By Leon Schworm Edmeston Correspondent – The Gazette
Edmeston ~ December 28, 2014
With having a green Christmas it certainly didn’t seem like the weather we usually have. Christmas has since come and gone and now we are looking to the new year and new years eve. If you have plans for New Years Eve., please have a good time but be careful.
The first event for the New Year, appears to be Breakfast at the fire house. This is sponsored by the firemen and the proceeds go to purchase equipment and training. This is a donation breakfast and is a great meal. Pancakes, French Toast, sausage, bacon, hash browns and eggs and serving starts at 7:00 A.M. until 10:30. The date: January 4, 2015.
Happy New Year!
Edmeston ~ December 21, 2014
Christmas Eve Candleight Service at Edmeston Methodist Church.
A Candleight Christmas-Eve Service will be held Wednesday, December 24th at 5:00 P.M. Pastor Rebecca Parry presiding. The church is Handicapped Accessible..
Musical selections will be presented by Bill Gaston and his son Billy, as well as Organist Tina Shields and the Choir. The sanctuary is decorated with live green wreaths and pointsettas.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Please note the time is 5:00 P.M.
Edmeston ~ November 29, 2014
With Thanksgiving all that was going on, I didn’t get any news items, but would like to remind the readers that on Sunday, December 7th the Breakfast at the firehouse with serving from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
On Saturday, December 13th there will be “Breakfast with Santa” 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (at the firehouse)
Applications to register for prizes and the rules for the Home Decoration contest may be obtained at the Bank
Edmeston ~ November 23, 2014
Edmeston ~ November 16, 2014
Wharton Valley American Legion Post 1311 conducted a Veterans Day program at the Veterans Park in Edmeston. The weather was perfect and about 100 people attended. The ceremony included the dedication of a new Roll of Honor. Many years ago we had such an Honor Roll, but it became in poor condition. This new one is located in the Veterans Park and is constructed to be there for many years to come.
On the corner by the Town Hall, flowers and shrubs have been planted by the Edmeston Rotary in memory of Virgil Zinninger. The plaque above the plantings reads: In memory of Virgil Zinninger, Rotarian, Banker, Community leader and Philanthropist June 2014
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Edmeston ~ November 2, 2014
Edmeston ~ October 26, 2014
The Edmeston United Methodist Church will host its annual Election Night Turkey Dinner, Tuesday, November 4th. Take outs and dining room seating will begin at 4;30 pm. This is a free will donation dinner and will be at the school cafeteria.
On October 5, 2014, the congregation welcomed Christina Shields as organist and Steve Yurenka as provider of special music. Ms Sheilds has experience as an organist in several churches in the area and Mr. Yurenka is talented on the piano and harp. Sunday services are lead by Rev. Rebecca B. Parry. The church choir will practice on Thursday afternoons from 3 – 4 beginning, Thursday, November 6th. Choir Coordinator Carrol Robinson encourages all residents of the area who enjoy singing to attend. If unable to attend on November 6th, please contact her at (607) 965-8501.
The Edmeston Rotary Club is sponsoring its usual Halloween Party. This will be Friday, October 31st at the school with games from 6 – 7 and costume judging at 7.
When you retire on Saturday evening, set your clocks back an hour. (This makes up for the hour you lost in the Spring) Daylight savings time ends November 2nd.
Sunday morning, November 2nd will be time once again for breakfast at the fire house. Serving from 7:00 to 10:30. This breakfast is by donation and proceeds go to support the needs of the department.
Edmeston ~ October 19, 2014
Phyllis Beadle has been in the hospital for surgery, but at this writing, is home. If you would like to send a card or note to her, the address is: Ronnie & Phyllis Beadle, 1218 Iron Gate Ct. Rock Hill, SC 29731. We wish her the best and a speedy recovery.
In spite of the cold wet weather, the chicken and biscuit dinner was well attended. Attendance was down from last year for the Spook Festival (due to the weather) but everyone who attended seemed to have a great time.
PRE-SCHOOL CLASS WILL BE OFFERED FROM 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Edmeston United Methodist Church in the newly refurbished school room in the lower level of the church. There is no fee for participation in the program. For information call Laurie Goodrich at 607-965-8117 or Pastor Becky Perry at 315-430-0532. Mrs. Goodrich and Pastor Becky will be instructing the class which will include pre-school reading and craft time activities.
Edmeston ~ October 12, 2014
Several flocks of geese have been seen, but they don’t seem to be following the usual pattern for the flight South. For the past few years, a number of them have selected to stay North for the winter. Wonder if more will stay here this winter?
Ron and Gail Tasior left Monday morning to spend the Winter in Florida.
The Donation chicken and biscuit Dinner, sponsored by the Auxiliary and Fire Men is Saturday, October 18th. Serving from 4:00 to 7:00 at the fire house. Take outs available.
Sunday, October 19, 2014, Rev. Rebecca Parry will dedicate new hymnals entitled, “The Faith We Sing”. The service will be held from 8:45 – 9:45 A.M. after which a coffee hour will be offered at the Edmeston United Methodist Church. All are welcome. The hymnals will be dedicated in memory of Mildred Hickling Lewis for her active membership, stewardship and service as a young woman who taught Sunday School for several years.
It is through a bequest to the Edmeston United Methodist Church from the estate of Roger V. Lewis that the hymnals “The Faith We Sing” are dedicated.
Edmeston ~ September 28, 2014
I can’t believe another month has gone buy. The weather this past weekend was perfect for getting the various out door chores done. The leaves are about 1/4 colored, and are really something to see. If you were out and about, you know what I am talking about.
I’m not sure if I have the correct name, but I am told the “Art House” (former Legion Hall) is now open for business serving coffee and goodies to go along with it. So far I have not been able to try it out, but with talking to those who have, it’s very nice. Good to have another business in town.
Sorry that I don’t have news to report.
Edmeston ~ September 22, 2014
When it comes to predicting the weather, how much faith do you have in: Woolly-bear caterpillars? I saw three this past weekend and they had very little black on the front and back. Heavy corn husk. They seem to be real heavy this Fall –what does it mean?
We have now officially passed the first day of Autumn. Get out and enjoy the Fall weather while it is here.
Tim, Cindy Davis from Ohio and Jennifer Taylor and children, Davis & Embry of Kentucky were in the area recently to visit Cindy’s mother, Charlotte. Sisters Irene & Shirley joined Bill and Shirley Emhof for a visit.
The 3rd Annual Edmeston Spookfest will be October 18th from 10:00 to 2:00 Come join the fun. There will be: Hay rides, Tie dye, pumpkin carving, Pizza vendors, Apple bobbing, Bounce House, Face painting, cider & donuts, Huge library book sale, Chinese Auction and costume contest and LIVE DJ.
Edmeston ~ September 14, 2014
The Edmeston United Methodist Church started a Sunday School on September 14th, from 10-11. All children of the community between the ages of 3 to 4 and up are welcome. Classes will take place in the newly refurbished classrooms in the lower level of the church, located at 3 North Street, Edmeston. Laurie Goodrich will serve as Sunday School Superintendent. For more information contact Laurie at (607) 965-8117. Please leave a message to request a return call. Regular Sunday church service is 8:45 – 9:45.
Pastor Rebecca Parry may be contacted at (315) 430-0532.
Last year the community enjoyed a fun day with food, games, pumpkin carving and hay rides, plans are in the works to have another such day. This will take place on October 18th. In addition to regular vendors, the Edmeston Free Library will have a huge book sale. Four County Library Systems have pulled a nice selection of books for your selection. Sounds like a fun time. Be sure to reserve the date, October 18th and come enjoy the “ Edmeston Spook Festival.”
Edmeston ~ September 7, 2014
With the colorful sun sets and the bright moon at night, we are certainly reminded of Fall. The process of moving in furniture and cleaning the gardens has begun.
The first breakfast, sponsored by the fire department, was well attended. Guess people still like to go out to eat. The next breakfast will be October 5th.
The Edmeston Free Library had its bimonthly meeting Monday night at the home of Bill & Barb Turnbull. Dottie gave an extended report and said the representatives from the Four County Library system had been here to help sort out old books and make room for new ones. We really don’t know how to get rid of all these books that have been pulled. If you know a group or organization that could use these, please contact Dottie.
Edmeston ~ August 31, 2014
With Labor Day 2014, in the history books, it’s time to move on. While getting the kids packed and ready for school, why not take a minute to check the batteries in the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. With the doors and windows open for the Summer, we don’t always think to check these as we come into the heating season.
School is in session Thursday, September 4th for the first day. Watch for children getting on and off buses and near the road. Remember, you have to stop for stopped school buses.
September 7th will be the first breakfast for the Winter season, sponsored by the firemen. Serving starts a 7:00 and runs until 10:30. This is by donation and a real good breakfast.
Edmeston ~ August 24, 2014
Dates and coming events:
Monday, September 1 – Labor Day
September 2 – No School – Superintendents Conference Day
September 3 – No School – Superintendents Conference Day
September 4 – School begins – watch for stopped buses and children loading or unloading from the buses.
September 7 – Breakfast at the fire house. First one for Fall and Winter season. Serving from 7:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. This event takes place the first Sunday of each month.
Edmeston ~ August 17, 2014
Labor Day will soon be upon us. This will mean, starting of school and the start of breakfasts at the firehouse (Sept 7, 2014). Time to practice your driving skills and be watching for children and stopped school busses.
Some family and friends had a picnic/supper at the home of Bob & Ann Schworm’s Saturday night. This was to recognize that Kaylee Schworm would be leaving for college on Monday. She seems anxious to go and is looking forward to continuing her education.
Edmeston ~ August 10, 2014
I have just learned that the Edmeston Fire Department took first place marching at the Otsego County Fair, congratulations!
A couple of local men drove to New York Saturday to see the Yankees play (Names withheld). Nice day for a ride and that is about all as the Yanks lost.
The Mumbulo Family is having a family reunion and want to make sure they all know about it.
This will take place Saturday, August 16th at the Pittsfield Fire House. You are requested to bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverage will be furnished. Time for the event is 12:30. If you are a Mumbulo, come on out and have a good time!
Edmeston ~ August 3, 2014
If you waited to attend the Otsego County Fair on the last night, you may have gotten a little wet from the thunder storm that raced through. Weather for the fair was better than average.
Marilyn Davis, Lebanon, Ohio has been here and enjoyed going to the fair where she got to see many old friends that she may have otherwise missed.
Some of the first year college students will soon be leaving for college due to terms and conditions
As of August 1st, the Edmeston Free Library will observe the following hours: Monday 1 – 6, Wednesday 1 – 6, Thursday 1-6 and Saturday 9 – 2. The library is closed Tuesday and Friday and legal Holidays.
Edmeston ~ July 27, 2014
Baseball fans should have been happy with the weather this past weekend. Thousands of fans descended on Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Game and induction ceremony. It may not have been your team playing, but there is just something about attending this event. Humidity was a little high but from the sun burn some of the fans got, I think a good time was had.
Leon Schworm was in Johnson City Saturday to attend the “2014 Carousel Modelers and Miniature Association Convention”. This is the third time the convention has been held in Broome County. The association has members from across the U.S. and Canada.
Time to attend the Otsego County Fair July 29 to August 3rd.
Edmeston ~ July 20, 2014
Ten minutes ago we were celebrating the 4th of July and right now we are on the door steps of August. Stores are loaded with back to school supplies – where does the time go?
The Otsego County Historical Associations will have an exhibit called “Leaders and Legends”. This will be located under the grand stand at the fair (July 29 to August 3rd). Stop by to see how many “Leaders and Legends” you can identify here in Otsego County.
Rusty and Jean Dutcher spent their 46th Wedding Anniversary at Gettysburg, PA.
Edmeston ~ July 13, 2014
The Edmeston Library Board met at the home of Leon Schworm, Monday evening. In addition to regular business, they had a representative from Wells-Fargo who gave a talk on investments.
The individual pictures of graduates, that were in the paper, made you think about how many of these young folks we know and how it wasn’t that long ago they were just starting school. Upon looking at the pictures, I did notice that almost all of the boys had gone back to regular haircuts. Glad that trend has passed.
Posters are being place around, announcing the various County Fairs. My father used to say that when they started advertising the fair, Fall was here. Hope that isn’t right as we have just started Summer.
Edmeston ~ July 6, 2014
For anyone who started vacation or just wanted to enjoy the 4th of July weekend, you certainly picked the right time. With a little rain at the start, the rest of the weekend turned out prefect. Several locations had fireworks displays and as in the past, the evening turned cool where a sweater or light jacket was welcome.
The congregation at the Edmeston United Methodist Church, welcomed the new minister. Becky Parry is the new minister and will be serving Edmeston and Morris Methodist Churches. Worship times have changed and are: Edmeston, 8:45 A.M. and Morris 10:30 A.M.
Edmeston ~ June 29, 2014
Edmeston June 29, 2014 My computer is giving me fits as I try to write this, so if I have left something out, I’m sorry – try again. Other than the high humidity, the weekend was perfect for graduation and the parties.
The Alumni Banquet was extremely well attended with almost 200 in attendance.
The fire department had a special breakfast Sunday which featured “ Waffles from Louisiana” made by a former student who now resides in Baton Rouge, LA.
New Pastor and service times for Edmeston and Morris United Methodist Churches beginning July 2014. The Edmeston and Morris United Methodist Churches are welcoming a new pastor on July 1, 2014. Pastor Becky Parry will be bringing enthusiasm, energy and inspiration through her interactive children’s messages and motivational sermons. Pastor Becky is looking forward to the meeting of new people in the communities. Though the main office is located in Morris parsonage, she will be having office hours at the Edmeston Church. These hours will be announced as soon as she gets settled. Sunday service times for both churches have changed as they are now sharing a pastor. The United Methodist Church in Edmeston will have worship services at 8:45 and the Morris services will start at 10:30. All are welcome!
Edmeston ~ June 22, 2014
With the exception of a few Regents, the school year for 2014 at Edmeston is over.
A Baccalaureate service was held at the United Methodist Church Sunday evening for the members of the Class of 2014, their families and anyone else who wanted to attend
Saturday will find former graduates arriving to meet old class mates and meet the members of the Class of 2014. The evening will find the Annual Alumni Banquet and thus giving time to meet old class mates. Sunday will be an exciting time for those graduating as this is when the exercise takes place. Hopefully the weather will be good and all goes as planned.
Just a reminder – with all the parties and celebrations, please be careful! Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2014!
Edmeston ~ June 16, 2014
With all the dark, cloudy, rainy weather we have been having, it doesn’t seem possible, but on Saturday, June 21st we will officially start Summer, and like it or not, that is also the longest day of the year (now we start the down hill slide).
Lisa Jensen and friend Chris have returned to England. Lisa was here to be in her best friends wedding.
Just a reminder that this Sunday will be the Baccalaureate service for the class of 2014. This will be at the United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m., all are welcome!
The Annual Alumni Banquet will be Saturday, June 28th and graduation on Sunday, June 29th. Dottie had a book sale at the library Saturday. With so many activities going on in the area, attendance was down some, but it was considered a success.
Edmeston ~ June 8, 2014
They said it couldn’t be done, but I understand they did it! Elwyn & Faith Smith celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 7th with a surprise party put on by their children Usually if you try to have a surprise something leaks out, but they tell me it was a compete surprise. Happy Anniversary to the Smith’s!
I have just received an e-mail telling that Les Graves, former principal here passed away on June 1st in Groton. He was 93.
Jan & Bonnie Vrooman were in town Saturday. Jan graduated here and his father taught Ag. Jan worked for the State at Letchworth State park until his retirement. They toured the Museum which brought back many memories. They both agreed that for a small town we have an excellent museum.
Next Sunday will be Fathers day, then on Saturday the 21st we see the first day of Summer. The Edmeston Area Council of Churches has sponsored a Baccalaureate service for graduates and their families. This year this special time of worship will be held Sunday evening, June 22, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the United Methodist Church. Several People planning to attend the Alumni Banquet have asked if the Museum would be open that day. For the past few years the Museum has been open and will again this year from 10:00 until 2:00.
- 1778 Percifer Card and his wife were captured by the Indians and taken to Canada
- 1801 First Grist Mill founded by James Kennedy.
- 1835 First Postmaster – Silas Burleson
Edmeston ~ June 1, 2014
June is busting all over! An extremely busy month, June is well on its way. We find the end of the school year, graduation, baccalaureate, and parties. Edmeston Central School is one of the few schools who still have Baccalaureate. In Edmeston it is passed from church to church. This year it will be in the United Methodist Church, Sunday June 22nd 7:00 P.M. Graduation is Sunday, June 29th. Congratulations to the Class of 2014!
Lisa Jensen and friend from England are spending two weeks vacation before returning to England.
- 1824 first regular store started by Lyman White on East Hill.
- 1889 The O & W railroad completed.
- 1889 First major flood occurred.
- 1907 The streets were first lighted by means of acetylene gas.
Edmeston ~ May 25, 2014
After getting parade information (times, places, etc.) for some reason this information didn’t get to the paper. Hope if you wanted to attend a parade or the BBQ we were able to do so.
Postal letter carriers and their fellow postal employees shouldered a mighty load on Saturday, May 10, as this years Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive broke another record for collections. Across the Albany District of the Postal Service, which includes our post office, mail boxes bulged with cans, bags and boxes of much needed food items. Your generous donations, combined with those from neighbors around the region totaled 1,162,563 pounds. This marks the second year in a row that we provided more than one million pounds of food contributions to pantries, shelters and food banks. As always, the greatest priority of the carrier food is put on the table in the same communities where the food is collected. Here in Edmeston we were able to return 960 pounds to the local food pantry. Many thanks to any and all who participated.
- Deming Cemetery Association accepted donation of land for cemetery from Col. Deming, February 21, 1862.
- 1914-15 Edmeston Library organized and a room in the school set up for books.
- 1927 Library moved to current location.
Edmeston ~ May 18, 2014
Lilacs have always been a tradition for Memorial Day. A week ago the leaves weren’t even showing, and today the blooms are out and I’m not sure if they will last until the 26th. New York weather can change faster than you change your underwear.
Memorial Day parades are scheduled for West Edmeston 9:00, Edmeston 11:00 and Burlington Flats 1:30. Any or all of these services are very enjoyable, so plan on attending. The Rotary Club will again be having a chicken BBQ at the four corners in Edmeston (1/2’s only) for right after that parade. They quite often sell out early, so to make sure you get one, pre-order by calling Marty Winsor at 965-6636.
- Deming Cemetery Association accepted a donation of land from Col. Deming for the purpose of a cemetery February 21, 1862.
- 1914-15 the Edmeston Free Library organized and a room in the school was set up for books. In 1927 the library moved to the current location.
- August 1, 1940, on motion, the board voted to pay John Wells the sum of $24.00 for damage done to his sheep by dogs and $7.00 for fence viewers fee
Edmeston ~ May 11 2014
What a perfect day to celebrate Mothers Day. When we can have such a day, especially on a special day, it makes you appreciate the things we have. I had just put some more wild bird food out when it occurred to me that I should think about getting out my humming bird feeder. I had just filled it and hung it out and less than half an hour the little guys were there feeding. In addition a small bush on the lawn was covered with Gold Finches. Don’t think I have ever seen so many and in the sun the color was great.
The bi-monthly meeting of the Edmeston Free Library was held at the home of John & Dottie Blackman on High Street Monday evening. In addition to the regular library business the group welcomed Rick Fallis as a new member.
- Ora Payne was Town Clerk in Edmeston from January 1, 1922 until December 31,1971.
- Dr. Gaines Smith was the first physician in town (1800) and settled on the road from Edmeston Centre to West Burlington
- 1884 Establishment of first local news paper “the Edmeston Echo”.
Edmeston ~ May 4, 2014
The donation breakfast Sunday at the fire house was very well attended. Eating out, especially breakfast, seems to be very popular. The May breakfast, is usually the last one until Fall, but there will be a “Special” donation breakfast, graduation weekend (June 29, 2014 – 7:00 to 10:30) More details to follow.
With the weather starting to improve and people being tired of cabin fever, the Museum had several people tour it Saturday. The Museum is open the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 to noon, or by appointment. With the strong cold wind Sunday, it was reported from New Berlin that a few flakes of snow were seen.
An e-mail received by me on May 1st advised me that Fred Zlomek (former resident and merchant) had passed away. His wife Muriel taught Home-making in Edmeston passed away in 2008.
- The dam on the Wharton creek near the depot was washed away from high water in 1940. It had been re-built two years before after the same fate.
- Edmeston received a bill for the care of the poor in the County Home for the year 1930. 351 days at 25 cents a day $87.75
Edmeston ~ April 27, 2014
As you look toward the woods, the red buds are starting to form and the pussy willows (that usually come out in March) are out. If we could get a day or two of sun things would really pop. In a field by the Town barn, one of the Amish farmers has been plowing with three horses fastened to the plow, quite a sight Mothers Day will soon be upon us (May 11th).
Watercress Green Houses (Scott Convis) will open at 10 A.M. on May 3rd. Why not stop by to see the selection of plants and flowers and at the same time pick out something for Mother? I’m sure if you see something you think mother would like, Scott would hold it until Mothers Day and you will have what you selected.
In 1971 Lyle Kline & Sons started manufacturing Mini Barns in Edmeston.
Plays, graduation, movies and basketball games were held in the Opera House. The Opera House burned in 1958
I doubt many remember the old cript at the Deming Cemetery before the road over to the school was made wider. This was removed in 1978.
Edmeston ~ April 20, 2014
The Edmeston Tea Circle recently had a luncheon at West Hill Terrace to honor and recognize the work that Kay York has done. Kay and her husband Avery have sold their home here and moved to Pennsylvania.
Time for a Card Shower! On April 30th, Loretta Cursh will celebrate her 100th Birthday. Cards and well wishes can be sent to her at P.O. Box 16, Burlington Flats, New York 13315
We extend our sympathy to Esther Jimenez who resides at West Hill Terrace on the loss of her oldest daughter.
Close friends and family are invited to an Open House at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church, May 3rd from 1 to 4 to celebrate Loretta Curshes 100 Birthday.
- At one time there were two orchestras (Huestis & Reynolds). On special occasions musicians from other towns would sit in.
- Broughton’s Cash Market had home made sauerkraut five cents a pound (1934).
- A son weighing 7 1/2 lbs was born to Mr. & Mrs. Ward Robinson in the hospital in Cooperstown on August 31, 1935.
Edmeston ~ April 13, 2014
A great turn out for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemens auxiliary Saturday. The weather was perfect and the kids had a ball! In New York, Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April. Earth Day is a great reason to get outside. A way of bringing more attention to environmental issues. It is celebrated every April 22nd.
From the Local in 1936: A real treat, Lockwood’s quality brick ice cream – Pint package 25 cents – Hoffman’s Drug Store. Flashlight Special – Extra Special value, Flashlight complete with bulb and batteries 44 cents. 1937: Dial telephones installed in Edmeston.
Edmeston ~ April 6, 2014
How fast the grass is turning green after the hard Winter we had. If we get the warm rain they are predicting it should really grow. Cindy Laymon from Georgia was recently here to visit her father Robert Mumbulo. Just a reminder, this Saturday, April 12th will be the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemens auxiliary. This event starts at 10:00 A.M. and will be held at the parking lot at the NYC dining hall. The Annual Rummage Sale sponsored by the United Methodist Church Women is April 10th and 11th. Sale takes place at the Masonic Hall on West Street, and starts at 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on the 10th and continues with a $2.00 bag sale on the 11th from 9:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. The Firemens Auxiliary is looking for new members. You must be at least 18 years old or older and live in the fire district. If you have questions or want more information contact Linda Eriksen at 965-8544.
1899: Iron Tire purchased from the O & W railroad to be used as a fire alarm.1904: Edmeston Fire Company purchased a 600 lb bell to replace the tire iron for a fire alarm at the cost of $265.00.1927: Electric siren purchased to replace the fire bell.
Edmeston ~ March 30, 2014
The Red Winged Blackbirds and Robins are back as well as most of our locals who go South – good to see them again! The Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemens auxiliary, will be held at the dining hall parking lot at New York Central on April 12th starting at 10:00 A.M. The Firemens Auxiliary is looking for new members. You must be at least 18 years old or older and live in the fire district. If you have questions or want information, call Linda Eriksen at 965-8544. The United Methodist Church Women will be holding their Annual Rummage Sale, April 10 & 11 at the Masonic Hall on West Street. Items may be left on April 9th. Sale starts 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 on the 10th and a $2.00 bag sale on the 11th starting 9:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M.
- 1792 Elder Stephen Taylor of Rhode Island purchased and established a settlement known as Taylor Hill.
- 1795 Wrights Corners established as few years after Taylor Hill.
- 1798 West Edmeston (Coonsville or Coontown) settled.
Edmeston ~ March 23, 2014
The Edmeston Fire Department Auxiliary is seeking new members. You must be at least 18 years old and live in the fire district. For information or additional information, call Linda Eriksen at 965-8544 The Auxiliary will be hold the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12th starting at 10:00 A.M. This will be held in the Dining Hall Parking lot at New York Central. The United Methodist Church women will hold their Annual Rummage Sale at the Masonic Hall on April 10th and 11th. Items may be left at the door on Wednesday morning April 9th Sale will start at 9:00 until 4:00 on April 10th and a $2.00 bag sale on the 11th from 9:00 until 2:00
- 1884 First local newspaper established “The Wharton Valley Echo”.
- 1925 NYSE&G purchased power lines and started supplying Edmeston, South Edmeston & West Edmeston.
- 1927 Hopkins & Son demonstrated a radio at the Grange Hall.
- 1929 The name Edmeston painted on top of Opera House for benefit of airplanes.
- 1937 Dial phones installed in Edmeston.
Edmeston ~ March 16, 2014
A big Hello and Happy Birthday from Edmeston. This wish goes out to Betty Schriber at Chase, 1 Terrace Hts., New Berlin, N.Y. Betty will be 90 on March 22nd. Lets remember her with a good old fashion card shower. Ed Pylinski is a resident at the NYS Veterans home in Oxford, N.Y. (Pine Cottage – room 316) An open house/baby shower was held at the home of Cindy & Jerry Vibbard Saturday afternoon. Karen & Jason Williams, Dalesville, Va. were here to introduce baby Isabelle to friends and relatives. According to the calendar, Spring starts Thursday. Wonder if someone will tell Mother Nature?
(Ads from the Edmeston Local June 15, 1934) You can find anything you may need in siding, flooring, millwork and superior Canadian cedar shingles. E.L. Ackerman. The bank is a member of the Temporary Federal Deposit Insurance Fund. Its deposits are insured provided by law – The First National Bank of Edmeston. Technical Radio Service (General Electric & Philco Radios) RCA – Cunningham tubes, Ever Ready “B’’” & “C” batteries. Edmeston Radio Shop (Both Phones)
Edmeston ~ March 9, 2014
Did everyone remember to set their clocks ahead one hour (daylight savings time) when they retired Saturday evening? The Edmeston Free Library moved the bimonthly for March up to Sunday afternoon. This was done because of the time change and we had a couple members who would rather not drive after dark. Now that the time has changed, we will go back to our regular schedule.
- 1925 O & W eliminated passenger service due to the drop in train passengers.
- 1927 Electric refrigerators were installed in Schworm’s store and the restaurant.
- 1927 “Silent Policeman” was placed on the East side of the four corners in the village.
- 1937 Donald Vunk started a feed business.
Edmeston ~ March 2, 2014
A couple of people have reported seeing robins. Think with the way our weather has been, unless they have antifreeze in their veins,they should stay South for a while. One of the people who reported seeing the robins also said that one of them told him that Dick Holdridge celebrated birthday number 91 last week. Happy Birthday Dick! March couldn’t decide if it should come in as a lamb or a lion. Guess we have to take what comes along. Just to keep you up to speed, March 9th is when daylight savings time begins.
- 1874 Chauncey Hopkins established a hardware store.
- 1927 Library moved to present location.
- 1927 Edmeston Fire Department recognized; fire district and tax established
- October 1927. Electric siren replaced the fire bell.
Edmeston ~ February 23, 2014
A meeting last Monday evening at the firehouse, found the auxiliary making plans for the annual Easter Egg hunt, sponsored by them. The dates and times will be announced as it gets closer. This Sunday, March 2nd will be breakfast at the firehouse. This is a free will donation breakfast and the proceeds go to help the fire department. Serving is from 7:00 A.M. until 10:30 A.M.
- 1861 First cheese factory built in South Edmeston.
- 1861 Deming Cemetery Association formed (Nov. 15, 1861)
- 1862 Deming Cemetery accepted donation of land from Col. Deming for a cemetery (Feb. 21, 1862).
- About 1794 the locale boarding the Wharton creek was settled in what was known as Edmeston Centre.
- A settlement on the Unadilla River was called “Coonsville or Coontown” because many people by the name of Coon settled there. This was the area we now know as “West Edmeston”
Edmeston ~ February 16, 2014
Birthday greetings to Esther Jimenez from your friends and neighbors on County Route 16. Esther lives at West Hill Terrace (Apt 202) and will be 92 on February 23rd. Happy Birthday Esther!
1765 Colonel Edmeston, Percfer Card, his wife and 12 men came from England to the Edmeston Patent.
1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix established Unadilla River as Western boundary of English territory.
1770 Col. Edmeston and his brother Robert Edmeston received a grant of 10,000 acres each, bordered by the Unadilla River for several miles with its North & South boundaries extending due East from the river.
1792 Elder Stephen Taylor purchased and established a settlement known as Taylor Hill.
Edmeston ~ February 9, 2014
Dave Andrews, Colo. and Terry Andrews, NC., have been here enjoying our below zero temperatures. Actually they were here to visit family and friends. Several readers responded to my idea of putting “Edmeston Archives” in the paper. For some they may have forgotten items and for others they have moved into the area and don’t know about the history, so here is the first installment:
Edmeston was formed from Burlington April 1, 1808, it contained three churches, Methodist, Baptist and Universalist. Two Hotels, Four stores, a Tannery, Two Carpenter shops, a Foundry, Two Blacksmith shops, a carriage shop, Two Tailoring establishments, and Odd Fellows Lodge, Lodge of Good Templers, a Post of Grand Army of the Republic, a Public Hall and 70 dwellings.
We should not altogether neglect North Edmeston. We find that in 1882 North Edmeston had a Post Office, Saw Mill, and Grist Mill. A great many hops were raised in North Edmeston. A record of a Mr. Jordon indicates he set 1367 hop poles in 4 hours and 15 minutes, making the holes himself.
Edmeston ~ February 02, 2014
Dave Green wanted me to make sure everyone knew that the Ground Hog saw his shadow. Poor guy doesn’t stand a chance when when they reach in the hole and drag him out. Jerry Vibbard received many cards and wishes for his 60th Birthday (Monday). His wife and kids had hoped to have him receiver 60 cards, but I understand he passed that number. It was 50 years ago (Jan. 30th) when John & Dottie Blackman moved to Edmeston. Sunday, February 1st, John was to deliver his first sermon at the Second Baptist Church. Doesn’t seem possible that much time has gone by. They have certainly been a good addition to our Town. Having the museum open Saturday, it dawned on me that I could start part of my column and call it “Archives of Edmeston”. There are lots of interesting facts about the Town that some aren’t aware of or have forgotten. Starting next week I will attempt to make some of these items known. Let me know what you think!
Edmeston ~ January 26, 2014
I usually get a copy of the Gazette for writing the column. For some reason I didn’t get one for the last two weeks, so contacted them and they didn’t know why the name had been deleted. Hopefully I am back on the list again. February will soon be upon us and with that we can expect a prediction of how much longer Winter will last (Feb. 2nd Ground Hogs Day) The 2nd of February will also find the fire department sponsored breakfast, serving from 7:00 – 10:30. If you should see Jerry Vibbard on February 3rd, wish him a Happy Birthday. Jerry will be celebrating birthday number 60. Congratulations Jerry! Just a reminder, that with snow removal etc. be sure the Emergency Fire Number is where it can be easily seen. Should you need emergency services, it is much easier for those responding to locate the proper place with the help of the fire numbers.
Edmeston ~ January 19. 2014
It’s so nice to see the sign at the fire house telling of coming events as well as the time and temperature. One of the reminders is for the breakfast sponsored by the fire men on the first Sunday of the month which will soon be here. February 2nd will be breakfast time. If you have never attended, you are missing out on a good meal as well as helping support the fire department. The 2nd of February is also Groundhogs Day. With the weather up and down like it has been it will be a wonder if the poor groundhog will know what to do. All in all it hasn’t been a bad Winter, BUT, we aren’t out of the woods yet!
Edmeston ~ January 12, 2014
It would almost make you dizzy to look at the thermometer. With the weather changing so fast what can you do? Cheer up we are half way through January. Saturday evening was the Annual Fire Department meeting with the election of officers, a dinner, then music provided by “ Mayne Attraction” Officers elected were: Chief – Artie Klingler, 1st Assistant Lauren Waite, 2nd Assistant Mike Hume. President Dave Green, Vice President Rick Benjamin, Secretary Gordon Terry and Treasurer, Steve Goodrich. The Edmeston Free Library Winter Hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. If the weather is bad, call to make sure it is open Phone 965-8208. The Winter hours for the Museum are 10:00 A.M. to noon (First Saturday of the month, or by appointment.) How nice to see the electronic sign by the Fire House announcing coming event as well as the time and temperature.
Edmeston ~ January 5, 2014
As the old saying goes: When the days begin to lengthen the cold begins to strengthen – last weekend was a bit much don’t you think? With the Holidays coming in the middle of the week, I was completely confused and didn’t get my column sent in. In addition, I didn’t have a phone (Verizon) for almost two weeks. Calling telephone repair is a big joke as you get an automated service. A friend of mine was finally able to talk to a real person, only to find out they were in Costa Rica. The call was finally forwarded to New York. With any luck they are supposed to be here Monday to solve the problem….we’ll see. Christmas decoration prize winners (sponsored by the fire auxiliary) Blow up decorations: 1st place, Bonnie & Les Hall, 2nd place Elizabeth Hall & 3rd Michelle Stuben. Regular decorations: 1st Allan Sheldon, 2nd Tracy Yezek, 3rd Gene Chillon. The Edmeston Free Library will hold its annual meeting at the library on Friday evening, January 10th at the library. During the Winter months, the Museum will be open the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 A.M. to noon or by appointment. The Edmeston Fire Department and Emergency Squad will hold the annual dinner and meeting, Saturday evening, January 11, 2014. Officers for the coming year are to be elected at that time.