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Our Town: What the newspapers said 100 years ago

by Carol Johnson
October 14, 2010 12:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Wildmere Hotel opened in 1887 and a large addition was begun in October 1910. The 225-room hotel was condemned in 1979 and destroyed by fire in June 1986.
The Wildmere Hotel opened in 1887 and a large addition was begun in October 1910. The 225-room hotel was condemned in 1979 and destroyed by fire in June 1986.
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The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month for the New Paltz Times by Carol Johnson, coordinator of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the October 1910 issues of the New Paltz Independent. If you would like to get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit Carol Johnson and the staff of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library, located at 93 Main Street, or call 255-5030. Meanwhile, enjoy these words from a century ago.

Mr. Arbuckle’s new building now looms up against the western sky, being plainly seen from the upper portion of our village. It will doubtless be enclosed before winter sets in. It is to be a home for cripples, where they will be able to work to good advantage at various trades as well as farming.

Some maple trees in this village are infested with the Maple Cottony Scale and are dying. This scale can be controlled by spraying early in the spring, just as the young are hatched from the eggs and spreading about the trees, with whale oil soap at the rate of one pound of soap to six gallons of water.

A large number of Vassar College girls passed through our village on Saturday on their annual visit to Lake Mohonk. They came by stage from Poughkeepsie.

There are about 200 people attending the Indian Conference at Mohonk, including a great number of distinguished persons, as usual.

A change has been made in the road leading to Mohonk, just south of Table Rock, which enables those coming by stage to have a view for a longer time of the face of Sky Top.

The Mohonk House closed on Tuesday. As usual, many of the guests staid until late in October. The forests in the vicinity are more attractive in the brilliant hues of October than at any other time. There are still many roses and a variety of other flowers in bloom in the garden.

About 50 men are now at work on the large addition to the Wildmere House at Minnewaska.

A number of the Normal faculty went to Esopus to visit with John Burroughs on Saturday.

This is the season of the year to enjoy a long walk. One of the best is up the turnpike (Main Street) to Putt corners, then north to Shivertown Road, west to the state road and back to our village.

For the first time in three years, there is an open season on deer in Ulster County, the season lasts from Oct. 16 to Oct. 31, inclusive.

John Denzlinger and Samuel Beatty went to Columbia County in the vicinity of Hudson to hunt gray squirrels the latter part of last week. They and two others got no less than 90 gray squirrels. They brought 48 squirrels home. Herman Krom, who went with them, returned earlier with about 20 squirrels.

At Gardiner on Friday afternoon William Wilson and Bartley Christian were given a hearing before Judge Wright on the charge of selling cocaine. They were captured by the aqueduct police and two packages of the stuff were found on Wilson and one on Christian.

Oscar Deyo of Springtown has about 5,000 bushels of potatoes this year. This is the largest crop he ever had and without a doubt, the largest crop ever raised in Springtown.

Col. Theodore Roosevelt will stop at Kingston on his way from Buffalo to New York at 11 a.m. tomorrow, (Saturday) and address the voters of Ulster County. The voters of New Paltz and towns along the Wallkill Valley Railroad will doubtless go in large numbers to hear him.

Recent purchasers of automobiles are Abm. E. Jansen and Joseph H. Vanderlyn.

D.C. Storr will lay out another avenue between Oakwood Terrace and Manheim Avenue.

D.C. Storr is busy with the water tank on top of the hill, east of Oakwood Terrace. His well, which supplies the tank, yields an abundance of pure water.

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