Back From His Annual Vacation

John D. Adams Has Enjoyed 30 of Them

“I have returned from enjoying my thirtieth annual vacation as an employe [sic] of Uncle Sam,” remarked Letter Carrier John D. Adams, to a Times-Press reporter. “Don’t you think Uncle is pretty good to me to have given me 30 of them?” The reporter assured the aged distributer of mail that he was certainly to be congratulated, and Mr. Adams proceeded to tell how engaged in the service the year before the big blizzard of ’88 and some of the difficulties encountered in getting the mail to the people at that time. He spent his recent vacation at Yankee Lake, where he has spent several others, always enjoying them, despite the fact that one of the most difficult things he has to do is cease work even for a brief season. Mr. Adams is a veteran of the Civil War, and consequently watches with special interest the movements in the present conflict.

Source: Middletown Times-Press, July 27, 1917.

Drank Poison By Mistake In Drug.

Nathan Yocom Frightens Relatives Early Thursday Morning.

Mistaking a bottle of white hellebore for that of a tonic which he had been advised to take Nathan S. Yocom, a painter, residing in Central avenue, lay near death’s door for a short time Thursday morning because of the effects of the deadly poison upon his system. Medical assistance was summoned and late Thursday evening the unfortunate victim was reported to be entirely out of danger.

Yocom drank the poison early in the morning. Strange effects of the drug were soon detected and members of the family administered powerful emetics. Dr. C.M. Lenhart was called and discovered the elements of the mistaken drug and the serious condition of the patient that had resulted.

A stomach pump was resorted to and although quite weak from the effects, Yocom is expected to be himself again in a few more hours.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, September 30, 1904.

Find Stole Car Near Otisville

Port Jervis, Nov. 3—Letter carrier Frank L. Bock, of 85 Hudson street, was attending the meeting of the Port Jervis Automobile Club, in Hotel Mitchell, when his Ford car was stolen. After an all-night search the car was found at Pierson’s crossing on the Erie near Otisville, where it had been abandoned on account of the supply of gasoline having been exhausted.

The parties had stopped at a farmhouse at Cuddebackville in an endeavor to purchase some gasoline, but did not succeed. They asked the way to Newark, N.J., and that was the last seen of them.

Source: Middletown Times-Press, November 3, 1916.

Announces Candidacy.

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Feb. 14.—Adolph Dobrowsky, pioneer jeweler of this city, announced today his candidacy for city trustee. Dobrowsky has never before ran for office. It is expected that there will be a warm contest for the office on account of differences in the matter of municipal lighting.

Source: Sacramento Union, February 15, 1916.

Oceanside Man Honored

Mr. Dave Rorick, of Oceanside, California, has been appointed to the Membership Committee of the Navy League of the United States and will help to represent that organization in his district in the campaign which it is carrying on in all parts of the country in behalf of adequate preparedness against invasion and disaster. He will cooperate with the member of the Navy League’s state committee of California of which Mr. Frank H. Symmes of San Francisco is chairman and will lends his support to the work undertaken to consolidate and organize the overwhelming sentiment of thinking people of that state in behalf of measures of adequate preparedness

Source: Oceanside Blade, December 25, 1915.

“California For Mine”

Mr. and Mrs. David Rorick and daughters returned Monday from a holiday trip to Texas and Oklahoma.

On the return journey they were given a sample of what has been going on all over the east for the past few weeks, their train being stalled by the storm. The engine went dead and there was no heat for the cars, while the passengers were compelled to go without food for twelve hours or more. Under such circumstances “California For Mine” becomes a popular sentiment.

Source: Oceanside Blade, January 13, 1912.

Tribute Paid Mrs. Garth By YM[CA] Officials

A tribute to the late Mrs. J.W. Garth who died Wednesday night was paid Thursday by Beaumont YMCA officials.

R.J. Orrick, president of the YMCA board of directors, said in a statement:

“Mrs. Garth has endeared herself to the hearts of the members of the board of directors through her sincere interest in the youth. She has been in many of our “Y” meetings and was an inspiration to all of us.

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Seventy-Five Years Ago In The Statesman (excerpt)

“The crickets came down like a wolf on the fold,” and the crops on the ranch of I.P. Gile, at the mouth of Mores creek, melted away before their resistless march like dew before the morning sun. Mr. Gile saved two acres of corn, all nicely silked out, but cutting it up to feed his stock next winter. Not a green thing is now left standing upon the ranch which one week ago promised an abundant harvest.

Source: Idaho Statesman, August 14, 1949.

Cold Wave Grips State And Many Deaths Reported

Lehigh Valley Track Walker Frozen to Death While Fulfilling His Duties


Man and Woman With Weak Hearts Perish After Exposure to Frigid Blasts

Towanda, Pa., Jan. 14.—Joseph Hardenstine, a Lehigh trackwalker, froze to death while fulfilling his duty yesterday. He was walking along the track, looking at the nuts and bolts as his duty required and was seen to slip and fall.

Section hands working about half a mile away, hurried to him when he did not rise, and found him froze stiff.

The body is so badly frozen that it is impossible to learn whether or not he suffered an attach of heart failure. He was 59 years of age. A farm house several rods from where Hardenstine met his death registered 9 degrees below zero at the time.

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