The "Butt End" basically is the area around Bovina Road and Mountain
Brook Road. There used to be more buildings and businesses there, but
about the only business now is the Mountain Brook Inn. The McFarland
farm was up on Bovina road near Crescent Valley - this area I never
thought of as being the Butt End.
Look at the 1869 Beers Atlas of Bovina:
While the 'Bovina PO' area wasn't big enough to warrant a separate inset
map, as was Brushland, it had a number of businesses. It had its own
post office until 1947.
In the spring, let's talk about doing a full drive around.
On 12/31/2013 10:39 AM, Gabrielle Pierce wrote:
Ray, what all is/was existing in the "Butt End" of Bovina?
that the town's first still was on the farm of A.T. McFarland: "put in
operation in 1802 by Thomas McFarland. It was brought by him from
Albany on the first four-wheeled vehicle ever in the settlement, and
probably by the first pair of horses that ever came over the mountain."
Other reading indicates that there was quite a bit going on in that
area? What is there now?
I need a real good tour of certain areas of Bovina sometime soon....by
a knowledgeable tour guide (ahem, hint hint.)
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ray LaFever" <ray.lafever(a)gmail.com>
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Sent: Monday, December 30, 2013 3:53 PM
Subject: [NYDELAWA] Waterville
> I've found something that is intriguing me - and confusing me a bit.
> Has anyone ever heard of the 'uptown' area of Bovina - Butt End/Mountain
> Brook region - referred to as Waterville?
> I've found two references in 1884 and three references from 1885 to
> Waterville in the Stamford Mirror . And they do mean a place in Bovina,
> _not_ the old name for Hobart. I know this because of one of the
> references in particular. The Stamford Mirror, Feb 24, 1885, under the
> Bovina column, had the following:
> As it is getting popular for the principal villages to have a business
> directory, we are determined that Waterville, our sister village, will
> not be left in the cold. The following is the names of the principal
> business men.
> . Postmaster -- William Cook.
> . Woolen Mills -- Thomas Johnson
> . Carriage and Sleigh Factory -- J. Johnson
> . Dealer in Artificial Fertilizers -- W. Johnson
> . Justice of the Peace -- George Currie.
> . Cattle Dealer -- John Archibald.
> . Feed and Saw Mill -- T. Johnson.
> . Bricklayers and Masons -- W. Cook, George Currie.
> . Cider Mill -- Thomas Johnson.
> . Blacksmith -- John Johnson.
> . Dentist -- J. Johnson
> . Meat Market -- A. Forman.
> . Jeweler -- T.R. McFarland.
> . Bovina Seminary -- T. Gordon, Principal
> All of these names are people from 'uptown' Bovina - the Butt
> End/Mountain Brook area - William Cook was the postmaster for the Bovina
> post office at this time and Johnson's Woolen Mills were in that same
> area. T.R. McFarland was on Bovina road about where the Schuman farm is
> now located.
> The term so far has only shown up in this Bovina column for the Stamford
> Mirror, all written by someone going by the name of 'Clodhopper.' It
> obviously was a name that didn't stick long - and maybe the Mirror was
> the only paper to use it.
> Suggestions most welcome.
> Ray LaFever
> Town of Bovina Historian
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