THE LIFE OF A PLODDER
FRED GORTON'S 95 YEARS
an account compiled from his memoirs and diaries
by his granddaughter
Kathy Lynn Gorton Emerson
EXCERPTS FROM DAVID HALL'S DIARY
These entries were copied by Fred Gorton from the diary kept by his uncle, David Hall, who was born in 1827 and died on June 10, 1893. After Hall's death, his wife, Jerusha Ann Gorton Hall, continued to make entries. Fred borrowed the diary on March 16, 1957 from their daughter's widower, Will Ratcliff (April 5, 1863-October 27, 1959) and returned the "diary books" on April 16. Four days after Ratcliff's death, he telephoned Margaret Ratcliff "concerning Uncle David's diary" but there is no further mention of the original.
The remarks in parenthesis are Fred's comments. I have not attempted to correct most of the spelling or punctuation. There is no way to tell how much of the whole Fred copied, but it appears to me that he extracted only the entries that were of interest to him. The reference to diary books implies there was much more information that was not preserved.
The first entries he copied were from 1878, the year he was born.
H. Ernhout repaired his grist mill in June and part of July, 1878
Lewis Wheeler built a house in the summer of 1878.
July 1st, 1878 Peter Redington's house burned down.(d. July 14, 1946; farmer near Gregory's)
August 29, 1878 There was a sham fight at Deckertown.
October 11, 1878 Butchered the old sow. Sold the pork at six cents a pound. Weighed 285 pounds.
January, 1879 Mrs. Parliman sold her farm to Wm. Cooley for $1500.
February 12, 1879 N. G. Gorton traded his white Kate mare to Ike Gorton for a sorrel four year old mare.
March 31, 1879 Cash Bonnell's Saloon and Christopher Foreman in Liberty Village burned down in the evening.
April, 1879 Jacob Hunt sold his farm near Bushville to Gideon Hornbeck for $500.
May 13, 1879 The milk train time was 2:30 to 4:30 at Parliman's Station on the Midland Railroad. [Now known as New York Ontario & Western Railroad].
June 12, 1879 Henry Wynkoop's house was struck with lightning during a heavy thunder storm on the 12th of June and it hailed some and rained so hard that it washed steep hill sides that was put in the spring crops so as to injure them considerable.
September 29, 1879 Began to eat pancakes.
October 3, 1879 Benjamin Willy's barn and wagon house burned down the night of October 3, 1879.
February 20, 1880 John H. Divine sold the James Divine farm to David Carr about the 20th of February for $3,300.
April 5, 1880 Henry Wynkoop moved his family to the George Mallory farm.
June 22, 1880 Joseph Eldridge was tried on the 22nd of June, 1880 at Monticello for poisoning a pair of stags for Henry Pierpoint and a cow for Mrs. Eldridge and was committed and sentenced by Judge Auborn to State Prison for 3 years.
June 29, 1880 John Wales and Sarles Purvis stores burned down in the night of June 29, 1880
Samuel McCoy is a horse doctor living near Sacket Pond.
Jacob Becker traded the oxen he got of Gill Gorton for a white mare and got $25.00 to boot on Aug. 9, 1880 and bought Jonathan McMillen's gray horse to match her and started for Rockland to work with his team Aug. 11, 1880.
September 3, 1880 I finished a large stone boat on September 3rd 1880 and I began to use it the same day.
Levi Steenrod built a blacksmith shop in Liberty Village in the latter part of the summer and early part of the fall and began work in it the forepart of October 1880.
November 4, 1880 The railroad built a wire fence from Strongtown crossing nearly to Parksville in the fall of 1880 and a sign for travelers "Look Out for Cars" at the Parlimans' Crossing (the George Taylor place and Wm. Cooley's place on the corner.)
There was a donation to W. M. Kilbourne for Domanie Carpenter on September 14, 1880 raised $50.25. Domanie Carpenter held a protracted meeting in the Huntingdon School House beginning Nov. 8, 1880 ending November 26. [Editor's note: Dominie was the title given to a clergyman in the Dutch Reformed Church and, informally, to any minister. It was sometimes also used for schoolmasters.]
The Jordan Bros. built a creamery in Hurleyville in the fall of 1880 and began to buy milk in November.
John Ishults began tending H. Ernhout's grist mill at Liberty Falls in the fall of 1880.
Ice in the winter of 1880-1 was 2 ft. thick.
January 5, 1881 Daniel Mc Millen's horse dropped dead in the road near Wm. Ryder's in the night.
The Widow Crain bought the Adam Bedford place Jan., 1881 for $1000. (Next to Gerow's place)
April 15, 1881 Mrs. Cooley's gray mare died of lockjaw in the night.
July 19, 1881 President Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 in the Pennsylvania Depot at Washington by Charles Guitteau. He died the 19th.
August 1, 1881 Thomas Lane had 2 cows and a heifer struck by lightning. They were standing under an oak tree.
Fred Sebolt began to get rocks for the Wagon Bridge at Liberty Falls in the last week in August, began the bridge in September 1881. (I think that was the arch bridge of stone next to Manion's store.)
Henry Ernhout built an addition on his grist mill late in the fall of 1881.
Nov. 21, 1881 I bought a buffalo robe of Sarles and Purvis. Price $13.00.
The Jordan Brothers built a creamery at Liberty Village in the winter of 1881 and 1882.
January 4, 1882 The old grist mill (Depuy owner) at Hasbrouck burned down in the evening.
April 3, 1882 Jordan brothers creamery at Liberty Village began business.
May 1, 1882 The Stevensville creamery began business.
May 2, 1882 Ice froze an inch thick on the night of May 2, 1882.
May 21, 1882 Wm. Ryder's son Frank broke his arm.
June 20, 1882 Gill Gorton raised his barn. Got it finished so as to put hay in. (They served the men at the "raising bee" with pumpkin pie and crullers. Fred and Floyd Gorton wouldn't be five years old until September 17th. It was a framed barn. It burned down while I was Engineer at the Liberty Power House at 7 in the morning and I refused to blow the whistle.)
Aug. 16, 1882 We began to eat bread from our own rye.
Aug. 17, 1882 We had a car load of lime on the Strongtown switch. N. G. Gorton helped draw it with two teams.
September 9, 1882 Henry A. Cramer, agent for the Worlds Map and canvassing Sullivan County came here Saturday night, Sept. 9, 1882.
October 1, 1882 Domani Fuller preached at Stevensville and Strongtown, Huntingdon.
October 8, 1882 They finished the iron railroad bridge at Liberty Falls except part of the railing.
November 12, 1882 Frank Ernhout ran away.(Frank Ernhout d. Oct. 16, 1915 of typhoid fever in Schenectady)
December 2, 1882 The morning train on the Midland Railroad made the last trip for the season.
1883--There was two trains put on N.Y. O & W Railroad that run in the night and pass at Liberty at 1:40 o'clock.
February 19, 1883 N. G. Gorton bought a chestnut sorrel colt with two or 3 white feet and a star in the head. He was coming 3 years old. He got him down to Sandburgh. $100. Name Major.
Seth Bonney sold his farm in Strongtown known as the Bedford place to Charles McDonald the latter part of March, 1883. Price $2700.
May 10, 1883 Bonnell & Co. Circus showed at Liberty.
Fred Gorton broke his right leg on July 19, 1883 toward night by falling through the pitch hole from the barn floor to the basement floor and it was set by Doctors Perry and Robertson in the afternoon of the 20th. [Editor's note: Fred's granddaughter, Kathy Lynn Gorton Emerson--that would be me--blatantly stole this episode in Fred's life to write Julia's Mending (1987), a children's historical novel (for ages 8-12) set in Liberty Falls in1887. Several other things that happened to Fred also happen to the fictional "Julia" and her cousin "Simon."]
The colored folks held a camp meeting in Lows Grove near Monticello commencing September 8, 1883 ending on the 16th.
The Sullivan County Fair held at Monticello October 3& 4th, 1883.
January 15, 1884 Ike Gorton moved to Walton to start a butcher shop with James Crispell.
May 15, 1884 Wash Huntington went back to the mines.
Frank Ernhout came back about the 1st of July, 1884.
August 10, 1884 There was an earthquake shock felt in New York City both the eastern and western states.
Alfred Strong moved about April 1, 1885 to his farm in Strongtown.
Thomas H. Houlihan bought the Liberty House of Uriah Messiter (1847-1905; Young, Messiter and Dodge) in the spring of 1885 and Mr. Charles Erf bought the Clements Hotel.
I drawed with a sleigh till April 12, 1885.
April 18, 1885 George Kortright (d. June, 1908 @ 79) & wife (Phebe Gorton, d. Feb. 1908 @ 77) & Gill Gorton and family came here to eat maple sugar.
April 21, 1885 James Demeress bought Wm. Demeress farm.
April 23, 1885 I heard swallows, night hawks, and whippoorwills and a few May flies in the day time.
May 6, 1885 C. T. Mallory died at Mt. Vernon.
May 10, 1885 C. T. Mallory funeral at the Methodist Church.
June 30, 1885 Ann and I attended Rebecca Gorton's funeral.(widow of Collins Gorton)
General Grant died at Mt. Gregovon July 23, 1885. Buried in Riverside Park Aug. 8
Aug. 27, 1885 There was a Harvest Home at Palmer's Grove at Mongaup Center. (Fred Gorton attended 7 years old.)
Sept. 23, 1885 Ann & Celia went to the Monticello Fair. It was very windy, cold day for the season and there was light snow squalls and rain by spells in the middle of the day. It was tedious.
October 19, 1885 Professor Tucker showed slight of hand tricks at the Huntingdon School.
Domanie Kelly & wife came here on March 28, 1886 stayed all night & preached his farewell sermon and went home the 10th.
There was no trains run by here either up or down on the O&W on April 1st, 1886 on account of slides.
Jerry Bridges failed in business about Mar. 10, 1886.
Edith Fox began teaching school in the Huntington District on April 22, 1886. School closed July 10th.
Wm. T. Homes bought the top of Walnut Mountain in May 1886 and built a 5 story house on it in the fall and had the carpenter work nearly done when it flew down on Nov. 18 in a shower between 11 and 12 o'clock AM. Wind was SW.
The Liberty and White Lake Turnpike was built in the spring and summer of 1886. The 4 horse Tally Ho Stage Line was started from Liberty to White Lake on June 14, 1886 by Charles Stanton of Mongaup Valley.
Mr. Davidson came here to make shingles.
Cora Weeks came home Sept. 8, 1886 and went back the 18th.
October 7, 1885 The Huntington Sunday School held a picnic at Sheldrake.
Ann and Celia went to Thunderhill on October 12, 1886 came home the 21st.
November 28, 1886 DeWitt Beebe was thrown down and laid up quite a while at the Walnut Mountain House.
Ann and Celia went to Ann's mothers to dinner on Thanksgiving Day in a snow storm.
November 27, 1886 Floyd, Fred, & Leslie Gorton were here on a visit.
January 9, 1887 William Wood's leg was crushed age 18 years. He fell under a railroad car at Livingston Manor. (He died age 80)
January 13, 1887 Ann and I went to Reas Bushes to dinner.
January 14, 1887 Wm. Manion's horse shed fell down by the weight of snow on the roof. Mr. Frasier had a pair of horses caught under it and one of them hurt considerable and Thomas Ratcliff also had a horse but it did not get hurt. (William Manion d. Oct. 1914 with an estate valued at $85,077.42. His daughter Winnie m. Will Ryan. His son Wim J. d. Dec. 10, 1945 @ 55. His son Thomas d. Dec. 14, 1966 @ 75.)
March 16, 1887 Ann & I went to Monticello & made a visit to Rim Hansees. N. G. Gorton bought an organ for Jeanette from him.
Charles Kilbourne [Editor's note: elsewhere he's called Charles T but this may the C. F. Kilbourne who d. May 7, 1903 @ 65] sold his farm at Strongtown about the middle of March to John Van Tassel. Took possession April 8, 1887. Price $10,000. (At that time there was a small lake on either side of the highway.)
Benjamin Smith moved on the Miss Brewster farm on April 1, 1887. George Taylor on the 20th. They done a butcher business. Peddled house to house known as Smith and Taylor.
William Wood of near Sheldrake fell under the car at Livingston Manor on June 9th, 1887. His right leg was crushed below the knee so badly that amputation was necessary and the left one bruised. [Editor's note: I know this contradicts the entry for January 9 above but this is the way it was copied by Fred Gorton.]
William Clements of Liberty Falls aged about 12 years was accidentally shot while a party of boys was undressing to take a swim at Liberty Falls. Preston Kortright (d. 1913; O & W track foreman; m. Ella Akins who died in 1949 @ 76) one of the party had a pistol in his pocket and by throwing the coat down the pistol was discharged. The ball entered Clements' body and lodged near his left shoulder. It happened the evening of June 16, 1887.
The O&W built a Depot at Liberty Falls. They began the forepart of August, 1887 finished the later part of September.
September 6, 1887 The Jeffersonville Fair was held. The Sullivan County Fair was held September 6, 7 & 8, 1887.
September 21, 1887 N.G. & Grace Gorton, Will Carr & Will Ratcliff went to the fair at Newburgh.
September 28, 1887 Joel Crispell moved to Cyrus Strong's.
The Free Methodists built a church at Liberty Falls the latter part of the summer and fall just got it finished so as to hold Quarterly Meeting in it commencing December 23 (28?) 1887.
Charley Kilbourne moved from Van Tassles to Elmer Rhodes to live in January 1888. (The Rhodes place is across from the Strongtown school house)
February 10, 1888 Coldest temperature in Sullivan County, 24 below zero.
February 21, 1888 I bought a pair of red steer calves with stars in their heads of Clark Gorton. Price $18.00.
February 26, 1888 The church at Liberty Falls was dedicated.
March 6, 1888 They took Mrs. Jacob Wilson to the Middletown Asylum.
March 12, 1888 We had our worst blizzard. Snow drifts 12 feet deep. The O&W railroad was tied up for 6 days. N. G. Gorton melted snow for the 25 cows to drink.
June 15, 1888 The Catholic Church was struck by lightning. There was several men working in the church at the time. The church was badly wrecked and James H. Van Orden instantly killed aged 37 yr. 1 mo. 6 da.
July 20, 1888 John Allen was hung in Monticello for the murder of Mrs. Dresuld Ulrich on October 8, 1887. (He shot her with a shotgun. I think he was the last person hung in Sullivan County. His last words were "Let her go, Gallagher." Gallagher was the sheriff.) [Editor's note: Fred got everything right except the sheriff's name. The expression "Let her go, Gallagher." first became popular during the Civil War and caught on among prison inmates afterward. There are records of condemned men saying this to their executioners all over the U.S. during the last quarter of the 19th century. The sheriff at the time was Walter Vail Irvine.This murder case plays a minor role in my forthcoming novel No Mortal Reason, book three in the Diana Spaulding Mystery Series.]
August 27, 1888 Fredmore Hotel at Robisonville burned in the morning. Bronson Robison burned to death. [Editor's Note: The Walton Reporter for September 1, 1888 reported that "Bronson Robertson, of Robertsonville, Sullivan County, was burned to death Monday morning while trying to save others. The fire was at Predmore's hotel at Robertsonville and was first discovered at about 4:30 AM. The flames had made such progress when discovered that it was with great difficulty that the inmates of the house were rescued and in trying to save an old couple who were boarding at the hotel, and who were asleep and who did not hear the alarm which aroused the others, Robertson was overcome by the heat and smoke and lost his life. He was a well-known citizen, and leaves a widow and several grown up children. His remains were found in the cellar, burned so as to be scarcely recognizable." Thanks to N. Fred Fries for sending this to LibertyNY@ yahoogroups.com]
Jerry Bridges was taken to Middletown Asylum about Sept. 1, 1888.
September 18, 1888 I was a witness at Monticello on the suit between Waldo Kinney (Waldo Kinne built the Strongtown creamery) and Truman Tymerson (Rented N. G. Gorton cottage; killed by a train in 1888 at age 25; filed suit against Waldo Kinne earlier that year.)
Joseph Raymond built a stone bridge just below the Ed. Kilbourne house the forepart of Oct. 1888. Price $25.00.
D.T. Ratcliff built the stone bridge by the Strongtown milk station finished October 6, 1888 (The above was Will Ratcliff's father.)
October 11, 1888 S. Clark Jenkins was coming from Liberty with horse and wagon on the Gerow Crossing. The down milk train struck his horse and killed it and broke the wagon badly and injured him fatally and he died on the 12th aged 84 years.
John Curtis came to Joel Blackman's to live about the middle of October 1888 came here the 5th (John Curtis 18 years old in the spring of 1893)
December 27, 1888 There was a rainbow in the North about 2 o'clock.
January 31, 1889 There was a mad dog came to Liberty. Bit several dogs, also a cow belonging ti Ira Divine and some cattle for Thomas Gildersleeve. The dog came from Grahamsville, was killed at Liberty.
March 18, 1889 Jacob Wilson moved from the Geo. Kilbourne farm to a farm at Robensville. (The Kilbourne farm later was John D. Buchanan's.)
March 27, 1889 Jonathan Nichols barn burned about 4 in the morning. It burned up 14 cows, 3 horses, and about 10 ton of hay and some feed. Insured for $500.
Mr. E. Van Fredenburgh built a factory below Humphrey's Mill in the summer of 1889 got it running in the fall to manufacture wheelbrowers and shingles. (Edward Van Fredenberg ran a laundry on Mill Street that served Loomis Sanitarium; his wife, Matilda Jane, d. July 3, 1949 @ 93)
There was a scimelton for the benefit of Thomas Divine and wife in the evening of October 3, 1889. (Anna Bradley)
October 13, 1889 The Talmage Church burned down 2 AM.
November 3, 1889 Frank Burnham's wife & children started for Michigan. (N. G. Gorton's tenant)
January 26, 1890 Ann and I went to N. G. Gorton's wedding anniversary. (They celebrated their 50th January 26, 1920 in the Presbyterian Church basement. All the children were present.)
February 22, 1890 Charley Farquhar moved from Hurley to Mary McMullen's.
May 8, 1890 Boblinks came.
Tommy Clements went away from William Manions about Nov. 1st 1890.
Ben Blanchard moved to Ben Van Inwegen's March, 1891.
March 27-8, 1891 Edward and Walter Randall papered our setting room and Celia's bedroom. It cost $3.30 for the work and $2.90 for the paper.(Edward J. Randall Sr. arrived from England 1851; he was a painter and a member of the Baptist Church of Liberty for 71 years; b. June 11, 1942; d. Aug. 4, 1934)
Wm. Manion and Wm. Pierpoint bought Byron Gray's grist mill in May, 1891. Price not known. (At Ferndale.)
N. G. Gorton built a small house on the Lane Lot in 1891. (Fred Gorton helped lathe it, 13 years old.)
May 8, 1891 Charles Farquhar moved from Taylors to N. G. Gorton's.
The Tig Tag was finished and the first work train passed through the tunnel on June 22, 1891 and the 1st passenger train the 25th Estimated cost $300,000. (Known as the Fallsburgh Tunnel.)
August 5, 1891 Conductors Clam Bake at Livingston Manor.
Buffalo flies came here in summer of 1891 & was very thick on cattle and grew scarce by Sept. 25. Was nearly gone Oct. 4th.
September 24, 1891 Horace Wheeler went to Orange County Fair at Port Jervis.
October 15, 1891 Ruben Huntington went on the police force.
The town of Liberty Village built an iron bridge in Liberty Village by Whittier "picture gallery" October 1891. (Known to us as Steenrod Bridge.)
Charles McDonald built a new house on the Bedford homestead in Strongtown in the summer and fall of 1891.
November 9, 1891 Joel Crispell sold his farm by the Demeresse place to Wm. Cooley. Price $1200.
December 16, 1891 There was an oyster supper at Wm. Cooley's in the evening for the benefit of Domane Miller.
Snider Morris moved to Strongtown to Mr. Osterhouts on March 24 & 25, 1892.
March 31, 1892 Charles Turner moved from William Ryder's farm to Adam Bennett's. (Will Ryder lived near Huntington School. His son, Will Jr. left Hurleyville c. 1900. He was killed at about age 38, on Nov. 19, 1917, when his motorcycle was struck by a car in Richmond Hill, LI)
April 14, 1892 Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Broadway came and stayed all night. (Retta Gorton and husband.)
May 2, 1892 I traded my black colt 2 years old to Archie Comfort for a light bay 4 years old with some white hairs on his flank and a little brown on his back and paid $50 to boot.
June 2, 1892 Robert Lewis was lynched and hung to a tree in Port Jervis.
June 27, 1892 A heavy rain. The streams were very high from 6 o'clock until 7. It rained very hard until 8. Fell 4 inches. The streams were higher than had been in 30 years. It took out many bridges, some damage to mill & dam, washed roads. The Arch Bridge at Liberty Falls was undermined at the lower end and Gird's Tannery went off also the wooden bridge at Doubtenville & both of them near Jim Schoonmaker's. The C. T. Kilbourne Mill was badly impaired. Most of them at Mongaup Center and Bushville went off and many others in the town.
Joseph Norris is foreman at the Liberty Creamery, 1892.
July 27, 1892 Ann & Celia attended A. Broadway's reception.
August 3, 1892 Conductors held their clambake in Liberty.
August 9, 1892 Joel Crispell's barn was struck by lightning and burned in the morning.
August 22, 1892 Aaron Stanton made a balance pole across the road opposite the house.
Celia Hall taught the Huntington School August 22, 1892. School closed December 30, 1892.
T. De Witt Talmag preached and then went back to Retta's and stayed all night.
October 14, 1892 The railroad began to fill the Loder Tressel. To work with teams the 19th. (They used a little engine named Annie to pull the dump cars. N. G. Gorton stabled three teams in his barn at the time. Gid Young & wife lived in our house downstairs too. Their alarm clock used to wake us up long before daylight.)
December 2, 1892 I bought a six tined dung fork. Price 85 cts.
George Vininrogen broke in the Sheldrake School House took a few things of not much value and done some damage and broke in Charley Rocksford's dwelling and took a few thing not much value and committed the theft on the night of December 10, 1892. It was Saturday and he was arrested the 11th, taken to Hurley to await trial, was tried before B. T. Lawrence and he gave clear.
Aaron Stanton drawed my hemlock bark on Jan. 18 & 19, 1893. Come to $12.37.
January 27, 1893 Harrison H. Loder, Nellie, Jonie Lester & Carrie Beach here to dinner.
March 25, 1893 Mr. Murphy came as counsil with Dr. DeKay. (Hurleyville, New York)
April 6, 1893 Peter Brochu called (blacksmith, Ferndale)
April 10, 1893 Heard a frog croak.
Snow banks lasted until April 18, 1893.
That is the last entry made by David Hall, but his wife Ann continued to write in the diary. On June 10, 1893 she made her first entry.
David continued to grow worse until June 10 when he departed this life at quarter past 8 in the morning.
July 8, 1893 The Loder Trestle finished.
July 16, 1893 John Curtis disappeared suddenly from Joel Blackman's. (Never heard from again.)
Fred Gorton worked for Aaron Stanton 13 days and got $9, July 1893. (I, Fred Gorton, worked for Aaron Stanton for 10 days in haying and boarded with Aunt Ann and Celia. We also had morning worship every morning. It was the summer before I became 14 years old, and Daisy Stanton was born at that time. Celia said to me "the baby looks just like Aaron, her daddy." Years later Daisy married Archie Dice. My wife and I attended the wedding too.)
October 16, 1893 Ai Gorton left home. Lottie Ferdon was kicked by one of our cows in the morning and had to go home. [Charlotte Ferdon (1872-1905) m. William Randall (1871-1906)]
October 24, 1893 Sent 12 barrels of apples to New York.
November 1893 Able Gregory, son-in-law of De Groot, commenced building a creamery near Strongtown. Rev. A. Willis Meyer rented the Gorton cottage. Mrs. Bedford sold farm $1500 to Mrs. Payne. Mr. Desbrew rented the Thomas Lane farm, $200 a year for 3 years. Chas. T. Kilbourne sold to Van Tassel the farm (later Chris Bunger bought it, known as American House. Burned July 30, 1953. Loss $75,000. Chris Bunger d. Nov. 12, 1941 @ 60. He married Mattie Jones. She d. Nov. 13, 1959 @ 84. He shipped milk.)
October 2, 1893 Mrs. Sergeant & Retta came from the west to visit.
November 28, 1893 Mr. Chas. Hosie moved from W. H. Kilbourne's place to the Dave Carr place. $2000. (Carr's known as the Squire Devine Place.)
December 20, 1893 Lottie Ferdon paid $8 for 4 weeks board.
Four Gorton boys had measles later part of Jan., 1894.
March 5, 1894 Gill Gorton came and Aaron Stanton agreed to buy the farm for $3200 to take possession April 1st , 1894. (Aunt Ann sold the farm to Aaron Stanton, as Stanton was working the farm at the time. Stanton sold the farm to Morris Siegel for $9000. Now owned by Dewey Carr.)
March 7, 1894 Drucilla Wickes came, stayed all night.
March 31, 1894 Gave Aaron Stanton deed to farm. Gave mortgage $2200. Given in Celia's name.
Alfred Strong bought a house in Liberty Falls, March 1894. Eber Strong & wife moved in part of Joel Crispell's house.
April 1, 1894 Aaron Stanton & wife went to John McCumber's.
April 21, 1894 I took a mortgage on Frank Deniston's house and lot in Hurleyville. $900.
May 14, 1894 Frost in the night.
June 1, 1894 Miss Elvira Hill and Cora Carr commenced dressmaking in Liberty Village. [Cora B. Carr (d. Oct. 21, 1956 @ 88) was the sister of Mrs. Clark Gorton]
August 31, 1894 We and Brother Gill came home. On the way to the Falls he fell from the wagon and was quite bad hurt. (Fred Gorton witnessed the fall and grabbed the wheel to prevent his getting run over. N. G. Gorton was taking Celia Hall to the train for New Paltz College.)
February 8, 1895 A blizzard, snow and wind & cold weather so that the girls did not attend school.
Trains blockaded near Gardner's Crossing & did not commence running till Sunday evening February 10, 1895.
April 1, 1895 Chris Bunger purchased the Strongtown Creamery of De Groot Bros.
James Gray bought farm of Mc Kenny, spring 1895.
April 4, 1895 Sister Elmira went to Rebecca D. Hill's to board. Mrs. R. D. Hill has rented part of her house to Mr. Hackett for a year for $160. (Hutchinson place.)
Thomas Lane sold his arm to E. Baker in the fall of 1895.
November 12, 1895 Thermometer 17 degrees above zero.
July 5, 1896 Fire balloons sent up at evening and quite a display of fireworks.
August 19, 1896 Lillie Stanton & children visited us & Cassie Wheeler.
October 17, 1896 Liberty Depot burned.
Company at Christmastime, Ray Munson & Iva, Wm. Ratcliff & Ollie Cooley, 1896 (Also Libbie, an older sister, Ray Munson loaded a chunk of wood with gunpowder and a man who stole wood got his kitchen stove blown up.)
July 5, 1897 Electric lights in Liberty Village.
March 10, 1898 Jas. Farquhar's house burned.
March 21, 1898 Edward LeFevres paper mill located in Fallsburgh burned.
May 9, 1898 Mrs. Payne's house in Strongtown burned.
Will Schoonmaker & family moved on a farm owned by George Kortright, June 1898.
September 1, 1899 Rachel Schoonmaker moved back to New York City. Aaron Stanton sold his farm to Morris Siegel for $8000, including furniture, & cows, horses, hens, and farming utensils.
During the spring of 1900 the Trolley Road between Liberty and Jeffersonville was commenced.
Sewers put in Liberty in the Fall of 1900.
April 1908 Gill rented his farm to Mr. Brannen. (Moved to Liberty in the fall of 1912.)
Fall, 1908 Stanton bought a farm near Jim Osterhout's from F. J. Butterick. (Fred Gorton served them on the RFD Route. Butterick used to say "here comes the band" because I used to sing on the route.)
This is the last of the entries Fred copied. His Aunt Ann died October 25, 1910.
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