Poughkeepsie News Telegraph
July 12, 1884
Our Own County
News and Noteworthy Intelligence
for News Telegraph Readers
The negro Riley, who was tried for the murder of Mrs. Sunderland on the
27th of March, 1883, was convicted of murder in the second degree.
Merritt, who in a drunken frenzy shot Burns, a man confined in the
county jail for vagrancy, was sentenced to imprisonment and hard labor
for ten years. Merritt was acting as jailor at the time.
James Gardner, for over forty years a boot and shoe dealer in this
place, was instantly killed by the cars on the 29th of June. With a
number of friends Mr. Gardner crossed the river on the day of the
accident and landed at a little grove nearly opposite this place. After
partaking of the refreshments and enjoying himself in a social way, he
sauntered up the railroad to a point about 300 feet from the party, and
sat down on the end of a tie about 20 inches from the rail; about 10
minutes later a train was heard approaching from the north; his friends
shouted for him to get out of the way, but for some reason he paid no
heed to the warning, and an instant later his head was seen to fly some
30 feet or more into the river, and the trunk rolled down the
embankment. Mr. Gardner was 74 years of age; he leaves a family of
The Catholic Association held their annual picnic in Kemble's Grove on
July 4th and 5th.
The public school in this place closed on July 3rd.
The Town Hall was painted by Best & Co.
A petition is being circulated and signed by the citizens of this place,
asking the captain of the Mary Powell to land at our dock at the foot of
Rev. Martin L. Ferres was in town on July 4th with some friends. He
spent the day with his father at the homestead.
Business still continues dull, and the foundry does not seem to secure
Farmers say that the hay crop is about 30-100 of what it was last year.
Some of the Farmers are asking $10 per ton for old hay.
"During the recent thunder storm a cherry tree on the premises of John
B. Hawks was struck by lightning and completely torn in pieces, some of
the pieces being thrown 80 feet from the tree, and what is remarkable
the same tree was struck about 18 years ago, at the same time in the
season, and your correspondent being present each time" [My gr.
grandfather - John Barton Hawks - wonder who the correspondent was?]
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