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Tri County Clippings- Page Two Hundred Twenty
Clippings about Town of Erin, Chemung County NY
Elmira Star-Gazette 
Elmira, Chemung Co, NY 
Thursday June 3 1926 

ERIN EVENTS AND PERSONALS 
Erin, June 3.---Mr. and Mrs. Charles MOULTER visited their daughter, Mrs.Lawrence MOULTER at Chenango and also Mrs. Rose KELLOGG in Binghamton, 
Sunday.---Mr. and Mrs. Fred MOULTER were in town Memorial Day.---Marjorie 
BROOKS of Valois is visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
MOULTER.---Mrs. Nora COVERT of Rochester and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene TOWNSEND of Spencerport visited here and in Horseheads Memorial Day.---
Mrs. Bert SHARP left Monday for Ithaca for an operation.---
Old Home Day here was a success with guests from Elmira, Ithaca, Horseheads and other places nearby attending. 
    Edna HUBBARD is ill.---Mr. and Mrs.John ROBERTS and Mr. and Mrs. D. L. SMITH of Elmira attended Old Home Day here.---Mr. and Mrs. Arthur CATCHUM of Pearl River and Mrs. Mary CATCHUM and daughter Jeanette and Mr. and Mrs. WINDOLPH of Cortland visited Mrs. V.E. SMITH and Nellie STAGE here Sunday.---
A social was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Varnum MCDOWELL recently for the benefit of Baptist foreign missions.---Miss Carrie Mae RISING is expected home this week for a two weeks' vacation.---
Mr. and Mrs. Herman THOMAS and children of Rochester spent Memorial Day with Mr, and Mrs. John DECKER. 
    Mr. and Mrs. Fred MORGAN and son Harold Frederick and Mr. and Mrs. Harold KELLOGG spent Memorial Day in Owego
.---A party of friends recently gathered at the home of John DECKER in honor of his birthday.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Herman THOMAS and family, Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Clayton PEASE and family, Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. John DECKER, JR, Elmira; Willis HUGHEY, Elmira;Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Reilly and son Richard, Elmira; Wilma Hammer, Elmira; Mrs. HAMMER, Buffalo; Mr. and Mrs. Clark BOWMAN, North Chemung; Raymond and Harold BOWMAN, North Chemung; Mrs. Ella Vfredanburgh, Erin; Mr. and Mrs. Fred MORGAN and son Harold of Erin; Mrs. John DECKER and daughters, Anna Mae and Ethel. 

(Some of the names may be spelled wrong but they are just as they appeared in the paper.) 

Submitted by 
Patricia Wainwright 


Tri County Clippings- Page Two Hundred Twenty
Clippings about Town of Ashland, Chemung County Ny
Elmira Star-Gazette 
Elmira, Chemung Co., NY 
Thursday, June 26, 1926 

WELLSBURG PERSONALS AND EVENTS 
Wellsburg-June 3---A choral celebration of Holy Communion will be held at 
Christ Church, Sunday morning at 8:30 o'clock, the Rev. Levi W. Lunn, 
celebrant;Sunday school 10:30 a.m.; Young People's Fellowship 6:30. 
    Mr. and Mrs. Rex PRITCHARD OF Hornell and Miss Iretta PRITCHARD of Buffalo called here Monday.---Robert W. PAGE recently attended the 
Corning Consistory.---Frederick HANLON jr. spent Sunday in Lowman.
---Mr. and Mrs. Leo S. ALDRICH and son Gordon of Terrace street were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jay B. BRINK at Erin Sunday and Monday.---Mr. and Mrs. Harry ROBERTS and son Seward of Main street have returned after a visit in Buffalo
.---Mrs. Frank WEBSTER and daughter Polly Ann of Oneida have been guests of her sister Mrs. H. ROBERTS of Main street.
---Miss Luella ELY 
and niece Dora MELLONS of Rochester spent the week end with her father E. 
W. ELY of Prospect Road and sister Mrs. George MOSHER. 
    Members if the Home Achievement Club with Rufus STANLEY of Elmira hiked 
to the Chemung Indian Trail Saturday.---Mr. and Mrs. William BOILEAU of 
Bath were guests of S. H. MURPHY Saturday.---The Rev. and Mrs. Rutherford 
L. DECKER of Denver, Col. are guests of their parents Mr. and Mrs. D. M. 
DECKER of Main street.---Mrs. Chris FERGUSON of Elmira called here 
Monday. 
    Morning worship will be held at the Methodist Church Sunday at 11 
o'clock with sermon by the pastor, the Rev. C. L. TERRILL; Sunday school 
at 11 o'clock; Epworth League 
at 7 o'clock; preaching at 8 p.m; prayer meeting Thursday at 8 o'clock; 
choir practice Friday at 8 o'clock. 
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert BARNES and daughter, Katheryn and Frederick TAFT of 
Catatonk were Sunday guests of Mrs. George HANMER and Mr. and Mrs. Larue 
R. MERRIAM of Terrace street.---Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. HANMER and son 
Donald of Rochester are visiting Mr. and Mrs. George HANMER, sr. of 
Terrace street.---Harold JAMISON of Elmira was the week end guest of D. 
R. HAGERMAN at his home on Terrace street.---Dr. and Mrs. G. D. SMITH of 
Kenmore, Buffalo, have been guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. HAGERMAN and Mr. 
and Mrs. G. M. PEET. 
    Mr. and Mrs. M. BRUNO and daughters Elsie and Isabel of Webster and Miss 
Edna Woodard spent the week end with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Samuel 
WOODWARD of Main street.---Mr. and Mrs. James Oliver WEST spent the week 
end at the Charles STEMPFLE cottage, Lake Keuka.---Augustus HILLMAN of 
the Rochester Medical School is spending a few days at the home of his 
parents Mr. and Mrs. H. A. HILLMAN of Front street.---Warren SMITH of 
Buffalo is the guest of Augustus HILLMAN.---H. O. STANTON, A. J. STANTON 
and Myron BROWN attended the ball game in Binghamton Saturday.---Mr. and 
Mrs. Oscar BLANCHARD of Cayuta, Mr. and Mrs. Paul LEFLER of Cameron, Miss 
Lillian STANTON of Penn Yan and Benjamin PERSINZ of Elmira were guests of 
Mr. and Mrs. H. O. STANTON Monday. 
    Miss Lillian STANTON, superintendent at the Soldiers' and Sailors' 
Hospital, Penn Yan, is spending her vacation with her parents Mr. and 
Mrs. H. O. STANTON of Front street.---The Rev. George H. CARR of Afton 
preached at the Baptist Church Sunday morning and evening.---Mrs. Minnie 
DEAN of Fifth street entertained at cards Tuesday evening in honor of 
Miss Julia GLINES of Elmira.  Refreshments were served.  Those present 
were: Mrs. H. A. HAGERMAN, Mrs. Dan NEWCOMER, Mrs. E. A. HERRINGTON, and 
Miss Julia GLINES.--- Edward WHITE of Elmira was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. 
H. L. DEAN Sunday.---Miss flora BOYCE of Elmira was a guest of Mrs. E. A. 
HERRINGTON, Sunday.---The Rev. A. J. STANTON and family of Frewsburg are 
guests of his brother H. O. STANTON and family of  Frost street. 
    Mrs. M. SARRIN is visiting her brother Gilbert JENKINS, in 
Corning.---Herbert HELLER of Elmira was in town Sunday,---Mr. and Mrs. 
Asa BEMENT and Mr. and Mrs. George HANMER, jr., motored to Canton Monday 
to visit Mr. BEMENT sister.---Boyd McDOWELL of Elmira was the guest of 
Mr. and Mrs. Martin LOWMAN of Front street Sunday---Miss Carrie PAYNE of 
Elmira called here Sunday.---Gwynn S. BEMENT and Lee HERRINGTON of Elmira 
were in town Monday.---Mrs. Oscar BLANCHARD and Mrs. H. MORSEMAN of 
Cayuta were recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. STANTON. 

Submitted by 
Patricia Wainwright

Poetry by Jim Smith about Town of Erin
Sumbitted June 2007 by Claire Smith

Reminiscences
By Jim L. Smith, 4/5/57

That wonderful old town of Erin, 
Where I lived so long ago;
Was known for its hustle and bustle, 
We had visions it surely would grow.

In that wonderful old town of Erin, 
Were businessmen, craftsmen and all;
Who were friendly and ever found willing, 
To come at one‘s beckoning call.

The sawmill that stood in the hamlet, 
Furnished work for the men every day;
The railroad that ran through the township, 
Was built in the town’s busy heyday.

Three merchants with stores that were models, 
By standards in vogue of that day;
Each stocked with goods for the townfolks, 
And for the farmfolks who came this way.

Three blacksmiths, a cobbler and butcher, 
Each filled with true civic pride;
All eager to help one another, 
To make the town better they tried.

The crate factory and the chairshops, 
Helped to make up the lively old town;
The cider mill and the gristmill, 
Each bade the farmers come down.

Two wagonmakers and a cabinet shop, 
Made wagons, sleighs and cupboards;
Did repair work of every description, 
Long before the day of the Fords.

And one of the erstwhile blacksmiths 
Was a congenial undertaker too;
Who buried the dead with devotion, 
Never troubled o’er what was his due.

The creamery and a cheese factory 
Bought all of the farmer’s milk;
Made butter and cheese of real quality, 
As fine as the proverbial silk.

Two churches, a school and a beautiful grove, 
Three halls and a baseball ground;
All helped in their way to enliven the town, 
As fine as was e’er to be found.

Two doctors, a drugstore and printshop, 
Were all taking things in their stride;
The railroad station kept busy, 
Shipping produce to towns far and wide.

The station agent not only sold tickets, 
But was a handyman of renown;
Who repaired our clocks and our watches, 
Made violins the talk of the town.

And when he was not too busy, 
He took pictures of most everyone; 
He was also a fine photographer, 
The groups he took were well done.

The town barber was also kept busy, 
On evenings throughout the week;
His haircuts and shaves were excelling, 
Made all of the menfolks look sleek.

The old pettifogger kept things lively, 
Made fun for one and all;
As he tried his client’s cases, 
In the spacious old town hall.

The veterinarian of the old school 
Doctored the horses and cattle too;
Was always at the farmer’s call, 
To do whate’er he could do.

The threshers with horse-drawn engines, 
Long before the tractors came ‘round;
The threshing task was a huge one, 
Many helpers had to be found.

Yes, the grand old town of Erin, 
Where I’ve lived since but a mere boy;
Was a grand old town to live in, 
Filled one’s heart with mirth and joy.

But now I have seen many changes, 
As the years have swiftly rolled by;
I have seen the most of those landmarks, 
Leave the scene as clouds leave the sky.

So today we wish that we only knew, 
How to bring the old town back;
We’ll hope to the last a way may be found, 
To get off the backward track.



REMINISCENCES
Do you remember - 

The T.H. Rodbourn & Co. Sawmill?

The Utica, Ithaca & Elmira Railroad, later the Elmira Cortland & Northern and finally the Elmira & Cortland Branch of the Lehigh Valley?

T.H. Rodbourn & Co, Park Brothers and Peter Blauvelt, Merchants?

Edward W. Hawley, W. Frank Rogers and Oliver B. Elston, Blacksmiths?

James Dibble, Shoemaker and Cobbler? 

Ransome “Ranty” Swayze, Butcher?

The Rodbourn Manufacturing Co., Crate Factory and Shingle Mill?

John S. Thomas and Tom Shadduck, Chairmakers?

Merrill’s Cider Mill?

John S. Thomas, Gristmill?

W. Frank Rogers and Oliver B. Elston, Wagon makers?

Samuel Finch, Cabinetmaker?

Edward W. Hawley, Undertaker?

The Laurel Hill Creamery, later a branch of the Horseheads Creamery Co.? 

The Edgar Jay Cheese Factory?

The Erin Centre Baptist Church?

Park Hall, Hawley’s Hall and Peter Blauvelt’s Hall?

The Erin “Village” School?

Gileses’ Grove?

Dr. William H. Jennings, Physician?

Dr. Fletcher W. Brockway, Physician, Surgeon and Druggist?

Wallace W. Hanson, Printshop?

Nelson L. Merrill, Station Agent, Watch and Clock Repairing, Maker of Violins and Photographer?

Henry Matteson, Barber?

Joshua H. Stevens, Justice of the Peace and Pettifogger?

James R. Mitchell, Veterinarian?

John S. Thomas and Merritt H. Rosekrans, Threshers?



Come to Our Hymnsing
By Jim L. Smith, 7/25/57

1. The old church still stands by the wayside,
 There in childhood we all learned to sing;
 The grand old hymns w remember, 
 And other fond memories they bring.

Chorus: 
 Oh, come, come, come, come
 Come the church by the wayside, 
 Oh, come to the church of our youth;
 There we’ll have a grand old hymnsing,
 And listen to the teachings of truth.

2. As we gather in the church by the wayside, 
For another glorious hymnsing;
Let us tell all the oldsters among us,
Of the joy that their presence would bring.

3. Those hymnsings are held to revive us, 
 And remind of the teaching of old;
 Let’s tell all the youngsters around us,
  And bring them into the fold.

4. So the next time you hear of a hymnsing, 
Let nothing stand in your way;
But come to the church by the wayside, 
It surely will gladden your day.



The Canner
By Jim L. Smith

With strawberries and the rhubarb
quite early in the year,
The canner begins her canning
with eagerness and cheer;
She cans throughout the Summer months
and through the Autumn too,
And never is she satisfied, 
Even when cold weather’s due.

Cherries, currants and raspberries,
Peaches, pears, tomato juice,
Pickles, preserves and apple jelly,
She just cans to beat the deuce;
For winter’s storm will soon be with us 
And the hearth will be aglow, 
But if the pantry shelves are laden, 
Her family stands a better show.

Pumpkin, corn, and apple butter,
Carrots, beans and garden peas,
All the other garden products
That she grows or that she sees;
White potatoes and the squashes,
The turnips and the beets,
Her family is provided
With the very best of eats.

Catsup, chili sauce and grape juice,
Piccalilli and peach conserve,
Dill pickles and the gherkins
She is prepared to serve;
With the canning season ended
And the canned goods stored away, 
She will need to do less cooking
While the Winter days hold sway.

Now her canning days are over, 
A new freezer has been bought,
So caring for the garden
Is now her only thought;
So she hoes and weeds and cultivates
From early until late,
And freezes all that garden stuff, 
Which her family thinks is great.

Mother’s Corned Beef and Cabbage
By Jim L. Smith, 4/15/57

Long before the days of Jiggs and Maggie
My Mother on the farm, 
Would prepare a sumptuous dinner,
Then she’d sound the noon alarm;
She had prepared corned beef and cabbage
That would make Jiggs leap for joy, 
Those dinners I well remember
From the days when but a boy.


Winter Fare
By Jim L. Smith, 10/27/56

The butchering and potato digging 
All finished for the year,
The apples picked, the threshing don,
As the Winter days drew near;
Then Father would be off to mill
With grains to have them ground-
The buckwheat, corn and Winter wheat,
As fine as could be found.

Buckwheat flour and the “Injun” meal
And flour from the hard wheat too,
Would be ground at the old stone mill
From those grains that Father grew;
Retuning from that daylong trip,
He could relax and feel secure,
No matter how the North winds blew,
The cold he could endure.

The sidepork had all been salted 
In the barrel behind pantry door, 
The hams and shoulders were being cured
Which was a pleasant chore;
They were hanging in the smokehouse
O’er fires of hickory wood,
Giving them a tangy flavor
Oh I tell you they were good!

Using odds and ends of sidepork
Pans of sausage had been ground,
Some salt and sage were added,
Just so much to the pound;
The spareribs hung upon the hooks
Out in the old woodshed,
To be served on rare occasions
When some guests were to be fed.

Then Mother had “tried out” the lard
And made some great headcheese,
And with her expert cooking
She was always sure to please;
With the pork and all the vegetables
That in the garden grew,
She would serve the best boiled dinners 
of anyone we knew.

The beef that had been fattened
On more gain that Father grew,
Had also now been slaughtered
By the neighborhood butcher crew;
The corned beef and the dried beef
Were prepared with greatest care,
The round steak and the sirloin
Made tempting Winter fare.

Boiled cider and the sauerkraut
Had been added to the store,
The cellar bins had all been filled
There was room for nothing more;
Through the Winter days to follow, 
Not much we had to buy,
The farm home was provided
With an ample food supply.



Reminiscences
By Jim L. Smith, 10/27/56

I once lived in a town of Contentment,
With friends who were faithful and true;
Where our ancestors toiled  in the woodlands,
Tilled the soil as the neighborhood grew.

That dear old town of Contentment,
Where men worked from early till late;
Was a place that we were all proud of, 
Never dreamed of its oncoming fate.

In that wonderful town of Contentment, 
Was a sawmill, a creamery and store;
Public halls, picnic groves, and playgrounds,
No need for anything more.

I have lived in a town of Changes,
As the years have swiftly rolled by;
I have seen the last of those landmarks,
Leave the scene as clouds leave the sky.

I now live in a town called “Modern”
But I fail to fine it worthwhile;
There’s nothing now left to content us,
Nothing more for the youth to beguile.

In this town they now call Modern,
I now live in deepest despair;
As I dote on the town of Contentment
That was once my privilege to share.
 

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