Owego Record Front Page
June 11, 1896
Tioga Co., NY

Transcribed by: Bill Grummons

June 11, 1896


The June term of county court closed yesterday, after having been in session nine days and transacted a large amount of business. The following account of the RECORD'S special court reporter takes us to the story where it was left off last week.

The trial of William JOHNSON for rape was concluded about 5 o'clock Friday afternoon. The jury was out about an hour and returned a verdict of guilty of rape in the second degree. Yesterday morning JOHNSON was brought up for sentence. Argument was made by his counsel upon a motion for a new trial, but the motion was denied. He was sentenced to the New York reformatory at Elmira.

The indictment against John KENT for manslaughter was brought up and trial was moved - only seven jurymen secured before adjournment. At about ten o'clock Friday morning the following jury was secured; I. G. LEMON, Waverly; Harvey J. WILLIAMS, Berkshire; Henry G. HART; Candor; James BEESEMER; Lockwood; William ISENBURG, Owego: Minor GAGE, Gaskill; E. G. WOODFORD, West Candor; Robert GILMAN, Candor; C. M. HUBBELL, North Barton; J. M. SLAUSON, Waverly; G. Q. HANNA, Waverly; William THOMAS, Owego. The crime is charged to have been committed by assaulting George BAKER, late of Apalachin, and thereby inflicting injuries which resulted in the said BAKER'S death. It was expected to be a long case, but everything went smoothly and the evidence was closed at 4:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. While the charge is a grave one those who listened to the evidence could see that there would be great difference of opinion as to whether or not the defendant was guilty of that crime or of a lesser offence. The district attorney tried the case closely for the people and M. S. LYNCH, Esq., and J. S. GROSS, Esq., as closely watched the interests of Defendant KENT. It was 6 o'clock when the charge to the jury was completed and therefore too late to move the trial of another case. Court was held open until 8:30 in the evening, at which time the jury came to the courtroom and asked for further instructions as the lesser grade charge. Again retiring the jurors remained out for a short time and brought in a verdict of "guilty of assault in the third degree." KENT was then sentence to pay a fine of $50. or to be committed to jail for 50 days. Assault in the third degree is technical assault, and the prisoner received as heavy a sentence was warranted by the grade of the crime which he was convicted. He will probably serve his time in jail.

Friday morning Herbert LeROY of Richford was sentenced to the Elmira reformatory upon his plea of guilty of petit larceny, second offence, committed by taking $15 from C. L. RICH of Richford.

Saturday the trial of William H. VASBINDER of Halsey Valley for assault in the second degree was moved by the district attorney. A jury was procured and the trial was fairly underway at noon at which time court was adjourned till Monday June, 8, at 11 o'clock a. m. The trial was taken up Monday morning when court called and was summed up by J. S. GROSS, Esq., for the defense before the noon adjournment. District Attorney F. A. DARROW summed up as soon as court called that afternoon and the court charged the jury. The jury was out about five hours and late in the evening came in and through the foreman said that there was no possibility of their reaching a verdict. They were discharged and the case now goes to the next county court for a second trial.

The trial of Stephen REEVE of Apalachin for assault in the third degree was commenced about 4 p. m. Monday. The main defense in this case was that the defendant had heretofore been tried, convicted and sentenced for this offence and could not legally put upon his defense a second time. The district attorney represented the people and CLARK and TUTHILL the defendant. The case was continued Tuesday morning and was given to the jury before the noon adjournment. About 4 o'clock the REEVE jury brought in a verdict of "guilty as charged to the indictment." A motion for a new trial upon the minutes of court was made by the defense. The motion was denied and the court granted a certificate of reasonable doubt. Stephen REEVE, the defendant, was then sentenced to pay a fine of $25 or stand committed to jail for not more then 25 days. He was given in charge of the sheriff until the papers were for appeal could be prepared or the fine paid.

At 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon Geo. M. GRISWOLD who had been indicted for grand larceny, second degree was brought up and allowed to withdraw his plea of not guilty and plead guilty to petit larceny . Henry E. BARRETT, Esq., appeared as his counsel and spoke on his behalf. The sentence of the court was $50 or 50 days. He took the days.

The next case moved was the indictment against W. H. BOUGHTON for violation of excise. He was not present and his bail was declared forfeited. Patrick MALONEY and B. F. BIRDSELL were his bondsman. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest and court was held open. BOUGHTON was found at his home in Newark Valley and a telegram received from him said that he was sick and he would send a substitute. Court was adjourned until 9 o'clock, Wednesday at which time BOUGHTON was brought in by an officer and his trial upon an indictment for violation of the excise was moved. The evidence was finished before 11 o'clock and the case was given to the jury before adjournment. The jury did not agree upon a verdict until 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. At that time they rendered a verdict of guilty. The district attorney stated that this was the last matter to be considered and therefore asked that sentence be passed at once. The court sentenced the defendant to pay a $75 fine or be committed to the county jail for not less then 75 days. The fine was paid this afternoon. Court adjourned yesterday until June 29 at the chambers of the county judge.


Mr. and Mrs. C. I. WOOD start today for a visit to Cascade, Auburn and Ithaca.

Mr. and Mrs. HALL of North Bennington, VT, are guests of W. H. COREY.

William AUSTIN, Esq., of Trumansburg is at Owego attending court. - Ithaca Journal.

Miss Marion JONES of Rochester is visiting her aunt, Mrs. O. B. GLEZEN, Front street.

Mrs. Catherine BEERS of 221 Main street has gone to St. Louis to attend to business there.

Dr. and Mrs. H. H. HILL are passing a few days with the formers father, O. S. HILL at Bainbridge.

Mrs. DEARSTYN and daughter Elisa started Monday morning for Albany and New York for the summer.

Miss Nellie TERWILLIGER is passing her vacation from the Syracuse university at her home in this village.

G. D. GENUNG of the Waverly Free Press was in town Saturday and was a welcome caller at the RECORD office.

Dr. and Mrs. E. T. GIBSON of Minneapolis, who have been passing some time in town, left Tuesday for Montreal.

Miss Jennie JOHNSON of Candor, who has been visiting friends in town for the past two weeks, returned home Friday.

J. H. WATERMAN of West Groton has been entertaining this week his parents, Mr. and Mrs. WATERMAN of Nichols.

Hon. J. T. ANDREWS of Penn Yan, and Miss ANDREWS of Dundee, NY, are visiting their sister, Mrs. E. A. STARKEY.

Mrs. David EMORY of Middlesex, NY, with her son Leon, is visiting her sister, Mrs. C. M. BARTHOLOMEW, 84 Main street.

Mrs. Charles CAMP and son Arthur of Elmira are visiting in town. The latter is advertising agent for WAITE'S Comedy company.

Miss Rose STEVENS of Pennsylvania avenue has returned from a weeks visit with friends in Owego and Binghamton. - Athens News.

Mrs. S. WOODFORD of Candor, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Warren HOPPER, 62 George street, for some time, has returned home.

W. A, SMYTH, delegate to the Republican convention, and Howard J. MEAD expect to start tomorrow night for St. Louis.

Miss Helen Dean KING is home from Vassar to pass the summer vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George A, KING, Front street.

Miss Louise HORTON of the public schools of Elmira was home over Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Horton, Main street.

W. J. McNAMARA of Pueblo, Colo., is in town, passing a few days with his wife and daughter at the home of the latter's grandfather, Dr. A. T. PEARSALL.

Miss Lulu LAWRENCE who has just graduated from the New York art school is guest of her grandmother, Mrs. Laura LAWRENCE, 57 Church street.

Conductor and Mrs. J. H. FIELD and Miss Mamie FIELD left Friday on Erie train 2 for a trip of several days, during which they will visit Albany via the D. and H. and New York via the Hudson river.

Rev. Milton F. NEGUS, Mrs. E. S. BUCKBEE, Miss HULL and C. E. SCHOONMAKER of Owego and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. BELKNAPP of Campville were in Binghamton this week in attendance at the session of the Broome-Tioga Baptist association.

Postmaster W. J. ATCHISON, wife and daughter went to LeRoy Monday for a weeks stay in Mr. ATCHISON'S former home, where he hopes to receive benefit to his health which has been failing since last November. He has lost 41 pounds in weight.

Moses JONES of Watkins is in town for a time.

M. L. DOWNS is at home from Cornell university.

Mrs. J. D. BAKER has been passing a few days at Athens.

Fred CARTER is in the city. - Monday's Ithaca News.

Dr. A. W. STOUTENBURG of Binghamton was in town Friday.

G. W. LANE of Talcott street is confined to his residence by illness.

Miss Mary STORM is home from Syracuse university for vacation.

J. D. MILLER representing the Elmira Advertiser was in town Friday.

H. L. GLEASON of Cortland was in town Friday on insurance business.

Charles C. STRONG is improving and if careful should be about in a few days.


In order to accommodate those who desire to attend the Republican National convention to be held in St. Louis. MO, June 16, the Erie Railroad company has arranged to place on sale special excursion tickets to St. Louis and return at the rate of fare, one way, for the round trip. These tickets will be sold June 12, 13, 14. and 15 and will be good for return passage on or before June 21. The Erie is the natural route from this section of the country to St. Louis and its accommodation's are superior to all others. Be sure your ticket reads via this popular line.



Died at Owego, NY, Monday, June 8, 1896, ANN, wife of Thomas CONNELL of 250 East Temple street aged about 76 years. She was born in Ireland and came to this county about the year 1828 and was married a year later. She leave a husband and two children. Mrs. I. D. SKEELS and Miss Anna CONNELL. The funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church at 10 o'clock Thursday forenoon. Interment at St. Joseph's cemetery in Tioga.


Died, at Owego, NY, Friday, June 5, 1896, of general debility , George TALCOTT, aged 87 years. He was born on this village and passed most of his life in the homestead on the corner of North avenue and TALCOTT street, from which he moved a year or two ago when he sold it to W. H. THOMAS. He is survived by one brother, Lucius of Washington, D. C., and two sisters, Mrs. Lucy GOODRICH of Owego and Mrs. Charlotte COOKE of Spencer. His funeral was held at the residence of his sister, Mrs. GOODRICH, 351 Front street. Interment at Evergreen cemetery.


Died at Binghamton, NY, Monday June 8, 1896, Charles Chauncey HAYNES aged 72 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Frank H. of LOWELL and Edwin M. of Greene, NY, also one daughter Mrs. O. S. SCOTT of Owego. The funeral service was held at the family residence, corner of Frederick and Liberty streets, Wednesday, at 2 p. m. and the burial was at Oxford. Deceased was for many years a prominent citizen of Chenango county, residing at Oxford and Greene, removing from the latter place to Binghamton about 12 years ago. He also leaves one brother, William of Steamboat Rock, Iowa, and three sisters, Mrs. Sarah SHELDON, Mrs. Almira Davidson and Mrs. Augustus BOLLES, all of Oxford, NY. He was the son of the late Charles B. HAYNES of Oxford.


An Event Which Interests Albany and Tioga Counties. -Albany Argus, June 1, 1896

Such a beautiful day as yesterday was certainly an ideal one for weddings, and two Albany men took unto themselves brides. Mr. Joseph Leonard McENTEE and Miss Augustus Frances RICH were wedded yesterday morning at the home of the brides parents at Richford, Tioga county, NY. Mr. ENTEE (sic) is the political writer and the representative in this city of the United Press and is a brilliant example of a self-made prosperous youth. Miss RICH is the daughter of Chauncey L. RICH, at one time one of the most prominent business men in Tioga county and prominently identified with the building and management of the Southern Central railroad of which for many years he was treasurer. He is now retired. Miss RICH is a vivacious demi-blonde of striking presence, and gifted with conversational powers. The wedding took place at 8 o'clock yesterday morning, and the bride and groom left for a sojourn in the Adirondacks. The bride wore her traveling dress at the ceremony, which was preformed by the Rev. Father DUNN of Horseheads, Chemung county. When the bridal couple return to the city they will live at No.163 Jay street in a pretty little house which Mr. McENTEE bought and furnished for his bride.



A very pretty event occurred at the home of William R. MEAD of Weltonville Thursday, June 4, 1896, it being the marriage of their only daughter, Dora, to Edison HAMMOND, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Melville HAMMOND of Berkshire. At 8 p. m., as the organ played by Fred BLEWER, began to send forth the strains of the wedding march, the wedding party entered the parlor accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Will HAMMOND of Newark Valley, who acted as best man and maid of honor. The ceremony was preformed by Rev. J. B. COOK of Newark Valley in the presence of 76 relatives and friends, after an elaborate collation was served, all the guests doing ample justice to the viands prepared. The bride was richly gowned in steel gray silk and carried a bunch of white flowers. The company was highly entertained by music furnished by Messrs. STEELE and BLEWER, after which all departed, wishing Mr. and Mrs. HAMMOND a long and happy life. The presents were costly and numerous.

From Up the Creek.

Here is the champion yarn yet, although told by one of our citizens who is perfectly able to tell the truth on special occasions. He was plowing a field last week when the plow turn up an elderly and respectable hen out of the furrow. Then, instead remaining in a passive and quiet state, as a dead hen should, she got up and though a bit unsteady in the legs began picking around for something to fill up the vacuum under her feathers. Now this man swears he plowed that hen under last fall. - Newark Valley Herald.

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