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Pictures of the Past in this Vicinity 40 & 20 yrs ago, Dec 27 1935, Steuben Courier

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Pictures of the Past in this Vicinity 40 & 20 yrs ago, Dec 27 1935, Steuben Courier

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Surnames: Rumsey, Burton, Shannon, Cowan, Allison, Faucett, Stocum, Mayer, Balch, Heinaman, Wynkoop, McChesney, Harrison, Gardner, Armstrong, Coon, Barrett, Blackford, Lee, Moore, Rowe, McCall, Bassett, Hill, Thompson, Hicks, Lyons
Pictures of the Past, Touches of Life in This Vicinity 40 and 20 Years Age That Stir Memories Pg 2, Col 3 & 4
40 Years Ago – Dec. 27, 1895
Governor Morton had designated Justice William Rumsey to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Department, New York City.
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The Board of Supervisors, meeting in Hornell for the adjourned session, and presented a valuable garnet ring to Chairman Burton and a beautiful gold-headed cane to Thomas Shannon, as a mark of their appreciation.
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A certificate of incorporation of the Bath – Lake Keuka Railway has been filed in the office of the County Clerk. The contemplated route of the railroad was from the Soldiers’ Home down Belfast street to Morris street, down Morris to Railroad avenue, through Railroad avenue to Cohocton street, passing the Erie Station to Cameron street, up Cameron Street to Morris, along Morris to the southeast corner of the county buildings, to Steuben street, up Liberty to Geneva, and on to Hammondsport. (This is one of Bath’s dreams that did not come true.)
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Harvey W. Cowan, Guy W. Allison, John H. Faucett, Frank L. Stocum, A. T. Mayer, Judson Balch, Jay Heinaman and B. W. Wynkoop had been appointed by Edwin Cook Hose Company to arrange for the annual ball. (Those who remember the parties in those days will recall that were not only brilliant affairs but that they drew guests from far and near.)
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20 Years ago -- Dec 31, 1915
A Christmas Eve tragedy had filled Avoca with gloom. Three promising young lives have been snuffed out in a whirlwind. Marie and Ethel McChesney, aged 20 and 17 years respectively and daughters of Mrs. Omar McChesney, a widow who lived in the eastern part of the village, and Benjamin Harrison, whose home was in Hornby, were the victims. The two young women had gone to the Lackawanna station to meet Harrison on the arrival of No. 5 on the Lackawanna late in the evening. The three then walked together down to the Grant street crossing and stood for a moment on the westbound track, waiting for the passenger train to pass so they could proceed across the eastbound track to the McChesney home. They did not notice an on-coming eastbound freight and stepped directly in front of it. All three were instantly kill.
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John W. Gardner, 55 years old, a resident of the town of Howard, was shot and instantly killed while hunting in the wood near his home. He was crossing a ravine when he placed his gun, butt down on the ground to steady himself. He slipped and the movement of the gun caused it to discharge, the shot entered Mr. Gardner’s head and side. His son, Clyde, who was with him, succeeded in getting help in a few moments, but the father was dead when he arrived.
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Edwin Armstrong, aged 82, met a tragic death at his home in Avoca. When in a delirium he deluded his nurse, scrambled to the roof, slip off and was instantly killed.
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William Coon, of Bath, and Bertha Barrett, of Urbana, had been married at Centenary Methodist parsonage by Rev. Dr. O. J. Blackford.
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H. B. Lee, C. H. Moore, Jr., Frank Rowe, A. E. McCall, James Faucett, Jr., T. C. Bassett, Dr. R. C. Hill, Bert Thompson, William Hicks and W. K. Lyon and been Appointed floor committee for the New York’s Eve dance at Odd Fellows Hall.

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