Owego Record Front Page
March 5, 1891
Tioga Co., NY

Transcribed by: Bill Grummons

March 5, 1891


Two vagrants in Thursday night, out next morning.

Officer THURSTON arrested George DENSMORE, a North Avenue barber, Friday for assault, upon complaint of DENSMORE'S wife. The defendant demanded a jury trial, which was set down for Wednesday, March 4th, at which time no appearance was made against him and he was discharged.

Office STRAIT got a tramp Friday evening while Deputy DAN was at supper. It was a case of in and out for the vagrant.

Burdette MOON and Henry EATON were on a "bender" Friday and were arrested by Chief ROBERSON. The Recorder made $13.55 each or a stay of forty-five days in jail. The defendants felt so certain of financial aid that they willingly went in until it arrived. MOON paid and went out Wednesday and EATON followed his example.

The Recorder's court was busy Monday morning. Five tramps were arraigned, four of whom were discharged, and the other given ten days.

Lizzie HAND made affidavit Monday morning that James CROSS had stolen a pair of shoes from a gentleman visitor of hers during the night. Recorder GLEZEN issued a warrant and Chief ROBERTSON served it. He pleaded not guilt and the case was set down for 3 that afternoon, when he was convicted and given fifty days straight in jail.

Albert BASFORD was arrested Monday for intoxication and next morning, after conviction, was sentenced to pay a fine and costs of $16.34 or to six months at the Onondaga penitentiary at Syracuse.


Deputy DAN captured Hiram BASFORD and two vagrants the other day, off the corporation he says. Alderman FORSYTH saw his game and tried to get an officer to them while DAN was walking a block behind as a blind, but not in time.


It seems Owego is gaining fame for accidents like unto Binghamton's. Monday, was a particularly unfortunate day for Owego people, both at home and abroad, one man being killed and two injured, more or less severely?


George L. FORD, a young man of this village was found lying on the platform of the Erie station between the east end of the depot and the water tank, about 7:15 that evening. He was seen to be very seriously injured and was taken to the rooms of his brother, Elmer FORD, on North Avenue, a short distance away. Dr. G. B.. LEWIS, was summoned and, assisted by Drs. R. S... LOUNSBURY and D.S. ANDERSON, dressed the right limb, which was badly fractured at the ankle and on the leg. Then it was discovered the worst injury was to his left shoulder, which was crushed to a pulp, extending to a point in his side opposite his heart. Then hope of saving his life was abandoned and his death occurred at 12:10 a.m. from the shock consequent upon the injury. The facts of the injury remain a mystery, no one yet having acknowledged witnessing the accident, but he was seen earlier in the evening endeavoring to catch on a freight train. The train that killed him was an eastbound extra freight, LANGLY conductor, and it is thought that FORD tried to ride on the train and fell to his death. George L. FORD was born Feb. 7, 1866, near Gaskill Corners. His parents were Lewis and Mary FORD. His father died several years ago. He is survived by his mother, who resides at Binghamton, and by his brother Elmer, of this village and his two sisters, Mrs. H. E.. COFFIN and Kittie FORD of Binghamton. The funeral was held at 1:00 p.m. today, at the rooms of Elmer FORD, where his death occurred.


George SHAYS, the well know butcher and market man, met with a serious accident last evening while in his office. He was standing on a stepladder reaching up on a shelf, when the ladder gave way, and he grasped at a shelf and sustained his weight until some ligaments under the short ribs gave away. He loosened his hold and fell to the floor, injuring his back. He was alone and lay on the floor until young SWEENEY returned, when he was found cold and in a serious condition. He was take to his rooms over the market and cared for by his physician.

Will COOK, an Erie brakeman, had one of his hands injured by the cars at Binghamton, Monday. He has not had any fingers amputated yet and it is hoped he will not have to suffer that.

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Ernie Miles