Charles E. Bunnell
9318 Fairway Ct
La Plata, MD 20646
Source: This information was contibuted by Charles E. Bunnell, the owner of the original receipt.
Copyright 1997 Charles E. Bunnell
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The Bunnell Newspaper Clippings
SRC NO. N5
NEWSPAPER: Unknown; possibly Whitney Point NY Reporter
EVENTS LONG AGO
He was born December 23, 1803. He married Eliza Livermore and later bought a farm about 1830, situated in the towns of Lisle, Broome County, and Berkshire, Tioga County. At first they lived in the town of Lisle and some time later they built the buildings on the hill and lived there in the town of Berkshire until he died in 1890.
He used to do carpenter work and at one time he came off a job and stopped at Caldwell schoolhouse to attend a political meeting and a pole raising; he set his adz down beside the door. It was sharp when he left it but it was dull and the pole was hewn in two when he got his adz again.
At another time some one wanted some help. He said: "Wal, if you want education I'll send John Gardner; if you want ambition I'll send Charles Arnold; if you want muscle I'll send William Henry; and if you want calculation I'll go myself."
About the time the first grain binder came around Cora Travis, his grandchild, was at the Bunnell farm, and he wanted her to go and see how it worked, so she went where they were cutting grain; and the man who owned the machine showed her how it worked, how it tied the knot and she came back and told grandfather how it tied the knot. He said, "That's all right. Let me tell you something now, some day you'll see farmers farming with engines, and maybe some day you'll see somebody fly, but don't tell anybody for they'll think I was crazy."
Before grandfather bought the place a tale is told of a man attempting to steal some timber on the place. He was in the woods cutting down a pine tree when a hunter came up behind him, and being wise to what he was doing fired a shot into the tree about ten feet above his head. The thief ran and afterwards told that he was in the woods after basket timber and someone shot at him.
In grandfather's house there used to be an old-fashioned clock about 6 or 7 feet high. Sometimes grandfather and grandmother would leave the children at home alone; at which time they would try doing tricks. One of the boys said to my uncle Chas., "I bet you can't look over your left shoulder and throw a hammer out the door." Uncle Chas. thought they meant he could not throw it hard enough. He threw the hammer and hit the clock, which still carries the dent which he made with the hammer. The clock was otherwise unhurt. This clock is now in the possession of my cousin Cora Payne, who now resides in Byers, Colorado.
H. E. BUNNELL
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