.00
Civil Engineering                                                $2.50
French, Spanish, German and Italian each      $5.00
Music – Piano, with use of Instrument          $12.00
-  Melodeon            (same)                    $12.00
Drawing – Crayon, Monochromatic, each      $ 4.00
Painting, Oil                                                       $10.00   
In Water Colors                                                    $4.00
Lectures on Anatomy and Physiology                 .50            
Use of Library                                                       $1.00
Classes in various other ornamental branches will be formed, and the expense will be proportioned to the size of the class.

The course of study will embrace all those branches of a liberal education that are taught in seminaries of the highest grade.  Students will be fitted to enter any class in college, or be prepared for entering at once into commercial pursuits.  Provision will also be made for the thorough training of those who propose entering the ministry or engaging in the profession of teaching.

The mathematical course will embrace Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, elementary, analytical and descriptive.  Trigonometry, plain and spherical.  Surveying, Civil Engineering, Astronomy, &c.

In the modern languages special provision will be made for a practical knowledge of French, Spanish, German and Italian.  It will be the ambition of the principals to furnish a thorough theoretical and practical training, especially in the Mathematical, Philosophical and Commercial departments.

For the purpose of illustration and observation, Mathematical and Philosophical Instruments and Apparatus have been provided.  The class in Surveying and Civil Engineering will be required to accompany the teacher and assist in making actual surveys and measurements.

Circulars and other information may be obtained by applying to the principals.  In Catskill, they may be obtained at the office of D. K. Olney, Esq.

May 28, 1857, Vol. 1, #9

Jas. H. Van Gorden, Esq. has sold out his book store and entire stock to Messrs. S. & W. Van Loan, who will continue the business at Mr. Van Gorden’s old stand.

Damage by the Freshet

Big Hollow, May 22 1857

FRIEND STEELE – I would like to inform the public, through the columns of the Journal, of the damage done by the freshet this week.  The wind blew from the Northeast, and it rained very hard on Wednesday until about 6 o’clock when – the water being very high – the current broke through the dam carrying away about sixty feet of the east end, and also the bridge which crossed the creek to the paper mill.  The hind part of a lumber wagon, and a quantity of wood lying in front of the mill, were carried down stream about one half mile.  Considerable damage was done to the mill.  The water broke in the bleach house and floated one of the bleach tubs.  These tubs are twelve feet in diameter, and seven feet deep, and were set three feet below the floor of the mill.  The floor was raised and the tub left standing on one side.

I shall lose about thirty dollars worth of stock, which was ready for paper.  My loss is not less than three hundred dollars, and it will probably take about three weeks to repair it.  The damage of the mill lying still will be as great as the loss by freshet.  I was making $25 worth of paper per day.

Yours truly,

Commissioners of Excise

At a meeting of the Commissioners of Excise, at the Court House in Catskill, on the 19th inst., Mr. George Beach, of Jewett, was chosen Chairman, and Mr. D. E. Woodworth, Clerk.

The following is the number of licenses granted:  Catskill, 16; Coxsackie, 9; Hunter, 4; Prattsville, 3; Durham, 5; New Baltimore, 2; Ashland, 1; Cairo, 8; Athens, 5; Lexington, 3, - making in all 51 licenses taken out up to Thursday night.  The price for each was $30.  The Board adjourned on Saturday, to meet again at the same place in July.


A. H. Terheun,
175 Canal Street, between Mott and Elizabeth, New York

A. Martin, Jr.,

Agricultural and Mechanical Implements and Tools, Iron, Steel, &c., &c.  Merchandise supplied at New York prices.  Main Street, Catskill, N.Y.

June 4, 1857, Volume 1, #10

MAIL CONTRACT CHANGED – We learn that Mr. DeNoyelles, of Prattsville, has disposed of the mail route (No. 1056) from Catskill to Delhi, to Mr. J. S. Houghtaling, the present contractor. 


THE subscribers hereby give notice that, having purchased the old stand of Samuel C. Bidwell, they are now ready to do


At the shortest notice.  All work Warranted and done in as cheap and expeditious a manner as anywhere in the country.
Red Falls, N.Y., May 29, 1857

Prattsville House, Prattsville, Greene County, N. Y.
J. DeNoyelles, Proprietor.

THE subscriber in returning his thanks to his friends and the traveling public generally, would state that he has thoroughly repaired and refitted the Hotel known as the Prattsville House, and that he is always in personal attendance to ensure the comfort of guests.  His stables are in good order, and are promptly and efficiently attended to.  Those who patronize him with a call may rely on finding this as represented.

Prattsville, June 1, 1857

A Retired Physician,

75 YEARS OF AGE, having lost his Father, two brothers, Daughter, Son-in-law, Nephews and Nieces by that dreadful diseases, CONSUMPTION, and suffering with a Cough himself, determined to visit the East Indies, Egypt and Japan where he discovered a Preventive and Certain Cure for Colds, Cough, Bronchitis, Consumption, Nervous Debility and Asthma.  His cough was cured immediately; he returned, cured his Relatives, who inherited the disease, and in connection with his son have employed it in their practice, curing thousands of cases considered hopeless by others.  For the purpose of rescuing as many of his suffering fellow beings as possible, he is sending the Recipe to all who wish it for 10 cents; 3 of it to pay the postage and the balance printing.  Address Dr. HEATH, 101 Spring street, opposite St. Nicholas Hotel, New York.

Cast Iron Fence Posts.

A Superior article may be found at the Mountain Works.


H. F. Olmsted.

Hats and Caps of all qualities, of the latest styles, for sale by H. F. Olmsted, at the New York Hat and Cap Store, Catskill. 
April 9, 1857

June 11, 1857, Volume 1, #11

Ashland Collegiate Institute.

We are glad to see the unmistakable signs of prosperity evinced by the progress of this Institution.  It has now about 140 students and the prospects are so flattering that it is probable the principals, Messrs. Fox and Rutherford, will be unable to accommodate the large number that will make application for admission for the next session.  The Institution is now in the right hands – men of energy and business activity – and its prosperity is of the utmost interest to all who feel a particle of friendliness towards the reputation of our county, and its educational interests.  This section has long been celebrated for its healthy atmosphere, its pure water, and its beautiful scenery.  Who that has traveled through the county can but admire its many advantages for such an Institution, and silently, if not openly, harbor earnest wishes for its success.

ACCIDENT IN ASHLAND – On Friday afternoon last, Mr. John Thompson had his arm broken, near the wrist, in the following manner.  He was assisting at the raising of a barn, and while standing on the plate, and passing up some rafters from a person below, he was struck by a piece of timber and precipitated to the ground, a distance of some twenty feet – breaking and shattering the small bones of the wrist in a shocking manner.


THE Partnership heretofore existing under the firm of Strong & Ruggles, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.

Ashland, June 5th, 1857


B. H. WALDRON, would respectfully inform his friends that he has leased the above named Hotel, in Windham Centre, formerly occupied by N. G. Osborn.  The house is undergoing thorough repairs and no effort will be spared to make it a comfortable home for all who favor him with a call.  He respectfully solicits a share of the liberal patronage heretofore extended to Mr. Osborn.
Windham Centre, June 9th, 1857

Bloomville Mirror and Banner of Industry copy two months and send bill to B. H. W.


THE COPARTNERSHIP heretofore existing under the firm of Potter & Olney is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  All persons having accounts with said firm are requested to call and settle the same.

Windham Centre, April 15, 1857

The undersigned, feeling grateful for the liberal patronage hitherto bestowed upon the late firm will continue the business at the Windham Variety Store, where he will be happy to see his former customers. 
Windham Centre, April 15, 1857

Cairo Marble Shop
G R A V E   S T O N E S

THE subscriber having commenced the Grave Stone business in the village of Cairo, is now prepared to execute any orders entrusted to his care.  In soliciting patronage from the public, he pledges himself that his best efforts shall be brought into requisition and all those who are disposed to make trial of his skill, may rely upon having ample justice done them.  Inquire at the house of Amos Cornwall, or at the subscriber’s shop, opposite E. C. Stevens’ store.    All orders left with J. H. Moore, or sent by mail, will receive prompt attention.

Potter & Newell are my agents for the town of Windham and vicinity.
Cairo, April 1, 1857

June 18, 1857, Volume 1, #12

A RUNAWAY ACCIDENT AND REMARKABLE ESCAPE – One of the most remarkable preservations from impending peril it has ever been our lot to chronicle, occurred on Saturday, the 6th inst., near Mart. Lament’s hotel, on the Prattsville and Kingston turnpike, in the town of Lexington.  A party, consisting of Colonels Pratt and Ingersoll, Maj. Hackstaff, and Mr. Hezekiah Smith, were returning from a fishing excursion to one of the little streams which dash along the wild gorges of the Catskill, in an adjoining County, and had reached the point designated when they were overtaken and run over by a pair of runaway horses attached to the tongue and fore wheels of a lumber wagon.  Owing to a curve in the road, the horses were not seen until within a few yards of the party.  The narrowness of the road prevented them from leaping, except Col. Ingersoll, and they remained in the carriage.  The suspense was but momentary.  In a flash they were hurled to the ground, their carriage-body and seats broken to pieces, and their horses running with a velocity equal to the first.  The party, strange to relate, were considerably but not seriously bruised, except Maj. Hackstaff, whose ankle was badly dislocated, and who is still confined to his room.  Both Cols. Pratt and Ingersoll were much hurt, but able to get about, as was also Mr. Smith.  How they escaped instant destruction is beyond comprehension and may justly be considered as one of those gracious interferences due to an overruling Providence.  The runaway horses belonged to Mr. Hill, of that town, and their start was caused by the dilapidated condition of the road in the neighborhood.

A REMARKABLE OPERATION – The most singular operation that we remember ever to have heard, took place last week in the town of Prattsville.  Mr. William Plank, of that town, had a mare that died at a time when it was supposed she was about foaling.  As soon as it was ascertained that she was dead, Mr. Plank opened her and took the colt from her, which, strange to say, is now alive and well, and (for aught we know) gives promise of yet becoming a “three-minute” traveler.

The schooner Maitland was seized at Sandy Hook by Marshal Rynders, on Friday last, on suspicion of being a slaver.

THE LEXINGTON HOUSE – Many compliments have been given to Mart. Lament, Esq., since the late military review, at Lexington, on the 9th inst. – The company dined at the Lexington House, and all of them testify to the excellence of the fare, and the kindness in which they were received.  The evident spirit of accommodation of the proprietor on the occasion will leave a lasting and most favorable impression upon the minds of his guests.

ACCIDENT IN PRATTSVILLE – A man named Abraham Mayer fell from the upper part of a wagon-house opposite the hotel owned by Mr. Peter Jacobs, in Prattsville, some two weeks since, and broke his leg between the ankle and knee.  The limb was so badly broken that amputation was deemed necessary, and the operation was accordingly performed on Tuesday of last week, and at last accounts, the man was doing well.

FIRE – About 4 o’clock on Sunday morning last, says the Coxsackie Union, the propeller Mayo, owned by G. & A. Reed, was discovered to be on fire.  The doors of the cabins being locked, and the captain and one of the hands being asleep in their berths, it was impossible to effect an entrance.  The two men, however, made their escape through a window.  Engine No. 1 was soon on the spot, and the flames were soon extinguished.  The after-cabin, engine-room, &c., were badly burned.  The damage is estimated $1,500. 

Silk Parasols, &c.

A Fine lot of Silk Brocade Parasols just received and for sale at prices ranging from seven shillings upward.  Also an assortment of Checks and Linen and Woolen goods for summer wear.

Windham Centre, June 16, 1857

New Goods.

HAVING Just received a new stock of goods, the subscriber is prepared to exhibit a large assortment of Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods, Cloths, Cashmeres and Vestings, and goods for Men’s and boys’ Summer wear.

Paper Hangings of the latest styles and most desirable patterns.
in full sets, complete in color and styles.
Boots and Shoes
– A large stock, cheap and durable.
Family Groceries of every description
.  A large stock of Teas, Coffees, Sugars and Spices.  Flour and Meal, Pork and Ham, &c.
– A fine assortment.  Carpenters’ Tools and Farming Utensils in great variety.
Woodenware, Glassware. 
Drugs and Medicines, &c., &c.

Windham Centre, June 9, 1857

June 25, 1857 , Volume 1, #13

Drugs and Medicines.  

A large and complete assortment always on hand and sold as low as anywhere in the county, or in the river towns, by NOBLE, Druggist, CAIRO

Meat Market - Good News to the Hungry  
The subscriber gives notice to his friends and patrons that a Choice assortment of Meats from the best steak the country affords, may be found at all times at his Market House, near the bridge, in this village.  It is his Intention to keep a constant supply of Fresh Meat, of the very best quality.  Call early in the morning and take the Rhino with you, which will always insure you a choice cut.  A continuance of patronage is respectfully solicited.  The highest cash price paid to choice stock. 

Windham Centre, June 11, 1857

Van Loan Bros.  

Borders, window Shades, Fireboard Prints, Window Cornice, Curtain Loops, &c. at

Lamps, Glass, Shades, Wicks, &c. in great variety, at

July 2, 1857


ASHLAND, Greene County, N.Y., would inform his friends that he holds himself in readiness to attend the calls of all who have sick or diseased HORSES.  He will cure Ringbone, Spavine, Splints &c.  Charges moderate.

Ashland, July 1, 1857

DANIEL W. PARKS, Hensonville, Greene County, N.Y., would inform the citizens of Windham and vicinity that he is manufacturing a Liniment that will give instant relief to either man or beast.  It is an excellent remedy for Swellings and Tumors, Rheumatism or Fits, and operates like magic in cases of the most violent pain.  He has certificates from some of the best men in the country, and requests that the public may give it a trial.  He refers to the following gentlemen:  H. R. Potter, Wm. H. Garvey and J. Sutton, Windham; and J. L. Hackstaff, Prattsville.  He has cured some obstinate cases of Ringbone, Spavins, Splints, &c. and will make no charge for his services unless a cure is effected.Hensonville, June 30, 1857.

DOTY & BAGLEY would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Windham and the adjoining towns, that they may still be found at the old stand formerly occupied by William Doty & Son, where they will attend to all calls in their line of business, such as Carriage, Ironing and Horse Shoeing, and all kinds of Blacksmithing, which they feel confident in saying they can do in as good style as can be done this side of New York City.
Windham Centre, June 25, 1857

ASHLAND, Greene County, N.Y.  The Subscriber would inform his friends that he has removed to the Brick Store in Ashland, where he may be found at all times.  He has now on hand a large stock of


&c., which he will sell as Cheap as the same quality of stock can be purchased in this county.  Call and examine his stock before purchasing.  Cash Paid for Hides and Skins.

Ashland, June 5th, 1857.


HAVING just received a new stock of goods, the subscriber is prepared to exhibit a large assortment of Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods, Cloths, Cashmeres and Vestings, and goods for Men’s and Boy’s Summer wear.

Paper Hangings of the latest styles at most desirable patterns.
in full sets, complete in color and styles.
Boots and Shoes -
A large stock, cheap and durable.
Family Groceries
of every description, large stock of Teas, Coffees, Sugars and Spices.  Flour and Meal, Pork and Hams, &c.
Hardware –
A fine assortment.  Carpenter’s Tools and Farming Utensils in Great variety.
Glassware, Drugs and Medicines &c., &c.

Windham Centre, June 9, 1857.

July 16, 1857

Mr. J. S. Houghtaling, formerly the proprietor of the stage line from this village to Delhi, has sold out to his son-in-law, Mr. A. J. Churchill, who now has charge of the road.  Mr. H. has returned to Durham, where he formerly resided and now owns the mail route from Cairo to Stamford, via Gilboa.  Mr. Churchill is a young man for the business he has undertaken, and we wish him success.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING – The house of Mr. James Loughran, in Hensonville, was struck by lightning on Tuesday afternoon, about 4 o’clock.  Mrs. J. M. Eagleston, Mrs. E. S. Bailey, and two other ladies were in the house at the time, and although the building was considerably shattered, none of them were injured.

INSURANCE COMPANY MEETING – A meeting of the Farmers’ and Villagers’ Fire Insurance Company, of the town of Windham, will be held at the house of B. H. Waldren, in this village, on Saturday, 18th inst., at 1 o’clock, P.M.  See notice in another column.

A friend informs us that Mrs. Garwood Tuttle, mother of Miss Eleanor Tuttle, who recently left her home in Ashland under very mysterious circumstances, is insane, and requires constant watching and great care.  She refuses to eat, and will only partake of food when forced to it by some member of the family, or when it is administered as to a little child.  Mr. Tuttle is but little better, and wanders about silently and almost broken hearted.  It is a sad affair and one that the disobedient daughter could scarcely look upon without a blush of shame, and a twinge of conscience at being the cause of it.  It but shows more fully, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.”


THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE Farmers’ and Villager’s Fire Insurance Company, of the town of Windham, was held at the house of Mr. B. H. Waldron, in Windham, on Tuesday, the 7th inst., and a report of the Secretary made, when it was unanimously resolved to adjourn to Saturday, the 18th inst., at 1 o’clock, P. M., to reorganize under, or in conformity with, the late act of our State Legislature, for the purpose of the formation of town Insurance Companies.   A full attendance of all of the members, as well as all others interested, is earnestly requested.
C. V. BARNETT, B.P. IVES, Committee

H. B. Montgomery’s
Boston Cash Store

Still continues to keep constantly on hand the largest and best stock of

BOOTS & SHOES, &c., &c., &c., &c.
And all other kinds of goods usually kept in a country store.   If you want Dress Goods, Trimmings and Ribbons


If you want Clothing and Fine Cloths


If you want Ladies’ Gaiters, Slippers or Buskins, with or without heels,


If you want Gent’s Panama, Leghorn, Silk or Fur Hats


If you want Paper Hangings or Window Shades


If you want Tapioca, Corn Starch, Gelatine, Irish Moss, Citron, Zantee Currants, Mace, Worcestershire Sauce, Table Oil or Olives,


If you want Cod Liver Oil, Bay Rum, or Dr. Jaynes & Son’s medicines,


If you want Sythes, Sythe, Snaths, Rakes, Forks, Shovels, Hoes, Plows, Plow Shares, or any other Farming utensils,


In short, good people, for anything you want,


He sells cheap, and will use his best endeavors to give satisfaction.  Remember hat the place to buy your goods is at


July 23, 1857


Rejoinder of Mr. France to Mr. Lament’s Reply

A few weeks ago I made a statement in regard to my removal from the office of Under Sheriff and Jailor.  That statement was substantially and particularly true, and it was made from a sense of duty to the public, my friends and myself.  Two or three weeks after that publication, Mr. Lament published a card designed to justify his conduct in removing me, and discrediting some of my statements.  Fortunately, my acts are a matter of record, and I can show that those statements of Mr. Lament which conflict with mine are untrue and unworthy the least credit.  I am pleased that Mr. Lament has published this card; it shows his ostensible reasons for removing me, and enables me to refute his charges by incontestable evidence.  I am also enabled to show by his own evidence, that he belies himself, and by evidence which I apprehend will not be questioned, that he charges me falsely, and with a full knowledge of the facts.  I am also enabled to show to the satisfaction of every man of common sense that the charges against me have been manufactured out of nothing of any substance and have been worked up for no other purpose than to carry out a foregone conclusion in my removal.

In noticing Mr. Lament’s statements, I shall be brief, only referring to material matters, but shall refer to them definitely and unmistakably, and not vaguely as he does.

Many of his statements are sufficiently answered by my former card, and it is not necessary to repeat them here.  It is not necessary to go back to our nominations, and repeat the events which followed; although when he expresses his hostility to the “union” movement at that time and indulges in attempts to ridicule the Republicans for polling only 1100 or 1200 votes, it might be well for him to recollect that he then wrote letters to his friends urging them to effect a union.

The principal points calculated to be shown by Mr. Lament’s statements, are –

First, That I took his letters from the Post Office, opened them thus obtaining business.

Second, That I appointed a keeper to the Court House, without his sanction, and against his expressed will.

Third, That I have habitually done business within the bounds of other deputies, and thus set at naught the terms of the contract.

Fourth, That I built a “fancy barn” at an enormous expense, without his sanction.

These are the principal complaints.  Let us look into them and see if they will bear scrutiny.  In substantiation of the first charge, he refers to a letter from Mr. Schoonmaker, which he says contained an execution, and which I “took from the Post Office, opened it, and instead of sending it to him, at Lexington, I went on and advertised lands,” &c.  This letter, he states, was directed to him.  Here, then, is a direct and specific charge, and I take issue with him.  The charge is an utterly false one, without any foundation.  I never received a letter from Mr. S. through the Post Office, directed to the Sheriff enclosing an execution and Mr. Schoonmaker never sent such a letter to the Sheriff or to me.  The only letter sent by him through the mail was received by the Sheriff.

The execution which he refers to as having been so obtained, was left at my office by a gentleman from New York.  Mr. Schoonmaker had nothing to do with it, never saw it.  This execution was left with me May 10, 1756.  I afterwards received a letter from the attorneys directed to me, enclosing a description of lands, and urging prompt action.  I immediately advertised as directed.  In the latter part of July, Mr. Schoonmaker (who had executions against the same persons whose property

There is a part missing from here to the response from Mr. L. below.  

G. L. FRANCE, Esq.

Dear Sir – Yours is at hand and am sorry to hear there is much a time about nothing.

I well remember Halcott’s speaking to me about C__________ and Jake Van Orden also, that time I had not promised anybody, but since that time, for reasons that I won’t mention now, I came to the conclusion to let Mr. McMenemy take charge of the Court House.  If the Young Men want C____________ to light the house and act as a sort of help around at their meeting, I don’t think McMenemy will have any objection.  If anybody else are making themselves interested just tell them that I can manage that without help.  I expect to be down about the 24th and then I will settle the hash.

Yours respectfully,

Thus it will be seen that he is condemned by himself, and by witnesses quite as credible as any by whom he proposes to prove anything by.  Will he now say he knew nothing of the appointment of the “other person?” – Will he say the above names gentlemen speak falsely?  If so, let him read his own letter.  In regard to my bargaining with McMenemy, it is the sheerest moonshine.  There is no truth in it.  Would any one but a fool believe so silly a story as that I “exacted half the proceeds from him, telling him it was all understood between myself and Lament,” and at the same time pledging him to say nothing to Lament about it?  Would any one but a fool tell such an apparently absurd story expecting it to be believed?  The story is manufactured for effect – the manufacturer bungled his job by neglecting to put a bottom in it, and the vender did not see the flaw.  Any responsible man viewing this matter in a common sense light, reflecting upon the apparent improbability of it, and considering also the witness’ character for credibility, will not hesitate to brand it as false.  The payment made to me by McMenemy was partially for my services and for wood used by him and part was paid me on his own motion, and without exaction.  I did not then understand why he gave me a few dollars thus, but I have since seen that the affair was one concocted by him and his master for the express purpose of bringing this charge.  The Sheriff speaks of McMemeny as “an old resident of Catskill”.  If that made him any better entitled to favor, why not strengthen the case by stating the precise period of his importation, and why he became a resident of Catskill?  The other person was also an old resident – a native, and had resided twice as long as McMemeny.

The third charge, that I habitually did business out of my district, is sufficiently refuted in my former card.  I would add, however, that I have Mr. Lament’s letters acknowledging business sent him and proof of business sent the deputies.  In the few cases in which I have gone out of my district, the extreme nature of the cases compelled me to go, and they were of no profit to me.

The next charge is that I built a “fancy barn” at an enormous expense, and asked this County to pay for it.  This is also sufficiently explained in my former card, but as Mr. Lament considers it a great offense, and falsifies its cost and gets the barn up in magnificent proportions, a few words more may not be amiss.  The barn cost $285, instead of 4 or 500 as he says.  It was not an extravagant barn, as any one may see.  The work which I did, without any charges to the county, was estimated by the carpenters engaged, at about $100.  It was simply a decent barn, nothing more.  If Mr. Lament would be suited with one worth but $40, he has not the ideas or spirit of even our smallest farmers.  I think he does not know much of the farmers of Greene Co., when he says “there are many whose dwelling houses are not as expensive as this barn.”  If Mr. Lament has such an inherent antipathy to this barn, why does he stable his horses in it when he comes to town?  Are not these attached to our public houses magnificent enough for him?  In regard to the authority which he gave me to build this barn, I do not deem it necessary to repeat anything here.  The reader will judge what

There is a part missing from here to the response end of the article.


The subscriber will sell his Farm, &c., situated in and near the village of Windham Centre.  There is about 300 acres, in all, which will be sold in quantities to suit purchasers.  To a good purchaser, any amount of credit or time desired will be given, and title indisputable.  If not sold immediately, it will be leased or let on reasonable terms.  In my absence, ABIJAH OSBORN, Esq., will show the premises.

July 21st, 1857

Wool!  Wool!

30,000 Pounds wanted.  The subscriber wants thirty thousand pounds of Wool to manufacture into Cassimeres, Satinets, Flannels, plain Cloths, &c. either upon shares or by the yard, on reasonable terms.  Farmers and others having wool will do better to have it manufactured into good substantial cloths than to sell, even at high prices, and then pay their money for goods made of Shoddy and Mungo, the wear of which will scarcely pay the tailor’s bill.

The subscriber returns his thanks to his former patrons and begs a continuance of their favors.

Windham, July 20, 1857

T. D. Traphagen
Windham Centre, Greene County, NY

July 30, 1857 

A Horrible Murder in Hobart  

One of the most cruel, cowardly and brutish murders ever committed in Delaware county, was perpetrated in the village of Hobart on Tuesday night of last week.  The circumstances, as we learn them, are as follows.

An Irishman names John Higney went home on Tuesday night and not finding his supper quite ready, commenced beating his wife with a heavy club until she became insensible, when he threw himself on a bed and slept till morning, leaving his wife weltering in her blood.  On Wednesday morning, finding his wife still living, but unable to move, he procured a pail of water and attempted to drown her.  Being unsuccessful in this, he again commenced beating her with the club.  His son, aged about nine years, said to him “father, don’t strike ma; you’ll kill her,” when the monster turned fiercely round and struck the boy with the club, laying open a deep cut in the little fellow’s head.  He then resumed the beating of his wife until he had accomplished his purpose.  Small pieces of the club were found completely imbedded in the skull of the deceased. 

Higney is a blacksmith, and was employed in Hobart.  He has three children.

TALL TIMOTHY – We yesterday saw a sample of Timothy that is hard to beat.  It was cut by Mr. Albert Steele, on his farm, and is 5 feet 5 inches in height.  We learn that Mr. Orin Porter cut some that was 5 feet 6 inches in height.

The “dog killers” were in town a day or two since, and tried their luck on a faithful member of the canine race, who, in his peregrinations about town, always “put down three and carried one” with such mathematical precision that one would think he had attended school all his life.  The cruel fellows administered about 10 grains of strychnine, in half a pound of raw mutton, which the poor cur eagerly devoured.  Time, before the medicine took effect, 2:40; or plainly speaking, two hours and forty minutes at the expiration of which time, precisely three dollars worth of dog “caved in”.  We hope no one will bid for a second prescription from these gentlemen.  If they are ever caught at poisoning a lame dog again, we shall certainly speak of it.

August 6, 1857 

The Hobart Tragedy

Since our last issue, we have gleaned the following additional particulars relative to the late murder in Hobart.  The Bloomville Mirror says:

About dark on Tuesday evening, Heagney (not Higney) went home from his work, and found his wife sitting near the window.  He asked her why supper was not ready, and she replied that she had no wood to bake the bread.  He immediately kicked her out of the chair and as she rose struck her a blow with his fist; he then went and got a club or stick and went to beating her in a most cruel manner, mostly about the head.  She screamed, but as there were no neighbors very near, her cries availed nothing.  His son, aged about 12 years, plead with his father not to murder his mother, at which he became angry and struck the boy over the head with the club, which inflicted quite a wound.  The boy then kept out of the way.  Heagney then returned to beating his wife and got three patent pails of cold water and poured upon her, and each time, as she arose, he hit her with the pail.  In this condition, he left her lying on the floor and went to bed.  Early in the morning he arose and again commenced beating her, and told her to get up.  After pounding her for some time, he dragged her into a bedroom and threw her on a truckle bed.  He then went upstairs and changed his clothes, fastened up the house, took, his boy with him and went over to the village to his shop and worked more or less during the day, and until within half an hour of her death.  He left his dying wife, an infant, and a daughter 8 years old in the house.

A little girl went to the house on an errand, and soon gave the alarm.  The physicians in the neighborhood were called, who dressed her wounds, but announced that she could not live.  She died about two hours after the arrival of the physicians.  Her husband was present at the time of her death and very coolly remarked that it served her right.  Deputy Sheriff Bush arrived about the time of her death, and arrested Heagney, who felt rather inclined to resist, and attempted to make use of a large knife which he had in his hand.  He was soon overpowered, however, and conveyed to the jail in Delhi.

A coroner’s jury was summoned, who, after taking the testimony of Heagney’s son, left their seats, and in ten minutes returned a verdict that “deceased came to her death by wounds inflicted upon her person with clubs, sticks, and a water pail in the hands of John Heagney.”

Deceased was 32 years of age, and is said to have been a sober and industrious woman.  She leaves three children, aged respectively twelve and seven years and an infant three or four months old. 

E. Russell& Co.

Dealers in all kinds of Foreign & Domestic


Main Street, Catskill, NY

MESSRS. E. RUSSELL & Co., manufacture the celebrated “Usquebach”, or Russian Medicated Bitters.  It is a purely vegetable preparation and will always restore the system from disease to a healthy, vigorous action.  It purifies the system thoroughly of all corrupt secretions and leaves it with rich healthy blood.  Its flavor is pleasant, and it never disagrees with the most delicate child.

Catskill, May 25, 1857. 

Valuable Property for Sale

THE SUBSCRIBER offers for sale the following property, situated in the village of Prattsville, Greene county, NY, viz: Two dwelling houses, in good order, with spacious gardens, &c.; one barn and wagon house, with a quarter of an acre of ground; one blacksmith shop with two good forges, and all necessary tools for carrying on the business.  Also, a wagon makers shop and a good stock of tools.

The above property is centrally located, and a good business is now being done.  For particulars apply, personally or by mail, to the subscriber.

Prattsville, April 20, 1857.

New Tailoring Establishment

THE subscriber would respectfully inform his friends and the citizens of Windham that he has removed from the shop adjoining R. P. Gorsline’s Store, to the rooms over W. F. Spencer’s Jewelry Store, where he will be pleased to see all who will favor him with a call.  He will warrant garments made by him to be a perfect fit.  Cutting done at short notice.

Windham, April 1st, 1857

Roxbury Academy

THE FALL TERM OF THIS INSTITUTION will commence on Wednesday, August 19th, and continue 14 weeks.

There is a full supply of thoroughly qualified teachers, among whom is a Professor and Composer of Music.  The price of Board and Washing is $2.00 per week.

For further particulars and circulars address the undersigned at Roxbury, Delaware County, NY.


August 13, 1857

BEAR HUNTING IN BATAVIA KILL – The residents of Batavia Kill, in this County, have had fine sport hunting bears.  During the spring, some 30 sheep had been killed by them and the people thought it about time to take them.  Accordingly, about the 1st of July, traps were set on the hills.  The first was caught in a trap set by James Sherwood and it weighed 230 pounds.  On the following morning, the second bear got fast in a trap set by Jonathan Ballard and that one weighed 200 pounds.  This was taken alive to Mr. Ballard’s house, and the boys had fine fun in seeing him fight the dogs.

The first one caught was tracked some ten miles after he got into the trap.  He had broken off most of his teeth on it, yet when hotly pursued, would take the trap (weighing forty pounds) in his mouth and carry it.  There are more bears prowling about the Roxbury Hills.

Bloomville Mirror 

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT SUICIDE – Mr. Abram Van Buskirk, an aged and highly respected citizen of this place, attempted on Saturday, inst., to commit suicide by cutting his throat.  He was found in an out building with a knife lying upon his breast and upon examination, it was found that he had inserted the knife three times in his throat.  He was taken to the house of Mr. L. Freligh, his son-in-law, where his wounds were dressed.  We learn that hopes are entertained of his recovery.

Coxsackie Union

TALL CORN – Mr. Myron Tremain, of this village, has corn in his garden, the stalks of which are nine feet in height, and still growing.  Measure up, ye gardeners, and best it if you can.

August 20, 1857


A fire was discovered at about four o’clock on Thursday last, in the Windham Tannery, (one mile east of this village), owned by Col. George Robertson.  The alarm was immediately given in the village, when firemen and citizens turned out en masse, and repaired to the spot.  The flames had in the meantime gained so rapidly that it seemed for some time extremely doubtful which would prove master – the fire or firemen, as the tannery was at one time observed to be on fire in as many as a hundred places, both inside and out.  Owing to the extraordinary exertions of the firemen, belonging to Companies Nos. 1 and 2 however, the flames were finally subdued.  About fifty feet of the roof on one side, and thirty feet on the other, was more or less burned.  No damage was done to the stock, and but little to the bark.  The loss will be between $100 and $150.  The building and contents were fully insured.

The fire originated from a spark from the chimney.  It was known to the employees in the tannery that the chimney was on fire, and they were carefully watching the building on the outside, to protect it from falling sparks, when it was discovered that a small portion of the roof was on fire on the inside.  One of the men, in an effort to dash a pail of water on the spot, scattered the sparks in such a manner as to communicate the fire to the ground bark in the loft, and to other portions of the roof.

Had any attempt been made to save the stock, by its removal from the tannery, the building would undoubtedly have been entirely consumed.  The prompt and energetic manner in which the firemen worked was all that saved the building, and perhaps none but such men could have extinguished the flames.

Col. Robertson, although seriously indisposed, as on the ground, and worked with the rest until compelled from complete exhaustion to leave the building.  He made a liberal present to the firemen, which was disposed of in a satisfactory manner to all concerned.

Col. Robertson desires us to return his sincere thanks to the firemen and citizens for the perseverance and determination with which they worked, as it was only by their faithful efforts that the building was saved.

THE POTATO ROT – Several persons in or near Prattsville have examined their potatoes and report unmistakable symptoms of the rot.  It being so early in the season, they are fearful that the crop may yet be seriously injured.  The season has thus far been unusually wet, which has doubtless occasioned much anxiety to those who are looking for heavy crops this fall.  The rot is not general, however, in this neighborhood, and perhaps those who are now uneasy, may yet be agreeably disappointed.

DAGUERREOTYPES – Mr. T. B. Warner has, after an eight months’ sojourn in Catskill, removed his Daguerrean car to Coxsackie, where we are glad to learn, he is doing a fine business.  Mr. W. is a No. 1 artist, as all who have seen his pictures can testify, and we hope the people of Coxsackie will keep him out of mischief, during his stay among them, by a liberal patronage.

August 27, 1857 

FOUND GUILTY – A correspondent of the Bloomville Mirror states that Lyons and Poer, indicted for the murder of John Blakely, late of Kortright, have been tried and convicted of the murder at Sonora, California, on the 10th of July.  Sentence had not been pronounced at the date of the communication. 


Notice is hereby given to the citizens of the towns of Prattsville, Windham and Ashland, that an Assignee’s Sale of Groceries, Dry Goods, Provisions, Hardware, Crockery, a Large Assortment of Ready-Made Clothing, of every description, Boots, and Shoes and all articles usually found in a Country Store, will be held at the store lately occupied by Frederick Jump, in the village of Ashland, commencing on Thursday, September 3, 1857, at ten o’clock. A.M., and continue for three days.  For the accommodation of those whose business will not admit of their attendance during the day, the sale will be continued each evening from 7 till 9 o’clock.

Persons wishing to make purchases will do well to attend this sale, as goods of this description, when disposed of at Auction, are usually sold very low, and good bargains may be anticipated.

L. WINNE, Assignee

Ashland, August 21, 1857

Select School


THE FALL TERM of this School will commence on the 9th of September next, and continue fifteen weeks.  Three years have already acquired for it a fair reputation.  The proprietor will constantly labor for its elevation – and is happy to announce the name of Miss. H. W. Dunlap, as teacher in the Department of Music, Drawing, Painting, &c.

Location – This institution is situated 25 miles northwest of Catskill, in the midst of the Catskill mountains; and for beauty of scenery, quietude, health and morality, the place is unsurpassed.

Regulations - Each pupil will be required to attend faithfully to his studies.  Exercises in Composition and Declamation will be required of every male member of the School, and Composition only of the ladies.  Deficiencies in either of the above will be regarded as good reasons for removing the offender.

Board in private families can be had for $1.50 to $2.25 per week.

Tuition – In the Lower English Branches, per quarter of 12 weeks………....$3.00
Higher   …………………………………………………………………...$4.00
Lessons on Piano or Melodeon………………………………...……….... $8.00
Use of Instrument………  ………………………………………………..$2.00
Drawing and Painting on the most reasonable terms.

Principal and Proprietor
Durham, August 3d, 1857

September 3, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 25 

TOWN INSURANCE COMPANY – At an adjourned meeting of the Town Insurance Company of the town of Windham, held at the office of S. P. Ives, in this village, on the 1st inst., a resolution was passed that the Company should organize anew under the Act of 1857.  A committee was appointed to draft new by-laws and present them for the consideration of the next meeting, which will be held at the same place on Saturday the 12th inst., at 5 P.M.  It is very desirable that a full attendance should be had at the next meeting, as this is a matter of no little importance, and one which should receive the attention of all interested. 

TALL OATS – After going through the vocabulary of hay and grain, we now “come to our oats”.  Mr. Moses B. Austin, of this town, has a few stalks of oats which measure five feet six inches in height.  Those who find taller stalks are requested to leave them at this office, so there can be no occasion to dispute the word of any person who makes his own statement.

AUCTION TO-DAY – We refer our readers to the auction notice of L. Winne, assignee of Frederick Jump, in another column.  Goods will undoubtedly be sold very low, and those desirous of making good bargains will do well to attend the sale. 

MONUMENT TO JUDGE WATSON – A handsome Monument of Groten Granite thirteen feet high with three Shields has been erected in the Cemetery, in Catskill, by the Hon. Zadock Pratt, to the memory of the late Malbone Watson, a Judge of the Supreme Court - a good jurist – a devoted friend and one of nature’s noblemen in character, on which is the following inscription:

                        MALBONE WATSON,
 April 1st, 1857,
    AGED 52 years.
One of the justices of the Supreme Court 
Of the State of New York
An upright Judge.

BOARD and Tuition, $120 per Year.  Term opens September 18th.  Gentlemen Instructors in Piano, Music, Painting and Modern Languages.  Address the Rev. Alonzo Flack, A. M., Principal. 

SUPREME COURT – County of Greene.

AGAINST                                             Summons for money

To Huron Blinn, defendant:
You are hereby summoned to answer the complaint of the plaintiff in this action, which is filed with the Clerk of Greene county, and to serve a copy of your answer on the subscriber, at his office, in Prattsville, said county, and State of New York, within twenty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service; and if you fail to answer said complain, as hereby required, the plaintiff will take judgment against you for one hundred and fifty dollars, with interest from the 2d day of July 1855, besides costs.  Dated August 15, 1857.          E.P. MORE, Plaintiff’s Attorney


Mortgage Sale.

WHEREAS Naboth Lewis, late of the town of Ashland, in the county of Greene, and State of New York, deceased, and Mary Ann Lewis, his wife, by their certain indenture of mortgage bearing date the ninth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven, to secure the payment of the sum of four hundred dollars, and the interest thereon, according to the conditions of said mortgage, and a certain bond bearing even date with, and accompanying said mortgage, did convey and mortgage to Giles Sutton, late of the town of Windham, in said county, now deceased, and to his heirs and assigns forever, “all that certain piece or parcel of land, being part of Lot No. 65 in Martin G. Van Bergen’s patent, lying and being in the town of Ashland, aforesaid, bounded as follows, vis: beginning at a stake and stones standing in the west edge of the Pond and running from thence north, two degrees west, four chains, to a large stone on the south side of the turnpike; thence north, seventy-six degrees west, six chains thirty-five links to a stake and stones; thence south, eighty-eight degrees west, seven chains seventy links to a beach sapling; thence along Nathaniel Ferris’ line, twenty chains and fifty links, to a beach stake; thence south, one degree and thirty minutes east, thirteen chains eighty-four links to a stake and stones; thence north by Simon Cobb’s land, eighty-eight degrees thirty minutes east, thirty-four chains twenty-two links, to a stake and stones; the south-west corner of lands of said Cobb, bought of Ezekiel Tuttle; thence north two degrees west, to the north-west corner of said Cobb; thence north, eighty-nine degrees forty-five minutes east, five chains seventy-four links to a stake and stones standing south of a very large stump; thence north, six degrees thirty minutes west, nine chains eighty-five links, the centre of the highway; thence along the same, north, seventy-four degrees west, five chains thirty links, to a stake and stones; thence two degrees east; to the place of beginning, containing fifth-five and a half acres of land, be the same more or less;” which said mortgage, with the power of sale therein contained, was duly recorded in the Clerk’s office of the said county of Greene, in book No. 31 of mortgages, on page 182, &c., on the first day of August, 1857; on which said mortgage there is claimed to be due, at the time of the first publication of this notice, the sum of four hundred and thirty seven dollars and fifteen cents, ($437.15) in the payment of which default has been made, according to the conditions of said mortgage, and no suit or proceeding at law having been instituted for the recovery of said moneys, or any part thereof; Now, therefore, notice is hereby given, that by virtue of the power of sale in said mortgage contained, and in pursuance of the statute in such case made and provided, the said mortgaged premises will be sold at public auction, to the highest bidder, on the thirty-first day of October next, at one o’clock in the afternoon of that day, at the public house kept by B. H. Waldron, in the town of Windham, and county of Greene, aforesaid, and the said mortgage will be then and there foreclosed by such sale.  Dated August 5, 1857.


Executor of the last will and testament of Giles Sutton, deceased Mortgager.

J. OLNEY, Attorney.

September 10, 1857, Vol. 1, #26


The usually quiet village of Ashland was thrown into great excitement on Monday by the announcement that a distressing accident had taken place.  The particulars, for which we are indebted to a friend, are as follows.

Melvin Burnham, aged 7 years, a son of Mrs. Eliza Burnham, while playing in and about the planing mill lately erected by Mr. C. W. Smalling, accidentally fell upon the belt, which was running with great rapidity from the wheel to a pulley which propels the machinery.  He was drawn in by it, and instantly crushed to death.

Mr. Smalling was startled by the sudden stopping of the machinery, and observing the cause, immediately hastened to rescue the child; but before human aid could reach him, his neck was broken and his arms severed from the body.  He was otherwise badly mutilated.

TALL CORN – Mr. Russell Steele left at this office on Tuesday morning a corn stalk eleven feet in height.  It will be seen that, although we have taken everything down on tall timothy, clover, &c., our neighbors of Coxsackie have taken us down on corn.  The Union says:

TALL!  TALLER!!  TALLEST!!! – We were yesterday shown a stalk of Corn raised by Mr. John Miller, of this place, which measures 13 feet and 10 inches in length.  Beat it who can?  It may be seen at the grocery of W. Case.

A PORCUPINE – We have a curiosity hanging in this office, in the shape of a porcupine, as completely covered with quills as ever dog was covered with hair.  It was killed by Mr. J. E. Matthews, of this village, and Mr. Doolittle, of Cheshire, CT, in an old log house in the “Stony Clove,” while they were on a fishing excursion on Monday last.

 September 24, 1857, Vol. 1, #28

Farm for Sale

THE Subscriber offers for sale his Farm, situated in the western part of the town of Durham.  The Farm contains 180 acres, is well watered, has a good House, Barns, Wagon House, and all needful buildings attached and may be bought at a bargain.  For further information, inquire of the subscriber 
Durham, September 21, 1857


THE Subscriber would inform the citizens of the towns of Ashland and Windham that he is now prepared to attend promptly to all calls for work in his line and promises those who may favor him with their patronage to do their work in a manner that will give entire satisfaction.  Horse-shoeing, tire-setting, and repairing wagons and sleighs will be especially attended to.  His shop is situated in East Ashland, two miles from the village of Ashland.

Ashland, Sept. 21, 1857

Valuable Property for Sale

THE subscriber, being in ill health, wishes to dispose of his property, consisting of a Dwelling House, Wagon House, Saw Mill, Grist Mill, and thirty acres of land.  This property is situated in the North Settlement, in the town of Ashland.  The buildings are all in good order, and the Mills on one of the best water privileges in the country.  The property will be sold low.  Terms - $1,000 cash and the balance on bond and mortgage.
Ashland, September 21, 1857 

House and Lot for Sale

THE Subscriber offers for sale his House and Lot, situated at the junction of the Windham turnpike and Mitchell Hollow road.  There is about an acre of ground adjoining the House, which is in a good state of cultivation.  The house is in good repair, and the land well fenced.  To a person desirous of purchasing a piece of this description, this will be a desirable opportunity.  This property is located within a few rods of the village of Windham Centre, and in the immediate vicinity of the Methodist and other churches.

Windham Centre, Sept. 6, 1857

October 1, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 29


A few years ago, the manufacture of wine from the elderberry was scarcely thought of, at least in this neighborhood, and the berries were as consequence, left to rot on the bushes, being considered entirely worthless or as but food for the birds.  Later, however, a few persons wishing to test their value as a healthful and pleasant beverage have made up small quantities of wine.  To show to what an extent the manufacture is now carried, we give the following particulars as to quantity of berries picked and juice of pressed, by one gentleman in our own neighborhood. 

George L. Rundle, Esq., of Greenville, in 1851, sent a small quantity of elderberry and currant wines to the State Fair at Utica, upon which he received a premium.   He had made only small quantities since that time, until the present season, when he purchased and had picked, in this county and in the suburbs of Albany county, twenty three and three-quarter tons of elderberries, from which he expressed 3,000 gallons of pure juice.  Of this enormous quantity, he used 500 gallons of juice in distilling 40 gallons of a liquor to which he has given no name, but which is the condensed steam of the elderberry.  He still has 2,500 gallons of juice which will make 5,000 gallons of wine, and which Mr. R. will send into market at the proper time.

Mr. Rundle also made 700 gallons of currant wine this season.

We believe it is generally conceded that native wines, made from the blackberry, currant and elderberry, are the most invigorating and healthy beverages manufactured in this country, and yet, in places where the fruit is most abundant, people neglect to gather it and suffer it to decay on the stalk where it grows.

Death of a Remarkable and Valuable Horse

OLD PRINCE, the favorite horse of Col. PRATT, that had been owned and cherished by him for the past thirty years, died on the 18th inst.  During that long period of time, he had been the Colonel’s constant companion.  He was found dead in the pasture, near the stable, and seemed to have expired without a struggle.  The evening previous, he was more than usually playful, showing us much of the spirit as when he was young.  Remarkable as it may appear, during his whole life, he never was sick a day; but, was always well and ready to do what was required of him.

He was without a blemish, with the most faultless symmetry of form, to which was united a spirit kind and gentle, but though he was docile and a fit companion for ladies, he would never falter in the hour of danger, and was as much at home on the battlefield as in the green pasture.  He never had the stroke of a whip.  He was a grey Messenger with white mane and tall, fifteen and a half hands high, bone and sinew in the right place.  He had peculiar intelligence for a horse, and action when required.  In the summer of 1856, although old Prince was in his 29th year, the Colonel rode him 40 miles after dinner, in seven hours, and back the next day without giving him much fatigue.

He was not only a favorite with the Colonel, and military men, but particularly so with the ladies.

Hewas buried on the banks of the small stream which makes the Tanners Falls, near the residence of the Colonel, where the shade of the hemlock and the maple will ever afford protection to his bones.  Nearby, lie old Bob and Reyas, two former favorite horses of the Colonel – of more than a thousand worn out in his service.  There also lie Carle and Tarmer, two of his favorite dogs.  

Old Prince was buried with full honors due to his long and valuable services, by a large assembly of his old friends.  “Peace to his ashes.”  We can truly say with Col. Pratt: ______ on the Horse. Next to a good woman is a good horse.”

Prattsville, September 25, 1857

October 15, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 31

FIRES IN DELAWARE COUNTY – The Bloomville Mirror says:  The dwelling house of Beardslee Frisbee was entirely destroyed by fire on the night of the 1st inst.  The barn of Mr. Thos. Middlemast ws destroyed by fire on the 3d inst.; loss about $1,800.  Also, the barn of Mr. John W. Bramley, on the 27th ult.  Supposed to be the work of an incendiary.

Mr. Danforth Claflin of Ashland, has sent to this office a pair of pumpkins, solidly joined together by a ligature, a la Siamese Twins.   They shall be placed in our cabinet of curiosities until the process of decay compels us to part with them.

LARGE BASS – A man named Converse caught a bass in the river, near this village, on Sunday last, with a hook and line that weighed 17 3/4 pounds – Coxsackie Union.

A LARGE EGG – Mr. L. Cottrell has left at our office a hen’s egg measuring 8 ½ inches in circumference one way and 6 ¼ the other, and weighing 4 ounces. – Del. Gazette. |


After this day, Thursday, October 15th, the JOURNAL will be published in the building owned and formerly occupied by Messrs. Matthews & Hunt, as a carpet bag manufactory, opposite the Post office, and adjoining the hotel of B. H. Waldron.  The haste, with which this week-s paper is prepared, must be our apology for any omissions that may occur.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT WITH FIREARMS – On Wednesday last a serious accident occurred near Prattsville, by which the hands of a young man named William Van Loan were terribly shattered by the accidental discharge of his gun.  Van Loan was out hunting with a companion, and while on their return home, his friend proposed to shoot at a mark.  While the latter was arranging the target, Van L. stood watching him, with both hands crossed over the muzzle of his gun.  At this time, the trigger is supposed to have been touched by a twig, when the whole charge passed through the centre of the palm of each hand, tearing away the flesh in a terrible manner.  He was attended by Drs. Fitch and Hamilton, and we are glad to learn there is a prospect of his being restored with useful hands.

Mr. John W. Warner, of Meredith, Delaware County, killed last week an eagle of the baldhead species, which measured even feet across the wings from tip to tip.

October 29, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 32

RESIGNATION – The Coxsackie Union says that Mr. Henry C. Van Bergen, the American nominee for School Commissioner in the 2d District, has resigned.  We have been informed that Mr. Van B. resigned in favor of Mr. Alexander Reynolds.  How true this may be we know not, but whether this resignation is intended to have a contrary effect or not, it will certainly work charmingly to the advantage rather than to the detriment of Mr. Reynolds.

Jacob Frayer

WOULD respectfully inform his friends and the citizens of Prattsville, that  he has removed his OYSTER SALOON to the building nearly opposite the Drug Store in Prattsville, where they will always find him ready to wait upon them.  His rooms have been fitted u pin the best style, and those who favor him with their patronage, may rely upon finding everything served up in the neatest and most tasty manner.

Prattsville, Oct. 5, 1857.

November 5, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 33

Farm for Sale

The Subscriber offers for sale his Farm situated in the western part of the town of Durham.  The Farm contains 180 Acre, is well watered, has a good House, Barn, Wagon House and all needful buildings attached and may be bought at a bargain.  For further information, Inquire of the subscriber.  WILLIAM NEWMAN

November 19, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 35

SUICIDE – On Monday night last, Mary Wood, a resident of this village, in a fit of temporary insanity, plunged herself from the rocks on the south side of the creek in this village, into the mill raceway and was drowned.  She was watched to prevent some such fatality until about two o’clock A.M., when she, having apparently sunk in quiet rest, vigilance was suspended, and the watch retired.  She, being thus left alone, quietly slipped from the house and was shortly found dead in the race in a state of nudity.  Coroner Merclean held an inquest the result of which was a verdict of suicide committed in a state of insanity. – Saugerties Telegraph

ACCIDENT – One day this week, Mr. Joseph Webber, of West Catskill, had his leg broken in a frolicsome “scuffle” with another person.  We understand that both bones were broken.  Dr. Wetmore set the fractured limb and his patient is doing reasonably well. – Examiner

Sad Occurrence

Mrs. Betsey, wife of Elijah Newcomb, of Durham, committed suicide by cutting her throat about 5 o’clock on Friday morning last.  Mrs. N. had shown decided symptoms of insanity for some five or six weeks past, which grew gradually worse until reason was entirely dethroned, when it became evident that she contemplated self-destruction.  As soon as it was found that her mind was fixed upon this point, a constant watch was kept, both night and day, until the morning of the sad occurrence; when Mr. Newcomb called to his son, who had been keeping watch with his mother during the night, to know “what time it was”.  The young man then stepped into an adjoining room to examine the clock, and the mother seized upon this moment to snatch a knife, which she had previously secreted under the carpet, when with one blow she effected the fatal deed.

The wound was carefully dressed by Dr. C. V. Barnett, of this place, but she continued gradually to sink away until about ten o’clock in the evening of the same day, when an attack of convulsions terminated her suffering.

Mrs. Newcomb was an estimable lady, possessed naturally of a strong mind and kind heart, and had for a long time lived an exemplary Christian life.  She leaves a devoted family and a large circle of the warmest and best of friends to mourn her death.

FATAL ACCIDENT – A serious accident happened in this town on Thursday evening last by which a boy named Ferdinand Hallenbeck, aged 10 years, a son of George Hallenbeck, was thrown from a horse, striking the side of his head on a log by the roadside and crushing in the skull in a horrible manner, from the effects of which he died on Monday.  The fracture was so severe that it required the application of the trephine at three different points, and the removal of three other portions of bone.  The operation was performed by Dr. C. V. Barnett

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE – William McQueen, a driver in the employ of Messrs. Beach & Co., of Catskill, cut his throat with a knife on Monday night of last week, during a temporary fit of insanity.  The knife being very dull prevented him from making a very serious wound, and we are glad to learn that he is rapidly recovering.  He is the oldest driver in this section of country – having been in the employ of the Messrs. Beach twenty-seven years.

December 10, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr. 


A barn belonging to Mrs. Mary Turney, situated in the town of Ashland about midway between the villages of Ashland and Windham, was discovered to be on fire at half past nine on Wednesday night, 25th ult., and at that time the flames had gained so much as to render all hope of extinguishing them vain.  The alarm was immediately given when one of the ladies in the house went to the barn, and by extraordinary exertions succeeded in loosening and driving out eight cows.  One horse, which it was found impossible to get out, was burned.  There was also a loss of about twenty-five tons of hay, and fifty bushels of oats, which had been threshed out a few days previously.  The loss is estimated at about $600.  No insurance.

A man named Jacob Allen, who had formerly been employed on the farm, came to the house early the same evening, and being intoxicated, as was supposed, admittance was refused, when he made some threats of revenge.  It was proved at his examination, subsequently, that he, soon after visiting the house, purchased some segars and a box of matches of Mr. Claflin.  It was also proved that on his way there he asked a man for matches, saying the “he wanted to burn the Widow Turney’s barn and house”.

The following testimony, taken at the examination of Jake Allen, will give our readers some idea of the matter: --

Polly Turney, sworn, says: -- I am the complainant in this action.  I reside in the town of Ashland.  On the 25th inst., I was the owner of a barn in said town, which was burned down the same night.  There was about 25 or 30 tons of hay in the barn; also, coarse fodder, horse and fanning-mill, which were all consumed.  I valued barn and contents at $700.  Deft. has been in my employ.  I carry on a farm.  I discharged deft. a few days before the fie.  He was at my house on 14th inst., in the evening.  Clark Allen, Nancy White, James Goggin, (a small boy), my daughter and myself constituted my family on the 14th inst. Clark Allen was a boarder at the time.  Deft. abused the house and family on that evening.  He came to the house with his brother, Clark Allen.  He was intoxicated at the time.  He came in between 8 and 9 in the evening.  He talked vulgarly, and used profane language.  He threw $6 or $7 in the fireplace.  I snatched it out.  There was a $5, a $2, and a $1 bill.  They were not injured.  Previous to this, my daughter and Nancy left the room.  Deft. threatened lives – said he would kill them or skin them.  He laid on the floor part of the time, and then got up and went upstairs.  Deft. came to the door the evening the barn was burned.  I told him he couldn’t come in; he was intoxicated.  It was early in the evening.  He did not come in.  It was a short time after he went down street that the barn was discovered to be on fire.  After the barn was burned down, deft. came there and staid all night with a good many others.  I asked him how he came to burn my barn down.

John G. Murphy, sworn, says:-- I was present at the fire in question.  Deft. came on the ground when the barn was pretty much burned down.  Saw him coming towards the fire.  He appeared to be very much intoxicated.  He said nothing when he came to the fire, but commenced warming himself.  He soon stepped a little nearer and said, “This is a good fire to warm Jake Allen” and stretched out his arms.  Somebody remarked, “This is a bad affair for the widow”.  He said it was “a bad affair for him, for he had a half pint of whiskey in the fire”.  I made the remark that it probably helped make the fire.  He appeared drunk.  I remarked to others that he was not as drunk as he appeared to be; that he was putting it on. I proposed a wrestle, and he and young Martin took a side-hold.  Deft. threw Martin.  Martin attempted to turn him, and couldn’t do it.  When wrestling, he did not appear intoxicated.  He sprang to his feet and gave no indications of being drunk after that.  I asked Jake where he had been.  He said he had been down in Prout’s sawmill, asleep.  I then asked him what he had done with the matches he had bought.  He said they were in his pocket.  I asked him to show them to me.  He did so.  They were in a paper box; box nearly full.  He showed me three cigars; said he had smoked the other in Prout’s sawmill.  I asked him when he drank last.  He said at 4 o’clock that afternoon. – I asked him if he had drunk any liquor since.  He said nothing except a glass of ginger wine.  I asked him why he didn’t go into Smith’s house to sleep.  He said he was “so d—drunk that he wasn’t decent to sleep in a bed”.  He asked me if I suspected that he fired the barn.  I told him circumstances pointed that way.  He said, “Let them take me and try me, and prove it if they can”. -- He turned red and pale when he was accused of burning the barn.  Did not deny or own it.  He asked me if I was going to arrest him.  I told him if the building had been mine, I would have had him arrested before it burned down.  He showed fight.  I told him I was not afraid of him, but had been.

Henry J. Speenburgh, sworn, says:-- I am acquainted with deft.  I was with him last Wednesday in the village.  It was the day of the same night that widow Turney’s barn was burned.  We left the village about dark to go home.  I asked him which way he was going.  He said he was going to Mrs. Turney’s, and if she did not let him in he would tear the house down or burn it up.  We went a little further and he asked me if I had any matches.  I told him “no” and asked him what he wanted to do with them.  He said he wanted to set the G—d d—d old widow’s barn afire.  He said maybe he could get some matches of Danforth (Claflin).  We met Austin Smith, and that ended the conversation.  I worked for Smith at the time.  I asked deft., three or four times, to stay over night with me at Smith’s.  He refused.  I stopped at Smith’s.  He stopped there ten or fifteen minutes.  He then got up and went off.

The deft. was committed to jail, to await trial.

The examination was conducted before S. C. Bidwell, Esq., in Ashland.  C. H. Porter, Esq., for the people and J. S. Ives, Esq., for deft.


About 4 o’clock on Tuesday morning of this week, the dwelling house of Mr. Abram Hill, two miles east of the village of Prattsville, on the Lexington road, was discovered to be on fire.  The flames extended to his barn, which, together with his house, were entirely consumed.  Loss about $1,500.  The flames originated from a fire Mr. H. had used on Monday while butchering.

D. B. Case of the Head of the Delaware, has sold out his hotel to J. S. Presten, late of Roxbury.

THAT PUFF – A few days since we were presented with a curiously wrought pipe, by James B. Olney, Esq., of Prattsville, Greene County, NY, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Solicitor in Chancery, and Commissioner of deeds for the State of Pennsylvania.  We courageously promised a puff for the same, and have given the pipe several, and our friend Olney one.  The instrument is of such length that David F. More, Esq., says, “you can smoke all over the country with that, can’t you, Bob?”  It operates like magic, or rather like – a pipe.

OYSTER SALOON – Mr. Jacob Frayer, has fitted up a saloon, in Prattsville, in first rate style, and through a Card in another column, invites his friends to call upon him, and test his style of serving up Oysters.  We speak from experience when we say that lovers of the article may have their wants supplied in every style, and in so neat and tasty a manner that the vericat growler afloat must “knock under”.

CHRISTMAS BALL – A Christmas Ball will be held at Gothic Hall, in this village, on the evening of Friday, 25th inst..  Mr. Edward Dill is the present proprietor of the Hotel connected with this Hall, and as it is but recently that he became a resident among us, we hope all lovers of dancing and good suppers will turn out and give him a bumper. An excellent time may be confidently expected.

MISCELLANEOUS ENTERTAINMENT – Mr. W. F. Gardner, gives our citizens notice that he will give an amusing and interesting performance in natural magic, at Gothic Hall, on Monday evening next.  He is highly extolled by the press as a master of his profession. – Go and witness his performance.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER – A bounty land warrant, for 160 acres of land, has been issued by the Pension Department to the Hon. Zadock Pratt, of Prattsville, for his services as a soldier in the war of 1812, with Great Britain.

December 17, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr.


Quite a little excitement has occurred, it is said, since Thursday last, in Huntersfield, some three miles north of Prattsville, in consequence of a man known as Dominie Lull, mistaking the sleeping apartment of the wife of his host, instead of the place previously allotted to him.  The circumstances, as we learn them, were about as follows:  The Dominie had visited the locality for the avowed purpose of holding a prayer meeting, after which he was invited to visit the house of a brother of the Church, and remain until the next day.  The family whom he visited being somewhat crowded, the lady of the house retired with the hired girl, and her husband with one of the boys, in another part of the house.  During the night, however, the Dominie became dissatisfied, perhaps, with his apartment, and endeavored to better himself by a visit to the aforesaid chamber of his hostess and the hired girl.  As three in a bed was rather too thick to suit the ladies, they cried “fire”, “murder,” &c., until the villain left.  His face being pretty well marked by the finger nails of Mrs. S., he stated next morning that the marks were caused by a burn.  Matters passed off rather quietly until Sunday morning, when the friends of Mr. and Mrs. S. met and prohibited him from preaching.  On Sunday evening, however, a prayer meeting had been appointed in the neighborhood and the Dominie was on hand.  We learn that at this meeting few prayers were offered, and a great deal of quarrelling took place, the work “liar,” “scoundrel,” and other harsh terms being freely used.  The Dominie to whom we refer, if we mistake not, was prohibited from preaching some three years since for his peculiar propensities of this kind, but has since been readmitted.  He is a man, we should think, some sixty-five years of age.

THE FIRE AT PRATTSVILLE – Since our last issue, we have received the following additional particulars regarding the burning of the dwelling house and other buildings of Mr. Abram Hill, on the morning of the 8th inst.   The fire was first discovered by Mr. J. Hoagland, who was a near neighbor of Mr. Hill and who immediately gave the alarm to his own family.  He also, accompanied by his two sons, started for the scene of the fire.—When they arrived at the spot,, they found Mr. Hill’s family all asleep and the house so far under the control of the flames as to render all hope of saving the building vain.—The neighbors rendered every possible assistance and by extraordinary exertions succeeded only in removing a portion of the furniture from the house, and the stock from the barn and stables.  The fire was at first supposed to have originated from the embers of a fire which had been used the day before in butchering, but subsequent investigations lead many to suppose it to be the work of an incendiary.  It is perhaps unjust to cast suspicion on any person as yet.  Mr. Hill was severely burned about the face and head.  The loss will be nearly $3,000 instead of $1,500, as stated last week, upon which there was no insurance.  This fire, occurring as it did at such at time, makes it a still more unfortunate and sad blow for Mr. Hill.  The barn was 30 by 50 feet, and well filled with grain, hay, &c., and many farming utensils and sleighs, all of which were consumed.

STAGE ACCIDENT – Last week, the Catskill and Delhi stage ran off the bank near the Delhi town line, and rolled down quite a distance.  There were some half a dozen passengers on board.  Mr. Childs, of Jefferson, had his face bruised; Mrs. Pine of Deposit had her ankle sprained.  No serious damage was done.  The injured passengers claim some $600 of the proprietor for damages.

The above item is going the rounds of the press, and we only insert it to make an explanation which seems not to be generally understood.  We learn that the road at the location of the accident, was very icy, and the stage commenced sliding.  As it did so, the driver guided his horses to the upper side of the road, when the king bolt came out and the stage turned over.  One lady had her ankle sprained, and it has been discovered that a man who claimed damage for wounds received had been out hunting and that the bruises consisted of a scratch or two, occasioned by a kick from his gun.

DONATION PARTY – We are requested to state that a donation party will be held at the house of the Rev. E. Stratton, in the village of Ashland, on Wednesday evening next, December 23d.  We hope the friends of Mr. S. will not forget to go; and, when they do go, that they will leave for him some memento that will drive from his mind all thoughts of “hard times”.  Remember, “the laborer is worthy of his hire”.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE – Alfred W. Newman, Esq., formerly of Durham, now a resident of this place, has been admitted to practice, as Attorney and Counselor, in all the Courts of this State.  Mr. N. is a young man of much talent and promises to occupy an enviable position among the followers of his profession.

D. W. Ferguson, Esq., of Prattsville, lately completed a new lumber mill for J. Edgerton, Esq., of this place.  We learn that Mr. F. will have charge of the creation of Lloyd’s new flouring mills at the same dam next season. Franklin Visitor

A panther, said to be the largest ever caught in this state, was shot on the 23d, ult., in the town of Walton, Delaware County, by a man named Jonas P. Frazar, who now has the varmint on exhibition.

December 24, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr.

LICENSE LAW IN COURT – George Beach, A. B. Houghtailing and J. W. Baldwin, Esqs., Commissioners of Excise for this county, prosecuted Mr. Cyrus Myers and Daniel Richards, of South Cairo, a few days since for selling liquor without license.  A verdict in both cases was rendered in favor of defendants

CHRISTMAS EVE BALL – Messrs. Mart. Lament and J. Huggins, of the Lexington House, Lexington, will hold a Christmas Cotillion party at their hotel, this (Thursday) evening.  They have engaged a good band, always have pleasant parties there, and will, we guarantee, do their best to please visitors on the present occasion.

December 31, 1857, Vol. 1, Nr.

At a regular communication of Oasis Lodge No. 119, F. A. M., held at Prattsville, December 25, 1857, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:

C. K. Platner, W.M.
P. H. Hubble, S. W.
Theodore Rudolph, J. W.
J. M. Fanning, Secretary
H. B. Montgomery, Treasurer
J. B. Gregory, Tyler

FRIEND STEELE – Will you be so kind as to permit me to correct some mistakes we find in an article published in your paper of the 17th, inst., under the head of “A Practical Mormon”, and in doing so, we have no desire to countenance sin, or screen the guilty in any wise.  But, we do desire the public may have the facts in the case, as they have been brought out on a fair investigation of the matter and to our own satisfaction as well as to that of the public in this vicinity. And, we believe it just and right that the public have both sides of the case in order to judge righteously and not to hastily condemn the innocent.  We propose giving you the entire evidence of the girl, who was occupying the same bed with Mrs. S., as we minuted it from her own mouth and have it before us.  The article alluded to states that “the Dominie visited the locality for the avowed purpose of holding a prayer meeting”, which is a mistake as it was a regular appointment for circuit preaching.  It also states that “the Dominie’s face being pretty well marked by the finger nails of Mrs. S., he stated next morning that the marks were caused by a burn.”  He invited us to examine his face, and there was not the least scratch to be found.  It also states that “on Sunday morning, the friends of Mr. and Mrs. S. met and prohibited him from preaching”, when he had no appointment to preach, but was quietly enjoying a prayer meeting at the West Settlement Church.  He was intending to preach in the evening, and as to that matter had but a few hours previously reached our ears, we requested him not to.  The friends of Mr. and Mrs. S. had nothing to do with the matter, and if we were to judge who their friends were, by the opinions expressed by the entire congregation, (which was large), we should think that they had no friends present or, at least, any who put any confidence in the story, but were unanimous in placing the utmost confidence in Miss M----s, the girl’s statement of the case.  The next morning, the girl was brought and told her story, which was as follows:

I do hereby say and affirm that on the night of the10th inst., I was staying at the house of James Story, and was in bed with Mrs. Story and was knowing to Mr. Lull staying there; and that in the night I was awakened by Mrs. Story’s screaming.  I asked her what was the matter.  She continued to holler a number of times and when I asked her what was the matter, she said I would find out if that old devil did not get off the bed.  I felt something on the foot of the bed and supposed it was the cat.  When Mrs. Story said it was Mr. Lull, I did not know but it was.  I did not see him on the bed at all, nor near the bed.  He staid till after breakfast.  I did not hear them say anything about the matter in the morning, but did hear them talking about cutting wood.  This is the whole and the worst I know about the matter.

Mary C. Myers

After having investigated, the charges brought against Wm. Lull by Mr. Story, having heard the evidence, we believe Mr. Lull to be innocent, and there is no confidence to be placed in the slanderous reports against him.

B Bronson                     Sally Bronson
E. Hummel                   Monroe Disbrow
Ezra Conine                  Garwood Tuttle
Jesse Christian              Amos Tompkins
James Doyle                  Leveret Munson
Samuel Hise                  Sylvester Tompkins
DavidChristian             Daniel Manzer|
Juliana Robertson         Benjamin Cole
Phebe Christian             Landon Vorus

The Coxsackie Union says that a man named Baltus Ten Eyck, on his way home one evening last week from Coeymans, fell off a bridge owing to the darkness of the night, and was drowned.

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